The Towerlight (April 30, 2019)

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April 30, 2019

reaching & riding SGA tickets ReachTU and Ride4TU are going headto-head to try to win the student vote, pg. 6

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Editor-in-Chief Bailey Hendricks Senior Editor Tim Klapac News Editor Mary-Ellen Davis Asst. News Editors Keri Luise Sophia Bates Arts & Life Editor Meg Hudson Asst. Arts & Life Editors Alex Helms



@Jod1ene Fool my endgame plans just got ruined tonight someone lmk @rnangoes someone plz watch endgame w me im in towson & don’t have anyone to see it w :(

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@kylerandall08 Towson movie theater just BLESSED by opening up a few more showtimes tonight. Got my end game tickets.

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@the3rdjp Yo, if you’re that dude who went to go see endgame last night at Towson Cinemark and wore a Spiderman Ps4 suit, your ass is fantastic and you should go on a date with me


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April 30, 2019

Stressing out about the future KAYLA HUNT Columnist

As the semester is coming to a close, many students are seeking new opportunities, whether it be a temporary job for the summer, an internship to gain experience, or the beginning of a mile-long career. Many students become stressed when searching for a job because many companies value experience. That's what many students are seeking when attending college: experience. Students are eager to jump into a never-ending tunnel of new ventures. However, it may be frustrating to do so when employers are expecting prior experience. Jason Shen, co-founder of the performance hiring platform Headlight, discusses the importance of highlight-

ing your abilities rather than your experience in his TedTalk. Shen advises that when applying for jobs, you should find ways to showcase your unique skills instead of just submitting the standard resumé and cover letter. Shen suggests that even if employers do not ask for things such as a portfolio, he believes that being able to demonstrate your abilities will lead to a higher chance in hire. This is a beneficial suggestion to students because many have completed relevant coursework for their field and can demonstrate the skills they've learned through portfolios, writing samples, previous projects, etc. The job search can be a stressful one and can be discouraging when being rejected from offers. However, there are a plethora of resources to help students find jobs that are a match for them. Standard resumés and cover let-

ters don’t allow students to display everything they've learned and experienced, so having a presence on social media platforms can be helpful as well. Websites such as LinkedIn and Handshake allow potential employers to view an online portfolio of relevant courses you've taken, skills that you have developed, clubs/organizations that you have been involved with, and much more. Students should drop by The Career Center, located in suite 206 of the 7800 York Road building, for one-on-one career counseling, help with resumé and cover letter development, and other online resources that assist with finding the perfect job for them. The Career Center also has online resources such as personality assessments, interview techniques, and other databases that help making students' search for opportunities smoother.

Body positivity in the summer SAMUEL SMITH Columnist

The sun is out and the temperature is up, which, for most of us, means bringing out the tee shirts, shorts, and swimsuits. However, some of us struggle more than others with the summer season. Some people aren’t the happiest in their bodies, aren’t the most comfortable in their skin. But, if that’s you, I challenge you this summer to be radically body positive. What do I mean by that? I mean love and accept every inch of yourself, even the bits that society (or your own critical opinion) deems “unworthy.”The aesthetic is arbitrary, and the idea that only white, cisgender, skinny, abeled bodies are attractive, or even deemed worthy of being seen during the summer months is absolute horse hockey! Fat folks, darker folks, disabled folks, scarred folks, transgender folks, and

all other folks deemed “not attractive” by the society as a whole do not disappear for the summer months! We are still here, and we still deserve to take up as much space as anyone else during the summer, in whatever condition our bodies are in! If you’re insecure about your looks, I challenge you to push your boundaries of what you think you are capable of looking good in. If that means wearing a bikini to the beach for the first time, work that! If that means lounging around in cargo shorts and a tee shirt at home, that’s awesome! If that means wearing brighter or pastel colors, you go rock those candy-colored clothes! Push your boundaries, and society’s boundaries, in a way that makes you comfortable and that is safe. And if you see someone heeding my advice (or someone else’s similar advice), or they’re just wearing what they want to wear, and you think their body isn’t “right” for it,

or you think they’d look better in something else, here’s a tip: keep it to yourself. Maybe that’s harsh, but the harsher reality is that people deserve to wear whatever makes them confident. See a guy with scars on his arms wearing a tee shirt? Don’t ask where he got the scars. See someone with a stoma or other medical devices, and you have questions? Rule of thumb: Google is free, utilize it, we’re not here to educate you, we’re here to get an education. And see someone wearing what you think is too “conservative” of clothing for summers, such as religious clothing like a burka or hijab, or even just a pair of jeans and a hoodie? Keep walking, they know why they picked that outfit out, and if you see a woman wearing a religious covering, her relationship to God and her religion is not up for someone with a white savior complex to debate or question. Enjoy the warmer days ahead!

Submit Mueller BRIAN SMITH Columnist

In 2016, one of Donald Trump’s main slogans that he used to get elected was the idea that he was going to Washington D.C. to “drain the swamp.” Now, two and a half years on, the swamp seems fuller than ever as investigations have uncovered considerable ethics issues with Trump’s conduct toward his staff. Furthermore, the release of the Mueller report has shown that Attorney General William Barr downplayed characterizations about Mueller’s findings that, whether criminal or not, raise major concern about this president’s fitness to serve in office. For starters, Mueller’s report found 10 possible cases of obstruction by Trump, who was saved by his own staff telling him “no” when asked to commit multiple acts of obstruction. This included when Trump asked former White House Counsel Don McGahn to help shut down the Mueller probe for fear that it could ruin his presidency and would later want McGahn to deny to the press that he ever made this request in the first place. Trump also asked former FBI Director James Comey to “take it easy” on their independent investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s interactions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Trump then proceeded to fire Comey soon after, due to Comey’s unwillingness to publicly state that members of the Trump campaign were not under FBI investigation. Additionally, Trump asked former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to tell Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland to draft an email saying that he did not instruct Flynn to call Russian ambassadors to discuss potential sanctions. While it remains unclear if that call ever took place, the ease with which Trump instructed his staff to lie and commit unlawful actions displays a blatant character flaw and a careless lapse in judgement. Another cause for concern came when Trump denied having any knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election. However, his campaign used stolen material against

Hillary Clinton that was obtained by Russian operatives. In fact, Russian agents went digging for political dirt only five hours after Trump encouraged Russia to go and “find” Clintons emails. Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, later defended and welcomed foreign interference on national television saying “there’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians.” Even when the former head of the DHS, Kristjen Nielson, wanted to discuss the pressing issue of Russian interference in 2020, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told her not to mention it. This was because it was widely understood that Trump became angry when discussing this issue as he believed this would further undermine his election victory in 2016. With all this information, a debate has unfolded on whether or not to file charges of impeachment against President Trump for obstruction of justice. However, due to Republican opposition toward this idea, some Democrats feel that a failed impeachment process would only benefit Trump and strengthen his wrongful claims of “complete and total exoneration.” On the contrary, many Democrats also hold to the idea that President Trump clearly meets the standard of impeachment, since any attempt to obstruct justice may still fall within the realm of criminal charges for his conduct in trying to prevent multiple ongoing investigations from continuing. For individuals following this school of thought, the decision should not be a matter of what is good or bad for political circumstance, but a matter of principle to involving a constitutional duty to impeach Trump for his actions. While there are cases to be made both for and against impeachment, it’s clear to see this president is not fit to serve in the office he currently holds. Not only did he willingly try to get his staff to break the law, but he knowingly and blatantly lied to the American people. President Trump knew about the Russian leaks and was glad to accept this foreign information from our adversaries so long as it helped him get elected. - To read the rest of this column online, visit


April 30, 2019


TU’s challenges Why I am a gay Republican to diversity EDWARD HIENER Columnist

Last week, a campus group affiliated with a national organization with links to white supremacist and nazis held an event on the Towson University campus. The national organization keeps a “watchlist” of faculty and students they’ve targeted because of their viewpoints. In Maryland, the only faculty members on this watchlist are faculty of color. The list links to phone numbers and addresses so people can call to harass them. This fits a pattern of intimidation and threats designed to silence people who disagree with the group. Other universities and colleges have banned the “watchlist” and spoken out publicly against this blackmailing of faculty. Chancellor Kent Syverud of Syracuse University spoke out publicly about these watchlists in 2017. He said “protecting the academic freedom of professors who get blacklisted is a tradition at Syracuse University dating back to McCarthyism.” He urged members of the senate to step up to support their faculty. As educators we call on administrators to disrupt the inroads of white supremacy on this campus and actively work towards building an environment where the concerns of students of color and other marginalized groups are the university’s mandate. Towson University is still a segregated university and is a location for white supremacist organizing right here on campus. In May of 2013 The White Student Union was an organization founded by a Towson student, who is a former member of Youth for Western Civilization. This group was the face of a new generation of white nationalists on campus. While the University administration says that they promote inclusion, white nationalists groups threaten the very idea of inclusion. These groups fuel hatred and ignorance and have been vocal and a visible representation of fascism on our campus well-before the Trump era. Our campus poses daunting challenges to people of color, to LGBTQ+ students, and to the diversity it seeks to promote. When groups with links to national white supremacists meet on campus, their explicit intent is to mock diver-

sity. In other words, their intent is to prevent dialogue, to prevent learning, and to intimidate discovery. These are the very values that make a university what it is. While we welcome teach-ins and similar interventions, we ask that Towson’s administration develop clear plans for addressing these threats. White supremacists represent the antithesis of our university’s ideals. We ask the administration to protect this university’s mission to educate. It is not enough to say that “we are a welcoming, diverse and inclusive campus”; we want action. We want commitments that result in material and structural changes for our university. These include a) hiring and retaining faculty of color b) releasing the results of the campus climate survey that was taken over a year ago c) developing support systems beyond the CSD for students of color, Muslim students and other students from marginalized religious groups, LGBTQ+ students who are under threat by such groups on campus. The Center for Student Diversity has taken on the task of providing structural support systems for and handling the complaints of hate biases on this campus. It cannot fall solely upon them to heal this broken community. We need campus-wide institutional leadership in both academic affairs and in student affairs. - Concerned Members of the Social Justice Collective (The Social Justice Collective is a collaboration of faculty, staff, and students committed to working for social and racial justice on and off campus.)

One of the biggest questions I get asked is ‘Why are you a Republican?’ The answer is simple; I love capitalism, free speech, the Second Amendment, and our president. While socially, I am a little more moderate, I am conservative on economics and foreign policy. To many people, being a gay Republican might seem like an oxymoron due to the stigma that surrounds the Republican Party. Many people within the LGBTQ+ community view the Republican Party as this evil, bigoted, and horrific party. But the truth is, that isn’t the Republican Party at all. Since I have come out, the Republican party has been one of the most accepting and tolerant towards my beliefs and lifestyle; however, I can’t say the same for my own community and the Democrat Party. Getting shunned by the party of tolerance and viewed as a Benedict Arnold has been an eye opener for me. You expect that your own, open-minded community would be tolerant and accepting of different viewpoints, you would be wrong. Dating, along with being accepted by other gay people, is one of the biggest challenges I have

ever had to face. I avoid politics as much as possible until directly asked what I believe and then I show my cards, the Republican card and the Trump card. Reactions range from “wtf is wrong with you” to “F-- Donald Trump” and even “you’re a fake homo” and people wishing death to the president. All of these reactions thrown my way just for daring to go against the status quo in the community. It feels like have been excommunicated from the LGBTQ+ community because of my political beliefs. It is ironic, since conservatives get clubbed constantly for being a “homophobic” party, when the progressive base of the Democrat Party can’t even acknowledge there might be some who don’t agree with their agenda. Just recently, the organization I am a part of, Turning Point USA Towson, hosted an event called ‘Winning the Meme Wars.’ Radical Democrats from Freedom School took videos slandering everyone in the room and asking people if they “recognized them” hunting them down and doxing people across social media. Later that night, homophobic graffiti targeting me was spray painted on Smith Hall signaling to me that I was not welcome. Towson University did

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Columnist Edward Hiener said the night of the Turning Point USA Towson, hosted ‘Winning the Meme Wars,’ this graffiti showed up.

not even contact our organization, has yet to make a statement on this, and has since covered it up as if it never even happened. So, why do Republicans get schlacked for being the “homophobic party?” Well, it’s rather interesting. Gay people have only been really accepted into society recently -- Republicans and Democrats both were not very fond of gay people. Not a lot of people recall the ‘Don’t ask Don’t tell’ bill that Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993. This bill restricted gay people from talking about their sexuality and engaging in sexual acts with each other in the military. These restrictions limited the freedoms that other people take for granted. The bill was later rightfully repealed by the Obama administration in the later years of his first term. It hasn’t been until recently that both parties overwhelmingly accepted LGBTQ+ people in politics. During his campaign, President Trump has made this an issue and is now the second president to have openly support gay rights. It has been both sides that haven’t really accepted gay people into politics until recently. So why do Republicans get labeled as the party of hate? The answer is simple: religion. The radical left smears the religious right as hateful towards the gay community to push their political agenda and silence conservatives. What a lot of gay people don’t understand is that not supporting gay marriage does not equal hate for gay people. This has become a club for leftists to use against people who oppose same-sex marriage, like the baker from Colorado who refused to make a same-sex wedding cake based on religious reasons. While I personally am not that religious, I do understand where these people come from, such as Catholics who view marriage as a sacrament. Don’t label somebody homophobic just because they are religiously opposed to same-sex marriage, it doesn’t mean somebody hates you if they don’t believe two men or two women should be married. Most religious people treat gay people the exact same way as they would anyone else. The false label of homophobia given to religious people is the biggest reason I am a Republican, I don’t support the smear and slander of religious people in the name of “social justice.”



April 30, 2019

SGA gears up for elections MARY-ELLEN DAVIS News Editor @Mel_Davis_1998

As Towson University students prepare for the end of the semester, the Student Government Association is in full swing for their election cycle. Looking to make serious change on campus, members from the tickets ReachTU and Ride4TU are going head-to-head before the polls open Wednesday, May 1. Students will be able to vote through Thursday, May 2. Ride4TU The second ticket, Ride4TU, is made up of presidential candidate Naimah Kargbo,vice presidential candidate Marlene Tubera, treasurer candidate Tasha’e Bell, attorney general candidate Alexandra Shields and chief of staff candidate Kori Whiteside. If elected, the all woman-of-color ticket plans to focus their initiatives on increasing the transparency of the SGA, increasing the association’s student involvement, community outreach in Baltimore, having internships funded by the University and advocating for mental health. “We want to put all our energy and passion into the students who make Towson University a great school,” the ticket members said in an email. Kargbo recognizes the need for policy change on Towson’s ever-growing campus, and said that if elected president, she will strive to foster the relationships that are a part of Towson’s communities. “I will prioritize the importance of all the individual identities on Towson’s campus and create a family environment,” Kargbo said. “I will advocate for equity and be the voice of the underrepresented on this campus.” Tubera seconded Kargbo, saying

that she has a passion to help student groups in whatever way she can. “I will always ride and fight for my senators as well as their student groups,” Tubera said. “As vice president [I] plan to work closely with all branches of the SGA to ensure that students and student groups utilize all they can from SGA.” The hope is that their initiatives will help make the SGA more approachable and accessible to students. “I will ensure allyship and advocacy from SGA to all Towson students,” Kargbo said. “I will strive to ensure relationships between all communities on our campus. I am committed to ensuring inclusion and equity at Towson University.” Yet, for Bell, it isn’t just about making SGA more approachable. She wants to make sure students and organizations are getting the funding they need. “As treasurer, I will work to adequately distribute student fees in an effective manner in order to further the mission of SGA and the university which are both to improve the quality of education and campus life here at Towson University,” Bell said. Ride4TU is concerned, however, that they may receive some backlash on their policies from previous administrations. Despite this, if elected they plan to push forward and make sure each member of the SGA is being held responsible for their actions so they can provide the best for the student body. “I want to ensure that each department is being held accountable to fulfilling their duties,” Whiteside said. Shields doesn’t just want to push accountability and transparency, but also being unbiased in decision making processes.




“I am running for Attorney General of SGA because I believe that I can help uphold and maintain the ethics, values, and mission of SGA,” Shields said. “If elected this would be my first time serving in SGA but I see this as beneficial to the organization. I will provide an unbiased perspective of all issues and hold everyone accountable as needed.” ReachTU Created by presidential candidate Lewis Laury, Jr., vice presidential candidate Maya Washington, treasurer candidate Deguene Ndiong and attorney general candidate Kathryn Foreman, the ReachTU ticket is looking to bring the SGA back to the students by sparking change within the organization if elected to office. To do that, the candidates took the time to sit down and speak with as many students as possible in order to form three main initiatives that ReachTU will focus on. “We wanted to tailor every initiative to the students,” the ticket said in an email. “In addition, every member of this ticket has experience in the SGA senate and knows how important it is being a voting member on campus. Every vote we have made was done on the belt of the entire student body and not our own personal biases.” The tickets first initiative is to provide adequate funding to student organizations. The candidates hope to do this by shifting spending away from SGA activities and back to student organizations. “For too long, the Towson SGA has been able to squander student fees on trips, food, and other frivolous expenses that has no impact on students outside of SGA at Towson University,” Laury said. “The time for this careless spending ends now; which is why I am running for SGA President.” Members of the ticket also hope to strengthen the partnership between the SGA and community members and repair the operation and function of the association. “The reason I am running is because the Attorney General for SGA needs to be someone who is very comfortable

with the SGA internal documents, such as the constitution and bylaws, because a big responsibility of the Attorney General is to make sure that the members of SGA are doing their work here for the students of Towson University,” said Foreman. “Currently, I [serve] as the SGA ProTe m p o r e of the S e n a t e where I look over the entirety of all the SGA internal documents, and I have gained a lot of knowledge about the constitution and bylaws of SGA.” For Washington, being part of the SGA is not about furthering herself politically, but instead about doing the work to better student life. “I am eager to help the student body and I see no point in waiting for someone to have the same hunger for change on this campus when I can be that change,” Washington said. Washington added that, if elected, her goal is to make senate members

understand the weight of their vote. “My main goal for this administration is to ensure that the legislature remains as a non-biased body and that we uphold our constitutional duties to the students,” Washington said. Ndiong said that if elected, she wants to increase the visibility of the SGA and its members so students know that the association stands by them. “My main goal for this administration is to ensure that the senators who work with student groups and pass the budget that goes into several aspects of campus life and understand the seriousness and depth that it holds,” Ndiong said. According to the ticket members, what sets ReachTU apart from their Ride4TU counterparts is the desire to be held accountable for their actions. “We want to advocate for policy at Towson that students truly want to see,” Laury said. “Complacency benefits no one.”



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SGA presidential candidates Naimah Kargbo (left) and Lewis Laury, Jr. are running with their tickets Ride4TU and ReachTU respectively.


April 30, 2019


TU holds unity rally after protest SOPHIA BATES Assistant News Editor @sophiabates23


The Towson University community gathered in Freedom Square Wednesday for a Unity Rally hosted by the Muslim Student Association. The rally started with an introduction from Muslim Student Association President Romesa Mustafa, who spoke to the rally’s purpose which they said was unity against hatred and violence following the Bible Believers’ protest two weeks ago. “What happened on Thursday may have been an external affair, but we have internal issues that you cannot deny,” Mustafa said. “What we shall focus on through is unity against hatred and supremacy, because together we are the ones who hold the power to prove love.” After her introduction, Mustafa

introduced the first speaker, Zainab Chaundry. Chaundry is the Director of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in the Maryland branch. Chaundry encouraged action on speaking out against hateful rhetoric and pursuing activism on the campus. “This is not the time to sit on sidelines -- this not the time to be quiet and complacent, this is the time to roll up our sleeves, to be loud, to be proud and to be unafraid,” Chaundry said. “The people who came to this campus last week, bringing hateful signs, want to move our country backwards, they want to take our country back to a dark place.” Baltimore County Administrative Officer Stacey Rodgers shared words of solidarity for the community. “And on behalf of the entire Baltimore county administration, we want you to know we stand in solidarity with you,” Rodgers said. After Rodgers spoke, representatives from three faith groups on campus including Muslim Chaplain

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Sanaullah Kirmani, Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry Pastor Laura Sinche and Executive Director of Towson Hillel Lisa Bodziner spoke for unity amongst the campus. Other speakers included freshman Iqra Zulfiqar, freshman Evelina Sarapi from the Towson Democrats, Sheri Razaq-Lee from Towson Freedom School and SGA Director of Diversity and Inclusion Jordan Lean. Kirmani feels that the interfaith relationship of Towson’s campus is a good representation of the beauty in unity. “All of these traditions speak of human freedom, the God-given ability to be free, the God-given ability to speak and whether it is Christians or Jews or Muslims, whatever you have, they want to be feeling the gift of faith and the gift of love, and for each one of them it is expressed in a different way” Kirmani said. “That for me is really attractive, so I am glad they all came here.” According to Sinche, the rally

proved that Towson’s campus could not be divided, especially in faith. “I think they [attendees] saw we weren’t willing to be divided. And we weren’t willing to have outside groups kind of whip us up into a frenzy, that we were willing to display the best of what our faith traditions are, and be united in that rather than separated,” Sinche said. Mustafa said that the rally sparked quickly following the protest to show the MSA’s support for the campus. “What we saw on the campus on Thursday was really hateful,” Mustafa said. “We wanted to have a little unity rally to show that we’re actually together in fact and that we’re going to stand together with each other, and that’s why I invited all the members that I could... just to know that we’re going to support you no matter what your identity is.” Chaundry felt as though the rally was a sign of empowerment for young Muslims in the community. “Anytime our young folks feel

empowered and protected, then we are doing our job. Our goal and our mission is to empower young Muslims and young Americans to feel like they can stand up for themselves, be unapologetic in all of their very complex or very basic identities,” Chaundry said. Zulfiqar, who delivered a spoken word that erupted applause from the attendees, feels that rallies and speeches are powerful for the community. “I have done about two, maybe three spoken words on campus and the response is always full of love and compassion and care,” Zulfiqar said. “Random people come up and hug me because my words touched them, so that’s when I realized that words are so powerful. Events like these, not going to lie, they make me emotional. To see people stand together as one in unity for someone they don’t know...or to say this is not going to be allowed at Towson...for people to stand for equality is something I truly admire about the human race.”

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Towson University celebrated Arbor Day Friday by hosting a ceremonial tree planting on Cook Library’s Beach in honor of becoming a Tree Campus USA and being designated as a Maryland People Loving and Nurturing Trees (PLANT) member. Towson was made a part of Tree Campus USA by The Arbor Day Foundation after successfully completing the application process that demonstrated the campus’s commitment to planting and caring for trees. The Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with The Maryland Urban and Community Forestry Committee of the Maryland Forestry Boards, awarded Towson the PLANT award for it’s care of trees. Chris Smith, from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service, presented the awards. The Glen Board of Directors, with the help of landscape services, organized the celebration. Arbor Day is a holiday that was designated in the 1800s to celebrate


trees and recognize the importance of planting them. Today, the holiday is celebrated worldwide to recognize the many environmental and physiological benefits of trees. Trees reduce the erosion of topsoil, provide shade, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife. “I also think trees can do things, not aesthetically but kind of for your inner piece,” said Daija Odom, senior at Towson and employee in the Office of Sustainability. “I don’t know, walking around this campus can make me happy at times and looking up at the trees and just seeing things.” The ceremonial tree planted is a Princeton variety of the American Elm. A lot of American Elms died as a result of the Dutch Elm disease, but the Princeton variety was able to survive during that period. “The Princeton tree is very special because I don’t know if most people know about the Dutch Elm disease that took out a lot of elms all over the country and the Princeton variety of this tree was one of the trees that lasted through that whole deal with all the

trees dying,” said Donna Anderson, Landscape Services Manager. “So we are very fortunate to have this variety here today and we hope that we’ll have very many more.” According to Assistant Director of Sustainability Patricia Watson, Arbor Day holds value at Towson because of the attention it brings to environmental action. “Arbor Day is important to the university I think just the acknowledgement of the environmental benefits of trees is something that we need to pay more attention to,” said Watson. “We need to value our natural spaces and we need to see them as coexisting with the development of the campus.” Kincade Stirek, Graduate Assistant for Civic Engagement at the Office of Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility, heard about the event through his office who partners with The Office of Sustainability. “I wanted to come and support The Office of Sustainability and kind of represent my office as well,” Stirek said. “And I’m an environmental science major, so of course I love the environment. I love seeing trees get planted.” - To read the rest of this article online, visit

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April 30, 2019


“High Crimes” leaves listeners energized TIMOTHY COFFMAN Columnist

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Orientation for life, art edition Art degree, what now? Under 30 panel GRACE COUGHLAN Contributing Writer

On April 25, the Division of Academic Affairs hosted its first ever, “Art, Degree, Now What? Under 30 Panel” in the Center for the Arts. The panel consisted of five different artists, under the age of 30, working jobs in various fields pertaining to, and revolving around, art. After the artists introduced themselves, the panel opened the floor to students with questions. The artists helped navigate every scenario, from what to do when facing constant rejection, to how to pursue a career in painting. Kelsey Bryner, the donation coordinator for the Baltimore Office of Promotions & the Arts, and a 2017 Towson alum, moderated the event. “I’ve gone to a lot of events, a lot of artists talks, [and had] a lot of conversations where I can’t relate to anything that the people in front of me are saying” Bryner said. “Everything they’re saying has nothing to do with what I am.” Bryner believes that it is important for students to recognize that coming out of college without your plans being in motion is a norm for new grads. While it might suck, not landing your glamorous, money-making dream job as soon as you graduate, it’s okay. While the panel was geared

towards content creation, there was talk about mental health, and the purpose of pursuing the work that you create. Multiple panelists spoke freely about their fight with depression after graduating, and struggling with finding jobs or carving a path to their passions and career. “Where was the orientation for after college?” said Symone Audain, special events coordinator at Baltimore Office of Promotions & the Arts. Audain offered that the idea of being the best, and happiest version of yourself comes with finding your “why.” “Why this field? Why this career? What about what you want to do makes you want to keep doing it with a full force of passion?” Audain said. The consensus on how to figure out your “why,” was to participate in informational interviews, which are conversations with a professional of a company or organization that you are interested in working for. These conversations can give you insight as to what the company’s goals are, as well as what you would be doing within specific job positions. One student asked what to do when dealing with no responses after sending in job applications. The answer was, don’t take it personally, and keep applying! The panelists discussed how it’s important to reach out to people, establish relationships and break

out of your shell. Always look for opportunities to gain new skills whether they bring you to your dream job or not. They also suggested that a solid cover letter, including the name of the hiring manager, is a critical factor when applying to jobs. Knowing more information will help you stand out. De’Andre Brown, a senior at Towson, and a graphic design major, found the panel to be an eye-opening experience. “It was a good way for me to see things in a different perspective, get a different perspective,” Brown said. “Them having this panel was a good way to understand the things that I need to do better to help myself get further in life, and to have my dreams and aspirations that I’ve always wanted.” The prominent message that rang throughout the event, was always be true to who you are and what you want in your life. Checking out event calendars, looking into organizations like Baltimore Office of Professions & the Arts as well as Maryland Art Place can help you get a sense of direction. “Talk to your professors! People don’t realize that professors are artists, and that they have resources, and they can help you,” Bryner said. She left the students by adding, “go to openings, go to talks, get yourself out there and meet people.”

The Damned Things is a supergroup composed of band members from famous punk and metal acts. Comprised of members of Anthrax, Every Time I Die, and Fall Out Boy, this act is a brilliant melding of those bands’ classic styles. Their last album Ironiclast was a pleasant outing when it was released in 2010, but how does this album stack after the band has reunited? From the opening track “Cells,” you know that you’re in for a high-energy great time. When the group reassembled, they lost members Rob Caggiano and Josh Newton. But they came back with a vengeance by hiring Alkaline Trio bassist Dan Andriano to fill out the sound. His bass tone is the glue that really makes this album jump out at you. But the star of the show is vocalist Keith Buckley, who can go from a heavy growl to a vocal belt at a moment’s notice. What most impressed me about this band is the contributions from Fall Out Boy members Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman. Even though I enjoy some Fall Out Boy, I was concerned about how their pop-centric direction would impact this album’s momentum. My apprehension quickly faded with each track as Trohman rips leads with Anthrax guitarist Scott

Ian and drummer Hurley switching from heavy metal thunder to a feel that has more of a swing to it. The album is not without its drawbacks though. The loss of Caggiano on guitar does show in places. The solos on these tracks suit the songs well, but it leaves you to wonder what the songs could have been if Caggiano had been at the helm. Also, the songwriting on this album is great but it isn’t as to-the-point as on their previous outing. Even those critiques feel like nitpicks though. This album’s style is more suited to the band’s metal-boogie aesthetic. The only way I could describe it is that this is a metal band that borrows a lot of the tendencies from bands like Guns N’ Roses. There are definite whiffs of the metal bands of old, but this band has that certain bluesy street punk swagger that Guns N’ Roses possessed in their greatest incarnations. Since Guns N’ Roses burned out in the mid-90s, so many bands have been trying to capture that same attitude, and many of them don’t succeed. So when bands like this do this hard rock swagger right, it is a sight to behold and amazing to listen to. Overall, this album is stellar, but if you’re not into a hard rocking style, it might not necessarily be your thing. This is an album for a niche market and is not necessarily for everyone. But for what it is, this album does this style extremely well. Definitely pick it up if you’re even mildly curious about some heavier rock.

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On April 26, supergroup The Damned Things released their second album. This album features new member Dan Andriano.

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Festival glamping MEGHAN HUDSON Arts & Life Editor

Sweaty. Dirty. Hot. Humid. Bland. Worth your money? Maybe not. This is your regular, typical, festival camping experience. Spending an entire weekend, under-prepared, or only with the necessities, can be pretty painful in a festival campground. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I love camping. I’ll remember to pack that nylon rope, extra tarp and rubber mallet before I even think about decorating my campsite. Please, after you somehow manage to squeeze all of your necessities into your car, where would you fit decorations, anyways? In 2017, I spent my first full weekend camping at a musical festival. Firefly musical festival, to be exact. The list of things we absolutely needed to survive the weekend: exhaustive. The list of decorations: a tapestry.

We lucked out, though, and between the lot of us, ended up with a tent to shade the sun a bit, and four tapestries to block each side. When I say these tapestries saved our lives, I kid you not. Camping in a crowded makeshift camping ground (which is really just in the middle of a field), you are always sweating. Don’t get me started on the makeup situation. Every morning at 6 a.m. we were greeted by a hot, fiery, viscous morning sun. On day one, I never loved those tapestries more than at 6 a.m.. Almost as if on instinct, all six of us left our camp tent, to lay under the breezy, shady tent. The privacy of the tapestries allowed us to continue sleeping until a more decent hour. I mean 6 a.m.? That’s only three hours of sleep under our belts at that point. Anyways, the point is, those decorations were worth it. Fairy lights? So much better than those harsh, bug attracting flood lights of lanterns. I learned that the hard way.

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We lucked out and ended up with a tent to shade the sun a bit and four tapestries to block each side. Tapestries make excellent photo ops right at your site! Sunglasses also make a great fashion statements. Here are my top five must haves to glamp up your festival camp spot. Trust me, it’s worth it. Tapestries - Emphasis on “-ies.” Having a few tapestries to hang around your site will not only provide more shade on those hot

summer days, but excellent photo ops prior to heading into the festival! Just remember to bring along a few stakes or clips to attach them down to the ground somewhere. They don’t work so well when they are flying around on windy

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mornings. Fairy Lights - While lanterns are great for inside of your tent, outside of the tent, they tend to be more harsh than necessary. Your light will become a bug hub. Fairy lights provide nice, soft lighting for your whole site, and keep the bugs more dispersed. Plus, they look super cute! Outdoor Rugs - A cute outdoor rug not only gives your site more curb appeal, but keeps you off the grass. After a while, sitting in the grass can not only get you dirty and invite bugs, but can leave nasty irritation marks all over your legs. Without rugs, you’ll end up sitting on your towels. It’s best just to bring them. Incense - Honestly, the best place to burn some incense is in the great outdoors. Having a nice smelling aroma can boost your mood a bit when you’re lacking sleep, and cover up that “I haven’t showered in days” festival smell. Just make sure you’re following festival guidelines and, well, don’t burn down your site. Portable Speaker - Arguably the most important thing to bring with you, is the portable speaker. Music should be playing 24/7. Practice your moves on site with your friends before breaking it down inside the festival. Yes, I hate that I said that, too. But seriously, bring your speaker, and a good, long lasting charger.

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Senior midfielder Timmy Monahan scored a season-high four goals in Towson’s 11-9 win over Drexel in the season finale. The Tigers will play the Delaware Blue Hens in the semifinals on the CAA Tournament.

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The Tigers final regular season game would be a battle all the way to the final whistle as the Drexel Dragons refused to go away. Despite surrendering the lead midway through the fourth quarter, Towson (9-4, 4-1 CAA) came back to defeat the Dragons (6-7, 2-3 CAA) 11-9 and clinch the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament. “I thought the guys did a good job playing through a good bit of adversity,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “We started the game out, we had quite a few penalties in that first quarter. It’s tough to get a rhythm on that and settle into the game that way.” The game’s back-and-forth storyline went into effect from the beginning. The Tigers’ start was not ideal, as the Dragons struck first just over two minutes into the game. Drexel’s opening goal came courtesy of a man-up opportunity. Towson would respond with two goals in 95 seconds as senior mid-

fielder Timmy Monaham and junior midfielder Jake McLean got on the board. The lead wouldn’t last long, however, as Drexel would again capitalize on the extra man advantage to tie the game at two. In the second quarter, Monahan would get another chance on net from the left side of the crease, and would go high to get his second goal of the day. “It’s been great to see [Monahan] respond with the past couple games after being sub-par, for him, in the previous couple games.” said Nadelen. “He got us going early and it was good to see his emotions.” Monahan would finish his afternoon with a season-high four goal performance. The Dragons went on a three-goal run before Monahan’s third goal with two and a half minutes left in the half cut Towson’s deficit to just one as Drexel entered halftime holding a 5-4 lead. Fortunately for the Tigers, the third quarter would prove to be their strongest as they would outscore Drexel 4-2 despite the Dragons leading in shots on goal 9-4. Junior goalie Tyler Canto was a key part to that

third quarter, recording seven of his 17 saves in the third. In the fourth quarter, Towson hit a bump in the road as Drexel took a 9-8 lead with 7:48 remaining. That is when junior midfielder Jack McNallen, taking faceoffs for the injured captain and senior face-off specialist Alex Woodall, sparked the Tigers by winning the ensuing draw and taking the ball down field for a quick strike to tie the game at nine. But the junior wasn’t done there. After Jake McLean gave Towson the lead with 2:14 remaining, McNallen would do it again, giving the Tigers an 11-9 lead with 2:10 left and firing up the Towson bench. “I couldn’t have been more happy for Jack and for our team to benefit from it.” said Nadelen. “For Jack to step up at that moment, obviously you can’t ask for a better response than to win the next faceoff, come right down the middle, and stick it home.” Next week the Tigers will travel to Amherst, Massachusetts for a CAA tournament semifinal match up against the No. 3 seed Delaware Blue Hens on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. The game can be streamed for free online via Lax Sports Network.


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After being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, the Capitals have a long offseason GLENN KAPLAN Staff Writer @glennkaplan13

Trying to win back-to-back championships in sports is hard for a reason. There are many things that have to go right for a team in order to win and then there are things that can go wrong. For the Washington Capitals, one of the few things that went wrong for them was that they looked out of gas in their Game 7 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There will be a new champion this season, but the Capitals should feel proud about what has happened since they won it all a season ago.

In this series, it looked like the Hurricanes wanted it more than them. Washington had way more talent than Carolina, but the Capitals were out coached and outhustled in this series. I am not saying that Todd Reidren is a bad coach, but I would find it hard to believe Washington would have blown a 2-0 series lead if Barry Trotz was still behind the bench coaching. They never lost a first-round series in his four years coaching with them. What also hurt them in this series was that winger T.J. Oshie suffered an injury by being pushed into the boards in Game 4 and he was sidelined for the rest of the series. Oshie is one of the top players on this team and he provides goal scoring and hustle for them. The power

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play also took a hit without him. After the Capitals’ convincing 6-0 win in Game 5 without Oshie, I thought Washington was going to be fine, but I was wrong. As a matter of fact, the Capitals have not fared in Game 7’s in the Alex Ovechkin era with a 4-8 record in those contests. With the offseason coming earlier than expected for Washington, it will be interesting to see what direction they head in. With many key players from this year’s team entering free agency this offseason, next year’s team could look very different from the one that not only hoisted the Stanley Cup last season, but skated off the ice last week in disappointment.

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Senior attacker Natalie Sulmonte provided the spark for the Tigers in their 17-14 win over Delaware. Sulmonte registered four gals and two assists to increase her season total to 48 goals. Sulmonte’s efforts led tot Towson’s fifth consecutive win as the Tigers earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.


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Tigers walk off to stay in contention

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The Tigers emptied the bench and mobbed freshman outfielder Javon Feilds following his walk off single to defeat the William & Mary Tribe on Sunday. The win moved Towson into a four-way tie for fifth place in the CAA Standings. The top six teams teams in the CAA standings advance to the CAA Tournament on May 22 in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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Heading into their weekend series with William & Mary, Towson had won seven of their last 10 games. Unfortunately, the hitting would struggle early on in the weekend as the Tigers (12-31, 6-9 CAA) would drop the first two games of the series before beating the Tribe (25-19, 7-11 CAA) on Sunday. For most of Sunday’s game, it looked as if a sweep at the hands of a conference opponent would be inevitable as Towson trailed 3-0 entering the seventh inning. “We had to have something go our way,” said Head Coach Matt Tyner. “William & Mary had made every play, looked great.” But a single by senior utility Richard Miller was followed up by a double from freshman catcher Trent Gast-Woodard that turned into an unlikely result. A throwing by the William & Mary went out of play,

allowing Gast-Woodard to score and cut the Tribe’s lead to one. “I had to send Miller and, luckily for us, it squirted through that catcher’s legs and Trent did a great job of hustling because if he doesn't get second base, he would not have gotten to the plate,” Tyner said. “That turned the tide, it raised our level up significantly. You need something like that to not only get the momentum going but to get the monkey off our back.” That seventh inning provided a necessary boost for the Tigers both on the mound and at the plate. Sophomore pitcher Jake Pecilunas put together another strong showing out of the bullpen. Pecilunas (2-0) allowed one hit through 2 1/3 shutout innings to keep the score at 3-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth. “[Pecilunas] embraced the role as a reliever and continues to work on command. Fundamentally sound, mechanically driven,” Tyner said. “Pec is on a roll and we wanted that type of situation for him.” Towson got the first two runners

on in the bottom of the ninth, setting up the perfect opportunity for the Tigers. A sacrifice bunt from GastWoodard moved the runners to second and third and a groundout from junior outfielder Tom Flacco tied the game at three. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and the winning run on third base, freshman outfielder Javon Fields stepped up to the plate. “You love to see the growth and you certainly love to see the confidence,” Tyner said. “[Fields] has got skills and charisma, he’s gonna be something. Fields would hit a looping fly ball into shallow right field. As the William & Mary fielders converged on the ball, Fields rounded second and the winning run was headed home. A Tribe fielder dove for the ball but it hit the ground, allowing the run to cross for the 4-3 victory. “To win it in that type of dramatic fashion, says a lot about our guys,” Tyner said. On Saturday, Towson couldn’t

catch a break, as William & Mary shut out the Tigers, 7-0. Despite six hits through the first five innings, Towson failed to get a run across. Missed opportunities, such as the Tigers failing to score after having runners on first and third to start the bottom of the third, are frustrating to see for a coach “I’m going down to the coach’s box and second guessing, what do you think an 18-year-old is doing?” Tyner said. “We had great pitching and we just sabotaged ourselves on the bases or couldn’t get the big hit. But this is tournament baseball and it’s tough.” Towson wouldn’t get another runner to third base the rest of the game. After Friday’s game time was moved up due to inclement weather, the Tigers couldn’t do enough offensively in the 5-2 loss. “One thing we need to caution, myself included, we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot, can’t make outs on the bases, play solid defense, be effective at the plate, continue to throw strikes on the mound,” Tyner said.

Although freshman outfielder Isaiah Winikur and junior first baseman Brad Powers each had solo home runs, Towson was unable to bring anymore runs across. Sophomore pitcher Josh Seils kept the Tribe in check for most of the game, William & Mary got to him for four runs, three of them earned. Seils (2-6) went 7 2/3 innings with five strikeouts. With 10 games remaining this season, the Tigers are in a four-way tie for fifth place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Standings with Delaware, Hofstra, and James Madison, whom Towson places this weekend. The top six teams make it to the CAA Tournament. “We want a shot of that conference tournament,” Tyner said. “Batten down the hatches and buckle up, because it’s about to get crazy up in here.” Towson travels to Harrisonburg, Virginia to face the Dukes in a threegame series, beginning on Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m.

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