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New options include grilled chicken strips
15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Sam Shelton, Associate News Editor
New options have been added to the Paws menu this semester in a continued effort by Chartwells and Towson Dining Services to emphasize the healthy meals available on campus and provide alternatives to Paws’ typical fare. “We kind of do it campus-wide, we’re always looking to promote our healthy stuff. I think that we do a lot more than people realize,” Chartwells Marketing Director Beth Valle said. The added options include, but are not limited to, two new breakfast sandwiches, which have yet to be promoted by Dining Services, three signature salads and grilled chicken strips. The latter of which Valle said, aren’t “really [done] anywhere else.” […] Read the full story »

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15 Sep 2014 | One Comment | By Cody Boteler, News Editor
The Student Government Association Senate approved a budget of nearly $1.7 million for the 2014-2015 academic year during the SGA retreat at the beginning of the semester. This year’s budget is down about $3,000 from last year, even though students at Towson this year are paying a higher SGA fee than last year. “All of the totals for our income are based off all of the student fees that were collected last year,” SGA Treasurer Joanna Enoch said. Because of this system, the 2015-2016 academic year will see a “noticeable difference” in the SGA budget, according to SGA Deputy Chief of Staff and former Towerlight contributor Brandon […] Read the full story »

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15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Nilo Exar, Contributing Writer
Matt Goldstein was hired over the summer to be the new director of Health Services. Goldstein has worked in both the clinical and business realms of healthcare. Prior to taking his new job at Towson, he worked for 17 years at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. After starting as a physician assistant, Goldstein worked his way up the ranks and eventually became the chief of preventative medicine and wellness and the director of the Health Center at MedStar Good Samaritan. When the job opened up for director of the Health Center at Towson University, though, Goldstein almost didn’t apply. “I had been involved in Towson through the physician […] Read the full story »

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Towson finishes last out of 14 teams in South Carolina
15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Kati Day, Staff Writer
Towson struggled against the wind this weekend at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. The Tigers finished last in the field of 14 teams at The Invitational at The Ocean Course hosted by the College of Charleston. South Florida claimed first place with a three-day total of 850. Georgia State finished second with a team score of 877. Chase Koepka of South Florida took the individual title with an impressive three-day low-round of 208, after scoring under par each round with 69, 68, 71. Sophomores Juan Veloza and John Hulede led Towson this weekend shooting a three-round total of 236. Veloza finished the tournament shooting 77, 81, 78. […] Read the full story »

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14 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Caitlin Wolfarth, Contributing Writer
At the Univeristy’s Residence Government Backyard Barbeque on Thursday, URG National Communications Coordinator Dan Bowley said some goals for the organization this year are “to make URG as a whole better known on campus, and to foster greater collaboration between the different residence halls across campus.” Despite these goals, some students who attended are still unaware of what the URG is and what they do. URG remains persistent with its goal to become more well-known and to make students feel welcome at Towson. Its slogan this year is “#welcomehome” and it has many events planned throughout the year, including “Wings and Things” on Sept. 20 and “S’mores […] Read the full story »

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10 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Kristen Zdon, Contributing Writer
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Terry Cooney has been appointed to a second position, as acting dean of the Honors College for the fall and spring semester. “I’ll be asked to go to more events, but it’s also the business of trying to pay attention to the mechanisms involved in admissions and scholarships and the performance of students in the program, the courses we are offering, the engagement of faculty,” Cooney said. Cooney said that he wants to help build good programs and develop a faculty that offers good experiences for students. “The Honors College is a framework for offering a program in courses that […] Read the full story »

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8 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
In the matter of a few hours, Timothy Chandler went from being the provost at Towson to the acting president. As provost, Chandler was the chief academic officer at the University, a position that often kept him out of view of most students on campus. So who is this new acting president of Towson? As Chandler puts it himself, his personality is different from Maravene Loeschke’s. “I cannot be [Loeschke]. Can anybody be her?” Chandler said in a recent interview. “So tongue-in-cheek, I’ve said that students should be used to getting less hugs, and I won’t be seen playing a tambourine with the band. It’s a matter […] 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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5 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Cody Boteler, News Editor
Towson students may have to adjust their meal times, due to some dining locations changing their hours of operation on Saturday, Sept. 6. Newell Dining Hall will now be closed on weekends, though the Den will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch at the Fusion Grill. To compensate, the West Village Commons Dining Hall will now open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays. During the week, the Commons will now be open until 9 p.m. The Towerlight will report a complete story later in the week. Read the full story »