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Glenn Kaplan John Hack Timothy Klapac Cyan Thomas Suzanne Stuller John Davis Aaron Thomas Marcus Whitman

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December 4, 2018

How capitalism Protecting democracy affects the Earth Kirby anticipates more discussion following final Roll Call column RYAN KIRBY Columnist @RyanHKirby

It seems impossible to imagine the United States as anything other than the leader of the free world and an example of democracy for countries around the globe. The United States and its citizens have always prided themselves on being a new experiment in representative democracy. This image only becomes reality for as long as Americans make it so. Democratic backsliding is a term in political science where democracies experience a “subtle, gradual deterioration of democratic institutions and practices.” It may be difficult to consider the U.S. as a victim of democratic backsliding, but the warning signs are there. Republicans have mounted a massive campaign to convince voters there is widespread voter fraud going on in the United States. From 20002014, over one billion votes were cast with only 44 cases of voter fraud. Countless Republicans made accusations of voter fraud during the 2018 recounts and as lawful ballots were counted across the country in an effort to discredit any election where Democrats won. Another key facet of democracy is the peaceful transition of power. When Democrats have won control of a statewide office, such as the governor’s race in North Carolina and Wisconsin in 2016 and 2018 respectively, Republicans used their last breath of power to weaken the leadership. Republicans in Wisconsin lost the governorship and the attorney general, and they have chosen to propose dangerous laws in their lame-duck session meant to take power away from the newly elected Democrats in order to concentrate power in the heavily gerrymandered Republican state legislature. The same tactic occurs

across the country, including when Republicans lost the governor’s race in North Carolina and chose to strip the new Democratic governor of power. Democracies rely on norms, and when actors within a democracy violate those norms there must be repercussions. President Donald Trump’s administration has been riddled with countless stories of corrupt behavior, ranging from blatant nepotism to EPA Administrator S c o t t Pruitt’s various scandals and even credible allegations of Russian collusion. In most cases, almost any single example of corruption from the Trump administration would be enough to severely weaken their presidency. Despite the mass examples of corruption from the Trump administration, there are seemingly no checks on his presidency. Republicans enjoyed two years of single party governance. Rather than serving as an independent branch of government to preserve and protect America’s institutions, they allowed Trump to have free reign. It is impossible to argue that checks and balances are stronger today than they were two years ago. Each of these examples alone could be rationalized as some temporary side effect of new technologies, but taking multiple examples into account presents a case of concern for the future of American democracy. It’s very easy to ignore this problem as it occurs slowly and dangerous appears normal. Think to yourself; how many times has the term “constitutional crisis” come up in the news? It has come up

much more frequently than in recent memory. Trump’s attacks on the judicial system threaten to undermine and weaken their independence. The results of elections are questioned. When elections are won, the losing side chooses to change the rules of the game rather than gracefully accept their defeat. Congress is fundamentally weakened in its role as a coequal branch of government, and the media is also weakened as a check on government. My goal isn’t to present a message of doom and gloom, but rather a reminder of how fragile democracy can be. Americans must be active par ticipants in their system of governance, for ignorance is not always bliss. As some politicians try to weaken the institutions meant to provide a check on their power, it becomes the role of the people to challenge their power. America is in the early stages of democratic backsliding, but it doesn’t have to continue down a dark path. People must make their voices heard through petitions, protests and voting. Democracy is not a spectator sport, and in the internet era where unlimited information is at our fingertips, there are countless ways to get involved. As a graduating senior I want to thank the Towerlight for the opportunity to have my voice heard as a representative of the liberal perspective in the weekly Roll Call column. I hope my columns have both inspired and informed. I look forward to hearing about the great discussions between the College Democrats and College Republicans and reading the interesting perspectives in subsequent Roll Call Articles. I wish everyone the best of luck on final exams and happy holidays!


Last week, I attended a lecture presented by environmental activist and organizer Senowa Mize-Fox, who works for the Climate Justice Alliance. She introduced some concepts that I had never heard of, but that opened my eyes to future possibilities. The phrases “climate capitalism” and “corporate greenwashing” may seem like words that picketing activists might scribble angrily onto their signs, but they have their truth and weight. Climate capitalism is almost exactly what it says: it’s the relationship that capitalism – which largely drives our economy – has to the changing climate. It involves the practices that profit-seeking companies employ to make their businesses more sustainable and “green.” But what would motivate an already thriving company to appeal to the needs of the environment? Other than the obvious best-management practices that increase the overall productivity of a business (such as proper time and resource allocation), companies want to appeal to the conscious consumer. As the environmental movement transitioned from

mere pollution control to sustainable development and corporate responsibility, shoppers began to favor companies that demonstrated a concern for the environment. This is where corporate greenwashing makes its entrance. EarthTalk writers Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss define corporate greenwashing as “falsely conveying to consumers that a given product, service, company or institution factors environmental responsibility into its offerings and/or operations.” Instead of actually committing to sustainable practices, a company might introduce an ambitious environmental program since their main business practices are unsustainable. Another tactic is to distract consumers from an environmental slip-up by emphasizing a recent green initiative. Companies also like to take credit for following environmental regulations that were already set and advertise it as a step they took of their own volition. As citizens and consumers, we can’t keep track of every law and regulation, and we certainly can’t keep track of the hidden actions of companies that are stuck on the bottom line. - To read the rest of this column online, visit

Don’t forget to sleep CINDY IBARRA Columnist

As the semester comes to an end, we all have finals to study for. While studying for finals is many students’ main priority this time in the semester, sometimes sleep is out of the question. Although, a good night’s sleep can make a difference in how you perform academically. Research has shown that the more sleep one gets, the better that person is able to learn. Those who do not get enough sleep cannot focus, making it harder to learn and absorb new information. Those with a good night’s sleep can concentrate better on a task. Psychologically, learning and recalling information takes place during the day

while storing information for later happens at night as you sleep. Lack of sleep can also reduce motivation and even make you moody. Again, the reason for this is that you cannot be motivated if you cannot focus since you are more worried about staying awake. It can be frustrating to try to persevere with no sleep. This makes it harder to be social too since you might not act friendly towards others. Here are some ways to improve your sleep: Try to keep a sleep cycle. It can be hard, but put some alarms on. Limit nap time to 15-30 minutes. It may not feel like much but it is better so that you can be able to sleep at night. - To read the rest of this column online, visit


December 4, 2018

End the semester strong KAYLA HUNT Columnist

As the semester comes to a close, some students may feel anxious for it all to just be over with. Final projects, papers, exams and registration for next semester, are just some a few of the things students are

stressing over these next couple of weeks. This season is a chaotic one for college students, however, you should not feel discouraged! This is the time to secure your grades and close out the semester with a strong finish. If students find themselves stressed or lacking support, Towson is providing many resources to ensure students are motivated to end the

semester strong: 1. Free Guided Meditation Sessions: Towson’s Health Center is hosting free meditation sessions throughout the last weeks of the semester. These sessions are beneficial for students who want to relax and take their minds off school for a bit of time. - To read the rest of this column online, visit


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A reality check on the caravan MATTHEW PIPKIN Columnist @MattPipkinJr

One of the most overused tactics made by my good friends on the Democratic side is to “appeal to emotion.” This illogical fallacy has effectively rendered our political debates utterly pointless as any opposition to their positions on various issues will be met with calls on us to check our own morality or “privilege” rather than presenting an actual rebuttal. Facts have been replaced by emotions in our political rhetoric, forcing many of us on the right to hopelessly abandon the discussion entirely. With that said, I think it’s time we tear down the walls of emotion to dose some of you with a quick reality check on one of the most contentious issues of 2018: the migrant caravan. First and foremost, according to the American National Election Study, the majority of Republicans still want immigration reform to include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. This idea that Republicans are calling for the deportation of everyone who crosses the border or overstays a visa is factually inaccurate. While I would concede that the rhetoric from elements within the GOP have not been helpful in promoting this message, the fact still stands that Republicans are open to accepting these migrants. To say otherwise is intellectually dishonest.

Now with that established, the point of disagreement lies in how these migrants should be processed and granted asylum in the United States. For many of those on the left, the admission into the United States should be expedited for these migrants, claiming that the majority of migrants are fleeing violence a n d poverty and therefore should be immediately put into the immigration system. There have been rhetorical claims that the caravan is predominantly women and children, and that the amount of individuals with a criminal record attempting to enter is minimal. Republicans, tending to be more cautious and skeptical by nature, are more reluctant towards accepting all of the migrants so quickly. Republicans are fearful of individuals trying to exploit the unfortunate situation, such as sneaking into the United States with a questionable criminal record. Recently, a convicted murderer from Honduras was caught amongst two others trying to enter the United

States with the caravan according to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimates that 600 individuals with criminal records are amongst the various caravan groups attempting to gain entry into the country. Deputy Chief Patrol Agent, Roy Villareal, explained that the d e m o graphics of this caravan group are made up of three-quarters adult men, with only “about 20 to 30 percent” being comprised of families and unaccompanied minors. Alongside the recent incident of migrants throwing bottles and rocks at border patrol officials, the narrative being pushed by the left appears misleading at best. These points of debate made by Republicans have been met by harsh rhetoric on the Democratic side, with calls to outright question the moral character of those skeptical of the left’s busted narrative. We need to be better than this and stick to the facts if we want to return to healthy debate in this country. But please, let’s leave the illogical fallacies at the door next time.


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December 4, 2018

Reduce citations with donations Parking Services supports Towson FoodShare

AVE’ON LAINE Contributing Writer

Towson University’s Parking & Transportation Services is holding the ‘Can’ Your Citation Food Drive until Dec. 12 to offer a way for students to reduce or waive one citation while presenting an opportunity to help campus members in-need. Parking & Transportation Services originated the idea and worked with Towson University’s FoodShare program, a food pantry that helps campus members combat food insecurity, to make the food drive possible. Food insecurity is defined as a lack of reliable access to sufficient amounts of healthy, affordable food. “For years, we have been involved in the Toys for Tots and canned food holiday drives,” said Pamela Mooney, Towson University’s Director of Parking and Transportation. “We are always looking for ways to increase participation. We have seen information on this type of program at other locations, and thought it would be another

approach to encourage support of the canned food drive.” Students can donate canned foods or non-perishable items to the FoodShare program at drop off stations located in the Parking and Services office at the bottom of the Union Garage. The number of items donated equals to either the reduction of one citation or the waiving of one citation. Five items reduces fees by $25, 10 reduces citations by $50 and 15 items can waive up to $75 of a citation. Commuter student Will Johnson has had quite a bit of experience with tickets and citations, and plans to take advantage of the opportunity at hand. “I received two citations last year,” Johnson said. “The first one was for me parking my car on a Monday so I could take my last final, and the second one was because I was helping my girlfriend move out of her dorm. They caught me, but it’s cool because I appealed both.” Johnson has some reserves about the food drive, but feels it goes to a good cause and plans on participating.

“Personally, I don’t feel as though students that pay to go here should have to pay for tickets or even parking permits in the first place, that should be included in our tuition,” Johnson said. said Laura Sinche, Campus Minister and head of FoodShare, said the main focus of the food drive is to help tackle food insecurity on campus. “I had someone come here who didn’t know this existed, and it had been a really hard month, and [they] gave me a hug because now, the next week or two are going to be easier because she can have food and not have to worry about where it’s coming from,” Sinche said. Mooney hopes that the idea to waive or reduce a citation will increase participation and that members of the TU community will help others in their community that are in need. “It’s a great idea for a great cause,” said sophomore Corey Whipple. “Not many people know about food insecurity on campus, and a lot of my friends get upset about getting citations, so I feel as though in the end, everyone wins.

College students pitch businesses

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Students like Jacob Scheinberg will have to create business plans to pitch to investors during the Business Model Competition. MARCUS WHITMAN Staff Writer

This Wednesday, students will have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors during the Business Model Competition. Hosted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the West Village Commons, the competition will give students hands on experience outside the classroom to work on creating a working business model. Jan Baum, a professor in the College of Business and Economics, will be running the competition. Baum said that the competition has grown to have more student participation over its three years of existence. “It gives [students] an opportunity to expand their business ideas, [and the] opportunity to present their ideas publicly to a panel of judges,” Baum said. “The other benefits [are] they get experience answering questions from judges, the opportunity to build networks, and the opportunity to win prize money, and consulting packages at local businesses.” Jacob Medina, a senior majoring in leadership and management, plans to enter the competition. “I believe in my ideas, and I have entrepreneurial aspirations, and I want to see my idea grow, and want to create value and show the value of my ideas,” Medina said.

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Parking & Transportation Services is hosting the “Can Your Citation” drive through Dec. 12 to give students the opportunity to give back to the community while reducing citations.

Medina also feels that the competition will help him be himself, and work on ideas he believes are unique. “I feel I can fail forward, and I get [to] learn in safer environment,” she said. “And I think the Student Launch Pad is helping me, especially with my soft skills.” Rick Leimbach, the Principal and CFO Advisor of Carrollton Partners, LLC., will be a judge for the Business Model Competition. Leimbach feels that the competition is a great opportunity for professionals to see the students and the ideas they come up with, especially with the was industries are changing due to things like cloud computing. “The professionals are exposed to new ideas,” Leimbach said. “As for the students they get exposed to different ideas from the professionals. They get critics from others of different industries that helps them with their ideas.” Matthew Lowinger, Student Launch Pad lead associate, feels that the hands on experience students get from the competition is essential. “[Students] also get to really learn and practice,” Lowinger said. “We have individualized competitions that focus on different parts of the entrepreneurship experience and helps students connect to different needs... the big takeaway is they get these opportunities.”

I believe in my ideas, and I have entrepreneurial aspirations, and I want to see my idea grow and want to create value and show the value of my ideas.

JACOB MEDINA Leadership and Management Major


December 4, 2018

Professor retires after 48 years

Don McCulloh reflects on his TU accomplishments Don McCulloh, a professor in the Department of Business, will be retiring at the end of this semester after being part of Towson’s campus for 48 years. McCulloh, has been a member of many departments on campus including different positions in administration. The Towerlight had the chance to speak with McCulloh about his time as a part of Towson’s community. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. How long have you been a part of the faculty here? When I came here, I was hired in the division of business finance, and my first job was in this building [Stephens Hall]. That was Sept. 29, 1969. I worked in the administration from 1969 to 1997. The last 18 years of those, I was vice president for administration and finance. That was when I did retire. At that point, the president offered me an opportunity to teach, as a lecturer in the school of business and economics. So, I’ve been here since 1997 to the end of this year, 2018. I think all together it’s a little over 48 years of time with Towson University. When I came here I was hired as a budget analyst, working in the vice president of business and finance’s office. I was Director of Auxiliary Enterprises and was project manager on the construction of the University Union and he appointed me to be the assistant vice president for the business office, for all the financial operations at the University. He appoint-

ed me to various jobs in about a 10-year period, and I really earned my skills that way. In 1979, the vice president for business and administration job was vacant here. I really knew the job... the president asked me about recruiting for the job. I said in essence ‘Well I’m the most qualified for the job.’ Not being smart about it, but I just felt I learned so much. About a week later he appointed me to the job. So, from 1979 to 1997 I was vice president for business and administration. I had really good people. I recruited for them and I hired really good people. And they’ve stayed with me until I retired, and they stayed on after that. I think three or four people who I hired became vice president’s at other schools. I was proud of that. I was proud of one, from a leadership perspective, I trusted everyone of them and they trusted me, we became friends and we really enjoyed comradery and work. If I were to receive an award, I would receive it as my position. The person who did the work and earned it, I would take them along with me and have them go up to receive the award. I let them keep the awards or trophies in their offices. My whole philosophy was to know my people, work with my people and be friends with my people. What are some of your biggest accomplishments here? Let me run down the facilities that I played a big role in. I acquired, meaning the

University bought but I did the negotiations with lawyers and everybody, the new Administration building we have. I acquired the building where the math department is. I acquired the Berkshire. These are people who came to me and asked if we were interested in acquiring their properties. I also had built and negotiated with the builder the four high-rise ABCD buildings, the dining hall attached to that and the bridge that goes across the Glen area. Interestingly enough, we didn’t want to take down any trees because it’s a very sacred property in there. So, I had the builder figure out how he could angle that walkway around there. I think he took out one branch but didn’t cut down any trees. I had a hand in procuring the ability to build the daycare center. Employees and whatever could take their little guys up there to be safe, so the parents knew where they were. I didn’t do all this by myself, I had great support from the people in my organization, and also from the Board of Regents. How has Towson impacted you and your family? I grew up in Baltimore City. I went to Baltimore City Public Schools. I went to Baltimore City College High School, a very fine institution. We were number two in the city, and at the time I thought it was number one because I went there of course. -Compiled by Sophia Bates - To read the rest of this article online, visit

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When Professor Don McCulloh moved into his office 15 years ago it had no window, so he drew one with Magic Markers. This fall, McCulloh will be moving out of his office when he retires after 48 years.


Towson hosts Hackathon

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TU’s Software Engineering Club hosted a Hackathon Saturday to allow students the opportunity to bring their projects to life. MARCUS WHITMAN Staff Writer

Towson University’s Software Engineering Club hosted a Hackathon this past Saturday to give students the opportunity to learn, grow and share information and ideas about their projects. Hackathons are invention based marathons where participants work in small teams to bring to life various computer programing projects. Hosted in the 7800 York Road building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants were able to attend various informational sessions throughout the day, including Introduction to Android Development and Introduction to Web Development sessions. Organized by sophomore Santhosh Ramachandran, a computer science major, senior and Vice President of the Cyber Security Club Saif Sheikh and junior Paige Zaleppa, a computer science major, this year’s Hackathon is the second to take place at TU, but the first to be open to the community. “The first year was just a small event, which was just the computer science department,” Sheikh said. Ramanchandran added that this year the Hackathon was open to the public and other universities. One group in attendance was comprised of students majoring in computer science from Anne Arundel Community College. Ola Bamisaiye, Cyrus Razaviz, and Brett Ginski had participated in previous Hackathon events, including last year’s HackUMBC, when they used a combination of hardware and software to remotely drive a remote controlled car to check for vulnerabilities in access ports and networks.

“This year we are working on cyber security solutions for small businesses,” Razaviz said. “We’re working on making a program that makes cyber security solutions that is simple to use, that tells [users what] their vulnerabilities are, and they can tell their web administrator or domain manager can fix these issues.” According to Zaleppa, the group worked with Major League Hacking to set up the Hackathon. “We signed up to be the event hosts for the event, and they sent us everything we need. They sent us the PowerPoints, videos, and swag,” Zaleppa said. The Department of Computer and Information Sciences also helped set up and advertise the event, Sheikh added. “We sent the emails out to all the professors in the Computer Science Depar tment, as well as contacted other colleges in the area to let them know we were hosting the Hackathon,” Sheikh said. One of the companies that sponsored Saturday’s event, Cyber4All, was in attendance working to recruit participants for openings in its company. Representatives such as Software Architect Sean Donnelly, Senior Software Developer Nick Winner, and Site Reliability Engineer Nick Visallia, were looking for students with an attitude based on learning, and to find out what interested participants. “We’re here to recruit students, we are going through a round of hiring right now,” Donnelly said. “We feel students that are showing up today are candidates we would be interested in hiring.”


Year in Preview

December 4, 2018

The Towerlight examines the new and continuing events and initiatives that will make headway on Towson University’s campus and the broader community in the coming year. Join us as we peek into the future and predict what will happen in 2019. Compiled by Mary-Ellen Davis, Jalon Dixon, Kerry Ingram, Glenn Kaplan, Jordan Kendall, Timothy Klapac, Aaron Thomas and Brooks Warren.

Construction continues Since last spring, Towson has seen significant changes to its appearance with the start of major construction projects campuswide. These projects, including a new Science Complex and renovations to the University Union, are set to continue in the coming years. The Science Complex, slated for completion in 2020, is no longer a hole in the ground. Its frame now stands tall and will continue to form and take shape throughout 2019. It will feature 50 teaching laboratories, 30 research laboratories and an outdoor classroom leading into the Glen Arboretum. University Union renovations have also started. The rear entrance of the building has been blocked off for the beginning of phase one, which will add a 85,000 square foot expansion to the existing building. During this phase, the University Store will be moving to the second floor. Over the next year, campus detours will also continue to change. Be aware by watching for sign postings near affected areas of campus.

Towson’s rebranding to launch Beginning in 2019, TU will have its first new logo in more than 20 years. Announced at President Kim Schatzel’s Fall Presidential Address in October, the new logo is the culmination of 18 months of work by community members campus and statewide. For Schatzel, the new logo is meant to spread the contemporary story of Towson and is part of her presidential initiative, “TU Matters to Maryland.” The new branding will launch campuswide beginning in January. New Towson gear will also be coming to campus, hitting the shelves of the University Store in January. Students should watch for t-shirt swaps and other similar events, where they can trade in old Towson gear for items with the new logo on them. Professors and staff will also be given the opportunity to phase out the inventory they already have, such as letterhead, through the end of 2019.

Towson theatre productions take off Towson University’s Center for the Arts will be putting on “The Electric Baby” this coming spring. The play tells the story of a young man who dies in a car wreck, and a group of “fractured souls” who come together to care for his magical baby. The production will run from March 6 until March 14. The university’s theatre department will also be showing the musical “Merrily We Roll Along” in spring 2019. The musical is based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, about the ups and downs that come with friendships. The musical is told in reverse, starting in 1976 and ending in 1957, making it unique from traditional musical formats. The show will run from May 2 to May 11. Tickets for both shows will be available for purchase at the TU Box Office in the spring.

Year in Preview

December 4, 2018

Looking ahead at Tigerfest 2019 Tigerfest is an annual week-long music and arts festival at TU that reflects student life and culture. The event is usually held during the third week of April, but the dates for this spring have not yet been determined. Tigerfest usually includes arts, athletic events, a concert at SECU Arena and The Big Event, a large community service project for students to participate in. The 2018 fest included karaoke, art exhibits, Earth day events and the biggest concert event of the year, with performers Dave East and Young Thug. Other usual attractions of Tigerfest include alumni meet-ups, club sport tournaments and lectures by special guests. 2018’s keynote speaker was Dr. Sylvia TrentAdams. Towson’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) will be hosting a live Tigerfest Survey Tuesday, Dec. 4, for students to give their input on who should perform at the Spring’s concert. The survey will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the University Union.

Trends for the new year The new season is going to be all about beauty compromises and fashion risks. Trendy makeup looks for the spring are going to involve choosing one aspect to glam up while leaving the rest of the face bare and minimal. 70s-inspired shimmery smokey eyes will be paired with chapstick-covered lips; bright eyeshadow colors will be blended softly for a subtle look; metallic and glitter lipsticks will be popular, but in neutral shades. As for fashion, yellow will be continuing its takeover as the go-to color. PVC jackets are going to grow in trendiness as spring’s rainy weather approaches, with colorful options adding small doses of fun to otherwise plain outfits. Blazers will mean business come spring, with fashion trends ditching the cropped-and-colorful blazer look of years’ past for a more serious, black and structured approach, although with the intention of being paired in untraditional ways in order to add interest to outfits.

Football gears up for next season Towson celebrated its 50th season of football with a 7-5 overall record and a return to the FCS playoffs after a five year postseason drought. Redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco was a key component in the team’s turnaround. He won the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year and was awarded the CAA Offensive Player of the Week three times. He was also named to the CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year watch list and named a Walter Payton Award semifinalist. He led the Tigers with his arm and with his feet, throwing for 3,258 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushing for 742 yards and four scores. Redshirt junior running back Shane Simpson also was a key contributor, racking up 711 yards and six touchdowns. He also contributed in the passing game with 356 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Simpson also earned some recognition, winning the CAA Special Teams Player of the Year and capturing a first team selection at running back. He also earned second team honors at kick returner and third team at punt returner. He was second in all purpose yards in the FCS this season with 2,058. Towson compiled 11 All-CAA selections total. The Tigers open the 2019 season on Aug. 31, as they travel to face The Citadel.

Baseball set to start in spring After finishing with a 13-42 record overall and a 6-17 record in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play last season, Towson decided to make a change at coach. Matt Tyner will be in his second year as the coach. They have 16 freshmen and sophomores on the roster. The team will only have 10 returning players from last year’s roster and will have a total of 33 players on the roster this season. A few of the key players they return from last season’s roster are sophomore infielder Dirk Masters, senior pitcher Dean Stramara and senior infielder Richard Miller. The Tigers will have their work cut out for them when they start to practice before the season begins. They will open the season on Friday, Feb. 15 on the road against the Davidson Wildcats in a three-game weekend. Towson’s first home game will be against Lehigh on Friday March 1. It will be a three-game weekend series against them. CAA play will start on Friday, March 22 against UNC Wilmington at home for a three-game weekend series.


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Arts & Life

This was “Not Your Typical Sex Talk” The 1975: now online CHRISTIAN BENFORD Contributing Writer

A a table full of sex toys, including a plush vagina and plush penis, was just one of the things found at Wednesday night’s “Not Your Typical Sex Talk.” The event, hosted by Doctor Justine Shuey, a board certified sexologist and sexuality educator, 2017 award winner best campus speaker of the year in the United States and 2018 award winner for best lecturer of the year in Canada, gave students a chance to learn about sexual education and the body. At the event, students were able to learn about sex and the human anatomy while also contributing to the conversation. They were even able to enter several raffles to win sex toys, such as dildos and vibrators. “I like that I can say things because I’m talking to adults,” Shuey said. “I prefer to work with adults when I do education, but I think that college honestly is too late. I think people should be getting it much earlier, but they’re not. Now is the time when a lot of people are experimenting and exploring in their sexuality.” Students were educated on love, healthy relationships and sex organs. With this information, they were also able to laugh at stories shared by Shuey about her travels across the country.

Some of Shuey’s stories included a student trying to convince her that two virgins could create a new STI, conservative college girls believing anal sex would preserve their virginity and they ended up getting anal warts, a swiss cheese pervert who asked women to masturbate him with swiss cheese and a plethora of other uninformed and misguided student outbursts she’s received. Shuey’s presentation focused around the theme of being “human,” which she chose as a way to get people to see that sex is a normal, rather than taboo, thing. “[Students] need to learn and colleges are now federally mandated to educate students on things like consent,” Shuey said. “If we present it in a way like I did where it’s fun and funny, and people are laughing and having a good time but we’re also talking about serious [topics], people are more likely to remember it.” Madison Bennett, a criminal justice major at Towson, shared how she enjoyed the event and learned a lot from Shuey’s presentation. “She knew what she was talking about,” Bennett said. “She made us feel more comfortable about this stuff by adding in humor, but at the same time being informational, and just gave us ways that we probably wouldn’t have known before about how to talk about sex.” Kailey Pascale, a Towson business major, agreed with Bennett. “Definitely the way she executed it today was a good way to keep

everyone engaged while also gaining information,” Pascale said. “I liked the way she reiterated that the whole topic of rape isn’t as much of like ‘don’t get raped,’ but ‘don’t rape.’” Consent was a large part of the event’s conversation. Instead of the traditional way of teaching people to say no, the event advocated the idea that if you are to engage in a sexual activity, a definitive yes is also needed. According to the National Sexual Violence Center, 20 to 25 percent of college women and 15 percent of college men are victims of rape, so receiving information about rape and what consent is allowed students to grasp the idea that no means no. According to Shuey, this event was aimed towards anybody looking to learn about sex and sexual education, not specifically for any particular demographic. Students at the event were able to chime in and answer questions from the presenter, which either gained laughter or applause. Katharine Wise, a mass communications major, talked about what she thought of this inclusivity. “I came into this kind of thinking this would be more tailored toward females and it was cool that it was inclusive of anybody,” Wise said. “Everyone has something to learn.” In 2017 Shuey was awarded best campus speaker of the year in the United States and in 2018, she was awarded the best lecturer of the year in Canada.

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Justine Shuey led Towson’s “Not Your Typical Sex Talk” event on Nov. 28 at TU’s West Village Commons. The large forum included comical anecdotes of sex stories, sex advice, and a live Q&A.


The 1975 has been one of the greatest alternative rock success stories since the start of this decade. The group, fronted by vocalist Matty Healy, came out with a more than competent debut in 2013 and wowed their audience with a more soulful sound in 2016. Now, after much anticipation, their new album “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships” has dropped, and fans are absolutely elated by their new direction. The only question left to ask is whether this new direction is a good look for these four men from Manchester. After being greeted with the recurrent motif present on most albums by the 1975, I was treated to songs that were an absolute emotional thrill ride to listen to. Singles like “Give Yourself a Try” and “Love It If We Made It” show the band taking on pressing topics such as political unrest and depression. The album’s title also gives you an idea of the album’s tone, which is trying to be emotionally available on a non-emotional platform like the internet. This is seen in songs such as “Sincerity Is

Scary” and the eerie love theme halfway through the album, which tells a story of what happens when we get too close with the internet. There are also many songs detailing struggles in love, like “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME” and “Be My Mistake,” where Healy talks about having affairs with women and feeling emotionally confused as a result. While the album is focused primarily on the electronic side of the musical spectrum, many acoustic songs like the aforementioned “Be My Mistake” go over amazingly well, while songs like “Mine” show the band’s experimentation with jazzier styles in their keyboard work. The album also closes incredibly strong with “I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes),” which is a song made to help people who may have depression or suicidal thoughts. Normally, I would try to find things that don’t work in the album’s favor, but I am hardpressed to find any glaring issues. There are songs like “How to Draw” and “Surrounded by Heads and Bodies” that do get a bit tedious, but not in a way which harms the record. - To read the rest of this article online, visit

Paak brings rap back ABYAN NERY Columnist

It seems as if there is an Oscar season in rap currently, with many artists dropping projects that seem to be more focused and refined. The trend seems to continue with rapper Anderson Paak’s “Oxnard” album. Paak, who at one point, was homeless and not known within the music scene, is a unique rapper. His sound is a union of funk, R&B, hip-hop and even a bit of soul. He is sonically different than many of his contemporaries. This uniqueness was best exemplified by his addition to the 2016 XXl Freshman List in which he stuck out like a hitchhiker’s thumb from many of the more traditional rappers on the list. His particular sound is on full display on this new record and, with Dr.Dre’s executive production, pays an homage to his hometown of Oxnard, California. He also gets personal as he reflects on his newfound success and record deal, seeing his fame as a blessing and being saved by God. This album has a great cohesion

and was heavily inspired by funk music, which makes sense since Dr.Dre produced the album and always finds a way to infuse hip hop with funk beats. Paak delivers in his usual rapping style that reminds me of a younger Cee-Lo Green from the West Coast. Coming in at just under an hour, this album has a lot of great songs that get repetitive over time. There is no single bad song on the album, only those that are comparatively weaker than others, with the song “Left to Right” being the the cringiest song due to Paak donning a fake Jamaican accent without much success. Paak does not deviate from his established sound heard on his earlier albums, and while there is quality evident, it lacks a certain level of innovation and pigeonholes itself into an almost routine stylistically. There are a couple of different songs such as the leading single “Tints” featuring Kendrick Lamar, in which he and Lamar rap about both being famous and well-known while still facing injustices that African-Americans deal with. - To read the rest of this article online, visit

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December 4, 2018


Paris turns to magic MATT MCDONALD Columnist

After two long years, Newt Scamander and his crazy case packed to the brim with magical creatures are back on another mission in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” This time, Newt receives a top-secret order from none other than Albus Dumbledore himself to go to Paris in a search for someone he must save, someone who could be of use to Grindelwald and his world-dominating plot. However, there are more sides at work than it seems, all of whom want to find this person, but should they fall into Grindelwald’s hands, his first step in exposing wizards to the non-magic world will be complete. I’ll get what I wasn’t too fond of out of the way first (It’s also weird for me to say that considering I am a DIE HARD Harry Potter fan - the fact that I don’t like anything in the HPU says a lot). I was excited going into this movie, after seeing the first and being reassured that, while it will not be exactly the same as the Harry Potter series, these movies can still embody the magic of the originals and stand on their own. I was really excited to see what this film had in store. From the beginning, however, I had the problem of already feeling like it was a little too “sequel-y.” Something about it just seemed off, and this continued for the rest of the film for me. It didn’t feel as proficient as the others did and started off on an awkward footing. This could be due to a few things. First, there is a huge cast, with a lot more characters and subplots we are introduced to in a matter of minutes at a time, which can be confusing. Second, there are just a few scenes in this movie that I found erring on the side of cheesy. I think the big-

gest reason for me, however, was it didn’t feel like J.K. Rowling had as much authority over the story as she usually does. There are some details and subplots that either change canon or wipe it completely. I think having a standard in our minds for what something might have looked like in the past, regarding Dumbledore and Grindelwald, then actually seeing it come to life can be hard to live up to after years of expectation. With that out of the way, let me say what I loved about this movie. Things gets going. I absolutely love the first movie, but I can acknowledge not too much actually happens. In this one, so much happens, so much is pushed forward, and it brings us onto the brink of a whole new story we are about to witness. Secondly, HOGWARTS. We get to go back to the school, as you may have seen in the trailer, and I won’t lie; I almost cried. The details are really what make the Harry Potter series, and these movies are no exception. Getting to see the students and teachers in 20s Hogwarts was really refreshing. We also get to see more of Newt and his interactions with familiar and new creatures. The best part about Newt is how reserved and sensitive he can be, but he can turn on the spot and become a total professional in confidence when it comes to dealing with huge roaring creatures. He is truly the best part of this series, with the exception of the recently popular, young Dumbledore, played by Jude Law. I was back and forth with this movie for a while, and there is so much more I could continue to talk about, but for now I’ll say this: I think I am more excited about the potential this movie brought for the next installments rather than the execution of the movie itself. There were some pacing issues and an overall feeling of it being just a little off for me compared to the others in both series. - To read the rest of this article online, visit


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Ending the year with a “thank u, next” and hope for 2019 KERRY INGRAM Arts & Life Editor @Glaminista08

It’s the end of another semester, y’all (I hope your edges have survived whatever fall festivities and stresses were thrown your way.) For my last Trendy Tiger piece of the semester, I wanted to take the time to tell you that one of the biggest internet trends of today is one that I think everyone should take part in, and one that I am most thankful for. Ariana Grande released the track “thank u, next” in early November, sharing how she was determined to live her best life, grow as an individual and cherish herself despite the hardships she’s had to deal with over the past year. I have ALWAYS been a huge Grande fan - I still remember the first time “The Way” came on Pandora Radio during my sophomore year of high school, and how I immediately fell in love with the song - so although I automatically knew I would like the release, I wasn’t prepared for its greatness upon listening to it. She has been

through a lot. From dealing with the terror attacks at her concert last year to the death of Mac Miller, to her broken engagement with Pete Davidson, Grande has more than enough reason to be negative, to be emotionally distraught and to be a complete mess. However, she hasn’t let any of her hardships defeat her, and it’s really empowering to witness such a brilliant human being live life the best way she can against all odds. I know I’m not the only person to feel this way. After the single placed as number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 for over a week, the song became a trending hashtag across social media platforms and nearly broke the internet Friday, when the singer premiered the accompanying music video on YouTube and earned over 46 million views in under 22 hours. Now I could go on and on about how bomb the song is or how much the video was well-worth watching, but my favorite part about the song is how much self-love it has spread in the month of its release. - To read the rest of this article online, visit

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Just two years ago, the Colorado Avalanche had the worst record in the NHL. Last season, they made it to the playoffs as the eighth seed in the western conference and they gave the Nashville Predators a hard time. Colorado lost that series in six games. This season, the Avalanche are causing problems for opponents. They have won their last six games out of seven games and Colorado is currently tied for first place in the Central Division with a 15-6-5 record with 35 points. They are just one point behind the Predators. The Avalanche have one of the best goal differentials in the NHL this season at 25. They have scored 97 goals while giving up just 72 goals. This team presents nightmares for opponents. Their first line in Gabriel Landeskog-

Nathan MacKinnon-Mikko Rantanen has a combined 112 points. It is one of the best first lines in the league. Rantanen leads the NHL with 43 points and MacKinnon is second with 41 points. It isn’t even the mini holiday break yet in the NHL. Even though they have a tremendous first line, Colorado does get contributions from role players. Defenseman Samuel Girard is becoming a fantastic defenseman in a hurry. He has only scored two goals and recorded 10 assists so far this season. His plus/minus rating is -1. Girard is a very good skater and he is also very good on the back end. Tyson Barrie has been their best defenseman so far this season. He has scored three goals and recorded 17 assists. His plus/minus is 13. They have another defenseman waiting in the wings in Cale Makar. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Makar is 20 years old, and he could very well be playing

meaningful minutes late in the season for the Colorado Avalanche. Makar is currently playing at UMass (Amherst). In 12 games with them, he has scored six goals and recorded 10 assists. His plus/minus is eight. Colorado has not recorded a shutout in 2018, but the goaltending duo of Semyon Varlamov and Philipp Grubauer has been reliable for them. Jared Bednar is the coach of this team. He knows how to work with a young roster because before joining Colorado at the start of the 2016-2017 season, Bednar was the coach of the Lake Erie Monster in the AHL. That is the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Bednar won the Calder Cup with Lake Erie in 2015-2016. The Predators and the Winnipeg Jets were the two best teams to possibly represent the west in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2019. The Avalanche have the best shot right now other than those two teams to represent the west as well.

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Towson earns ECAC qualifications MUHAMMAD WAHEED Assistant Sports Editor @MuhammadKWaheed

The Tigers earned several ECAC championships qualifications during their season-opening meet at the Navy Winter Invitational in the Wesley A. Brown Field House in Annapolis Saturday afternoon. Freshman Haley Horvath set a new school record and earned ECAC qualification as she won the pole vault event clearing 3.90 meters. Maggie Rampolla had the previous record of 12-7.5 set in 2015. “We have talked about it,” said Head Coach Mike Jackson. “We expected to break at least one school record. She's outstanding and has worked very hard.” Senior Phontavia Sawyer had a personal best and ECAC qualifying throw of 15.34 meters as she won the shot put. “She's a great thrower,” Jackson said. “She's improved from last year and has been outstanding for us.” Junior Erica Israel, who timed

10:28.09 in the 3,000-meter run, and senior Shelby Bobbie, who timed 5:16.69 in the mile, both placed third. “It's a huge confidence builder for us,” Jackson said. “We are counting on them to score points for us. We want to put more emphasis on it.” Junior Victoria Jones-Alleyne won the 60-meter hurdles with an ECAC qualifying time of 8.69 seconds. Freshman Shamika Burton placed first in the 60-meter dash as she won the event by .004 seconds. Burton, freshman Crystal Johnson and senior Jaina McLean each crossed the finish line in the 60-meter dash with an ECAC qualifying time of 7.65 seconds while also tying Kaitlyn Davis’ school record. The next competition for Towson will be on Friday, Jan. 11 at the Virginia Tech Invitational. “It's a big time meet,” Jackson said. “We need to focus on the big picture and compete with one another. Being able to be coached and work towards our goal. Also they will be away from us for a few weeks so we need them to continue to work at home.”

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Tigers tripped up by Vermont Liam Beard/ The Towerlight

Junior guard Tobias Howard dribbles around a defender. The Tigers fell 70-64 to Vermont Friday night at SECU Arena despite an admirable comeback attempt in the second half. Junior guard Brian Fobbs led the rally with a team-high 25 points. This loss puts Towson at 2-5 this year, three games below .500, with conference play soon approaching.


Junior guard Brian Fobbs scored a team-high 25 points in Towson’s late game comeback attempt that fell short as the University of Vermont escaped SECU Arena with a 70-64 victory. The Tigers (2-5) continue to fall in conference standings as the loss drops the team three games below .500. Despite trailing for the majority of the game, Towson was able to trim an 18-point second half deficit to 67-62 with under 30 seconds remaining in the game. Head Coach Pat Skerry had a positive outlook following the tough loss. "Vermont is good and we knew they

were good” Skerry said. The last couple of minutes when we fought back, we made some errors, but we are playing hard and we are getting better.” Redshirt senior guard Ernie Duncan drained six three-pointers and scored a season-high 28 points for Vermont (5-3). Freshman forward Isaiah Moll added a career-high 20 points and also recorded seven rebounds for the visitors. Towson continues to look for a consistent two-way player. “I’d like to find who is that guy, or two, who can guard wings because that’s what the CAA is,” Skerry said. “We must shore up some of the defensive details. Some of their ball screen action was inexcusable, and obviously I didn’t get the message across, so we’ll get back to the drawing board until that happens.”

Fobbs tied his career-high by scoring 25 points in back-to-back games as he also tallied 25 points in Sunday’s 85-69 win over Loyola University. He has been playing consistently with double

figure scoring outputs in three straight games and in four of the last five games for the Tigers. His scoring average has risen to 15 points per game on the season.

Up next, Towson will travel to Washington D.C. to face George Washington on Wednesday night with tip-off from the Charles E. Smith Center at 7 p.m.

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Howard protects the ball and looks for a cutting teammate as he is hounded by two Vermont defenders.


December 4, 2018


USTORE NFL is not proactive regarding sensitive issues

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Haley Horvath Indoor Track & Field Freshman Haley Horvath won the pole vault with an ECAC qualifying clearance of 3.90 meters at the Navy Winter Invitational inside the Wesley A. Brown Field House Saturday afternoon. Horvath’s performance also set a new school record, overcoming Maggie Rampolla’s record of 12-7.5 in 2015.

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Running back Kareem Hunt reads the defense in a 2018 contest. The Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt on Friday after a video surfaced of him assaulting a woman at a hotel in February. He remains a free agent. TIMOTHY KLAPAC Columnist @pacofkla

On Friday, a video surfaced of Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt assaulting a woman at a hotel in February. Following the release of the video, Hunt was placed on the NFL Commissioner’s Exempt List, and soon after, was released by the Chiefs. While the swift response to the publication of the video may indicate that the league is making a concerted effort to address domestic violence issues among its players, they failed to handle this situation when it occurred ten months ago. Following the incident, Hunt was questioned by investigators of both the NFL and law enforcement. The Chiefs said in a statement that Hunt “was not truthful in those discussions.” The NFL has said that their attempts to obtain the surveillance video were denied by the hotel, whose corporate policy prevents

them from sharing security footage opinion. with anybody except law enforceThe NFL continues to make the ment officials. But how could TMZ, wrong decisions when handling sena tabloid outlet, sitive issues. They obtain the video take the offenders before the National at their word and This is yet another instead of conductFootball League, a multi-billion-dollar example of the NFL ing a complete invesorganization? tigation through failing to conduct due a third-party, they This is yet anothdilligence when inci- handle it in-house er example of the NFL failing to con- dents occur, choosing with the hopes of duct due diligence sweeping it under to be reactive instead the rug. when incidents of proactive occur, choosing to Once again, Roger TIMOTHY KLAPAC Goodell will have to be reactive instead Columnist of proactive. run the PR gauntMost football fans let in order to fix thought back to the Ray Rice incithe damage this latest incident has dent when watching the Kareem caused. But when do we, as conHunt video. The behavior was simsumers and fans of the sport, say ilar, and the response was nearly enough is enough? identical. Simply condemning the player is The NFL claims they addressed not enough, and it is not fair to the the issue when it happened, chose victims. not to hand down discipline, and This pattern by the NFL proclosed the book on it. motes a culture of keeping it quiet However, once the public sees and everything will be ok. It is the video, the NFL then decides to unacceptable and the league should act, simply in response to public face scrutiny from a legal authority.





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