Junior Olympic jump rope champion overcomes ankle surgery

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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

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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

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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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