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21 Aug 2014 | One Comment | By Devorah Roberts, Senior Editor
This summer, a slice of South Africa found its way to Towson, with the introduction of the South African-Portuguese restaurant Nando’s PERi-PERi. A part of the newly opened Towson Square, the restaurant is renowned for its flame-grilled chicken and spicy PERi-PERi sauce. While the restaurant has locations all across the world — including South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, the UK and Singapore — a year ago its only location in Maryland was downtown Baltimore. Now it is expanding not only to Towson, but to locations in Charm City, Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood and Laurel, as well. Most unique to Nando’s is the PERi-PERi sauce, which is made from […] Read the full story »

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21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
Out of over 130 active chapters across the country, it was Towson’s Theta Chi chapter that was awarded the highest honor in Theta Chi, The Howard R. Alter Award for Chapter Excellence. “We were one of three chapters to win it so it was a really big deal. It was the first year that we were up for it because we just got chartered about a year and a half ago,” Vice President of External Affairs for the chapter Taylor Sevik said. Although fairly new to Towson’s campus, the Theta Chi brothers committed themselves to being the best that they could be in all aspects of what […] Read the full story »

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21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
Hula-hooping, previously thought of as a toy for children to play with, has taken on a life of its own as a rapidly growing form of performance art for men and women of all ages. “With hoop dance, which is what I am doing, is basically doing tricks and illusions with a hula-hoop but made with better material, more professional performance, and its dance, its performance, but it also helps with exercising and strengthening the body,” senior and graphic design and advertising major Brooke Ramsay said. Ramsay began hooping a little over a year ago and since then has worked with senior and psychology major Brian Cullinane […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Ryan Permison, Columnist
The summer of 2014 is off to a great start with such films as “Godzilla” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Another anticipated films for me includes “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which brings together a new cast led by Mark Wahlberg, and the voice of Peter Cullen returning as Optimus Prime, to fight a new enemy. Giant robots causing destruction — what more can anyone ask for? A sequel that I hope will make an impact this summer is “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Set 10 years after the events of the first film, it stars […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
After more than 25 years, founder and director of the Asian Arts & Culture Center Suewhei Shieh has retired, leaving behind her a pair of large and important shoes to fill. The department began under Shieh’s direction in 1971 and has continued to educate both Towson University and its community on the culture and history of the Asian arts. The department hoped to find a new director who could carry on this directive. Joanna Pecore, newly appointed director of the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s Asian Arts & Culture Center, hopes to not only continue the work of Shieh, but also bring new and exciting ideas […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | One Comment | By Ryan Permison, Columnist
“Godzilla”  The summer movie season continues with the King of Monsters making his return to the big screen. “Godzilla” is a new take on the classic character that pays homage to his silver screen origins from Japan. The film begins in the Philippines in 1999 where seismic activity causes the destruction of a nuclear plant and supervisor Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) loses his wife to the tragedy. In present day, Brody is not convinced that it was an earthquake that caused the destruction and gets arrested while trespassing on the site of the plant. He discovers a monster known as a MUTO, Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism, which […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Daryllee Hale, Associate Arts and Life Editor
When 2013 alum Katelin McMullin turned 25 years old in June of last year, she wanted something specific for her birthday. But it wasn’t a trip to the beach and it wasn’t the newest iPad. McMullin wanted to raise $25,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an organization dedicated to researching a cure for the progressive disease, which affected McMullin since birth. She died from complications due to the disease last November. “Katelin got to 25 years because she was able to take advantage of some of the things that were out there because of money, because of the research that’s done,” Melinda McMullin, Katelin’s mother, said. And […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Jake Ulick, Contributing Writer
While some students use their summers to escape studying, senior Becky Wiacek decided to use hers to study something completely new. “I wanted to go to a country that did not speak primarily English, so I could be fully immersed in a new cultural experience that was completely different than what I am used to in the states,” Wiacek said via Facebook while on a train to visit Florence and Venice. The city of Rome offered Wiacek the chance for cultural immersion, as well as being “a city filled with so much history and life, it seemed like the perfect fit,” she said. Going abroad has always […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
Now that summer boredom is starting to sink in, festival season is here to save your weekend. Baltimore has many day and weekend-long events that showcase the area’s many cultures and interests. Here are just a few of the upcoming festivals to keep you busy between vacations, work or summer classes. One Caribbean Carnival The fastest growing Carnival in North America is traveling from D.C. this summer to share their yearly celebration with Baltimore. Representatives from every Caribbean country as well as up to 300,000 spectators will take part in this celebration of Caribbean culture. A parade traveling from 900 E 33rd street to St. Lo drive […] Read the full story »

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11 May 2014 | No Comments | By Eva Niessner, Staff Writer
For the seniors in the art department, Saturday, May 10 was a day to showcase every imaginable form of art, from tiny, wearable jewelry pieces to hand-crafted furniture that was actually functional. The senior show, entitled “NOVI XIV”, was held at Gallery 788 in Hampden. The show went up on May 8, and will remain on display until the end of the month, however Saturday was the opening reception. Students, family members and artwork filled the two-floor gallery space. Benjamin Moser’s piece, a table made of cast concrete, was one of the largest in the show. It weighed over 500 pounds, not counting the custom chairs that […] Read the full story »