Previewing the Ravens

By: Jordan Cope, Staff Writer

With week one of the National Football League pre-season in the books, it is time for fans to start getting excited for the upcoming season.

For Baltimore Ravens fans, the excitement is building, as the team looks poised to have a special year.

Defensively, Baltimore looks as good, if not better than the 2000 team that won Super Bowl XXXV against the New York Giants. Continue reading

Pay for play: the college athlete debate

By: Desmond Boyle, Contributing Writer

The debate over whether or not college athletes deserve to be paid for competing in sports for their respective universities has taken a more prominent position in recent years.

Most recently the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that college athletes are not employees for their schools, despite the time and labor they put into playing a sport. The decision is a setback for college athletes everywhere, but the NLRB’s ruling barely scratches the surface of the multi-faceted issue of student athletes’ ability to make money. Continue reading

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Investigation thrills: “The Man from U.N.C.L.E”

By: Ryan Permison, Staff Writer

In terms of recently released movies it seems to be “the year of the spy,” as some are calling it. We can add another film to that list with, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

The film, which was directed by Guy Ritchie, is based on the popular 1964 television show of the same name and set in the 1960s. The film focuses on CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) who teams up with KGB Agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) to stop a wealthy family from building a nuclear weapon. Continue reading

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Expedition España: Greetings from Spain

By: Amanda Reid, Columnist

Hey readers, before I take you on a semester-long journey with me I guess I should give you some background on myself.

My name is Amanda Reid, and I will be spending the next nine months studying abroad with the International Studies Abroad (ISA) at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid, Spain while writing back to you all here at Towson each week about my travels.

I am a sophomore and have a triple major in Spanish, international relations and criminal justice, and will be completing credits for both Spanish and international relations while abroad.

I have been to Spain twice before in my life: once my junior year of high school for a three-week exchange, and once the summer after my senior year of high school to visit all my international students. Continue reading

Girls crack the code

By: Annie Sragner, Associate Arts & Life Editor

This past summer provided a unique opportunity for the computer-loving women students in the Towson area. The new club called “Girls Who Code” aims to uncover the world of computer science for young women.

“TU Girls Who Code seeks to provide young women the opportunity to be exposed to computer science education in a fun way that will provide technical skills for futures in technology,” manager of the Education Innovation Lab Wendy Gibson said.

Meetings of Girls Who Code incorporated skill instruction of programming fundamentals such as web development, robotics, cryptography, game design, artificial intelligence, web design and mobile development.

TU Girls Who Code teamed up with Howard County Girls Who Code, who provided the curriculum for the Towson program. Continue reading

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Styled to a tee: skip a day and look okay

By: Brittany Patrick, Columnist

Hey guys! My name is Brittany and I am in my sophomore year studying journalism and graphic design. In my column I’ll be talking to you guys about everything from the latest trends, to DIY projects, relationship advice and everything in between! Thanks for checking me out and be sure to keep up with my column for tips and tricks to make your life at here at Towson roll by just a little smoother.

The first thing I always have around to make things smoother is dry shampoo. Continue reading

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Currently Caitlin: summer blues

By: Caitlin Moynihan, Columnist

Welcome back, Tigers! Whether you’re just starting or it’s the beginning of the end of your time here at Towson, I have a feeling that this semester is going to be the best one yet.

I am so happy to be starting my second semester writing Currently Caitlin and giving all my fellow students the 4-1-1 on everything they need to know about the entertainment world.

From major movie announcements to dishing about how celebrities lives are significantly cooler than mine, this will be the place to be!

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Not so Woodstock: festival evolution

By: Kristin Helf, Columnist

Sweetlife, Warped Tour and Firefly, these are just a few of the more popular gigs that hit the East Coast this summer.

Local festivals gave us the chance to see a wide range of performers from Modest Mouse to Riff Raff and even Bassnectar, all while barely having to cross a state border.

Music festivals were once a rare summer celebration that cost almost nothing except several tanks of gas and months spent waiting in agony.

In more recent years, they’ve been popping up with the frequency of Wawas and Exxons, and are just as accessible.

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Coach to stay at TU

By: Tyler Beard, Staff Writer

Towson’s men’s lacrosse program agreed to a contract extension with Head Coach Shawn Nadelen through 2019.

“I couldn’t be more excited about it,” Nadelen said. “My family and I love being at Towson. My wife is a professor here and I’m excited that we’re here to stay.”

Nadelen has coached at Towson for four seasons and has helped the team win two CAA Championships. 

He has a 37-31 record as the head coach at Towson. Continue reading