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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Annie Sragner, Columnist
This week has been plodding on in a rut. I was swamped with work and my mom had some emergency health problems. Everything seems to go wrong at once. Often times when I dwell on the negative external events happening around me, I notice my internal voice taking on a touch of meanness. “Annie, why did you get yourself here? Do better!” she says condescendingly at me. By voice, I don’t mean literal voices speaking in your head. It’s just the internal monologue and flow of your thoughts and what that sounds like to you. I started reading “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. In the […] Read the full story »

Editorial, Opinion »

29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
My role as the editor of a college paper is interesting for a number of reasons. But the one that has been coming up the most this semester is my role as an editor, a manager and a reporter all wrapped into one position. As The Towerlight continues to move more online, I’m always checking the site stats as part of my managerial duties. As a reporter, that can sometimes be conflicting. I don’t want Towerlight staff members that will just generate clicks online, I want stories that are interesting and are helpful readers. I don’t want us just posting stories on Facebook that have headlines like, […] Read the full story »

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22 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Annie Sragner, Columnist
Something that plagues my mind almost constantly is the passing of time. I frequently face the internal struggle of how I’m spending my time and if I could be using it in more productive or enjoyable ways. We are only allotted four short years (if you do it right) to experience all that is college. How you spend your time here determines how fondly you will remember your last stages of youth. Thanks to this harsh realization, I spend as much free time as I can with my friends planning adventures. After schoolwork, my time revolves around creating memories and maximizing the amount of good times. This […] Read the full story »

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15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Paige Whipple, Columnist
I’m not going to write about Ray Rice (I know you’re disappointed—you haven’t heard enough about that in the past two days). But I am going to write about an incredibly important social issue. You all know about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but you may not know how it was twisted into a horrific tragedy. A few high school students thought they were cool, so they pulled a “prank” on one of their classmates. The word “prank” isn’t the word to describe it—they abused and violated a poor 14-year-old boy. See, they encouraged Timothy McGinty, an autistic teenager, to do the challenge. They decided […] Read the full story »

Letters to the Editor, Opinion »

15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Richard Vatz, Professor of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development
Jonathan Munshaw’s articles on President Maravene Loeschke’s leave of absence and the consequential administrative adjustments cover everything except the reason that this will work so well for Towson. Competence in leadership, which Towson’s administration has in abundance, is important, but integrity is even more so. The reason Towson has been in a Renaissance since President Loeschke assumed office is because she, along with her choice for provost, Tim Chandler, affected a morality of process that has led to transparent decision-making. This doesn’t mean that all decisions are necessarily correct, but they are made without deception and in the interest of the university and its students. That the […] Read the full story »

Letters to the Editor, Opinion »

14 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Maravene Loeschke, Towson University President
Dear Towson University Community: The outpouring of concern and support in response to my leave of absence from my beloved Towson has been both overwhelming and humbling. Thank you for your thoughtful notes and well wishes. Although I cannot respond to them all, please know that I am reading each and every one, several times, with a loving and graceful heart. The fall semester kicked off beautifully and smoothly thanks to all of you: students, faculty, and staff. I could not be more proud of how highly regarded Towson is in the greater community and throughout Maryland. I rest easy knowing all of you, including our exceptional […] Read the full story »

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14 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Annie Sragner, Columnist
On a college campus, it is easy to judge others based on limited first impressions. Things such as style or an out-of-line comment can deter one from even something as simple as giving another person the time of day. We allow small differences to divide us very easily. Have you ever considered that we all have the same traits, just at different levels? Think of a gigantic soundboard, like you would see in a music studio. There are thousands of knobs, each with a label underneath.  Upon closer inspection, each label lists a personality trait. Every trait a person could have is on there: jealousy, compassion, interest […] Read the full story »

Editorial, Opinion »

8 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Through the first few weeks of class, The Towerlight has made recruiting pushes everywhere on campus. Already I’ve visited classes, sat through interest meetings, talked to students at the involvement fair and given advice to dozens of freshmen. This isn’t going to be a 400-word column on joining The Towerlight, but I have been thinking lately about what is most important for students to do while they’re on campus. And while it may be totally cliché, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get involved. Get involved with something, whether it be The Towerlight, Greek Life, Students Helping Honduras—basically anything that you can give your […] Read the full story »

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8 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Annie Sragner, Columnist
Humans are addicted to the truth. We form reality from the tiny truths around us in which we choose or are instructed to believe. Basic civilization exists because we are born into a pre-established belief system with set priorities and values in which we place our trust. We are born putting blind faith into the beliefs that our peers have. But then where does this leave us? The time-worn nature vs. nurture dichotomy often blurs the lines between truths and lies. How much of our own belief system is based on true individuality and personal truth? The lines get muddied around circumstance and personal intent. For example, […] Read the full story »

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4 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Annie Sragner, Columnist
As I dive in to my junior year of college at Towson, this past summer sent me on a mini existential crisis. I’ve always been questioning my position in the universe, but I’ve recently been compelled to dig deep within myself to discover what my passion or desire for life is. I don’t have it all figured out yet, but some self-reflection led to the realization that I take pleasure in thinking big, and helping others think big. I love thought-provoking conversations and seeing the illumination in someone’s eyes when they realize that there are usually two (or more) sides to the same coin. “I’ve never thought […] Read the full story »