The Towerlight (November 27, 2018)

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November 27, 2018

Achieving Authorship TU community members publish unique books, pg. 6 and pg. 10

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Staff Writers Jessica Ricks Meg Hudson Sophia Bates Anthony Petro Albert Ivory Glenn Kaplan John Hack Timothy Klapac Cyan Thomas Suzanne Stuller John Davis Aaron Thomas Abyan Nery





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This presentation explores debates about trigger warnings, safe spaces, macro aggression, freedom of expression, political correctness and the power of language.

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Tough one for #Towson as they fall to Duquesne 31-10 in the first round of the FCS playoffs. The rain didn’t help Tigers QB Tom Flacco and the boys. Towson finishes the season 7-5. Flacco, CAA offensive player of the year, returns next season. @WMAR2News @billyowens174 Gonna watch the HECK out of Towson’s opening football playoff game from my very warm and not-freezing rain-covered living room later today



November 27, 2018

Mueller investigation threatened CONNOR McNAIRN Columnist

Since the Democrats’ commanding victory in the 2018 midterms, President Donald Trump has spent much time railing against the press and minority voters, claiming that widespread voter fraud had a profound impact on the election results. While Trump has attempted to provide distraction by way of baseless accusation, another major political development occurred immediately following the Republicans’ shellacking: former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced from his post. Sessions, who was the first Republican politician of magnitude to support Trump’s bid for president roughly two years ago, found himself in the president’s crosshairs for the majority of his serving as Attorney General. Notably, in March 2017, just two months after Trump’s inauguration, Sessions recused himself from any future inquiries into Trump’s relationship with Russia. Sessions’ recusal came immediately after disclosed reports of his meetings with Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey I. Kislyak. Since Sessions removed himself from overseeing any probes into the president’s relationship with Russia, President Trump has viewed Sessions as disloyal, with reports even citing that Trump berated Sessions in the Oval Office and pushed for his resignation as early as May 2017. On Nov. 7, the day immediately following the midterm election, Sessions finally submitted his resignation at the

request of the president. So, what is the overall importance of Sessions’ resignation? After all, resignations in Trump’s cabinet have been commonplace. Broadly, Trump’s selection of another attorney general has no dire implications on its face. But given that Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker, a former United States Attorney in Iowa and staunch critic of the Mueller investigation, the degree to which Trump will be held accountable for a potential criminal relationship with the Russians is at stake. Because Sessions recused himself early, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein formerly oversaw the Mueller investigation with a relatively “hands off” approach. But it is unlikely that Whitaker postures similarly. In August 2017, Whitaker published an opinion column with CNN arguing that, among other things, Mueller should not pry into the president’s personal finances. In fact, Whitaker argued that a broad investigation into Trump’s finances would fall outside the purview of Mueller’s special counsel appointment, thus degrading Mueller’s work as a “witch hunt.” The problem with Whitaker’s position is that President Trump has long been opaque in his financial disclosures, ranging from his tax returns to his business dealings abroad. Trump’s failure to produce his tax returns violates a precedent established by every sitting president since Nixon, and if his business dealings abroad are extensive and ongo-

ing, the president would be in direct violation of the emoluments clause, as outlined in Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution. So yes, these things matter. In addition to his unwillingness to hold the president to account, Whitaker has also been recently accused of campaign finance violations. In 2014, Whitaker launched an unsuccessful bid for an Iowa senate seat. But years after the campaign’s conclusion, and while serving as a government employee, Whitaker’s campaign accepted over $8,000 from outside donors according to the watchdog organization American Oversight. If the allegations are true, Whitaker would be in violation of the Hatch Act, which bans political activities performed by government employees. While reports have indicated that special counsel Robert Mueller is authoring his final report, the appointment of a man who has openly criticized an investigation into Trump’s finances and has argued that the investigation should be limited in its financial capacity is an attack on the checks and balances upon which the republic survives. To any who have followed Trump’s behavior in office, it is no surprise that he has taken action to settle political scores with Sessions and limit an investigation into his seemingly corrupt dealings. If we are to get to the bottom of Trump’s dealings with Russia, we should hope for a swift conclusion from Mueller before Trump’s attempts to destroy

Fight transphobia and be an ally SAMUEL SMITH Columnist

This article discusses transphobia, bullying, and violence. Approximately 1.4 million folks living in the USA identify as transgender. That’s a big number, and it’s only growing larger as acceptance grows. However, violence still looms for trans folks. Trans people are at a high-

er risk of homicide than cisgender/ heterosexual people. Trans people are also bullied more, with 75 percent of trans kids reportedly feeling unsafe at schools. Kids, little kids, feel unsafe at school because of how they identify, something they can’t help. And people are literally getting hurt and killed just for being transgender. Transgender Day of Remembrance occurred Nov. 20, and I highly encourage you to take a look at the statistics.

Attend a vigil, workshop, or other events. Remember those who were lost to suicide and to homicide due to transphobia. I wanted to keep this short. There’s not much that can be really said. Every year, I look at the list of the names of those lost to homicide. I can’t help but feel like the numbers are increasing as transphobia becomes more violent. Please don’t forget trans lives when you think about violence toward LGBTQ people.

Social media censorship DYLAN BRENNAN Columnist

Last time I wrote about how Twitter was suppressing the voice of the people on their website through their new policy against dehumanizing language. I was naïve to think this would be the end of that topic. While they have, as I predicted, not lived up to their policy in the case of African-American religious leader and black activist Louis Farrakhan calling Jewish people ‘termites’ recently they are not the only culprit of slanted political censorship. In the past month alone, I can name two instances at length to fit this column: one familiar, one obscure. YouTube, the second-most popular website in the world, recently was hounded by the moral arbiters at the BBC to delete videos of a cartoonish suffragette from the new video game Red Dead Redemption 2 being killed in a variety of ways, under the pretense of ‘hate speech and gratuitous violence.’ A state-funded news organization demanded that clips of a video game be taken down for the audacity of killing the trillionth soulless character who just happened to have progressive views. I am well aware of the 90s debate of video games being ‘murder simulators’ which led to the universal ban of killing children in games, but now we have to kowtow to political ideologies now? Never mind the obnoxious lines from the suffragette saying how men are pigs and how women are angels or that you can literally do the same things to any other character in the game; a digital feminist being eaten by a digital alligator is hate speech. With this move, YouTube deleted the entire channel of the publisher in question, depriving him of a very lucrative side career with hundreds of thousands of subscribers watching his videos daily. If it weren’t for people with brains in their heads calling out the lunacy the BBC stands for, he wouldn’t be publishing again today. At least Shirakko, the YouTuber in question, has a sense of humor as he’s now doing videos where the suffragette

punches back. As for the second example, the man who shot up the synagogue in Pittsburg was a frequent participator in the alternative social media platform, Gab. However, once this was found out, not only was the shooter’s Gab account deleted, but Gab itself was cut off from every company and server on the internet. Sure, Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and injured fourteen others near the campus of University of California, posted a video of himself plotting his murders on YouTube, and countless people have done the same on Twitter, but Gab had the audacity to not censor anyone on its site, and for that, they must die. There are two problems with this thinking. The first problem is that Silicon Valley thinks it can decide what is and isn’t appropriate ways of thinking, and while that may be understandable; it should not be their duty to decide what people can say. Secondly, if anyone criticizes me for saying it’s their establishment, and they can kick out troublemakers, I don’t see it fair to have them eliminate other establishments who allow such troublemakers. And make no mistake: it is better someone hold their nose and host a place for the worst of society. You know why? Because the fact that we can see what they’re saying is something to be monitored, not pushed further underground. People made the same arguments after the shutdown and blacklist of The Daily Stormer, a popular neo-Nazi forum. My mother always said she’d prefer me to be in my room than be out and about, because even if I was doing something crazy like drugs, at least she’d be within arm’s reach to stop me. If Gab were not around, all info on the synagogue shooter would be on the dark web, inaccessible by most everyone. And so here we are: evidence of Silicon Valley not only getting rid of people, but getting rid of places for people to go elsewhere. They want to be the bastions of society, with having everyone follow their rules, and nobody escaping their confines. Perhaps they have the best of intentions, but if you ask me, it sounds like a bad dystopian sci-fi novel. Too bad it’s actually real.


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Fast fashion: harmful to Earth PORTIA BHARATH Columnist

Business Insider Retail Reporter Mary Hanbury wrote an article highlighting the wastefulness that lurks behind the curtains of the fashion industry. “Fast fashion” is a term used by textile retailers to describe trends that move quickly from runway to store mannequin, and cheaply so. The products are typically not high in quality and tend to show wear and tear relatively fast. On top of that, as we all know, the trends leave just as fast as they arrived, and companies like H&M and Forever 21 are struggling to keep up with

the demands. The article claims that stores are now donating directly to charity organizations to get rid of unwanted styles that won’t sell after the ‘next thing’ has come along. This increase in trend-driven spending isn’t only difficult for stores to sustain, but it also puts a huge strain on the environment. Hanbury states that it takes an average of 2,700 liters of water to produce one t-shirt, and 26 billion pounds of discarded textiles end up in landfills each year (it’s almost like dumping those 2,700 liters of water directly into a landfill). Most of the clothing sold in ‘fast fashion’ stores are either made of synthetic

materials or are a blend of more than 90 percent synthetic material. This means the fabric will take a much longer time to biodegrade relative to an item of clothing that is 100 percent cotton or natural silk. Inexpensive clothing is ideal for the shopper on a budget, and clothing companies compete with one another for the lowest price and highest trend turnout. The stores want to catch the attention of the mass customer and are focused on selling the latest styles for the lowest price - which means quantity over quality. - To read the rest of this column online, visit

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Call for more diversity in media KAYLA HUNT Columnist

According to a Hollywood Diversity Report that was released in February 2018, there have been strides to have Hollywood films be more inclusive and diverse. According to the report, films with casts comprised of 21 percent to 30 percent minorities enjoyed the highest median global box office receipts. It also showed that social media engagement during the 2015-16 season increased for television shows with casts that reflected the diversity of America. Based on these findings, it reveals that consumers are more engaged with media that depicts the version of America they can relate with - a diverse and inclusive one. Despite what seems to be advancements, some people still feel as though minorities are underrepresented in the media. In a recent interview, Ellen Pompeo, one of the leading stars of Grey’s Anatomy, called for more diversity in Hollywood. Pompeo claimed that it is their responsibility to call for more diversity on projects in Hollywood, and she believes that

there is not enough color being seen in the workplace. Inclusivity is not being called for just in Hollywood, but in media all across the board. Many people feel as though there should be more people of color given roles that are specifically representative of minorities. Dior is facing backlash after releasing an advertising campaign featuring Jennifer Lawrence in their recent collection that was inspired by female equestrians of Mexico. The brand is being criticized for cultural appropriation because they feel as though a Mexican women could have eas-

ily, and more accurately, portrayed the role. The ads were also shot in California and people felt as though the location should have been set in Mexico, since that’s where the inspiration for the campaign is originated. Although statistics show that people are more interested and involved with media that have a diverse cast, minorities are still being underrepresented. Minorities should be cast more for roles that are not only representing their culture, but also should be casted more for roles that are representing our culture America.

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Marks thanks voters

As the election season draws to a close, I would like to thank the three voters at the Towson University precinct who supported my reelection. I appreciate these individuals for their vote of confidence. To the 63 students who voted the other way, please know that I

value my relationship with Towson University. I will always be open to suggestions as we advance the interests of Towson University and integrate the campus into Downtown Towson. Cordially: Councilman David Marks


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November 27, 2018

professor spins tales of mystery KERI LUISE Assistant News Editor @keri_luise

Sitting in her living room with the television on in the background for a bit of noise distraction, Professor Catherine Wijnands stretches her arms over the cat on her lap and starts to type away on her computer. After a long day of teaching college students the vigorous lessons of anatomy and physiology, she falls into her imaginative writing style to unwind. Wijnands has been a professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Towson University for 13 years and is a recently published author of fiction novels “Barnabas Tew and The Case of The Nine Worlds” and “Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Missing Scarab,” with a third book of the series to be published in the spring. “I’ve always been a big reader and when I was a kid, I even tried to write a couple little story books for children that were absolutely ridiculous,” she said. “I always wanted to be a writer, but it wasn’t my career path I guess until after I became a professor here and I had some spare time just to kind of blow off steam. I started writing short stories and then a few of them got published and I thought I should write a novel, so I did.” Wijnands grew up thinking that she couldn’t make a living out of being a writer so, in college, she majored in environmental science and chemistry for her undergrad and biology for graduate school. “I really enjoy teaching,” Wijnands said. “And I like the balance of being able to teach students on some days and then other days I write and it’s a completely different sort of thing, a little less intense writing than teaching.

So, it’s my way of relaxing and getting a good balance.” Alyssa Probst, a Towson biology major and former student of Wijnands, admires her former professor’s positive energy. “She is an excellent professor,” Probst said. “Anatomy and physiology can be daunting classes, but she always presented the material in an engaging and manageable way.” “As writer she’s quite a wordsmith, choosing the most interesting words as descriptors. As a professor she has an extremely kind demeanor, is passionate about the subject, and also encouraging to students.” Wijnands, who uses the pen name Columbkill Noonan, has a unique style of writing that is mostly speculative fiction. She said she loves old classical literature and formal prose, but also enjoys the humor in life. “I think I’m the same person as a writer as I am in real life,” she said. “I’m a little goofy and I like to laugh, and I see the ridiculous of life a lot.” Wijnands’ writing reflects these characteristics strongly. “Cathy is unconventional and always has been,” said Nichole Leavy, an artist who has been friends with Wijnands for over 30 years. “She is compassionate, fearlessly creative, smart about surprisingly obscure topics and she has a wonderfully weird sense of humor. It all comes out in her writing. She is unabashedly herself.” Wijnands’ book series are a humorous take on British detective stories. “The main character is kind of like Sherlock Holmes, but not really good at doing what we does,” Wijnands said while laughing. “He gets in all sorts of shenanigans. But also, I didn’t want the books to be just straight mystery. I wanted it to be a little more fantastical,

“I think I’m the same person as a writer as I am in real life. I’m a little goofy and I like to laugh, and I see the ridiculous of life a lot.

CATHERINE WIJNANDS TU Professor and Fiction Author

so I ended up making it sort of a combination of a detective story, but set in different mythologies.” In each of her books, Wijnands’ main character, Barnabas, is sent to a different mythological afterlife. Barnabas has been to an Egyptian afterlife and a Viking afterlife, with more to come in future books. “I get to research all the different mythologies and put this really kind of uptight British Victorian detective who’s in over his head and then throw him into this crazy stuff,” Wijnands said. “It’s just a lot of fun.” Wijnands’ idea for her main character came from a previous short story she wrote for an anthology. The story was supposed to be paranormal, but humorous at the same time. “I thought, ‘well I’ll put it in a mythology,’ so I thought Egyptian mythology is fun,” she said. “I made a pharaoh who had died, and he went to the afterlife and everything goes wrong for him and I had so much fun writing that character, that I thought I needed to make him into something. So, I just turned him into a Victorian British detective, but I still put him in the same afterlife and same kind of personality.” Leavy feels that Wijnands has a talent for juxtaposing elements to make a story that is unique from others. “She writes a lot about characters who are trying to make the best of things as they find themselves suddenly thrown into a very strange, and often scary, new reality,” Leavy said. “Then, she treats those characters with empathy and humor, embracing their foibles and giving them a ‘win’ once in a while.” With her books, Wijnands doesn’t have a particular target audience. She sees her writing appealing to anybody. “The books are very light-hearted, so, there’s nothing upsetting or traumatic in there that a younger person couldn’t enjoy,” Wijnands said. “But the vocabulary is more adult. So, I would think anybody from a very smart middle school aged person up to an old lady would enjoy them.” Wijnands has contracted for her third and fourth book to the series and plans to continue writing until she runs out of ideas and mythologies. For

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TU professor Catherine Wijnands spins ficticious tales about British detective Barnabas Tew’s adventures in her spare time. her books, Wijnands has been working with a small publishing company called Crooked Cat Books. “Catherine found us,” said Laurence Patterson, a designer with Crooked Cat Books. “She understands her audience, a diverse mix of readers and, through her writing, attempts to reach them.” Wijnands said the toughest part of getting published is meeting deadlines. “For the first book I didn’t have a deadline for because I didn’t have a publisher yet, I was just writing on my own time, so it took me about a year to write,” Wijnands said. “And for the second and the third book, there are deadlines all of a sudden and just knowing that I have to do something at a certain time frame has made it a little more challenging.” But all of it is worth it in the end for Wijnands. “I think the most rewarding thing was the first time I saw a review on Amazon that was from somebody I

didn’t know,” Wijnands said. “Within a couple weeks of the book coming out and I looked it up and that person gave me a nice review. And I still feel that way every time a review comes out, I still feel giddy that somebody read my book and I didn’t make them. They just chose it and they read it and they liked it. That’s really rewarding and exciting.” Wijnands’ literary goals are to continue writing what she enjoys as she expands on her series. “I want to keep being able to be true to what I want to say rather than writing for what somebody else wants me to write,” she said. “I like how the publisher I have now just lets me be me. So, I just hope that I can always have it be an enjoyable process for me.” Wijnands’ books are available for purchase on Amazon and in Towson’s University Store. - To read about another TU author, visit pg. 10


November 27, 2018

Tigers battle hunger TU promotes awareness of homelessness and hunger KERI LUISE Assistant News Editor @keri_luise

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, held from Nov. 10-18, is a country-wide movement meant to draw attention to the issues of homelessness, hunger and food insecurity across the nation. The Office of Civic Engagement and Leadership organized events to help promote the week of awareness. The events were meant to educate people about homelessness and hunger, and encourage community members to serve those in the local community who are struggling from hunger and homelessness. Throughout the week, TU held “Paws Against Hunger,” a campus-wide supply drive collecting food and hygiene items for the campus FoodShare. Donation bins were located in the Student Union and the Administration Building. “The TU campus FoodShare is a resource on campus for any TU students, faculty or staff who find themselves in need of additional support with groceries and hygiene items,” said Lisa Hill, TU Coordinator of Community Service. “And so, we’ll be giving back to our own community.” Sophomore Quineshay Murphy was one Towson student who donated food to the supply drive. “It makes people become more aware of others in tough situations,” Murphy said. For more people to become aware on a regular basis, Murphy thinks that hosting more food drives and creating safe spaces to discuss homelessness and hunger would be help the cause. TU worked to gain energy and support from many student organizations and departments on campus. “There’ve been several Greek life organizations and some club sports, as well as SGA student organizations that have been collecting donations,” Hill said. Towson has been involved with the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week for a few years now and has worked hard to ensure that the campus gives back to the local community. “There’s been a higher number of folks using the FoodShare this year based on the need as well

as people learning more about it, and so it’s becoming a better used resource,” Hill said. “And so, with that, as more folks learn about it, they need more supplies to help support the program. So, it was a natural partnership between Hunger and Homelessness Week and supporting those issues as they exist within our own community.” Annie Leomporra, a Civil Rights Fellow for the National Coalition for the Homeless, feels that the week allows for people across the country to discuss strategies to prevent food insecurity and homelessness. “Around this time of year, everyone starts thinking about other people and giving back to the community,” Leomporra said. “So, having this one dedicated week to really think about housing and security and food insecurity allows great attention for all communities across this country to really focus on kitchen table issues.” One sponsor of the awareness week, the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, works to engage college students in the fight to end hunger and homelessness through service, education, fundraising and advocacy. The other sponsor of this week, the National Coalition for the Homeless is an advocacy organization that works specifically to end homelessness across the country. “On our end, we really focus on organizations and getting organizations to register like soup kitchens, park service providers, other advoca-

cy organizations,” Leomporra said. “We really look at the root causes that create homelessness across this country and try to eradicate those structures and change policy on the city, state and federal level.” TU worked to ensure that there were many opportunities to keep students involved in raising awareness and helping serve during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. “On Monday [Nov. 12] students served dinner at the Franciscan Center in Baltimore,” Hill said. “And then on Tuesday [Nov. 13] we partnered with Hillel to do a Challah for Hunger event where they baked bread and the proceeds go to support local hunger relief agencies.” On Wednesday, Nov. 14, there was a supply drive collection at the Towson TEDx event, and on Friday, Nov. 16, the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility held a New York Times Talk focusing on environmentalism and hunger and the intersection between them. On Thursday, Nov. 15 a round table discussion was scheduled to talk about Hunger and Homelessness and what student organizations could do to address those issues. However, this event got snowed out as campus closed. “Homelessness and hunger is part of everyone’s community,” Leomporra said. “We might not see it as blatantly as someone sitting on a street corner, but it is an issue that has touched every single community across this country.”

Nov. 18: A resident student was referred to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Glen Complex Tower D. Nov. 17: A resident student was referred to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Parking Lot 14. Nov. 14: A trespassing complaint was determined to have not occurred in West Village Commons. Nov. 14: A resident student was the victim of a fraudulent transaction in Glen Complex Tower D. Nov. 12: A resident student disclosed banking information over social media resulting in fraudulent transactions in Glen Complex Tower D. Nov. 11: Medication was removed from a backpack in the Center for the Arts. Nov. 9: A campus security authority referred six students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Harriet Tubman House. Nov. 9: A campus security authority referred two students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Clara Barton House. Nov. 9: A campus security authority referred five students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in William Paca House. Nov. 6: A student reported a hacking of a social network account at the Residences at 10 West Burke Avenue. Nov. 5: A student reported being the victim of a check fraud scheme at Harriet Tubman House. Nov. 5: A university owned generator was taken from Parking Lot 13. Nov. 5: A campus security authority reported a complaint of rape by a known person in Glen Complex Tower C. Nov. 5: A campus security authority referred three students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Glen Complex Tower B. Nov. 3: Two students were cited for possession of alcohol in Parking Lot 13. Nov. 3: Three student were referred to Student Conduct for possession of false ID in Parking Lot 19. Nov. 3: A resident student was cited for possession of under 10 grams of marijuana in Glen Complex Tower A. Nov. 2: A student threatened another student in Linthicum Hall.

Courtesey of National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week

Hunger and Homelessness Awarness Week, held from Nov. 10-18, drew attention to homelessness and hunger across the nation.

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Arts & Life

Towson alum writes new self-help book MEGAN CLARK Contributing Writer

TU alum Bryan Andrew Moore finished his schooling at Towson in 2012 with a newfound outlook on life. He also left with a yearning to become a published author, a goal that is now a reality. “You’re Still Not Doing This?!" is a first edition self-help book written by Moore and illustrated by Jen Aranyi. The short chapter book, published by Wakebridge Publishing earlier this year, gives readers a conversational and casual approach to dealing with topics surrounding mental health. Moore, a South Carolina native, attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina before coming to Towson in 2007 to begin his graduate studies. After obtaining his masters degree, he went on to work at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he currently works as a research compliance monitor. His path to professional penmanship didn’t begin until after his time at Towson. “It’s something that I kind of fell into,” Moore said. “After graduate

school at Towson, I published a couple of papers on some psychology research I had done while I was there. That’s when I really started to get into writing. I realized how published works could reach a large audience and potentially impact a lot of people.” Moore’s decision to write a self-help book came from his own encounters with the topics of mental and emotional health. “I have a number of close friends and family members who have struggled with mental health issues, including a cousin who took his own life,” Moore said. “Some people really struggle with mental health and they don't always know what they can do to get better. I wanted to remind folks that there is hope.” Moore added that his prolonged interest in the mind combined with his background in psychology helped him settle on what to write about. “I’ve always been interested in self-improvement, well-being, and optimal functioning,” Moore said. “For years, I’ve studied how people can enhance their lives. Writing

a guide about holistic health and wellness just seemed like a natural thing to do.” “You’re Still Not Doing This?!” gives readers 25 “well-established ways to elevate your health, happiness, and overall awesomeness.” Each one-to-two paged chapter contains how-to's for every suggestion Moore makes, as well as research the author referenced to support his claims. Moore prides himself on his book being more than a typical self-help book. Besides the researched chapters, Moore and Aranyi give readers a dash of sarcasm and humor. “I think that many people equate seriousness in non-fiction with boring-ness,” Moore said. “We wanted to create something that was fun, short, and easy-to-read but that also contained useful information.” TU senior Charlotte Smith said she felt skeptical about self-help books, but how Moore’s conversational style would bring her to read the book. “I think I’m usually turned off to self-help books by their peppy, overly optimistic and unrealistic tone,” Smith said. “A book with

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Moore displays his published book proudly while standing in his alma mater. Moore attended Towson University for graduate school, where he got his masters in experimental psychology.

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TU alum Bryan Andrew Moore collaborated with illustrator Jen Aranyi for “You’re Still Not Doing This,” his new self-help book.

unique needs, more humor and despite such a colloquial language sounds refreshing.” Some people really relationship. According to menWhen it comes struggle with men- to the, self-help books are popular tal health and they ability of “You’re in the psychology don’t always know Still Not Doing world due of their This?!" and its what they can do to tips, Moore spoke ease of use and affordability. These get better. I wanted on how each piece books are able to to remind folks that of advice will work assist those needing to truly help the there is hope. advice without help reader, so long as BRYAN MOOREthey actually folfrom a medical proTU Alum and Author fessional. low it. Towson student Alexander Jones The book, which was published agreed that self-help books can in July of this year, has had positive be useful when they successfulfeedback so far. One Goodreads ly connect with their modern-day user, Kat Ice, shared how the readers. book’s brevity didn’t stop her from “I think the self-help books enjoying reading it. can be very helpful,” Jones said. “ I really loved this book,” Ice “Especially the motivational ones said. “I loved that it had jokes. and not the Victorian ones. I don’t [It] made it so much easier to fly think we all want to end up a through. I think this is the type of prude.” book everyone should read!” Psychologist Rachel Richardson, Despite the positive reviews, who works for Kaiser Permanente Moore shared how it’s not about based in California, agreed with how big his book becomes. He ultithe usefulness of self-help books, mately wants for the text to make stating that a good self-help book a meaningful impact on those who will give the reader similar benefits read it. to seeing a psychologist in person. “The scientific and historical evi“Bibliotherapy (i.e. treatment by dence support [the tips], and I can books) is increasingly being proattest to a lot of it, too,” Moore partnerships between said. “A lack of well-being is so health providers and public librarcommon these days that someies,” Richardson said. times it seems to be the norm. If She explained that a good selfthis book helps even one person help book will create a relationship become a little bit happier and with the reader. The only downside healthier, I’m counting it as a win.” Richardson highlighted was that a - To read about another TU author, go to page 6. book cannot treat a patient to their

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The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the biggest acts to come out of the 90s alternative rock scene. While bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam were making introverted grunge rock, The Smashing Pumpkins added a bit of levity with a lighthearted sound while containing the same amount of angst. Fronted by songwriting mastermind Billy Corgan, the band fell quickly due to drugs and Corgan’s control-freak nature. While Corgan has been making music under the Smashing Pumpkins name, “Shiny and Oh So Bright” is the first album with original members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin in almost two decades. From the start, the listener gets a sense that this record is something special when compared to Corgan’s later Pumpkins work. The drums give these songs an added weight,

which has been missing, and works magnificently to make each song sound as epic as possible. While each track is written by Corgan, the influence of Iha is present in the compositions. Songs like “Seek And You Shall destroy” and “Marchin’ On” have a much heavier sound to them that sometimes borders on metal. While this album has a concept, each song works on its own to keep the record incredibly punchy. However, the grandiosity of songs like “Solara” and “Knights of Malta” are some of the highlights off the entire record, with sounds of Corgan taking influence from Iha’s production work with bands like A Perfect Circle. The album is also the band’s shortest: only eight songs at just over a half hour, with little time to breathe in between songs. While I enjoy this album, it is far from perfect, especially considering the musicians at work. This album, while great, does not measure up to the band’s previous albums like “Siamese Dream.” The album can stand on its own, mind you, but for

those who are not Pumpkins fans, Corgan’s voice can take a little while to get used to. His whiny, nasal delivery was a change of pace in the 90s, but since it hasn’t changed over the years, it can be a little much for some to digest. Also, I would have loved to have seen Iha and Chamberlain have a greater hand in collaborating, but since Corgan is known to be one of the more difficult people to work with, I’m glad that this album turned out as well as it did. I feel that this album is something worth owning, even if you aren’t a diehard Pumpkins fan. However, there are some pitfalls on the album that rob the album of being completely spectacular. The band is clearly still firing on all cylinders, but I also feel that anything that the original lineup ended up putting out would probably seem a little nostalgic as soon as it came out. This album, while good, should have been an album released if the original band hadn’t call it quits in the late 90s. If you’re in the mood for a 90s-style tunes fest, you can do far worse than this.

Rapper’s 22-minute masterpiece

Vince Staples releases latest album “FM!” ABYAN NERY Columnist

Fall 2018 has not seen too many memorable album releases, so it was with warranted suspicion that I went into rapper Vince Staples’ latest project “FM!.” However, much like sunshine after a long thunderstorm, this album is a breath of fresh air. It is uniquely short, with a runtime of only 22 minutes. In those minutes, Staples is able to paint a vivid picture of both the good and the bad side of his hometown of Long Beach, California. In a place that “always feels like summer,” Staples gives some insight into his neighborhood and the trials and tribulations that come with the life of a gang member. Instead of the usual glorification seen in rap, this

album delves into the darker consequences of the rap life and the inherent dangers associated with it. This can be seen even in the production of the music, with dark and reverbheavy beats that have a foreboding sense, as if a terrible thing is about to happen. The songs are stylistically unique, and sonically united in a way that makes this album incredibly focused. There is a running skit in the album of a radio station which helps to create natural transitions that connect the album together. Lyrically, Staples is at his best when discussing the violence, crime and death endemic to his experience living in the “LB” and being an active member of the Crips. In deeply personal moments, the rapper talks about friends he’s lost to the streets and how no matter how dedicated they were, all they got when they died was “a plot and a bottle from the Winco.” This album

paints a bleak image of the street life and offers an opposite of the traditional portrayal of it in most current trap music. It is a life fraught with danger in which no one is truly safe, whether it be from the police, rival gang member or even death. A weak point of the album is the various interludes that feature rappers Earl Sweatshirt and Tyga. These interludes are simply one to two- minute blurbs of songs that serve no real purpose other than they fit into the radio station skit on the album. These interludes distract from actual Staples’ songs and if they were not there, they would not make a difference. Overall, this is one of the better albums to come out of the closing months of 2018 and due to its short runtime, has almost endless replayability. This album is worth listening to, as it is personally a very enjoyable experience.

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Remember when Matt Murray won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the beginning of his career? A lot of people were anointing him as the goalie of the future for Pittsburgh. Because of it, Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford decided to protect him for the expansion draft and not Marc-Andre Fleury. It’s been over a year since this happened and many people have thought this was the wrong decision by the team. Those people are starting to look correct as the days go by. The logic behind the decision made sense when it happened. Murray was only 23 years old at the time and he wasn’t taking up a lot of cap room. Marc-Andre Fleury was 32 years old at the time and he was taking up a lot of cap room. Ever since that has happened, Murray has been injury prone and Fleury has been much better with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Murray only has two regular season shutouts since the expansion draft. Fleury has nine ever since. Do you want to know who else has more shutouts than Murray ever since the expansion draft? Penguins starting goaltender Casey DeSmith with three. Tristan Jarry has two shutouts ever since the expansion draft. DeSmith and Jarry will be the goalies in the meantime because Murray was placed on injured reserve on Thursday. According to Head Coach Mike Sullivan, he will be out longer term with a lower-body injury. Sullivan claimed Murray has been dealing with this injury for a couple of weeks. A lot of Pittsburgh fans think this is more mental than physical. If Murray is going to be injury prone like this, could this era be over? It is going to depend on how well DeSmith and Jarry play. DeSmith is 27 years old and he has been very good this season. His record 5-3-3 with a .927 save percentage and a 2.35 GAA, along with two shutouts. Jarry was just called up from the AHL on Thursday and he started in

a game on the road on Friday night against the Boston Bruins. Pittsburgh lost the game 2-1 on the road, but Jarry played very well and he made 35 saves. If those goalies continue to play well and keep winning, there wouldn’t be a need to rush Murray back. DeSmith is a free agent at the end of the season. Jarry and Murray will be free agents after next season. If Pittsburgh decided to keep DeSmith around after this season, it could get interesting. Jarry’s contract next season is only a one-way deal and not a two-way deal. He is only 23 years old and many people thought Jarry would be the future goalie before Matt Murray emerged. The Pittsburgh Penguins would not keep three goalies on the roster, so they would have to trade one. The odd man out might be Murray in that case. If Murray does come back at all this season, he must prove himself right away when his number is called upon. If Murray flops when his number is called upon, he could be used as trade bait this offseason.


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USTORE Long-tenured NFL coaches are on the hot seat

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Brian Fobbs Men’s Basketball

Junior guard Brian Fobbs notched a career best 25 points in Towson’s 85-69 victory over Loyola Sunday night at SECU Arena. Fobbs shot 63 percent from the field on 16 shots, including five three pointers. He also posted eight rebounds, three steals and one block. Courtesy of

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy looks on in a 2018 contest. Many coaches could be on the hot seat this year, including John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens and Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals. TIMOTHY KLAPAC Columnist @pacofkla

With the NFL playoff picture beginning to take shape through the week 12 games, some owners are reevaluating the state of their teams. There have been a few disappointing seasons turned in by teams that had high hopes during the preseason and that leads to the inevitable coaching change. Let’s look at the teams with coaches of 10 or more years that could be making a change this offseason. A franchise that has been synonymous with rumors of a coaching change, the time may finally be coming for Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. After suffering a 35-20 loss to the divi-

sion-rival Cleveland Browns, the Bengals have lost five of their last six, dropping them to third in the AFC North. Lewis has been in Cincy since 2003 and has yet to win a playoff game. I believe Lewis’s witching hour is upon us and he will be out of a job by Super Bowl weekend. When you’re the head coach of arguably the best quarterback in the league, it can be, as Cris Collinsworth put it during the Green Bay Packers 24-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings “both a blessing and a curse.” This is the situation for head coach Mike McCarthy, who has had a difficult 13th season in Green Bay. The Packers’ record now sits at 4-6-1 with an abysmal 0-6 record on the road. Injuries continue to pile up both in the secondary and on the offensive line. McCarthy may have to take the fall for

this laughable season. As I have mentioned before, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is also feeling the pressure. Harbaugh is in his 11th season in Charm City but could miss the playoffs for a franchise-worst 4th straight year. Back-to-back home wins under rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson have put the Ravens in the thick of the wild card race. However, veteran Joe Flacco is healing up and may return to the starting role, or at least cause a quarterback controversy, which is never good for a team. Baltimore has road games against the Chiefs and Chargers on the horizon, putting then in a tough position to keep pace for the wild card. If the Ravens miss the playoffs, expect Harbaugh to be out of Baltimore.

The Packers’ record now sits at 4-6-1 with an abysmal 0-6 record on the road. Injuries continue to pile up both in the secondary and on the offensive line. McCarthy may have to take the fall for this laughable season. TIMOTHY KLAPAC Columnist




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Out of reach: TU drops playoff opener

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Redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco extends the ball as he jumps out of bounds. In its first playoff game since 2013, Towson fell 31-10 to Duquesne Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Tigers took early command of the game with a 10-0 lead, but went scoreless in the second half as the Dukes poured in 28 points during that period.

JORDAN KENDALL Assistant Sports Editor @jordankendall54

In their first playoff game since 2013, the Tigers hosted the Duquesne Dukes Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The No. 16 Tigers (7-5, 5-3 CAA) fell the Dukes (9-3, 5-1 NEC) off the scoreboard in the first quarter, but a 21-point unanswered run was too much to overcome as Towson’s season came to an end in a 31-10 defeat. Head Coach Rob Ambrose appreciated the fans who came out in the pouring rain to support the team and made sure to acknowledge how much it meant to him and the team. “I would like to thank the Tiger faithful that sat through that ridiculous weather to watch their football team

play,” Ambrose said. “To the band, especially the ones who already graduated and came back since everyone else is at home, that’s Tiger pride.” Redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco got the Tigers on the scoreboard first as he found sophomore wide receiver Jabari Allen for a 34-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter. On a cold, rainy day Towson put an emphasis on the ground game with 11 rushes in the first quarter alone. The weather affected other facets of the game too as junior kicker Aiden O’Neill missed a 36-yard attempt wide right to keep the score at 7-0 heading into the second quarter. The Tigers continued to emphasize the running game as redshirt junior running back Shane Simpson and Flacco marched Towson from its own two-yard line into Dukes territory. The 17-play drive stalled and O’Neill

hit a 26-yard field goal Duquesne nailed to give the Tigers a This loss will be with a field goal just before double-digit lead. me forever. The sea- halftime to cut the score Towson’s defense to 10-3 going into the son has ended, but break. continued to deny the these guys made Dukes, forcing anothThe Dukes fed junior er punt on their next running back A.J. Hines a bit of history and drive. On the ensuing to open the second half, brought back respect gaining 25 yards on the drive, Flacco found redshirt sophomore for our program on a first three plays of the tight end Chris Clark period. Senior running national level. down the sideline for ROB AMBROSE back Daquan Worley Head Coach capped off the drive 34 yards to set up first and goal. with a 48-yard touchIn a rare occurrence, Simpson fumdown run. bled at the goal line and the Dukes The Tigers failed to respond and recovered deep in their own territory. Hines punished the home team with “There’s a reason why he’s first team a 71-yard touchdown catch to give the all-conference and why guys at the next Dukes a 17-10 lead. Duquesne kept its level are paying attention, but even great foot on the gas pedal as junior quarterguys have mistake moments,” Ambrose back Daniel Parr found the end zone on said. “There’s no guy who hates misa three-yard rush attempt early in the takes more than him.” fourth quarter.

Towson continued to struggle as Flacco could not escape the pressure from Duquesne’s defensive line. Hines continued to gash the Tigers defense, punching in a three-yard touchdown to seal the win for the Dukes. Senior linebacker Diondre Wallace reflected on the disappointing end to his Towson career. “They executed their game plan, they made their plays and you can’t take that away from them,” Wallace said. “They gave it to us in the second half.” Ambrose admitted this was a tough way to end the season and it will not be forgotten, but he is proud of how his team performed this year. “This loss will be with me forever,” Ambrose said. “The season has ended, but these guys made a bit of history and brought back respect for our program on a national level, and for that I’m grateful.”

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