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April 18, 2017

INTRODUCING COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATION & LEADERSHIP Stevenson University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies is introducing a new online master’s degree and post-baccalaureate certificate in Community-Based Education & Leadership. Developed to meet the growing demand for highly-qualified professionals to teach, lead, and manage in non-formal and informal education settings, this program benefits a variety of positions within this expanding educational sector. Practicing professionals will gain the knowledge and skills to become effective educators and change leaders in their organizations. Upon completion of the master’s program, graduates will have the ability to meet the needs of diverse populations of learners, build transformative learning communities, and foster collaborative partnerships within their field. Visit stevenson.edu/CBEL for more information.

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Opinion

April 18, 2017

PHOTO OF THE WEEK URBAN FARM EDITION

The world awakens

Alternatively, “An ode to the nice weather” SAM SHELTON Senior Editor @sam_tweets_now

“Pitch Perfect” came out in September 2012, just months before my scheduled march across my high school commencement stage that May. As we all know by now, the film -- which stars my boyfriend’s One True Love Anna Kendrick -- follows the story of college freshman Beca Mitchell, who is 2 kool 4 skool until she falls into the a cappella universe and ultimately makes way more friends than she would have sitting alone in her dorm room. Same, Beca. Same. I really liked this movie when it first came out, or at least before my Haikus for the Boys on the Bench You sit with your dogs, Awash in our attention, Profiting from pups. Must be warm for them, Fluffy coats and panting tongues. They are dang cute, though. Vaginal Discourse

mother began twice-weekly showings of it in our living room. It hit me at the exact right time. I was the exact target audience: young, dubious about the future, and heading off to college. I was Beca Mitchell, except I was really excited about everything. What struck me most about the film wasn’t the music or the sisterhood or the humor (though all were pretty good). What struck me was the idea of a campus where people did whatever they wanted, be it playing guitar in a place where nobody else wanted to hear it or laying out on some mysterious, omnipresent “quad.” As an aside, why does every single college movie involve the hip kids hanging out around something called

“the quad?” What is a quad, and who do I have to thank for not naming anything on our campus as such? Anyway, I was awestruck by the fact that people went outside in their free time -- to study, to tan, to hang out, to do whatever. My high school didn’t even have windows. Outside means freedom and community, a way to escape the rigid confines of class and technology and stagnating fluorescent light. Four years worth of finals, papers and semester-long projects have beaten some of the youthful awe out of me, but every spring I’m reminded that I used to be less dead inside. When the weather gets nice, people go outside to enjoy it. And that’s precisely what you’ve all been up to.

Four years worth of finals, papers and semester-long projects have beaten some of the youthful awe out of me, but every spring I’m reminded that I used to be less dead inside.

As I walk to class, with the Union’s doors just steps behind, I hear some rando shout to some other rando, “You like vaginas?!” It’s meant to elicit a laugh, not actually ask a question. I don’t quite get the joke. Nearby, a blonde girl I know tangentially and a colleague of hers -- a girl I don’t glimpse enough of to remember or describe -- advertise a play, a show. Around them, a flock of students, separated into cliques or groups or clubs or friends, talk so much that the “U” outside Susq Terrace buzzes with energy and life. The koi keep swimming without care, finally thawed with the arrival of spring. “Come see the Vagina Monologues!” The blonde or her friend, or someone else entirely, says. It debuted this weekend. Like the koi and the inevitable chatter of young adults, women are near-unstoppable. The Election

The TU Urban Farm, planted and maintained by faculty advisor Benjamin Warner and a co-op of volunteers, sits bountiful and beautiful near the Administration Building parking lot, awash in an April 12 spot of sun. Photos by Sam Shelton.

It’s just barely Wednesday afternoon, some two or three hours since I’ve last seen him, when I spy Towerlight photo editor Alex Best walking in circles just outside my window by the koi. He’s got a slim packet of white papers in his hands. I know what he’s doing, so I don’t watch long. It’s April, which means it’s time to choose next year’s student leaders. The first public step toward achieving this end comes in the form of Student Government Association petitions -- think Alex’s packet of white papers -- which denote intention to run and require the interested student to collect a number of signatures from their peers in order to be eligible. I suspect it’s these signatures that have Alex wandering about the plaza. I don’t envy him. Sometimes SGA elections are really interesting and controversial, and other times, they are, unfortunately, really boring. But it’s important to vote regardless, because the SGA handles student group funding and has a hand in pretty much every event and initiative on campus. If there’s something you think is messed up about the student experience, let them know with your votes and your voice. Petitions for all positions are available from the SGA office, Room 226, and candidate information sheets are due by April 21 at 4 p.m.. At some point after looking away from Alex, I glance back out the window. The plaza is empty now, abandoned by students in favor of going home or heading off to class. After the buzz has died down and the area has cleared, the koi get some time to themselves. It’s quiet. But it’s nice, too.


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April 18, 2017

Lawmakers alter assault legalese

MD to correct wording in sex crime cases, policies @MeganFemmily

This is the English major in me speaking, but I’m a firm believer that the words we choose matter. And one thing that we as a society have been realizing over the past few years -- and this year in particular -- is that language holds a lot of weight. Maryland legislators, it seems, would agree. Multiple bills aimed at changing the language of state laws regarding rape and sexual assault moved through the system this legislative session. The first attempts to change the wording of current laws, which state that in order for an act to be classified as rape, it must be completed by and against members of opposite sexes. This is obsolete for multiple reasons. It undermines the experiences of survivors within the LGBTQ+ community, and it gives biological sex weight that isn’t justified or even relevant anymore. On April 5, a bill eliminating references to gender and classifying all nonconsensual sexual violations as rape passed the General Assembly. The bill now moves to Gov. Larry Hogan, whose spokeswoman has indicated that he will sign it. Another bill similarly looks to change what legally constitutes rape. This includes getting rid of the notion that if the situation doesn’t involve active resistance from the survivor, it wasn’t rape. The legislation, or the “No Means No” law, would clarify that evidence of a survivor’s physical resistance is not needed to prove assault occurred. Sexual violence isn’t always how we see it in the movies. It isn’t always an aggressive struggle. It’s pretty hard to fight back if you’re intoxicated, unconscious, drugged or otherwise shocked by fear and worry. It’s unfair to require survivors, who might not even be physically able to resist, to attempt to fight back against assailants in order for their experiences to be validated. It’s about time Maryland realizes this. The “No Means No” law passed both houses of the General

Assembly April 7 and now awaits the governor’s signature. A third bill would have allowed women who become pregnant as a result of sexual attacks to terminate the parental rights of their assailants. According to the Baltimore Sun, Maryland is one of only 16 states that have not yet enacted this kind of measure, meaning that survivors have to deal with discussing things like custody and subsequent child support… with their rapists. Legislators in the Maryland General Assembly negotiated the bill last week, and their discussion ran late into the evening of the last day of the 2017 legislative session, but the bill ultimately did not pass. Per reporter Ian Duncan’s April 11 Baltimore Sun story, negotiators appeared to reach a compromise, but negotiator Sen. Bobby Zirkin, chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, said that “the print shop in the State House literally couldn’t print the bill fast enough to get it to the House and Senate floor.” The bill previously passed in both houses, but substantial differences between the House and Senate versions required a conference committee of three delegates and three senators to produce a single bill. It’s this committee that ultimately ran out of time, and, according to an April 16 story by Sun reporter Catherine Rentz, no women were asked to join the negotiating group. So it’s still legally OK to force survivors to discuss parental rights with their rapists. That’s a real thing. In terms of how we can help prevent sexual violence and help survivors on our own, I’ll leave you with this quote from one of my favorite humans, former Vice President Joe Biden: “Look, if you see a brother taking a drunk freshman co-ed up the stairs to his room and you do nothing, you’re a coward. You are a coward. You have an obligation to step up.” It’s still Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we still need to step up.

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We don’t want war with North Korea DYLAN BRENNAN Columnist

A few days ago, Trump allowed the military to drop another bomb -- this time on eastern Afghanistan April 13. I was pleasantly surprised to see Ms. Megan Graves, another Towerlight columnist, write an article on the Tomahawk missiles launched at Syria and talk about the price of these darn things. People so rarely talk about the nitty-gritty of how much a single bomb costs -- but we may be paying a geopolitical cost, more than just cash. We’ve been poking and prodding North Korea’s patience and mettle over the past month or two. Dropping

the largest non-nuclear weapon we have ever used in combat is a show of force, even if Trump says that wasn’t the intent -- not to mention his diversion of warship after warship into Asiatic waters. Why Trump wants to shake up the time-bomb that is North Korea is anyone’s guess. I find it baffling that a president who goes off an isolationist “America First” campaign is now dipping every toe he has into the geopolitical waters. But given how politicians flip-flop, and considering how much of a political novice Trump was and is, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. Regardless, as much as we can make fun of Kim Jong-Un, we can’t make

too much fun about a war with North Korea. Even with a relative slingshot with how backward their technological levels are, they can still do sizable damage to South Korea or Japan, two of the largest economic and strategic powers for the United States and the world. If Kim has been hiding technology from us, he may send his missiles as far as Guam or Hawaii, whose lawmakers have demanded a new contingency plan for North Korea. And even if we take out North Korea, we’d have to deal with neighboring China and the cost of their neighbor’s new management. -- To read the rest of this column online, visit thetowerlight.com.


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Fees continue to increase. Attendance? Nope. When you pay your bill to attend Towson University, you’re not just spending money on tuition. If you live on campus, you’re also paying for housing and a meal plan. Maybe you’re paying for a parking permit. You’re definitely paying a student government fee, a technology fee, an auxiliary services fee, and another that you might never make direct use of. The athletics fee. Every full-time, in-state, undergraduate student in the Spring 2017 semester paid $851 for Auxiliary Services, $93 for Technology, $45 for the Student Government and $435 for Athletics. Fees, like tuition, are paid each semester, not just once per year. And those costs have gone up. For full-time, in-state undergraduates, from Fall 2011 to Spring 2017: The Auxiliary Services fee has increased by $165. The Student Government fee has increased by $5. The Tech fee has increased by $13. The Athletics fee has increased by $36. Meanwhile, Towson’s total expenditures increased from $419.6 million in 2013 to $495.3 million in 2017. Towson gets some of its money from the state of Maryland, since it’s a public school. Between 2013 and 2017, the amount of money that Towson has received from Maryland has increased from $91.8 million to

about $119.1 million, an increase of about $27 million. In other words, Maryland picks up about a quarter of Towson’s bill. The rest has to come from other revenue sources. “If the state’s not picking [increasing operating costs] up, it goes on the backs of students and their families,” TU Chief Financial Officer Joe Oster said. The outputs from those increasing fees are, sometimes, easier to see than others. Construction, for example, has been booming on campus. And, Oster said, one of the main reasons certain fees increase is pre-existing contracts between TU and food and service providers Chartwells and ABM. But students may not be seeing that same return on increased investment in the athletics department, which receives no state money. Athletics fees have been going up. Attendance (and, in some cases, performance) have not. “Athletics is a standalone body,” TU President Kim Schatzel said in an interview with The Towerlight. “All of the scholarships, all of the travel, all the coaches, all the everything gets loaded on. We can’t use state money.” In the 2013 season, average attendance at home football games was 8,473 people. During the 2016 season, average attendance decreased to 5,703 people, and even the least-attended 2013 regular-season home game, Nov. 23, against James Madison – with 7,379 people in attendance -- topped the 2016 aver-

Cody Boteler/ The Towerlight Athletics fees have increased since spring 2013. Fees are paid each semester, rather than each year. age. During the 2016 season, James Madison had an average 19,844 people at each home game. Other Towson sports have similar stories, in terms of average attendance per game. Volleyball dropped from 261 people in 2013 to 185 people in 2016, while Women’s basketball fell from 618 attendees in the 13-14 season to 372 attendees in the in 16-17 season. Men’s basketball fell from 2,564 people in the 13-14 season to 1,826 people in the 16-17 season, and Women’s lacrosse dropped nearly 100 attendees, from 534 people in 2013 to 433 people so far this year. One notable exception to the overall

Cody Boteler/ The Towerlight Most teams have seen a decrease in attendence since the 2013-14 season. Men’s lacrosse is an exception.

downward trend in attendance: Men’s lacrosse. In 2013, an average of 1,225 people attended the home games. In 2017, that number is 1,473 so far. SECU Arena, where basketball and volleyball play, has room for 5,200 people. Johnny Unitas Stadium, where football and lacrosse play, seats over 11 thousand. In order to create a more accurate image of how many Towson students are attending Towson games, The Towerlight requested student attendance data – collected when students scan to gain entrance to home games. The Athletics Department did not provide the data requested before The Towerlight’s print deadline. Towson is not alone in this trend--attendance at collegiate sporting events is in decline nationwide. As Towson’s attendance and, in some cases, seasonal performance, have gone down since 2013, students have increasingly paid more money each year in athletics fees. The main cause for the increasing athletics fee is the growing demand for scholarship money, according to Oster. As tuition increases, he explained, scholarships needed to award more money. Some student-athletes are awarded “Full grants-in-aid,” at the recommendation of each sport’s head coach, according to the 2016-2017 Student Athlete Handbook. The book also says that athletics scholarships are “awarded as a percentage

of the value of a full grant-in-aid.” While the exact value of a full grant-in-aid is calculated annually, the “typical” amount covers tuition, mandatory fees, a “standard double room,” required textbooks and the 19-meal plan. A student-athlete who is “receiving a full scholarship” and on the 19-meal plan may also receive “unlimited meals” at the beginning of the academic term, according to the handbook. The purpose in awarding grantsin-aid is to “attract top quality student athletes to Towson University,” according to the handbook. Nearly 400 students receive financial aid through athletics, according to John Brush, the director of media relations for the Department of Athletics. That aid, he said in an email, ranges from $250 to full grants-in-aid. Towson University also awards academic scholarships. In 2017-18, the largest scholarship from TU was the Provost Scholarship, capped at $5,000 for in-state students and $11,000 for out-of-state students, according to David Horne, director of the Financial Aid Office. “[Athletics] adds great value to the reputation of the institution,” Schatzel said. “Both the success of our students in terms of their sports performance as well as in the classroom is something we really take great pride in.”


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April 18, 2017

Marriott to convert to housing

April 11: At the Towson Center, a commuter student had her computer returned after she left it unattended. Theft unfounded. April 9: At Tower B, a resident student had her identity compromised for unauthorized online purchases. April 9: At Bill Bateman’s, a non-affiliate was transported to a local hospital for a drug overdose and issued a denial of access to campus for CDS violation. April 5: At the Liberal Arts Building, a professor had their computer taken after placing it on the lecture stand during class. April 3: At the Psychology Building, a resident student had his wallet taken after leaving it unattended.

William Strang-Moya/ The Towerlight President Schatzel delivers her spring presidential address in Stephens Hall April 13. In her address, she announced that the Towson University Marriott Hotel will be converted to student housing by fall 2018.

March 30: At Tower A, two resident students were cited for an alcohol violation. March 29: In Carroll Hall, a resident student was assaulted by a commuter student during an argument. March 28: At Millennium Hall, a resident student assaulted another resident student in their dorm room. March 28: At 7400 York Road, a non-traditional student sent numerous unwanted phone calls and emails to staff members. March 25: At Newell Hall, a student had his bike taken from a secured rack. March 19: Towson University is investigating an anonymous report of a possible hazing incident that allegedly occurred somewhere on campus. March 19: At the University Union, a theft was marked unfounded when a non-affiliate found his phone at home. March 17: At Tower A, a resident student was cited for a CDS violation. March 17: At Burdick Hall, a commuter student had her property taken after leaving it unattended. March 16: At Lot 26, TUPD is investigating the destruction of a non-affiliate’s car window. March 14: At Millennium Hall, a resident student was cited for a CDS violation. March 11: At Lot 14, a resident student was cited for a false ID and alcohol citation.

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.

University President Kim Schatzel announced Thursday that the Marriott Conference Hotel near campus will be converted to student housing in 2018 to accommodate an ever-growing resident student population. During her presidential address, Schatzel said the University, which owns the hotel building, will not renew its contract with Marriott and the building should be ready for students to live in by fall 2018. Instead, Towson will use the structure, located on West Burke Avenue, across from Prettyman and Scarborough Halls, to accommodate growing student populations with more on-campus apartment-style housing. “I think it’s a good idea,” student and Presidential Ambassador Melony Lanni said. “We need these dorm rooms because so many people want to live on campus. It never occurred to me that we owned that building, so it never occurred to me that this was something that we could do.” According to Schatzel, Towson has a “bed-deficit,” meaning that there is not enough housing on campus to accommodate those who want to live on campus. According to a recent University budget workshop document, on-campus housing has been over-capacity for 20 years. Once converted, the Mariott should add 300-400 beds to help catch up to the 2,000-2,500 bed shortage. On-campus, apartment-style housing options in Carroll and Marshall halls, the university’s most recent

housing additions, filled up within 72 hours of registration last fall — thanks in part to the temporary closure of Residence Tower for renovations. Schatzel said refurbishing the Marriott building was a cheaper option than constructing a new building. During Thursday’s presidential address, located in the Stephens Hall Theater, Schatzel also updated the Towson community on her presidential priorities and progress on other university endeavors since last year’s address, her first. “The state of the university is indeed strong,” she said. “And not just strong – but through the tremendous efforts of our faculty, students and staff, Towson University is stronger than when I stood here and reported on this state just one year ago.” The University recently received more than $124 million during the most recent legislative session for the construction of a new science building. Schatzel said that this marks the largest pre-authorized funding that Towson has received in state history, and it will cover the entire cost of the planned science building through fiscal year 2020. This new building will be the largest academic building on campus when it is complete. “This pre-authorization means when we break ground on that new science building, this very fall, we will be fully funded through its scheduled completion, opening and ribbon-cutting that will take place in just three short years,” Schatzel said. “This is truly an inflection point for Fisher College, as well as for our university.” The budget recommendations for

the University System of Maryland and Towson University were adopted by legislature without any change. The legislature also supported the governor’s recommendation regarding capital funding for the new college of health professions building, and the complete renovation of Smith Hall to create a visual communications building. “All in all, 2017 was a historic legislative session for our university, and it will set the bar for what we plan to achieve in the years ahead,” Schatzel said. Towson had a record-breaking year in terms of enrollment, Schatzel said, which yielded the university’s most diverse and academically-prepared incoming class in its 150-year history. The 2016 freshman class received over 12,000 applications and enrolled over 2,700 students, making it Towson’s largest freshman class in eight years, Schatzel said. “As impressive as those numbers were, demands are even stronger for this upcoming fall,” Schatzel said. “We have received over 13,700 applications for this fall’s upcoming class – an increase of almost 15 percent as compared to 2016.” Per Schatzel, the Baltimore + TU, or Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore (BTU) initiative has formed a council of 28 university leaders from various departments in order to advance the 167 existing partnerships that TU faculty, staff and students have with greater Baltimore. There will be a showcase for these BTU partnerships on April 24. --To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.


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Need to land a job? Consider learning a second language Students searching for a job after graduation may get a leg up on the competition by learning another language, according to Arabic and French professor Ziad Bentahar. “Learning a language is a transferable skill that can be needed anywhere,” Bentahar said. “Languages can help you think differently; employers tend to like that. Language teaches you how to think more broadly, outside the box, if you will, and that allows you to be a valuable employee in a variety of fields.” At the foreign language department’s Foreign Language Day event on April 26, students will hear from speakers who have used their multilingualism in their chosen fields. The event, which will run from noon to 2 p.m. in the University Union’s Chesapeake Rooms, will emphasize the role of language in the professional world. According to foreign languages major Finn Hasson, this semester’s Foreign Language Day will feature alumni, guest speakers and repre-

sentatives such as Officer Carlos Selvi from the Baltimore County Police Department, Spanish teacher Guillermo Brown from the all-girls Institute of Notre Dame and representatives from Towson’s Students Helping Honduras organization. Regardless of where someone ends up working, learning a foreign language can be valuable asset to employers, Spanish professor Diego del Pozo said. “Learning a foreign language will give you some skills that will be beneficial even though you may not use the language in your position,” del Pozo said. “But more and more, knowing a second language in this globalized world is very important.” Even if someone is not completely fluent in a language, having some foundational knowledge in a foreign language makes applicants more appealing to prospective employers, said Hasson. “I think people get intimidated by thinking that you have to develop a native level fluency in a language,” Hasson said. “It’s not necessary to develop a native level speaker fluency to be able communicate in a language and use it professionally.” For folks just beginning to learn

a new language, Bentahar said all it takes is time and dedication. “Set some time aside,” he said. “It takes time, it’s work. It’s not difficult, it’s time consuming.” For students just beginning to learn another language, del Pozo encourages total immersion -- meaning they should listen to radio, music, audiobooks and movies in that language, read books in their chosen language and travel to countries where the language is spoken. Del Pozo said that the nation’s political climate has made learning a language even more important, because communication is an obvious way to bridge the gaps created by xenophobia and conflict. “It seems that in this climate, we are heading toward very difficult times,” he said. “And so again it will be very important for American people and for the students to learn a foreign language and reverse this trend. In my opinion, it is better to try to create peaceful relations in the world and for that it is very important to put ourselves in the place of the ‘other,’ to try to understand where they are coming from, what they think. And unless we speak their language, we won’t be able to do that.”

TU offers tips for healthy living Towson got into groove with healthy living at the University’s spring health fair, “For the Health of It!” where students learned ways to stay healthy such as eating well, working out, driving without distractions, learning CPR and preventing STDs. The fair -- hosted by Towson University’s Health Center and departments of student affairs, academic affairs and health science -- was held April 12 in the University Union’s Potomac Lounge. Upon entry, students received a punch card which they could have hole punched at each station. As they got their cards punched, students could get tickets to enter a raffle. After getting ten hole punches and following the Health Center on social media, attendees received a free shirt. Lillian Bunton, a coordinator for Rideshare, explained that if you plan to workout outside, it is best to “exert

yourself before 10 a.m. because the bright sun reacts with the chemicals in the air, pollution, and makes the ozone so the sunnier and the longer the sun is out, the more ozone forms.”

Really [being healthy is about] just kind of choosing the right foods in the dining hall, staying fit on campus... those kinds of things. MOLLY STRYKER Dietitian

Bunton pointed out that ozone can be damaging to the lungs, so it’s best to do outside work before there is a lot of it in the air. For those looking for new workouts or group activities, Burdick Hall offers classes in yoga, barre, cycling, kickbox-

ing, and many other classes. Towson will also host Relay for Life, a 12-hour walkathon to raise funds for cancer research, on April 21. Participants can register as a group or as individuals. Dietitian Molly Stryker said she wanted students to take away tips for eating and being healthy on campus. “It’s absolutely doable,” Stryker said. “I know a lot [of students] want to avoid the freshman 15 or whatnot, but really [being healthy is about] just kind of choosing the right foods in the dining hall, staying fit on campus, getting involved in intramural sports, those types of things.” Stryker had some flyers on how to be more selective in the dining hall and how to stay fit on campus, as well as suggestions for a “mini-fridge makeover,” which can all be found at choosemyplate.gov. Campus police promoted a women’s only self-defense course. The course happens once a semester and teaches awareness, prevention, risk-reduction, avoidance and handson defense training.

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Student directors lead “The Vagina Monologues” Women-focused play is renewed for another year of comedy and awareness KRISTIN HELF Associate Arts & Life Editor @kristinelise_

Two student performers stood side-by-side on stage in the Potomac Lounge Saturday night, projecting to the crowd a shared monologue about their bodies and the bodies of women all around the world -- bodies with “No gloves, no mask, no protection from the sun, or the boss, or the foreman, or the President.” The monologue was “I Call You Body” by Eve Ensler, the spotlight piece of this year’s performance of “The Vagina Monologues,” brought to Towson by the Center for Student Diversity for its annual two-night rendition. “The Vagina Monologues,” an episodic play compiled by Ensler from the mid-’90s to today, consists of stories told by women about the issues they face regarding sexuality, vagina ownership and womanhood. According to student co-directors Charlotte Smith, a Towerlight contributor, and Elizabeth McLaren, this year’s performance at Towson almost didn’t happen. “We had to go back to the directors from last year and be like, ‘Hey, no one’s done anything yet, and we want to get the ball rolling,’” junior psychology major McLaren said. Traditionally, the play is performed earlier in the semester. “I guess we kind of assumed that seniors were going to direct, which is why we waited so long,” Smith said.

“Eventually nothing really happened, so me and Liz were like, ‘this is so important to us, we don’t want this to just disappear.’” Smith and McLaren both performed in last year’s “Monologues,” and the pair came back to make their directorial debuts after feeling empowered by the experience. “Last year my aunt, who’s in her 50’s, came out,” McLaren said. “She’s a nurse and she was like, ‘I’ve never thought of my vagina that way. I’m just so moved by what you guys have said on that stage, and I’m just more inclined to do things about it -- spread awareness, donate to domestic shelters, just empower women in general.’” Topics in the Monologues range from light-hearted to heavy, best illustrated by two monologues performed almost back-to-back: “Vagina Happy Fact” teaches the audience that the clitoris has a higher concentration of nerve fibers than anywhere else in the male or female body (“Who needs a handgun when you’ve got a semi-automatic?”), while “Not-So-Happy-Fact” explores the prevalence of female genital mutilation. Senior psychology major Rachel Dows’ comedic, Brooklyn-accented monologue, “The Flood,” fell somewhere in between the extremes. In “The Flood,” Dows assumed the identity of an older woman who was embarrassed by a romantic partner after a sexual mishap in her youth and became permanently trepidacious around men. “I can’t tell you about ‘down there,’” Dows stage-whispered to the audience.

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From left, Maria Taylor and Sheri Razaq perform the play’s 2017 spotlight monologue, “I Call You Body.” “You just know it’s there; it’s like the cellar: the door stays shut.” Although “The Flood” was meant to be insightfully funny, Dows acknowledged the story’s larger purpose. “The monologues give us, as the performers, an opportunity to have a space to express ourselves and to explore a topic that is usually kind of undermined or pushed away from normal performances,” she said. “But it’s also a way for people in the audience to engage with a conversation that’s not usually happening.” Sophomore Caroline Floyd, who performed in the play’s introduction,

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Above: Co-directors Elizabeth McLaren and Charlotte Smith open up “The Vagina Monologues” Friday night. Right: Nikki Travers performs her best moans in “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy.”

expressed that such a conversation is especially important today. “I feel like the stigma with these issues is building up even more, when it should be breaking down, because the issues are becoming more and more prevalent,” Floyd said. “So hopefully doing this will give other people the opportunity and also the courage to talk about some of the issues we’re discussing.” “I Call You Body,” a new monologue that closed the show by demanding safe workplaces for women everywhere, showed that the issues described in “The Monologues” are still as prevalent

today as they were decades ago. “I want people to stop thinking that feminism is a dirty word or a joke,” McLaren said. “Because these are real issues... These are monologues from real people. People were actually interviewed, and they said these things, so obviously these are really relevant. These are valid feelings that people have. It’s not just a regular play that someone wrote. These are actual people’s stories.” All of the proceeds from Towson’s 2017 “Vagina Monologues” were donated to House of Ruth, a domestic violence shelter in Baltimore.


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Arts & Life

A Caribbean block party

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Students revelled in Caribbean culture at the Caribbean Student Association’s event “Tempted 2 Touch.”

A decade of diversity in film

TAYLOR CRIDER Contributing Writer

Students near the West Village lawn Saturday night might have seen stilt walkers, heard reggae music or smelled traditional Caribbean cuisine as the Caribbean Student Association (CSA) turned the area into a Caribbean carnival during its annual cultural celebration. “[I wanted this] to be a safe event for Caribbean students,” CSA president Chelsea Rose said. The event had authentic Caribbean and Guinean cuisine catered by Island Quizine. The food, which Rose “wanted to be authentic as possible,” included jerk chicken, curry chicken, coconut shrimp, rice and peas, plantains and macaroni and cheese. There were also many eye-catching performances from stilt walkers, also known as moko jumbies, CSA’s Caribbean Dream dance team, Morgan State Tropical Expressions Caribbean dance team and PanLara, a steel drum

band based in Prince George’s County. The event started off with a booty shakin’ performance by Caribbean Dream. What began as a twerk-off between the members ended in the team showing off their Caribbean moves to a reggae mix by DJ Trini Kydd. Following the performance, moko jumbies hyped up the crowd with their jaw-dropping stilt-walking moves and their invitation to audience members to join them in dance. More Caribbean color and culture shined through as some of Towson students took to the stage to model Richards Carnival’s designs. Based out of Washington D.C., Carnival’s flashy apparel dripped with jewels and dazzled the crowd. The moment that everyone was waiting for was when the guys from “Mon Crush Monday” -- a Caribbean spin off of “man crush Monday” -- came out sporting flags from different Caribbean countries over their private areas. --Read the rest of this article online at www.thetowerlight.com

Sonja Sohn of “The Wire” to speak at TU’s tenth WAMMFest TAYLOR DEVILLE Associate Arts & Life Editor @artvandelady

People don’t have to look far past the Golden Globes or last year’s #OscarsSoWhite to recognize the underrepresentation of women and people of color in film. From 2007 to 2016, women directed just 4 percent of top-grossing Hollywood movies. In 2015, racial minorities accounted for just 13.6 percent of “top film” leads (compared to 29 percent of women) and 10 percent of directors (and before you say “things are getting better,” those numbers have fluctuated since 2011, and were higher in previous years.) In an effort to be a vehicle for the voices of women and non-white filmmakers, associate professor Elsa Lankford (with the help of two other faculty members) launched the Women and Minorities in Media film festival— colloquially known as WAMMFest. Starting Wednesday, Towson will host WAMMFest for the tenth year in a row. “I co-founded WAMMFest [because] we were looking at our classrooms and realizing that they

weren’t nearly as diverse as they could be,” Lankford said. “We wanted to celebrate the diversity that we had within the EMF department and encourage more [diversity].” This year’s WAMMFest will feature 67 short films produced by women and minority filmmakers from over 20 countries around the globe. Locally, the work of high school students from the Baltimore-based youth group Wide Angle Youth Media will be featured in the “emerging filmmakers” category. With more than 1,000 entries from filmmakers in 80 different countries, the winners are divided into five categories — animation, comedy (formerly LGBT), documentary, narrative and virtual reality, which was added this year. The subject matter of the winning films ranges from a young girl on her natural hair journey in “The Big Chop” (directed by Derek Dow and written by Alisha Cowan), to documenting a couple who have been together for over 40 years as one of them suffers from Alzheimer’s in “Alzheimer’s: A Love Story” (by Monica Petruzzelli and Gabe Schimmel). “We have seen, over the past

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Festival-goers and volunteers wait in anticipation at a screening during last year’s WAMMFest. few years, more and more people are starting to be very aware about diversity in film and media in general,” Lankford said. Although Lankford prefers to “leave [her] own politics out of it,” she said that the Trump administration and political climate “have been hard on women and minority filmmakers.” During the administration’s attempted Muslim ban, Lankford said “there was real concern” about whether WAMMFest “and other festival artists” would be allowed in the country. “We need to make sure that everybody is able to tell their story. That’s what helps connect people from all different political backgrounds -- stories,” Lankford said. “Everybody wants

to be engaged and entertained, and the more that you have these stories from different points of view -- women, minorities, people from different countries -- that’s where social change can really happen.” In addition to the screenings, WAMMFest will also host panel discussions featuring the winning filmmakers, karaoke, and a master class about virtual reality throughout the week. To celebrate the tenth year of the festival, students will have a chance to attend a Q&A on Wednesday night with guest artist Sonja Sohn, most notable for her role as Detective Kima Greggs on “The Wire.” On Friday, Women in Film and Video will host a panel about story pitching

and on Saturday, the Baltimore chapter of Film Fatales will discuss media-makers roles in social justice movements. “That panel isn’t just for filmmakers -- it’s for anybody that wants to be involved in more activism,” Lanford said. “Part of what I would love to see more is connections between students that are, say, in liberal arts, connecting with students in our department to really combine those passions of social justice and film and media making.” WAMMFest is open to all students for $15 on Wednesday and $5 Thursday through Saturday. To purchase tickets, read about the films or look at WAMMFest’s schedule, visit wammtu.com.


Arts & Life

April 18, 2017

A night at the circus

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Modelz of Distinction rocks the runway at this year’s CultureCon.

Celebrating TU’s cultural connection MCKENNA GRAHAM Assistant Arts & Life Editor

A night meant for the celebration of diversity and culture, Towson’s second annual CultureCon kicked off in the Potomac Lounge with music, lemonade, free T-shirts and student performances from groups like Lambda Theta Alpha and Pasión. “[It] was sparked by us trying to find a way to meet the objectives of the core values that our Department of Housing and Residence Life has,” Residence Life coordinator and CultureCon planning committee member Antoinette Newsome said. “CultureCon was a way to really allow students and departments and many people on campus to display what culture means to them, in whatever way they define it.” The Chinese American Student Union, Foreign Language Department, American Sign Language Club and the Latin American Student Organization were among groups tabling around the room, encouraging people to engage with them between performances. “Each table has a takeaway so that people can really learn about the culture that the organization is defining,” Newsome said. When asked what culture meant to her, she said, “I think culture really allows you to gain a deeper sense of knowledge based on your ethnicity, or gender, or another type of identity. It really allows you to kind of dive in and dig deep and be active in learning about what that means... It’s really awesome to see them

bring what’s important to them to life through performances.” Despite audio issues, performers like Priscila Wendt and the TREND Models were undeterred. “It affected us on the inside but we couldn’t show it because we understand performing,” freshman model and EMF major Brianna Davis said. After watching the footage of his club’s performance, sophomore and president of TREND Models Javon Wright was reassured. “We did have some music issues, but everybody kept going, and that’s the big thing,” Wright said. “If someone messes up or you make a mistake, just keep going and push through everything. That’s what they did today, and I’m so proud of them.” TREND Models wore six-, sevenand even eight-inch heels for their performance -- prompting freshman mass communication major Lindsey Tait to plead for them to “Please step on me.” The other modeling group to perform, Modelz of Distinction, wrapped up the night with a fierce performance that had members of the audience cheering and applauding. Jacqueline Ingutia, a sophomore criminal justice major, admitted that they were her favorite performance, but she enjoyed it all. “Music is music everywhere you go,” she said. “Music still has a beat, and you can still enjoy it even if you don’t know it.” Her friend, sophomore nursing student Ashata Gamanga agreed, saying, “Towson has very, very, very talented students.”

Modelz of Distinction members walk in annual fashion show, billed as Cirque du MODe, Friday night.

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tigers fall to elon WYNNE KIRCHNER Staff Writer

Towson traveled to North Carolina this weekend for a threegame series against Elon, dropping two of three and falling to 16-22 on the season. “I think we pitched really well,” Head Coach Lisa Costello said. “We need to continue to improve our situational hitting, though.” On Sunday, the Tigers fell to the Phoenix 1-0. The game proved to be a defensive showdown as the Tigers only managed two hits, while only allowing three, throughout the entire game. Pitchers Megan Dejter, a junior, and Julia Smith-Harrington, a freshman, combined for a strong performance on the mound. Neither pitcher gave up an earned run. Junior Kendyl Scott and Madison Wilson recorded the team’s only hits. Saturday, Towson played a dou-

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second half struggles TU drops a close game against Hofstra, 17-15

bleheader against Elon. The team dropped game two but earned a victory in game one. Towson fell short in game two of the doubleheader, losing 4-3 in extra innings. Sophomore Nicole Stockinger recorded three hits in four at-bats for the Tigers. Juniors Shelby Stracher and Daria Edwards each hit a homerun in the game. On the mound, Smith-Harrington struck out two batters and allowed only one earned run. In game one of the doubleheader, the Tigers managed to earn a 2-1 victory in extra innings. Dejter went all 10 innings and giving up only six hits and one earned run. Towson hosts a doubleheader on Tuesday against Morgan State and another Wednesday against Howard. Following its midweek series, Towson will be at home over the weekend against conference rival Drexel for a crucial three-game series.

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Towson fell to Hofstra 17-15 at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, New York, Sunday afternoon, despite a strong 11-goal showing in the first half. Towson came out of the gates with a quick 4-0 run. Sophomore attacker Carly Tellekamp had a pair of early goals, while junior midfielder Emily Gillingham had a goal and an assist. Hofstra scored back-to-back goals to make it a two-goal game with 21:27 in the period, but junior attacker Jenna Kerr drove Towson’s lead back to three with 19:19 left. The Pride rallied with a 3-0 run and tied the game 5-5 with 14:16 left in the half. Head coach Sonia LaMonica

called a timeout, and the Tigers responded with five straight goals, giving them a 10-5 lead. Tellekamp had three goals during that stretch to secure her second straight hat trick and fifth of the season. LaMonica praised her team’s first half offensive production and applauded their attention to detail. “We’re doing a good job with offball movement, making sure our spacing is good and making sure we’re not just standing around,” LaMonica said. Hofstra responded with two straight goals, but Tellekamp scored her sixth goal of the half with three seconds left on the clock, which sent the Tigers into the break with an 11-7 advantage. Back-to-back goals from freshman midfielder Alyssa Parrella allowed Hofstra to make the score 11-9

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with 24:34 to go in the game, but Gillingham’s second of the day gave Towson a 12-9 lead with 23:46 left. Hofstra went on a 6-0 run to take a 15-12 advantage with 11:27 left in the game and did not look back. Junior midfielder Drew Shapiro scored three times during that stretch for the Pride. The Tigers and Pride traded goals over the final 10 minutes of the contest, but the Tigers were not able to overcome the deficit and fell 17-15. Sophomore attacker Natalie Sulmonte scored twice for the Tigers during that stretch to record a hat trick. Towson is back in action on Friday, April 21, when the team travels to Delaware for a 5 p.m. game. “It’s going to be important that we take care of business moving forward.”

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Sophomore Lucy Gloninger prepares to serve in Towson’s match against the College of Charleston at the Towson Center Courts. Gloninger defeated Turner Yates in singles. BILLY OWENS Staff Writer @billyowens174

Towson closed out its last four regular season matches with three wins, defeating Coppin State, Drexel and Bucknell but falling to Navy this week. Saturday, Towson suffered a 6-1 defeat to Navy at the Towson Center Courts. The match was the first of a senior day doubleheader at home to close out the team’s regular season. Navy earned two of three wins in doubles to earn the opening point of the match. Rozel Hernandez and Carlee Conway beat Towson’s No. 1 team of A.J. Gomer and Ren van Oorschodt 6-2, while Kaylah Hodge and Amanda Keller defeated the No. 2 team of Lucy Williams and Jane Shusterman 6-4. The No. 3 team of Barbora Vasilkova and senior Sophie Lesage topped Audrey Channell and Catalina Rico 6-4 to prevent a Navy sweep of the doubles. In singles play, Towson ultimately fell in five of the six singles matches to give Navy the dual-match victory. All five losses were in straight sets. Keller defeated No. 1 Nicole Shakhnazarova 7-5, 6-4, Ansofi Wreder beat No. 3 Gomer 6-4, 6-4, and Emily Louie-Meadors defeated No. 4 Vasilkova 6-4, 6-2. Hodge beat

No. 5 van Oorschodt 6-3, 6-4 and Conway edged No. 6 Lucy Gloninger 6-4, 7-6 (3) to close out the match for the Mids. The Tigers’ lone point came when No. 2 Williams defeated Josie Rogers 6-3, 6-2. Interim Head Coach Jamie Peterson said that the team was likely “a little beat up” from Friday’s match against Drexel, while Navy was fresh and prepared to take on the Tigers. In the second match of the doubleheader, Towson earned a 7-0 win over Coppin State to end the regular season. The Tigers began the match by earning a clean sweep of the doubles without dropping a game. No. 1’s Gomer and van Oorschodt beat Tanna Nita and Ajla Hrnjic 6-0, No. 2’s Vasilkova and Gloninger defeated Carentxa Goede and Brittanie Cahua 6-0, and No. 3’s Lesage and Shakhnazarova beat Precious Udofe and Tinashe Gwaze 6-0. Towson continued its strong play in singles action, sweeping all six matches in straight sets and winning at least one 6-0 set in each flight. No. 1 Williams defeated Udofe 6-2, 6-0, No. 2 Gomer beat Goede 6-0, 6-1, and No. 3 Vasilkova bested Nita 6-0, 6-0. No. 4 Gloninger topped Gwaze 6-0, 6-0, No. 5 Lesage beat Brittanie Cahua 6-0, 6-3, and No. 6

Shusterman defeated Hrnjic 6-0, 6-1. “We were able to regroup and refocus and were able to execute the way we want to execute points,” Peterson said. “Hopefully it should give us a little confidence boost before going into the conference tournament.” Friday, Towson prevailed at home in a close 4-3 win over Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference rival Drexel. The Tigers took two of the three doubles matches over the Dragons to earn the dual match’s opening point. No. 1 Gomer and van Oorschodt beat Ryshena Providence and Clary Rodriguez 7-5, but Drexel’s Honami Yazawa and Lea Winkler defeated No. 3 Vasilkova and Gloninger 7-5 to level the doubles at one set all. No. 2 Williams and Shusterman triumphed over Ghita Benhadi and Kendra Bunch 7-6 (3) to give the Tigers the early lead. The singles matches followed the same back-and-forth pattern as the doubles, as Drexel’s Winkler defeated No. 4 Vasilkova 6-1, 7-5, before No. 5 van Oorschodt came back from a set down to beat Rodriguez Cruz 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 and reclaim the lead for Towson. Drexel’s Yazawa overcame a 5-0 deficit in the first set to defeat No. 1 Shakhnazarova 7-6 (5), 6-4 to tie the match at 2-2, but No. 6 Gloninger beat

Providence 7-5, 6-4 to put Towson within a point of the overall victory. Bunch came back from a set down to defeat No. 3 Gomer 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, leaving the No. 2 flight as the match’s decider. Coming down to a winnertake-all third set, No. 2 Williams held off Benhadi 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to clinch the win for Towson. “It really couldn’t have been a closer match with the doubles and singles scores,” Peterson said. “We were able to play clutch tennis, we were mentally tough, and we won those tough points that we didn’t win against UNCW, Delaware and Georgetown.” Tuesday, Towson broke a twomatch losing streak that began the previous week by besting Bucknell 5-0 at the Varsity Tennis Courts in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Due to a chance of rain later in the day, the teams did not play out some of the matches after the overall result had been determined. The Tigers prevailed over the Bison in two of the doubles matches to take an early lead. No. 1 Gomer and van Oorschodt topped Lisa Jouravleva and Emilie Bush 6-2 and No. 2 Williams and Shusterman defeated Danielle Gannon and Melissa Parks 6-3. The No. 3 flight of Vasilkova and Gloninger against Mishi Papich and Jill Auteri was left unfinished at 4-4.

Towson continued its success in singles, winning all four of the completed matches in straight sets. No. 2 Williams beat Lauren Fishbein 6-1, 6-1 and No. 3 Gomer defeated Michele Urbinati 6-3, 6-3, while No. 5 Gloninger beat Papich 6-4, 6-3 and No. 6 Lesage defeated Auteri 6-2, 6-3. Jouravleva led No. 1 Shakhnazarova 6-3, 2-0 and No. 4 Vasilkova led Paige Leavy 6-2, 4-3 when the match was called. “Bucknell’s a dangerous team and [it] could have been problems for us, but it wasn’t,” Peterson said. “It was a solid win.” Towson finished its regular season with a 13-10 dual match record and a 3-4 record against CAA conference opponents. “My impression of the team is that we have a tremendous amount of ability and talent, and when they’re able to match that with mental toughness and being fit, then we’re a very difficult team to beat,” Peterson said. “We’re capable of beating teams that are strong, like College of Charleston, like Buffalo, like Drexel.” The Tigers play their first round of the CAA Conference Championship tournament Thursday. The tournament will be hosted by Elon at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center in Elon, North Carolina.


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downing delaware Towson defeats Delaware on the road 10-6 Alex Woodall Men’s Lacrosse

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Sophomore midfielder Alex Woodall takes the draw for Towson against Denver at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Woodall won just seven of 24 faceoffs and grabbed one ground ball in Towson’s 12-11 loss. DESMOND BOYLE Staff Writer

Towson remains undefeated in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play this season, thanks to a 10-6 road win over rival Delaware Saturday. “I’m proud of our guys for overcoming a really emotional performance from Delaware,” Towson Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “We really preach the importance to these guys of playing solid for the full 60 minutes, and that gets more important as we get to this part of the season.” The Blue Hens got on the scoresheet first, playing with a special intensity for Head Coach Bob Shillinglaw’s final home game after 39 years in charge of the program. “Guys were battling for every

ground ball, playing hard, and you certainly saw the intensity that comes in a Delaware-Towson game,” Shillinglaw said. Senior midfielder Brian Bolewicki managed to even the score with his first goal of the night, thanks to an assist from fellow senior midfielder Matt Wylly. Just over a minute into the second quarter, freshman attacker Charlie Kitchen, Delaware’s second highest scorer, restored the lead for his team. The Blue Hen’s lead would be short lived, however, as senior midfielder Mike Lynch found twine on an assist from fellow senior midfielder Tyler Young. Delaware scored a quick unassisted goal thanks to redshirt sophomore attacker Andrew Romagnoli, but Towson ended the first half on

a 3-0 run to take a 5-3 lead into the intermission. Senior attackers Tyler Konen and Joe Seider scored, while Lynch scored his second goal of the night during Towson’s run. In the third quarter, Delaware held Towson scoreless and scored two goals to tie the game 5-5 going into the fourth. In the final stanza, Towson went on a 5-0 run to secure victory and hand Delaware its third straight loss. Sophomore midfielder Jon Mazza sparked Towson’s late run. Bolewicki, Seider, Young and senior attacker Ryan Drenner also found the back of the net during the scoring streak. Towson will continue CAA play this weekend with a trip to Connecticut to face Fairfield Saturday at 3 p.m.

I’m proud of our guys for overcoming a really emotional performance from Delaware. We really preach the importance to these guys of playing solid for the full 60 minutes, and that gets more important as we get to this part of the season.

SHAWN NADELEN Head Coach

Sophomore midfielder Alex Woodall won 12 of 19 draws in Towson’s 10-6 win over rival Delaware Saturday. In the fourth quarter, Woodall won seven draws and had four of Towson’s 28 grundballs.


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Sports

April 18, 2017

tigers outshined by phoenix

Photos by Joe Noyes/ The Towerlight

Redshirt senior outfielder Colin Dyer slides into second base on a steal attempt Saturday against Elon. Dyer finished the game one hit in four at-bats in the team’s loss (Above). Redshirt senior pitcher Kevin Ross takes the hill for Towson at John B. Schuerholz Park. Ross threw eight innings and allowed just two earnd runs on three hits (Below). JILL GATTENS Staff Writer @JillGattens

Towson (14-19, 3-6 CAA) dropped a three-game series at the hands of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival Elon (18-19, 8-4 CAA) this weekend at Schuerholz Park. In Sunday’s series finale, Elon jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. In the second inning, redshirt senior outfielder AJ Gallo scored Towson’s lone run when junior infielder Logan Burke doubled to the right field corner. Elon outhit Towson 19-6 and went on to clinch the series victory with an 8-1 win. Michael Adams (2-4) suffered the loss after giving up five earned runs on 11 hits through five innings of work. “It could’ve been a winning weekend,” Head Coach Mike Gottlieb said. “It kind of slipped out of our hands.” In Saturday’s game, Elon took an

early 1-0 lead. However, Towson got on the board in the third inning when sophomore infielder Richie Palacios scored on redshirt junior outfielder Colin Gimblet’s RBI single. In the seventh inning, the Tigers took a 4-2 lead when Palacios and sophomore infielder Richard Miller scored on a throwing error. However, the Phoenix took a onerun lead in the top of the ninth inning. The Tigers tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth but fell 5-4. Redshirt senior pitcher Kevin Ross took a no-decision. He allowed two earned runs on three hits through eight-plus innings of work and struck out a career-high nine batters. Junior pitcher David Marriggi (4-2) took the loss after allowing two runs on two hits in one inning of work. In Friday’s series opener, Towson quickly fell behind Elon 8-0 but came back late in the game to earn an 11-10 victory. In the bottom of the seventh, freshman outfielder Andrew Cassard doubled down the right

field line to score redshirt senior infielder Colin Dyer. In the top of the eighth inning, Gallo scored on a RBI single by Cassard. Later, junior infielder Billy Lennox delivered a two-run single to pull the Tigers within two runs of the Phoenix. In the bottom of the ninth, Gimblet led off the inning with a solo home run. Later, Dyer doubled into the gap to score Sanford. Dyer eventually moved up to third base and scored the winning run on a passed ball to give Towson an 11-10 victory. Marriggi (4-1) picked up the win. He allowed one hit through one inning of work. “We’ve done a better job at hitting in all fields,” Gottlieb said. “The hitting has been significantly better.” Towson will play a pair of midweek games against Maryland Eastern Shore and George Washington before traveling to College of Charleston for a threegame series this weekend.

The Towerlight (April 18, 2017)  

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