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The Sottile tree ignites the College's Christmas spirit

The Sottile tree ignites the College’s Christmas spirit

Attention College of Charleston students: Christmas time is officially here. Let the sleigh bells ring, the “Elf” quotes commence, the “Rudolph” choruses grow stronger and the plethora of lights brighten your evenings. Lovers of Christmas come out into the open, for it is finally acceptable to start celebrating full force. The College has officially kicked...
The Trippintones' 10th anniversary performance: a ballad of friendship

The Trippintones’ 10th anniversary performance: a ballad of friendship

On Nov. 19,  past and current voices of College of Charleston’s A Capella group the Chucktown Trippintones echoed throughout Memminger Auditorium. The group blended voices from both current Trippintone members and alumni to perform an event showcasing the evolution of the group over the years. Being the first A Cappella group to find its way...
Special Spectators brings smiles to ill children

Special Spectators brings smiles to ill children

Pity—to feel sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering and misfortunes of others. Simply the sound of the word molds an ache in the pit of the stomach. Unsurprisingly, those who tend to be pitied have no desire to be associated with such an unsettling word. Take children for example. A child wants nothing more...
Honduran heritage in Charleston

Honduran heritage in Charleston

The incessant sound of chopping cuts through the quiet morning air. The aromas of tangy, spicy and sweet all mix together to form an array of savory, desirable sensations. This wonderment is coming from the most unlikely source: a small, weathered trailer situated in the abyss of grass and dirt. Its operator; a 17 year...
Gnome Cafe: a tasty, animal-free option for all types of eaters

Gnome Cafe: a tasty, animal-free option for all types of eaters

Usually in cafes there is a sense of hustle and bustle that you attribute to background noise as you sit and drink your latte and enjoy a scone. Gnome Cafe has mastered the technique of creating an environment that is calm and relaxing, making any urgency created by other customers hardly noticeable. As soon as each...
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...
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,...
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 price we pay: A profile of thrift stores around Charleston

The price we pay: A profile of thrift stores around Charleston

With designer and name brand clothes residing in the majority of the stores downtown, it can be difficult to find clothes that are affordable on a college budget. By definition, a thrift store is simply any store that sells secondhand clothes or household goods. The shops are usually connoted to come with cheap price tags...
The Charleston Coffee Cup: Showcasing local coffee culture

The Charleston Coffee Cup: Showcasing local coffee culture

One notably chilly morning, as the city of Charleston slumbered under the dull gray sky, the aroma of coffee beans and the rhythm of soothing music lured a few out from under their covers. Coffee seems to elicit a prompt wake up call for many, whether it be due to the caffeine it contains or the...
Pep Supper: An opportunity for optimism

Pep Supper: An opportunity for optimism

Cougar volleyball faced a grim defeat in five games last Thursday, Nov. 3. Luckily, the negativity cleared out of the air shortly after, when the College of Charleston dance team took the floor, indicating the beginning of Pep Supper. An event uniting all Greek life, the goal of Pep Supper’s is to raise money for...