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When Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, we knew winter was going to last longer, but not into March. Sunday, Towson was hit with snow, ice and sleet which made for slippery conditions all day and night and forced a delay Monday. Saturday, the men’s basketball team also closed out their regular season with a loss to Delaware.


PSA to my Towson fam: please please be careful out there in the ice, and commuters, no class is worth getting into an accident for





Towson basketball game was kinda lit


The last basketball game as a Towson student is also my first game that I am not working


Men’s Basketball Final: #Elon 74, UNCW 55. Phoenix will be the No. 8 seed in the CAA Tournament and plays Towson at 6 p.m. on March 6.




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Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Munshaw Senior Editor Cody Boteler News Editor Sam Shelton Arts & Life Editor Carley Milligan

From The Editor’s Desk I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22

Assit. Arts & Life Editors Annie Sragner Robert Wood Sports Editor Matt Hamilton Staff Writers Daryllee Hale Payam Agha-Ghassem James Greene Tyler Beard Paige Sudol Jordan Cope Tyler Young Nilo Exar Kristen Zdon Christine LaFrancesca Caitlin Wolfarth Kati Day Devorah Roberts Photo Editor Sarah Hugel Assist. Photo Editors Abby Murphy Patrick Burke

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The great prophet Taylor Swift once said, “I don’t know about you, but I’m fellJonathan Munshaw ing 22.” I don’t Editor-in-Chief @jon_munshaw know about you Taylor, but I certainly am feeling 22. I only have seven more Towerlight editions left, and about three months left of my collegiate career before I have to start using words such as “insurance,” “interest rate,” and “job.” Just kidding, I already have four jobs. It’s a fun time. But as I was stuffing my face with guacamole this weekend and trying to forget my adult problems, I realized it’d be a good exercise to rank all the reasons (from least to most adult) I’m truly feeling 22. Boy, do I miss sophomore year. 1. I actually updated my LinkedIn account Every time I hear someone say “LinkedIn” I automatically picture a 5-foot-8 guy in a black blazer with a white button-down shirt and a cell phone holster. Yet there I was, Friday night at 11 p.m., actually “connecting” with people and updating my profile to include my most recent clips and writing positions. Next thing you know I’ll be asking

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a position at the paper she writes for and asked her to “put in a good word for me.” This isn’t Hollywood, I’m not trying to impress an agent or something. This was basically just a real-life LinkedIn connection. 4. I took two shots and just got tired Sunday night, when Towson was covered in a thick layer of ice, I reverted back to my 20-year-old self and wanted to have a “Woooooo snow day!” moment. I went over to my friend’s apartment and had a beer and two shots, and almost 30 minutes later, I was ready for bed. “Woooooo, in bed before midnight!” 5. My debit card information was stolen last week You haven’t experienced true panic until you check your bank account and see that $150 has gone completely missing, apparently all spent at College Park.

I only have seven more Towerlight editions left, and about three months left of my collegiate career before I have to start using words such as ‘insurance,’ ‘interest rate,’ and ‘job.’ Just kidding. I already have four jobs. It’s a fun time.

I had to spend 30 minutes on the phone with PNC to cancel my debit card, then had to go to a PNC branch to shred the card, sign up for a PNC credit card and withdraw the little money that was actually left in my account. There’s nothing more sobering than staring down at $70, knowing you have to survive for the next three days on that and that alone. 6. I no longer have a working car Milton the green Ford Focus had a great run. He really did. He drove me to dates, home from breakups, to prom, to high school graduation, to college, to funerals and to weddings (poetic, right?). But alas, he took a deathblow Thursday and isn’t able to recover. Now, I’m left without a car until Spring Break, most likely, and that means taking the shuttle or begging my friends/ roommate/significant other for rides all the time. It’s truly an awful feeling to have to rely on someone else just to make it to the grocery store. And now there’s the issue of taking out a loan and have to talk about monthly car payments, down payments, miles per gallon, safety. I miss my old, crappy car that I always said I’d drive into the ground until it stopped working, which eventually happened. I wish it could have just waited another three months.

Letter: Social media wasted on ‘the dress’ Nick Salacki

Being a part of this millennial generation creates astounding surprises when it comes to what becomes “popular” or “trendy” on social media. Apparently, something as preposterous as a dress has the potential to create a cyber stir among all types of social media. I knew fashion could be the center of online discussions when I heard that Lupita Nyong’o’s pearl dress was stolen after the Academy Awards, but something as unnecessary as what the true colors of a small designer dress are makes me embarrassed to be a part of this generation. On Feb. 26, social media users were in a commotion after a Tumblr Student

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people to call me Jonathan instead of Jon and I’ll be shaking my Dad’s hand instead of hugging him when I go home. Gross. 2. I got frustrated one day, so I took a walk What is this? Who does this? I was in a bad mood so I just decided to go for a walk. That just sound very 40-ish to me. Next thing you know I’ll be married and at night I’ll be going out for 45-minute walks and when someone calls the house my wife will answer and say, “Oh, Jonathan’s just out on one of his walks. You know how he loves his walks.” 3. I reached out to old friends to try to make job connections The Towerlight family rolls deep in the local media, so it certainly never hurts to make good connections or to network. But I felt 22, nigh, almost 24, when I reached out to Brandi Bottallico about

user posted a photo of a dress ernment wants us to do just to and asked test how everyone much they what colors can maniputhey saw. late what Shortly after, we say and social media post online. c re a te d But when it uproar and comes down divided into to what two groups, eventually Team Blue becomes & Black and t r e n d y Team White among social & Gold. media, I That same believe it’s day, I jokingall a matter Illustration by Sydney Adamson/ The Towerlight ly declared of chance. that this “dress” social media craze The famed dress that is either was just what our controlling govblue and black or white and gold

is just an example of how disappointed I am in the way people are using social media these days. It’s not like there are real social issues happening out in the world at this moment, so let’s shout the words “blue and black” or “white and gold” at the top of our lungs as we stumble out of Torrent. This will surely help us create better relationships with our international allies and will not make us look even senseless and stupid than we are already perceived to be. Let’s just hope to God that the good potential for social media’s usage becomes more apparent as the millennial generation eventually passes down its “trending” abilities to the next young generation.


Assit. Arts&Life Editor @anniesragner

What’s been your favorite place to live while you’re at Towson (on or off campus)?


“The drainage tunnel behind the Residence Tower.”

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Ethos is also what brings certainty to science. We are prone to believe what science tells us because the test of time has built an aura of trust around it. Science is essentially the quest for truth, so by habit, society usually associates it with good moral stature. Quick judgments and environmen-

tal bias should never occur in true science, because scientific conclusions never form at face value without first assessing the whole picture. Scientific findings only become “fact” once deep and consistent proof of truth is found. The same can be said for character. In relationships, like in science, the concealment of truth has a dark side. Secret-sharers lower walls; secret-concealers build them. Approach life yielding your truth while maintaining your proof. The scientific method shouldn’t just exist in labs. But, as in labs, the real world sometimes changes the circumstances and secrets must be held. Secrets are like little tests of our dependability. Everyone has secrets, they are the soft underbelly of our reputations. Outside of ourselves, all we truly have is trust and the magnitude of which we can depend on each other. So handle secrets with care: Yours and others. Your ethos depends on it.


to trustworthy listening. Ethos is one of the three major pillars of rhetoric, along with logos and pathos. Ethos is what makes speakers credible because it constructs what others believe about the source. The amount of trust we have toward a source determines if we consider it good or bad or right or wrong.



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Word on the Street


The science of your secrets

When you first acquire a secret, you alone constitute 100 percent of e the people that know it. As more t people learn about it, that number gets lower. When one more person C knows, then you become 50 pere cent of the people that know. One y more becomes 33 percent and so on. The more people that know, n the less ownership of the secret you have. Depending on the serin ousness or severity of the secret, it makes a big difference who knows. These whispered words have the power to isolate and unite us. o Secrets are the currency of intimacy and sharing them provides a bridge of connection between the two engaging parties. Sharing the undisclosed-able with another perw son allows for closeness to catalyze . and for trust to build. Secrets can be beneficial for all kinds of relationships. Hearing them can be / special, a shared signal of comfort and mutual importance. Reliance on each other makes us more open o


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TU acknowledges National Adjunct Walkout Day NILO EXAR Staff Writer @niloexar

On Wednesday, Feb. 25, adjuncts at Towson from the English Language Center hosted a walkout in accordance with the first “National Adjunct Walkout Day” nationwide. Faculty from Towson’s English Language Center, which provides classes and support for international students, began the walkout in the Loch Raven room of the University Union before marching with signs through the Liberal Arts building and into Freedom Square. Adjuncts were protesting a lack of “equal pay, job security and higher salaries,” according to Monica Dominguez, an adjunct instructor in the English Language Center. According to Dominguez, nationally, 70 percent of professors at colleges are adjunct faculty members, and said that same percentage, 70 percent, were adjuncts in the English department. However, Maggie Reitz, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs said that the number was much lower for Towson. “[In the 2014-2015 year], 31 percent of all class sections were taught by adjuncts, 2,882 class sections,” Reitz said. Dominguez said that despite tuition increasing, colleges were moving to hire more adjuncts. Adjuncts are paid a lower salary than full-time professors and usually save a college or university money, since adjuncts are paid based on how many credit hours they teach. She also mentioned that there was no union or organization advocating for adjuncts rights on campus. Despite this lower pay, adjuncts are tasked with performing the same duties as full-time professors and instructors. Since they are usually capped at nine credit hours per semester, adjuncts often have to work at multiple institutions to make ends meet. Sara Rose, who was a language specialist and instructor for the English Language Center from 1990 to 2012 with the exception of three years, said that it was often difficult for her to balance her time between all the institutions she taught at. “Every place demands a lot on you… You have to do what [a fulltime] instructor has to do and be torn between three or four places,” Rose said. However, Reitz said that there are representatives from each college at the University that regularly

meet with her and can bring forth concerns and that there are multiple events throughout the spring semester that she will be attending. Reitz said that she thought there might be a disconnect between adjuncts and administration, as she thought some adjuncts might not know that there are ways to voice concerns with the administration. “Adjuncts can contact the college dean to see who their representative is. Any time they see me around campus, they can come talk to me,” Reitz said. The topic of adjunct payment is also a contentious issue in adjunct rights. Dominguez said that she knew of adjuncts who were struggling to support themselves on adjunct-level pay. “There are stories now of adjuncts that are homeless or on food stamps,” Dominguez said. Adjuncts are paid a salary for each course they teach. Reitz said that payment of adjuncts had increased in past years, and that Towson University was in the middle of the pack when it came to adjunct payment. According to Reitz, adjuncts were paid $2,350 for a three-credit course in 2006, $2,500 in 2009, and $3,000 in 2012. Reitz did note that because of budget cuts, payments may stall for adjuncts. “Obviously this year when we’re having to cut our budget, it would be very difficult to do that. For this spring, we have 793 distinct people so it makes it hard to increase,” Reitz said. Reitz also said that there are opportunities for adjunct advancement in place at Towson, and according to a document from Towson’s website, adjuncts who “have a consistent record of high-quality instruction” can reach “Adjunct II” level if they meet a set of requirements. These requirements include having taught three years and a cumulative 12 credit hours at the university and “a series of high-level performance evaluations.” According to the same document, Adjunct II faculty are compensated 10 percent “above the base for Adjunct Faculty I.” Rose said that despite the difficulties of being an adjunct, Towson was one of the only school that provided full-time employment opportunities for adjuncts in the ESL program. However, she said more support for adjuncts is always welcome. “I think there should be at least some benefits, more of a support system,” Rose said. “I stayed for the love of teaching, and I think that’s true of most adjuncts.”

Photos by Patrick Burke/ The Towerlight English Language Center adjuncts and students made signs and marched through campus Wednesday, Feb. 25, to protest the lack of “equal pay, job security and higher salaries” for adjuncts, according to instructor Monica Dominguez.



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Beyond Baltimore

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Ferguson, Missouri Justice Department to report racial bias On Sunday, the New York Times reported that the Justice Department is expected to release a report alleging that some members Ferguson police use racial bias when making traffic stops. The fines paid during such traffic stops are then used to balance the city budget, according to the Times. Ferguson Mayor, James Knowles III, said last week that he did not know what the Justice Department had found or would conclude, according to the Times. The Ferguson Police Department was first scrutinized in August when officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed at the time.


6,000 killed since April A United Nations report released Monday counts that more than 6,000 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting intensified in April. In the report, the United Nations blamed Russia for the area’s conflict escalation. “Credible reports indicate a continuing influx of heavy and sophisticated weaponry to armed groups in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as foreign fighters, including from the Russian Federation,” the report states.

File photo by Sarah Hugel/ The Towerlight

Six of the original eight graduating seniors participating in The Associate competition are still eligible to win, following Tuesday, Feb. 24’s case presentations. Students Manie Grace (above) and Juliet O’Connor have both been eliminated from the competition.


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Airservices Australia to trial tracking systems Almost a year after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its 239 passengers disappeared, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia are ready to test a new method of tracking airplanes, Australia’s transport minister said Sunday, March 1. Airservices Australia, a government-owned agency, will work with Malaysia and Indonesia to trial a new means of tracking planes every 15 minutes using technology already installed on most longhaul aircraft. Now, locations are typically determined every 30 to 40 minutes. According to the BBC, Australian Transport Minister Warren Truss called the new system is a “world first.” He claims that this new technology would not have guaranteed an answer to the Flight 370 mystery.



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FCC votes 3-2 to uphold net neutrality JONATHAN MUNSHAW Editor-in-Chief @jonmunshaw

The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality last Thursday that will restrict Internet service providers from giving special access and higher speeds to certain companies and websites. Net neutrality, which FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said will ensure “that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet,” passed by a vote of 3-2. The policy prevents ISPs from charging content providers, such as Netflix, for example, for speedier streaming or download times. While the FCC can’t regulate rates charged by ISPs and cannot implement any new taxes, it does allow the organization to take

action when a practice by an ISP interferes with consumers. The vote was split along party lines, with the two dissenting votes going to the two Republicans on the FCC board. AT&T has already threatened to take legal action following the vote as well. Wheeler had initially released a proposal that would have allowed a system where consumers could pay for certain Internet “fast lanes” if they were deemed “commercially reasonable.” However, he changed the FCC’s policies after backlash from a large segment of the public and President Barack Obama. Obama released a statement on Feb. 26 after the vote, saying that the decisions “will protect innovation and create a level playing field for the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

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Feb. 17: An unknown person caused damage to a stairwell door. An investigation is ongoing. Feb. 20: In the Center for the Arts, a faculty member’s computer was taken from inside their office. An investigation is ongoing. Feb. 20: In the Liberal Arts Building, a faculty member’s ring was taken after it was left in the restroom. An investigation is ongoing.

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Feb. 20: In Residence Tower, a student was cited for alcohol possession. Feb. 24: In the West Village Commons, a contract employee’s cellphone was taken while it was charging. There were no witnesses and are no suspects. Feb. 26: In Frederick Douglass House, a resident student was cited for alcohol possession.

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CODY BOTELER Senior Editor @codyboteler CARLEY MILLIGAN Arts and Life Editor @CarleyMilligan

It’s an understatement to say that starting college brings with it a lot of changes. New people to meet, new places to visit and new responsibilities to take on. And, of course, the roommate. A survey done by Towson University in 2011 showed that nearly 90 percent of incoming freshman have never shared a bedroom with another person, so it’s a small wonder that any one of the 75 percent of new students who are randomly assigned a roommate manage to survive a year without packing up and finding a new place to live. And an even bigger wonder is when those two strangers end up becoming the best of friends. In the summer of 2013, current sophomore Abby Smith received an email from Towson University containing the details of her living arrangements for the coming semester. At the bottom of the email she read what was then just the name of a stranger, but is now far from unfamiliar. “We get along really well and we’re best friends,” Smith’s still-roommate and fellow sophomore Paige Larkin said. “I don’t think that most people who get random roommates do as well

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as we do.” Smith and Larkin, who were randomly assigned to live together in Douglass House their freshman semester, are two students fortunate enough to have found both a good roommate and a healthy friendship. “There was that first week of getting to know each other and testing the waters ... after two weeks or a month we were completely friends,” Smith said. Smith said some of their success was due to the fact that Larkin and her were roommates first, and friends second. After discovering that they were compatible enough to live together, becoming friends was a natural transition since they already got along so well, Smith said. However, Smith and Larkin also agree that listening and vocalizing any concerns or requests, no matter how small, are even bigger parts of creating a good roommate relationship. “Communication is honestly our biggest thing,” Smith said. “When we do have issues with each other, we do tell each other right away.” Jerry Dieringer, the assistant vice president for Housing and Residence Life also said that good communication is important for students to have a positive roommate experience. “Roommates in college can be the greatest friends who you never met

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Students explore possible future living arrangements during the off-campus living fair on Feb. 25 in the University Union.

before,” Dieringer said. “If will you be successful depends on your communication and if your expectations are being communicated to each other.” Dieringer, who has over 25 years of experience in student affairs, said that he has found that about 80 to 85 percent of roommates work out regardless of whether they were randomly paired or requested to live together. “Even if you picked your roommate and you knew who he or she was does not mean you are going to be good roommates if you don’t communicate,” Dieringer said. Many small and unpredictable factors can determine the success of roommates, one reason why online surveys that attempt to match students with their “ideal” roommate, are not primarily used at Towson. “This is the fourth school I have worked at and a couple of them used the survey,” Dieringer said. “I understand Towson had one for a number of years and found out that roommate satisfaction and success was about the same whether they were random or picked.” Senior English major Tyler New said that although he did complete a lifestyle survey prior to being assigned a roommate in Tubman (operated by Capstone Management, not Towson University), the resource was not very helpful. After filling out the information at the end of his sophomore year, by the time he moved in a full year later his preferences had changed. “That’s why our sleeping schedules didn’t sync up,” New said of his first roommate. Dieringer said that this is another example of the flaw in systems such as these, and that graduating high school seniors who fill out the surveys often develop completely different interests, friends and living habits by the time they begin school in the fall. Smith and Larkin, however, have not changed or grown apart. They plan to continue living together and sharing a room in Cardiff Hall Apartments, a local apartment community located on York Road directly across from campus, next semester. Cardiff, Donnybrook Apartments and Kenilworth at Charles Apartments are three local apartment communities home to a large number of Towson students, and are also sister commu-

nities owned by Continental Realty Corporation, or CRC. For this reason, CRC maintains a partnership with Towson University to help students with the transition between on-campus and off-campus living. “We really do work closely with the university so I feel like that makes it easier for our students to kind of transition,” Towson alum and leasing professional at Kenilworth at Charles Apartments, Raven Coleman said. CRC works with Towson’s Community Ambassador program throughout the year to plan events where students looking to move into off-campus communities can learn about their options about how to find a good roommate. “We kind of bridge the gap between commuter and off-campus students and try to make them feel more of a part of campus,” senior and student director for the Community Ambassadors Program Andrew Luck said. Student Activities and CRC worked together to put on a “Roommate Expo” event on Feb. 9, during which students were lead through a series of discussion and icebreaker exercises similar to speed dating, with the goal of finding potential roommates. “A lot of times people say ‘I need a roommate’ and just take the last person available and it will end up working out badly,” Luck said. “I feel like this is a great way for someone to catch on early, meet people, exchange information and hopefully find a roommate.” Luck said that he hopes that this event will help to prevent students from finding themselves in bad living situations, and to help students feel more comfortable when choosing a roommate. “I found so many people after the event who said they really enjoyed this event … especially a lot of transfer students coming from other school saying that, ‘my school didn’t offer this kind of thing,’” Luck said. The Community Ambassadors also hosted an off-campus living fair on Feb. 25, where local apartment communities visited Towson in an effort to reach out to students. This week, on March 7, the Community Ambassadors will be helping with the Apartment Bus Tour, where interested students and parents can take part in a guided tour of three


local apartment communities. “This is a great opportunity for people who are looking for potential roommates,” Coordinator for OffCampus Student Services Joyce Herold said. “Even though it’s not geared toward finding a roommate, they can start making those organic connections.” Herold, who launched the offcampus living series, works with the Community Ambassadors to host events like the bus tour, roommate expo and off-campus living fair. If students are not able to attend such events, Towson Housing and Residence Life also has additional online resources for looking for a roommate off-campus. On their website they feature both a listing of local apartment complexes as well as a space for both “housing available” and “housing wanted” advertisements. However they find their roommates, Herold said that it is important for students to take the time to “interview” anyone they might consider living with to determine how compatible they are. “It’s not just about finding a roommate. It’s about finding common areas of compatibility, affordability, lifestyle differences, lifestyle similarities and just finding out if that person is a good fit for you,” she said. Herold said that when choosing a roommate, it is important to determine whom you are most comfortable with, not necessarily who your best friend is. “Nine times out of 10, you won’t be living with your best friend,” she said. “I know that my best friend, I couldn’t live with her ... we have very different lifestyles.” Yet for roommates like Smith and Larkin, sometimes it doesn’t matter what similarities or differences there are. Sometimes things just work out. “We like a lot of the same stuff, so that really helps, but we’re also different enough that it helps too,” Smith said. “Other people are hard,” Larkin said. “When you find someone who you get along with so well, everything just fits.”



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Guy’s perfect pie Stories of rural Alaska The next stop Columnist on the journey @GoodEatsMD of GoodEats features a Baltimore favorite and a favorite of celebrity chef Guy Fieri. Johnny Rad’s Pizzeria Tavern made its national debut on Food Network’s hit television show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” last November. Since the debut, the restaurant has been buzzing with patrons wanting to have a slice of its famous Neapolitan style thin-crust pizza, which was exactly what brought me through the doors last Friday. Located in the Upper Fells Point neighborhood off Eastern Avenue, Johnny Rad’s is a little corner pizzeria. Get here early on the weekends; parking can be quite a hassle. We had to drive around for a few minutes before finding an open spot on the road. Once inside, the restaurant lived up to all expectations from the show. The restaurant is just “cool.” Skateboards plastered all over the walls, a few retro pinball machines and a busy bar right when you walk in. The menu is as cool and hip as the décor. Obviously, right when we were seated, our eyes went to the pizza section, trying to pinpoint the one Guy Fieri was scarfing down. Before we ordered our pizza, we wanted to get started with something off the “bar fare” section of the menu. The risotto balls ($8) are what Fieri sampled and were instantly suggested to us. We

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wanted to try something a little different, however, and decided to order the fried edamame ($4), a simple twist on a staple of Japanese cuisine. The edamame were great, crunchy and perfectly salted. Each pizza has two options, either a 12 or 16-inch pie. Go with the bigger one, you’ll want more. We went with the Trainwreck ($11/$16), a thin crust pizza topped with tomato sauce, mushrooms, baby spinach, black olives, olive oil, fresh mozzarella and sea salt (that was a mouthful to say). The pizza was fantastic and featured such crunchy crust with bubbly cheese and delicious toppings. Our waitress also suggested the pesto vitello ($10/$15) served with pesto sauce, cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. If none of the premade pizza suggestions interest you, you can always create your own pizza with as many veggies, meats, cheeses and vegan meats as you’d like. The menu also featured huge salads and mouth-watering sandwiches. The cheesesteak ($9) and Dogtown Special ($8) looked the best. The Dogtown Special was two quarter-pound all-beef hotdogs served on a pretzel bun. Johnny Rad’s was fantastic, a cool restaurant, with helpful staff and amazing food. Where could you go wrong? It even has vegetarian and vegan alternatives. I hope you all enjoy Johnny Rad’s as much as I did. Until next time, I wish you GoodEats! - Edited by Jared Kurlander.

Bringing in the New Year

National Geographic’s “Life Below Zero” comes to TU SYDNEY ENGELHARDT Contributing Writer

When Andy Bassich began his lecture, he announced that he was going to conduct an experiment. He had audience members take out their cell phones and pass them to the person on the right. The experiment was met with a lot of protest: The audience could not understand why he was taking their phones away. “Don’t worry I am not going to try and convert your choice in lifestyle,” Bassich said. “I just want to give you a new perspective.” That perspective is that of a resident of the Yukon River in rural Alaska where Bassich has lived for the past 30 years. On Wednesday, Feb. 25, Bassich returned to his Maryland roots to talk to the Towson community about living off the grid, acquiring knowledge through experience and his role on the National Geographic show “Life Below Zero,” which captures his life in the Alaskan bush. Andy’s message focused around something he called E.K.C: Experience equals knowledge, knowledge equals confidence and confidence equals success. “Everything you experience in your life shapes you,” Bassich said. “Experience is knowledge.” When Andy is faced with a challenge in rural Alaska, he has to use

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as important as we thought,” freshman Lian Blatchford said. “He lives with the bare minimum and he still lives.” At the end of the talk the audience got more then just their phones back, as Andy hoped that they acquired the lesson that they should experiment more in life. “It was very refreshing to hear about his lifestyle and the wisdom he has gained from it,” senior Julie Bagan said. “His eyes are wide open to the important things in life and doesn’t seem to take anything for granted.”

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Andy Bassich spoke to students on Feb. 25 about his life in rural Alaska.

Program provides life skills KRISTIN HELF Contributing Writer

The annual Chinese New Year Celebration took place on Friday, Feb. 27 in the University Union. Visit thetowerlight. com for the full article and details about the event.

his gut instinct and inventive mind to solve problems. He had to start from scratch and learn as he went. “A nickname I have been given is MacGyver, I am a person that likes to create things, I like working with my hands,” Bassich said. “At the end of the day if I hadn’t built something or made something, I don’t think I have anything.” Clinical associate professor Celia Bassich, Andy Bassich’s sister, had asked that her brother come to talk to her class in order to show them how to actively participate in learning. “Andy provided real-life descriptions of how he has become an independent, active learner rather than using a ‘passive’ style of learning,” Celia Bassich said. Andy Bassich explained that his life in rural Alaska meant experimenting when faced with challenges, therefore teaching him how to learn through repeated trial and error. “Just go out there and do things, the more you do the more you will be able to do,” Andy Bassich said. “Don’t worry about failure, failures are the best thing you can do, when you fail you learn.” Although his stories about living in Alaska showed that he resides in a very different world then the audience, the lessons he shared were universal. “He showed me that the resources that we think we might need are not

Although it’s been here since the mid-90s, Towson’s Outreach program is still, according to Outreach Director Sandra Fisher, a “deep, dark secret.” Every day, Baltimore County high school graduates with moderate to severe disabilities in come to Outreach, hidden near Newell and Hillel. Here, they work on their social skills, learn to transition from a school to a community environment, attend campus events and benefit from work study at various places around campus, from the dining halls to the Union store. Sara Goldman, a senior and intern

at TU Outreach, says that their goal is to help the students find ways to continuously learn and develop responsibilities. “That’s why they have these jobs,” Goldman said. “To have them branch out and meet new people, and see new places and realize that just because they have a disability doesn’t mean they’re worthless. They are worth it.” Before the Outreach program was introduced to Baltimore County, most students with disabilities were required to remain in high school until they turned 21. “That’s a long time,” Fisher said. “It puts a 21-year-old in the same environment as a 14-year-old. That’s

a huge difference.” Outreach prides itself on its Life Skills program, where instead of teaching their students geometry or parts of speech, educators and interns teach practical skills that can be applied to the real world. “In a comprehensive school, we’ve got a schedule to follow,” Fisher said. “Whereas here, there’s no schedule, we make up the schedule to meet the needs of the students.” Goldman said that she loves her internship with Outreach, and encourages other interested students to visit TU Outreach. “We would love to have students come and help and just be with the students,” she said.


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Winter wonderland My semesterand-a-bit on exchange here at Towson has provided many unfamiliar and exciting experiences. A highlight for me has been living with snow and ice for the first time. As a rule, it does not snow in Australia. There are exceptions – the Snowy Mountains, and alpine areas in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania do receive winter snow falls. With the help of an extensive system of snowmaking machines, there are a handful of ski resorts that operate during the snow season, providing winter fun for thousands of tourists each year. However, across the rest of the continent, snow is virtually unheard of. I have also noticed there are many different kinds of snow. A couple of weekends ago we had beautiful, powdery, Christmas cardstyle fluff with snowflakes that stayed on my nose and eyelashes. I even popped my sledding cherry with the help of an oversized plastic storage tub lid on the freshly created toboggan slope out the back of the union building which was so fun. Although the mild case of frostbite my fingers endured the next

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couple of hours was less exciting. Later on in the week, the powdery snow had hardened and I enjoyed hysterical giggles with friends as we tried to pick up the largest clump of snow-ice we possibly could. A particularly round snowice lump made a great soccer ball, although led to some confusion and dispute when our ball split into two. Which one was the actual ball? Did that kick count as a goal or not? Can one ball be used as a decoy while the other is surreptitiously dribbled in for a goal? Thanks to the icy rain over the weekend, the surface of the snow has been coated with a thick, crispy shell like the crust on fried chicken. It makes the most satisfying noise when you stomp through it. The big crunch is followed by a delightful, glassy tinkling like thousands of chandelier crystals shimmering and shattering to the ground, such aural pleasures. Upon expressing my joy at all things snow and ice, my roommate

asked curiously, “What is winter like in Australia?” I pondered a little and replied with “cold, wet and miserable.” At least that’s my experience in the southernmost parts of the continent. While we don’t get snow, we get lots of rain, grey skies, wind and general unpleasantness. Of course, cold for us means only five to ten degrees Celsius or 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Now that the snow and ice is turning to slush and puddles, weeks worth of shovelled snow is stacked up in ugly, disfigured mounds on corners next to footpaths. Brown stains and hundreds of footprints besmirch the once pristine fields of white. It will be sad to see the snow go but I do look forward to spring and warmer weather. A real soccer ball will present it’s own share of arguments and accusations of cheating, I’m sure, but at least we can be fairly certain it won’t split in two! Questions, comments? Hit up

Culture, community Iranian Student Union brings tradition to Towson JESSICA RICKS Contributing Writer

For the Iranian Student Union, the New Year isn’t just a traditional celebration, it’s about bringing together a community. The ISU held a celebration of the Persian New Year, Norooz, on Feb. 28 in the West Village Commons ballrooms. “We are a minor community here and we try to hold these events together, to gather together, and have fun and keep our community connected,” sophomore and ISU member Arghavan Memari said. Norooz, or “new day,” is a tradition that is almost 3,000 years old. It has become a tradition for Towson as well, as the ISU has been holding this celebration for four years.

“Besides being cultural, Iranian New Year brings end to one thing and beginning of another,” junior and ISU secretary Justin Brown said. “American New Year is more about the party but Persians are very family oriented.”

We try to hold these events together, to gather together, and have fun and keep our community connected. ARGHAVAN MEMARI Sophomore

Although the ballroom was primarily full of Towson’s Iranian students and their friends and families, any

and all Towson students were invited to attend. The event was held not only to bring Iranian students together and celebrate their culture, but also to teach Towson students about that culture. “I hope students learn about different cultures and how people in different places celebrate them,” Memari said. The members of ISU hoped that in teaching Towson students about their cultural celebrations, it would help to dispel stereotypes about their culture. “The media is projecting an unreliable picture of Iran and it’s important to show the other side of it,” junior and ISU president Mersedeh Sarrafi said. “We have celebrations and ancient history. I don’t want people to think of us as isolated; we are involved as a community.”

Mash-up mystery Unfortunately, award show season has ended, and although I am going to miss seeing beautiful people wearing clothes that cost more than my whole college tuition, I am okay with the fact that there will be more to discuss in the pop-culture world besides who won what. That being said, something mysterious happened on Instagram on Saturday. Both Beyoncé and Cara Delevingne posted a nearly identical picture of their left hand on a sound board in what looks like a studio, and neither of them added a comment under the picture. Needless to say, everyone’s brains have been exploding at the possibility that: A. Beyoncé is working on new music. B. Delevingne is becoming all powerful and soon adding “singer” to her resume and C. These two queens will be collaborating on something that I’m sure will be the best thing to happen in 2015. Delevingne is mostly known for her amazing catwalk skills and her ability to look good in any outfit, but in the past few months she has expanded her skill set into the acting world. Delevingne is starring in John Green’s upcoming book-turnedmovie “Paper Towns” and can also be spotted in the highly anticipated movie “Pan.” She might as well be a triple threat, and there is no one better than Beyoncé to collaborate with on your debut track. I think this potential collaboration is risky in all the right ways. Half of the Earth’s population believes that Beyoncé can do no wrong and she is testing that limit to see how much her fans truly trust her. Delevingne had a fast-pass to becoming one of the biggest supermodels in a matter of months and has almost 10 million followers of her own, and combined with

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Beyoncé’s 27 million, that is one huge fan base that will make almost any project a huge success. Although Delevingne may not have any prior singing experience, I trust that Beyoncé knows what she’s doing. These two powerhouse women can change the way people collaborate in the future. No longer are artists trapped with only collaborating with others in their same genre, I mean, who wouldn’t want to hear a Tim McGraw song with Drake leading the verses? There is no confirmation that any of the rumors are true, but I sure hope they are.

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seconds left on the clock to cut the Blue Hens’ lead to just one heading into the locker room. Towson came out strong in the second half, as Hawkins, junior forward Timajh Parker-Rivera and freshman forward Mike Morsell all scored in the first 3.5 minutes of the half to take a 37-33 lead. Again, the offense sputtered, and the Tigers didn’t make a basket for the next three minutes of game time, allowing Delaware to retake the lead once again. Junior guard Four McGlynn didn’t score his first points until there was just over seven minutes left in the game, but his three gave the Tigers back the lead, making the game 50-47. After McGlynn saw a decrease in playing time toward the middle of the season, he came on strong in the final four games of the season, scoring in the double-digits in all of them. However, he was held to just 19 minutes against Delaware and was shutout for the majority of the game. The Tigers scored 10 more points in the final 7:36 of the game, while

Delaware freshman guard Kory Holden, a frontrunner for the CAA Rookie of the Year award, scored nine points of his own during that span. The Tigers had several chances to tie the game up at the end, but Morsell, Foster, Davis and McGlynn all missed shots in the final 3:16, allowing the Blue Hens to clinch the game with free throws. Towson finishes the season ranked 269th in the country in scoring offense during the regular season. The Tigers will now face Elon in the first round of the CAA tournament on Friday. If they win that matchup, they will move on to face the No. 1 seed in the tournament, which will be either UNC Wilmington or William & Mary.

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Junior guard Four McGlynn tallied 11 points and one rebound in Towson’s 65-60 loss to Delaware on Senior Day at SECU Arena.

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In their final game before the Colonial Athletic Association tournament on March 6, the Tigers were hoping to spoil the Delaware Blue Hens’ chances of having a first-round bye in the tournament, the same tournament Delaware won last year to advance to the NCAA tournament. However, Towson’s (12-19, 5-12 CAA) offense failed to get anything going on Senior Day in SECU Arena, and lost to the Blue Hens (9-19, 8-9 CAA), 65-60. It was the second game in a row that the Tigers failed to score more than 60 points in a game, and the sixth time in their past eight games that they scored 62 or fewer points. The Tigers got out to an early 17-10 lead after sophomore forward John Davis scored four points in the first eight minutes of the game. However, Towson went on to miss eight shots in a row, and Delaware was eventually able to fight back to take a 24-23 lead with 3:24 remaining in the first half. Sophomore center Walter Foster did most of the offensive damage for the Tigers in the first half, making all six of his field goals for 12 points. Davis once again was dominant on the boards, grabbing six rebounds in the first half. Coming into the game, Davis was tied for 32nd in the country with 11 double-doubles on the season. Poor three-point shooting held the Tigers back from holding on to any leads in the first half. As a team, they shot 1-for-6 in the first from beyond the arc, and freshman guard Byron Hawkins was 1-for-4 from three. Meanwhile, Delaware made two threes in the final 4:11 of the half to extend their lead to 31-27, before Hawkins made his three with seven


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Placing third in Pink Meet KATI DAY Staff Writer @katianneday

Towson hosted its third annual Pink Meet on Friday in SECU Arena in a quad meet against Michigan State, Yale and Rutgers. Towson finished third with a final score of 193.750. Michigan State finished first with 196.275, followed by Rutgers in second with 194.850. Yale placed fourth with a final score of 191.875. The Tigers got off to a shaky start on vault. Junior Katie Sassa finished first for the Tigers and tied for sixth in the event with 9.725. Senior Nicolette Vignola followed and tied for tenth with 9.675. Senior Janis Konkle took third for the Tigers with 9.525, while freshmen Lauren Cahalan and Tyra McKellar finished with 8.950 and 7.500, respectively. “We definitely started off pretty rough on vault,” Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk said. “We struggled

there and we counted a fall which was the first time all season. But the girls brought it back. We wanted to see some fire and some fight, so this was the first time they had to do that all season.” McKellar led the team on bars and tied for second with her highest score of the evening with 9.850. Junior Vicky Vesecky tied for fifth with 9.825 closely followed by senior Samantha Lutz and junior Lydia Thompson, who tied for 10th with 9.775. Sophomore Bridget Steffen scored a 9.700 for 18th. The team had a final score of 48.975 for the event. “We had a great team score on bars,” Chliszczyk said. “We didn't have a fall there and went on the floor and didn’t count a fall there, either. The girls just kept fighting and stayed resilient and were able to fight back from a big hole in the first event.” The Tigers continued on beam for a team score of 48.650. Freshman

Noelle Harada finished first for the team with 9.775. McKellar took sixth in the event with 9.750 followed by Konkle with 9.725, who tied for 10th. Steffen and senior Lauren Ross tied with a score of 9.700. The team concluded the meet on the floor exercise earning a team score of 48.825. Cahalan led the Tigers with her highest score of the evening with 9.825 to tie for fourth. Sassa finished with 9.800 for seventh. Harada finished third for the Tigers with 9.775, just ahead of Lutz who finished with 9.750. McKellar wrapped up the team’s score with 9.675. “Sunday is a new day,” Chliszczyk said. “It’s a new opportunity to go after our goals for that specific meet.” The Tigers travel to Brown University to compete with Lindenwood on Sunday, March 8. The meet, one of the last for Towson, will begin at 1 p.m.

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Junior Vicki Vesecky finished with a 9.825 bars score Friday night at SECU Arena. Towson placed third in the home meet ahead of Yale.





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Conquering Mount St. Mary’s Tigers improve to 3-1 with the help of three Sieder goals TYLER BEARD Staff Writer @tylerbeard2

Towson won its second straight road game, defeating Mount St. Mary’s, 7-4, Friday afternoon. Sophomore attacker Joe Seider led the Tigers (3-1) with three goals, giving him 10 goals this season. “I think our shots started falling a little more in the second half,” Seider said. “The goalie definitely played very well but we also helped him out by shooting at his body and not across his body. I don’t think I was doing anything special; the offense just played our game and I got a couple opportunities and tried to bury them.” Seider has three multi-score games this season and leads the team in points and goals. Towson had 44 shots against Mount St. Mary’s (1-2), but goalie Matt Vierheller came away with 17 saves. “The offense was working against what their defense was trying to do,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “We had some great looks and only a handful of bad ones. Their goalie did

a real good job though.” Mount St. Mary’s opened the game with a goal in the first 30 seconds. Seider tied the game up 10 minutes later and the teams were tied at 1-1 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams managed to score one goal each before halftime and went into the half tied at 2-2. The Tigers had their opportunities though, with 19 shots in the first half. Towson pulled away at the end of the third quarter, when redshirt senior midfielder Andrew Hodgson scored with two seconds left and put the team ahead by two goals at 5-3. “The game plan was for us to be aggressive and we were able to set up for the shots that we wanted,” Hodgson said. “It’s tough when you go up against a hot goalie, but all in all, we got the job done.” Sophomore attackman Ryan Drenner gave the Tigers a 6-3 lead with a goal in the fourth quarter, which helped put the game away. Towson outshot Mount St. Mary’s 25-9 in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Alec Burckley won 10-of-15 face-offs in

the game, which drew praise from Nadelen. “I could see Alec hadn’t been happy with his previous performances and needed to revamp himself in practice,” Nadelen said. “I was real happy for him.” The Tigers have two games left on their road trip. Hodgson, though, said the transition is not a hard one for this team. “We get ready the same, prepare the same way and come out with a business-like mentality,” he said. “When the whistle blows, it’s a battle no matter where you have to play at.” Towson’s next game is against Navy (2-2) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. “We have to come out and play from the start,” Nadelen said. “Navy is a very talented team that’s going to be looking for a win. They’re a wellconditioned team.”

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Sophomore attacker Joe Seider tallied three goals on eight shots in Friday’s 7-4 win over Mount St. Mary’s. Seider leads the team, which sits at 3-1 after the win, with 10 goals and 12 points this season.

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Arnold won the CAA Championship Most Outstanding Women’s Swimmer this weekend after winning the 200-yard, 500-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle events. Her 200-yard time set a CAA-meet record and she also contributed to a first place finish in the 800yard freestyle relay.



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Men and women make history at CAA meet TYLER YOUNG Staff Writer @_TyYoung

Towson women won their third straight Colonial Athletic Association title and the men took second place at the conference meet in Richmond, Virginia this week. “We were a little more wellrounded this year,” Head Coach Pat Mead said. “In the past, we would win the meet because of our distance swimmers. We still did well in those events, but managed to get points from other places as well.” Mead was named the CAA Women’s Coach of the Year for the seventh time in the last 10 years. It is the third year in a row that Mead has been given the honor, but Mead said the regularity of winning has yet to lose its luster. “It never rings hollow,” Mead said. “Every year brings a new challenge, and an award like this reflects the hard work of, not only me, but our entire staff and the team. I could never win it without them.” Sophomore Macey Arnold was named the CAA Championship Most Outstanding Woman Swimmer. She won three individual

swims, the 200-yard, 500-yard and 1650-yard freestyles. Her 200-yard swim set a CAA-meet record with a time of 1:46.43. “She can be as good as she wants to be,” Mead said. “She has one of the best work ethics we have had come through. It’s not just with swimming, but nutrition, sleep. It’s what you do outside of the pool. She does everything she can to be the best. She treats it like she is a professional.” Senior Liz Saint joined Arnold on the podium of both the 500-yard and 1650-yard freestyle swims with second-place finishes in each event. Junior Charlotte Holz added her own silver in the 200-yard swim. Arnold, along with Holz, senior Victoria Oslund and freshman Kendall Krumenacker, helped the 800-yard freestyle relay team take the gold. Holz replaced Krumenacker in the 400-yard freestyle relay, where the women set a school record with a time of 3:20.45, taking third place in the event. In the 400-yard medley relay, Holz was swapped out for Krumenacker, who helped the ladies to set both a CAA-meet and Towson record of 3:39.25 en route

to a first place finish in the event. The women set four more school records during the meet, with two coming from Holz, who won both the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard backstroke. The third and fourth were each from Van Camp, who took the gold in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke. Van Camp and Arnold hope to represent Towson at the NCAA Championships later this month. Van Camp would be the first breaststroker from the university to ever swim in the meet. Oslund notched two more firstplace finishes for the Tigers with wins in the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly. Junior Christine Hammond added the final win of the meet for the lady Tigers in the 400-yard individual medley. The second-place finish for the men is the best showing from the team since they joined the CAA prior to the 2001-02 season. “Our men had a goal of coming in first or second at the CAA’s this year,” Mead said. “That was a lofty goal, and I give a lot of credit to our seniors. When they were freshmen,

we finished dead last in the conference. We weren’t even close to second-to-dead-last that year. In the last few years, they have stepped up and even helped with recruiting.” Towson was successful in longdistance swims at the meet. In the 500-yard freestyle, senior Matt Lowe, junior Matt McKenney, senior Matt Collingwood, senior Jon Burr and sophomore Brandon Ress swept the second through sixth-place spots with sophomore Nick Breschi finishing ninth to make it six Tigers in the top 10 of the event. Lowe’s second-place time set a school record. In the 1,650-yard, Lowe set another school record, winning the event this time around. Burr, Ress and Collingwood claimed third, fourth and sixth place, respectively. Sophomore Tim Schade came in seventh place while Matt Sieffert set a freshman record at Towson and finished in tenth. Burr made his own individual mark with a school record in the 400-yard individual medley, an event in which he took fifth place. Colin Roddy finished close behind in sixth place, finishing with the fastest time for a Towson freshman

in the event. The Tigers broke four more school record with their relay teams, including the 800-yard freestyle made up of Breschi, Burr, McKenney and junior Sawyer Martin, which finished second in 6:34.26. In the 400-yard relay, Breschi and McKenney teamed with junior Zach Brech and junior Matt Hans to finish fifth and set a record time of 3:20.45. Breschi, McKenney, Hans and senior John Gartland to bring down another Tiger record, finishing in a time of 1:28.77 to tie for fourth place in the 200-yard medley relay. And the final relay record for the men came in 400-yard medley in which Breschi, McKenney, Hans and sophomore Jeremy Liu combined for a time of 3:16.91 and a third-place finish. McKenney set two school records individually. The first came in the 100-yard butterfly in which his time of 47.74 gave him a fourth-place finish. The second came in the 200-yard butterfly, where he also set a CAAmeet record with a time of 1:45.68. - To read the rest of this article, visit

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