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23 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jake Ulick, Columnist
Despite the growing popularity of binge watching television shows on Netflix, sophomore Shelby Blake would still rather sit down with a good book. That is why she joined Towson’s new book club TU Reads. “From personal experience, I find that there’s nothing better than sitting outside on a nice day, reading a good book,” early education major Blake said. Blake is also one of the club’s officers who began attending the club after learning about it from her English professor Michelle Chester who began the club a few months ago. “The idea sparked a few months ago when someone mentioned to me that TU had no such […] Read the full story »

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23 Apr 2014 | One Comment | By Sam Shelton, Associate News Editor
The 47th Annual Towsontown Spring Festival will take place on May 3 and 4 this year, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, and will include its usual attractions of music, vendors, food and fun, as well as some new features. “It’s a great event, we get 250,000 people here and we love to participate when the college students come,” Executive Director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce Nancy Hafford said. Hafford also said that this year students may benefit from the Chamber of Commerce’s interaction with the Baltimore Collegetown Network. “We work with Collegetown Network, putting up […] Read the full story »

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23 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Annie Sragner, Contributing Writer
“Oculus” director Mike Flanagan might have ended up being a high school History teacher if it were not for the birth of the Towson Department of Electronic Media and Film during his six years at Towson. “I’m very fortunate to have been at Towson when the EMF program was born,” Flanagan said. Flanagan, a Towson alum, released his newest film “Oculus” in U.S. theaters on April 11. It was the second of his two breakout films. His first success, 2011 horror movie “Absentia,” started as just an idea on Kickstarter. “We set out trying to raise $15,000 in a month, and we ended up making $25,000,” Flanagan […] Read the full story »

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23 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Daryllee Hale, Arts and Life Editor
Senior Daniela Beall got the chance to showcase her work with Towson’s Eco-Reps Tuesday in the University’s first ever EarthFest. “I think that an event like this is a great opportunity for people to talk about environmental issues and think about our relationship with our environment,” Beall, an environmental science and studies major, said. Beall’s organization, Eco-Reps, a peer environmental education program, was one of 16 at the event on the Paws Lawn, which included free bike repair from Joe’s Bike Shop, ice cream samples from the Prigel Family Creamery and exhibits by student groups including Towson Tigers 4 Tigers, Students-4-Sustainability and the TU Urban Farm. Eco-Reps […] Read the full story »

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19 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Thomas Martinson, Staff Writer
Correction 4/21: The number of shoes that Godfrey raised was changed from 2,013 to 2,903. When Towson student Jonathan Godfrey was working on an Eagle Scout project, he decided to get involved with Soles4Souls, an organization that collects and distributes new and used shoes to the underprivileged and disaster relief victims. While on his quest to make a difference, Godfrey collected thousands of shoes. “Within 10 months I collected 2,903 pairs of shoes,” Godfrey said. “I started this because I looked into the organization and really liked what they did.” Godfrey is also a member of Towson Hillel, and the group was impressed with his devotion to […] Read the full story »

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16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Daryllee Hale, Arts and Life Editor
When sophomore Jessica Lampron went to her first Kronum practice a few weeks ago, she wasn’t expecting to set a record.   “I was like ‘OK, maybe I’ll try it,’” Lampron, an elementary education major, said. “So I practiced with them and then I went back the next week and I went back the next week.”   After just two practices, Lampron competed in her first tournament. She played in her third tournament April 12 and became the first female to score a throwing goal in the new sport, which includes four ringed goals on a circular field.   “It was really cool because that was one […] Read the full story »

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16 Apr 2014 | One Comment | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Pizza is the prime food for any college student. It is friendly to vegetarians (even vegans when it’s purchased at the right location), can be delivered right to your room and is sharable with your friends. There is always a discussion over who in Towson has the best pizza for anyone to order, which is why The Towerlight held a pizza showdown, to find out who has the best pie. We brought in a panel of five judges: Skyler Jenkins, a student and captain of the TU Kronum Club, Provost Timothy Chandler, Vice President for Student Affairs Deb Moriarty, Assistant Vice President for Student Diversity Victor Collins […] Read the full story »

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16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Associate Arts and Life Editor
In her set for the Broadway play “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Donyale Werle used a total of 817 bottle caps, 366 kitchen utensils, 3,563 corks in her environmentally friendly design. “I have an emphasis on sustainability so I talk a lot about making sustainable choices in theatrical design,” set designer and Tony award winner Werle said. Werle came to Towson Monday, April 14 to speak to students about her work as both a professional set designer and as a volunteer for the nonprofit Broadway Green Alliance. “We have…a whole bevy of people that just have equal passion of theater and the environment,” Werle said. “They are the […] Read the full story »

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13 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Associate Arts and Life Editor
Junior Liam Hurlbut is interested in a variety of styles of music, yet if you ask him what genre he prefers, his answer becomes a new question. “I just don’t think that’s an important question to ask,” Hurlbut, a jazz commercial performance major, said. “I think the question should be ‘what artists do you like, what songs do you like, what albums do you like?’ That’s a more pertinent question.” In the past 10 years, the invention of the iPod and music listening sites such as Spotify or Pandora has allowed for new artists and styles of music to emerge. “I think a lot of new music […] Read the full story »

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13 Apr 2014 | 5 Comments | By Adiya Perkinson, Contributing Writer
Towson’s South Asian Student Association brought a splash of color to Towson’s usually black and gold campus Saturday in its second annual Holi Festival. The festival is an Indian tradition celebrating the coming of spring. The actual Holi run (similar to the extremely popular Color Run) made up the first half of the event. Runners jogged around campus while volunteers threw colored powder at various stations along the route. Participants then came together on Newell field to enjoy Indian food, a live DJ and a Bollywood performance from the South Asian Students Association’s dance team. Towson’s Holi Festival has done nothing but improve over time with the […] Read the full story »