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September 10, 2019
Changing the definition Aesthetically pleasing food is wasteful of American citizenship TYRONE BARROZO Columnist
Hark, my fellow Americans, for the inner workings of US bureaucracy have enacted change for the betterment of this glorious nation! Recent news has come about saying that children of overseas US military service members and government workers will no longer be guaranteed citizenship as per a policy alert issued by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) — granting the last wave of Generation Z the rare opportunity of deciding whether or not they want to become an American or not. According to the change, children born to US military service members and government employees will no longer be automatically considered US residents effective Oct. 29, 2019. In order for said children to obtain US citizenship, their parent, who has US citizenship, must apply for citizenship on their children’s behalf before their 18th birthday, which might just be the greatest idea for a birthday gift — next to buying a Nintendo Switch. For certain groups, there will be more paperwork to be done. Some parents will have to apply for a visa to legally bring their children to the US and establish before applying for citizenship. Some of the groups in question who will be affected by the policy change include children adopted by US parents while serving abroad, parents who received US citizenship after their children were born, and parents with US citizenship but have never claimed residency in the US. It should also be important to note that the memo states that this change will not affect those who are born as a US citizen. This will not impact birthright citizenship according to the USCIS but there are
still concerns around certain questions that have yet to be answered in regard to certain gray areas due to conflicting definitions of “residence” between the previous details within the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and the aforementioned update to the INA. Immigration experts believe that only a small fraction of overseas US service members and government employees will be affected by the change. Despite all of that, the announcement has left some in the military community riled up, not necessarily about the change itself but due to the policy change’s subtext. “Tonight, there’s someone likely on patrol in a war zone, or at an embassy, who is scared to death that their child is no longer a citizen, just because they were born overseas,” said Will Goodwin, US Army veteran and director of government relations for VoteVets, a liberal advocacy group for veterans. “The stress and strain that this is causing families is a cruelty that one would never expect from a Commander in Chief.” It seems rather clear that, with the policy changes, the current administration in the White House — everyone passively enabling and actively involved — are simply doubling down on their “America First” agenda. Because it would make sense that the people responsible for attempting to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and separating families at the US-Mexico border would also be eager to enact and declare a policy change to disown American children born in foreign lands by narrowing the circumstances to achieve citizenship. All in all, the news remains the same at the end of the day and deserves the responses that it has received. With that said, those kids overseas might have just earned a blessing in disguise—because with the way that the country is headed right now, they’ve got an escape from Old Glory’s shitshow.
KAYLA HUNT Columnist
In a culture where image is of high importance, it is not surprising that we apply aesthetic expectations to the food that we eat as well. Many people take pictures of their food before they eat to post on their Snapchat stories and some people even have Instagram highlights solely catered to the good food that they relish at restaurants, markets, and even at home. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), 40% of food in America is never eaten. About 52% of fruits and vegetables are tossed away. Even though we take pride in the food that we eat, is there a correlation between image and taste? If an
apple has a bruise on it, most put it down and sift through the barrel of apples until they find the 'perfect' one. Does the apple with a bruise differ in taste from the others? But these aesthetic standards aren't only being held by consumers, they are being upheld by the USDA which supermarkets have to adhere to, and sometimes fruit and vegetables aren't even leaving the farm due to cosmetics. The USDA has a grades and standards system for fruits and vegetables, which is listed on their website and available to the public for viewing. Their standards are based on the aesthetics of the commodity, such as size and damage free (knife cuts, dirt, hail, etc.). They even have visual aids listed for each commodity that is considered acceptable. "The factors that supermarkets
consider when purchasing produce are appearance, longevity, and packability- taste and nutrition don't even make the list," wrote Rochelle Bilow in her 2014 article, "Are the Beauty Standards for Fruits and Vegetables Unfair?." There are many ways that us as consumers can help to reduce food waste by lowering the strict cosmetic standards placed on fruits and vegetables. NRDC has an initiative called Save The Food, which gives advice on how to preserve food instead of wasting it. They give you the tools on how to plan smarter so that it doesn't go to waste, storage tips to preserve and increase the food life span, and different recipes that you can try with food scraps. You can follow them on Instagram @ savethefood or visit their website, www.savethefood.com.
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September 10, 2019
What to know about What I have learned from serving imposter syndrome MIRANDA MOWREY Columnist @mirandamowrey
“Everyone should be a server once.” I am sure you have heard this before, but that doesn’t make it any less true. In the past two years I’ve spent working as a waitress, I have dropped and broken an uncanny amount of plates and glasses. I have served countless people who believe their salsa being too spicy is pretty much the end of the world. I have e v e n rolled enough silverw a r e and cut enough l i m e s to fill the entirety of the Mariana Trench -- twice. And through these experiences, I have learned valuable lessons that I will carry with me throughout my life. Lesson #1: Don't bother trying to figure people out. Seriously. After an hour of witty banter and mutual comradery with a table, I used to believe I had my 20% tip in the bag. Or, after painstakingly serving customers who do not have the words “please” or “thank you” in their vocabulary, I would give up on the idea of receiving any kind of tip on the bill. Almost always, my intuition
would fail me. I quickly learned that there is no pattern or secret formula in predicting a customer’s behavior. Here is how this applies to life in general: As humans, we know nothing. We do not like to know nothing, and so we end up creating false assumptions to help us deal with the unpredictability of life. The moment we decide to stop trying to figure out the world around us, we will be free of disappointments. Lesson #2: There is something so gratifying and inspiring about meeting different people. Serving is an experience that gives you the opportunity to converse with people from all walks of life. The world is full of so many interesting, amazing, strange, unique people that have all come from different places but all have ended up sitting at your table 24, ordering a Pepsi, no ice, and grilled wings, well done. I have met college professors, recently divorced fifty-year-old women, couples that just moved in from Los Angeles and aren’t fans of crabs nor beer (have fun in Maryland?), all with distinctive lives and stories to tell. Lesson #3: There are few greater things in life than spending time with a loved one.
Whether it is a couple of childhood friends catching up, a father and son bonding after a sweaty baseball practice, or two people on their first or 45th date, as a waitress it is so clear to see how meaningful spending time with another human can be. Spending an hour of your life, away from your phone, focused on the person in front of you is so precious in developing relationships. Lesson #4: If you put forth your best effort, there is no shame in things not working out. I can constantly make sure a customer’s water is filled to the brim, prepare myself with the extra napkins before the patron even asks for them, and triple-check with the kitchen to make sure a table’s complicated order is being made correctly, but sometimes my effort is not always reciprocated with anything close to a thank you (or tip). Similarly to the first lesson, letting go of control and simply trying your best for the sake of trying your best is a powerful skill in life. I am so thankful for the time I have spent working as a waitress. Although there have been several bad days, the lessons I have learned along the way make everything worth it. No matter how bad my shift is, I will still go home, shower off the dried salsa and unrecognizable black gunk smeared on my forearms, plop down on the couch with my best friends, and eat the food I have been day-dreaming about since I clocked in. Life is good again. Wait, did I ever bring table 6 the extra ranch?
I am so thankful for the time I have spent working as a waitress. Although there have been several bad days, the lessons I have learned along the way make everything worth it. MIRANDA MOWREY Columnist
JASPER GRISWOLD Columnist
It’s a familiar scene. I’m getting ready in the morning, holding my binder in my hands. I contemplate putting it on. This garment flattens and masculinizes my chest, but it also makes it hard to breathe at times. Why am I doing this? I think, turning it over in my hands. Am I even really trans? I just hit 45 weeks on testosterone. I’ve known I was trans (off and on) since I was 16-yearsold. So why am I constantly doubting myself? And why is this doubt so prevalent in the community? I’m always wondering if I’m trans or just looking for attention or trying to fit in. Am I doing enough? Would a real trans person often misgender and deadname himself in his head? The physical and social changes I make, are they enough to make me a real trans person that no one is going to doubt and try to expose as a fake? I’m certainly not the only trans person that experiences this. In a discussion about this with my friend Vincent, he said that he has a persistent feeling of having to do more and that he’s not enough. That he’ll be found out to be a fraud and be laughed at. That when he is in gay spaces, he worries that he’s just faking being trans so well he convinced even himself and is going to be exposed. This phenomenon is known as imposter syndrome, a mindset that causes people to feel like frauds. Pretty much every trans
person I know has felt, at least at one point, that they were a “fake” trans person. And this can be exacerbated by many circumstances. Some trans people may not want hormones or surgeries and feel that a “real” trans person would feel compelled to do those things. Nonbinary people deal with society telling them that their gender itself is fake, and they might compare themselves to binary trans people and see themselves as “not as trans” as the binary trans people. Also, many trans people are told they are just seeking attention, and that is something that sticks with you. It’s hard to feel confident in your trans identity when you constantly worry if you’re even trans in the first place and not someone trying to be “cool” or whatever people are trying to convince you is your reality. If you are trans and you deal with imposter syndrome, here is my advice. Think of one moment in your life that helped you realize you were trans. For me, it was when I upset some elderly man in a BJ’s and he yelled at me “boys these days don’t know how to treat their elders!” and all I could think was “he called me a boy!” Remember that a cis person would have no reason to feel this way. Cis people don’t get excited when they are seen as a gender other than their assigned gender. If a trans friend of yours tells you that sometimes they feel like they aren’t really trans, just let them know it is normal and it doesn’t mean much of anything. It’s just their brain trying to make them feel like an imposter, and it happens to many trans people who are certainly not “faking it” in any way.
September 10, 2019
Towson works for solutions University combats space limitations with construction MARY-ELLEN DAVIS News Editor @Mel_Davis_1998 SOPHIA BATES Assistant News Editor @sophiabates23
With the recent renovations to both Residence Tower and Burdick Hall completed, and the new science building and University Union underway, the community has watched as Towson has tried to combat space limitations. While there may not be a quick fix, the coming years are full of projects happening across campus including finishing Glen Dining Hall’s 21,000 squarefoot renovation. Though it was originally scheduled to open for the spring semester, the Glen Dining Hall is on track to reopen to students over spring break of 2020 after closing earlier this year, according to Sean Welsh, the University’s Associate Vice President of Communications and Media Relations. “As we moved from design into construction, unforeseen building conditions required attention and impacted our schedule,” Welsh said. The new dining hall will have expanded food venues in an open market-style arrangement, and, when finished, will have cost $11.6 million, Welsh said. “Seating will be new and improved and there has been a thorough renovation of the food prep areas,” Welsh said. To communications major Austin Rannals, the construction is frustrating. “It definitely gets in the way of going to class,” Rannals said. “ I actually don’t like it because I’m going to be a senior, and I’m graduating so right now it’s in my way. But I think when it’s done it’ll actually be pretty cool.” The dining hall is not the only area on campus that required extra attention this fall. Welsh said that, according to the University Master Plan, Stephens Annex was set to be phased out in the near future.However, those plans have been expedited. “Following a recent increase in humidity due to heat and rain, TU Environmental Health and Safety
proactively conducted routine air quality checks in the Stephens Annex,” Welsh said. “In an abundance of caution, the university proactively relocated all offices and programs currently housed in the Stephens Annex due to reports of a non-toxic mold.” Faculty in the Annex were moved to Stephens Hall, Cook Library, the 7800 building, and the trailers near Towsontown Garage due to reports of non-toxic mold. The Public Communication Center was also a part of Stephens Annex and has now been moved to the second floor of the library. According to sophomores Ciara Franklin and Amanda Chiei, who are public communication consultants, this shift didn’t come easy. “They were really awkward about it.” Franklin said. “We were upstairs on the 3rd floor at first in the back and they didn’t really know where we were supposed to be.” Chiei added that they had put them in a quiet zone, too. According to Welsh, Stephens Annex will be removed from campus, opening up more space for student-oriented projects. The new College of Health Professions building could be considered one of those projects. With a $13.7 million design contract, construction for the new building is projected to begin in 2021 and be finished in 2024, according to Welsh. According to the Campus Master Plan, the building will sit in the space behind Prettyman and Scarborough. “The building will address our existing campus space deficit and enrollment growth in health sciences over the last several years,” Welsh said. According to Towson University President Kim Schatzel, who testified in front of the Senate Capital Budget subcommittee in Annapolis, the University has been granted two years of planning money towards this project. “We’ve received two years of planning money as originally scheduled,” Schatzel said. “So, that involves the fact that we start all the mechanicals, the drawings, all the design features to be able to do that.” Schatzel added that any money toward starting construction will have to be testified for in the upcoming spring legislative session.
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Glen Dining Hall, which was slated for completion by spring 2020, is now projected to open during spring break. Unforeseen building conditions required attention that impacted the construction schedule. “The first money that will be extended to put a shovel into the ground, to really start construction, will occur with this legislative session coming up in the spring,” Schatzel said. “So, I will be testifying for that again.” Though the University is still working to secure funding for the estimated $166 million dollar project, Welsh said the new college will have academic classrooms, offices, and lab space for the departments of Health Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Kinesiology, Nursing, and Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science, which are currently spread over six locations across campus. To Schatzel, the need for a Health Professions building stems from the fact that in the study and working world of health professions, they are all interconnected. “So much of the education today is based around on interprofessional education,” Schatzel said. “Which means that those that are in different professions of health work in teams basically within a hospital or health setting to be able to deliver quality care. We can best be able to mirror that if everybody is together in the same building. And that’s kind of the plan, to be able to do that.
So, we’re really excited for both the faculty and the students.” According to page 33 of the University Master Plan, the College of Health Professions building will add about 250,000 square feet for these departments. Some space for the programs, however, will have to be maintained in Burdick Hall and Towson Center. The construction of the college behind Prettyman and Scarborough would result in the need to move Glen Esk. Schatzel acknowledged Glen Esk’s historical significance as the reasoning for it to be relocated rather than removed from campus. “We will probably end up moving it because of the fact that it was the President’s house and one of the first four buildings on campus,” Schatzel said. The University, Welsh said, wants to continue to hold on to the history that the building holds. “While final use is still under advisement, a number of uses, including a café, have been considered,” Welsh said. “The working plan is to move it a short distance near Lot 6.” Freshman Sarah Shea feels that the cafe could be a good idea as long as the building retains its historical significance. “I would say that as long as they
kept the historical part behind it, and renovated it to go with the history of it, then it could be really good,” Shea said. Despite the construction that could take place behind them, Prettyman and Scarborough residents have nothing to fear. According to Welsh, though the Master Plan does call for the buildings to be removed for new academic space, Towson has no immediate plans to act on this. In the meantime, the University has worked to make the two residence halls more comfortable to students. Over the summer, air conditioning window units were installed throughout the buildings. Improvements were made to the bathrooms as well. Though an HVAC system was not added to the buildings, the project still cost the university about $900,000 in design, electrical and installation. Welsh added that the units also made it easier to get the dorms air conditioned in time for fall move in. “Window air conditioning units were installed because they are more cost-effective and were simpler to install in an expedient manner to ensure our current resident students had a comfortable experience to start the fall semester,” Welsh said. - Bailey Hendricks contributed to this article.
September 10, 2019
Meet HRL’s new asst. VP TU holds biannual Alumnus looks to impact Towson community SOPHIA BATES Assistant News Editor @sophiabates23
Towson’s Department of Housing and Residence Life brought in a new Assistant Vice President, Kelly Hoover, in June. According to Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and chair of the search committee Matt Lenno, Hoover was offered the position in early May after the Department of Student Affairs did a nation-wide search. Christina Olstad served as Interim Assistant Vice President before Hoover. Olstad is now the Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Three candidates were brought to campus and Kelly rose to the top,” said Malinda Jensen, search committee member and Director of Residence Life. “Kelly was able to articulate significant experience in the world of housing and residence life and her skill set was a good match for what HRL needed at the time of her hire.” Hoover is a 1992 Towson University alumnus, and has been working in student affairs at a variety of schools ever since she got her undergraduate degree. These schools include Syracuse University in New York, Louis and Clark College in Oregon, MICA in Maryland, and most recently Notre Dame in Maryland.
“Part of me has always imagined in my professional journey that I would come back here,” Hoover said. “I’ve always wanted to come back here, so when this position was posted in February, I was like ‘I’ve gotta go for it.’” According to Hoover, she is responsible for overseeing all of the residential life programs, which includes upwards of 30 staff members, as well as overseeing facility work. “There’s a lot of administrative stuff and there’s a lot of student development and student experience stuff that’s going on,” Hoover said. Hoover feels confident about the Department of Housing and Residence Life and the work they have put in to improve campus affairs. “I’m feeling really good. This department is really strong in every aspect,” she said. “Fiscally, I feel like we’re doing smart budget management, our facilities are in relatively good shape and we’re attentive to continually improving them.” Hoover noted the addition of air conditioning units in Prettyman and Scarborough as well as renovation of the bathrooms as being one of the department’s projects committed to improving student life. She also added that the staff makes the department stand out as well. “From a personnel standpoint, the staff that we have living and working in the halls...is exceptional, they are
committed, they are smart, invested, they are doing really good work,” Hoover said. According to Lenno, Hoover has been a great addition to the team. “Since her hire she has been nothing but an excellent collaborator, problem solver, administrator, supervisor and colleague,” he said. “Many offices around campus have had nothing but positive things to say about her as a person an employee and the quality of work she and her staff delivers to the University. I am proud to have her as a colleague and I only see wonderful things for her at the University and in her future.” One of the aspects that has made Hoover’s transition to Towson easier is the familiarity she feels from when she was a student years ago. “This was the place where I understood what it meant to be part of a community and the ways in which an individual can impact a community, and that’s still true,” Hoover said. “That’s been nice that that core value has remained and is something that’s important to me.” On move-in day this fall, Hoover met many students and even got to look into her old living space. “Over move-in weekend, it was fun to go around the halls because I lived in Prettyman and Tower C and then Newell,” she said. “So, it was fun on move-in day to peek into Prettyman and see the students moving into my old room.”
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After receiving her undergraduate degree from Towson University, Kelly Hoover worked with a number of schools before returning to TU to oversee Housing and Residence Life.
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“The whole idea of being able to experience how they do things in Staff Writer different countries, that would be interesting,” said Mason-Finch. “It’s experiencing different cultures and Towson’s Study Abroad Office different ways of life.” held an information fair for stuTowson University has many dents in the University Union options with partner schools and Thursday. The biannual fair, held program choices for students lookonce in the fall and once in the ing into studying abroad. spring, provides students with “Towson actually has a really important information about studylarge portiflo of program options ing abroad opportunities. and there is something for every Director for the Study Abroad major and every type of situation,” Office, Liz Shearer, mentioned that Shearer said. “All different prices they have vary, the b e e n country, the getting location, a large the type of student program. turnout We have e a c h exchangsemeses with ter, with of course a b o u t faculty led 400-500 programs students. and then At the students can fair, stugo on semesd e n t s ter long could talk programs with peer and do a d v i internships sors and abroad, so faculty there really members is something leading for everys t u d y one.” abroad Associate ALEKSANDER MASON-FINCH programs Towson University Junior P r o f e s s o r as well in the as other Department representatives from around the of Management, Bartosz Debicki will world. be contributing to this wide study For minimester 2020 TU is abroad program portfolio through offering programs in the United TU as he will lead a new course for Kingdom, Argentina, Ecuador, South international business in the study Africa and more. abroad program. “The study abroad fair is a great Debicki’s class will be offered over way for students to come and learn the summer in Sydney, Australia. about the study abroad process “The topic of my class is pop [and] explore some of the hundreds culture, entertainment and arts as of options that they can choose from global industries,” he said. “I chose internationally,” Shearer said. the location because it is one of the During the fair the study abroad biggest Film Festivals in the world office also ran a group advising sesis happening in Sydney. And is hapsion in the Union to help give stupening right when we are going dents a better idea of what the prothere, which is the first two weeks cess entails. And aside from study of June.” abroad information, students also Students can always learn more were able to get a free t-shirt and about study abroad option as the TU other swag. Study Abroad program offers group TU junior majoring in health care advising sessions Monday through management, Aleksander MasonFriday at 2 p.m. in their office with in the all the information needed about Finch explained his interest the process. study abroad program. MARCUS WHITMAN
The whole idea of being able to experience how they do things in different countries, that would be interesting. It’s experiencing different cultures and different ways of life.
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Arts & Life
September 10, 2019
CFA’s new exhibit, Astrid Bowlby: Sample(d)(r)
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The Center for the Art’s Holtzman MFA Gallery opened its doors to a brand new exhibit on Sept. 6. The Astrid Bowlby: Sample(d)(r) was curated by Susan Isaacs in coordination with Astrid Bowlby. The exhibit serves as a continuation onto Bowlby’s current project of creating pairs of artwork, which ponders the concept of originality.
MEGHAN HUDSON Arts & Life Editor
NYASHA MARUFU Contributing Writer
The Holtzman MFA Gallery unveiled a brand new exhibit by its latest occupant artist Astrid Bowlby appropriately titled, Astrid Bowlby: Sample(d)(r) on Sept. 6. Bowlby is a guest artist to the university, and is based in Philadelphia. She is wellknown for her drawings, prints, installations, and sculptures. With numerous years of professional artistry under her belt, and numerous fellowships awarded to her, it’s safe to call her an accomplished artist. Sample(d)(r) was originally curated in 2014 at Gallery Joe in Philadelphia. The exhibit serves as a continuation onto a current project of hers, where she makes pairs of objects. The purpose of pairing objects is to reflect on how similar objects are not the same, and ponder what exactly “originality” is.
“[Astrid Bowlby] talks about actual drawing vs. having a what is original, what makes photograph wasn’t the same, something original, what and was problematic for me makes something unique. She because I kept making the one is exploring the concept of over and over. The pairs are originality,” said Susan Isaacs, more like doppelgangers, some Towson University professor, more exact than others, both and curator of the exhibit. good enough for me.” “When I set up an exhibiThe exhibit also featured tion, it’s new to me as well,” some of Bowlby’s prints. Most said Bowlby. were presented on “It is a conpillow covers and tinuation of clothing articles. my studio According to work, just It started with a per- Bowlby, her inspiin an exhibiration pulled partsonal dilemma where ly from the art tion space.” I would make a draw- piece, “Treachery of Walking into the ing, and really like it, Images” by Magritte. exhibit, from This French painting and it would sell. a distance, features a pipe, with some of her french text below it ASTRID BOWLBY that reads, “this is pieces may Artist seem simple. not a pipe.” Solid colored “Which is true, it’s squares with simple circular not a pipe, it’s a painting of a or curvaceous patterns being pipe” said Bowlby. “This idea of examples. However, when what is reliable and what isn’t you take a step closer, you got me to make certain things notice the intricate textural on show. A 2’ x 4’ is called a patterns and strokes that make 2’ x 4’, but that’s not actually up the seemingly solid colored what its measurements are. canvases. Furthermore, each It’s called that because it’s a piece stands in pairs. rough estimate of size before “It started with a personal it is shaved down. It’s actually dilemma where I would make 1’.5” x 3’.5”.” a drawing, and really like it, One of her works inside of and it would sell,” said Bowlby. the exhibit features a “2’ x “But somehow, not having the 4’” with the text “unreliable”
painted across it. According to Isaacs, curating the exhibit took two years of planning, collaboration, and set up. She hopes that students will enjoy visiting. “I think that the arts are very important in helping us understand our world,” said Isaacs. “I believe that art changes lives and it is a part of a full education, a n d t h i s i s w hy t h e s c h o o l has arts and humanities. The arts and humanities together
are very important in shapi n g p e o p l e ’s m i n d s , c r e a t i n g new ideas, discussing, questioning, and thinking about the world we live in. I think this is a really fun exhibit for the students.” The Astrid Bowlby: Sample(d)(r) exhibit is open now until Oct. 12 in the Holtzman MFA Gallery. Astrid Bowlby is also lecturing on Oct. 10 in CFA Art Lecture Hall (room 2032) with fellow artist Amy Boone-McCreesh.
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The exhibit will remain open in the Holtzman MFA Gallery until Oct. 12. You can meet Bowlby at her lecture in CFA on Oct. 10.
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This week, take some time to focus on yourself MEGHAN HUDSON Arts & Life Editor
It’s a couple weeks into the semester, and things may not be starting off quite how you planned. Maybe your classes aren’t what you thought they would be, or maybe you are having trouble making connections with your peers. Whatever the case, don’t forget about yourself. It’s easy to get lost in the chaos and confusion of the first couple of weeks, and you may forget to take care of your mind and body in the process. I’m gonna be honest, I am guilty of this as well. I haven’t been eating right, I haven’t been practicing mindfulness, and one of my classes certainly isn’t what I expected, and that’s nerve-wracking. However, if
there’s anything I’ve learned in my time here at Towson, it’s how impactful taking time for yourself truly is. This week, I’m going to focus on what I need, and you should too. Here are some great ways to decompress, reset, and get your mind, body and soul in check. Practice Mindfulness. Being mindful of the things you say and do can help you feel more confident in your decisions, and less stressed about whether or not you made the right choice. You can practice mindfulness by writing down your intentions each morning, or pausing to think about how your words may be productive or harmful before making a comment or sending a text. Take on assignments one at a time. This is probably one of the most important things on this list. Especially as a college student, it’s
so easy to become overwhelmed, and try to take on way too many tasks at once. Take a step back, and sort out your responsibilities. Taking on your tasks one at a time is much less stressful, and much more organized. Blast your favorite songs. Sometimes, all you need is a moment to forget about all your stressors, and reset your mood. Get your adrenaline pumping by grabbing a speaker, and blasting your favorite songs. Sing along, too! Post Malone just dropped a new album, why not just binge the whole thing? Exercise. Getting exercise not only is great for your health and for boosting endorphins, but it can give you a sense of accomplishment, which is a great motivator to achieve more. Burdick Hall is newly renovated and has an array of equipment for working out. Additionally, Towson University offers group fitness
classes like yoga and kick-boxing, which are totally free to Towson students. Soak in the sun. All you need is a breath of fresh air and sip of the sun to turn that frown upside down. Being in nature can help calm you down, and relax you in the midst of a long day. Take breaks to go for walks outside or sit under a nice shady tree. Freedom square has plenty of grass for sitting and even napping! Journal your feelings. Write down what’s going through your mind. You may find that any anger or frustration you feel can be channeled from you to the page, and make you feel a lot better after getting it all out. Plus, it can be good to reference where your head space is at later to view the situation more objectively after any feelings of anger or frustration has passed.
Do something good for someone else. Whether it be by volunteering, or giving someone a compliment, doing something good for someone else can make you feel good as well. I challenge you to pass out at least one compliment this week to a complete stranger. Maybe you’ll end up making a new friend? Paint. You don’t even have to be good at it. Just dip your hands into some paint, and smear it all over a blank canvas. I mean honestly, it feels so cool, it’s really hard not to enjoy yourself. Plus, painting can be very therapeutic, which is great for de-stressing. Watch a funny movie. Sometimes all you need is a good laugh. A good movie may serve as a momentary escape from what’s going on. Classics like “The Hangover,” or “Napoleon Dynamite” are bound to give you a good chuckle.
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September 10, 2019
Author introduces Lo-fi music can help you study new kind of magic MARY-ELLEN DAVIS News Editor @Mel_Davis_1998
ZAC SOPER Columnist
Debut author Shelby Mahurin blows away Young Adult fantasy with “Serpent and Dove.” This story follows Lou, a witchturned-thief who abandoned her coven, and Reid, an orphan who was raised by the church to be a top-notch witch hunter. When these two cross paths, a strange mixture of romance and antipathy is ensued. Reid is faced with speculation against his lifelong religious beliefs, and enemies from Lou’s past are closing in on their hunt for her. These characters fall prey to their internal conflicts while the ancient war between the church and the witches rages on around them. While the plot-lines of witch hunting and hiding from lifelong enemies are strong pushes to the narrative focus, “Serpent and Dove” is by no means lacking in the character department. Both Lou and Reid serve as extremely morally gray characters. This makes for an interesting read because it is hard to anticipate how the characters will react when confronted with issues. Because these characters are unpredictable and because there is an extreme amount of mystery regarding Lou’s past (which is hastily catching up to her), this book is fast-paced and near impossible to put down. The magic system in “Serpent and Dove” is nothing like I’ve seen before. It is a bit more complicated than Sarah J Maas’ implementation of a “well” inside of her characters which could only be tapped into after uncovering some mental block-
age, but less complicated than any of Brandon Sanderson’s complex metal-eating and chemical reacting systems. From what we know, there are two types of witches in this world, those who mix their blood with natural materials and those who can manipulate the world around them through a system of checks and balances (ex: they can blind their enemy if they also blind themselves). This one-of-a-kind magic also made the book such a quick read. I was never bored, and I was always learning more and more about this world. That being said, I do think that the physical world could’ve been built more. A large majority of the narrative takes place inside the walls of Cesarine, and only in the last hundred pages or so do we explore outside of those walls. In a world with witches and magic, I think this story could have benefited from showing the reader a bit more of the creatures that lurk within it. I am also curious to know what the witch situation is like elsewhere in the world. Do witches even live in other countries? Is Christianity as overpowering in society everywhere else? I have questions, but also must keep in mind that this is just the first book. I’m sure at some point in the series our characters will be exploring new lands. My favorite aspect by far were the character relations. Though the number of side characters were few, all paths were intertwined by the end. Everyone, no matter how minor of an introduction, was a key player in the final battle. Having all of the characters in the story directly impact the ending was something spectacular to read. I have high hopes for this series, and I doubt Mahurin will disappoint me.
If you’re anything like me, you just can’t study without music. Sometimes, though, my normal music is just too much. I start to sing with the words and then the next thing I know, I’m singing into a hair brush and completely blowing off everything I’m supposed to be doing. It took me a long time to find something that I could study to without being distracted, but I think I have finally found a solution: Lo-fi Music. Lo-fi, which can be traced back to the 1950s, originated from low fidelity sounds that were regarded
as imperfect in a normal recording session. Misplayed notes, environmental interference, and phonographic imperfections like tape hiss or degraded audio signals are often classified as some of the key characteristics of lo-fi music. According to Hyde.edu, these imperfections can help the brain focus. When you play lo-fi, the brain begins to pick out the differences in sounds. This causes it to focus in and put it into a state where it is easier to focus. I have also found that the use of vocals in a lot of lo-fi are limited. This also provides fewer distractions because I’m not focusing in on the words being sung. There are plenty of places to find good lo-fi music. My personal favorite is Spotify’s ‘Chill Lofi Study Beats playlist’. With a lot
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TIGERS CLINCH Battle of baltimore VICTORY Towson defeats UMBC for local crown, but falls to Bucknell over the weekend JOHN HACK Staff Writer @johnhack10 KAYLA WELLAGE Contributing Writer
The Tigers fell short this weekend after their Sunday matchup against Bucknell, falling 2-1 “In the second half, we actually got a hold of the ball and pinged it around and had every opportunity to win this game,” said head coach Katherine Vettori. “We are getting more organized and play a nice style of attacking possession.” In the game’s opening three minutes, Towson’s (2-4-0) defense was strong until small collisions led to the Bison (2-4-0) almost scoring two minutes into the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Delaney Mitchell tripped in the goal box and Bucknell attempted to make a shot while Mitchell was still down. Fortunately, Mitchell was quick enough to grab the ball before it rolled into the open goal. Shortly after this, in the 13th minute, Mitchell collided a Bison forward and was replaced by freshman Lindsey Pazdziorko. The Bison scored 15 minutes into the first half as junior forward Bri Kropinack scored in the top left corner of the net. The Bucknell forward scored into the top left corner of the net. There were a few shots on goal by the Tigers in the first half, but all were unsuccessful. Notably, sophomore forward Jenna Blank had a clear shot on goal, but the ball went a foot over the crossbar. Towards the end of the first half, freshman defender Lia May had a direct shot at goal, but pressure caused her to shoot too early, which made it easier for freshman goalkeeper Kaylee Donnelly to save the ball for Bucknell. The Tigers were quick on offense, making complete and neat passes down the field. The Bison’s defense put pressure on the Tigers, causing TU forwards to trip on their own feet when attempting to switch feet. The second half included many more unsuccessful shots on goal, but
the Tigers had possession of the ball for nearly 40 minutes. Twenty-seven minutes into the second half, senior midfielder Lexi Littlefield scored her first college goal. She was ecstatic about scoring on the Bucknell goalkeeper. “It was awesome,” Littlefield said. “[Shooting] off a corner is always exciting too because it’s an opportunity you get down near the box.” Towson kept up their stamina through the entirety of the second half despite the heat and pressure by Bucknell defense. The second half included many shots on goal, but none went in after
she would like to work on the most. “Everything,” she said. “We’re just trying to get into a rhythm.” A close, yet successful, 1-0 result against the visiting Retrievers (1-2-2) certainly helped the Tigers in the right direction. From the start, Towson, like they have numerous times already this season, was quick to try gaining the upper hand with a swift attacking approach. Logan earned the Tigers a free kick opportunity from just outside the box to the right of the semi circle. Senior midfielder Justine Stoner took the free kick, but missed high
Littlefield’s goal. Senior midfielder Nikki Logan shot towards the bottom right corner, but the Bucknell goalie caught the ball inches before it went into the goal. During the last 15 minutes of the second half, sophomore midfielder Camryn Anderson cleared the ball and the Tigers rushed to keep control of the ball. Towson’s forwards passed the ball until they attempted a shot on goal. It appeared to be a safe shot, but a defender quickly rushed in to steal the ball. The last seven minutes of the game were tense. The Tigers had the ball for a majority of the second half, but the Bisons were not going to give up. A lack of communication and organization caused Towson to lose possession of the ball and ultimately get scored on my a Bucknell forward who didn’t appear to be well defended.
over the left corner of the crossbar inside the match’s first three minutes. On the defensive side, Mitchell made her first career start at goalie for the opening 45 minutes, which included several strong saves just in front of her goal crease which kept the Retrievers goalless. In the ensuing minutes, Towson had additional chances to tally early from crosses outside the box, but all were headed away. It wouldn’t take long for their persistence to pay off. In the 12th minute, Stoner jumped on
“There are little things we need to clean up,” Littlefield said. Little mistakes we make in the game that we have to work out before we get to conference play. Communicating is a big part of what we do. The better we can connect and talk to one another, the better we’ll be.” Coming off of Monday’s disappointing loss at Penn, Thursday evening’s matchup against cross-crosstown rival UMBC presented Towson with an opportunity to rebound at home before the weekend break. Given that the season is also still in its early stages, Vettori emitted a rather lighthearted reaction when she was asked what aspects of the team
a loose ball at the semicircle, firing a low volley towards the right corner. The outstretched goalkeeper was able to get a piece of it, but not enough to keep it out as Towson took an early 1-0 lead. Just a few minutes later, the Tigers came within inches of doubling their lead when freshman midfielder Phoebe Canoles directed a pass from the left side of the 18-yard box to senior forward Christiana Davey, who was waiting for the ball from just outside the six-yard box. Davey redirected Canoles’s with her right foot towards goal. The shot beat the goalie but hit the right post before bouncing out to a UMBC defender. “We still have the same game plan of possess, possess, possess and try to attack in numbers,” said Vettori. Junior goalie Hannah Warner came in for the second half and was able to carry out her team’s clean sheet for the remainder of the contest. “We’re trying right now to figure out really who our number one [goalie] will be going into conference play, and all three healthy goalkeepers have been given that
opportunity, and were seeing who can rise,” Vettori said. “I’m actually proud that our goalkeeper crew were a team today and they collectively got that ‘W’.” UMBC’s two closest misses came in the game’s dying stages when, first, a shot that appeared to be headed for the top left corner of the goal, skidded wide of the post. Additionally, within the last 15 seconds, a crossing header came in from the right wing as a Retriever leaped a Towson defender to get a head on the ball and direct it towards the goal. The ball would make its way past
a diving Warner, but would hit the left goalpost before Towson cleared the ball away as the clock ran out. “I think you can see there was some flashes of brilliance today with some of our possession and our rhythm,” Vettori said. “I think there’s also some game management that we’re going to strive to get better, and I’m proud of the fight today to close out this game.” The Tigers’ next game will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 at George Washington University.
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Sophomore midfielder Olivia Ramirez fires a pass into the box during Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Bucknell. The loss dropped the Tigers record to 2-4-0 as they prepare to travel to George Washington and George Mason.
September 10, 2019
GARDEN STATE SUCCESS Towson wins two of three matches at Rutgers NOAH WHITAKER Contributing Writer
Towson’s Women’s Volleyball team is off to a strong start. You can see it when the players touch the court--the determination to conquer their opponents. This year’s volleyball team looks relentless. Head Coach Don Metil was very proud of his team’s performance in an optimistic tone. “There’s a lot of good cohesiveness on the court, a lot of good energy, you know after a win we get together and talk--there’s a good comradery.” After a four-game winning streak to begin the season, the Tigers took their first loss of 2019 vs Rutgers (25-14, 24-26, 26-28, 22-25). Senior outside hitter Olivia Finckel led Towson with 18 kills. Despite The Tigers having higher numbers in
points, kills, assists, and digs the Scarlet Knights took the final three sets to win 3-1. team to finish out strong in the final two games. It occurred this past weekend when Towson participated in the Rutgers University Volleyball Invitational. Teams that were also in the competition included: host team Rutgers, University of Virginia, and familiar foe Princeton University. The Tigers outside hitter Olivia Finckel led the way with 39 kills. Virginia came back in the second game with a strong performance in the third set after trailing 2-0, however, Towson prevailed winning 3-1 behind 13 kills from Finckel and 12 from senior outside hitter Annie Ertz. The Tigers had higher numbers in every major statistical category as they defeated the Cavaliers 3-1 (25-11, 25-15, 15-25, 25-20). The Tigers had at least five more aces and kills than Princeton. “It’s nice to know we can compete very quickly with those programs
that are perceived higher than us.” said Metil. This upcoming week Towson host their first of two tournaments. Their opponents in this first tournament include a game against the 4-2 Youngstown State Penguin s, a scorching hot 6-0 Coastal Carolina team, and 1-4 Albany Great Danes. As the Tigers return home, despite their 5-1 record they are far from perfect. “We need to find that consistent ability to dig our opponents attacks and then run our offense off of a quality ball,” said Metil. “That’s something we are going to continue to get back in the gym and focus on this week.” Towson’s first game in the Towson Invitational is Friday, September 13. The game vs Youngstown State is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. from SECU Arena. “There is nothing like playing at home. Still, some tough teams are going to be pushing us inside SECU [Arena],” said Metil.
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Redshirt senior quarterback Tom Flacco guided the Tigers to a 42-3 victory over NC Central in Saturday’s home opener. Flacco threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns along with a 17-yard rushing touchdown.
Is Hughes v. Kakko the new Ovechkin v. Crosby? ANDY PALM Columnist
The 2019-20 campaign comes with a fresh and exciting batch of youth. The top two picks in the 2019 NHL draft have come with some lofty expectations. Center Jack Hughes and right winger Kaapo Kakko could be the next superstars of the league for the next 20 years. Hughes is going into the more favorable situation in New Jersey; where he will be surrounded by a brand new artillery of talent. The Devils were very busy this offseason, with the big time acquisitions of all star defenseman P.K. Subban and all star center, Wayne Simmonds. On top of that you add in former MVP Taylor Hall and rising star Nico Hirschier, New Jersey is set to have
a competitive 2019-20. Even with all the star power that now resides in Newark, a lot of expectations are going to be put upon Hughes. The 18-year-old center really shined for team USA in the 2019 IIHF World Cup. His speed, agility and stick skills gained high praise, and a lot of comparison to Chicago Blackhawks superstar, Patrick Kane. It will be interesting to see the amount of playing time Hughes gets in his rookie campaign, and what line he will be playing on. Kakko could have just as easily been picked first overall in this past year’s draft. Kakko and Hughes both have superstar potential. Kakko, much like Hughes, will be facing a lot of expectations in his first NHL season with the New York Rangers. These expectations follow any professional athlete who plays in New York City. Kakko brings elite speed
to the Rangers roster. All other parts of his game branch out from his elusiveness. Kakko gets into the offensive zone very swiftly and is able to put pressure on the goal at all times. This production is much needed in the Big Apple. The mixture of Kakko and newly signed free agent Artemi Panarin, should make things very interesting at Madison Square Garden this season. Hughes and Kakko represent what the NHL is going to look like for the foreseeable future. The league is now built on speed. Rosters are constructed of mostly skill guys who avoid contact, with a few physical players sprinkled in. Look for this season to be full of offensive fireworks, with a lot more goal scoring. Even modern defenseman are more offensive minded then in years past. The new age of the NHL is now, and it’s really fast and exciting.
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Tigers crush NC Central in home opener
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Senior defensive back Terrill Gillette makes one of his four tackles vs. NC Central Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Gillette helped the Tigers defense keep the Eagles out of the end zone and off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter as Towson improved to 2-0 with a 42-3 victory. The Tigers begin conference play Sept. 14 against the Maine Black Bears.
JORDAN KENDALL Asst. Sports Editor @jordankendall45
After a tough road win last week, the No. 8 Tigers returned home and defeated the NC Central Eagles 42-3 in front of 8,322 fans Saturday -Towson’s biggest crowd since 2014. "It has been a long time since I looked up and saw a sea of gold of all students, that was an impressive moment,” said head coach Rob Ambrose. “Watching the freshmen run out onto the field was really cool. Having our entire community fill the stands tonight for the home opener was something special.” Midway through the first quarter, NCCU redshirt junior quarterback Micah Zanders found junior wide receiver Nique Martin for 28 yards and crossed midfield for the first time. Two plays later, Zanders looked downfield and was intercepted by junior defensive back Coby Tippett, who reversed field and reached the 13-yard line on a 52-yard return. This was Tippett’s second consecu-
tive game with an interception Senior running back Yeedee Thaenrat walked in two plays later for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead. Following an Eagles punt, redshirt senior running back Shane Simpson cut outside on a handoff down the right sideline for 28 yards. A pass interference flag set Towson up just outside the red zone. Two plays later, redshirt senior quarterback Tom Flacco rolled left and found the pylon for a touchdown. The Tigers took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter and have outscored their opponents 21-0 in the first quarter this season. On Towson’s first drive of the second quarter, Flacco found junior wide receiver Jabari Allen for 31 yards. The next play, Simpson caught a screen and gained 25 yards to the 11-yard line. Two plays later, Flacco hit redshirt senior wide receiver Shane Leatherbury for a touchdown. The Eagles offense continued to struggle and punted for the fourth time in five drives the next drive. Senior kicker Aiden O’Neill missed a 56-yard field goal on the following drive.
On NC Central’s next play, redshirt senior linebacker Keon Paye intercepted a pass down the sideline and returned it 38-yards for a touchdown. This was the first pick-six for the Tigers since 2015 vs Villanova where they returned two interceptions for touchdowns. “On [Paye’s] pick, the guys upstairs were yelling into the headset get the offense ready, no, he’s gonna score no doubt,” said Ambrose. Redshirt sophomore punter Shane McDonough’s 61-yard punt on Towson’s last drive in the first half was a career high. The Tigers took a 28-0 lead into halftime. During Towson’s first drive of the second half, Flacco fumbled a snap losing 16 yards, but recovered with a completion to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Darian Street for 27 yards on the next play. A pass to redshirt senior tight end Chris Clark under pressure gained 28 yards. Flacco later lobbed it to a wide-open Street for a touchdown. Freshman quarterback Davius Richard put the Eagles in the red zone for the first time on a 40-yard pass. The Tigers stepped up and
forced a turnover on downs, and Flacco threw a touchdown to a diving Leatherbury, Flacco’s third of the game. This touchdown set Flacco in ninth place in passing touchdowns all-time for a Tiger with 31. On Towson’s next drive, redshirt junior Ryan Stover took over at quarterback and on his first play, Thaenrat fumbled and NC Central recovered. At the end of the third quarter, The Tigers held a 42-0 lead. “This week we actually got into the endzone and we didn’t kick field goals which is nice,” Flacco said. The Eagles had the ball to begin the fourth quarter and converted on fourth down to enter the red zone. After the drive stalled, NC Central made a 33-yard field goal to get on the board. Towson would run out the clock to put an end to a victorious home opener. Flacco threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for a touchdown. Simpson gained 114 yards of total offense but following his three touchdowns last week did not score in this game. Street and Leatherbury
each had three receptions, and together, caught all three of Flacco’s touchdowns. Fifteen different Tigers caught a pass in the win. On defense, redshirt senior linebacker Robert Heyward led Towson with 10 tackles. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Christian Dixon had nine tackles and a sack. Paye had three tackles, an interception, and three pass breakups. Ambrose said of Paye’s performance that he “had the best first quarter, if not the entire game of his career.” The Tigers head to Oreno, Maine for a matchup against the defending CAA-champion Maine Black Bears. The game is scheduled to kick off Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m from Alfond Stadium. “[The students] had a hand in the outcome of the game by the energy they brought, and I'm grateful that we have this following,” said Ambrose. “These guys earned it. It is impressive being ranked in the top 10 this early in the season, they've earned that right, and we had the following to show it.”
INSIDE: Towson takes septs to expand the campus despite growing pains (pg.6), Meet the new VP of Housing and Residence Life (pg.7), Astrid B...
Published on Sep 12, 2019
INSIDE: Towson takes septs to expand the campus despite growing pains (pg.6), Meet the new VP of Housing and Residence Life (pg.7), Astrid B...