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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 »

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13 Apr 2014 | 3 Comments | By Towerlight Staff
When the members of current Towerlight staff were in elementary school, The Towerlight didn’t have a video department. It didn’t have podcasts. TheTowerlight.com was still taking baby steps toward where it is now. Social media was nonexistent. Over time, all media outlets must change to adapt with the times. Our newspaper has grown to be more than just a newspaper. We are now on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and have videos on YouTube, picture slideshows and large photo illustrations. And today, The Towerlight staff would like to announce the next step in The Towerlight’s evolution. Starting next semester, we will be circulating our newsletter (called “Towerlight Today”) […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Abby Murphy, photo editor
I left “Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier,” this past Saturday, with more to think about than just crying about Bucky Barnes, freaking out about Natasha Romanoff and wondering when the next installment would be released. If Marvel movies are good at anything, it’s bringing in complex themes that superhero movies are uniquely capable of addressing. “Winter Soldier” was no exception. I’ll leave the review portion to Ryan Permison over in Arts, but this film was definitely up there for me as one of my favorite Marvel movies, ranking at the same level as or above “The Avengers.” Steve Rogers is the American Hero: He wears the […] Read the full story »

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13 Mar 2014 | One Comment | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
I have a friend from high school who is trying to get into an electrical workers union in Silver Spring, Md.   After taking a test and going through an interview process, he’ll be accepted into the union and can start working immediately, but after he gets approved.   What’s the point of me telling you about my random friend? It’s for comparison’s sake.   Becoming a journalist doesn’t work the same way as becoming an electric technician, or a plumber or even a lawyer.   When I graduate next May, I won’t be handed a piece of paper that says, “This hereby grants Jonathan Munshaw the […] Read the full story »

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23 Feb 2014 | No Comments | By Brandi Bottalico, senior editor
Sexual assault sounds like something serious, something that will haunt you forever. You may instantly associate it with therapy or rape. I know that’s what I did which prevented me from realizing several times that I had been sexually assaulted. It sounds naive of me to not have realized this before, but to be honest I think I have been desensitized to such inappropriate behavior because it is just so common and almost expected of guys at bars or college parties. The SGA voted last Tuesday not to support a bill by State Del. Jon Cardin that would require the University to distribute an anonymous survey on […] Read the full story »

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19 Feb 2014 | One Comment | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
I know it seems like I’ve already written about the White Student Union two too many times this semester, but I regretfully have to bring them up once more. Last spring, when the WSU was in full force and grabbing the attention of national media outlets like Vice and CNN, there was a great conversation happening on campus underneath that. That conversation was about race. Not just on Towson’s campus, but every college campus in America. Since Matt Heimbach graduated and the WSU disappeared, that conversation seems to have fallen by the wayside now by most students. Obviously, this is issue is something that is going to always […] Read the full story »

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30 Jan 2014 | No Comments | By Brandi Bottalico, Senior Editor
Last semester I made the last-minute decision to go to Honduras with Students Helping Honduras with little more knowledge about the organization than that we were going to help to build schools. Sure, why not, right? I would love to help. So I raised the $650 needed for the volunteers and boarded the plane on Jan. 11. I didn’t expect that seven days later, I would leave with memories of Hondurans in Villa Soleada that would change my life. I saw children open their arms to us, and be so trusting of us, American strangers, after having some of the most horrific experiences. And it wasn’t only […] Read the full story »

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30 Jan 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Ever since the days of the Youth for Western Civilization, when Matthew Heimbach still hadn’t become a name you’d find on CNN or ABC, our coverage from The Towerlight was called “sensational” for giving Heimbach and his group attention they didn’t deserve. As the group eventually morphed into the White Student Union, we continued to cover the group, and online comments continued to say that we, along with other media sources, needed to stop covering Heimbach so that he didn’t get the attention he craved. Which, I can agree with. Oftentimes, Heimbach and others who share a similar ideal are in the minority of this country, which […] Read the full story »

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22 Jan 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Any mass communication major has had a discussion in their MCOM 101 class that attempts to answer the question “What is journalism?” As a journalist, I like to think that journalism is a noble occupation that aims to bring the public the truth. But being a journalist also offers those who write or appear on TV to make a real statement about something, in an attempt to hopefully change people’s minds about something through their reporting and writing. Over our winter break, sports writer Dan Le Batard didn’t write a long column to try to do this. He didn’t go on Pardon the Interruption to talk to […] Read the full story »

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How will the paper change in the new year
11 Dec 2013 | 3 Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Story ideas come and go. Some covers turn out bright and are eye-catching, while some print darker than expected. Different storylines will draw a lot of attention, while some are forgotten about seconds after finishing the last sentence of a story. But what will stay consistent in the minds of our readers in the coming year? As the print medium across the United States starts to decrease in popularity, smaller papers such as ours (thankfully) continue to succeed pretty well as a printed form of media. There’s always room to improve, however, which opens us up to bringing the readers new things in 2014. For starters, our […] Read the full story »