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January 28, 2014 Students celebrate classes being canceled for snow, PG 6.

September 13, 2014 South Carolina upsets Georgia at Williams-Brice, PG 8.


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October 5, 2015 The university deals with the aftermath of historic flooding, PG 14.

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September 16, 2016 Savannah McCaskill breaks multiple program records, PG 24. Yangxing Ding / THE DAILY GAMECOCK

April 2, 2017 Staley propels Gamecocks to NCAA Championship, PG 28.

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October 12, 2015 Spurrier steps down as head coach, PG 14.

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November 4, 2016 8,200 students attend Cockstock concert featuring Rae Sremmurd, PG 24.

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February 18, 2016 Three presidential candidates visit the USC Law School, PG 18.

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Fall 2013

Shaw leads Gamecocks to fifth straight win over Clemson Danny Garrison @TDG_SPORTS

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Pastides weathers recession Thad Moore


Harris Pastides had been USC’s president three weeks when the first cut came. Another came in October. One more in December. There were five budget cuts that year, worth $36.9 million on the Columbia campus. More than 23 percent in a year. South Carolina’s tax revenue was falling in 2008, and politicians’ talk of austerity grew. USC’s cuts — real and rumored — formed a bleak backdrop for a budding presidency. “Those were scary times,” Chief Financial Officer Ed Walton said. “People did not know what was coming next.” To compensate, the university froze hiring, losing 273 employees to retirement and other jobs. It brought in extra

students: about 5,000 more in five years. It raised tuition: more than 22 percent for in-state students and nearly a quarter for everyone else. Pastides, 59, is credited with navigating the Great Recession, improving key measures of academic quality and posturing it to improve more. But staying afloat had consequences, and the university will feel them for years, officials say. Five years later, in the Fall of 2013, USC is forced into a corner. It can’t raise tuition any more, and an alreadypacked campus can’t handle more students. USC is at a pivot point: It faces big-picture questions of what it wants to be — and what it can afford. How big should it be? How can it grow more? Who does it serve? And mostly, what’s next?

Connor Shaw remained undefeated at home after his final game in Williams-Brice. In a season full of firsts for South Carolina football, perhaps the most significant one came on Saturday night, Nov. 30, 2013, when the Gamecocks beat Clemson 31-17 for their fifthconsecutive win over their arch rival. “It was a wonderful win for us,” coach Steve Spurrier said. “We’re very fortunate, we know that. They’re a good team that continues not playing very well when they play us for some reason.” Within South Carolina’s fiveyear run against the Tigers has been the career of senior quarterback Connor Shaw, who, with Saturday’s win, went undefeated against Clemson in his time in Columbia. The game also served as Shaw’s last hurrah in front of a home crowd at Williams-Brice, an opportunity that he took advantage of as he was the engine that powered the Gamecock offense from start to finish. “Connor Shaw — oh, man, best quarterback in school history,” Spurrier said. “He was probably the difference-maker completely for us — running the ball, throwing the ball — he had a sensational day.” After hearing his coach’s high praise, Shaw allowed himself a

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moment to reflect on his career in Columbia and with the Head Ball Coach. “Especially coming from coach Spurrier — because he’s very critical — it means the world to me,” Shaw said. “I grew up idolizing him when he was at Florida, and it’s a once-in-alifetime opportunity to come play for him.” Shaw threw for 152 yards and a touchdown in the contest, and he also finished the game as South Carolina’s leading rusher on the day, racking up 123 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The win over Clemson capped off a perfect 17-0 record at home for Shaw in his career in the garnet and black. “I’m so grateful to our fans, man. It’s been a hell of a ride in four years here,” Shaw said. “So thank you, to Gamecock nation.” Shaw’s emotions paired with necessity could have been the cause for his big game Saturday, as the South Carolina running

backs couldn’t seem to find any breathing room. Sophomore tailback Mike Davis compiled just 25 yards on 15 carries in the contest, although he did find the end zone once. Despite the two-touchdown margin of victory on the final score-line, the game was a backand-forth affair Saturday. Though Clemson never led in the contest, the two teams traded touchdowns and field goals for the bulk of the game. After a scoreless third quarter for the Gamecocks, the game was tied at 17 entering the final 15 minutes of play. But it would be all South Carolina from there, as the Gamecocks found the end zone twice in the fourth quarter and took two interceptions off of Tiger quarterback Tajh Boyd to secure the monumental win. “I’m really proud of this team,” Spurrier said. “I was thinking back of all the teams I’ve had, these guys may have achieved the most for such a young bunch of guys.”

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Spring 2014

Martin apologizes for suspension Thad Moore


Men’s basketball coach Frank Martin apologized Friday, March 7, 2014, for the tirade against a player that earned him a one-game suspension, saying he would work to improve his behavior. Martin said at a press conference that he’d been talking to Athletics Director Ray Tanner for the last six months or so about his actions toward players. His suspension wasn’t just tied to one incident, and he said he “fully supported” Tanner’s decision. What would happen if Martin runs into trouble again isn’t clear. He said he and Tanner didn’t have that conversation. Martin has long been known for his fiery courtside demeanor, and he said that in his last year at Kansas State, he’d given up swearing. Once he moved to South Carolina, the pressures of a new job with new challenges caused him to stray. “The one-game suspension is a result of inappropriate verbal communication as it relates to the well-being of our student-athletes,” Tanner said in a statement. But Martin planned to give up swearing again. He’d planned to give it up for Lent, he said, and he told his players that he would well before TV cameras caught him


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yelling at freshman Duane Notice. Lent began Wednesday; Martin’s blowup happened Tuesday night. Martin said he had a problem, but not one that lingered 24 hours a day. He said instead that he struggled with the “12 seconds” a day when his emotions boiled over. “It’s got to change,” he said. “I don’t know what else I can tell you.” The suspension caused a diffi cult, but “self-inflicted pain,” Martin said. He apologized to his family and his players — current and former. He said he’d “deeply embarrassed” his wife and that his mother had been crying since she found out about the suspension. “The hardest thing to do in life

is to look in the mirror and fix your own faults,” he said. “I’m extremely disappointed in my ignorant actions.” His family had caused him to clean up his act before, Martin said. He gave up swearing at Kansas State after his son told him he’d been bad. Friday morning, Martin said “it hurt” to watch his son cry after finding out he and his dad wouldn’t travel to Mississippi State for the Gamecocks’ regular-season finale Saturday. Assistant coach Matt Figger will take over for Martin. “Obviously I’ve created a problem, and there’s only one person who can fix the problem — that’s me,” he said.

In the opinion of the Daily Gamecock, Frank Martin’s one-game suspension for yelling at Duane Notice was well-deserved, but his infraction wasn’t really a big deal. Read it online:

As the afternoon started to fade into night around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2014, the Thomas Cooper Library was barren. The doors were locked, the sidewalks all but empty, the steps littered with small pellets — of salt, that is. USC was hunkering down, and students celebrated a day without classes, awaiting the inches of snow and sleet that forecasters had been promising for days. Campus and Columbia were all but shut down, ready for the Tuesday afternoon snowstorm that could have been. On Twitter, it was dubbed #snowmess. If only the snow had come. The National Weather Service expected 2 to 4 inches of snow and sleet to accumulate in Columbia on Tuesday evening, but as the day went on, the snow’s expected start was pushed back further into the night. It wasn’t until around 9 p.m. that the flakes began to fall, covering campus in a blanket of snow. USC made a number of moves to get ready for the snowfall and ice. Class was canceled for a second day, the Bull Street Garage was shut down and traffic patterns on Greene Street were altered to keep cars off the steep hill on Bull Street. Carolina Dining opted to keep managers and some employees on campus overnight, renting rooms at the Inn at USC and setting up cots in dining facilities, according to Michael Gwiazdowski, operations manager.

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Fall 2014



It turned out there was a little magic left within the walls of Williams-Brice Stadium. No. 24 South Carolina was left for dead after a crushing week one loss at home, but on Sept. 13, 2014, the Gamecocks did the unthinkable. The Gamecocks toppled the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs 38-35. From the very beginning of the game, it certainly looked like the Gamecocks were destined to pull off the upset. After receiving the opening kick-off, redshirt senior quarterback Dylan Thompson led South Carolina down the field on a nine-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in a Shaq Roland touchdown grab. Once the Bulldogs got their first shot on offense, it took them all of two plays to go 69 yards for a score of their own. That set the tone for the rest of the contest as both teams traded blows until the clock reached zero, and South Carolina had its final three-point advantage. Juniors Brandon Wilds and Mike

Davis combined for 159 yards and a touchdown on the day, and proved that the hype surrounding South Carolina’s backfield in the offseason was wellwarranted. “We feed off each other pretty well, and I’d say it was a great effort by both of us,” Davis said. “We had a great game.” Davis, a Georgia native, said the win meant more to him than many in his South Carolina career, a sentiment shared by a large portion of the team. The Gamecock roster features 27 players from Georgia, the most of any state other than South Carolina. But according to Wilds, you didn’t have to hail from the Peach State to want to stick it to the Bulldogs. “It was a personal game to all of us, knowing that we’ve got a lot of players from Georgia,” Wilds said. “Knowing it was a rivalry game, we just had to keep pushing.” With less than two minutes to go in the game, South Carolina faced a fourth-and-one and opted to forgo the punt in an attempt to get the first

200 turn up for Ferguson protest on Statehouse steps

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down. And by a matter of centimeters, Thompson plunged forward and put the game out of reach for Georgia. On a young defense that spent Saturday proving it belonged in the stacked SEC, Skai Moore made the biggest impression. The sophomore finished with a team-leading 10 tackles.

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About 200 students — black, white, male, female — marched from Greene Street to the Statehouse in a line that stretched a city block the first week of December 2014. They started in complete silence but, as they drew closer, they began their simple, four-word chant: “Hands up, don’t shoot.” They were protesting the events in Ferguson, Missouri, in which Michael Brown, a black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. An interest group composed of members of between 30 to 40 student organizations

organized the march, which followed a forum on the incident. When the group reached their destination on the Statehouse steps, they listened to poems, read names of black people killed by police since summer 2014 and had a four and a half minute silence for the four and a half hours Brown lay dead in the street. Jon McClary, event organizer and third-year public health student, simply pointed behind him to the 200 students that had come out when asked if he thought the forum and protest had been successful. “We have reached and pulled so many areas of campus that it was

“When our back’s against the wall, our mindset is just to gut up,” he said. “Who wants it more is going to get it ... We preached that to everybody on the field, just let them know that we’ve got to gut up and make a play.”

bound to be successful,” he said. “I think it’s a good stepping point in the right direction and shows that people are really excited about change.” The protest ended with Courtland Thomas, another organizer of the event, encouraging the protestors to use the pain they were experiencing positively. “Tonight we should leave here determined, educated, aware, empowered,” Thomas said. “It’s up to us to turn the pain that we’re feeling from all the lives that have been lost, turn that pain into promise for the future.”

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Senior Letter: Martha Childress

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Martha Childress is a fourth-year management student from Greenville, S.C. In October 2013, Martha was struck and paralyzed below the waist by a stray bullet in the Five Points neighborhood of Columbia. She returned to the USC campus for the fall 2014 semester and worked with USC President Harris Pastides to make Five Points safer for students. Four years. 1,460 days. 35,040 hours. That’s how much time I’ve devoted to my college experience at South Carolina. There were times I thought I would never make it to this moment. The self-doubt consumed me, people’s perceptions about my own limitations flooded my mind and I was broken. I’ve experienced the lowest of lows while here. Those moments you swear you’ll never come back from and the ones that truly break you at your core. But I’ve also found such joy while here that I didn’t think was possible. Those moments when you laugh until your stomach hurts, and meet eyes with someone that you know you really connect with. We spend four years of our lives in college, tasting independence for the first time and learning to rely on ourselves. But what happens next? What happens after we leave our beloved playground and have to enter the dreaded “real world?” I know that regardless of what life throws at me after I leave USC, I’m ready for it. There’s not a better place to prepare you for the unexpected than this university. We’ve seen tragedies on campus and throughout the Columbia community in the past four years. We’ve lost members of our Gamecock family and seen homes torn apart. But we rose above it. This university rose above the heartache and came together to make beautiful things happen. I think that’s a true testament to what it means to be a Gamecock. That spirit is something that I will carry with me as I leave and begin my new journey. I have no idea where it will take me, but I’m pretty sure I’m ready for anything. Actually, I’m damn sure I am. The University of South Carolina has given me the courage to go forth and conquer anything in my way. Thank you, USC, and Forever to Thee.


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Horseshoe vigil held for slain professor Raja Fayad Lauren Shirley and Madeleine Collins @THEGAMECOCK

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“Here’s a health, Carolina,” the crowd sang as they raised their candles. “Forever to thee.” Hundreds gathered at the Horseshoe Feb. 6, 2015, the day after professor Raja Fayad was shot and killed by his ex-wife, Sunghee Kwon. Students, faculty, friends and strangers came together at the Maxcy Monument to honor the victim of the Arnold School of Public Health shooting with a candlelight vigil. In the middle of the crowd, the atmosphere was somber and reflective. “I and his colleagues in the Arnold School knew Professor Fayad to be an excellent teacher, a committed advisor and a very, very close and loving friend to his colleagues,” University President Harris Pastides said. As an associate professor, graduate director and head of the applied physiology

division, Fayad touched many lives during his time at USC. Larry Durstine and James Carson, co-workers from the exercise science department, spoke of his character and commitment to his research, teaching and his students. “They will say that as a mentor, Raj didn’t just go that mile, he didn’t just go the extra two miles — he went the extra five miles,” Durstine said. “When he gave you a paper to critique, he would show you how to critique it better.” As Durstine spoke, he remembered Fayad’s positivity in his work and in his life. “Raja was always looking for the good things,” he said. “In the long run, he made us all better people.” Durstine and Carson were both close friends of Fayad. “It’s really created a hole for us in the exercise science department,” Carson said. “He will be sorely missed.”

Staley captains Gamecocks to first Final Four Brennan Doherty


Sixteen seconds. That’s how close South Carolina was to defeating Notre Dame Sunday night, April 5, 2015, to clinch a spot in Tuesday’s national championship game. With less than one minute remaining in its showdown against the Fighting Irish in the national semifinals, it looked like South Carolina would have a chance to play for a title. Despite outscoring the Fighting Irish 11-2 in the final 7:28, South Carolina’s historic season came to an end as Notre Dame senior guard Madison Cable scored a bucket with 16 seconds

remaining to put her team ahead 66-65. “I feel that our team did what they had to do, put themselves in the position to win the game,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said. “Unfortunately for us, it came down to them making a play when they needed to make a play and we didn’t.” The Gamecocks trailed for almost the entirety of the night, but a put-back by senior Aleighsa Welch gave South Carolina its first lead of the evening with just over one minute remaining. Just a few minutes beforehand, Notre Dame led by 10 points and appeared to be in full control of the game. But the Fighting Irish missed nine of its last

10 shots and South Carolina freshman forward A’ja Wilson led a ferocious comeback, leading the Gamecocks with 20 points while grabbing nine rebounds. Unfortunately for the Gamecocks, the one shot that Notre Dame hit late in the game is the one that mattered the most. “Anytime you end your season, it’s a tough pill to swallow,” Aleighsa Welch said. “I credit us, I credit my teammates for still fighting and never dropping their heads.” The loss closed the door on a season that saw South Carolina set a program record in wins, while also winning the SEC tournament for the first time ever.

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Senior Letter: Cory Alpert Cory Alpert is a fourth-year Russian and sociology student from Irmo, South Carolina. A member of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, Alpert organized campus volunteers after the 2015 flood and started Lead the Way,a national college voter drive. Last week he received the Steven N. Swanger award, the second-highest honor available to USC undergraduate students. When we came to UofSC, we were trying to understand what was possible. What is possible. Instead, over these four years, we’ve forged a new path. We’ve won championships, conducted groundbreaking research and led movements that showed the power of our community coming together. We have practiced the art of making things possible. None of us is the same person as we were four years ago. We’ve made friends and fallen out of touch with them. We’ve put ourselves through long nights in the library during exam week when we should have been doing our reading all along. We’ve had snowball fights on the Horseshoe, and we’ve helped out our neighbors in the face of a devastating flood. The best four years of our lives are not behind us. When we walk across the stage, they don’t become part of our past, but the memories we’ve made here stay with us. They are part of who we are. They’ll be with us when we move to New York, and when we decide that living in the north just isn’t for us. They’ll be with us when we find the love of our lives, and they’ll be with us when we need our friends the most. While we’ve done some amazing things, it’s the little things that stand out the most sometimes — the friend who invites you home for Thanksgiving because you don’t have anywhere else to go, the acappella concerts in the fall, taking a class that opens your mind to something you had never heard of. All of these moments, big or small, are things we never thought possible four years ago. We’ve challenged what we knew, and we’ve challenged what we were told. And now, we begin to enter the so-called real world. As we march into that great unknown, we face a challenge to create possibilities where they didn’t exist before. We now have the chance to reject the cynicism of merely understanding what is possible, but instead we get to blaze forward into what can be possible. It’s our time now. Forever to thee, Class of 2017.

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Fourth-year student Jory Fleming capped his decorated career at South Carolina by taking home the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award, the university’s highest singular honor presented at Awards Day. Fleming will embark on his next journey at Oxford University after being recognized as one of the University of South Carolina’s few Rhodes Scholars. Fleming, who was first diagnosed at 5 with an autism spectrum disorder, was home-schooled prior to his time on campus. He thrived upon his arrival, earning a 4.0 GPA while becoming a Capstone, Truman, Goldwater and Hollings Scholar.


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Head Ball Coach resigns mid-season Will Helms


Timeline: 1,000-year flood Emily Barber

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Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley declares a state of emergency due to Hurricane Joaquin. Residents are urged to monitor the storm’s progress, be alert for emergency announcements and review emergency procedures and precautions. The storm claims its first victim, a woman in Spartanburg. Friday, Oct. 2 The Emergency Operations Center will be open 24 hours for the duration of the storm. National Weather Service predicts record rainfall, resulting in flash flooding, throughout the state. Saturday, Oct. 3 There are 34 advisories in effect across South Carolina, including flood warning in 14 counties and flash flood warnings in seven. Government employees are working to deliver sandbags to districts across the state. By late afternoon, officials have warned against wading or playing in floodwaters. The State Emergency Operations Center is fully functioning at all hours. President Barack Obama declares a state of emergency in South Carolina.

Sunday, Oct.4 There are several overflowed and failed dams across the state. Columbia water system customers are under a boil water advisory. Five deaths have been reported. 19 counties’ school districts are closed or delayed on Monday. Residents of flood-threatened areas are being warned against driving or traveling on foot through floodwaters. Many Midlands residents are still under a boil water advisory. USC cancels athletics for the day and Monday classes. Columbia sees a new record for rainfall in one day at 6.78 inches and a new two-day record at 10.44 inches. Monday, Oct. 5 Haley confirms nine deaths in South Carolina as of Monday afternoon. The total rose to 10 by the end of the day. USC alumna Alex Holmes, 24, is among the fatalities. Multiple news sources are reporting more than two feet of rain in parts of South Carolina. The S.C. National Guard has over 1,30e0 soldiers helping in rescue operations. About 550 roads are closed in South Carolina. USC cancels Tuesday classes, and will later cancel for the

The mood in the press room was dreamlike. Even just minutes before former head football coach Steve Spurrier took the stand to announce his resignation, it felt like the former Heisman Trophy winner was playing some sort of elaborate joke on the media. It didn’t feel real. Monday night, Oct. 12, 2015, Spurrier addressed the team to tell them his plan to resign as head football coach, effective immediately. He explained at his press c o n f e r e n c e o n Tu e s d a y afternoon that he had made the decision early Sunday morning and informed South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner later that afternoon. “I was the right coach for this job 11 years ago,” Spurrier said. “But not today.” Spurrier came to a school devoid of tradition. South Carolina had won just three

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bowl games in its history and fans were used to sitting through painful seasons. From 1998-1999, the Gamecocks lost 21 straight games. They were the laughingstock of the SEC. Spurrier changed that. In Spurrier’s first season, South Carolina won five straight SEC contests for the first time in school history. In 2010, he led the Gamecocks to their first ever SEC East title. South Carolina then posted three straight 11-win seasons. Spurrier took South Carolina

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to new heights and brought the school to national prominence. Despite a less-than-stellar final season and a half, Spurrier did more for the program than any other coach in school history. As he goes out, Spurrier has cemented his place in South Carolina football lore. “It’s time for me to get out of the way,” Spurrier said. It may be time for him to get out of the way, but it will be a long time before anyone knocks him out of the record books. weekly in a high-stakes cooking competition. These chefs are each given $25,000, which can be used in auctions to sabotage their competitors or benefit themselves. The winner of the competition leaves with their remaining balance.

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Congratulations to University 101 Peer Leaders recognized at Awards Day!

Senior Letter:

Megan O’Brien

Outstanding Exercise Science Student Awards, Department of Exercise Science

Academic Excellence Award, College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Kimberly Narro Haley Yaw

Christopher Perez Dean’s Award for Outstanding Leadership, College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management

Outstanding Advertising Senior Award, College of Information and Mass Communications

Megan O’Brien is a fourth-year biology student from Flemington, New Jersey. Twice a recipient of the Office of Undergraduate Research’s Magellan Apprentice award, Megan is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Last week she received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the highest honor available to USC undergraduate students. Dear Carolina, I think many of my fellow graduating seniors would agree that the past four years here have been nothing short of incredible. We’ve witnessed a lot. From a thousand year flood to our women’s basketball team winning a National Championship, we have truly seen it all. I could not have asked for a better place to spend my college career. Being 700 miles from home wasn’t always easy, but Carolina has a way of making Columbia feel like home. When you get involved and take advantage of all of the opportunities given to you, you’ll be able to find your home here at Carolina. My advice to all of you is simple: Take it all in. When you’re standing in Willy B, listening to the 2001 Space Odyssey, close your eyes and take it all in. When you’re walking across the Horseshoe to class, put your phone in your pocket and take it all in. When you’re sitting at the pool, enjoying the sunshine with friends, take it all in. You only have a few years here, so make the most of them. And trust me when I say that four years go by way faster than you think. As my time as an undergraduate at the University of South Carolina comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on my four years here. I have made amazing friends, met some of the most incredible people and been a part of some pretty outstanding organizations. But most importantly, this university has given me the opportunity to grow — as a person and as a leader. I couldn’t be more thankful for the countless mentors I’ve had along the way and the university that made it all possible. University of South Carolina — it’s going to be hard to say goodbye. Forever to thee, Megan O’Brien

Brianna Hatchell Jessica Karan Barry M. Goldwater Scholar

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M. Kershaw Walsh Award for Academic Achievement, Department of Psychology

Rhodes Scholar

Outstanding Electronic Journalism Senior Award for Leadership, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies

Polston Scholarship Award, Department of English Language and Literature

Rachel Klink

Jory Fleming Thomas Moore Craig Leadership Award, Omicron Delta Kappa

Ross Lordo

Hayley Anders

Julian J. Petty Award, Department of Geography

Outstanding Visual Communications Student Award, College of Information and Mass Communications

Jory Fleming

Charlotte Price

Michael McManus

William G. “Chip” Roberts Scholarship, Department of History

Phi Betta Kappa Honor Society

Katherine Carroll Aaron Fox George A. Wauchope Phi Betta Kappa Award

Jory Fleming

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Emmanuel Lewis Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

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Ashini Desai Mary Elliot Jory Fleming Julia Frazier Jacob Garner Hayley Geis Robert Gilbert Kelly Gross Graham Hall Brianna Hatchell Josephine Hicklin

Laura Kaminski Jessica Karan Gillian Levy Allison Lightcap Arianna Miskin Kimberly Narro Rachel Nesbit Lindamarie Olson Michelle Slawinksi Daniqua White Haley Yaw

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Clayton Armstrong Martha Childress Jory Fleming

Hayley Geis Kelly Gross Graham Hall Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Jory Fleming

Arianna Miskin Lindamarie Olson

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Congratulations 2016 Carolina Band on a successful season! Thank you for your commitment to our university. Students and faculty, if you see a name on this list you recognize, please thank them for their service. Riley Aafedt, Alto Saxophone, Vernon, CT Blake Adlam, Alto Saxophone, Phoenix, AZ Alexis Alexander, Baritone, Williamston, SC Nicholas Amato, Clarinet, Clayton, NC Hana Anderson, Colorguard, Troy, MI Caroline Andrews, Baritone, Nolensville, TN Hunter Antwine, Sousaphone, Columbia, SC Frank Arnold, Trumpet, Goose Creek, SC Michelle Atwood, Clarinet, Sumter, SC Dominick Aurelio, Trumpet, Hilton Head, SC Michael Baker, Trombone, Aurora, IL Tristan Baldwin, Trombone, Goose Creek, SC Tyler Barbarino, Sousaphone, Florence, SC Sydney Bassard, Baritone, Charlotte, NC Margaret Bates, Coquette, Greensboro, NC Marqwell Batts, Sousaphone, Columbia, SC Hannah Bauer, Trombone, Cockeysville, MD Emily Beach, Trombone, Denver, NC Gregory Beam, Trumpet, Salisbury, NC Ashley Behymer, Piccolo, Charlotte, NC Alexis Bell, Clarinet, Columbus, GA Garrett Bell, Trombone, Chester, VA Daniel Black, Alto Saxophone, Cornelius, NC Claire Bogdan, Drum Major, Mt. Pleasant, SC Joel Bogunjoko, Clarinet, Fort Mill, SC Max Bozzi, Trumpet, Beaufort, SC Cameron Bradt, Drumline, Roswell, GA Drew Branham, Mellophone, Lexington, SC Curtis Braun, Sousaphone, Poquososn, VA Patrick Brewer, Alto Saxophone, Mills River, NC Sarah Brinks, Clarinet, Millersville, MD Jackson Brown, Drumline, Raleigh, NC Laura Browning, Clarinet, Alpharetta, GA Will Bruggeman, Baritone, Roswell, GA L.J. Bryson, Drum Major, Gastonia, NC Jamie Bryson, Alto Saxophone, Gastonia, NC Aaron Buck, Drumline, Columbia, SC Matthew Bumbaca, Trombone, Rockville Centre, NY Derrick Burbage, Trumpet, Mt. Pleasant, SC Dorion Burkett, Piccolo, Summerville, SC Sydney Burrell, Mellophone, York, SC Jason Byrd, Clarinet, Bluffton, SC John Caddell, Sousaphone, Mt. Pleasant, SC Katlyne Cagle, Clarinet, Lyman, SC Spencer Caldwell, Trumpet, Charlotte, NC Crysta Caldwell, Piccolo, Columbia, SC Andrew Campbell, Trumpet, Travelers Rest, SC Meggan Candillo, Mellophone, Lexington, SC Katie Cashwell, Alto Saxophone, Summerville, SC Hannah Cherry, Clarinet, Lexington, SC Adriana Ciccone, Trumpet, Gibsonia, PA Deborah Clark, Clarinet, Mt. Pleasant, SC Victoria Clark, Clarinet, Beech Island, SC Alex Clark, Trumpet, Lexington, SC Jeremy Clark, Drumline, Greer, SC Grayson Coker, Trumpet, Mt. Pleasant, SC Molly Collins, Alto Saxophone, Charleston, SC Madeline Compton, Colorguard, Westminster, SC Elsa Compton, Piccolo, Elgin, SC

Nathan Conner, Trumpet, Horse Shoe, NC Erik Connerty, Drumline, North Charleston, SC Clayton Coombs, Trumpet, Cayce, SC Stephanie Coombs, Trumpet, Cayce, SC Joshua Cooper, Trumpet, Marietta, GA Ryan Cramer, Sousaphone, Murphy, TX Allison Crandall, Trumpet, Beaufort, SC Korey Craven, Colorguard, Moore, SC Chase Crawford, Alto Saxophone, Goose Creek, SC Grayson Cribb, Alto Saxophone, Effingham, SC Danielle Crimminger, Piccolo, Fort Mill, SC Chase Cunningham, Drumline, Spartanburg, SC Christopher Daigle, Clarinet, Seabrook, SC JP Davis, Drum Major, Fairburn, GA Alex DeLoach, Trumpet, Lexington, SC Keith Dembitsky, Trumpet, Lexington, SC Dashalyn Diggs, Alto Saxophone, Columbia, SC Ethan Dilley, Alto Saxophone, Columbia, SC Kylie Dolbier, Clarinet, Boone, NC Savanna Donahue, Drumline, Charlotte, NC Madeline Donaway, Colorguard, Edwardsville, IL Bridget Donovan, Clarinet, Chesapeake, VA Adam Donovan, Alto Saxophone, Melrose, MA Emily Doyle, Feature Twirler, Honey Brook, PA Thomas Driscoll, Alto Saxophone, New Fairfield, CT Dylan Dukes, Sousaphone, Anderson, SC Jordan Duran, Trumpet, Cumming, GA Carson Duthu, Mellophone, Inman, SC Michael Dyar, Trumpet, Simpsonville, SC Deja Dyer, Clarinet, West Columbia, SC Travis Eargle, Trumpet, Columbia, SC Jordan Eason, Trumpet, Heath Springs, SC Alexander Easterday, Baritone, Phillipsburg, NJ Steven Edmunds, Trumpet, Goose Creek, SC Ayla El-Mereebi, Clarinet, Hanahan, SC Jennifer Elig, Trumpet, Roanoke, VA Sean Ellen, Alto Saxophone, Columbia, SC Sarah Ellison, Mellophone, Milton, GA Daniel Ellison, Drumline, Belton, SC Jacob Ellsworth, Drumline, Irmo, SC Nathanael Ellsworth, Alto Saxophone, Irmo, SC Sydney Embury, Baritone, Knoxville, TN Sam Epps, Sousaphone, Spartanburg, SC Eric Esselman, Sousaphone, Aiken, SC Nicole Fashner, Clarinet, Sealy, TX Jordan Fenninger, Clarinet, Mooresville, NC Maya Ferguson, Clarinet, Blacksburg, SC Spencer Fiedor, Trumpet, Waxhaw, NC Thomas Finigan, Trumpet, Walterboro, SC Blake Finn, Drumline, Boiling Springs, SC Kale Fitzgerald, Alto Saxophone, Bloomington, IL Nicholas Ford, Trumpet, North Charleston, SC Eric Formica, Drumline, Charlotte, NC Julia Fountain, Trumpet, Peabody, MA Lillian Frampton, Coquette, Mt. Pleasant, SC Jessica Frankle, Piccolo, Irmo, SC Joshua Frankle, Trumpet, Irmo, SC Mark Freeman, Trumpet, Union, SC Tyler Frix, Alto Saxophone, Boiling Springs, SC

Jonathan Garcia, Sousaphone, Warrenville, SC Evan Getz, Senior Assistant, Charlotte, NC Flavia Gibson, Colorguard, West Columbia, SC Katilyn Giddens, Coquette, Elizabethton, TN Jonathan Gilstrap, Drumline, Lyman, SC Noemi Glaeser, Mellophone, Fairfax, VA Lauren Glaser, Clarinet, Vero Beach, FL Adam Godwin, Trumpet, Greenville, NC Scott Goldberg, Trumpet, Hollis, NH Brendan Gorman, Alto Saxophone, Charlotte, NC Morgan Grier, Alto Saxophone, Fort Mill, SC Bryan Griffin, Trombone, Waxhaw, NC Benjamin Guarino, Sousaphone, Hillsborough, NJ Matthew Guffey, Trombone, Inman, SC Michael Haley, Trumpet, Bethany Beach, DE Christopher Haley, Trumpet, Bethany Beach, DE Rayvon Hammonds, Sousaphone, Elgin, SC Jonathan Hampton, Sousaphone, Orangeburg, SC Charles Hand, Sousaphone, Aiken, SC Bishop Hare, Mellophone, Aiken, SC Amy Harrington, Coquette, Greenville, SC Paul Harrington, Trombone, Newport News, VA Christian Harris, Clarinet, Charlotte, NC Brianna Harris, Coquette, Columbia, SC Ethan Hart, Sousaphone, Rock Hill, SC Mara Hartley, Clarinet, Fort Mill, SC Audra Hawisher, Piccolo, Columbia, SC Kaleb Hayes, Trumpet, Longs, SC Isabella Heimke, Mellophone, Rocky River, OH Samantha Heinzman, Piccolo, Havelock, NC Kelly Henderson, Trumpet, Knoxville, TN Taylor Hendriksma, Mellophone, Pittsboro, NC Ashlyn Herold, Colorguard, Cary, NC Maylied Hidalgo, Clarinet, Waxhaw, NC Brooke Higginbotham, Piccolo, Marietta, GA Micaela Hill, Piccolo, Charlotte, NC Katie Hill, Colorguard, Lexington, SC Sarah Hinckley, Colorguard, Raleigh, NC Joshua Hiott, Trumpet, Monroe, NC Katelyn Hoard, Colorguard, Moore, SC Carson Hodge, Sousaphone, Simpsonville, SC McKenna Hofmann, Coquette, Haddonfield, NJ Samuel Hogan, Sousaphone, Simpsonville, SC Ashley Houchin, Trumpet, Woodstock, GA Catherine Howland, Mellophone, Central, SC Sara Howle, Clarinet, Lexington, SC Katie Howle, Piccolo, Lexington, SC Luke Hudgens, Trumpet, Columbia, SC Lauren Huffmire, Alto Saxophone, Salt Lake City, UT Savannah Huggins, Clarinet, Summerville, SC Amanda Humphries, Trumpet, Clover, SC Luke Imholz, Drumline, Mt. Pleasant, SC Domenica Iocco, Feature Twirler, Mount Airy, MD Adriana Ivkovic, Coquette, Westlake, OH George James, Mellophone, Spartanburg, SC Judson James, Sousaphone, Gray Court, SC Mary James, Coquette, Spartanburg, SC Allison Johnson, Alto Saxophone, Aiken, SC Christian Johnson, Trumpet, Chesapeake, VA

Tal Johnson, Sousaphone, Columbia, SC Matthew Jones, Clarinet, Charlotte, NC Amanda Jones, Alto Saxophone, Smyrna, TN William Jones, Sousaphone, Chapin, SC Haley Jones, Piccolo, Greer, SC Alexandra Kahl, Trombone, Mt. Pleasant, SC Olivia Kemmerlin, Colorguard, Cayce, SC Kiersten Kendall, Colorguard, Inman, SC Jonathan Ketusky, Trombone, Beech Island, SC Ashlynn Kirk, Trombone, Fort Mill, SC Connor Kirk, Trombone, Fort Mill, SC Rachel Kirk, Mellophone, Parkersburg, WV Tucker Kovalchek, Alto Saxophone, Surfside Beach, SC Taylor Kreider, Piccolo, Moncks Corner, SC HuaJing Kromer, Piccolo, Matthews, NC Jordan Kuykendall, Colorguard, Johns Creek, GA Sarah Kwak, Colorguard, Neeses, SC Leland Kwong, Trombone, Myrtle Beach, SC Madison Laatsch, Clarinet, Huntersville, NC Jordan Laird, Senior Assistant, Waxhaw, NC Sarah Larabee, Piccolo, North Augusta, SC Cameron Larkin, Alto Saxophone, Hanahan, SC Blake Lawson, Trombone, Columbia, SC Jonathan Lee, Trombone, Columbia, SC Ryan Lennox, Baritone, Millstone Township, NJ Bailey Levine, Trombone, Fort Mill, SC Ying-Chen Lin, Trumpet, Dongshi Township, Taiwan Samantha Lindeman, Alto Saxophone, Mt. Pleasant, SC Dillon Lindsay, Baritone, Inman, SC Michael Lindsay, Trumpet, Lancaster, SC Kobe Little, Alto Saxophone, Camden, SC Savannah Lutz, Mellophone, Gastonia, NC Andrew Marino, Alto Saxophone, Columbia, SC Aaron Martin, Alto Saxophone, Chapin, SC Leah Martin, Clarinet, Inman, SC Savannah Matteson, Piccolo, Taylors, SC Amanda Matthews, Mellophone, Swansea, SC Kathleen Mattox, Alto Saxophone, Blythewood, SC Ryan McCormick, Trumpet, Columbia, SC Chavis McDonald, Trombone, El Paso, TX Gabriel McGee, Sousaphone, West Columbia, SC Matthew McGee, Mellophone, Greer, SC Nicholas McGee, Sousaphone, West Columbia, SC Katie McKinley, Trombone, Ravenel, SC Trevor McLaine, Alto Saxophone, Fort Mill, SC Peter McMahon, Drumline, Duncansville, PA Luke Meche, Drumline, Fort Mill, SC Laura Medlock, Piccolo, Lexington, SC Morgan Merkle, Clarinet, Clover, SC Erin Meyer, Colorguard, Ridgewood, NJ Michael Miah, Alto Saxophone, Wilmington, DE Emma Miller, Piccolo, Media, PA Leah Miller, Clarinet, Woodstock, GA Eric Miller, Sousaphone, Centerville, OH Abby Millsap, Colorguard, Midway, GA Lauren Mitchell, Mellophone, Columbia, SC Brady Moffett, Trombone, Southport, NC Travis Moffitt, Sousaphone, East Bend, NC Natasha Molina, Colorguard, Little River, SC

Will Moon, Alto Saxophone, Inman, SC Hannah Moore, Coquette, York, SC Robyn Moraney, Piccolo, Mauldin, SC Robert Morin, Trombone, Boiling Springs, SC Caleb Morris, Clarinet, Columbia, SC Hannah Motsinger, Drumline, Winston Salem, NC Maggie Mozdzierz, Trumpet, Columbia, SC Brian Murphy, Alto Saxophone, East Rockaway, NY Austin Myers, Trombone, Elgin, SC Makenzie Myers, Coquette, Carrollton, VA Alexis Narry, Coquette, Charleston, SC Rebekah Narum, Piccolo, Montgomery Village, MD Carlee Nelson, Piccolo, Gaston, SC Andrew Nester, Mellophone, Cayce, SC Patrick Newbanks, Trumpet, Charlotte, NC Samantha Newcomb, Mellophone, Fayetteville, NC William Newton, Drumline, Havelock, NC Jalin Norman, Alto Saxophone, Charlotte, NC Kathleen Nystrom, Mellophone, Chantilly, VA Alex O’Brien, Alto Saxophone, Holland, PA Noah O’Cain, Drumline, Lexington, SC Maggie O’Connell, Colorguard, Myrtle Beach, SC Brady O’Leary, Clarinet, Aiken, SC Austin Owens, Trumpet, Greenville, SC Eddie Pace, Trumpet, Piedmont, SC Thomas Palmer, Clarinet, Greer, SC Katie Pasciak, Piccolo, Chapin, SC Jake Patrick, Drumline, Summerville, SC Jonathan Perry, Drumline, Catawba, SC Anna Perry, Clarinet, Sumter, SC Sean Perry, Trombone, Easley, SC Carter Peterson, Trombone, Marietta, GA Kenneth Phelps, Drumline, Lexington, SC Katie Phillips, Clarinet, Rock Island, IL Gabrielle Pipitone, Colorguard, Matthews, NC Kaylie Plumb, Piccolo, Roscoe, IL Nicholas Porter, Sousaphone, Duluth, GA Matthew Powell, Trumpet, Moore, SC Meghan Powers, Mellophone, Foxborough, MA Wesley Pressley, Sousaphone, Lexington, SC Amanda Pridgeon, Coquette, Charlotte, NC Steven Priester, Sousaphone, Manchester, MD Alex Prince, Clarinet, Clemmons, NC Nicholas Pruett, Trombone, Inman, SC Austin Purgason, Drumline, Enoree, SC Rosa Ramirez, Colorguard, Inman, SC William Ramirez, Trombone, Goose Creek, SC Mikaela Rea, Coquette, Fort Mill, SC Savannah Reed, Alto Saxophone, Summerville, SC Hannah Reese, Colorguard, Irmo, SC AnMei Reid, Baritone, Charlotte, NC Kaitlin Reynolds, Alto Saxophone, Inman, SC Emerlynn Rhoden, Alto Saxophone, Goose Creek, SC Meleah Riddle, Clarinet, Columbia, SC Andrey Ridling, Alto Saxophone, Rock Hill, SC Erin Roberts, Drumline, North Augusta, SC Hunter Roberts, Baritone, Myrtle Beach, SC Emma Robinson, Colorguard, Lewisville, NC Spencer Robinson, Trumpet, Lexington, SC

Alexander Robinson, Alto Saxophone, Williamston, SC Jeffrey Rodgers, Trumpet, Finksburg, MD Allison Rogers, Drumline, Chapin, SC Aniessa Rollinson, Clarinet, Greenwood, SC Samuel Roomian, Drumline, McLean, VA Graeme Rosner, Mellophone, Charlottesville, VA Carolyn Ross, Clarinet, Walnut Cove, NC Shelby Rushe, Trombone, Seneca, SC Tyler Sanborn, Trombone, Warrenville, SC Delanie Sawyer, Coquette, Andover, MA Michael Saxton, Alto Saxophone, Cheraw, SC Lawrence Schertel, Sousaphone, Valatie, NY Alex Schinman, Alto Saxophone, Charlotte, NC Elizabeth Schnurman, Alto Saxophone, Cary, NC Kai Schuster, Alto Saxophone, Irmo, SC Adam Schweinert, Drumline, Florence, SC Michaela Sciacca, Trumpet, Merritt Island, FL Marley Scott, Trombone, Greer, SC Patrick Scott, Trumpet, Sumter, SC Tristan Shaffer, Mellophone, Yorktown , VA Austin Sharpe, Trumpet, Charlotte, NC Austin Sharpe, Trombone, West Columbia, SC Victoria Shockley, Trumpet, Christiansburg, VA Savannah Shuler, Colorguard, Duncan, SC Shaylyn Simmons, Coquette, Woodruff, SC Morgan Skelley, Baritone, Mt. Pleasant, SC Emily Skinner, Alto Saxophone, Papillion, NE Matthew Slay, Baritone, Elberton, GA Jonathan Smith, Coquette, Columbia, SC Dillon Smith, Alto Saxophone, Spartanburg, SC Kevon Smith, Drumline, Woodruff, SC Brandon Smith, Alto Saxophone, Warrenville, SC Sabrina Smith, Feature Twirler, Holly Springs, NC Jeffrey Smith, Mellophone, Howell, NJ Kaeli Smith, Colorguard, Harrington, DE Samuel Smoak, Mellophone, Charleston, SC Caitlin Smoot, Piccolo, Blythewood, SC Meghan Sonatore, Coquette, Columbia, SC Garrett Spencer, Alto Saxophone, Inman, SC Michelle Sprague, Piccolo, Milford, NH Jessica Spurling, Piccolo, Moore, SC Anna Steinhilper, Baritone, Inman, SC Cade Strickland, Drumline, Chapin, SC Tamera Sullivan, Colorguard, Spartanburg, SC Sabrina Sullivan, Colorguard, Lyman, SC Arjun, Suri, Baritone, Charlotte, NC Paul Szabo, Drumline, Glen Allen, VA Marisa Talke, Piccolo, Frenchtown, NJ Joshua Tate, Drumline, Travelers Rest, SC Matthew Tayloe, Baritone, Rock Hill, SC Celeste Terry, Alto Saxophone, New Ellenton, SC Nathan Thaller, Baritone, S. Windsor, CT Crystal Thompson, Piccolo, Irmo, SC Harrison Thornton, Mellophone, Boiling Springs, SC Jaelyn Thornton, Colorguard, Charlotte, NC Jesse Tortorella, Drumline, Summerville, SC Clint Totherow, Clarinet, Hilton Head Island, SC Jeff Trowbridge, Trombone, Clover, SC Joshua Tuttle, Alto Saxophone, Florence, SC

Jacob Valdez, Drumline, Fort Mill, SC Brenna Vaz, Trumpet, Deerfield Beach, FL Derrick Vaz, Alto Saxophone, Deerfield Beach, FL Dalton Waldorf, Sousaphone, Myrtle Beach, SC Tyler Walker, Alto Saxophone, Aiken, SC Matthew Warren, Alto Saxophone, Dayton, WA Kayla Werts, Colorguard, Spartanburg, SC Allison Whisnant, Mellophone, Loris, SC Jeremy White, Trombone, Greer, SC Mitchell White, Trumpet, Johns Creek, GA Michael Whitehead, Baritone, Lyman, SC CJ Whitney, Alto Saxophone, Warrenton, VA Mackenzie Williams, Coquette, Burke, VA Melanie Winn, Senior Assistant, Lexington, SC Jordan Wise, Mellophone, Spartanburg, SC Anasophia Witt, Clarinet, Roswell, GA Rachel Wolitzky, Clarinet, Charlotte, NC Justin Wood, Alto Saxophone, Wallingford, CT Darren Woodland , Trombone, Columbia, SC Shannon Woods, Trumpet, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ Nathan Woods, Mellophone, Spartanburg, SC Adrian Workman, Mellophone, Greenwood, SC Emily Woynicz, Trumpet, Raleigh, NC Alexandra Wyland, Mellophone, Charlotte, NC Brian Yonn, Trombone, Warrenville, SC Devon Youmans, Piccolo, Vienna, VA STAFF Director of Bands, Dr. Scott Weiss Associate Director of Bands, Dr. Cormac Cannon Drumline Instructor, Dr. Brett Landry Coquette Instructor, Aprl Kaylor Colorguard Instructor, Ashleigh Neverve Feature Twirler Advisor, Catherine Ramirez Graduate Assistant, Nathan Tucker Graduate Assistant, Jay Sconyers Graduate Assistant, Bailey Seabury Graduate Assistant, Michelle Beck Graduate Assistant, Will Talley Music Arranger, JD Shaw Trainer, Elena Keretses Student Trainer, Daryl Jenkins Administrative Coordinator, Andrea Pouncey Administrative Assistant, Michaela Helms Inventory Manager, Tim Crenshaw Announcer, Dr. Kirk Randazzo Videographer, Randy Herald Photographer, Gordon Humphries

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Spring 2016 GOP contenders do battle at USC Law Ben Turner


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Three presidential candidates faced questions from voters and moderator Anderson Cooper Thursday evening, Feb. 18, 2016, inside the USC School of Law auditorium at a town hall hosted by CNN. The event came as all three candidates — Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and John Kasich — are making their final push on the campaign trail before Saturday’s Republican presidential primary here in South Carolina. First up was Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has made community involvement and compassion hallmarks of his campaign. Kasich argued that voters need to come together. “The glue of America is right here in this room,” he said. “It’s in our communities, in our families.” Former Florida governor Jeb Bush had some backup in the audience as he took the stage — his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush. “My mother is a superstar,” he said. “People just love her dearly, and I do too.” Third-year political science

student Will McCutchen raised the topic of marijuana to Bush. “I’ve watched several friends … people who were like brothers to me become frequent users of the drug,” he said. “Become unable to do just basic functions like sleeping and eating without smoking beforehand.” “This is not some idle kind of conversation,” Bush said of marijuana addiction and abuse. “This is a serious problem.” He went on to tout his wife’s work in Florida on drug prevention campaigns. Bush closed by talking about his leadership style. “In my experience, listening allows you to learn and then you have a chance to lead,” he said, “rather than being a big blowhard and just talking all the time.” Last to take the stage was businessman Donald Trump, who dominated the headlines yet again on Thursday with a response to Pope Francis. The pope had criticized Trump’s immigration stance as not being in keeping with Christian teachings. “He also talked about having a wall is not Christian,” Trump said. “He’s got an awfully big wall at the Vatican.”

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Spring 2016 Continued Rachel Pittman


Jillian’s restaurant and bar, the Vista crowd-pleaser famous for dancing, games and live music, closed its doors for the last time on Jan. 22, 2016. The popular restaurant and bar deactivated its social media accounts and neglected to answer the phone or communicate via email beginning the next Monday morning, Jan. 25. The spot was unique — suited not only to enjoying food and friends, but also to dancing and game nights. USC students and Columbia residents have visited Jillian’s for almost 20 years, many of them to attend the weekly “shag nights” the restaurant hosted on Thursdays and Fridays. “I hate to see Jillian’s closing,” said Jacob Baltzegar, a second-year chemical engineering student. “My friends and I were always excited for shag on Thursday nights; we’d started going

during the summer to keep in touch and it seemed to be even more popular with students once the fall semester began.” Those employed by the establishment were given little warning that they would soon have to adapt to life without the job security that Jillian’s provided. Employees were notified of the closing on Sunday, the day before the doors were officially shut. For those who worked at Jillian’s, the loss of a friendly group of coworkers added to the sad news of unemployment. “The biggest thing I’m going miss about Jillian’s was the work staff that I worked with,” said Spencer Jones, fourth-year Russian student and employee of Jillian’s. “We’re all really a tight-knit group, and we constantly refer to each other as family, so it’s really gonna suck not working with them anymore.” The unfortunate closure of the hangout leaves big shoes to fill in

Columbia crowd pleaser Jillian’s closes abruptly

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Columbia. Jillian’s had enormous personality and provided an interesting, unusual corner of nightlife. The premise of the business was original and charming, showcasing its Southern location and traditions — traditions

such as good food and shag dancing. “That was something genuinely ‘Southern,’” Baltzegar said. “I don’t think you see [that] in Columbia very often.”

Senior Spotlight: Chelsea Drennan Abe Danaher


Chelsea Drennan’s journey to become a Gamecock started back in high school. She was a four-star recruit out of T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C., and won South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports Class 4A state Player of the Year twice and won the Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year in the state of South Carolina her senior year. Her decision to come to South Carolina was a tricky one, something she had to

put some thought into. “Growing up, my dad actually went to Georgia, so kind of contradicting to coming here,” Drennan said. “But I grew up in SEC football, watching all the football games all the time at Georgia. I knew I wanted to stay in the South — close to home, but not too close. Clemson was too close to home for me, and I hate Clemson. I knew I wanted to stay in the South, and I knew I wanted to go to a big school, a big SEC school.” When she arrived, though, she immediately started to


make an impact on coach Shelley Smith’s team. Her freshman year, she started 20 out of 23 matches and set the school’s freshman record for assists with 12. In her sophomore

season, the season when South Carolina made it to t h e N C A A To u r n a m e n t semifinals, she started every game. She led the


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DRENNANPAGE20 Gamecocks in assists with seven and netted three goals. Her most unforgettable assist came that year. “ M y m o s t memorable one is probably against Florida my sophomore year,” Drennan said. “It was a corner kick at the end, and I’m

pretty sure it was Savannah (McCaskill) that scored off of it. That was a huge win for us. We were up 2-0 in the first half. Second half came, and Florida is a great team and came back to tie it up 2-2. Our team has always been known to be pretty relentless, so we got a corner with not even five minutes left and Savannah put

JORYPAGE12 Accompanied by his service dog Daisy, Fleming became an instantly recognizable fi gure on campus. He developed a reputation as one of South Carolina basketball’s biggest supporters. In January he was honored by the program and named a co-captain by Frank Martin in a

it away.” In her senior season, Drennan became the program leader in career assists, career game-winning assists and second in single season assists. She helped lead South Carolina to a single year program record in wins, and a visit to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.

home game against Ole Miss. Fleming also co-founded Cocky’s Canine PAALS. His organization helps coordinate student volunteers to support Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services, the same organization that trained Daisy. One of just 32 individuals to earn the Rhodes Scholarship, Fleming will pursue

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Cockstock 2016 exceeds expectations Shayla Nidever


Cockstock was Homecoming 2016’s newest addition, initially proposed by Student Body President Michael Parks, when he ran for office last year. The concert was held on the Strom Thurmond Field Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. and featured Cockapella, The Carolina Girls and hip-hop duo Rae Sremmund. The main feature, Rae Sremmund, didn’t come on stage until just before 9 p.m., almost three


hours after the gates opened to students. The duo sang many of their popular songs from their newest album. Parks delivered on his campaign promise, working with Carolina

Productions and the UofSC Homecoming committee to make the event happen. The group signed Rae Sremmund in the beginning of the summer before the new album dropped which

worked out better than Parks expected. With about a quarter of the entire student body at the concert, the hopes for Cockstock 2016 were exceeded, as students of all ages and majors came to the event. The duo was received with loud cheers and an energetic crowd, entertaining the crowd with lights, highenergy songs, a few pineapples and ending their performance with fireworks.

McCaskill leads Gamecocks in historic season Sarah Stone


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Junior forward Savannah McCaskill scored 10 gamewinning goals in one of the most successful seasons in the history of South Carolina women’s soccer. She set a program record for goals and points and was named a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist.

For McCaskill, it comes from years of hard work that began with a dream. “I remember maybe 7, 8ish, I joined my first travel team and I was playing up a year and was talking to my dad and that’s kind of when that ... dream kind of came out and was like ‘Hey I want to play college soccer.

I want to make the national team,”’ McCaskill said. “Ever since then my goals haven’t changed.” M c C a s k i l l ’s intensity and drive have defined her career. “She demands a lot of herself,” head coach Shelley Smith said. “She also demands a lot of her teammates.”

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CofC students find refuge from Hurricane Matthew in Columbia Larissa Johnson and T. Michael Boddie @THEGAMECOCK

As the campus empties of USC students, its residence halls opened for those seeking refuge from Hurricane Matthew. Buses arrived to Greene Street on We d n e s d a y O c t . 5 , 2016, carrying about 50 students from the College of Charleston who left their campus following Gov. Nikki Haley’s order for the evacuation of coastal residents. She called for Charleston and Beaufort counties to begin evacuating residents and visitors before 3 p.m. Wednesday, but the College of Charleston students were told they had to be out of dorms by 9 a.m. For most, the decision to leave was a quick one. They signed up Tuesday evening for a spot on the bus, which they thought was heading to Clemson. “We didn’t find out it was going to be here until this morning at, like, 10,” College of Charleston student Bree Lewis said. They waited hours in

Charleston Wednesday morning before getting onto the bus around 11:30 a.m. The trip that normally takes two hours took them almost four. As the guests arrived, they were greeted by cheering Student Government leaders. “Our home is your home,” the university tweeted. They came single-file off the bus, most with a duffel bag or two. Some carried bulging trash bags. They were led into the Russell House Ballroom as a staging ground and gathered around the edges of the room with small piles of possessions, awaiting direction. Lewis, Laura Cergol, Ashley De Peri, Mary Watkins and Annika Liger stood in a circle. All seniors, they’ve been friends since freshman year. The past 24 hours had been a rush. “Monday, all of our professors were like, ‘Class might be canceled Friday,” Watkins said. “And then Tuesday ... all hell broke loose.”

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Senior spotlight: Sindarius Thornwell

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When Sindarius Thornwell came to South Carolina as the 39th recruit in the nation, expectations for him were high. He was the top player in South Carolina, and Frank Martin had convinced him to join the Gamecock family. In his freshman year at South Carolina, Thornwell started all 34 games. He was a centerpiece of the offense in this first season, and ended up being selected to the SEC All-Freshman team. T h o r n w e l l ’s sophomore year saw his production decrease.

“You can smell our butts a mile away.”

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His three point percentage went down by 13 percent and he averaged two points less per game. His junior year saw him rebound, and South Carolina was able to post the most wins in a season to that date in program history. This year, the South Carolina team became

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his team. And under his leadership, the Gamecocks went to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. He brought home the SEC Player of the Year award. CBS selected him to their first team All-American team.

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Spring 2017

Darius Rucker rocks a Carolina state of mind Zoe Nicholson


Darius Rucker’s longawaited concert was held Wednesday night, April 5, 2017, in Colonial Life Arena amid severe weather and flash floods. Despite the hazardous conditions, about 10,000 people came out to see Rucker and a host of surprise guests. After an exhausting 10 minutes of Gamecock Athletics celebration, Rucker took the stage. Wearing a Final Four hat

and Gamecock T-shirt, Rucker kicked off his set with a few of his popular solo hits like “Radio” and “Southern State of Mind.” “Here I am, people,” Rucker said, before kicking off into an hourlong set that spanned his career with the Blowfish to his forthcoming album. Rucker broke up his songs with gushings of pride for the Gamecocks and memories of the campus and Five Points (where he got the inspiration for “Let Her Cry”) and



even invited more guests onto the stage — Hootie and The Blowfish member Mark Bryan and



Dance Marathon is known for spreading its message with bright colors and loud music. For third-year public health student Sara Svendsen, it’s a chance to reflect and share as a former “miracle child” who remembers a time when she was unable to dance. “I’d lost a lot of muscle mass, and pretty much all the functioning in my hands,” Svendsen said. “I couldn’t walk.” Svendsen was left in that state after spending 26 days in the hospital. Less than a month before, she had left school early, thinking she had the flu. When she developed joint pain and had difficulty breathing, she was placed in the pediatric intensive care unit. After about a week, she flatlined and then was

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A new Dawn: Gamecocks cut down nets in Dallas

placed in a coma. “My parents were in the hallway just watching me almost die, basically,” Svendsen said. After she woke up, she regained mobility through physical therapy. “I’m so lucky to have been where I was, and I’m so grateful that I was able to be in a Children’s Miracle Network hospital,” Svendsen said. Now, she’s one of more than 150 USCDM members, working specifically with morale, fundraising and spreading awareness for the Child Life Program at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. USCDM raised $703,289 after the 2017 main event. The goal of $700,000 was set in October — $500,000 to run the Child Life Program and the rest to build a playground.

For the first time ever, on April 2, 2017, the South Carolina Gamecocks became the national champions in women’s basketball. With double-digit scoring from A’ja Wilson, Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis, the Gamecocks defeated Mississippi State 67-55 in the national championship game in Dallas. Wilson and Gray reached 11 points each in the first half, while the guard Bianca CuevasMoore held Morgan William to five points. The Gamecocks did not attempt a single 3-pointer in the first half, but shot 46.2 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line. They out-rebounded the Bulldogs by eight, continuously crashing the glass in order to create more scoring opportunities. Midway through the third quarter, MSU cut the Gamecocks’ once 14-point lead to five. With 3:16 to go, Wilson took over and delivered the final dagger, scoring three-straight baskets. Her teammates watched, stood up and punched their fists in realization of the program’s first ever national championship. “That’s our season, attacking in paint, paint dominance. We kept doing that, and got the win,” Wilson said.

The Daily Gamecock endorsed Ross Lordo, Dani Goodreau and Merrit Francis for the student body president, vice president, and treasurer, but strongly denounced the idea of running in tickets in a Student Government election. Read it online at:

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COMMENCEMENT When is it? — Friday, May 5: School of Law, 9 a.m. on the Horseshoe School of Medicine, noon at the Koger Center Darla Moore School of Business, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and Arnold School of Public Health, 3 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena — Saturday, May 6: Doctoral Hooding, 1 p.m. at the Koger Center College of Arts and Sciences, College of Information and Communications and South Carolina Honors College, 9:30 a.m. at Colonial Life Arena College of Education, College of Engineering and Computing, College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sports Management, Interdisciplinary Programs, Palmetto College, School of Music and College of Social Work, 3 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena

What will happen? USC’s commencement ceremonies usually last about 2.5 hours, including a speech from University President Harris Pastides and each student individually receiving his or her diploma. Each student got just five tickets, which had to be claimed before March 31. If you need handicap accessible seating, no special arrangements are required beforehand. Professional photographers will be on-hand and will take pictures of graduates and their guests before the ceremony.

How do I get there? Parking is available in nearby metered spots and parking lots for free. The Discovery Garage will also be open for those attending ceremonies at the Koger Center or Colonial Life Arena. Those attending ceremonies on the Horseshoe can park in the Pendleton Street Garage. Free shuttles will run from the parking garages. What if I can’t come? Every graduation ceremony will be livestreamed by the university on its official Facebook page. Writen by Mary Ramsey

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TDG 04/24/2017 - Commencement Issue  

Recap of the Class of 2017 experience from fall 2013 to spring 2017 and commencement information.

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