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23 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Ryan Permison, Columnist
Technology continues to expand every year around the world. We may not be too far off from having a supercomputer that has artificial intelligence, along with human emotions. This is the premise of “Transcendence.” Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the lead researcher on artificial intelligence, along with his wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall). A radical anti-technology group targets Caster by shooting hum with a radiation laced bullet. With only a few weeks to live, Evelyn decides to upload Caster’s consciousness to the supercomputer they helped build, along with their friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany). It is not soon after that Will’s thirst for intelligence and power grows […] Read the full story »

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23 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jake Ulick, Columnist
Despite the growing popularity of binge watching television shows on Netflix, sophomore Shelby Blake would still rather sit down with a good book. That is why she joined Towson’s new book club TU Reads. “From personal experience, I find that there’s nothing better than sitting outside on a nice day, reading a good book,” early education major Blake said. Blake is also one of the club’s officers who began attending the club after learning about it from her English professor Michelle Chester who began the club a few months ago. “The idea sparked a few months ago when someone mentioned to me that TU had no such […] Read the full story »

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23 Apr 2014 | One Comment | By Sam Shelton, Associate News Editor
The 47th Annual Towsontown Spring Festival will take place on May 3 and 4 this year, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, and will include its usual attractions of music, vendors, food and fun, as well as some new features. “It’s a great event, we get 250,000 people here and we love to participate when the college students come,” Executive Director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce Nancy Hafford said. Hafford also said that this year students may benefit from the Chamber of Commerce’s interaction with the Baltimore Collegetown Network. “We work with Collegetown Network, putting up […] Read the full story »

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23 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Annie Sragner, Contributing Writer
“Oculus” director Mike Flanagan might have ended up being a high school History teacher if it were not for the birth of the Towson Department of Electronic Media and Film during his six years at Towson. “I’m very fortunate to have been at Towson when the EMF program was born,” Flanagan said. Flanagan, a Towson alum, released his newest film “Oculus” in U.S. theaters on April 11. It was the second of his two breakout films. His first success, 2011 horror movie “Absentia,” started as just an idea on Kickstarter. “We set out trying to raise $15,000 in a month, and we ended up making $25,000,” Flanagan […] Read the full story »

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23 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Daryllee Hale, Arts and Life Editor
Senior Daniela Beall got the chance to showcase her work with Towson’s Eco-Reps Tuesday in the University’s first ever EarthFest. “I think that an event like this is a great opportunity for people to talk about environmental issues and think about our relationship with our environment,” Beall, an environmental science and studies major, said. Beall’s organization, Eco-Reps, a peer environmental education program, was one of 16 at the event on the Paws Lawn, which included free bike repair from Joe’s Bike Shop, ice cream samples from the Prigel Family Creamery and exhibits by student groups including Towson Tigers 4 Tigers, Students-4-Sustainability and the TU Urban Farm. Eco-Reps […] Read the full story »

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19 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
The first of five novels, “The Electric Church” is a thrill ride. Author Jeff Somers doesn’t coddle the readers by softening the world in which he puts his characters, the language they use or way they live. It’s a harsh, caustic and unapologetic introduction to the main character of Avery Cates, and the fun is just beginning. Dystopian is a nice way of describing the world Avery Cates functions within. Post-apocalyptic despotic police state would be more specific. However, I prefer to call it a conglomerate hellhole. Something happened to the world and now major cities have been flattened and rebuilt haphazardly by gangsters, poor people and […] Read the full story »

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19 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Thomas Martinson, Staff Writer
Correction 4/21: The number of shoes that Godfrey raised was changed from 2,013 to 2,903. When Towson student Jonathan Godfrey was working on an Eagle Scout project, he decided to get involved with Soles4Souls, an organization that collects and distributes new and used shoes to the underprivileged and disaster relief victims. While on his quest to make a difference, Godfrey collected thousands of shoes. “Within 10 months I collected 2,903 pairs of shoes,” Godfrey said. “I started this because I looked into the organization and really liked what they did.” Godfrey is also a member of Towson Hillel, and the group was impressed with his devotion to […] Read the full story »

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19 Apr 2014 | 2 Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-chief
Editor’s note: All information used in this article was pulled from past archived issues of The Towerlight. Towson’s Campus Activities Board [CAB] is referring to this year’s Tigerfest as “Tigerfest 2.0.” The festival will now be spread out over two days, including a festival on Friday, April 25 and the annual concert on Saturday the 26th. The concert this year will be held inside SECU Arena to avoid any inclement weather situations, which have cancelled the concert in previous years. CAB Director Chad Nazworth said that this year’s Tigerfest brings the festival to a whole new level. “It was time to kind of bring it back and […] Read the full story »

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16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Sydney Adamson, Associate Arts Director
If you’ve read any of my previous columns, then you’ll know that I’m super into music and that I’m always down to talk fashion. That combination is one of reasons that I sit and wait patiently each spring to see photographs of the crazy fashion everyone and anyone sports at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Coachella is a popular two-weekend festival that takes place in the desert and kicks off the beginning of the entire festival season. This year’s celebration of music and art began on Friday, April 11 at 11 a.m. Me drooling over Coachella fashion commenced at about 11:01 a.m. Unfortunately, […] Read the full story »

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16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Daryllee Hale, Arts and Life Editor
When sophomore Jessica Lampron went to her first Kronum practice a few weeks ago, she wasn’t expecting to set a record.   “I was like ‘OK, maybe I’ll try it,’” Lampron, an elementary education major, said. “So I practiced with them and then I went back the next week and I went back the next week.”   After just two practices, Lampron competed in her first tournament. She played in her third tournament April 12 and became the first female to score a throwing goal in the new sport, which includes four ringed goals on a circular field.   “It was really cool because that was one […] Read the full story »