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Task force still in early planning

A wintry triumph

Moody Nolan is talking to nearby residents about Temple’s proposed stadium.

The group is determining what an on-campus football stadium could be used for.

By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News Guadalupe Portillo has never been to Lincoln Financial Field, but she can imagine the amount of trash left behind after games. She’s worried she’ll learn firsthand just how much trash football fans can produce if a stadium is built near her block. “You gotta think about it,” Portillo said. “[Problems off-campus] are overwhelming as it is now, can you imagine what it would be like with a stadium?” Portillo, 70, lives on Norris Street near Broad and has been working in Temple’s Facilities Management department for 21 years. She also lives near the proposed stadium site the Board of Trustees recently approved for a feasibility study, which is being conducted by Ohio-based architecture firm Moody Nolan. Curtis Moody, President and CEO of Moody Nolan, told The Temple News he and his team will be coming to the stadium site every other week and will meet with some community members on each trip. Portillo was one of a few community members able to discuss her concerns with Moody at one of the meetings about a month ago. Moody said during its trips to Main Campus, the architecture team takes campus and neighborhood tours by walking the streets to analyze the issues community members in the area already face. University officials have taken Moody and his team on Friday night walking tours to see weekend environments. “We’re still listening [to community members],” Moody said. “We’re going to outline to the university some of our findings. Part of our strategy is not just to come up with an architectural concept independent of the issues that might not be architectural issues but nonetheless, issues.” “So we’re going to do both,” Moody added. “We’re going to do our homework on what can we do to enhance the environment given the concerns that we’re hearing and that’s the goal.” Moody said community meetings are being set up through the president’s office. Moody’s team has heard concerns from Portillo and other community members that most commonly include noise,


By LIAN PARSONS Assistant News Editor


the evening discussing his childhood, faith, relationships and experiences in the music industry with attending students. Common kicked off the lecture by performing a freestyle rap about Temple, incorporating topics like alumna and trustee Tamron Hall and Maxi’s. Throughout the evening, he read quotes from his influences like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. He then gave a personal take on faith, using light as a metaphor for self-

uses. The task force’s meetings—led by the Director of the Sport Industry Research Center and Faculty Athletics Representative Jeremy Jordan—involve brainstorming and exchanging ideas, Jordan said. “The president charged me to put together a committee that could explore ideas of uses outside football,” Jordan said. “I tried to get people that purposefully represent all the different groups on campus.” Members include representatives from the College of Health Professions, the Provost’s Office, Facilities Management, athletics, faculty, Temple Student Government, Community Relations, Student Affairs and designers from the Tyler School of Art. The “idea-generation body” of about 15 members is in its early stages, Jordan said. Though the stadium has not been approved by the Board of Trustees, the task force is currently “operating under the assumption that there will be a stadium.” The potential for an on-campus stadium to be multi-purpose includes additional uses like space for hospitality, meetings, classes, non-athletic events, research, retail, storage and housing. Research included looking at multiple multi-purpose urban stadiums, Jordan said. The University of Houston’s stadium has a marching band recital hall and classroom space, Baylor University has function rooms that are available year-round and the University of Akron has 8,000 square feet of academic space used six days a week as well as the university’s Sport Science and Wellness Education Department. The task force has not identified any specific priorities yet. “It’s a free-flow of ideas right now,” Jordan said. He added that the ideas for additional uses are based on the university’s “needs.” Jordan updated the Faculty Senate steering committee on the task force’s progress on March 5, Faculty Senate President Tricia Jones said. Though Jones is not




Senior midfielder Nicole Tiernan runs for a ground ball on Saturday on a snowy Geasey Field.


The lacrosse team won 7-3 on Saturday. READ MORE ON PAGE 19

COMMON VISITS CAMPUS: talks music, success, faith By EAMON DREISBACH Assistant A&E Editor

After Maya Angelou invited him to speak at a church service in Harlem, New York, Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., better known by his stage name Common, had a revelation.

“I remember getting up, speaking and I didn’t speak at the level that I wanted to. On the ride back home, my mother said, ‘You could actually do well at it, but you got to work and practice at it, really focus on it,’” Common told The Temple News. “At that moment I realized, ‘Hey, when I get these opportunities to speak, I need to have something to really say, not just go up there with my thoughts, because I want the new generation, I want the college students—whoever I’m speaking to—to walk away with something that they can live with.” True to his word, Common visited Main Campus to deliver a lecture on achieving greatness in the Student Center on Thursday. In Room 200, Common spent

ince discussions began about a potential on-campus stadium, a university task force has met twice to explore its alternative


Common visited Main Campus and spoke to students on Thursday.

Officials: boathouse should be ready by end of June restoration. The Lenfest Foundation donated $3 million to the project, and the city pledged $2.5 million. The restoration will include locker rooms for the rowing and crew teams in the southern wing, storage for the teams’ boats and oars in the northern wing and a trophy room and space for the Philadelphia Police Department’s marine unit in the center block of the boathouse. Until the teams move into the boathouse, they will continue to work out of military-grade tents a quarter-mile downriver from the boathouse. The tents, held up by metal framework, are 15 feet wide by 65 feet long—just enough to hold the boats. “I don’t know if you prioritize running water or electricity or heat, any of those three—shelter—all of them,” said rowing

The $5.5 million project will serve the university’s crew and rowing teams. By JULIE CHRISTIE The Temple News Construction on the East Park Canoe House will reach “substantial completion” by the end of June and will be ready for the rowing and crew teams to move in by the end of September, university officials said. The project began in July 2015 after the city and Temple trustee H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest agreed on a partnership to fund the


A look at the Conduct Code

We examine why officials decided on new penalties for off-campus partying. PAGE 2


Conduct Code keeps kids in line


The crew team practices on the Schuylkill in 2014.



Rooted in philanthropy

Capturing a neighborhood’s essence

Temple Community Garden hosted a potluck dinner to raise money for the Roughwood Seed Collection. PAGE 7

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center recently completed a year-long project to photograph and chroncile the South Kensington neighborhood. PAGE 9






A closer look at new rules on partying Temple Police will continue working with the Liquor Control Board and university officials to enforce changes to the Student Conduct Code. By STEVE BOHNEL News Editor Despite cold weather and new changes to the Student Conduct Code concerning off-campus partying and alcohol violations, Temple Police was still active this past weekend, breaking up 10 loud and overcrowded parties. “We were very busy Friday night into Saturday,” said Charlie Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services. “I was a little surprised, but we had plenty of resources out there because we just don’t know [what could happen].” Leone said he met with Dean of Students Stephanie Ives and her team Monday to discuss the parties that were broken up, and apply changes in the Student Conduct Code to the incidents. Ives told The Temple News last week that the changes stemmed from discussions among university officials on Campus Health Assessment Response Task Force, or CHART, from the fall semester into this spring. The task force of about 25 people—including representatives from Temple Police, Tuttleman Counseling Services, the

of graduate students chosen by Temple Police patrolled the streets this past weekend, identifying potential problem parties west of Main Campus. Leone said his department has taken team members on ridealongs the past couple of weeks, showing them where parties typically occur off-campus, and will provide feedback based on what activity they may have missed. The state’s Liquor Control Board has also sent representatives to help break up parties and issue alcohol citations. Leone said the LCB will work with Philadelphia Police and the university to further reduce issues that may arise on weekends. Concerning the recent changes, Ives said the proposed on-campus stadium “never came up” during discussions within CHART. They are being implemented now because of the warmer weather, she added. “We see a very different party environment in spring,” she said. “As graduation approaches and people finish up with papers and

We see a very different party “ environment in spring ... it’s a different animal out there with this level of partying.

Stephanie Ives | Dean of Students

Dean of Students Office, Housing and Residential Life, university counsel and Temple Student Government—were all part of discussing the changes, Ives added. Ives said the changes to the code are due to an increase in students living off-campus, along with the report completed by President Theobald’s Presidential Committee on Sexual Misconduct. “When the President put together that sexual misconduct task force and he received the recommendations, he said, ‘You know what, we have to look at alcohol as part of this picture,’” she said. One of the most significant changes to the code is steeper fines for multiple alcohol citations: $750 for a second offense, and $1,000 for the third—including suspension or expulsion from the university. The money from these fines is used for education and events about off-campus partying and sexual misconduct, Ives said. In 2014-15, 12 percent of students who violated the alcohol policy were repeat offenders, she said. “It was really kind of an effort to say, ‘Look, we have to get your attention somehow,’” Ives said of the new fines. “You have to change your behaviors and you’re not. Maybe this will motivate you to do so.” A “community support team”

exams, it’s a different animal out there with this level of partying.” A new stipulation of the policy is that students who are on the lease or live at “party houses” can be fined up to $1,500 each. Ives said the university will thoroughly investigate each case, and that students in these houses are typically cooperative with identifying those who were not at the party. “You do not want to be in the situation where you are fining people who may not have been in the country at the time,” she said with a laugh. During the past couple of months, several community members have told The Temple News that some students aren’t good neighbors. Ives believes that alcohol plays a significant part in changing students’ behavior, and hopes the new initiatives will help change that mindset. “I think you become a poor community member when you are intoxicated,” she said. “You just stop caring. You start feeling entitled to have your blow-out bash with a thousand people whose names you don’t know, and that’s not an entitlement. Even though students, during the day, may be very respectful of the community … sometimes, when alcohol interferes, they forget.” * T @Steve_Bohnel

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President Theobald addresses the media after state budget hearings in Harrisburg March 2.

Reviewing the university’s appropriations request Officials are asking for a $25.5 million increase from 2015-16. By DOMINIC BARONE The Temple News Temple’s operational budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year has been sent to Harrisburg, but some school officials again expect difficulties along the way. CFO and Treasurer Ken Kaiser said in a phone interview it’s “almost a preconceived notion” for him the budget won’t be passed by the deadline. But he added that he expects the delay to be much shorter this time. The legislature passed the 201516 fiscal budget March 23, but there are less than three months to push for the next one, due June 30. July 1 is the beginning of the 2016-17 fiscal year. Partisan issues dictated the latest budget delay. Gov. Tom Wolf did not sign the budget—saying that the math in it “didn’t work”—but let it go into law after the longest budget impasse in state history. Kaiser said the budget impasse could help make the upcoming budget appropriation easier. He added progress may have been made on the broader issues as 2016 and 2017’s budgets were worked on concurrently once the delay dragged into the new year. Temple is asking for a 17.3 percent increase in funding, from $147.4 million to $172.9 million. Although it is a steep increase, Kaiser said Temple isn’t overshooting. It’s part of a two-year plan where Wolf would fully restore the funding that former governor Tom Corbett cut years ago. In 2011, Corbett reduced funding to Temple by $32 million. Temple has been at a fixed rate of $139.9 million for the last four years. In the past three years, Temple has had to make $113 million in budget reductions. In response to the budget cuts, Temple introduced a decentralized budget model in 2012, which allows individual schools and colleges to decide how to use their operating budgets independently. Another reason for a decentralized budget is to shift the school’s focus from more state funding to increased internal revenue. The revenue would come from tuition, indirect cost recovery, a percentage of state appropriations and other direct revenue like gifts, sales and fees. Last year’s budget only saw a 5 percent increase, but Kaiser said he is

still happy about it. “I’m pleased we got a 5 percent increase. It means Pennsylvania understands the need for public higher education,” he said. “We look to be a partner with the commonwealth to provide what’s best for the state.” Temple is expecting institutional increases all across the board in 2016-17 including tuition, state medical assistance, undergraduate and graduate student enrollment and employed professors. The budget request predicts 26,914 undergraduates, 3,661 graduate students and 1,838 professors. To try to ensure funding, Temple put more money into lobbying.


According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Temple spent $280,000 on services from lobbying firms like Holland and Knight and Roscommon International in 2015. Kaiser said the lobbying goes toward places like Washington, D.C. to gain research dollars as well as to receive more appropriations from Harrisburg. According to President Theobald’s introduction of the budget proposal, every $1 appropriated to Temple generates $43 in state impact. *









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(TOP): Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders waves to the crowd of about 10,000 people at the Liacouras Center last Wednesday. (LEFT): A young supporter holds a Bernie sign in front of the campus bookstore on Broad Street. (RIGHT): Supporters hold up Sanders campaign signs in the Liacouras Center last Wednesday.

Comparing tuition in and out of state Pennsylvania students pay less due to taxes, university officials said. By TOM IGNUDO The Temple News In Temple’s College of Liberal Arts, the cost of in-state tuition is $14,398 and out-of-state tuition is $24,704, not including the $690 university services fee. The difference—which remains fairly consistent among all of Temple’s schools and colleges—amounts to more than $10,000 of added expenses to non-Pennsylvania students. But Ken Kaiser, the university’s CFO and treasurer, said the costs are lop-

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trash, traffic and parking. These are all aspects that Moody said he will address in a comprehensive study that his firm will provide to the Board of Trustees at the end of the feasibility study. Moody said the study is estimated to be completed by the end of the summer, taking a total of three to four months. Joan Briley, who is the block captain for the 1500 block of Norris

sided due to Temple’s partnership with state government to benefit Pennsylvania residents. “When Temple gets its state appropriation—this year it’s $147 million—we get that money for one reason only, and that one reason is to provide discounted tuition to the citizens of Pennsylvania,” Kaiser said. “That 147 is paid for by the people of Pennsylvania, so that the students that come from Pennsylvania can have access to a college degree at a less expensive price.” Kaiser added Pennsylvania subsidizes the tuition for in-state students and the recent budget impasse could have had a critical effect on the university’s tuition costs. “When the budget impasse happens and it looks like, ‘Are we really going to get our money this year?’”

Kaiser said. “If we didn’t get our money we couldn’t simply increase tuition for everybody. That wouldn’t be fair.” According to the National Center for Education Statistics, for the academic year of 2010-11, it was $8,990 more on average for student to attend an out-of-state university. In addition, in-state and out-ofstate tuition costs at Temple have jumped nearly 12 and 9 percent respectively since 2012-13. Temple currently enrolls 37,788 students and 72.6 percent are Pennsylvania residents. David Glezerman, assistant vice president of the university’s bursar office, said the tuition is set by the Board of Trustees through the university’s budget process. He also added how difficult it is

Street—and whose house is right across the street from the proposed stadium site—met with Portillo, Moody’s team and other community members. “We don’t trust [the university] because of how things have been done,” Briley said. “We told [Moody], ‘You don’t live here. You don’t see what we’re going through.’” Briley and Portillo both said Moody listened to and wrote down all of their concerns at last month’s meeting. “He was really listening to what we’re saying,” Briley said. “I hope he took heed in what we were saying.”

to gain Pennsylvania residency status if a student is from another state. “If you’re coming here from New York, for the purpose of going to school at Temple,” Glezerman said. “You’re not going to be able to claim Pennsylvania residency under the guidelines that exist.” These guidelines include a continuous 12-month residency period in the state for purposes other than education. Students cannot be dependent on their parents’ taxes and also must receive financial aid based on living in Pennsylvania. Some states use tuition reciprocity agreements—an agreement allowing residents of one state to attend a college for a reduced tuition in a nearby state—but Pennsylvania is one of eight states which don’t provide this agreement for students.

Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas are the other states which don’t use reciprocity agreements. Glezerman believes states in the region need to work cohesively in order for reciprocity agreements to work. “I think you have to have all the states in the region pretty much working together on that,” Glezerman said. “I think if you were a Rutgers student for example, in New Jersey you don’t have that reciprocity either between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. That’s more of a state issue than a Temple-specific issue.” * T @Ignudo5

“We do believe that some of these things will be needed to be addressed regardless if they ever build anything on those sites,” Moody said. “Hopefully what comes out of this [feasibility study] will be greater discussion between the students, faculty community and university officials on what should happen [off campus].” * T @gill_mcgoldrick KATHRYN STELLATO TTN

Guadalupe Portillo, 70, has worked in Facilities Management for the past 21 years.




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Since the university an- ternative uses for the stadium nounced its proposal of a po- while not in use by the foottential onball team. c a m p u s The community had little say in The task f o o t b a l l the existence of the stadium, but force will stadium, include they do in the execution. we have individuvoiced als in the concerns about the possibility university’s community relaof the university overlooking tions department. the importance of community The community had alinput. most no say about the deciMore than five months sion to build the stadium. later, it appears Curtis The exclusion has resulted Moody—President and CEO in a tangible amount of pushof Moody Nolan and the back during Board of Trustnewly selected architect of ees meetings and the creation the proposed stadium—and a of the “Stadium Stompers,” separate university-commis- which meets every other sioned task force are putting Thursday at the Church of the the community in the fore- Advocate to discuss opposifront of the planning. tion to the university’s plans. Moody told The Temple If an estimated 35,000 News he and his team will students flood the borders of visit the potential stadium site campus at least six times a every two weeks to meet with year, cooperation in the form residents in the surrounding of answered questions, job area. Guadalupe Portillo, a creation and community recommunity resident and uni- sources must be provided. versity employee, said she The recent involvement and a few other residents have of Moody is a good step, already met with Moody. and while the crowds outside Director of the Sport In- Board of Trustees meetings dustry Research Center and may have been smaller if Faculty Athletics Representa- these steps were taken earlier, tive Jeremy Jordan will lead a it’s reassuring to see them university-commissioned task taken at all. force to produce ideas on al-

Ensure equality

Last Thursday Gov. Tom Wolf said the protections Wolf signed an executive or- under the order will apply der making it illegal for grant to 79,000 current state emrecipients ployees, and state The Temple community should however support this bill to extend contracthis bill equality to all citizens. tors to disis not criminate extendin housing, employment and ed to all Pennsylvania resipublic services based on dents. sexual orientation and gender As student journalists, identity. allies and engaged citizens, This order comes as a re- the staff of The Temple News sponse to a bill passed by the wholeheartedly supports North Carolina General As- the governor’s new bill, and sembly in late March that pre- hopes that eventually our vents local governments from state can extend this kind of passing nondiscrimination protection to all Pennsylvaordinances and from opening nia residents. It’s our duty to bathrooms to transgender in- make sure members of the dividuals. lesbian, gay, bisexual and In a statement released transgender community feel Tuesday, Wolf said: “What comfortable and safe enough North Carolina did is wrong, to use any bathroom they and equally as troubling is choose and exercise every the Pennsylvania General As- right they should be guaransembly’s inaction on passing teed in Pennsylvania, and on non-discrimination legisla- Temple’s campuses. tion in the commonwealth to We believe this kind of ensure that all people—re- protection—not just for state gardless of sexual orienta- employees, but all residents of tion, gender expression, and Pennsylvania—is fundamenidentity—are treated equally tal. We stand by Gov. Wolf, under Pennsylvania law. This and hope that other members fundamental right is essential, of our general assembly will and enjoys broad, bipartisan too in taking more necessary support.” action.


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Code will make students accountable Partiers who trash their blocks are in for a just wake-up call.


tudents who only remain good neighbors during the day should rightfully feel the heat from administration in the coming weeks as changes to the Student Conduct Code will mean harsher punishment for partiers. These changes, implemented because of “unruly behavior,” will include increased police patrol during “peak party times,” President Theobald’s statement sent to students last week said. The warmer weather means more students will be PAIGE GROSS going out, Dean of OPINION EDITOR Students Stephanie Ives said. The policies went into effect this weekend. According to Charlie Leone, executive director of campus safety services, 10 parties were broken up for being loud and overcrowded when police were patrolling last Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. While I agree with Theobald that partying is coupled with the college experience, trashing the surrounding neighborhoods is not. In September, I talked to Andrea Seiss, senior associate dean of students, about the Good Neighbor Policy, an initiative created to teach students about the responsibility that comes with moving into an offcam-

pus apartment. She said its creation was spurred from a student’s interaction with a long-time resident who told him he wasn’t disposing of his trash correctly and how that could hurt the community. “We realized there was a culture change happening,” Seiss said. “Students were moving off campus and into their temporary homes and they weren’t prepared for what that entailed.” Despite the initiative being enacted a few years ago and the university promoting it constantly, many students still don’t understand the effect of their actions. Last week’s update of the Student Conduct Code includes increasing fines; $750 for a second offense, and $1,000 and suspension or expulsion from the university for the third. Ives told The Temple News last week the increased punishment is a way to finally get students’ attention and change the current state of partying. “You have to change your behaviors and you’re not. Maybe this will motivate you to do so,” she said. Ives said the changes came from findings of the Campus Health Assessment Response Task Force, which is made up of about 25 people from Temple Police, Tuttleman Counseling Services, the Dean of Students Office, Housing and Residential Life, university counsel and

Temple Student Government. While Ives said the proposed oncampus stadium never came up with CHART, increased partying off campus, and the trash that comes with the celebration is one of the biggest concerns the community has voiced so far. Theobald told our Editorial Board in February that on game day, tailgating and travel would happen in spaces on campus. But I wonder, if students already party regularly in their off-campus apartments, how would the university be able to control the trash usually cleaned up by employees of Lincoln Financial Field? This newly reinforced policy may seem harsh, but Ives said about 12 percent of students getting citations for violating the alcohol policy were repeat offenders last academic year. Learning has to start somewhere, and considering some of these students are continually disrespecting their neighborhoods, a wake-up call is needed. The money generated from these fines will go toward educating students about proper conduct and sexual assault, Ives said. Again, partying is a part of college life. What Theobald and other administrators are doing though, is making safety and respect a priority for the surrounding community and its members. It’s possible to have a good time while being conscious of your surroundings. The changes to the Student Conduct Code are making sure students stay accountable for their actions, on and off campus. * T @By_paigegross

column | politics

Two-party system is not democratic Most Americans’ ideals don’t fit into just one politcial party.



ennsylvania is an important state for primaries this year, with recent visitor Sen. Bernie Sanders gaining momentum and both parties vying for 189 Democratic delegates. Unfortunately some voters feel they need to vote for the “lesser of two evils.” The two-party system is like a triangle, where the two parties lean against each other for support and unaware common citizens form the base, connecting the two ends of the spectrum. Sitting on top, where the two parties meet, are the wealthy, who win no matter what, as it stands now. Right away, you see a real ethical problem here: the illusion of choice. If there was only one party, then a revolution could topple it. The first U.S. party, the Federalist Party, was challenged by those in government when Thomas Jefferson launched the “Democratic-Republican Party.” The people who thrive off the twoparty system thrive because it brings out extremes. In a real democracy, you need political equivocality, which has little to do with extremism and more to do with exchanging of ideas. On top of navigating the two-party system, religion can come into play. Advocate Saba Ahmed, a Muslim American, who founded the Republican Muslim Coalition in Washington, D.C., said in a recent interview with Maria

Bartiromo on CNN that it’s unlikely for Muslim “Republicans” to return to the GOP due to Islamophobia. Not only was Ahmed’s demeanor calmer than Bartiromo’s, but Bartiromo also perpetrated victimization—she asked Ahmed what Muslims should do “to change the perception of Islam, Muslims, and refugees.” Ahmed rescinded her Democratic affiliation in 2011. In a recent interview on Al Jazeera, she explained that Republican values like being pro-life, traditional mar-

Khalid Blankinship, the chair of the religion department, said American nationalism is disguised in the form of “overzealous evangelicalism.” He told me to think back to the Prohibition Era of the 1920s when beverages of more than 2.75 percent alcohol concentration were banned. “The ban misrepresented the country’s general intake,” he said. “It only preserved personal values of a small fraction, while exacerbating criminal activity.”

The people who thrive off the two-party “ system thrive because it brings out extremes.” riage and capitalism align with Islamic beliefs. She says in the article that Democratic views like pro-LGBTQ community and pro-government are incompatible. “[While] some of the social values [of the Democratic party] are good,” she said. “Mostly they promote same sex relations, which are completely forbidden in Islam. I have been extremely disappointed in the Obama administration policies [in this regard].” Religious teachings in political platforms isn’t a new phenomenon in the U.S. Voters usually look for candidates with similar external religious beliefs. “Concrete issues” like finances and economic issues, take the back seat to “soft” issues, like one’s lifestyle and personal values. This, unfortunately, sidetracks from income inequality, social security and funding for schools.

Clearly, the ban proved to be impractical and the law was reversed in 1926. In this case, policy outweighed a particular religious view. The system sustains an illusion of choice and is not a democracy, which fosters free thought through political fluidity and not domination of one set of ideologies over the majority. Blankinship is confident that, although there will be some people voting based on external religious stances of the candidates, most people will vote based on policies that will affect their lives and non-imperialist policies. I urge voters to not judge a candidate by one’s party affiliation, but instead for the candidate whose policies best represent America. *


TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016 column | stadium

Stadium creating dialogue If nothing else, the proposed stadium has forced community-university conversation.


n late March, Temple announced Moody Nolan, the country’s largest African-American owned and managed architecture firm, will design the proposed on-campus stadium. Moody Nolan’s appointment, along with two other firms, is part of preliminary plans for the stadium. The Temple News reported in February the Board of Trustees granted $1 million for a design proposal and an environmental impact study. As someone proudly against the stadium, I see one benefit becoming increasingly clear as university officials have progressed with their plans and community relations have flared. The stadium has put more pressure on the university to face community issues, creating both friction and conversation. “Community relations is something the university and the neighbors have been working on for quite a GRACE SHALLOW while,” said Joyce Wilkerson, senior LEAD COLUMNIST advisor for community relations and development. “A lot of times an issue like a stadium will surface and create the pressure for solutions and tough conversations. Whether we have a stadium or not, we will have had some really tough dialogue with people.” During discussions about the stadium, the point that North Philadelphia is a predominantly black community has been pointed out several times. “Black folks have had to fight for everything that we get. Nothing comes to us. We have to fight,” Jacqueline Wiggins, a member of the Stadium Stompers and a community member who has lived here since 1952 told me. “What is the reason for a stadium in the heart of a residential area?” University officials said the stadium would benefit the community because of its availability for events like high school games, a place of employment for community members and a way to accelerate local businesses. Discussions about the stadium have brought up insolent student conduct on weekends like noisy parties, public urination and litter. The presence of an on-campus stadium means on-campus tailgating, possibly worsening these issues. Through these discussions, it has become increasingly clear students have a significant impact on the safety of the surrounding area. To make students more accountable, Theobald announced more stringent restrictions on off-campus partying last week. These include a patrol team made up of community members and the Department of Campus Safety Services to walk the neighborhood during peak party times. “We can’t do it alone. The city can’t do it alone. The neighborhood can’t do it alone and the students can’t do



it alone,” Ray Betzner, the associate vice president of executive communications, said. “It’s got to be all of us working together, all agreeing there needs to be some basic rules of the road for living in the neighborhood.” I think friction stems from a lack of community awareness. “We’re at the very beginning of the process,” Wilkerson said in response to critiques about poor university communications with the community. “This is an initial feasibility phase. We’ve used small meetings. We’re going to report back with bigger meetings, so it’s been a lot of different strategies with a lot of different constituencies.” Philip Gregory, a Stadium Stompers leader and sophomore English major, feels like the university has continually ignored the needs of the community. “They don’t really care what the community and

The stadium has put more “pressure on the university to face community issues, creating both friction and conversation.

what the students are saying or what the opinions of anybody else really is,” Gregory said. “They’re focused on their bottom lines instead of just what’s good for the community.” With an issue like the stadium, opposing opinions differ in many ways and make it seem impossible to find a middle ground. Anyone on either side of this discussion should agree the conversations about theses issues instigated by the stadium needed to happen. “We don’t have the answer yet. It’s not like we haven’t been working with the community. It’s that a phenomenon has overwhelmed us,” Wilkerson said. “We’re learning we have to be more aggressive. … Stadium or not, we’ve got a lot of work to do.” “Temple is unique,” Curtis J. Moody, CEO of Moody Nolan, told me. “The solution has to be unique to Temple. It’s not a cookie-cutter. We can’t just take what we’ve done somewhere else and put it there. The stadium has to be custom-designed to meet issues of concern.” As an opponent of building the stadium, I think conversations about community issues starting now is a positive thing. They should not stop, however, if the stadium is or isn’t built, because Temple will continue to grow. The long-standing culture living amongst these blocks needs to be preserved. And that can only be done with open communication.

Oct. 31,1960: Then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy visited Main Campus a week before the presidential election. Kennedy spoke in the rain to a crowd of about 4,500 students and faculty at Park Avenue and Norris Street (currently where 1940 Residence Hall stands). Last week, thousands of Temple students and Philadelphians stood hours in line to see Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders spoke around 8:30 p.m. to a crowd of about 10,000.

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Elected office essential to changing attitude on race Student government should make race relations a priority.


hen I transferred from a small, liberal arts college in Northwestern Pennsylvania to Temple last semester, I noticed a parallel between the cultures. I left due to many racist experiences I encountered. In my time here, I have not dealt with being chased with a shotgun—like at my old school—but there is a similar rhetoric that compares “Diversity University” to other schools that aren’t as inclusive. In a 2013 study conducted at Angelo State University called “Understanding the African-American Student Experience in Higher Education Through a Relational JAYA MONTAGUE Dialectics Perspective,” Dr. Jake Simmons follows 87 African-American students on three colleges over a five-year period. The study details the experiences of the students and found African-American students had a difficult time adjusting to a campus of mostly white students. Incidents like the alleged recent verbal and physical assault on a black Drexel student by white Temple students and the drawing of a swastika and the “n-word” on someone’s car in the snow are not new at predominantly white institutions—Temple included. According to Temple’s 2014-15 Fact


Book, white undergraduate students make up 57.3 percent of the student body, which makes Temple a predominantly white institutions. Black students account for the largest minority at 13 percent, Asian students make up 10.2 percent and Hispanic/Latino students account for 5.7 percent. While collectively, these percentages are higher than other schools that are more than 70 percent White and the minority population

race “were never explicitly asked during any debates.” “Most of what we have to say about race on campus that we were able to speak about in the setting of a debate revolved around our principal that diversity is simply not enough,” she said. “We should, as students, strive towards inclusivity.” I believe TSG elections are just as important as the current president election for Temple

I was able to see the importance of a university’s “student government and how it can change the climate of a campus.” is less than 10 percent, minorities at Temple do not even make up half of the population of students. It feels like the percentage of black students like me make up about as much space as Beury Beach takes up of Main Campus. Because of this, we need to talk about racial differences more often. While many think the presidential election is more important than the recent Temple Student Government election, racial issues on Main Campus affect all students. Kelly Dawson, the newly elected Vice President of Services on this year’s TSG winning team, Empower TU, said questions about

students. At my previous school, I was on the Diversity Initiatives Committee in student government which implemented policies and created events to improve inclusivity between minority students and non-minority students. I was able to see the importance of a university’s student government and how it can change the climate of a campus. Dawson said the team’s initiatives that revolve around race will be addressed by modifying the TUnity statement that already exists and requiring student organizations to send a representative to the meetings of other organizations

that are culturally specific. The measures Dawson outlined are necessary. Last year during Greek Sing, when a member of Delta Zeta gathered sorority sisters of the historically black National Pan-Hellenic Council on stage she said, “come over here n---s.” Also in 2014, a student wrote “Ching Chong” and an email address of “” on a sign-up sheet for a field trip to the Pan-Asian American Community House hosted by Temple University Asian Students Association. This year, the possibility of an on-campus stadium is exemplifying Temple’s white privilege over the African-American community which has no economic standing to prevent it from happening. I’m calling for students and administration to make diversity and race relations a priority because it’s clear race is an issue far from being resolved on Main Campus. Our lives are a priority on Main Campus and in the world. Students of color are important and any incidents that lessen our college experience are not acceptable. Our existence is not the determination of anyone’s comfortability level. I implore not only black students, but also all minority students on this campus to hold both the federal government and the student government accountable in representing our interests and to better the experience of being at a Predominantly White Institution. *





Largest gift in SMC history leads to new chair UNIVERSITY NEWS

press release. Moyer is a professor of medicine, executive vice chair for education in the Department of Medicine, internal medicine residency program director and assistant dean for graduate medical education at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Moyer’s term will begin during the ACP’s Internal Medicine Meeting, the annual scientific meeting held in Washington, D.C. in May. Moyer’s background includes serving on ACP’s Board of Regents, which is the main policy-making body of the organization. She has been an ACP fellow since 1995 and has also served as the Chair of the Board of Governors, according to the release. -Lian Parsons


Last Wednesday, the School of Media and Communication celebrated the creation of the Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities and Solutions. The chair was formed by SMC alumnus, Steve Charles, who donated $2 million, the largest one-time donation in the school’s history. The chair’s purpose is to support and study solutions-based journalism and media. It is designed to make a positive difference in urban neighborhoods like North Philadelphia. SMC Dean David Boardman said the chair will provide a new innovative approach and will help Temple strengthen its relationship with Philadelphia. He added media usually focuses on the negative too much and this chair could have a profound impact to improve the surrounding communities. David Bornstein, a New York Times columnist and co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, said journalists should seek out the success of this kind of journalism by shifting their attention to providing resources and solutions in their stories. Charles—who graduated from Temple in 1980 with an advertising degree—later founded immixGroup, a firm helping technology business work with the federal government. He also established a scholarship fund in 2011 for SMC students who graduate from a school in an urban environment. -Tom Ignudo


Temple and Snøhetta architects met April 6 at the Temple Performing Arts Center for a panel discussion of the university’s new library, Curbed Philadelphia reported. Selected panelists, moderated by Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron, discussed the purpose of the building’s architecture and the evolution of the plans for the library.


SMC Dean David Boardman (left), and Steve Charles were at the event last Wednesday.

Craig Dykers, founding partner and architect at Snøhetta said the library will attempt to encourage people to take the stairs rather than elevators with its open and “voyeuristic” design. Dykers also spoke about the use of a“Book Bot,” an automated retrieval system that will store 90 percent of the 2 million books Temple owns. He said the bot will create 35 percent more open space in the library. Peter Conn, executive director of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, said the system would segregate people from the books, the “core material of the library.” University Architect Margaret Carney said the original plans for the library placed it west of Broad Street, however President Theobald’s ideas for the library moved it to the center of Main Campus. The location of the library within the campus will hopefully draw community members onto the campus to use it, said Anne Fadullon, director of planning and development for the city. -Julie Christie

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR JOINS LOCAL ‘40 UNDER 40’ LIST The Philadelphia Business Journal recognized Temple’s Athletic Director, Pat Kraft, in its

2016 “40 Under 40 list,” which features young business leaders. The Journal also recognized six other Temple alumni. Kraft said he was honored to be on the list and Temple’s athletics would not have had the success it had without the help from President Theobald and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Clark. In Kraft’s first year as Temple’s AD, the football team got off to its best start in school history. The Owls started out 7-0, were nationally ranked for the first time since 1979 and earned bowl eligibility for the fifth time in the past seven years. Temple’s men’s basketball team also won the American Athletic Conference regular season in 2015-16. The men’s appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in nine years, while women’s basketball team played in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament for the second straight season. -Tom Ignudo

UNIVERSITY DOCTOR CHOSEN TO LEAD NATIONAL COLLEGE Dr. Darilyn Moyer has been named president-elect of the American College of Physicians, according to a Temple Health

CITY EMPLOYEE SALARY DATA RELEASED LAST WEEK Last week, Philadelphia released a dataset with salary and overtime pay information for all city employees. Philly reported that Mayor Jim Kenney has supported making salary information public. “There’s no reason why [city employee] salary information shouldn’t be available,” he told Philly in January. City spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said the new dataset means journalists will not have to fulfill right-to-know requests concerning employee salaries, which was a common request. Chief Data Officer Tim Wisniewski had been working with his department and the city’s Finance Department to make the data public. “It’s not an easy dataset,” he told Philly. “These are real people. These are real departments. These are real concerns.” He also wanted to make sure city employees and departments knew the data was going to be publicly released. “We didn’t have to get buy in from each department, but we didn’t want them finding out from the press release,” he told Philly. -Steve Bohnel

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a member of the task force, she emphasized faculty representation. “My primary role was to make sure that faculty voice was heard on the task force and to make sure there’s as much dialogue as possible between faculty and administration,” Jones said. “The faculty aren’t gungho, but there’s a lot less resistance than there was.” “Initially in the fall, there was a general sense that there was a lot of missing information and a lot of skepticism,” she added. “[Administration] started really trying honestly very hard to meet with faculty in collegiate assemblies and in the Faculty Senate to share information about the stadium and that has become an ongoing discussion that is a lot more constructive. … Every time we’ve asked, ‘Will you come and will you answer anything we ask of you?’ they’ve showed up.” Student Body President Ryan Rinaldi, Vice President of Services Brittany Boston and Executive Communications Director Ben Palestino are student representatives for TSG. “This is a conversation that is very raw at this point and we’re still trying to hash out a lot of the ideas,” Rinaldi said. “We don’t know how much space we’re working with, we don’t know what we’re working with, because the stadium hasn’t

even been approved.” Rinaldi added that the task force is “fluid” and more members are added as necessary. “Space is in very high demand and we want to have as many people a part of the conversation as possible,” he said. As the current TSG administration leaves office, the new administration, Empower TU, will join the task force following its induction next Monday. The task force’s findings will be published as a public list of recommendations, projected to be released before the BOT’s meeting in July, Jordan said. If the stadium is approved, the design of the stadium will move forward and the recommendations will inform the design process, he added. The $1 million feasibility study approved by the BOT in February is still in progress, exploring the costs of alternate use, fundraising and feasibility with the community. The city’s position on the stadium is still in question, Jones said. “Unless somebody comes up with a lot of money and a really nice space in Philadelphia they’re going to give us to build a stadium in a different way, we just don’t have that many options left,” Jones said. “It’s not wide-open the way we initially thought it was.” * T @Lian_Parsons

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Repairs on the East Park Canoe House, condemned by the city in 2008, started last July.

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coach Rebecca Smith Grzybowski, of what feature would be most important to the boathouse. Brian Perkins, assistant crew coach, said the tents don’t always protect the boats from the weather. Tree branches have poked holes in the tents and they fall off when it gets windy. The tents even caused damage once in 2010, Perkins said, when the roof collapsed, damaging several boats and oars, which each cost about $40,000 and $400 respectively. “The boats bake in the summer and freeze in the winter,” Perkins said. “There’s no shelter from the elements at all.” Perkins said the boats can last about four to six years in the tents, but cannot be sold once they have been worn out. In the boathouse, however, he said the boats could last another two to three years and still maintain a resale value. University Architect Margaret Carney said the boathouse will be safe and occupiable by June and will just need to be “furnished.” Carney said restoring a historic building can be more


difficult than building a completely new structure because the contractors have to keep the historic integrity intact. “The boathouse has such a strong character and presence, it’s majestic really—we’d never be able to recreate that with a new building,” Carney said. “The ornate windows had the original glass taken out, which was then repaired, finished and put back in.” She added the original wooden brackets that support the ceilings, which reach 20 feet at the peak, have been restored to look brand-new. The roof had its original clay tiles removed, but the contractors were able to find the original makers and ordered tiles identical to the ones made more than 100 years ago. Carney held up a photo of the interior of the boathouse from before renovations. Light filtered through the windows, but a huge room was still dark and dusty with spray paint on the chipped drywall and stucco. She said the builders are now focusing on the simplest part, the north bay, where the boats are stored. “It’s exciting to work on a building that’s this precious,” Carney said. “We get to see it come back to life.” * T @ChristieJules


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After student complaints about delayed arrival times, an extra bus will leave from the TECH every 30 minutes. PAGE 14

The “Seminar in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy” class is producing legislation about youth homelessness in Philadelphia. PAGE 8


Opening night of Temple Theater’s production of “Godspell” is tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in Randall Theater. PAGE 16





people you should know

A love of history, education Sarah Winski managed “Headed to the White House” at the Constitution Center. By JENNY ROBERTS Assistant Lifestyle Editor

ing,” Elliot Wilson, the president of TCG, said at the event on Friday. All proceeds from this event were donated to the Roughwood Seed Collection, a Philadelphia-based organization in possession of about 4,000 varieties of seeds at risk of extinction due to a lack of biodiversity in modern farming. Owen Taylor, manager of the Roughwood Seed Collection, said the organization’s

When she was about 6 years old, Sarah Winski’s parents thought they had lost their daughter in the crowd while on a tour of Independence Hall. After a few panic-filled moments, they soon realized Winski had merely pushed herself to the front of the group to ask the National Park Ranger some questions. “And my mom, years later she told me, ‘I should have known it back then,’” said Winski, who received a B.A. in history from Temple in 2004. The alumna now serves as the manager of exhibition development at the National Constitution Center, located at 525 Arch St., just blocks from Independence Hall. She oversees all of the museum’s in-house content creation for exhibits. “I realized over the years that my love of history and teaching people about history and telling stories comes together perfectly in a museum,” she said. Winski has always enjoyed telling stories, she said, and even started out at Temple studying communications with an interest in pursuing film. For a long time after college, though, she said she couldn’t “make sense of the fact” that




Temple Community Garden hosted a “Spring Feast” in the Artist’s Palate in the Tyler School of Art on Friday.

Planting roots in philanthropy

Temple Community Garden held a dinner to fundraise for the Roughwood Seed Collection. By GRACE SHALLOW The Temple News


rowing the roots of plants, to Shay Pilot, is like fostering relationships between people. “Roots are required,” said Pilot, a junior philosophy major. “You have to set down roots to make a strong community garden, just like you have to make a strong community. It’s what’s required: time.”

Pilot is the vice president of Temple Community Garden, a club that meets weekly on Friday afternoons to set roots, compost and create community on Diamond Street between Broad and Carlisle. TCG hosted the Spring Feast in the Artist’s Palate Cafe in the Tyler School of Art on Friday night. The potluck dinner, which included food grown in TCG, was held to create awareness about the organization itself. “It’s really nice just to see new faces and get more people interested in what we’re do-


A campaign to ‘drink smart’ Students are working to reduce the negative effects of binge drinking. By BROOKE WILLIAMS The Temple News


Giorgio Musilli listens to an audio installation piece during the MESH art show in the Tyler School of Art.

Interdisciplinary art in the ‘same space’ MESH showed student art from seven different schools at Temple. By GILLIAN McGOLDRICK The Temple News Walking through a traditional museum, each hallway is dedicated to a certain kind of art. Turn left for oil paintings, right for pastels. But in the Architecture building Thursday night, there were no labels for what kind of art would be shown. Actually, there were no

labels to who could submit art at all—the show meshed different types of art together under one roof. “MESH: Redefining Art at Temple” was held by the Art of Business/Business of Art group, and featured 30 pieces of work from students across seven schools at Temple for each creative outlet their major may need. “No matter what major you’re in, whether it’s accounting or fine arts or engineering, nursing, whatever it may be, there’s creativity involved somewhere in that,” ABBA president and sophomore art history major Fiona Fackler said. “A



Matthew Manzo first noticed a problem with binge drinking on college campuses before he even enrolled at Temple—after the death of family

friend Shane Montgomery. “I went to a Roman Catholic high school for two years, and I was really close to Shane Montgomery’s uncle,” said Manzo, a freshman finance major. “He was my cross country coach. Shane ran cross country too, but graduated right before I got there. It was such a shock after that happened. Everyone was devastated.” In November 2014, Montgomery, a West Chester University senior, went missing after a night out at a bar in Manayunk. After a five-week

search, his body was recovered from the Schuylkill. When Manzo started at Temple last year, he wanted to prevent an alcohol-related situation like Montgomery’s from happening again. He decided to start what he calls a “Drink Smart” campaign by handing out free bottles of water to students at times throughout the year when high rates of binge drinking typically occur on college campuses. The campaign is



Members of the Newman Center hand out water bottles Friday night to help keep students hydrated during peak hours for binge drinking.




inside the classroom

Communications class advocates for the homeless The class includes volunteerism, legislation and a clothing drive. By DELIALAH BURNS The Temple News In her experience working with homelessness, Emily Susavage has identified a common thread: widespread misconceptions about homeless people. She’s traveled across the country on service trips to cities like Chicago, Atlanta and New Orleans, and she’s consistently seen a problematic view of the homeless. People often think those who are homeless are “just lazy, they’re alcoholics, they’re drug addicts,” said Susavage, a senior strategic communications major. Susavage is part of an inclass initiative aimed at changing the perception of homeless

people, specifically homeless youth, in Philadelphia: the “Seminar in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy” course, which is the capstone requirement for the rhetoric and public advocacy concentration within the strategic communications major. “We want to educate the Temple community about homelessness,” Susavage said. “But also [we want] to get our fellow students to think about the issue and not just walk past and not acknowledge it. So we are going to have the clothing drive as a way to advocate the issue and a way to educate the students, so I think it will be really productive.” Each semester, the course advocates for a different issue in the city. There was substantial interest this year in advocating for the homeless, said Janelle Grace, a senior strategic communications major. “More than half of the class had an interest in pursuing homelessness, so we collectively decided to pursue the

issue,” she said. The capstone course is made up of eight students and has three components: volunteerism, legislation and a clothing drive. “Everyone in the class is volunteering their time at least one day at Broad Street Ministry, which caters to Philadelphia’s vulnerable citizens, whether they’re homeless or hungry,” said Jason Del Gandio, the course’s instructor and an assistant professor of strategic communications. To begin to alleviate the homelessness epidemic in Philadelphia, Del Gandio said the group has to start rebuilding the system. And to begin this rebuilding, Del Gandio and his students are creating the campaign, “Challenging Homelessness by Organizing and Inspiring Co-operative Empowerment.” He said it typically takes six months to execute a campaign like this one successfully—but these senior advocacy team members plan to execute CHOICE

in 15 weeks. The legislative team on the campaign drafted a bill to increase the accountability of lawmakers in determining accurate statistics about homelessness. Last year, there were only 51 beds for an estimated 500 homeless youth, Del Gandio said, and that can be partially attributed to inaccurate statistics. “There are so many homeless youth in Philadelphia that it’s really hard to find an exact number,” Grace said. “As a part of our legislation, we are looking into how we can work with public schools, the foster care system and with juvenile detention centers in order to identify youth that are susceptible. We want to create a task force that will work towards solving this issue.” This bill will be presented to State Rep. Joanna McClinton of the 191st district. “I hope it inspires people to volunteer their time and then hopefully we can make a small contribution to actually


The “Seminar in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy” class is the capstone requirement for the rhetoric and public advocacy concentration of strategic communications.

ending homelessness, which is what the legislation is about,” Del Gandio said. The clothing drive team is in charge of the social media and marketing components of CHOICE. It will spread awareness about homelessness in Philadelphia by collecting clothing donations today through Thursday in the Rad Dish Café. “I hope [the clothing drive] raises the homeless issues in society in general, but more specifically in Philadelphia,” Del Gandio said. “If I ADVERTISEMENT


The rapper, author and actor Common delivered a lecture about success and self-confidence on Thursday in the Student Center.

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confidence to reassure the crowd: “our light was created so we can put it on the lamp stand, and everyone that walks in the room can see it,” Common said. The published author and actor believes addressing young adults in particular plays a role in shaping the future. “I think it’s the college-aged students and people who have the energy, have the intelligence, have the drive to really come up with new things to better society,” Common said. At 12 years old, Common worked as a ball boy for the Chicago Bulls, running equipment back and forth through a tunnel between locker rooms. He recounted to the crowd how he was so shaken after learning about the murder of Emmett Till in school, he started sprinting through the tunnel out of fear. “It scared me, seeing this young boy, who was from Chicago just like me that, just for whistling, his life was taken,” he told the audience. “I felt this energy and this spirit down there.” “I felt that, at that moment, whatever I do in life, I have to do it for those who lost their lives,” he added. Later in the night, Common described his time working with Kanye West during the creation of “Be,” Common’s 2006 album which was nominated for four Grammy Awards. One story detailed how during listening sessions with journalists, West “would hop up

on the table and be rapping and sweating and spitting,’” which boosted Common’s faith in his own music. “Belief is contagious,” he said to the audience. Since he began his career in the early 1990s, Common has noticed a change

“Common has a

unique message, so he’s not only a rapper, he is a social activist.

Danielle Snowden | Junior media studies and production major

in the hip-hop industry’s focus on monetization. “It started to become more of a machine than it was a soul,” he said. “I’ve seen that change, but then again, you still always had artists that brought soul. No matter what. And now we still have it.” Junior media studies and production major Danielle Snowden, a university event director for Main Campus Program Board, which organized the event, said she chose Common to speak for reasons beyond his musical talent. “Common has a unique message, so

he’s not only a rapper, he is a social activist,” she said. “The issues that he talks about definitely relate to this generation being such a conscious generation. He was very personable with the audience, and I think that’s something that you don’t always get from speakers.” Freshman computer science major Derrick Sharper, who attended the lecture, felt “motivated” by Common’s words. “e I’m currently starting my own business,” Sharper said. “It gave me a new way of looking at things.“ “I liked how he took it back and said financial issues and any issues that you have, they’re valid but you have to recognize them as that to move forward,” said sophomore social work and African-American studies major Kayla Thomas, also in attendance. The evening came to a close with a Q&A session, when Common answered pre-submitted questions from attendees. One question, submitted by junior Nick Davis, asked whether or not artists have a responsibility to be socially aware, positive role models. “Being a good human being is still a duty of an artist too,” Common said to the audience. “It’s our responsibility, because we have a microphone to do something. To change the world in that way is important.” *

allow myself to dream, then it would be wonderful if Philadelphia became a leader in addressing youth homelessness in this nation.” “We aim to be that hand to pull each other up, and to give the choice of a future that is deserving of all people,” Del Gandio said. “We have the choice to work together to achieve this goal by encouraging awareness, inspiring volunteerism amongst students, faculty and the community.” *



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Local jewelry designer Lauren Priori graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and attended gemology school soon after to achieve her dream of creating custom engagement rings. PAGE 11




‘A visual record’ of South Kensington

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center builds community relationships with photography. By MORGAN SLUTZKY The Temple News


hen the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center was founded almost seven years ago, it was created with the purpose of bridging the gap between digital and analog photogra-

phy. With the Philly Block Project, the PPAC is bridging gaps once again—this time between community history and art. Sarah Stolfa, the founder and executive director of PPAC, has always felt that making art accessible to people in the community around an arts organization is one of the arts’ most important responsibilities. With the Philly Block Project, she hopes to build those community relationships. During the course of a year, several photographers have been enlisted to create a visual record of the South Kensington neighborhood surrounding the PPAC, taking pictures of the houses and the families who live there. Residents have

also been invited to submit personal photos to be scanned into a collaborative community archive. “It’s really important that community members not only have the opportunity to come to PPAC and see the art that we make, but also be a part of that dialogue,” Stolfa said. “So it’s really important for me to have a worldrenowned photographer and artist like Hank Willis Thomas, and have him engage with the community to kind of break those barriers.” As the lead photographer for the project, Thomas has been involved from the very beginning—from the writing of the grant, which was awarded by the Pew Center for Arts &

Heritage, to bringing in co-collaborators like Kalia Brooks, who will curate an exhibition of selections from the community archive. He also invited photographers Wyatt Gallery, Lisa Fairstein, Hiroyuki Ito and Will Steacy to be involved in the initiative. A project like this is two-fold, Gallery said, a contributing photographer. Not only does it create a collaborative community art space, but it also documents a historically rich neighborhood entering a transitional period. Both phases of the project, the photographers’ record and the community archive, combine to




Cirkus Cirkör, a Swedish circus, believes knitting can be a means to achieving peace. The group premiered its show as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts April 8.




Music festival opens Bringing fashion and doors for listeners community together The Key’s three-day festival showcases Philly’s diverse music scene, highlighting artists from all genres. By EMILY THOMAS The Temple News

The moment local R&B/electro-pop singer Kate Faust rediscovered her second grade journal with song lyrics scribbled in it, she knew what she wanted to do in life. “I still remember some of the melodies actually,” she said. “And it’s still similar to the way I write out songs now. It finally occurred to me that this was something I had to do.” Today, Faust is ready to release her third studio album, “Capsizing,” but not before performing it live at the second annual Key Fest, a three day Philly-based music festival curated by The Key of WXPN. Key Fest began last year, and due to its success, The Key and music venue MilkBoy are sponsoring it again from April 22-24.

This year’s Philadelphia Small Business Fashion Week supported the Darby Foundation. By ERIN MORAN The Temple News

Faust, along with 11 other artists from varying genres will perform together at MilkBoy in Center City to showcase the city’s music scene. John Vettese, editor of The Key, put together the lineup, which reflects Philly’s ever-changing music community. “One of the things I like about being editor here is that we cast a bit of a wider net than we sometimes do on air,” he said. “On air, XPN is largely singer-songwriters, emerging indie rock and lot of heritage artists.” “The Key for me is an opportunity to expand beyond that and highlight artists not necessarily constrained by those boundaries,”



Regina McWhite-Brown was 12 years old when she would flip through three-inch-thick copies of Vogue and mimic the designs in her own sketches. Eventually, she said, she developed her own style before she “even knew what style was.” Now, McWhite-Brown is the owner and designer of Regina McWhite, a couture, ready-to-wear clothes and accessories brand for women and children. Although the brand launched in 2014, McWhite-Brown is not new to the Philadelphia small business scene. McWhite-Brown debuted her first fashion line for children, Likorice Apparel, in 2001. She said she continued to run Likorice Apparel until 2009,

when the recession forced her to stop. Next, she decided to refocus on womenswear. McWhite-Brown said her brand is still inspired by the issues of Vogue she collected as a girl in the 1970s and ‘80s. “Those earlier designers, their pieces were more tailored, and I do have a more tailored, classic look that I gravitate to,” she said. “I’m learning the more I design to become a little bit more fluid with my designs so it doesn’t seem so uptight. To give it a classic look as well as a more freestyle look.” “[Regina McWhite is] a mixture of more classic styles and street style,” she added. “But






Swedish circus troupe Circus Cirkör performed “Knitting Peace,” which examines the question, “Is it possible to knit peace?” The performance is the troupe’s American premiere.

Knitting arts: ‘a global community’ Cirkus Cirkör performed as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of Art. By GRACE SHALLOW The Temple News To the performers of Cirkus Cirkör, knitting can be a solution for world peace. Cirkör is a contemporary circus group from Sweden. The circus’ “Knitting Peace” premiered in America at the Kimmel Center on Friday. The event showcases trapeze artists hanging from recycled yarn with live music, and is part of the 2016 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. “[Cirkus Cirkör] asks the question: ‘Is it possible to knit peace?’” said Jay Wahl, artistic director at the Kimmel Center. “As we make things in our lives, whether it be knit-

ting, clothes, art or food, we do that because we are striving for something. Their question is, ‘Could those things you make strive for peace?’” “These are major international artists,” he added. “It’s always great for Philadelphians to realize the international city we are, so therefore, we deserve the best in the world. I think Philadelphia wants to have a deeper connection to what they’re made of. We want to be a part of that.” While curating PIFA 2016, Wahl said he considered the idea “we are what we make,” and how the things people create affect the world and how the world affects people in return. Wahl was attracted to Cirkör because of its willingness to reach out to Philadelphia artists to submit knitted pieces for a lobby display at the Merriam Theater. The circus will also take these pieces as they continue to travel the world. Peggy O’Neill started the KnitKnights, a knitting group that has held weekly meetings at

the Conshohocken Free Library for the last 10 years. The KnitKnights submitted 10 pieces to Cirkör for the display. Part of O’Neill’s motivation to knit are the friendships she’s formed as she meets more “fiber people,” or a community of artists who work primarily with yarn. Submitting work to Cirkus Cirkör was an extension of that network. “Knitting is such a global community in every way,” O’Neill said. “It doesn’t matter where you live. … Knitting is not native to any one country. It travels all over the world. I don’t think of [“Knitting Peace”] as a foreign production or if that has as much significance as joining the whole world together.” Cirkör will channel more talent from Philadelphia’s art community with the installation of a white knitted awning on the Merriam created by a team of students from the University of the Arts. Mi-Kyoung Lee, associate professor of crafts and the head of fibers at UArts, led the students in making the creation. Lee said the collaborative aspects of working on this project, ranging from Cirkör’s

blending of visual and performance art to the cooperation she saw amongst her students, was the greatest benefit of this project. “I think the students’ willingness to learn and engage in another culture was amazing,” Lee said. “The whole metaphor of peace … I think the process put my students at peace. That was wonderful to see.” Wahl, like Lee, recognized the contrast of the visual and performance art Cirkör provides with “Knitting Peace.” To Wahl, the movements of the acrobats say as much about the concept of peace as the all-white knitted pieces in the display. “Circus in North America is often about tricks and how bodies can do magnificent flips,” he said. “What Cirkus Cirkör does that I think is so interesting is they have asked if they can use that circus vocabulary to create emotional stories and landscapes, asking the audience to consider things about their own lives and their own bodies.” *


Fair showcases city’s vibrant printmaking scene An annual event showcases printmakers. By ERIN BLEWETT The Temple News Printed materials aren’t as common in today’s digital age, photographer Keith Yahrling said. “But people still crave it,” added Yahrling, one of the organizers of the Philadelphia Art Book Fair. The annual event showcases the work of printmakers and photographers. Visitors and exhibitors, mostly Philadelphia-based with a handful of visiting artists, shared and sold their wares at the Annex on Filbert Street from April 1-2. Seventy-one exhibitors participated in this year’s fair. One of the exhibitors, Marc Fischer, saw the fair as an opportunity to “grasp the texture” of the artists and publishers present in Philadelphia. Fischer, one of the creators of Chicago-based online publishing organization Half Letter Press, is just discovering the scene in Philadelphia during his second year participating in the fair. “Chicago has zine book fairs,” he said. “Those tend to have a younger crowd with more personal and comic book writing. The New York Art Book Fair and the [Los Angeles] fair both have people selling extremely expensive antiquarian books.” But Philadelphia, Fischer said,


The Annex on Filbert has been the home of the Philadelphia Art Book Fair for the last two years.

maintains a “good balance” of highend publishers and less experienced participants in its market. He said most of the exhibitor tables were manned by the actual artist or publisher whose work is being shown, rather than a hired representative. Until last year, the annual event had been held in the Crane Arts building. In 2015, the Annex at 830 Filbert St. became its new home. “At one time [the fair] had a home with the Print Center,” Mark Vevle, founder of the event production company Fluxus, LLC and producer of the fair, said. “After that,

it had a home with the Photo Arts Center. Two years ago, I was talking to both organizations and they were saying that they were looking to join forces and grow it.” Yahrling thinks that it’s “important” to hold events endorsing artists that use the “printed object and printed form” because there are so many artists utilizing this medium in Philadelphia. “The larger goal for the fair is to introduce people, who aren’t necessarily artists, to the thriving scene in Philadelphia,” Yahrling said. “This is my second year com-

ing, I’m still a novice,” said Hannah Bennett, the head of the University of Pennsylvania’s Fisher Fine Arts Library. “It’s so much fun to see the different applications and the different kinds of books.” Bennett attended the fair hoping she would be able to include some of the featured works, like handmade zines and vintage photography books, in a special collection at Fisher. “You just don’t see these things all the time,” she added. “It really has to do with diversity, covering both printmaking and

photography,” Vevle said. “We want to represent both the high and low end of the crafts. So, the high end would be that we have fine art books published by exhibitors like MACK Books from London. The lower would be handmade zines made by young college students here in Philadelphia.” The combination of publishers and artists in one space lead to an “intense feeling of creativity,” Bennett said. Not only was this an opportunity for residents of Philadelphia to be exposed to a wide range of individuals involved in the arts and publishing worlds, but also a potential networking experience for exhibitors. “I don’t really know many people in Philly,” said Paul Shortt, an artist based in Washington, D.C. “It seemed like a good opportunity to come up and meet people. Maybe I’ll sell some stuff and break even, but that’s not why I’m here.” The fair may last a short few days, but Vevle sees it as a way to help residents of Philadelphia be exposed to artists and publishers who are based in other cities. “We want to make sure we have an equal mix of styles,” Vevle said. “We don’t have infinite room, so we have to cap certain categories. We also want to represent other cities. The idea is to grow our community here by letting people who live in Philadelphia get access to galleries and publishers from outside of Philadelphia.” *





New play questions gender roles in society Alumnus Steve Wei tackles Aphra Behn’s “The Rover.” By KATELYN EVANS The Temple News For director Steve Wei, his latest production, “The Rover,” was the perfect opportunity to “pull the rug out from under the audience.” Aphra Behn’s “The Rover” questions gender roles and personal agency by tricking audiences into rooting for a sexual predator, added Wei, a 2014 theater alumnus. “The Rover,” written in 1677, is believed to be the first play written by a woman during the Restoration period in England, and carries themes of sexual assault and violence from a female perspective. The play will run from April 8-23 at First United Methodist Church of Germantown. “We wanted to do a show which told a story of people who don’t get to speak, whose stories don’t get told as much as we would like or in the way that we would like,” Wei said. “In this case, we chose a feminist story.” “What’s really interesting is that it was written by a woman in a time that women weren’t even expected to write or have their voices heard, or even write about their own ability to try to gain agency,” said Ian Connito, a theater major who plays a female servant. “Which is a big deal in this play.” One reason Wei chose to gender-swap characters was to show that most traits and injustices are universal. With themes that trace back to the 17th century, Behn’s story can translate to modern day events. In an unusual choice, Wei’s production of

2013 journalism alumnus, said Behn’s ability to write about the struggles from that time period is quite a feat. “Aphra Behn has a very good wit and a very good social sense,” Braue-Fischbach. “To pick up on what she felt were the injustices of her time, to perceive what male and female roles were. She takes that and adds her delicious little juicy commentary on it.” One scene involves the sexual assault of a young woman. Wei said this production is important for students in particular to watch because assault on campus is a real issue, while the theater’s older audience can remember sexism and misogyny from their time. “When Restoration plays were being written, the sex comedies were all about objectifying women and they were always into it,” Wei said. “Even if [the women] weren’t sure what was going on, it was later on in the story that that event was redeemed. That doesn’t happen here. We never forgive the characters.” In addition to dark themes and genderswapped roles, “The Rover” also features complex dramatic sword fighting. This aspect of production is crucial for the realism that Wei wants to bring to the performance. “The production brings up a lot of questions, like the historical accuracy of the storyline,” Braue-Fischbach said. “This was one of the periods that had a lot of different weapons.” Both Connito and Wei are certified masters of various swords and weapons. Wei teaches single sword fighting at Temple. Connito’s interest in stage fighting led him to audition for “The Rover.” “The Rover” is produced in partnership with The Drama Group, with the newly founded Jackpine Theatre. Wei hopes the Jackpine will allow him to bring more relevant classical

to do a show which told a story of “We wanted people who don’t get to speak.” Steve Wei | director of “The Rover”

“The Rover” features a male sexual predator played by a woman. “This is a special production in that a lot of women are playing men,” Wei said. “People often play characters that they have a relationship with. So we ended up with a lot of characters that take away the element of, ‘Oh this is just about women,’ because it’s not. It’s about society as a whole.” Stage manager Travis Braue-Fischbach, a

plays to a modern audience. “I see a lot of theater where there isn’t a very strong message,” Wei said. “I feel like there isn’t a point, like it’s just supposed to be for entertainment. And theater has a very special place where it can teach as well as be entertaining at the same time. ... But then you walk away from it feeling changed. … This is the most ambitious thing I’ll be doing for a while.” *


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he added. “With Key Fest, we kind of did the same thing … we want to give a look into the entirety of the Philadelphia music scene and not just one or two segments.” Faust said a lot of music outlets only cover certain genres of music, “but The Key does a pretty good job of trying to be open-handed and expose all different kinds of music.” The festival kicks off with a show featuring some of the city’s hip-hop and electronic pop artists, including Faust, as well as the band

ILL DOOTS, Joie Kathos and rap collective Hardwork Movement. The second night explores the growing punk and indie-rock scenes in Philly with indie-pop group Kississippi leading off the night alongside Shelf Life, Madalean Gauze and Cherry. The festival will end with a night of Americana rock and singersongwriters, featuring Hezekiah Jones, Howlish, Lou and Friendship. Vettese purposefully put together a lineup which places artists from different genres onto one stage. He hopes to blend different music scenes from across the city while still maintaining cohesion. “I tried to theme it by genre, but


Local jeweler Lauren Priori spends months creating custom engagement rings for couples.

Incorporating love stories into jewelry A local jeweler combines business with design. By TSIPORA HACKER The Temple News When Lauren Priori got her first ring, she didn’t want to stop wearing it. As she grew, she kept moving it to smaller fingers—all the way down to her pinky. Her mother always told her to do something she loved, so after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a management degree in 2009, Priori went straight to gemology school where she learned to grade and identify diamonds and gemstones. Many people in the jewelry industry are stone buyers, meaning they see something, buy it and try to sell it. But Priori brought business into design. Priori started doing designs for friends and family, and then worked for a diamond auction house. From there she worked at Hamilton Jewelers for a year in the buying department, and then at an estate jewelry company on Sansom Street—where she said she was practically managing the business by the time she left. She started creating engagement rings and then started her own business because ultimately the jewelry industry is “very welcoming to young entrepreneurs,” she said. Priori’s entrepreneurship with jewelry began at a very young age—her parents would buy her boxes of beads and she would make pieces for her family. Priori and her sister would sit for hours and hours in a friend’s estate jewelry store, where Priori remembers the owner being her “first mentor,” the first person who encouraged her to follow jewelry making as a career. A lot of Priori’s friends and family questioned her decision to go into jewelry, because it’s “definitely not the norm for people to go from Wharton to jewelry,” she said. “They weren’t sure it was a viable career, anything besides basically working in a mall jewelry store,” she said. “But my family has been super supportive.” “Now my friends are like, ‘Your job is cool, you’re the only person we know that is really doing what they want to be doing,’” she added. Seeing pictures of an engagement or watching people exchange the rings she made is the reason Priori specializes in engagement rings. She loves “being a part of that meaningful day,” she said, and her business is different from typical jewelry stores because she tries to get to know the couple before she creates rings for them. Priori tries to incorporate a couple’s love story in her rings, like putting the birthstone of the month they met or an engraving inside the ring.

also just what bands I thought would play really well together,” he said. “I feel like a lot of musicians in Philly play within a certain community of artists. … My idea was that there’s all these bands that would play very well alongside each other but they’ve never shared a stage before.” “I try to curate with that in mind,” Vettese added, “introducing the audiences to other people who are doing awesome things in Philadelphia.” Faust said generally, artists of one genre usually work within that genre, rarely playing alongside bands with different sounds. She believes Key Fest gives both musicians and audiences the opportunity to experi-

One of Priori’s favorite love stories is of Megan Cribbs and her wife Emily, who were roommates, then became best friends and eventually fell in love. Priori likes working with same-sex couples because they “usually try to be coordinated,” she said. Emily’s ring is an emerald cut stone and Megan’s is more square. “They’re two of my favorite rings,” Priori added. Usually when a client comes to Priori, the partner has dropped hints of what they would like or have shared a Pinterest board—but whether the buyer has a general idea of what to get or not, Priori always has an initial consultation. “We usually pick out the center stone first. I’ll bring out three or four stones,” Priori said. “We’ll pick one and then we’ll sketch out the ring together, and once they approve everything it usually takes about two weeks to make it.” Priori also makes sure to teach people about the four C’s: clarity, color, karat and cut. “She has such a deep knowledge of all of this, and is so passionate and excited,” Cribbs said. “She’s one of the only people doing this in Philly.” The basic stone shapes include circles, ovals, squares and hearts. “People do actually get the heart, it’s totally silly,” Priori said. “It’s like if a 5-year-old was getting married and had to choose an engagement ring.” Priori also enjoyed creating a custom ring for an old friend, Brad Murtha. Priori knew Murtha from college while he was still single, and watched him fall in love with his girlfriend—who is now his wife. She felt lucky to be a part of the engagement, and Murtha loved every second of the experience. Murtha’s fiancee was specific on what she wanted, but he still wanted to surprise her. That’s where Priori came in. Before Murtha’s consultation, Priori sourced through 50 different diamonds of what she thought he’d like, and picked out her top 10. “Her recommendation was the one I went with, I thought it was the best as well,” Murtha said. Murtha said his wife Janie is very simple, traditional and elegant. “She’s not flashy, but she likes pretty things,” Murtha said. “Lauren knew right away,” he added. Murtha’s favorite part of working with Priori is how she knows the “backs and forths of every detail of a ring,” he said. “I inherently trusted everything she said because she was doing it for me, not for the paycheck. I knew she cared what the right price and design was for me,” Murtha added. “We have something that’s totally personal, and exactly what we wanted,” Cribbs said. “She does stuff that’s out of the box, and her approach is totally individualized and personal.” *

ence new sounds and find bands they may have never heard of otherwise. “I enjoy being on a bill with a bunch of bands that aren’t like me,” she said. “Then getting to hang out with them backstage, talk to them and meet their fans and know that there are people in the audience that don’t necessarily jive with what I’m doing but I’d want to win them over.” “Also just networking and meeting so many different people from different scenes, scenes that you didn’t realize existed,” Faust added. “You get to meet bands that you might not have sought out but that you really dig now.” Vettese sees Key Fest as a way

of allowing bands and musicians to “find each other.” “Part of our mission is to spotlight bands that people don’t know about and expose these new bands,” he said. “Part of that is mixing it up a little bit and finding bands within a scene.” “I really want this to be a platform for the audience,” he added. “So they can find new bands and tap into the local music community that we have.” *





Multi-instrumental solo musician Andrew Bird performed at the Electric Factory on April 4 for a crowd both familiar and unfamiliar with his music. Nina Solis, a nursing major and dancer at the University of Pennsylvania, brought Angie Bruce, a sophomore biology major at Temple, to see the show. “I think as a really diverse artist, his real passion for his music really shows through,” Solis said. Bird performed music from his new album, “Are You Serious,” including songs like “Capsized,” “Left Handed Kisses” and “Truth Lies Low.”




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[streetstyle] that’s not typically followed. It’s not trendy, it’s something that’s based on how I feel. The collection is sophisticated. It’s meant to empower women and to motivate them and encourage them to feel good about themselves.” McWhite-Brown, who participated in her second season of Philadelphia Small Business Fashion Week from April 5-9, said the event is evidence of growth in the Philadelphia fashion community. “I felt alone when I did Likorice,” said McWhite-Brown, who moved out of the city to study business after she stopped working on the line. “There weren’t many designers here in the city before, but now it seems like the city has grown overall in terms of fashion. It’s evolving.” Philadelphia Small Business Fashion Week, a biannual event founded by Dawane Cromwell in 2015, is a fashion week presented by Embacy Entertainment that is meant to support small businesses in and around Philadelphia. Cromwell said to be featured in Philadelphia Small Business Fashion Week, the business must be at least one year old, related to the fashion industry and located in the tristate area. Cromwell, who grew up in and out of foster homes, founded the event as a way to give

back to the community. He aims to support small business owners as well as charitable organizations like this season’s beneficiary, the Darby Foundation. Each season, all of the proceeds from the event are donated to that season’s organization. “I just had a dream about it one night and I woke up and started planning it that day,” Cromwell said. He said in just three seasons, Philadelphia Small Business Fashion Week has reached

There weren’t many “designers here in the

city before, but now it seems like the city has grown overall in terms of fashion.

Regina McWhite-Brown | fashion designer

small businesses in the tri-state area and beyond. “A lot of these business owners and designers work out of their homes, so this is a chance to give them a platform for people to


come see them,” he said. When McWhite-Brown was initially approached to participate in Philadelphia Small Business Fashion Week, she resisted. She said the recession had been a “big hit” for her and her confidence was damaged. Eventually, she agreed to participate in Philadelphia Kids Fashion Week, another event presented by Embacy Entertainment. She said she had four weeks to prepare 14 pieces to showcase and received a standing ovation. By the next season, with renewed confidence from Philadelphia Kids Fashion Week, she was ready to showcase her womenswear collection in Philadelphia Small Business Fashion Week. “I am very thankful to have that platform to reinvent myself and relaunch,” she said. McWhite-Brown and Cromwell are both focused on philanthropy. McWhite-Brown supports the Chrons & Colitis Foundation of America and is an active mentor in the community, while Cromwell chooses a different organization to benefit each season. “To bring fashion and community together, that just bridges the gap for us and allows us to reach a larger audience,” Cromwell said. “I believe that it’s important to give back,” McWhite-Brown said. “Not just money. It’s important to give yourself.” *


Paradigm Gallery is currently showing an exhibit by renowned mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. The exhibit, “77,” will be shown until April 16. It examines the effect that time, location and medium have on portrait pieces. Of the pieces exhibited, only one is Zagar’s preferred medium, mosaics. Each piece featured is a self portrait meant to explore Zagar’s mental state. Paradigm Gallery is located at 746 S. 4th St. -Erin Blewett


From April 22 to June 12, the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the Northeast United States will occur as part of the celebration of Franklin Square’s 10th birthday. Franklin Square will glow with 25 illuminated lanterns, handcrafted giant flowers and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. Admission is free during the day, but starting at 6 p.m. the festival becomes a ticketed event at $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for visitors younger than 17. -Tsipora Hacker


The Penn Relays Carnival, accompanying the world’s first and most widely recognized annual relay meet, is being held April 28-30. The carnival is only open to seperate ticket holders. Vendors, food and drinks will be served in the Vendor Village. -Tsipora Hacker


From April 11-17, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia will celebrate all things Japanese. The events will include ceremonial drumming, martial arts exhibitions, a traditional tea ceremony and a fashion show. Admission to most events is free. “Sakura Sunday” concludes the festival: a day-long celebration of Japanese culture and cherry blossoms held in West Fairmount Park, and costs $10 per ticket. -Tsipora Hacker



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create a history of the neighborhood as it has been experienced for the last 100 years and how it will look going into the future. Gallery said the project is also “creating a visual record. Not only from photographer’s view, but also from the residents themselves based off of their own photographs. And then allowing other people, outsiders, to experience that.” “It’s important for the PPAC in that it helps this organization get to know its neighbors and to let the people who live near the gallery and the center know about the kinds of things and services PPAC offers,” said Lori Waselchuk, the project coordinator for the Philly Block Project. “For the neighborhood, it’s allowing residents to participate in an art project that is communal and it sort of brings art away from the museum walls and into the neighborhood.“ As part of the Philly Block Project, PPAC will be holding art workshops open to the community, running from early May to the end of the

year. With these workshops, PPAC hopes to bring attention to the project and continue a conversation with community members about their needs and desires regarding communal art. Stolfa said the year-long timeline for the Philly Block Project is not nearly enough to scratch the surface of the immense history of the neighborhood, though the photographers will try their best. She hopes that there will be a second stage to the overall project, especially for the community archive. “It’s hard for me to say right now [what I’ve learned the most from the project] because we’re in it,” Stolfa said. “Whatever my answer is now, I have a feeling it’s not going to be the same answer if you asked me in December. But one of the things that I’ve learned is the huge amount of generosity people have that can cross societal barriers when you take the time to reach out and talk to somebody. The wealth of understanding and knowledge we have to learn from each other if we would just stop and listen has really been driven home in this project.”

Local brand Wild Mantle will host a launch party for its second Kickstarter campaign this week. Wild Mantle, a brand founded by Bryn Mawr native Avi Loren Fox, is focused on “mantles,” or hooded scarves. In 2014, Fox raised $39,827 through Kickstarter to produce her first collection of mantles. On Wednesday at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge at The Hotel Monaco at 433 Chestnut St., the launch party will feature a trunk show and a sneak preview of the new collection. -Erin Moran


Chairlift returns to Philadelphia tonight for a show at Underground Arts. On tour for its third album, “Moth,” the American indie duo used moths as a metaphor for vulnerability. Electronic composer and singer Olga Bell will open for the group. Doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $18. -Emily Thomas




@visitphilly tweeted Art Museum Restaurant Week began Sunday in the neighborhood, including eateries like Belgian Cafe, SOUTH and Era Bar and Restaurant.

@phillyinsider tweeted this summer, three Thai-rolled ice cream shops will open in Center City, including Sweet Charlie’s, I CE PHILLY and Frozen. The dish was popularized by Southeast Asian vendors.



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@uwishunu tweeted a list of upcoming dance performances, including “Action is Primary,” Kun-Yang Lin Dancers’ world premiere and BalletX’s spring series.

@phillymag tweeted a list of hikes with waterfalls and scenic views near Philadelphia, like Ricketts Glen State Park, HIckory Run State Park and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.




Flight introducing improvements to schedule Students complained about slow arrival times for Flight buses. By TSIPORA HACKER The Temple News The number one concern for Mark Gottlieb, facilities superintendent of service operations at Temple, is student safety. That’s why he worked with Temple Student Government to create the new transportation system, Flight. Flight takes students home from locations on Main Campus, and vice versa, by using an app called TapRide. Gottlieb saw the numbers of riders on the previous transportation services, TUr Door and Owl Loop, drop steadily over the years, so he knew Temple needed to revise these services with a different model. Gottlieb first got the idea for an app-based ride service in April 2014, and Ryan Rinaldi, senior finance major and student body president, came up with a similar idea in 2016. The two decided to collaborate to create

Flight, and took the idea to President Theobald and Temple Facilities Management. Both Rinaldi and Gottlieb have taken the service, and had good experiences. But they understand not all students have had positive experiences with the app. “We didn’t really know what the issues would be until we started running it,” Gottlieb said. “We have to continually observe the capacity of the system and what we can do to help alleviate cancellations and delays.” One of the biggest complaints from riders, Gottlieb said, has been about the time it takes for a bus to arrive. When there’s only four buses, he said a wait time is to be expected. Rashik Akkhar, freshman electrical engineering major, takes Flight home almost every night. “You have to make sure you order a ride 30 minutes before, because there’s only four buses for the whole campus,” Akkhar said. “The bus took about 25-30 minutes to get there, and it took another 10 minutes to get to my dorm,” said Tyler Millhouse, a freshman kinesiology major. Gottlieb is trying to fix this by

augmenting Flight with an additional van at the bus shelter called the “TECH Express.” By servicing the TECH Center directly, the TECH Express will reduce wait times and cancellations. The van won’t be connected to the app, but “every half hour it’ll be there to take students home as quickly as possible,” Gottlieb said. Next semester, Gottlieb hopes to combat the problem of wait time with the addition of more buses. Flight is also introducing a reservation system, so that students can reserve a time to be picked up in advance. Gottlieb said the university is committed to Flight, and it has a lot of potential and room to change. Temple has promoted the service during Experience Temple days when prospective students are visiting campus. Gottlieb believes that issues are being compared unfairly to the old system, which also had problems. “People have short memories sometimes, but that’s OK,” Gottlieb said. “They forgot there were also wait delays for the old service.” As a suggestion for improving Flight, Akkhar said more buses should be added to transport students from stop to stop.

“If you introduce more cars, maybe 10, each car will be less busy so it’ll be quicker,” Akkhar said. Overall, Akkhar thinks Flight is a positive step for the safety of Temple students. “The only disadvantage is the time,” he said. Millhouse also sees the value in Flight, despite its time disadvantage. “I see a lot of my friends starting to use it now,” Millhouse said. “I definitely think it’s valuable for people who live off campus or are

studying late at night who want a safe ride home.” Rinaldi said the university is dedicated to the continued improvement of Flight. “The university has made this a major initiative of theirs to work out the kinks and make it better,” Rinaldi said. “Flight will be here for the long haul.” *


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Mary Watts, a sophomore advertising major, interacts with a piece during the show in the Tyler School of Art.

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lot of majors have a lot of creative influence no matter what you’re doing.” “It’s more of a mindset than, ‘I’m an artist, I’m creative,’” she added. “It can go into many different ways within your life.” ABBA meets weekly and has been planning the MESH exhibit since February. Thursday’s event was the second annual installment, and after an overwhelming turnout of more than 200 people last year, Fackler said the student organization aimed to repeat the first year’s success with a greater reach across the schools at Temple. Students from the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts, Fox School of Business, Tyler School of Art, School of Media and Communication, College of Science and Technology, College of Liberal Arts and Boyer College of Music and Dance had work showcased in the MESH exhibit. The show had a turnout of about 70 people who had the chance to see the different mediums of spoken word poetry, sketches, hyper-realistic draw-

ings, film screenings, embroidery, Arabic calligraphy, photography, jazz, paintings, jewelry, macrame hang and fiber work. “I don’t think one needs to be in Tyler School of Art to be considered an artist,” senior metals and jewelry major and MESH contributor Julia Strauss said. “I really truly believe everyone has an artistic side whether they choose to acknowledge it or not on some level. Creativity is not something that’s exclusive.” Strauss never contributed to ABBA or MESH before, but said she was impressed by the turnout and the overall work from every major. Web manager and designer for ABBA and junior graphic design major Michele Wiesen said she thought this year’s event had great reach across majors. “Normally you have a show at Tyler and it’s a graphic design show or a painting show and it’s all very similar work,” Weisen said. “It’s so interesting to see my work and other people’s work up on the same space, same wall. I’m between photography pieces and political pins, while my art is hyper-realistic drawings.” Sophomore accounting and finance major Andrew Drake attended

MESH both years, and he said he thought the event was more lively this year than last year. “I think when people think of art like this, they think of Tyler alone,” Drake said. “But when you come here, you see people outside of Tyler have artistic ability.” Jaycee Homsher, a sophomore entrepreneurship innovation management major, doesn’t fit the typical mold of Tyler students as the only artists on Main Campus. Homsher had his oil paintings displayed and he danced throughout the evening. “The fact that I’m a business student, but I’m also a dancer, and I also paint, that is ‘MESH,’” Homsher said. “We all have these labels attached to us,” Strauss said. “Metals major, communications major, photography major. At the end of the day, we’re all just creative beings coming together for a night of art.”

aimed at helping students to drink responsibly and to avoid alcohol poisoning and other risks of binge drinking. The Newman Center, Temple’s Catholic community on campus, is sponsoring the campaign. Because he is a member and the future facilities coordinator, Manzo said he thought his “Drink Smart” initiative could benefit both the Newman Center and Temple students. “I’m very supportive of it,” said Father Shaun Mahoney, director of the Newman Center. “I’m delighted with it. It is recognizing kind of a need on campus and just helping to elevate sensitivities to being prudent in drinking patterns, so I think it’s something very positive.” “I feel very positive about the Newman Center being connected with it,” he added. Manzo and his fellow volunteers set up a water station at 17th and Berks streets on St. Patrick’s Day, and gave away their entire supply of bottled water that night. Their initiative is gaining momentum, Manzo said—they have even received donations upwards of $500. The team hasn’t set up a specific schedule for outreach yet, but the members hope to hand out water bottles every other week-

end in different locations where binge drinking typically occurs at higher rates. They hope to gain more support from the Temple community as well, Manzo said. While promoting safe drinking habits is the primary goal of the initiative, it also aims to make students more aware of everything the Newman Center has to offer. “We want to put a face to the Catholic church a little bit too, and to let them know we are people, we care about you, we love you and we are trying to look out for you in some way,” said Gian Milles, a senior psychology major and Manzo’s main partner on the project, as well as the Newman Center’s current facilities coordinator. “We want to ensure safety, and spread the love of our faith,” Milles added. Since it’s only his freshman year, Manzo said he has big ideas for the future of the “Drink Smart” initiative, like finding a way to include the Montgomery family in the future of the campaign. “I’ve been trying to think of the best way to approach my former coach, but they’re still suffering,” Manzo said. “I’m just happy this idea came to me so early,” he added. “I want it to grow every year.” * brooke.shelby.williams@temple. edu

* T @gill_mcgoldrick Editors note: Members of The Temple News’ Photo department were involved with MESH. They played no role in the editing process of this article.



Arnelle Obode hands out water bottles with the Newman Center on Friday night.




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Alumna learning through experience Continued from page 7


she had originally pursued communications before history. “What I realized later: I like telling stories,” Winski said. “That’s my interest. My passion is telling stories and getting people to be really excited about something from the past.” “I didn’t realize that my medium was museum exhibits,” she added. “It’s really hard to know that.” Winski said she first began thinking about how history and storytelling come together in different mediums when she was still a student at Temple, while taking a class taught by associate professor of history Jay Lockenour. “I remembered her as being a really smart, curious student,” Lockenour said. The course Winski took, “European History through Film,” aimed to teach students about 20th century European history. The goal of the course was to teach students this history “but to do it while also thinking about these films that we’re watching as products of these different time periods,” Lockenour said. “I think what appealed to me is the idea of how you can learn about history through another medium, kind of looking at film as primary sources about history storytelling,” Winski said. Winski said the work she does now with exhibition creation is almost like film or theater. “You have settings, you have characters, you try to create drama,” Winski said. “When you create really good exhibitions it should be like doing theater.” “It’s also similar to film in

those ways,” she added. “But the way it’s different is film you can control the order you’re getting the story in. … [With] an exhibit, you can try to do that the best you can, but ultimately, you don’t know in what order a visitor’s going to read your story.” Winski has been helping the Constitution Center tell stories in different capacities since the museum opened in 2003. In 2009, she began working as the

lead content creator for in-house exhibits. “Sarah is the ideal person that you want on a team,” said Stephanie Reyer, vice president of exhibits and design at the Constitution Center. “She is spirited and passionate and driven.” “She is the hardest working person I know in exhibit show business,” Reyer added. Some of Winski’s favorite stories that she has been able to


Sarah Winski managed the “Headed to the White House” exhibit.

“Telling stories comes together perfectly in a museum.” Sarah Winski | 2004 history alumna


The National Constitution Center opened the exhibit in February.

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main goal is to plant, study and cook with these seeds to prevent them from going extinct in the farming world. He also said TCG donating their proceeds to the Roughwood Seed Collection is “really beautiful,” and he’s excited to know people are aware of the work the organization is doing. “I’m a big plant nerd,” he said. “A huge highlight of my work has been connecting with other people who have similar passions for preserving our important cultural heirlooms.” The main function of TCG is to expose students to gardening techniques, said Nina Taylor, the group’s secretary and a junior environmental studies major. “It mostly is an experiment with students,” Taylor added. “It’s just a learning experiment and experience to learn more about how to garden, how to even just put a seed in the ground and how to mulch.” Pilot said TCG also aims to be “a seam between the community and Temple.” Features like a community compost pile and beds of soil that can be purchased for $10 are meant to encourage community involvement. “If you look in this urban community and around, there are a lot of empty lots and nothing is being done with them,” said Curtis Guess, a lifelong resident of North Philadelphia. “If you can learn to treat the ground and get something back, it’s a good skill because you’re taking an empty space and making something positive out of it. … If I plant, I

know I earned what I’m eating.” For Pilot, the spiritual aspect of gardening is just as essential to health as the physical aspect. “The idea of ownership is really important,” Pilot said. “You’re putting your hands into the dirt. You are tending. You are watering. You are pruning. It’s not like you show up and have no relation with food that literally becomes you. You have a hand in your own sustenance.” TCG and the Roughwood Seed Collec-

help tell in her time at the Constitution Center are part of the exhibit, “Art of the American Soldier,” which was on display starting in 2010. The exhibit featured more than 250 pieces of art created by artists who were commissioned by the army since World War I to paint and draw what soldiers were experiencing on the battlefield. “We had a lot of soldier artists involved with it and doing interviews and having their voices in the exhibition,” Winski said. “It was just a really moving experience.” The most recent exhibit Winski has worked on is currently on display at the Constitution Center and is titled, “Headed to the Whitehouse.” It helps tell the story that is currently unfolding today with the presidential election. “This exhibition really gives you a historical context and a Constitutional context for not just the election contest, but for the presidency,” Reyer said. The exhibit features a handshaking wall, voting booths and the opportunity to make an individualized campaign commercial. “There’s just such a huge uptake in the public conscious and the media, so we really love to capitalize on that in those years,” Winski said. “We’re not for or against anyone or anything,” she added. “But we’re for people having debates, talking about the issues, talking about Constitutional issues and seeing how they’re relevant to them in their everyday lives.” *

tion both recognize they are part of a larger gardening community and history in Philadelphia. “We’re just a part of that,” Taylor said. “Just getting the people immediately around us involved is enough to just to increase that consciousness that this is easy and fun.” “It’s small-scale too. It has to be on the scale of your neighborhood,” Pilot added. *


In honor of Campus Recreation’s 25 years of service to the university, students can participate in a fit challenge all day tomorrow to win prizes. The challenge consists of 25 repetitions of burpees, body squats and crunches, as well as 25 minutes of cardio. The challenge will be held on the 2nd floor Fitness Mezzanine of Pearson Hall. Temple is celebrating Campus Recreation’s service all week with other fitness-focused celebrations like a Throwback Thursday event with ‘90s activities at Temple University Fitness Center and a swim challenge held throughout the week in Pearson Hall’s Pool 30. -Grace Shallow


Temple Theaters will present the opening performance of the musical “Godspell” tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. in Randall Theater. “Godspell” is based on the gospels of biblical figures Matthew and Luke and incorporates pop, rock and folk music to help tell biblical stories. The show’s music and lyrics are written by Tonynominated composer Stephen Schwartz, who also composed the musicals “Wicked” and “Pippin.” The show will run until April 24. General admission is $25, and $10 with an OWLcard. -Tsipora Hacker


“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will play at The Reel in the lower level of the Student Center on Thursday at 7 and 10 p.m. Showings will continue until April 17. Tickets are $4 or $2 with an OWLcard. Tickets will be sold in advance at The Reel’s box office for all showings starting tomorrow. The box office is open from 12-6 p.m. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the seventh movie in the Star Wars series and is directed by J.J. Abrams. -Jenny Roberts


On Friday, the Asian Studies Program and the Asian Students Association are sponsoring a performance by Los Angeles hip-hop and spoken word artist Jason Chu as part of his #StayFoolish Tour. Chu raps about hope and healing, and he often performs at events that deal with ethnicity in the media. This performance is part of a series of events organized by ASA in April for Asian-American Pacific-Islander Heritage Month. The performance will be held in the Student Center Room 200A from 7-9 p.m. The performance is open to the public. -Brooke Williams


Temple Lions Club will hold its first dodgeball tournament on Saturday from 2-5 p.m. in Pearson McGonigle Hall Gym 144. Teams of six will compete to win prizes, and all proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Sight First, an organization dedicated to combatting problems related to sight, like glaucoma and cataracts. Sight First also provides glasses to those who cannot afford them. -Jenny Roberts



Alfi Nurdin (left), serves a guest at the Temple Community Garden Spring Feast.

Voice of the People | BRIGID O’BRIEN



Insomnia Theater will present “Once Upon A Time” on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Underground of the Student Center. Tickets are $3 each. “Once Upon A Time” will feature 10-minute skits based on classic fairy tales. This will be Insomnia Theater’s last show of the year. Insomnia Theater’s fall show was based on Netflix genres. All skits for the show are written, directed, rehearsed and performed within 24 hours. -Jenny Roberts

“What do you think about the university’s new policy for alcohol violations?” EMILY FLYNN




“It just seems like they’re punishing the entire student body for the actions of a couple people.”

“You’re taking away their freedoms that these people have living off campus. It’s more invading their privacy.”

“I feel like if people are not bothering anyone and if people are not creating a ruckus I don’t think it’s a big deal.”





New coaches take helm in The American Cummings’ Rio Grande Valley Vipers fell to the Austin Spurs in the third game of the three-game series. The guard averaged 21.3 points, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals during the series, including a 32-point outing in game 1 to lead the Vipers to a victory. -Owen McCue


The rowing team competed in five finals at the two-day Knecht Cup on Mercer Lake in New Jersey last weekend. The novice 8 appeared in the Grand Final, finishing in sixth place and the second varsity 8 placed third in the Petite Final. The varisty 8 boat also appeared in the Petite Final, placing fifth out of six teams. The team will compete at the Kerr Cup, hosted by Drexel on the Schuylkill River on Saturday. -Michael Guise


Former guard Will Cummings drives past a defender in the team’s National Invitation Tournament win against Bucknell last season.


Former Memphis coach Josh Pastner was named coach at Georgia Tech on Friday, the school announced. While at Memphis for seven seasons, Pastner compiled a 167-73 record and led the Tigers to four NCAA tournament appearances. Pastner, 38, is the second winningest active coach under the age of 40 in NCAA Division I. In the last two seasons, the Tigers were a combined 3729 and did not appear in the NCAA tournament. In 2015-16, the Tigers were 19-15. Pastner also totaled the 10th most wins for a head coach in his first seven seasons in Division I basketball history while at Memphis. In 2010 and 2013, the 38-year-old was named Conference USA Coach of the Year before the Tigers joined the American Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 season. After the Tigers replace Pastner, three teams from the American Athletic Conference will have new coaches next season. Tulane hired Mike Dunleavy, Sr. and Central Florida

hired former Stanford University coach Johnny Dawkins. -Michael Guise


CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported on Wednesday that the University of Miami transfer James Palmer will visit Temple. The sophomore started five of the Hurricanes’ 38 games this season and was one of three players to appear in every game this season. Palmer averaged 3.7 points per game, and1.4 rebounds per game in 13.3 minutes per game. The Washington, D.C. native would have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer rules. -Michael Guise


Former Owl Will Cummings finished his first professional season with a loss in the NBA Development League Playoffs.


Former linebacker Tyler Matakevich announced his signing of an apparel contract with Under Armour on Twitter Monday evening. The Stratford, Connecticut native awaits his fate in the NFL Draft, taking place between April 28-30. Matakevich is the all-time program leader in tackles with 493 total tackles, including 40.5 tackles for losses. Matakevich’s deal comes nearly eight months after Temple announced a 10-year partnership extension with the Under Armour. Matakevich is ranked No. 101 in CBSSports’ NFL Draft rankings and is the No. 4 ranked inside linebacker projected to go between the third and the fourth round in the draft. “Matakevich is extremely physical, which will work against him at times, but his football awareness and hustle jump off the screen as the unquestioned leader of one of the country’s top defenses,” said CBSSports reporter Dane Brugler in a scouting report on Matakevich.

-EJ Smith

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son. The freshman multis finished in seventh place in the 400 hurdles at the Colonial Relays from April 1-2. “I feel like they can build off that during the summer and preseason next year and I feel like they’ll do really great,” Mitchell said. “I think there’s a lot of talent on the team, especially with the freshmen.” Forde noticed that the freshmen were pushing the upperclassmen and hopes to see juniors Jimmia McCluskey, Simone Brownlee and sophomore Katie Pinson take on more of a leadership position next year. Mitchell said she maintained a positive attitude

I feel like my positivity goes “down to the younger ones.” Courtney Mitchell | senior sprinter

in front of her younger teammates to help them feel more comfortable. “I feel like my positivity goes down to the younger ones,” Mitchell said. “I think knowing that it’s my last few weeks, actually this whole year, from the beginning, it’s the last few moments on a college team, so you need to stay positive.” Shell said she preferred to lead the team by example. “She’s just a fighter,” Forde said. “You know, not a lot said from her, but one who comes to practice everyday willing to work hard. That is a trademark she’ll leave in terms of being here and she gets along with everybody.” With three meets remaining before the American Athletic Conference championships, the seniors prepare to finish their season as best as possible. “I know that there’s only four weeks left until my collegiate track career is over, so I’m just trying to, like, go out there knowing that this is it,” Shell said. “I know I have to compete my hardest and get the best results I can because there is no going back anymore.” KAIT MOORE TTN

Senior Courtney Mitchell (right), leads a team warmup during a recent practice.






Freshman Wren capitalizes on offseason training Trey Wren used a year at a golf academy to prepare for college golf. By GREG FRANK The Temple News After graduating NansemondSuffolk Academy in 2014, Trey Wren took a year off. With the intention of improving his golf game, Wren opted to attend International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. In the Owls’ first event of the fall season at the Hartford Hawk Invitational—Wren’s first college event— the freshman finished 56th and was 14 strokes over par.

One week later at the Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge, Wren finished 46th. He followed with a 30th place finish at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate from Oct. 5-6, 2015. “I was definitely a little uncomfortable in my first couple tournaments,” Wren said. “Right now I’m just learning how to manage my game and how to play. If you have good fundamentals, that’s great but if you can’t score it doesn’t matter.” Last weekend in the Cornell Spring South Invitational, Wren finished tied for 11th overall, which included a final round one-under 71. Wren finished tied for 21st at the Furman Intercollegiate from March 2527. “He’s that kid who you know would run through the wall for you,” coach Brian Quinn said. “He’s made the adjustments he’s needed to super







quick because he works really hard.” “His golf swing as a freshman is probably, technically, as sound of a golf swing as you’re going to see for any freshman in the country,” Quinn added. Senior Brandon Matthews said the growth in Wren’s golf game from the fall to now couldn’t be more evident after his final round 71 at the Cornell Spring South Invitational. “I think that was the best round of golf he has played in his life,” Matthews said. “If you take Trey back five or six months, there’s no chance he would shoot close to even par.” Both Matthews and Quinn have noticed maturity from Wren throughout the season. “Trey works so hard,” Matthews said. “He deserves every low score he gets and then some.” For Wren, adjusting to life off

of the golf course is still a work in progress. After playing 10 tournaments this season, Wren is growing accustomed to the routine that comes with playing double-digit tournaments in 2015-16. “It’s definitely a ton to balance and manage,” Wren said. “Golf wise I’m pretty happy with where I’m at right now.” In the team’s final tournament before the American Athletic Conference Championships, Wren tied for 20th at the Princeton Invitational last weekend. “I’d like to just keep progressing the way I have been and keep getting a little better with each competitive round,” Wren said.” * T @g_frank6

Bronson discovers work ethic from brothers Continued from page 20



Coach Matt Rhule hopes redshirt-freshman Josiah Bronson will make an impact this season.

Josiah Bronson said. “It was really fun.” One year later, Josiah Bronson attended Kentwood High School and did not make the varsity football team in his first season. Instead, he played on the freshman team. Josiah Bronson made the varsity team his sophomore year, playing left tackle. Later that season, he transitioned to the defensive line and became a tight end on the offensive side of the ball his junior year. With basketball no longer in the picture, Josiah Bronson began carving his own niche on the field. As a senior, he was named to the AP all-state first team. Josiah Bronson said he learned his work ethic from Demitrius Bronson, his other brother John and his sister Leitawsha Bronson. Demitrius Bronson and John Bronson, who both played in the NFL,

used to pull their dad’s Chevy truck on a side street next to their childhood home to stay in shape, and Leitawsha excelled in field events and played basketball at Morgan State University. “When I was in high school, I was a lazy guy,” Josiah Bronson said. “All the talent in the world, and I never wanted to work. But they did a good job of getting me going. If they didn’t, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” With the season opener five months away, coach Matt Rhule said the Owls will need Josiah Bronson to step up to match the defensive performance from last season, when the team finished No. 20 in Division I in total defense. “He’s working his way back right now,” Rhule said. “He is a guy that has a chance to make some ‘Oh wow’ plays. We probably really need Josiah to come on to be the defense we want.” * T @Michael_Guise

Mayer, Dorash excel as duo, assist in 11 shutout wins Continued from page 20


Later, the Owls pulled off two 7-0 wins in a doubleheader against Philadelphia University and Coppin State University. The freshman duo of Florian Mayer and Dorash captured two wins during the doubleheader. They also won their match against Duquesne University on April 2 by defeating sophomore Adam Blasinsky and freshman Chris Corrao, 6-3. Coach Steve Mauro said the team’s doubles success is due to its new techniques learned on the practice court. “We don’t like to get into long rallies,” Mauro said. “So we try to get the guys to, once the point starts, to try to get up to the net and finish it. So we don’t want to keep the ball going backand-forth, back-and-forth. We feel like that’s not our game. We do certain drills to incorporate them, finishing the point early.” Mayer and Dorash lead the Owls with the best doubles record on the team at 15-3. Following the duo in wins are senior Hichman Belkssir and junior Vineet Naran with 11. Belkssir, Mayer and Dorash are the only Owls to record 10-or-more wins in the singles and doubles department this season. Temple also has five players who have recorded 15-or-more singles wins this year—the Owls’ most since the 2010-11 season. Dorash and Kapshuk lead the way for the Owls with 19 wins a piece. Paulus and senior Santiago Canete have captured 16 and 15 victories this year. Belkssir has also racked up 16 wins. “We’ve played a lot of good teams this year,” Mauro said. “So in order to get that many wins, I’m really happy with the guys. It’s probably one of the most talented teams that I’ve had since I’ve been here.” With the shutout victories against Hampton and Farleigh Dickinson, the Owls have 11 shutout wins this season. The Owls will finish their season on Wednesday against Drexel University at the TU Pavilion. “It feels really comfortable because that’s where you practice so you don’t need adjustments,” Paulus said. “There’s not really much to change you just do what you do in practice and it’s easier to do it at home because you’re used to this environment. … It’s a nice experience having those last matches at home, especially as a senior.” * T @Ignudo5


Senior Ian Glessing returns a shot from the baseline during a recent practice at Legacy Tennis Center.

“It’s probably one of the most talented teams that I’ve had.” Steve Mauro | coach





Varsity 8 boat grabs win, eyes more Two regattas into its spring season, the boat has a first and second place finish. OWEN McCUE Assistant Sports Editor On an annual spring break trip to DeLand, Florida during the first week of March, things began to fall into place for Temple’s varsity 8 boat during a time the team calls ‘Selection.’ After a week of switching athletes in and out of boats on Lake Beresford to find the fastest rowers, the final combination of the varsity 8 boat’s members were decided. Seniors Charles Anderson, Evan Hammond, Tom Robbins and Brian Reifsnyder, juniors Dante Romeo, David Buckley and Robert Byrne, sophomore Collin McKinney and freshman Austin Dunn began the season in the team’s top boat. In the Owls’ first two races of the spring, the lineup has stuck and resulted in a first and second place finish. “We just kind of figured out that we were the eight guys that gelled really well together,” McKinney said. “And so far it’s just stayed like that.” After Temple’s varsity 8 boat won the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta and Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta in the fall, the team’s confidence was high heading into the spring season. Last year, the team finished sixth at the Dad Vail Regatta with a time of five minutes, 51.945 seconds—more than 14 seconds behind the

first place finisher, the Florida Institute of Technology. The group set its goal at winning the Dad Vail Regatta in 2016 and any race it could before the May 13 event, held on the Schuylkill River. “We’re a lot faster than we were last year,” Romeo said. “Last year, we were a lot faster than we were the year before. This year, our speed’s on par with team’s like Drexel, Michigan, Florida Tech and crews that had speeds last year to win Dad Vails. I think we’re right in the mix now, and we have a really good shot at winning this year.” Led by their coxswain, Romeo, the Owls finished 5.46 seconds behind Drexel University—who finished third at last year’s Dad Vail Regatta— for second place at the March 26 Murphy Cup Regatta on the Schuylkill. Drexel grabbed the lead 500 meters into the race and the Owls ran out of room to make up the distance by the time they reached the finish line. Eight days later, the Owls altered their strategy and battled unfamiliar ocean currents on Mission Bay to grab a West Coast victory at the two-day San Diego Crew Classic in California. “Going into San Diego, we changed our race plan a little bit where we added a little move where Drexel had passed us in the previous race and it worked phenomenally every time in both races out there,” Romeo said. “Once we did that move about 500 meters in, we were able to sit on the lead and take it to the line. Being able to identify that really helped us out there.” The victory at the 19-team San Diego Crew Classic was the first victory for the Owls


The crew team trains on the erg machines during a recent practice.

for the program. … We’re not the only ones who “It’s absolutely hugethink we’re fast any more.” Dante Romeo | coxswain

this season at a race with more than 11 competitors. In the race’s Grand Final, the Owls outlasted West Coast teams like the University of British Columbia, Santa Clara University, Loyola Marymount University and the University of California, San Diego. After holding the lead after the first 500 meters, Temple

defeated second place Purdue University by 2.91 seconds with a time of 6:23.67. “Any win at any big race like that, you can learn from,” McKinney said. “It can just teach you where you had a little stutter in that race but you still overcame that or you learned something like different crews race different ways or how to handle differ-

ent conditions. It all leads to confidence going into the next race.” The win at the San Diego Crew Classic also gave the Owls an opportunity to prove themselves to an audience unfamiliar with their abilities. “Actually being able to go out there and win, and having our name out there, you can see on different websites here

and there our name is starting to pop up a little more,” Romeo said. “People are starting to rank us. It’s absolutely huge for the program. … We’re not the only ones who think we’re fast anymore.” * T @Owen_McCue


Owls notch first conference win against Commodores The team lost its first three games of Big East Conference play in 2015. By EVAN EASTERLING The Temple News

When the final buzzer sounded on Saturday, Vanderbilt University goalkeeper Callahan Kent crouched alone in front of the goal circle before leaving Geasey Field. As snow flurries blew in Kent’s face, the scoreboard behind her read 7-3 in favor of Temple, which celebrated its first conference win of the season on the other side of the field. “Last year we lost to them and this year we just came back with a vengeance,” junior attacker Carly Demato said. “Big East play is so different. You can lose every game out

of conference and do great in your conference and go to the tournament. So once you get in conference, especially if you had a bad out-of season, you’re so hungry in conference. So it was a big win for us today definitely.” The Owls lost to the Commodores 14-8 last year—one of five conference losses for the team. The 14 goals allowed were the fourth most Temple’s defense allowed during the 2015 season. On Saturday, Temple’s defense held an opponent scoreless in a half for the third time this season. Trailing 3-2 with 20 minutes, 39 seconds remaining in the first half on Saturday, the Owls scored four consecutive goals to take the lead. Senior midfielder Nicole Tiernan added a second half goal and redshirt-senior goalkeeper Jaqi Kakalecik made three saves to help preserve the win. The team’s first Big East win last season came against Marquette University after three losses to open


Senior Nicole Tiernan battles with a defender during Saturday’s win.

the conference schedule. This year it took two games for the Owls to reach that mark. “It’s helpful to have the win both for confidence as well as just flat out in the record,” coach Bonnie Rosen said “We still have a lot more work to do to get ourselves to be in the top four and guarantee that’s where we are at the end. But to do it today both takes off some pressure and also gives us confidence.” Temple nearly won its first conference game of the season, which would have been the first time the team had done so in its three years in the conference. The Owls lost their 2014 opener to Connecticut and fell 17-3 to the University of Florida at Geasey Field in last season’s opener. The Owls opened their conference schedule against the Gators for the second consecutive season, this time in Gainesville, Florida. Facing the No.2 team in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll and the No. 15 offense in Division I, the Owls wanted to play a possession offense to give Florida less scoring opportunities. “We practiced it in practice like having longer possessions and when they would time it, we would think it was at least five minutes long, but it really it was like a two-minute possession,” senior midfielder Kirstie Connor said. “So it was definitely hard to stay patient and just work the defense.” With the game tied at nine with less than 10 minutes remaining in this year’s contest against Florida, the Owls had a man-up opportunity. They kept the same strategy they used all game; stay patient and wait for the best shot. After the two


Senior Avery Longstaff celeberates with junior midfielder Morgan Glassford (left), during the team’s 7-3 win against Vanderbilt University on Saturday.

minutes expired, Gators goalkeeper Haley Hicklen saved Tiernan’s shot, leading to the game-winning goal on the other end. “It just shows that we can compete,” senior defender Kara Stroup said. “People still might not respect the score, think it was luck or whatever, but I think that we’re going to surprise a lot of people with how we’re going to play in this conference.” The Owls continue conference play tomorrow against UConn, which is undefeated in conference play and was picked to finish second behind Florida in the conference preseason poll. The team will look to avenge its 18-6 loss to the Huskies last season, a game in which the Owls trailed 10-2 at halftime. “UConn is certainly a very good challenge,” Rosen said. “It is our next best challenge. I think our team has a little additional emotional tie to wanting to beat UConn coming off a game last year that we weren’t

We still have a lot “more work to do to get ourselves to be in the top four and guarantee that’s where we are at the end.

Bonnie Rosen | coach

that happy with. So we’ll be trying to temper down some of those emotions and just get to business.” * T @Evan_Easterling




There will be three new baseketball coaches in the American Athletic Conference next season, Will Cummings’ season is over, other news and notes. PAGE 17

Freshman Trey Wren went to the International The crew team won its largest regatta Junior Golf Academy in South Carolina after of the season at the 19-team San Diego high school. PAGE 18 Crew Classic. PAGE 19



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After broken ankle, Bronson battles for role on deep D-Line Josiah Bronson, who has NFL pedigree, returns after missing all of last season. By MICHAEL GUISE Sports Editor


Senior sprinter Courtney Mitchell warms up before a recent practice.

Seniors nearing end of careers with Owls Five seniors have three meets remaining until the conference championships. A group of underclassmen is set to replace them next year. By MAURA RAZANAUSKAS The Temple News Coach Elvis Forde knows replacing Blanca Fernandez— his best athlete this season—will be a challenge. The graduate senior Fernandez earned NCAA AllAmerican Second Team honors twice in her time at Temple for track and was a first-team NCAA All-America selection in cross country last season. Fernandez was also first-place finisher in six of the seven races she competed in during the fall cross country season. “The two years that she has given us have been nothing but stellar,” Forde said. “I know she has been somewhat curtailed because of the nagging injury she has had, but she has had tremendous success in what she has done for Temple.” Fernandez and four other seniors are set to graduate this year. “It’s weird,” senior Imani Shell said. “We’ve been doing the, ‘We’re seniors’ group thing for a while now,

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kind of preparing, but it’s kind of sad, though. Even junior year, we were like, ‘Class of 2016, that’s us.’ And now as it’s getting closer, it’s like, ‘Whoa, I’m not ready to be done.’” The seniors helped lead the Owls to an eighth-place finish at the indoor American Athletic Conference Championships from Feb. 28-29 after finishing in last place the previous two seasons. Senior sprinter Courtney Mitchell said the bond the seniors share was key to the team’s success while she was an Owl. “We have great team chemistry,” Mitchell said. “I think from the beginning, since I’ve been here, we’ve created a really great bond in knowing that after I graduate, I’ll still have a really great friendship with a lot of them.” The Owls will return 24 runners next season, including freshman Sylvia Wilson, who has the best time in both the 60-meter and the 60-meter hurdles for Temple. Freshman Crystal Jones is also set to return next sea-


hen Josiah Bronson heard his ankle crack, he knew his season was over. During the team’s first scrimmage of the summer on Aug. 15, 2015, the then-freshman defensive lineman broke his left ankle when defensive lineman Haason Reddick rolled on it during a play. In Covington, Washington, Sandra Bronson was in her bedroom when defensive line coach Elijah Robinson told her the news. When she answered the phone, she sat down on a night seat at the end of her bed. “I remember it like it was yesterday,” she said. “His voice was solemn, not his normal tone of voice. So I sat down and listen, but I didn’t get panicky. He said Josiah suffered an injury to his ankle. At that point, I didn’t know if it was a fracture or what happened. Then he told us he was going to the hospital. When he said that, I knew it wasn’t a little thing.” Four days later, Sandra Bronson and her husband, Johnny, flew to Philadelphia to be with their son, who was scheduled to have surgery at Temple University Hospital. After successful surgery by Dr. Joseph Milo Sewards on Aug. 18, 2015, the Bronson family was together for one week in Philadelphia during Josiah Bronson’s recovery. “It was great support,” Josiah Bronson said. “I’m all the way out here by myself. It was good to have them right by my side going through the hard time.” This season, the redshirt freshman is looking to break through on a defensive line that returns eight players from last season who played in 12-or-more games, including Red-

dick and redshirt senior Praise Martin-Oguike, two of the four Owls’ last season to total four or more sacks. “I think he is very capable of accomplishing many things this season, and I think he is going to have a huge season,” junior defensive lineman Jacob Martin said. “He is going to shock everyone.” When Josiah Bronson was a child, his mother did not let him play football. Sandra Bronson encouraged her son, the youngest of three children, to be involved in numerous activities so he could discover his interests. Josiah Bronson gravitated to the hardwood as a child, playing basketball growing up. Off the floor, he

He told us he “ was going to the

hospital. When he said that, I knew it wasn’t a little thing.

Sandra Bronson | Josiah Bronson’s mother

played the drums and the keyboard. “I thought maybe we could hold off a bit because Josiah is the baby and until he decided what he liked because there were a lot of sports out there,” Sandra Bronson said. “We put him in a lot of different things.” When he was in eighth grade, Sandra Bronson let Josiah Bronson play football. The 6-foot, 230 pounder played running back and middle linebacker in his first season at Meridian Middle School. While on the field, he donned No. 30, a tribute to his brother, Demitrius Bronson, who wore the number while at Eastern Washington University and as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. “I was just running around,”


Mauro’s group finishing strong, wins sixth straight After losing four of six, the Owls have won six straight matches. By TOM IGNUDO The Temple News As the men’s tennis team approach its final match of the regular season, it’s on a six-match winning streak. Last weekend, Temple improved its record to 19-5 with shutout victories against Hampton University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Temple is 11-0 at home this sea-

son—the team’s most home wins since winning nine during the 201011 season. “We had a couple tough matches previously to this winning streak,” senior Nicolas Paulus said. “When you have tough matches and you learn from them you’re going to get better after those matches. And I think even those matches previously to the streak helped us get tougher and better.” Before the Owls’ six-match winning streak, they lost four of their previous six matches, which were all against ranked opponents. The Owls fell by a combined score of 27-1 against Southern Methodist, Abilene Christian University, Penn State and Memphis.


Their lone point came off freshman Artem Kapshuk’s 6-4, 6-4 win against Abilene Christian senior Jason Proctor. “Those teams we played, they were pretty good,” freshman Uladzimir Dorash said. “They were high ranked, they were not unbeatable teams but we all have to perform on our highest level to beat them.” After losing to Memphis 7-0, Temple responded with three straight shutout victories. The Owls won every singles match in straight sets against the University of Arkansas at Pine-Bluff to start their now-six-match winning streak.



Coach Steve Mauro instructs senior Ian Glessing during a recent practice at Legacy Tennis Center.

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