ART KIDS: Dylan Gebbia Richards saves me from emo-hipster lifestyle

ART KIDS: Dylan Gebbia Richards saves me from emo-hipster lifestyle

Lately, I have been catching myself wearing all black get-ups and lingering on dark outdoor porches alone for no apparent reason. I attributed this to the full moon and a change in planets, naturally, however time passed and this was no longer a valid excuse. I was getting REAL angsty...
President Trump’s tax returns released

President Trump’s tax returns released

On Mar. 14, President Trump released his 2005 tax returns after months of refusal. Trump claimed that he could not release information on his returns because they were under a routine federal audit, however many thought that Trump’s reluctance to release his returns stemmed from his 1995 tax returns declaring...
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...
Where was President McConnell during the Ta-Nehisi Coates lecture?

Where was President McConnell during the Ta-Nehisi Coates lecture?

Last evening, Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke to a sold-out crowd in TD Arena about the criticality of race in America’s history and identity as a nation. Coates, one of America’s foremost intellectuals, has written several critically-acclaimed books about the Black experience in the United States. His essays for The Atlantic magazine,...
Local comedy: Theatre 99 on Thursdays

Local comedy: Theatre 99 on Thursdays

  The midweek stress levels are skyrocketing as Thursday evening arrives. As the sun sinks into the skyline on your way home from class, potential for the evening is only beginning to rise. If you want to take a different spin on the night, try Theatre 99 for an improvisation...
Trumpcare spells higher premiums for most Americans

Trumpcare spells higher premiums for most Americans

On March 6, President Trump and Congressional Republicans released the American Health Care Act to replace Obamacare, which was soon deemed, fittingly enough, “Trumpcare.” The House did not have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act – instead, they are using a “budget reconciliation to change spending and tax...
Freshman voice: Why having obsessions is healthy

Freshman voice: Why having obsessions is healthy

Nothing is better to me than laying in my bed with good food, good company and Michael Scott making “that’s what she said jokes” on my computer screen. Anyone who knows me is aware of my obsession with NBC’s “The Office.” I have watched it all the way through, seasons one...
BANGS Shoes: An entrepreneurial dream come true

BANGS Shoes: An entrepreneurial dream come true

BANGS is an interesting business concept, both in design and professional model. Modeled after the basic canvas sneaker of a Chinese worker, BANGS Shoes was created by Hannah Davis to aid entrepreneurs in over 60 countries. BANGS supports a range of businesses, from a mobile coffee shop in California that...
Is Frank Ocean ready to be the cultural icon we desperately want him to be?

Is Frank Ocean ready to be the cultural icon we desperately want him to be?

“My guy pretty like a girl/ and he got fight stories to tell/ I see on both sides like Chanel/ I see on both sides like Chanel” If you’ve heard Frank Ocean’s latest single, “Chanel,” (listen below) chances are you’re not just reading those lyrics, you’re singing them in your head...
Cougars earn bid to NIT

Cougars earn bid to NIT

The College of Charleston men’s basketball team will play postseason basketball this year, garnering an invitation to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) for the first time since the 2010-11 season. After dropping the CAA Title game to University of North Carolina Wilmington 78-69, the Cougars postseason fate was left hanging...
Chatting with Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca

Chatting with Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca

On Friday, CisternYard News headed over to the SieMatic VIP Lounge for a chef demo with Ken Vedrinski, owner and chef at Trattoria Lucca and Coda del Pesce. Here’s what he had to say about some of the current culinary questions in Charleston. Note: This interview has been edited for...
A pheasant surprise: Fowl Mouth at CHSWFF

A pheasant surprise: Fowl Mouth at CHSWFF

On Thursday night, Charleston Wine + Food took over the lot at Cooper River Brewing Co. and threw a clucking good party. With live music, craft drinks and food of all feathered kinds, it was a lively celebration of all things bird. Our personal favorite was the Hot Fried Quail...
When in doubt, sip Curaçao

When in doubt, sip Curaçao

“I usually start with familiar ingredients and judging by how sweet, bitter, herbal they are, I can sort of build on that. I usually start with a base spirit and a style, and then go from there; whether I want something stirred and boozy, or something shaken and refreshing.” Ryan...
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Let's talk about sex, baby

Let’s talk about sex, baby

LGBTQ: Misinformation and Misintpretation

LGBTQ: Misinformation and Misintpretation

The acronym of sexual identities continues to grow, but our understanding frequently lags far behind. Sexual orientation and gender identity are often conflated in popular representations. But those five short letters encompass a vast diversity of experiences, and the people who lived them are ready to speak. Sexual identities have never been constant. Since ancient...
Millennial monogamy: wrecked by the web?

Millennial monogamy: wrecked by the web?

In 1998, during the very first episode of HBO’s hit television show “Sex and the City,” Carrie Bradshaw opened with the declaration “Welcome to the age of un-innocence!” Her reference to Edith Wharton’s classic novel about love, scandal and infidelity, “The Age of Innocence”, made a clear statement about how much life and love had...
Pheromones: Myths uncovered

Pheromones: Myths uncovered

Photos by Jaquan Leonard and Natalie Sealover. Pheromones. We all have them. You have probably heard of them. But what are they? Can humans smell them? Do they affect us when we are talking to someone we find attractive? Are they the culprit behind your spontaneous hook-up last weekend? Pheromones have been discussed and speculated...
Sights in the city: Where to go besides the bed

Sights in the city: Where to go besides the bed

Photos by Kaleb Dill and Alex Mielcarek Although Charleston is a popular tourist destination with its rich food and vacation atmosphere, there are still corners built just for locals.  The Old Charleston Jail is the unconventional traveler’s dream, giving out-of-towners the chance to see a haunted prison cell as if it were still in use....
What does sexuality look like?

What does sexuality look like?

Society often avoids talking about issues that make us feel uncomfortable, especially sex. Although it is such a huge part of our lives, human sexuality is rarely discussed because it has the ability to cause controversy. Our opinions can often divide us from our friends, family and community at large. It can be simpler to...
Slut shaming or woman taming?

Slut shaming or woman taming?

When Teja Vyavahare approaches the table at Starbucks, there is just one thing to notice: her big-lettered “I Love Consensual Sex” T-shirt. Confidently, she sits down, unphased by the attention that accompanied her on the walk from Stern Center. This same attention accompanies her now, as people steal quick glances toward our table. It is...

Corrections to Asexuality is a Sexuality – The Yard February 2017

Usually, CisternYard News uploads each of our magazine articles to our website in the days following distribution. Due to some concerns voiced by an interviewee regarding accuracy and sensitive subject matter, we will not be publishing Asexuality is a Sexuality. The article was originally published in Vo. 5 Issue 3 of The Yard. Instead, we would...
Curb your appetite

Curb your appetite

Twenty years ago, admitting you met your significant other in a bar was taboo. Now, most couples who meet each other on dating apps seem embarrassed that they met with the superficial swipe of a finger.  The Pew Research Center found that 23 percent of Americans agree with the statement “people who use online dating...
Don't be a drag, just be a queen

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen

Imagine being able to be exactly who you wanted to be – to realize the alter ego inside, to succeed where you failed, to do exactly what you have always wanted. Doesn’t that world sound perfect? Such a reality seems purely fantasy – breaking the mold in the face of societal pressures to maintain face...
Rhapsody in Black: a celebration of black culture

Rhapsody in Black: a celebration of black culture

Black History Month originated as a week-long February event designed to encompass both Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. Since then, the nation has declared the month of February as “Black History Month.” The idea came from historian Carter Woodsen in order to give African Americans the recognition they deserve. It has evolved into a celebration...
North Charleston hosts 2017 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament

North Charleston hosts 2017 CAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

As the nine other members of the Colonial Athletic Association converge on the North Charleston Coliseum for this weekend’s conference tournament, the hosting College of Charleston men’s basketball team look to extend their season-ending four game win streak. “It’s very important to go in with momentum,” said junior guard Cameron Johnson. “During the tournament, anyone...
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