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Gigi Duncan

Column: Why SEC expansion won't work

While the idea of the SEC expanding may seem like a good idea at first, doing so would actually take away from college football as a whole. It could especially hurt the chances for teams such as South Carolina to ever win a conference championship. 

A couple stands before the National September 11 Memorial, marking the site of the south tower at the World Trade Center in New York, on September 8, 2021. (Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Column: Why we must never forget

With the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, people are able to reflect and understand how that tragic day continues to impact us to this day. With various opportunities to commemorate the day in Columbia, those within the community should strive to honor those whose lives were lost and to never forget.

Column: Understanding the mind and body connection

Mental health and fitness are both important, but have you ever thought about combining them to improve your overall wellbeing? The mind-body connection could help you maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle while returning to life back on campus. 

Two students signed up for Service Saturday pick their volunteer site. The students then take busses to their respective sites.

Column: Give back during Lent

While many consider Lent to be a time of giving things up, it can also consist of service opportunities and giving back to your community. Although COVID-19 has made such opportunities fairly difficult, many still exist around Columbia. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks in January 2021.

Column: COVID-19 nursing home deaths were egregious

Many of the deaths that resulted from COVID-19 patients being placed in nursing homes were avoidable and done in haste. Governors such as Andrew Cuomo of New York are now facing appropriate criticism for these decisions and the attempts to cover the death numbers up.

 Most recent bachelor Matt James during "The Bachelor" intro. 

Column: Don't rely on reality dating shows

While reality dating shows have grown in popularity over the course of the pandemic, people should stray away from overly watching them. These types of shows can distort our sense of reality regarding real-world interactions and dating. 

Traditional Valentines day items include stuffed animals, wine, chocolates and flowers. These materialistic items have become a staple of the holiday. 

Column: Focus on relationships, not money, this Valentine's Day

While its original meaning surrounded love, Valentine's Day has become overly commercialized and monetized through excessive spending on gifts and expectations culture has set. With the current COVID-19 climate, people may have the opportunity to turn away from that and celebrate the holiday appropriately. 

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