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Students change majors to fit interests

Majority of undergraduates struggle to select career path Four years. That is the standard amount of time the typical student is given to determine a path for the future. Most students only have that short window of time from age 18 to 22 to choose a specialty and earn a degree that will direct their future careers.


Fast and fried over fresh and fit

Students choose less healthy options for convenience, prices Students often say it is impossible to eat healthily on campus. The real question doesn’t concern availability of healthy food, however, but rather the popularity of it.


Meeting explains cost of campus entertainment

Carolina Productions hosts Town Hall, sees low turnout Over the past few months, Carolina Productions has received some criticism regarding how it spends its money and decides who will speak or perform at USC, yet only nine people attended their Town Hall Meeting to express concern Monday night. “I’m not sure if [people didn’t come out] because it’s getting close to exams and students have a lot of papers or stuff like that to do. Maybe there wasn’t as big of a concern as we were expecting,” said third-year business student and Carolina Productions President Alexandra Rippy. “It could have been anything.”


Greeks continue colorful tradition

Annual trips include costly painted coolers It's that time of year when the leaves are starting to change color and temperatures have cooled below 80 degrees, and for many students at USC this means it's time to head to the mountains."Mountain Weekend" has become a popular tradition for many fraternities, and the experience is perhaps best symbolized by the painted coolers that are brought along.


Professor discusses Alzheimer’s care

In light of the ongoing Alzheimer's Awareness Month, Jan Merling of USC's Office for the Study of Aging in the Arnold School of Public Health spoke with The Daily Gamecock about how to care for loved ones who have the disease.It is estimated that 5.2 million people in the United States currently live with Alzheimer's disease, and this number is expected to grow over the next several years. Merling trains people on how to care for individuals with this disease and other types of dementia through a program called Dementia Dialogues.


‘Spurrier Rap’ stirs controversy

Prominent university figures cut from original video The disclaimer on the “The Spurrier Rap” video lasts almost 10 seconds. “The following video is NOT endorsed by the University of South Carolina. This is not the original version.” There’s a very real reason for that disclaimer.


Tiger Burn

Annual pep rally excites students, features destruction of rival mascot When Frank Anderson from the Lutheran Campus Ministry took the stage at the annual Tiger Burn pep rally Monday evening to give the eulogy for the tiger, he began by saying with a chuckle that he wanted to start off with a reading from Psalm 34:17. And it was a fitting reminder of Carolina's 34-17 victory over Clemson in last year's football game.


Sonic helps raise money

Alpha Chi Omega will work at the Sonic on Assembly Street tonight in an effort to raise money for Leigh Rossi, a freshman in the sorority who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last semester. Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., when the late-night Sonic rush ensues, the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega will be car-hopping in shifts of 10 to 15 girls with tip buckets asking for donations to help fund Rossi’s cancer treatment. Others will be holding signs in front of the restaurant encouraging drivers to stop in for some onion rings and a burger to help raise money. All Tips plus 10 percent of all purchases will go toward Rossi’s treatment. Rossi, a first-year business student, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on Dec. 1, just after her return from Thanksgiving break. She moved back to her home in Virginia where she underwent seven weeks of inpatient chemotherapy treatment, with two weeks of outpatient treatment in between the chemotherapy. Last Friday, April 16, doctors informed Rossi that a biopsy of the tumor revealed she is cancer free. “I’m so thankful that I have such great sisters who are going out of their way to do these fundraisers for me,” Rossi said. Ashley Brown, a first-year broadcast journalism student, collaborated for the fundraiser with close family member and marketing partner for Sonic, Sutton Shaw. “When Leigh was diagnosed, we knew it would be the perfect thing to do to help her out. It hit so close to home for all of us with it happening to a sister,” Brown said. Shaw was eager to host a fundraiser for Rossi after her own father died from cancer six months ago. “It’s a perfect match for us,” Shaw said. “Sonic isn’t just a restaurant on Assembly. We see ourselves as an important part of the college experience and it’s important for us to give back to the students.” Alpha Chi Omega has held several other fundraising events for Rossi, including the silent auction and band party that were held last week at Jillian’s in The Vista. Joli Joson, a second-year business marketing student and fundraising chair for Alpha Chi Omega, encourages everyone to satisfy their late night cravings after Five Points and head to Sonic. “I’m so proud to call Leigh my little. She’s been so strong going through all of this,” Joson said. “I can’t wait to have her back here.”