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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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11 May 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Manry, Columnist
“Are you gonna’ walk?” This has become my go to question when I find out someone else graduating next week. A simple question, four words, if you count “gonna” as a colloquial compound word in place of the proper and seldom used “going to” (which I do), but it has taken on a totally different meaning for me over the past four years of walking the grounds of Towson University. But before I get into all that seriousness, I must acknowledge the facts. Fact one: This is my last column as a student writer for the highly esteemed Towerlight. I was going to do a whole intro […] Read the full story »

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11 May 2014 | No Comments | By Jake Ulick, Columnist
The social democratization of the bourgeois in a post-modern, post-colonial, neo-conservative societal context in which the establishment plays a pivotal role in the perpetuation of classical stratification… nah, I’m just kidding. I’m not going to bore you with things that I don’t understand. How could I be disloyal to my readers? I’m sad to say that this will be the final installment of “TU Global,” for in the fall I will be taking my cynicism and lack of humor abroad to Rome for the semester. So to all six Towson students including my roommate, my editors (who have to read it to make sure I don’t say […] Read the full story »

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7 May 2014 | No Comments | By Paige Whipple, Columnist
Hello, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the last Thursday of the school year! We did it. Take a sigh of relief, congratulate yourself, watch your favorite movie or hit your favorite ice cream spot. Go to bed nice and early to catch up on four months worth of sleep…and then start stressing out about finals. Just kidding! Hopefully everyone is all studied up and ready to go with no big projects still left to do. (All you procrastinators out there!) With each passing semester, I find that I learn something new about myself and about life. I’m sure everyone has those moments: You sit back and realize, […] Read the full story »

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4 May 2014 | No Comments | By Jake Ulick, Columnist
It may just be my naiveté in the field of media history and the fact that I grew up in the worst possible time to be making typical adolescent analyses on the current thread of social commentary. But I’ve noticed — as have producers and comedy writers I’m sure — that social and political satire has become a common denominator or theme throughout our forms of entertainment, be they movies and TV shows or virally shared millennial-friendly listicles and Facebook memory. I won’t be so blind to history as to say that this is a completely new phenomenon and ignore the lot of former champions of this […] Read the full story »

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4 May 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Manry, Columnist
Next week, I will be writing my last column for The Towerlight. Ever. (Unless of course there is some convoluted plot twist in which I go back in time and write columns which end up saving the President’s life, but I have serious doubts about that happening.) I’m going to save the mushy “last column retrospective reflecting on my time here and thanking everyone for being so supportive and/or passive aggressive toward me” for next week, because this week I’m writing to my replacement. I am taking you, young aspiring Towerlight columnist, wherever you may be, on a journey through my complicated and intricate and caffeine-fueled writing […] Read the full story »

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30 Apr 2014 | One Comment | By Paige Whipple
George Clooney is engaged and I am horrified. As an aspiring entertainment journalist, I am all about Hollywood news. But not this news. Poor professor Atwater thinks I have no journalistic potential whatsoever. She asks, “What’s going on in the news?” and I reply, “George is engaged!” She looked at me with a look of pure confusion. Then I explained, “George Clooney…” Her look then turned into pure horror. “He’s old enough to be your grandfather!” Well, first of all, he’s only 52, and second, it doesn’t matter. It’s just that George Clooney is a whole different level of man. E! News was trying to come up […] Read the full story »