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September 27, 2016
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September 27, 2016
September 27, 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
Nick Mason Bhavisha Dave
A new TU initiative launches Historic Courthouse 1 p.m.
TU President Kim Schatzel will join with community leaders to announce an “anchor scan”
Desmond Boyle Theresa Schempp
Jane Elliot, Fall Diversity Speaker
Bailey Hendricks Jessica Ricks
SECU Arena, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Mary-Ellen Davis Chris Wells
Senior Staff Writer Nilo Exar Photo Editor Chris Simms Assist. Photo Editor Alex Best
Black Minds Matter Resource Fair
Jane Elliott, known for her blue eyes/brown eyes excercise, will lead a campus discussion around “the anatomy ofprejudice.”Elliott has requested that this be a lock-in, so attendees will have to stay for the duration of the program.
A variety of groups and resources will be on display at this resource fair targeting students.
Project Homless Connect
Mark Dragon Sam Shelton
Baltimore 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Proofreaders Tyisha Henderson
Kayla Baines Sarah Rowan Alaina Tepper
University Union, Chesapeake 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Staff Photographers Cody Boteler
Video Producer Stacey Coles
Football watch party vs. Richmond PAWS 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Volunteer in shifts at a resources fair for people experiencing homelessness. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the convention center. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and for more details.
Join other students in cheering on the Tigers. Free wings while supplies last.
General Manager Mike Raymond Art Director Jordan Stephenson
Webmaster Lola Akinleye
Circulation Staff Shawn Halerz Nilo Exar Abubakary Kaba Alicia DePasquale
Freedom Square sculptures
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September 27, 2016
Sweaterless One man’s opinion on why fall is kind of the worst CODY BOTELER Editor-in-Chief @codyboteler
I’m about to say something that might cost me. It might cost me in any sort of goodwill I’ve got built up on this campus. It might cost me friends. It might cost me some trust and credibility. But I can’t stand by and say nothing. I. Hate. Fall. I hate it. I think it’s the worst season. Man. It feels good to get that off of my chest. My sweaterless chest, because I refuse to give in and accept that, technically, we are now in autumn. When summer grinds to a halt and the temperature drops (which, OK, fine, that’s acceptable to an extent) I don’t get why everyone starts to celebrate. You’re happy that the sun starts to set earlier and earlier? Happy that everyone is cold all the time? Happy that all the plant life around us is DYING? Don’t get me wrong. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love apple cider. Hiking is great. But man, fall is just the worst.
It’s just too symbolic for me. I can’t get behind being happy about the season that everything dies. It’s grim, man. Too grim. Count me in for spring, though, when flowers are blooming and trees are budding. Isn’t it something? Go to a public school for a few years and work at a news organization and then, one day, you can have a front and center column where, instead of discussing the presidential debate or climate change or income inequality or police brutalitiy you can instead discuss how much you loathe three months out of the year—and nobody can do a single thing to stop you. Sorry, this is an editorial, not my therapist’s office. I’ll lay off the metaphor and deeper meaning. I get sad that summer is ending. Summer’s happy, exciting. There’s always something to do. When autumn rolls around, after the equinox, well…everyone retreats inside. I’m not here for it. Keep your scarves, your pumpkin spice and your sweater weather. Just share the apple cider, please.
Illustration by Daniel Andrews/ The Towerlight
Missing Roll Call? Don’t worry, our political columnists will be back in action for next week’s issue (on stands Oct. 4) with their takes on the Sept. 26 presidential debate.
It is (finally) officially sorority girl season Grab your Starbucks and get ready to talk about all things autumnal
As I’m writing, today is Sept. 22, the first day of fall. So basically, it’s sorority girl season. Basic girls unite. Actually, I could rant all day about how “basic girl” stereotypes are sexist and annoying, but I have instead decided to embrace my inner basic girl and talk about all of the reasons that I love fall. 1. I love pumpkin spice coffee, and I AM NOT ASHAMED.
Pumpkin spice frappes are a gift from God. They’re cinnamon-y, pumpkin-y joy in a cup. You don’t like them? Either you’re allergic to pumpkins or you’re lying. Next. 2. SWEATER WEATHER. Rolling out of bed and throwing on leggings, a sweater and boots is the best feeling in the world. You don’t have to shave your legs. You don’t have to make sure your toenails are painted. You barely even have to coordinate. Bless up. 3. Halloween!!!! Coming up with
group costumes with your friends is so fun, and it’s the perfect excuse for a photo opp (and every sorority girl loves a good photo opp). 4. Apple cider. ‘Nuff said. 5. Nature. The pretty leaves! Pumpkin picking! Fall hikes! Not sweating every time you go outdoors! 6. CANDY CORN. Best seasonally available candy ever. Don’t @ me. 7. Cuddling in cold weather! JK, that would require me to have someone to cuddle with….Taking applications now, single boys….
8. Those pumpkin muffins that are only available in the fall at the Einstein Bagels in WV. They have cream cheese frosting. Let me say that again for the people in the back. CREAM CHEESE FROSTING. 9. Movie nights! Because let’s be real, we’re all a million percent less motivated to go out when it’s colder. And sometimes just watching movies with your best friends beats going uptown. 10. FALL COLORS. I can finally break out my all-black wardrobe and
maroon lipstick without any judgment! 11. TV shows come back! All new episodes of all of your favorite shows! 12. Football -- if you’re unlike me and are into that sort of thing. 13. Fall storms. I love watching the rain and knowing that it’s cold outside but I’m warm inside with my tea and cocoon of blankets. Best feeling. 14. And to top off my list, if you’ve recently joined a sorority, you now have new sisters to frolic around doing fun fall activities with!!! Happy autumn!!!
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September 27, 2016
Protect your peers How to help prevent sexual violence in our community
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While the school year is still relatively new, I’d like to take some time to talk to you all once again about consent and sexual violence prevention. Starting a new school year can always be new and confusing. There can be a lot going on, and it can be hard to get a handle on everything. In addition to the newness and confusion, however, crimes (including sexual violence) spike during the first six weeks of a new school year. Because of this, these first few weeks are referred to as the “Red Zone.” It’s especially important during this time to understand how we can all help to prevent and reduce the risk of sexual violence and to know what to do if we or someone we know is a survivor. I had the chance to talk to Kailah Carden, Towson’s sexual violence prevention educator. She gave me some great information that I’m excited to share with you, and if you want to know more, feel free to send her an email at email@example.com. She’s super nice, and she’d love to fill you in. Did you all know that our professors here are “responsible employees?” This means that if they hear of an act of sexual violence, they have to report it to the Office of Institutional Equity. I know that title sounds a bit intimidating, but it’s actually an excellent resource, and anything they offer you or suggest is completely optional. You are in no way obligated to utilize the resources they offer you. For example, if you are a survivor of sexual violence (which includes sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, stalking, relationship violence and sexual intimidation) and need reasonable assistance with your classes, they can do that for you so that you do not have to disclose what you’re going through to your professors. They can also get you in contact with other resources that can help you. In addition, Towson now has a great new webpage, towson.edu/xoutsexualviolence, where you can report acts of sexual violence online. The Health and Counseling centers are also here to help. They are open Monday through
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. A great off-campus resource is Turn Around. It’s a 24/7 hotline that can connect you to free counseling and advocacy. An advocate can accompany you to any appointments you need, such as medical, legal or university appointments. They can offer you advice and resources to help you navigate what can be highly traumatic and difficult. In addition to these resources, I’d also like to share some prevention methods you can take to help keep sexual violence off of our campus. The first and most important method is to fully and completely know what consent is and what consent is not. If you are confused or unsure, don’t be embarrassed. Just check out the website I mentioned earlier, or reach out to Kailah. She is here to help! In addition to understanding consent, we have to remember how important bystanders are in preventing sexual violence. If you’re going to throw a party, make sure you can see everyone or that you have a group of friends making sure everyone is okay. Be mindful that some perpetrators use seclusion and prevent giving them that chance. Keeping the lights brighter and the music a little softer can help you see and hear what’s going on at your party and prevent sexual violence. In terms of risk reduction, I highly recommend the free app Circle of 6. This allows you to add 6 people that you can contact for three different things at the push of a button. You can ask for help getting home, which automatically sends your location to all 6 people. You can ask for an interruption, and they will be prompted to call you, or you can say that you need to talk. If you are an RA, this would be a great opportunity to help keep everyone on your floor safe. Recommend the app and offer to be one of the six. New students may not have a good support system built up just yet, and this is an easy way to keep them safe. As a reminder, sexual violence is never the fault of the survivor. If you know someone who has endured sexual violence, remind them that you believe them, that they are strong and that you are there for them. If we work together, we really can make a difference and help keep our community safe.
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Town hall updates community on demands Towson’s Student Government Association and the Division of Student Affairs held a “Be Heard” town hall-style meeting Sept. 21 in West Village to discuss progress on the demands from the November 2015 #OccupyTowson sit-in. “I think it’s important to have continued dialogue.” SGA President Taylor James said. “Some things do move slow, but issues that students and community members are having do change pretty rapidly.” During the sit-in last year, a group of black students created a list of demands demonstrating concerns they had regarding their safety and inclusiveness on campus. The students and then-Interim President Timothy Chandler and a group of administrators revised the list several times, until they agreed on a completed list that Chandler signed to affirm his intent to actively address the demands. The night before the sit-in, the protesting students staged an “SGA Takeover,” which culminated when then-SGA President Kurt Anderson signed the document. At Wednesday’s town hall, Chandler, now provost, went through each of the 12 demands one by one with concerned stu-
dents, faculty and staff members to update progress on what has been done, what is currently in progress and what has yet to be done. Attendees were encouraged to give their ideas, input and feedback to have their voices heard and to start a conversation about inclusiveness. According to Chandler, there is still a lot that needs to be done, and progress on the demands will continue to be an ongoing effort. “While we completed what we set out to complete, that doesn’t mean to say we don’t see the need for a lot of other things on top of this,” Chandler said. “So please don’t think just because we’ve checked the box, that’s done… I think we’ve met the obligations we all took on the best we can, but there’s still a lot that we still need to do.” Attendees voiced various concerns during the meeting, including having fair hiring search committees and tenure communities, having a diversity chair on Greek organizations to promote diversity, how the university should respond when there is a tragedy in a minority group’s community and how mental health needs to be treated on the same level as physical health. Moriarty said that the administration is proud of the work that has already happened over the summer. “Some of these will take longer than others but I think we’re feeling
Alex Best/ The Towerlight During a town hall meeting Sept. 23, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Deb Moriarty updates the community on the demands made by black students protesting in the President’s Office last year. really proud of the work that happened this summer that included the students’ voice in some policy decisions, and some policy clarifications,” Moriarty said. The Diversity Initiatives Progress Report is available through Towson’s website. The website tracks the progress of the list of demands; however, Chandler said some of the demands on the list will never truly be complete.
“They may say they’re completed, but we see this as an ongoing effort,” Chandler said. “We are nowhere near completed. In fact, if we ever think we’re completed, we’re fooling ourselves.” The Be Heard meetings will be monthly. James said that she will communicate with Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Diversity Santiago Solis to create a more interactive program so that more
students will come to future meetings. “I really want this this to be available for students who are having concerns...to be able to voice them to the appropriate people, and...to give the opportunity for updates and different things that are going on,” James said. “I think it’s important to keep [the meetings] consistent so students know if they need to talk to someone about something, they know they can do it.”
Towson Freedom School holds first meeting Towson Freedom School members met to discuss the differences between organizing and activism at their first meeting Sept. 22 in the Lecture Hall. Coordinator of Baltimore Bloc Ralikh Hayes led the conversation, and encouraged attendees to create their own definitions for the terms. According to Hayes, who considers himself an organizer, there is a definite line between the two. “Organizing is about the collective ‘we,’” Hayes said. “Activism is about the call to self, and how you can just show up for a quick second, but not actually put in long-term to build power or to change people’s conditions. It’s kind of like whining about something, but not wanting to actually get up to fix it.” Freedom School Director John
Gillespie began the program by chanting lines from a 1973 speech by Black Panther activist Assata Shakur, entitled “To My People.” “It is our duty to fight for our freedom,” the attendees chanted. “It is our duty to win. We must love and support one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” During the meeting, attendees sat in a circle on the floor of the Lecture Hall and discussed recent violence against black people in the United States. Citing the recent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, attendees agreed that power determines what can be deemed as violent within law enforcement. North Carolina has been in a state of emergency since protests broke out following the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by police Sept. 20. During the meeting, Freedom School members also discussed the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, among
others, to emphasize that black people are often unfairly criminalized by police and other members of the community. “When black people have guns, they’re automatically in a position of, ‘You can be shot, and it can be justified,’” Gillespie said. The Freedom School is sponsored by the Black Student Union and the Organized Network of Student Resistance. Its purpose is to provide a safe space for black studies, in the absence of a black studies major on campus. The ultimate goal of the program is to eventually implement a black studies major at Towson in the coming years, on top of the 21-credit minor that exists now. Gillespie said that he was happy with the turnout for the first night and that overall the program went well. “I wanted it to be small enough for everyone to actually get to know everyone, but I wanted it to be big enough so that they can feel like they’re par-
ticipating in something larger than [themselves],” Gillespie said. “I think that we got the perfect size.” On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Freedom School will meet again in the Lecture Hall at 6:30 p.m. The first hour will be devoted to discussing suggested read-
ing and the last hour will be devoted to socializing as a group. “Everyone should come,” Gillespie said. “It’s ‘Black Study, Black Struggle,’ but black study has always been revolutionary in its ability to rally everyone toward justice.”
Sarah Rowan/ The Towerlight Towson Freedom School Director John Gillespie leads a group of students in a chant to kickoff the organization’s first meeting.
September 27, 2016
TU to start “anchor scan” Student art project draws controversy President Kim Schatzel will announce Tuesday a new partnership with Margrave Strategies, a Columbia-based firm, to “chart [the university’s] path into the future and into the next decade.” “We are an anchor institution for Towson, the county and greater Baltimore,” Schatzel said in a Monday interview. “We already have connections and we already have strong impact. This is about making our leadership stronger.” The process was described as starting with an “anchor scan.” Which, according to Schatzel, means identifying the needs of the institution, the community and the local business community. The scan will look at market trends, development patterns and space needs “as they align with
University goals and priorities.” Schatzel said that one of the strategies for improving TU’s impact in the community will be to look at “placemaking.” “It’s really taking a look at market trends and where development is happening and where our community and business partners are, as well as our faculty, staff and students,” Schatzel said. And that means, she said, being programmatic about how Towson University branches out into the greater Baltimore area. That could be, according to Schatzel, anything from sharing an office space to buying a building. “The scope and scale is such that we’re looking to be able to position us effectively for years to come,” Schatzel said. The University has entered into a partnership agreement with Margrave Strategies, a firm that was created by former Howard
County Executive Ken Ulman. “Ulman will serve as chief strategist for Towson University, working to further elevate the University’s profile throughout the surrounding community and maximize the strategic assets in the Greater Baltimore region,” university officials said through a press release. Ulman, who served as county executive from 2006-2014. He previously worked with the University of Maryland, College Park, to help the school develop as a hub for startups. “We’re also looking at the fact that Margrave have established relationships,” Schatzel said. She pointed to Ulman’s connections in the state legislature and the local business community. In a press release, Ulman said it was an honor to work with TU to help it “serve as a greater catalyst for job creation and placemaking in Towson.”
Campus works to prevent hazing Risk Management Consultant Gentry McCreary, who works with the National Center for Higher Education, explained that hazing is more than just fraternity and sorority problem and charged students with eradicating the harmful behavior during an address in the West Village Commons Thursday night. McCreary said that hazing also happens in high schools, arts organizations, sports teams and other unexpected environments outside of college Greek Life. “You did not create this problem, but it is your responsibility to fix it,” McCreary said. McCreary’s keynote address was part of National Hazing Prevention Week, sponsored at Towson by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Towson Athletics and Campus Recreation. The week’s purpose is to raise awareness of hazing practices and to empower students to eliminate it from campus life. McCreary’s lecture largely centered around five identified myths about hazing. These myths include that hazing is a rogue member problem and not an institution-wide practice, that it’s not really hazing if people volunteer for it, that hazing teaches respect, that haz-
ing builds unity and that continuing hazing means keeping up a tradition. Through creating positive meaning for rituals, debunking myths surrounding hazing and stopping small issues before they become big ones, student leaders can create a unified, bonded chapter which is far stronger than a single bonded pledge class, he said. Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Matt Lenno said that his office recommends attending different on-campus events, like those planned by the Campus Activities Board or Weekends@ TU, as alternative team-building activities to help members bond. “Hazing builds animosity between people,” Lenno said. “It does not
create better bonds. It just makes better hazers.” According to Towson’s hazing policy, hazing is an action “inflicted on person(s) joining a group or member(s) of a group, that… [has] the potential to create mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, without the individual’s consent.” These actions can include, but are not limited to mandated consumption of substances, tasks forced on new members or abuse in any form. The hazing policy states that “the most damaging action a campus organization can take is to engage in hazing.” -To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
Amanda Carroll/ The Towerlight Gentry McCreary spoke against hazing during Hazing Prevention Week.
Cody Boteler/ The Towerlight TUPD investigated a student art project in Freedom Square Sept. 26.
An art project in Freedom Square designed to make a statement about social problems and censorship created some controversy when TUPD were called to the scene to investigate. The art project consisted of four sculptures: one depicted a homeless man; one depicted a man passed out from drinking too much; one depicted a woman who was a victim of sexual assault. The final sculpture depicted a man with his pants unzipped and his hand on his penis. The artist, fine arts major Liz Lawson, said that she wasn’t expecting the reaction to be as large as it was. “You know we all have a sexual nature, but it seems that if we ever talk about it or if we’re open about it, it’s a scary thing, or we’re not supposed to,” Lawson said. “People get really worked up about it like it’s a problem.” Director of Civic Engagement and Leadership Chris Jensen said that the project was an issue of space and safety. TUPD investigated because it could have been related to a non-affiliate, putting students at risk. According to Kaitlyn Cole, a student who was tabling for Alpha Xi Delta, a large crowd began to gather and watch once police arrived to investigate what was happening. TUPD initially questioned Lawson’s boyfriend, Trevor Slade, who is not a student at TU. Slade said he was initially there to observe the project, but then wrapped himself in a sheet to conceal himself while he took pictures of
bystanders viewing the project. Many students walking through Freedom Square during the investigation stopped to take pictures of the scene. One student was there to take pictures for the Trashed Towson Instagram page. Several people laughed as they walked by, or expressed some kind of surprise and disgust. Some bystanders initially thought that Slade was the artist. Three students, Katy Bocchino, Tori Markhan and Samantha David waited in Freedom Square to meet the artist, who Slade said would arrive at 12:50 p.m. “This is amazing because any sort of art that gets a reaction is good art,” David said. “She’s definitely commenting on something, I don’t know what it is.” Bocchino said that when TUPD arrived at the scene, Slade filmed the encounter and refused to answer any questions. When Lawson arrived, the TUPD questioned both her and Slade, and left once they learned that it was a student project. “This is why you do an investigation,” a TUPD officer said. Lawson said that the project was meant to question what should and what shouldn’t be acceptable in society. “If we have things such as sexual abuse, or we have homelessness, or we have people passed out on drugs all the time, people won’t even bat an eye,” Lawson said. “They ignore it. But if you see something normal, or something that’s not worth being treated as barbaric, then we’re going to freak out about that. -To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
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Sept. 16: At West Village Garage, a staff member had several magnets taken from her vehicle. Sept. 15: At West Village Commons, a resident student was assaulted by an unknown person. Sept. 14: At Cross Campus Drive, two non-affiliates were seen assaulting each other. Sept. 14: At the University Union, an unknown person used a stolen credit card to purchase books from the bookstore. Sept. 14: At Marshall Hall, further investigation revealed that a broken window broke due to a defect. Sept. 13: At Burdick Hall, a juvenile non-affiliate was charged with destruction of property. Sept. 13: At the Liberal Arts Building, a resident student and a juvenile were charged with destruction of property. Sept. 12: At Tower D, one resident student was cited for CDS violation and three others were referred to OSCCE.
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Sept. 12: At Cross Campus Drive, a resident student was arrested for numerous destruction of properties on campus. Sept. 12: At Union Garage, a resident student was arrested for numerous destruction of properties on campus. Sept. 11: At Barton House, one resident student was cited for CDS violation. Sept. 11: At Cross Campus Drive, a resident student along with two non-affiliates were arrested for numerous property destruction. Sept. 11: At Lot 14, a resident student along with two non-affiliates were arrested for numerous property destruction Sept. 10: At Tower A, two resident students were referred to OSCCE for CDS violation.
Sept. 10 At Lot 17, a resident student assaulted a non-affiliate. Victim does not want to prosecute.
Sept. 10: At Douglass House, three resident students were referred to OSCCE for alcohol violation.
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Sept. 9: At Tower A, a non-affiliate was cited for an alcohol violation. Sept. 9: At Millenium Hall, a resident student had their tire destroyed while on campus.
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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September 27, 2016
Q&A with the ELC’s Shelley Etzine Why did you want to be an English language specialist?
My undergraduate degree was in English literature. I majored in English literature and I’m actually from South Africa. I also love people, in fact, when I did my aptitude test, they said to me that I should go into something like health professions -- like social work, occupational therapy or something like that. I also really loved the arts: theatre, music and I really wanted to have a career in arts management, but when I finished my degree I got a graduate degree in personal management and training and with my first job I gravitated toward the training aspect of it, not the interviewing or HR aspect of it. I worked in a lot of different English language programs. I was teaching at a lot of different places but I loved the language program here. I loved the people who were here. It’s almost just like I found a family here and the more I taught, the more it was just a right thing for me. It’s just endlessly fascinating, because at the same time you are teaching, you are learning about all these cultures. I really found my niche, and that’s what I have been doing ever since.
What impact do you want to make at the ELC? I would like to have happy students, and I would like students to love coming here and to recommend to all their friends and family that this is a really great place to come and study. I would really love to see more and more students going to the university and studying here at Towson. A lot of our students either go back home or go to other universities and I would really love to see more international students on this campus, and I would love the university to recognize that our students begin here and that we are preparing them to enter the university. - Compiled by Peter Demestihas
Courtesy of Towson University The English Language Center is located at the Enrollment Center in West Village. It offers many programs and activities for international and ESOL students.
MSA cleans up community Rate My Professor Led by the Muslim Student Association, a group of about 20 students came together Friday afternoon after Jumu’ah Prayer to walk around Towson picking up trash. “I think the main purpose of it is to help the entire community and to help the ecosystem,” MSA President Osama Hassan said. “A lot of the members of the MSA are in the sciences or have taken a lot of science
classes, so we know the environmental aspects and the effect that trash can have on the environment.” Hassan was then able to connect the event to his faith. “We can connect it to our religion because our prophet said that it is against our religion to destroy the earth,” Hassan said. “Therefore, the best way to protect it is to stop the biggest threat that we have now, which is pollution, so essentially we are doing it as part of our religious duties and also as a way to help the community to
Nick Mason/ The Towerlight MSA members and friends gather at a welcome potluck meal Sept. 2 .
stop pollution.” Participants said that they don’t always think about the presence of trash and garbage in the streets until they are specifically searching for it, which the cleanup required them to do. “When I’m walking, I wouldn’t spot [trash] unless I’m looking for it,” student Saleaha Pirzada said. The students broke up into small groups to cover more ground and clean up as much as possible. The MSA hopes to make this a monthly campus event. “I just think it’s a good way to get involved on campus...because when you’re walking around you don’t notice the little things, but everything is just being spotted out,” MSA member Alysha Ameen said. “I think if we do it monthly it will really help the campus out, and it’s just a good way to get involved.” Ameen also said that it is a good way to bond with students from other groups on campus, because anyone can get involved. “MSA is open to everyone,” Ameen said. “Even though it’s called Muslim Student Association, it’s open to everyone.” -To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
site commends alum Community College of Baltimore County in Essex Professor Anthony Calise, a Towson alum, was recently ranked as Rate My Professor’s number one “highest rated junior and community college professor” for his performance last year. Calise graduated from Towson University in January 2002 with a degree in mathematics. “Just make sure you have a love for not just math, but teaching in general,” Calise said. “It’s something you have to have a passion for. There are challenges every day and you have to come up with solutions to problems on a daily basis.” During his stay at TU, Calise said he enjoyed the teaching styles of his professors in the education department. The department’s renown is what led Calise to choose Towson for his undergraduate degree, but Towson Professor Emeritus Lawrence Shirley, who taught mathematics education, taught him how to make math interesting.
“He would sometimes dress up as old mathematicians,” Calise said. Calise has been teaching high school for 16 years and is in his 10th year as a college professor. He has taught adjunct classes at TU and currently teaches at Owings Mills High School and CCBC Essex. Calise uses a wide variety of tools and techniques when teaching his students. “I definitely try to make everything relevant to their majors,” explained Calise. “I try to tailor it to their program and incorporate actual examples instead of doing math problems they’ll never use.” Calise provides his students with outside resources as well. His website includes notes, videos and practice exams. The site has reached over ten million people from every state in the country and other nations around the world. The site also has links to math that is used in movies, films and other resources that both students and other teachers can use. Calise spends about 30 hours a week teaching in classrooms, and another 35-40 hours outside of class to grade homework and to prepare educational structures.
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Photos by Chris Simms/ The Towerlight Nick Cannon, comedian, television personality and host of MTV’s “Wild ‘N Out” performs a stand-up routine during his crew’s visit to SECU Arena Monday, Sept. 19.
September 27, 2016
Project Unity Day promotes harmony
MAC releases Selena collection KERRY INGRAM Columnist
Jessica Ricks/ The Towerlight Towson University Police Chief Bernie Gerst addresses a crowd of community members before kicking off Project Unity Sept. 25.
JESSICA RICKS Staff Writer
A multitude of campus organizations met up with University Police and other community members Sunday, Sept. 25, for a day devoted to building relationships amid current societal tensions. “It’s important for us to come together [after] seeing problems happening every day,” sophomore and African Diaspora Club Historian Bri Teafoe said. “We can count on each other as a campus family.” Led by Towson NAACP President Cambria Conley, Project Unity involved 13 campus organizations, including the Black Student Union, Caribbean Student Association, African Diaspora Club, Modelz of Distinction and several fraternities and sororities, as well as TUPD and other volunteers. “It brings the community and police closer together,” TUPD Cpl. Glenn Merritt said. “It’s an opportunity for the students to know what the police are all about, [and for] the police to know what the students are all about.” The event kicked off with a speech by TUPD Chief Bernie Gerst, which led into several hours of food and activities. There was face painting, limbo, basketball, kickball, arts and crafts and a “Dunk the Chief” game, where all proceeds went toward the Special Olympics. The main goal for upcoming years is to get more of the outside community to attend and at least one other school, according to Conley. “It provides the opportunity for
police and students to see each other without the barrier of the uniform,” Gerst said. “We can never stop improving. The population here changes, the students that are here now won’t be here in two years. We need to do this every year.” Special assistant to the county executive Tony Baysmore also attended. “It’s important that in this day and age that with all of the social issues we are confronted with that now more than ever people of diverse backgrounds can come together to create a better society,” he said. Baysmore’s main focus is working with youth, colleges and seniors to help build bridges so that everyone is working for the greater good. With the problems currently playing out in society, this is also the main goal of Project Unity Day. “With everything going on, police brutality, race relations and the power structure in this county, if we don’t have the power to fix it right now, this is a good way to start,” Conley said. Baysmore expressed his gratitude to all members of the Towson community who are taking steps to make everyone feel included. “Any opportunity to engage with the community and do something small is important,” senior and Hope For Guinea member Jordan Ogbonna said. “Towson and the greater Towson area can come and get to know the police and police get to know their community so that when the time comes police will know who they’re policing.”
The moment all makeup lovers have been waiting for has finally arrived: MAC Cosmetics’ Selena Collection is officially going on sale this Saturday, Oct. 1! The line includes five eyeshadows (two neutral shades and three fun colors), one intense black mascara, a black liquid eyeliner, a blush/bronzer duo, a face brush and three lipsticks that embody Selena’s classic look. The line is available for pre-order on Sept. 28, but you can order online starting Oct. 1 and purchase in stores Oct. 6. There are three distinctive reasons why I think that everyone should try to get their hands on this collection (and no, one of my reasons is not so I can live vicariously through you -because you better believe that I will be preordering every item the moment the clock strikes 12 a.m. on the 28th!) The first reason is that this is one of the few makeup lines inspired by someone who actually deserves to have a line. I don’t mean to throw shade at anyone else, but in our current day and age, it seems like almost anybody can earn some type of brand collaboration just for having a following. Selena Quintanilla was a celebrated Mexican-American music and fashion icon, and her legacy lives on today after her untimely death in
1995. Quintanilla had talent, beauty and grace, all while remaining down to earth, and is more than deserving of a cosmetics line. The second reason you should check out this collection is because MAC Cosmetics usually does a great job with their collaborations, especially highly-anticipated ones like this. The pigmentation and lasting power of their products are worth the cost – plus, every item in this collection is most definitely fall appropriate, so
it only makes sense to splurge, right? My last reason for needing to purchase this collection is the reason that usually always settles my internal disputes of whether to buy or not to buy. It’s limited edition! The collection will only be available until Nov. 17. Let that pressure sink in. While you’re enjoying the rest of your stressful week of classes, just keep this information in mind. You just may need to treat yourself with this collection by the end of the week.
Courtesy of @MACcosmetics /Twitter MAC Cosmetics’ Selena Quintanilla Collection goes on sale later this week. The line is available to pre-order Sept. 28.
Alumna curates modernist exhibition ANTHONY HOLSAPPLE Contributing Writer
On view in the Center for the Arts until Oct. 15, “Reference/Material” is a survey exhibition that presents a wide array of contemporary artists and media, from abstract paintings and sculptures to video, in homage to the Modernist art movement. The exhibit is curated by Towson alumna Alex Ebstein, who participated in the Studio Art master’s program and worked with Susan Isaacs, the CFA’s head curator, as a grad student. “Reference/Material” began as an assignment in Ebstein’s
“Curating Contemporary Art” class, but soon became something bigger. “Dr. Isaacs brought the idea to me after discussing my work and thesis research,” Ebstein said. “I had curated extensively through my own gallery projects and independently, and Dr. Isaacs extended the opportunity for me to combine a number of my passions in this long-term project.” The works on display range from collages of book pages rotating on motorized canvases to geometric shapes floating and dashing around the paintings. One artist with work on display, Paul Simmons, demonstrates the concept of modernism through
two of his acrylic works. “Untitled 2015” shows geometric shapes dashing around a warm pink background, embodying energy and dynamism, while “Untitled 2016” depicts two wavy shapes floating along a mellow blue background. “I was thrilled to curate this exhibition,” said Ebstein. “And I believe my enthusiasm was infectious. Everyone was happy to be included.” Included in the gallery are two of Ebstein’s favorite artists, Carolyn Salas and Jim Lee. Isaacs admires all the pieces. “It is a terrific show and the way the works relate to one another is excellent,” Isaacs said.
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September 27, 2016
Active Minds fights mental health stigma Group fosters acceptance through peer education
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Courtesy of TU Active Minds Members of the 2016-2017 Active Minds executive board, Jazzy Villalta, Nicole Libbey, Kathleen McAdam, Callie Vislay and Kathleen Fiorello pose together on campus. NIKA SHAKHNAZAROVA Staff Writer
Active Minds President Kathleen McAdam says that her organization is committed to using education to remove the stigma that surrounds mental illness. “We promote education and raise awareness and by changing the conversations we are having about mental illnesses in general,” McAdam said. McAdam, a senior who has been a part of the group since she was a freshman, believes that Active Minds is heading in the right direction. “It was pretty small four years ago when I joined it. There were like six or eight of us. We have been working very hard ever since, and now we have about 25 to 30 members show up to weekly meetings,” McAdam said. Active Minds members host tabling events to spread the word and promote conversations about mental illness. The group also
hosts yoga nights, stress-less weeks and 5K runs to raise awareness. McAdam said the group often has guest speakers, like therapists and doctors, come to their weekly meetings. Active Minds covers a variety of topics and issues regarding mental illness during these meetings. “We also have a therapist coming to our meeting next week to talk to us about narcissism, which is really cool,” McAdam said. “We’ve never had that before.” McAdam said she finds the organization’s successes very rewarding. “We have people come up to us and congratulate us on how well we’re doing,” she said. “We’re touching a lot of lives, which is extremely important.” To spread the word about Active Minds, students can follow the group on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through @tuactiveminds Active Minds’ weekly meetings are open to all. Their next meeting is Thursday at 5 p.m. in Hawkins Hall, room 305.
September 27, 2016
CASU celebrates fall with tradition SARAH VAN WIE Staff Writer @Sarah_VDub
The Chinese American Student Union held its annual Mid-Autumn festival Friday night in the West Village Ballrooms to share Chinese and Chinese American culture with students. “We are hoping people will learn more about Chinese culture and festivals,” CASU President Michelle Yuth said. The mid-autumn festival is a celebration of harvest, the moon and family, sometimes called the Harvest Moon Festival. The festival included
Chinese food, a food eating contest, a raffle, demonstrations of Chinese martial arts and mooncakes, a traditional treat of the festival. “CASU is really excited to bring out more students to spread diversity and Chinese culture around campus,” CASU event director Jiali Chen said. “We are also looking forward to everyone having a good time.” The festival featured a variety of Chinese food, including white and fried rice, lo mein noodles, chicken with vegetables, General Tso’s chicken and a tofu dish for vegans and vegetarians. “I thought the food was good,”
junior Niles Rodgers said. “I really like Chinese food, I have been eating it since I was little.” Members of a self-defense gym that specializes in Chinese martial arts were the special guests of the evening. They demonstrated Kung fu, Wushu, Tai chi and Sanda fighting. After their demonstrations, they held open workshops for attendees to learn moves from each discipline of fighting. “The demonstration of fighting skills was my favorite part,” junior Matthew Athey said. “I felt like I could interact with the special quest. It was thrilling.”
Fruits and veggies matter VISHARAD MOKTAN Columnist
September is Fruits and Veggies: More Matters Month. Celebrate by eating lots of fall fruits and vegetables. The green leaves are turning brown and the weather is cooling down. Fall brings a lot of colorful fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower, cranberries, grapes, guava, key limes, passion fruit, pears, pomegranates and the ever famous fall favorite: pumpkin. You may think it’s too expensive to take advantage of all the fall produce. Here are some tips that can help with buying great foods on a budget. One of the most important ways to save money is by planning what to purchase. Make a list and don’t stray from it. Don’t shop when you are hungry. It might be hard not to “impulse buy” but at the end of the day your wallet will thank you. Buy frozen, canned, and dried forms of vegetables and fruits. They have the same nutritional value as fresh ones but will last longer which will save you money. You’ll also be able to save time in meal prep when you have these readily available in your pantry or freezer. Beans, including black, garbanzo, kidney and soy beans, are a great source of fiber and protein and are much cheaper
than meat. It is common knowledge that consuming fruits and vegetables is good for the body. Here are some reasons why we should eat more. Fruits and vegetables come in many different vibrant colors and textures that please the eyes and make the plate more appealing. They contain fiber which helps with digestion. Even though some fruits and vegetables tend to taste sweet, they are actually low in calories. All are cholesterol free and most are naturally low in fat. Fruits and vegetables help reduce heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers. They are rich in vitamins and minerals including potassium, folate, vitamins A and C which you need to stay healthy. There are so many different varieties of fruits and vegetables and ones that come from different countries that you will never get bored eating the same ones over and over. They make a great grab and go healthy snack. Fruits and vegetables are also important because they contain phytonutrients, also more commonly known as antioxidants. Phytonutrients can benefit your immune system, vision, skin, and help protect against many diseases. Eating different colored fruits
and vegetables will help you get a good mix of these beneficial compounds. According to ChooseMyPlate. gov, fruits and vegetables should be the focal point of the meal, making up half your plate. Most college students need about 2.5-3 cups of vegetables per day and about 2 cups of fruit per day. Fruits and vegetables are widely available on campus. There are fresh fruit and yogurt bars, salad bars, veggie burgers, and the T-Vegan station at the Glen Marketplace. Towson Dining also has a T-Veggie Your Way Cookbook that is available in the Glen Marketplace and West Village Commons. The recipes allow students to create their own meals using different ingredients, sauces, spices and cooking methods at each dining hall. New research is showing that fruits and vegetables may play an even greater role in human health than scientists initially thought. So in conclusion, fruits and vegetables are some of the most beneficial foods we can consume. They come in so many different varieties, forms and colors, that there are no excuses not to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. For more information contact Kerry Ballek, campus dietitian, at email@example.com.
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Students are trained in Chinese martial arts at the mid-Autumn festival.
Hannibal Buress to perform in Baltimore Appears in alum’s indie movie “Flock of Dudes” KRISTIN HELF Assistant Arts & Life Editor @kristinelise_
On Oct. 6, comedian Hannibal Buress will take the stage at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on his “Hannibal Montanabal” national stand-up tour. Buress is known for his standup. Four of his past performances are streaming on Netflix, and the comedian garnered national attention in 2014 when he referred to Bill Cosby as a “rapist” onstage, before Cosby’s allegations had been reported on by major media outlets. You may have also seen him as Lincoln on Comedy Central’s Broad City. His humor ranges from politically poignant (sometimes accidentally so) in his stand-up, to off-beat and surreal as co-host on Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show. Buress doesn’t have plans to quit stand up or television anytime soon, but in the last few years as directors have begun reaching out to him, he’s been able to add film acting to his repertoire. Most recently, he took a small role in the indie flick “Flock of Dudes,” directed by Towson alum Bob Castrone and co-written by fellow alum Brian Levin. “They just reached out to my
agent, said they’re doing a movie, I
was into it ‘cause there was a bunch of other comedians that are my friends in it,” Buress said. “Kumail [Nanjiani]’s in it. Eric Andre’s in it… It was just, doing a movie with people I was friends with, you know?” In “Flock of Dudes,” Buress plays supporting character “Pussypop,” and, while he was only on set for two or three days, he enjoyed working with his friends and first-time director Castrone. “Bob’s a nice dude… Open to our ideas. If we had ideas about different lines, he was cool,” Buress said. “There was a lot of down time… So, there were moments with the people that I know, together, just talking, hanging out.” Buress enjoys doing films, but doesn’t consider himself a film actor. He said that they don’t occupy him mentally the way that standup does, although he enjoys seeing the process and being able to add to a film with his sense of humor. “I’m in the world, but I’m not of the world,” he said. Buress has performed stand-up in Baltimore several times, but he’s usually “in and out” and doesn’t get to see much of the city. He remembers meeting cool people and putting on good shows in venues like Baltimore’s Comedy Factory and says it has always been fun.
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September 27, 2016
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Towson off to NFL predictions with Tom Judd a strong start
Tigers finish third in opening day of Patriot Intercollegiate NOAH GATZKE Contributing Writer
Towson finished third in a 21-team pool after shooting a 292 in day one of the two-day Patriot Intercollegiate tournament hosted by George Mason. Towson trails only Eastern Kentucky (285) and Old Dominion (287) for first place in the tournament. “If you don’t have high expectations you shouldn’t be coaching,” Head Coach Brian Yaniger said. Sophomore Dylan Stein opened up day one of the tournament by shooting a 71 for an even par, while senior Jimmy Grem followed closely behind with a 73. Stein sunk five birdies on day one and is tied for sixth place in the tournament along with eight other golfers. Grem is tied for 14th overall after his performance on Sunday. Behind Stein and Grem was senior John Hulede (74) , freshman Spencer Alexander (75), and junior Nicholas Smearma (76). The Tigers will conclude the
Patriot Intercollegiate Monday after it was suspended Sunday due to darkness. Following the Patriot Intercollegiate, Towson will travel to Binghamton, New York, where the team will compete in the Matthews Auto Collegiate Invitational. The Tigers will then travel to Boone, North Carolina, to compete in the Donald Ross Intercollegiate hosted by Appalachian State Oct. 11th through 12th. Tee time is still TBD.
After some brief consideration and a discussion with our general manager, The Towerlight has decided to bring back an old favorite: Punt, Pass and Pick. For those of you who have missed out on years of PP&P, here is a brief rundown of how the column will work. Each week, a campus celebrity of my choosing and I will pick five games going on around the NFL for Punt, Pass and Pick bragging rights. Now, I was told I was supposed to talk a little bit of smack to the campus celebrity each week, but I am not very good at trash talk. So, I will give it my best shot. Without further ado, our campus celebrity this week is Tom Judd, former sports editor at The Towerlight and creator of the Punt, Pass and Pick column. What better way to bring back the column than to pick against the man who started it all? Looking back at the old Punt Pass and Pick columns in The Towerlight archives, Tom used to take his opponents to school. Sorry Tom, but this week I’ll be the one teaching you a thing or two about your own creation!
NFL Week 4 1. Indianapolis (1-2) at Jacksonville (0-3) Cope: Indianapolis. The NFL should be paying fans in London to watch this game, not the other way around. From the ever so “powerful” AFC South division, Indianapolis will prevail. Judd: Indianapolis. If you wonder why the rest of the world has not jumped on the NFL bandwagon, it might because of the “outstanding” matchup they have sent to England to start the season. At least Jacksonville fans will no longer be the only ones to think they overpaid for their ticket. 2. Cleveland (0-3) at Washington (1-2) Cope: Washington. A sure-to-be thriller in the NFL this week! Both teams are just bad. Sorry, Cleveland and Washington fans. Homefield advantage and the dysfunctional Cleveland organization is what gives Washington the advantage. Judd: Washington. The RGIII Bowl! Both franchises long for their Earnest Byner days and 2016 is not looking good for either, but the edge goes to Washington.
3. Oakland (2-1) at Baltimore (3-0) Cope: Oakland. I am a diehard Ravens fan, but the team has just not shown that they can beat good football team yet. Oakland is turning the corner with Derek Carr under center. I want to, but I just can’t pick the Ravens to win this one. Judd: Baltimore. These two teams are probably one and two in terms of penalties over the last two decades. Unfortunately, it’s only the fans that will be penalized for having to watch this game. 4. New York Giants (2-1) at Minnesota (3-0) Cope: Minnesota. This was the toughest one to pick, but it is hard to bet against the defense-minded guru Mike Zimmer in the Vikings new stadium. Judd: New York. Despite the rumors, the Giants are no bigger than any other team, including the Vikings. However, when picking between two aging quarterbacks, I’ll take the one that has actually done something. 5. New Orleans (0-2) at San Diego (1-2) Cope: San Diego. Tom is right to insert the Ron Burgundy line here, but the Saints just don’t play well on the road. I am probably going to regret this pick, but I’ll take the Chargers at home. Judd: New Orleans. I think Ron Burgundy said it best: “San Diego, German for whale’s vagina.”
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The Chicago Bears take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London in 2011. The Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars will play in London at Wembley Stadium Sunday. The Colts are favored by two.
September 27, 2016
sweeping the week Jordan Cope/ The Towerlight
Towson celebrates a 3-1 victory over Virginia Commonwealth Tuesday night at SECU Arena. Senior outside hitter Jessica Lewis led the way with 18 kills and added two blocks. KATRINA LE Contributing Writer
Towson continued its winning ways this week, beating Delaware on the road in its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener Saturday and defeating Virginia Commonwealth Tuesday at SECU Arena. The Tigers (13-2) overcame 17 ties and five lead changes for a 3-1 victory over the Blue Hens (6-8). In the first set, there were 13 ties and four lead changes resulting in a 31-29 score in favor of the Blue Hens. This was the longest the Tigers have had to battle in a set this season. “We knew we were going to be in for a battle for most of the night,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “All the games prior to this one were on the road in order to help us adapt to the environment [of away games].” Three straight kills from redshirt senior middle blocker Candace Steadman helped the Tigers lead the second set 18-12. Later in the set, freshman outside hitter Annie Ertz extended the lead to 22-17. Despite a 5-2 run by the Blue Hens, Steadman delivered a kill to win the set 25-22 and tie the match 1-1.
A 7-0 start in the third set gave the Tigers a strong lead, but the Blue Hens continued to fight and came back to draw within one point. Senior middle blocker Lindsay Flaherty contributed two kills to a 4-0 run for the Tigers making it 16-11. The Tigers went on to win the set 25-23. In the final set of the match, the Tigers started off strong by going on an early 6-0 run. Back-to-back kills by sophomore rightside hitter Jocelyn Kuilan extended the Tigers’ lead to 10-2. The game ended on a service error by the Blue Hens that gave the Tigers a 25-17 win. Senior outside hitter Jessica Lewis finished the match with 25 kills. This is her single game season-high in kills. “Jess played really well,” Metil said. “We’re going to keep on counting on her to have big nights like these for the conference games.” The Tigers earned another 3-1 victory in their home opener against the Virginia Commonwealth Tuesday. “This team is very young right now,” Metil said. “There are some leaders out there, but we never know how things are going to go. We were responding to a little bit of adversity
as well. For us to survive against VCU in an offensive system that we don’t normally use was nice to see.” The Rams found themselves in a rut, producing four straight attack errors which resulted in a score of 22-14 in favor of the Tigers in the first set. A kill by Carola Biver ended the set 25-17. In the second set, the Rams came out with a 14-8 advantage, but the Tigers made an 8-2 run and tied the set 16-16. The Tigers eventually claimed the set 25-22. In the third set, 15 ties and seven lead changes occurred, which resulted in a 28-26 loss for the Tigers. However, a 12-6 run by the Tigers led to a 19-14 lead against the Rams in the final set of the night. A block from Kulian and Flaherty ended the set with a 25-17 win for the Tigers. Towson will return home to take on the College of Charleston in its next match Friday at SECU Arena. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. “The CAA is a league where you need to show up and play every day,” Metil said. “It’ll be a challenge playing Charleston but we’ll just have to improve as a unit, take care of the ball and let the rest play out.”
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Sophomore Carola Biver serves the ball at SECU Arena against VCU.
September 27, 2016
soccer earns first win at w&M DESMOND BOYLE Staff Writer
Towson kicked off Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play on the road this weekend with a 2-1 win over William & Mary Sunday, but a 2-1 loss to Elon Friday. Sunday, the Tigers (4-7-1) defeated the Tribe (7-4-0) for their first ever victory at Martin Family Stadium. “It’s a great accomplishment for the team,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said. “I’m happy we came up with points in conference play on the road.” Towson was forced to come from behind as freshman midfielder Mackenzie Kober scored the first goal of the game for William & Mary 27 minutes into the match. The Tigers struggled to create chances in the first half and trailed
1-0 after the opening 45 minutes. The second half was a completely different story for Towson. Just three minutes into the half, senior midfielder Emily Marshall found freshman forward Justine Stoner. Stoner’s shot hit the underside of the crossbar and deflected into the goal to tie the game 1-1. With just eight minutes left, freshman forward Elizabeth Coletti sent a cross into the box and sophomore forward Mackenzie McCaull headed the ball into the back of the net to clinch the Tigers first conference win of the season. Friday, Towson fell to Elon (5-4-1) 2-1 as it opened up conference play. The Phoenix took a 1-0 lead, scoring the first goal of the game 31 minutes in, when junior forward Susannah Anderson fed a pass to senior defender Erin Tanhauser, who chest controlled the ball
before ripping a shot into the net. The first half was fairly even as the Phoenix outshot the Tigers 5-4, and each goalkeeper made two saves. Towson senior stopper Taylor Sebolao was forced to do more in the second half, as she made nine saves to keep the team in the game. The Tigers’ resilience paid off as senior midfielder Marissa Green tapped in a rebound after Marshall had a shot from a free kick saved with just 13 seconds left in the game. However, the game’s decisive goal came in similar fashion as Elon junior defender Kendall Ballotti won the game with a rebound in double overtime. Towson will begin a five game homestand at the Tiger Soccer Complex this weekend as the team takes on CAA rival Delaware Friday at 3 p.m. and Drexel Sunday at 1 p.m.
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Marissa Green dribbles the ball up the field at home against GW.
tigers fall to wildcats on road Team hopes for win, will open up CAA play Friday at William & Mary IAN SMITH Contributing Writer
Towson fell to Villanova 3-0 on the road Sunday, dropping to 2-7 on the season despite a 16-save performance from junior goalkeeper Emilee Woodall. “Today's game showed us that we need to work on mental toughness,” Head Coach Carly Campana said. For the first 27 minutes of the game, neither team scored. The Tigers defense fought off three penalty corner opportunities, but the Wildcats ended the scoreless streak when Emma McLaughlin scored the first goal of the game at the 28:35 mark. Despite trailing, Towson denied six more shot attempts by Villanova and four penalty corner chances. Towson went into the half down 1-0. The Wildcats scored their
second goal 59 minutes into the game, when Abby Siana put home a rebound shot to make the score 2-0. Villanova scored its final goal of the game at the 69:31 mark, when Francesca Bello put away another rebound opportunity to secure a 3-0 victory. Despite the loss, Woodall made 16 saves which marks her careerhigh. She has had six games this season where she has had double digit saves. Junior Taylor Kvilhaug and freshman Korena Shaw attempted the only two shots of the game, but they were blocked. The Wildcats outshot the Tigers 38-2. Towson will look to get back in the win column Friday when the team opens up Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play against rival William & Mary. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Williamsburg, Virginia.
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Towson takes on Ohio at Johnny Unitas Stadium this fall. The Tigers fell to the Bobcats by a score of 2-1.
September 27, 2016
success at tignanelli TU finishes first for third straight year ERIC GROSS Contributing Writer
Towson finished atop the leaderboard and won its third consecutive Towson Tignanelli Invitational at the Eagle's Nest Country Club Monday, shooting a program low 605. “Our team’s goal for a very long time was to beat the school record, and we went into that tournament feeling that we were going to do it,” sophomore Alix Lowe said. “Throughout the day, I kept asking my coaches how my teammates were playing, and, as I suspected, they were playing great.” The host Tigers held on to capture their title by defeating BethuneCookman by just two strokes. On day one of the tournament, senior Stephanie Bosdosh and
Lowe finished with an even par of 72, a career-low score for both. “I remember standing at the 18th hole with my teammate Alexis talking about how we might actually break the record,” Lowe said. “After me shooting even par, Steph shooting even par, Alexis shooting 75 and Mackenzie shooting 76, I did not even take the time to calculate if we broke the record or not, because all I saw was my coach crying. And that was when I knew.” Bosdosh and Lowe also sat at the top of the individual leaderboards, sharing a three-way tie with Lamar’s Elodie Chaplet. Juniors Alexis Hios and Mackenzie Rice shot a respective 75 and 76 on day one. On day two of the tournament, Lowe finished with a two¬-round score of 149, which tied for the
third lowest in program history. Lowe also ended the tournament tied for second place overall in the individual rankings. Other key contributors for the Tigers were junior Alexis Hios and Rice who shot a two-day total of 153, while Bosdosh shot a two-day total of 154. This victory marked the 11th team tournament championship in team history. Towson will travel to Greenville, North Carolina, this week to compete in the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate hosted by East Carolina. Following the Lady Pirate Invitational, the Tigers will participate in the Yale Invitational before concluding their season against Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival Delaware at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club.
Women’s Golf Sophomore golfer Alix Lowe finished with a career-low score of 72 at the Towson Tignanelli Invitational. Lowe’s performance helped the Tigers capture their third straight Towson Tignanelli Tournament victory and a program low score of 605.
September 27, 2016
Return to the wild Chris Simms/ The Towerlight
Redshirt junior outside linebacker Bryton Barr looks out onto the field. This is Barr’s first season on the field after three seperate injuries kept him sidelined for three years. JORDAN COPE Sports Editor @jordancope26
Towson outside linebacker Bryton Barr stalks the Saint Francis offensive line. With the score tied 28-28 late in the fourth quarter, Barr flies around the edge and hits Red Flash quarterback Zack Dreyer in the numbers to force a fumble. Although Dreyer recovers the ball, Saint Francis is forced to punt from its own end zone, and on the ensuing drive Towson scores the game-winning touchdown to secure its first victory of the 2016 season. For Barr it has been a long and difficult road to this moment. Since 2013, two pectoral tears and an ACL tear have kept him out of football. “It was definitely emotional,” Barr said. “It was the first time stepping out on that field since my freshman year. I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world. Not too many people have the opportu-
nity to play college football.” Barr began his career at Towson as a true freshman. He started in all 11 games and tied for second on the team with 74 tackles. His performance in spring ball even earned him the nickname, “The Animal” from his coaches and teammates. In 2013, his sophomore year, Barr picked up right where he left off. He started the first two games of the season and registered eight tackles in Towson’s historic 33-18 victory over Connecticut. However, Barr suffered his first season-ending injury the following week against Holy Cross. It was a pectoral tear that would keep Barr sidelined for the rest of the year, including the team’s run to the FCS National Championship game. “When it happened, I didn’t really know what was going on,” Barr said. “It just kind of felt like a stinger so I really didn’t think anything of it. Then I saw the doctor and he said it was torn. I had never had a season-ending injury since I started
playing football.” Although Barr was discouraged, he was thankful that the injury would not end his career. He worked hard in the offseason to get back on the field.
If I wasn’t a believer in Christ, if I didn’t go to Him everyday I don’t know how I would have gotten through these injuries. BRYTON BARR Outside Linebacker
However, another pectoral tear in the spring kept Barr sidelined for his second consecutive season. 2014 was a difficult year for the entire team. Towson was rebuilding after graduating its starting quarterback and the entire offensive line from the previous year. The Tigers finished 4-8, with
Barr watching from the sidelines. “It was hard,” Barr said. “I consider myself one of the leaders on this team, and I am leader that leads by example. But I just had to keep encouraging my teammates to play to the best of their ability and to give it all they got.” Barr was itching to put on the pads for the 2015 season. Then, just a week and a half away from the team’s first game against East Carolina, he was running down the practice field and got hit by one of his own teammates. Barr got up and went to take his position on the defensive side of the football, but after playing a few snaps he knew that something didn’t feel right. It was yet another season ending-injury for Barr. This time he had suffered an ACL tear (a tear in a ligament in the knee) that kept him out for all of 2015. “I was devastated,” Barr said. “Being out for two years and then finding out I am going to be out for a
third straight year. It was a little discouraging, but I said, ‘I’ve been here twice. Why not do it a third time?’” Three years later after his initial injury, Barr is finally back to strapping on his helmet. It hasn’t taken long for “The Animal” to get re-established in his natural habitat on the gridiron. In three games this season, Barr has recorded 15 tackles and one sack. He will finish his academic career this year, but he will have one more year of eligibility to play in 2017. Although Barr has taken the road less traveled in his college football career, he wouldn’t have wanted it to go any other way. “If I wasn’t a believer in Christ, if I didn’t go to Him everyday I don’t know how I would have gotten through these injuries,” Barr said. “I really don’t know where I’d be right now and I give it all to Him, I really do. It’s as simple as that. I became a better man and a better person and I thank God everyday for these injuries, as weird as that sounds.”
Down but not out: Outside linebacker Bryton Barr returns to the field after injuries kept him benched for three seasons
Published on Oct 5, 2016
Down but not out: Outside linebacker Bryton Barr returns to the field after injuries kept him benched for three seasons