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21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
With all the insanity about “The Fault in Our Stars”, I doubt I have to write a book review on it, much less tell you I am really over the hype. However, John Green is a great writer, and I reviewed “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” last semester, so don’t think I hate all things John Green. “Looking For Alaska” is another one of Green’s great young adult novels. I hated high school. I hated high school boys. I have never been to any kind of dormitory and am a commuter student to this day. So a story about high school boys in a co-ed private school in […] Read the full story »

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21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Taylor Seidel, Columnist
With school rapidly approaching, I thought it was only natural to write about one of my absolute Towson favorites. This next installment of GoodEats features a real deal burger spot, cranking sandwiches out by the boatload. This restaurant is Burger Bros., located off of Allegheny Avenue, situated right next to the breakfast haven, Towson Hot Bagels, Towson students religiously eat on the weekends. The restaurant may be tiny in size, but the food is for real. The restaurant’s layout includes a few tables and a counter with a dual job: To help the customer order a burger masterpiece and to house the kitchen responsible for that masterpiece. […] Read the full story »

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21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Devorah Roberts, Senior Editor
This summer, a slice of South Africa found its way to Towson, with the introduction of the South African-Portuguese restaurant Nando’s PERi-PERi. A part of the newly opened Towson Square, the restaurant is renowned for its flame-grilled chicken and spicy PERi-PERi sauce. While the restaurant has locations all across the world — including South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, the UK and Singapore — a year ago its only location in Maryland was downtown Baltimore. Now it is expanding not only to Towson, but to locations in Charm City, Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood and Laurel, as well. Most unique to Nando’s is the PERi-PERi sauce, which is made from […] Read the full story »

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21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
Out of over 130 active chapters across the country, it was Towson’s Theta Chi chapter that was awarded the highest honor in Theta Chi, The Howard R. Alter Award for Chapter Excellence. “We were one of three chapters to win it so it was a really big deal. It was the first year that we were up for it because we just got chartered about a year and a half ago,” Vice President of External Affairs for the chapter Taylor Sevik said. Although fairly new to Towson’s campus, the Theta Chi brothers committed themselves to being the best that they could be in all aspects of what […] Read the full story »

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21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
Hula-hooping, previously thought of as a toy for children to play with, has taken on a life of its own as a rapidly growing form of performance art for men and women of all ages. “With hoop dance, which is what I am doing, is basically doing tricks and illusions with a hula-hoop but made with better material, more professional performance, and its dance, its performance, but it also helps with exercising and strengthening the body,” senior and graphic design and advertising major Brooke Ramsay said. Ramsay began hooping a little over a year ago and since then has worked with senior and psychology major Brian Cullinane […] Read the full story »

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21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Ryan Permison, Columnist
Transformers: Age of Extinction The war between the Autobots and the Decepticons rages on in “Transformers: Age of Extinction”. Set five years after the events of the last film, struggling inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) brings in a truck that he can sell for parts to make ends meet. But, this is no ordinary truck, it’s Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen). Most of the Autobots have been wiped out because the humans want them gone forever. A new weapon has been created by scientists using Cybertronian technology that could wipe out the human race. Optimus Prime, his allies and Cade’s family try to stop this impending […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Ryan Permison, Columnist
The summer of 2014 is off to a great start with such films as “Godzilla” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Another anticipated films for me includes “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which brings together a new cast led by Mark Wahlberg, and the voice of Peter Cullen returning as Optimus Prime, to fight a new enemy. Giant robots causing destruction — what more can anyone ask for? A sequel that I hope will make an impact this summer is “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Set 10 years after the events of the first film, it stars […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
After more than 25 years, founder and director of the Asian Arts & Culture Center Suewhei Shieh has retired, leaving behind her a pair of large and important shoes to fill. The department began under Shieh’s direction in 1971 and has continued to educate both Towson University and its community on the culture and history of the Asian arts. The department hoped to find a new director who could carry on this directive. Joanna Pecore, newly appointed director of the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s Asian Arts & Culture Center, hopes to not only continue the work of Shieh, but also bring new and exciting ideas […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | One Comment | By Ryan Permison, Columnist
“Godzilla”  The summer movie season continues with the King of Monsters making his return to the big screen. “Godzilla” is a new take on the classic character that pays homage to his silver screen origins from Japan. The film begins in the Philippines in 1999 where seismic activity causes the destruction of a nuclear plant and supervisor Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) loses his wife to the tragedy. In present day, Brody is not convinced that it was an earthquake that caused the destruction and gets arrested while trespassing on the site of the plant. He discovers a monster known as a MUTO, Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism, which […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts & Life Editor
When rising junior Jessica Lampron and her friend Sydney Zester arrived at the Jack Johnson concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion with reusable water bottles in hand, they didn’t know yet that this was just one step in a much greater plan. On June 5 it was confirmed during a news conference at Merriweather Post Pavilion, that the venue would be undergoing a $19 million dollar renovation. The focus of the construction is not only to upgrade the pavilion’s facilities, but also to make it a more environmentally friendly concert venue. “I think it’s great that Merriweather is going green in such a big way,” Lampron said. “I […] Read the full story »