Monday, August 29, 2016

CofC ranks among Princeton Review’s top colleges, gets nod as ‘Party School’

Cougar News and Reviews

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 4:18 PM

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As with each new semester in Charleston, a fresh crop of students are learning the benefits of attending the College of Charleston. Well, CofC hasn’t gone unnoticed by the team at the Princeton Review, who included the school in their most recent list of Best 381 Colleges.

Surveying 143,000 students from across the country, the 2017 edition of Princeton Review’s annual college rankings also asked undergrads to assess their school’s standings in more than 60 categories, so let’s see where CofC stood out.

In the category of “College City Gets High Marks,” the College of Charleston ranks at No. 13. CofC is also included in the top-50 list of “Colleges that Create Futures,” which is a collection of schools that “empower students to discover practical applications for their talents and interests through experiences that complement their classes and coursework.”

But while you are working on creating your future, it is also important to be able to unwind a little.

Coming in at No. 15 in the list of top “Party Schools,” CofC managed to beat out the University of Maine as well as the University of Florida and Florida State University. Now don’t take this the wrong way and assume that life at CofC is some debauched four-year kegger. While there may have been a few recent rumblings about off-campus celebrations ruffling a few feathers, it’s entirely possible that all those surveyed were able to enjoy their time at CofC while remaining well within the letter of the law and maintaining a strong focus on their studies.

As CofC President Glenn McConnell said in a recent statement released to the student body, “As always, the College will continue promoting and funding late-night alcohol-free events and enforcing College policies and local laws. We welcome you to join the vast majority of students who avoid alcohol or drug misuse. Perception is one thing; facts are another. It is our goal to provide an environment for students that is as fun as it is enlightening, and as supportive of rich social lives as it is of your boundless futures.”

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The Agenda: Record number of women in Citadel class; Savage works high-profile cases; Furman solar farm

68 females entering Citadel this semester

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 10:22 AM

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Twenty years after The Citadel eliminated its males-only admission policy, the 'Military College of the South' is welcoming a record-number of 68 incoming freshman cadets for the fall semester. Source: P&C

Furman University will build a $1.7 million solar farm near the entrance to its Upstate campus. Source: G'ville News

Over the weekend, the Associated Press profiled Charleston attorney Andy Savage, who is taking part in the two highest-profile trials in Charleston's recent history. In one case, he's defending former N. Charleston police officer Michael Slager and in the other he's representing the survivors and families of the Emanuel AME shooting. Source: AP

Charleston School of Law students will assist with a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of the surviving siblings of George Stinney, the 14-year old African-American boy convicted by an all-white male jury and executed by the state for the murder of two white girls. A charge CSOL President Ed Bell says the law school's team will prove was wrong. Source: P&C

A new law designed to provide relief to those arrested and cleared of accusations are still finding it hard to get their photos removed from online mugshot-scraping sites as they refuse service of legal documents that start the process that could eventually force the companies to comply and remove the mugshots. Source: P&C

North Charleston police were involved in a fatal shooting when police say a man opened fire on officers. The man's girlfriend, who did not witness the shooting, says he didn't fire the gun at police. Following normal procedure, SLED is investigating the incident. Source: P&C

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Introducing the City Paper News Quiz - Aug. 20-26, 2016

Keep Up

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 4:12 PM

Go ahead and admit it, you spend most of your day clicking around the City Paper website, dutifully logging each new piece of information you read. No? OK, well you definitely spend plenty of time reading and keeping up with what's going on in our lovely city, right? If only to keep up with that annoying coworker in the corner who seems to know everything before you...

Well, to help you stay sharp with all your #Chs news, we're rolling out the brand new weekly City Paper News Quiz. Each week around this time, expect to see a few questions compiled by our team to see how well you kept up with the funny papers that week.

Without further ado, here's this week's quiz. (See the links below for the sources for each question.)

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The Agenda: Big spending by appointed MUSC board; Milo coming to Clemson; Chemicals seized in Chs. port

Thousands spent at high-end hotels and restaurants by MUSC Board

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 11:58 AM

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The Post and Courier has a new investigative report out today that documents hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on luxury hotels and meals at high-end Charleston restaurants by the appointed members of the MUSC Board of Trustees. Reporters Doug Pardue and Lauren Sausser may have also uncovered an off-the-books meeting that isn't documented in the group's minutes, but which cost the hospital thousands. Source: P&C

Boeing Co. says it will remain a key sponsor of the annual RBC Heritage pro golf tournament on Hilton Head through 2021. Source: AP

A conservative free speech group at Clemson announced this week that Breitbart News provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos will appear on campus a few weeks before the election in an event being called 'Make Clemson Great Again.' Yiannopoulos was recently banned from Twitter for life for frequently encouraging his legions of followers to harass other users. Soruce: Greenville News

Related: Dem nominee Hillary Clinton set her sights on Donald Trump in a speech yesterday for 'peddling bigotry and prejudice and paranoia' to the 'radical fringe' of the Republican Party. Clinton specifically called out the faction that's come to be known as the 'alt-Right,' a group that Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon says he courted as the leader of Breitbart News. Source: NYT, Vox, CNN

After being suspended earlier this week, Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore (who we profiled in 2014) revealed yesterday on Facebook that she's recently been diagnosed with Sarcoma, a soft tissue cancer, but did not directly address her suspension or whether it was connected to her health. Moore says her doctors are 'positive' about her chances at beating it. Source: Florence Morning News

Myrtle Beach Sun News reporters contacted the owner of a property where a truck is parked near an elementary school and displays a profane message on the side. Her comment: "None of your g*dd*mn mother f*cking business."

A whole bunch of chemical used to make methamphetamine was seized coming through the Port of Charleston in two 20-foot container boxes last week. Source: P&C

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says he wants a special prosecutor to be appointed to dig farther into Hillary Clinton's email scandal and make recommendations on how to handle it. The FBI and Department of Justice have both declined to press charges.

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Early morning shooting on Coming Street

Downtown streets reopened

Posted by Dustin Waters on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 10:16 AM

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Coming Street has been reopened following an early morning shooting in downtown Charleston.

According to an incident report from the Charleston Police Department, officers were dispatched to Coming Street around 6:34 a.m. Friday morning in reference to a man who stated he had been shot. After searching several locations, officers were told by a woman that her boyfriend had been shot and was waiting upstairs in a nearby residence.

Officers observed blood on the porch railing and bricks next to the front door of the building, and found the victim with two apparent gunshot wounds on his right and left upper thighs, according to the report. He was soon rushed to MUSC for medical attention.

A female witness later told police that she was speaking with the victim when he was approached by an armed suspect who demanded that the victim empty his pockets, the report states. The woman further stated that the victim began to walk from the suspect, saying, “You really gonna shoot me?” As the two men continued to walk south on Coming Street, the woman said she continued to hide in a vehicle until she heard two gunshots and saw the suspect flee. 

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