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March 7, 2017
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March 7, 2017
Week of 3/7-3/11
Editor-in-Chief Cody Boteler Senior Editor Sam Shelton
News Editor Sarah Rowan Asst. News Editors Marcus Dieterle Bailey Hendricks Assoc. Arts Editors Taylor DeVille Kristin Helf Asst. Arts Editor McKenna Graham Sports Editor Jordan Cope Asst. Sports Editor Karuga Koinange Staff Writers Desmond Boyle Jesse L. Baird Amanda Carrol
Lauren Cosca Sydney Douglas Mary-Ellen Davis Sydney Engelhardt Jill Gattens Rohan Mattu
Entrepreneurship Unplugged Smith Hall 420, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Hear local social entrepreneur Shahab speak on his vast experience with starting, scaling and exiting companies.
Union Chesapeakes, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Billy Owens Jessica Ricks Nicole Shakhnazarova Sierra Underdue Muhammad Waheed Sarah Van Wie Photo Editor Alex Best Staff Photographers Matthew Awoyera
Cody Boteler Jordan Cope Mark Dragon Simon Enagonio
Hump Day Pump Day Burdick Gym 1 Burdick Hall, 1 to 3 p.m.
Learn from experienced gym workers on how to use some equipment that you maybe haven’t tried yet.
Maggie Friedman Brooke Glenn Joseph Hockey Joseph Noyes Stephanie Ranque Sam Shelton William Strang-Moya Brittany Whitham Video Producer Stacey Coles
Black Student Leadership Conference Learn how to embrace this year’s theme of “Leaving Your Legacy,” along with empowering emerging and current black leaders.
Proofreaders Kayla Baines Stephanie Ranque
Problem Solving and Conversions Smith Hall 203, 3 to 4 p.m.
Family Arts Day Center for the Arts Artium, noon to 4 p.m.
All ages are welcome at this event inspired by current art exhibitions. Enjoy gallery tours, art activites and dance workshops.
Having problems with solving problems? Sit in on this workshop to learn better ways to utilize problem-solving skills.
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Art Director Jordan Stephenson Webmaster Lola Akinleye
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The Ending of Men’s Basketball Season
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So proud of the @Towson_MBB boys and staff for the season they had. Thank you Tigertown for your support through it all #TowsonTough @Doc_the_Tiger
Tough loss @Towson_MBB but strong program keeps future bright! 2 20 win seasons in a row! @TowsonTigers @TLeonard_TUAD @mdurington
Major congrats to my guys @Towson_MBB , what an amazing year. We are proud. #TowsonStrong
Another great season for @Towson_MBB! Thanks for an exciting 4 years of men’s basketball #TigerPride #foreveratiger
March 7, 2017
Should hip-hop keep the ‘one woman’ rule? KYNDALL CUNNINGHAM Columnist
It is a fact that in 2017, any and all aspects of pop culture can be dissected and corrected to the point of no return. Whether it is a tweet, a photo or a song, it’s hard to escape the scathing judgements made by millennials with social media accounts that can instantly make everyone hate you. I’m not saying that most of these judgements are deserved or undeserved. I’m just saying that it happens. A lot. However, if one thing can escape the ferocity of political correctness in the digital age, it’s hip-hop. Let’s get right into it. The Nicki Minaj vs. Remy Ma beef has many people buzzing with excitement at the idea of a currently successful female rapper being brought down by a slightly older MC with fewer accomplishments. It’s sort of like what happened to Ronda Rousey after she lost her first fight. All of her fans went silent, and memes of her getting punched in the face started circulating around the internet. Well, the same thing is happening to Nicki Minaj. She still has a huge fan base, but people are more than excited to hear her get verbally assaulted on a diss track. Because Nicki is a mainstream artist, this is mainstream celebrity gossip that has left some people wondering if they are inadvertently supporting the rule that only one woman can dominate hip-hop at a time. If we can all support Kanye, Jay-Z and Drake at the same time, why can there only be one rap queen? I ask myself similar questions when I watch reality shows where women are screaming across dinner tables and pulling each other’s hair. Is it wrong for me as a feminist to be entertained by black women fighting? Should I laugh at such negative images that perpetuate stereotypes that black women are petty and mean? Are we being pimped out by television executives for ratings? The answer to that question is yes, but it’s never stopped me from watching certain shows, so I guess these questions don’t burn in my mind as much as I think they do. Nevertheless, it’s different with hiphop. Things that make up black culture are always looked at through a different lens, a more empathetic one. Imagine Ed Sheeran crooning about “f*cking b*tches” or calling women
hoes or making graphic references to female genitalia. Listeners would be pissed, and there would millions of complaints. It’s not just because he’s white. His genre of music doesn’t allow him to do that. For rap music, sexism is ingrained in the genre to the point that we’re deaf to it, or at least unfazed by it. Understandably so, it’s a sin we forgive to preserve what is ours. Women rappers have always fascinated me. It’s a subject I got to dive into while taking a music course here at Towson. During the ‘80s, when groups like Public Enemy and N.W.A. were tackling police brutality and discrimination, female rappers didn’t feel the need to criticize their sexist lyrics because feminism was still seen solely as a white woman’s battle. Black women were more concerned about their brothers being slain by the hands of the police and society as a whole. Furthermore, the objectification of women is only one aspect of the woman problem in rap music. The other problem, which is more like a question, is the competition that exists between female rappers. Rap is a competitive sport. Battle rapping is a fundamental part of the genre, and it shouldn’t go away because the opponents are women. If anything, it allows female rappers to sharpen their skills, as it does male rappers. Whether there is one woman dominating or multiple who are equally as successful, rap beefs will also be a part of the culture. As we’ve seen from the long list of male rap beefs, female rappers battling is not solely driven out of a lack of women in the genre. It’s something to think about, but not something to criticize to no end as I’ve seen done by white columnists who know nothing of the genre. The more interesting question is why female rappers aren’t seen as competition to their male counterparts. Nicki Minaj can arguably rap circles around some of today’s “best” rappers, but is mostly given credit for her looks. Rapping isn’t a physical activity where men and women need to be separated, so I would I love to see Nicki shut down an up-and-coming male rapper just for kicks. Once men and women are seen as equal competition, there will be more space for women in the game.
No, you’re not crazy And it’s abusive to make you think so @MeganFemmily
Have you ever been called crazy? Have you ever tried to express your emotions to your partner and had them tell you those feelings aren’t valid? That you’re just “unstable?” Did you know that this is a form of abuse? The term “crazy” has been used to invalidate women’s feelings for a long, long time. Back then, however, the term used was “hysterical,” or “hysteria,” and it was a medical diagnosis. The word “hysteria” actually stems from the Greek word for uterus, because in Ancient Greece, the uterus was thought of as a wandering creature that created health problems. Symptoms of female hysteria included faintness, insomnia, mood swings, outbursts, nervousness, sexual desire, sexual frustration, fluid retention, shortness of breath, and just kind of speaking your mind around men who weren’t so cool with it. For treatment, women were thrown into asylums, given hysterectomies, and, more often, prescribed “pelvic massages,” during which their doctors would bring them to orgasm using their fingers. Due to the overwhelming amount of hysteria diagnoses, there were a lot of pelvic massages being given, and it wasn’t long before the stupid, creepy hands of these doctors began cramping up, probably. Technological advances meant that these doctors could “treat” patients more quickly — which meant they could “treat” a greater number of women. Thus, the vibrator was born. So, you know, silver lining. My point with all of this: women have been deemed irrational and crazy
for centuries. Words like these have been used to invalidate our opinions, keep us out of politics and the workforce, threaten us and ensure our spot as second-class citizens. While we aren’t still being diagnosed as hysterical by male doctors who totally swear the only way to fix it is for them to grab us by our (ahem), we’re still being invalidated.
If someone calls you ‘crazy,’ they’re telling you that they don’t want to put forth the time and effort to hear you out and understand what you’re feeling
Every time someone calls you crazy, they are undermining your emotions and you as a whole. It’s a form of gaslighting — defined as “a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality,” per Psychology Today. It is a form of abuse. Common examples include: When you have evidence or reason to believe that your partner has cheated on you, yet they flip the conversation in a way that makes you feel guilty for bringing it up. When your partner hurts your feelings and tells you that, “You’re always causing a fight” when you try to discuss it. When we shame survivors of sexual violence by telling them it’s
their fault, instead of placing blame on the attacker. Women are deemed crazy so frequently that it’s become a common descriptor. “Yeah she’s hot, but she’s f*cking crazy.” “We broke up because she’s way too crazy.” “I’m worried they won’t like me once they realize how crazy I am.” Replace “crazy” with “aware of her/ my emotions and unwilling to maintain a situation which perpetuates her/ my unhappiness,” because that’s what it really means in these cases. If someone calls you “crazy,” they’re telling you that they don’t want to put forth the time and effort to hear you out and understand what you’re feeling. They don’t care. It’s easier for them to do whatever they want without holding themselves accountable — “I’m not wrong for hurting you, you’re wrong for being hurt.” It’s a power move, and it’s something you should run away from. It’s suffocating to be stifled when you try to express what you’re feeling. If someone is making you feel that way, simply ignore them and move on with your life. If they persist, don’t hesitate to block them and/or seek legal help. If they’re willing to perpetuate one form of abuse, there’s not much stopping them from perpetuating multiple forms of abuse. We need to take gaslighting that seriously. The bottom line here is that you don’t ever need to feel guilty for having emotions, for being hurt or feeling uneasy. Own how you feel. Remove people from your life who make you feel negative and don’t apologize for it. Who you are and what you feel are valid as hell, and you don’t have to change for anyone.
Like what you read in The Freedom Journal this week? Check out columnist Kyndall Cunningham’s debut column, about the racial issues surrounding the Oscars and other award shows, online.
March 7, 2017
The importance of keeping records In late February, we discovered that Towson University’s police crime log hadn’t been properly updated since the New Year. I learned this week that it was because of a technical glitch, not because of any nefarious plot to cover up recent crimes. Not that I ever thought, of course, that there was some degree of nefarious plotting. One of the most important things I’ve learned over the last four years is that most things aren’t a conspiracy. We’re all just people trying to do our jobs and live nice lives. But the little adventure in reporting also reminded me how important it is that we have robust public records laws in American and in this state. And it reminded
me that, just like any other law, requirements for public records are only meaningful if they’re enforced. Yeah, it was a technical glitch that kept TUPD from properly uploading the police crime log. But, until the glitch was discovered, there wasn’t a protocol to have someone from TUPD check and make sure the changes were actually uploading. I was relieved to hear that the protocol has changed and that now, yeah, there is a step that requires someone to check and make sure the crime log is updating. But…why wasn’t there one already? There’s a growing distrust of institutions -- and that includes institutional media entities. It’s hard for me to trust the current White House (for its lack of press conferences, lack of response to press inquiries and a whole host of other issues) and, by extension, other seats of government power around the country. Gov. Larry
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The Towson University Police Department, or TUPD, operates out of the Public Safety Building at University Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard. TUPD is responsible for updating the university crime log. Hogan’s office deleted negative comments from his Facebook page, the White House has gone over a week without a press briefing, and everyone has started crying “fake
Donald Trump is politically correct MATT TEITELBAUM Columnist
Over the weekend, Donald Trump lied to the American people by claiming that former President Barack Obama subjected him to illegal government surveillance during his successful campaign for the presidency. This lie led me to an epiphany. Donald Trump is, without a doubt, the most politically correct, autocratic postmodernist politician I have ever witnessed. People say he's this untrained, different kind of president. One without all the deceit, political correctness and narcissism that defines the image of a stereotypical politician. But he is all of those things. This is why I can't stand him and why I am willing to insult him by calling him a liar and a hypocrite, despite my respect for the American presidency as an institution. It's not that his policies or ideas are wrong. I'll respectfully take on someone
who is wrong but open minded, principled and well-intentioned any day. It's that his autocratic tendencies and outright lies to the American people are part of a personality which can only be described as inherently political in that it is diametrically opposed to the concept of objective truth (postmodernist) so long as that truth does not serve his political agenda. Thus, he is eminently politically correct. Just with a different set of politics than the autocratic postmodernists of the left, also known as “social justice warriors” or “regressives.” Trump's method of lying -- making utterly baseless accusations with infinitely significant implications to serve his butt naked agenda of dominance over others -- exposes him as the very thing which he despises most: a typical, politically correct politician. Trump’s treatment of the media shows his autocratic tendencies. He will say anything and silence anyone no matter the facts, so long as it
serves his political agenda. If political correctness is now thought to be signified by an autocratic tendency to silence others that don't align with one's accepted politics, then Donald Trump is not a president fighting political correctness. He is in fact contributing to it by creating an autocratic, postmodernist bubble on the right that rivals the one on the left by spouting utter, right-wing nonsense with exactly zero evidence to support his claims. In lieu of evidence, what Trump does have is the very same thing that left-wing, politically correct zealots have. That is merely an uncanny ability to shout that which is untrue so loudly and confidently that others who trust you via your shared political alignment will dogmatically believe it out of an underlying, slavish devotion to you and your shared politics. -To read the rest of this column online, check out thetowerlight.com
news” whenever there’s a story they don’t like. One of the best ways to ensure that we can speak truth to power and keep the public informed is to
make sure the rules and statutes that give us access to public information – like the Clery Act or the Freedom of Information Act – are upheld, fought for and protected.
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March 7, 2017
TUPD logs delayed due to tech problem Campus police depts. required to report within two days From Jan. 1, 2017, until about Feb. 22, the Towson University Police Department crime log was not accessible on the Towson University website. According to Deputy Chief of Police Joe Herring, the log was unavailable because of a technical problem. Typically, the Towson University Police Department Crime Log is accessible online. The crime log is legally required under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act – usually referred to as the Clery Act. According to the 2016 edition of a Department of Education handbook about campus safety reporting, campus police departments are required to enter information about a crime into the log within two business days of the crime being reported. When the records officer took crime information and tried to upload it to the website, he received confirmation that it had been published, Herring said. But it was published to a blank web-
site, not the page where the records are now accessible. “Nobody was seeing that it wasn’t being properly uploaded to the crime log web page,” Herring said. “I’ve added a step that he’s the clear his browser and manually inspect [the crime log] to see that it’s been uploaded correctly.” The Department of Education handbook also stipulates that institutions should train more than one individual on maintaining the crime log, in case the trained individual changes jobs, is sick or otherwise unable to update the records. Herring told The Towerlight in an interview that there are others who are trained on the system, but that TUPD relies on their records clerk. Typically, TUPD updates the crime log on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. TUPD maintains records on its website for other incidents, like a yearly crime comparison between Towson University and other University System of Maryland schools. Per capita, TU had the lowest rate of violent crimes in 2014 of any USM school. Towson also had the lowest per capita rate of property crimes in 2014. The Clery Act is also what
Cody Boteler/ The Towerlight A TUPD K9 Unit vehicle parks outside the Marriott Hotel on Bosley Avenue. The department’s crime log was not accessible on the university’s website from Jan. 1, 2017 until Feb. 22 due to technical problems. requires campus police to send out emergency notifications in cases of “immediate threats,” like a gas leak or armed intruder.
The Act was passed in 1990 after Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old woman and student at Lehigh University was raped and murdered by Josoph
Henry. Clery’s family argued that Jeanne wouldn’t have attended Lehigh if they knew about the school’s crime record.
Psych. professor talks bias in forensic science Multiculturalism in Action Brown Bag speaker series continues According to a report from the National Registry of Exonerations, 2015 saw a record number of exonerations. Out of a total 149 exonerations, 26 -- that’s 17 percent -- were thanks in whole or in part to DNA identification evidence. Five defendants who had been sentenced to death were exonerated, while 27 exonerations were for convictions based on false confessions. According to the same report, 65 exonerations were related to official misconduct, and the same number involved convictions based on guilty pleas. At a March 1 Multiculturalism in Action presentation entitled “Color-Blind Justice: Race and
Cognitive Bias in the Forensic Sciences,” assistant professor of psychology Jeff Kukucka explained how cognitive bias in the forensic sciences can lead to the incarceration of innocent people. “Keep in mind, the errors of convicting innocent people leave the victims in the world – and it’s costly – it affects all of us,” Kukucka said. To explain this bias in the forensic sciences, Kukucka showed two baseballs autographed by former profes-
sional baseball player Mickey Mantle. Kukucka asked the audience to determine which autographed ball they thought was real and which they thought was a fraud. A person in the audience said they thought the ball that looked older and more worn was the authentic ball, since Mantle retired in 1968 and died in 1995. According to Kukucka, this audience member looked at the condition of the ball, or the “extraneous evidence” to make this con-
clusion, and didn’t look at the craftsmanship of the autograph itself. Kukucka compared this to fingerprint examiners, and others in the forensic sciences, who may look at extraneous evidence, like the color of a suspect’s skin in a photograph, to help them reach their conclusion as to whether or not the suspect is guilty. Kukucka then asked audience members to examine two pictures of a suspect’s handwriting and determine whether or not they match.
In talking in terms of context, we are in the middle of Baltimore, that has had some of these issues. So I think that Dr. Kukucka’s talk was warranted and timely.
DANICE BROWN Psychology professor
Some people were given a picture of a white man as the suspect, and others were given a picture of a black man as the suspect. If the white suspect denied that they were guilty, audience members were more likely to say the writings didn’t match. People took the most time to respond and were most skeptical when the black suspect denied their guilt. Associate professor of psychology Danice Brown, who organized the Multiculturalism in Action Brown Bag speaker series, felt that the conversation was relevant to many issues that Baltimore City faces itself. “In talking in terms of context, we are in the middle of Baltimore, that has had some of these issues,” Brown said. “So I think that Dr. Kukucka’s talk was warranted and timely.”
March 7, 2017
Prof. talks business setbacks KEVIN MCGUIRE Contributing Writer
March 2: Two resident students were referred to OSCCE for physical confrontation in their dorm room at Douglass House. Feb. 28: A resident student had their property taken after leaving it unattended at Burdick Field. Feb. 27: TUPD is investigating a CDS violation in Tower C. Feb. 27: A resident student’s property was damaged in her dorm room in Millenium Hall. Feb. 25: A resident student was cited for CDS violation in Tower D. Feb. 24: A resident student’s computer was damaged while in her dorm room in Paca House. Feb. 23: An unknown person damaged the vehicle of a commuter student in the Union Garage. Feb. 20: A contract employee had their phone take after leaving it unattended in West Village Commons. Feb. 20: A student was referred to OSCCE for a false ID in the Lecture Hall. Feb. 19: A resident student was assaulted by her boyfriend in her dorm in Millenium Hall.
The single biggest setback when starting a new business is securing funding, according to assistant computer science professor Ziying Tang. “Whether you share your ideas with an [existing] company or you build your own, money is the biggest problem,” Tang said. From there, during the Feb. 28 portion of the weeks-long Entrepreneurship Unplugged speaker and workshop series, Tang showcased the application she and her team have designed to ease the learning of basic skills for people with autism. The app hasn’t passed the funding and commercialization phase yet, but as Jan Baum, director of the entrepreneurship minor, says, setbacks are learning experiences. “All of the stories are really valuable in terms of what they did,” Baum said. During the talk, Tang outlined many companies and funds available to students who wish to start their own business, including
TEDCO, who provides framework, knowledge and funding to entrepreneurs and start-ups. In addition, a number of state and federal funds can be approached by students: the VOLT fund, which uses revenue from Maryland’s casinos to create loans for entrepreneurs and small businesses, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Labor. ITNOVA, an Annapolis-based software company, funded Tang’s app and provides funding and services for those with technology-based ideas. Tang also focused on drafting a standard non-disclosure agreement, or NDA, to protect one’s idea from being stolen and developed by funding companies. An NDA prohibits the funding company from developing someone’s idea without permission, even if they no longer accept funding from the company. So, for example, even though ITNOVA knows Tang’s team’s idea, they can’t develop it independently. Tang also spoke to students about the various aspects of commercializing their ideas, such as knowing your market and recognizing your target users.
You want to have all the knowledge there is to know about the current market, Tang said. “You want to validate the idea with users,” Baum added. Tang also stressed the importance of researching academic journals for ideas for businesses, which are available for anyone to access. Academic journals contain published research from professors from each university, and entrepreneurs scour this research to gain patents on future products. “[Academic journals] are where the idea comes from,” Tang said. “And those ideas can become a product, and those products can become a business.” Tang highlighted the importance of teamwork to ensure that a team is on the same page in terms of logistics, intellectual property and NDAs and market knowledge. “She was very honest and truthful about her experience,” student Mikaela Walker said. “I’m definitely going to take some of her experiences and apply them to my work…. The main takeaway is that it is important to build a successful team.”
Model UN tackles migration
Feb. 17: A window was damaged by unknown means at Tower B. Feb. 15: At Burdick Hall, a resident student was served with a criminal summons for numerous thefts on campus. Feb. 15: A faculty member’s email was hacked off-campus. Feb. 15: TUPD is investigating a theft from a dorm room at Millenium Hall. Feb. 13: A commuter student was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and referred to OSCCE for CDS violation. Feb. 11: A resident student damaged a dorm room door at Marshall Hall. Feb. 10: A commuter student threatened another commuter student during school hours during class at the 7800 York Road building. Feb. 9: A resident student revieved several unwanted phone calls from a known person at Douglass House. Feb. 9: A contract employee was assaulted by another contract employee during an argument at Newell Den. The Towerlight’s “Police Blotter” is a representative sample of crimes occurring on and off campus. The blotter is not intended to be all inclusive. For a list of all crime reports, visit www.towson.edu/police.
Courtesy of Savannah Willhelm About 250 Baltimore-area high school students gathered at TU this weekend for a Model UN ran by Alison McCartney, a professor of political science and faculty director of the Honors College. Each year, McCartney’s model UN brings students in so they can have meaningful interaction with each other and faculty members at no cost to them.
March 7, 2017
National competition, RecycleMania, progresses
Towson currently ranked 85 among 170 other colleges in division NATALIE BLAND Contributing Writer
Students pledged to recycle as part of this year’s RecycleMania competition at a waste education tabling event March 1 in the University Union. Towson University is competing against other colleges and universities across the United States for an 8-week competition to reduce waste. Each college reports the amount of recycling and trash collected each week which results in a ranking based on the amount and rate of recycling. RecycleMania is a national competition which promotes waste reduction and recycling initiatives on campuses across the country. According to recyclemanaics.org, Towson is currently ranked 85 of the other 170 colleges in it’s division, and is at a 33.9 percent recycling rate as of week three. This website will be posting weekly results. Towson Eco-Reps encouraged students to take the pledge to recycle.
Students could also participate in an activity to guess how long various items are left polluting our earth and see how accurate they were. Daniela Beall, Graduate Assistant for Environmental Initiatives, spread awareness about the competition and educated students about recycling. “We hope [students] understand a little bit more about the impact of disposable items and internalize the meaning of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle,’” Veall said. There will be two more #wastEDwednesday events promoting RecycleMania in the Union March 8 and March 15. Students will be able to play games and have a chance to win a free #wastED T-shirt, representing waste education. The #wastEDwednesday events will be held on the second floor of the Union from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Anyone can help Towson win the competition by recycling through April 1. -- Bailey Hendricks contributed to this story.
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The 2014-2015 Towson Eco-Reps pose at an event. The Eco-Reps are encouraging students to take the pledge to recycle and reduce waste during this year’s national RecycleMania competition.
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March 7, 2017
YouTuber cum-municates sex positivity Sex educator, public speaker Laci Green talks “The Best Sex Ever” MCKENNA GRAHAM Assistant Arts & Life Editor
If you walked into the Potomac Lounge Thursday night, you would have seen a pretty big projector screen with “Cum-municate!” projected on it in big, bold letters. And that, Youtube sex educator and internet celebrity Laci Green says, is the key to really great sex. “Consent is a conversation,” Green said, because sex must happen together. It should never be something that happens to someone. “I think it’s become more important now than ever to be unapologetic about the need for comprehensive sex education, about the need for conversations about identity and about gender equality and all these things,” she said. “It was already urgent. It has become that much more urgent for people to be outspoken about it.” Green, who studied health education at University of California Berkeley, runs a Youtube channel featuring a segment called Sex+ with approximately 1.5 million subscribers, and has been involved with organizations like Rape and Dating Violence Crisis Counseling, MTV’s show “Braless,” and Planned Parenthood. During Thursday night’s discussion, she encouraged her audience to “stay in a comfortably uncomfortable zone” and then launched into a presentation about
the myths surrounding sex. For one, she said, labia do not lengthen with sex. Female ejaculation and squirting are two different things (and neither of them are the same as peeing). The hymen shouldn’t break or tear. Liking “butt stuff” doesn’t make you gay -- and being gay isn’t a bad thing in the first place. Masturbation is normal. STI’s in general are easily avoided with vaccines, which do save lives. If you’ve ever had a wart, you’ve contracted a strain of HPV, or Human papillomavirus, but that’s okay because it’s probably not cancerous, and will go away on its own. Also, Buzz Lightyear action figures don’t make good dildos. Trust her on that one. Green kept her presentation lighthearted and fun, but her work got her recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential People on the Internet in 2016. “It’s really neat, and to me it’s a symbolic victory for sex education and conversations about sexuality and gender, which is great,” Green said. Before the event began, attendees had the opportunity to visit some of the booths at a resource fair set up in the room, which drew attention to signs of abusive relationships, sexual violence, Title IX and “love languages,” or the different ways people prefer their loved one to express affection. “I was really pleased to see so many
people come out to talk about such an important issue,” Sexual Violence Prevention Educator and organizer of the resource fair Kailah Cardin said. “I hope that people got a chance not only to hear what Laci had to say, but also to learn about some of the resources on and off campus that can support people who might be in an unhealthy or unsafe relationship or have experienced sexual violence.” Some students attended the discussion because they grew up watching Green’s videos. “I came to see her because she literally taught me all the sex ed I needed as a teenager,” sophomore Alex Emory said. “I grew up in the South and I just never got any.” Of course, putting herself out there has brought Green some criticism. “Anytime you talk about something that challenges a certain status quo, it’s understandable that the status quo pushes back,” she said. “Sometimes it’s productive, and I learned a lot from some of the criticism that I’ve gotten in the past.” She expressed some frustration, however, with the current trend of internet conversation. “It feels like the internet is growing incredibly tribalistic, and people just see you as ‘a feminist’ or ‘a liberal’ or ‘a sex educator,’ and assign all this meaning to those words, and kind of paint everyone who they see in this category
with broad strokes, which does not really do anything for the conversation. You erase all the nuance of how different people feel about things.” Laura Johnson, a graduate student with a bachelor’s degree in school health, said, that Green is a “relatable, friendly face for health education.” “She takes health education from being something scary and makes it something that people can do on their own time, in a non-threatening way,” Johnson said. Daje’ Reeder, a junior environmental science major, said she liked Green because, “she made it really comprehensive... There’s a lot of sexual orientations, and she made them understandable.” Nicole Mueller, a freshman double-majoring in photography and women’s and gender studies, is a Sexual Assault Peer Educator and attended Green’s talk because, “I just love anything sex-positive.” To Green, sex is not just about pleasure, it’s also about self-love. She urges people to “question attitudes and norms that prevent us from exploring and enjoying our bodies.” “Sex is a full-body experience,” she said, before going on to talk about masturbation and how it was “one of the first times I felt like I really loved my own body.” “I like how she’s a free spirit, and how she talks about things that most
people aren’t taught,” senior accounting major Abu Kaba said. “She’s very modern and with it, and she does it in a fun way.” Given the current political climate and marginalization of minorities, Green said that allies should do their best to support and advocate for those whose rights are under threat. “We have to be brave, and step out, take a risk, and do what’s right, even though there’s a lot of negativity that comes from it. When we do that in a supportive capacity, it’s easier and safer for people... People who are not being targeted need to be on the front lines right now.” To facilitate this, Green said, “for those who there’s a good potential to have an exchange with, making sure that they feel heard, sometimes, I’ve found, makes it so that they can hear you a little bit better, and lets people come together at the table as human beings and feel mutually respected. That’s hard when we’re talking about people’s lives and people’s humanity.” As for the future, Green said that she plans on going back to school to continue her own education. “Take care of yourself, make time for yourself and know when to move on from something,” Green said. “If you’ve been doing something for a while, and it doesn’t bring you as much joy as it once did, it’s time for the next thing. It’s time to keep moving.”
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Internet sex educator Laci Green visits campus Thursday, March 2 to bust myths about sex and talk to students about consent, safety and how to have the best sex ever.
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Groups encourage body positivity Ensemble tells story of Malcolm X TAYLOR DEVILLE Associate Arts & Life Editor @artvandelady
According to the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, about 20 percent of college students reported having or formerly having an eating disorder. During National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, from Feb. 27 to March 3, Body Image Peer Educators and Delta Phi Epsilon held events to destigmatize eating disorders by educating students and promoting conversation. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an eating disorder is a “serious and often fatal illness that causes severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors.” Not everyone who struggles with an eating disorder has anorexia or bulimia. Disordered eating patterns can include obsessions with food, body weight and shape and binge-eating disorders. The rate of reported eating disorders has increased since the 1950s—in the 1980s, the rate among college students was about 5 percent. “I think it has to do with what society portrays as ideal,” Body Image and Diversity Peer Education graduate assistant Kirandeep Kaur said. “There’s a lot of pressure, especially with social media, about what is considered an ideal body type, and people try to emulate that in really unhealthy ways.” Even though young women are more
likely to have an eating disorder, men with eating disorders seem to often be left out of the conversation. “We want to advocate body positivity, not for just the conventionally attractive woman, [but for] all demographics,” senior Delta Phi Epsilon member Samantha Derr said. The assumption that men don’t suffer from eating disorders isn’t the only myth that BIPE and DPhiE sought to dispel. Kaur said that incoming freshmen sometimes get the harmful idea that being at college will cause them to gain weight, colloquially called the “Freshman 15” to describe a 15-pound increase. “Some people engage in negative eating behaviors or diets or exercise that might try to combat the Freshman 15, but studies have shown that students don’t typically gain that much weight anyway,” Kaur said. During the Eating/Exercise Awareness at Towson (EAT) launch party on Monday, students in the Union could receive information about on and off-campus resources for those struggling with eating disorders or body image and healthy ways to exercise and eat well. BIPE also offered free eating disorder screenings to assess students’ risk of engaging in disordered eating patterns. On Tuesday, students could earn prizes by spinning a trivia wheel to learn about different topics related to body
image and health at BIPE’s Bikini Body event. BIPE members also talked about what makes a “bikini body” -- simply just having a body, because there is no such thing as an ideal shape. Students also had the chance to participate in a one hour yoga session on Wednesday. On Thursday, BIPE discussed “fat talk” with students, which is the sometimes subtle conversations, usually between friends, that reinforce negative body image and promote “negativity around the body,” Kaur said. “Saying things like, ‘should I really be having these fries?’ or ‘I hate the way my thighs juggle when I walk…’ It reinforces negative eating behaviors or restrictions or unhealthy dieting and exercise,” Kaur said. “It’s really important to be aware that even those little things can make a difference.” Delta Phi Epsilon held empowerment workshops as well as lip sync battles and pie-throwing competitions to fundraise for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). On Friday, they held a “symbolic event” in Freedom Square called “Trash Your Insecurities,” in which students wrote down their insecurities and literally threw them away. Students who struggle with eating disorders, body image or their relationships with food can contact Dr. Jamie Kaplan, coordinator of eating disorder services and BIPE.
“Get Out” and see this film WILLIAM STRANG-MOYA Columnist
As an avid watcher of “Key and Peele,” I was enthused to hear that Jordan Peele was directing a horror movie. His enjoyment of and familiarity with the genre is reflected in “Get Out.” I’ll try not to spoil the film as much as possible, but no promises. “Get Out” is about race. It is about microaggressions. It is about racially exclusive social cues, and it shamelessly confronts the silent tensions that accompany being a person of color in modern America. The story follows a young black photographer and his white girlfriend as they visit her parents for
the weekend. Needless to say, her family is weird and racist, and of course things go awry. “Get Out” abides by many conventions of horror, and given what many argue is a sensitive subject matter, Peele was able to truly cultivate a nuanced approach to the horror genre. Comedy is no stranger to horror, and it is this relationship that enables this particular film to elicit a panic response. Everyone has had the ever-uncomfortable experience of the first meeting with their significant other’s parents. It is awkward. Though this scenario is often hilarious, it is seldom without anxiety. The story being told through the eyes of a privileged,
-- how many photographers can honestly afford to live alone in NYC before they are 30 years old? -- young black man in an interracial relationship draws the empathy of a very broad and diverse audience. Like many horror movies of the 1960s, “Get Out” is a story about a cult and the silent tension brought on by the shortcomings of American “social equity.” “Rosemary’s Baby” made a statement about women’s reproductive rights and the nature of abusive relationships, just as “Get Out” speaks on behalf of the victims of unspoken prejudices and microaggressive behavior. -To read the rest of this column online, visit thetowerlight.com.
TAYLOR DEVILLE Associate Arts & Life Editor @artvandelady
“How can we move forward if we leave all that we’ve learned behind?” This question, uttered by Malcolm X (Jimonn Cole) in award-winning poet and playwright Marcus Gardley’s new original show “X: Or, Betty Shabazz vs.The Nation,” echoed across both shows performed by The Acting Company, “X” and “Julius Caesar,” over the weekend. A repertory company, the New York-based touring ensemble performs shows that are meant to be viewed in tandem, connected by central themes -- in this case, mutiny and political turmoil. “‘Julius Caesar’ is one of the great political plays ever written,” Acting Company Artistic Director and Towson alum Ian Belknap said. “Right now we’re in a transition of power, so I thought in a way it could reflect the world we live in. We could look at the past, and by looking at the past, reveal something about the present.” Last year, the Company came to campus as part of a partnership the school has with Morgan State University, Bowie State University, and CCBC to workshop the commissioned piece by Gardley. Once he had a draft ready, Belknap consulted with theatre students to get their feedback. Towson alum Kaya Potler workshopped the show last year. “Seeing how far the show has come and seeing its importance and impact in today’s time has been phenomenal,” Potler said. “It’s been great to see that growth.” As “X” developed, it grew into a piece that focused more on Malcolm’s wife, Betty Shabazz (Chelsea Lee Williams), who stands trial before Judgement (N’Jameh Camara), a fantastical being, clad in a black hijab, who seems to exist outside of time. The stage is a desolate black courtroom, the only decor two black and white flags in the background -- one representing the black political and religious movement of the Nation of Islam, the other the American flag. Shabazz accused the defendants, members of the Nation of Islam, of murdering her husband. As each side tells their stories, the courtroom seamlessly transforms into various vignettes that illustrate Malcolm’s time as an influential leader in the Nation of Islam, his defection, and
his assassination. Historically, Malcolm X joined the Nation of Islam while in prison around 1950. After his parole in 1952, he quickly became the public face of the Nation, being favored by then-leader Elijah Muhammad and possessing incredible oratory skill. Eventually, Malcolm defected from the Nation of Islam after becoming disillusioned with Elijah Muhammad and later altered his message to promote love and unity under the name el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz. In February 1965, he was assassinated by three members of the Nation. Although “X” explored Malcolm’s life, the show mixed fact and fiction. Wilbert X (Kevis Hillocks), for instance, was an amalgamation of Malcolm’s siblings. Other characters, like Louis Farrakhan, a member of the Nation and perhaps the chief antagonist, were all too real. Although Farrakhan denied any role in Malcolm’s murder in the show, one of the character’s monologues was taken almost word for word from a speech Farrakhan gave in real life, describing how the Nation “made” Malcolm out of nothing: “Did you teach Malcolm? Did you make Malcolm? Did you clean up Malcolm? Did you put Malcolm out before the world? Was Malcolm your traitor or ours?” In Malcolm X’s story, Belknap saw “so much” that indicated what was going to happen in the 20th and 21st centuries. “How could we combat oppression, prejudice and slavery, which have been rampant in this country since its inception?” he said. “Malcolm chronicled so many of those things.” The parallels between “X” and “Caesar,” the latter directed by Devin Brain, aren’t difficult to draw: two controversial figures murdered by their own brothers. Viewing “X” was possible without viewing “Caesar,” but those who didn’t attend both shows missed the allusions and symbolism. Audience members who attended “Caesar” but not “X” might have been confused when Brutus pulled out a gun and shot Caesar to death, not realizing it was supposed to mirror Malcolm’s assassination. Gabriel Lawrence, who played Julius Caesar and Muhammad the First and an FBI agent in “X” said that these performances weren’t “just another gig.” -To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
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Don’t skimp on skincare KERRY INGRAM Columnist
I’m usually not one for writing negative articles, but this topic is one that I felt needed to be shared. There is a formula for disaster that could lead to wreaking havoc on your face. Allow me to set the scene for you: As college students, we are constantly exposed to stressful situations. From upcoming midterms to figuring out how to make it as an adult, life can get hard, and it really takes a huge toll on our skin. Skincare is extremely important for people our age – we’re not only fighting breakouts, but also possible early signs of aging. Having great skin is
something that most people are willing to do anything for. The YouTube beauty community has grown tremendously over the years, which is not only beneficial for those looking to easily learn more about beauty products and application, but also beneficial to those who make videos. YouTubers are always falling into trends, and a recent trend concerns investing in Korean beauty products (or K-Beauty products) that promise incredible results. Forever21 is a popular clothing store – it’s always up on the latest trends and maintains affordable prices. With Forever21 expanding into other arenas and now selling décor and beauty products on top of clothing, the mass retailer
is any college kid’s dream. The basic formula: Desire for great skin + K-Beauty trend + Forever21 affordability = damaging your skin even more. Why? Because the brand Forever21 has recently decided to sell, Benton Cosmetics, has a rap-sheet for leaving foreign particles in their products and ruining the texture of the skin. When I initially got the email of the launch of K-beauty at Forever21, I was excited to share it. I thought it would be a cool way for college students to be able to obtain a good skincare regimen…but then I did my research. Benton Cosmetics is a skincare brand based in Korea, whose source of inspiration was “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (aka
a story about a man who was born old and aged backwards). According to the brand’s website, the products are made to “turn back the time of your skin.” However, the brand has had numerous incidents of consumer complaints about products that have weird particles found in them, odd smells and discoloration. In addition, there have been reports that the products have altered the texture of the skin, leaving scars and indentations on the skin’s surface. What I found even more alarming about this was one post in particular by blogger Rachel K. of “The Beauty Barre.” Rachel shared a post reviewing the brand, being one of the consumers who underwent skin damage after using the product. She posted about her contact with company, and how they seemed kind but did not truly resolve the issue with their products. She later blogged an additional post in which she discovered that a fellow beauty reviewer, under the name of Sample Hime, was hacked and had their account taken down after poorly reviewing Benton. As a journalist and a beauty blogger, this
really struck a nerve with me. Our job is to tell the truth. If the brand doesn’t like the reviews it receives, it needs to FIX THE PROBLEM, rather than trying to hide the fact that a problem exists. The brand released a notice in early 2016 saying that it has changed its formulations to address the concerns of its products, however more complaints have been released since then. On an additional note, Benton’s FAQ page is not the most credible – its setup doesn’t correctly configure to computer screens, and the descriptions for its ingredients and preservatives are repetitive and contradictory. The link to that page is bentoncosmetics.com/board/faq/3 if you would like to see for yourselves. I love discovering new beauty products, and I take pride in my knowledge of such, but this is a brand I would not recommend. Although Benton is now sold at one of my favorite stores, and although the prices are reasonable, the brand’s trustworthiness is low. When it comes to skincare, sometimes the pricier products are actually worth the cost.
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crosstown rivals clash at unitas Greyhounds upend Tigers in rematch of last year’s NCAA quarterfinals DESMOND BOYLE Staff Writer
Towson hosted crosstown rival Loyola in its home opener Wednesday at Johnny Unitas Stadium, but came up short with an 11-7 loss. Senior midfielder Mike Lynch opened up the scoring just one minute into the game by driving past the heart of the Loyola defense and firing into the upper 90. Aside from Lynch's goal -- his first of the year -- the first quarter featured sloppy play from both teams with constant turnovers and unnecessary penalties. Loyola managed to take advantage of one of its extra man attacks when sophomore attacker Pat Spencer found Romar Dennis in
game, Germershausen responded for Loyola to make it 5-2 contest with five minutes left in the first half. The Greyhounds took a 6-2 lead into the half when Begley ripped a shot inside the post with 4:25 left. Neither team managed to score early in the second half despite having long stretches of possession. Following a Loyola goal, senior attacker Ryan Drenner pulled Towson back into the game by scoring for a sixteenth consecutive game. “In the first half we were just trying to do way too much,” Drenner said. “In the second half we kind of settled down and started to run our offense but we just started too late.” Drenner scored another goal for Towson to pull within four of Loyola. However, Spencer scored his first goal of the game for Loyola to make it a 9-4 contest with 3:30
left to play in the third. Zach Goodrich kept the Tigers in the game by putting the ball into the back of the net while falling down close to Stover. Goldrich’s goal was the final goal of the third and the Tigers trailed by four going into the last 15 minutes of the game. Senior attacker Tyler Konen scored twice for Towson in the fourth, but Loyola held on for the victory. “You can’t have guys go 0-15 shooting and only have three of those 15 on cage and expect to have success,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “They were good shots from good spots and we just didn’t test Stover as much as we could’ve.” Towson will look to get back in the win column when the team hosts Johns Hopkins at Johnny Unitas Stadium Saturday at noon.
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space to get a clean shot past goalkeeper Josh Miller. Despite surrendering the goal, Miller managed to make several crucial saves in the first, including a chance in front of the goal on Loyola's next extra man attack. Junior midfielder Brian Begley scored the next goal for Loyola with an unassisted effort, and Spencer registered another assist when he found Jordan Germershausen, who scored with 11 seconds left in the opening quarter. Spencer continued to provide assists in the second quarter. He found junior midfielder Jay Drapeau, and the Greyhounds hit the back of the net. Lynch eventually found space for Towson at the perimeter and ripped a shot past Loyola's freshman goalie Jacob Stover. Despite Lynch’s second goal of the
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Sophomore Zach Goodrich takes the field in an exhibition game against Villanova at Unitas Stadium.
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towson back in Action
Team defeats Buffalo, falls to Duquesne
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Barbora Vasilkova Tennis
Junior Barbora Vasilkova claimed the team’s only doubles win against Buffalo Saturday. Vasilkova also earned a singles flight victory in Buffalo. Her performance led the team to its fifth victory of the spring. Courtesy of Towson University Athletics
Tennis player Sophie Lesage prepares to serve. The senior helped Towson defeat Buffalo this weekend. BILLY OWENS Staff Writer @billyowens174
Towson split its two matches this weekend, falling at Duquesne 4-3 Sunday, but earning a 4-3 comeback win over Buffalo Saturday. Sunday, the Tigers were unable to keep their three-match winning streak alive against the Dukes, and they dropped a close match at Duquesne’s indoor home courts. “It was a really tough loss,” Interim Head Coach Jamie Peterson said. “As heartbreaking as you can get.” Duquesne swept the three doubles matches to earn the opening doubles point. Kylie Isaacs and Julianne Herman defeated the No. 1 team of A.J Gomer and Ren van Oorschodt 6-1, while Ally Miller and Zuzanna Stelmaszak beat No.2 Lucy Williams and Jane Shusterman 6-3, and Megan Wasson and Laurel Shymansky defeated No. 3 Barbora Vasilkova and Lucy Gloninger 6-2. Towson could not mount a comeback in singles play as Duquesne won three more matches, with two being comebacks from a set down, to claim overall victory. Herman beat No. 2 Gomer 4-6, 6-0, 6-4, Wasson defeated No. 3 Williams
6-4, 6-2 and Aishwarya Kona beat No. 5 Sophie Lesage 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 to give Duquesne the win. Towson’s singles wins came when No. 1 Nicole Shakhnazarova defeated Isaacs 7-6 (3), 6-3, No. 4 Vasilkova beat Ally Miller 7-5, 7-6 (9), and No. 6 Gloninger defeated Shymansky 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. “We knew they were going to be a difficult team to beat,” Peterson said. Saturday, the Tigers won their third consecutive match and ended the Bulls three-match winning streak with a neutral site victory. Buffalo took an early 1-0 lead with two wins to seize the opening doubles point. Tanja Stojanovska and Margarita Kotok defeated Towson’s No. 1 pairing of Gomer and van Oorschodt 6-4, handing them their first loss as a team this spring. Chantal Martinez Blanco and Anna Savchenko defeated the No. 2 pairing of Williams and Shusterman 6-2. The Tigers managed to prevent a doubles sweep, as the No. 3 team of Vasilkova and Gloninger beat Laura Holterbosch and Haley Hollins 6-3. Despite the early deficit, Towson earned victories at four of the six singles spots to take overall victory. “We were able to show our competitiveness and to comeback and
win four out of six matches against a team like Buffalo,” Peterson said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the girls after that match.” No. 1 Shakhnazarova defeated Martinez Blanco 6-3, 7-5, No. 3 Williams defeated Mercedes Losada Rubio 6-2, 6-3, and No. 4 Vasilkova defeated Savchenko 6-4, 7-5. No. 6 van Oorschodt clinched the win for the Tigers by outlasting Sanjana Sudhir 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Buffalo’s two wins in singles came when Stojanovska defeated No. 2 Gomer 6-3, 6-2 and Emel Abibula beat No. 5 Shusterman 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-3. Towson’s current standing is 5-3, including a 3-3 record in away matches and a 1-0 record in neutral site matches. “The weekend ended on a disappointment,” Peterson said. “But I’m very pleased with how they competed.” The Tigers host Longwood Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Towson Center Courts. The team will then head south for matches at Florida International March 20 and Florida Atlantic March 22. The team then returns home for a pair of matches the following Saturday against CAA opponent College of Charleston at 10 a.m. and University of Maryland Eastern Shore at 4 p.m.
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towson bounced from conference tournment Courtesy of Towson University Athletics
Senior forward Arnaud William Adala Moto carries the ball for Towson against the College of Charleston in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. Moto drives to the basket against Northeastern in the quarterfinals of the CAA Tournament. Moto finished the game against Northeastern with 12 points and five assists.
JORDAN COPE Sports Editor @jordancope26
A rollercoaster ride of a season came to an end for Towson Sunday when the team fell to the College of Charleston 67-59 in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament. “Tough loss to Charleston,”Head Coach Pat Skerry said. “The guys battled and we were right there. I’m proud of how these guys faced adversity after we lost Johnnie.” The No. 3 seeded Tigers got off to a slow start against the No. 2 seeded Cougars. It took the Tigers over eight minutes to score their first field goal of the game, yet they only trailed 5-4. By the end of the first half, Towson led the College of Charleston 26-21. While the team finished the half shooting just 35 percent from the field, they were beginning to heat up. Junior guard Eddie Keith II played a strong first 20 minutes. He went 4-for-4 from the field and knocked down the team’s only 3-point field goal of the half.
In the second half, the Tigers and Cougars jockeyed for the lead. The Tigers’ biggest lead of the half was seven points with a little more than 12 minutes left in the game. However, the Cougars clawed their way back and took their first lead of the half with 6:01 remaining. Down the stretch, Towson trailed Charleston by one point, but Charleston went on a 10-0 run late in the game to clinch a spot in Monday’s CAA Championship Game. Senior guard Joe Chealey, who did not play last season due to an ACL injury, recorded 29 points and three assists for Charleston. Sunday’s game for Towson comes after a thrashing of Northeastern Saturday in the CAA quarterfinals round in which the team came away with an 82-54 victory. “We had an outstanding overall performance versus Northeastern on both ends of the floor,” Skerry said. The Tigers got off to a fast start over the No. 6 Huskies and never looked back. In the first half, The Tigers shot 42 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. The team only got warmer as the game went on. In the second half,
Towson shot 66 percent from the field and 60 percent from downtown. Freshman guard Zane Martin led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points. Senior forward William Adala Moto and junior guard Brian Starr added 12 points to the mix.
Although Towson’s goal of making it into the NCAA Tournament did not come to fruition, the team will most likely be playing in a postseason tournament. “We will make a decision on postseason opportunities in the next
couple of days,” Skerry said. “But 20 wins always signifies success.” Updates on what tournament Towson could be participating in and the team’s progress throughout the rest of the postseason can be found at thetowerlight.com.