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27 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Sam Shelton, Associate News Editor
Towson ranks second nationwide in on-campus electric vehicle charging stations, according to a press release issued by the electric vehicle charging network, ChargePoint. According to a University press release, this makes Towson “the only institution in the state recognized [by ChargePoint] for its leadership in the electric vehicle movement.” There are currently 18 ChargePoint stations positioned around campus, located on the ground levels of the Glen and West Village Garages, the second level of the Union Garage, the third floor of the Towsontown Garage and the front lot of the Administration Building.  Each of these stations contains two individual ports, which gives the University 36 total accessible […] Read the full story »

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Suggests intermittent password changes
27 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Nilo Exar, Staff Writer
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month, and the Office of Technology Services (OTS) has provided tips and insights into the realm of internet security today, as well as steps that students can follow to better protect their private information. As the amount of what is done online increases, the need to protect information becomes more prevalent. The vulnerability of “the cloud” and other servers became evident recently when multiple female celebrities’ iCloud accounts were hacked and their photos leaked onto different corners of the Internet. Anyone could be a victim of a hacker trying to steal their bank information, passwords, or content online. Although celebrities’ personal information […] Read the full story »

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27 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Cody Boteler, News Editor
Final arrangements for student tailgating for this weekend’s homecoming game were announced in a campus-wide email from Vice President of Student Affairs Deb Moriarty. The announcement came after weeks of deliberation between administrators and student leaders. Only those 21 or older will be allowed to have alcohol, as per Maryland law. No one may have more than one six-pack of beer or more than 24 oz. of wine, and no hard liquors will be allowed. Drinking games are prohibited, as are glass containers. Pickup trucks will be allowed. All students who wish to  use their vehicles for tailgating on the lot must have a valid permit. The […] Read the full story »

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Guest lecturer met with disagreement
27 Oct 2014 | 28 Comments | By Cody Boteler, News Editor
Guest speakers are a common occurance at Towson University and, for the most part, they attend without stirring up controversy. Things changed, however, when David Legates, a professor of geography from the University of Delaware and a skeptic of human-caused, or anthropogenic, climate change, was invited to speak on campus Thursday. “I think it was unfortunate to bring in only one speaker and have it be such a minority view,” said Brian Fath, a professor in the department of biological sciences. Fath was at the lecture Thursday night and was one of a handful of TU faculty who challenged what Legates was saying at the end of […] Read the full story »

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24 Oct 2014 | One Comment | By Cody Boteler, News Editor
Police searching the Towson University office of professor Barry Freundel found a backpack that was filled with tiny cameras that were hidden in common objects, including a box of tissues and a clock, according to The Washington Post. Additionally, police, who filed for a search warrant in Maryland, found flash drives and memory cards, as well as a hand-written list of names and a naked picture of a woman. Freundel is accused of placing a hidden camera in a ritual bath at his Kesher Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C. His office was located in the College of Liberal Arts. Since his arrest, Freundel has been suspended from […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Jessica Ricks, Contributing Writer
Construction of two new apartment-style dorms in West Village began recently in accordance with phases three and four of the West Village housing project outlined in the University’s Master Plan. “We continue to have demand for increased housing on campus,” Assistant Vice President of Housing & Residence Life Jerry Dieringer said. The construction, which is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2016, will result in the addition of “two high-rise buildings with the capability of 700 beds” to the West Village area, Director of Construction Services Scott Guckert said. In comparison, phase one of the West Village housing project added 668 new, on-campus beds […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Caitlin Wolfarth, Contributing Writer
Students had the opportunity to learn from professionals on how to job search and market themselves in the business world at the Social Media Etiquette Panel held Thursday in Stephens Hall. This event, part of the College of Business and Economics’ Career NSITE (networking, service, internships, training and events) Series, was targeted toward business students to help them get an understanding of business related networking. At the panel, students were able interact with a panel of business professionals from well-known corporations and even practice networking for internships with these corporations. The panelists included Dorothy Johnson from Frito-Lay, Andrew Rose and Chloe Cacciaguida from Zest SMS, Mira Davis-Kelly […] Read the full story »

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20 Oct 2014 | 4 Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Update (Oct. 21, 3:42 p.m.): Director of Communications Ray Feldmann told The Washington Post that the University did not know about these trips to the synagogue for Freundel’s class, and that they were unauthorized by the school. Original story The University has indefinitely suspended Associate Professor Barry Freundel with pay, following his arrest outside his home in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 14. Freundel was charged with voyeurism for allegedly setting up a hidden camera disguised as a clock radio in a ritual bath, to which he pled not guilty. “Dr. Freundel has been suspended from any and all faculty duties and responsibilities, pending the outcome of that investigation […] Read the full story »

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Results of midterm election likely dependent on voter turnout
20 Oct 2014 | One Comment | By Cody Boteler, News Editor; Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Voters in America have an opportunity to change their elected representatives every two years. The catch is, they actually have to vote. The United States tends to see low voter turnout, especially among the college-aged population. In 2012, less than 50 percent of 18-29 year olds voted, while every other age group showed a turnout exceeding 50 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. “We’ve seen low turnout rates among young people as a whole, not just college students,” John Bullock, an assistant professor in the department of political science, said. “A lot of it is about the issues. In years past, there might be more activism […] Read the full story »

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15 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Associate Professor Barry Freundel has been indefinitely suspended with pay by the University following his arrest at his home in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Freundel was been charged with voyeurism for allegedly setting up a hidden camera in a ritual bath. “Dr. Freundel has been suspended from any and all faculty duties and responsibilities, pending the outcome of that investigation and associated criminal proceedings. At this time there is no indication that these activities occurred on the Towson University campus. We are concerned about the serious nature of this matter, and we are providing support and counseling resources to members of the campus community,” Director of Communications Ray […] Read the full story »