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Meredith is a senior studying mass communication. You may contact her at Adderall has seen a dramatic increase in universities across the countries. Pharmacies are having trouble keeping it on their shelves and filling orders it has become so popular. As college students we are under a tremendous amount of stress especially during finals week. With up to six exams and papers to complete all in a short period of time it is a no brainer why students are looking for a little more help to complete what is being asked of them. Also as college students of this era with smart phones and a complete lack of normal sleep schedule our brains are trained to be erratic and not be able to focus. Sure if we acquired more sleep or if we weren’t constantly feeding our brain stimuli with our phones, televisions and computers then maybe we would be able to focus better but if we are being realistic with ourselves then we know we are not going to drastically change

our lifestyles, rather we are going to pop a pill or two for a week. Yes that is the method for the madness that is the aderrall craze, amongst other stimulants such as vyvanse and ritalin. Personally I choose to avoid the drugs, even though I do struggle tremendously with my ability to focus. For me the issue is becoming dependent on it in order to ever get things done. I have plenty of people that I know who need these drugs in order to complete every major assignment throughout their college careers. Do I think my friends are addicted, no, but it is an issue. Yes drug companies, and pharmacies claim that the drug’s addictiveness is dangerous but almost everything we indulge in that brings us pleasure is addictive in one way or another. The word addictive does not scare a college student because we hear that about everything and for the overwhelming majority of us, we will never become addicted to any of the substances that we are constantly warned about. It’s not ignorance on our parts we just have experience with everything we are supposed to be scared of and we thus do not fear it. Most of my friends who do develop any sort of addiction whether it is a tobacco issue or in this case adderall most are well aware of it. For most the addiction will last only in college and fade away after graduation but some may continue with their problems. I believe the adderall demand will only increase from here and

this is just the beginning. I read a statistic that was quite alarming that stated 95% of those that report issues with ADHD are either fake or unsubstantial. That’s a lot of people trying to acquire focus enhancement.

I think this will increase exponentially and we will start to see a major focus by universities to stop it. We have already seen campus police enter Thomas Cooper and write tickets for those not prescribed the drug. Some other universities such as UNC-Chapel Hill have declared the drug officially as a cheating method that could result in expulsion. I personally don’t have a huge problem with the drug and I know my fellow classmates will continue to use it but I am going to take a different turn then you would think. We don’t need it. We just don’t. The more I see it the more I think that people could honestly receive placebo’s of the drug and operate the same. I think people believing it will help them focus will automatically focus more. Its like a magic window to get all of your stuff done that the drug provides when in fact we could already complete this. We could complete it but we don’t and the drug boom is going to continue because the fact of the matter is our brains are different and most of us didn’t even get thru this article without checking our phone, another website or leaving and coming back. College students brains are different and overworked and although I will continue to avoid it myself, I don’t blame all those that want some mental help.


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PIKE FIREMAN CHALLENGE Greene Street was even

more popular than usual on Friday, April 4 as fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha held their first annual Fireman Challenge to raise money for the MUSC Burned


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Children’s Fund. The fund is a program that was started in 1986 by South Carolina fire fighters to ease the recovery time of children experiencing extreme burns, support their families and much more. The Fireman Challenge is an annual event for Pike chapters at multiple other schools throughout the nation such as, Virginia Commonwealth University, Boston University and Clemson University, to name a few. The Columbia Fire Department, USCPD and even President Pastides attended to support the cause and there was even a live band. The competition allowed sororities, local businesses and other university clubs to compete in a relay, in teams of eight, in hopes of winning a signed Columbia Fire Department helmet to show off for the year. The relay included two teams participating against each other where they put on a full fireman suit including jacket, pants, helmet and boots and then ran down with a bucket of water to the second station. At the second station the contestants played a game of flip cup (with water, of course) where they had to complete a successful cup flip before moving on. After this, each individual had to run to a cone at the end of the course, still holding their bucket of water, and then run back to the start to transfer their fireman gear to the next member of their team. The team with the overall best time was the winner. Phi Mu won the sorority challenge, Breakers won the business challenge and the Army ROTC was the big winner by beating the USCPD in the main event. I competed in the challenge for Alpha Chi Omega and can say it was a lot of fun. Running in fireman gear is much harder than it looks! Besides the relay challenge, Pike also had other events throughout the week, including a cookout at their house which the Columbia Fire Department attended, a percent night at Salsarita’s, event T-shirts for sale and an ongoing online donation page where anyone can help the brothers raise money for the MUSC Burned Children’s Fund. The total amount raised has not yet been released, but with the great amount of participation it can be assumed that a few thousand dollars was raised for the fund in the Challenge’s first year. According to the brothers I spoke to, they hope this event continues every year and that they have the ability to make the Challenge even larger in order to raise as much money as possible to help children experiencing these serious injuries. Overall, the Fireman Challenge was a huge success and will hopefully continue to be an event that sororities, local businesses and other organization will want to be involved in for years to come.

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SCHOOL SHOOTINGS On Friday, January 24,

around 1:30 p.m. a student at South Carolina State University was fatally shot outside of a dorm building. The student was 20-yearold Brandon Robinson


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of Orangeburg, South C a ro l i n a . P o l i c e h a v e charged 19-year-old Justin Bernard Singleton with Robinson’s murder. Just two days earlier there was another campus shooting at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Engineering student Cody Cousins, 23, has been charged with the murder of fellow engineering student Andrew Boldt, also 23. These tragic events that have taken place in the past couple of days, along with the knowledge of new statistics has led me to a sad realization. Our country as a whole has an immense problem with gun violence in schools.

Since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut,

there has been about one school shooting every two weeks. In 2013 alone there were 28 school shootings in the United States, according to the gun violence prevention group Moms Demand Action. Many of these events were never reported on the news. The shooting at SC State marked the 36th school shooting since the Newtown tragedy. In the short amount of time that has passed in 2014 it seems that this problem is only getting worse. As of Saturday, January 25, there has been an average of one school shooting every other school day so far this year. Americans need to be more aware of just how prominent an issue this is. However, a solution is extremely unclear and highly debated. There is an ongoing dispute in the US in regard to gun control, specifically pertaining to school shootings. Some call for stricter gun control laws, while others feel that equipping teachers with guns will allow for self-defense. Other possible solutions call for tighter security in schools. However, this solution may be difficult for colleges and universities to accomplish due to their vast size. Another solution is reform of mental health care. Many problems faced by those who have mental health problems go untreated due to a lack of mental health services. These and many other resolutions have been proposed over the past few years. I myself cannot seem to think of one that would completely solve this ongoing problem. Though I do believe that increased bullying in schools and colleges may contribute to many of these acts of violence. With the emergence of new technologies, and the cyber world keeping us constantly connected, bullying is easier than ever. Bullying has changed from physical violence to verbal harassment, which is now inescapable when one goes home, due to cell phones and social media. Many of the shooters in these crimes would define themselves as outcasts. Though many also suffer from severe mental health issues, these problems are only made worse by feeling disconnected from society. This feeling of loneliness is usually not helped by a school environment, where many students bully and make fun of those with differences. As students, we could spare to be a little kinder to one another at times. Though we cannot prevent anyone from committing violent acts on campus firsthand, we can make a conscious effort to reduce mean comments and be just a little more understanding of differences. You never know when a few simple, kind words could make a huge impact on someone else’s life. But most importantly, it is crucial that we realize just how extreme this problem has become. School should be a safe environment in which one should not fear the attack of a shooter. This terrible aspect of our society that has become such a norm must change.

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Collin is a junior studying business. You may contact him at baxtercd@email. When listing off some of the best restaurants in Columbia many people would point out California Dreaming, Tsunami, Blue Marlin, Pearls, Harpers or Ruth’s Chris Steak House. All of these restaurants are excellent and make for a great meal in the Columbia area. There is one restaurant though that I would choose over every single one of them every time and most people have never heard of it. I have been to eat here upwards of fifteen times since I have been in Columbia.

Its name is May Thai Cuisine. Located on Sunset

takeout Chinese, to fine dining. On the backside of the

Boulevard in West Columbia, SC it is about a ten-minute

door there looks to be ten or more Best of Columbia

drive from campus. This restaurant is the definition of a

plaques for Thai food. The restaurant is very small with

whole in the wall. It is located in a shopping center with

seating for maybe forty inside.

an orange unattractive sign above it reading its name that is often not fully lit at night. If you did not know any better you would think that the restaurant was a sketchy Chinese takeout establishment judging by the look of the outside. The windows are blacked out, as well as the door with no ability to see inside. There is a neon sign above the door reading open, which is very necessary because otherwise you would think it was shutdown for days. All of the description that I am giving of the outside may cause you to question why in the world I would choose this as my favorite restaurant. If you choose to visit Mai Thai you must enter before you judge. Once inside it is a complete shock to all first timers. Immediately the feel goes from

It is by far one of the best places to surprise your girlfriend with or go on a first date. There is a complete cultural overhaul inside which I appreciate and the feel inside is very quaint and romantic with the perfect lighting for dining. The store seems to be family owned and usually there are not many staff members on hand. It does usually take a while for your food to come, but it is well worth the wait and always fresh. My dish of choice is the Hot Basil Chicken after the Mai Thai rolls for an appetizer. One of the best parts of the whole experience is the price. The restaurant gives you the feel of fine dining while the prices are around ten dollars a meal. I would also suggest trying Thai beer while you are visiting.

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Sarah is a sophomore studying journalism. You may contact her at I will never forget the first time I truly had to stand

up for myself. I was visiting one of my sisters in Georgia

this past semester, and was excited to be introduced

to her new friends after hearing so much about them. Little did I know that they were not so excited to meet

me. The problem was that they immediately judged me for being in a sorority. Once they saw the letters

embroidered on my jacket, they assumed I was vain

and self-centered, and they were rude about it. They

it) that it wasn’t okay for him to call me that, he didn’t

clear I wasn’t laughing at their jokes, they kept at it.

man and respect women. The room stayed silent, and I

made fun of my sorority’s cheer, and even when it was Things got progressively worse throughout the night,

and it got harder for me to contain how frustrated I was

at them and the entire situation. I had driven hours to

even know me, and that he should learn how to be a walked out into the hallway, realizing how gratifying it was to stand up for myself.

Rather than being afraid to say something or create

see my sister and her new friends, and the night was

even more of a disturbance, I kept my dignity and

a few hours later during a game of Never Have I Ever

embarrassed or disrespected from a boy with such poor

turning out to be a nightmare. The tension culminated

(which really is never a good game to play), when one

of the boys called me a disrespectful name. The room went silent for a few seconds, and I realized I had a

choice- let it slide, or stand up for myself. For one of the first times in my life, I stood up for myself. I told Lemons (he was wearing a sweatshirt with lemons on

didn’t take it from Lemons. I was not going to be

taste in clothing. So if I can stress something, it’s to stand up for yourself before you graduate. I hope the

situation never arises, but if someone is mean or rude or annoying, say something. It feels so good afterwards, and hopefully you’ll teach that person a lesson. I know I taught Lemons one.

Scene on campus


USC AND THE ROAD TO TOBACCO FREE A huge push has been made in recent years at colleges around the nation to implement “tobacco Delta Delta Delta free” campus policies. With a study coming out from Stephanie is a junior studying visual communications. You may contact her ABC News a few years ago at stating that a third of college students are smokers, it is clear that the issue is extremely prevalent in our age group. Ages 18-24 make up a main bracket from which cigarette companies market towards. With this information now on the radar of college campuses everywhere, more is being done to prohibit the use of tobacco while on school grounds.


According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, about 1,200 colleges nationwide have gone tobacco free so far. On August 9 of this past year, President Harris Pastides announced that our Columbia campus of USC would join this growing number of colleges and go tobacco-free starting in January. This ban would include smoking and all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco. Furthermore, in October USC hosted a “Tobacco Free College and University Summit,

a day long conference providing information and resources to begin to implement the process of instating a tobacco free campus policy. Healthy Carolina hosted the summit in hopes of adding to their mission to create a healthy campus environment for all students. Beyond this stage in implementing the process, the university installed signs and removed any ashtrays around campus in December. As we are well past the January start date of this new rule, changes are noticeable around campus. While walking to and from classed there are little to no people smoking cigarettes. Although some people may find the new rule a bit annoying, most can agree that the ban has already made our campus significantly healthier for all students. However, one of the largest changes we have yet to see take place will occur during football season. As a part of the university policy, this ban on tobacco will include areas around Williams Brice Stadium and Colonial Life Arena. The parking lots and the former State Farmers Market are areas that are technically school grounds, meaning students will no longer be able to have a cigarette or chew tobacco in these locations while tailgating for athletic events. At this point, large tailgating events have not taken place under the new ban. This change will be a first for this upcoming football season. While this change may have been noticed by some, or completely passed over by others, it is inevitably making our University of South Carolina campus healthier for all students, faculty, and staff.

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During a 24-hour span from March 1 to March 2, over a 1,000 USC students participated in the 16th annual USC Dance Marathon. During this time period, students accept the challenge to stand and dance “for the kids” who cannot. All funds raised at the USC Dance Marathon stay local and are donated directly to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. This year USC Dance Marathon broke its fundraising record, raising a grand total of $318,649. Over the course of the 24 hours, participants danced their hearts out with plenty of motivation from miracle families and moral leaders in the cheerfully decorated Strom gymnasium. One of the main events was learning a 13-minute line dance. The dance was taught throughout the first half of the event and rehearsed until closing ceremonies. Throughout the marathon, miracle children and their families visited the dancers to share their amazing stories and remind participants why they were dancing. Dancers were lucky enough to hear from numerous families who shared their experiences at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. These children have all suffered different illnesses, from brain tumors to cancer, premature birth and Down Syndrome. However, they all shared a radiant happiness despite all they have suffered so early in life. The children’s parents explained to us how crucial and supportive Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital has been to the health of their child. Hearing these stories was an incredible inspiration to all the participants.

The dancers were even lucky enough to see some performances by the miracle children. There was a break dancing routine to Avicii, a singing performance to Taylor Swift’s “22,” and a specially choreographed portion of the line dance. The exuberance of the miracle kids and their joy for life was an inspiration to all. The USC Dance Marathon was extremely fortunate to have been supported by local high schools, which held mini marathons and donated their fundraising proceeds to our cause. The high school students also performed the line dances that they learned during their events. Dance Marathon also received a large donation from Britton’s of Columbia, who helped in the Tie Us Together fundraising event, in which USC students broke the world record for the most bow ties tied simultaneously. All who planned this year’s Dance Marathon did a great job scheduling different events to keep dancers engaged and excited. Dancers got the chance to change things up with different theme hours including jungle, Gamecock, America and Mardi Gras. At midnight there was a whiteout rave in which those who were not participating in the entire event could still come and dance to show their support. Dancers were also entertained with multiple musical guests including a USC favorite, 76 and Sunny, and the very talented Carolina Gentlemen. Having participated this year, I can attest to the dedication it takes to complete such a task. Being a part of something in which so many students from all aspects of USC join together to support such a great cause is a truly humbling experience. What struck me most was the incredibly positive attitude of all of the miracle families we heard from. Dance Marathon was a great way to bond with my sorority sisters and meet new people, while doing something to help so many. By raising over $300,000 in just 24 hours, USC students proved just how much of a difference we can make.


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In total my girlfriend

has painted me four

coolers and counting. This past mountain weekend

she adamantly resisted painting another cooler

and elected to paint bubba

way I could incorporate the occasion and still show some school pride since there


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kegs instead. At the time I

was a little upset only to

was no chance in hades I was painting the gamecock logo with his elaborate feathers.

I have the utmost respect for you girls that can manage this feat. I am currently still

in the process of painting my sunset scene and regretting the idea by the minute but in the end I believe this will be the best cooler that anyone has ever painted for her and I don’t care if it is because it is the only one. First place is first place.

Note to other guys that may attempt painting a cooler like myself. Cheat and get

one of her girl friend’s help. Don’t go it alone and suffer the consequences.

be surprised with what would be my fourth and by far best cooler. She has a great talent for it as many other girls here do and she loves painting. I decided to return

the favor and surprise her with a cooler this Christmas. After an accumulation of

four coolers I realized that she had done a lot of painting to not have one herself so I took on the challenge.

My first obstacle with the cooler was coming up with my ideas for my four sides.

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This was her first cooler and yet I do not know why I found this task so difficult.

I can imagine painting multiple being that much harder. Although it is an alcohol container she is not much of a drinker and beer and liquor labels are not exactly

ideal for a girls cooler so that idea that is often used was out. Also skill level knocked

out a lot of ideas such as painting Steve Spurrier on a side or a detailed elephant. Fortunately she is quite the sports fan with her favorite team being the Cincinnati

Bengals so that was an easier choice. My other ideas were elephants (her favorite

animal), something South Carolina related, the Cincinnati reds and something sorority related. I elected to put the sorority crest on the front of the cooler and

conveniently enough the cursive Latin in the bottom part of the emblem was right on the Coleman etching of the cooler.

My cooler choice was definitely a rookie mistake. The thing had two handles,

the above-mentioned Coleman etching, wheels and two bars on the back where the

roller handle comes up. All of these things proved difficult adversaries to a decent

looking cooler and I now know why girls choose the standard rectangle easy to paint coolers that they do. My second mistake before we get back to my side choices was

the purchase of paints. I bought all the paint before I had any idea of what I was painting. This led to me going back to the store on multiple extra occasions because there is no way to mix primary colors to make neon or gold.

When finally putting my ideas together I decided to paint a sunset type scene of

elephants in the savannah and a snowman gamecock fan on the top of the cooler. This


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I'VE BEEN TINDERING and the app has basically done its job.


Jordan is a sophomore studying elementary education. You may contact her at It seems an app called Tinder has taken the University of South Carolina and especially Greek Village by storm. If you don’t know, Tinder is a phone application that matches individuals profiles linked to their Facebook accounts and shares information like first name, age, mutual friends, mutual likes, a couple of pictures and a bio you can edit. Then, the application allows you to go through a list of possible suitors in your area where you can either “swipe left” to say you’re not interested or “swipe right” to say you are. Then if you do “swipe right” and the other individual does as well you will be notified and then allowed to engage in a private chat over the app. After this, the choice is yours

I personally downloaded the app about two months ago when I went on a trip to visit some friends at the University of Chapel Hill. My friends there were obsessed with Tinder and eventually talked me into getting an account. Before I knew it I was on a swiping spree and had a major feeling of confidence occur every time I got a match. I personally never contacted one of my matches but I received hellos, weird compliments, and pick up lines that were hilarious such as, “If I was on dancing with the stars I’d want you as my partner.” The app at the beginning was more of game to me and then I started getting matched with people that I actually found attractive and thought I would like to meet. Many girls and guys I know have used this application to actually meet up with their matches and have used it as a real dating application. Personally, I met up with a guy a while back and have now been seeing him for a couple weeks now. It’s embarrassing every time I have to tell anyone that we met over Tinder but it’s true that had it not been for this application we most likely would have

never crossed paths. Still, with the stories of success like mine also come the stories of horror. Many people have now called Tinder an application for one night stands and have matched up with people that ended up being a little on the crazy side. So my big question is how safe is this application really? If you grew up like me in this digital world your parents probably tried to stress online safety. First of all, the app makes it clear that you are in the area by using location as the main source which in a college town isn’t as scary as somewhere more rural in my opinion. Secondly, you really have to be careful about meeting these individuals because you don’t really know anything about them. Meeting in a public place is for sure the right way to go and if they’re trying to meet up alone you should probably just stop replying. Overall, I believe Tinder is just us young adults dating in the 21st century and I think it’s absolutely fine to use but at the same time continue to be careful and remember that not everyone is what they seem over a phone or computer screen.

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nude. A nude hue makes fingers look long and thin (and can make your legs appear

It’s the most wonderful

time of the year, and I’m not talking about Christmas. Formal season is upon us once again! This year, try something to stand out among the traditional dress


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scene. Taking a cue from award season, I’ve identified easy trends to try to spice up both male and female looks. For the Girls: This semester, take a cue from the Great Gatsby craze that’s been sweeping the country since the summer. Choose a gown that’s embellished, beaded, or laser cut for an art deco feel. Fringe will also add to this idea. Make sure your dress is a metallic, and you have the 20s down. From silver, to bronze, to gold, and even rose gold, as long as your dress is metallic, the shade doesn’t matter. Once you’ve selected your gown, mix metals in jewelry, handbags, and shoes to complete the glitzy, eclectic, roaring twenties ensemble. Need an example? Check out Naomi Watts’ Golden Globes look. Keeping with the decade’s theme, the 70s have also been making a red carpet comeback. Seventies fashion means daring halters, plunging necklines, high slits, and deep v’s (including high neck halters where the deep v is in the back of your gown). Fabrics include sequins and satins. For this look, match your shoes to your dress color and pile on the accessories. Think American Hustle. For something new this season, try color blocking without the color, i.e. choose dresses that are color-blocked using black and white. Mesh cut outs on the arms or illusion tops are also an easy way to achieve this look. If your aim is to stand out, add a cape to your formal ensemble, be it attached or added. Choose a cape the same color as your gown and drape over your shoulders. For those of you that are really bold, wear your gown over black pants or leggings if your gown features a large slit. Other popular colors for the season include nude, champagne, and blush tones. These colors look great against dark hair or tan skin. Burgundy and red dresses will also be readily available. Award season red carpets have been covered with structure and pleated dresses, though not together. As always, the key to function dressing is to wear something that makes you feel COMFORTABLE. Otherwise, instead of enjoying yourself, you’ll just spend the whole night worrying about how you look. Make-up: Going for a glamorous look? Dramatic eyeliner and huge lashes are key. Pair with a modern bold lip. Instead of fire engine red try a berry or coral color. For nails, go

longer too!) Try adding sparkle down the middle of your nude shade to complete the glamorous look. Use clear tape to create a triangle with the point at the bottom of your nail. Fill in the triangle with a metallic or sparkly polish. For the Boys: Instead of the traditional tux, try something different! Simply swapping out your standard black tux jacket or black dress shoes can make a world of difference. If you want to trade out your tux jacket for something bold, try a metallic. Metallic jackets are extremely easy to find (or rent) for the season. Other great options are a jacquard or paisley print. Not ready for something that makes such a statement? Simply swapping your standard black jacket for a navy or forest green hue makes a huge difference in your overall look, and you’re sure to stand out. Even choosing a black VELVET jacket will add something new. You can also swap out your dress shoes for smoking slippers or try a pair of printed, colored dress socks for a small touch.

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Laura is a senior studying advertising & public relations. You may contact her at When celebrities team up with designers to launch collections, consumers have the opportunity to score celeb styles at an affordable price. Incorporate your fashion icon into your wardrobe by shopping Tommy Hilfiger and Topshop this summer. Zooey Deschanel has launched her debut collection, To Tommy From Zooey, by collaborating with fashion superstar, Tommy Hilfiger. The line incorporates Zooey's famous mod style with Tommy's traditional american sportswear aesthetic. While many refer to Tommy's style as nautical, the collaboration has been nicknamed

"Modical." What better description could you want for a fresh, updated summer wardrobe? From dresses, to handbags, to jewelry, the line runs the gamut on your summer must-haves. The best part? Zooey herself stars in the lookbook. So what can you expect from Zooey's first collection? Tried and true American, nautical colors: red, white, and blue. However, the traditional colors have been tied into updated silhouettes. For day, the line features a darling pleated dress, a flirty v-neck fit and flare, and the perfect little white dress with a surprise of color underneath. Other favorites include an updated tennis dress with fringe skirt, and a modern, printed wrap dress. For night, you can expect conservative cocktail dresses in luxe fabrics to be paired with stackable bangles and clutches. Overall the line exudes an air of effortless summer dressing that will have you feeling both comfortable and chic. The line is currently in stores. Looking to make a statement this summer? Look for Kate Moss's collaboration with Topshop. If you're craving the perfect summer party dress, this line is the way to

go. Kate's collection keeps the cool, rebellious vibe of Topshop while adding her own glamorous touch that is, as always, ahead of the curve. The line is divided into four segments: Tailoring Noir, Cocktail Hour, Balearic Dressing, and Pyjama Dressing. Expect sexy jumpsuits, sequined biker jackets, and fringed cocktail frocks to be layered with luxe, beach-glam pieces. The line is set to hit stores in early May.

sports talk



It’s very interesting

how the United Stats

does as an international

that the last World Cup the United States were sent packing by that very same


team. A country that is

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is almost always tops in

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obsessed with sports and the Olympics yet in what

would be considered the world’s biggest single

sport event, the US is lacking. Everyone plays soccer as a kid usually yet very few will stick with the sport. I

think this will has begun and will continue to change and part of the reason is the

increased access to European football. El Clasico, displaying one of the world’s greatest rivalries in any sport between Real Madrid and Barcelona is now broadcast on ESPN here in the states. Furthermore NBC has kind pioneered the coverage of

squad. This is definitely the group of death. Compare that to Group A with the host country Brazil. Brazil is the tied for the 6th best team in the country. So right

away we see that the highest ranked team in Group A would be the 3rd highest in

Group G. Not to pick on Group A that would be true for every group but Group

B, which has the world’s best team in Spain. Back to group A we see the second highest rated team is Mexico at 19th in the World Rankings followed by Croatia at

20th. The bottom feeder of this group is Cameroon at 50th in the world rankings. It’s sad that the United States who dominated its region gets such a treacherous

draw while Mexico who limped into the tournament will be favorites to finish second in its group and advance out of the group stage (top two of each group

advance). Nonetheless the World Cup promises to be an amazing spectacle in Brazil this year and even if the USA does not perform well there is plenty of incredibly

fascinating and highly competitive games to watch from the best teams across the world. I cant wait!

the Premier League, now broadcasting most major games. The Premier League,

England’s top tier professional sport league demonstrates the power and appeal of soccer in other countries. One interesting thing that I find about soccer across the world is the way teams are formed.

In the United States there is a mechanism for balance of power with the draft and

salary caps in most sports but in most of the world these restrictions do not exist.

The top clubs will maintain their dominance over a league merely by continuing to buy the best players. It would be interesting if the United States began to use

this method for forming teams. No doubt New York, Los Angeles and maybe


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Chicago would dominate the landscape. With the money put into sports here in the US I believe they could form a team that could compete at the highest level but

there would be little competition for a regular season. Due to this difference in

forming teams the MLS will never catch up to other world teams and will live in the shadows of Americas more popular sports but that does not mean the United States men’s national team will not close the gap.

The US is fielding one of its greatest teams this summer, claiming its superiority

in the qualifying CONCACAF region, which represents most of North and Central America. There is a lot of hope for this year ’s team and after last years thrilling performance advancing out of the group stage there is more buzz about the team

then ever before. No doubt the USMNT can compete on a national level but there

is a major downside. The US has been placed in what is by far the hardest group. Group G consists of Ghana, Germany, Portugal and the USA. Just to show how

steep a task this is and what we are up against here are the World Rankings for each of the teams: Germany 2nd, Portugal 3rd, USA 13th, Ghana 38th. This is according to the current FIFA world rankings.

I am not quite sure how the groups were decided but having the second and

third best teams in the world in the same group when there are eight groups is ridiculous. If you’re thinking well at least there is Ghana then may I remind you

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Collin is a junior studying business. You may contact him at baxtercd@email. The only women’s sport I usually take an interest in is soccer. I have been to several of the games, here, and I find that the level of talent is comparable to the men’s team and the games are quite enjoyable. The same cannot be said for the women’s basketball team. The level of talent is head and shoulders above the men’s team, although I have the utmost faith in coach Martin to bring us to relevance. What makes women’s soccer so interesting, in comparison to other sports, is the performance of the women’s national team. We have one of the best Olympic and World Cup women’s teams and with stars like Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan it's hard not to notice these ladies.

The exact same effect is taking place here in Columbia. The Lady Gamecocks basketball team is currently ranked sixth in the nation. They have key wins over nibnthranked Kentucky and 16th-ranked Vanderbilt, with a record of 20-2 and 8-1 in conference. This is a performance strong enough to give the team a current hold on first place in the Southeastern Conference standings. The eighth-ranked Lady Vols are in second place, one game behind the Gamecocks. This could set up for a tremendous matchup to conclude the season when South Carolina travels to Knoxville to play for what may be the regular season championship. Dawn Staley is the primary reason for the great success of the Gamecocks. With five seasons under her belt, the Naismith Hall of Famer has truly built something special. On the floor leaders like Aleighsa Welch, with her average of 13.4 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game, have carried this team. Alaina Coates has also come on strong with solid performances every week, winning four freshmen of the week honors in the SEC. Coates is a very talented hometown product out of nearby Irmo. The South Carolina basketball team has something

special this season, better than even Dawn Staley expected. If you have not been to a game, now is the time to see these ladies play. With consecutive tournament appearances the past two season, each with 25 plus wins, a third consecutive appearance is in order. Eyes are set on an elite eight, final four and even the national championship, all within the realm of possibilities. With such a terrific year one might expect the talent to slide off, but the Lady Gamecocks are only getting stronger under coach Dawn Staley and they are here to stay as one of the best teams in the SEC and the nation. The Gamecocks have the number four rated recruiting class in the country with their eyes set on number one ESPN 100 recruit, A’ja Wilson. Landing Wilson could jump the Gamecocks to the best recruiting class in the nation and set them up for future runs at another national title for the University of South Carolina. Wilson is a Columbia native who has visited campus, officially, four times – most recently, this past Sunday for the Gamecocks' victory over Missouri. The future is bright for South Carolina and whether we take it all this year, or in years to come, it is great to be a Lady Gamecock.

HEARTBREAKING ENDING This 2013-2014 basketball

season has highlighted many different teams from

across the nation. Basketball followers couldn’t help but

notice the success from underdog Wichita State over the passing months,


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Syracuse shocked fans when

they lost two games back-to-back after going undefeated for nearly four months, and the nails of diehard rivalry fans were bitten when several games came down to the last few seconds in their perspective heated match-ups.

But perhaps one team that has been glossed over in the high-energy world of college

basketball is our very own Lady Gamecocks. While many may roll their eyes at the mention of women’s basketball, our team had an astounding amount of success this season. Calling this season’s theme “Be The Change,” the team proved that they held

the power to change their program for the better. Gamecock fans showed up to home games with an undisputed amount of pride for the team. Devotees showed support

for breast cancer and coach Nikki at the Think Pink game, displayed a neon sea of fans during Women’s Basketball Tweet Week, and poured into the Colonial Life Arena to watch the NCAA National Championship tournament Selection Show with the team.

Ending the regular season as SEC champions set the team up with a #1 seed in the

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Head coach Dawn Staley was crowned SEC

Coach of the Year, guard Tiffany Mitchell was named SEC Player of the Year, and freshman Alaina Coates lived up to her potential and was deemed SEC Freshman of the Year and SEC Co-6th Woman of the Year.

With a locker room full of trophies and honored distinctions, the team headed into

the NCAA tournament carrying their “Be The Change” theme with them and a #1 next to their names. In an effort to rally Gamecock nation in support of the team while

they were away from home, Gamecock Athletics utilized social and digital media. By

creating a graphic with the picture of the team and the number of the teams left in the

tournament, the ladies encouraged fans to take a picture with the graphic and tweet, post, or email it to the team.

The team dominated Round 1 against Cal State, Northridge and again in Round 2

against Oregon State. Their display of talent and drive proved they deserved their #1 seed and would be in the tournament for a while.

Unfortunately, the graphic interaction stopped with the number 16. While the

Gamecocks proved they deserved their seed and the hype built around them, they

ended their tournament run in the Sweet Sixteen against University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The Gamecocks rode right behind the Tar Heels throughout the game, but

a strong second half was not enough to seal the Gamecocks’ ticket to the Elite Eight. The crushing ending to such an empowering season was heartbreaking.

The highly decorated program ended the season leaving Gamecock nation with so

much to cheer for and be proud of. We’ll have to see what comes next year with new recruits and new motivation to once again prove that they are the change.

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The newest rave of the technology world is an actual board that can hover over the ground, called Kappa Delta HUVr. The board is to mimic the board used in the movie Carter is a sophomore studying business. You may contact her at spencemc@email. Back to the Future II when Marty McFly used the board to fly across the river. The difference between the hoverboard 15 years ago and what developers at HUVr Tech have developed now is this board can actually be controlled by an app on your iPhone or Android. The app actually has a GPS and tracks where you are going. If you don’t think its real then ask Tony Hawk, who has himself tried and enjoyed the new board.


The website has an attribute on the team who developed the mind spinning (literally and rhetorically) HUVr. The team met each other at the MIT Physics Graduate Program in the summer of 2010. There mission statement being, ”This is clearly a new frontier for science and we're excited and honored to share this first chapter with the world.”, is definitely shown on the various videos spilled throughout the internet of people successfully trying out the HUVr themselves. The website even has all the various styles the board can be purchased in, having

the design not range very far away from the board previously designed for Back to the Future II.If you haven't heard about the board yet, then you obviously haven't been keeping up with social media very well of recent. The HUVr website has 35 thousand likes on Facebook since its release and thousands of followers and retweeters on Twitter. Ever since the manipulation of Marty using the “hoverboard” 15 years ago it’s very obviously the world is antsy to be able to hover at their own pleasure. Those who were lucky enough to demo the board have descried the experience as out of this world. Athlete Terrell Owens suggesting that he "felt like I was out of this world for a second, and I looked down, and my feet were off the ground.” The description of the few moments Terrell was off the ground is much like all the demonstrators of this product. The feeling is generally expressed as indescribable and can only be fully explained by doing it yourself. Unfortunately, hover boards aren't yet for sale at your local Target or Walmart. But these numerous videos of humans like you and I safely riding a few feet off the ground shows we are in for it soon. The answer as to an exact date is strategically avoided by the team at HOVr for a reason didn’t want to believe true. The HOVr board is a hoax. The release of numerous videos and articles was put into tact to pull a prank on the entire american population. From days of having this product publicized all over my social media for a week I figure I could share that this product is indeed ~ false. To our dismay it will be a long while before any type of flying board to be let out on our supermarkets shelves. As Ashton Kutcher would like to pride himself in saying to the entire population, You’ve just been Punk’d.

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