In the past, we’ve often criticized many of the unsavory activities that have happened within USC’s Greek community. But it gives us great pride to say that there are a few aspects of Greek life that are slowly but surely changing for the better.
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For those Gamecock fans who don’t have the pleasure of experiencing an increase in their tuition fees, you’ll now have the joy of paying a little bit more to see their football team crumble their opposition next fall. For the upcoming 2013-2014 football season, general admission ticket packages and prices will be going up across the board, but not as much as you might think.
We guess it’s time for college students to take on yet another part-time, or perhaps even full-time job. With tuition and fees set to rise across the board this upcoming school year for USC students at almost every campus in the system, it’s clear our state’s legislature doesn’t have its priorities straight.
It looks as if USC is getting smarter and smarter every day. Frequently known as an “up-and-coming university,” we’ll be sure to welcome yet another incredibly bright freshman class this fall, thanks in no small part to the numerous grants and scholarships our school offers.
After a crime wave that rocked the area last year, it’s no secret local residents are bound to have an opinion about the city’s police force one way or another. That’s why with the help of USC and a grant, the Columbia Police Department will be gauging what exactly citizens feel about crime and the police department itself.
After passionately voicing our criticisms of the new football ticketing system all year, we are relieved to hear that USC has switched back to the trusty old system that, although flawed, seemed to work better than the new one did. While a chosen few of us will lament the loss of season passes which guaranteed tickets all semester, reverting to weekly ticket requests is still a much fairer way of doling out tickets.
As yet another semester comes to an end, we understand our fellow students are busy finishing up classes and other academic commitments.
This week, USC’s campus mourned the passing of one of our students, Jessica Clark, who valiantly fought lung disease for many years and even participated in efforts to raise money through the Lung Transplant Foundation during her illness. President Harris Pastides commented Tuesday on Jessica’s passing: “Her story is a heroic one and one that inspires me to worry less about my daily, minor problems and to do more to help others.”
Randy Scott’s tenure as Columbia’s police chief will end May 1, he announced Monday, but too many questions regarding his work and resignation remain unanswered. After three weeks of taxpayer-funded leave and a $50,000 state-sponsored retirement package, Columbia residents deserve more complete explanations than officials have provided so far.
The robbery of three students this past Tuesday in Five Points was a terrible event, as are all the robberies, shootings and sexual assaults that have recently taken place around Five Points and USC’s campus. With the number of incidents we’ve seen this year, one would think that our law enforcement and safety infrastructure would start becoming less reactive and more proactive, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
We’ve already complained plenty about how annoying it is to receive endless emails telling us to fill out course evaluations and how inefficient the system is. We’ve even proposed solutions to improve the system — solutions that the administration, whether intentionally or unintentionally, has turned deaf ears to.
Despite barely offering any financial support for higher education in South Carolina, our state government constantly meddles in the day-to-day affairs of the state’s public colleges and universities. But in a proposed bill before the Statehouse to offer such institutions more freedom in managing important affairs such as construction projects or purchase quality equipment, we worry both sides aren’t looking at the bigger picture.
Each year, USC sends a group of athletic training students to the Boston Marathon for real-life medical experience. But after Monday’s tragic events, we’re glad our Gamecocks were able to give back in a way they probably didn’t expect.
Any discussion over gun control laws is bound to be divisive. But here in South Carolina — a state that’s unfortunately ranked No. 6 in the nation for gun violence — we’re worried that proposed legislation in our Statehouse could cause more harm than good.
April is an eventful month as students begin to finalize plans for the summer, the next academic year and post-graduation. With these plans usually come notifications for scholarship awards, and USC has once again proved that in this department, we know how to succeed.
Unless you are lucky enough to have hit the lottery or perhaps have wealthy relatives, it’s become difficult for many families to afford the rising costs of a college degree. And with a pending increase in the interest rate on some federal loans later this year, it’ll become even more difficult for students to pursue a higher education.
It seems USC has been busy trying to make the idea of summer school cool, and so far it’s succeeding.
When Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott announced his sudden sabbatical from his high-profile post a week ago, we were confused. The city government released a document in response to the requests of many media outlets, and rather than being content with “answers” to the Randy Scott mystery, we’re now even more confused.
While golf may not be quite as exciting as football, the opportunities the sport brings to USC students more than makes up for it. Beginning next week, the 2013 Masters Tournament will once again be arriving in Augusta, Ga., and has brought along with it hundreds of employment opportunities for USC students.
Self Service Carolina still has a few kinks that need to be addressed