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29 Jan 2014 | No Comments | By Ashley Beall, Assistant Video Producer
2014 has arrived, and the stars are changing with the new year. So for the spring semester, it’s important to be aware of them and adapt accordingly. These are some horoscopes for the semester to help make it just a bit easier Aries will have a difficult semester, with a lot more work than usual. However, there will also be important business opportunities available, so Aries should work hard and dress to impress. There is also a chance of meeting a significant other in the workplace. Taurus will have some painful goodbyes this semester to those they care about deeply. Many secrets will come to the surface, […] Read the full story »

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20 Nov 2013 | One Comment | By Thomas Martinson, Staff Writer
After graduating from Towson in 2006, Erik Kristopher Myers decided he was going to use his electronic media and film degree to tackle some controversial topics. Abortion, religion, sex and suicide are among the key narrative elements in Myers’ 2012 film, “Roulette.” The gripping plot entails a dark yet dynamic account of three suicidal people who one night all decide to partake in the lethal game of chance, Russian roulette. Through a series of flashbacks the audience soon discovers that these three strangers are not strangers at all, as their lives have already been connected and intertwined once before. “It was very tantalizing to play with the […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2013 | One Comment | By Carley Milligan, Associate Arts and Life Editor
A girl’s purse is her best friend. It travels everywhere with her and always has what she needs to make it through her day. Towson alum Shelby Newsome said that she founded Tote Magazine in hopes that the online publication would serve the same purpose – traveling with girls in their purses, phones and across college campuses. “I want it to be something that any college girl can look to and get useful information for something they are going through and kind of to help inspire them to see girls that are doing really amazing things and think, ‘wow I could do that too,’” Newsome said. After […] Read the full story »

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9 Oct 2013 | No Comments | By Stephanie G-Munguia, Contributing Writer
With Halloween just around the corner, Towson alum Chris LaMartina will use a VHS tape to bring a retro Halloween  to Baltimore. Premiering at the Creative Alliance on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., “WNUF Halloween Special” brings old-fashioned horror to horror fans old and new. “’WNUF Halloween Special’ is our contribution to the found footage sub-genre. Imagine if someone taped 80 minutes of local television on Halloween night 1987. It follows the exploits of an egotistical television host as he attempts to explore the town’s haunted house and score some decent ratings, but his plan gets sidetracked when supposedly “real” paranormal entities stir up […] Read the full story »

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9 Oct 2013 | No Comments | By Bobbi Trimble, Staff Writer
In an effort to make his first feature film, Towson University alumnus Jason Stefaniak has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support his new project, a film entitled “But Not For Me.” Stefaniak, producer, collaborated with Ryan Carmichael, a writer/director and alum of the University of Michigan for the feature film’s concept. “But Not For Me” blends elements of classical music and hip-hop to shape a philosophical love story that also grapples with socio-political issues in post-Occupy New York. The campaign has the goal of raising the money needed to get the project from the page to the screen. Stefaniak said that the Kickstarter campaign will run from […] Read the full story »

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25 Sep 2013 | One Comment | By Stephanie Gutierrez-Munguia
Former Towson student Adam Saynuk felt like it was time to give back to the college kids when he, Rob Caucci, and Jeremy Pease decided to start the company, Pijon. “The company’s name is Pijon and we sell PijonBoxes,” Saynuk said. Pijon is a company where parents, aunts, uncles, and other family members can send care packages to their kids that are in college. “Parents, families, friends, aunts, and uncles, they want very much to stay connected to their sons, daughters, nieces, and nephews who are away in college. It’s not always that easy to stay connected. I mean, you have all the emails and Facebook and […] Read the full story »

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2 Sep 2013 | No Comments | By Daryllee Hale, Arts and Life Editor
Towson alum Nikki Lewis will be taking her gourmet crispy treat, Mallow Crunchies, to the kitchen competition “Supermarket Superstar” Thursday, Sept. 5. The show allows home chefs to bring their product in front of mentors, who will help the chefs improve the product based on their critique. The chefs then compete against two other home chefs for their product to be placed in supermarkets across the country. “I really hope that more people have the opportunity to try [Mallow Crunchies] and fall in love with it…in locations across the country,” Lewis said. Currently, Mallow Crunchies are available in the Baltimore area. Lewis started off selling her product […] Read the full story »

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27 Aug 2013 | No Comments | By Megan Flannery, Senior Editor
Break-ups are never easy. But what happens when the break-up isn’t between you and your significant other, but between you and your best friends? This is the situation in “Flock of Dudes,” a feature film written, produced, and directed by Towson alumni Bob Castrone and Brian Levin. It features the likes of Chris D’Elia, Bryan Greenberg, Eric Andre, Brett Gelman, Skylar Astin and Hilary Duff. “I think one of the funny things about that is we wrote the entire thing before we experienced it,” Castrone, who co-wrote and directed the film, said. “Every time we went out two of our friends would meet up and then three […] Read the full story »

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25 Jun 2013 | 3 Comments | By Thomas Martinson, Staff Writer
What first started out as a hobby for two Towson alumna has now turned into a potential career. Two former students, Ali Pannoni and Shelby Newsome have started their own online magazines after experimenting with digital publishing in some of their classes at Towson. Pannoni gained inspiration from her work with the online magazine “Her Campus,” which she founded during her sophomore year. What initially started out as an independent study course about web design and digital magazines during her last semester on campus turned into a new business opportunity for Pannoni. “I decided to [choose this outlet] because I was really interested in web design, specifically […] Read the full story »

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Recent graduate travels with Warped Tour
25 Jun 2013 | No Comments | By Daryllee Hale, Arts and Life Editor
For Towson alumnus Sam Silverman, the Vans Warped Tour music festival is about more than just the bands. For Silverman, it is about inspiring young people to speak out about their experiences with sexual abuse. This summer, Silverman will be traveling to four dates on the cross-country tour to promote the non-profit organization Just Tell, which exists to encourage youth who are victims of sexual abuse, or know someone who is, to talk to a trusted adult. “I’ve actually seen them on the Warped Tour almost two years ago. They had a booth and I saw it and I didn’t really know that there was an organization […] Read the full story »