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THE FINAL STRET MEREDITH GAZES Alpha Delta Pi Editor-in-Chief
Meredith is a senior studying mass communication. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seniors have officially hit the one-month till graduation countdown. There is no avoiding the inevitable, and it is time to do everything in Columbia that you kept putting off the other 4 years of your time at USC. Here are a few suggestions of things that you must do as a Carolina student. Gamecocks Baseball Game: Lucky for us, the Gamecocks will be hosting SEC opponents Florida and Alabama before we graduate at our very own Carolina stadium. On April 11-13, the Gators will be here, and on April 25-27th Alabama will be in town. Whether you are a baseball fan or not, part of being a USC student is coming out and supporting our
team in their pursuit of another College World Series win. Five Points Bar Crawl: Normally each sorority’s senior class holds a bar crawl in April before graduation where they attempt as many bars in 5 points as possible. A fishbowl at Kildares, a blue drink at Village, a slushie at Breakers, and more are all necessary parts of saying goodbye to the City of Dreams. If for some reason you aren’t attending one, plan one with your good friends!
Along with these activities, at columbiacvb.com there are over 20 ‘Signature’ events by their standards, making for a ton of great things to do before you graduate on May 9th or 10th.
Vista: Most people at USC are creatures of habit who go to the same few places in the Vista each time they go out to dinner. Before you graduate, step outside of your comfort zone and try somewhere new. Some of my new personal favorites for a nice night with your friends are Pearlz, World of Beer, and Flying Saucer. Brewery: If you didn’t know, Columbia is now home to River Rat Brewery, located at 1231 Shop Road by the stadium. While the name might not seem attractive, it is actually named for the three rivers that run through Columbia, as well as the working class men who labored on the canal, according to their website. Operating hours are on Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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A SEQUEL TO SQUELCH ALL SEQUELS RACHAEL LACKNER Chi Omega
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In late February, Warner Bros. Studio made an earth-shaking, ground-breaking announcement. Such an announcement that no other major news or significant reports could even be made following Warner Bros.’ because they would just seem overshadowed by their disclosure. The news? Space Jam 2. Hope you were sitting down for that. But yes, the studio reported that a “Space Jam” sequel is in the works. The original “Space Jam” stared Michael Jordan and grossed over $230 million worldwide. Many details about the sequel remain a mystery, but for now the question in everyone’s minds is who will be bestowed the honor of the lead role in the film and fill the gigantic (both figuratively and literally) shoes of Michael Jordan who starred in the original. As expected, LeBron James’ name was thrown around and several sources claimed that he had already signed on for the project. However, his reps nixed those rumors. So now the question of who will take the lead and play next to Bugs Bunny in the sequel can be mulled over as we see who might be up for the task. Let’s take a look at some potential candidates to clinch the leading role and possible supporting roles as the villains, the Monstars, as I make my fantasy casting. Kobe Bryant: Unlike the multitude of King James bandwagoners, Kobe was the first player I thought to star in the film when I heard the announcement. He seems to be the only obvious candidate for the project with his legacy and stardom. You just can’t deny how significant Kobe, much like Jordan, has been to the NBA and the sport of basketball as a whole. He has not only played for 17 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he holds multiple glorified titles and has set numerous records, including the youngest player in league history to score 30,000 career points, the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest winner, and five-time NBA Champion. Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal lead the Lakers to three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002. Since O’Neal’s departure from the Lakers, Bryant has the cornerstone of the team ever since. And um, HELLO, he’s Kobe. Although currently plagues by an ankle injury, I’m sure Bryant can ignore the pain long enough to shoot the movie. Role- The lead, originally played by Michael Jordan. LeBron James: While he might have denied early participation rumors as the star of the upcoming film, he is still a viable prospect. Putting my personal feelings toward him aside, like MJ, he is a significant figure in our pop culture and his star-status could bring ridiculous revenue to the film. With two NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player awards, the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, and the
Cleveland Cavilers’ all-time leading scorer, James has a hefty resume. After rising to stardom with the Cavilers, James became an unrestricted free agent in 2010 and was courted by several teams. ESPN aired an unnecessary and highly scrutinized live special called The Decision where he announced he would sign with the Miami Heat. Although being in Miami has been good to James, he is still criticized as one America’s most disliked, yet popular and influential athletes. While his fame might catch the eye of producers, his abundant endorsements and his blownup life are already seen everywhere and he’s beginning to feel overused and a bit trite, so his participation in the film might encourage a few more eye rolls. Talent stolen by- Pound, the high maintenance Monstar, and originally played by Charles Barkley
Dirk Nowitzki: Trading his German professional basketball team’s jersey for an American one, Nowitzki found himself in a Dallas Mavericks uniform in 1998 and has been wearing it ever since. Nowitzski struggled at the beginning of his American career and was often overpowered by stronger, more forceful NBA players as he grew into his young, tall and lanky body. Fortunately, the Mavericks primed him as he significantly improved his averages all around. The first ever Maverick player voted into the All-NBA squads, Nowitzki, high-scoring Michael Finely, and valuable point-guard Steve Nash were dubbed the Mavericks’ “Big Three.” Nowitzki is also well known for his thick German accent and goofy personality during press conferences and interviews. Talent stolen by- Blanko, the lanky and silly Monstar, originally played by Shawn Bradley
Dwight Howard: With his hard-to-ignore personality and monstrous size, Howard is a perfect fit for the film. After forgoing college and heading straight to the NBA, Howard has always been in the mouths and minds of NBA fans. From his showmanship in his winning performance in the rejuvenated 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest where he donned a Superman cape, to his three consecutive titles as NBA Defensive Player of the Year from 2009-2011, Howard is always catching attention. While his rebounding and blocking numbers can’t be disputed, many fans dislike him for his seemingly disloyalty to teams as he moved from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets in less than ten years. As an already ostracized player, Howard would make a great villainous Monstar. Talent stolen by- Bupkus, the flashiest and most in-your-face Monstar, originally played by Larry Johnson
Kemba Walker: After coming into the national spotlight as an NCAA National Champion and the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2011, Walker left UConn and became the 9th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft going to the Charlotte Bobcats. As one of the younger NBA players, Walker is probably still best known for his college career and many will always remember him for his game-winning basket as time expired during a round against Pittsburgh in the 2011 Big East Tournament and his power in leading the team to both a Big East and an NCAA National championship. His talent gained major sport attention as one of the can’t-miss athletes of the NCAA tournament that year and continues to be recognized for his talent in the NBA as he was crowned as an NBA Rising Star in both 2012 and 2013. He’s also easy to spot with his comparably shorter stature in the NBA. Talent stolen by- Nawt, the small and shifty assist, originally played by Muggsy Bogues Who knows what direction Warner Bros. will take, but I’m crossing my fingers for Kobe to secede the almighty MJ and hoping that technological advancements will make it another smash-hit film.
James Harden: Along with basketball reasons, Harden would be a perfect fit as one of the Monstars for facial hair reasons. His trademark beard is made for a Monstar in the film. Fans often sport shirts with Harden’s signature beard and can purchase flash-drives from Foot Locker that feature Harden and a detachable beard. Debuting in the NBA in 2009 with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Harden grew as one of the key parts in the young core of players on the team with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. After being traded to the Houston Rockets in 2012, Harden took the team’s spotlight as one of the franchise favorites. He quickly became a fan favorite as an explosive scorer with a big personality. Talent stolen by- Bang, the biggest Monstar, originally played by Patrick Earwig (who was known for his great mustache)
4 sports talk
MASTERS 2014 To most golfers and golf
fans, Spring is the best time of the year.
April, Augusta National
mesmerizes thousands of fans with the course’s pristine
b e a u t y.
Augusta is one of the
Alpha Tau Omega
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greatest golf courses in
the world. It is by far one of the most private. While most students know of USC and Augusta’s connection, some may not be familiar with the great opportunity
available to students every Spring. Hundreds of students work the Masters each
year from South Carolina. Those who have worked there or know someone who has, know just how special Augusta National truly is. Having worked the Masters two springs ago, I’ll never forget my week in Augusta, Georgia. The whole city
revolves around this event and the traffic and craziness of the tournament is quite a spectacle.
This coming April, Augusta will once again be transformed into a magical place
where everyone is gunning for a green jacket. The story lines will be endless, from
Tiger Woods trying to get his fifth green jacket. To questioning if Adam Scott could win back to back years. The 14 year old Tianlang Gang could stir up some interest,
too, after breaking the low amateur age record last year. Phil Mickelson always has a strong following at any tournament, especially the Masters. While these will
probably all have strong focus come tournament time, there’s always some young
guns who get quite a bit of attention. Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlory always seem to have a chance at first place, although they haven’t taken home many tournaments lately. If I had to make a bet on what headline would surround the Masters this
year, my money would be on Tiger Woods recovering from his recent withdraw from the Honda Classic. Journalists will blow this out of proportion for either a great reason Tiger will struggle, or an interesting twist of how a few weeks of rest will allow him to finally get that fifth green jacket.
While this tournament is a yearly spectacle and anyone who truly loves golf
wants to attend or at least watch it on television. The Masters is extremely exclusive and pricey. Not only are tickets requested months in advance, the ones that are acquired are so expensive that the average citizen or scratch golfer struggles to go
for more than a day or so. While businesses can have access to tickets, they still aren’t guaranteed or guaranteed to be free. The most reasonable way to enjoy the
course and great golf is going during the practice rounds. These are still hard to come by and aren’t cheap, but they are quite a bit more affordable than someone wanting to go on Saturday or Sunday of the tournament.
If all this talk about Augusta and the Masters is getting you excited for one of
my personal favorite weeks of the year, then mark your calendar from April 8th
to April 14th. The great thing about the Masters is the online access so we can all
turn from our class work and watch some of the greatest golfers in the world. By
chance anyone decides that their computer or television isn’t quite cutting it, a quick drive will get anyone to Augusta in under 90 minutes to go check out the prettiest golf course in the world in person.
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6 Ideas debate & discuss
THINGS TO IMPROVE ON BEFORE SUMMER This semester is quickly
coming to an end and you
most likely want to leave for summer on the best
note possible. Here are a few things to keep in mind
during the last month at school.
“we’re”, and “there” and “they’re”.
ALEX GUARINO Kappa Delta
Alex is a freshmen studying broadcast journalism. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop the Fellow Greek
Bashing: Though our letters may all be different, we are all part of the same Greek
community. With this in mind, we should be more apt to support one another, instead
Simply using a word correctly, and furthermore,
correctly, will make see
the intelligent person you are. Make
of talking bad about a certain sorority or fraternity just based on stereotypes. No
Effort with Your
our philanthropies, and share the bonds of brotherhood or sisterhood, all while
all know how
matter the letters, all Greek organizations share a common purpose – to support attempting to better ourselves and our community.
Nix the Spelling Mistakes: It happens to all of us, but as college students we
should try and stop making some basic spelling mistakes that appear unprofessional
to future employers. Know the difference between “your” and “you’re”, “were” and
difficult it can be
to live with other
be a lot of fun, it is
inevitable that they may
get on your nerves from time to time.
Or you may just flat out not get along with your
roommates. No matter the situation, try your best to keep it civil. Not
speaking to your roommate can make for an awkward year. Instead of blowing up about every little thing, try and not sweat the small stuff. Wash their dishes every
once and a while and try to refrain from leaving passive-aggressive notes for every little thing.
Get More Involved with Your Philanthropy: Though the functions and events
that come along with being involved with a Greek organization are great, they should not be the only reason you joined one. Participating in your philanthropy
events with passion and drive can make a huge difference in the outcome. You may also find that there is no feeling like helping others. Because Greek life is such a large part of life at USC, we truly have the ability to make a huge difference for
our respective philanthropies. That being said, try and be supportive with other
sororities and fraternities philanthropies as well. You may find that they will be more than willing to return the favor and support you too.
Appreciate the Little Things: As corny as it may sound, this time truly is the
best time of our lives. And though it may feel stressful at times, try to take a step back every once and a while and be thankful for what you have. For the most part we are all extremely lucky to have many sorority sisters or fraternity brothers that
will be there for us no matter what, for the rest of our lives. We are lucky to go to
such an incredible, beautiful school in the great state of South Carolina. And we are fortunate (though it may not seem it on Monday at 8:30 a.m.) to be receiving a
quality education that will allow us to have a successful future. As you go through
the last month of school before we all leave for summer, keep these things in mind and live it up.
Ideas debate & discuss
RAINY DAY IDEAS
Spring brings lots of rainy days, but instead of sulking about the bad weather ruining your plans, realize there are many different activities to be done instead.
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Watch a movie: A rainy day is the perfect time to curl up and watch a movie. Whether you want to go back and watch an old favorite, or start a new trilogy, rainy days are the perfect chance. Cuddling up on the couch with a blanket and your favorite film is a great way to enjoy an otherwise gloomy day. If you didn't get a chance to watch any of the Oscar-nominated movies this year, this is a great time to catch up. If you’d rather not stay at home and watch movies, the Nickelodeon Theater is always offering matinee shows. The theater is currently showing The Invisible Woman, and beginning March 7, will begin to show The Past. Cook: Another great way to pass the time is by trying out a new recipe, or bringing back an old family favorite. Gross weather is the perfect time to bake your aunt’s famous chocolate chip cookies to let your kids taste test. It’s also a good way to get your children involved and keep them occupied. By choosing an easy recipe, and finding simple ways
for your child to assist, you can do two things at once. Finally do that DIY
project you’ve been talking
about: There’s always that one cool craft you've wanted to get around to, but never have done. A rainy day forcing you to stay inside is the perfect time to finally get around to painting that wall you wanted, or revamping that old piece of furniture. While it may have seemed like a huge task to tackle in the past, working on the in parts can make a daunting task a lot easier. Go through your Pinterest boards and find the perfect craft for you! Sleep: Sometimes, the best option for a rainy day is just going back to sleep. There’s nothing better than taking a nap hearing the rain fall outside. After all, it’s hard to get sleep in a busy life and work schedule, and you should take any chance possible to re-energize.
8 Ideas debate & discuss
THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU GRADUATE: FIND THE PERFECT CAROLINA SUNSET
It was the first semester
of my freshmen year at USC
and the setting could not have been more perfect. I was sitting
on the very top of Horizon Garage with a guy friend; let’s call him Steve. We had sort of
been seeing each other for a
SARAH MARTIN Phi Mu
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few weeks after hitting it off
in a theater class. We found common ground in making fun of the professor, he helped me
move a television across campus, we lived in the same dorm building; it was all very cliché of the freshman experience. It was a warm fall night and I thought, “This is it, he’s finally going
to make a move.” As it turned out, Steve and I were not on the same wavelength. Choosing not to take advantage of the romantic spot he brought me to, he was more than content to just
eat his frozen yogurt and stare into the sky. As I fearfully dangled my legs over the ledge of the building, attempting to appear brave and also not drip frozen yogurt on myself, I slowly began to realize that the evening was maybe not a total loss because of one thing – the sunset. Also, the yogurt wasn’t half bad.
With the outlines of Strom and Greek Village framed by splashes of orange and pink, I
realized how truly beautiful our campus can be. I could see students playing soccer on the
Strom fields, sorority girls jogging around their houses and the river in the distance. I don’t know if Steve’s grand plan was just to introduce me to the view on top of Horizon, but I will always be thankful for that confusing date. Or hang out? I still don’t really know what that was. So, before you graduate, go find your own spot somewhere on campus and watch the
Columbia sunset. You will always remember the experience, and it’s guaranteed to lift your
mood. You could also invite a friend to go with you (careful with that) or go solo and relax. Basically, you do you and take advantage of what the south has to offer. Sometimes, it really is breathtaking.
SPRING BREAK '14: STRANDED IN AUBURN At least we were stranded
at Auburn University and not
the middle of nowhere in the
Phi Kappa Sigma
deep south, like in some of the small towns we passed with
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picketers waving American
flags with signs stating “STOP OBAMA NOW.” Stop what, I’m not sure; they didn’t get
that far with the signs, but these were quite the political activists picketing random side roads. So what did we do to escape our predicament? We tried every car rental place in town,
since one of us was a 24/7 Hertz member, but they were either closed or out of cars. We were
out of connections. So we explored Toomer’s Corner, an Auburn hotspot, and even saw an Auburn baseball game – until we found our solution.
Through contacting the USC AXO president and then the Auburn AXO president we were
able to find a girl leaving for Gulf Shores that very afternoon and for some reason she actually
decided to take us poor strangers. This showed me the strength of Greek life and sisterhood. We made it to Gulf Shores and had a great week but, of course, before leaving Auburn I had to put up the Five in a row sign with Aubbie because all tigers are the same.
For spring break this year I was strapped for cash, to say the least. While my ideal trip would
have been to venture to Miami with some of my best friends from my fraternity, I knew I could
not afford it. After hearing of the minimum $25 covers for clubs and the cheapest drinks still costing around $15, I knew that if I had chosen to go to Miami I would be begging for change for the remainder of the semester.
Grab your brothers,
pull up a chair!
The trip I ended up going on was extremely last minute. My girlfriend’s group of friends
in Alpha Chi Omega were meeting some friends from the University of Texas and staying in a beachfront house in the Gulf Shores of Alabama. The house was already full, but they
said they would take us in as extras who could sleep on an air mattress if we chipped in a
little money for communal food. It worked out perfectly for them, and for us, and I had the opportunity to go on spring break for next to nothing.
The ride down was one of the craziest parts of the trip. Usually, when my girlfriend and
I take a trip, I drive. However, I had recently discovered that my license was expired, so my girlfriend had to, which would become important because her car was about 10 years older than mine.
About five hours into our trip, after listening to some of the worst music known to man
– the downside of going on a road trip with three girls – we had some car trouble. We were coming into Auburn, Ala. when the car’s brakes went out. Kind of hard to continue our trip and we were lucky not to have hit anyone.
The only mechanic open in town, and open for only an hour longer, told us the car could
not be fixed until Monday. We were another four hours from Gulf Shores with no car. The connections we had with friends in Auburn were useless because 95 percent of the student body was not there, seeing as it was also their spring break.
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10 Lookbook fashion
ALEXANDRE BIRMAN LAURA GROVE Delta Delta Delta
Laura is a senior studying retailing with and emphasis in fashion merchandising. You may contact her at grovel@email. sc.edu. The Brazilian native, Alexandre Birman, began designing shoes at the youthful age of twelve. He grew up in a family that had a strong prominence in South America’s footwear industry, so naturally had a knack for this talent. His brand represents “luxury, femininity, and sophistication” according to his website, and is known for using unique materials pertaining to his heritage such as reptile skins and wooden soles. Spring 2008 marked his first collection, which was named recognition in VOGUE and later landed him the Vivian Infantino Emerging Talent Award in 2009 after major success in American department stores. Since then, Birman has been given several other awards and recognition in the fashion industry, media, and celebrities.
His most recent collection, Spring 2014, consists of bright colors, hints of reptile skins either as accents or borders to his shoes, and unique materials such as wood, suede and velvet. His designs include ankle boots, lace ups, strappy sandals, sky-high stilettos, flats, and classic pumps with his iconic reptile twist. One of my favorites in his recent collection is the mustard yellow strappy heels with a delicate feather cut out from the same material as embellishment. The heels are wrapped in a beautiful royal blue, black, and same yellow used for the straps to match accordingly. They are completely wearable, with colors that are vibrant yet still easily woven into your spring wardrobe. Birman often relates his shoes to his heritage, such as the connection with cobogos motif in his Fall 2013 collection, which was used by Brazilian architects years ago. He also laser cuts patterns and embellishments onto his shoes, such as the yellow feather in his most recent collection, or cut out leather resembling lace in his fall collection’s black booties.
unique, yet always conducted in a tasteful and elegant manner. Alexandre Birman is the shoe designer to watch, and takes such careful attention to detail in his handmade shoes that they are considered wearable masterpieces. Each shoe is designed with such attention to detail and craftsmanship that only Birman himself can pull off these pieces of art. This Brazilian designer has shoes that can be found in department stores across America, including Neiman’s, Nordstrom, and Bergdorf Goodman, as well as in his flagship stores in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
He also incorporates unexpected twists on trends, such as putting red fringe on the back of his suede pumps and booties, crochet, and different patterns. His designs are
Alexandre Birman images coming?
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kinda hate you @nickmullen: I'm gonna say this again: doing the Macarena "ironically" is 90s kid blackface. You're not from the 90s, you don't get it, it's offensive. @WhatTheFFacts: The smarter you are, the more you will dream. @celebrityhottub: @Panthers you guys tried LinkedIn yet or nah @RayTannerSC: Congratulations to Coach Staley and Gamecock WBB !! Your #1 seed was earned and well-deserved. SEC CHAMPSCompete2bGreat
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