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We need to protect each other

By: Megan Graves, Columnist

While the school year is still relatively new, I’d like to take some time to talk to you all once again about consent and sexual violence prevention.

Starting a new school year can always be new and confusing. There can be a lot going on, and it can be hard to get a handle on everything. In addition to the newness and confusion, however, crimes (including sexual violence) spike during the first six weeks of a new school year. Because of this, these first few weeks are referred to as the “Red Zone.”

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Sweaterless: One man’s opinion on why fall is kind of the worst

By: Cody Boteler, Editor-in-Chief

I’m about to say something that might cost me. It might cost me in any sort of goodwill I’ve got built up on this campus. It might cost me friends. It might cost me some trust and credibility. But I can’t stand by and say nothing.

I. Hate. Fall. I hate it. I think it’s the worst season.

Man. It feels good to get that off of my chest. My sweaterless chest, because I refuse to give in and accept that, technically, we are now in autumn.

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Egg donation: it’s not egg-actly over-easy

By: Megan Graves, Columnist

If you’re a young woman, I’m sure you’ve seen ads about egg donation before. Heck, if you read the Towerlight last week, you may have caught one here.

These ads seem great. An infertile couple needs a young, average-weight, possibly attractive woman to offer up one of her thousands of eggs. Oh, and they’ll pay you upward of $7,000 for it.

If you’re a kind-hearted person who could also use a bit of extra cash (most of us), you’ll probably at least consider this. Honestly, I thought about it the first time I saw the ad. Who doesn’t want to help someone out and get paid for it?

Well, here’s why you might not. These ads are short and sweet, and they fail to mention the actual process and potential risks of egg donation. Continue reading

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It’s time to talk about hazing

By: Charlotte Smith, Columnist

In honor of Hazing Awareness Week (September 22-26), and in light of what occurred last year at Towson, let’s talk about hazing.

According to hazingprevention.org, hazing is “any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.”

That’s a mouthful, but basically: if someone is being made to do anything that they don’t want to do, that’s hazing. Continue reading

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Disagreeing with what you say, but fighting for your right to say it

By: Cody Boteler, Editor-in-Chief

While it turns out Voltaire never actually said, “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” it’s still a great phrase–and one that, as a journalist, I find myself thinking about fairly regularly.

I’m thinking about it now, because when I first sat down to write this week’s editorial, I had no idea what I would talk about. My instinct told me to write about the Online News Association Conference that I just got back from, but nobody would care about that, if I’m being honest with myself.

And, then, I sat down and looked at the opinion page, and was absolutely shocked by the column that appears next to this one in the print edition of The Towerlight.

Dylan, one of our columnists (who I’m very, very grateful for–it can be hard to find columnists on this campus that don’t just default to liberal), wrote about the health of the two major party candidates for president.

Well, OK. Mostly he wrote about Secretary Clinton’s health. I don’t have any problem with that by itself. In fact, I think we should be taking the candidates’ health seriously.

But what the column does that I disagree with is speculate. And our columnist isn’t the first to speculate, so this isn’t all on him. Continue reading

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Considering candidates’ health

By: Dylan Brennan, Columnist

Hillary Clinton’s health has come under the spotlight ever since she collapsed at the 9/11 memorial last week, and had to be dragged into her car. It’s political suicide to leave the 15th anniversary of our nation’s greatest tragedy if you’re running for president, so Clinton must have been having a medical emergency. It should be noted her entourage seemed disturbingly prepared for a situation like this, and didn’t show any surprise, shock, or lack of training. While her doctors have reported that she did indeed have pneumonia, and that she was overheated that day, she clearly has more serious health issues.

It is not the first time that Clinton has fallen down and collapsed; five in the past eight years, at least. Once in 2009, she fell so hard she broke her elbow, while in 2012, she fainted and bumped her head in her kitchen, giving her a concussion. While analyzing the concussion, doctors also discovered a blood clot in her brain. While we all trip and fall sometimes, I don’t think it’s normal for a then-sixty-year-old woman to fall that many times in public, let alone how many times she may have fallen in private.

If you think falling may just be coincidental or simply bad luck, there are other problems pertaining to her health. Continue reading

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Five fun facts about the lady downstairs

By: Megan Graves, Columnist

For one of my columns last year, I listed five fun facts about periods, because I think it’s important to: 1) Recognize how rad women’s bodies are and 2) Start some conversations about the parts of those rad bodies that we don’t seem to talk about very often. I’d like to start some of those conversations again.

This week’s article is about the bad mamma jamma herself: the vagina.

Let’s do this.

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Be nice to third party voters

By: Matt Teitelbaum, Columnist

Third party voters catch a lot of flak. Every election, they hear all about how they’re wasting their vote or spoiling the election for a particular candidate. However, in 2016 things might be a bit different, or at least they ought to be.

Millennials are giving their support to third party candidates in droves. Polls show both Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson with support in the double digits. Some polling has even shown Johnson beating Donald Trump with millennial voters at around 20 percent support. That’s absolutely huge for a third party candidate.

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Fifteen years after 9/11, I’m choosing hope

By: Cody Boteler, Editor-in-Chief

On September 11, 2001, I was in my first grade classroom, minding my own business, when an announcement came and I was asked to go to the office to go home early.

I walked down the hall, a little confused (because I didn’t know what was going on) when I saw my mom waiting for me. She didn’t waste any time in getting me outside and to the car.

I don’t remember the exact conversation. She told me that something bad was happening in New York and that she wanted our family to be together.

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