Category Archives: News


Student hit by vehicle on campus

By: Carley Milligan, Editor-in-Chief

Towson student Garrett Grubb was struck by a van while crossing Towsontown Blvd on July 23, and transported to Sinai Trauma Center for treatment, according to Baltimore County Police.

The accident occurred around 4 p.m. as Grubb was crossing the intersection of Towsontown Blvd and University Ave. An email from Towson’s Director of Communications and Media Relations Ray Feldmann stated that Grubb was later relocated to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore where, as of Aug. 7, he was reported to be in recovery. No additional updates on Grubb’s current status have been released since that time. Continue reading

A look at TU student leadership

Who’s in charge and how to get involved this academic year.


The 2015-2016 Executive Board contains President Kurt Anderson, Vice President Taylor James, Treasurer Rebecca Ellison, Attorney General Vanessa Agbar and Chief of Staff Jamal Washington.

The group, which campaigned together as The Roar ticket, ran on the idea of improved accessibility, transparency and diversity within the SGA.

The SGA office is on the second floor of the Union, Room 226. Continue reading

Campaigning with Cody: A primer on the primary elections

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

Welcome (or welcome back), Towson. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in presidential election season – though with all the bombast that Donald Trump has been spewing I think it’d be pretty tough not to notice.

But, yes. The election cycle is in full-swing – the Republicans have already had their first debate – even though the general election is, at the time of writing (Aug. 19, 2015) 447 days away. In Maryland, the primary election isn’t even until April 26, 2016.  And yet, every day you’ll find a headline about Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R). Continue reading

Tigers always in our hearts

In addition to the passing of President Emeritus Maravene Loeschke, Towson also lost two students and a professor during the summer.

The Towerlight would like to take this opportunity to remember these three individuals and their lives here at the University. We express our deepest condolences for the families, friends, and others who knew them. Continue reading

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The Towerlight’s Super Survival Guide

Welcome, or welcome back Tigers, to another year at Towson. If you are new to campus, you might be wondering how you are going to assimilate into this new world of college and campus life.  But never fear, The Towerlight is here to give you all of the information you need to make your first semester go as smoothly as if you had planned it that way. In this Super Survival Guide you will find a list of mistakes you should try not to make during your Freshman semester, as well as an article on how to literally survive on campus with information about where you can go for help with campus safety, personal health, or academic problems. You can also find, in honor of Towson University’s 150th anniversary, a list of 150 reasons why TU is the best. Lastly, a compilation of stories about Towson-related events and activities that took place during the summer break is available to you so that you can stay up to date on campus and community happenings. We hope this guide is helpful to you, and makes you feel just a little more welcomed to campus this semester.  

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Loeschke, Remembered

By: Carley Milligan, Editor-in-Chief 

Towson alum and former SGA president Matt Sikorski remembers the first time he met President Maravene Loeschke. It was at a fall 2011 rally where Loeschke, a former Towson student, professor, chair and dean, was welcomed back as TU’s future 13th president before she assumed the role in January 2012.

Sikorski, who served as SGA president from May 2011 until his graduation in 2012, said that at first glance she knew exactly who he was.

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From Campus to Charm City

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

Hundreds of echoing and thundering voices filled the tree-lined streets of Mt. Vernon as a diverse crowd of protesters marched toward Baltimore City Hall, demanding to be heard, Wednesday, April 29.

“All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray.”

The group of picket signs and banners carried by students from dozens of high schools and universities, families and other members of the Baltimore community, was led by two Towson students, Korey Johnson and John Gillespie. They rode down the streets in the back of a red pickup truck emblazoned with the message “Justice 4 Freddie Gray” as their calls for justice rang out.

No justice, no peace. No racist police.”

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Hearing The Roar: The Roar ticket takes 2015-2016 Exec Board

By: Sam Shelton, News Editor

When SGA president-elect Kurt Anderson heard that all 12 of The Roar’s senatorial candidates won their seats Thursday night, he knew that the movement’s Executive Board ticket was also set to succeed.

“If we swept the Senate seats, I knew we were fine because that meant our campaigning worked,” he said.

Anderson was elected SGA president over current Chief of Staff Gayon Sampson by a margin of 444 votes. Vice President-elect, sophomore Taylor James, received 1,867 votes, the most out of any executive board candidate. Her Ohana counterpart, Kyle Bamberger, received 1,292.

Treasurer-elect Rebecca Ellison received 1,765 votes to Samantha Figueroa’s 1,384. Vanessa Agbar took the race for Attorney General with 1,771 votes, 387 more than Ohana’s Maia Williams. Junior Jamal Washington will be appointed Chief of Staff. Continue reading