The Towerlight (May 15, 2018)

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REVIEW Reflecting on the 2017-2018 school year, pg.9,10,11,14

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

Senior Staff Writers Jordan Cope Marcus Dieterle Sarah Rowan

Staff Writers Desmond Boyle Jill Gattens Alex Helms Leah Volpe Jessica Ricks Rohan Mattu Keri Luise Deb Greengold Muhammad Waheed Meg Hudson Sophia Bates Anthony Petro Albert Ivory Mia Williams Photo Editor Brendan Felch

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The Fisher College of Science and Mathematics is having their ceremoy at 10 a.m., and the College of Liberal Arts is having their ceremony at 3 p.m. All ceremonies will be held in the SECU Arena and feature student speakers, remarks from university leadership and the conferral of degrees by the Maryland Board of Regents.

SPRING COMMENCEMENT The Collge of Education is having their - COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ceremony at 10 a.m. and the College of & COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS & Fine Arts & Communication is having their COMMUNICATION

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The College of Business & Economics is having their ceremony at 10 SPRING COMMENCEa.m. and theCollege of Health Professions is having their ceremony at MENT - COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS & 3 p.m. COLLEGE OF BUSINESS & MORE EVENTS CAN BE FOUND AT ECONOMICS

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TRENDING. @christinee1997 Everyone is taking finals and graduating and here I am at Towson... not done finals till the 22nd




@YBS_Freak After finals ima dance around towson like I’m kevin bacon

@In_a_Poole @Rodriguez2692 Never knew Towson’s library was this lit during finals week at this time of night.

It’s around this time when I realize everybody else is already done with finals and back home besides Towson and UMD




May 15, 2018

Adding a Libertarian voice

Golden porcupine to create balanced debate DYLAN BRENNAN Columnist

Well we are finally at the end of the semester, and what a tumultuous 2018 we’ve been having so far. Instead of leaving you off with some benign current event that you’ll forget once summer starts, I would prefer to leave you with advice. I and so many others would love to see you go out and vote for the midterm elections over your summer vacation. Although it would be wonderful if you researched every candidate for every position, everyone knows this is a menial and thankless chore. Instead, I simply advise you do it to vote at the very

least on local propositions and to boost midterm election turnout. Trump has certainly been a cold splash of water in everyone’s face, and I’m hoping people will be livelier to vote, whether it is in favor or hatred of his politics, or perhaps something different entirely. As of next semester, I will officially be rebranded as the libertarian columnist as I’ve so wanted practically since I

began. I wish all the best to my co-columnist who will take up the elephant’s mantle in my stead. It will be a tricky task to navigate which columnist gets what week, but we will find a way. Know that I will continue to do my best at repor ting the third party alternative view to most political events and people, and ensure what I joined up for in the first place: to create and encourage a balanced debate for all Towson students.

United States moves embassy It’s about time we recognize Jerusalem MATTHEW PIPKIN Columnist

At the time this article reaches the public, we would have already witnessed a truly historic event. The United States will finally have opened up its embassy in the Israeli capital of Jerusalem, on the 70th anniversary that celebrates Israel’s Declaration of Independence. It only seems right that the Jewish state will be able to celebrate the anniversary of its independence with its most loyal ally by its side, as we open our embassy in Jerusalem. This symbolic gesture made by the United States, alongside with the President’s decision to officially recognize the capital of Israel to be Jerusalem, is one of the greatest accomplishments so far for the Trump administration. It gives further legitimacy to a nation of people most worthy of a place to call their own. Contrary to popular belief, this

was not a unilateral move made by Trump. In 1995, Congress passed the “Jerusalem Embassy Act:” officially recognizing Jerusalem as the inherent capital of Israel, as well as requiring the United States’ State Department to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As far as today’s standards are concerned, this was largely a bipartisan bill, with support for the bill coming from both Republicans and Democrats. The bill passed with only 5 nays in the Senate, and 37 in the House of Representatives. Not wanting to enforce the public law, Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama all signed waivers delaying the law from taking effect. Both Bush and Obama even campaigned on the move of the embassy and recognition of the city as the capital of Israel but failed to do so in their terms of office. Much of the domestic and international criticisms say that this has set back the peace discussions

between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and further jeopardizes war in the volatile region. By moving our embassy and giving recognition to capital, many see that the United States is in fact not supporting a two-state solution, and seeking to further delegitimize the Palestinians. I would strongly disagree, as it has never been considered negotiable that the capital of Israel was Jerusalem. To achieve its goals of being a truly legitimate Jewish-state, it needed to declare that the capital of their new nationstate to be the same as the old capital of their people. This does not mean that the Palestinians can’t have Jerusalem as their capital as well. As a supporter of the two-state solution myself, I only see the idea working if the Israelis and the Palestinians can agree to share the holy city as their respective capitals. In time, it will take cooperation and patience to truly achieve peace in the region. In order for productive peace talks to proceed, both sides need to be honest with one another. To pretend that the capital of Israel is not Jerusalem is contradictory to the facts.

Semester highlights and takeaways CONNOR McNARIN Columnist

As final exams approach and our academic workloads finally begin to recede, thoughts of summer and relaxation populate the mind; and so they should. But it is my goal in this final column for the semester to leave readers with the most important takeaways concerning Congress and the Supreme Court. I have attempted to highlight the most impactful developments within the legislature and analyze the foremost cases before the Court throughout the semester. At times, these efforts have felt monotonous and futile, as it is nearly impossible to write with such pace as to keep up with the daily news cycle. That said, there are still some general conclusions we ought to draw from the semester’s nausea-inducing, always-entertaining developments from the nation’s capital. First, as it remains fresh on the minds of millions of Americans, real and substantive gun control debates have continuously evaded the halls of Congress. While it is true that particularly progressive officeholders have spearheaded their own efforts to curb gun violence, and that some states have pushed for their own restrictions on gun ownership, there

has been no substantial progress made at the national level concerning gun violence. Second, the United States is on track to elect a record-breaking number of women to its public offices in the 2018 midterms. As last week’s column explained, with 435 House seats, 35 Senate seats, and 36 governorships up for grabs, the American people have the unique opportunity to elect women in record proportions. Third, and most recent, the consequences associated with Trump’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – otherwise known as the “Iran Deal” – are difficult to overstate. Under the leadership of President Obama and with the support of the international community, Iran effectively dismantled much of its nuclear program since JCPOA’s 2015 launch. With the plan’s elimination, however, crucial oversight on Iran’s nuclear development from the international community will be lost, thereby increasing the international community’s anxieties concerning the always-contentious relationships within the Middle East. - To read the rest of this article online, visit


Photo illustration by Bailey Hendricks The Towerlight would like to congratulate the class of 2018, including Towerlight seniors Billy Owens, Jordan Cope, and Marcus Dieterle (from left to right).


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Sen. Jim Brochin comes to TU TU Fit University Talks campaign strategy, engages students

club hits goals

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Maryland State Senator Jim Brochin visited Towson May 10 to speak with professor Richard Vatz’s persuasion class about his race and strategy to be the next Baltimore County Executive.

KERI LUISE Staff Writer @keri_luise

American Democratic politician Jim Brochin came to Towson University professor Richard Vatz’s persuasion class May 10 to discuss his running for Baltimore County Executive and the strategy he plans to use. Currently, Brochin is serving his third term in the Maryland State Senate representing Maryland’s District 42 in Baltimore County. Vatz invited Brochin to speak to his class because he had him as a student several years ago and values his character. “He and I disagree politically, but I always found him to be a man of very high integrity, very high to character,” Vatz said. “He’s one of the most consistent politicians – he doesn’t say one thing in one place and then change it in the next place. I think he’s so prepared. I think he does a great deal for the students because he really knows the issues, can really talk about them and he answers questions directly, he doesn’t avoid them, and I like that very much as well.” Brochin discussed strategy, wanting to see what persuasive and rhetorical talents students in the persuasion class possessed. “I’m running against two people so it’s a three-way primary race,” Brochin said. “It’s complicated and I’m confused as strategy and how you strategize.” Brochin has been in office 15 years and has run in five elections, but only one of those was a primary race. He said this is “because I represented such a conservative district that Democrats have never run against me in a primary except in 2014. So, this whole strategy we’re talking about and employing, it’s important to note

that we’re running in a primary with Democratic voters to turn up for me and vote.” Brochin said he is also struggling with deciding whether to do polls verses more television, radio, or direct mail to brand himself more as he is just days away from the election on June 26. “Political polls are really expensive,” Brochin said. “And a poll is only a snapshot into right now; it’s not a snapshot into the future, and things change dramatically in politics. [I] chose the television, radio, and direct mail because I do believe that when you’re running for office, your presence, most of your budget should go towards that.” Brochin went on to explain each of his opponents and the strategies and issues that they are focusing in on, and how he is planning his strategy compared to them. Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond is Brochin’s first opponent. She is from Catonsville, Maryland and has been in office for seven years. “The big issue that she’s focusing on as well as myself is school violence,” Brochin said. “The other thing that she talks about a lot in the three forums that I’ve been in her with is that when she was a community activist that she helped with the plan with school resource officers which deals with school violence.” According to Brochin, Almond also talks a lot about possibly being the first woman county executive. Brochin and the persuasion class had a discussion about whether this was an effective tool to use while running for the campaign. It circled around if women should use this merely as a way to get votes or use it as a way to showcase how they will be different and move forward with more material things. “Haven’t women been neglected long

enough in politics?” Brochin asked. “I mean, I sit in a senate and women are not representative of what they should be in the senate in regard to populations. And it’s actually gotten worse.” One other point Brochin brought up in relation to Almond was the topic of development. “We have countering opinions on the issue of economic development and preserving land, which is what most of my campaign is really about, which is about protecting open space, stopping pay to play politics in Baltimore County, and making sure that money doesn’t influence land use decisions – the land use decisions are based on their own merit and that we take campaign contributions from developers out of this,” said Brochin. Brochin then went on to speak about the strategy of this second opponent, Johnny Olszewski. He is a former delegate from Dundalk and is running as a progressive. “The ones who are going to vote are the ones who you want to get to and if you say that you’re the progressive you attract those and those are the ones who vote for you and then you win the primary and can go onto the general since the democrat is probably going to be the next county executive,” said Brochin. Brochin doesn’t believe Olszewski is a true progressive and disagrees with him on several topics; Olszewski is pro-NRA, anti-choice, against stem cell research, and against medical marijuana. Brochin emphasized how aside from going against the topics Olszewski supports, he personally wants to stop developers from getting access to all the land they want. He said he wants to build the first opioid treatment center in Baltimore County and looks to find better ways to deal with the homeless population in Baltimore County. - To read the rest of this article online, visit

With warmer and sunnier weather on the way, students like those who are part of Towson University’s chapter of Fit University are exercising their way to a fitter and healthier lifestyle. Fit University was founded at Northeastern University and has since expanded its fitness community to universities nationwide, including Towson’s own campus. The Fit University club at Towson was officially founded in March of 2017 by students Mielli Levian, Marie Lucas, Derek Halford, Courtney Steele, Christina Foundas and Hannah Wills. Levian, the club’s head of marketing, said Fit University Towson is a supportive environment where students motivate one another to reach their fitness goals. “We started Fit University Towson because we wanted to create a community on Towson’s campus where students can share their passion for health and fitness in a positive way,” Levian said. Although Fit University Towson only started last spring, Levian said students have been joining the club since its inception and the club has been growing ever since. ”We had people joining left and right,” Levian said. Over 100 people are part of Fit

University Towson. The organization does not have your typical meetings. Instead, the club holds biweekly group workouts and a bigger event each month. “We are a very unique organization,” Levian said. “We do not have group meetings. We meet up three times a month and do some kind of healthy activity or workout such as yoga, rock climbing, or a picnic.” Levian said everyone is welcome to join the club, no matter their fitness level. “Anyone can join,” she said. “You don’t have to be ‘super fit’ or an athlete in order to join. We want all students to feel like they can walk into a gym or do a sport and not be intimidated. We want to teach students about the benefits of nutrition, exercise and have them be comfortable and happy with their body.” Levian and her team members want to continue inspiring students to be confident in their fitness journey and spread motivation to students all around. “I hope we can inspire students to not have gymtimidation,” she said. “I hate hearing people say they are afraid to go to the gym or try something new. I hope we can make a difference on campus and grow and continue to be a place where students can go for any kind of advice. I hope we can teach students how to be healthy in all aspects of life.”

Courtesy of Mielli Levian

Towson’s chapter of the Fit University club partnered with the ultimate frisbee team to do a yoga collaboration.



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Exit Q & A with Seeberger Students assist in Asst. V.P. for Diversity and Inclusion steps down ALBERT IVORY Staff Writer @Intellectu_Al

After working at Towson for nearly 35 years, Debbie Seeberger will be stepping down from her position as as the Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. This coming fall, Seeberger will act as a professor for two sections of the class Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society. The following conversation has been edited for brevity and clarity. What made you decide to become the Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion? Well, that is a long story. Everything went into total complete opposite directions. My first position at TU was as an Administrative Assistant I in the Office of Residence. I transferred from the State Highway Administration, where I had worked for eight years, for the purpose of taking advantage of TU’s tuition waiver. I had set a goal of securing a baccalaureate degree in computer science. I was determined to reach this goal. Following eight years of employment at TU, the birth of two sons – during summer so I would not miss an academic semester, I graduated in May of 1992 with a B.S. in computer science. One year into my employment at TU, I was promoted to an Administrative Assistant II in Academic Computing Services. Although I had hoped to be able to transition into an exempt position in Academic Computing supporting networking services after receipt of a bachelor’s degree, I was not eligible to apply for the exempt position because I did not have the required two years of experience working in the networking area. Eventually, I accepted a promotion to an Administrative Assistant III in the Office of the President. I reported to the individual that served as TU’s Affirmative Action & Fair Practices Officer and began to learn the responsibilities related to oversight of the University’s affirmative action compliance. It was at this time that I made the decision to begin matriculating in graduate studies – Human Resource Development. In May 1996, I graduated and received a master’s degree in Human Resource Development. Due to the heavy workload of the Office of the President, it was necessary to create a position for an Affirmative Action Compliance and Reporting Specialist and I transitioned to this new exempt role. Following having opportunities to

work in this capacity first reporting to University Counsel and later reporting to the University’s ombudsman, I was promoted to the position of Affirmative Action Officer. While serving as Affirmative Action Officer I met individuals serving in similar positions from across the University System of Maryland. Conferences and training seminars lead me to fully understand my privilege as a white, middle class woman, educated in private and public schools in Maryland in affluent regions of the state. My eyes were opened to the oppression that others experienced. It was during this time that the Director of TU’s African American Culture Center (which is now the Center for Student Diversity) and I established TU’s first diversity committee as we understood that the issues were broad and that the approach that the university took to address them needed to be as well. As Affirmative Action Officer, I was reported to the president and as my role expanded and I was promoted to Assistant to the President for Diversity, TU’s first Chief Diversity Officer. During my sixteen years in the role of Chief Diversity Officer, TU became a founding institution of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, NADOHE, and I was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of NADOHE. Several years ago, it was decided that TU could strengthen and advance the university’s equity and inclusion goals if there were a dedicated position in the Division of Academic Affairs to lead diversity, inclusion and equity programs and initiatives. I was interested in the position and promoted to Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Provost in June 2016. What are your responsibilities and duties to fulfill this position? Researching, developing, and implementing programs and initiatives in support of attracting and retaining diversity faculty, staff and librarian bodies, faculty and staff development diversity and equity educational seminars, as well as initiatives to foster welcoming and inclusive climates in TU’s classrooms and academic workplace. This position within the Division of Academic Affairs is crucial as it provide deans, chairs, and faculty members with resources to be successful in this work. What changes have you seen at Towson during your time? Student enrollment growth from 8,000 to nearly 23,000 students. The student body has become increasingly

diverse, matching the population of local and regional high school graduates. Another thing is the heightened awareness the need to dedicate resources to equity and inclusion in support of student success. What was your favorite initiative/ moment while you were in office? During the period that the USM Chancellor Robert L. Caret served as President of TU, 2003-2011, the University was able to make great strides in the advancement of the University’s mission as it relates to diversity and inclusion: TU’s Diversity Vision Statement and commitment to diversity were adopted by the president’s council. The Diversity Council and the Diversity Action Committee were established. Diversity awards recognizing departments and individuals for outstanding support of diversity and inclusion were instituted. Work was conducted to address needs of TU’s LGBTQ community – gender neutral restrooms, preferred name on OneCard and class rosters. Campus climate surveys for faculty and staff were conducted. TU’s reflective process for diversity that consists of one hour dialogues meant to assist departments in setting goals to support diversity and inclusion was conducted in 99 administrative and academic departments and led to the inclusion of diversity evaluation being included on the performance evaluations of exempt staff was conducted. Additionally, I had the opportunity to provide support to the USM Chancellor, Donald Langenberg, while serving as the Chairperson of the USM Diversity Network from 1998-2008. The Network consisted of individuals serving as chief diversity officers, student affairs, faculty, and student representatives. Annual faculty diversity conferences were hosted by the Network on campuses throughout the USM. The first USM Faculty Diversity Conference was held at TU. The leadership of the USM Diversity Network was able to meet with the Chancellor’s Council and share vital information that eventually led to the USM adoption of domestic benefit benefits for USM employees. Having opportunities to meet with USM presidents to have a one hour dialogue regarding their institution’s strengthen and challenges related to diversity and inclusion were particularly enjoyable. The individuals of the USM Diversity Network had an opportunity to establish the foundation of diversity and inclusion work throughout the USM. - To read the rest of this article online, visit

cemetery relocation KARUGA KOINANGE Editor-in-Chief

Several Towson University students carried boxes of human remains May 7 from the College of Liberal Arts loading dock into the forensics lab, room 3329. Dana Kollmann, an assistant clinical professor for the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, helped organize the transfer and is looking to examine the remains as part of a cemetery relocation project. The remains appropriately arrived in a hearse, then were loaded on a gurney and draped with a pall before being carried inside. Kollmann said that she was excited to see her students engaged and respectful of the remains. “I think they see that the work that we do truly matters,” Kollmann said. “We’re not in the field exhuming remains just because. We’re exhuming people’s grandmothers, people’s family members and I think they get a sense of the reverence we have to have for these remains by having a hearse come to Towson with remains covered in a pall. I think that is huge for them.” Kollmann was hired by Julie Schablitsky, chief archaeologist for the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, to analyze the remains in order to help rebury a historical African-American cemetery. Schablitsky said that the landowner does not want the location disclosed, but stressed that the scientific team is working closely with the descendents’ community to ensure that their preferences are the priority. “We are dealing with the dead, but our information is going to benefit and bring closure to the living,” Schablitsky said. “Even though we might be dealing with the remains of people who might be deceased, it’s their descendents and family who is really going to be benefit-

ing from the work that we do.” Schablitsky said she relished that students were able to escape from a controlled environment such as a lab and be a part of a project that could affect real people. “I think it’s important that students are able to work on projects that solve real world problems,” Schablitsky said. “It’s important for students to see how these projects happen and understand the challenges that they present and some of the privacy issues.” This is not the first time that Schlabitsky has worked with Kollmann, though. She said that Kollmann has been her go-to archaeologist for a decade due to her extensive background in the field. Kollmann’s specialty is studying skeletons, but she has worked in several countries and in different places around the United States too. She has experience working in mass graves and as a crime scene investigator as well. “This is what I’ve done for years,” Kollmann said. “I treat it in a very clinical fashion. I’ve got a job to do and I’m trained to do it so that’s how I approach it. I try to involve my students in as much of my work as I can.” Kollmann said that working on a project of this nature is enjoyable because she understands the impact that it could have on the community that is involved. “I enjoy elucidating whatever information I can get out of bones to put a person’s life back together,” Kollmann said. “To many what looks like a skeleton to me is a person that has a story to tell, but that story can only be told from reading the bones.” She asserted that it was important for the students to grasp the impact of this work. Polina Nikanorova, a junior studying forensic chemistry, said the transfer was fun and provided a memorable experience. - To read the rest of this article online, visit

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Students carried boxes of human remains to the forensics lab as part of a cemetery relocation project May 7.

Year in Preview

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Join The Towerlight as we reflect on the events that occured during the 2017 - 2018 school year. Compiled by Mary-Ellen Davis, Bailey Hendricks, Kerry Ingram, Karuga Koinange, Keri Luise, Billy Owens.

SEPT Baltimore Blast Moved To SECU The Baltimore Blast struck a deal with Towson University to make SECU Arena the team’s new home for the next three Major Arena Soccer League seasons. The now three-time defending MASL champions had previously played their home games at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, which had hosted indoor professional soccer since 1980. Compared to Royal Farms, SECU Arena is much smaller in terms of field dimensions and available seating, but provides a better fan experience by having more convenient parking and cheaper concessions. The Blast defeated the Cedar Rapids Rampage 8-7 in their home opener Nov. 10 in front of 3,733 spectators.

OCT I Love Female Orgasm encouraged body positivity Body positivity, female empowerment and sexual knowledge were just some of the personal topics celebrated on Oct. 11 and 12 at Towson’s annual I Love Female Orgasm event. Sex experts Rachel Dart and Connor Timmons spoke to TU students about the importance of having sexual health conversations and overcoming negative labels surrounding sexual experience. The event provided participants with an environment to explore topics surrounding sexual wellbeing and the notions of befriending one’s own body.

90s-themed Homecoming kicked off Towson’s 90s-themed homecoming week kicked off Oct. 22 with a photo session and pizza party for the fall 2017 homecoming court. The court (comprised of Wayne Nichols, Lauren Dell’Arciprete, DJ Burke, La-Chelle Dickenson, Ethan Williams, Leroy Hyson II, Madison Scanlon, and Elaina Schilling) continued to lead the week’s festivities, each showcasing their traits and talents in an effort to win over the votes of TU students. Other events from the week included TU’s Got Talent, Towson’s annual talent show, on Oct. 23; Doc’s Animal Adventure, a free petting zoo held in the center of campus, on Oct. 24; and Dance the Madness, an annual Greek life dance competition, on Oct. 25. TU’s annual homecoming pageant was held Oct. 26, just two nights before the homecoming football game, in which Hyson and Dell’Arciprete were crowned Towson’s 2017 homecoming king and queen.

Women’s Soccer qualified for their first CAA tournament In Head Coach Greg Paynter’s final season at Towson, the Tigers finished 2017 with a 5-11-3 record. Paynter took the helm in 2007 and helped the team qualify for their first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament appearance in program history in 2014. Towson named former Loyola University Maryland Head Coach Katherine Vettori as the program’s new leader on Jan. 3. The Tigers went 2-6-1 in CAA play in 2017, defeating Elon at home 2-1 Sept. 28 and University of North Carolina Wilmington 1-0 Oct. 15 on senior day.


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Year in Preview

Schatzel named first female rep on NCAA forum This past fall, Towson University President Kim Schatzel became the first female representative from the CAA to be inducted into the NCAA’s Division I Presidential Forum, replacing Leo Lambert of Elon University. The appointment also makes her the first leader of a Maryland college to sit on the forum. The NCAA’s Division I Presidential Forum appoints representatives from 32 different collegiate athletic conferences across the nation, and its focus is to govern the NCAA.

Football season closed out with back-to-back wins Towson closed out its season with back-to-back wins, including a 29-10 victory over Rhode Island on senior day. The team looked good to kick off the season, defeating Morgan State in the Battle for Greater Baltimore, but lost six of its next seven games. Redshirt junior quarterback Morgan Mahalak suffered an injury in the first contest of the season, sidelining him for the year. Head Coach Rob Ambrose went on to reveal that he was concussed for most of the season so the team stuck with redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stover for the year. Stover looked decent at times, but struggled with his accuracy. With four quarterbacks currently listed on the roster, competition will provide the team with a clear starter. The Tigers open the 2018 season with three consecutive road games, including a rematch in the Battle for Greater Baltimore against Morgan State Sept. 1.

DEC Volleyball earned first postseason win in team history The Tigers earned their first postseason win in program history with a hard-fought 3-2 comeback over Colgate in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) Nov. 30. Towson finished 2017 with a 27-6 record and had its best ever start to the regular season, winning its first 16 matches and reaching a ranking of No. 23 in Volleyball Magazine’s Mid-Major Top 25 Poll in September. The No. 2 seed Tigers fell to No. 3 seed James Madison 3-0 in the CAA semifinals after a first round bye. They also fell 3-0 to Syracuse in the NIVC second round Dec. 1.

JAN Burdick Hall opened and flooded a week later After being under renovation since August 2015, Burdick Hall finally reopened this year on Jan. 27. Burdick closed for several days one week after opening due to flooding, but reopened briefly after. Towson’s student population has grown over the years and renovation to the gym was necessary to accommodate the population growth and helped present a commitment to health and wellness. The gym’s expansion added about 94,000 square feet to the Hall’s existing 140,000 square feet. It now features plate-loaded equipment, a functional training area, group fitness studios, a rock wall a sprint hill, stadium stairs, an American Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course and more. A Grand Opening was held on Jan. 31 with President Kim Schatzel and other speakers to welcome the new gym renovations.

FEB TU launched bike share program At the start of the spring semester, Towson University Parking and Transportation Services launched a new bike share program on campus after partnering with the Spin bike share app. The program allows students and faculty to rent bikes for as low as 50 cents per 30-minute trip using the app to unlock the bikes. The bright-orange Spin bikes are now seen all throughout campus.

Year in Preview

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Black Panther made history with predominantly black cast People of color finally got their moment of representation in Marvel’s 2018 film drop of “Black Panther,” which premiered in theatres Feb. 16. The black-led film made movie history, becoming the first mega-budget movie to have a black director and predominantly black cast. The film’s racial inclusion alone helped it gain mass media attention prior to its premiere, and once in theatres, “Black Panther” earned $1 billion globally in less than one month. The film stole the spot of “The Avengers” as the highest-grossing superhero movie, held the longest consecutive run at the top of the box office of all superhero movies, and become the most tweeted about film time.

Squad finished third at CAA Swimming and Diving Championships Towson’s men’s and women’s squads finished third at the 2018 CAA Swimming and Diving Championships, which ran Feb. 14-17. Junior Jack Saunderson was named Men’s Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet for the second consecutive year after winning three individual gold medals and helping two relay teams win medals. He went on to win two Honorable Mention AllAmerica honors at the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship in March. Juniors Emily Wilson and Kelsey Jehl both qualified for and competed in the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships earlier in March.

MAR SGA launched first-ever Pride Fest Towson’s first-ever Pride Fest, which took place from March 2 to March 15, was a collaboration between the SGA and the Center for Student Diversity to create various events centered on LGBTQ+ students, according to then-SGA President James Mileo. The week’s featured events included documentary screenings, social gatherings, giveaways and opportunities to decorate the campus with LGBTQ+ pride.

Men’s Basketball had up and down season The Tigers struggled to say consistent throughout the regular season and were bounced in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) quarterfinals by William & Mary. The team started off strong with tournament wins in the Florida Gulf Coast Showcase and Belfast Invitational in Northern Ireland, propelling them to an 11-1 record. Towson suffered a four-game losing streak midseason and the team was up-and-down from that point, going 8-10 in conference play. Head Coach Pat Skerry pointed to a lack of mental focus at times as a primary reason for the team’s struggles throughout the season.

First-year coach Richardson began rebuild of Women’s Basketball Head Coach Diane Richardson struggled in her first year at the helm for Towson. The team dropped nine of their last 10 contests and fell in the first round of the CAA tournament. With two of the team’s top three leading scorers graduating, Richardson looks to gather a strong recruiting class in order to build for the future. However, one bright spot for the Tigers was the breakout year from sophomore guard Nukiya Mayo. She finished the season averaging 12.6 points and nine rebounds per game.

APR Schatzel committed to having a chosen name policy by next year LGBTQ+ student groups around campus advocated for a chosen name policy to be implemented allowing students to use a chosen name other than the legal name in University databases. Many students in TU’s trans community do not feel safe around campus and a policy allowing chosen names could be a step in the right direction. President Kim Schatzel addressed the issue at TU’s first-ever Pride Fest closing ceremony and committed to having a policy by next year.


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Outdoor Track & Field wins TU invite Towson put on a show in the annual TU Invite at Johnny Unitas Stadium, earning a first place finish with 189 points. The Tigers recorded eight total first-place finishes on the day, with three of those coming on throwing events. Junior Phontavia Sawyer set a personal best to take first in the shot put with a mark of 50-5.5. Head Coach Mike Jackson celebrated a ring ceremony the night before the competition with Towson’s 2017 CAA Championship team.

Workers break ground on science complex Now that construction on Burdick Hall is finished and the gym is up and running, Towson University Officials have decided it is time to move on to other projects. In the past few months TU has not only broken ground and begun construction on the new science complex, but also released plans for the renovations and expansion of the University Union. The science complex, which is slated for completion in 2020, will be located between 7800 York Rd. and Stephens Hall and have several new features including rooftop greenhouses and an outdoor classroom. The Union’s expansion is also slated to be completed in 2020, and the renovations to the existing portion in 2021. Preparations for the Union project are expected to begin this August.

Tennis earns first CAA tournament win in over a decade Towson posted its first CAA tournament match victory in 11 years with a 4-1 win over No. 9-seeded Elon Apr. 19. The Tigers completed their spring 2018 season with a 12-12 record, which included a dramatic 4-3 comeback win over Georgetown Feb. 13. Senior Nicole Shakhnazarova was named All-CAA Second Team for the third consecutive year, leading the team with 13 wins in 2018. The Tigers bade farewell to their five seniors — Shakhnazarova, Barbora Vasilkova, A.J. Gomer, and co-captains Renate van Oorschodt and Lucy Williams — after the team fell 4-0 in the CAA quarterfinals to No. 41 William & Mary.

MAY Provost and Exec. V.P. for Academic Affairs Chandler stepped down After serving as Towson University’s Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs for approximately five and a half years, Timothy Chandler announced he will be stepping down from the position effective July 1 of this year. Though he will be stepping away from this role, Chandler will not be leaving TU. Beginning in January of 2019, he will be joining the College of Health professions and taking on the role of a professor for the Department of Kinesiology. In his time as Provost, Chandler increased the six-year graduation rate from 66 percent to 72 percent and eliminated the achievement gap between majority and minority students.

TU Women’s Lacrosse reached second round of NCAA Tournament Despite a successful regular season which included several individual milestones by a flurry of players, the Tigers fell 21-17 in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Sunday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The team finished with a 16-5 record, including a nine-game winning streak towards the end of the season with six of those wins being on the road. Head Coach Sonia LaMonica will lose a number of talented seniors such as Kaitlyn Montalbano, Emily Gillingham and Tianna Wallpher, but has a strong foundation of young talent moving forward in freshman attacker Kaitlin Thornton and sophomore goalkeeper Kiley Keating.


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Arts & Life

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Season of shows

TV to binge this summer

No mountain is high enough Movie takes closer look at love and lust LUKE PARKER Columnist

Longing haunts the lovers from “Brokeback Mountain,” a film of loss, desire, and abandoned dreams, revolving around lives crumbled by suppressed passion and forced settlement. Spanning the course of nearly two decades, director Ang Lee gives the highlights of the forbidden romance between Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), who meet in the summer of 1963 when they are hired to tend sheep on a Wyoming mountainside. To those who have not seen it, the unfortunate and cruel simplification attached to the story – “the gay cowboy movie” – does it no justice. Anyone who has had the pleasure of watching “Brokeback” knows that it is more about a time and a place where even the most genuine and personal of passions are condemned and hunted. A time and a place where two men are heartbreakingly unable to exhibit the only true feelings they will probably ever

experience. Its star-crossed message is universal. Twist and Del Mar’s love makes no sense here in this place, except for where it all started: the remote Brokeback Mountain. After their first summer together, a long overdue reunion between them conjures up an affair that sees each man retreat back to the mountainside year after year. Their fears are stifled, if only momentarily, in these hills. On one of these occasions, Del Mar tells Twist the story of two men who lived together near where he grew up. Though “they were pretty tough old birds,” they were found one day beaten to death. “My daddy, he made sure me and my brother seen it,” Del Mar says, “for all I know, he done the job.” This display of hatred taught Del Mar to fear his own emotions, a fear that looms over the entirety of “Brokeback Mountain.” It is the ghost in the room. While Twist, who is the more expressive and romantic of the couple, seems less worried of the consequence as long as the two are together, Del Mar remains hesitant, content with and fulfilled by the few moments

they manage to scrape together. This disbalance ruptures the foundation of their relationship, leading to a confrontation as devastating as it gets. Though Del Mar never has many words to say, when he does speak, he speaks to Twist, and it isn’t until it is too late that Del Mar realizes what he missed. When they are not together, each go through the motions of a less-desirable life. They have wives and families and jobs that take the back seat whenever an invitation comes in the mail. The wives, played by Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway, serve an important role, showing that Twist and Del Mar are not the only victims of these forbade emotions. “Brokeback,” while its conflict revolves around hostility towards homosexuality, was not made solely for homosexuals. The passion created here bravely by Lee, Ledger, and Gyllenhaal makes no restrictions on who can understand and appreciate it. This is as fine a love story as there is. Based on the short story by Annie Proulx, “Brokeback Mountain” is a perfect and distraction-less demonstration of how two people can share in a genuine adoration for one another.

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“Brokeback Mountain,” starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, tells the story of two men and their battle with sexuality, adoration, and desire despite their society’s viewpoints and standards.

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“13 Reasons Why” returns for its second season May 18, leaving fans to wonder how a story of a teenager’s suicide will continue. ALEX HELMS Columnist

As the spring semester draws to a close, many television shows from this year’s spring line-up will do the same. But with the summer season coming, it will be easy to find new and old favorites to hold you over until next fall, so be on the lookout for what’s coming up next. One of the summer’s earliest arrivals is the second season of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why,” premiering May 18. The first season of the controversial teen drama series, based on the novel of the same name, revolved around a high school student’s suicide and the mysterious motivations behind it. However, without another book to adapt, the second season will be continuing the story on its own, with the biggest mystery of the season being how they can tell another story at all. Some enormously popular reality series will also make their return this month. Following the publicized breakup of last season’s “The Bachelor,” Becca Kufrin gets a second chance at love on ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” debuting its 14th season May 28 at 8 p.m. On the following night, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” will premiere its 13th season with returning host Tyra Banks and judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. Along with its serious and sometimes difficult dramas like “13 Reasons Why,” Netflix will also be the home of critically-acclaimed comedies. After a five-year hiatus, the much-anticipated season five of the cult classic series “Arrested Development” arrives on May 29, and the entire cast of the Bluth family returns, including Jeffrey Tambor, who has faced sexual miscon-

duct allegations in the past year. With hopes of recapturing the feeling of the series’ original run, the upcoming episodes also drop the non-linear, character-isolating format of the show’s fourth season. Additionally, Netflix’s more literally cult-related comedy, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” will release part one of its fourth and final season May 30. The rest of the season’s episodes will be made available later this year, but the guest star-packed part one of the Emmy-nominated series will make for an easy but worthwhile binge. Fans of shows by Ryan Murphy, such as “Glee” and “American Horror Story,” may find the best of both worlds in his latest series, “Pose.” Premiering June 3 at 9 p.m., the new FX musical drama series will explore life and luxury in mid-’80s dance scene with a transgender lead actress, MJ Rodriguez, and the largest LGBTQ television cast ever. “AHS” fan favorite Evan Peters also joins the cast. Reflecting the summer movie season and its superhero obsession, a number of TV comic book adaptations will also make their way to the smaller screen. A blend of teen romance and action-adventure comes to Freeform on June 7 in Marvel’s “Cloak & Dagger.” The series will share continuity with the other properties in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the socially relevant “Luke Cage,” which returns on June 22 to pick up where the titular character left off in last summer’s “The Defenders.” AMC’s supernatural horror comedy “Preacher,” based on the DC/ Vertigo comic of the same name, premieres its third season on June 24 at 10 p.m. - To read the rest of this column online, visit

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TU seizes the clay Music from across the pond

Towson’s 45th pottery sale

British artist Ben Brown makes waves MARY-ELLEN DAVIS News Editor @Mel_Davis_1998

As a kid, Ben Brown used to carry around a plastic guitar with toy strings, pretending to play music. Now, Brown’s imaginative days have become a reality, with him recording his own music to perform in today’s sound-scene. The 20-year-old musician from North London is on exchange at Towson University. Despite the change in scenery, Brown has worked on his music during his time in the states, honing his original sound while simultaneously creating a brand new one. According to Brown, his “old style” is inspired by artists like Ed Sheeran and Zak Abel. “Originally, it was Ed Sheeran and this very acoustic vibe I first went [for],” Brown said. “Then, as that’s gone on, I take a lot more inspiration from more upbeat dancing, so Stevie Wonder and stuff like that. I love jazz chords and stuff.” Brown said his new style is closer to

trap and rap music than the acoustic sounds he normally plays. His new song, “Leaving the USA,” came from the style, and is the first single to be released off one of his upcoming EP’s. “I grew up and a lot of my friends listened to rap music,” Brown said. “So that’s where I sort of got that side from, unconsciously.” Despite relating his songs to the sounds of popular genres today, the singer-songwriter doesn’t like to characterize his music, saying that describing music is like putting a label on it. He also tries to avoid discussing the meaning behind his songs, as he feels they are relatively straightforward. “A lot of the time my lyrics are very descriptive anyways and it’s not too hard to read into it,” Brown said. “Especially the verses. I generally like to make it quite descriptive because that’s what keeps it interesting and catches people.” Brown, who is signed to Stride Records, has been working with Towson student and producer Matt Tasselmyer to create his new sound. Tasselmyer has encouraged Brown to work with premade tracks rather than

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“Leaving the USA” is just one of the many songs from Brown’s upcoming EP album with Stride, set to be released later this year.

stick to his normal writing practices. “I’ve generally always started with a chord pattern that I like,” Brown said. “So I play around on the guitar and I find a chord progression that I like, quickly record that so I don’t forget it, and then generally [work on] the vocals.” Premade tracks are helpful for Brown because “when I can already hear what the finished product is, I can sort of make it fit.” Brown started his pursuit of music at a young age, and toting around the plastic guitar his parents had given him was just the start. Brown played music throughout middle and high school, and was trained in classical piano. “Eventually, I went to university,” Brown said. “At 18, I started doing the gig circuit around Leeds which is sort of my home. I started... getting paid for gigs, [while] at the same time, starting to record.” Brown released his first song to SoundCloud when he was 18, which was when he got spotted by and signed to Stride Records. He was also offered the opportunity to record an EP with the label, on which three of the five songs have been released as singles. Throughout his entire journey, his biggest supporters have been the people who raised him. “My biggest supporters, I mean it’s going to be cliché, but I guess it’s going to be my parents,” Brown said. As for his music, Brown wants listeners to not only listen to his recorded material, but also to his live shows and videos, which he uploads to social media following major shows. “I do music definitely for performance purposes,” Brown said. “I mean, I love recording. I could spend six hours in the studio and then feel fine, and it doesn’t feel like work, and I’d enjoy myself. I'd be very tired after but I [essentially] make music so that I can perform.” Fans can expect to see an EP come from Brown’s work with Tasselmyer this summer, as well as the EP that he has recorded under Stride Records. Brown will has several live performances lined up for when he goes back home, including an appearance at Mutiny Festival on May 26.

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Speaker amplifiers, like the ones pictured above, were a popular items at this year’s sale, held in the CFA ceramics studio. MEG HUDSON Staff Writer

On May 11 and 12, Towson University hosted its 45th annual spring pottery sale. The event was hosted within the Center for the Arts in the third floor ceramics studio. The pottery event was open to the public. Families from all around the area gathered into the ceramics studio to view and purchase handmade pottery, jewelry, and glass pieces. Upon walking into the ceramics studio, one could view rows of handmade pottery pieces made by Towson ceramics students. The pottery sale was mostly composed of high quality pieces; any pieces with minor dents or deficiencies were sold for a lower price. The pottery pieces largely consisted of kitchenware: bowls, platters, plates, spoons, and mugs. There were also sculptures of creatures, arms, and dragons. Students ran the checkouts, while teachers walked around helping people decide what pieces they should buy, sharing fun facts about the pieces they were looking at. One local, Jennifer Stewart, has been coming to the pottery sale for three years now. “When I found out that there was this pottery sale at Towson, I didn’t realize how [high] quality the products would be,” Stewart said. “I came with a friend three years back. Her daughter was selling pieces here. I’ve been here every year since.” Stewart expressed how she usually likes to pick up a quirky new bowl or kitchen piece at this sale each time she visits. However, she noted that

the bulk of her time is spent looking at all of the sculptures and innovative pieces that the students have to offer. “I’m not sure if these have always been here, but I noticed these speaker amplifiers for your iPhone that someone created,” Stewart said. “They’re cute; they look like little dragons and they work. I was just testing them out.” The speaker amplifiers were small, bowl-shaped ceramic pieces composed of many colors and shapes. They proved to be quite popular among buyers this year. The Center for the Arts pottery sale not only benefits the Towson University Foundation, but the contributing artists as well. Towson University student Devon Baker was happy to hear that some of the profits went back to the artists who made them. “I think it’s cool that Towson is offering students a chance to make money off their work now,” Baker said. “As a student, it’s hard to balance school and work, and this offers students a chance to do both at once.” Towson University professor Brad Blair had several rows of pottery for sale. His works consisted largely of kitchenware with a twist. Because Blair makes pottery professionally, his works had unique shapes, coloration, and textures. He also sold some sculptures, such as a small dragon-looking creature that may serve as a cute centerpiece. With the amount of people that attended this year’s spring pottery sale, the Center for the Arts students who sold their art predict nothing but further growth for future sales to come.

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towson swept by elon on the road JILL GATTENS Staff Writer

Towson dropped a three game series to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponent Elon at Latham Park in Elon, North Carolina this weekend. In Sunday’s series finale, Towson (13-39, 6-15 CAA) could not respond to a big second inning by Elon (31-21, 13-8 CAA). The Tigers got on the board in the first inning with a solo home run from senior infielder Billy Lennox. In the top of the second inning, senior first baseman Charlie Watters laid down a sacrifice bunt to score junior infielder Richard Miller. The Phoenix responded in the bottom of the second inning by scoring six runs. In the top of the third inning, the Tigers pushed across two runs as sophomore outfielder Andrew Cassard singled to score Lennox. Watters followed with a single to score senior outfielder Colin Gimblet and Cassard scored on a

misplayed ball. Elon added three more runs in the fourth inning to extend their lead. The Tigers added one more run in the ninth when Gimblet hit a ball off the leg of the pitcher to score junior infielder Richie Palacios, but that was not enough to overcome the early deficit, falling 9-6. Redshirt junior pitcher Alex Cuas (1-5) took the loss after allowing six runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of work. “We were outgunned,” Head Coach Matt Tyner said. “We battled back and scored five [runs]. We just didn’t have the answer to everything.” In Saturday’s game, the Tigers could not overcome the Phoenix’s early offense. The Phoenix pushed across four runs in the first inning with a bases-clearing double. The Tigers got on the board in the first inning when senior catcher Tristan Howerton singled to score sophomore infielder Noah Cabrera. The Phoenix added a pair of runs in the bottom half of the second to take a 6-1 lead. The Tigers added another run in the fifth inning when Gimblet

delivered a sacrifice fly to score Palacios. Later in the inning, Miller singled to score redshirt junior outfielder Mark Grunberg. The Tigers scored again in the sixth inning when Watters singled to score Cabrera. The Phoenix scored seven runs in the seventh inning to secure the 16-4 victory. Senior pitcher Michael Adams (3-7) took the loss after allowing eight runs on six hits over four innings. “One team will score more runs in one inning than other team will in the entire game,” Tyner said. “It’s tough to come back against. Big numbers make it difficult to respond.” Friday, the Tigers dropped the series opener 6-1. The Phoenix took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Adding another pair of runs in fifth inning, the Phoenix stretched their lead to 4-1. The Tigers scored their only run of the game in the top of the sixth inning when Palacios scored on a chopper by Lennox. - To read the rest of this article online, visit

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Sophomore outfielder Andrew Cassard takes a base at Schuerholz Park.

tu places third in final team meet Four Tigers qualify for first round of NCAAs after strong performances at ECACs MUHAMMAD WAHEED Staff Writer

Towson placed third in the 2018 Eastern College Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships Sunday hosted by Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. Head Coach Mike Jackson was pleased with his team’s performance. “It was the very best performance in team history, so [I’m] really excited as the team finished on a high note,” Jackson said. “I think we really established respect within our sport.”

Towson was given a team trophy for its performance at the championships. “They were even more excited than I was,” Jackson said. “Some of them didn’t feel that they had great individual performances, but it’s all about the team and they were really pumped up about it.” Junior Lauren Coleman won the shot put and took fifth in the hammer throw with a personal best toss of 187-7, which ties her for 47th in the NCAA East Region. “She was named the outstanding performer of the entire meet, so she did outstanding and she’s really primed and ready for NCAAs first round,” Jackson said. Senior Ksenia Safonova placed

second and set a new school record in the hammer throw with a 204-7 toss, which is 11th in the NCAA East Region and 28th nationally. “She waited till the last meet before regionals to really show what she can do, so she’s been having a year where she’s just trying to get it together and she finished well with a personal best and school record,” Jackson said. “She’s been to regionals before and experienced it, so now she’s ready to try to qualify… for the national championships.” The 4x100-meter relay team of sophomores Jamila Brown and Helnsarah Penda and juniors Liz Reid and Arianna Waller placed second timing 46.00 seconds.

George Mason won the event timing 45.89 seconds. “We have never had a good performance in the 4x100 until this weekend, so I’m just glad we were finally able to pull one out,” Jackson said. “We were really close to the win, but disappointing to not get the win, but we’ve never had a successful performance in the 4x100 at ECACs until this year so I’m really proud of that.” Safonova, Coleman, Phontavia Sawyer and Megan Kelly will be competing in two weeks in the NCAA East Preliminary Round. “We have four athletes who are qualified for the NCAA first round which is in Tampa, Florida,” Jackson said.

Safonova will compete in the hammer throw and Coleman will compete in the shot put and possibly hammer throw, while Sawyer will compete in the shot put and possibly discus. Senior Megan Kelly will compete in the 400 meter hurdles. Jackson has high expectations for the four athletes who will compete at the University of South Florida Track and Field Complex in Tampa, Florida May 24-26. “I expect them to compete to advance to the national championships to be able to keep represent Towson,” Jackson said. “They’ve been working for it all year and I know they’re excited about it, and I believe they’ll get the job done.”

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Tigers wiped out by Wildcats in NCAA tournament

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Junior attacker Natalie Sulmonte follows through with a shot on goal during Towson’s NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Tournament second round game against Northwestern at Johnny Unitas Stadium Sunday afternoon. Sulmonte finished with five individual goals, tying Towson’s program record for most goals scored in an NCAA tournament game. BILLY OWENS Assistant Sports Editor

Facing one of the highest-scoring offenses in women’s lacrosse is never an easy task. Unfortunately for Towson, that’s what it faced against Northwestern in the second round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Tournament at a misty Johnny Unitas Stadium Sunday afternoon. The No. 7-seeded Tigers were overpowered by the unseeded Wildcats 21-17 after a quick five-goal run early in the second period put the Wildcats up for good. “I’m just really proud of our team, the season they had this year and how they competed out there today,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica

said. “Northwestern was outstanding, particularly in their shooting. Twenty-one [goals] on 29 shots; that’s outstanding.” The first period was back-andforth as the two teams tied the score five times, with Northwestern taking an early 2-0 lead five minutes into the period. Senior midfielder Emily Gillingham shot an unassisted goal to bring Towson within one, but Northwestern put up another goal soon after. Junior attacker Natalie Sulmonte then went on a three-goal tear with two free position scores and one unassisted goal to give Towson its first lead of the day midway through the period. The two teams traded goals for the remainder of the period, entering halftime locked at 8-8. After both teams exchanged goals early in the second half, the Wildcats

seized control of the game with five goals in less than four minutes to take a commanding 14-10 advantage. “We never quite recovered from [that scoring run],” LaMonica said. “We definitely battled hard and they were able to continue to chip some goals in there as well. That was the stretch that broke up the lead.” The Tigers cut the deficit to three as Sulmonte scored her fifth goal of the day, but they could not complete the comeback. Northwestern was a perfect 8-for-8 on free position attempts in the second period and had eight goals apiece from junior attacker Selena Lasota and senior midfielder Sheila Nesselbush. A seven-time former NCAA tournament champion, Northwestern advances to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2015 to face No. 2 seed North Carolina.

Friday afternoon, Towson picked up a convincing 16-6 win over Wagner College in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Tigers were hot out of the gates as Gillingham scored an unassisted goal just nine seconds into play, tying an NCAA tournament record. “My defense relaxed and the rest of them walked off, and I knew I’d take [the Wagner defender] because she softened up there,” Gillingham said. Gillingham and senior midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano lit up the scoreboard against the Seahawks, scoring seven of the team’s 16 goals on the day. Freshman attacker Kaitlyn Thornton also had a solid outing as she recorded two goals and two assists. Sophomore defenders Olivia Conti and Sami Chenoweth combined to cause five turnovers while sophomore midfielder Rachel Mills tied a career

high with seven draw control wins, racking up more wins than Wagner’s entire team on the day. “I’m just so impressed with Rachel’s focus,” LaMonica said. “She’s so in the moment, and you can see that on the draws in particular where she just focuses everything into that moment.” Despite Sunday’s tough loss — both in terms of the tournament and the team’s seniors — the Tigers put together a solid season. The team ranked unanimously in the top 10 of the three major NCAA women's lacrosse polls for the first time since 2010 and won 14 of its first 16 games to start the season, highlighted by a nine-game winning streak from mid-March to late April. “We will keep this momentum going into next year,” Conti said. “We have a lot of talent returning, so we’re going to keep moving on.”


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Junior Lauren Coleman took first place in the shot put and set a new personal best in the hammer throw at the 2018 Eastern College Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships this weekend.

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