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The impact of TU DAVID MARKS Baltimore County Councilman

I would like to welcome the students, faculty and administrators of Towson University for the 2017-2018 academic year. It is difficult to imagine our community without Towson University or Goucher College. These institutions of higher learning are not only centers for education and culture, but they employ thousands of workers and reinforce our local economy. According a report from Towson University’s Regional Economic Studies Institute, Towson University has generated a total of $139.4 billion in output and $102.8 billion in wages since 1866, and supported more than 34,876 jobs as of 2014. These are exciting times for

Towson. Whole blocks of Downtown Towson are being redeveloped, with new housing, retail and office construction. My goal is to increase the linkages between Towson University and the downtown core. I applaud the work that President Kim Schatzel and her office have done to strengthen the relationship between Towson University and its neighbors. Many students live in established communities, and for the most part, these students are good neighbors. Last year, the Baltimore County Council approved legislation that targets unruly disturbances, and since that time, there has been a 50 percent decrease in complaints. We are making progress, and I ask that students do everything they can to help keep the peace in Towson. Once again, welcome to Towson!

Seeking balance DYLAN BRENNAN Columnist

Hello and welcome to, or welcome back to, Towson University! I swear, there have been too many things to talk about that happened this summer, so to not boil the frog with hot water first, let’s start out with a calm and cool-headed introduction. I volunteered to do what many were fearful of doing (and they’re not wrong to think that way) on the election trail -- to side with the Republicans. I will state this clear as day: I am a centrist who only seeks balance in a political world. I wear the red elephant over this column as a symbolic gesture, not an affiliation. The Democrats and the left have far too much control, and in that, are insulated in arrogance, hubris and self-righteousness. I seek to challenge that. Whether it is a ball-peen hammer on their echo chambers or a sledge hammer on their ivory towers, I seek to expose the works of the left to as much disinfecting sunlight as possible. Know that in doing this, I am not at all “covering” for the right. They

have more than their fair share of problems, debatably more than the left. However, this is talked about enough by the mainstream media or the common man. Villains who twist their mustaches are all too easy to spot. I seek out the villains who hide under a mask of good intentions, for they are much more insidious. Activists, who label themselves as “anti-whatever” oftentimes, perhaps too often, become exactly that “whatever” they seek to oppose. The media often overlooks impertinent details on stories and situations, if they ever look at the situation at all. And all the while, the more we refuse to call out destructive thoughts and actions, the more those destructive thoughts and actions seem to be emboldened, or daresay normalized. Know that it is in my best intentions to highlight, or at the very least, present problems I see on the leftist spectrum, and you may either condemn them with me or create your own conclusions. I hope I don’t rub too many people the wrong way this year. - To read the rest of this article, visit

Learn to live and love JORDAN COPE Senior Editor @jordancope26

Hi again, everyone! If you’re reading this, you’ve survived the first day of classes. Well done! It seemed like this time would never come, but the campus is yet again full of students going about their day, and the sense of the hectic hustle and bustle of college life is palpable in the air. To my freshman readers, you had your own special “just for you” column last week, so no more rah rah pep rallies out of me. I say this jokingly, of course, and it is what leads me into this week’s column. Everywhere you go nowadays, there is an awful amount of hate in the world. What we saw two weeks ago in Charlottesville was horrific, and the way President Trump handled the situation only made things worse. Across the Atlantic this year, we wit-

nessed the terror attack in Manchester that left 22 civilians dead and over 100 injured. Not to mention the 2016 bombings in Brussels that resulted in an even higher amount of casualties and injuries. I could go on and on about the amount of hate we see in the world; we all could. But, sadly, we would be here all day if we tried to. I myself try to retain my innocence and see the good in everyone, but sometimes that can be very hard in today’s world. But, without a shadow of a doubt in my mind, I believe that our planet is filled with more good than evil. Every Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., I am trapped inside of a small cinderblock office with roughly 10 other co-workers. It could be a living hell, but it is the time I most look forward to in my weekly schedule. These people are some of the most beautiful human beings I have ever been around and I am so lucky to call

them my best friends. When I’m feeling down or need something, I know I can go to any one of them and they will have my back. Go uptown on a Thursday night or on the weekend and you can run into a complete stranger one minute and be best friends drinking at the bar the next. Better yet, look outside on the Union Patio and see students holding doors open for one another or picking up a pencil that somebody else dropped. Don’t get me wrong, this campus and the world has its problems; it’s very obvious. But, I see love in many of our hearts and it makes me hopeful that the good of humanity is not a lost cause. So please, embrace other’s differences, help a complete stranger just one time a day and learn to love one another so that we can make this world a more beautiful place than it already is.


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Students gather for convocation Handshake offers firm introduction to jobs KERI LUISE Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Towson University Instagram President Kim Schatzel and others welcomed over 5,000 new students to campus and noted that after convocation. The next time the class of 2021 is gathered in SECU arena will be for their commencement ceremonies. we are so glad that you are part of Towson University.” Provost and Executive Vice Instead of offering advice to the new students at convocation, Towson University President Kim Schatzel asked for a favor: “Start by making Towson University a better place.” “With all of your fantastic diversity, your amazing intelligence and drive, your commitment to community, your desire to connect with new people and new places, [and] your belief that we all can do well by doing good, start here by making TU a more welcoming and inclusive place for all of your classmates and community members,” Schatzel said. Over 5,000 new students -- 2,771 freshmen, 2,330 transfer students and about 560 graduate students – gathered for the first time on Aug. 25 at the New Student Convocation in SECU Arena. One in five new students this year is not from Maryland, with students hailing from 25 different states and 14 foreign countries, according to Schatzel. Schatzel welcomed students to their new home and encouraged them to make Towson “more open-minded, more open to the sharing of ideas through thoughtful debate.” “This is your home now,” she said. “Welcome to this important, exciting, and sometimes a little bit scary next stage of your lives. We are so glad that you are here and

President for Academic Affairs Tim Chandler gave students “Tim’s Five Tips for TU Success”: 1. Study dutifully and purposefully. 2. Engage fully. 3. Eat healthfully. 4. Exercise regularly. 5. Sleep abundantly. “Remembering that first and foremost, graduation is your goal, and getting an outstanding education is a key to your future,” Chandler said. “I want you to know that we are totally and utterly committed to your academic success and truly want you to excel while you’re here.” Vice President for Student Affairs Deb Moriarty said over 46 percent of the new students represent a “diverse ethnic population.” The class of 2021 had an average high school GPA of 3.59; transfer students had an average GPA of 3.0; and the 115 Honors College students had an average GPA of 4.0, according to Moriarty. Moriarty led the new students in reciting the Tiger Pledge, committing themselves to Towson’s ideals of respect, leadership, growth, engagement and pride. Karen Fallon, professor of speech-language pathology and audiology, shared her three “up”s for students to make the most of their time at Towson: 1. Show up and be present. 2. Step up and engage in the

classroom. 3. Look up from your phone/ other electronic devices, and take in your environment. Fallon encouraged students to ask questions, to volunteer and to get to know the faculty “who truly care about you, who care about your learning, and who are invested in your success.” “For all of you Legally Blonde fans out there, channel your inner Elle Woods and connect with people around you,” she said. “Take advantage of all the wonderful resources around you and embrace this time.” Student Government Association President James Mileo shared some vulnerable moments with the incoming students, recounting a relationship with an ex-boyfriend who tried to control where he went and who he talked to. “In that moment, I believed my survival was dependent on our relationship,” Mileo said. “All the abuse -- physical, mental, emotional – were the cost of being able to live.” Mileo said that after he and his ex broke up, he felt broken, but he also saw the experience as a chance to grow and reclaim who he was. “If you’re broken, you have to put yourself back together,” he said. “So for you all sitting here today, this is your time to rebuild yourselves, put yourselves together.” Mileo also addressed last year’s attempts to impeach him by a group of SGA senators while he was vice president of SGA. -- To read the rest of this article online, visit

Towson University’s new career portal, Handshake, is introducing students to job and internship opportunities to advance their career prospects. Handshake, which replaced Towson’s old career portal, Hire@ TU, on June 19, is an online job and internship database where students, career centers, employers and alumni can meet, talk and share opportunities. According to Handshake, over 200,000 employers use the website to search more than 8 million students and young alumni from over 400 universities to find the best fit for many types of jobs. Students can log into the database using their NetID and password by searching for Handshake on the TU website. “I think the best feature of Handshake is the familiarity of the platform for students -- the look and feel and approach taken with it,” Career Center Director Lorie LoganBennett said. “It’s familiar and easy for students. Also, it uses artificial intelligence to find the jobs that make the most sense for students.” Handshake has simple, but powerful, search tools and alerts to help students narrow down their options from the more than 1 million jobs and internships posted by companies, nonprofits and government organizations, according to the Handshake website. Users can customize the recommendations they receive based on their major, interests, preferred loca-

tion and skills. “The one thing I really like about Handshake is the algorithm that they use to match students to jobs and internships,” said Keith Jones, marketing and IT coordinator for the Career Center. “It learns the patterns of what you’re interested in and makes the user experience so much better.” Students can quickly build a rich profile on Handshake that helps them stand out from the pack in the eyes of potential employers. Students can also upload a résumé or cover letter, set up interviews, schedule a career counseling appointment, or RSVP for on-campus events such as job-related seminars, employment fairs and recruiting events. Logan-Bennett said students can make themselves attractive to employers by understanding who the employers are and what they want. She also suggested that students gain some applied experience outside of the classroom to better understand and develop the necessary skillsets, and to be able to talk about them in interviews and on their résumés. “Another good feature is the list of qualifications,” sophomore psychology major Asia Dawson said. “Handshake reads your profile and lets you know what the employer is looking for and whether or not you have it. It helps you learn early on your chances of getting a particular job.” Handshake was founded in 2014 and has since been innovating itself for the users’ best interest. -- To read the rest of this article online, visit

Towerlight File Photo In addition to using Handshake, Towson’s new job portal, students can also gain professional help from the Career Center who revises résumé, holds mock interviews and more.



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Q&A with Brian Jara: ‘Diversity is everyone’s job’

Associate Director for Cultural Competency Education Brian Jara started in his position last February. The position was created in response to the 2015 #OccupyTowson meeting between a group of black student activists and then-Interim President Tim Chandler. The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. What were you doing before you came to Towson? I have worked in higher ed since 1998. I started out in student affairs, advising student organizations and doing academic advising. Then I sort of stumbled into teaching while I was in graduate school. The original plan for me personally and professionally was to work in higher ed, work in student affairs, work with students outside of classrooms. In my own graduate studies, I stumbled into teaching. I ended up teaching in Women’s, Gender, Sexuality and Queer Studies for the last 15 years. Most recently I came to Towson from four years on the faculty at West Virginia University and I was faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies. And I’m originally from this area so the other factor was getting closer to

home. So this job is returning home and also returning back into doing more student affairs work and less faculty work. What does Associate Director of Cultural Competency Education do? The position is meant to organize and then grow all series of workshops and trainings and events that hopefully directly impact the campus and help increase the cultural capacity of campus. That means is our campus ready and comfortable to have challenging, uncomfortable discussions about identities, about justice, about equity? There are now four associate directors in the Center for Student Diversity. This new position shaves off a little bit from each of my colleagues. There are now signature programs that have existed long before I got here that I now manage, and then the new part is to organize and to grow all the education trainings for students and offices that work with students. This year is the first time we’ll have two weekend retreats for students. And then the annual cultural competency workshop series -- which obviously makes sense for

this position to oversee – that has been around for years. That’s typically seven to eight workshops a year. We have four in the fall, four in the spring, planned for this year. The first one is going to make some space to talk about what’s going on in the world, Charlottesville and monuments, discussions and debates. How can cultural competence education help people address the violence in Charlottesville and other incidents as they arise? There are some campuses that started classes a week ago, two weeks ago. So there are campuses that started right after that weekend and they are having to figure out what students are coming to campus with. Some students are bothered by it. Some students are still invested in what’s happening. Some students don’t know what happened. My training with RAs happened the Tuesday after Charlottesville. I had to at least acknowledge that it happened. But what was really fascinating for me is that at one of the breaks in this threehour training, some RAs came up and said “I think we need to talk more about it.” I said “okay.” So what we

Marcus Dieterle/ The Towerlight Applications are planned to go out later this week for students interested in attending cultural competency weekend retreats for Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12, according to Brian Jara. got in that discussion is what I said: some students were distracted by it, some students were still confused, and some students didn’t know what happened. They just hadn’t been following current events. We just took that as a sign that we needed to get on the same page. Cultural competency means this ongoing challenge for

me to think about myself and my identities that I have, to recognize identities that I don’t have and how to learn more about it, and how does that all relate to each other? -- To read the rest of this article online, visit Compiled by Marcus Dieterle, Associate News Editor.


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Phi Kappa Psi frat expands to Towson KEVIN MCGUIRE Staff Writer

Towson University’s approximately 5,600 new students aren’t the only fresh faces on campus this fall; Orcel Kounga, an expansion consultant for Phi Kappa Psi, is coming to Towson this semester to expand the national fraternity with a chapter at TU. “[Phi Kappa Psi] is founded on the great joy of serving others,” Kounga said. “I hope to bring our passion of helping both people and the community to Towson’s campus this year.” In a show of their helping spirit, Phi Kappa Psi is offering a $5,000 scholarship to a male student not currently affiliated with a social fraternity to help offset the rising costs of tuition. “We know that college is expensive,” Kounga said. “The scholarship is designed to help the student achieve academically while in the fraternity.” The origins of Phi Kappa Psi date back vmore than 160 years. After typhoid fever ravaged Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, those who remained were left to care for the ill. While caring for the sick students, William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore formed a bond of brotherhood. In 1852, Letterman and Moore founded Phi Kappa Psi based on the “great joy of serving others.” Since then, Phi Kappa Psi has worked with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, who provide mentors to young people to develop essential skills and make lasting connections. Towson isn’t the first Maryland campus that Phi Kappa Psi has colonized. The fraternity has also created chapters at Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, College Park. During Phi Kappa Psi’s semester-long recruitment presence at Towson, the fraternity will work to

plant their roots on campus. “While normal fraternities come for maybe six weeks and recruit, we will be on campus the whole fall semester,” Kounga said. “We work with our recruits all semester long, showing them how to operate as a chapter, our history, do’s and don’ts, and how to become a Kappa Psi gentleman.” Towson is no stranger to fraternities and sororities colonizing. Interim Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Carly Heasley noted the two fraternities that colonized last semester: Kappa Delta Rho and Omega Psi Phi. In addition to Phi Kappa Psi, Heasley said the Sigma Alpha Iota sorority will also colonize this fall. She noted that Greek life at Towson, including it’s 43 different organizations, provides different opportunities for professional, academic and social development. “It’s always exciting to have new groups come to campus,” Heasley said. “It always brings new energy. It lifts the community up. We definitely encourage people to come out and see what [Greek life] is about, and then make that decision if they want to join.” To “colonize” at Towson, a fraternity or sorority must be affiliated with an international or national office, have a $1 million social liability insurance coverage plan with Towson, and be approved by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Once all the paperwork is completed, Kounga will start small by recruiting only a couple of students to build the fraternity. “[Phi Kappa Psi] has a soft recruiting process,” Kounga said. “As of now, we have 10 students who are interested in joining the fraternity at Towson.” By the end of the semester, Kounga hopes to have around 50 people ready to expand the fraternity at Towson. -- To read the rest of this article online, visit -- Button courtesy of Phi Kappa Psi


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Fall into Arts & Life’s calendar JESSICA RICKS Staff Writer

With the semester finally getting off the ground, you might be wondering what fun stuff there is to do here. If we were to spend all of our time studying, we’d go crazy! Look no further. Every year, groups like the Campus Activities Board, Division of Student Affairs, the Arts departments and more, put on a ton of arts and life events throughout the semester to keep you busy, give you some excitement and even reach out to the community in a fun way. S’mores Outdoors What’s better than sitting around a fire roasting s’mores? Sitting around a fire roasting s’mores with friends and doing a lot of cool activities. Spend the evening at the Glen Arboretum in their Challenge Course and roast delicious s’mores around the fire, participate in activities like the slow bike race, challenge course activities and more. Learn about what Towson’s fall Outdoor Adventures events are all about. Monday Sept. 4, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Paws To Relax Student Affairs and the Counseling Center present the ultimate relaxation event. Led by the Counseling Center’s

Healthy Minds’ Peer Educators, the event is put on in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week. Rest, relax and spend time with therapy dogs from Pets on Wheels, an organization dedicated to bringing trained therapy animals to facilities across Maryland. The first few weeks of school can be tough, so why not spend it with friends and cute dogs? Wednesday Sept. 13, noon to 2 p.m., Counseling Center Lawn. “Pride and Prejudice” The story of Jane Austen’s beloved novel about strong and independent Elizabeth Bennet who defies the conventions of the time by refusing to marry a man she doesn’t love until she encounters Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, who eventually changes her perceptions. Directed by Steven J. Satta, this play will come to the stage for a week in Oct. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit the TU Foundation. Oct. 12-21. Inertia The Department of Dance presents its annual show, Inertia. In this breathtaking recital, dance majors, company members, faculty and alumni come together to present their original choreography that includes modern, contemporary, ballet and everything in between. Inertia runs for only one weekend, so get your tickets quickly in order

to see the elegance and passion of the Dance Department. Oct. 19-21., 7:00 p.m., Dance Studio Theater. Tiger Trot 5k Sign up early and start training now for the annual Tiger Trot 5k. Kick off Homecoming and be festive in your gold and black gear as you walk or run through Towson’s campus. All students, faculty, alumni and family members are encouraged to participate in the event. Prizes will be awarded to the top runners for student runner, faculty/staff runner, alumni runner, and community runner. Register online at Saturday Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m., Tiger Lawn. Constellations In this Student Studio Production directed by Molly Cohen, Constellations tells the story of an encounter between a man and woman and brings up the possibilities of their relationship and destiny. All tickets are $5. Nov. 1-11. Metamorphosis A stage adaptation by Steven Berkoff helps Jewish atheist Franz Kafka bring to life the story of alienation in turn-ofthe-century Prague with the transformation of a traveling salesman into a giant insect. Nov. 30 - Dec. 9. --Read the rest of this preview online at

and Ireland to Chile and Ecuador, from China and Japan to Morocco and South Africa - places you’ve never been, and don’t know if you’ll ever get around to actually visiting. Enter Towson University’s Study Abroad programs. My mom always says college is the best time to travel, because you don’t have kids, or a mortgage, or a full-time job, or an aging parent, or probably even a pet to worry about, and because you can still get things done that you need to do - course requirements, credits towards a degree - in a different country. Towson University seems to agree, because it has a whole office dedicated to this very idea -- the Study Abroad office, located on the fourth floor of the Psychology Building in room 408, has the solution for anyone desperate for - or just interested in - a change of scenery. Ask anyone who’s studied abroad about their experience and they’ll proceed to launch into a full-blown explanation of everything they did, everywhere they went, everyone they met and everything they saw, and then they’ll beg you to study abroad, too. There’s a reason for that - every experience abroad is life-changing. Especially if you’ve lived in the same area, been

surrounded by the same kinds of people, and had the same kinds of ideas being circulated around you your whole life, studying abroad isn’t just a breath of fresh air - it’s like getting CPR. It can totally restart your life, and give you a new appreciation for the world around you. I studied abroad last winter, opting for a minimester program in London, England. I’m an English Literature major and I thought I wanted to go into the editing and publishing business, but after three weeks in a city studying British Fantasy Literature (I’m talking “Alice in Wonderland,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” and even “Doctor Who” - I got credit for this!) and talking to a professor who’s spent his career thus far interpreting Old and Middle English texts, I found that I don’t just want to be an editor, I want to study the history and structure of languages. I also met people from all over the US - Kentucky, California, Massachusetts, Texas and even Alaska - who couldn’t be more different from me but who I couldn’t have gotten along with better if I tried. We spent our days walking around the city and exploring the best markets, pubs and historical sights, and

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Going abroad is about to be easier than ever MCKENNA GRAHAM Associate Arts & Life Editor

Ah, Towson University, home of Doc the Tiger, Smith Hall, a club dedicated to grilled cheese and many other awesome amenities. Campus is glowing after summer break. Newly-planted flowers bring fresh color; sidewalks and walkways are pure of any chalk; crisp green grass begs you to set down a blanket and get some work done in the sun; and the almost-complete bridge in front of the new Burdick Hall building face is almost finished. Everyone in West Village is restlessly anticipating that path’s triumphant return after an unexpectedly long construction period. Towson University is called “home” by thousands of students, whether incoming freshmen, RAs or upperclassmen lucky enough to get placed in on-campus apartments. But even a beloved home can get a little stifling sometimes. Sometimes, you just need a taste of something new and different to give you a new appreciation of home, and of the world surrounding it. You’ve started daydreaming of gorgeous and totally different places - from Scotland

determining which places made the best hot chocolate, and then spent so many nights just sitting around playing cards and talking about anything - career aspirations, past relationships, and even politics. I learned so much about being with people whose views differ from my own. I started out so defensive, but I really became so much more tolerant, and found that I should still respect people’s opinions even if I don’t agree with them. Seeing the rest of the world is so important because it not only teaches you about different cultures and people; it allows you to see your own culture and community differently. We’re so lucky to go to a school that encourages us to take every opportunity to see the world before we set off trying to change it, and I’ve never met anyone who isn’t curious or interested in the countries we hear about in the news and the countries whose cultures we study and even adopt into our own. That’s why I decided to write this column - this semester, I’m taking it upon myself to walk you through the process of studying abroad, from going to an introductory advising meeting and talking to Towson’s experts about what you’re looking for in a study abroad

experience, to navigating the online portal that will guide you through the process and choosing your program and location, to filling out your application and getting ready to go! If you’re too impatient to wait for this column to come out and update you on my progress every week, mark your calendar for the Thursday Sept. 7, Study Abroad Fair! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Potomac Lounge in University Union, you can meet office staff, peer advisors and returning students to talk to somebody in person about the process of applying, the experience of studying abroad, and any advice they might have. This year, they’re offering 20 different faculty-led programs, and many of the program directors will be at the fair to give information on their upcoming programs, be they in the Minimester, Spring Break, or Summer of 2018. Other study abroad providers such as the American Institute for Foreign Study, the Council on International Educational Exchange, the Cultural Experiences Abroad company, and the International Studies Abroad organization will be present to share their programs as well. Strap in and hold on tight, Tigers - it's going to be one wild ride.

Arts & Life

August 29, 2017

Sparking interest on campus Enthusiastic new students meet clubs and groups MCKENNA GRAHAM Associate Arts & Life Editor

Freshmen and transfer students got to know the more than 300 clubs and campus organizations that Towson has to offer at the First Look: Get Involved fair on Aug. 25, at SECU Arena. The fair was followed by the Roar Rally, which featured a cheer routine, a TV giveaway and other forms of entertainment. Present at the fair were two of Towson’s service-based organizations, Tiny Tigers and Sisterhood. Mandy Smorgens, a junior elementary special education major, explained Tiny Tigers as being a group dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of the stray cats on Towson’s campus. “A lot of people don’t realize [that] we have a lot of [stray cats] in the Glen Woods,” Smorgens said. “Probably upwards of thirty.” The club has meetings to bond with one another and to make sure the cats are healthy and fed every day. Sydney Simpson, a junior psychology major and the vice president of Sisterhood, focused not just on the community service part of her club, but the aspect of fostering the community. Sisterhood is a club that focuses on providing leadership, inspiration, friendship and empowerment to the campus with meetings, charity events and community service. “One of our mottos is ‘Giving

Life,’” Simpson said. “We want to give life to the campus. We want students to be able to feel comfortable in our organization, to want to go out and help their community.” Sisterhood’s meetings range from informational to service-oriented, and all meetings offer a “free, safe space to talk,” according to Simpson. Tabling alongside the service organizations were groups like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Muslim Student Association (MSA), both of which focus on bringing people together from different backgrounds to appreciate specific identities. “What [the NAACP does] is just promote awareness for equality for all people, and make sure that everybody feels included and welcome, and promote black people as a unit,” said Chauntese Gary, a senior exercise science major. Similarly, the MSA looks to promote bonds between people who identify differently in an effort to come together. “What we’re trying to do is provide a friendly environment for Muslims and non-Muslims alike to come to,” sophomore Aisha Elmanyari said. Beyond service and community-based organizations were clubs and groups focused on the social aspect and lifestyle parts of being in college, like Fit TU and the Campus International Christian Fellowship. Fit TU is about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and taking care of your body, introducing healthy habits

that you can carry well past college years. The club stresses the importance of taking care of yourself mentally, as well physically, with a good education. International and domestic students seeking a place for spirituality might find themselves at home with the Campus International Christian Fellowship, which focuses on introducing students to one another in a religious community. “We are here to introduce international as well as domestic students to the love of God,” said Sunny Kim, a member of the Religious Staff Coordinating Council. The organization focuses on helping students build a relationship with one another and includes events like an International Welcome Dinner, weekly bible studies, movie nights and a fall retreat to provide “time for worshipping God, and relaxing in nature.” Those interested in theatre might want to check out Actors Anonymous, the only student-run theatre club on campus. “We aren’t affiliated with the theatre department, but we still try to collaborate with them and combine with them as much as we can,” President of Actors Anonymous Rebecca Altschul said. Editor’s Note: Any clubs and organizations mentioned in this article, as well as every other group affiliated with Towson University, can be found on the “Clubs & Organizations” page of the University website, and on the University’s “Involved@TU” portal.












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New students gathered in SECU Arena to get a first look at the clubs and organizations on campus, and enjoyed getting a first look at the types of spirited performances and generous giveaways Towson University’s welcoming cheerleaders and SGA provide for the school’s students.


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Towson’s fall trend forecast KERRY INGRAM Staff Writer

2017 is a year meant to go out with a bang, and the trends for this fall and winter season reflect that. Prepare yourselves, Towson Tigers, because this season looks to be unusually fashionable, with partially glamorous outfits and statement-making ensembles that can get anyone excited about collegiate dressing. Here are the top trends for women’s fashion, menswear and beauty on college campuses: WOMEN’S FASHION TRENDS Upgraded Denim – The 90s nostalgia is here! This season, a casual outfit is not complete without some form of reconstructed denim. Denim skirts, overalls, and boyfriend jeans are all making a reappearance, while denim’s 2017 upgrades include oversized/distressed jackets, embroidery and shearling finishes. Glitz and Glam – This trend is my absolute favorite (because it basically means that anything that sparkles and shines is worth wearing!) From metallic pieces to crystalized/rhine-

stone finishes, this fall is all about shining bright like a diamond. Headwear – Although it wouldn’t be Towson without sitting in at least one class with someone donning a TU baseball cap, this season’s headwear trend is a little more creative. Wearing hair accessories, like a cool hair-tie or a preppy beret, is sure to get your head in the game and in style this semester. MEN’S FASHION TRENDS Quilted/Padded Jackets – Fall is looking to be an important outerwear season for men. Jackets with quilted detailing will add interest to your ensemble, while also being padded for practical warmth (which sounds like a win-win style situation to me.) Graphic Knitwear – Forget the basics this season, guys. It’s time to rock sweaters that include some color, showcase geometric and creative prints and make a statement! Speaking of making a statement… Statement Tees – This trend took

off for women in the earlier months of 2017, but now menswear brands are creating more statement pieces. Wear your hearts (or opinions) on your sleeves with cool shirts that present exactly what you stand for. BEAUTY TRENDS Less is More – When it comes to your complexion, everyone wants a flawless one. This season is still about scoring perfect skin, but without the cake. Beauty looks without foundation are in (which can save you a lot of time in the mornings!) Monochromatic Looks – This is another trend that will save you time before class. Choose a go-to color (peaches or light pinks usually work, but feel free to go bolder with bright blues and purples) and swipe the color lightly on your lids, cheeks and lips. This makes for an easy and put-together look. Holographics – Like with women’s fashion, anything that shines is great . --Read the rest of this column online at



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Sports Preview

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Fall Sports Preview Compiled by Jesse Baird, Desmond Boyle, Jill Gattens, Karuga Koinange, Billy Owens and Muhammad Waheed

jackson strives to improve record With the 2017 campaign already started, Towson looks to improve upon last season’s 2-17 record under the new leadership of Head Coach E.A. Jackson. Jackson served as head coach at Eastern Mennonite for two seasons before taking over the Towson program. Towson fell in its season opener 9-0 in Piscataway, New Jersey, at the hands of Rutgers. The team then returned home for its home opener against Longwood, but fell 1-0. “All of the team is shifting the paradigm of not winning games,” Jackson said. “We are working every day to show continuous improvement.” Towson will face non-conference opponents Lock Haven, Maryland, American and Georgetown this year. The team kicks off CAA play against Northeastern at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The Tigers’ have 13 newcomers on the roster this year, but return key starters from last season, including senior goalkeeper Emilee Woodall who recorded a CAA-leading 165 saves. Towson also returns junior Devon Hake, who led the team with three assists and sophomore Carli Herman who recording two defensive saves. “They’re young and bring really great positivity,” Jackson said. “We have phenomenal returns who set the tone and lead by example.” Towson looks to secure its first win of the season as the team takes on Lock Haven Friday Sept. 1, at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. “We want to show continuous improvement,” Jackson said. “We are working everyday to achieve small games.”

Alex Best/ The Towerlight Towson’s field hockey team huddles during Sunday’s game against Longwood. The team fell 1-0, but hopes to improve upon last season’s 2-17 record under the leadership of Head Coach E.A. Jackson.

peterson ready for strong season Towson is primed for a strong fall campaign. The team will participate in five invitational and regional tournaments over the coming months. Jamie Peterson returns for his first season as the team’s full-time head coach after serving as the interim head coach last season and a part-time assistant coach the two previous seasons.

“The University has made a commitment to me running their program, and that excites and invigorates me,” Peterson said. “It allows me to bring more to the women’s tennis program.” The team’s 10-player roster features five seniors, including A.J. Gomer and Renate van Oorschodt. The were named Second Team

All-CAA as doubles partners and were the first doubles team to earn post-season honors in program history. Towson’s fall season kicks off with two tournaments in one weekend. The team’s five seniors head to the University of Maryland, College Park, for the 2017 Bedford Cup MidAtlantic Division I Championships.

The other five athletes will host the Tiger Fall Classic at the Towson Center Courts. Both three-day tournaments take place Sept. 15-17. Towson will later travel to the United States Naval Academy for the Blue & Gold Invitational at the Brigade Sports Complex in Annapolis, Maryland. The invitational runs from Oct. 6-8.

The Tigers’ final fall tournament takes place in Blacksburg, Virginia, in the 2017 USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championships from Oct. 13-17. “We’re just doing less this fall in terms of tournaments,” Peterson said. “We’re using the fall on game improvement and practice time to be more improved in the spring.”

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young talent meshes with vetsF Metil and the Tigers’ seek to prove the preseason polls wrong this fall The Tigers’ have many young players on their roster this year and will lean on the experienced veterans to guide the team. Head Coach Don Metil is entering his fifth season with the program and has high expectations for his older players to make a positive impact on the younger student-athletes. “We will need to rely on our strong right side and leadership from those who have played in our system before,” Metil said. Leading the way for Towson on the right-side is junior Jocelyn Kulian and senior Julymar Otero. Kulian was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Preseason Player of the Year. The team also returns sophomore Marissa Wonders and juniors Carola Biver and Anna Holehouse. The glaring hole for Towson lies in middle of the court, which includes three of six new faces to the program. “We are not as polished as I would

like for a team entering the season,” Metil said. “We are young throughout and it shows. We will have tests upcoming in teams such as Appalachian State and Virginia that will truly show us how our team stacks up against other teams.” While the Tigers’ will go through growing pains this year, they are motivated by their low preseason ranking. “We were picked to finish fourth in the CAA in preseason polls and feel we can do that or better,” Metil said. “We will be tested this weekend as we will be playing ranked teams and will truly gauge how far along we are, but as of now we feel as a run at the postseason is possible.” After securing three victories to open up the season, The Tigers return to action on Sept. 1-2 for the Appalachian Invitational where they will face Appalachian State, Virginia, and East Tennessee State.

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Towson takes on Colonial Athletic Association rival Northeastern at SECU Arena in the fall of 2016.


sights set on returning to postseason

New and old talent hopes to reach the Colonial Athletic Tournament The 2017 season brings new challenges to Towson as the team looks to replace both of its leading goal scorers. The team graduated winger Natalia Pinkney and midfielder Marissa Green, who each registered four goals last year. No other player scored more than two goals. Towson also lost midfielder Emily Marshall, who tallied a team high six assists last season. No other player had multiple assists. The Tigers are focused on playing an entire 90 minutes this season in order to improve on last year’s 6-12 record. “We need to play a complete game; we need to compete for two halves every game,” Head Coach Greg

Paynter said. “We need to start playing full games early so that we’re ready for the conference schedule.” The conference schedule is significant to Towson. Winning games against CAA opponents will help the team accomplish its ultimate task. “The goal of this season is the same as any other -- we want to play in the CAA tournament,” Paynter said. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Taylor Sebolao also has Conference Tournament aspirations. She thinks the team has all the tools to accomplish its goals. “We have a really experienced back line and midfield and I think we’ll be prepared for the CAA schedule this year.” Sebolao said.

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Towson takes on Colonial Athletic Association rival Northeastern at SECU Arena in the fall of 2016.

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larkin looks to lead tu to success First-year coach hopes to lead the program to a Conference Championship Under the new leadership of head coach Mike Larkin, Towson has high aspirations for this season. “My main goal in my first season as head coach is to do whatever I can to put the guys in the best position to win the Colonial Athletic Association Conference Championship in April,” Larkin said. “That would advance us to the NCAA Championship, and that’s my ultimate goal for the team.” Larkin expressed belief in his young players and hopes to unlock their potential this season. “They’re all talented golfers, and their good shots are as good as anybody else’s,” Larkin said. “When they’re hitting their good shots they can compete with anybody, so my job is to help them

learn to do that more often.” Towson begins the fall season on Sept. 9, at the two-day Doc Gimmler Invitation in Farmingdale, New York. “For me in my first event as the head coach, I’ll be learning a lot about how they compete and using what they do up in New York as a starting point for how I can help them each individually,” Larkin said. “As they each push forward individually our team goals will take care of themselves.” Towson has five freshmen on the roster, but Larkin believes they are prepared for the season ahead. “They’ve all done this for a long time and have been preparing for this, so they’re ready to tee it up and compete at a high level.”

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Sophomore golfer Spencer Alexander reads the green in the Manor Intercollegiate last season.

ferrero takes the helm of the ship Former LPGA tour member tasked with imrpoving the young Towson team



Towson is preparing for the the fall season with a new leader at the helm of the ship, but will look to build on a strong performance from last spring. Lisa Ferrero will take over as the new head coach of the Tigers. In her career, Ferrero won the 2011 Symetra Tour Classic, 2011 Future Tour Teva Championship and the 2014 Heather Farr Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Courage Award. Ferrero takes over a team that finished fifth in last season’s Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championships. It was the best finish in the organization’s history. The Tigers’ roster has balance of experience and youth, consisting of two freshmen, two sophomores, two juniors and one senior. Towson begins its 2017 campaign on Sept. 10 at the two-day

Tignanelli Towson Invitational in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The team has won the Tignanelli Towson Invitational for the past two seasons. Towson will compete at the Pirate Collegiate Classic in Greenville, North Carolina, on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26. The TIgers will also take part in three events in October, starting with the Pinehurst Challenge on Oct. 9-10 in Charleston, South Carolina. Towson’s next competition is on Oct. 21-22 at the Blue Lady Hen Invitational in Newark, Delaware. The final competition of October and the fall season comes in Tampa, Florida, on Oct. 30-31 at the USF Invitational. The team looks to improve upon last year’s performance in its five-tournament season this fall. The team’s spring schedule is still TBD

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The Towson women’s golf team huddles after its performance in the Tignanelli Invite last season.

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ravens roundup KARUGA KOINANGE Associate Sports Editor

The Baltimore Ravens advanced to 3-0 in the preseason with a 13-9 victory over the Buffalo Bills Saturday night at M&T Bank Stadium. The third preseason game typically sees the starters playing an extended amount of time, and the team did not disappoint. The starting defense put on another dominant performance, giving up only 36 yards through four drives. The Ravens forced a quick threeand-out on the first drive, and on the second drive outside linebacker Matthew Judon sacked former Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor, knocking him out of the game. Buffalo moved the ball well on its third drive of the game and advanced into Baltimore territory. However, Baltimore’s defense clamped down and forced Buffalo to punt the football. The second-team defense also per-


formed well, with good performances out of linebacker Patrick Onwuasor and cornerback Jaylen Hill. Hill recorded an interception and two tackles. He showed good awareness and trusted that the safety was behind him on the cover-two zone. Onwuasor had an outstanding game. He finished with two tackles, one assisted tackle, a forced fumble and the game-sealing fumble recovery. Both Onwuasor and Hill will likely make the 53-man roster. Onwuasor even has a chance to start alongside linebacker CJ Mosley this season if he continues to play well. On the offensive side of the football, undrafted quarterback Josh Woodrum continued his impressive preseason. The Ravens decided to put Woodrum in with the first-team offense just four series into the game and Woodrum did not back down under pressure. He finished the game completing eight-of-13 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. - To read the rest of this column, visit


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youth proves costly Towson remains without a win to start 2017 season

Emilee Woodall Field Hockey Senior goalkeeper Emilee Woodall made 13 saves in Towson’s contest against Longwood Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Towson will return to action Friday against Lock Haven. The opening draw is set for 7 p.m.

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Sophomore midfielder Jenna Johnson moves up the field at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson’s match against Longwood Sunday afternoon. Towson looks to get its first win of the season Friday at home.

KARUGA KOINANGE Associate Sports Editor

Towson fell to Longwood 1-0 Sunday at Johnny Unitas Stadium despite a strong defensive effort. Senior goalkeeper Emilee Woodall recorded 13 saves on the day, drawing praise from her head coach E.A. Jackson. “Emilee continues to step up and lead by example with her hard work,” Jackson said. “She’s really composed in the back [of the net] especially with as many young new players as we have.” The Tigers (0-2) were in a pinch against the Lancers (2-0), down two players midway through the game. Jackson stressed that her players

need to become more disciplined, but that it will come with more experience. “There’s some things that we learned from watching today,” Jackson said. “Playing down one or two women overall almost half of the game shows me that we have growth in that area of self control and in the heat of the moment pulling back and making sure that we’re playing really pretty defense.” Woodall made four first half saves and three early in the second half, but the Lancers got past the defense and scored at 43:40. “It’s sort of nice to depend on [Woodall] to set the tone for keeping them organized and keeping them doing their jobs instead of getting panicked and caught in the

moment,” Jackson said. Towson had a chance to respond at 62:43, but freshman midfielder Valerie Hajek failed to get her shot past Longwood junior goalkeeper Katie Wyman. Despite the loss, Jackson was proud of the way her team fought and expects more of that same energy in the future. “If we can continue to keep that synergy going with our returning players feeding off the energy of the young players and the hockey IQ of our returning players rubbing off on our new players, I think we’re moving in the right direction,” she said. The Tigers look to earn their first victory of the season as they host Lock Haven on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

There’s some things that we learned from watching today.

Playing down one or two women overall almost half of the

game shows me that we have growth in that area of self control and

in the heat of the moment pulling back and making sure that we’re playing really pretty defense.

E.A. Jackson Head Coach

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Tigers prepare for battle of baltimore

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Junior wide receiver Jabari Greenwood lines up and awaits the snap in practice. Towson begins its season Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium against crosstown rival Morgan State. The two teams last battled in 2011 when Towson clinched the CAA Championship. In the game against Morgan State, Towson was victorious 42-3. Ambrose said. “Theoretically, when [Mahalak] finishes the game, we win. We need to make sure that he finishes all of them.” Mahalak played well in his first season with Towson after transferring Last year, Towson finished the from Oregon. He finished the season season with a 4-7 record, winning its with 890 yards and four touchdowns. last three games. The team is looking The Towson offense will lean heavto build off that late season surge and ily on the rushing attack led by sophimprove its record. omore running back Shane Simpson. The Tigers open their 2017 season He will replace running back Darius at Johnny Unitas Stadium for the Victor, who signed as an undrafted first time since 2014 against crossfree-agent with the town rival Morgan New Orleans Saints. State. Last year, Simpson “The last coufinished with 784 ple years I swear That statistic rushing yards and we’ve coined the term ‘road waralone says a lot. three touchdowns. rior,’ Head Coach Theoretically, when He also provided a spark to the Tigers’ Rob Ambrose said. [Mahalak] finishes special teams unit. “It’s good to start at home, espethe game, we win. He compiled 915 cially this time of We need to make yards on 34 kickoffs last season, year. It will be a sure that he finishes including a 100-yard great weekend for kickoff return for a everybody. I’m all of them. touchdown. looking forward to ROB AMBROSE On the defensive seeing the student Head Coach side of the football, section packed Towson is led by an experienced and noisy as hell.” defensive line and a speedy secondWhen redshirt junior quarterback ary. Morgan Mahalak took snaps under Seniors D’Sean Cummings, Clifton center last season, Towson won all Jones and Kanyia Anderson, along of its Colonial Athletic Association with junior Zain Harps Upshur will (CAA) games. But, when Mahalak carry the load on the defensive line. was sidelined with an injury to his Sophomore linebacker Malik Tyne is throwing shoulder, the team did not a versatile player who can be used on win any of their conference contests. “That statistic alone says a lot,” blitz packages to help the pass rush KARUGA KOINANGE Associate Sports Editor

as well. The captain of the secondary is junior safety Monty Fenner, who finished last year with a CAA-leading four forced fumbles. Towson returns sophomore Justice Pettus-Dixon and junior Lyrics Klugh at the outside cornerback spots to provide experience to the younger defensive backs. Following its opening contest against Morgan, Towson goes on a three-game road stretch against University of Maryland, College Park, Saint Francis and CAA rival Stony Brook.

Towson’s schedule also features contests against CAA football powerhouses Richmond, Delaware and New Hampshire. Despite a disappointing record last year, the Tigers expect to have a bounceback 2017 campaign if they can stay healthy and build off of their close contests from last season. “There’s a chip on my shoulder, there’s a chip on their shoulder and their ought to be a chip on every person who wears a Towson T-shirt when they walk in the stadium,” Ambrose said. “It’s about getting our respect back.”


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Towson’s offensive and defensive lines get ready to clash in practice at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

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