Category Archives: Arts & Life


Sky’s the limit: Towson club aims to better the lives of women globally

By: Christine LaFrancesca, Staff Writer

“Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide” is the motto of members of the organization “Half the Sky” nationwide.

Heavily influenced by the book written by married couple Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, “Half the Sky” strives to educate the public about the oppression of women and its global social and economic effects on societies.

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Adele sweeps music charts

By: Kristin Helf, Columnist

Welcome back everyone from a way-too-short Thanksgiving break! I hope you got along fantastically with your extended family over the weekend. And if you didn’t, I hope you had a little cousin to turn on Adele’s “Hello” every time family feuds got out of hand, a la Saturday Night Live. Even your six-year-old cousin and great grandmother have heard “Hello” by now.

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Folk-tronic band tours U.S.

By: Ian Gilley, Contributing Writer

Senior business major Danny Garrett has been busy the last few years, simultaneously playing music and doing schoolwork. He and his sister, Molly Garrett, who is a student at Harford Community College, have spent the better part of their time off from school touring the United States and playing shows in the band “Electric Molly.”

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Journalism in action

By: Kyle Casey, Staff Writer

As the season of award-winning films heats up, there is one film that has managed to stand out in a crowded field thanks to flawless execution.

“Spotlight” earned little hype prior to its release, but has now solidified itself as the movie of the year so far. Centering on the 2001 Boston Globe investigation into the Catholic Church’s child molestation issues in Boston, the film is an edge-of-your-seat journalistic thriller.

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New GoT this Spring soothes back-to-school blues

By: Caitlin Moynihan, Columnist

As much as I enjoy Thanksgiving break, we definitely have a love/hate relationship. Although it brings me great joy and happiness in the form of food comas and family time, it also gives me a false sense of security.

The precious few days we are given off makes me think that all of my obligations and responsibilities have disappeared, but then Sunday morning happens and I wake up with the weight of all my assignments, exams and papers I have due this week on my shoulders. While I should have been researching philosophers and analyzing results from my distributed surveys, I instead analyzed the new posters promoting HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

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Letters from Abroad: Students share travel memories from their experiences while studying abroad

By: Shaun McGovern, Contributing Writer

Dear Towson,

I hope this letter finds you all well, even if you’re super stressed about finals. It seems like this semester has been an all-around crazy one back in the states, with all of the political debates and movements that have been going on across the country.  It’s been such a strange feeling, watching it all happen from across an ocean.

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Towson reveals beauty industry ‘illusion’

By: Annie Sragner, Arts & Life Editor

Last Wednesday, writer, producer, cinematographer and director of the documentary “The Illusionists,” Elena Rossini, made a stop at the West Village Ballrooms during the film’s Baltimore tour. “The Illusionists” aims to highlight how the beauty industry ultimately profits from consumer insecurities and unrealistic bodily expectations on a global scale.

“I started researching the subject and I found that a big problem is the globalization and how it is affecting beauty ideals in the rest of the world,” Rossini said. “In “The Illusionists” I show how western beauty ideals and images from TV, not just advertisements but movies as well, are actually being exported to the rest of the world and creating insecurities not just in women, but also in men and children.”

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Music debuts

By: Caitlin Moynihan, Columnist 

Recently, we were massively #blessed with new music. Both Justin Bieber and One Direction released their anticipated albums “Purpose” and “Made in the A.M.” respectively.

Now, before you shake your head and let out a sneer as you flip the page, please hear me out. Bieber and the guys of One Direction obviously put a lot of time, effort and dare I say it, soul, into their work. So much so that I even got my 28-year-old brother to agree that their new music was something that he wouldn’t hate listening to.

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Band takes chances

By: Kristin Helf, Columnist 

The Baltimore pop/rock ensemble, The Chance, comprised entirely of Towson University students, just released their debut album on Oct. 30 — a pretty spooky release date for an album that might as well be Goth rock’s antidote.

The album, “Anything but Ordinary,” is sanguine and pleasantly pop. Upbeat numbers like “Knock Me Down” and “West Coast Ghost” are perfect to blast out of your earbuds while you’re running at the gym or while primping for a party later in the night.

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