Can you hear that? It’s the groan of thousands of students learning that the surface parking lot behind the Carolina Coliseum will be closed next week to accommodate the construction of new student housing. When no one thought the parking woes on campus could get any worse, USC advised us that they will — and on short notice. To be fair, Columbia is struggling with a sort of adolescence, and USC is feeling the collateral damage. The increasingly metropolitan city has outgrown its dated infrastructure, meaning resident and student alike must battle with a severe parking shortage that’s exacerbated by inadequate public transportation.
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After months of relative calm, Five Points is back in the news again for all the wrong reasons. A man was shot in the popular hospitality district just past midnight Saturday. Members of the Columbia community, including USC, are left with a question: How can we solve the issue of violent crime in a neighborhood so popular with students?
As Gamecocks, we’re obligated to follow the Carolinian Creed to create a more welcoming school environment. Reading through it, it’s easy to dismiss some bullet points as mere common sense. “I will respect the rights and property of others,” or “I will practice personal and academic integrity,” sound like lessons we were taught in grade school.
The purpose of higher education can be distilled into two central facets: Developing a more complete knowledge of the world and principles that surround us, and reinforcing the type of critical thinking that separates the followers and leaders of our civilization.
Four fourth-year USC students are rallying together to throw the second annual Carolina Ball, a fundraising event for local causes that they dreamed up after attending the Capitol Ball in Washington.
Coach Frank Martin has been suspended for one game after he threw a flurry of harsh language at freshman point guard Duane Notice during Tuesday night’s 72-46 loss to No. 1 Florida. While Martin’s language wasn’t clearly audible during the game’s ESPN broadcast, his tirade was clearly visible, and in this day and age, all it takes is a GIF for even the most amateur of lip readers to get the gist of what he was saying. It doesn’t take much for a public figure’s tantrum to go viral, and Martin’s spat was no exception. Emotion is a part of sports, and every athlete knows that. You can be certain every athletic program does, too. Throw in Martin's reputation as a fiery coach, and we’re willing to bet his intensity this week wasn't a shock to anyone in Athletics. If the ordeal were not smeared all over ESPN Thursday, Martin would likely still be coaching for the team’s regular-season finale at Mississippi State. But the verbal exchange was clearly captured, and Martin won’t be on-board with the team to close out the season. Whether he will be docked for one game’s pay is yet to be disclosed, but we think it’s only fitting that he isn’t paid for work he won’t be doing. While we recognize that his actions were part of the same drill sergeant philosophy he's famous for, it’s clear that he crossed the line. There's no need to berate a player — especially a freshman — to the extent that Martin did.
After five weeks of deliberation, Lindsay Richardson withdrew Student Government’s proposed constitution before student senate could take a vote Wednesday.
If IBM and Fluor do indeed move into an office building planned to be built on USC’s campus, the school will finally be on its way to rectifying wrongs brought about by the poor management and economic climate that initially crippled the Innovista venture.
It’s official; USC has been fined $25,000 by the SEC after students stormed the court to cap off a 72-67 upset victory over No. 17 Kentucky. Since 2004, the SEC is the only conference in college basketball to maintain its tiered fining system to deter court storming. It’s a little stingy, but the system is in place for good reason. With no deterrence, court storming could occur after every victory, even the marginal ones. That’s bad news for everyone. However, we certainly think the occasional stormed court is absolutely tolerable, even with the steep price tag.
Last July, David Navarro, a former captain, accused Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago of trying to steal drugs and a gun from a crime scene with the intent of planting them in an assistant city manager’s car. After months of investigation, officials now say there wasn’t enough evidence to bring charges against him.
Out of the way dusty gravel, TV trucks and pancaked beer cans: Williams-Brice Stadium ain’t going to be that kind of girl anymore. $14.5 million of beauty-scaping around the stadium has been approved by USC’s board of trustees, along with several other projects that will be completed in the years to come. We’re still holding out for a themed restaurant, perhaps a chicken wings joint, but these renovations to the ground’s flora and concrete expanse sure sound like a good start.
In junior “House of Cards” fashion, the house of delegates were upset to discover that its refreshed codes didn’t make it out of the student senate’s rabbit hole in one piece. Somewhere between the house passing the codes and the senate voting on them, the language had changed, but so far no one has been willing to call it anything more than a miscommunication.
Time and time again, our generation has championed equality and tolerance. Young people have fought for same-sex marriage rights, for more equitable income distribution and for further progress toward racial and gender equality.
When it comes to Student Government, Lindsay Richardson knows what she’s doing. As president pro tempore of the student senate, she has overseen a number of major legislative initiatives, including a proposed change to SG’s constitution, new campaign regulations and a hefty overhaul of student organization funding. She radiates a sincerity uncommon in the political scene and is genuinely receptive to the needs of the student body.
Over the last year, the student senate has focused much of its attention on itself and on Student Government. Rather than discuss the issues facing the student body, senate spent countless hours on internal issues.
In politics, you have to be able to communicate, period. From lowly intern to U.S. Senator, if you can’t make yourself be understood then you’re not going to be around for very long. In the end, our decision to support Ryan Harman for student body treasurer came down to his communication skills, as well as his composure and experience, both of which were impressive on their own. Put together, they are the qualities that a treasurer needs to function on a day-to-day basis.
Columbia’s getting a new permanent police chief, and whoever is chosen, he’ll bring a fresh perspective to issues in the department and the city. The current interim police chief, Ruben Santiago, is not a finalist for the job, and only one candidate is even from South Carolina. After going through six police chiefs in seven years, the department will be hiring someone from well outside the department. They could be displeased with what their department has recently produced, or maybe they’re just interested in change for the sake of change. Either way, the chairman of the police chief search committee has said he’s impressed with the group of finalists. Unfortunately, not everyone else is on board with excluding Santiago. Some loyalists think Santiago deserves a chance as a finalist. We aren’t necessarily in favor of leaving Santiago out of the picture, either. He is responsible for refocusing the police’s focus away from underage drinking and onto violent crime, after all. That said, his tenure has faced its share of issues, from a tragic, high-profile shooting in Five Points to an investigation by the state police. Santiago deserves a look for the position, and we trust that the search committee gave him a fair shot at taking over permanently. We can also appreciate the search committee’s preference to hire an outsider. Tradition does provide a sense of security, but looking for solutions to Columbia’s crime struggles from the outside does show a promising yearning for progress. Who the city chooses as chief could mean a great deal to students, especially in light of crime issues just off campus and in Five Points over the past few years. Five Points is obviously a hot topic for the city and the USC community, but it’s a difficult situation that we don’t expect to be completely remedied anytime soon. Maybe a fresh perspective is just what we need to get the streets cleaned up once and for all.
Proactive Gamecocks who brought themselves to the Russell House expecting a candid debate among prospective Student Government candidates were likely very disappointed Monday night. The candidates themselves sure seemed appealing, but there was little of the verbal jousting that provides deeper insight into the candidates’ ability and beliefs. In fact, it wasn’t really a debate at all.
Sometimes going to a school as big as the University of South Carolina can be intimidating. When there are 30,000 or so students, walking to class is like navigating an ocean of unfamiliar faces; something students that previously went to small schools are unaccustomed to. Thankfully, there is one benefit of attending a large school that’s excellent at making the campus seem smaller: student groups. Large schools seem to have more positions in the community than there are students, so you might as well get involved in one way or another. If making new friends and expanding your social circle isn’t reason enough, then maybe the recognition that our Relay for Life team and the upcoming swab drive are getting will convince you to get active.
Two lucky classes got to have former Vice President Al Gore speak to them about the future of American politics via Skype on Tuesday. Gore admitted that no one knows exactly what the future will bring, but it sounds like smart students can speculate and adapt accordingly.