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March 31, 2015
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March 31, 2015
T OWSON # TRENDING Week of 3/24
The Towson campus and community was shocked Tuesday to hear the news of the death of Bill Toohey, a long-time public information officer for Baltimore County Police and a TU professor. Current and former students, co-workers and friends of Tooheyâ€™s took to social media this week to remember one of the most well-known media figures in Baltimore.
#BillToohey We have lost a valued member of our Towson University family. Bill Toohey, an adjunct faculty member who taught Journalism & New Media in our Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies, passed away earlier today. He was highly respected throughout the media and communications field in addition to his work as a distinguished member of our faculty. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
There is probably one hell of a briefing going on tonight at the Pearly Gates with Bill Toohey giving it. RIP My friend
#BCoPD mourns the loss of our friend Bill Toohey, for many years the voice of #BCoPD. Bill passed away this a.m. after a brief illness.^EA
Bill Toohey was one of the best & most influential professors I ever had at Towson. He will be greatly missed.
#RIP to one of my favorite teachers during my college career at @TowsonU
RIP Bill Toohey. As @baltimoresun BaltCo bureau intern in 08, he treated me as pro but never begrudged giving bit of extra guidance I needed
March 31, 2015
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Hold athletes, writers to a higher standard
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W h e n Greg Hardy was signed by the Dallas Cowboys, the mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, said publicly that the signing was a “shot in
the gut.” Hardy was found guilty last spring of threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, but Hardy requested a jury trial. While waiting for the trial, the charges were dropped when his ex-girlfriend refused to cooperate with the district attorney’s office and after she received a financial settlement from Hardy. “…At some point, being a sports fan gets trumped by being a father, husband and wanting to do what’s right for women, so this is not a good thing. I don’t think I’m going to be buying Hardy jerseys any time soon,” Rawlings told reporters last week. Hardy was a free agent for the better part of the offseason because teams were weary of his off-the-field problems. Ray Rice, who was seen in security footage on an elevator punch-
ing his now-wife, is still unemployed despite having four 1,000-yard seasons under his belt in the NFL. So I’m wondering what compelled The San Francisco Examiner to hire Jay Mariotti, a sports columnist who is eventually going to be asked to write on these national sports issues that often delve into criminal activity. Mariotti hasn’t been nationally employed since two 2010 incidents involving charges of domestic violence and stalking of his then-girlfriend. He pleaded no contest to stalking and assault charges in exchange for a judge reducing his sentence to community service and probation. A court did eventually expunge those charges from his record in 2013, but the charges led to ESPN removing Mariotti from being a regular panelist on the show “Around the Horn.” Following Mariotti’s hiring at The Examiner, Mark Segal Kemp at SF Weekly, the sister publication of The Examiner, wrote an editorial comparing Mariotti to Hunter S. Thompson, one of the greatest American journalists of all time. “Of course we know about Mariotti's troubled legal history. We know he was accused of domestic violence and that he pleaded "no contest"
and got probation for it. But we didn't bring Mariotti here to write about domestic violence. We brought him here to write about sports. And he's a terrific sports writer,” Segal Kemp wrote on March 25. There is no reason why Hardy or Mariotti should be hired in either of their professions. Yes, Hardy is a talented football player, but there’s no reason to be rewarding people who make these kinds of mistakes with employment. Mariotti should still be unemployed. When discussing Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson in the NFL, national panelists and sports writers are always urging us to not judge a player just by what they do on the field. Mariotti needs to be held to that same standard. Just because the editors of SF Weekly and The Examiner believe he’s a good sports writer doesn’t mean they need to employ him. Segal Kemp went on to write, “SF Weekly's mission in this city is to uncover heinous crimes and corrupt leaders; to write about food, arts, music, and cultural issues in ways that hopefully give you different perspectives. No holds barred. Mariotti's
sports writing will give you a different perspective. His story in this particular issue will give you a different perspective — on him.” I’ve never been a fan of Mariotti’s writing, legal issues aside, but I don’t see how Mariotti’s “hot takes” are going to be different than any other sports columnist or writer out there who doesn’t have these legal issues and doesn’t have the reputation of being a general curmudgeon. Do athletes need to be held to a higher standard? Of course. It’s unacceptable to have any athlete hitting their significant others or to be involved in any sort of legal matter. But if the analysts who are lobbing these grenades at the athletes can’t make a good name for themselves, it’s impossible to take these things seriously. No matter what happens with Mariotti, I don’t see how any reader could take him seriously on a number of matters, especially legal ones. It’s not some courageous move for The Examiner to hire Mariotti despite his past. It’s their inability to go out and actively seek out new writing talent who will likely give smarter and more informed opinions than Mariotti.
March 31, 2015
of dreamers just like them have made traveling around the planet easier than it has ever been before. Transportation and the Internet have locked hands in uniting cultures all over the world. People can now determine their exact location or find out about other locations in the world with just a few keystrokes. Anyone can channel that inner explorer looking to satisfy trapped wanderlust. Where and when we go defines our experience, and what we ultimately remember at the end of the day. We can hop on a plane, boat, car or even skateboard to reach any destination in the world. Money is a limiting factor, but travel is possible for anyone if made a priority. However you choose to get there, whether you travel free or settle down, you’re in the driver’s seat. The world is out there. How much of it will you choose to see?
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hundreds of years ago would surely crap their pants in response to our advancements. Even everyday things would amaze them. The mail from the postal service revolves around transportation. The food in our grocery stores is travel-timed for maximum ripeness on shelves. We ship things and transport ourselves so often that the miracle has become mundane. Cars and trucks that fill our roads and impact the environment have become commonplace in everyday life. The roads that direct our cars are intricately webbed from state-to-state and country-to-country in a never-ending fashion, but we consider this sophisticated matrix just a way of getting from “A” to “B.” Think of the Wright Brothers. With wisdom and application, their persistence gave humans the gift of flight. The visions and the efforts
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Society now makes use of the most advanced transportation systems ever engineered by mankind. While we’ve always had feet to walk on and horses to carry us, there’s currently an abundance of transportation options that have changed life as we knew it. Think about how miraculous transportation is; consider how it works. Cars are these heavy, magical contraptions that somehow synthesize chemical energy and electricity to create motion. Not just motion, but direction and velocity that can take us hundreds of miles in a few hours. Planes are even crazier — they’re even heavier magical contraptions that can lift a cabin full of people and all of their belongings into the air and move them thousands of miles in a few hours. People from
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Panelists tackle city school closings
Let’s talk about the Earth CODY BOTELER Senior Editor @codyboteler
The climate is changing, it’s our fault and we’re screwed if we don’t do anything to stop things from getting worse. Hi. I’m Cody. In addition to journalism, I’m studying environmental science. The overlap of these two fields has led me to realize that, while there is a lot of good reporting in the world, not a lot of that reporting focuses too much on our environment. I want to help change that, because, as you may have noted earlier, human society will collapse if we don’t do anything to stem the currently changing climate. And yes, the climate is changing. Earth is getting hotter. Yes, it was cold in Baltimore this winter. No, that does not mean that global warming is a myth. Baltimore may have experienced a cold February, but most of the rest of the world saw temperatures that were higher than average. While one month isn’t enough to show that the globe is warming up, it is symptomatic of the trend: Data from NASA show that, since the 1880s, the global temperature has been rising. Other data sets show, conclusively, that it is human activity that is
causing the warming. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists are in consensus on the fact. I’ll spare you the details for now, since this is the first column, but that’s the sort of thing that I’ll be reporting on. Our climate, our planet and our environment.
I’m a reporter, so I’ll stick to the facts. But I won’t be apologetic for treating athropogenic climate change as a fact and I won’t waste time with climate change deniers.
As often as possible, it’ll focus on Maryland issues (you’ll be reading a lot about chicken manure in the Chesapeake Bay).
It won’t always be doom and gloom. Yeah, I believe that society is screwed if we don’t do something, but I also strongly believe that we have the capacity and the will to do a lot of things for the better. The world can be a better place. So, as often as possible, I’ll also be discussing different ways that you, as an individual, can do work toward mitigating climate change. While this column will focus on different aspects of the environment and environmental issues, not just the climate, I will use the next column to explain the science of human-caused climate change. I’m a reporter, so I’ll stick to the facts. But I won’t be apologetic for treating anthropogenic climate change as a fact and I won’t waste time with climate change deniers. Protecting our environment is the most serious issue that humanity has ever faced and I’m not going to spend any time pretending that people who say otherwise have any ground to stand on.
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NILO EXAR Staff Writer @niloexar
Students and guest panelists gathered Monday, March 23 to discuss the potential closings of some Baltimore City Schools and the role of racial inequality in education. A video, entitled “School’s Out,” was shown before the panel discussion. The video was co-produced by TU assistant professor Jessica Shiller and her “The Possibilities and Challenges of Reforming Urban Schools” honors college students. The video touched on issues like the lack of a community and city relationship when closing schools, as well as the general racial issues surrounding school closings and the greater racial injustice that the schools closings represented. After the video, panelists including Johns Hopkins associate professor Lester Spence, Morgan State professor Lawrence Brown, Jamal Jones of the Baltimore Algebra Project and Ryan Good, a doctoral student at Rutgers, discussed Baltimore and the country’s history of racial discrimination. According to Spence, many of the cities where multiple schools are closed have high rates of segregation and removal of black population. “117 of 188 schools [in Baltimore City] are 99 percent or more Black,” Brown said. Spence also talked about racial zoning, which refers to the period when African-Americans were restricted from living in certain neighborhoods, as well as redlining, when banks refused to
give mortgages to minorities. He said that this discrimination still occurs in the closing of schools. Schools are closed down when they are under a 71 person in the utilization formula, according to Spence. This can mean that schools perform poorly on standardized tests and general academic performance. However, usually these schools are already being slighted in terms of funding. Jones, who went through Baltimore City Schools himself, attested to the existence of this. Another reason city schools can’t succeed is the lack of permanent teachers and administrators at the schools. “There’s a lot of leaving that happens,” Jones said. He said that many teachers are brought in through Teach for America, but leave at the end of their time because they are drained, which creates a revolving door for teachers and faculty. The panelists also looked at outcomes of community-based schools being closed. “Getting rid of schools perpetuates this other history of not knowing where you’re from,” Jones said. He said that having deep and truthful conversations about the racial issues behind school closings is the first step to bettering the situation. Students of Shiller’s seminar class were in attendance at the panel discussion. Junior exercise science major Daniel Andrades spoke to the value that educating about such issues plays in motivating people to help the cause. -To read the rest of this article, visit thetowerlight.com.
TU professor dies after short battle with lymphoma Mass comm. adjunct Bill Toohey remembered by family, coworkers JONATHAN MUNSHAW Editor-in-Chief @jonmunshaw
William Toohey, a Towson adjuct professor and former spokesman for the Baltimore County police, died Tuesday, March 24, of intravascular lymphoma at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Toohey was 69. Toohey taught in the the department of mass communication and communication studies.
“Bill Toohey cared deeply about providing his students with the
best possible experience in his classes,” Cynthia Cooper, the chair-
The love and support you’ve shown over the past two weeks has meant so much to all of us. Please continue to keep us, and my amazing dad, in your thoughts and prayers. LIAM TOOHEY
woman of the department of mass communication and communication studies, said in an email. “He was excited to bring professional colleagues in as guest speakers, and was always a great public supporter of our programs.” Toohey’s career spanned more than 40 years. He also worked as press secretary for U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes, and also worked as a radio reporter with ABC and NBC.
He garnered a positive reputation locally for his work with local media. Toohey’s son, Liam, sent out a statement through a replacement professor for one of his classes. In an email, Liam said, “The love and support you’ve shown over the past two weeks has meant so much to all of us. Please continue to keep us, and my amazing dad, in your thoughts and prayers.”
March 31, 2015
Real estate agent Pat Hiban delivers steps to success PAIGE SUDOL Staff Writer @PaigeSudol
On Thursday, March 26, Pat Hiban, a top-selling real estate agent, came to speak to Towson’s Real Estate Club. According to Hiban, students interested in working in real estate should go right into it and stick with it because they make more and more money each year. “There’s no other sales job where you can sell such big things,” Hiban said. According to Hiban, his interest in real estate began when he graduated from Frostburg State University and had trouble finding a job. He claims that real estate allows you to be your own boss, and that was very appealing to him at the time. “I got turned down by a lot of companies because of my low GPA and degree in sociology. But real estate has a low barrier to entry; you just get a license and can start making lots of money. It made logical sense at the time,” he said. Hiban sold 10 houses in his first year and 508 houses in his best year. Since then, he’s bought apartment
complexes, shopping centers, and small companies and lives off of the income from these properties. However, he warns students going into real estate that the losses can be big and discouraging. “When you win, you win big. You can get a commission of up to 10,000 dollars for one house. But losses are a real kick to the gut, like when you lose a sale or people use a different agent than you,” Hiban said. Thursday, Hiban discussed his six steps to success, listed in his book “6 Steps to 7 Figures: A Real Estate Professional’s Guide to Building Wealth and Creating Your Own Destiny,” with the Real Estate Club. He lists his steps as affirm, track, find mentors, act, build on success and invest. “We chose Pat Hiban to be a guest speaker because he is literally a legend in the real estate industry and has influenced so many lives,” Real Estate Club President Brentin Hess said. The Real Estate Club was founded by Hess and Shaquille McCray, the club’s vice president, last semester. According to McCray, since its creation, the club has become one of
the largest on Towson’s campus, with 60 to 100 active members attending each meeting. Hess says he spends about 50 hours with club activities and responsibilities every week. “I run the weekly meetings, where we talk about networking and rental properties. We also have guest speakers and giveaways every other week,” Hess said. According to Hess, students of all majors should join the Real Estate Club because it functions largely as a networking club. “The opportunities in real estate are broad for students of all majors. Students in the Real Estate Club have the opportunity to network with other like-minded entrepreneurs and build personal wealth. Students can also get their Real Estate license for free through us,” Hess said. The Real Estate Club is also active in community service events around campus. They will be attending The Big Event, participating in a campus cleanup, and rehabbing a house in the future. Their meetings are Thursdays at 5 p.m. in Smith Hall Room 264.
Photos by Adrilenzo Cassoma/ The Towerlight
Top-selling real estate agent Pat Hiban presents his six steps to success to members of the Towson University Real Estate Club during their meeting Thursday, March 26.
March 31, 2015
Tiger Trail Checkpoint Party
March 11: At the Center for the Arts, a resident student had two cellphones taken from an unattended bag. March 12: At Smith Hall, TUPD was notified of destruction of property to an outside door. March 17: At Smith Hall, an unknown person attempted to use a faculty member’s credit card online. March 20: At Enrollment Services, a staff member recieved unwanted calls from an unknown person. March 23: At SECU Arena, a faculty member reported a shattered window in the press box. March 23: At the Center for the Arts, a resident student’s bike was taken. The Towerlight’s “Police Blotter” is a representative sample of crimes occurring on and off campus. The blotter is not intended to be all inclusive. For a list of all crime reports, visit www.towson.edu/police.
Sarah Hugel/ The Towerlight TU’s Tigers 4 Tigers club welcomes cross country runners from the Rochester Institute of Technology Thursday, March 26. The runners participated in a 1400 mile eight-day “Tiger Trail” relay from Auburn, Alabama to Rochester, New York, to raise money and awareness for tiger conservation. Read the full story in the Arts & Life Section.
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March 31, 2015
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Students attend Mega Job Fair
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Students attend the Spring Mega Job Fair in the West Village Commons ballrooms Thursday, March 26. Over 90 potential employers, including Geico, Target, Verizon Wireless, the Urban Teacher Center and the National Security Agency, participated in the fair.
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March 31, 2015
There’s a new ‘pie’ in town All of you avid bar-goers may have seen this restaurant just a few buildings down from B Lounge and Charles Village Pub and wondered what it is. Well, I’m here to end the mystery. The Local Pie, Towson’s new artisan pizza restaurant, is the real deal and here to stay. The restaurant, located at 8 W. Pennsylvania Ave. took the place of the former Cuban restaurant, Havana Road. With an eye for locally sourced products, their menu is constantly changing depending on what’s in season. When I went last week, there were about a dozen different pizza choices and a couple of salad choices, all of which were as interesting and playful as the next. The restaurant’s décor is clean and refined with white walls and
Taylor Seidel Columnist @GoodEatsMD
framed pictures placed carefully around the room. Once inside, the menu and cashier are waiting to greet you and take your order. After a long deliberation, I decided I had to try two different pies. I went with the smashed meatball ($14) and the squash and tomato ($13). The smashed meatball pizza featured bison meatballs with house made mozzarella, tomato sauce and hot peppers and was definitely the highlight of the meal. The squash and tomato pizza, which was also good, had delicious oven dried tomatoes and a basil pesto sauce. We were also recommended the duck egg pizza ($13) with a fried egg on top, and a boar and bleu ($14) with braised boar bacon and an onion jam. These pizzas aren’t deep dishes or dough filled. They are thin and crispy 12-inch masterpieces.
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GoodEats columnist enjoys pizza and wine at The Local Pie in Towson.
The Local Pie is BYOB, so make sure to pick up a bottle of wine before dinner. Lisa Heckman and Peter Wood, former owners of Mt. Vernon’s Iggies, struck gold with this local artisan pizzeria. Hope you all enjoy, as this new addition to the Towson community has satisfied the cravings of pizza lovers. Until next time. I wish you GoodEats! - Edited by Jared Kurlander.
Photos by Sarah Hugel/ The Towerlight
Students participate in CAB’s “Take a Stand” event and service project initiatives on Wednesday, March 25 in the University Union.
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March 31, 2015
Calling out street harassment Tigers on campus CHRISTINE LAFRANCESCA Staff Writer
As the lights began to dim, Shawna Potter started to describe her daily frustrations with sexism, and more specifically, street harassment. For Potter, this problem represented the greatest reminder of the inequality she experiences as a woman and acted as a catalyst for the founding of the Baltimore chapter of Hollaback!, a movement driven toward eradicating all forms of street harassment. “It affected me but I knew I didn’t want to just share my story, I wanted to be a part of something that would initiate change,” founder and board member Potter said. “At first I just shared my story, but then I felt like I had to do something else, like I had to do more.” At last Thursday’s “My Name is Not Baby” event, Potter expressed that beginning her Hollaback! initiative was tedious, mostly due to volunteer concerns. “Honestly, recruiting and maintaining long term volunteers was, [and] is difficult,” Potter said. “But we have had a lot of amazing people volunteer, even if they only volunteered once it was really amazing to have that kind of support.” Chantelle Bateman, Marine Corps veteran and campaign strategist with FAAN Mail (Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now) came to Towson with Potter to discuss sexual harassment and assault as it pertains to women of color. “After my experience with the Marine Corps, I knew I had to become a part of something that spoke for the rights of women,” Bateman said. “My work with FAAN Mail has made it easier for voices to be heard. We utilize the power of media to create constructive alternatives for women to speak and with the intent of changing the way mainstream culture views women in general.” Baltimore Hollaback! is not only Potter’s driving force to extinguish sexism toward women, but also for people in the transgender community. “I’m really proud of the work I’ve done with the Transgender Response Team in helping to create a PSA series,” Potter said. “These issues have always meant a lot to me and I had a chance to make a change, so I took it.” Potter continues to assist women who have experienced street assault and educate the Baltimore community about street harassment and the det-
rimental effects it has on the women who endure it. However, she said that deconstructing the myths surrounding street harassment is difficult because individuals must “un-learn” the habits that society has taught to them. “This movement and its positive effects on women seem obvious to us, but we forget that it is not obvious to
everyone else,” Potter said. “I’m always surprised that some people think that it’s a compliment that you’re not taking the right way, or they’re minimizing the experience to an extreme ... while it might play out differently within different cultures, in reality it’s a worldwide issue that absolutely needs to be addressed.”
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A representative from the Baltimore chapter of Hollaback! speaks to students at the “My Name is Not Baby” event on Thursday, March 26 in the University Union.
SYDNEY ENGELHARDT Contributing Writer
Towson University’s Tigers for Tigers club welcomed 15 tigers from Rochester, New York to campus last week. The tigers, female cross-country runners representing the Rochester Institute of Technology and their mascot RITchie the Tiger, have taken on the challenge of running 1,400 miles in order to raise awareness for tiger conservation and women’s athletics. Throughout their trek from Alabama to New York, the team plans to stop at the Universities in the region who also share the tiger as a mascot. “There is a little bit of tiger inside all of us that attend a tiger university,” Vice President of Tigers for Tigers at RIT Matthew Partacz said. “We are proud to be a part of that, and if the tigers were to go extinct, disappear, that will be a little piece of us that we would all be missing.” On Thursday, March 26, Towson’s Tigers for Tigers club hosted a welcome party for the women’s RIT cross-
country runners when they arrived on campus, in order to raise awareness for their “Tiger Trails” run. “Tiger Trails” caused a lot of media attention and positive energy from all the schools involved,” Chelsea Connor a member of Towson’s Tigers for Tigers club, said. “It really showed our students and schools that we take our mascot seriously.” At the welcome party there was food, music and a group of students and friends on Paws Patio to welcome the girls, according to Connor. As part of the event, everyone also walked over to the tiger statue by the College of Liberal Arts building to take pictures. “Towson’s chapter of Tigers for Tigers got involved because this event combined things we love, tiger awareness and athletics,” Connor said. “We are always interested in finding ways to support tigers and support students.” The run was created by a group of girls who were part of both the Tigers for Tigers club and the cross-country team at RIT. - To read the rest of this article, visit thetowerlight.com
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For the love of Another boy band breakup country music As a selfproclaimed boy band enthusiast, this past week has been a rough one, and we all know what event I am talking about. If you didn’t hear, read or talk about Zayn Malik’s decision to quit One Direction, I will happily assume that you live under a rock. Before you roll your eyes, completely discredit my opinion, or stop reading, I urge you to think back and realize that history may be repeating itself. Although initially I was shocked, and may or may not have been crying into my cereal while scrolling through Tumblr, I have now come to terms with Malik’s decision and wish him the best. What concerns me now is that he’ll pull a Justin Timberlake or a Nick Jonas and become wildly popular and leave the band in the dust. Timberlake began his solo career after ‘N Sync’s untimely demise, and it goes without saying that today he is one of the most talented and well-known singers. Jonas is the one who decided
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On Towson’s metropolitan campus, there doesn’t appear to be much of a connection between the surroundings of students and the pastoral landscapes described in many country songs. However, the campus made room for country music lovers on Sunday night in Paws when the Campus Activities Board (CAB) invited artists Love and Theft and Joel Crouse to take the stage. “Country is not the most popular genre on campus, but Towson has enough country fans that CAB absolutely wants to give them a show that is special to them,” CAB Assistant Director of Programming Matt Unglesbee said. “Each year, CAB tries our best to provide a show across a variety of genres, and our spring concert has typically been when our country show takes place.” Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, who make up the country duo Love and Theft, said that they were happy to be in Towson as it is an area that they have not played in very much. The band released their most recent album “Whiskey on my Breath” in February, and said that they have only received positive feedback since. “It is actually the best-reviewed album we have ever had which is nice,” Liles said. “We wrote every song on it and we co-produced it with Josh Leo … so it’s cool to be a small part of what he’s doing in his career.” Since the album release, Liles and Gunderson have been on tour and playing at various venues across the country. However, Liles said that many of these performances have been on college or University campuses. “I think our music is relatable when it comes to college students,” Gunderson said. “We will play for anyone but I think we have the most fun when we play universities and colleges.” Traveling alongside them is 22-yearold country artist Joel Crouse, who has been performing with Love and Theft since October. Crouse took the stage as the opener for Love and Theft. Although he only released his first album “Even the River Runs” last August, Crouse said that most of the songs featured on it were finished
roughly four years prior to their release. Since that time, Crouse’s life has changed drastically as he has moved out of his parents’ home, secured his record deal and begun traveling the country on tour. “By the time the record label wanted to release it I had kind of already moved on from that record, which is weird to say,” Crouse said. “It’s still always going to be a part of me.” Because of this, Crouse hopes that his newer music will help him to connect with his audiences more. He explained that the music he is writing now showcases a new but similar style, and contains lyrics a more personal message. “My set now is probably the most personal that it has ever been,” Crouse said. “I play songs that I haven’t recorded, I play songs that I have recorded on my last record, I play covers, but mostly I just try to tell my story throughout the whole show, the good decisions and the bad ones.” Like Love and Theft, Crouse also said that he enjoys playing at colleges and universities because of the energy in the crowd and the open-mindedness of that generation towards new styles of music. “I really love playing colleges actually. One, it’s my peers and two, y’all can rock out,” he said. “I like our age group, and playing colleges is just probably one of the best things about what I get to do because I just relate with them so well, and I see people relating to my music and my show as well.” Crouse also added that with his newer and more personal music, he hopes to show college students and his peers that, “there is more to life than Chevy trucks, tan lines and Fireball.” Unglesbee said that he felt as though the event was a success and hoped that Towson students had the opportunity to have a fun experience outside of the classroom, which they will keep with them even after they graduate. Toward the end of the evening, senior Torrie Manning was up on stage singing the chorus of “Free Fallin’” into the microphone with Love and Theft. Manning said that a friend of a friend pulled her to the side of the stage and got the attention of someone working the event. “Before I knew it, I was staring at the crowd,” she said.
that he and his actual blood-related brothers should essentially ‘breakup,’ talk about an awkward family meeting, and now Jonas is climbing the charts. I know you would be lying if you said you didn’t turn up the volume and have a full out dance party whenever a song of his came on the radio. One is left to wonder if Malik will follow in their footsteps or will vanish into obscurity. There are many reasons as to why the famous band of five is now cut down to four, and the one that stood out the most to me was how Malik stated that he wants to be a “normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.” Yes, I understand that the life he lives must be difficult and it would be the worst to not be able to even go to the store for milk without a mob or riot happening, but no matter what he does, he will never be able to have a ‘normal life.’
For example, ‘N Sync went on a temporary hiatus 13 years ago and never reunited, but Lance Bass is still writing books, hosting radio shows and doing guest appearances. The insane success of One Direction will always overshadow Malik’s decision to attempt to be normal. Malik’s eventual solo career will always be connected with how he quit the band right in the middle of a stadium world tour. One Direction performed their first concert since Malik’s official leave to a sold out stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa that held 94,000 people, and that’s not even the biggest stadium of the tour. Will history repeat itself and Malik will become the next solo artist wonder? Or will One Direction rise to the challenge and not let Malik’s decision deter them from their goals? Give it a year and we’ll know the answer.
Towson dances for charity KRISTIN HELF Staff Writer
Instead of working out at Burdick Hall on Friday afternoon, members of Towson’s Greek life rushed around preparing for the hundreds of students that would soon arrive in dance attire and a minimum donation of $40. Towson University’s annual TigerTHON event began at 6 p.m. and ran until 6 a.m. the next morning. This 12-hour dance marathon raises money and awareness with Johns Hopkins’ Children’s Miracle Network, an organization that helps over 170 children’s hospitals throughout North America. “We have singing groups performing, dancers performing, a sports themed hour, a rave themed hour … that’s at four in the morning … everyone starts to get tired so we start to pump everyone up to keep them going,” junior and director of media relations for TigerTHON Morgan Stritzinger said. “We encourage everyone to stay standing, we don’t want anyone to sit for the 12
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Students dance for charity at the annual TigerTHON event on Friday, March 27 in Burdick Hall. hours, so it’s really hard.” A DJ played popular, upbeat music all night, while OrderUp, the event’s number-one sponsor, donated food to keep the dancers energized all night. Sororities and fraternities made signs and played games to earn spirit points, and all took part in the game Black Hole, where students paid to get trapped in a hole to encourage their friends to pay their
way out. This year’s event raised $204,831, just over their $200,000 goal and up from last year’s total of $131,000. “[Dance] is just super engaging and exciting and the music revs everyone up,” Stritzinger said. “We want to dance for those who can’t, dancing for kids that are in the hospital, dancing for kids who maybe couldn’t beat their disease.”
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How to choose the Tigerfest artist JONATHAN MUNSHAW Editor-In-Chief @jon_munshaw
For the past few weeks, Towson students have been flooding social media with the same question, “Who’s playing Tigerfest this year?” While that question remains unanswered for the time being, the process of finding an artist is the same this year as it has been in the past. Each year, the Campus Activities Board starts their search with the results of the annual Tigerfest survey. In 2012, 1,446 students responded to CAB’s annual Tigerfest survey. That year, the electronic dance music and rap duo LMFAO was the No. 1 requested. While Kid Cudi eventually performed at that year’s festival, he ranked just 16th among the most requested artists, and was third among the artists within CAB’s budget. Some of the artists who were toward the top of the list that year, such as Drake, Mac Miller, Lil’ Wayne and J. Cole were either too expensive or were not available on the date of Tigerfest. When looking for a Tigerfest artist, Sam Silverman, the CAB director in 2012, said that there are a number of reasons why an artist may be unable to perform, even if there’s enough
student interest and they are within CAB’s budget. “Some artists don’t want to play colleges,” Silverman said. “Some artists, if they’re routing a tour they could be in California the day before, so it just doesn’t work. Or they’re not available. Interest, availability and routing are the three main factors.” That year, CAB had a total budget of $150,000 for the headlining and opening artists. This year, CAB has a projected net cost of $188,500 for Tigerfest, $160,000 of which could be spent on the artist. The actual cost will likely depend on the revenue that is generated from Tigerfest. The $188,500 figure is based on projected revenue of $130,000. There were a total of 32 top write-in artists that were voted on by students for the 2012 survey. Of those 32, there were nine artists within CAB’s budget, including Wiz Khalifa, who was later slated to perform in 2013, Kid Cudi, Ke$ha, Skrillex, All Time Low, Childish Gambino, Trey Songz and Avicii. When booking a Tigerfest artist, CAB follows the list of artists from the survey and begins looking to put out bids for artists from there. “After the survey results, you check
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Artist Steve Aoki performs at Tigerfest 2014 in the SECU Arena.
availabilities and narrow it down internally to who we want to bid on,” Chad Nazworth, the CAB director in 2013, said. “We only bid on one headliner at a time, so while there’s a bid out you can’t bid on anyone else. Each bid lasts for about two weeks, so there’s an expectation that we put on it so [the artist doesn’t wait on the bid]. Sometimes we just get a bad vibe from them and retract the bid. … We try to send out bids before February starts.” Current CAB Director Emily Walsh said that this year they began sending out bids in November. Drake was the top response for this year’s Tigerfest survey, but was out of CAB’s price range. Only 1,200 students answered the survey this year. Silverman said that with the survey, CAB trusts students to give an accurate representation of what’s popular at the time. Even if an artist in the rap genre performed at the festival three years in a row, Silverman said they wouldn’t change genres unless the student body’s preferences changed first. “We think about it, but honestly we want who’s hot. If you want to switch it up and say, ‘We want country,’ but there’s not a country artist that’s popular then it’s not worth it,” she said. “The students want, for the most part, a big name and you want to get that big name no matter what.” According to Walsh, this year the most requested genre was hip-hop, with 39 percent of students requesting that. The two next most popular genres were pop and electronic dance music. In 2012, 25 percent of respondents to the Tigerfest survey said they wanted a pop artist, the most popular answer. The next closest was hip-hop with 21 percent. In addition to genre, Silverman said CAB also takes into account how much students would be willing to pay for a ticket. “If students only want to pay $10 for Tigerfest, we’re obviously not going to get as big of an artist,” she said. In Silverman’s year, 41 percent of students said they’d be willing to pay $20 per ticket, while only 16 percent said they’d be willing to pay $25 or more. When reaching out to artists, CAB works with a booking agent who acts as a communication bridge between the University and the artist. That agent reaches out to the artist’s booking agent, who then confirms the date and price with the artist. Sometimes, that communication
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Kid Cudi performs in Johnny Unitas Stadium at Tigerfest 2012. process can take too long. In 2011, CAB was expecting to have Nicki Minaj perform for the event. Her booking agent told CAB that she was interested, but the show was never confirmed. Eventually Minaj dropped out, according to Silverman, leaving CAB with just a few weeks to quickly find an artist. “Normally, you give your bid an expiration date and say that the artist needs to say yes or no by a date, but we just kept extending that date,” Silverman said. “It just ultimately didn’t work out. We were devastated. At that point, when you go back to that list, those artists take other dates.” After Minaj dropped off, CAB had to rush to sign artists before tickets went on sale. Eventually, Reel Big Fish, Far East Movement and Brand New were all signed to play, but the concert was cut short by a thunderstorm. Silverman, Nazworth and Walsh all said they learned from that experience, and have started to plan Tigerfest even
further in advance. “We have had artists that we were really set on, and then they can pull out on us as late as February,” Walsh said. “I mean I am not saying that’s still not the case this year, but we have had situations where we put out an artist, we are all really excited and we let the administration know and we start setting up our reveal … and suddenly something happened and they can’t come.” This is one of the reasons that CAB makes use of a middleman. Walsh said that staying in touch with, and receiving feedback from potential artists is an important step in avoiding the kind of conflict that Towson experienced in 2011 with Minaj. “A lot of it is communication,” Walsh said. “We do have our middle agent and it’s great that we work with him because he does a lot of sort of keeping an eye out and seeing what looks good and kind of has his ear to the ground in figuring out what is going on.”
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Quakers too quick Home sweet home meet Towson falls to No. 14 Penn on Saturday MATT HAMILTON Sports Editor @MattHamiltonTU
Towson fell to .500 on the season with a 12-5 loss to the No. 14 Penn Quakers on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Quakers began the game on a 4-1 run and took a 9-2 halftime lead. The Tigers rallied back to cut the deficit to 10-5 with less than five minutes to play, but they couldn’t get any closer. “We responded defensively in the second half, but we failed to operate at a fast enough speed offensively,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “Only having 10 shots in a game isn’t going to help us. We’ve got to generate more shots and we can generate shots by going full speed. … That was the glaring stat for today.” Penn started on the offensively, taking the early lead just under three minutes into the game. Attacker Catherine Dickinson beat Towson goalie Kelsea Donnelly to make it 1-0. Less than two minutes later, senior attacker Andi Raymond tied the game with her 11th goal of the season. However, the Tigers couldn’t put together a run and take the lead. Instead, it was Penn that retook the lead just 18 seconds after Raymond’s goal and went on a 3-0 run. Attacker Iris Williamson scored two straight goals in a two-minute span to move the lead to 3-1 with
23:34 left in the first half. Midfielder Lely DeSimone added to the lead with 19:34 off an assist from Nina Corcoran to move the lead to 4-1. “We certainly knew coming into this game that we were going to have to work hard to get more scoring opportunities,” LaMonica said. “We just didn’t work hard enough. They certainly have a great defense and we should have challenged them harder.” Three minutes later, the Quakers were called for a yellow card and the Tigers got the man advantage as a result. Senior midfielder Paige Duncan cashed in on the man advantage, ending the Quakers’ run with a goal off an assist from sophomore midfielder Samantha Brookhart. Penn continued to hold control of the game, though, putting together another run to take a big lead into halftime. Dickinson got the run started with her second goal, off an assist from Williamson. DeSimone followed up three minutes later with her second tally to make it 6-2 with 10 minutes left in the half. Williamson made it a first-half hat trick with 8:16 left in the half, beating Donnelly on a free position attempt. Less than two minutes later, she got the assists on Corcoran’s second goal to make it 8-2. - To read the rest of this article, visit thetowerlight.com
JORDAN COPE Staff Writer @JordanCope26
The Tigers hosted and finished second with a total of 178.5 points in the Towson Invitational on Sunday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The meet featured 14 teams, including Division I participants Coppin State, Farleigh Dickinson, Delaware, Navy and Delaware State. “I thought it was a very good meet for us,” Head Coach Roger Erricker said. “We had some very good performances and some of our ladies really stepped up and did a very nice job.” Sophomore sprinter Zanae Freeland highlighted the Invitational with two individual event wins. In the 100-meter dash, Freeland finished in first-place with a time of 12.17. In the 200-meter dash, Freeland finished in first place with a time of 25.16. Along with a pair of first-place finishes from Freeland, junior captain and hurdler Katelynn Williams won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.99 and senior distance
runner Ashley Simmons won the 10,000-meter run, her first try at the event, with a time of 38:08.74.
I thought it was a very good meet for us. We had some very good performances and some of our ladies really stepped up and did a very nice job. ROGER ERRICKER Head Coach
“I’m used to doing the 3,000meter run and the 5,000-meter run, but I already have my name on the top 10 record board for those events so I wanted to try the 10,000-meter run before I graduated and it was, surprisingly, a success,” Simmons said. Junior multi-event performer Ashleigh Stallings won the javelin throw event with a distance of 137
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Katelynn Williams: 1st-100m hurdles
Zanae Freeland: 1st-100m dash Sarah Hugel/ The Towerlight
Junior hurdler Katelynn Williams won the 100-meter hurdles event with a time of 15.99, help Towson finish second over the weekend.
Ashley Simmons: 1st-10,000m run
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Kevin Olsen leaves team and campus MATT HAMILTON Sports Editor @MattHamiltonTU
Head Coach Rob Ambrose said Saturday that quarterback Kevin Olsen has left the program for a violation of team rules and is no longer at the school. The circumstances surrounding his departure are still unknown, but The Towerlight will update this story with more information as it becomes available. “He was a young man who we had decided to give an opportunity, a second chance, and that didn’t work out,” Ambrose said. “He was going to be able to compete for a starting job. … It was my understanding that he was doing pretty well. [He got] with the team and
got into a rhythm with what they were doing and seemed to be going with that pretty well.” Olsen announced he was transferring to Towson from Miami in December. He had three years of eligibility left after redshirting at Miami. However, Olsen’s time at Miami was tumultuous. He was suspended three times over the course of two seasons before leaving the school in September. In May of 2013, Olsen was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and careless driving. On Sept. 15 of last year, he was charged with driving under the influence and
He was a young man who we had decided to give an opportunity, a second chance, and that didn’t work out ROB AMRBOSE Head Coach
“I don’t know what his future holds,” Ambrose said. “The way the
world is, sometimes you just never know. The best we could do was give him an opportunity and what he did or didn’t do with it was up to him.” Olsen was a four-star recruit coming out of Wayne Hills High School in New Jersey. He was a 2013 Under Armour All-American and ranked No. 4 by Scout.com. He never played a game at Miami but briefly competed for a starting spot last spring. He was introduced as part of Towson’s 2015 recruiting class Feb. 4. Towson will now look to senior Connor Frazier, who started most of the 2014 season, and second-year quarterback Ellis Knudson to compete for the starting role.
Ambrose said he’s confident in his quarterbacks, but he isn’t ruling out other potential Division 1-A quarterbacks looking to transfer. “I’m sure there will be a [Division 1-A] quarterback out there who’s not happy with his perceived playing time in the spring,” Ambrose said. “I’m sure we’ll get a phone call on more than one guy and we’ll evaluate each one of those as they come. … It behooves anyone at this level to keep their eyes and ears open at all times for any possible difference makers. We’ll be looking at that position come the end of the spring.” The Tigers will host Tiger Bowl V on April 18 at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
KEVIN OLSEN TIMELINE
Charged in New Jersey with leaving scene of accident, failure to report accident and careless driving.
possessing a fake driver’s license. Ambrose said he doesn’t know whether Olsen will find another school, but he brought the quarterback in to give him another chance.
Joined Maimi football and redshirted freshman year.
Charged with DUI and fake driver’s license. Left Miami permanently.
Decided to transfer to Towson.
Left the school without playing a game after a violaton of team rules.
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Tigers top UNCW in cold TYLER YOUNG Staff Writer @_TyYoung
The Tigers (4-20, 1-5 Colonial Athletic Association) used a seven-inning start from junior righthander Lee Lawler to beat the UNC Wilmington Seahawks (18-7, 5-1) by a score of 10-6 at Schuerholz Park in Towson on Sunday afternoon. The game was the final installment of a three-game series between the two teams after Towson dropped the first two in extra innings by one run apiece. Lawler (2-3) took the win with his outing on Sunday. It was the longest start by a Tiger this season. He managed to strike out eight Seahawks hitters while allowing four earned runs on eight hits and a walk. “He had a really good curveball, which is what he got most of his strikeouts on,” Head Coach Mike Gottlieb said. “That was the best he has pitched for us. He is in his third year, and he has always showed glimpses, but never sustained it for six and seven innings so it was good to see.” Sophomore left-hander Matt Golczewski came on in relief of
Lawler in the eighth inning. After allowing a home run to the first batter he faced, Golczewski settled in and threw two innings of onerun ball. In addition to Lawler’s seven innings, junior right-hander Austin Clark and sophomore right-hander Kevin Ross each tossed 6.2 innings in their starts over the weekend. Gottlieb said he hopes that’s evidence for things to come. “You certainly hope that’s the case,” Gottlieb said. “Going into the season we felt that pitching would be our strength, but before this weekend we didn’t really have a strength. It started to show itself a bit against one of the best teams in the conference.” Towson’s offense got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when UNC-Wilmington’s center fielder Casey Golden dropped a pop fly off the bat of sophomore second baseman Colin Dyer with the bases loaded, scoring three. A few batters later, sophomore catcher Brady Policelli singled to score Dyer and make it 4-1 in favor of the home team. Following a Seahawks run, the Tigers were back at it in the bottom
of the fourth, and, again, it was Dyer doing the damage. He came to the plate once again with the bases loaded and laced a double into the left-center gap, scoring all three runners and making it a 7-1 game. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Towson finished its scoring on the day with a two-run double off the bat of freshman right-fielder Colin Gimblet, followed by a hard hit ground ball by Dyer, which was flubbed by UNC-Wilmington’s shortstop Kennard McDowell, scoring Gimblet. Dyer went 1-for-5 at the plate with four RBI on the day. Gimblet added a 2-for-3 game with three runs scored and two RBI. Senior shortstop Peter Bowles went 2-for-4 and scored three times himself. “[Dyer] has had some good at bats,” Gottlieb said. “He’s building confidence, showing that if they pitch him inside he can turn on the ball like he did with the bases loaded...He has turned into a real contributor for the team.” The Seahawks starter, righthander Evan Williams (1-1), was saddled with the loss. - To read the rest of this article, visit thetowerlight.com
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Sophomore catcher Brady Policelli went 1-for-4 with a single, an RBI and a hit by pitch on Sunday at Schuerholz Park. Towson won its first conference game of the season, 10-6, over UNC Wilmington.
Lynch scored two goals in Towson’s 6-3 win over UMass on Saturday. It was his first multi-goal game of the season. He was filling in for the injured Andrew Hodgson, who will miss the season with a knee injury.
March 31, 2015
Managing the Minutemen
Lynch fills in for injured Hodgson and scores two goals to help Towson win its first conference game
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TYLER BEARD Staff Writer @tylerbeard2
Towson won its fourth straight Colonial Athletic Association conference opener, grabbing a 6-3 win against Massachusetts on Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. “We knew it was going to be a battle with UMass,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “Historically, UMass games are always physical and kind of low scoring. You got to find a way to win and I’m glad we were the team that did that.” Junior goalie Tyler White had 14 saves, which tied his season-high against Navy. That led to holding the Minutemen scoring three goals, the fewest in a CAA game against Towson since Saint Joseph’s managed just two goals in 2011. “I got confident early, which is always a plus for a goalie, so I was just kind of feeling it today,” White said. “It really helped a lot with our defense because they were only letting up favorable shots for me.” The Tigers (7-3, 1-0 CAA) scored first off of a shot from junior attackman Spencer Parks with less
than seven minutes left in the first quarter. Parks now ranks second on the team in points, with 14 goals and nine assists. Senior midfielder Justin Mabus extended Towson’s lead to 2-0 after he scored his third goal of season in the last minute of the first quarter. Massachusetts (3-6, 1-1 CAA) didn’t score its first goal until less than five minutes left in the second quarter and cut Towson’s lead to 3-1. Grant Whiteway beat White for his first goal in almost 25 minutes. However, redshirt senior attackman Max Siskind scored a few minutes later after faking out the Minutemen’s goalie. Parks was credited with the assist on Siskind’s sixth goal of the year. The Tigers went into halftime with a 4-1 lead, but were outshot by the Minutemen, 19-10, and picked up only seven ground balls to the Minutemen’s 18. Both teams struggled to score at the beginning of the third quarter until sophomore midfielder Mike Lynch scored his second goal of
the game midway through the third quarter. Lynch scored to make it 5-1 even with the Minutemen committing two penalties on the play.
We knew it was going to be a battle with UMass. Historically, UMass games are always physical and kind of low scoring. You got to find a way to win and I’m glad we were the team that did that. SHAWN NADELEN Head Coach
Lynch saw an expanded role against Massachusetts because Towson found out earlier in the week that redshirt senior midfielder Andrew Hodgson was lost for the season because of a knee injury.
Hodgson had 15 goals and four assists in just eight games this season. Before missing last season, Hodgson scored 27 goals and dished out 14 assists in 2013. “We’ve been handling adversity all year,” Nadelen said. “Our guys continue to stay positive. Andrew Hodgson has always been a big part of this, but our guys continue to embrace whoever is able to step up and be the guy and we’re going to play through whatever adversity comes our way.” The Minutemen scored the next two goals and cut the Tigers’ lead to 5-3 with less than 11 minutes left in the game. Whiteway and attacker Nick Mariano contributed goals to the comeback. Both teams battled until sophomore attackman Joe Seider helped put the game away with a goal with four minutes left. Seider leads the team with 21 goals and four assists. “Ben [McCarty] had a great dodge and dropped it back to me,” Seider said. “All the credit goes to him because he got me wide open
and I just tried to get my shot on the cage and put it somewhere [the goalie] couldn’t get it.” The Tigers held the Minutemen to their lowest goal-total of the season. “For us as a defense, we have to stay close together because we know that at some points the offense might struggle and the ball comes down to us,” senior defenseman JoJo Ostrander said. “So if we stay together as a defense, it always helps us out and builds us up.” Both teams had similar stats as the Minutemen won the face-off battle 7-6, but the team committed two more turnovers than the Tigers. Towson will be on the road next to take on the Delaware Blue Hens (4-7, 0-1 CAA) on Saturday. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. in Newark, Delaware.