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Joe Cunningham’s Gubernatorial Race

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If you’ve lived in the South longer than a few months, you’re likely aware that a “southern fall” is an oxymoron. While the days do grow shorter and the air manages to become a smidge drier by mid-October, the trees remain a lively green and temperatures dwell just around a tepid 50° until late November. Having only ever reached the cusp of a canonical autumn makes it hard not to long for Octobers adorned by abundant red and orange leaves and frostier mornings. A Charleston fall is not defined by characteristic atmospheric changes, but, rather, by the activities and events that celebrate the season—the most important, of course, being Halloween. With that in mind, we’ve provided you all with recipes, a playlist and more than a few of our favorite ways to enjoy fall in the Lowcountry, from carving pumpkins with friends to taking yourself on a solo autumn adventure. With October 31st rapidly approaching, we have also provided a few do’s and don’ts for your costume selections this year and captured the ghoulish looks of our campus’ production of Rocky Horror Picture Show. We’ve even rated some past costume favorites on CofC’s campus—warning: if you’re planning on donning space cowboy garb this year, maybe avoid reading this piece. Beyond the fictitious ghouls of October, we’ve also taken this issue as an opportunity to highlight the real stories that can only be likened to nightmares. We nod specifically to the oppressive social realities that 21st century women are still facing, like pink taxes and trends of non-intersectional feminism, and the questionable perception of oppression that certain audiences in Charleston have assumed under preventative mask mandates. These pieces serve as reminders that so many lived realities are not as pleasant as we’d hope for them to be in 2021. As you read, I hope that you are inspired to embrace Fall in a new way, that you find some coziness in the very slightly cooler temperatures of a Charleston October and that you become a little more empathetic to the struggles that exist outside of your own. Happy Fall, Cougs,

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WHAT’S THE POINT Turning Point USA is a conser-

vative organization that lobbies for the expression of conservative American values on the campuses of high schools, colleges and universities across the United States. It was formed in 2012 by two conservative white men who were probably upset about another tiny, insignificant thing that had nothing to do with them, but they decided to get mad anyway. Since 2012, Turning Point has established branches on hundreds of college campuses and, sadly, College of Charleston is no exception. If only we could have possibly escaped the embarrassment of six people standing in the Cistern Yard holding signs about how their rights are violated due to masks being mandatory inside of all campus buildings—which are the same masks they have been wearing for the past year and a half. For some reason, now, it’s different. It’s also worth noting that not all of the six people that stood in the middle of campus are even students— one is a self-proclaimed “socialite” in Charleston that calls herself The Palmetto Blonde despite having obvious brown roots. And she doesn’t even go here…

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This is not a case of attempting to bar people from exercising their first amendment rights—but rather, a moment of sheer embarrassment regarding their contrived feelings of oppression.

We should be past the point of playing victim to a cloth face covering in a world where a health crisis has accumulated into millions upon millions of victims. Turning Point has every right to express their views and assemble to convey those views, but when it comes to continuing the “this is about politics” trope that Donald Trump created about a plague, it’s time to turn away from that point. Since COVID-19 stepped out into the global scene, the wearing of masks and other PPE has been debated in political contexts so often that people, who clearly lack knowledge about the freedoms that are laid out in the Constitution, are convincing their peers to remain maskless. Let it be known that being maskless has cost over 600,000 lives in 19 months. Turning Point USA demands that people see how restrictive masks are and how they are tools of conformity. Do they really think that we want to be wearing these sweaty pimple makers

on our face? Do they believe it’s just for ‘funsies’ and a good time? When it comes to hundreds to thousands of people losing their lives every single day, why would someone want to take the chance that one of their loved ones or even their life is in danger? But now, after more than a year in a place where we never thought we would be, vaccines are readily available in the United States—completely free of charge. Just like when CofC managed to dig up a centuries-old disease two years ago with the Mumps, anti-vaxxers are one of the main reasons we’re still stuck in masks. These vaccines are not different from the same vaccines that have been administered for generations for things such as hepatitis, meningitis and more diseases. Is the politicization of healthcare and healthcare products really going to be what keeps us stuck in this cycle?

For the majority of College of Charleston students, just like much of the world, people are tired of masks and wish they could be rid of them. Despite that fact, we are still actively doing what we can to ensure the 600,000 does not continue to rise and take more lives of classmates, family, friends and anyone we come in contact with.


The College had no control over the variant forms of this virus manifesting, despite what Turning Point CofC indirectly assumes. In fact, Turning Point CofC stated that the College promised its students a normal semester beginning Fall of 2021, and that the standing mask mandate for indoor campus spaces violates their promise; they assert that the College has lied to them in ways that Marty Wolf in “Big Fat Liar” (2002) never could have. Despite unpopular beliefs held by Turning Point, the science professors didn’t spend the entire summer in the labs of SSMB cooking up the Delta Variant just to trick its students and parents into spending their money on their education. To put fault on our school, Presi-

dent Hsu and the Board of Trustees for the very nature of viral sustainability is appalling, especially when the school is offering to put money in the pockets of students who get a free vaccine— Like, actually paying people real money if they have the vaccine so that we can actually get rid of a mask mandate. Turning Point should turn and point the finger back at themselves for the never-ending nature of this pandemic and recognize how their refusal to take preventative or precautionary efforts will only lead to a longer duration.

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by Hannah Hanes photos by Raven King and Hannah Hanes The Time Warp sings out from a small corner of the Chapel Theater. The actors clad in short skirts, corsets, and fishnets are in their final weeks of rehearsal. After two years deprived of its thrilling song and dance, The Rocky Horror Picture Show finally returns to the CofC stage for just one night. The rock musical is a parody of sci-fi B-movies and follows Brad and Janet, an innocent couple who become stranded during a storm. They seek refuge in the strange home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist and transvestite from Transylvania. Throughout the show, the audience is introduced to an array of eccentric characters, exciting choreography and stunning costumes in a wildly entertaining celebration of sexual-awakening and gender fluidity.

30th, 2021 at 7:30pm at the Sottile Theater. Tickets are free for everyone however attendees must reserve their spot online at the George St. Box Office. Audiences are also expected to wear a mask. There will be a costume contest costing $5 and Rocky Packages for sale with props for the audience to use during the show. Fans should come dressed in their campest attire ready for an electrifying performance from this talented cast!

Though its 1975 screen adaptation was initially unsuccessful, the show has gained a massive cult following over the years with fans who return again and again. Rocky Horror has become an immersive experience too: audiences dress up like the characters on stage, shout out their responses to the story, and bring props to throw around. Watch out for flying toast! As Joey Kirkman, the director of this year’s campus production says “the show’s a lot but it’s really fun and really great for people to express themselves.” The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be performed one night only on October

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back row: Chris Warzynski as criminologist, Gillian Huntley as riff raff, Ava Stewart as Columbia, Mason Montleyy as a Transylvanian. Front row: Skylar Huntley as Janet, Sam Rhodes as Brad


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Joe Cunningham, the democratic superstar of the Lowcountry, is taking on the task of ousting South Carolina Governor, Henry McMaster. In 2018, when he was elected, Cunningham was the first Democrat to win a South Carolina House representative seat since 1981. Now he has decided to take on McMaster in the gubernatorial election. Cunningham was born in Caldwell Country, Kentucky he later moved to Charleston where he spent two years at the College of Charleston—Go Cougs! He transferred to Florida Atlantic University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. Eventually, he decided to attend law school and move back to Charleston. The Low-

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country became dear to his heart, and his passion for the area plays a clearly distinguishable role in his policy decisions. McMaster’s stark and conservative demeanor is easily contrasted with Cunningham’s fresh and down-to-earth attitude. Nothing illustrates this better than him cracking open a beer on the House floor during his 2020 farewell speech. In true Cunningham fashion, he thanked the people of the Lowcountry and raised a glass to his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. This unwavering faith in the power of bipartisanship was one of the many reasons Cunningham was a beloved representative. The majority of Cunningham’s platform is centered around his disbelief in partisan politics. He said,


“The other side is not the enemy; the enemy is the stubbornness of our own biases. The enemy is a political system that seeks to divide us for sport. Let’s fight that and not each other.” As a US representative, Cunningham was ranked one of the most bipartisan and independent members of Congress—a choice that made him increasingly popular regardless of political affiliation. Key accomplishments from his time as a representative are passing legislation that banned offshore drilling, providing better care for veterans, stopping lawmakers from raising their own pay, and working towards getting relief funds to support local businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, Cunningham was one of several House Democrats who lost their congressional race when he was defeated by South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace (R).

sues from health care to women’s reproductive rights. Ideally, Cunningham’s first plan as governor would be to expand Medicaid. In a stinging critique, Cunningham said: “for [McMaster] to deny the federal government’s offer to pay for 95% of Medicaid Expansion - just to make a political statement - is not only shameful and cruel, it’s also bad business.” Highlighting his stance on bipartisanship and his simple compassion for people, Cunningham is running on a platform that will try to not get trapped by the United States’ two-party system and the tribalism that often accompanies it.

“I’ve always done everything I can to help people and to fight for my hometown,”

That didn’t stop him. He declared his candidacy for the 2022 election, a blessing for the many constituents who are ready to see a new era for South Carolina. McMaster is facing some real competition from Cunningham’s widespread popularity, sparkling charisma and comprehensive policy plans. He’s running on a progressive, bipartisan platform that puts McMaster’s bland and archaic campaign promises to shame. Cunningham’s points of focus as governor are included in a comprehensive plan covering is-

Cunningham’s campaign also emphasizes preserving the environment and pushing for police reform that overall reflects on the diversity that makes up our community.

“I’ve always done everything I can to help people and to fight for my hometown,” Cunningham writes, “and I’m dedicated to continuing that fight during this governor’s race. It’s been a pleasure to serve Charleston these past few years and I look forward to continuing my service to our wonderful city in the future.” Electing Joe Cunningham as South Carolina’s next governor would open the door for reforms and legislation that would improve education, healthcare, etc., in which all of those areas, the state of South Carolina is egregiously behind.

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PINK TAX

BY lara o’dell If you have ever strolled through a drugstore and taken a second to read the deodorant scents offered, or look at both sides of the razor display, you may notice an intense divide between the male products and the female products. Products cloaked in pink packaging promising to grant all of the consumer’s wishes of embodying current beauty standards are usually a bit more expensive. This becomes especially apparent when compared to their counterparts, presented in unassuming packaging, promising the bare minimum to play into the stereotype that men should not care for their outside appearance. This masqueraded marketing tactic called the pink tax is a concrete example of the deeply ingrained, societal gender discrimiantion we face in our country. People who purchase makeup, period

products, razors, hair products, hygiene products, and a plethora of other products that are marketed specifically towards women experience an upcharge of goods placed there by the marketer. It is important to understand that the pink tax is not a literal tax enforced by the government but rather a phenomena in which products are more

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expensive when marketed to women compared to the identical products marketed to men. This is an obvious injustice on its own but coupled with the gender pay gap that disproportionately affects minority women and a large number of the products being a necessity, like period products, we must address the pink tax. Financial security and independence is made much more difficult for women in America by gender discrimination. Compared to the white man’s dollar, Black women see 53 cents and white women see 74 cents, according to the Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN). The gender pay gap, coupled with the pink tax, makes women more likely to become financially vulnerable even though they are fully independent in the workforce. Having women lose thousands of dollars every year from purchasing the necessities marketed towards them is an exploitation of half of our society. Some oppose the notion that the pink tax is exploitation or gender discrimnation by arguing that companies are simply using a clever marketing strategy. Since women make up a majority of the market, companies create diverse arrays of products which cost more to produce. Therefore, justifying the

increase in price for women products. This argument has many holes. Women make up a majority of the market because of the repercussions of unrelenting gender roles; beauty standards changing with the decade, the responsibility of child care, and homemaking. Further, is it ethical to exploit women by upcharging their basic necessities because they are a large part of the consumer market? When it comes to period products there is no choice to budget, to go without them or skip when under financial stress. People who mensturate should have guaranteed access to products that allow them to live comfortably, healthily and safely—and without the burden of an extra charge applied because they are marketed towards women. For decades, companies have enforced a higher price for women to pay for simply being a woman. If you are passionate about pushing forward the movement to eradicate the gender pay gap and the pink tax, you can make a difference by paying attention to your current state legislation. In South Carolina the Act to Establish Pay Equity is currently in committee. Contact your state legislators to express the need for equal pay for all.


DON’T BE A D!CK! CULTURAL & RACIAL STEREOTYPES

No black/brown-face, immigrant stereotypes or tropes, no cultural or racial comments.

TRANSPHOBIC

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Pretending to be someone that is disabled whether physically or mentally is not a costume.

SOCIO-POLITICAL

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TROPES

Being queer isn’t a joke... so just do not even go near the stereotypes if you’re not within the community.

HOUSELESS PEOPLE

People being without a home and the way they dress simply is not a joke.

HATRED AND VIOLENCE

This is inclusive of harmful politics (Nazism, prison industrial system) and the targeting of social groups by joking about politics.

OVER-SEXUAL JOKES EVOKING VIOLENCE No costumes evoking violence against sexual groups.

THESE ARE NOTCOSTUMES. DRESS AS AN ANGEL, OR DEVIL OR SOMETHING ELSE. BE A HOT DOG.

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COSTUMES in review: the GOOD; the BAD; the UGLY BY TYLER MCCORMACK For CofC’s very socially active student body, picking the perfect Halloween costume is a decision that is doubly important and nearly as time consuming as choosing your major. There are many factors that come into play, but the perfect Halloween costume lives in an elusive intersection of smart, sexy, funny, original and relatable. After collecting submissions of different Cougars’ Halloween costumes, The Yard’s staff chose a few of our favorites to feature and rate based on these criteria.


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Space Cowboy

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While Space Cowgirl is a costume that you probably have elements for in your closet already, we’ve been seeing it on All Hallow’s Eve for a few years now, and themes adjacent to the costume have been featured as themes for many Greek events. The benefit, however, of this costume is in its recognizability- less time spent explaining the costume equals more time having fun. Thus, Space Cowgirl gets an aggressively ‘meh’ rating of 14/25.

Sexy Pumpkin

25 / 8 smartness 1/5

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One of our team’s least favorite submissions, a Sexy Pumpkin Halloween costume is quite possibly the worst idea ever. Not only do you have to wear orange, but it feels lazy to dress up as an icon of Halloween on Halloween: sort of like wearing a Rolling Stones tee to a Rolling Stones concert. If you’re going as a Sexy Pumpkin this Halloween, that’s ok– let’s just block some time off on November 1st to start thinking ahead for Halloween 2022. 8/25.

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Sexy Fairy Godmother (from Shrek 2) sexiness

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This is quite possibly one of my favorite Halloween costume ideas ever. The reference is iconic, and while people may struggle interpreting at first glance, a very brief explanation and the entire party is sure to be in stitches. The more unexpected, the better, and I don’t think anyone’s expecting to see the breakout star of Shrek’s second movie make an appearance at their Halloween bash. 21/25.

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Jennifer’s Body smartness 4/5

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Jennifer’s Body is a double-edged Halloween costume: the film reference adds to the smartness and originality of the costume, but the nature of the beast that is a college Halloween might mean a few more minutes explaining that you’re not just a sexy cheerleader. But, any movie with Megan Fox killing men is one worth referencing, so this costume is officially CY News Staff Approved with a rating of 17/25.

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sexiness 4/5

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I like this costume. It is acceptable, good even, but does not knock the ball out of the park. It’s recognizable to most people, who either know who Freddie Mercury is or saw the ads for that Rami Malek movie. It isn’t funny, but you’re sure to not be the worst costume in the room. An added benefit of this costume is the accessibility–considering his most iconic look is a white tank top and light wash jeans, the Freddie Mercury look is incredibly attainable. 14/25.

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Lindsay Bluth of Arrested Development is an interesting choice for a Halloween costume. A personal favorite character of mine, Lindsay–portrayed by everyone’s 6th favorite lesbian, Portia De Rossi–is a difficult costume to really nail. Her most iconic look, a red tank top with the word “SLUT” sequined across the chest, is still only shakily recognizable, and might get you mistaken for Paris Hilton on Halloween. However, commitment to the bit scores high in smartness and originality, meaning Lindsay Bluth takes home a 15/25–a score awarded to those who endure wearing a shirt that says “SLUT” all night.

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While this costume may seem like a good idea initially, I have a few issues with it. Firstly, I have a feeling Phineas and Ferb costumes will be common this year, and the number-one killer of good Halloween costumes everywhere is ubiquity. Secondly, there is nothing less sexy than dressing as a bona fide children’s character–even if your Perry uses his fedora in a burlesque number, this costume strikes out with a score of 12/25.

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A horror icon, Carrie is a great reference for Halloween-goers everywhere. Like Perry the Platypus, the weakness of the Carrie costume is again in its prevalence: with multiple submissions of Carrie from CofC students, the bloodied prom queen is sure to have a few doppelgangers across Charleston on October 31st. Despite this, the classic-ness of the Carrie costume nets it a 16/25 on the condition that it is executed well: fake blood required.

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Earlier we discussed the elusive intersection in which good Halloween costumes live–Abby Lee Miller is in the backseat of a Subaru, eating mac n’ cheese and crying, careening through it on her way to jail for felony bankruptcy fraud. Will people get this costume? I find myself so entertained by it that I honestly don’t care. 18/25, but bonus points if you have a sidekick dressed as Jojo Siwa.

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THE CROSSWORD By Margaret Bruce

Down: 1. How many years was the Old Jail operational? 2. How many floors did Berry Residence Hall originally have? 4. How many people died while building the Pearman Bridge? 8. What is the most haunted hotel in Charleston? 9. What ghosts roam White Point Gardens? 11. What building houses the oldest classroom in America? 12. What was Berry Residence Hall before it was a dorm?

Across: 3. What is the oldest building in Charleston, haunted by a female pirate? 5. What president’s mother is buried in Cougar Mall? 6. What do Berry residents hear children chanting? 7. What bridge collapsed in 1964? 10. What is Charleston’s nickname? 13. What do Berry residents hear rolling down the hallways? 14. The Old Jail housed South Carolina’s first... 15. What crime took place at 185 Calhoun St., before it was Student Health Services?


LOCAL PLACES TO BUY COSTUMES By Anna Rowe

artist & Craftsman supply 981 King St., Charleston, S.C. (right across from Marion Square and around the corner from Walgreens)

hampden 314 King St., Charleston, S.C. (Downtown King, a little pricey but super cute for costume ideas!)

Truelucia 49 John St., Charleston, S.C. (Off of Upper King Street, near the record store)

Earthbound Trading company 343 King St., Charleston, S.C. (Downtown King) Great for witchy finds!

Community thrift 5300 Rivers Ave. # 2, North Charleston, S.C. (Next to a super good Asian supermarket. Also you will need a car to get there)

The Exchange Factor 5128 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston, S.C. (More of a high scale thrift store, but super dramatic and fashionable finds! Also need a car to get there.)

Goodwill There is one on James Island and another in Mt. Pleasant. Both require a car.

The Vault 322 King St., Charleston, S.C. (Downtown King, includes cool finds of vintage sports shirts)

Hocus Pocus Citadel Mall (A bit of a drive, you will need a car to get there)

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MAD LIBS

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I CANNOT BELIEVE IT IS ALREADY _____(HOLIDAY)______. THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON IS VERY _____(ADJECTIVE)_______ MOST OF THE YEAR, BUT ONCE OCTOBER IS HERE SOME THINGS CHANGE. _____(ADJECTIVE)______ COBWEBS AND PUMPKINS BEGIN TO COVER OUR CAMPUS AND A _______(ADJECTIVE)________ CHILL IS IN THE AIR. ______(ADJECTIVE)_______ WITCHES AND GOBLINS __ (ADVERB)__MAKE FOOD POTIONS IN CITY BISTRO, AND LIBERTY AND MARTY’S PLACE AND SERVE STUDENTS A/ AN _____(NOUN)_____ STEW. VAMPIRES WITH _____(PLURAL NOUN)______ AND LONG RED CLOAKS __(ADVERB)___COVER ROAM THE HALLS OF BERRY AND MCALLISTER. TRICKOR-TREATERS WEARING ____(NOUN)_____ BEGIN TO KNOCK ON PEOPLE’S STUDENT’S DOORS. PROFESSORS DRESS AS _____(PLURAL NOUN)______ AND ZOMBIES ON OCTOBER 31ST. ____(PLURAL NOUN)_____ ARE BEING CARVED IN COUGAR MALL BY STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS. OUR CAMPUS IS FULL OF SPOOKY ______(NOUN)_______ AND FUN ___(ADJECTIVE)__ HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES. HAPPY _____(HOLIDAY)______ TO EVERYONE HERE AT THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON.


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Fall is the time for comfort food, even though October in Charleston can still be scorching hot. Growing up, my favorite fall meal my grandmother made was one of her soups, the only thing she made that tasted edible, with something sweet afterward. I wanted to recreate this with these recipes. The tortellini soup is hearty and comforting, and the zucchini bread is a classic fall favorite. Both recipes are super affordable and easy to make, not requiring any special kitchenware or appliances.

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ZUCCHINI BREAD

TORTELLINI SOUP

2 medium sized zucchinis, grated ¾ cup melted, unsalted butter 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 eggs 3 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1 ⅓ cup granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped pecans (optional) 1 cup dried fruit (optional)

1 lb ground Italian sausage ½ cup diced onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 cup fresh spinach 2 tablespoons fresh basil 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes 32 oz chicken broth 12 oz dried cheese tortellini, or substitute with any pasta 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Salt and pepper to taste Shredded parmesan cheese, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grate the zucchinis into fine pieces and pat with a towel to drain excess moisture.

Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the vegetable oil.

In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice until incorporated. This is the dry mixture.

When heated, add the diced onion and saute until onions are soft and translucent.

Melt the butter, and in a large bowl, whisk the sugar, eggs, melted butter, and salt. After incorporated, stir in the grated zucchini. This is the wet mixture.

Add the garlic and sausage, breaking apart the meat. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink, ensuring it is in bite size pieces.

Add and stir in the dry mixture to the wet mixture, a fourth at a time. If desired, stir in the dried fruit and/or pecans to the mixture. Grease two standard loaf pans and pour in the mixture, equally, between the two pans. Do not fill the loaf pans too high to avoid uneven cooking. Bake the loaves for 40-60 minutes or until a knife can be inserted and come out clean. Take the loaves out of the pans and transfer onto wire racks to cool. Slice and serve, if desired, with butter.

Add the crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, basil, salt, and pepper and stir. Bring this mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add the spinach and tortellini or pasta and cook for about 10 minutes until the pasta is cooked to the desired consistency. Check for flavor, adding salt and pepper if needed, and serve with parmesan cheese.


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would be to try and use the tools with full size adult hands. Luckily, Walmart had a pack of four serrated knives for only $2.97. I also realized the futility of trying to scoop out pumpkins with something plastic and settled on an ice cream scooper for only $6.00. While this already sounds like a good deal, the best money saving hack came from Trader Joe’s (every liberal arts college students’ favorite store). Instead of purchasing four full-size pumpkins that would ultimately only last a week, we opted to use pumpkin pie pumpkins. Not only are the pumpkins smaller and cuter, but they are actually much easier to carve and only around $3.00 each!


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Here at College of Charleston, there is a huge emphasis on sustainability, something many of us are very passionate about. While it seems impractical to try and save “pumpkin guts,” they actually serve a purpose! If you have the patience, try separating the seeds from the pulp. After rinsing them, the seeds can be roasted for a tasty fall snack! An unexpected bonus of purchasing studier pumpkin carving tools is their reusability; the typical plastic sets are thrown away and repurchased the year after but the carving knives and ice cream scoop can serve a practical use all year long! Have a great autumn and have an awesome time carving pumpkins!

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CINEBARRE Running late for your movie and don’t have time to stop and eat? No worries! Regal Cinebarre in Mt. Pleasant has you covered with a full menu of burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. It’s just 10 minutes over the bridge and totally worth the drive.

exploring the great indoors THE SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM Check out the deepest fish tank in North America at the South Carolina Aquarium. Just one mile from campus, the aquarium is a great place to visit on a dreary winter day. Due to COVID they are doing advanced tickets only, so go online to select a check-in time for your group.

THE GIBBES

MUSEUM OF ART Explore three stories of rotating and permanent art exhibits just 10-15 minutes south of campus at The Gibbes Museum of Art! They offer a two-dollar student discount on museum tickets, and walk-ins are welcome during the week. Check their website to stay up to date with their current exhibitions.

ON CAMPUS

ATTRACTIONS The College of Charleston campus is home to tons of indoor museums and exhibitions. The second floor of SSMB is home to the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History along with their incredibly adorable cave bear skeleton. The College of Charleston Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture located at 125 Bull Street regularly showcases exhibitions. The Cato Center houses the Halsey Institute as well as a student art gallery, and best of all every one of these locations is free to the public!

THE ALLEY Located on the corner of King and Columbus, The Alley has always been a College of Charleston favorite. They have eight lanes of bowling, tons of video games, great burgers, and amazing drinks. Due to ongoing city development plans, The Alley will unfortunately be closing sooner than we would like, so go visit while you can!

SKYZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK

16 dollars for an hour of trampolines? Yes please! SkyZone in Mt. Pleasant may be a little bit of a drive, but nothing is better than playing trampoline dodgeball with your friends.


Season Of The Witch By Briana Dixon

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Broomsticks, cauldrons and charcoal-colored cats are things that appeal to our psyches as symbols associated with the dark arts. A greenskinned woman with evil, and often jealous, intentions is what we’re taught are witches. Witches are most frequently portrayed and put on display every year when Halloween arrives. But why? Frankly, it is a mystery but let’s try to educate ourselves on the world of witches. The term “witch” derives from the old English terms: wicca (masculine) and wicce (feminine). The word witch can refer to a person, one that is usually a woman, with some sort of supernatural powers. The term can also be synonymous with a hag. Despite the connotations, witches are not inherently evil; but rather, viewed in society as evil due the misrepresentation of a woman who is out of control— a menace to society. Like most things, witchcraft has both a light and a dark side. The dark side of witchcraft however has overshadowed the craft as a whole. In the past, many witches were simply natural healers. These healers often served as midwives, using remedies passed down from generations to help their communities, But were still greatly misunderstood by their community. If a female healer was to do anything to worsen someone’s condition, or if anything went slightly wrong, the risk of them being accused of witchcraft was great. Dark witches who use black magic, however, were thought to be in the Cult of the Devil. Black magic received disapproval from many and are often considered to be used for selfish and evil proposes. These caricatures are those which are most often portrayed in media. Witch-hunts and witch purges started in the late 15th Century. Most largely, Colonial America, as well as European countries, were participating in these hunts. Unfair trials and tests were often enacted on those accused of being a witch. The swim tests are the most wellknown trial, in which accusers would strip an individual naked and throw them into bodies of water. If they floated, they were considered

a witch, while if they sunk to the bottom, they were innocent. Another test, known as the “Witches Mark,” was conducted to see if those who were accused bore the mark of the Devil. They would be stripped bare and their body searched. Any blemish could get you convicted—even tattoos, moles, birthmarks and scars. The most infamous witch hunt took place on the coast ofMassachusetts. The Salem witchhunt involved more than 200 people who were accused and executed 20 on counts of simple hearsay. Despite being substantially fewer, witch-hunts are still happening, globally, today. Mass Psychogenic Illness, better known as Mass Hysteria, is what many researchers believe to be the cause of these unbelieve occurrences throughout the world. Often, mass hysteria is caused by fear of the unknown: terrorism, threats of chemical warfare and even mold can be causes of panic in a community. But in recent times, despite the dark oppressive past, those who practice witchcraft are seemingly becoming more well-perceived. Social media platforms have made it for those who know little of the craft to dive deeper into understanding. Apps like TikTok are evening dubbing themselves as a home for witches. On the political stage, witches are being seen in protest, often for women rights—but don’t be tricked. Often, these women dressed as witches are not actually witches; but rather, are women using society’s canonical image of a witch as a satire of misogynistic misunderstandings . Whether you are a believer, a non-believer, a baby witch, a witch in training or even an experienced wicca, it’s important to respect our fellow humans and all of the things that make us unique. If you don’t, they might put a spell on you.


Take Some Time For Yourself This Fall by anna rowe

It may feel a bit strange to walk out the door without someone by your side. College students, in particular, always feel an unspoken pressure to go everywhere with someone. But, the reality is, no one cares! I used to feel like I always had to have someone to go grab dinner with so I wouldn’t look alone. Over the semester, I have grown to like having some time for myself to take a walk and treat myself to a meal without worrying about another person. Over the past year of being at CofC, I have found that there are a lot of things you can do alone that are enjoyable. There are going to be times where your friends are busy, so instead of lying in your room....

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watching, then I would recommend getting a blanket, a good book and soaking in the sun at Marion Square. Stop by the art store and grab some paint and a canvas and get to work. Right by King Street, it’s a great way to observe Charleston, and people-watch in a not-so-obvious way. There’s always something interesting happening in Marion Square.

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much fun, especially if you go alone. Retail therapy is real, and why not do it and be sustainable as well? Check out Community Thrift for some funky finds. The best part is that you can take as long as you want or need and can show your friends what you got when you get back!

d on-campu n e t at events alone s (Sounds so crazy, right?!) If you venture onto CougarConnect, a helpful resource when finding clubs or events, you will be overwhelmed by the amount of opportunities held on campus. Find an activity or club you’ve never tried before. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your next best friend! It’s also a chance to widen your interests and try something new. (You can even try joining CisternYard or Fashion Mag)


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TAKEOVER by Tyler McCormack

Yik Yak, initially released in 2013 and re-released in August 2021, is a social media application that allows users to anonymously make and reply to posts called “Yaks” . The platform’s removal of identity allows users’ thoughts to stand for themselves, and the location-based community can upvote or downvote “Yaks” that they like or dislike. The app provides a window into the anonymous thoughts of many CofC students and Charlestonians, sometimes relatable, sometimes disturbing, and sometimes downright hilarious. In an effort to preserve, our staff has been writing down the ephemeral bits of wisdom posted on the app. Please enjoy our favorite “Yaks.” Note: Some “Yaks” have been edited for clarity, brevity, and appropriateness.

NDAs should be illegal because gossip is a human right Citadel boys pay for Tinder

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I hate not having a boat on Tinder. So many matches missed because I don’t have a boat.

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No CofC boy has all three: a single major that is not business.

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Wake up. Coffee. Pre-workout. Where am I going? 10:00am class. Email comes stimulants in my body to kill a horse and watch the walls vibrate until my 1:00pm.


WOMEN’S MARCH The lack of intersectionality at the Charleston women’s march

BY LARA O’DELL

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On October 2nd, 2021 Charleston, South Carolina witnessed its fourth annual Women’s March. From its conception, women of color have been excluded from the message behind the protest. To completely understand the irony behind leaving women of color out of the Women’s March we must look at its beginnings. The Women’s March was originally coined the Million Woman March. This was until the founder of the Women’s March, Teresa Shook, was made aware that this was originally the name for a Black Womens March that took place in 1997 in Philadelphia. The Million Woman March hosted thousands of Black women who marched, chanted, sang, and prayed together to broadcast a message of what it was like to be a Black woman living in America. The original Women’s March is owed solely to the Black women of America. It is a crude injustice to not create space for them and honor the history of the Million Woman March twenty years later while we march in the footsteps of their memory. In the wake of more injustice towards women’s access towards healthcare, it’s also important

to note that Black and Brown women are disproportionately affected by lack of reproductive rights. Centuries of generational trauma, oppression, microaggressions, outright violence, unequal opportunities, and racism have all leaked into our systems that continue to oppress Black and Brown people in America. This makes healthcare, an essential human right, difficult to access and unfairly distributed. A now established annual social activism march, the leaders of the Women’s March have made it clear that they both acknowledge the errors made in their past and are pushing towards equity for all women in the future as the forefront of their mission. A beautiful way that they are creating this reality is through “providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through training, outreach programs and events.” Local activists are able to amplify necessary voices in their communities while spreading the mission of the Women’s March. Something we were all witness to at the Charleston March in October.

Although the leaders of the Women’s March have made it clear that it is a mission for equality for all women, that does not mean that the participants are relaying this message. One woman recounts her experience at the Women’s March in 2017, “in a sea of thousands, at an event billed as a means of advancing the causes affecting all women. The first and last time I heard “Black Lives Matter” chanted was when my two girlfriends and I began the chant. About 40 to 50 others joined in, a comparatively pathetic response to the previous chorus given to the other chants.” While organizations like the Women’s March may create the events and spaces for us to gather, it is the responsibility of feminists in America to both stand up and stand back when needed for the Black and Brown women who are under attack. We must acknowledge the racism that is historically woven within the values of liberal white feminists and forcefully push forward intersectional feminism. Feminism that is not intersectional is not feminism. It is racism in progressive packaging.


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