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19 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Bob Wright, Towson University Football Season Ticket Holder
My name is Bob Wright and I am a Towson University football season ticket holder.  I have just re-upped my tickets for next year and I am looking forward to attending Tiger games at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium with my three sons.  I am writing you today to implore you to join me and thousands of other TU fans and alumni this fall. Towson football games are affordable and family friendly, with all the accoutrements associated with college football like tailgating and marching bands playing the Alma Mater.  Coach Rob Ambrose has assembled a team that has won two [Colonial Athletic Association] championships and finished […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jenna Williams, Towson resident Community College of Baltimore County student, and volunteer on Mizeur's campaign
Editor’s note: Jenna Williams is involved with the youth effort on Heather Mizeur’s gubernatorial campaign. On Saturday, April 5, I sat in the Maryland House of Delegates all day, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. I watched as our delegates delayed the vote, to “digest the information” and then watched them engage in hours of debate. For some reason, Senate Bill 364, better known as the bill that will decriminalize marijuana, was considered an extremely controversial topic, even in such a blue state as Maryland. Eventually, it passed 78-55 in the House. I watched as delegates cited far-fetched statistics and extreme personal anecdotes. However, Del. Heather Mizeur, […] Read the full story »

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12 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Martin, SGA Treasurer
Over the past few months here at Towson, there has been a great deal of conversation surrounding the topic of student fee increases, specifically the SGA fee. As the representative elected by my peers to manage the budget for which this fee will be contributing to, I feel as though it is my duty to inform the campus about what this fee increase will be used for. At Tuesday’s SGA meeting, legislation was passed endorsing a $2 increase for full-time undergraduate students per semester and a $1 per credit hour increase for part-time students. This fee is the mandatory Student Government Association fee, which annually will total […] Read the full story »

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27 Feb 2014 | No Comments | By Barry Evans, President of the Black Faculty Administrator and Staff Association
The R word… Today’s political correctness makes it inappropriate and unacceptable to call a racist, a racist. I believe racists get upset because they don’t see themselves as one. For many, the word racist conjures up visions of the Ku Klux Klan and/or other truly hateful people involved in heinous acts. Knowing this makes it easy to understand why a person may feel hurt and unjustly labeled when the word racist is directed at them. Serving to complicate the matter is the propensity for some minority members to quickly and easily fling the word around, resulting in increased anger and resentment and fear of being unfairly branded […] Read the full story »

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3 Feb 2014 | 6 Comments | By Sam Bollinger, Mollyann Hart, Shelley Owen, Stef Rain, Christina Raynor, Jessie Schaller, Shelby Thibeault, Julia Townsend, & Aubrie Veydt
Now that we are all festively plump and happy, it is time to rekindle the fire that was lit under our butts at the T.U. Crime Alert Town Hall. The Town Hall, led by Dr. Bynum and Dr. Aseltine, was attended by over a hundred students, staff, and faculty, including representatives from TUPD. As student co-organizers of the Town Hall, we recognize there is always going to be tension present when discussing topics related to race, crime and inequality, but the overall cooperative nature of the event was refreshing. The true face of democracy revealed itself through constructive remarks on the subject. Our purpose here, as allies […] Read the full story »

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30 Jan 2014 | One Comment | By Alexandra Woodfin, Vice President of University Residence Government
Given the controversial opinions that emerged on our campus over the past few semesters, it is understandable that speech on campus has become a huge concern. Through the “Be the Change” movement, the campus rally, the SGA video, and even the ban on chalking, it is clear that hateful speech will not be tolerated at Towson University. I love our positive and inclusive campus climate, so I’m writing today because I sense a residual fear of offending other people. One of the reasons I chose to attend TU is because I knew that I would be presented with opinions and perspectives that were nothing like my own. […] Read the full story »

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26 Jan 2014 | No Comments | By Lauren Slavin, Former ediotor-in-chief, Senior editor of the Women’s Media Website Feminspire.com
The interview that haunted me throughout my career as a college journalist, and has remained in my thoughts two years since graduation, wasn’t for a course toward my degree in mass communication. The assignment was for an introductory women’s studies course: Interview a sexual assault survivor. The professor assumed that every student, in less than a week, could find someone on Towson University’s campus that had been the victim of sexual assault or attempted assault. And every student did. I am an extraordinarily fortunate woman. I am not one of six American women to be the victim of rape or attempted rape, nor one of 75 percent […] Read the full story »

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10 Nov 2013 | 8 Comments | By Kenny Walters, Senior
Receiving emails and text messages from Towson University’s administration and police force, alerting students about serious and oftentimes violent crimes occurring near campus has become a weekly (recently daily) occurrence. Reading news of an armed robbery, rape or attempted murder is becoming less and less newsworthy due to the regular nature of each transgression.  Instead of following many of my fellow students’ lead by making a joke on Twitter about the Towson Police harassing students trying to party on a Friday night instead of focusing their efforts on the serious offenders, I would like to suggest a productive brainstorming session including Towson students, Administration and police. First […] Read the full story »

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23 Oct 2013 | No Comments | By Kieran Butler, Columnist
We’re now halfway through the semester, and I’ve managed to spend a good amount of time on campus and hanging out with friends in their dorms. So I have a pretty good perspective of dorm living, which allows me to compare the differences between living on campus and my own living accommodations at home. Looking at the two, the first thing I notice is that the size of the average residence hall room is about the size of my own bedroom, a little bigger if it’s a triple. And in this room, there are two people living with all of the things they’ll need for the semester. […] Read the full story »

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23 Oct 2013 | No Comments | By Phylicia Sampson
Accountability: clarity; clear roles & responsibilities. Clear sanctions & expectations must be in place for Towson University as an organization to function with limited cases of instability. Towson’s irresponsible and negligent actions due to many incidents in the past has cumulated and produced a blatant racial bias unable to clearly hold administrative employees at Towson liable due to a corrupt system with limited transparency and accountability. Transparency: Also describes clarity; free of subtly; abundance of accessibility; and encompassing clear motives and procedures to assure accountability.  I think of these concepts as significant and foundational in organizational structure, especially when the organization itself is attempting to harbor a […] Read the full story »