I have been going here for a year now, mainly because of the Gluten Free Crepes that they started doing, which was amazing for me since I have a gluten intolerance. I moved down the street from the cafe this year and was so excited to be so close. To my surprise, they had changed the gluten free availability to only once a week on Fridays. I work 8-6 mon-fri, so this is not a possibility for my great Sat/Sun brunches that I used to love to go to. I also recently used a Groupon and was a little confused at my charges, and instead of explaining it the cashier explained nothing to me, kept staring blankly at me, didn't help me out at all, and honestly just made me feel bad. I haven't been back since, don't think I ever will.
Elise, it simply gets really old when every single issue involving noise or drunkenness is blamed on CofC students. I'm a really nice, tolerable person, but at this point I am really defensive because everyone seems to be banning together on this and no one is taking the side of the students, which is very unfortunate. A friend of mine who lives on Queen St and attended CofC was one of the individuals who had his car hood keyed when Harleston Village was vandalized. As upset as the homeowners were on the street, no one immediately jumped to "it was a drunk college student." They just can't be the scapegoat for everything. And trust me, I get the noise problem issues, I've lost many nights of sleep over it as well. I hope that everyone can work together on this, but also that no one forgets that CofC is a great part of the community.
"I don't think the average C of C attendee is here primarily for the education..."
..Are you kidding me? I'm sorry that you're upset that you are blind to the fact that it is inevitable to experience everything you're complaining about if you live in a city that is also home to a college campus. The most special and unique part of College of Charleston is that it is located in the heart of downtown Charleston. It is in the middle of a city. What do you expect? I graduated from CofC in 2010 and have lived downtown ever since. To defend all of the students that you just insulted with your comment implying that we all attended college solely to party, you're dead wrong. You're right, there are a few bad eggs, but that doesn't mean that the "average CofC attendee" isn't going to college for education. That is complete bullshit.
High school students don't work extremely hard through all of school just to get into college so that they can get drunk and throw up all over your precious hydrangeas. Work hard play hard, and I can assure you that is the motto for almost every single college, including Vandy. I grew up around Wake Forest. If you want to see some kids from an outstanding school get really fucked up and do pretty much every single thing you just explained in detail, move there. Just because it's not an ivy league school doesn't mean we applied to get hammered every night.
I lived in Radliffeborough until I graduated. At one point, there was one professor on my street, the rest college students. Do you know what he did every time there was any noise? He called the cops. Instead of whining about the loud people in the middle of the night, call the damn police. I used to do it all the time and it usually solved the problems.
Now I live in Harleston Village, on the street where all of the mentioned cars were vandalized, I might add, and you could hear a pindrop on most nights. The act of vandalism that occurred was the first I've seen in my 2 years there. I live in a historic house with 3 young college guys above me who are relatively well-behaved. So, you're exactly right, most people, including me, will say that if you have a problem, THEN MOVE. Move to a different borough, like Harleston Village or South of Broad, instead of choosing to live in the ones that house the majority of college students and stop bitching about it.
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