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February 26, 2019

A Neoconservative’s take on Venezuela MATTHEW PIPKIN Columnist @MattPipkinJr

Webster’s dictionary defines a “neoconservative” as the following: a conservative who advocates the assertive promotion of democracy and U.S. national interest in international affairs including through military means. Famous neoconservatives include George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio to just name a few. The term has grown to be a dirty word in political circles in the post-Iraqi war America. It gets associated with the images of President George W. Bush with the famous “Mission Accomplished” sign behind him on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003. News broadcasts with torched American Humvees in downtown Baghdad still send shivers down the spines of Americans to this day. The resulting insurgencies in Iraq and (still) in Afghanistan have cost the lives of thousands of Americans, leaving plenty more wounded and scarred for life. With distinct memories

of Iraq and Afghanistan in mind, many Americans simply do not have a taste for an interventionist foreign policy. But I believe we must keep pressing on, and keep spreading democracy by any and all means necessary across the globe. It is our moral obligation, as the leader of the free world, to lead these efforts in the various struggles for freedom and prosperity around the world. No other nation can lead like this effort like the United States can, making us exceptional on the world stage. Even in this political climate, there are some in Congress who hold and commit to these beliefs. Senator Marco Rubio has been one of the leading voices in the ongoing struggle in the Venezuelan crisis, and to spreading democracy across Latin America. Nicolas Maduro, the tyrant leader of Venezuela, has been challenged by interim President Juan Guaido as being the illegitimate leader of the country. Guaido cites recent severe economic declines, food shortages, violence against unarmed civilians, and various human rights abuses as reasons to topple the brutal dictator. Sen.

Marco Rubio has recently traveled to Columbia to assure the United States’ commitment to helping Guaido and the rest of Venezuela with humanitarian aid. The most recent delivery of the aid, much of which is food and water for the starving nation, was attacked by Venezuelan thugs that torched the trucks coming into the country. Time will only tell what will happen next in this ongoing struggle for freedom and prosperity in this desperate nation. It is a moral obligation for the United States to stand up to the thugs around the world, and to promote the expansion of democracy across the world. It is a human right to have basic freedoms, such as picking and choosing your own leader, respected in your home country. As a neoconservative, I acknowledge that the last thing we want to do is get in another foreign war. We do need to be cautious about our next move, but we must cannot let tyrants like Maduro continue to hold power and terrorize his own people. I pray that our leaders will keep the Venezuelans’ best interests in mind.

How to have a perfect ladies’ night RAQUEL ALFARO Columnist

Going out can become expensive and aggravating when trying to push through crowded bars, so ditch the heels and invite your best gals over for a satisfying night in. Movie Night | Host a movie night with wine and snacks. Tell your friends to pick out their favorite movie and come dressed in pajamas. I suggest choosing the sappiest romance movies for everyone to cry to without anyone judging. However, if alcohol is not a part of the plans, try buying Sprite and chopping up fruits to add into the drink to create a sweet non-alcoholic drink for those who are not of age. A Whole Lot of Self Care | Classes and work become hectic, so

having a night with your ladies involving self-care would be a great way to of decompress from stress. Apply face masks to cleanse and moisturize your skin. Doing this will leave you feeling like a brand-new person with hydrating skin. Take turns painting each other’s nails, according to the seasons. Neutral colors look best in the winter, making your nails trendy. Vent to them about your week and get it off your chest. This will help you release the built-up tension from the week. Game Night | If you’re feeling a bit wild, invite everyone to a night full of games. Have everyone come in their best outfits and play a variety of games. Cards Against Humanity is a fun pick because you read through the questions on each card and pick a funny card to answer. The game Picolo will keep things interesting as it spins a variety of truth and dares.

The game can be downloaded through your phone and by entering your name. It’ll give you a truth or dare to choose from to play with all your friends. A game of flip cup will also keep things completive and fun. Split into teams and have the losing team do something of your choice. Keep it Crafty | Have a night of painting. If you don’t consider yourself crafty, it’s still fun to express yourself through art. Pinterest can give insight on do it yourself projects. My friends and I made our own backdrop for photos with cheap supplies from Target. Everyone can make their own party gear whether its crowns, necklaces or anything else you can imagine. Staying in can be fun and is a way to bond with your closest friends. These were just a few of the many activities to do when you want to avoid the bar scene.

It is okay to question yourself SAMUEL SMITH Columnist

I’m coming out: as questioning! I’m currently settling into the label of non-binary, but that may change with time. I’m still transmasculine (transgender + masculine), but I’ve begun using they/them pronouns as well as he/him, and I’ve begun to buy some more feminine clothes and makeup. I still love being seen as one of the bros, but I don’t feel like I quite align fully with being a man. And guess what? That’s okay! It’s a-okay that I questioned myself, looked inward and realized the labels I was using didn’t quite fit! That’s healthy, and that’s normal. What’s not healthy is not questioning and not exploring if you feel uncomfortable. There are obvious reasons someone might not, such as safety, where it makes sense to not explore. The trend is changing. Only 66 percent of Generation Z identifies as “exclusively heterosexual,” and

three percent of teens are transgender or gender nonconforming. Teens are learning that it’s okay to question things, that they don’t have to conform to cisnormative or heteronormative standards. You don’t have to question your whole gender identity. But you can question your style, your gender expression, your music taste or your political beliefs. Nothing is set in stone. Continue reading, exploring, discovering and most importantly, learning. Just know that you are in control of your identity, and you’re allowed to change as much as you want or need. If you’re questioning something about your identity, it’s important to find support, whether that’s from friends, a trusted professor you know you can turn to, your spiritual community or an official support group. Finding support on whatever journey you choose to go on is vital in helping you unravel everything. If you read this, and some part of it resonates, best of luck on your journey. Don’t be afraid.

Wellness wave KAYLA HUNT Columnist

An increase in health consciousness among American consumers has been reported in recent years. According to Nielsen, millennials are more willing to take initiative on behalf of their wellbeing and are more likely to pay premium to achieve their goals. Their study shows that across generational groups, millennials are leading when it comes to prioritizing lifestyle choices. It comes as no surprise that millennials are becoming more aware of their wellness given the concurrent links between college students and weight fluctuation, obesity, as well as mental stability. When attending college, many stu-

dents are advised to be conscious of their weight and food consumption during their first year. The popular phrase “freshman 15” has been used to express the weight gain that many college students experience during their first year. Whereas 15 pounds sounds like an overstatement, many studies show that students typically gain between two to five pounds during their freshman year. Researchers want people to keep in mind that weight gain goes beyond freshman year and follows students throughout the course of their college experience. There are a multitude of factors that impact students’ wellbeing, including irregular eating and sleeping habits as well as stress. - To read the rest of this column online, visit


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What’s the Green New Deal about? PORTIA BHARATH Columnist

The Green New Deal (its name a twist on the New Deal of 1933 enacted under Franklin D. Roosevelt to pull the U.S. out from the throes of the Great Depression) is a resolution proposed by Representative Alexandria OcasioCortez and Senator Ed Markey in early February. It’s ambitious to say the least – aiming to rehabilitate America’s economic and social systems to prevent the fast-approaching environmental crisis and improve community structures that perpetuate inequality. The GND seeks to achieve family-sustaining jobs, climate stability,

clean air and water, lower energy costs for the individual, community resilience and social equality. The deal even goes so far as to suggest that groups particularly vulnerable to the effects of the fossil fuel industry and climate change be offered “disproportionate benefits” such as job opportunities and cost savings. As for political reception, the resolution has probably received more criticism from Republicans and other groups than actual support from congressional Democrats. Several Democratic presidential candidates have signed on, but it can be argued that they are only looking to secure votes. President Donald Trump’s response to the GND was typical; exaggerating and dismissing the proposals made in the resolution, saying it’s “not gonna happen folks” – but this doesn’t come as a

shock considering that he is an adamant climate change denier. Under this current administration, it is unlikely that a single word of this deal will be taken seriously. There has been no action on the bill since it was submitted to various subcommittees for review on Feb. 8. Environmentally, the resolution echoes the sentiments found within the report “Global Warming of 1.5°” published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October of last year. According to the report, we only have about 11 years before the effects of climate change are devastating and irreversible. The GND aligns with the IPCC report in urging that global carbon emissions need to reduce by half by 2030 and we need to reach net zero emissions by 2050. - To read the rest of this column online, visit


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Students pick their path: transfering to TU is something that we want to get super good at,” Schatzel said. To help students get a head start, Schatzel said that TU’s new Transfer Services Center will be a one-stop-shop for transfer Tigers MARCUS WHITMAN instead of hiking between buildings Staff Writer to get everything done. “You come to campus and you have to have your transcript evalTowson University is home to students from many walks of life, uated and then you have to figure including those who transfer from out what you have to take to do your other colleges and universities major and then you have to figure across the nation. Transfer students out your financial aid,” Schatzel come in with their own unique said. “And we’re sending you to like experiences and Towson is looking four buildings.” for ways to help students make the The center will provide students jump as seamlessly as possible. with a place to get course and tranAccording to TU President Kim script evaluations before they even Schatzel, approximately 2,200 of enroll at Towson. Transfers can also last fall’s incoming students transgo to the center for academic advisferred into the university to become ing should they need it. a Tiger. She added that another 300 Another resource available to stuto 400 joined this semester. dents is the Transfer Mentor Program. “One fourth of students who “There is a transfer mentor protransfer from a Maryland commugram that is... volunteer based where the faculty and staff sit down nity college come here,” Schatzel with the students one on one and said. “That’s more than any other help them with the transfer prouniversity system of Maryland institution. That’s more than any other cess,” said Sean Welsh, TU’s direcinstitution of higher education in tor of communications. the state.” For the program, Towson facStressing ulty and staff that each from departments s t u d e n t across campus are comes from partnered with a different students to help background, them with activiSchatzel ties like broadenmentioned ing professional that many networks,giving transfers career advice and come from finding ways for those who transfer students are underto get involved on campus. represented Meghan Behm, in student an advisor for the populations. College of Business G r o u p s and Economics, like veterKIM SCHATZEL feels that inians, Native President of Towson University Americans, tiatives like the Latinas and Transfer Student first-generation college students are Center and the mentor program are more likely to be transfer students, important to have given the number according to Schatzel. of students on TU’s campus that “Being supportive of transfer students come from other institutions. and really recognizing their unique needs “It is beneficial to have because a MARY-ELLEN DAVIS News Editor @Mel_Davis_1998

One fourth of students who transfer from a Maryland community college come here. That’s more than any other university system of Maryland institution.

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Towson University Northeastern is a satellite campus dedicated to serving transfer students from local community colleges. TUNE aims to make the new Tigers’ transitions as smooth as possible. lot of the transfer students need the additional help figuring out what is available for them,” Behm said. “So I think it is great we have these programs now.” Norris Miller, a senior business administration student, had good remarks about the transfer process into TU. “It is a very pleasant university experience and everyone has been very helpful,” Miller said. Yet, Towson’s transfer programs don’t end on its main campus. Towson University Northeastern (TUNE) is a satellite campus devoted to supporting local transfer students, who are its only enrollees. Last fall, TUNE’s entire student population was 664 students, many of whom came from local community colleges like Howard Community College. TUNE’s Academic Program Director Joyce Herold said the campus offers these students nine different academic programs, including communications studies, psychology and criminal justice. “We are true Towson,” Herold said. “This campus is filled with Tiger spirit and Tiger programs that

really help students, no matter what they’re interested in, connect something that has meaning for them.” Since the school is comprised of only transfer students, aspects like the transfer mentor program were almost built into the schools fabric. Joella Anzelc, the assistant director for TUNE’s psychology program, said that because of the small size of the program, students and staff often know each other well which allows for staff to better mentor students and give them the help they need to get their degree. “The disadvantage is that we will get to know you,” Anzelc said. “The advantage is, we get to know you. I think we’re able to help them on a more one to one basis.” TUNE also gives transfer students the opportunity to form close bonds with one another if they choose to according to senior Megan Scott, a psychology and criminal justice double major. She is involved in the student advisory committee, has a job on campus and helped start TUNE’s LGBTQ+ Ally and leadership student group. “The thing about TUNE is that there are plenty of ways for a student to create a family within their

cohort and get involved, but they have to want to,” Scott said. Herold added that surveys are completed both before and during the degree program to pinpoint student interests. “A lot of times, it’s centered in preparing for their career and also learning more based on what they want to do when they get out of school,” Herold said. The variety of options that Towson University offers its transfer students, Schatzel said, shows that the university is a pathway for people of all walks of life to get their degrees. “Some people graduate with the major that they picked when they started the first day, there are some people that change their major three times, there’s some people who come here and stop out for a semester and come back,” Schatzel said. “Some people started at community college or another four year college. There’s lots of different ways to be able to get a college degree and we want to be able to provide the way that there are multiple pathways for people to achieve that.” -Karuga Koinange contributed to this article



February 26, 2019

App partners with sorority

Skoller helps raise money for charity

Feb. 21: A bicycle was reported stolen from the Liberal Arts Building. Feb. 20: Two resident students had a physical altercation regarding owed money in Newell Hall. Feb. 18: A wellbeing check resulted in a resident student receiving a civil citation for under 10 grams of marijuana in Residence Tower. Feb. 18: A campus security authority reported an incident of stalking in Clara Barton House. Feb. 17: A non-affiliate was found on campus in violation of a no trespass order in the Glen Complex Tower A. Feb. 16: Two resident students in a dating relationship had a verbal and physical altercation in Glen Complex Tower B. Feb. 15: A staff member received a threatening email in Stephens Hall. Feb. 15: A resident student was issued a civil citation for under 10 grams of marijuana in Harriet Tubman House. Feb. 15: An unattended mobile phone was taken from a bathroom in the Liberal Arts Building. Feb. 15: A smart watch was reported stolen in Glen Garage. Feb. 13: Product was removed from a vending machine without payment in Newell Hall. Feb. 13: A commuter student reported ongoing unwanted contact with a non-affiliate in Burdick Hall. Feb. 12: Damage was caused to a vending maching by someone attempting to gain access to it in Van Bokkelen Hall. Feb. 11: A complaint of drug activity resulted in two resident students receiving civil citations for under 10 grams of marijuana and underage possession of alcohol in Glen Complex Tower D. Feb. 11: Non-affiliates became disruptive and interrupted a speaker during a presentation in Newell Den. Feb. 9: A resident student trespassed in the room of another resulting in a physical and verbal altercation in Towson Run Apartments. Feb. 8: A threat was made to a resident student regarding owed money in Residence Tower. Feb. 7: Witnesses reported a group exiting an elevator invovled in an altercation. The group left the area prior to police arrival in Glen Complex Tower C.

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A learning management app was developed in an effort to make college life easier for students. The company has also partned with sorority AOπ to help raise money for the Arthritis Foundation.


Towson University’s sorority Alpha Omicron Pi (AOπ) have partnered with Skoller, a learning management app, in an effort to raise money for Arthritis Foundation. Though it has been in existence since 2016, Skoller was only being tested and used by students at select schools. The app was released to the public last August. With it, students can upload class syllabi, build a semester schedule, set reminders and use other tools to help keep them organized. Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Bruce Brookshire said that he was introduced to Skoller’s CEO and Co-Founder Carson Ward through mutual friends of theirs while taking a Java programing class and wondering about how he could make his new knowledge practical. “[We] all had a similar idea about making the college experience better for everyone,” Brookshire said. “So, we came up with Skoller to help organize everything better.” The company also offers an ambassador program which allows students to invite classmates to sign up by sharing a referral link with one another. “They can make the platform

much better whenever more working together for such a great students are on it,” Ward said. cause. “Changes [are] made to the class “It covers that academic tool schedule, users are connected and helps philanthropic endeavwith their classmates, so they are ors, while also helping connect to able chat with other classmates . all are AOπ members, which we They can share schedule changes have over 1500 members in college with classmates.” and grad school as well,” West Before its full launch back in said. “So, by downloading the August, Skoller partnered with app and using the referral code, national sorority AOπ as a way to it helps build a great connection spread the word among are about the tool members.” for students to Brookshire use. The sororisaid that movty also benefits. ing forward, The partnerSkoller hopes ship grows the to be able to number of sighelp students nups and helps with textbook raise money sales and purfor Arthritis chases on top Foundation if of what the students use app offers t he sign-up now. code “AOII,” “What we which earns trying to do is the sorority $1 make it simfor each new ple for stusignup. dents to buy BRUCE BROOKSHIRE “So right Chief Technology and sell their Officer for Skoller books, where now, since we partnered with Skoller, we [have you can sell the book to the next had] about 1400 members sign class while getting more for the up with the AOPi referral code,” selling price, [and] while paying said AOπ’s Director of Public less for it as well,” Brookshire Relations Courtney West. said. “So, we are looking to make West said she felt it was great the experience better for the colfor both organizations to be lege students.”

[We] all had a similar idea about making the college experience better for everyone. So, we came up with Skoller to help organize everything better.


February 26, 2019


Skateboard council makes moves to get new park MARY-ELLEN DAVIS News Editor @Mel_Davis_1998

In the summer of 2020, the Olympics will feature skateboarding for the first time and Bill Felter, an Army veteran, Baltimore resident and skateboarding enthusiast, is worried that it will create an increased interest in the sport with nowhere for new skaters to practice. That is why he, and the rest of Baltimore County Skateboard Council, are working to get new skate parks and dots set up in Towson. Felter first approached the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks during the summer of 2017 with ideas to improve the parks that already existed in the county, and it was the department’s idea to create the council as a way to move forward and address the needs of skateparks. “The process we’re going through


is called a Citizen Generated Capital Project,” Felter said. “The way it works is that a citizen or in our case, council, can complete a project, in this case a skatepark, on Baltimore County property. We will develop plans for an all-new concrete skatepark and solicit bids from professional skatepark builders and submit them to the County for review and approval.” If the plans are approved, then the project would be awarded to the county approved contractor. David Marks, Towson’s councilman, supports the development of a skate park at one of Towson’s existing recreational areas. “Recreation means more than little league,” Marks said. “It means providing venues for people of all ages to enjoy activities, whether they are pet owners who want recreation for their dogs or skateboarders who want a place to enjoy their moves.” Felter added that people have been “illegally” skating in Towson for years, and he wants to give people a place

where they can skate without the fear of being hit by a car or chased away from their skating spot. “The Greater Towson area is centrally located within the County,” Felter said. “The Towson area has dozens of turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, and football, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts, and playgrounds but not one skatepark. Having a skatepark located within a reasonable distance of that large of a population just makes good sense.” Rebekah Rivas, a senior deaf studies major, feels that a skate park in the area would be beneficial for students because she is afraid TU skaters will get hurt on campus. “There’s so many stairs on campus, I’m so afraid that somebody is going to fall over and break themselves,” Rivas said. “On top of that, there’s construction and the grounds uneven so it could be a hot mess for them.” Felter hopes to see what he calls a skate dot located at Radebaugh Park, which is located across the street from

Towson High School. The county is converting the land, which they purchased from Radebaugh Florists, into a community park and a group called “Friends of Radebaugh Neighborhood Park” have been asking the community about what amenities people would like to see there. “We will be proposing the inclusion of a small, dedicated skateboarding area, a ‘skate dot’ that incorporates skateable art and sculptures in its design,” Felter said. “Since this will be such a unique project, we’re making this a collaborative effort. We’ve been in touch with students from the Morgan State University’s Landscape Architecture program, the Art Departments at Towson University, Towson High School and the Carver Center for the Arts and Technology to enlist their talents in helping to design a one-of-a-kind Skate Dot that completely blends into its surroundings.” Project management major Anthony Kiv said that when a skate park opened

up in his hometown of Virginia, it became a popular hangout spot. “I’m not sure how the situation was before, but they used a wide open area,” Kiv said. “When they opened the skatepark though, everyone was there.” Marks’ only concern with the project is park maintenance and volunteer support, though he has supported the council the entire way through the process. “I was happy to help guide the Skateboard Council and arrange early meetings with the leadership of our Department of Recreation and Parks,” Marks said. Felter ultimately hopes that there will be a network of three to four regional skate parks linked together by neighborhood skate spots and dots. “It’s very ambitious, but in a county with a population of more than 800,000 it’s what’ needed to adequately fill the recreational need,” Felter said.

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Arts & Life

Towson’s own comedic gold SUZANNE STULLER Staff Writer

If you were a comedian, would you have enough courage to roast Simon Cowell on stage? How about Tyra Banks? For Alex Hooper, a Towson native, such roasts were nothing but another day at work for him, even among a chorus of boos . Hooper, an LA-based comedian, originally got his start bringing laughter to crowds while living in Towson. His whirlwind career has since brought him a track record of comedic success, from appearing on “America’s Got Talent” to making cameos in Comedy Central’s “Roast Battle 2” and “Corporate.” He’s known in the comedy industry for his witty writing, fearlessness and great energy on stage. But being a comedian wasn’t something Hooper had always planned. “I had no idea what I was going to do with my life,” he said. “Then, a friend of mine pushed me into stand up. The first time I did it, I just knew it was everything I was looking for.” Hooper joined the Screen Actors Guild, a union with over 160,000 film and television performers worldwide, while he was in college at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. After graduating from college, Hooper moved to Los Angeles to act and began doing more stand up and open mics. “It was a way to focus all of my energy ‘cause I was very chaotic before,” Hooper said. “I didn’t know

what to do with all of [my energy], and then when I did stand up, I was like ‘Cool, I can focus all of my energy on this.’ Immediately from the first time I did it, I knew I was going to do it for the rest of my life.” Hooper started booking shows quickly after his first stand up performance, which eventually gave him greater opportunities with TV, such as his work for Comedy Central. After three years of doing standup, Hooper appeared on “The Meltdown,” an LA standup show on Comedy Central that has featured comedians such as Jim Gaffigan, Nick Offerman and “Weird Al” Yankovic. This program was filmed behind Meltdown Comics, a comic store in LA, and features clips from comedians and comics in the green room. “The lineups I had to do were completely insane,” Hooper said. “That was the first time I really knew I was going to be okay. If I had lineups like that three years in, I knew I’d be fine.” Hooper’s favorite performance of all time was his appearance on “America’s Got Talent,” where he roasted all three judges, while wearing a red, glittery unitard, blue leggings and a tail. “My girlfriend described it as any normal person’s worst nightmare,” Hooper said. “I’m just up there smiling and flipping my little tail, ya know, just basically holding my ground when everyone wanted me to run off the stage. It’s like my best and worst at the same time because it’s a worst nightmare, but

I held on and performed well to the point where I made it on the show and became viral from it.” Erika Shook, a junior at Towson University found his humor different than most comedians and would consider seeing one of his stand up shows. “He has tons of energy of on stage,” Shook said. “His style is not what I’m used to, so I actually found that really interesting.” Eric Panuela, a junior at Towson University, is involved in Actors Anonymous and has taken a comedy class at TU. “What I like about his stand up is that he takes his outsider kind of personality and really owns it, which is so cool,” Panuela said. “The way he exaggerates and makes things over the top is hilarious. I would love to see one of his shows, he’s so entertaining as well as a cool and seemingly nice guy.” Hooper believes that anyone can succeed in comedy if they stay true to themselves and have perseverance. “Get on stage as much as you can and make as many things as you can, whether it be sketches, short videos, or writing scripts, but also trust yourself,” Hooper said. “If you think it’s funny, do it, and don’t let other people tell you that it’s not. If you stay true to yourself, you will find an audience of people who really like what you’re doing and you never have to compromise.” Hooper will be performing his new, one-hour show at The Fells Point Corner Theatre on Feb. 27 in Baltimore.

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Hooper’s most known comedic moment comes from his time on AGT, in which he roasted the judges while donning a glitter unitard, blue leggings and a tail - an unconventional outfit for any stand up.

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Since Ezra Koenig’s last venture of writing for Beyonce, the VW frontman has been writing songs for this year’s upcoming album.

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As awards season is dying down, the new release schedule for the year is getting underway. In the next few months, many new releases are expected to be switch-ups for artists or potential triumphs. Here is a short selection of some albums that you should keep your ear close to the ground for. Weezer- These power-pop nerds from the 90s had a hit with their meme-tastic cover of Toto’s “Africa,” and have also released a surprise cover album earlier this year. Their latest release, “The Black Album,” is expected to be released March 1. It looks to be shaping up to be a different direction for the band, as evidenced by the singles “Can’t Knock the Hustle” and “Zombie Bastards.” While it may not be the Weezer people are used to, it is intriguing, nonetheless. Vampire Weekend- Frontman Ezra Koenig has kept busy during Vampire Weekend’s hiatus, working on tracks for Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album in 2016 and raising his son with girlfriend Rashida Jones. Even though Vampire Weekend has also lost a member in guitarist and songwriter Rostam Batmanglij, the first taste of songs like “Harmony Hall” and “2021” are irresistible pieces of pop

bliss. Their latest record, “Father of the Bride,” is expected to be released later this year. Simple Creatures- This is a supergroup of sorts comprised of Mark Hoppus from Blink-182 and Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low. While they have only promised an EP as of writing, the first track released, “Drug,” shows a unique trade-off between the two frontmen. If anything else, this EP may be a good pit stop in between releases before the duo get back to their respective groups. The 1975- The group’s fantastic record from last year, “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships,” was an alternative rock triumph. Having their next record come out so quickly after their last is very ambitious considering what they must live up to, but there have been no disappointments thus far for Matty Healy and company. Tool- While this progressive metal band has never broken up, they have not put out any new material since 2006. With their fans chomping at the bits for a new album, things started to look up when the band spoke about having an album out by the end of the summer. Tool have always been a band that have a knack for taking difficult concepts and songwriting approaches and making them incredibly fascinating. After the 13 year studio hiatus, here’s hoping that the long wait will pay off for these modern metal giants.

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February 26, 2019


Seven things to buy after listening to Grande’s “7 rings” Why the tune may have just sparked my new shopping addiction KERRY INGRAM Arts & Life Editor @Glaminista08

It’s been almost three weeks since Ariana Grande’s latest album release, and ya girl is still quaking in her thigh-high boots. Grande’s “thank u, next” was one of the most raw and honest albums the pop-princess has ever come out with, and although songs like “ghostin” and “needy” are emotional and real, “7 rings” is the bop that I can’t seem to stop playing. Full of confidence, bougie-ness, and complete “baddie” vibes, this song is one about everything and nothing all at the same time. Although the deeper purpose and underlying message of the song involves Grande’s methods for handling what she has been through in the past year while shielding her feelings, I want to focus on the surface level of the tune: being

#flossy af. Viewers of the “7 rings” video will completely understand why I want to focus on the vanity of this song - the video was EVERYTHING as far as achieving a glam aesthetic goes. And so, as the true Trend Tiger columnist and fashion/beauty fanatic that I am, I have compiled a list of the seven things I think everyone should own after listening to Grande’s “7 rings.” Because I saw it, I liked it, I wanted it, and now it’s time to buy it too. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” DVD The opening line of Grande’s song, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is a classic American film and one of my most favorite things to watch. This movie features Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, a New York girl trying to find her place in the world while also trying to shield herself from an unexpected romance. This romcom is full of fun scenes that lack the “cheesiness” found in modern day movies, and is sure to make you feel glamor-

ous yet relaxed upon watching. Sparkling Cider - Grande sure loves her “bottles of bubbles.” The video for “7 rings” includes shots of the singer pouring champagne on top of a tower of expensive glasses, and fizzy drinks can always make a person feel fancy. As an adult who has lived her entire life sober, I’ll provide a more universal drink option to this list with a suggestion for sparkling cider. Always remember: Martinelli’s is the best and anyone who argues otherwise is a hater. Lashes - Although Grande is most associated with winged eyeliner when it comes to her makeup looks, her lash-game has truly stepped up over the last few years. “7 rings” was no exception, with the singer even listing lashes as one of her favorite things. Ardell Double Wispies lashes are some of my favorite when it comes to more affordable options; if you’re willing to shell out some major bucks, I would recommend trying the “Lullaby” lashes by Sugarpill. Either

way, your eyes are sure to be living their best lives. “Diamonds” - Okay so the quotations here are for obvious reasons - we’re all college students, so telling you to forget about your tuition and other adult responsibilities to go buy diamonds is more than unrealistic (although if you can afford to do that, can you pay for my student loans? My Venmo is more than ready to accept payments). What I will suggest is checking out what cool fashion jewelry is available at stores like Forever21 and Zara. Because balling on a budget is still a thing in 2019. Gloss - If you’ve read Trendy Tiger before or know me personally, you already know about my undying love towards lipgloss. It’s a product that allows you to look polished and poised with minimal effort, so Ari’s “my gloss is poppin” lyric is definitely one to live by. You can never go wrong with one of MAC’s lip glosses for some stay-put shine on your pout. Bonus points if you

can still snag the limited edition gloss the brand came out with in collaboration with Ariana herself. Hair Extensions - Obviously this is extremely optional, but there was no way I could compile this list and not include this item. One of the most memorable moments in the “7 rings” music video is Grande laying out on a staircase with a rapunzel-esque ponytail draping each step below her. Although extreme pop-star lengths are not required, having fun with your hair every now and then never hurts. And when someone compliments your ‘do, you already will know how to respond: “Gee thanks, just bought it.” Face Mask - I like to think I saved the most universal and easiest-to-obtain item for last: a really good face mask. Freeman Beauty makes some really amazing masks for under $10, and ending a stressful day with a mask break is definitely sure to help you relax while keeping your skin gleaming.






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Missed Opportunities cost Towson Team earns first win of the season, but can’t win the series at Kennesaw State TIM KLAPAC Sports Editor @pacofkla

The Tigers battled weather conditions and scheduling changes over the weekend as they won the opening game of their three-game series at Kennesaw State before dropping the final two games. In Sunday’s game, Towson (1-5) took the early 1-0 lead before the Owls (4-2) exploded for 10 runs in the first four innings. Junior outfielder Garrett Hodges led Kennesaw State with two home runs, highlighting a 3-for-3 day, and five RBIs. The Tigers got production from junior infielder Brad Powers with two RBIs, including his second

home run of the weekend. Towson failed to capitalize on opportunities as it stranded 11 runners on base in the game and going 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. “You’ve got to be put in that situation if you want to succeed,” said Head Coach Matt Tyner. “We don’t necessarily need big hits, we just can’t have strikeouts with a runner on third and less than two outs.” Redshirt sophomore pitcher Kody Reeser was chased from the game after the Owls peppered him for six runs in the second inning, giving them a lead they would never relinquish, taking the rubber match by a final of 11-5. “He’s gotta understand that he can start trusting his stuff,” Tyner said. “To his credit, he wants to be

out there and he’s gonna be fine.” Towson finished off its Saturday double header with a 5-2 loss. The game got off to a bad tone when senior pitcher Gavin Weyman gave up a home run on the first pitch of the game to Owls junior outfielder Alex Carballo. The deficit grew after the Tigers committed multiple errors to give Kennesaw State a 3-0 lead. After the Owls extended their lead to four, Towson got a pair of runs back thanks to a wild pitch and a RBI single by redshirt junior outfielder Tom Flacco. Flacco finished the night a combined 5-for-8 with two runs scored and one RBI. “He brings a certain aura with him,” Tyner said. “For anybody to have that day in the type of weather

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Freshman pitcher Cam Clark came in for relief in Sunday’s 11-5 loss to Kennesaw State. The Tigers’ home opener starts on Friday. we were in, it says something.” After Kennesaw State got a run back, Towson couldn’t get anymore offense going. Rain caused the opening game of the series to be moved to Saturday afternoon for a doubleheader. In the first game, the Tigers battled into extra innings, coming away with the 5-2 victory. After Towson took the lead in the first inning, Powers launched his first home run of the season to right field to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. The Owls fought back to tie the game in the third inning and the game remained tied until we went to extras. In the tenth inning, senior catcher Trey Martinez finally broke the deadlock with a base hit to left field, scoring a run. Powers and Flacco reached base and scored on a double from senior infielder Zach Piazza, putting

Towson ahead by three. Junior pitcher Austin Weber came in for relief in the seventh inning and closed the game out in the tenth for the victory. As the Tigers head home with their first win of the season, Tyner said that there’s a lot more left to accomplish in this young season. “We want the players to understand that even tho we won one out of three, which on the road isn’t bad, you had a chance to close it out,” Tyner said. “My expectation level of this team is moving higher and higher because i see the talent level we’re at.” Towson will travel to Morgantown, West Virginia for a mid-week game with the West Virginia Mountaineers on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The Tigers’ home opening series begins on Friday, March 1 against Lehigh at John B. Schuerholz Park at 2 p.m.

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Tigers keep rolling Towson making a final push for top CAA seed TIM KLAPAC Sports Editor @pacofkla

The Tigers have had their struggles on the road this season, coming into their final road trip of the year with a 7-8 record away from home. Nevertheless, Towson (17-9, 11-4 CAA) came away with a pair of conference road wins over the weekend. The Tigers defeated the Elon Phoenix (8-17, 3-11 CAA) 59-50 in their first meeting this season. Junior forward Nukiya Mayo and redshirt junior guard Qierra Murray played the entire game for the Tigers, contributing 18 and 12 points, respectively. Playing the entire 40 minutes is a tall task, but Head Coach Diane Richardson was confident in them. “They were doing really well and

said they were feeling great so we kept them in,” Richardson said. Redshirt senior center Maia Lee grabbed 10 rebounds and helped Towson win the battle on the boards, out rebounding the Phoenix 43-33. After Elon tied the game midway through the third quarter, the Tigers closed the quarter on a 7-0 run, and refused to surrender the lead again. “It’s always tough on the road but our girls dug in and knew that,” Richardson said. “We have a saying that you have to be 10 points better on road and we strive for that separation.” Heading into their rematch with William & Mary (12-13, 5-9 CAA), Towson was focused on getting revenge for its lone home loss this season. The Tigers struggled from three-point range in that loss and were determined to change the nar-

rative as they sought vengeance. “I think the girls felt like that and it was a tough game most of the way,” Richardson said. With the game tied at 70 with 2:29 to play, Towson took over and closed the game on a 12-5 run, aided by clutch free throw shooting down the stretch. Freshman center Janeen Camp was all over the stat sheet, registering 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. “Her confidence level is up,” Richardson said. “She has a lot of skill and we’ve been working with her and she’s finally getting those reps in the game.” With the Tigers sitting in third in the conference standings, they prepare for their final homestand of the season. Towson will host first place James Madison on Sunday, March 3 at SECU Arena. Tipoff is at 2 p.m.

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Redshirt sophomore guard Kionna Jeter fires a pass during an earlier season game. Jeter leads the team with 18.4 points per game.

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Second half struggles doom the Tigers as the regular season finale approaches AARON THOMAS Staff Writer

Towson dropped consecutive Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) contests on the road to Northeastern and Hofstra over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, redshirt junior forward Nakye Sanders led the Tigers (10-19, 6-10 CAA) in scoring with 13 points and seven rebounds while freshman guard Allen Betrand tied his career high with 11 points. Towson held a 29-28 lead at halftime before getting outscored 45-29 by Northeastern (18-10, 12-4 CAA) in the second half.

Towson turned the ball over 13 times leading to 18 Northeastern points during a 73-58 defeat to the Huskies. Northeastern scored 18 points off turnovers, 16 of them in the second half. “Northeastern did a good job defensively on Fobbs, but where we lost the game was our inability to take care of the ball,” said Head Coach Pat Skerry. “We had a disappointing second half stretch where we turned it over six times in 10 possessions and guard play just has to be better in that area to beat a team of that caliber.” This bad stretch came during a nearly six minute stretch in the second half in which the Tigers failed to score. Not only was ball security an

issue, the Tigers could not seem to connect from downtown as the team shot 0-for-9 from three-point distance in the second half and 2-for-14 for the game. Despite four Towson players scoring in double figures, the Tigers fell in double overtime to the No. 1 team in the conference, the Hofstra Pride (23-6, 13-3 CAA). Junior guard Brian Fobbs led the way with a game-high 29 points along with six rebounds. Sanders tallied 16 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. Redshirt junior forward Dennis Tunstall recorded his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Solomon Uyaelunmo scored a career high 14

points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting, and freshman guard Jakigh Dottin dished out a career high seven assists. Skerry was pleased with his team’s efforts despite the tough road loss. “Offensively, we took care of the ball and made some adjustments versus their zone,” Skerry said. “Fobbs carried us and because we took care of the ball, our front court play of Nakye, Solo, and Dennis was excellent in the paint and on the glass.” Towson dominated Hofstra with 54 points in the paint along with 18 offensive rebounds that turned into 22 second-chance points. With well-rounded performances from multiple players, it is tough to

let a conference game like that slip through your hands like they did. “We had our chances against Hofstra and like any game, there are always things you could improve upon,” Skerry said. “For us, when we guard, rebound, and take care of the ball, we have shown that we can be right there in the game every night.” Up next for the Tigers are the team’s final two home games. The Tigers will recognize their student athletes’ academic performance before they take on William & Mary on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Towson will follow up that game with Senior Day/Black StudentAthlete Celebration as the Tigers face Elon at SECU Arena on Mar. 2 at 2 p.m.


February 26, 2019


Another Close Loss for the Tigers Third straight loss has Towson motivated for home opener against Stony Brook GLENN KAPLAN Staff Writer

For the first time this season, Towson played outdoors in a battle between two top20 teams. The No. 19 Tigers (0-3) traveled to Annapolis to face the No. 18 Navy Midshipmen. The cold weather created difficult conditions for both offenses as the first half was low-scoring. The Midshipmen (2-1) scored five goals by four different players in the first half, including freshman midfielder Raegan Roelofs, who scored two goals in 19 seconds to extend Navy’s lead to 5-2. Trailing 5-4 at halftime, Towson struggled out of the gate, falling behind 8-5 in the first 5:16 of the second half. Junior midfielder Annie Sachs put

the team on her back, scoring the first four Tiger goals in the second half. Sachs would add a fifth goal late in the game and bring her season total to a team-high seven goals. “Despite the final score, we had a

connected to our draws,” she said. “Losing runs of draws adds extra pressure to your defense, so continuing to focus on this area of the game will alleviate the opponent’s time of possession. When you have the ball, you have control.” The Tigers’ tough schedule has played a big part in their difficult start to the season, and it will continue to get tougher for Towson’s home opener. “The road ahead SONIA LAMONICA doesn’t get easier,” Head Coach LaMonica said. “This Friday will provide an opportunity to Towson this week, LaMonica believes keep building that part of our game her team could be more focused on and I expect the team will be eager to the defensive end. do so on our home turf.” “Our defensive struggles are further we will go this season.” This late rally wasn’t enough, as Towson ran out of time and dropped its third straight game to start the season, 14-13. Despite a much better showing by

Our defensive struggles are connected to our draws. Losing runs of draws adds extra pressure to your defense, so continuing to focus on this area of the game will alleviate the opponent’s time of possesion. number of strong efforts but Annie was definitely on fire,” said Head Coach LaMonica. “She played with no fear and took advantage of some mismatches.” Towson trailed by as many as four in the second half, but five goals from five different Tigers created a 5-2 run in just over eight minutes. “We’ve always preached that everyone needs to be dangerous,” LaMonica said. “The more depth we have, the

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District Dominance On to NCAA's TU uses fourth quarter surge to beat Georgetown Multiple Tigers take first place in CAA Championship events JOHN HACK Staff Writer @johnhack10

Heading into Saturday’s game at 16th ranked Georgetown, the men’s lacrosse team had already played 2 regular season games in which they held large leads for most of the contests. Entering the 4th quarter, however, this weekend’s matchup against the Hoyas (2-1), did not seem it would fit in that same storyline. The Tigers used a strong fourth quarter to defeat Georgetown 14-8 at Cooper Field in Washington, D.C. Through the first three quarters of play, No. 9 Towson (3-0) was able to keep consistent possession and successful clearing attempts, but were creating mistakes by turning the ball over. “We need to clean up the clearing game,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “We can’t just hang on to the ball too long. We’ve just been stagnant moving the ball around.” Heading into the final frame, Georgetown presented Towson with its closest margin entering the fourth quarter as the Tigers led 8-6. In their previous two games, the Tigers led Hopkins by 10 and led Mount St. Mary’s by six when entering the final frame. Towson got hot near the end of the third quarter, putting together a 5-0 run over a 8:57 span. This gave the Tigers a six-goal cushion that proved to be insurmountable for Georgetown. Having another stellar week on faceoff draws was senior midfielder Alex Woodall, who won 19 of 23 faceoffs, giving the Tigers a huge advantage. “Alex did a great job at the face-offs to help our defense out,” Nadelen said. Junior goalie Tyler Canto made 14 saves on the afternoon, continuing his hot start to the season. Senior attackman Brendan Sunday put on another offensive

CYAN THOMAS Staff Writer

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Junior defenseman Gray Bodden looks upfield in an earlier season game. Towson welcomes the No. 1 Loyola Greyounds on Wednesday. clinic, notching four goals and five assists on the afternoon. Senior attackman Timmy Monahan chipped in with a hat-trick while junior attackman Brody McLean delivered another two goals and two assists. “Our guys did well matching up well with personnel.” Nadelen said. This Wednesday, the Tigers will face undoubtedly their toughest foe yet when cross-town rival, and top-ranked Loyola visits Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium at 6 p.m. “We gotta do a good job of getting our bodies ready to perform our best,” Nadelen said.

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The Tigers competed at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championships this weekend, ending with a third-straight bronze medal for the team overall. Head Coach Jake Shrum had a simple objective for the team. “Our goal going into every CAA championship is to go as many seasons with the best times as possible,” he said. Senior Jack Saunderson broke his own CAA and overall record in the 200-yd individual medley with a time of 1:45.46. Sophomore Will Canny had an impressive win in the 3-meter dive with a score of 320.70, qualifying for the NCAA’s along with Saunderson. “Will Canny had a terrific meet, placing second on 1-meter and winning the 3-meter diving event, qualifying for the NCAA Zone Diving meet and winning Diver of the Meet,” Shrum said. The men’s relay team consisting of Saunderson and juniors Owen Robinson, Ryan O’Leary and Matt Essing was also successful, winning silver in the 200-yd relay medley and breaking the CAA record (1:27.39).

For the women, the bronze finish was solidified with a win from senior Amanda Rosa in the 200-yd breaststroke (2:15.04). Junior Jacki Schoening clinched an NCAA qualifying position with a win in the 100-yd breaststroke (1:01.58). Rosa came in second with a time of 1:01.81 and also qualified for the NCAA Championships. Junior Megan Cowan won her first individual event, the 200-yd individual medley, with a time of 2:01.06 taking her first CAA title. Senior Haley Sutton’s second-place finish in the 100-yd backstroke (54.60) was the second-fastest time in Towson swimming history. In the end, the Tigers finished fourth overall, with a third-place podium spot for the women and a fourth-place finish for the men. “It was a fantastic season,” Shrum said. “We didn’t hit the last meet as well as we could have, but this team has been special all season and I expect that to carry over to next season. While we are graduating a lot of great swimmers, divers and people, we also have a great class coming in.” Next, the Tigers that qualified for the NCAA Championships will compete from March 20-23 at the Univeristy of Texas in Austin, Texas.

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