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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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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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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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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 »

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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 »

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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 »