The Towerlight (October 16, 2018)

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October 16, 2018

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October 16, 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 Alex Helms Meg Hudson Jessica Ricks Anthony Petro Keri Luise Glenn Kaplan Sophia Bates Timothy Klapac Albert Ivory Suzanne Stuller John Hack

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Staff Photographers Simon Enagonio Lacey Wall Brittany Whitham Isaiah Freeman Lexi Thompson Nikki Hewins Owen DiDonna Tiffany Deboer




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Join us to laugh and learn about the “big O,” the most popular topic sex educators Rachel Dart and Marshall Miller teach about! Orgasm aficionados and beginners of all genders are welcome to come learn about everything from multiple orgasms to that mysterious G-spot.

Stephens Hall Theatre, 7 p.m.


Meet with fellow Towson faculty, staff and students to take a 1-mile walk in the heart of campus every Thursday in October.

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The Albert S. Cook Library and the Center for Student Diversity invite you to share your stories in the form of a Human Book on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct.17, from noon to 4 p.m. in the University Union, rooms 314–316.

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ramifications of this insight, and address the most human of questions, ‘Where did we come from?’

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October 16, 2018

U.S.-Saudi relations hurt CONNOR McNAIRN Columnist

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who writes a column for the Washington Post, disappeared on the afternoon of Oct. 2. Khashoggi’s disappearance made international headlines when, while attempting to secure paperwork necessary to marry his Turkish fiancé, the journalist went missing inside of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. As the story gained international traction throughout this past week, differing explanations presented by both the Turkish and Saudi governments heightened its degree of mystery. According to the Turkish version, Khashoggi was intentionally lured to the consulate, kidnapped, murdered and even potentially dismembered by Saudi operatives. In striking contrast, Riyadh claims that the event was fabricated by its political enemies, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar and Turkey itself. Khashoggi’s disappearance comes at a time when liberal institutions, namely those driven by the press in an effort to maintain governmental transparency, have fallen under attack. Press freedoms, which are absolutely crucial in maintaining governmental legitimacy and ensuring accountability, have been threatened globally by increasingly authoritarian leaders, not the least of which include Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, China’s Xi Jinping and even Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But in Khashoggi’s case, the international community seems to have shed an increasingly bright light on Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) treatment of the media as well as human rights efforts more broadly. MBS has found himself in hot international waters in past, ranging from his spat with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which stemmed from the detention of a women’s rights activist, to his locking up of Saudi businessmen which deeply harmed Riyadh’s global business prospects.

It is, therefore, no stretch of the imagination to contemplate bin Salman’s potential order to dispose of an internationally respected Washington Post columnist who was notoriously critical of Saudi leadership. When events like these rock the global community, devising responsible yet effective diplomatic responses becomes increasingly vital for key international actors; the United States is no exception. Thus far, President Trump has remained fairly measured regarding Khashoggi’s disappearance. In a recent “60 Minutes” interview conducted by CBS’s Lesley Stahl, President Donald Trump vowed that “severe punishment” would befall the Saudi government if it was, in fact, found responsible for Khashoggi’s potential death. And, naturally, in response to President Trump’s declaration, the Saudi Kingdom both denied responsibility for Khashoggi’s disappearance and affirmed that if the U.S. should pursue any policy harmful to Riyadh, it would not shy away from escalating tensions in the form of economic separation. At the center of this conundrum exists a key economic relationship (revolving around oil) for both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. What is more, the U.S. has also been active abroad in aiding Saudi military ventures, namely in the current Yemeni Civil War. The United States, then, is currently faced with a predicament that both fundamentally questions its loyalty to domestic freedom yet potentially compromises its economic interests abroad. The U.S. Congress, through bipartisan declaration, has already called for a potential reduction in both economic and diplomatic dealings with the kingdom following Khashoggi’s disappearance. Within the coming weeks, major decisions made by Congress through punitive measures or the president via diplomacy, may shift the foundations of U.S.-Saudi relations and alter the projection of American influence in the greater Middle East.

Jealous of Hogan yet, Ben?

Hogan has 18-point lead for last month of campaigns MATTHEW PIPKIN Columnist @MattPipkinJr

The most recent Gonzales poll came out last Monday, and its results were quite compelling. Governor Larry Hogan stands with a commanding 18-point lead going into the final month of campaigning before t he election on Nov. 6. In this age of hyper-pol a r i z a tion, it’s mind-boggling to see that 35 percent of registered democrats in Maryland say that they will be voting to re-elect a Republican governor. How could this have happened? Well, look no further than the snake oil salesman that strolled into town from California to be the democratic gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Ben Jealous. His extravagant ideas have real-life consequences to them, and so far, it seems like Marylanders just are not buying them. And why should t hey? Maryland is doing very well right now, with nearly every

economic indicator increasing from the “spend and tax” days of the O’Malley administration. Hogan has rejuvenated a poor Maryland economy, bringing it back from the cusp of despair to a more reliable place to start and operate a business. Working with Comptroller Peter Franchot, Hogan has used executive measures to cut the red tape, fees a n d regu-

lation t h a t c o n stricted Maryland business growth for far too long. Jealous’ attacks on Hogan for Virginia’s job growth are unwarranted, as he has not able to reduce taxes with the stout democratic supermajorities in the State House. Even with this burden on his back, Hogan was able to help create 100,000 jobs in Maryland over the course of his four-year term. With Maryland doing as well as it is, why make such a radical change in the direction for the state? According

to Jealous, now would be the most opportune time to double the state budget. His ideas of Medicare-for-all at the state level and free college tuition for all public universities and colleges sound wonderful, or at least until you have to pay the bill. How are we supposed to pay it? Well, how about we simply release roughly 1/3 of the prison population in Maryland (including violent offenders) and pray that legalizing marijuana will hopefully cover everything. Even if either of these things happen, they will not come close to covering all the programs that Jealous has brought to the table. At the end of the day, it will be the taxpayers of Maryland who will be stuck with the bill. These ideas presented by Jealous are not just over the top; they are downright dangerous. Even when I ignore to discuss his personal issues as a candidate, these risks alone that Jealous is willing to take should be enough to disqualify him as a viable candidate for the governorship. Hogan has done an excellent job serving as a counter weight to the state house, bringing balance and bipartisanship back into the limelight in Maryland. My plea to everyone reading this: if it has to be only one Republican you are voting for this midterm, make sure it’s for Hogan.

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Governor Larry Hogan is going up for re-election for Maryland governor against Democrat Ben Jealous. Hogan is going into the last month of campaigns with an 18-point lead against Jealous.


October 16, 2018

How to be a better ally SAMUEL SMITH Columnist

National Coming Out Day is Oct. 11 every year. This is a day where we celebrate “coming out of the closet” as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. It’s also a day many choose to come out themselves. If you’re not LGBTQ+, you can still celebrate Coming Out Day by being a better ally to those around you who are. First, don’t ask invasive questions. I know it’s tempting, but please do research before asking questions, and ask yourself: would I be comfortable if someone else was asking me this? If so, continue with your question. If you wouldn’t be comfortable,

then it’s pretty likely the other person wouldn’t be comfortable either. Also, ask the person you’re speaking to if they’re comfortable answering questions. Some people are, some people aren’t. Respect their decision. Some people have reasons why they don’t like being questioned, while others simply just don’t want to be. No means no. Accept that and respect that. I know research can sound academic and heavy, but please do your research. There are many great sites, such as GLSEN (Gay and Lesbian Student Education Network) and PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), along with tons of other websites, books, and videos on issues pertaining to LGBTQ lives and issues. Google is free, utilize it.

Natural disasters no longer natural KAYLA HUNT Columnist

Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael have all affected the United States since 2017. Many experts are informing the public to put an end to the overuse of the term “natural disasters.” They are pushing for people to drop the “natural” part of the phrase because nature is not solely to blame. Disaster experts are claiming that the term “natural disasters” imply that the hurricanes are a result of nature and that we do not play a part in the formation of these horrific storms. Experts contend that by blaming these disasters on nature it portrays a message that nothing can be done to reduce the risk of these storms, which isn’t true.

One of the main reasons why these hurricanes are becoming worse is due to climate changewhich is a result of the activities of humans. The increase in temperature on Earth has led to an increase in the intensity of the wind and water present in the recent hurricanes. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) lists a multitude of ways people can reduce climate change, including taking shorter showers, turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth, unplugging devices when they are not in use and reducing food waste. To find out more information on how you can play your part in reducing climate change, the NRDC has more information on their website. We all participate in global warming in some shape or form, so we should strive to participate in making our home healthy again.

Be aware of your biases. Whether you’re white, cisgender, heterosexual or another “majority” status, you have some biases that are ingrained in your mind. This is of no fault of your own, but the fault of systemic hierarchies within society. Be aware of and wary of your biases. Learn what they are and how to overcome them. Challenge the system. Whether this is doing work in your community to assist LGBTQ+ folks, calling out your homophobic uncle or just making a Twitter post to say you’re here, do the work to help others. The Center for Student Diversity is a great resource on campus, utilize it! Amplify the voices of LGBTQ folks around you. Don’t speak over us, speak with us. Listen.




October 16, 2018

Towson begins Union renovations KERI LUISE Staff Writer @keri_luise

The University Union is going to get its first renovation and expansion since the building was originally opened in 1972. The Union is going to become one of the most “vibrant centers for student life” on campus. The roughly $84 million project, to be completed by fall 2021, will include a 171,000 square foot renovation with an 85,000 square foot addition. “The changes at the Union that began this summer and will become more apparent in coming weeks, are all visible elements of forward progress at Towson University,” said Sean Welsh, Director of Media Relations and News at Towson University. “The Union renovation, coupled with other campus construction, is the tangible product of TU investing more than $700 million into the physical campus over a seven-year period,” Welsh said The renovations and additions to the Union will have expanded event, dining and student group spaces along with a more open interior design. There will be a 300-seat auditorium and movie theater, a new food market with seven new venues like Dunkin Donuts and Chick-Fil-A, a 15,000 square foot ballroom, an expanded Career Center and double the student activity space within the new Union. Since the start of construction in August, the University has put out detour notifications around campus and has a construction map online showing accessible pedestrian routes around the University Union until February 2020. Despite this, some students are still struggling to adjust to the new detours. Junior Val Kellett still believes the detours are the most inconvenient part of the new Union renovations. “The detours definitely can make getting to class harder than it needs to be,” she said. “And it’s not the prettiest thing to look at.

It’s a huge area of construction and takes a lot away from the campus.” Despite the inconveniences of construction, Towson University President Kim Schatzel stressed that renovations will have positive long-term effects. “I will not apologize for cones and cranes,” Schatzel said. “It’s a symbol of confidence in the university. It’s a symbol of the vitality of the university. It’s a symbol that your degree will be worth more in five years than it is now.” To keep portions of the Union open to students while construction is ongoing, the project has been scheduled in two phases. Phase one includes the addition to the original building which will house an open food market and a new main entrance along Towson Way. By next fall, phase two of the renovations will begin within the already existing portions of the building. “Our phased construction efforts have been planned so as to take into account the many uses of the Union building, and to minimize the impacts to our campus community,” Welsh said. Throughout these construction changes the University Store (Ustore), housed in the Union, is working to ensure they have no closures of their services at any time. “Construction is challenging for any business, but we have spent a lot of time planning here at the Ustore and are committed to continuing to offer all of our products and services,” said Stacy Elofir, the University Store Director. Within the next few weeks, as phase one of construction will begin to occur, the Ustore will be making the necessary accommodations to temporarily relocate to the second floor of the Union. “The University Store has taken this opportunity to make changes to the layout of the store that will maximize space and be able to serve even more students in the most convenient way possible allowing for growth for the future,” Elofir said. “The completed Ustore will be reorganized, updated and will be ready to serve the Towson

Top Photo: Brendan Felch/ The Towerlight | Bottom Photo: Courtesy of University Architecture

TU is preparing to renovate the University Union for the first time since its opening in 1972. The top photo shows the Union as it is now while the bottom photo shows what it is projected to look like. community for the future.” Kellett is looking forward to these new changes and general expansions of student spaces within the Union. “I think the extra space will give people more of an opportunity to hang out with friends on campus and meet up,” she said. Although dining services within the Union have not been interrupted as of yet, they will also be

during the Union renovation,” Welsh said. “Paws will be operational until near the end of the construction project.” Towson University Junior Marissa Sullivan believes “all of the new dining options will be a huge plus,” but the construction part of it may be difficult to work around. “The Union dining is a central location for everyone to get food

Welsh said. The Union Garage will remain open during the building’s renovation project. Detours throughout campus may change during the construction process, and pedestrians should follow posted signs for detour updates and building access. “The remodeling of the Union will overhaul the most utilized building on campus, modernizing

greatly impacted in the end by the building’s construction. “The Union expansion will include a new food market on the second floor — part of which will be located in the new section,” Welsh said. “The design has been inspired by food courts in downtown Baltimore, such as R. House in Remington.” While dining services will be under construction in different phases, accommodations will be made to ensure that students will have access to different dining areas on campus. “The Glen Dining Hall will be redesigned to accommodate for student needs at lunch time

and that will just be a big inconvenience for students that have to be on campus all day,” she said. But, according to Welsh, once the dining services in the Union are finally new and improved, “The new U will provide a more desirable dining experience for students.” “In addition, modernizations to The Glen dining area — which are being done to accommodate the transition — will include the introduction of a new touch screen technology being used on campus for the first time,” Welsh said. The new technology will revolve around the idea that students will be able to customize their order and get a meal that is ready to go,

it and expanding it to better serve a growing student population,” Welsh said. “We can’t wait to see the end product.” Towson also has construction for a new field hockey complex on campus. There will be renovations on south campus athletic fields to include this new complex. It will be situated between the softball field and the tennis courts currently behind the Towson Center. The aim for this project and other facility enhancements is to provide championship-quality facilities for Towson’s student-athletes and the community. - To read the rest of this article online, visit


October 16, 2018

SAPE increases awareness

Purple flags draw attention to domestic violence ALBERT IVORY Staff Writer @Intellectu_Al

The Sexual Assault Peer Educators (SAPE) placed flags in front of Cook Library in early October to spread awareness about Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The flags, which are purple to represent survivors of domestic violence, are meant to show the number of Towson students that could be in or have been in an unhealthy relationship. Robbins, as part of her assistantship program, helps manage and handle the logistics of SAPE. “This year we bought the flags, but in the past the wellness peer eds made the flags, which took many weeks,” said Rebecca Robbins, the head of SAPE and a graduate assistant from the Health Center. “There are 6,677 purple flags...that is the amount of Towson students who could potentially be in an unhealthy relationship.” Domestic Violence Awareness Mont h stemmed from t he “Day of Unity” that was held in October 1981 and was organized by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The purpose was connect activists across the nation that were working to end violence against women and children. The Day of Unity soon became a week filled with programs and activities until October

1987, which was when the first “I think it helps to physically Domestic Violence Awareness see that this many people can Month was observed. be, in fact, in danger in a domesRobbins said that this is an initic violence situation,” Razaq-Lee tiative from SAPE to “draw awaresaid. “I like the way they [SAPE] ness to domestic violence because used the physical space to demonmajority of college students fall in strate that. I would like to know the age bracket more about where individhow t hey uals are most will prevent likely to be in it or what an unhealthy steps they’re relationship.” taking for R o b b i n s students. said that the Overall, I do issue is importappreciate ant because it.” unhealthy relaS e n i o r tionships can and health be dangerous. sciences “We want major Miyah Towson stuOverton also dents to be feels t he aware of demonstrat he impact tion is a good unhealthy relaway to draw REBECCA ROBBINS a t t e n t i o n tionships can Health Center Graduate Assistant have on an indito domesvidual, but also tic violence how to recognize an unhealthy statistics, “especially when the relationship and how to make a prevalence is so high on college relationship as healthy as possicampuses.” ble,” Robbins said If you are in crisis, there are Signs also line the area, citing many ways to reach out for help. facts and statistics about domesTowson University Police (410tic violence. Each of the signs has 704-4444) and local police (911) the hashtag #xoutrelationshipviare available to respond to emerolence written on it. gencies. Students can also talk to Junior and cultural studies an advocate or learn more about major Sherifa Razaq-Lee said that reporting and healing options by she has always loved seeing the contacting TurnAround’s 24-hour flags because she feels they act as helpline (443-279-0379) or TU a wake-up call for many. Counseling Center (410-704-2512).

We want Towson students to be aware of the impact unhealthy relationships can have on an individual.

Oct. 13: A victim was approached and assaulted by four juvenile suspects in an attempted robbery at 7200 block of Falls Road. Oct. 11: A robbery occured when the victim was grabbed by the arm and an armed suspect demanded the victims cash and phoneat Loch Raven and Glen Keith boulevards. Oct. 11: A mobile phone last seen on campus was tracked by the owner and found at an off campus location in the Union Garage. Oct. 11: An officer checking on the wellbeing of a motorist discovered marijuana and paraphernalia. The non-affiliate was cited for under 10 grams of marijuana and the associated paraphernalia on Emerson Drive. Oct. 10: The smell of marijuana resulted in a resident student cited for under 10 grams of marijuana and another referred to Student Conduct for possession of alcohol in Clara Barton House. Oct. 10: A theft from a cubicle shelf was reported in the Administration Building. Oct. 9: A campus security authority referred one students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Glen Complex Tower D. Oct. 9: A campus security authority referred four students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Glen Complex Tower B. Oct. 9: A campus security authority referred two students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Glen Complex Tower B. Oct. 9: A campus security authority referred three students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Glen Complex Tower B. Oct. 9: A campus security authority referred five students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Glen Complex Tower B. Oct. 9: A campus security authority referred 11 students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Residence Tower. Oct. 9: A campus security authority referred five students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in Glen Complex Tower B. Oct. 7: A student trespassed into a room to retrieve personal property in Glen Complex Tower C. Oct. 7: A resident student was the victim of a checking fraud scheme in Residence Tower. Oct. 6: Found property resulted in a non-affiliate cited for marijuana under 10 grams at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

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Towson’s Sexual Assault Awarness Peer Educators place purple flags in front of Cook Library in October to help raise awareness of domestic violence as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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10 October 16, 2018

Arts & Life

Usher’s surprise album drops TIMOTHY COFFMAN Columnist

Usher Raymond is one of the most prevalent R&B stars to come out of the 2000s. For the past few years, Usher has been consistent while not necessarily breaking any new ground as an artist. After rumblings in the past week, Usher made an announcement that a new album would be dropping at midnight on Oct. 12, and he made good by delivering this surprise release, “A.” However, this new album is a different venture for Usher, being a collaborative effort between him and fellow Atlanta producer Zaytoven. With a new producer in tow, the question on every fan’s mind is how these two artists’ styles will work off each other. To start, the layout of the record is very similar to the trend of “flash

albums” that have been coming out as of late, such as “Kids See Ghosts” and their album of the same name, Pusha T’s “Daytona”, and Kanye West’s “Ye.” While this may leave the album feeling disjointed, I feel that this works to the album’s advantage by trimming the fat off the track listing and letting the higher-quality songs be included. Though the production of Usher and guest artists like Future sounds pristine, I can see this production style becoming dated in a few years. Also, I feel that guest artists Future and Gunna are somewhat misplaced on songs where Usher could have easily carried the entire track. However, this works to the advantage of some songs like “ATA,” whose wordless vocal hook is probably the best on the entire record. Also, I feel that the lyrics are a bit off for an artist of Usher’s stature. While

he has built a reputation as being a womanizer, Usher’s verses do seem to be a tad stale as the album progresses. While songs like “She Ain’t Tell Ya” shows his braggadocious nature in a clear way, songs like “Birthday” and “Peace Sign” just seem as if Usher is on auto-pilot. However, tracks like “Say What U Want” show Usher as a mature lover asking for forgiveness from his partner. This is a welcome breath of fresh air from the rest of the subject matter, and harkens back to songs like “Confessions” from the mid-2000s when Usher would be much more introspective with his lyrics. Overall, the album is incredibly lopsided, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that I disliked the experience. This album does have many flaws, but a few tracks show the mature ladies’ man that Usher has grown into. - To read the rest of this column online, visit

Mixtape disappoints rap fans ABYAN NERY Contributing Writer

War has been declared and the “Attack of the Clones” has started. More specifically, the new Lil Baby and Gunna album, “Drip Harder,” has dropped. If you think they sound like a certain Atlanta rapper who goes by the name of Young Thug, congratulations! These two rappers are disciples and students of Thug as both are signed to his record label, YSL Records. “Drip Harder” is part of a burgeoning and new sub-genre within rap music that I personally like to call “trap ASMR.” When I first listened to this album, I actually thought the first song on it, “Off White VLONE,” was actually not that bad. It was kind of catchy, and sort of entertaining. That feeling was quickly dashed as I realized that every song following it was an auditory carbon copy of the opening track. “Drip Harder” is 38 minutes of essentially one song being repeated 13 times, as it is clear Baby and Gunna found a formula and sound that was constantly reapplied to all tracks. What connects all of these tracks lyrically is a checklist these two rappers must have made before they started

working on this album, as each song is them finding new ways to repeat the same lines over and over. “Off White VLONE” talks about how much money Gunna and Baby have, how much lean they both sip, how successful they are, how they came from nothing and how many women they are sleeping with whom, as it should be noted, do NOT wear Uggs. Funny enough, that is almost exactly what the next track is about. And the next. And the next. To put it simply, this album is boring and unexceptional. I didn’t expect

much from this album before I first listened to it and yet, am somehow still disappointed. The very first listen of this album literally made me fall asleep, which unless that’s what they were going for, is not a good sign. With cookie-cutter production and such throwaway struggle lines like “we gon’ stick together like assigned seats” and “I got sauce like spaghetti,” this album manages to go above and beyond the call of duty of mediocrity. I advise listening to this album if you have trouble sleeping at night.

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New rappers Lil’ Baby and Gunna worked jointly to release the mixtape “Drip Harder” with Young Thug’s record label, YSL.

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“God Friended Me,” a new show on CBS, takes a look at the idea of religion and faith within the modern, technological world.

Freedom of religion ALEX HELMS Assistant Arts & Life Editor

Religion is never an easy subject to tackle. One’s faith can be a deeply personal relationship so closely tied to culture, and when disagreements arise over such life-affirming beliefs, it can feel wounding if your worldview and identity is rejected. However, even though aggressive non-believers exist, a lack of faith is not attack on faith, nor is it simply a repressed, resentful form of faith pretending to not believe in something which it actually hates. Despite this, these are ideas present in many pieces of popular Christian media, such as the box-office hit “God’s Not Dead,” which was coincidentally satirized on the 30th season premiere of “The Simpsons.” The surprising success of religious films like “God’s Not Dead,” that literally villainize atheists as bitter Godhaters, along with the revitalization of conservative voices in this country have likely lead to the creation of CBS’s latest comedy-drama “God Friended Me.” The show follows the life of Miles Finer (Brandon Micheal Hall), a vehement atheist who finds himself mysteriously connected to strangers in need through messages sent from a Facebook account known only as “God.” Even with a young lead cast and a social media heavy premise, “God Friended Me” feels tailored to a much older audience. In the first episode, Finer’s’ friend Rakesh Sehgal (Suraj Sharma) complains about how dating apps like Tinder and Bumble only make people his age miserable.

Finer, speaking to an older man in the episode but practically turning directly to the audience, remarks, “Be glad you didn’t grow up with social media.” It’s Sehgal’s parents, not new apps for young adults, who find love for their son with older cultural practices, setting him up with an Indian woman they approve of. Finer’s podcast, “Millenial Prophet,” is also criticized by a parental figure, his reverend father no less. In his father’s eyes, Finer is “taking away people’s hope,” not even helping anyone on an individual level. And it is through the course of the episode that he learns just how he should help people and give people hope, through “God.” Living under the same roof as someone in the church, Finer was raised religious, but as a child, he lost his mother in a cruelly ironic accident - a car crash on the way home from a life-saving cancer remission diagnosis. Finer’s atheism is portrayed as deep anger rather than disbelief. When he claims that his father is lying to the people he claims to help in church, the Reverend concludes that, “What I know is… is that you’re angry.” And just like the other child-parent subplot within the episode where a woman resented the parent who had abandoned her as a child, a clear metaphor for Finer’s central religious conflict, the two characters were able to reconcile. The reasons for believing or not believing in God should not be easily dismissed, but a show that thinks little of irreligious people and the intelligence of younger generations might be.

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October 16, 2018

Black lives versus police in MD MATT MCDONALD Columnist

“Charm City” is a documentary about an ongoing problem our nation faces today: the struggle between African Americans and the police. Giving an inside look at the everyday lives of those on either end, and the struggles and heartbreak that comes with them, this film raises more questions and issues than it does answers and solutions. The film tracks several storylines, interweaving them so thoughtfully, the audience is called to seriously reflect on these issues. The lives include a community living on Rose Street, especially Alex Long, a huge enforcer of street cleaning and children’s education and well-being, and Clayton “Mr. C” Guyton, the neighborhood’s fatherly figure that keeps everybody on the right path; the local police station, especially Officer Eric Winston and Major Monique Brown, someone who has been on both sides, growing up in the area but now on the force; and Councilman Brandon Scott, the youngest elected official to that position. “Charm City” is definitely the film we need right now. By the end, I’d found myself so wrapped up in the stories and found the issues so nationally common, I’d completely forgotten this is happening all in my hometown. On one side, there’s the community on Rose Street, who could not be more of a family, having morning meetings and prayer sessions, giving the kids resources, and helping and supporting

each other in tragedy. When they’ve decided the police do not do enough and seem to not care about the bigger issues, they take it upon themselves to keep the streets not only clean, but safe. On the other side, you have the police, who are constantly on patrol, wanting to see the city safe, and engaging with the community, but also have the evidence of acting unjustly without cause, accusing with no proof, and stereotyping and profiling. Finally, there is Scott, who is in the middle of it all, trying to do what he can to bring together the two sides and settle these issues. There are many shocking moments in this documentary. Many tragic, frustrating, and enraging moments. But there are also hopeful ones. My favorite moment was when an officer was observing a huddled group of people around what might have been something illegal, but they were just playing chess on the stairs. Not only did this show how quickly we can assume, but it showed a great moment of the two sides interacting positively. I’m glad the filmmakers showed both sides thoroughly, the struggles both sides endure, how it’s not on one person or another, but the community as a whole. It shows there are major flaws in the system that need to be fixed, or at least acknowledged and worked on, and, as one scene shows, this can only begin to happen by bringing together both sides and having those conversations, big or small. I loved this documentary, how relevant and necessary it is right now, and how credible it is, just presenting the stories and letting them do the talking. It’s beautifully shot, very moving, and most importantly, incredibly empowering and motivating to start

taking some action, even if it’s just with a simple conversation. ---------------------On Oct. 2, I had the opportunity to interview the director of “Charm City,” Marilyn Ness, as well as two of the film’s subjects, Rose Street citizen Alex Long and Major Monique Brown at the Parkway Theater in Baltimore. I started off by asking what it took to make a documentary, both from on camera and behind it. Ness said that it takes not only “radical patience,” but that as a director of a documentary, in which there is a mixture of narrative preparation and real-life spontaneity, you have to hope you have the camera pointed the right way and that the story unfolds. Ness stressed that making a documentary involves being open with the subjects and spending time with them beforehand to create that mutual trust. Long emphasized this trust, adding that when that bond exists, and the subjects are comfortable, it’s easy— people will genuinely be themselves. He also commented that when the cameras began rolling, it was like hideand-go-seek, and the many people in the house suddenly became only a few. Lastly, Brown brought up that courage is definitely necessary to make sure that these new stories need to be told to the world, not in a negative light, but in a hopeful one, and vulnerability is critical to this. I then asked what it was that kept each of them motivated, especially in times of struggle or tragedy. Long jumped right in, stating that the struggles and tragedy are his motivation. He pointed out that there is always work; it’s never-ending. - To read the rest of this column



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Living with vaginismus MEGAN CLARK Contributing Writer

When I was about 16 years old, I tried to put in a tampon for the first time. Key word: tried. I had my period for several years at this time, but used pads as my form of protection. Using tampons was a much more difficult method for me, and I didn’t know why. I asked my pediatrician for advice, but to no avail. My mom brought me to her gynecologist to make sure everything was okay. Lying on that table at such a young age, pants and underwear on the chair beside me, staring at the ceiling with a bright light at my private areas - it was humiliating. I was so young and naive. The gynecologist told me there was nothing wrong, I was “just anxious.” She suggested I try using tampons again but on a later, heavier day of my period. Surprisingly, this didn’t work either. It wasn’t until I started seeing Maryam Awan, MD, an obstetrician and gynecologist in Cecil County, that I finally found some relief. She made me feel comfortable and safe on the cold inspection table. My legs in the stirrups felt completely normal after she assured me that it is. She was the doctor that decided to put me under full anesthesia in order to examine me properly. I was not able to handle the speculum or even her gloved fingers. It wasn’t until later on that I learned that it wasn’t just me being “anxious,” that my difficulties were beyond my control due to a medical condition: vaginismus. Vaginismus, a common but not well-known condition, occurs when a woman is unable to tolerate penetration in her vagina. Women with vaginismus cannot tolerate sexual intercourse, and in some cases, gynecological exams or tampon insertion. According to Rosemary Basson, MD, a clinical professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada, vaginismus is the “involuntary contraction of muscles around the opening of the vagina...with no abnormalities in the [organ].” This happens even if the woman desires intercourse. Basson continues, explaining that vaginismus can occur constantly in women with no relief, and develop gradually over time for others. For example, if a woman’s first time having sex is particularly painful, her body may react in the same fashion during any subsequent sexual encounters. As someone who lives with vaginismus every day, I wish to share my experiences with the public to

normalize the condition. It took three different doctors and nearly four years to diagnose me, claiming that I was “just anxious” or “scared of intimacy” when this is not at all the case. There are two types of vaginismus: primary and secondary. Deborah Wilson, MD, a gynecologist certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, explains that primary vaginismus occurs “when vaginal penetration has never been achieved,” and secondary vaginismus is “when [penetration] was once achieved, but is no longer possible.” She says this is potentially due to trauma, radiation and sometimes issues with surgeries. Bottom line: there’s no real cause or reason for vaginismus. There are many treatment options for this condition, including education of sex, therapy and exercising. Relaxation techniques and hypnosis are other common therapies used to treat vaginismus. Feeling relaxed can help the woman feel more comfortable and safe with intercourse. Relationships are tricky enough as is. When you add in the inability to have penetrative sex, a whole new barrier can create ridges. What’s important is to keep communication open and honest. Many women attend counseling with their partners as part of their treatment to not only educate partners, but to create a safe space for honesty. My boyfriend has been so careful and understanding through this process. At 18 years old, we were eager to explore our sexualities. Now at the age of 22, we know what is and what is not possible for us right now. Keeping open communication and letting each other know what feels good and what doesn’t has made a world of difference in our personal relationship. Dr. Awon, recommends using a dilator or performing kegel exercises as treatment. Using a dilator can help get a woman used to the feeling of penetration, while doing kegel exercises can strengthen the pelvic floor and allow the woman to better control her muscle contractions during sex. Vaginismus is not the end of the world. There are plenty of other ways to be intimate with a partner. According to a 2017 survey by Women’s Therapy Center, of 1,460 women with vaginismus surveyed, 40 percent were single or in a relationship and 60 percent were married. If you have vaginismus, you are not alone. Women’s Therapy Center estimates nearly 947,000 women suffer from vaginismus. Women just don’t talk about it. So speak up and spread the word that this is a totally normal condition and nothing to be ashamed of.

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October 16, 2018


Tigers tame Tribe

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Redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco reads the defense during an earlier game this season. The Tigers improved to 5-1 on the season and 3-0 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play with a 29-13 win over William & Mary Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Towson will take on Albany Saturday afternoon at Tom and Mary Casey Stadium.

JORDAN KENDALL Assistant Sports Editor

The Tigers celebrated family weekend with a 29-13 victory over William & Mary Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. After forcing a punt on the opening drive, Towson (5-1, 3-0 CAA) marched its offense to the red zone before junior kicker Aiden O’Neill missed a field goal. The Tigers bounced back as quickly as redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco got into a rhythm, completing two passes to redshirt senior wide receiver Sam Gallahan to get back in the red zone. Taking advantage of a facemask penalty on the Tribe, Flacco ran for 14 yards and sophomore running back Kobe Young capped off the drive with a touchdown to put Towson up 7-0. O’Neill hit a 46 yard field goal to start the second quarter

giving the Tigers an early double digit lead. Midway through the quarter, Flacco lost the ball on a strip sack, but Towson recovered. Coming off a strong performance last week in which he recorded a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, redshirt junior running back Shane Simpson caught a pass for 23 yards to put the Tigers inside Tribe territory. Despite Towson gaining momentum, the drive stalled and O’Neill’s kick was blocked and returned for a touchdown. The Tribe missed the ensuing extra point. With two minutes left before halftime, junior running back Albert Funderburke caught a 27-yard pass to get the Tribe in Towson territory. Funderburke finished off the drive with a goal line rushing touchdown to give William & Mary a 13-10 advantage going into the break. Head Coach Rob Ambrose stressed

that he wasn’t satisfied with the effort he saw in the first half. “That’s not the standard we expected from ourselves,” Ambrose said. After both teams exchanged punts to begin the second half, Towson marched down the field on its second drive of the period. Simpson ran in from nine yards out to regain the lead for the Tigers. On Towson’s next drive, Flacco peeled off on a 35-yard run to put the team in scoring position, but a failed fourth down conversion halted the drive. After this stop, Dean Rotger entered the game at quarterback for the Tribe and immediately took a shot deep. This led to a defensive holding and a first down, but William and Mary failed to take advantage and punted. Flacco looked to bounce back from

the last failed drive as he scrambled for 17 yards and completed a 14-yard pass to redshirt junior wide receiver Brent Richardson to put Towson in scoring position heading into the fourth quarter. The Tigers capitalized on the good field position as sophomore wide receiver Jabari Allen made an impressive one-handed catch in the back corner of the endzone to give the team a sizeable 23-13 lead. “That might be one of the best catches in this stadium’s history,” Ambrose said. “It’s a bold statement but an honest statement.” Midway through the quarter, the Tribe missed a 35-yard field goal and junior running back Yeedee Thaenrat busted off a 53-yard touchdown run to seal the win for Towson. Ambrose said that play was reminiscent of when Towson alum Terrance West played for the team.

“It was the same call Terrence made his money on while he was here,” Ambrose said. Next, Towson heads to upper New York to take on Albany in the first of a two-game road trip. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Tom and Mary Casey Stadium.

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Sophomore Will Canny, the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Year in the 2017 season, led the Tigers to victory in Saturday’s season opener with a win in the 1-meter diving event, scoring a 252.30. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated Georgetown with scores of 172-126 and 199-100 respectively, avenging their loss against them last season. However, the women’s team lost to James Madison by a score of 142-158. “The opening relay was extremely close.”, said Head Coach Jake Shrum about the loss to James Madison. “That event alone would have made the meet a point away from being even. There were some other tight races, but I feel like who came out on top between our two teams was pretty evenly split.” For the men’s team, senior Jack Saunderson won the 200-yard freestyle (1:42:20) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:50:83). Saunderson was joined by juniors Owen Robinson, Ryan O’Leary and Matt Essing to clinch the 200-yard medley relay win (1:30:97). Saunderson, Essing, freshman Ryan Baldino and senior Evan Brophy paddled to an easy victory in the 400-yard relay (3:08:00).

O’Leary also took the win in the 100yard breaststroke (57.84). Sophomore Nick McClure captured the 200-yard butterfly (1:52:93) and tied for first with graduate student Spencer Franklin in the 100-yard butterfly event (51:53). “On the women’s side our breaststrokers, Kalyn Fetter, Amanda Rosa, and Jacki Schoening, were fantastic,” Shrum said. “Meghan Jones, Annemarie Schnoor and Susie Mills all had great meets as well. Our divers were strong, especially bouncing back from off dives. For the men, Jack Saunderson had four awesome swims, as did Matt Essing.” On the women’s team, junior Jacki Schoening got the gears rolling with victories in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke. Junior Sarah-Margaret Locke followed with a win in the 200-yard butterfly (2:06). Senior Meghan Jones was also triumphant in the 200-yard backstroke (2:04). Junior Maddi Mangum also succeeded in the 100-yard butterfly (57:39). In preparation for their next meet, Shrum hopes to continue their fall seasonal plan. “We’re still working on depths of events with each individual while starting to tilt a little more towards speed and racing work,” Shrum said. The Tigers compete next against Navy, Johns Hopkins and William & Mary in the Navy Invitational on Friday, Oct. 19.

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NBA opening night begins Tuesday, Oct. 16. Opening week features several primetime matchups such as the defending champion Golden State Warriors taking on Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder. JALON DIXON Contributing Writer

There comes a point in the year for NBA fans where interviews, highlight montages and 2K MyTeam is not enough to satisfy their sweet tooth for live NBA action. After the last few weeks of preseason games and training camp, the season is finally among us. The start of the league’s 73rd season will tip off on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Opening week features six days of primetime matchups including 11 nationally televised games across TNT, ESPN and NBA TV. Going into the first week, there are a few big storylines that come attached to some of these early matchups. In the Eastern Conference, the three powerhouses: the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors all square off to send an early message to the rest of the conference about who is the new “King of the East” now that Lebron James is no longer in the East. The Celtics are bringing back their killer starting lineup of Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford for the first time since the first game of last season. The 76ers go into year two of “The Process” in full effect with the tandem

of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, while both the Oklahoma City Thunder, led also bringing back last year’s first overby Paul George and Steven Adams with all pick, Markelle Fultz, Russell Westbrook who is now fully healthy still recovering from after missing most of his knee procedure The stage is set and and the Portland last season to a shoulder injury. the games are about Trailblazers with The Raptors come the dynamic backto begin. There are court of Damian in with a change in superstars after trad30 teams, but there Lillard and CJ ing Demar Derozan for McCollum. Then, can only be one ex-San Antonio Spurs’ there is the “Friday star forward Kawhi Night Lights” match champion. Leonard. Coming off up between the JALON DIXON Houston Rockets a season ending quad Contributing Writer injury and now playing and the Los Angeles in a new conference, Leonard has to Lakers. prove to fans and general managers Both teams come into the seaacross the league that he is still the son with high expectations, with the same all star caliber player from his Rockets falling short of beating the 2016 season with this being his last Warriors in the conference finals and season under contract before heading the Lakers adding one of the best playinto free agency. ers in the league in Lebron James. With these three teams coming back The Western Conference was already revamped and motivated, the fight for considerably the toughest of the two top team in the conference may be the and it just got significantly harder now most competitive it’s been in years. that the Lakers are back at the forefront In the Western Conference, the first of the league with new star power and week only samples the bloodbath that a young core of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo is yet to come as some of the best teams Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart. in the conference square off. The stage is set and the games are The Golden State Warriors face off about to begin. There are 30 teams, but there can only be one champion. with an onslaught of talent as they play


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USTORE looking for victory ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Will Canny Swimming & Diving Sophomore Will Canny, who was the 2017 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Year, helped Towson secure a 172-126 win over Georgetown this weekend. Canny won the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 252.30. File photo by Brittany Whitham/ The Towerlight

Sophomore attacker Beira Ho drives down the field in a contest earlier this season. Towson failed to snap its eight-game losing streak, falling to 1-13 this season after losses to American and Georgetown.


After falling on Friday afternoon against American, the Tigers were looking to pull off an upset and snap an eight-game losing streak against the Georgetown Hoyas on the road. The Tigers upset bid fell short when sophomore defenseman Anna Farley scored the game-winning goal for the Hoyas 11:53 into the second half to seal the Georgetown win, 2-1. “Our freshmen and sophomores are gaining valuable experience with each game,” said Head Coach E.A. Jackson. “We missed out on some opportunities to score, and we certainly wish we’d scrapped out a win today, but the score

of last year’s match against Georgetown was 5-1, so a 2-1 result this year along with some great opportunities to score that we didn’t capitalize on is a clear sign of improvement to me.” Sophomore defender Jenna Florenzo scored a goal for Towson (1-13, 0-3 CAA) with 10:13 remaining in the first half. “Jenna Florenzo has grown into a leadership role on the team,” Jackson said.” It was only a matter of time before her leadership skills translated to her play as well.” Sophomore forward Cami Osborne tied the game at one apiece for Georgetown (10-5,2-3 CAA) with 4:26 remaining in the first half. After getting pulled in Friday’s game, freshman goalkeeper MacKenzie Peacock was back in the starter’s crease

for Towson on Sunday afternoon. She made four saves for the Tigers. “MacKenzie showed resilience today and made some great saves,” Jackson said. “We felt confident starting the game with her in goal today. She bounced back from a very challenging game on Friday.” Freshman goalkeeper Ciara Weets made three saves for the Georgetown Hoyas. The Tigers had five shots on net while the Georgetown Hoyas had eight shots on net. Road games have been a struggle this season for the Tigers. They dropped another game on the road against No. 28 non-conference opponent American (7-4) 7-0 at Jacobs Complex. - To read the rest of this story online, visit

MacKenzie showed some resilience today and made some great saves. We felt confident starting the game with her in goal today. She bounced back from a very challenging game on Friday. E.A. JACKSON Head Coach