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30 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Sam Shelton, Associate News Editor
Cook Library’s Text-A-Librarian service received a new phone number over the summer as a result in a change of service provider. With this service, students can call or text 410-774-1398 to be connected to one of Cook’s librarians at any time during normal research help hours. “We changed providers because we thought it would be a little bit of a better experience for students, because it’s easier to just have a regular phone number, whereas before you had to have a short phone number and then a code that you had to include in your question. So it was a little bit more confusing,” Emerging Technologies Librarian […] Read the full story »

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29 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Paige Sudol, Staff Writer
New shuttle routes and schedules took effect on the first day of classes, Aug. 27. According to Pam Mooney, the director of Parking and Transportation Services, this project has been in progress since last January. “We try to limit changes during the academic year, so we like to make changes in the fall,” Mooney said. Kenilworth, Goucher and Timonium, the off-campus routes, now each use two buses instead of one. The new on-campus Black Express Route will transport students between West Village and the main campus Monday through Thursday. Towson Center and University Village will not be stops on this route, but the Gold Route will cover […] Read the full story »

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25 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By James Greene, Staff Writer
The Towson community now has a new and safer way to cross Osler Drive when traveling between West Village and the main campus. Hosts of members from the Towson community including students, faculty, alumni and politicians gathered in front of Enrollment Services Friday to witness the ribbon cutting of the new pedestrian bridge over Osler Drive. The long-awaited bridge provides the community safe access from West Village to the academic core of campus. It is estimated that 3,500 students will cross the bridge every day during the academic year. Jerry Dieringer, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Housing and Residence Life said thousands of students can […] Read the full story »

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22 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
Towson sports have been on the rise over the past few years, so the number of Towson students and fans attending games has been increasing as well. The more fans that pack the seats at SECU Arena and Johnny Unitas Stadium, the better. However, we can’t have thousands of inexperienced fans clamoring on at these games. No, there is uniformity to being a Tigers fan. For the freshmen and inexperienced upperclassmen, I’m here to give you a survival guide to Towson sporting events. Trust me, you’ll need it.   1. Cheer This may seem like a completely unnecessary rule for going to a game, but you’d be […] Read the full story »

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22 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Cody Boteler, News Editor
A crucial part of surviving your time at Towson is discovering some of the campus’s best-kept secrets. These aren’t locations that are intentionally hidden from anybody, but they can be difficult to find — especially if you don’t know where to look.   7720 Café: Typically referred to the Admin Café, 7720 Café is located in the Administration Building off of York Road. The location mostly caters to TU faculty and staff, since it is out of the way for most students. It does, however, accept dining points and features a full salad bar, custom made sandwiches, and daily specials.   The Glen Woods: Students searching for […] Read the full story »

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22 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
There are many things college freshmen fear upon starting their first semester and gaining the dreaded “Freshmen 15” is no exception. With new and challenging classes, hundreds of clubs and activities and a whole new pool of students to meet it can be challenging to find time to exercise or even think about eating anything other than microwaveable noodles. Luckily, there are many on-campus resources available to help Towson students stay fit and healthy. Getting plenty of exercise is the first step to making this happen and the best place to start is at Burdick Hall. Complete with a 8,500 square-foot Fitness Center, students are given full […] Read the full story »

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22 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments
There’s no better way to introduce new students to campus than by getting advice from students, faculty and staff who have been on campus for several years. The Towerlight solicited advice from some of the most well-known figures on campus, the best possible way to kick off our 2014 Survival Guide. Becky Wiacek, Student Government Association Vice President College is going to turn your world upside down, and you are going to love it.  It’s OK to be confused. It’s OK to be homesick. It’s OK to be lost, and it’s OK to be scared.  You are going to be a stronger version of yourself because of […] Read the full story »

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21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Sam Shelton, Associate News Editor
Keurigs will be allowed in residence halls starting this semester as a result of the efforts made by the University Residency Government in conjunction with the Department of Housing and Residence Life. URG Director of Resident Advocacy Andrew Montag, who spearheaded the campaign, said that the most challenging part of the process was not in finding support for the project, but deciding where to propose it. Montag originally consulted with the Towson Fire Marshall, but realized “after a lot of back and forth” that URG had to take the idea through other channels tied to the University. “It was a little frustrating at first, half of the […] Read the full story »

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21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
The long and controversial story of the University president’s house is coming to a close, now that the house has been sold to a private buyer for $1.05 million. The sale was approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works on Aug. 13. Hugh Bethell, an IT specialist in Baltimore, bought the house and was one of three people who looked at the house in the winter. The University pursued Bethell’s offer, which was the exact asking price for the house. “I had looked at the property next door [to the president’s house], and saw an article that they were selling,” Bethell said. “I love it. It […] Read the full story »

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21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
University president Maravene Loeschke announced via email today that she is taking a leave of absence from her position until December. “Due to health and personal challenges, I regret to inform you that I am taking a leave of absence from my position as president of the university, effective today through December,” Loeschke said in the email. “I think it’s safe to say that this is a difficult and thoughtful transition for President Loeschke,” Director of Communications and Media Relations Ray Feldmann said in a phone interview with The Towerlight Last semester, Loeschke announced that she had undergone treatment for cancer. Provost Timothy Chandler will take over […] Read the full story »