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Latest tailgate produces low turnout, rules to be reconsidered
29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Cody Boteler, News Editor; Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Lot 14 was nearly empty Saturday night following a week of debate and uncertainty over the future of student tailgating. Brian Baublitz, a student at the tailgate, said that he was disappointed with the student turnout, especially compared to previous weeks. “Now it’s just dead. It’s kind of sad to see,” he said. Last Tuesday, students were faced with the possibility of having tailgating in Lot 14 suspended. Vice President of Student Affairs Deb Moriarty proposed the idea of a ban until a new tailgating policy could be put in place. Moriarty referenced the injury of a Towson student at a previous tailgate and cited a recent […] 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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Tigers allow late scoring drive, fall to Maine and drop to 2-3 on the season
28 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
Up 24-20 with 2:39 remaining in the game, Towson’s defense needed to hold back Maine quarterback Dan Collins. Three straight incompletions gave Maine a fourth down at its 28-yard line, putting the game on the line. However, Collins found wide receiver Jared Osumah for a 21-yard gain to get the first down. Then, it happened again. Collins passed to wide receiver Jeremy Salmon for 10 yards to the Tigers’ 40-yard line on fourth down. On the third fourth down of the drive, Collins connected with wide receiver Jordan Dunn for 37 yards,  giving his team the game-winning touchdown and handing Towson its first conference loss. “[Towson’s] safeties […] Read the full story »

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26 Sep 2014 | 5 Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
After several days of discussion, the University has released a new set of tailgating policies for Saturday’s football game. The policy will be looked at again after the game, and will be adjusted for future games, meaning the policies now are not the policies for the remainder of the year. Although splitting up the student lots between Lot 14 and Lot 21 had initially been discussed on Wednesday, University officials decided to keep Lot 14 as the only student tailgating lot. However, anyone wishing to park their car in the student lot needs to attend a workshop on the tailgating policies and procedures that will last about […] Read the full story »

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26 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
Going into the 2013 Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, before Towson’s historic run, much of the talk was surrounding another Colonial Athletic Association team. The Maine Black Bears won the CAA title last year and went into the postseason seeded fifth, while Towson got a No. 7 seed and was forced to play in the first round. This isn’t the first time the two teams battled for conference supremacy. In 2011, the Tigers won the CAA title despite low expectations going into the season. Who finished one game behind them? The Black Bears. Towson and Maine will face off Saturday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium as two of […] Read the full story »

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23 Sep 2014 | 45 Comments | By Cody Boteler, News Editor
Update (Sept. 24, 8:42 p.m.): After a meeting about the new policy Wednesday afternoon, the tentative plans for this Saturday are to implement several new rules for tailgating, according to Student Government Association President Kevin Kutner. Kutner said the student tailgating lot will be split up between Lot 14, the normal student tailgating lot, and Lot 21, the parking lot near the Towson Center. This change was made to eliminate a “mob mentality,” Kutner said. Any students wishing to receive a tailgating permit for either lot will also need to attend a seminar on the tailgating policies and procedures, which Kutner said would take about 20 to 30 […] Read the full story »

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22 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Cody Boteler, News Editor; Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief; Sam Shelton, Associate News Editor
Between classes, internships and jobs it’s easy for students to become lost in the Towson bubble. However, in the same time that classes have started, the world has been changing and several issues have captured the attention of national audiences. The Towerlight looks at four of the many stories developing all over the country and the world to make them easier for students to catch up on and understand. The Islamic State group Although President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have already pledged that the conflict against fighters from the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) will not include U.S. ground troops, political science professor Joseph Clark […] 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 »

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20 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
It was a familiar spot: Johnny Unitas Stadium with 9,000-plus fans cheering for Towson. However, this game had a sense of urgency brought about by a 1-2 start, including a loss to Central Connecticut State at home Aug. 30. The Tigers (2-2) got the win they needed over the Eagles (1-3) with help from sophomore running back Darius Victor and his 194 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. They could ill afford a 1-3 start and the 31-20 win made sure it didn’t happen. Head Coach Rob Ambrose said the team wanted to win this game to erase the memories of the home loss to Central […] Read the full story »

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19 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
Last week, Towson needed a win. Up against a rainstorm and a Delaware State team that it dominated last season, Towson came out with the 21-7 victory in Dover, Delaware. The win helped ease the panic among fans and supports of Tiger football, but another test awaits them as the North Carolina Central Eagles come to Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday night. Head Coach Rob Ambrose said at practice Tuesday that his team is growing in confidence after the win last week. “The attitude and effort of which it takes to win a ball game, instead of having to be pulled out of them, they brought to […] Read the full story »