10 Towson Foodie Spots To Fall In Love With This Semester

10 Towson Foodie Spots To Fall In Love With This Semester

After parking passes, food is the next important thing at Towson.

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As college students, we are ALWAYS in the mood for food. So here are some highlights as to Towson's more popular places to eat either on or off campus.

1. Insomnia

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You can bet Towson students are here at 2am for that warm chocolate chip cookie!

2. Lotsa

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You get the pizza all to yourself AND you get to customize it!

3. 7720 Cafe

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Many TU students don't know that the cafe inside of the Admin building is open to students! Check it out and see the hidden gem on campus.

4. Sushi Hana

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I love a good shrimp tempura roll!

5. Green Turtle

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Whether you are 21 and can drink or not, you can definitely have a good time at Towson's Green Turtle.

6. Pho Dat Thanh

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"Those noodles are bomb!"

7. Nacho Mama's

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Queso is one of the best food inventions ever.

8. Paws Cafe

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My personal favorite place on campus. The atmosphere is nice and cozy and you can play table tennis or watch karaoke!

9. THB Bagels

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Who doesn't love a warm bagel on a cool day?

10. Seasons Pizza

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"it's quick and yummy!"

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Dear Restaurants I'm Not Trying To Be Annoying, I Just Have Bad Allergies

I have to stop and think before I eat anything, because my next reaction could be deadly.

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I love trying new foods and exploring different cultures so it was no shock that when I studied abroad in Rome, Italy that I was going to taste everything. During the second week of my trip, while visiting the Coliseum with my class, I had a reaction. I remember my stomach being in knots, wanting to lie down, and then being hurried into an ambulance. I spent a long five hours at the hospital where I was told I just had food poisoning. Another reaction at my cousin's house in Italy, left me with the thought that maybe something else was happening with my body.

Blood tests, a couple more severe reactions later, and an official scratch test finally gave me closure. I'm allergic to shellfish, fish, and seafood. My doctor told me my test showed that the next time I have an allergic reaction it could be life-threatening. I had lived 20 years of my life, allergy-free, and not at all worried about the ingredients in the meals I ate or which factories the chips I snacked came from. I had the pleasure of eating without even thought, but now, eating has become more of a task than an enjoyment.

Every restaurant, every meal, every snack I want to eat, I first have to go through a checklist. I have to see if they serve any kind of seafood. I have to ask if they cook everything on the same grill or if their fries are fried in the same oil as their seafood. The long menu that I was originally handed becomes shorter and shorter as the waiter explains to me how everything in the kitchen pretty much touches. I have to cut out restaurants that I use to always go to and avoid events that serve anything seafood related. I feel bad because I have to remind my friends, my family, and everyone around about my allergies.

Restaurants when I ask a bunch of questions while ordering or hand you my "chef card" that states my allergies, I'm not trying to be annoying. I'm scared about eating and having a reaction. I'm uncomfortable that I have to ask so much from your establishment. I'm nervous you won't take me seriously. So just remember when someone comes in and ask more questions than you want to answer, and expects what you to give what you might call "special treatment", that they aren't trying to be annoying. You may think they're on some special diet, or just being picky (and I'm not saying that they couldn't be) but maybe they're allergic. So allergic that they have to carry their EpiPen wherever they go and constantly have to be on alert with everything that they touch.

I have bad allergies. I really wish I didn't because my life would be so much easier. I would rather not have plan my life around the food I eat but if I didn't, I couldn't eat at all. So I'm sorry if I'm annoying, I really don't wanna be and I hope that you can understand where I'm coming from.

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5 Of The Most Hair-Raising JMU Hauntings And Myths

It's never too early in the year for a ghost story.

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Whether you're reading this around Halloween or not, it's never a bad time to research the rich, ghostly history of James Madison University. That way, when October rolls around, you'll have plenty of spooky places to visit right here on campus.

1. The Tunnels

Most JMU students have heard whisperings of a tunnel system that runs underneath the quad, connecting many of the buildings. Truthfully, this is a topic JMU does not shy away from. According to the website, the tunnels do exist, but most are only big enough to crawl through. Other accounts claim the tunnels are bigger in some areas as well as connected to the heating system as they once provided warm, safe passage to students and teachers.

The sheer existence of these dimly-lit, dirt tunnels is enough to send shivers down your spine; however, the tunnels also come with a tale of murder. According to rumors and stories traveling around the internet and campus, a young girl in the 1920s was asked by through a note to meet her boyfriend in the tunnels below campus. Her friends protested as she had been getting notes from a secret admirer. The next morning her roommates found her body in the tunnels. To this day, students claim they can smell her perfume as well as hear her footsteps as she runs down the tunnel.

2. Cupola Hanging

This myth is a hotly debated item between the general public and the university. The university claims the event did not occur but was simply a rumor spread by students. Regardless of the truth of the matter, the story behind this tragedy begins with a relationship between a female student and a married professor. According to rumor, the professor ended the relationship, thus driving the student to hang herself in the cupola bell tower. Students claim to see her still hanging in the window of the cupola.

3. The Lady in Red

In the 1970s, a rumor spread through both JMU and Mary Baldwin's campuses that there was an administrator who would kill a student in the Shenandoah Valley whose name began with an "M." While committing this act, she would be wearing a red dress. Though nothing ever came of the threat, it is thought to have originated through the predictions of Jeanne Dixon.

4. Wayland's Ghost

One of the less well-known tales on campus is the Wayland ghost. As a past resident of Wayland, I was told this story one of my first nights in the dorm. According to rumors, one evening quite some time ago a male resident of Wayland was rushing a fraternity. As per their request, he was on the train tracks behind Wayland. The story gets a bit fuzzy here as some claim he was tied to the track, managed to escape, but couldn't run fast enough to avoid the oncoming train. Other accounts claim he was simply running down the tracks, and he was unable to run fast enough. In some versions of the story, his girlfriend is tied to the track, and he can't untie her. He's hit by the oncoming train. Students who live in Wayland claim to hear and see a figure moving through the dorms.

5. General Turner Ashby

Confederate General Turner Ashby's grave lies only a few miles from JMU's campus so it is no surprise students have claimed to see an apparition resembling him wandering through campus. During the battle in which he was killed, he was hit with a mini ball and died instantly. Supposedly, his death, as well as the battle, occurred on the property that is not JMU. Students claim to see Ashby along with his phantom cavalry all over campus, but especially near Ashby on the Quad.

With all the history of Harrisonburg, I'm sure it's easy to find even more haunted and interesting places.

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