Thursday, April 3, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Low-Calorie, Low-Fat Homemade Pizzas

Written and Photographed by: Reilly Chapman


Ingredients:
Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins
   (1 roll= 100 calories, 1g of fat)
Great Value Natural Pizza Sauce
   (1/4 cup= 30 calories, 1g of fat)
Great Value Finely Shredded Italian Style
   Cheese (1/3 cup= 80 calories, 6g of fat)
 
 

Instructions:
      1.     Pre-heat oven to 350
      2.     Use the sandwich thins as the crust for the pizza
      3.     Spread pizza sauce on sandwich thins, as desired
      4.     Sprinkle cheese on sauce, as desired
      5.     Leave in oven until it is crispy (about 20 minutes)
      6.     Enjoy your healthy, delicious pizzas

 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Labor Day: Movie Review

by: Reilly Chapman
            
Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, is a modern day romance movie with a twist. If you like happily-ever-afters, this movie is for you….sort of. Kate Winslet (most known for her role in Titanic) is extraordinary; this film really shows off her talent as an actress. Josh Brolin, even though I had never seen any movies he has acted in before, really impressed me. Not many people can portray a sensitive, romantic murderer.
This movie does a really fantastic job of making you feel the emotions Kate Winslet is feeling, and really places you in her position.
I thought it was a little predictable and cheesy at times, but if you like romantic films, this is a must see. I am more of an action movie lover myself, but I enjoyed this movie nonetheless.
            I give this movie 3 stars out of 5, for the simple fact that I found it slow at times and I felt it was lacking action.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Couponing 101

by Reilly Chapman
           I am sure you have been stuck behind an older woman at a grocery store that is holding up the line because she has 500 coupons, right? Or I am certain you have heard of Extreme Couponers, a TLC original TV Series, which shows people getting $900.00 worth of groceries and only paying $38.50 because of all the coupons they had.
As a college student (and possible parent) it is always good to save a buck. If you have ever been curious about how coupons really work and how people get a full cart of groceries for less than one single twenty dollar bill, then you have come to the right place.
          
I, myself, am not yet an “extreme couponer” but I have done weeks of research trying to figure out the couponing formula.
         
Growing up with a mother that rarely buys anything without a coupon, has taught me a thing or two about the couponing world, but nothing compares to the information you learn from couponing blogs and websites. The best one I found with advice for first-time couponers was the Krazy Coupon Lady‑ http://www.thekrazycouponlady.com/beginners
          
The different blogs will teach you about couponing lingo and what to expect with couponing. They break down exactly what you need to know and even tell you individual store coupon rules.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine's Day

by: Reilly Chapman
           It’s that time of year again: a holiday that makes people in relationships excited and people that are single, extra lonely.
What exactly is Valentine’s Day? Saint Valentine's Day, also known as Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them.
It’s basically a Hallmark holiday, with approximately 190 million valentines sent each year in the US.
Many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing gratitude for the people they love or adore. Some people take their loved ones for a romantic dinner at a restaurant while others may choose this day to propose or get married. Many people give greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or flowers, particularly roses, to their partners or admirers on Valentine’s Day.

Top Ten Things to do on Valentine’s Day via [askmen.com]

1. Pop the Question: If you’ve been thinking about asking her to marry you, there’s no time like Valentine’s Day for a romantic proposal. The day is meant for lovers, after all, and getting down on one knee with a ring is one of the best ways you can profess your love for her.

2. Dress up: Pull out all the stops and dress up in your finest. No matter what your plans are-- whether you’ve got reservations at a posh restaurant or you’re eating a meal together at home -- dressing up and good grooming will make the occasion feel extra special. Most women love having the chance to get all dolled up, and you can both enjoy looking your best while spending time together.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Big Band Concert

           The Big Band concert, held at the main campus of Trident Technical College annually, is a definite go-to event.  Last year, I just happened to walk into it, not really knowing what it was all about, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
It is a formal night for everyone in the community to go and enjoy classical music and refreshments, and did I mention it is free admission?!
What is better than going to a free concert?
You can enjoy the live music; you can even dance if you want to.
It might seem like it is geared toward the older generation of students here, but all ages will enjoy this event.
         
As I am a 20 year old who doesn’t particularly listen to “oldies” music much, unless I am with my parents in their car, it is an unimaginable cultural experience to see so many people enjoying music together, dancing and having a good time.
        
Once you are there, you are submerged into the culture, bringing you back to the late 30’s and beyond.
         
It is truly a special occasion that is held at your college, so take advantage of this opportunity!
You do not want to miss the affair of the Spring Semester!
Come on Friday, February 7th from 7:00 pm–9:30 pm!
Don’t forget to bring your family, your friends, and your neighbors!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Steps to Prevent Sickness this Winter

by: Reilly Chapman
          As the temperatures drop, the chance of illness increases.  As you walk down the halls of Trident, almost everyone you pass is coughing or sniffling.  There are ten things you need to be conscious about to avoid the common winter cold and flu:
  1. Wash your hands: Not only after using the restroom, wash your hands after touching anything that has come into contact with other people, i.e. anything you touch at school. Also, remember to wash your hands before and after preparing food.
  2. Don’t touch your face: The easiest place to transmit illness is through mucous membranes such as your eyes, mouth and nose. Even if you just washed your hands, don’t risk it.
  3. Avoid sick people: Kind of self-explanatory. Sick people carry germs; germs make you sick. Make sure if you come into contact with them you disinfect anything they touch.
  4. Take vitamins: Such as a multivitamin or vitamin C daily to help boost your immune system.
  5. Get enough sleep: Even as a college student, it is recommended that adults get six hours of sleep a night. If you feel like you are getting sick—sleep MORE.
  6. Hydrate: Give your body everything it needs to function its best.
  7. Eat well: Eat things that are nutritious and healthy. It’s not a good idea to eat foods that induce inflammation (simple sugars and starches) when your body is already weakened. Green juice is a great way to get extra nutrition.
  8. Don’t party when colds and the flus are around: Alcohol weakens your immune system; cigarettes weaken your immune system; illicit drugs weaken your immune system; and, as already stated, a lack of sleep weakens your immune system.
  9. Skip a workout: your body needs to rest; if you overwork it, it won’t have the energy to fight off the illness.
  10. Avoid group food: Don’t eat food out of a party dish, such as chips or fruit, where other people’s hands have touched it.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Events being Held in Charleston 2013

by: Reilly Chapman

· 23rd Annual Reindeer Run- December 7th at 9am. The Reindeer Run, presented by Half-Moon Outfitters, is a family-oriented, pet-friendly 5k run/walk through the lower peninsula of downtown Charleston, SC. http://www.reindeerrun.org/

· Mt. Pleasant Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show-December 7, Farmers Market Pavilion (Coleman Boulevard and Simmons Street) 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.http://www.comeonovermp.com/index.aspx?NID=114

TTC’s Third Annual Talent Show

by: Reilly Chapman
      On November 22, Trident held their third annual talent show in the 410 building at 6:30 pm.  It was a free event for students/ family/friends. The International Club had a food sale consisting of international foods and desserts, where all the proceeds went to the victims of the typhoons in the Philippines.  They raised over 200.00.  The Student Nurses Association also provided a bake sale for the talent show.  There were twelve contestants, all having incredible talents.  The talent was decided by the three judges, John Wilson (Radio, TV and Film Production), Jennifer Pinckney (Student Employment Services) and Evan Reich (Registrar’s Office).  They did not have an easy job Friday night.

Friday, December 6, 2013

New Soul Food in Charleston: Edible Soul To Go

by Candice Bizzell


New restaurants pop up all over Charleston every month, but recently I discovered a new Soul Food restaurant that had me smiling from ear to ear. Edible Soul To Go at 3910-A Rivers Ave, across from Bernie’s Tires, opened their doors a few months ago and owners Brent Luken and Roc Reed are starting their business off with a boat load of soul.
The two met at a sports bar when Luken brought his homemade seafood Mac and Cheese for pot luck. Reed tasted the seafood Mac and Cheese and started to inquire about who made it. When he found out that Luken was the creator of the amazing Mac and Cheese they sat down and over a couple of beers started talking business. Although they have only been open for a few months, they have been catering parties, weddings and events for some time now.
Edible Soul offers its customers food from their soul. Both of them cook alongside Mr. James, “the older soul in the restaurant and the best chef,” Luken and Reed say.
The two try to use fresh food from local vendors such as Berry Whole Sale and Limehouse. Once they get a better idea of their needs, they will search out more vendors to use for fresh seafood and other items.




New Fitness Club on campus: How you can get involved!

by Reilly Chapman
photographed by Candice Bizzell
       The Fitness Lifestyle Initiative is a new club on Trident Technical College’s Main campus that was established to educate and bring awareness to the Trident Technical College’s student body about the benefits of a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Phi Theta Kappa’s Fall Fellowship Campout

by: Reilly Chapman
photograhs by: Reilly Chapman

       Every year the Carolina’s Region of Phi Theta Kappa decides on a weekend to get together to go camping at Camp McCall in Bostic, North Carolina.
       Phi Theta Kappa, as an honor society, has four hallmarks they strive for: scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.
       On October 25-27, more than 80 members of the Carolina Region and their families got together for a weekend for fun, nature and fellowship.
       This was my second year going camping and I absolutely loved it!
       Everyone has the choice to either stay in their own personal tent or stay in a bunk house provided; last year I stayed in a tent and nearly froze, so this year my family and I decided to stay in a bunk house.
       There are campfires at night, games and activities for children, and ample free time to hike and enjoy the beautiful sites that Camp McCall has to offer.

The True Purpose of Thanksgiving and the Irony of “Black Friday”

 by Reilly Chapman
          While you sip on your pumpkin spice latte and take a stroll through your neighborhood enjoying the break from classes, remember why we as Americans, celebrate Thanksgiving.
It is not about the scrumptious turkey we get to devour for dinner or the sweet pumpkin pie we get to demolish for desert, it is about giving thanks for the freedoms we have and how lucky we are to be in America enjoying a wonderful feast.
It is really easy for one to forget the true purpose of Thanksgiving when you grow up counting down the days until the school vacation, and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade with your mom (or other family member/friend) while he/she cooks a delicious meal.  However, you must always remember that Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621, to celebrate the harvest acquired by the Plymouth Colony after a harsh winter.  Just as the colonists celebrated Thanksgiving with the Wampanoag Indians, we must celebrate Thanksgiving with our loved ones, to give thanks for everyone and everything in our lives, and the privileges we were born into. We can go to the grocery store and buy our food, whereas in the 17th century people starved if they didn’t hunt or gather their food.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Twentieth Running of the Charleston Cup

         The Twentieth running of the Charleston Cup is scheduled to take place at The Plantation at Stono Ferry on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Sanctioned by The National Steeplechase Association, the Cup has become one of the premier sporting events in the Carolina Lowcountry, offering spectators the opportunity to experience live horse racing at its finest.
         Started by the South Carolina Jockey Club in 1986, the Charleston Cup is much more than just a horse race. The Cup is the social event of the season – and definitely not to be missed! You don’t have to be a “horse person” to enjoy all the Charleston Cup has to offer. The race weekend kicks off on Friday with the elegant black-tie Race Ball. Live music, fabulous food and a special race preview combine to make this gala party an essential element in the total Cup experience.
Sunday morning, the real excitement begins as the nation’s top riders, trainers, and owners prepare to compete for purses totaling $50,000. Over 16,000 spectators will enjoy a full day at the races with exciting steeplechase and flat races. The gates open at 9:00 a.m., and attendees arrive early with their picnic baskets packed with everything from champagne and caviar to fried chicken and cold beer. A vendor village and tailgating are in full swing by the time the paddock call rolls around at 12:00 noon.

Friday, November 1, 2013

TTC Offers Courses in a Foreign Country: How Students can Study Abroad

by Candice Bizzell
           Would you jump at the chance to visit the British Museum in London, taste the wine from the Tuscany area of Italy or snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Belize? If you could go and get credit for school, wouldn’t that be the icing on the cake? Well, here is your chance to do just that. Students at Trident Technical College have a chance every Maymester to study abroad.
For six years now, TTC has offered study abroad programs for students in many different fields.  The most popular trip is the London trip, which covers three different literature courses. This last Maymester, five different groups went overseas and received credit in classes that pertain to their field of study.
Ms. Patricia Agnew started the TTC study abroad program. She took hospitality and culinary students to Florence in Italy. Ms. Cathy Schleicher took nursing students to Kenya. The success of these programs opened the door for other study abroad trips at TTC.
This past year, the art history and literature majors went to Greece while another group went to London and Dublin for credit in literature courses. The Nursing and EMS students went to Belize, and hospitality and photography students went to Florence, Italy.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Signs of the Haunted Holiday

By Richard Etheridge
        If you have driven down the west end of Rivers Avenue, you have seen the massive 10,000 square-foot orange canopy that indicates this fall’s latest incarnation of the holiday store, Halloween Express. When you see the Jack-o-lantern façade, there’s no doubt what is under that tent. Like the costumes we masqueraded in as kids for Halloween, there is more beneath the mask than meets the eye.
 I recently spoke with Jeremy McCay, the manager of this haunted hide away, to see how the Halloween of today measures up to the past.
         “It’s becoming the new Christmas!” McCay asserted when asked how the business is going. This may be an exaggeration, but perhaps by less of a margin than you think.
        Parties and events are popping up all around the historically haunted Charleston area. Everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit. Even with the Economic downturn, the Halloween industry is thriving because people want an escape. During the great Depression the only thing that didn’t’ suffer were movies, alcohol, and cigarettes. People find that escape in  cheap and comfortable thrills like dressing up as a monster and playing a game of hide and seek. Plus, candy is always a treat.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Charleston’s Black Smith: Philip Simmons, the Man behind the Iron

by Candice Bizzell
Walking down the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, a visitor cannot help but notice the wrought iron work decorating the historical buildings, houses and gardens. Unless one has a guide or book telling them about this wrought iron, they would never know that Charleston legend Phillip Simmons was the creator of the pieces that decorate the Holy City, with his unique curls and designs; his work is a part of the history of the Lowcountry.
The Philip Simmons house and Blacksmith Shop on 301/2 Blake Street was listed as one of America’s most endangered historic places in 2007.  His house and workshop are open for tourists and locals to visit on Saturdays at 2pm. There, one can see ironwork demonstrations by Carlton Simmons, Mr. Simmons’ nephew, and Julian Williams, his apprentice. Any art enthusiast would be excited to be able to view this demonstration and work by Simmons and his apprentices.
On the 4th Saturday of each month, visitors can take a walking tour with Sandra Campbell. She will “point out the works of Philip Simmons in the Ansonborough neighborhood.” Reservations for this tour are required and are $25. The tour leaves from the Simmons Heart Garden at the St. John’s Reformed Episcopal Church at 91 Anson St.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Getting Around with Public Transit

by Zaneta Kennedy
      With gas prices on the rise, everyone is looking for more cost effective ways to get around. One reasonable method of transportation is the public bus system in the Lowcountry area. The CARTA bus system has an agreement with TTC and offers a six-month bus pass for all TTC students for the Regular CARTA lines for $59.50. (Note: this does not include the CARTA Express lines.) The bus passes are available for purchase at the Main Campus and Palmer Campus Book Stores.
     
In my personal opinion, public transport is a cost effective way to get around. Having lived in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, public transportation alleviates the headache of traffic and parking fees. As a young college student, a bus pass was helpful not only for my budget, but for my freedom as a young adult as well.
     
Don’t just take my word for it. Ella Butler is alumni of TTC and uses public transportation for her daily commute from Moncks Corner to Downtown Charleston.
     
When asked about the level of convenience of taking the CARTA buses as supposed to driving, Butler says, “For me, personally, it is much more convenient to take public transportation to school than to drive there myself.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Trident Tech’s Best Kept Secret: Where is the Wellness Center?

written/photographed
by Candice Bizzell

        How many students know that we have a new Wellness Center? Do you know where it is? Over half the students I ask say they are not aware of the TTC Wellness Center. I am here to tell you that TTC does indeed have a Wellness Center and it is located in between the bookstore and the new TTC Café. Chances are, if you didn’t know about the Wellness Center, you probably didn’t know about the Café either.
      
Before you rush to the Wellness Center, you will need to do a little bit of prepping first. In order to use the Wellness Center, you must be a current TTC student, faculty or staff member. If you are not taking classes, you can’t use it.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Downtown Charleston Bombarded by Zombies!

by Lerraine Haak

       From Meeting to King Street, Zombies are taking over Marion Square in Downtown Charleston. The bodies rising from the graves caused cars to fly off into buildings. The drivers instantly died and came back to life.
       Evacuation plans for the outer areas of Charleston are taking place while zombie hunters and military personal gather to corral the walking dead for scientists to research and explain this unexpected and strange series of events. Well, okay, not really; the zombie apocalypse is not upon us just yet. However, the fourth annual Zombie Walk is coming up soon!
       Haven’t heard of the Zombie Walk yet? Well, it’s a walk where you can be a zombie or zombie killer (the enemy) all while helping a great cause and getting some seriously funny looks from people! What’s not to like?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Charleston Artist Guild, Benefiting TTC Artists

This photo was one of three photos
that the artist submitted that was
accepted into the Spoleto Juried contest.

 
by Candice Bizzell
           Many students at Trident Tech come here to train in one art form or another. Sometimes artists get stuck in their little studios producing art, but not getting it out to the public. Artists should consider joining the Charleston Artist Guild (CAG). The cost of joining CAG is $50 a year starting July 1. If you join after that CAG pro-rates the fee. The benefits of joining the Guild are not just education and exposure, but it can be a resume builder as well.
CAG offers workshops monthly to its members and to the public. These workshops range from painting and sculpting to lighting and Photoshop. The CAG members help artists learn new techniques and enhance their skills in the medium they choose.
A CAG member also receives free entry to Magnolia Plantation Gardens, Middleton Place Gardens and Drayton Hall to photograph or paint whenever they want. This especially is beneficial considering that general admission to all three gardens would cost $61. This pass would allow an artist to gain knowledge of the surrounding areas for future clients and personal benefit.