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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 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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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 | No Comments | 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 »

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8 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Taylor Seidel, Columnist
The whole fun of operating my own food blog is having the chance to go out and explore new restaurants that Baltimore has to offer. Last week on a whim, I did a little research to find a new restaurant to review.  As I was reviewing the 50 best restaurants of 2014, I stumbled across Maggie’s Farm on Harford Road. The restaurant is an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, which is a huge plus. Essentially, that means the restaurant sources local produce, meats and other locally grown products. I was sold. That night, a friend and I ventured the short 15-minute drive from Towson’s campus to try out this […] Read the full story »

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3 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Ryan Permison, Columnist
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For The sequel that has been over nine years in the making has finally arrived: “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, this takes place both before and after the events of the first movie. Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a cocky gambler looking to win it all in a high stakes poker game with the city’s elite, specifically Senator Roarke (Powers Booth). Dwight (Josh Brolin) is trying to figure out why his former lover Ava Lord (Eva Green) wants his help after all these years, and she is not who she appears to […] Read the full story »

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3 Sep 2014 | One Comment | By Sydney Adamson, Columnist
Hello again, TU. My name is Sydney Adamson and you might remember me from last year as your pop culture columnist, PopSyd. But this semester I’ve decided to change things up; instead of writing about music, movies and TV, I will be writing about London. That’s right, this semester while I study abroad in London, England, I will be your weekly study abroad columnist. Each week I will fill you in on all the lovely things London has to offer. Not only that, but I will also be traveling to a few other European countries including France, Ireland and the Netherlands so I will certainly be writing […] Read the full story »

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3 Sep 2014 | One Comment | By Kaitlyn McKay, Columnist
Everyone knows this Biblical story — the one of the great flood that envelopes the Earth, destroying all life. Darren Aronofsky’s latest film is an adaptation of this famous tale. In Aronofsky’s version, Noah (Russell Crowe), is the last descendant of Seth, the son that replaces Abel in the film. With help from multiple visions and the advice of his grandfather Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins), Noah realizes that God (or “the Creator,” as he’s called in the film) plans to destroy humanity with the great flood. Noah plans to build an ark for the animals to survive on with the help of the Watchers, fallen angels who were […] Read the full story »