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15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Richard Vatz, Professor of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development
Jonathan Munshaw’s articles on President Maravene Loeschke’s leave of absence and the consequential administrative adjustments cover everything except the reason that this will work so well for Towson. Competence in leadership, which Towson’s administration has in abundance, is important, but integrity is even more so. The reason Towson has been in a Renaissance since President Loeschke assumed office is because she, along with her choice for provost, Tim Chandler, affected a morality of process that has led to transparent decision-making. This doesn’t mean that all decisions are necessarily correct, but they are made without deception and in the interest of the university and its students. That the […] Read the full story »

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14 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Maravene Loeschke, Towson University President
Dear Towson University Community: The outpouring of concern and support in response to my leave of absence from my beloved Towson has been both overwhelming and humbling. Thank you for your thoughtful notes and well wishes. Although I cannot respond to them all, please know that I am reading each and every one, several times, with a loving and graceful heart. The fall semester kicked off beautifully and smoothly thanks to all of you: students, faculty, and staff. I could not be more proud of how highly regarded Towson is in the greater community and throughout Maryland. I rest easy knowing all of you, including our exceptional […] Read the full story »

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7 May 2014 | No Comments | By Sana Waheed, President of Circle K International at Towson
Editor’s Note: In the article referenced in this letter, “SGA votes to change Greek Life funding,” we specified that Greek Life is not simply given unlimited funding, they have to apply for it and have it approved just like every other student group. However, Greek Life is only one of a handful of groups who can apply for budgets without caps. In less than one month, I am graduating after four unforgettable years at a university that has shaped my future and provided me with the compassion and drive to pursue a career that will keep me on my toes for a lifetime. Yet, after all these […] Read the full story »

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30 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Maravene Loeschke, President
This week I am filled with great pride in our University due to the students who volunteered in The Big Event, a day of service to assist our surrounding community. For the past five years, record numbers of Towson students have turned out to spend the day beautifying and cleaning up the town of Towson.  On Saturday, April 26, from uptown to downtown and throughout the residential community, more than 1,200 Towson students fanned out to 75 separate residential, church and non-profit sites. The Office of Student Activities coordinated the project and partnered with the Towson Chamber of Commerce and Greater Towson Council of Community Associations to […] Read the full story »

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23 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Charlotte Ridgeway, SGA President
By the time this will be printed SGA elections will be over. There will be a new President, Executive, Senate and Judicial board. But do you know who they are? If not, it won’t be because of STREAK’s lack of campaigning despite being unopposed. It will be due to there being no Towerlight coverage of them. Don’t worry though, there was a full page article on pizza. There was also an editorial of Munshaw’s worry that voters will be uninformed because of the lack of debate between tickets. One of the best ways to help with this and make sure the candidates are known is to publish […] Read the full story »

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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 »