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Towson University’s resources for students studying internationally, pg.7 Photo by Marcus Dieterle, Photo Illustration by Jordan Stephenson /The Towerlight


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Editor-in-Chief Marcus Dieterle Senior Editor Jordan Cope News Editor Bailey Hendricks Arts & Life Editor McKenna Graham Asst. Arts & Life Editor Kerry Ingram Sports Editor Karuga Koinange Asst. Sports Editors Michael Mills Billy Owens Senior Staff Writer Sarah Rowan Staff Writers Desmond Boyle



Mary-Ellen Davis Michael Mills Jill Gattens Jessica Ricks Kevin McGuire Keri Luise Rohan Mattu Sophia Bates Photo Editor Asst. Photo Editor Mark Dragon Brendan Felch


Joseph Noyes Brittany Whitham

General Manager Mike Raymond Art Director Jordan Stephenson


12:30 p.m., University Union, Loch Raven, Room 1.

Joseph Hockey Simon Enagonio

Proofreaders Kayla Baines


The Bill and Helen Murray Jazz Residency presents two performances with pianist and composer Kris Davis. The first on Nov. 29 features Davis in concert with bassist Michael Formanek, drummer Tom Rainey and trumpeter Dave Ballou.


8 p.m., Center for the Arts, Room 3066.

Staff Photographers Jordan Cope

David Fisher

All off-campus and commuter students are invited to this event. There will be free promo and giveaways, prize packages with home goods and a raffle for a bigscreen television.

Noon, University Union, Loch Raven, Room 1.

Lauren Cosca Amanda Carroll

Sarah Van Wie Muhammad Waheed



Jesse L. Baird Natalie Bland

Senior Staff Photographer Alex Best



Are you interested in becoming a Resident Assistant for the 2018-2019 academic school year? You must attend one of the information sessions to be considered.


8 p.m., Center for the Arts, Studio Theatre.



Kafka, a Jewish atheist who wrote about alienation in Prague at the turn of the last century, and Berkoff, a British punk poet-theatre artist in London in the 1970s, will help director Tavia La Follette and TU students delve into the idea of “other.”

Super Smash Brothers Wii U Tournament. First place winner receives a prize.


8 p.m., University Union, PAWS. Webmaster


Circulation Staff Shawn Halerz Dom Capparuccini Elssa Kenfack

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November 28, 2017

Sports betting case Empty feeling in SECU Arena in the Supreme Court Towson University Athletics lacks fans and spirit CONNOR McNAIRN Columnist

When thinking of Supreme Court cases, one likely imagines dense arguments pertaining to congressional districting, copyright disputes, free speech violations and more. But on Monday, Dec. 4, the Court is set to hear cases on sports gambling that are sure to redefine the role of federalism in contemporary legal battles. The cases – Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association and New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association v. National Collegiate Athletic Association – revolve around a challenge from New Jersey, contending that sports betting should not be limited to particular states by the United States Congress. According to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, the majority of American state governments are not allowed to authorize sports gambling. Essentially, only Nevada retains the right to do so. Although this law forbids sports betting in other states, betting does occur illegally through underground betting networks. In 2011, New Jersey voters approved a referendum that favored legalizing sports betting in the state. In response, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, through a series of rulings, repeatedly denied New Jersey the opportunity to craft law that provides gambling opportunities to its citizens. Given the procedural setting of New Jersey’s cases, it was quite unlikely that the Supreme Court would grant cert to the state. But in a surprising move this past summer, the Court did agree to hear the state’s argument. Before the Court are cases that challenge the fabric of American federalism. In its current state, PASPA acts as a clear restrictor of states’

rights to oversee sports gambling. New Jersey very clearly carried out the referendum process and determined by a 2-1 margin that it wanted the right to authorize sports betting within the state. The Court’s position on this matter is potentially illustrated through its welcoming of the issue. Because the Court decided to hear the cases following a series of major losses for New Jersey, one might conclude that the Court is rather sympathetic towards the state’s claims. Although precedent backs PASPA and Nevada’s monopoly, the decision, which will likely be handed down in late spring or early summer of next year, could deal a striking blow to the decades-old legislation. For the Court to uphold the Third District’s decision, it would first have to overlook the $150-400 billion underground betting industry in the U.S. While the PASPA acts as a legal barrier against other states’ involvement in sports betting, it is rendered ineffective by underground industries worth billions of dollars. Aside from the PASPA being relatively ineffective in halting outside gambling, a Court decision in favor of the legislation would pit Court against states’ rights – a predicament that would not portray the conservative judiciary positively. For the Court, there really is only one appropriate decision: it must rule that the PASPA legislation is an unconstitutional extension of Congressional power. In limiting the ability of citizens in other states to participate in sports gambling, the Court only upholds an obsolete piece of legislation and blatantly undermines American federalism. An alternative betting industry that undermines the PASPA already exists; why not legalize that industry and allow states to capitalize on the profits that such an industry might yield?

JORDAN COPE Senior Editor @jordancope26

Walk into SECU Arena on game day for Towson Athletics, and the place is packed and fans are going absolutely wild! Oh, wait. Silly me, that’s the game day experience for the Baltimore Blast. I had the opportunity of covering the first Blast game at SECU Arena, and the atmosphere was electric. The arena was at capacity, fans were interested in the game -- and believe it or not -- they were making NOISE. Yes, you read that correctly, noise. Now, I’m going to be serious here. Walk into the $85 million SECU Arena on game day for Towson

Athletics, and you can hear the sound of a pin dropping. Towson Athletics’ supposedly “big, money-making sports” -men’s basketball and women’s basketball -- are lucky if the stands are half full. SECU Arena has a capacity of 5,200. Just keep that number in mind. In the 2016-17 men’s basketball season, the largest crowd was 3,431 people. In the 2016-17 women’s basketball season, the largest crowd was 1,357. Uh, yeah. Yikes. Want to hear something even more horrifying? Please brace yourself. The smallest crowd in the 2016-17 men’s basketball season was 1,004. In the 2016-17 women’s basketball season, the smallest crowd was 167 people. Yes, you read

that correctly. Just 167 people! Now, don’t get me wrong. This isn’t just game day at SECU Arena. This is game day at Johnny Unitas Stadium for football. Of the 11,198 people that can fit into Johnny Unitas Stadium, the largest crowd of the season was 6,563. That is only 964 people more than half full. I flash back to the Blast game on Nov. 17 inside of SECU Arena, and I picture a buzzing crowd. But at Towson University Athletic events, that is simply not the case. The University and can put on a facade that students and members of the community care about athletics, but the truth of the matter is they don’t.


A change made for the better in MD

State passes laws to protect sexual assault victims KYNDALL CUNNINGHAM Columnist

In the midst of sexual assault allegations surrounding politicians, actors, comedians and journalists, I thought it would be important to share some laws that have been passed in Maryland to better protect residents who find themselves in these awful situations. While going through the judicial system isn’t the answer for every man or woman that is assaulted, there have been steps to help make the process more fair and accessible for survivors, at least in Maryland. As of October 2017, sexual assault victims in Maryland no longer have to prove they physically resisted their attackers as evidence that a crime was committed, according to a new law. Governor Larry Hogan signed the bill in April, and the law went

into effect in October. The legislation, which Maryland legislators call the “No Means No” law, expands the definition of rape and gives more victims the ability to seek justice. The proposal came after a report by BuzzFeed News last September stating that the Baltimore County Police Department frequently rules rape allegations as “unfounded” without performing basic investigations. Two weeks prior to the “No Means No” law, Maryland lawmakers also voted to expand the definition of rape when the General Assembly passed a bill to eliminate gendered language and include all sexual acts in rape and sexualt assault laws. Before, under Section 3-303 of Maryland Criminal Laws, sexual intercourse had to be vaginal in order for a rape to occur. Other sexual acts, such as oral and anal sex, were

considered only sexual assaults. Therefore, male victims of rape were discriminated against by law, as well as women who were assaulted outside of vaginal intercourse, which fortunately will change. While the judicial system is far from perfect and will always need improvement, changing the way we talk about rape and how we define it makes it more inclusive of each person’s individual circumstance. There’s no right way to handle being raped in order to prove that it happened. Men and women shouldn’t have to “be tough” or fight off their attackers to prove that they didn’t want the rape to occur. Hopefully, this change in language and dialogue about rape can lead to fairer procedures in court.


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Resources for studying internationally MARCUS DIETERLE Editor-in-Chief @marcusdieterle

College is a time for students to broaden their horizons; but for students studying outside of their home country, their college career is quite a literal expansion of their worldview. Omar Almalki, an international student from Saudi Arabia, came to the United States six years ago to study English. Almalki, a senior finance major, has studied at Towson for the past four years. Almalki said that being in the United States has made him more aware of a diverse range of people and cultures. “I have a lot of experience in the U.S. since I came from a different culture…. America is about a multicultural society, so you get exposure to multicultural people and get to know about a new culture,” he said. Claire Joseph, a study abroad peer advisor, said that studying abroad helped her to better understand people from different backgrounds. “We’re at a relatively progressive school, but I think being associated with international students helps others to be associated with the rest of the world and learn about a lot of different cultures,” Joseph said. “That kind of just opens your eyes to be more understanding, so having global competence is crucial to ultimately being a better person because you understand how to tolerate difference.” Joseph, who is a senior mass communication major, has studied abroad

twice: once as part of a two-and-a-half week, faculty-led program in Barcelona two summers ago; the other time for five months in Scotland last spring. While studying abroad, Joseph said she had three Chinese roommates who expanded her understanding, appreciation and respect for Chinese culture. According to NAFSA: Association of International Educators, about 10 percent of U.S. graduates studied abroad during the 2015-2016 academic year. Joseph acknowledged that some students can be conflicted about the decision to study abroad. “I know studying abroad is hard for a lot of students to consider…. Finances come into play,” she said. “Being afraid to go out of your comfort zone, leaving your family and friends – I know it’s really hard to fathom because I didn’t think I could at first. But I think it really changes you as a person so I always encourage everyone to at least consider it as something that’s a possibility for them.” If students are considering studying abroad, but are unsure about whether they will be able to afford the trip, Joseph urged them to seek out financial aid and scholarships. “For students who have the barrier of financial problems, we do offer scholarships through Towson and then we also direct students to external resources,” she said. Financial aid at Towson is transferrable to the school where a student studies abroad. If a student participates in an exchange program, they are able to pay Towson tuition. “It makes it possible for everyone

Marcus Dieterle/ The Towerlight The Brazilian flag is one of the many flags that wave along International Walkway in front of the Liberal Arts building.

Marcus Dieterle/ The Towerlight The Portuguese table at the Foreign Languages Day event on Nov. 15 offered students samples of guarana, a traditional Brazilian soda. Foreign Languages Day showcased the languages taught at TU. who wants to have that experience and maybe thinks they can’t because of costs,” Joseph said. Joseph said the Study Abroad Office focuses on “communicating and preparing students who are about to go abroad with what they’re going to be expecting, how they can be safe while abroad, how to expect and handle culture shock, and how to acclimate when you return home.” Almalki said that initially it was difficult to adjust to the United States when he first came here. “At first here, I experienced culture shock, but then I got adapted to American culture,” he said. “There was a lot of experience through the schooling, through rules here, getting license. Since I came to the U.S., there were more responsibilities for me, like I had to rent an apartment.” Since being in the United States, Almalki said he has acclimated to life here. Now, Almalki is an intern for the International Student and Scholar Office. He said ISSO is a helpful resource for international students at Towson. “I think Towson University is doing very well in informing international students about important rules…. I know other international students keep asking me about important documents for the immigration, so I think ISSO is doing a very great job at informing international students,” Almalki said. ISSO works with international students who are seeking a degree from

Towson University. The Study Abroad Office works with exchange students to connect them with programs spanning the minimester, one semester, or multiple semesters. Joseph commended ISSO for the welcoming environment they create for international students. “It’s a group of individuals that are really accepting of one another, so just being around that atmosphere is really spirited and inspiring so it’s kind of inspired me to share that with others and promote the importance of global competence.” While some students experience culture shock while in a new country, Joseph said the most difficult part for her was returning to the United States. “Getting there, you’re excited; it’s what we call the ‘honeymoon phase,’” she said. “You have phases of culture shock and I never actually got into where I was really really missing home because I was just always busy, always having fun. Coming home is the hardest part.” When students do return home, Joseph said the Study Abroad Office encourages them to maintain their involvement in cultural events. “What we recommend for a lot of students when they’re coming back is to engage in other international affairs or activities,” she said. “That’s why I joined the Study Abroad Office because I got home and was like ‘that can’t be it.’ I went abroad once and I went abroad again, so a lot of students come back and they’re like ‘well, that’s

such a different life. How do I readjust?’ And so we have that information for students on our website [and] on our blog [about] readjusting when they come back in.” After graduating, Almalki plans to return to Saudi Arabia where he will seek a job in the financial sector with the tools Towson equipped him with. “The reason for me choosing finance is because my family -- most of them are business majors -- and I decided I love math, so finance basically has a lot of math and analyzing stuff. Besides, I want to start my own business in the future, so I need to know all about financial stuff.” The Study Abroad Office hosts daily info sessions in the Psychology building, room 408, at 2 p.m., where students can learn more about studying abroad, and meet with a peer advisor to talk about different programs, program types, financial aid and scholarships. Joseph said that studying abroad is beneficial, but it’s not the end-all-be-all. She said students should still consider travelling and living among other cultures after college to aid their personal growth and professional development. “There’s a lot of people that are very set in their ways and think, ‘Oh, I love Baltimore. I’m going to stay here forever,’ which is perfectly fine, but there’s so much out there,” Joseph said. “There’s so much to see and you can’t help be naïve or ignorant if you’ve never seen the world or experienced other cultures. It’s all hearsay until you actually witness it.”



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Urban farm looks to add orchard 11 reported bike thefts this semester SOPHIA BATES Staff Writer @sbrookebates

Since the start of the fall semester, there have been 11 reported bike thefts around campus, including at common areas such as Newell Hall, the Lecture Hall and the Liberal Arts Building, according to the Towson University Police Department’s crime logs. TUPD Deputy Chief of Police Joseph Herring said the number of bike theft incidents reported this year have increased. “We did experience an increase in reported bicycle thefts this calendar year,” he said in an email. Herring said the suspect has been caught, and the investigation team ascribed the thefts to one person who is not affiliated with the University. “We attributed this to a single thief operating on our campus,” Herring said. “Our investigators did an excellent job of identifying the individual responsible and we were able to the catch the person in the act.” TUPD arrested the suspect on Oct. 24 after catching him in the act. The suspect was charged with 10 of the 11 bike thefts reported on campus this semester, according to Herring. Herring indicated that in most, if not all cases, of these reported bike thefts, the bikes were locked. “We encourage students to register their bikes with TUPD,” Herring said. People can register their bikes, and other personal property through the Towson website. Herring said if people don’t register their bikes through TUPD, it helps to have their bike’s make, type,

and serial number. Although Herring said TUPD has caught the suspect, some commuter students are reporting that this increase in theft has changed their feelings of safety on the Towson campus. Junior Kurt Vogelberger bikes around campus on his way to class, and he notes precautions he has now taken based on the thefts. “It makes me be more cautious with my bike, since it is one of my most important tools at college,” Vogelberger said. “Bike safety, especially bike competence, is extremely important. I use my bike on a constant day-to-day basis for my commutes.” The thefts also caused Vogelberger to be more aware of the lack of bike acceptance that he says his present at Towson. “Towson would be a more ‘bike-friendly’ campus if people had more common sense on how to properly respond and react to a biker trying to get around them,” Vogelberger said. “To be truly bike-friendly, we need to teach the students what proper bike-pedestrian behavior is.” Freshman Bradley Stansbury, who commutes to campus using his own car, thought Towson was a safe campus until these events. “While this doesn’t affect me directly considering I don’t bike on campus, it still does make me feel uneasy considering how many times the theft had happened,” Stansbury said. “I think if I were to ever use transportation on campus, I’d stick to a skateboard. I think this still contributes to how people might view Towson has a generally less safe campus than before.” -Bailey Hendricks contributed to this story

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People can register their bikes online through Towson’s website.

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Volunteers of the on-campus urban farm are hoping to implement an orchard at the farm. The orchard, a perennial, will be groomed for long term growth and will help to benefit the farm’s ecosystem. KERI LUISE Staff Writer

Students and faculty are hoping to plant an orchard at the on-campus urban farm this spring, with the goal of increasing campus sustainability and carbon neutrality. The orchard, which is pending approval from the President’s Council this semester, would be established next to the TU Urban Farm outside of the Administration building. The farm’s 1,000 square foot vegetable garden is run by student-volunteers and faculty members, and it is home to multiple crop beds and fruit trees that help provide food to the Towson community. English professor and TU Urban Farm faculty advisor Ben Warner helped start the farm for student involvement purposes in 2009, and the farm had its first growing season in 2010. “I think that the farm offers a great learning opportunity,” said Megan Arnold, TU Urban Farm student vice president. “I didn’t have much gardening experience before I joined the group and now I know a little more about what a weed looks like and about the work that goes into growing my own food.” The farm redistributes the produce through Dining Services and directly to students, staff and faculty. Its goal is to work toward community involvement and providing a more local and sustainable food source to TU’s campus. “It is a great opportunity for students to get hands-on experience growing their own food and become more connected to their food and where it comes from,” said Elena

Sachs, co-president of the Student Environmental Organization. “It also provides a great community space for people to come together and work toward a common goal and share in the benefits by enjoying the food that is harvested together.” Warner hopes that those involved will also form a connection with the sustainability ethic of the TU Urban Farm. Implementing the new orchard is aimed to help improve the campus’ focus on sustainability in the food system. “I think that by teaching others about our sustainability efforts, they start to think more about how their own actions affect the environment,” Arnold said. “The part of the TU Urban Farm that I really love is the sense of community that it offers. We really try to make the farm an area where everyone can pitch their own ideas. Plus, getting your hands in the dirt while chatting with a friend is a great way to unwind after a long week of classes. And a great way to get to know other people.” The TU Urban Farm and the possible addition of an orchard will help further the goal of creating a more sustainable campus. “The orchard will increase the food access, thereby reducing indirect emissions accrued during the food distribution food supply chain,” said Campus Planning and Sustainability Manager Patricia Watson. The orchard also is aimed to benefit the students involved in the farm by expanding their knowledge and experiences with farming and sustainability. “I think that [the orchard] will give all the farm members and visitors new opportunities to learn about

maintaining the trees,” Arnold said. “It’s very different in that these trees are perennial, so we need to learn how to take care of them and prune them for long-term growth. That’s a little bit of unchartered territory for us, which is exciting.” According to Sachs, the orchard will also become another important local source of nutrition that will “reduce the distance and amount of fossil fuels that our foods typically require to make it to our plate.” “The idea is that by implementing native trees and pairing them with partner plants that naturally aid their growth, we will be creating a self-sustaining system that is lower maintenance than typical gardens,” Sachs said. The SEO is waiting for the space, designed by a Baltimore Orchard Project representative, to be approved by the President’s Council this semester and hopefully planted in the spring. The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Committee also assists in providing guidance on issues related to TU’s carbon neutrality goal. “[The ACUPCC] has been predominately focused on energy, transportation, waste, outreach and education, and the curriculum as it relates to sustainability,” Watson said. “Food topics have recently emerged as an issue for this group.” The orchard and expansion of the TU Urban Farm will be a contribution to improving TU’s carbon neutrality and community involvement. “The hope is that this will become a community space where students and faculty can come together and participate in creating a healthier and more environmentally friendly campus,” Sachs said.


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Getting to know the Ninja course name announced new Director of Media Campus Rec. names new course “The Jungle” Kelly Nagle, who previously served as Director of Communications at Visit Baltimore since September 2016, is now serving as Towson University’s primary point of contact for external media as the new Director of Media Relations and News. Nagle also previously held media relations positions at Remline Corp., Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, ALE Solutions, Kumon North America, and Maryland Transportation Authority. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. So, starting at the beginning, tell us about yourself. What were you doing before Towson? I grew up in the Baltimore area, I went to high school in Towson. I love this community. I went to Villanova University and received a communications degree with a PR concentration, and there I was very active with the Public Relations Student Society of America. That’s where I fell in love with PR. Beyond travel, working in higher education was always a dream of mine. When I saw that Towson University had this open position I knew I had to go for it and put my hat in the ring because I really believe that Towson University is one of those institutions that is focused on creating a diverse and inclusive environment, so to be part of that institution and help tell that story would just be a dream for me. Especially because my love for learning really started here in this community. I’ve always wanted to be a part

of something greater than myself. I think that’s been a common thread in all of my professional positions that I’ve held. I want to be part of something greater than me, and that is helping the greater good. I really believe that Towson University is one of those institutions that is doing that. You’ve brought us all the way to your new position as the Director of Media Relations and News. What do you do in this role? A big part of my job is to help shine a light on all the great things that are happening at this university every single day. For instance, earlier this week our team worked on a segment with Jamie Costello of ABC2 News. He has a segment called “2 Good 2 Be True” that really focuses on something too good to be true. One of our female volleyball players, Payton Windell, suffered a season-ending injury in early September and got one more special moment at SECU Arena where she delivered a service ace. She wasn’t supposed to play and coach put her in and she delivered a service ace that closed out the game. She had family in town watching her so we brought that story to life and it ended up being a part of that segment. Jamie Costello came and interviewed her and we collaborated with the athletics PR team to bring that to fruition. - Compiled by Amanda Carroll To read the rest of this article online, visit

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(First on right) Director of Media Relations and News Kelly Nagle sat on the Towson Public Relations Student Society of America fall panel.

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Burdick Hall, which is set to open in the beginning of the spring semester, will have a Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course. Campus Recreation announced on Nov. 20 that the course will be called “The Jungle.” MARY-ELLEN DAVIS Staff Writer

After receiving almost 100 submissions during the naming contest for the Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course in Burdick Hall, Campus Recreation unveiled the official name as “The Jungle” via social media Nov. 20. The naming contest for the course took place throughout the month of October, and ended Nov. 9. Submissions were sent in via email from a wide array of people, including students and alumni of the University, said Assistant Director of Fitness for Campus Recreation Eric Barron. “We allowed people to submit more than one name, so total submission was almost 100,” Barron said. “Because we had a couple people that submitted multiple, we had about 75 people submit at least one name or more. So, we had about 100 total different names to choose from.” Kacy Catanzaro, who graduated from Towson University in 2012, was the first woman to complete the Warped Wall and a City Finals course on the television sports challenge show “American Ninja Warrior.” Despite all of the submissions, however, no one voted to keep the name as the Ninja Warrior Course. Barron said that while some kept the name similar, there wasn’t one

with the exact name. “A lot of people just altered it a little bit, so it was like Tiger Warrior, American Tiger Warrior, so they just kind of changed the names a little bit.” To keep the submission process fair, Barron used a point system after all of the submissions were in. Barron gave each member of the Campus Recreation professional staff an opportunity to allot points to their top three names. Their favorite name got three points, their second favorite got two points and their third favorite got one point. From there, Barron narrowed it down to the top three that had the most point values. “It wasn’t an arbitrary choice by me just saying, ‘Oh, I like this one the best,’” Barron said. “Then from there I submitted that to our senior leadership team, so that’s the director of campus recreation and the associate directors. And then from there they chose the final name.” According to Barron, Campus Recreation selected the course’s name this way to get students involved in the naming process. “I thought this would be a unique way to get them involved and get them excited for something,” Barron said. The Towson University Campus Recreation Department will be the only one in the nation with a course like this one. Barron said he had his own list

of names in mind, but that he was never able to settle on one. “I’ve juggled around several names,” Barron said. “The reason I’ve never really decided [on] one was [because] I know on the back end, administratively, the [title has to be a] functional title, but also [a] catchy title. I liked the idea of utilizing its heritage, which was Japanese heritage.” Sophomore Emma Kehrman said she really likes the name of the course, and that she would be sure now to blast the song “Jungle” by the X-Ambassadors while using the climbing wall in the gym. Her only concern is that the name is a frequently used trope. “I feel there are many fitness places that have been nicknamed ‘The Jungle,’” Kehrman said. “Even cities are called the concrete jungle, so I fear that name will be swept up into a large pile of nameage [sic] and be forgotten.” Freshman Sarah Oliver has similar feelings. Though she likes the name, Oliver believes the name may have been better if it was closer to a ropes course. Nevertheless, Oliver is very excited to use the course and the rest of the gym. “I hope the gym finishes soon,” she said. Campus Recreation will host a grand opening celebration for the 94,000 square foot Burdick Hall expansion on Jan. 31.

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Arts & Life


Towards the end of the semester, many students are putting the finishing touches on their work. Senior Lenzo Cassoma is no different as he works on his thesis film “Fate.” Cassoma is a writer, cameraman and associate producer for the film; his co-partners for the film are Berlin Waechter, who is both the writer and the director, and Niko Vonakis, the main producer. The trio also had a 30-person crew supporting them. This is the first time that Cassoma, Waechter and Vonakis have all worked together, and they expressed excitement to get the ball rolling with filming in the next few days. Before Cassoma embraced his interest in film, he wanted to be a lawyer or work in psychology. Cassoma said he “was curious about people and what motivates [them] as humans.” He wanted to start studying people and was drawn to journalism where he was always with a camera, constantly taking photos. Eventually, electronic media and film spoke to him and he listened to it; to him, it was “fate.” Cassoma said the film they are creating, “Fate,” is “a nice, simple, romantic story… kind of like a

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Lenzo Cassoma said it felt like “fate” to fall in love with visual arts. romantic comedy.” In the film, the main character is a writer who is struggling financially, so he works at a restaurant and falls in love. The film itself is a semester-long project, which includes story writing, video editing and screening the film to the public. Cassoma gave props to Waechter for being the one who wrote this story. Cassoma said “the story was mostly written before the course we

were taking began.” “This film is simple and is pretty much for everyone,” he said. “The characters are relatable, [they are all in their twenties] and the setting is out here in Baltimore, so the audience would be able recognize some parts in the film.” Cassoma is excited for the screening of the project they’ve worked so hard on and asks “everyone to come out to see their film’s premiere Dec. 15, at Van Bokkelen for 4 p.m.”

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“Fate,” Cassoma’s student rom-com film, premieres Dec. 15. at the Van Bokkelen Theatre at 4 p.m.

If there’s anything the press loves, it’s a feud, and Noel Gallagher and his brother Liam are no strangers to this trend. Since their time together in the 90s band Oasis, the brothers continue to feud almost eight years after their messy split as one of the biggest groups in Europe. And now we have Liam and Noel’s respective solo albums coming out within months of each other. This setup is being made as if Oasis fans will listen and pass judgement as to which is better. So who comes out on top? Liam’s first effort was a fantastic product of a man left to his own devices, but Noel has something that has a secret weapon that his brother doesn’t have: experience. Noel was the main songwriter in Oasis and has produced two exceptional solo albums with a self-titled debut, as well as 2014’s “Chasing Yesterday.” Noel’s new record, “Who Built the Moon,” is a step away from traditional songcraft for more ethereal sounds to sound more spacey, as the title suggests. This is not totally out of left field, as Noel has toyed with these ideas on previous efforts, but this brings them to the forefront. Each song sounds more anthemic than previous efforts, which may have come due to Noel and his band High Flying Birds’ recent stadium tours with U2 over the past year. However, many albums have been made in this format but fall flat because the songs are not fully

fleshed out but are instead vehicles for the sound. Noel seems to understand this, and while some songs can be considered basic, you never feel that the writing is being sacrificed. The anthemic tone gives the songs presence rather than sounding hollow. While there is a space tone which runs throughout the album, the songs always stay low to the ground. The album starts off with “Fort Knox,” an instrumental track which sets the listener up for the rest of the album. In the hands of lesser artists, this could have come off as hokey, but Noel knows how to toe the line between going just enough over-the-top without sounding pretentious. This theme is continued later with two instrumental tracks which make you feel like you’re floating through the cosmos. But past Gallagher fans should not be discouraged by this change of pace. Songs like “Keep on Reaching” and “It’s a Beautiful World” capture Noel’s knack for melody, while “Holy Mountain” and “Be Careful What You Wish For” show that he has not forgotten how to rock. Also, I would point skeptical listeners towards a live cut on the deluxe version “Dead in the Water,” which has a beautiful acoustic guitar and piano instrumental. Over the next few years, the Gallagher brothers will most likely keep fighting with each other, while fans desperately hope for an Oasis reunion. While Liam may be remembered as the rock star, Noel is the songwriting stylist whose melodic touch hasn’t diminished over the years.

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Celebrating Foreign Languages Day CYNTHIA PEREIRA Contributing Writer

The Department of Foreign Languages highlighted all the languages Towson has to offer at Foreign Languages Day on Nov. 15 in the University Union. Faculty and student representatives of the department had the opportunity to share a piece of their culture with the Towson student body with food, activities and events. “It’s a great way to showcase not only the languages that we teach and the culture, but the vibrant community of students we have in our department who are really engaged in learning,” said event coordinator and Spanish professor Diego del Pozo. The University offers 12 different foreign languages throughout the department that include languages from almost every continent. At Foreign Languages Day, there were different tables at the event led by each foreign language department and affiliated clubs such as the TowsonUDEP Movement for Environmental Education (Towson-UDEP MEE). Attendees experienced traditional Japanese snacks and egg rolls, learned to write their names in Hebrew and

Arabic, and enjoyed traditional Italian fruit bread, among other cultural activities. The students were also able to learn about the environmental research and work that is being done through the Towson-UDEP MEE club. “We help fundraise money and send money to impoverished schools in Peru, and help build lesson plans that the schools can use for their young students,” said senior international studies major Santiago Villarreal. The afternoon started with a guitar performance by a guitarist duo named Duo Amaral. The duo is composed of Israeli and Portuguese guitarists Jorge Amaral and Mia Pomerantz-Amaral, who play Spanish music. This act was followed by the students having the opportunity to walk around to each table at the event and learn about the different languages and cultures. “It’s my first event here at Towson and it is cool to look at different cultures and try different foods,” said senior deaf studies major Joy Stephanie Telan. “I love that I was able to learn how to write my name in different languages like in Arabic and Hebrew.” Towson faculty Thamiris Cunha led students and professors in a samba

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Duo Amaral performs at the Towson Foreign Language Department’s Foreign Languages Day event. lesson. Cunha is a teaching assistant teaching Portuguese at Towson through a Fulbright Scholarship. She is originally from Brazil and has gone to school at places such as Peking University in China and Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. Cunha explained how learning about different cultures and traveling has impacted her life. “When you learn languages, when you open your mind to different cultures, it’s amazing,” Cunha said. “It changes the way you see the

world. It’s a life-changing opportunity. It’s incredible.” The Samba lessons were shortly followed by a solo performance by Eyal Bor, a professor of Hebrew. He performed the Hava Nagila, a traditional Hebrew song, on the clarinet. He and his wife Hana Bor, who is an associate professor and program director of Jewish and Hebrew studies at Towson, were in charge of the Hebrew table at the event. Later on, attendees played a big game of Kahoot! in which they joined an open

online quiz and answered questions about different cultures and languages. The winners won prizes that were provided by the foreign languages department such as a picture of Cuba’s unique cars and a gift basket of Italian goodies. The eventful afternoon was brought to an end with a huge game of Bingo where participants learned the names of different objects in different languages. “I encourage everybody to take a foreign language because it is a life changing opportunity and opens your mind to the world,” del Pozo said.

New film adaptation could be the start of a franchise MATT MCDONALD Columnist

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The 2017 adaptation of mystery writer Agatha Christie’s story, “Murder on the Orient Express,” has spurned the call for a sequel.

In 1974, Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” was translated onto the big screen, and became an instant mystery classic. Its remake in 2017, directed by and starring award-winner Kenneth Branagh, not only meets the standard of a mystery classic, but elevates the story to cinematic artistry. With the tone of its original and the style of “Hugo”, this murder mystery is not only more realistic, but even more visually stunning. “Murder on the Orient Express” follows the great detective Hercule Poirot, a idiosyncratic sleuth who can solve any case, as he faces his greatest challenge yet. When he and fifteen others, trapped on a train in the snow, learn of the murder of one of their own, he must put aside his need for rest and find out who was the murderer. Through a series of interrogations, including one of himself and his skills, Poirot encounters many sur-

prises, lies and the killer in a most unexpected way. I love the original story, and I was really excited to see this remake of it, not only because of its highly superior cinematographic nature, but because of the cast involved. While there are many movies in which I groan at a huge cast of well-known celebrities, for this movie it works. Because there are so many suspects involved in such a complex case, it was easier to distinguish who was who by knowing the actors from previous movies. These actors, including Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe and Penélope Cruz, are not only well-known, but they played the parts very well. The man of the hour, however, Kenneth Branagh, executed yet another brilliant role, portraying the character of Poirot with such accuracy, I almost forgot it was him sometimes. He struck the perfect balance between quirky and confident, and even put a new spin on the famous moustache. I honestly could not find much, if anything, in this movie that I didn’t

like. Having a slight advantage in following an already established story, it took creative license where it could and kept you guessing both in the writing and the physical shots used. If I had to be picky, I would say that there were one or two characters that didn’t get as much attention as the others, but that’s being extremely critical. Going into it, I figured there would be some flaws in portrayal considering they were taking liberties with the style of the production, but coming out of the theater, I couldn’t pick out anything that was a big problem. Overall, the color scheme, sound design, production design, acting, cinematography -- every aspect of the film -- contributed to the grand scale of this story and heightened it to a much more realistic and visceral end than its predecessor. Once again, Kenneth Branagh made a brilliant movie with wonderful acting, and the story will supposedly carry on into a sequel, “Death on the Nile,” taking place in Egypt. I’m going to call in right now: there will be a Kenneth Branagh-spearheaded ACU—Agatha Christie Universe.

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YouTuber debuts new makeup line KERRY INGRAM Asst. Arts & Life Editor

If December wasn’t already an exciting enough month (cue the Christmas playlists, festive sweaters and end-ofschool stresses), it’s about to get even better: Patrick Starrr, one of the top YouTubers within the beauty realm, is releasing a makeup collection in collaboration with MAC Cosmetics Dec. 14. For those of you who don’t know who Patrick Starrr is, let me bless you with the knowledge of his presence. Legally born as Patrick Simondac, Starrr grew up with a love for musical theatre and the performing arts. Starrr was interested in photography in high school and began doing photo shoots on his friends, later editing photos and adding makeup to enhance each piece. He eventually realized it would be less time consuming if he actually physically applied makeup to the people he photographed, and challenged himself to practice and learn everything he could about makeup artistry. As his interests in cosmetics grew, he got a job as an independent makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics and began his very own YouTube channel, where he showcased his unique looks and tricks for the world to see. His drag tutorials caught him immediate attention, and his fanbase quickly grew, on and off the computer screen. Starrr has now become a name to be reckoned with (I mean, his stage name is “Patrick Starrr;” there’s no way he wasn’t going to become successful

with a name like that). His most recent endeavors have included doing makeup for the likes of celebrities such as Tyra Banks and Kim Kardashian, as well as hosting beauty events like the 2017 NYX FACE (Fine Artistry of Cosmetic Elites) Awards. It’s about time he had his own product line. Starrr’s extensive knowledge of MAC products, as well as his experience working for the company, made him a shoo-in as the next big influencer to collaborate with. His collection is set to include two eyeshadow palettes, three lipsticks and coordinating lip liners, three MAC lipglasses in similar shades, and an ethereal setting powder. I am excited about this line for two reasons, the first being the pricing. MAC has never had crazy prices for their products; they usually allow for their cosmetics to be affordable enough that they can be easily obtainable, while still being priced high enough to maintain prestigious positioning in the minds of their consumers. Additionally, if you have ever seen Starrr’s videos, you know that he knows how to beat a face. The fact that he has makeup products he is attaching his name to means that these products must be good. I’m also really curious to know how the setting powder is going to be -- he packs so much on his face and still always looks good, so I’m hoping that he’ll make that easier for everyone else to do via his powder. If this launch happens just like any other, the line is sure to sell out fast, so get it as an early Christmas present for yourself -- you’re a Starrr too, and deserve to be treated as such.

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Purkey uses art in order to draw parallels between the social movements in South Africa and in the U.S.

Lecturer’s art is call for change LEAH VOLPE Contributing Writer

Actor, director and playwright Malcolm Purkey shared his experiences in South Africa and the societal uprisings he witnessed, and addressed the role of art in social change during a lecture on Nov. 16. Purkey weighed the question of whether culture can cause a revolution. “Very rarely pieces like theatre can cause direct trouble. And often we ask, ‘Well, why are you doing this preaching to the converted?’” said Purkey. “We are not a converter. What we are is the gathering together of community of like-minded people preparing for a different South Africa, thinking through the new ways of thinking.” Tavia La Follette, assistant professor of theatre, organized the event for students to gain insight into the origins of South Africa’s tumultuous history. Malcolm Purkey is currently working as the dean of AFDA, the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, after years of lecturing as a professor. Purkey discussed the extensive past of uprisings in South Africa as the citizens fought for their rights and endured mass shootings and police brutality. He delved into how the arts, specifically theatre, played a role in that history. The director often found himself inspired by the famous South African playwright Athol Fugard, who produced the provocative piece “Blood Knot,” which plays intensely on race characteristics. Following in the footsteps of Fugard, Purkey learned not to censor

himself when it came to politics and conflicts within the state, and lets his work speak volumes. Purkey wished that others would learn from Fugard about how artists may be bound by social context and bear witness to the events and emotions around them. Purkey highlighted how artists can use jokes to relay their messages. “There’s nothing like jokes to tell you if you’re communicating or not,” he said. “Because if an audience of seemingly non-speakers of English are able to laugh at your jokes, you know they’re engaged. You can fake many things, but you can’t really fake laughter at a joke.” Just as Purkey found inspiration from Fugard, students at Towson University were able to draw the same inspiration for their work from Purkey’s lecture. Theatre and women’s studies major Alex Harrington was shocked to hear about the violence and uprisings in South Africa and hopes to see social change through the methods of art and theatre. “Theatre has been my world since I was little, and then as I got older and started to see the problems in the world, using theatre for change was very important to me,” Harrington said. Throughout the decades of oppression in South Africa, Purkey felt truly lucky to go to college with like-minded people, where he began a new way of thinking about his own identity. “I came home [to Britain] and I decided I’m neither African nor European, I’m both,” he said. “So, neither and both is about this com-

plex identity that I have to this day.” Lashea Johnson, senior acting major at Towson, studied abroad in South Africa with fellow student Sydney Pope this past January and met Purkey, who toured with them around Johannesburg for about a week. Johnson and Pope recalled the culture shock they felt in this foreign country and saw similarities to the culture and oppression they see back home in America. “Learning these people’s stories and talking to people that we met at our bed and breakfast and listening to them and just really hearing their struggles and what they go through, and comparing that with what we’re going through here in the U.S. though it’s happening kind of, sort of, at different times, we’re still going through the same thing,” Johnson said. “In the U.S. we are still stuck in this decade of defiance, but it’s been centuries, like it’s been centuries of defiance with no real payoff,” Pope said. “So, it’s really interesting to see the role art plays in that and how we could better use the tools that we have here.” Purkey, pursuing his passion for theatre despite fear of the government’s consequences, showed artists’ responsibility to bear witness to the oppression happening in the world around them. “We would sit down and say, ‘Should we make this play? Well, what are we doing with a theatre in the streets?’” Purkey said. “And we would decide each time we would make it because we loved to make it and we wanted to make it, and history would be the judge of its worth.”


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tu triumphs in bucknell invitational The women’s team also won the 400 freestyle relay as seniors Kendall Krumenacker and Caitlin Manthe, along with junior Ryan Ulrich and Schnoor finished with a time of 3:24.68. For the men, senior Colin Roddy posted a time of 2:05.12 to win the 200-yard breaststroke B final, while junior Jack Saunderson blitzed the 200-yard butterfly A final with a time of 1:44.01 to claim victory. Junior Jack Bishop won the B final of the event with a time of 1:53.88. On the second day of events, senior Jacy Icard won the 100-yard backstroke A final with a time of 54.25. Krumenacker and Schnoor, teaming with junior Danielle Clark and sophomore Sarah-Margaret Locke, took first place in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:32.12. Junior Kelsey Jehl earned first place in the one-meter diving finals with 272.90 points. The first day of competition saw both the men and women establish

BILLY OWENS Assistant Sports Editor

Towson finished first overall in both the men’s and women’s events in the Bucknell Invitational at Kinney Natatorium the weekend of Friday, Nov. 17. The three-day meet was the final competition of the 2017 calendar year for the Tigers. Several Tigers on both sides advanced to the finals or took first place in their respective events. “There were a lot of new entries into our top-10 lists,” Head Coach Jake Shrum said. “It’s always exciting for us.” Day three of the invitational saw freshman Karlee Carminati take first in the 1,650-yard freestyle final with a time of 16:35.89, along with sophomore Annemarie Schnoor who won the 100-yard freestyle B final with a time of 51.49.

early leads over the other schools, and holding on to win and complete their title defense. Jehl won the three-meter diving finals by posting a score of 287.45, and the team of Icard, Schnoor, sophomore Megan Cowan and junior Amanda Rosa took first in the 400-yard medley relay with a

time of 3:45.84. Junior Evan Brophy won the 500yard freestyle A final with a time of 4:30.91, and junior Aaron Magazine took first in the event’s B final with a time of 4:33.88. “To be this fast at this time in the season is a great sign for us,” Shrum said.

The teams have about a two month break from competition before the next meet on Saturday, Jan. 13, when they head to Philadelphia to take on Drexel and Seton Hall. “Both teams have done a great job improving throughout the season,” Shrum said. “I’m really happy with where we are.”

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Week 13 contains important playoff implications MICHAEL MILLS Assistant Sports Editor


Playoff races around the NFL are heating up as the season comes to a close. A Washington Redskins win over the Dallas Cowboys Thursday night would clinch the NFC East for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are coming off another dominant win, defeating the Bears 31-3. That marks five straight games where the Eagles have scored 30 points or more. The Eagles lead the NFL in points per game with 31.9.Once again, the Pittsburgh Steelers let a below average team hang around and almost defeat them. The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Brett Hundley went toe-totoe with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday Night Football. For a second straight week, wide receiver Antonio Brown could not be stopped. Brown recorded 10 receptions for over 100 yards for the second consecutive week, and the fifth time this season. In his last two games, Brown has scored five touchdowns. With only 17 seconds left in the game, Roethlisberger delivered a 23-yard strike to Brown along the sideline.



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Brown miraculously got both feet in bounds before he tumbled into the Steelers’ sideline. Another sideline catch by Brown put the Steelers in field goal range. Kicker Chris Boswell split the uprights from 53 yards as time expired to give Pittsburgh a 31-28 victory. Something incredibly unlikely happened in one of the late afternoon games Sunday. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert led the Arizona Cardinals to a victory over his former team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. To add to the oddities, 42-yearold kicker Phil Dawson made a game-winning 57-yard field goal as time expired. That was Dawson’s longest made field goal in his 19-year career. With the loss, the Jaguars slipped to 7-4, and fall to the fifth seed in the AFC. The Tennessee Titans now sit atop the AFC South. In week 13, two red hot teams clash in Atlanta as the Minnesota Vikings visit the Falcons. After a slow start to the season, the Falcons have won three straight games with an average margin of victory of 12 points. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum continues to be one of the league’s best stories. Keenum has thrown for nearly 2,500 yards, and is 7-2 as a starter

this season. It’s too hard to pick against Keenum and the Vikings stellar defense. Score: Vikings 27 Falcons 23 In New Orleans, the Saints and Carolina Panthers will battle for first place in the NFC South. The Saints are coming off a tough loss to the Los Angeles Rams, and the Panthers barely escaped the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara is proving to be one of the steals of the 2017 draft class. Kamara has over 1,000 all-purpose yards along with 9 touchdowns. Kamara and the Saints prove to be the team to beat in the NFC South. Score: Saints 28 Panthers 20 On Sunday Night Football, the Seattle Seahawks face a huge challenge in welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles to CenturyLink Field. At 7-4, the Seahawks still remain on the outside looking in at the NFC playoff picture. If the Seahawks want to stay in the playoff race, a win against Philadelphia is essential. Three out of the Seahawks’ final five opponents would be playoff teams, if the playoffs started after week 12. Quarterback Russell Wilson will find a way to pull out a huge victory for Seattle. Score: Seahawks 26 Eagles 23

Vikings quarterback Case Keenum continues to be one of the league’s best stories. Keenum has thrown for 2,500 yards and is 7-2 as a starter this season. It’s too hard to pick against Keenum and the Vikings stellar defense.

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looking for consistency Towson split two of its contests over the weekend

Mike Morsell Men’s Basketball

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Sophomore guard Etalyia Vogt puts up a shot from beyond the arc in a regular season contest against Drexel last season. Vogt registered a career-high 15 points in Tuesday’s home matchup against UMBC.


Towson’s up-and-down weekend concluded Sunday, Nov. 26, with a tough 65-61 loss to Colgate at SECU Arena. The Tigers’ (1-4) inability to get off to a fast start hurt the team once again versus the Raiders (3-3). Towson struggled to move the ball and missed a number of open shots. The team went just 1-5 when shooting from beyond the arc in the first half. “Again, here today we started slowly,” Head Coach Diane Richardson said. “We as coaches need to work on getting these guys more aggressive and more ready to play early.” The Tigers hung around in the second half thanks to the play of Etalyia Vogt. The sophomore led the attack at the half with eight points. Vogt was able to capitalize in transition, scoring a couple of quick layups. However, poor perimeter shooting from Towson enabled Colgate to take a 31-25 lead into halftime. A 9-2 stretch helped Towson

take its first lead of the game midway through the third quarter. TU shot the ball consistently and tied the game at 46 going into the fourth quarter. However, momentum shifted when TU sophomore forward Nukiya Mayo went down with a head injury. “We obviously missed Nukiya when she wasn’t on the floor,” Richardson said. “[Opposing players] were laughing, and there’s no room for that in basketball. On the other hand, our girls didn’t stand up to that.” Junior guard Danielle Durjan pulled the Tigers within two with a layup, but that’s as close as the Tigers got. Summer King buried two foul shots to seal the 65-61 win for the Raiders. To open the week, Towson dismantled local rival UMBC Nov. 21 at SECU Arena by a final score of 95-64. Durjan and Mayo each played a big role in helping Towson beat UMBC as Durjan had 21 points, while Mayo put up 22. Durjan’s five three pointers helped TU shoot an impressive 40 percent on three point attempts. Defensively, the Tigers physical-

ly overwhelmed the Retrievers and forced 15 steals. The Tigers jumped out to an early lead and never once trailed the one-sided game. Towson will look to replicate this impressive performance when they face off against Wagner on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at SECU Arena. Richardson stressed her players to focus on the bigger picture heading into their next matchup. “Accountability,” Richardson said when asked what she wants to see from her team. “I want each player to ask themselves what they could be doing better to help us win.”

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Senior guard Mike Morsell earned tournament MVP honors in this week’s three-day Gulf Coast Tournament in Florida. Morsell averaged 14 points per game over the event, leading Towson to its first regular season tournament title since 1990.


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Freshman guard Jeffrey Prophete drives past a Frostburg defender in a home game earlier this season. The Tigers competed in the three-day Gulf Coast Tournament this week in Florida and came out victorious thanks to their stingy defense. Senior guard Mike Morsell won tournament most valuable player honors after averaging 14 points per game.


Towson won the three-day Gulf Coast Showcase tournament in Florida this week with a trio of impressive performances, claiming its first regular season tournament championship since winning the Baltimore Beltway Classic in 1990. The Tigers (5-1) clinched the tournament victory with a 70-67 victory over Georgia Southern (5-1) Wednesday night inside of Estero Arena. Towson started the game sluggish, remaining scoreless for nearly four minutes before junior forward Alex Thomas sunk a pair of free throws. The entire game was a physical affair, as both teams combined for 44 personal fouls and 63 foul shots throughout the matchup. The Eagles hit their first shot of the game, but suffered a 3-for-20 shooting

slump following that score. Thomas and sophomore forward Justin Gorham were big reasons for that scoring drought, as the duo provided an intimidating inside presence. Gorham hauled in seven rebounds in the first half, while Thomas contributed five boards and two blocks in the period. The Tigers took a solid 29-20 lead going into the break, and came out of halftime firing on all cylinders. Senior guard Eddie Keith II got an easy layup to start the half, and the team kept the momentum rolling from there. Fellow senior guard Mike Morsell drained a three-pointer just under two minutes into the period to give Towson a 36-22 advantage, its largest lead of the game. Towson limited Georgia Southern’s three-point shooting with suffocating defense in the second half, holding them to just 25 percent shooting from behind the arc. This allowed the team to control the tempo and pound the ball inside to draw fouls.

The most dramatic point of the game came at the free-throw-line as Towson held a 70-67 lead. Morsell missed his second free-throw-attempt with under five seconds left, giving Georgia Southern a chance to tie the game, but a solid defensive stand helped TU seal the win. Morsell led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points, and finished the game as the tournament’s most valuable player. Senior guard Brian Starr also had an impressive showing as he racked up 15 points on the day and earned all-tournament honors. Prior to the dramatic championship win, Head Coach Pat Skerry captured his 100th victory with a 79-71 win against Penn (5-3) inside of Germain Arena Tuesday night. Morsell, along with other players on the team, fought hard to help Skerry reach this milestone. "I am happy for coach,” Morsell said. “He's a perfectionist and that's what I love about him. He's a great

coach and he always stays on me because he wants the best for me. It's a great win for the program as well. It's come a long way and it's going to keep going up from here." Towson played a hard-nosed brand of defense in order to limit Penn’s scoring. "We had to lock in on defense, Penn was a really good offensive team,” Morsell said. “We weren't worried when we fell behind early because we knew everything was fixable if we focused on doing our job, which is what happened." Penn jumped out to an early 19-9 lead after drilling three shots behind the arc, but a violent dunk by Gorham shifted the momentum in favor of Towson. Towson exploded for a 23-4 run and took a four-point lead heading into the break. Penn came within two midway through the second half, but Towson went on a 12-3 run to take a 68-57 lead. Towson shot 4-of-5 from three-

point range in the second half, while holding Penn to just 1-for-8. The team held on for the win thanks to its impressive second half defensive showing. Towson returns to competition Monday, Nov. 26, when the team hosts Saint Mary’s College of Maryland at SECU Arena. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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