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Reach your Highest Potential as an Athlete

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Members of the towson women's lacrosse team schedule individual practices to spend extra time working on (Photo by: Alexa Demski/TU Student)

Members of the Towson Women’s lacrosse team schedule individual practices with volunteer coach, Mike Molster. (Photo by: Alexa Demski/TU Student)

Every athlete wants to find success both on and off the field. But there is more too being successful then meets the eye. There are many different aspects that go into the process that most athletes are unaware of.

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Once Upon An Almost Untold Story

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“I was absolutely terrified…you are not only competing with books from 2012, but Hemmingway and Harry Potter,” said Baltimore author, Lauren Small, as she describes how she created a publishing company just to get her novel published.

Small is an older woman with wisdom and knowledge in the book writing process beyond her years. She is a dedicated, hardworking author who started something from nothing in order to get her work out into the world.

Her company, Bridle Path Press, has now published four books, and plans on publishing three this year and at least one the year following.

“We’re unique and there is no one else like us,” says Small. Their different structure is what attracts authors who are unable to get published by mainstream publishing companies.

Bridle Path Press has a relationship with its authors in which every author helps each other. Whether from editing or getting the word of each other’s novels out. In the end you must work for your book to be published and to become a success, just as Small did back in 2007.

After college, Small left her hometown of Denver and moved to Baltimore to begin her quest of getting the history of her family put down on paper. “Finding out where you come from should be the most important thing to someone,” says Small.

After completing her first novel, without success in getting it published, she moved on to writing her next one, Choke Creek.

Choke Creek came as a result of research for her first novel, when she came across the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 which “fascinated and horrified” her. “Being from Colorado, and never hearing of this angered me,” said Small. “Why did no one ever talk about it and why was it deliberately covered up.”

It bothers Small when people don’t tell the truth. So she made it her job to get the truth out about what really happened back then and why it had been covered up. According to a friend of Small, “She has a nose and intolerance for scandal and inhumanity. She is attracted to the untold horrific story.”

In 2007 Choke Creek had been completed and it was time for the real challenge. Small explained that there is more to writing than just “putting on your creative hat and writing whatever you want.” You also need to figure out how to get your work out into the world.

To Small’s dismay she found herself back in the same boat as she was with her first novel; no one would publish her book. She knew this was a story that had to be told, but found it virtually impossible for anyone to back her. According to Small, fiction is the hardest thing to make money on in today’s society.

She had two options: Put it aside and think oh well it didn’t work out, or put her money where her mouth was and publish the book herself.

She chose option two.

To publish this book Small found that again she had two options: Use the Internet and on demand publishing or start her own business and not only help herself but other struggling authors like her.

Once again, she chose option two.

Small set aside $1,000 for the legal fees and startup costs. While publishing her novel she found that she was able to keep most of the costs to a minimum.

The largest costs for publishing a book are proof reading, a book designer, ink and paper. In an era where book publishing is now open to the average citizens due to the Internet, tons of people have been laid off in the industry.

Among those people Small found an editor willing to work for a small fee. She also found a Baltimore University design student wiling to create her book design for free in exchange for school credit.

Bridle Path Press published Choke Creek in 2009. “Your book is one cornstalk in a mile long cornfield,” says Small. Once a book is published you have to plan where you want to and will find success.

Small wanted her novel to be used by teachers in schools, so she got in touch with every teacher she knew and started passing the word along. When you publish your own book, you are in charge of marketing it. Once the book started selling she was able to pay back the price for putting it to print.

Choke creek is now being taught in high schools across the nation.

Small keeps her business small because of the intensive process. She doesn’t want to be a full time publisher because her primary occupation and passion is writing. She never wanted to publish her own book, but feels that she was forced into the business world because of her struggles of getting her work published in an era where publishing companies are dwindling.

She is proud of Bridle Path Press and what it is they are doing. They have not only helped her become a published author but have helped other struggling author’s dreams come true too.

It’s pronounced……Uh-Lex-Uh

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Hello Cyber World and welcome to my newest Blog Category MCom 258:Journalism & New Media II. My name is Alexa Demski for those who are new to my page. I am now a Senior at Towson University and am currently majoring in Electronic Media & Film with a minor in Mass Communications.

I have always aspired to be a sports broadcaster while I was growing up…..the next Erin Andrews I would tell people. But now in recent years I have found that my heart can be found in entertainment. The way that we as a society watch, follow and even become obsessed with entertainers and their every day daily lives is something that  has always fascinated me. I too am a celebrity gossip junkie so why not be payed to do what you love….right?

Even though I no longer want to be a sports caster I still love sports. I am a huge Baltimore Raven’s fan and will be till the day I die! I also am a huge Towson Women’s Lacrosse fan and not just because I am currently a member of the team. Yes, I am a member of the CAA Conference Champion’s team and have been now for three  going on four years. Sorry for the shout out, as you can see we are still excited about the huge win from last season. If you are still around in the Spring make sure you make some time and come out to some games. I promise they are always exciting and keep you sitting at the edge of your seat! If you are looking for me I’m number 5, or you can just look for the girl with the crazy hair.

This blog will be dedicated to my stories that I research and write throughout the semester. I look forward to all your comments and any feed back will be greatly appreciated!

Cheers to another great semester at Towson,

-Alexa

Snag some food at the Liberal Arts Cafe

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The Liberal Arts cafe is one of the newest a-la-carte dining facilities offered at Towson University. This facility is a very  quiet place and is located  on the fourth floor of the new Liberal Arts building. Who knew this awesome place existed? I had no idea, until I did some research!

This place serves mostly grab and go options majority of those are sandwiches and salads. That is perfect for when you are in a hurry to get to class, and starving! They also offer  breakfast sandwiches, paninis and melts, soup, baked goods, bottled beverages, and Starbucks coffee.

This is one of the facilities that is open for a good amount of time, so if you are on campus late than this is the perfect place for you! They are open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. They have some great healthy options at this facility! For the purpose of this blog, I am going to tell you what your best options are.

Breakfast is available from open till 10:30 a.m. This is awesome because you can grab something if you accidentally forgot when you were rushing out the door in the morning! If you are craving a breakfast sandwich then you are in luck, because you can create your own. I suggest getting an egg and cheese sandwich on an english muffin. If you are feeling extra healthy ditch the cheese!

This is also the perfect time to start your day out the right way……with fruit! You can create your own delicious fruit and yogurt parfaits. Try to add a decent portion size of each ingredient! Now lets see what the Liberal Arts Cafe has to offer for lunch.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m till closing time. There is a delicious panini on the menu called the Veggie. This sandwich comes with roasted vegetables, jalapeno humus, and provolone cheese on artisan black olive bread. This is the perfect time to load up on your veggie count!

Another great panini that is offered is the Chicken Breast Panini. This one comes with chicken breast, roasted peppers, spinach, provolone cheese, pesto mayonnaise on rustic sour dough bread. If you want to be extra healthy ditch they mayonnaise and the sour dough bread, and opt for some oil and vinegar and wheat bread!

All the sandwiches come with a side, and you can choose between chips and fruit. You know what I’m going to say, choose the fruit!

There are a lot of delicious and healthy  beverages to choose from for a nice snack or to hydrate. They have tazo tea, and naked juice. The tazo tea has been found to have less than one gram of carbohydrates and zero calories in almost all of the teas! For the naked juice, for the nutritional count it is  100% real juice and 0 trans fat! They both come in great flavors too.

The best drink you can have over everything is water! The number one key thing to being healthy is to try and stay hydrated. So remember that on a daily basis! Also try to stay away from the sodas and Gatorades because these kinds of drinks are filled with all kinds of sugar.

So remember next time that you are in the Liberal Arts building to head on up to the 4th floor and grab a healthy snack, or even make a meal out of it!

Snag some food at the 7720 Café

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The Deli

The 7720 Café is a dining facility at Towson University, that the majority of students had no knowledge it even existed. This is because it is located on the first floor of the Administration Building. Most students are never over at that side of campus, so the majority of the costumers are Towson faculty. This is one of the many a-la-carte style facilities on campus.

If you plan on grabbing a meal at the 7720 café then you better get there early because they are only open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. But luckily you have all school week to try and make it because they are open Monday through Friday.

For this blog I am going to give you some helpful tips on what are your healthiest options to choose from at the 7720 Café! Lets begin with breakfast shall we?

For breakfast you have your choice from hot dishes like eggs, pancakes and more. Or they also serve cereal, yogurt and bagels. If you want a bagel, than I suggest going with the whole wheat bagel, with whipped cream cheese. Both those options have been found to have less calories. What if you want cereal? Perfect because they have whole-grain cereals that you can choose from and fat free milk.

Now lets see what the 7720 Café  has to offer for lunch. At this facility you have many options to choose form like creating your own custom-made sandwich from the deli or picking up something from the daily hot specials, grill selections, full salad bar, soup or desserts.Lets start at the Signature Deli. Here you can choose one of the costume made sandwiches or create your own. If you are planing to make your own sandwich then I have some perfect tips for you. First off ditch the bread and get a wrap instead. Or if you really want the bread, then get wheat bread instead of white bread.

Next, try not to load your sandwich up with meats, cheeses and condiments but instead with tons of vegetables. Not only will the vegetables load up your sandwich even more, but it will also help fill you. They have tons of different salad toppings to choose from too. From lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onions, pickles, and more.

The healthiest sandwich on the menu is possibly a great panini that is offered that has just tomato and fresh mozzarella on it!

Sandwich toppings

Now lets look at what is available at the Grill! There are tons of great and healthy options here. There is a Turkey Burger, that comes with lettuce, tomato, onions on a toasted roll. Try to limit your condiments and try ditching the cheese! There is also a Veggie Burger that comes on a toasted roll and your choice of toppings. This is the perfect time to load up on those veggies! Lastly there is a Grilled Chicken Sandwich that comes with lettuce and tomato on a toasted roll.

The salad bar

If you are in the mood for an amazingly huge salad, well good thing because there is a huge salad bar that offers all the toppings that you could ever imagine. This is the perfect opportunity to really load up on the veggies. My tips are to stay away from toppings that are loaded with carbs and stick with the green stuff. You can add as much as will fit in the box! Also stay away from the thick creamy dressings, and stick with the light and fat free ones. The absolute best dressings that you can use is oil and vinegar!

All the salad toppings

If you are looking for a quick snack, then they also have prepackaged foods around the room too that you can choose from. There is also fruit all over the facility, so make sure to get your fix throughout the day and grab some. So next time you are around the administration building come on in and snag a great healthy meal!

Come on in to the Brick Street Cafe

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Brick Street Cafe!

The Brick Street Cafe is one of the less familiar a-la-carte dining facilities available at Towson University. It is perfect for those students or faculty in a rush and on the go. It is less familiar because it is on the first floor of Hawkins Hall, which is a smaller building on campus. There for not many students are around or in that building even despite the location of it.

This facility offers Seattle’s Best Coffee, Outtakes grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, and made-to-order deli delights from Leo’s.B. The Café Mattone serves hot personal pan pizzas, calzones, and pastas and there are also breakfast sandwiches, bakery items and sushi.

The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Sadly this is another facility on campus that is not open on weekends, so don’t plan on stopping by on Saturday and Sunday!

This is a great place that has tons of healthy options to pick from! Lets start by looking at whats on the Deli menu, shall we? There are a great variety of sandwiches to choose from. For the purpose of being healthier I say start by going with a wrap over bread. Tortilla wraps tend to be healthier and have less carbs than a lot of breads.

Fruit all over!

For your meats, any of the choices are fine stick with the lunch meat and away from the different salads because they are filled with mayonnaise. With your cheeses try to add only one slice of cheese.
This is a great opportunity to load up on the veggies! Add some lettuce and tomatoes and any other vegetable you like to your sandwich to help fill you up. For the condiments try using little to none on your sandwich, or if you have to only  a small amount.
All the sandwiches come with your choice of a side of chips, pretzels, a piece of fruit or a pickle. You should load up on all the fruits and vegetables you can throughout the day, so I say go with the fruit or the pickle.
If you aren’t feeling a deli sandwich, then try a veggie burger. You are basically eating a cheeseburger but this is much healthier and tastier!

Leo's Deli!

If you are in the mood for pizza then you are also in luck because they have a great vegetable pizza. It’s not the healthiest thing you can eat but it is a healthier option and that is what we are looking for!
The best part about the Brick Street Cafe is that there are tons of pre-packaged food all around. They have ready made salads to choose from too that look amazing! Salad is never a bad choice if you are trying to be healthy.
Sandwiches and Salads!
Even though this us one of the smaller dining facilities and there isn’t a hundred different options to choose from, it is still a great and convenient place to eat at. So next time you are in the middle of campus come check out the Brick Street Cafe!

Come on in to Paws!

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Paws is an awesome hangout place and dining facility for students at Towson University. This extended-hours facility is one of the many a-la-carte  options at the college and provides for great food and entertainment. This is located on the first floor of the University Union, across from the University Book Store.

This dining facility features a variety of custom-grilled selections to baked goods, smoothies, and Starbucks Coffee. The facility is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday and from Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The grill makes for great late night food!

Fruit Available!

This is a great place for greasy fried food, but it also offers some delicious healthier alternatives too! For instance, Paws is a great place to grab breakfast when you are on the go and in a rush. The healthiest thing that you can snag is a Veggie Delight which comes with a garden burger, tomato, swiss cheese and is served on an english muffin.

Or try a Southwest Breakfast Burrito. With the right ingredients it can be the perfect choice for a healthy breakfast! It comes on a flour tortilla and is stuffed with scrambled eggs, diced tomatoes and onions, cilantro. For your choice of meat I say choose the ham. It also comes with sour cream and cheese, but ditch them to ditch the extra calories!

Now lets take a look at the Paws Grill menu! To start you could try the Veggie

Paws Grill

Burger, served with a garden burger, cheese, lettuce, tomato on a kaiser roll. You can also try a Flatbread Sandwich with chicken breast that comes with sauteed onions, mushrooms, swiss cheese, tomato, and honey mustard on flatbread. If you are really trying to be healthy drop the cheese and honey mustard and just load up on the veggies!

In the signature wraps there is an awesome choice called the Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad Wrap and is made with grilled chicken with dried cranberries, chopped apples,walnuts, lettuce, onions, and celery wrapped in a flour tortia. The chicken salad is also made with a “light-mayonaise.”

Salad Toppings

Paws also has a great salad bar! I suggest getting the grilled chicken salad over the crispy chicken. Grilled items tend to be much healthier than fried foods! Once you have the lettuce and chicken, load up with tons of vegetables. You have your choice between tons of toppings. I say stick with the veggies and fruits and away from the cheeses and croutons.

Next to the grill there is the Perk’s Place where you can get any smoothie you want! You have your choice from the main ingredients being banana, mango, raspberry, lemonade, peach, passion fruit, wild berry, strawberry, ice cream, hurricane.

Perk's Place

For fourty-nine cense extra you can add in a supplement of any of the following choices: energy blend, multi-vitamin, smart blend, protein, vitamin C, flu fighter, relaxing blend, and especially for college students a hangover blend!

Also at the Perks Place you can get some pre-packaged wraps, sandwiches, fruit cups,and more! There is fruit located all over that you can purchase or grab for a side with any of your meals.

Paws is the perfect college hang out place and has great food. Just remember to try and resist your urges to get the fried-greasy foods, and opt for the healthier grilled options. You can find healthy food anywhere, you just need to look for it!