The food was very good, but as another visitor noted, the service was rather slow and inattentive. However, the main reason I haven't been back is that the lasers made it feel like dining in the cross-fire of a Star Wars battle.
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I tried it tonight. I found the prices quite reasonable, with just some of the cocktails being a little pricey. The lack of decent Mexican or even Southwest-influenced food in Charleston has been a sore point since moving from Texas. This restaurant certainly won't keep me from missing Texas, but it's a welcome addition to what we have now. I probably spent as much as I would at Mex1, and left about equally satisfied.
Thank God CofC is standing up to the State Taliban. The only way to keep our freedoms is to continuously beat them back into the bushes they crawled out of.
I wonder how many of the backwoods Bible-thumpers objecting to this book or play ever took the trouble to look at it. If they have a problem with Fun Home, they must be positively mortified by any PG-13 movie shown in theaters these days. The only reason they aren't outraged by most serious literary works from the past several centuries is that they are equally ignorant of their contents. It is inspiring to see CofC taking a stand against the voices of darkness by staging this work of art.
While I agree strongly with ShapeOperator, JT does have a point: at many research universities, especially public ones, teaching is devalued to the point where research becomes the sole factor in promotions. This is less common at private universities, which are strongly dependent on undergraduate tuition and cannot afford a perception of weakness in that area. With the percentage of state support in the single digits and dropping, CofC is so strongly tuition-dependent that it may already have all the incentive it needs to insure that teaching doesn't get lost in transition. On the other hand, JD's comments simply reflect ignorance. Anyone at CofC or any other major college who wanted higher pay and less work could have easily found both outside academia, in a far less competitive employment environment. No one would go through all the hoops and sacrifices required to attain a college-level faculty position unless teaching and scholarship were their first priorities.
The merger is important for the future of Charleston. It is absurd that a city which was once among America's most prominent lacks a comprehensive university. This impedes growth in an era when research and development play a more important role than ever in the national economy. It is natural for many in the faculty to be opposed, since the transformation will marginalize those who don't have significant research agendas. The university will be built slowly over the coming decades as the current faculty retires, and care will be needed to insure that the old-timers are are protected in the process, but the result will be a permanent upgrade. If anything, the proposal doesn't go far enough, since a comprehensive university needs an engineering department, and there are highly-ranked programs at The Citadel, which could be merged into the plan if it would compromise a little on its military trappings. If Glenn McConnell truly supports a university in Charleston, the best thing he can do is get out of the way, so someone with the qualifications and experience to lead the school he hopes the College of Charleston will become can be brought in.
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