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Cool College Class Alert: Toy Making at Towson

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Even in toy-making class, college is not all fun and games. It’s just… mostly fun and games. “It’s more of a laid-back class,” said Alicia Kim, a Towson University student taking the Designing Toys class, which is run through the school’s art department. (Kim’s project is a plant-girl toy with interchangeable flower heads.) But toys are big business, too, and the class takes that into consideration as well. In lieu of a final exam, students present a prototype and a storyboard to toy-giant Hasbro (My Little Pony, G.I. Joe, Transformers, Monopoly, Playskool…), hoping to win a summer internship at the company’s Rhode Island headquarters.

Century-Old Bell Restored to Glory at Towson U

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As far as noisemakers go, bells are beautiful but difficult. Take the century-old specimen that hung atop Stephens Hall at Towson University:  until last month, the school’s 39-inch diameter, 1200-plus pound bell was heavily corroded and rarely used. And no wonder —  it hadn’t been  moved since it was first installed in 1915.

For much of its life, the bell had the job as bells worldwide — ringing every hour on the hour. But with the advent of wristwatches and cell phones, that public timekeeping role became less essential. The neighbors started complaining about the noise. In the 1990s, the bell fell silent, rung only on special occasions.

But now that it’s been cleaned and restored by Maryland’s own McShane Bell Foundry, Towson might find some more use for the old guy. Not only did McShane restore the bell’s original golden patina; it also installed an electronic ringing system programmed with ring tones (in the old-fashioned sense) for celebratory, sad, and ordinary occasions. The school has promised to keep the bell to a strict 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. schedule, so as to not bother the neighbors.

Look at more before-and-after photos of the bell’s restoration on WBAL’s website here.

Revealing Admissions Stats From Baltimore Colleges

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The application business is a mysterious one, but we Baltimore Fishbowl-ers are here to help make things a little less murky. We talked to admissions reps at several local colleges and universities to find out what went into selecting the class of 2016 — and whether it’s just our imagination that every other Baltimore-area college student seems to be from New Jersey. Their responses after the jump:

Towson Brings TED Talks to Baltimore

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In case you’re not already familiar, TED talks are the source of brain-bursting ideas, viral videos, inspirational speeches from today’s top thinkers, whether they be neuroscientists or architects or writers or ex-presidents. Think of it like a Malcolm Gladwell essay performed live:  TED speakers give a brief, technology-aided lecture about the most inspiring or revolutionary aspect of their work, the crowd laughs/cries/gasps and everyone goes home enlightened.

Maybe you’ve watched one of the many TED videos posted online and considered attending the conference in person — until you found out that tickets cost $6,000. Eep. Lucky for the non-millionaires among us, though, TED also sponsors what they call TEDx events, which are independently organized events worldwide that are inspired by the same spirit of deep discussion and open-sourced wisdom. And now Towson University is bringing that TEDx spirit to its campus with the first-ever TEDxTowsonU conference, “aimed at inspiring lifelong personal and social responsibility and encouraging individuals to be an agent of change for a better world.”

Towson University Copes With Two Student Deaths in One Day

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Ryan Bailey was a 20-year old lacrosse player and accounting major from Seaford, New York; Tim Coyer was a 27-year old veteran who returned after two tours in Iraq hoping to get a degree in business administration. Both were juniors at Towson University, and both died on campus on Saturday, March 31 in two separate incidents.

Towson University’s White Pride Group is Shut Down

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Our old friends, the Youth of Western Civilization, those advocates of white pride and straight pride and general rabblerousing, have finally hit a roadblock.  The Towson University group lost its faculty advisor, professor Richard Vatz, who dropped his affiliation when the group started, “using rhetoric in their arguments that I found were not appropriate.” And without a faculty advisor, YWC can’t be an official student group.

Vatz, a noted conservative, objected to the YWC calling its opponents “cancer” and “disgusting degenerates,” and using the words Islam and Muslim as derogative terms.  “I’m sorry, but that is not how impressive and serious conservatives argue their case,” Vatz said. “I realize that I have been your advisor only nominally, but I cannot in good conscience advise a group that attacks people or groups personally or tactlessly or does not recognize their dignity and the value of dignified argument in the marketplace of ideas.”

Towson: Terrible at Basketball, Good at Computers

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Towson anti-hacking team makes NationalsWhile Towson University might have the worst college basketball team in America (sorry, Tigers), at least one of the school’s teams is on a winning streak.  They came out tops in the seventh annual CyberWatch Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, in which a fake hospital computer network (complete with patient records, GPS tracking, phone/computer networks, and a medication dispensing station) was attacked by a group of nefarious hackers; the Towson team was one of 25 that tried to stop them.

Towson’s anti-hacking team has proved victorious before.  It won the 2011 Maryland Cyber Challenge, the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Regional, and the 2010 CSC Cyb3rBatll3ground Competition. (If you can’t read the name of that last one, there’s no chance you’d ever make the cyber defense team.)

The group, which is coached by math professor Mike O’Leary, advances to nationals in San Antonio on April 20-22. W00t!

Towson University’s “White Pride” Problem

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Youth for Western Civilization chalk "White Pride" messages at Towson University

You may remember when Towson University’s  Youth for Western Civilization held a “straight pride” rally last fall, raising the ire of many on campus and off. And now the rabblerousing student group is at it again, chalking “White Pride” messages on prominent campus locations.

Is this just a first-amendment expression of traditional conservative values or a provocative act with overtones of racism and white nationalism? Depends on who you ask.

 

Young Blood: MAP MFA Grad Show Opens Tonight

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Sponsored Post – Mark your calendar with a capital A for art: Wednesday evening, June 29th, from 6 to 8, Young Blood, Maryland Art Place’s annual MFA grad show—one of the organization’s most popular events, now in its fourth year—features painting, sculpture, video, drawing, and interactive performance by recent grads with talent to burn. We are so there.

Curated by the MAP Program Advisory Committee, which is chaired by artist, writer, and teacher Cara Ober, the exhibition provides recent MFA grads an opportunity to make connections with other artists and arts professionals, and to nurture their early artistic careers.

“After achieving their master’s, the next most important step for young artists is their professional debut in a reputable professional gallery,” Ober says.

Engaging event meanwhile provides you, gallery-goer, the opportunity to tour and purchase new art by gifted young people of powerful creative vision, their names not currently household, but we’d wager might well soon be. Show will include emerging artists from the Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of Maryland at College Park, Towson University, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

We can’t wait to check out work by Amy Boone-McCreesh, who earned her MFA in painting from Towson—Amy builds ultra-abundant, confetti-colorful installations from found objects, secondhand fabrics, and celebratory ephemera. All artists convey unique themes. Wun Ting Wendy Tai, a new MFA from MICA’s Rinehart School of Sculpture, is a mixed-media artist whose work references post-colonialism and multiculturalism—she “attempts to address the effects of cultural and social hybridity in a poetic and ephemeral manner.” Jill Fannon, armed with an MFA in imaging and digital art from UMBC, creates her bold images with the aid of new technology. MICA grad Adam Junior, a sculptor from Long Island, says he’s preoccupied with building structures that are at once contained and impenetrable alongside those that are vulnerable and codependent. We definitely dig his piece, “Nowhere Else to Go,” which assembles numerous small white houses that seem at once ready to house a human family or a searching flock of birds. Linling Lu (MFA, MICA Hoffberger School of Painting) recently completed a series of paintings, which allow her to “embrace the beauty in various chances [or nuanced moments] of solitary mediation.” Her gentle works likewise beckon the viewer to a most meditative place.

Emerging wunderkinds Katie Taylor, Jesse Burrows, Sarah McNeil and Rob Guevara also to display recent work.

“MAP is very excited about the fourth installment of Young Blood,” says Sofia Rutka, MAP program manager. “The nine artists in this year’s exhibition were selected based on the strength of their work, exemplary of the recent MFA graduates in the Baltimore area.”

So, see you there Wednesday, June 29, 6-8, for opening reception and artist talks. Show runs until August 27.

Maryland Art Place
Power Plant Live!
8 Market Place, Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21202

Established in 1981, MAP inspires, supports, and encourages artistic expression through innovative programming, exhibitions, and educational opportunities while recognizing the powerful impact art can have on our community.

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