Liberti Church in Center City is Giving Back to the Homeless Community

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Liberti Church, located on 17th and Samson street, is doing more that usual to help out their local homeless community. Every Saturday morning, the church opens it’s doors to hundreds of people for a free lunch-in.

“Emmanuel was a ministry that was started by First Baptist Church, right here in this building,” says Vito Baldini, the Pastor at Liberti Church. “They were looking for a way and a desire to serve their neighbors in the Philadelphia area that were experiencing homelessness.”

And not only were they giving a free meal to the homeless, but building a community of kind-hearted and loving individuals.

“We believe that engaging on a weekly basis is important in terms of building relationships, building community,” says Matt Soldano, the head chef of Emmanuel ministries. “When people don’t know if you’re gonna be there on Saturday it’s hard for them to trust you. So we’ve started to come every week.”

“Every person is treated with dignity and respect, and because of that we serve them with a good, quality meal. Volunteers love the experience, guests love the experience,” exclaims Pastor Vito.

Every week provides the homeless with a meal that they can enjoy, and moving forward, Emmanuel ministries hopes to expand what they are doing by providing even more for their community.

“What we want to do moving forward is be a consistent place where people can come out of the elements, get into a safe space, get a warm healthy meal, and be able to relax for several hours, while it just being in relation to the community with one another,” explains Matt Soldano.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering can travel to Liberti Church at 10:00 AM every Saturday. Hands are always needed, and volunteers are always welcome.

Temple Students Say #MeToo

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In wake of the sexual assault accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the hashtag ‘#MeToo’ has gone viral across social media and inspired many people, including several Temple University students, to come forward and speak openly about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault.

Senior Katie Rink told Temple Update that she was sexually assaulted by a friend when she was twelve years old. She recalls feeling helpless and scared to tell her other friends about what happened because she thought she would be accused of lying and isolated from the group.

“I didn’t tell anyone. I didn’t tell my parents. I didn’t press charges,” Rink said, “I went along with it for a while because I was so scared.”

Rink saw some of her friends posting #MeToo messages on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. She had not shared her story with many people but after seeing the outpouring of support for those people who shared their stories, Rink also decided to post #MeToo on her Facebook profile.

“I didn’t do anything until five and a half years later,” Rink said, “From then on out, I haven’t stopped speaking about it.”

Rink is not the only student using social media to bring light to the issue of sexual assault. Junior Yasmine Hamou said that posting #MeToo on social media helps survivors realize their self worth.

“The #MeToo campaign helps women, young women especially, say ‘I don’t have to excuse that. I don’t have to let some guy grope me or do whatever they want,'” Hamou said.

Junior Laura Smythe, who also posted #MeToo on Facebook, is hopeful that the social media movement will lead to large-scale change in the way society views survivors of sexual assault, particularly on college campuses.

“Through campaigns like this and survivors being accepted and having their stories told it will create a better culture,” Smythe said.

While Rink said that talking about sexual assault can be a very upsetting subject, she is happy to see so many survivors interacting online and sharing their stories.

“A lot of people use social media,” Rink said, “It brings to light the issue that it’s not just me, it’s #MeToo.”

Temple’s Winning Streak Ends Against Wichita State

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The Temple Men’s Basketball team’s 5-game winning streak has finally come to a close at the hands of Wichita State.

The game was a track meet as both teams ran up the scoreboard.

After an extremely impressive first half, the Owls were unable to hold on for the win. The team opened up the half with the hot-hand going on an early 11-0 run. While the Shockers were able to make dents in the lead at times, the Owls stayed in control and took a commanding 56-42 lead into half. The 56 points scored by the Owls were the most ever in a half during the Gregg Marshall-era.

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Unfortunately, Temple quickly saw this lead dissipate. The Shockers came out of the half on fire as an early 17-3 run tied the score.

From that point on it became an absolute dog fight with the two teams exchanging blows back and forth.

Perhaps the most crucial play of the game came at the 2-minute mark when Wichita State’s Zach Brown missed a 3-point shot, but Shaquille Morris recovered the offensive rebound put-back to give them the lead.

The Owls were able to keep it interesting throughout the rest of the game, but could not stop the Shockers.

Following a couple of free throws, Temple fell to Wichita State 93-86.

Prior to the game ESPN’s Joe Lunardi said this game can help, but not hurt the Owls due to their early win over the Shockers. However, he does believe that for Temple to make the tournament, the need to win the remainder of their games and make a run in the AAC tournament.

The Owls next contest is at home against a Houston team who is fresh-off a win against #5 Cincinnati.


Temple Wins the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl 28-3 Over FIU

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In a defensive battle the entire game, filled with punts and turnovers, the Temple Owls prevailed for a victory against FIU by a score of 28-3.

FIU’s starting QB Alex McGough went down on their 3rd offensive play suffering a broken collarbone. So, FIU Head Coach Butch Davis entered sophomore QB Maurice Alexander who had only thrown 6 passes all season long.

Temple’s first 4 drives resulted in a punt, fumble, another punt and a turnover on downs. FIU’s first 4 drives resulted in a punt, an interception and then two more punts. It wasn’t until 7 seconds gone in the 2nd quarter that the first score was made. A 4-yard Frank Nutile run finally broke the scoring drought.

It wasn’t until 3:12 to go in the third quarter that the game saw its next score, a 27-yard field goal by FIU. Following the field goal, Temple went on to score touchdowns on 3 of their last 4 possessions. The first of the three came on a 1-yard run by David Hood after appearing to fumble it, it was reviewed and ruled he had crossed the plane before he lost control. The second was on a 45-yard catch and run by Isaiah Wright, and the final score of the game came on a Ryquell Armstead 5-yard run.


QB Frank Nutile was named the Bowl Game MVP. He finished the game completing 18 of 28 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown plus 18 yards rushing including his 4-yard TD run. Even with the QB controversy early in the season, Temple was able to record 3,273 passing yards which are second most in program history. Only 51 yards short of the most all-time set last season.


Junior RB’S David Hood and Ryquell Armstead each finished their season strong rushing for a combined 127 yards and two touchdowns. Armstead has been banged up for the majority of the season and is a true testament to his mental and physical strength to be able to finish out this season with a strong performance heading into his senior season. For David Hood, it was all about the seniors.

“It just feels good to be able to send our seniors out with a win. They’ve been preaching ’27 wins, 27 wins.’ It’s just been sitting on my heart to send Adonis and Kirkwood out with a win,” said the junior RB.

Mentioning Keith Kirkwood and Adonis Jennings, those two along with Isaiah Wright each finished the game with impressive lines. Wright with 5 catches for 73 yards, 45 of them coming on his long touchdown in the fourth quarter. Keith Kirkwood led all receivers, however, with 6 receptions totaling 96 yards. For Jennings, 3 catches for 51 yards, 39 of which came on a spectacular play where he was tripped up and fell to the turf but ended up making the catch on his back at the FIU 1-yard line.

This was a breakout season for Jennings as he totaled 742 yards receiving on 42 catches, almost doubling his production from last season. In fact, his 742 yards this season are the 9th most ever in the history of the program. He finished 17th in career receiving yards(1,362), Kirkwood sits at 10th all-time (1,638) and Ventell Bryant is 7th (1,754). Jennings finishes his career tied for 15th all-time in receptions with 89, Kirkwood finishes 11th all-time with 103 receptions, while Bryant enters his senior season tied for 5th all-time with 122 receptions, needing 44 to sit at number 1.
The Owls finished their season with an 8 game streak of gaining 390 or more yards of offense. The team’s 5,046 yard of total offense this season is 3rd most all time, only trailing the teams from the previous two seasons.

For Temple’s defense, they set a Gasparilla Bowl record with 7 sacks. LB Will Kwenkeu led the way last night with 2. Also, contributing to that feat was Sam Franklin, Dan Archibong, Dana Levine, Sharif Finch, and Quincy Roche. Roche finished his freshman season with 7 sacks which are the 3rd most ever by a Temple freshman. This was also the first season in Temple history that the team had 3 players with

7 or more sacks, Sharif Finch-8.5, Jacob Martin-8, Quincy Roche-7. The defense totaled 39 sacks this season which is good for 3rd most all-time, 4 behind the leading season.

Sharif Finch finished with 32 career tackles for loss which is 5th all-time, he had 15.5 this season which is 6th most in a season. Sean Chandler finishes his career sitting at 17th on Temple’s all-time tackle list with 265 and 7th on the all-time interceptions list with 10.

In Head Coach Geoff Collins first season with the Owls, he posted a 7-6 record after starting 3-5. He was able to coach his team to win 3 of their last 4 games which got them to the bowl game and ultimately winning. This was Geoff Collins’ first bowl win as a head coach.

“Coaches put down a lot of rules and a lot of plans, but these guys are together 20 hours a day. We’re only with them three or four, and the way that they handled this bowl game was amazing,” said the first year head coach. “This trophy, the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl trophy, is really special to me because of who it represents. It represents this group of seniors, it represents the guys in that locker room and all that they have put into it.”

The senior class now has the final piece to add to their puzzle: a bowl game victory.

SportsDesk Practice Report: 11/14

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One win away are the Temple Owls from becoming bowl eligible as they head into week 12 and with it brings the Owl’s toughest matchup yet. Temple (5-5,3-3) will take on the 14th ranked UCF Golden Knights (9-0,6-0) at Lincoln Financial Field this Saturday afternoon.

Last Friday night, the Owls went into Cincinnati, Ohio, and took care of business earning their second straight win, and their second straight conference win. Isaiah Wright took home the honor of earning Conference Special Teams Player of the week, due to his 98-yard kick return for a TD. Also earning honors was RB David Hood, who was put on the Conference Honor Roll for his career day of over 100 yards.

QB Frank Nutile will once again get the start, make that his third straight as he tries to go 3-0 to start his career as starting quarterback, amidst Temple’s second-half season turnaround. Since Nutile took over for Logan Marchi, the atmosphere seems much more “juiced” up, as Nutile’s teammates like to call him “Frankie Juice.”

“Frank is a leader. He connects with all the receivers, he gets us together, we talk about things. I like Frank back there, he’s just so confident and poised in the pocket. I believe Frankie’s a good quarterback, so I’m happy he’s leading for us,” WR Adonis

Jennings said.

Jennings, since Nutile has taken over at quarterback, has made 12 catches and racked up 205 yards and 3 touchdowns in the last 3 games. Right behind Jennings is sophomore Isaiah Wright, who, in the last 3 games, has caught 9 passes for 153 yards and completed a pass to Nutile for a 2-point conversion. Keith Kirkwood is not far behind either, in his last 3 games, he’s caught 11 passes for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The passing game isn’t the only thing that has sprung to life over the last 3 games though. RB’s Ryquell Armstead and David Hood have taken a leap as well. Armstead, while still fighting through injuries, was pulled from last Friday’s game against Cincinnati due to injury. It’s still uncertain if he will see the field this coming Saturday. Though in his last 3 games, Armstead has carried the ball 36 times totaling 205 yards and 2 touchdowns. David Hood has carried 38 times totaling 154 yards and 1 touchdown.

Temple has scored over 28 points in each of their last three contests and scored over 34 in their last two. The offensive outburst has lit a fire in the defense as well. Holding Navy’s offense to far below its average, and going into a brisk Cincinnati atmosphere and shutting down their offense as well. Credit Sean Chandler, Shaun Bradley, Delvon Randall, Quincy Roche and many more for outperforming their opponents week after week.

“Any game we play is going to be a big game for us. We’re a great defense, a learning defense. I think we’ve started to play very well. We’re doing some great things on defense and offense that definitely helps,” senior Jacob Martin said.


David Hood will wear jersey No. 1 this week after rushing for a career-high last week.

This weeks recipient of the No. 1 jersey is RB David Hood. Last week, Hood rushed for a career-high 108 yards and one touchdown. His all-around work ethic helped him earn this honor.

“It means I’ve put in a lot of work and it’s time to keep stepping up and be a leader on this team. It’s not much of a surprise, every day I strive and I feel like I should be a single-digit. I don’t want it to get my head too big, I’m going to continue to play like I’m still 24,” Hood said.

“It’s what he does in this building, in this program, on a day-to-day basis. His work ethic, his attitude, how he attacks everything he does. He’s just a positive person to be around. The reason he’s wearing the No. 1 is that of how he is every day in this building with his teammates in the locker room and how hard he works,” Head Coach Geoff Collins said.

The Owls will also be celebrating Senior Day this Saturday afternoon. And with one more win, that will give the senior class its 32nd overall victory and earn the title of the winningest class in school history.

They certainly do face a tough test though in one of the highest scoring offenses in the nation. The offense will look to keep pace, and the defense will look to shut them down, in the seniors last game at Lincoln Financial Field.

The game is set to kick off at Lincoln Financial Field this Saturday at noon. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU and you can listen in on 97.5 The Fanatic.

Make sure to check back into the SportsDesk for the game preview later this week.

SportsDesk Preview: Navy vs. Temple

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Temple football is back and fresh off their much needed bye week. Losers of their last two, most recently coming from a crushing OT loss to Army 31-28, the Owls look to bounce back when they take on the Navy Midshipmen this Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Owls (3-5) look to get back on track in conference play, starting 1-3 on the year. They’ve scored just 78 points, which is the worst in the conference, though they gave up only 101 points, which is third best, certainly that is something to lean on heading into the final four games of the regular season.

In their overtime loss to Army, first-time starter at QB Frank Nutile had an impressive day. The QB went 20-29 on passing attempts giving him a career best 290 passing and one touchdown.

RB Ryquell Armstead found his groove for his best game of the season, compiling 151 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. That’s more rushing yards than Armstead’s last 4 games combined, and his best game since his week 3 performance vs. UMass where he rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries.

WR Isaiah Wright also had a very productive day, racking up 150 all-purpose yards. He had 3 catches for 79 yards, to go along with one big touchdown rush of 50 yards. Wright also gained some yards on punt return.

WR Adonis Jennings continued to be productive for the Owls hauling in 4 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. This was Jennings’ best game since he tallied 75 yards week 2 vs. Villanova. He hasn’t caught less than 30 yards in a game this season.

Defensively, the duo of sophomores, Shaun Bradley and Chapelle Russell continued to dominate. Bradley led the way with 11 tackles, and Russell followed with 9 of his own. DE Jacob Martin and CB Artrel Foster combined for the only sack of the day for the Owls.

Senior S Sean Chandler caught his first interception of the season on the last play of the first half. That interception, the eighth of his four-year career at Temple, moved him up into 11th on Temple’s all-time interceptions list.


Nutile threw for 290 yards in his first career start against Army

The Temple defense held the Army rushing game to just 248 yards in the game, which is a season low for Army.

For the second week in a row, Frank Nutile will start at QB for the Owls. Logan Marchi will play only in an emergency situation, said Coach Collins in today’s press conference. Although, Anthony Russo has been taking backup snaps behind Nutile for the last two weeks. If Russo were to play, it would be his first time in his career at Temple.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to compete against a great team. I treat it the same way I’ve treated every week so far, same preparation, same process, and attack the week the same way I have been,” said Nutile on getting his second start this season.

This week’s coveted No. 1 jersey will be worn by redshirt freshman DE Dan Archibong. This season, Archibong has 11 total tackles and 2 passes defended. 

“He does an unbelievable job for us. He’s started a lot of games for us. He’s a tough, physical kid, unselfish kid. He’s another kid who I’m not sure has gotten a ‘B’ since he’s been in college,” said Coach Collins. “Kids like Dan who play Division 1 football in one of the toughest conferences in football and still do good in school, should be celebrated and we can do that for Dan.”

For the Navy Midshipmen, they enter Thursday’s primetime matchup at 5-2, 3-2 in conference play. Just like Temple, they come in losers of their last two contests. Navy only needs one more win to become bowl eligible for the sixth straight season.

The Midshipmen will try to become bowl eligible in a stadium in which they’ve never lost. Navy is 12-0 all-time at Lincoln Financial Field, 10-0 against Army and 2-0 against the Owls. The last time Navy entered LFF to play the Owls was in 2014 where they won 31-24.

Temple last played Navy in the 2016 AAC Championship game where Temple knocked off the Midshipmen 34-10. In the contest, Temple was able to shut down Navy’s usually potent triple option, and WR’s Keith Kirkwood and Ventell Bryant combined for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

In doing so, Temple won the conference championship, after falling short the year before to the Houston Cougars 24-13.

Zach Abbey will be making his second appearance against Temple, and his first start against the Owls

Leading the triple option for the Midshipmen is their junior QB Zach Abey. Abey doesn’t throw the ball too much, throwing only 51 times completing just 19 of those throws for a total of 606 yards, 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.

Abey doesn’t throw much because he ranks second in the nation in yards per game with 163, leading the Navy rushing attack which is number one in the nation. The QB has carried the ball 208 times, 58 more times then the next 3 leading rushers combined, for a grand total of of 1,208 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns.


In Navy’s last game against UCF, Abey left the game early with a head injury after a vicious hit by an opposing linebacker early in the third quarter. Abey remained on the ground for several minutes while the training staff took a look at him. He eventually walked off on his own power, but did not return to the game.


Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo expressed confidence that his QB will be healthy and ready to play come Thursday night to take on the Owls.

Helping out Abey with the running game is sophomore Malcolm Perry, who has carried 39 times for 436 yards and 3 touchdowns. Perry is also the team’s second leading receiver with 6 catches for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. Also getting a healthy amount of touches in the backfield is senior RB Chris High. On the season, High has 89 carries for 414 yards and one touchdown.


The leading receiver for Navy is senior WR Tyler Carmona who has hauled in 8 of Abey’s 19 completions for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns. Behind Carmona and Perry on the receiving yards list is senior RB Darryl Bonner who has caught 5 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown, also rushing for 139 yards on 22 carries, scoring one touchdown.

There’s no question who the biggest threat is in Navy’s offensive game and it’s their junior starting quarterback. Look for Temple’s defense to perhaps put a spy on him to shut down his running game early and contain his breakout ability.


Defensively for the Midshipmen, leading the team in tackles is junior S Sean Williams. Williams on the year, has 54 total tackles, four passed defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Leading the team in interceptions, is senior LB Micah Thomas, with two on the season so far. To go along with the interceptions, Thomas has 42 total tackles, two passes defended and one forced fumble.

Helping out Thomas in the front seven is fellow senior LB D.J. Palmore, who has 41 total tackles, 8 for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. Leading the defensive line for Navy is senior DE Tyler Sayles who has 33 total tackles, three for loss.

The series between Temple and Navy is tied 6-6 all-time. The past three seasons, Temple is 4-1 coming off a bye week. And in the last two Novembers, the Owls have compiled a 6-1 record.

The game is set to kick off from Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday night at 8:00PM. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and you can listen in on 610 WTEL.


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SportsDesk Practice Notes 10/10

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Homecoming week is here for the Temple Owls (3-3, 1-2), who got back to .500 last week after a much needed victory over the East Carolina Pirates, also giving them their first conference win this season. The win gave head coach Geoff Collins his first conference win and his first road win, both in one game. They’ll take on the Huskies of UConn (1-4, 0-3) this Saturday afternoon at the Linc.

The offense finally broke out in a big way. Two big performances helped the Owls on their way to a victory: QB Logan Marchi threw for 321 yards on 19-31 passes and two TD’s with 1 INT, and junior RB David Hood who totaled 106 yards rushing and one touchdown.


“It felt good to finally see the potential of the offense and what we can do. We went out and executed the gameplan well and it’s a great confidence boost going into this week,” Marchi said.

On the defensive side of the football, the Owls smothered the opposing run game only allowing 34 yards on the ground. LB Shaun Bradley recorded nine tackles, two 

for loss. DE Jake Martin had a pair of sacks while S Delvon Randall had 5 tackles and one interception.


“I feel like we came in and prepared well, we over prepared honestly. We came in and just kept watching film, practiced hard. Over preparing is a great thing, and I hope we continue to do that every week so we can go 1-0 every week,” Delvon Randall said.

Leading the way in receiving was sophomore Isaiah Wright. He hauled in 9 passes for a total of 91 yards and a touchdown during the contest. Along with a great performance, Wright has earned the right to wear this week’s coveted No. 1 jersey against UConn. Though Coach Collins says it has nothing to do with his production.

“This has nothing to do with production, even though he is highly productive. Everybody recognizes him from the special plays he’s made all year, but it’s what he does, his work ethic everyday at practice,” Collins said. “He’s had a really good season for us, the production he brings is because of the preparation he puts in on a daily basis and a weekly basis. It’s no shock.”


Wright is coming off his best game thus far, scoring for the first time since week three when the team bested UMass. On the season, Wright has 21 catches totaling 338 yards, which is best among all receivers on the team. He’s also rushed 8 times for 20 yards.

The Owls look to continue their offensive surge this week against a struggling UConn defense who give up an average of 43.6 points per game this season. In their last game against Memphis, the Huskies defense gave up 431 passing yards and seven touchdowns.

The last time these two squared off was in early November of last season, the Owls took that game by a score of 21-0. Temple looks to keep that winning mentality going against UConn and build another win streak.

Fans will be loud this Saturday afternoon as their celebrate homecoming. Look for them to give the Owls a boost on the field. The game is set to kick off from Lincoln Financial Field this Saturday at noon. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNews and you can listen in on 97.5 The Fanatic.

Make sure to check back in with the SportsDesk later this week for your pregame report.  

Faculty Senate Backs Sanctuary Campus Effort

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Temple University is one of many colleges nationwide that are making a call-to-action to protect undocumented immigrants on campus.

The Temple Senate approved a bill addressed to President Englert on Friday, in which the school’s faculty and students joined forces to petition for a sanctuary campus at Temple University.

One of the faculty members who presented the bill was Director of Communication Studies, Dr. Scott Gratson, who said the petition can be seen as an act of civil disobedience. “I think that creating a bill such as this, I mean a motion such as this, suggests to the university, suggests to the board of trustees, that we’re not going to stand for any government that suggests that our students are not welcome on this campus,” said Gratson.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has proposed legislation to take away state funding from sanctuary campuses, but this has not stopped those in the Temple community who support standing in solidarity with undocumented immigrants.

“I think it also creates a statement that if they’re going to try to come for one of our students, they might as well try to come for all of us,” Gratson said.

Media Studies and Production professor Larisa Mann says she supports the petition because she believes the protection of undocumented immigrants will ultimately promote the enhancement of the Temple community as a whole.

“I think our community is enriched by its diversity and by students from all kinds of backgrounds and experiences,” said Professor Mann.

These diverse experiences that Professor Mann references can potentially hit home for first-generation students such as Nancy El-Haron, who have witnessed undocumented immigration firsthand within their families.

“My parents were immigrants coming into this country, and so if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here getting my education,” El-Haron said.

El-Haron says she is firmly against the deportation of illegal immigrants, stating that she believes they have made many sacrifices in order to live a prosperous life in the United States.

“You shouldn’t take that away, like they’re sacrificing just as much to be in this country to get their education,” said El-Haron.

Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania have both recently declared to be sanctuary campuses in Philadelphia, and with the petition having over 1000 signatures to date, Temple may not be too far behind. Professor Mann says the continued success of the petition makes her hopeful for the future.

“I’m just grateful that people are so supportive of it. I think it bodes well for the next four years which are going to be very uncertain, so I’m excited to be a part of the Temple community and the broader discussions around these issues.”