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March 24, 2015
T OWSON # TRENDING Week of 3/17
On campus, it was a quiet week. Most all students went away for spring break (sorry, student teachers), making social media active off campus. Some students went to the beach, some simply went home for a week and some stayed in Towson to see what they could find when the town is significantly less populated.
Good conference win last night vs Hofstra 7-0. Great way to start our spring break. Off to sunny CA today! #togetherwefight
Had such a relaxing spring break at home! Back to Towson tomorrow!
My roommates and all of the people I associate with who aren’t student teaching are away for spring break and now I’m in Towson all alone
Officially being back in Towson means that officially survived the spring break 2015 fomo
Apparently it’s gonna snow in Towson on Friday. Tell me again why we have to go back? #PCB2K15 #SpringBreak
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Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Munshaw Senior Editor Cody Boteler News Editor Sam Shelton Arts & Life Editor Carley Milligan Assit. Arts & Life Editors Annie Sragner Robert Wood Sports Editor Matt Hamilton
President Loeschke, strength and attitude
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F*** cancer. I try to avoid using profanity in my writing, but f*** cancer. At this Jonathan Munshaw point in our Editor-in-Chief lives, we all @jon_munshaw know someone who has been touched by cancer in some form or another. In November, my mother was diagnosed with kidney cancer. When they first found the spot on her kidney, which was through complete blind luck that she was having a CT scan in the first place (she had pneumonia), it was weeks of not knowing. Anything. It was weeks of more tests, more scans and more of the unknown. I regularly had to ask myself “Is my mom going to die?” On one particular drive back to Towson, I had the internal conversation with myself about what living my life without my mom would be like. And it was terrifying. Thankfully, the doctors at Johns Hopkins did an amazing job of treat-
ing my mother, and after a surgery she has been declared cancer free and only needs to follow up with more scans years down the road from now. But thinking about the sinking feeling I felt when my mom walked through the door to my house during one of her appointments and she said, “It’s cancer” makes me connect to those who have been stricken with cancer who is caring for someone with cancer on a much deeper level. I have great respect for the caretakers of those with cancer, and even more respect for former Towson President Maravene Loeschke for the courage that she is showing in her battle against cancer. To much of campus and the community’s dismay, news came out over spring break that Loeschke has been given two weeks to two years to live. What started as adrenal cancer for her has moved to her abdomen. All the while, her husband has been dealing with dementia following a stroke. I read the profile on her in The Baltimore Sun, and I frankly couldn’t think of anything else The Towerlight could do to cover this story. It’s
incredibly sad, and Joe Burris at The Sun did an excellent job of capturing Loeschke’s attitude. “I don’t know what a luckier life looks like,” Loeschke said to The Sun. “Mentorship is one of the primary responsibilities we have, to live a life in the world where you give back. I have lived the best life I possibly could have lived.” When my mom had cancer, I didn’t deal with it this well. And for a person to show that much poise and courage being the one who has the cancer amazes me. I could never be as strong of a person as Loeshcke is being through this. I haven’t seen Loeschke since she came into The Towerlight office before an SGA meeting last semester. I don’t remember exactly what she said to me, Cody Boteler and Mike Raymond that day, but it was something to the effect of, “I don’t care if I have five weeks or five years to live, I’m just going to make the best of it.” That was just weeks before my mom would receive her news, and it’s something that I kept in my mind during the months leading up to her surgery. No matter what was going to happen to my mom, I knew it was
important to only put forth positivec energy and be there for her. m From her home in the Blakehurstt retirement community where sheb now resides, Loeschke also told Thec Sun, “My responsibility is to makem the most of this. I have a lot of goodm p days right now.” That’s an attitude we could allt afford to carry with us every singleo d day. It’s easy to get caught up in mid-a terms or graduation or job applica-f tions at this point of the semester.t But always remember that there areo people out there, such as Loeschke,g who are facing much larger problems and are carrying such a positive atti-p tude toward facing those problems. t I’m thankful every day that myc mom didn’t have to go through che-r motherapy or more surgeries, and I“ hope she never has to. But should anyone in my family or any of my friends be diagnosed with cancer, I could only hope to handle it with the poise and courage that Loeschke is. I, and the rest of The Towerlight staff, send our thoughts to Loeschke and her husband, and we hope that she continues to have even more good days.
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
inform Student teaching Elementary School. -- Trevor Joseph Hendrick
tiger Seeing Blink182 in California. -- Joe Zerafa
Finally getting a recommended amount of sleep.
-- Jeff Cusick
Kicking back and watching my News Feed roll by. -- Ariel Breidenbaugh
I went down to the Smithsonian with my bf -- Bria’ Murray
Photo courtesy of Abby Murphy
Assistant Photo Editor Abby Murphy took this photo at Morgan Run in Sykesville over spring break.
my body,” or conversely, “There is cold air hitting my skin, but my body is warm.” The latter provides an optional way of perceiving the situation if the person deciding acknowledges that there are other ways of handling it. The body reacts to the thoughts that command it. We have voluntary control over our bodies that also applies in the external world. For example, if you know there is a test coming up and you picture yourself succeeding while studying, chances are you will reach that goal more directly. If you live and act as if something is in the process of happening, it will come to be if constructed. In most cases, you are the only person stopping your potential. Outlook is what turns abstract ideas into concrete reality. If you go into that test thinking about how hard the content is, or your possible inability to recall that information, the test is essentially already failed. Remind yourself to see all opportunities, and
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The mind is able to conquer and solve most challenges that it is faced with. In most practical circumstances, one can take a terrible situation and make it better, if he or she believes that they can. This mental exercise is known as manifestation. The phenomenon of manifestation is almost like a super power that we often forget about or take for granted. When exposed to overwhelming stimuli, the body immediately goes into fight or flight mode, as directed by the decision-making function of the brain. When the fate of the bodily experience is at the mercy of the mind, it is important to have a good grasp of it. Take outside temperature for example. On a cold day, the mind has the ability to overcome the matter of chilliness, if applied properly. One can respond to this situation by thinking “I’m freezing and this physically hurts
take the most honorable route to success. People wonder what the secret to achievement is and they look to others who have it for inspiration. What is it? How do I get it? Through that, individual singular manifestation becomes plural and that is when big changes can show up. One spark of inspiration can easily go viral if brought to attention. The belief that we have the capability to change our world inevitably gets noticed by others. Big movements often start with one person and grow as more people collect. Woodstock started with one guy with a vision of a great concert that manifested into a cultural shift out of war-time darkness. Darwin started with a hunch of how we got here and changed the face of science. Even smartphones started with one idea of how to improve communication and now they’re everywhere. Harness your vision and your ability to make it real and imagine how you’ll feel.
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“House of Cards” films in Institute for Well-Being Netflix hit tied to WISH program, Towson Wellness Center CODY BOTELER Senior Editor @codyboteler
Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for the first episode of Season 3 of “House of Cards.” Read with caution. Once they found out that Doug Stamper was alive after his head was bashed in, careful viewers of the newest season of “House of Cards” may have noticed that some of his rehabilitation scenes were filmed close to home – at the Institute for Well-Being, located off of the main campus near the traffic circle. Director of Media Relations Gay Pinder showed a scouting crew a few areas on campus after she got the phone call saying that there was some interest in filming at Towson. “I took them over to the IWB and they really liked what they saw over there,” she said. The crew filmed in the Wellness Center, a smaller, group activity room and a conference room that was converted into a doctor’s office. Carol Gebhardt, the health administration program manager, was part of the group that worked with the crew while they were filming. “It was pretty hush-hush because it was Stamper,” she said. Money went to the Towson University Foundation for each day of filming and each day of set-up. Not only did Towson serve as the
backdrop for some of the season, but a small role in props and storyline. Originally in the show, Stamper was going to be walking with a cane. Before the consultant physical therapist that “House of Cards” had hired made it to the set, however, staff from the IWB stepped in. “When they told us what they were initially going to do, we were like, ‘That’s not real physical therapy,’” Sharon Glennen, director of the IWB, said. The crew was told that someone with the level of head injury that Stamper suffered would be using a walker, not a cane. “They didn’t have one on set, so we ran up here to our closet and I joke because there’s a scene in episode one where they do a close-up of Michael Kelly’s hands holding the walker,” Glennen said. “It’s our famous walker.” The reveal of Stamper’s head injury also ties in with a new program at Towson — the Wellness in Stroke and Head Injury (WISH) program, which launched Fall 2014. The group meets on Tuesdays and Fridays. According to Lynne Murphy, a clinical associate professor of occupational therapy, all of the clients in WISH right now are individuals who have had a stroke. WISH always has some sort of group socialization at the beginning of the day and then some individual and group exercise in the Wellness Center. On Fridays,
the group works on daily living and community skills – like cooking. “I think it’s really unique when we have that group where everyone can get together and work on all aspects of wellness,” Iona Johnson, a clinical associate professor of speech pathology, said.
When they told us what they were initially going to do, we were like, ‘That’s not real physical therapy.’ SHARON GLENNEN Director, IWB
In a brightly lit, window-covered room where “House of Cards” filmed a physical therapy scene, exercise science major Christy Pino led four WISH clients in a group exercise focused on their balance. Music played through a speaker over the sound of the students and clients laughing as they practiced different stretches. “The participants all seems really into it today,” Pino said. “You get a good feeling out of it. Now that everyone’s into it and they have a positive attitude about it, it just makes you happy because you’re a part of that.” WISH is not the only program that runs out of the relatively-new
IWB. There is the Wellness Center, where faculty, members of the community and other eligible persons can exercise and receive health risk and fitness assessments to have design an exercise program, in addition to the Hearing and Balance, Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language centers and the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism. The IWB served 800 or more clients every semester since Spring 2013 – the second semester it was open. If health screenings are included in that count, the number climbs to over 1883 in fall 2013 and 2101 in fall 2014. “House of Cards” filmed during the summer — so students weren’t around and clients weren’t disrupted, according to Glennen. They had two days of set up and two days of filming. Glennen said that some future participants in WISH might have symptoms that are similar to the ones Michael Kelly portrayed as Stamper. “The key difference is that a stroke tends to be very localized,” she said. Stroke victims, she said, tend to only have neurological issues in the spot where the stroke occurred, while people who suffer head injuries — like
Stamper did in the show — see more diffuse or global effects because the entire head is involved and tend to have difficulty with executive function. The characteristics of Stamper’s injury — some difficulty with memory and motor function, for example — were accurate except for one thing, according to Glennen. “What I saw was the chronology of his recovery was totally unrealistic,” she said. Things were sped up or out of order, Glennen said. While filming was happening, Towson staff at the IWB was allowed to stand behind monitors that were connected to cameras and watch the scenes as they played out. Glennen and others also got to meet the actor and spend time with the crew. Gebhardt and Glennen are both fans of the show, and both said that they enjoyed the experience of getting to watch some scenes unfold during filming – and watching all of the newest episodes. “I think Doug Stamper was the strongest character, development-wise, in Season 3 because of his recovery story,” Gebhardt said.
To get a look at the off-campus Institute for Well-Being, the Wellness Center and the areas used for “House of Cards” filming, see the photo collage on Page 8.
TUPD, local agencies debut Walk Safe initiative NILO EXAR Staff Writer @niloexar
Towson University Police Department is teaming up with the Baltimore County Police and Maryland Highway Safety Office to present the Walk Safe initiative, which the TUPD hopes will cut down on the amount of pedestrian-involved accidents on Towson University’s campus and the surrounding area. “The whole effort is to try to reduce the occurrence of pedestrian crashes,” TUPD captain Karen Johnson said. “For this generation, that’s the thing that really deserves some focus.” Johnson said that the Towson University area is a dangerous area for both pedestrians and driv-
ers. Johnson said the inexperience of younger drivers and the dangers of distracted driving factor in to the risk. “There is no question about distracted driving is a new and rising phenomenon,” Johnson said. In the Towson area, Johnson said, between 2008 and 2012, there had been five deaths and 106 injuries due to pedestrian-involved accidents on York Road from the Baltimore City line to Dulaney Valley Road. Johnson said that one pedestrian was struck on campus last November and another was struck in January of this year. Johnson said that a goal of the campaign was to create awareness on both sides of the roadway — the pedestrian and the driver – as well as step up enforcement when both pedestrians and drivers break traffic laws.
According to the Baltimore County Police Department, 41 percent of pedestrian-involved accidents are due to pedestrian error. “That’s a pretty consistent stat across the board that are attributed to pedestrian error. I think most people would be surprised to hear that,” Johnson said. Johnson said that TUPD has created a warning card to educate about the risk and dangers of pedestrian accidents. The card will include ways that both drivers and pedestrians can better travel safely. “One side shows typical driver violation and other side involves pedestrian violations that could result in crashes,” she said. TUPD is also offering their services in presenting a PowerPoint presentation detailing the new Walk Safe initiative and the dan-
gers of both walking and driving on the road. Johnson said TUPD Corporal Kia Williams will be available to give presentations to all groups on campus. “[Williams] is offering [the presentation] to any student group of organization that may want to present that,” Johnson said.
Ultimately, Johnson said the TUPD wants to ensure the safety of all individuals on campus. “From the TUPD, one of our goals is to help ensure that they [college students] are safe during their time here and that we send them off to the next thing in one piece,” Johnson said.
Image courtesy of Karen Johnson
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A look inside TUâ€™s Wellness Center
Photos by Cody Boteler/ The Towerlight
March 24, 2015
CLASSIFIEDS help wanted WHAT HEADLINE?????? At Kumon of Lutherville we are looking for energetic, motivated individuals who are team players. A love for children is required. We are open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3pm thru 8 pm. Flexible work hours. Contact Nadia @ 443 882 2135. COUNTER HELP, SERVERS, HOSTESS Italian Gardens restaurant is now hiring. Please apply in person: 814 Kenilworth Drive Towson MD 21204. We are located on the lower level of the shops at Kenilworth. COUNTRY CLUB SERVER At Elkridge Club, we are looking for professional, energetic, motivated individuals who are TEAM PLAYERS. Some food service experience a plus. Great personality is KEY! Competitive wages. Flexible hours. Asst. Pool Manager, Lifeguard, Snack Bar Attendants, & Server Asst. positions also available. Contact Michael at†firstname.lastname@example.org FRONT DESK/DOCTORS ASSISTANT Seeking a responsible, team player to join our practice. Will train. Good salary and flexible hours. Email email@example.com or fax 410-252-7774 your resume. INSURANCE SALES Local well established Insurance Agency in Towson looking for young enthusiastic sales professional, looking to build a career in sales and marketing. No licensing required, Pay is commission based with set monthly and yearly bonuses. LIKE BICYCLES? The Bicycle Connection in Cockeysville is seeking qualified individuals to fill full and part-time openings in our Sales Department. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org PLATO’S CLOSET IS HIRING We’re looking for reliable, fashion conscious people who want to start part time with the opportunity to move into a supervisory role. Call us, email us, or stop by the store to find out more or fill out an application. platosclosetbaltimore.com or 410 583 0590.
PART-TIME JOB OPENING Towson Town Center Optometric Technician General office duties: greet patients, vision screening, make appointments, take phone calls. Please call: 410-825-5343 PUBLIC RELATIONS Dynamic individual needed expanding chiropractic office for health expos, outside events, calling past patients and leads. FLexible hours. Email letter of interest/resume to Dr. Worley email@example.com NOW HIRING servers, hostesses, and cooks for spring and summer employment. Apply in person at Red Brick Station on The Avenue in White Marsh WEB DESIGN My name is Matt Moran. I am a student at Towson University wanting to start an online auction site. I am looking for someone to help me build my website. Prefer someone studying or already have a degree in computer sciences. Job starts at 15/hr. Will work around school/work schedule. Please contact me at 443-791-8876 or email me at matthew01@comcast. net for any inquiries. Thanks
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Sales Representative Hire@TU Job ID: 44138 Company: Verizon Wireless Job Type: Full time Job Description: You’re focused on your future - on finding the right fit for your talent and charisma, and making your presence known. And when you join Verizon Wireless, you’ll find unlimited opportunities to evolve, excel, and amplify your success with a company that’s continually redefining the communications industry. If you’re ready to make your mark with a team that thrives on collaboration, you need to consider a future as a Verizon Wireless Retail Sales Representative. Your record is defined by meeting challenges head-on and always striving for excellence. And it’s that tireless drive, coupled with your strong interpersonal skills and natural instinct to see opportunities at every turn that sets you apart - and makes you a perfect fit for our team. Qualifications: We are looking for someone who has what it takes to close sales, beat quotas and rack up commissions.
You should have at least 1-2 years of sales experience in a commission environment. A college degree and bilingual Spanish skills are a definite plus. You must also be able to move throughout the store to actively engage customers, demonstrate products, and effectively execute the sales function. In return for your talent and dedication, we’ll proudly support you with comprehensive benefits worthy of the name Total Rewards, including: award-winning training, a competitive salary, medical/dental/vision from day one, 401(k), work-life programs, phone discounts, generous tuition assistance, and unlimited opportunities to maximize your career potential. Take a giant leap toward a career for everything you are Visit us at http://www.vzwcareers. com/ Application instructions: Apply at http://www.verizon.com/ jobs/search-jobs and search for Job ID 343920. Once your application is complete, forward your confirmation email to Christopher. Marinelli@VZW.com so it can be processed ASAP!
PROMOTIONAL MODELS NEEDED Scores Baltimore is now selectively hiring promotional models to attend Orioles events, Ravens events, concerts and bars! $20/hr plus commission. Must be attractive, outgoing, reliable and fun. No experience required. Must be at least 18 years old. Scores is located less than 15 minutes from Towson. Email pics or questions to email@example.com
March 24, 2015
Career Center MEGA JOB FAIR event previews 2015 SPRING
Thurs., March 26 • Noon – 3 p.m. • West Village Commons Ballrooms
Prepare for career fairs, both real and virtual Students with specific questions about resume-building and appropriate dress can make an appointment to meet with a Career Center In addition to its typical, representative by emailing careerappointment-based services, the firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Career Center also hosts multiple department at 410-704-2233. other events through the end of the Bender Virtual Career Fair semester. http://events.towson.edu/ Off-campus events listed on the event/bender_virtual_career_ master events calendar include fair_4162#.VRB5SvTF-2Q recruitment opportunities at the Students and alumni living with National Security Agency and disabilities are invited to attend on the University of Maryland April 14’s Bender Virtual Career University College campus, as Fair. well as a student forum about law The fair, which is free online enforcement at Morgan State. and will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., On-campus events include gradwill help those uate school who might othworkshops, erwise be unable Entrepreneur U to attend a career instruction sesAmong those 90 will be fair on campus to sions, satellite employers like Geico, meet and speak hours in variwith potential SECU, the National ous locations employers. around camSecurity Agency, Target, Companies that pus and larger The Urban Teacher will have a presevents like ence at the virtual career fairs. Center and Verizon fair include Epic, A full list of Wireless. Medtronic, the Career Center National Security event notices Agency and Verizon. is available at http://www.towson. Students will be able to speak edu/careercenter/calendar.asp. with representatives from these Mega Job/Internship Fair potential employers through online http://events.towson.edu/ chat sessions. event/spring_mega_job_and_ Interested students or alumni internship_fair_6528#.VRB5GfTFcan register at www.careereco.com/ 2Q register/disability. The last major on-campus Study Hall recruitment event of the semester http://events.towson.edu/ will take place Thursday, March 26, event/career_center_study_ from noon to 3 p.m., in the West hall_7323#.VRB5ePTF-2Q Village Commons ballrooms. The The Career Center will open its 2015 Spring Mega Job Fair will doors later this semester to stuallow students to meet and market dents looking for a quiet place to themselves to over 90 attending study. companies. During Finals Week, from May Among those 90 will be employ12 to May 14, the Career Center’s ers like Geico, SECU, the National conference room, Resource Library Security Agency, Target, The and private interview rooms will Urban Teacher Center and Verizon be available for individual student Wireless. study spaces. A full list of attending potenThe study hall format will last tial employers is available through from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Suite Hire@TU. 206 of 7800 York Road. The Career Students should dress profesCenter will also offer free coffee to sionally and bring copies of their resume to the event. attendees. SAM SHELTON News Editor @samtweetsnow
90+ employers Full-time, internship, part-time and summer opportunities LinkedIn photo booth 1-on-1 networking assistance For Doc’s tips on a successful job fair, visit www.towson.edu/careercenter.
March 24, 2015
The voices of “dramedy” Glee gives a Student performs in new comedy, drama podcast tearful goodbye CHRISTINE LAFRANCESCA Staff Writer
In the fictional town of Cityville, U.S.A. you can find the colorful and characters of “Zoolaplex,” a dramedy podcast featuring the staff of a dilapidated cinema. One of these characters, Drake, is voiced by theater major Benjamin Badorf who first got involved with the podcast through his friend, and fantasy book author Reece Bridger. “He was doing a lot of voice acting at the time and so was I,” Badorf said. “He asked me if I wanted to take part in his project with him and I did.” Drake, who Badorf describes as “the asshole,” is one of the many characters who struggle to find their place in a world where idiocy and shenanigans are the norm. Drake and the other staff members must learn to deal with each other, themselves and the situations that seem to occur daily. With a cast of about 12 wildly different personalities including Drake, Andy, Leeann and others, Ben and his crew has worked diligently to make every character unique. “We’re currently writing episode four and we’re introducing the last main character in that one,”
Badorf said. Finding a cast fit to play the characters proved to be a challenge, but Badorf was determined to find people to perfectly play the parts. “Something you learn early on in doing any sort of independent project, is that until you get the ball rolling with the first episode, it takes a while,” Badorf said. “It took us between four to six months for us to really get anything started… It took a while to realize who we needed for each role.” As a theater major, Badorf has experience with both on-stage and voice acting and said each requires similar but different skills. “With theatre you have to often stick within the realms of the real world. With voice acting, you can bend the rules,” Badorf said. “There’s a much bigger variety of characters available with voice act-
ing, the creativity of that really draws me in.” Each podcast takes about a month to make, the first two weeks consist of voice acting and recording each part, while the second two weeks consists of editing and creating the actual episode. “It’s a process,” Badorf said. “On top of all that, we’re also always looking for extras, people to read a couple lines for us here and there.” For now, Badorf and the cast of “Zoolaplex” will continue to delve into the depths of their imaginations to create the shenanigans that occur in Cityville, U.S.A. “We want people to check it out,” Badorf said. “Of course we always want people to reach out to us and tell us how we’re doing.” You can listen to “Zoolaplex” on their YouTube page “No Studio In Particular”.
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The pressures of perfection Whether or not you will like the film “Whiplash” depends almost solely on if you find an instructor cruelly berating a student entertaining. This is the first, and most important thing to know about “Whiplash:” the entire film shows a teacher treating his student in a way that most people would consider unacceptable, but to others, is viewed as necessary to unleash the ultimate potential in a talented individual. Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is a talented young drummer who enrolls at a prestigious conservatory, determined to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a conductor at the conservatory, invites him to be a part of his studio band and everything goes downhill from there. Fletcher
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is abusive, insulting and humiliates his students to push them past their limits. Andrew continually tries to push past his limit, and distance himself from relationships that he considers a “distraction.” Yet this puts him in physically harmful situations. Simmons’s universal praise as the cutthroat Fletcher is well deserved as it’s the type of performance where the actor is the character. Teller is also great as Andrew, who shows a desperate drive that can either be pitied or admired. The end of the film asks the audience if the abusive nature of Fletcher’s teaching is truly worth it.
Although what he’s doing to these kids is clearly wrong, he does it for the benefit of the student. Fletcher specifically states in the third act that he does it to push people past their limit until they reach the point of sheer perfection. He believes that those who give up and let Fletcher’s attitude get to them, either didn’t really want it or were never truly great to begin with. Without spoiling too much, this is ultimately the reason for why you will either love or hate this ending. Either way, the film is intense and your eyes will be glued to the screen from start to end.
We l c o m e back, Tigers! We are in the home stretch of the semester and summer is right around the corner, which means the gym is going to be insanely crowded until the momentum from spring break fades away. While some of you were living life to the fullest in Panama City Beach I know for a fact that some of you were, like me, watching the Live from Spring Break reel on Snapchat while eating ice cream in your bed. No matter how you spent your break, there is one thing that almost all of us have in common – we were saddened by the series finale of “Glee.” No matter how much you try to convince me, I will not believe you if you say that you have never watched at least one episode. There was a point in time where all of us were interested, invested or a huge fan of the show. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t watched a single episode of the past two seasons, it probably made you somewhat sad to think that there will never be another sing-off between Rachel and Kurt or that we won’t see any of Mr. Schuester’s impeccable dance moves again. In its six-season run, “Glee” focused on several real, raw and honest situations that primarily hadn’t been covered before. The show has
featured LGBTQ characters, a character with Down syndrome, eating disorders, teen pregnancy, death and the transgender Coach Beiste. “Glee” pushed the boundaries and was willing to go where no other TV show had gone before. It goes without saying that the sudden death of Cory Monteith made us all want to go and hug our loved ones, and the episode “The Quarterback” in Season 5 brought everyone in the room to tears because of the raw emotion behind it. I’m going to be candid and say that I was just as an emotional wreck watching the finale as I was watching “The Quarterback.” The finale did a brilliant job at giving the audience exactly what we needed without us even realizing it. It answered our questions, made us laugh at old moments and gave us one last look at the influence that both Cory Monteith and Finn Hudson had on so many people. “Glee” was a show that allowed almost everyone to see themselves portrayed positively in the media, it was a show that gave people hope and encouraged viewers to be as confident as Rachel Berry but showed us the side effects of being too much of a Sue Sylvester. Although “Glee” has finished its 121 episodes, the lessons it taught us will live on forever.
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Characters from the television show “Glee” which ended last week.
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University choices in the U.S. At the moment I am writing about my college experience here in the US of A and how it compares to the university or uni experience back home in Australia. For me, the biggest struggle of this adventure started more than a year before even landing in the U.S., that is the dreaded and monumental task of selecting a college. I really empathize with American high school students as I can hardly fathom the number of higher education options available to you all, more than 8,000 institutions according to the interweb. To give you a comparison, Australia has a grand total of 43 universities and around 150 miscellaneous other higher education providers. In Tasmania, where I study back home, there is just one university, the University of Tasmania that has four different campuses spread out across the island. The number of variables involved in choosing a college here is phenomenal. Where is the college? What scholarships and financial aid can I get? What will it cost? What’s the reputation of the college? Who do I know who went there or will be going there? Do they have my major? How big is the school? What are the school facilities and campus like? Imagine trying to weigh all these factors solely through the information you can find on the Internet, and absolutely zero on-the-ground knowledge of what the US college system is like. Thankfully though, I was only choosing a study abroad college, not a four-year school
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(for the record, I am super happy with my choice). So what’s the process for selecting your uni in Australia? For most people, the selection criteria are as follows: 1. Where is my major offered? 2. Is one particular uni program superior to the others for my major? 3. Which uni is closest to where I live with my parents? Done, decision made. To expand on criteria point number three, Aussie unis have very limited on-campus accommodation, typically only used by international and interstate students. The vast majorities of students live at home with mum and dad and drive or catch public transport to get to uni. As students get into their third or fourth year of uni, many choose to move into big houses with friends or random individuals also looking for housing. My first share house included my sister, my sister’s boyfriend, my sister’s friend, my sister’s friend’s boyfriend and my sister’s friend’s little sister, who was about my age. My second share house included a nocturnal New Zealander, a French horn player, a beerloving, chain-smoking casino bartender, the chain-smoker’s gold-digging boss, a Thai student studying English with a superb fashion sense, a Canadian study abroad student with a local girlfriend and every now and again, our landlord, his girlfriend, his son and his son’s girlfriend. Suffice to say I have many entertaining house-sharing stories.
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A beer and brunch fest The Nickel Taphouse, located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood at 1604 Kelly Avenue, was the host of an Evolution Craft Beer brunch. The event focused on locally crafted beers paired with some brunch favorites. Evolution Craft Brewing Co. calls Salisbury, Maryland home and was started by two brothers, John and Tom. Tom had a passion for craft beer while John had a passion for food. Evolution has a series of craft beers fea-
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GoodEats columnist enjoys oysters on the half shell at The Nickel Taphouse.
tured at many restaurants and liquor stores throughout Maryland. The Nickel Taphouse featured a series of Evolution craft brews with a focus around its new Sixpoint Craft Ales. My two favorites off the list were the Sixpoint Sweet Action and the Sixpoint Ever Upward (both on the menu for $5). The Sweet Action beer was crisp and refreshing with great sweet notes. The Ever Upward was a malt and cider blend and unusual, but just as good. The end product was a sweet and hoppy brew. Now, by no means do I consider myself a beer expert but I must say these tap brews were great. I was weary at first ordering a beer before noon on a Saturday, but pairing these beers with some locally sourced oysters on the half shell was the perfect start to a Saturday brunch. The brunch food itself was great. All items were served a la carte off of the brunch menu and I started with a
dozen oysters on the half shell (market price). Eggs benedict are my go-to when it comes to brunch, and every benedict comes in a different or unique style depending on the restaurant. Nickel Taphouse’s eggs benedict ($13) was perfect, with poached eggs, pork roll, grilled tomatoes and a velvety hollandaise sauce. Also ordered at the table were the huevos enchiladas ($11), an egg burrito with green and red salsas on top. The crispy challah French toast ($10) looked amazing with a lemon cream cheese filling, definitely big enough to share. The brunch was great and the seafood fresh and tasty and the Evolution beer paired perfectly with the brunch offerings. Make your way to Nickel Taphouse for some great food and an extensive tap beer list. Hope you all enjoy. Until next time. I wish you GoodEats! Edited by Jared Kurlander.
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Students Rose Hahn (left) and Katharine Ariyan (right) perform in the Towson Theater Department’s production of “Stupid F***ing Bird” from March 4 to 12 in the Center for The Arts Studio Theatre.
Alum places in major screenwriting contest SYLVIA A. BOLLS Contributing Writer @b_sylviaa
A Towson University alum won second place in the 2014 ScreenCraft. org action and thriller script contest in Los Angeles for his historical fiction piece, “The Narrows.” Aaron Steven, who graduated from Towson in 2009, received $200, a phone consultation with an industry professional, a screenwriting software package and a page of development notes for his win. “I’m just happy ‘The Narrows’ is out there,” Steven said. “The cash is great, but any screenwriter should value a contest on the possible connections you can make out of it and the doors it can open.” “The Narrows” is set during World War II and focuses on an American soldier recruited into Lucky Luciano’s crime family. Taking part in Operation Underworld, there is a covert alliance between U.S. Naval Intelligence and the mafia to protect the New York harbor from a Nazi invasion.
Six months after receiving his bachelor’s degree in electronic media and film, Steven moved to California from his home in Rockville and began work in the movie industry. Steven had been exposed to this environment at a young age, because his father was both a novelist and a cinephile. During his freshman year at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Steven worked at the local movie theater as a projectionist and slowly got into the art of studying movies. “In my mind, it’s kind of like outer space,” Steven said. “It’s something that you can never learn everything about. You can see all of the movies you can possibly see in a lifetime, but there are so many things that you will never be able to explore or figure out and that’s what drew me to filmmaking as a whole.” Steven said he learned that writing was a career he wanted to pursue after he began taking writing courses at Towson. “Writing became the purest form of expression to me,” Steven said.
“Writing became something that I loved to do and ultimately, that’s when I learned I wanted to tell stories.” Since graduating, Steven has had the chance to work on other projects in the Los Angeles area and begun networking in the field. He was recently hired to write “El Norte,” a futuristic western that tackles every issue from immigration law to climate change. He also finished co-writing a scientific fictional adventure called “Gemini.” “When I choose what my next idea is going to be, it’s a huge process to think about because I have to think of the beginning, the plot and what the main problem is,” Steven said. ScreenCraft caters to screenwriters and filmmakers, who can enter individual contests throughout the year and have the chance to meet producers, agents and managers who are always looking for the next big film. “The best part about ScreenCraft is that they have separate contests based on genres, which is unique to other screenwriting contests,”
Steven said. “With a low entry fee, they have judges read each script who are into that specific genre looking for the next big action thriller film, instead of a reader looking for the next romance comedy.” ScreenCraft’s individual contests are divided into seven types of genres: short screenplay, comedy, horror, pilot launch TV, action and thriller, screenwriting fellowship and a family screenplay. This year’s action and thriller contest had more than 750 submissions with 11 judges made up of executive directors, film producers and screenwriters working in major studios like 20th Century Fox, 3 Arts Entertainment, Paramount and Warner Brothers. “It’s hard to be in this type of industry because you need a lot of support and have to take it serious like having a job,” Steven said. “It’s a lot of trial and error.” Towson Professor Michael Angelella, who taught Steven in the school’s electronic media and film major, said Steven was always focused and serious about his work.
“If you’re not doing it just because you want to do it, then go do something else because it’s just going to break your back,” Angelella said. “He knew he wanted to do this and give this his very best shot.” According to Angelella, mainstream movie producers and agents are rarely looking for historical pieces. Angelella said the movie industry has the perception that people will not go to the theater to watch a film about American history. “’The Narrows” was really risky,” Angelella said. “Though it was well done and accomplished because Steven wanted to take that chance.” Despite the long distance and time apart, the mentoring relationship between Steven and Angelella is ongoing. “I’m thrilled to have that relationship with him because he’s expressing his own gratitude back to me,” Angelella said. “I’m just starting out and seeing where this all takes me,” Steven said. “I’m not at the end of the road just yet.”
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Sophomore Macey Arnold and junior Jenna Van Camp represented Towson at the NCAA Division I Championship meet in Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend. Arnold is the second sophomore to ever compete in the NCAA meet for Towson. The other was Meredith Budner, who also competed in the 500-yard freestyle, back in 2009. “I was amazed,” Head Coach Pat Mead said. “It was not only her first NCAA, but her first national competition of any sort. She dropped time at the conference, and then dropped time again. To go to your first national meet and do so well is very uncommon.” Arnold swam a lifetime-best 4:44.44 in the preliminaries of the 500-yard freestyle, which was good for the 33rd-best time of the day after being seeded 51st in the field prior to the meet, an 18 spot improvement. In the 1,650-yard freestyle, Arnold won her heat and came in 22nd overall with a personal-best time of 16:12.69, a marked improvement on her previous record of 16:16.00 set at the conference meet a few weeks ago. The sophomore also competed in the 200-yard freestyle in which she took 53rd in the preliminaries with a 1:48.26 swim. “It’s a byproduct of all the hard work she has done and it is a byproduct of our program,” Mead said. “We talked about it and said that there is history of our swimmers doing this. That gave her confidence, but it is also an intrinsic characteristic that Macey has.” Van Camp became the first Tiger to ever compete in the breaststroke at Nationals, swimming in the 100yard and 200-yard events. She failed to beat her lifetime bests in the NCAA meet, but her performance was still reason for praise, according to Mead. “If you break down the NCAA’s only 20 percent of swimmers drop time because it is so competitive to get there,” Mead said. “Both of her swims were morning swims, and they were lifetime-best morning swims for Jenna. Hands down, if she would have had the chance to come back at night she would have
improved on her personal record. The meet is just so fast.” In the 100-yard, the junior took 28th place in the preliminaries with a time of 1:00.53.
It was not only her first NCAA, but her first national competition of any sort. She dropped time at the conference, and then dropped time again. To go to your first national meet and do so well is very uncommon. PAT MEAD Head Coach
She finished with a time of 2:10.78 in the 200-yard and nabbed
a 25th-place finish. “Her 200 was just amazing.” Mead said. “At the 150 mark, she had the fifth fastest time in the nation. It was just that last 50 where she fell apart, and that is something we are going to work on. If she puts it all together she could put herself in a position to be an All-American.” Although Towson’s season is now over, Mead said that the women need to keep pushing if they want to get back to this same spot next year. “It’s not a given,” Mead said. “They will get a week off right now, but then they need to train. For people at the national level this is a year-round sport. Macey is already asking when she can get started again. And I am going to sit down with Jenna and say ‘You have 11 months to get back here and then your swimming career is over. There is no post-graduate swimming.’ It’s a mindset that they need to adopt both in and out of the pool.”
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Head Coach Pat Mead sent two swimmers, junior Jenna Van Camp and sophomore Macey Arnold, to the NCAA champioship meet.
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Towson third at EAGL meet KATI DAY Staff Writer @katianneday
Towson hosted a field of six teams for the annual East Atlantic Gymnastics League meet on Sunday. George Washington placed first with a total score of 195.850 followed by New Hampshire in second with 195.700. The Tigers tied with NC State for third with 195.225. UNC finished fourth with 194.825 and Pittsburgh trailed with 193.475 for sixth. Freshman Tyra McKellar was named the Tigers’ MVP for the meet. Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk won Head Coach of the Year and assistant coach Becky Schaller won Assistant Coach of the Year. “Today was all about the team,” Chliszczyk said. “Everyone went out there and did their job. It was just a fantastic day all around. I’m so proud of all of them.” The Tigers began on the floor where McKellar led the team with
a score of 9.750. Freshman Lauren Cahalan and senior Samantha Lutz tied with 9.725. Junior Katie Sassa scored 9.675 and freshman Noelle Harada rounded out the team score with a 9.650. The team finished with a total score of 48.525. “There were no glaring weaknesses at today’s meet,” senior Lauren Ross said. “But we started off on floor a little bit shaky. The team did an awesome job staying focused and finishing up really strong.” The team earned its highest score for the meet and second highest overall score on beam for the season with 49.100. McKellar finished first for the Tigers with 9.850 followed by Ross and sophomore Bridget Steffen tied for second with 9.825. Senior Janis Konkle and Cahalan finished with tied scores of 9.800. Sassa led the Tigers on vault with 9.850. Junior Lydia Thompson followed in second with 9.775 and senior Nicolette Vignola took third with 9.700. Harada earned a score
of 9.675 for fourth followed by McKellar with 9.650, moving the Tigers’ team total to 48.650. The Tigers earned a team score of 48.950 on bars, their second highest event score of the evening, led by Thompson with a score of 9.850. McKellar and Harada both finished with scores of 9.800. Junior Vicky Vesecky and Lutz also tied in the event with 9.750. “They just had such a fantastic season,” Chliszczyk said. “Their team chemistry and camaraderie is amazing. They put everything out on the floor today and showed that we are really moving up in the conference.” Vesecky was named the EAGL Co-Specialist of the Week for her record-setting performance against George Washington where she scored 9.900 on bars. Individuals competing in the NCAA Regionals competition beginning April 4 will be announced Tuesday.
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Freshman Tyra McKellar won the team MVP award at the EAGL Championship meet on Sunday. Towson finished third in the meet.
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Siskind’s scores four goals in first start of the season, a 9-8 win TYLER BEARD Staff Writer @tylerbeard2
Redshirt senior attacker Max Siskind’s four goals led the No. 18 Towson Tigers to a 9-8 win over the Binghamton Bearcats on Saturday in Binghamton, New York. It was Siskind’s first start of the season. Head Coach Shawn Nadelen’s offense had been changed up due to redshirt senior midfielder Andrew Hodgson’s foot injury. “Max [Siskind] has got experience and he’s not someone that has just been thrown in there,” Nadelen said. “He did a good job finishing for us today and he’s a hustler.” The Tigers (6-3) opened the first quarter with a 3-0 lead. Sophomore attacker Ryan Drenner had two goals and junior attacker Spencer Parks had one goal. Binghamton (2-4) scored three goals in the second quarter and both teams went into halftime tied
at 5-5. Siskind scored the go-ahead goal in the second half, but the Bearcats tied the game with the only other goal of the third quarter. However, Siskind put Towson ahead with two straight goals in the fourth quarter, which helped the team pull away. Sophomore attacker Joe Seider, who finished the game with one goal and one assist, complimented Siskind’s play on the field. “The loss of [Hodgson] made it much harder to get the offense going, but Max [Siskind] is the best finisher on the team,” he said. “It helps a lot being able to get the ball to him in the middle and know he will score.” Hodgson, who has 15 goals this season, said he’s not sure how long the foot injury will keep him out and that he is taking it day by day. Drenner finished the game with three goals and sophomore midfielder Alec Burkely won 9 out of 16 face-offs.
Senior goalie Tyler White finished with nine saves and the defense stopped both of Binghamton’s extra-man opportunities. Towson moves onto the Colonial Athletic Association portion of their schedule, preparing to take on the Massachusetts Minutemen (3-5). Nadelen said all games count the same in the season, but the familiarity between the CAA teams sparks better play. “We always expect to play at a high level, but these games always bring a sense of beef between the teams and it creates some good competitive lacrosse,” he said. “The intensity goes up a bit, but we still want to play at our best.”
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Sophomore attacker Ryan Drenner had three goals and an assist in Towson’s 9-8 win over Binghamton on Saturday. Towson improves to 6-3 on the season ahead of a home matchup with Massachusetts.
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Caitlin Adams: Running with a purpose MATT HAMILTON Sports Editor @MattHamiltonTU
Caitlin Adams, a member of Towson’s cross country team, is preparing to run 305 miles across the state of Maryland. She’s running to raise money for Limbs for Life, an organization that provides prosthetics to those in need. She is fundraising for the run via her website, www.runacrossmaryland. com. This is the first installment of a series on Caitlin’s preparation for the run, which begins May 23. The Weather Channel said 42 degrees, but it felt much colder with the wind chill. And the midMarch piles of snow gave a sense of early February. But there was Caitlin Adams, walking out of Towson University’s Tower B in grey-and-pink Under Armour shorts as students in jeans and sweatpants walked past. Adams smiled despite the nearfreezing conditions. It was 8 a.m. on a Thursday when a photographer met her outside the residence and began to take pictures. The photographer asked Adams to do a few practice jogs in a parking lot to make sure she didn’t get hit by a car, and that the photo was credible.
“My grandma would be yelling at me, telling me I’m going to catch pneumonia,” Adams said, laughing. Adams was ready to run after the 10-minute photoshoot finished. Her neon pink shoes hit the cement pavement and she was off. She started climbing York Road and began thinking about the hills in Cumberland. Then, she turned onto Allegany Avenue, her favorite street in Towson. “It’s such a cute place. That’s why I love running up here,” she said. Adams continued through a few side streets until she got back to campus. After racing up another hill on Osler Drive, she finished where she started, 2.5 miles and an hour later. “That was super easy,” she said later. Adams, a member of Towson’s cross country team, was used to running long distances, from 10-12 miles a day. In fact, she ran again that day. However, the media attention as part of her day is fairly new. Adams will repeat this routine daily in preparation for her 305mile run across Maryland. She’ll begin in Cumberland on May 23
and finish in Ocean City four weeks later. She’s trying to raise as much money as possible for Limbs for Life, an organization created to give prosthetics to those that can’t afford them. She ran with ease, but this will be a different test. “I think it’s going to be the most mentally and physically challenging thing I’ve done in my entire life,” Adams said. “I think there’s going to be definitely times where I’ll want to quit … But I know myself enough that I’m going to be able to say ‘I’m doing this for these people. I’ve already started and I’m going to finish it.’” *** She swore there was no rhyme or reason to it. She thinks it was an act of God. “I have no idea what it meant,” she said. “I’m not like shove-downyour-throat religious, but I’d like to think God put it in my head because it was something I was meant to do. … People have purpose and God gives you that purpose. And this is what he has sent me to do.” The word “prosthetics” filled Adams’ mind in her junior year at
Colonel Richardson High School in 2012. She couldn’t shake the thought, so she downloaded the Dictionary.com app on her iPod Touch to find out what “prosthetics” meant. It read something like this: “The branch of medicine or surgery that deals with the production and application of artificial body parts.” She wasn’t sure what to do with this information until the spring of 2013. After quitting the softball team (Adams said they picked favorites), she decided to try out for the track team. Running wasn’t her specialty just a few years back, when she ran a 14-minute mile in middle school. She decided she didn’t want to be last anymore and cut that time in half in high school. That’s when “prosthetics” came back to her. “I started running track and that’s when I realized, if you didn’t have a leg … how huge of an impact that would have on your life,” Adams said. “All the things we take for granted, like walking somewhere, that’s something we should be grateful to do.” As early as 2013, Adams began mapping the route for a hypotheti-
cal cross-Maryland run. However, track forced her to invest more time in improving, and the run took a mental backseat. That year, she transferred from Colonel Richardson to North Caroline to help improve her times. She broke five school records and emerged as a leader, a role she loved. It wasn’t until she came to Towson in the fall of 2014 to join the cross country team that “the run” surfaced again. “My senior year [of high school], I was captain. I was the person that people relied on,” Adams said. “When I came to college, I was kind of a smaller fish in a big pond, because everyone on the team was one of those people. I kind of felt like I lost purpose. I felt like I needed to run with a purpose again.” Caitlin sat on her dorm room floor on the second floor of Tower B soon after, and wrote down a bucket list in her journal. On it was the run across Maryland. “That was the day I was like, ‘That’s it. I’m going to do this,’” she said. Adams reached out to Limbs for Life just before Thanksgiving. She had found her purpose again.
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