CSD event explains Islamophobia

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American Muslim Wajahat Ali, who wears many hats — journalist, playwright, attorney and State Department consultant — fought Islamophobia through historical precedent and personal narrative Thursday, Feb. 16, during a talk sponsored by Towson’s Center for Student Diversity.

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Tuition, other fees could increase

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Students could pay up to 5.4 percent more, overall, in mandatory fees — which encompass technology, athletics, auxiliary services and auxiliary services construction fees — in the coming fiscal year, according to information distributed at a Feb. 14 student open forum.

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TU named in top LGBTQ-Friendly Online Schools list

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Towson University was named in the 2017 Top LGBTQ-Friendly Online Schools list by SR Education Group, an organization that creates websites aimed at connecting students with resources to help students finish their education.

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County to discuss unruly social gatherings expansion

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At their next work session, the Baltimore County Council will discuss a bill that could expand the areas that are affected by Towson’s “unruly social gatherings” rule.

The council will discuss the bill in their work session Feb. 14 – a final vote is scheduled for Feb. 21.

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Panda Express comes to WVC

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Towson University will replace Roadside BBQ, located in the West Village Commons, with a Panda Express this semester as part of the University’s regular brand rotation to stay current with industry trends and to vary dining options on campus.

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MSA tackles myths of women in Islam

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An outreach manager for the Council on American Islamic Relations debunked myths about Muslim women Nov. 19 and railed against the idea that all women within the culture are oppressed.

“There have been so many people who have spent so much time defining who we are — speaking for us without allowing us to speak for ourselves,” Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry said.

“But more Muslim women are challenging the status quo. We’re reframing the narrative that boxes Muslim women in this very black and white, one-dimensional or two-dimensional dichotomy.”

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UB professor talks racial segregation

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University of Baltimore professor Joseph Wood described the origins of racial divisions and structural segregation in the city Friday, during a presentation modeled after one of his UB courses, “Teaching Divided Baltimore.”

“I can tell you when I first started teaching many decades ago, I certainly wouldn’t talk about race in class because I didn’t know how to support such a conversation and I didn’t want to offend anybody,” Wood said. “But in fact, we have to offend one another to have the conversation. A winning Donald Trump is a great thing because it’ll generate a lot of difficult conversation. I keep looking for the silver lining.”

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TU hits carbon reduction goal

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At Friday’s Presidents’ Climate Commitment Committee meeting, Planning and Sustainability Manager Patricia Watson said that Towson has already reached its goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 25 percent by 2020 but cautioned that it could increase again.

“As we grow as an institution we’re going to have more commuters, and unless we offer opportunities where they can live close affordably, that might string some of our data,” Watson said. “The second thing is, every time we add a building or increase our size we’re adding [to our carbon footprint.]”

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Be Heard Town Hall discusses free speech, mental health

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The student government’s latest ‘Be Heard’ town hall meeting, hosted Oct. 26 in the Chesapeake Ballrooms, focused on free speech in higher education and the treatment of mental health in students of color and marginalized groups on campus.

These topics were chosen under advisement from students who shared concerns at last month’s meeting. Those students wanted to know ways Towson supports students around different mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression, due to violence happening specifically to black people across the country.

The first panel started with Chief Legal Officer Traevena Byrd, from Towson’s Office of General Counsel, who said that Towson can’t enact certain disciplinary responses regarding offensive language because it is a public school.

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Panelists bring new perspective on police-community relations to students

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An oncampus panel hosted by the Center for Student Diversity with the anthropology, sociology and criminal justice department addressed the relationship between police and community relations in urban landscapes Monday night.

“The events of last spring that emerged as a result of the death of Freddie Gray and police custody pulled from the shadows historical long-standing tensions that have existed between Baltimore police and the members of the Baltimore community,” assistant criminal justice professor Elyshia Aseltine said.

Aseltine and lecturer John Skinner helped to coordinate the event, and a majority of the audience was made up of students interested in a career in law enforcement.

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