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Alumni honored at volunteer banquet

By: Mary-Ellen Davis, Staff Writer

Towson University’s Alumni Association honored long-time Tigers and active alums Thursday night to recognize the volunteer work they’ve contributed to campus.

Hosted in the Chesapeake Rooms, the Volunteer Recognition Awards Banquet saw Board of Visitors Chair and Class of 1965 alumna Myrna Cardin claim the Spirit of the University Award.

Cardin, wife of Sen. Ben Cardin, is an active member of the University community.

“I must tell you how excited and proud and grateful I am to receive this award, and happy to be with all the people who have been honored tonight, and I really must thank the alumni association,” she said.

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iLead workshop promotes cultural inclusion

]By: Rohan Mattu, Staff Writer

Towson’s iLEAD program hosted a workshop on cultural competency in the workplace Oct. 19 in the University Union.

iLEAD is a program by the Division of Student Affairs that stands for the Initiatives for Leadership Education and Development.

The program provide students with opportunities to develop the skills needed to be inclusive and effective leaders in the community.

The program holds workshops throughout the year that students can attend and learn from.

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#OccupyTowson one year later: Demand 4

By: Cody Boteler, Editor-in-Chief

Maryland Correctional Enterprises is a state agency within Maryland’s Department of Safety and Correctional Services. At 30 different shops across the state, inmates work on making different products, including furniture, sign making and license plates.

One of the demands from the student sit-in was to get the University System of Maryland Student Council to review the contract between Towson University and MCE.

“We find it problematic that we finance the same institution that profits off of black bodies,” the demand states.

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Panelists bring new perspective on police-community relations to students

By: Bailey Hendricks, Staff Writer

An oncampus panel hosted by the Center for Student Diversity with the anthropology, sociology and criminal justice department addressed the relationship between police and community relations in urban landscapes Monday night.

“The events of last spring that emerged as a result of the death of Freddie Gray and police custody pulled from the shadows historical long-standing tensions that have existed between Baltimore police and the members of the Baltimore community,” assistant criminal justice professor Elyshia Aseltine said.

Aseltine and lecturer John Skinner helped to coordinate the event, and a majority of the audience was made up of students interested in a career in law enforcement.

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Schatzel outlines progress on presidential priorities

By: Marcus Dieterle, Staff Writer

During an Oct. 20 presidential address, University President Kim Schatzel outlined the steps the university is taking to accomplish eight priorities that she announced in April, just 100 days into her presidency.

This semester, Towson enrolled approximately 22,000 students, the university’s largest enrollment in the past five years and second largest enrollment ever, according to Schatzel.

“You’ll hear ‘ever’ a lot today,” she said.

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Library officials apologize for racially-charged tweet

By: Marcus Dieterle, Staff Writer

On Oct. 21, Cook Library officials apologized and offered context for a controversial throwback picture posted by the Special Collections Twitter account Oct. 19.

The image depicted two women hanging an effigy, representing the Loyola mascot, by its neck from a tree during a 1953 Homecoming celebration. After students denounced the photo, saying it depicted a lynching and was insensitive to black students, Cook Library removed the tweet and posted an apology.

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#HashtagLunchbag comes to TU

By: Mary-Ellen Davis, Staff Writer

Towson’s Center for Student Diversity teamed up with humanity service project #HashtagLunchbag to make and distribute healthy lunches to those in need in the Baltimore area on Oct. 15.

Each lunch contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, a water bottle and an inspirational note to remind those receiving the lunch that someone is thinking of them — that they haven’t been forgotten.

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Baltimore Sun recognizes Schatzel and Baum as “women to watch”

By: Teri Mack, Contributing Writer

The Baltimore Sun recognized Towson University President Kim Schatzel and professor Jan Baum as two of 25 women to watch in 2016. They were acknowledged for their hard work and diligence, their leadership qualities and their ability to be consistently proactive women in their field of work, according to the article.

“I was honored to receive that recognition from The Baltimore Sun, but to me what it really means is we have an outstanding university — with exceptional students, faculty and staff — and that I am surrounded by a great team,” Schatzel said. “This recognition is a reflection of everyone’s hard work and commitment… I could not be more excited about where we are and where we’re going.”

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