Standardized testing isn’t the future

The college application process has become a battle of the test scores, and in order to change it, the SAT and ACT should be abolished.   One number from a three-hour test ends up inaccurately reflecting 18 years of schooling. Heavily weighting a college acceptance based on a single test score puts bias on students […]

Pets known to provide significant health, life benefits

The solution to many common health problems may not be found in a pill box or a doctor’s office. People typically resort to medication or therapy for all kinds of conditions, but these methods are often expensive or have negative side-effects. Animal companionship and interaction has become a favorable alternative to traditional medical treatment, and […]

How Elon Musk is changing the world by doing the craziest things

SpaceX, the exploration company founded by tech mogul Elon Musk, launched the Falcon Heavy Feb. 6 to become the most powerful rocket launch since NASA’s Apollo Missions ended in 1973. The Falcon Heavy, which can generate more than five million pounds of thrust and can carry 141,000 pounds of cargo into low Earth orbit, was […]

5 ways music is the best thing ever

We all need something consistent in our lives to rely on, and music is just that. Whether it’s background noise, your favorite get-ready song, or a track to get through your multi-hour car ride back home, music is there every step of the way. And here are five ways music can get you through your […]

Inbound marketing is the future and here’s why

Inbound marketing is taking the promotions world by storm, sweeping away everything you thought you knew about advertising. With a focus on creating valuable and relevant content on such free outlets as blogs, search engines and social media, a company’s products or services are becoming more appealing to consumers. The more traditional “outbound marketing” tools […]

7 reasons “Ladybird” should have swept the Oscars

“Ladybird” has taken off as “The Little Indie Movie That Could.” An astounding five nominations have been awarded to “Ladybird,” including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. A film unlike any other, “Ladybird” has captured the hearts of audiences and film critics alike because of its coming-of-age plot. […]

The good, bad, ugly of social media

More than three billion people are on social media, with 11 new users joining every second. In the United States alone, 70 percent of Americans use social media, spending approximately two hours per day on social networks. That means social media has great power and influence, and with it, the contentious question of the implications […]

How a Kanye West fan forum saved the rap genre

Amid a culture saturated with shallow lyrics and electronic pseudo melodies, there appears to be hope for the dismal reality that is our current rap genre. This hope is Brockhampton. This self-proclaimed “boyband” has risen from virtual obscurity to widespread conversation in just a year, after releasing three consecutive albums and more than 10 music […]

Four realistic changes to make your life easier

The daily schedule of an American college student is a high-paced one. Although everyone has different priorities, sometimes striking a balance between academics, extracurriculars and social events can be difficult. Consequently, we tend to forfeit healthy habits and replace them for convenience. Whether that means pulling all-nighters, reaching for the soda instead of water, or […]

Yoga is for everyone. You down, dog?

Yoga has become increasing popular. Once a form of Eastern medicine, the practice is becoming a way of life for many in the West too. Although too many may love it for the comfy yoga pants instead of the amazing relief to the mind, body and soul, it remains an increasingly popular form of exercise […]

5 reasons music festivals are still a blast

Festivals now offer an opportunity that captivates the full attention, time and savings of their patrons – reinventing the occasion from a typical live music event to a global affair. Since the infamous Woodstock, music festivals never quite lost their enticing flare, but with advanced technology, festivals have become more prominent and more extravagant than […]

5 reasons studying late at night is a good idea

If you step into an undergrad campus around midterms or finals, it’s not at all uncommon to find students up at all hours. While some may take a well-rounded and considerably healthier approach to studying, there are others who prefer to study 24/7. But students who prefer to study at night are onto something. This […]

5 reasons Bitcoin could change the financial world

Our idea of “money” has evolved greatly over the centuries – from trade and bartering of objects, to gold and silver coins, to green paper bills, to plastic cards and now to online transactions. Although traditional financial institutions remain powerful, cryptocurrency has the potential to transform the global economy. Bitcoin is the digital transfer of […]

5 reasons the ‘hookup culture’ must end

Ninety-one percent of college students claim their lives are dominated by the “hookup culture,” the more casual dynamic that has taken over today’s dating scene. A hook-up is technically defined as any affectionate physical act with another person, regardless of the level of intimacy, and it can be classified into four different culture types – […]

Seven reasons ‘Nashville’ is the best show you could watch on TV

“Nashville” – formerly on ABC before CMT picked up the canceled show – highlights a family, their friends, and all of the issues that come with country music fame. But unlike other TV shows, this one does something others do not – it makes you feel like you are actually experiencing the events with the […]

4 things NOT to do at the library

Tests, papers and projects, oh my! School is back in session, and it’s time to get serious about those studies, so where better to concentrate than the library? If you do not know how to conduct yourself in public places of learning, you should brush up on these general rules of library etiquette. One thing that […]

The NBA is the best American sports league, and here’s why

The National Basketball Association is one of the most underappreciated sports leagues in America. Most don’t pay attention to the games being played until after the NFL season has ended , college basketball’s March Madness has come to an end, and there is nothing else to watch on TV. But what fans are missing by […]

What to do right now to be better prepared for a major hurricane

We can no longer afford to endure the brunt force of Mother Nature. Over the past few weeks the world has watched in horror as the Atlantic Ocean unleashed the most devastating hurricane season in living memory. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria each took turns battering the United States and its Caribbean territories, killing […]

7 reasons why you should become a Beagle mom (or dad)

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a Snoopy™ dog? Beagles are a breed we can all love and adore. This breed has admirable traits that can make the perfect pet. Not only are they cute little animals, but they are mischievous too. If you think you are too busy for a dog due to […]

5 reasons you should cut back on red meat

Red meat may be one of many Americans’ favorite dishes, but livestock production, especially beef production, has devastating effects on the environment. A recent study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nationsfound that global livestock production is one of the leading causes of global warming, emitting more harmful greenhouse gases than the entiretransportation […]

3 reasons sports drinks are a bad idea

Sports drinks have become the new water when it comes to exercise. But are they the best thing for you? Sure they aid in replenishing electrolytes and hydration, but there are adverse effects if you’re drinking them for the wrong reason. Athletes who participate in long, high-intensity workouts, especially in hot conditions, are the perfect […]

5 things your RAs would really like you to know

Freshmen like to claim that their roommate, or someone living on their floor, was the first person they met as they moved into college. But they’re overlooking the first person they really talked to (and the one I think is the most important) – their resident assistant. RAs are the backbone of the residence hall, […]

Avoid these social media vacation mistakes

 Whether you are sipping a tropical cocktail or sun bathing by the pool, we get it – you are on a fabulous trip and want to show us everything. What you are doing on an island might be cool to you, but to your followers it is just another half-naked picture on their timeline that they […]

Pounce Café = Cats + beer. Does that get any better?

The South’s very first cat café – a cozy new spot that allows customers to take home the furry friends they make while indulging in local beverages and pastries – is the talk of downtown Charleston. Pounce Cat Café owners Ashley Brooks and Annaliese Hughes combined their love of cats with a simple business model and […]

8 steps to achieve a flawless face

Let’s face it, we are all hormonal, pimple-faced human beings who work tirelessly to make something of ourselves – and by the end of the day, stress still rules all. And our skin is the first to let us know. Our face is our first impression, so why not take care of it?! You may […]

How NOT to be a bridezilla on your wedding day

It seems nowadays wedding planning has become more of a hassle than an enjoyable experience. Many brides get so caught up in the process of having to find the caterer, DJ, venue, flowers, etc., they forget this is supposed to be fun! The key to avoid all the unnecessary stress is for brides to not […]

7 ways to spend a perfect weekend in Charleston  

From perfect eating spots to places to get your workout on, Charleston has almost everything to offer. The weather outside is usually beautiful and sunny, and the Holy City has so much to explore. Charleston is not just a city for the history nuts. Foodies, exercise enthusiasts and the typical tourist can find plenty of […]

The five best places to get avocado toast in Charleston

If you don’t know what avocado toast is, you must be living under a rock because it is the most popular item on almost every brunch menu in Charleston, S.C., and probably the rest of the world. This smashed (or sliced) avocado on whole grain bread with a dash of olive oil and sea salt […]

I chose to room with my best friend, and this is what happened

I chose to room with my best friend. It was awesome. “Honey, I’m home,” is the perfect way to describe my roommate situation. I was told over and over that choosing to live with my best friend would “crash and burn.” But they were wrong. Living with my best friend is the best decision I […]

9 places to go on a rainy day in Charleston

Charleston is a fabulous city, known for its charm, its beauty and its historic landmarks. In particular, Charleston is filled with lots of outdoor activities such as spending a relaxing day at the beach, exploring the Charleston City Market, or even simply walking around the historic sites scattered throughout the city. However, weather in Charleston […]