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the towson spring festival is soooo cute lol
Towsontown Spring Festival tomorrow, I can’t wait to see everyone and their mom
Love being out and about @ Towsontown Spring Festival.
Towsontown Spring festival this weekend make y’all way uptown!
May 9, 2017
New year, new names
But we’re still the same old Towerlight
Healthcare is not a luxury, it’s a right @MeganFemmily
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Editor-in-Chief Sarah Rowan was elected last week, and hopes to expand the paper’s coverage and reach to the community, both in print and online. Reach out to her at email@example.com. SARAH ROWAN Editor-in-Chief @sarmarrow
Hey, Towson. I’m Sarah, a sophomore journalism and Spanish double major. As of last week, I’m also editorin-chief of The Towerlight. It still feels weird (in a good way) to say that out loud, but I’m slowly getting used to it. This time last year, I remember preparing myself to take over the news section of the paper. Although I was scared of the responsibility that running an entire section by myself would require, I knew I was prepared -- I had learned from the best, after all. I owe a lot of this to our previous editor-in-chief, Cody Boteler, and our previous senior editor, Sam Shelton, who both believed in me enough to let me have that much responsibility, even at the end of my freshman year. When I became news editor this year, they allowed me to grow in that position to the point where I was no longer afraid of it, and that’s how I got to where I am now. I entered Towson as an awkward, shy 18-year-old freshman, but working at The Towerlight forced me to come out of my shell a whole lot. Almost
two years later, I’m still pretty darn awkward, but my experiences here have given me the confidence that it takes to hold a position like this, and I’m so excited that it’s almost impossible to put it into words. I’m just as excited to have an amazing editorial board behind me going into the new school year in the fall. Jordan Cope will make a killer senior editor. Marcus Dieterle has the news section under control. The arts & life section is in good hands under McKenna Graham, and the sports section will flourish with Karuga Koinange at the wheel. We’re also lucky to have another year with Alex Best as photo editor, and a final semester with Jordan Stephenson as arts director. Cody did a fantastic job as editorin-chief this year, and it’s my goal to expand on the work that he’s already started. He and Sam have left giant shoes to fill, but I know that we’ll make them proud. I’d like us to grow in coverage and reach. I want our reporters to keep connecting with administrators, faculty, staff and students on campus, as well as local groups and leaders off campus. We’re going to continue to hold institutions and people in power accountable for their actions. It’s not
our job to antagonize anyone or anything, but, it is our duty as journalists to seek the truth and report it accurately and fairly, and that’s something we’ll never stop doing. Most importantly, though, I want us to tell as many stories about the Towson community as possible. However, we’re a small staff, and we need your help to accomplish these goals. You can stop by the office (UU 309) to apply to join any section of the staff. You can write a letter to the editor, send us an email or even just interact with us on social media. But, above all else, talk to us. We’re students, too. Tell us if there’s something happening on campus that’s worth knowing about. We want to know everything -that’s our job. In return, we promise to do our best to be there -- whether it be an event, a lecture, a concert, anything. Just let us know. You can always reach me at editor@ thetowerlight.com. Feel free to stop by the office anytime to talk to a member of the staff about what’s happening, and we’ll try to make it work. I’m excited, Towson, and I hope you are, too. Let’s make this year great.
“There she goes, there she goes again,” I sing to my dreams of having affordable, extensive, accessible healthcare. They begin to flutter out the window, once again left shattered by Republicans in the House of Representatives, who I then got to watch smugly celebrate their “sweeping” 217 to 213 win. Meanwhile, Donald Trump reminded us that, “hey, I’m president!” as if anyone could forget, even for just one night of decent sleep. There’s just something a little odd to me about people who claim to be “pro-life” increasing the risk of unintended pregnancy; increasing the cost of pregnancy and childbirth dramatically, making it harder to have a healthy pregnancy; and forcing people to die slowly while they try to save up the money to afford the care they need. I’m not making that up. Those are all things that will happen if this bill passes in the Senate. Two of the most concerning aspects of the American Health Care Act (creative) are that one, Medicaid will be rolled back, leaving a lot of people without insurance, and two, insurances will have the power (by state) to choose whether or not they’ll accept people with pre-existing conditions. Where this gets really interesting (terrifying) is that the term “pre-existing condition” can mean a lot of different things. Some obvious examples are things like heart disease, lung disease, cancer, etc. Things that a rational person would think, hm, maybe people with those conditions should have MORE access to healthcare. Some not so obvious examples are mental illnesses, (including, but not limited to, side effects of sexual and/ or domestic violence, like PTSD) and, get this, pregnancy. You know what isn’t a considered a preexisting condition, though? Erectile Dysfunction. Just thought I’d throw that out there. Under the ACA, preexisting conditions were protected so that insurance companies could not charge more from, or turn away people
who had them. The AHCA, however, lessens those protections. While this bill would be bad for everyone who isn’t raking in millions of dollars a year, as Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, puts it, “The AHCA [is] the worst bill for women and women’s health in a generation.” The bill would block those using Medicaid from utilizing Planned Parenthood as a resource, leaving millions with nowhere to turn for sexual education, family planning, or maternity care. Not to mention the other resources offered by Planned Parenthood such as STI and cancer screenings. It isn’t an exaggeration to say that passing a bill like this would be an act of violence. Millions of people will literally die from diseases and conditions (like pregnancy and childbirth, apparently) if it is made so they cannot afford the care they need. You shouldn’t have to be filthy rich to have access to doctors and medications, and being filthy rich should not rid you of empathy. To those 217 people that voted in favor of this bill, you are not pro-life. If anything, you are anti-life and sure as hell anti-women. I mean, heck, I can’t even say you’re just pro-birth anymore because now you’re attempting to take that option away from millions of Americans by making it entirely unaffordable. Healthcare is a basic human need. It is a right. To treat it as a luxury like your high-end sports cars and your designer suits is disgraceful. No human being has more of a right to a healthy life than any other, especially not based on their finances. The fact that you are able to play with life like this just to prove your stubborn point really shows your privilege. The bill will now be placed in the hands of the Senate, where they will decide to alter it, pass it, or stop it. This is the time to call your senators and tell them how you feel about the AHCA. To quote Richards again, “We need everyone who cares about the future of our country to keep calling until we defeat this bill.” I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a fully charged phone and a small to moderate amount of free time. Ring, ring, y’all.
May 9, 2017
Leave body parts WTMD must carry torch alone, start inside BARBARA RICHTER Baltimore County Resident
KYNDALL CUNNINGHAM Columnist
What I’m about to say may be frowned upon by my peers or on social media, but I’m going to say it anyway: I feel bad for Kylie Jenner. It’s something you don’t hear often, but I refuse to believe that everyone “hates” the Kardashians as much as society tells them they should. Scrolling through Instagram and seeing her all over my Explore page (including memes of her before and after surgery), I realized that Jenner represents an overarching issue in pop culture that many of her critics ignore so she remains the target. Everything is pornified. It’s no secret that sex sells. Whether it’s sexy lyrics in songs, nudity in films, or advertisements for practically anything, the sexier the better. However, sexual imagery doesn’t just titillate the person viewing it. It sets the standard for what people expect women’s bodies to look like, and in some cases, what women are literally dying to get. If you follow the most popular female celebrities on Instagram (models, singers, reality stars, etc.), you get a plethora of sexy photos with women of different body types posing as hard as they can to achieve
the same look. For the most part, I can detect when someone’s butt, hips, and boobs aren’t real. There are plenty of celebrities who want you to believe that they squatted their way to a giant behind, but it’s just not believable. They’ve succumbed to the 2016-2017 version of an hourglass shape. Even the skinniest of models who have to stay somewhat natural are arching their backs and squeezing their boobs together to give the impression that they have curves. And don’t get me started on everyone’s giant duck lips. It’s complicated to criticize or even have a discussion about women’s bodies, sexuality and nudity without people calling you a slut-shamer or a misogynist. Any sort of criticism of what women choose to do with their bodies means you are trying to control them as free, sexual beings. The Kardashians are free to get however many surgeries they want, not only because they have the money, but because it is their choice. But when our biggest pop stars are setting the tone for what’s sexy and what’s not, little girls and even adults who look up to them aren’t free at all. -- Read the rest of this column online at thetowerlight.com.
I had the pleasant experience last month of driving home to visit family in the Midwest. As I motored to and from my folks' place, going through Ohio and Indiana, I listened to whatever was available on the radio and was happy to hear content from most of the East Coast. A lot of familiar NPR affiliates’ call letters were there. WGBH in Boston contributed a couple of news shows. WHYY and WXPN in Philadelphia gave me some celebrity interviews and world music, respectively. WNYC served up some science and media analysis. Washington's WAMU was absent, but I trust that they will be back on the national airwaves once they come up with an eventual replacement for the spasmodically dysphonic voice of Diane Rehm, who has now retired. (Additionally, WAMU's former bluegrass holdings now form a sort of national-level content service, running on a dedicated website and managed by an independent board of directors.) Notice any call letters missing from the list above? If you said "anything at all from Baltimore," you're right. Among the "pack of five" large northeastern cities, Baltimore stands alone in its lack of apparent ability to get regular national radio exposure. The clos-
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The Towson’s men’s lacrosse team won its third straight CAA championship in a row and a NCAA bid. See more in this week’s cover story.
est we've come in recent memory is when WYPR agreed to host the Marketplace education desk -- a relationship that appears to have ended a few years ago. Since then, it's as if "producing for syndication” has become a dirty phrase for public radio leaders in the region. That leads me to my main question: Why is Baltimore public radio so bad and what can we do about it? At first, WTMD seems like an unlikely candidate for the role of savior. It's the youngest of Baltimore's four public radio stations, and unlike the other three, it's not based in the city. But if you look at the habits and growth curves of the four stations in question, Towson starts seeming like the best place to stage a national debut. Let's examine the other candidates. WEAA and WBJC are busy trying to get people to like jazz and classical music, respectively. (I actually like both, but I realize that this is mostly a losing cause.) WYPR, meanwhile, is run by leaders so lazy that they can't be bothered to follow basic ethical broadcasting guidelines, handing over the microphone to sponsors in exchange for a little cash. And even with that blatant cash-grabbing, they still can't
seem to put together anything worthy of syndication. Meanwhile, WTMD has been growing rapidly, putting on increasingly large concerts, reaching out into the region’s arts scene and hiring talent from the would-be commercial competition. They have successfully followed WXPN's model of focusing on live events, local talent and unique sounds. Throw in bits of bonus creativity and bonus ambition, and they could really have something worth exporting. That could mean making a nationally syndicated show focusing on highbrow hip hop -- something that would be a first for NPR, to my knowledge. It could also mean a partnership with nearby Sinclair Broadcasting or the Baltimore Sun's parent company in order to make something happen in the news sphere. It could mean a lot of things, but before any big change occurs, an impetus from leaders has to be present. The people who run the station will ideally sit down soon with members of the community and brainstorm until they come up with something that they like. If that works, I might be able to listen to something from Baltimore the next time I'm driving past Cleveland. I have faith in WTMD. They're our best hope right now.
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May 9, 2017
URTU ticket sweeps in tight election nent, Ariana Anderson-Melton, received 1,350. An excited URTU ticket broke into tears following the announcement. The Legacy ticket left shortly after. “I really don’t know what to feel,” Mileo said in an interview. “We literally worked so hard for this, The student body of Towson staying up until 3 a.m., not getUniversity elected James Mileo to ting any sleep and be the next Student getting right back G ov e r n m e n t up at 6 [a.m.]. I Association prescan’t believe this ident with 1,572 I just think that this happened.” votes. Pat Mascio, just shows you that For Johnson, his opponent, this win proves received 1,361 votes. all of us that are that she “earned A total of 3,014 stuon the margins are and was qualified” dents voted. so strong and I’m for the position. Breya Johnson “I just think that won vice president nothing without my this just shows you with 1,599 votes; community. that all of us that Missy Ronan, her BREYA JOHNSON opponent, received SGA vice president-elect are on the margins are so strong and 1,308. I’m nothing without my communiMakdes Hailu won treasurer with ty,” Johnson said. 1,544 votes; Cristiana Saballos, her In 2015, the last time there was opponent, received 1,343. a contested SGA election, 3,247 Rishell Chambers won attorney students voted. general with 1,533 votes; her oppo-
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Alex Best/ The Towerlight URTU won this year’s SGA election with a 150-300 vote margin over each of their Legacy opponents. President-elect James Mileo received 1,572 votes to Legacy candidate Pat Mascio’s 1,361 votes. “It was really close, a really hard fought election on both sides,” Chris Rindosh, coordinator for student organizations said. “And I think in a lot of ways a very tense election. This was, honestly, a very very close election.” URTU spent about $375 more on the election that the Legacy ticket did — including about $100 on a Snapchat filter, according to internal SGA expense reports. The campaigns were marred by several racially-charged incidents, the most recent being a year-old tweet that surfaced May 3 in which Mascio used wording that some users called racially insensitive. In a series of tweets the same night, Mascio apologized for the tweet . He did not respond to The Towerlight’s request for comment. URTU released a statement the same night, writing that there was no connection between their campaign and the release of Mascio’s tweet. Mileo declined further comment, saying he was too focused on campaigning. Starting on April 28, several Facebook posts called Johnson a racist after a video from the fall 2016 “anti-Trump” walkout surfaced and was taken out of context. The 18 winning senate candidates, in order of number of votes obtained, are: Mar y Crowe, Supitha Phawapoothanon, Alex Best, Ben
DiBastiani, Meklit Bellay, Methan Outtara, Brendan Straub, Clauria Techwei, Blake Sansonese, Andre Williams, Lauren Mouling, Kara von der Stitt, Abigail Braithwaite, Jennifer Umana, Keionna Rose, Naimah Kargbo, Aisha Elmanyari and Ariana Garvin. Hussein Alabi, Afuh Adeck and Joseph Mitchell ran for senate, but only 18 senators are voted in during
the election. Katerine Delgado and Lauryn Hightower both won their candidacies for justice. There are three justice seats still open; a second election will be held to fill those positions. Packets for the justice election can be picked up from the SGA office starting are due Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Alex Best/ The Towerlight Members of the URTU ticket rejoice after winning this year’s SGA election. The announcement came on Thursday, May 4.
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Reporter urges political civility
May 6: A non-affiliate had her credit card taken after leaving it unattended at West Village Commons. May 6: A resident student had a bottle of wine taken from behind a desk at West Village Commons. May 5: A resident student assaulted a commuter student during a verbal argument at the University Union. May 4: TUPD is investigating a fraud at the PNC bank. April 29: A non-affiliate was arrested for CDS Violation and theft of a Towson University Golf Cart at West Village commons. April 29: A cimmuter student damaged property of a resident student at Tower D. April 29: A resident student was referred to OSCCE for alcohol violation at Lot 17.
Courtesy of Ahmad Al Khafaji AURN Washington bureau chief April Ryan is greeted by Director of Communications and Media Relations Ray Feldman before her speech on May 3.
April 25: A contract employee had his property taken after leaving it in an unlocked locker at Newell Den. April 22: A contract employee had their phone taken after leaving it unattended at the Glen Dining Hall. April 22: A resident student had their account compromised after a non-affiliate used a telephone to transfer money from his account at the Towson Run Apartments. April 21: A resident student had their bike taken from a secured location in the rear of Millennium Hall. April 21: A resident student was cited for CDS possession. Another student is being charged with trespassing and weapons violation and a non-affiliate is being charged with indecent exposure at Tower B. April 21: A non affiliate was cited for disorderly conduct on Lot 24. April 20: An unknown person posted stickers of bacteria inside of a bathroom stall in Smith Hall. April 17: TUPD is investigating unwanted emails sent to a resident student at Millennium Hall. April 15: Two resident students were cited for trespassing in a construction zone at Residence Tower. April 12: A commuter student had money taken from her wallet after leaving it unattended at Cook Library. April 11: A resident student was criminally charged with an illegal electronic surveillance of another student.
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.
The path to equality starts with civil discussion among members of all sides of politics, according to April Ryan, White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN). Ryan is the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House. “No matter where you are on the political spectrum, there’s still hope,” Ryan said. “If we have a civil conversation, it’s fine, we can work it out. There’s still hope. There’s still a day for equality. Aspire to inspire.” Ryan talked about reporting on race relations from the White House and her new book, “At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White,” as part of a Black Student Union and Center for Student Diversity sponsored event on May 3. “I see and hear things that a lot of people don’t see,” she said. Ryan, who was named the National Association of Black Journalists 2017 Journalist of the Year, said there is still hope for America and America wants change. “Donald Trump was something totally different wasn’t he?” she said. “People wanted someone who would challenge the system. People wanted change, they just
didn’t know what it’d look like. Well, change is here.” Ryan reminded the audience of the events that occurred after President Trump’s election, including the global Women’s March on January 21. During the march women took the streets of Washington, D.C. and other cities across the country and around the world to stand up for women’s rights. “Women made noise and people heard it,” she said. Ryan told the audience that they matter, and the women who participated in the Women’s March demonstrated that fact. “We’re in a crazy, historic time,” she said. “This is history in the making – whether you like it or not.” Ryan said she still has hope, and that the system of checks and balances prevents President Trump from completely controlling the decisions that will impact the country. She referenced the recent seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act when Trump tried to repeal Obamacare, an attempt which did not pass Congress due to what Ryan described as an “open war within the Republican Party.” Since Ryan spoke at Towson, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on and approved a separate bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act on May 4. The bill has now moved on to the Senate. Ryan also talked about other recent controversial issues, such as
the travel ban that targets immigrants and refugees from six predominantly Muslim countries. “Thanks in part to social media and the internet, we are now very aware of who’s around us, so aware that now we’re profiling,” Ryan said.“You can legislate all day, but if the heart and mind aren’t lined up, that’s when problems happen.” Ryan recalled watching the news at work in April 2015 and seeing the unrest in Baltimore, only 11.5 miles away from where her children were. Her sister called her and told her to come home because her children’s schools were shutting down. Ryan asked herself, “Where were the rest of the parents?” “That’s why I wrote this book,” she said. “I wanted to find out what the other mothers did.” While writing the book, Ryan said she spoke to various people about their mothers, including former president Barack Obama. Following Ryan’s lecture there was a question and answer session and a book signing. “It was really educational and inspiring because she talked a lot about hope which you don’t hear a lot these days,” senior Brianna Chambers said. “I really liked how she answered the questions and how she grew up in Baltimore and worked her way up to working in the White House as a White House correspondent,” senior Rahel Haile said. “I thought that was pretty cool.”
May 9, 2017
SGA pushes for greater accessibility for blind people Towson University’s Student Government Association passed a resolution advocating for the creation of tactile maps on campus for blind and visually-impaired members of the Towson community. Tactile maps are images that use raised surfaces to indicate where different buildings or places are located on the map. This allows the user to read the map by touch. The resolution, which was passed at their April 18 General Assembly meeting, will push to get these maps placed at the information centers on campus, according to SGA Senator Jackie Bikoti. Bikoti said she was inspired to pursue this initiative after her professor asked her class to find how accessible different aspects of campus were. In her search, Bikoti said finding a tactile map proved to be a struggle. “We went to the information desk in the Union and they were like ‘we
don’t have those’ and I was like ‘okay, that’s interesting,’” she said. “Then I realized that we do have students on campus that are either blind or visually impaired and so I was like ‘okay, I’m in student government, so maybe I could bring up this issue.’” According to Bikoti, the SGA is currently working with the Office of Technology Services and other organizations, to get these maps into information centers as quickly as possible. Bikoti hopes that the maps will be available to students next spring at the latest, but she did not give a definitive timeline for the project. Senior Nathan Clark, a member of the National Federation of the Blind, said that “for new students, I think [tactile maps] would be valuable for them to understand the layout of the university.” Clark also believes that the incorporation of tactile maps on campus would be beneficial for the university because it would show prospective students that Towson is committed to being accessible and inclusive of everyone, including those who are disabled.
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SGA is advocating for the University to create tactile maps for blind and visually impaired people. The resolution will push for maps at all information centers. Clark, as well as Susan Willemin, director of Disability Support Services, and Jeannie Mauldin, a disability specialist in Disability Support Services, acknowledged that
there is still more to be done to make TU more accessible. Clark, Willemin and Mauldin agreed that one of the next steps in making Towson more inclusive is
to incorporate electronic and media accessibility, so that blind and visually-impaired students have better access to tools like Blackboard, online enrollment and course materials.
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TU wastes less, recycles more to hit milestones You’ve just polished off a pizza from Pazzelli’s Pizza in the Susquehanna food court, but you’re not sure about how to properly dispose of that cardboard box. Towson University is working to make sure everyone on campus knows what to do with their trash to reduce the University’s carbon footprint and learn to care about the surrounding environment. “The current goal is for students to successfully and confidently put waste in the right place,” Campus Planning and Sustainability Manager Paddy Watson said. “Every time you don’t recycle, you’re telling the administration and your peers that it’s not important, and it doesn’t matter. And if you don’t care, why should they? I don’t think that’s the intended message, so we are working to set students up for success by hosting educational training sessions.” Junior Keanu Jordan-Stovall said he’s pleased with the recycling in dining areas. “I appreciate it because they have general waste, recyclables and composting,” said Jordan-Stovall, an eco-
nomics and Deaf studies major. “That distinction is helpful. And in Paws, they have signs with the specific items that are sold in Paws, so people know how to dispose of them.” Jordan-Stovall said he’d like to see Towson bring more awareness to recycling in residence halls. “There are recycling bins on floors, but I think a lot of people just throw everything down the trash chutes,” he said. “So bringing awareness to recycling in buildings or making it more accessible could be one improvement.” Last year, TU reduced carbon emissions by 44 percent and recorded a recycling rate of 35.6 percent, its best recycling rate ever. This year, campus is working to do even better. With programs such as the EcoReps, a group of peer-educators who educate Towson about sustainability through presentations and outreach efforts, students can become more involved in the campus’ green achievements. The university also has a Climate Action Plan that works to mitigate the campus’ carbon footprint. “The campus works to reduce our carbon footprint through initiatives set forth by the President’s Climate Committee, which meets monthly to
Photo courtesy of Towson Eco-Reps Towson’s Eco-Reps are one resource on campus helping to make TU more environmentally friendly. The University is working to make sure everyone knows how to properly dispose of their trash. discuss our impact,” Watson said. “Currently, we are working to reduce the campus’ electricity consumption, improve building operations and metering, and reduce the impact made by commuters.” TU’s American College and
University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Committee is working on is expanding the number of solar panels on campus to reduce our demand on the grid. Last summer, Towson installed about 4,000 solar panels on the roofs
of the University Union, Union Garage and Douglass and Barton houses. The ACUPCC committee is also working to divert edible food from being composted. --To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
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They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
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May 9, 2017
Wil-come-in and see “Cabaret” Towson’s totally new take on an old theatre favorite MCKENNA GRAHAM Assistant Arts & Life Editor
As finals near and work accumulates, students searching for some brief reprieve from all of the stress can go hear the music play at Towson’s production of “Cabaret” – high-energy, appropriately bawdy, and unexpectedly sincere, the show is the perfect escape into early twentieth century Germany, on the brink of Nazi regime and struggling to reconcile that with society’s livelihood. As the emcee requests, leave your troubles outside. In the theatre, life is beautiful, the girls (and boys) are beautiful, the live band onstage is flawless, and amid laugh-outloud scenes are real tear-jerkers as director Stephen Nunns explores the themes of the show within the frame of today’s political and societal climate. “If [the audience] can think about it in terms of their own lives, connect it to their own lives in some way, shape or form, that would be great,” Nunns said. “I think it’s highly entertaining, so I hope they’ll be entertained as well. If it can make them think a little bit, that’s great.” Nunns made an interesting choice in casting senior acting major Christy Czajkowski as the emcee, or Master of Ceremonies, the enigmatic, frivolous and charismatic character who presides over the Kit Kat Club where
a good portion of the play is set – the role is generally played by a man, albeit a lipstick-wearing one, but Czajkowski’s performance androgenizes the role and takes it to a whole new level. “I wasn’t expecting the role that I got and it’s been wild,” Czajkowski said. “It’s one I know I’m never going to get again, so I tried to take it and run with it.” Czajkowski’s emcee is sexual, dramatic and irresistible, drawing attention simply with her presence and earning high praise as a favorite among audience members. “Christy killed it,” sophomore acting major Kasie Lerner said. Czajkowski was inspired by Marlene Dietrich, a German singer from the thirties with a “beautifully low voice.” “Once I found the voice, I started to find the character,” Czajkowski said. “I was trying to think of a backstory, because actors love doing that, but the more I thought about it the more I realized, the emcee is more an embodiment of the people of Germany, not a specific person.” The Kit Kat Club as a whole takes on a new spotlight in this production; “the girls” are not the only performers – male entertainers join the ranks of performers, bringing a sense of equality and balance to the overly sexualized scenes. “In other productions I’ve seen, the Kit Kat Club is really just ‘sex,
sex, sex’ and that wasn’t the case here,” Lerner said. “They were there to tell the story.” New meaning is given to wellloved characters like Sally Bowles (Molly Cohen), an English entertainer who is fighting for stardom; Cohen’s reprisal of the role creates new levels of depth and moral anguish as she struggles with a secret aspect of her identity in the face of an unforgiving regime. In preparing for the role, junior acting major Cohen spoke with Nunns and said of it, “We thought about how much worse it makes her as a character if [her secret] is something she has and chooses not to do anything about, and just thinks about herself.” Senior geography and economics major Molly Sokolis found the show to be poignant in unexpected ways, pointing out the underlying politics and social dangers. “It was very interesting, but very good,” Sokolis said. “Funny, but I feel like maybe it shouldn’t have been funny, but it was still funny.” Cliff Bradshaw (Griffin DeLisle) serves as a sort of foil for Bowles, the emcee, and other characters – he is an American writer in Germany to become the next great author, and he stands as a beacon for the audience to relate to as his sense of apprehension and frustration grows. DeLisle’s performance is reassuring to the audience amid characters who
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Above: The emcee (Christy Czajkowski) is a character rendered hysterical and haunting by the production. Below: Sally Bowles (Molly Cohen) embraces life onstage with fellow performers at the Kit Kat Club.
support or fear the Nazi regime to varying degrees, and stands as a presence to find both familiarity and camaraderie in. Elizabeth McLaren, a sophomore psychology major, is working on the production as part of the sound crew, and wanted to make it known that there is a reason the audience finds these scenes so horrific and yet so understandable. “We think of Nazi Germany as this awful, awful thing that happened long ago,” McLaren said, “But what I hope people take away is that you can adapt these themes into things we see today.” The play presents a wide array of political viewpoints on the Nazi regime – Sam Pomerantz’s Ernst Ludwig is an active member of the political party; Cliff is adamantly against the Nazis; Sally ignores the political climate; Fraulein Schneider (Rachel Bailey) is a fearful citizen who does what she must to survive and who must deal with her love for Herr Schultz (Alex Wynd), a Jew; the emcee disregards all seriousness. “I hope people keep in mind the danger of not only being oblivious to what’s going on, but with my character, thinking it’s a big joke,” Czajkowski said. The further along the production progresses, the more apparently certain messages assert themselves, like the one Cohen’s character gets across, which is, as she said, “Making the choice to not do anything, and sitting back, and how that is just as evil as doing bad actions.”
Sophomore Jake Zeranko, who is studying acting, applauded the entire production. “To me, it came off as an effort to make the story of the Cabaret something more abstract... not something you’re supposed to focus on,” Zeranko said. “[It’s not] ‘these are sexy men and women,’ they’re there to prolong the story and they are Germany; you’re watching the change in Germany through them.” This production of Cabaret is at once gut-busting and tear-jerking, and there’s something in it for anyone. There’s so much more to this story than meets the eye, and this production takes that theme to its emotional and daunting conclusion. Dialect coach BettyAnn Leeseberg-Lange and choreographer Rebecca Dorman were named by different people as two contributors who had a great degree of impact on the performance in shaping it and improving it. Stage manager Beca Wiseman labeled the experience as transformative for herself. “I work with such talented people and it’s such a pleasure to do that every day,” Wiseman, a senior theatre production and design major, said. “I feel like we bring [the audience] into this world in a very interesting way that a lot of shows don’t do.” Performances of “Cabaret” continue this week, and tickets can be bought in advance online at events. towson.edu/event/cabaret_6222#. WQ4WX7zhyTl.
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Sarah J. Maas’ thrill-ogy concludes MCKENNA GRAHAM Assistant Arts & Life Editor
Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin Author: Sarah J. Maas Genre: New Adult, Fantasy Rating: Five Stars Warnings for book: Violence, sex I know it’s unsurprising that I’m reviewing (yet another) Young Adult book, and I can assure you that next week’s review will be on a very different genre, but this is the final installment in Maas’ trilogy “A Court of Thorns and Roses,” and I had to pick it up. I’m not a die-hard fan of hers by any means – I personally find her other series, the Throne of Glass series, to be unbearable. I gave it a shot and got no further than about a hundred pages into the third book, at which point I had to put it down and text my friend, “Thanks for letting me borrow this, I’m glad I didn’t spend money on it.” A lot of elements are the same in this book – high fantasy, dueling royalty, intense romance and a fiercely strong female character with equally strong female friends are common themes that traverse the two series. Maas knows her audience, and delivers to them almost everything they want: growth and independence in a female lead, more mature scenes, respect and support from the love interest, queer relationships, diversity between race and ability, characters overcoming relatable and modern hardship – she gets it all in. The ending is happy but not perfect, the relationships are all so wholesome, the themes of optimism, strength and courage in the face of threatening adversity and opposition are so prevalent throughout. This book deserves five stars not because it is particularly original in plot – we’ve heard the story of a girl plucked from anonymity who discovers unique powers and a hot guy who wants to protect her a thousand times – but because of what she does with this trope. It feels either like Maas ticking off
a checklist of everything readers want in modern stories, or else turning the conventions on their head, but I’ll let you decide for yourself which one it is. As the third installment, the story continues to follow Feyre Archeron, facing trial after trial in the fight to overcome an oppressive and frankly Hitler-esque ruler (can you see how certain sentiments may resonate in today’s climate?). I can’t get into too much, because as is the case with many fantasy series, the plot is so lucratively woven that any detail may be considered a spoiler, but I can tell you that if you want something that drags you into a crafted world, introduces you to a host of appropriately endearing characters, keeps your attention, and makes you tear up even if you don’t feel you care that much, I have a book for you. “A Court of Wings and Ruin” deserves five stars not because it’s perfect, not because it has great sex scenes, not because it’s particularly beautifully written or life-changing, but because it sets an example for other writers of YA. This book addresses almost everything – maybe not religion, and maybe not how to talk to those who oppose you, but pretty much everything else. I hope this book sells well. I hope other novelists pick up on the themes presented in here – a guy who respects you and sees you as his best friend before anything else is the best love interest; women can burn the world and are capable of anything they set their minds to and don’t need any protection from anyone; you can love who you damn well please and you have no control over who makes you happy; you don’t have to hide your identity, but you can if you want to; people of color and differing degrees of ability deserve respectable places in literary fiction; the worst “bad guy” your story can have is not necessarily someone who is malicious or demonic. Sometimes the best antagonist to write about is someone who is ignorant and intolerant, but who genuinely believes they’re doing the right thing.
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Caught off guard by the sequel MATT MCDONALD Columnist
In 2014, “Guardians of the Galaxy” was released, a movie that diverged a little from the Marvel Cinematic Universe characters at that point and introduced some new ones not many non-comic book readers had heard of, and so I was a little hesitant going into it. I was hesitant this time as well, not because I was unfamiliar with the story, but because the first one was so good, I didn’t want them to mess it up with a bad sequel. And of course, I was not disappointed. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” follows the events of the first, solving the mystery of who Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt’s) father is. When Quill’s father, Ego, played by Kurt Russell, finally tracks him down, some of
the team travels to his planet, where Quill bonds with his father and learns of his long and perplexing heritage. Meanwhile, the other half stays behind to watch Quill’s ship, and are bombarded by Yandu’s army of men, who are still hunting them down for the Infinity Stone. Most of the time, the original movie is always better, just on principle; however, there are times when the sequel prevails, and this may be one of those times. “Vol. 2” does so much for this series in terms of story and character development alone. The movie goes into the backgrounds of characters and plot points you would never have questioned in the first movie, and adds some depth to the team and their personal struggles. --Read the rest of this column online at www.thetowerlight.com
Multicultural appreciation at TU
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Students came together in celebration of diversity and unity among different cultures at the Muslim Student Association’s Multicultural Night on Saturday.
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Practicing activism abroad Showing you Student encourages philanthropy, dream following KRISTIN HELF Associate Arts & Life Editor @kristinelise_
Olivia Romano’s first word, she says, was “wildebeest.” As a child, the junior health science major’s favorite movie was “The Lion King,” and from a young age she knew that someday she’d want to work in a profession that combined her two favorite things: people and wild animals. Last January, Romano spent two weeks in rural Hwedza, Zimbabwe, where she worked and studied on a ranch teeming with wildlife, including endangered African elephants and black rhinos. She says the experience changed her life, and she wants other students to be able to have an adventure like the one she had. Before deciding to go abroad, she said, “I got to a point where I was really complacent in my life. I was like, I feel like I haven’t achieved anything I really wanted to… And I know exactly what I want to do. I want to work with elephants, and I want to work with people. So I’m going to find a program that lets me do that.” While Towson’s study abroad office offers a five-week program in South Africa, Romano didn’t need credits and didn’t want to spend her time abroad in a classroom. After doing some research online, she discovered a website called
gooverseas.com, which led her to a program called African Impact. Romano had never been overseas before. She didn’t have a passport and had to spend $1,500 just on vaccinations before she could go abroad. But despite all the necessary planning and fundraising, she says it was worth it. “I was like, hell, this is worth it, this is what I’ve always wanted to do,” Romano said. “And since then, I have felt invincible, like I can do anything else. And I just want to help inspire people to make a positive difference. I have two younger sisters and I want them to look up to me and be like, ‘Yeah, my sister did that. I want to do that too.’” After years of dreaming about cartoon “Lion King” characters, Romano was finally able to spend time with their real-life counterparts — lions, rhinos, jackals, warthogs, giraffes and elephants roamed just outside her door (though, in the case of the lions, sometimes separated by a thin wire fence). Her favorite species to work with was the elephants, who she says came to recognize her after her two weeks with them. “They’re extremely intelligent,” she said. “I would talk to them like a dog, a cat, any animal you love… By the end of my two weeks, [one elephant] was in love with me.” She wants others to feel the way
that she feels now, after her two weeks in Zimbabwe — more carefree, she says, and generally less stressed about the minutiae of daily life. “I was living with these kids who walk three miles in flooding weather, dry heat, to go to school. And they love school,” Romano said. “It just puts things into perspective. The most badass thing I’ve ever seen in my life is this woman wrap her newborn baby on her back and go chop wood. Right by where the elephants were. We don’t see that in America.” This summer, Romano will head back to Africa, this time to South Africa, where she’ll work at an HIV/AIDS clinic directing programs aimed at educating and informing the community. Her advice to anyone who wants to volunteer abroad, or accomplish any goal, is to take advantage of resources like the internet and “just go for it.” “I want to spark that in everyone, where they’re like, ‘Wait, I can do that. That’s something that I want to do,’” Romano said. “Or, ‘If she can follow her dream and was just using the internet to find it, I can do that to follow my dreams.’ We have the resources available, it’s just about motivating yourself to use them.” More information about Romano’s upcoming volunteer work in South Africa can be found at gofundme.com/ oliviavolunteeringinafrica.
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Junior health science major Olivia Romano poses in front of giraffes at a ranch in Hwedza, Zimbabwe.
a good time SAM SHELTON Senior Staff Writer @sam_tweets_now
I’m not all that into non-fiction -- never have been, really. What I am into, apparently, is human suffering. Let’s discuss. Scary Stories to Screen in the Dark For my first Netflix picks, I highly recommend checking out the site’s extensive scary movie collection. If you’ve got any interest at all in being scared out of your wits or even just a little creeped out, Netflix has you covered. Personally, I prefer lingering creepiness to jumpscares and freaky dolls. So, I turn to documentaries. What’s really scary is that in addition to dealing with horrible things like sexism, racism, classism and homophobia (which is already way more than people should have to experience), we have to deal with things like, y’know, actual murderers. To indulge my morbid interest in unsolved mysteries and spooky stories, I’ve most recently looked to “Casting JonBenet,” which sees “several dozen professional and nonprofessional actors audition onscreen for roles in the movie you’re watching, which is pegged to the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old beauty-pageant contestant from Boulder, Colo.,” per the New York Times. Instead of attempting to prove innocence or find the killer, the film instead speculates on pretty much every possibility by encouraging the actors to share their own thoughts and feelings about the grisly event. It’s a really interesting take on nonfiction film, and the accompanying NYT review, which touches on issues of media exploitation, is insightful. I was really late to the party with “Making a Murderer” and crime anthology “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” but I thought both were well done regarding their attention to how differences in race and class affect the judicial process. If you want fiction, the aforementioned jumpscare problem means I can’t really help you, but I’ve heard great things about “Hush” and “The Babadook.” Stay away from “The Disappointments Room” and “The Human Centipede: First Sequence,” though. The first is super boring, and you just know the second one has got to be super gross.
Average film length: 1 hour, 30 minutes each/1 hour episodes for series General warning: death, possible sexual assault, exploitation, violence, loss Funny Families I can’t say enough good things about “Grace and Frankie,” the Netflix original comedy series that follows perfectionist Grace Hanson (Jane Fonda) and free spirit Frankie Bergstein (Lily Tomlin) as they grapple with the emotional fallout of being left by their husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston), who have been carrying on a 20-year-long affair behind their backs. I love it. My boyfriend loves it. My boyfriend’s mom loves it, and I recently recommended the series to my dad. The writing is quick and sharp, the characters are relatable and endearing, and the cast is relatively diverse. Tomlin is, for me, far and away the best part of the show, and she and Fonda balance each other in a way that occasionally makes me forget they’re not actually devoted friends and housemates. My only real criticism of the show is that Sheen and Waterson’s characters don’t quite capture my interest the way their ex-wives do. Waterson’s sweet, naive Saul is fun, but Martin’s Robert is just, well, mean and emotionally unavailable in a way that makes him the least interesting character in the show. He comes off as just another crabby old white dude. His bad attitude isn’t any reason to not watch the show, though, because the rest of the cast is hilarious and sympathetic in the most realistic way. Seasons: 3 Episodes: 36 Episode length: 27-31 minutes I think I like “Life in Pieces” for the same reasons I like “Grace and Frankie.” They’re both relatable family stories that don’t rely on laugh tracks, cheesy sit-com clichés or poorly developed lead caricatures -- I mean, uh, characters. The difference, though, is that “Life in Pieces” focuses on short, interconnected narratives (typically four per episode) that combine to build a larger story that involves the entire family. The show is smartly written. It’s a simple, enjoyable show with a dynamic ensemble cast and unique plotlines, but it’s not quite as good as “Grace and Frankie.” --Read the rest of this column online at www.thetowerlight.com
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school history made in Dealware Towson wins its first Colonial Athletic Association Championship Title MUHAMMAD WAHEED Staff Writer @MuhammadKWaheed
Towson won its first ever Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship this weekend at Stuart & Suzanne Grant Stadium at the University of Delaware. “I don’t know if I’ve been able to find a word to describe how I feel, but I know that the team is also in awe of its performance,” Head Coach Mike Jackson said. “We had a lot of major challenges throughout the season, people really battled hard and fought for their teammates and that’s why we were able to come out with the overall win.” Sophomore Lauren Coleman became the first Towson athlete to win the shot put event with a school-record mark of 15.29-meters.
I don’t know if I’ve been able to find a word to describe how I feel, but I know the team is also in awe of its performance.
MIKE JACKSON Head Coach
the ECAC Championships by placing sixth in the discus throw with a personal-best mark of 43.29-meters. Kelly won a bronze medal in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.94, while Reid placed fourth with a 55.56 time. Both Kelly and Reid qualified for the ECAC Championships. Kelly won the 400-meter hurdles and qualified for the ECAC Championships with a time of 1:00.66. Senior Megan Knoblock qualified for the ECAC Championships by placing fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with time of 10:46.28. Qualified athletes will compete in the 2017 ECAC Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Princeton, New Jersey, from May 12-14. “We’ll look at who’s qualified and try to figure out our game plan,” Jackson said. “Three’s a lot of transition that happens between now and then. Today and tomorrow are huge assessment days for our team to see where we stand physically, but as always we’re going to give our very best and play to win and see if we can improve on our overall team’s performance from last year.”
Softball Saturday: Game One: College of Charleston 4, Towson 3. Game Two: Towson 10, College of Charleston 6. Friday: Towson 6, College of Charleston 5.
Baseball Sunday: JMU 7, Towson 6. Saturday: JMU 7, Towson 4. Friday: Towson 8, JMU 6.
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McLean, Reid and Freeland in the 4X400-meter relay and finished in fifth-place with an ECAC qualifying time of 3:48.29. Freeland finished with a time of 24.34 to win the 200-meter dash and qualify for the ECAC Championships. Freeland also won and qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.89. Freeland won the same event in last year’s CAA Championships. “She pretty much put the team on her back this weekend,” Jackson said. “She was not going to be denied and there was not much I needed to say to her about being able to compete at a high level.” Sophomore Zhane Washington had a personal-best 11.85-meter mark in the triple jump to earn a bronze medal. Junior Taylor Weiss qualified for
“She’s super excited,” Jackson said. “I would say she is the most improved athlete on our team this year. Last year she did not score in the shot put, so she’s a huge part of our team. We’re proud of her efforts and her performance, but also excited for her.” Towson’s 4X100-meter relay team of freshman Jamila Brown, sophomore Jaina McLean, sophomore Liz Reid and senior Zanae Freeland won silver with a time of 46.28. They also qualified for the 2017 Eastern College Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships (ECAC). “The four by one we expected to get in the top two,” Jackson said. “We made some changes. We have a lot of options with our four by one so we got second this year. We were able to get a medal. Last year we did not medal.” Senior Megan Kelly joined
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The Towson track & field team poses with its first ever Colonial Athletic Association Championship Title.
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Towson bounced in CAA semifinals, receive at-large bid in NCAA Tournament Cody Boteler/ The Towerlight
Sophomore attacker/midfielder Natalie Sulmonte takes a draw against Elon in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships semifinals game at Unitas Stadium (Above). Sophomore goalkeeper Angie Benson waits for the outbreak to occur at Unitas. Benson took the loss in net against Elon, allowing 10 goals and making 12 saves (Below).
KARUGA KOINANGE Assistant Sports Editor
Towson fell to Elon 10-9 in overtime of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament semifinals Friday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium, but received an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The first half was a back and forth affair. The second seeded Tigers (12-6, 4-3 CAA) struck first on the third seeded Phoenix (13-5, 4-2 CAA) when junior midfielder Emily Gillingham rifled home a free position shot at 25:55. Elon scored three of the next four goals and took a 3-2 lead with 19:14 to go in the first half, but Towson tied it up down a man when First Team All-CAA sophomore attacker Natalie Sulmonte scored off a feed from senior attacker Samantha Brookhart at 12:35. Following Sulmonte’s goal, the Phoenix tallied the final three markers of the first half and took a 6-3 lead into the break.
“In the first half we didn’t show enough hunger for the ball on the 50-50 plays,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “It’s something we’ve been stressing all week long and it’s something we did great in the last contest.” In the second half, junior attacker Jenna Kerr and Second Team All-CAA sophomore attacker Carly Tellekamp each put in a goal for Towson. Those scores pulled the team to within one score of Elon. Elon regained a two-goal lead following a strike on a man-up opportunity, but Towson went on a 4-0 run to take a 9-7 lead with 9:55 to play. Gillingham had two goals during the run while Sulmonte recorded a goal and two assists. Following the Tigers 4-0 run, the Phoenix tied the contest 9-9 and forced a sudden victory overtime period by scoring three unanswered goals. At the start of the overtime period, the Phoenix won the draw and were fouled by the Tigers. The draw control and foul led the Phoenix to scoring the game-winning goal. “It hurts now and losing doesn’t
feel good, but during these types of games you feel good because there’s adversity and you’re challenged and you really see the fight in your players,” LaMonica said. “That’s special and our team showed that tonight.”
Towson will begin its run in the 2017 NCAA Tournament Friday in College Park, Maryland, against High Point. High Point finished its season with a 15-3 record and went undefeated in conference the
play. The team won the Big South Tournament Sunday with a convincing 19-5 victory over rival Campbell. Friday’s opening draw is set for 4 p.m at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.
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Matt Hoy Men’s Lacrosse Senior goalkeeper Matt Hoy was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. In two games, Hoy held his opponents to just four goals, respectively.
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towson adds more hardware Stephanie Ranque/ The Towerlight
Towson senior attackman Ryan Drenner avoids a UMass defender in Saturday’s Colonial Athletic Association Championship matchup.
JORDAN COPE Senior Editor @jordancope26
Towson learned Sunday that it will face former CAA rival Penn State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday. Penn State enters the contest as the No. 8 team in the country, while Towson ranks 12th. “We started watching film immediately after we learned we would be playing them,” Towson Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “We want to be on the same page, put together a complete game, be smart with the ball and pump out goals.” The Tigers (10-4, 5-1 CAA) have a history of facing the Nittany Lions (12-3, 3-2 Big Ten). In 22 meetings with the Nittany Lions, the Tigers have earned 14 wins. Nadelen even won his first Conference Championship with the Tigers against the Nittany Lions. Although history favors Towson in Saturday’s matchup, Penn State has home field advantage and will be a tough opponent. The team hung tough with No. 1 Maryland in two contests this season. But Nadelen is ready to tackle the challenge headon. “We have the logistics of the field and the experience of going up there,” he said. “We want to be successful and step on the field ready to play.” The Tigers will also have one of the hottest goalkeepers in college lacrosse in the cage come Saturday. Senior Matt Hoy earned the CAA
Tournament’s Most Outstanding During the Player honors. Championship run, Hoy allowed just eight goals in two games. Another big factor in Towson’s matchup with Penn State will be the performance of sophomore midfielder Alex Woodall in the face-off circle. In the CAA Tournament, Woodall won 22 of 32 to draws. Towson’s run to its spot in the NCAA Tournament ended with a 9-4 win over the University of Massachusetts, Minutemen, Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. “I couldn’t be more proud of these guys for earning the championship today and more honored to be able to share a locker room with them,” Nadelen said in a post-game interview. “Through the season we’ve had a lot of turbulence, but these guys have done a great job of being able to stay focused.” The Tigers got out to a fast start against the Minutemen (7-8, 4-3 CAA). On their first offensive possession, senior midfielder Tyler Young collected a rebound off the crossbar and scored. Towson’s 1-0 lead vanished just one minute later, however, when UMass scored on a man-up opportunity. Senior attackman Grant Consoletti burried a shot from short distance on a feed from fellow senior attackman Gianni Bianchin. Play went back-and-forth early, but Towson took a 2-1 lead when sophomore midfielder Zach Goodrich collected the ball at midfield, bolted into the attack area and fired a shot past senior goalkeeper D.J. Smith. Towson expanded its lead to 3-1
soon after when senior attackman and team leading assister Ryan Drenner found fellow senior attackman Joe Seider cutting to the goalmouth. Seider collected the feed and scored a behind-the-back goal. “Coming into the game today we really focused on playing smart,” Drenner said. “We knew that Alex Woodall was going to get us the ball and that we needed to limit our turnovers.” Senior midfielder Mike Lynch scored the final goal of the opening quarter and gave Towson a 4-1 lead when he found space in the slot to shoot and score. In the second quarter, the first goal came nine minutes in when the Minutemen scored on another man-up opportunity. Redshirt senior midfielder Dan Mulle beat Hoy to make it a 4-2 game. The Tigers retook a three-goal lead with 1:19 left in the first half when Drenner evaded one Minutemen defender on an isolation play and rifled a shot into the upper 90 of the net. Drenner’s goal was the last of the first half and Towson took a 5-2 lead going into the break.In the third quarter, the Minutemen came out firing, and Muller made it a two-goal game just two minutes into the second half when he scored from closerange on a pass from Consoletti. Late in the third, the Minutemen attempted to capitalize on another man-up opportunity to get back in the game. However, Hoy stood firm and made a crucial save that enabled the Tigers to kill the penalty and keep it a 5-3 game.
Following Towson’s penalty kill, Lynch gave the team a three-goal lead going into the fourth quarter by by beating Smith from the edge of the goal. In the final stanza, Towson scored just six seconds in to take a 7-3 lead. Woodall won the opening face-off and drove down the heart of the defense to score. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Tigers attack pressured the Minutemen into a crucial mistake. In an attempt to clear, junior defenseman Shane Rinkus put the ball into the back of his own net to put the Tigers up 8-3 lead. Drenner scored one more goal for the Tigers’ with a minute to play by taking advantage of Smith being out of the net when the Minutemen goalkeeper attempted to pressure the Tigers attack. UMass scored the last goal of the game in garbage time thanks to Consoletti, but it was too little too late, as Towson held on for a 9-4 victory and its third straight CAA Championship Title. Hoy made eight saves on the afternoon and recorded the win in net. He was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. “I’m spoiled in the net, I almost never see offense or middies having their hands free on shots,” Hoy said. “Almost every time it felt like in the first half I was seeing a shot, the attacker was fading away from the net. That gives me a huge advantage because it takes a lot of speed off the ball, and they’re getting pushed out farther away from the net, so I have more time to react.”
Towson earned its right to play in the CAA Championship Game by defeating Drexel 8-4 Thursday at Johnny Unitas Stadium in the semifinals round. “We earned a tough CAA win against Drexel,” Nadelen said. “I’m proud of my guys for staying mentally focused and capitalizing on a lot of opportunities.” The Tigers got on the board just two minutes into the first quarter when senior attackman Tyler Konen ripped a shot into the upper right corner of the net. However, the Dragons (6-8, 3-2 CAA) netted a goal and tied the game 1-1 with 5:05 left in the first. “We were a little tight, so I was worried there in the first quarter,” Nadelen said. “We did a good job of settling down.” In the second quarter, Drexel took its only lead of the game when freshman defensive midfielder Cam Harris ripped a shot past Hoy to give his team a 2-1 lead. Following Harris’ tally, the Tigers scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead into halftime. Lynch and Young each scored during that run. “Our attack produces a lot, obviously,” Lynch said. “When we can initiate and draw slides and move it, it really opens up the offense. We were just able to grind them down and win our individual matchups, which is key.” In the second half, Towson picked up where it left off and extended its run to 5-0. Konen and Young got on the scoresheet early into the third quarter to give Towson the 6-2 advantage. Freshman defender Marshal King stopped the bleeding for Drexel and cut Towson’s lead in half when he beat Hoy for his 12th goal of the season. However, sophomore midfielder Jon Mazza gave Towson another fourgoal lead by scoring his 14th goal of the season to end the quarter. In the fourth, Seider gave the Tigers an insurance goal and an 8-3 lead with 2:30 left in the game. The Dragons beat Hoy one more time to cut the Tigers’ lead in half, but ultimately ran out of time and fell 8-4. Woodall won 14 of 16 draws on the afternoon, while Hoy made seven saves. “We were really just able to play in ourselves and just really trust one another,” junior defender Sid Ewell said. “When you’re winning all the face-offs that Alex was doing, it just really takes pressure off of us. Then when you have Hoy playing the way that he does, really you can just have more trust, and we can just rotate a lot more defensively.”
Published on May 11, 2017
Towson men's lacrosse earned its third straight CAA Championship and an automatic bid into the 2017 NCAA Tournament, page. 24.