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September 4, 2018
NFL’s attempt to prevent protests Anthem policy an aggressive way to silence players
KARUGA KOINANGE Editor-in-Chief
With the NFL regular season nearing, which marks the end of any Sunday social plans for many people across the country until March, it’s only fitting to address the topic that will dominate headlines throughout the season; the new anthem rule. In May, NFL owners unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand during the performance of the anthem. Last month, the NFL and its players union agreed to freeze the rule so it is currently not in effect, but the initial approval of the rule demonstrates an aggressive attempt to prevent anthem protests. When Colin Kaepernick first decided not to stand during the anthem in the 2016 preseason, I can’t imagine he foresaw it resulting in him being blackballed and the league instituting a policy just to prevent any kind of similar action. Fast forward two years after his initial protest and Kaepernick can’t even get a job of as a backup quarterback while less talented quarterbacks (Robert Griffin III, TJ Yates, Ryan Fitzpatrick, etc.) have been able to earn contracts over the last two seasons. A lot of people have said that Kaepernick disrespected the flag, disrespected the military and showed a lack of appreciation for the veterans that have died for this country. As much as I revere those who have sacrificed their lives for this country and those who currently serve in the military, I must admit that the military is completely irrelevant in all of this. Kaepernick has been clear about message has been clear from the start; he was protesting systematic oppression and looking to bring awareness to the
injustices that black people face in this country. Accusing Kaepernick of being disrespectful towards the anthem and the military not only is incorrect, but also blatantly dismisses the issue that he’s trying to address. Watching fan outrage over the last two seasons has shown me one clear message; many football fans in this country don’t give a damn about this issue. As a black person who has grown up the United States and experienced racism first hand, I can confidently say that race plays a significant role in the different reactions to the protests. If you’re white, this is an issue that probably will never affect you so why should you actively support it or let it enter your safe haven of an NFL Sunday? On the other hand, if you’re a minority who has experienced things like getting pulled over and fearing for your life, or feeling prejudged due to your appearance then this protest might resonate differently with you. The most disturbing part of this new anthem rule is that it gives players the option to remain in the locker room during the anthem if they prefer. I just can’t help but get a “back of the bus” kind of feeling from that part of the rule. It feels like the NFL owners are saying ‘If you do want to protest racial injustice, do it where no one can see you please!’ Many people have said that athletes shouldn’t use their platform to share their political views. Rather, they should stick to sports and protest a different time and a different way because protesting on gameday is not the right time or place. With that said, I leave you with a challenge. Tell me the exact time, date, location and method of protest to battle racial injustice and I’ll gladly be there. I’m all ears.
Democratic party looks to rebrand
Beto O’ Rourke leads a resurgence for Democrats CONNOR McNAIRN Columnist
With regard to electoral politics at the national level, Democrats have had little to celebrate since President Obama’s 2008 victory. In 2010, House Democrats were thrashed by Republicans and ultimately lost a total of 63 seats. What is more, four years later, Democrats surrendered nine seats to their GOP counterparts in the Senate. And perhaps most dramatically, in 2016, D e m o c ra t s lost arguably the most winnable presidential election in history to Donald J. Trump. Needless to say, the Democratic Party has absorbed a significant blow to both its morale and overall governing capabilities. But an upcoming Senate race in Texas – one which most Republicans deemed safe just a few short months ago – has now thrown a wrinkle into the conventions of electoral politics and its regional implications. Robert Francis O’Rourke, who is most commonly known by his nickname “Beto,” is challenging Ted Cruz from the left for one of Texas’ two Senate seats. While Beto, like most contemporary Democrats, espouses a host of views counter to those of the president, he has launched his campaign from a moderate position, namely to appeal to both a growing contingency of Hispanic voters and traditional swaths of white, southern Democrats and moderate Republicans. It is quite easy to buy into the hype surrounding the young representative from Texas’ sixteenth
district, as his lean frame and youthful features resemble those of other prominent politicians of yesteryear, including the notorious John Fitzgerald Kennedy. But while image and candidate optics are important contributors to electoral success, I hope to also briefly highlight particular policy positions taken by Beto that fundamentally outshine those espoused by the incumbent Cruz. F i r s t , O’Rourke’s commitment to p l a n e t conservation and responsible energy use serve as the antithesis to Cruz’s strong relationship with fossil fuel companies. Second, O’Rourke has taken a hard line position on healthcare for all, a social policy that has received nearly unanimous public support in recent polling. Contrariwise, Senator Cruz is opposed to both President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the expansion of Medicaid. Cruz’s opposition to Obama era healthcare initiatives does not jibe well with recent healthcare statistics, which indicate that Texas maintains one of the highest uninsured rates in the nation. Moreover, nearly two-thirds of all Texans feel that the state has not done enough to aid low-income families in accessing affordable healthcare. Last, O’Rourke has made a strong case for the protection of Latin American immigrants in the state of Texas, straying from the xenophobic rhetoric that is consistently peddled by both the president and other members of his party. According to O’Rourke’s
campaign website, the candidate hopes to end the “militarization” of America’s immigration enforcement, pass the DREAM Act that would mandate protections for American “Dreamers,” and streamline processes for those immigrants seeking asylum. The significance of the Texas Senate race is difficult to overstate. In fact, it has been 24 years since a Democrat has won a statewide race in Texas, yet in recent months, O’Rourke has brought the race to a near tie. For Democrats and progressive thinkers wallowing in both cynicism and fear, O’Rourke serves as a refreshing and candid example of what electoral politics is about. Nearly a year ago, O’Rourke’s effort to unseat the incumbent Cruz was seen as a long shot at best, but his genuine campaigning style, mixed with his flexibility in policy and moderation in ideology, mount a significant and effective challenge to a senator with declining approval ratings. Within the last decade, Democratic politics has suffered tremendously, both in its image and its efficacy in governing. But with the leadership of candidates like O’Rourke, the party may finally find a means through which it can effectively rebrand itself to win in areas both traditionally conservative and contemporarily liberal.
September 4, 2018
Sue PA, Save the Chesapeake Bay MATTHEW PIPKIN Columnist
On July 30, Annapolis awoke to a disgusting sight. The stench of foul garbage permeated the e air as the harbor was laid to - waste with trash and debris. The n sheer volume of debris blocked boats from coming and leaving - the harbor, in what is normally ” seen as the cornerstone of scenic e downtown Annapolis. The rainstorm that struck the northeast s corridor of the United States had . overwhelmed the Conowingo Dam a along the Susquehanna River, as e gushing rain water poured in from , Pennsylvania. This disaster highe lighted a significant probd lem that has been n largely ignored Maryland e by dpoliticians s and activists for years; s Pennsylvania ta c t i v e l y t neglects their g responsibility n to keep their , waterways clean e of pollutants as they - flow freely down into Maryland. , To quote President Trump, d Pennsylvania is not “sending us e their best.” In fact, according to t the midpoint report conducted by s the Chesapeake Bay Foundation - in 2017, Pennsylvania is severely t lagging behind their neighbors in n the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in - preventative and clean-up efforts for their waterways. The goals established by the Chesapeake Bay Program, after-then President Obama declared the Chesapeake Bay to be a national treasure in 2009, included goals for each state within the Chesapeake watershed to reach by 2025. The effort to reduce the amount of pollutants, including high levels of phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment, has fallen flat on its face in the detailed report. While the amount of debris that had flooded into Maryland waters was a travesty, it should serve rather as a wake-up call to the
neglect being shown by our neighbor to the north. Regardless of your political viewpoints on the environment, there is reason to be concerned by Pennsylvania’s behavior as a Marylander. For environmentalists, the evidence affirms the clear and present danger that Pennsylvania serves to the health of our Chesapeake Bay and its wildlife. For Maryland taxpayers, every piece of debris, garbage, or pollutant being sent down the Susquehanna River holds a consequence to us, as Maryland taxpayers are stuck with the bill in paying for someone else’s mess. For Maryland farmers and businesses, they face unjust condemnation and stricter regulations and fines to help compensate for the land use policies (or lack thereof) being practiced by their counterparts in Pennsylvania. What is the solution to this problem? A lawsuit. I believe it is time for the state of Maryland to sue the commonwealth of Pennsylvania for gross negligence and damages, and bring it before the Supreme Court under original jurisdiction. The concept of a state suing another state is one to surely cause controversy; perhaps stirring enough to force Pennsylvania to take immediate action for their previous policies of inaction. A petition has started to gain momentum on Change. org that requests that Maryland Attorney General, Brian Frosh, to begin the process of filing a lawsuit against Pennsylvania. I have also taken the time to formally write a legal complaint to the Maryland Attorney General over this issue, and hope to report back soon. As a proud Annapolitan and Marylander, I just simply have had enough of Pennsylvania taking advantage over a home that I love so dearly.
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New app to introduce car share on campus Lula allows students to rent out their cars, make money KERI LUISE Staff Writer @keri_luise
Massachusetts. They were having another college night of pizza craving but didn’t want their usual Domino’s again. The brothers decided on Papa Lula Rides is a free app that John’s, but they wouldn’t delivallows college students to rent out each other’s cars. er, and Matthew Vega-Sanz said Though the company launched a they didn’t want to pay $30 pilot program this past spring, the for an Uber just to get their app will officially launch on Sept. $8 pizza, so they settled for 1 and will be coming to Towson Domino’s again. sometime during the month. “When the pizza arrived, my Matthew Vega-Sanz, 22, and brother walked outside and saw his twin brother Michael, have the parking lot and said ‘bro, been working on their new app I think it would be really cool Lula as co-founders since May if we could rent out one of of 2016. these cars and go pick up the “I believe this app would be food,’” Matthew Vega-Sanz said. beneficial to students like me “So, we mentioned the idea over who don’t have cars on campus to some friends and got their because it allows students to feedback and we realized, this get around at their own conveisn’t only a problem at Babson, but it’s a problem all over the nience,” said junior Olivia Balog. country.” “With Lula you wouldn’t have to The company is now ready worry about getting picked up by to kick off and start helping an already full campus bus that students everywhere easily get makes several other stops before around. arriving at the destination you “The compadesire, hence more conveny’s mission is to provide nient for the affordable, conindividual student.” venient and susThe Vegatainable transSanz twins por tation for seem to have all,” Vega-Sanz everything said. “I think mapped out a d d i t i o n a l ly, for their app. it’s just going Even the comto enhance the quality of stupany’s name has a meandents’ experiing to it. The ence at Towson brothers got because now on opinions from t he weekends i n te r n a t i o n a l they can take friends and road trips with MATTHEW VEGA-SANZ t heir family friends, Cofounder of Lula Rides t heir to find the they can go to perfect title. parks, they can go out to the “We wanted the name to be city, grab dinner. It just provides something short and somethem with more freedom.” The app will be a way to help thing that everybody could prostudents wit h cars to make nounce, but we also wanted it some money. to mean something,” Vega-Sanz “Students who are lucky said. “Lula means convenient enough to have cars on campus in the African language of Zulu. still have to pay for a parking So, if you look at our company it pass and pay for gas on top of translates to convenient rides.” tuition and books and everyThe twins came up with their convenient peer car rentthing else,” Balog said. “But Lula pays students to lend their ing app during their time at Babson College in Wellesley, car to others which could help
When the pizza arrived, my brother walked outside and saw the parking lot and said ‘bro, I think it would be really cool if we could rent out one of these cars and go pick up the food.
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From left to right, twins Matthew Vega-Sanz and Michael Vega-Sanz came up with the idea for a car sharing app that would allow college students to rent out their cars to each other to make money.
pay for important costs.” Junior Erin Murphy agrees that Lula could be beneficial to her “because I could make some money and my car would be driven instead of sitting around somewhere all day.” For Lula, t he car owners list their cars on the app and decide how much they want to charge for their car per hour and per day. “The renter just pays the hourly or daily fees and covers gas,” Vega-Sanz said. “But insurance and everything else is included. There’s no underage fees. So, really the price that you see is going to be the price that you get plus whatever you spend in gas.” All people who sign up for the app go through a background check to be approved to both rent out their car and rent cars from others. Lula makes sure that people are who they say they are and that renters have a clear enough driving record. “For the car owners, the car has to be the year 2000 or newer, it has to have less than 125 thousand miles,” Vega-Sanz said. “Then we’ll ask that they submit pictures, or we’ll have one of our on-campus repre-
sentatives go out and see the condition of the vehicle just to make sure that the tires aren’t completely bald or that one of the bumpers isn’t missing, basically just to make sure that the vehicle is in good conditions.” Once users are approved, they can browse the app and pick a car they want to rent out. The owner will get a notification and either accept or decline the request. If approved, the users can decide on a place to meet to give the car over, and the renter will drive away and simply return the car when done. Lula Rides also covers insurance if an accident happens while a car is being rented. “If there’s an incident, we ask that both the owner and the renter fill out an incident report and submit that to us and then we’ll run it through our insurance carrier and we take care of the rest,” Vegas-Sanz said. But even with this insurance, some students may still be hesitant to use the car renting app. “I would not trust people to drive my car because who knows what condition they would be in,” Murphy said. “Also, I’m really not a person who likes other people driving my car.
With that being said, if I was someone who didn’t care who drove my car I would use this app. It seems like a cool and easy way for college students to make some money.” Lula also offers a number of opportunities to make money with the app. Aside from renting out their car, students can be an executive director and overlook campus operations and help with promotional events on campus. There is also a social media paid internship. “They are in charge of not only social media but the marketing efforts on campus as well,” Vega-Sanz said. “So, if we’re having an event, they would be promoting that event or just trying to help us to figure out different marketing schemes and tactics to get students to download the app.” Students can also become Lula ambassadors. “Really anybody can do this,” Vega-Sanz said. “It’s just going out there and talking to people and getting as many signups as possible. They will have a unique referral code so anybody who signs up on their behalf we’ll be able to keep track of and compensate them for that.”
September 4, 2018
Dept. split allows for change MARY-ELLEN DAVIS News Editor
Beginning this year, Towson University’s mass communications and communications studies departments will no longer be lumped together, but instead each will have their own department. According to Communications Studies Chair Jennifer Potter, the two departments had been discussing the change for a few years. The groups, Potter said, were evolving and becoming increasingly distinguishable from one another. “A couple of years ago, the communication studies faculty were sort of having this conversation about the way in which the disciplines of communications studies and mass communications have become really distinct,” Potter said. “So we started really talking about how it is that these two really different things could still kind of coexist as one department and it was becoming sort of more and more difficult, both on a practical level and a philosophical level.” The Mass Communications Department Chair Jung-Sook Lee said that though the split has been “in discussions for over a year, it took awhile for the university approval for reconstruction [of the departments].” The differences, according to Potter, are that mass communications is a more focused track meant for students who know exactly what they want to do whereas communications studies is a much broader major program. “[Communications studies is] just really expensive and so we talk about how communication studies as a major prepares students for a lot of different kinds of work,” said Potter. One of the reasons for the split, according to the chair members, was that the department was very large, making it difficult for either department to push its own initiatives. For Lee, the initiatives to be pushed are updating the curriculum for incoming students, and allowing current students to participate in the change should the choose to. “We feel like we are not quite caught up with the changes and to prepare our students for the next five [to] 10 years,” said Lee. “That’s the biggest discussion that’s taking place right now. So as a new depart-
ment, we’ll be able to focus our energy really in a very concentrated way to really innovate our curriculum, and that will be a very positive change for our students.” Potter also touched on curriculum changes for future students, but for the communication studies department, their biggest initiative will be their new Public Communications Center which is launching this fall. The center, according to Potter, will be a place where students can go to get help on presentations and speeches from upper level communications students. “When you’ve got this large department and everybody wants to do cool things, there’s always a list of priorities,” said Potter. “Having our own department allows us as a comm faculty to say this is our priority. This Public Communications Center is our priority, and so we can push it forward.” Potter also believes that the split will help bring more individual recognition to the communications studies major as well, helping to give students their own identity. “Part of the real motivation for comm studies faculty is that for most people on campus, mass comm comm studies was known as mass comm,” Potter said. “Everywhere I went, for example, I would always be introduced as ‘oh this is Dr. Potter from mass comm’ and I was like ‘no
I’m from communication studies I don’t do mass comm.’” Though the departments are splitting and allowing for, neither chair member expects there to be large changes to current student life, as major curriculum changes won’t go into effect for students currently tracking either major. “From the students perspective there would really be no difference, especially on the mass comm side at least, not immediately,” said Lee. The biggest changes that students should expect to feel at the moment, Potter said, are going to be changes in advising. “It allows students, I think, to know their faculty better,” Potter said. “Particularly when it comes to advising.” “Comm students will be advised by com faculty, so the goal is that creates a much stronger relationship between students and faculty to kind of build what are students interests how does that relate to particular faculty interests,” Potter said. Andrea Herb, a mass communications student, said that the spilt, besides an advisor change hadn’t affected her. “Ideally I think that there should be more individual focused paid towards both departments,” Herb said. “Now there’s a split, professors will be able to spend more time focusing on comm studies or mass comm.”
Courtesy of Towson University The departments of mass comm and comm studies, whose offices are located in the media center, have become two departments.
Advising Center gives tips on success
Courtesy of @TUAcadAdvising on Twitter The Academic Advising Center, located in Lecture Hall, gives students advice on academic success. With the start of the school year, students sometimes find themselves unsure of how to balance everything they want to do, and have to do. To help kick off the semester right, The Towerlight connected with Academic Advising Center Director Vicki Cohen for advice and helpful tips on academic life. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. What are some essential study habits for students to begin forming now? It may seem like an obvious suggestion, but students should attend class. Even if there is no specific attendance policy, missing class means missing information. Plus, your professor will know that you are invested in the class. Another good study habit is studying every day/night. There may not be an assignment due the next day, but keeping ahead on reading, projects, and papers means you won’t be cramming right before an exam. You retain information better when you review material on a regular basis. What can students do to start preparing for job and internship opportunities? It’s never too early to start preparing for an internship or job. The Career Center is a wonderful resource with a helpful staff. They keep information on internship opportunities, job trends, and can tell you which majors can lead to specific careers. They can help with resume writing and interview
skills. They also sponsor job fairs each semester. What would you recommend to a student who finds themselves struggling academically? Take advantage of professors’ office hours. Keep track of questions you have so you know what to ask. The Tutoring and Learning Center offers tutoring for most lower-level courses at no cost. The change of schedule period (add/ drop) ends on Sept. 5. Students can withdraw from a class (choosing a grade of W) until November 5. Students should meet with their Academic Advisor before withdrawing from a class to determine the impact it will have on their graduation plans. What would you advise students to stay away from? This is a broad question with a multitude of answers. Something simple that will help with classes – turn off your cell phone! Don’t text or look at your phone during class. Don’t get distracted from what you are learning. What would you suggest to students who seem to have put too much on their plate? Prioritize. Of course schoolwork should come first, but it’s helpful to find a balance between school and other activities. It’s ok to say “no” sometimes. And sleep! What can students get involved in to help them academically? Form a study group, get tutoring, join a club related to your major. - Compiled by Mary-Ellen Davis
September 4, 2018
TU converts Marriott into new housing ANTHONY PETRO Staff Writer
The former Towson Marriott Hotel was renovated, renamed The Residences at 10 West Burke Avenue and is now open for transfer student housing. During her 2017 spring address, Towson University President Kim Schatzel announced the plan to convert the Marriott into housing for transfer students starting in the fall 2018 semester. “On the student housing front alone, TU’s demand for student housing is only increasing more rapidly now than ever before,” Schatzel said during her spring 2017 address. To go with that, according to an article by Jan Lucas and Sean Welsh on Towson’s website, the 2018 freshman class of 2022, is the largest class of incoming freshman in the history of the university. That’s approximately 3,000 freshmen and along with them, there are over 2,200 new transfers. Towson has on campus housing for 5,720 students according to Christina Olstad, Interim Assistant Vice President for Housing and Residence Life, but there has never been a lot of living space for transfers, which make up a significant portion of the student body. According to Towson’s website, 11 percent of the student body are new transfers. Warren Riefner, the Director of Operations and Maintenance, said the turnaround took 46 days but went very smoothly.
“The turnover was very short, but the staff and project manager did an outstanding job,” Olstad said. “We are thrilled to have The Residences at 10 West Burke Avenue open and have everyone moved in and happy.” Olstad said that Project Manager and Assistant Director of Facilities Management, Nick Gingue, actually lived on site during the renovation to make sure everything was finished on time and ready for the more than 200 students who would be the first residents. “I personally checked in multiple times with students during move in and they were absolutely thrilled to have housing,” Olstad said. According to Olstad, move in occured over a two day period. On both days, there was a morning shift and evening shift, allowing for 50 students to move in at once. Olstad said that this helped keep the flow of traffic in control. Sophomore Kendall Johnston, a computer science major, transferred to Towson from Frederick Community College. He is part of the first wave of residents in the new hall. “I like it a lot,” Johnston said. “I’m really impressed, it’s way more than I expected.” Ashley Gamble, a junior majoring in business administration also transferred from Frederick Community College. She shared the similar sentiments as Johnston. - To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
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Kanopy now streams films for each major BRIANNA WATTS Contributing Writer
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Kanopy, a video streaming service, is now offering selections of movies related to most majors. Released just last week, the collection is available to all Towson students through users’ library accounts. First established in 2008 by Olivia Humphrey, Kanopy has a newly expansive reach. According to Kanopy Marketing Assistant Ariel Boswell the streaming service has been featured in various publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Vox. . According to Forbes, Kanopy is available on over 3,000 college campuses, and to millions of students students and library card holders around the world. Available to those with participating libraries and universities, the streaming platform has become increasingly popular. After Kanopy acquires films, according to Forbes, the filmmaker will receive a 50 percent return each time the movie is played. The costs are covered by the payments that colleges and libraries pay to Kanopy, allowing students and card holders to view the services contents for free. Boswell touched on the recently-released movie selection feature saying, “We hope this collection will introduce new students to Kanopy and encourage discovery among students that currently use the site.” With a wide variety of movies, documentaries and more, Kanopy is one way for students to spend their leisure time or learn something new. “We want to provide students with a learning experience that extends beyond the classroom,” Boswell said. “We believe that film is a powerful vehicle to do that, no matter the major
students are studying.” On the service, 60 percent of the movies are documentaries with the rest being films. “We have over 30,000 films available that expand beyond educational films – from arthouse to indie films, we have it,” Boswell said. English major Evelyn Haines is a fan of movies specific to users’ interests. “Actually because I am a sophomore, so I’m still taking education classes, I probably would want to use it at least until I graduate, if not after when I’m job seeking,” she said. “ I don’t know though how applicable it would be in the classroom. But yeah, it sounds cool and I am definitely interested.” Freshman Emma Niner expressed excitement over the new program and its potential academic benefits. “It sounds interesting,” she said. “Especially if it’ll be beneficial to the class, like with the documentaries. It’ll be nice also because it’s free.” However, there are those who aren’t as keen on the streaming service’s educational value. Senior Sage Isaac is not as interested in the collection, especially considering his major. “My major is accounting,” Issac said. “Any movie based on my major would be boring… besides the movie “The Accountant,” and that isn’t even about accounting. In general, I don’t think education and movies mix very well, at least in my experience.” If interested, to access and create an account visit towson.kanopy.com. Kanopy is available to stream through outlets such as Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Tablet, AppleTV, iOS and Android. For more information or assistance visit help.kanopy.com, Kanopy’s Twitter or Facebook accounts, or contact 415-513-1026.
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Arts & Life
A look into the movies of autumn Majoring in online romance
Tinder Univ. gives college kids chance at love KERRY INGRAM Arts & Life Editor @Glaminista08
Never in my life did I think I would be sitting down writing a piece about “Tinder University.” Never. But hey, it’s 2018. Anything’s possible. It was recently announced by Tinder owner Match Group that the dating app would be taking a marketing turn straight for a large and specific market of its consumers: college students. The app has launched an extension to its already popular services with a new app titled “Tinder U”, which serves as a college-only filter for users. For someone like me, who is completely out-of-the-loop when it comes to dating apps, this announcement came as a surprise; I assumed most Tinder users were of college age. However, a recent Statista survey revealed that although college-aged individuals fall into the age group of the highest percentage of people in the U.S. to utilize Tinder, the group of avid users expands from age 18 all the way to age 24, making postgrads a large part of the population on the app. In order to filter matches though Tinder U, a Tinder user simply has to add their official college “.edu” email to their regular Tinder account while on campus. The new function, which is location-based, will then be activated after further verification of your student status. This new extension of Tinder is something I actually feel like will not only be of importance and prominence within the next year, but also something I find will bring more people to join the app. A common fear about joining the online dating scene (and something I have
always thought of) is the concept of catfishes: people who pose as other identities online. Although such occurrences make for great television (I admittedly binge-watched ALL episodes of “Catfish: The TV Show” with my best friend last summer, in a two-week span), it doesn’t always make for a great date. Being catfished sucks if there are little lies that are later revealed, such as a person being a year younger than they claimed, but things can get dangerous when the person is hiding their true identity for other reasons. According to a 2016 report released by Psychology Today, nearly 53 percent of Americans lie or fabricate parts of their online dating profile. Again, this can include small lies, like lying about being interested in “Star Wars” just in order to continue conversing with a person, however lies can also include lying about your relationship status, your appearance, and scariest of
all: your intentions. Although Tinder U won’t be able to let you know who is an “f-boy,” who is actually single, or who is completely sane, it will at least be able to assure you that you’re talking to someone who is a college student, and thus, most likely around your age (with the exceptions of transfers and alternative students). I think the idea to add this extension is a wise one - it makes it simpler for students on campus grounds to mingle with those in the same space, and eliminates the possibility of older adults posing as students. This may invite those who feel extensively cautious about dating apps to take a second look of consideration. Hopefully other dating apps follow suit. Now it’s your turn to sound off: do you think Tinder U is a good next-step for Tinder? And if so, will you be using it? Tweet us @TheTowerlight and let us know what you think!
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Tinder has launched an extension to its popular dating app exculsively for college students.
MATT MCDONALD Columnist
There’s a lot of great things coming our way this semester in the world of film, and a lot to look forward to both in what’s already been established, and in some things we’ve never seen before. Personally, I am very surprised that, considering the usual flood of blockbusters that release every fall into winter, there actually aren’t that many from many major studios. However, this leaves some audience attention for “smaller” films, or those that wouldn’t get as much attention, which I am definitely here for. Before I start, of course be sure to check out those big movies that are still in theaters, including “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Christopher Robin,” “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” “Slender Man,” and “BlacKkKlansman.” In addition, “Jurassic Park” and “Schindler’s List” will be making a comeback to select theaters for their 25th anniversaries. In the realm of Disney movies, be sure to look out for the sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph:” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” as well as the sequel of “Mary Poppins.” This sequel, titled “Mary Poppins Returns,” stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and already has avid fans of the classic skeptical but interested to see if it will live up to the original. Also, get into the holiday spirit with “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” starring Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, and Helen Mirren. Speaking of the holiday spirit, an animated reboot of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” renamed “The Grinch” and voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, will be hitting theaters Nov. 9. But before the winter holidays hit, get into the Halloween mood with “The Nun,” a prequel to “Annabelle,” which was a prequel to “The Conjuring.” “The House with a Clock in Its Walls,” a fantasy starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Owen Vaccaro about a magical house with a mysterious ticking inside the foundation, is another film to watch; and of course most fittingly, the new “Halloween” reboot
looks like a must-see for the season, in which Jamie Lee Curtis will reprise her role from the original. Regarding other major blockbusters, my personal favorite for what’s to come is in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” which will continue the story of Newt Scamander and introduce young Albus Dumbledore. Additionally, the superhero genre slows down a little, but still offers two long-awaited origin stories, “Aquaman” and “Venom,” as well as a different take on the genre in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” “The Predator” will also hit theaters as a prequel to “Predator,” and “Bumblebee” will give a backstory to the beloved Transformers character. Even with all of these, I’m still shocked at how few “fandom” movies and blockbusters there are planned for the rest of this year compared to years before, and I’m pleased that we will get to focus a little more on standalone movies. With a noticeable absence of a Star Wars MCU movie this fall, let’s see what other movies are hitting theaters. There are a good number of movies coming out that will follow the stories of real people in history, including “Mary Queen of Scots,” starring Margot Robbie; “First Man,” starring Ryan Gosling; and “On the Basis of Sex,” with Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Two films that I’m most excited for are “Bohemian Rhapsody,” following the life of Freddie Mercury, lead singer for Queen, and “Welcome to Marwen,” about a man who, after suffering a beating and major memory loss, lives his life out in miniature figurines to help him recover.. Finally, there are a few standalone movies that I think could be the underdogs of this fall: “Bad Times at the El Royale,” a thriller-mystery of seven secret-keeping guests at a hotel; “The Sisters Brothers,” the newest western; “Holmes and Watson,” a comedy-adventure take on the characters with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly; “Alita: Battle Angel;” and lastly, “Mortal Engines,” a futuristic steampunk movie about a giant machine. Here’s to hoping for an extremely cinematic semester.
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Alice in Chains’ How to stay healthy in college wonder album Freshman 15 more of a myth than fatal occurance MEG HUDSON
TIMOTHY COFFMAN Columnist
Alice In Chains is best known for being one of the premier acts to come out of the grunge scene of the early to mid-1990s. While embracing the alternative mindset of the 90s, the band had a much tougher approach to their songs that was reminiscent of the early days of metal, such with acts like Black Sabbath and Blue Öyster Cult. Their string of albums during the alternative boom was amplified by the distinctive harmonies of singer Layne Staley and guitarist/singer Jerry Cantrell. However, in 2002, Staley passed away because of a drug overdose. He had been dealing with drug abuse since the band’s inception. For the last few years, the band has carried on with singer William DuVall filling Staley’s shoes, and their new release “Rainier Fog” is their first in five years, after “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” in 2013. After a few years of having a new singer, can the band reach the same sonic peaks as they did almost 30 years ago? The album certainly displays a sludgier approach that sounds like their darker earlier work only more gargantuan. Album cuts such as “Drone” and the title track have a guitar sound that has an indefinable weight that makes each riff sound absolutely crushing. However, across these 10 tracks, the band does have
certain sonic detours which are quite interesting. For instance, “Fly” is a song reminiscent of their acoustic on their EP “Jar of Flies,” while the closer “All I Am” gives you the feeling of trudging your way through a thick desert. Also, the single “Never Fade” has lyrical passages that pay tribute to the band’s former singer Staley as well as the recently-deceased fellow grunge icon Chris Cornell. However, the album does have a few sonic missteps across its track listing as well. For one, some of the songs could afford to be cut down in length. While I understand the group’s aesthetic for sludgy metal, the slower tempos of much of the material can get a bit tedious at times. Also, while DuVall does a pleasant job at filling Staley’s place vocally, I can’t help but feel that he is being a tad restricted by Cantrell. While Cantrell is a fantastic singer in his own right, the songs which feature him on lead vocals don’t give DuVall as much opportunities to display his vocal prowess. This album is certainly going to be a treat for fans of Alice In Chains; I would encourage fairweather fans to proceed with caution. While this album is certainly good for what it is, it doesn’t necessarily reach the heights of the group’s earlier output. But for what it’s worth, it is great to see a band trying new things instead of piggybacking off their back catalog. While nothing spectacular, I look forward to the next release.
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Alice in Chains released their newest album, “Rainier Fog” on Aug. 24. This was thier first album release in five years.
“Freshman 15.” It’s a term most, if not all, people hear in relation to coming to college. For some, it serves as a far away possibility, something that only holds a home in college-based films and angsty television shows. For others, gaining 15 pounds is added to the list of fears that comes along with moving onto college grounds. Some share stories of their weight gain in college; others share that they’ve stayed exactly the same, or that they have even lost weight since beginning university level schooling. With the constant sway between stories shared by undergraduates, it leaves one to question: is the “freshman 15” a real thing? According to Jaime Kaplan, staff psychologist and coordinator of eating disorder services, the “freshman 15” is “more of a myth than a factual occurrence.” “For many, this is the first time they are on their own, away from their parents,” Kaplan said. “Because they get to choose when to eat, how much to eat, and what to eat, they may not always make healthy choices. What I mean by healthy, is eating balanced meals.” Kaplan emphasized the importance of developing or maintaining healthy choices that are sustainable, in order to avoid any new unhealthy habits from forming. Kerry Ballek, a registered dietitian and advisor to the Towson University Nutrition Club, offered some advice on making healthy decisions in Towson’s dining halls. “When eating in our ‘all-youcare-to-eat’ dining halls, survey all the options in the dining hall before going straight for burgers and fries,” Ballek advised. “Eat with your stomach, not with your eyes. Stop eating when you are just starting to feel full and not when you are ‘Thanksgiving stuffed.’” Ballek also provided specifics on what types of foods would be best for college students to indulge in. “Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits, grains - whole grains if available, and lean protein sources [such as] baked chicken, turkey, beans, eggs,” Ballek added. “Choose fat-free milk, and drink water throughout the day as your main beverage. Limit your intake of sugar sweetened drinks. Choose
niche, Kaplan noted. She added that healthy snacks [and] eat a healthy breakfast.” not knowing how to properly manage It is important to note that eating stress can have a serious impact on more often is not the same thing as one’s physical and mental well-being. “over-eating,” according to Kaplan. Kaplan offered some advice for She highlighted the fact that first time first year students. First, she said students may find themselves forgetto plan ahead for food, and to make ting to eat as they rush between classsure to eat three meals a day, having es. Waiting long intervals of time for necessary snacks in between. She the next meal can actually lower one’s also advised not to go more than four metabolism, thus leading to weight hours without eating. gain. Secondly, she “ T h e warned students on whole idea taking nutrition advice For many, this is the around a from non-professionfirst time they are healthy als. on their own, away lifestyle “There are a lot of is balance tips and tricks out from their parents. and conthere that are usually Because they get sistency,” not true,” she said. to choose when to Kaplan Third, Kaplan said s a i d . to create a steady sleep eat, how much to “ G o o d schedule and stick to it. eat, and what to eat, habits She also recommendthey may not always have to ed carving out time for be formed both relaxation and fun. make healthy choicconsis“Meet people and es. What I mean by tently over make plans together, healthy, is eating a period whether it’s sharing a of time, meal, going for a walk, balanced meals. otherwise, JAMIE KAPLAN or just talking outside,” Coordinator of eating disorder services Kaplan said. ” Get out we are destined of your dorm and ensure to fall back into old, unhealthy your time at TU is well-rounded.” habits.” Kaplan’s fourth point: exercise. While the term “unhealthy” is While there is a “bigger, better largely associated with eating too Burdick,” with Towson’s newly renomuch or being inactive, excessive vated gym, students may find exercisdieting and exercising can become ing to be more sustainable through unhealthy as well. According to activities such as yoga, or by joining Kaplan, because dieting often an intramural sports team, according requires eliminating foods and/or to Kaplan. an entire food group, it is not conLastly, she recommended joining sidered to be a healthy method for a club. weight loss. “This is another stress reliever that “The best thing to do for a healthy will put you in the same room as lifestyle is to change your diet, not go people with similar interests as you,” on a diet,” Kaplan said. “Changing Kaplan said. “There are hundreds your diet might mean incorporating of organizations on campus, ranging more fruits and vegetabl es throughfrom academic honor societies, Greek out the day or ensuring that you are Life, service organizations, and the eating at least three, balanced meals. arts. Find what excites you,” she said. These changes are sustainable and Kaplan advises any student seekcan be lifelong.” ing professional help to reach out to Additionally, study and sleep habTowson University’s counseling center. its play an important part in staying “The Towson University healthy, according to Kaplan. Counseling Center is a great resource Kaplan said that first-year stuand a good place to start if you are dents overall will stay awake later, feeling homesick, stressed, anxious, and rush to classes in the morndepressed, or having difficulties with ing time, all while still transitioning body image or eating.” into their new school and new life. Additionally, Ballek offers free These factors, as well as making new nutrition counseling for stufriends and being away from family dents, and encourages students members, can cause stress and it to reach out to her via email for an appointment. takes time for students to find their
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Eerie old film excites LUKE PARKER Columnist
As witty as it gets at times, Martin Scorsese’s underappreciated and tantalizing “The King of Comedy” is not a comedy. In fact, in a lineup of films which showcase the horrid acts of outcasts and vigilantes, this addition leaves behind perhaps the most astonishing sense of insecurity of the entire Scorsese/Robert De Niro partnership. With laughs that feel more self-inflicted than involuntary, “The King of Comedy” is an incredibly eerie film to experience. Unlike two of his previous works, “Taxi Driver” and “Mean Streets,” which illustrated the dehumanizing capabilities of the big city, Scorsese uses “The King of Comedy” to focus on the little, angry people who also inhabit the big city but whose emotions and obsessions are what take over their lives. Rupert Pupkin (De Niro) is one such person. A middle-aged celeb-aholic, Pupkin carries his Marilyn Monroe autograph like a badge of honor and has become a sort of leader amongst New York’s autograph poachers. When he is not waiting outside the doors of the studio where Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis) records his late night talk show, Rupert spends his time fantasizing what he considers to be his inevitable celebrity as a standup comedian. His mother’s basement has been converted into a dungeon of aspiration: cutouts of Jerry and Liza Minnelli function as practice conversationalists, and an entire wall has been designated as his practice audience. Rupert knows that he’ll make it big if only he can get onto Jerry’s show. Unfortunately, Jerry has put up a firewall of producers’ assistants and security guards which stand in Rupert’s way. This leads Pupkin to conspire with Masha (Sandra Bernhard), who displays
the more clichéd characteristics of the typical celebrity stalker, to kidnap the talk show host. The ransom is a chance to appear on “The Jerry Langford Show.” The film examines our fascination with and the cult of celebrity. While it may be a bit exaggerated for the screen, the seething glances we get of what fame does to people who seek it and to those who have obtained it are truthful. “The King of Comedy,” which was released a little over a year after John Hinckley attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, feels very much stirred by the event. Given that Hinckley has accredited the act to his obsession with “Taxi Driver” and its young star, Jodie Foster, Scorsese adds a personal touch to the threatening practice. In 1982, Scorsese was certainly the right man for this job. But while Pupkin’s rejections, his ambitions, and his questionable means of achieving them are the film’s primary representation of the fame curse, Langford, played brilliantly by comedian Jerry Lewis in his most grounded and probably personal role, represents those on the receiving end of the obsession. His private limousines are infiltrated by crazed fans one step away from rabies; his private dinners interrupted by phone stalkers, and so on, so forth. At one point after the hijacking, Langford spits out that he’s “only human,” but the takeaway is that for these kind of glamorized individuals, there is no such thing as “only human.” De Niro’s take as Pupkin is one of the glanced-over pearls of his career. He generates the uneasiness that “The King of Comedy” thrives on, all of which culminates in an unapologetically blunt final sequence that forces us to not only reconsider whether or not we won, but also if we are on the right team.
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ambrose aims for productive year In his 10th season at TU, Head Coach Rob Ambrose looks to make a postseason run After a disappointing 2017 campaign, the Tigers look forward to a fresh start. Towson posted a 5-6 record over last season as the team was marred by injuries at several positions. Head Coach Rob Ambrose is looking to bounce back t his season. “I’m ver y excited on what we’ve done t his offseason,” Ambrose said. “I believe the sky's the limit for us this year.” The Tigers return a majority of last year’s starters, including redshirt sophomore quarterback Ryan Stover. With three u p p e rc l a s s m e n qu a r te r b a c k s listed on the roster, the veteran experience and leadership could help the team rebound. Although some expect Stover to start under center, redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco looks to secure t he reigns under center for the 2018 sea-
son. Flacco, younger brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, has provided stiff competition throughout training camp. Ambrose said he has been impressed by the athleticism of Stover and Flacco over the course of training camp. He has not announced a starter for the Morgan State game, but said he has confidence that either one can lead Towson to a victor y. “This is the best camp we’ve had in years,” Ambrose said. “It’s been much better t han last year.” Several ot her players have stood out in training camp as well. Redshir t junior wide receiver Shane Leat herbur y has displayed good all-around skills. “[He has] all the tools and is comfortable,” Ambrose said. “He’s an all together wideout.”
Redshir t senior defensive back Monty Fenner has provided a strong, veteran presence over the summer as well. He looks to have a strong year in his final season with Towson. In 2017, he recorded 72 tackles and three interceptions. “He really gets it,” Ambrose said. “He understands t he expectations of being a Towson Tiger.” Staying in t he secondar y, s o p h o m o re d e fe n s i v e b a c k Mantriel Reaves has demonstrated raw athletic talent. “[He] has the ideal size, he’s long and has a great skill set,” Ambrose said. The Tigers will need more than just raw talent in order to have a solid campaign. The team kicks off the season with three consecutive road games, including a first-ever matchup against Wake Forest Saturday,
Sept. 8 at BB&T Stadium. “It’s hard to think it’ll be October when we get to play at home,” Ambrose said. “It’s gonna be hard and always a grind, but it doesn't matter who you play...They are a great team and Coach Clawson has done a great job. A win would be a great kickstarter to the year.” FCS over FBS upsets are rare, but Ambrose understands the significance a Wake Forest defeat could have. “There is good football at all levels, and anyone can beat anyone at any time,” Ambrose said. As t he Tigers enter t heir 50th season in program histor y. Ambrose looks for ward to building a strong foundation to last many years. “We’ve done more in 50 years than most programs do in 100,” Ambrose said, “We’ve had a
great 50 years. Imagine where this program will be in 100 years.” W i t h To w s o n w e l c o m i n g the largest incoming class in t he 150 year histor y of t he University, Ambrose also looks to attract more fans to come out and support the team. “Be rowdy and loud as hell,” Ambrose said. “You can help change t he position of the game. During the 3-4 year run we had multiple opposing coaches told me t hey hated playing here.” Towson has five home games t his s eas o n beginning o n Sept. 29 as the Tigers host the Citadel at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The team also hosts Stony Brook, William & Mar y, Maine, and James Madison as t hey look to return to t he playoffs for the first time since 2013.
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tu aiming high tigers seeking growth Head Coach Katherine Vettori Towson looks to improve from a 1-16 record in 2017 enters her first season with TU In a 2017 season that saw numerous underclassmen gain heavy playing time due to a scarcity of seniors on the roster, the Tigers finished with a 5-11-3 record. They posted a record of 2-6-1 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. This year, however, a combination of experience and team chemistry could be a key strength of the team as there are 19 upperclassmen on the team; 10 seniors and 9 juniors. Head Coach Katherine Vettori looks to make gradual progress in her first season with the Tigers. She said she has the support of Towson’s administration and plans for the team to succeed over time. “We’ve been given some fantastic resources over here,” Vettori said. “I think the administration understands that the expectations aren’t going to be overnight.” Vettori also added that her passion has been the biggest asset that has helped her transition along since her collegiate soccer playing days at Duke. It will be interesting to see how her energy
rubs off on the team. With a solid foundation of youth and experience on the roster along with a first-year coach, the Tigers look to build upon last season and establish a pattern of winning. Towson kicks off conference play in late September with a matchup on the road against CAA rival Hofstra. With a non-conference schedule ahead that includes tough games against Bucknell University and local foe UMBC, the Tigers aim for a strong start to the season.
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The Tigers are introduced in a home contest from the 2017 season. Despite a 1-16 record last year, Head Coach E.A. Jackson is excited to see how the team grows from that experience in the fall 2018 campaign.
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preseason polls and that doesn’t bother me because we’re the underdogs and have been and we have nothing to lose and ever ything to gain,” Jackson said. The Tigers were supposed to debut their new playing field at the beginning of the season, but because of construction issues they hope to be playing on it by the middle of October. Their next home matchup is Friday night against Rider.
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Towson competes in a matchup during the 2017 season. Following a historic 2017 season which saw the Tigers go on a 16-game winning streak and finish 27-6, the team looks to earn a conference title.
The Tigers had a historic 2017 season as they started the year with a 16-game winning streak and finished with a 27-6 record, earning the program’s first-ever postseason victory. Though the team aims to advance deeper into the postseason, Head Coach Don Metil does not want to rush the process. “We always have some goals that we set both for the short term and the long term and right now we’re just trying to get some wins under our belt,” Metil said. “We got a lot of young kids that we’re going to be depending on. A lot new faces that are actually going to be contributors so you could potentially see two outside freshman on the court along with one returner, Annie Ertz.” Injuries and the departure
of Julymar Otero, who earned First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors in 2017, are leading to new faces getting opportunities on the court. “We are going through a few injuries right now so there’s a big question mark at our setting responsibility,” Metil said. “We’re going to have someone replacing the exodus of Julymar Otero last year on the right side so out of the six to nine players that we typically use with the offense that we run, about 40 to 50 percent of those kids are going to be new faces. The end goal is to move forward and make the program better than it was last year, but making the postseason is a priority for us.” With no timetable for the return of several injured players, the team will need some of the less experienced players to rise to the occa-
sion. “Towson kicked off its season with a 3-2 loss on Friday, Aug. 24 against Radford University in the Baltimore Bash. The Tigers will host the three-day Towson Invitational at SECU Arena starting Thursday, Sept. 6. The competitors for that event include Long Beach State, Princeton, Ohio State, and Missouri. Towson’s first matchup of the weekend will be against Princeton Thursday night at 6 p.m. With a long season ahead, the Tigers have their eyes set on the ultimate goal of a conference title. “Obviously the end goal is to try to get this squad to win a CAA championship,” Metil said. “It hasn’t been brought to Towson since 2004...And that’s definitely a goal that we’re striving for this season.”
Obviously the end goal is to try to get this squad to win a CAA championship. It hasn’t been brought to Towson since 2004...and that’s definitely a goal that we’re striving for this season. DON METIL Head Coach
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larkin looks for ace in the hole Head Coach Mike Larkin, a Towson alum, looks to lead Tigers to conference title In just his second season with the Tigers, Head Men’s Golf Coach Mike Larkin has his eyes set on one goal for the 2018 fall campaign; capturing a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title. “My expectations are to contend for a conference championship,” Larkin said. “Not graduating anybody and essentially bringing back the same roster and adding a few pieces I certainly expect us to do a better job of contending for a conference championship.” Larkin, a Towson alum and member of the men’s golf team from 2001-2005, said it has been unbelievable to be back at his alma mater coaching the team he once played for. He stressed that the best part about returning to Towson has been having the opportunity to teach players because they remind him of himself during his collegiate career. “It’s surreal,” Larkin said. “I don’t quite feel far enough removed from it, but it’s a fantastic experience. What I love most about the job is that I can
help guys in the same exact position that I was once in.” The Tigers had a strong end to the 2017 season, finishing in the top three in their final two regular season events before placing eighth in the CAA Championships. With essentially the entire roster returning for the Tigers, Larkin said he looks to build upon last year’s results. Larkin said that adding depth should help the team improve. Senior William Bachelor looks to have another impressive season as he earned All-CAA Second Team honors last year. Larkin said that several players played well at times, but it will take one more person to step up for the team to achieve their potential. “We typically last year had three guys playing really well,” Larkin said. “The way that the scoring works, we need four consistently.” He said that anybody on the roster could step into that role. “It could be any number of players if
not a bunch of players that weren’t at the top of our scoring average last year to step up and become that fourth player,” Larkin said. Larkin said he adjusted the schedule this season so that the team competes in a lot of warm weather competitions before gearing up for their CAA title run. Towson kicks off the season with a trio of two-day competitions in September. The Tigers will open the season with the Doc Glimmer event in Farmingdale, New York before heading to South Kent, Connecticut for the Hartford Hawkins Invitational and finishing the month off in Lorton, Virginia with the Patriot Intercollegiate event. In October, the team will travel to Burlington, North Carolina for the Phoenix Invitational and conclude fall competition in the ODU/OBX Intercollegiate contest in Powells Point, North Carolina. “We definitely all learned a lot during the year and we will all be more prepared this season because of it,” Larkin said.
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Junior Spencer Alexander winds up for a swing in a 2017 event.
ferrero building strong foundation Tigers return a majority of their roster and welcome three freshmen in 2018 season After a successful 2017 season in which Towson placed in the top five in six competitions, Head Women’s Golf Coach Lisa Ferrero said she wants to improve build upon last year to put together a strong 2018 campaign. “The girls are motivated to play well,” Ferrero said. “They had such a breakthrough season last year [so] why not continue that into this year.” The Tigers opens the season in the two-day Towson Invitational Sept. 10 at the Eagle’s Nest Country Club. Ferrero said that she hopes for more turnout than in previous years considering the team’s recent success. She stressed that she wants
the team to experience a variety of different courses this season so that the players can build up experience in different states. In early October, the team will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina to compete in the Starmount Fall Classic before heading to Pinehurst, North Carolina for the Pinehurst Challenge. Later in the month, the Tigers will go to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware to play in the Blue Hen Invitational. Towson closes out the fall in early November with the Idle Hour Collegiate Championship in Macon, Georgia. Despite a rigorous schedule, Ferrero said she is excited to see how players develop over the sea-
son and looks for the team to rise to the occasion. “It’s hard to tell because we haven’t played some of these events before but at the same time we’re going to have our own team goals of what we think we can accomplish,” Ferrero said.”If we could just follow through and accomplish those goals we’ll be placing really well in the tournament.” With a large majority of the roster remaining intact Ferrero looks for several players to improve upon last season. Senior Alix Lowe had the most impressive season for Towson in 2017, becoming the first Tiger to earn All-Colonial Athletic Association
(CAA) honors with an All-CAA Second Team selection. Lowe competed in all 10 events last season and helped lead Towson to a third place finish in the CAA Championships, the highest in program history. “She made the leap last year and I’m hoping that that continues and then some of the other girls can do that and make the leap forward because we’re really close and it’s pretty exciting,” Ferrero said. Junior Erica Han and sophomore Sarah Perine also had strong 2017 campaigns. Han notched three top 20 finishes despite missing a large portion of time during the fall.
“[Han] just dominated in the spring and showed me a lot of good things,” Ferrero said. Perine also recorded three top 20 finishes and managed to compete in all 10 events. “They’ve got so much confidence spilling that hopefully they’ll carry it over into this year,” Ferrero said. With a solid overall team and a strong foundation of youth coming from a 2018 recruiting class that includes three freshmen, the Tigers look to have an impressive season. “When you have a good base and you’re adding more talent to that base good times are ahead,” Ferrero said.
September 4, 2018
USTORE no place like home e GLENN KAPLAN Contributing Writer
It’s not every day that NHL players get an opportunity to play for their hometown, but in July, when all NHL free agency began, center John Tavares was able to achieve that goal. Tavares, a five-time all-star selection, signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a seven-year deal worth $11 million per year. After inking that deal, he posted a photo on his Twitter page of him sleeping in his bed with his Toronto Maple Leafs pillow and blanket when he was a kid. The caption read, “not everyday you can live a childhood dream.” Tavares grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, which is a suburb of the Toronto area. Who can blame him for wanting to go play for the team he rooted for growing up? He has a better chance to win a Stanley Cup or two with the Maple Leafs than with the
New York Islanders. The Islanders are one of the worst run organizations in hockey and they will be playing home games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. Why would players want to play home games at two arenas instead of one? The Toronto Maple Leafs play their home games at the Air Canada Centre. Islanders fans have been upset about Tavares leaving New York and signing with Toronto, but this was basically a business decision for him as well. Tavares is only 27-years-old and he is currently in the prime of his career. He doesn’t want to waste his prime years away in New York although they made changes at head coach and in the front office before he left. The Islanders don’t have the same talent on the roster that the Maple Leafs have. Would you rather play with players like Mathew Barzal, Andrew Ladd,
Anders Lee, and Jordan Eberle or would you rather play with players like William Nylander, Zach Hyman, Auston Matthews, and Mitchell Marner? No matter how you look at it, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made it to the postseason for the past two seasons and the New York Islanders have not. Tavares was one of the key reasons why the Islanders won a playoff series in the 2016 playoffs, marking their first series win since 1993. With the addition of Tavares, Toronto becomes one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2018-2019. Wouldn’t it be something if a player from the Toronto area was one of the reasons why the Toronto Maple Leafs lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time since the 1966-1967 season? In his career so far, he has played in 669 games has scored 272 goals and recorded 349 assists, and his plus/ minus stands at -42.
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