MSA tackles myths of women in Islam

This piece was written for “The Towerlight” at Towson University as an Assistant News Editor. Check out this, and other stories from The Towerlight here:

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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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26 things I learned in 2016

1.      This year I went to my senior prom and learned sometimes you have to be the heart-breaker. I learned being friends with someone isn’t possible when they have feelings for you, and sometimes it’s nice to go to a dance alone.

2.      After going to my senior cruise, I learned some friendships aren’t meant to last forever, but some are.

3.      After painting two large murals painted by myself in my high school I learned that channeling your energy into creating a piece for others to enjoy for years to come is humbling. I also learned to stick with my gut, and never back down from what I think is right.

4.      Finishing up being Editor-in-Chief of my high school paper taught me how to be a leader and how to write with a fiery, burning passion.

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My Favorite Shows to watch on Netflix

Gilmore Girls (and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life) – Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite shows of all time. From the music, to the tender mother-daughter relationship between Lorelei and Rory, to watching Rory grow up, to seeing the characters’ relationships with Emily and Richard evolve, I recommend Gilmore Girls wholeheartedly. This is a great type of show to watch with your mom. I enjoyed the Netflix revival as well, and am hoping for more episodes in the future! Continue reading