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...
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"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

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 to forget...
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...
Cougar baseball bounces back from losing skid

Cougar baseball bounces back from losing skid

The College of Charleston baseball team (10-14, 2-1) began a three game series Friday evening against conference rival Hofstra (6-16, 1-2). The Cougars won the final two games of the series on Saturday and Sunday, snapping a seven game losing streak. In Friday’s match up, the Cougars faced off in a classic pitching duel with Hofstra...
Savannah Stopover 2017 Superlatives: A Festival Review

Savannah Stopover 2017 Superlatives: A Festival Review

This year’s iteration of the Savannah Stopover festival in Savannah, GA was a wild ride through a wide array of genres, venues, and individual performers. A sort of miniature South by Southwest, Stopover continues to grow and bring in great up and coming talent and give them a good deal of exposure in the southeast. While...
More Life by Drake: An Album Review

More Life by Drake: An Album Review

Ever since it was first announced the elephant in the room for More Life was its distinction as the follow-up to Drake’s 2016 release Views. Regardless of what people thought of Views, it was a landmark album. It was an hour and twenty-one minute release from one of the biggest names in music who at...
Time management do’s and don’ts

Time management do’s and don’ts

I am a busy guy. Then again everyone is in college. No matter who you talk to on campus, you can almost guarantee that they consider themselves busy. But surely not everyone is busy? Therein lies the secret of time management (or not so secret): workload is subjective and time is not real. Remember those...
An Interview with Plagues

An Interview with Plagues

Plagues released “Miracle Worker,” a sludgy, chaotic EP, equal parts melodic and abrasive, in August of 2016. Since then they have become a cornerstone of the Charleston hardcore scene, known for their collaborative ethos and physically taxing live performances. Their lyrics might recall isolation and frustration, but sonically Plagues creates a dense atmosphere that doesn’t...
Is Frank Ocean ready to be the cultural icon we desperately want him to be?

Is Frank Ocean ready to be the cultural icon we desperately want him to be?

“My guy pretty like a girl/ and he got fight stories to tell/ I see on both sides like Chanel/ I see on both sides like Chanel” If you’ve heard Frank Ocean’s latest single, “Chanel,” (listen below) chances are you’re not just reading those lyrics, you’re singing them in your head with Frank’s effortless yet undeniable...
Cougars earn bid to NIT

Cougars earn bid to NIT

The College of Charleston men’s basketball team will play postseason basketball this year, garnering an invitation to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) for the first time since the 2010-11 season. After dropping the CAA Title game to University of North Carolina Wilmington 78-69, the Cougars postseason fate was left hanging in the balance until the...
Women & The Rolling Stones at the Music Hall -- A Show Review

Women & The Rolling Stones at the Music Hall — A Show Review

On Friday, February 24th the Charleston Music Hall hosted “Women & the Rolling Stones: A Tribute to the Stones,” the most recent installment in Hazel Ketcham and Lindsay Holler’s “Women &” series in which local female vocalists cover songs by the masters of rock and roll. The series began in 2015 with a tribute to...
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