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The invisible man: Just because you don't have a home doesn't mean you don't have a place

The invisible man: Just because you don’t have a home doesn’t mean you don’t have a place

New Environments, New Tools They are everywhere. Standing on the corners of streets. Lying on park benches. Sitting on the stoops of steps. Having a homeless community is not strange to urban cities—overpopulation in areas with skyrocketing housing prices can leave hundreds of people without a roof over their heads. Charleston is not immune to...
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...
Getting under my skin

Getting under my skin

“I believed, and still do, that our bodies are ourselves, that my soul is the voltage conducted through neurons and nerves, and that my spirit is my flesh.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Between the World and Me” One of my earliest memories of self-consciousness was when a classmate drew a clumsy depiction of a round female...
Roots: Tracing a Southern tree

Roots: Tracing a Southern tree

This summer, the College mourned a loss, saying goodbye to something that had been part of the campus for decades. Once standing sturdy in the corner of the Cistern Yard, a live oak timbered that summer day, leaving behind a vacant space and radiant sun beams to replace the shady spot. Upon hearing the news,...
Rhythm unraveled: The buried racism in our music scene

Rhythm unraveled: The buried racism in our music scene

As a major city in the American southeast, Charleston is far from a stranger to horribly contorted race relations. While the city tries to bill itself as an oasis in a region that has been segregated and suffocated with prejudice since Europeans landed, it simply is not. And there is no part of the city...
The Yard November Issue Letter from the Editor

The Yard November Issue Letter from the Editor

God Bless America. Land that we love. “Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with a light from above.” Irving Berlin wrote “God Bless America” in 1918 – almost 100 years ago. Lady Liberty, a sculpture representing the Roman goddess Libertas, was given to the United States as a gift from France in...
Beauty in bareness

Beauty in bareness

Soft music playing and pencil scratching, the window’s light was warming my back as I focused on staying as still as possible. My bedroom had been turned into a little artist’s studio, with white sheets hanging from the ceiling and pieces of charcoal covering my rug. I was completely naked, sitting in a wooden chair...
Creating Clyde: The tale of Clyde the Cougar

Creating Clyde: The tale of Clyde the Cougar

Beloved by students and members of the Charleston community alike, nothing is more synonymous with College of Charleston athletics than Clyde the Cougar. The mascot we know as the supplier of school spirit, pumping up the crowd at sporting events and greeting nervous newcomers at orientation, has changed dramatically over the years. As stated in...
The mourning after: Post election thoughts from the editorial staff of CisternYard News

The mourning after: Post election thoughts from the editorial staff of CisternYard News

Jaquan Leonard: Creative Director November of 2008, the day after Barack Obama was announced as the president-elect, I wore a t-shirt. Pictured on the front were the new president and first lady. On the back were the words “Yes We Can!” Sitting in class, a conservative student looked at me and said, “You just want...
For the love of god...vote!

For the love of god…vote!

Unless you have been living in North Korea, your grandmother’s basement or somewhere similarly isolated, you are probably sick to death of hearing about the presidential election. So we are going to give you one more article! No, seriously. This election warrants a closer look from CisternYard News, and not just because our reporters have...
Are we in chains? A look at corporate coffee

Are we in chains? A look at corporate coffee

Starbucks, founded in 1971, has been dominating the coffee industry since its rise to popularity, but the java giant brews more than just beans. Controversy has surrounded this morning drink Megatron that boasts 16,700 locations in 50 countries. In Manhattan, 68 of the Big Apple’s core 128 stores are within two blocks of another Starbucks....