Important considerations before coming to college

Moving out and going somewhere new is exciting, but it can also be kind of scary. For many, this experience happens for the first time when going away for college. College is one of the greatest experiences, but it comes with consequences. Many people talk only about the social aspect of college, but never really […]

Nine haunted sites downtown with spooky stories

Downtown Charleston is filled with history, and along with history comes many haunted locations with lots of  paranormal activity. But have you ever heard some of the actual stories about these locations? This list contains nine haunted places and the stories of their paranormal activities that will have you on the edge of your seat. […]

A natural disaster nearly 40 years ago motivates young news photographer to open his own business

It was May 25, 1980, and Mount St. Helens had been erupting for a week in southwestern Washington and would become one of the most destructive and significant volcanic eruptions in United States history. A young 22-year-old photographer for a local newspaper, Robert Severi, circled the volcano in a small plane with a Nikon F3 […]

9 healthy foods to eat in fall weather

Thanksgiving might be a time for indulgence, but no one should be indulging for the entire season. Most people gain up to 5 pounds this time of year. What they don’t know is there are actually many healthy foods that thrive during the fall – and are still really tasty.   Sweet Potato Sweet potatoes […]

Nourish your soul at Charleston’s ‘Soul Yoga’

by Trevor Gibbs CHARLESTON, S.C.—Imagine lying peacefully on the beach, feeling the warm breeze and hearing the rhythm of your breath flow in and out just like the waves.  You are there among a community of individuals doing the same, and you leave that space with a deeper understanding of who you are, a heightened […]

9 bad habits you need to stop doing

We all have bad habits, and sometimes bad habits can be hard to break. Especially as a college student, procrastinating, stressing and taking many things for granted is the norm. It is so much easier to get sucked into the black hole of bad habits, but don’t let the temptation overtake you. With the new […]

Cougar Cousine: 5 best cheap eats around campus

College is hard. Eating well while in college shouldn’t be. Cougar Cuisine highlights the most mouthwatering meals near campus that won’t break the bank. Spring Roll Asian Cuisine Spring Roll Asian Cuisine is the perfect place for your Cougar Cuisine. Inexpensive varieties of tried-and-true classics like General Tso chicken, pho, and of course, spring rolls […]

15 ways you know you’re a New Yorker

Let’s face it, nothing beats being from New York City. It’s the city that never sleeps, the concrete jungle, the city of dreams. From the best bagels to the newest fashion trends, there is no city quite like it. That being said, the fast-paced environment can make it an intimidating place – unless you are […]

Seven shows for lovers of complex characters

Some of the greatest shows of all time have told stories of intriguing characters dealing with the struggles of their lives, from the mundane to the extraordinary. But with an ever-expanding list of shows to watch, it is difficult to know which are worth the time. Here are seven shows that will capture your attention […]

7 anime for people who don’t watch anime (but want to)

Let’s face it, anime is hot right now.   Adidas just released its “Dragonball” collaboration, and trendy stores like Forever 21 are slapping characters on their apparel for clout. But there are still a ton of people who have never seen it before, so this carefully curated list is perfect for those who haven’t had […]

7 things to remember if you love someone with Alzheimer’s

With nearly six million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, it is likely most of us know someone with this type of dementia that causes memory loss as well as basic thinking and behavior functions. Because symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, the hardest part may be on the loved ones and caregivers who […]

How you know you have the best dog

Dogs are loyal. Everyone knows that. And that’s probably why they make the best pets. For you cat lovers – or maybe even fish/rodent/reptile pet lovers – you have to admit, there really is no better pet-as-friend than a dog. But if you want bragging rights for having the best dog, here’s how you can […]

Don’t cheat yourself, treat yourself:  7 must-try foodie spots in Charleston

Charleston has become the new food Mecca in the South. Featured in the Washington Post, Eater Magazine and Travel Channel,  Charleston has established itself as the best food city in America. Next time you’re out and about in the area,  go off the beaten path and try these delicious local spots. If you’re a  local […]

5 reasons you should start watching ‘Outlander’

It is easy to scroll endlessly through Amazon Prime looking for something interesting tp watch until you come across “Outlander”and instantly realize your search is over. The series follows Claire Randall and her time travel back to the 18th century in Scotland, where she meets Jamie Fraser and the two begin an action-packed adventure filled […]

9 spooky books to devour

The weather outside is finally getting cool, and even thought the Halloween season has passed, it’s always time for a good scary story. While horror movies are an autumnal given, there are just as many tantalizing murder mysteries and spine-tingling supernatural scares to appeal to you between the pages of these nine classics, some of […]

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 […]