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20 Oct 2014 | 20 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 »

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Devorah Roberts, Senior Editor
In previous years, the Homecoming Concert and Tigerfest have favored alternative, rap and hip-hop bands or musicians. This year, Campus Activities Board (CAB) chose musician Hoodie Allen, who CAB Director Emily Walsh described as “frat rap” with pop mixed in. “He had a show in the area last year, he completely sold it out,” Walsh said. “So we have just noticed that he has been growing in popularity and we feel like he is a good fit for campus.” The concert will take place on Sunday, Oct. 26 in Paws. While Homecoming has traditionally been held in the Towson Center or — more recently — SECU Arena, […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Rachel Waltemeyer, Contributing Writer
As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to an end, Towson’s Latin-American Student Organization (LASO) challenged students to recognize and celebrate what makes them different. “You can find something in someone else that you would have never expected through your culture or through learning about another culture and you can appreciate so much more,” senior and physical education major Ashley Rivera, who attended the event, said. Last Friday, Potomac Lounge’s dance floor was packed until midnight as students celebrated Noche Latina. This annual event honors Latin and Hispanic culture with traditional foods, dance performances, music and of course dancing. Pasión, Towson’s Latin dance group performed a choreographed performance in […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
When 2005 Towson graduate Joe Granato was seven years old, he designed a video game. While living in New York, he and his friend drew characters and levels for a game they called “Mystic Searches.” At the time, the only video game system out was the Nintendo Entertainment System, but Granato sent a letter to Nintendo asking them for “all the stuff to make our game.” “We were sure there’d be space-age computers delivered any day and we’d know how to use them,” Granato said. Although Granato’s game idea was denied at the time, almost 28 years later, he’s bringing his game to life. By using a […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
  His most recent stop was at Towson on Oct. 8, when he spoke as part of the Center for Student Diversity’s Diversity Speaker Series. Chuck D talked to students about sorting through the mass amount of information they’ve been provided in the media and how, as college students, it’s their duty to become more informed and make change in the culture.    After his speech, The Towerlight spoke to the hip-hop legend about his message to students.    In your speech, you mentioned that you’ve spoken to over 600 different colleges. How do you try to mix it up each time, and how has your messaged […] Read the full story »