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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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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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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