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Opinion

September 11, 2018

New Bachelor an interesting choice BAILEY HENDRICKS Senior Editor

After dumping Tia Booth on “The Bachelor” spin-off, “Bachelor in Paradise,” it was announced the next morning on Good Morning America that Colton Underwood will be our next bachelor to star on ABC’s beloved reality TV show, “The Bachelor.” Bachelor Nation first met Colton on Becca Kufrin’s season of “The Bachelorette,” where Colton made it all the way to the final four. Colton dated Tia, who was a contestant alongside Becca on Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season of “The Bachelor,” before going on Becca’s season of “The Bachelorette.” Before it was announced that Becca would be the Bachelorette, there was a lot of speculation about Tia being a fan-favorite pick for the next Bachelorette. It is still unclear whether or not Colton became a contestant on “The Bachelorette” thinking it was going to be Tia or not. If I had to guess, however, I would say Colton signed up to get closer to Tia, assuming she would be the Bachelorette. Nevertheless, Colton met Becca and ultimately fell in love with her on the show. Right before Becca said goodbye to Colton on her season, however, Tia told Becca that she still had feelings for Colton. Although I believe Becca when she says Tia telling her this didn’t ultimately choose Colton’s fate for him, I have a hard time believing that it did not influence her decision. After Becca’s season was all said and done and Tia and Colton both went on “Bachelor in Paradise,” I assumed that they would go on the show and fall in love since they had such history in the first place. This, of course, was not the case though. When Colton went on the show, he acted very cowardly, not pulling Tia aside right away to talk to her even knowing their history and unfinished business. He instead chatted up other women before talking to Tia. To make matters worse, when Colton and Tia did talk, Colton told Tia that he didn’t know what he wanted or where he stood even though Tia was practically begging Colton to

be with her. Knowing Tia had such strong feelings for Colton, I felt so bad for Tia in this moment. Colton didn’t want her, but he also didn’t want anyone else to have her, which was so unfair for Tia. Finally, Colton agreed to commit to Tia. But after weeks of rainbows, finally a storm came between them. Colton unexpectedly broke it off with Tia on “Bachelor in Paradise,” and they both left Mexico soon after. I thought the whole situation that Colton put Tia through was very unfair and didn’t make her look the best. Instead of letting Tia explore relationships with other guys, Colton strung her along for weeks. He just kept her in his back pocket in case he decided he wanted her. Colton took Tia for granted and if he didn’t want to date her, he should have been upfront and honest and allowed her to go explore new relationships in paradise. I’m a bit confused as to why Colton was chosen to be the next Bachelor after breaking Tia’s heart when that could have been all been avoided if Colton acted better. That said, though, I can already see the narrative the show’s producers are trying to build. The three contestants that had the most speculation around them being the next Bachelor were Jason Tartick, who placed third on Becca’s season, Wills Reid, a cute nerd who placed fifth on Becca’s season, and of course Colton, who placed fourth on Becca’s season. If producers chose Jason to be the Bachelor, however, I don’t think they would have gotten that heart-throbbing, dramatic narrative they always aspire for reality TV. Same goes for Wills. Although, Wills had a much more spunky personality than Jason and it would have been very cool to see ABC have its first black Bachelor, especially since Wills was such a joy to watch. With Colton being a former NFL player, and having two failed relationships broadcasted on TV, first Becca and now Tia, and by being a virgin the story pretty much writes itself. Jason, although a sweetheart, was a little boring on TV (sorry Jason). - To read the rest of this column online, visit thetowerlight.com.

Need to understand athlete perspectives Many have closed minds after Nike ad and NFL Protests RYAN KIRBY Columnist

More than two years later, Americans are still debating the controversial decision of NFL players to kneel during the National Anthem. Nike announced that they would partner with Colin Kaepernick as part of their Just Do It campaign, and this has sparked renewed debate over the kneeling protest. Kaepernick began his protest in August of 2016 and since then more than 200 NFL players have joined. Originally Kaepernick’s protest began with him sitting on the bench during the Anthem, but a discussion with Nate Boyer, former 49er and Green Beret, convinced him to kneel rather than sit. Boyer met with Kaepernick and convinced him to take a knee by pointing out that, “Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect. When we’re on a patrol, you know, and we go into a security halt, we take a knee, and we pull security.” Kaepernick changed his protest to make his message clearer and protest in a way that respects the military. So, what are NFL players protesting when they kneel? I will let Kaepernick speak for himself. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Kaepernick is protesting racial injustice, NOT the U.S. military. I believe context is also important to understand why Kaepernick chose to protest. AfricanAmericans are over-represented in the prison population while receiving longer sentences for the same crime as whites, and being

arrested at three times the rate for illegal drug use, despite being equally likely to use drugs compared to whites. Kaepernick also began his protests a month after t he killings of Philando Castile a n d Alton Sterling b y police officers. Clearly, not everyone has agreed with Kaepernick’s decision to protest during the National Anthem. The predominant argument is that it disrespects America and our nation’s military. Not only is this logic fundamentally flawed, but it willfully ignores the issue the players are trying to bring attention to. Rather than listen or attempt to understand the perspective of the athletes, many have chosen to close their minds and wrap themselves in a form of false patriotism. As stated earlier, the protests are not about the military and their methods were even changed after exchanging ideas with a veteran. I cannot speak to what reasons every brave member of our military chose to enlist, but what I can speak to is the purpose of our military. The military Oath of Enlistment states “I, ____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States…” which includes the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Is it not ironic to be so deeply upset by a form of peaceful protest, far less divisive than flag burning that has been ruled a form of political speech by the Supreme Court in Texas v. Johnson (1989), that has been adapted to respect the sacrifices of soldiers

Nike has chosen to place their bet on Kaepernick and align themselves on the right side of history. The ad sparked widespread outrage among conservatives as many chose to burn N i k e clothes (if you a r e going to prot e s t regardless of my argument, please donate rather than burning it) and launch a boycott. Although conservative plans to boycott caused a 3 percent drop in Nike stock (which have since stabilized), online sales increased 31 percent. It feels safe to say that initial signs indicate that the business decision has worked out for Nike. It is also important to understand that protests are supposed to be uncomfortable, especially to the members who are benefitting from the status quo. If you do not care enough to listen to the issue the protesters care about, then why should they care if their peaceful protest upsets you? NFL players are bringing attention to issues of systemic racism and those who benefit from that system, even if they are not actively encouraging it, are the ones who are most upset by the protests. The players who choose to protest are choosing to use their platform to bring attention to a major issue in society and the fact that this conversation continues two years later is a mark of success. Instead of feeding racial divides and attacking NFL players for using their voices peacefully, I encourage you to work towards solving the very serious issues they seek to address.

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Dems must prioritize court nominations Impending Kavanaugh confirmation should motivate Dems CONNOR McNAIRN Columnist

This past week, details surrounding President Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee have dominated the news cycle. Brett Kavanaugh, former White House Staff Secretary to George W. Bush and current judge on the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia, has spent the past few days enduring an intense grilling from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. As is enumerated in Article II of the United S t a t e s Constitution, the Senate is responsible for advising the president in his choice of a Supreme Court Justice. And if the nominee is acceptable to a simple majority of senators – formerly sixty before Republicans invoked the nuclear option and weakened confirmation standards – they will be seated to the highest court in the land. It is true that surrounding Judge Kavanagh is a plethora of politically contentious realities, ranging from his work for the forty-third president to his seeming ambivalence regarding a woman’s right to choose, Obamacare, and gun rights. But for those who have implied that Democrats should not consider Kavanaugh (even though Republicans could simply vote on Kavanaugh in their absence), a grim reality exists: Republicans have every right to confirm Kavanaugh, and if they do, Democrats in large part have only themselves to blame. By no means do I advocate Kavanaugh’s political leanings and likely jurisprudence, and I strongly believe that Kavanaugh’s nomination would harm the country in

future legal predicaments. But in order for the Constitution to maintain its legitimacy in American political processes, its text ought not to be circumvented by political trickery and maneuvering simply because the party not in executive and legislative power disagrees with the nominee. Based on a long-standing frustration with perceived judicial progressivism, conservatives and Republicans have anchored their politics to the Court. Throughout the 2016 election, both in the presidential and congressional races, Republicans consistently reiterated the importance of a conservative judiciary. But in Democratic politics, urgency surrounding a potential court nomination has recently been non-existent. It is easy to strongly associate our own political visions and motivations with members of Congress and the president; after all, the legislature and the executive are the branches of government that the general public is allowed to directly influence. But what is often forgotten, especially by Democrats, is that the jurisprudence of Supreme Court justices play a monumental role in shaping the nation’s politics. In recent years, the Court has made unlimited the amount of campaign donations that big corporations can offer to candidates; it has extended the right for same sex couples to marry to all fifty states; and it has expanded individuals’ rights to own a firearm. In short, the Court has done and will continue to do countless impactful things, and in order for Democrats to adequately complement a desired legislative and executive

dominance in future, they must start prioritizing court nominations. President Obama made clear in 2009 that elections have consequences. His reasoning was that because he had won the presidency, secondary political consequences like judicial nominations, executive orders, and more were the natural result. Following the 2016 election, Democrats need to remember this declaration in the future. Now that Republicans have diluted judiciary confirmation standards down to a fifty-one vote majority, and given that the GOP maintains control of 51 seats, Kavanaugh’s confirmation is likely. And even if one Republican broke with party ranks and initiated a tie on Kavanaugh’s vote, Vice President Mike Pence would be the deciding vote. To Democrats who feel powerless, it is essential to harness the pessimism and potential cynicism surrounding the current state of politics and use these feelings to motivate outcomes in future elections. Much like the Republican Party has done recently, Democratic politicians and activists need to make court nominations a central voting issue. For those who wish to keep secure a woman’s right to choose, the healthcare of millions, the safety of children in school, and many other progressive achievements derived from court decisions, it is paramount that they not only vote, but also make judicial implications central to their voting behavior.

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Women’s role in media in shadow KAYLA HUNT Columnist

“The Middle” is an American sitcom that depicts the daily lives of a middle class family in Indiana. I recently watched an episode of this series, in which one of the main characters, Frankie, was at work and she presented an idea to her boss. Her boss was intrigued by the idea, but asked one of his male employees to repeat Frankie’s suggestion so that he would feel more comfortable with approving of it. Many sitcoms such as “The Middle” are known for providing comedic relief on societal issues. It has been underlined for many years that males are superior in the classroom, in the workplace, in society. It has been seen in many studies and in personal experiences that women do not feel comfortable sharing their opinions in male dominated forums. Has this uncomfortableness trickled down into the production of news? As an aspiring female journal-

ist, it is disappointing to see sexism being portrayed in the field of media. According to a survey conducted by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) in 2016, women continue to dominate about two thirds of graduates in the mass communications field, however, they only make up onethird of the media industry. It was reported in 2017 by the Women’s Media Center (WMC) that men are dominating U.S. media. Women receive 38 percent of byline and other credits as opposed to men who receive 62 percent. Also according to WMC, men produce most sports and crime justice, whereas women are more likely to report on topics such as health and education. It can be assumed that men are seen as more reliable, dependable sources than women, therefore resulting in men covering the majority of hard news. More women choose to pursue the field of journalism, however they do not nearly cover most of the news that we consume.

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Towson Remembers 9/11 MARY-ELLEN DAVIS News Editor @Mel_Davis_1998

It was 8:46 am on September 11, 2001 when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower of the World Trade Center (WTC). In the next 102 minutes, two planes hit the south tower and Pentagon, another plane crashed into a field outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and both towers of the WTC collapsed. 2,977 lives were lost. History Department Chair Christian Koot was a graduate student at the University of Delaware at the time, studying for his Ph.D. in history. Koot remembered first hearing about 9/11 on the radio. “I was actually on my way home from CVS having picked up photographs, back when you deposited film and go back a week later to get the pictures,” Koot said. “It was first thing in the morning. I don’t remember why I needed the pictures but I remember hearing it on the radio and getting back to my apartment, which I shared with another graduate student, and we spent six hours essentially watching it happen on TV.” Koot’s initial reaction was one of shock. “I think [there was], like many people, a sort of wondering where this came from,” Koot said. “Not understanding very much about the Middle East, not understanding very much about al-Qaeda, I think it was something I had read about. I could remember the Clinton attacks from whenever that was ‘96, ‘97 but only vaguely. Osama bin Laden was one of those people you read about every once in a while but had no context for.” University President Kim Schatzel also recalled the event, saying it started while she was at the gym before going to work at University of Michigan-Dearborn. “I was on a treadmill and they interrupted the Today Show saying... a plane had struck one of the towers,” Schatzel said. “Initially

everybody didn’t realize it was a large domestic, they thought it was a small aircraft, so they were talking over the fact that it was a small aircraft and then they finally cut to a helicopter shot showing the tower on fire and they were still getting news and they still thought that it was an accident that a plane had run into a tower. And I’ll never forget as they were doing it the second plane hit and the commentary people were just like ‘it can’t be that,’ and then everybody realized that it was an attack, that New York was being attacked.” Dena Allen-Few, a student and veteran at Towson, was part of the Army Reserves at the time. She was at Fort Belvoir making up for missing drill when her sergeant called her into his office. “I am doing preventative maintenance checks on my excavator, and my battle buddy and I- he was a mechanic- he and I were just there doing maintenance work on the construction equipment, and my sergeant comes running out of the office at the motor pool and was like ‘you need to come inside, you need to see this,’” Allen-Few said. “We were just completely dumbfounded as to why he was wanting us to stop what we’re doing to come inside and watch something, but he had the news on, on a TV in his office and when we got in they were doing replays of the first plane hitting.” Her initial thought was that she was watching a movie trailer. “I was not quite 21 at the time, I was 20, and my first initial thought was like this can’t be real,” she recalled. Then, according to Allen-Few, a plane hit the Pentagon, forcing the base into lockdown. AllenFew stayed on base for two days, missing her civilian job. “We had MRE’s [meals ready to eat], like we didn’t leave our little compound waiting for us to be called up,” Allen-Few said. “Then, after about two days, they were like ‘we don’t actually need you so

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The Veterans Center, located in the Psychology Building, provides educational opportunities for military members and veterans, some of whom vividly remember 9/11 and what came next. you can go about your lives.’” Allen-Few’s unit was deployed to the Middle East about a year later. Koot believes that the decision to invade Afghanistan was “hugely significant.” “What is it, 16 years now we’ve been at war with Afghanistan with seemingly no end in sight, the Taliban just recently intensifying attacks. I mean I think that’s hugely significant,” he said. Koot explained that 9/11 defined a moment in American history. “9/11 has become one of the sort of touchstones in American cultural memory,” Koot said. “Even for people who weren’t alive and didn’t experience it, it never the less defined something of who we are, and we can sort of see these moments in American history that are so traumatic that they become this new inflection point, this new reference point.” Student and Veteran Rachel James was 18 years old when 9/11 occurred, and recalled it feeling extremely surreal. “I was visiting in Virginia, we had been down there for the weekend, for the week actually,”

James said. “The day before was when it happened, and I was driving home on the 12 and I saw the USS Mercy go up the bay.” “Nobody was allowed to stop on the bridge and look at the ships and take pictures and anything like that. And you know, you were listening to the news and radio going up and it was a little surreal because nothing like that had ever happened before to that extreme in my lifetime.” James remembered watching the footage of the event over and over again, feeling bad for the families affected by the tragedy. “They were showing some of what I thought was kind of inappropriate,” James said. “People falling out of buildings and bodies and things like that. These are people’s family members that they were showing on TV, and I thought it was a little heartless.” She was made to watch the videos again when she went into boot camp for the Navy. The videos, she said, were meant to help get her to put her heart into everything she did, but that watching them again was like making her relive

the events later in life. Koot believes that the videos from 9/11 help us maintain an emotional connection to the events that transpired, despite a disconnect that may begin to occur as we start to see a generation grow up that wasn’t alive or has no recollection of that day. “There are lots of narrative accounts of horrible things that have happened in the past, or good things, that people can emotionally connect with, but video is different. I think the way we see video is different,” Koot said. “Now I think one of the interesting things about 9/11 is that almost all the video we see is news video. It’s not the kind of viral video we see today even that has changed with the smartphone, there is no smart phone in 2001 one, and thus it’s still mediated through the media. In a way that’s different than today, so in a way I think that some of that immediacy isn’t quite there in the way that events that happen today might be captured.” - To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com


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September 11, 2018

TU alum emphasizes acceptance Promotes self-love and self-expression Sept. 6: A student told to leave a classroom was overheard making a threatening comment by a faculty member in Smith Hall. Sept. 5: A commuter student failed to return property rented from the university in Cook Library. Sept. 1: TUPD is investigating a fraud scheme in Enrollment Services. Aug. 31: Two students were issued civil citations for under 10 grams of marijuana at 10 West. Courtesy of C-Span

Aug. 31: A campus security authority reported a sexual assault that occurred on campus in a residence hall at Newell Hall.

Harriette Wimms, a clinical psychologist and social advocate in Towson, is a self-proclaimed “black, queer, Jewish hebrew priestess,” which are identities she says she has learned to love.

Aug. 31: A campus security authority reported a sexual assault occurring on campus at an unknown location and time.

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Aug. 30: A commuter student provided personal information during a phising scam phone call at Cook Library. Aug. 29: A resident student received an unwanted text message at Thurgood Marshall Hall. Aug. 28: A campus security authority referred nine students to Student Conduct for an alcohol violation in the Towson Run Apartments. Aug. 27: A parking employee was pushed by the passenger of a vehicle at Union Garage. Aug. 25: An officer making a traffic stop encountered a group that began to yell and refuse to move to a safe distance on University Avenue. Aug. 25: Two resident students were referred to Student Conduct for possession of marijuana under 10 gram at Clara Barton House. Aug. 24: A resident student was referred to Student Conduct for marijuana under 10 grams at Clara Barton. Aug. 22: A subject taken into custody for trespassing was later found to have been granted temporary access to campus and as a result was released without charge at Enrollment Services. Aug. 22: A roll up door was forced open and food was removed from a concession stand at Towson Center. Aug. 20: The smell of burnt marijuana resulted in a resident student referred to Student Conduct for marijuana paraphernalia in the Towson Run Apartments. Aug. 18: A non-affiliate was arrested for violating a no trespass order in Linthicum Hall. Aug. 17: A campus security authority reported an incident of sexual assault in Harriet Tubman House. The Towerlight’s “Police Blotter” is a representative sample of crimes occurring on and off campus. The blotter is not intended to be all inclusive. For a list of all crime reports, visit www.towson.edu/police.

Towson University alum and adjunct professor Harriette Wimms has set out to make change in today’s society. Wimms, a clinical psychologist and social advocate in Towson, is assisting individuals each day in expressing themselves and accepting their true identities. She emphasizes the importance of “honoring the multiple identities that all of us have, and the beauty of all of us coming together.” Wimms describes herself as a “black, queer, Jewish hebrew priestess,” all identities she has learned to love and accept. Discovering these identities were in no way easy, but she knew she had to, “undo all of the layers that had been internalized and understand that all of my identities were not bad and not forbidden.” She had always been told and believed that “black people can’t be Jewish.” Once she had learned about the religion, she realized that her values lined up with those of a conservative Jewish person. Wimms then explored the feminine in Judaism and attended adult Bat Mitzvah classes at Chizuk Amuno Congregation Synagogue. With the assistance of her Rabbi, Deborah Wechsler, she converted her religion to Judaism. Wimms worked to “push through marginalization,” and is now working on a benefit for Jewish people in Uganda who are hungry and without food. Wimms said she has, “folded

into my true self as I’ve gotten older and older.”

her passion to create a more just world extends beyond any one group or identity.” Wimms began work in Baltimore In all areas, Wimms has made it three decades ago, as an advocate part of her day to day life to profor peace and love. She has taught mote love and acceptance throughchildren to use creative writing as a out her community. means of self- expression and others Throughout her journey, Wimms has formed countless bonds and relationships, I know her as a fierce including one with Dottie advocate for those with Poole. The two womens’ disabilities, including children attended the same middle school and have been autism, for example, friends ever since. but as you can see Poole said that through her efforts in “Harriette has taught me that true strength comes support of African Jews, from being authentic to her passion to create myself and to others.” a more just world “She embodies all the qualities I value in a friendextends beyond any ship- compassion, empathy, one group or identity. a great sense of humor, and a passion for justice,” Poole said. “Those just happen to CONNIE ANDERSON Director of the Autism Studies Program be the very same qualities that make her such a natural and effective social activist. What I admire about Dr. Wimms art to promote less violence. Wimms is that she, as a woman, as a mother, also recently partook in the DC and as a professional, lives her life in United Against Hate Rally, where she a way that her social activism is just led a chant of “Love Wins.” an extension of her everyday life.” Towson Program Director of the Autism Studies program and colThe weekend of Oct.12-14, Wimms league Connie Anderson said that has extended an offer various artists, Wimms is inspirational to work with. visionary scholars, and activists for a “She is a dynamic, tireless, and weekend of healing, faith, dancing, committed individual, working singing and exploration of hope. towards justice on multiple levels,” The weekend is taking place in Anderson said. “I know her as a support of the Ugandan Jews in fierce advocate for those with disabilAfrica and Advocates for Children ities, including autism, for example, and Youth in Maryland. Those interbut as you can see through her ested in learning more can reach out to Wimms at drharriette@gmail.com. efforts in support of African Jews,


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September 11, 2018

Library hosts Resource Fair LURENE HEYL Contributing Writer

The Academic Resource Fair was held on Sept. 4 in the front lobby of Cook Library. The fair welcomed students with an array of different organizations and career-planning resources available on campus. Damian Remmell, a junior who specializes in advertising for the archives at the library, worked the fair for the first time this year as one of Cook Library’s “A-LIST students.” A-LIST students help plan fun and informational events, like the Academic Resource Fair. “The Academic Resource Fair is here to tell students of all of the resources that the library provides, aside from the internet, databases and books,” Remmell said. “We have student groups and people from the tutoring center to let students know what they have to offer.” Patrick Chachulski, the Testing Center Coordinator, which is within Disabilities Support Services (DSS), explained how they provide accommodations for students with documented disabilities. “They have to perform an intake and provide a documentation, which states the nature of their disability. Once that’s sub-

mitted, they’re matched with a specialist,” he said. “That person will go over their documentation and discuss the accommodations they may be eligible for.” Chachulski explained how the accommodations can range from having a note-taker in the classroom, extended time on exams, various assisting technologies, and anything else that can help the student out. The DSS can be found at the Administration Building, rooms 232-235 with more information at Towson.edu/dss. Glenda Henkel, the Associate Director for Experiential Learning at the Career Center, explained that the Career Center provides a variety of services, which includes helping students select a major if they’re undecided, providing different career assessments, internships offered, free professional portraits for LinkedIn, and more. Henkel said she was surprised to see there was a large turnout of juniors and seniors at the fair. Many had never visited the Career Center before and were interested in finding out information about internships. The Career Center, located 7800 York Road, Suite 206, and is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.

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Testing Center Coordinator Patrick Chachulski tabled for Disabilities Support Services at the Academic Resource Fair.

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Health Center gives tips on avoiding sickness

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To fend off illness, students are encouraged to schedule yearly exams with health providers. Students can also schedule an appointment with the Health Center if they aren’t feeling well. With flu season around the corner, students may find themselves faced with sick roommates and classmates. Director of the Health Center Matthias Goldstein spoke with The Towerlight to give some tips on staying healthy and preventing illness as the weather begins to change. This article was edited for clarity and brevity. What are some unhealthy habits that college students tend to start forming when they move into college? Some students are away from home and navigating life for themselves for the first time. Some are used to someone telling them to sleep, bathe, do laundry, not to drink alcohol. Some explore intimated relations etc. Some become stressed by the life change. What are some healthy habits for students to form? It is important to keep up with our personal hygiene including showering, and good dental hygiene. Wash clothing regularly as well. Get in the habit of scheduling an annual exam with a healthcare provider such as the Health Center. Visit your dentist’s office regularly as well (there are dentists all around the Towson/ campus area). Surfaces such a tables, door knobs, food areas should be cleaned regularly. Frequent hand washing/hand gel use is important as well as covering your cough or sneeze. Keep your body fluids yours and others theirs. It is important to practice safe sex. KEEP UP WITH

REGULAR VACCINES- many serious diseases such as measles, mumps, meningitis, many flu strains, and HPV are preventable if you keep on top of your immunizations. What are some of the most common dorm illnesses?

system becomes weak. The key is to reduce germs, keep up our immunity to preventable diseases that there are vaccines for and third, keep our immune system strong. Upper respiratory infections and illnesses spread by the respiratory system are top of the list, these include colds, sore throat, bronchitis, strep throat and more seriously the flu and mono. Sexually transmitted illnesses are not as common but a concern as well. One that is less common but needs to be on our radar is foodborne illness (that taco that you bought for lunch during finals and sat out on your counter is probably not something that you want to eat as your midnight snack). What can students do to help keep themselves from getting sick? 1. Good personal hygiene including dental MATTHIAS GOLSTEIN 2. Keep clothing clean and washed Director of the Health Center 3. Keep surfaces clean and washed 4. Keep perishable food refrigerated and for package instructions. Generally, we get sick from germs Heat food as directed as well (bacterial, viral, fungal etc) entering our bodies resulting in illness. 5. Keep immunizations up to dateThis happens for three reasons, 1. get a flu shot annually The number of germs overwhelms 6. Keep your immune system our bodies defense system, 2. Our strong- reduce stress, eat well baldefense system (our immune sysanced meals, get a good night’s tem) has not yet learned how to sleep, limit alcohol consumption, fight off a particular germ (we have don’t smoke. not built up immunity either from -Compiled by Mary-Ellen Davis prior exposure or through immu- To read the rest of this article online, visit thetowerlight.com. nizations), 3. Our body’s immune

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MAC goes au’ natural on Insta Cosmetic company posts unedited pics KERRY INGRAM Arts & Life Editor @Glaminista08

There are many a #snatched photo on Instagram. From bloggers posting pics of their shiny, waist-length hair despite the muggy weather (something us curly-girls know is pretty near impossible, but okay…), to fashion companies posting images of bodies with enviable proportions, it seems like the notion of only sharing ideal images hasn’t changed. Companies continue to post photoshopped images; brand flat-lay photos only showcase products in their best conditions. Even the average person can alter and edit their photos on a professional level now, with apps like FaceTune and VSCO helping everyone to look polished and put-together, 24/7. Out of all the industries out there, one would think that the beauty industry would be the most guilty when it comes to editing images into unrealistic standards. According to a study conducted by The Sun UK, only 28 percent of ads within the beauty industry were untouched by photo editors of any kind. FaceTune, which can conceal and blur any imperfections, as well as realistically alter facial features,

became Apple’s most popular paid app of 2017. In recent news, makeup brands like Becca Cosmetics have been busted for even using photoshop to alter their model’s ethnicities for swatches. This is an entire conversation in itself, but to see proof of this, check out the original photo of the swatches for Becca’s Skin Love foundation (shown below), in which the palms are colored in as a result of lazy photo editing. The brand took this move in an “attempt” at being inclusive, only to have done the exact opposite by not taking the time to hire actual models of color. The brand sent out an apology acknowledging the resulting backlash, stating that

ty industry’s biggest brands has decided to advocate realistic beauty, and it’s a brand no one would ever expect to do so: MAC Cosmetics. The cosmetic retailer, known for its never-ending array of products and “full-beat” persona recently took to Instagram to share a few “real-skin” makeup photos through its U.S. and U.K. handles. The brand posted makeup pictures featuring close-ups of models’ makeup with zero edits, allowing for facial hair to shine through. The U.S. photo features a model’s lips, with a few sparse hairs on the model’s upper lip photobombing the makeup scene. The U.K. photo features blonde peach fuzz beneath the cho-

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MAC Cosmetics posted this photo, showcasing an unedited closeup of a model’s lips, to promote some of their latest lip launches. Keep it real!!!” while another user, @ahoytabii, commented “This photo is absolutely everything!!! I love the more natural approach to capturing the model’s beauty. These

We acknowledge the way we adjusted the image missed the mark and are deeply sorry for this oversight...To demonstrate this commitment, we’ve re-shot with real girls from the BECCA office. the models were, in fact, different ethnicities and that the adjustments made in editing “missed the mark.” No duh. This is just one of many examples of how editing can cause more problems that none. Despite all of the hype around perfect pictures, one of the beau-

sen model’s lower lip. The brand did receive some backlash, with users poking fun at the model for her facial hair, however the negativity was drowned out by the onslaught of supportive comments towards the brand’s move. One user, @nesimaria_, wrote “Yes!

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Becca Cosmetics recently received backlash after posting this photo of photoshopped hands in order to showcase their new line of foundation . The brand has since apologized for the photograph.

BECCA COSMETICS are the kind of ads I want my children to seem someday.” MAC’s move could make for a huge push in the right direction for the cosmetics industry. As someone who is an avid follower and participant within the online beauty community, I think it’s great that MAC decided to post unretouched photos, especially when it comes to showcasing peach fuzz and facial hair. I can’t tell you the amount of times I have had someone in my makeup artistry chair, timidly expressing their embarrassment over the amount of fuzz they have above their upper lip, or stray hairs they have on their face. Most of the time, these people are grown women; women who have had time to learn more about their identities and embrace themselves as the beautiful individuals they are - and yet they are still shy telling a 21-year-old about the hair on their face. Each time, I always reassure them that everyone has facial hair to some extent (and if you’re reading this and going “Well I surely don’t,” I’m going to have

to ask you to stop lying to yourself and take several seats, thank you). Imperfections are the common connector of us all; none of us are perfect and I think that conversation is important to have. It allows people to become more comfortable with themselves, and if a powerhouse brand like MAC is promoting such a conversation, I can see the beauty industry changing for the better. HOWEVER, there’s always a flip-side. As much as I like to keep things real, I also understand people’s fascination with perfect images. It’s appealing to see things that seem perfect - it allows consumers to have a sense of need for a product and better prompts them to go buy it (or at the very least, follow your Instagram account). Some people may view this new natural approach as downgrading the brand, lessening its value and possibly leading to a loss in followers and brand persona. I’m personally proud of MAC’s unretouched photos, but I also don’t hate retouching, and I have a feeling MAC feels the same way - despite these natural photos being posted, MAC still posts other photos with the classic beauty brand photoshop edits. The individual natural posts were a start, but only time will tell if they become the only option for the brand. Now it’s your turn to sound off: do you think beauty brands should only post natural and realistic photos, or do you feel as though photoshopped images help to keep a sense of glamour and interest in the beauty industry? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, where you can tweet us @TheTowerlight!


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The perfect movie Game nights unite students LUKE PARKER Columnist

In a perfect world, the events of Clint Eastwood’s tactfully simple 1993 film could never happen. On the surface lies a collection of varying hijacks, murders, abductions, and robberies. But lurking underneath are the remnants of a haunting past which binds all of these acts and each of this world’s characters together. Even its time and place – Texas, just weeks before President Kennedy’s assassination – reek of needless tragedy. Both bitter and sweet, “A Perfect World” is a poignant viewing experience, one which offers us entertainment with its discreet wit and simple approach, but commandeers our respect with its spirit. On all levels, this is a mature production. Reigned by Eastwood, then 63 years old and fresh off of an Oscar victory with “Unforgiven,” and starring Kevin Costner, who only two years earlier won his own Oscar for “Dances with Wolves,” “A Perfect World” contains minimal action for a film based off of a manhunt, and has no time for recklessness. The adventure shared between captor and captive, which is really the focus of the movie, is understood and clearly presented thanks to a lifetime of experiences. Costner’s character, Butch Haynes, was dealt a bad hand growing up, drifting into trouble and winding up with a sentence thought to be of help. Years later, he escapes with another convict and after breaking into a family’s home, they take Philip (T.J. Lowther), an 8-year-old boy, hostage. The second felon is quickly taken out of the picture, and soon enough, the man and the boy are hightailing it across the never-ending back roads of Texas. Leading the pursuit are Eastwood as Red Garnett, Chief of the Texas Rangers during an election year, and

criminologist Sally Gerber, played by Laura Dern. She’s new to the game, and while Red and the other men involved make sure she remembers that, she proves capable of handling herself. She’ll eventually call Red out for playing “hillbilly Sherlock Holmes” for a bunch of morons, earning his respect in the process. Theirs’ is the second most vibrant relationship of the film. The first is that of Butch and Phillip at the heart of “A Perfect World.” Watching Butch tell Phillip, a Jehovah’s Witness, that he has a “red, white and blue American right to eat cotton candy and ride roller coasters” is one of the best moments in the movie. Another takes place as Butch explains how the car they have stolen is also a time machine. You cannot possibly guess where their relationship is heading, and as it unfolds, the places where it could slip into the trap of banality become clear. But they never do, thanks almost entirely to Costner’s lead performance as the lifelong criminal both grounded by his healed scars and unearthed by his deeper ones. A plot like this has many opportunities to turn into mush, but “A Perfect World” avoids sentimentality at all turns. It is built, instead, on a series of unraveled secrets that allow for Butch and Phillip to be brought closer together as they trot towards the film’s devastating climax. Writer John Lee Hancock immerses the picture and its characters with an ever-emerging past that not only won’t go away, but formulates their destinies. It is a powerful, almost hypnotizing effect. Don’t believe me? Well watch Phillip, who is given the choice to leave Butch behind, jump into his speeding car with a stolen Halloween costume under his shirt, and then tell me I’m wrong. You can’t blame Phillip though, because, as twisted as it sounds, you want the boy to escape with the hijacking, murdering, thieving jailbird too.

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Kevin Costner plays an escaped convict in “A Perfect World.”

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ALEX HELMS Assitant Arts & Life Editor

Weekends at TU held its second annual video game tournament of the school year Friday. The star of the event was none other than Nintendo’s Mario Kart. The game night, titled “Mario Kart Klassic II,” which was held at Paws in Towson’s Student Union, allowed students to stop by and participate in a range of games. There were classic group-games available for students, such as Scrabble and Jenga, to games geared towards duos, like Connect Four and Ping Pong. Despite the variety of games available, the main attraction of the event was the open invitation to sit down and participate in the Mario Kart tournament with other students who cared to take the wheel. The game seemed to attract the attention of many students attending the game night, with bodies being fixated on what game each individual

delved into, while gazes never failed to return to the kart-racing scenes. By the end of the event, handshakes were exchanged between Towson students, in addition to phone numbers. TU freshman Myriah Robbins expressed how the game night led to her making new friends, which was made easier given Mario Kart’s simple appeal yet competitive nature. “I lost a match with my friend and didn’t talk to them for an hour” Robbins said. Despite Robbins’ loss, she still considered herself to be good at the game. She continuously held up a good race throughout the game play and had plenty of tips to share. “When you get the mushroom, use it to boost through the grass,” Robbins said. She noted its usefulness when trying to cut corners during the final lap. Weekends at TU hosts numerous on-campus events throughout each semester in order to provide students with entertainment. Their events range from large activities, such as concerts and campus trips to smaller and more intimate gatherings, like

stand-up shows and game nights like Friday’s Mario Kart night. Their next Mario Kart tournament is set for Sept. 21. Towson also held it’s first Thursday Night Trivia last week. The weekly game night is made possible by Charm City Trivia, a Maryland based trivia company with events all around the Towson/Baltimore area, and the Office of Student Activities, who provide the host and the prizes for the night. For longtime players, the game’s host is a familiar face, and for students trying to burn meals at Paws before they expire the next morning, his voice might be familiar, too, as it can be heard from the café’s speakers throughout the night. What also can be heard throughout the night is a plethora of classic rock and new wave songs in between questions, masking the room with the necessary noise level that prevents teams from easily eavesdropping and stealing answers from one another. And for those nostalgic for music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, the soundtrack to Thursday Night Trivia is an inspiration. - To read the rest of this column online, visit thetowerlight.com.


14 September 11, 2018

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McCartney makes a dazzling comeback TIMOTHY COFFMAN Columnist

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Britt Marie’s single, “Addicted to You,” captures the idea of romantic infatuation over true love.

Student aspires to be pop star SUZANNE STULLER Contributing Writer

Towson University has numerous alums that have scored fame and fortune post-graduation - Amy Schumer, who graduated from Towson University in 2003, became a famous comedian; Brian Stelter, who graduated in 2007, became a famed journalist; Jermond Bushrod, a TU alum, went on to become a football player for the NFL. From gymnasts to broadcast reporters to public officials, some Towson alums have been able to achieve their wildest dreams. TU senior Britt Marie plans to continue that pattern. A music major at Towson, Brittany Marie Hadaway (who uses “Britt Marie” as her stage name) hopes to become the next pop music sensation. Marie has been writing songs ever since she was three years old and recently released her first pop single, “Addicted to You”, in early August. Despite her connection with music from an early age, this new single is different from the others she’s written throughout the years. “I’ve had a few songs here and there where I’m like ‘Oh they’re good,’” Marie said. “But this was the first song that I was like, ‘This is a banger, I got to put it out there.’ And I was so proud of it.” According to Marie, “Addicted to You” was inspired by a guy in her life who she had feelings for at the time of writing the song. As of now, they are still good friends. “I was feeling a lot of emotions and couldn’t put it into words,” Marie said. “I found it best to put it through music.

It’s not necessarily things that happened, but a dramatization of things that I wished could happen.” Brandy Coates, a senior at Towson University believes “Addicted to You” is a relevant song. “I think it captures how a lot of women have felt towards a man at some point,” Coates said. “[That] makes the song more authentic.” Marie wanted to base her song on the idea of passion and lust towards a man. “I really want to show the world the story of infatuation,” Marie explained. “Like how you can be not necessarily in love with someone, but [with] the idea of someone and wanting them in your life so badly, but no matter what you do, it’s not enough. You know he’s no good for you, but it’s the addiction. And I think everybody goes through that at one point in their life.” Marie was inspired by her two favorite artists: Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. “Justin started with YouTube and that’s what I started to do for a really long time, and then he wrote his own music,” Marie said. “Ariana still writes her own music and she has a voice; it’s very unique. You hear a song on the radio and you’re like ‘Oh, that’s Ariana Grande.’ She doesn’t sound like somebody else.” Mary Beth Eisinger, another senior at Towson University, believes that Marie’s voice is unique and catchy, making her stand out from other artists. “I like that Britt’s vocals and lyrics make the song,” Eisinger said. “Most pop songs rely solely on [a] catchy beat and that’s it.” Marie is currently working on a

music video to go along with “Addicted to You.” Her video features Nick Zuelsdorf, a singer from Towson’s a cappella group, Towson Trills, as the main character. “The music video is still in the process,” Marie said. “We don’t have an exact release date. I’m still waiting for a solid director right now, but I want to tell my story. I want to have Nick to only show up in flashbacks until the very end of the music video. I really want to show the world the story of infatuation.” Marie plans to go big with her singing career and hopes to go on tour one day. “My long term goal is a Grammy for sure,” Marie shared. “But [my] short term goal, honestly…I’d really like to tour. I love playing music; I haven’t really been able to do it in a while just because of myself. I’ve been holding myself back, but I’d really like to tour and work with other people.” Marie encourages other songwriters to continue with their music and never give up along the way. “It’s going to take bad songs to get a good song,” Marie said. “I think that’s what discourages a lot of people. It’s definitely going to take a few songs.” “You’ll get frustrated, and might not be able to come up with a bridge or second verse, but hold it, and go back to it later,” Marie added. “My biggest thing is, as cliché as it is, don’t give up, and keep doing it, because then you’ll get that one ‘Addicted to You.’” You can find Britt Marie on YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter @thebrittmarie for more updates on her music.

Paul McCartney is clearly a man who needs no introduction. The man was one of the key figures behind The Beatles and, while everyone may not like them, it’s hard to deny their influence. If you like pop music of any kind, you can thank Sir Paul for inspiring at least half of your favorite artists. However, not everything McCartney has done has been his greatest work; as most musicians of his age are living off nostalgia, how does McCartney stack up amongst the rest? On first listen, it is apparent that McCartney has certainly not lost his touch with crafting a compelling melody. The singles “Come On to Me” and “I Don’t Know” are both very beautiful songs with a definite modern sound to them. This is thanks to producer Greg Kurstin, who has worked with the likes of Adele and Sia. While his production work hasn’t been all great, Kurstin proves himself to be the most qualified producer to help McCartney become relevant for new generations of listeners However, the pop music on this release shows only a portion of the album’s power. Songs like “Caesar Rock” and “Who Cares” show that McCartney still has an impeccable rock and roll side to him There are also songs like “Hand in Hand” and “Happy With You”

which show a folksy side reminiscent of his first solo records like “Ram” and “McCartney.” The album also closes spectacularly with two epics “Despite Repeated Warnings” and a medley of songs reminiscent of his work on “Red Rose Speedway.” The former of these two epics also show McCartney as a great pop storyteller, detailing the tale of a near-shipwreck and everyone onboard steering clear of destruction. All told, this is an extremely solid release from McCartney, but it is difficult when thinking about how to rate. Does this stack up to his Beatles or early solo catalog? Absolutely not. While the songs are catchy, they are not nearly as hooky as McCartney was in his prime. There are also songs like “Fuh You” that falls a touch short when compared to the other great cuts on the record. However, it is unfair to compare this record to McCartney’s vast catalog. While this may not be a classic, there are very few musicians of McCartney’s age who can still write an album that is this consistent. There is something to be said about artists like McCartney and other rock giants of his time, like the late David Bowie, who can put out albums this late in their respective careers and still be good. This album is experimental without letting the song quality drop, which is something only true artists manage to do. While this may not stack up to your copy of “Abbey Road,” I implore you try it out. It may just surprise you.

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Towson fell to Wake Forest Saturday afternoon at BB&T Field. The Tigers looked good to start off the game as redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco led two touchdown drives to keep the game tight, but Wake Forest pulled away in the second quarter and didn’t look back. Next, Towson will face Villanova Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. JORDAN KENDALL Contributing Writer

Towson suffered a tough 51-20 loss against the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest Saturday afternoon at BB&T Field. Head Coach Rob Ambrose knew that this would be a difficult matchup going into the game. “They are a very well coached team and very talented,” Ambrose said. He emphasized big plays and no turnovers, which both were seen in the first quarter. Wake Forest took the first offensive possession and used a fast paced tempo to wear out the Tigers. Freshman quarterback Sam Hartman capped off the drive with a 10-yard touchdown throw, highlighted by an impressive one-handed catch from senior wide receiver Alex Bachman. Hartman built on his experience from last week’s overtime win against Tulane as he was just one of

four freshman quarterbacks to start week one. With Towson looking to respond, redshirt junior running back Shane Simpson gave his team good field position with a 31 yard kickoff return. The Tigers capitalized on the solid return as wide receiver Sam Gallahan hauled in a one handed touchdown grab of his own from 24 yards. Redshirt junior quarterback Tom Flacco started the game hot, completing all four of his passing attempts for 57 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Greg Dortch had a huge game for Wake Forest, responding to Towson’s first score with a 30-yard return on the ensuing kickoff. After some Towson penalties helped the Demon Deacons get downfield, Dortch found the endzone on a one handed touchdown grab to give his team a 14-7 lead. Towson failed to score on its next

drive, but redshirt senior punter Pat Toomey pinned Wake Forest deep in its own territory to set up a momentum changing play. Sophomore defensive back Mantriel Reaves intercepted the ball off a deflected pass to put the Tigers in the red zone. Simpson reeled in a short touchdown pass to knot up the score, but early in the second quarter Hartman scrambled for a 14-yard touchdown to regain the lead. Flacco threw one of his two interceptions on the day on the ensuing drive, but the Tigers made a big stop on third down to force a field goal. Flacco seemed to have lost his confidence after the first interception and Dortch looked to take advantage as he returned a punt 70 yards for a just under four minutes into the second, one of two for him in the game. Flacco completed a few passes on the next drive, but two false start penalties and the third sack

on Flacco forced a fourth down in field goal range. Ambrose went for it on fourth down multiple times in the Morgan State game and decided to stay aggressive again, but Flacco was hit as he threw and the Tigers gave up possession on turnover on downs. The Tigers made another stop on defense, but Dortch returned his second punt to the house from 60 yards. Flacco responded with accurate throws and led his offense into the endzone with an 18-yard throw to redshirt junior wide receiver Shane Leatherbury. Towson failed on its two point conversion, taking a 38-20 deficit into halftime. Coming out of halftime, Flacco completed a few passes but could not get past midfield. Wake Forest took advantage, driving to the goal line until senior linebacker Diondre Wallace stripped the ball from Hartman and redshirt junior line-

backer Ricky DeBerry recovered. Flacco was shaken up after a play, so redshirt sophomore quarterback Ryan Stover came in and got the ball past midfield on a quarterback keeper. Facing another fourth down, Towson went for it at the 43 yard line, but failed. Wake Forest reached the red zone, but redshirt junior linebacker Keon Paye pressured Hartman and forced a field goal. Late in the third quarter the game was delayed due to lightning, but the Demon Deacons took home the victory once play resumed. Ambrose did not see what he emphasized for Flacco this week. “He needs to do a better job of getting rid of the ball when he’s in trouble,” Ambrose said. The Tigers look to use this loss as a learning experience as they open conference play by heading to Philadelphia Saturday afternoon to take on Villanova. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.


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Ohio State swept Towson 3-0 Saturday afternoon, making the Tigers winless the Towson Invitational this weekend. Towson looks to rebound in the Tiger invitational this weekend. MUHAMMAD WAHEED Staff Writer

The Tigers lost all four of their matches during the Towson Invitational this weekend at SECU Arena. Ohio State swept Towson 3-0, racking up 25 points in all three sets on Saturday. The Buckeyes had two freshman, Vanja Bukilic and Mia Grunze, combine for a total of 27 kills. Bukilic had 15 kills during the competition. The Tigers also had a pair of freshmen make an impact as freshman Emily Jarome recorded 11 kills and freshman Fay Bakodimou had eight kills in her first career set start. “The younger talent definitely played well,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “I think at any one time we optionally had 50 percent to four out of our six people on the court be fairly young for our squad so I think it bodes well for the future.... overall it was pretty competitive.” Towson fell 3-2 against the University of Missouri on Friday evening. Missouri won the first two sets, but Towson forced a fifth set after winning the third and fourth sets. Despite a valiant effort by the Tigers, Missouri picked up the victory after a 15-10 win in the final set. “Again I thought we competed well,” Metil said. “Some missed

opportunities. The match could’ve gone either way and I think it puts us in a good position to see where we’re at against some other teams in our conference. They’ve played a couple other teams in our conference and a couple other teams on our schedule so we’re going to have to play day in and day out.” Long Beach State University swept Towson 3-0 on Friday as well. The two teams tied twice in the first set at 14 and 19 points. LBSU went on to score six times while the home team could only muster one point. The second set was close as LBSU won 26-24 due to a Towson block error. Towson fell 25-23 in the final set of the match. “Well you know there were five teams in the tournament this weekend and two Power 5 programs didn’t want to play Long Beach because they thought they were a bit of sleeping giant, but we’re going to play everyone that comes into our venue so competition is competition and hopefully it only gets us better,” Metil said. Princeton University defeated Towson 3-2 on Thursday evening. Towson won the first and third sets while Princeton was victorious in the second and fourth sets, forcing a fifth set. Princeton secured the match after winning the fifth set 15-7. “I thought they competed very well,” Metil said. “We knew we were going to have a tough weekend. We were hoping to come away with wins,

but unfortunately for us with having so many younger kids on the court their still trying to manage their emotions and perform at a high level… if we can be within two or three points against a Power 5 program that’s qualifying for an NCAA tournament every year then hopefully once we get to conference that will pay dividends.” Towson swept the University of Miami and Xavier University 3-0, but suffered a 3-0 loss of its own against Arizona State University in the Puerto Rico Clasico between Aug. 31 and Sept. 2. “Yeah I think there was some added excitement there being on an island and obviously having a few Puerto Ricans on the team you know there was a little bit of a fan base there for us and I thought the kids performed well overall,” Metil said. “You know these kids won two out of three down there and lost to a PAC 12 team by a total margin of six points so we lost each set by two points and that’s another Power 5 program so this program is probably playing more elite Power 5 competition than ever before in the program’s history and hopefully the schedule allows us to stay positive and continue to grow and once we get into CAA play that’ll pay off.” Next, Towson will host the Tiger Invitational at SECU Arena. Competition begins on Sept. 14 and features matchups with Ball State, La Salle and UMBC.

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tu swings 9th tigers earn first win JOHN DAVIS Contributing Writer

The Tigers finished in ninth place in the Doc Gimmler Invitational tournament this weekend at the Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York. Towson sent five players to compete for 54 holes over the two-day competition, playing 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday. The team finished with a total score of 869 over three rounds, improving on last year’s 13th place finish where they ended with a score of 881. Wind and rain along with slightly cooler temperatures played a factor throughout the weekend. The course was soft which made for slower play, but two players stood out for Towson. Senior William Bachelor and Sophomore Kobdech Rodrat, who were two of the three top scorers from last year, tied for 25th place individually in the event. “They picked up where they left off last year,” Head Coach Mike Larkin said. “They paced us for the event.”

After starting slow and both finishing their first rounds with a score of 75, Bachelor and Rodrat were able to improve their game and finish their third round with scores of 68 and 69, respectively. “Rodrat made a commitment today to make some different decisions and play a little more conservative when he got into trouble,” Larkin said. “And I think that paid off score wise.” For Bachelor, Larkin said that if he can take what he did in his final round this weekend into the rest of the season, he can lower his numbers and get to where he wants to be. Senior Doug Grem finished 36th individually shooting a 70 in his first round and a 74 in rounds two and three. The team will travel next week to the Hartford Hawk Invitational which will take place on Monday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Bull’s Ridge Golf Club in South Kent, CT. Last year the Tigers finished sixth place overall and Bachelor shot a hole-in-one.

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The Tigers secured their first win of the season with a 4-1 victory against LIU Brooklyn Sunday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The win already ties their win total from the 2017 season. GLENN KAPLAN Contributing Writer

The Tigers won their first game of the season by defeating non-conference opponent LIU Brooklyn 4-1 on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. With this win, the team already matches their win total from last season. Towson (1-4) did not win a game last season until Sept. 24. “It feels really good,” Head Coach E.A. Jackson said. “We were walking off the field and Beira pointed out up on the jumbotron and it said Tigers win and I was like, I could get used to that, that’s a fun feeling.” Sophomore midfielder Nathalie Tortolero scored a goal 13:39 into the game for the Tigers assisted by fellow sophomore attacker Beira Ho.

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The Tigers placed ninth at the Doc Gimmer Invitational tournament this weekend in Farmingdale, New York.

Junior forward Lauren Alburg countered with a goal for LIU Brooklyn (0-6) with 11 minutes remaining in the first half off a feed from junior midfielder Olivia Dennis. Senior midfielder Katie McNeel scored a goal on a penalty corner 5:22 into the second half and it was assisted by sophomore midfielder Abby Webster. “It feels great to win, especially on our home field and in the rain it creates this whole new ambience. t’s amazing, it was just a whole team effort and it was incredible,” McNeel said. Freshman attacker Kasey Bubel scored a goal 5:32 later in the second half thanks to good ball movement and freshman midfielder Kerri Thornton. “Some of our freshman stepped up as leaders today,” Jackson said. “I think the cool thing about

this team is that there’s a culture of everybody gets to contribute in their own way.” Ho scored a goal with 11:55 remaining in regulation to secure the win for Towson. The Tigers outshot the Blackbirds 19-10 and recorded eight shots on net while LIU Brooklyn posted six shots on net. Freshman goalie MacKenzie Peacock made six saves for the Tigers. “She had a goal scored kinda early on her and she bounced back well really from that,” Jackson said. “She made the saves she needed to save on defensive corners and kept us in the game.” The Tigers will host Rider on Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium. before heading on the road for a matchup against VCU on Sunday afternoon.

It feels really good. We were walking off the field and Beira pointed out up on the jumbotron and it said ‘Tigers win’ and I was like, ‘I could get used to that, that’s a fun feeling.’ EA JACKSON Head Coach


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Freshman goalkeeper MacKenzie Peacock registered six saves for the Tigers in their matchup against LIU Brooklyn Sunday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Her stout defense helped the team earn their first win on the season, matching last year’s win total.

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