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Opinion

September 5, 2017

Looking forward to Lessons from living alone thriving discussions SARAH ROWAN Editor-in-Chief @sarmarrow

For me, junior year has brought with it a lot of changes already. I have a new job, I’m taking some harder classes, I bought a car...but most importantly, I moved into my own apartment. In the ~two whole weeks (!!!)~ that my roommate and I have been there, I’ve definitely gained some #realworld knowledge, and I’ve decided to impart some of this (self-proclaimed and quite possibly semi-nonexistent) wisdom upon you. I present to you, Sarah’s 10 lessons learned from living alone: 1. You can never have enough eggs. I’m not kidding. If you like them, eggs can be literal food lifesavers. Buy ‘em cheap, scramble ‘em quick. Or, I dunno, get fancy and make a frittata or something. Whatever floats your boat. 2. Food goes bad, and you have to clean your fridge and pantry. I learned this the hard way after waking up excited to eat a bagel for breakfast,

but resolving myself to eating...you guessed it...eggs, instead. The bagel was moldy, I was sad and I learned my lesson. 3. Learn the layout of your grocery store to avoid looking like a lost child. On my first trip to Wegmans by myself, I was approached three separate times by people asking if I needed help finding anything. And like, yeah, I did. I had spent the past 10 minutes circling the store looking for beans. But did I tell them that? No I did not. 4. On that note, grocery shopping may not work out too well. I spent $70 on my first trip to the grocery store, but probably only ate about one-third of what I bought. The rest eventually found its way to my trash can. 5. NEVER underestimate the power of free food. I don’t know how I’d survive without the amount of pizza I’ve received from on-campus events, my parents and my friends. 6. You may have to adjust your sleep to fit your upstairs neighbors’ schedules. My neighbors are really nice, but on Tuesdays at 7 a.m., they’re up and walking around, and I’m...not. Not at all.

7. Unpack your clothes. I still haven’t unpacked mine, and my room is a mess. Don’t be like me. Also, wash your dishes. It’s super tempting to not do it, but flies are gross. 8. Maintenance is your friend. My roommate and I had to call them late at night for a pretty bad water leak in our bathroom, and they were quite literally there in two minutes. 9. Call your family! You know you miss them, and, at least for me, talking to my mom at the end of a long day really makes everything a little better. Food begging optional. 10. It’s an obvious one, but make sure you stay on top of your bills. Apartment management companies can sometimes be pretty bad at communication, so it’s up to you to keep everything in line. I hope at least some of that was useful and/or helpful. Most of these lessons came out of my own mistakes, so I can already guarantee that there’ll be more down the line. The bottom line is that sometimes, living by yourself seems a little surreal, and it’s not as “#realworld” as you may have thought. But, that’s life,

Get inspired with these tracks KYNDALL CUNNINGHAM Columnist

If you’re anything like me, the first month of school requires heavy amounts of new music to stream between classes and during study time. If you’re really like me, you like music that will either soothe all of your fall semester anxiety or rile up the angry college girl in you. In fact, some of my fondest fall memories are songs or albums, and since I don’t have anything else in particular to write about, I figured I would give you a list of college radio, feminist songs to empower and inspire you at work, school or whatever you’re doing. “Drew Barrymore” by SZA. This is my favorite song on the

album because of the way SZA bluntly sings about her womanly insecurities within a relationship. Whether it be her physical appearance, sex or the unrealistic expectations of being a woman, SZA does not shy away from being the awkward black girl. She even sarcastically apologizes for not shaving her legs at night. “Alone” by Halsey. If you couldn’t tell by the title, “Alone” is an anthem for introverted women who might be seen as standoffish. In this song, Halsey describes being so closed off that she can easily forget about her male or female lovers. Despite her “manic pixie dream girl” appearance, most of Halsey’s music dimin-

ishes the idea that she’s the perfect girl to fall in love with (i.e. “Bad At Love”). “Chanel” by Frank Ocean. Ocean released this song early in the year, but I still don’t believe it’s gotten the recognition it deserves. It may not necessarily be considered a “feminist” song, but if you have a soft spot for carefree black boys who redefine masculinity, you will enjoy this sweet love song. “Learn to Let It Go” by Kesha. Kesha’s new album is something you should dive into. This song is just one of the many great therapeutic songs on “Rainbow.” - To read the rest of this column online, visit thetowerlight. com.

RYAN KIRBY Columnist

Hello, everyone. Welcome back to Towson University! In the world of politics, this summer was, eventful, to say the least. I get to represent the donkey in this year's edition of Roll Call and I look forward to the opportunity. This year, I have the privilege to serve as president of the College Democrats of Towson University, so it is pretty safe to say that my party affiliation is rather strong. As democrats, we find ourselves in a time where we represent very few positions in the government, at both the federal and state level. This presents an interesting situation for our party in the task of governing. How do we as a party work within the current system to try and pass our own agenda, which differs sinificantly from the current administration, while trying to stop what we view as taking steps backwards from the progress of the Obama administration? We as a party face an interesting paradox because we criticized the unprecedented obstructionism from congressional republicans during the latter half of the Obama administration. Do we fight fire with fire and obstruct the current administration at every turn or do we take the, metaphorically speaking, high road and respect the "mandate" that the American people gave them?

Unfortunately, this paradox seems to have no right answer. Hopefully, throughout the course of this year we can discuss the possible answers to this question and address major policies that affect the country as a whole, the great state of Maryland and even our beloved Towson University. I will represent the progressive movement to the best of my ability on this column and I will call out policies on the "right" that I disagree with. It is not my goal to simply regurgitate the Democratic Party's platform and leave readers with a piece of information they will soon forget. I hope that this year I can present a liberal's perspective that leaves you slightly more informed about the issue. I seek to challenge conservative beliefs and ideology and show what I find to be flaws. I by no means claim to have a perfect set of rationale for every individual belief I have, but I welcome you to challenge it. As a passionate liberal who grew up in a very conservative Carroll County, Maryland, I was frequently challenged by my peers on my beliefs and I found that it forced me to truly understand why I believe the things that I do. Some will find themselves in agreement with my thoughts and others will passionately disagree. It’s perfectly legitimate to respectfully disagree with me, and I welcome it, but it is important to understand why we believe the things we do. I look forward to passionate and thriving discussions this year, and I wish everyone the best of luck this semester!

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Opinion

September 5, 2017

It all works out

Life makes no mistakes JORDAN COPE Senior Editor @jordancope26

It goes without saying that at some point in our lives, we have all wanted something. Whether that something was a new toy as child, a new puppy or a relationship with the person of our dreams, it is in human nature to want. U n l i ke s o m e people who go to To w s o n , this was my first choice school. I wanted to be on a large campus with small class sizes, to be just minutes away from Baltimore and to finally live on my own. Towson was literally the perfect match for me. After applying to Towson in my senior year of high school, the day finally came when the letter arrived in the mail, and… I didn’t get in. I was put on the waitlist and I couldn’t believe it. In high school, I was an AP and honors student with a 3.6 GPA. I thought I was a shoe in. I went to bed that night thinking, “Whatever, I’ve already been accepted to Salisbury. I’ll be a Seagull for four years.” But after cooling off over time and talking it through with the right people, I decided to stick it out and see what would happen. For the second time that summer, a letter from Towson came in the mail, and… this time it was a success. I had been accepted for the fall 2014 semester. But I still wasn’t certain I wanted to go to Towson. The feeling of being waitlisted still left a bitter taste in my mouth with the University. I thought it through, very carefully, and got some of the best advice I have ever received in my life, ‘Don’t cut your nose to spite your face.’ I chewed on that for a long, and I mean a LONG time. In

the end I had made the decision to come to Towson upon graduating high school. It is an understatement to say that my first year at Towson was rough. I roomed with a friend from high school who was toxic to live with and I tried so hard to do well academically, as if I had to prove to the University that I belonged. That entire, and I mean entire, summer I thought to myself, ‘Why didn’t I tell Towson no? Why didn’t I take that first letter as a sign that I wasn’t supposed to go to Towson?’ My sophomore year was just bleh, I commuted 45 minutes practically everyday from my home in Bel Air, Maryland, and I was not getting the college experience that I had so desperately craved. That summer, I once again tortured myself with the question,‘Why didn’t I go to Salisbury?’ But, through some astounding circumstances, too long and personal to explain, I found myself wanting to move back to Towson to give the whole thing another shot. And… wouldn’t you know it, my junior year at TU was one of the best years of my life. I turned 21, I made some of my best friends in my entire life and was named sports editor here at The Towerlight. I really did make some unforgettable memories Now in my senior year at Towson, I am continuing to live up the college experience that I was given since I don’t know where I will be this time time next year after I graduate. Not knowing where you’re going to be in life can be a scary thing, and the feeling of thinking you made a terrible mistake on such a big decision is the worst. But what I am certain of is: Nothing in life is a mistake, and we will ultimately be put on the path that we were meant to go down.

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life is a mistake, and we will ultimately be put on the path that we were meant to go down.

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#BlackOutTowson addresses racial injustice Students discussed what it means to be black in America and at Towson University, and how to heal from racial injustice at the third annual #BlackOutTowson event Wednesday evening. As night fell over Freedom Square, students and other TU community members donned black clothing and joined together in a solidarity circle. The attendees held a 30-second moment of silence for people who have died or been injured at the hands of prejudice in the past year. Members of the circle then took turns sharing their experiences and challenges as black students at a predominantly white institution (PWI). Assistant Director of Student Activities Brandy Hall stressed that the fight for social justice “is not something that can be done alone,” and that communities must carry that burden together. “Here we are. All different identities, all different backgrounds, all different walks of life,” Hall said. “Do not take this moment for granted. Because coming together is the beginning. The actual work is the progress. The success is your legacy. And if you don’t have the time and the effort to do the work, all we’re going to be doing is keep coming together and I think some of us are really tired of that.” She emphasized that there are faculty and staff at Towson “who will

ride it out with you all” and make students mental health and physical safety their top priority. Hall, who is also a TU alumna and former SGA president, said being elected as Towson’s first black female SGA president was, “exciting but also scary.” “In my mind, I’m thinking, ‘why would it take until 2012 for a black woman to grace this position?’” she said. Hall noted that the same year she was elected SGA president, the unaffiliated “White Student Union” was founded at Towson, which she saw as a threat to students of color and other marginalized individuals. The group was later disbanded. BSU Vice President and SGA Director of Diversity and Inclusion Russhell Ford said she experienced two hate/bias incidents during her freshman year, but that she met her best friend in her residence hall, and that friend helped her overcome those experiences. “Those hate/bias incidents, we conquered together…. She was there for me and I was there for her because it was happening to both of us,” Ford said. “And we just felt like together we could just conquer the world. We were two freshmen and we didn’t know how to navigate campus. We didn’t know who was who, what was what, but she was there.” Ford emphasized the importance of having someone to rely on and wants to be that person for other marginalized students. “I joined SGA because I wanted

Marcus Dieterle/ The Towerlight VOICES Poetry Team member Jeanelle Ivey performed her poem about the ongoing effects of slavery on modern life as a black person, and her relationship with God. to be a resource for students like me who have intersectional identities and who also identify as a marginalized person in a marginalized group,” Ford said. “I’m a resource for everyone…. I’ll be happy to be anyone’s safe space.” Students also shared what they want to see at Towson, including better mental health care and more faculty of color. The solidarity circle ended with the attendees singing James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often referred to as the

Marcus Dieterle/ The Towerlight Black Student Union President Joshua White recounts his experiences as a black student at Towson. White also acknowledged the groups on campus that helped him through the past three years.

“Black National Anthem.” Students closed out the night with music and dancing. Sophomore Diamond Harris said she came to #BlackOutTowson “to gather with people that are like me to talk about stuff that’s going on.” “I feel it was a good event for everybody to express their feelings and support one another,” Harris said. Harris, a biology major, said she hopes to see “a lot less segregation” at Towson. “It always is a group of black people or a group of white people,” she said. “It’s not really a lot of mixing that much on this campus.” #BlackOutTowson was started in August 2015 by then-president of Towson’s chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Brandon Edwards. Since then, several black student organizations have continued the event. This year’s event was meant to unite students through the supportive space created by the previous two years’ gatherings, according to BSU President Joshua White. “This year, it’s more of continuing that unity, spreading it to more persons of color, and saying we’re here as a Towson community for all people of color and we can uplift, we can support one another as a community,” White said. White, a senior mass communication major, said that he hopes that underclassmen will continue to pursue some of the ongoing issues like increasing the presence of faculty of color, reporting hate/bias incidents,

cultural competency education, and improving accessibility after upperclassmen graduate. “All these issues that are ongoing issues will never truly be finished but can always be worked upon, can always be better,” White said. “We just want to push those agendas and have fun.” BSU Co-Director of Public Relations Jason Hamilton echoed the importance of reporting hate/bias incidents, particularly in the current political climate. “Ever since Trump got elected and the whole dynamic in America became more blatant with systematic racism, [it’s important] just to make sure hate/bias reporting is at the forefront and administration has our backs when it comes to issues that may affect our campus in the future, just make sure administration will be on our side when things go wrong,” Hamilton said. While students continue to address issues of injustice, White said it is also important to “really have fun as students for once instead of always pushing for institutional change, to have a healthy balance of both,” and that #BlackOutTowson helps maintain that balance. Hamilton sees #BlackOutTowson as the perfect event to kick off the semester and help students build community going forward. “Coming to an event like this would just be a good way to start off great, de-stress, send good vibes to everyone, make sure the school year runs smoothly for all of us,” he said.


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September 5, 2017

SGA announces immediate #NotAtTU relaunch Student Government Association President James Mileo announced during an on-campus “Gathering for Unity” that there will be an “immediate relaunch” of #NotAtTU, Towson’s anti-hate crime and bias incident campaign, this semester. “I’ve been working with my wonderful team, my e-board, our wonderful director of diversity and inclusion on what does that look like,” Mileo said. “Everything surrounding this campaign is education, empowerment, [and] how do we empower our students to change our campus, our nation, and our world.” #NotAtTU officially launched on May 5, 2016, through a joint effort from the SGA and University administration. On the campaign’s website, students can directly report hate crimes and bias incidents and learn about available resources, and what to expect after submitting a report and various hate and bias examples.

The Towerlight will continue to cover the #NotAtTU relaunch, and will update this story with more information as it becomes available. Mileo and other members of the University community gathered Aug. 29 in the Potomac Lounge to reiterate statements made following violence led by groups of white nationalists during a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12, and to discuss how to create an inclusive campus climate. Following the violence, University President Kim Schatzel released a statement saying that the TU community is determined in continuing to condemn hate and bigotry on campus. During the “Gathering for Unity,” Schatzel said the images she saw from Charlottesville are ones she thought she would never see. “To be able to witness on a college campus, in a city, to have folks that are parading down streets, talking racist, anti-semitic, threatening violence, in the United States of America in 2017 is something that I never thought that I would witness in my life,” Schatzel said. “That type of

Photo courtesy of Kanji Takeno Towson University President Kim Schatzel denounces the racism, anti-semitism and violence that occurred in August in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the Aug. 29 “Gathering for Unity.” behavior, that type of conduct, is unacceptable to me as an American.” Vice President for Student Affairs

Deb Moriarty spoke about how administrators thought the gathering was important for kicking off the semester and what the University’s own community values and expectations are. “I realize that we are in really challenging and complex times right now,” Moriarty said. “So, it’s hard to know what the right thing to say is, other than the fact that I think that our values are important, and I think as a community, we can create the community that we want to live in.” Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Tim Chandler noted that the administration’s goal is to guide students to address their own individual thoughts. “Our role as academics is to encourage our students how to think, it’s not about encouraging them what to think,” Chandler said. “I would encourage us to encourage our students to make arguments, not have arguments.” Vice President for Inclusion and Institutional Equity Leah Cox addressed the types of speech tolerated on campus. “There’s a difference in free speech and hate speech,” Cox said. “I am hoping over time we can better identify for our community the threshold where despicable views go too far, and when words create a hostile environment.” SGA Director of Diversity and Inclusion Russhell Ford said that when she thinks of unity, she thinks

of student organizations. She said they give students a direct link to solidarity and that they help students become better leaders. “You can look at someone who has the same interests as you, in the same organization and come together for a common cause,” Ford said. Mileo also urged the audience to step out of their comfort zones to make change and to be an ally. “Just because you’re uncomfortable, doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the world,” Mileo said. “It means that you’re doing something right, actually. And if you make mistakes, that’s a part of the process. We’re all learning.” Sophomore psychology major David Cole said he would have liked to speak at the event, but the microphone was not opened up for other students to speak. “I definitely came to the event because I wanted to see what it was going to be about as a black student on this campus,” Cole said. “I liked what everyone said. I was expecting it to be a little more aggressive. I would have liked to see a bit more of the students of color come into this.” To reaffirm inclusion initiatives, a moment of silence on campus was recognized Aug. 30 from 12:05 p.m. to 12:06 p.m., beginning and ending with rings from the Stephens Hall bell. The moment of silence encouraged students to commit to being against all forms of bigotry, hatred, intolerance and violence, according to Schatzel.


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Q&A with TU military, veterans center director

Benz Armstrong is Towson University’s new Director of the Military and Veterans Center. After serving for eight and a half years in the U.S. Army, Armstrong is now helping military-affiliated personnel transition into student life, and students transition into military life. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. How do you use your own experiences as a veteran to better serve military-affiliated personnel? I’m an alum of University of Baltimore, so coming into transition from military lifestyle and military culture to student life was very challenging. There wasn’t a guideline for it, and there wasn’t your battle buddy to help you or assist you in ‘hey where do we go from here?’ I had to navigate that myself. As a student at University of Baltimore, I had to quickly rely on my skills of what I did as a leader from when I was in the military, and that’s to be resourceful. I started seeking out different centers that would help, seek out resources or services that could help me better understand and navigate my environment. I was able to connect to the veterans and lay down a guide for them, straight from them being prospective students to being matriculated students. I provided them steps from Point A to Point B of what you need to do to get your GI bill started, to get that letter of recommendation and just everything from start to finish to make that transition easy to come into college. What are some of the challenges that you have faced or that you’ve seen other military-affiliated personnel face in the higher education system? I had to learn how to transition from how I communicated because you can’t always utilize acronyms because civilians don’t understand acronyms. So just teaching or advising or mentoring these veterans on how to communicate effectively within student life and how to work in group settings when you have to work in student groups. And then educating the professors and staff members on the needs of our military and veteran students, the reasons why they sit in the back of class because they need to see the door, or the reasons why they tend to not work very well in group projects because of the

strict guidelines that they’re used to. So just being able to help them transition through has been able to allow me to do my job as director of the center to basically be their commanding officer and continue to guide them and assist them through this process, so they can have someone to always be reliable, to count on and to help them. What are some of the challenges that you saw military-affiliated personnel face at University of Baltimore and how do you hope to address those challenges here at Towson? Some of those issues that I saw were staff and faculty not knowing how to communicate or deal with military and veteran students. We had an incident where one of the veterans had a PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) moment in the classroom, and because the faculty member was not properly trained or didn’t know how PTSD even looks, he thought the student was on drugs and was being rude or drunk in class. So basically he dismissed the student. One, the professor didn’t know who to contact. There was a gap in that miscommunication, that of when a PTSD incident happens who to contact. So they weren’t educated on who to contact for that. Two, how to deal with the student when they are facing a PTSD incident. That student was left scarred by embarrassment and ridiculed by his classmates, so therefore the student almost dropped out and just said that they didn’t want to attend college anymore because they were so embarrassed. According to the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, 18.5 percent of veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder or depression. How is the Military and Veteran Center making sure veterans get the care they need? We have an MoU (memorandum of understanding) with Dr. Meade Eggleston. She’s the VITAL (Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership) point of contact between us and the VA (Veterans Affairs) hospital. Also, collaborating with the counseling services. They have their own support counseling services for military-affiliated students. And there is a Mental Health Awareness month in the month of September that we will be collaborating upon to set up a table and bringing awareness and letting

Marcus Dieterle/ The Towerlight Benz Armstrong, Towson’s new Director of the Military and Veterans Center, RP_BTS_AD.pdf 1 8/31/17 12:53 PM helps military-affiliated personnel transition to student life and access the services and resources they need.

these students know that it’s okay to say that you’re not okay. And that you can utilize our center, my door is always open. They can come in and talk to me or any of my staff members and let them know ‘hey, do you mind walking me over there.’ Because the “battle buddy� system is a huge part of the military. You don’t go anywhere by yourself. You always have that person you can trust. And just letting them know how to seek warning signs of what depression is. Through education and awareness training, they can know “well maybe I am depressed.� Because some students don’t even know that they’re depressed or they didn’t even know that they are struggling with PTSD. Some of these veterans, they’re trained to be strong, they’re trained to be leaders and they’re trained to overcome many obstacles that civilians would just stop dead in their tracks and walk away from. To be diagnosed or to feel you’re weak is not part of our genetics. We take care of our own and we overcome any obstacles. -- To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight. com. -Compiled by Marcus Dieterle, News Editor.

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August 29: An unknown person illegally activated a fire alarm in Stephens Hall. August 28: A non-affiliate assaulted a paramedic and police officer in Cook Library. August 20: A non-affiliate was arrested for violating a denial of access to campus in the Administration Building. August 18: TUPD is investigating a theft of brass fire connects. August 17: A contract employee reported money stolen from an unattended purse in Towson Center. August 14: As a result of a dispute over a bill, a customer left without paying and a second customer threatened an employee with his fist at Bill Bateman’s. Augsut 9: A guest of the Marriott reported his vehicle stolen and property taken after being notified the vehicle was towed from an off-campus location in the TU Marriott Garage. August 9: TUPD is investigating an incident involving counterfeit money in Glen Dining Hall. August 8: A commuter student reported an altercation between a male and female in the Union Garage. August 8: A guest of the Marriott reported his vehicle damaged, but no property taken, in the TU Marriott Garage. August 7: A commuter student reported her backpack taken after leaving it unattended in Towson Center. August 6: A commuter student was cited for a CDS violation in the Union Garage. August 3: TUPD referred a report of child neglect to Baltimore County Social Services in the TU Marriott Conference Hotel. July 26: An unknown person broke a packaged glass window in the Union Garage. July 20: A camera was taken during a lacrosse camp at the Field House. July 19: TUPD is investigating a CDS violation in the University Union. July 17: A commuter student was served a criminal summons for destruction of property in the Union Garage. July 12: A staff member received unwanted phone calls from a fictious IRS employee in the Health and Counseling Center at Ward and West. 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.


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TICKET SALES DROP FOR FALL FEST 2017

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(Above) Some students traveled from out-of-state to see Waka Flocka perform in SECU Arena on Friday, Sept. 1. (Right) Joe Jonas of DNCE hypes the crowd, enjoying the company of the fans of his group’s breakout hit, “Cake by the Ocean.” (Below) DNCE bassist Cole Whittle and lead singer Joe Jonas jam together onstage during a high-energy and dynamic performance.

Towson University’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) coordinated with New Student Programs to put on the annual Fall Fest concert Sept. 1, featuring rapper Waka Flocka Flame and dance-rock band DNCE. However, this year’s concert had an unexpectedly low attendance, due in part to its early scheduling in the first week of school, according to CAB President Alasia McDonald. Of the 2,500 expected attendees, about 1,000 tickets were sold. In the past, Fall Fest has been scheduled later in the semester; however, this year, it was scheduled earlier as part of LaborStay weekend and New Student Programs’ “Welcome to TU” programming, according to McDonald. “Some wisdom I’m going to pass on is to let the new [CAB] director know, ‘don’t let them change the date, and let them know it wasn’t a good idea,’” McDonald said. The Towerlight has reached out to New Student Programs for comment, and will update this story online with more information as it becomes available. At the concert, Waka Flocka kicked off the night with a performance of his single, “Round of Applause,”

as he worked his way off-stage and entered the crowd amid screams, cheers and phone camera flashes. He then made his way back to the stage to cover “Turn Down for What.” To cool off the crowd, Waka Flocka poured water on the front row. The rapper ended his performance with “No Hands,” electrifying the arena as the crowd rapped along with him. The crowd remained energetic as DNCE took the stage. Although the group has only had a few hits so far, fans of Joe Jonas supplied even more enthusiasm. “I love Joe Jonas,” freshman Paige McLaughlin said. “I’m ready for an incredible night. He was my favorite Jonas growing up.” DNCE had an electrifying vibe, and Jonas showed off his dance moves while the crowd sang along with his performance of their single, “DNCE.” To close their set, DNCE performed its summer hit, “Cake by the Ocean.” Despite being considered artists of two entirely different genres, DNCE and Waka Flocka meshed well and managed to keep the crowd’s energy high and hyped. “I thought that both artists put on a good show,” McDonald said. “Everyone who was there really enjoyed themselves.” According to McDonald, one girl drove six hours from Virginia just to see DNCE; she was notified of the concert thanks to CAB’s strategy of

posting about the concert in different fan groups on Facebook. They also marketed by reaching out to nearby schools like Goucher and Johns Hopkins University to ask if they could advertise the event on different campuses in the area in order to boost ticket sales. McDonald remains undeterred by low sales, and says CAB has more concerts planned for the year because of Fall Fest’s early date and Tiger Fest’s late one. “We’re going to be having an R&B concert in November and a country concert in March,” said McDonald. “We’re also going to be having our multicultural expo, which last year had student performers as well as larger performers, so hopefully that will be an international artist, if people like international and more diverse artists.” As far as Tigerfest goes, planning will see a big change for this upcoming year’s concert. CAB plans to coordinate with the SGA to create a planning committee that will help to organize and prepare for the event. “This year, there’s going to be a lot more hands involved in planning Tigerfest, and a lot more organizations on campus are going to be involved with the planning.” McDonald said, “So it’s going to look a lot different from past years.” The Towerlight will continue to update this story.


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The new album cover for “Villains” features a depiction of the devil, crouched on the back of a man and providing his sight.

A new spin on an older sound TIMOTHY COFFMAN Contributing Writer

Four out of Five Stars Queens of the Stone Age has broken its five-year silence with a new album entitled “Villains”. QotSA is led by guitarist and vocalist Josh Homme, and became acclaimed in the 2000s for its brand of stoner rock featuring heavy guitars and dark songwriting. The group rose to great fame with the album “Rated R” in 2000, and followed it up with the earth-shaking “Songs for the Deaf”. These albums started off as semi-solo efforts for Homme with an array of his rockstar friends chipping in, including Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters. The band’s last effort, “…Like Clockwork,” was a major triumph for the band, with Homme striking a balance between bringing in all-star guests like Elton John, while also putting together a more consistent band to back him up. However, “Villains” seemed to be a departure early on with Homme announcing that Mark Ronson, the mind behind “Uptown Funk,” would be the producer of the album. While many fans were skeptical, I was very much intrigued by what I heard from the first few tracks. “The Way You Used To Do” is a track that is one of the best dance songs that has come out this year. This song finds Ronson in his comfort zone of producing dance music, but the album doesn’t stay in that territory for long. The tone of the album is rock instead of straight dance music. Ronson seems acutely aware that

he is working with a rock band and holds his own in the studio in order to make the guitars absolutely scream, as well as remain subdued when the time calls for it. Homme shows his prowess as a songwriter as well with “Feet Don’t Fail Me” and “The Evil Has Landed,” two tracks which show the unhinged guitar work any fan of this group has come to expect. There is also a much more varied instrumentation here than the metal guitars that fair-weather fans of this group may come to expect. “Domesticated Animals” shows them working with keyboards to great effect, while the closer, “Villains of Circumstance,” has a string section that always seems to fit comfortably next to Homme’s falsetto vocals. This album feels like a proper follow-up to the band’s previous effort “…Like Clockwork,” which many fans were hoping for. While that album showed QotSA’s moodier side, this album is the experimental side of the band, but still has incredibly catchy melodies. Unlike the last effort, this album features QotSA as a fully-functioning band rather than a ragtag team of musicians making incredible rock music. The listener gets to hear the band playing off each other in a very refreshing way. Be warned, though, some tracks are pretty long and could lose the casual listener after a while. If you’re into QotSA, you can dive into this record head first and be entertained, and for those who are just skeptical, this is a rock album worth checking out.

THIS IS NOT A TEST. I REPEAT, THIS IS NOT A TEST. Popular retailers Sephora and Harvey Nichols will finally be launching Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty makeup line Friday, Sept. 8, and I couldn’t be more excited. As college-aged kids, it’s not a stretch to say that Rihanna is pretty wellknown among our age group. From dance-worthy tunes to cutting-edge fashion sense, Rihanna has become one of the most popular celebrities in her niche. Although music is what made her famous, her bold and trendy looks keep the fans rolling in. After four successful collaborations with MAC Cosmetics and inspiring viewers with amazing makeup looks worn on red carpets and stages alike, she’s finally releasing her own product

line. Fenty Beauty has been kept a tight secret since its conception; however, Rihanna has hinted at a few products to be included. With her hints, in addition to my [very little] insider knowledge and trained nosiness, I’ve compiled a list of products you can expect to be purchasing at the end of the week: -A holographic lip gloss/stick: This is FOR SURE going to be a part of Rihanna’s collection. Rihanna had this product backstage at her Fenty x Puma S/S 2017 fashion show in 2016; not to mention, holographic makeup is a hot trend this fall, and who else to vitalize a trend besides Rihanna herself? -A REALLY good highlighter: When has Rihanna been seen without a gorgeous glow? The singer was most recently featured in DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” music video, where her skin was shining with a beautiful pink shimmer throughout. If Rihanna doesn’t release a highlighter, I’d be surprised.

-The Best Lip Colors for WOC: Red lip? Rihanna knows how to rock it. Nude lip? Rihanna always finds the perfect shade. With lip colors, RiRi knows how to not only find the boldest and most pigmented colors, but also how to find ones that suit her complexion. If past collaborations with MAC Cosmetics weren’t indication enough, Rihanna’s Fenty line is sure to include fabulous lip colors for those of us who have a bit more melanin in our skin. As far as the rest of the line goes, no one other than Rihanna and her team will know of its extent until it launches. You can sign up for email updates about the line on the Fenty Beauty official website (https://www. fentybeauty.com/) and follow the official Instagram page to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Grab your umbrellas (ellas, ellas, ey-ey-ey…I had to…) because Fenty Beauty is about to make it rain.

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Find solace in pre-adolescence

The land of Furthermore is the new Wonderland MCKENNA GRAHAM Arts & Life Editor

Title: “Furthermore” Author: Tahereh Mafi Genre: Middle grade, fantasy Rating: Five stars

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CINEMA TRIVIA QUIZ Name the movies from which these famous quotes come: 1. “You are a sad, strange little man.” 2. “I’ll be back.” 3. “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become a villain.” 4. “Witness me!” 5. “‘What’s a motto?’ ‘Nothing, what’s the motto with you?’” 6. “It’s called a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one.” 7. “I see dead people.” 8. “Why’s the rum gone?” 9. “I’m going on an adventure!” 10. “Feed the birds tuppence a bag.” Did you know? • In the making of “The Shining,” Stanley Kubrick filmed the entire movie in sequential order. • Except for a few small artificial lights in one scene, “The Revenant” was shot entirely with natural light. • Jack Nicholson was originally up for the role of Michael Corleone in “The Godfather.” • Alfred Hitchcock, director of the famous 1960 thriller “Psycho,” admitted in a 1963 interview, “I’m frightened of my own movies. I never go to see them. I don’t know how people can bear to watch my movies.” Answers: 1. “The Toy Story” 2. “The Terminator” 3. “The Dark Knight” 4. “Mad Max: Fury Road” 5. “The Lion King” 6. “The Hangover” 7. “The Sixth Sense” 8. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” 9. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” 10. “Mary Poppins” Compiled by Matt McDonald

The further into adulthood we get, the further away from that childlike innocence and feeling of adoration for our surroundings we get: things like jobs, money, politics and what to eat for dinner so easily spoil our abilities to enjoy pleasures as we used to. When’s the last time you found yourself with entertainment that made you feel as much wonder as the Magic Tree House books? Tahereh Mafi combats sentiments of frustration and dissatisfaction with our world in her newest book since her award-winning “Shatter Me” series by taking a shortcut: in typical Mafi style, she turns everything we take for granted on its head and sucks you into a world totally unlike our own. “Furthermore” centers on a girl named Alice -- a definite nod to “Alice in Wonderland” -- who is struggling to reconcile herself and her environment. In a world where color means magic, and magic is the way of society and of fitting in, Alice is entirely colorless. Everyone around her has rich brown skin; every tree around her has the most vibrant emerald leaves; every flower and house and clothing garment is gorgeously colorful, and Alice is painfully pale, with painfully pale blonde hair and painfully light eyes. An odd turn of events causes Alice to embark on a mission with someone she would never call a friend to find someone she always hoped she’d see again. A boy who bullied her in school, Oliver, needs Alice’s help to find Alice’s father, who disappeared one day and hasn’t been seen in years but whose job position was vital for their community. Oliver is placed in a position to go after Alice’s father, and Alice is placed in a position where she has nothing else to do

and is driven by the hope that he will return, so they set off together. Alice has been left behind to take care of her struggling mother and younger siblings, but now she has to leave the home and the town she’s always known and set off into the land of Furthermore, where origami foxes enjoy being petted and a town full of sleepers become deadly upon waking. The laws of the land are strange, and we learn them alongside Alice as she traverses from town to town in search of her father, who went missing years ago when he attempted to create a map of the wild land. Armed with only a ruler, Alice goes down a metaphorical rabbit hole in an attempt to restore order and love to her family, and of course, shenanigans ensue. Alice is quick, clever and appropriately immature - she’s written to be young enough that it’s believable that she’s twelve, but she’s mature enough that it’s enjoyable to be in her head and follow the story from her perspective. There were no real moments when I was exasperated by her naivete or irritated by her total trust of pretty much everyone; somehow, that was refreshing. It came from a place not of stupidity but of innocence, and for someone like me who reads enough YA to have tropes coming out my ears, Alice was exquisitely young and curious. There’s no attempt to get through politics, or romantic relationships or anything even remotely tired and overused; the conventions that Mafi fell into with her first series are nowhere to be seen The story centers around a theme of self-love and acceptance, with Alice’s more obvious struggles with acceptance, Oliver’s more nuanced difficulties and the still more subtle struggles of Alice’s mother. As a college-aged reader, I found myself rather enjoying the writing style; Mafi’s past works have ceaselessly impressed me with her technical prowess, but she transitions to middle-grade fantasy well. The characters are beautifully written, the plot is evenly-paced

enough for older readers but actionpacked enough for younger readers and the worldbuilding for the story was brilliantly vivid and immersive. Alice, Oliver and the world they must travel through are so endearing and so enchanting that I truly felt as if I was being taken back to a time when every book I picked up was unique and original and exquisitely crafted. Despite the utter wholesomeness of the story -- Alice and Oliver’s relationship develops appropriately, and the love she feels for her father is what carries it through to the end -- I didn’t find myself at any point rolling my eyes or counting the pages I had left. This wasn’t a story I struggled to get through, and not because it was written for a younger audience; this was extremely well done and I’d recommend it to people of any age. In fact, my mom is borrowing my copy right now. “Furthermore” is like the Harry Potter series -- not because of the magic (the systems are totally different), not because of the writing (Tahereh Mafi just has such a way with words that’s so rare and so gorgeous), and not because of the relationships between characters (I’ll get a lot of hate for this, but in this one book I fell in love with the characters more than I did characters that lasted all seven of the “Harry Potter” books); “Furthermore” is like the Harry Potter series simply because it’s wrong to label it a book for children. There is so much wisdom and so much enchantment and so much beauty in this story that I haven’t found anywhere else, and trust me, I read a lot this summer. So if you’re looking for an absolutely amazing book to read that isn’t mentally taxing and will totally lift your spirits and make you appreciate human beings (even fictional ones) so much more, this is absolutely the book for you. It’s a well-written, well-crafted and well-executed story about love, friendship, empowerment and the beauty that loving yourself can bring to others.


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ADC hosts Faaji cookout at Paws SARAH VAN WIE Staff Writer

Students that passed Paws Patio Thursday evening may have seen people waiting in line, heard Caribbean music or smelled traditional African jollof as the African Diaspora Club (ADC) transformed the area into a unification of the diverse cultures on campus for their Faaji Unlimited event. “[ADC] hosts this event for all students to get a chance to experience a taste of African culture,” said Naana Dei, Co-Community Service Chair of ADC. “Africa is big with a various amount of culture, so we like to exhibit their differences for students to learn about.” ADC spread African food, music and dancing for an evening Towson could

remember. They provided food that represented African culture as well as different cultures around the world: chicken, hot dogs, burgers, jollof, mac and cheese, penne vodka pasta, meatballs and plantains. “I was walking to class and I saw this long line of people,” sophomore Jordan Carr said. “I wondered what it was about and I had a feeling it had to be food, so I thought I’d stop by.” The DJ played African and Caribbean Hip Hop that featured music such as “Left Right” by Wisa Greid. As those who were familiar with the dance joined the dance floor, they assisted those who weren’t familiar so they could join in. “I came out to socialize and meet up with my fellow tigers,” senior Marissa Reaves said. --Read the rest of this article online at www.thetowerlight.com.

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Towson remained unbeaten this weekend, pushing its record to 6-0 on the season at the Appalachian Invitational. This is the second straight season that the team has started 6-0, and the sixth time in program history. The Tigers swept their second tournament of the season, defeating Appalachian State 3-1, Virginia 3-0, and ETSU 3-1. “What a good weekend for the team,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “Being able to beat Appalachian State with their strong recruiting class, a power five school in Virginia and a NCAA qualifier last year in ETSU is a strong place to build upon.” Junior Carola Biver led the way for Towson. She recorded 39 kills, hit .258 and was named the tournament’s MVP. Junior Jocelyn Kuilan and redshirt junior Anna Holehouse earned all-tournament honors for the Tigers. Kuilan had 35 kills with a .329 hitting percentage. She also added 13 digs, five service aces and six blocks. Holehouse had a strong defensive

performance with 54 digs along with 17 assists and four service aces. Towson completed the weekend sweep by beating ETSU 3-1. Four players recorded at least 10 kills in the match. Biver led the way with 17, Kuilan had 15, sophomore Annie Ertz 11 and senior Julymar Otero 10. Sophomore Marrisa Wonders had her fifth double-double in six matches with 33 assists and 10 digs, while junior Peyton Moyles had her second double-double of the season. “The team has kept a great attitude entering the season and have maintained a level head through both ups and downs,” Metil said. “Being able to keep this attitude is a major reason why the team has found the success, and will be important in staying successful.” The Tigers stayed hot in the first game of the doubleheader Saturday with a win against Virginia in straight sets: 25-20, 25-16 and 25-19. Biver hit .429 in the contest along with a match-high 10 kills. Kuilan had six kills, two service aces and three blocks in the match. Wonders had 15 assists, while Holehouse recorded 12 digs and two service aces. The team began the weekend with a 3-1 victory over Appalachian State Friday. Despite dropping a close first set 25-22, Towson rallied to win

three straight sets: 25-23, 25-23 and 25-18. Otero recorded her second straight double-double. She tied Kuilan for the team lead in kills with 14. Moyles contributed as well, recording 19 assists while, Holehouse had 17 digs and seven assists. “We kept the same depth chart on the floor, but we moved around some of the players,” Metil said. “Sudden changes to lineup can force the other team to adjust on the fly, which is not always the easiest thing to do.” Towson hosts the Towson Tiger Invitational Sept. 7-10 at SECU Arena. The action starts Thursday at 7 p.m. as the team faces California State Fullerton in the first of five matches over four days.

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towson suffers overtime defeat DESMOND BOYLE Staff Writer

Towson suffered its second loss of the season Sunday afternoon at the Tiger Soccer Complex, falling to Saint Joseph’s 4-3 in overtime. The Tigers (3-2-1) were productive on offense, but the Hawks (3-11) managed to score three straight goals to win the game. Towson got off to a fast start when junior forward McKenzie McCaull scored her second goal of the year in just the second minute of play. The Hawks evened the score later in the half when junior defender Paige Bergman crossed the ball to junior forward Hannah Racis for an easy header. Towson went up on the scoreboard again as junior forward Evelyn Neidert slid a pass through the St.

Joseph’s defense to senior Maddie Bove who ripped a shot into the corner of the net to give the team a 2-1 lead going into halftime. Just 10 minutes into the second half, McCaull darted a pass to junior forward Sarah Quick who scored her second goal of the season to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead. “We were able to find seams and had good passing patterns that helped us keep possession,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said. Saint Joseph’s offense turned up the intensity midway through the second half in an effort to change the momentum, constantly looking for scoring opportunities. Freshman forward Morgan Bower scored a goal at 75:31 on an assist from Racis to put the Hawks within one of the Tigers. “[Saint Joseph] picked up their intensity and they created a lot of chaos on the field and we weren’t

able to capitalize on that chaos and do something positive on our end,” Paynter said. Towson managed to keep its lead through most of the game, but St. Joseph’s broke through when sophomore forward Gabrielle Vagnozzi tied the game 3-3 with just three minutes to play. The game went into sudden death overtime and the Hawks carried all the momentum. The overtime period only lasted two minutes as Bergman scored on a corner kick to complete the comeback. Saint Joseph got consistent penetration through a regularly stingy Towson defense. The Tigers did well offensively, but it was not enough to seal the win. Towson looks to rebound on the road against George Washington Thursday. Opening kick is set for 5 p.m.

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Senior defender Kelsey Ritter moves the ball up the field at home.

tu still searching for its first win DESMOND BOYLE Staff Writer

Towson remains winless this season after falling to Saint Francis (PA) 2-1 in a defensive battle Sunday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. “These guys are up for it,” Head Coach E.A. Jackson said. “They’ve got youth and energy on their side and we’ll just take it one game at a time.” The Tigers (0-4) were on the attack early as freshman midfielder Peppe Haantjes put a shot on goal within the first minute of action, but Red Flash (2-2) junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Dyer saved the shot. Following the initial Towson attack, Saint Francis controlled the ball in the first half and kept the pressure on the Towson defense. Senior goalkeeper Emilee Woodall finished the half with six saves. The Red Flash remained aggressive in the second half and finally

got on the scoreboard in the 36th minute of action. Sophomore attacker Taylor Nesmith rushed to the goal and popped the ball over Woodall into the net. Saint Francis looked to double its lead later in the contest, but Woodall made two saves before Towson was awarded a penalty corner 53 minutes into the game. Senior attacker Taylor Kvilhaug took the first shot from the ensuing penalty, which Dyer saved, but freshman attacker Beira Ho was on hand to score on the rebound for the Tigers. However, the Red Flash were awarded a penalty corner of their own shortly after the Tigers goal, and junior midfielder Hannah Retherford sent a pass into fellow junior Brianna Govia who scored the game winning goal. The Tigers look to earn their first victory of the season Friday as the black and gold takes a short road trip to the University of Maryland, College Park, for a contest with the Terps at 1 p.m.

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Freshman attacker Beira Ho recorded her first career goal off a rebound in the matchup against Saint Francis. Towson fell to Saint Francis (PA), but looks to earn its first win of the season against Maryland.


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Baltimore finished the preseason unbeaten after a 14-13 victory over New Orleans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Thursday night. The team mainly played its backups, electing to rest starters before the regular season starts Sunday in Cincinnati. Baltimore finally got an extensive look at rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey. The first-round pick

struggled with injuries throughout training camp and only had six snaps of professional experience entering this game. Despite his lack of preseason action, Humphrey shone throughout the entire game. He played a physical style of defense, jamming receivers at the line and attacking the ball well. Humphrey also forced a turnover early in the game, jarring the ball loose from Saints running back Daniel Lasco. He finished the game allowing just three catches for 17 yards.

Defensive lineman Carl Davis also had a memorable performance. The defensive line is stacked with talent, but the former third-round pick made a case for himself to see playing time. Davis displayed great athleticism and anticipation on an interception in the first quarter. He dropped back and read the eyes of quarterback Chase Daniel to secure the ball. Davis almost returned the ball for a touchdown, but was cut down before he could reach the endzone. - To read the rest of this column, visit thetowerlight.com

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tigers triumph in season opener

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Junior wide receiver Jabari Greenwood fights off press coverage early in the game. Greenwood hauled in three receptions on the night, including an 18-yard deep ball (above). Redshirt sophomore defensive back Justice Pettus-Dixon breaks up a pass to the endzone. Towson’s defense forced four turnovers on the night and executed a shutout (below).

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Towson opened its 2017 campaign with a 10-0 victory against cross-town rival Morgan State in the Battle for Greater Baltimore Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. This marks the first time that both teams had met since the 2011 season. The Tigers (1-0, 0-0 CAA) put on an impressive showcase defensively, shutting out the Bears (0-1, 0-0 MEAC) and forcing four turnovers. “We put pressure on the quarterback tonight like we haven’t done in years,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “We had multiple guys to the ball like we haven’t done in years.” Towson’s first forced turnover came on an interception by redshirt junior defensive back Monty Fenner midway through the second quarter. Fenner returned the ball to the Morgan State goal line. The Tigers offense capitalized on the great field position as redshirt sophomore running back Shane Simpson

coasted into the endzone on a toss play. Simpson’s rush was the only touchdown scored by either side the entire night. Towson got into field goal range before the end of the first half thanks to a six-play 31-yard drive, and sophomore kicker Aidan O’Neill converted on a 42-yard attempt to give the team a 10-0 advantage going into the intermission. The Tigers didn’t score for the rest of the game, but the defense played well enough to maintain the lead. They applied pressure on Morgan State quarterback Elijah Staley throughout the entire game and registered three sacks on the night. Despite Towson’s strong defensive performance, the team struggled offensively. The unit produced only 102 yards of total offense and struggled to move the ball the entire game. Redshirt junior quarterback Morgan Mahalak finished the game with three interceptions. “We were bad [offensively],” Ambrose said. “We didn’t adjust well at all so we’ve got a lot of work to do on offense.”

Saturday’s game against Morgan was sponsored by the Black Student Union (BSU) and provided a good turnout despite the rainy weather. Joshua White, president of the BSU, plans for more partnerships with athletic programs on campus in the future. “This partnership arose because of us trying to bridge the gap and create bridges among the community,” White said. “This year we would like to continue into basketball season, but also support track and swimming and other sports.” University President Kim Schatzel attended the game and was pleased to see fans of both teams in the crowd. “We talked to a lot of the folks that are here today that went to school at Towson and Morgan back in the 80s and 90s and even 2000s,” Schatzel said. “Last time we played was 2011, and we’re just really excited to start this series up again, and it’s just a great atmosphere to be able to have.” Towson will start a three-game road stretch by visiting University of Maryland, College Park, Saturday. Sept. 9. Kickoff from Capital One Field is slated for noon.

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