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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 | 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 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 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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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Kaitlyn McKay, Columnist
In “Edge of Tomorrow,” Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is a public relations officer who has never been in combat. When he is ordered by his commanding officer, General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), to join combat in a military operation, he refuses. Cage is then stripped of his rank, labeled a deserter and is sent to join a unit. Within minutes of combat Cage is killed, but instead wakes up on the previous day, continually reliving the same day over and over again. He seeks the help of legendary soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who once had the same thing happen to her. The pair plans to defeat […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Sydney Adamson, Columnist
While I did do some pretty amazing things over the past week (like going to a live showing of “The X Factor” where I saw Taylor Swift perform about 20 feet away from me), that’s not what I want to focus on this week. Recently it sort of struck me how guilty I feel for studying abroad. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for the past week or so, so it only seemed appropriate to step away from the exciting and photo-worthy topics and write about something a bit different, albeit not as happy. While I’m abroad, I’m missing quite a few important events: my parents wedding […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Taylor Seidel, Columnist
I am always looking for a great burger. That is why this week I have chosen Hamilton Tavern as the newest GoodEats recommendation. Tucked away off of Harford Road, you’ll miss this neighborhood joint if you blink. The interior is painted brown with a rustic feel and a big ornate door capture the storefront — once inside you just feel warm and cozy. All I needed was a blanket and a reclining chair. The restaurant is comprised of just a couple tables and a short bar as you walk in.  Don’t look for a hostess stand here. The restaurant has no need for one, with a friendly […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
Aimee Bender is a unique author. She manages to craft an entire story in the fewest number of pages. Bender has an uncanny knack for creating a world out of implications and emotional display rather than outlining a plot. “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt” is one of Bender’s early novels, and in it, she establishes her creative style immediately. “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt” is a series of short stories grouped into three sections. Without giving any spoilers, Bender creates surreal human interactions, explores them, ends them and by the time her stories are finished, you know that an entire world began and ended within […] Read the full story »

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6 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
Yes, another graphic novel, but this time we will travel to Marvel Comics territory. “X-Men Noir” by Fred Van Lente and Dennis Calero, is an interesting take on what the X-Men world could have been, had they all simply been above-average people rather than genetic mutants. What is great about a mini-series like this one, is that the extensive backstory of the characters that have literally taken decades for authors to create, is mostly unnecessary. You don’t need to have a mental catalogue of the characters and their powers to understand the story, mostly because none of the X-Men have “powers” in this world. All the favorite […] Read the full story »