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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Twitter is full of contradictions. Try to give personal tweets, but don’t be too personal, people are following you for a reason. Try to be funny and liven things up, but don’t upset your followers and get off track. I started to think about these contradictions after I took part in an all-interns session on social media at The Baltimore Sun, where I’m working at this summer. We were discussing, as journalists, how we should utilize our followers. Presumably, people are following us for news. In my case, I have quite a diverse range of followers (although I still can’t seem to break 300). Some people want […] Read the full story »

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7 May 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
When I got into the shower Wednesday morning, it finally hit me. This would be the last time I’d ever have to produce an issue of The Towerlight on a Wednesday. Besides my own selfish reasons of hating to stay until midnight on a Wednesday, only to get up for class early the next morning, I can’t believe how exciting of a time this is for The Towerlight. As (hopefully) everyone knows by now, the issue you have in your hands will be the last Thursday edition of The Towerlight ever. In order to be more timely, we are switching to a daily online format through our […] Read the full story »

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30 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Devorah Roberts, Senior Editor
I just spent a good 30 minutes trying to figure out how to introduce myself. I’ve never really been great at this whole “talk about yourself” thing. So I guess I’ll just do this the simple way: Hi, my name’s Devorah Roberts. I like coffee, sleeping and have read Harry Potter over 40 times (not kidding, I counted). And I sure never thought I would be here. Only a few days ago, I was video producer. And then in a day, I had a new desk, a new view of the office and a new job description. It’s funny how fast things change sometimes. Now, I’m wondering, […] Read the full story »

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27 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jake Ulick, Columnist
Our international leaders are officially breeding the world’s most tolerant generation in history. And where does this tolerance live and grow? Well I’m glad you allowed me to rhetorically ask! It lives in the blatant contradictory statements these leaders make of course. As of recently, the needle measuring whose fault it was this time for ruining peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians has moved back and forth considerably between the two.  You don’t give us prisoners, we don’t negotiate. You don’t stop settling on our lands, we shoot rockets. You don’t…And so on and so forth. While I am by no means making a statement of […] Read the full story »

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27 Apr 2014 | 2 Comments | By Justin Manry, Columnist
Do me a favor (and trust me, this will greatly enhance your column experience), close your eyes and imagine a chalkboard. Are you with me? Do you have your eyes closed? Well, then how are you reading this sentence you liar…? All right, now imagine someone with very long and unkempt fingernails scratching that chalkboard. Are you cringing? Do you feel the sudden urge to burn this newspaper and sue me for emotional distress? Then congratulations, you have a pet peeve! Now when I say the words “pet peeve,” I don’t mean that you have a gerbil named Peeve who you feed little niblets and teach how […] Read the full story »

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27 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Brandi Bottalico, Senior Editor
Now that my last production day is coming to an end, I am left with two main questions. What will I do with my inflatable pet dinosaur and will I really have any place better to be on Sundays and Wednesdays? Over the past four years The Towerlight has turned from just an office in the Union to a second home, literally. I’ve napped on the sofa, laughed until I cried, watched Netflix and pulled all-nighters writing papers at my desk. Oh, and I worked for the paper while there. While the news section wasn’t always the most exciting (I’ve literally had cracked tiles as a highlighted […] Read the full story »

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27 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, sports editor
Anyone who knows me knows that I have a strong love/hate relationship with The Towerlight. Working at this paper for now three years has given me opportunities I never imagined before I got to Towson. I learned a ton, grew as a journalist and made life-long friends. I’ve also had to miss a few events over the past three years because of obligations to this paper, but in hindsight, they probably would have just harmed my liver. First and foremost, I would like to thank Andrew Constant and Sam Smith for giving me the opportunity to start writing. While covering the men’s golf and swim teams, they […] Read the full story »

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Towerlight coverage no less than before
23 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
In an effort to clear up any misconceptions, I’d like to respond to some of the claims made by Charlotte Ridgeway in her Letter to the Editor that is printed in today’s issue. The Towerlight is never out to make any particular organization or group of students look good or bad. We simply report the news as it happens. In her letter, Ridgeway says that we didn’t report on the SGA as much as we should have.  However, I would argue that we have done plenty of coverage of the SGA this year, although the stories may have not directly involved Ridgeway. There are a number of […] Read the full story »

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19 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Thomas Martinson, Staff Writer
When I first heard that HBO’s new series “Looking,” which illustrates the lives of three openly gay men in San Francisco, was regarded as “groundbreaking,” I became quite flustered. I have already seen shows that depict the LGBT community, so how could this stereotypical tale possibly be groundbreaking? It seems whenever the media wants to use the “gay crutch,” it involves flamboyant, outlandish and overly vocal gay men in some shady and seedy nightclub that is either located in San Francisco, Manhattan or the outskirts of some major city. Evidence of this can been seen in “Will & Grace,” “Queer as Folk” and “Glee.” So of course […] Read the full story »

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16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Uncontested elections happen. They happen in national, state and local elections every year. They happen in Towerlight elections. But competition breeds success, which is why I have to be concerned about the SGA election. Kevin Kutner is running unopposed for SGA president, as is his whole ticket. There are literally no other candidates for the executive board positions. I don’t have a particular issue with these candidates (Kevin seems like a very driven person and I’ve enjoyed every interaction I’ve ever had with him, and Becky Wiacek, who is running for vice president, has been in SGA for years now and is very well-educated on the issues […] Read the full story »