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G’Day USA: A guide to down under

By: Steph Foster, Columnist

Today I’m going to share a few ‘fun facts’ about Australia. Many people do not realize how large Australia is, but it is roughly the same size as the United States. Travelling from the East Coast (e.g. Sydney) to the West Coast (e.g. Perth) is roughly the same as from New York to Los Angeles. However, in terms of population, we have a mere 23 million people – 3 million fewer than Texas. Much of inland and northern Australia is a scarcely populated desert. Continue reading

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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Last-second steal

By: Tyler Beard, Staff Writer

The Tigers lost to UNC Wilmington, 73-71, in overtime on Sunday, as redshirt junior guard Shatia Cole made the go-ahead jumper with two seconds left in the game.

“It’s an unpleasant feeling when you lose knowing you should have won,” junior guard Dominique Johnson. “However, we just have to finish games out.”

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“Heartbreak Hotel Game”

By: Payam Agha-Ghassem, Staff Writer

It was a tight battle between the Towson Tigers and the UNC Wilmington Seahawks on Saturday afternoon at SECU Arena, but the conference-leading Seahawks were able to escape with a 73-69 win.

The loss was Towson’s (12-17, 5-11 Colonial Athletic Association) sixth conference loss this season that was decided by five points or fewer.

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Wizards need Bradley Beal

By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief

There comes a time in every player’s career, no matter the sport, when “the next contract” becomes a reality. Athletes are anxious to get out of their rookie contract and seek the big bucks on the open market.

That’s where the Washington Wizards are at with Bradley Beal. Although Beal has dealt with injuries throughout his young career, the Wizards are likely going to have to give him a maximum contract if they want him to stick around with John Wall.

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Revived opera

By: Annie Sragner, Assistant Arts and Life Editor

The department of music has unleashed the world of opera into the Towson community.

Two faculty members, Aaron Ziegel and Carl Schmidt, are bringing a rare, 1910s-inspired opera experience to the College of Fine Arts. Continue reading

Cook Library hosts The Big Read

By: Kristen Zdon, Staff Writer

Cook Library is hosting The Big Read this semester as a part of a nationwide grant Towson received from the National Endowment for the Arts, Research and Instruction Librarian Laksamee Putnam said.

“[The Big Read grant] is trying to get communities to read a single book and do lots of programming around a single book, so encouraging people to read a lot of the classic books or encourage reading in general,” Putnam said.

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