Category Archives: Arts & Life

Photo illustration by Patrick Burke and Abby Murphy, photos by Patrick Burke and Sarah Hugel, graphic by Erlon Brasil/ The Towerlight

Tigerfest 2015: Festival on four stages

Tigerfest Day One

By: Annie Sragner, Associate Arts and Life Editor

Photo illustration by Patrick Burke and Abby Murphy, photos by Patrick Burke and Sarah Hugel, graphic by Erlon Brasil/ The Towerlight
Photo illustration by Patrick Burke and Abby Murphy, photos by Patrick Burke and Sarah Hugel, graphic by Erlon Brasil/ The Towerlight

In the past, Tigerfest was concentrated into a one-day event with a large concert at the center. The last two years have taken the Tigerfest experience and stretched it into a weekend-long celebration to create more of a festival feel.

“We had multiple stages, just like a real music festival, and inflatables and food all over the union,” Campus Activities Board (CAB) Director Emily Walsh said. “There were students constantly heading in and out, walking around, seeing what was up and having a great time.”

Day one kicked off the weekend on Friday, April 24 with numerous activities, live performances, food, games and more, all free for those in attendance. Continue reading

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Twisted tale at the CFA

By: Robert Wood, Assistant Arts and Life Editor

When senior Caitlin Weaver was little kid, she attended a high school production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Her father was the technical director of the production, and from that point on “Sweeney Todd” quickly became one of her favorite musicals growing up.

Now Towson’s theater department has brought the musical to the Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre from April 23 to May 2, and Weaver is starring in the musical as Mrs. Lovett. Continue reading


Tasmania: The home of the little devils

By: Stef Foster, Columnist

To quote that iconic Australian song by Men At Work; I come from “a land down under.” However, I am a stickler for specificity and therefore have to tweak that statement to say that I come from the land down under the land down under. That is, I come from the island of Tasmania, located off the far south east coast of mainland Australia.

What does the average ‘Merkun know about Tasmania? Not terribly much as I have discovered. However, it is an awfully long way away, and rather small in the scheme of world matters, so I can’t really blame you lot. One thing that many of my acquaintances here have heard about Tasmania is a thing called the Tasmanian devil.
Is the Tasmanian devil real? Yes it is! While it does share some of the traits of its Looney Tunes counterpart, Taz, most people are surprised when they see one in real life. Continue reading


Just a number

By: Nick Salacki, Staff Writer

I have never seen the unique form of story telling that appears in the new film “The Age of Adaline.” The movie attempts to create a fantasy San Francisco love story, fronted by Gossip Girl alum Blake Lively. Her title character has a special condition where she doesn’t age, and is complicated by a mysterious unnamed narrator who explicitly explains the science behind her condition. This Lee Toland Krieger picture is quite breath taking in its diverse form of screenwriting and story telling. Continue reading


Televised spies

By: Kaitlyn McKay, Columnist

The television series “TURN: Washington’s Spies” is a fictionalized version of a true story. Based on Alexander Rose’s book “Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring,” the series follows the formation and actions of the Culper Ring. The ring, a group of childhood friends who are sent information from the British-occupied New York to General Washington, help turn the tide of the American Revolutionary War.

The center of the spy ring and the show is Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a farmer in the British-occupied town of Setauket, New York. In the show, Abe is recruited to become a spy by his childhood friend Major Benjamin Tallmadge (Seth Numrich). Continue reading


Grey’s tragic episode

By: Caitlin Moynihan, Columnist

Raise your hand if you have ever felt personally victimized by Shonda Rhimes. (Raises hand for the rest of forever.) I would say ‘spoiler alert’ but I’m assuming that everyone and their mother and their neighbor’s dog already knows what I am going to talk about.

Whether you’re an avid fan, an occasional watcher or have never seen an episode, everyone knows all about this past weeks’ shockingly heartbreaking episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” Continue reading


Baltimore says ‘yum’

By: Taylor Seidel, Columnist

Close your eyes and imagine all of the tastiest treats, beers, wines and the best restaurants of the area. Now, open your eyes and realize that this was all a reality this past weekend, April 18 to 19, at The Emporiyum in Baltimore.

There were sweet things, salty things, savory things and even alcoholic things. For all of you who weren’t there basking in the foodie glory, I’m here to share some of the highlights of the day.

The market was massive and full of people and vendors. The Emporiyum had taken over an old bread distribution center to fit all of the vendors. Inside, the smells were overwhelming, my dad and I quickly scanned the market to see where to start our food journey.  Continue reading


Multicultural night brings fun, awareness

By: Miles McQuerrey, Contributing Writer

Whether it was the live performances, henna tattoos or authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, the diverse crowd found plenty to enjoy at Multicultural Night, hosted by the Muslim Student Association (MSA).

The event took place Thursday, April 16 in the University Union’s Potomac Lounge and acted as the capstone of Islam Awareness Week, which took place from April 13 to 16. Fittingly, the evening served two distinct purposes: To provide fun activities to students and debunk myths about the Muslim culture. Continue reading

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Tattoo Culture

By: Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor

The Asian Arts and Culture Center brought tattoo culture to Towson’s campus with Tattoo Fest! April 15 to raise awareness for their exhibit “Perserverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World” and explore tattoo art across the globe.

“We really want to engage the students more,” Nerissa Paglinauan, program manager at the Asian Arts and Culture Center said. “We want them to know that we are here and we are here to serve the students. That’s something that I don’t think happened in this way as much, so we really wanted their involvement in creating this festival and having them have a hand in it.” Continue reading


From Tasmania to Towson

By: Stef Foster, Columnist

“So how on earth did you end up at Towson all the way from Tasmania?” is a question I get asked regularly.

The answer is that The University of Tasmania (UTAS), like Towson, has a number of study abroad partner institutes. These institutes agree to accept students into their program, and then they reciprocate by sending their own students back. Students continue to pay their regular tuition fees at their home university, but derive their study credits from the abroad institute. Continue reading