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MC Dems move forward after 2017 election

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

Led by an executive board of members consisting of President Will Winters, Vice President Nick Peterson, Program and Activities Director Kalyn Carpenter and Communications Director Hannah Young, the Maryville College Democrats (MC Dems) are moving forward with the initiative to make politics more accessible for a greater array of people and to give back to the community in a way representative of the Democratic party’s ideology. “There’s a misconception that you have to be a big political buff to join,” said Carpenter of the impression non-club members have of the organization. But no expert knowledge of politics is necessary to become a part of the organization. What the club is looking for are people who have opinions about the government that they would like to express, people who would like to take action and people who would like to...

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A local treasure: Southland Books & Café

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Features | 0 comments

Tucked away in a corner of Maryville, Tennessee on 1505 and 1507 Broadway Ave., next to  the hookah shop, The Rabbit Hole, and its attic tattoo parlor, The Tattooed Lady, is Southland Books & Café. This reading nook and foodie joint is found amongst a variety of locally owned haunts in an area of Blount County riddled with small, independent businesses virgin to the hustle and noise of an overcrowded tourist industry. This part of town is packed with Mexican, Chinese, Jamaican and Cuban restaurants alike. Southland Books & Cafe was founded in 1992 by David Slough. Over the last decade, it has changed locations and owners until finding its home on East Broadway and is now run by co-owners Lisa Misosky and Catherine Frye, who bought the business in 1999 and have been expanding and improving it ever...

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No more victims: Student life at Smoky Mountain Self-Defense

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

The students of Smoky Mountain Self-Defense shuffled nervously as Roy “Hoot” Shields entered the training room, slapping a baseball bat against his open palm. Shields is the founder of Smoky Mountain Self-Defense as well as the head instructor, a martial arts master, and a former member of the U.S. Military and Federal Services. Shields raised the bat and slowly ambled through the room, pointing at students. “Eenie,” he said. The next student, “Meanie.” The next, “Miney.” Then, “Moe.” The act was a nod to a recent episode of the TV series, “The Walking Dead”. An unearthly hush fell over the room. For a single slice of time, breathing was almost inaudible. Someone subtly swallowed. Another person twitched, most likely involuntarily, then froze once more. “Not funny,” a woman in the back said. Shields laughed with the class and stopped...

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Meido kissa: Behind the doors of Japan’s maid cafe industry

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Features | 0 comments

The meido kissa, also referred to as meido kafe or the westernized “maid cafe”, is a subcategory of cosplay restaurants predominantly found in Japan. In meido kissas, foreigners will find waitresses dressed in maid costumes who act as servants and treat customers as masters or mistresses in their own private home instead of a customer at a restaurant. Cure Maid Cafe was the first permanent maid cafe. It was established in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan in March 2001. Meido kissas are becoming increasingly popular and have even expanded to China, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Mexico, Canada and the United States. The maid costume varies from cafe to cafe, though most are based on the French maid costume, consisting of a dress, a petticoat, a pinafore, a matching hair accessory (frill or bow)...

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Live Like a Local: Spain Edition

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Perspectives | 0 comments

Ana Gonzalez-Tablas is a translation/interpreting major from the University of Murcia in Spain. Speaking of home, Gonzalez-Tablas said, “There are many different regions . . . So many things to do.” One of the first things she recommended were the malls Centro comercial nueva Condomina, Thader and El Tiro. There are many ways to get to the malls and around the city: walking, buses, trams, taxis and trains. Tickets cost between 125 and 145 euros. For a night out, on the weekend, Gonzalez-Tablas suggested Las Tascas around the Animated Forest. It is an area full of bars and pubs, perfect for a night of drunken wandering with friends. For those interested in Spanish nightlife there are also the bars Menos Quarto and Bosque Animado, one of Ana’s favorites. Bosque Animado features indoor and outdoor seating with multicolored lights hanging...

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