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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
The previous graphic novels I have reviewed were a little out of the ordinary. One was about overcoming race in the 1960s and the other explored themes of faith and religion. After such serious topics, “Batman: Earth One,” written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank, is a nice change of pace. That is not to say that this graphic novel is fluff, or doesn’t deal with the darker side of humanity. It totally does. But it’s more of an escapist attraction since all of the best characters are present: Bruce Wayne, Alfred, the Penguin, not-yet-Commissioner Gordon and Batgirl. There’s even a peek at the Riddler […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Taylor Seidel, Columnist
It was a lazy Saturday morning and my roommate and I were looking for somewhere a little different to go and eat. I was in the mood for diner fare and didn’t want one of the usual suspects. After some short research, I came across my next GoodEat, Papermoon Diner, in Remington. The website says, “Comfort food meets a Baltimore twist.” This was all I needed to get into my car and drive the short 15-minute car ride from campus. I’m going to be honest, the restaurant is funky and the décor is eclectic. Once you open the door to the restaurant you are greeted by a […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Kaitlyn McKay, Columnist
In the film “Neighbors,” married couple Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) were just settling into their new life as parents when a fraternity, Delta Psi, moves in next door. Led by its president, smooth-talker Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) and his best friend, Pete (Dave Franco), the Radners’ were instantly concerned about their relationship with the young men next door. Despite earlier peace offerings made by the couple to ensure that the frat keeps the noise down while partying, war is declared when they call the cops on the frat, and the two groups begin to fight dirty as Mac and Kelly are determined to […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Sydney Adamson, Columnist
During the week at Richmond University, each day seems to run together into one big blur of classes, schoolwork and dining hall food. This leaves the weekends for me to really get to experience London. To start things off, on Friday I ventured to Westminster for a BBC Radio 4 recording of the talk show My Teenage Diary hosted by Rufus Hound. The guest was Chris Difford of the 70’s band Squeeze, who read honest and enlightening portions of his actual teenage diary to an intimate audience. Though it was a lighthearted atmosphere, the diary entries talked of love, suicide and other heavy subjects. Going into the […] Read the full story »

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22 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
First of all, don’t judge me. I was cleaning out my old room at my parents’ house and found all seven installments of The Harry Potter series carefully boxed up ready to be moved out. Being a ‘Potterhead’ since about age 12, I was overwhelmed with a sense of nostalgia and re-opened (for about the 100th time) the first book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” 13 years later, I still love everything about Harry Potter. However, being older and more well read — thank you every English class at Towson — I had a stronger sense of what literature is, was, and can be. I have […] Read the full story »

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22 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Sydney Adamson, Columnist
Remember when I said I would be venturing to Liverpool over the weekend? Well, that didn’t happen. My friends and I realized that we would be much more content (and a few pounds richer) staying in London for the weekend. With many of the study abroad students gallivanting around Paris, a few of us decided to have our own adventure at the Camden Lock Markets. At the markets I spent the day discovering tons of new shops. There were handmade jewelry, beautiful paintings, adorable trinkets, books and more food vendors than I have ever seen in one place, each one hosting a different cuisine. From Dutch pancakes […] Read the full story »

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22 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Taylor Seidel, Columnist
This past Thursday, I had the pleasure of being invited to the fourth annual Taste of Towson, hosted by the Towson Chamber of Commerce in the SECU Arena. I didn’t know what to really expect, aside from dozens of local restaurants featuring their specialty dishes. I was pleased to discover that it was a lot more than that. As I walked into the beautiful new arena, the sights and smells flooding my senses were delicious. As I checked in and received my press pass, the only thing I could think of was which booth to go to first. I started my Taste of Towson at McFaul’s Ironhorse […] Read the full story »

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22 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Kaitlyn McKay, Columnist
Based on John Green’s novel of the same name, “The Fault in Our Stars” tells the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a 16-year-old cancer patient, who was diagnosed at the age of thirteen with stage four thyroid cancer. Her closest companions since then have been her oxygen tank and her favorite book, “An Imperial Affliction.” Because of her cynical and anti-social attitude, her mother forces her to go to a cancer support group where she meets Augustus “Gus” Waters (Ansel Elgort), a cancer survivor with an optimistic view on life. Despite their opposing outlooks, the two quickly become friends and fall in love. Don’t pass […] Read the full story »

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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 »