Friday, February 27, 2015

Terra Bella Car Wash!

By Levena Lindahl

Spring is on its way, and that means it’s headed into car wash season!  Get all that winter dirt and grit off of your car and help support Terra Bella as they host this fun event.  Not only can you get your car washed, but you can also enjoy a free hot dog as you wait for your car to be finished.  So come down and support Terra Bella and your fellow students!
Where: The carwash will be located in the 620 parking lot nearest to the greenhouse
When: March 13th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Price:  $5 a car!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Who’s interested in making a little extra money?

By Kimberly Kovacich

Being a student can be difficult. We need to juggle a multitude of responsibilities and never seem to have the needed funds by the end of the month. Some of us work two jobs and still have a difficult time making ends meet. Do you ever feel as if there are just not enough hours in the day? Would you like to earn some extra money without heaping additional stress on yourself? Who wouldn’t?
Three months ago I discovered an establishment which not only keeps spending money in my pocket, but gives me an opportunity to be part of changing people’s lives. By offering my time or a mere three hours a week, I am able to earn “easy money” and walk away with a feeling of accomplishment. Within miles of our school, there exists a facility that allows those with health issues to receive life-giving medicines. It is Octapharma Plasma and it is within miles of Trident Technical College.

Octapharma is a donation center whose primary goal is to collect life-giving plasma which will be made into medicines that help save people’s lives. Plasma is the clear portion of your blood that carries your red cells, white cells and platelets throughout your body. It is completely safe to donate plasma and the fine staff of Octapharma will go to any lengths to ensure that your experience is a pleasant one. Donors are allowed to give plasma twice a week and you will be compensated immediately following your donation.

“Some donors have friends or family members that benefit from plasma products. Others enjoy both the extra compensation and the satisfaction of helping patients. Whatever the reason, donors are making an important commitment to their families and communities. They are heros, saving lives through the simple process of donating plasma. Through a process very similar to giving blood, you will help someone who so desperately needs the life-giving substance that you provide.” (Taken from the brochure of Octapharma Plasma)

General Requirements for Donating Plasma:
  • 18-65 years of age
  • Valid Picture ID
  • Be in Good Health
  • Proof of Social Security Card
  • Proof of Current Residence Postmarked
Octapharma Plasma is located in the North Charleston Shopping Center at:
5900 Rivers Ave.
Charleston, SC 29483

Be Someone’s Hero Today!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Future Alumni Essay Contest

Brrr! How Do You Warm Up?

By Levena Lindahl
There is no doubt about it!  It’s been chilly, and it’s likely going to get colder before it gets warmer.  People all over campus are bundled up against the cold in heavy sweatshirts, layers and a wide array of hats, gloves, jackets, and scarves.  All of these are great at keeping out the cold, but what do you do when it feels like the chill is in your bones?  If you are like most college students, you have a cup of coffee.  But should you order tea instead?  Both drinks will keep you warm, but here are some interesting tea vs. coffee facts that might have you saying ‘tea please’ the next time you order.

You Need a Boost
Your body begins to feel the effects of caffeine in about 10 minutes.  Did you know that caffeine makes your body release hormones that keep you active, boosting your heart rate and blood pressure? But where do coffee and tea differ? One 8 oz. cup of tea can average anywhere from 14 to 61 mg of caffeine, while one 8 oz. cup of coffee can have at least 95 mg.

For Health Surprisingly, it has been found that people who drank four cups of coffee daily were 30 percent less at risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers. It's also been shown that men who drank at least three cups of coffee daily were 9 percent less likely to have skin cancer than those who drank less than one cup monthly.
However, the health benefits of tea—especially green tea—are well documented, too. It’s well known that antioxidants in green tea can aid in repairing a weak immune system because it has EGCG, an antioxidant that recharges the white blood cells that prevent viruses from reactivating. Green tea is also loaded with catechins, powerful antioxidants that research has shown could help prevent some types of cancer, like prostate cancer.

Losing Weight Caffeine has been shown to slightly reduce appetite; however, drinking green tea daily could lead to about an inch off your waistline in 12 weeks, according to some recent studies. That’s because EGCG and caffeine in green tea can help shrink fat cells and makes muscle cells more active.

Gaining Muscle While tea might be better for burning fat, coffee is the winner when you want to build more muscle. Guys who drank 2 1/2 cups of coffee a few hours before working out could sprint 9 percent longer in distance than when they didn’tThis is because caffeine can stimulate your muscles, which can help you power through with more reps. Who knew?

Mood Boosters When British researchers tricked daily coffee drinkers into drinking decaf—they scored the same on puzzle tests as caffeinated coffee drinkers. This is because people have associated coffee with energy and as a result expect to have a caffeine kick, resulting in a sort of placebo effect.  But tea has been linked to calming your nerves, which is a great thing for stressed out people. Jasmine and lavender tea drinkers, for example, experienced a decreased heart rate simply by smelling their tea.
(Many thanks to Men’s Health and The Face-Off: Coffee Vs. Tea)

If you found this interesting, check out this really informative chart
here, its got a lot of really interesting facts about both tea and coffee!


Taxes and Budgeting

By Levena Lindahl

Tax season is often a big deal for college students.  Not only are you heading in to midterms and cramming for tests, you have to make sure you are doing your FAFSA and your taxes too.  It can all be very overwhelming!  (But have no fear! TTC very kindly offers help with your taxes, if you need it.  There are flyers up on campus telling you when and where they will be!)

This time of year is also a good time to start thinking about budgeting.  This is often a fact of life for most college students, the phrase ‘broke college student’ started for a reason.  Instead of running out and spending all of your return on impulse shopping, see if you can save some of your return instead.  Budgeting is a way to save up money for emergencies, for a big purchase you’d like to make, or to go on vacation.  The possibilities are endless; you just have to save first.  

Starting a budget can be daunting, but here are some easy tips you can follow to get started.  And once you get into the habit, you can really start to see your savings grow!

Be Realistic
To start your budget, you need to start figuring out how much money you’ll have coming in every month, and what you think you’ll be spending. Be honest! The more realistic you are about your expenses, the easier it will be for you to stick to your budget.

“Needs” And “Wants” in Budgeting
As a college student, your money’s tight, so it is really important for you to know the difference between “needs” and “wants”.  Knowing this can help you stay within your budget. Remember, needs have to come first, and if there’s money left over in your budget, you can spend the things you want.

Guess Low For Income and High for Expenses
It never hurts to be conservative with your budget, and one way to set yourself up for success is to guess low for income. The reason for this is that you don’t want to be caught short because you were overly optimistic on the money you have coming in.  In addition to guessing low for income, guess high for what you are spending on bills and other expenses.  This way you have a little breathing room in your budget.

Review Your Budget and Adjust if Necessary
A review of your budget every month or so can help you stay on top of your finances. This also helps you see if you are being consistent in what you are doing in terms of spending or saving your money.  Do you overspend? Were you able to save? If so, how can you fix the issue or do the same next month?

Pay Cash
Give yourself a daily, weekly, or monthly allotment of cash, and use it whenever you can. With debit and credit cards, it’s really easy to not really understand how much you are spending, but with cash it’s really easy to see how fast those coffee breaks add up.  This is an easy way to keep an even closer eye on your spending habits.

Forgive Yourself For ‘Splurges’
It’s almost impossible to follow a budget all month, every month. Sometimes unexpected expenses pop up, and sometimes there is that impulse buy that you just had to have.  Don’t sweat it, but don’t let it become a habit either.  

And that’s it!  It really can be that easy to follow a budget!  If you’d like to check out a helpful budget guide, check out this online guide here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day Easy OREO Truffles

By Kim Kovacich

(Makes 3 1/2 Dozen)

1 (16 ounce) package OREO Chocolate Sandwich cookies, divided
1 (8 ounce)  package PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, softened
1 (8 ounce)  package BAKERS Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted

Ready in: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


1. Crush 9 cookies into fine crumbs (Reserve for later)
Crush remaining cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium sized bowl
Add cream cheese; mix well until blended
Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls; about 1-inch in diameter

2. Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet.
Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs

3. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.

Easy and Yummy!


The Silent Ones

by Kimberly Kovacich

Do you ever wonder what goes on in the minds of others? What if the mild mannered waitress, who day after day stifles her true emotions, was to tell her customers how rude she actually thought they were? Every time a speaker steps behind a podium and speaks to a group of yawning individuals, I wonder how much he wishes he could alter his speech and jar them awake. What if we tried a little harder to put ourselves in the shoes of others and practiced showing them the empathy we would so warmly welcome? If a person is unable to ask for understanding and patience, do they deserve it any less? 

I imagine that people with Autism deal with the poor treatment of others on a daily basis. It is, more than likely, a common occurrence for them to overhear others talking about them as if they aren't even there. Now I'm not saying that all people in the world are callous and choose to treat others with this illness in a poor manner; I'm just recognizing the fact that these individuals are often treated as "lesser than." What if we were given the chance to see into the minds of those with this illness? Well, a boy by the name of Philip has done just that. He has given us a glimpse into his mind and has honestly expressed his thoughts and emotions. When asked why he finds it so difficult to make eye contact with others, he graciously tries to shed some light on this misconception. 

A woman with an autistic nephew is finding it difficult to communicate with him. She wonders why he finds it so difficult to make eye contact or why he insists on constantly moving. She expresses this in a blog which is available to those who have these special individuals in their lives. The response from an autistic boy by the name of Philip is both heartwarming and enlightening. 

Philip writes, "I am letting you know about eye contact. My eyes see very well. Most people seem to need to have to look long and hard to make sense of a picture. I can take in a whole picture at a glance. Each day I see too many little petty details. I look away to not get overwhelmed by a lot of little bits of information. I watch things that a teacher or person I listen to tells me to watch. This helps me concentrate on what I should be focusing on. I can search for a teacher's voice to try to focus on. I am academically learning best when I sit side-by-side with a teacher. A seat on the side keeps me focused on your voice and not on visual distractions. I am assessing many sounds too. I have to erase some stimuli to access my answers to people's questions and meet their demands. That is why I don't make eye contact. I am always listening. I listen to a lot of voices. I so love when people talk to me and are not talking like I am not there. I am active because I am unable to feel my body well. People think I am being rude, but I can't help it. I need to move to feel my body, but sitting down at least helps me not walk away from you. Please peacefully talk to your nephew. Let him know you understand. I am sad when people think I don't like them. I love people.  Love, Philip.
~Taken from a post on Facebook: Faith, Hope, and Love....with Autism.

I hope this has helped you as much as it has me. We all have love to give, some may just find it a little more difficult to express it. 
Charleston Southern University
Law Enforcement EXPO
March 4, 2015
On March 4, 2015 the Charleston Southern University Criminal Justice Department is planning a Law Enforcement Expo. I would like to invite the Trident Technical College Criminal Justice faculty and students to attend this major Low Country event. This will be from 9 am – 3 pm at the University.  We have invited law enforcement agencies from all over the area to participate in the LE Expo. We will be providing demonstrations, displays, cars, equipment, job fair booths and any other items or interesting aspects of law enforcement. We will also be providing some or all, K-9 demonstrations, Tactical demonstrations, Bike Patrol demonstration, Simulators, Patrol Cars for competition, Mobile Command Post display, Forensic Display, Tactical Vehicle display, Equipment display and much more.
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
U.S. Secret Service (USSS)
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Hanahan Police Department
North Charleston Police Department
Summerville Police Department
SC Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR)
U.S. Probations Office
S.C. Dept. of Corrections
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Mt. Pleasant Police Department
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP)
S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED)
U.S. Air Force Security Forces (Charleston, AFB)
Goose Creek Police Department
Charleston City Police Department

Police Scuba Dive Unit (University Pool)
Police Motorcycle Unit (Parking Lot)
Shooting Simulator
Crash Simulator
Police K-9 (School Field)
Police Bicycle Unit (Parking Lot)

Keynote Speaker: Sheriff Al Cannon (Charleston County Sheriff’s Office)
This event is open to all for the day. We look forward to seeing you here.
If you have any question, please contact
Dr. Gary Metts

Thursday, January 29, 2015

More Budget Friendly Crafts

by Levena Lindahl

It’s that time of year, and gift giving can be a big cause of stress for college students.  There are so many different ways to make gifts that are practical, attractive and that will be a hit with friends and family.  Here is a way that you can make some of your own potpourri for gifts, or to make your home smell great all year.
Before you make your own potpourri, you should know a bit about it.  Potpourri is a mixture of dried, naturally fragrant plant material, used to provide a gentle natural scent inside houses. It is usually placed in a decorative (often wooden) bowl, or tied in small sachet made from sheer fabric.  Keep in mind, some potpourri can be toxic, so be careful to keep it out of the reach of young children and pets.
Typically, potpourri is used inside the home to give the air a pleasant smell. The word "potpourri" comes into English from the French word "pot-pourri." In English, "potpourri" is often used to refer to any collection of miscellaneous or diverse items.
To make fresh potpourri in the 17th century, herbs and flowers were gathered in spring and throughout the summer. The herbs were left for a day or two to become limp, and then layered with coarse salt, like sea salt.  This dried the plant material, and prevented molds and fermentation. In fall, spices would be added to the aging mix until a pleasant fragrance was achieved, and then scent preserving fixatives in the form of other plant material or essential oils were added. Did you know that there was a potpourri vase specifically designed for holding potpourri? In the traditional designs a potpourri container is provided with a pierced fitted lid, through which the scent may slowly diffuse.
Much modern potpourri consists of any decoratively shaped dried plant material with strong natural or synthetic perfumes, with colored dyes added.  Many times the scent often bears no relation to the plant material used. Sometimes, items which do not originate from plants are mixed in with the potpourri, to give it bulk and to make it more aesthetically pleasing. It is possible to spray scents onto potpourri; however, a fixative is needed so that the scent is absorbed for slow release. Generally, orris root is used for this purpose.
Now, on to making potpourri!  There are several different ways to make your own potpourri, and it’s easy to customize the scent that you want to achieve.  If you are interested in other ways of making your own, follow the instructions here.
 Simple Rose Bowl Potpourri
The earliest recipes for potpourri always used rose petals and were often referred to as "rose bowls". Hence, it is fitting here to single out a recipe for a rose potpourri.
Assemble the following ingredients:
    • 8 cups fragrant rose petals, dried (if possible, use "geranium red" rose, as it mimics the scent of rose geranium)
    • 3 cups rose geranium leaves, dried
    • 1/2 cup orris root powder
    • 3 drops rose oil
    • 2 drops rose geranium oil.
Place the rose petals and rose geranium leaves into the mixing bowl. Add the fixative and stir thoroughly.
Add the oils, drop by drop. Stir constantly as you add the oils so as to distribute them evenly.
Place in an airtight storage container. Store in a dark and dry place for six weeks or more to cure. Shake the container from time to time to help redistribute the ingredients evenly.
Use in a display container. Use the revival method above when the scent begins to fade.
And there you go!  You have made your own potpourri to give or enjoy all year long.  Try different scents and different flowers to get your own personal look.  Have fun, and happy crafting!

Words Are Amazing

by Kimberly Kovacich

Words are amazing. Not only do they allow us to express ourselves, but can incite beautiful emotions or ignite our imaginations and take us to places we had never dreamed possible. They allow us to inspire, teach, encourage, and convey thoughts and experiences. There are a plethora of ways to say things. One might choose to say, "I love my life," but another could opt for, "With every breath, my heart is filled with gratitude in the recognition and appreciation of my very existence."

To put it simply, I love words. A self-proclaimed nerd, I used to actually spend hours reading the dictionary. In the many years of becoming versed in the English language, I have found many quotations which speak to me. Jordan Bates shares my beliefs. He states, "A great quotation, for me, can be a bite size chunk of wisdom, the breeze of an unknown wind, a glimpse into a mind of a genius, or an idea-seed that will prompt me to grow and re-invent myself and my view of the world." 

We give others the opportunity to know us through our conversations. I am grateful for the vast amount of words which we have at our disposal. Words, in the form of quotations, can give us invitations into the minds of others and challenge us to question our beliefs and broaden our horizons. I hope the following might do just that for you:

"You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to." ~Toby Mac~

"Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box." ~Deepak Chopra~

"Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way." ~Charles Bulowski~

"Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity." ~Vaclav Havel

"Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary." ~Warren Bennis~

"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." ~Gerald O'Driscoll~

"Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you, but not in one ahead." ~Bill McGlashen~

"Courage, dear heart" ~C.S. Lewis

Try not to take things personally. What people say about you is a reflection of them, not you."

The world will knock you down plenty. You don't need to be doing it to yourself." ~Elizabeth Scott~

"word after a word after a word is power" ~Margaret Atwood~

I hope you have received some source of power within yourself from these words of wisdom.

The Bucket List

by Kimberly Kovacich

Cage diving with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa, scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, winning the Nobel Peace Prize, or singing to a group of thousands in a packed out coliseum......

We all have lists of grandiose, phenomenal feats that we wish to complete in our lifetimes. We want to be recognized, appreciated, respected, admired, and possibly idolized or revered, but why do we feel the need to be defined in terms of somewhat unattainable acts? Sure, in pursuing these dreams, we could experience a sense of joy, but would this actually bring us the desired sense of accomplishment or confidence we long for? 

I feel that it is vital that we first delve into our inner selves and get to the root of any feelings of inadequacy, fear, self-doubt, or possible self-hatred before we set our minds on achieving these goals. It is a proven fact that the human race yearns for meaning in their lives, a sense of purpose which may seem unattainable. Once we have dealt with the roadblocks within ourselves which seem to waylay any attempt of our changing or pursuing our dreams, we must also choose to refocus our effort towards others, seeking out ways we can contribute to the fulfillment of our fellow man. I find that when I re-route my thoughts onto what I can add to the lives of others, I somehow walk away feeling restored within my soul. In giving away the things I desire, I seem to receive those things in a way I couldn't have on my own. A sense of accomplishment is birthed and the desire to perpetuate this feeling emerges. I feel more connected to others in doing this and any feelings of loneliness, sadness, or incompetency seem to dissipate. 

It is truly better to give than to receive, and in doing so, the payoff is experienced in a manner which not only brings joy to others, but pours contentment, peace, and love into our inner selves. The purpose in which our hearts have been yearning for is beckoning to us, and it is in the form of selfless care of others.

Favorite Films of 2014 - A Comprehensive List

by Bradley C. Harrison

The year 2014 marks the solidification of Netflix becoming a household commodity, whether it’s your brother’s, your aunt’s, or even your own account, almost everyone has access to one.  While you may have used this lovely new luxury merely to binge watch Gilmore Girls and Sherlock, it has caused a seismic shift in the world of film.

Just by giving people the ability to scroll through and see the existence of films like Amelie, Radio Days, and Y Tu Mamá También, the general populous has been exposed to, until now, an extremely unavailable catalogue of independent films. 

This new epidemic of the consumption of independent films has completely changed the taste of many moviegoers.  Movies like Chef, Boyhood, and The Imitation Game all broke into the top 100 domestic grossers, each earning over $24 million.  While this evolution of film going palate is not quite universal yet, it is real, and is certainly reflected in my favorite movies to come out in 2014.

10. Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn
I only went to see this movie because of my friends’ high recommendations.  I expected it to be nothing more than the average super hero movie, full of forced jokes, self-important egos, and no real character growth.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Mark down Guardians as the super hero movie that figured it out.  It toes the line between humor and drama perfectly while the characters have real flaws (not merely being allergic to rocks).  It closely follows the archetype for happy-endings, but the bond formed between the characters and their means of overcoming peril make this movie resonate as a great film.

9. Nightcrawler directed Dan Gilroy
Is Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, who is a systematic, sociopathic, and pragmatic worker, the capitalistic ideal?  Is the man who draws all fulfillments from business success, and who is willing to do whatever it takes to see his company flourish the hero or the villain in our society? Gilroy not only excites and chills in this stunning thriller, but he provides the fuel and spark for some pretty incredible thoughts.

8. The Grand Budapest Hotel directed by Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson has bloomed into full fruition in his latest work.  As visually striking and emotionally subtle as ever, this quirky “rags to riches” story tells of love and the depths of the human soul in an incredibly touching way.  The Grand Budapest Hotel will stick with you as you find yourself recommending it to watch with your closest loved ones. 

7. Interstellar directed by Christopher Nolan
This space epic with McConaughey and Anne Hathaway was more than I expected, but less than I hoped it would be.  Nolan’s rambling about time as a physical dimension refreshingly assumes an intellectually aware audience, while his ability to create a heartfelt story (along with the mind-blowing pictures) provides an awe-inspiring experience.  However, the movie hits you with a lot, very hard and very fast, so that it takes a few viewings to let it all sink in.

6. Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Godard, in his revolutionarily experimental 3D film, is the first to think of the 3D plane and the 2D plane as separate, and thus able to show different stories.  He disregards any form of a narrative and gives us the validation that the human's sensual experiences and ability to conceptualize are our best means of living life.  What Godard has unlocked here gives us an entirely unique way to explore and record human nature.

5. The Babadook directed by Jennifer Kent
Jennifer Kent is the new Charlotte Perkins Gilmore.  She wrote and directed this masterpiece as not just a horror film, but a social commentary on mental illness. In a “Yellow Wallpaper”-esque manner she abandons cheap stunts to scare you, and haunts you into questioning your own senses.  The end of the movie comes and you still aren’t sure if the Babadook is real, but one thing is for sure, the mind can be a very scary and dangerous place. 

4. Wild directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Biopics are hard to pull off.  You start inside of a character’s head and work your way out, and by the time you are all the way out, the character has to be real enough to make you believe you are looking through their eyes.  Vallée’s adaptation of the Cheryl Strayed novel about taking a journey to find oneself, with the beautiful work of Reese Witherspoon, does just that.  The film hits you in the face hard enough to make you feel it deep inside, but when it reaches your soul it is something touching.  

3. Selma directed by Ava DuVernay
“Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man.”  It’s been an involuntary response for all Americans since elementary school.  And while that response is in good sentiment, we often forget to truly examine the man’s life.  Selma provides the opportunity for us to take a step back and observe the load that MLK Jr. and his close followers bore.  It provides us the opportunity to try to understand the importance of his causes and the moral rigidity he had to maintain under great pressure without bending or breaking.  Selma delivers in reminding us that Martin Luther King Jr., in standing up for a righteous cause and providing the perfect example of how to fight for it, was one of the best leaders our country has ever seen.   

2. Inherent Vice directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Two friends of mine tell a story of spending St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah.  All they remember is being completely lost on Sunday, neither showered nor changed, carrying a homemade chocolate cake, when all of a sudden their car appears and they drive home.  Just as eggs are bound to break and milk is bound to spoil, there is some inherent vice in living life like that.  But Paul Thomas Anderson says there may be more to it.  No matter how much of a haze you’re under or how much society frowns upon you, if you try to do good, then you’ve done good.  He delivers this hazy, quirky, and stumbling detective drama in grand style, and though it may be somewhat incoherent, it satisfyingly delivers one of the most humorous, captivating, and fulfilling stories of the year.

1. Boyhood directed by Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater writes dialogue like no other, creating human characters with touching intellectual depth.  Boyhood is Linklater’s magnum opus, his grand work of literature, truly capturing the human condition.  Conceiving the idea over a decade ago, Linklater filmed with the same cast (centered upon then 5 year old Ellar Coltrane) once a year, every year, for 12 years, recording all the moments that standout as memories for a boy growing up in this era of American life.  It’s nice to know that 50 years from now, when my grandchildren ask me what my childhood was like, I can show them this film and be completely satisfied.

2014 was an incredible year for film.  While movies are meant to entertain, many have so much more to offer than that.  Watch these movies and be entertained, but allow yourself to experience all they have to offer.  Become connected with the characters, examine the psychology, experience the nostalgia, be drawn into the stories of each, and find out for yourself how films can truly be fulfilling pieces of literature and art. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


The Trident Times took a hiatus between fall and spring semesters but will be back with NEW stories in the next few days! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TTC's Annual Community Activities Fair

will be held Wednesday, October 29
from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
in the Student Center Lounge of Bldg. 410.
The purpose of the fair is to familiarize TTC students, faculty and staff
with services on campus, volunteer opportunities with community agencies,
and services available in the community.
Listed below are the agencies and organizations registered to attend:
Amedisys HospiceAmerican Red Cross
Berkeley Citizens, Inc.
Berkeley County School District
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Camp Rise Above
Center for Women
Charleston County First Steps
Charleston Wesley Foundation
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Dept.
COBRA – Sickle Cell Program
Eagle Harbor Ranch
East Coast Migrant Head Start
East Cooper Community Outreach
Florence Crittenton Programs of SC
Footlight Players Theatre
Guardian Ad Litem
Jersey Mike’s           
LifePoint/Donate Life South Carolina
Lowcountry Orphan Relief
Midland Park Community Ministries
MUSC Volunteer Services
Palmetto Medical Initiative
PRO-Parents of SC
Ralph H. Johnson VA Voluntary Service
Reading Partners
Regions Bank
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
South Carolina Federal Credit Union
South Carolina Legal Services
S.C. State Credit Union
Sumpter Free Health Clinic (Berkeley)
WINGS for Kids
As you can see, a variety of agencies will be on campus. Please take advantage of this opportunity to find out a little more about services available to you and your family.