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August 28, 2018
Nation’s challenges unprecedented
We must think critically about our nation’s future
CONNOR McNAIRN Columnist
Writing columns on political issues, specifically those that originate in the halls of Congress and trickle from the bench of the Supreme Court, is a particularly daunting yet perpetually rewarding task. In our nation’s current political climate, to deviate one’s attention from the daily minutiae of the Mueller investigation, the constantly -evolv ing deterioration of allied d i p l o matic relationships, or the seemingly constant flurry of guilty pleas and indictments stemming from the Trump camp, is to effectively surrender one’s own contemporary political education. As college students, we find ourselves in a unique social and educational position. True, our main task at university is to study tirelessly and make the best grades possible, but at our disposal is a vast and diverse community of political thinkers – one that offers the fruits of discourse, the frustration of disagreement, and the overall opportunity to immerse ourselves in a world of information. With this column, my primary aim is not to prescribe ideology or demonize those opinions with which I most fervently disagree. Rather, I endeavor to highlight the most important developments stemming from the two branches of government that are not run by Donald Trump. We live in a remarkable era. Students of history are correct to recognize that the United States has survived tempestuous political
climates in the past. After all, the republic remained standing after 2.5 percent of its population was killed in a civil war. America soldiered on after a crippling economic depression in the early twentieth century, which was immediately followed by the threatening spread of fascism in Europe and imperialism in the Pacific Theater. The U.S. has since abolished legal segregation, survived the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and enjoyed the benefits of international relationships t h a t t r a n scend differences in culture and ways of life. In short, Americans have much to believe in, as our history has justified such burgeoning idealism. But in the year 2018, some of this nation’s foremost challenges remain unprecedented. Never before have foreign adversaries been presented with such large and ubiquitous technological platforms – which they use to inevitably wreak havoc on our democracy by means of incitement – as they are now with the likes of Facebook and Twitter. Since World War II, an American president has not treated our most precious and necessary allied relationships with such reckless abandon as President Trump. Never in our nation’s history has the Supreme Court appointment process been so mired by partisanship that congressional leaders seek to alter time-tested confirmation norms. And perhaps most dangerously, it is unprecedented for the legislature – the branch of government within which our founders entrusted the greatest degree of political power and circumstance – to so cowardly
surrender its governing authority to an overly energetic and inept executive. In the Trump administration, tribalism, nationalism, and anti-intellectualism win the day. Scapegoating tactics are frequently employed to demonize those individuals who flee their home countries in hopes of receiving asylum, those who pray differently, and those who kneel during the National Anthem to peacefully oppose unmitigated racial injustices. The free press, a collection of dedicated patriots who seek to defend the most fundamental of our country’s liberties, are lambasted daily by the commander-in-chief. Vital and loyal U.S. allies have been treated as subsidiaries and targeted by Trump’s anti-free trade sentiments. While political pessimism abounds – and perhaps rightly so – there are still countless reasons to remain hopeful. As I see it, the story of America has many chapters that have yet to be written, but in order to ensure the continuity of the nation it is incumbent upon all students to think critically and pursue the educational and political avenues that were erstwhile mundane or esoteric. Through writing about, challenging, and discussing developments stemming from both Washington and our local communities, we effectively establish ourselves as an active polity capable of affecting significant degrees of change. From 2012 to 2016, college student voter turnout rose by three percentage points, yet still more than half of all college students failed to get to the polls. While my ultimate task in this column is to advance my own arguments and perspectives on congressional and judicial developments, equally as important is my ability to fire up a student body to become engaged in the processes that will have immediate impacts on our communities and the individuals that reside within them. Welcome back to Congress and the Courts.
Finding my everything bagel online BAILEY HENDRICKS Senior Editor
So, I never thought I would be the type of person to use an online dating app. I always thought the way I wanted to meet my one and only was to walk into a crowded coffee shop and Mr. Tall-Dark-andHandsome and I would just lock eyes and the rest would be history. Well, let me tell you. It’s not that easy. I’m only getting older and I felt like if I didn’t take my love life in to my own hands, I would just go crazy. And I mean, it’s not even exactly about meeting my prince charming, but a friend and some new adventures would be nice. So, I downloaded Bumble and began swiping. I would get the occasional “hey” from guys who didn’t seem to want to delve into any conversations with actual substance. I finally landed on a guy, we will call him Alexander. So, Alexander and I started talking and getting friendly. We even exchanged phone numbers and soon after made plans to go to dinner. Things were going well between us; our conversation was playful and friendly. But when it came time for our date, Alexander cancelled on me. No explanation, no warning. Just told me he wouldn’t be able to make it. After I asked for a reason, he promptly ghosted on me. Now, I will commend Alexander on not *totally* standing me up and letting me know he wouldn’t be able to make it before I got to the restaurant; however, as a girl with a fragile heart and as someone who often loves too deeply, it didn’t feel the best after finally gaining the courage to put myself out there again. Well, flash forward a few weeks later. Still nothing from Alexander. At this point I’ve moved on. I couldn’t take it anymore. I didn’t deserve to be ghosted. Screw him, I thought. My phone rings. It’s Alexander. I didn’t have anything to say to him. It goes to voicemail and a text comes soon after. Alexander texted me a stale apology that felt entirely ingenuine. Nothing seemed to be adding up. And I still get a bad feel-
ing about him. Now, really. This has happened to me at least four times now. I don’t understand why guys will just drop you like last week’s leftovers and then come crawling back weeks, months, or even years later. This has happened to me too many times now and I’d love to know why. After sending Alexander’s call to voicemail and not responding to his apology text, the “ghostee” became the “ghoster.” He then friend requested me on Facebook and Snapchat after he had already swiftly blocked me after his cancellation. Now, I have to be honest, part of me wanted to try to find out what the guy’s story was behind all this mayhem. But truthfully, I think I would have been fed a buffet of lies anyway, and that’s not a good foundation for a blossoming relationship. So, where did I go from there? A different dating app of course. This time I dove into Coffee Meets Bagel, an app that seems to be more relationship-oriented and less about swiping and swiping on people with no bios and only one crappy photo. I first found out about the app after it appeared an episode of “Shark Tank.” I looked at my recommended bagels day after day and these guys seemed much more willing to get to know me for me and at least try to have deep conversations with me. After talking to some stale bagels, I liked a man on my discover page. He had kind blue eyes, a nice beard, liked superhero movies like me, and said he was a chef. We’ll call him Marty. A chef, I thought, how cool. That intrigued me. Marty and I have gone on two dates and although I’m working on being less “all or nothing,” I’m happy to be on this journey of seeing if Marty is my everything bagel. If you are interested in online dating, however, make sure you don’t give away personal information like your address, neighborhood, or passwords. And for the first date, definitely meet in a public place. - To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
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First Amendment allows for freedom Clear that disability is not binary Journalists not enemy of the people, Americans one at heart DYLAN BRENNAN Columnist
Over the summer, many events have transpired. But instead of focusing on the nitty gritty of politicians and legislature that becomes old news within hours, I thought I’d cover the most stunning event I remembered. On June 28, a sociopath murdered five people at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. It hits more home than I would have thought at first, considering one of the victims was the husband of Dulaney High School’s own school newspaper manager; a newspaper I read every time my sister brought it home. It should come to no surprise that this affected many people in the community, let alone the country. I even looked up former Towerlight staff members to find their social media mourning this event. I know that there is a lot of heated rhetoric towards journalists and columnists nowadays, especially with our president going as far to call them “the enemy of the American people.” On this talking point, I won’t be as zealous a defender as most people in this field. I hope I am not walking on too many eggshells, as the Gazette shooting was a national tragedy, and I do mourn the loss of each victim, but the rhetoric is getting too heated, and I need to have my say. The Gazette is not the media as a whole, and the media is not some bastion of truth and justice. Cynical doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel towards publications, especially with the recent exposure of Sinclair Broadcasting up the road in Hunt Valley. Never, under any circumstances,
does this sentiment mean that journalists are to be shot to death. Just because I take action on an issue, does not mean I take violent action. In my disgust three years ago, wallowing around in my freshman dorm, I decided enough was enough, and joined this publication to vent my outrage and disgust the next year. I have never had such drive in my life, even if only a handful of people read my columns. I know many people have expressed similar sentiment, and I encourage them to write letters to the editor and get the same satisfaction I have. I am well aware that the Gazette shooting was not done by a political ideology, but by a deranged man who held a grudge for over seven years on a column condemning his confessed crimes. Nevertheless, the principle is the same. We must not try to destroy something key to our community and our democratic way of life, but try to fix it. If you hate the smug left-leaning pandering of mainstream media please write counter arguments, if you hate the calculated right-leaning ignorance of alternative media, please write counter arguments. The reason why I hold the First Amendment so dear is that while it allows any amount of drivel or hatred to be put out into the world, it allows us to strike back with as much of our own talk as we want. If you have a grievance with the news, beat them at their own game. If you think you can do it better, give it a try. Journalists, no matter how they handle themselves, couldn’t be less of the enemy of the people, because deep down, every American is one at heart.
#AmbulatoryWheelchairUsersExist campaign launches KAYLA HUNT Columnist
Here at Towson University we pride ourselves on our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive community. To start off the school year, I would like to share a new campaign that has arisen and opened many people’s eyes. I hope that this article enlightens those who are reading! #AmbulatoryWheelchairUsersExist is a new campaign founded by Annie Segarra, an activist for LGBT and disability rights. Merriam-Webster defines ambulatory as being able to walk and not bedridden. Segarra created the campaign to debunk the por-
trayals of disability in the media and to change people’s perceptions of what it means to be disabled. Segarra shared her experience of being an ambulatory wheelchair user and describes how she receives judgment from people in public places when she is moving in and out of her wheelchair. Segarra and other ambulatory wheelchair users have shared that they are scared to stand up from their wheelchair in public because of the harassment they may face from others. Segarra used her personal story to show that not all people who are equipped with wheelchairs are paralyzed or lack mobility and she explained that this is how wheelchair users are mainly depicted in films, television shows, etc. For instance, characters in films are usually shocked when the person in a wheelchair is able to stand up; it is portrayed
as a revelation. This campaign has created a spark and provided a platform for other ambulatory wheelchair users to share their stories. Cassie Wilson, founder of the non-profit Half-Access, an organization striving to make live music more accessible and provide information about venues for disabled people, was one of many to speak on their experience and shared on Twitter. She said she loved the hashtag. “Disabilities are fluid,” Wilson tweeted. “Sometimes I need the chair and other times I don’t. No one is faking anything just because they can stand/walk sometimes. Let’s work together to have more conversations and fewer assumptions.” The campaign has shown that there are various medical conditions and illnesses that require people to use a wheelchair other than paralysis. As the conversation continues, the message is becoming more clear that disability is not binary.
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Herban Legends plants its seed in Towson Dispensary to serve medical marijuana card holders MARY-ELLEN DAVIS News Editor @Mel_Davis_1998
For those with a medicinal marijuana card in Towson, finding a dispensary just got a little easier. Herban Legends, Towson’s new dispensar y, opened its doors for business over the summer. Charles Fink, a proprietor of the dispensary, discussed several reasons why Towson was the place for Herban Legends to plant its roots. “It becomes a business decision,” Fink said. “As well as where it’s going to be the highest concentration of potential patients as well. We’re around the hospitals, there’s elderly communities in the area as well, and even with the university there’s kind of a big thing and we have a lot of students that have anxiety, even from a sports related standpoint. [Students experience] pain after the game.” Located on Chesapeake Avenue, Herban Legends currently sells 24 different strains of flower to those who are registered with the state to receive medical marijuana and, according to Fink the different cannabis strains can help with any number of illnesses and stressors, including things like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
“PTSD is big, chronic pain, anxiety,” Fink said. “We have cancer patients that come out and that’s either for pain, to suppress your appetite, enhance your appetite if you’re not eating. There’s a huge list which is really going to be beneficial for the patients in Maryland.” In order to get a medical card, one would have to get a referral from a registered doctor and then register with the state. Once approved, the patient would receive a 16-digit identification number that could be used to gain access to the dispensary. Patients must be 18 years of age to receive a medical card. If they are underage, patients are required to have caregivers, who must also register with the state. “At that point you’re entered into the state database,” Fink said. “At that point you can come with your ID, passport, any sort of government issued ID, [like] a military ID.” Once admitted into the dispensary, patients will be welcomed by Herban Legends’ sales associates who will help patients determine which strain is best for them. “The patients are very engaging,” Fink said. “They’re eager to learn, so it’s exciting for them, it’s exciting for our sales team and our management team, because there’s no hostility.” Employee Shane Mayberry, 28,
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Herban Legends, a medical marijuana dispensary, opened in Towson this summer. Patients are greeted at the desk where they sign in before heading into the show room. said that, for him, the dispensary provides an opportunity to educate community members on the product. “So much of this has been kept in the closet and made more dangerous than it needs to be,” Mayberry said. “[It’s] unregulated and there are so many bad products out there, so to have good quality products and easy access, and it gets cheaper every year, it’s just amazing.”
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The dispensary, located on Chesapeake Avenue, currently boasts 24 strains of flower. The prices for it range anywhere between $35 and $65 for an eighth of an ounce depending on the type.
Fink mentioned that the current prices at Herban Legends run between $35 and $60 for an eighth of an ounce, depending on the strain. The dispensary, according to Fink, hopes to have a good relationship with Towson University and plans to run programs for university students including a certification buyback credit to the patients accounts, and student and university employee discounts. “We are eager to educate Towson University students. Whether they begin their process at our dispensary or at our educational events that will provide registration assistance, upon certification, we will issue a buyback credit to their patient account,” Fink said. Though Resident Assistant (R A) Makenzie Sisson sees no issue with having a dispensary in town, she is unsure of how the University will handle the situation. “I’m personally alright with having a medical marijuana dispensary in the town,” Sisson said. “It’s decriminalized, and I’ve heard that it’s helped a lot of people with conditions that
take their focus away from their academic and social life like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. However, I am aware that Towson has a no smoking policy, and marijuana is still illegal on a federal level.” As an R A on campus, Sisson described how a new dispensary in town may impact her job to enforce Towson’s no smoking policy. “The intricacies of this are something that a lot of R A’s are working through right now,” Sisson said. “Along with a lot of residents on campus. I am fine with having a medical marijuana dispensary in the town, but I don’t believe the campus will allow it, and as an R A, I have to respect and adhere to that policy.” Fink expressed that he is eager to help educate students and the community on the topic of medicinal marijuana and hopes to create as much access to it as he can. “We want to create a relaxed, friendly, and as knowledgeable environment as we can at the end of the day as we can,” Fink said. “We just want to help people.”
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SGA survey haults meal plan policy change KERI LUISE Staff Writer @keri_luise
Towson Dining Services almost made getting food on campus a difficulty for students. Dining Services had changed the meal plan policy so that meals would no longer be accepted at dining areas like Au Bon Pain and the Administration Building along with other dining areas in some academic buildings. SGA Director of Communications Beza Tenna said that the SGA was unsure why the changes were proposed. “We, the SGA, strongly felt that the students opinions should be part of this powerful decision,” Tenna said. “I think restricting students to eat at certain places is ridiculous,” said junior Alan Kristall. Once students heard of the major changes to dining policies, the SGA put out a survey to make sure these outraged student voices were heard. “Within days of the survey release over a thousand students used it to voice their concerns,” Tenna stated. “This was a shocking result since it
occurred in a short period of time, especially during summer break. Which furthermore reflects how greatly it affected the TU population.” Junior Ryan Sullivan was one of the many students upset with the meal plan policy change. “Since freshmen and those living off campus are forced to get a meal plan, and they can’t use meals other places, they would be spending more money on top of the meal plan they already got,” he said. “Towson tried to make it so that students would spend their own money on other options besides dining halls, but the prices are so jacked up already, so no one could afford it without a meal plan.” Some students don’t have the time to sit down and have a meal in dining halls. If meals were limited, busy students would be forced to spend points or actual money rather than the meals included in their meal plans. “I think having the opportunity to have mainstream places is a comforting aspect to the college community because the food options were something I am familiar with,” said Kristall. “Dining halls don’t always
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Dining areas such as Au Bon Pain and the Administration Building were some of the places that would have been affected had the meal plan policy changed. have what I want.” On Aug. 18, Towson SGA tweeted revealing their success in changing the policy, stating, “We got your feedback and all of your concerns! The new meal policy has been reversed. Meals will still be accepted in academic buildings! #TrueTU.”
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“After the the reveal of the new meal plan, SGA was curious to the thinking process behind the drastic change,” said Tenna. “Additionally, after seeing the multiple concerns, comments and complaints from the student body, we knew we needed answers.”
Sullivan believes that the reversal “is better for students because now they have actual options, and can eat at more places around campus, have better food, and be closer to their classes and housing.” Dinning Services could not be reached for comment.
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Cook Library welcomes new Tigers ANTHONY PETRO Staff Writer
Despite Towson University’s campus construction, the Cook Library wasn’t deterred from hosting their annual Welcome Carnival on Thursday for all the new Tigers. “We wanted to give new students a fun way to introduce them to the library and the school,” Joyce Garczynski, the Assistant University Librarian for Development and Communication said. “We want new students to feel welcome and happy here.” Garczynski said the carnival has been expanding each year. The PNC and Baltimore County Public Library tents were new additions to the 2018 carnival. She wasn’t thrilled with the construction but was still happy with the turnout. “The construction isn’t ideal, but we had some extra help to push the event,” Garczynski said. “We used our own social media platforms, and the University itself helped get the word out.”
After following all the detours created by the University Union and Science Complex construction, incoming students were welcomed immediately by warm and friendly faces of current Tigers at the Towson Student Activities tent. Next to them were the Software Engineering Club where students had the chance to win goldfish and play giant Jenga. Zach Yabko, an incoming freshman majoring in computer science said he was exploring campus with a couple friends and was led to the carnival by their mentor. “I’m really excited to meet new people and friends and experience new things,” Yabko said. “I chose Towson for the environment, the people, and they have a great cyber security program. I’m excited.” Moving to the left, students come across Towson Grace Life, the Christian and bible study student organization. Here students could take pictures with a social media frame
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Cook Library welcomed new Towson students Aug. 23 with their annual Welcome Carnival. Students were able to play games, win prizes, and learn more about the University. with the hashtag #gracelifeTU on the bottom. Mike McQuitty, the Campus Baptist Minister, said the Grace Life tent wanted to make move-in an easy and enjoyable experience for all the newcomers. “We want to help students con-
nect with and experience whatever spiritual growth and enrichment they are seeking,” McQuitty said. Next to Grace Life, students could discuss jobs and open accounts with PNC. Lastly, the Baltimore County Public Library
had a tent with plenty of information and a game of plunko to win prizes. Inside the library, students could participate in more games, win prizes and learn plenty of information about Towson and Cook Library.
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On Thursday, The Catholic Charity of Buffalo announced that they are ending their century old adoption program. The charity said they are doing this instead of approving a same-sex couple for adoption since they cannot comply with state regulations and also conform to the Roman-Catholic ideals of the church. New York state law requires contracting organizations, such as charities, to allow same-sex couples to adopt or raise foster children. However, the Roman Catholic church’s official position is that marriage is solely between a man and woman.The adoption program is set to expire in March of 2019, along with The Catholic Charities of Buffalo’s adoption contract with Erie County Department of Social Services. The charity and state are working together to ensure that no child already placed will be removed from their current foster home.
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PRISONERS PROTEST ‘MODERN SLAVERY’ NATIONWIDE Bishopville, South Carolina Prison inmates across the country called for a strike Aug. 21, advocating for an end to what organizers are saying is inhumane treatment. The strike will include work stoppages, sit-in strikes, commissary boycotts, as well as hunger strikes. In a national press release, protestors put forward a list of 10 demands that covered topics such as concerns over prison conditions as well as racial discrimination, health and rehabilitation care, and financial aid for education. The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee has pledged their support to the protests, which will end Sep. 9, the anniversary of the Attica Prison Riots.
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Aug. 25: An officer making a traffic stop encountered a group that began to yell and refused to move to a safe distance on University Avenue. Aug. 25: Two resident students were referred to Student Conduct for possession of marijuana under 10 grams at Clara Barton House. Aug. 24: A resident student was referred to Student Conduct for marijuana under 10 grams at Clara Barton House. Aug. 22: A subject taken into custody for trespassing was later found to have been granted temporary access to campus and as a result was released without charge at Enrollment Services. Aug. 22: A roll up door was forced open and food removed from a concession stand in Towson Center. Aug.18: A non-affiliate was arrested for violating a no trespass order in Linthicum Hall Aug. 17: A campus security authority reported an incident of sexual assault in Harriet Tubman House.
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Aug. 8: A coach heard a non-affiliate make a threatening statement to camp guest at Towson Center. Aug. 3: A non-affiliate was told to have no further contact with staff at Towson Center. July 25: Upgraded to Trespass Violation. Investigation determined that a former student invovled in a traffic stop was trespassing in violation of a no trespass order at York Road and Burke Avenue.
July 24: TUPD is investigating a late reported rape and dating violence in Millenium Hall. July 20: A staff member received an unwanted email at Towson Center. July 11: A campus security authority referred 5 students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Glen Complex Tower A. July 11: A campus security authority referred 2 students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Newell Hall. July 11: A campus security authority referred 3 students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Newell Hall.
July 11: A campus security authority referred 9 students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Glen Complex Tower D. The Towerlight’s “Police Blotter” is a representative sample of crimes occurring on and off campus. The blotter is not intended to be all inclusive. For a list of all crime reports, visit www.towson.edu/police.
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Fall trend report: party hard KERRY INGRAM Arts & Life Editor @Glaminista08
Every fall, I look forward to the new trends that emerge with the hope of being completely inspired. To anyone interested in the fashion and beauty industries, fall is like our “new year.” I LIVE for a “new look, new me” moment. Have you ever watched an episode of “Queer Eye” and not been amazed with the transformative powers of clothing and grooming? When fall rolls around, there’s always a mixture of unexpected looks, weird new crazes, and at least one classic fashion trend to rely on. This season is no exception to that mixture, but it is exceptional when it comes to the exact trends it is composed of. This fall is all about making looks that would traditionally be described as “themed” or “costumey” into cool and casual ensembles. You’re not even ready for this. *I would like to add a note here that although the fashion trends are sectioned off according to “women” and “men”, that anybody can wear anything they want. This sectioning is for fashion industry purposes, however I’m all about living your best life and having no judgment zones. You do you, boo boos. WOMEN’S FASHION TRENDS Faux fur - This trend gives me major elementary-snap-bracelet-vibes,
but in the chicest way possible. From fur-trimmed skirt hems to fur detailing on bags, fuzzy looks are going to be everywhere for the next few months. If I were to make an educated yet far-fetched guess here (because there are such things) I’d say that the fur trend was born as fancy divas and cliquey teens began to mourn the death of Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens” series, a show that made Chanel suits and faux fur look as normal as a Starbucks cup on Towson’s campus. Regardless, fur is a fun addition to a college wardrobe but I wouldn’t advise it for the faint at heart. Only the most #extra students can do the most with this one. Colorful Animal Print - This is definitely one of the trends I was not expecting. Animal print, which often goes back and forth between classic and cheap, is being updated this season with bright hues that add a fun flair to any outfit. Although this is another bold trend, this one can be easily styled as long as it is worn in small amounts. For example, a pastel pink, cheetah print, cropped tee paired with light-wash skinnies, white sneakers, and a cute jacket? Yes. A bright, neon yellow, cheetah print dress with matching flats. Absolutely not. Stripes - Serving as this season’s classic women’s trend, stripes are back with a vengeance. From standard neutral tones to brighter,
70s-inspired color combinations, you’re sure to see a striped sweater at any retailer this fall. Good thing is, the best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time (if you don’t get this reference, you didn’t have a real childhood.) Sweatsuits - The early ‘00s are back with this one! Track and sweatsuits are being advertised in many trendy retailers, from Victoria’s Secret Pink’s new line of university style clothing to Fashion Nova sets being hauled and shared by influencers galore on Instagram. Best thing about this trend? You can be in style and be super comfy. Who doesn’t want that? Yellow - The golden hour has come upon us. Yellow is this season’s staple color, and it makes sense. The warm hue gives a gently nod to summer and pairs well with our slowly fading tans, while also giving off happy vibes. MEN’S FASHION TRENDS 90s Styles - From bucket hats to dope sweaters, the 90s are still all that in the mens department. Fall 2018 is looking like the season of color, so feel free to play around with cool designs and loud prints. You may feel like you’re in a different world, but I assure you that you’ll be looking more like a fresh prince than you think. Leather Jackets - This is finally a thing for the guys again, and
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Kylie Jenner brought sweatsuits back in style when she posted a picture of her doning a Juicy Couture tracksuit back in late 2017. I’m excited to see where it goes. Traditional leather jackets remind me of “Grease,” but the newly designed versions of today are less highschool-badboy and more trendycollege-cutie. Pair one of these with a graphic hoodie and sweatpants for a perfect school look that screams trendy without the try-hard. Bomber Jackets - A returning trend of season’s past, bomber jackets are here to stay. However, stick to solid colors and more basic satyles to pair with other unique pieces of clothing. The decked-out bomber jackets of past fall seasons are no longer in; less is more this time around. Casual Button-Ups - You can thank Tan France for this one, guys. Casual button-ups are EVERYWHERE this season, and for good reason. These tops can easily be “french-tucked” into a stylish pair of jeans for an effortless college outfit, or paired with dress pants for less casual occasions. Bonus points for them looking good on just about anyone. Prints - Again, adding fun to your wardrobe is essential this season. Live it up in fun printed tops or trousers. You only live once (and there’s only a matter of time before you find a job that may limit your clothing choices, so live while you can!) FASHION TRENDS FOR BOTH
Checks/Plaid - Calling all “Clueless” fans; this one’s for you. Checkered print and plaids are making their collegiate return, and although often looked at as stereotypical school prints, this year is all about making them look chic. Pair the prints with pastel basics for a preppy vibe, or don the trend with other wild prints for a more rebellious and youthful aesthetic. Either way, people will be mad for your plaid outfit this season. BEAUTY TRENDS Glitter - Another returning trend, glitter has left its mark on the beauty industry. This season is all about incorporating the sparkly accents in more subtle ways, such as a light touch of glitter in a lip gloss or a slight sprinkle of sparkle on the center of an eyelid. Save the chunky and heavy glitter for the holidays - the fall is our time to let it shine without letting it blind. Braids - Braided locks are going to be a major beauty trend the next few months. Although this trend is one that often reserves itself for the warmer months, braids are here to add a twist on the traditional fall styles. From braided updos to french braids with metal accents, this trend is all about embodying the ease and comfort of the season. - To read the rest of this column online, visit thetowerlight.com.
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August 28, 2018
Dealing with homesickness Moving forward while moving out MEG HUDSON Staff Writer
Holding newfound freedoms and new beginnings, moving on to campus can be a big environmental change. As a result, some students could become vulnerable to feeling homesick. Towson offers a variety of resources to students for being successful and happy in their environment. “Going away to college is a big change where students are often moving from an environment that has been comfortable, to a new way of life that does not feel as familiar,” said Alessandra Pieraccini, a doctoral intern at Towson’s Counseling Center. “Homesickness can take many forms, such as moments of longing for home or a specific person, sadness, irritability, or feeling nostalgic. It can lead to experiences such as crying for seemingly no reason, feeling lonely, socially isolating, low motivation, [and/or] thinking about home.” Pieraccini recommends speaking with family members prior to moving out, to discuss topics such as communication, stress, and ways to cope. “How often do you want your parents to call or text you?” Pieraccini asked. “Would it be helpful to schedule a weekly FaceTime date with your significant other or best friends from home?” Additionally, Pieraccini shared that it was important to discuss how a friend or family member can help in times when something is wrong. She stressed how communication can become difficult when there is distance involved. If topics such as these are discussed prior to moving on campus, chances are family and friends will better understand exactly how they can help from far away. While preparing for homesickness may be beneficial to some, others do not even think about the possibility of feeling homesickness until these feelings actually begin happening, according to Pieraccini. For Dylan Hubbs, a sophomore, homesickness was something that came as a surprising obstacle he had to overcome his first year of college. His way of coping included paying attention to his needs and staying occupied. “[What helped was both] time and realizing it can’t be cured by
just doing one thing,” Hubbs said. “I had to realize trying to go back home wouldn’t help and trying to stay in contact more wouldn’t help either. Just keeping myself busy and focusing on work and friends always helped, but the best thing was just time.” Hubbs’s solution to handling his homesickness wasn’t out of the ordinary; time was another recom-
themselves struggling. “Use the resources available to you,” Pieraccini added. “If you start to see yourself falling into unhealthy patterns, don’t wait until things worsen. Many students meet with therapists at the Counseling Center to help them adjust and cope with being away.” Pieraccini said that homesickness can feel like a tricky thing to han-
pre-existing mental health conditions may notice symptoms they typically have under control returning or worsening. And even students who have never experienced mental health difficulties before may notice increased anxiety or sadness as a result of this change.” She advised that students who have found previous success through ongoing therapy, contact the Counseling Center to schedule an appointment, or receive help finding a long-term therapist close by. Pieraccini also stressed the need to self-assess and examine your coping skills, as well as any signs of
Going through such a big change with newly added stressors can sometimes result in one’s mental health worsening or declining.
ALESSANDRA PIERACCINI TU Doctoral Intern mendation Pieraccini suggested for getting over homesickness. “Try not to be discouraged if you feel homesick immediately and it seems like no one else around you is feeling the same,” Pieraccini advised. Pieraccini offered some advice on how to combat homesickness while on campus. First, she recommends turning that blank dorm room into a personalized living space. She said you can do so by bringing pictures, blankets from home, posters, or other decorations that offer you satisfaction. Secondly, she advised the practice of self-care. “Take care of yourself and your basic needs,” Pieraccini also suggested. “And get involved on campus at your own pace.” Jaelyn Heyliger, a Towson student who experienced feelings of homesickness, used the act of pushing herself outside of her comfort zone and getting involved to ultimately overcome her struggles. “I have felt homesickness before,” Heyliger said. “It made me feel lonely and sad. Originally I would stay in my room, not go out, and call my mom crying. Joining clubs and meeting new people helped me feel better.” Pieraccini suggests discussing any feelings and emotions to those who may be struggling with homesickness. “Chances are many others in your residence hall are feeling (or have felt) similar to you,” Pieraccini said. “If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your peers or friends, your RA is also a great resource.” Pieraccini urged students to seek out available resources if they find
dle when dealing with pre-existing or developing mental health conditions. “Going through such a big change with newly added stressors can sometimes result in one’s mental health worsening or declining,” Pieraccini said. “Students with
your conditions worsening. “It is important to make a plan for what coping skills work,” Pieraccini said. “Also continue to take care of yourself and your basic needs, as these can largely impact your mental health and functioning.” Pieraccini said that students feel-
ing homesick are not alone. “No matter how close or far you are from home while at TU, the process of coming to college can be a difficult adjustment,” Pieraccini shared. “Remember that homesickness is natural and temporary. Be kind to yourself, as you will adjust at your own pace.” Towson University offers several resources to help students feel comfortable in their new community. Towson’s Counseling Center has therapists that offer free, confidential short term individual and group counseling to students for a wide range of concerns. The Counseling Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.am., and appointments can be made by calling (410-704-2512) or by walking in. Towson also offers a range of clubs and activities for students to join, such as Greek life, recreational sports and performing arts. “Getting involved and staying busy, while meeting new people is a great way to battle homesickness,” Pieraccini said. Additionally, family weekend is Oct. 12-14, a great opportunity to reconnect with family members while enjoying activities together on campus.
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Thanks for listening New market opens in Towson TIMOTHY COFFMAN Columnist
Death Cab For Cutie has been one of the most prolific artists on the indie scene since the turn of the millennium. The band seemed to hit its peak in the mid-2000s with albums like “Transatlanticism,” “Narrow Stairs,” and “Plans,” the last of which boasted the band’s closest attempt to a hit with “I Will Follow You Into the Dark.” However, the band’s newest album “Thank You For Today,” which was released Aug. 17, continues a trend from the band’s past few albums, which is to take their traditional indie rock sound and lean further into art rock. Also, this album is the group’s first without their producer, guitarist and longtime contributor Chris Walla. Therefore, while down one integral member, how does Death Cab’s new music fare? Well, the album has a very comfortable feeling that has come to be expected with Death Cab’s aesthetic. This comes from the production of Rich Costey, who is known for producing high profile bands, such as Muse, while also producing for other indie rock acts like Frank Turner and Interpol. The guitars are layered in reverb and subtle delay that wouldn’t be out of place on a U2 record. This gives the other instruments an opportunity to breathe, especially the bass, which pro-
vides a nice low end to each song. The album has more of an epic grandeur, which wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack to a movie on the independent film circuit. The lyrics on these tunes are very concise from Ben Gibbard. The album seems to deal with themes of letting go of someone you really care about on songs like “Your Hurricane” and “You Moved Away.” As a result, there are other songs on the record that deal with the signs of aging and seeing one’s environment change over time such as “Gold Rush” and “60 & Punk.” The dramatic details of the lyrics remind me of the original progenitors of indie rock, The Smiths. Like The Smiths’ lyricist Morrissey, Gibbard can convey genuine heartache without seeming too melodramatic to relate. Fortunately, Gibbard can also convey this same heartache without Morrissey’s trademark whininess. However, the album is not without a few detractors overall. The drums do seem to be lacking in places. While this drumming style suits the songs a little better, it leaves the listener with a lot to be desired. Also, this album does have a comfortable feeling, but they may be too comfortable to some. I have a feeling that if you aren’t sold by the first singles that dropped from this album, you may be disappointed with the album overall. But frankly, I had a rather enjoyable listen with this album after a few good spins. While this album isn’t the best of the year, it is a good album to ease you into the semester.
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Sprouts Farmers Market offers a variety of farm fresh produce and natural foods to its shoppers. DEB GREENGOLD Staff Writer
Sprouts Farmers Market, an organic and fresh produce-focused grocery store opened off of Goucher Boulevard this summer, replacing HHGregg. The Towson store followed the opening of another Sprouts Farmers Market in Ellicott City, which opened in March. The newly built market is located only seven minutes away from Towson University. The market is similar to places like Trader Joe’s and The Fresh Market, which both also have locations in the Towson area. A recent article by Tanza Loudenback published by Business
Insider described the store as “the perfect blend of Trader Joe’s prices and Whole Foods quality.” Anna Couchenour, a junior who has been vegetarian for seven years, shared how she hopes the market will help the community have access to healthier eating options. “I think it will change eating habits at Towson,” Couchenour said. “If something is made accessible, people are likely to at least try it or incorporate it into routine. It also allows for the people around Towson to have new options that may be different than what they are used to. Being healthier is always positive, as you are doing your body a favor.” Although some students, like Couchenour, are excited about the new market, other students at Towson feel as though the pricing is too steep for
the college environment. Sophie Nolan, a senior, said that area’s new grocery store’s “style is fine; it’s the cost that is a problem.” “Most college students can’t afford $6 jars of tomato sauce, or 27 percent vanilla extract, and they are better off going to Trader Joe’s or [Aldi] for reasonable prices,” Nolan said. “I can get all of the produce I got at Sprouts for half the cost at Aldi’s or [Trader Joe’s].” “I am happy to see more grocery stores focused on fresh produce open up in the area,” Nolan added. “Variety is always great for the consumer to find the best deals, as well as offer options to people with dietary restrictions like gluten allergies, dairy intolerances, or vegan preferences.” Only time will tell if the new grocer will become a favorite amongst Towson students.
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Indie band Death Cab for Cutie released their latest album, “Thank You For Today,” on Aug. 17 as their eighth studio album.
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Vettori eyes change Brendan Felch/ The Towerlight
Head Women’s Soccer Coach enters her first season with the Tigers. Vettori, who has been coaching for 22 years, stressed that she wants to change the losing culture at Towson and establish a strong sense of competition. Towson’s next match is against Bucknell University Friday night at Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.
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Head Women’s Soccer Coach Katherine Vettori was in the midst of an olympic soccer festival during her senior year at Duke University when she got a call from an unfamiliar voice. Patrick Baker, the women’s head soccer coach for the University of Pennsylvania at the time, reached out to Vettori to convince her to join him at the school as an assistant coach. Over two decades later, she still refers to her entrance into the coaching world as an accident, but interacting with a variety of players over time has made her 22-year coaching career a happy accident. “The soccer piece is really small,” Vettori said. “It’s the relationships that last a lifetime. When my former players drop by with their babies or I get invited to weddings and baby showers, that’s what brings me the most joy.” Not only was Vettori’s first coaching job achieved in an unorthodox fashion, but her initial desire to pursue soccer happened unexpectedly as well. She said that her parents knew
nothing about the sport, but she was drawn in just from playing the sport in school and with other kids around her neighborhood. “There was no soccer on TV,” Vettori said. “There was no Women’s World Cup then. It was just a game.” Vettori started working at soccer camps at the ripe age of 14, and continued to do so throughout college. Once she accepted Baker’s offer to become an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania, she also took on the duty of being an assistant academic adviser. She worked with the head of academic advising to monitor the academic progress of 34 sports at the school including football, basketball, soccer and crew. In her second season on the job, she helped lead the team to their first ever ECAC Championship on top of an impressive 14-5 record. Following two years at Pennsylvania, Vettori moved on to join the University of Maryland as an assistant coach for three years. She said that early on in her coaching career, University of Oklahoma’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach Sherri Coale was a huge influence. Vettori said she played basketball under Coale for four years at Norman High School in Oklahoma. She said
that Coale instilled determination and a relentless pursuit of competition during her time in Oklahoma. “She was so motivational,” Vettori said. “There would be a point where I was self motivated. I didn’t need her motivation. I’d be so motivated that I’d start the game and she’d take me out to have to put me back in check. She pushed me in ways I’ve never been pushed before.” After her stint at the University of Maryland, Vettori spent seven years as a director of coaching and player development for the Soccer Association of Columbia (SAC), which is based in Columbia, Maryland. She said that overseeing the development of approximately 3,200 girls improved her ability to evaluate talent and the wide age range of SAC gave her an opportunity to interact with a diverse group of people. Vettori stressed that seeing players grow on and off the field is always satisfying. She said that she remembers coaching a girl named Imani Dorsey when she was seven-years-old and recommending her to travel teams. Now, Dorsey is a professional soccer player for the Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League. “It’s so rewarding when someone like that who is a great, humble,
hard-working kid goes on to be an AllAmerican and is playing professional now,” Vettori said. “That brings joy [and] brings it all full circle.” After her time with SAC, Vettori got her first head coaching job at Loyola University Maryland. In five seasons at the helm, she led the team to four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) title berths in five seasons including two titles in 2009 and 2012. During her tenure at Loyola, Vettori also served as the director of coaching and player development for the Towson United Girls Soccer program, which provides recreational and travel soccer teams for the Baltimore area. Vettori said that the program started with seven teams, but is now up to nearly 20 teams. She said that it has been enjoyable to watch the organization grow, but the development of the players is the most gratifying. “The future is early and it’s bright for a lot of these kids,” Vettori said. “We’re getting them early and started right with a lot of technical training. It’s going to be fun to see them grow.” Following her contract expiration at Loyola, Vettori started the Vettori Elite Soccer Academy (VESA), a soc-
cer academy in the Towson area. VESA began by strictly offering individual camps, but now the academy provides small group training and team training for local clubs as well. Due to Vettori’s roots with local college coaches and youth players, VESA recently began to integrate college placement into the program to help guide athletes to fitting schools. “It’s giving me the best of both worlds [being able to] stay in touch with the youth while I can and being connected with the college side,” Vettori said. In January, Vettori was named the head women’s soccer coach for Towson and she said her main priority is to shift the culture of the program from a losing culture to a competing with high energy environment. She noted recruiting as a significant factor in turning the program around, sharing that she wants the best local players and is willing to bring in international recruits as well. Vettori said she understands that there will be growing pains, but argued she is hopeful that results will come in due time. “Establishing [positivity] and joyfully participating every day and looking at stepping on the field as our recess [is the goal],” Vettori said.
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towson searching for first victory The Tigers drop their first two games of the year in a weekend trip to North Carolina GLENN KAPP Contributing Writer
The Tigers lost 3-1 to non-conference opponent Davidson Sunday afternoon at Carol Grotnes Belk Turk Field. Davidson (1-1) struck first 16:25 into the game off a penalty corner by senior forward Kristin Kisa. The Wildcats had six penalty corners throughout the game, but that was the only time that they were able to capitalize. With 5:44 remaining in the first half, Towson (0-2) responded with a goal of its own as junior midfielder Katie McNeel scored off a feed from sophomore attacker Kendra Sikes to tie the game going into halftime. “It was great teamwork,” Head Coach E.A. Jackson said. The Wildcats broke the tie 13:41 into the second half on as senior defender Courtney Byler found the back of the net. Davidson would extend its lead to two later in the second half when senior midfielder Leigha Nortier ripped in a goal. Despite the loss, Jackson was
excited about the team’s aggressive approach on offense. Towson outshot its opponent for the second consecutive game 11-8. Seven of those shots went on net for the Tigers while six of them went on net for the Wildcats. “This was the first time in a really long time we have outshot our opponent two games in a row,” Jackson said. “To pull that off with a ton of freshmen on the field is exciting.” Freshman goalkeeper Ashleigh Bathras showed nice flashes of potential as she made three saves on the day for the Tigers. “She exceeded our expectations so far and she’s risen to the occasion,” Jackson said. “Every time she shows up to train or play, she gets a little better and a little stronger.” On Friday night, Towson fell in its season opener 2-0 against Appalachian State at Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field despite a solid defensive showing. The game was scoreless for most of the first half until freshman midfielder Fredi Stegen scored for the Mountaineers (1-1) with 1:54 remain-
ing in the first half. “We need to take care of the ball better at mid-field and stop turning the ball over,” Jackson said. The Tigers kept the game close in the second half, until sophomore forward Chloe Bell scored a goal for Appalachian State with 10:32 remaining in the game to seal the win for the home team. Even though Towson is yet to win a contest so far this season, the team’s goal differential is just -4 in just two games this season compared to -10 in the first two games of last season. “There was tremendous improvement in the first two games from this year to last,” Jackson said. “After watching them play this weekend, we are generating great opportunities to score and now we need to build on that and work on finishing,” Next, the Tigers will compete Friday night against Lock Haven at Charlotte E. Smith Field before returning to Johnny Unitas Stadium for the home opener against Scared Heart Sunday afternoon. Game time against Lock Haven is set for 6 p.m.
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Sophomore attacker Beira Ho reads the defense in a 2017 contest.
tigers tumble in baltimore bash MUHAMMAD WAHEED Staff Writer
Towson women’s volleyball dropped two out of three contests in the Baltimore Bash this weekend at Reitz Arena on the Loyola University Maryland campus. Loyola defeated Towson 3-1 on Saturday evening, scoring 25 points in the first, second and fourth sets to earn the win. “I think we played bad,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “I think it was a competitive match. From the first match against Radford to Loyola the team definitely got better. Our passing greatly improved, but [in] our execution of our game
plan…there were times when we had mental lapses and if you take a look at the actual play-by-play there were several times throughout that match where we allowed Loyola to go on significant runs of three or more points and that led to do the difference.” Towson’s only victory over the weekend was a 3-0 sweep of Siena College on Saturday afternoon. Senior right side Jocelyn Kuilan and freshman outside hitter Emily Jarome performed well on the day as the two combined for 28 kills, two aces and one block en route to a win. However, the victory was a team effort as the Tigers racked up 25 points in each of the three sets
and six different players recorded service aces on the afternoon. “Siena is a young program with a new coach and they’re still trying to find out who they’re going to be and I think we took advantage of that,” Metil said. “We played well, but when you look at [Rating Percentage Index] you’re supposed to beat teams like that so I think the team do what they had to do, but we still need to find a win against a caliber opponent that is going to challenge us, but we’re still [in] a decent position to compete.” Radford defeated Towson 3-2 on Friday evening. Towson won the first set 25-19, but Radford would win the second and third sets to go up 25 points each.
The Tigers were able to win the fourth set 25-23 and forced a fifth set where Radford picked up the victory 15-8. “We definitely had opportunities to win,” Metil said. “I think we saw two different things throughout the weekend from the Towson squad. I think in the first match we just unfortunately errored our self out of the match. At the end of the day we walked away with 61 errors and you’re not going to beat an NCAA tournament team with that many errors. They took care of the ball a lot better than us and those two minor points were definitely the difference in the match.” Towson’s next competition begins on Friday night against the
University of Miami in San Juan at the 2018 Puerto Rico Clasico. The Tigers will also face Arizona State University on Saturday night and will conclude the weekend with a match against Xavier on Sunday night. Game time on Friday is set for 8:30 p.m. “Well we’re still trying to get a couple of the younger kids healthy and some of the veterans back on the court full time so hopefully they have a little bit more consistency there, but it’s going to be a tough battle,” Metil said. “The schedule is designed to face a lot of tough competition early on and we’re definitely going to feel some bumps and bruises throughout the course of preseason here.”
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USTORE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Stanley Jean-Baptiste
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Running back De’ Lance Turner gets past defenders for a 65-yard touchdown run in Baltimore’s 27-10 win over the Miami Dolphins Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium. That rush was the longest of the night.
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The Baltimore Ravens captured a 27-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium thanks to a breakout performance by rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson finished the game completing seven of 10 passes for 98 yards and one touchdown. He also added three rushes for 39 yards and a rushing score. Quarterback Robert Griffin III started the game under center for Baltimore. He continued his impressive preseason, racking up 101 yards from scrimmage including 41 on the ground. Though Jackson has displayed unique raw athletic talent throughout the preseason, Griffin has shown good poise and appears viable as a backup option if the Ravens opt to keep three quarterbacks on the roster. Baltimore started the game with possession and marched down the field, but in a rare occurrence kicker Justin Tucker missed a 51-yard field goal wide left. The Dolphins blocked Tucker’s next field goal attempt, but couldn’t put points on the board until early in the second
quarter. After running back Kenyan Drake burst out on a tough 30-yard run, quarterback Ryan Tannehill converted on three short passes using the no huddle to put Miami in the red zone. The home team capitalized on the scoring position as Tannehill found wide receiver Danny Amendola on a short crossing route for a 16-yard touchdown. The Ravens responded with an eight-minute drive that resulted in a 22-yard field goal to make the score 7-3. Drake made another impressive play as he lined up as a receiver and hauled in a 36-yard reception to put the Dolphins in scoring position just before halftime. Miami nailed a 33-yard field goal to take a 10-3 advantage going into the break. Jackson entered the game to kick off the second half and immediately made an impact as he scrambled 13 yards for a first down on his first third down of the game. Baltimore would go on to score on that drive as running back De’ Lance Turner burst up the middle for a 65-yard rushing touchdown, knotting the score up. Later in the third quarter, Jackson showed off his running instincts as he scrambled right for a 19-yard rushing touchdown to give the
Ravens a 17-10 lead. Once he noticed that no one was open he immediately adapted a runner’s mindset and dove in for the score. However, Jackson has not shown the ability to slide yet so far this preseason and that could raise injury concerns. Jackson capped off his strong showing early in the fourth quarter when he found wide receiver DeVier Posey on a drag route for a 21-yard touchdown to seal the victory for Baltimore. On Monday night, Baltimore’s starters put together a convincing performance on both sides of the ball in a 20-19 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Quarterback Joe Flacco looked sharp on the evening as he finished with 72 passing yards and one touchdown through the air. The Colts struck first as kicker Adam Vinatieri ripped in a 57-yard field goal, but the Ravens responded on the following possession as Flacco found wide receiver John Brown over the middle of the field for a seven-yard touchdown. Brown bobbled the pass initially, but managed to reel it in with one hand and drag his feet to stay inbounds. - To read the rest of this artucle online, visit thetowerlight.com
Defensive back Stanley Jean-Baptiste has had an impressive preseason so far for the Baltimore Ravens. He has recorded one interception in each of Baltimore’s last two games, one against the Indianapolis Colts and one against the Miami Dolphins.
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