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Freshman Voice: Life according to my older brother

Freshman Voice: Life according to my older brother

My brother has always been an odd character. From convincing me to spray Windex in my eyes because “It feels good,” to giving me “life-changing” advice, he has really grown over the years. From the point of view of Stanley McCloy, a 21 – year old with the maturity of a 12 – year old,...
It is time to "drop out" of the Electoral College

It is time to “drop out” of the Electoral College

This election left the U.S. divided and scared. There have been continuous riots and protests since the winner was announced. One of the many issues brought up was that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but not the election. While this may seem crazy to some, it is how our political system works. This has...
Just avoid talking about politics with your family this Thanksgiving

Just avoid talking about politics with your family this Thanksgiving

I can picture it now, sitting at my extremely privileged second Thanksgiving dinner with family, table full of food yet again, and hearing, “He’s a business man. If he can run a business, he can run our country. We need someone who will support our middle class. We need lower taxes.” I can also imagine...
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...
Letter to the Editor: In response to the November 2016 issue of The Yard

Letter to the Editor: In response to the November 2016 issue of The Yard

By Jonathan Graham If The Yard magazine is supposed to be the student voice on campus, I am ashamed. I am ashamed that our student voice is so whiny, so childish, so alarmist, so weak, so underwhelming, so cowardly. I am ashamed that our student voice is so monolithic. If your echo chamber of staff...
Freshman voice: Is there even a way to miss your mom less?

Freshman voice: Is there even a way to miss your mom less?

So far I have managed to get through midterms of my first semester of college. That in itself is a major accomplishment (yes you may applaud me now). Many of the moments where I thought I would struggle most have been my strongest, and vice versa. When my parents left me behind after move-in day,...
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...
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...
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...
Bearing witness to the Dakota Access Pipeline conflict

Bearing witness to the Dakota Access Pipeline conflict

“Ye are my witnesses” –Isaiah 43:10 Let’s get something straight, America is not the police officers shooting bean bags, spraying mace and locking up protestors in North Dakota. The protestors are America. The police officers I choose to defend are not the ones who justify these horrendous and inexcusable actions as part of their job—because...
Letter from the Editor: It Happened.

Letter from the Editor: It Happened.

As I’m writing this article, America is being painted, poked and prodded in the crudest shades of blue and red on my television screen. I’m sad. I’m scared. I’m anxious. I’m looking at my computer screen, typing these words only to distract myself from the map of our nation, which is bleeding all over. The...
Freshman voice: What it is like to sort of support yourself

Freshman voice: What it is like to sort of support yourself

The idea of 100% supporting yourself is terrifying. I have always had a job. From my first job at a retirement home, to managing a frozen yogurt shop, to my present job at Urban Outfitters, I have never had trouble balancing work and school. Although, there is a huge difference when working in high school...