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21 Oct 2014 | 3 Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
When I signed up for Barry Freundel’s honors seminar last spring, I never expected to be covering his arrest. Over the course of the past few days, I’ve received calls and requests for interviews from The Washington Post, The Daily Beast and NBC4 in Washington, D.C. These requests — as well as my role in covering the story as Editor of The Towerlight — have tested my ability to be a student, a journalist and a human being all at the same time. On Tuesday, we had our first class meeting under the new professor, who is in just as unfortunate a position as the students. It […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | One Comment | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
When I spoke to Timothy Chandler, the acting president of the University last week, we discussed his involvement in the changes to the tailgating policy. I asked him several questions about the policy, including how many meetings he’s had on it, his thoughts on the original idea to suspend tailgating and if he thinks this is a problem that other colleges are facing. While you can find the answers to those questions in the news section, there’s one thing that he said that stood out to me. Chandler told me that there will likely never be a “perfect” tailgating policy. I couldn’t agree with him more. A […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
My role as the editor of a college paper is interesting for a number of reasons. But the one that has been coming up the most this semester is my role as an editor, a manager and a reporter all wrapped into one position. As The Towerlight continues to move more online, I’m always checking the site stats as part of my managerial duties. As a reporter, that can sometimes be conflicting. I don’t want Towerlight staff members that will just generate clicks online, I want stories that are interesting and are helpful readers. I don’t want us just posting stories on Facebook that have headlines like, […] Read the full story »

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8 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Through the first few weeks of class, The Towerlight has made recruiting pushes everywhere on campus. Already I’ve visited classes, sat through interest meetings, talked to students at the involvement fair and given advice to dozens of freshmen. This isn’t going to be a 400-word column on joining The Towerlight, but I have been thinking lately about what is most important for students to do while they’re on campus. And while it may be totally cliché, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get involved. Get involved with something, whether it be The Towerlight, Greek Life, Students Helping Honduras—basically anything that you can give your […] Read the full story »

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21 Aug 2014 | One Comment | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
When I was sitting down this summer with previous Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Bauer-Wolf to judge Baltimore Student Media’s annual high school journalism awards, a particular story stood out to me. One high school paper had done a two-page spread for students outlining their rights against the police. When I saw that, I immediately started to think about how The Towerlight could use this and if it would be worth us doing something similar. We’ll probably pursue it later this semester or later this year, but I was reminded once again of how important it is to know your rights considering the protests/riots/police incidents in Ferguson, Missouri. As an […] Read the full story »

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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 »