Articles by Sig Johannes

Sigrid is the Editor in Chief of CisternYard News. Born and raised in D.C. (yes, actual D.C.), she spends all her time writing, studying, biking and failing at yoga. She is a senior majoring in English and minoring in Political Science and Film Studies.


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Off to the races!

From magazine rankings to movies, most portrayals of Charleston seek to capture the city’s secluded gardens, flavorful cuisine and charming architecture. But what happens when the gracious, old soul of the South collides with the muddy fury of modern politics? Quite a lot actually. Dr. Amanda Ruth-McSwain spearheads the College’s Bully Pulpit Series, a program…

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“Roar for ROAR”: Students Protest the End of ROAR Scholars

On Monday afternoon, a student-led demonstration took place in the Cistern Yard to protest the end of the ROAR Scholars program. Since 2010, ROAR Scholars has been providing “academic and advising support for first generation, low income and/or disabled students.” The program also coordinates an array of support services, service-learning opportunities and cultural events.  Approximately…

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Clinton responds to criminal justice criticism at Town Hall

“We are ready, we are ready, we are ready for Hillary,” the audience sung as they awaited Hillary Clinton’s appearance on stage. On Thursday evening, Clinton held a town hall event at the Royal Baptist Church Family Life Center in North Charleston, hosted by Sen. Marlon Kimpson. The Democratic primary will be held on Saturday,…

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Woman died in Charleston County Jail “deprived of water”

2/24/2016 6:30 p.m. The Post and Courier reported that Joyce Curnell, 50, died last summer in Charleston County jail because she was deprived of water, according to her family’s attorneys. Curnell, a resident of Edisto Island, was found dead in her cell on July 22. According to court documents filed this week, Curnell spent 27 hours…

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Gov. Haley To Endorse Rubio Ahead of Saturday’s Primary

The State reported earlier this afternoon that Gov. Haley will endorse Sen. Marco Rubio this evening ahead of Saturday’s Republican primary. Her support joins tat of prominent South Carolina Republicans Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Trey Gowdy. Rubio is currently polling third in South Carolina, behind Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. The endorsement comes as somewhat…

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In Democratic Debate Sanders and Clinton Spar; O’Malley Gets No Airtime

With about two weeks until voting begins in Iowa, Democratic presidential candidates Sec. Hillary Clinton, Gov. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Martin O’Malley took to the debate stage in downtown Charleston on Sunday night, less than a block away from the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church. After dropping two major policy announcements less than 24 hours before…

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