Category Archives: Arts & Life

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Traditional start to the Chinese New Year

By: Adiya Perkinson, Contributing Writer

A pair of massive red, white and gold lions danced through the Potomac rooms in the University Union to the rhythm of the steady beat of drums.

Audience members gave their undivided attention to the lions as they elegantly weaved throughout the room in an annual celebration of the Chinese New Year.

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Photo illustration by Sarah Hugel/ The Towerlight

The keys to easy living

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor and Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor

Photo illustration by Sarah Hugel/ The Towerlight
Photo illustration by Sarah Hugel/ The Towerlight

It’s an understatement to say that starting college brings with it a lot of changes. New people to meet, new places to visit and new responsibilities to take on.

And, of course, the roommate. A survey done by Towson University in 2011 showed that nearly 90 percent of incoming freshman have never shared a bedroom with another person, so it’s a small wonder that any one of the 75 percent of new students who are randomly assigned a roommate manage to survive a year without packing up and finding a new place to live. Continue reading


Stories of rural Alaska

By: Sydney Engelhardt, Contributing Writer

When Andy Bassich began his lecture, he announced that he was going to conduct an experiment.

He had audience members take out their cell phones and pass them to the person on the right. The experiment was met with a lot of protest: The audience could not understand why he was taking their phones away.

“Don’t worry I am not going to try and convert your choice in lifestyle,” Bassich said. “I just want to give you a new perspective.”

That perspective is of a resident of the Yukon River in rural Alaska where Bassich has lived for the past 30 years.

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Currently Caitlin: Mash-up mystery

By: Caitlin Moynihan, Columnist

Unfortunately, award show season has ended, and although I am going to miss seeing beautiful people wearing clothes that cost more than my whole college tuition, I am okay with the fact that there will be more to discuss in the pop-culture world besides who won what. That being said, something mysterious happened on Instagram on Saturday. Both Beyoncé and Cara Delevingne posted a nearly identical picture of their left hand on a sound board in what looks like a studio, and neither of them added a comment under the picture. Continue reading

G’Day USA: Winter wonderland

By: Stef Foster, Columnist

My semester-and-a-bit on exchange here at Towson has provided many unfamiliar and exciting experiences. A highlight for me has been living with snow and ice for the first time. As a rule, it does not snow in Australia. There are exceptions – the Snowy Mountains, and alpine areas in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania do receive winter snow falls. With the help of an extensive system of snowmaking machines, there are a handful of ski resorts that operate during the snow season, providing winter fun for thousands of tourists each year. However, across the rest of the continent, snow is virtually unheard of. Continue reading

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GoodEats: Guy’s perfect pie

By: Taylor Seidel, Columnist

The next stop on the journey of GoodEats features a Baltimore favorite and a favorite of celebrity chef Guy Fieri. Johnny Rad’s Pizzeria Tavern made its national debut on Food Network’s hit television show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” last November. Since the debut, the restaurant has been buzzing with patrons wanting to have a slice of its famous Neapolitan style thin-crust pizza, which was exactly what brought me through the doors last Friday. Continue reading

Renting at the Reels: Creepy Crawlies

By: Kaitlyn McKay, Columnist

In “Nightcrawler,” Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), a driven, but unsettling man searching for a job, discovers a new interest in filming crime scenes and selling the footage to local news stations as a freelance cameraman. After being encouraged to continue his work by his buyer, morning news director Nina Romina (Rene Russo), each crime scene Lou visits becomes more and more exploited. Eventually it becomes clear to the viewer that Lou, and the news station that accepts his footage, are morally and ethically corrupt.

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