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Student Government, to many, isn’t an everyday concern. After all, despite record turnout in the last election, only 27.3 percent of the student body voted.
Last week, Student Government hosted a self-indulgent “Student Government Fall Awards,” where the only awards I could hear over the crowd that paid no attention to the “ceremony” were “Most Innovative Piece of Legislation," “Best Senate Committee” and “Unsung Hero." The rest of the night not characterized by an unruly mob was reflective of the mob’s real desire: to enjoy a party in an expensive art gallery on the university's dime.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the holiday season is upon us. Retail stores are displaying Christmas trees and festive decorations, and storefronts are starting to resemble the inside of a snow globe that relays a warm and happy time of year. Cliche holiday movies are going for a more lucrative approach.
When I saw the trailer for the upcoming "Lion King" remake, I couldn’t help but wonder what the point is. The original movie won’t be improved upon in any meaningful way, and this hollow CGI cash-grab will never supplant the 1994 version in the public consciousness. The only reason this movie is being made is because it gives Disney a chance to rake in money without having to put in the effort of actually coming up with a creative story.
The saying: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” has encompassed how people have viewed success for years. But what if the man does not have the tools to cast a line? What if he does not have access to a body of water? And what if he is taxed every time he goes to use the lake? In order to preach about the path to success, we must first agree where we are starting.
Thanksgiving break has come and gone, and while the break was undoubtedly a relief to many students, residence hall closures added stress to the lives of others. All of the traditional and suite style halls closed over Thanksgiving break, with the exception of Maxcy. While people living off campus or commuting in are not generally affected by this problem, freshman students that have been required to live in residence halls were effectively evicted from their new home for the break.
Third-year English student Christina Roffe in "Students should have more extra credit opportunities" advances anxiety as her chief reason in support of more extra credit. In short, Ms. Roffe's piece cripples the importance of individual responsibility.
Whether I’m outside on a bench, in the Graduate Science Research Center or even in the veterans lounge, everywhere I eat I notice one major difference between me and everyone else. I’m eating out of plastic container I brought from home while others are eating out of Styrofoam or paper bags from somewhere on or near campus.
When you Google, “queer places in Columbia SC,” the first, and only, thing on the page is a list of clubs or bars: PT’s 1109, The Capital Club and Art Bar being the most prominent. All of these, however, do not open until 5 p.m. and are either exclusive to members or 18 plus. On top of that, most of the restaurants or coffee houses mentioned in the “South Carolina Gay Nightlife Guide” are not LGBTQ+ exclusive, but only “gay-friendly,” and while it is good to know where the gay allies take solace, there is still a major need for queer-only spaces that do not serve alcohol.
At the University of South Carolina, some professors see the use of personal electronics in class as a detriment to learning and therefore ban their use during lecture. While this can be argued effectively in that students are proven to retain more information when they handwrite notes, one can contend that banning electronics altogether hurts classroom dynamics and students.
Across the country, Division I athletes sign over their souls to the NCAA in order to get a taste of experiences like Williams-Brice on game day and a scholarship to college they may not have been able to afford otherwise. What they don’t necessarily realize is that, in addition to committing their body and time to their university and their sport, they are also signing away their name, image and likeness.
In low level courses, group projects are not only a terrible teaching tool, but are also a waste of student time. By forcing students to move around an already busy schedule and work with others that have varying levels of commitment, the projects become more hassle than they are worth and a poor example of group work in a company.
As a college student, I have to constantly juggle multiple things at once: classes, homework, my job, well-being, relationships and more. Since I have so many things weighing on my shoulders, I find that I sometimes don’t have the time to put the most effort into my papers and homework and studying for tests can also be a struggle. This leaves me constantly worried and stressed about my grades, and I sometimes fear the worst — failing my classes.
November is upon us, and while for many of the students of USC this is a time of brisk fall air, pumpkin spice lattes and Thanksgiving break, many people around our community are suffering because of lack of shelter from the increasingly cold weather.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has historically made no move to promote the use of electronic cigarettes as a tool for quitting smoking traditional cigarettes. It instead focuses on the possibility of it being a gateway to increased smoking rates, its health risks and its promotion of illegal activities. The WHO should instead be pushing for e-cigarette use because these arguments weaken when placed beside their more dangerous alternatives.
With many new and wacky health treatments coming up every day, there is one that has become exceedingly popular and researched. CBD, or cannabidiol, is proving time and again to be an effective treatment for a range of illnesses. It has even been partly approved by the FDA. However, despite more doctors and health specialists recommending CBD as a treatment, the drug is still not covered by insurance or even completely legal in some places.
As of 2015, an average of 67 percent of all students enrolled full-time get financial support for their education. However, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) does not account for transgender students, or anyone whose sex does not align with the one they were assigned at birth. There are still many queer students who do get financial aid or scholarships, but only by often erasing a major part of their identity.
Anyone who’s been paying even the slightest attention has by now heard of the string of terrorist acts and attempted terrorist attacks carried out over the past few weeks. The sudden surge in home-grown right-wing terrorism reflects the horrid state of American politics, with some citizens deciding to voice their opinions with bullets and bombs rather than ballots.