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21 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Annie Sragner, Staff Writer
A big part of growing up is watching your friends move to new places. For me, this is a difficult part of growing in maturity. Shared experiences leave a mark. Seeing a part of you pick up and move elsewhere is not easy. After graduation, everyone you have met here leaves to chase their personal destinies. It’s a bittersweet agreement to come to this campus for essentially four years, make friends and then part, hoping your paths will cross again. The harsh truth is that there is not much you can do about it. Just wish them well and promise to keep in touch. Going to new […] Read the full story »

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21 Oct 2014 | 2 Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
When I signed up for Barry Freundel’s honors seminar last spring, I never expected to be covering his arrest. Over the course of the past few days, I’ve received calls and requests for interviews from The Washington Post, The Daily Beast and NBC4 in Washington, D.C. These requests — as well as my role in covering the story as Editor of The Towerlight — have tested my ability to be a student, a journalist and a human being all at the same time. On Tuesday, we had our first class meeting under the new professor, who is in just as unfortunate a position as the students. It […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | One Comment | By Annie Sragner, Staff Writer
Brace yourselves: October is halfway over. All of the pumpkin lovers can pause for some oxygen before reading on. Time slips by so quickly on campus. Four short months fly by in a semester when your brain is busy with the tasks at hand.  Some day the memories of those four months might just be gone for good. It seems like we just trudge along through life sometimes. I frequently see pedestrians on campus almost collide because they are too wrapped up in their phones to notice others walking. Everyone is so distracted all of the time.  The entirety of their attention is elsewhere.  Mine too. Humans […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | One Comment | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
When I spoke to Timothy Chandler, the acting president of the University last week, we discussed his involvement in the changes to the tailgating policy. I asked him several questions about the policy, including how many meetings he’s had on it, his thoughts on the original idea to suspend tailgating and if he thinks this is a problem that other colleges are facing. While you can find the answers to those questions in the news section, there’s one thing that he said that stood out to me. Chandler told me that there will likely never be a “perfect” tailgating policy. I couldn’t agree with him more. A […] Read the full story »

Letters to the Editor, Opinion »

7 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Lucien Joy, Senior
I am writing in response to many of the comments made on the article titled “The Dance Floor Drug.” I noticed that many people in the comments took offense to the content of this article, and as one of the individuals who was interviewed and quoted for a good portion of this article, I feel the need to address some of the issues people found with the information that was published. A. Regarding the cover photo of the individuals who are participating in hooping. I understand your reasons for taking offense, however at no point in the article was hooping even mentioned, let alone was it associated […] Read the full story »

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6 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Annie Sragner, Columnist
The squirrels on this campus are nuts (pun intended). On a regular basis, they allow students to come into close proximity with them on their turf. They have no issue disregarding where we choose to step near them. We may think this is our campus, but it is theirs too. This week, I have been contemplating how humans and other species interact. Many of our thoughtless actions severely disturb nature. Those drunken kids yelling outside on the weekend in the middle of the night are waking up nature too. I have also been wondering what other animals think of us. They definitely know we are a dangerous […] Read the full story »

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6 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Glorimar Quinones, Class of 2013 graduate and Former SGA Attorney General
After my first Latin American Student Organization meeting during my freshman year five years ago, I walked away feeling a little disappointed. During the meeting it felt like something was missing and that my Latino culture wasn’t being fully represented. While I complained to a friend about how discouraged I felt, his response surprised me: “If you don’t like it, what are you going to do about it?” At first, I didn’t think I could do anything about it. I was a freshman and brand-new to an overwhelming campus. But his challenge stuck with me, and my sophomore year I gained the courage to commit to officially […] Read the full story »

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1 Oct 2014 | 4 Comments | By Ryan Fredriksson, Class of 2013 graduate, former SGA Director of Legislative Affairs
Speaking with parents, students, alumni, and members of the media at the Sept. 27 Towson Football game vs. Maine, one common theme was apparent: Towson University administration is out of touch. The administration has a Towson State University mindset in a Towson University era. Whether a lack of understanding, capabilities, willingness, or naiveté resulted in the perplexing decision to put the spotlight on Towson Football tailgating, one thing is clear: Towson administration owes students, alumni, and especially the Department of Athletics an apology. Over the years I have worked with many University leaders and have found them to be open, caring and respectable leaders. While I am […] Read the full story »

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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 »