Big Pharma equals big rip off

There are sick things happening in the pharmaceutical industry as prices are getting jacked up higher and higher with every passing year. Those in favor of the higher pharmaceutical costs argue prices should not be regulated in order to encourage companies to continue developing innovative medicine. AMNOG, a memorable name for a memorable change in […]

A happy medium for carriage companies and Charleston locals

Charleston horse carriage companies are creating dangerous situations for not only the horses but also the residents of Charleston by offering year-round carriage tours. If the horse carriage companies would  only provide tours during the holiday season when weather is cooler and there are fewer people driving and walking around downtown, this could be a […]

7 reasons to set sail for your next vacation

Travelers are falling into a mundane trap when planning vacations to cliché destinations that are picked out of familiarity. It is tempting to let the popularity of stereotypical vacation destinations lure you into a mediocre break from reality while making you feel like you are getting a bang for your buck. Most are unaware that […]

5 reasons it’s OK to love technology

The role technology plays in our lives is so prominent we need our smartphones and computers to do just about about everything that needs doing. While some try to reject all the technology in their lives, this foolish view overlooks an important fact– technology is only going to become a bigger part of our world […]

It’s time to love yourself

Ladies, it’s OK to love yourself. Really. Growing up, most of us were taught that feeling beautiful is considered self-centered, that looking at ourselves in the mirror and telling ourselves we look great is egocentric. In fact, we often put ourselves down regularly to avoid being thought of as self-centered with. But developing self-love is […]

Why everyone should (can) run

A lot of problems you face in life can be solved by running. Trust me. Many people say they can’t run or don’t run, but that only means they have never fully experienced what running has to offer. Those who discount running are only missing out. Although I am a runner now, I haven’t always […]

Five 2017 films that reflect our current climate  

Although the Oscars have come and gone – with all the big awards like Best Motion Picture and Best Original Screenplay getting great fanfare – there are five films that definitely deserve an award for accurately reflecting the society we live in today and the current state of the country. The Charlottesville car attack, “Me […]

‘Free college’ isn’t really ‘free’

Bernie Sanders’ concept of “free college” caught the eye of many Americans  – especially millennials. Sanders’ idea is to give people who are underprivileged the opportunity to go to college. This concept seems ideal, but it is unrealistic. 20 out of 22 economists argued that “free college” is a bad idea, NPR recently reported. “Free […]

Five misconceptions of veganism debunked

The standard American diet is heavy on  meat and dairy, both of which have been linked to diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease. Since our diets impact our health in the present and long-term, it is crucial to think about the benefits of a plant-based vegan diet. A plant-based vegan diet abstains from all animal […]

Anyone can vinyasa

The subtle practice of vinyasa (moving meditation) is an accessible and powerful exercise for everyone willing to try. Vinyasa yoga links asanas (yoga postures) with pranayama (breath control) . Although some may believe that yoga is awkward or intimidating, vinyasa is actually graceful and accepting for all. Vinyasa yoga is a simple and effective practice […]

Why not eating meat is the best decision I’ve ever made

Six months into making the decision to stop eating any kind of meat from animals, and I’ve never felt better. Refraining from consuming meat improves physical health substantially and is allowing me to “cleanse” my mental health of all guilt, and save money at the same time. Many will say not eating meat deprives the […]

President Trump’s silence on sexual assault is impacting American culture in a very negative way

Hundreds of prominent women have come forward in the past year to speak out against sexual harassment and sexual abuse, sparking the #MeToo movement and encouraging women everywhere to stand against such behavior. Beginning with complaints last year by dozens of actresses against prominent Hollywood movie director Harry Weinstein and coming to a head with […]

5 reasons you should definitely study abroad

Studying abroad is an experience every student deserves to have at least once in his/her educational career. There’s a reason people who have studied abroad can’t stop talking about it. No matter the destination, you will end up with countless stories and memories. By the end of the trip, you’ll feel like a brand new […]

Why it’s important to vaccinate your child

A lot of people have misconceptions about vaccinating their child Some believe the vaccine itself will do more harm than good. But by trusting the medical professions and the statistics on the outcomes of the vaccine, you will see that the good outweighs the bad. Most of these concerns come from misinformation spread through social […]

5 reasons big dogs are better than little dogs

Almost everybody loves dog but individual breed preferences can vary widely. Some people like very energetic dogs, some like particularly fluffy dogs, some like skinny dogs, some like dogs with lots of extra skin. But one characteristic that has long divided enthusiasts is dog size. Many of the most popular breeds of dog are toy-sized […]

7 reasons to love the South

I grew up in the small town of Conway, S.C., 15 minutes outside of Myrtle Beach. I have always loved the South, and I am proud of where I come from. Conway is full of history and is just an awesome place. One of my favorite things about my town is the sense of community. […]

Hip-hop’s sordid past with sexual assault

XXXTentacion is one of the most talked about rappers of this year. He scored the tenth spot in XXL Magazine’s coveted Freshman Class. The XXL freshman issue has included everyone from Kendrick Lamar and Joey Bada$$ to Anderson Paak and Chance the Rapper. Needless to say, it’s a very big deal, one that comes with promotional […]

4 reasons last episode of Game of Thrones did not meet expectations

HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” has become a smash hit with critics and fans over the past seven years. The critically acclaimed drama was awarded 12 Emmys, more than any other show last season, and this year’s Season 7 premiere, “Dragonstone,” attracted10.1 million viewers, smashing all previous cable and streaming viewership records. The series’ most recent […]

5 reasons Donald Trump is unfit to be POTUS

How in the world did we get here? Donald Trump – the celebrity billionaire businessman – is the 45th president of the United States. It has been just over a year since he was elected and nearly 300 days since taking office. Much like the first 100-days-in-office milestone, his first 3000 days also reflects whatever […]

4 ways Trump’s travel ban hurts our communities

President Donald Trump enacted an executive order on Sept. 25 that restricts travel to the United States from eight predominantly Muslim countries. The controversial travel ban was to go into effect Oct. 18 and would have restricted residents of Chad, Libya, Iran, Syria, Yemen,Venezuela, Somalia and North Korea from obtaining visas. This newest travel ban […]

Taylor Swift’s top 5 enemies

Taylor Swift is a record- breaking pop star who is extremely talented at what she does. But she also has been known to get herself into trouble with other celebrities. Here are the top five among Swift’s enemies who likely don’t care too much about her latest album release. Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, […]

5 shows that changed television

The television has become a fixture in American households since its rise in popularity following World War II with Americans tuning in every day to soak up the vast array of shows that populate TV screens. Though thousands of programs have entertained audiences for decades, few have matched the impact of these five shows. Whether […]

5 reasons you need to start watching ‘Game of Thrones’

In HBO’s popular fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” everyone is vying for the iron throne. Set in Westeros, a fictional world created by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” has gained a large international following. The show features seven kingdoms battling to rule over Westeros. If that conflict alone doesn’t convince you to watch the […]

5 reasons Kyrie Irving should have stayed in Cleveland

The trade of NBA All Star point guard Kyrie Irving from Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas came with a lot of controversial opinions. Cavs fans couldn’t believe Irving didn’t want to play with three-time MVP and all-time best player LeBron James. Irving, however, wanted to start his own dynasty, so he […]

5 reasons going away to college is a great idea

College is more than just getting a degree. It’s a lot about discovering who you are. So going to a university in a different state or region is extremely important for making that discovery and learning what it is you value. As students we gain more than just academic knowledge during our time away from […]

3 excuses to ban public breastfeeding that are ridiculous

Breastfeeding in public makes many people uncomfortable. The media and most of society view women’s bodies as sexual objects; therefore, many women feel shameful about public breastfeeding. But breastfeeding is a natural act. Breastfeeding isn’t seen as obscene when animals are feeding their young, so why is it different for humans? Lactation consultant Sara McCall stated […]

See why Charleston’s next food trend is poutine-alicious

I have a feeling I might be ahead of the curve on this one, but poutine is going to be HUGE in Charleston. Yes, we’re talking about French fries and gravy. Canadians have done it for years, and even though I haven’t been to The Land of Maple Syrup to experience it myself, they’re onto something good. […]

Your guide to the best coffee in the Holy City

Whether a tourist or local to Charleston, there is great coffee to be had all over the Holy City. It would truly be a disgrace if one missed out on the incredible coffee shops this city has to offer. Whether you are into new hip, modern shops or cozy hole-in-the wall options, Charleston has both […]

Five best retro-style surfboards still in production  

Surfboards have evolved drastically over the years, but the classics still exist, and for those who have that throwback nostalgia, one of these five boards will be the perfect fit for you! California Square Tail Surfing Malibu Beach in the 70s, you’d be sure to see a few square tails in the lineup, and not […]

9 easy ways to survive the ‘sophomore slump’ in college

Sophomore year is like the middle child in the family – the excitement of starting your freshman year is over, but the thought of graduation is nowhere in sight. The idea of stressing over tests and essays for the next three years seems exhausting. Almost all college students go through this dreadful “sophomore slump,” but […]