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Operation Beautiful comes to Towson via Tri Delta event
24 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Hailey Miller, Contributing Writer
One day in 2009 Caitlin Boyle failed a Chemistry test. She ran into the bathroom and as she was staring at her reflection she called herself a failure, stupid and worthless. She then reached into her bag, pulled out piece of paper, wrote “You are beautiful” and taped it to the mirror. This was the beginning of Operation Beautiful. “I felt better right away, I felt better about myself and I felt better that somebody else was going to find it,” Boyle said. Now six years later, Boyle is reaching out to the masses of people struggling with a negative self-image through her website entitled Operation Beautiful […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Sydney Adamson, Columnist
I might be in an entirely different country meeting brand new people and dealing with unfamiliar obstacles, but the music I listen to is one of the things that has stayed exactly the same throughout the past several weeks of changes, That music being songs by the ever-talented Ed Sheeran. Last week I did what all good college students do and skipped class to do something more fun. For me, that something was seeing Ed Sheeran on the last of a four-night run at one of the world’s most popular venues, the O2 Arena. The O2 is a massive complex that features dozens of restaurants, a movie […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | 21 Comments | By Annie Sragner, Staff Writer
Senior biology major Bobby Gattuso has brewed up a great idea. In 2013 while studying for a genetics test in the Cook library on campus, he came up with the idea for his new business, Hop Theory. “Everyone is so accustomed to the big three beers: Miller, Bud and Coors. I feel like people should try other beers out there because [with Hop Theory] you can taste real ingredients and real flavors,” Gattuso said. Hop Theory allows beer drinkers to customize their own craft beer out of any regular beer. His product works by dropping one of the flavor “sachets,” which resembles a tea bag, to the […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | One Comment | By Kaitlyn McKay, Columnist
In “Oculus,” 21-year old Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is released from a mental institution after recovering from a breakdown due to a family tragedy. Ten years prior, his father, Alan (Rory Cochrane) went insane and killed his wife, Marie (Katee Sackhoff) ultimately leading to an 11-year-old Tim killing his father, trying to protect him and his sister, Kaylie (Karen Gillan). When Tim and Kaylie reunite, she reveals that she believes a supernatural mirror is responsible for their parents’ insanity. The movie makes an excellent use of going back and forth between the present day and the siblings’ childhood, as they watch their parents dip further and further into […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Christine LaFrancesca, Contributing Writer
Fraternity  Alpha Sigma Phi’s Latin motto is “causa latet vis est notissima,” which translated means, “the cause is hidden, the results well-known.” Seth Melchor, Coordinator of Expansion and Growth for Alpha Sigma Phi, applies this motto to multiple facets of his life and is here to assist Towson’s young men in doing the same. “My job is to travel the country recruiting men, and in three months these men won’t remember me but, the results of what we create here will be known for the rest of time,” Melchor, a Bowling Green State graduate, said. “And that’s what the concept is, give beyond yourself, the results you […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Taylor Seidel, Columnist
This weekend I was in search of a fancier restaurant in Baltimore. Before a decision could be made, the restaurant had to meet a few criteria: a cool and chic décor, an interesting menu and not a chain restaurant. With these three factors in mind and some help from Baltimore Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants, I chose Blue Hill Tavern. Nestled in the heart of Canton, Baltimore Blue Hill Tavern illuminates the night sky with a bluish tint. The restaurant is beautiful. A central host stand is situated right in front of the doors with tables around it and a bar to the immediate right. The tavern is […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
Junior Kayla Seigelstein constantly works to make Towson students view their bodies more positively, but this week she will have an extra helping hand. On Wednesday Caitlin Boyle, founder of the website “Operation Beautiful” will be speaking to students as a part of Delta Delta Delta’s annual “Fat Talk Free” or “BodyImage3D” week. “The goal is for people to learn to embrace a positive self-body image, men and women and to stop degrading themselves and degrading others and just to embrace what they have in a healthy way,” body image coordinator for Towson’s chapter of Tri-Delta Seigelstein said. Boyle will be speaking to students about eating disorders, […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Danny Tress, Contributing Writer
Music director and master drummer of Taiwan’s U-Theater, Chih-Chun Huang, is more than just a choreographer. He is an innovator, introducing meditation for the first time to U-Theater since 1993. “Mr. Huang thinks that the most important part for the influence of meditation is to become aware about oneself, whether it’s during the movement or to respond to music. This self-awareness really makes us different from other companies,” Huang said through his translator, Shuchun Lai. Last Saturday evening, Chin-Chun Huang demonstrated his meditative and choreographic skills with U-Theater in a performance called “Sword of Wisdom” in Stephens Hall Theater. The U-Theater, founded by Liu Ruo-Yu, is a […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
“Green Angel” is a tiny book. I am not kidding; it measures in at just less than seven inches long by four and a quarter inches wide and less than a half inch thick. I have owned this book since eighth grade, read it and proceeded to re-read it until I had the book practically memorized. It’s a simple story, and moves so quickly you can’t believe you read it that fast. “Green Angel” focuses on a teenage girl, and save your eye-rolling, who goes by the name of Green. In the first chapter, disaster strikes when Green’s local town burns down in a horrible fire, killing […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Marcus Dieterle, Contributing Writer
In celebration of entering autumn, the Iranian Student Union (ISU) immersed Towson students in the festivities of Mehregan. Led by Hedyeh Naseh, president of ISU, the event offered a balance of Iranian traditions and cultural activities. “I thought it’s just a great way to get the students to be involved in our culture and tradition,” Naseh, a senior and business administration major, said. “This is the perfect way to have everyone here.” Saturday evening, students and community members joined one another on the fourth floor of the West Village Commons to celebrate the Iranian holiday. Mehregan allows participants to give thanks for their success during the harvest […] Read the full story »