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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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2 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Paige Whipple, Columnist
Baltimore is ready for baseball! The O’s kicked off the season on Monday, and I was lucky enough to be there. I loved the Orioles as a kid; We had season tickets until I was around 8 or 9, and I grew up as a hardcore fan. Of course, as a middle school and high school girl, my love for America’s (slowest) pastime dwindled. Sitting in a sticky seat for hours and watching a bunch of men stand around and watch grass grow didn’t exactly float my boat. Now that I’ve totally bashed baseball, let’s get back to the point. I really meant for this column to […] Read the full story »

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30 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Jake Ulick, Columnist
On March 12, The Economist published a chart celebrating exactly 25 years since British physicist Tim Berners-Lee sent his boss a memo outlining a blueprint for an “information management” system that would eventually become the Internet just a couple years later. The chart and data show how far we’ve come as a society with technology pointing out different fundamental and disruptive innovations like electricity, television and the Internet and how many years it took for one quarter of the American population to adopt them. The trend is almost scary the way it consistently decreases over the course of about a century starting with electricity, which took 46 […] Read the full story »

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30 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Manry, Columnist
So I was going to write this sentimental column about graduation. I was going to write about new responsibilities and a brand new horizon out there just waiting to be explored. I was going to tell a funny anecdote about my experience at the “Grad Fair,” and how it’s really just a setup to make you buy a bazillion dollars’ worth of stuff you don’t need, and how I got shocked twice in a row giving my OneCard to this girl, all to have some guy slip a thing on me for exactly 2.3 seconds (I timed it) and yell out some numbers and then send me […] Read the full story »