Category Archives: Opinion

Questioning free speech

EDITOR’S NOTE: It has been brought to our attention that the University has recently worked out a schedule with ABM, the contractors who take care of custodial work on campus, to clean the chalk boards in Freedom Square every Monday.

By: A Towson Student

I’m questioning how free speech actually is on campus. Not hate speech, or vulgarity, but verbal and visual protest against racism, rape culture, and hazing; three taboo issues that the campus community has failed to appropriately address.

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Action and reaction

By: Annie Sragner, Arts & Life Editor

After a good heart-to-heart with a great friend of mine the other night, she handed me a little threaded doll that came in a tiny red draw-string bag. “It’s a worry doll,” she said. “Whenever you’re feeling nervous or troubled about something, whisper your worries to her, put her under your pillow and wake up with a clear mind.”

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Small steps forward

By: Megan Graves, Columnist

As you may have already heard, Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on America’s $20 bills. But only on the front, and not until 2020.

Before I go deeper into my analysis of this idea, let’s acknowledge the progress we as a country will be exemplifying by placing on the front of one of our most used bills of currency the first woman in over a century, and the first African-American, well, ever.

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The weird perspective of reporting

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

Students, faculty and staff—but mostly students—gathered in Freedom Square Friday for a “Unity Rally.” It was a response to what’s been happening on campus lately: The incidents involving a student and the black women working at the CLA Café. And then, even more recently, the drawing of a devil over messages drawn in Freedom square supporting the employees.

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Experiencing gender

By: Annie Sragner, Arts & Life Editor

Throughout my existence in a female identity, I find myself frequently reminded of gender time and time again. Gender is not one overarching, universal concept; it is many cumulative experiences that build upon each other. Through my experience, I have found that womanhood is not about having two X chromosomes, being an emotional caregiver or having feminine energy, it is the contrast that makes our collective experience unique.

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A conversation on menstruation

By: Megan Graves, Columnist

I don’t know how you’re all feeling, but personally, I don’t think we’re talking about our periods as much as we should be. I mean, they’re kind of fascinating, right? Not to mention uncomfortable and brutal and reassuring and annoying. The only arguably “good” thing about menstruating is knowing that everything’s working the way it should be. So, in hopes of sparking some more period-talk, here are some fun facts about what half the population recognizes as the least-fun time of the month.

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Tough love for TU

By: Sey Elemo, Columnist

Towson, I must now give you some tough love, in the way that friends do sometimes. I am about to read you for all of your coins.

Do you want me to tell you why you are largely ineffective in making this campus an anti-racist one? (I’m going to tell you anyway so just say yes). Yes, you say? Well here it is: You allow racist things to occur on your campus and then you either ignore it, cover it up, or find some way to placate us “rabble-rousers,” and repeat. You don’t take ownership of your mistakes. You really just want us to be quiet. In other words, you’re all about the image. You’d rather have us silenced than actually work towards fixing the problem.

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BSU calls for action

By: Black Student Union

We, the Black Student Union of Towson University, were recently made aware of an incident of clear racist intent that occurred on the campus of Towson University in the College of Liberal Arts Cafe on April 5th, 2016. This incident involved a white male Towson University student and black women who are Chartwells employees of the Liberal Arts Cafe. This altercation is not a first, as the student has a history of not only harassing employees but other students on this campus.

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Covering the SGA “coronation”

By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

Student Government Association candidate packets were due Friday and let me tell you guys, the field looks a little bleak.

Let me be clear—that’s not a swipe at any of the candidates, but the fact that there are so few. There is one candidate for each position on the Executive Board. There are 15 students running for 18 senate seats. Entirely uncontested.

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