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16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
After a long string of contested Student Government Association elections, there is only one ticket running for the SGA executive board this season. Current SGA Vice President Kevin Kutner, who will be running for president, heads the one ticket, STREAK. “I’m running for SGA President because I know I’m able to make a positive impact on Towson’s campus, as well as be the best representative on the state and local level for Towson students,” Kutner said in an email. Becky Wiacek, a current SGA senator, is running for vice president, Joanna Enoch is up for treasurer and Bayan Rustom is running for the position of attorney general. […] Read the full story »

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16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Aaron Isrin, Staff Writer
The State of the SGA speech is an annual event at Towson, in which the acting president summarizes his or her accomplishments during their term as the semester comes to an end, along with their term. This year, however, SGA President Charlotte Ridgeway chose to record her speech, and present it as an online video, available on YouTube. Ridgeway said the main reason she chose to do her speech in a video was based on her experience with seeing the speeches from past presidents.  She recalled, in her sophomore year, sitting in the audience for 2011 SGA president Matt Sikorski’s State of the SGA Speech.  According to […] Read the full story »

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16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Cody Boteler, Associate News Editor
Thursday night in Towson represents a special opportunity. As mentioned in last week’s column, all three democratic candidates for governor will be in SECU Arena for a candidate’s forum. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur will all be on Towson’s campus at 7 p.m. Thursday night. Entrance is free with a student ID – and this is likely the only time that any of them will be on campus before the primary on June 24. Unsurprisingly, each of the candidates has been in the news this week. Lt. Gov. Brown claimed to be endorsed by a construction labor union – the […] Read the full story »

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Participants take interdisciplinary approach
13 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Cody Boteler, Associate News Editor
Dozens of students from Towson University and surrounding areas participating in Operation STAT were faced with a deadly fictitious scenario on Friday: Thousands of people are injured after a plane crashed into a fully packed Johnny Unitas Stadium. Local hospitals are pushed to the limit dealing with injuries ranging from glass-embedded faces to compound fractures and burns. The ballrooms in the West Village Commons were transformed into emergency triage stations with cots set up for the patients in response to the imagined scenario. “I didn’t expect it to be so chaotic,” Towson nursing student Brittany Gentilini said. Nikki Austin from the nursing department and chair of the […] Read the full story »

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13 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Aaron Isrin, Staff Writer
The University has updated its campus crime alerts, changing how students, faculty and staff may receive their alerts and the affect they have on the Towson community. Announced through a mass email on April 8, the University said that users will now be able to control when they receive their alerts and what kind of alerts they receive. The University has also removed the suspect descriptions from email alerts. Towson’s Chief of Police Bernard Gerst said the changes were made to make the alerts more manageable and effective. Users of campus alerts can choose whether they want to receive text alerts from crimes happening only on the […] Read the full story »

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Will continue her regular schedule
11 Apr 2014 | 3 Comments | By Brandi Bottalico, Senior Editor
Towson President Maravene Loeschke sent an email to faculty and staff Friday afternoon disclosing she was diagnosed with cancer of the adrenal gland. The cancer was found at an early stage and Loeschke has already undergone surgery, according to the email. She will receive six weeks of external radiation therapy. “Doctors are confident that she will receive a full recovery,” Marina Cooper, the Deputy Chief of Staff in the President’s Office said. Loeschke will continue her regular work schedule and will be around campus next week per usual. “I feel great and have no symptoms of any kind,” she said in the email. “Both Dick and I […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Maryland became one of the few states in the country to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 this week after it passed through the state legislature. Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to sign the bill into law that will bring up the wage floor incrementally, eventually getting it to $10.10 by 2018. The wage will be edged to $8 an hour on Jan. 1, 2015 then to $8.25 on July 1 of that year. It will go up by 50 cents again in 2016 and 2017, eventually hitting $10.10 on July 1, 2018. Charles Russo, a professor in the Department of Accounting at the University, said the […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Paige Sudol, Staff Writer
The Student Government Association has launched #DearDoc, a new student advocacy initiative that allows students to submit concerns and potential improvements to the University online. The #DearDoc campaign was created to increase the SGA’s awareness of student concerns, and was rolled out through a series of events on Monday. #DearDoc makes student advocacy more formal through social media, Marissa Schickling, the SGA Director of Academic Affairs, said. “We’re taking what we do now and putting it into one cohesive unit,” Schickling said. “We’re moving forward.” Students can tweet #DearDoc or post their concerns directly to deardoc.towson.edu, which students can access with their NetID. The SGA transfers tweets […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Cody Boteler, Associate News Editor
For the uninitiated: on June 24 voters in Maryland will choose their next governor. Well, not technically, as it’s a primary election, but Maryland is not very likely to elect a governor from the Republican Party. There are three candidates in the Democratic primary: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and State Delegate Heather Mizeur. These weekly pieces I’ll be writing are meant to keep you all updated on what they’ve been doing. Since this is the first, a little bit of background may be in order. Brown served two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates representing Prince George’s County, and was tasked by […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Cody Boteler, Associate News Editor
Towson alum Mandy Arnold has been recently recognized with the 2014 Women of Influence award from Central Penn Business Journal. “To me it just means that the community in central Pennsylvania is recognizing a lot of the impact that I’m having and that my business is having on the region,” Arnold said. “Beyond just that, I think it’s someone who’s creating jobs, having an effect on the industry, raising the bar on the industry.” After graduating with three degrees from Towson, Arnold moved to York, Pa. to start Gavin Advertising. Arnold said that she and her husband have also been a part of the effort to revitalize […] Read the full story »