Category Archives: Arts & Life

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New June tunes to bring into fall days

By: Kristin Helf, Columnist

To be completely honest, I went through what I’ll call an “ethereal soft rock” phase these past few months, and listened almost exclusively to Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks’ solo records.

That, plus watching King of the Hill reruns, plus mentally preparing myself to start working on this new music column, is how my summer was spent. Thankfully, while I was in the early 80s world of Nicks’ “Bella Donna”, I didn’t miss much when it comes to new music.

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Music dwindles: Columnist reviews VMAs

By: Caitlin Moynihan, Columnist 

The first week back at school is officially over, and although sitting through class and learning all about the syllabus and going through every assignment that will be due this semester may be ‘fun’ for some, I can’t wait to actually get back into a routine that allows me to order from Towson Best and watch Netflix.

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A safe space for social justice

By: Nilo Exar, Staff Writer and Carley Milligan, Editor-in-Chief

Nearly 300 students filled Freedom Square the night of Aug. 26 to show solidarity and start a conversation.

“I wanted [students] to come into a safe environment to talk about race and let them know that Towson is safe environment to have these conversations, and that Towson students don’t stand for injustice,” Brandon Edwards, the organizer of the #BlackOutTowson event, and president of Towson’s chapter Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, said. “We are students that are not afraid to talk, who are not afraid to speak our opinion, who are not afraid to gather, and to start the year off right on a proactive foot.”

For Edwards, who has been involved with both on and off campus social justice movements since his freshmen year, the purpose of the event was to create a safe space for all students to speak about those topics of social injustice and police brutality that have saturated the media, in particular following the events of the unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray, a black 25-year-old man, died after being taken into police custody.

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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.

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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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