The Towerlight (October 15, 2019)

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October 15, 2019

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Editor-in-Chief Bailey Hendricks Senior Editor Tim Klapac

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Arts & Life Editor Meg Hudson

Towson homecoming bouta be garbage. No Fall Fest? No concert? And I can’t go to the tailgate? I’m bouta be a Morgan State Bear or a bison real quick lmaooo ima fawkk witcha.

Asst. Arts & Life Editor Grace Coughlan

Sports Editor Asst. Sports Editors Jordan Kendall Muhammad Waheed

@mixed_redhead Im mad i missed vontee at Towson. They said comedy show but I didn’t know it was him I would have went

Senior Staff Writer Mary-Ellen Davis

@Xx_inaD_xX I know towson lying with this fall fest stuff......

Staff Writers Alex Best John Hack Jalon Dixon Suzanne Stuller Lurene Heyl Aaron Thomas Brooks Warren Marcus Whitman


Photo Editor Brendan Felch

Staff Photographers Amanda Bosse Owen DiDonna Nikki Hewins Ryan Moriarty Karl Reimer


@svydu Haha Davis coming to Towson? I cannot believe this lol.

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Pulling troops from Syria could be risky SAM JONES Columnist @SamJones1776 Turkey launched airstrikes in northern Syria on Wednesday, just three days after President Trump agreed to move American troops out of the region. According to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, “Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area.” This comes after conflict between the government of Turkey and the Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) backed Kurdish militia. Many public figures have publicly denounced President Trump’s decision, citing that the Turkish Government would not attack the region if American forces remained. Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw, who also served as a Navy Seal, took to Twitter following the President’s sudden announcement stating, “Allowing the Turkish military to take the territory risks igniting more fighting and destabilization.” The President has received criticism from many others, including several other Republicans. Additionally, many experts cite benefits that could arise for the Islamic State.

Since 2015, when jihadists of the Islamic State took control of nearly a third of northeastern Syria, the United States has been stationed with the Syrian Kurdish militia. Later, the S.D.F. claimed control over the land, which has been mostly liberated from ISIS. Leaving the area strips the United States virtually all of its influence over the conflict. The Kurdish militia has been a large part in destroying the evils of ISIS and other radical extremist groups. Leaving them behind faces a moral problem, as they are largely outnumbered and not equipped to defend their territory from the Turkish Government. Since ISIS has been mostly defeated in Northern Syria, the strategy by the Trump administration has been to use the S.D.F. to check in on the influence of Iran and Russia, and prevent a jihadist resurgence in the area. However, with conflict arising on the border of Turkey and Syria, Kurdish militants will be moving to the front lines without any assistance from American forces. This could easily allow President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to reclaim territory once seized by the S.D.F. Additionally, this could allow ISIS remnants to make a comeback in the area. - To read the rest of this column online, visit

Baltimore County’s fight with Monsanto HUMZA YAQOOB Columnist Last week, on Oct. 7, the Baltimore County Council voted to sue the agricultural chemical company, Monsanto, for allegedly contaminating local water bodies with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB). PCBs are a class of chemicals which have been deemed carcinogenic and harmful to the immune, reproductive, nervous, and endocrine systems of humans and animals by the Environmental Protection Agency. PCBs were widely sold for us in paints, inks and electrical equipment until they were banned in 1979. Studies conducted by the Maryland Department of the Environment have detected the presence of PCBs in several of the Baltimore area’s water bodies, including Bird River, Gunpowder River, Seneca Creek, Middle River, Back River, the Baltimore Harbor, Bear Creek, Stansbury Pond, Gwynns Falls, Jones Falls, and Lake Roland. The move by the County Council to sue Monsanto follows a similar lawsuit filed by Baltimore City in February 2019, and a spate of lawsuits filed across the country in recent years. The cleanup process for reducing PCB contamination in local water bodies will be costly. The law firms representing the County in this case will be fronting the costs, and they

will be paid by the County if they are awarded damages. The Baltimore Sun and WYPR reported that Chris Loder, a spokesman for Bayer, the company which took over Monsanto last year, stated that remediation is better dealt with by regulatory agencies, and reiterated that it has been over 40 years since the company has produced PCBs. Of course, the company is just protecting its own interests in avoiding responsibility for covering the cost of cleanup, but their claim that municipal governments should stay out of this issue and yield all responsibility to state or federal regulatory authorities is unsupported. The Baltimore County government has a responsibility to protect the public health of its residents, and in taking action on this issue they are directly addressing preventable harm that is being caused to the local community. Looking at the outcome of previous similar lawsuits in other parts of the country can be informative in determining whether or not local

municipalities are capable of holding Monsanto accountable. Many have been unfortunately unsuccessful, with cases in the California cities of San Jose, Berkely, and Oakland being dismissed from court in 2016, for example. The City of San Diego, California has been successful in their suit against Monsanto, as attempts by Monsanto to dismiss the case have failed. Baltimore County has nothing to lose here - if the County loses the lawsuit, they will not expend any cost in doing so due to the deal they have with law firms representing them. If they win, they will be able to hold Monsanto responsible for cleaning up PCBs in local water bodies. Holding this into consideration, the statements of discouragement made by the company’s spokesperson hold little weight. Pursuing this case is absolutely worthwhile for the County and its residents. A win would help demonstrate that corporations can’t always get away with this kind of environmental contamination.

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Mental health remains an issue for trans people JASPER GRISWOLD Columnist

Seventy-eight percent of “gender minority” (being trans, nonbinary, and gender questioning) students have had symptoms of, or a diagnosis, of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-injury, and/or suicidality. Compared to the 45% of cisgender students, it’s rather high. And being of “gender minority” status is associated with 4.3 times higher odds of having at least one mental health problem. Why is this? Why are trans people so likely to be mentally ill? Well, I believe there are several reasons for this. Firstly, the act of being trans drains the mental health. Our self-image is very distorted, and we do not look the way we want. People perceive us differently than the way we want to be seen. Some of us deal with dysphoria, which is caused by negative emotions surrounding not looking the way we want to look. This causes a lot of self-hatred and massive amounts of discomfort. It causes a sense of disconnect with our bodies. Many of us may feel ashamed for not being “normal” – some of us wish we could just be the boy or girl the doctor told our parents we were, but we simply cannot. Then there are the people constantly trying to make us feel bad for being different – calling us slurs or snowflakes or telling us we’re confused. None of this is good for our mental health. The internal strife and disconnect causes self-image issues, and often distortions. And the way others treat us makes us feel alienated and hurt. Another reason trans people may have poor mental health is the way people react to them coming out. In pride fairs, many parents hold signs saying “I love my transgender child!” but this is not the case for many. It can be scary to come out, a trans person may have heard a parent or other family member say transphobic things and now they do not feel safe coming out to them. Or they might have told some-

one, and now there are constant battles of the family member or friend trying to “convince” them that they’re wrong. People need support, and sometimes being trans causes you to lose or harm your support system. Having noone in your corner takes a toll on your mental health. When you think of trans representation in the media, can you think of any positive examples? Because I look for them, and still have trouble finding any. “Family Guy” had previously agreed to phase out the offensive jokes directed toward the LGBTQ+ community. However, a recent epsiode titled “Bri-da” made a transgender character the focus of comedy. “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.” has “The One with Chandler’s Dad,” someone who is coded to be a trans woman and is made a mockery of throughout the show. There are many examples of cis women actresses playing trans men and vice versa. And there are beauty pageants specially for trans women, which objectify them and put them on display. It seems like the whole purpose of them is to say “Wow, look how much like a ‘real’ woman she looks!” All of these negative displays are not good for us. Open the news tab of any search engine and search “transgender.” You’ll find stories of hate crimes, attacks, discrimination, and the recent fight for our right to not be fired from our jobs just for being LGBTQ+. I know this because I did that to prepare for this article. If you’re constantly hearing negative stories, you aren’t going to have a lot of hope. That’s not healthy. There is good news for us, however. Transitioning – medically and socially – improves the well-being of transgender people. Some of the positive outcomes are improved quality of life, greater relationship satisfaction, higher self-esteem and confidence, and reductions in anxiety, depression, suicidality, and substance use. Staying in support groups can help as well, and there are various student groups on campus, as well as the counseling center, where you can receive support. I hope all trans people use these support options to stay safe.

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TU community supports survivors

Unity Rally held following campus sexual assaults KAT VAKHROMEEVA Contributing Writer

A crowd of about 50 students gathered for a community Unity Rally in support of sexual assault survivors in Freedom Square Wednesday. Speakers at the event provided information on how to break stigma and how to stay safe on and off campus in an effort to come together to combat sexual assault. “Several people in my life have actually been sexually assaulted and even though they weren’t here tonight I just wanted them to know that I’m here to support them whatever [support] that may be and I will always be there to support them,” said TU student attendee Marguarite Stewart. Several on-campus organizations including the counseling center, the women’s and gender studies department, the history department and Housing and Residence Life, and were involved with the event.

Since the start of the semester, two incidents of sexual assault have occured on campus. Discussions to combat this issue have been ongoing amidst administration initiatives and

ence, and expanded counseling center services. “I think the incidents and the assaults that have been affecting our campus are devastating so I definitely wanted to show my support to show that I do believe them,” said Mfon Essien, a TU student and attendee of the rally. “I’m here to support anyone who’s going through traumatic experiences.” The unity rally was organized by Ian Lazarenko, a Towson senior and campus resident assistant for three years. As an RA, Lazarenko expressed that sexual assault remains a prevalent issue that affects many students on campus. “A lot of people would be impacted...and are impacted continuously by sexual assault,” he said. “I had a lot of people reach out to me immediately: SGT. SHANNON COTTON residents from years past, Towson University Police Department friends, family members, all asking me for help or earlier this month, TU President asking me to help make sense of Kim Schatzel expressed plans to the situation.” implement improved blue light TUPD Sgt. Shannon Cotton, also stations, increased police presspoke at the rally and provided

Nothing that you do, say, or wear gives somebody the right to assault you or hurt you...I don’t want you to self blame...I want you to realize that it should never happen in the first place.

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TUPD Sgt. Shannon Cotton spoke at the rally and emphasized the fact that victims should not blame themselves. She also stressed that nothing the victims could do gives somebody the right to assault them.

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Towson resident assistant Ian Lazarenko organized the Oct. 9 Unity Rally at Freedom Square following incidents of assault on campus. students with advice on staying safe on campus as well as offered support for survivors. “Nothing that you do, say, or wear ever gives somebody the right to assault you or hurt you,” Cotton said. “I want you guys to remember that, because if anyone you know becomes a victim of assault or domestic abuse… I don’t want you to self blame… I want you to realize that it should never have happened in the first place.” At the rally, Maria Wydra, a staff psychologist at the Counseling Center, detailed the impacts that sexual assault has on marginalized groups and urged attendees to reconsider how to approach survivors. “Just our language alone reveals a set of preconceived and inaccurate notions of what sexual violence is and who it involves and when someone’s experience doesn’t fit that stereotype it all becomes too easy for us to invalidate it,” Wydra said. “The worst part of hearing [inaccurate notions] is that survivors are

already saying that very thing to themselves. And when they hear it from others it echoes their worst fears.” Sarojini Sthutt, a community educator at TurnAround, Inc., a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center, urged that change starts with education. “Students have a duty to educate themselves,” Sthutt said. “The biggest thing is talking about it and breaking down uncomfortability. We all have a role in standing up.” Essian is ready to see more change on campus as students become increasingly educated on this issue. “I think Towson has a good body of students who are aware and cautious of rape culture, but we also need to target the kids who are not as active, that are not as participant in changing this narrative and changing the conversations around it,” she said. For students seeking resources, help can be found at the Towson counseling center, TUPD, and Center for Student Diversity.


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Flags display awareness Oct. 13: Baltimore Police reported a second degree assault between two residents at Clara Barton House. Oct. 13: Coaching staff reported an incident of possible stalking by a known subject at the field hockey field. Oct. 12: An intoxicated person’s call for service resulted in a resident student referred to Student Conduct for furnishing alcohol to an underage non-affiliate at Millennium Hall. Oct. 12: Two resident students at Scarborough Hall were issued civil citations for the possession of under 10 grams of marijuana. Sophia Bates/ The Towerlight

Oct. 8: Personal property left unattended in Burdick Hall was taken.

violence because not enough people do,” Little said. “I feel like we need to be able to recognize the signs in somebody else and also recognize the signs in ourselves because that’s important. I feel like this can be very impactful especially because they know what the flags stand for.” To Robbins, the campaign encourages the campus to look out for others as well. “People can really see this is something we need to talk about and look out for our fellow tigers on campus,” Robbins said. According to Seeley, the awareness gives the campus the opportunity to start impactful conversations that need to be had. “We’ve definitely heard from other faculty, students and staff that this is an impactful campaign,” Seeley said. “Just seeing the number of folks impacted by relationship violence, represented by these flags, can be a really powerful moment. It’s a good conversation starter and people are generally receptive to learning more about being in healthy relationships.” Sophomore Ryann Washington, a Sexual Health Awareness Peer Educator, has admired the purple flag campaign on campus. “I love it, honestly,” he said. “SHAG [Sexual Health Awareness Group] and SAPE [Sexual Assault Peer Education] bring so much awareness to this campus about stuff like this to make sure everyone is safe and to help their friends and stuff like that.

Oct. 8: An unattended laptop was removed from the common area of Residence Tower. The property was recovered, charges pending.

The Sexual Health Awareness Peer Educators, Sexual Assault Peer Educators and volunteers covered Cook Beach with 6,677 flags Oct. 1 to raise awareness for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. SOPHIA BATES Asst. News Editor @sophiabates23 6,677 purple flags covered Cook Beach from Oct. 1 to Oct. 11 as a campaign to raise campus awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Towson’s Sexual Assault Peer Educators ran the campaign and placed the flags to represent the number of Towson students that could be impacted by relationship violence, according to Allison Seeley, the Coordinator of Health Education and Promotion with Student Health Services. Seeley shared the significance of the number of flags saying each one “represents each one of the Towson University students that may be or will likely be impacted by relationship violence at some point in their lifetime,” according to national statistics of sexual violence applied to Towson’s campus body. Seeley said that the Sexual Assault and Sexual Health Awareness Peer Education programs have been working to raise awareness on relationship violence and other forms of sexual violence throughout October as well. “We [Sexual Assault and Sexual Health Awareness Peer Educators] will also be tabling throughout the first two weeks of October to discuss strategies for remaining in healthy relationships, for recognizing unhealthy relationships and how to support friends, strangers

or family members,” Seeley said. Sexual Assault Peer Education’s graduate assistant Rebecca Robbins emphasizes that a public display like the flags leads to more campus involvement regarding sexual violence awareness. “The whole flag display really hits home for a lot of people,” Robbins said. “As someone who helps schedule a lot of workshops and stuff for the sexual assault peer eds, we know that healthy relationships is one of the top presentations we talk about, which is focused on healthy relationships, how to know if something is unhealthy.” She added that the feedback on campus is positive as more people reach out for more healthy relationship presentations. “So with this campaign, we see it all over,” Robbins said. “I’ve heard people just reading the signs outlining the perimeter and they were just talking about how many students that are impacted by this or potentially could be. Just hearing the chatter about that is kind of rewarding because at least students are hearing and seeing what’s going on and I think that’s really nice. At least we know students are walking away knowing what’s happening on our campus.” TU junior Keighly Little, a Sexual Health Awareness Peer Educator, added that this campaign allows for more awareness on domestic violence, a cause that she feels needs more attention. “I think that’s important because we need to acknowledge domestic

Oct. 2: A campus security authority referred six students to Student Conduct for possession of underage alcohol. Sept. 27: A verbal argument resulted in a verbal threat at University Union. Sept. 27: Property was taken and damaged from within a soft top vehicle at Parking Lot 26. Sept. 27: TUPD referred one resident student to Student Conduct for possession of underage alcohol at Tower A. Sept. 26: Credit cards were taken from a wallet at Stephens Hall and used an at unknown location. Sept. 24: A resident student was the victim of a telephone fraud scam at Tower D. Sept. 23: A non-affiliate in an effort to speak with a resident student trespassed by attempting to open a window in Millennium Hall. Sept. 23: A dispute over a drug transaction resulted in a physical altercation and the attempted theft of personal property in Tower B. Sept. 22: Baltimore County Police reported burglary when a non-affiliate trespassed into the room of another through an adjoining bathroom in tower B. The Towerlight’s “Police Blotter” is a representative sample of crimes occurring on and off campus. The blotter is not intended to be all inclusive. For a list of local crime reports, visit or iWatch?from=7&to=9.



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Wigging You may have heard of NBC’s popular late night sketch-comedy show “Saturday Night Live” (SNL). Maybe even Showtime’s Emmy and Golden Globewinning TV series “Billions.” What do these two shows have in common? Katie Beatty. Beatty, a 2006 Towson University alum, who earned her BFA as a double major in acting and costume design, works full time on the show “Billions” as their key hair stylist and hair department head. Additionally, she works part time as a hairstylist, and as a hair and wig specialist for the host, at SNL. “The wig becomes a part of the identity of the character,” Beatty said. While at Towson, Beatty directed for the University, and completed a wardrobe internship for Baltimore Center Stage. She also got into summer stock theatre during her time at school. These theatres are popular among college students, as productions occur opposite to school semesters. Beatty said this is where she found out about wig designing and was able to meet several wig designers.

He’s worked on a variety of shows, such as “Falsettos” and “Annie,” and is currently working on the productions, “The Rose Tattoo” and “The Great Society.” “He asked me to come to New York and work for him,” said Beatty. Beatty moved to New York, and quickly found herself following a similar path to Watson. She worked alongside him in the Hair and Wig department of the 2009 Broadway production, “Impressionism.” They also worked together for the 2010 production of “A View From the Bridge.” On Broadway, Beatty often worked with only 2 other people to put wigs on a whole cast for a production. The short staff often meant that she and her other co-workers would put wigs on all the females, while most of the men did their own hair styles for the show. On Tuesday, Beatty returned to TU to host a wig design workshop, as well as a lecture on working in the theatre and film industry. Beatty’s workshops, titled “Wigging Out,” were held in dressing room one within the

By the end of the workshop, she showed off some wigs that she brought from SNL, including one worn by Amy Poehler. She has been living and working in New York City for over a decade now. She’s supervised 14 Broadway shows, worked for the Tony’s six times, and has w o r ke d for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade five times. With the 45th season of SNL recently airing, Beatty is also officially on her fourth season with the KATIE BEATTY show. Hair and Wig Specialist Beatty considers herself to have a “zen” personality, a very necessary trait to have when you’re in the wig-making business. According to Beatty, making one single wig can take her up to three days, or 50 hours of work. Luckily, she gets to reuse wigs on the set of SNL. “We don’t make that many a week,” said Beatty. “Maybe three to five a week. All we do is recycle wigs. We just re-style.” Working at SNL, however, is still hectic, according to Beatty. “You never say you can’t do it at SNL,” she said. “You say ‘How long do I have?’” She revealed that SNL keeps

“Every summer, I would go do some summer theater in a different part of the country and learn, you know, meet new people, learn new things about doing wigs,” said Beatty. “I just eventually met a lot of people and got to Tom Watson.” Tom Watson is an accomplished hair and wig designer, largely for Broadway in New York City.

Center for the Arts. During the workshop, she showed participants videos of hair stylists working at SNL, including one preparing famous actor and SNL Donald Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin. Beatty also gave participants a view into the hectic job stylists have, running on stage, and changing the wigs on actors in between skits.

every wig that they’ve ever used, and considering they’ve officially begun their 45th season, that’s a lot of wigs. Actors and actresses who are part of the regular cast of SNL, like Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson, often have multiple wigs that are fit specifically for their head and face. Rather than making new ones for them all the time, they are

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The wig becomes a part of the identity of the character.

Out able to adjust and work with pre-made pieces. Often times, Beatty is also working on smaller pieces, such as eyebrows or toupees. “A lot of actors, I put [hair] pieces in, I just want their hair to be fuller,” she said. Another factor she considers is when filming for TV, how the angles of lighting and the cameras affect how an actor’s hair looks. Students were left feeling comforted by the career path Beatty took. “It’s so nice to see that you can go in as one thing and end up doing something completely different,” shared senior acting major, Audrey Brooks. “Your life is not one singular track, it can go in so many different directions.” Senior acting major, Jennifer Yarmis, enjoys when Towson brings alumni back to share their stories. “It feels amazing that someone from our university is working on one of the most important TV shows ever made,” shared

Yarmis. “I think we all love meeting TU alum that are working in the field that we’re studying.” Laura Hopkins, a freshman design and production major, was inspired by what Beatty had to share. “Obviously it’s gonna be hard for me as a set designer to get into the field, so it was nice to see a success story like hers,” said Hopkins. “It was giving me more hope that I can be apart of the industry, because that’s what I want to do.” Like Hopkins, many other students felt touched seeing Beatty’s success after Towson. “My favorite part was when she talked about all her experiences at SNL, and I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is actually happening?’” said Claire Wescott, a senior acting major. “I started crying out of pure emotion. It was crazy.” To Towson University students, Beatty says to “Go do stuff!” - Grace Coughlan and Suzanne Stuller contributed to this article.

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Beatty held two workshops in CFA Tuesday, where she talked about her career and brought in wigs from the set of SNL.

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October 15, 2019

Stumpy’s Hatchet House hits a bullseye

TU practices sustainability GRACE HEBRON Contributing Writer

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The Towerlight visited Stumpy’s Hatchet House after their grand opening on June 2. “Axe-coaches” helped the staff perfect their craft. MATTHEW TWILLMAN Contributing Writer

After opening on June 2, Stumpy’s Hatchet House has attracted students and employees from nearby businesses to toss axes in uptown. For $24.99 per person, you and three friends can spend an hour living your flannel-textured dreams. Stumpy’s invited The Towerlight to throw axes in uptown so we could experience the fun for ourselves (disclaimer: Stumpy’s treated The Towerlight and we did not pay for the tickets ourselves for this particular excursion). Upon arrival, a Stumpy’s staff member, an “axe-coach” had every member of our party sign a waiver -- for obvious reasons. If you’re thinking about tossing axes, you’ll have to be sure to wear the proper gear. Once you’ve donned your flannel and your finest beanie, make sure you wear closed-toed shoes! Otherwise, you’re not throwin’! After getting the run-down of the rules, the axe-coach taught our group how to throw-down! We were all total novices, so our results at first were exactly what you’d expect -- no bullseyes at first. The staff was incredibly helpful not just on honing-in our skill and technique, but creating a judgment-free environment that ensured our success… and bullseye hits. There are some who might worry about the safety of throwing sharp axes around indoors. But rest assured! “Whether you’re 18, whether you’re 72, you go through the training process,” said Stumpy’s Event Sales Manager Shanyon Vann. Super friendly and supportive staff are always around to check up on everyone. As axe-coach Eli Leek said

it, “the more you do it, the better you’re going to feel about it.” It is truly a rel-axe-d setting, and well worth the trip. Although Stumpy’s is BYOB (beer and wine only), Vann noted that Stumpy’s does provide snacks and finger-foods every so often. Stumpy’s partners with local businesses and breweries such as The Pointe’s Towson location and Charles Village Pub. Not only is Stumpy’s BYOB, it is also BYOF - you can order food in or bring it in with you. Other amenities include jukeboxes, games, television, and more. As Vann put it, “We’re a party first.” It most certainly showed! “We’re not a warehouse,” Leek added. “We’re that cozy home feel.” As the evening progressed, we were getting better and better. Bulleyes were hit, and the axes stuck satisfyingly to the wooden boards throughout the night. We rang the “bullseye bell” every time we hit that coveted circle of red paint on the targets. Once you work out that rhythm, you feel absolutely unstoppable. As Leek put it, the experience is “empowering,” and it truly is. Hurling an axe at a target while surrounded by your friends and the hatchet-based support system that is Stumpy’s will leave you feeling capable of doing anything. Stumpy’s Hatchet House is well worth the trip just down the road at this brand-new Towson location. Hatchet throwing is a simple, yet fun and exhilarating experience, and Stumpy’s has taken such a simple thing and made it an all-out hatchet party. The environment is splendid, and leaves you dying to come back for more. Be it a corporate retreat, birthday party, or just a bunch of friends looking for a chill but kick-axe way to spend an evening, Stumpy’s is the place for you.


Towson University’s Campus Sustainability Week continued Oct. 8 with “Food Waste Awareness Day,” from 3 to 6 p.m. at Freedom Square. The event kicked off with games, snacks and a compost pail raffle, with various student groups from last year’s Retreat for Environmental Action (REA) offering resources to students and serving as experts in sustainable practice. “We’ve grown up in a society that we are very much the ‘throw away’ kind of people,” said Allison Mosley, a Towson senior and Harford County’s Master Watershed Steward. “But when we say ‘throw away,’ there is no ‘away.’” Mosley was referring to the landfills that become home to food once discarded, where it then rots and produces landfill gas (LFG). LFG is comprised of 45-60% methane, the odorless, colorless and flammable

gas containing one carbon and four hydrogen atoms. “Although [methane] is not the most abundant greenhouse gas, it is one of the more impactful gasses,” Mosley said. Nearly 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere, methane gas is one of the driving forces behind climate change, which has spurred several recent protests, as scientists have warned that there is dwindling time left to reverse its damage. Students at Freedom Square learned how composting and gardening can lessen the effects of methane gas and give food multiple uses. Mosley’s “Master Gardener’s” table offered many tips and tricks for prolonging the lives of fruits and vegetables. “It’s not so much about the type of produce but more about how you’re going to store it,” Mosely said.

To keep them fresh, she suggested storing lettuce leaves in a cup filled with an inch of water and covered with a thin plastic bag, adding that a head of lettuce can last four to six weeks when stored properly in the refrigerator. At the “Master Gardener’s” table, Mosley also showed students how hot pepper seeds, as well as the bases of celery, pineapple, and romaine lettuce can be used to grow new produce. But composting was the main event. Mosley demonstrated vermicomposting, which uses worms to break food down into fertilizer. “I can use that compost in my yard, for when I’m trying to regrow my grass, and I can also use it in my potted plants.” Mosley said, adding that “ feels really good to not have to put anything in the trash.” - To read the rest of this article online, visit

ROARING REVIEWS Hulu now streaming “Little Monsters” TYRONE BARROZO Columnist

With Halloween coming soon, people are probably looking for some holiday fun. Kids will be making memories as they go trick-or-treating, and parents will be busy handing out treats and taking too many photos of their costumed children. It’s a time for vampires, werewolves, and spirits. “Little Monsters” is a horror-comedy film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is currently streaming on Hulu. The story’s premise centers on a washed-up loser-type character, Dave, who finds his way chaperoning for his nephew’s field

trip to creep on the kindergarten teacher Audrey Caroline, played by Lupita Nyong’o. While on the field trip, however, Dave and Audrey discover that the location is infested with the undead and must find a way to survive with a herd of little kids. Now, I thought that this idea was rather interesting but I was a bit disappointed in the execution. I do believe that there are a few calls for praise to be made. Nyong’o’s acting felt strong and convincing, and this film serves as a great addition to her filmography, as her ability to deliver deadpan comedy really stood out in this movie. I was actually surprised by Diesel La Torraca, who plays Dave’s nephew, Felix, and his performance as well. A lot of the times, I’m rather cautious when it comes to child

actors, especially since their performances can be rather hit or miss. I also thought that there were a couple of interesting camera shots in the film and by “a couple” I really meant a couple — there are two top-down aerial camera shots that actively flexed it’s “this-was-played-at-Sundance” muscles. However, it was only the first aerial shot that seemed to catch my eye because of Audrey’s attire (a bright yellow sundress) and its contrast with her students’ pale blue school uniforms in this slow-moving conga line. The second shot, which was captured in the same way, proved forgettable to me and only stood out because I remembered it as the one image that was just a rehash of the aforementioned scene. - To read the rest of this column online, visit

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Are the Ravens legitimate Super Bowl contenders or just pretenders? JORDAN KENDALL Asst. Sports Editor @jordankendall54

So far in the 2019 NFL season, the Baltimore Ravens have surprised many with their performance. Offensively they are playing as well as anyone in the league. Quarterback Lamar Jackson has gotten off to a strong start, and Ravens fans are starting to believe he’s their franchise quarterback. After their week six 23-17 win vs the Cincinnati Bengals, it seems to be a fitting time to look at how legit Baltimore is as a contender. Offensively, they’re as good as anyone As of week six, the Ravens are fourth in the NFL in total offense with 2,207 yards. With 441 yards per game, they are producing as

well as any offense has through five games. The rushing attack has more than 100 yards than the Minnesota Vikings who are second in total rushing. I can’t remember an offense that dominated the ground game this much this early in the season. Heading into the season, head coach John Harbaugh said this would be a revolutionary offense. In an interview with NFL Network, Harbaugh said, “The game was probably revolutionized with Bill Walsh and Joe Montana. What’s the next era going to be? We’re about to find out.” It’s hard to say it’s revolutionary, but it’s also hard to dispute the success it’s had. The schedule only gets harder, but if they can keep up the success there’s no telling what they’re capable of. For once, the defense is the concern Baltimore has always been

known for their defense, but this year, the defense has been the problem. Ever since I started watching football, the Ravens had one of the best defenses so it’s surprising to see them struggle. Through four weeks, the Ravens ranked 22nd in total defense, giving up nearly 400 yards per game. Defensive coordinator Don Martindale said in a press conference that “It’s a little bit of everything, but it basically comes down to fundamentals, technique, angles to the football and tackling, which every Pop Warner coach says, what every high school coach says, what every college coach says and what every pro coach says,” If there’s a reason why the Ravens could end up missing the playoffs, it seems as if the secondary could be the main one. They have time to improve, but

the schedule is yet another challenge for the unit. The schedule does no favors Starting in week seven, the schedule becomes much more difficult for Baltimore. After a game vs the Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore faces the Seattle Seahawks before their bye week. Coming out of the bye the Ravens face the New England Patriots, followed by the Bengals on the road. They get the Houston Texans before traveling to Los Angeles to face the Rams. They come back to the east coast vs the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets. To finish the year, they head to Cleveland for a rematch with the Browns who just beat them 40-25 at home. The final game which could have playoff implications is at home vs the Pittsburgh Steelers. This schedule is not going to be easy, and if they can make the

playoffs it will be an impressive feat. The good news for them is other than the Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, there hasn’t been a clear contender in the AFC. It will be interesting to follow Baltimore this season and will be a great test for this young, up and coming team. Are they legit contenders? At this point in the season, it’s too early to say if the Ravens are contenders. Offensively, if they can keep up the same production, they have a chance. But it will come down to the defense stepping up and making plays in key situations. They have finished out close games which could be important later in the season. There’s still a lot of football left to be played and Baltimore hasn’t done enough to prove that they are a legitimate contender to play in Miami in February.

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can’t stop, won’t stop wet conditions Winning streak at 10 with wins over Tribe, Phoenix KAYLA WELLAGE Contributing Writer

The Tigers have managed to keep their winning streak alive after defeating the Elon Phoenix 3-1 on Sunday Oct. 13. Towson (16-2, 6-0 CAA) has a fivegame lead in the CAA and is the only remaining undefeated team in conference play. The first set at the Schar Center began with a kill by Towson freshman middle blocker Lydia Wiers. “What stood out the most to me this weekend was how we responded after losing the first set against Elon,” Senior outside hitter Annie Ertz said. “We totally flipped a switch and came out much more confidently in the second and we carried that energy throughout the


rest of the match.” For the majority of the set, it was back-and-forth until the Tigers had a 7-1 run to take the lead. The Phoenix (9-11, 4-3 CAA) responded with a 6-2 run to tie the set at 20. Towson took advantage of two errors, however, Elon scored the final three points to win the set 25-23. This was the first set the Tigers lost in three games. Towson struggled with errors, committing 10 in the set compared to six from the Phoenix. Of Elon’s final three points in the set, two came off Tigers errors. “Although we’ve been taking pretty good care of the ball this year, typically when we do have errors, they tend to come in streaks,” Ertz said. “When this is happening, we come together and remind ourselves to stay calm and keep it simple. That means starting with a good pass and executing the shots in the game plan.”

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In the second set, Towson recovered and scored five of the first six points. The Tigers scored six unanswered points including three off Elon errors. Two of these points came on kills from Wiers with another kill coming from sophomore outside hitter Emily Jarome, leading Towson to win the second set 25-14. The Tigers started strong in the third set, taking an early 5-0 lead including four straight kills . The Phoenix tried to comeback at the end, but it was too late as the Tigers won the third set 25-11. Towson only had four errors compared to Elon’s six in the set. The fourth set was filled with 19 combined errors from both teams and neither team holding more than a five-point lead through the first half of the set. Towson would use a four-point run to pull ahead for good and take the fourth set 25-19, winning the match.. This win was Towson's tenth consecutive win, keeping them undefeated in conference play. “[Having a win streak] Definitely adds a little bitRENT of pressure because DUPLEX FOR will- always play 110% to try 2teams Bedroom 1 Bathroom and beat theCentral "undefeated team,” $1250/Month. Air, said senior middle blocker Silvia Washer & Dryer. Driveway, Fenced Grassini said. “But I like to Yard. 2-Level Deck. Front Porch, think that it makes us feel more confiWood Floors. dentTowson becauseWalmart it shows&that when we Near Target. work our hardest we are capable of Call (410) 371-8989 great things.” The Tigers had a 62-40 edge in kills and a 58-37 advantage in assists. Jarome had 16 kills, while Ertz had 15. The Tigers traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia on Friday, Oct. 11 for their conference game against WilliamHELPER & Mary. WANTED Towson swept Close the to TU. Tribe 3-0. Lawn work, cleaning, odds & ends. The Flexible Tigers immediately took the hours. Good wages. Start lead in the firstPlease set after errors by ASAP. calltwo 410-321-0746. William & Mary (5-12, 1-5 CAA) and kills by Wiers, Ertz, and Jarome who also recorded an ace. Towson led 7-1 before the Tribe called a timeout. After this timeout, the Tribe got three points off Tigers errors. William & Mary scored 11 points off Towson errors, but the Tigers scored five of the last seven points to win the set 25-16. With the second set at an 18-18 tie, Towson scored two straight points, taking a 20-18 lead. This lead was crucial as both teams alternated points before Jarome made a kill to win the set 25-23 for the Tigers. - To read the rest of this article online, visit

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Griffith, Riley fight the weather in WVU Mountaineer Invitational TIM KLAPAC Senior Editor @pacofkla

In their first action in three weeks, Towson used a strong final round to finish ninth in the Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational in Morgantown, West Virginia last week. The wet conditions early in the tournament made it difficult for everyone, but especially for the Tigers, combining for a first-round total of 314. Towson would improve throughout the tournament, carding a 303 in the second round and a 293 in the final round. “I think a little bit of it was luck of the draw as far as when it was raining or not, and what hole you happened to be on during those times,” said head coach Mike Larkin. “I thought the guys did a good job through all of that and just keep pushing forward, even after a tough start.” Sophomore Justin Griffith had the best finish for the Tigers, placing tied for 17th thanks to a final round score of 72. Freshman Brad Riley also placed in the top-25, carding a 73 in the final round for a tournament score of a nine-over par 225, including an eagle on a par 4. “Justin really played solid all week, I just think being able to play in better weather on Tuesday helped scoring in general,” Larkin said. “He also has gotten so much better at being aware and in control of how he carries himself on the course. The combination of all those things he’s worked on is showing up in his scores.” Freshman Jeremy Summerson

saw the biggest improvement throughout the length of the tournament. Despite a first-round score of 86, Summerson rebounded with a 78 in the second round and a 71 in the final round. “I think Jeremy adjusted throughout the week to a tough golf course in tough conditions,” Larkin said. “In the final round, he played the way he’s been playing since he got to campus. I think dealing with poor weather conditions on a course like that for the first time in a college event probably caught him a little off guard, but once he settled in he played great.” Towson has improved each week of the fall season since placing 12th in their opening tournament. Larkin has been pleased with his team’s ability to get better as the weather gets colder. “In looking at the stats, our final round at West Virginia was probably our best ball striking performances as a team since I started here in the fall of 2017,” he said. “They did that on a championship level golf course, which was set up by WVU to be very challenging.” MIKE LARKIN The Tigers Head Coach have a busy week with an appearance in Elon University’s Phoenix Invitational on Oct. 14 and 15 before ending the fall season at home for the Towson Fall Invitational on Oct. 19 and 20. Towson’s lone home match of the fall takes place at Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville, Maryland. “With this quick turnaround, I expect them to pick up right where they left off when we get down to Elon, and then carry that into the end of next week at Prospect Bay,” Larkin said.

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USTORE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Georgia Beachly Field Hockey

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The Towson Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club competed against Navy on Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Burdick Hall Gymnasium. For more information about the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club, you can visit the club’s Instagram page @tu_bjj. - compiled by Tim Klapac

Freshman attack Georgia Beachly scored two goals in Towson’s 3-2 victory over Georgetown on Sunday. Beachly’s second goal was the game winner as she scored on a penalty stroke in double overtime.



Way-too-early picks for this year’s MVP ANDY PALM Columnist

The new NHL season has now about two weeks old. Through those two weeks, we have had some very impressive performances from a plethora of players across the league. Here is a look at some of the top performers so far in this very new NHL campaign. Patrik Laine Right-winger Patrik Laine just got a brand new two-year extension in Winnipeg right before the season began. So far he is earning every penny of it. Laine is third in the league with 10 points. He collected four of those points against the Minnesota Wild, where he had a pair of goals and a pair of assists as well. Through his young career already he has shown incredible scoring abilities, and

the Jets have reaped the benefits of that. This could shape up to be a breakthrough season for the 21-year-old, who has already proven he has one of the most lethal slap shots in the league. Some have gone as far as comparing his shooting to Alex Ovechkin. Laine is a crucial part of Winnipeg’s team this season and will need to continue with this kind of production in order for the Jets to remain competitive. Auston Matthews This seems to be an annual tradition now; center Auston Matthews gets off to a flaming hot start. Much like his rookie campaign, Matthews got started with his production from game one. He put up 2 goals against the Ottawa Senators and lead the Maple Leafs to victory. Through their first five games of the year, Matthews has already collected 7 points, 6 of which are goals scored. When the American forward is healthy, he is one of the

top players in the league. If he can stay healthy, there is no reason to think that this early production should taper off; especially with the talent surrounding him in Toronto. Mika Zibanejad Center Mike Zibanejad got off to an incredible start, putting up eight points in the first 2 games of the year. Having left winger Artemi Panarin on the same line has really benefited Zibanejad and given him a lot more opportunity than he has had in years past. Even though only three games in, these two Rangers stars seem to have a lot of chemistry together. Will Zibanejad be able to keep this insane production all year long? Most likely not, but it has been fun to watch to start the season. Zibanejad has been quite good in his years with New York and has seemingly always flown under the radar. - To read the rest of this column online, visit





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FOOTBALL GAME DAY PREVIEW Tigers upset by Albany as defense struggles JORDAN KENDALL Asst. Sports Editor @jordankendall54

Early on in Towson’s first home game in three weeks, it was clear that Albany came to play, and the No. 9 Tigers (3-3, 1-2 CAA) didn’t. The Great Danes’ opening drive went 87 yards in less than three minutes for a touchdown, leaving Towson to play catch-up all day. Despite a 17-14 score at halftime, the game was not nearly as competitive as it seemed. The Great Danes outgained Towson 511-280 as they upset the Tigers 38-21. “Congratulations to Coach Gattuso and his football team,” head coach Rob Ambrose said. “They played harder and made less mistakes than we did. Credit to them, they are very well-coached and a well-motivated team. This parity is what our league is all about and we are going to have to play better moving forward.” Towson’s offense struggled throughout the game as the Tigers failed to surpass 100 yards rushing for the second straight game. Senior running back Yeedee Thaenrat led Towson with just 36 yards rushing. “We got beat up front in the run game and we made critical errors in critical moments,” Am-

brose said. “You cannot make those types of mistakes in this league. It doesn’t matter who you play, any team can beat any team in this league on any given day and they did and we didn’t.” While the offense had its problems, the Tiger defense could not slow down the Great Danes. Albany redshirt freshman quarterback Jeff Undercuffler threw for 380 yards and two touchdowns. Ambrose mentioned Towson’s inability to tackle in open space as a main problem. “We did not tackle well, that is obvious,” he said. “We rushed the passer well at times, stopped the runner well at times but we didn’t tackle well in space” The Tigers managed to put together scoring opportunities thanks to two first-half fumbles forced by the defense. However, Towson only had one scoring drive that began in their own territory, which is reflective of the offense’s struggles. “We came to play football, they came to win,” Ambrose said. While the Tigers only turned the ball over once, redshirt sophomore punter Shane McDonough

punted the ball seven times, the most in a game this season. Trailing by 17, Towson appeared to start a comeback as Flacco found redshirt sophomore wide receiver Darian Street for a highlight-reel touchdown. However, late in the fourth quarter, the Tigers went for it on fourth and goal inside the five. A false start penalty backed them up and led to a failed conversion. “We shot ourselves in the foot,” Ambrose said. “Instead of having a manageable situation, actually ROB AMBROSE a play that was a Head Coach touchdown and we all knew it, we took a penalty.” The loss drops Towson into the bottom-half of the Colonial Athletic Association standings. “We got beat by kids that were highly motivated to beat us, and we need to get a little internal motivation and start looking at this as opportunities instead of obligations,” Ambrose said. The Tigers look to end their three-game losing streak vs Bucknell during homecoming weekend on Saturday, Oct. 19. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 4 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

This week’s opponent: Bucknell Bison

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Redshirt sophomore linebacker Christian Dixon tries to stop the Albany running back from scoring a touchdown. The Tiger’s allowed over 500 yards of total offense in the 38-21 loss to the Great Danes.

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Redshirt senior quarterback Tom Flacco (left) moved into seventh place all-time in Towson history for passing touchdowns on Saturday.

Kickoff at 4 p.m. at Unitas Stadium JORDAN KENDALL Asst. Sports Editor @jordankendall54

The No. 20 Tigers will take on the Bucknell Bison at Unitas Stadium. The Bison are coming off a 32-14 victory over Colgate, their first win since September 29 of last year. Bucknell (1-5, 1-1 Patriot League) have only won two games in their past 16 attempts. Junior quarterback Logan Bitikofer has 905 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 150 yards per game, only going over 200 yards twice this season. The Bison’s primarily use two running backs, sophomore Jared Cooper and senior Chad Freshnock. Freshnock did not play in their victory over Colgate On defense, junior linebacker Simeon Page has five sacks on the season along with one blocked kick. Bucknell has been surprisingly efficient on 4th-down conversions. The Bison boast a 60% conversion rate, which is in the top-10 in the FCS for teams with at least 15 attempts. Towson (3-3, 1-2 CAA) looks to rebound from their third straight

loss. Following losses to Villanova and Florida, the Tigers fell to the Albany Great Danes 38-21 last week. The struggles for Towson have been with the running game. The absence of redshirt senior running back Shane Simpson is leaving its mark as the Tigers have failed to surpass 100 rushing yards in each of the last two games. Bucknell’s run defense could be just what Towson needs as they allow an average of 179 yards per game, which places them in the bottom half in the nation. This will be the fourth time Towson faces Bucknell. The Tigers are currently 1-2 vs the Bison, losing both games on the road. They have not played since 2003 when Bucknell won 14-10. Towson will take on the Bison during homecoming weekend, Saturday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. from Johnny Unitas Stadium. The first 3,000 students to enter will receive pink poms in support of breast cancer awareness. The game can be streamed on or broadcast on CBS Sports Radio 1300 with Spiro Morekas and Gordy Combs on the call.

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