Towson celebrates Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday

Towson University is celebrating Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, October 22, with a variety of fun activities.

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“Campus Sustainability Day is about bringing attention to the many green initiatives on our campus,” said Campus Planning and Sustainability Manager Patricia Watson. “It gives students, faculty and staff an opportunity to get hands-on experience greening themselves and the campus, serving as a reminder that no act is too small and that together we can make a difference.”

Students, faculty and staff are celebrating the day with numerous events, including the following:

  • An energy conservation contest in the residence halls
  • The “Recycling Rush” competition among Greek organizations
  • A green fair in the University Union, featuring representatives from local businesses
  • A lecture by Energy Manager Steve Kolb
  • A screening of the documentary “Wasteland,” about an artist who travels to the world’s largest landfill
  • Free bike-blended smoothies on Paws Patio outside the University Union
  • Ivy removal and tree planting in Glen Woods
  • A pop-up bike repair shop and bike safety workshop

For event locations and times, check out the Campus Sustainability Day Facebook page.

Athletics Weekend Roundup: TU athletes rake in honors

It was a big weekend for Towson University Athletics, as three athletes were given conference awards in their respective sports.

Towson volleyball senior Saitaua Iosia was named CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Towson Volleyball's Saitaua Iosia was one of three Tigers to receive CAA honors this weekend.

Towson Volleyball’s Saitaua Iosia was one of three Tigers to receive CAA honors this weekend.

Iosia had 45 kills in the Tigers’ pair of victories last week. This is the second straight week, and fourth time this season, that a Towson player won the award.

For the second time this season, Towson football’s James Simms was named CAA Rookie of the Week.

The linebacker had six tackles in Towson’s 24-17 upset win at Delaware on Saturday.

Towson women’s soccer co-captain Katie Ponce earned CAA Player of the Week after the Tigers went 1-0-1 this past weekend on the road.

Ponce hit the game-winning goal on Friday against Delaware; it was the Tigers’ first win at Newark since 2000. Ponce also scored a goal in the Tigers’ 2-2 overtime draw at Drexel.

Along with the conference awards, men’s golf sophomore John Hulede won medalist honors at the Lehigh Invitational.

Hulede carded a 148 to earn his first career medalist finish.

Men’s golf earns victory in last tournament of fall season

Behind Hulede’s medalist performance, The Towson men’s golf team finished its fall season by winning the team title at the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Tigers finished the 36-hole event with a 602 to win the team title by 19 strokes in the 12-team field.

“It’s great to end the fall season with a victory,” said Towson Head Coach Brian Yaniger. “John played exceptionally well, but everyone contributed to the team victory. This win will allow us to go into the spring season with more confidence.”

Senior Sam Stewart claimed fourth-place while sophomore James Grem finished tied for 11th.

Volleyball takes two to extend win streak to five games

The Towson University volleyball team took two conference wins to extend its’ win streak to five games.

On Thursday, The Tigers took a 3-1 win over Elon behind 19 kills by senior Saitaua Iosia. Senior Victoria Williams added 17 kills, while junior Aimee Schubert dished out 29 assists.

On Sunday, Towson got a pair of double-double performances in a hard-fought 3-2 victory at UNC Wilmington.

Iosia finished with a season-high 26 kills, and added 12 digs and three blocks. Haley Pa’akaula had 12 kills, 16 digs and a game-high four services aces.

Towson (now 19-3 overall and  6-2 in the CAA) will be in action again on Tuesday, Oct. 21 when it travels to Delaware State for a non-conference match.

Other athletics news

  • Women’s Soccer finished the weekend with a 1-0-1 record. On Friday, Towson picked up a 1-0 win at Delaware. It was the Tigers’ first win against Delaware since 2009, and the first win at Delaware since 2000. The Tigers then played Drexel to a 2-2 tie on Sunday.
  • The Towson Tennis team finished its fall season at the ITA Regionals held in Virginia Tech. Freshmen Nicole Shakhnazarova and Lucy Williams represented the Tigers, and picked up a doubles victory in the opening round. Williams also picked up an singles round in the opening round of main draw singles.
  • Field Hockey dropped a 2-1 decision to Appalachian State on Sunday at College Park. This came on the heels of a 2-0 defeat against VCU.

Tigers spoil Delaware’s homecoming, 24-17

Towson’s football team scored 14 points in the final 5:23, including a Darius Victor 17-yard touchdown run with 49 seconds remaining, to propel the Tigers to a 24-17 win against rival Delaware on Saturday in front of 17,718 fans at Delaware Stadium.

Towson (3-5, 1-3 CAA) has now won 14 of its last 16 road games, eight of its last nine CAA road games and two straight games at Delaware. The Blue Hens suffered their first conference loss of the season to fall to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in league play.

“It’s good to win, whether it was here or any place in the country, we needed this,” said Towson Head Coach Rob Ambrose. “To win here is a very difficult thing to do. Their fans, their history, their tradition and their beliefs in each other make this a tough place to play. This is a little bit more special than most. This will be good for the kids moving forward and great for the alums. I don’t think we’ve ever beaten them twice (on the road) in a three-year window and that’s a hard thing to do.”

Trailing 17-10 with 8:23 left in the fourth quarter, quarterback Connor Frazier led the Tigers down the field for a game-tying drive. The junior connected on four-of-five passes during the drive, including a 39-yard touchdown pass to senior Spencer Wilkins. Frazier found Wilkins at the 35-yard line and the wideout broke three tackles and sprinted the final 30 yards to tie the game at 17-17 with 5:23 remaining.

“I was happy that Connor gave me a chance to make a big play and I was happy that I was able to make a play for a team,” said Wilkins. “Delaware is a big rivalry game. It’s the biggest game of the year every year. I’m happy that we were able to go out like this in my last game against them.”

The Towson defense, which forced a season-high four turnovers on the afternoon, stepped up big on the ensuing Delaware drive and forced a Blue Hen punt after three straight rushes.

Frazier and the Tiger offense took over on their own 41 with 5:23 remaining. The junior quarterback went 3-for-3 and completed passes to three different receivers on the drive, but Victor was the story. The sophomore running back had 33 yards on five rushes during the drive and his 17-yard touchdown scamper to the left side gave Towson a 24-17 lead with just 49 seconds remaining.

Delaware managed one first down on its final drive, but redshirt freshman James Simms picked off a Trent Hurley pass with 26 seconds remaining to seal the win for the Tigers.

Victor finished with a game-high 113 yards on 21 carries. Frazier, who also connected with sophomore wide receiver Andre Dessenberg for a first quarter touchdown, finished 19-of-32 through the air for 181 yards and two touchdowns, both career highs. Wilkins had seven receptions for a game-high 97 yards and his touchdown grab was the eighth of his career.

Senior Tye Smith posted a team-high nine tackles, recovered a fumble and had two pass break-ups. Junior Christian Carpenter made eight tackles, forced a fumble and picked off his second pass of the season, while senior Ryan Delaire recorded seven tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble.

Towson will have its bye week before returning to action on November 1 against Elon during homecoming weekend. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

TU history professor predicts change will come to Hong Kong, but slowly

A scene from the beginning of Hong Kong's Occupy Central protests. (Photo: South China Morning Press, Sept. 28, 2014)

A scene from the beginning of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protests.
(Photo: South China Morning Press, Sept. 28, 2014)

Towson University History Professor Steven Phillips believes the throngs of protestors in Hong Kong will bring about change. But he warns that, with China fighting to maintain power and authority, it will take time for the wheels to move.

In an op-ed published by the Baltimore Sun this week, Phillips explains the historical context that led to the current uprising in Hong Kong. He outlines four reasons that the crowds’ dispersal is not evidence that Beijing succeeded in suppressing the movement inspired by 2011’s initial Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

“Even if they are unsuccessful in this instance, they know they can capture global attention,” Phillips writes about the protestors. “They will… likely take to the streets again to promote democracy in Hong Kong.”Phillips is an expert in East Asian history whose research has focused on how the Taiwanese have fared under Chinese rule. Hong Kong switched from British to Chinese control in 1997.

Read Phillips’ op-ed on the Hong Kong demonstrations and what they mean for China here.

TU Student Launch Pad has a successful takeoff

(left to right) ENACTUS members Matthew Holden, Redate Haile; Acting President Timothy Chandler; DIAR Director of Entrepreneurship Frank Bonsal III; VP for DIAR Dyan Brasington

(left to right) ENACTUS members Matthew Holden, Redate Haile; Acting President Timothy Chandler; DIAR Director of Entrepreneurship Frank Bonsal III; VP for DIAR Dyan Brasington

Towson University’s Division of Innovation and Applied Research (DIAR) on Thursday successfully kicked off the Student Launch Pad, a new program that fosters the development of student entrepreneurs.

The Student Launch Pad will provide opportunities for students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation through a variety of programs and activities, including Entrepreneur U workshops and Skill Builders sessions.

These programs will be available to students of any major throughout the semester. Entrepreneur U workshops will provide crash-course introductions to all things entrepreneurship. Skill Builders sessions will focus on specific topics, such as “How to Create the Perfect Pitch,” says Chad Nazworth, Student Launch Pad coordinator.

The Student Launch Pad will also have office hours throughout the week when students can visit the office, called the Loft.

“Students are welcome to stop by to discuss any ideas and find out about available resources,” Nazworth explains.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony held Thursday at the launch pad’s location on the fourth floor lobby of Cook Library included an introduction to the program by Dyan Brasington, DIAR vice president, and remarks from Timothy Chandler, acting president, about the importance of entrepreneurship.

The Student Launch Pad was created as part of the TU2020 strategic plan’s focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and applied research. Nazworth says the program seeks to remind students that entrepreneurship is always an option.

“Starting a business is a way to be successful on your own, doing what you love and are passionate about,” Nazworth says.

To find out more about the Student Launch Pad and register for programs and events, visit TUlaunchpad.com.