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Student Government elections are almost here, and in today’s edition we give you in-depth looks at each candidate for executive office and their platforms. Our editorial board also spent time with each candidate, and our choices for office are inside on the Viewpoints page. Voter turnout in these elections is historically low. In fact, only 20 percent of students take time to vote some years. But these student body officers control hundreds of thousands of dollars, represent the student body at hundreds of events and are the primary catalysts for new student initiatives on campus. It’s easy to vote. Voting for student body executives and student senate opens on VIP at 9 a.m. Feb. 15 and ends at 5 p.m. Feb. 16. The Student Government Elections ballot can be found underneath the “Personal” tab on VIP. Write-in ballots may be cast in room 227 in the Russell House. In addition to SG officers, you will also be able to vote on a new SG constitution. This proposed amendment to the SG Constitution will merge the Graduate Student Association and Student Government and create a “stronger voice for graduate students, who are woefully underrepresented in our current government system” said GSA President Ben Bullock. Should it pass, SG will become a bicameral legislature with both a graduate and undergraduate branch. Both would have vice presidents with equal power in the organization.


Jadeveon Clowney, the top-ranked football recruit in the nation, will announce his college decision today at 10:15 at South Point High in Rock Hill. Clowney will choose between USC, Clemson and Alabama. He is expected to choose the Gamecocks. See tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Gamecock for full coverage.

Check for weather updates

At the time of publication, the university still had not decided whether possible snow would cause Thursday's classes to be postponed or canceled. The most recent update on said a decision would be made by 5:30 a.m. Check for more details.

Street preachers on Greene

Two street preachers debated with students and attempted to spread their message on the corner of Bull and Greene Streets Wednesday afternoon. Their provocative statements and signs elicited a reaction little different from past instances of street preachers on campus: The two were inevitably encircled by students who disagreed them.