Tongy's Is Lit, But Have You Been To SōL?

Tongy's Is Lit, But Have You Been To SōL?

We Don't Care What You Come With, What You Believe, Or What You Wear, Just That You Love People And Want HOPE.
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To my fellow Chanticleers,

As we know there's not much Coastal lacks, and that's part of what makes it so special to us Chanticleers. As CCU students we are diverse, there's no one type of person here. Coastal took this into consideration when building up its community, which is why so many different types of students call it home. No matter where you are from, Sydney, to Tokyo, Massachusetts to right here, born in raised in Conway, there is guaranteed to be a group of people just like you. From our most recent National Championship Men's Baseball team 2016, to our women's volleyball Sun Belt Champions 2016, to our sorority and fraternity life, to The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), to the CCU fishing club, to our beach volleyball team, you name it, there's a community within Coastal for every personality type. A home away from home as we (members of Coastals Greek community) like to say. These separate communities keep us busy, socially connected, and focused on our more temporary-college-goals. They also give us connections for our immediate after-college-goals, and friends that will hopefully last a lifetime, but wait, something detrimentally important is missing here. What about our long-term goals, our spiritual goals? When it’s time to get serious about our impact, the mark we wish leave on this world, you know, when we’ve become “our person.” Not who we were in middle school, high school, and no, not even college, but our true person. The person we’ve been working towards all these years, because the fact is, although we don’t like to admit it, we’re still figuring ourselves out.

And that’s okay, that’s why we’re here. Because we’re not ready yet, our spiritual journey is still taking place, but who’s helping it along? Unfortunately, at Coastal, the answer is probably you, and you alone. The truth is, there’s a lack of spirituality on this campus, and there is a lack of emphasis when it comes to the most important thing there is, our soul; our soul the essential of our beings, and our spiritual journey, the most necessary of all journeys. Because no matter what type of student/person, no matter what organization we belong to, each and every one of our journeys purpose is the same, to find truth. We are all seeking truth, and we are all seeking hope for truth.

But we shouldn’t have to embark upon this spiritual journey alone. In fact, we can’t do it alone. As humans, community is a necessary part of our being, it’s in the scriptures “to bind them together in love and to encourage their resolution until they are rich in the assurance of their complete understanding and have knowledge of the mystery of God.” Colossians 2:2. And within this community, in the midst of Gods work, and his love there is truth, and there is freedom "where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17 That is why I’m telling you of an amazing new community amongst Coastal Carolina University’s campus—SōL. Based off this verse (2 Corinthians 3:17) and students with a passion for a that can never die. People just like you, and just like me, seeking truth, hope, and completeness of the soul.

It began about a year and a half ago with three people, and has grown immensely. Here’s what one of them has to share with you about SōL, and why you should share in it.

“God gave a dream to us to bring freedom and truth to the college atmosphere. As I went in my early years of college I noticed the lack of Jesus on this campus. I'm not talking about Christianity but the love of God and open arms. Which seems to be seen at Coastal as harsh and judging.. but it's actually the complete opposite. So "Young and Free" was born. Based off 2 Corinthians 3:17, "where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom." Recently we changed to SōL because of copyright and creating a more mature atmosphere. The vision of SōL has been to simply, gather people in love and make Jesus known. It slowly grew from 3 to 20 to 30 to 50 to 70 and now between 80-120 people weekly. It's crazy the work many of us leaders/people have put in and what God has shown us along the way. It's different because students are leading students. We hate calling it an organization because it's not. It's a gathering of people, a community, ultimately drawing to one name, Jesus. We don't care what you come with, what you believe, or what you wear, just that you love people and want HOPE. Seeing hope is key to what we do. By gathering up with food, throwing parties and listening to music, that's really the smaller details. Yet, within it has formed crazy friendships and relationships and bonds that will last forever. That's because it'll always be about Jesus at the core. We threw a Christmas party of 125 people and saw "broke" college kids give $350 to families without gifts this Christmas, that’s Jesus, and that’s hope. Now into the new year, we are gathering even bigger, and longing to reach a campus in a way no other organization has. We long to be different. We long to love people so well, and call all to belong. The heartbeat is to make Jesus known in every crack and crevice of this campus whether dark or light. We don't like to call ourselves super churchy, just love and God. Simple. We want to carry this love and this name of Jesus to many campuses around by planning over time, starting with Coastal, and with you. This model we have, we believe to be a game changer. In the next year we long to seek investors and make moves, ultimately plugging young folks into church and building better men and women. Right now, 81% of college students don't attend church. We believe it's because they first, have nowhere to go. We the people are the church. We want SōL to be that place for college kids. It's a loving and real environment and I promise you want to be there...”

So, I get it, "Tongy's is lit" but this Tuesday I'm asking that you give yourself to something more deep. Come experience Coastals community in a way you never have before. And most importantly, don't forget.. CINO

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25 Things To Do After 1 a.m.

You never remember the nights you went to bed early.
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I'm a night owl, and at a clean, Christian university, it gets a bit rough trying to find things to do after one in the morning. If your adrenaline's pumping with or without friends, here are some things you can do for free or using that crumpled twenty dollar bill in your pocket.

1. Dick's.

If you're feeling frisky in the wee hours of the morning, head to Dick's with some friends.

Or if you're looking for something more adventurous...

2. Watch a movie.

Reserve a time slot at the movie lounge in your dorm, pop some popcorn, and watch your hall mates cry at your favorite tearjerker.

3. Go on a walk to nowhere.

Without using a map, just walk with no destination in mind. Try to find your way back without any assistance. Of course though, be safe.

4. Jam out.


Bust out someone's guitar or triangle and go to town. If you don't know anyone who plays an instrument, borrow a speaker and blast a good tune.

5. Cards Against Humanity.


People get weirdly inappropriate when they're tired, this makes it the optimal time to play Cards Against Humanity.

6. Gasworks Park.


I swear the park is more beautiful at night when no one's there. Plus, nothing beats the adrenaline rush than when geese surround you on all sides.

7. Late-night drive.


Go for a scenic drive like the one shown above.

8. Go somewhere that's usually full of people and see it empty.

It's hauntingly beautiful to see somewhere that's typically crowded and see it completely empty. It's a private moment that you'll get to remember every time you go back.

9. Watch something in your queue on Netflix.


Hey, you put it there for a reason.

10. Learn that one thing you've been meaning to.


Whether it's a new skill, language, or hobby you want to pick up, learn it now! There's no time like the present. Or, surf some Wikipedia articles and jump from one related article to the next.

11. Scooter races.


Find out which of your hall mates will do anything to win.

12. Table topics.

If you want to find out more about your friends, but the only question you can think of is, "How do you feel about Dick Cheney?" Table Topics are perfect.

13. Retail therapy.

Or, you can do what I do and add everything to my basket and then cry when I see the total.

14. Watch the airplanes fly in.


Knowing that each airplane holds dozens of people who have their own lives and are off on adventures or returning home is so humbling. Also, airplanes look like shooting stars if you squint.

15. City wide Fugitive.


Basically Cops and Robbers, there are two groups of people. Group A tries to make it from Point One to Point Two (we had everyone meet at a park and try to make their way back to campus) without being caught by Group B. Group B is usually dispersed into cars and they flash their headlights at someone from Group A if they're seen.

16. Beth's


Who isn't down for breakfast food at two A.M.? Any 24 hour diner will do, but Beth's is the best.

17. Pinterest baking party.


Even if you don't succeed, it'll make for a good photo (and hopefully still taste good).

18. Salsa dancing.


Or swing dancing. Or learning how to do the latest dance. Dancing is the perfect way to bond by making fools of yourselves. Plus, it might lead to a vicious dance battle between R.A.'s.

19. Picnic on a roof.

Preferably a flat roof that you're not trespassing on, but make do with what you can.

20. Stargazing.

Stargazing is my absolute favorite way to pass the time using the Planets app on my phone. If you're having some trouble identifying the stars, Star Chart app is super easy.

21. Watch the sunrise.


Just pull an all nighter to see the sunrise. It's way more rewarding compared to seeing a sunset.

22. Get a tattoo.

If you just want something simple and know someone who has experience, get a stick and poke tattoo. Even though stick and pokes tend to not last as long and don't look as clean as a professional tattoo(you have to go over it a couple times), it's still a tattoo! Make sure the needles are sterile and you're using the right ink.

23. Skinny dipping.

Maybe not during this time of year in the Pacific Northwest, but spring has to come around sooner or later.

24. Karaoke.


Hit up a karaoke bar with some friends and sing your troubles away. Boxcar Ale House, Ozzie's in Seattle, Crescent Lounge, and Hula Hula are open until 2 a.m. while Seattle's Best Karaoke is open until 3 a.m.

25. Sleep.

As my roommate always says, "Nothing good ever happens past 2 a.m."

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To The Girl Who Gives Until There’s Nothing Left, It’s Time To Focus On Yourself

Sometimes, you have to finally put yourself first.

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To the girl who gives until you can't, I know you. I know you because I am you. I have been in the same shoes you have, and I have given myself to others until I couldn't anymore, and it still wasn't enough for those around me. And you know what? That's ok.

You see, we give and give and give because we care. We put others needs and wants above our own, and we do this because we want the people we love and care about to be happy and to feel loved. In the process though, we can sometimes lose ourselves, and I'm no stranger to this. I've played the part, in my relationships and friendships, I've made excuses for people and seen their lack of reciprocation of care as a mistake, not an outright disrespect to myself. And I've done this until I can't anymore. I give myself to a person until who I am has been decimated to making them happy. But I've realized that we can only give for so long. We finally reach a certain point in our lives when we can't give anymore, and we have to rebuild ourselves on the idea that it is finally our time to be happy.

Your happiness is what's going to get you places in life. We have only one life to live here on Earth, so while we have this short time, make yourself happy while trying to make others happy. For those who truly love you and who care about you as much as you do them, they will want to see you just as happy. So girls, whether it be in your romantic relationships, or your friendships, or even your familial relationships, just know this: You will reach a point when you can't give any more. You will be broken, and you will have a sense that you have lost yourself. Just know, you can and will pick the pieces up and when that time comes, that is your signal that now is the time to focus on you and your happiness.

It will be ok, and you will be ok. You've given so much to make others happy, now it's your turn to make yourself happy. It's time to find the things that make your heart warm and your insides tingle. It's time to find the little things in life that bring you joy. It's time to make your life about you. So go get lost in the sound of the ocean waves. Go to that art show you've been dying to see. Take that class that you're interested in. Find the things that you feel make your life meaningful and happy.

Take care girl, because I speak from experience when you make your life about the things that bring you happiness, everything in your life becomes more worthwhile and has more meaning. Life becomes golden when you pursue your own happiness.

With loving sincerity,

A girl just like you

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