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15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Katelin Rothermell, Contributing Writer
On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, Towson students gathered to remember one moment—8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. It was at that moment that the first commercial airline hijacked by members of the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Various TU organizations joined together to host My America, an event held to commemorate 9/11. In Freedom Square, the Campus Activities Board and Civic Engagement held Thoughtful Thursday, where students had the opportunity to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project as well as reflect on what “My America” means to them. In the Student […] Read the full story »

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15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Nick Salacki, Contributing Writer
Since its grand opening with the premiere of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” on July 10, the newly built Towson Cinemark movie theater, located on E. Joppa Road, has proved itself to be the latest deluxe attraction for the neighboring college students and other residents of the Towson area. “The residents in Towson love movies and Cinemark is excited to bring movies back to them,” Cinemark Marketing Manager Madelyn Rybczyk said. “We had high expectations and the people in Towson met and exceeded them.” The idea of a new theater in Towson began as a simple discussion a few years ago at the Cinemark main […] Read the full story »

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15 Sep 2014 | One Comment | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
When 2003 Towson alum Lauren Murphy moved back to New York City after graduation, she knew what career she wanted to have but was uncertain how she would get there or how long it would take. “This was always sort of the dream for me but I was surprised that I was able to make connections that fast because it was always sort of my fear that I didn’t have a foot in the door yet,” Murphy said. Currently the Creative Services Director at Seventeen Magazine, Murphy has been living her dream for the past four years. “I work with all of the managers on my team […] Read the full story »

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10 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Helen Grafton, Contributing Writer
Despite their reputation for working primarily with minority women, the Towson-based organization Sisterhood is accepting of anyone wishing to get involved, even men. “We’re really based around the acronym ‘LIFE,’” Tiana Fernandez, who coordinated Sisterhood’s Welcome Back Cookout on Monday said. LIFE stands for leadership, inspiration, friendship and empowerment, which the organization strives to inspire in all of their members. In the past year, members of the organization has worked to bring awareness of this cause to Towson’s campus. “We just revamped ourselves last year and we’re trying to get ourselves back out there,” Ashley Yusuff, president of Sisterhood, said. Sisterhood also actively participates in community service […] Read the full story »

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8 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
In the early hours of Thursday, Sept. 4, senior Ja-Niece Best tweeted about an email she had mistakenly sent that night. However, she had no idea that by morning-time she would be on her way to becoming Internet famous. “I woke up to it,” graphic design major Best said. “I posted it around 12:45 a.m. so I woke up and I just saw all of these re-tweets.” As a dedicated Beyoncé fan, Best decided to draft an email to her ethics professor Randolph Wheeler about how she would not be attending class in order to celebrate Beyoncé’s 33rd birthday. “I would like to inform you that I […] Read the full story »

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8 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Robert Wood, Contributing Writer
Local band 3PM has three members, one of which is Towson student Brandon Millman. Although they have been around since 2012, the Welcome Back concert Friday night was the first time 3PM has performed on Towson’s campus. “I’ve never felt nervous for shows, but I’m excited. Behind the drum set I’m pretty comfortable,” Millman said. The Welcome Back concert is a yearly event at Towson. “I like that there were a lot of different kind of people there and it was kind of a syndication of Towson,” freshman Elana Geary said. Geary was one of the students that attended Alpha Phi Omega’s Welcome Back Concert at Paws […] Read the full story »

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Baltimore County native Wes Moore discusses his book
3 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | By Annie Sragner, Contributing Writer
Motivational speaker, military combat veteran and author Wes Moore published his book, “The Other Wes Moore” in 2010 and it instantly became a New York Times bestseller. A Baltimore County native, Moore believes that it is important to share his story with not only the world, but especially those living in the same place that gave him the opportunity to do so. “Because when we’re talking about neighborhoods and dynamics, for a lot of other students they can imagine them,” Moore said. “For the students here at Towson, they see them, they know them, they know these places and it really means a lot because I also […] Read the full story »

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3 Sep 2014 | 14 Comments | By Annie Sragner, Contributing Writer
Many Towson alumni look back on their partying college days with a smile, but one recent graduate had so much fun that she decided to turn it into a book. Class of 2012 graduate Hedi Sandberg released a book in May of this year documenting her wild Towson adventures called “Drunk-Capades: The Drunken Adventures of One Classy Bitch.” “There’s a mix of specific stories from parties and bars. I [wrote] it chronologically starting with freshman year in the first chapter, then sophomore year, then junior year where I went abroad in New Castle, Australia, then ending with senior year,” Sandberg said. In her four and a half […] Read the full story »

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Towson senior performs play written by inmates
3 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Devorah Roberts, Senior Editor
Some people know exactly what they want to do from a young age, whether it’s becoming a dancer or an astronaut. Senior Lauren Jackson wanted to sing. However, after a push from her parents, Jackson turned her attention to acting. “… I tell them that it’s their fault, you know, that I’m an acting major,” Jackson, who has a double major in acting and English, said. But it didn’t turn out to be a bad decision for Jackson. On Friday, Aug. 30, Jackson performed on the Kennedy Center’s stage in Washington, D.C. as part of the ensemble cast of the “From Prison to Stage Festival.” Written by […] Read the full story »

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3 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
When senior Lauren Jarvis-Gibson looked through her notebooks from last semester, she discovered that she had done a lot less note taking and a lot more song writing. However, this doesn’t bother her because, with the help of her identical twin Jeanne, the two singers have begun to make a name for themselves. “It comes really naturally for us since we have been doing it for so long and we know the strengths and weaknesses of each other’s voices,” English major Lauren Jarvis-Gibson said,  “I feel like when we sing together it just sounds kind of pure, and since we are sisters it just works out really […] Read the full story »