The Towerlight (April 24, 2018)

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Editor-in-Chief Marcus Dieterle Senior Editor Jordan Cope News Editor Bailey Hendricks Asst. News Editor Mary-Ellen Davis Assoc. Arts & Life Editor Kerry Ingram Asst. Arts & Life Editor McKenna Graham Sports Editor Karuga Koinange Asst. Sports Editor Billy Owens

Senior Staff Writer Sarah Rowan


Leah Volpe Keri Luise Rohan Mattu Muhammad Waheed Deb Greengold Sophia Bates Meg Hudson Albert Ivory

Assoc. Photo Editor Brendan Felch


Marcus Dieterle Brittany Whitham Lacey Wall Joe Noyes David Kirchner Tiffany Deboer

Isabelle Bartolomeo Proofreaders Alex Best Sarah Rowan General Manager Mike Raymond



This group is focused on bringing first-generation college students together for support as they navigate higher education.


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Staff Writers Desmond Boyle

Senior Staff Photographer Alex Best




Noon, The Glen Woods.



Circulation Staff Shawn Halerz Dom Capparuccini Elssa Kenfack

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Celebrate Arbor Day with the Spring Planting Event in the Glen Woods! Meet at the greenhouse on Glen Drive behind Smith Hall and be sure to wear appropriate clothing. Gloves will be provided.

Join us to remember loved ones lost and honor survivors of all cancers. The money raised will go to the American Cancer Society.



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April 24, 2018

Reducing your footprint Fox News is Environmental consciousness is a commitment MARCUS DIETERLE Editor-in-Chief @marcusdieterle

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans celebrated the first Earth Day by advocating for environmental reform. After 48 years, the national holiday has expanded to include one billion people in 192 countries, according to the Earth Day Network. The awareness around climate change has undoubtedly increased over these past five decades. That’s great, and the progress we’ve made should not be discounted. But we still have a lot of work to do. For some people, environmental protection seems like a mission that should be reserved for climate scientists and other folks who know far more about the environment than you or me. But that’s just not the case. Sure, we should absolutely be looking to those scientists and peer-reviewed sources for credible information and guidance. However, that doesn’t mean we get to stay out of the fight to combat climate change. We all live on the same bluegreen planet. We all have been, are being and will be affected by environmental issues. And we all need to be part of the solutions. Climate change is a complicated

issue, but solving that issue begins with identifying ways that you are personally impacting the environment. Earth Day Network has a nifty ecological footprint calculator that will help you determine how many planet Earths would be needed if everyone lived like you based on your food, waste, transportation and household energy use habits. It also calculates your “Earth Overshoot Day,” which is the day by which we would use up the resources that the Earth can renew in one year if everyone lived like you. Full disclosure: my Earth Overshoot Day is June 1, and we would need 2.4 Earths if everyone lived like me. Fortunately, most people do not live like me. In fact, many people – particularly those living in developing countries – live a lifestyle that would require less than one Earth if everyone followed suit. While those individuals help offset some of the environmental effects of the planet’s ecological offenders, the status quo is not sustainable – nor is it fair or ethical to require people in developing countries to shoulder the burdens of climate change while developed nations reap the benefits of industrialization. We can all look for ways to improve our ecological footprint. For me, that includes doing things like: 1. Unplugging “energy vampires” like my phone that’s still plugged into the electrical outlet despite

being fully charged. 2. Installing more energy-efficient lighting in my home, and turning off lights when I’m not using them. 3. “Eating closer to the source,” by eating more plants and choosing meats from animals that transfer energy more efficiently. A lot of us – myself included – love a nice hamburger. But cows require an enormous amount of food to sustain their growth. Rather than pouring so much energy into an animal that yields relatively little meat in proportion to its energy input, society would be better off opting for more energy efficient foods. That doesn’t mean you need to cut beef out of your diet completely (I sure won’t), but try to eat it sparingly and replace it with other protein-dense foods. In addition to being conscious of our own impact on the environment, we should also pay attention to the political influence that our elected officials have. As you approach the midterm elections later this year, get educated about your candidates’ platforms. Register to vote (seriously, it takes a minute), know your polling place (if you live in Maryland, you can find your polling place here), and actually get out to vote for candidates who prioritize environmental protection. Hold your elected officials accountable to those promises. It’s wonderful that we have a day dedicated to this bold and beautiful planet. But caring for the Earth must go beyond one day per year. We have to commit ourselves to environmental protection every day. We only have one planet Earth, so let’s work to preserve it while we still have a chance.

It’s wonderful that we have a day dedicated to this bold and beautiful planet. But caring for the Earth must go beyond one day per year. We have to commit ourselves to environmental protection every day. MARCUS DIETERLE Editor-in-Chief

not journalism A network that lacks integrity and spreads misinformation

RYAN KIRBY Columnist

Fox News has recently updated its slogan to "Real news. Real honest opinion." Fox News was formed in 1996 as an alternative to CNN and MSNBC. Their original slogan was "Fair and Balanced" with the hopes of providing a different perspective to the existing media. The network quickly became known for its conservative and right-wing commentary. Let me be 100 percent clear, I have no problem with conservative media. I believe that it is fundamental to hear from both sides of the political spectrum. At a minimum, I try to ensure that a quarter of my news consumption comes from conservative writers and organizations to help minimize any liberal echo chamber I might unintentionally create for myself. Fox News continues to drift further and further away from any resemblance of journalistic integrity. Primetime coverage is dominated by opinion hosts who serve to promote their own agenda, regardless of facts. Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Judge Jeanine Pirro and Laura Ingraham dominate the primetime coverage and use the time to serve as the key defenders of the current administration. Fox News has devolved into the defacto state run news agency and most of its viewers are none the wiser. Now, some might point out that there are no nonsense anchors like Shepard Smith or Chris Wallace. Fox News recently interviewed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and pushed him to answer questions about the swampy behavior he has exhibited while in office. Unfortunately, Smith and Wallace find themselves in the minority. Fox News retains them specifically as an excuse to say they are balanced. This is best exemplified when Shepard Smith spent some of his on-air time completely debunking the "Uranium One Scandal." Many viewers were upset with this segment

and even went so far as to attempting to have Smith fired. "Fox & Friends" has arguably become the most powerful show on television as it serves as the president's daily briefing. There are dozens of documented incidents where a segment on the show is quickly translated into a presidential tweet, not to mention he directly tweets at the show. One would hope that if the president was routinely watching a specific news segment, the hosts would take great responsibility to ensure they presented factual information and cover the most important topics of the day. Well, "Fox & Friends" is the exact opposite of what one would hope for. Instead, Fox & Friends has served as a way to promote blatantly false stories and create a feedback loop for the president and his worse instincts. Not only does Fox News put an ideological spin on every piece of news they discuss, but they also intentionally choose not to discuss things as well. Fox News avoids talking about Trump's potential connections to Russia. When they do choose to talk about Russia, they use stories to muddy the waters with the completely false Uranium One allegations or accusations that the Mueller investigation is a witch hunt. Don't get me wrong, I am not claiming that the other major networks are perfect and in most cases cable news as a whole has major issues in how they discuss the news, but Fox News is distinctly different. I believe that not only is Fox News missing journalistic integrity, but it is fundamentally bad for America. They attempt to muddy the waters of political discussion by spreading misinformation under the guise of opinion hosts and avoid genuine oversight of public officials. Fox News has created a safe space for its viewers that is built upon an alternative reality and conspiracy theories that damages political discourse within this country.


April 24, 2018



Gorsuch swings Kanye deserves criticism with liberal justices CONNOR McNAIRN Columnist

In an era of increased partisanship and governmental gridlock, it is unlikely for liberals and conservatives to achieve consensus on political issues, especially those as emotionally-charged as immigration. But in the Supreme Court, where justices are arbiters of law and committed to constitutional interpretations, bipartisan decisions are far more common than in the legislature or executive. Last week, Neil Gorsuch, the Court’s most junior justice, earned national attention after making a “progressive” move in an immigration case. Gorsuch’s opinion raised questions concerning his ideological leanings and future jurisprudence. On Tuesday, Gorsuch stunningly joined the Court’s four liberal justices (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan) in a decision that delegitimized the government’s hardline approach to immigration and deportation. In the case, Sessions v. Dimaya, the Court examined the constitutionality of a provision within the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Per INA guidelines, any non-citizen who commits a “crime of violence” is subject to deportation. After James Dimaya – a native of the Philippines and lawful permanent resident of the United States for 25 years – was convicted of burglary in 2007 and 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) moved to deport him for violating INA standards. Subsequently, an immigration judge upheld Dimaya’s deportation, deeming that burglary was a violent crime; the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) affirmed the deportation judge’s decision. After Dimaya appealed his case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2015, the Supreme Court issued a major decision in Johnson v. United States, another case concerning the definition of “violent” crime and felonies. In the Johnson decision, the Court ruled that the phrase “violent felonies” within the Armed Career


Criminal Act (ACCA) was unconstitutionally vague. As a result, the Ninth Circuit applied the same judgment of unconstitutional vagueness to Dimaya’s conviction under the INA’s “crime of violence” standard. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, representing of the U.S. government, appealed the Ninth Circuit’s decision to the United States Supreme Court. In the Dimaya case, the government argued that the vagueness standard used in the Court’s Johnson decision, which was predicated on an interpretation of criminal law, should not be applied to Dimaya’s potential deportation, which was based on a civil statute. Ultimately, in a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled in favor of Dimaya and determined that the INA’s text is vaguely unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. In the Court’s opinion, Justice Kagan established that vagueness must be considered in deportation cases because deportation has lifelong consequences and implications. Because Gorsuch concurred with the four liberal justices in the decision, many have speculated that Gorsuch might, in fact, be more liberal than expected. This speculation, however, while exciting and provocative, fails to consider Gorsuch’s methodology. Gorsuch did not join the Court’s opinion; rather, he filed his own concurrence. In essence, Gorsuch, in addition to Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, ruled that Dimaya should not be deported under current INA guidelines. That said, their reasoning for this determination differed. In his concurrence, Gorsuch noted that the broad authority of government must be scrutinized for vagueness. Additionally, Gorsuch deemed “that the criminal standard should be set above our precedent’s current threshold.” When looking to future Court decisions, it is imperative that citizens consider the motivations of Gorsuch’s Dimaya concurrence. - To read the rest of this column online, visit thetowerlight. com.

Kanye West has never fascinated me. Despite being a fan of his music, his brand of arrogant, narcissistic, stunt-based celebrity has never amused me the way it amuses others, especially when artists like Beyonce and Frank Ocean can create great music without being complete jerks. So for the past week, I’ve been trying to avoid Kanye’s bombastic tweets on life, art and technology. But with nearly every one of my followers retweeting him, I was forced to hit the mute button after a couple of days. For the most part, Kanye’s advice to his Twitter followers is seemingly practical, which makes him a philosophical genius by social media standards. “Don’t follow crowds. Follow the innate feelings inside of you.”

“As a creative, your ideas are your strongest form of currency.” These aren’t exactly groundbreaking ideas, but Twitter typically likes to elevate mediocrity. However, his tweets went completely into left field when he said that he liked the way right-wing, “red pill” media personality Candace Owens thinks. He linked a video of her denouncing what she considered America’s imaginary race war. Owens has appeared on Infowars, promotes conspiracy theories on YouTube and considers herself a “red pill black,” a black member of the alt-right. Kanye has since deleted the tweet, but he has been posting a number of tweets defending “free thought.” This may not come as a surprise to some, considering that Kanye met with Donald Trump after he had won the election in 2016 and stated that he would have voted for Trump at

one of his concerts. However, due to a mental breakdown that required hospitalization a month prior, his fans weren’t ready to call him out as a bigoted Trump supporter, as most would with any other celebrity. As outlandish as Kanye’s behavior was in 2016, it certainly wasn’t the first time he had exhibited it, and I’m not talking about any of his feuds with Taylor Swift. I recall him tweeting in 2016 that Bill Cosby was innocent and, before then, insulting the ex-husband (Wiz Khalifa) of his ex-girlfriend (Amber Rose), unleashing sexist, degrading tweets about her and saying that he owned their child. As a feminist, I can never convince myself that Kanye is a progressive figure for the black community or the music industry for the matter. - To read the rest of this column online, visit



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‘Groundbreaking’ construction begins Workers break ground on new science complex


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Towson University breaks ground for the new science building on April 17. The building, which will house the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science is expected to be completed by fall 2020. ALBERT IVORY Staff Writer @Intellectu_Al

Towson University celebrated the start of construction on the new science complex with a groundbreaking ceremony on the top floor of the Glen Garage April 17. Construction for the new science complex began in fall 2017, but the ceremony marked the University officially breaking ground on the project. Dentistry practitioner Jeffrey Miller, who is a 1978 Towson alumnus, said the new science building will continue to provide science and mathematics students the chance to develop into professionals in their fields. “To say my time at Towson was a pivotal moment in my life is an understatement,” Miller said. “I see the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science as an opportunity for students of similar interests to flourish. The new complex helps to ensure future generations will have opportunities to make the world a better place, certainly there could be no better investment in our future.” The complex is set to be completed by August 2020, and will replace Smith Hall as the main science facility. The building will consist of 50 teaching laboratories, 30 research laboratories, 50 classrooms, 10 collaborative student spaces, eight lecture halls and one outdoor classroom leading into the Glen Arboretum. It will also include a rain garden for stormwa-

ter control, a planetarium, observastudents,” Brady said. “The new tory, rooftop greenhouse, museum complex will have the infrastrucand vivarium. ture that supports modern teaching Towson is constructing the comand research…. This is a marvelous plex along York Road, south of day for Towson University.” Stephens Hall, and north of the University System of Maryland 7800 building. The complex will Chancellor Robert Caret, who was also meet Towson’s green building a biochemistry professor at Towson standards and is projected to reach in 1974, highlighted Towson’s LEED Silver Certification. growth over the past four decades. The Fisher College provides under“We watched a lot of things hapgraduate and pen over the last graduate 40 years on this programs campus and I have It is the hard work in STEM always said that and dedication of education. Towson was particithe professionals and One of the pating in an advencollege’s ture in some ways, faculty at Towson programs as far as enrollment who have created is Towson growth,” Caret said. the right crowd for UTeach, The complex To w s o n ’ s isn’t the only facilgenerations past and program for ity under construcpresent, and for that students tion. The Residence I will be eternally wanting Tower is being renoto become vated, the University grateful high school Union will be underJEFFREY MILLER science or ‘78 Towson Alumnus going renovations mathematand an expansion ics teachers. starting this fall, Enrollment in Fisher College has and University officials are searchincreased by 132 percent from 1997 ing for secure funding and approvto 2017. It currently holds more than als for a building to house the 4,000 students, even though Smith College of Health Professions. Hall was constructed more than 50 Miller said he is grateful for the years ago when Towson had only dedicated faculty at Towson who 3,537 total students. benefit past and present generaUniversity System of Maryland tions. Board of Regents Chair James “It is the hard work and dedicaBrady said a lot of people are tion of the professionals and faculty looking for ward to the comat Towson who have created the plex’s completion. right crowd for generations past “Towson has done a tremendous and present, and for that I will be job in putting emphasis on STEM eternally grateful,” Miller said.

Theta Tau fraternity at Syracuse University was permanently expelled from the university Saturday after videos surfaced of Theta Tau fraternity brothers using racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs. The University’s Department of Public Safety and Student Affairs has filed complaints against 18 students who are connected to the videos. The students were removed from class out of a concern for the community and will be attending alternate classes and study arrangements. University Chancellor Kent Syverud described the videos as “extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities.”

VAN STRIKES SEVERAL PEDESTRIANS IN TORONTO TORONTO, CANADA On about 1:30 p.m. Monday, a van in Toronto mounted a curb and struck eight to 10 people before fleeing the area. Authorities found and arrested the driver soon after the incident. It was unclear how many people were killed or injured. Photos from the scene showed at least one body covered in a tarp on the sidewalk, blood stains, and abandoned shoes. The area near the incident has been closed to traffic and subway service to the city has been partially halted. “Our thoughts are obviously with all of those affected,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday. “We are still gathering information…. We will keep Canadians updated.”

ALLEGED WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTER IN POLICE CUSTODY AFTER BEING STOPPED BY BYSTANDER AND FLEEING SCENE NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE Travis Reinking allegedly opened fire early Sunday morning with an AR-15. Reinking was naked except for a jacket. Reinking had shot six people when he paused, perhaps to reload the gun, or because the gun was jammed. This was when James Shaw Jr. took the opportunity to end the massacre. Shaw charged Reinking, wrestled the gun away from him and threw it over the counter. Reinking then fled the scene. During a press conference, Shaw, 29, was hailed a hero. “I was completely doing it just to save myself,” Shaw said. “Now, me doing that, I did save other people. But I don’t want people to think that I was the Terminator or Superman or anybody like that. It was just, I figured, if I was going to die he was going to have to work for it.” -- Stories compiled by Bailey Hendricks. Stories from The Daily Beast.



April 24, 2018

Fulbright Scholar bridges cultures ANTHONY PETRO Staff Writer

Thamiris Cunha is a Fulbright Scholar at Towson University, where she teaches Portuguese and Brazilian culture. Fulbright Scholars receive merit-based grants for international educational exchange. “I get the best of both worlds,” Cunha said. “I am a student and a teacher.” Cunha is a teaching assistant for Portuguese 101, but she said she does most of the basic things that professors do like giving lectures, facilitating discussions and grading assignments. “I am here to make Brazil more desirable,” Cunha said. “A lot of people think the whole world is here in America, and a lot of Americans need a desire to travel.” Fulbright is a program designed to bring people from other countries to universities across the U.S. and have them spread knowledge of their respective countries to students as well as learn about American culture themselves. Cunha studied at the Universidade Federal Fluminense, or the Federal Fluminense University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she is from. After Cunha graduated from and taught at her Brazilian university, her friend told her about the Fulbright program and she jumped at the opportunity. “It was like destiny,” Cunha said. “I was amazed by my friend’s story and couldn’t believe such an opportunity was available to me. I researched the program, applied and was accepted.” To be accepted into the Fulbright program, applicants must have graduated college and have a proficiency in the language of their host country. After submitting the required

essays, Cunha received an email listing five colleges that were matches for her skill set and Portuguese expertise. Of the five, Towson had ranked Cunha the highest and chose her. “Towson was perfect for me,” Cunha said. “The location and the infrastructure as well as the out of class activities. Towson offers so much to do that others in my position at other universities can’t. I love the gym here on campus and I am part of the ice skating club too.” Cunha said she was shocked when she first saw the stress U.S. college students are under when it comes to tuition. “I took cost for granted when I was in Brazil because college is free there, and Fulbright pays for my college here,” Cunha said. “Now that I am in the U.S. collegiate system, I see the struggles of students here, their stress over loans and debt, their worry. I finally understand the movie references where parents tell their kids to save for college.” Cunha, who also audits the classes she takes as a student, described Fulbright as a once in a lifetime opportunity. “I have the opportunity to enjoy and learn just like everyone else, but for free,” Cunha said. “I have the opportunity to get the U.S. college experience for free and it is truly amazing, and I am grateful.” In addition to having foreign scholars come to the U.S. to teach their respective languages and cultures, Fulbright allows students and teachers in the U.S. to apply and travel to other countries to do the same. Cunha said she always encourages exchange programs to students.

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Thamiris Cunha, a Fulbright Scholar from Rio de Janeiro, teaches students about Portuguese and Brazilian culture at Towson.

Students give back to Earth Earth Day celebrated throughout campus

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During the week leading up to Earth Day, the Office of Sustainability, Eco-Reps and Albert S. Cook Library hosted a handful of events for students to give back to the environment for Earth Day. KERI LUISE Staff Writer @keri_luise

Towson University’s Office of Sustainability, Eco-Reps and Albert S. Cook Library hosted events around campus for students to celebrate Earth Day. The week of events included an ecology walk through Glen Woods, a tree pruning lesson, an Earth Day trivia event, cleanups and “Little Albert” plant giveaways. Earth Day was also honored through Towson’s annual day of community service known as “The Big Event.” “The intention of these educational events is to provide the community with an opportunity to connect to nature and to highlight the importance of conservation,” said Patricia Watson, Assistant Director of Sustainability. “Studies have shown that spending time outdoors reduces stress, increases productivity and increases environmental stewardship.” John Lehman, a landscape technician from Towson’s Landscaping Services, led an hour-long ecology walk through the 10 acres of the Glen Woods. “During the walk we discussed the history of the Glen, from its beginnings of farmland to the secondary forest that it is today,” Lehman said. “Also, we pointed out the amazing and diverse flora and fauna that call the Glen home, including but not limited to, the whimsical Pawpaw tree to the car alarms of the forest – blue jays.” English Language Center teacher Mark McTague demonstrated tree pruning 101 to Towson students. This lesson provided students with

the basic technical knowledge of carsoil stability, water quality in local ing for trees in the environment. streams, and the overall appearance McTague believes that these of the campus as a whole.” Earth Day events are beneficial to This week of events was also the campus connected to TU’s “to the extent “The Big Event.” that they The Office of Civic Get outside and have remind people Engagement and some fun! You’ll be and/or open Social Responsibility happier and healthitheir eyes in and “The Big Event” various ways.” Committee hosted er for it. Whether you TU’s campus the event on April join Campus Rec for is looking for 21. Students, staff, a hike, hop on a Spin ways to improve faculty and alumand promote ni participated in bike, eat a meat-free green practices community service meal, or simply recyall year long. around the area cle a plastic bottle, According to to give back to the Watson, the Towson community. you can make Earth mission is to Watson, Office of Day every day at “facilitate the Sustainability Towson University. advancement student worker of sustainable Kimberly Joseph, PATRICIA WATSON practices by Assistant Director of Sustainability and Eco-Rep Mark collaborating Jenkins participatwith offices throughout the institution, ed in cleanups in the area. advocating for environmental steward“We [picked] up litter along our ship and serving as a resource for the waterways, including the Glen stream, university community.” Towson Run and a tributary that runs As part of the Landscape Services along Osler Drive,” Watson said. crew, Lehman works to not only care In addition to these individual for and maintain TU’s green spaces, events, TU’s campus is working to probut also look for ways to improve mote a green campus, including providthem. Currently, he is working in the ing alternative modes of transportation bioretention ponds on campus. like shuttles and Spin bicycles, pro“The bioretention ponds on a moting the use of recycling containers, dry day look like a garden inside a establishing solar panels, using motion ditch but on a rainy day they quickdetectors for lights, and more. ly become a small bog of sorts,” “So, get outside and have some Lehman said. “What the ponds do fun!” Watson said. “You’ll be happiis accumulate all the rainwater that er and healthier for it. Whether you is precipitating and slowly release it join Campus Rec for a hike, hop on back into the groundwater. The slow a Spin bike, eat a meat-free meal, or release of storm water minimizes simply recycle a plastic bottle, you erosion and sediments from entering can make Earth Day every day at waterways. Less erosion can improve Towson University.”


April 24, 2018


Technology club Culture, mental health intersect sparks new ideas ANTHONY PETRO Staff Writer

KERI LUISE Staff Writer @keri_luise

Towson University’s Software Engineering Club, which was established in 2016, has grown into a place where people who are passionate about computer software can enhance their programming skills outside of the classroom and meet people in the field. “The Software Engineering Club empowers students to bring their ideas to life by teaching them the software skills they need to build projects,” said Mazlow Cohen, President of the Software Engineering Club. “We do this by exposing students to a wide array of experts in the software industry and by teaching them popular technology frameworks used in industry.” The club meets every Monday at 5 p.m. and is open to all students, even those who have no coding experience. The weekly workshops introduce students to new technologies. The club also hosts guest speakers from various industries, including some Towson alumni, to share their knowledge, skills and experiences in the programming field. “Many of the presenters give tips on how to get an internship or a job after school while teaching us stuff that we will be doing in the real world,” club member Adam Lynch said. “It gives us small programs that we can use to expand our knowledge and our portfolios, which helps us get jobs and internships. The club offers an opportunity for students to network within the field and build up resumes even if it is not their major or educational focus. “I know that I personally have been able to connect with some of

the presenters on LinkedIn from meeting them at the workshops and have gotten a lot of views on my profile since,” Cohen said. “I now have more projects than ever stored on GitHub from the workshops for employers to see.” Cohen said that it’s important for any student to gain an understanding of how to use technology to their advantage when meeting prospective employers. “Technology is involved in every field,” he said. “Students can gain valuable tech skills that will make them stand out to employers. The Software Engineering Club exposes students to the latest technologies in an approachable way. Our workshops teach in-demand skills currently being used in industry.” Club member Bartholomew Allen was excited to be involved in the Software Engineering Club and benefit from its effect on his future in the technological world. “This club can potentially help find your place within computer science, software engineering or IT.” Allen said. “I am for certain through this club I found what I am passionate about and what I want to pursue as a computer science student.” The club offers Towson students a chance to be introduced to different types of programs outside of major classes. It also allows students to test the waters and make sure they want to work in the programming field. “Sometimes, our interest changes as we progress through college,” club member Ara Quinones said. “Many would say that one should try and take a class in this or that field to see if he or she would like it. Then halfway through college, many decide to change their major and end up prolonging their graduation.” - To read the rest of this article online, visit

Towson University’s Counseling Center hosted a human library and performances from groups and individuals on campus to create a space to discuss mental health and diversity on April 17. “We wanted to host this event to give people a place to have serious conversations about mental health but have fun at the same time,” said Counseling Center Doctoral Intern Michael Marquez who helped put the event together. The event was called “Why Not Both?” to weave together mental health and cultural identity. The human library was set up as a “get to know you,” group discussion. Attendees sat around a circle and were each given a white board, a dry erase marker, and an eraser. There were two bowls filled with questions such as “What are some stereotypes you think people associate with your identity?” and “How connected do you feel with others who share this identity?” Everyone in the circle wrote an identity they associate with, includ-

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The Couseling Center hosted an event, including a human library, to weave together cultural identitiy and mental health. ing their race, religion, sex, language, culture, nationality or another characteristic. Each attendee then shared how their identity related to the question. “I really liked this whole event,” said Kelsey Ferrick, a junior psychology major. “The Counseling Center gives a safe space for uncomfortable topics and provides an environment of comfort.” Emily Brown, also a doctoral intern at the Counseling Center and one of the event’s hosts, said she felt the event went really well. “We always hope to reach out and

it seemed everyone who participated in the discussion took a lot from it,” Brown said. Before the human library, attendees were treated to performances by Towson’s Latin Dance team; songs by the University’s all-female acapella group Tiger Tones; and a few poems about depression, abusive relationships and hereditary illness by the Voices Slam Poetry Team. Marquez transitioned from the performances to the human library by announcing to everyone that the counseling sessions are free for all Towson University students.

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Actors Anonymous blooms in “Spring Awakening” ALEX HELMS Contributing Writer

Towson University student-run theater group Actors Anonymous’ performance of “Spring Awakening” examines sexual assault, gun violence and other issues facing adolescents in this coming-of-age musical. Actors Anonymous will perform “Spring Awakening” in the University Union at 8 p.m. on April 27 in the Potomac Lounge, and at 8 p.m. on April 28 in Chesapeake I and II. Actors Anonymous President Becca Altschul, who has led the club as president for two years, said the club wanted to perform a show that would resonate with audiences and reflect some of the timeless issues that young people face. “With everything going on in the world,” Altschul said. “How could we not?” “Spring Awakening,” the musical by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, is itself a reimagining of Frank Wedekind’s German play of the same name. A self-proclaimed response to the Columbine High School massacre of the spring of 1999, Sater’s book and lyrics for

the musical explore the stories of troubled students in late-19th century Germany, who are unsure of how to cope with the trials of their emerging adolescence. After the show originally premiered, its legacy continued to be intertwined with the tragedies of actual students when the Virginia Tech shooting occurred in the spring of 2007, only four months after the opening of the musical’s original Broadway production. Now, in the shadow of the Parkland shooting and the movements its surviving students have inspired, Actors Anonymous hopes to bring light to the still-relevant topics of “Spring Awakening.” The production’s deliberately contemporary costumes and props highlight the story’s lasting importance to modern audiences, but “Spring Awakening” is not just a reminder of the problems permeating society. “It’s a call to action,” said Emily Ray, who plays Wendla Bergmann. Sheik’s accessible alt-rock inspired musical numbers offer the emotional thrills only a musical can provide, with the untamed rebellious spirit of its rock genre roots. The repressed feelings of the characters often explode on stage in song, culminat-

ing in the notable foot-stomping, profanity-packed numbers. Actors Anonymous brings these memorable moments to life with its skilled cast of all different levels of theater experience, bolstered by the accompaniment of the show’s impressive seven-piece band, the first live band to join an Actor Anonymous’ production in the club’s history. “The cast is so full of energy,” said Towson junior Jacob Zeranko, an acting major who is playing the role of Moritz Stiefel. “They really love the show. Exposing the dangers of improper sexual and mental health education, “Spring Awakening” uses the dramatic consequences of ignoring these challenging subjects as a way to inspire change, not only for the world of its characters but for the world of its audience as well. Amid the #MeToo movement, “Spring Awakening” sheds a light on consent and sexual assault among young people. By giving names and faces to serious realities affecting young people, such as depression, abuse, suicide and teen pregnancy, “Spring Awakening” aims to connect with viewers who are experiencing the

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Emily Ray and Charles Dickenson play leads Wendla Bergmann and Melchior Gabor in Actors Anonymous’ “Spring Awakening.” same struggles in their own lives. Molly Mendelson, who plays Ilse Neumann, expressed how the show is meant to give audience members a sense of support. “It’s okay,” Mendelson said. “Know that you’re not alone.” The weight of the show’s topics does not deprive it of joy, however. Despite its daunting themes, the show first and foremost offers fun, said cast member Eric Paneula, a sophomore who is playing Otto Lammermeier. At a time when drastic positive change can seem like an uphill battle, “Spring Awakening” teaches about the strength that younger generations can learn from the failures of the people and systems that preceded them. “[The show] is a testament to the power of young people,” Ray said. Actors Anonymous’ entirely student-run cast and crew embodies the youthful determination of the show’s characters. “Spring Awakening” is the third theatrical show Altschul has

directed with Actors Anonymous. Watching the organization blossom into its current 20-person cast and creative team, Altschul is proud to have seen her actors grow during the journey of this production. “Those are my kids,” Altschul said. “They call me mom. They’ve truly changed my life.” The cast is composed of a very diverse set of students, and while their majors and levels of acting experience may vary, their passion for this production unites them. The group includes many who have participated in theater prior to their time at Towson, but Zeranko said they have been fully welcoming to students from all backgrounds. “You’ve never needed a voice lesson before,” Zeranko said. “There are plenty of people jumping in.” Actors Anonymous doesn’t require members to be acting majors. Instead, the club provides theater-interested students an outlet that may not have been offered to them otherwise.

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April 24, 2018


Songs we should send to space CHLOË WILLIAMS Columnist

This May, Sónar Calling GJ273b is transmitting 38 songs into space. These works will be transmitted from Sonar Calling to Luyten’s Star b in the Canis Minor constellation, a planet with conditions that may be able to sustain life. These signals will be used as a call out to intelligent alien life 12.4 light years away. Along with the music, the transmissions will include information about what human life is like. This will be the second of Sónar Calling’s transmissions of the sort. Discovering this left me wondering -- what songs could best represent life here on Earth for aliens to listen to? Deciding what few songs could describe what it means to be an “earthling” seemed like a daunting task to undertake alone, and so I posed the

following question on social media for the world to answer: If you could only pick one song to represent the whole of humanity to space aliens, what would you send them? As you can imagine, the results were quite varied, but that, itself, is representative of humanity. The aliens have to know that we tend not to take ourselves too seriously. That is clearly evident with the obligatory Smash Mouth song. However, tracks like “In My Life” by The Beatles will show the whole of space the unique and beautiful parts of the human experience. This homemade playlist as a whole demonstrates our vast expanse of magnificent artistry and many thoughts about living here on Earth. Pieces like “Young Dumb & Broke” by Khalid will certainly contain different messages than “True Colors,” by Cyndi Lauper but both offer a valuable insight into daily experiences and

A perfect soundtrack TIMOTHY COFFMAN Columnist

After 14 years of studio silence, A Perfect Circle finally released its third album, “Eat the Elephant.” A supergroup of sorts, A Perfect Circle is centered around three members: Billy Howerdel, James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins, and Maynard James Keenan from Tool, along with a revolving cast of other musicians. After bursting onto the rock scene with “Mer De Noms” in 2000, the group took a hard rock approach while fusing in progressive passages on their albums. This came to a head with their next album “Thirteenth Step” and the cover album “Emotive.” These records are considered modern classics and mandatory listening for any alternative rock fan. Now, after more than a decade, how does the new music from this band hold up? This album is going to be a shock for most fans who enjoy A Perfect Circle’s hard rock tendencies. This album is predominantly progressive rock, and the album is more subdued than is expect-

ed for this group. While featuring rock instrumentation, the album is driven by lush piano arrangements rather than guitar-centric melodies. This allows Keenan to flex his muscles as a singer by dialing back any screaming vocals for soothing ethereal vocals. The shift in direction has also led to different melodic structures, such as the extended outro during the closer “Get the Lead Out” and the most mainstream sounding song on the record “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.” I would recommend the latter track for any fan of popular music who is looking for something more musically sophisticated. I must also commend the producer on this record, Dave Sardy, who tends to focus primarily on film score production. His experience with recording orchestras and classical music benefits greatly in this situation, making for one of the most well-produced albums I have heard all year. There does seem to be a definitive change in the direction for A Perfect Circle with this album when compared to their previous body of work. - To read the rest of this article online, visit

emotions. The most popular answer choice by far was “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Out of every song ever created, several people chose this track without hesitation. Of course, this makes total sense, as both the song and the band itself are regarded as monumental to the musical world and highly influential in general. However, what is truly beautiful to see is a song as iconic as this on the same hypothetical playlist to space as “Marceline” by Willow. This much less popular song is put on the same plane as one of the most iconic songs in history. Here lies yet another example of the great diversity among what is important to us on this planet. Below is an abridged list of many of the contributions I received. Unfortunately, not every submission could be included, but I believe the following playlist to be a fairly accurate representation of life on Earth that

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Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the first of 20 songs Towerlight columnist Chloë Williams thinks would best represent the human race. creatures from outer space, present or not, can listen to and learn from. 1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen 2. “In My Life” by The Beatles 3. “Womanizer” by Britney Spears 4. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire 5. “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel 6. “Imagine” by John Lennon 7. “Photograph” by Nickelback 8. “All Star” by Smash Mouth 9. “Come as You Are” by Nirvana 10. “Your Song” by Elton John

11. “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper 12. “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners 13. “Ophelia” by The Lumineers 14. “Young Dumb & Broke” by Khalid 15. “How Much A Dollar Cost” by Kendrick Lamar 16. “Seasons Of Love” by Adam Pascal (sung by the cast of RENT) 17. “Chocolate” by The 1975 18. “Marceline” by Willow 19. “Hall of Fame” by The Script 20. “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” by Otis Redding

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Models walk against shame Silence says so much

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Audience members signed a poster to showcase their commitment to combating a culture that promotes sexual assault. The signatures also represented support towards survivors of assault and victim-blaming. SUZANNE STULLER Contributing Writer


Towson University’s TREND Models strutted down the runway and took a stand against sexual violence in TU’s “Walk of S.H.A.M.E.” fashion show in the University Union’s Chesapeake III on April 18. The show, which was produced in partnership with TU’s Sexual Assault Peer Educators, empowered people to feel comfortable in their clothes no matter what kind of shame or victim-blaming is thrown their way. “This show is really for everyone,” said Kailah Carden, Assistant Director for Health Education and Promotion. “It’s for people who have personally been impacted by sexual assault and sexual violence, whether it’s something that happened to them or a friend. It’s also just for everyone who lives in this culture. We’re surrounded by messages that tell us that depending on what someone was wearing, maybe they were responsible for sexual assault, which we know is never the case.” Carden emphasized that the show was a space where people could feel empowered. S.H.A.M.E. stood for “sexual harassment & assault must end.” Before and after the show, audience members were encouraged to sign a poster that read “End Slut Shaming” to demonstrate their commitment to combating a culture that promotes sexual assault. Leilia Young, who organized the event, is also a sexual assault peer educator. “It’s really about empowering [people],” Young said. “And letting them know that just because you want to dress however you want to dress -- and in society’s term that might be seen as ‘sexy’ -- that doesn’t give the right for anyone to touch you, or assault you, or experience any type of sexual violence." In the models’ first trip down the runaway, they appeared in black

and white clothing. The white was worn to represent purity. Young announced that this had nothing to do with virginity, but with being confident. The black clothing represented the fact that most assaults occur at night time, and symbolized survivors emerging out of the darkness. “The more comfortable you are with own your body, the more comfortable you are with your complete self,” Young said. “I definitely think being comfortable with your body has a lot to do with self-confidence, and I feel like the more confident you are, the more confident you can be with other people.” This type of confidence was apparent in the second portion of the show. The models wore T-shirts with derogatory words across their chests and backs, including terms such as “hoe” and “shameless slut.” Young said these are the words that people, especially women, sometimes encounter when being assaulted, and the models wanted to show that they were fighting against such language. TU Voices Slam Poetry Team members Sheri Razaq and Kara Granelli performed a poem about “damaged goods” that expressed women as being regarded as mistreated objects. The poets spoke about not having a voice, the regret of not doing more and being a silenced survivor. In the last part of the show, the models wore black and red clothing

to represent all those who have died or have been victims of sexual assault, showing their commitment to fighting to stop sexual violence. TREND Secretary Machel Maxam, who walked as a model in the show, said she wanted to counteract the judgement that people receive for wearing certain clothes. “I wouldn’t want somebody to make an assumption about who I am or how I act based on what I dress like,” Maxam said. “So I think that it’s very important for women and other people to make a stand for that.” Maxam, a junior studying mathematics secondary education and Spanish, said TREND empowers people to be themselves and own the qualities that make them unique. “You get to empower yourself in being confident as well as embracing other people’s beauty,” she said. “In the media, everybody thinks beauty is one thing. But in our group, we embrace all sizes, all looks, all ethnicities and everything, so it’s great.” Senior Rishell Chambers, who is also the SGA Attorney General, said the performers were not only talented models, but that they left a message that would last beyond the runway. “All the models were extremely talented, but I thought the way they incorporated the sexual assault prevention message was really impactful and really effective,” Chambers said.

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TU’s TREND Models wore black and red clothing in honor of those who died or have been victims of sexual assault and/or violence.

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski star as the leading roles in Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place,” a film about a family’s survival in a daunting world. MATTHEW McDONALD

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stupid and “finding each other.” It was an emotional, impactful message that leads to a very heartbreaking but powerful finale. As for critiques? Plot-wise, it was great. It was a simple plot, and that gave them the freedom to really dive deep into the moment-by-moment concept. There weren’t really any plot holes, except for some very technical questions. If there was anything that the movie lacked, it was character arcs. Some characters have them, but for others, they introduced an internal problem they had and then the movie never really allowed them to get closure on that problem, at least not completely. There is also one character who has a few complex issues that seemed a little jumbled. Krasinski nailed it with his very first crack at two very difficult jobs in movie-making, and definitely made an impact. With the release of movies like “10 Cloverfield Lane,” “Get Out” and now “A Quiet Place,” I am excited for the horror and thriller films to come because not only are they scary and suspenseful -- they’re smart. It’s not just scaring for the sake of scaring. There’s a reason to be scared -- a real, human reason -- and that’s the scariest thing of all.

I was intrigued the moment I saw the trailer for “A Quiet Place.” Although it initially seemed, at first glance, to be just another horror movie at the beginning of the year, looking deeper into it made it appear to be a very original idea. How would it be to sit through a whole movie that isn’t necessarily a silent film, but in which there is almost no talking? “A Quiet Place” is by far one of my favorite films of the year, if not my favorite. Although it has a very short run time of 95 minutes, it is packed from start to finish with suspense and emotion. I was curled up with my fingers in my ears for almost half of it, despite the fact that it was a very quiet movie. This John Krasinski writer-director debut floored me. Not only was it a very well-written and wellpaced film with genuinely thrilling moments and monster designs; not only was it wonderfully directed and photographed, but it actually had a message underneath it. It was a story that wasn’t just surfaced or

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towson pulls out the brooms tu Tigers defeat Hoyas, sweep home series against Seahawks takes second MIA WILLIAMS Staff Writer

Towson swept UNC Wilmington in a weekend series at home, following a win over Georgetown on the road Tuesday in Washington D.C. In Sunday’s series finale, the Tigers (36-11, 11-4 CAA) earned their 20th home victory of the season after defeating the Seahawks (15-25, 5-10 CAA) 1-0. Impressive pitching from senior Megan Dejter kept UNC Wilmington off of the scoreboard. She allowed just one hit the entire game and recorded a season-best eight strikeouts. After four scoreless innings, sophomore infielder Madison Wilson recorded her 60th hit of the season with a two-out RBI single to center. The hit scored sophomore Jaclyn Mounie and proved to be the game-winner.

Saturday, the Tigers defeated the Seahawks twice in an afternoon doubleheader. In game one, the Tigers beat the Seahawks 4-3. After three scoreless innings, senior infielder Brook Miko hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth inning to score senior infielder Daria Edwards. Shortly after, junior Nicole Stockinger hit a two-run home run to right field to give Towson a 3-0 advantage. UNC Wilmington fought back and tied the score in the top of the sixth inning with three quick RBIs, however. In the bottom of the seventh, senior outfielder Kendyl Scott delivered the game-winning hit with a walk-off single for the Tigers. In game two, UNC Wilmington took an early 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning, but Wilson responded with an RBI single, scoring junior infielder

Kaylen Minnatee to tie the game. Towson extended its lead to 5-2 after Miko’s three-run double in the bottom of the second inning, which scored Edwards, Wilson and freshman Riley Thies. In the third inning, Scott hit a two-run triple to center field, which scored Minnatee and senior catcher Shelby Stracher to give the Tigers a 7-2 advantage. The Seahawks attempted a comeback with a solo home run in the top of the fourth, but the Tigers responded with six runs to put the game out of reach. Following a three-run RBI by Thies, Wilson completed the fourth inning with a single to right field, scoring Scott and putting the Tigers up 13-3. Towson held on to win the game 13-3. Tuesday, the Tigers rolled past the Hoyas (13-33, 4-10 Big East) 12-1

in a non-conference tournament at the Nationals Youth Academy in Washington D.C. In the top of the first inning, Miko gave the Tigers an early lead with a two-out, two-run home run. Later that inning, senior pitcher Olivia Baltazar singled to third, scoring Stockinger. The RBI single put Towson up 3-0. In the top of the second inning, Wilson hit a two-run home run to left center field to increase Towson’s lead to 5-0. Georgetown responded with an RBI single in the bottom of the second. This was the team’s first and only score of the day. In the third inning, Towson stretched its lead to 7-1 with two hits from Baltazar and Minnatee. - To read the rest of this article online, visit

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Towson competed in the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton University Friday. The team then placed second with 66 points at the James Madison Invitational Saturday. Saturday at the JMU Invitational, senior Megan Kelly and junior Liz Reid both set meet records. The team also posted a total of 13 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying marks. Kelly posted a time of 59.05 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles. This was a new school record and a meet and facility record. Reid crossed the finish line in the 200-meter dash in 24.47 seconds to place first. Sophomore T'Reyah Johnson finished second in the 400-meter dash with a personal-best time of 56.61 seconds. In the shot put, junior Phontavia Sawyer posted a personal best and ECAC-qualifying throw of 51-0.25. Junior Lauren Coleman was second with another ECAC-qualifying mark of 50-4.5. Towson had a total of 10 runner-up finishes on Saturday, with seven being ECAC-qualifying marks. Both the 4X100-meter and 4X400meter relay teams finished in second place with ECAC-qualifying times. McLean, Waller, Laryea and Charles finished in 47.01 seconds in the 4X100, while Johnson, Famularo, Collins and sophomore Alexis Goodman finished in 3:50.06 in the 4X400. Junior Abby Gauthier and freshman Paige Keefer both posted season-best results at Princeton Friday. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Gauthier finished 26th with a time of 11:10:33. Keefer finished 31st in the 800-meters after crossing the line in 2:13.73. Junior Erica Israel finished in 13th place in the 5,000 meters, finishing with a time of 18:42.42. Up next, Towson will compete in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia which start Thursday.


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seahawks soar past towson in series JILL GATTENS Staff Writer

Towson dropped two of three games to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponent UNC Wilmington at Brooks Field in Wilmington, North Carolina. On Sunday, the Tigers (12-27, 5-7 CAA) dropped the series finale to the Seahawks (24-15, 7-5 CAA) 5-1. In the first inning, the Tigers got on the board when senior infielder Billy Lennox doubled to score senior outfielder Colin Gimblet. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Seahawks tied the game on an RBI double. They broke the game open in the seventh inning after plating three runs. The team added an insurance run in the eighth inning to secure the 5-1 win victory over Towson. Senior pitcher Michael Adams (3-4) took the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings.

“We played well enough to win two games,” Head Coach Matt Tyner said. “There were some missed opportunities.” In Saturday’s game, the Tigers took advantage of early errors to rout the Seahawks 14-3. In the top of the first inning, junior infielder Craig Alleyne scored after a throw went into centerfield. Redshirt junior outfielder Mark Grunberg scored on a fielder’s choice, and junior infielder Richard Miller doubled to score another run. In the top of the second inning, Gimblet doubled to score two runs. Lennox followed with a single to score Gimblet. Later in the inning, senior infielder Logan Burke delivered a bases-clearing double to give the Tigers an early 10-0 lead. Sophomore outfielder Andrew Cassard bloop singled to score Burke in the sixth inning to add to the lead for the Tigers. UNC Wilmington got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning with the help of two Towson errors to plate three runs.

The Tigers answered back in the top of the eighth inning when Palacios scored on misplay by the Seahawks. Lennox followed with an RBI double to plate another run, and then scored on a single by junior infielder Richard Miller. Senior pitcher David Marriggi (3-4) earned the win after allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings. “We responded extremely well,” Tyner said. “It was off to the races. Then we got a little too relaxed and they responded with three runs. We answered with three runs and put the game out of reach. We took it from their hands into ours.” On Friday, the Tigers dropped the series opener 5-2. In the bottom of the third inning, the Seahawks took advantage of five walks to score four runs. They added another run in the fourth inning to extend to their lead. Alex Cuas (0-3) took the loss after allowing five runs on three hits and seven walks over four innings. - To read the rest of this article online, visit

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Senior infielder Ryan Miller fields a ball hit towards left-center.

tigers fall in caa quarterfinals BILLY OWENS Assistant Sports Editor

Towson earned its first win at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament in over a decade against Hofstra, before falling to William & Mary in the quarterfinal round at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center in Elon, North Carolina. Friday, eighth-seeded Towson couldn’t capitalize on its early doubles momentum, losing to eventual Tournament Champion and top-seeded No. 41 William & Mary 4-0. The Tigers were in prime position to take the only point off the Tribe throughout the entire tournament, as the No. 1 doubles team of Yevgeniya Shusterman and Lucy Williams blanked Lauren Goodman and Natalia Perry 6-0. The Tribe evened

up the doubles at the No. 2 flight, as Rosie Cheng and Olivia Thaler defeated AJ Gomer and Renate van Oorschodt 6-4. At No. 3 doubles, Barbora Vasilkova and Lucy Gloninger were up 5-4, 40-15 with three match points, but eventually fell to Charlotte Madson and Clara Tanielian 7-5 to give the Tribe the opening doubles point. William & Mary continued to play consistently strong in the singles flights, clinching three straight-set wins to decide the match and advance to the semifinals. Thaler defeated No. 6 Gloninger 6-2, 6-0, Perry topped No. 2 Gomer 6-0, 6-1, and Cheng beat No. 1 Nicole Shakhnazarova 6-2, 6-1 to take the win. The other matches were left unfinished, which included No. 3 Williams leading 6-1, 2-3 over Tanielian.

Friday’s match was the final match for the Tigers’ five seniors: Shakhnazarova, Vasilkova, Gomer, and co-captains van Oorschodt and Williams. The Tribe went on to win their 26th CAA conference championship and fourth in a row Sunday, defeating second-seeded James Madison 4-0. “We had a good performance, and it could have been a great performance but I guess it wasn’t meant to be,” Head Coach Jamie Peterson said. “I think they gave their all in their last match, to have a 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles over a team that’s just knocked off two top 20 teams.” Thursday, Towson opened the 2018 CAA tournament with a hard-fought 4-1 win over ninth-seeded Hofstra. Towson took the early lead by securing the opening doubles point, but had to do it from a match down as Michal Kaplan and Alejandra

Ruffini beat No. 3 Vasilkova and Gloninger 6-2. Gomer and van Oorschodt responded at No. 2 with a 6-2 victory over Ana CanahuateTorres and Meheq Khokhar while No. 1 Shusterman and Williams rallied to earn a 7-5 win over Sarah Herndon and Jasmine King. The Tigers translated that initial doubles confidence into the singles, winning three straight-set flights to claim victory over the Pride. No. 1 Shakhnazarova defeated King 6-1, 6-4, No. 6 Gloninger beat Ronia Dolabany 6-3, 6-4, and No. 4 Shusterman closed out Herndon 6-2, 7-5 to give the Tigers their first CAA tournament win in 11 years. “It was a little bit tighter than the score indicated, like with William & Mary, but we were able to play clutch tennis when we needed to,” Peterson said. “We were able to close things

out when we had to, so we did exactly what we needed to do.” The Tigers may not have reached the 18-win goal that they set for themselves back in February, but Peterson remains impressed with the season as a whole — especially considering that this season’s schedule was one of the toughest in program history. “We have a lot to be proud of as a team, in particular the commitment the five seniors have made over their four years,” Peterson said. Four new Tigers will be joining the team for the fall season, which will consist of a few tournaments as well as an alumni event, Peterson said. He also said the spring 2019 schedule will be similarly tough, as Towson is slated to play new opponents San Jose State, Maryland and Rutgers, as well as 2018 opponents Penn State, West Virginia and Buffalo.


April 24, 2018


Tellekamp puts on show Alex Woodall Men’s Lacrosse

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Junior attacker Carly Tellekamp follows through with a shot on goal against the Hofstra defense at Johnny Unitas Stadium Friday evening. Tellekamp finished the game with a career-high seven goals.


Towson women’s lacrosse picked up a 15-11 win over Hofstra Friday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium to remain undefeated in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. The No. 8 Tigers (13-2, 5-0 CAA) struggled defensively in the first half against the Pride (8-8, 2-4 CAA) but went on a big scoring run sparked by junior attacker Carly Tellekamp midway through the period. She finished the game with a careerhigh seven goals on the day, sparking two crucial runs in both halves to halt comeback attempts by the Pride. “It wasn’t our best day as an offense for shooting percentage, but Carly really showed that finishing ability that she does so well,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “That was really outstanding on her part.” Tellekamp scored the first goal of the game just over two minutes into play, but the Pride responded with three consecutive goals to take a

3-1 advantage. Despite trailing and struggling to keep possession, Towson refused to let Hofstra go ahead. Tellekamp punched in back-to-back goals, both assisted by senior midfielder Emily Gillingham, to ignite a 7-0 run for Towson. That run was also boosted by the strong play of the defense as the unit caused 14 turnovers in the half. “They bring a great spark for our offensive play,” LaMonica said. “When they make a great stop or a great play that energy transfers down the field and our offense works hard to continue that momentum. That’s been a driving force for us as this season has unfolded.” Tellekamp scored four times during that run, and Gillingham put in the final goal of the run to propel the team to an 8-4 lead going into halftime. The Tigers continued their strong offensive play in the second half, striking early in the period with two quick goals to jump out to a commanding 10-4 advantage. The Pride answered back with a 4-0 run to cut the deficit to two mid-

way through the half, but Tellekamp responded with an unassisted goal to halt the road team’s momentum and kick off a quick 3-0 run. Senior midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano and redshirt senior attacker Gabby Cha ripped in goals with under 10 minutes left to play to seal the game. Hofstra made one more rally attempt in the final two minutes, but could not pull off a miracle comeback. The Tigers look to keep their winning streak alive as they travels to Homewood Field to take on local rival Johns Hopkins Wednesday afternoon. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. Following that contest, the team will close out the season by hosting CAA foe James Madison on senior day Saturday afternoon. “[Our confidence level] is strong and it needs to be strong,” LaMonica said. “This time of the year we’re coming into what we’ve been working so hard for. We put in work in the beginning of the fall and it’s been a long journey, but things have really come to fruition. It’s great that we’re on a strong upswing.”

It wasn’t our best day as an offense for shooting percentage, but Carly really showed that finishing ability that she does so well. That was really outstanding on her part.


Junior midfielder Alex Woodall registered a career-high 22 of 24 faceoff wins in Towson’s 13-7 victory over Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival Delaware Saturday afternoon. He also picked up 13 ground balls, giving his team extra opportunities on the offensive end.

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Unified: Team effort propels TU to victory

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Junior attacker Brendan Sunday slices through the defense in Towson’s 13-7 win over Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival Delaware Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Several Tigers contributed to the win as redshirt senior attacker Jean-Luc Chetner had a career-high four goals and five different players scored in the second half.


Towson men’s lacrosse captured a 13-7 victory over Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) foe Delaware Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Blue Hens (5-7, 2-2 CAA) kept the game tight for the first three quarters, but the Tigers (5-7, 2-2 CAA) had several players step up in the fourth quarter en route to the win. “The determination that these guys showed in practice came through today in a good way especially in that fourth quarter,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “It came down to who executed at a high level and these guys stepped up and earned a tough win.” The Tigers got on the scoreboard first, as redshirt sophomore midfielder

Matt Sovero punched in an unassisted goal just 30 seconds into the game. The Blue Hens responded with a goal midway through the period, but junior attacker Timmy Monahan ripped in a goal off of a feed from freshman attacker Phil Wies to regain the lead for the Tigers. Towson put in two more goals in the final five minutes of the stanza to take a commanding 4-1 lead, but Delaware squeezed in a shot with nine seconds left in the period to keep the game close. Delaware kept the momentum rolling in the second quarter as they stormed back to knot the score up with back-to-back goals midway through the period. However, Towson redshirt senior attacker Jean-Luc Chetner broke the tie with an unassisted goal with just under four minutes left to play in the half, giving the team a 5-4 advantage

going into the break. “I went in at halftime with the offense and I was frustrated,” Nadelen said. “There were opportunities that we didn’t finish off and I wanted to reward the effort they were putting in because we shared the ball.” The Blue Hens entered the third quarter looking to strike as they pushed the pace early on in the period. Their aggressive approach paid off as they put in a goal just under three minutes into the stanza to tie the game once again. Towson refused to let Delaware get ahead, as junior attacker Brendan Sunday launched in a goal from well beyond the crease to put his team back up 6-5. Despite failing to capture the lead multiple times, Delaware stuck with its fast-paced offensive approach. The Blue Hens used quick passes to keep the defenders on their heels, and capi-

talized on defensive breakdowns. Later in the game, sophomore attacker Charlie Kitchen put in a short-distance goal off of a feed from freshman attacker Adam Fulton to tie the game 6-6 going into the fourth. Although the Blue Hens had momentum going into the final quarter, the Tigers put together a 3-0 run to kick off the period thanks to good ball movement and dominating time of possession. Junior midfielder Alex Woodall registered nine wins at the faceoff dot in the period. He finished the game with a career best 22 of 24 draws won, propelling his team’s offensive opportunities. Redshirt junior attacker Johnny Giuffreda scored the first goal of the quarter to regain the lead for Towson. Sovero followed with a goal just one minute later, and junior midfielder Grant Maloof scored off of a feed from

Wies to give Towson a 9-6 lead. “We were sharing the ball pretty well throughout the whole game,” Giuffreda said. “In the fourth quarter we cashed in on our opportunities whereas in the first three we were hitting pipes.” The Blue Hens answered back with a goal, but the Tigerws kept their foot on the gas pedal as Sovero notched his 10th goal of the season with an impressive long-distance shot while a defender was shadowing him tightly. Giuffreda and Chetner sealed the win with several late goals with just under three minutes to play. Chetner earned his first career hattrick on the day and posted a careerhigh four goals. The Tigers look to continue their strong offensive play Saturday morning when the team hosts Fairfield University on senior day. Game time is slated for 11 a.m.