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4 May 2014 | 2 Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-chief
Although I love them, All Time Low is not one of my top five favorite bands. Still, when I left their show Saturday night, I couldn’t help but think about how great they really are. Unfortunately, I have never seen Blink-182 in concert before, but if I had, I would imagine it’d be something like seeing All Time Low. This is a legitimate live rock band. On the last day of their “A Love Like Tour,” the band returned home to Baltimore and played about 22 songs. You’d never know that they had been touring since February, including concerts all over Europe. Front man and guitarist Alex […] Read the full story »

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4 May 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
This past week, Towson’s chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity brought together the community to make a difference in the lives of the patients at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Burn Center, raising $22,428.38 in donations. “They raise so much money which is amazing for just a week,” Susan Ziegfeld, nurse practitioner and the manager of the pediatric burn program, said. With the money we bought so many things that the hospital doesn’t provide, like fun things for the kids.” The weeklong fundraising event came to a close on Saturday, May 3 at the PIKE Fireman’s Challenge 5K race. Ziegfeld said that the money will be used […] Read the full story »

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4 May 2014 | No Comments | By Annie Sragner, Contributing Writer
When junior dance performance major Michelle Wessel first enrolled in the Dance Company course, she was afraid. But, through practice and being a part of the department’s show “Vivacity,” Wessel said that she has become more confident. “Being able to perform gives me such a positive mind and a love for dance,” she said. “I have been pushed a lot this semester by the show, because I am also very afraid of public speaking. I have to speak in ‘This Just In’ and it has made me over come this fear, so I am enjoying myself while also conquering my fears.” “Vivacity” offers a diverse showcase of […] Read the full story »

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30 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Daryllee Hale, Associate Arts and Life Editor
The Towerlight sat down with Brooks Buffington, co-creator of the new social media app Yik Yak. He and Tyler Droll developed the app, which allows users to view anonymous posts that are most popular at their college. How did Yik Yak get started? Tyler and I are from Atlanta originally. We didn’t know each other in high school but we ended up going to the same college, Furman University, a liberal arts college in Greenville, South Carolina and we were in the same fraternity there and that’s kind of how we met and became friends. Junior year, Tyler ended up taking an iPhone app minimester course where […] Read the full story »

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30 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Into reading comics? Then Free Comic Book Day (always the first Saturday in each May) is your Christmas. Not into reading comics? Then Free Comic Book Day is the perfect time to start. FCBD always has the top publishers pushing their newest characters, storylines and books to get new readers excited about the upcoming year. So, to get you excited for May 3, here are the titles worth checking out whether you’re a seasoned reader or just someone quite literally trying to find free comic books so that you have a reason to be excited about this weekend, other than the fact that “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” […] Read the full story »

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30 Apr 2014 | 2 Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
A comedy is written to make the audience laugh, a drama to entertain and hold them in suspense. Juanita Rockwell’s play “Between Trains” does something entirely different, taking the viewer on a journey through enlightenment and rebirth. “It would be great if the audience could come in and sort of come in and forget everything they know,” senior and lead in the play Caitlin Weaver said. “Between Trains,” is the Theatre Department’s spring play, which opens in the Studio Theatre in the Center for the Arts on Thursday, May 1. In this production, Weaver plays the role of Wendell, a woman who goes on a journey of […] Read the full story »

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27 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Daryllee Hale, Arts and Life Editor and Carley Milligan, Assoc. Arts and Life Editor
At about 9 p.m. Saturday, there was a threat that electronic dance musician Steve Aoki may not take the stage at SECU Arena. After seeing the empty space on the general admission floor, many Tigerfest attendees in the riser seats rushed to the floor, wanting to be close to the stage. Director of Student Activities Dirron Allen took the stage and threatened to cancel the concert if everyone did not return to their seats. “It was pretty insane. It was bound to happen since they didn’t fill the floor,” Towson student Don Mahaney said. But at 9:22 p.m., the concert was able to resume. Despite this “hiccup,” […] Read the full story »

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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 »