Local musician describes unique experiences


Local musician plays the ukelele, among other instruments. (Photo by: Emily Cunningham / TU student)

Musician Jared Denhard plays at local events in Howard County such as weddings and funerals. In the 1990s he put together instrumental music for the pope at the time at Camden Yards. He also plays in O’Malley’s March, a celtic rock band, with Governor Martin O’Malley. His experiences in that band vary from playing locally to playing at the Democratic Convention.

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Junior Olympic jump rope champion overcomes ankle surgery


Kristen Bork (fourth from left) and her team came in first in the “Team Show” category in the 2011 Junior Olympics, held in New Orleans, Louisiana. This was a year after a surgery that left her unable to walk for four months. (Photo by: Ward Horner / Team Photographer)

Freshman Elementary Education major Kristen Bork talks about her experience as a jump roper and the challenges that she has overcome, including an ankle surgery. She has been jump roping for the Kangaroo Kids for about 10 years, meeting people from all over the world at competitions. She also coaches young jump ropers.

To listen to her story, click below.

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TU attempts to increase student volunteers


Freshman Marisol Pesquera volunteers every summer at a camp for children in Puerto Rico. She thinks that students on campus would benefit from the volunteer opportunities the campus provides.
(Photo by: Emily Cunningham / TU student)

In reaction to small numbers of student volunteers, Towson University is hoping to enhance participation by providing more community service opportunities on and off campus.

“You as college students have so much to give and so much to learn,” Towson University 2008 graduate and current Coordinator of Community Service Corinne DeRoberts said. “I just don’t think it [volunteering] is part of the culture.”

DeRoberts’ position as Coordinator of Community Service is the first of its kind offered on campus. Applications are now being accepted for five new Service Leaders positions on campus. Their roles will include planning First Fridays, a day of service where students from different groups travel outside of campus to help in the community as well as planning other service events.

DeRoberts hopes that these positions will inspire more students to serve.

“It [volunteering] gives you different experiences that others may not have on their resume,” she said. “It can show your commitment and dedication to something.”

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Baltimore Love Project inspires Love is Louder at TU


This love mural, created by Michael Owen, is located at Carroll Park. The mural was painted as a part of the Baltimore Love Project.
(Photo by: Emily Cunningham/ TU Student)

On a recent trip into Baltimore City to visit Baltimore Love Project murals, Towson students explored a softer side of the city.

To kick off ‘Love Week’ at Towson, a group of 14 students traveled to three murals located around the city on Sunday, April 14.

Creator of the Baltimore Love Project and local artist Michael Owen has been the lead artist of the 16 murals. The murals all include the same shadow of four different hands coming together to spell the word “love.”

“It shows that people care,” freshman Katie Henkel said. “This guy went to such great lengths to make the mural and it implies an action – that people should go out and love each other.”

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Social media Q & A with Washington Post writer Karen Tumulty


Journalist Karen Tumulty writes political articles for the Washington Post and has been seen on CNN and MSNBC. She shared her thoughts about social media. (Photo courtesy of: Karen Tumulty)

Karen Tumulty, a political correspondent for the Washington Post for almost three years, uses social media to showcase her work and the work of others. Before her position at the Post, she worked at TIME Magazine for 14 years and for 13 at the LA Times.

In an article for the Post, she wrote “…the fact that the president is now incorporating hashtags into his speeches shows how Twitter is redefining the means by which politicians shape, distribute and refine their messages. Campaigning in 140 characters or less provides almost instant feedback, which campaigns use to figure out what is working and what isn’t, even before it hits the blogs, much less the traditional media outlet.”

Below, she reveals her thoughts about how social media is redefining journalism today.

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Journalist for local Patch advocates use of social media


Nick DiMarco works the night shift during Hurricane Irene from his apartment in Lutherville, Md. Patch editors were on-call for breaking news throughout Baltimore County during the harrowing storm. (Photo by: Jennifer Tanko)

Towson alumni and journalist Nick DiMarco adapts to the continually evolving world of journalism by optimizing his use of social networking sites.

“You can have all the skills in the world, but you have to be ahead of the curve,” he said. “The game has changed. You have to move forward with your audience.”

Previously a news editor for Towson University’s newspaper The Towerlight, DiMarco is currently reporting for the Lutherville-Timonium Patch and the Hunt Valley-Cockeysville Patch. These online websites are hyper-local, focusing on news stories that are community-based.

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Journalist uncovers story behind viral photograph of underground fire


(Photo by: Stephanie Sands)

Recently, a columnist for The Omaha World-Herald tracked down an almost unreal photograph to its original source after it had become an internet sensation.

Because many things these days are altered with photo-editing software, he wanted to get to the original source to get the story behind the photo. Simply by looking at the photograph, finding information from social media websites such as Reddit and traveling to the source, he uncovered who had taken the photo and the events that had happened that day from her account. Matthew Hanson’s column shows what steps he took to finally getting to the bottom of the story.

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