4 New Kosher/Vegetarian dining facility 6 Two-way Street Debate
8 Basketball 30th Anniversary 12 Baseball Coach Monte Lee 12
16 Sexual Assault on Campus 20 Minorities on campus speak out
24 Saint-Pattyâ€™s Guide to Charleston 26 The Frugal Foodie: Best Delis
28 Staff Editorial: Ted Stern 30 Are you a social media whore? 31 Water Bottles
Life With The College intends to build a kosher and vegetarian dining facility, opening in Fall 2014. The construction is part of the expansion of the Jewish Studies program, as well as a push for more nutritional and ethical options for students. by LEAH SUTHERLAND
f the name Marty Perlmutter isn’t already on your radar, it should be. Perlmutter is a New Yorker, son of Jewish immigrants, former Philosophy Chair at the College and has been a faculty member since 1979. He also happens to be the current director of the Jewish Studies Program, and by Fall 2014 he will have a building on campus to commemorate his lasting legacy at the College. In September 2011, the Jewish Studies Program started a campaign, A Time to Build, to raise $10 million: more than $7.5 million has been raised to date. According to Perlmutter in the Fall 2012 Jewish Studies Program newsletter, the fundraising campaign is dedicated to “secure the long-term future of Jewish Studies at College of Charleston.” Last fall, the College received a $1 million pledge from a group of donors solely for the expansion of the Jewish Studies Center to be named in Perlmutter’s honor. This expansion will provide more classrooms for the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs as well as additional space for the Center for Southern Jewish Culture and the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies. The expansion will include the creation of a new dining hall geared toward the kosher-observant and vegan/vegetarian eaters at the College. Students with special eating needs will have a new option to consider. In 2009, there were talks between the College and the local Masonic Temple Association regarding the possible annexation of a small masonic hall to be used as a kosher dorm and dining room. An article on the topic was written by Greg Hambrick for Charleston City Paper; however, nothing came of the discussion. The new facility will be located on the ground floor of what is currently the Jewish Studies Center. In addition to, its convenient location, all students will also be able to swipe in with their current meal plans Hillel is a national campus community for Jewish college students, which informs prospective students about the various Jewish programs and provides support for Jewish students on campuses across the country. According to Hillel, the College does have kosher food options available, but for strictly observant kosher students, average dining hall food is met with skepticism. There are specific rules for eating kosher and cartoon by Kelley Wills
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Two-Way? Or... by OLIVIA COHEN
he opinion of the College of Charleston community goes in two directions when it comes to converting Coming and St. Philip Street into two-way corridors. In early 2012, Charleston City Council faced a dilemma. Residents of Cannonborough-Elliotborough, Radcliffeborough, and Harleston Village felt nervous about the large volume of high speed traffic cutting through their neighborhoods via Coming Street on the way to U.S. 17 North. Residents felt as though the integrity of their neighborhoods was compromised, and something had to change. By May of 2012, the City had concocted multiple plans which they believed would alleviate high-speed traffic along Coming Street and leave the neighborhoods feeling like home. However, all of these plans hinged upon one essential yet highly controversial element: Coming and St. Philip would have to become two-way streets, affecting the large number of College of Charleston students who walk and bike along these roads. A report compiled for the City Council by the private consulting firm Santec states that this change would benefit bicyclists and pedestrians. According to the report, “The proposed conversions are expected to result in slower vehicular travel speeds and increased accessibility along the study corridors. These factors are expected to increase safety for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.” In order to reinforce safe travel habits, the conversion plan includes traffic signal indications for bicyclists and pedestrians, which currently are not present, as well as heavy signage and an educational campaign to remind people accustomed to looking only in one direction that they must look both ways. Despite the supposed soundness of this plan, the College of Charleston highly opposes the conversion and worries for the safety of students in the area. Brian McGee, the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor for the College, has played a large role in deciding whether or not this plan truly benefits the large number of students travel in the affected area every day. In order to learn more about this issue, McGee read through 60 years’ worth of data-driven studies regarding the conversion of one-way to two-way streets. What he found did not align with the Santec report. As it turns out, the vast majority of reports, including the Santec report, never look at pedestrian and bicyclist safety in a clear, quantitative manner. This lack of data therefore undermines the integrity of any conclusions drawn about safety for those constituents. According to McGee, “[The College] went into this very sincerely with an open mind…by the end of 2011, we had reached the conclusion that the evidence did not support two-way traffic in the blocks that were adjacent to College of Charleston.” The College decided then to take a stand against the City in order to protect its students. President George Benson made his position clear to City Council by writing letters to Mayor Riley and making presentations for City Council, hoping that the City would realize the huge and seemingly negative impact that this the yard
change would have on the College campus. Unfortunately, in McGee’s words, “Our position did not prevail.” One student at the College has not given up the fight against change quite yet. Joshua Ferguson, a freshman from Cottageville, South Carolina, decided to actively engage in the democratic process by creating a petition against City Council’s plan. “The main reason I jumped on this is because [Coming and St. Philip] are the main arteries of the College,” Ferguson said. “I just think it’s too much.” Ferguson began circulating the petition in January and has already amassed about 350 signatures from students, faculty, and staff. Throughout this process, he found that most people are on his side of the debate, saying, “The majority people I’ve talked to have been against it. They think it’s going to be dangerous and inconvenient.” The petition is still circulating, and Ferguson hopes to bring the petition before City Council in the near future. Addressing its potential impact, he said, “It might be enough to, with the pressure from the college administration and the student body, it might be enough to make City Hall look twice.” Dr. Kevin Keenan, a professor in the Political Science department here at the College who specializes in urban geography, hopes that the City won’t change its mind. He believes that the conversion will only increase safety for students and faculty, reducing accidents. “It is a well-established principle in urban planning that in dense population clusters, traffic calming is a good strategy to use,” he said. One of the principle traffic calming techniques is conversion to two-way streets. Many faculty and staff at the College must take Coming St. to access U.S. 17 North for their daily commutes to and from work, so their lives would be directly affected by the conversion. Keenan believes that this influences the College’s official stance on the issue, saying that those who advocate for keeping Coming and St. Philip one-way are more worried about their own commute time than safety. He said, “People who are advocating to keep it one-way...that is a very self-interested way to look at it.” Keenan himself holds a stake in the potential increased commute time, but to him, the extra traffic is trivial when compared to the results of the conversion. He said, “Slowing cars down will increase safety for our students. It will increase anxiety for the drivers, but my position is I’d rather wait in traffic for ten minutes than have one student disabled for life.” The effects of the conversion are uncertain, but one thing is sure: it is a change from a currently unsafe situation. In Keenan’s words, “It’s not costing us anything, but it might make our students safer.” february 28
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minded coach.” Kresse is also quick to attribute his success to those around him, never taking his accolades for granted. “My mentor was Lou Carnesecca, and he was the head coach at St. John’s. I was his assistant for 11 years at St. John’s and three with the New York Nets in the ABA,” he said. “I learned so much from him as his assistant, and I tried to pass that on to my players and my teams.” After the NAIA championship, it took six more years before the College moved up to the big leagues, joining the ranks of the NCAA Division I. But the title may have been the boost the Cougars needed. “It certainly helped. We knew we could play excellent basketball. We continued winning the NAIA as far as going to national championships. With thawt success we became the cream of the crop in the NAIA and knew we could certainly move on, and with our school and our location, we knew that the NCAA Division I was where we needed to place ourselves,” Kresse said, speaking as an instrumental figure in the NCAA decision. Though the program hasn’t found the same success since the retirement of its legendary coach, Kresse is hopeful that the Cougars are on the right track to making their way back into the big dance this season. “I really think it could happen. I think all the ingredients are there,” Kresse said. “We just need a touch of luck.”
Coach Kresse poses next to the ‘83 Championship trophy.
CisternYard News is headed to Asheville! SoCon Tournament coverage of men’s and women’s basketball tournaments begins as soon as the regular season ends on Monday, March 4, with tournament previews and five keys to success for each team. Follow the action at www.cisternyard.com and on Twitter with @CisternYard as the Cougars take their last shots at a pair of SoCon titles.
Leading His Alma Mater Baseball Head Coach Monte Lee continues his legacy with the Cougars from player to coach by SAM JORDAN
photos courtesy of CofC Athletics Coach Monte Lee (left) and CofC Athletic Director Joe Hull (right) holding up his College of Charleston baseball uniform.
hen the time comes as a senior for most student athletes to hang up their cleats for the last time, whatever legacy they have created and how they will be remembered is complete. For former College of Charleston standout and current Men’s baseball coach Monte Lee, he continues to add to his legacy at the College each spring. Lee arrived on campus for the first time in 1996 as an education major with a dream of who he wanted to someday be. “I thought that I would wind up being a high school baseball coach,” Lee said. “I knew very early on in life that I wanted to coach, I never once thought about doing anything else.” Despite dreams of someday becoming a coach, he was already a talented player. At the end of his four seasons with the Cougars, Lee finished with a career .333 batting average and remains in the top ten in the College’s all time list for RBI, doubles, total bases, at bats, and games played. Lee’s career at the College was so impressive, that the St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the 1999 MLB draft making him the first position player ever drafted out of the College. In the subsequent two years Lee spent in the minor leagues as a player, he kept his eyes and ears open as if he knew the benefit the experience would provide for him in the future as a coach. “I always sat next to the manager when I wasn’t on the field or coming up to the plate” said Lee, “I love listening to coaches talk about the game, even to this day I feel like I’m a student of the game.” After leaving the game as a player with valuable experience gained 12
SPORTS in the minor leagues, Lee made a significant step towards fulfilling his dream to be a head coach joining the coaching staff of national powerhouse South Carolina in 2002 where the standard is not only to win, but win college World Series titles. “I learned a ton from Ray Tanner (then South Carolina head coach) just how to motivate your team, how to run a disciplined organization, I learned how to get the most out of your players and how to run a program from coach Tanner, a lot of the things we do here is the same way coach Tanner ran his program at South Carolina.” While with the Gamecocks, the College of Charleston honored Lee in 2004 by inducting him into its inaugural baseball Wall of Fame class for his performance as a player. In 2008, having worked himself to the position of recruiting coordinator for the Gamecocks, his alma mater honored him once more by offering him his dream job, head coach. “Working at the college of Charleston is a dream come true for me, I never expected it to happen because I was so focused on what I was doing at South Carolina, it just happened.” Now entering his fifth year with his alma mater, his teams have posted an impressive 156-85 record and have made two NCAA tournament appearances most recently in 2012 after his team won the Southern Conference regular season title. Lee has also proven to have a knack for acquiring and developing talent as he has coached seven All-Americans and had seventeen of his former players either drafted or singe as free agents with professional clubs. “It’s just unbelievable, sometimes I have to just kind of
sit back and realize how lucky I am to be able to coach at my alma mater and how many people don’t get that opportunity.” Prior to the start of this season, Lee’s quick success as a coach has drawn national attention as he was tabbed by Perfect Game magazine one of the “Top 10 Rising Head Coaches” in the country, something Lee can appreciate, but won’t let get to his head, “It’s an honor to be named on a list like that but it’s not really my motivation, my motivation as a coach is to make the College of Charleston the best baseball program I can possibly make it.” A topic that has been swirling over not just the baseball program but all of College of Charleston athletics has been the schools decision to leave the Southern Conference for the Colonial Athletic Association. For Lee, he doesn’t anticipate the move to cause many shake ups for his program outside of a new set of opponents, “I don’t know if it’s really going to change the way we do things a whole lot. We’re a good program, were going to be a good program regardless of what conference were in.” said Lee, “We’re going to miss the Southern Conference, it’s a great baseball league, I’ve met a lot of coaches that I admire, a lot of rivalries, but we’ll start new rivalries and relationships in the CAA.” When reflecting upon the career he had as a player, and the legacy he continues to add to at his alma mater as a head coach, it all seems to evade exact explanation, but simply put, “I’ve been very blessed” said Lee, “I’ve been very blessed in the game of baseball.”
Lee played outfield for the Cougars from 1996-1999. He was the first position player drafted to MLB from the College. Now, Lee enters his fifth year as coach with his alma mater. february 28
In April 2012, a sexual assault took place on campus that made local headlines and rocked the community. As words were thrown about and blame shifted across various actors, the campus was abuzz. Students questioned the school’s response, but were also fearful of the reality that something like this happened so close to home. Despite popular belief, sexual assault is a concern that affects campuses nationwide. According to Paul Verrecchia, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief of Police, sexual assault is, and will always be an issue. A 2000 study stated that 20 percent of women in college and 7 percent of men will be the victims of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. “That’s a pretty concerning statistic,” Verrecchia said. Robin Larocque, Director of the Office of Victim Services added, “Nationally, statistics will tell you that a lot of incidents go unreported.” She explained that less than 20 percent of survivors of sexual assault would report, regardless of gender or age distinctions, but also that “dynamics are different for college students,” making the probability even smaller. Fear, in addition to emotional trauma, is a possible reason why survivors of sexual assault choose not to take action and report the incident. “We get a lot of sexual assaults incidents reported days, weeks, or months after they occur. The further away from the incident, if the victim decides to prosecute, the more difficult the prosecution becomes,” Verrecchia said. Larocque suggested that another possible reason for this negligence might be the confusion behind what is considered sexual assault. According to South Carolina law and Title IX, criminal sexual conduct includes “any behavior that relates in a sexual way or has sexual undertones that can disrupt an individual’s ability to go to school.” “Essentially any intrusion of a person’s body, no matter how slight, can be considered a violation of the law,” Larocque said. If legal action is taken and the perpetrator is convicted, there are three different classifications of this crime. Firstdegree criminal sexual conduct is defined by the use of force, potentially the use of a weapon or drugs. Second-
degree involves coercion or threats. Cases ruled as thirddegree criminal sexual conduct vary because the survivor is typically in a mentally deficient or alcoholic state where they cannot give consent to sexual activity. Students who may encounter this issue have many services and measures available to them. The Office of Victim Services has been active in providing therapy and acting as a resource for students who fell victim to any type of crime, on or off campus, since the 1980s. Larocque explained that “sexual assault, relationship violence and harassment are probably the top three cases” they consistently deal with, but services are also available to survivors of theft and battery. The first thing the office does when a student comes in is clarify the rights and the options that are available to them. “A lot of times students don’t know what they can do,” Larocque said. Victim Services encourages the survivors to get medically checked for sexual assault, and allays fears that he or she may be locked into reporting the incident. “We encourage them to report, but sometimes they’re just not ready… They don’t want to tell their story,” she added. One obstacle in dealing with sexual assault on campus is the consumption of alcohol, particularly by those who are underage. Larocque said she believes that students who have suffered from an assault while under the influence of alcohol or drugs face a different type of emotion: guilt. “One of the things we let them know is that it’s not their fault. You can’t make someone rape you. It’s critical that students realize this and do not feel guilty,” she said. The survivor can then decide if they are interested in taking legal action against the perpetrator. While the office only acts as a support service during this decision, there are some stipulations. If a student decides that he or she wants to file a police report and the incident occurred on campus, Dean of Students Jeri Cabot must be notified and an investigation must be carried out through the school. Cabot proceeds to notify Denny Mitchell, the Title IX Coordinator, and together they talk to the student and
“ We get a lot of sexual
assaults incidents reported days, weeks, or months after they occur. The further away from the incident, if the victim decides to prosecute, the more difficult the prosecution becomes.” CofC Chief of Police, Paul Verrecchia
CAMPUS decide if there is sufficient evidence to take the case forward. The next step involves “extensive interviews owhomever may be able to shed light on the details of the event,” Cabot said. This information is summarized and both the complaintent and respondent have the opportunity to read what the other has said and must sign off on it. A member of the faculty will be assigned to both students as an Honor Advisor, someone who is available for emotional support and advising. Cabot said that the students have the ability to choose the method used to evaluate their case. It can either be presented in front of the Honor Board or a single administrator. The Honor Board is composed of students selected by the Division of Student Affairs via an application process and they hear cases on the basis of Honor Code and the student Code of Conduct. Regardless of the method chosen, Cabot said: “The board or administrator must then determine if there is sufficient evidence to make a charge” if that student was found in violation. If it is determined that the complaintent was incapacitated during the incident, the respondent is automatically found in violation. In this case, “the complaintent was not capable of making his or her own sound decisions, so he or she was taken advantage of,” Cabot said. “If a student is found in violation, whomever is making the decision, either Honor Board or an administrator must consider suspension or expulsion,” she added. The case is carried out through the school in this way if
students report the incident to either the Office of Victim Services or Public Safety. However, not all cases result in arrests. “There has to be probable cause for the arrest and in some investigations, this is not established,” Verrecchia said. In the case of the female student last April, the investigation was concluded, but “we couldn’t establish probable cause for the arrests,” Verrecchia said. Although the victim’s father faulted the College’s administration, this same procedure was taken to evaluate this case. There are specific measures that should be taken by students in order to avoid being in this situation. Verrecchia said he believes that it is imperative all students are aware of the issue of alcohol, are conscious of what is going on around them and use the Cougar Shuttle or PAL (Peer Assistance Leaders) services to avoid walking home alone. However, if a student should fall victim to sexual assault or any other crime, the Office of Victim Services is available to them. “We want our students to be as comfortable as possible because there is nothing comfortable about being a victim,” Larocque said. It is important that the incident is addressed in some way because “people will carry it with them for years and years if they don’t address it,” she said. While a victimized student may feel uncomfortable and not want to relive their experience by reporting the crime, Cabot, Larocque and Verrecchia all agree that in any case, silence is not the answer.
“There has to be probable cause for the arrest in some investigations, this is not established.” Verrecchia
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON SEXUAL ASSAULT FACTS In 2009, 2010 and 2011 there were six “forcible sexual offenses (including forcible rape)” that occurred each year on this campus. These incidents all occured in campus residence halls. In 2011, only two students reported to law enforcement and four utilized the Office of Victim Services. February 28
Untold Minority Stories
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Students speak out about misrepresentation and discrimination by LAQUYNA BAKER
here are moments in life that become engraved in one’s mind as memories. These memories shape who we are, how we think and our experiences. Memories such as your first time making a snow angel, your first time on a roller coaster, the first time you fell in love and even the first time you were discriminated against. Tristan Hawkins can think back to when he was in the second grade and a classmate told him to “go back to Africa.” When he told his teacher what happened, she simply told him to not be a “tattletale.” Hawkins is now a junior at the College of Charleston, and like many other minority students on campus, he still experiences instances of discrimination and alienation both in academic and social settings. “Josh [Hall] and I are the only black males in our classroom, and any information that we learn about black students is always degrading,” Hawkins said as he reflected on his more recent classroom experiences. Both Hawkins and his roommate Hall are education majors at the College. Hawkins’ concentration is in middle grades, while Hall’s concentration is early childhood. For Hawkins, it’s uncomfortable listening to a lecture that paints a particular picture of minority students, and being singled out by faculty and peers as the voice of his race. “I shouldn’t feel like I have to be the black savior in my classrooms,” Hawkins said. While Hawkins said he doesn’t feel as though it should always be his burden to educate the masses on minority issues, Paul Bradley said he feels as though he has no other choice. “Me educating you is going to help you move forward,” Bradley said as he discussed confronting instances of discrimination and ignorance of other cultures. Bradley is finishing his senior february 28
year at the College and has not only experienced situations where he was alienated because he is an AfricanAmerican male, but also because he is openly gay. For anyone who is put in an uncomfortable situation where they feel like their character and identity is being questioned or attacked, Bradley’s best advice is to “address it then and there.” Kimberly Ohanuka, junior at the College, said she agrees with Bradley in that situations of alienation and discrimination must be addressed. “Some people don’t even realize they’re doing it,” Ohanuka said about people who may place minority students in uncomfortable situations. According to Ohanuka, it takes more than just a student’s peers and the faculty to try and create an environment that feels welcoming to people of diverse backgrounds. It’s also the responsibility of minority students to step up vocally and address the issue. “It takes two to make a change,” Ohanuka said. Vick Singh and AJ Johnson are students at the College and Diversity Advocates for the Office of Institutional Diversity. They’re on the same accord when it comes to being more vocal. “We naturally have an apathetic campus, so we need to be more outgoing as minorities,” Singh said. Johnson agrees but adds that there also must be more representation to be more active and vocal. “If everyone is represented, then we can start a dialog,” Johnson said. But it’s the conversation of representation itself that is often brought to the forefront in conversations about diversity at the College. Over the past few years the College’s administration has worked to increase diversity on campus. Through creating the Office of Institutional Diversity, supporting the SPECTRA program sponsored by
He goes by Devi. Not only has he felt discriminated against because of his Indian heritage, but more often than not, he faces alienation and threats because of his sexuality. “I identify as a trans-masculine women,” Devi, whose full name is Nina Devi Raheja, said. When it comes to his racial background, Devi considers it “a weird place to be” when you don’t identify as white or black. Devi grew up in an all-white community, and half jokingly deems it as a mistake on behalf of his parents. But now, as a student at the College of Charleston, he said he felt physically threatened by members of the community. “Living in a dorm is unsafe for me,” Devi said. How far can the term “unsafe” be defined? For Devi, unsafe can mean as much as having to carry a knife with him for protection, and he reminds us all that the misused slur “tranny” has many hate crimes attached to it.
As human beings we try to relate ourselves to something that we don’t understand as a means of familiarizing ourselves. A junior at the College, Josh Hall, has noticed that the more time he spends with his peers (and even faculty members), the more they break down their cultural differences in a way that seemingly devalues those differences. “I’ve noticed they get comfortable, and the more comfortable they become, they try to take [your blackness] away from you,” Hall said. But for Hall the concepts of his blackness and the cultural differences that may divide students at the College are inherently important and very much a part of his identity. The concept of blackness runs deeper than skin color and is not something that can be reduced from Hall’s identity. “I was born black, and I’m going to die black,” Hall asserted. “I don’t have a choice in the matter.”
As an Indian-American student and a Hindu, Manale Patel finds it difficult to be on the outside of the usual racial categories. “We always have to categorize people. I have to decide, ‘Am I going to act white or am I going to act black today’,” Patel said. When she does not have to mold herself into one of the categories that society is most familiar with, she’s finding ways to incorporate her culture into her everyday life. Patel remembers specific instances where she felt discriminated against. She noted that Winter Break conveniently falls over the Christian holiday, Christmas, but for Hindu holidays which she needs to miss school for she has been asked to provide written proof for her absence. What does Patel have to say in response to situations like this? Simple: “There needs to be fundamental changes in how the administration approaches diversity.”
the Multicultural Center or by expanding groups such as Student Ambassadors, efforts have been made to increase levels of diversity on campus. However, some students feel that the climb to greater levels of diversity has become somewhat of a numbers game. What percentage of minority students does the College have to reach before something such as the Diversity Strategic Plan is deemed successful? Is there a magic number? “I still think we’re not where we want to be, but we’ve improved,” Nivardo Vivar said. “I’m still the token minority in all of my classes with maybe the exception of one other student.” Vivar is a senior at the College and a first generation Mexican-American. When it comes to specific instances of discrimination, Vivar has never felt “personally victimized;” however, Vivar finds himself relating to students like Ohanuka, who is a first generation NigerianAmerican student, in situations where they are the only visual representation of diversity. “In some ways I used to feel intimidated… If I’m not in class, clearly everyone notices,” Ohanuka joked. While Ohanuka finds it mildly humorous that everyone 22
can always point out when “the black girl that sits in the front of the class is absent,” it’s a sobering moment for her to agree with Hawkins that when they go over demographic statistics in class “it always sounds like white people are superior.” “It’s tough… It’s hell,” Hawkins said. Sometimes it’s hard for Hawkins not to lash out, and sometimes it’s difficult for him not to become negative in response to discrimination or just plain ignorance. “When you’re not comfortable with yourself, you’re always going to be thinking about your differences. But I’m no different from you, or you or anybody,” Hawkins concluded. The concept of self-awareness, self worth and being comfortable where you go to school has become a running theme for many minority students. Bradley asserts, as many students have also done, that minority and discriminated students have to be comfortable with themselves because once they start to question where they “fit in,” they question their own identity. Once they start to question their own identity, they begin to question their own existence. the yard
story by Hannah Evans graphics by Kelley Wills
Whether you want a cold pint or gold medal this St. Patrick’s Day, the luck o’ the Irish will be with you in Charleston. Though it is a sea away from “The Old Sod” of Ireland, Charleston goes green each March 17. But how to celebrate? Just name it, and you can find it.
PubCrawler “I really just want to have a buzz by 10 a.m.” Grab your green plastic cup and get ready to fill it with Guinness, an Irish car bomb, Irish whiskey, or even green beer (yes, really, green beer). Join Charleston’s Official St. Paddy’s Day Bar Crawl and receive a three-day pass for $15. You’ll get a map of drink specials and times at all the participating venues. Just want to crawl your own path? Be festive and try out an Irish pub in Charleston—O’Malley’s, Tommy Condon’s, Molly Darcy’s. Or all of them. Many bars (Irish and not) open early at 10 a.m. during this festive weekend. No shame: grab something cold and start sipping early.
Parade Goer “I want to be outside and be a part of the tradition of St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston.” This year is the 17th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Charleston. Seventeenth on the 17th (well, actually, the parade is on March 16 - but we’ll count the significance just the same). Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church precedes the parade at 8 a.m., and the parade culminates with raising the Irish flag at City Hall. The route down King Street is sure to be full of floats, bagpipers, Charleston’s Irish-American citizens, Irish dancers, and people who just want to have a good time. St. Patrick’s Day parades in Charleston date back to 1823, when Irish volunteers paraded down Broad Street. So don’t worry, this is one tradition backed by the test of time. And you can always stop for a drink along the way.
“I am going to need to exercise before all that beer. Besides, I can’t go a day without running.”
“Charleston? Pshh. I want to do St. Patrick’s Day huge.”
Want a St. Patrick’s Day that’s good for you? Go try to “Catch the Leprechaun” in Mt. Pleasant. This 5k walk/run begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. If you’re low on motivation don’t fret, a bagpiper will begin play at 6:15 p.m. to signal that the run will soon begin. A “pot of gold” and medals will be given to winners in different categories. If that doesn’t sell you, anyone who finishes before the leprechaun receives a souvenir mug. Register early before the price goes up, and remember that the price includes the race, food, drinks, and entertainment. Wear green and don your best St. Patrick’s Day gear—there is a costume contest. Proceeds from the run benefit Pattison’s Academy.
No question that Savannah, GA., with a rich Irish-American history, is one of the most prominent southern St. Patrick’s Day destinations. The preparations and celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day begin in February in Savannah. And the parade, held on March 16, is the second largest in the world. Hundreds of thousands of spectators come to watch this three and a half hour affair. The parade contains many military units and renowned bands. Bars and restaurants are full of good deals and options during this celebration. Even the fountains run green.
Foodie “Wait, there is more to a holiday than eating? I don’t think so…” Why not try some Irish pub grub? The traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish—though debated as to its authenticity—is corned beef and cabbage. Other Irish dishes include colcannon— mashed potatoes and cabbage and Irish stew. None of those sound delicious? Charleston’s Irish pubs are a good place to start for Irish cuisine. It’s not all corned beef and cabbage. You can get Irish nachos at Tommy Condon’s, piled with crispy potatoes, bacon, jalapenos, tomato, onions, cheddar, and ranch—a twist on Irish food that sounds a bit more exciting that colcannon. Or get out the crockpot and slow cook some of these traditional recipes yourself. Vegetarian or vegan? Just take “going green” literally and go grab or make a delicious salad, and don’t forget that side of potatoes. And a beer. (Beer counts as food on St. Patty’s Day.) So you don’t want to get pinched this St. Patrick’s day? Wear green and do something fun. Remember that for today “if you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough.”
The Frugal Foodie’s Guide to Charleston’s Best...
by CHRISTINA D’ANTONI
photos by Christina D’Antoni, Charles Nguyen and Leah Sutherland
1-A Cannon Street I had heard from friends that Dell’z Deli was a small place, but I didn’t realize how small till I stepped inside. With one foot in the door, I found myself standing at the pick-up counter next to a man chowing down on one of Dell’z oversized wraps. He greeted me and we began talking like old friends. He told me that “everybody likes the Lwwa Chic Ha, but I get the Beach Bum with tofu. The Turkey Goddess is great too.” As I try and decide, a woman’s laughter booms over the reggae music. As I look up, I see a grinning woman with braided hair pulled back. I didn’t have to ask, I knew she was Dell. Dell Grayson decided to bring her healthy cooking from Kansas City, Missouri and start her own place in Charleston. Dell’z Deli offers salads, wraps, pitas and more all prepared with fresh ingredients and vegan/ vegetarian options. As she showed me albums of her favorite customers, I felt the love she puts into the deli. You can feel it in the music, on the colorful signed walls, and with the customers you sit next to at the counter. She told me, “I have to keep doing something I love.” With a newly opened juice bar around the corner and a sit-down restaurant in progress, I believe her. Dell’z Deli is the perfect getaway when you need a break from stressful college weeks. Make sure you don’t pass up its tiny storefront, you’ll be sorry you did.
60 Bull Street Bull Street Gourmet isn’t your typical neighborhood corner store. With both a grocery and a café, you can shop for locally made items and then sit down for a bowl of soup made fresh daily. The sandwiches are typical favorites like “ham and cheese” but well-crafted with gourmet items like rosemary ham, aged cheddar and balsamic mustard.
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334 East Bay Street East Bay Deli is consistently rated Charleston’s favorite deli by City Paper. Don’t expect any surprises here; East Bay Deli is loved for its simple New York style sandwiches and countless options.
Pit Stop is the perfect place to swing by between classes. Situated right off of King Street down Society Street, it’s an easy stop for any College of Charleston student craving a good sandwich. It’s run by a husband-wife duo from New York, ready to serve you a quality sandwich layered with Boar’s Head deli meat. Try out the Colin with a side of their creamy potato salad.
ted stern Staff Editorial
100 years of legacy
CisternYard News celebrates the life of Ted Stern, College of Charleston’s President from 1968-1978
tudents at the College of Charleston have a lot to be thankful for. We get to go to school in a city by the beach. Most of the time we have great weather, we walk out our front doors directly into vibrant city life, we are welcomed into southern culture when we start school here, and we get to plan our futures at a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. For most of what College of Charleston students praise daily (save, perhaps, the weather) we need to thank Theodore Sanders Stern. “Really?” You may ask. “Ted Stern did all of that?” Those of us at CisternYard News say resoundingly “Yes.” Nationally recognized liberal arts education? When Stern got his hands on the College in 1968, we were a lil’ old private college with almost 500 students and limited facilities. Charleston shuffle? It was Stern who implemented the characteristic brick walkways, outlining most of the College’s historically beautiful campus. Even the aquarium? Stern sat on the board of directors for the South Carolina Aquarium. He was also the founding president of Spoleto Festival USA and headed a grant to become what is today the Coastal Carolina Community Foundation. Stern, a New York transplant, adopted South Carolina 28
as his home and strove to make the city and the College better for future generations. In thanks, Stern has been repeatedly praised, biographied and immortalized by Charlestonians. Of his biographies, the one that most hinted at his uncompromising spirit was one written in 2001 entitled “No Problems, Only Challenges.” A month after Stern’s death at age 100, CisternYard News sees the motto “No problems, only challenges” as a reminder that we need to carry on this idea for future students at the College. Next year, we will add two new majors: marketing and archaeology. We will add a new vegetarian and kosher dining hall, and we will always continue adding to the achievements of the College’s students and faculty. In an article written by College of Charleston President George Benson for The Post and Courier, he quotes Stern as saying, “I’m not interested in what you can’t do; I’m interested in how you can do it.” Let’s go into 2013, like Stern would have, with the idea that we can truly do anything. While the College mourns the loss of an important man, we will never lose sight of our future and ability to continue our growth. It is thanks to Ted Stern that we have the College as we know it. Here at CisternYard News, we know y’all won’t forget it. the yard
photos courtesy of the Stern Family and Robert McDonald
Sternâ€™s Funeral, held in the Cistern Yard Jan. 21, 2013 photo by Colin Johnson
Somebody has to say it: Ten signs of a social media attention whore by Chantelle Simmons
Attention whore (n.): an individual that solicits attention to an excessive degree. The use of social networks, specifically Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have reached record numbers with Facebook reaching 1 billion users in 2012, and Instagram creating b-team photographers out of everyday people. The main objective of social networks is for people to connect with others whether it be family, friends, or strangers through posts, videos, pictures, etc. However, an ongoing trend that began during Facebook’s prime is the increase in the amount of attention whores on these sites who crave to be noticed and socially validated. We all have a little attention whore within us, but some let theirs’ show 10 times more than usual. You may be chuckling at the fact that you have a friend who falls into this category, yet you may come to realize that you don’t fall too far from the tree. 1.Buying Followers (literally). This has to be the most pathetic way to get noticed. Being able to brag on the fact that you have 10,000 followers in a conversation with your friends that you spent $65 on intertwitter.com to receive must be one of the greatest feelings the world has to offer. 2.You take more half naked pictures than Rihanna. We get it. You want to be like your friend who can simply smile and receive over 50 likes on Instagram and Facebook in less than 15 minutes, but that approach proves to no avail for you. Instead, you must post pictures of your breasts that so happenly are trying to escape their nests, or you show off your six pack from multiple angles in the infamous “just got in from a great workout” photo. If these photos do not receive the attention you anticipated, you delete them and head back to the drawing board to figure out why the concept of “sex sells” isn’t working for you. 3. “If I receive ____ likes (or reblogs), I will ____.” What better way to trap your followers into paying you any attention than to politely threaten to do something absurd in 30
exchange for reblogs and likes. Sadly, this tactic is mostly used for relationships and not for stopping Kony. 4. Contentious is your middle name. Nothing ticks Americans off more than arguments about religion and politics. You’re completely aware of this, as you never hesitate to move your fingers swiftly across a keyboard to compile a post on Facebook that will leave your status with 100 comments filled with people arguing with you and eventually everyone else who commented. Ah, the feeling of having all of your friends, family, and strangers going at each other’s throats over a status. Euphoric. 5. You major in intercourse. After all of the “being gay is a sin” posts, and half naked photos, you still don’t have enough likes, followers, and friends for your liking. There has to be another way to be socially validated. Aha! Why not constantly post statuses, tweets, and even create a username for Twitter like “@ Igiveblowjobs” that discuss sex. Because who in their right mind wouldn’t follow or like tweets that talk about favorite positions, oral sex, and orgasms? Besides, you’re the Dr. Phil of sex. 6. You beg for “shoutouts.” In your continuous effort to be the king or queen of twitterverse and instaverse, you network with the people who are popular on the sites and request that they tweet “hey______ is cool and he needs some followers! Go follow him!” or something synonymous. The more people possibly paying attention to you, the merrier. 7. You question your friends’ loyalty. Having a casual conversation with your friends, you realize it would be the perfect time to ask them why didn’t they comment on your facebook post, retweet your tweet, or like your photo on instagram, because that’s what real friends do. 8. You’re constantly posting “LMS” (like my status) statuses. “Like my status if you’re tired.” “Like my status if you eat breakfast.” “Like my status if you’re single.” You’ve mastered the science of finding questions in which most people give the same, obvious, answers and turning them into likes. Smooth. 9. You live a sick, sad, life. Life is hard for everyone, but it’s even harder for you. You’re always “lonely” or you don’t have any “friends” according to the three social sites. Nothing goes right for you, and you greatly appreciate the social media world for having pity as they offer you advice and kiss your never ending boo-boos. 10. You’re in denial about being an attention whore on social media. Your friends and a few others have begun to voice their annoyance with your attention seeking ways. You shun them, believing it is perfectly normal to conduct yourself in such a manner. Remember, the first step in the right direction is to admit that you have a problem.
Make the Switch: Befriend a sustainable bottle today
by Olivia Cohen lines, most are never inspected. Tap water, in contrast, is highly regulated as a public utility. People often complain that water from the tap “just doesn’t taste pure,” but, in reality, it’s purer than anything you buy. Luckily for College of Charleston students, Charleston has the fourth best quality tap water in the United States, and it is sold at a lower rate than $1.25 a liter. Talk about a bargain. I am proud to say that it’s been three years since I stopped relying on plastic water bottles. I would admit that it was a hard transition, filled with many a morning of shakes and shivers as I resisted the urge to grab a conveniently pre-filled Dasani bottle from the fridge, but that would simply be lying. One day, I decided to stop using plastic water bottles. I did. Now it’s your turn - Befriend a bottle today. What do diamonds, Betty White and BPA-free water bottles have in common? They all last forever. As a human being and avid water drinker, I fill up my stainless steel bottle about four times a day, using nothing but tap water from whatever bathroom sink or water fountain is nearby. If I’m lucky, I even get to use one of the four interactive water bottle refill stations on campus. Here is my confession: In this daily water reconnaissance, I do not feel the slightest bit inconvenienced. In fact, I pity those who do not have a smooth, stainless companion less than a foot away, as it requires more time and resources to buy water from a vending machine than to refill a bottle. Unfortunately, refilling single-use bottles, the oft-used compromise of those who do not wish to kick their habit, is more harmful than helpful. According to Ashlyn SpilisHochschild, a graduate assistant who works in the Office of Sustainability, “People think that sometimes they’re doing the right thing by using [old water bottles], and really they’re not…they’re made to be single use, and once you start reusing it, it accelerates the breakdown process and you’re ingesting more chemicals.” Many of the biggest companies, whose logos we have come to recognize and love, are less friend than frenemy. In a study conducted by the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory analyzing the chemical composition of 10 popular brands of bottled water, 38 contaminants were identified, with an average of eight per brand. These chemicals include arsenic, nitrate, ammonia, and pharmaceutical remnants. Still sound refreshing? The prevalence of these chemicals is possible because private water companies can get away with very little regulation. In fact, there is only one person in the federal government responsible for regulating all bottled water, and because most bottled water is pumped and distributed locally and therefore never crosses state february 28
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