Welcome, or welcome back Tigers, to another year at Towson. If you are new to campus, you might be wondering how you are going to assimilate into this new world of college and campus life. But never fear, The Towerlight is here to give you all of the information you need to make your first semester go as smoothly as if you had planned it that way. In this Super Survival Guide you will find a list of mistakes you should try not to make during your Freshman semester, as well as an article on how to literally survive on campus with information about where you can go for help with campus safety, personal health, or academic problems. You can also find, in honor of Towson University’s 150th anniversary, a list of 150 reasons why TU is the best. Lastly, a compilation of stories about Towson-related events and activities that took place during the summer break is available to you so that you can stay up to date on campus and community happenings. We hope this guide is helpful to you, and makes you feel just a little more welcomed to campus this semester.
By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
The Towson Tigers looked to be in control of Saturday’s game against James Madison on two different occasions. Both times, they gave up the lead. Both times, they fought back to at least tie the game.
However, the Dukes had the final strike, as junior guard Ron Curry made a buzzer-beating jumper with no time remaining to hand Towson its eighth conference loss of the season, 63-61.
By: Annie Sragner, Assistant Arts & Life Editor
If I were to give someone a microphone and ask them to complain about all the things they disagree with going on in society, I am sure many could go on for an extended time. This is perplexing because we know we have the power to control and influence what goes on in our lives and around us. This is a concept frequently forgotten and surrendered.
As you all know, we just had an election in Maryland. Voting is the simplest way to make big changes in how our government works, and it directly affects our well-being. Unfortunately, I am not the only one who noticed that not many people actually got around to voting recently.
I looked up statistics about our recent election, and many counties in Maryland had less than half of their registered voters cast ballots. If you voted, great, but I am sure you know many others who did not.
It’s really unacceptable. You can’t not voice your opinion. We have the power to direct our society, but we are consciously choosing ambivalence, or the next “feel-good” thing, instead.
“The Big Picture” this week is not about bashing politics or adding my own opinion into the mix, I just want readers to consider why so many people, especially in our generation, are not voting. I want people to take notice and figure out why this is happening.
My interactions with fellow millennials, on campus and elsewhere, tell me that most people don’t care about politics. I get it. It’s ugly. It’s personal. It’s petty, but why are we letting that hinder our participation in the process?
I have faith in our generation and I think we are capable of great things. We are an open-minded group of people with good intentions and a strong sense of community, both locally and globally. I find that most people I speak with want freedom for themselves and others, but we cannot reach that without voting for what we want. Do you really want others making your decisions for you?
We live in a digital age now. The world is faster than it once was years ago with information passing through you faster than news stations can report it. As college students, we only have enough time to pay attention to the most immediate things. With this in mind, I understand why we don’t share our precious attention with the drama of political parties and such.
Many think our generation is obsessed with technology and that we’d walk into traffic before looking up from our social media, but we have to prove them wrong. We have a lot more power than we are given credit for.
The segregated bathrooms are long gone; more women than ever are running for public office; we haven’t bombed each other into submission yet, and the legalization of marijuana rolls on. Why? Because people voted for those things.
We have the power to make real change. Go out and make your world exactly the way you want it to be.