The Towerlight (Sept. 20, 2016)

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Towson’s campus and community news source


September 20, 2016

Months and Counting A look at Kim Schatzel’s inauguration, presidency and past, pg. 7

Photo by Alex Best, cover design by Jordan Stephenson /The Towerlight


September 20, 2016



September 20, 2016


Week of 9/20 - 9/24


Editor-in-Chief Cody Boteler Senior Editor Sam Shelton


News Editor Sarah Rowan Arts & Life Editor Assit. Arts Editors Taylor Deville Kristin Helf Sports Editor Jordan Cope

SEPT Staff Writers Lauren Cosca Hailey Miller Ryan Permison


Billy Owens Alaina Tepper

The Body Project Health and Counciling Center 11 a.m1 p.m.

A workshop offered to students to help encourage positive body image through discussion and activity.

Nick Mason Bhavisha Dave Desmond Boyle Theresa Schempp Bailey Hendricks Jessica Ricks Mary-Ellen Davis Chris Wells

Queer After Hours

University Union 313 7 p.m.



Kebron Tesfaye Sydney Douglas

SEPT Senior Staff Writer Nilo Exar


Photo Editor Chris Simms Assist. Photo Editor Alex Best

Be Heard Town Hall West Village Commons 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Stop by these once-a month meetings to give yourself a voice in the Towson University Community.

Staff Photographers Cody Boteler


Video Producer Stacey Coles

Project Unity Day Liberal Arts Field Noon- 5 p.m.

Mark Dragon Sam Shelton Stephanie Ranque

Meet up with other Towson LGBTQA students at this dance party!


Proofreaders Tyisha Henderson

United States Army Field Band | Masterworks for Chamber Winds

Everyone is welcome at this event which has been put together by several Towson community organizations. It features music, food, games, and much more.



Center for the Arts 8:15 p.m.

TU Director of Bands Christopher Cicconi presents a show for chamber winds with pieces written by famous composers.

Kayla Baines Sarah Rowan Alaina Tepper General Manager Mike Raymond


Art Director Jordan Stephenson


Webmaster Lola Akinleye Circulation Staff Shawn Halerz Nilo Exar Abubakary Kaba Alicia DePasquale

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Kim Schatzel’s Inauguration

Congratulations on your inauguration, Dr. @kimschatzel. All the best & blessings to you! #TUprez #proudtiger


A historic day for me and this great university! So much to be proud of and great things ahead!


@kimschatzel selfie with the #TUPrezSchatzle what a loving personality

Wishing @kimschatzel a great inauguration today... excited to see all of the great things ahead for @ TowsonU! #TigerForever #tuprezschatzel @KurtisLAnderson




September 13, 2016

Disagreeing with what you say Talking about the But fighting for you to be able to say it CODY BOTELER Editor-in-Chief @codyboteler

While it turns out Voltaire never actually said, “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” it’s still a great phrase-and one that, as a journalist, I find myself thinking about fairly regularly. I’m thinking about it now, because when I first sat down to write this week’s editorial, I had no idea what I would talk about. My instinct told me to write about the Online News Association Conference that I just got back from, but nobody would care about that, if I’m being honest with myself. And, then, I sat down and looked at the opinion page, and was absolutely shocked by the column that

appears next to this one in the print edition of The Towerlight. Dylan, one of our columnists (who I’m very, very grateful for--it can be hard to find columnists on this campus that don’t just default to liberal), wrote about the health of the two major party candidates for president. Well, OK. Mostly he wrote about Secretary Clinton’s health. I don’t have any problem with that by itself. In fact, I think we should be taking the candidates’ health seriously. But what the column does that I disagree with is speculate. And our columnist isn’t the first to speculate, so this isn’t all on him. That being said, I think it is incredibly irresponsible for anyone of influence or with any sort of platform in the public sphere to dive into speculation, especially speculation that

takes as many leaps and bounds as that around Clinton’s health does. I’d be saying the same thing if people were speculating so wildly about Trump’s health. It’s not responsible, especially when it’s broadcast on TV in a storm of talking heads. However. Even though I think speculation like this is poor form, I would never dream of censoring it. The First Amendment needs to be protected in all circumstances, not just the circumstances where I agree with the speech. There’s a lot I could criticize the candidates on and there’s a lot I could criticize the candidates on. But I’m going to do all I can do, as a journalist and as the head of a news organization, to protect the sacred promises that are in our First Amendment.




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candidate’s condition Towerlight columnist skeptical about Hillary Clinton’s health DYLAN BRENNAN Columnist

Hillary Clinton’s health has come under the spotlight ever since she collapsed at the 9/11 memorial last week, and had to be dragged into her car. It’s political suicide to leave the 15th anniversary of our nation’s greatest tragedy if you’re running for president, so Clinton must have been having a medical emergency. It should be noted her entourage seemed disturbingly prepared for a situation like this, and didn’t show any surprise, shock, or lack of training. While her doctors have reported that she did indeed have pneumonia, and that she was overheated that day, she clearly has more serious health issues. It is not the first time that Clinton has fallen down and collapsed; five in the past eight years, at least. Once in 2009, she fell so hard she broke her elbow, while in 2012, she fainted and bumped her head in her kitchen, giving her a concussion. While analyzing the concussion, doctors also discovered a blood clot in her brain. While we all trip and fall sometimes, I don’t think it’s normal for a then-sixty-year-old woman to fall that many times in public, let alone how many times she may have fallen in private. If you think falling may just be coincidental or simply bad luck, there are other problems pertaining to her health. The interview this month where she coughed continuously for minutes while on her plane was not an uncommon occurrence. Secretary Clinton has been seen dozens of times over the past eight years in what can only be described as hacking fits, some from as far back as 2008 during her first run for president, to as recent as September 5th in Cleveland, where she coughed for over four minutes straight, spitting wads of phlegm into her water glass every so often. Mrs. Clinton can crack jokes how she’s “allergic to Trump” all she wants to make the crowd laugh and cheer, but people should really start to be concerned about this. The most damning piece of health issues is the supposed seizures Clinton

has. Many times in her interviews and even some campaign stops, she has bobbed her head sporadically or even stared into space with intensity. The rumors that she has seizures are bolstered by the fact her entourage has been seen on video to have small black medical-type injection pens with them, quite possibly containing Diazepam, a drug that stabilizes seizing people. Her main handler has also been seen with a pin on his jacket lapel, which many think looks like the kind that medics wear. The most concerning piece of evidence for her rumored seizures was in early August at a Las Vegas rally, where she suddenly gazed out into the crowd with a mix of concern and worry, while her aforementioned handler rushed onto the stage to be at her side, telling her to continue talking and that nothing bad was going to happen. There are even other guards pulling those black pens out of their jacket, which the handler tells to put back in their pockets. I am not going to act like we haven’t had unhealthy presidents in the past, from Taft’s infamous obesity, to Franklin Roosevelt’s polio, to the countless heavy drinkers and smokers throughout our history. I’m also not going to agree with Dr. Harold Bornstein in saying Trump is the healthiest candidate in history. But while Trump may have gotten fairly overweight with his love for McDonald’s, that is not a debilitating health issue. Being fat can’t even compare to how dangerous and serious seizures, fainting spells, and constant coughing can be for someone nearly the same age. I don’t expect this information to change anyone’s mind. I have told several people about this and they’re not voting differently. Many people think Mrs. Clinton can run the country even if she has these issues, and she seems to do fine on debate stages. Regardless, if you are skeptical at seriousness of these examples, you cannot deny Clinton gets sick and weak often. If anything, remember this: one of these two will be the oldest president ever elected in the United States, and that his or her health won’t get any better with age.


September 13, 2016

Thankful for student support

d s n e s k , a Mark Dragon/ The Towerlight r Students cheer on the football team during the Sept. 10 home opener against Lehigh, which TU won 26-21. h y tremendous school pride. Thank you for having fun while still s To say we all had fun last Saturday following the rules, taking care of each f does not do our evening justice. That other, and being smart during the pres Dear Towson University Students: exciting game was an incredible school game tailgating. Thank you for show, As your Head Football Coach it is spirted memory for everyone in attening up in large, loud numbers together dance. Hearing about the full, fun to support YOUR football team with with great joy that I pen this letter to dyou say THANK YOU! parking lots (of rule abiding current such fun loving ferocity. Thank you for - In my 20 years associated with and future alums) and witnessing the making such a difference in the energy rthis university I have seen varying sea of gold T-shirted students almost of the game. The players could feel ddegrees of student involvement, parfilling the student section, making so you. You were electric! Thank you for .ticularly with regard to school spirit much noise - last Saturday was everyshowing the entire Towson community gand athletics. thing a college weekend in football that school spirit is alive and awesome , What I saw last Saturday night for season should be. at Towson University. Thank you. nour game versus Saint Francis conI am your coach, but I am also an Humbly yours, alum. As both, I need to say thank you. Coach Ambrose tinues to make my heart swell with e

e s t n y s n s t In honor of Hazing Awareness Week y(September 22-26), and in light of what occurred last year at Towson, let’s otalk about hazing. - According to, thazing is “any action taken or any situkation created intentionally that causes nembarrassment, harassment or ridicule sand risks emotional and/or physical ,harm to members of a group or team, swhether new or not, regardless of the yperson’s willingness to participate.” - That’s a mouthful, but basically: oif someone is being made to do danything that they don’t want to do, rthat’s hazing. Obviously, Towson University does

It’s time to talk about hazing not tolerate any forms of hazing, but what is actually being done to prevent it? First of all, there are rules made by Panhellenic and the Inter-fraternity councils to discourage hazing. For example, the IFC will “blacklist” any sororities found to be participating in events with fraternities that have been suspended/kicked off campus. When a sorority is blacklisted, all other fraternities are not permitted to do social events with them. Hazing Awareness Week and similar events helps to raise awareness about hazing. These are definitely steps in the right direction, but I think that there is a lot more we can do to stop hazing. I believe it is up to us as a Greek community to end hazing at Towson once

and for all. There is a myth that hazing is so engrained Greek Life culture that it that it can’t be avoided. As someone who was never hazed, I can say that this is completely false. Do I feel like I missed out on anything or like my sorority has less traditions? Absolutely not. Hazing is not a bonding experience. I don’t think I could ever call someone a sister if they made me feel uncomfortable or scared. That’s not what sisterhood is about. So, Towson’s Greek community, I am personally challenging you to end hazing once and for all. Hazing is something that is passed down, because of the deluded idea that it should be “tradition.” Let’s make this awful tradition end now, and make new, positive traditions instead.


Egg donation Not eggsactly over-easy

If you’re a young woman, I’m sure you’ve seen ads about egg donation before. Heck, if you read the Towerlight last week, you may have caught one here. These ads seem great. An infertile couple needs a young, average-weight, possibly attractive woman to offer up one of her thousands of eggs. Oh, and they’ll pay you upward of $7,000 for it. If you’re a kind-hearted person who could also use a bit of extra cash (most of us), you’ll probably at least consider this. Honestly, I thought about it the first time I saw the ad. Who doesn’t want to help someone out and get paid for it? Well, here’s why you might not. These ads are short and sweet, and they fail to mention the actual process and potential risks of egg donation. It is not as simple as donating sperm. First, if you choose to donate your eggs, you will undergo medical screening. They’ll need to find out if you’re fertile (I hate that word), and they’ll do that through ultrasounds and physical exams. If you are, they’ll begin taking blood tests, culture tests (like the kind you get at the gynecologist), and they will do a psychological screening. Then it’s on to ovarian hyper stimulation, where you will be given three forms of hormones. The first will spark a “fake menopause,” wherein the glands responsible for maturing eggs within the body are no longer triggered to do so. This allows the physician to control when your eggs will mature. This drug is administered through daily injections, one larger injection, or if you’re lucky, a nasal spray. The second hormone, which will be administered through daily injection, will cause your body to create more eggs than it normally would, allowing the doctor to take out more than one when the time comes. The last hormone is used to trigger ovulation. You’ll get one shot this time, about 34-36 hours before the eggs will be retrieved. Side effects of these hormones include mood swings, abdominal swell-

ing, and in very few cases, ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome (OHSS) or adnexal torsion can occur. OHSS causes cystic enlargement of the ovaries and/or fluid buildup in the chest and abdomen. This can cause permanent injury or even death. Adnexal torsion occurs when an ovary twists itself and cuts off its blood supply. It is super painful, and, in some cases, the ovary must be removed. When the eggs are retrieved, it is through the survival procedure “transvaginal ultrasound aspiration.” You will be sedated, but conscious. A “suctioning needle” is then used to go through the cervix and into the ovaries where the eggs can be retrieved. Once it’s done, you’ll schedule a follow-up appointment, be prescribed some antibiotics and go home. The side effects of this can be as mild as nausea and abdominal pain, and as severe as infertility. One in 500 surgeries result in major injury to the bladder, bowel, uterus, blood vessels, or other pelvic structures. I know this sounds scary, because, well, it kind of is. I am not telling you what to do or not to do with your body. I never have, and I never will. I just think that these ads make egg donation seem really easy and casual when really, it’s a full blown surgical procedure that deserves serious thought and consideration. Egg donation is still a worthy cause. It still involves helping another person. But it isn’t as easy as making a two hour appointment and leaving with thousands of dollars. It’s hard to stay healthy as a woman. We often have to search for information that should just be readily available to us. If you want to donate your eggs, maybe start by talking to your gynecologist about it, instead of following through with an ad that’s frankly pretty misleading. Do research to find where you feel most comfortable donating and to which cause. If this made you decide not to donate your eggs, then that’s okay, too! You aren’t selfish or anywhere near a bad person for making that choice. Above all, stay informed, stay healthy, and do what you want with your body. It is owned by you, and you alone, and that’s the sunny side up.


September 20, 2016



September 20, 2016


“Perfect is the enemy of good” President Kim Schatzel inaugurated Sept. 16 Towson University President Kim Schatzel believes in her team. Be that team an assembly line of workers, a conference room of administrators or a squad of players from her high school basketball days, she trusts the people around her and hopes they will succeed. These days, that includes 23,000 recently-adopted students. “It’s the people that you have to count on to get things done,” Schatzel said. “People have always been really important to me within organizations… I always feel that if you sit down and you have great people and everyone gets to talk, which we do, we’ll come up with a really good solution.” Officially inaugurated as TU’s fourteenth president on Friday, Schatzel has been active around campus since she assumed the position in late January. During that time, she’s been conducting a university-wide listening tour about campus climate, looking for ways to improve Towson’s marketability and working toward making the University into a more inclusive and diverse community. In her eight months in office, the businesswoman-turned-academic has focused on creating a vice president for inclusion and institutional equity position to oversee diversity initiatives around campus, starting an identity audit under communication strategy TU Matters to Maryland, which will analyze how the university is perceived, and bolstering Towson’s relationship with Greater Baltimore. Going forward, Schatzel said she will continue toward realizing those priorities among others, including building a “world-class Career Center.” “It is time for Towson University to take a leadership role in examining and advancing what is now career education,” Schatzel said in her inaugural address.

Prior to coming to Towson, Schatzel grew up in northern New York City and later Rockland County, New York -- where she became a Spring Valley Senior High Tiger -- before finding her way to Washington University in St. Louis for college. From there, she got a job in the private sector and launched a career in business that culminated in entrepreneurial success with a multinational industrial firm. In 2000, Schatzel began her career in higher education as an assistant marketing professor, and later dean of the College of Business and Economics, at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, before becoming provost at Eastern Michigan University in 2012. Following the resignation of University President Susan Martin, Schatzel assumed the EMU interim presidency in July 2015. “I’m not scared of anything,” Schatzel said. “The worst you can do is you make a mistake. You clean it up and you do it again… I have a phrase that, ‘Perfect is the enemy of good.’ Sometimes you wait until something is perfect and then by the time that happens, the moment is gone. The opportunity is gone. So, if it’s good enough, start, and we’ll figure it out as we go.” During her TU inauguration, University System of Maryland Board of Regents Chair James Brady credited Schatzel’s success to insight and an abundance of energy, which he referred to as “necessary for leadership.” “For those of you who have not run into her, I suggest you check your itinerary, because she has been everywhere,” Brady said. And she’s been snapping selfies with eager students along the way. For the woman who often says her office in the Administration Building is too far away from the students of central campus, social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram help keep her connected. “Pictures are just so easy to show a moment and communicate a feeling,”

Schatzel said. “It’s a more informal way to talk.” The fifth female president of Towson University, Schatzel said that she was pleasantly surprised to learn that she would not be the first woman to lead TU, a role she was accustomed to filling in the private sector. During her first day at her first job out of college, working as a management trainee at a plant that made Ford Pintos, Schatzel’s boss told her that he thought it “unnatural” for a woman to do a job that ought to belong to a man with a family. Schatzel’s inauguration comes almost four years to the day since the University’s last president, President Emerita Maravene Loeschke, was formally inaugurated on Sept. 14, 2012. If there’s one thing Schatzel hopes to inspire, in her female students especially, it’s confidence. “Take risks and try things that take you out of your comfort zone,” Schatzel said. “It’ll make you stronger, and if people tell you that you can’t do something, double-down and do it. There’s a lot of people out there to support you.” Outside of meetings and university politics, Schatzel enjoys cooking at home with husband Trevor Iles, who now fills dual roles of adjunct marketing professor and TU’s “first guy,” and doting on their three dogs, Max, Anson -- both West Highland White Terriers, or Westies -- and Annie, a Maltese, who are constantly decked out in TU gear. Schatzel and Iles recently spent their 33rd wedding anniversary at the football team’s Sept. 10 home opener, where the Tigers won 35-28 over Saint Francis. The win was a “big present” from the team, according to Schatzel. Together, Schatzel and Iles have a daughter, Katie, a son, Matthew, and a daughter-in-law, also named Katie, who were present to see her formally accept the presidential medallion and ceremonial academic mace, artifacts that symbolize the president’s power.

Photos courtesy of Marina Cooper. Banner image by Alex Best/ The Towerlight Towson University President Kim Schatzel, who was inaugurated Friday afternoon, poses alone and with TU students decades apart. The ceremony, introduced by Grand Marshal Victor Fisher, an associate anthropology professor, included words of greeting and congratulations from members of the university community and performances of “It Takes a Whole Village” and “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” by the University Chorale. Members of the TU marching and symphonic bands supplied processional pieces as students and local delegates

filed in and out of SECU Arena. Before Schatzel began her inaugural address, USM Chancellor and former TU President Robert Caret charged her with the responsibilities of growing the university and working toward the best for her students. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he said. “It is my pleasure to again present to you Dr. Kim Schatzel, the fourteenth president of Towson University.”



September 20, 2016

TU takes on sexual violence Econ profs debate minimum wage Kailah Carden is a relatively new hire at Towson charged with preventing sexual violence on campus by educating Towson students. Her role includes coordinating different departments and events to meet that charge. “Educating students on sexual violence prevention has been going on, but it’s never been coordinated like this,” Carden said. Carden, who’s Towson’s first sexual violence prevention educator, was hired over the summer. Since then, she’s trained or provided training to over 7,000 students in how to prevent sexual assault and sexual violence. Towson recently launched a new campaign, “X Out Sexual Violence,” to stamp out sexual assault on campus. The campaign’s main webpage has a link to report sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator and other resources for victims of sexual violence. Title IX refers to the 1972 law that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs. Since the law was passed, it has been

Cody Boteler/ The Towerlight Kailah Carden is Towson’s first sexual violence prevention educator. interpreted to include sexual assault and harassment as forms of discrimination. According to data collected by the TU Police Department, Towson had 12 confirmed on-campus cases of rape or forced fondling between 2012-2014. Seven confirmed cases of dating violence and seven confirmed cases of stalking were reported between 20132014. Numbers for dating violence and stalking weren’t recorded in the same way as other crimes were before 2013. Per a memorandum of understanding between TUPD and the Baltimore

County Police Department, BCPD investigates first- and second- degree rape and sexual offenses. “All other sex offenses, dating violence and stalking are investigated by the Towson University Police Department,” Deputy Chief of Police Joe Herring said in an email. The Student Government Association will be getting a Title IX training at their meeting Tuesday. On Friday, Sept. 23, there will be a Title IX training open to all students in the Health Center at noon.

Economics professors Melissa Groves and Howard Baetjer battled over whether the minimum wage should be raised or repealed Sept. 14, during a faculty debate in the Liberal Arts Building. Baetjer was in favor of repealing the minimum wage all together. He said that if a company wanted to hire low-skilled labor for less than the minimum wage, they should be allowed to do so. “I believe that the advocates of minimum wages and higher minimum wages are mostly well-meaning people who have a genuine concern about the people with less,” Baetjer said. “But I believe they’re tragically mistaken. I believe the minimum wage actually hurts the people they are trying to help.” Baetjer said that companies should be able to hire their employees for however much their skill is worth. He said that because they are rejected this right, companies are losing money. In contrast, Groves was in favor of raising the minimum wage and said that the current minimum wage is not enough for someone to support themselves, let alone families. She said that 870,000 workers earned the federal minimum wage in 2015, while 1.7 million were paid below the federal minimum wage. A person working 40 hours per week in Maryland will only make 350 dollars per week if paid the minimum wage, Groves said.

“The purchasing power of minimum wage has fallen,” Groves said. Groves said that 67 percent of workers that earned the minimum wage in 2015 were working in service occupations such as food preparation and serving. States with the highest number of workers paid the federal minimum wage or below include Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. Each professor had time to rebuke the other before an open Q&A session with attending students. Groves countered Baetjer and said that internships provide different opportunities than working at a job that pays minimum wage. Baetjer countered Groves and said that whether or not a person can support themselves on minimum wage “isn’t even a meaningful question, because if you can’t live on minimum wage, you can’t live on no wage.” “I’m concerned about people who are poor, but I’m really concerned about those who are going to be permanently poor because they can’t get into the labor market on the minimum wage,” Baetjer said. The debate was sponsored by the Towson Economics Society and the Political Economic Project. “The Political Economy Project’s goal is to support and enrich Towson students who are interested in political economics, social philosophy, foreign policy and any related fields,” said Imani Anderson, president of the Economics Society. “It’s for anyone who is seriously interested in the fundamental questions of how society can best be organized to advance the well-being of mankind.”

Bailey Hendricks/ The Towerlight Students gather in the Liberal Arts building to hear professors Melissa Groves and Howard Baetjer debate minimum wage.


September 20, 2016

Students create Freedom School

Cody Boteler/ The Towerlight BSU and ONSR developed Towson Freedom School, which will launch in the Lecture Hall on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Towson’s Black Student Union and the Organized Network of Student Resistance plan to launch Towson Freedom School, a workshop for black studies, beginning Sept. 22 in the Lecture Hall at 6:30 p.m. Student activist and founder John Gillespie sees the organization as a way to “create a black studies space in the absence of a black studies space at Towson.” Towson offers a 21-credit interdisciplinary African and African American Studies minor that developed out of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s and 1970s, according to the University website. It was originally offered as a 42-credit concentration, but was reduced in 2002 by the African American Advisory Committee. According to data from the Office of Institutional Research, 293 out of 1678 Towson faculty members belonged to minority groups in the 2015-2016 academic year. The data show that in the same academic year, every academic college had fewer than 7 percent tenured or tenure-track African-American faculty members. “Towson Freedom School is basically to provide a space for black studies because the institution has failed to provide that space,” Gillespie said. The space will provide another debate space opportunity for students, apart from the Towson Debate Team, which has been “the bedrock of a lot of black activism, but…is a very exclusive space,” according to Gillespie. The name “Towson Freedom School” comes from historical alterna-

tive schools for black people in general, Gillespie said. Freedom schools began as a movement in the 1960s when black students were not allowed to attend white schools. Student activist Bilphena Yahwon said that other universities have created similar organizations that eventually became the blueprint for the implementation of a black studies program. “I’m excited for it,” Yahwon said. “I think that it will be nice to see how that works out here at Towson.” While he doesn’t know how many people are expected to attend the first session, Gillespie said that there has been a lot of interest in the program on the internet, especially on Twitter. The program will be primarily student-led, though faculty will be involved. The goal of the program is for all attendees to become students of one another, even faculty, and to break down boundaries between attending faculty and students. “They are there to be taught in the same way that I’m there to learn and I’m there to be taught,” Gillespie said. “I don’t know everything, the students that will come don’t know everything and the faculty that will come won’t know everything.” The program has a tentative reading list, but each week’s session will be open to what the attendees would like to discuss. The eventual goal of the program will be to implement a black studies major on campus. Gillespie also hopes that the program will allow people a space to do black studies in concurrence with their primary major. “The central factor is just black though and the thoughts that influence black thought as well,” Gillespie said.




September 20, 2016

HRL hosts Marshall open house Department moving toward inclusiveness ROHAN MATTU Contributing Writer

On an event page for the Housing & Residence Life Open House, the department says that, last year, “there were some incidents where some residents did not feel welcome in our overall campus housing community.” The department wants to work on “truly creating an inclusive and welcoming environment.” During the April unity rally after a hate/bias incident at the CLA Cafe last semester, Director of Residence Life Ron Butler said that he would resign his position following the fall 2016 semester if students still felt that HRL had not taken steps that students need to feel safe. “I feel like I’m doing what I’d be doing regardless of the pressure,” Butler said. “I want TU to be a place where everyone feels included and welcome, and we’re working hard to get there.” Last semester, Butler admitted that HRL had “failed” the students, but the department was “going to do better.” While the Center for Student Diversity held special training for resident assistants to help them deal with hate/bias incidents, some felt that

Cody Boteler/ The Towerlight Director of Housing and Residence Life Ron Butler said that he would resign, if by the end of the fall 2016, resident students did not feel safe. their training wasn’t comprehensive. An RA who wanted to remain anonymous because they were worried they’d get in trouble with HRL said they felt like RA’s “didn’t get a lot of help learning how to navigate hate and bias issues.” The same RA did say, though, that they thought Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for HRL Bonnie Candia-Bailey was doing a good job and staying on top of hate/bias issues. “It looks like [HRL has] been doing a lot of work, but we’ll iron out the kinks as things go on,” the RA said. Internal communications within the department have improved, so

that response time can be swifter and more effective, according to Assistant Director of Residence Life for West Village Donald Walker. “Last semester when this incident happened we weren’t able to communicate internally very well, so now we’ve been increasing a lot of internal communication with our staff, so that if something happens in one specific area we are quick to communicate what has happened and how we’ll respond, so that we can more effectively support students,” Walker said. -To read the rest of this article online, visit

TU recognized in list of top schools U.S. News & World Report has recognized Towson University as 14th in its list of the region’s top public schools within its annual America’s Best Colleges guide. Towson also took 51st place in the guide’s list of 195 public and private institutions in the northern region, a position it shares with Baltimore neighbor Notre Dame of Maryland University. “The America’s Best Colleges rankings are a direct reflection of our more than 100 outstanding graduate and undergraduate degree programs, our excellent faculty and our students’ strong academic performance,” Towson University President Kim Schatzel said in a press release. U.S. News & World Report’s methodology for these rankings includes metrics such as selectivity, faculty resources per student spending and rates of retention and graduation. America’s Best Colleges also provides additional rankings recognizing specialty programs and other

unique attributes of colleges and universities. Towson earned a place on the list of A-Plus Schools for B Students, which is unranked. Schools on this list are evaluated by prior rankings, freshman retention rate, and are schools who accept a significant number of students who did not receive straight A’s, according to the publication. Towson also took 29th on the list of best colleges for veterans.This ranking recognizes institutions that participate in initiatives to support service members. Colleges on this list charge in-state tuition to all veterans regardless of residency status and maintain a minimum enrollment of 20 students who use the GI bill to fully or partially finance their education. Schatzel recognized this as validation for Towson’s mission “to do everything we can to help our servicemen and women, whether active duty or veteran, earn their college degrees.” Towson Director of Institutional Research Tim Bibo notes that Towson’s “rankings have been relatively stable for the past several years.”

Inaug. speaker cheers diversity Goats clean up Author and activist Andrew Solomon described how diversity unites certain groups of people in the face of adversity in society and at home Tuesday, Sept. 13, as part of Towson President Kim Schatzel’s

inauguration week activities. Schatzel, said that she’s “had the pleasure” of hearing Solomon speak before, and immediately thought of him to give an inaugural lecture. “It’s the most compelling work that he’s doing in so many areas of LGBT rights, mental health and just the area of difference,” Schatzel said. Solomon is a writer and lecturer

Mary-Ellen Davis/ The Towerlight Solomon speaks on “How Differences Unite Us” Sept. 13 in WVC.

on politics, culture and psychology. He is a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University Medical Center and president of the PEN American Center, an organization created to unite human rights with the freedom to write. Solomon went on to explain his idea on how “there are two kinds of identities.” “There are what I call vertical identities that get passed down from parent to child across generations, so one’s ethnicity, usually one’s nationality, one’s language, frequently one’s religion,” Solomon said. Solomon also described “horizontal identities,” traits that parents and children don’t have in common—like disabilities or sexuality. A member of the gay community, Solomon said he can relate to others who have this horizontal identity and spoke about the process parents go through to accept their children. -To read the rest of this article online, visit

the Glen Woods Harmony Church Farm has once again lent its goats to Towson University for an eco-friendly cause. “Our task is to remove invasive species,” goat herd owner Ronie Cassily said. “We were hired by [Professor James Hull] who’s in charge of this arboretum here at Towson University.” Named “Harmony Herd,” the group of 20 goats is spending its third year helping out on campus. The process will last for about a week, with the goats working in different sections of the arboretum. “What happens is the goats come in and eat all of the vegetation,” Cassily said. “Wherever we see a vine, we cut it with clippers.” The goats fertilize the land with their manure and there is no need for herbicides. As another positive, large equipment doesn’t have to be

trucked in. “Goats are ruminants,” said Cassily. “A ruminant is an animal that has four digestive chambers. One of them is a true stomach.” With an internal temperature of 106 degrees Fahrenheit, goats have a high metabolism, which causes them to eat and go to the bathroom frequently, Cassily said. She added that with this high metabolism, the goats lie down, chew their cud and get back to eating after about an hour. “There’s not too much they don’t like,” Cassily said.” Porcelain berry is an invasive plant on campus. With vines covering the trees, they block out sunlight, which is essential for a tree’s survival, said Cassily. The vines pull them over, and they can fall over in a storm due to their weakened state. -To read the rest of this article online, visit

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Extravaganza aims to build community LGBTQ+ students bond, network at CSD event JESSICA RICKS Staff Writer

The LGBTQ+ Extravaganza, hosted by the Center for Student Diversity, provided an opportunity for networking between students, faculty and staff to make friends and find people to relate to on Sept. 13. “It’s important because it builds community between underrepresented individuals,” CSD graduate assistant Ryan Padgett said. “This type of event supports inclusion. It’s open to anyone on campus which includes LGBTQ+ members and their allies.” CSD Associate Director Mario Rodriguez said they wanted the extravaganza to be a welcoming space for everyone. “Everyone needs to find their community and people who understand them,” sophomore Rylie Dufresne said. “Events like these help.”

Faculty members were present at the gathering to offer support to students. “My main responsibility is teaching but opportunities to connect with students outside of the classroom are important to me,” assistant English professor Zosha Stuckey said. “I value that opportunity when I get to be with students outside the classroom.” The Extravaganza welcomed freshmen and encouraged them to get involved, which is especially important as they try to find their place around campus. “When I was in high school I barely had any friends or people I could take to,” freshman Ariana Meinster said “[These] events give students a place to meet people who share the same values and interests.” The extravaganza was more so a get together than an activism event, but by attending, students were also able to find ways into other groups like Queer Student

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Associate Director for the Center for Student Diversity Mario Rodriguez greets Extravaganza attendees, who had a chance to mingle and network during the Sept. 13 event. Union and In The Life. Queer Student Union specifically partners with outside groups like Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to make activities for gay/straight alliance

groups in high schools. According to Rodriguez, it’s important that people give back by using their voice in and outside of the Towson community. “I look forward that members of

the LGBTQ community will create a welcoming space in and outside of the classroom,” Rodriguez said. “It’s important that we provide a welcoming space in the Towson community.”

Black Girls Vote takes TU Spoken word poems SYDNEY DOUGLAS Staff Writer

Towson’s Center for Student Diversity and nonpartisan organization Black Girls Vote educated a group of girls about the significance of a single vote in the University Union Saturday morning as part of the University’s Service Saturdays. BGV is a organization that was founded by Baltimore city native Nykidra Robinson in October of last year. It is a grassroots organization whose goal is to represent the concerns and interest of black women. “Voter education and voter registration is how we connect, there is a huge disconnect between community and college campuses,” BGV Director of Community Outreach Brittany Harris said. Harris joined the group when it was just an idea after seeing a post on Robinson’s Instagram. Since then, she has been able to help the group start a network that empow-

ers all of the members though connections to mentors. “Everything we do leads back to education and economics,” Harris said. “It’s a very important thing for us as women, and as women of color, to educate our sisters and make our voices heard… The lack of education and resources should be alarming to everyone.”

It’s a very important thing for us as women and women of color to...make our voices heard. BRITTANY HARRIS Director of Community Outreach, Black Girls Vote

In the 2011 Baltimore city mayoral election, 60 percent of eligible voters were women. Only half of those women actually voted,

according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. BGV’s main message is that a woman’s vote is her voice, and that it’s important to be heard, especially for minority communities. BGV seeks to advance policies regarding education, economic development and quality healthcare and is targeting women ages 18-25 to register to vote. Currently, 56% of women in Baltimore city are registered to vote, and just 9% are between 18 and 24, according to the Baltimore Sun. “I think what I got from it was getting more information to vote and why minorities should [vote],” senior Crystal Croom said. “Personally, I'm not involved in politics but I see why it is important to vote.” The organization is getting in contact with churches and daycares to provide child care services for mothers to mobilize the vote in the Nov. 8 general election.

rhyme against rage OLIVIA FRATANGELI Contributing Writer

“This skin is a battlefield,” recited Jacob Mayberry, also known as Black Chakra or J. Tesla, to an intimate audience. Along with two other poets, Mayberry’s spoken word poetry echoed around the Chesapeake rooms during “Rhymes Against Rage: Through the Fire” on Sept. 15. Sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity, the performance and discussion centered on themes of race and identity and featured spoken word poetry by writers Kenneth Morrison, Mercedez Holtry and Jasmine Mans, in addition to Mayberry. Mans has been writing poetry since she was seven years old. “I used to have to write for an orator class as a kid, and I didn’t like it,” Mans said. “My writing came out of rebellion.” Mans, who is inspired by artists like Tupac, Maya Angelou and

Nikki Giovanni, said she first wrote to “win,” but now writes to be thoughtful. Mans’ poems “Dear Ex-Lover” and “Footnotes for Kanye” drew noticeable reaction from the crowd. “Be consistent,” Mans said to up-and-coming writers. “Commit to writing, commit to writing the truth.” Freshman Nicole Banks said that she anticipated the serious content and nature of some performances. “I knew it was going to be emotional because all the spoken word was about race,” Banks said. Womanist United President Breya Johnson, also the Student Government Association’s assistant director of health and wellness, said that she was inspired by Mans and proud of the turnout for the spoken word event. Although the crowd was small, Johnson said that she believes that people who attending the readings were meant to be there. “It was everything I thought it would be,” Johnson said.



September 20, 2016

Proxima B lights up planetarium KRISTIN HELF

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The Watson-King Planetarium, perched atop Smith Hall, saw a full house of students and faculty learning at an “Other Earths” planetarium show on Friday. Alex Storrs, an associate professor of physics, astronomy and geosciences, presented the show where those in attendance could learn about the discovery of Proxima Centauri B, an exoplanet. Proxima B is Earth-sized and in the habitable zone of its star. “I’m intrigued, I think the way most people are, at the thought of finding another Earth, finding a place where people could live, where life could live,” Storrs said. “What I hope [students] gain from this is the knowledge that we have, in fact, now discovered places that could be very much like the Earth, and some kind of idea of what that’s like.” Through images projected onto the

dome-shaped planetarium screen, Storrs took viewers to Proxima B, where he explained the conditions of the planet and showed artist renditions of what the planet might look like. Because Proxima B is four light years away and humans cannot travel faster than the speed of light, no one will be visiting the exoplanet anytime soon. By some estimates, a small robot could reach the planet within 20 years, but until then, scientists can only speculate on Proxima’s conditions, appearance and habitability. “There’s a lot of speculation on the planet itself,” Storrs said. “Could it have liquid water, did it form too close to its star to have water on it, did the star change its brightness so it would have boiled away any water, could there be water on the far side of the planet? There’s all sorts of unknowns.” Proxima B is Earth-sized and within the habitable zone and, while Storrs says that our species might visit such exoplanets one day, indi-

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Professor Alex Storrs prepares to host “Proxima B and Other Earths” in the Watson-King Planetarium. viduals living in the 21st century aren’t likely to get there until scientists figure out about how to keep humans alive outside of Earth’s biosphere. “We don’t know all the things necessary to keep people alive, let alone sane and functioning, separate from the rest of society,” Storrs said. “We can argue about warfare and bigotry and xenophobia and so forth, but in

the end, we actually really do need each other. Even if we need each other just to argue with.” After the presentation, viewers went outside for a telescope observation of the cloudy night sky. “It’s exciting to see new places, new worlds, new civilizations and lifeforms,” Storrs said. “So we can boldly go where no one has gone before.”

Planetarium shows are held on the third Friday of every month in Smith Hall’s fifth floor Watson-King planetarium.


September 20, 2016

“Fall” in love with your lips

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Towerlight columnist Kerry Ingram shows off her lipstick collection. KERRY INGRAM Columnist

Guys, I’m excited. This Thursday marks the official start of the season in which Starbucks is abundant, nature is more Instagram-worthy than usual and wearing leggings as a part of your outfit every day is acceptable – fall. The idea of pumpkin spice lattes excites me (especially since the Starbucks in Cook Library is reported to re-open this October), however what does not excite me is the idea of my lipstick being #ruined by consuming such a savory drink. I call myself a “lipbalm guru” because I am all about not having to worry about lipstick on the daily, but what’s fall without a bold or dark lip color? Thanks to recent beauty trends, liquid lipstick is the new way to show off some color without having to worry about it smudging all over your face throughout the day. For this week’s column, I’ve decided to share with you the quick steps to help you get a flawless liquid lipstick application that you won’t have to touch up once you’ve applied it. These steps are easy and college student-approved, but if you need a visual aid to help, feel free to check out my YouTube channel ( to see my latest video that will take you through these steps,

in action! Exfoliate. Using a lip scrub will help to get rid of any dead skin left on your lips to create a perfectly smooth and supple surface. A budget-friendly exfoliator? Lush’s “Mint Julips” lip scrub will run you about $11 and you can get it right from the Towson Town Mall. Want to DIY with what you have in your dorm instead? Mix a tablespoon of table sugar with a dash of honey, and you’ve got yourself an exfoliator! Moisturize. Make sure to add back some hydration to your lips after scrubbing them clean! Apply a coat of your favorite lip balm to your lips to prep them for the liquid lipstick. Line. Use a lip liner in a nude shade that’s around two shades deeper than your natural lip color, or in a shade that matches the lipstick you’ll be applying, and trace the natural outline of your lips. Apply Your Lipstick! The trick here is to use the tip of your lipstick wand to go over the line you already created with your lip liner, before filling in the rest of your lips with the color. Think of it as coloring – all it takes is a little time and a steady hand, and your lips will be just as poppin’ as Kylie Jenner’s! Now when October hits, you’ll be able to have both a bold fall lip AND a pumpkin spice latte. Savor them both. They’re both worth “falling” in love with.




September 20, 2016

Ailey II embarks on national tour TAYLOR DEVILLE

in many of the programs offered by the Ailey school, which includes a free day camp for at-risk youth that has been held at Towson. Pinkett, who has been dancing since Dancers from the Ailey II company she was four years old, remembered stormed the Stephens Hall stage on being inspired by Fisher-Harrell when Saturday as they kicked off their she saw her perform with the Ailey comnational tour at Towson. pany at Towson around 15 years ago. Ailey II is the acclaimed second “I was just awestruck,” Pinkett company to the Alvin Ailey American said. “I came up to [Fisher-Harrell] Dance Theater, founded in 1958 by with my program and asked for an renowned choreographer and activautograph and she ist Alvin Ailey on the gave it to me. It’s principle that dancing still stuck on my should be made available door somewhere.” to everyone. This is something Pinkett said that Associate professor I’ve been working performing again and former Ailey comso hard on, bringing at her alma mater pany dancer Lindarepresents a huge Denise Fisher-Harrell that Ailey legacy accomplishment has been responsible back to Towson for her. for bringing Ailey II “I was just on to campus for the past LINDA-DENISE FISHER-HARRELL [Stephens Hall six years. Towson alum Associate Professorr Theatre] stage as a (and mentee of Fisherstudent in the BFA Harrell) Jessica Amber program, and now I’m in a profesPinkett took the stage for the secsional company showcasing what ond year with the company. I’ve been working on for the past “This is something I’ve been workcouple of months as a member of ing so hard on, bringing that Ailey Ailey II,” she said. legacy back to Towson and Baltimore, The performance featured a variand really inspiring my students ety of diverse pieces. The show opened through the work of Mr. Ailey,” said with “In & Out,” choreographed by Fisher-Harrell. “This is all coming full Jean Emile, which contained seven circle with Jess actually becoming a sections of contemporary jazz that member of Ailey II. This is like what transitions into classical, reflecting the any teacher hopes for, that a student choreographer’s classical background. would actually work this hard.” The second piece, titled “Gêmeos,” Ailey was revolutionary for his with choreography by Jamar Roberts, time, popularizing modern dance and was a 12-minute duet “to an African forming a company of black modbeat” according to artistic director ern dancers, who were previously Troy Powell and featured music from snubbed by dancing elites. Ailey’s the Broadway show “Fela.” founding principles carry on today

“Sketches of Flames,” choreographed by Bridget L. Moore, was comprised of passionate flamenco dancing, and the final piece “Revelations,” choreographed by Alvin Ailey, featured gospels and spiritual hymns, with the dancers flouting colonial-style costumes and and props. The performance Saturday night ended in a standing ovation followed by the audience clapping to the beat of “Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham” as the dancers performed an encore. After the performance, Powell and Fisher-Harrell held a Q&A with the audience. “We look for dancers that are willing to reveal themselves,” Powell said. “I think when you have a dance that’s coming from an honest place, it attracts audiences, and audiences can connect to it.”

there’s this ability to build this depth of expertise that is final. When it comes to cultural education and diversity work, there is no ‘final,’” she said. During the workshop, students were given a Personal Profile sheet upon entrance and were asked to fill out the empty boxes that included questions like, “Where did you grow up?” or “What is your favorite holiday or day of celebration?” Reflections on the group exercise were shared immediately afterwards. Some recalled that it was interesting that something as simple as a name could carry so much meaning.

Others reflected that the variety of languages spoken were beyond what they could have imagined. The presentation touched on different levels of cultural interaction, such as the significance of interactive dialogue and understanding when not to breach sensitivity. “We talk about dialogue as a more cyclical rather than a flat line,” Korme said. “Just because the conversation is over doesn’t mean it ends there.” The course will have three more sessions that will cover religion, constitutional rights and the impact of hate groups in America.

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Ailey II dancers perform “In & Out,” a contemporary piece choreographed by Jean Emile.

Culivating cultural competence KEBRON TESFAYE Staff Writer

Associate Director of Student Diversity and Development Anee Korme introduced the Center for Student Diversity’s first Cultural Competency 101 seminar Wednesday and discussed how students and staff can understand and show appreciation for diversity. During the seminar, the first of four this semester, Korme urged students to delve into cultural consciousness over cultural competence. “‘Competency’ implies that

Tom Hanks sticks the landing in “Sully” MATTHEW MCDONALD Columnist

Tom Hanks hit theaters Friday, Sept. 9, in Clint Eastwood’s latest based-on-true-events movie, “Sully.” Set in the bitter January of 2009, this drama recounts the exploits of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who successfully landed a malfunctioning plane in the freezing Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew onboard and causing controversy in the process. When Sully is accused of taking an unsafe route and landing in the Hudson, with evidence against him that he could have easily made it back to the closest runway, he and his beginner co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, must defend their judgment. The court against them tries to denounce their argument, showing multiple successful flight simulator tests in the same situation Sully was in, but they forget one crucial aspect in flying: humanity. This drama is one of the best visually-executed movies I have seen in a long time, reminding me (both in story and perspective) of “Titanic.” Both highlight many of the passengers onboard, making the audience empathize more with them when tragedy

strikes. Alternating between the present day and flashbacks to the incident, the movie is able to show the same series of events three separate times from different perspectives and not lose the audience for one second. If I had two small problems with this movie, it would be these: first, the editing in some spots was slightly confusing, and it was hard to tell at times when the story was in the present versus in a flashback. Second, the story overall seemed to be too, for lack of a better word, easy. What I mean by this is that the plot seemed to be a standard conflict and resolution arc without any audience fear that they might not win the case. This does not mean that the flight shots themselves were not suspenseful. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I just feel Eastwood could have added a little more and not wrapped it up so quickly. Aside from the few critiques I have regarding questionable editing and an easy plot, “Sully” is amazing. I felt like I was actually in the cockpit looking out over the New York skyline. This movie was given an 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and is definitely one to see on the big screen. I give this movie an 8/10.

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September 20, 2016

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Towson won its third consecutive meet of the season Friday at the Br. John “Paddy” Doyle/Iona College Meet of Champions at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York. “It’s simple,” Head Coach Mike Jackson said. “We are just going out and racing. That’s just who we are.” Of the 10 teams competing, the Tigers placed first with 51 points, followed by Quinnipiac in second with 61 and Army in third with 89. “[Facing good competition] is a confidence builder,” Jackson said. “We’ve passed every test so far this season.” Senior runner Megan Knoblock recorded a personal-best and placed sixth overall in the 5k run with a time of 18:45.3. “It’s always nice to see a personal

best,” Jackson said. “She is one of the leaders on our team, and hard work is what she has always done.” Behind Knoblock was junior runner Hannah Walter, who placed eighth with a time of 18:49.9.

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of 19:23.1. The Tigers will have a week off before competing on Saturday, Oct. 1 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh. The meet is scheduled for 10 a.m. “We are still going to be really busy,” Jackson said. “We are going to have a great week of practice between now and the next meet.”

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Following Walter was sophomore runner Allison Marella, who placed ninth with a time of 18:54.2 and freshman runner Erica Israel, who placed 13th with a time of 19:11.6. Junior Colleen Cook rounded out the top 15 for Towson with a time

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Head Coach Mike Jackson walks down the track at Unitas Stadium. Jackson has led the team to three straight first place finishes.


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September 20, 2016

towson begins fall campaign

Tigers host annual alumni meet at Burdick and department as well as the student body,” Shrum said. “So we’re trying to definitely grow the footprint of swimming and diving at the Towson began its 2016 season university, but I think it’s already Saturday with an alumni meet at pretty strong.” Burdick Pool. The Tigers will begin their regular “It’s just really special that we have season with a trip to Penn State to so many alumni that want to stay face the Nittany Lions Thursday, Oct. connected to the program,” Head 6, at University Park. Coach Jake Shrum said. “In fact, the “Our biggest goal is to always be amount of classes spans between the improving and improving three head coaches at the rate that’s faster that were with the than what the rest of the program, so it’s aweIt’s just really conference is and what some that we still have that big of a special that we the rest of the nation is,” Shrum said. “So that’s grasp. And I think have so many our goal and we’ll see that the whole idea will be to make it alumni that want to where that ends up workgrow from here.” stay connected to ing out with us.” Shrum said that the The meet drew the program. Tigers can’t control what a crowd of nearly other teams are doing, 100 attendees and JAKE SHRUM Head Coach but that they can improve allowed alumni to on their own. pass their knowledge “Having a great swim meet doesn’t down to the current team. Shrum necessarily mean the other team did said that he and the team are looking poorly,” he said. “We’re just looking to connect with the University comto get moving forward, trying to get munity more going into the season. more individuals in NCAAs and just “We’re always trying to be more continue to reach that next level.” engaged with the rest of the staff KARUGA KOINANGE Contributing Writer

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A Towson men’s diver competes at the alumni meet hosted at Burdick Pool. The current team competed against Towson alumni.




September 20, 2016

Sebolao pitches shutout Chris Simms/ The Towerlight

Freshman midfielder Justine Stoner sends the ball up the field Sunday. Towson concluded its non-conference play with a 2-0 win over George Washington on its home turf.


Towson closed out its nonconference schedule Sunday with a 2-0 win over George Washington, but fell Friday to Penn 2-0. Sunday the Tigers (3-6-1) shut out the Colonials (6-3-0) at the Tiger Soccer Complex without conceding a shot on goal. Towson also managed to find more space to move forward than they had all season, consistently having runners in behind the George Washington defense. “We believed in each other,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said. “We’ve struggled in the past with believing and trusting each other.” After putting several shots on target, freshman forward Moriah Wigley opened the scoring for Towson after George Washington goalkeeper Miranda Horn came off her line to clear a chance 40 minutes in. Wigley beat Horn to the ball and shot right into an empty net.

The Tigers looked to wrap up the game early in the second half, retaining possession in the Colonials final third. Sophomore forward Evelyn Neidert scored Towson’s second goal of the match by intercepting a pass from Horn and ripping a shot into another empty net. “Getting my first collegiate goal meant a lot,” Neidert said. “I think we’ve finally found the drive to go forward.” Friday, the Tigers fell to the Quakers 2-0 on the road at Rhodes Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Penn pressured Towson constantly and forced senior goalkeeper Taylor Sebolao into a season high of 10 saves. Fifteen minutes into the game Sebolao had to turn away three shots from the Quakers. Ten minutes later, the pressure was too much as defender Paige Lombard put home a rebound inside the box for Penn. Neidert managed to put a shot on target before halftime, but the shot was denied by Penn goalkeep-

er Kitty Qu. In the second half, Sebaolo had to make saves left and right as the Quakers found space to rip shots all game. Finally Penn got its reward, sealing the game 84 minutes in when forward Sasha Stephens scored a breakaway goal. Towson will open up Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play this Friday at 7 p.m. against Elon in North Carolina.

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Senior defender Marissa Green dribbles the ball up the field. The Tigers defeated the Colonials Sunday at the Tiger Soccer Complex.


September 20, 2016


volleyball takes two

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Towson takes on CAA rival Northeastern at SECU Arena last fall. Towson went on to win the match 3-1. KATRINA LE Contributing Writer

Towson went 2-1 this weekend at the Mercer Tournament, defeating the University of South Carolina Upstate and Fairleigh Dickinson University, but falling to Mercer University. "We thought that we were going to lose a few at the Georgetown Tournament and that this weekend we would go 3-0, but it flipflopped," Head Coach Don Metil said. "We were a little careless with the ball. We just need to take care of the ball more consistently.” On Saturday, Towson wrapped up the tournament by defeating Fairleigh Dickinson 3-0. Key players for the Tigers include libero Meredith Dignan, who had 13 digs, setter Marrisa Wonders,

who had 27 assists, right side hitter Jocelyn Kuilan with 14 kills and four aces, and middle blocker Lindsay Flaherty, who had seven blocks. The Tigers defeated the Knights 65-38 overall and claimed a significant 47-28 lead in kills, 45-27 in digs and matched a season-high record of 13 blocks. Towson faced their toughest opponent Friday night against host Mercer. Mercer claimed the first set 25-20 after 12 ties and seven lead changes. Mercer also took the third set 25-17. However, Towson managed to push a fifth set by winning the second set 25-17 and the fourth set 25-9. Outside hitter Carola Biver scored three straight kills in the fourth set to make the score 10-3 and another kill to make it 19-5. Despite leading Mercer in overall points, kills, aces, assists and digs,

Mercer ultimately claimed the match by winning the fifth set 15-13. "We were down early and we fought back,” Metil said. “But the environment of the gym was intense and we haven't found a way to deal with it yet.” In the first match of the weekend, the Tigers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat South Carolina Upstate 3-2. Outside hitter Jessica Lewis led the team with a career-high 20 dig, and a season-high 23 kills, while Wonders led with 28 assists and two aces. The two came in clutch in the final set as they paired up for a block to make the score 14-13 and won 15-13 after an attack error by USC Upstate. After 13 games on the road, the Tigers will host their first game at SECU Arena on Tuesday against Virginia Commonwealth.

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Towson split a pair of games this weekend, defeating LIU Brooklyn 3-1 Sunday, but falling 2-0 to Lafayette on Friday. Sunday, the Tigers (2-6) defeated the Blackbirds (0-4) 3-1 at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Towson took an early 1-0 lead over LIU Brooklyn on a penalty stroke from freshman forward Lexi Butler 12 minutes into the game.

“We tend to need a spark before we pick it up,” Head Coach Carly Campana said. “So [the first goal] was the spark.” The Blackbirds battled back later in the half, tying the game 1-1 on a goal from freshman midfielder Madi Cook. However, Towson scored again before the half ended on a goal from Butler to take a 2-1 lead into the locker room. In the second half, the Tigers extended their lead to 3-1 when redshirt sophomore forward Natalie Hack found the back of

the net. Butler was credited with the assist and recorded her third point of the game. “In the first half, we knew we weren’t playing our best,” freshman forward Lexi Butler said. “In the second half, we just tried to spice it up more.” Junior goalkeeper Emilee Woodall, who relieved senior goalkeeper Megan Boyle in the first half, made four saves and helped Towson secure the 3-1 victory. - To read the rest of this story, visit the

Field Hockey Freshman forward Lexi Butler tallied nine shots, recorded two goals and added one assist in Towson’s 3-1 victory over LIU Brooklyn Sunday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The freshman forward also recorded five points in the teams second win of the season.


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Senior running back Darius Victor takes the hand-off in last seasons win over Villanova at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Victor helped lead Towson to a 28-21 victory that night. into Wildcat territory, but Villanova hit redshirt sophomore quarterback Sports Editor Ellis Knudson on his blindside and @jordancope26 reclaimed the ball. Villanova then drove 71 yards on 10 plays to take a 14-7 lead over Towson in Three turnovers and a sluggish the second quarter. defense in the first half cost Towson After the Tigers’ third drive stalled, its first chance at winning a Colonial the Wildcats drove 45 yards to take a Athletic Association (CAA) game this 20-7 lead. The drive was capped off season as the team fell to Villanova with a 21-yard touchdown pass from 40-21 Saturday. sophomore quarter“Villanova played back Zack Bednarczky great,” Head Coach to junior wide receiver Rob Ambrose said. “I thought we played We need to get a lot Taurus Phillips. Towson brought good at times, I better and we need the score to 20-14 thought we played to get a lot more after Knudson capped great at times, but we didn’t put together a focused. We need to off an 82-yard drive full football game and start something hard with a one-yard touchdown run, but that’s on me.” and finish it hard Villanova responded In the first quarter, the Tigers (1-2, and find out that it is on its next drive with 0-1 CAA) took humanly possible to a touchdown of its own to take a 26-14 an early 7-0 lead ROB AMBROSE lead into halftime. over the Wildcats Head Coach In the second half, (2-1, 1-0 CAA) on both teams tightened up defensively. a 10-play, 47-yard drive that was Neither team scored another touchsparked by a 35-yard run from down until the fourth quarter. redshirt freshman Shane Simpson In that moment, Villanova found on the opening kickoff. Simpson the back of the end zone after Towson capped off the scoring drive with a turned the ball over on downs at its three-yard touchdown run. own 29 yard line. Villanova extended Villanova responded on its ensuing its lead to 33-14 and milked the clock drive to tie the game 7-7. Later in the quarter, the Tigers drove down under five minutes. JORDAN COPE

“We didn’t do anything schematically different,” Ambrose said. “We just played harder. We’re going to find a way to play harder for 60 minutes where the individuals who don’t like playing harder are not going to play.” Knudson threw his second interception of the game; it was returned 100 yards for a touchdown by junior defensive back Rob Rolle, putting Villanova ahead 40-14 with 3:21 left in play.

The Tigers scored once more when Knudson found redshirt sophomore wide receiver Sam Gallahan for a 18-yard touchdown pass to make the score 40-21, but it was too little too late. Towson will have a bye week this Saturday but will return to action Oct. 1 in Richmond, Virginia, against the Spiders. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

“I am sure that [beating Richmond] will be very important,” Ambrose said. “But we have a whole week that we need to work on before we even think about playing somebody else. We need to get a lot better and we need to get a lot more focused. We need to start something hard and finish it hard and find out that it is humanly possible to do so.”

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Defensive back Troy Jeter make a tackle in the open field in last seasons 28-21 victory over Villanova.