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September 19, 2017
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
How political should sports be? Controversy continues to arise between sports and politics RYAN KIRBY Columnist
On Sept. 11, co-host of SportsCenter Jemele Hill sent a tweet that became very controversial because it stated, "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists." When ESPN found out about her tweet, they quickly issued a condemnation of her harsh words. On Sept. 13, Hill issued an apology for potentially expressing ESPN's image in a negative light, but did not apologize for her statement. The White House has strongly condemned Hill’s comment and demanded that ESPN fire her. Some complain that they don't believe politics should be interwoven with sports, and that the corporation should, "stick to sports." On the other hand, some individuals, myself included, believe that sports are inherently political. Sports have recently had controversies over Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the national anthem, players opting out of trips to the White House after winning a championship and LeBron James wearing an "I can't breathe" T-shirt. Athletes are prominent figures in American culture, and they are entitled to their own opinions. Every time a city or state gives a sports team a tax break, or an athlete takes a stand, sports become political. To say "stick to sports" is like telling an actor to only talk about their movie or TV show and nothing else. Athletes aren't one-dimensional human beings who only care
about sports, they care about politics and are entitled to use their medium to express their opinion. As much as I support Jemele Hill's right to free speech, and protecting her from retaliation by the government, I do believe ESPN had reason to be concerned. ESPN is a private business and they have to worry about their brand. If being seen as non-partisan is what they see as essential to their brand, then it is important that employees of ESPN try to exemplify their company's brand. Hill used an official ESPN Twitter account, as seen in her bio where she states she is a co-host of SportsCenter. Hill could have more quickly stated that the opinion was that of her own and not representative of ESPN, and it would have helped prevent any disciplinary action. I completely agree with Hill's right to use her medium to express her opinion, but we as a society have to be responsible for the words we choose and accept the consequences. The true irony comes from the swift and strong condemnation from the White House over Jemele Hill's comment. The fact that the White House more harshly condemned the comments of a sports analyst than they did of literal Nazis should be a real eye opener. Just let that sink in, whether you are a supporter of Trump, or not. The president of the United States had stronger words of condemnation for a sports analyst who said something mean about him, than actual white supremacists.
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September 19, 2017
The importance of finding balance in your life JORDAN COPE Senior Editor @jordancope26
Before we even step foot on a college campus, our parents, high school teachers and community leaders express the importance of doing well academically. I 100 percent agree with them that academics are crucial, but I’m also a firm
believer in having time to yourself. My freshman and sophomore year of college, I put too much pressure on myself to be perfect academically. I got so wrapped up in my studies that I found myself not knowing what I enjoyed to do with my freetime. Flash forward to my junior year of college, I turned the big 21. If I hadn’t turned 21, I don’t know if I would have survived college, seriously.
Every weekend, I found myself not stressing about school and going out with my friends. Believe it or not, I had my best academic year of college to date. Now in my senior year, I continue to do the same thing. I go out with my friends Thursday and Friday, take Saturday to visit family, and on Sunday I sit alone in my apartment and watch football. It is the best routine I have ever developed, and still,
I guess my point is this, life is all about balance, yin and yang. I think Aristotle put it best with the golden mean, or reaching the desirable middle between two extremes.
my grades continue to rise. Next year, when I’m hopefully a reporter in a new city, I plan on developing a new routine to keep myself sane, because life is constantly changing. I feel ridiculous, but what I’m about to say comes from my psychology 101 class this semester. Burnout is a real thing. There are all types of burnout: occupational, athletic, you name it. It came from my class, so you know it’s true. I guess my point is this, life is all about balance, yin and yang. I think Aristotle put it best with the golden mean, or reaching the desirable middle between two extremes. To everyone I see uptown every
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September 19, 2017
Towson to institute building naming policy Violent clashes during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of a counter-protester have pushed cities to debate whether or not to keep Confederate statues and monuments on display. Some cities, including Baltimore, have taken steps to remove those monuments. Baltimore City work crews removed four monuments under the cover of darkness in the days following the violence in Charlottesville. Here at Towson, a similar call has arisen to advocate for name changes of two on-campus residence halls, Paca House and Carroll Hall, and in the process, to implement a formal building-naming policy on campus. Paca House, which opened in 2008 as part of West Village Phase I, and Carroll Hall, which opened in fall 2016 as part of West Village phases III and IV, were named after Declaration of Independence signatories William Paca and Charles Carroll, respectively. Both Paca and Carroll owned slaves. Student activists Bilphena Yahwon and Breya Johnson have spent over one year campaigning together for these changes. “We’re right next to Baltimore,” said Johnson, who, this year, is vice president of the Student Government Association. “We’re right here. What happens in the city is connected to what happens here. So, when we’re removing Confederate monuments in the city, we have to look at what’s on our campus.” The University is close to implementing a naming policy that will provide a process “for transparency and inclusive consideration of a building name,” according to University President Kim Schatzel. The new policy will be submitted to the President’s Council on Wednesday, according to Vice President of Student Affairs Deb Moriarty, and assuming it is approved, it will be immediately implemented. The policy outlines a process to define honorific names and philanthropic names. It also defines who should be on a committee to approve a building name, as well as the criteria that needs to be considered for a name to be approved, according to Moriarty. SGA has been involved in the process, and has provided feedback on some of the language in the policy, to make it “a little more specific, without excluding important issues,” accord-
ing to SGA President James Mileo. Part of the language includes that the naming committees will exclude potential names of individuals who participated in immoral, unethical or illegal behavior. Johnson felt that this language was subject to interpretation and opinion, and pushed to include the term “anti-racist” in the policy, too. However, that was turned down, and instead, the policy includes a section that makes it a requirement for an individual from the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity to approve the name, too. “That’s when we ended up having to compromise on the Office of [Inclusion] and Institutional Equity being in there, so at least someone from there who has that mindset, who’s coming from that perspective, reviews the name,” Johnson said. According to Moriarty, the document has been written to be inclusive of all intentions, as well as to have a more positive way of framing those intentions. “We had a lot of language in the original one, and part of what we tried to do was try to find the phrases that capture the essence of it without including everything that will not be considered,” Moriarty said. When the original research was done for West Village housing before the building plans were implemented, all of the research for the names was done at the same time, even for Carroll Hall, which did not open until fall 2016. Each building followed a theme, “Famous Marylanders,” according to Moriarty. Noting a societal change, she said that the information that was available during the original research was not as transparent as it is today. “We were working with the history that was readily accessible at a point 10 years ago that is not as thorough as what is available in 2016,” Moriarty said. The Towerlight previously reported that student activists attended a September 2016 University System of Maryland Board of Regents meeting on campus to campaign for greater diversity measures and more inclusive building names. “From College Park to Towson University, our universities have chosen to pridefully advertise slave owners and white supremacists with statues, memorials and buildings,” said Yahwon, quoted in a previous Towerlight article. “This is an act of violence against black students.” USM Chancellor and former Towson University President Robert
File photo by Sam Shelton Student activists urged Towson University to change the names of insensitively-named buildings on campus at a University System of Maryland Board of Regents meeting in Sept. 2016. Caret established a USM Diversity and Inclusion Council, which resulted from input gathered from all 12 USM institutions by a regent workgroup. Former SGA Attorney General Patrick Mascio was appointed by former SGA President Taylor James to sit on the committee to review the building naming process, and worked alongside an internal SGA committee, according to Mileo. Caret made a statement on USM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion on Dec. 11, 2015 that reaffirmed the system’s commitment to “supporting and nurturing a culture of diversity, inclusion, and fairness” on all campuses. During the September 2016 Board of Regents meeting, Yahwon urged the regents to commit to their word. In terms of changing the names, Johnson stressed the importance of not downplaying how important symbolism in a campus environment. “So, for me, it’s not just the name, it’s the fact that that name is not a dealbreaker,” Johnson said. “I don’t want students to feel like their University, their administrators, their professors, whoever was involved in their process, doesn’t see racism as a dealbreaker.” However, Johnson feels that this is a larger issue that extends past the University and into the Board of Regents. “I think that the University System of Maryland should commit to this value, and they should look at all their names and understand where they are,” Johnson said. “I don’t think it should be just Towson and Maryland. It should be the system, and that’s why I think Bilphena and I are so adamant on this is something that Robert Caret should be doing. We’re very much a top-down kind of people, because...it’s the whole system.” The Towerlight has reached out to the Board of Regents for comment. They did not respond in time for our
print deadline, but we will update this story online with more information. Similar initiatives have been pushed at college and university campuses throughout the country and in Maryland, too. In 2015, the Board of Regents voted 12-5 to change the name of University of Maryland, College Park’s, Byrd Stadium to Maryland Stadium. The stadium was originally named for Harry C. “Curley” Byrd, who served as the University’s president from 1935 to 1954, but was also known for his opposition to integration during the early Civil Rights movement, according to reporting from the Baltimore Sun. Most recently, UMD’s marching band announced that they will no longer play the controversial state song, “Maryland, My Maryland” because of its Confederate ties. Leah Cox, Towson’s vice president for inclusion and institutional equity, has been in her position for just about eight months, and is part of the committee who worked to develop the new policy. Cox worked at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and was appointed to her position at Towson in December 2016, before officially starting on Jan. 23. She said that the impact of using names like Carroll and Paca is hurtful to the University’s growing diverse population. “Yes, there are some students who are unaware,” Cox said. “They wouldn’t know if you asked them who was Paca and who was Carroll, but, for those students who are aware, it is hurtful, and it’s a reminder that the people who we’ve chosen to name the buildings after were folks who would have never allowed you to be on this campus.” Mileo acknowledged that during URTU’s run for office last semester, they ran on an “idea of moving students from the margins to the centers.”
For Mileo, part of doing that involves acknowledging those students’ experiences. “When buildings are named after slave-owners or anyone who has committed atrocities against any specific group of people, we don’t want students to have to live in a building that’s named after that,” Mileo said. “Our black students on campus shouldn’t have to feel that weight going home to the place where they’re supposed to be [in] their safe space.” According to Mileo, the action plan once this policy is completed will be to put Carroll and Paca back through the policy to push for name changes. While Mileo said he is sure there would be some pushback on a decision to change the building names by people who may not agree with it, he is confident that those buildings will be renamed, and he is happy with the University’s increased reception of issues that SGA has brought up on behalf of students. “I like to say I represent all students, but I don’t represent the values of all students,” Mileo said. “And so, our values as an administration that students voted in, our values as students who love all people, are to make sure that all of our students are comfortable and feel safe on our campus. And so, this is something that has to happen in order to do that, so we’re going to do it.” Johnson believes that having this policy will save the University from “a lot of unnecessary backlash from students.” “I think it’s just going to really show people that their stance is serious, so it’s not performative,” Johnson said. “And, anything that’s not in line with their values is not welcome here. So you can donate all the money you want, but if you are not in line with this mission statement that we have here, you do not get to be represented here, and to me, that’s the larger thing.”
September 19, 2017
U of Baltimore invites DeVos to speak Sparks conversation of free speech on college campuses
University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke invited U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to be the school’s fall commencement speaker, eliciting protests from some UB students last week. Towson University President Kim Schatzel said Schmoke’s decision has influenced Towson to “take a look at how we invite University commencement speakers.” Until this year, TU did not have University commencement speakers, according to Schatzel. Starting in 2017, Towson now rotates which one of the six colleges will have a University commencement speaker. The college that is next in line in the rotation for that year selects their own commencement speaker, and that decision is approved by Schatzel and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Tim Chandler, according to Schatzel. The commencement speaker for the College of Business and Economics for the college’s commencement in May was PANDORA’s President Scott Burger. According to Schatzel, discussions about how the University should select commencement speakers are still in the early stages, but she said she wants all voices to be represented around the table before any decisions are made. Senior Claudia Mui said University of Baltimore’s decision to invite DeVos “was just a poor choice.” “The school should have known better,” Mui said. “But at the same time, I understand. I think schools [are trying] to push for opinions and trying to formulate your own and challenging the current speakers on campus. Of course, you have the right to go, and they have the right to invite her, and she has a right to speak. But I just think it was a poor choice to invite her.”
Senior Taijon Brown said UB’s selection of DeVos as their school’s commencement speaker is controversial. Brown acknowledged young college students’ courage to stand up for what they believe. “Compared to the generation before us, we’re more free-spirited and we have more opinions,” Brown said. “So, as far as free speech, we’re not really afraid to say what we want to say, or how we feel, which is a good thing.” The events at UB have reignited debates about free speech, including which speakers should be allowed to speak on college campuses. “I think everyone appreciates and supports the notion of freedom of speech, particularly on a University campus where the bringing together of intellectual ideas that might have disagreement as part of it is part of what we do in terms of an educational process,” Schatzel said. Richard Vatz, a professor of rhetoric and communication, said Schmoke’s invitation to DeVos does not necessarily endorse DeVos’s ideas or actions, rather it helps showcase a wider range of thought and expression. “Kurt Schmoke is one of the few major progressives in Maryland who truly believes in freedom of speech,” Vatz said. “He invited U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos because he understands that a college education includes hearing responsible principals with whom students may not agree.” Vatz said institutions of higher education have a responsibility to represent a diverse range of ideas. “Colleges and universities have an obligation to promote a diversity of political voices for their students over their academic careers,” Vatz said. Schatzel said that freedom of protest is not counterintuitive to freedom of speech, but rather part of it. “When students wish to be able to provide the fact that they’re protesting the individual’s perspectives, ideas, thoughts, ideologies – to be able to have the protest be part
File photo by Cody Boteler Amidst University of Baltimore protests over inviting speakers to campus, Towson revisits the debate on free speech. Freedom Square has served as one of TU’s venues for speech and expression. of the freedom of speech aspect is something that we should recognize,” she said. Schatzel added that it is important to have a safe and civil exchange of perspectives, particularly on topics with which people may disagree on. “It doesn’t preclude the person from being necessarily able to talk, but the fact of the matter is that we need to provide space for either counternarratives to be listened to, as well as to be able to have those counternarratives to be heard,” Schatzel said. “All of this should be shrouded in the fact that it’s a safe environment and the fact that it’s a civil environment, and sometimes there’s tensions that make that difficult to be able to do.” Vatz said students have a right to protest and express their disagreement with a speaker under the same First Amendment that protects free-
dom of speech, but Vatz also believes protesters should not stop speakers from speaking. “Student protests are consistent with the principle of freedom of speech, as long as they are not disruptive to the point of stopping a speaker from speaking and as long as the protesters accept the consequences of their actions, such as missing class,” he said. Vatz recognizes that speech can be limited when it is unconstitutional or violates human rights. However, he believes that universities on the whole are slanted towards supporting more liberal points-of-view. “There is a struggle throughout the country regarding universities’ according freedom of speech to conservative faculty and students,” Vatz said. “There is no reason to believe that most Universities perceive there to be a problem wherein conservatives
are neither hired nor given promotion and tenure nor accorded a seat at the table in liberal-conservative disputes.” Vatz believes that Schatzel, Vice President for Inclusion and Institutional Equity Leah Cox, and former TU President Maravene Loeschke have all supported freedom of speech at Towson. “Towson’s late president Maravene Loeschke was a stern believer in freedom of speech at Towson and willingly accepted criticisms for such,” Vatz said. “Our current President [Kim Schatzel] and our Vice President for Inclusion and Institutional Equity [Leah Cox] appear to support academic freedom for all political views, but more time will be needed to assess the extent of their devotion to this principle.” - Bailey Hendricks contributed to this story.
September 19, 2017
Schatzel responds to Title IX reforms NATALIE BLAND Staff Writer
MARCUS DIETERLE News Editor
Towson University remains committed to preventing sexual assault and misconduct, and supporting survivors of sexual assault as part of Title IX procedures, according to a Sept. 13 statement from TU President Kim Schatzel. “We will remain steadfast in this commitment as we work to influence and implement any future recommendations that may come from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE),” Schatzel said in the statement. Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination or exclusion in education on the basis of a person’s sex. Under this law, schools must also protect against sexual harassment and sexual assault. Schools that receive federal funding, including Towson University, are required to comply with Title IX. Schatzel’s statement came in response to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s Sept. 7 speech at George Mason University in which DeVos said D.O.E. plans to roll back certain Title IX procedures in regard to campus sexual assault. “We do not know the nature or timing of these reforms, but we are
prepared to offer feedback on Title IX procedures to the DOE’s Office of Civil Rights,” Schatzel said in her statement. “In doing so, we will continue to advocate for measures that improve—not diminish—safety and fairness on our campus and on campuses across the country.” In her statement, Schatzel encouraged all members of the Towson community to report sexual misconduct to the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity. “Our intention is to be able to provide the most complete protection and advocacy, as well as support around [Title IX],” Schatzel said in an interview. “Going forward, we’re not looking at backing off at all.” Schatzel said Towson will have to wait until more specific statements come from the Trump administration, but that TU will continue to protect students against sex discrimination. Towson’s Student Government Association unanimously passed a resolution on Sept. 12 to “[uphold] Obama-era guidelines for handling sexual violence on Towson University’s campus.” The resolution, which was introduced by SGA Senator Brendan Straub on behalf of SGA Vice President Breya Johnson, is meant to “hold Towson University accountable,” in compliance with Obama-era Title IX procedures, according to Johnson. Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Justice released a “Dear Colleague Letter on
File photo by Marcus Dieterle The SGA and the Sexual Assault Peer Educators have helped promote “It’s on Us,” a national campaign that Towson University joined in order to help spread awareness about sexual assault. Transgender Students” in which the DOJ said the prohibition of sex discrimination, which was already part of Title IX, encompassed discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, including discrimination based on a student’s transgender identity. “We’ll see what and if results from the review by the Department of Education, but our position is that we’re going to maintain the types of policies and processes that we have on campus,” Schatzel said. Schatzel said Towson University will absolutely continue to maintain protections for transgender students. In November 2016, Towson University partnered with “It’s On Us,” the national campaign which is aimed at changing the campus culture around sexual assault. As an It’s On Us Campus Innovation
Partner School, Towson works with other partner schools to combat sexual violence on college campuses by educating campus community members about consent and bystander intervention, and by supporting survivors of sexual assault. In addition to Title IX, there are various other laws that protect students. Students are protected under the Towson sexual misconduct policy, Maryland state law, the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. “Title IX is a very powerful tool, but there’s also a lot of other mechanisms for students under which students have rights and protections,” said Sexual Violence Prevention Educator Kailah Carden, “Just encouraging students to know all of their rights, including but not limited to Title IX, is important.”
By promoting Title IX, Lead Sexual Assault Peer Educator Rebecca Robinson hopes to create comfort around the topic of consent. “My main goal is to have a safe space for students to come and talk about the importance of consent,” Robinson said. “Knowledge is key.” There will be events throughout the semester promoting awareness and inclusion. There will be a Heartprint Project in Cook Library on Sept. 20, where TU community members can add their “heartprint” to an “I love consent” banner. There will also be a Together Tigers Can End Sexual Violence Resource Fair in the University Union on Sept. 27, where community members can learn about various resources on and off campus for preventing and responding to sexual violence.
is still not too far from their age.” Otieno said. In addition to tutoring students at five Baltimore City public schools, Towson students also volunteer and do federal work study at the Department of Juvenile Services evening reporting center. Each of Towson’s America Counts tutors works between one and 20 hours per week. “The students who attend the Department of Juvenile Services must come to the evening reporting center after school to get homework help and have access to different resources,” Otieno said. Schmitz said that some of the students she tutors did not receive the necessary encouragement while growing up. “Some of these kids have been told that they’re stupid and that
they won’t succeed, and because they come from an impoverished area they often do not have people in their lives telling them that education is important,” Schmitz said. Through the America Counts program, students’ perspective on education changes for the better, Schmitz said. “You’d be surprised at how their attitude towards school changes when you encourage them,” she said. Otieno has only been coordinating the program for a few months, but she said she has already seen the difference it has made on the community and all of the people who work behind the scenes to make it happen. Schmitz said she has worked as an America Counts tutor for several semesters. She said the opportu-
nities to be a positive influence in the students’ lives and practice the skills she will use as a teacher are some of the reasons she continues coming back. “There are multiple reasons I’ve returned to America Counts for several semesters,” Schmitz said. “The primary reason is that the kids look forward to being tutored, and it feels really good to have a positive impact in their lives. I also get a lot of practice explaining mathematical concepts, which will help me in the future when I become a teacher.” To get involved with America Counts, Towson students must pass at least one University level math course, or have learned at least a 500 in Math on their SAT. -- To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
TU tutors Baltimore City middle-schoolers in math KRISTIN HADLEY Contributing Writer
Towson University students are tutoring sixth, seventh and eighth grade Baltimore City students in math as part of the America Counts program. America Counts tutor Rachel Schmitz said that being a tutor is about helping students improve their math skills, and being a mentor to the kids, too. “In past semesters, I’ve seen students grow in their mathematical abilities,” Schmitz said. “They’ve gotten better with multiplication, division and solving equations. However, they’ve also learned that if they work hard then they’re capable of getting good grades. Once they realize that they’re capable of doing math, they become excited by the thought that they could go to
college and be whatever they want.” Baltimore City public school teachers select students to participate in America Counts who have demonstrated effort in the classroom, but need more one-onone tutoring, said Sylvia Otieno, Towson’s America Counts program coordinator. “Tutors have been really inspiring to the kids that they are tutoring because the kids look up to the tutors as someone in college who’s taking time out of their day to come help them,” she said. Otieno said the partnership between TU tutors and the middle school students is strengthened by the fact that the two groups are closer in age than the students and their classroom teachers. “College students are the closest thing they have to an adult that
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Arts & Life
RiRi’s Fenty Beauty makes some waves KERRY INGRAM Staff Writer
In messages for the world, the writing is on the bodies JESSICA RICKS Staff Writer
Even on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, people are usually careful to screen what they post, but one event dared participants to forget privacy and bare their souls — and their skin — to the world. Where social media allows users to cultivate the image of themselves which they desire, the Dear World organization aims to crack even the most private stories open, because even the most personal stories can present the opportunity for solace within a community. “My parents divorced when I was four,” said Chambers, a senior. “It didn’t affect me until they remarried. The aftermath has had an effect on my life and my relationship with my father.” “It hasn’t been the same” was her personal message, one of many that were shared during the event. The Division of Student Affairs and Office of Student Activities hosted Dear World on Sept. 13-14, giving members of Towson’s campus an opportunity to share their experiences. The event began on Wednesday as a preview with several members of SGA, faculty and members of other student organizations. There, they got to see what Dear World is all
about: sharing meaningful messages through portraits, and building community throughout the world. “No matter what, no matter where we go, we find that people have things in common - people that they love, and stories that they tell,” said Dear World Storyteller Casandra Corrales. On Thursday, everyone in school was invited to attend an open event in the University Union in the afternoon and a more formal event in the evening, where Corrales gave a presentation, several students shared their stories to the audience, and everyone in attendance got to create their own portraits. As part of the Dear World project, everyone was asked to construct their own messages by brainstorming important moments in their life, sharing with others, and coming up with a message that defines them. They then wrote the messages on their bodies and proudly posed for their own portraits. “The portrait is a lede to a story only you can tell,” Corrales said. “The message should evoke curiosity.” The project now known as Dear World started in New Orleans in 2009 after Hurricane Katrina. It began as a way for members of the community to show love for their city and boost morale during the repair process. One man stepped in front of the camera and did something different
than the others. He presented the message “Cancer free” written on his chest, as he had just found out he was in remission only moments ago, and the facilitators of Dear World realized this was about so much more than what was originally intended. “I encourage everyone to have hard conversations,” said Corrales to the portrait volunteers. “Be curious. Open up to vulnerability.” Today, Dear World consists of five storytellers who travel around the world taking portraits. To this day they have taken 70,000 portraits of individuals like the Pulse Nightclub survivors, Syrian refugees, and people involved in tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing. “Creating a connection is what we strive for,” said Corrales. “Give people an opportunity to speak and they will share their experiences with others.” Participants of Dear World wrote messages that were personal, such as Vice President for Student Affairs Deb Moriarty, whose message was about a big change in her life, or Jharana Chalise, whose message was, “As I got older I understood” to represent coming to terms with her past. “It's easy for me to feel unwanted. I have to realize I'm all I need,” said Jordan Ogbonna, whose written message was, “I had to make a home for myself.”
The tides are finally changing in beauty and I could not be happier. Last week, I wrote about the launch of Fenty Beauty, Rihanna’s new makeup line. As I predicted, the line ended up being a HUGE success, and although one would assume that has a lot to do with the fact that it was curated by one of music’s biggest pop icons, the line’s success actually had a lot to do with its versatility. Fenty Beauty has a total of 40 different foundation shades, in a range of undertones, that work to actually match people.Rihanna understood that there were groups of individuals being “left out” in the beauty world due to the lack of diverse shades offered from other brands, and decided to market her product towards those people. Her philosophy when creating the line was that everyone should be able to participate, and the clear success of such a philosophy has now brought other brands to follow in her footsteps, or at least
attempt to do so. It’s no secret that Rihanna is doing what other beauty brands may see as trendsetting — customers of color will hopefully soon (finally) be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a product to complement their skin tones — but we have to wonder about brand motives. Kylie Cosmetics was one of the first to promote inclusivity after Fenty Beauty’s launch, taking to social media to post a picture of a darker model donning some of Kylie Jenner’s products as a way to showcase that the line could work on a range of complexions. Unfortunately for Jenner, that post received tons of backlash for unoriginality, and commenters refused to support it since only a limited number of the brand’s products actually worked for different complexions. Kylie Cosmetics has since deleted the post. Sephora prestige brand Too Faced took to social media in a similar fashion, however with a bit more thought put into their strategy. --Read the rest of this column online at www.thetowerlight.com.
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Participants first documented their ledes on each other (top) before posing for a portrait (bottom) and then sharing with others.
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CHLOË WILLIAMS Columnist
Listening to your favorite songs is the best, but think of all the music out there you haven’t heard. Expand your horizons today with this list of songs that I almost guarantee you’re not familiar with. Who knows — you might find your new favorite track! 1. “Flowers and Birds” by Flowers and Birds “Flowers and Birds” is the ultimate hippie feel-good song. This song presents an acoustic feel with guitar, bass, tasteful vibraslap and cheery group vocals. Whether you’re taking a pleasant walk through campus, studying on the lawn, or de-stressing in your dorm, turn on “Flowers and Birds” for the perfect session of serenity. You might even find yourself resonating with the heartfelt lyrics, “Can’t have too many good jams/Can’t have too many good friends.” 2. “Seven Circles” by Statues of Cats With a chiming piano, faraway vocals, chill beat and an unforeseen electric guitar, this song will hook you from the start. “Seven Circles” experiments with different feels all throughout the piece while still staying true to the main theme. This song is a unique piece and definitely one to add to your daily playlist. 3. “Any Day” by New Beat Fund This song uniquely blends an electronic reggae-inspired feel with a funky pop chorus. You are almost guaranteed to get a laugh out of “Any Day;” the premise of the song is a guy trying to get away from a girl who has become a little obsessive, or in lead singer Burnie Baker’s words, “[lost] her noodles.” Clean guitar matches well with a catchy drumbeat to create a song that is meant to have you dancing along. 4. “Daisy Eyes” by I Know Leopard “Daisy Eyes” is the perfect song to bring out the “hipster trash” in you. The song fades into a funky guitar rhythm and seriously sick drum beat that later transitions into a spacey, ambient feel. The flow of the song will have you sincerely hooked and wondering what comes next. The vocal effects feel far-away, sending you off and away from here. Even the vocalist sounds as though he is from another era of music, reminiscent of singers from indie bands past. 5. “U Make Me Sick” by HOLYCHILD This song is one of the best examples of brat pop I have ever come across;
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which essentially means that it features harsh electronic beats matched with sugary sweet vocals. “U Make Me Sick” pulls off the blending of such opposites with perfection. Seemingly simple, this song is actually catchy, clever and even features a surprise guitar solo. 6. “High School Lover” by Cayucas This groovy song has a catchy bassline, driving drumbeat and overall chill feel. As an indie rock tune with pop inspiration, it’s sure to give you those hipster vibes we all crave. The vocalist manages to give the lyrics so much punch and bounce while still keeping an overall light mood. The unique background ambience is sure to make you feel like you’re partying with the band. 7. “Rum ‘n’ Cola” by Jenny Broke the Window “Rum ‘n’ Cola” is a mellow track perfect for slow evenings and rainy days. The tone is wistful, while upbeat handclaps will still have you nodding along in time. This song features a prominent and grooving bass, rock n’ roll drums, lyrical violin and clean guitar patterns. Add in a dark, driving piano and silkysmooth lyrics and you have the recipe for the perfect daily jam. 8. “Cool As You” by The Kenneths
Here is one for all the fast-paced punk lovers. Simple but energetic, this song is action-packed with a gravelly guitar solo, humorous lyrics and punching drum set. This small band from London knows rock ‘n’ roll and this two-minute track is all the proof you need. The song ends with a dramatic cry out, “I just wanna be as cool as you!” 9. “Fire!” by Baby Baby Beginning with bouncy guitar, bass and sleigh bells, this song evolves into an absolute party. The lyrics are sung with dramatic expression by a voice that has an excitable and unfamiliar delivery. The bridge offers a lamenting cry out to “go home” and turns into a spectacular breakdown finale. A soft “Set my heart on fire” carries the song away into a gentle fading out. 10. “Sheila” by White Reaper “Sheila” is a driving, dirty punk piece that plays with mellow tones and faraway vocals. The chorus delivers a chiming tone with an almost shuffle-like feel. After a guitar and drum outcry, two ascending guitar lines present themselves; one high and loud, one darker and gravelly. “Sheila” has a flirtation with multiple music styles that makes it a piece that can appeal to any taste.
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This guitar is personalized by the father/daughter duo known as “Flowers and Birds,” which makes feelgood music to bop along to.
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Grace Kane stayed up all night writing her play, “The Cool Breeze Club,” to be performed the very next evening as part of the event.
Towson plays with the creative process ANN MORENO Contributing Writer
From Friday night to the following Saturday night, Towson students had 24 hours to write, direct and perform six plays that were wholly their own, with no outside help. The event, called the 24 Hour Play Slam, was coordinated by the Towson University Department of Theatre Arts on Sept. 15-16, to give participants an unique opportunity to dive into the creative process with no distractions. The event was created by a graduate theatre student who pitched the idea and partnered with Towson Associate Professor David White in 2007, who now advises Play Slam every year. “Being able to get a lot of people together and make art is a really unique experience,” White said. “My favorite part of the Play Slam is anytime the students are having the most fun.” Senior acting major Becca Glantz participated in the committee that organized the event. “Organizing Play Slam takes a lot of collaborating with your peers,” said Glantz. “The plays are all written and directed within twenty-four hours. To select the playwrights and directors we just want to know that you’ve written or directed before, and that you know the basics.” When asked why she loved the event, Glantz said, “It’s the first time I met so many people in such a quick amount of time, and it’s impossible to not be
friends with them after.” The 24 Hour Play Slam began with a meeting Friday night to determine which actors the playwrights and directors were given to create their play. After the meeting, the selected playwrights had until 7 a.m. Saturday morning to finish writing their scripts. The playwrights stayed the night in the Center for the Arts, and stayed awake the entire night writing their own, totally original plays. “I was given the prompt and spent 20 minutes screaming mentally,” Alex Harrington, junior theatre studies major and Play Slam playwright said. “The idea finally came to me at 1 a.m. this morning. I chose to write a play for the Play Slam because the idea scared me.” Harrington said that Play Slam brought life to her ideas. “The best part was getting to hear the first readthrough of my play after I worked so hard on it all night,” Harrington said. “It felt like it was no longer just on paper, it was real.” The directors worked with the actors from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in order to produce six stunning performances of the freshly-written plays that night. “My favorite part of the Play Slam is the final product because the actors are so nervous about it, but the audience gives them so much,” senior acting major Christy Czajkowski said. “The audience is so generous. It livens the whole piece.” --Read the rest of this article online at www.thetowerlight.com.
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THE “MOTHER!” OF ALL HORROR FILMS MATT MCDONALD Columnist
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The hit Disney film Inside Out (2015) tells the story of an 11-year old girl named Riley who moves into a new town and begins to struggle with mental health issues. Her emotions (pictured above) guide the story.
Health groups join together for education, awareness KERRY INGRAM Staff Writer
“Feelin’ You,” an event coordinated by Towson University’s Health Center, Sexual Assault Peer Educators (SAPEs) and Body Image Peer Educators, worked to promote healthy communication in relation to sex, body image and emotions Sept. 15. The event was held at the Potomac Lounge in the University Union, and included various activities to encourage communication amongst attendees, as well as a free screening of the Disney film “Inside Out.” “The first six weeks of a semester is when students experience the most high-risk situations in terms of their physical and emotional health,” said Craig Scott, coordinator of the “Feelin’ You” event. “The goal is to prevent those situations from happening, as much as possible.” An intimate group of students gathered outside the lounge beforehand to connect with one another and discuss their struggles with self-image and communication. “I don’t feel like I’m good when it comes to opening up to people,” said Rebekah Rivas, an elementary education major and transfer student at Towson. “I’m hoping to learn more about how to easily
express myself.” SAPEs and the Body Image Peer Educators welcomed free communication, tabling outside the Potomac Lounge to greet and teach event attendees. One table included an affirmation scale, which provided an inspirational quote instead of a calculated weight whenever a person stepped on it. Free washable tattoos were also provided, allowing guests to mingle while getting a temporary mark of recognition for attending the awareness event. Each table had pamphlets and brochures providing information in regard to personal health, and the peer educators running the tables were full of further statistics and data that contributed to the night by introducing new considerations. “One in four women in their lifetime will experience sexual assault,” said Leila Young, the Community Service and Outreach Lead for SAPE. SAPE’s Social Media Lead, Nicole Mueller, had more stats to add to the conversation. “One in three women will experience relationship violence in their lifetime,” Mueller said. “For men, it’s one in four. It’s important for us to have these types of events on Towson’s campus so people can see these issues as real, and so that we can promote safer
sex and sex positivity.” According to Kiran Kaur, a Towson graduate assistant and Body Image Peer Educator, events advocating the importance of mental and physical health have been held at Towson before, but “Feelin’ You” is the first major collaboration between organizations. “This is the first time all of our groups are coming together,” Kaur said. “I think this is a nice, open scenario for communication, and the fact that we’re all peer educators and we all cover different realms of health is helpful. It’ll help make students feel more comfortable to speak with us.” Bringing college students together to openly communicate was the common goal agreed upon by everyone, and for some students, the event allowed for just that. “Initially, I came for the movie, and then it was more motivation to come once I learned it was focused on health and communication,” Rivas said. “Now, I see that it’s cool and totally okay to discuss what you’re going through. It really helps.” The event drew a smaller group of students than anticipated; however, Scott still saw the night as a nice success. “If I could just impact even just one student, that’s enough,” Scott said. “I still know that at least one person has been helped.”
3/4 Before I say anything, I want to strongly emphasize discretion when going to see this movie. If you are easily emotional, I would go into the theater with caution. “Mother!” is a disturbing psychological thriller that keeps you invested — or trapped — from the very beginning. A well-known poet with an extreme case of writer’s block (Javier Bardem) and his wife (Jennifer Lawrence) live in a secluded house in the middle of a forest, and when strangers consistently appear at the house, the poet has no qualms about letting them stay for a few nights despite his wife’s apprehension. However, the more guests that appear, the more out of control and dangerous the situation becomes. When she can’t trust her unreliable husband’s sanity any longer, Lawrence’s character must take matters into her own hands, and along the way finds out more about her husband, the house and herself than she thought possible. This movie is without a doubt in my mind the most twisted and distressing movie I have ever seen. That being said, it is extremely well done. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the same director of “Requiem for a Dream” and “Black Swan,” this seemingly suspenseful mystery becomes a claustrophobic assault on the senses and emotions. Starting in what seems to be the middle, there is not a whole lot of setup; the movie goes right into a plot immersed in a perturbing tone. These set-ups con-
tinue for about half the film, never once answering a single question brought up. When the climax does hit, it hits hard. Within minutes you are thrown into a whirlwind of confusion and anarchy, quickly escalating to an onslaught of violence and chaos that doesn’t let up or let you breathe for almost thirty minutes. While it’s easy to say that a major problem with this movie is how abstract and confusing it is, I think that wouldn’t be giving the movie enough credit. However, I do have one large issue with it. The whole movie figuratively and literally hits the audience over the head with metaphors for Catholicism and the Bible. This in and of itself is very interesting and complex, giving something to think and talk about. Yet there are multiple points in the plot where things happen for no other reason than to serve this metaphor and not to advance the story in any way, specifically in the climax, in which the intensity is taken to an unnecessarily taxing level only to be mentally draining. “Mother!” definitely left an imprint on me. There are undoubtedly many people who will hate this movie for its message or its execution, but it doesn’t shy away or try to please anyone. It knows its story and its purpose and runs with it. There will be many interpretations made and questions raised about this film, and I’m not sure many will be answered. It doesn’t cross the line; it picks up the line and throws it away. Without the theory of metaphor, it is solely a perplexing, uncontainable and almost animalistic piece of art.
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“Mother!” stars Academy award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence as a woman whose husband’s poor decisions lead directly to danger.
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The Tigers sweep the competition in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational this weekend JESSIE L. BAIRD Staff Writer
Towson won the Golden Grizzlies Invitational in Rochester, Michigan, this weekend to remain unbeaten following the team’s 3-2 victory against Oakland Saturday afternoon. “The Oakland team we saw tonight has been our toughest competition of the season so far,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “We knew that they were a strong team, but if we matched power with power, attitude with attitude and effort with effort, there is no way we couldn’t come out on top.” Juniors Jocelyn Kuilan and Anna Holehouse led the way for the Tigers (14-0). Kuilan, the tournament MVP, recorded 41 kills, 14 digs and five blocks over the weekend. Holehouse registered 65 digs and 14 assists throughout the event. Junior Carola Biver also impressed, putting up 29 kills and 36 digs over the weekend. All three players were named to the all-tournament team. In the Saturday afternoon matchup against the Golden Grizzlies (5-7), Towson battled to a 22-22 tie in the first set before closing the set 25-22 to go up 1-0. The tight competition continued in the second set with 10 early lead changes taking place.
An error by the Golden Grizzlies ultimately pushed the Tigers to a 25-22 win and give them a 2-0 advantage. Oakland continued to fight, though, as they came back to capture the next two sets, 25-17 and 25-19, tying the match 2-2 and forcing a fifth set. Towson jumped out to a 5-0 lead behind a kill from sophomore outside hitter Annie Ertz and four unforced Oakland errors. Oakland battled back to make it 9-7, but a service ace from freshman defender Camryn Allen and a kill from Kuilan gave TU a 3-2 victory. Four Tigers recorded double-digit kills. Kuilan lead the way with 11, while Ertz recorded 10 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore setter Marrisa Wonders contributed 28 assists and Holehouse added 24 digs in the match. “The girls did a great job resetting between the fourth and fifth set and came out strong,” Metil said. “Matches like these really make them dig down deep and shows what your team is made of.” Towson swept the first match of Saturday’s doubleheader against Kent State (1-9) in straight sets 3-0. The Tigers captured the first set 25-10 behind four kills to end the set by Junior Olamide Sonuga. The second
set was more competitive, but Towson edged past Kent State, 26-24. The team closed out the final set 25-20 on a kill from senior Julymar Otero to sweep the competition. Biver and Wonders led the way for the Tigers with double-doubles. Biver had 14 kills and 15 digs while Wonders recorded 27 assists and 13 digs. Towson began the weekend Friday night with a 3-1 win against Fort Wayne (7-6) that included 32 ties and 13 lead changes. The Tigers won the first set 25-23, before dropping the second set that went into extra points. With the match even at 1-1, Towson took the next two sets 25-22 and 26-24 to win. The Tigers are one of seven Division-I schools who remain undefeated, including fellow Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) member James Madison (9-0) and out of state powerhouses Penn State, Miami, Florida, Wisconsin and Minnesota.. Towson returns to competition on Sept. 22, as the team opens CAA play against Elon, followed by a trip to William & Mary on Sept. 24. “They say the toughest thing to do is to win your own conference and now it is time to show up,” Metil said.
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tu loses tight battles Towson falls to Georgetown, Temple at home
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Sophomore kicker Aidan O’Neill drilled three field goals Saturday night against Saint Francis. He hit from 33 yards in the third quarter and naied a 38-yard kick with under five minutes left to play. His last kick was a 42-yard game winner in the final seconds of play.
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Sophomore midfielder Nikki Logan evades two Temple defenders near the sideline. The Tigers had several chances to score, but could not convert. The match went into double overtime and ended in a draw.
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Towson wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 2-0 loss against Georgetown Sunday at the Tiger Soccer Complex. The Tigers (3-5-2) were constantly on their heels throughout the loss to the Hoyas (6-2-1), an NCAA Final Four participant last year. The Hoyas dominated time of possession with good passing and applied constant pressure on the Tigers offense whenever they lost the ball. That pressure paid off for Georgetown just under 20 minutes into the game when junior forward Caitlin Farrell dribbled past several Towson defenders and found space at the edge of the area before curling a shot past redshirt senior goalkeeper Taylor Sebolao. Sebolao has had a tremendous season so far, accumulating 56 saves over just 10 games.
The Tigers managed only one shot on goal before halftime. Senior defender Kelsey Ritter registered that shot, but saw it halted by Hoyas’ junior goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman. The second half was similar to the first as Towson could not compete with the intensity of Georgetown. The Tigers struggled all game long to find any consistency with their passing and attacking movement. “We played hard, we played smart, we played disciplined,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said.“[Georgetown] has a lot of their same players back so they have an arsenal of firepower [and] we limited what their quality options were, but they were good enough.” The Hoyas put the game away early in the second half off a corner. Senior midfielder Rachel Corboz sent in a cross that sophomore defender Meaghan Nally headed into the net. Towson had a more competitive contest Friday afternoon as the team
played to a 0-0 draw against Temple. The Tigers played exceptionally well defensively, despite facing constant pressure. The Owls (3-3-1) played a fastpaced brand of soccer, forcing Sebolao into seven saves. The Tigers put five shots on target, applying pressure as well. Towson’s closest scoring opportunity occurred when sophomore forward Elizabeth Coletti sent a cross into the box that was too high for a header attempt and deflected off the crossbar. Despite double overtime and several scoring chances for both teams, neither found the back of the net, leading to a scoreless tie. Towson looks to rebound from an unproductive offensive performance in order to turn this season around. The Tigers begin Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play against Delaware Sunday. Opening kick is set for 1 p.m.
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Protected by an improving offensive line, redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stover continues his impressive rookie campaign, finishing the game with 322 yards (Above). Junior safety Monty Fenner leads a speedy Towson secondary. Sophomore defensive back Justice Pettus-Dixon registered seven tackles and an interception in the game (Below).
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Towson defeated Saint Francis (PA) 16-14 in dramatic fashion Saturday evening thanks to a game-winning field goal off the foot of sophomore kicker Aidan O’Neill. “I was really impressed by how these young guys just decided that the distractions weren’t going to get in the way,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “Good teams find a way, especially far away from home.” Despite an attempt from Saint Francis (PA) to ice O’Neil, the New Paltz, New York, native hit a 43-yard attempt in the final seconds of play to secure Towson its second win of the season. The Tigers (2-1) handed the Red Flash (2-1) their first home loss since 2014 thanks to an impressive final drive led by redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stover. Stover led the team from its own 16-yard line into field goal range in the final 2:24 of play. Stover looked confident on the last drive, completing four straight
passes to get Towson to its own 41-yard line. Saint Francis committed a costly targeting penalty, then Stover connected with junior wide receiver Jabari Greenwood to set Towson up at the 21-yard line. Towson kneeled the ball to milk the clock, then O’Neill drilled the game-winning field goal with room to spare. “I thought he played well, he was very poised,” Ambrose said. “Anybody that has ever followed Towson football, exciting finishes is kind of like what we do.” The Tigers overcame a turnover-filled first half. The offense struggled to convert on scoring opportunities, fumbling the ball on its first three consecutive drives in the red zone. The Red Flash capitalized on the first fumble, scoring on a short touchdown pass to cap off a 95-yard drive. Towson’s offense gained momentum in the second half, hitting a 33-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to get on the scoreboard. Stover put together another scoring drive early in the final quarter. His biggest play came when he scrambled for 31 yards and took a
late hit penalty on the play to put the Tigers in the red zone. Three plays later, freshman running back Adrian Platt plunged into the end zone for his first career touchdown to give Towson a 10-7 lead. Later in the fourth, O’Neill hit his second field goal of the night to give Towson a 13-7 lead with 3:42 left in the game. Saint Francis responded quickly, scoring another short touchdown to take a 14-13 lead over Towson. The touchdown gave Saint Francis its last lead of the game before Stover led the game-winning drive. “A really young group of kids found a way to win a ball game with a whole bunch of injuries and a bunch of stuff going against us, far away from home, against a playoff team,” Ambrose said. Towson will look to carry its momentum into the final matchup of its three-game road trip as the team begins Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play at Stony Brook on Saturday. The teams will match up in Stony Brook, New York. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.