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6 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Annie Sragner, Contributing Writer
Although October is popularly associated with Halloween, or Breast Cancer Awareness month, it is also Disability Awareness Month. “Events for Disability Awareness Month are part of our ongoing effort to increase understanding about the experiences of students with disabilities and to make a realistic portrayal of students that are living their everyday lives just like every other student,” Director of Disability Support Services at Towson University Susan Willemin said. Disability Support Services (DSS) has organized events throughout the month to generate awareness of the stigmas surrounding disability. Fraternity and Sorority Life, DSS and Campus Recreation are teaming up to put on events featuring adapted sports for students […] Read the full story »

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6 Oct 2014 | One Comment | By Helen Grafton, Contributing Writer
Students filed into the auditorium at Stephens Hall last Wednesday to take part in an unusual sex education course whose name is as bold as it’s topic. Presented by the University Residence Government (URG), the annual I Heart Female Orgasm event was welcomed back to Towson last Wednesday. “I Heart Female Orgasm is for people to learn about sex-ed in a nice and fun way that’s not the typical sex-ed class,” Derek Douglas, URG director of special projects, said. The event is designed to educate young adults on a topic they typically are not comfortable discussing: orgasms. With the use of diagrams and video clips, Marshall Miller […] Read the full story »

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6 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Kaitlyn McKay, Columnist
Before it even starts, there are two ways you can tell if you are going to like a movie. The first one is by the trailers that come with it in the theater or in the DVD and the second is by the opening image. Without knowing a single thing about the movie, I know exactly what I am getting into just by watching the trailers. And just from the opening shot of “The Rover” — the dead landscape of Australia — I knew exactly what this sort of movie would be — a slow, borderline-boring film, just normal enough that it won’t horrify mainstream audiences, but […] Read the full story »

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6 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Kristin Helf, Contributing Writer
Sophomore Danielle Garcia, who organized the Taste of the Philippines event on Saturday, said it’s “exactly what it sounds like.” “We’re giving you a little snippet of what the Philippines is, what the Filipino culture is all about,” Garcia said. The event began with a slideshow introducing the event and explaining to students the origins of the food they’d be sampling, from the three geographical regions of the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Both Garcia and Marvin Cabotaje, a senior who co-organized the event, agreed that food was an aspect of Filipino culture that all students could enjoy. “When it comes to Filipino culture, it’s definitely [about] […] Read the full story »

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6 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Christine LaFrancesca, Contributing Writer
As the lights dim, people scrambled to get into their seats. The crowd has come to immerse themselves in a culture of exaggerated make-up, tall heels and the vivacious personalities of Towson’s Queens. You could see groups of friends chattering; getting excited. “I definitely want to see tons of make-up,” freshman vocal performance major Erica Ferguson said. In the Life is a social group at Towson that is based around LGBTQIA (Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender Queer Intersex Asexual/Ally) issues and is the community who hosted last Thursday’s Drag Show. Andrew Werner, a senior at Towson, was no stranger to these kinds of events. His routine began with […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | By Daryllee Hale, Staff Writer
Towson alum Michael Brush said he has always loved theater. But once he started college at Towson, Brush found himself working two jobs in addition to being an English major. He didn’t have time to further his acting career. But that didn’t keep him from his passion. “I never stopped being a patron of the arts and going to see shows,” Brush, a 2009 graduate, said. After graduating, Brush saw his friends, many of whom were theater majors, move to other cities to pursue careers. He chose to do something different. “I was left wondering, ‘Why not stick around in Baltimore where there is a really lively […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Marcus Dieterle, Contributing Writer
With more than 8,000 miles between the United States and India, it might be difficult for some Towson students to grasp a different culture. But Alexandria Elia, a Programming Chair of Towson’s Campus Advisory Board, saw a way to bridge the gap with the help of the South Asian Student Association (SASA). “Honestly, I feel a lot of the time students are so wrapped up in what’s going on school-wise, and then in their own personal lives, and everyone’s just focused on what’s going on with them that I feel having a diversity event that’s fun and it’s also educational is something they could get involved in,” […] Read the full story »

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Author shares her journey from Mexico to America
29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Robert Wood, Contributing Writer
When author Reyna Grande came to America at age 9 with her family, she was unaware that she would one day share the details of her personal journey with hundreds of American citizens. “I was very afraid about writing it,” Grande said of her memoir, “The Distance Between Us.” “When readers criticize my memoir then it is going to be a little more personal because they are going to be criticizing me and my family,” Grande said. Last Thursday in the West Village Commons Ballrooms, Towson students listened to Grande discuss her autobiography, which chronicles her trials, tribulations and, ultimately, success. The memoir details her experience as […] Read the full story »

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22 Sep 2014 | One Comment | By Robert Wood, Contributing Writer
Students gathered at Paws to celebrate one of the most important Chinese holidays with Towson’s Chinese American Student Union (CASU) on Friday. “The Mid-Autumn festival is a celebration where [it is] a family reunion and they celebrate by eating moon cakes and go outside and watching the moon,” sophomore and president of CASU Linda Pan said. The festival celebrates the changing of the seasons according to the Chinese New Year calendar. Because of this, CASU sees the Mid-Autumn festival as a very important event for not only themselves, but also the Towson community as a whole. “It’s just a good way to spread awareness about our culture […] Read the full story »

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22 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Hailey Miller, Contributing Writer
On Thursday, the usually quiet Stephens Hall Theater was filled with the loud and steady beat of live percussionists, accompanied by the sounds of bodies dancing their way across the stage. “It was just wonderful, yes it was just wonderful, I just love the energy and the commitment that the students have. I love teaching students because they are so hungry and so energetic and they are so willing to learn, so it was an awesome class,” Troy Powell, artistic director of the Ailey II Dance Company who taught the master class on Thursday, said. Powell led both company members, as well as Towson dance majors, through […] Read the full story »