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Beyond Baltimore: Feb. 2, 2016


Over the next two years, the White House will ask Congress for close to $1 billion to fight cancer, the No. 2 killer in the United States. The “moonshot” plan was announced during last month’s State of the Union address. Obama will request $755 million for fiscal year 2017 and will attempt to spend $195 million during fiscal year 2016. Continue reading


Snowstorm interrupts first week of semester

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

Snowzilla—January’s blizzard, “was probably the biggest thing we’ve ever taken on,” Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Kevin Petersen said.

Over 60 employees, both from TU and outside contracts, worked for over 7,000 hours to move over 30 inches of snow from all around campus and to lay 40 tons of salt, 850 gallons of brine and about 20 pallets of magnesium chloride on the ground to prevent ice from forming. Continue reading

Off-campus housing site launches

By: Lauren Cosca, Staff Writer

Towson University launched its new mobile-friendly, off-campus housing website Jan. 20 to create an easier way for students to plan to live off-campus.

“We’re kind of stepping into the 21st century when it comes to how students obtain and share information,” Coordinator of Off-Campus Student Services Joyce Herold said.

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Students Helping Honduras builds during break

By: Sarah Rowan, Assistant News Editor

Nearly 60 students involved in Towson’s chapter of Students Helping Honduras traveled to Honduras during winter break to work on various building projects within the Honduran community.

Students Helping Honduras is a nonprofit student group with chapters at dozens of schools both in the United States, and internationally, that dedicates itself to ending gang violence and poverty in Honduras through education and youth empowerment.

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Staff editorial: 15 Things for Schatzel’s first 150 days

By: Towerlight Staff

President Kim Schatzel,

Welcome to Towson University! We’re excited for you to be starting here, and we can’t wait to see what great things TU accomplishes under your leadership. You’ve got a big job ahead of you. To help get you started, we, as an editorial staff, have brainstormed and consulted with some other student leaders to create a list of 15 things for you to do during your first 150 days in office. Continue reading


Chandler stays on as university provost

By: Sam Shelton, News Editor

Towson University Provost Tim Chandler says that he’s glad to be back to work in the provost’s office following a yearlong stint as the university’s interim president.

“I think for now I am looking forward to coming back and working [as provost],” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting back to doing these things in this office, which to me are more meaningful and more satisfying, and then I’ll think about [the future]. It’s hard work being the president.”

Chandler, who came to Towson in January 2013, rose from provost to acting president in August 2014 when the late President Emerita Maravene Loeschke announced that she would take a leave of absence due to health reasons. He became interim president when Loeschke officially resigned that December, and announced in April 2015 that he had entered his name for consideration for the presidency.

When University System of Maryland President Bob Caret announced Schatzel’s appointment Dec. 4, he also announced that Chandler would return to his role as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Chandler and Schatzel officially began acting in their positions Monday. Continue reading


Schatzel gets her stripes

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

“Move-in day” for Towson University President Kim Schatzel was Friday, Jan. 22, but she didn’t bring anything to hang on the walls of her new office.

It’s by choice, she said. She’s waiting to fill the space with student and faculty artwork, because she “likes to brag on” the people she works with.

Schatzel, who was announced as Towson’s 14th president Dec. 4, said it’s a decorating style she’s brought with her from Eastern Michigan University, where she previously acted as interim president and provost simultaneously. Prior to that, Schatzel served as EMU’s provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs.

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County council votes to implement pilot program that would penalize hosts for unruly parties

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

In a unanimous Jan. 19 vote, the Baltimore County Council decided to enact a “pilot program” in parts of Baltimore County wherein “unruly social gatherings” will be declared a nuisance—and punishable by fines starting at $500.

Under the legislation, both tenants and landlords could be punished if a police officer decides to write a citation. Penalties for the “responsible person,” or party host, start at a $500 fine and 20 hours of community service. Penalties for subsequent citations can get as high $1,000 and 48 hours, respectively.

Property owners, too, can face fines up to $1,000 and potential revocation or suspension of their rental license. Continue reading


Proposed legislation could target off-campus parties

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

Hosting off-campus parties would become more difficult for Towson students under a bill being considered by the Baltimore County Council. The bill proposes a two-year pilot program wherein “unruly social gatherings” would be prohibited and declared a nuisance.

Under the legislation, both tenants and landlords could be punished if a police officer decides to write a citation. Penalties for the “responsible person,” or party host, start at a $500 fine and 20 hours of community service. Penalties for subsequent citations  can get as high $1,000 and 48 hours, respectively.

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