From the Editor’s Desk: Tyler Waldman, get well soon
My freshman year, when I walked into The Towerlight office, I was scared. One week into school, I still hadn’t established any semblance of a social life – and Towson’s mantra of “Get Involved! Get Involved!” had driven me to our office on the third floor of the Union.
While I worked primarily as a photographer, I did interact with many of the editors, including the then-Associate Arts Editor, Tyler Waldman.
I’ll admit it: Tyler baffled me. I never thought I would meet a college senior so invested in Power Rangers. When I tried talking to him, usually I was met with sound advice, but also a pun. Usually in the vein of “Do you find this humerus?” while he touched his funny bone.
Tyler, who is just 24 years old, is currently in critical but stable condition at Shock Trauma after a life-threatening car accident Monday morning. From the information posted on his Facebook, he was just starting out on a road trip.
Several media outlets have reported he was traveling on Goucher Boulevard when a Ford Mustang traveling on E. Joppa Road struck him.
While my sources said he fractured his skull, the good news is minimal swelling occurred in the brain. Good, because it’s one hell of a brain.
While he did have a knack for slipping in a pun at an inopportune moment, Tyler was my first example of true journalism. He wrote a story, as some veterans of Towson may remember, about the firing of an adjunct professor who used a word in the classroom most consider to be an ethnic slur.
Tyler wrote how this professor was not provided a chance for an appeal, he documented student testimony, and called administration out on the tough questions. I read that story, I read the comments online, and my adrenaline was pumping. Here was a real item of contention, something making waves. The campus spotlight was on this issue – all because of Tyler. That story, Tyler’s story, was one of the primary reasons I write and better myself every day.
I realized the impact of journalism and understood our mission to disseminate truth. Some people say journalists’ function is obsolete – that anyone with a FlipCam and a Twitter can document a crime on the street or a politician spewing BS.
Tyler will prove you wrong. He delved straight into the heart of the story and produced a piece of journalism that was at least inspiring enough to put one 17-year-old boy on his career path.
This is the passion he has instilled in me, and in every story with Essex Patch and previously Towson Patch, the hyperlocal outlets where he works.
The Towerlight will keep Tyler’s friends, family, and all the people Tyler has touched with his sunny presence updated on his situation. Keep with thetowerlight.com and the print edition for any further details.
For now, I encourage you to send your thoughts and prayers to Tyler and his family.
Now, as Tyler would say: “What did the buffalo say when his son went off to college?”