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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
The previous graphic novels I have reviewed were a little out of the ordinary. One was about overcoming race in the 1960s and the other explored themes of faith and religion. After such serious topics, “Batman: Earth One,” written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank, is a nice change of pace. That is not to say that this graphic novel is fluff, or doesn’t deal with the darker side of humanity. It totally does. But it’s more of an escapist attraction since all of the best characters are present: Bruce Wayne, Alfred, the Penguin, not-yet-Commissioner Gordon and Batgirl. There’s even a peek at the Riddler […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Taylor Seidel, Columnist
It was a lazy Saturday morning and my roommate and I were looking for somewhere a little different to go and eat. I was in the mood for diner fare and didn’t want one of the usual suspects. After some short research, I came across my next GoodEat, Papermoon Diner, in Remington. The website says, “Comfort food meets a Baltimore twist.” This was all I needed to get into my car and drive the short 15-minute car ride from campus. I’m going to be honest, the restaurant is funky and the décor is eclectic. Once you open the door to the restaurant you are greeted by a […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Daryllee Hale, Staff Writer
Towson alum Michael Brush said he has always loved theater. But once he started college at Towson, Brush found himself working two jobs in addition to being an English major. He didn’t have time to further his acting career. But that didn’t keep him from his passion. “I never stopped being a patron of the arts and going to see shows,” Brush, a 2009 graduate, said. After graduating, Brush saw his friends, many of whom were theater majors, move to other cities to pursue careers. He chose to do something different. “I was left wondering, ‘Why not stick around in Baltimore where there is a really lively […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Kaitlyn McKay, Columnist
In the film “Neighbors,” married couple Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) were just settling into their new life as parents when a fraternity, Delta Psi, moves in next door. Led by its president, smooth-talker Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) and his best friend, Pete (Dave Franco), the Radners’ were instantly concerned about their relationship with the young men next door. Despite earlier peace offerings made by the couple to ensure that the frat keeps the noise down while partying, war is declared when they call the cops on the frat, and the two groups begin to fight dirty as Mac and Kelly are determined to […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Marcus Dieterle, Contributing Writer
With more than 8,000 miles between the United States and India, it might be difficult for some Towson students to grasp a different culture. But Alexandria Elia, a Programming Chair of Towson’s Campus Advisory Board, saw a way to bridge the gap with the help of the South Asian Student Association (SASA). “Honestly, I feel a lot of the time students are so wrapped up in what’s going on school-wise, and then in their own personal lives, and everyone’s just focused on what’s going on with them that I feel having a diversity event that’s fun and it’s also educational is something they could get involved in,” […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Sydney Adamson, Columnist
During the week at Richmond University, each day seems to run together into one big blur of classes, schoolwork and dining hall food. This leaves the weekends for me to really get to experience London. To start things off, on Friday I ventured to Westminster for a BBC Radio 4 recording of the talk show My Teenage Diary hosted by Rufus Hound. The guest was Chris Difford of the 70’s band Squeeze, who read honest and enlightening portions of his actual teenage diary to an intimate audience. Though it was a lighthearted atmosphere, the diary entries talked of love, suicide and other heavy subjects. Going into the […] Read the full story »

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Author shares her journey from Mexico to America
29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Robert Wood, Contributing Writer
When author Reyna Grande came to America at age 9 with her family, she was unaware that she would one day share the details of her personal journey with hundreds of American citizens. “I was very afraid about writing it,” Grande said of her memoir, “The Distance Between Us.” “When readers criticize my memoir then it is going to be a little more personal because they are going to be criticizing me and my family,” Grande said. Last Thursday in the West Village Commons Ballrooms, Towson students listened to Grande discuss her autobiography, which chronicles her trials, tribulations and, ultimately, success. The memoir details her experience as […] Read the full story »

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22 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
First of all, don’t judge me. I was cleaning out my old room at my parents’ house and found all seven installments of The Harry Potter series carefully boxed up ready to be moved out. Being a ‘Potterhead’ since about age 12, I was overwhelmed with a sense of nostalgia and re-opened (for about the 100th time) the first book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” 13 years later, I still love everything about Harry Potter. However, being older and more well read — thank you every English class at Towson — I had a stronger sense of what literature is, was, and can be. I have […] Read the full story »

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22 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Sydney Adamson, Columnist
Remember when I said I would be venturing to Liverpool over the weekend? Well, that didn’t happen. My friends and I realized that we would be much more content (and a few pounds richer) staying in London for the weekend. With many of the study abroad students gallivanting around Paris, a few of us decided to have our own adventure at the Camden Lock Markets. At the markets I spent the day discovering tons of new shops. There were handmade jewelry, beautiful paintings, adorable trinkets, books and more food vendors than I have ever seen in one place, each one hosting a different cuisine. From Dutch pancakes […] Read the full story »

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22 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Robert Wood, Contributing Writer
Students gathered at Paws to celebrate one of the most important Chinese holidays with Towson’s Chinese American Student Union (CASU) on Friday. “The Mid-Autumn festival is a celebration where [it is] a family reunion and they celebrate by eating moon cakes and go outside and watching the moon,” sophomore and president of CASU Linda Pan said. The festival celebrates the changing of the seasons according to the Chinese New Year calendar. Because of this, CASU sees the Mid-Autumn festival as a very important event for not only themselves, but also the Towson community as a whole. “It’s just a good way to spread awareness about our culture […] Read the full story »