On the off chance you weren’t checking cisternyard.com in all your free time this semster, you may have missed some of the most noteworthy, record breaking, and influential news stories from August to December. But not to worry, below we’ve compiled the top five news stories from the semester that you do not want to miss. So if you do nothing else while procrastinating to study for finals, spend some time with Cistern Yard News. Get to know the presidential candidates who visited this semester, recount the record breaking floods that gave you a much needed four day weekend, meet the Olympic athletes who you might have classes with next semester, recall who took esteemed Mayor Riley’s position as Mayor of Charleston and familiarize yourself with a new piece of legislation drafted by SGA that could save countless lives.
1.This semester Charleston said hello to six presidential candidates including every nomination on the Democratic ticket.
Bernie Sanders rallied Charlestonian’s and helped them ‘feel the Bern’. (Photo by Michael Wiser)
Hillary Clinton spoke at the Charleston Branch NAACP banquet on racial inequality and honored those who were lost in the AME shooting this past summer. (Photo by Michael Wiser)
Matin O’Malley, parent of a College of Charleston alum, serenaded the Stern Center Ballroom with both his campaign goals and a guitar solo. (Photo by Michael Wiser)
Marco Rubio presented his ideas for what his campaign team termed the New American Century. (Photo by Michael Wiser)
Ted Cruz lamented the massive debts and low prospects many students face after graduation . (Photo by Michael Wiser)
Jeb Bush outlined his plan for military dominance when he spoke at the Citadel. (Photo by Michael Wiser).
2. Charleston found itself with historic flooding from Hurricane Joaquin.
When the historic floods gave students a break from classes, it left some with flooded homes, as senior Emily Moore recounted, “I could see brown water just flowing up through the floor, ” she said. “Eventually my apartment had to be abandoned.” (Photo courtesy of cisternyardnews instagram)
3. Two Olympic athletes are also College of Charleston students.
Two students from the College have qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio this summer Each is the first to qualify from their home countries, Stefano Peschiera from Peru and Enrique Arathoon from El Salvador. Read on to see what life is like for Olympic athletes who double as college students. (Photo by Michael Wiser)
4. After 40 years and an intense runoff election, Charleston will have new a mayor in January.
Joe Riley ended his 40 year term as the Mayor of Charleston. In a runoff election John Tecklenburg trumped opponent Leon Stravrinakis with 57.5 percent of votes to Stravrinkis’ 42.5 percent. Tecklenburg made it clear he was ready to get down to business even before he officially takes office in January. (Photo by Michael Wiser)
5. The College made a historic change to the Medical Amnesty policy.
As of Oct. 31, 2015, Medical Amnesty will be granted to students for usage of alcohol and other drugs (photo courtesy of Adam via the flickr creative commons).
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