Poised Grit

The United States Marine Corps slogan should not be taken for granted or mistaken as a joke. They issue an open challenge to everyone; the Few, the Proud, the Marines. If you are confident in your abilities to accept their challenge then they introduce you to a sour taste of reality; freedom isn’t free. You embark on a grueling ten week journey, and it is not just for anyone.

Prove to be exceptional and you have the opportunity to complete Officer Cadence School (OCS). Constantly accompanied by your “bud”; he or she is literally always beside you. If you have to use the restroom he or she goes with you. Some have snapped under the immense pressure and succeeded in committing suicide. Your buddy, might literally be the difference between life and death.

Those who have trekked the path to regain their freedom; molded by the heat, fire and ash of experience have endured one of the biggest euphonies, life, will ever throw at them. Some are frightened by what they witnessed and endured, others move through life content with their choices. Few return to the forge with the privilege to educate and train the next generation of liberty defenders.

Calm, cool, collected, persistent, resilient and loyal; Kevin Heine is a 20 year-old sophomore and social sciences major from Fredrick Maryland attending Towson University with aspirations to graduate as a commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He has wanted to be a Marine since his freshman year of high school. Kevin was intrigued by the Marine’s promise of physical, mental, emotional growth and challenge.

Kevin is the descendant of a military service legacy. His grandfather served in the Navy, his grandfather’s brothers served in the Army, and his great uncles stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day during World War II. Although he surpasses his heritage; Kevin will proudly be his family’s first commissioned officer and Marine. Kevin hopes to make an everlasting impression via the tools and skills provided by the Marine Corps.

All he wanted was to enlist right after graduation hoping to join the revered 1/8th Marine Scout Snipers.

K.H: “But my parents wouldn’t let me” said Kevin

Kevin spent his freshman year of college as a member of the Marine Corps ROTC program at NY-Maritime in New York City’s South Bronx, N.Y. He eventually made the decision to transfer to a school closer to home.

Dithering between the University of Maryland and Towson University, either school would have been a great fit. Towson was the more affordable option, closer to home, provided better opportunities for his major; social sciences, and he loves the Baltimore/Towson area. Ironically the social sciences are necessary if he is to pursue a career in the FBI or CIA.

Satisfied with his choice, Kevin has found another band of brothers among his teammates on the TU Club Rugby team. He was approached by a rugby player in Towson’s gym, Burdick Hall, and asked if he had ever played rugby? Naturally curious, Kevin watched them practice later that day, and instantly found comradery with the coaches and players. He knew he found where he belonged.

Kevin is on the far left from your perspective.

Scrum Squad: Kevin is on the far left from your perspective.

According to Kevin his comrades in the Marines and teammates on the Rugby team share unique dispositions.

 K.H: “ I think the toughness, certainly, and kind of reckless mindset; they are definitely a risk-taking crowd.

That same discreteness and toughness is what carries Kevin through Officer Cadence School (OCS). He has prospered thus far, but he is a changed man. Kevin has been humbled by the accounts his combat tested drill sergeants shared with him.

Kevin and Friend

Kevin and friend celebrating their success at Officer Cadence School (OCS) in Quantico, VA. Kevin is on your right

After college Kevin will venture towards military occupation code (MOS), 0203, formally known as intelligence reconnaissance but fondly dubbed (intel recon). Before he introduces himself to the FBI or CIA he desires to collect a befitting set of skills to defend his country. Kevin boldly weathers any storm and stays true to his words. He is among the Few, the Proud, the Marines.

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Eco Friendly Tiger Town

A tiger is not at home unless it has a lush jungle to prowl in. Now mold a jungle into a second home for a pride of 22,000 tigers. One would hope for a clean, healthy environment that supports prosperity.

That is exactly the challenge that Rose Brusaferro has accepted as Towson University’s Graduate Assistant to Administration and General Services for Environmental Initiatives under Towson’s Department of Civic Engagement and Leadership. Rose has held the position for 9 months or since last August, 2014. The position compliments her environmental science major well.

Rose strives for excellence throughout the Department of Civic Engagement and Leadership. She advises the student groups that devote themselves to eco-friendly and sustainability programs. Rose coordinates environmentally focused events, but she has acknowledged that the environmental consciousness  could use a boost in community response. Rose believes their presence on campus and in the community must be noticed.

Despite Towson University’s reputation to “go green” staff and students seem to remain oblivious to exactly what eco-friendly and sustainability initiatives and organizations the campus has to offer. I asked Anna Hiser a resident of Barton House in Towson University’s West Village what she thought of Towson’s environmental consciousness.

Tiger Lillies

A Student Perspective: Anna Hiser:

A.Z. Please state your class standing and major?

A.H.Junior, Deaf Studies and English.”

A.Z. Are you aware of any environmental initiatives on Towson University’s campus?

A.H.Vaguely aware.”

A.Z. Do you recycle?

A.H. “Yes.”

A.Z. Are there any eco-friendly initiatives you would like to see employed on campus?

A.H. “Composting in the dining halls to keep food from being wasted.”

A.Z. Do you know who or what department facilitates Towson’s sustainability?

A.H. “Do not.”

A.Z. What do you think the Department of Civic Engagement and Leadership needs to do to make their presence on campus and in the community more prominent?

A.H. “Flyers, posters, send out an email from time to time.”

A.Z. Is that what you would do if you were their student coordinator?

A.H. “Yeah, probably, maybe organize an event.”

Rose was right to acknowledge that the Department of Civic Engagement and Leadership needs to put more effort into promoting their neat environmental initiatives. You can find the Department of Civic Engagement and Leadership on the second floor of the Administration building. It appears that students like Anna are to open to participating in eco-friendly projects on campus and in the community; they just need a better way to be informed.