The other day country icon Willie Nelson got into some hot water with his more conservative fans over his very public support for Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic candidate for Congress from Texas. For those who don’t know, O’Rouke’s campaign has garnered public attention because he is directly challenging Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and preliminary polls suggest he may even win.
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This is parents week and my son asked me to write something. While writing, my mind went blank for couple of minutes and I started thinking of my role as a parent.
I grew up a Gamecock fan, attended the University of South Carolina, am a Gamecock and, now, the proud parent of a Gamecock. That’s me.
When our older son, Dan, headed to the University of South Carolina three years ago, my wife Cathy and I were sad for ourselves but excited for him. Even though Dan had the opportunity to go to universities in Georgia, he decided USC was best for him. Instead of being 30 minutes away, he was three and a half hours from our home in Atlanta.
Through the years, our three daughters have largely made parenting easy, but my wife and I were not prepared for the challenges of parenting from 800 miles away. While we have never been helicopter parents, we have always been a part of our girls’ lives. We knew their teachers. We knew their spiritual mentors. We knew their schedules and their whereabouts. And we always sought to have the home where their friends wanted to hang out so we would know each of them too.
Like it or not, American culture is somewhat bizarre. We are one of the richest countries in the world, but we were recently ranked 27th in the world for healthcare and education by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. We never cease to proclaim our love for democracy and freedom, but we align ourselves with nations like Saudi Arabia that undermine those principles, and allow the ruling class to subvert those ideas with mass surveillance and anti-voting tactics like gerrymandering and purging voting lists.
Combat sports such as boxing, Muay Thai and wrestling are great activities that everyone should pick up. They provide too many benefits for someone to pass up. That being said, college students especially should pick up combat sports as our demographic can greatly benefit from it.
For the past few months, the Roman Catholic Church has been shaken by allegations of sexual misconduct conducted by church officials across the world. The scandal has extended through all levels of the Catholic Church hierarchy, with some accusing Pope Francis of doing little to address the serious concerns.
The recent prison strikes have made prescient certain aspects of the U.S. prison system that need changing but there is an important, often ignored, issue in the U.S. prisons that also needs to be addressed: the prison suicide rate.
One thing that the presidency of Donald Trump has shown is that it’s imperative that our president is of sound mind. President Trump’s behavior over the course of his presidency has been downright bizarre at times, and his actions have raised serious questions over his mental fitness.
In case you didn’t notice, shopping malls of today are shadows of their counterparts of last century. What once were bastions of consumerism and hubs of social activity, many malls around the United States are failing or lie abandoned, leaving hulking concrete structures in their wake. Anchor stores, the large department stores or sporting goods stores that usually prop up malls, are dying off. Stores like Sears, JCPenny, Macy’s and the like are going the way of the dinosaur, in a feedback loop that is pulling malls down with them. Is this the future of American colleges?
The recent shooting of Botham Jean is arguably the single most egregious instance of a police officer taking the life of an innocent civilian in recent memory. Shot while sitting in his own apartment and minding his own business by an off-duty officer who mistook his apartment for hers, the shooting seems to be a pretty unambiguous case of manslaughter. Not content with merely taking his life though, the Dallas police have decided to add insult to injury by scouring through Jean’s belongings in what amounted to a desperate attempt at smearing the victim.
My mom once promised to take me to the store to get candy when I was a kid. It was right after a football game, and I had all these high expectations about what I wanted to get. I didn’t make any post-game plans with friends because I was dedicated to the idea of going to the store. Then, my mom cancelled the store trip, and it was too late for me to go hang with my friends. I felt so betrayed by my mom. And up until Saturday night, I'd never felt such betrayal again. But then, the school had to tweet out that classes were "uncanceled" on Monday.
Last month, for the first time in nearly 21 years, South Carolina reported a case of measles. SCDHEC has not yet stated whether the individual was vaccinated or whether this case is connected to the wider outbreak in the U.S., but, regardless, this is troubling news.
The USC add/drop date for the fall 2018, the deadline for deciding whether you want to keep a class for the semester or drop it without any consequences, was Aug. 29. Classes started this semester on Aug. 23. This gave students only about two class sessions to figure out if they wanted to keep a or course or not, which is just not enough time.
Labor Day is another one of those American holidays that, while celebrated with a day off, has lost much of its original meaning. Like Columbus Day or Thanksgiving, among others, Americans love to find any excuse to take off work without understanding why. Given that we take less vacation than Medieval peasants, people are often eager to get a day off, no questions asked.
What would you do if you found out your favorite Five Points bars are profiting from practices of racism and discrimination? The State reported Aug. 18 that bar owner, Matt Shmanske, owner of Moosehead Saloon, Latitude 22 and The Thirsty Parrot, is accused of trying to revamp a bar that had gone “too dark.”
I know one of the greatest appeals of reading the Daily Gamecock opinion section is to surround oneself with the brightest minds of our generation, who are never wrong nor contradict themselves. However, I am writing this to humbly express the revelation that I was wrong about Omarosa Manigault Newman.
The death of John McCain has, perhaps more than any event since the dawn of the Trump era, united partisans from across the aisles in the mourning and celebration of a man almost universally hailed as a genuine American hero and political maverick.
Students spent a pleasant, relaxing summer away only to be backstabbed on their return — Russell House food was changed. Gone are Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and that quality Asian restaurant that no one knew the name of. Instead, frauds filled in their places and hid their food downgrades behind the niceties of a fancier looking food hall.