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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 »

Columns, Opinion »

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 »

Editorial, Opinion »

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 »

Columns, Opinion »

6 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Brandi Bottalico, Senior Editor
My roommates and I have finally accepted that our apartment is cursed by the ghost of Chester Sr. that I flushed down the toilet months ago. The mouse spirit managed to have my roommate’s ceiling fall in, turn our water off on Thursday, shut our power off Friday and create a lingering smell that we can’t find the source of. So Friday, I began the day trying to make a smoothie, then realizing that my blender was broken so I ran to Target to buy a new blender, which I really couldn’t afford to purchase but I also couldn’t afford to throw away all the fruit in […] Read the full story »

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6 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jake Ulick, Columnist
I spent my afternoon this past Saturday asking about 50 random students around campus two questions: First, what would life be like without Facebook? And by asking that, I was simultaneously asking what life has become because of Facebook. So I phrased the second question as such: How, if at all, has Facebook (and any other social media platform) changed the way you view the world and our generation? The responses I received were funny, predictable at times, repetitive and rather contradictory at points. There seems to be a persistent thought among students of our sociability being diminished by so much detached online interaction. I can’t tell […] Read the full story »

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6 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Manry, columnist
“It’s time to get real about what happens in the bathroom…” This timeless quote, spoken with true conviction and undeniable gusto by that lady on the Quilted Northern commercial, is the battle cry of a generation. It is the banner we hold forth, proudly marching on with our heads held high and our toilet paper at the ready. Also, it’s an excuse for me to write an entire column of poop jokes for absolutely no reason at all. Now you may be saying to yourself, or to one of your friends with whom you have sat down to read this glorious Monday edition of The Towerlight, because […] Read the full story »