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October 25, 2016
Week of 10/25 - 10/31
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Harvest Fest Health Center 11:00-1:00 p.m. Make your way over to the Health and Counseling center to get into the fall season with pumpkin carving, food, drinks, and a craft! Stranger Things Halloween Party Health Center 7:00-10:00 p.m. Get spooky with fellow Towson students at this 80’s themed party including a DJ, prizes, food, candy, contests, and so much more!
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Football Watch Party Paws 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Watch the Towson Tigers take on the Delaware Blue Hens and enjoy free wings. Get there before they’re all gone!
Art Director Jordan Stephenson
Nilo Exar Abubakary Kaba Alicia DePasquale
Glen Woods Challenge Course 7:00-10:00 p.m. Come on down to this free event on the challenge course in the Glen woods. Get in the halloween spirit while having fun and enoying candy.
Hocus Pocus Bash Paws 10:00 p.m.- 1:00 a.m.
Not only will this ecvent feature free food, various crafts, and a costume contest, students will also be able to watch the popular movie “Hocus Pocus.”
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Honestly had the best weekend ever back in Towson for Homecoming... But I am not kidding when I say my entire body hurts...#ifeellikedeath @TSevik
towson homecoming, a weekend i’ll never forget ever ever ever
Actually had a successful homecoming weekend at Towson
I met so many beautiful people this homecoming weekend at Towson. @_Swagtacular_
October 25 , 2016
How to properly prepare for Halloween What’s up, Tigers -- I’m bringing you Ed Desk this week, so everybody strap in and let’s get going. Here are five ways to get suitably spooked for Halloween: 1. Do some light reading in the dark: I love being creeped out, but I am too big of a baby to handle jumpscares. So, I read. I read a lot. About weird things and spooky things and murderers -- Do you know how many wikipedia pages there are about mysteries and murderers and general mayhem? A lot. Want to learn something while satisfying your annual fall urge to indulge in the macabre? Wikipedia is your best friend. Hit me up after you google Lizzy Borden, a handful of cryptids and H.
H. Holmes’ murder house (Spoiler: this guy actually tricked out a house to kill people in unique and terrifying ways). Horror fiction more your style? You can’t really beat Stephen King (or R.L. Stine!), but if you’re running out of material, turn to the internet. Reddit’s r/NoSleep subreddit plays by its own rules, and the moderators really don’t like it when you call something out for being obviously untrue. If you want a fresh, millennial take on scary stories and creepy encounters, check out r/NoSleep, r/LetsNotMeet, r/Creepy, etc. I especially recommend “The Smiling Man,” the “Search and Rescue” series and “Dr. Ramsey.” 2. Watch something spooky (or super campy): Back when I was a super edgy, “leave me alone or else” teenage dirtbag, I used to brag about watching “Ghost Hunters” on the Syfy channel
and not being scared (Okay, I was a little scared, but I wasn’t about that to admit that to anyone). A few years later, I wish I could punch my teenaged self in the face, but she did have a point: it’s fun to watch grown adults wandering around in the dark, looking for ghosties. “TAP ME ON THE SHOULDER IF YOU’RE A GHOST,” someone armed with a camera and a flashlight might say, before taking an orchestrated leap backward. “PUNCH ME IN THE FACE IF YOU’RE A WOMAN WHO DIED IN 1892 OF SOME HORRIBLE DISEASE,” viewers might hear. Dude, in 1892 everybody died of some horrible disease. You’re trying to start a fight with an empty room, but I guess that makes for good TV? Speaking of good TV, ABC Family, now called “Freeform” (blech), airs Halloween-themed movies every
evening leading up to the big night. They’re not scary in the least, but they are nostalgic. 3. Play a video game: I’m not talking about Pacman, ladies and gentlemen. I mean play a scary game -- a jump-out-of-your-seat, needto-change-your-pants game that makes you want to sleep with the lights on (or at least gets you into the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve). Now, I will say, a lot of these kind of games rely heavily on jump scares, so you probably won’t have any trouble getting to bed on time, but they’re fun to play and are great to experience with friends. For solo enjoyment, check out “Resident Evil,” “Silent Hill,” or mystery thrillers “Until Dawn” and “Firewatch,” but switch to games like “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” “Stop it, Slender” or “Dead by Daylight” to play with friends. There are too many horror games on the mar-
ket right now to list them all, but do some digging and you’ll find virtually every level of scary. 4. Run from some zombies: I think might heart would pop out of my chest the second I walked into an attraction like Field of Screams, but hey, if that’s your thing, go for it. Take a buddy. Take a jacket. And take lots of pictures for those of us who will never, ever go with you. 5. Carve a freaking pumpkin: That is all. I could go on and on about Freeform’s family-friendly programming and its many merits for ages, but I bet that’s not what you cool college kids want to hear. Instead, I’ll end with this: make as many “bad” decisions as you like, but remember that the only thing scarier than Halloween is the reality of the morning after. Be safe and be spooky.
Dress up like your downstairs I absolutely love Halloween. Candy goes on sale, everything gets a little spookier, and the best part: you get to wear a costume. I’ve always enjoyed dressing up for Halloween, and, when I was little, I took it very seriously. In fact, I used to have this recurring nightmare where it’d be time to go trick-or-treating and I had no costume. It was like the old “I have to take an exam I know nothing about” nightmare but far, far worse. If you find yourself in dire need of a costume for this weekend, have no fear. Put down those dollar store cat ears, because Conceived in Brooklyn has got you covered. Imagine showing up to a Halloween party in the sexiest, most vibrant costume there is. “Who are they?” guests ask as you glide through the doorway and make
your way across the room. As you take a couple sultry steps toward the snacks, someone stops and asks, “What are you, you magnificent creature?” You slowly turn your head to look them in the eye and you reply, “Who, me?” They nod slowly, jaw dropped in awe of your glory. “I’m a vagina. A vulva, to be specific.” Not only will you be the center of attention at any party you attend, but you’ll be supporting an excellent cause. Conceived in Brooklyn, the makers of the stuffed vulva costume, are partnered with “50 Cents. Period,” an organization working to raise awareness and support for women living in marginalized and vulnerable communities -- Women who don’t have proper access to hygienic supplies or information about their bodies during their menstrual periods. Did you know that in some countries, women and girls will miss school during their periods due to negative stigma and
lack of proper hygienic products? Did you know that in some American prisons, women are sometimes only given two pads per month, or are denied hygienic supplies entirely? The average woman will use roughly four pads or tampons per day on her period, which typically lasts 4-7 days. Given that periods are as natural as it gets, it is unacceptable that girls and women are forced to jeopardize their education, their health and their well-being because of them. If you purchase this captivating costume, $10 will be donated to “50 Cents. Period” to help them in their mission of education, acceptance and care. You will be helping women and girls around the world regain their dignity and their confidence, while also having the chance to share this information with others when they undoubtedly ask about your tantalizing costume choice. If the idea of wearing a vulva costume embarrasses you, imagine how it feels to walk around with nothing
Courtesy of 50 Cents. Period. “50 Cents. Period” helps women in need to access hygienic supplies. preventing your blood from staining your clothes in a culture that tells you that your natural, necessary, healthy blood makes you impure. Free-bleeding, the act of not using sanitary products, isn’t a movement or a stance for these girls and women, it’s a forced burden of life. Without proper care and information, periods aren’t just inconvenient, they’re devastating and potentially dangerous. If you want to help but don’t want to transform yourself into a giant vulva -- I don’t see why the heck you wouldn’t -- but here’s what you can do: Donate money to “50. Cents Period.”
Just $1.50 can supply a girl or woman with enough pads for one month. Donate unopened feminine hygiene products and/or bras to Support the Girls, a Maryland organization that helps supply homeless women with the care they need. Their mailing, drop-off, and contact information can be found on their website, isupportthegirls.org. If you are unable to donate, then spread the word that these issues exist. Nobody deserves to fall behind in life or feel burdened and ashamed by a natural bodily function, and everyone deserves proper hygiene and care. Period.
October 25, 2016
Debate win won’t matter Trump sinks to new low DYLAN BRENNAN Columnist
The final presidential debate of 2016 was certainly an interesting one. Trump was definitely much better prepared for it this time -- he at least started out with a calmer tone. While I don’t agree with everything Donald Trump proposes, he has given good explanation of his vision with such issues as illegal immigration. He wants people to be legal, documented American citizens who pay taxes and fully contribute to American society. Ironically, Trump was baiting Clinton early on in the third debate, and she seemed more flustered and unprepared than he did for the first half. Of course, Trump can’t help himself, and so he soon devolved into constant interruptions and bickering. This is where many people believe he lost the debate. From calling Clinton a puppet, to calling her foundation a criminal enterprise, to saying she’s “such a nasty woman,” many people were disgusted with how Trump ended the 2016 debate season. This is a good point to better define myself and where I stand politically. I am not a hardline Republican. I am a centrist who refuses to vote Clinton. Now I may be a bit biased, but when Trump insults Clinton, it doesn’t sway my vote at all. Anyone who loves Clinton is already voting for her, so Trump doing these verbal pokes and prods aren’t going to affect independent voters, at least in my view. However, it may not necessarily
invite newcomers to the Trump fan club. While his aggressive nature in speaking to Secretary Clinton may galvanize Trump’s base, his childish name-calling and speaking out of turn doesn’t reflect well on his presidential mannerisms. All I’m saying is that this won’t sink his ship as the media may proclaim. The same goes for his infamous statements that the elections may be rigged. There have been several revelations as of late that could support his hefty claim, most notably the O’Keefe tapes, which secretly recorded a meeting of DNC surrogates boasting how they commit voter fraud and multiple votes per person, let alone inciting violence at Trump rallies. This video was the trending at No. 1 on social media before the debates began, and I’m astonished the media didn’t even mention it. Trump cited this example as a reason why he says this, so he at least has legs to stand on despite what some would say. So, in short, I do believe Trump won this final debate, but that small victory won’t move national polls or flip swing states like Pennsylvania or Ohio in his favor. He was also marred with slip-ups and bouts of snide remarks. All he did was solidify his current support, but he missed a golden opportunity with a national audience watching to expand his appeal to women, independents and disgruntled Democrats. Being good at the last debate is nothing compared to his floundering the last two, and Clinton was prepared and consistent in all three events.
MATT TEITELBAUM Columnist
Donald Trump is about to lose the 2016 election, probably by a lot. Polls, pundits and the most respected election predictors are all telling of Trump’s political doom with just two weeks to go before Election Day. Trump is losing, and even he knows it. Why else would a candidate make completely unfounded claims that the American electoral process is systematically rigged via massive voter fraud? Why claim the game is rigged before it’s even over? To save face, of course. In making these completely false claims, Trump shows that he lacks both the emotional maturity and intellectual capacity to even remotely comprehend how damaging such comments are to America’s sense of unity. Since the Civil War, we have enjoyed a peaceful transition of power, with every single losing presidential nominee graciously conceding the election once it’s clear that the results have gone in favor of their opponent. Trump is incapable of such grace and unwilling to prioritize the safety, unity and morality of the American people before that which is clearly most important to him, his ego. Like a petulant child who just choked his way to a big loss in a little league game, Trump
is blaming the system, screaming mercilessly at the umpires who were just doing their job, ruining the game for everyone else because he didn’t win it. It’s funny to think that, at the end of the day, Trump’s likely-impending loss can be blamed mostly on himself. After all, he did lose three straight presidential debates to Hillary Clinton. It was almost impossible to imagine that Trump could sink any lower than he had after nine women accused him of sexual assault right in the midst of the fallout from a leaked video which revealed he had privately bragged about assaulting women in the past. Of course, it’s not the as-of-yet-unproven accusations or even the tape that really makes Trump the single most disgraceful presidential candidate in modern history. It’s his response to them. Instead of sincerely denying the allegations and acknowledging the seriousness of sexual assault, especially in the context of his comments about women, he joked that one of his accusers was not attractive enough for him to have considered kissing without her consent. “She would not be my first choice,” Trump said of one of his accusers. Well, Mr. Trump, it appears as though the American people have the same thing to say about you and the presidency. Not our first choice.
I have no idea how I survived last week Once upon a time, someone thought it would be a good idea for midterms and Homecoming to fall during the same week. Suffering ensued. I personally have no idea how I survived Homecoming Week. I had three papers due on Friday with Homecoming events and Dance
the Madness practice every single day after classes. In fact, I had to leave most events early to make it to other events. This left no time for doing homework and studying, so I was forced to study during the time that I desperately needed for sleeping. In short: this was the most absurdly busy week of my life. Although the week was incredibly exhausting and mentally taxing, all of the hard work
was definitely worth it in the end. All of the Homecoming events were amazing. We all had fun decorating our Homecoming banner and window, and we got to see some really great acts during the talent show. It was especially fun seeing the Homecoming Court onstage and cheering extra loud for my sorority sister who was nominated for Homecoming Queen. My personal favorite part of the week was Dance the Madness, though. It was so
fun to see everyone’s dances and how other organizations interpreted the Road Trip theme. Performing for everyone was also fun, and it finally made it feel like all of our hard work had paid off. That said, please, for the love of God, Towson, never schedule midterms and Homecoming for the same week again. Sincerely, A sleep-deprived sorority girl
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October 25, 2016
Schatzel outlines progress on presidential priorities MARCUS DIETERLE Staff Writer @marcusdieterle
During an Oct. 20 presidential address, University President Kim Schatzel outlined the steps the university is taking to accomplish eight priorities that she announced in April, just 100 days into her presidency. This semester, Towson enrolled approximately 22,000 students, the university’s largest enrollment in the past five years and second largest enrollment ever, according to Schatzel. “You’ll hear ‘ever’ a lot today,” she said. Towson welcomed more than 5,700 new students this fall. Over 2,700 students enrolled in this year’s freshman class, the university’s largest class in past eight years and second largest ever, while campus also added 2,100 transfer students this year, the second largest transfer class ever. Towson is the second largest and fastest growing public university in Maryland and the largest university in Greater Baltimore.“At this important reflection point, I could not be more proud and more humbled to serve as your president and to work together with our amazing faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as business and community leaders, to build Towson University’s next 150 years,” she said. In the six months since her first President’s Address, Schatzel said, she has been working both within
and outside of the university to collect data and information in order to accomplish her eight priorities. “If you have not figured it out yet, we are very much in the discovery mode,” she said. Schatzel called these priorities “multi-year endeavors” that will result from an “all-in, Towson effort.” She said she will be updating Towson on these priorities yearly with regular progress reports on the first day of December, May and September. “These priorities will not be achieved in one year,” she said. “They will not be achieved independently or in isolation. Instead, they will take time—three to seven years—and will require the collaboration and support of our entire campus as well as our community and business partners.” TU Matters to Maryland In order to retell Towson’s contemporary story in a way that will influence stakeholders, the university is conducting an identity audit. The audit will include research and focus groups with alumni, members of Towson’s campus, legislators, community and business leaders to identify what these groups value about Towson, currently and in the future, Schatzel said. According to Towson’s website, the university selected Ologie, an Ohiobased branding agency, to conduct the audit. The audit is scheduled to be completed by late December and shared in early spring, Schatzel said. BTU: Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore
Stephanie Ranque/ The Towerlight Schatzel delivers her presidential address in Stephens Hall Oct. 20. During the speech, Schatzel outlined the steps that the university is taking to complete her eight priorities, which were announced in April 2016. After receiving feedback from community and business partners, Schatzel formed Baltimore + Towson University, a relationship dubbed BTU, to help people outside of Towson to more easily navigate the “complex, rather daunting, and not the most user-friendly university structure,” she said. The next steps, Schatzel said, will
be to create an inventory of Towson’s business programs and to establish a BTU Partners Committee which will guide BTU’s progress in creating and maintaining relationships with current and prospective partners. She said she is working with Ken Ulman, former Howard County Executive and president of Margrave Strategies, to develop a
comprehensive placemaking strategy that will strengthen connections among Towson and the Greater Baltimore communities. The public will be able to offer feedback on the placemaking strategy at the Economic Outlook Forum on Nov. 16. -To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
Cook officials apologize for controversial tweet MARCUS DIETERLE Staff Writer @marcusdieterle
On Oct. 21, Cook Library officials apologized and offered context for a controversial throwback picture posted by the Special Collections Twitter account Oct. 19. The image depicted two women hanging an effigy, representing the Loyola mascot, by its neck from a tree during a 1953 Homecoming celebration. After students denounced the photo, saying it depicted a lynching and was insensitive to black students, Cook Library removed the tweet and posted an apology. The first apology was also eventually removed and replaced with a second apology from Dean of University Libraries Deb Nolan. “The tweeting of this depiction
of a lynching is unacceptable, as it contradicts our university’s commitment to provide a thriving, bias-free campus for all students,” Nolan said in the apology. “The use of that photo also runs contrary to this university’s relentless pursuit of diversity and inclusion.” Research and Instruction Librarian Sarah Gilchrist explained that the tweet was meant to show Towson’s first Homecoming Queen, while the controversial photo just happened to be on the same page. According to Gilchrist, the offensive image was taken two years after the first black woman applied to Towson and was denied admission. “The choices that were made that day were not choices that I had any idea that’s how it would affect other people, because in my background effigies are not linked to lynching,
and so that is not a connection I was making when I looked at those pictures,” Special Collections & Archives Library Associate Felicity Knox said. “I certainly will never not make that connection again.” Knox, who posted the tweet containing the image, went on to personally apologize. For junior Breya Johnson, who is a member of the Organized Network of Student Resistance, the issue went beyond the original offensive image and lay more with Cook Library’s handling of the controversy in its first apology. “It was an apology but then there was a ‘but’ after it and it just completely negated that apology,” Johnson said. Gilchrist acknowledged students’ pain and said this incident will make the Cook Library staff more
conscious of these issues moving forward. Sometimes, she said, repeated view of historical material makes things like violent acts seem commonplace, though they should be shocking. Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Diversity Santiago Solis said after becoming aware of the tweet and students’ responses, he was hurt by the fact that students wanted to leave Towson because they felt unsafe or unwanted. “That hurts me tremendously because I don’t want them to be here just waiting to graduate so they can leave because they feel unloved and uncomfortable,” Solis said. “They’re not just seeing this as a first time. They’re seeing this as ongoing.” While Towson keeps records of university proceedings and large events on campus, Head of Special
Collections and University Archives Ashley Todd-Diaz said the experiences of student activists and student groups are not as well documented. Solis said everyone has a different lens that they see the world through which can lead to blindspots when dealing with diversity issues. He also said people sometimes choose not to acknowledge prejudice in their history because they are unsure of how to discuss it, and accountability and cultural competency are never-ending processes. “We know we’re never going to reach a perfect level of being culturally competent, that we’re going to continue learning for the rest of our lives,” Solis said. “So therefore we’re always going to be missing something from our perspective and understanding. So that’s where we engage, engage and engage.”
October 25 , 2016
Panelists bring new perspective on police relations An oncampus panel hosted by the Center for Student Diversity with the anthropology, sociology and criminal justice department addressed the relationship between police and community relations in urban landscapes Monday night. “The events of last spring that emerged as a result of the death of Freddie Gray and police custody pulled from the shadows historical long-standing tensions that have existed between Baltimore police and the members of the Baltimore community,” assistant criminal justice professor Elyshia Aseltine said. Aseltine and lecturer John Skinner helped to coordinate the event, and a majority of the audience was made up of students interested in a career in law enforcement. Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott discussed how the zero-tolerance policy leads to brutality. A zero-tolerance policy refers to predetermined consequences offenses that are given regardless of the situation’s circumstances. “When we talk about the relation-
ship between the community and police and how we got to the point of April 2015, you can start with zero-tolerance policing, but it goes a little bit deeper than that,” Scott said. “We did not stop that policy soon enough… 2015 was just the bubbling over point.” Charlene Bourne, president of the Eastern District Police-Community Relations Council, said that the relationship between police and their communities requires constant upkeep. “You have to work at it every single day – and if you don’t, what happened last year is what will happen,” Bourn said. Baltimore Police Department Major Steve Ward recalled the unrest that resulted from the Freddie Gray incident, and asked, “How did we get to this point in Baltimore?” Ward said that afterward, he made it a priority to make a difference as best he can. “I think, moving forward, you’re going to see Baltimore City leading the United States on how to work with the community on community issues,” Ward said. Other panel members includ-
Bailey Hendricks/ The Towerlight Panel members discuss the relationship between Baltimore police and the community in Patuxent Lounge Oct. 17. The majority of student attendees were interested in careers in law enforcement. ed Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow and co-founder of the 300 Men March, Munir Bahar. Skinner, also former deputy commissioner of Baltimore said that the mission of the event was to bring a more realistic perspectives to stu-
dents outside the classroom. “I think it’s kind of different than learning it in classrooms, or watching videos or things like that then interacting with people who are living it every day,” Skinner said. “The idea was to try to bridge those
together so they would have a real experience… I thought the passion of the panel was fantastic and people stayed through the entire thing, so it was a really positive sign. In my opinion, I don’t think it could have gone any better.”
TU says MCE demand satisfied Alumni honored at Maryland Correctional Enterprises is a state agency within Maryland’s Department of Safety and Correctional Services. At 30 different shops across the state, inmates work on making
different products, including furniture, sign making and license plates. One of the demands from the student sit-in was to get the University System of Maryland Student Council to review the contract between Towson University and MCE. “We find it problematic that we finance the same institution that prof-
Courtesy of Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services An inmate works at a Maryland Correctional Enterprises shop. A USMSC review of their contract with Towson satisfied demand 4.
its off of black bodies,” the demand states. Shortly after the sit-in, then Interim President Tim Chandler sent a letter to USMSC president Gayon Sampson to begin a review. Sampson and other student leaders, including then-SGA President Kurt Anderson, were able to tour several MCE facilities and speak with inmates to evaluate the program. A report that was supposed to come out of those tours is not listed on the USMSC website—which has not been updated for the 2016-2017 school year. Anderson said he toured prisons and design centers, where he saw inmates working with advanced software programs to design furniture along with other career-building skills. “Yes, they’re paid cents on the dollar for the time, but one they’re serving a sentence and two, they’re learning a skill,” Anderson said. Anderson said that one of the inmates told him that the 4 hours each day she worked in MCE facilities were the only times she felt treated “like we’re human.” -To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
volunteer banquet Towson University’s Alumni Association honored long-time Tigers and active alums Thursday night to recognize the volunteer work they’ve contributed to campus. Hosted in the Chesapeake Rooms, the Volunteer Recognition Awards Banquet saw Board of Visitors Chair and Class of 1965 alumna Myrna Cardin claim the Spirit of the University Award. Cardin, wife of Sen. Ben Cardin, is an active member of the University community. “I must tell you how excited and proud and grateful I am to receive this award, and happy to be with all the people who have been honored tonight, and I really must thank the alumni association,” she said. Once the entrée plates had been cleared, Alumni Association Board Member Glenn Ross began to present the awards. Each volunteer being rec-
ognized received a crystal tiger statue, and gave a short speech to thank those who had helped them. Andrea Boucher, a retired professor of physical education from TU, shared that one of her favorite memories from her time teaching was working with her colleagues, and one of the best things about Towson were the students. Boucher said she enjoys staying in touch with those she mentored, and believes that building strong relationships with students is very important. Class of 1965 alumna Judith Kistner and her husband Louis Kistner each received the 2016 Athletic Alumni Volunteer Service Award. The pair encouraged other community members to “join the excitement of rooting for the home team.” Class of 1994 alum Christopher A’Hern received the 2016 Alumni Association Volunteer Service Award. A’Hern thanked his parents during his speech, and said “it was my parents who taught me about selflessness.” -To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
October 25, 2016
iLead workshop promotes cultural inclusion ROHAN MATTU Staff Writer
Towson’s iLEAD program hosted a workshop on cultural competency in the workplace Oct. 19 in the University Union. iLEAD is a program by the Division of Student Affairs that stands for the Initiatives for Leadership Education and Development. The program provides students with opportunities to develop the skills needed to be inclusive and effective leaders in the community. The program holds workshops throughout the year that students can attend and learn from. Led by iLEAD certified discussion leader Schneina Pinchinat, students discussed what they thought cultural competency meant, and times they both saw and perpetuated cultural incompetency. As the meeting went on, students discussed times that they may have been insensitive, or times that they realized that their actions may actually have been discriminatory. Students discussed times where they felt uncomfortable around homosexual friends and acquaintances, but then they realized it was homophobic to be uneasy around someone just because of their sexuality. One participant spoke about the struggles of living with family members with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and how insensitive it is to use OCD as a synonym to simply being detail oriented. After speaking about these divisive and almost taboo topics, the room of about eighteen students split into groups of four and introduced themselves to each other in an unconventional way--their name, then their religion, sexuality, pronoun, if they had a disability, and where they are from. Many in the room were LGBT, or came from often stigmatized religions such as Islam. “I felt vulnerable, like I was going to be judged,” one participant mentioned after they introduced themselves as gay. -To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com.
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SPECIAL CYBER SECURITY EVENT October 31 | West Village Commons Ballroom | 12:30–4:30 p.m. 12:30 Security Awareness Event Kicks Off: table vendors & security showcase
12:45 Demonstration #1: Live Attack/Defend by James Crumpler ’16, NSA
1:30 Speaker: FBI Supervisory Special Agent Daniel Gray – Recognizing and Combating Cyber Crime
2:35 Demonstration #2: Linux Exploitation by James Crumpler
3:00 Live Hack performed by TU Computer Science students and Professor Mike O’Leary
4:00 Final prize giveaway, table vendors & security showcase
Prizes, including a pair of Ravens tickets and TU merchandise, to be given away throughout the event. Refreshments will be served. Visit towson.edu/securityawareness for event and schedule details.
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October 25 , 2016
TREND Models take a road trip SARAH VAN WIE Staff Writer
TREND Models took Towson students on a cross-country trip Tuesday night as part of the group’s first time hosting the Homecoming fashion show. Along the way, TREND models took an opportunity to make a statement about the political unrest and Black Lives Matter movement. The show, titled “Are We There Yet?” began with the models in Baltimore. The stage was decorated with road signs and traffic symbols. TREND president Arymis Nelson announced that the team was being nominated as “the best modeling team in the DMV.” From there, the models went to Union Station and took audience members to New York, Miami, New Orleans and even the Caribbean. In New Orleans, the models strutted on stage holding signs that said “Black is Beautiful” while video clips of men and women speaking out about racial inequality played on the projector. “I feel like here at Towson we should make a stand, because we want people to know we’re black, we support you, we love you,” Nelson said on behalf of the team, which is predominately black. “We love all types of people but right now, in this time, in this era, black lives are the ones that are being executed or killed by the police.” The team also performed a dance to the song “Freedom” by Beyoncé,
which caused an explosion of audience cheers. “We want everybody to get a part of that movement and support because without their support, nothing is going to change,” Nelson said. During the show’s intermissions, guest modeling teams Kush Models, from Bowie State University, and Models Inc. performed. Washington, D.C., rap artists The 202 Boys also performed. The models showed off colorful, jeweled and marabou-accented bras in the Caribbean scene as they performed an interpretation of Teyana Taylor’s dance moves in the music video for Kanye West’s single “Fade.” Toward the end of the show the host called on audience members from Towson’s Modelz of Distinction, Kush Models, Models Inc. and other audience members to come on stage and show off their walks. The crowd cheered the volunteers on as they battled. After the last scene, the TREND models came on stage and presented awards to Models Inc., Kush Models and Nelson’s mom for their help and support. Nelson announced that this would be her last show because she’s graduating, and announced that Javon Wright will take over as president. “I know that Arymis is sad to leave because TREND is like her baby,” newly-appointed secretary Taylor Crider said. “She need not worry, because I’m sure that it will prosper in her absence.”
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TREND Models take the stage during the road trip-themed “Are We There Yet?” Homecoming fashion show.
Overman, Knight crowned after pageant debut JESSICA RICKS Staff Writer
All ten members of this year’s Homecoming Court introduced themselves to students Wednesday evening during campus’ annual Homecoming pageant in the West Village Ballrooms. “We host the pageant to promote the court nominees for homecoming,” senior and Homecoming Committee Chair Valeria Miranda said. “It is a great way to showcase who they are as nominees and
show the student body who they are as Towson students.” Court members Daniel Andrades, Ayana Bowman, Will Knight, Mary Rose Pedron, Jeromy Russel, Ethan Williams, Saraubi Harrison, Joshua Reeves, Dominique Overman and Baylie Braverman were all in the running for Homecoming King and Queen, before Overman and Knight claimed the crowns on Saturday. The Tiger Tones opened the pageant with acappella versions of “Hands to Myself” by Selena Gomez and a mashup of “Again” by Fetty Wap and “Sorry” by Justin Bieber.
Last year’s Student Government Association President Kurt Anderson, Residence Life coordinators Brandy Hall and Titus Adeleke, and Program Management Specialist Paulomi Dholakia judged the pageant. The panel asked each candidate one serious question and one funny question. The serious question was, ‘What would you say about your personal Towson experience and involvement to persuade someone to come here?’ Each of the candidates received a different silly question that was
drawn randomly from a bucket by the judges. One silly question was, ‘What would you do if you were a duck for a day?’ To include this year’s of homecoming theme, TU Road Trip, each nominee came up to the stage and presented three personal, favorite road trip items and their favorite roadtrip song. For the final event of the pageant the nominees demonstrated their special talents. Nominees demonstrated motivational speeches, stand-up comedy acts, vocal performances, slam-poetry
performances, dance performances, hypnotizing acts and dog training demonstrations. “My favorite part of the pageant was Josh’s group singing,” freshman Malak ElGammal said. “It was really touching.”
Your 2016 Homecoming King and Queen: William Knight and Dominique Overman
From top left, clockwise: Homecoming King and Queen Dom Overman and Will Knight with President Kim Schatzel. A man plays cornhole at a tailgate. Students protest during the national anthem. The marching band performs during half time. A young tiger fan dressed for game day. A crowd cheers during the game. More photos online, all photos by Joe Noyes/The Towerlight.
October 25, 2016
October 25 , 2016
Students get schooled “Sleeping Beauty” adapted into opera in hip-hop evolution NILES RODGERS Contributing Writer
Howard University doctoral student Omar Akbar Young mixed lecture and performance Friday evening as he explained the evolution of hip-hop music and culture, which his said began with disenfranchised populations. Young began by stating that hip-hop is more than just people see depicted in the media. Many of the youths who served as its forefathers were on the streets in the Bronx or Harlem participating in gangs or struggling to survive every day. He described hip hop as a prevalent international movement that has gained popularity in countries like Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia, India, Belize and Somalia, where artists have begun incorporating their own styles. B-boying, or breakdancing, especially, has since left the boroughs of New York and traveled around the world. Countries in Europe and Asia regularly compete in high-stakes competitions to demonstrate who has the most charisma, while the practice originated as a war-like dance gangs used to see who was the best, or the baddest, in the streets. “B-boying is very popular overseas. It is the strongest aspect of hip hop culture,” he said.
Graffiti, another element of hiphop culture, began in New York City. Young people took aerosol cans -- not intended for artistic use -- some creativity, and painted several walls around the city in the 1970s. Young noted that tourists would visit just to see the designs many had painted onto the subway trains. “Graffiti was essentially the only element that was illegal,” Young said. The graffiti movement was not met without opposition, however. Ed Koch, the mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989, fought hard to rid graffiti from trains and buildings. After revisiting the Out of Africa theory, which states that modern humans all originated from Africa, Young took his presentation to the 1600s and discussed the slave trade, which often stripped African populations of much of their identity. The Great Migration, or the process by which former slaves left the southern United States to look for better lives in major northern cities, Young says, paved the way for hip-hop. “The Great Migration was the catalyst that would allow hip hop to happen,” he said. Young believes geography is very important in hip hop culture. When asked why, he said, “Because the world is bigger than what you see out your door.”
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Alum Tim Huth and student Grace Kane worked with professors to adapt the famous tale as a children’s opera. SYDNEY ENGELHARDT Contributing Writer
“Sleeping Beauty: An Opera for Children” brought kids, parents and students together for a magical performance Saturday. Adapted by Towson alumnus Timothy Huth and current senior Grace Kane, “Sleeping Beauty” marked the pair’s second production with the music department’s resident children’s opera company, “Opera in a Can.” “Being in the arts and being a performance major, opportunities are hard to come by, no matter how good the department is. And this department is great,” Kane said. “I realized that I wanted it be proactive, and I wanted to make something happen that would ensure that I got the most out of this opportunity as possible.”
Three years ago, the children’s opera company came to Towson and casted eight students, including Kane, who decided to make the most of the opportunity. With the help of adjunct theatre professor Marsha Becker, music professor Phillip Collister and sponsorship from the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation, Kane and Huth have written two operas and are in the process of writing a third. The year’s opera adapted the wellknown Disney version of the “Sleeping Beauty” fairytale to teach audience members about the importance of communication and forgiveness with the overall goal to encourage kids to keep doing what makes them special. “We took the fairytale that everyone loves and [made] it funny, cute and more interesting and give the characters some depth,” Kane said. Kane and Huth took Mozart’s music
and wrote their own lyrics and book for the children’s opera. Kane hopes that the students involved in the process have not only had fun, but have had a learning experience as well. “I hope that the kids that come get out of it an appreciation and awakening to the arts in general, especially opera,” Kane said. “It is such a beautiful art form and I think that if you don’t tell kids about it in a way that they can approach, singing this really famous music is going to awaken them to it.” They also hope the show encourages parents to take a more active role in appreciating and promoting the arts with their kids. “I hope that parents who may not really be into the arts see that this can be a career and that it is really important to support their kids in whatever they love,” Huth said.
Fair promotes health, safety ALAINA TEPPER Staff Writer
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Potomac Lounge housed the fall Health and Wellness Fair to promote healthy student life. The event consisted of rows of tables filling the room, each promoting a different aspect of healthy living such as sexual health, mental health, environmental wellness and body positivity. “I think this is a really important event for students to understand that health impacts their entire life. It’s not just when you go to the doctor when you’re sick,” sexual violence prevention educator
Kailah Carden said. “There’s lots of components of wellness.” There were giveaways and raffles as well as over 40 vendors, such as the Baltimore County Department of Health and the Office of Sustainability, all promoting resources for healthy living. “I think that a lot of students sometimes are not aware of what resources are available for them so it’s an important way for people to find out what they have access to,” Sheppard Pratt Center for Eating Disorders representative Jennifer Moran said. Some of the tables even offered interactive lessons such as the decomposition game from Towson’s Office of Sustainability, CPR les-
sons from medical professionals and small self-defense displays. In addition to the informational tables the event also offered a few medical services through the health center. There were flu shots, free STI tests and free health screenings available to interested students. The wellness fair gave students an opportunity to become aware of and get involved with a lot of resources on or near campus that they might not have otherwise been aware of. It also allowed students to meet face to face with some of Towson’s healthy living advocates. “At Towson there are some really good resources. There’s the Counseling Center, there’s the
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Students learn CPR at the Health and Wellness Fair in Potomac Lounge. Body Image Peer Educators, who do a lot of outreach about body
image, and we’re within walking distance of Towson,” Moran said.
October 25, 2016
How to fuel up for Fall sports
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Fall is a great season for stopand-go sports like football, soccer and volleyball. These sports require lots of power, strong moves and endurance for practice and games. But how do you make sure you are feeding your body what it needs? There are three things you should always keep in mind: “food is fuel,” “carbs are king,” and “protein is gains.” As an athlete, you need to consume an adequate amount of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats--the unsaturated kind. These are the nutrients that your body relies on for energy. The amount you should consume depends on your age, gender, height, weight and how active you are. Carbohydrates should provide your main source of calories. Without carbohydrates, you will lack energy, and the protein you consume will not go where it belongs. Think about it this way: carbohydrates are the “workers” and proteins are the “bricks.” Without the “workers,” the “bricks” won’t go to the right place. Be mindful about what type of carbohydrates you consume. Choose complex carbohydrate foods such as whole grain breads, cereal, rice and pasta, starchy vegetables, whole or dried fruit, and low-fat milk and yogurt. Eat fewer refined carbohydrates -- cookies, cakes, candy and sugar-sweetened soft drinks. Don’t go overboard eating pumpkin pie and Halloween candy or drinking pumpkin ales if you want to come out with a winning record this season. Protein provides amino acids, the building blocks for your muscles. The timing of protein intake is crucial. For example,
post-workout is one of the most important times. Eating high-quality protein within the first 15-60 minutes after a workout will help repair damaged muscle tissue and help build new tissue. Foods like lean meats, such as chicken breast and turkey burgers made with all white meat, or fish, eggs, low-fat dairy products and nuts, are all good choices. Eat fewer high saturated-fat protein sources like regular burgers, ribs and fullfat cheeses. Be mindful of how much protein you consume. More is not better. Eating more protein than you need is not going to give you more muscle mass or build muscle faster. Every athlete’s diet should also contain healthy fats. Include avocado, nuts and nut butters, fatty fish, olive oil, canola oil and seeds like chia, pumpkin, flax and sunflower. Because fat is high in calories, eat according to your goal. If you want to gain weight, have a little extra. If you want to lose weight, eat a little less. All TU athletes should be in the best shape possible in order to excel. If you consume too many “empty calories” with little nutrients, you might end up securing a position as a bench warmer. Good nutrition may not make an average player into a great player, but poor nutrition can turn a great player average. Good nutrition helps to build mass, increase speed, decrease body fat and recover faster to be ready for the next game. If you are a TU athlete, you should make time to see Christine Turpin, the sports dietitian for athletics, or contact her through email@example.com. She can help you fine tune your eating plan to help you perform at your best. We want all our TU Athletes to have a winning season. Good nutrition will help you WIN, WIN, WIN!
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October 25, 2016
towson stays in postseason contention Tigers sweep the Seahawks, fall to the Cougars this weekend KATRINA LE Staff Writer
Towson fell 3-1 in a conference rematch against the College of Charleston Sunday but managed to sweep UNC Wilmington 3-0 Friday. "We appeared to lack energy and to completely understand the implications of the match versus Charleston," Head Coach Don Metil said. "We did not achieve our performance goals in serve receive, passing or hitting efficiency. We had our chances but a lack of an entire team effort caused us to be two games back now." Sunday, the Tigers (19-6, 6-4 CAA) started off strong in the first set by taking a 6-0 lead over the Cougars (15-7, 8-2 CAA). Sophomore right side hitter Jocelyn Kuilan recorded three of her 19 kills of the match within the first six points.
ered three straight kills to help the “Jocelyn played very well and kept Cougars take an 8-6 lead. Charleston us in the match," Metil said. "She eventually claimed the set 25-16 folcontinues to be an offensive threat lowing an 8-2 run. and continues to improve in regards Despite a pattern of Towson to her defense. We will need others starting off with a lead in each set, to step up around her to defeat the Charleston opened teams ahead of us in the third set with the conference." a 12-4 advantage. The two teams I like the fact that we The Cougars then fought through eight ties and six started off strong but pushed their lead to lead changes before we need to keep that 19-10 and cruised to a 25-14 set win over a block from senior middle blocker effort and attitude while the Tigers. Looking to make Lindsay Flaherty we are ahead. a comeback from and freshman outDON METIL the previous set, a side hitter Anabella Head Coach service ace and kill Pope gave Towson a from Flaherty gave Towson a 6-1 lead 27-25 set win. in the beginning of the fourth set. The Tigers took an early 5-1 lead One block after another by Flaherty in the second set but were outdone and Pope extended the Tigers lead to by Charleston sophomore outside 15-9 until the Cougars used an 8-3 hitter Devon Rachel who deliv-
run to pull within one point at 18-17. Towson took a 24-21 lead but a pair of blocks and three kills by Rachel gave Charleston a 26-24 win. Friday, the Tigers started their weekend on a winning note by sweeping the Seahawks (14-7, 4-5 CAA) 3-0. In the first set, the two teams were tied at 11 after a kill from senior outside hitter Jessica Lewis. Kuilan and senior middle blocker Candace Steadman contributed two kills each to give the Tigers a 21-18 lead. A ball handling error by the Seahawks gave the Tigers a 25-22 set win. The Tigers came out with a 5-0 lead over the Seahawks and doubled their lead to 10-5 following a kill from Lewis. Junior outside hitter Payton Windell delivered two kills to seal a 25-17 win for the Tigers. “I like the fact that we started off
strong but we need to keep that effort and attitude while we are ahead," Metil said. "As my assistants say, 'It's not how you start the game, but often how it's finished that determines your success or failure.'" Both teams faced 18 ties and nine lead changes in the third set. Following a 16-13 UNC Wilmington lead, Towson scored the next 10 points to take a 20-19 lead. Seahawks soutside hitter Nicole Lott gave the Seahawks a 24-23 lead prompting the Tigers to respond with a kill. A kill from Lewis, an attack error by the Seahawks and a block from the Tigers gave the team a 27-25 set win. The Tigers are now 6-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and 19-6 overall. They will host Delaware Oct. 26th and travel to Elon Oct. 28.
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punt, pass and pick NFL predictions with former sports editor HAMILTON: O.M.G. hey Towson! It’s so good to see you! We should totally catch up. (Insert more clichés here) Jordan asked me to do PP&P, which provided me with a trip through memory lane. I won my first PP&P in 2011 over sports editor Andrew Constant and proceeded to run the PP&P game for the better part of three years. I’m back and ready to dominate Mr. Cope. And luckily, I don’t have to endure the torture of arbitrarily picking the Ravens and watching them fail. Yay for bye weeks! COPE: After running through Tom Judd in the first week since bringing back PP&P, it took me a little bit of time to find an opponent who wasn’t scared of me! I will take it easy on my opponent this week so we can keep the column going! Matt Hamilton is arguably one of my best friends. We met through The Towerlight, grew up in the same hometown and go to dinner on the regular, so it will be hard to talk smack to him, but I am going to do my very best. Matt, you taught me how to be a darn good sports editor, but I’m going to take you down to ChinaTown! You could say I am going to go HAM this week! Cardinals vs. Panthers HAMILTON: Boy, this looked like a yummy matchup a few weeks ago. Now it’s just bleh. Who would have thought that the Super Bowl losers would start the season this poorly? Both the Cardinals and Panthers have dealt with quarterback injuries, but they’re both somewhat healthy now. That means it should come down to the defense, and the Cardinals definitely have the advantage.
Cardinals 27, Panthers 21 COPE: This a tough one to pick. Both teams have underachieved this year. The Panthers are at home and the Cardinals are traveling from the West Coast. Blah, I don’t know… This is tough, man. I’ll take the Panthers, with the same 27-21 score tat Matt picked. Redskins vs. Bengals HAMILTON: What’s this? Two actually decent teams making the trip to London is something I never thought I’d see. I use “decent” loosely, because neither of these teams really do much for me. Here’s what I know: The Bengals are starting to play better, t he Redskins are not good (I watched them play my Ravens) and London is really cool. Seriously, you should visit some time. In the meantime, watch the Bengals keep the momentum going. Bengals 31, Redskins 17 COPE: Another tough one to pick. The Bengals haven’t looked great this year and neither have the Redskins. As much as I want to pick the Redskins, they are still the Redskins. I just can’t see the Bengals falling to 3-5 on the year. Bengals in a close one, 24-17. Patriots vs. Bills HAMILTON: Oh boy, this could be a doozy. Can the Bills finally get over the “Patriots Own Us” hump and keep the AFC East an interesting race? With Tyrod playing lights out, they definitely have a chance. Here’s what it will take: Shady McCoy and more Shady McCoy. Use him early and often and you might be able to control the game. The only problem is that he’s banged up. Also, he’s playing the Patriots, who own the Bills. Patriots 23, Bills 14 COPE: Finally, Matt picks a
good game to bet on! Yes, the Bills are at home and have been playing well. While it would be refreshing to see the Bills down the Patriots, it just is not going to happen. Patriots in a blowout, 34-10 Eagles vs. Cowboys HAMILTON: I really don’t like the NFC East. I’m not sure why, but so much attention is paid to this division that hasn’t done anything in the postseason since the Giants won the Super Bowl. When is Tony Romo coming back? Is Carson Wentz the next great quarterback? I just don’t care. The Cowboys, from what I know, have started 10 times better than anyone thought. Prescott looks legit and Ezekiel Elliott is running all over people. Then again, the Eagles just shut down the Vikings. This will be a fun game. Advantage home team. Cowboys 27, Eagles 24. COPE: The Eagles are rolling. They just handed the Vikings their first loss of the season! No way they are going to lose to a rookie quarterback. Give me Philadelphia, 28-10. Packers vs. Falcons HAMILTON: Disclaimer: The only reason I wanted to pick this game is so that I could reminisce to the season Brett Favre was a Falcon. And fittingly, we have a good quarterback matchup with Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan. The Packers look awful so far this season, even with last week’s win over the Bears. I have no clue who’s going to run (Ty Montgomery?). The Falcons blew it against the Chargers on Sunday, but they have many more weapons. I have Julio Jones in fantasy so GO, JULIO, GO! Falcons 34, Packers 27 COPE: Matt is right. The Packers look terrible this season, but are the Falcons for real? That doesn’t matter to me. What does matter is Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been lighting it up, and for that reason I will take the Falcons, 35-28.
Sophomore Yevgeniya Shusterman recorded a 6-0, 6-1 win at fifth singles and notched a 6-2 victory in doubles play with teammate Barbora Vasilkova Thursday at Mount St. Mary’s.
October 25 , 2016
tigers drop fifth straight game
Photos by Joe Noyes/ The Towerlight
Redshirt senior fullback Emmanuel Holder carries the ball up the field Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium against Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival UNH (Above). Senior wide receiver Andre Dessenberg stands on the sidelines in Towsn’s 21-7 Homecoming game against New Hampshire. He finished the game with seven catches (Below).
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A pair of offensive mistakes proved costly in Towson’s 21-7 Homecoming loss to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival New Hampshire Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. “They played really well,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “They didn’t hurt themselves. They did what it took to win, and one day, hopefully in the very near future, we will learn to stop shooting ourselves in the foot.” In the first quarter, the Tigers (1-6, 0-4 CAA) attempted to take a 3-0 lead (5-3, 4-1 CAA) on a 50-yard field goal attempt from freshman kicker Aidan O’Neill. However, the kick went wide right and the Wildcats took over on the Tigers 33 yard line. Following the missed kick, New Hampshire took advantage of good field position and jumped out to a 7-0 lead when sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight rushed for a 29-yard
touchdown. In the second quarter, the Tigers caught their first break of the game when redshirt freshman defensive back Keon Paye intercepted Knight and halted the Wildcats drive. However, the Tigers offense was unable to take advantage of the interception and turned the ball over on downs. Later in the second quarter, redshirt sophomore quarterback Ellis Knudson through a pick-six on an underneath pass attempt. Knudson’s interception gave New Hampshire a 14-0 lead with 7:21 left in the first half. Following Knudson’s interception, redshirt freshman running back Shane Simpson scored Towson’s first and only touchdown of the game on a 100yard kickoff return. Simpson’s return tied a program record set by Dave Meggett in 1988. “Basically it was all set up by my blockers,” Simpson said. “I didn’t have to do anything special.” The Tigers tried to even the score at the end of the first half with a hail Mary, but the pass was thrown out
of the back of the end zone, and the Wildcats went into the locker room with a 14-7 lead. Towson opened up the second half with the football, but on its first drive of the half Knudson was sacked and fumbled. New Hampshire recovered the fumble and returned the ball 39 yards for a touchdown to take a 21-7 lead. After the early miscue that resulted in a Wildcats touchdown, the Tigers continued to struggle on the offensive side of the football and mounted just 61 yards of offense in the second half. Towson tallied only 191 yards of total offense against New Hampshire. Following the fumble that was recovered and taken back for a touchdown by New Hampshire, neither team found the end zone, and New Hampshire hung on to secure a 21-7 victory. Towson will look to snap a fivegame losing streak Saturday as the team travels to take on arch rival Delaware. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
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