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27 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Robert Wood, Staff Writer
In 1975, “The Rocky Horror Show” premiered on Broadway and was expected to be a hit. However, it only lasted 45 performances. Since then, the show has developed a cult following, has had a film adaptation and numerous productions all around the world. Last Friday in Paws, the student group Actors Anonymous put on their own adaptation of this Broadway piece, but what brought about this performance, junior Timothy Huth considered to be an accident. “A lot of people from Actors Anonymous came to a party and we watched Rocky Horror together and we joked that we should do it as a show. Then, one thing led […] Read the full story »

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Homecoming artist Hoodie Allen shared an evening with Towson this weekend
27 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
Senior Alexandra Rodriguez won tickets to this weekend’s homecoming concert through the Campus Activities Board. She had only heard a few songs from Hoodie Allen, but became far more familiar with him after Sunday night’s intimate homecoming show, “An Evening with Hoodie Allen” which took place in Paws. “I think he is really talented and he has a lot of potential,” Rodriguez said. “I heard a few tracks of his first album. That’s what made me interested. I think he’s an up-and-coming artist and he was great.” Though Rodriguez was able to win her tickets by answering a question from CAB on Twitter correctly, many other students […] Read the full story »

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27 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Christine LaFrancesca, Contributing Writer
When Towson alum Heather Rounds traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan she was asked, “Why go there?” This is the question she answers in her most recent novel “There” that explores the culture and experience of a young woman living and working in Kurdistan. “It follows an American who goes over to Kurdistan to work as a journalist for a year for an English speaking newspaper,” Rounds said. “It captures her experiences there as a foreigner and, also as someone who is dealing with baggage left from the states.” Rounds visited her alma mater last Thursday in the Liberal Arts building where she shared with students and faculty a […] Read the full story »

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25 Oct 2014 | One Comment | By Carley Milligan, Arts & Life Editor
Tucked away deep in the halls of The Center For the Arts is a large dressing room, with walls covered in large mirrors and bright makeup lights. At these mirrors, a group of zombies touch up their gory wounds, while a tall clown and a woman in a white lab coat instruct them on how to look more like the living dead. This is Towson’s advanced makeup class, taught by Steve Bauer and Marianne Wittelsberger, the husband and wife team also known as The Jokesters. “Our company name is Jokesters, that’s what we are known as and we have always loved comedy and that is really where […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | 24 Comments | By Annie Sragner, Staff Writer
Senior biology major Bobby Gattuso has brewed up a great idea. In 2013 while studying for a genetics test in the Cook library on campus, he came up with the idea for his new business, Hop Theory. “Everyone is so accustomed to the big three beers: Miller, Bud and Coors. I feel like people should try other beers out there because [with Hop Theory] you can taste real ingredients and real flavors,” Gattuso said. Hop Theory allows beer drinkers to customize their own craft beer out of any regular beer. His product works by dropping one of the flavor “sachets,” which resembles a tea bag, to the […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Christine LaFrancesca, Contributing Writer
Fraternity  Alpha Sigma Phi’s Latin motto is “causa latet vis est notissima,” which translated means, “the cause is hidden, the results well-known.” Seth Melchor, Coordinator of Expansion and Growth for Alpha Sigma Phi, applies this motto to multiple facets of his life and is here to assist Towson’s young men in doing the same. “My job is to travel the country recruiting men, and in three months these men won’t remember me but, the results of what we create here will be known for the rest of time,” Melchor, a Bowling Green State graduate, said. “And that’s what the concept is, give beyond yourself, the results you […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Danny Tress, Contributing Writer
Music director and master drummer of Taiwan’s U-Theater, Chih-Chun Huang, is more than just a choreographer. He is an innovator, introducing meditation for the first time to U-Theater since 1993. “Mr. Huang thinks that the most important part for the influence of meditation is to become aware about oneself, whether it’s during the movement or to respond to music. This self-awareness really makes us different from other companies,” Huang said through his translator, Shuchun Lai. Last Saturday evening, Chin-Chun Huang demonstrated his meditative and choreographic skills with U-Theater in a performance called “Sword of Wisdom” in Stephens Hall Theater. The U-Theater, founded by Liu Ruo-Yu, is a […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Marcus Dieterle, Contributing Writer
In celebration of entering autumn, the Iranian Student Union (ISU) immersed Towson students in the festivities of Mehregan. Led by Hedyeh Naseh, president of ISU, the event offered a balance of Iranian traditions and cultural activities. “I thought it’s just a great way to get the students to be involved in our culture and tradition,” Naseh, a senior and business administration major, said. “This is the perfect way to have everyone here.” Saturday evening, students and community members joined one another on the fourth floor of the West Village Commons to celebrate the Iranian holiday. Mehregan allows participants to give thanks for their success during the harvest […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Robert Wood, Staff Writer
When Oscar Wilde first wrote “The Importance of Being Earnest,” he was unaware of how popular the play would become. As a result, it has been performed many times over the years. Now, it has made its way to Towson University. “I’ve always loved the play, I’ve always wanted to direct it with our students,” Steve Satta, a voice professor for the theatre department, said. “I waited until now because over the past three years, I have been bringing this style, a very stylized piece-a high comedy. So, the students in the department who form the talent pool have been exposed to this style.” On Thursday, “The […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
When Towson senior Dave Charles returned to his home in Ocean City, Maryland this past summer, he was reminded of how he first got his start as a musician performing with just a few friends on the boardwalk. He was also reminded of how different it was from performing on a stage, or singing into a microphone directly in front of the executive producers for NBC’s “The Voice.” “’The Voice’ was my first time ever doing anything like that and I wasn’t even going to do it, I was pressured into doing it,” Charles said. “My friends mostly were like, ‘Hey you should go for ‘The Voice’’ […] Read the full story »