The Towerlight (April 25, 2017)

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April 25, 2017

Cultivating Community

Men’s and women’s lacrosse both had strong showings The Big Event makes a splash, pg. 7 this weekend, pgs. 18 & 20

Photo by Marcus Dieterle , Photo Illustration by Jordan Stephenson /The Towerlight



April 25, 2017


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News Editor Sarah Rowan Asst. News Editors Marcus Dieterle Bailey Hendriks Assoc. Arts Editors Taylor DeVille Kristin Helf Asst. Arts Editor McKenna Graham Sports Editor Jordan Cope Asst. Sports Editor Karuga Koinange Staff Writers Desmond Boyle Jesse L. Baird Natalie Bland



Lauren Cosca Amanda Carroll Mary-Ellen Davis Sydney Douglas Jill Gattens Sydney Engelhardt

Hunger Banquet Union Patuxent Lounge, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m

Participate in a stimulaton that will educate you about world wide hunger, and help put together bagged lunches for those in need.

Nicole Shakhnazarova Rohan Mattu Kevin McGuire Jessica Ricks Muhammad Waheed Keri Luise Sarah Van Wie Sierra Underdue Photo Editor Alex Best



Cook Library 24/7 Study Space Grand Opening

Cody Boteler Jordan Cope Mark Dragon Simon Enagonio Joseph Hockey Joseph Noyes Stephanie Ranque Sam Shelton William Strang-Moya Brittany Whitham



Video Producer Stacey Coles

Baltimore Classical Guitar Society Concert



Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall Center for the Arts, 8:00 p.m.

Campus Conversation: Women and Politics Union Patuxent Lounge, 7:00 p.m.

Witness Grammy award winner David Russell play classical guitar. Purchase tickets and view ticket information online at

Discuss with fellow students the topic of women in politics. Learn the history, its effects on men and women, barriers faced, and much more!

Proofreaders Kayla Baines Stephanie Ranque


General Manager Mike Raymond Art Director Jordan Stephenson


Webmaster Lola Akinleye Circulation Staff Shawn Halerz Nilo Exar Abubakary Kaba Alicia DePasquale

The Big Event

8000 York Road University Union Room 309 Towson, MD 21252 (410) 704-5153

Congratulations to the leadership team of the @TUBigEvent on a great day of community service...Great job everyone! #onebigthanks

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Please Recycle!

Preparing yourself for an interview? Come try out a mock interview to gain confidence and be prepared for when the big day comes.


Cook Library, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy refreshments as you witness the official ribbon cutting and opening of the 24/7 study space in Cook Library.

Staff Photographers Matthew Awoyera

Maggie Friedman Brooke Glenn

Employer Mock Interview Friday Career Center, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Billy Owens Nick Koski



Thank you @TowsonU for lending us 14 amazing volunteers for the #BigEvent!!! Our center is looking pretty awesome nowadays!!! @29SCC

The Big Event should be in the afternoon, Towson plays so much


The brothers of Chi Phi had a great time being involved with the Big Event! Giving back to the community is a major part of being a Chi Phi! @towsonchiphi



April 25, 2017

The case of the missing marble

Alum seeks tiger statue as class reunion nears DALE BUCHANAN Alumnus, TU Class of 1967

All throughout recorded history, there have been objects that were treasured but lost to neglect, theft, looting or a lack of understanding of their significance. These treasured objects include such things as the Ark of the Covenant that contained the tablets that Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai and the eagle of the Ninth Legion of the Roman army, which marched into what was then Caledonia, now Scotland. The Ninth Legion and its eagle were never seen again. In more modern times, the treasured items include the Remington Rolling Block rifle which Gen. George Armstrong Custer allegedly took to the Battle of the Little Bighorn and was never seen again after his death on June 25, 1876. Within the lifetimes of many of the Towson State College Class of 1967, the priceless panels of the Amber Room were looted by the Nazis from the Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. These were never recovered. Very recently, the valuable Tom Brady’s jersey was pilfered from a locker room right after winning the Super Bowl. But, one does not have to travel around the world to find out about

treasured items that have “disappeared.” The Towson University campus has its own mystery. It was sometime around 1967 that representatives of the Class of 1967 ordered a Carrara marble tiger statue to be carved in Italy and sent to Towson State College in time for graduation. At the time, there were no tiger statues anywhere on campus, nor had there ever been any in recorded memory. With much anticipation, the tiger statue arrived on-time in May 1967, and members of the class volunteered their labor and devoted themselves to creating a lovely garden between Prettyman and Scarborough residence halls. The Carrara marble tiger statue was placed in among the plants in the garden as if ready to pounce. The members of the Class of 1967 were so proud to have given such a lasting, significant and appropriate gift to the college, its staff and future students. It was an expression of the gratitude the graduates felt toward Towson State College and its faculty and staff. The class of 1967 as well as Earle Hawkins, then-Towson State president, took pride in the garden and the tiger statue. During the graduation, Hawkins talked about the Class of 1967’s gift to the college -- mentioning that there were no plans to do any-

Top photo, Towerlight excerpt courtesy of the TU Cook Library Digitial Archives. Statue photo courtesy of Dale Buchanan.

Members of the TU Class of 1967 work to create a garden outside Prettyman and Scarborough halls (top) to complement a Carrara marble tiger statue (bottom), documented in an April 3, 1967 Towerlight story. thing else with the space where the garden and the marble tiger statue were installed. On the weekend of June 2-4, the Class of 1967 is planning to have its 50th class reunion, and many of the events will be on the Towson University campus. We were hoping to see the garden with the plants and the marble tiger and reminisce about the time at Towson. Sometime in the last 50 years, the treasured Carrara marble tiger statue and the garden disappeared the same way as the Amber Room, the Ninth

Legion eagle, Custer’s Remington Rolling Block rifle and Tom Brady’s jersey. When asked about the marble tiger statue, University employees seem to be at a loss to explain what happened to it. The marble tiger statue was no less treasured by the class of 1967 than the items listed above were treasured by people throughout history. We would like the Carrara marble tiger statue found so that it can be placed in an appropriate place of honor and accessibility on campus for all to enjoy. A letter has been written to Towson University President Kim Schatzel

requesting that she use the resources of her office to try to either locate or find out what happened to the marble tiger statue. But more help is needed. If you know where the missing Carrara marble tiger statue is located or have information on what happened to it, please contact The Towerlight or the Alumni Relations Office. On behalf of the Class of 1967, we thank you in advance for any and all assistance in finding our treasured Carrara marble tiger so it can be returned to its rightful owner – Towson University.

Ask the deans

Consider furthering your undergraduate research LISA ANN PLOWFIELD Dean, College of Health Professions

Have you wanted to take your learning to another level? Do you have questions about your discipline and are you looking for ways to find answers? Consider pursuing undergraduate research and creative inquiry under the mentorship of faculty. Whether you are a traditional science major, an applied professional major or in the fine arts, undergraduate research can provide hands-on, experiential learning that jumpstarts your career or graduate education pursuits. The first requirement is an

inquisitive mind. Towson University is a member of the Colonial Academic Alliance, which hosts an annual undergraduate research conference each spring. This year, seven students travelled to Elon University in North Carolina and presented their own studies to questions about the world around them. Amanda Greene, a forensic chemistry major, presented her study, “Green Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles and Their Antimicrobial Activity on E. coli and S. epidermidis.” Working with faculty mentor and professor Mary Sanjini Devadas, Amanda is seeking more natural ways to address issues

of antibiotic resistance through the use of plant life. She shared with me that not only is she worried about the growing resistance of infections to antibiotics, but she is also interested in using nature as a means to address these issues. Mentored by Bethany Brand, Aubrey Baird, a psychology major, examined how well clinical practice matches evidence-based literature. Her study, “Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: A Comparison of Internship Experience and Literature,” provided important insights into the needed supports and treatments used with a frequently misunderstood and stig-

matized disease. By examining the research literature with realities of treatment, Aubrey analyzed stigma as a potential factor in treatment decisions. Her passion for ensuring fair and just treatment along with her understanding of clinical treatment has led to her plans to pursue graduate education and a career in social work. Daniel Dominah, an exercise science major, presented his undergraduate research study, “Relationship between Chronic Inflammation and Objectively Measured Physical Activity in Older Adults.” Daniel examined data from the Longitudinal Aging Study of Towson,

led by TU professor Nick Knuth. He examined three specific biomarkers (measurable indicators of a physical condition or disease state) and the physical activity status of healthy older adults. He found that one of the biomarkers correlated with physical activity and may help provide greater understanding of age-related declines in physical activity. These three examples represent the more than 175 faculty-mentored student research projects that were presented at the TU Student Research and Creative Inquiry Forum April 19, 2017. -- Read the rest of this submission online at


April 25, 2017

Anything for free food How we thank donors, how we ought to

The nine treasons of “13 Reasons” @MeganFemmily

Photos by Sam Shelton/ The Towerlight

Students, donors, faculty and members of the TU marching band gather in Freedom Square for Paws For Thanks, an annual event hosted to thank donors for their contributions to the university, April 20. SAM SHELTON Senior Editor @sam_tweets_now

Step right up, step right up. Now pick somewhere comfy to sit down. It’s time to play one of my very favorite games here at Towson University. I like to call it “Who’s Here for the Free Food?” Today, I’m playing from my window in the Towerlight office, which, for those of you who don’t know, looks down over the plaza outside Susq Terrace, outside the Union. Down below, I see hotdogs. Hamburgers. Assorted buns and rolls. Cookies and something that I’m assuming is either chicken or a veggie burger conglomeration of some kind. I see a whiteboard at the end of the line with “SHOW YOUR TIGER PRIDE” emblazoned on the back. And the balloons. Oh god, the dozens of balloons. Finally, I see a long line of students wrapping itself halfway around the plaza. The tail end is starting to curl around itself -- probably in an attempt to leave at least a little bit of space for people to trudge back and forth to class. Presidential ambassadors, accomplished students who assist in President Kim Schatzel’s various functions -- easily identifiable thanks to their Paws For Thanks/#Givewithpurpose T-shirts -- weave in and out of overseeing food distribution and doing some light mingling. Paws for Thanks is an annual event aimed at, you guessed it, giving thanks (specifically for donors, which this state school desperately needs).

Per an April 20 (yup, the University threw a party on 4/20) T3 email news listing, “Private contributions support academic programs, scholarships, study abroad, student organizations, athletics, and so much more. As we build a culture of philanthropy, it is important to take a moment and celebrate those who have made an investment in the university, its programs and its exciting future.”

What if we showed our donors our thanks in a different way than this weird, pretending to care, will-smile-for-food reception?

This is great. I am all for donors. I am all for thanking donors, without whom a scholarship I was awarded would not exist. But do donors really care about students getting a free lunch? Even more, do donors really think the student horde I see outside was attracted by the opportunity to say thanks? Sorry, but it was the hot dogs. If I were a donor, (and I’m not, because as a journalist I will never make enough money to have children, let alone pass cash off to my alma mater), I know that the students are here for the free food. They’re not here

for me, because why would they be? I wasn’t interested in mingling with Adult Business People when I was their age, so why should they be now? As I sit in my Towerlight window, again the student, not the donor, I see clear divisions. University officials mingle with donors. Students (who I predominantly recognize as student leaders) mingle with University officials. But the donors and the students are noticeably separate. I get it. I understand it. I understand so deeply in my core that Doing Things You Don’t Have To Do has no place in a collegiate schedule. Free time is reserved for homework and sleep and not caring about my University’s image or PR opportunities. I’ll be the first to admit that mingling is the worst, but I’ll pretend to do it for free food. Hand me a hotdog, and I’ll gladly be part of your publicity stunt. But what if we showed our donors our thanks in a different way than this weird, pretending to care, will-smilefor-food reception? What if it was up to students to think of new, creative (genuine) ways to show our thanks for everything the donors enable us to do? Personally, I think it’d be a welcome change -- even if it’s not as flashy as a plaza crowded with smiling students on a sunny day. There’s someone dressed as Doc the Tiger running around out there now, offering high fives and other playful, if a little annoying, gestures. I don’t know if they’re here for the free food, but I bet they’re wishing it weren’t 80 degrees.


I waste so much of my time streaming TV shows. It’s not an exaggeration to say that, if I’m compelled enough, I can devour an entire series in under a week. I’m not proud, but since I’m always finishing a show, I’m always looking for new content to drown in. Last week, I submerged myself in “13 Reasons Why,” a Netflix series based off a 2007 novel by Jay Asher. Let me just warn you right now that if you haven’t seen this series, I am about to spoil the shit out of it. Since I am so very clever, I will offer you all a list that I shall call, “13 (meh, nine) Reasons Why I Am Not Super Okay With ‘13 Reasons Why.’” Things are about to get spoiled. 1. I’m not the only person talking about this right now, but this show gives a certain level of power to suicide, and I find that to be dangerous. It gives off a message of, “If you kill yourself, then everyone who hurt you will be hurt worse by your death,” like it’s the ultimate payback. It’s a harmful message to give, particularly to an audience of people who could be struggling in their own way. No matter how strongly someone is able to hurt or cause a reaction in others by taking their own life, the fact remains that they have lost their life. It’s not a winning situation. 2. The bruise/cut that Clay gets in the beginning of the show so that we can make the distinction between current Clay and flashback Clay doesn’t even kind of look real, and no one seems to be talking about it. 3. The idea that love is enough to prevent suicide is wishful thinking at its best, and it’s highly damaging at its worst. Yes, it’s important to try and not be a jerk to people. Yes, it’s important to look out for your friends. But a lot of the time when someone commits suicide, even the people who loved and knew them best never saw it coming. It doesn’t necessarily mean they weren’t getting enough love and support in their life. It means that mental health and suicidal tendencies are complex, and there’s no easy fix or universal answer. 4. Did we really need two rape scenes? My biggest complaint with

how sexual violence is depicted in film and TV is that it’s overwhelmingly depicted as a struggle. This leads to things such as laws that require a survivor to physically resist the act in order for it to be deemed rape. (The Maryland legislature recently passed a bill that will change this definition in our state). Our concept of reality is based off of what we see. I’m not saying that sexual violence involving a struggle doesn't occur. It does. But our society seems to still have a hard time coping with the idea that just because a person didn’t actively or physically say no, it doesn’t change the fact that they were raped. That’s why I could swallow the first scene, where we saw Jess passed out while Bryce raped her. It’s a reminder that rape doesn’t require a fight in order for it to be rape. But apparently that wasn’t entertaining enough, because we go back to the cinematic trope of the struggle in the second scene where Bryce rapes Hannah. We need to talk about sexual violence. We need to be aware that it takes so many different forms. But maybe we don’t need to see two graphic rape scenes over the course of 13 episodes to make that happen. 5. Tony’s hair seems to get larger and larger in each episode? What’s that about? 6. I’m not an expert, but I think that maybe fully showing a suicide is incredibly damaging and not really all that necessary. For me, at least, it didn’t give more weight to the fact that Hannah killed herself. It just added shock value. 7. The whole scene in which Clay listens to his tape was a bad time. In it, she’s telling him that when she yelled at him to leave the night they almost hooked up at that party, she actually wanted him to stay. This is so, so dangerous. That falls into the idea that women don’t mean what they’re saying -- so when we say “no” or “leave,” we mean “yes” and “stay.” This show adds the idea that if you do leave when we say to leave, we could end up committing suicide. I don’t yell at my TV screen often, but let me tell you, I was yelling when I heard this. -- Want to know the last two reasons? Check out the full column online at


April 25, 2017

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April 25, 2017


The Big Event 2017 Raindrops trickle through the tree canopy as Towson University's Black Student Union cleans up the woods behind Brown Memorial Weekday School. One by one, BSU Vice President Aaliyah Perez reaches out her hand to help her friends across the stream and soon, the club is doing their part in The Big Event. “Once you leave college, it’s good to remember the community you came from and give back to other communities and understand those communities as well,” said BSU Vice President Aaliyah Perez. “I think it puts it in perspective, no matter where you come from, how important it is to give back and how everybody doesn’t live under the same circumstances. It’s a different experience.” According to student coordinators for the eighth annual The Big Event, 1,800 students registered to volunteer to help clean up the greater Towson community. That’s around 700 fewer than last year’s registration count. In 2016, over 2,500 students, faculty and alumni registered, but only about 1,900 actually participated, according to previous reporting by The Towerlight. Student organizer Madelynn Steinbiss attributed this year’s registration decline to the new $25 no-show fee instituted this year. She said that the lower number meant

that event coordinators had to renege on some promised project sites and reconfigure groups to meet the community’s needs. But these setbacks, and cloudy, gloomy weather, couldn’t stop a small army of Towson students from giving back to the surrounding community. “It’s just a big deal for Towson to go back in the community and give back and it’s just something we enjoy doing,” Perez said. “It’s hard getting up in the morning, but it’s just good to give back and work with other people. The community is just so grateful every year that we do it.” Perez, whose attendance marked her third year participating in The Big Event, worked with other members of her organization to haul mulch, remove rotting tree stumps and clean up trash in the woods behind Brown Memorial Weekday School, about a mile and a half from campus. According to Steinbiss, volunteers served 160 project sites by picking up debris and assisting homeowners, businesses and nonprofits with tasks they needed completed. She said 20 staff and faculty, and 20 alumni, volunteered for the event. Sophomore BSU member Russhell Ford emphasized that it is everyone’s duty to protect the environment. “I just think it’s important to -because we’re doing environmental work -- just to always remember that the environment is important to take care of just as a whole and that cleaning up is all of our responsibilities,” Ford said. Alice Wetzel, a teacher at Brown Memorial Weekday School, worked alongside the BSU to create mulch

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Three members of the Tiger Lillies, a service club for Towson women, clear overgrown brush alongside the road to Lake Roland.

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Brown Memorial Weekday School teacher Alice Wetzel points out various plants to members of Towson’s Black Student Union during The Big Event. pathways for the school’s students to walk along. Wetzel, who helps with the school’s nature coordinating, explained that the school has Forest Fridays, when teachers bring their students into the woods, where they can explore things they wouldn’t normally see in their own backyards. “It’s amazing just having the manpower to get all these things that we’ve been wanting to get done accomplished,” Wetzel said. “This is a big community effort. It’s what gets our kids out into nature. Having these paths in where we can get into the woods safely is huge.” The Students Achieve Goals through Education (SAGE) residential learning community of Newell Hall removed weeds and added greenery at Towson High School. Senior Khera Colbert has participated in The Big Event for four years. “Being an RA on the SAGE floor with mostly freshmen, I wanted to show them that giving back to the community is important by getting a bunch of them to come and do The Big Event with me,” Colbert said. Sophomore Christine Paje said that The Big Event provides a good opportunity to get involved in Towson’s surrounding communities. Her club, the Filipino Cultural Association at TU (FCAT) helped at homeowner Rose Fleming’s home by clearing her patio and pulling weeds. “It’s a great event,” Paje said during the yardwork. “It’s a great way to con-

nect with the community. It’s good for everyone. The students get to know the community a little bit better, especially if they don’t live around here.” At Lake Roland Park, the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and Tiger Lillies, a community service club for Towson University women, helped clear overgrown brush. “I really respect nature and respect that we’re not the only ones here,” freshman Tiger Lillies fundraising chair Lauren Thompson said. “And so cleaning up, making sure the animals have their space, is just really encouraging to me and so I was happy to help.” AGD sister and sophomore Olivia Chapman said that events like The Big Event can help to give Towson’s Greek Life a better reputation. “I think we get a bad rep as college students, Greek Life especially,” Chapman said. “So I feel like by giving back to the community it gives us a better rep and we have fun and prove that we’re not just about what typical college students are about.” Conrad Provan, a senior biology major and naturalist at the Lake Roland Nature and Environmental Education Center, said he hopes that The Big Event makes students more aware of the community beyond campus. “A lot of people who come here actually don’t realize that the park is this close to campus, so it gives them the opportunity to see this is what we

have,” Provan said. “And also it gives them the opportunity to say ‘We’re not just here to get a degree. We’re also here to make the place that we’re going to a better place to live in, to keep it clean and also to say thanks to the nature for giving us all the beautiful things that it provides.’” Director of Civic Engagement and Leadership Chris Jensen said he believes students participate in The Big Event because of their altruistic nature. “They’re part of Towson, they see Towson as their home … and so I think they want to be a part of it,” Jensen said. Jensen said The Big Event’s yearly success is due in part to the fact that student groups and Greek Life organizations earn community service hours and Chapter Achievement Points (CAP) points, respectively. At the end of last fall semester and the beginning of this spring semester, students hung door hangers on community members’ doors to spread the word about The Big Event and invited them to request students to assist with any tasks they needed completed, The Big Event’s marketing co-chair Anna Gibney said. “There are so many single families or elderly couples that live in the area that truly need the help,” Gibney said. “What our students are able to do in just a couple hours, it would have taken them months, potentially, to get finished.”



April 25, 2017

Gliders flip script on stigma Campus crime

hits a new low

Education cited as factor in prevention

Courtesy of The Towson University Glider Alliance

The Towson University Glider Alliance skates down a winding hill during an outing to Seneca Creek State Park.

The dominant representation of skaters in media is that of a ragtag bunch of vandals and delinquents, but that’s not an image that resonates with Towson University Glider Alliance Vice President Kevin Abelmann. Abelmann and the rest of the Glider Alliance, a skateboarding club at TU, want to show Towson and society at large that they just want to have some fun doing the sport they love. “Society has written off skateboarding as like a hooligan sport, which kind of sucks for the people who are good contributing members to society,” Abelmann said. “We all carry our GPAs here. We do good. We offer everything. And it kind of just stinks that we’ve all been seen as loiterers, and property destruction and all those things that have been tied to us.” With the exception of temporary, chalk-like scuff marks left by their wheels on the road, Abelmann said the club hasn’t damaged University property. Abelmann and Glider Alliance President Parrish Walker met with University officials on April 21 in an attempt to secure a location where the club is allowed to skate. According to Coordinator of Student Organizations Chris Rindosh, current TU policy on “person mechanical conveyance,” says students can use skateboards on pedestrian routes but cannot perform acrobatics or use skateboards on rails, elevated structures or inside buildings. Rindosh said that while students

can skate on campus, the Glider Alliance’s situation depends on the matter of finding a location that is safe for both them and other students and community members. While the University hopes to accommodate the Glider Alliance, Rindosh said on-campus resources are not always available for such accommodations. If that’s the case, Rindosh hopes that the University will be able to find a suitable alternative location off-campus, such as a local skate park. Rindosh said the Glider Alliance, like sport groups and other physically active groups, amended their group’s constitution to establish a list of safety guidelines. Among those guidelines is a liability waiver that participants must sign so they are aware of the risks and cannot sue the University or club officers if they get injured. “I really do think the University is doing what it can to help them… I think Kevin and Parrish have done a really good job,” Rindosh said. “They’re advocating for their students and their organization. I think it’s our role to help them to the extent that we can.” Seniors Walker and Abelmann would also like to see the University Store expand its skateboarding products, particularly safety equipment. The store currently sells a small selection of skateboards from the Globe brand. Walker and Abelmann said at least three Glider Alliance members have bought Globe boards from the store and had them break soon after purchasing them, largely because they are made of cheap plastic and are not well-equipped for tricks and

other techniques that the Glider Alliance practices. “Around here, you don’t have always the smoothest surfaces, like International Walkway is bricks and stuff,” Abelmann said. “So a certain strain on the board is to be expected and if you don’t have a great quality product, something could happen and that comes down to the safety of the rider.” Abelmann said that skateboarders go through boards fairly frequently, but that the Globe boards break especially quickly and are just as expensive as other brands’ boards. University Store Director Stacy Elofir said that she has never received a return or formal complaint for a Globe board, and has never been provided proof that one of the boards purchased from the University Store have broken. She has purchased three Globe boards for her children and hasn’t ever had one break. “Globe is a respected mid-level skateboard company at a reasonable price,” she said. If a customer were to complain about a board purchased from the University Store, Elofir said the store would refund the customer’s money. Elofir said she received an email from the Glider Alliance in September 2015 with a list of products -- including safety gear, wheels, trucks, apparel and accessories -- and vendors they would like to see in the University Store. Since then, Elofir has had several email exchanges with Walker and Abelmann about products and vendors. --To read the rest of this article online, visit

To campus officials, it’s a point of pride that Towson University is one of the safest universities in Maryland. Recently released statistics from the Towson University Police Department have confirmed that campus crime rates are hitting new lows. TUPD released its Unified Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics, which track crimes reported on campus. The statistics are broken into two categories: Part 1, which includes violent crimes, burglary, larceny-theft and other crimes. Part 2 encapsulates vandalism, fraud, disorderly conduct and drug abuse. In 2016, the Part 1 crime rate per capita was 3.49 per 1,000 students. The year before, it was 5.56, showing a 37 percent reduction over the course of a year. Comparing this over a longer range, the Part 1 rate per 1,000 students was 30.93 in 1995. That means 2016’s rate was an 88.5 percent reduction over a 21-year period. For comparison, the 2015 UCR data can be used to compare Towson’s crime occurrences to other public colleges in Maryland since the 2016 data for all Maryland public colleges has not been fully compiled yet. As reported before, TU’s Part 1 crime-per-capita reporting was 5.56 per 1,000 students in 2015. Looking at local schools, The University of Baltimore’s rate was 7.82, the University of Maryland College Park’s rate was 12.07, and Morgan State’s rate was 15.66. These rates include all crimes reported on campus, which means not all victims were TU faculty, students or staff. Visitors, contractors and others are included in these reports. According to TUPD Chief Bernie Gerst, TUPD police maintains a close eye on these statistics because, “You cannot manage something that you don’t measure.” According to Gerst, he and his team review crime data on a weekly basis and compare the data to prior years to review trends and look for patterns. “There are a lot of factors here on campus that we would like to think

are contributing to it because we like to take things from a multifaceted approach,” Gerst said. This approach includes physical features, including surveillance cameras and blue light phones, educational initiatives such as safety videos, trainings and outreach programs and the TUPD force themselves, which monitor campus 24/7 on foot and by car. The Public Safety Building opened in 2013 and is specially equipped with features that allow the force to coordinate, communicate and respond to any incidents that arise. Gerst cites education, such as teaching people not to leave possessions unattended, as one of the greatest steps toward preventing crimes of opportunity such as theft. Gerst emphasizes that “the whole story isn’t about crime statistics. The whole story is about how safe you feel on campus.... We try not to just deal with crime but we like to try to deal with fear of crime.” If anyone in the TU community is seeking further information on crime statistics, they can access resources anytime on the TUPD website. In addition to the Public Safety Building, designated community outreach officers have satellite offices in West Village Commons and the University Union. Gerst pointed out other underutilized resources on campus such as ride-along opportunities for current students to observe a patrol and the police and community relations council, an advisory group of students, faculty and staff. According to TUPD Colonel Joe Herring, that council has not met this semester after their chair stepped down, but the University is searching for a new chair. Herring also said students can contact him for an application to schedule a ride along. Student groups can request educational presentations or opportunities to participate in trainings such as the active shooter training. People can also sign up for text alerts to be informed about announcements from TUPD. On May 6 and 7, TUPD will continue filming a new campus safety video, and the department is requesting students to act as extras for the short film.


April 25, 2017


Students work to implement EMT service Consider, for a minute, what happens when there’s a 9-1-1 call on campus for a medical emergency. Towson University police don’t have an ambulance, and Towson doesn’t have a dedicated fire service. So, if someone on campus were having a heart attack and called for an ambulance, they’d be trying to get help from the same set of ambulances as the rest of northern Baltimore County. “It can take up to 20, 30 minutes or more for an ambulance to arrive,” sophomore Justin Joffe said. “But [a group of students] could all respond within a matter of minutes.” Joffe, a health sciences major, is part of a group of students working to start a dedicated EMT service on campus. An EMT, or emergency medical technician, is a health professional trained in basic life support – like CPR or helping a patient respond to an allergic reaction or asthma attack. Paramedics (an EMT and a paramedic are not the same thing, despite popular belief) go through longer train-

ing, and are able to, for example, start an IV for a patient or administer medication if needed. Joffe wants to start Towson University Emergency Medical Services, a student volunteer organization that would operate under the Health Center and TUPD. Currently, Joffe said there are 12 interested and EMT-certified students, including himself. “We’re looking to just get our hands back on service,” Joffe said, because it’s difficult to work as an EMT during the academic semesters. If Joffe and the administration are able to implement the plan, it would work sort of like this: 1. A 9-1-1 call from campus goes out. A TUPD dispatcher answers the call and assesses that it’s a medical emergency. 2. The dispatcher radios an on-call member of TUEMS, who is able to respond to the scene. 3. The student responder (who’s a certified EMT) arrives and provides whatever support possible to the patient until an ambulance can arrive and transfer the patient. “We can’t transport, but it’s a quick

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Sophomore health sciences major Justin Joffe is part of a group of students who want to implement a dedicated EMT service on campus. There are over 250 registered campus EMS groups in the country. response,” Joffe said. Joffe said that members of the administration have been supportive; it’s just taking a while to implement the system.

“I think it’s a fantastic idea that’s a lot more complex in terms of implementation than one would think,” Vice President for Student Affairs Deb Moriarty said. “Because there are lots

of liability concerns, we just have to make sure we have all the right support systems in place.” --To read the rest of this article online, visit

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Singing a spelling bee Actors Anonymous presents one-act musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” MCKENNA GRAHAM Assistant Arts & Life Editor

If you’ve walked past Susquehanna Terrace at just the right time these past few weeks, you’ve seen the rehearsals of a hard-at-work cast that culminated April 21 and 22 in performances of the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Actors Anonymous put their all into the story of sixth graders competing in a county-wide spelling bee, directed by sophomore acting major Madelyn Dominiski. Written by Rachel Sheinkin and put to music by William Finn, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” focuses on five sixth-graders who have made it, one way or another, to the countywide bee. Sophomore Kasie Lerner’s take on Olive Ostrovsky is young, sweet and quiet, while Zach Taylor’s rendition of William Barfee (pronounced bar-FAY) is appropriately arrogant and insecure. Along with Olive and William are spellers Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre (Molly Mendelson), Leaf Coneybear (Joe Owens), Chip Tolentino (Eric Panuela) and Marcy Park (Jenny Yarmis), each with their own personal struggles, uncertainties and optimism. “It comes off as a very simple

show,” Lerner said. “But if you really listen to the kids’ – and even the adults’ – stories, they have so much to say about things that affect everyone.” The six main spellers were joined by audience members who had volunteered and then been chosen at random to participate in the bee. Each time someone was eliminated, the cast would sing exaggerated good-byes or even dance the person away. Alumnus acting major James Ruth said being pulled up onstage made him a little uncomfortable at first. “Because I didn’t know how much they wanted me to be there, as a presence on stage, but then they start interacting with you and they start improv-ing little conversations on the sidelines, and you really feel like, ‘Oh, I’m one of the kids, too,’” Ruth said. Also present onstage was a counselor for eliminated or disqualified participants, badass parolee Trish Mahoney (Taylor Wach), former Bee winner and now judge Rona Lisa Perretti (Caitlin Wilson), and questionably-qualified judge Douglas Panch (Brandon Reichert). Despite the show’s focus on the kids, these three made their presences known with encouraging

comments and sharp asides. “I loved it!” audience member and Towson High School student Cristy Hall said. “I was laughing the entire time... it’s now one of my favorite shows. I’m going to go home and listen to the soundtrack on repeat.” It was the directorial debut of Dominiski and president of Actors Anonymous Rebecca Altschul couldn’t be prouder. “She has blown everyone away,” junior family and human services major Altschul said. “She’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever met, and she built something from the ground up.” Owens’ character, Leaf, was a crowd favorite, heralded as “the light of the show” by Lerner and praised for having “this beautiful childlike innocence” according to Taylor. “What I was going for was just, look at the innocence of these children, with these really really great ideas,” Dominiski said, before expressing her hope that audience members “leave feeling a little more compassionate towards your fellow man.” For Taylor, the show was all about overcoming adversity and discovering what truly matters. “You’re going to experience hardship throughout your life,” Taylor said. “And you’re going to run into a

Photos by Simon Enagonio/ The Towerlight

Above: Actors Anonymous takes their audience back to sixth grade at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Right: Actor Zach Taylor expresses all the frustration that spelling can bring.

cast of characters, and you’re going to have to realize that there’s so much more underneath than just surface-level... In losing, you can also win, by finding a piece of yourself.” Actors Anonymous had mere months to put on this show, and because it’s not-for-profit and not affiliated with the theatre department, the musical was all student-run and student-produced. “To see them put on such quality work on such a time and budget constraint is really delightful,” Ruth said. “This group has grown into something that’s really worth seeing.” Dominiski points out stage manager Tessa Beblo and music director Joe Nicol as huge collaborators in the process. “They brought a life to the cast that I didn’t even know I needed until I saw it,” Dominiski said. “Having two, not just really smart people but really good people, can impact a production a lot.” Dominiski emphasized how important that “good” part was to her. “People are very quick to judge, and I want people to leave with the idea that you don’t have to be so quick to judge,” she said. “You don’t have to talk down to somebody. A child can be smart, somebody that you don’t expect can be a winner, and we can treat each other with kindness and fairness. I want people to leave feeling a little more child-like.” The show screams child-like even

in the strategies the characters employ to spell – Bee rules dictate that you cannot take back any letters you say aloud, so Olive speaks them into her hand before turning to the microphone. Logainne traces the letters on her forearm. William uses the renowned “magic foot” technique to spell the word across the floor with his foot. “Molly Mendelson – she’s playing Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre – always has this way of keeping people grounded,” Lerner said. “Even though she’s kind of quieter, she really keeps everyone, from the cast to the director, grounded... I think her voice was a little underappreciated. She really kept people going.” “Tessa, as a stage manager, does... I don’t even know what she does, which is great because she’s the glue that holds the fort together,” Taylor said. “She does way more than I think we even realize, so God bless you, Tessa, if you’re reading this.” It was definitely an offstage experience as well as an onstage experience for Lerner. “This has shown me that I am worth it, and everyone else in the cast is worth it, and is enough,” she said. “Even though it’s not a mainstage show, it’s still just as great.” Altschul considered the performance a roaring success. “This definitely fulfills my vision for Actors Anonymous,” she said. “This is exactly what I want AA to be.”

Arts & Life

April 25, 2017

Digestion issues? Might be IBS Sujan Pak Columnist

Sally is a freshman in college and has started having a change in her bowel habits. She’s been having diarrhea and constipation, and she tosses and turns in bed from the bloating and abdominal pain she experiences after eating a salad and an apple for dinner. She is so tired that she has a hard time concentrating in class and studying for exams. If this sounds familiar to you, you may have IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is a chronic disorder that causes gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction and flare-ups. This results in digestive and physical ailments,

ranging from bloating, gas, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea or a mixed bag of constipation and diarrhea. Symptoms can be mild or so severe that it can affect quality of life tremendously. For example, since IBS causes fatigue, students may not have sufficient energy to complete assignments or keep themselves from falling asleep in class. The abdominal pain and discomfort may result in poor concentration in class as well as decreased performance in school sports. The symptoms can be so debilitating for some students that it can even affect their social lives. For instance, they may not be able to go to certain restaurants with their friends due to the fear of

not knowing what a food might do to their gut. The causes of IBS are not fully understood. However, physicians believe that genetics may play a role. Furthermore, stress may cause a disruption in the communication between the brain and the gut. Anxiety and depression can worsen symptoms. For this reason, IBS symptoms can get worse during the school year. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the symptoms. First, see a physician to get an accurate diagnosis. Next, there are stress reduction techniques to try and medications available to help regulate bowel movements. Eating the right foods also plays a crucial role in

reducing symptoms. The low FODMAP diet is key for many IBS sufferers. FODMAP stands for fructo- oligo- di- mono-saccharides and polyols, which are just fancy names for different types of sugars found in foods. IBS sufferers have a difficult time digesting and absorbing these sugars. Therefore, the low FODMAP diet focuses on consuming foods low in those sugars. For example, strawberries, pineapples, lactose free yogurt, and the majority of meats are low in FODMAPs. Foods that are high in FODMAP and should therefore be avoided or limited include dairy products, peas, celery, apples, tomatoes and mixed vegetables -- the foods that trigger IBS symptoms for Sally. For a complete list of low FODMAP foods go to It should be noted that the triggers of IBS symptoms vary widely from person to person. Therefore, certain foods that do not cause complications for one individual may cause a severe flare-up in another. This is why it is important to keep a journal


of all the things you eat in a day and jot down any digestive symptoms that are experienced after each meal. This way, it will be easier to pinpoint which foods trigger a flare-up. Many people complain about having digestive issues that can be fixed by eating less greasy foods and more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. But for IBS sufferers, it’s not that easy. Unfortunately, even healthy foods can trigger digestive symptoms that wreak havoc on the lives of IBS sufferers. Hopefully, with this information, students do not need to suffer the way Sally did. They can live a life that is not dictated by the debilitating symptoms or fear the consequences that eating will have on their digestion. I have a gut feeling that any IBS sufferer who decides to follow the low FODMAP diet after reading this article will thank me for introducing them to this life-changing diet. For more information on IBS go to, or contact Kerry Ballek, campus dietitian at kballek@

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Standing against sexual violence TAYLOR DEVILLE Associate Arts & Life Editor @artvandelady

Passing through Freedom Square Tuesday evening, students might have glimpsed a collection of T-shirts hanging between the lampposts. In big, bold writing, the shirts carried messages from the sexual assault survivors who made them — “You are not alone.” “I survived, I am thriving.” “You molested me… but you didn’t break me.” Sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity, students and faculty came together during Take Back the Night to create a safe space for survivors of sexual assault to share testimonials and for friends to offer words of support. “It’s important that we have a public space where we honor and support survivors of sexual violence,” CSD Associate Director Mahnoor Ahmed said. Take Back the Night is a non-profit committed to ending all forms of sexual violence, according to their website. Take Back the Night events are held in 30 countries around the world and on over 600 campuses and communities. “Sexual assault is so underreported and rarely talked about, and a big part of changing our culture is changing that fact,” said Chelsea Wiggins, college and prevention policy attorney for the Maryland Coalition

Against Sexual Assault. The common figure that’s usually cited in sexual violence statistics is that “one in five” college-age women will be sexually assaulted. That statistic has its roots in a 2007 study conducted by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (from surveyed students at only two colleges), whose reliability has been heavily criticized by the National Academies of Sciences. Many experts agree that one in four women in college will be sexually assaulted. The Counseling Center’s Sexual Assault Peer Educators helped set up the event. The T-shirts that decorated the square had been collected over the years during the SAPE Clothesline Project. Along with the SAPEs, members from the local sexual violence resource center TurnAround Inc., the Title IX office and MCASA tabled during the event. Students and non-affiliates took the microphone to talk about their experiences, read a poem, or offer words of support. “We think about how to make the program more inclusive every year, and also more and more survivor-centric,” Mahnoor said. Many of the women who spoke revealed similar things—being invalidat-

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Attendees of Tuesday evening’s Take Back the Night event in Freedom Square light candles to honor survivors of sexual violence and to remember those who lost their lives to sexual violence. ed by friends, facing unhelpful police officers and school officials and feeling frustrated with a lack of resources. Survivors who spoke also expressed sentiments of solidarity and resilience. “He took four years of my life—he’s not taking one more,” one student said to supportive cheers. “It’s important that we, as allies, listen and say, ‘I believe you,’” said junior and lead SAPE Kora Rea. “A

The freedom of a fresh face KERRY INGRAM Staff Writer

Obviously, I love makeup, at least to some extent. I wouldn’t have this column if I didn’t. I think makeup is not just a product of vanity and materialism -- to me, makeup is an art. It’s a way of expressing oneself through transformation, and it’s fun because it’s never really permanent. However, my love for such products didn’t stop me from learning a very important lesson this past week, and it’s something I think every college student could take from. At our age, we’re still growing. We have absolutely nothing figured out. If

you think for even a second that you do, you don’t. Prepare yourself for the major life-changing occurrences to come. Makeup is something that most people find solace in. It makes us feel like we’re closer to “adulting,” and that we are a part of the glamorous society that is often portrayed to us, where no responsibilities or real obstacles take place. It gives us this temporary feeling of confidence, which can feel super empowering when you have your face beat-to-thegods, but once you take the makeup off, those feelings are removed with it. I had made the goal to use more of my makeup this year. As a beauty blogger, I own much more makeup than I will

ever use, so I figured I would challenge myself to step up my appearance, get outside of my comfort zone and make use of everything I had. Before then, I kept my makeup routine fairly simple, but I didn’t think the natural look was cutting it anymore. I felt that nothing was more frustrating than telling people, “I’m a beauty blogger. I’d love to have a mass communication job in the beauty industry one day,” and have them look at me like I’m crazy because of the lack of makeup on my face. So I had my stint at being dolled up every day. I would come to class, my eyelids cut-creased and winged out, my lips red and glossy, my face highlighted to the point where I was beaming. And

lot of people don’t feel comfortable reporting because they feeling that they’re going to be shamed by others and told ‘I don’t believe you.’” The event comes during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, just days after an all-male committee in the General Assembly failed to pass a bill that would have allowed victims of sexual assault the right to block the parental rights of rapists to their children.

Still, survivors who spoke at the event celebrated the other bills that were passed, including one that removed a centuries-old law that previously dictated that a survivor prove they resisted their attacker in court. Attendees huddled together during a candlelight vigil in honor of those who have survived sexual violence, and to remember those who have not.

at first, I felt great. I got compliments on how “pretty my makeup looked,” and I felt taken more seriously for the field I wanted to be in. But eventually that changed. I started to get so used to seeing my face in a ton of makeup that I felt that’s what I needed to look like. I began feeling self-conscious whenever my face wasn’t covered in a glam look. Eventually, even the super made-up look wasn’t enough for me. I felt ugly. It hit me one day that despite my love for makeup, and despite the trend that consists of girls looking like real-life Barbie dolls, wearing a ton of it wasn’t who I was. I saw that makeup was getting to my sense of self-esteem, and that it was becoming a crutch instead of a helping-hand. I realized that I should be okay walking out of the house without a speck of makeup on while embracing my natural beauty. And so I did just that. The day I came to campus with no makeup on was a glorious one. My face felt like it could breathe, my hair didn’t stick to my lips since they weren’t glazed

in gloss, and I was free to rub my eyes if they itched without the fear of completely smearing my eye makeup. All of these things felt great, but the best part was that I felt like myself, and like I wasn’t hiding from the realities that a college student has to face. I was able to admit that I’m a college student, I’m not perfect, and I’m still growing. And all of that is more than okay. It’s normal. Since that day, I have gone back to wearing my minimal amount of makeup. I feel like myself again. And rather than worrying about my face staying together all day, I focus on the important things, like slaying m assignments, balancing work with friends, and making time for myself. I don’t feel self-conscious anymore when I don’t have makeup on, and I get compliments of how “pretty I look,” rather than how great the products on my face look. I‘ve realized that I now feel beautiful and prepared for the world, even without the compliments. And all of that has made me extremely happy. --Read the rest of this column online at

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April 25, 2017



CLASSIFIEDS Loki-ing for good myths? MCKENNA GRAHAM Assistant Arts & Life Editor

Title: Norse Mythology Author: Neil Gaiman Genre: Mythology, Fantasy Rating: Five Stars The Marvel Cinematic Universe apparently knows almost nothing about Norse mythology, because otherwise it would be good. I pick on Marvel’s film productions because they are, for better or worse, the biggest influence on the mainstream population’s perceptions of Norse gods. From Marvel Studios we learn that Thor is tall, blond, muscular and noble, and Loki is just an asshole – this is what we remember from the Avengers, because Thor’s movies are, to be honest, kind of unmemorable. For me, at least.

I grew up on Greek mythology, though, and have been waiting for a reputable but easy-to-follow, D’Aulaire’s-style compilation of Norse myths for a while. Marvel got me interested in the topic, but I know better than to trust its superhero and supervillain origin stories. Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology” is the answer – the myths are clear, concise, and as carefully researched as it seems you can go with what were originally mostly oratory tales. Gaiman’s introduction credits Marvel for sparking his interest, but explains how further research really fleshed out the characters for him. Thor is noble, yes, but also a bit dim-witted. Loki is chaotic and mischievous, but not evil. Odin is wise and strong, but also cunning and ruthless. We’re introduced to a whole host of important gods, god-

desses and other important things. Gaiman provides for his reader the Norse creation myth, an introduction to the most important characters, the story of Thor’s weapon, Mjolnir’s creation, and the story of Thor’s adventure dressing as a woman, but he also tells of what is to come – Ragnarok, the Norse prediction of the end of the world as we know it. The book is well-written and funny, and I’ll admit that at the beginning I took notes to avoid confusion. The names are, of course, Norse, and thus maybe a bit less familiar to some readers, but a lot of it was for my own interest, too. Each myth focused on a different facet of the gods’ immortal lives, and even explains how they remain immortal. --Read the rest of this column online at

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tigers upset by stags DESMOND BOYLE Staff Writer

Towson dropped a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game for the first time this season 9-8 against Fairfield Saturday at Rafferty Stadium. The Tigers (7-4, 3-1 CAA) came out flat against the Stags (4-9, 1-3 CAA), who came out in a zone defense. “We created plenty of chances, we even had their zone defense spinning a little bit, we just couldn’t finish today,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “You have to be able to convert chances and stay patient with shots on offense to score enough.” Midway through the first quarter, Fairfield midfielders Matt Sharpe and Colin Burke scored unassisted goals to give the team a 2-0 lead. Following the Stags goals, sophomore midfielder Jon Mazza got the Tigers on the board, scoring on an assist from fellow midfielder Brian Bolewicki. Fairfield closed out the first with

a goal on the man-advantage after Towson was flagged for holding. The Stags took their momentum into the second and scored the first three goals of the quarter. Junior attacker Joe Rodrigues sparked the run with two goals. Just 30 seconds after the second Rodrigues goal, freshman attacker Dylan Beckwith scored to give Fairfield a 6-1 lead. Sophomore attacker Dylan Kinnear got Towson back on track by faking low and going high to score the final goal of the first half. In the second half, Rodrigues recorded a hat trick just 30 seconds after the draw. However, the Tigers began to mount a comeback in the third when senior attacker Joe Seider found the back of the net to pull the Tigers within five. Towson senior midfielder Mike Lynch scored the only other goal of the third quarter by putting a shot into the back of the net on an extra man opportunity. In the fourth quarter, Burke put Fairfield up 8-4 as he fell to his knees and buried a shot. However, Seider

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sights set high for tigers next fall BILLY OWENS Staff Writer @billyowens174

Towson’s spring season came to a close this past weekend with a loss to No. 2 Elon Phoenix in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Tennis Championships Friday, followed by a non-conference defeat to No. 43 Virginia Sunday. Sunday, the Tigers fell to the No. 43-ranked Cavaliers 6-1 at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. “The team had put a lot into that match against Elon, which was a lot closer than the score showed,” Head Coach Jamie Peterson said. “It was a challenge for them to get back up emotionally to play a top50 team.” Virginia took two of the three doubles flights to seize the opening doubles point. The No. 33 national-

ly-ranked team of Chloe Gullickson and Cassie Mercer defeated Towson’s No. 1 team of A.J. Gomer and Renate van Oorschodt 6-2, while Rosie Johanson and Meghan Kelley beat No. 2’s Lucy Williams and Jane Shusterman 6-0. The No. 3 doubles contest between Virginia’s Hunter Bleser and Camille Favero and Towson’s Barbora Vasilkova and Sophie Lesage was left unfinished, with Bleser and Favero leading 4-2. The Cavaliers continued their strong showing in singles action, taking five of the six matches for the overall victory. Nationally-ranked No. 49 Johanson edged Towson’s No. 1 Nicole Shakhnazarova 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 1-0 [10-3], while nationally-ranked No. 118 Mercer defeated No. 2 Williams 6-4, 6-0. Kelley beat No. 3 Gomer 6-0, 6-2, Gullickson defeated No. 4 Vasilkova 6-2, 6-0, and Favero beat No. 6 Lucy Gloninger 6-0, 6-4. Towson’s lone point of the dual match came

at No. 5 singles as van Oorschodt won via retirement by her opponent Teodora Radosavljevic; van Oorschodt had led 6-1, 3-2. “At first maybe it was a little overwhelming, but as the match went on certain players were able to adjust and play extremely well,” Peterson said. “We showed a top-tier ACC school that we’re capable of playing competitive tennis with them.” Friday, No. 7 seeded Towson fell to No. 2 seeded and tournament host Elon 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the CAA Women’s Tennis Championships tournament at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center in Elon, North Carolina. “We were very disappointed in the ultimate result, but we couldn’t have been prouder of ourselves and how we competed until the very last point,” Peterson said. The two teams previously met this season in February, with the Phoenix winning that match at

home 6-1. The Tigers lone point came courtesy of the opening doubles point, which proved to be the linchpin of several of their closer matchups later in the season. Elon marched out to an early 1-0 lead by winning two of the three doubles matches. Olivia Lucas and Erica Braschi beat No. 2’s Williams and Shusterman 6-2, but Towson’s No. 1’s Gomer and van Oorschodt defeated Natalia Janowicz and Maria Paraja 6-4 to even up the doubles at one match all. However, Suzanne Zenoni and Kirsten Ward defeated No. 3’s Vasilkova and Lesage 6-3 to clinch the opening doubles point for Elon. In singles play, Elon held off third-set rallies by Towson in three close matches and won the other three in straight sets to advance to the CAA semifinal round. Paraja beat No. 5 van Oorschodt 6-2, 6-1, Ward defeated No. 4 Vasilkova 6-3, 6-1, and Braschi topped No. 1 Shakhnazarova 7-6 (5), 6-3 to

decide the match for Elon. The remaining three contests were left unfinished, with Lucas leading No. 2 Williams 2-6, 6-2, 6-5, Zenoni leading No. 3 Gomer 6-2, 4-6, 5-4, and Alex Koniaev leading No. 6 Gloninger 7-5, 4-6, 5-4. “We played a factor in [Elon’s] loss to UNC Wilmington in the next round, which was a really tight 4-2 match,” Peterson said. “Our match lasted longer than UNC Wilmington’s 4-3 win over the College of Charleston in the quarters.” The Tigers finish their spring 2017 campaign with a 13-12 record in dual match play and a 3-4 record in CAA conference play. “We proved to a lot of teams out there the damage we’re capable of doing,” Peterson said. Towson returns to action this fall in invitational and tournament play, which includes the annual Tiger Classic hosted at the Towson Center Courts.


April 25, 2017

two years of success MUHAMMAD WAHEED Staff Writer @MuhammadKWaheed

Towson set one school record at the Larry Ellis Invitational and won the team title with 126 points at the Morgan State Legacy Meet for the second straight year this weekend. “It was great,” Head Coach Mike Jackson. “We took some people out, sat some people out due to injury, so it’s a pleasant surprise to hear that we won. I’m just looking forward to kind of getting that same feeling at ECAC Championships in two weeks.” Sophomore Abby Gauthier finished with a time of 11:11.68 to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while sophomore Shelby Bobbie placed fourth with a 4:46.28 personal-best time in the 1,500-meter run. Junior Colleen Cook had a per-

sonal-best time of 17:46.03 and won the 5,000-meter run. “Colleen Cook did very well in her event running with Abby Gauthier,” Jackson said. “I thought the distance runners, as well as some of our field athletes, did very well. It’s something that we look forward to and something that is a main goal.” Freshman Skyler Duncan had a winning-mark of 40.14-meters in the javelin throw while fellow freshman Tymia Joseph had a personal-best leap of 5.70-meters and placed fourth in the long jump. Sophomore Lauren Coleman had a school record toss of 14.88-meters, winning the shot put event and improving on her last personal best performance of 14.48-meters. Coleman also had a 51.06-meter mark in the hammer throw and took second. “My throwers have had a great month, Coach [Jeff] Rebholtz


is doing a great job with them,” Jackson said. “Lauren Coleman is staking her claim as one of the best overall and complete athletes in our conference.” Fellow thrower, junior Taylor Weiss, won the discus event with a toss of 40.82-meters. “I thought it was a very complete day for our throwers, also our long jumpers,” Jackson said. Towson will compete in the Penn Relays Carnival this week. The meet will begin Thursday April 27, and will end Saturday April 29. “It’s a very short week, the majority of our student-athletes are going to compete on Thursday so we’ll have three days of practice and then we’ll travel up on Wednesday night to get prepared for the meet and then the rest of it is qualifying,” Jackson said. “We expect to qualify for our four by one final which is Friday afternoon.”

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Sophomore attacker/midfielder Natalie Sulmonte drives to the goal against CAA rival Drexel at Johnny Unitas Stadium. She recorded three goals in the team’s victory (Above). Junior midfielder Emily Gillingham runs the offense against the Dragons in the Tigers 14-7 victory. Gillingham finished the contest with one goal on two shots (Below).

KARUGA KOINANGE Assistant Sports Editor

A solid offensive performance and a dominant defensive effort propelled Towson to a 14-7 win over Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponent Drexel Sunday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Tigers (11-5, 4-2 CAA) secured a spot and the number two seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament with their victory. Towson started the game hot by scoring the first five goals of the contest. Redshirt senior attacker Alyssa Ferro opened the scoring with a goal at 28:34. Just seconds later, sophomore attacker Natalie Sulmonte ripped in a free position shot for the 2-0 lead. Ferro added her second goal of the day during that opening run, while junior midfielders Kaitlyn Montalbano and Maddie Tribbe also put in goals. The defense by Towson was swarming in the first half. The team held Drexel without a shot attempt for the first 10 minutes and forced

seven early turnovers. Head Coach Sonia LaMonica lauded her team’s defensive effort on the day. “They played a solid game defensively,” LaMonica said. “We just wanted to make sure we were closing gaps and there was pressure on the ball.” However, the Dragons clawed their way back and scored four of the next six goals to make it a 7-4 game heading into the break. Sophomore attacker Carly Tellekamp opened the second half scoring with her 42nd goal of the season at 29:17. That goal sparked a 3-0 run which gave the Tigers a 10-4 lead with 14:37 to play. Senior midfielder Michaela Duranti scored a free position goal before junior midfielder Emily Gillingham scored off of a feed from junior defender Tianna Wallpher. Drexel responded with three straight goals which made it a 10-7 game with 4:33 to play, but the team could not complete the comeback. Towson sealed its victory with a 4-0 run. Tellekamp and Montalbano each scored twice in the final four minutes to secure the win.

Sophomore goalkeeper Angie Benson made nine saves to earn her 10th win of the year in goal. LaMonica pointed to Benson as a key factor in the team’s victories this season. “We were cheering for her, and

she was really firing everyone up,” LaMonica said. “She’s a huge part of our success, and she had a great game when we needed it.” Despite Benson’s standout performance, LaMonica praised the team’s defensive dominance as a whole.

“We didn’t want to get overextended,” LaMonica said. “They just stayed true to what they were doing.” Towson closes out the regular season Sunday, April 30, when the team hosts Johns Hopkins at noon. The Tigers will honor their seniors.