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Loeschke resigns as president

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor, Jonthan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief and Sam Shelton, News Editor

University President Maravene Loeschke  will be resigning her position effective Friday, Dec. 19. The announcement came from a letter sent to the campus community by University System of Maryland Chancellor William Kirwan.

In a separate message, Loeschke directly addressed Towson students and other members of the university community.

“It is the deepest sadness of my life that I find I must  resign as President of Towson University because of my health,” the message reads.

Loeschke’s resignation comes after she took a leave of absence in August. Originally, the university said that Loeschke would return in the spring. In April, Loeschke made an announcement that she was battling cancer.

Timothy Chandler, who has been serving as acting president of Towson University, has been appointed as interim president. Kirwan said in his message that, in consultation with incoming USM Chancellor and former Towson President Bob Caret, he would appoint a search committee “to launch the process of identifying TU’s next leader.”

Chandler sent out a statement of his own late Thursday afternoon, saying, “It is with heavy hearts that we learned today of the resignation of President Maravene Loeschke. Perhaps her greatest gifts to Towson were her warmth and her generosity. They contributed immeasurably to the intimate feel of this 26,000-person community and were reflected in her dedication and love for her alma mater.”

University System of Maryland Student Council President and Towson senior Zac McGee expressed great admiration for Loeschke.

“Dr. Loeschke understood Towson and understood that students should come first. Above all else, when hard decisions needed to be made, Dr. Loeschke listened to students,” McGee said. “Big shoes to fill doesn’t even begin to explain this situation.”

The President’s Deputy Chief of Staff Marina Cooper said Loeschke’s decision was made earlier this week when she spoke to Kirwan, and up until that point, the expectation was that she’d return in January.

“The president remained positive throughout the process,” Cooper said. “All of her messages have always ended with a, ‘Look forward to seeing you soon.’ That is what she believed, it’s what all of us believed and hoped to be true.”

In a previous interview with The Towerlight, Cooper and Chandler both said they expected Loeschke to return, but no concrete date had been set yet. Instead, it’d be up to Loeschke to speak to Kirwan about returning.

Cooper said that Loeschke had planned to wait until after Towson’s commencement ceremonies to make her official announcement, but when news leaked Thursday morning they moved up the timetable.

“It comes as a surprise to all of us, but I know it was a heart-wrenching decision for her,” Cooper said.

Loeschke was named president in 2012 after Caret resigned. This will be the fourth time in five years that someone new has taken over the president’s duties. Then-Provost Marcia Welsh became interim president after Caret resigned in 2011, then Chandler took over for Loeschke during her leave and will likely serve in the role for the remainder of the school year.

In her brief time in the office, Loeschke dealt with high-profile issues, such as the Youth for Western Civilization and White Student Union and the cutting of the men’s soccer team. She also oversaw the hiring of current Director of Athletics Tim Leonard, and was a part of selling the controversial President’s House in Baltimore.

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Former TU president Caret named USM Chancellor

By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief

Former Towson University president, provost and faculty member Bob Caret is has been named the next University System of Maryland Chancellor.

Through his office, Caret said that he is still in negotiations, saying in a statement, “President Caret confirms that he is in discussions with the University System of Maryland about its chancellorship, discussions that continue, and has not resigned as president of the University of Massachusetts,” according to the Baltimore Business Journal, but the USM confirmed the hiring through an email sent out to all students at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.

In the email, James Shea, the chairman for the USM Board of Regents said, “I am pleased to inform you that the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents has appointed Robert Caret as the fourth chancellor of the University System of Maryland, effective July 1, 2015. Currently president of the five-campus University of Massachusetts, Dr. Caret served as president of Towson University, one of USM’s 12 institutions, from 2003 to 2011.”

It’s expected that he’ll resign from his current position as the president of the University of Massachusetts, from which he just signed a three-year contract with.

Caret was selected to take over the UMass presidency, which is the same as the chancellor position in Maryland, in 2011.

Representatives from the University System of Maryland and UMass could not be reached to confirm the report.

Caret will take over for William Kirwan, who is retiring. Kirwan recently announced that he would be staying in his position through February while the 10-member search committee made its final selections.

The Towerlight will update this story as more information becomes available.

Towson University students and faculty participated in a march from Cook Library to Susquehanna Terrace on Dec. 12. Abby Murphy/ The Towerlight

Towson University students and faculty protest on campus

Towson University students and faculty protested the recent grand jury verdicts regarding the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner on campus, as well as facilitated a dialogue about how to talk about these and related issues at Towson.

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File photos by Towerlight staff, illustration by Elizabeth Bonica

2015 Year in Preview

File photos by Towerlight staff, illustration by Elizabeth Bonica
File photos by Towerlight staff, illustration by Elizabeth Bonica

Towson turns 150 years old in 2015. To celebrate, The Towerlight is going back in time for our presentation.

The cover features pictures going back to 1990 to show how far Towson has come, and the fonts used for our headlines date back to the very early days of The Towerlight, showing the evolution of our work through 2014. From news to sports, we look at the best to come in the coming calendar year.

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Black express shuttle route suspended for rest of semester

By: Sam Shelton, News Editor

The on-campus Black Express Route shuttle will be suspended through the remainder of the semester due to a lack of drivers, according to Director of Parking and Transportation Services Pam Mooney.

“We’re short on drivers, and who we do have, we need to have on the other routes,” Mooney said. “So, since there are already two gold [shuttles] serving that one, we’re suspending that in the hopes of being able to get people hired before the start of the next semester.”

Mooney also said that the department has been operating with approximately 10 open shuttle positions, and that the licensing requirements necessary to operate the shuttles make drivers difficult to come by.

The route, which typically runs exclusively between West Village and core campus, was first introduced at the start of the semester to act as an abbreviated supplement to the other on-campus shuttles.

All remaining shuttles, both off and on campus, will continue to run through the end of finals, but only the ParaTransit and off-campus services will operate during the minimester. These buses will run on an abbreviated schedule. Shuttles do not operate when classes are out of session.

Georgetown student files lawsuit against Barry Freundel

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

A Georgetown Law student filed a lawsuit yesterday against Barry Freundel, the Rabbi and suspended TU professor accused of six counts of voyeurism, as well as the National Capital Mikvah and Georgetown Law School.

This comes a day after Freundel had his contract terminated by Kesher Israel, the synagogue where he was working.

The case is seeking class action status, which would allow other parties to join in on the lawsuit.

The Towerlight has previously reported that Fruendel had invited students of his class to the mikvah, the ritual bath where he had been allegedly filming women as they were changing out of their clothes to prepare for the bath.

According to the Baltimore Sun, some Towson University students have told police that, in addition to being invited, some students accepted the invitation to use the bath.

Freundel is scheduled for a hearing in D.C. Superior Court on Jan. 16.

Campus considers mental health

By: Sam Shelton, News Editor

Symptoms relating to anxiety and depression are the most common student afflictions encountered by the Counseling Center, according to Counseling Center Clinical Director Dr. Jaime Fenton.

To address this, the Counseling Center offers resources and events such as Oct. 30’s Depression Screening Day, which allowed students to receive free, immediate results and feedback after being screened by TU psychologists.

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