The Towerlight (November 6, 2018)

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November 6, 2018

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November 6, 2018

Editor-in-Chief Karuga Koinange Senior Editor Bailey Hendricks News Editor Mary-Ellen Davis Arts & Life Editor Kerry Ingram Asst. Arts & Life Editor Alex Helms Sports Editor Asst. Sports Editors Muhammad Waheed Jordan Kendall Staff Writers Jessica Ricks Meg Hudson Keri Luise Anthony Petro Sophia Bates





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Join us this Tuesday for an Election Watch Party!! See the results as they are announced. There will be food and games throughout the night.

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You are not alone is an event that focuses on the importance of healing after trauma, more specifically sexual trauma. This event will be a safe space where one can make body scrubs and heating pads so that one can become closer and find a new grown respect for their body through the use of self love and relaxation.

Join us for the Division of Student Affairs Diversity Speaker series featuring Julián Castro and Dr. Michael Benitez, Jr. Speakers’ remarks will be followed by a moderated Q&A with Dr. Alison McCartney, Department of Political Science faculty. There will also be an opportunity for an audience Q&A. Do you think you’re strong? Maybe the strongest on campus? Come test your strength (relative to your body weight) in the Powerlift Push & Pull Contest! This competition will be the combined successful pounds pushed (bench press) and pulled (deadlift) divided by your body weight.

The TU Journal of International Affairs and the Undergraduate Research Club hosting Leymah Gbowee, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Liberian peace activist, and trained social worker and women’s rights advocate, for an interactive talk with students and others MORE EVENTS CAN BE FOUND AT about her experiences.

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November 6, 2018

A call for civility after election Midterms give great opportunity MATTHEW PIPKIN Columnist @MattPipkinJr


Today, Americans will go to the polls to vote on all 435 U.S. House seats, 35 U.S. Senate seats, 36 governorships and numerous positions in state legislatures across the country. In addition to these legislative positions, Americans will also participate in a symbolic referendum on President Donald Trump’s leadership. While it is true that the president himself will not be on the ballot, a full rebuke of his vitriolic leadership could result in major Democratic gains in the House, potential gains in the Senate (though less likely) and significant shifts in the political dynamics of state legislatures. A number of major political races across the nation have dominated news headlines: Beto O’Rourke’s Senate surge in Texas against the incumbent Ted Cruz; Stacey Abrams’s momentum in her Georgia gubernatorial battle with notable vote suppressor Brian Kemp (Georgia’s Secretary of State); Andrew Gillum’s push for the Florida governorship against the embattled Ron Desantis; and many others. But it is likely that the majority of those reading this particular column, who are presumably Maryland residents, will not be given the chance to impact those races aforementioned. Rather, we will have the opportunity to maintain a Democraticallycontrolled state legislature, send Democrats to Washington to represent Marylanders in the House, re-elect Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, and perhaps most significantly, elect Mr. Ben Jealous – a civil rights champion and stalwart for education – to the Maryland governor’s mansion. Maryland voters will also have an opportunity to decide whether two key initiatives will help bolster education spending and voting accessibility in future. Maryland is the wealthiest state in the union and has long enjoyed a high-performing education system. And this year, the “lockbox initiative,” which centers on allocating all casino revenues toward education

funds, could provide significant benefits for Maryland’s schools. Current Governor Larry Hogan has wasted no time taking credit for the lockbox, as he has used it to boast of his commitment to education in the state. While it is true that Hogan was in favor of creating a statute that would aim to funnel casino money into Maryland’s schools, the Democratically-controlled state legislature is actually responsible for the initiative on the ballot. The legislature’s initiative, rather than temporarily protecting education funding via statute, seeks to amend the Maryland constitution in order to more permanently establish secure education funds. In addition to boosting and securing education funds, Marylanders will also have the chance to make the most fundamental of democratic rights – voting – a more accessible reality for citizens within the state. The second referendum question on the ballot questions whether those who are not registered to vote should have the opportunity to register on the same day as Election Day. It is worth noting that the effort to allow same-day registration is led by the Democratic legislature and has not received the governor’s endorsement. Amid an increasingly divisive national conversation regarding voter suppression, Maryland has the opportunity to serve as a leader with regard to voting accessibility through this crucial referendum. It is difficult to overstate the overall importance of this election. Republicans have enjoyed control of each branch of the U.S. government for the past two years and have injected a relatively unprecedented level of toxicity into our politics. But the beauty of midterm elections is that voters have the opportunity to act as a check on reckless leadership. What’s more, voters in Maryland also have the chance to elect representatives and vote on initiatives that, despite federal government impotence, will spell great gains for the state. For those who still have questions regarding their ballots or races specific to their districts, I implore you to visit to better roadmap your Election Day choices.

By the time this article is published, it will finally be Election Day! It will be a day that determines how the country responds to the policies instituted by both major parties at the national, state and local levels. For many, this day signals how Americans feel about the Republican Party, especially towards President Donald Trump and his administration’s public policies. All speculation made by voters, politicians and media pundits alike will be thrown out the window as our eyes will be glued to screens nationwide as we wait for the results. Anything can happen, so we need to make sure each and every one of us do our job in keeping our emotions in check. Being emotionally charged by the outcome of the election does not give you the right to destroy public and private property. While this happens on both

sides of the aisle, the far left has been particularly guilty of this in their mob-like mentality in recent years and altercations. Public figures like Maxine Waters and Eric Holder, both of whom have insinuated the use of violence, have had their words turned into soundbites to rally raw emotion on the far left. The mainstream media has perpetuated this rhetorical cycle, fanning the flames in their pursuit of higher viewership and ratings. What does this rhetorical cycle lead to? Well, look no further than our own campus here at Towson University. While most people who reject taking my literature do so in a courteous manner, I cannot begin to describe how many times I’ve received scolding remarks from people as they zip by me at the polling place. By the look and verbiage some people give me, you would have thought that I had smacked their grandmother. It seems misdirected to yell at a volunteer handing you a flier over the county council race (one that they probably have no clue

about) because of their displeasure over Trump’s policies and remarks. Being the Towson College Republican president on campus, I have found instances where many of my members are scared to go out and electioneer at the Towson Administration Building on campus. They simply could not imagine running into their friends, professors or colleagues as they hand out literature for the Republican side on campus. Images from social media of people getting harassed at colleges for supporting various candidates have been ingrained in their minds. This hurts the entire political thought on campus and prevents us from having honest conversation with people on campus. Regardless of the outcome on Tuesday, keep in mind that there are many friends and family around you that hold different views and beliefs of your own. Recognizing that they too want what’s best for America is the first step towards gaining a better understanding of each other amidst the hostile political climate.

Ending the mental health stigma SAMUEL SMITH Columnist

Hi. I’m Samuel Smith. I’m 18 years old, a Capricorn and I’m bipolar. I have bipolar II to be specific. That’s not something you normally say. You wouldn’t introduce yourself and say what mental illness(es) you have. Most people would look at you funny if you mentioned them. Even in the best of friendships, sometimes you can’t tell them you’re mentally ill. Why is this? Why is there a stigma? Bipolar disorder affects me. It affects how I act, what I do and certain rituals I have (I have to take medicine after breakfast and dinner, and it’s almost comical how big my pill organizer is). Folks are perfectly willing to ask what that little blue

and pink pill is, but when they find out it’s lithium, suddenly I’m a freak, I’m other, I’m sickly. But just like the fact I’m a Capricorn, my bipolar II should be equally mundane. It should not elicit a response when I say I’m bipolar, just as it shouldn’t elicit a response when I say I’m a Capricorn (unless, of course, you’re an Aries). Mental health is important. It’s just as important as any other health and as important as physical health. But there’s such a stigma around it. How about we analyze that stigma, think critically about it and attempt to get rid of it? According to, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the first step is to “Talk openly about mental illness.” This is probably the hardest thing to do. It’s hard to be open about something so stigmatized, but it’s so worth it. By

being open, by sharing your story, you’re inviting others with mental illness to be open and honest, and you are inviting those who do not have a mental illness to think about how they think about mental illness with a critical lens. A friend of mine on Facebook recently commented on how “bipolar” the weather has been. Language like this is not okay. Unless someone explicitly has a diagnosis (and is okay with you sharing that diagnosis), it’s not okay to place a label like that. Also, avoid slurs such as “retarded” as there is a history of abuse behind such words. Hi. I’m Samuel Smith. I’m 18 years old, a Capricorn and I’m bipolar. I have bipolar II to be specific. But I’m so much more than my mental illness, and I’m so much more than the stigma surrounding it too.


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TU ‘chases away darkness’ Honors College

Community gathers to remember shooting victims MARY-ELLEN DAVIS News Editor @Mel_Davis_1998

Towson University community members gathered in Speakers Circle at a vigil last Monday to show their support and solidarity for the victims of the Pittsburgh Massacre that took the lives of 11 people in the Tree of Life Synagogue. The vigil began with the lighting of candles that were handed out to students as they arrived at the circle. TU Hillel and Chabad House hosted the event. Rabbi Mendi Rivkin led the candle lighting ceremony, addressing the challenges that come with meeting in times of tragedy. “It’s always hard to come together in difficult times like this,” Rivkin said. “But sometimes, it requires a difficult time for us to make a difference.” The students lit their candles, beginning from one flame, because it symbolizes the strength that can be found through leaning against one another. “The candle has three properties,” Rivkin said. “One is that we lean on each other, the candle flickers and one candle can become many. The last thing a candle brings to the table,

is a candle chases away darkness.” As his speech became quicker and his voice louder, Rivkin told members of the Jewish community that they should look at the world as a balanced scale, saying that with every bad deed that weighs the scale one way, there are good ones move it the other way. “The answer to hate, the answer to darkness, is to add more light,” Rivkin said. Towson University President Kim Schatzel attended the event and closed the vigil by asking everyone to lock their arms together. “We are the ones that stand against hate,” Schatzel said. “The attack on the Tree of Life congregation was just not an attack on that congregation, It was just not an attack on Jews, it was just not an attack on Pittsburgh, and it was an attack on all of us. And as only with all of us standing together with love against hate, that we will push it back.” Josh Leckner, the president of the Jewish Fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi, was pleased with how quickly the university responded to the attack on the Tree of Life, and the speed with which they put together the vigil. “I was really happy to see a lot of people come out... but greek life came out and other organizations on campus,” said Leckner. “And I

was very happy with the university on how quickly they acted in putting this together.” Tzvi Herman, the Treasure of Alpha Epsilon Pi, was also happy with how quickly the event was organized, and said that he had been on the email chain that was created as the vigil was put together. “It’s really good to see the Jewish community come together, especially in a time like this, a time when there is a reason to come together,” Herman said. “Nobody wants to come together like this, but to see the people who wouldn’t normally come out on any given day, to come out and lock arms and join together to commemorate what happens, was amazing. It’s all you can ask for.” Schatel said she was happy with the amount of people who came out to show their support of the communities on campus. “I thought that the vigil was just a showing of a sense of unity through the campus both for the campus community as well as the Jewish community on campus,” Schatzel said. “We all came together to support each other and to be able to show that there is no room for hate on this campus. We will love each other and bring that love forward against hate. It starts with us.”

Brendan Felch/ The Towerlight Members of the Towson community gathered last Monday to honor the 11 victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 27. The vigils candle lighting ceremony was lead by Rabbi Mendi Rivkin.

rings in 20 years

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The Honors College celebrated its 20th anniversary with faculty and alumni, honoring its initial recognition as an official college. MARCUS WHITMAN Contributing Writer

This past weekend, the Honors College celebrated its 20th anniversary since its official recognition as a college in 1998. The event, held at the South Campus Pavilion, gave faculty, staff and alumni an opportunity to catch up and share the experiences they had while a part of the Honors College. Rhiannon Napoli, director of co-curricular programs and constituent relationships for the Honors College, explained that many groups were involved in putting the event together, including the University Archives and Alumni relations office, among others. “We looked at archived Towerlight papers and old course catalogues to start and met with the University Archives to discuss the history,” Napoli said. “Dr. [Allison] McCartney also reached out to former Honors program directors to put together a timeline of the people who headed-up the program and college over the years.” Alumni Amanda Menke, class of 2012, said that she enjoyed not only the support system and resources provided to her through the college, but the classes she was able to take as well. “I very much enjoyed the challenge of the curriculum, and the ability to choose from specialized classes,” Menke said. “I also loved some the instructors that taught within the Honors College, the subject matter really resonated with me. I remember there was a class in particular with Dr. McCartney, there was one about love and western lecture and [an] African Colonization class. It was really intriguing and different from the rest of the normal classes offered to the rest of the Towson University.” Melissa Stocker, class of 2014, transferred to Towson during her sophomore year of college from a small school, and knew that she still wanted to feel like a

part of a smaller community. “For me, the Honors College was a smaller community that I could join within a larger university,” Stocker said. Meghan Cronhardt, class of 2015, also transferred at the end of her freshman year of college and was excited to see what the Honors College at Towson had to offer her. “When I started my sophomore year, I really wanted the experience that Honors College offered me,” Cronhardt said. “Like the community the different types of classes that were available that experience learning. To experience for myself and to have that network, I really wanted the opportunities in the classroom, that the Honors College talked so much about.” For alumni Lindsey Roberts, class of 2010, the college gave her the opportunity to interact with people of different backgrounds, which she does now in her current profession. “I work with people not only in my field but others who are in different fields,” Roberts said. “A lot of the time I am explaining complex subject matter to people of different fields. This is something I learned in Honors College, by having to explain the complex subject matter to different fields.” Terry Cooney, Honors College Rector, said that the Honors College is a place for students to build and engage in a community follows them into their post-graduate years. “The Honors College provides an opportunity for students who seek academic challenge, classes that feature lively interactions with peers, contact with multiple perspectives across disciplines and viewpoints, and expanded academic experiences, to find other students who share their interests and commitments,” Cooney said. “In this way, it appeals to and serves a segment of the student population as other programs and activities serve other groups of students.”



November 6, 2018

Towson Tigers party sober Business College Health Center throws sober Halloween party AVE’ON LAINE Contributing Writer

The Health and Counseling Center hosted their annual Halloween party Tuesday night, where students had the opportunity to learn more about safe partying. For several years now, The Health and Counseling Center has hosted a Halloween-themed party at the end of the month, with this year’s theme centered around the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The party usually includes decorations corresponding to the theme and various, interactive health education booths set up throughout the building. Allison Frey, Health Educator for Alcohol and Drugs at the Counseling Center and co-director of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Prevention Center, said that the Health Center started the party while it was located in the white house, formerly called Glen Esk, across from Ward and West to talk about risks associated with binge drinking and shots, among other activities. “Our main focus tonight is just learning how to be social without alcohol or drugs, but then also having some more

education around,” Frey said. “We have all our peer educator groups set up, so they all have different things that they talk about, and really just emphasize that role as a peer educator.” Many students interacted with the student leaders and other booths, and some took away new information from the experience. “I wasn’t aware that alcohol could have effects on parts of your body other than the brain and the liver, such as the pancreas and even the lungs, so the alcohol bottle display with the facts written on the labels was really creative and helpful,” said sophomore Brianna Staples. Scattered around the first and second floors of the Health Center were numerous poster boards printed with sayings such as “Be a responsible Tiger,” “Rethink your third drink,” and a sign with a marijuana leaf that read “Keep off the grass!” These, and other billboards with wellness and hotline information were on display, serving as safety reminders for students. The second floor of the Health Center was where the bulk of students gathered. It was complete with a table of food and deco-

rated cupcakes, an open floor for karaoke, an outside space with a cotton candy machine and screens with Halloween movies playing. A bathroom decorated with a fake body and fake throw up around the toilet, along with as a fake body in the middle of the main floor with a missing head and alcohol bottles with warning labels, were points of attraction for students. “My favorite thing about the event is the decorations, and the education about alcohol and having sex on campus, and just getting everybody woke and aware of the safety and health issues on campus,” said sophomore Aisha Olemba. The party was intentionally held on Halloween Eve, and many students came dressed in costume. “We know we won’t get many during Halloween night typically so we try to do it before hand, and it ties in nicely with homecoming too,” Frey said. The Health and Counseling Center is located at Ward and West near the College of Liberal Arts and the Residence Tower, and is open Monday through Friday to assist students with health issues, counseling issues and more.

Ave’on Laine/ The Towerlight The Health Center hosted its annual Halloween Party to promote safe partying. Some of the decorations helped inform students about the dangers of alcohol, like the labels on the bottles pictured above.

introduces major

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Professor Mona Mohammed is one of the professors teaching classes in the new Business Systems and Processes major. MARCUS WHITMAN Contributing Writer

The College of Business and Economics recently revamped its e-Business and Technology Management program and replaced it with the new Business Systems and Processes (BSAP) major. The change, which has been in the works for two years, was created to help train students to use popular databases that companies use, while also allowing students the opportunity to create bridges between various areas of business. “This major is integral to all the different fields in business, to where more process overlap and work together,” said EBTM Department Chair Tobin Porterfield. According to Porterfield, the different fields in business can overlap like sales and processes, or management and technology. “It offers a strong understanding of technology and how to use technology and conduct and improve business process,” said EBTM professor Mona Mohammed. “It can also improve [student] marketability in the market place and job market.” EBTM Professor Stella Tomasi added that it also teaches concepts that are the major processes of business operations communicated. “This major defines all the processes and the departments to communicate better, for giving a broader perspective,” Tomasi said. “Which allows each individual to better understand each other’s work.” Tomasi said the major is interesting

because it enables students to act as a bridge between non-IT and IT sides of a business. “It allows for the students to understand both sides for business and IT to better communicate,” Tomasi said. Tyler Enfinger, a senior who is currently in the major, feels it teaches him technical skills that are easier to learn in a classroom setting. “That is why I choose this major,” Enfinger said. “I hope to gain a better understand of [Enterprise Resource Planning] Programs in general, that way I can take this knowledge into the workforce.” Evan Weiser, a senior and Project Management and Business Analyst major, said he enjoys the major because of its heavy database concentration. “This major offers a SAP certification, and it helps make me more prepared for the work world,” Weiser said . “I want to get better in SAP and be proficient in it. And that again makes me more prepared for the workforce, and it is one less thing that I have to learn when entering the workforce.” Mohamed explained that the new major focuses on more than just one area of business. “For BSAP, we focus more on specific systems and specific processes,” she said. “It is used to focus on the management process. The old major focused on just online business. This one focuses on any and all types of business.” Weiser recommended that more people join the major. “I would consider adding this as a major, because it gives real world practical skills, versus just reading a book,” Weiser said.


November 6, 2018


Innov8MD showcases student startups MARY-ELLEN DAVIS News Editor @Mel_Davis_1998

Spark Baltimore, a coworking space in the Powerplant Live!, will soon be home to the first ever Innov8MD conference, a student run event meant to bring universities from across the state together in an effort to develop a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem. According to Towson University student and conference co-founder Matthew Lowinger, the idea for the conference came after a few Towson students attended a conference at Johns Hopkins University, which sparked the desire to create closer ties between the two universities. Lowinger teamed up with Johns Hopkins’ student Pava LaPere, and they came up with the idea for Innov8MD. Lowinger is also the Lead Associate for Towson’s Student Launch Pad, where he handles “a lot of day to day operations, special projects, stuff like that.” The conference, which will include

eight schools from across Maryland, will showcase student started companies and ventures from universities across the state in an effort to “celebrate what college students are building,” said Lowinger. Jan Baum, a professor in the College of Business and Economics, said that she hopes the conference sets a tone for student entrepreneurship across the state, as well as one that augments the different strengths that people bring to the table. “Innov8MD is the first of its kind, inter-institutional conference dedicated young entrepreneurs,” said Baum. “Much has been done in Maryland to build an innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem but people have been waiting for someone to come along and create a forum for college and university entrepreneurs.” The conference will be broken into sections, with areas for students and community members to network, seek advice and resources for their own projects, and to see what companies students have brought to the table.

“Out of the eight schools, [each with] up to five student started companies, they will be showcasing their product, their venture, whatever,” said Lowinger. “So that’s a total of 40 of the top student companies across the state.” There will also be a keynote speaker, time to network, and a mentorship area. “Starting at 5 o’clock everyone’s going to come in to spark baltimore... there will be a networking event to start off, seeing all 40 companies, and then the whole program is going to start,” said Lowinger. “So me and Pava… we are going to be MC’s and kick things off and be cheerleaders for it and everything.” Sophomore and Business Administration major Jazmin Phillip, believes the conference is good for the community. “It’ll help the young entrepreneurs at Towson connect with entrepreneurs at other schools as well as network with people who have entrepreneurial experience,” said Phillips. With more than 10 sponsors,

Courtesey of Matthew Lowinger

Innov8MD will be held at Spark Baltimore this Friday to showcase student startups, companies, and ventures from 5 to 8 p.m. Baum sees the conference as being something that will continue to grow, and even expand, into hackathons, competitions, and other formats. “The community is galvanized around this effort,” Baum said. “Mike Binko, Founder and CEO of Startup Maryland said, ‘We’ve been waiting for someone to stand this up.’ Innov8MD has support from major state stakeholders like the Dept of Commerce and TEDCO as

well as the broader regional entrepreneurial community. Hopefully this is just the beginning.” Students and community members can buy tickets to the event, which will take place on Nov. 9, 2018. Prices start at $10 for students with a valid high school or university ID, and $25 for members of the communities. Registration for the event, and can be done at

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Arts & Life

Look wide awake for your 8 a.m.

How to look alive when pulling all-nighters KERRY INGRAM Arts & Life Editor @Glaminista08

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, AKA the time when every weekend has something to celebrate for, midterms and final projects are hogging up your free-time and the holiday season has you stressed to the max. Yep. It surely is wonderful. With so many obligations calling your name, it’s easy to feel like a total zombie. Even more so, it’s extremely easy to look like a total zombie. Unfortunately, Halloween has already passed, so the post-apocalyptic look is no longer a cute one. If you’re struggling to survive the semester, but at least want to look as if you’re slaying it flawlessly, here are the tips you need to know. Follow them and you’re sure to look like you #WokeUpLike you were more than ready for the days ahead. HAIR: Let me start this by saying: I am not a hair snob. We’ve all had bad hair days; however, I would like to distinguish the difference between bad hair days and ratchet hair days. Bad hair days are when you’ve done all you can to get your hair to cooperate and have settled on a braid or bun as a result. Ratchet hair days are when you don’t even attempt to brush your hair in the morning and hope that no one notices when in fact, everyone can notice the rats nest sitting on top of your head. Let’s avoid ratchet hair days, shall we? For an easy way to look as if you’ve done a lot when you haven’t, you have one of two options. Option one: “messy” bun. For this, take a lightweight hair gel or styling product and focus it on the top sections of your hair, making sure to only use as much as you need. Smooth back your hair with a brush, forming a low bun near the nape of your neck. Secure your hair into an elastic, and then pull out a few tendrils to softly frame your face. The sleek yet “messy” style will make you look practically prepared. If you have short hair or feel like making even less of an effort, option two is for you: rock a baseball cap. Just make sure you at least brush through your hair beforehand, and pick a hat that has some type of style (camouflage hats, begone). SKINCARE: If you’re in college and don’t take care of your skin,

what are you truly doing with your life? Skincare is extremely important, especially if you have the tendency to go out and have a lot of late nights. Taking care of your skin doesn’t mean you have to have a 20+ step skincare routine. Sometimes the more simple routines yield the best results. For the basics to help you look more wide awake, stick to the four skincare commandments: -Thou shall cleanse thy skin without being hella lazy -Thou shall tone thy heck out of the skin -Thou shall hydrate thy skin so as to not look as dry as the Sahara -Thou better protect thy skin or the sun is going to come for your edges Let me further explain: You need to clean your skin, the right way, and that doesn’t mean that a wet makeup wipe suffices. If you wear makeup, remove it properly with a oil-based makeup remover or micellar water at night before then going in with a cleanser that’s right for your skin type (dry skin needs more cream based cleansers, oily skin can use foaming cleansers, combination skin can use gel cleansers and all skin types can benefit from cleansing oils). Don’t know your skin type? Wash your face with water and leave it to dry on its own for 30 minutes without putting on any moisturizer. If it feels tight or uncomfortable at all, it’s dry; if it feels fine, but is shiny, you’re oily; if it’s shiny near your nose and forehead, but fine everywhere else, it’s combination; if it’s absolutely perfect, you have normal skin. Cleanse your skin at night. If you can apply your cleanser with a washcloth or facial brush, you’ll have a better cleanse, but if all else fails, your hands can do the job on their own (just make sure they’re clean)! By cleansing at night, you can just rinse over your face with water in the morning, saving you time and helping your skin succeed (since over-cleansing can actually make your skin look dry and dull). Toner is the skincare step most people are completely unaware of. On a basic level, toners are meant to be applied after you cleanse the skin, but before you moisturize, as a way to balance out the PH levels of the skin and make the products you use more effective. They also just help to strip away any excess

dirt and oil that still may be left on the skin after cleansing. The most popular toner waters I would recommend, especially for a quick easy fix, are the Mario Badescu Facial Mists. These sprays act as a fast refresher in the morning and will wake you up in an instant. This step is simple: put on some moisturizer. Even if your skin is oily, you still need to hydrate it. Find a cream that is lightweight yet gives your skin the amount of hydration it needs. A glowy, hydrated complexion will definitely help you to look more awake. Put on sunscreen. Don’t argue with me on this. Your complexion doesn’t matter - everyone needs to

wear sunscreen. The future, older you will thank you for it later. MAKEUP: Makeup is the key to catfishing a well-rested complexion. Usually the under-eye area is the place on the face that gives away how much sleep you got, or didn’t get. Your eyes may be slightly puffy, and bluish/purplish temporary pigmentation can result from lack of beauty zzz’s. Color correcting can fix those issues. Apply a peach color corrector (my favorite is NYX’s Dark Circle Concealer in medium) to the darkest areas underneath the eye. You’ll look a little crazy at first, but the peach color will help to neutralize the discoloration since it’s on the opposite end of the color wheel as cool colors. Apply a concealer that’s one to two shades lighter than your complexion on the under-eye area, overtop of the color corrector. Blend the two together,

using patting motions underneath the eye with your ring finger. Set with some powder, and you’ll look like you got a solid eight hours of phenomenal sleep. CLOTHING: Keep it simple and comfortable without being lazy. Skip the pajamas and go for athleisure - a cozy hoodie paired with leggings and nice sneakers will make you look somewhat put together yet like you didn’t try too hard. Pretty much any outfit that consists of a cute top or outerwear paired with leggings or jeans and comfortable-yet-stylish shoes will work. DEMEANOR: Smile! Just having a happy and positive vibe will do wonders on your mood, making you feel more ready for the day and convincing others you were ready from the start. So follow Lil Duval’s latest hit, smile, and live your best life no matter how much sleep it consists of.

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November 6, 2018

Lil Yachty’s lil’ failure

Latest release lacks luster

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Lil Yachty’s “positivity music” helped grow his following, however his 2018 album revealed a more neutral side of the rapper. ABYAN NERY Contributing Writer

2016 was truly a momentous year. It feels an eternity away, the days when people didn’t know the likes of Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert and many others who make up the avalanche of music associated with “mumble rap.” It is undeniable the impact these artists have had in the two years since the XXL Freshman List, which contained several breakout stars who got their fame and clout through music released primarily on SoundCloud. One of the most popular “freshmen” was 19-year old Lil Yachty, who burst onto the scene with his popular songs “1 NIGHT” and “Minnesota.” It seemed for a minute there that Yachty’s bubble-gum-rap aesthetic proved successful, with a new record deal and several Billboard Hot 100s hits following his musical emergence. His music provided a breath of fresh air from the usual topics discussed in trap music, with production that was light and happy. Yachty even went so far as to say he makes “positivity music.” However, it is 2018 now and nothing lasts forever. Case in point: Yachty’s new release, “Nuthin’2 Prove.” It seems two years in the music industry has jaded Yachty, as all of the positivity music of 2016 has

been replaced by gritty trap beats and the wash-rinse-repeat lyrics that is to be expected of all trap music released nowadays. This is where the problems begin with the album. Yachty sounds like an average trap rapper, which wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that he’s not a particularly good one. His bars are unconvincing and while lyrics like “stay with the stick for the trickery” might have been good in theory, in practice, it falls tremendously flat. Another aspect of this wannabe trap album is the bland production that fails to convey any interest or excitement. Maybe it was just me, but during my listening sessions of this album, I had this impression that I had heard all of these beats previously, but done in a much better way. Maybe this was done on purpose by Yachty and his producers to try to make the album sound better through sonic association of popular music. Whatever the case, the production is uninspired and skippable. It seems as if these beats were meant for other rappers and somehow found their way into the lap of Yachty. With this album, Yachty is trying to say that he has earned his place in rap and the charts and yet, does nothing new, original or exciting to support that claim. In the process, he tries to discard from his music the very things that put him in rap. Artists change over time and in the case of Yachty, it seems for the worse.

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November 6, 2018


TU’s own “Animal Crossing” Bringing EDM back

Mobile petting zoo helps students destress ASHLEY de SAMPAIO FERRAZ Contributing Writer

Students were able to meet some new furry friends Wednesday at “Doc’s Animal Crossing,” a petting zoo provided by Towson’s 2018 homecoming committee. The name of the event, which was inspired by the popular video game, highlights the “Game On!” theme of this year’s homecoming events. Kaitlyn Insinna, a Towson senior, is a member of the homecoming committee. She spoke about how the committee decided to provide the petting zoo this year because of how much students have enjoyed it in previous years. Insinna also noted that events such as these seem necessary when students are enduring their busiest schedules mid-semester. “It’s a good way to chill out on your way to class,” Insinna said. Insinna was correct about animals having calming effects. According to, animals can provide psychological, emotional, and

even social benefits for their human counterparts. They can also help reduce anxiety and decrease feelings of loneliness. The animals at this petting zoo seemed to have positive effects on those who came. Students walked around and engaged with the different animals, some cooing over the baby chicks, while others patted bunnies. Some students even took selfies with the zoo’s llama. Aris Hines, a Towson senior and the director of the event, spoke about the importance of incorporating the petting zoo into homecoming week. “We’ve done this every homecoming week for the past three years,” Hines said. “We always include this event because the students really love it, and it’s a good way to de-stress after midterm season.” Hines also shared how the committee went about organizing the event. He said they first contacted vendors and then focused on how they could readjust from last year. The same vendor ended up being used, making

the process much smoother. Brendon Kline, owner of Party Animalz Farm, the company that provided the petting zoo, spoke about the business and the life of his animals. “We have a farm in Pennsylvania that’s ten acres, a four-story barn to keep them all in,” Kline said. According to Kline, Party Animalz Farm attends many events, but they only visit four to eight colleges a year. Kline shared that he enjoys these events in particular, as they are opportunities to take students’ minds off the pressure of academics and give them a chance to see animals that they might not normally see in a college setting. Kline shared that his favorite animal is the llama, named Snowflake, which the company named due to the animal’s soft white coat. Kline also gave his perspective on whether the animals benefit from being included in a petting zoo such as this. - To read the rest of this article online, visit

consumed by matters outside of their family which ends up affecting the family in an averse way.” “F is for Family” is based on Burr’s experiences as a child and as a standup comic as well. All of the writers for the show also get to pitch their childhood stories when formulating the plot. Burr uses those memories to build character arcs and situations for each episode. He said that sometimes he implements exact memories into the show as well. Burr recalled how Dave Kushner, the music producer for the show, once told Burr of a time when he drunkenly ran out of a club with his amp and guitar in hand on Sunset Boulevard. Kushner tripped and instinctively saved his guitar from falling rather than himself, so he ended up with a few busted teeth. Burr replicated that incident in one episode of the show as Kevin suffered the same fall, much to Kushner’s approval. “Those are my most fun moments for the show,” Burr said. “I forgot we put it in there, but we were watching the episode and saw Kevin do it and he goes, ‘Was that my story?’ He got such a kick out of it.” Though Burr said he enjoys

incorporating whacky moments, he stressed that he doesn’t want the show to become too out of touch with reality. Burr pointed to Michael Price, co-creator and co-writer of the show, as someone who helps him maintain a sense of realism. “Mike Price is the captain of the ship,” Burr said. “I feel like my job is to sit there like a grumpy old man in the corner. I have to keep stuff tethered to the earth so it doesn’t get too absurd. There has to be a true line of reality.” Burr said that he wants the show to genuinely reflect society in the 70s. He emphasized that he doesn’t want the show to include norms from other eras because that would take away from the reality of the 70s. Burr avoids overlap not only in his show, but when watching other shows as well. He stressed that this strict sense of realism helps keep viewers watching, and he looks to continue this as the show progresses. “I really hate when they do that,” Burr said. “You’ll watch something that’s set in the 1950s and you’ll see the influence of the #MeToo movement in there. That takes me out of the movie. I don’t like being lead around like, ‘This happened then and you should feel this way about it.’ “

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Nothing brings the family together quite like a wholesome, entertaining sitcom. But “F is for Family,” stand-up comic Bill Burr’s web animated sitcom available on Netflix, is not a show recommended for younger viewers. The comedy show, set in the 1970s, follows the misadventures of the Murphy family as they live through a time without political correctness. Burr voices the main protagonist Frank Murphy, a short-tempered father and Korean War veteran, with Laura Dern as his wife Sue, Justin Long as his eldest son Kevin, Debi Derryberry voicing his daughter Maureen and Haley Reinhart as his young son Bill. “F is for Family” debuts its third season on Nov. 30. This season, Vince Vaughn joins the cast as Colonel Chet Stevenson. The show’s first two seasons demonstrated the financial and emotional struggles that the Murphy family faced due to difficulties in the workforce, but Burr hinted that the third season will introduce more external forces. “It's definitely our strongest season,” Burr said. “Frank and Sue get


The Prodigy is an electronic collective based out of England who emerged in the late 1990s as part of the wave of EDM bands. Along with acts like Bjork and Daft Punk, The Prodigy helped to inspire future electronic-based alternative music from individuals like Gorillaz and instrumental producer DJ Shadow. Throughout the band’s tenure, the primary producer and writer has been Liam Howlett with vocalists Maxim and Keith Flint providing vicious delivery on albums such as “The Fat of the Land.” However, this new album is an interesting case now that the group has been experienced in the industry. Howlett has seemed to take the reins for this outing, with Flint and Maxim added sparingly when the tracks need more punch. In that respect, this record is some of the best party music that Howlett has made in many years. Songs like “Light Up the Sky” and “We Live Forever” will make a DJ’s spin list at any dance club, while “No Tourists” sounds worthy of a film score. The featured artists on this record also bring their all to their respective tracks, the highlight being “Fight Fire With Fire,” featuring Ho99o9. This track is a techno track with an almost metal amount of intensity. The whole album gives the listener the feeling of being rushed through a night in the rave scene in London.

Howlett’s production touch certainly has not gone anywhere, with every synth and beat bashing against your eardrums in the most technical, beautiful way. While this new album does have some fantastic moments, it does have a few shortcomings. This album is great, but there are many high points from the band’s back catalog that make this album sound a tad recycled. There are some songs like “Boom Boom Tap” that start out well, but do overstay their welcome. If this song was around two or three minutes rather than four, I probably would be more forgiving of the tune, but the length does not do the song any favors. Also the production, while stellar, does seem to be a little too reminiscent of the group’s golden age that makes the record sound a touch dated in spots. I feel that this album is a safe sound for The Prodigy, but still has quality work all over it. For fans of the band, I feel that some may be disappointed from Maxim and Flint’s lack of work, but Howlett has proved that he can hold his own as being one of the greatest techno producers working today. For those who are not familiar with the group, this record is still worth picking up because of its party vibe and intense instrumentation. This album doesn’t offer that many surprises; it isn’t necessarily a bad idea for a band to go back to what they are known for and make incredible tunes. While this record does not completely astonish me, it does leave me hopeful for what Howlett and his crew will make in the future.

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November 6, 2018


More than an athlete

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Redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco poses with his helmet and a laptop. Flacco is a 24 year old New Jersey native, pursuing his master’s in applied information technology. This is the study of information systems to solve problems in the work environment. He said he wants to have an NFL playing career or be in a leadership role at a company.


Towson redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco crawls out of bed at 5 a.m., making sure not to wake his roommate as sunlight beams through their apartment window. He eats a banana and a cup of yogurt and heads to the athletic facility at Johnny Unitas Stadium to train and lift weights before practice begins at 7 a.m. Practice runs until 11 a.m., then Flacco takes a shower, eats a breakfast sandwich and a bagel from THB Bagels & Deli and naps until 1 p.m. That’s only the first half of his day. “Around 1 o'clock in the afternoon you start to realize, ‘I’ve put in a whole day’s work just in that morning and I have to go to classes now,’ “ Flacco said. “It’s mentally tough.” The 24 year old New Jersey native is getting his masters in applied information technology (AIT), which is the study of information systems to solve problems in the work environment. Flacco said he wants to pursue an NFL playing career, but no matter what job

he ends up with, he craves a leadership position. “I want to be a boss,” Flacco said. “I want to be the guy leading something, not just another worker. I don’t know what that’ll be in, but I want to be the boss in whatever I’m doing.” Despite his unwavering confidence in his athletic abilities, Tom shares the uncertainty in his post-college plans that many students have. He said he does not have a specific backup career in mind if his football aspirations fall through, but he is self-assured that his athletic background will prove useful in the business field. “Football is going to translate to my work career,” Flacco said. “I want to be a leader and that’s what I’m doing on the field. I’m the leader of the offense and guys look to me in tough situations. I want to take over a team in the workforce.” Flacco is accustomed to a strong sense of unity. He grew up in Audubon, New Jersey as the youngest of six, with four brothers and one sister. He said having a big family only made everyone in it closer. “I always had someone to play with,” Flacco said. “Whatever season it was,

we would play that sport. That allowed me to always have that athletic background.” Flacco said his father, Stephen, disallowed children in the family from playing organized football until sixth grade because he didn’t find it purposeful at such a young age. This rule gave Flacco the flexibility to expose himself to basketball and baseball. He recalled how he loved playing different games with his neighborhood friends on the schoolyard as a kid because it gave him a strong appreciation for sports. “When you’re little you always had that big dream of playing in the NFL,” Flacco said. “I always wanted to be in the NFL. I wanted to be in the NBA, in the MLB. Everything.” Reality quickly wiped those dreams away as Flacco grew up. He played football, basketball and baseball throughout his four years at Eastern High School in Voorhees, New Jersey, but he had to commit to just one sport when entering the college ranks. Flacco committed to football as he joined Western Michigan. In two seasons there, he appeared in 13 games as a backup before walking on to Rutgers

in July of 2017 and recording zero snaps for the Scarlet Knights. As Flacco came off a quiet season, so did Towson. The Tigers compiled a 5-6 record in 2017, and Head Coach Rob Ambrose knew he needed to find not only a quarterback, but a leader as well. Flacco came to Towson as a graduate transfer this June for the last two years of his eligibility, and he has fulfilled Ambrose’s desire for a leader. The Tigers hold a 6-3 overall record this season, already an improvement from their 5-6 record in 2017. “Normally, I have to teach quarterbacks tone and tempo of your voice,” Ambrose said. “He does that already. Everybody understands that he’s competitive. It bleeds into everything.” Flacco, the younger brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, said he understood the implications of playing near Baltimore, but he stressed that his last name and family background have never factored into his decisions. “People put the ‘Joe Flacco’s brother’ [label],” Flacco said. “Just because I’m a Flacco doesn’t mean anything really.” Flacco’s teammates attested to his down to earth demeanor, describing him as funny, intelligent, studious and

mature. “He’s not a guy who thinks he’s too big for the team,” said Shane Leatherbury, redshirt junior wide receiver. “He brings us together.” Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Nico Russolillo said Flacco connects well with his teammates on and off the field. “Tom is not only a great player, but he’s becoming a great friend,” Russolillo said. “He leads not only with his words, but with his actions.” Flacco emphasized that Towson’s success this season is a team effort, but his teammates recognize Flacco’s impact on the team as a motivator. “He doesn’t want anyone to be content with being good,” Leatherbury said. “He always pushes us to be better. We know he’s always going to give his best.” This competitive nature serves to boost Flacco’s ability in his post-football career, whatever that ends up being. “I have to find something that I’m passionate about,” Flacco said. ““I know what I don’t want to be. I don’t want to just be an accountant somewhere. I have an end goal. I want to be the leader of something.”

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women steal win from the pirates CYAN THOMAS Staff Writer

Junior Annemarie Schnoor, senior Haley Sutton, junior Jacki Schoening and senior Ryan Ulrich solidified the women’s domination in the 200-yd medley relay with a time of 1:46.20. The women defeated Seton Hall with a score of 197-103 Saturday afternoon at the Arthur E. Imperatore Natatorium, while the men fell to the same opponent with a score of 162.5-134.5. Schnoor also contributed with two individual wins in the 50-yard freestyle (24.32) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:17.17). Head Coach Jake Shrum tried something different with the team this week in preparation for future meets. “We used the Seton Hall meet to have most of our kids race in their third and fourth best events,” Shrum said. “The girls were a little more successful against Seton Hall

in those secondary events.” Senior Amanda Rosa and junior Maddi Mangum both won individual competitions. Rosa won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06) and Mangum was victorious in the 200-yard butterfly. Sophomore Karlee Carminati and Freshman Sarah Margaret Locke also took individual wins for Towson. Carminati won the 1000-yard freestyle (10:35.21) and Locke clinched the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.18). Senior Emily Wilson was victorious in the 3-meter dive with the high score of 343.75. Also, freshman Suzannah Mills won the 400-yard individual medley (4:31.25). Schoening and Ulrich from the 200-yard medley relay team also clinched individual events. Schoening won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:20.31) while Ulrich was successful in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.01). “Jacki had a big breakthrough in how she swims the 200 breaststroke,” Shrum said. “Suzy Mills continues to have a fantastic freshmen year showing lots of versatility.

The girl divers were tremendous.” For the men’s team, senior Jack Saunderson won the 200-yard butterfly (1:47.41) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:52.29). Junior Owen Robinson, junior Ryan O’Leary, junior Matt Essing and Saunderson came together to gain a victory in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:32.10. Robinson and Essing also won their own individual events. Robinson won the 100-yard breaststroke (51.12), and Essing succeeded in the 50-yard freestyle (20.74). Essing, Saunderson, senior Zach Bishop, and freshman Ryan Baldino joined forces to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:06.61. Next week, the Tigers are headed to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania for the Bucknell Invitational to close out the fall season. “It will be very aggressive in the weight room and we will be doing a lot of race pace and race preparation work.” Shrum said. “Next week we’ll back off the intensity a touch as we head into Bucknell.”

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A Towson swimmer competes in a contest from earlier this season.

oakland losing patience with gruden TIMOTHY KLAPAC Columnist @pacofkla

Since announcing his return to coaching the Oakland Raiders, Jon Gruden has had his fair share of doubters, myself included. Despite being a Super Bowl winning coach that never truly stepped away from the game, spending the last decade as a broadcaster for ESPN, Gruden would have to adjust to a style of professional football that is a stark contrast from the one he left behind. The league’s focus on offense, including the emphasis on protecting the quarterback, was an area of concern for the coach that lead one of the all-time great defenses in the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gruden’s abysmal 1-8 start to the season, including a 34-3 evisceration at the hands of the lowly San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, adds fuel to the fire

for those of us that are convinced he won’t be able to succeed in this comeback. Gruden signed a 10-year contract, which is unheard of for a head coach, and traded away two of Oakland’s most notable players, Kahlil Mack and Amari Cooper. It is clear that the Raiders are rebuilding their franchise in hopes of being competitive by the time they move to Las Vegas in 2020. Even though he is preaching that sunny skies are in the future for Raider fans, I don’t see how that’s possible as long as he is the head coach. Consider when Joe Gibbs returned to coach Washington in 2004. Gibbs had not coached in the NFL in 12 years and his lack of understanding toward the constantly-changing game was clear. Gibbs struggled to properly use coaches’ challenges, often misused his timeouts, and couldn’t replicate the success he had in his first stint with Washington.

Gruden is facing an uphill battle and while the front office is reaffirming their support for him, the clock is ticking. The Davis family is all about winning and

their impatience is why they’ve gone through five head coaches since 2011. While they have agreed to the rebuild for this season, and possibly next season

as well, if this level of football continues into their first season in Sin City, Gruden should be dusting off his microphone and putting the visor away for good.

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Quarterback Derek Carr drops back in the pocket, reads the defense and searches for an open receiver.


November 6, 2018

maine marches past tu


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Redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco scrambles past defenders. The No. 15 Tigers fell 35-28 to No. 23 Maine Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Next, Towson travels to face Elon Saturday at noon.

JORDAN KENDALL Assistant Sports Editor

No. 15 Towson celebrated homecoming all week, but the Tigers could not celebrate Saturday afternoon, falling to No. 23 Maine 35-28 at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Black Bears (5-3, 4-1 CAA) got out to an early 14 point lead, the Tigers (6-3, 4-2 CAA) fought back, but could not pull it out. Head Coach Rob Ambrose said he was impressed with his team’s effort in the face of a 14-point deficit at halftime, but noted that the team needs that kind of effort on a consistent basis. “[I’m] proud of our guys and how they responded,” Ambrose said. “We were an entirely different team in the second half, more like the team we’ve been all year. We have to do 60 minutes of our job, not just a great 30 minutes or a great quarter or a great series here or there.” Maine began its dominant play on the first play from scrimmage as redshirt freshman running back Ramon Jefferson ripped off a 29-yard run. Sophomore quarterback Chris Ferguson followed with a 27-yard strike to set up junior wide receiver Earnest Edwards for a seven-yard

touchdown reception. The Tigers failed to get anything going on offense, held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time this season. The Black Bears continued their hot start early in the second quarter as Edwards caught his second touchdown of the game from 46 yards out. Just as Maine looked to have the momentum, a short kickoff allowed sophomore defensive back Coby Tippett to return for 48 yards. Redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco took advantage of the short field, connecting with junior running back Yeedee Thaenrat for a 22-yard gain to put the team in the red zone. On the next play, Flacco rolled left and found sophomore wide receiver Jabari Allen for a 14-yard touchdown to make the score 14-7. Flacco threw an interception on Towson’s next drive, but redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Bryce Carter recorded a strip sack to prevent Maine from capitalizing on the ensuing drive. After exchanging punts, the Black Bears added to their lead as Jefferson exploded for a 64-yard touchdown run to take a 21-7 lead going into the break. The Tigers looked much better starting the second half, as redshirt junior running back Shane Simpson

caught a 21-yard pass from Flacco to set Towson up in the red zone. The drive stalled, however, and junior kicker Aiden O’Neill hit a 36 yard field goal to cut Maine’s lead to 21-10. After Flacco’s second interception of the game, the Black Bears added to their lead as Jefferson scored his second touchdown from two yards out to extend their lead, 28-10. Flacco responded with a quick drive, connecting with Simpson on a 26-yard touchdown pass. Towson executed a two-point conversion to cut the deficit, 28-18. - To read the rest of this article online, visit

Junior outside hitter helped Towson clinch a playoff berth in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament with her efforts in the team’s 3-0 sweep of Elon Friday night at SECU Arena. She finished the match with 11 kills and four blocks.





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