The Towerlight (October 3, 2017)

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Editor-in-Chief Marcus Dieterle Senior Editor Jordan Cope Assoc. News Editor Bailey Hendricks Arts & Life Editor McKenna Graham Asst. Arts & Life Editor Kerry Ingram Sports Editor Karuga Koinange Senior Staff Writer Sarah Rowan Staff Writers Desmond Boyle Jesse L. Baird Natalie Bland Lauren Cosca Amanda Carroll





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Be Your Best Self is a four session, 50-minute seminar that teaches students valuable self-help skills.

Fresh off of a victory against conference rival Elon, Towson looks to continue its momentum Thursday afternoon against Hofstra.

3 p.m., Tiger Soccer Complex


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10 a.m., Health and Counseling Center, Group Room 1

Proofreaders Kayla Baines

Art Director Jordan Stephenson

Explore a history of LGBTQIA+ student groups at TU through a display drawing on articles from Towson University’s student newspaper, The Towerlight.

Noon, Cook Library, 3rd floor lobby

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Mary-Ellen Davis Michael Mills

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Join TU students, faculty, and alumni for an evening of ‘Black Women in Artistry’.

7 p.m., Lecture Hall, Room 238




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October 3, 2017

‘Tis the season of change A message from The Towerlight’s new editor-in-chief MARCUS DIETERLE Editor-in-Chief @marcusdieterle

Hey there, Towson. With recent changes to The Towerlight’s leadership, I figured some introductions were in order. I’m Marcus, a senior studying journalism and political science, and as of last Wednesday I’m also The Towerlight’s editor-in-chief. I’m still letting that new title sink in. I’ll be the first to admit that change can feel a little weird. Whether you’re starting a new major this semester, joining a new club or maybe even sitting at a new desk in The Towerlight office, doing things that are different than what you’re used to can be scary.

But change is also good. It’s how we learn, how we make mistakes and how we grow. I got to sit behind the editor-inchief desk for the first time today. As I looked out over the newsroom and watched my talented team hard at work, my fears were put at bay. We’re the same Towerlight family that I know and love (once a Towerlighter, always a Towerlighter). This is the same newspaper that has been, and will always be committed to providing fair and accurate news to the Towson community. We might stumble along the way. As diligent as we are in reporting the truth, we’re human and we make mistakes. But we’re going to own up to those errors when we get something

wrong, and we will learn to do better by you, Towson. I’m confident in the continued success of the staff of this wonderful newspaper (including Bailey Hendricks, who has started in her new role as associate news editor) and our ability to produce solid journalism week after week. So please, join us for the ride. Share your stories, your accomplishments and your frustrations (yeah, parking isn’t great). If you or someone you know has done something worth recognition, or you have a campus issue or initiative that you want to talk about, stop by our office in the University Union, Room 309. And, of course, my inbox is always open: editor@thetowerlight.


How harmful social media can be KYNDALL CUNNINGHAM Columnist

As the Trump administration continues its wreckage and social movements that were once solely hashtags gaining worldwide consciousness, the role of social media in activism has become undeniably essential. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have replaced homes, churches and schools as meeting spaces for people, young and old, working towards change. The word “work” is debatable for some. A lot of people view millennials tweeting at politicians, correcting others politically and posting hashtags followed by a fist emoji, as a sorry excuse for activism. Or maybe they disagree with them and want to be quiet. To the people who partake in social media activism, it’s simply about raising awareness to bring about change, and in some cases, arguably so. Look at the influence of the three black women -- Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi – who founded the Black Lives Matter movement and began the hashtag after George

Zimmerman’s acquittal for the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Not only did it raise social awareness and conversation over police brutality in the United States, it influenced policy to some extent with the use of police body cameras in certain police departments. While a major reform in the criminal justice system and convictions for officers who murder innocent black people have yet to come underway, the philosophy of BLM has crept its way into all areas of society and social consciousness expanding our worldview. But as of recently, I’ve noticed a major trend on social media that overshadows activism at its core. It’s the overwhelming amount of activism that is centered around celebrities; who are using their platform to speak on injustice; who are not using their platform to speak on injustice; which celebrity tweeted something touching and powerful the other day; versus who said something tone-deaf and ignorant consumes a lot of the conversation, and rightfully so, to some extent. Celebrities have an abundance of privilege, whether it’s money, access

or influence. It takes people in power to speak up against discrimination of all types in order for the ball to roll on change, whether they be politicians or movie stars. We support their livelihoods with our dollars. The least they can do is support us with a tweet! It all sounds perfectly reasonable. However, there comes a dilemma when our reaction to celebrity involvement in social movements is glorification. There’s a frustration that social media users have when people in power, whether they be of privilege or belong to a marginalized group, stay silent on social issues. The most notable target of this anger is Taylor Swift who gets a lot of heat for not getting political when it comes to Black Lives Matter, the past election and Trump’s discriminatory legislation despite her huge fanbase and gigantic platform. I get it. Taylor Swift comes from country music. A lot of white women listen to her music. Statistically, a large sum of her fans probably voted for Trump and support him. - To read the rest of this column online, visit

Tax reform takes center stage in D.C.

President Trump still seeks first major legislative victory in office RYAN KIRBY Columnist

Eight months into his presidency, Donald Trump is still looking for his first major legislative victory. President Trump has decided to move onto tax reform in the hopes of spurring economic growth. This past week, the GOP leadership released its tax plan and it included a tax hike on the rich, closed countless loopholes and provided relief to Americans who are struggling the most. Just kidding! It cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans, and actually increased the bottom tax rate from 10 percent to 12 percent. Granted that is a highly simplified summary, so I encourage you to look up the actual plan, or at least a news article that provides an in-depth summary and analysis. The main takeaway is that America is potentially going to get another wave of supply-side economics. Supply-side economics, also known as "trickle-down economics," has been the dominant economic theory for the Republican party for the past 37 years. This economic theory relies on the idea of giving tax cuts to the wealthy, who will in turn use those additional funds to invest, create jobs or raise wages. As we have seen throughout the past 30 years, that simply does not work. This theory relies heavily on the idea that the wealthy will take the additional money and actually spend it. However, history has shown that instead of spending the money, it is usually saved. When the wealthy get a tax cut and choose to save the money

rather than spend it, the middle and lower classes don't see jobs created, or their wages rise. The attempt by the Trump administration to give tax cuts to the wealthy has dangerous ramifications for the economy as a whole, but also the average American worker. According to the Economic Policy Institute, between 1973 and 2015 productivity rose 73.4 percent, but hourly compensation only rose 11.1 percent in that same period. American workers have been able to produce more for the economy, but they have not seen their wages rise in correlation with how productive they are. Where is the money going? When you look at the wage growth of the top one percent of Americans, their wages have increased 138 percent since 1973; but when you look at the wage growth for the bottom 90 percent, wages have only risen by 15 percent. This data indicates one of the main failures of supply-side economics, by showing how the wealth was never able to trickle down to the middle-class. The Republican party is again showing why they're the party of big business and the ultra wealthy. The plan that the Trump administration is proposing would most likely benefit him personally, although it's hard to know definitely since he never released his tax returns, and his rich friends. The Democratic party supports tax relief for the middle class, and we would love to work with the Republican party on this issue, but we will not support tax cuts that increases wealth inequality at the expense of the average American.


October 3, 2017


Congress derails program for children The fuel behind #TakeAKnee CONNOR McNAIRN Columnist

Last week, the GOP once again failed to repeal and replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. (Editor’s note: Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy pushed to pass the Graham-Cassidy healthcare legislation, but they ultimately failed to secure the 50 Senate votes necessary to pass the bill before the legislation was even able to make its way to the Senate floor.) As Twitter users, late night hosts, political pundits and everyday citizens rallied key Graham-Cassidy opponents like Republican Senators John McCain, Susan Collins and Rand Paul, another major healthcare program – one that has enjoyed bipartisan support since its creation – slowly faded into the background. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was created in 1997. The program aims to provide children’s health insurance for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid benefits. CHIP coverage fluctuates from state to state, as each state maintains relative autonomy in designing and implementing eligibility requirements (within certain federal guidelines). Throughout its 20-year existence, CHIP has reduced the children’s uninsured rate from 14 percent to just five percent. What is more, CHIP has also provided benefits for pregnant women. Overall, CHIP provides quality health insurance to over 9 million low-income families throughout the U.S. – its benefits are many. Congress is tasked with reauthorizing the CHIP program when funding runs out; and since the program’s inception, our legislature has been up to the task. This Saturday, however, CHIP funding ran out. Amid the chaos surrounding the Graham-Cassidy proposal, Congress failed to refund the insurance program. The CHIP program is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS). One would expect the HHS to actively pursue the reauthorization of a program that insures nine million children and pregnant women.

Then again, one would also expect the secretary of the HHS to use taxpayer charter flights responsibly. On Friday, Tom Price, the former Georgia congressman and secretary of the HHS, resigned. In recent months, Price had used private and government aircraft to travel on “business” (Price also visited luxury resorts). Rather than use less expensive commercial airlines, Price opted to travel with military and private airlines which have ultimately cost taxpayers over $1 million since May. In summary, rather than prioritizing health insurance accessibility for children, Price was more concerned with leisure travel. Though ripping Price is justifiable, we must refocus our energies on a polarized, GOP-led Congress who succeeds at just about nothing. Although Senators Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden introduced a bill that would extend funding for the CHIP program in mid-September, the rest of Congress remained preoccupied with the Graham-Cassidy hysteria. Further, following the failure of the GOP healthcare bill, Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell have shifted their focus from repealing the ACA to passing tax reform. While millions of low-income families are left wondering how they are going to afford immunizations, check-ups, prescriptions, dental care and more, the Republicans in Congress (save for Hatch) are obsessed with reducing taxes for America’s richest citizens. Even though funding for CHIP has officially run out, states have reserve funding for the program that rolls over from previous fiscal years. Unfortunately, this reserve is likely not significant enough to keep the program alive for long, as Congress has made no significant effort to reauthorize the CHIP program. The nation expressed outrage over Graham and Cassidy’s effort to repeal the ACA. The national opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill illustrates the value of American political participation. It is my most sincere hope that all Americans, regardless of socioeconomic status, unite to motivate action from Congress and preserve a program that has significantly benefited those who need it most.

KAYLA HUNT Columnist

Sports Illustrated recently released a new cover image regarding the ongoing "dispute" with the NFL and President Trump. The cover is supposedly illustrating unity between sports teams across the nation. Media outlets have wasted no time whitewashing this story that has already been consuming them the past couple of weeks; very

much so that it has trumped other important stories and tragedies that have been occurring. After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, our president felt little need to comment on the tragedy because U.S. citizens barely surviving from a natural disaster was of less importance than athletes kneeling during the national anthem. But if this dispute is going to take over media networks as it has, can the story at least be accurate? What are

sports teams across the nation actually uniting against? The media has made this dispute revolve around the national anthem and the flag, but please let us not forget the primary fuel behind #TakeAKnee. Colin Kaepernick took a knee last year in protest of police brutality and social injustices against people of color. - To read the rest of this column online, visit



October 3, 2017

Student Award Winners

Towson University Department of History 2017 The Sanders Senior Prize Ms. Shelby Zimmerman

Mary Catherine Kahl Prize Ms. Sophia Zahner

John Carter Matthews Memorial Scholarship Ms. Amna Rana Ms. Sophia Zahner Mr. Kyle Vratarich Mr. Cameron Bell Ms. Casey Ryan Ms. Abigail Karanja Mr. Brandon Allen

Arnold Blumberg Prize for Outstanding Achievement in European History Ms. Shelby Zimmerman

Douglas D. Martin Sr. History Award Mr. Eric Burroughs

Disabled American Veterans Prize Mr. Kyle Vratarich The Emily Elizabeth Daugherty Award Ms. Miriam Hanks The Daughters & Sons of the Revolution Award Ms. Miriam Hanks

Awards are open to History majors. The competition for awards next year will begin soon. Visit for more information.



October 3, 2017


TU reacts to new Title IX guidance Towson University President Kim Schatzel released a statement on Sept. 25 about changes in federal guidance regarding Title IX. In her statement, Schatzel stressed open communication with the TU community about further developments “I want to reaffirm Towson University’s unwavering commitment to preventing sexual assault/ misconduct, as well as providing the most complete protections, advocacy and support possible within the extent of the law,” Schatzel said in her statement. United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has voiced efforts to change how sexual mis-

conduct is handled on college campuses. In light of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (DOE OCR) recently issued new guidance on Title IX in relation to sexual assault and misconduct. The DOE rescinded Obama-era campus sexual assault guidance. The new guidance now gives universities a choice in how they address sexual misconduct cases. Schools can choose between a “preponderance of the evidence” standard of proof and a higher “clear and convincing” standard when determining guilt. Schools are also allowed to offer an appeal to either both parties involved in an incident or to only the respondent. The previous guidance required that both parties be given an equal opportunity to appeal an outcome. In her statement, Schatzel said Towson will partner with organizations such as The American Association of State Colleges and

Newly established this semester, the Undergraduate Research Club hopes to raise the profile of undergraduate research and independent study opportunities on campus for students of all levels and academic backgrounds. Club President Lauren Cahalan founded the club in the hopes that it will “provide a forum where students can come and ask any questions they may have about undergraduate research” and get peer-to-peer support from students with diverse academic backgrounds. “Whether a student is a freshman, senior, has never done research before or has done five projects and has gotten published, we want to be an environment where people can learn from each other and build a love of [undergraduate] research within Towson, because we know it’s there, we just want to highlight it,” Cahalan said. As a double major in economics and political science with a minor in business, undergraduate research was not immediately on the radar for Cahalan. After learning about the opportunity to pursue undergraduate research at an Honors College meeting, her first reaction was, “Oh my gosh that sounds really overwhelming

-- I’m not a science major.” It was through a course with political science professor Alison McCartney that Cahalan gained an interest in research. The course sparked her interest, and she pursued additional research and independent study opportunities. Through internships with the Governor’s Summer Internship Program and Brown Advisory, she has applied her research skills in the fields of public service and finance. Cahalan identified “just knowing that [undergraduate research] exists” as one of the club’s main goals for undergraduates. “That was my problem going in -- I didn’t think my major would ever use research and now I use it all the time,” she said. The creation of an undergraduate research club has been on the minds of the club’s advisors -- McCartney, Assistant Provost Bethany Pace and Honors College Director of Co-Curricular Programs and Constituent Relationships Rio Napoli -- for about two years. McCartney, who serves as one of the club’s advisors, argues that the genesis of the club would “not have been possible without the leadership and drive of Cahalan.” Although undergraduate research is taking place across TU, misconceptions about what it is and how to get involved can be barriers for students and professors alike.

NATALIE BLAND Staff Writer MARCUS DIETERLE Editor-in-Chief @marcusdieterle

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On Oct. 2, purple flags were placed among the Cook Library Beach to bring awareness to victims of sexual assault and to commemorate October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Universities, as well as the University System of Maryland, to address the change in guidance and prepare for further Title IX regulation. TU is also prepared to fully participate in the DOE OCR’s rulemaking process

to replace the interim guide with new policies. “Towson University’s Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity will work closely with numerous campus stakeholders to review the interim

guidance and determine any possible impact it might have on university policies and procedures,” Schatzel said in the statement. --To read the rest of this article online, visit

Undergrad Research Club forms, busts myths

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The Undergraduate Research Club started this semester and was founded by Club President Lauren Cahalan after a political science course that she took spaked an interest in undergraduate research. McCartney cites myths such as not being qualified, or that research is “just like writing a paper required for any class,” or conversely that “research is only for undergrads at so-called ‘elite’ universities,” as barriers that students encounter when contemplating whether to do research -- or even approaching the idea of it. Club member and Honors College senior Tim Bynion shares this perspective. “I think independent research is something that a lot of students brush off because it either sounds too hard or they don’t know how to get started with it,” he said. Napoli sees the club’s role as an antidote to this misconception.

“There is something about peer-topeer support when it comes to taking on the seemingly ‘intimidating’ challenge of an undergraduate research experience,” Napoli said. “Faculty and staff encouraging students to participate is great, but hearing from another student who has been in their shoes means a lot to students who are considering research for the first time, or maybe haven’t ever considered it at all.” From a faculty standpoint, misconceptions can persist as well. McCartney identifies a lack of information about process and time commitments for approaching undergraduate research as a possible barrier. She incorporates her own research

into the courses she teaches. “I think that it is important for professors to model and explain the research process to show how engaging it is, how to overcome setbacks, how to handle criticism, how to evaluate evidence and quality, and the value that research brings to society,” McCartney said. For both students and faculty, McCartney sees “gathering and disseminating accurate information” as well as well as “showing examples of successful, thoughtful research by and with undergraduates in all majors” as two ways the Undergraduate Research Club can combat stereotypes and misperceptions. --To read the rest of this article online, visit



October 3, 2017

Faculty engages in diverse discussions With the goal of providing faculty and staff with strategies that will help them manage difficult conversations regarding topics such as race, sexual identity and political leanings, the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity hosted the “Courageous Conversations Conference” Friday, Sept. 29. According to Vice President for Inclusion and Institutional Equity Equity Leah Cox, the idea for the conference came after she learned through meetings with faculty that there used to be a diversity conference for staff members. “It disappeared and kind of morphed into something for just students,” Cox said. “So, during one of those meetings, one of the issues that came up was can we go back to having a conference for faculty, that it’s so needed, that there’s lots of issues that need to be discussed but nobody’s doing anything.” Cox believes conferences like these are important to the proper functioning of the University. “It gives our faculty a chance to have these conversations with their peers…. But Towson’s a big school, there’s stuff going on in multiple places that people don’t know about,” she said. The conference aimed to give faculty and staff the knowledge and tools to use in the classroom and through-

out campus. “As you get these useful tools or ideas that you share, or initiatives, then you can take it to your department, to your college, to your class, and make the difference at Towson,” Cox said. The day began at 8 a.m. with breakfast, and was followed by a welcome address by Cox. Cox also introduced the conference’s keynote speaker, Domonic Rollins, a senior diversity and inclusion officer and special assistant to the deans at Harvard University. “[Rollins] set the perfect tone for faculty to come together to engage in conversations about how to have these conversations in our classrooms,” said Emily Margolis, a clinical assistant professor in the Family Studies and Community Development department. Margolis said Rollins addressed how people communicate and what each person carries with them into those discussions. “[Rollins] spoke a lot about considering the context of conversation and creating that space for conversations to take place and being mindful of the context,” Margolis said. “So when, how, who is having the conversation, and what are we bringing to the conversation, maybe unknowingly, and being mindful of the context of the conversations.” Shohreh Kaynama, the dean of the College of Business and Economics and moderator for two breakout sessions, voiced similar feelings on the passion of Rollins speech, and pointed

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Vice President for Inclusion and Institutional Equity Leah Cox launched the “Courageous Conversations Conference” to inspire diverse conversations among faculty and staff. out Rollins’ discussion of social identity and how someone sees themselves. “He touched on how do you have courageous conversations in challenging situations, what are the emotions that come to you, how does emotion play a role in the ways that we react to a situation,” Kaynama said. Following Rollins’ address were breakout sessions, where faculty had the opportunity to pick two from five talks about different aspects of dealing with difficult conversations. “Participants were very good in terms of being open and talking about examples of implicit and explicit bias, in departments and in relationship with their interactions with students and faculty,” Kaynama said. Members of the conference were served lunch after the breakout sessions, and had the opportunity to listen to Towson University President Kim Schatzel deliver a welcome speech. Schatzel talked about how when she first arrived on campus, she went

on a “listening tour,” during which she spoke to as many people as possible in 90 days. “One of the things that I came back with was that I learned that people did not feel welcome on this campus because of either their gender identity, their sexual orientation, their race, their ethnicity, their religion or their level of ableness,” she said. Schatzel believes that students cannot have a quality educational experience at the University level without a diverse classroom. She pointed out to staff that if some students face obstacles that others do not, it is the job of faculty and staff to eliminate those obstacles to help students realize their fullest potential and have a quality experience. Other presenters, including assistant professor in the department of elementary education Gary Homana, spoke about different aspects of courageous conversations. Homana talked about the film he made with Morna McNulty, who is

behavior that teachers then punish, Shiller said. “A student who hasn’t had enough to eat can’t focus in the classroom, acts out or does some-

now moving with someone else and they’ve had that transition, can we provide some counseling to them rather than punishing them?” Shiller said punishment is ultimately to the student’s detriment.

also a professor in the department of elementary education. The film, “Voices of Baltimore,” is set to premiere November 8, and showcases different people talking about their experiences with segregation, racism and Jim Crow laws. Christa Schmidt, an associate professor in the psychology department, also gave a speech, discussing different tools faculty members could use both in and out of the classroom to facilitate safe spaces for students and staff to talk about challenging issues. Some of these techniques included think-pair-share groups, getting to know students better at the start of the semester and having more discussion-based classes that force students to pay attention and participate, rather than checking out. After her presentation, Schmidt had faculty break into different groups to have their own discussions about experiences and identities that challenge people both personally and professionally.

Towson to tackle educational inequity MARCUS DIETERLE Editor-in-Chief @marcusdieterle

Towson community members and visitors from local public schools will address economic and educational disparities that students of color face in the Greater Baltimore region on Oct. 7. Towson University and the College of Education will host an event titled “Envisioning Equity in Greater Baltimore’s Classrooms,” in the West Village Commons from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to recognize these issues and promote students’ longterm success. Jessica Shiller, an assistant professor of education in the depart-

ment of instructional leadership and professional development, hopes the gathering will inspire attendees to think about how black and brown youth are treated within the public education system, and to consider ways of addressing those issues. “We want people to come away with real ideas, real plans for action,” Shiller said. “And from the University perspective, we want to be at Towson … playing a role to take that further.” Shiller said that students who are living in poverty face things like not having enough to eat, not knowing whether the lights will be on when they get home, and not knowing whether they will be staying in that particular house or apartment long-term. Those experiences can adversely impact students’ ability to learn, and can actually manifest themselves in

thing that the teacher sees as breaking the rules or not listening and that student gets punished,” she said. “They get sent out of the classroom or they get detention or that can even result in suspension.” Instead of punishing students for misbehavior, Shiller hopes the gathering will educate teachers about the potential causes of that behavior, and encourage educators to use restorative practices instead of punitive actions to correct the issues. “If we know that child is hungry and not getting breakfast in the morning, can we provide it to them?” Shiller said. “If we know that child has had to move suddenly is

“They lose learning time, lose instruction time, and then they also lose a connection and engagement with school altogether,” she said. “We want to keep kids in school, we want to keep them learning, we want to keep them motivated. So we have to get to know them and support them rather than punish them.” Chris Emdin, an associate professor at the Teachers College in Columbia University, will be the keynote speaker of the day-long event. The event will also include a welcome from Dean of the College of Education, Laurie Mullen, and Towson University President Kim Schatzel.

Emdin will be speaking about his research on “hip-hop pedagogies” and how to engage young people of color in the classroom. His speech will be followed by a talk from project manager of Associated Black Charities Adar Ayira on implicit biases and institutional inculcation. Despite federal funding cuts for art over the last couple decades, Shiller said she would like to see more “arts-infused education” to help students connect with classroom topics through artistic expression. “Any teacher – a teacher of math, a teacher of science – could actually use the arts to teach and assess their students, and that’s really the idea in why we wanted to showcase art,” she said. --To read the rest of this article online, visit


October 3, 2017

Project Green kicks off Sustainability Month SOPHIA BATES Contributing Writer @sbrookebates

The Project Green Challenge, a 30-day environmentally-themed action plan for high school and college students, has made its way to Towson University as part of Campus Sustainability Month, starting Oct. 1. The Project Green Challenge encourages students to participate in eco-friendly daily challenges for the month of October. Those who sign up for the Project Green Challenge get an environmentally-minded challenge delivered to their email to complete every day from Oct. 1 through Oct. 30. Eco-Reps, a group of students who promote sustainability efforts on campus, set up a booth on Sept. 27, with free samples of products ranging from shampoo to snacks, and were available to answer any questions people had regarding Project Green. Students were encouraged to sign up for Project Green through a tablet, or by taking a card with information on it to sign up at home. After signing up for the month-long challenge, students could take samples provided by Project Green that were eco-friendly in usage and production. “We are using Eco-Reps, sustainability peer-educators on campus, that will participate in the Project Green Challenge so we can develop ourselves as sustainability leaders, too,” Graduate Assistant for Environmental Initiatives Daniela Beall said. The challenge offers different values to various Eco-Reps. Senior EcoRep Cesar Cornejo noted community and campus fellowship as a main concern for the challenge. “We need something that brings communities together, and something that impacts us all will help us be together,” Cornejo said. “This will help us come together as a campus and show that we care, and will try to do our best to be more sustainable.” Beall projected different events that will take place in October for community building. The first full weekend of October, Eco-Reps will host a “Retreat for Environmental Action” that encourages students to make teams and work together to form action plans for tackling an environmental problem of their choice, according to Beall.

“Last year was our pilot weekend, and out of that we had students launch the ‘Take Back the Tap’ project,” Beall said. The Student Government Association passed a resolution in April advocating for Towson to ban the sales and distribution of disposable plastic water bottles. While the measure did not bind the University to any action, SGA did advocate for administrators to consider an injunction on single-use plastic bottles. “We hope to see plans like this come out of this year’s retreat, too,” Beall said. Junior and eco-rep Mark Jenkins hinted at possible initiatives for the school to use in becoming more sustainable. “I personally think one of the biggest challenges we have here on sustainability on campus is the composting,” Jenkins said. “We have compostable bags and boxes at different dining locations, but the only compost disposing containers on campus is in the dining hall itself. So, if you take the bag, usually they just end up in the trash, which won’t be composted.” Other events in October will include a screening of the film “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” a documentary highlighting the envi-

ronmental impact of food waste. Senior Eco-Rep Courtney Meadows noted students’ responsibility in promoting sustainability. “You would think that college students would know the most, because we are supposedly the generation that cares,” Meadows said. “But there are a lot of people that are uninformed and don’t know the impacts of the decisions they are making.” Jenkins hopes that the Project Green Challenge will show students that small actions can add up to a big impact. “I’m really looking forward to the Project Green Challenge to get students more involved in their own personal lives and making changes,” Jenkins said. “If enough people do the actions in these challenges, then it’s a bunch of little things that make a huge impact.” Freshman Teagan Bowen signed up for the challenge after talking to Eco-Reps and looking at the samples. “I signed up for the Project Green Challenge because I think it’s a great way for us all to be more conscious and contribute towards helping the planet,” Bowen said. “I see a lot of us at Towson making efforts to be greener, but this challenge is a great way to get more people involved and being eco-friendly.”

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Eco-reps Cesar Cornejo, Courtney Meadows , Mark Jenkins and grad assistant Daniela Beall inform students about Project Green.


Students push for “Real Food” at TU

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The Real Food Challenge is trying to encourage Towson University to buy food from local vendors instead of corporate companies.

Out of the more than 20 dining options Towson students have on campus, only about two percent of the food served is “real food.” “Real food is classified as food that is good for the producer, the consumer, the community and the earth,” said graduate assistant Kevin Barahona. Barahona and fellow “real food” advocate Brianna Patten lead the Real Food Challenge on campus. The Real Food Challenge is a nationwide, student-run organization that aims to shift $1 billion in campus food budgets to spend on local, sustainable food for students. Barahona and Patten are working to convert 20 percent of Towson’s on-campus food to “real food” by 2020, in order to support local farms and workers in the Baltimore area who grow and sell food which benefits the four categories. “Many large industrial farms use migrant labor, and they work under slave-like conditions,” said Barahona. “We want to make sure the workers and the farmers have good pay, working conditions and worker’s rights.” If completed, Towson would be the first public college in Maryland to have 20 percent of its on campus food be designated with the “real food” category. Johns Hopkins University currently has 35 percent of its on-campus food designated with the category. “I do believe in local food because when you get food that’s not local, a lot of the time they put preservatives in there to keep it fresh,” said sophomore Elisha Yaptangco. “Local food is better

because you don’t have to worry about all of those preservatives. It can also help the local economy.” Currently, Barahona and Patten are seeking to have their bill signed by Towson University President Kim Schatzel to assess the food conditions on campus and how to bring “real food” to Towson. “Schatzel said she would support the RFC if the student community was in favor of the shift,” Barahona said. “We got bills drafted and passed by the Student Council, the SGA and the Student Senate, but Schatzel still has not signed the bill.” Schatzel said she supports providing students with healthy dining options, but that the University is still working out the logistics of such a shift to “real food.” “I think any time that we can create more healthier options for our students is something that we want to be able to do, and to make sure it’s sustainable in terms of its business model,” Schatzel said. For now, Barahona and Patten’s next step is raising awareness on campus in the hope that Schatzel will notice and sign the bill. “Right now, my main focus is activism,” Patten said. Sophomore Yasmeen Ali supports the idea of bringing more “real food” to campus as a way of benefiting TU and the local producers who could supply food to the Towson community. “I definitely think it should be passed,” Ali said. “We are going to benefit from it in the future because we’re going to see that it comes back to the community. The only way for our community to grow is to support the local sellers, not the bigger companies.”

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Forever 21’s rosycheeked brainchild KERRY INGRAM Asst. Arts & Life Editor

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In an interview with “Uncut Magazine,” Arctic Monkeys frontrunner Alex Turner said “Cornerstone” is about trying to meet girls in pubs who remind him of the one he’s trying to forget.

The most beautiful slow songs CHLOË WILLIAMS Columnist

“I’m Outta Time” by Oasis This song is incredibly powerful. It is almost like a soft goodbye lullaby and a promise that you will do alright on your own. “I’m Outta Time” is about parting ways and outgrowing an old life. The soft, mellow instrumentals are part of what makes this such an emotionally touching piece. This sets the stage for advanced and creative work while maintaining a driving, structural foundation. “I’m Outta Time” fades away with the light, chiming ticking of a clock. “Waiting” by Jule Vera “Waiting” is an elegant yet heart-breaking piece. The beautiful, yet, simple piano allows for a wide range of emotive vocal display. The build-up from the verses to the chorus is extremely powerful and drives the emotion to a new intensity. The vocals are delivered in a light, floating manner, but accented in just the right places to create a desperate and wistful track. “Blackbird” by The Beatles Here is a song that reminds me of home. While you may have heard this song before, I highly encourage you to revisit the tune. “Blackbird” is a song yearning for more and describing the youthful desire for freedom. Soft metronome taps accompany outstanding acoustic guitar, highlighted with singing birds in the background. “Blackbird” is a humble song that will improve whatever mood in which you find yourself. “Cornerstone” by Arctic Monkeys “Cornerstone” describes the humorous chase for a woman the singer has lost and follows his adventures chasing her all over the city. The instrumentals

of this track are really what makes the piece so fantastic. Perhaps the most impressive is the heart-pounding and ultra-present bassline accompanied by the clean and chiming guitar-work. Overall, “Cornerstone” is a finely-crafted piece that offers both comedy and romantics. "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind This song is a classic and important one at that. "Jumper" has such a hopeful and pleading mood, as lead singer Stephan Jenkins suggests "maybe today we can put the past away." The groovy drum, bass and electric guitar solos make this song stand out. The instrumentals are acoustic and comforting, displaying a begging voice. The chiming guitar and building drums beautifully frame verses and the chorus. "Jumper" is an invitation to take care of yourself and a request to consider life a worthwhile experience. “Cancer” by My Chemical Romance “Cancer” is one of the rawest and most emotional songs you will ever hear. Singer Gerard Way is speaking directly to the listener, begging and lamenting with every lyric. The soft piano, backing drumbeat and heightening strings bring this song to such a theatrical, yet real, peak. This track evokes such pure and unadulterated melancholy in the most elegant and exquisite of ways. If you are looking for a song to break your heart and make you feel something, I have found you the perfect song. "Ophelia" by The Lumineers "Ophelia" is a finely crafted song that will distance you from the world. The song is first presented with folksy tambourine, stomps and harsh piano chords. The vocals are echoing and chases after the piano keys that fall like rain in-between stanzas. The blend of dark folk and happy pop are a clev-

er musical choice and is what makes "Ophelia" such an extraordinary track. "Piledriver Waltz" by Alex Turner In general, I refer to Alex Turner, frontman of Arctic Monkeys, as a wordsmith because of the elegantly poetic phrases he utilizes constantly within all his music. "Piledriver Waltz" is no exception with its colorful visual imagery and lyrics that flow effortlessly off the tongue. This song provokes a necessary pondering of the words that have been placed together in seemingly impossible ways. The dark piano tones, finely placed drum set and almost distant guitar provides a sense of setting to the listener. “Crickets” by Creeper “Crickets” is harrowing, heart-wrenching and tragic, but do not let that steer you away. This track features a singing violin, folksy guitar, impassioned vocals and ambient crickets. The lyrics are delivered so raw and coarsely by Creeper’s usual pianist, Hannah Greenwood. Greenwood’s voice is what sells “Crickets,” with her raspy held notes and spot-on pitches. This track laments of a love that is long gone, but will not leave her mind. Emotionally intense, yet strangely exquisite, “Crickets” is not a track to miss. “Eyelids” by PVRIS “Eyelids” is a darker, ambient pop track that centers around the singer’s experiences with falling asleep and waking up. Mellow synths accompany outlying guitar work to create the basis for this slow song. The song presents itself as a sort of faux-lullaby as vocalist Lyndsey Gunnulfsen sings of the difficulties in dealing with an ever-distancing lover. The placement of so many different instrumental pieces in an almost non-narrative way mixed with gentle, ethereal vocals creates an incredibly original feel.

Millennial makeup-mavens rejoice (try saying that three times fast) – Riley Rose, Forever 21’s new beauty retailer, made its grand debut in California on Sept. 30, and it’s set to open 12 other store locations in the coming months, including one in the Towson Town Center on Dulaney Valley Road. The store is set up to be like a makeup heaven for digital lovers – think fun pops of color laced within a chicly-furnished store space, shelves of the latest products and trends seen on the internet, and selfie stations (yes, selfie stations) set up at the center of the store for you to catch a picture-perfect look that’s sure to get you a ton of likes. Does this sound like a dream to you? Well, good morning. The Riley Rose team has now made this a reality sure to keep you wide awake. The boutique was founded by Esther and Linda Chang (daughters of the Forever 21 founders). The idea came to them after seeing how Forever 21’s mini beauty selection had grown in popularity. The duo linked the success

of affordable-yet-worthy beauty finds to the continuous use of social media, noting that technology plays a large role in their consumers lives. “We embrace this reality by empowering [our customers] to explore our offerings through digital and social moments throughout the store,” said Linda Chang in an interview with Refinery29. The stores will be selling mainstream brands such as Essie and Stila Cosmetics; PETA-endorsed, cruelty-free brands like Brite Organix and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics; and cult-favorite internet brands like Lime Crime and Glitter Injections. The first store opened at the Glendale Galleria in California on Saturday, Sept. 30. The location welcomed bloggers and writers for a sneak preview just two nights before, creating mass excitement that caused a hefty turnout. The brand kept its followers updated and included in the opening festivities through its Instagram story. The exact date of the Riley Rose grand opening for Towson’s mall has yet to be confirmed, but one thing is for certain: Forever 21’s beauty baby is sure to be loved by many.

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When Jessamyn Stanley visited on Sept. 28, she encouraged people to see yoga not simply as physical exercise, but also as an opportunity to recognize and love yourself.


Yoga has taken the Western world by storm. Practically every gym that offers classes boasts at least one yoga instructor. Yoga pants and athletic leggings are tightly woven into mainstream fashion. And yoga mats are practically a staple accessory at this point. But in a world of high ponytails, trim bodies and 105-degree rooms promising the best workout experience of your life, Jessamyn Stanley is determined to expose yoga for what it is: not just an exercise fad, but a spiritual way of life. Stanley led a yoga class at Towson on Sept. 28 and attempted to reframe how experts and novices alike think about the practice. At the beginning of the night, attendees laid out yoga mats on the floor in rows facing Stanley and the window. Experience levels ranged from licensed instructors to people who had never done yoga before. “I did it once, and it was hard, but it was fun – really relaxing,” said sophomore exercise science major Kaila Jordan. Sophomore Nyia Lewis is a dance and choreography major who said there was a surprisingly large overlap between yoga and her major. “Last semester for one of my classes, we actually did yoga for a week straight and it wasn’t easy,” Lewis said. “I’ve been wanting to [keep up with it], but I haven’t.”

Stanley herself wasn’t consistent with the practice in the beginning. Her aunt dragged her to a session when she was 16 and she didn’t go back for years. “When I went back, I was in graduate school and I was going through a period of [depression and anxiety] and one of my classmates was like, ‘Oh my god, try yoga, it’s going to help so much, you’re going to love it,’” Stanley said. “I was like ‘Absolutely not… it’s terrible and it’s not for me.’” Despite her reservations, Stanley found herself drawn back in. She said she felt like she was “sleepwalking” through life, and yoga “requires you to push yourself past any boundaries, to see what’s on the other side of that.” “That process is really scary, and it can be very frustrating,” Stanley said. “There’s a tendency to stop before you get to the boundary point, but if you push yourself beyond the boundary, what you see there is so much more than what’s happening within the boundaries. It was just being able to see pieces of myself that I had never seen before, and that’s what really encourages me to continue practicing to this day.” Stanley’s method for leading the session was relaxed; she spent more time walking among their mats than up front leading people, although she would demonstrate certain poses that beginners might not know by name. “Allow yourself to be drawn to this breath,” she said in the beginning. “Allow it to guide you.” The entirety of the session was

linked by vinyasas, which is the term used to describe a series of motions in quick succession that Stanley sees as “a great way to build heat and fire in your body.” “The fire is amazing,” Stanley said. “It’s literally, in yoga, called ‘tapas’ and it’s the fire that burns away the pieces of yourself that don’t need to be there. So as you build the fire you’re sweating physically, your mind is expanding and going wild, but you’re building this fire within yourself that allows you to see yourself more clearly.” Stanley coached attendees to focus on their breath and clear all other thoughts from their minds; the lights in the room were turned out to allow people to tune in to their own selves. “There are so many places we could be right now,” Stanley said at the beginning as she walked between the different mats of attendees, “so many people we could be right now, to the point where the hardest part of practicing yoga is just getting onto the mat. Before we physically move, before we go any further, grant yourself permission to be here, in this body, in this moment.” “It felt pretty amazing,” said sophomore biology major Lalebela Moore after the session. “Physically, it felt good, and also when she was speaking it felt really nice and encouraging.” Kaleab Getachew, a sophomore exercise science major at Towson, started doing yoga to take better care of himself and his mental and emotional health. “I started doing yoga in tenth

grade,” Getachaw said. “Mainly for emotional health; I wasn’t happy a lot so I wanted to do some selfcare, and I liked it a lot.” Yet Getachaw, like many others, sometimes has a hard time focusing on the spiritual aspect of it and admits that he can get caught up in the competition that can come from practicing next to others, in class environments. “I kind of liked how [Stanley] was talking about it because it was a little bit of a refresher,” Getachaw said after Stanley’s talk. “I should just remember that I’m more important, it’s not the pose.” As the instructor in the room, Stanley makes sure she is always aware of her attitude; she recognizes that yoga is very much “entrenched” in the fitness world and that a lot of people go into the experience expecting the results you get in a fitness class. “But yoga is not about that at all,” Stanley said. “It’s a spiritual thing… It’s really about being able to have a very honest conversation within yourself about what’s going on with the merger of your spirit, your mind and your body.” She was careful to keep the class feeling relaxed and happy; throughout, she cracked jokes about the Juvenile song “Back That Ass Up” to get people to get a certain pose right, made comments about getting “Quasimodo neck” from doing certain poses, and frequently lightened the mood by saying things like, “Yoga was not made with uteruses in mind, so I like to make space for mine. Make space for your body.”

“It’s very funny to me because I was always confused when people would be like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know a fat person could do yoga,’” Stanley said. “But overtime, I realized that, more so than representing the unicorn, I’m very much the every-person. I’m the person who has not been represented at all, and I think there are a lot of people, even people who look like they belong on the cover of Yoga Journal… see someone like me who is kind of different, and kind of awkward, and very honest, and they see themselves.” She described writing her book, “Every BODY Yoga,” as “filling a void” that the modern world of yoga might not realize exists, and this was seen most clearly during her session when she told attendees, “My belly doesn’t care about being perfect in these poses.” Stanley’s instruction interwove the physical aspects of yoga, the poses, with the body positivity she’s becoming so well-known for. As attendees held their poses in the quiet room, Stanley stepped between the mats and coached them not with tips on holding the form perfectly but on their thoughts and their breath. “It is so much easier to say horrible things to ourselves than to accept our perfection, our beauty,” Stanley said as attendees went into their cooldown. “Accept that everything you just did was perfect. Come back to that steeping in gratitude. See your perfection.” Her book is an extension of her teachings from the night and is available on

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Channing Tatum plays a Statesman Secret Agent who works with the Kingsmen to bring down the person killing their brothers-in-arms.

The on-par addition to an innovative story MATT MCDONALD Columnist

When it came out in 2014, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” was an unexpectedly brilliant movie. With its incredible choreography, intense camera work and entertaining twists (not to mention it was just a solid idea), it quickly became popular for all of those who love action movies. The sequel, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” definitely includes all of these elements, but does it improve them? It’s the same. The sequel introduces Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) as a now-established Kingsman who has a girlfriend against policy and seems to be living the life. But when an unknown source begins to target all Kingsman agents, Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong), his brain of operations, must enlist the help of the Statesmen, America’s equivalent of the Kingsmen, to fight back and preserve not only the system, but the people running it. I’d like to compare these two to “Guardians of the Galaxy” and its sequel. The first was quick and unexpectedly entertaining, with a great story. The second added more subplots, created depth to the characters and was more complex, but just as entertaining and funny as the first. Which do we prefer, simple and funny or complex and movnig? I personally don’t believe that any of the scenes devoted to character development or backstory were a waste. Every single

one was successful in fleshing out the characters as quickly as possible. That being said, it leads to a lot of subplots and it can get a little confusing or slow every so often, most notably the love story which, while very crucial, seemed to waver for me a bit. I think the worst part of this movie is actually the antagonist. Julianne Moore plays an obviously psychotic drug promoter and leader of The Golden Circle, putting on the façade of a homey cook in the small retro town she’s built in the middle of a remote jungle. The problem is that she actively does nothing. She makes a few henchmen kill other people, and devises a very thought-out plan, but the only times we see her, she’s just sitting in the jungle. Her character is weak, flat and undeveloped. Despite the disappointing villain, there is a lot going for this movie. It once again has consistently very funny moments; the cinematography, while at times in your face, was outstanding; and the idea of the Statesmen was very interesting to explore. Once again, though, I think the best part of this movie was the writing. Every single time there is a big reveal or decision to be made, you don’t know whether what you’re expecting will actually happen because half the time it subverts those expectations, not just for the purpose of doing so, but to serve the story. It calls back to the first movie while adding in its own touches. It may not be as consistent as the first, but as the way sequels usually go, this did a good job at following its bar-raising predecessor.

For Tony Holsapple, a Towson University art education major, the songwriting process begins with an idea. He has a thought of a melody or rhythm, and tries to “get it out as soon as possible.” Since his music is made digitally through the use of different software, Holsapple is able to articulate his visions without having to touch a keyboard. He currently has several songs on his SoundCloud account, created using GarageBand and Logic Pro, including his favorite, “Spielzeughaus,” which he describes as a happy hardcore song made by mixing “dark content with a happy tune.” What makes Holsapple’s music unique is his use of different aliases to release music through three types of genres. His first alias is called CHLOE, which he describes as containing “trans and happy hardcore.” Holsapple describes this genre as a square-based style using sawtooth sounds, and enjoys creating happy hardcore music because, “you just respect it for all the carefree and distracting

sounds that come from it.” He envisions happy hardcore as something that may be a little cheesy, but a style that you can laugh at despite hard beats. His trans genre is explained by Holsapple as atmospheric music designed to “put you in a trance,” but still make you move. Euroyote is Holsapple’s second alias, which he uses for his standard Eurodance music. This style includes electronic dance music that pulls inspiration from the ’90s. In this genre, listeners will find driving bassdrums, mostly female vocals, and synthesizers that make the music go “every which way.” “In the age of the ’90s there was a need to remix everything,” said Holsapple. “I think you’ll see that in my music.” Holsapple’s final alias is STRAVINSKY PROJECT, showcasing his covers of Russian classical music, as well as his hardcore rave and remixes. “I was always a fan of ‘Fantasia,’” said Holsapple “That’s what influences my interest in classical music the most.” In this very original style of music, he transforms classical music, like the works of Stravinsky, and turns them into electronic remixes. He

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Towson student Tony Holsapple draws inspiration from many places; his piece “Rave of Spring” is a nod to the works of Stravinsky.

recalls one of his favorite songs from the film “Fantasia” entitled “The Rite of Spring.” Intrigued by the scientific and brutally realistic visuals that accompanied the song, Holsapple found inspiration for his song, “Rave of Spring.” Along with “Fantasia,” Holsapple gathers innovative vision from “Dance Dance Revolution.” Many artists featured in the game use aliases to release their music, drawing Holsapple in to the idea. When playing “Dance Dance Revolution” or listening to its soundtrack, he analyzes song length and style, using these factors as inspiration for his own music. He also uses the online resource, Zoundshine, in order to locate ’90s happy and hardcore music to enjoy. On his SoundCloud account, Holsapple has created some of the artwork that accompanies his music. These images are extremely bright and colorful, as Holsapple uses “Dance Dance Revolution” as an inspiration for his art as well. He also researches ’90s CD covers in order to emulate those distinctive styles. Holsapple said his favorite part of the music-making process is “raving to my own tracks.” He claims that the best part of song creation is finally enjoying the finished product. However, Holsapple said new ideas can arise at any time and sometimes he finds a desire to modify songs after he thought they had been completed. Holsapple explained that his music-making software makes it easy to try out new instrument sounds or audio choices that might work better than what he had designed originally. Holsapple has big plans for his music, hoping to release an EP or a full-length album on bandcamp. com. He is also looking to try out music in the “jungle” style, which he describes as having heavy bass and drums with minimal synthesizers. Holsapple is intrigued by jungle-style music because he envisions it as “stylized combating visualized in a soundtrack.” He also hopes to expand his solo projects and collaborate with other artists and vocalists. You can check out Holsapple’s music and follow his musical journey at


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Towson takes on CAA rival Northeastern at SECU Arena last season. The Tigers fell to the Huskies this weekend, 3-1, at SECU Arena. JESSIE L. BAIRD Staff Writer

Towson’s 16-game winning streak was snapped this weekend as the team suffered losses to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponents Hofstra and Northeastern at SECU Arena. The Tigers (16-2, 2-2 CAA) lost in their home gym, 3-1, to Northeastern (11-6, 4-0 CAA) Sunday afternoon. “We are without our starting setter and are currently at the point where we are trying out different rotations to see what works,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “We are competitive and right there until about the 18-point mark of the set, and then we begin to lose it.” Towson won a close second set, 25-23, before dropping a close third set, 27-25. They lost the final set 25-18. Leading the way for the Tigers was senior Julymar Otero and junior Jocelyn Kuilan. Otero posted a triple-double with 24 assists, 13 kills and 11 digs. Kuilan recorded 13 kills, giving her over 1,000 in her career. “This week we will be looking at stats sheets and game film to see which formations will work the best while we are without our starting setter,” Metil said. Towson suffered its first loss of the season Friday night to Hofstra, 3-0, despite double-double performances from Otero and juniors Carola Biver and Peyton Moyles. The Tigers battled to an 8-5 lead in the first set, but the Pride battled

back to tie the game 18-18. The backand-forth battle continued until the Pride grabbed three straight points to win the set 25-23. After dropping the second set 25-17, Towson saw another tight battle in the third set. Towson gained an 8-5 lead to start the set, and later pushed out to a 20-16 lead. However, the Pride responded with a 7-0 run to gain a 23-20 advantage. The Tigers pulled within one, but a kill by Hofstra gave the team the set, 25-23, and the match. “While we didn’t talk about it, I think there was a cloud over us wondering how long the undefeated start would go,” Metil said. “Now that we got that out of the way, we can now focus on the rest of the season and finishing strong in the conference.” Towson continues CAA play with a road matchup against the College of Charleston on Friday, Oct. 6. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.

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tigers rising TU falls in CAA play Towson impresses Friday at the Paul Short Invitational MUHAMMAD WAHEED Staff Writer

Five Towson runners had personal best performances Friday at the 44th Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University’s Goodman Campus Cross Country Course. “There’s definitely improvement taking place,” head coach Mike Jackson said. “We were around some of the top teams in the country, but I think it’ll pay off when we get to the conference championships after competing against some of those great teams.” Freshman Paige Keefer, sophomore Erica Israel, junior Abby Gauthier, junior Kara Mueser and senior Emily Johnson all improved their personal bests during the 6k race. “I think people are in a good place right now,” Jackson said. “They’re happy and love to be around each other and that means they’re being coached well.” Israel was the first Towson runner to cross the finish line this week with a time 21:48, surpassing her previous personal best mark by 49 seconds. Israel has crossed the finish line first

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for the past four races. “She’s having an amazing year. She was a sprinter in high school who did run some cross country, but not very seriously and now she’s one of our best.” Johnson’s personal best time was 22:19, three seconds faster than her time during the 2016 Paul Short Run. Gauthier’s new personal best time was 22:29, and was six seconds faster than her previous mark. Keefer, competing in her second career 6k run, improved on her previous personal best set at the Salty Dog Invitational by two minutes and 25 seconds. Mueser finished two minutes faster than her previous personal best mark at the Salty Dog Invitational timing 24:44. Towson has next week off to prepare for the Princeton Invitational Saturday, Oct. 14. Following the Princeton Invitational, the team will compete in the CAA Championships in Elon, North Carolina. “Now [practice] is every other week, which we think is a good thing because we can focus on training, then when we get to that meet we can give our best efforts.”

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Sophomore midfielder Paige Zaleppa registered one assist and one shot on goal in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) matchup against Northeastern. Zaleppa leads the team with two assists this season. JILL GATTENS Staff Writer

Towson dropped two Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) games this weekend, falling Sunday on the road to Hofstra 4-0, and Friday at Johnny Unitas Stadium to Northeastern 2-1 . In Sunday’s loss, the Pride (6-7, 1-1) got on the board 10 minutes into the contest to take a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later, the Pride found the back of the cage to take a 2-0 lead. The Pride tacked on another goal just before halftime to take a 3-0 lead into the break. The Pride outshot the Tigers (1-11, 0-2) 12-2 in the first half, forcing senior goalkeeper Emilee Woodall to make five saves. The Tigers slowed down the Pride’s offense in the second half, allowing only six shots and two penalty corners. However, the Pride

held the Tigers to just one shot and two penalty corners. The Pride capped off their impressive performance with a late goal coming to secure a 4-0 victory over the Tigers. Friday, Towson opened CAA play with a 2-1 loss to Northeastern at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Tigers controlled the game early, firing the first three shots of the contest and receiving two penalty corners. However, the Huskies got on the board first with a goal off a rebound to take a 1-0 lead. Early in the second half, the Tigers were down a player, but the defense stood tall and fought off four penalty corners and two shots. “The defense is really starting to gel,” Head Coach E.A. Jackson said. “Emilee Woodall in the goal cage is a phenomenal leader and it ripples out from her. They’ve really evolved in their communication.”

Following a Huskies goal, The Tigers cut the lead in half as junior midfielder Katie McNeel scored off a pass from sophomore midfielder Paige Zaleppa with eight minutes remaining, but the team fell 2-1. Woodall recorded 10 saves on the day, including her 500th career save. She now has 503 career saves following this game, which is the most among active players in Division I. “Our plan was just to keep generating attack, step to the ball, win fifty-fifties, set the pace of the game and not let them set the pace,” Jackson said. “We wanted to step the ball and play our game and I think we did that tonight.” Towson will look for its first conference win of the season Friday when the team hosts No.16 William & Mary at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Competition is set to begin at 7 p.m.

The defense is really starting to gel. Emilee Woodall in the goal cage is a phenomenal leader and it ripples out from her. EA Jackson Head Coach


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Wide receiver Mike Wallace sprints past Pittsburgh’s defensive back Joe Haden. Wallace finished the game against his former team with six receptions for 55 yards and caught Baltimore’s lone touchdown.


The Baltimore Ravens lost 26-9 in a division matchup against their longtime rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens (2-2) struggled to get into rhythm on offense for most of the game, which forced the defense to stay on the field for too long. The Steelers (3-1) took advantage of the Ravens tired defensive front with a strong rushing effort. Baltimore moved the ball well on its first possession and got into Pittsburgh territory, but the team had to punt. The Ravens went three-and-out on their next two possessions, while the Steelers tacked on two field goals. Midway through the second quarter, Baltimore looked to get on the board, but running back Alex Collins halted the drive with a fumble. Pittsburgh was given a short field, and converted when running back Le’Veon Bell pounded into the end zone for a short touchdown run. Down by 13 with under four minutes to go in the first half, the Ravens couldn’t muster a scoring drive and went three-and-out.

Following Baltimore’s possession, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led his team into scoring position, connecting with wide receiver Martavis Bryant on two downfield throws for a gain of 19 and 24 yards, respectively. Roethlisberger capped the drive off with an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver JuJu SmithSchuster to put Pittsburgh up 19-0 before intermission. Baltimore finished the first half with under 100 yards of total offense for the second straight week. The Ravens showed early life in the second half, getting an interception from safety Eric Weddle. The turnover came on a low pass intended for wide receiver Antonio Brown. Following the Pittsburgh turnover, Baltimore settled for a 42-yard field goal from kicker Justin Tucker. The Ravens got another scoring chance later in the game when Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell missed a 44-yard kick attempt. Baltimore reached the end zone quickly, as Collins sprinted on an outside run for a 50-yard gain. Quarterback Joe Flacco finished the drive with a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace. In the fourth quarter, Flacco threw an interception on a rollout pass intended for tight end

Benjamin Watson, but the Steelers couldn’t move the ball following the turnover. Just three minutes later, Flacco committed another turnover on a long fourth down play. Pittsburgh fed Bell the ball all the way to the goal line where he punched in his second touchdown run of the day to secure a Pittsburgh victory. Bell improved on his production from past weeks, finishing the game with two touchdowns, 144 yards on the ground and 42 yards through the air. The Ravens will need to solve their offensive woes as they travel to the Oakland Coliseum to face the high-powered Raiders offense Sunday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.

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Sophomore Erica Israel finished first for the Tigers for the fourth time in as many races this Friday in the Paul Short Invitational. Israel recorded a time of 21:48, which is 49 seconds faster than her previous best.

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Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stover reads Villanova’s defense Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Stover turned the ball over twice in the game against the Wildcats (Above). Freshman wide receiver Jabari Allen awaits the ball to be snapped in Saturday’s contest against the Wildcats. Allen caught two passes for 17 yards in the game (Below).


Despite forcing four turnovers and facing Villanova’s backup quarterback for most of the game, Towson dropped its second straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) contest Saturday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium, 24-9, to the 17th ranked team in the FCS. The Wildcats (3-2, 1-1 CAA) executed a strong opening drive despite losing their star junior quarterback, Zach Bednarczyk, to an apparent right leg injury. Their offense did not miss a beat the entire game in his absence. “I thought we were good enough to win,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “I think Villanova did a better job at managing their injuries than we did, and that’s on me.” Redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Schetelich, who relieved Bednarczyk, capped off the drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Taurus Phillips. The Tigers (2-3, 0-2 CAA) looked to strike back in their first drive of the ballgame, but failed on a fourth-down conversion in Wildcats territory. On the Wildcats second drive, the

Tigers defense forced and recovered a fumble to give the ball back to their offense. Junior defensive back Lyrics Klugh forced the fumble that was recovered by freshman defensive back Coby Tippett. Towson couldn’t capitalize on the early turnover, but got another chance midway through the second quarter when redshirt junior safety Monty Fenner picked off a pass from Schetelich at midfield. Following Fenner’s big play, redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stover connected with redshirt junior wide receiver Sam Gallahan for a 38-yard gain. On the next play, Stover completed a nine-yard pass to junior wide receiver Jabari Greenwood on put Towson near the goal line. Stover finished the drive with a three-yard touchdown run, but a missed extra point kept the team behind on the scoreboard, 7-6. Fenner recorded his second interception of the night on the Wildcats next possession, but neither team scored for the rest of the first half as the visitors took a 7-6 lead into the intermission. Towson started the second half with a slow-paced drive, keeping the ball on the ground on 11 out of 17 plays. The team marched into the red zone thanks to a mix of runs from

Stover and freshman running back Adrian Feliz-Platt, but had to settle for a 27-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Aidan O’Neill. “You gotta find a guy on offense that you can count on, on the regular,” Ambrose said. “Right now we are massively inconsistent with that.” Following Towson’s score, Villanova returned the ball into Towson territory on the ensuing kickoff and converted on a 46-yard field goal to go up 10-9 heading into the fourth quarter. Early in the final stanza, redshirt sophomore linebacker Keon Paye hauled in an interception to give the Tigers a chance to regain the lead, but a fumble by Stover erased the scoring opportunity and put the Wildcats in good field position. With a short field, Schetelich punched in an eight-yard touchdown run to extend Villanova’s lead to 17-9. Towson missed a field goal and committed another turnover later in the quarter, while the Wildcats added another touchdown to secure the win. Towson’s offensive woes appear to stem from the lack of a go-to player. Towson will enjoy a bye week before returning to action Oct. 14, at Johnny Unitas Stadium, when the team hosts host No. 15 Richmond on Family Weekend.