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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 »

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23 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Paige Whipple, Columnist
I’m not much of a binge watcher, but thanks to my boyfriend’s Netflix account, I’ve been obsessed with “One Tree Hill” for the past month. I did “Gossip Girl” too, but that took me more than a year for six seasons. You can only handle so much scheming in one day! Once, I watched probably 12 episodes in one day, and I dreamt Gossip Girl. I dreamt that I was in a scheme, and that I was in love with Chuck Bass (but really, who isn’t?). The overload was just a little much, so I’ve slowed down on my binges. I picked OTH because after the scheming, […] 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 »

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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 »