The November 17, 1961 edition of the Tower Light included a letter to the editor written by a student named Bettina V. Monroe. This letter, entitled “Agitation Necessary Before Integration,” outlines Monroe’s assessment of social agitation and its ability to bring about legislative reform during the civil rights movement. In her writing, Monroe argued that
The history page of the Towson University Marching Band (TUMB) begins “In 1979, Dr. Marchand, the Towson State Music Department, and the Towson State administration brought Mr. Robert Doster to Towson State to create a marching band.” Prior to establishing the band that would become known as TUMB, the school often hired high school bands
In 2016, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Towson University, the book Towson University: The First 150 Years was created. This blog post is based on the section about the history of school colors as well as the alma mater from that publication. The first official school song, or alma mater, drew its inspiration from
A lot has changed since the coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China in late 2019. In just a few months, the virus has dramatically altered daily life for those around the world – including students. This timeline chronicles TU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the spring 2020 semester and includes commentary from several students regarding
While COVID-19 is certainly one of the most extreme health crises that have affected Towson University, it is by no means the first. In its almost 155-year history, Towson University has witnessed a number of pandemics¹. When we look back at past pandemics that affected Maryland and the school that would become Towson University, there
What we wanted to do: This year, SCUA decided to celebrate Women’s History Month by connecting with female-led clubs and organizations on Towson’s campus. The goal of this project was to increase material donations from female-led organizations at Towson and highlight these organizations on social media. SCUA got the chance to attend several club meetings,
On January 23rd, 1944, Principal Tall and the faculty of Towson State Teacher’s College agreed that the tuition fee would be dropped due to incredibly low enrollments for the Fall semester, 230 females and only 6 males. MSNS and many other institutions faced low enrollments during WWII because many at-age men and women enlisted or were
On January 11th, 1954, four male students were apprehended for lighting trashcan fires all around the campus.
On January 8th, 1960, Towson’s Lacrosse team, The Indians, is admitted into the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, or USILA. This allowed the players to participate with other institutions in national competitions for awards and fame.
The first indication we have of an active alumni body comes from the Maryland School Journal of 1877, edited by M. A. Newell, who served as the Maryland State Normal School (MSNS) principal from the day it opened in 1866 until 1890. From that one sentence, we can gather that this reunion was not the