The path to asylum is tainted red

The path to asylum is tainted red

Millions of refugees are fleeing their homes in an attempt to escape the Syrian civil war that began in 2011.  A majority of Syrians have fled to neighboring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, while others have sought asylum throughout Europe. Meanwhile, Canada has already welcomed over 40,000 Syrian...
United Airlines passenger removed from aircraft by force

United Airlines passenger removed from aircraft by force

On Sunday, April 9, United Airlines forcibly removed passenger David Dao, a Chinese physician, from flight 3411 due to overbooking. Before boarding, the United offered a $400 incentive to any passenger willing to step down. After all passengers had been boarded however, the company requested four more people leave to make...
King Street favorite Nick's Barbeque closes temporarily

King Street favorite Nick’s Barbeque closes temporarily

On April 11, Nick’s Original BBQ on King Street announced it would be closing after over 10 years of operation. The popular restaurant was located in an almost 200 year old building that must undergo repairs after an engineer discovered a number of structural problems. Repairs to the building have...
Chemical attack by Syrian government - US missile response

Chemical attack by Syrian government – US missile response

On Tuesday, April 3, reports were released detailing a chemical attack using sarin nerve gas that occurred in Northwestern Syria targeting civilians. The attack caused an estimated 500 injuries, 50-100 of which were fatalities. Despite several accusations towards the Syrian government for the attack, President Bashar al-Assad  and the Russian government...
A Six Pack of Beer and Bands—Preview of High Water Music Festival

A Six Pack of Beer and Bands—Preview of High Water Music Festival

High Water Music Festival will take place this weekend, April 22nd and 23rd, at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. High Water is a “celebration of music, food, and libations” curated by Charleston’s very own Shovels & Rope. The musical lineup is exciting in its own right, but in addition to...
Kendrick Lamar re-wrote the thesis of hip hop

Kendrick Lamar re-wrote the thesis of hip hop

When “To Pimp a Butterfly” came out, I remember being overwhelmed. It was an immense project, vast in scope, sound and concept. I had many conversations with friends trying to unpack and understand it. A close friend of mine said something to the effect of, “Kanye’s single bar, ‘Is hip hop...
Meet Alexandra Helfgott: a profile on SGA's new president elect

Meet Alexandra Helfgott: a profile on SGA’s new president elect

Name: Alexandra Helfgott Age: 19 Hometown: North Augusta, South Carolina Position: Student Government Association President Class: Sophomore Majors: Political Science and Spanish Student Government Association President Elect Alexandra Helfgott and running mate Tripp Keeffe have great plans for the upcoming year. Running on the premise of campus community, they plan...
Beach Guide: Charleston Edition

Beach Guide: Charleston Edition

With the semester winding down and tourist season beginning, it is a great time to leave the peninsula and head over to the beach to relax and enjoy the weather. Charleston’s beautiful beaches such as Folly, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palm are a great escape from the busy city...
South Carolina rejects school A-F grading scale

South Carolina rejects school A-F grading scale

On April 5, the South Carolina House of Representatives rejected a plan to grade public schools on an A-to-F scale, instead favoring a scale that ranges from Excellent to Unsatisfactory. This action stems from a fear of stigmatizing struggling schools, which occurred under the No Child Left Behind Act. The...
ART KIDS: Surrealists and Steve Martin (new band name?)

ART KIDS: Surrealists and Steve Martin (new band name?)

I have recently been facing the problem of my friends talking about BBC award winning shows that I have never seen in my life, nor do I plan to watch. No matter how much they pitch this period piece drama or how hard I try to finish three episodes, it...
Avocado toast talk: the best in Charleston

Avocado toast talk: the best in Charleston

In a foodie’s paradise like Charleston, a top-notch meal can be found just about anywhere. From comfort food to clean eats, the Holy City has it all for any meal of the day: especially in the morning. Charlestonians never fail to rise and shine for weekend brunch. The current trend,...
Freshman voice: THINX panties, a turning point in the world of menstruation

Freshman voice: THINX panties, a turning point in the world of menstruation

Is your period cramping your style? Well, there might just be a solution. As I was aimlessly scrolling on Facebook one day, an advertisement for some “revolutionary” underwear caught my eye.  If these panties were actually revolutionary, I would obviously have to check them out. I am always down for a step up...
Five books you need now

Five books you need now

Consider these reads your bridge from college to the real world. “Millennial Money” by Patrick O’Shaughnessy If you are not a business major, you still need a solid grasp on markets and investing. Consider this your guide to Finance 101. O’Shaughnessy aims to convince millennials to invest now, not later....
Brexit officially initiated by UK Prime Minister

Brexit officially initiated by UK Prime Minister

On Mar. 29, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May sent a formal notice to document The United Kingdom’s official withdrawal from the European Union. The UK was able to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which allows countries to leave the EU – putting them on track to leave the...
City Council votes to lower heat index for horses

City Council votes to lower heat index for horses

On Mar. 14, the Charleston City Council made the final decision to lower the regulation maximum heat index for horse carriage tours from 98 degrees to 95 degrees, in addition to increasing the number of required temperature readings to confirm the heat index from two to four, taken 15 minutes...
Trump and Ryan pull Trumpcare before vote

Trump and Ryan pull Trumpcare before vote

On Mar. 26, the Trump Administration pulled the American Health Care Act designed to replace the Affordable Care Act before a vote could occur on the bill. According to the Congressional Budget Office, Trumpcare would have left millions without healthcare and disadvantaged the poor disproportionately. In addition, Republicans who were unwilling to completely...
Freshman voice: What I wish I knew

Freshman voice: What I wish I knew

  It has been a long time coming. From a variety of trials and tribulations, my life has been a whirlpool of mass destruction, yet still filled with light, joy and peace. In many of my worst moments, there were so many things I wish I knew. From bad breakups,...
Alpha Tau Omega's hosts Miss Cofc Pageant

Alpha Tau Omega’s hosts Miss Cofc Pageant

The lights dim to a bluish pink color. A male and a female take the stage behind the podium. Everyone in the crowd silences their murmurs as they direct all their attention to the front. The announcers’ voices cue the start of Alpha Tau Omega’s Miss CofC Beauty Pageant, prompting...
CharlesTown Sounds Music Festival to unify local music this Saturday

CharlesTown Sounds Music Festival to unify local music this Saturday

When one thinks of a music festival, many things come to mind: who’s playing, what to wear, who to go with. Such things often cause all of the work and planning behind the event is often overlooked. Laying the groundwork seems overwhelming, especially for just one man. Imagine singlehandedly planning...
Joey Meek, friend of Dylann Roof sentenced to prison

Joey Meek, friend of Dylann Roof sentenced to prison

On Mar. 21, Joey Meek was sentenced to 27 months in prison for lying to the FBI and concealment of a crime. Meek, the friend of Emanuel AME shooter Dylann Roof, stopped a friend from calling the police and lied to the FBI about his conversation with Roof. Meek lived...
Trump budget cuts funding for most federal programs

Trump budget cuts funding for most federal programs

On Mar. 16, the Trump Administration released their “America First” budget blueprint, highlighting their ideal spending for the next four years. The blueprint remains a provisional plan, only reflecting the president’s wishes and his future outlook. A final draft of the federal budget must first be approved by Congress and...
Collegiate Recovery Program welcomes students struggling with addiction

Collegiate Recovery Program welcomes students struggling with addiction

For students in recovery seeking a sense of support and community on campus, The College of Charleston has recently established a campus recovery program. The Collegiate Recovery Program’s mission is “to offer a director-led, student-organized, support-based program for students in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction.” The program has been...
Campus Chick-fil-a reopens after rat infestation

Campus Chick-fil-a reopens after rat infestation

Campus-wide email states issue is fixed, while Twitter tells a different story On Monday morning, The College of Charleston sent out a campus-wide email to inform the student body that the campus Chick-fil-a located under Joe E. Berry, Jr. Residence Hall would be reopening after closing last week due to...
ART KIDS: Dylan Gebbia Richards saves me from emo-hipster lifestyle

ART KIDS: Dylan Gebbia Richards saves me from emo-hipster lifestyle

Lately, I have been catching myself wearing all black get-ups and lingering on dark outdoor porches alone for no apparent reason. I attributed this to the full moon and a change in planets, naturally, however time passed and this was no longer a valid excuse. I was getting REAL angsty...
President Trump’s tax returns released

President Trump’s tax returns released

On Mar. 14, President Trump released his 2005 tax returns after months of refusal. Trump claimed that he could not release information on his returns because they were under a routine federal audit, however many thought that Trump’s reluctance to release his returns stemmed from his 1995 tax returns declaring...
Hate speech painted on library named for Emanuel AME victim

Hate speech painted on library named for Emanuel AME victim

On Monday, Mar. 13, racist and homophobic graffiti defaced the Cynthia Graham Hurd Library, W.L. Stephens Aquatic Center, and a house on Playground Road. The three cases of vandalism occurred within one mile of each other, but authorities have not determined whether the events are connected. All three incidents used...
Where was President McConnell during the Ta-Nehisi Coates lecture?

Where was President McConnell during the Ta-Nehisi Coates lecture?

Last evening, Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke to a sold-out crowd in TD Arena about the criticality of race in America’s history and identity as a nation. Coates, one of America’s foremost intellectuals, has written several critically-acclaimed books about the Black experience in the United States. His essays for The Atlantic magazine,...
Local comedy: Theatre 99 on Thursdays

Local comedy: Theatre 99 on Thursdays

  The midweek stress levels are skyrocketing as Thursday evening arrives. As the sun sinks into the skyline on your way home from class, potential for the evening is only beginning to rise. If you want to take a different spin on the night, try Theatre 99 for an improvisation...
Trumpcare spells higher premiums for most Americans

Trumpcare spells higher premiums for most Americans

On March 6, President Trump and Congressional Republicans released the American Health Care Act to replace Obamacare, which was soon deemed, fittingly enough, “Trumpcare.” The House did not have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act – instead, they are using a “budget reconciliation to change spending and tax...
Freshman voice: Why having obsessions is healthy

Freshman voice: Why having obsessions is healthy

Nothing is better to me than laying in my bed with good food, good company and Michael Scott making “that’s what she said jokes” on my computer screen. Anyone who knows me is aware of my obsession with NBC’s “The Office.” I have watched it all the way through, seasons one...
BANGS Shoes: An entrepreneurial dream come true

BANGS Shoes: An entrepreneurial dream come true

BANGS is an interesting business concept, both in design and professional model. Modeled after the basic canvas sneaker of a Chinese worker, BANGS Shoes was created by Hannah Davis to aid entrepreneurs in over 60 countries. BANGS supports a range of businesses, from a mobile coffee shop in California that...
Chatting with Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca

Chatting with Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca

On Friday, CisternYard News headed over to the SieMatic VIP Lounge for a chef demo with Ken Vedrinski, owner and chef at Trattoria Lucca and Coda del Pesce. Here’s what he had to say about some of the current culinary questions in Charleston. Note: This interview has been edited for...
A pheasant surprise: Fowl Mouth at CHSWFF

A pheasant surprise: Fowl Mouth at CHSWFF

On Thursday night, Charleston Wine + Food took over the lot at Cooper River Brewing Co. and threw a clucking good party. With live music, craft drinks and food of all feathered kinds, it was a lively celebration of all things bird. Our personal favorite was the Hot Fried Quail...
When in doubt, sip Curaçao

When in doubt, sip Curaçao

“I usually start with familiar ingredients and judging by how sweet, bitter, herbal they are, I can sort of build on that. I usually start with a base spirit and a style, and then go from there; whether I want something stirred and boozy, or something shaken and refreshing.” Ryan...
Stories
Taco the town

Taco the town

By Justine Hall and Bradley Harrison Photos by Jaquan Leonard and Sigrid Johannes Tacos are the cool kids of food. Spicy, fun and full of variety, yet still sort of noncommittal. They’re a go-with-the-flow kind of cuisine. Perfect for date nights, parties with friends, even dinner with your parents. Bradley: We set out to take...
The Original DAB

The Original DAB

It is 1 p.m., and the sunlight is casting its hue against Randolph Hall, cascading shades of apricot and Princeton orange. The Cistern is engulfed in a sea of azaleas and the grass has just turned vivid green, carpeting the ground that students lie upon. The spring air envelops the space with open arms. In...
Portugal. The Man at the Charleston Music Hall -- A Show Review

Portugal. The Man at the Charleston Music Hall — A Show Review

Last week, Charleston had the privilege of playing host to the Lords of Portland themselves, Portugal. The Man. Fresh off of their latest singles “Noise Pollution” and “Feel it Still,” the indie-psych quintet is gearing up to embark on a massive summer tour highlighted by dates at Bonnaroo and Red Rocks. Us here in the...
Charleston baseball's bats come alive

Charleston baseball’s bats come alive

After a slow start to the season the College of Charleston baseball team has found its stride. Winners of nine of their last 10 games, the Cougars are atop of the CAA standings. Charleston boasts a 7-2 record in conference play in addition to a 17-16 overall record. The Cougars have scored at least eight runs in their...
Joshua Tree by Moon Hooch -- An Album Review

Joshua Tree by Moon Hooch — An Album Review

The latest release by Brooklyn based trio Moon Hooch firmly establishes them as innovators in the world of dance music. Straying from the traditional use of steady kicks and piercing synth lines Moon Hooch manages to create infectious beats with the use of two saxophones and one incredibly talented drummer. Joshua Tree saw the creation...
Contact by Pharmakon -- An Album Review

Contact by Pharmakon — An Album Review

Contact is the third album by Margaret Chardiet, released on the 10th anniversary of her experimental noise project Pharmakon. This album follows 2014’s Bestial Burden, which was Chardiet’s intensely personal and gross exploration of the medically compromised human body—a visceral manifestation of being trapped, betrayed, and exhausted by your own body. On the final title...
The College Today's April Fool's joke

The College Today’s April Fool’s joke

The College Today is the blog and magazine run by the Division of Marketing and Communications at the College of Charleston. On the first of April, they sent out a brief email outlining the College’s decision to change its mascot to a blue crab. This email cited a survey of the student population that was...
Food Truck Friday: alcoholic what?

Food Truck Friday: alcoholic what?

If you have wandered around King or the corner of Calhoun and Meeting Streets any time in the past nine months, you may have come across a special new truck: a place where dessert and alcohol meet. Folks, we have a cross breed! There is an alcoholic popsicle now, and it can be purchased at...
"A Crow Looked at Me" by Mount Eerie--An Album Review

“A Crow Looked at Me” by Mount Eerie–An Album Review

Death, and the fear thereof, is a shared human experience. At humanity’s most confused moments, existential angst claws at meaning in how we make sense of our lives. We fear the moments we occupy in the present, and fear what is beyond. Thankfully, art helps humanity reckon with its futility. On A Crow Looked at...
Fashion Week through the lens of the volunteer

Fashion Week through the lens of the volunteer

Grace Samuelson: Volunteering to work fashion week is a whirlwind of emotion starting with frustration and topped off with mesmerizing excitement. Pretentious socialites with a little liquor in them don’t seem worth the six hour shift with no pay. Even so, once the lights dim and florescent color lighting encompasses the tent it is easy...
Believe in the Facebook of the future

Believe in the Facebook of the future

A Facebook notification pops up, “A mutual friend of a friend is interested in an event hosted by a page you once viewed.” Johnny Basic, a senior at the College, excitedly wakes up to the ding and checks his notifications. “I’m definitely going to that,” he says, “I’m going to Facebook live the whole thing.” Across the...
Ann Wilson of Heart at the Charleston Music Hall -- A Show Review

Ann Wilson of Heart at the Charleston Music Hall — A Show Review

It has been more than 40 years since sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart broke into the famously misogynistic boys’ club that is rock and roll and achieved commercial success with their debut album Dreamboat Annie. At a time when women in music had the option to be—as Ann Wilson has put it—“folk singers...
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