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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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Terrance West puts on a show for 27 NFL scouts on Pro Day
9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Associate Sports Editor
Terrance West sported neon green on every article of clothing he wore Monday at Towson’s Pro Day. Neon shirt, neon shorts, neon superman socks, neon Superman shoes with flakes of blue and orange and even neon compression shorts. It’s safe to say West stood out at the rain-soaked Pro Day, where 27 NFL scouts from 22 teams came out to watch him and other former Tigers at Johnny Unitas Stadium. His wardrobe made sure all eyes would be on him, if they weren’t already. And that’s exactly what the past three months have been about for the leading rushing in Towson history: Getting attention. Since he declared […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | One Comment | By Carley Milligan, Associate Arts and Life Editor
Competitive jump rope has been a passion for sophomore Kristen Bork but she didn’t know that she would be able to use her talent to enrich the lives of other young children in Baltimore. “When I was little I immediately fell in love with jump roping,”  integrated elementary and special education major Bork said. “It was definitely my favorite thing to do and then the coolest part about teaching jump rope is seeing that look that I had when I was little and when I am teaching kids a lot of times they get the same one. They get so excited and so passionate about it.” Bork […] Read the full story »

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7 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Matthew Hamilton, Associate Sports Editor; Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
The seniors on the football participated in Towson’s pro day on Monday. The biggest attraction was Terrance West, who drew interest from a number of NFL scouts. West has already met with the Tennessee Titans in Tennessee. Listen to West’s interview following his pro day workouts, and see a gallery of photos from the day below the interview. Terrance West Pro Day Interview by Towerlighteditor on Mixcloud   Read the full story »

Headline, Lacrosse, Men's Lacrosse, Sports, Women's Lacrosse »

Towson coaches following their passion without pay
6 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Athletic coaches are becoming celebrities on Towson’s campus. Rob Ambrose and Pat Skerry appear on sports talk radio shows in the area and have become as much of a face as the school president or the student leaders on campus. But behind the head coaches of athletic teams at the University are the smaller names – many of whom work for free. The Towerlight spoke to two volunteer coaches from both lacrosse teams about what volunteering means to them, and why they choose to balance the team and their paid jobs outside of the athletic department. Scott Rodgers, Men’s Lacrosse Although Scott Rodgers has received a number […] Read the full story »

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2 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-chief
Towson student Brian Spencer said his grandparents, Holocaust survivors, told him about witnessing book burnings. During the burnings, Nazi soldiers destroyed Jewish literature in front of the Jews during the Holocaust. Other pieces of literature were rounded up by the soldiers and taken away from the Jews. Spencer, a Jewish studies minor, can now reconnect to that place in time, thanks to a new collection in Cook Library that holds several pieces of Jewish history. The collection holds almost 80,000 volumes of work, a good portion of which dates back to World War II. Following WWII, American soldiers were able to retrieve some of the materials confiscated […] Read the full story »

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30 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
A court ruling in October stating that Maryland doesn’t do enough to help the state’s four historically black colleges has placed a spotlight on the historically black colleges and universities in Maryland. Mediation is currently underway between the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education. Mediation cannot end until the two sides agree to come up with a plan to improve the state of HBCUs in Maryland, including Morgan State, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Bowie State and Coppin State. Leaders of the HBCUs are upset about a lack of funding as well as what they see as the […] Read the full story »

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Commentary: Dustin Lynch
30 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Brandi Bottalico, Senior Editor
The only problem at the Campus Activity Board’s Country Concert Friday night was trying to clap with a beer in your hand. Opener Brent Rupard, who has previously opened for Scotty McCreery and The Band Perry, played some upbeat songs that make me want to drive on back roads and roll my window down. Headliner Dustin Lynch began with “She Cranks my Tractor,” which was released on his 2012 album, then followed it up with “Dancing in the Headlights.” Lynch said he was playing a spring break-inspired setlist, which became obvious when he incorporated covers of old time club favorites “Rock Your Body,” by Justin Timberlake, and […] Read the full story »

Basketball, Headline, Men's Basketball, Sports »

28 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Seniors Jerrelle Benimon, Mike Burwell, Marcus Damas and Rafriel Guthrie had won 43 games over the past two seasons heading into Thursday night’s CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament quarterfinal matchup at Murray State. Another win would send Towson into the semifinals, but winning at Murray State would not come easy, as the Racers boasted a 14-1 record at home this season heading into the game. And while the Tigers held a lead at halftime, the Racers continued their dominant home performance in the second half, pulling away late to end Towson’s season with an 85-73 loss. “We knew they were very good coming in,” Head Coach Pat Skerry said. […] Read the full story »

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Fraternities, sororities working to overcome popular misconceptions
26 Mar 2014 | One Comment | By Daryllee Hale, Arts and Life Editor
Freshman Cassie Ferlitch thought she was going to go Greek. Ferlitch began to rush last semester. She attended the events and socials the sororities held, but when it came time to pay, she said she just couldn’t do it. “I didn’t like what it was all about,” Ferlitch, a nursing major, said.  “There were a lot of good things but when it came down to it, I couldn’t pick one sorority that I could find myself being a part of.” Ferlitch decided not to join the 11 percent of campus that is involved in Greek Life. For Ferlitch, it was about the labels. “You just had to […] Read the full story »