Environment
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,...
Stuck in traffic? Help is on the way

Stuck in traffic? Help is on the way

In a referendum question on their ballot, Charleston County voters approved a half cent increase in sales tax that will generate revenue to reduce traffic on major roads, improve public transportation and preserve more green space. Charleston is expanding rapidly. It has been called a “millennial magnet” because of the startling number of young adults that...
UPDATE: North Dakota Access Pipeline developers predict completion after Trump victory

UPDATE: North Dakota Access Pipeline developers predict completion after Trump victory

President-elect Donald Trump’s victory has had a large impact on the future of the U.S. – the latest prediction for the country being the imminent completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, despite the protest of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. In a statement issued Tuesday, Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas has confirmed that the work...
#Notmypresident protest in the Cistern

#Notmypresident protest in the Cistern

College of Charleston students gathered in the Cistern on Friday afternoon to voice their reactions to the results of Tuesday’s election. Protests against president-elect Donald Trump have flared up across the country in almost a dozen major cities. The #notmypresident movement has been criticized for episodes of violence and riot-like behavior.  The event on Friday, however, was peaceful and...
New sustainability literacy program for fall 2017

New sustainability literacy program for fall 2017

Every ten years, the College of Charleston submits a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commision on Colleges (SACSCOC) for reaccreditation. This organization assesses the educational quality of member institutions, before crediting them as a degree-granting establishment. Submissions for reaccreditation must include a QEP detailing their strategy to prove...
The one where they all get evacuated

The one where they all get evacuated

Where were you for the “Hurri-cation?” After devastating Haiti, Hurricane Matthew swept through the Southeast a week and a half ago. By the time the storm had arrived in the United States, it was a Category 3 hurricane, dropping in strength as time went on. We do not wish to make light of the very real...
Pedal for the paycheck

Pedal for the paycheck

Peddicabbers sculpt their calves one tourist at a time. It is late enough for the streets to be empty. Wedged between two brick buildings near Market Street, a party is in full swing. Beneath the glow of light bulbs on a string, people are drinking and the volume of their chatter swells with laughter. We...
It's not easy being green: The Office of Sustainability gets down to earth

It’s not easy being green: The Office of Sustainability gets down to earth

Do you ever wonder where the apple you are eating came from? Or what would happen if you tried to go a week without producing any waste? The Office of Sustainability Internship Program’s mission for students is to improve sustainability at the College, develop skills and gain experience as a student and as a professional....
Sustainability: Conserving Energy and Culture

Sustainability: Conserving Energy and Culture

Society draws a thick line between nature and humans, separating two entities that are one and the same. This line should be erased. Sustainability, which by many people is understood as conserving natural resources, is far more than reducing, reusing and recycling. Sustainability is just as vital to culture and community as it is to the...
From the soil up: How one man is changing the landscape of Park Circle

From the soil up: How one man is changing the landscape of Park Circle

“You can just follow me around while I work and we can talk, if that’s okay,” Chris Miller said, between breaths. He is in the middle of breaking down cardboard boxes to embed in the soil below our feet, part of a biological process that enables the plants to soak up the maximum amount of...
Poverty Playing a Role in Flint Water Scandal?

Poverty Playing a Role in Flint Water Scandal?

On Jan. 20 the College sent out an email to all students, warning them of “temporary steam power outage affecting a few buildings on campus.” The email listed the ten buildings that were without hot water, including three residence halls. The inconvenient but relatively harmless episode reminds us that some, like the residents of Flint, MI,...
Art Matters Exhibit Explores Science and the Arts

Art Matters Exhibit Explores Science and the Arts

For the eighth year in a row, the office of Academic Advising and Planning is celebrating the newest installment of “Art Matters” on the second floor of the Lightsey Center. This year, students from all departments submitted their art on the theme “Transcending the Ordinary: Exploring the Mysteries of Nature.” All 32 sculptures, paintings, drawings...