Winter 2017 Edition

By | January 25, 2017


There’s always something going on around campus and luckily we have The College Today to give us a quick update of what’s happening on the bricks.

James L. Petigru (SC Attorney General 1822-1830) is best known for the phrase, “South Carolina is too small to be a republic and too big to be an insane asylum”. Even since its earliest colonial days, South Carolina has been a political hot bed. Today, our students and alumni are involved in every aspect of political life: from the campaign trail to the White House and some social activism along the way.

Here’s a look at how politics has had a recent impact on the College:



The Winter doldrums have come and settled on campus with colder weather and gloomy days lining the weather app on your smartphone. And while Charleston is always beautiful, chillier days aren’t quite as fun when your students are walking from Maybank Hall to the Education Center bundled up trying to escape the arctic blast of St. Philip Street.

Some of our wonderful parents have offered ideas of little “pick-me-ups” to bring a smile to their student’s face. Something small, easy and lets your student know you’re thinking of them. What better way to share a little love than with something sweet?

With all the recommendations from the Listserv it got a little confusing but thanks to our friend Becky Rizvi (P ‘18) in Silver Spring, Maryland we have all those suggestions compiled for your reference. Below are recommendations from that list- thanks Becky!

PIE Charleston

“You should add P.I.E. on Warren Street right across from the Warren St dorms.  If you look on her website under services she lists birthday cakes and she made my daughter a gluten less, soy free, nut free birthday cake last spring. I prepaid over the phone (live in New Hampshire) and one of my daughter’s roommates picked it up.”

Cheryl’s Cookies

“I will throw this out too, I found Cheryl’s Cookies on THIS list and have now used it several times. They do a fun little ‘cookie card’ that is only $5 including the shipping – just a fun little something to surprise your student!  Our daughter has loved the cookies!”

Dulce Sweet Teas and Treats

phone: 843-737-1704 email:

“I’ve recently discovered a wonderful baker of cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, breakfast pastries, etc. She may deliver as she sells her products from a food truck. I highly recommend her cheesecakes. They are phenomenal! (I’m a huge foodie and used to bake cheesecakes to order and catered). Her teas and iced lattes are also delicious!”

Christen Reese, (843) 853-0436

“Her name is Christen Reese and I believe she works out of her house. She bakes and delivers the world’s most delicious, decadent homemade cakes to your student on campus and surrounding areas. and she makes hand-crafted, extraordinary chocolate cakes, so I’m told.  All different sizes, 4”, 8”, etc.  She is even walking it over to my daughter’s apartment.”

Sugar Babies Baked Goods

Amy Langstone,  (843) 425-6522

“I have the best person for you. Amy Langstone makes incredible custom cakes/cupcakes at the best prices and will deliver downtown. She is a true artist! And the cakes are awesome.”

From Stephanie Auwaerter, Director of Orientation: 

Deliveries can be made to the front desk but the front desk is not able to call the students to let them know a delivery is there for them.  It the past, I believe families have hinted to the student that they should check at the front desk for a delivery or the florist delivery driver has called the student to have them meet them at a specific place and time for delivery.  The residence hall front desks are not responsible for any lost or stolen deliveries. 


*Please note: all comments are directly from emails shared with the Parents Listserv and are not official endorsements of the College of Charleston. Minor edits have been made to content.



Posted from The College Today. Article by Darren Price.

It’s the best thing in Cougars basketball this side of Selection Saturday.

That’s right – it’s homecoming week at the College of Charleston, and like in years past, there’s plenty of big events around campus ahead of Colonial Athletic Association games for both the men’s and women’s teams this weekend.

This year’s events are anchored by the College’s Spirit Cup Challenge, a friendly contest aimed at finding the residence hall, fraternity, sorority, club or organization with the most pep. And it wouldn’t be a proper homecoming without a king and queen – both of which will be crowned during the men’s game against Elon on Saturday, Feb. 4, at TD Arena.

Here’s a rundown of some of the events:

Monday, Jan. 30: Spirit Cup participants will participate in an air hockey tournament in the Stern Student Center game room at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31: There will be a pep rally and dinner at Liberty Street Fresh Food Company at 5 p.m. The first 100 students without a meal plan will get in free and will be treated to ribs, Buffalo wings, Italian subs, a nacho bar, cotton candy and more game-day favorites. There will also be a DJ, games, prizes and special appearances by Clyde the Cougar and the CofC cheerleaders.

Wednesday, Feb. 1.: The first day of February is all about service. Spirit Cup participants will be trying to collect the most boxes of cereal for a local food bank and filling out cards for the Lowcountry’s senior citizens.

Thursday, Feb. 2: Thursday is chock full of events, including:

  • Homecoming banner judging. The banners will also be on display throughout the day in the atrium of the Thaddeus Street. Jr. Education Center.
  • Homecoming queen and king voting. Students can vote for the week’s royals online via OrgSync through noon on Saturday.
  • Grocery Bingo. Students will get the chance to re-stock their pantry in one night at the Willard A. Silcox Physical Education and Health Center at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 3: The women’s basketball team (6-13) takes on the Drexel Dragons (14-4) at TD Arena at 7 p.m. Homecoming king and queen candidates will also take the court at halftime.

Saturday, Feb. 4: Saturday marks the lion’s share of homecoming events, including:

  • The yearly Homecoming Tailgate in the Cistern Yard. Spirit Cup participants will have two hours before the tailgate to decorate their tables and will be judged during the event, which is open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Expect fun games, food and Cougar spirit.
  • The men’s basketball team (16-6) returns from a three-game road trip for a 5 p.m. tipoff against the Elon Phoenix (12-9) at TD Arena. The winners of the 2017 Spirit Cup and homecoming king and queen will be named during half-time.
  • Homecoming festivities close with the National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show at 8 p.m. at College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre. The event is ticketed.


Editor’s Note: It is my hope that this new series will give you the opportunity to learn more about what makes College of Charleston such a special place. The College has an important role in the culture and history of Charleston, South Carolina, and the nation. Its history is rich with stories that show the true spirit of its people.


Two hundred forty-seven years ago this month, Lieutenant Governor William Bull recommended the establishment of provincial colleges throughout the state. And with that single declaration, the school that would one day be known as College of Charleston finds its founding date of January 30, 1770. However, progress slowed on the College’s formal establishment throughout the American revolution. The almost twenty year ordeal in the colonies required the attention of its leaders to pursue the nation’s formidable founding rather than education. Fifteen years later, March 19, 1785 the founding charter for the College was written describing that, “the proper education of youth is essential to the happiness and prosperity of every community” (South Carolina Act No. 1274).

With its founding, College of Charleston became the thirteenth oldest college in the nation. Considered today to be one of the country’s “colonial colleges” founded before the American Revolution. However, the history of the College can actually date back much further in the young colony’s history. As early as 1748, there was discussion of establishing a “free school” for the men of the Lowcountry in and around Charleston. In fact, it was in that year that the College’s library was first established with small collections donated from local citizens. Members of the newly-founded Charleston Library Society began to set aside collections that would one day serve as the initial donations for the library at the young Charleston college. Learn more about one of those unique donations here.

So who were our founders exactly? They are truly a “who’s who” of early America…

Three signers of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Heyward Jr., Arthur Middleton, Edward Rutledge; and three framers of the US Constitution, Charles Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, John Rutledge. Not to mention future governors of South Carolina, Diplomats and Ambassadors, Presidential Candidates, and a Supreme Court Justice.

The United States would look quite different today than to the College’s early founders. However, I’m sure the names on this list would be proud of the work, activism, and leadership of the College’s students, alumni, and faculty have taken in their communities both locally and nationally.