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15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Correction (9/16): Kelsey Fielder is not the captain of the field hockey team. The Towerlight apologizes for this error. At Towson, as is the case at most colleges in the country, football and basketball dominate the athletic department. They are the most widely attended and widely talked about sports. But as the popularity of these sports grow at colleges around the nation, several issues are shifting the playing field of collegiate athletics, including conference restructuring and pay-for-play agreements. On Aug. 7, the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors voted to give autonomy to the “Big Five” athletic conferences: the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big 12, […] 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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13 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
Down 7-3 at halftime in at a rain-soaked Alumni Stadium in Dover, Delaware, Towson was heading toward a loss to the Delaware State Hornets, what would have been its third consecutive defeat to begin the 2014 season. It certainly wasn’t the outcome Towson had in mind after blowing out Delaware State, 49-7, last season. Head Coach Rob Ambrose spoke words of encouragement at halftime, despite the deficit. “I told them that there was no question in anybody’s mind that we could win the game,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “We just had to go out, do our job, do it together and get excited about doing it. […] Read the full story »

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12 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
Towson left West Virginia on Saturday with 54-0 loss fresh in its mind and an 0-2 record. It certainly wasn’t a position the team and its fans thought it would be in at this point in the season. The 0-2 start is the first for the Tigers since 1991, a span that features eight losing seasons, including a 1-10 season in 2010. It’s unfamiliar territory for the FCS runner ups from just a season ago. Head Coach Rob Ambrose said he learned a lot about his young team despite the poor start. “I’ve got too many guys that feel sorry for themselves and don’t want to work […] Read the full story »

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10 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Nicole Gould, Staff Writer
Towson (2-3-1) got hot early on, and cruised to a 3-0 win over the Radford Highlanders (0-3-1) to end a three-game losing streak Tuesday evening at the Tiger Soccer Complex. “We played pretty well today,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said. “We’ve been working on a couple things this week after the Fairfield game to get some more offensive rhythm going and some more confidence.” The Tigers wasted no time pressuring the Highlanders defensive line, controlling possession from the start of the whistle. Only 49 seconds in, freshman forward Gabby Scirica made a pass to senior midfielder Katie Ponce at the top of Towson’s attacking third, where she […] 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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8 Sep 2014 | 3 Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
When Timothy Chandler first heard about Towson President Maravene Loeschke’s semester-long leave of absence, he said he knew that it went “against every fiber of her being.” Loeschke, who graduated from Towson and had been president for two and a half years, announced just before the start of classes that she was taking a leave of absence until December for “health and personal challenges.” Chandler was immediately named acting president after Loeschke’s announcement to take the leave; Maggie Reitz, the vice provost, is taking over as acting provost in Chandler’s absence. “To be quite honest, it was a surprise. You know how much she loves her job, […] Read the full story »

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7 Sep 2014 | 5 Comments
An 18-year-old student was found dead the night of Sept. 6 in an off-campus apartment. According to Baltimore County Police, the Baltimore County Fire Department responded to a call at the 300 block of East Joppa Road at 11:38 p.m., Saturday night. When personnel arrived, they found the student unresponsive, and residents of the apartment said that she had been drinking. The woman was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The student was eventually identified as Julia Margaret Ratnaraj of New Jersey. Ratnaraj was a freshman at Towson who lived in Richmond Hall, and the apartment she was in belonged to a […] Read the full story »

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6 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
It wasn’t the dream scenario that Towson had experienced last season with its win over UConn. In front of 56,414 fans, West Virginia made sure Towson did not complete its second straight upset over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. The Mountaineers outgained the Tigers 606-122 en route to a 54-0 win, snapping the Tigers’ 10-game road winning streak at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia on Saturday night. Head Coach Rob Ambrose said he learned a lot from his team, despite the lopsided loss. “We’ve cleared up some of the fog of the fakers, the guys that talk the talk but don’t walk the walk,” Ambrose […] Read the full story »

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6 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
Towson made headlines on Aug. 29 of last year, when the Football Championship Subdivision Tigers took down the Football Bowl Subdivision UConn Huskies, 33-18, in front of a national audience on ESPN3. It was a historic win for the program, which went on to make the FCS Championship game, and was their first-ever win over an FBS opponent. Saturday, Towson (0-1) will get a chance to make it two straight wins over an FBS foe when it faces the West Virginia Mountaineers (0-1) in Morgantown, West Virginia. “We’ve had some success,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “We played Maryland tough, obviously we player UConn tough. There are […] Read the full story »