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Great so now white Towson students are mad because we keep getting rappers for TigerFest...who TF y’all want? Larry the cable guy @Mdenttt

Pretty sick of rap artists headlining Tigerfest. Other genres of music exist if you didn’t know.


I am tight that Towson has good artist for Tigerfest now. We used to have ppl I never even heard of & wonder why we was passed out by 1pm @Les_Bias

Lol not even going to waste my money or time trying to get a ticket for TigerFest this year. Just glad there’ll be stuff to do before it @BrothersKeeper_



April 4, 2017

Break down your breaking news

Race and romance

How to navigate a world of Why people avoid interracial relationships #fakenews and April Fools’ Oh man. You guys all fell for it. And fell hard. We published a “story,” on Saturday, claiming that parking fees would increase by over $150 and people FREAKED out. A fair number of people read until they got to the new parking fee and decided to comment about the story on social media. If only those readers had kept going! They would have reached a paragraph that said, more or less, that every single building on campus was being torn down to be replaced by a parking lot. And, yes, even the parking garages were to be torn down and replaced with a parking lot, according to our article. It was, to be clear, all a joke. We do an April Fools’ article every single year, and without fail, people take to social media to complain about the story before they realize it’s not real. While I thought it was hilarious in the context of an April Fools’ story about parking, it was a little scary in the broader political context. Our story had some dead giveaways that it was fake. For example: The byline was “staff reports,” something that we never do. The announcement came “late at night” on the third floor of a parking garage—hardly the place for a ceremonial announcement.

EVERY single building would be demolished and replaced with a parking lot. And, the real kicker, there was a note at the bottom of the page that said the article was an April Fools’ Day joke. I think any one of those should have been a pretty serious indicator that something was up—and all of those together should have made it entirely clear that it was, well, fake news. But people shared it and were angry about it – someone even challenged us and insisted that they had in fact read the article. (Of course, I knew they hadn’t, because of the disclaimer at the end…and the fact that the story gets more ridiculous as it goes on.) It was a harsh lesson in how effective “fake news” is on social media. People see headlines and beginnings of stories and react. I was shocked at how many people fell for the article and how few challenged us on it. I implore you, news-reader. Check sources. Read entire stories for context. Look for bylines and see if the authors are reputable reporters. While, yes, there are news outlets that can be trusted more or less implicitly, your friends and family on Facebook are probably sharing stories from more than just the New York Times or Baltimore Sun. There’s too much information out there – and too much misinformation – to take things at face value without a big, healthy dose of critical thinking.

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Per The Towerlight’s April Fools’ Day story, published online Saturday, the University is planning on demolishing most of the buildings on campus in order to increase the number of available parking spaces.

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Writer and director Jordan Peele (artistically depicted -- left) has been widely praised for his film, “Get Out” (right), which opened earlier this year. The horror movie revolves around a young black man’s relationship with a white woman and his introduction to her mysterious, and potentially dangerous, family. KYNDALL CUNNINGHAM Columnist

More than a month after its release, think pieces on “Get Out” are still circulating on Facebook and building new shelves in people’s brains. For me, the film wasn’t necessarily “enlightening,” because thoughts about this subject had already been rolling around in my mind. However, it was clearly eye-opening to people who had never thought of interracial coupling as a complicated, and even dangerous, thing. Plus, Jordan Peele had the biggest opening for a black director and the highest grossing debut for a screenplay ever, so kudos to him. While the film speaks on the nuances of racism that can occur in mixed relationships, I’ve noticed a greater phenomenon among young people and older folks that precedes these relationships. I’m talking about racial preferences when dating. Is it racist to say that a certain race just isn’t your type? Is it considered a fetish if you’re attracted to a certain race outside of your own? It prompts a lot of questions, but the issue isn’t that complicated to me. While I can’t get too into detail

about this person, I once heard a Hispanic colleague of mine say that they don’t date Hispanic people. Knowing this person for over a year and picking up on several cues that they’re not the most socially -conscious person, I was annoyed by it. In the same light, I am annoyed by black men that purposely don’t date black women. I’ve seen the reverse happen, but a lot of it stems from personal experiences and the blatant disrespect that black men have shown to black women since the beginning of time. It’s rarely ever as petty as what we see on social media when black guys belittle us for our hair, our skin tones or the way we talk. (P.S. I’m only speaking to a growing race known as “coons” in our community, not black men as a whole.) In many cases, I feel like we inadvertently distance ourselves from certain races and cultures because they feel far away. For example, I’ve never had a close relationship with a person of Asian descent, so I’ve never pictured my future husband or partner being Asian. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m opposed to dating an Asian person if that’s where fate leads me. For some people, this lack of acquaintance with a certain race man-

ifests itself into a lack of interest or attraction. I believe that when we eliminate an entire race from what we view as attractive or “dateable,” we are saying that every person within a race is the same. Personally, I don’t have the cognitive ability to minimize a person’s entire being to their complexion or a physical feature. For others, it’s the mandate on how they navigate their relationships. This isn’t a rant to say that everyone has to date outside of their race at least once or else they’re racist. While certain groups of color can’t be racist by definition -- only prejudiced -- it is important to think about why we automatically say no to certain groups of people. Our perceptions of people different from us are often pettier than we think they are. If you’re someone who only dates a certain race outside of your own, you should probably think about where that affinity comes from and whether you are objectifying your partners based on race. You’re not obligated to cover every base when you’re dating, but preconceived notions not only hurt other people, but they limit your opportunities to experience valuable relationships and grow.


April 4, 2017


The reality of trauma

Minimize harm when discussing sexual violence @MeganFemmily

Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness month? I know I talked about it last year, but I think it’s important to bring up each time April comes around. The purpose of this month is to call attention to sexual violence and to show solidarity with those who have survived it. This is a good time to reach out to the survivors in your life and let them know how strong they are. This month is important, and we need to continue to understand the facts surrounding sexual violence, but the conversations can be triggering. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have those conversations. We need to be reminded of the statistics. We need to learn different bystander methods. And we flat out need to talk about the fact that sexual violence is real and far more common than any of us would like to believe. I’m just sending out a reminder that even the words “sexual violence” can trigger unpleasant memories, feelings and emotional episodes within those who have experienced it. Did you know that survivors of

sexual assault can develop post-traumatic stress disorder? According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and The National Women’s Study, one out of three survivors will develop PTSD in their lives. Symptoms include recurring memories and/or nightmares, depression, intense, uncontrollable emotions, insomnia and panic attacks, just to name a few.

I’m just sending out a reminder that even the words ‘sexual violence’ can trigger unpleasant memories, feelings and emotional episodes within those who have experienced it.

I know there’s been pushback against the idea of trigger and content warnings (stating that a form of content involves/discusses potentially distressing material prior to exposure of that content), particularly on college campuses. They’re necessary.

It isn’t that millennials are weaker than previous generations or can’t handle heavy material. We just have a better understanding, through time and research, of how much certain words, sentences or images can emotionally damage a person who has experienced trauma. Simply offering a warning before a discussion can give students who need it a chance to mentally prepare themselves or choose not to be a part of it. The point I want to get across in this piece is that we all need to be mindful of our language, actions and audience when we discuss sexual violence this month. We must talk about it. We must educate ourselves and our peers. And we must do so while keeping in mind that statistically, one in five women will leave college having survived sexual violence. This month, be aware of the prevalence of sexual violence. Be aware of how women feel existing in a world that lets attackers go free time and time again. Be aware of the toll that surviving trauma can take on a person, while understanding that different people heal in different ways. And above all, look out for your peers. You might just make the world a little safer.

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Baltimore-based activist group FORCE displays the Monument Quilt, patched together with squares denoting the stories of sexual violence survivors, outside the Libreral Arts Building March 30. Full story on Page 13.

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Police actions support white supremacy, prof. says To Georgetown University law professor Paul Butler, there is a crisis in the United States criminal justice system that cannot be fixed until the country addresses issues of societal white supremacy. Butler, also a former federal prosecutor and author, used popular hiphop songs and news clips to illustrate this point during an on-campus talk March 28 in the University Union. His talk was based off of key points from his book, “Chokehold: Policing Black Men,” which will be released May 30. The upcoming book is a reaction to this “dramatic time in history,” according to Butler. Some people think the problem lies with African-American men. Butler said that this is the motivation for many black male achievement programs, such as former President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which addresses opportunity gaps faced by young men of color. “They think that if we just pull up our pants, it would be all good,” Butler said. Other people think that the problem is African-American victimization, Butler said, or the idea that black men do not have to

worry about the police as much as they have to worry about other black men. According to Butler, people with this viewpoint, like President Donald Trump, believe that the solution is increased support law enforcement. A third viewpoint discusses the idea that police-community relations are not strong enough. People with this viewpoint, such as Obama, believe that the solution to this problem would be to form better relationships between community members and their local police forces. However, Butler said, the problem with this viewpoint is the lack of trust between police forces and their communities. The final viewpoint Butler discussed was the idea that racism is the problem, an idea held by movements such as Black Lives Matter. “The real problem is white supremacy,” Butler said. “The police are just a symptom of that. But unless you fix the problem of white supremacy, you’re always going to have a crisis.” Butler told the audience that people see black men as thugs and that people have physical reactions when they encounter black men. They get anxious and scared. Because of this, he said, the police receive a lot of power to control African-American men -- through measures like “stop-and-frisk.”

Simon Enagonio/ The Towerlight Georgetown University law professor, author and former federal prosecutor Paul Butler addresses issues within the United States policing systems during an on-campus talk March 28 in Potomac Lounge. Stop-and-frisk allows police to detain people if they suspect they might be committing a crime. If police suspect someone may be carrying a weapon, police are allowed to conduct pat-down procedures. Butler described stop-and-frisk as a form of torture, sexual harassment, terrorism and a major facet of racial inequality. “I really appreciated his insight and his very different opinion and view-

point about all of what’s happening,” junior Jeanelle Ivey said. “I never even thought about patting people down as sexual harassment. And how [stop-and-frisk] is an actual form of torture – that’s crazy. I thought that was great and I did see where he was coming from with that.” Butler said that he was happy to see such a diverse audience. During a question and answer

session following the presentation, Butler said since there were a lot of white students that came to the presentation, it would suggest that they are interested. He asked how that can be used as an opening. “Some of your colleagues may feel like they are being preached at a little bit,” he said. “That they are here to learn, and that they are being made to feel part of the problem.”

Towson rent among priciest in area Annual business comp. In an analysis of over 9,000 active apartment listings for 14 cities in the Baltimore metropolitan area, apartment rental platform Zumper ranked Towson as the 5th most expensive city for rent. One-bedroom apartments in Towson were priced at an average of $1,290 per month, while two-bedroom apartments cost an average of $1,440 per month, according to the report. Despite the area’s fifth-place ranking, the cost of rent for one-bedroom apartments in Towson has decreased by 4.4 percent, and the cost of rent for two-bedroom apartments has decreased by 15 percent, since last year. Student Shelby Clipp spoke about the difficulties of finding an apartment near campus that is also within her price range.

“Finding a place that is in my price range was extremely difficult, so I was actually couch-surfing for a while until I finally found a place that’s like two miles away,” Clipp said. “Right now, I’m in a townhouse, where I actually have the entire basement to myself. And it’s only $400, so it’s not bad. I lucked out.” Shelby went on to say that the reason some places can be very affordable is because they make rooms out of places that aren’t actually rooms, like the basement bedroom she has. Student Collin Ertter rents a two-bedroom apartment with his three roommates at the Towson Woods Apartments, which is located across the street from The Shops at Kenilworth. “We split rooms, but rent is no more than $500 a month [per person], including utilities, internet and TV,” he said. “I think the price I’m paying is a little too high.”

Student Jenna Cipolloni believes that while her rent is expensive, it is the best deal she could have made. “I live in a two-bedroom apartment in Rodgers Forge with a roommate. We split the rent in half, which is about $800 for each of us,” Cipolloni said. “It’s a bit expensive, but it has a lot to offer.” The report ranked Columbia, Annapolis, Ellicott City and Owings Mills as the four cities ahead of Towson in the cost of rent. The cities ranked the least expensive to rent in included Brooklyn Park, Dundalk and Aberdeen. The study included Baltimore, but did not divide the city by neighborhood. Parkville had the fastest growth in the cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment, with an increase of 15 percent. Parkville, Aberdeen and Brooklyn Park tied for the fastest growth in the cost of rent for a two-bedroom apartment, with an increase of 15 percent.

yields two winners Typically, the winner of Towson’s business competition, The Associate, modeled after reality TV’s “The Apprentice,” receives a post-graduation job with the semester’s sponsoring company. This time around, though, two of the eight participating graduates-to-be are walking away with offer letters in their future. State Employees Credit Union, or SECU, Chief Operating Officer Rod Staatz decided to hire both Jully Antunes, of Team Outsource, and Lillian Hulbert, of Team Protégé, after they each presented their case studies for the competition’s final round. “I’ve realized throughout this competition that I’m more creative, and I can do more critical thinking,” Antunes said.

The finale saw eliminated competitors return to celebrate the end of the seven-week competition process, which began with candidate introductions in early February. Many of the returning competitors spoke about the benefits of competing in The Associate, such as forming business connections and building skill-sets. “In every aspect of this competition we learned more than we could’ve in a classroom,” Team Outsource competitor Marcele Viana said. Samantha Jonjo, a competitor with Team Protégé, described networking with professional advisors and the members of both teams throughout the competition. “I can call anyone for anything,” Jonjo said. -To read the rest of this article online, visit



April 4, 2017

Investors drawn to niche ideas “Long tail investing” brings new strategy

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 was reported to have 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 a destruction of a non-affiliate’s car window. March 14: At Millennium Hall, a resident student was cited for a CDS violation.

Reality TV shows and other media advocate that the key to receiving funding for a startup company is “the pitch” to investors. Kevin Keenahan, chief executive officer of Tissue Analytics, Inc., has a different approach. “I’ve never actually pitched to an investor and gotten money,” Keenahan said. “Most of my investors right now, we’ve only had a simple conversation.” Keenahan spoke to campus March 28 as part of the Entrepreneurship Unplugged speaker series, sponsored by the Student Launch Pad and entrepreneurship minor. Keenahan’s startup, an artificial intelligence system that analyzes long-term wounds and helps doctors prescribe accurate care, is lucky to have such an ease in funding, which comes from what the business world calls “long tail investing.” The term, coined by former WIRED Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson in 2004, describes investing in busi-

nesses that are off the mainstream market. While big name businesses dominate a large portion of the market, smaller, more niche businesses populate a small section of the same market, or the “long tail” end. Anderson theorized that since many consumers are moving away from large businesses in favor of smaller, niche ones, that these businesses could rival the big name ones in terms of growth and sales. It also gives entrepreneurs who find a viable business in the “long tail” an opportunity to monopolize the market without fighting off competing startups. Wound care is a relatively small market, but by using an AI system, Keenahan and Tissue Analytics, Inc. can eliminate the old system of using rulers to measure wound healing and replace it with a smartphone camera. “There’s a very nasty part of medicine that many of you probably haven’t heard of,” Keenahan said. His startup idea struck home with Kelly Podsednik, a professional writing graduate student. “[Most entrepreneurs] don’t want

to talk about the nastiness of medicine,” said Podsednik. “It’s nice to know someone is going into that.” Keenahan also answered questions on the process from an idea to a successful business, and how to pitch to investors who will give you money. He stressed research as a key tip in order to know what investors are interested in financing, and making sure business ideas can expand. “Investors all want to know what the next big thing is,” said Keenahan. “And they all want to invest in platforms.” Sophomore Kendall Gant said that she appreciated Keenahan’s personal tips. “He had good ideas to work with, rather than just a presentation,” Gant said. The next Entrepreneurship Unplugged event will take place April 4 and feature political communication specialist and campaign strategist Andy Grossman, from Grossman Heinz public affairs firm, speaking about expanding medical marijuana opportunities in Maryland.

Afro-Latinx activist talks racism

March 11: At Lot 14, a resident student was cited for a false ID and alcohol citation. March 10: At General Servives, a commuter student was charged with theft of a state vehicle. March 10: At the Liberal Arts building, a non-affiliate was arrested for trespassing and for an outstanding arrest. March 10: At the University Union, a staff member was threatened by a known subject. March 9: At Millennium Hall, two resident students were involved in a physical confrontation when a bias remark was made. March 9: At the Center for the Arts, a staff member had her credit card used for several unauthorized transactions. March 8: At the Administration Building, a resident student had his bike taken from a location in front of the Administation building.

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

Photo courtesy of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Activist Rosa Clemente said a “post-racial” America can’t exist without confronting racism while speaking at a March 29 event sponsored by Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority. Pictured: Clemente, who ran for Vice President on the Green Party’s 2008 ticket, with members of the sorority. To read the full story, visit


April 4, 2017


Prof. discusses gay Company strengthens age gaps rights origins in WWI While the gay rights movement is often thought of as having begun after World War II, the movement is rooted in World War I, according to Caroline Radesky, a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa. “[WWI] solidified the queer identity and allowed it to take root in the rest of the 20th Century,” Radesky said during her presentation “SameSex Desire and WWI,” at Cook Library March 28. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, new generations flocked to urban areas and developed sexual subcultures, including queer subcultures. Radesky said that young people were “attracted by the anonymity of big cities,” which were rich in culture and language. She said same-sex desiring people used signals and signs, like a look or a turn of phrase, to make their presence known to other same-sex desiring people without outing themselves to the general public. Radesky told the story of Henry Gerber, a same-sex desiring man who attempted suicide by taking poison. He woke up in an asylum, where he was subjected to electroshock therapy and chemical castration. Gerber was given the ultimatum of going to an internment camp for enemy aliens during WWI or enlisting in the military. He chose the military. While stationed in Germany during WWI, Gerber met other same-sex desiring men, including Magnus Hirschfeld, a Jewish German physician and sexologist who founded the ScientificHumanitarian Committee, the first LGBT rights organization in history. In 1924, Gerber founded and served as secretary of The Society for Human Rights, an American LGBT rights organization, but soon after Gerber circulated his “Friendship and Freedom” newsletter to publicize the Society, police arrested him, along with other members of the organization. They were eventually released, but the organization disbanded. During WWI, the U.S. saw homosexuality as a disease. Same-sex desiring people, particularly those who were part of the working class, were imprisoned or institutionalized. Doctors prescribed “treatments” such as forced sexual intercourse with the opposite sex, castration (chemical and other-

wise), electroshock therapy, lobotomies, mercury ingestion, and sometimes prescribed suicides, according to Radesky. Worried that same-sex desire was contagious and that effeminate men “couldn’t handle war,” the military relied on sexologists to detect and weed out same-sex desiring soldiers, Radesky said. “Instead of policing sex acts, the United States was policing a malady and a person,” she said. Radesky said sexologists conducted physical screenings, personality tests and psychological examinations to look for “diminished structure and inferior figure.” Soldiers who lacked “masculine” features were deemed homosexual and were discharged from the military. Those soldiers received a “blue discharge” or “blue ticket,” which was used to remove homosexual service members from the military, but there were still many same-sex desiring soldiers who served in WWI. Radesky said the home front was even less welcoming to same-sex desiring women, particularly working class and African American women. “The streets for working class and black women were dangerous because their bodies were never understood as their own,” she said. Radesky cited President Theodore Roosevelt’s 1905 speech “On American Motherhood” in which he described a “race suicide.” Roosevelt feared that non-white and working class women’s reproduction would surpass that of white women, leading to the downfall of white America. Racist and classist rhetoric such as in Roosevelt’s speech led to the shunning of non-reproductive sex and discrimination against same-sex desiring people. Same-sex desiring people were not seen as one-time sinners, but rather diseased sexual deviants. Even sexologists who were studying and writing about sexual desire often neglected same-sex desiring women, Radesky said. She attributed the lack of study of same-sex desiring women to the perception of women as desireless, non-sexual beings. Radesky said people of color were labeled as over-sexed and sexual deviants just because of their race, making them even more careful than their white counterparts when it came to same-sex relationships. -To read the rest of this article online, visit

Four distinct generations are interconnected within today’s workplace and educational environments, and each comes with a unique set of attitudes, values, and work styles. In a March 30 on-campus talk about generational connections, Bridgeworks’ generational expert and consultant Phil Gwoke presented the generations of our society, the characteristics and ethics of each, and some solutions for engagement and motivation for all generations. “Every generation, every point in history, every culture since the history of man has had four generations

influencing society: grandparents, parents, young adults and children,” Gwoke said. The general grandparents of this society are the 80 million Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964. The 60 million Gen Xers are the parents born between 1965 and 1979. The Millennials are the over 82 million young adults born between 1980 and 1995. Since then, to the current day are the children of the society: Gen Edge, according to Gwoke. Gen Edge is the newest generation to enter into the educational and workplace environments. Generations before this are the leaders of companies who need to under-

stand the different kind of work ethics that are being practiced today, said Gwoke. “We want to communicate with people the way we are communicated with, but as time continues on, people communicate differently,” Gwoke said. The events and conditions that occur during an individual’s formative years, or their teenage years, shape them into who they are and what they value. “When you think about work ethic, depending on what generation you’re from, you might have a different perception of what that looks like,” Gwoke said. -To read the rest of this article online, visit

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Arts & Life

2 Chainz, Dreezy to headline Tigerfest TAYLOR DEVILLE Associate Arts & Life Editor @artvandelady

The Campus Activities Board took to Snapchat Thursday evening to announce the headliners for this year’s two-day Tigerfest festivities. The first day, April 28, will be headlined by country singer Chase Bryant, while Dreezy and 2 Chainz will perform at SECU Arena April 29. Kicking off in Lot 26, day one of Tigerfest is free to students. Like last year, day one will feature carnival rides, games and food trucks. Unlike last year, though, students over 21 years old will be able to enjoy a maximum of four drinks (including beer and Lime-A-Ritas) in a beer garden area sectioned off from the rest of the carnival. Student groups like Le Belle and Allure dance teams, as well as Phi Beta Sigma, will perform between main sets. CAB’s Battle of the Bands winners DJ Gurf, Thunder Club and King Zell and Tay Harper will also perform. “We definitely wanted to get student groups involved just to show Towson this is their -- our -Tigerfest,” CAB Assistant Director Raygene Taylor said. For the second day SECU Arena show, tickets are $30 for the lower level and $25 for the upper level. Students have the option of getting a second ticket at no additional cost if they want to bring a non-student guest. This year, CAB was able to offer 300 more floor tickets than last year, when 800 tickets were available, because performances will be on a smaller stage. However, floor tickets have since sold out. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public April 7. Tigerfest’s theme this year is something we could all use a little bit of--“good vibes only.” The idea for this year’s theme, “good vibes only,” grew from a new (old) trend that CAB has adopted this year: vintage Polaroids.

“We have Polaroid cameras but we never really used them until this year,” Taylor said. “We’ve been taking a lot of polaroids of students and giving it to them. I feel like Polaroid cameras are kind of coming back now, so that’s kind of how we got the theme for our flyer.” Taylor described this year’s festivities as “very made in America, Coachella-themed.” Hours before CAB was scheduled to reveal the headliners Thursday night, Twitter user @TowsonHorse found out that rapper 2 Chainz, a Grammy award-winner, would be performing. “Don’t wait for CAB, 2 Chainz already announced,” @ TowsonHorse tweeted after posting a screenshot an event called “Towson University Tigerfest.” The Towerlight was able to confirm 2 Chainz as the headliner just before 3:45 p.m. Thursday. CAB released the names of all the other artists just before 5 p.m. “We were disappointed because we had a grand plan for the reveal. But, being CAB, this has happened to us before,” Taylor said. Last year, the @TowsonHorse account tweeted that they would leak the Tigerfest headliner if they got 100 retweets. “Part of me thinks [@ TowsonHorse] really needs a story and a storyline,” Taylor said. “And the best way to get it is from CAB. They want to build fake credibility.” Students, including @ TowsonHorse, expressed frustration with the reveal coming less than a day before tickets were available for pre-sale, meaning that students didn’t have time to save up once they learned about who would be headlining. “it’s so dumb. tickets go on sale 12 hours after we find out who it is and we don’t even know pricing yet,” junior Maria Sanchez tweeted. CAB tweeted an apology for “the time inconvenience,” adding that they “should have taken that into consideration as college students.” Through Babco Entertainment, CAB compiles a list of potential head-

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Students celebrate Tigerfest 2016, which featured 3OH!3 on day one and was headlined by DJ Mustard and Rae Sremmurd. lining artists by selecting from those that are available during Tigerfest weekend and who they can afford to pay within their $150,000 budget. CAB chooses which artists to bid on based on student responses to their annual Tigerfest survey. This year, Taylor said they received about 2,000 student responses. Since students usually vote for rap or hip-hop artists, CAB tries

to find an opener that can “mesh” with that genre, which is why they booked R&B singer Dreezy, according to Taylor. Country received the second highest number of survey votes, Taylor said. “We didn’t have our annual country concert, so we definitely wanted to have a country artist,” Taylor said. Still, reactions to the headliners have been mixed, with students asking why

CAB books rap artists for Tigerfest. “I know a lot of people are saying we only do one genre, but we do really try to appeal to the most Towson University students,” Taylor said. “I understand what people are saying when they say we’ve only done hip hop, but that’s what people like. We have to do what’s gonna satisfy the most amount of people. And we can’t please everybody.”

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KRISTIN HELF Associate Arts & Life Editor @kristinelise_

The lawn outside the Liberal Arts Building became a safe space for survivors of sexual violence -- all because of a quilt. Baltimore-based activist group FORCE first displayed the Monument Quilt at Towson two years ago, and the organization returned this year, on March 30, with an even larger quilt, arranged on the lawn to spell out “Not Alone.” Rebecca Nagle, a co-founder and co-director at FORCE, has worked with her team to collect over 1,000 quilt squares made by survivors and allies since the quilt’s launch in 2013. “Survivors, secondary survivors and loved ones are invited to make a quilt square, which can be a story or a message about sexual assault and domestic violence, or messages of support for survivors,” Nagle said. “And that can be in phrases. Sometimes people write their entire story. Sometimes

it’s abstract, and it’s just a picture. It’s really up to how the person who’s making the quilt square wants to express themselves.” The amalgamation of squares, each one completely different from the next, represents the uniqueness of each individual who had a part in creating the quilt. However, although each square is unique, they work together to create one unified installation that aims to support and encourage survivors all over the country. “It’s based on stories, it’s not just statistics,” Monument Quilt intern Simona Stankeviciute said. “It’s more personal and everyone that comes by and does a quilt is in a safe environment, to feel however they need to in order to express their stories.” Although the quilt has been displayed in 22 cities across the U.S., Nagle noted how important it is to bring such an installation to college campuses. “We know that sexual assault is a huge issue on college campuses right now, so part of what the quilt does is,

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Over 1,000 survivors and allies from across the U.S. have told their stories through quilt squares. instead of making it a private issue or an issue that survivors on their own need to carry, it’s creating space where communities come together to support survivors,” Nagle said. And while most campuses offer support to survivors of sexual assault through counseling, the Monument Quilt exists to publicly acknowledge that sexual violence affects everyone differently.

“Having this on the lawn here at Towson sends a message to all the survivors who are in Towson University that today, here, this is a space where their experience is publicly affirmed,” Nagle said. “A lot of times as survivors, we might get that in a private space, we might get that in a counseling setting or a support group, but it’s very rare that we have public spaces where people acknowledge and sup-

port our experiences.” While the weather conditions during the Thursday display weren’t optimal -- the installation had initially been planned for Thursday and Friday, but Friday was cancelled due to rain -students and faculty came from all over campus to find out what, exactly, was blanketing the CLA lawn on Thursday. --Read the rest of this story online at


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Motivational speaker proves “Trills” a cappella beauty is not just skin deep group makes finals KERRY INGRAM Staff Writer

MCKENNA GRAHAM Assistant Arts & Life Editor

Motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez was born with a form of neonatal progeroid syndrome that affects her eyes, bones and heart, and lipodystrophy, which means her body can’t store fat. In other words, at 28 years old, she’s never weighed more than 64 pounds. She lacks the facial fat required for full cheeks and conventionally beautiful features, and she’s been mercilessly bullied for it. When she was 17, she found a video on YouTube titled “the ugliest woman in the world” – it was eight seconds long, just a still shot of her face. It had four million views and thousands of comments. “At any moment, my heart could dilate and burst,” she said. “I encourage you to set your sights as high as you can. We have the ability, no matter the disability. You will be amazed by all the mountains you can move.” Velasquez, the subject of the 2015 documentary “A Brave Heart,” touched on this strength, as well as the importance of self-confidence and positivity, during an on-campus talk in the in University Union’s Chesapeake Ballrooms March 30. “I don’t want people to feel sorry for me,” she said. “Yes, this is hard, but someone else out there is having a way worse day than I am.” Velasquez’s parents dealt with people treating her differently by facing the problem head-on. During her elementary and middle school years, Velasquez’s father worked at the school and introduced her to the class on the first day of school while explaining her condition. One day, when she was going to see a movie with her parents, there was a group of teenagers standing off to the side, laughing at her. Velasquez describes how her father went over to them, explained her condition to them, and said, “Whatever you’re going through, we’ll pray for you.” “I credit the way I handle things to my parents,” Velasquez said. She called for society to have compassion for the bully as well as the victim, because “hurt people, hurt people.” “When people are bullying, they’re doing it possibly for a reason in their own life that might mean they have something that is going on that people should look out for and care about.” MASCOM professor and disability

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Lizzie Velasquez talks self-confidence, kindness during campus visit. media specialist Beth Haller said. “Dare to Be Kind,” Velasquez’s upcoming book about “how extraordinary compassion can transform our world,” is due to be published in June. “I really feel like I’ve stepped into my own over the last two years,” she said. “I felt like it’s important to share those lessons and ups and downs I’ve gone through, especially because I feel like my audience has grown with me. They’re not all 17 or 15, like I was when I started, and I don’t want to keep talking about things like that. I wanted to be able to be really raw in this one, even though it was really scary.” Alexandra Toribio, a senior mass communication major, had seen Velasquez’s documentary prior to the talk. “It’s nice to see someone in person versus someone online,” she said. “Even though she’s a celebrity, she’s still a normal, nervous, human being like the rest of us, who has passions and desires and worries, and it’s nice to know that we can aspire to be like her one day.” Zosia Zaks, visiting faculty in the interprofessional health studies department, teaches a course that helps students see disability in a new way. “I really liked her talk,” Zaks said. “I think she speaks to the heart of what I teach, which is that we’re all different, and [,,,] when we exclude people because of their diversities, we miss out.”

Junior graphic design major Kaylee Davis said that overcoming this kind of exclusion is already something she thinks about a lot. “People can tell you you can’t do things, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it,” Davis said. “You can literally do anything. It’s just a matter of putting your mind to it and working hard at it. Things don’t just come to you. You’ve got to work for them.” “As someone who has physical disabilities,” Davis said, “I really resonated with a lot of what she talked about, with the bullying and with focusing on the ‘ability,’ not the ‘dis’ part of the disability. It was kind of just like hearing myself talk up there, because a lot of what she said was something I think about all the time.” Velasquez credits everyday people as being her inspiration. She gets tons of comments and emails from people around the world who have applied her philosophy of confidence and compassion to their own lives. “I think that’s really what keeps me going. It’s just that extra motivation that I need, personally, because oftentimes I’m giving it out, and there are times when I need the inspiration myself,” she said. “To be able to have that whenever I need it has helped a lot.” --Read the rest of this article online at

Imagine trying something for the very first time and being good enough at it to earn a top ranking in its field. Sound impossible? For one student-organized a cappella group, this scenario is a reality. After scoring winning spots in the 2017 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) quarter and semi-finals, the Towson Trills will be competing in the ICCA finals in New York City April 22. They are the first a capella group from Towson University, and the smallest a capella group in the history of the ICCA competition, to make it to the finals. Despite the group’s quick road to success, the Towson Trills began as just a group of friends having fun while expressing themselves through music. “The Trills is really a weird freak accident,” Towson Trills manager and vocal percussionist Aaron Bayne said. “The Trills sort of just came together the first week of freshman year. That Saturday, we moved in, and by Tuesday, we were having practice.” The seven-member group consists of Bayne, Leroy Hyson (bass and musical director), Katie Sacha (soprano and choreographer), Brian Lim (tenor), William Damanka (baritone and tenor), Abby Reinhold (alto) and Harmony Reichert (alto and president). “I never even thought about joining an a cappella group coming to college,” Damanka said. “I’m a shower singer, I like music. But joining has been life changing. It’s helped me build my confidence and has helped me appreciate music a lot more.” This year marks the first time the Trills have competed in the ICCA competition. Their smaller-than-average group size and lack of exposure in the a cappella community initially made them the underdogs, but their performances and YouTube channel have helped boost their reputation. “People are now looking for us more,” Reichert said. “Our name is definitely being said a lot in the a cappella world.” The Towson Trills have already won ICCA awards for Outstanding Vocal Percussion and Outstanding

Arrangement, an award that was given to all three songs performed by the group during the most recent round of the competition. They described their process for creating their sets as “a unified agreement.” The members pick a song and agree on the soloists before Hyson begins to piece everything together. “Our musical director, Leroy Hyson, he’s kind of a musical freak,” Bayne said. “There’s no other way to put it. Once we pick our soloists, Leroy figures out the chord structure in his head and the ideas just flow. It builds on the spot.” Hyson’s ability to put a new spin on the songs performed by the Trills has been one of the things that make the group so memorable. “We try to make our covers different than the actual song,” Lim said. “We try to add our own flair to it and that’s my favorite part. Leroy is really good at coming up with creative things like that.” The ICCA competition has brought along some great memories for the group, their favorite being their encore performance at the semi-final round, in which their families and friends joined them as they sang in celebration. The hardest parts of the competition have revolved around two things: scheduling and funding. “Everybody is so involved in so many different aspects which is awesome, but it also is a little bit of a hindrance with scheduling,” Reichert said. “And we definitely have trouble with the funding aspect, because there’s so much to pay for. We have to find funds for the competition, while getting our set together and rehearsing, while making sure our grades stay afloat. It’s just a lot of stuff to do.” “Towson should fund us,” Bayne said. “If a sports team made it this far, they’d be shelling out thousands of dollars on the spot. Immediately, Towson’s now known for music, and not just education or sports. It’s known as a music school now, internationally, and that’s partially because of this competition.” According to the Trills, they’ve met with University administration and were told that TU would try to make accommodations. Despite the stress, the Trills are looking forward to the final step in the competition. --Read the rest of this article online at


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Towson awaits the opening draw against Oregon on Military Appreciation Day at Johny Unitas Stadium.

KARUGA KOINANGE Assistant Sports Editor

Towson dropped its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener 9-5 at James Madison in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Saturday afternoon. The Tigers were hot coming into the game, winning four straight contests. Head Coach Sonia LaMonica emphasized the intensity of this rivalry game before the opening whistle. “This is a great rivalry and there have been a lot of back and forth battles between these two teams,” LaMonica said. Sophomore attacker Natalie Sulmonte scored the first goal of the game when she found the back of the net at 27:49. However, the Dukes won the ensuing draw and scored just 13 seconds later to tie the game 1-1. James Madison’s first goal

sparked a big run, and the team took a 7-1 lead over Towson into the intermission. The Tigers responded early in the second half when junior midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano scored her 17th goal of the season at 24:35. However, James Madison scored two of the next three goals and led 9-3 with 19:28 to play in the game. Towson struck twice more when Sulmonte scored her 28th of the season, and freshman midfielder Shelby Stack scored on a free position shot with 6:20 left on the clock. Neither team scored in the final six minutes, and James Madison held on for the 9-5 win. LaMonica stressed the significance of staying locked in defensively to prevent scoring bursts in future competition. “They’ve had a good history of scoring a lot of points and scoring a lot of goals, so we have to make sure we’re always focused defensively,” LaMonica said.

Junior defender Tianna Wallpher led Towson’s defensive efforts with a career-high five caused turnovers and five ground balls. Freshman defender Olivia Conti had a pair of caused turnovers raising her season total to 27. That moved Conti into the top 10 for single-season caused turnovers at Towson, making her the second freshman to get onto that list. Despite the loss, LaMonica stre ssed that the Tigers need to stick to what has been working for them and not panic as they head into the stretch of their CAA schedule. “We have different strengths and weaknesses so we want to play to our strengths and keep doing what we’ve been doing well,” LaMonica said. “I think it’s just important that we stick to our gameplan and we don’t need to divert too much off.” Towson will return to action Friday, April 7, when the Tigers host William & Mary at 7 p.m at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

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Senior Sophie Lessage prepares to serve in a singles match against the College of Charleston at the Towson Center Courts. BILLY OWENS Staff Writer @billyowens174

Towson battled through five home matches this week, winning three but giving up two. The team earned victories over University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Hofstra and Morgan State, but fell to UNC Wilmington and Georgetown. This completed a six-match homestand that began with the team’s historic victory over College of Charleston last Sunday, March 25. “It was a pretty good homestand that ended on a positive note,” Interim Head Coach Jamie Peterson said.

This past Sunday afternoon, Towson earned two victories. The first was a 6-1 win over Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponent Hofstra. The Pride won the opening doubles point by securing victories in two of the three doubles matches. Sarah Catherine Herndon and Jasmine King defeated the Tigers No. 1 pairing of A.J. Gomer and Ren van Oorschodt 7-5, while Carmen Pestano and Giulia Leone beat the No. 2 pairing of Lucy Williams and Lucy Gloninger 6-2. The Tigers’ No. 3 pairing of Nicole Shakhnazarova and Jane Shusterman topped Michal Kaplan and Disha Yellayi 6-0.

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In singles play, Towson turned the tide and swept all six matches to take overall victory. No. 1 Shakhnazarova beat King 6-1, 6-1, No. 2 Gomer defeated Herndon 6-2, 6-1, and No. 3 Williams bested Kaplan 6-3, 6-2. No. 4 Barbora Vasilkova defeated Pestano 6-0, 7-5, No. 5 Gloninger beat Yellayi 6-2, 4-6, [10-8], and No. 6 Sophie Lesage defeated Leone 6-1, 6-0. “They’ve consistently been able to come back and either win the match or give ourselves a chance to win, especially against the better teams where we really need the doubles point,” Peterson said. Later that afternoon, Towson won its second match of the day by defeating UMES 7-0. The Tigers swept the opening doubles point, as No. 1’s Williams and Gloninger beat Alese Brown and Michal Kittrell 6-1 and No. 2’s Shakhnazarova and Shusterman defeated Tearraney Peak and Jayla Gilliam 6-0. No. 3’s van Oorschodt and Lesage won their doubles flight by default. Towson swept the singles for the second straight match, only dropping one game throughout all six matches. No. 1 Shakhnazarova bested Melequa King 6-0, 6-1, No. 2 Williams defeated Brown 6-0, 6-0, and No. 3 Gomer beat Kittrell 6-0, 6-0. No. 4 Gloninger defeated Peak 6-0, 6-0, No. 5 Lesage beat Gilliam 6-0, 6-0, and No. 6 Shusterman won by default. Saturday afternoon, Towson suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 defeat to CAA conference rival UNC Wilmington. This was Towson’s second 4-3 loss in a row and fourth

of the season. Towson lost the opening doubles point in all four of those losses. The Seahawks opened play by sweeping the doubles point. Sabrina Barisano and Madara Straume defeated No. 1’s Gomer and van Oorschodt 6-2, Alix Theodossiou and Annika Sillanpaa defeated No. 2’s Williams and Gloninger 6-2, and Xandra Fougner and Laura Gomez defeated No. 3’s Vasilkova and Shusterman 6-2. Towson was unable to overcome the early deficit as UNC Wilmington took three of the singles matches to clinch the victory. Sillanpaa beat No. 2 Gomer 6-2, 6-3, Fougner defeated No. 4 van Oorschodt 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Celeste Matute beat No. 6 Shusterman 6-4, 6-2. Towson’s three singles wins came when No. 1 Shakhnazarova defeated Straume 6-3, 6-1, No. 3 Williams topped Theodossiou 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, and No. 5 Gloninger beat Barisano 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4. “It was almost too little too late,” Peterson said. “We had a mad rush at the end after losing the doubles point.” Thursday evening, Towson fell to local opponent Georgetown 4-3. The Tigers fell behind early as the Hoyas took two of the three matches to claim the opening doubles point. Sydney Goodson and Risa Nakagawa defeated No. 2’s Williams and Gloninger 6-2, while Sara Swift and Madeline Foley beat No. 3’s Shusterman and Lesage 7-5. The Tigers’ No. 1 doubles team of Gomer and van Oorschodt defeated Victoire Saperstein and Casey Marx 7-5. Georgetown went on to win three

singles matches to clinch overall victory. Swift beat No. 1 Shakhnazarova 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-1, Saperstein defeated No. 2 Gomer 7-6 (6), 6-4, and Goodson beat No. 5 van Oorschodt 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. Towson earned three singles wins, as No. 3 Williams routed Nakagawa 6-1, 6-2, No. 4 Vasilkova defeated Cecilia Lynham 6-4, 7-5, and No. 6 Gloninger beat Daphne de Chatellus 6-4, 7-5. “We were in position to win that doubles point,” Peterson said. “Those little things and changes can determine the outcome of a close match.” Wednesday afternoon, Towson earned a solid 6-1 victory over local rival Morgan State. The Tigers swept all three doubles matches to take the opening doubles point. No. 1’s Gomer and van Oorschodt edged Kayla Price and Katia Jordan 7-5, No. 2’s Williams and Gloninger defeated Yvonne Peters-Washington and Dana Santiago 6-2, and No. 3’s Lesage and Shusterman beat Danielle Thompson and Chloe Kabamba 6-1. Towson stayed strong in the singles, taking five of the six matches. No. 1 Shakhnazarova handled Thompson 6-1, 6-1, No. 3 Williams defeated Kabamba 7-6 (3), 6-1, No. 4 van Oorschodt beat PetersWashington 6-1, 6-3, and No. 5 Gloninger bested Santiago 6-1, 6-2. No. 6 Lesage won via a walkover, as her opponent defaulted due to injury before the match. Morgan State earned one win, as Thompson overcame No. 2 Gomer in a third-set match tiebreak, 6-4, 5-7, [10-6]. “We performed well,” Peterson said. “From start to finish it was a solid match.” Following the past week’s matches, the Tigers record sits at 10-7, including a 2-2 record in CAA conference play. Towson travels to CAA rival Delaware Wednesday for a 2 p.m. matchup before heading south to face James Madison Saturday at noon.


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Junior right-handed pitcher Michael Adams tossed seven innings of work, allowing only three earned runs on seven hits. Adams also struck out five batters in Towson’s 5-3 loss to Northeastern. File photo by Jordan Cope/ The Towerlight

Senior pitcher Alex Cuas runs through the infield in batting practice before the start of the season. JILL GATTENS Staff Writer @JillGattens

Towson was swept by Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival Northeastern in a three-game series to open up conference play this weekend at John B. Schuerholz Baseball Complex. “We came up short in every game,” Head Coach Mike Gottlieb said. “We didn’t hit well enough to overcome our mistakes.” In Sunday’s series finale, the Tigers jumped on the board first when sophomore infielder Richard Miller delivered a sacrifice-fly that scored sophomore infielder Richie Palacios. In the third inning, redshirt senior outfielder A.J. Gallo singled to left to score Palacios and redshirt sophomore outfielder Mark Grunberg, giving Towson a 3-0 lead. Gallo went 2-for-4 with two hits and two RBIs, and Palacios went 2-for-3 and scored two runs in the game. Junior pitcher Michael Adams kept the Huskies off the board for the first five innings. However, in the sixth inning the Huskies got onto the board due to an error. Adams tossed seven innings and gave up only two earned runs on five hits. However, he took a no-decision. Northeastern took a 4-3 the lead

in the eighth inning on a single to left that was good for two runs. Northeastern added another run in the ninth to ensure a 5-3 win over Towson to complete the sweep. Senior Kyle Stricker (1-2) took the loss after giving up two runs on four hits through two innings of work. Due to forecasted rain Friday, Saturday saw a doubleheader in which Towson dropped both contests. In game one of the doubleheader, Northeastern got on the board first with a third inning grand slam to take a 4-0 lead. “The big innings is what killed us,” Gottlieb said. “They hurt us in the long run.” Redshirt junior infielder Colin Gimblet got the Tigers on the board in the seventh inning with a two-run home run. This was Gimblet’s first career homer. However, a lack of offensive production hurt the Tigers in a 5-2 loss to the Huskies. Sophomore pitcher Dean Stramara took the loss as he surrendered five runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. In game two, the Tigers scored in the second inning as redshirt senior infielder Colin Dyer singled up the middle to score Gimblet. Towson fell behind as the game progressed but started a comeback in the sixth inning. With the bases

loaded, sophomore outfielder Cuinn Mullins drove in three runs with a base-clearing double that scored Miller, Gimblet and junior infielder Logan Burke. Towson added another run in the eighth inning after a sacrifice-bunt and a pair of wild pitches allowed Miller to score. However, Towson was unable to make the comeback and fell to Northeastern 7-5. Redshirt senior Kevin Ross (0-3) took the loss as he allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings of work. Towson will play a pair of midweek games against George Mason and Cornell. The team will then travel to Hofstra for a three-game series April 7-9.



April 4, 2017

Towson downs drexel in caa opener File photos by Jordan Cope/ The Towerlight

Redshirt senior midfielder Brian Bolewicki cuts to the goal in Towson’s match against Denver at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Towson fell in the game to Denver 12-11 (Above). Sophomore midfielder Jon Mazza runs past Denver defenders. Mazza finished the game with six shots, three of which were on goal, in the Tigers loss to the Pioneers (Below).


The Tigers opened their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) schedule Saturday by overcoming a slow start to secure a 8-7 victory over Drexel in Philadelphia. Towson started the game off slow in a first quarter that featured just one goal from each side. The Tigers struck first when senior midfielder Brian Bolewicki scored off a pass from fellow senior Mike Lynch. In the first quarter, Towson outshot Drexel 12-5 as its attackers consistently created opportunities but fired shots wide. Towson paid for its mistakes when Drexel scored with just a minute left in the first quarter on a quick transition goal from Luke Hurley. “I don’t think it was such a slow start, we just had trouble capitalizing on our opportunities,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “We created a lot for our attackers we just couldn’t finish.” The Dragons wasted no time

in the second quarter taking the lead just 53 seconds in when Jacob O’Donnell fed an assist to Cole Shafer. Shafer’s goal would spark a solid second quarter performance from the Dragons. Drexel scored three of the quarter’s four goals to take a 4-2 lead into the half. Robert Frazee and Shafer contributed the goals for the Dragons, who put seven shots on the cage. The Tigers regrouped at halftime and came out firing in the second half. Senior attacker Joe Seider scored early when he received a pass from sophomore Jon Mazza. Senior attacker Ryan Drenner, Towson’s leading scorer, tied the game 4-4 when he scored his 18th goal of the season at 12:36. Later in the third, Drenner recorded a hat trick to tie the game 5-5. However, the Dragons took a 6-5 lead just before the end of the third quarter, when Frazee scored his second of the day. In the fourth quarter, Drenner scored a career-high fourth goal to tie the game 6-6. Lynch then gave the Tigers their first lead since the opening two minutes of play when he put a shot past Dragons goal-

keeper Joe Granito. Towson’s lead didn’t last long when Manganiello scored his second goal for Drexel to tie the game

7-7. However, senior midfielder Tyler Young scored his third goal of the season, and it proved to be the game-winning score.

Up next for Towson is a matchup against CAA opponent University of Massachusetts Amherst, Saturday at noon at Johnny Unitas Stadium.