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November 7, 2017
Divisive election for the ages in U.S. Fading of the American dream What have you gained or lost in the previous presidential race? DYLAN BRENNAN Columnist
There were too many topics to pick from this week, most were extremely controversial and would take far too long to fit into a concise column. So instead of discussing the extremely complex situation of the D em o c rat ic National Convention allegedly rigging the election against Bernie Sanders, or the endless social experiment of the “It’s Okay to be White” posters, I will pick a very simple reflection of the past year. About the time that this column goes to press, it will be about one year since election night when Donald Trump became our president-elect. As was expected, my Roll Call partner at the time talked about the slim probability of Trump winning the election. He even noted swing states on a printed map. I, on the other hand, knowing how truly vicious some on the left can be, wrote a column about why people would vote Trump. I implied that Trump voters weren’t all horrid monsters that the left portrayed them to be. However, I had to rebuff that statement the next week. Many people acted like the world was ending, and some were increasing hatred and violence against Trump voters, or anyone who didn’t vote for Hillary. So I ask you to reflect on last year’s political life: Did you say or do any-
thing you regretted a year later? Did you join a group that later became glorified or vilified? Do you think all of these rallies and protests did more harm, or good? Do you still think of Trump as you did a year ago? Have you made or lost friends over the past year because of the election? Do you find your past self a fool or ahead of the curve? I just want you to reflect on yourself. I’m sure we all did, and said some stupid things in the heat of the moment. Lord knows I have; especially off the record – to quote Donald Trump, ‘believe me.’ I have seen this election destroy foundations and ties between everything from friendships, to codes of ethics, to the law itself. I’m a touch disappointed I didn’t show up to the protests the following week after the election, as I had classes to attend (in hindsight, it wasn’t that important of a class at the end of the day) and of course my statements made to the local news people were never shown because I’m not some rabble-rouser activist. But this article isn’t for me. It mostly goes out to those who did attend that and potentially other rallies, either for or against. Nothing would make me happier than to see a letter to the editor next week about this topic. So, if you wish to throw your hat into the ring of history, I welcome it with open arms! Here’s to hoping we never have an election this divisive again!
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KAYLA HUNT Columnist
Paul Cantor asserted in his essay, "The Apocalyptic Strain in Popular Culture,” that: "Film and television today are more likely to present images of the American nightmare: our entire civilization reduced to rubble and the few survivors forced to live a primitive existence in terror of monstrous forces unleashed throughout the land. Has the American nightmare paradoxically become the new American dream?" So what has happened to the infamous "American dream"? The American dream that U.S. citizens strived to live, the American dream that people elsewhere admired. Is this same American dream still applicable today? I think most people would agree with Cantor and I when we vote, absolutely not.
In Cantor's essay, he debriefs some of the values that founded the ideals of the American dream. He stressed the importance of familial security as one of the dominant forces behind the American dream. Film and media in the ‘60s and ‘70s revolved around the close-knit family structure that was part of reality then. More prominent today is the image of "broken homes.” Single-parent households are much more prevalent today. Divorce is no longer looked down upon. This has poured over into film and media. There are no longer shows such as “Leave it to Beaver” or “Good Times.” Those familial structures are a rarity in today's society. One of the driving forces behind this, is the shift in focus of building a family to building a career. “Modern Family” has become our “Good Times.” Another factor that played into the shattering of the outdated version of the American dream, is the
forthcoming value of individuality. Individuality has now become the forefront of what it means to be an American citizen; be yourself, express yourself, be free, do not be ashamed to be who you were created to be -- that is the prominent aspect of the American lifestyle seen today. Individuality and freedom have replaced the prior values of security and safety. There is no value in living life safely anymore, living life to the point of financial security and never striving to go beyond that. In today's world, it is valued for individuals to go above beyond, to break barriers, to live outside the box. Life is no longer concrete, life is in every way abstract. When you think about it this way, you can very much say that the American nightmare has become the new American dream. Because everything that was feared is valued today.
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McKenna Graham/ The Towerlight Arts & Life Editor McKenna Graham visited Rodgers Farm in Stevenson, Maryland, two weekends ago. At Rodgers Farms, McKenna and her friends got in the fall spirit by picking pumpkins, visiting farm animals and walking through the maze. Rodgers Farms was in the Baltimore Sun’s top-10 fall farms experience list.
November 7, 2017
Glowing harassment problem Legislation proposed for sexual harassment victims
CONNOR McNAIRN Columnist
In the past few months, cases of sexual harassment and assault have risen to the forefront of political conversations. In October, renowned television host Bill O’Reilly settled a sexual harassment case with a Fox News contributor for a whopping $32 million. Harvey Weinstein, the highly accredited Hollywood film producer of works like “Shakespeare in Love,” “Nine” and many others was accused by dozens of women of heinous acts of sexual harassment and assault. Even the widely beloved Kevin Spacey, known to many as President Francis Underwood of “House of Cards,” has been accused of assaulting or harassing several individuals, ranging from actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was just 14 to Harry Dreyfuss, who was 18 at the time of the alleged assault. The United States has a serious problem with sexual assault and harassment in the workplace; and this week, a United States senator took steps to limit the frequency of these cases in the legislative branch and provide remedies for victims. Kirsten Gillibrand, a U.S. senator from New York, proposed thorough legislation Thursday that specifically addressed how sexual assault and harassment would be handled in Congress. Gillibrand’s bill specifically targets the Office
of Compliance, which works directly to maintain safety, health and general employee rights in the legislative branch. Shockingly, the current legal process – established in 1995 – for sexual harassment victims through the Office of Compliance requires victims to go through a 30-day mediation period before advancing their allegations. Gillibrand’s bill eliminates this required mediation, and further establishes an advisor in the Compliance office to aid victims with their cases. Gillibrand’s legislation requires sexual harassment training for Congress members and their staff, and it also provides surveys for Congress members and staffers to confidentially report sexual harassment incidents in Congress. In essence, Gillibrand has fearlessly put her name on legislation that is long overdue. Throughout recent history, complaints of sexual harassment in Congress have been frequent and generally have gone unanswered. Victims who have come forward have been threatened with their careers, and one victim noted that her “male colleagues would excuse it.” Most recently, four Congress members from California – former Republican Rep. Mary Bono, former Democratic Rep. Hilda Solis, former Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, and current Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez – have come forward
alleging sexual harassment by their colleagues. Gillibrand’s proposal has already been backed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In light of the aforementioned allegations, Pelosi acknowledged that although the circumstance for Gillibrand’s legislation is sad and undesirable, she is encouraged by its content. In addition to Pelosi, House Speaker Paul Ryan also encouraged sexual harassment training for his colleagues, acknowledging that House members should “lead by example.” It truly is a sad day in the United States Congress when victims of harassment and assault lack the resources necessary to protect both their professional and personal integrity. And although Gillibrand’s bill will hopefully motivate strong changes in the behavior of male Congressional colleagues, I reluctantly acknowledge that it will not solve the problem in aggregate. Gillibrand’s efforts, though, provide a strong foundation for all lawmakers moving forward.
Hollywood goes too far KYNDALL CUNNINGHAM Columnist
I was scrolling through my Twitter feed about a week ago when I saw a retweet of a news article about an upcoming, now debuted, Lifetime film about the Flint water crisis with a photo of Queen Latifah playing a seemingly concerned resident of the city. That was quick, was the first thought that ran through my mind before even clicking on the article, as it did for others who replied to the tweet with disdain over the commercializing of a tragic, and most importantly, yet to be resolved issue. This observation of the film and television industry is hardly new. I’m used to seeing major film companies green-light films that exploit black folks’ pain and suffering for entertainment while simultaneously educating well-meaning, yet ignorant white liberals on just how bad slavery or the Jim Crow-era was. Lifetime’s manifestation of this draining issue brings it all to
a head. “They haven’t even fixed the problem yet” and “show some respect” were along the lines of discourse that followed on Twitter after the exposure of the made-for-TV film of an uninspired name, “Flint,” that premiered on Oct. 28. It wasn’t much of a surprise that the movie drew negative reviews, with critics noting its lack of impact beyond being one of many sad urban tales that we’re used to mainstream Hollywood shoving down our throats for a pat on the back in the name of diversity. The film industry has mastered this skill to a tee, feeding us skillfully written, romanticized versions of the black American plight and later showering us (i.e. in many cases, white producers and screenwriters) with the highest of film honors when award season rolls around. But it’s starting to fail. - To read the rest of this column online, visit thetowerlight.com
It truly is a sad day in the United States Congress when victims of harassment and assault lack the resources necessary to protect both their professional and personal integrity.
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Towson enforces environmental initiatives MARCUS DIETERLE Editor-in-Chief @marcusdieterle
Towson University may be home to the black and gold, but in recent years it has taken steps to become a more “green” campus. TU President Kim Schatzel said the University is always looking for new ways to become a more sustainable and environmentally friendly institution, simply because “it’s the right thing to do.” Schatzel said that Towson has a responsibility to the members of its own campus, as well as the broader community, to create a more sustainable future. “We’re an anchor institution,” she said. “We want to be a responsible citizen. We want to be a responsible neighbor. It’s part of a value that we have as an institution. So doing everything that we can to create a sustainable environment by which the University coexists is very important to us.” In 2007, former TU President Robert Caret signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. As a signatory, Towson pledged to make the University climate neutral by 2050. Former TU Interim President Timothy Chandler renewed that commitment in November 2015 by signing the White House’s American Campuses Act on Climate pledge. “The goal is to reach zero emissions by 2050, and we are well on our way,” said Campus Planning and Sustainability Manager Paddy Watson. “Towson University has reduced its carbon footprint over 40 percent from the 2008 baseline year.” Watson said the University’s next milestone is to reduce emissions 50 percent by 2030. “Even though we are currently on track to meet this goal early, we still have to take into account the growing campus population and size,” she said. Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 6 of 2017, Towson used 40.29 million kilowatts of electricity. During that same period for 2016, Towson used 42.27 million kilowatts of electricity. The University experienced a 4.7 percent reduction in electricity usage from 2016 to 2017 in that period. Towson installed solar panels on the
roofs of the University Union, Union Garage, the General Services building, and Douglass and Barton houses. TU also installed two solar umbrellas in Freedom Square where people can charge their electronic devices. According to Watson, Towson’s solar panels can produce about 8 percent of the total energy needs of the campus on a sunny day. A study will be completed in 2018 to evaluate the viability of expanding solar panels on campus, Watson said. Last month, Towson produced more than 118,000 kilowatts of photovoltaic energy from its solar panels. As Towson looks toward its future as an environmentally-friendly campus, students are also examining the ways in which they can have a “green” impact. Gabriela Garcia, a member of the Student Environmental Organization at Towson, hopes to spread awareness about the harms of disposable feminine care products by educating students about “green” alternatives like menstrual cups and reusable pads. “A lot of tampons end up in waterways because women flush them down the toilet instead of throwing them in the trash,” she said. “And then it clogs the sewer system, the pipes, and that leads to more problems.” Menstrual cups are small flexible cups that are typically made of medical-grade silicone. Users fold the cup and place it in their vagina, where it unfolds to collect the person’s menstrual flow. Gabriela’s sister, Gretchen, said that reusable feminine care products also provide a monetary benefit to users. “A lot of green feminine care products require an upfront investment,” said Gretchen, who is also the vice president of SEO. “So when you’re buying a box of tampons for $8, it’s a lot cheaper than a menstrual cup for $25. But in the long run, the menstrual cup ends up being much cheaper than tampons. So, better for your body, better for your wallet, better for the environment.” Gretchen said that raising awareness for menstrual cups would not only be environmentally beneficial for Towson, but also worldwide. “I think even on a bigger scale, it’s definitely exciting to get people
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The Glen Arboretum gives students a hands-on science learning experience, a taste of nature, and a place at Towson University to practice being an environmentally conscious member of planet Earth. interested in it because it is a great alternative for women in developing countries,” she said. “Because instead ... women are getting their periods, [and] a lot of them can’t go to school anymore because it’s too much of an inconvenience. So it’s not just about the students on campus, but it’s about it being a global movement to encourage menstrual cups.” Gretchen said that in addition to educating students, she and the rest of SEO would also like to see the University Store carry menstrual cups. “It might not be for everybody, but I think everybody should definitely have the opportunity to at least see it,” she said. “So if they see the menstrual cup, or they see and are able to touch and see how it’s used, they might be a little more receptive to actually buying one for themselves.” SEO secretary Daija Odom is working on a proposal to get composting in all 16 residence halls at Towson. “The reason for doing it is just because of all the apartment-style residence halls that are on campus,” Odom said. “The one that I live in, which is Marshall, a lot of the food waste gets thrown away. [Students are] not going to take it to a dining hall because that’s kind of weird. So it just helps Towson out and the community.” The University collected 22.72 tons of compost in September, which is the third highest monthly total since the start of the program in 2010, according to Watson.
Compost is currently being collected in Douglass as part of an Honors College effort. Composting is also being collected in a few offices, including Audiology, Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility, and Facilities Management, according to Watson. “While composting isn’t available in every building, recycling bins are readily accessible,” she said. “There are over 8,000 recycling bins conveniently placed on campus, so be sure to recycle your bottles, cans, clean paper and cardboard.” Watson said the Office of Sustainability piloted compost collection in Millennium Hall and Douglass House last spring. During that period, Watson said it was estimated that students in suites diverted on average 1.5 pounds of food waste per week, and in apartment-style situations roughly three pounds per week. Those figures scale up to an additional 160 tons of compostable materials per academic year if every student participated. While she would like to see composting at Towson increase, Watson said it is important to first educate people about proper composting habits. “There are limited locations to send compost in the state of Maryland,” Watson said. “Therefore it’s extremely important the compost stream stays clean otherwise the entire program could be jeopardized.” Watson said that Towson will expand its composting opportunities
in spring 2018. “This spring we are planning on expanding compost collection to all residences halls, so that students who want the opportunity will have access,” she said. According to Odom, there would be one bin in each residence hall where students could dump their compostable materials. A student volunteer in the residence hall would then be responsible for emptying the bin daily and taking the bin’s contents to a compost dumpster on campus. Odom said the composting effort could help students to be more environmentally conscious and responsible for their food waste. “It’s going to be student-run so it’s not the responsibility of ABM, who deals with taking all the trash out,” she said. Towson is still on its way to becoming fully carbon neutral, but its ongoing environmental initiatives could be a step in the right direction toward being a “green” University. While students are taking up their own campus-wide sustainability efforts, Gretchen also acknowledged that the pathway to environmental change can start with one small step. Whether it’s carrying a reusable water bottle, or participating in the Towson Run stream cleanup on Nov. 10, students can look at ways they can be a little friendlier towards the planet everyone calls home.
November 7, 2017
Schatzel to serve on NCAA Forum Mall food delivery Pres. to be first female representative on board
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Towson President Kim Schatzel will begin serving on the NCAA’s DI Presidential Forum in 2018. She will be the first female representative from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) to sit on the forum. KEVIN MCGUIRE Staff Writer
Towson University President Kim Schatzel has been inducted into the NCAA’s Division I Presidential Forum to represent the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). “I’m very thrilled and honored that they would ask me to represent the conference,” Schatzel said. “It shows how valued and respected Towson is.” Schatzel is the first female representative from the CAA and the first leader of a Maryland college to sit on the forum. “It puts Towson in a position where the school is in a national spotlight with other larger D1 schools,” said Jamie Peterson, head coach of varsity women’s tennis at Towson. “It gives her the ability to give critical feedback and input from Towson into the forum.” The NCA A Division I Presidential Forum appoints representatives from the 32 collegiate athletic conferences in the nation, and the forum’s main focus is on governance of the NCAA. The forum rules on issues like transfer rules, and their main focus is optimizing the student athlete experience during the recruitment process, while in college, and after graduation. “I’m excited to work and support the other presidents in
[the forum],” Schatzel said. Schatzel said that she is looking forward to supporting the forum’s ongoing initiative to prepare student athletes for life after college. “This agenda has been going on for a while and is now picking up a lot of steam, so I’ll be working with the other presidents to first of all understand what work has been done, and where some of the directions and options are going forward,” she said. In a study published in the medical journal JAMA in July, researchers examined the brains of 111 deceased NFL players. According to the study, 99 percent of those players were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disease that can be exhibited by individuals who have suffered repeated head trauma. “Often the stigma attached with behavioral health is greater within the athletic community,” Schatzel said. “Mental toughness is part of what being an athlete is supposedly supposed to be about.” Schatzel said that Towson has added more behavioral health support on campus for student athletes to make sure they are healthy in and out of the game. Towson has been prominent in D1 sports in the recent years: 19 D1 varsity teams at the university hold 28 regular season championships and 15 CAA
tournament championships. Men’s lacrosse and women’s track and field teams currently hold titles in the CAA. “I am very excited for President Schatzel to serve on this forum,” said Rob Ambrose, head coach of Towson football. “Her appointment to this committee shows her continued commitment to college athletics and the vital role it plays in a college community.” Schatzel will begin her appointment in 2018. She will be replacing current CAA representative Leo Lambert of Elon University, who will be retiring in the beginning of next year. “I think it’s amazing that we have a representative from our school and someone who is really passionate about our athletic program,” said sophomore Ally Wesoly, a member of the gymnastics team. “President Schatzel is always supporting the athletic teams and showing her school pride and I think that has been really influential on the student body.” Marrisa Wonders, a sophomore on the women’s volleyball team, has high hopes for Schatzel after the president’s new appointment. “Becoming the first female representative from the CAA is an amazing accomplishment,” Wonders said. “I am sure she will make as big impact on the forum as she has on this University.”
business wins comp. In a showdown to select TU’s best entrepreneur, finalists from the Big Idea Poster Competition and preliminary round of Tiger Cage came together for the final round of Tiger Cage Wednesday, Nov. 1. Each contestant or team had five minutes to pitch their business idea to a panel of three judges. Immediately following their pitch was a five minute question-and-answer session where the judges could ask questions to the candidates. The finalists were Sierra Cossou, Kendall Gant, Trey Mick, Elssa Kenfack, Ken Musika, and a team of Jorge Brito and University of Maryland College Park student Roman Fuentes. Their business ideas ranged from a local coffee shop in Talbot County, an app that discounted food that was close to expiration, a medical/legal marijuana sommelier and an organization that would provide volunteer trips to under-resourced youth. After deliberation, the winner of the competition was Cossou, who pitched a food delivery company called “Mall Mate” that would enable mall workers to order from the food court and get that food delivered right to their store. The idea of this business came from her own experience as a mall employee. There were times Cossou could not leave her store to grab food. Cossou described her experience of competing in Tiger Cage as “nothing short of amazing.” “I got an opportunity to pitch
my business in front of judges who are credible and really know the ins and outs of business,” she said. “Of course, I was nervous at first but once I really got going, the nervousness went away and I was completely focused on effectively pitching my business to them.” In winning the competition, Cossou took home $500, a Tiger Cage trophy, and first pick of a consulting package from The StartUp Nest, EdTech and Student Launch Pad. “I plan to use the money I won from this competition and the previous one [Big Idea Poster Competition] to invest into my business,” Cossou said. “I felt even more motivated knowing that my pitch was approved by judges who are knowledgeable, experienced and successful.” The runner-up to the competition was Gant, who received $300 and a second pick of a consulting package. The judges for the final round of competition were Jason Weisenthal, founder and CEO of WallMonkeys. com, Brian Ellis, director of the Ratcliffe Foundation, and Angie Barnett, President of the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland. In addressing all finalists, Ellis emphasized the importance of an elevator speech for entrepreneurs. “If we didn’t know what you were doing in the first 30 seconds, you lost us,” he said. Rounding out a list of top five things to focus on, Ellis advised that entrepreneurs should focus on realistic startup costs, telling a story through their pitch, bringing passion to their project, and considering feasibility. --To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
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Tiger Cage winner Sierra Cossou is congratulated on her win by one of the judges, Brian Ellis, director of the Ratcliffe Foundation.
November 7, 2017
Science building begins first phase of construction MARY-ELLEN DAVIS Staff Writer
The first steps towards beginning construction on the new science facility took place Nov. 1, when a fence was put up along the segment of York Road between the 7800 York Rd. building and Stephens Hall where the new science facility will be located. This is one part of the perimeter of the construction site. The rest of the fence is expected to be up by Nov. 15, according to Scott Guckert, director of construction services. The facility is expected to be 320,000 square feet upon completion, and will house 50 teaching laboratories, 30 research laboratories and 50 classrooms, as well as multiple student lounges and collaborative spaces, lecture halls and an outdoor classroom which will lead into the Glen Arboretum. According to David Vanko, dean of the Jess and Mildred College of Science and Mathematics, there will also be a new planetarium, observatory and rooftop greenhouse. Vanko stressed the importance of having modern facilities for science studies. “It’s important for the sciences, especially the lab sciences, to have modern facilities,” Vanko said. “[Smith Hall] was built in 1965, and it was built for a teacher’s college
where they didn’t really do science; they taught it. They helped people who were going to be teachers learn to teach science, but they didn’t actually do any research.” Vanko said Smith Hall is inadequate in providing the proper means to conduct modern scientific research. “This building is just completely incapable of supporting modern research activities the way they should be supported, and supporting modern science activities the way they should be taught,” he said. “So we’ll have classrooms, modern instructional labs, and we’ll be able to do a lot more hands-on, what we call ‘authentic research’ in the laboratory classroom.” Vanko also pointed out that the new building will allow the science departments to be physically closer to the mathematics department, which are also part of the College. The departments in the Jess and Mildred College of Science and Mathematics will not be the only ones on campus to benefit from the addition of the science facility, as some departments in the College of Fine Arts and Communication are set to relocate to Smith Hall once the new building has been completed. “Both the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies, and the Department of Electronic Media and Film are slated to move to Smith once the
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The new science facility, slated for completion in the fall of 2020, will replace Smith Hall as home to the sciences. Smith will house mass communication, communication studies and electronic media and film. new science building opens,” Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication Susan Picinich said in an email. According to Picinich, the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies, and the Department of Electronic Media and Film are currently housed in three separate buildings: the Media Center, Van Bokkelen and Stephens Annex. Picinich noted the importance of the College of Fine Arts and Communication Studies to have proper learning facilities as well. “It is important for them to have classrooms, labs and other learning spaces, such as the TV studio and
film screening cinema, that are large enough to accommodate a growing student body as well as up-to-date in technology,” she said. Students from both colleges are excited for the new building to open, as it could increase opportunities for them. Environmental science major Mak Sisson said that she’s excited for the new science building to be completed, as it means better facilities for equipment. “It’ll be better for the technology we want to use,” Sisson said. “I know that some of our machines just won’t work because it’s so old, so just kind of updating the science department is a really good step.” Ali Maxwell, a public relations major in the mass communication
and communication studies department, is ready to move into Smith Hall after the sciences relocate. “The mass communication department is kind of awkward because I have two different main buildings I have to go to,” she said. “And I’d rather have a central area so that I know where the department head is, and where my teachers are, and my teacher’s offices aren’t spread out around campus. I guess film, they also need a little bit of updating as well, but I’d like to have us all in one place, [communication studies and mass communication] together.” The expected completion date for the new science facility is currently set for the fall of 2020.
Record number study abroad Students learn about KERI LUISE Staff Writer
The Towson University Study Abroad Office received a “Going Places!” award from partner CISabroad in June 2017 for their actions to “broaden academic perspectives, encourage student development and promote global awareness through its innovative work in education abroad.” “We signed a commitment called Generation Study Abroad, which is a national campaign through the Institute for International Education,” said Associate Director of Study Abroad Katherine Villamar. “We signed that commitment in 2014, and we pledged to increase our number by 40 percent by the year 2020, and we met that goal last year actually, so we’re three years ahead of schedule.” 222 students studied abroad in
the summer semester of 2017. This was Towson’s largest group ever to study abroad in a single term. Through a focus on increased funding, access, curriculum and integration, TU has pushed students towards studying abroad. Senior Amanda Jean Thomas studied abroad in London during the minimester 2017 term on the Corporate Communication in the UK faculty-led program. Thomas is one of four peer advisors in the Study Abroad office. “I think some of the biggest factors going into more students studying abroad is the office’s initiative to try and break down a lot of myths students have about studying abroad,” Thomas said. “Many students think that it’s too expensive when it doesn’t have to be a costly experience to have. We offer over 700 program options
including out TU Exchange programs which cost Towson tuition and fees to study for a semester or academic year overseas.” The study abroad program at Towson, TU Abroad, focused on increasing participation specifically from underrepresented students as part of their initiative to increase the number of students abroad. These students include first-generation college students, students with disabilities, people of color, certain majors, athletes, non-traditionally aged students, students coming from community colleges, students who have children, and LGBTQ+ students. There is also a new scholarship called the TU Institutional Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship to encourage diverse populations to study abroad. --To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
cultural appropriation KEARSTEIN JOHNSON Contributing Writer
Towson’s Student Government Association tackled the issue of cultural appropriation in regard to Halloween costumes with their “Appropriation is Spooky” event on Oct. 30. Cultural appropriation is when a person adopts elements from a culture that is not their own, which is often seen as a harmful way to misrepresent one’s culture. SGA held their event to inform students about the harms of cultural appropriation. In addition, during the month of October, posters showing examples of cultural appropriation with the statement “Our cultures are not costumes” were hung up around campus. SGA Director of Diversity and Inclusion Russhell Ford came up
with the idea for the event to bring more awareness to the issue of cultural appropriation. “It should be something talked about and addressed since we are in fact a multicultural country,” Ford said. “This social issue has been around for decades with little acknowledgement given to it.” Ford said Halloweentime acts as a good way to make students more culturally competent. “We want to educate students in hopes of making them more culturally competent,” she said. “It’s easier to do this around Halloween and it makes it a little more fun. People are unaware of certain political issues and the historical background of these people they are portraying.” --To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
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CAB is bringing Wale to Towson MCKENNA GRAHAM Arts & Life Editor
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The a capella group Original Blend was one of the student groups to perform at this year’s showcase.
THEY’VE GOT THE BEAT
Performing Arts students showcase their talents DEB GREENGOLD Contributing Writer
The Fall Performing Arts Showcase was a chance for Towson University performing arts students to come together and demonstrate their talents on Saturday, Nov. 4. The night included performances by groups such as ACDA, Original Blend, Vocal Minority, Tiger Tones, Allure Dance Team, Purrrfect Pitch and special guests from Villanova, Sigma Alpha Iota. Sophomore psychology major Claire Hoyle could feel the energy and hard work that the groups put into their performances. “There was a very welcoming atmosphere in the theatre,” Hoyle said. “You could really tell how upbeat everyone was, as well as how hard the groups worked to bring this showcase together.” The evening consisted of upbeat sets like Purrfect Pitch performing Estelle’s “American Boy” and Tiger
Tones performing Adele’s “Water Under the Bridge,” as well as other groups who performed elegant pieces with piano accompaniment. “The performances were super great,” said freshman theatre design and production major Sammy Socha. “It reminded me of my time when I did choir back in high school.” Socha said she didn’t have a favorite group but that the performances inspired her to consider getting back into singing. “They were all so good,” she said. “It makes me want to get involved in singing again, and possibly audition next semester.” Through the concert, the student groups were able to display their talents and allow the student body to understand what they have all been up to these past couple of months. “We love to get into the music,” said Original Blend President Lauren Goodwin. “It allows us to really connect with our audience,
rather them just sitting and watching us.” This is Goodwin’s third year in the group, which performs a few times each semester. “Original Blend is really good, I love it,” said Original Blend beatboxer Sam Bishop, Bishop said being part of Original Blend helps him focus on his classes, and that the time he spends working on his talent allows him to relax and gives him a break from his academics. Bishop has been beatboxing since sixth grade and expressed that he’s always looking to collaborate with fellow beatboxers to improve his talent. The Towson University College of Fine Arts and Communication has a few more concerts this semester, including a concert for the dance department called “Synergy” on Nov. 15-19, the TU Choirs Fall Concert on Dec. 2, and the TU Symphonic Band Concert on Dec. 3.
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The Fall Performing Arts Showcase was a chance for Towson students to put their talents on display.
Rap artist Wale will be performing at Towson University on Dec. 1. Towson’s Campus Activities Board announced the fall semester concert artist selection during Homecoming week’s Block Party Oct. 27. CAB Director Alasia McDonald explained that the concert is titled “The Concert About Nothing” as a play on the artist’s “The Mixtape About Nothing” and “The Album About Nothing.” “The whole entire board came to a consensus,” said McDonald, a senior English secondary education major. “We had a list of people within our price range and Wale initially was a little bit outside of our price range, but we pulled some strings, moved some stuff in the budget around and then we decided to go with him.” There will be no other artists in the lineup besides the rapper. When asked how she felt about the decision to host Wale, senior family human services major Becca Altschul said, “I don’t know who that is.” Although McDonald and the rest of CAB are enthusiastic about hosting popular artists and showing the Towson community a good time, McDonald expressed that she personally is “not a fan of this type of genre.” Despite this, she feels good about other people’s responses. “I can tell by the buzz that people on campus are definitely excited,” McDonald said. McDonald and the rest of CAB are
eager to cater to Towson’s preferences; McDonald cited a poll they sent out that resulted in Wale getting “60 percent of some 2000-odd votes.” “[We’re] always trying to listen to what the students have to say,” she said. “We’re definitely trying to get more student input with all of this, and reaching out as much as we can to people who don’t participate on campus but would like to.” After the unexpectedly low turnout at Fall Fest, McDonald said CAB is eager for “redemption.” “Aside from people not liking the artist, it was also so early that people didn’t know about it,” McDonald said. “So even if people wanted to go, they didn’t have the opportunity. So hopefully people are excited and they’ll come to this one.” CAB is excited to have more concerts and more opportunities for students to “come out and see artists and musicians and performers,” and McDonald said one of her main goals is “to get people who don’t really know about campus activities to give us their input, too.” McDonald is optimistic about “The Concert About Nothing,” although CAB isn’t releasing the number of tickets for sale. “I’m almost certain it’s going to sell out,” McDonald said. Junior acting major Maddie Dominiski was excited to hear the news about the artist’s appearance. “I would love for Wale to come to Towson,” Dominiski said. “I love Wale, he’s from PG County and I’m from PG County, and he represents.” Tickets are $10 and go on sale Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. on ticketmaster.com.
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CAB’s Twitter announcement played on Wale’s album cover design.
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November 7, 2017
PHOTOG. FINDS BEAUTY IN GHETTOS CYNTHIA PEREIRA Contributing Writer
Photographer Devin Allen shared his passion for street photography and how he has spent his career documenting the lives of real people living in the streets through pictures during a Nov. 2 lecture. Allen, a 29-year-old photographer from West Baltimore, started his career when his grandmother bought him his first camera in 2013. He was inspired to start photographing people when two of his close friends were shot and killed in a gunfight. Some people have found Allen’s work to be an inspiration, including entrepreneur and philanthropist Russell Simmons, who stumbled upon Devin’s work on Instagram and donated to his GoFundMe page to help with his career. Over the course of his career, Allen has been able to work alongside photojournalists like Gordon Parks, and take photos of different ghettos in Asia and Europe. During the lecture, Allen spoke about his experience in the ghettos of Austria and how he felt about
taking pictures of refugee camps and documenting them. “Coming from Baltimore, I’ve become fearless,” Allen said. This fearlessness lead Allen to take pictures of the Austrian ghettos, but he found that stopping and talking to the people who had gone through these difficult times was the most important part of his journey. “To be a good photographer or journalist, you can’t just barge in and just take pictures; you have to stop and be in the moment,” Allen said. “Talk to the people, get to know their stories.” Allen’s work have been displayed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in the exhibit “More Than a Picture: Selections From the Photography Collection at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.” “I’ve been seeing Devin’s work for a couple of years now since I’ve been in Baltimore,” said senior graphic design major Jordan Levine. “It’s amazing how we can get people like Devin to talk to people in a direct way, and he makes himself available. I also like his mission.”
Allen currently works as a photographer for Under Armour and takes pictures of people like Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. He said that he works there to serve as a catalyst for the company to hire more people from the Baltimore area. Allen started a mentoring program and works with a company to get cameras in the hands of children in inner-city Baltimore and other places such as Oakland. He is determined to express to the children how powerful art can be by going to different youth centers and classrooms and sharing his story. By doing this, he hopes to help children get invested in the arts and career paths they like such as rapping, basketball and photography. His mentoring program has even started to move towards helping autistic children and getting cameras in their hands as well. “It was a very inspiring lecture about how everyone has potential, and to take charge of gifts and chances life shoots at you,” said senior photography major Raymond Johnson. “It inspired me to take more photos and meet new people, and get to know them, because that is where the best stories are.”
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Baltimore-area photographer Devin Allen visited Towson on Nov. 2 to talk about his experiences capturing street life around the world. Allen is also the author and photographer for his book, “A Beautiful Ghetto,” which is a photobook full of pictures of the protests in Baltimore on April 18, 2015 occur-
ring after the killing of Freddie Gray. It can be found on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. Allen’s work can also be found on Instagram, under the name bydvnlln.
are repeated visitors at the event. “We have probably [come] around five times,” P. Chen said. “I think the activities they have set up are always great. This is not just for Towson students, it is for Towson families.” P. Chen enjoyed that all members of her family could participate in the craftmaking -- including herself. “I like the fact that this is a whole family activity,” she said. “From the very youngest to the oldest you can sit here and have fun. And I have to say, I like that it is free…. My kid can come and make as many [crafts] as she wants to and I can too.” The event extended past the atrium and into multiple exhibits and art studios. The Center for the Arts Gallery and the Asian Arts Gallery both remained open to the public throughout the event, allowing access to the Printfest and the Hallyu: The Korean Wave exhibits. Many visitors were seen slowly strolling throughout each exhibits, soaking in the elaborate works of both professional artists and Towson student artists. The Asian Arts Gallery was filled with groups of people taking a walk through the history of K-Pop and challenging themselves in Just Dance with a
K-Pop twist. Just down the hall from the Asian Arts Gallery was the beginning of the studio tours. The tours guided community members throughout the various work spaces of Towson University art students. One studio, occupied by second year graduate student, Rachel Horner, stood out as it was completely covered in large and detailed prints, and colorful artistic pieces. “For me, especially because I also teach high school art full time, seeing the kids come in and get to experience this I think is important,” Homer said. “Being able to just see the possibilities of what they can do in the future or even just for fun is amazing.” Many parents and children alike expressed their excitement to be able to come back and experience this all again in the spring. P. Chen’s daughter, Sophia, was very happy to be at the event for her fifth time, and shared this enthusiasm in coming back. “I like all of the things here,” S. Chen said. “I did a printmaking class here last year. I like drawing too, and now I’m drawing some swans! I’m excited for all of the things I can do next time.”
Towson community comes together for Family Arts Day
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Families from the Towson area came to the Center for the Arts to get creative, and to strengthen community ties with TU. MEGHAN HUDSON Contributing Writer
Towson community members of all ages gathered for Towson University’s Family Arts Day on Nov. 4 in the Community Arts Center. Children ran freely throughout
the second floor atrium from activity to activity, exploring their artistic abilities. Towson students were stationed throughout the event not only to assist in the activities, but to converse and have fun with local families as well. Activities ranged from watercol-
or-resistant art to K-Pop dancing, allowing artists of all abilities and ages to have fun. Director of the Community Arts Center Stacy Arnold said her goal was to make the day’s activities fun for the whole family. “First and foremost, we needed to make these activities intergenerational,” Arnold said. “We really want the entire family to have a good time.” Arnold said attendees were not piecing together mere craft projects; they were creating real art. “We are teaching real artistic techniques and allowing everyone to explore which techniques work best for them,” she said. “Everything you see reflects actual artistic practices, and in providing this opportunity, community members get to experience varying art cultures.” Arnold hopes that experiences like this might guide children into pursuing a possible career in the arts -- perhaps even at Towson. “These kids may even envision themselves continuing their art here at Towson, and having this experience can prove important for them in the future,” she said. One local community member, Pam Chen, said she and her family
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Another aspect of body positivity JESSICA RICKS Staff Writer
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ShopHush founders took the time to figure out what potential clients were looking for in the market before taking on industry competition.
The startup trying for a takeover KERRY INGRAM Asst. Arts & Life Editor
As someone who is an employee of a prestige makeup retailer, I am both embarrassed and mind-blown by the information I’m about to unleash to you: online retailer ShopHush has found a way to sell products that are luxe quality, but for affordable prices. ShopHush, which originally launched January 2016, is an app and website retailer founded by three guys who love technology. Alex Lin, Cooper Mor and Will King teamed up to create a space to sell bargain products, after their initial endeavors with app creation and management left them with the desire to do more. According to Lin in an interview with Racked.com, the trio settled on the beauty industry after attempting fashion first, which ultimately ended up in failure. “Along the way, we tried taking a stab at fast fashion for a month or so,” Lin said. “We tried it and — oh my god. We would show women [the clothes] and they’d be like, ‘Dude, that looks so disgusting.’ At the end of the day, despite us trying, we were humble enough to know that maybe we’re not good at everything.” The team took it upon themselves to hire more women to get their perspective on what they like to shop for, and eventually the makeup-obsessed site was born. The men also took to sites like Reddit in order to get a variety of insights and opinions from online
makeup-themed chats. The site consists of numerous brands, all with low and affordable price points. They pride themselves in the quality of the products, despite them being too inexpensive to carry in major retailers like Sephora or Macy’s. Some of the brands are newer, lesser-known product lines, such as Bad Habit Beauty and Okalan. ShopHush carries other brands that can be found at popular retailers, such as BeautyBlender and Sigma Beauty, adding to the site’s credibility. The brand Bad Habit Beauty, is one that is stealing the spotlight from others on the site. Its selection of palettes are all exact dupes for popular expensive products – it has everything from an Anastasia Modern Renaissance dupe to a Huda Beauty dupe, all for $10 each. And let me just tell you firsthand: the quality and pigmentation of the palettes are the exact same. As a blogger and makeup hoarder, I decided to try out some of ShopHush’s products, and I have to say that I think this is one of the best launches that could have happened in the beauty industry for college students. There’s now a perfect place to shop for beauty products that won’t leave us in even more debt than our tuition already does, while still giving us the quality we deserve. Prepare your wallets, ladies and gents. ShopHush looks like an online retailer that will only continue to grow in success, and it’s time to stop being so hush-hush about it.
With the never-ending stress that college brings, sometimes students end up forgetting to take care of the one thing that really matters: themselves. The Body Image Peer Educators of the Health and Counseling Center at Ward & West put together the event “Nourish Your Body and Skin” Wednesday, Nov. 1 as part of their Love Your Body Week. “Love Your Body Week is an initiative where we have events every day,” said Kiran Kaur, graduate assistant for the Body Image Peer Educators. “We want to increase and improve body positivity. We want people to appreciate and love their body instead of looking down on it.” Love Your Body Week has been an annual event on campus for the past few years, according to Kaur. “Nourish Your Body and Skin” is their first ever event having to do with the body and skin, designed to expand attendee’s definitions of “body positivity.” “When you think about body positivity, most people focus on
weight and size,” Kaur said. “This is a different aspect of it. There is all of this pressure to maintain an ideal image.” “Nourish Your Body and Skin,” which took place in the West Village Commons Ballroom C, was the first big event of this year’s Love Your Body Week. It was a collaborative event with many on-campus groups. Among them were The Naturalistas, who had a table on taking care of natural hair; the Alcohol and Drug Peer Educators, who ran a table on how alcohol was bad for the skin; Healthy Minds, who had students creating de-stress glitter jars; and Sigma Lambda Gamma, who helped people create DIY hair masks. There were many other activities such as DIY body scrubs made out of coconut oil, sugar, coffee grinds and essential oils, and the Affirmation Mirror where students were covered in positive notes about their bodies. There was also a yoga session ran by senior Claire Stecker, who teaches regular classes at 4 Warriors Studio in Towson. “I hope people can gain a broader perspective of self-care and taking time for yourself,” Stecker said. “Sometimes that’s doing
nothing, sometimes it’s taking a yoga class, and sometimes it’s pampering yourself.” Senior Abigail Schaefer said that with such busy lives, students sometimes need a reminder to practice self-care. Shaefer said she’s always been an “advocate for positive body image,” and was glad for the chance to share this with the Towson community. “Stuff like this is calming,” she said. “We can get super busy and forget to take time for ourselves.” Schaefer was there with her friend, Sophie Iwaskiw. Iwaskiw said she was grateful for “Nourish Your Body and Skin” because she finds that, during this point in the semester when she’s really busy, it’s easy for her to develop unhealthy habits. Jaime Kaplan, coordinator of eating disorder services in the Health and Counseling Center, said there are many dimensions to living your body. “Nourish Your Body and Skin” was created to try to encompass all aspects of it. “It’s not just external, you have to take care of the internal as well,” Kaplan said. “When the mind is at peace, the body is at peace. Everything is interrelated.”
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“Nourish Your Body and Skin” was a chance for students to step away from academics and focus on selfcare, with both educators and Do-It-Yourself projects available to facilitate new and healthy habits.
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tu prepares for caa tournament JESSIE L. BAIRD Staff Writer
Towson split its two matches at home this weekend, rallying to beat UNCW 3-2 Saturday after losing 3-1 to College of Charleston Friday. The Tigers rallied from being down 2-0 to win three straight sets and take the match 3-2 over the Seahawks in SECU Arena. Senior Julymar Otero led the way for Towson. She recorded 12 kills, 28 assists and 18 digs, marking her fifth triple-double of the season. This ranks her second in the nation. Junior Jocelyn Kuilan, redshirt junior Anna Holehouse and sophomore Marrisa Wonders also impressed. Each recorded double-doubles in the match. Kuilan had 19 kills and 13 digs, Holehouse had 12 assists and 25 digs and Wonders had 38 assists and 20 digs. Wonders leads the team in double-doubles this season with 13. “We needed this,” Head Coach Don
Metil said. “To have a match that tested our girls as much as this one did couldn’t have come at a better point. We were able to rally together for a much-needed win and shows our ability to adapt in-game.” The Tigers finished with 100 digs in a match, the first time they’ve reached triple-digit digs since their 103-dig match against the Blue Hens in 2015. On Friday night, Towson suffered a 3-1 loss to the College of Charleston at SECU Arena. Kuilan and sophomore Olivia Finckel had strong performances in the defeat, as they combined for 28 kills. Wonders also recorded her 12th double-double of the season, with 29 assists and 11 digs. “This was a challenge, as it forced us to absorb and take in information for Saturday’s games before we even play Friday’s game,” Metil said. Monday night, Towson hosts James Madison at 7 p.m. in its third match in four days. The two teams met earlier this season, with Towson winning
3-1. This match is also a battle for third place in the CAA, and a higher seed in the upcoming conference tournament. “Monday is a big match,” Metil said. “This match will play a big role
in determining whether we will be a third seed in the tournament or a fourth. Last time we did not see their libero so we know they are coming in healthier and on their own streak and we have been working to prepare just
for that.” Following its matchup with James Madison, the Tigers close out their regular season with a home game against Delaware on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.
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Sophomore Marissa Wonders sets up her teammate in a match against William & Mary at SECU Arena.
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Leaning on experience Tigers under new leadership DESMOND BOYLE Staff Writer
Sunday Nov. 12 marks the beginning of Head Coach Diane Richardson’s first season with Towson as the Tigers take on UMass at 2 p.m. in Amherst, Massachusetts. Richardson takes over after Niki Reid Geckeler resigned after four years in charge of the program. Previously, Richardson spent time at West Virginia as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She hopes to bring a similar style of basketball from Morgantown to Tigertown. “[We play an] up tempo style,” Richardson said. “We work hard, push the ball on offense and we are going to get after you on defense.” A big part of improving upon last year will be playing with intensity for the full 40 minutes. Richardson hopes high energy practices will lead Towson to put in more consistent performances. “Our practices have been very efficient and we push the tempo the entire time,” Richardson said. “There's no standing around, we
are pushing the pace from start to finish.” The Tigers hope history repeats itself in the season opener. Towson picked up a 90-56 win over UMass in the first game last season. To repeat the big win, Richardson said the Tigers will need to control the tempo. “UMASS will try and slow us down and play zone defense so we need to get after them early,” Richardson said. Towson will look to returning players like senior forwards Mary Cuevas, Daijha Thomas and preseason AllCAA honorable mention senior guard Raine Bankston. Bankston led the Tigers in assists with 84 and Cuevas lead the team in rebounds with 183 last season. Towson welcomes a new face to the lineup. The Tigers added graduate transfer Kayla Davis from Xavier. Davis plays a similar full press style that fits Richardson’s system. UMass, who finished 9-21 last season, picked up a 79-66 win over Kutztown in their first exhibition game of the year. The Minutewomen open their season on Friday against Maine Fort Kent.
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Senior guard Eddie Keith II brings the ball up in a game against Drexel last season. Keith shot 40 percent from three-point range last year, and will play the forward position this season to provide some spacing.
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Towson will face Old Dominion in its season opener Friday, Nov. 10, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. “That’s going to be about as tough as it gets,” Head Coach Pat Skerry said. “We’ve always been a day-to-day type of team. We have goals, but our guys know it’s a process and it’s what we do on a daily basis that’s going to give us a chance.” The Tigers are coming off a successful 2016-2017 season in which they won 20 games and advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) semifinals before being bounced by the College of Charleston. Towson has to make do this season after losing two of its top-three scorers in John David and William Adala Moto. The team looks for returning players like senior guards Mike Morsell, and Deshaun Morman to step up and produce on both ends. Morsell and Morman were named to the preseason All-CAA team. Morsell was selected to the second team, while Morman received an honorable mention recognition. Last season, Morsell led Towson in scoring with 13.4 points per game average,
while Morman led the team with 49 steals. “We lost two good players,” Skerry said. “We lost two good physical rebounders, but we’ve got nine guys back that play a lot so I think for us can we continue to guard and rebound at a level that has allowed us to be pretty good.” The Tigers have also altered their style of play offensively in order to boost scoring. Last season, Towson shot less than 200 three-pointers than its opponents over the course of the year. Skerry moved senior Eddie Keith II from his natural guard position to the forward spot in order to space the floor and open up the offense. Keith’s transition demonstrates something Towson has practiced the entire offseason: sacrifice. Skerry has preached to the team that it is not about guys getting their numbers, but about different players contributing each game. “We’ve got guys back who have improved, but just because you’ve improved doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you’re going to [produce] more,” Skerry said. “It’s going to be different guys on different nights.” The Tigers need a strong team effort when they face junior guard Ahmad Caver and the Monarchs. Caver was
named to the All Conference USA Preseason Team following a season in which he averaged 13 points per game. Caver had one of the best assist to turnover ratios in Conference USA last year and showed ability on defense as he recorded a teamhigh 41 steals. Towson will look to control the pace of the game and prevent turnovers in order to limit Caver’s effectiveness. Though Skerry has emphasized the three-point shot in the offseason, look for the Tigers to attack the rim in order to cause foul trouble and take the crowd out of the game early. “The most efficient way to score is at the rim, and the second most way is at the foul line,” Skerry said. “While we expect to shoot more and make more threes, we don’t want to lose sight of the fact that we have to get at the glass and foul line because that’s a big part of our success.” Following their first game, the Tigers come to SECU Arena for their home opener Monday, Nov. 13, against Frostburg State University. “I’m hopeful that when we get to our first home game, there’ll be lots of people there,” Skerry said. “It’ll be important for us to get that place going so it can be a tough environment.”
November 7, 2017
Baltimore suffers a 23-20 loss against Tennessee
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Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin cuts upfield on a catch-and-run. Maclin finished the game with eight receptions for 98 yards. He leads the team in yards and touchdowns this year with 267 and three, respectively.
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The Baltimore Ravens lost 23-20 against the Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon at Nissan Stadium. The Ravens (4-5) had an abysmal showing on offense, while the Titans (5-3) played sound on both sides of the ball and took advantage of miscues. Quarterback Marcus Mariota came out firing as he completed a 29-yard pass to wide receiver Rishard Matthews on the first play from scrimmage. Tennessee settled for a field goal later that drive to take an early 3-0 lead. Baltimore responded with a field goal on its next drive following a successful fake punt near midfield to tie the game 3-3. Quarterback Joe Flacco looked aggressive early as he took a few shots downfield in the first quarter, but his deep throws did not pay off. Late in the first, Flacco threw an interception on a bomb down the middle to wide receiver Breshad Perriman. Perriman had the ball hit his hands, but the defense jarred it loose to pick off the pass. The Titans capitalized on the turnover as Mariota connected with wide receiver Corey Davis for a 23-yard gain on a back shoulder throw near
the sideline. Mariota capped off the drive with a 16-yard touchdown throw to Matthews. The Ravens scored a field goal on their next drive to narrow the gap to four, but a special teams gaffe put the Titans in scoring position midway through the second quarter. The home team pounded the Baltimore front seven with a heavy dose of its running back Derrick Henry. They brought in an extra offensive lineman on several plays throughout the day to help the ground attack and it worked effectively. Henry walked into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown run to give Tennessee a 16-6 advantage going into the break. The Ravens did not look sharp on offense coming out of the break as Flacco threw an interception on a pass intended for tight end Ben Watson. Watson was clearly covered, but Flacco forced the pass and threw his second interception of the day. Baltimore’s defense stepped up in the third quarter and forced three straight three-and-outs, but the offense could not take advantage of the defense’s stellar play. The Ravens were driving late in the third and faced a fourth-and-inches entering the final quarter. The visitors had converted a fourth down play earlier in the game, but came up short this time. It appeared as if running back Javorius Allen got the first down
through a second effort, but the officials disagreed. Needing a big play, Baltimore’s defense came through once again as safety Eric Weddle picked off a pass from Mariota and returned the ball near midfield. The Ravens took advantage of the turnover as Flacco completed a threeyard touchdown pass to Allen to lower the deficit to three. However, the Titans executed a methodical nine-play drive that chewed five minutes off the clock on their next possession to put the Ravens down by two scores with little time left in the game. During that drive, Mariota completed several play action passes downfield to put the home team in scoring position, most notably a 25-yard strike down the middle to tight end Delanie Walker. Mariota capped off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Eric Decker. Baltimore did not show a sense of urgency on its next drive and failed to recover an onside kick following a touchdown, as Tennessee held on for the victory. The Ravens have two weeks to regroup before their next matchup as they head into their bye week. The team looks to get some players healthy before its game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Nov. 19, at Lambeau Field. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
Senior outside hitter Julymar Otero was a key factor in Towson’s 3-2 comeback win against UNCW Saturday night. Otero finished with 12 kills, 28 assists and 18 digs for her fifth triple-double this season. She ranks second in the nation in triple-doubles this year.
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tu suffers double overtime defeat File photo by Lexi Thompson/ The Towerlight
Redshirt sophomore defensive back Justice Pettus-Dixon gets swarmed by several Delaware defenders on Homecoming at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Towson went on to win its Homecoming contest against its arch-rival 18-17. This marked Towson’s third win of the season, with the other two victories coming against Morgan State and Saint Francis (PA).
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Towson suffered a heartbreaking 33-30 loss in double overtime against Elon Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Stadium. The Phoenix (8-1, 6-0 CAA) owned the first three quarters of play, but the Tigers (3-6, 1-5 CAA) put forth a respectable comeback attempt late in the game. Towson’s offense got off to a solid start with a 25-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Aidan O’Neill on the unit’s first drive. On the team’s next drive, redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stover completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to redshirt junior tight end Joe Green to take an early 10-0 lead. “You can see them growing in the span of a year,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “Now that they’re over
the jitters, you see them getting better every week.” Elon took control of the game after that score, as its defense started making stops and its offense began to put up points. The Phoenix smothered Stover for the rest of the first half and fed their sophomore running back De’Sean McNair the ball on offense. McNair burst loose for a 30-yard gain on the Phoenix’s second drive of the game to put his team near the goal line. He capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. Redshirt freshman running back Brelynd Cyphers showed his big-play ability with a 39-yard run on Elon’s next drive to put his team inside Towson territory. Freshman quarterback Davis Cheek finished the drive with an eight-yard touchdown strike to sophomore wide receiver Tre Marsh, putting Elon ahead 14-10 going into the break. Elon did not slow down in the
third quarter as Cheek opened the second half with a 39-yard completion to freshman wide receiver Kortez Weeks. Cyphers capped off the drive with a five-yard touchdown run to put the home team up 21-10. Towson couldn’t muster a first down in the entire third quarter and Elon freshman kicker Owen Johnson tacked on a 32-yard field goal to give his team a 24-10 lead entering the fourth quarter. Johnson added another short field goal early in the fourth to increase Elon’s lead to 17. Trailing 27-10, the Tigers started to get things going offensively. On their first drive in the fourth, the visitors had a good blend of run and pass plays as they marched downfield. They finished the drive with a trick play as freshman wide receiver Jabari Allen completed a six-yard touchdown pass to Stover. Towson’s defense forced a three-andout on the next defensive possession,
and Stover began connecting on big plays on the other side of the ball. He found redshirt sophomore wide receiver Shane Leatherbury down the sideline for a 39-yard catch-and-run touchdown to put the Tigers within three. O’Neill nailed a 27-yard field goal late in the fourth to put the game into overtime, but Ambrose believed Towson shouldn’t have been in that position to begin with. “We’ve got to learn how to close the gap and be consistent,” Ambrose said. “If we would’ve been a little bit more consistent tackling, if we would’ve been a little bit more consistent not stepping on our own foot on offense earlier in the game, this isn’t an overtime game.” Both teams had to settle for short field goals in the first overtime and Towson got the ball to begin double overtime. Elon made the biggest play of extra time as they blocked a 33-yard field goal attempt by O’Neill to create a
sudden death situation. Needing only a field goal, Elon handed the ball to McNair six times to put the team in scoring position. Johnson drilled a 26-yard field goal to give Elon the victory. The Tigers play their final road game of the season Saturday, Nov. 11 as the team faces William & Mary at Zable Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
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