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Tuition, salary increases proposed

1.5 percent raise for eligible faculty, staff on agenda for board meeting USC’s administration will propose a 3.9 percent tuition increase for undergraduate students at its Columbia campus and some salary increases for faculty and staff members at a board of trustees meeting Friday. The proposal includes a 1.5 percent salary raise for the lowest paid 75 percent of USC employees who “meet or exceed expectations” for their respective jobs. The raise must be approved by the board. The proposal comes less than two months after a report in The Daily Gamecock revealed USC gave $2.7 million extra in “supplements” to its highest earning employees in 2010.

Vendors display work weekly at Marketplace

Boyd Plaza hosts open-air market for Fridays in June Richard Mahorsky is only one of the many vendors who set up in the courtyard in front of the Columbia Museum of Art, at the corner of Hampton and Main streets, as part of Main Street Marketplace every Friday morning to sell his handmade crafts. Main Street Marketplace will happen every Friday in June from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Boyd Plaza. Under the label “Shovel Heds Yard Art,” Mahorsky recycles old farm and yard materials into art.

Undergraduates receive cash for research

University Libraries recognize thesis efforts The University Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research recognized three undergraduate students for their utilization of the library. “We want to recognize the research done by undergraduates and the hand that the library has in that” said Marilee Birchfield, a librarian at the Thomas Cooper Library. The award, which is divided into two tracks, is a monetary incentive for students that fosters student research. The tracks are Garnet and Black and are designed for upper- and underclassmen respectively.

Storm displaces residents, halts game

Winds responsible for power outages, damage On Sunday evening, a severe thunderstorm passed through downtown Columbia with 60 mile per hour winds. Destroying part of the The Lofts at USC and killing the power to Carolina Stadium, the storm was unexpected to most. “Who really thinks The Lofts is going to flood or a tornado is going to hit?” asked second-year hospitality student Casey Sharpe, who is one of many who described the storm as a tornado.

Amateur boxing event benefits local youth outreach program

USC students take part in Fight Club University efforts Young boxers had a brawl Saturday night at the Fight Club University, a new Columbia boxing gym, for the MAN 2 MAN amateur boxing benefit. The proceeds from the event, which about 250 people attended, went to benefit MAN 2 MAN, a new youth outreach program.

University recognized for service

National honor awarded for giving back to community. The University of South Carolina made the cut for the annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction — the only college in the state to do so.

Students earn credit, gain experience studying abroad during Maymester

Some University of South Carolina students spent the first month of their summer studying abroad, earning academic credit while gaining cultural experiences. Participating in a Maymester study abroad program allows students to experience similar opportunities as spending a fall or spring semester abroad without the same time commitment.

New business ventures aim to revive Main Street

City celebrates Mast Store opening, expects renewal of downtown Mast Store — a key tenant in Columbia’s ongoing Main Street renovation — opened its doors in an elaborate ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. Columbia leaders cheered the effort as a keynote sign of progress for the downtown district.