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September 12, 2017

Take concrete The joy of our furry friends steps for change The time to start is right now SARAH ROWAN Editor-in-Chief @sarmarrow

This week’s cover story is a compilation of campus reactions to last week’s news that President Donald Trump has moved to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, giving Congress a six month window to replace it. While the story goes in-depth into campus reactions, I want to take a moment to provide some more information about the program in order to dispel misleading myths and untruths about the program’s purpose. The DACA program provides administrative relief from deportation, protecting eligible undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before their 16th birthday from being deported. The program allows those eligible to obtain work permits and to attend school. Define American, a nonprofit organization whose aim is to shift the conversation about immigrants, identity and citizenship in America, provides an extremely useful factsheet for people who want to know more about the DACA program, how it works and how it serves to help those who receive it. The following information comes from their fact sheet. DACA recipients cannot receive amnesty or a path to citizenship. The DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act was introduced on several occasions, but was never passed -- it would have provided a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant minors. DACA recipients cannot vote. They are also not eligible for federal benefits, such as Social Security, financial aid or food stamps. In order to be eligible for DACA, recipients must be enrolled in school or graduated from school, and may not have a felony conviction.

Ninety-five percent of DACA recipients are working or in school, 63 percent got a better paying job, 54 percent bought their first car, 48 percent got a job with better working conditions and 12 percent bought their first home, according to Define American. And, tax revenue -- about $1.2 billion -- from DACA recipients would vanish with the program’s rescission. The Cato Institute reports that the rescission will cost employers $6.3 billion in employee turnover costs. But here’s the thing. All the talk of damage to the economy, etc. that the DACA rescission would inevitably bring leaves out an extremely important part of the narrative. DACA recipients, and all undocumented immigrants, are human beings, and it’s vital that we do not reduce this to just a political and economic problem. We’re talking about people who have spent their lives here, who grew up alongside American citizens and who deserve to be here for more than just the fact that they’re in school or that they’re working. Educate yourself. Find a local protest or gathering. Start one if you can’t find one. Call and write to your senators -- you can even text “RESIST” to 504-09 to send a message directly to your state senators. Here, they are senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin. And, understand that through all of this, you cannot take the microphone away from those who are actually affected by this rescission by trying to speak for, and over, them. I think Towson LASO said it best -- that the news can’t become “another pin to wear or another hashtag to support with nothing more done to show alliance.” Be an ally, but in the right way. It is vital that this conversation continues, and that concrete steps are taken to protect DACA recipients, and all undocumented immigrants. It’s time to stand up and act.


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One of the main reasons that I was most excited to take over as senior editor of The Towerlight was for the new desk I would be moving to. But this is not just any desk, this desk is the best desk in Room 309 because it is directly next to one of just two windows in the office. Now, I thought that looking out this window would make my headaches go away in the afternoon, imagining being outside in the fresh air. However, it turns out that looking at a computer screen from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. will always cause headaches for me, regardless of whether or not I have a window to look out. I don’t know why I felt the need to mention that, but it’s 4:20 p.m. and we are closing in on deadline and I am just now putting fingers to keys. Fortunately, occasionally a student or

a community member will take their dog for a walk past our office window. And today, that has yet to happen. But just thinking about the thought of someone walking their dog past the office window takes a little weight off my shoulders. In fact, one of the greatest memories in my life has been owning a dog. My first dog, a chocolate lab named Reese, passed away when I was in high school. She was one of the sweetest and most well-behaved dogs I have ever seen. Recently, our family had to put our cairn terrier, Daisy, down. She lived to be 21-years-old. Not a bad run. Now I’m onto my third dog, Edgar. Are you wondering about the name selection? Well he was named after Baltimore writer Edgar Allan Poe. I grew up just outside of Baltimore and I’m a journalism major here at Towson, so it was only fitting. Edgar, or Eddie as my family calls him, is a cross between a german

shepherd and a huskie. He encapsulates the look of a shepherd, but underneath his big fur coat is the whinny and silly personality of a huskie. I will never forget the day I picked him up as a puppy. Today, Edgar is fastly approaching his second birthday and is a mountain of pure muscle. I can’t lie, I’m jealous that he is more shredded than me. I could go on about how beautiful of a dog Edgar is, but it is his personality that I have fallen so deeply in love with. The minute he sees me come through the door, he goes berserk, almost too berserk, and although he can be such a bad puppy sometimes, it is the unconditional love he gives that makes my days less gloomy. I guess my point to everyone is this; find someone or something in your life that you can look forward to when you go home. Something that you love unconditionally, and receive the reciprocity from.


Senior Editor Jordan Cope visited his home in Edgemere, Maryland, this weekend to see his dog Edgar. Edgar was born on Feb. 12, 2016, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Named after Baltimore writer Edgar Allan Poe, the German shepherd-huskie cross can brighten anyone’s day with his large heart and personality.


September 12, 2017


Stop misappropriating other cultures KYNDALL CUNNINGHAM Columnist

I was having a conversation with my brother the other day about rap concerts. He told me about the last time he saw J. Cole live, and how the crowd was mostly teens and a lot of white people. That’s not surprising, considering that hip-hop’s biggest consumers are white, suburban men. Nevertheless, it’s especially odd, considering the themes in J. Cole’s music. It’s kind of like inviting yourself to the birthday party of someone who you know talks mad smack about you. Or maybe you don’t know, but everyone else does. That scenario reminded me of the

time I was in Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day last year, where hundreds of inebriated 20-somethings were running around Millennium Park and puking on sidewalks. I was waiting to cross the street when a black guy blasting Kendrick’s “Alright,” a song about police brutality, from his stereo was joined by a dancing group of white girls - assumably drunk - who rapped every word. It grossed me out in a way that I couldn’t explain to the people around me without sounding like a whiny millennial with too many feelings, but the memory still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The thing is - music, slang, hairstyles, etc, are all public domain, whether you like it or not. I’m not

mad at white people for enjoying rap music, if that’s what they like. Although, a group of white frat boys blasting Migos from their car will always receive an eyeroll from me. At the end of the day, you like what you like - but if you want to join our party, there are terms and conditions that apply. I found it really insightful listening to Tyler Oakley’s podcast called PsychoBabble where he spoke about straight people attending Pride and treating it like the party of the week without realizing its significance. While both he and his co-host, Korey Kuhl, agreed that there are many LGBTQ+ people who view Pride as a block party, there are responsibilities

that come along with entering their space. They’re completely right. I can’t imagine someone who is homophobic wanting to spend their day at Pride; however, just because you aren’t blatantly against a group of a people doesn’t mean you’re an ally to them. An example of this would be having gay friends and going to gay bars, but allowing someone to use the “f” word around you without correcting them. If you listen to black music or use any of our intellectual property, it would be nice if you cared about black people too, and not just the fun stuff we offer to the world. Unfortunately, you’ll find that

this dynamic occurs in all relationships between marginalized groups and those with privilege. There will always be people in our lives who choose neutrality over advocacy, no matter how close we are to them or how indulged they are in our culture. This doesn’t just fall on white people. Whatever community you come from, we can all fall victim to misappropriating cultural entities for our own pleasure, without advocating for the communities behind them in our own lives. Treating sacred environments with respect and not just forms of entertainment, in our own spaces and others, is a step we can all take this semester at festivals, concerts and social gatherings.


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Defending DACA Towson University’s leaders and community members are defending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after President Donald Trump moved to rescind DACA on Sept. 5. The Obama administration created DACA in 2012 to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation if they had entered the United States before they were 16 years old and met other requirements. However, Trump moved to end the program last week, allowing a six month window for Congress to legalize DACA. At Towson, students like Latin American Student Organization president Emely Rodriguez are pushing back on Trump’s actions against undocumented immigrants. Rodriguez wants DACA recipients to know they are not alone. “We see you, we hear you, and we’re fighting and resisting on with you,” Rodriguez said. After Trump announced his rescission of DACA, LASO released a statement on social media, encouraging people to take action and to urge their representatives to advocate for DACA and its about 800,000 recipients. “Though today has only further disheartened many of the members of the Latinx community and our allies, we must continue to resist,” the statement from LASO said. “We must come together as a community and stand up for the hardworking undocumented immigrants in this country, and on our campus.” For many DACA recipients and their loved ones, the next six months will be frightening and uncertain. “My greatest fear would be that despite all of that, despite everybody showing their support, we still lose,” Rodriguez said. “Because that’s when the greater danger happens. We have student who fear going back to a country they don’t know.” Rodriguez is from El Salvador, and while she is not a DACA student, she still fears the idea of returning to a country where she would not be welcome. “I would be shot on sight for being American,” Rodriguez said. “And I look American. It’s not about ‘oh yeah,

I’m from El Salvador,- and I’m very proud of that. But if I go there, they don’t see me as El Salvadoran, they see me as an American. And that in itself is what’s going to get me killed.” TU Dreamers president FatimeZara Beri said she was with a group of friends after hearing the news that Trump had rescinded DACA. In that moment, she said she felt numb. “It didn’t really hit me until I was alone in my room and it sunk in like, ‘Wow, he can really just delete all the hard work we’ve done in the past five years,’” Beri said. “DREAMers” were named after the proposed DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act. The legislation was reintroduced on several occasions and would have provided a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant minors, but Congress never passed the Act. DACA recipients, often referred to as Dreamers, would be protected under the DREAM Act. But without the legislation -- and with the recent rescission of DACA -- would-be Dreamers will be left without legal protection allowing them to stay in the United States as of March 5, 2018. Beri, a former Student Government Association senator, helped found the TU Dreamers this past spring to offer support and resources for undocumented students and allies amidst Trump’s dismissal of “sanctuary campuses.” “I think as of right now, we just need to make sure everyone is okay emotionally,” she said. “That’s what I care most about…. Making sure that they’re fine and check[ing] up on their family and friends as well.” According to Beri, TU Dreamers is currently working to secure a $5,000 scholarship for undocumented students. The private scholarship, which Beri said she worked on while she was part of SGA, would be distributed to students who are unable to qualify for federally-funded student financial aid such as FAFSA due to their status as undocumented immigrants. Beri hopes to build the network among TU Dreamers and undocumented immigrant advocacy groups at other universities to foster a support system for undocumented students across Maryland. “College Park has a really amazing undocumented resource group and we’re trying to collab with them and see if we could do it more local and

possibly reach out to high schoolers or anyone in the Towson area,” she said. Beri said she would also like to have the TU Dreamers do more outreach at the high school level to “let them know there is a future after high school.” “I never thought college was an option for me and now here I am, so just giving them hope because they definitely need that,” she said. Vice President of Inclusion and Institutional Equity Leah Cox is concerned about the effect that the DACA rescission will have on student recipients on campus. “It is beyond painful and scary and upsetting because, as I said to [President Schatzel], this means that a number of our students can’t focus on their academics because they’re either worried about themselves or their parents or their family members,” Cox said. In her Sept. 7 presidential address, Towson University President Kim Schatzel opposed Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, among other actions taken by the Trump administration such as the reduction of federal funding for climate change research and elimination of support for the National Endowment for the Arts. That decision to rescind DACA will affect “almost 800,000 dreamers who signed on to a federal program in hopes that the place that they consider home since childhood will allow them to stay and contribute to its success while they realize their fullest potential,” Schatzel said. Schatzel also released a statement on Sept. 5 in which she reiterated statements she made Dec. 8 and Jan. 29, and committed to supporting DACA recipients at Towson. “We will continue to support all members of our community to the greatest extent possible within the law,” she said in the statement. In November 2016, Schatzel joined more than 600 university leaders across the U.S. in signing the Pomona College Statement in support of DACA recipients. Rodriguez commended Schatzel for both the content of her statement and the timely responsiveness with which it was sent out. While Rodriguez said support for immigrants on campus is better than last year, she said it is still not enough. She hopes that more allies will actively use their privilege to advocate for DACA recipients and

File photo courtesy of Anagelica Gonzalez Students advocated to make Towson a “sanctuary campus” during a LASO-organized demonstration in November 2016. other vulnerable populations. “It’s sad that people with privilege, despite their beliefs, if they are allies it’s sad that all they do is put a pin or put a hashtag and they don’t use that privilege of their voice to do more,” she said. “Because DACA people right now, there are probably more in the shadows, afraid to say anything.” SGA wants to send the message that discrimination against Towson community members, documented or undocumented, will not be tolerated at Towson. After the violence in Charlottesville in August, the SGA announced several commitments that they are developing to address hate and bias on campus, and to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion. SGA President James Mileo said the SGA has begun their soft relaunch of #NotAtTU, Towson’s anti-hate crime/bias campaign, to incorporate #NotAtTU materials and discussions into other SGA events. The date of the hard relaunch is still being finalized. “With #NotAtTU, we’re shifting the focus from ‘no, not here,” Mileo said. “It is here. How do we react as a community? … As much as we don’t want it to be here, it is because it’s everywhere.” For Mileo, creating a campus that is “equitable, inclusive and judicious for all” is about more than mere isolated acts; it’s about ingraining those ideas into your long-term behavior. “A part of #NotAtTU is making it a part of your regular routine,” Mileo said. “A part of making it your regular routine is making it a regular behavior…. By us doing this and being intentional in this, we’re hoping to set the groundwork and framework of

making this a habit for people.” In an effort to combat prejudice and hate on Towson’s campus, Beri urged people to use this time to educate themselves and others about the realities of the immigration system. “Brush up on your skills with immigration as a whole,” she said. “There’s this misconception that it’s so easy to become a citizen, whereas that’s not the case at all. Just dismissing the rhetoric that ‘they’re stealing our jobs’ or that ‘they’re criminals.’ Just dismiss that from your vocabulary and become more informed about the immigration process.” Rodriguez said such discussions could help create a more open campus environment. “The dialogues help because people will actually start talking about it,” she said. “People not addressing it in general is what causes the problems on campus because people are, in a sense, ignorant then.” The fears that Rodriguez and other immigrant rights advocates are experiencing are what drive them to defend DACA and support her undocumented brothers and sisters. And, Rodriguez isn’t taking “no” for an answer. “Of course they’re going to say ‘Yeah, you did as much as you could. You have to let go at this point,’” Rodriguez said. “But how can we when it’s our life?” The Towerlight will continue to update this story as the SGA progresses on their commitments and as more information becomes available. - Sarah Rowan contributed to this article.



September 12, 2017

Schatzel updates priorities during address

Campus construction on new science building to begin this fall

Towson University will begin construction on its new science complex this fall, and the building is set to open in fall 2020, TU President Kim Schatzel said in her Sept. 7, presidential address in Stephens Hall Theatre. More than 10,000 students will attend classes in the new science building south of Stephens Hall each year, which will make it the largest building on campus once it opens, according to Schatzel. Towson is projected to have enrolled 22,499 students for fall 2017, the largest enrollment in the University’s history, Schatzel said. “One signal of that inflection point for TU is our growing reputation as a first-choice institution and our repeated success in attracting, retaining, and graduating more academically prepared and more diverse students, in both our graduate and undergraduate programs,” she said. The University received 12 percent more applications for this semester compared to last fall’s freshman class, according to Schatzel. With Towson’s increasing admission numbers, Schatzel warned that there will also be an increase in

construction to accommodate TU’s growing population. The new College of Health Professions building, a $160 million project, will be the next construction project on the USM’s priority list after the new science facility. The college’s building can enroll only 15 percent of its applicants, even though the state of Maryland has more than 22,000 job openings in the health professions. This project is set to be completed in 2023, according to Schatzel. “There will be many cranes and much construction for the next few years — and though challenging to live and work through — it says much about TU’s future,” Schatzel said. Burdick Hall will open this fall, the Residence Tower will be completed next spring, the TU-owned Marriott Conference Hotel being converted to student housing will be completed next summer, and the University Union will start renovations and expansion mid-2018, according to Schatzel. “I think [the construction] will be a burden, but afterwards I’m sure it will be great,” said senior Michaela Howell. While some TU community members may find the construction bothersome, Schatzel said the renovations and new additions will help transform Towson over the next seven years.

Joe Hockey/ The Towerlight Towson University President Kim Schatzel updated Towson community members on her presidential priorities during her Sept. 7 Presidential Address in Stephens Hall Theatre. “Almost $700 million dollars in capital investment will be made to our physical plant over the next seven years,” Schatzel said. “And, that is more than has been invested in Towson University’s campus during the previous 20 years.” Schatzel said that Towson and the University System of Maryland are

Joe Hockey/ The Towerlight Almost $700 million will be invested into Towson University’s infrastructure over the next seven years, more than the total amount of money invested into TU’s campus over the past 20 years.

working to advocate for federal scholarship and research funding, federal aid for low-income and minority students and a solution to restore Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). “Please understand that this was not intended as a complete listing of areas we are working on and my intention is not to be political in any way,” she said. Schatzel also held a moment of silence for those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In sharing academic successes at Towson, Schatzel said the University was awarded a $1 million national grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for minority students in STEM. “Fisher College has seen an 84 percent increase in minority student majors since 2012,” she said. Updating the university on her presidential priorities, Schatzel said the Baltimore + Towson University (BTU) Council will release its first report on the BTU initiative soon. Rommel Miranda, an associate professor for physics, astronomy, and geoscience, was pleased with the ideas and goals that Schatzel shared in her address. “[President Schatzel] always brings great ideas and brings them to fruition – makes them come into

reality,” Miranda said. “I also love her enthusiasm, it’s infectious. I’m on the BTU Council. I’ve been on that for a long time, prior to her arrival, but it’s great to see that someone supports that as well from a faculty perspective.” In addition, Schatzel said that two new committees, the Career Readiness Committee and the committee for the Faculty Academic Center for Excellence, are working on the beginning stages of having career management support and faculty life center. Schatzel also recognized Towson’s athletic teams as a source of pride for the University. This year women’s lacrosse advanced to the NCAA, men’s lacrosse won the CAA Championship for the third year and advanced to the NCAA Final Four, and the women’s track and field team won their first CAA Championship in University history. Howell commended Schatzel for her involvement in the Towson community. “The biggest thing I took away was her involvement with everything in the community, especially in student life, since I’m personally a student,” Howell said. “It’s really important that she’s around to see what’s going on and I believe she is.”


September 12, 2017


Towson pays tribute to 9/11 Physics students Towson University remembered and honored those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attacks, and in the wars that followed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Community members gathered at noon on Newell Field on Sept. 11 to pay tribute during a ceremony planned by Benz Armstrong, the director of military and veterans services at Towson. The event featured Maryland’s 9/11 Rolling Memorial, which was established by Chuck Ritz, co-founder of The Hope and Peace Foundation. After University President Kim Schatzel and Armstrong greeted the audience, Tracy Miller, an advisor for veterans and ROTC students, read the names of Maryland residents lost. After each name was read, the bell was tolled by Armstrong. “This is Maryland’s 9/11 Rolling Memorial,” Ritz said. “We unveiled it last year on the 15th anniversary. It’s the only rolling memorial in the state dedicated to the 69 Marylanders killed on 9/11 and also the 141 others last year, including Tracy’s son, Nick, who made the ultimate sacrifice on the war on terror.” Towson was the Rolling Memorial’s second ceremony of the day. The Rolling Memorial started the day at the Parkville Fire and Police stations, where the firefighters and police officers tolled the bell a total of 415

times for the 343 firefighters and the 73 law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11. “Since we unveiled it four months ago, we are already adding four more names to it,” Ritz said. “So there is a total of 145 Marylanders who made the ultimate sacrifice on the war on terror since then.” The memorial features a 99-year-old bell which was cast in Baltimore and was carved with the names of the total 214 Maryland victims of the attacks and the wars that followed, including three Towson University alumni; Honor Elizabeth Wainio, Major Robert Marchanti, and Sergeant Major Wardell Turner. Wainio was a mass communication major at Towson and was killed on Flight 93 during the attacks. Wainio’s previous employer, Discovery Communications, established the Towson University Elizabeth Wainio Memorial Communications Scholarship, which honors her memory while helping students in the College of Fine Arts and Communication achieve their dreams. Marchanti and Turner were both killed in action. Marchanti was a physical education major who taught for 17 years before he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 with the Maryland National Guard. The Major Robert Marchanti Endowed Scholarship was created in his honor to help deserving student athletes. Turner attended Towson University on a football scholarship and gradu-

ated with a degree in management. He was killed in Afghanistan. The Wardell Turner Scholarship is awarded annually to a Towson University defensive back who is in good academic standing and exemplifies the qualities that Turner embodied. The ceremony also featured motorcyclists who rode to campus, following the Rolling Memorial to remember those who died. Elementary education major Victoria Ziolkowski hopes that people will always remember 9/11 and the events that followed. “I feel like it brings us together and helps us to remember an event that should never be forgotten,” Ziolkowski said. “I actually came to this because I lost my third cousin in the South Tower, so I just figured I would honor him,” freshman Megan Granitzski said. “I never really got the opportunity to meet him obviously because I’m 18 and I was two [when the terror attack occurred]. Plus my Dad is a state trooper in New Jersey and he was actually there the night of because he works with Homeland Security. I’m definitely very happy that [Towson did something to commemorate 9/11] because I feel like as time goes on more people are doing less with it, and I think it’s very important to recognize it.” -Bailey Hendricks contributed to this story.

Bailey Hendricks/ The Towerlight Benz Armstrong, Chuck Ritz, Tracy Miller join Towson community members in remembering the Maryland victims of 9/11 and resulting wars during a memorial ceremony at Newell Field.

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Mary-Ellen Davis/ The Towerlight Towson’s Society of Physics Students was awarded the Marshal W. White Outreach Award for their science outreach programs.

Towson University’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students won the Marshal W. White Outreach Award for the second consecutive year for its outreach programs in schools and the community. Senior and SPS president Sean Spencer said the chapter runs outreach programs such as “Science After Hours.” As part of that program, members go to schools and academies, like Wolfe Street Academy in Baltimore, every Friday to help get people interested in science. “Basically our science project program is our premier outreach program,” Spencer said. “We’ve set it from the ground up, and it’s gained a lot of attention, at least from our national organization. They’re using it as a model to build their guidelines for how other chapters will set up their outreach programs.” Spencer said SPS has used the money from the grant to buy materials and supplies for kids and do demonstrations for them. SPS treasurer Bailey Spalding, a senior and applied physics major, said his favorite memory with SPS is doing outreach. “There was one kid, his name was Trevor,” Spalding said. “He was my favorite. He was a little tiny kid who was obsessed with everything. He knew everything about science and he would always ask me, like, a thousand questions every time. I actually felt like I was helping a kid.”

In addition to continuing to push “Science After Hours,” senior and SPS Communications Director Hamna Ali would like to start getting the group more involved with the rest of Towson’s campus. Ali suggested collaborating with organizations like the Women in Science Club or the Geology Club to make SPS “more of a presence on the campus.” Along with outreach, the SPS strives to be inclusive. With many women active in SPS, both on and off the executive board, there are hopes that more women will begin to get involved in science. In the Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics, 45 percent of students are women, according to 2016 enrollment data. Ali said that the presence of female scientists in Towson’s science department is encouraging for women working in scientific fields. “Something that keeps girls in the major is that we do have really great female faculty. They’re all doing some hardcore research,” Ali said. Vera Smolyaninova, a physics professor, highlighted the importance of encouraging women in the field of science. “I always point out in my classes that some of the most profound discoveries in the history of science are done by women,” Smolyaninova said. “Yes, we can do science and excel in it. But why should we do it? Because to understand how this incredible magic that we call science works is absolute fun!” -Marcus Dieterle contributed to this story.

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4/4 It feels like the Stephen King adaptations keep coming and coming, but no one can deny the zeal the fruitful author implements into all of his stories, a characteristic that translates gracefully onto the big screen, that is, if done correctly. While it is true that some of King’s works should have been left on the page, director Andy Muschietti’s vision of his seminal novel (or at least the first half of it, “Part One: The Loser’s Club” released Sept. 8) ranks among the very best of these re-imaginings, which is certainly no small feat. At the center of this barbaric tale is Pennywise the Dancing Clown, whose horrifying place in pop culture has nearly extinguished the clowning industry. Of course, this monster’s first onscreen incarnation took place in 1990 with the solid TV mini-series, and saw the frightening and overthe-top Tim Curry in the titular role. As iconic as that portrayal is, Muschietti lets us know early that he’s taking a different route, one as sinister as it gets. This liberation is on full display in the first scene, which is almost identical to that of the miniseries. Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher), a 12-year-old with a stutter, is sick in bed, but his little brother, Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott), pesters him into building a nifty little paper boat. Georgie dashes out into their neighborhood in small-town Derry and places his boat on the curbside stream conceived by ferocious rain, and gaily splashes around as the “S.S. Georgie” glides down the road. And then, the boat falls down a drain. This is when we meet Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), and the moment he tells Georgie that he’ll float, too, is when anyone who has seen the miniseries will know that this

“IT” is different – it is gory, it is bold, it is scary, it is hilarious and “IT” has already earned a spot as one of the most twisted horror movies of modern times. Muschietti and writers Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman push the action forward into the late 1980s, and make many other changes to the source material – and what adaptation doesn’t? Despite this, they masterfully capture the terrifically terrifying essence of the story. If this is not the best Stephen King movie, it is certainly the most faithful. One of the film’s greatest pleasures is in its pacing, and how it takes its time introducing us to the seven members of the “Losers’ Club.” We know Bill’s backstory, but this allows us to learn more about the others, draw genuine sympathy toward them and their painful realities and understand why these self-proclaimed “losers” gravitate towards each other for friendship. Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis) has the unjustified reputation for being the school slut and comes home every night to an atrocious father. Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), a victim of an overprotective mother, nearly drowns himself with his inhaler and various pills; he has an account at the local pharmacy. Mike’s (Chosen Jacobs) parents were killed in a house fire. Richie (Finn Wolfhard), the group’s joker, is ironically terrified of clowns. Stanley (Wyatt Oleff) is tormented by a painting in his rabbi father’s study, and Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), the overweight new kid in school, spends his time studying the history of Derry’s tragedies, where the death rate is six times greater than the national average, and that’s just adults. The film is careful in the time it spends with each child. With the exception of Billy, each Loser gets a proportionate amount of screen time, with the script never straying too far away from the clown stalking

them and his malicious agenda. Family is never really a factor, unless it has to deal with one of the Loser’s terrors. Whereas we see Beverly’s dad and Eddie’s mother, and hear Mike tell us about his parents, there aren’t really any signs that Ben or Richie even have a family. The Loser’s Club is all any of them really have. And if the dancing, psychotic clown weren’t enough for the Losers, school bully Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton) is after them as well. If you think that couldn’t get any worse, just wait for a balloon to pop up at the Bowers’ place. Pennywise assumes dominance over these kids by taking the form of each of their deepest fears; whether that be a leper, a painting or his customary clown persona, any scene Skarsgård is in is one you don’t want to miss. With that said, the most effective scenes in “IT” are the ones where the kids are separated from one another, forced to face the manifestation of fright alone. Eventually, they all decide to take up arms against the demonic being, but before the war begins,

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The movie poster features a young boy in a yellow raincoat facing a tall and menacing figure reaching out of the shadows. Pennywise indisputably has the upper hand. It isn’t until they realize that they don’t have to be afraid when they begin to show some strength. In any film like this where kids are an integral part of the story, so much is left in the hands of casting. Each of these actors have their own moment where they are the star of the show, and there is never a slipup; the intensity never fades. Because of these strong performances, both the horror and the non-horror storylines mix well. The “IT” miniseries also had some stellar young performers; many agree that the second half, which featured primarily the

adults, was its downfall. Not only had the Losers lost their appeal in their 40s, but this was released in the early 90s and the available technology could not support the supernatural abilities of Pennywise. Nearly thirty years later, that problem has resolved itself, and the idea that the clown has complete freedom to do anything at any time is truly terrifying. With the recent spike of intriguing independent horror films and the second chapter of “IT” having already been announced, “IT” could (hopefully) mark a turning point in the blockbuster genre: the return of the slasher.

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Pennywise, the iconic clown from the Stephen King horror novel “It,” has been reinvigorated in the 2017 film adaptation directed by Andy Muschietti and starring Bill Skarsgård and Jaeden Liberher.

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Study Abroad Fair promises exciting future

Advisers, program managers organize a day to cater to students’ desires to travel MCKENNA GRAHAM Arts & Life Editor DOMONIQUE HUME Contributing Writer

In an event geared toward students interested in going abroad through a variety of means, Study Abroad program coordinators, peer advisers and representatives held an event Sept. 7 in the University Union’s Potomac Lounge at 11 a.m. Gloria Kaumbutho, junior international studies major, was particularly interested in traveling to Latin America. “Immersing myself in Latin American culture would be great for me,” she said. For those looking for a more expansive experience, Semester at Sea is a third-party program that focuses on giving students three and a half months of sailing around the coasts of continents, stopping in the ports of 11 different countries, and giving students the opportunity to

explore and make excursions into each different country. “We want [students] to know about all the opportunities that are available to them while here at Towson,” said Holly Tawil, Semester at Sea’s Senior Regional Director of Un i v e r s i t y Relations a n d Enrollment. T a w i l explained that there are many scholarship opportunities that students can take advantage of. Towson provides its students with the Institutional Study Abroad Scholarship, scholarships based on

destination, scholarships based on applicant identity and academics and a scholarship for students in the Honors College. An extensive list of scholarships, both from Towson University and from outside organizations, is provided on the “Scholarships & Financial Aid” section of the University’s Study Abroad webpage. For students who still think the opportunity to go abroad is economically unfeasible, financial aid may be applied to TU exchanges, TU programs and TU-approved third-party programs, although some restrictions may apply.

Towson student Leah Therres studied in the United Kingdom and took advantage of the financial aid opportunities. “I traveled to six or seven additional countries besides the U.K.,” Therres said. “I traveled pretty much every weekend during the semester around the U.K. On my spring break I went to five cities in continental Europe, and during finals I went to Ireland for a couple of days.” The Study Abroad office has different advisers based on your desired location, peer advisers and handouts with a step-by-step breakdown of actions required by you, your academic adviser and others who will coordinate to contribute to your experience abroad. The Study Abroad Office is located in Room 408 of the Psychology Building and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To contact them, call (410)-7042451 or send an email to


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Inspirational artist visits Towson, exhibits works JESSICA RICKS Staff Writer

Printmaker and founder of Printmakers Open Forum Shelley Thorstensen shared her artistic process for creating prints, urging audience members to never give up their craft, at the opening of her exhibition at Towson University on Sept. 7. Throughout the presentation, Thorstensen explained the four different types of printmaking, showed some of her favorite art pieces and explained where she gets her inspiration, while making the audience laugh with her unique way of explaining things. “You’ve got to keep yourself amused while you’re doing this type of thing,” she said. Printmaking was something Thorstensen wanted to do from a young age. When she was 7 years old, her parents had an etching on display in their living room and it captivated her. One day, her mother asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up, and she said she wanted to create etchings. While many people grow out of their ambitions, from being an astronaut to being presi-

dent, Thorstensen still has yet to lose her drive and her desire to create. “I’m all set,” she said. “I want to keep working like this. I love doing what I’m doing.” Thorstensen specializes in all printmaking techniques, particularly hand-pulled, color multi-print media. She’s inspired by nature, the way light touches objects and her personal experiences. Each of the pieces she showed had a deep meaning to her, whether they are inspired by the flowers and roots growing in her garden, or her personal experiences with religion and growing up. Each consists of many subtle layers, colors and details. Bethany McGlyn, a senior art history major, was fascinated by the technique and artistry that went into Thorstensen’s work. “It’s really awesome to see the parallels in her prints and what they mean,” she said. “I’m an art historian, so the logistics of it make no sense to me. It’s crazy how intricate it is and how many layers go into it.” In order to make the most of her passion, Thorstensen founded the Printmakers Open Forum, a business that she built with her husband, Dale Baggerley. There,

she practices printmaking, teaches workshops and does research. She calls the business a “home for wayward print girls and boys.” There are always five to six projects at once in Thorstensen’s workshop. It’s a never-ending process for her and she emphasized how important it is to never stop, no matter what you think your work looks like. “Don’t stop, even if you don’t make anything for a long time,” she said to the audience. “Keep making things. Even if it’s not perfect, you can’t stop.” In addition to owning the Printmakers Open Forum, her work can be found on display in The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Kenosha Public Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as numerous other spaces. Thorstensen’s exhibition, on view in the Holtzman MFA Art Gallery until Oct. 7, is part of a four-part printmaking series called Printfest, which will feature a collection of four exhibitions of prints and printmaking in the 20th and 21st centuries. A Print Forum panel discussion will take place on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m., featuring renowned printmaking experts as guest speakers.

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Shelley Thorstensen, the founder of Printmakers Open Forum, stands in front of one of her pieces, titled “(Like a Radio).” Thorstensen’s works will be on display in the CFA until Oct. 7.

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An evening of involvement

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Sept. 6 found Towson students exploring the Involvement Fair, where some of Towson’s 300+ on-campus clubs and organizations tabled until 6 p.m. to get students involved.

Keep an eye out for shady eyewear KERRY INGRAM Staff Writer

If you’re a college student who has been on the internet lately (aka all of us), I’m sure you’ve seen the abundance of eyewear brands popping up all over social media. From promises that their glasses will get you tons of “likes” in real life, to offering reposts on their pages for more followers, these brands are pulling out all the stops to get teens and college-aged consumers buying their products. The brands’ usage of social media enticement only makes sense – in today’s world, anyone and everyone can be an “influencer,” providing free marketing for companies through tags, retweets and the click of a “like” button. Some companies even allow the average consumer with a great enough following to become a “social media promoter,” a title given for free promotion in exchange for free product and/or special discounts. Douglas Rushkoff, an American writer and correspondent for PBS, spoke on how brands succeed in getting free marketing through consumers in the PBS documentary, “Generation Like.” He mentioned the idea that millennials want popu-

larity and attention, and that social media marketing has made that easier, “by giving kids a chance to be a part of the game – fame by association.” Companies are also aware of the self-interest of consumers. Consumers want affordable products with high quality, and are exposed to more options and deals to choose from thanks to the internet. This creates more opportunities for brand competition, as well as the demand for lower prices. New eyewear companies have identified this, and are using popular social media platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook, to attract customers with low prices and supposed “designer quality.” These brands use popular celebrities and social media influencers to promote their products, and encourage regular consumers to apply for promotional benefits, but are these brands advertising deals that are too good to be true? In this week’s Towerlight “Trendy Tuesday” video, I debunk four popular social media eyewear brands to reveal whether or not they are as trustworthy and high-quality as they seem. Make sure to head over to The Towerlight’s YouTube channel to discover what brands you should buy, and what brands you should block.




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Neck Deep in good tunes CHLOË WILLIAMS Columnist

Hey, Tigers! It’s a great day to dig into some brand-new music, and I have the perfect new release to review. On Aug. 18, pop-punk band Neck Deep dropped its third full-length album, “The Peace and the Panic.” This record will resonate with fans of blink-182’s hit album, “California,”and any listeners looking for a message alongside the music. “The Peace and the Panic” explores diverse themes including: existentialism, politics and struggles of the modern world. The

album is crafted in such a way that listeners are taken through a melodic journey that transcends between lighter and heavier tracks with ease. The album begins with “Motion Sickness,” firing away with a catchy guitar hook and hopeful bridge promising, “You’re on your way.” The song speaks out to the little voice inside all of us wondering if we really can accomplish lofty goals. Next up is “Happy Judgement Day,” a politically-packed single poking sharp jabs at ideas of “building walls,” engaging in warfare, and consuming biased media.

This track holds a bouncing, recurring guitar line and a resonating key change to drive the issue (and song) home. “The Grand Delusion” is a lighter track that kicks in with a head-banging guitar line. Singer Ben Barlow plays with diction and rhythm to create lyrics that move both quickly and slowly in the same verse. The bridge holds electronic qualities and an ambient guitar line transcending into a harder-edged cry out “from holding it all in.” Next is my personal favorite, “Parachute,” which centers largely around upbeat ideas of freedom


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and love. Perhaps the most attractive feature of this track is the soft and sincere bridge that builds in momentum, changing into a desperate yearning to “break out and get away.” A radio clip precedes the entrance of “In Bloom,” reminding us of the album’s previous political messages, but setting the stage for new issues to arise. The chorus is crafted so that it bounces freely, creating a lighthearted mood. The track fades away with clean, ambient guitar-playing, leaving the listener with a nostalgic feeling. In “Don’t Wait (feat. Sam Carter)” we are thrown into a driving, edgy piece that demands your attention. Here, we return to a harsh critique of politics and media consumption. A somewhat tonal guitar line is accompanied by clear drum hits to create a complex auditory experience. “Critical Mistake” begins with a humorous voicemail letting us know we can take a break from the heavy issues for a while. This song features a clean guitar line, bouncy lyrics and the relatable theme of dealing with a difficult relationship. “Wish You Were Here” is a track to take listeners back to school days and the summertime. Imagery of photographs and wistful moments long gone follow through the somber acoustic guitar, longing vocals and driving percussion. Fading in from the last track are the slowly rising guitar lines of “Heavy Lies.” The drum beat is sure to inspire some head-bobbing, while lyrics will relate to thoughts

of late nights with a new love. The bridge is introduced with a high-energy instrumental section followed by gently spoken lyrics that transform into a bright reinstatement of the original chorus. Possibly the most emotional song of “The Peace and the Panic,” “19 Seventy Sumthin’” describes the loss of a loved one and the importance of family. After hearing light percussive shakers and sweet, chiming guitar, the song changes to a darker atmosphere. As the intensity progresses it is easy to identify with Barlow’s cry out to overcome and persevere through difficult times. The final track, “Where Do We Go When We Go,” introduces a guitar pattern before transitioning it into a chugging rhythmic accompaniment. The drum provides a head-banging backbeat and a moving bassline can be easily distinguished. This track tells the story of an existential awakening as Barlow makes his final statement on the record, “I just wanna get one up on life before it kills me.” “The Peace and the Panic” demonstrates everything that, to me, is right with modern pop-punk, destroying the stereotype that rock music is “just noise.” Neck Deep manages to craft diverse and mature instrumental work while pairing thoughtful and important messages designed to make the listener think. This album is not just another record to nod along to (though who can resist?), but is also an intelligent art-piece that any given listener should not walk away from unimpacted.

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tu off to historic start after win Tigers earn five victories in the Towson Invitational to win 11 consecutive games JESSIE L. BAIRD Staff Writer

The Tigers are off to their best start in program history after sweeping the competition in the five-day Tiger Invitational at SECU Arena. “We knew that coming into this weekend it was possible,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “The girls played very well and fought out, staying in a tight match and a match that went over the allotted amount of points.” Towson (11-0) swept Lafayette (1-9) to finish the weekend, posting scores of 25-13, 25-17 and 25-17. Sophomore outside hitter Annie Ertz led the way with a double-double while junior Jocelyn Kuilan added 13 kills from her right side position. Sophomore setter Marrisa Wonders added 23 assists and redshirt junior defender Anna Holehouse added 19 digs in the victory. The Tigers tied the best start in school history with a 3-1 win over Eastern Michigan (7-5) in the first game of Sunday’s double header. “We knew we would have a couple difficult matches, the most difficult [being] Eastern Michigan,” Metil said. Ertz and junior Peyton Moyles

both recorded a double-double in the match. Wonders added 32 assists and Holehouse registered 21 digs. “We are giving them the confidence to work through some things before we jump up, panic and call a timeout,” Metil said. “It’s a young team that will need to learn to handle these situations on their own for times we can’t call a timeout.” In the third match of the weekend, Towson kept its hot start alive with a 3-0 sweep against Quinnipiac (1-12) Saturday night. The Bobcats rushed out to an early 6-0 lead, but the Tigers charged back to tie the first set 8-8. Later in the set, the Tigers took a 14-9 lead before completing the comeback with a 25-16 victory. Towson won the next two sets 25-20 and 25-14, respectively. Wonders put on an impressive performance with a match-high 22 assists. In game two Friday, Towson defeated George Mason (2-8) in straight sets to stay unbeaten. Junior outside hitter Carola Biver posted her fifth straight double-digit kill performance. She also had five digs, three assists and two blocks. Wonders led the team with 18 assists, while putting up eight digs. Holehouse finished with 11 digs and six assists. Towson opened the weekend

with a 3-0 sweep of California State Fullerton (4-6) behind double-doubles from Wonders, Moyles and Biver. The Tigers showed a balanced effort in the win. Nine of the 11 athletes to appear in the match recorded at least one kill, while holding the opponent to a .017 hitting percentage. The Tigers return to competition on Friday, Sept. 15, as they travel to Rochester, Michigan, for the Golden Grizzlies Invitational. They will look to stay undefeated as they open play in the afternoon against Fort Wayne.

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Towson takes on VCU in a regular season game at SECU Arena last fall. Towson won 3-1 (Top). Junior Jocelyn Kuilan prepares to serve the ball in the same game against VCU last season (Bottom).


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Tigers fall to Patriots on controversial officiating call

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Junior middle blocker Olamide Sonuga earned tournament MVP honors this weekend in the Towson Tiger Invitational. She finished the tournament with 32 kills, 23 blocks and a .448 hitting percentage. Brendan Felch/ The Towerlight

Towson junior forward Evelyn Neidert dribbles the ball up the pitch with two attackers at her side. Neidert recorded one shot, but did not record a goal in Towson’s double overtime loss to George Mason.


Towson fell 2-1 against George Mason in a match that went into double overtime Sunday at the Tiger Soccer Complex. The Patriots (1-6-0) scored the game winning goal on the Tigers (3-4-1) with just three seconds left in the second sudden death overtime. Senior goalkeeper Taylor Sebolao made several saves early in the game for Towson. She kept the team’s defense afloat by recording three saves in the first half, and nine saves on the day. Junior forward Emily Littell scored the first goal for George Mason, converting on a penalty kick for the Patriots 55 minutes into the game.

In the 71st minute of the contest, the Tigers found the equalizer thanks to a goal from senior midfielder Maddie Bove. After missed chances from both sides in the overtime, the clock ran down in the final 10 seconds when the referee initially called a foul on George Mason. However, the referee indicated that he made a mistake and the foul was on Towson. He called for the clock to stop, which does not typically happen following a foul. On the ensuing free kick, Littell sent a cross into perfect position for senior forward Erin Mitchell, who headed it in to seal the win for George Mason. “If you don’t want to deal with the human error of officiating, then you play a sport that doesn’t require subjective opinions,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said. “It’s a sport so you gotta learn to deal with it.”

There were nearly 30 fouls in the game. The Tigers had 12 fouls while George Mason was called for 15 fouls and two yellow cards. Towson will continue non-conference play against Temple on Friday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. and Georgetown on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m.

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tigers shelled by terps Photos Courtesy of Matt Regan and Marquise McKine/ The Diamondback

Sophomore wide receiver Nick Gray blocks a Maryland defender in Saturday’s game at Capital One Field in College Park. The Tigers were defeated by the Terps 63-17 (Above). Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stover is sacked in the backfield for a loss. In his first career start, Stover went 21-for-36 and threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns (Below).


Making his first career start, redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stover drove Towson downfield from the 1-yard line after watching his defense make a goal-line stand on fourth down. The 6-foot-4 Oreland, Pennsylvania, native got the Tigers (1-1, 0-0 CAA) into good field position, but threw a costly pick six to defensive back Darnell Savage Jr., which sparked a 63-17 Terps (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) victory. “In order to beat [Maryland] or any money-five school, we’re going to have to play damn near perfect, cannot turn the ball over and have to get a break here or there,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. The Terps came into the game as the heavy favorites and looked to put the contest away early. Freshman quarterback Kasim Hill looked poised and confident in his first start, connecting with junior wide receiver D.J. Moore for scores on the first two drives. Maryland put up three touchdowns in the first quarter, but Towson remained collected.Stover marched his team downfield on an impressive 11-play drive early in the

second quarter. He capped off the drive with a touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Jabari Allen. That play marked Stover’s first-career touchdown pass and Allen’s first-career scoring reception. Stover’s confidence clearly elevated following that play. He was given solid protection throughout the day and complimented the play of his offensive line following the game. “We changed protections [because] we had a good feel for what they were going to do and we executed it well,” Stover said. Stover completed a 59-yard touchdown strike to freshman wide receiver Rodney Dorsey in the fourth quarter for his second score on the day. Despite the loss, Stover had a decent performance considering the level of talent that he was up against. He finished the game with a pair of passing touchdowns and showed nice scrambling ability, finishing with 52 yards on the ground. “Try being a redshirt freshman going up against a team that’s probably going to be ranked in the top25,” Ambrose said. “He did some really good stuff today.” Though Towson’s offense executed well at times, the defense had a tough time making basic tackles. Maryland put on another impressive

scoring outburst, led by a formidable ground attack. The Terps finished with 367 rushing yards overall. Junior running back Ty Johnson accounted for 124 of those yards on just five rushes. His longest carry came on a 74-yard touchdown run at the end of the first quarter. “We had a lot of missed tackles throughout the game and we just

need to wrap up,” redshirt junior defensive back Monty Fenner said. “They were bigger, but when you have an opportunity to make the play then you just have to make the play.” The Tigers finish non-conference play next week as they travel to face Saint Francis at DeGol Field on Sept. 16. They will look to regain

a positive record. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. “I know how good they can be,” Ambrose said of his players. “When they go back and watch the film of them against the almighty Maryland Terrapins and watch how they performed individually or as a group, I think their confidence levels are going to go up.