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organizations Kaitlyn Finn Involvement on campus is a great way to get the most out of your college experience. It is especially beneficial to get involved in ways that meet your individual interests, so that you can create a smaller Carolina community with other like-minded Gamecocks. Here at the University of South Carolina, there are over 500 student organizations, including the Flying Gamecock Skydiving Club, Baking Club, Dance Marathon and many more. With such a diverse offering of activities, students are bound to find something they enjoy. If not, students can work with the Leadership and Service Center on campus to start the process of creating a brand-new organization to bring to Carolina. This gives each and every student the opportunity for involvement at USC that aligns with their passions. To start a new organization, students must complete the New Student Organization Intent Form, find a faculty or staff advisor, recruit at least 10 members, create a constitution, complete a Garnet Gate application and await final approval. USC helps student organizations receive funding for various expenses. Through working with the Student Senate Finance Committee, a club treasurer can request funding through Student Activity Fees. Student comptrollers serve as financial advisors to the student organizations and are trained to ensure that all resources for student organizations are being distributed fairly. A complete student organization directory can be found on Garnet Gate, the university’s online portal to all USC clubs and organization information. After logging into Garnet Gate with your USC username and password, you can even search for specific organizations by filtering them by interest, making it an easy gateway of information for students. Each semester, the leaders of the clubs on campus line Greene Street to offer information and accessibility to prospective members at the Student Organization Fair. This event offers another great opportunity for eager students to find their niche here at South Carolina.

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Student Health Services University of South Carolina

An accredited Patient-Centered Medical Home Supporting the vision of a Healthy Carolina community Examples of services available (some of our services are pre-paid with the student health fee, which is part of tuition; please see for more information): • Assessment and diagnosis of illnesses such as sore throat, cough, sinus issues, stomach bug/food poisoning, seasonal flu and other primary care health needs • Disease management with wellness and prevention strategies • Examinations of wounds and suturing of injuries • Casting of minor bone fractures • Comprehensive women’s health care • Free flu shots • 10 individual sessions w/ a counselor per academic year • Consultations for stress management, nutrition, exercise, tobacco cessation and sexual health

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government Kaitlyn Finn Student Government is comprised of many talented, and hard-working students who work together to help plan events, pass new initiatives and better the student experience. Student Government works alongside many of USC’s faculty, staff and administrators to ensure that everything is running properly. Student Government is made up of multiple branches, including the Congressional Advisory Board, student senate and Legislative Action Network. The Constitutional Council, one of the Student Government branches, includes a chief justice and associate justices who work to maintain and interpret the Student Government Codes and Constitution and step in to mediate internal disputes. Freshman Council, another branch of Student Government at USC, is designed specifically for first-year students who want to experience the world of Student Government and develop leadership skills and further involvement on campus. Throughout the years, USC Student Government has created various programs and initiatives to help students succeed and connect the Carolina community. Some of these programs include Carolina Closet, a professional attire rental program available to all USC students, and Walk Home Cocky, a program full of student volunteers who are available between 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday to walk students home from the Thomas Cooper Library. In 2011, Student Government started Pillars for Carolina, a five-day summer program for incoming freshmen. Pillars for Carolina, which costs $350 and includes student housing and meals, is designed so that new students can become familiar with the university, make new friends before the start of school and participate in service activities to develop leadership skills. Student Government elections take place in the spring semester each year and are followed by a formal inauguration. For the 2018-2019 school year, the student body president is Taylor Wright, the student body vice president is Mills Hayes, the speaker of the student senate is Patrick Ellis and the student body treasurer is Emerson Odagis.

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carolina PROductions interfaith initiatives Michelle Hughes and Sarah Nichols

Carolina Productions is a student organization and the main source for oncampus entertainment. They plan a myriad of free events every semester that are open to anyone with a CarolinaCard. One of their best-known services is showing popular movies and blockbusters in the Russell House Theater every weekend for free. The films screened range from big hits that just left the theaters to cult classics and throwback favorites that so many of us nostalgia-ridden students love. If you want to take your love of film, music, entertainment or event planning to the next level, students are welcome to get involved by either joining the Carolina Productions team or by attending one of their numerous events. Students interested in marketing and organizing events are encouraged to join the team in the fall semester. Regularly planned events revolve around all things entertainment. Past events have included karaoke, trivia and comedy nights, dog parties and shows by nationally renowned musicians, magicians and comedians. Many of these events are open for participation from students to perform and showcase their talents. To stay up-to-date with their upcoming events and shows, follow them on social media and look out for their semester calendar, which can be found outside of the Russell House Theater and their offices on the third floor of Russell House. Because—let’s face it—the only thing better than a good movie is a good, free movie.

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Michelle Hughes USC prides itself on being home to students of many religions. Interfaith Initiatives gives students and faculty from different religious and ethnic backgrounds the opportunity to connect with each other and engage in interfaith activities and celebrations. Interfaith Initiatives works hard to bring members of the community together to celebrate their beliefs by working with Interfaith Partners of South Carolina and the Department of Religious Studies to provide educational programs. Many incoming college students worry they will not have time to continue to practice their faith. Interfaith Initiatives allows students to continue to practice their faith while they are away at college, as well as gain exposure to different religions and viewpoints so that we can all come from a place of common understanding. Check out this organization if you are looking for an opportunity to meet other members of the USC community from diverse religious backgrounds.

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greek life Caroline O’Looney Greek Life at the University of South Carolina is a community built on the values of service, scholarship, leadership and friendship. These groups provide students many different opportunities they may not get in college otherwise. Each fraternity and sorority has adopted a philanthropy that it raises money and awareness for, allowing students to participate, serve and give back to the Columbia community or the community at large. These social organizations also provide students with lifelong friendships, mentors and more. Whether a student joins a fraternity, a sorority or a multicultural organization, there is a group for everyone, and each has its own recruitment process. Though these organizations value social activities and philanthropy, academics are also a top priority. In the Fall 2017 Greek Report, the average undergrad GPA for students in Greek Life was 3.41. Many organizations also have study groups, dedicated study times at the house or library, or a requirement of study hours throughout the semester. The chapter with the highest overall GPA is also a great honor that every organization strives to achieve. In addition to philanthropy and academics, these organizations also value leadership and give students ample opportunities to become leaders within the organization. A student who is a member can be a part of their own chapter’s executive board, or even apply to be on the University of South Carolina’s Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). Moreover, being in one of these organizations can provide opportunities to serve on Student Government, Dance Marathon Executive Board, the Homecoming Commission and more. These organizations also have fun! Each sorority or fraternity throws several functions, which is a great way to meet chapter members, hang out and have a good time. During Homecoming and Greek Week, these organizations participate and compete in many events, such as dance competitions, lip sync battles and parade floats. The first round of formal sorority recruitment will begin on Aug. 15, 2018. Orientation for formal fraternity recruitment will be held Aug. 26, 2018. Courtesy of Department of Student Life

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sports clubs Abigail Braun Sport clubs are a great way to stay involved in your favorite sports during college. These clubs are created and run by passionate, active students. They are competitive and can either be travel teams or simply instructional for those who would prefer to not travel. There are currently 57 sports clubs that range from baseball, football and cross country to cornhole, squash and Irish dancing. The different clubs can be found on Garnet Gate at edu/organizations. There truly is something for everyone and many do not require any experience. By joining a sport club, you will receive coaching and get to know a tightknit group of individuals with similar interests. These extracurricular activities are a great way to get involved, meet friends, and stay active. To join, you simply need to be a University of South Carolina student, faculty, or staff and sign a liability waiver.

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intramurals Kaitlyn Finn

For students looking for a fun way to stay active at college without competition and stress, USC offers intramural sports during the fall and spring semesters. Anyone can play intramurals, regardless of experience level. Teams can be co-ed, men’s, women’s, fraternity, or sorority. All teams, regardless of the sport, usually have one game per week and about 4 games per season. Games are usually scheduled after 3 p.m. on weekdays and on Sunday evenings in an attempt to work best with students’ academic schedules. Campus Recreation offers more than 20 intramural sports, including Ultimate Frisbee, sand volleyball and soccer. There are also tournament specific leagues, which include Spikeball, dodgeball and Pool Battleship. In order to participate on an intramural team, students must go to the Intramural Sports Office and register a team, which will be managed through IM Leagues, a website to track team and league progress. For more information about intramural sports and other offerings, students can go to the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center to get pamphlets or talk to staff.

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Garnet & black Magazine Sarah Nichols Garnet and Black is USC’s entirely student-run quarterly magazine. The magazine is distinctly known for its high-quality, artistic photography and design, and its articles are known for pushing the boundaries of what is openly discussed on campus. The magazine takes an inquisitive and analytical look at trends and happenings at USC and the larger Columbia region, and how this affects the students of Columbia or why they should care. The staff is comprised of a masthead of editors and staff writers, photographers and designers of about 30 members in total. The magazine also thrives with its contributor base. Twice a semester, Garnet and Black will hold assignment meetings, where students of any and all majors interested in contributing can attend and sign up for works featured online or in the next print publication. If you are looking to be a tastemaker, an influencer, or perhaps just an observer who looks at the world with a critical eye, consider getting involved with the talented staff of Garnet and Black. Ethan Lam

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sgtv channel 4.1 Kaitlyn Finn Student Gamecock Television, or SGTV, is a student-run television station that started on campus in 2006. It airs 24/7 on Campus Channel 4.1 so students can always tune in to watch, and offers a fully functional website where you can tune in to what you have missed. SGTV’s goal is to offer creative opportunities for students to hone their skills and to provide entertaining and informative programming to the all members of the Carolina community. SGTV offers different programs, including Capital City Sports, News 4, Talk of the Town, and 1080c, a short film production group. Students interested in joining SGTV can be any major, not just broadcast journalism or media arts, and no previous experience is required. All SGTV members are trained to operate all necessary equipment or software programs so they can produce creative work on their own. In short, SGTV can be a learning experience, an opportunity for friendship and a creative endeavor, all in one.

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wusc-FM 90.5 Caitlin Nebel For over 70 years, WUSC-FM, the University of South Carolina’s student-run radio station broadcasting at 90.5 FM and at, has hit the airwaves of Columbia with unique music choices from the student body. Joining is as simple as attending a few training sessions before you can host your very own two-hour radio show. WUSC offers students an opportunity to become a DJ and share their favorite tunes with the city. DJs can play from the vast CD and record library that the station has amassed or from their own personal collection. There is one key rule that keeps WUSC a diverse music hub: no top-40 hits. This guideline is what helps WUSC strive for its motto of educating the DJ and the listener. You don’t have to have a love for the underground to be a part of WUSC. Specialty shows, while still following the rules of the broadcast, open up a time slot for you to share your personal interest. Popular themes are talk shows about news and sports or music shows specific to soundtracks or international jams. Regardless of the show you host, you can be sure you’ll discover new music you love. In keeping with WUSC’s support of smaller-scale musicians, the station often hosts live events at bars and restaurants around the city. Local artists are featured in the cool locales that WUSC chooses for its concerts so that its listeners can dive into all that Columbia’s music scene has to offer. Discover something new with 90.5 WUSC FM.

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The Daily Gamecock is USC’s entirely student-run, daily news organization. Founded in 1908 as “The Gamecock,” this organization has been a resource for all things USC for over 100 years. The newspaper publishes one print edition weekly and updates their website with new content pertaining to news, sports, arts and culture and opinion daily. One easy way to make sure you are up to speed with everything happening at Carolina is by subscribing to their email newsletter, so you have all of The Daily Gamecock’s headlines delivered to your inbox each morning. The Daily Gamecock also produces special publications, such as “Semester in Review,” “Year in Review,” a special sports edition at the start of the football season, “Best of Carolina” and “Carolina Insider,” which serve as guides to students, locals and visitors for the best places to visit and things to do in the greater Columbia area. Each year, The Daily Gamecock brings home awards from the South Carolina Press Association’s Collegiate Division. Being involved with The Daily Gamecock can serve as a great way to expand your writing and photography skills, buff up your portfolio and make lasting friendships. Keep your eye out for stands all around campus to see what the latest edition of The Daily Gamecock has to say.

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student success center Caroline O’Looney One of the best on-campus resources that the University of South Carolina has to offer is the Student Success Center. Its mission is to help students in any way they need in order to foster academic success. The Student Success Center, or SSC, describes itself as a “comprehensive one-stop-shop for academic support services on campus.” One of the best parts about this resource is that it is free for all undergraduate students at USC. It is centrally located on the mezzanine floor at the Thomas Cooper Library. Some of the services offered are tutoring, supplemental instruction lessons and paper revisions. The Student Success Center offers academic workshops on anything from time management to financial literacy. The SSC also runs the “Take an Instructor to Lunch” program, which helps students fulfill a Graduation with Leadership Distinction (GLD) requirement.

Additionally, the SSC offers study skill workshops, which helps students locate other campus resources, set goals and create action plans. The SSC also has research help, which is run by trained peer research consultants. Their job is to help direct students in the right direction to academic resources for research endeavors. In conjunction with the research consultants, the SSC has trained people to help students write and revise their papers, lab reports, speeches, podcasts, portfolios and more. The Student Success Center is one of the most helpful on-campus resources for both struggling and successful students, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of these opportunities!

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community service Naomi Lawrence If you’re looking for way to get involved in not only the university but also the neighboring communities of Columbia, the Leadership and Service Center will help get you started. Located on the second floor of the Russell House, the organization can help students find service opportunities on and around campus. Community service can be a great way to get to know the city better, make lasting friendships and connections, experience personal fulfillment and enhance your resume. If you’re looking to stay on campus, the Gamecock Food Pantry provides food to students in need. Volunteers can donate food to the pantry and assist in a multitude of tasks in the pantry. The Leadership and Service Center also provides weekly service trips throughout each semester, which allow students to volunteer a few hours of their time to complete a variety of service projects. Service Saturdays are once a month, half-day excursions where students across campus pick from a list of sites and work on them in groups. Transportation and lunch are provided by the university. If you’re looking for a service trip longer than a few hours, the Alternative Break program offers students an opportunity to volunteer over fall, winter and spring breaks each year. More information, registration links and applications can be found on their website or in their office, suite 227 in Russell House. If there’s one thing the Leadership and Service Center makes clear, it’s that there’s not just one way to serve your community. Students can serve their communities through passions and interests unique to them.

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russell house university union Caitlin Nebel No place on campus is more visited during freshman year than the Russell House Student Union. In the basement of the five-floor building are four key spots used throughout your college years. The building contains an official U.S. Post Office. While living on campus, all mail will be sent here including your many Amazon deliveries and care packages from home. Additionally, the basement is home to a print center, QuickCopy, to save you when your paper is due in physical form in your next class. Black and white prints are five cents per page. The Golden Spur game room offers billiards and other games, and the CarolinaCard office is there for you when you lose your student ID for the first time … and the sixth. In fall 2018, you’ll find new dining options on the first floor including Panera Bread, Chick-fil-A, Pei Wei, Olilo and Congaree River Smokehouse. This floor is also home to the Barnes & Noble USC bookstore and Literary Café. On the second floor, more dining options are available. All food choices take meal plan swipes, dining dollars and Carolina Cash so Russell House will become a staple of your freshman meal times. The second floor also features the Leadership and Service Center, Founders Federal Credit Union and the Russell House Theater. The theater will house many events each week including trivia and, of course, movie screenings that are free with your CarolinaCard. As you move through the second floor, you will notice not only plenty of seating, but also a hall of meeting rooms including the Russell House ballroom. The

ballroom will be home to the larger events at USC, including football viewing parties in the fall. The information center is also located on the second floor. Up on the third floor is another area of seating and meeting rooms that you may find yourself in for various organizations. Down the hall is the Carolina Productions office and the Office of New Student Orientation. Additionally, this area is the location of the Carolina Styles hair salon, which offers students affordable haircuts by experienced stylists. The rest of the third floor is where the magic happens: the Student Media offices. Furthermore, a side stairwell will lead you to the Preston dining hall, Preston’s at Noon, which is reserved for Preston Residential College residents until 7 p.m. The top floor of Russell is also devoted to Student Affairs Technology Services. In general, the student union is your go-to location for the most important campus resources. Russell House’s central location on campus makes it the perfect place for all of these student activities and its convenience often makes it the default building for all meetups and hangouts. We challenge you to try every food option in the building before you graduate.

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horseshoe Caitlin Nebel When your parents first drag you on a campus tour at USC, your very first stop will be the historic Horseshoe. The tour guides will explain the rich history of not only the spot of the original campus but all that has grown around it in over 200 years since. You’ll walk down the brick pathways and try to read a few comments left by donors and alumni. You’ll look at the beautiful picture of South Carolina in bloom and imagine yourself as a “real college student” sitting on the Horseshoe. And then, a year or two later, you are finally lying in the grass and enjoying a day of nice weather as the world moves around you to the pace of that college life you first saw a glimpse of right there on the Horseshoe. Your college career will seem to orbit around the center of campus; every semester will be dotted with a snapshot of a nice day on the Horseshoe and will end with your graduation photos taken right in the same spot you studied for midterms two years before. It is the place you’ll take all of your visitors to show them just how pretty USC can be. While most events will take place at the neighboring Greene Street, a few very special ones—like a surprise Darius Rucker concert—will happen on the Horseshoe. As more time goes by in these years of your life, more time will be spent enjoying the Horseshoe. You’ll make a point to cut through it on the way to class. You’ll sleep in the vast areas of shade during your down time. You’ll drink in each moment on the Horseshoe because it is both tradition and something just genuinely enjoyable. There is no place on campus more peaceful than between the green leaves and garnet bricks of the Horseshoe.

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Caitlin Nebel Thomas Cooper Library, aka “T. Coop,” is a safe haven for students at all times of the day and night. Open 24 hours to students, T. Coop is there for you on long nights and quick breaks alike. Above ground, the library has two floors of study and work space, while below ground houses five floors of books for your reading and/or writing convenience. All seven floors of the USC library are perfect for all of your working needs. Group study rooms are available on all five bottom floors as well as single desks amongst the aisles of books. Level three offers educational films complete with a viewing room while level five contains a government information and maps reserve. You can also find both a technology lab and the Career Center on the fifth floor. Up top are several dozen more Mac computers, the checkout, printing desk, and—the Holy Grail—Starbucks. If coffee isn’t your jam, T. Coop offers vending machines with a wide array of products, from Diet Coke to mechanical pencils. Finally, the top Mezzanine floor is the home of the Student Success Center. In all, the Thomas Cooper Library is your go-to spot for peace, quiet and knowledge. And, you can’t miss it—it’s where the fountain is!

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At the University of South Carolina, athletics are one of the most popular and exciting parts of student life. And with our great teams come our great athletic stadiums, where many a Sandstorm is played, towels are whipped in fervor and the Carolina Fight Song rings through the air. The best-known stadium is Williams Brice Stadium, home to the Gamecocks football team. Nicknamed “Willy B,” it remains the 20th-largest college football stadium in the NCAA. This kind of exhilarating experience can only be felt firsthand. Aside from football, Willy B houses notable concerts that come to Columbia, including names like Metallica, Guns N Roses, The Rolling Stones, George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley (just to name a few). Beyonce and Jay-Z are scheduled to perform in the stadium in August 2018. Colonial Life Arena is the second main event space for USC and home to the Gamecock men’s and women’s basketball teams. Aside from basketball, the arena holds many concerts, events and commencement activities. USC is also home to Founders Park, the baseball stadium, Eugene E. Stone III Stadium for our powerful soccer teams, Sheila and Morris Cregger Track and the Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. As a student at the University of South Carolina, you’ll find that some of your best memories are made in these facilities. Take a good look and become acquainted with your new havens for the next four years.


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gyms blatt & strom Kaitlyn Finn The Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center is a state-of-the-art fitness facility for the students and faculty of USC. Strom Thurmond consists of open recreation green space, indoor and outdoor pools, sand volleyball courts and open sports fields. Inside the fitness center there are six badminton courts, five basketball courts, an indoor track and a 52-foot rock climbing wall. The strength and conditioning area is stocked with 77 resistance training machines and free weights and preset barbells. The cardiovascular training area on the upper level is made up of 70 cardio machines, so each student can find the perfect cardio workout. For a post-workout recovery, Strom is also equipped with a sauna and whirlpool to rest sore muscles. Strom has both men’s and women’s locker rooms where students can store their belongings in lockers or shower after a workout. The Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center offers yet another spot on campus for students, faculty and staff to be active. Blatt offers six badminton courts, three basketball courts, three dance studios, two sand volleyball courts, an indoor pool with diving well, an outdoor challenge course and much more. The cardiovascular training area has 56 cardio machines and

the strength and conditioning area has 66 resistance-training machines as well as free weights and preset barbells. Students can also go to Blatt to their Bike Shop for free bike repairs like tune-ups, part replacement, flat tire repair, cleaning or bike assembly. Both the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center and the Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center have spaces available for group exercise classes as well. Students can pay $20 for unlimited group fitness classes, taught by certified USC students, for the entire semester. Group exercise offerings include classes such as HIIT Fit, Zumba, TRX, Yoga and Cycle, which are scheduled throughout the week at either Strom or Blatt.

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center for health and well-being Sarah Nichols While the Center for Health and Well-Being might not be the place you visit for entertainment, you will certainly leave the center feeling better about yourself than when you entered. USC just recently opened its doors of the newly constructed home for Student Health Services in the fall of 2017. The new center, located in central campus just behind Russell House, was built with the goal of creating a calming and welcoming space for students to expand their physical and emotional well-being. The center focuses on encouraging sustainable lifestyles for its patients, and the center itself was also awarded USC’s Sustainable Carolina Green Office Certification in June 2017. Located inside the center is a large pharmacy, a “calm oasis” for yoga and meditation, a demonstration kitchen, a complete rehab gym and a larger pharmacy selection than in the previous building. As the name of the center implies, the Center for Health and Well-Being takes a holistic approach to health and how the relationship between the functions of your body and mind work symbiotically to make you your healthiest self. The new building brings nature inside; the center has many plants on each floor as well as a nature-themed design on the walls to bring home the

importance of nature on your holistic health. The primary colors of the walls are shades of yellows, greens and blues—all of which have been proven to be stress-relieving colors. So it would seem that this light, spacious building emanates the model of holistic well-being in its core as well. You might find yourself going to the Center for Health and Well-Being if you are coming down with a cold, or if you need vaccinations for your upcoming study-abroad experience. However, the health center has doctors and nurse practitioners who are trained to serve a wide variety of their patient’s needs, such as women’s health, nutrition, physical therapy, sexual health, allergies and more. Students might also find themselves going to the center for a healthy cooking demonstration with First Lady Patricia Pastides, or for a yoga and guided meditation class in the oasis. The new, spacious student health center gives you all of the resources and encouragement you need to stay on top of your health and well-being in college.

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greene street Caroline O’Looney If you are ever looking for something to do on campus, Greene Street is the place to be. Running through the heart of campus, Greene Street is always an active spot at USC. Greene Street is home to many weekly events, such as the Healthy Carolina farmers market on Tuesdays and Hip Hop Wednesdays. Greene Street is also the site of special, one-time only or annual events, such as Carolina Production’s Spring Fest, concerts, the Homecoming theme reveal and so much more. This past year, Carolina Productions put on a concert during their annual Spring Fest featuring B.o.B. The past semester also brought a petting zoo, including a camel and goats, to the bustling Greene Street! One great aspect of Greene Street is its central location on campus. Located right in front of Russell House, the student union, most students will walk down Greene at least once a day. This makes Greene Street the perfect spot for student organizations to promote, fundraise and campaign, among other tasks. During student government elections, it’s common to see each candidate tabling out on Greene Street and promoting him or herself by passing out flyers, T-shirts, stickers, buttons and other prizes. Many charities, organizations and clubs come out throughout the week to raise money through bake sales, pie-ing members, and more. Other groups hand out flyers and table on Greene to spread awareness about their organization. The biannual organization fair stretches from gate to iconic gate on either end of the road and is the perfect place to find your next adventure. In all, this street is a large vessel that runs through USC’s campus, and is a highly trafficked area. The street is always lively, whether it be a group of sorority girls being pied in the face, a DJ spinning hip hop songs as groups dance, or local vendors selling their products at the farmers market. You won’t go even a week at USC without finding some fun on Greene Street, whether it be in between classes or lighting up the night. Look for the painted gamecock on the road to find the heart and soul of campus.

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USC offers all of the theater experiences one could want. The Russell House Theater, found on the second floor of Russell House, plays two popular movies every weekend, put on by Carolina Productions. The listings can be found on the signs outside of the theater, or online at These movies are free to any USC student, faculty or staff with a valid CarolinaCard. To make this deal even sweeter, free popcorn and drinks are available on Fridays. The movies that play are newer films as well as popular throwbacks, so you won’t miss out on pop culture while away at school. The Russell House Theater is a great way to spend a relaxed weekend without spending any money. To broaden your film knowledge with the independent and foreign side of filmography, the Nickelodeon Theater (affectionately called “the Nick”) on Main Street (not technically on campus, but very close by) is a haven of culture and knowledge. This local nonprofit theater was founded by two University of South Carolina students in 1976 and it continues to be a popular destination for film and dialogue. The films that are shown center around diversity and community, and discussion times are often provided both before and after the films to include a larger community context and dialogue. With a charming neon marque out front and a unique curation of films, it is sure to draw in a crowd. The Longstreet Theatre, just next to the Thomas Cooper Library, provides a

more “traditional” theatre experience. Watch your peers from the Department of Theatre and Dance perform in this historic building. This theatre hosts some of the theatre department’s large performances, such as “The Crucible.” Experience theater in the round like the Greeks and Romans did right here in South Carolina. Drayton Hall is a more traditional theater space for both theater and dance performances, and so is the Koger Center for the Arts, except on a larger scale. The Koger Center gets some of USC’s and Columbia’s biggest performances, such as Broadway touring companies, nationally renowned performing groups and USC’s own dance company. From free movies on weekends to an independent and foreign film theater to a performing arts theater, there is always something interesting happening in these theaters on and off campus.

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village Kaitlyn Finn The Greek Village at USC houses around 700 students across 20 different sorority and fraternity houses. USC’s Greek Village has some of the premier Greek housing at colleges around the country. Freshmen who are new to USC are required to live on campus and not allowed to live in Greek Village, but in the remaining years of college, living in Greek Village can be an inviting possibility through membership in a fraternity or sorority. Most fraternities require members to live in the houses for at least two semesters; however, most sororities do not require members to live in the houses, because interest alone is often enough to fill the house. In both fraternities and sororities, position-holding members might be required to live in the house as well to be at the center of the Greek organization. Greek Village follows the same opening and closing procedures as on-campus housing, meaning that the houses close for fall break, spring break, and the summer. Some Greek organizations require that residents have a Greek meal plan, where members are given 10 meals a week at their respective house. If a member wants more than the 10 meals, he or she can also add a typical university meal plan to their bill. Greek Village is conveniently located next to Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center and is surrounded by restaurants like The Community Table, Zombie Coffee and Donuts, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Tropical Smoothie, and 1801 Grille.

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main street Sarah Nichols

While Main Street used to be a part of town that offered little in the way of food, entertainment or nightlife, it has transformed in recent years into the new cultural hub of Columbia. A walk from the Statehouse to Blanding Street means passing a wide variety of restaurants, coffee shops, artisan boutiques and entertainment stops. The Columbia Museum of Art is a world-renowned art museum located in the center of Main Street that brings a wide variety of exhibitions and art projects and offers students a discounted admissions fee. The Nickelodeon Theater, located on the 1600 block of Main Street, is a local art-house theater that brings in both big-name movies as well as indie films with artist talkbacks and discussions. They also host their annual Indie Grits Festival, a film and art festival in April, most of which takes place throughout Main Street. A few steps down from the Nickelodeon Theater lead you to The Grand, the newly opened boutique bowling alley and bar, with a sophisticated interior that reminds you that bowling can be for both children and adults. At the end of the 1600 block is Tapp’s Art Center, which is an art space that hosts local artist’s studios, boundarypushing exhibitions and local performances and events. The food on Main Street is stellar, as well. Whether you are going out with friends, a date, or business colleagues, it would be to easy to find a restaurant that has the appropriate setting. Between Bourbon, a restaurant and bar that was featured on the Food Network, Cantina 76, Drip, the Oak Table, Persona and so much more, it will be easy to satisfy your craving of the day. And perhaps the new hallmark of Main Street is the Soda City Market, a weekly farmer’s market that runs the blocks of Main Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. Food trucks, craft vendors and artisan boutiques line the blocks of Main Street, and people from all around town bring their dogs and their appetites to celebrate the beloved weekend. So whether it’s for art, food, movies, music or coffee, the Main Street district is quickly becoming the new hot spot. Abigail Braun

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The vista Kaitlyn Finn The Vista in Columbia is full of restaurants, entertainment venues and shopping: the perfect area for students and all other community members to spend their free time during the day or night. Its proximity to historic sites, the Congaree River and the University of South Carolina campus attracts not only students and locals, but also many other tourists from around the country. The Vista offers great restaurants, such as Grill Marks’ burgers and “Freak Shakes,” and Motor Supply Company’s daily changing menu. For some after-dinner drinks, those of age can go to nightlife hot spots such as the Art Bar, an eclectic dance bar, or Tin Roof, a favorite live music bar. The Vista is also home to numerous art galleries, like City Art and the If ART Gallery. If you’re looking to learn more about South Carolina’s rich history, you can visit the South Carolina State House, the South Carolina State Museum or the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Whether it’s the Publix on Gervais Street for needed groceries or Urban Outfitters for new clothes, there are numerous places in the Vista for students to shop without straying too far from campus. The Vista is continuously changing and developing. New storefronts frequently open,, and events such as Artista Vista and Columbia Open Studios also occur from time to time in the area. For those visiting students at school or just coming to Columbia to visit, there is definitely no shortage of hotels, salons and barbers. The Vista features a Hampton Inn, Hilton, Hyatt Place, Spring Hill Suites, Staybridge Suites, Aloft and a Holiday Inn, all perfect options for visiting during special times like Family Weekend, football games or big-name concerts. With all of this to offer, the Vista has become an extremely desirable destination for students, professionals and tourists alike.

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Caroline O’Looney One of the most happening places in Columbia is the Five Points area, coined because Devine Street, Harden Street, and Santee Avenue all intersect, pointing out in five directions. Just a short walk from Capstone and Columbia Hall, Five Points has it all — from restaurants and bars to boutiques and pharmacies. And if you are 21 or older, you can enjoy what Five Points has become famous for: the bars. For those of age, there are many bars, and even more ways to get home safely after a long night out. There are six taxi cab services, the USC Transportation Corridor, and Uber and Lyft drivers. While by night, Five Points is a bar hub, by day the area returns to a quaint shopping district. For most students, Five Points is home to some of USC’s local food favorites, like the Gourmet Shoppe, Village Idiot, Pawley’s Front Porch and Groucho’s Deli. In addition, there are some national favorites, including Cook Out, Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, Jimmy John’s and Insomnia Cookies. There are also many boutiques lining the streets, like Vestique, Twig and Gentleman’s Closet. Five Points is also home to some student necessities: Walgreens and Food Lion. Five Points also plays host to fun festivals, such as the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This event is one of the largest of its kind in the Southeast, and this past year, Judah and the Lion headlined the concerts. This area of Columbia is always lively, and there is always something to do. It has activities for all ages, so be sure to stroll down into Five Points. If you find the fountain, you’ve made it.

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Greenville, South Carolina, is one of USC students’ favorite getaway spots. Only an hour and 45 minutes from campus, Greenville is a short drive for a weekend adventure. While in town, there are many new places to go and new activities to try, from Falls Park on the Reedy River to shopping in downtown Greenville. Some of Greenville’s best features are all of the free activities, particularly those outside. One favorite is Falls Park, which includes a suspension bridge overlooking the Reedy River and a beautiful landscape of cascading rocks and waterfalls. There are also trolleys that run all around downtown. Another unique part of Greenville is Mice on Main, which are the nine bronze mice statues hidden throughout the downtown Greenville area. There is also free mini golf at McPherson Park and plenty to explore along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 22-mile bike trail with picnic areas. Greenville has a variety of cuisines in the downtown or Augusta Road area, which has both upscale dining, like Larkin’s on the River, and your favorite chains, like Chick-fil-a. Also, if you happen to travel in the spring or summer, you can catch a Greenville Drive baseball game! No matter what time of year you go to Greenville, you can always find something fun to do.

About a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the University of South Carolina campus lies beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Surrounded by the vast Appalachian Mountains, Asheville is a city deeply entrenched in history and environmental wonders. Though, architecturally, the city flaunts its age, it is nonetheless an upand-coming modern city, packed with art galleries, artisan shops and a delicious culinary scene. Visitors to Asheville can experience the Biltmore Estate, a feat of architecture created by George Vanderbilt in 1895 to model the castles and estates of France and Britain. The 250-room Biltmore House is still the largest private home in America, and self-guided tours are available so tourists can see the massive estate in all its glory. Asheville also offers a rising downtown scene. Downtown Asheville has a little something for everyone, including the Asheville Community Theatre, the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, and Pack Square Park. Whether you are looking for interesting entertainment, quality cuisine, or outdoor adventure, Asheville will meet and exceed your needs. Although Asheville itself is the ultimate destination, the journey to get there is cloaked in beauty as well. The Blue Ridge Parkway, set along some of the highest peaks in the Southern Appalachians, is described as a “469-mile photo op” and is one of the most breathtaking drives in the Southeast. Asheville proves that you don’t have to travel too far to experience history, entertainment, shopping and natural beauty. Consider grabbing some friends and taking a trip to Asheville over a long weekend at USC.

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The historic town of Charleston is only about an hour and 45 minutes away. This is a perfect day trip for those weekends that you want to take a little vacation. Charleston is famous for its beaches and historic downtown area, with its beautiful scenery, such as the famous pineapple fountain and Rainbow Row. Along with the picturesque views, Charleston is known for upscale shopping on King Street and the market. King Street has many boutique-style shops as well as larger stores such as Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Kate Spade, Forever 21, Lush and many more. The market allows for local vendors to display and sell their homemade jewelry and other trinkets that capture the essence of this city rich in Southern charm. Foodies rejoice! Food options are almost limitless in Charleston. Seafood is a popular go-to for the coastal city, but for those who are not fans of fish will not be left out. Food is a major part of the city’s culture, which creates a diverse range of culinary options ranging from vegetarian to Cuban and Thai. Barbeque, Southern cooking and Southern-style sweet tea with lemon can be found almost anywhere in the city. For those who would rather lay on a beach soaking up some sun instead of touring downtown, you’re in luck. The two most popular beaches are Folly Beach and Isle of Palms, and both are only about 20 minutes from downtown. After a day of relaxation, there are plenty of quaint ice cream shops and other cold refreshments like smoothies, gelato and Italian ice carts. Charleston is a complete vacation that you could spread out over your spring break week or fit into just one day, making it perfect for busy college students who simply need a break.

Just a 90-minute drive from campus, Charlotte is one of the up-and-coming cities in the Southeast. If you’re looking for a fun day trip or a weekend getaway, Charlotte offers a variety of sports, entertainment and cuisine-related options. If you’re a sports fanatic, you’ll know that it’s not hard to catch a good game in Charlotte. You can catch a Panthers or Hornets game, visit the Nascar Hall of Fame, or, if golf is more your speed, catch the Wells Fargo Golf Championship in late April. If sports don’t meet your fancy, the city has a variety of shopping malls, performing arts centers, and museums to explore. If there’s an artist or band that is touring and won’t make their way to South Carolina, it’s very likely that you can catch them at one of Charlotte’s many venues. A favorite attraction is Carowinds, an amusement park straddling the state line of North and South Carolina. Charlotte also offers more interactive fun like whitewater rafting and the Reed Gold Mine. There’s always something exciting and unique to do in Charlotte that will make the trip well worth it. Aside from the attractions, the Charlotte Airport is a popular choice for students going to and from campus. CLT offers direct and inexpensive flights over university breaks to many airports across the nation. Charlotte also has a strong financial and business district, and is consequently a common place of hire for USC graduates.

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devine street Abigail Braun Devine Street hosts many local businesses that offer a variety of different services, from shopping to dining and even massages. Start your day with brunch at the famous Cinnamon Roll Deli or Eggs Up Grille. Not in the mood for brunch? There is a plethora of dining choices located on Devine, all that you can feel good about supporting, since many are family-owned and locally sourced. After eating a delicious meal, head out on the street for some local boutique shopping. Stopping by Bohemian Home will surely bring out the interior designer in you and even give you dorm room and apartment inspiration. The store includes handmade and local art to give you a taste of Columbia’s unique culture. Devine Street also has various boutiques for when you need a trendy business casual outfit for a presentation, or for when you want to treat yourself to a nice bow-tie from the famous, and local, Britton’s. For the skin and makeup connoisseurs, stop by Pout. This hair, skin and cosmetics boutique offers high-end products that you are encouraged to test! They also offer facials, waxing and tanning. You do not need to travel far to find any of your personal needs. Devine Street offers anything one could need to have a relaxing weekend of eating, shopping or preparing for that important interview. You truly will feel the community of Columbia when walking down Devine Street and smelling the scents of local restaurants and viewing the shops that make Columbia unique.

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Abigail Braun This tourist attraction is one of Columbia’s largest attractions, and it is only a 10-minute drive from campus. With over 2,000 animals from all across the world, beautiful botanical gardens, a ropes course, a zip line and chances to interact with giraffes, lorikeets and kangaroos, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Feed the lorikeets cups of nectar out of your hand and watch their beautiful colors fly through the air. There is also an opportunity to feed the giraffes from an overlook and walk through the kangaroo exhibit. The Riverbanks Zoo is a great place to take your parents or bond with your new Carolina family and roommates. The animal exhibits include animals from Africa, Asia, Australia and North America. There is also an aquarium and reptile exhibit that houses amphibians, reptiles and fish from South Carolina, deserts, tropic regions and the ocean. The birdhouse is always an interesting exhibit. The penguins seem to put on a show as they swim through the water and lounge on the rocks. The birdhouse also includes birds from Asia and the African and South American Savannas. In the Ndoki Forest, gaze at gorillas, elephants and meerkats in a re-creation of their African home. There is even a “farm” where you can pet goats and alpacas. The Riverbanks Zoo is truly an around-theworld experience of some of the world’s most treasured animals. The botanical gardens are the perfect place to enjoy a quieter part of nature. They have an Asian garden, a bog garden, a garden of lilies, a dry garden that hosts drought tolerant plants, a rose garden and more. These beautiful gardens put off a beautiful, fresh aroma as well as a place for the nature enthusiast to experience the livelihood of native and non-native plants. Between the beauty and grace of the animals and plants, and the fun activities for children and adults alike, the zoo is a great place to explore nature while having a fun and educational experience.

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parks Michelle Hughes After a long week of staying inside to study, treat yourself to an outdoor weekend by taking advantage of the beautiful parks in Columbia. Students often forget to enjoy the outdoors — besides the hectic walk to your classes — amidst busy school schedules. Riverfront Park is popular among students because of the views and close proximity to campus. It features long, dog-friendly paths along the Columbia Canal perfect for walking and biking. There are even wheelchair accessible trails for those who need this accommodation. Next up is Congaree National Park, which boasts over 20,000 acres of wilderness. When living in a city, it is nice to get away from the urban setting for a while and head over to this national park in Hopkins, less than half an hour from campus. There is something for everyone here; there is hiking, camping, canoeing and kayaking for adventurers and a playground and areas suitable for picnics for the whole family. Super close to campus is Finlay Park, located in the Vista. Finlay Park is known for being the host of many activities and festivals. This park includes a waterfall and a statue dedicated to the late former Mayor Kirk Finlay Jr. If you are ever in the Shandon neighborhood of Columbia, check out Emily Douglas Park. It is a smaller park but exists particularly for dogs to enjoy. There is even a fenced-in area for dogs to play off the leash. Wherever you choose to spend some quality time, be sure to breathe in the fresh air and stop to smell the roses.

congaree river Naomi Lawrence If you’re looking for a natural escape from the bustling city, the Congaree River is the place to go. Stretching 47 miles long, the river provides a great space for many activities. If you want to stay active, choose from three long paved paths along the river’s edge to walk, run or bike. This is the perfect spot to for a dog walk or a stroll with a loved one or friend. For a more relaxed activity, grab some friends and some inner tubes and float down the river, or bring a book and sit at one of the many benches and breathe in the fresh air on a nice, quiet day. The Congaree National Park is one of the most popular attractions in the Midlands region, located about halfway down the river’s path. It is a perfect spot for those interested in canoeing, hiking, biking, admiring botanical gardens or simply relaxing in nature on a gorgeous getaway from city life.

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Nestled between Gambrell Hall and the Humanities Classroom Building, the Colloquium Café is a fresh and tasty choice to eat lunch any day of the week. This high-ceilinged cafe offers salads, pastas and paninis for lunch. Their food is fresh and affordable, and they accept Carolina Cash, dining dollars, meal swipes and all of the traditional methods of payment. You can enjoy your treats on either floor of the double-decker cafe or outside at one of the many tables. While you’re there, you can people-watch all of the students walking to their next class, bikers and skaters speeding by and dogs getting their daily walks down the Gibbes Green. If it’s finals week, you might have trouble finding a table, though, because it is probably everyone’s favorite hot spot to study, second only to the library.

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Bates Diner Kaitlyn Finn Bates Diner is yet another one of the three all-you-can-eat dining halls on USC’s campus. Located at Bates House on 1423 Whaley Street, Bates Diner is a convenient option for students living in Bates House, Bates West, Cliff Apartments and other dorms around the area. Bates Diner offers a wide variety of options for every student. There is always pizza, a salad bar and a range of fresh items for students to choose from. The hot entrees change daily and often include some type of protein, vegetables and other hot sides. Bates Diner is open Monday through Thursday from 6:45 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 6:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Community Table Caroline O’Looney One of USC’s most popular dining options is The Community Table, located steps from 650 Lincoln and Greek Village. This on-campus dining hall is a sit-down, restaurant-style hall, complete with table service. Diners order on touch screens, walk to the counter to confirm the order and pay, then are served at their table. If you do not have time to sit and eat, you have the option to take your meal to go as well. The menu at Community Table is one of the most diverse on USC’s campus. There is a wide variety of appetizers, salads, pizzas, entrees, sandwiches and desserts. Some favorites around the student body include the brownie skillet, chicken alfredo and fish tacos. Community Table’s large meal portions are perfect for sharing or for saving and eating later! The Community Table has also won Best of Carolina’s award for Best On-Campus Eats. Another great feature of Community Table is the market in the corner of the restaurant. This one-stop shop has a Starbucks coffee bar, Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream pints and grocery store food items, like mac-and-cheese cups, Pop-tarts and breakfast bars. Another selling point of Community Table is the hours. It is open until 2 a.m. This restaurant is one of the few dining halls open late on USC’s campus, making it the perfect late-night eats after basketball games, concerts or just a long night at Thomas Cooper Library. The late hours mean students on the meal plan can use their late-night meal swipe, which is an added bonus — especially for freshman! Be sure to go in and order one of Community Table’s famous cookie skillets, among the other delectable menu items. It will not disappoint!

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Global Café

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The Darla Moore School of Business houses the Global Café, one of the many on-campus dining options at the University of South Carolina. The Global Café is inspired by the business school’s nationally ranked international business program, allowing students to taste the cuisines from various different cultures. The café typically features foods from Brazil, South Africa and Greece. There is even a gelato station for a taste of Italy. If you’re looking for more tradition meals, there are paninis, wraps, sandwiches, baked goods and a salad bar too. The Darla Moore School of Business is located at 1014 Greene Street and the Global Café is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Honeycomb Café is located on the first floor of the Honors College, which is centrally located on campus, making it the ideal dining spot for more than just the Honors community. Honeycomb Café is one of the three all-you-can-eat dining establishments on campus, meaning that students can use their CarolinaCard and pay with one meal swipe before entering in order to have access to whatever they would like. This dining hall offers various hot entrees, a salad bar, a grill station and a sandwich station. For those who are health-conscious or have dietary restrictions, nutritional and ingredient information for Honeycomb Café can be found in person and online. Right outside of Honeycomb Café is a small coffee shop that serves Starbucks coffee and sells various baked goods, snacks and to-go items. This is a good choice for students who don’t want to go for the all-you-can-eat option or are running to and from class. Honeycomb Café is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Gibbes Court

Caitlin Nebel Gibbes Court offers a classic buffet-style college dining experience with a changing menu of featured dishes each day. The dining hall is located at the bottom of Capstone House and is not just exclusive to its residents. Any day of the week you can find pizza, fries, a full salad bar, ice cream, cereal, fruit salad and cookies readily available. Daily hot foods may include mashed potatoes, curly fries, pasta, carved ham, chicken breasts and much more depending on the seasonal menu. Desserts also change frequently with multiple cake and pudding options cycling in and out. Drinks include sweet tea, milk, soda, lemonade and coffee. There are many big tables open for you and your nine closest friends to enjoy your food or smaller ones for just you to hang out alone. Gibbes is a nice alternative to any other dining hall on campus and is especially convenient for residents of Columbia Hall or Capstone or anyone with classes nearby in Close-Hipp, Gambrell or Humanities.

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Abigail Braun Newly renovated in the Spring of 2018, this fully-functioning Starbucks is in the ideal location for busy college students. Located on the main floor of the library, grab a coffee, tea or pastry before you settle in to hit the books. The best part about this Starbucks is that it accepts meal swipes, dining dollars and Carolina Cash, so no extra money is spent on your caffeine fix. If you do not have a meal plan or Carolina Cash, they also accept cash, debit and credit cards as well as gift cards. Not into coffee? That is no problem because they offer a broad array of different hot and iced teas, tea infusions, refreshers, a couple smoothies and even some Frappuccinos that do not contain coffee. All of these are great for a coffee-free boost. Along with the beverages, this Starbucks sells chocolates, chips, candies, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, scones, croissants and much more to start your morning (or afternoon and evening) off right. Since it is a fully-functioning Starbucks, it also sells gift cards, mugs, cups and even tote bags. These are perfect gifts for any caffeine addict. There is also a cozy seating area to the side where you can chat with friends or do homework. Having a change of scenery can be useful when studying in the library. The Starbucks seating area allows for a lively, but not too boisterous, environment for times when you need to switch things up. Be sure to try the special Gamecock Frappuccino!

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Literary Café Abigail Braun Located in the bookstore attached to Russell House, the Literary Café is a great place to enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a warm sandwich. The café serves Starbucks beverages and has an extensive selection of snacks that line the counter as well as bottled drinks. There is also a selection of deli sandwiches as well as hot foods such as pizza, grilled cheese, stuffed soft pretzels and more. The Literary Café always has some form of deal running, so be sure to take a look at their monthly newsletter or download the free My College Bookstore mobile app. With this app, you will be notified of deals and receive a free beverage after your ninth purchase. These rewards accumulate over time and do not expire. The app covers the entire Barnes and Noble bookstore, giving you all the necessary information on textbooks and Gamecock apparel. The Literary Café has more options for beverages such as smoothies and they sell regular and frozen hot chocolate. Since it is a café, there is more of

an emphasis on foods. They offer a microwave for customer use to heat up one of the refrigerated items or to reheat a hot beverage or pastry. Unfortunately, they do not accept Starbucks gift cards or meal swipes, but they do take Barnes and Noble gift cards as well as Carolina Cash. To go along with the café feel, there is a cozy seating area with outlets lining the wall to give students a space to eat, relax, unwind or do some work between classes. It is also a great area to gather friends or meet with mentors over a cup of coffee and a scone in a central location.

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Cantina 76 Naomi Lawrence Voted Best Place to Take a Date in The Daily Gamecock’s Best of Carolina 2018 magazine, Cantina 76 truly is a place anyone can enjoy. The menu offers a wide variety of Mexican food, using unique, fresh ingredients as well as locally-sourced produce. All of the sauces, dressings and salsas are made in-house daily. The tacos are famous for their interesting pairings, such as the Chicken Teriyaki or BBQ Shrimp tacos. The fun and vibrant atmosphere makes for a great night out at Cantina 76. Whether on a date, with friends or with family, you and your party will be sure to have a great time. They also have two convenient locations on Main Street and Devine Street. And at Cantina 76, every day can be something new — the daily specials are always unique and appetizing. And you know what they say: variety is the spice of life.

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village idiot Caroline O’Looney If you are looking for great food, fun times and friendly service, step into the Village Idiot. With three locations in the Columbia area, Village Idiot is accessible to all students at USC. The restaurant is the perfect college hangout spot, serving heavenly pizza and constantly showing sporting events on TV. Village Idiot is famous for their hand-tossed, New York-style pizza, but also has other crowd favorites on the menu, like wings, sandwiches, strombolis, salads and calzones. Pizza is available by the whole pie or by the slice. There is also always something fun happening at Village Idiot. They have nightly specials, like a large three-topping pie for $10 on Thursday. On Wednesdays, they have trivia at the Five Points location, and buy-one-getone-free large pizzas at all three locations. The trivia at the Five Points restaurant is an experience anyone could have fun at, and the place fills up early with groups eager to play trivia. There are good friends, funny jokes, puzzling questions and excellent pizza.

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Kaminsky’s Abigail Braun This cute dessert café is the perfect place to take your parents, friends or a date. The environment is modern yet inviting and cozy. A classy feel with aesthetically pleasing desserts, this café gives off a charming vibe that is deserving of a social media post. When you walk in, you are greeted by a delectable case of homemade cakes, pies and more. At your table, there will be a chilled glass bottle of water and glasses for each seat. You have your pick of sweet treats from the menu, such as milkshakes, various floats, ice cream sundaes, brownies, cookies, coffees and more. All of these treats are served in portions perfect for sharing (or not)! The prices are inexpensive, but the quality and quantity are a bang for your buck. Not all of the choices are listed on the menu since the desserts up front change daily. Be sure to browse the case at your leisure and if something catches your eye, tell your server and they will gladly serve you. Between the prices, atmosphere and tasty desserts, Kaminsky’s will quickly become a crowd pleaser to all. The café has something for all of your sweettooth needs that doesn’t break the bank. Located on Gervais Street, Kaminsky’s is in walking distance from campus as well as a short Uber ride, making it ideal for students living both on and off campus. Kaminsky’s is also open as late as 2 a.m., which is sure to satisfy those late-night dessert cravings.

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Groucho’s Deli is a cozy Columbia favorite. Located in Five Points, Groucho’s is the perfect lunch place or even a great spot to host your student organization’s percent night. The deli boasts its array of sandwiches to be fast, fresh and original, and with sandwiches named The White Moose and the STP Dipper, it clearly proves its originality. The Five Points location is the home of the very first Groucho’s, a local chain which has now spread to the lowcountry and the upstate. The food is inexpensive, original and a short walk or drive to campus. The service is casual and friendly — the perfect setting for a get-together with friends or a low-stress date. Try the original sauces, the thin-cut meat, fresh bread and homemade cookies for an eating experience deeply rooted in the Midlands.

Café Strudel is located in the historic Mill Village in West Columbia on State Street, an up-and-coming area of Columbia that is expanding in number of restaurants and arts projects. Serving a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner foods all day long, Café Strudel is known for providing its customers with down-home cooking in a relaxed atmosphere. The café loves to get creative in naming its dishes, such as the “Hangover Hash Browns” and “Heart Attack Wrap.” Columbia natives and students love to head to the café for a hearty brunch meal to start their day off on a high note. Because the café’s brunch foods are in such high demand, they recommend calling ahead of time before making your Saturday or Sunday morning brunch trip. If you’re craving a home-cooked meal while you’re in Columbia, Café Strudel might be the right place to satisfy your taste buds.

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cool beans / college grounds Caroline O’Looney A short walk from the historic Horseshoe, Cool Beans and College Grounds coffee shop is always bustling with college students and professors. These coffee shops make up a two-story house — College Grounds in the bottom level and Cool Beans upstairs — with some of the best coffee and breakfast foods in Columbia. Whether you are looking for a quick to-go coffee or a quiet spot to study — Cool Beans or College Grounds will have what you need. Each coffee is brewed to perfection by the baristas. Their menu is very eclectic and varied. From normal coffee to pumpkin spice lattes, Cool Beans has it all. Additionally, College Grounds has a great lunch selection, including delicious soups, salads, paninis and wraps. There are also many breakfast choices, such as muffins, yogurt, fruit, granola and more. They also sell treats, coined “yummies,” like cookies, brownies, cinnamon rolls and croissants. Cool

Beans and College Grounds are also vegan and vegetarian friendly, so there is something for everyone to eat or drink! The shop itself is very spacious, with a good bit of indoor and outdoor seating. There are large tables perfect for group projects, and there are also small nooks where a student could get a large amount of studying, reading or board-game playing done. This coffee shop is perfect for study sessions, interviews or just getting together with friends. Cool Beans is open from the early hours of the morning until midnight every night. It’s centrally located, easy to get to and well worth the trip. Stop into Cool Beans and College Grounds next time your caffeine craving kicks in!

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Ramen House Sarah Nichols Ramen might be considered the traditional college food, but no one does it like Menkoi Ramen House. They take cheap college eating and turn it on its head. It might not be as cheap as instant ramen from Walmart, but Menkoi Ramen House’s food remains inexpensive while being so much more delicious and filling. Located on Gervais Street in the Vista, Menkoi Ramen House is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that serves a variety of traditional Japanese entrees, soups, drinks and desserts. The Miso Ramen and the Spicy Ramen are classic favorite dishes, but those who feel like branching out can try the dumplings or curries. The restaurant might be small, but it is always bustling with customers. Its late hours make it a great stop for late dinners or midnight snacks. The ramen broths are comforting and warming for a cold Columbia night. Ramen might have a bad reputation of being the cheap, unhealthy college food, but it doesn’t have to be. Treat yourself to Menkoi Ramen House and you will find that college eating can take on a whole new meaning.

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If you’re looking for a place to get a meal that’s a bit fancier than the traditional college mac and cheese or ramen, look no further. California Dreaming offers a variety of delicious meals that are affordable for the quality and will satisfy all your cravings. And better yet, it’s on campus, so no need to travel far. The restaurant has large, open dining space, so you can bring your family when they’re in town, as well as romantic tables just for two. The menu has a variety of options, all served in large portions, so it’s best to come hungry! California Dreaming is known for their croissants, which customers can order as an appetizer, with a salad or in a box by themselves — and they’re so good, you might be ordering a few boxes before the night is over. Whether you’re looking for a night out or a seat at the bar, California Dreaming has something for everyone.

Craving some sweet Carolina barbecue? Look no further than Southern Belly BBQ, Columbia’s favorite barbecue joint. Located in Five Points, on Rosewood Drive and on Colonial Life Boulevard, this restaurant is a must-visit when in Columbia. Even Yahoo says it is one of the 50 Best Restaurants in America! The barbecue style is high quality, slow-roasted smoked barbecue. Also, all the sauces are made from scratch! Whether you like traditional tomato-, mustardor vinegar-based flavors, or you’re looking for something new, they have it all and then some. As a local favorite, Southern Belly is constantly busy, especially with USC students and Columbia community members. The menu consists of eight sandwiches with eight sauces to choose from, including Carolina Sweet Mustard and the Rebel Red BBQ sauce, inspired by Kansas City and St. Louis sweet sauce. If you need a fix of southern comfort food, you don’t have to go far to get the very best. Southern Belly BBQ takes southern cooking and gives it a tasty twist.


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How to add CarolinaCa$h During tuition payment at the beginning of each semester, you are able to add CarolinaCa$h to your bill in order to use scholarships, College Savings Plans, and financial aid. When logged into Self Service Carolina at select the account information tab and then select CarolinaCa$h deposits. Enter the amount you would like to add and your bill will be automatically updated. CarolinaCa$h will be loaded 10 days prior to the first day of semester. Using students can set up their account and download the GET MOBILE APP to add funds, request funds, find locations that accept CarolinaCa$h, and view all transactions 24/7. Parents, guardians, and relatives are able to add funds at using their students VIP ID number, last name, and birthdate. Visit our office located in the Russell House Basement Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm or call 803-777-1708. Students are able to log on to to deposit with a debit or credit card 24/7. ADM stands for Automatic Deposit Machine. You are able to deposit cash to your CarolinaCard at one of our ADMs located in the Russell House, Thomas Cooper Library, Bates House, Law Library, and the Darla Moore School of Business.

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front porch Kaitlyn Finn Pawley’s Front Porch has always been a Columbia classic spot, but it gained fame all over the country after being featured on Food Network’s “Diners, DriveIns and Dives,” where Guy Fieri indulged in the halfpound Fripp Island Burger, smothered with Boursin cheese and topped with fried green tomato. Pawley’s menu includes southern delicacies such as fried pickle chips, fried green tomato and pimento cheese BLTs, and mouth-watering burgers done 10 different ways. Pawley’s also has a variety of specials throughout the week, bringing in many customers on a weekly basis. Almost every day brings a different deal. On Sundays, Pawley’s offers a special student discount of 20% off with a student ID. Pawley’s also participates in other specials as well, like the canned food drive. Through the food drive, a customer can bring in five canned food items for Harvest Hope and receive a free fried pickle appetizer. Pawley’s has also partnered with the Carolina Alumni Association so that alumni of the University of South Carolina can get a 10% discount with their Carolina Alumni Association member card. If you’re looking to up your tailgate game or host a great backyard BBQ, Pawley’s caters events, too. Monday through Thursday, Pawley’s is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Pawley’s Front Porch is located at 827 Harden Street right in Five Points, making it easily accessible to students living on and off campus.

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Tsunami Kaitlyn Finn Tsunami, located in the Vista next to Tin Lizzy’s Cantina and Vista Keys, is the perfect spot to quench your thirst for Asian cuisine. Tsunami offers modern Asian dishes, specialty sushi rolls and a full-service bar. Whether you’re in the mood for stir-fried noodles or a full hibachi meal, Tsunami has a large enough menu to suit your tastes. With dishes like yaki udon, pad thai or teriyaki chicken, patrons will be impressed by the quality and variety of the food. For sushi lovers, there are also numerous specialty rolls to order like the Flamin’ Filet roll, stuffed with avocado, lettuce, cream cheese, masago and jalapeños, then topped with seared filet and drizzled with Japanese BBQ sauce. With all of the different sushi roll offerings, you will definitely need to come back more than once to try them all. Tsunami also has specials during the week to take advantage of. Every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. is Happy Hour, where the restaurant serves discounted beverages as well as a three-roll special or a teriyaki combo for $9.99. Tuesday nights specifically offer specials for the Uniform Service Industry, where all military, firefighters and law enforcement with current badges can receive 30 percent off food. Instead of dining in-house, customers can order online through Tsunami’s website and have food ready to be picked up and enjoyed at home. Tsunami in the Vista is the closest to campus, but the restaurant also has another location in Columbia at Harbison, one in Mt. Pleasant and one in North Charleston. The Tsunami in the Vista is located at 700 Gervais Street and is open daily from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. The last seating for dining is 11:30 p.m., but the bar is open late.

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tropical smoothie café Caroline O’Looney Among the many places to grab a quick bite on campus, Tropical Smoothie Café remains a favorite among students. After a workout at Strom, why not walk on over to Tropical Smoothie Café for a refreshing post-­workout smoothie? Although primarily known for various smoothies, the café continues to expand its menu to include foods like sandwiches, wraps and salads. Since they are made to order, you can easily substitute ingredients, making all of the foods easily customizable. The smoothies are perfect if you are looking for a light meal that will satisfy your cravings. One of the more interesting aspects of the shop is that customers can customize their smoothies by adding supplements like protein powders or different add-ins like peanut butter or spinach. You can treat yourself to a fruity smoothie, one with vegetables, a mocha (for the coffee lovers) or superfood smoothies for the health-conscious. Some of the most popular orders include the Baja chicken wrap and the Mango Magic smoothie. Its industrial and modern, tropical decor mixed with its friendly workers leads to a welcoming atmosphere. The café’s philosophy is based on using simple ingredients for better tasting meals, and it has yet to disappoint.

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zombie donuts Naomi Lawrence USC got a welcomed addition during the fall semester of 2017: Zombie Coffee and Donuts. Located on the ground floor of 650 Lincoln, this small, eclectic coffee shop offers more than meets the eye. Customers can have their own donuts made-to-order, hot and fresh. You can customize them by first picking either a chocolate or vanilla base. Then you select which glaze you want, and to finish you have your choice from a variety of toppings. To accompany your customized donut, you can choose from a selection of drinks — hot or cold, caffeinated or not, large or small — they’ve got it. One neat aspect about Zombie that makes it different from other coffee shops (aside from the donuts) is its commitment to serving the community.

Each month, customers can vote on which nonprofit out of three will receive donations from the shop. At the end of each month, the organization with the most votes will receive five percent of Zombie’s gross profits. If that isn’t great enough, Zombie is a neat place to unwind with friends or to get work done — it even has a free printer! So next time you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, head down to Zombie Coffee and Donuts to see what all the buzz is about.

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1801 grille Naomi Lawrence 1801 Grille — named after the the year that USC was established — is a tavern-style restaurant that was introduced to the USC campus in 2017. The restaurant is known for its incorporation of Southern hospitality, rustic charm and farm-to-table cuisine. The restaurant offers a great place to dine with friends and family, watch sports games or hold parties, and is located conveniently across from Colonial Life Arena. Chef Jason Bruner and his team offer a menu of mouth-watering dishes, using the freshest ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible. Even the decoration is perfect for USC students, faculty and fans. The interior is covered in garnet and black and the walls are covered with a gallery of historic photos and memorabilia from the school’s early days. Any day is a great day to be a Gamecock, and 1801 Grille will remind you of just that.

700 Lincoln Street #200, Columbia, SC 29201

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Cinnamon roll deli Sarah Nichols The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli is a breakfast and lunch style restaurant that has sandwiches, grits and bagels as delicious as their cinnamon rolls. Every meal comes with a “mini” cinnamon roll, but once you try one, you won’t be able to stop yourself from ordering the large cinnamon roll in all of its rich, cinnamon and cream-cheese icing glory. And don’t just take it from me — the food was featured on the Food Network’s show “Ginormous Food,” too. Located on Devine Street, Cinnamon Roll Deli is only a short drive from Five Points or campus. Upon walking in, you’ll be greeted by the bright blue walls decorated with local artwork, the friendly staff that welcomes you with a warm smile and the upbeat chattering of customers — because you will never

find Cinnamon Roll Deli empty. It seems that the rest of Columbia loves this brunch spot as much as I do, and understandably so. The breakfast and lunch foods are Southern delights, the desserts are decadent, the traditional chips unique and the coffee bar the perfect pick-me-up. Bring your parents, friends or just your appetite to Cinnamon Roll Deli and you will find that the experience is nothing short of “Devine.”

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carolinacard Naomi Lawrence When they tell you at orientation that your CarolinaCard is basically your life, they aren’t kidding. This 3.5-by-2 inch piece of plastic gives you access to essentially everything on campus, so protect it with your life! This card primarily acts as a record of your identity on campus, just like a driver’s license does. It proves that you are an active student on campus and that you are who you say you are. It also can act as a key to your residence hall, and your card only has access to the hall assigned to you. Your CarolinaCard is how you’ll use meal swipes in the dining halls. It also holds what’s called Carolina Cash, which you can spend at many shops and restaurants on and around campus. You can deposit money to your Carolina Cash account via your account or in the CarolinaCard office located in the basement of Russell House. You can also manage your account balance for meal plans and Carolina Cash at If your card is lost or stolen, there are a few important things to do. First, don’t panic. It’s not the end of the world. Immediately report it to the CarolinaCard Office or Once they’re notified, the office can block your card from being used. You can then communicate with the office to get a replacement card. Make sure you reach out to the office immediately, because if you wait, you could be charged a fee. Your CarolinaCard is your key to the university and your identity, so use it well and protect it!

alma mater We hail thee, Carolina, and sing thy high praise; With loyal devotion, rememb’ring the days, When proudly we sought thee, thy children to be; Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee! Since pilgrims of learning, we entered thy walls, And found dearest comrades in thy classic halls; We’ve honored and loved thee, as sons faithfully; Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee! Generations of sons have rejoiced to proclaim Thy watchword of service, thy beauty and fame For ages to come shall their rallying cry be; Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee! Fair shrine of high honor and truth, thou shalt still Blaze forth as a beacon, thy mission fulfill; And be crowned by all hearts in a new jubilee; Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!

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As a Carolinian ... I will practice personal and academic integrity; I will respect the dignity of all persons; I will respect the rights and property of others; I will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions; I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their need for the conditions which support their work and development.

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Being a university in the Southeastern Conference, or SEC, athletics are a significant part of campus culture. Whether it is a women’s volleyball game or a Carolina football game, the stands will be packed with students wearing garnet and black, alive with school spirit. Chants, stomps and fight songs are one of the most memorable and quintessential college experiences, and will soon become second nature when supporting the teams. There is always some sporting event occurring between the eight men’s teams and 11 women’s teams. Over the years, Gamecock Athletics has racked up some bragging points. Most recently, in 2018, the women’s basketball team brought home a historic SEC tournament championship for the fourth year in a row, as well as the coveted NCAA Championship in 2017. That same year, the men’s basketball team made it to the Final Four, making the 2017 basketball season one for the books. Basketball isn’t the only sport we are cocky about. Weekends in the fall are all about supporting our football team. The team spirit in the air is tangible as you walk from the tailgating lots to Williams Brice Stadium. The student body becomes one as “2001: A Space Odyssey” revs up the crowd. Once the team storms the field, “Sandstorm” fills the stadium. The student section fills with energy as rally towels are being twirled and spurs are going up. Throughout the game the crowd goes wild with the many different chants to encourage the team. There truly is no other feeling like a Saturday in South Carolina. At the end of sporting events, USC’s beloved alma mater plays as the students and athletes sing along. Each game is a time for the University of South Carolina students, alumni and fans to come together as one Gamecock community. From football and basketball to the equestrian and cross-country teams, there will always be an opportunity to support your fellow Gamecocks. To keep up to date with the events, download the free UofSC NOW app and mark your calendars for game days.

While Columbia, South Carolina is undoubtedly a great place to live, work and study, students are encouraged to expand their experiences outside of the city and take their talents around the world. The process of studying abroad is made simple through the university’s Study Abroad Office. The Study Abroad Office breaks down the process into six steps: researching where you want to go, making an appointment, discovering funding, learning from others who have gone before you, applying to the program you have chosen and finally preparing for takeoff. There are limitless opportunities and specific programs, countries and schools for students to choose from. Global USC programs are multi-disciplinary summer programs in which students travel with faculty and can earn between 3 and 9 credits while overseas. Global Exchanges are programs that function through collaboration with partner institutions in more than 20 different countries around the world. Students who decide on Global Exchange will pay USC in-state tuition right to USC, not the host university. Global Direct is a program that is sponsored by USC, but students pay the tuition and fees of the host university directly to the host university. For both Global Exchange and Global Direct programs students have the choice of studying abroad for a summer, semester or full academic year. Global Classroom Programs are summer, winter break, spring break or Maymester programs in which students go abroad for a shorter amount of time with USC faculty from different academic departments and earn credit. Global Partner Programs work with a variety of independent study abroad organizations, so students have more freedom in choosing the exact experience that fits their needs and pay all tuition and fees to the organization. Students can also go abroad for research, service or interning through the other programs offered. It is never too early to start thinking about studying abroad and talking to academic advisors and study abroad advisors for more information about how this might fight into a typical four-year schedule. College is the perfect time to gain new perspectives and broaden your horizons, and what better way to do that than staring off into the horizon from a country far away?


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carolina alert Abigail Braun In times of emergency, the Carolina Alert system comes into play. Whether a situation imposes a threat to safety, or is a crucial situation that people need to know about, Carolina Alert is there to notify University of South Carolina students, faculty and staff. There are more than 20 different modes of communication for the alert system. Each one is used for different circumstances. Disruptive media like sirens, text messages and the like are used in cases that require action. This can include severe weather and evacuation notices. In the event of an incident such as crime in the area, other forms of communication such as social media can be used. Each event and mode of communication can vary; therefore, it is important to know and be subscribed to the platform. The Carolina Alert twitter handle is @CarolinaAlert. To receive notifications through Facebook, like the Carolina Alert page at Many alerts are sent through text messages. These alerts will come from the numbers 67283 and 226787. It is recommended that these numbers are saved so you never miss an important alert. To register your phone to receive alert messages, go to If you find yourself in an emergency situation, call 911 or use the emergency call boxes that are placed around campus. There are several of these call boxes located all around campus. They can be identified by the bright blue light on top. Once the button is pushed, a signal is sent to USC police. If you feel unsafe for any reason, call the University Police non-emergency number at (803) 777-4215. The Carolina Alert system and emergency call boxes are designed to keep students safe at all hours of the day and night. These alerts are taken seriously, so keep an eye out for alerts on social media, text message alerts and emails to be safe and aware on campus.

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student affairs Naomi Lawrence The University of South Carolina is home to over 25,000 undergraduate students. Of those, about 47 percent are male, 53 percent are female, 59 percent are in-state, 41 percent are out-of-state, and 20 percent make up minority demographics. Naturally, such a diverse campus would need to have ample resources available to help maintain a welcoming, diverse environment for everyone. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is here to help with that. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs has a variety of events, organizations and programs to promote safe environments for students from all cultural backgrounds. Some of the more popular events on campus include Hip-Hop Wednesdays, celebrating Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month as well as dialogue groups and discussions. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs also works on helping LGBTQ students feel comfortable on campus. Some of their efforts include the Safe Zone program, where students, staff and faculty go through training to visibly identify themselves as allies, the Intersections Lounge, where important dialogues involving diversity happen on campus, and their Social Justice program, which is a certificate program that seeks to increase students’ awareness of social justice issues in their society. Students can also explore the wide range of multicultural organizations on campus, which can also be found on GarnetGate. Information and ways to get involved can be found on the website or in the office in the Russell House West Wing, suite 115.

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Abigail Braun The University knows that college can be hard. That is why there are so many academic support systems in place for all of your academic needs. They are all designed to help students succeed and reach their full potential. Sometimes, you may have a problem that you just do not know how to solve. Whether the problem is about financial aid, registering for classes or anything else, the Student Ombuds Services is the place to start. Once you contact the student ombudsmen, they can point you in the correct direction. Another important academic resource is the Student Disability Resource Center. This is who registers disabilities and provides the appropriate accommodations to ensure that your education is not impacted by a disability. Peer tutoring and peer writing support are also available to undergraduate students. The peer tutors are University of South Carolina students that have succeeded in a specific course. They then take their knowledge to supplement your education outside of the classroom. There are over 80 different courses in the Peer Tutoring program, but if you do not see a class that you need help with, the service will do its best to connect you with a tutor. These sessions are free and students are encouraged to take advantage of these resources. The peer writing support is much like the peer tutoring program in that it is a free resource designed to help you succeed. A peer consultant can help you get started or even proofread a paper that is already complete. Both services take scheduled appointments as well as drop-ins, but the drop-ins are first-come, first-served. Similar to peer-tutoring are the supplemental instruction (or SI) sessions. These are led by undergraduate students who attend a class that they have already passed and excelled in. Then, they lead SI sessions outside of class to help with any difficult topics in class. This is different than tutoring because it is done in a group atmosphere in the Student Success Center in the Thomas Cooper Library. The sessions have been proven to help earn a higher grade in the course. These are just a few of the programs USC offers. By taking a University 101 course freshman year, you have the opportunity to learn about these programs as well as others around campus that will help you succeed.

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Naomi Lawrence The majority of university students live off campus at least once during their college career. Navigating how to live off campus on your own as a college student can be difficult, but luckily the USC Off-Campus Living and Neighborhood Relations office is equipped to help you handle those tricky transitions in your life. Visitors to their website can find a 20-minute educational course containing a helpful how-to guide to understanding the ins and outs of living off campus. You can also find a guide full of useful information in the search for finding and securing off-campus housing as well as a list of off-campus partners that you might want to check out. Other aspects of the website include how to file neighborhood incident reports, tips for interacting with new neighbors, resources for finding legal assistance related to housing and common concerns and responsibilities of students living off campus. College can be hard, and not just because of school, but because you’re suddenly navigating responsibilities that you’ve never had before. Off-Campus Living and Neighborhood Relations is here to help with that and make sure that wherever you live in Columbia, it feels like a home.

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Located at the heart of campus across the street from the historic Horseshoe in the Byrnes building lies all the help you need to succeed on your next paper or writing assignment. The tutors at the Writing Center are able to work with students through every stage of the writing process, whether it is brainstorming topic ideas or checking over a final draft. Something important to note is that the main purpose is not to simply edit students’ work, but to help them improve upon their writing skills. One­-on-one appointments can be either 25 minutes or 50 minutes long and are limited to two appointments per week. To prepare for your next appointment, prepare any relevant questions and notes you would like your tutor to focus on. The center also occasionally holds writing workshops, free and open to all students. The Writing Center works closely with the Writing Lab in the Student Success Center to offer peer tutoring. This allows for students to have more accessible writing assistance. A helpful feature is that you can call 803-­777-­2078 and ask any quick questions you have without having to drop by or make an appointment. This can vary from grammar questions to citation concerns. Consultants can’t write your paper for you, but they can give you the help you need to become confident and successful in your writing.

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student legal services Kaitlyn Finn

The University of South Carolina offers legal services regarding certain matters in the lives of students at no extra cost to them. The Department of Student Life worked with South Carolina Legal Services to offer meetings and informative programs to university students. The services offered regard issues such as housing, landlord-tenant, consumer protection, probate law, domestic relations and employment law. Student Legal Services cannot consult on issues like personal injury, real estate law, commercial law, alcohol and substance abuse violations, malpractice claims, criminal defense, immigration or tax work. A majority of the service’s work with students is focused in off-campus living disputes. It provides advice to help students navigate new responsibilities in their lives that they may not have had much practice with before. Services are available by appointment and can be made by calling 803-7776611. To make an appointment, students must be currently enrolled and must be ready to present their CarolinaCard at each visit.


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student health services Caitlin Nebel

USC’s Student Health Services will become your best friend in all times of need during your time in college. With your student health fee, you gain access to general practitioners, physical therapists, gynecologists, nutritionists, lab technicians, psychiatrists and therapists. The health center is equipped to run labs, perform X-rays and EKGs and assist in all measure of check-ups. To make an appointment, all you’ll need is your VIPID to access the online appointment scheduler. With dozens of nurses and doctors on staff, you can almost surely get an appointment within a day or two. Your health fee often means you will receive services for free. Included is a flu shot during flu season and ten therapy sessions, as well as unlimited group therapy sessions. The building also offers a full pharmacy to fill your prescriptions as soon as they are prescribed. One of the most innovative features of the Student Health Services department is its commitment to creating a better campus for all. Its mission is to encourage and support healthy lifestyles among the USC community, and it is achieved by always-changing healthy campus initiatives. Among these are events and workshops named Carolina BeYOUtiful, C.A.L.M. Oasis, Curbside Wellness Festival, Pup Office Hours and Get Yourself Tested. These seek to promote self confidence, body positivity, stress relief and sexual health. In addition, the health center supports these important areas of work by providing peer leaders and group therapy to allow for growth and self esteem building in relation to the LGBTQ+ community, interpersonal relationships and nutritional issues among other group options. As well, the Student Health Services office has a partnership with the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention and Prevention office. This allows for an easy transition in finding counseling and support as well as facilitating consent and sexual health workshops and awareness. In all, Student Health Services at USC is literally your lifeline. Its patientcentered model allows you to get the help you need with the best people to provide it for your needs all in one place. Don’t hesitate to visit if you need help or are simply curious about what they have to offer.

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student ticketing Sarah Nichols

Participating in the University of South Carolina’s athletic culture can be one of the most exciting things for Carolina students, fans and alumni. It’s a part of the Carolina experience that many hold in their hearts long after they have graduated. However, in order to ensure that you make it to the games with your free tickets, there are few key things to remember. 1) Student tickets for all events are free of charge. 2) Tickets for football are based on a point-based system. Points can be earned by attending non-football athletic events. 3) For everything but football, basketball and baseball, students must have their physical CarolinaCard for admission. In order to receive student tickets for a Gamecock football game, students must be registered for 12+ credit hours at USC-Columbia or pay the optional Athletic Event Fee. The student ticketing process for football is new this year, so it will be an adjustment for both new and returning students. One of the biggest changes is that football, basketball and baseball tickete have shifted to an entirely mobile experience. Students will be able to request, claim and access their football tickets in the Gamecock Student Rewards app or by visiting on their mobile phone. Students will need to log in with their university email to access their account. On Monday and Tuesday of the week leading up to the football game, students wishing to attend can log in and submit a request for a ticket. Students are granted tickets in order based on the number of reward points they have. On Wednesday and Thursday, students will receive a text message—as long as they opt in—and an email letting them know if they were awarded a ticket or not. If you are awarded a ticket, you must login and claim your ticket during the claim period. A barcode will be sent to your mobile phone, which you will need to present upon entering the football stadium. If a student claims a ticket but does not attend the game or cancel the ticket by 5 p.m. the Friday before the game, this will count as a no-show, so make sure you are only claiming your tickets if you intend to come! A no-show counts as a strike, and there are only two strikes before your football privileges are revoked for the rest of the season. Student Ticketing works hard to ensure that students can have an easily accessible and fun experience at Carolina games of all kinds. However, it is important that students inform themselves of how to request and claim their tickets, so they don’t miss out on game day. Find more information regarding student tickets as well as a step-by-step guide for requesting and claiming student tickets, visit Student Ticketing online.

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