Dave & Juice: Changing the party landscape at Temple

Close friends, often referred to as Dave and Juice walked into the doors of Tuttleman Learning Center at Temple University and sat down almost perfectly in-sync to begin their Templar interview.  

Juice who’s real name Samer El-Amine is a political science major, and Dave is David McIntosh-Peters, a sports and recreation major. The two have raised the bar when it comes to event curating on Temple’s campus.

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Juice (Samer El-Amine) & Dave (David McIntosh-Peters) have raised the bar when it comes to event curating on Temple’s campus.

“We’re doing stuff that nobody has ever done before.” El-Amine said.

Both are Washington D.C. natives, and have known each other since they were freshmen, but didn’t become close friends until spring break of their junior year.

The duo have curated some of Temple student body’s more notable events including Red October and Temple homecoming parties.  

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Photo by Dvvinci (from Red October event)

Peters said he got his start planning parties during his freshman year with a group of other friends.

“[We] were like ‘Why not?’” Peters said. “It was kind of just a way to have fun.”

El-Amine didn’t start throwing his own parties until sophomore year when his group of super-senior friends suggested that he throw a house party with another friend.

“We threw one and I just remember putting all my effort into it,” El-Amine said. “Just trying to get the theme right, trying to get a good flyer, trying to get the right DJ and get people to come out. Then we did a couple more my sophomore year and I realized I had a knack for it.”

El-Amine then was asked to be apart of the Springfest Committee, which is a week of festivities and events during the spring, and even provided a scholarship to a North Philadelphia student in the Spring of 2016.

“That helped me step up from throwing house parties to actually event curating,” El-Amine said.  “Springfest was more than just a party, but a community event.”

The duo pushes for community outreach as Peters served as the special activities co-chair for Temple’s H.A.N.D.S organization, and El-Amine works with the Black and Brown Coalition.

After helping with Activate TU, Temple’s 2017 Student Government Executive Election campaign, El-Amine says it was an eye-opener for seeing how he could use his platform and Peter agreed

“We’re doing what we can to change the narrative,” Peters said. “And try to push what we think is right.”

As far as events go, it has yet to be determined if the two plan to continue event curating once they graduate as El-Amine wants to work for a non-profit in his native city, and Peters, in the future, wants to start his own non-profit tailored towards youth sport development.

The young businessmen can credit the amount of attendees; that include people like Philadelphia 76er star, Ben Simmons, rapper, PnB Rock, and more; to not just their social media promotion, but the type of people they are.

“It sounds cliche,” Peters said. “But we actually care about the events and how stuff goes on. People may not notice it but they notice it subconsciously and I think that’s what brings them out.”

From creating, planning and promoting the events, what these two have done is remarkable. El-Amine is thankful for the people who helped along the way, but he agrees he accomplished most of what he has done on his own.

“There was nobody that did things for me,” El-Amine said. “I would print out flyers and go inside dorms to promote our events. I went to every floor of Morgan North, and put a flyer under every dorm. I even taught myself how to use Eventbrite, followed thousands of people on social media. You gotta want it.”

One thing is for sure, they both are aware of the impact they have made on Temple’s campus and know what an unforgettable experience it was.

“We’re the best at what we do, and we’re the best event curators Temple has ever seen and ever will see,”  El-Amine said.

Written by: Hadiyah Weaver

Photos by: Nathan Harvey

Meet the creator of Lo Último, Temple’s first fifteen minute show in complete Spanish

 

On a normal day, you wouldn’t see Sierra Guenst awake before 10am but today was a special day as she was rushing to Studio 3.

Guenst was gearing up for the first fifteen minute Spanish Temple Update show on April 21, 2017.  

Although she previously produced Update Ahora, a 90-second news brief in Spanish, and reported for Temple Update, a 30-minute live newscast, this was the moment she was waiting for; it made every late night at the Tech Center and her journey to Temple University worth it.

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Sierra Guenst directing her last taping of Lo Ultimo in December 2017

Guenst never expected to be involved with Temple Update; the beginning of her college career was rough, and she felt lost about what she should study.

“People always told me, ‘find your passion and pursue your passion’. I started to hate when people said that because I felt passionless!” Guenst said “But once I transferred to Temple, I decided to pursue Spanish because I loved the language so much, and I was actually majoring in Linguistics. I joined Update Ahora because I thought it would be a good way for me to practice my Spanish.”

Guenst eventually switched to communications with a minor in Spanish, and her vision of creating Lo Último came together when she realized Temple could benefit from having a live Spanish newscast.

“There was nowhere for the Spanish speakers in Update Ahora to improve their skills in a Spanish speaking media environment, and fortunately for me, I wasn’t the only one that felt that way,” Guenst said. “Once I voiced my idea, a lot of other people came forward saying they had been thinking of doing something like this too! It was a little overly ambitious of me to think that we could start off as a live 30 minute show, but I hope that someday it reaches that point!”

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Crew of Lo Ultimo during their recent show in December 2017

However, creating your own show completely in Spanish comes with its own obstacles.

“In the beginning, it was difficult to find bilingual students who also had an interest in news production. So we started with I believe six people, but since then we have grown to almost 30!”

Monica Logroño, a media studies and production major and Karly Matthews, a journalism and political science major with a minor in Spanish, are two students who joined Lo Último because they hoped to expand their horizons with a show like this.

Logroño is now taking over Guenst’s responsibilities as director and producer of Lo Último. As a sophomore, being part of Lo Último has opened doors for her, and she has Guenst to thank for that.

“I think having shows like Lo Último are important because they celebrate and highlight the diversity at Temple and the community,” Logroño said. “My experience has been so rewarding, I’m learning how to organize, create, produce, and direct a fifteen minute show in Spanish which is rare for my age. Before I had some experience with production but Lo Ùltimo has helped me really learn the process and everything that goes into it.”

As for Matthews, she also agrees that it’s important to have a show like Lo Ùltimo because it helps reach to a whole different audience.

“Students like me, who are not native speakers, get great experience speaking and writing in Spanish. We’re all expanding our horizons, which is what college is about,” Matthews said. “My experience with the Lo Ùltimo was unforgettable. I made so many great friends, learned so much about television production and did it all in a different language.”

Guenst who graduated in the winter is hopeful Lo Ùltimo will prosper without her and hopes more students will learn how to produce their own show like she did.

“I cannot imagine my college career having gone any other way. Starting college, I really had no clue what I wanted to do, but now as I graduate I could not be happier with my time at Temple, and Lo Ùltimo was a huge part of that.” Guenst said.

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Guenst giving one of her crew members a high five

As for any advice for future students, Guenst suggests finding a faculty member who will help you like Professor Jaroff.

“Professor Jaroff helped me from the start to get this show on air, and without him, Lo Ùltimo never would have happened. He was a producer at 6ABC, and to have him as my mentor was critical. He and I met regularly to see how we could improve the show, and he is just as excited about its success as I am.”

Guenst’s goal to create a place for Latino news was accomplished and she hopes Lo Ùltimo will be the place where more Temple students will find their voice on campus.

“I wanted Spanish speakers to have a voice in the news on campus. A lot of our stories have extended into the Philadelphia Latino community and I could not be more thrilled about that. So, yes, I am happy with where it is going. I believe it will only continue to grow and I hope that it will one day be a very respected news source in Philadelphia like Temple Update.”

Written by: Gail Vivar

Photos by: Travis Sherel

 

Shine bright like a Diamond

The Diamond Gems Dance Team is a group of 26 women who strive to energize fans at all football games as well as men’s and women’s basketball games. The girls practice 3 to 4 times per week, maintain academic standards, participate in gym workouts and attend all games.

Being a Diamond Gem can be tough, but these ladies always do it with a smile and put their best foot forward. The Gems have three members graduating this spring and they couldn’t be happier with the experiences they have gained with the team.

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Captain Julia Smith, a Diamond Gem for four years, credited her organization skills to her time on the team. She said that being busy with practices, games, and other obligations requires her to plan out her schedule as far in advance as possible. After her coach sends out “this week” emails, as well as an event schedule for the entire semester, Julia has to communicate any potential conflicts with her job and to anyone else who may need notifying. She believes the busy schedule helps her become more productive because she is forced to use her time efficiently.

“I’ve gotten to travel and meet so many people throughout my four years,” said Smith. “I’ve gotten to have a front row seat to all the games and participate in numerous events due to it as well. In terms of being an athletic training major it has also allowed me to be able to relate to my patients because I’ve been through what they are going through in terms of the amount of hard work, dedication and practice they have put themselves through.”

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Diamond Gems Captain Julia Smith

She says that leaving behind such an integral part of her life when she graduates will be bittersweet. She will miss her teammates and the close bond they have together the most.

Danielle Guibas has been a member of the team for three years and could not imagine her college experience without it.

Making the team in 2015 is hands down one of the best things that has ever happened to me,” said Guibas. “I have found a love for sports, being a part of a team, and representing my university every single day.

Guibas participated in countless school events, volunteered at life changing places and traveled for bowl games and tournaments. The Diamond Gems didn’t just change her college experience, it changed her life as well.

“I can walk away in May knowing I took advantage of the things Temple had to offer me; knowing that I am ready to enter the workplace with skills that will put me ahead of others,” said Guibas. “Being a Diamond Gem has taught me how to carry myself in a respectable and humble manner, it has taught me time management, confidence and presence, and most importantly the amazing feeling of being a part of something bigger than yourself.”

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Diamond Gems Senior Danielle Guibas

She says the highlight of her final season was going to The University of Delaware for UDA Camp in August. During the four days the team spent at camp she was able to form bonds with younger teammates and watch them grow and gain confidence.

Francesca Fadgen has been a member of the Diamond Gems for two years and loved being able to get involved at Temple and create memories with her teammates that will last a lifetime.

She looks forward to game days and the pregame rituals that help hype the team and fans up, especially where the team gathers in the tunnel and cheers the football players on before they enter Lincoln Financial Field. Her time on the team has not only been fun and rewarding, but has also taught her skills that she will carry on with her for the rest of her life.

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Diamond Gems Senior Francesca Fadgen

“Being so busy has taught me a lot about how to manage my time,” Fadgen said. “I have my major, a minor, and a certificate so it’s definitely doable.”

Fadgen said she prioritizes homework and school and that the crazy schedule is worth being able to dance with her team because of how rewarding it is.

Once I graduate, I will definitely miss my team most,” Fadgen said. “Diamond Gems has given me so many opportunities including getting to dance alongside so many talented women I’m lucky to call some of my best friends. My teammates make the rest of the Diamond Gem experience an incredible one.”

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Written by: Caroline Ciocca

Photos by: Ken Innes, Aspen Photography

From Temple University to TLC: Meet the student who made it to the small scree

 

Frustrated from the lack of colors available when searching for nail polish, Neha Raman, a finance major at Temple University, started Rungh Cosmetics. Raman, longing to create custom mixes and colors, designed a nail polish set that includes 6 polish bases, 18 color pigment capsules, and a mixer to help blend the colors.

Nail polish lovers could create their own color polishes by mixing two or more color capsules from the kit. Raman never imagined that her small idea would be transformed into owning her own company at the age of twenty-one.

She thought she found her chance to catapult the business into success at the end of her Sophomore year here at Temple when she was forwarded an email about a new TV show that was looking for young entrepreneurs like herself. After applying, she heard back the next day and after various rounds of casting and interviews she found herself as a cast member on the first season of Girl Starter, a new TLC show.

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Girl Starter is a reality competition show where contestants are paired up and compete through various phases of early business building in order to win seed funding. Raman didn’t know what she was facing when she went to film the show in New York City, and originally was hoping to build her cosmetic company while on the show. However, she was immediately partnered with one of the other girls and they were tasked with coming up with an entirely new company together.

“I was really anxious to come up with a new idea with a stranger in 24 hours,” said Raman, who was shocked to hear it. “But I’m the kind of person who is like ‘this is the circumstance and it has to be done,’ so we ended up doing it anyways.”

Raman and her partner, Claire Coder, ended up being extremely successful on the show and being the runners up for the grand prize, receiving $30,000. Throughout her time on the show, she learned not only about how to grow a business, but also about herself.

 

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She spent seven weeks in New York City, filming six days a week, while also trying to start a new company and keep up with her old company. Trying to balance all of these things was the biggest challenge Raman said she faced, but ultimately she was successful and was able to be one of the finalists in the competition.

While not divulging her plans for the money, she did say that the possibility of another start-up company could be in her future someday.

She learned a lot from the show and from her cast mates, especially her partner. Coder’s press tips have helped land Rungh Cosmetics in Buzzfeed, Insider Beauty and Bustle.

Being back in the Fox School of Business may not compare to the hustle and bustle of filming a reality TV show in New York City, but Raman says she plans to remain here for now although her mindset is focused on her new experiences and how she can apply them to her future endeavors.

“I signed up knowing this would be a life changing experience regardless if everyone watched the show, or no one watched the show,” said Raman. “I think that I definitely learned a ton and don’t regret anything.”

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Written by: Caroline Ciocca

Photos by: Caroline Ciocca

Dyymond Whipper-Young is Temple Made

Dyymond Whipper-Young is a nationally recognized artist, and not to mention, a Temple student.

She is a senior advertising major at Temple University with an art direction in Klein College of Media & Communication and a minor in entrepreneurship.

“Art pursues me, not I pursue art.” Dyymond Whipper-Young said. She says art has shaped her both as a person and as an artist.

The 2016 Homecoming Queen grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, which had a major impact on her art direction. It all began when she would doodle on her papers during class in elementary school.

Instead of reprimanding Dyymond, her teachers would help with her drawings.

“Everyone was always very encouraging,” she said.

Magnet schools, or public schools with specialized courses, were available throughout Baltimore. She was accepted into Sudbrook Magnet Middle School and Carver Center for Arts and Technology, where she studied until her senior year of high school.

Besides her teachers, Dyymond received nothing but support from her mother, LaDonna.

“My mother told me to follow my passions,” she said. She also expressed the importance of surrounding herself with a “positive team.”

“I need that constructive criticism sometimes,” she said.

The Tyler School of Art paid a visit to Dyymond’s Magnet School to review the portfolios of students. After viewing Dyymond’s portfolio, she was accepted into the Tyler School of Art on the spot.

“I got into the Tyler School of Art before I even got accepted to the University,” she said.

Dyymond’s passion for art and the city contributed to her decision to study at Temple University.

“I wanted that typical university experience with a strong art program,” Dyymond said.

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Dyymond is the Temple student to watch out for.

Dyymond turned down exceptional offers from other well-known art colleges and universities such as Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Moore College of Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Dyymond does most of her work specifically for clients, known as commissions.

“I enjoy evoking emotion,” Dyymond said. Though most of her work is done as directed, how it affects people and their thoughts is what she is most proud of.

Temple University has played an important role in Dyymond’s confidence.

“I get support from everyone here,” Whipper-Young said. “Friends, peers, professors. My favorite professor here is Rayce Rollins for my advertising class,” she said.

Dyymond feels the professors at Temple provide guidance and share their real-world experiences to teach their students. With so much praise and recognition, Dyymond fears getting too comfortable with her work. “I want more,” she said.

The city of Philadelphia has brought Dyymond’s artwork to another level. “I’m going to do a mural,” she said. And she did just that.

During the summer of her sophomore year, Dyymond interned with the Mural Arts Program of Philly. She contributed to the creation of the 76ers mural on the corner of Broad and Federal Streets.

“I am always in the right [environment] at the right time,” Whipper-Young said. “I try to be in places that can contribute to my success.”

“I second-guess myself every single day,” she said. However, she never feels like a ‘starving artist.’

“There’s just so many possibilities out there,” she said when expressing an interest in freelancing as well as expanding art to become more business-focused.

Currently, Whipper-Young’s dream is to become a creative director.

“I’m not sure though.” she said, “I’m not big on structure, I’m big on foundation.” Through her paintings and sculptures, Dyymond also plans on creating social change so that people feel comfortable with themselves.

Not only is she involved in clubs across campus, but her work has been displayed in California, New York and Florida. Just a junior, Dyymond hosted her own art show, DWHPP and Friends, in February of 2017 where she invited eight other artists to display their work.

Dyymond wanted to thank everyone who contributed to the success of DWHPP and Friends and who have also supported her.

“To know me is to love me,” Whipper-Young said, “I just want the best for everyone.”

 

Written by: Ashley Mir

Photos: Isaiah Spicer

Studying abroad offered Temple students life-changing opportunities

Imagine having the opportunity to spend an entire semester immersing yourself in a culture completely different from your own; using your education to, not only, broaden your knowledge about your intended field of study, but also the world around you.

One of the best things about attending Temple University is the surplus of experiences and opportunities offered to students, such as on-campus clubs, organizations, athletics, jobs and internships. Temple doesn’t only offer on-campus experiences, though.

Each year, thousands of students from Temple and about 300 other universities around the country participate in Temple’s study abroad program.

Students also have the opportunity to study abroad throughout the year and experience a new city, country and culture. These incredible opportunities provide valuable experiences students simply cannot get anywhere else.

Owls have the opportunity to study almost anywhere around the world, including Rome, Japan, Ireland, England and more. Temple works to create programs that will help students of any major study at their dream destination.

Carolyn Bresnahan, a junior public health major with a Spanish minor, spent the Spring 2017 semester studying in Chile. Bresnahan was happy to improve her Spanish speaking skills while she was there and is “proud to now say that [she] is fluent in Spanish.”

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Carolyn Bresnahan in Chile during her Spring semester abroad.

Emilee Williams, a junior communication studies major with a business minor, studied in Rome for six weeks this past summer and said she appreciated all that the city had to offer.

Most students would agree that one of the best parts about studying abroad is the ability to immerse themselves in different cultures. However, beyond just that, studying abroad also allows students to grow individually and learn more about themselves.

“Being immersed in a completely different culture and environment helps you learn about yourself but also teaches you that there is so much more out there than what we see immediately around us,” Williams said.

As with any new experience, studying abroad can also come with some challenges. Adjusting to an entirely new lifestyle and culture requires a huge learning curve. However, these students would still recommend it, as it can serve as a valuable growing opportunity.

“The biggest lesson I learned was to stop putting so much pressure on myself when it comes to new situations,” Bresnahan said. “Once I learned to let go and accept that I would learn [the Spanish language] as I went along, my experience became everything I hoped it would be and more.”

Studying abroad is a life-changing experience that offers many lessons one may not be able to learn in a classroom. It allows for personal growth and the building of connections, relationships and friendships that may last a lifetime.

Mike Kaba, a junior media analysis and political science major, studied abroad in London this past summer for five weeks. While studying in London, he also travelled to Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam. Although he was able to accomplish everything he hoped to do in each country, he felt five weeks just wasn’t enough to fully experience each country. Nonetheless, he enjoyed his trips.

Mike Kaba studied in London for his study abroad.

“It’s an extremely humbling experience to see how small our own little worlds are as you venture out and explore places you’ve never been… it was an extremely enriching experience,” Kaba said, offering that he is already looking forward to visiting London again.

Written by: Monica Mellon

Photos by: Carolyn Bresnahan and Mike Kaba

Meet the team behind Big Brothers and Big Sisters at Temple

My Little comes down the stairs every week saying, ‘Oh girl! I’ve been waiting for you to come all week, I have to tell you a secret,’ and then she hugs me,” said Isabel Sefton, the Vice President of Big Brothers Big Sisters at Temple. “That’s my favorite part of my week, it’s when I am with her.”

For many members of this organization, being a Big is more than just being a mentor. Once they become mentors, they are reliable role models that their Little can trust.

The mission statement, according to Big Brothers and Sisters of America’s website, is to “provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest volunteer mentoring network with matches between Bigs (adult volunteers) and Littles (children), from the ages of 6 through 18 to help the children realize their full potential and shape their lives.

The Temple chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters is dedicated to help mentor local children from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. After each college student is matched with a local elementary student, they are required to meet their Little every week for an hour and bond with them.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters at Temple, Executive team

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence area serves the Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pa., and Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in NJ. According to the 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Fact Sheet, the organization has served 3,781 children from Southeastern PA. and Southern NJ.

They have also significantly helped children from the program as mentors or Bigs. Their fact sheet shows that 99% of children avoid using alcohol and tobacco; 97% advance to the next grade, 100% avoid using drugs and 98% have not become a teen parent since being part of this program.

“The main purpose is to provide children with mentors who might not have access to one otherwise,” Sefton said, “We, as an organization, stress that the Bigs are people for their Littles to rely on and not necessarily be seen as a tutor or babysitter.”

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Isabel Sefton, Vice President of Big Brothers Big Sisters at Temple

President of Temple BBBS, Berk Atillasoy, a risk management and insurance major, can attest to the importance of mentorship today. He joined as a Big during the fall semester of his freshman year and has since been part of the growth of the organization on campus.

“The reach of your influence as a mentor expands beyond your Little,” said Atillasoy, “Once you make a positive impact in someone’s life, they become a better version of themselves, which spills into many facets of life. They become better leaders, employees, family members, and community members.”

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Berk Atillasoy, President of Big Brothers Big Sisters at Temple

Not only do Bigs make a difference in the lives of their Littles by becoming a role model they can look up to, but they’re also benefiting as Bigs as well.

Atillasoy mentions that he learns the most from his Little and that it’s refreshing to hear from a younger perspective on life. He has been matched with his Little since October of 2015, and they are still matched to this day.

Members like Morgan Kolakowski, who is a journalism major with a minor in business and part of the Temple BBBS recruitment team, also agrees that being part of this organization is important because they’re improving the lives of these children but also theirs.

“My Little has given me the opportunity to have a little sister for the first time in my life,” said Kolakowski.

Since being part of Temple BBBS, Kolakowski advocates for mentorship to be taken seriously since it is important to take time to give back to others and help shape the future generation.

While many might give little importance to organizations such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters, it is indeed making a difference by having these relationships established between children and college students like the ones from Temple University.

“I just know that each time I’m coming to visit my Little, she looks forward to it,” Sefton said, “I appreciate the fact she trusts me and considers me to be someone she counts on, which makes all the hard work pay off.”

Written by: Gail Vivar

Photos by: Isaiah Spicer

She’s The First Temple is helping to end educational inequality worldwide

Education inequality between men and women is an issue in various countries around the world. Women are not given the same resources and opportunities to go to school that men receive. She’s the First Temple is a chapter of a national organization that is hoping to change this.

The organization, whose Temple chapter started about three years ago, sponsors female scholars to help them gain access to the resources they need to get an education and to support women who will be the first in their families to graduate high school. Faculty advisor Kimberly Goyette says raising funds for these students is only one of the goals of the organization.

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According to She’s the First’s website, the national organization, which was founded in 2009, has 225 campus chapters, including Temple, and has sponsored 923 scholars’ educations. The organization sponsors scholars in 11 low-income countries worldwide.The focus is getting each scholar to graduation, not just through another year of school.

I think students in the U.S. do not realize how difficult it is for girls and women in some places across the globe to be able to go to school, and even when they do, to have the same resources provided to them as are provided to boys and men,” says Goyette, stating that raising awareness of this global issue as a primary goal of She’s the First.

In her time with the organization, Goyette has seen the organization grow, now partnering with other Temple organizations and doing more fundraising for their scholars. The fundraising events, ranging from bake sales to collaborations with campus businesses, goes directly to sponsoring the organization’s scholars.

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According to President Julia Clements, a senior journalism major, the organization also has a program called STF Global Awareness, which is a part of the scholar mentorship program that allows the scholars they sponsor to be globally aware and to see how their own education has an impact on the world.

Clements says that this year, She’s the First Temple has five scholars, two from Ethiopia and three from Peru. The scholars are assigned to Temple’s chapter from the national chapter. Clements says Temple’s chapter started out with only one student, but the chapter was given more after they were able to fund all four years of the original scholar’s education.

Clements’ main goal is to make sure the organization is sustainable, even after she graduates.

“I want people who don’t really necessarily think about these things to hear about us and think about us,” she adds. She is hoping that people other than those who know about global education inequality to find out about the organization and attend events to learn more.

Lindsey Gilbert, a sophomore and the organization’s co-president, echoes the sentiment of wanting more people to be engaged with the organization.

“By being engaged participants in the organization, I hope that our members are able to become leaders in the fight against gender inequality, advocates for social change, and, of course, active global citizens,” Gilbert says.

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Written by: Ashley Paskill

Photos by: Zhi Lin

Temple Owls Square off against Temple Alumni in Lacrosse Exhibition

For the first time, the score did not matter to the Temple women’s lacrosse team, not even for head coach Bonnie Rosen and her staff.

On Sept. 23, 2017, nobody recorded how many goals the Temple women scored or how many saves their goalkeepers made. Instead, they looked around the field and realized that playing an exhibition with alumni was more significant than winning the game.

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Not all the alumni players were recent graduates. Some went as far back as 1998 like graduate Erin Campbell Curtis.  Other alumni players included Jen Jefferson Cudzillo (2002), Alayna Tyson Russell (2004) and Erin Malany Gustafson (2005).

Recent 2017 graduates Rachel Barile, Carly Demato, Brooke Williams and Krissy Gallivan joined them.

“We love having this alumni game because it reconnects the past with the present,” Rosen said. “It’s a great day for our current players to get a chance to see the players who’ve come before them.”

Former Owl and 2013 graduate Meghan Clothier knew a lot about the current Owls lineup because she was Monmouth’s assistant coach when they played against Temple in their inaugural game at Howarth Field last February. Those two teams never before squared off against each other.

Temple won, 18 – 16.

“I was playing against Temple players whom I coached and scouted against,” Clothier said. “I also knew Temple’s tendencies from being a member of the team for many years.”

“It’s so different being in the cage defending the goals than being on the sidelines calling the shots (as a coach),” Clothier added.

Temple senior co-captain and attacker Kira Gensler found the alumni game to be both fun and competitive.

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“It definitely creates an atmosphere where there’s a lot less stress and a lot more fun to see if they still have their game and to put my best game forward,” Gensler said.

One minor problem Gensler had in the stress-free alumni game was that the alumni players knew how she played.

“They had that extra inside scoop from being an opponent after being a teammate,” Gensler said.

For example, they knew that while on the attack, she would frequently switch her stick from her left hand to her right, so they tried to prevent that.

“Whenever they stopped me, I’d just do another move,” Gensler said. “They know that I can be a real pest.”

Gensler is looking forward to captaining the team this spring.

“It’s rewarding to be able to serve the team and to be that kind of liaison between the coaches and the team and do what I can to be a leader,” Gensler said.

Last year, Gensler scored 14 goals, including her first career hat trick when the Owls beat Butler 19-7 last April.

The Owls went 13-5 last season. Lambeth, Barretta, and Gensler will be three returning Owls to watch for this lacrosse season.   

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Story by: David Block

Photos by: Xinyi Huang

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