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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

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker advises “take it one kick at a time”

By: Kristen Zdon, Staff Writer

University Recruiters and the TU Career Center hosted a networking fair Thursday with over 50 employers as a way for students to connect with local business owners, according to CEO and Founder of University Recruiters, Jeff Martin.

“I decided to start [University Recruiters] because I thought there was a void in the recruiting world. And the void was you guys; the young, college, energetic professional,” Martin said. “I realized I could fill that void if my company strictly focused on working college kids fresh out of school.”

The event included multiple speakers from different businesses offering advice to students, including Baltimore Ravens kicker and Super Bowl XLVII champ, Justin Tucker.

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Students march on Baltimore

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor 

After organizing a rally on Towson’s campus, students Korey Johnson and John Gillespie led hundreds of students to Penn Station in Baltimore where they led a large, peaceful march through the streets to city hall Wednesday, April 29.

According to organizers, there were at least 1000 people in the march.

“It’s important that we have students contribute to the political discussions that are happening right now. I think it’s important right now because a young black man got killed,” Johnson said. “I think it’s important that we mobilize around that because there are many young black men here.” Continue reading

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Students march on campus, move toward Baltimore

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

More than 150 students gathered in Freedom Square Wednesday, April 29, to march in protest and solidarity with the events that have taken place in Baltimore this week.

“I want to hear Towson students and their opinions on this,” Korey Johnson, an organizer of the event said. “It’s important that we have students contribute to the political discsussions that are happening right now.”

Members of the TU community stand in Freedom Square during the rally. Photo by Patrick Burke.
Members of the TU community stand in Freedom Square during the rally. Photo by Patrick Burke/ The Towerlight

The rally began with the group singing “This Little Light of Mine” lead by event organizers John Gillespie and Johnson, both Towson students. After the singing, another student began a spoken word performance.

The environment on Towson’s campus remained entirely peaceful. Towson University Police were present, but there were no interventions. Continue reading

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Classes canceled Wednesday night, student march planned,university making decisions day-by-day

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

According to an email from Interim Provost Maggie Reitz, class will end at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. Any classes beginning at 7:15 p.m. or later will not be held.

According to Director of Communications Ray Feldmann, there are no threats of action or violence against Towson University tonight.

The email says that the decision to close early was made to allow students living in Baltimore City to make it home before the 10 p.m. curfew.

Cook Library will close at 10 p.m. Towson University Northeast and Shady Grove are unaffected by the early closures. On-campus activities and other buildings on campus will operate as regularly scheduled.

Students are planning a gathering at Freedom Square at 3 p.m.

The event’s Facebook page (Editor’s note: we have some reports of the link to the page not working if people are not logged in to Facebook. The event page is called “Campus Connection: The Fight for Freddie Gray.”) says that the time has come “to raise our voice and take a stand in solidarity” about what has been happening in Baltimore and beyond related to police brutality.

At 4:22 p.m., the organizers plan to travel to Penn Station in Baltimore to meet up with other college and high school marchers.

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