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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 inappropriate language and slurs to...
Trump rescinds transgender protections

Trump rescinds transgender protections

On Feb. 22, President Donald Trump rescinded Obama administration guidelines to protect transgender people and allow them to use the bathroom matching their gender identity nationwide. Obama first enacted these protections in May 2016 after the explosive debate surrounding a North Carolina law forcing transgender students to comply with their birth assigned gender. The Obama...
Sustainable energy at the College in wake of the QEP

Sustainable energy at the College in wake of the QEP

Over the past year, the College of Charleston drafted, submitted and introduced a new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) centered around sustainability literacy. The QEP’s purpose is to solidify the College’s stance as an accredited institution. Now, in the latter stages of approval but before the program officially starts, the slow introduction into everyday life begins....
DeVos confirmed as Secretary of Education

DeVos confirmed as Secretary of Education

On Feb. 7, the Senate confirmed billionaire Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education in a 51-50 vote. The night before the confirmation featured Senate Democrats taking the floor to denounce DeVos and attempt to dissuade Republican Senators in a lengthy session. Protests outside the Senate also took place as a demonstration of public disapproval. The Senate...
Delaware prison hostage situation results in dead employee

Delaware prison hostage situation results in dead employee

On Feb. 1, prisoners in Delaware’s James T. Vaughn Correctional Center took four Department of Corrections workers hostage during early morning. One hostage managed to radio out a warning, alerting officials to the situation happening in building C and allowing them to place the building on lockdown. Throughout the day, prisoners used radios to negotiate...
Trump signs executive order to move forward on Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL

Trump signs executive order to move forward on Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL

On Jan. 24, Donald Trump signed an executive order pushing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines forward into action, despite the Obama administration’s efforts to block both projects over environmental and economic concerns. President Trump dismissed Obama’s policy and sealed a campaign promise with this executive order, which allows for both projects to be expedited...
Trump cabinet pick Betsy DeVos raises concerns

Trump cabinet pick Betsy DeVos raises concerns

The past several weeks have been a whirlwind of transition as the Trump administration solidifies its hold on the White House. Among several new decisions, Donald Trump’s cabinet picks have sparked widespread public debate. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education met with a great degree of outcry as many viewed her as unfit...
Art community protests Trump inauguration

Art community protests Trump inauguration

The inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Jan. 20 quickly approaches, officially marking the start of Trump’s term. The art community, among others, have responded with a call to noncompliance on Inauguration Day. Titled the “J20 Art Strike,” the movement calls for a shutdown of museums, theaters, concert halls, galleries, studios and art schools. The...
Facebook announces steps to fight fake news

Facebook announces steps to fight fake news

False information has been a reality of the Internet for as long as people have been logging online. With hoaxes like lonelygirl15 and Illuminati conspiracy theories, the web has fooled thousands across the globe. The problem persists to this day, plaguing social media sites with bots and conspiracy theories disguised as news. Facebook, in particular, fell...
Keeping history out of harm

Keeping history out of harm

The historic district of Charleston acts as a beacon for tourists from around the world, drawing them in to spend weekends with cameras flashing and fingers pointing. They adore the architecture and soak in the air with little thought for the background maintenance poured into keeping the city pristine. A simple walk down the street...
The media has a lot to answer for

The media has a lot to answer for

On Nov. 9, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States of America, and everyone seems to be asking “How did we get here?” Most pre-election polls placed Clinton ahead by several points. These miscalculations rocked media outlets and fostered a sense of mistrust in news. Many believe media networks ignored the...
Down to the wire

Down to the wire

It is almost over guys, it is almost over.  Polling tightened ahead of today’s election when FBI Director James Comey’s announced a new probe investigating Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. The new wave of emails were unearthed during an underage sexting investigation against Anthony Weiner, estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The judicial department advised Comey...
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