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19 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Thomas Martinson, Staff Writer
When I first heard that HBO’s new series “Looking,” which illustrates the lives of three openly gay men in San Francisco, was regarded as “groundbreaking,” I became quite flustered. I have already seen shows that depict the LGBT community, so how could this stereotypical tale possibly be groundbreaking? It seems whenever the media wants to use the “gay crutch,” it involves flamboyant, outlandish and overly vocal gay men in some shady and seedy nightclub that is either located in San Francisco, Manhattan or the outskirts of some major city. Evidence of this can been seen in “Will & Grace,” “Queer as Folk” and “Glee.” So of course […] Read the full story »

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19 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Brandi Bottalico, Senior Editor
So last weekend I got to participate in an Annapolis tradition… the St. John’s College versus the Naval Academy croquet tournament. Essentially every year hundreds of Annapolitans dress up in their biggest sun hats, fanciest sun dresses and break out some bow ties and monocles. The St. John’s team always dresses in a costume for the match and the naval academy always wears their traditional white uniforms. The match, not surprisingly, doesn’t seem to be the highlight of the shindig. Everyone brings in cigars and classy picnics and buys bottles of wine or beer. So it sounds like the epitome of classiness but that was not the […] Read the full story »

Letters to the Editor, Opinion »

19 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Bob Wright, Towson University Football Season Ticket Holder
My name is Bob Wright and I am a Towson University football season ticket holder.  I have just re-upped my tickets for next year and I am looking forward to attending Tiger games at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium with my three sons.  I am writing you today to implore you to join me and thousands of other TU fans and alumni this fall. Towson football games are affordable and family friendly, with all the accoutrements associated with college football like tailgating and marching bands playing the Alma Mater.  Coach Rob Ambrose has assembled a team that has won two [Colonial Athletic Association] championships and finished […] Read the full story »

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16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Uncontested elections happen. They happen in national, state and local elections every year. They happen in Towerlight elections. But competition breeds success, which is why I have to be concerned about the SGA election. Kevin Kutner is running unopposed for SGA president, as is his whole ticket. There are literally no other candidates for the executive board positions. I don’t have a particular issue with these candidates (Kevin seems like a very driven person and I’ve enjoyed every interaction I’ve ever had with him, and Becky Wiacek, who is running for vice president, has been in SGA for years now and is very well-educated on the issues […] Read the full story »

Columns, Opinion »

13 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Manry, Columnist
Ever since the dawn of time, writers have been using “the dawn of time” as some vague reference point in the distant past. I, being a writer, am no exception, and the only reason I point it out is that I have a cliché alert built into my word processor that lets me know when I’m using trite phrases so I can make a self-aware joke about them and thus fill up space in my column while simultaneously alerting the reader that I am, indeed, a very clever writer who breaks all the trends of modern literature. That being said, ever since the dawn of time, mankind […] Read the full story »

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13 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jake Ulick, Columnist
Correction (4/16): One of the filmmaker’s names was spelled incorrectly. “Christine Wallace’s” last name is actually Walley. Exit Zero is a place, a controversy and a collection of personal stories that sheds light on the effects of one larger, central story. The rough-cut screening of the documentary “The Exit Zero Project” was part of the Martha A. Mitten Speaker’s Series on New Media and Society in the College of Liberal Arts, organized by professor Matthew Durington. To the untrained ear, the term “deindustrialization” sounds like something two anthropologists from MIT would be excited about. However, this film serves to prove the opposite. Christine Walley and Chris Boebel, professors […] Read the full story »

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13 Apr 2014 | 3 Comments | By Towerlight Staff
When the members of current Towerlight staff were in elementary school, The Towerlight didn’t have a video department. It didn’t have podcasts. TheTowerlight.com was still taking baby steps toward where it is now. Social media was nonexistent. Over time, all media outlets must change to adapt with the times. Our newspaper has grown to be more than just a newspaper. We are now on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and have videos on YouTube, picture slideshows and large photo illustrations. And today, The Towerlight staff would like to announce the next step in The Towerlight’s evolution. Starting next semester, we will be circulating our newsletter (called “Towerlight Today”) […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Paige Whipple, Columnist
Jimmy Fallon is the love of my life and I’m not afraid to admit it. I was a fan of Jimmy back when he was on The Late Show, but unlike all my fellow college students, I am extremely sleep oriented. Even now that he’s on earlier, a 12:35 bedtime is way too late for this gal. So I rarely watched him when he was on Late Night (except for during the summer), but when I did, I felt a connection to him. No, no, I’m not a creeper. I know I also said last week that I feel connected to the O’s players. Well I’m just […] Read the full story »

Letters to the Editor, Opinion »

9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jenna Williams, Towson resident Community College of Baltimore County student, and volunteer on Mizeur's campaign
Editor’s note: Jenna Williams is involved with the youth effort on Heather Mizeur’s gubernatorial campaign. On Saturday, April 5, I sat in the Maryland House of Delegates all day, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. I watched as our delegates delayed the vote, to “digest the information” and then watched them engage in hours of debate. For some reason, Senate Bill 364, better known as the bill that will decriminalize marijuana, was considered an extremely controversial topic, even in such a blue state as Maryland. Eventually, it passed 78-55 in the House. I watched as delegates cited far-fetched statistics and extreme personal anecdotes. However, Del. Heather Mizeur, […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Abby Murphy, photo editor
I left “Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier,” this past Saturday, with more to think about than just crying about Bucky Barnes, freaking out about Natasha Romanoff and wondering when the next installment would be released. If Marvel movies are good at anything, it’s bringing in complex themes that superhero movies are uniquely capable of addressing. “Winter Soldier” was no exception. I’ll leave the review portion to Ryan Permison over in Arts, but this film was definitely up there for me as one of my favorite Marvel movies, ranking at the same level as or above “The Avengers.” Steve Rogers is the American Hero: He wears the […] Read the full story »