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2013 Moore PosterOn Friday March 29, 2013, College of Charleston undergraduates and Academic Magnet seniors will present their research as part of the third annual William V. Moore Student Research Conference. The conference will include a keynote speech from Dr. Scott Huffmon, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Social & Behavioral Research Laboratory at Winthrop University. The event will be held in the Stern Center with the student research panels from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The panels are open to the public.

The student researchers are divided into six panels focusing on the following topics: American Politics and Processes, Global Politics and Spaces, and the Politics of Ideas; with papers on topics from the Tea Party to Chinese politics in Tibet; from the port of Charleston to children’s environmental literature; from campaign finance to human trafficking. All panels will be moderated by political science faculty.

Check out the photos from the conference back in 2011 below:

Accepted Student Weekend: 2013

By Christine Ragusa
Posted on 25 March 2013 | 10:57 am

With over 1300 registered students (and a total of about 3500 people on campus), this past weekend was full of a lot of cougar pride! Despite the rain, accepted students from across the nation joined the excitement and were able to learn more about what the College of Charleston has to offer. Faculty and staff representatives in HSS enjoyed meeting all the students and parents and hope to see you this fall! (And we hope you got a bright green tote bag to remember us by!) Desktop4


The Morning News Tournament of Books, a March Madness-style competition that brackets books instead of basketball teams, is an event John Warner in the Department of English is involved in. The Morning News hosts the event where 16 of the previous year’s best works of fiction enter the Tournament. This year (2013 marks its ninth year), the book tournament has Warner providing commentary.

Want to know how it works?

“Each weekday in March, two works of fiction from 2012 go head to head, with one of our 16 judges choosing which will move ahead in the brackets. Along the way, each judge reveals his or her biases and interests, any connections they have to the participating authors, and, most importantly, an elaborate explanation of how they decided between the two books.

Following each day’s decision, our ToB Chairmen, authors Kevin Guilfoile and John Warner, weigh in with color commentary. Think of it as a bigger-picture view of the proceedings from two experts who have read almost every book in the Tournament. Then we leave it up to you, the reader, to add your own passionate thoughts and rebukes to the mix in the comments section—and it gets pretty hot in there.

From the eight opening round matches to the four quarterfinal matches through the two semifinal matches, the original field of 16 competitors is whittled down to two books. However, before those books can enter the final, championship match, they must compete in the Zombie Round, which brings back two books that were eliminated during gameplay.

How the Zombies are chosen: Before the Tournament begins each year, we ask The Morning News readers to vote for their favorite novel of the 16 that will enter the competition. When we reach the Zombie Round during gameplay, the two books that received the most popular votes from among the eliminated rise from the dead with another shot at reaching the championship.

The two books that emerge victorious from the Zombie Round enter the championship match, which is decided by all 16 judges plus an additional tiebreaker judge. Each judge picks their favorite of the two final books, and whichever book receives the most votes takes home that year’s Rooster.”

Additionally, one of this year’s competitors, Adam Johnson, is going to be part of this week’s Crazyhorse Writers Conference. Adam, author of The Orphan Master’s Son, won his first round match-up!

View today’s round and commentary here. Stay tuned for the winner of this year’s event and additional commentary from John Warner!

Christina Mariano, a sociology major, signs her emails “Fashionably” since she started the College of Charleston Fashion Club back in March of 2012. Before transferring to the College, Christina studied fashion design at a different university and decided to change paths since working in retail. Christina says she decided that studying sociology was the best path to take since she is interested in studying people, their interactions and place in society. Christina explains her experience getting the club started:

I had a few people that were amazing in helping me create the Fashion Club. First was Zykeedric Free, who, at the time, was the Secretary of the Student Body. He kindly spent much time in helping me understand all the forms needed and answering all the questions I had. The second person who I couldn’t thank enough is LaVerne Green. She handles the club budget as Business Coordinator, but she has done far more then just help me budgeting. Ms. LaVerne has spent so much time helping me out and being there when I needed anything; she always made time.

Through this club I hope to learn more about the fashion industry.  I try to take the knowledge I have and put it into the club to helps it’s success. We’ve had a few events since it’s creation in March 2012. Our first event was the “Little Black Dress Event” where girls would come dressed-up and get a free Mary Kay Cosmetics makeover. Our second event was the “What Not to Wear” Event which was inspired by the TLC TV-show What Not to Wear”. We had three students receive a makeover courtesy of Ann Taylor and Paul Mitchell. We gave advice on how to dress for everyday class wear to interview outfits. The next large event will be our own Fashion Show which will be held in April 2013.

In addition to their own events, The Fashion Club has applied to volunteer with Charleston Fashion Week this spring where individual members of the club will spend their time learning the ins and outs of the event and what it takes to put on a fashion show. It will be great experience for Christina, since she would love to work in the fashion industry after she graduates from CofC.

If I could picture my dream job it would be to work for Vogue magazine as editor and chief or work on the design team of a major fashion designer. I hopefully will move to NYC when I graduate and pursue my opportunities there.

To find out more information about the College of Charleston Fashion Club, you can go to their blog, Twitter, and Facebook pages.





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