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February 12, 2019


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Get to know some of Towson’s singles! Learn their ideal Valentine’s date, best traits and more, pg.12-15

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@kelleykitty Creepy incidents keep happening at Towson. So weird. First the penis exposure thing last year and now an old woman asking ppl if they want to date her son. Not to mention the weirdo who was asking ppl to strip in the LA building last week. Wtf is going on @eggzachtlyy middle aged woman: will you date my son towson students:




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February 12, 2019

Cheap places to eat around town RAQUEL ALFRO Columnist

Welcome to The Towerlight’s newest column, “Towson Tea.” Here, I will be spilling the tea on the local happenings of Towson. The spring semester has started, and students are spending money on books and materials. Take advantage of local restaurants in Towson for an affordable meal, besides ramen noodles. Pasta Mista | 822 Dulaney Valley Rd, (410) 321-8855 Craving something Italian, but your pockets say otherwise? Pasta Mista has pasta, pizza and salads to satisfy your cravings. The menu ranges from $2 to $20, but it depends on your choosing. The vegetarian-friendly restaurant has appetizers such as mozzarella sticks for just $5.55, chicken wings average at $13.75 for 18 pieces, and several other options. I recommend the baked ziti for $8.95. Students can dine-in or takeout. Towson Hot Bagels & Deli | 16 Allegheny Ave, (410) 337-0006 Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Towson Hot Bagels (THB) can help with your morning meal. THB has 17 different bagels to choose from, including gluten-free options to satisfy their customers. There’s breakfast sandwiches starting at $2.50 and bagels starting from $1. A meal at THB includes a regular drink or coffee. THB is vegetarian-friendly and has vegan options. If you’re not a bagel person, they serve omelets, deli sandwiches, salad sandwiches and salads. I usually get the western omelet for $8 which comes with a

sides of crispy home fries. Food can be ordered online, through take-out or through dine-in seating. Pho Dat Thanh | 510 York Rd, (410) 296-9118 With the weather ever-changing and temperatures dropping, Pho Dat can help warm you up. The Asian and Vietnamese restaurant has various soups that are quite filling and are the perfect leftovers. They have lunch and dinner specials starting at $10; however, you can pick your choice in broth meat, and veggies. Pho Dat is vegetarian-friendly, serving meals to accommodate customers who may not want soup. Their tai chin dish is my personal favorite for only $11. They have takeout and dine-in seating for customers. This could be a perfect, budget-friendly date with Valentine’s Day approaching. Burger Bros | 14 Allegheny Ave, (410) 321-1880 Sometimes, you have to take a break from leg day and enjoy a juicy burger. Burger Bros prices range from $5-$15 with options for takeout, dine-in seating and outdoor seating for when its warmer out. They have cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, grilled burgers and wings. Each burger is served with a side of french fries or onion rings. The bacon cheeseburger is delicious and juicy for only $8.99. Beverages include Coke products, lemonade and milkshakes. Managing money can be stressful at time, especially when having to pay your student fees. Local restaurants like these will help satisfy your hunger at an affordable cost.

Black History Month’s importance KAYLA HUNT Columnist

Black History Month’s significance is still relevant February has been designated as Black History Month since 1976, as a means to pay homage to African Americans who overcame adversity and contributed to the culture we resonate with today. This year, Black History Month has started off distastefully and ignorantly, rather than with a celebration of African American culture. Blackface is a theatrical tactic that was used in the 19th century by predominantly white performers in minstrel shows. These performers would paint their faces black and exaggerate their features, such as having big, red lips in order to portray African slaves at the time. In these shows they would depict Africans as lazy and uneducated, which are stereotypes that still exist. This tactic was demeaning and humiliating then,

and it still is now. The designer brand, Gucci, has recently faced backlash after releasing one of its products, the wool balaclava jumper, that has been deemed to resemble blackface. Gucci has since issued an apology and has removed the item from its fall collection. The item can no longer be found online or in-stores. Similarly, Adidas is also under the fire for releasing a Black History Month shoe that has an all-white, cotton design. Many consumers are upset because the shoe does not properly give recognition to the holiday. Adidas has pulled the shoe from its Harlem Renaissanceinspired collection. The revelations of these brands seem overwhelming as the blackface scandal that revolves around two state Democrat leaders is still unfolding. A recent yearbook photo from the 1980s has recently surfaced that appears to show Virginia Governor Ralph Northam dressed up in blackface standing next to a peer that

is disguised as a Klu Klux Klan member. Northam previously admitted to the allegation and issued an apology, but he is now denying the claims even though he admitted to having done blackface in 1984 when he was dressing up as Michael Jackson for a dance contest. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has also admitted to dressing up in blackface in 1980 to a college party trying to impersonate Kurtis Blow. As these circulations of blackface come to light, people are not staying quiet. People are threatening and urging others to boycott the brands Gucci and Adidas. Many members of the public are also insisting that Northam and Herring resign from their positions. Although the tone setting Black History Month hasn’t been celebratory thus far, it still shows the significance of this annual observance. The recognition that we show to those for overcoming adversity are still issues that we face today.

LGBTQ stories needs to be written SAMUEL SMITH Columnist

Happy Valentine’s week! Do you know what I love? Reading. Last year, I participated in #ReadDiverse2018, where you challenge yourself to seek out books by and for nonwhite, not straight, not cis folks. And, I learned a very important lesson. It gets hard after a while to find books that aren’t by and for cishet, white and able-bodied men. Take LGBTQ books for instance. My favorite genre is LGBTQ young adult. They’re usually fairly easy to read, with characters I relate to, and most that I’ve read have happy endings. But, I found that after a while I

had to start researching and actively seeking out these books and talk to librarians. Even then, sometimes I’d be turned away empty-handed, only to continue searching the internet for what felt like rare gems. Our stories need to be heard, read and documented. Without these stories, there will be a gap in history, in English literature. It shouldn’t be difficult to come across these books, especially not in the young adult genre. Teens, tweens and young adults need these stories to know that they’re normal, that the way they feel or identify is healthy. Even in the age of the internet, where you can search for information on just about anything, you can’t search for what you don’t know the words for. Books about LGBTQ

folks give kids and teens the ability to identify themselves and put a label to their feelings. I never thought when I picked up the book “I am J” by Cris Beam at just fourteen years old that I would be changing my life for the better. Before this book, I’d heard of transgender people, but never heard their stories. By reading about J, I discovered that I could live a life that was mine, and I discovered a label for how I felt. I learned a new word the day I picked up that book, but I also learned about a part of my identity that I previously couldn’t place words upon before. Books also help people relate to others. - To read the rest of this column online, visit


February 12, 2019

Ways to reduce food waste at TU PORTIA BHARAYH Columnist

Last time, we discussed food waste – and mostly the negative aspects of it, at that. I do apologize for such discouraging statistics! But as promised, here are some of the initiatives Towson University has taken to reduce food waste: The Office of Sustainability’s residential composting program is a great way for students to combat food waste on campus. TU senior Daija Odom, who has been overseeing the program for the past semester, has worked hard to make sure the program is accessible to as many students as possible. A yellow compost bin is located in the community kitchens of each residential hall (except for 10 West and Millennium Hall – they are in the lobby). Students can collect their food scraps, uneaten food, napkins and food containers from campus dining services only (excluding Au Bon Pain)

to place in the bins – this includes the brown compost bins in the dining halls as well! On collection days, the waste is taken to an industrial composting facility and processed for further use. The Food Recovery Network (FRN) is a national program whose goal is to fight food waste and hunger in America. Towson University founded an FRN chapter in 2014 and it is funded by the Enactus team on campus. At the end of each week, student volunteers collect leftover food from on- and off-campus food services and deliver them to local food banks and shelters where they can feed community members in need. So far, TU has recovered 8,000 pounds of food over the course of five years! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can contact the program coordinator Lydia Hillman at or follow the FRN Instagram account @ foodrecovery_tu to sign up. - To read the rest of this column online, visit

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Venezuela: A tale of two presidents CONNOR MCNAIRN Columnist

Venezuela, once Latin America’s richest country, is in a state of utter convulsion. Seated favorably on some of the world’s most massive oil reserves, Venezuela has a trove of natural resources. But as incumbent president and strongman Nicolás Maduro has clearly demonstrated, governing through mismanagement, corruption and brutality can squander almost any bounty.

In April 2013, Maduro won the Venezuelan presidential election just one month following the death of his predecessor, Hugo Chavez. Since his first victory, Maduro maintained a tumultuous relationship with both Venezuelans and leaders abroad as press freedoms, civil liberties and diplomatic relationships faltered in Caracas. Worse, Venezuela’s economy has suffered tremendously under Maduro’s leadership, as it has been reduced to half its 2013 status; food and medicine shortages, internation-

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Towson hosts ceramics workshops

Community makes bowls, donates money to combat hunger MARCUS WHITMAN Staff Writer

Towson University’s departments of Academic Affairs and Art held an empty bowls workshop in the Center for the Arts last Saturday to allow Towson community members an opportunity to participate in the Empty Bowls fundraiser. Held by St. Vincent De Paul, the Empty Bowls Baltimore fundraiser is an event geared towards helping members of the community who struggle with poverty and homelessness. The fundraiser is based off of the “Empty Bowls Project,” which is an international, grassroots, craft-based effort to bring an end to hunger. During E mp t y Bowls Baltimore, par ticipants can enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, soup tastings, and take home a hand-crafted bowl for after paying an entry fee. The bowl is meant to symbolize hunger in the community. Proceeds go towards assisting those strug-

gling with hunger. The next Empty Bowls Baltimore fundraiser will take place on March 23 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Richard Holt, a TU professor of ceramics who hosted Saturday’s event, found out about the project through Baltimore Clayworks. “Empty Bowls is well known throughout the country,” Holt said. “The charity is a wonderful way to gather money for any charity.” In his workshop, Holt taught participants to make bowls from clay that would later be donated to the Empty Bowls fundraiser. “All of the proceeds go to Saint Vincent De Paul, all the money paid here to make a bowl,” said Holt. “We just work as vehicle to collect everything and donate to the charity, with the actual charitable auction taking place in March.” Ginger Ross, one of the guests in attendance at the workshop, said that she was inspired to get involved by a friend of hers. “I came out specifically to Empty Bowls because of one my

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Richard Holt, a cermaics professor at TU, hosts the Empty Bowls Workshops to raise money for the Empty Bowls Baltimore fundraiser put on by Saint Vincent De Paul to help end community hunger. girlfriend’s does it, so me and my family go to the Empty Bowls and observe all the bowls on display,” Ross said. Darlene Eickhoff, a Towson com-

munity member, decided to attend while also giving some help to the event because homelessness is someone else.” an issue close to her heart. Ashley Lawton, a Towson Junior “ T h e majoring in e m p t y English, said Bowls sigthat it was a nify how great opportuthere are nity to help the homeless campus out. are out “I am part of there,” service organiEickhoff zation Alpha s a i d . Phi Omega “I also and we look wanted for service to get my events to work g ra n d k i d s with. For the involved most part we as well to look for events show them on campus,” how there said Lawton. is more out “Since we there than already here them.” on campus Renee and it is a RICHARD HOLT Baylin, Towson Professor of Ceramics great way to Host of Empty Bowls Workshop get involved another communion campus ty member, said she felt the and get to know people.” workshop sounded like a lot of Another E mp t y Bowls fun for a great cause. Workshop will be hosted Feb. 16 “I love the creative process. for those looking to get involved It also helps other people out,’ in the fundraiser. The cost of said Baylin. “It’s also about the attending the workshop will be $15, and is open to the public. making and not the keeping

All of the proceeds go to Saint Vincent De Paul, all the money paid here to make a bowl. We just work as vehicle to collect everything and donate to the charity, with the actual charitable auction taking place in March.

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Bowls made by attendees during the Empty Bowls Workshops will be donated to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser, which will take place March 23 at the Maryland State Fair Grounds in Timionium.



February 12, 2019

Professor goes to Pakistan

Trains middle school teachers in software

Feb. 7: Witnesses reported a group exiting an elevator invovled in an altercation in Glen Complex Tower C. The group left the area prior to police arrival. Feb. 6: A campus security authority referred one resident student to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Glen Complex Tower A. Feb. 6: A student retrieving a lost wallet discovered money taken in the University Union. Feb. 6: An unknown person entered a construction site and attempted to gain access to storage containers in Parking Lot 1. Feb. 6: An unknown person entered a construction site, damaged the lock on a storage container and stole property in Parking Lot 1. Feb. 5: A resident student reported unwanted contact with a non-affiliate in William Paca House. Feb. 4: A student reported ear buds stolen. Investigation determined they were turned into the lost and found the following day in the University Union. No theft occurred. Feb. 1: A resident student was referred to Student Conduct after Resident Staff discovered marijuana in Prettyman Hall. Feb. 1: Textbooks were missing from an office reported to have been locked in the Liberal Arts Building. Jan. 31: A resident student was issued a civil citation for possession of under 10 grams of marijuana in the Towson Run Apartments. Jan. 31: A resident student reported hearing a racial slur prior to being stuck with a snowball in the Harriett Tubman House. Jan. 30: A call for an odor of marijuana resulted in a trespass complaint, and two resident students issued civil citations for possession of under 10 grams of marijuana in Glen Complex Tower D. Jan. 30: A campus security authority was notified of a rape that occurred on campus in an unnamed West Village dorm. Jan. 30: Money was taken from an office in Enrollment Services. Jan. 29: A resident student was referred to student conduct for an alcohol violation in Harriett Tubman House. Jan. 29: An employee received a threatening phone call from a known person in Enrollment Services. Jan. 28: A commuter student reported unwanted contact by text and social media that began in 2018 and continued into 2019 in the Liberal Arts Building. Jan. 28: A false ID was discovered in a found wallet in the University Union. 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

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Department Chair of Educational Technology and Literacy Mahnaz Moallem went to Pakistan last Dec. to assist with teacher training sessions for Squeak Etoys, a program to be used in area middle schools.

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Towson Professor and Department Chair of Educational Technology and Literacy Mahnaz Moallem travelled to Pakistan in December to assist in running a software program training in partnership with the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the University of Education in Lahore. The software, Squeak Etoys, is an open source program that utilizes problem-based learning and allows students to apply the concepts they are learning in the classroom to simulations that they develop. ​“[Squeak Etoys] just comes up as a blank page but then a student can use it to try all different things to create models and simulations. They are learning the coding, but we are not teaching them the coding, they are really playing with it,” Moallem said. “But they have to apply their understanding of mathematics and sciences to develop the simulations. ​Moallem’s trip to Pakistan this past Dec. focused on running a workshop at the University of Education, Lahore for teachers to learn the Squeak Etoys software, and help them develop ways to include it into their curriculum. ​“ The lecture-based approach doesn’t necessarily work [with

the programs] environment,” Moallem said. The workshops lesson focus was on water, water resources, water pollution and water management as these are all problems in Pakistan. Moallem, who used to work with the University of North Carolina Wilmington, travelled with four colleagues from the university to run the workshop. According to Moallem, the trip was made possible by a grant from the Department of the State. ​ “Last spring this grant from the Department of the State came out and we thought that it was a good time for us to expand that beyond the U.S. and see how STEM teachers in other countries would receive it. So we applied for the grant and fortunately we were rewarded,” Moallem said. ​T he first day of the workshop had 36 teachers from the Lahore area, while the rest of the week involved teaching 16 different teachers that came from remote areas around Lahore. The University of Education handpicked two teachers from four boys schools and four girls schools to attend the workshop. ​“The teachers that we targeted were from rural areas, from remote areas that they didn’t have a lot of the resources,” Moallem said. “Many of them travelled about 8 hours to Lahore because they were really in poverty, low-income areas.”

​M oallem described the workshop as being as intense, with days starting as early as 8:30 a.m. and ending around 4 p.m. ​“Some mornings we would focus on pedagogy and then our workshop was hands on so they would have to develop their curriculum and problem, and, in the afternoon, we would use SQUEAK. Some other days we would switch off, but it was pretty hands on throughout the day,” Moallem said. ​Towson Dean of the College of Education Laurie Mullen said that the college has a history of collaboration, and that the grant project extends the colleges support to teachers in Lahore. ​“ The college is proud of the commitment to serve underserved schools with problem-based learning, computer modeling and STEM in support of water resource needs in the area,” Mullen said. ​Now, the teachers are expected to use the Squeak Etoys software in their middle school classrooms. According to Moallem, they are still staying in touch and teaching the teachers through the use of the online educational platform, Edmodo. ​“ This semester we’re basically teaching them though Edmodo and also meeting online,” Moallem said. “For tunately, they all have access to the internet so we’re trying to meet them on a regular basis through Zoom and Edmodo.”


Towson’s Most Eligible

February 12, 2019

Towson’s Most Eligible After tabling in the University Union last week, the Towerlight has compiled for you below a handful of

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Towson’s singles. Learn about their ideal Valentine’s dates, best traits, music interests and what they look

My ideal Valentine’s date is pizza and reading.

for in a significant other. Take a chance, Tigers, and

My best trait is my teeth.

see if you can find that special someone. Photos by Brendan Felch/ The Towerlight

Cedric Paul

Junior, Political Science Major

Senior, Acting Major

On Valentine’s Day, I listen to “How To Love” by Lil Wayne. The main thing I look for in a significant other is are you rad or nah?

Sarah Pedulla

Sophomore, Electronic Media and Film Major

My ideal Valentine’s date is cash app straight to $Cedricpaul.

My ideal Valentine’s date is apple pie on a waterbed.

My best trait is my sense of humor.

My best trait is my toes, specifically the pinky toe.

On Valentine’s Day, I listen to “Habit” by Still Woozy.

On Valentine’s Day, I listen to Daniel.

The main thing I look for in a significant other is a study partner.

The main thing I look for in a significant other is they like to return the favor.

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Nick Frantz

Junior, Mass Communication Major

My ideal Valentine’s date is Megan Fox. My best trait is I’m charismatic. On Valentine’s Day, I listen to anything by Lil Jon. The main thing I look for in a significant other is they are energetic.

Mallory Simcox Sophomore, Health Science Major My ideal Valentine’s date is someone paying. My best trait is everything. On Valentine’s Day, I listen to “I Just Had Sex” by The Lonely Island. The main thing I look for in a significant other is they are over six feet tall.

Emmanuel Azve Freshman, Computer Science Major

My ideal Valentine’s date is a romantic dinner. My best trait is my sense of humor. On Valentine’s Day, I listen to I listen to “Middle Child” by J Cole. The main thing I look for in a significant other is capability.

Ira Lewis

Freshman, Earth-Space Science Major

My ideal Valentine’s date is a museum date. My best trait is my intelligence. On Valentine’s Day, I listen to any song. The main thing I look for in a significant other is intelligence, humor and kindness.


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Towson’s Most Eligible

Renee Horka

Sophomore, Psychology Major

My ideal Valentine’s date is a home cooked dinner made by him or dining out. My best trait is I’m funny and caring. On Valentine’s Day, I listen to “Bad At Love” by Halsey. The main thing I look for in a significant other is kindness, honesty and being outgoing.

Jocelyn Adeoye Freshman, Chemistry Major My ideal Valentine’s date is is dinner. My best trait is my smile. On Valentine’s Day, I listen to Q Da Fool. The main thing I look for in a significant other is loyalty.

John Egerton

Sophomore, Computer Science Major

My ideal Valentine’s date is male. My best trait is I’m funny. On Valentine’s Day, I listen to “Boys” by Charli XCX. The main thing I look for in a significant other is intelligence.

Aiden Pass

Senior, Mass Communication Major

My ideal Valentine’s date is home cooked meal together, dancing and a movie. My best trait is my attention to detail. On Valentine’s Day, I listen to Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. All of it. The main thing I look for in a significant other is iintelligence and passion.

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Sydney Moore (right) Senior, International Relations Major My ideal Valentine’s date is dinner and salsa dancing. My best trait is my smile. On Valentine’s Day, I listen to “X” by Prince Royce ft. Zendaya. The main thing I look for in a significant other is dance moves.

Nila Hayes

Senior, Communications Major

My ideal Valentine’s date is is a nice dinner. My best trait is my smile and positive outlook on life. On Valentine’s Day, I listen to “Like A Star” by Corinne Bailey Rae. The main thing I look for in a significant other is they are down to earth, athletic and smart.

Kelly Anderson

Freshman, Biology Major

My ideal Valentine’s date is romantic and loyal. My best trait is I’m friendly. On Valentine’s Day, I listen to ““Dontchange” by Musiq Soulchild. The main thing I look for in a significant other is they are a genuinely good person.

Stephanie Papetti Senior, Occuputational Therapy Major My ideal Valentine’s date is movie and breakfast for dinner. My best trait is I talk too much. On Valentine’s Day, I listen to “Mamma Mia” by Abba. The main thing I look for in a significant other is a good sense of humor.

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seen immediately, as people whom Delta, the chapter shared that were in need, or knew somebody in “Kappa Delta is committed to buildStaff Writer need, collected the donated items. ing confidence and inspiring action Inspired by this standing tradiin our members by making a tangible tion within his hometown, Alexander difference in our community.” Breck, a sophomore at Towson Kappa Delta and Zeta Beta Tau On Feb. 5, members of Kappa University, and member of Zeta Beta encourage students and community Delta and Zeta Beta Tau carried bags Tau, decided to recreate the event in members to participate in pinning upon bags of winter clothing items Towson. Upon consulting with the and accessories to uptown Towson. up winter clothing articles. They rest of his fraternity, and sorority With small notes that read “If you are hoping this small action could Kappa Delta, the Greek pair enacted need it, take it,” various items such inspire community members in other their vision. as hats, gloves, scarves and coats cities to give back to their communiZeta Beta Tau and Kappa Delta were tied around posts up and down ties as well. became committed to giving back to York Road. “Our donated items had been PUT YOUR AD HERE! the community before temperatures Throughout January,For Maryland picked up by those in need immedi$15 per week, your classified ad even plummeted. has been experiencing (up quite ately, which was not only a rewarding to 30the words) had can appear in print “I just asked all of my brothflux in temperature. While stu-at feeling, but also showed us how and online ers [and Kappa Delta] to collect dents are currently enjoying temimportant our efforts actually were,” Just email the text of your ad to the accessories while away at winter peratures averaging the 40s, said Emily Couture, Vice Presidentandwas let ushit know how to reach yougot a good amount to break, and we just last week, the state Community Service for Kappa Delta. by phone for credit payment. putcard out” Breck said. “Next year, we by a gust of cold air from a polar “We hope the feeling we experienced hope to put a basket in the Union so vortex. This lowered the temperacontributes to this becoming a tradiothers can donate as well.” ture to a mere 7 degrees, bringtion each winter.” Breck hopes the event will help those ing life-threatening conditions to Next winter, both chapters are in need get through a cold winter. those who are homeless and who planning on expanding the drive, and The that TOWERLIGHT! “I just hope anyone who needcannot afford winter clothing. Help CIRCULATE further including the community. Tuesday mind awarm, little bit of walking and pushing a year I hope to set up a ed Don’t something whether homeAccording toAvailable One Warm Coat,mornings? a “Next handtruck?dedicated Need extra $$?less Fororore info: less fortunate, was able to get non-profit organization few collection boxes around campus an item, helping them get through to donating to those in need, winter this rough winter” he said. coats are often considered to be For Kappa Delta, organizing this an extra expense for lower income event held significant meaning. families due to high pricing. In an “Kappa Delta is thankful to ZBT effort to diminish the disparities for partnering with us to provide that stem from exposure to harsh a helping hand to those who are winters, schools and communities exposed to the extremely cold temalike have created winter clothing peratures in the community that surdrives to provide for those in need. FEMALE PERSONAL ASST. For the pastHelp few mom years,of residents older girls w/ rounds errands TU,” said Courtney Sacco, President of Kappa Delta. “We are in Frederick, Maryland have come & organizing. $15/hr + gas $$. eager to support the community who together to collect winter clothing 15-min. drive, 695x22. 410-336-9515 & leave message. continually supports us and give items and pin Call them up throughout back in this meaningful way.” town for whomever may need it. The In a statement released by Kappa positive effects of this event were

and taking volunteers from Greek life or the student body to take all around campus, Uptown and possibly Downtown Baltimore,” Breck said. According to Breck, giving back to the community is simple to do. “All you have to do is print out a little note saying something along the lines of ‘If you need this, take it; if you have something to donate come back and tie it here’ and pin it with the winter accessory,” he said. “It’s a super easy thing to do with your co-workers, organizations or friends.”

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Towson fraternity Zeta Beta Tau and sorority Kappa Delta worked together this past weekend, pinning up clothes for the needy in uptown Towson to help them survive the cold winter in Maryland.


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Tigers stun Blue Jays in opener Liam Beard/ The Towerlight

Senior attacker Timmy Monohan swings around a Johns Hopkins player in the team’s 17-8 season opening win at Unitas Stadium on Saturday. Monohan registered one assist and caused one turnover in the upset. Towson leaped into the top-10 of all three major collegiate lacrosse polls after Inside Lacrosse picked the Tigers to lose to the Blue Jays.

JOHN HACK Staff Writer

Heading into Towson’s season opener against seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins, Head Coach Shawn Nadelen had a simple game plan for his team. “We want to play to our ability and style and we want to do it as quick as possible,” Nadelen said. It took until the second quarter for those expectations to come to fruition, but for the rest of the contest, it felt like Towson (1-0) couldn’t help, but force the visiting Blue Jays (0-1) play from behind as the Tigers rout-

ed Johns Hopkins in a 17-8 upset. Despite trailing 4-2 at the end of the first quarter, the Tigers rallied back with an impressive 9-0 run. The momentum shift began early in the second quarter when junior attacker Brody McLean scored his first two goals of the season to tie the game up at four goals apiece. But the Tigers were just getting started. Just 2:06 later, senior midfielder Grant Maloof added another tally to give the Tigers their first lead of

ter,” Woodall said. “I think faceoffs helped a little bit, I feel like when me and the wings get in a groove, that’s when we’re at our best.” Goaltending also played a huge part in Saturday afternoon’s rout as junior goalkeeper Tyler Canto made 10 saves on 18 shots. Canto, who made his first career start as a Tiger on Saturday, was quick to give credit to the team’s defense. “My defense played great out there, and allowed them to take low angle shots on me, which allowed me to do as well as I could in the net,” Canto said. Towson looks to continue its groove Friday afternoon when the team heads to Emmitsburg to face ALEX WOODALL off against another Midfielder in-state foe, Mount

the game, and they would never look back. Senior attack Brendan Sunday led the Tigers with an eight point effort, racking up six goals and two assists. Towson’s face-off success played a big role in the victory with senior midfielder Alex Woodall winning 21 of 28 faceoffs and picking up 17 ground balls. He added one goal and two assists as well. “I think our whole team kinda came together in that [second] quar-

I think our whole team kinda came together in that [second] quarter. I think faceoffs helped a little bit, I feel like when me and the wings get in a groove, that’s when we’re at our best.

Saint Mary’s. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium. The Tigers will return home to Unitas Stadium on Feb. 27 for a 6 p.m. showdown with yet another in-state opponent, the Loyola University Greyhounds.

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Sour Season Opener Second half struggles doom Tigers at Penn St. Brendan Sunday Men’s Lacrosse

Senior attacker Brendan Sunday led the Tigers with six goals and two assists in the team’s 17-8 victory over Johns Hopkins Saturday at Unitas Stadium. Sunday also caused two turnovers and recorded three ground balls in the victory.


The No. 11 Tigers fell 13-7 in their season opener on the road against the No. 12 Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0). Towson (0-1) had a 4-3 halftime lead, but struggled to carry that momentum into the second half. “Penn State made some good adjustments in the second half that we were unable to execute answers for,” said Head Coach Sonia LaMonica. “I would have liked to see our team respond better under that pressure, but that will come with experience. We will need to be fast learners.” The back-and-forth first half featured two goals from junior midfielder Annie Sachs, her second goal came late

in the half to put the Tigers ahead by one at the break. “Annie definitely has a knack for getting to the cage,” LaMonica said. “She did a good job of inserting her dodging practice into the game, squaring up, and splitting to her weak hand, which is where the space was.” The tides began to turn when Penn State went on a 6-1 run to start the second half, with goals from four different players. “I predict Penn State will have a very strong year,” LaMonica said. “They are loaded with athleticism and skill, and they helped expose where we need to focus our development.” Thornton scored two goals in the second half for Towson while Sulmonte scored one in the period. “We are leaning on Kaitlin and

Natalie to be steady offensive leaders for us,” LaMonica said. “They both have experience, and the competitive drive to step up and make a play when we need it.” The game was put on ice after the Nittany Lions scored the final three goals of the game Freshman defenseman Erin Williams and freshman attack Kerri Thornton both started in their first games for the Tigers. “Erin and Kerri both really held their own in their debut and I’m very interested to see just how impactful they become as experience grows,” LaMonica said. “Sky is the limit.” The next game for the Towson Tigers is on the road this Saturday against the Georgetown Hoyas with game time set for 3 p.m.

weekend woes For TU Three wins for Shusterman in Steel City losses CYAN THOMAS Staff Writer

Towson put up a tough fight in Pittsburgh over the weekend, falling to Buffalo and Duquesne. On Sunday against Duquesne (4-2), freshmen Jessica Assenmacher and Phoebe Collins fell in their doubles match 6-4. The Tigers (1-4) also lost their other doubles matches. In singles, senior Yevgeniya Shusterman was victorious 2-6, 6-3, 10-5, while senior Lucy Gloninger won 7-5, 6-2 and freshman Amelia Lawson succeeded 6-4, 5-7, 10-6. Collins, along with sophomore Alexa Martinez and freshman Themis Haliou, suffered singles losses and Duquesne won the match 6-3.

Martinez and Shusterman led Buffalo (4-1) dominated in its the Tigers to a doubles win, but singles matches, completely shutultimately the team ting out Towson. came up short Despite the lopsidagainst Buffalo 6-1 ed loss, Peterson This was a tough loss felt the match was on Saturday. “We won the for us, especially after valuable to them. doubles point "This was a winning the doubles but got swept in tough loss for us point in such dramatic especially after the singles,” said Head Coach Jamie winning the doufashion. Peterson. “They bles point in such JAMIE PETERSON Head Coach dramatic fashion," actually lost to Duquesne 4-3 on Peterson said. "We Friday, so they were pretty fired had a great opportunity and played up to play. They were also pretty well in spots in the singles, but not motivated since we beat them last enough to win.” time we played, 4-3.” Next, the Tigers will play their Martinez and Shusterman first home match of the spring won their doubles match 6-4 on against the University of Richmond Saturday and were succeeded with on Feb. 16. at 7:30 p.m. at another win, this one by the pair of Coppermine Racquet and Fitness in Pikesville, Maryland. Gloninger and Haliou.


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Fobbs goes off as TOWSON tops JMU Junior guard Brian Fobbs has the hot hand, continues scoring streak in win over Dukes AARON THOMAS Staff Writer

Towson kicked off its three-game homestand with a victory against James Madison in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) matchup Saturday afternoon at SECU Arena. Junior guard Brian Fobbs was extremely efficient with 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting to lead the team on the offensive end in the 66-59 win. Fobbs has scored at least 20 points in three of the last four games for the Tigers (9-16, 5-7 CAA). “Any time you can get 29 points on 15 shots, that's impressive,” said Head Coach Pat Skerry. “His passing was good, and they had no answers for him.” Towson was on fire from the field,

shooting 51.1 percent for the game and 57.7 percent in the second half while outscoring the Dukes (10-15, 3-9 CAA) 40-29 after halftime. This marks the second time in the last three games the Tigers have made at least half their shots. All nine players who checked in the game for the Tigers scored at least one point, including nine from both redshirt senior guard Jordan McNeil and redshirt junior forward Nakye Sanders. Senior center Tobias Howard added eight points as well Towson’s offensive performance was solid, but the team’s suffocating defense secured the win.. “When you take good care of the ball, we’ll get good shots. Execution is always the answer,” Skerry said. “Our defense was excellent today and that’s where we

pride ourselves.” Towson held James Madison to 39.3 percent shooting, marking back-to-back games holding an opponent under 40 percent shooting. Dukes redshirt junior guard Stuckey Mosley caught fire with a trio of made three-pointers in the first half before getting shut down by the Tigers. Towson held Stuckey to only 14 points while shooting 5-of-18 from the field and 4-of-12 from three. Towson was able to hold the Dukes scoreless for over seven minutes during a stretch between both halves. Next, Towson’s homestand continues as the Tigers host Delaware on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. and Drexel on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at SECU Arena. Saturday’s game is the team’s annual Autism Awareness game.

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Bargain outlet set to open in Towson AVE’ON LAINE Contributing Writer

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, a discount retail store, is set to open a new location in Towson this March. The franchise, who opened its first location in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania in 1982, will open its doors in the Towson Place shopping center, occupying the former space of Toys “R” Us. The chain has 303 other locations, and specializes in generous discounts on extra or discontinued name-brand items. Products range from houseware to books to electronics and even seasonal items. Jerry Atland, the chains vice president of real estate, said that it makes sense for the store to be in the Towson area because of the high population in the area. “We look, number one, at the population within 10 miles, and number 2, does it have a daily newspaper,” Atland said. “That’s how we get our message across is the print.” According to Atland, the store already advertises in the Baltimore Sun in order to bring awareness to the store, yet their target market is not necessarily college students. “We’re looking for homeowners and renters,” said Atland. “But we are in some towns with

colleges nearby because students look for the small things.” Atland said that students that do go to the store look products like non-perishable food and towels “I would look for everyday items and household needs such as cleaning supplies, cooking utensils, pots, dishes and bathroom supplies,” said Towson Sophomore Shannel Coleman. “I think it is a really good idea for a discounted store to open up close to a college campus because as everyone knows, a lot of college students are struggling, and we have to save our money,” said sophomore Brianna Smith. This is a good way to encourage college students to do that.” The store, whose slogan reads “good stuff cheap,” prides itself on its working relationship with major retailers and liquidators to get their inventory, and pass the major savings onto their customers. “We sell name brand products at 30 to 70 percent off the fancy stores,” said Atland. Coleman’s only concern with the outlet is that she might be tempted to spend too much money. “Honestly I would go for one thing & leave with a million dollars worth of stuff because you can find anything in there,” said Coleman.

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