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Opinion

September 26, 2017

The importance of a Stepping down, but not away balanced government SARAH ROWAN Editor-in-Chief @sarmarrow

Dear Towson community, Due to a variety of personal reasons, I have come to the conclusion that it is in my best interest to step down from my position as editorin-chief of The Towerlight, effective this week. This was a decision that I’ve grappled with for a long time, and it definitely wasn’t an easy one to make. Having thought about this for a while, I know now that I need to take time to focus wholeheart-

edly on my physical and mental health, and to place a higher priority on my academic success. While I will no longer hold a leadership position at The Towerlight, I still fully intend to contribute to the paper as a senior staff writer. I’m extremely excited to keep writing and assisting in office work, in a smaller capacity, and I also look forward to expanding my personal student involvement to other areas of campus life, too. I have full faith that the paper will be in great hands under its new leadership, who we will vote in during our editorial board meeting on Wednesday.

I have loved every minute of my work here for the past two years, and I do not intend for that to end. The people I’ve met, the lessons I’ve learned and the stories I’ve seen unfold have made this job one of the most rewarding, albeit challenging, things I have ever done. It has been, and will continue to be, a privilege to report on just about every aspect of campus life here at Towson. Thank you all for your understanding. With love, - Sarah

A thank you from your friend Your leadership as editor-in-chief will be missed

In my four years at The Towerlight, we have always chosen the latter Senior Editor option, to be friends. @jordancope26 While I have enjoyed each and every year here at The Towerlight, my junior Here at The Towerlight, our editorial year was above and beyond my favorite. board members often use the phrase, Our editorial board really was a family. “Towerlife.” Between our then Editor-in-Chief Cody We use this phrase because we Boteler, Senior Editor Sam Shelton, immerse and dedicate ourselves wholeNews Editor h e a r te d ly Sarah Rowan to this job. The num[Sarah] has brought con- and myself as ber of times stant energy to our news- sports editor, we became known we have room, along with great as the “Core 4.” all skipped We truly class to cover reporting and morally and were, and an important ethically upstanding remain best event can’t even journalism friends. be counted on As you all both hands. know now, Sarah I know I is stepping down from her position as have mentioned this before, but every editor-in-chief, and although I’m so Monday we are in an incredibly small very sad to see her go, I couldn’t be office putting pages together for our more proud of her. weekly issue from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sarah came into the office her first That being said, we have one of two year at Towson as a nervous freshman, options: be miserable for ten hours like we all do, but she killed it as a staff every Monday, or become friends with writer and eventually took over as news our colleagues. JORDAN COPE

editor where she did an even better job. This past spring, we elected Sarah as our fearless leader, and in just five issues she has done an amazing job. She has brought constant energy to our newsroom, along with great reporting and morally and ethically upstanding journalism. Sarah did a wonderful job of leading our staff to success, and I have complete and utter faith that our newly elected editor-in-chief will continue to do the same, whoever it may be. I am excited for the future of our publication, and I know that it won’t miss a beat. Although Sarah will continue to write and assist in office work with The Towerlight, I wanted to leave her with this: we are all so very proud of you, both inside and outside of the office. We have been made a better publication for having you as our leader, and better people for having you as a friend. With love, - Jordan

A deep look at the legislative and judiciary branches of government CONNOR McNAIRN Columnist

Hello, all. My name is Connor McNairn and I’m excited to announce my new column in The Towerlight, “Congress and the Court.” I would like to first recognize the incredibly talented writers that frequently contribute to The Towerlight, and extend my most sincere gratitude for the opportunity to contribute my own work. It is through an open dialogue and the exchange of ideas that campuses achieve progress on sociopolitical fronts. I hope that my contributions, in conjunction with those of my colleagues, will motivate other students to become more engaged with political developments. As Americans, we tend to view the presidency as the ultimate seat of power in government. After all, he is the “leader of the free world.” It is also true that the president, compared to individual legislators and justices, does have a greater capacity to influence public policy. In fact, some of the most controversial policies in American politics were initiated by the stroke of a presidential pen. While I find the executive and its expansive powers fascinating and important, I will use this column to explore the other two branches of government – the legislature and judiciary – and explain why developments within Congress and the Court so greatly impact the course of American politics. Much of my motivation to write on the legislature and the judiciary stems from my love of history. Throughout my work, I will often allude to passages from the Constitution, Federalist Papers, political speeches, Supreme Court opinions and the other works of notable scholars to better illustrate my arguments. It is my conviction that American citizens often overlook the importance of the legislature and the judiciary, while vehemently obsessing over the actions of the president. I suspect that almost every citizen interested in American politics has an

opinion about Donald Trump and his agendas. I also surmise that most citizens have opinions about the successes and failures of past presidents. I do wonder, however, how many of these citizens are equally as motivated to scrutinize major legislation promoted by Lindsey Graham, and judicial decisions made by Neil Gorsuch? How many Americans commemorate the gritty senators and representatives who arduously fought for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – a bill that nearly died on several occasions? How many Americans recognize that without the surprising support of Justice Anthony Kennedy – the judge who broke the 4-4 tie – marriage would not be a reality for same sex couples? The point is this: American politics is far greater than Donald Trump. It is absolutely essential that Americans are educated on the values and agendas of presidents. It is also vital that Americans hold their president accountable for his/ her actions. I do not wish to undersell the importance of the executive. Rather, I hope to show that individual congress members, Supreme Court Justices, bills and judicial decisions hold a tremendous amount of weight in the American political system. As Congress continues to mull over myriad acts and propositions, I will break down the most important features of each, and illustrate their relevance. Further, as the Supreme Court begins hearing cases on Oct. 2, I will provide the facts of each case, brief backgrounds and potential impacts that each decision may have on the United States in aggregate. Ultimately, I hope to do one thing: get readers thinking about the other two branches. While Trump is fun and easy to talk about, I hope to demonstrate that the decisions made by the legislature and judiciary are equally as – if not more – important than President Trump’s latest tweet. Welcome to “Congress and the Courts!”


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Caring for your mind is a necessary step KYNDALL CUNNINGHAM Columnist

The first time I heard the term “self-care” or indulged in self-care activities, I couldn’t help but picture a 5-year-old sitting in a corner, taking a breather after a temper tantrum. I’m sure someone from the alt-right has used this image in a political cartoon already. Nevertheless, that’s how we’re taught to think about self-care, making us feel awkward, ashamed or embarrassed, when we simply need a second to readjust. As an introvert, I’m no stranger to putting myself first. My high school

choir instructor once told me that if there’s one thing she knew about me, it was that if I didn’t want to do something, I wouldn’t do it. I remember blushing in that moment, thinking of a solo she wanted me to sing that I declined. Now, as a woman, I couldn’t be prouder of that moment and the fact that even others could see that I wasn’t a yes girl. Self-care requires a lot of saying, “No.” Of course, self-care means different things to different people, but it starts with doing what’s best for you in certain situations instead of what your friend, girlfriend, boyfriend or family

member wants you to do. For a long time, I was saying no to a lot of things, including what was best for me. When I first set out to take care of myself during a stressful time in my life, I was doing it all wrong. I was stuffing my face with junk food, watching Real Housewives on a constant loop, ignoring text messages and phone calls, and declining invitations to hang out with my friends. I wasn’t feeling any better mentally, and none of my problems were going away. Human interaction was an actual pain because being alone felt so much better. My dilemma finally came to a head

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when I realized I was in the worst mental state that I had ever been in in my life. I had my first panic attack. I could burst into tears at any second. The only dialogue I had with my family was, “Hi” or “Bye.” I was a disaster. I hated that something was wrong with me, and that I had to confront my mental health at such a young age. That’s when self-care became about my future and not what felt good in the moment. Part of what I was doing was selfpity. This is not to say that people with mental health problems or depression just sit around and feel sorry for themselves. I can confidently look back and

say that about 30 to 40 percent of the pain I was going through was a hole I had dug for myself. It may not have been on purpose, but I definitely dug it. I think in our society, we romanticize this “Bridget Jones eating ice cream and crying in front a television” idea of self-care that isn’t healthy. I took that idea way too far, and ended up slowing down my life. I don’t exactly know when it hit me, but I finally realized that self-care is about taking a break to readjust yourself to get back out into the world where you belong. - To read the rest of this column online, visit TheTowerlight.com.


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Unruly gathering penalties could be renewed A Baltimore County ordinance that penalizes Towson renters and landlords for “unruly social gatherings” is up for renewal next January. The county enacted legislation in January 2016 to reduce disruptive behavior associated with large house parties around Towson. The legislation, introduced by Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, carved out an area east of Towson University for a pilot program to test the ordinance’s effect on the Towson area community. Since the ordinance’s enactment, TU officials, Marks and many Towson area residents agree that it has had a positive effect on student-neighbor relations. “The vast majority of Towson University students are good neighbors,” Marks said. “The social host ordinance is one tool that helps deter bad behavior by the very few that don’t respect their neighbors.” Towson resident Amy Christopher said there weren’t very many unruly social gatherings in her neighborhood prior to the legislation, so she hasn’t seen a significant change. However, Christopher said that before the legislation, street signs would get pulled up out of the ground and thrown aside or stolen. That behavior has stopped, she said. Ginny Gallagher, another Towson resident, said that other disruptive behavior has decreased since the unruly social gatherings legislation was enacted. “I have noticed that we’ve had less trash, less destruction of property, [and fewer] car breakins, on our street since the legislation,” Gallagher said. Jana Varwig, TU’s associate vice president for Student Development Programs and Services, said the legislation’s effect on unruly social gathering complaints has been “dramatic.” The University has recorded a 50 percent drop in reports filed when comparing the 2015-2016 academic year to 2016-2017, according to Varwig. Marks said the bill has been successful in helping maintain an orderly Towson community. “Many people believe this program has had a deterrent effect on disruptive behavior,” Marks said. Although Marks said there were

“a few incidents in August and September,” he “expects [the number of citations] to go down” as the current school year progresses. Paul Hartman, co-chair of the University Relations committee for the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA), also said that the bill is doing a “good job.” Hartman cites the “tremendous growth” of TU’s student population as a factor putting pressure on neighborhoods that surround the campus. “For the most part, people just want to coexist and share neighborhoods,” Hartman said. However, Hartman said prior instances of out-of-control and disruptive house parties have strained student-neighbor relations. According to Varwig, TU’s attempts at building stronger “town and gown” relationships with surrounding residential neighborhoods began in earnest over 10 years ago, when Deb Moriarty, now TU’s Vice President for Student Affairs, established the University Relations committee with the GTCCA. Since its inception, the committee has brought county, University and neighborhood representatives together to develop policies regarding off-campus disruptive behavior. As a result of these collaborative efforts, TU’s Division of Student Affairs developed a policy for off-campus disorderly and disruptive behavior, which set up formal student conduct investigation procedures when civil or criminal citations are issued to TU students. Sanctions are issued to students found to be in violation of local, state or campus policies, according to Varwig. Varwig said the implementation of this policy reduced the number of residents’ complaints by one third. Christopher believes the legislation has raised awareness for how TU students can be respectful towards their neighbors. “I think the legislation has done a really good job of at least bringing the issue to light and getting people to be aware of it,” Christopher said. “And when I say ‘people’ I mean the students, because there is a code of ethics that you should aspire to follow if you live in a community.” Christopher remembered when her husband, Jay, introduced himself to a group of Towson University students who moved onto their street. After that introduction, they

Marcus Dieterle/ The Towerlight Baltimore County Councilman David Marks is seeking reauthorization for legislation that sought to reduce uruly gatherings around Towson by fining residents and landlords for disruptive behavior. have all had a friendly relationship, she said. “[Jay] went over I think the first day they moved in and said ‘listen, I live here forever. You only live here for four years. We need to figure out how we can live respectfully together. I have two small kids, they nap,’” she said. “It really set the tone for a great relationship with these guys. They never had a party past 7 o’clock. If it did go to 7 o’clock, they took it inside. So I think it just started a dialogue in the community.” Jay Christopher said that he understands that “kids will be kids,” but that it’s important for TU students and Towson area residents to behave amicably towards one another. “It’s hard when the students come down and they’re just disrespectful,” he said. “Fostering respect is always good. It helps people grow together.” Gallagher said she was grateful for students like the ones who help clean up their community for The Big Event every year. “I like students walking around,” Gallagher said. “I like it to be lively.” That is, “lively” as long as those students are also respectful towards the community. After learning the success rates

of other social host ordinances in other cities and counties, the University Relations committee explored the possibility of introducing such a policy to the communities surrounding Towson. What makes the social host ordinance different than existing policies is that it not only features consequences for renters’ and guests’ disruptive behavior, but for the local landlords. “In the past, only renters were penalized,” Marks said. “Now, landlords understand they need to accept responsibility.” According to the ordinance, first time offenders face a $500 fine and 20 hours of community service, and their landlords will receive a written warning. Repeat offenders face double the amount in fines and an increase in community service hours. Landlords similarly face fines and community service hours as well with multiple violations, and could even lose their rental license. Hartman said that citations issued for violating the ordinance are civil citations, not criminal, which means that violations will not appear on a criminal record. Varwig said the dual landlord-renter penalties “bring landlords to the table to inform renters of behavior expectations.”

She believes that informing the landlord of renter behavior “makes a difference” and that the University has worked to educate students about off-campus living. The bill defines an “unruly social gathering” as any gathering of four or more people at a private property where there is underage drinking or disruptive behavior, such as loud noises, public urination, drunkenness and littering. Marks plans on assessing the impact of the bill in December to prepare legislation to reauthorize the program in January because it is still considered a pilot program. The pilot program has a 2-year time limit, which started in January 2016. The council must renew the legislation by the end of January 2018 to reauthorize the ordinance. Marks “expects the measure to pass” and does not think that the geographic boundaries of the bill will be expanded. “Ultimately, everyone wants safe, quiet communities – that includes the established resident who wants to go to bed at night, and the college student who needs a comfortable environment where he or she can live and study,” Marks said. - Marcus Dieterle contributed to this article


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September 26, 2017

Hasan Minhaj talks Muslim experience

Marcus Dieterle/ The Towerlight East Towson unveiled a marker on Sept. 19, on the corner of Towsontown Boulevard and Virginia Avenue. The marker was dedicated to the freed slaves who founded the neighborhood.

Towson addresses racial history Rodgers Forge residents are considering changing language within housing covenants that barred minorities from living in those houses during the mid-20th century, according to Rodgers Forge Community Association president Kristine Henry. In 1968, Congress passed the Federal Fair Housing Act which made it illegal to refuse to sell or rent out a home based on a person’s race, color, religion or national origin. Sex was added as a protected characteristic in 1974, and disability and familial status were added in 1988. While the covenants were outlawed decades ago and have been unenforceable since 1948, Henry believes it’s still important to revise the documents. “We feel it’s important to formally acknowledge that Rodgers Forge, today, is disgusted by that language, and formally states that it finds that language abhorrent, and that we in no way embrace that mindset,” she said. Henry said that after learning about the race restrictions used within the covenants, the community association voted to allocate some

money to consider what it would take to get the documents revised. However, she said that the change could prove to be a difficult feat due to the sheer number of homes that include the language in their covenants. “We’re talking about amending any covenants that do have that language, and it’s going to be complicated because, as I said, it’s not just one set of covenants,” Henry said. “There are literally dozens of covenants in Rodgers Forge.” Rodgers Forge is not the only community that has taken a look at its history recently. East Towson constructed a new historic marker on the northeast corner of Towsontown Boulevard and Virginia Avenue. The marker pays tribute to the former slaves who formed the community. The marker reads “Founded by freed slaves from the Hampton estate, East Towson grew to become a vibrant, largely African American community.” East Towson was founded by a group of slaves who were freed in the will of Charles Carnan Ridgely upon his death in 1829, according to the Hampton National Historic Site’s website. Baltimore County Councilman David Marks said that it was import-

ant to highlight Towson’s history, including those who founded it. “We wanted people to know that despite the progress and change occurring in downtown Towson, there is a remarkably vibrant community to the east that is one of the oldest in Baltimore County,” Marks said. The sign is a requirement for the development of Towson Mews, which will be a 35-luxury townhouse development. The project’s developers, Evergreene Homes, were required to fund the building of the marker, according to Marks. “The community was supportive and helped come up with the wording and location,” he said. Marks hopes that Towson, and the rest of Baltimore County, will work to combat discrimination and create an even more diverse and inclusive community. “I find Towson to be a generally progressive, tolerant and welcoming community,” he said. “All Baltimore County communities can work toward greater tolerance through education, and by doing what we can to reduce discrimination in hiring and other social conventions.” --The Towerlight will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Comedian and “The Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj wielded humor and statistics as he tackled racism, Islamophobia and other topics in American politics at SECU Arena on Sept. 19. As this semester’s Division of Student Affairs Fall Diversity Speaker, Minhaj talked about the myths and misconceptions about Muslims, and the miniscule statistical probability of being killed by a terrorist. According to the Migration Policy Institute, the United States resettled 784,000 refugees between 2001 and 2015. During that time, only three refugees were arrested for planning terrorist activities. “There are literally more Golden Girls than refugees affiliated with terrorism,” Minhaj said. Minhaj drew a parallel between people thinking he is a terrorist just because he is Muslim, and a man who brought a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 aboard a plane Minhaj was on. “I’m not saying all Samsungs blow up,” he said. “I’m just saying every phone that blows up is a Samsung… This is an Apple country. I’m just trying to make this plane great again.” Minhaj addressed the double standard that is applied between black or brown people, and white people who commit acts of terror. If the individual is or is perceived to be Muslim, they are labeled a terrorist. If the individual is white, they are labeled as a “lone wolf,” Minhaj said. “I didn’t know every crazy white guy is part wolf.”

Minhaj noted that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants, and that the ancestors of almost everyone in this country came from somewhere else. He closed his show by commenting on a photo of refugees climbing out of water after their raft washed ashore. “These people are fleeing persecution themselves,” he said. “They’re fleeing terrorism. If they’re willing to wait in line for two years, we owe it to them to look over their applications. Because at some point someone looked over ours.” Minhaj said that in his comedy, he focuses on his personal perspective as a Muslim man, but he emphasized the need for more platforms for a diverse range of voices. Instead of trying to tell the story of a Muslim woman or a queer Muslim, Minhaj said he wants to “be the supporting character in your experience.” Senior political science major Alveeraa Rizwan said that, as an immigrant herself, she enjoys the relatability of Minhaj’s comedy. “I think especially for me, having been born in a different country, all of the immigrant stuff that he talks about is really relatable,” Rizwan said. “So I just think the fact that I can relate to him on a personal level is really good about his comedy. Because you can laugh with it but at the same time you’re like ‘yep, my parents would kick my ass.’” After missing Minhaj’s D.C. show, Towson alum Ahson Rehman said he had to come see the comedian speak at TU. Minhaj’s parents immigrated from India; Rehman is a Pakistani-American. --To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.

Alex Best/ The Towerlight “The Daily Show’s” Hasan Minhaj uses humor to take on racism, Islamophobia, and the current political climate on Sept. 19.


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Arts & Life

The National Book Award semifinalist at Towson JESSICA RICKS Staff Writer

Leslie Harrison, Towson University professor and widely published author, was chosen as a semifinalist for the 2017 National Book Award for poetry. “The Book Of Endings,” her second poetry collection, was chosen as a top-10 finalist out of 250 entries. Harrison’s work has been widely published in journals like FIELD, the Kenyon Review, The New Republic and Memorious. Her first book, “Displacement,” won the 2008 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize in poetry. The Towerlight sat down to chat with her about her writing process, awards and being a semifinalist. What did you write and what is it about? It’s called “The Book of Endings,” and it’s kind of about me reckoning with absence, which is to say it’s about my mother’s death and about other losses like that. What made you decide to write about that? The National Book Foundation sent me two questions, and one of the questions was, “What’s your favorite bookstore?” and, well, that’s easy. The other [question] was, “Why did you write this book?” and I don’t know. I wrote this book because I

wrote this book. I just started writing and I had been writing these poems for several years before I realized what I was really writing about. How is it similar and different to what you’ve written in the past? People always ask me about the lack of punctuation in the book. There’s no punctuation in the book, none. So I think that is a major departure from my previous book, which is a way of saying the form the poems take is different. Why didn’t you put any punctuation in the book? [The poems] didn’t want any. What was your reaction when you were awarded? I burst into tears. It’s a huge honor. They looked at hundreds of books and they picked 10 from the long list. I couldn’t in my wildest dreams have imagined that mine was going to be be one of them. So I was really stunned. Do you have any plans for future work or contests? I’m working on my third book. And what is that one going to be about? I don’t know, but it seems to want to be about shipwrecks. Why shipwrecks? Robert Frost very famously said, “No tears for the writer, no tears for the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader,” and so I’m always trying to write into what I don’t know or don’t understand. So,

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From among hundreds of entries, Towson assistant professor Leslie Harrison’s second poetry collection, “The Book of Endings,” was selected as a semifinalist for the National Book Award for poetry. for example, there are a lot of horses in “The Book of Endings” and I still don’t know why. I’m really interested in the ocean and shipwrecks lately, and I don’t know why yet, but I’ve got about eight new poems that are all titled some version of shipwreck. How did The Book of Endings come together? It’s hard. I had a bunch of poems and I couldn’t figure out how they fit together, like the order of the book. I kept sending it out to open reading

periods and book contests where it would get a finalist slot, or a semifinalist or it wouldn’t do anything and I knew it was because I hadn’t figured the book out yet. And the one day this weird confluence of things made me realize the shape of the book. It’s a triptych – it’s three parts, like early Christian altarpieces. There’s a right panel, a left panel and a center panel. That’s how the book is ordered. There are three sections, the first one is called left panel, the second is right

panel and the last is center panel which, in art, is always the most important. Once I figured that out, the book got taken by Akron almost immediately. When it got taken it was called “Triptych,” but then I thought it was stupid to call your book by its structure. Maybe not stupid, but it didn’t seem like a really good idea. Then the title just came to me and I emailed my editor and I said, “How is this for a title?” She said, “It gave me goosebumps.”

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Concert Series, Baltimore Opera and the Handel Festival in Germany. He also is the music director for The Young Victorian Theater Company in Baltimore, and holds degrees in both music and theatre. Various members of the community, as well as Towson students, graduates and faculty members came out to watch Collister sing in the recital. “It was art in every form,” said Tori Delgado, a freshman music performance and education major. “I liked how everything came together and how aesthetic the show was. The fact that Phillip is able to do that in just an hour shows that he is such a great performer.” Collister’s recital featured songs and monologues from famous composers and writers such as Stephen Sondheim, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Billie Holiday and Tennessee Williams. Sophomore music and philosophy major Jemeyah Bagby said that her favorite part of Collister’s perfor-

mance was when he sang “George” by William Bolcom, and how he used the monologues and the music to make a story. “It wasn’t like a regular recital; it was more engaging, like a story,” Bagby said. Some Towson University graduates returned to watch this recital as well. Jennifer Rivera, a Towson graduate with a degree in vocal performance, said that what made her come see the recital was the American art song theme and the interesting story. “There is a lot of social things going on right now in our current political climate, and the performance touches on a lot of those issues,” Rivera said. “The stage was set up beautifully, and I liked how much he used all of that. Also, the song ‘Shadow of the Blues’ is one of my favorite pieces that John Musto wrote, which is in this recital.” --Read the rest of this article online at www.thetowerlight.com.

Debut from new dept. chair Towson University music and theatre faculty members presented “Souvenirs: An Evening of Song and Story” Sept. 22 in the Center for the Arts recital hall. This event was a faculty recital consisting of unique art songs and monologues performed by Phillip Collister, professor of voice and music for the stage and the new chair of the music department. The recital also featured R. Timothy McReynolds on the piano. The director of the recital, Marsha Becker, is an actor, acting teacher, playwright, Towson University professor and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Collister has performed in plenty of operas, oratorios and recitals. He has performed with the Washington Bach Consort, Washington Bach Sinfonia, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Maryland Handel Festival, Bach


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September 26, 2017

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GLITTER IS THE NEW BLACK KERRY INGRAM Asst. Arts & Life Editor

Fall 2017 has been extremely exciting for those highly invested in the beauty industry – all things glitz and glam have replaced the minimalistic looks of seasons past. This season is all about having fun and being bold, and when it comes to being “EXTRA,” this particular columnist knows a thing or two. I automatically love anything that sparkles (because I’m still a child, at heart and height) so you can only imagine my pure excitement about the plethora of glitter products that have emerged in the ever-developing beauty market. To put it simply, I’m thrilled. To honor such a fantastic trend, I have compiled a list of the top three new products that are not only fabulous, but also wallet-friendly. College students deserve to shine, too. GLITTER EYES: STILA GLITTER & GLOW LIQUID EYE SHADOW These eyeshadows are without a doubt my favorite when it comes to putting glitter on the eyes. Because they come in a liquid form, the application process is easy and MESSFREE. The glitter shadows come in a range of shades, give an opaque layer of glitter and have an intense staying power. Each glitter normally retails for $24 at Sephora; however, the mass beauty retailer recently released a holiday set that includes

three of the shades, all for $25. You’re welcome. GLITTER LIPS: CIATÉ LONDON GLITTER FLIP This is by far the coolest lip product I have ever tried. The product, retailing for $19 at Sephora, comes in the form of a liquid lipstick with shades ranging from a sweet pink to an intense red. When you first apply the product to your lips, it looks like a regular matte lipstick, but don’t let it fool you. Once the products dries completely, the wearer can press their lips together to unleash a TON of intense glitter to amp up the look. I still have not figured out the science to this product, but if there’s one thing I’m certain of, it is that this lip product is a must-have for fall. GLITTER EYES/LIPS/FACE/ WHEREVER: FENTY BEAUTY KILLAWATT HIGHLIGHTER IN “TROPHY WIFE” If you haven’t heard of this product yet, please take a moment to Google it and observe its beauty. This highlighter is a standout product in Rihanna’s new Fenty Beauty line, largely due to its uniqueness in color and payoff. The highlighter, described by Sephora as a “3D hyper-metallic gold,” comes in a true yellow shade that can be lightly applied for a subtle amount of glitter or packed on for a blinding finish. Because of its colorful hue, it can also be used as an eyeshadow or as an added glitter effect to other lip colors. At $34, this particular product falls under the prestige category, but its various uses makes it worth the cost.

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Lorde’s 2017 album “Melodrama” is her second studio work released through Republic Records; the native New Zealander called it “a record about being alone... The good parts and the bad parts.”

Show the ladies some love CHLOË WILLIAMS Columnist

A lot of people have told me that they often shy away from female singers in genres like rock, alternative and punk because they think girls “don’t fit in” those categories. To counter that idea, I have created a list of bands that not only feature some seriously talented women, but a list of some of the most original and unique bands of this generation, regardless of gender. After having a listen, I think you’ll agree. Go on, show the ladies some love! Lorde Chances are, you've probably heard of this indie pop singer, but she definitely deserves her spot on this list. Lorde is a wordsmith, and her unique music style plays with off-beats, synchronization and floats effortlessly between different subcategories of genres. Much of Lorde's music is written about her experiences growing up in a lesser-known town, fitting in and her experiences with love. Her style is elegant, yet edgy; she plays with harmonies, hard beats, theatrical style and poetic phrasing. Her songs take you on journeys and will have you anywhere from gently swaying to full-on dancing. Check out "Homemade Dynamite" from her new album “Melodrama” and then "The Love Club,” a piece from the extended edition of “Pure Heroine.” Marmozets Marmozets features Becca Macintyre, an incredibly fierce and bold woman who's not afraid to express herself in the hardcore music world. Becca's vocals are harsh, extremely dramatic

and in your face, yet she still manages to convey melodic choruses and slow pieces very well. Marmozets aren't for the faint of heart, but don't let that be a turn off. Marmozets are one of the most original bands out there, and a fairly new group. The guitar work from this band is incredible, and even though the style is harder-edged, the melodic qualities will still have you wanting to dance. Check out their new single "Play" and then "Is It Horrible?” from their first and only full-length album, “The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets.” Jule Vera Jule Vera is a pop band featuring singer Ansley Newman who also plays ukulele on several of the band's tracks. This band has a very diverse sound in that they use a traditionally rock band setup (guitars, bass, drums, singer) to transform and blend between different sub genres. Despite their materials, the sound produced includes flavors of pop, rock, indie, alternative and even some elements of funk. Newman’s soft and light vocals work on many levels, creating angelic tones in the softer pieces, and coming across as brilliant contrast in edgier tracks. Jule Vera, meaning “Young Truth,” is not your typical pop group. Their mixed bag of electronic sounds, grinding electric guitars, backbeats, dance beats and ukulele strumming will present you with something fresh and new on every track. Start out with “Bad Company” from their new album, “Waiting On The Sun” and then “You Can’t Mess It Up” from their first album, “Friendly Enemies.” Bleached Bleached is an all-girl garage punk band that is guaranteed to bring out

the Riot Grrrl in you. The crunch in their guitar, matched with driving rock drums and hard melodic vocals make this three-piece band mesh perfectly. Bleached is one of the most solid punk bands of this generation with creative solos and an original transformation of grunge, garage and even beach style. The lyrics are clever, and even humorous at times. Bleached reimagines and resurrects ideas in music that have not been explored for a while, all the time still maintaining a completely original sound. Start out with “Can You Deal?” from their recent EP “Can You Deal?” and move to “Wednesday Night Melody” from their second record, “Welcome the Worms.” The Dollyrots The Dollyrots is a two-piece power pop band, mixing bubblegum pop vocals with distorted rock ‘n’ roll guitar. This blending of such opposites may sound a little crazy, but The Dollyrots are able to craft a flawlessly unique sound thriving on this very contrast. This band also has a lot to offer in terms of song diversity. You can find straight punk, straight pop, dance pop, pop punk, acoustic folksy, and of course, the beloved power pop. The Dollyrots are just plain fun and do not take themselves too seriously. Just take a listen to lyrics like, “Took my tag off my mattress/I’m a first world anarchist.” The Dollyrots is a fantastic band to listen to when you just want to let go and dance, or rock out. Listen to “Get Weird” from their fifth album, “Barefoot and Pregnant,” “I Wanna Go” from their fourth album “The Dollyrots,” and “Kick Me to the Curb” from their first record “Eat My Heart Out” to explore their diverse sound.


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PRIDE mentors offer support MCKENNA GRAHAM Arts & Life Editor

For a number of people, it can be unimaginably difficult to deal with trying to get your family and friends to reconcile who they think you are, and who you actually are; to get them to see you how you want and ought to be seen; and to get them to respect your identity even if they don’t understand, or can’t personally relate to it. On Sept. 22 in the University Union, the PRIDE Mentors hosted Queer After Hours, an event that gave people a chance to mingle, make friends and learn about the PRIDE Mentor Program. In an effort to ease the hardships many young people face – the difficulty of coming out to your community, the difficulty of not knowing what to come

out as, or the difficulty of adjusting to being at college – the PRIDE Mentor Program at Towson University encourages students to reach out to mentors and let them help with any issues stemming from LGBTQIA+ student life on campus. The mentors are people who, regardless of age, race, gender or sexuality, have already acclimated to life at Towson University. “It’s just a queer space to meet people,” said Symone Cypress, a junior EMF major. “You pretty much are assigned a friend, and they help you get used to Towson, the queer community, if you have a problem with your major – literally just anything, so that you have someone who is similar to you, and also shares queerness.” The event started at around 6 p.m. with music, a taco bar and an activity table where people could make brace-

lets or paper crowns to wear. “The theme for tonight is basically ‘Royally Gay,’ so we get to make our own crowns,” said psychology major Quinn Remich. Remich is a PRIDE Mentor, even though they’re a freshman, because they spend time in the Center for Student Diversity’s Rainbow Lounge and heard about the program from their friends. “I just started hearing about it around,” Remich said. “I decided, ‘Okay, why not do this because it’ll help people?,’ and I like helping people.” Noah Barr, a freshman marketing major, decided to make a Cleopatrastyle headdress by combining the two elements of the craft table. They attended the event to make friends after realizing that their residence hall wasn’t very social. “I kind of wanted to develop a com-

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Top: Attendees were encouraged to draw themselves within a bubble to indicate their gender identity. Bottom: The craft station allowed anyone to create their own crown or jewelry to wear and take home.

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Rylie Dufresne wore the transgender flag, a palindromic combination of blue, pink and white stripes, to celebrate the pride they feel. munity where I can relate to people and have a network, but also just have fun time to spend with people like me,” Barr said. Along with food, music and a craft station, the event had a meme contest where anyone could take a printout of a viral photo and caption it. People could also participate in a trivia game that asked about the first Pride march in Washington, D.C., the origin of the word “lesbian,” the Kinsey scale, the Stonewall Riots and other cultural and historical facts relating to the LGBTQIA+ community. For trivia, people had to get into teams of six to eight. A winning team, named “The Cheetahs,” after a common love for the film “The Cheetah Girls,” tied another team with 10 out of 12 answers correct. Rylie Dufresne, third year French, Spanish and secondary education major, was one of few who didn’t participate in the trivia game; for them, the night was just about being yourself. Dufresne wore a transgender flag tied around them like a cape the entire night as a way of “being visible in a place where I know I can be safe, and kind of flaunting it.”

“It’s definitely compensating for when I’m out there and have to hide,” said Dufresne. “It’s comforting, and it’s pride in who I am.” Dufresne is also a PRIDE Mentor and focuses on the aspect of having someone who understands what you’re going through in adjusting to college life, as well as in being queer. “[Tonight is about] being at home with my queers, welcoming new and younger people into the queer community, helping them see ‘Wow, we’re all here, we’re all family,’” Dufresne said. “Also, the free food and free prizes don’t hurt.” Queer After Hours offered attendees, whether part of the PRIDE Mentor Program or not, a place to unite not just as a community, but as people. DeMarco Starchia is a freshman, but he’s already co-chair of the program, and feels very passionate about community outreach events like Queer After Hours. “I love doing this,” Starchia said with a smile. Anyone interested in the Mentor Program, whether in being a mentor or a mentee, can reach out via towsonlgbtmentor@gmail.com.


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what you need to know for game day JORDAN COPE Senior Editor @jordancope26

Towson returns home after a three-game road trip, in which the team went 1-2. The Tigers will take on the Villanova Wildcats, who are also coming off of a conference loss. Here are five things you need to know going into Saturday’s contest: 1. Home sweet home: Towson returns home to Johnny Unitas Stadium for the first time since Sept. 2, when the team opened its 2017 campaign with a 10-0 win over Morgan State in the Battle for Greater Baltimore. Dating back to 2016, the Tigers are riding a three-game winning streak at Johnny Unitas Stadium. 2. Exit Andy Talley, enter Mark Ferrante: Talley served as Villanova’s head coach for 32 years until his retirement in 2016. Talley was the winningest head coach in Villanova and CAA history. Following Towson’s 40-21

loss to Villanova last season on Sept. 17, Towson Head Coach Rob Ambrose said that he was glad to see Talley retire, because the seasoned Villanova head coach had owned the Tigers throughout the course of his career. The Wildcats are under the new leadership of Mark Ferrante. Ferrante was an assistant coach under Talley for 30 years. Ferrante comes into the contest with a 2-2 record in his first season as head coach of the Wildcats. 3. Cat scratched: In their last five matchups with the Wildcats, the Tigers are just 2-3 and have been outscored by 36 points. In previous seasons, the Tigers had to gameplan for quarterback John Robertson, a 2012 Jerry Rice Award winner as the top freshman in the FCS. This year, Towson will have to gameplan for junior quarterback Zach Bednarczyk. Last year, Bednarczyk carved up Towson’s defense. He completed 20-of-26 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. 4. Offensive woes: It has been

no secret that Towson’s offense has struggled this season. In their first game of the year, the Tigers scored just 10 points against Morgan State. The most the Tigers have scored this season is 17 points. Towson is dealing with the loss of sophomore running back Shane Simpson, who suffered an injury against Maryland two weeks ago. The Tigers are also led by a redshirt freshman quarterback, Ryan Stover. While Stover, has done a great job of managing games this season, he has yet to have a breakout performance that the team’s offense is so desperately craving. 5. Colonial test: Towson begins a three-game stretch against ranked opponents. After their contest against the No. 8 Wildcats, the Tigers will battle No. 6 Richmond and No. 16 New Hampshire. If Towson is going to make a push for the postseason, the time to start is now. - For post-game coverage of Towson’s Saturday bout with CAA rival Villanova, visit TheTowerlight.com

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Ellis Knudson surveys the field. Knudson is now a tight end for TU.


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winning ways tigers drop caa opener Towson improves to 16-0 after weekend wins in conference play JESSIE L. BAIRD Staff Writer

The Tigers extended their winning streak to 16 games as they opened Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play this weekend with two wins. The team remains one of four undefeated Division I teams in the nation, including Miami, Florida and fellow conference member James Madison. Sunday, Towson defeated William & Mary 3-0 at Kaplan Arena to extend its winning streak to 16. Junior Carola Biver led the way for Towson, recording a season-high 18 kills. The team hit .382 on the day, while only allowing the Tribe to hit .093. The team finished the competition with a win in straight sets (25-22, 25-13, 25-14). Junior Jocelyn Kuilan added seven kills on the day, giving her 184 for the season and 982 for her career. She needs only 18 kills to reach 1000 for her career. Sophomore Marrisa Wonders contributed 27 assists and eight dig in the match, while redshirt junior Anna Holehouse added 11

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digs and five assists to the effort. Towson opened the weekend with CAA play against Elon at Alumni Gym. The team won the match 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 18-25, 25-23) behind a strong effort from Kuilan. She registered a team-high 15 kills and six digs, while Biver added 12 kills and five digs. Wonders had her ninth double-double of the season, while junior Peyton Moyles had her fifth. The Tigers had a season-high seven service aces in the match, with Holehouse leading the way with three. Elon posted a .260 hitting percentage against Towson, becoming just the second team on the season to post over a .200 hitting percentage. On the season, Towson has held 14 of its 16 opponents to under a .200 hitting percentage. They’ve also held eight teams to under .100. Towson is just two wins shy of tying the program-record for 18 straight wins. The record was set by the 2012 team. Towson looks to get closer to making history as they host Hofstra Sept. 29, at SECU Arena. The match is set to begin at 8 p.m.

Towson fell to Stony Brook, 25-17, Saturday night at LaValle Stadium in its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener. “While we were much better at protecting the ball than we were a week ago, we weren’t good enough to beat a CAA team at home,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “We’ve got a lot to learn, but I think we understand who we are and who we can be against very good league play.” The Tigers (2-2, 0-1 CAA) got off to a nice start, forcing the Seawolves (3-1, 2-0 CAA) to punt on their first possession after just six plays. Towson came out firing with big plays from the team’s stable of rushers. Freshman running back Adrian Feliz-Platt got the drive started with a 15-yard carry. Later in the drive, fellow freshman running back Kobe Young added a 27-yard run to put the Tigers in the red zone. Young capped off the drive a few plays later with a two-yard touchdown run, the first of his career. “I see two really good, talent backs that are going to be a handful in a couple of years,” Ambrose said. “They were a little bit of a handful tonight.”

Stony Brook responded with an eight-play drive that ended with a 24-yard touchdown strike from junior quarterback Joe Carbone to senior wide receiver Ray Bolden. Towson looked to score quickly as redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stover connected with freshman wide receiver Ryan Dorsey for a 73-yard gain on the first play of the team’s second drive. However, the team couldn’t finish the drive and had to settle for a 29-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Aidan O’Neill. The Seawolves added a field goal midway through the second quarter to knot the score at 10. Both teams struggled to move the ball for most of the quarter, and field position was the significant determinant in scoring drives. Stony Brook junior wide receiver Donavin Washington returned a punt 18 yards to put his team in Towson territory with under three minutes in the quarter. Stony Brook executed a two-minute drive and scored a touchdown just before halftime. The extra point attempt failed, but Stony Brook held a 16-10 lead going into the break. The Seawolves continued to score in the third quarter, tacking on a 42-yard field goal early in the period to extend their lead. Towson answered back with a 13-play drive that took most of the third quarter, and ended with a one-yard rushing touchdown from

senior running back C.J. Williams. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Brent Richardson made a spectacular one-handed catch for 19 yards on the drive, and Williams recorded his first touchdown as a Tiger with his score. Stony Brook scored a field goal early in the fourth quarter to make the score 22-17. Towson looked to march downfield and capture the lead, but turned the ball over on a critical fourth down with five minutes left to play. The Seawolves chewed a few minutes off the clock and added another field goal to gain a 25-17 lead. The Tigers got the ball with under two minutes in the game, but failed to drive downfield to tie the game. “I thought Ryan played well for the most part,” Ambrose said. “I think he made a couple of mistakes down the stretch that hurt us that showed his inexperience, but for the situation we are in, far away from home, having so many guys down, I’m proud of our guys.” Towson looks to rebound next week when the team hosts Villanova at Johnny Unitas Stadium Saturday, Sept. 30. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. “[We prepare for Villanova] just like all the other ones,” Ambrose said. “By the time we get to Sunday night, moment’s over, go to bed, take what we did right, learn from it. Take what we did bad, learn from it, grow from it in both cases and come back to work on Tuesday.”

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Former quarterback, now tight end, Ellis Knudson throws the ball down the middle of the field against Stony Brook last season at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Towson fell to Stony Brook in this matchup 27-20.


Sports

September 26, 2017

tu falls in heated match Tigers lose a physical game against rival Blue Hens

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USTORE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Carola Biver Volleyball

Junior outside hitter Carola Biver led Towson to its 16th consecutive victory with 18 kills and one block against Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival William & Mary Sunday in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Junior midfielder Sarah Quick dribbles past the Delaware defense. Towson dropped its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game against Delaware, but looks to bounce back Sept. 28, against Elon. DESMOND BOYLE Staff Writer

Towson suffered a 1-0 loss against Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival Delaware in a physical game Sunday afternoon at the Tiger Soccer Complex. The Tigers (3-6-2, 0-1-0 CAA) couldn’t manage a shot on goal throughout the entire game and struggled to create any chances beyond a few crosses into the box that failed to find a target. The entire attacking unit looked disjointed throughout the game as the Tigers failed to string together passes in the final third. “We didn’t have the urgency in the attacking half of the field to do something,” Head Coach Greg

Paynter said. “We played the last 20 minutes without a forward, it’s hard to think you’re going to generate that type of play.” Junior forward McKenzie McCaull was sent off 67 minutes into the game after a scuffle with a Blue Hen defender on the sideline. Following the red card, the Blue Hens (6-5-2, 1-1-0 CAA) found space to work and scored the game’s only goal in the 74th minute after freshman midfielder Gabby Johnson converted on a penalty kick. “It was a heated game, that’s part of our sport,” Paynter said. “It’s just discipline and making sure we’re as sharp as we can be in those moments of need and today we weren’t.” After McCaull was sent off the field, Towson had a scoring opportunity

when sophomore forward Elizabeth Coletti found the head of senior midfielder Maddie Bove. However, Bove pushed the shoot just right of the post. After the game, Paynter gave Towson a passionate speech about committing to the team for the rest of the season. The Tigers have a chance to show that commitment Sept. 28, as they host CAA opponent Elon to conclude their five-game home stand. Opening kick is set for 3 p.m. “Heart, desire, I thought that was lacking in the first half,” Paynter said. “We gotta have that heart from the very beginning because Elon is a very aggressive and physical team, and if we don’t play with that we could get run off the field.”

It was a heated game, that’s part of our sport. It’s just discipline and making sure we’re as sharp as we can be in those moments of need, and today we weren’t. GREG PAYNTER Head Coach

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Building a foundation for the future Jordan Cope/ The Towerlight

Towson’s new head field hockey coach E.A. Jackson sits in her office at the Towson Center with her son. Jackson is looking to revamp TU’s program into a Division I contender. Jackson came to Towson University after a two-year stint at Eastern Mennonite University. At EMU, Jackson helped the program record its most wins since the 2011 season. “We’re seeing tremendous growth from our players. It’s not reflected in KARUGA KOINANGE our record, but I’m seeing it in stats,” Sports Editor Jackson said. “I’m seeing it in shots on goal. We’re getting there and I think next year our record will better E.A. Jackson is currently revampreflect the work we’ve put in. They’re ing a Towson field hockey program not playing like they’re defeated, that can only improve. which is a huge step She inherited a from when I inherteam this offseason ited them in the that has suffered five consecutive los- We’re seeing tremendous spring.” Prior to taking ing seasons. Over growth from our players. over Towson’s prothe span of those It’s not reflected in our gram, E.A. Jackson seasons, the team has collected just record, but I’m seeing it served as head field hockey coach and eight victories. in stats. senior women’s H o w e v e r , E.A. Jackson administrator at Jackson believes Head Coach Eastern Mennonite that her team will University (EMU). be dangerous in Jackson was deeply involved in the future. numerous operations at EMU sepaThe team just picked up its first rate from coaching. win of the season in a matchup “I was doing our own laundry when against LIU Brooklyn, to improve to I was at EMU,” Jackson said. “So 1-9 on the year.

from laundry to sports performance to health medicine to nutrition, the athletes that I work with at Towson just have this wealth of resources available to them, and I’m helping them develop a sense of awareness and gratitude for the support that makes this program possible.” In her two years at EMU, Jackson led the team to a four-win improvement in the 2016 season and helped the program record its most wins in a season since 2011. Jackson also worked as the director of operations in her time at EMU. Her experience in running different aspects of the program helped her appreciate the day-to-day work that goes into keeping an organization functioning properly. After reviving the EMU program, Jackson came to Towson to see if she could replicate her early coaching success at a Division I school. “I just decided to go for it, and I think it’s sort of a perfect blend of

mixing my passion for education and teaching and mentoring with my love for field hockey,” she said. Thankfully for Jackson, she is allowed to focus strictly on coaching and recruiting duties at Towson University. One of her biggest goals is to recruit talented athletes looking for playing time. “Most of the time freshmen come into a Division I program, and they have to pay their dues and sit on the bench for a little while,” Jackson said. “So it’s super rare on any given day that we’ve got five to six freshmen in our starting lineup. I think the freshmen coming in are pretty excited about the upward mobility potential here as well.” Jackson is also lobbying for improvements to Towson’s field hockey facilities. She wants the University to add a water-based Astroturf field. TU is just four out of 78 Division I field hockey teams in the NCAA, that is playing on a regular AstroTurf

field. Jackson hopes upgrading the facilities will also aid with recruiting and gameday performance. Jackson’s love for coaching stemmed from her career as an educator. She worked as a public school educator for 14 years at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Virginia, where her family lived. She eventually started an elite field hockey travel club at the school, where she worked with young women looking to face a high level of competition. She was named the district Coach of the Year after her first season at Albemarle in 2009. “I’ve seen coaching done really well and I’ve seen it done really poorly,”Jackson said. “I think it’s a really powerful vehicle to help young women learn how to support each other and rather than looking at each other as competition, looking at each other as allies as you navigate the world and so it felt like a really natural fit.”

The Towerlight (September 26, 2017)  

Towson University's new head field hockey coach is building a foundation for the future off of her young talent. Story on page 20.

The Towerlight (September 26, 2017)  

Towson University's new head field hockey coach is building a foundation for the future off of her young talent. Story on page 20.

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