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Conquering obstacles with the mind

By: Annie Sragner, Assistant Arts and Life Editor

The mind is able to conquer and solve most challenges that it is faced with. In most practical circumstances, one can take a terrible situation and make it better, if he or she believes that they can. This mental exercise is known as manifestation.  The phenomenon of manifestation is almost like a super power that we often forget about or take for granted. When exposed to overwhelming stimuli, the body immediately goes into fight or flight mode, as directed by the decision-making function of the brain. When the fate of the bodily experience is at the mercy of the mind, it is important to have a good grasp of it.

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The Big Picture: Caring for the homeless, others

By: Annie Sragner, Assistant Arts and Life Editor

In recent weeks, the Ice Age-esque snowfalls in Towson have been nothing short of treacherous. It is easy to take the environment around us for granted, but this weather makes you take notice of the surroundings.  Recent snowstorms and plunging wind chills took their toll, but imagine having to endure this wintery life without the comforts of warm pajamas and indoor heat.

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From The Editor’s Desk: Get rid of tunnel vision, explore community

By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief

When I’m walking to class, there’s a 100 percent chance I have my headphones in listening to music.

I walk with a slight tilt to my head. I have it low enough that I don’t have to make eye contact with those who walk by me, but I keep it high enough that I can see where I’m going next.

This is the kind of tunnel vision that we (college students) can develop, especially when we’re at the busiest points of the semester.

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The Big Picture: The science of your secrets

By: Annie Sragner, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

When you first acquire a secret, you alone constitute 100 percent of the people that know it. As more people learn about it, that number gets lower. When one more person knows, then you become 50 percent of the people that know. One more becomes 33 percent and so on. The more people that know, the less ownership of the secret you have. Depending on the seriousness or severity of the secret, it makes a big difference who knows.

These whispered words have the power to isolate and unite us. Secrets are the currency of intimacy and sharing them provides a bridge of connection between the two engaging parties. Sharing the undisclosed-able with another person allows for closeness to catalyze and for trust to build. Secrets can be beneficial for all kinds of relationships. Hearing them can be special, a shared signal of comfort and mutual importance. Reliance on each other makes us more open to trustworthy listening.

Ethos is one of the three major pillars of rhetoric, along with logos and pathos. Ethos is what makes speakers credible because it constructs what others believe about the source. The amount of trust we have toward a source determines if we consider it good or bad or right or wrong.

Ethos is also what brings certainty to science. We are prone to believe what science tells us because the test of time has built an aura of trust around it. Science is essentially the quest for truth, so by habit, society usually associates it with good moral stature. Quick judgments and environmental bias should never occur in true science, because scientific conclusions never form at face value without first assessing the whole picture. Scientific findings only become “fact” once deep and consistent proof of truth is found. The same can be said for character.

In relationships, like in science, the concealment of truth has a dark side. Secret-sharers lower walls; secret-concealers build them.

Approach life yielding your truth while maintaining your proof.  The scientific method shouldn’t just exist in labs.  But, as in labs, the real world sometimes changes the circumstances and secrets must be held.

Secrets are like little tests of our dependability. Everyone has secrets, they are the soft underbelly of our reputations.  Outside of ourselves, all we truly have is trust and the magnitude of which we can depend on each other. So handle secrets with care: Yours and others. Your ethos depends on it.

From the Editor’s Desk: I’m feeling 22

By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief

The great prophet Taylor Swift once said, “I don’t know about you, but I’m felling 22.”

I don’t know about you Taylor, but certainly am feeling 22. I only have seven more Towerlight editions left, and about three months left of my collegiate career before I have to start using words such as “insurance,” “interest rate,” and “job.” Just kidding, I already have four jobs. It’s a fun time. Continue reading

Letter to the editor: Social media wasted on “the dress”

By: Nick Salacki, Columnist

Being a part of this millennial generation creates astounding surprises when it comes to what becomes “popular” or “trendy” on social media. Apparently, something as preposterous as a dress has the potential to create a cyber stir among all types of social media. I knew fashion could be the center of online discussions when I heard that Lupita Nyongo’s pearl dress was stolen after the Academy Awards, but something as unnecessary as what the true colors of a small designer dress are makes me embarrassed to be a part of this generation.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Weathering away attendance policies

By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief

I’m heading into my final three months at Towson, and I can safely say that through taking 160 credits, I have never had a professor with the same attendance policy.

I’ve taken hybrid courses where attendance was only mandatory for the four test dates during the semester. One honors seminar required me to be there every class period. Some professors never took attendance, while some had two, three, four or even more days that you could miss without “excused absence” before missing class affected your grade.

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The Big Picture: Letting go of plans and living in the moment

By: Annie Sragner, Assistant Arts and Life Editor

Time has a mysteriously beautiful way of taking care of things. Think of that big obstacle you were worried about a couple months ago. It has probably settled and passed into memory.

I am a person who loves plans. I love the process of making plans and having something to look forward to in the future. I consider my life a collection of memories that I keep recorded in my journal or in my memory bank. I want to do as much as I possibly can while I can, which is why I often stress when things do not go according to plan.

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