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15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Katelin Rothermell, Contributing Writer
On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, Towson students gathered to remember one moment—8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. It was at that moment that the first commercial airline hijacked by members of the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Various TU organizations joined together to host My America, an event held to commemorate 9/11. In Freedom Square, the Campus Activities Board and Civic Engagement held Thoughtful Thursday, where students had the opportunity to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project as well as reflect on what “My America” means to them. In the Student […] Read the full story »

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15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Taylor Seidel, Columnist
As a college student who recently celebrated his 21st birthday, happy hour is something to look forward to. The problem is, Towson does not have a bar nearby that has great food and great drink specials. Well ladies and gentleman, I am pleased to announce that Michael’s Café is your answer. Having enjoyed this restaurant three separate times, it is safe to say it deserves a spot on my list of GoodEats. A short 10-minute drive down York Road from campus is what separates you from delicious house prepared food. I am a big fan of happy hour (3 – 7 p.m.) and Michael’s is a restaurant […] Read the full story »

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15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Nick Salacki, Contributing Writer
Since its grand opening with the premiere of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” on July 10, the newly built Towson Cinemark movie theater, located on E. Joppa Road, has proved itself to be the latest deluxe attraction for the neighboring college students and other residents of the Towson area. “The residents in Towson love movies and Cinemark is excited to bring movies back to them,” Cinemark Marketing Manager Madelyn Rybczyk said. “We had high expectations and the people in Towson met and exceeded them.” The idea of a new theater in Towson began as a simple discussion a few years ago at the Cinemark main […] Read the full story »

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15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Kaitlyn McKay, Columnist
Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhall) is a glum, college history professor whose life remains mostly uninteresting — until he spots a man, Anthony Clare (also played by Jake Gyllenhal), who looks exactly like him in a movie he watched, he begins searching for his doppelganger, unsure of what will happen when the two meet. “Enemy” is not directed toward a mainstream audience. Even if you like Denis Villeneuve’s previous film, “Prisoners,” that still won’t guarantee that you’ll like this film. It’s like one of those books you were forced to read in your high school English class: It has imagery and symbolism that you can easily miss, and […] Read the full story »

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15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
My one and only theater class was THEA 125: Script Analysis. We talked at length about classic scripts like “Hamlet” and “Oedipus Rex,” which I will not review because, chances are you’ve already read them ,and never want to hear a word about them ever again. Sharing that sentiment, I was relieved when we moved on to more interesting and unusual scripts. “Waiting for Godot” is very difficult to understand if you don’t understand the world it was conceived in. Translated from French in 1954 by Beckett himself, “Waiting for Godot” is what is now known as an existentialist script. Existentialism is philosophy that came out of […] Read the full story »

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15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Sydney Adamson, Columnist
Having to actually attend classes last week put a serious damper on all the fun I was having during my first week. Why do I need to go to class when I can just as happily drink my way through all the pubs in London? I’m happy to report that my classes weren’t all bad, though. Because I am double majoring in journalism and general design, I am taking courses that apply to both of those concentrations, including “Arts and Entertainment Journalism.” With this class, I will be writing about music, film and theatre, and I could not be more excited to start my first assignment. I […] Read the full story »

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15 Sep 2014 | One Comment | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
When 2003 Towson alum Lauren Murphy moved back to New York City after graduation, she knew what career she wanted to have but was uncertain how she would get there or how long it would take. “This was always sort of the dream for me but I was surprised that I was able to make connections that fast because it was always sort of my fear that I didn’t have a foot in the door yet,” Murphy said. Currently the Creative Services Director at Seventeen Magazine, Murphy has been living her dream for the past four years. “I work with all of the managers on my team […] Read the full story »

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10 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Helen Grafton, Contributing Writer
Despite their reputation for working primarily with minority women, the Towson-based organization Sisterhood is accepting of anyone wishing to get involved, even men. “We’re really based around the acronym ‘LIFE,’” Tiana Fernandez, who coordinated Sisterhood’s Welcome Back Cookout on Monday said. LIFE stands for leadership, inspiration, friendship and empowerment, which the organization strives to inspire in all of their members. In the past year, members of the organization has worked to bring awareness of this cause to Towson’s campus. “We just revamped ourselves last year and we’re trying to get ourselves back out there,” Ashley Yusuff, president of Sisterhood, said. Sisterhood also actively participates in community service […] Read the full story »

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8 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Kaitlyn McKay, Columnist
The Normal Heart: Based on the largely autobiographical play of the same title, HBO’s tv film “The Normal Heart” centers around the outbreak of the HIV-AIDS crisis in the early 1980s. Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo) is an openly gay writer who becomes the co-founder of the GMHC, a prominent advocacy group fighting against the disease and raising awareness, despite the U.S. government refusing to acknowledge it as a major health issue. However, differences of opinion between Ned and his colleagues, which includes his lover, Felix (Matt Bomer) and his best friend, Bruce (Taylor Kitsch), begin to threaten their shared goal. The acting is simply spectacular and even […] Read the full story »

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8 Sep 2014 | One Comment | By Sydney Adamson, Columnist
There’s really no simple way to sum up my first week (well, six days) in London, but ‘busy’ seems like the appropriate word to use. My eventful journey began with a seemingly never-ending plane ride to the Heathrow Airport. Almost seven hours of travel then led to a traffic jammed coach ride on the M4, which merged into orientation event after event. One brief nap and late night wander later and I was finally enjoying my first pint of British ale with a side order of chips (you know, french fries). And that was just the first day. Quickly, I’ve realized that London is an astounding city. […] Read the full story »