Gun store sales increase during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has negatively influenced almost all businesses, but one thing the pandemic has been good for, is gun sales. Local gun store, Rivertown Gun Depot, has had the busiest year since they first opened shop. Due to COVID-19, people have realized they must start taking care of themselves, rather than be reliant on the police. For many, the solution to that problem is to buy guns. Manager Gage Jordan said that the shop has a line of customers every day before they open the doors. “They were about ten times more than we normally do,” Jordan said when talking about this year’s sales. “We were doing about $100,000 a year, and we’re over a million, already.” The only problem the pandemic has ca

Two CCU students created an online business selling earrings

During Dec. 2019, two Coastal Carolina students fell in love with making earrings, so they decided to turn their expertise into an online business called Tally Clays. Jordan Tittle and Samantha Elsey first started making earrings because they wanted to give their families “creative and personal” gifts for Christmas. Yet, what initiated the idea of starting a business was their passion for making earrings, and to potentially make a profit off them. “We started this because we were broke college students who wanted to make money in a different way,” said Tittle and Elsey. “We didn’t want to do a regular 9-5 job. Tally Clays has given us the opportunity to make money doing something we love.” T

CCU football declares another win after playing Georgia Southern

Coastal Carolina’s first game as a top 25 ranked team was this past Saturday, Oct. 24. The Chanticleers beat Georgia Southern, 28-14, improving to 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in conference play. The headline of the game was starting quarterback Grayson McCall’s inability to play due to injury. Backup quarterback, junior Fred Payton, threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, as well as two interceptions. So far this season, each CCU football game has been televised on an ESPN channel. The game was tied at 14 going into the fourth quarter, with neither team scoring in the third. One touchdown was a 24 yard catch by senior running back CJ Marable, and the other was a 20 yard rush by sophomore run

Ten fashion trends that have resurfaced over the past decade  

As fashion continue to evolve, the industry is taking a blast from the past and spicing up old fashion trends. Enjoy these cute, old school trends that will have everyone looking at you. 1) Fuzzy sweaters Fuzzy sweaters became popular in the 1940s, and continued to stay trendy until the 1960s. Then, fuzzy sweaters returned the in 1990s for the Y2K fashion trends and have, yet again, made a comeback with being a big part of 2020 fashion. Photo courtesy of Shein. 2) Chunky chain necklaces Celebrities like Billie Eilish have brought back many fashion trends; one of them being chunky chain necklaces. However, chain necklaces started their popularity in the 1980s. Hip hop group, the Beastie Boys,

COVID-19 is still our reality

Everyday people are mentally struggling because they’re having to worry about wearing a mask in public, maintaining social distancing and trying to avoid COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, 40.9% of respondents in a digital survey reported having a harmful mental health condition due to COVID-19. Also, the CDC discovered that the percentage of recipients who considered suicide due to the pandemic were especially high in people ages 18 to 24. This doesn’t mean that we should just forget about COVID-19 and go party with our friends to finally have fun. As a college freshman at Coastal Carolina University, I would love to go out, meet new people, and not

The media turned face masks into fashion accessories, and we’re loving It

Billie Eilish at 2020 Grammy Awards. Photo courtesy of Footwear News. With face masks being the new “norm,” the media has taken masks and turned them into fashion pieces. Since the Coronavirus pandemic has been a global phenomenon, the United States progressively made mask wearing mandatory in various states. Although not all 50 states had to abide with the mask regulation, the media took face masks and turned them into art.  Company’s began selling masks with patterns and designs, and some people started creating their own DIY’s. Looking beyond media portrayals, the United States didn’t start the trend of face masks being fashion accessories, but merely “stole” the idea and made it their ow

Chanticleers defeat ranked team, Louisiana

The Chanticleers claimed their first win against a ranked opponent in program history on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Coastal Carolina beat No. 21 team Louisiana, 30-27. Throughout the game, the scoring was continuously going back and forth. One team would take the lead, then the other would get the ball, score, and tie it up. Both teams missed an extra point after their second touchdown to keep the score balanced. This continued until the end of the fourth quarter when junior kicker, Massimo Biscardi, broke the 27-27 tie with a 40-yard field goal and ultimately won the game for the Chanticleers. Quarterback, Grayson McCall, continued his recent success with another impactful stat line. McCall went 1

Chanticleer men's soccer team wins season opener

Coastal Carolina’s men's soccer team opened their season with a victory of 1-0 over the Georgia State Panthers during a home game on Saturday, Oct. 10. Coming into the match, the Panthers had only given up two goals throughout five matches and had three consecutive shutouts. The Chanticleers, who didn’t have any previous matches, entered the game with a roster comprising of 25 new players, 18 of which were freshman, and seven that were transfers. Both teams' defense put on a spectacular show, making it difficult for either sides offense to contribute much throughout the game. The games lone goal, and the Chanticleers first of the season, was initiated by Marcello Jones, who made a pass to Ma

Six trendy clothing items for men to rock this fall

Men's fashion has become a huge trend over the past few years. From James Dean to Harry Styles, men expressing themselves through fashion has finally become culturally acceptable. Here are some inexpensive and trendy fall fashion pieces for men who want to improve their style. 1. Leather jackets Leather jackets are the staple for a “bad boy” look. Leather jackets bring an expensive look to any outfit and can be paired with everything. Photo courtesy of BooHoo. 2. Flannels Flannels are a classic when it comes to fall. However, the best part about them is that they can be dressed-up or dressed-down. To dress-down a flannel, just wear jeans, or even shorts, with a t-shirt. To dress-up a flannel

Chanticleers beat Arkansas State in second home game of season

Coastal Carolina University played their second home football game this past Saturday against Arkansas State and won, 52-23, improving to a 3-0 and 1-0 conference. This was CCU’s first win against the Red Wolves in the fourth matchup between the teams. The team strived offensively, manufacturing 539 yards: 322 passing and 217 rushing. Senior running back, CJ Marable, led the team in rushing with 15 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back, Shermari Jones, and freshman running back, Braydon Bennett, both also rushed for one touchdown each. Quarterback, Grayson McCall, once again topped the Chanticleer stat book with 322 passing yards along with 44 rushing and four touchdowns,

CCU theatre professor Robin Edwards-Russell goes viral on Tik Tok

Robin Edwards-Russell, an associate professor of theatre, went viral on Tik Tok for dancing; a story was released by University Communication around late August. Russell’s daughter, Grainger, recorded a Tik Tok video of her mother dancing on Zoom with students on the first day of classes. Dance Day is a tradition where Russell gets her students to dance for an unspecified amount of time. “There’s so many things that you could see in a person. The one thing that I see in somebody is, of course, their stamina. The other thing I look at is: ‘Are they capable of making big choices?’” said Russell. In acting, Russell stated that actors [and actresses] love to make large choices and take a leap of

Board concludes presidential search: Michael Benson to begin next semester as CCU’s third president

Michael Benson. Photo courtesy of The Office of University Marketing. It was announced today, Oct. 2, 2020, that the Coastal Carolina Board of Trustees selected Coastal Carolina University’s next president. Michael T. Benson, D. Phil, will “begin serving as the University’s third president on Jan. 2, 2021,” the email from the Office of University Marketing said. Benson has had several years of experience in the field of higher education. The Office of University Marketing gave some insight into his background. “Benson served as the 13th president of Eastern Kentucky University from 2013 to 2020 and was named president emeritus of EKU in December 2019. While at EKU, he held an appointment as

Netflix movie, “Cuties”, receives backlash after a misleading poster

French poster vs U.S. Netflix poster. Photo courtesy of Deadline. French film “Mignonnes,” or “Cuties” in English, was released on Netflix in early September, creating major controversy. The movie, directed by Maimouna Doucoure, is about an 11-year-old Muslim girl named Amy, who joins a group of dancers her age called, “The Cuties.” The type of dancing they perform could be presumed as twerking or grinding, while wearing skimpy outfits that show a good amount of skin. In the film, Amy’s mother gets upset because Amy is going against their religion and becoming an embarrassment to the family. Right away, based off that description, many Americans went ballistic over the movie before it even c

Six trendy and inexpensive outfits to wear this fall

Fall is here, and it’s time for a makeover. Enjoy these trendy, and inexpensive, clothing items to spice up your wardrobe. 1) Sweater vest with a pop of color: $18 Sweater vests have been turning heads this fall, and I can’t get enough of them. With a pop of color, this stylish, cozy look can be dressed up, or dressed down. For a dressed-up look, pair it with mom jeans, and a bodysuit, or collared shirt underneath. If you want a comfier look, pair it with leggings and a long sleeve underneath. 2) Grid skirt: $19.99 Grid skirts are simple, yet stylish. They have a sophisticated pattern that can be paired with anything. To accentuate the look for Fall, add a chunky sweater or pull-over. These

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