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New deans settle in at USC, bring new ideas and visions to colleges Mary Ramsey

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University of Missouri alumni Tom Reichert and Sarah Gehlert are experts in different fields and come from different backgrounds. However, they have two things in common in addition to their alma mater: Both are in their first year as deans at the University of South Carolina, and both are looking to expand their colleges’ spheres of influence. For Reichert, the College of Information and Communications is relat ively familiar territor y. He st ud ied jou r n a l i sm a s a n undergraduate and is a leading expert in advertising, one of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ seven majors. “It’s a prog ram w it h a long tradition ... and I’ve been aware of colleagues and scholars who teach here and have always been impressed with them,” he said. But st ill, t he College of Information and Communications is more t ha n ju st t he School of Journalism and Mass Communications. It also includes t he storied School of Librar y Science. Reichert hopes to learn the

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Still settling into his office, Dean Tom Reichert has high hopes for USC. nuances of both schools while also increasing their cooperation. “You’ve got kind of the best of the old and the new together,” he said, “which I think kind of captures the best of the College [of Information and Communication] in a great way.” The merging of the the t wo

schools was just one of the major project s completed u nder t he leadership of Reichert’s predecessor, Charles Bierbauer. The famous journalist-turned-celebrated-dean also led the School of Journalism and Mass Communications into its SEEDEANSPAGE2

STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY

Annual presidential address takes planning, time, teamwork

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University President Harris Pastides delivered his 10th State of the University address on Tuesday.

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Ev e r y y e a r, m i l l io n s of Americans watch the president deliver the State of the Union in early January or late February. The speeches historically last for well over an hour, and have reached nearly 10,000 words. Tuesday afternoon, the State of the University address was a smaller affair, hosting a packed Russel l House Ba l l room a nd about 10 t housand people on Facebook Live. Producing the two speeches, though, involves many of the same struggles – how to distill a year into an hour, how to address the concerns of a large group, how to inspire progress in the year to come. And while the U.S. president has an entire legion at his disposal to produce the sweeping address, university President Harris Pastides does most of the work himself. “I started working on this in the spring,” Pastides said. “I had help, but largely I did it.” Pastides said he spent between 50 and 70 hours preparing the speech, with the help of others to

make sure it was accurate and on theme. A speech is as much about the delivery as the words themselves, and giving a speech an hour long requires practice. Pastides has a lot of experience – this was his 10th State of the University – but a last-minute schedule change from Monday moved the speech, usually delivered in the morning, to the afternoon on Tuesday. He spoke for about 45 minutes, delivering a speech 5,617 words long. He recog n ized over 50 people by name, from students to facult y to businessmen, and used over 40 numerical figures. He occasionally went off script, usually just a word or t wo, or m a y b e t o r e p e at s o me t h i n g important. Pastides was undoubtedly the star, but the whole event entails a lot more than him. “The total team of folks that is involved in the whole production is prett y extensive,” universit y spokesman Wes Hickman said. “I wouldn’t even be able to begin to guess a number.” Representatives of the Carolina Band opened the event. Dozens of

photographers, videographers and more lined the walls, representing several university divisions and various local news organizations. R u s s e l l Ho u s e s t a f f g u id e d attendants into the room. The entire 45 minutes of the s p e e c h , USC ’s s o c i a l me d i a strategist, CJ Lake, was glued to her laptop screen, sending out t weets and engaging with the event’s hashtag, #UofSCsotu. “ T he s e e v e nt s a r e a l w a y s high stress for me,” Lake said. Lake runs the official university Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. During Hurricane Irma, she was work ing on the Twitter graphics with important takeaways from the speech. A pa r t ner sh ip w it h Un iver sit y Tech nolog y Ser v ices allowed Pastides to stream on Facebook in HD. The product ion ended wit h choral master’s student Augusto G i l lead i ng t he a l m a m ater. Together, the entire ballroom, from those who just attended the event to those who’d been working on it for mont hs, raised t heir cupped hands together and sang, “Forever to thee.”

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Digital student IDs are now available via an app.

Digital IDs promise convenience Mary Ramsey

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USC students can officially use a digital version of their CarolinaCard around campus. The system is provided through a partnership with the GET Mobile app, according to Jack Gabel, Student Government’s secretary of student services. “The only fees are for the university’s setup and licensing of the GET app,” he said, “however, it is completely free for students to use.” Gabel praised the benefits of the system for students. “Students now have the convenience and security of having a Carolina Card on their phone,” he said. Although Student Government and its partners are still working “to increase the functionality of the digital system,” Gabel said the program is already available to students. They must download the GET Mobile app, select the University of South Carolina as their school and create an account using their VIP ID. Students can make purchases and check their meal plan and Carolina Cash balances in the app. They can also review their purchase history, add funds and see nearby locations that accept Carolina Cash. Students such as second-year biochemistry student Alexandra Tamura and second-year biology and Spanish student Madhura Pande see the initiative as a solution to one of the quintessential problems of campus life, forgetting your student ID. “I’d be really interested in [a digital student ID], especially because sometimes you forget your CarolinaCard and then you’re locked out of your building,” Tamura said. Pande agreed, saying, “I think students who often forget their CarolinaCards will have a much easier time having it on their phone already, because most of us already have our phones on us all of the time.” Student Body President Ross Lordo, who campaigned on introducing a digital student ID, praised the system. “Digital Carolina Cards will add convenience and ease to the life of Universit y of South Carolina students,” he said. “I am proud of Student Government’s efforts, along with the work of the Carolina Card Office and Carolina Food Company, in this regard and look forward to witnessing the next era of our digital identification capabilities.”

SG senate approves elections code bill USC students will take to the polls later than usual from now on thanks to a bill passed Wednesday by the student senate. One amendment was added to the bill, removing a proposed change to the structure of runoff elections. Runoff elections will remain two days rather than be reduced to one day. The bill was passed unanimously. — Compiled by Mary Ramsey


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Gamecock football great dead at 80 Former USC football player Alex Hawkins, the 1958 ACC Player of the Year, died Tuesday at 80. Throughout his AllAmerican career with the Gamecocks in the late 1950s, Hawkins led the team in passing, scoring and interceptions. He went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons during a ten year NFL career. Hawkins is in the USC Hall of Fame. — Compiled by Mary Ramsey, News Editor

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DEANSPAGE1 new building. “He’s just a wonderful individual, and I’ve gotten to know him well ... He’s really done a lot to bring this College together, the two schools together,” Reichert said. “I feel very fortunate that it is in great shape, the moral is great, the proper people are in place and people feel supported.” With a great deal of admiration for Bierbauer, Reichert hopes to utilize his advancements and build on his foundation. “Wanting to take a program and build on its strengths to take it to the next level, I think both us probably have that in our DNA,” he said. Another of Reichert’s main goals is to continue building the profile of the College of Information and Communication. “I think this is a terrific program. I think that it’s very well known within the state and among our alumni base, but I want to make sure that we have a

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strong national profile,” he said. “I think that we’re as good as a lot of programs across the country who might have higher or better awareness, so that would certainly be a goal.” Gehlert has similar aspirations for the College of Social Work. “I also want to raise the profi le of the College [of Social Work] nationally,” she said. She plans to use her position as president of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare “to let others know about the research being done at the College [of Social Work].” Gehlert also wants to increase the College of Social Work’s connections with the university’s “other units,” a pocket of potential that she said has been underused so far. She is still in the process of getting to know her staff, but looks forward to making strong connections. “The experience has been good. There is both excitement about and resistance to change among faculty and staff,” she said. “That puts the onus on me to be a strong leader while respecting the ... culture.” Indeed, Gehlert came into the job in large part due to con nect ions to cu rrent staf f. She was f irst approached about the position while visiting

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“former students now on the faculty.” “I had never considered being a dean, but they made a strong case” she said. “What attracted me was the strength of the faculty and the beauty of the campus.” Another pleasant surprise for Gehlert was the “strong ties” between the College of Social Work and and state agencies. “Our field education staff continues to impress me,” she said. “They are stellar and are a big asset to the College [of Social Work].” And the student experience, especially experiences beyond the classroom, is still a central focus of Gehlert’s plans that she looks forward to expanding. As they continue to defi ne their roles at Carolina, both Reichert and Gehlert are governed in large part by a strong belief in the good that comes from their fields. “Social work is a transformative enterprise,” Gehlert said. “We work with communities to address problems, providing theory and scientific method, while appreciating the wisdom of the lived experience of community members.” For his part, Reichert sees positive response to the journalism program. “I don’t feel like students are beat down and feel depressed,” he said. “More than ever we’re needed and I love that. I feel that’s very much the attitude we need to have.”

USC named 46th-best U.S. public institution Mary Ramsey

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The University of South Carolina is the 46th best public institution in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report’s latest rankings. This is the fourth year in a row USC has moved up in the magazine’s competitive rankings. USC came in at 25th on the list of state flagship universities and 103rd out of all national universities. The Darla Moore School of Business was again named the nation’s top international

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Carolina Gentlemen to focus on community connection Gents plan to spread joy through music Mattie Hibbs @TDG_ARTS

McKissick Museum is one of the first buildings future Gamecocks encounter when they tour campus, so it’s important to show them what the University of South Carolina is really all about. For just this reason, USC has opened “I nv it at ion to Explore,” which gives a taste of what makes USC, and the state, unique. The exhibit dives into multiple facets of South Carolina and the university with donated objects such as Sout hern stoneware, polit ical memorabilia, fi ne art, minerals and other university artifacts. “It’s t he ex hibit t hat ever yone sees when they walk in the door,” McK issick communicat ions manager Amanda Belue said. “That’s part of the reason that we put this exhibit down on the first f loor, is all t he v isitors who come to t he visitor center, that come in for tours, they get a really good sense of what McKissick does and in turn what the university does.” M c K i s s i c k o p e n e d i n 19 76 , committed to capture the essence of what South Carolina stands for, a f ull 12 years before t he Sout h

Carolina State Museum officially opened. “We tell the stor y of Southern life, communit y, culture and the e nv i r o n me nt ,” B elue s a id. “ S o those three things we really try to highlight with everything in this exhibit.” Pick ing and choosing what to show in an exhibit can be daunting, especially when dealing with the task of representing South Carolina accurately. Mark Smith, the curator for ex h ibit ion a nd col lec t ion management, said that they had a “curator’s choice” to select the items that would be on display. T he e x h ibit i s a l so go o d for getting different classes to come to McKissick and investigate their fields of study more passionately. “We’re reaching out to people, to professors to let them say, ‘Hey, this is what we have on display,’” Smith said. “We try and work out a program where they can have their class come in and take a look at the objects.” The classes that tour McKissick range from geolog y and ant hropolog y to v isual art s and retail fashion management. As the communications manager, Belue is

responsible for making these class visits possible. “Invitation to Explore” is one of the best ways to get an introduction to ever y t h ing McK issick has to offer. Other exhibits are “Fall into Sports,” “Nostalgia for Nat ure,” “Well Suited,” “Natural Curiosity” a nd “ W hat They Fou nd.” Each t ack les a specif ic par t of Sout h Carolina’s history. “This exhibit does exactly what

its title says,” Belue said. “It invites you to explore the environment, the area, the culture that’s around you everyday. You’ve got university history, so you get to learn about the place you’ve chosen to get an education.” A n e x h ib it io n r e c e p t io n f o r “Nostalgia for Nature,” “Fall into Sports” and “W hat They Found” will be held at McKissick on Sept. 21 from 5:30-7 p.m.

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The Gents hope to give back to the community with performances this fall.

‘Invitation to Explore’ Exhibit offers comprehensive introduction to USC

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perform at USC functions, sorority chapter meetings and for President Pastides himself, and they will still continue to do so. “I guess it’s trying to keep a culture of what they used to do while trying to add some new stuff as well,” Mills said. The Gents understand that it is important to roll with the changes. You can see it in their music too, as they’ve shifted to more contemporary songs that their audiences know and can really enjoy. The Gents recently wrapped up fall auditions and will hold another round in the spring. Comprised of just 13 students, the group likes to keep its numbers small and its quality high. “We’re a smaller group,” Mills said. “We want to try to focus on … a really good group of guys instead of a big group of just mediocre guys.” And this is probably why the Gents are close. They practice regularly twice a week but spend plenty of time together outside of rehearsal. As for planned events, The Carolina Gentlemen will likely have two concerts this fall and perform at sorority chapter meetings weekly. They are also actively looking for potential partner organizations in Columbia in order to solidify their mission of giving back to the community. “We want to be more than just a group that sings,” Mills said. “We want to do everything we do with a purpose.”

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In a cluttered, loud, synth-ed up world, a cappella music is one of the most unique and rewarding performance styles. It is easy to listen to and a little old-school classy. A university steeped in tradition, USC is just the kind of place an a cappella group could thrive. We have just one male a cappella group on campus: The Carolina Gentlemen, less formally known as “The Gents.” As the school’s oldest a cappella group, The Gents are making a push towards relevancy while still honoring the organization’s history. Tanner Mills is a third-year elementary education major and president of The Carolina Gentlemen. He says that while they will still be heavily involved with on-campus events, The Gents would like to seek more opportunities to perform throughout the communit y. This could include places like elementary schools, retirement homes and homeless shelters. “We’re doing more of a push to go towards more philanthropy … more outreach, try to spread joy and stuff like that,” Mills said. In previous years, The Gents have been called upon to


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GAMECOCKS’ FRONT LINE READY FOR REVENGE

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The South Carolina defense allowed 216 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in last year’s 17-10 loss to Kentucky, their third streaight in the series.

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The South Carolina defense is hoping history won’t repeat itself against the Kentucky running backs when they face at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday. The Gamecocks have lost t hree straight meetings with the Wildcats, including last season’s matchup in Lex ington in which running back Stanley “Boom” Williams amassed 123 rushing yards and one touchdown. While Williams opted for the NFL Draft after three seasons, the Wildcats st i l l posse ss t a lented sophomore running rack Benny Snell, who had a “breakout” game against the Gamecocks in 2016, according to linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams. “He’s a big back, and he runs really hard,” Allen-Williams said. “He had a real good game. Like I said, we’ve just got to continue to play. If we take care

of us, I feel like we can go out and play against anybody and do well against anybody on defense.” The 5-foot-11, 223-pound Snell ran for 103 yards on 19 carries against Eastern Kentucky in Week 2 this season, scoring one touchdown and recording his longest rush at 25 yards. Alongside Snell is another Kentucky rushing weapon: junior Sihiem King, who is coming off a 61-yard performance against Eastern Kentucky. While Snell is known for his aggressive, high-impact rushing style, King offers a different, more sporadic approach, according to South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp. “They really committed to the run last year, really against us probably,” Muschamp said. “Benny Snell is an outstanding back – tough, hard-nosed, runs north and south, gets positive yards, rarely takes negative plays. Sihiem

King is a guy who’s a change-of-pace guy, somewhat like they had last year with some other guys. He’s done a really nice job.” Ut i l iz i ng t h ree back s -- Snel l, W i l l ia m s a nd Jojo K emp — t he Kentucky offense racked up 216 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns against the USC defense last season. The longest rush of that game was delivered by Williams, who dodged a tackle from Chris Moody to rush 43 yards into the end zone and give the Wildcats a 10-7 lead in the third quarter. Snell scored the winning touchdown with a 1-yard rush in the fourth quarter, shedding a tackle from D.J. Smith and slowly trotting into the endzone. This season, Muschamp and his staff are confident the fundamental defensive issues, including tackling, have been fixed. “Number one, fundamentally, we’re

much better off in hand placement, pad level, a lot of those things,” Muschamp said. “I t h ink t hey’ve got a good offensive line. They blocked us in some situations. They created some one-onones. We missed some tackles. We had one on their sideline and several late in the game, as far as keeping drives alive in those situations. “I think fundamentally, we needed improvement. I think we have improved.” Allen-Williams, a senior who has yet to beat Kentucky in his tenure at USC, echoed his head coach’s sentiment. “I think we’re a totally different team compared to last year,” Allen-Williams said. “We’re way more physical up front. We actually talk about, together as a defense, I feel like we’ve got an understanding of what coach Muschamp wants. We go out and execute so we just got to continue to keep rolling and just to continue to stay humble and hungry.”

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The Sout h Carolina football team opens at Williams-Brice Stadium against SEC foe Kentucky on Saturday. The Wildcats have won the last three meetings w it h t he G a mecock s, e a c h d e c id e d b y o n e touchdown or less. Both South Carolina and Kentucky roll into t h is contest 2- 0. T he Gamecocks defeated two Power 5 teams — N.C. State and M issouri — in t he f irst t wo weeks of t he s e a s o n . A lo n g with Louisville, South Carolina is one of t wo tea m s i n t he cou nt r y w it h t wo Power 5 w ins away f rom home to star t t he season. Conversely, the Wildcats hold t wo non-Power 5 wins against Southern Mississippi and Eastern Kentucky. This matchup should be a good test for the Wildcats to see how they fare against a Power 5 and SEC opponent. Having to wait t wo weeks to play at Williams-Brice St ad iu m , he ad c o ac h Will Muschamp knows the environment will be rocking. “ R e g a rd le s s of ou r record, our fans will be ready to go. I do know that. They’ll be excited, and I know our players will be excited to play for t hem,” Muschamp said in his weekly press conference on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Gamecock s have been rolling. The team has

scored at least 31 points in each of its first t wo g a mes, wh i le hold i ng an ex plosive M issouri team to 13 points last Saturday. South Carolina has also come up big on special teams this season, including t wo k ickof f return touchdowns from versat ile play ma ker Deebo Sa muel, a nd a muffed punt recovery by Javon Charleston. K ent uc k y h a s b een product ive on bot h offense and defense as wel l. The W ildcat s have scored more than 20 points in both conte st s, a l low i ng 17 points or fewer in both games. Quar terback St ephen Joh n son h a s t h row n for 4 0 0 yards this season with a pair of touchdowns and has looked effective under c ent er for K ent uc k y. W h ile t hey ’ve on ly p l a y e d n o n - Po w e r 5 teams, the Wildcats hold positive takeaways eaways and are looking to build off their first st two victories. H o w t h e Wildcats can n win n T he W i ldc dc att s w ill need to put long drives ves toget her a nd cont rol t imee of possession n to top t he Gamecocks. They need to try to give South Ca rol i n a t he ball as minimal as possible a n d work t he

clock. They also need to ef fect ively cover Samuel, who has scored three different ways this season from receiv ing to k ickof f ret u r n to rushing. Look for him to draw a lot of attention f rom t he Kent uck y defense. How the Gamecocks can win The Gamecocks can win by using their offensive arsenal, ut ilizing players such as Br yan Edwards, Hayden Hu rst and Samuel on touches. W hen the Gamecocks spread the ball around, t he y a r e mu c h m o r e effective offensively. For example, Hurst received four receptions and one carr y, and scored t wo touchdowns, opening up more opportunities for the Gamecock offense. USC will likely plan to keep t hat st rateg y on offense, seeking to put up 30 -plus poi nt s for t he third week in a row.

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South Carolina looks to defeat Kentucky for the first time in three meetings.

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SEC East champions? Deebo for Heisman? Nine-win season? January bowl game? These are the questions that are slowly starting to float around the 2-0 South Carolina football team, and for the first time in recent years, it’s not unreasonable to consider any of them. The buzz around the Gamecocks is a testament to what Will Muschamp (and his staff ) has accomplished since his arrival in December 2015. Muschamp is now 8-7 in garnet and black, after inheriting a team fresh off a 3-9 season that featured a loss to an FCS opponent. Muschamp has clearly exceeded e x p ec t at ion s , or at lea st met them ahead of schedule. People are talking about South Carolina football again, which is a huge step, considering the team hasn’t been ra n ked si nce September 2014. So now we’re t wo games in, and anticipation and expectations

a re g row i ng qu ick ly. But t he Gamecocks have managed to win two games and nearly earn a spot in the Top 25, without answering quest ions about how good t he team truly can be. Muschamp said Tuesday, as he often does, that stats don’t tell the whole story and that they should be ignored. Part of me wants to agree with him. But shouldn’t fans be a little worried about a defense that’s given up the most yards in t he SEC? Or an offense t hat’s racked up the second fewest? Maybe they should. But the hype around this team is warranted, and the atmosphere around WilliamsBrice Stadium Saturday will likely be the craziest its been since Texas A&M sucked the life out of the building — and the program — in the 2014 season opener. And with a beatable Kentucky team coming to town for a night game? Gamecock football seems to be on the verge of being back. We may not fully k now what SEEMUSCHAMPPAGE8


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Q&A with Kentucky Kernel sports editor Chris Leach

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Running back Benny Snell (25) sheds a tackle from a South Carolina defender in the matchup last season at Commonwealth Stadium.

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The South Carolina football team has lost three straight meetings with Kentucky. After starting the season 2-0 with impressive victories over NC State and Missouri, will this year’s team break the streak? Kentucky Kernel sports editor Chris Leach covered Kentucky’s home-opener against Eastern Kentucky and caught up with The Daily Gamecock sports staff to preview the upcoming matchup. TDG: Kentucky’s offense was slow to get going in the first half of Saturday’s game against Eastern Kentucky. What were your observations from the offense as the game progressed? How do you think it will fare against South Carolina’s “bend-don’t-break” defense? Chris Leach: “The main difference I noticed in the first and second half was the run game improvement. Benny Snell notched 100 of his 103 yards in the second half, and once the run game opened up, Stephen Johnson was given more time in the pocket to find open receivers. The offensive line, which has been a concern so far this season, also performed better in the second half, which helped open up the run game. If Kentucky can perform the way they did in the second half, I think they’ll hold-up well against South Carolina’s defense, but if they lean towards their first half tendencies, it could be ugly for the Cats.”

TDG: Can you explain Kentucky’s quarterback situation between Drew Barker and Stephen Johnson and how you think it will play out against South Carolina? CL: “I envision that Stephen Johnson will be the starting quarterback for Kentucky for the rest of the season barring any drastic changes. Drew Barker played in two drives against Eastern Kentucky, both of which were three-and-outs. Johnson then came back in the next drive and led a touchdown drive. Head coach Mark Stoops said it was his plan all along to bring Barker in on the third drive to give him some experience, but Johnson showed that he’s the better quarterback right now and has earned the starting job.” TDG: Defensively, Kentucky allowed Eastern Kentucky just 256 passing yards and 62 rushing yards, while forcing two turnovers. What are the keys to defending Jake Bentley and his playmaking offensive weapons, including Deebo Samuel, Rico Dowdle and Hayden Hurst? CL: “The key for Kentucky’s defense will be to keep doing what they’re doing, and that’s winning the turnover and limiting big plays. The Cats have forced five turnovers this season while only giving up one themselves. Against a good offense like South Carolina, limiting mistakes and keeping the score close can go a long way. Deebo Samuel worries me the most for his ability to make big plays out of nowhere. Samuel is also a good kick returner, where Kentucky has looked

vulnerable at times. EKU’s top receiver also had a big game against Kentucky, so Samuel could be in line for a big game if Kentucky’s current trends continue.” TDG: Which players were standouts on Saturday? CL: “Aside from the obvious, on the offense, wide receiver Blake Bone had a good game. He only caught three passes, but those three passes were big plays that sparked the offense. Kentucky is a little thin at wide receiver after the injury to Dorian Baker, so Bone could have a big role moving forward. Running back Sihiem King is also someone who impressed backing up Benny Snell. On the defense, cornerback Lonnie Johnson has played well while Chris Westry finds his rhythm. Safety Darius West, who suffered a season-ending injury last season, leads Kentucky in tackles with 18 and has made some good plays in his two appearances.” TDG: What is your prediction for the KentuckyUSC game and why? CL: “Three weeks ago, I thought South Carolina would win, but it would be a closely contested game that could go either way. Now, I believe South Carolina will win this one pretty comfortably. If Kentucky can play the way they did in the second half against EKU, they will challenge South Carolina but we just haven’t seen the Cats play efficiently for four quarters yet, and I don’t think it will happen on the road in a hostile stadium. I think South Carolina will win 31-17.” Kickoff for the Gamecocks’ home-opener is 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Ice ‘Cocks set roster, prepare to face Charlotte

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The USC Club Ice Hockey team held tryouts at the Plex HiWire’s ice rink in Irmo.

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I n t h is weekend’s most h igh ly anticipated matchup, USC opens the 2017-18 American Collegiate Hockey Association season Friday against the UNC Charlotte 49ers. Despite UNC Charlotte’s Division II pedigree, the Division III Gamecocks

(15-12- 0 -1 i n 2016 -17, 4 - 6 - 0 - 0 SECHC) managed wins of 6-5 and 4-3 when the two teams met in January, with both games decided in overtime. Still, the team faces 2017-18 without defenseman Kyle Ware’s team-leading 21 goals and A ll-SECHC presence on the blue line. Considerable effort from the five returning Gamecock defensemen is key if the Gamecocks

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are to neutralize the 49ers’ (11-6-3-2, 5-2-2-0 ACCHL) notorious offense. Beh i nd t hem all t he way w ill be returning goaltender Bobby Lombardi, who backstopped Carolina to both wins over the 49ers as well as a fourth-place conference finish. Be sure to watch for these keys to victory when the Gamecocks open their 17th season of play Friday night: No easy scoring chances The 49ers scored nearly 5.8 goals per game in 2016-17, an intimidating stat even disregarding decisive wins of 17-5 and 19-2 over D-III Middle Tennessee State in February. Furthermore, UNC Charlotte’s top four goalscorers will roll into Columbia on Friday night: forwards Andrew Miller (30 goals in 2016-17), Phillip Arnold (13), Zachary Usinger (11) and Chase Wiriden (9). Miller’s goal-a-game mark makes him particularly dangerous to the back of the Gamecock net — he scored two of the 49ers’ three goals in the Jan. 28 matchup with Carolina, including an unassisted marker nine seconds into the third period that ultimately sent the game into overtime. Even with Lombardi and five defensemen returning, it is imperative that the Gamecocks force UNC Charlotte’s strong offensive core to earn any scoring chances if they wish to make it three in a row against the 49ers. Home ice advantage UNC Charlotte is most compromised on its last line of defense — goaltending. Despite avoiding sub-.500 records, returning goaltenders Daniel Ritter (5-3-1-1) and Daniel Toland (1-1-0-

0) sported lukewarm goals-againstaverages of 3.76 and 4.00, respectively, with Toland seeing only 120 minutes of action in 2016-17. Though seasoned against D-I I of fensive talent and registering a combined mark of 6-21-2 against D-III teams in 2016-17, the 49ers allowed a porous 4.3 goals per game on the road last season, compared to 3.5 on home ice. Without top goalscorer Ware, the Gamecocks are ret urning leading scorer A lec Martone (11 goals, 20 assists in 201617) and second-leading goalscorer Sean Davis (12) to the lineup. Maintaining offensive pressure from the opening faceoff and capitalizing on the 49ers’ weakness on the road will be crucial to the Gamecocks building an early lead. The man behind the mask Lombardi wowed Carolina hockey fa ns i n 2016 -17 w it h a f irst-year performance of 11-7-0-1 alongside a 3.06 goals-against-average and .901 save percentage. With 19 games under his belt, the sophomore is primed for a dominant season as the Gamecocks’ only returning goaltender. Off the ice, Lombardi was one of 12 Gamecocks on the All-SECHC Academic Team and one of only four SECHC players with a 4.0 GPA last season. Lombardi is also the only Carolina goaltender with experience against Miller and the opponent’s other top forwards, having stood between the pipes for both of Carolina’s 2016-17 victories over UNC Charlotte. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Friday at Plex HiWire ice rink in Irmo, South Carolina.

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to circle USC’s November date with Georgia as a de facto division title game. So far, the Gamecocks have played two games on national TV, beating a trendy Playoff pick and shutting down one of the SEC’s top offenses, putting themselves back on the map in the process. Saturday, Muschamp has a chance to show a sold-out crowd that Gamecock football is ready to compete in the SEC. This is the fi rst time Coach Boom has faced real expectations at South Carolina. With a rowdy crowd that’s been foaming at t he mout h for a Saturday in Williams-Brice, it’s time for Muschamp to deliver. Whether he does or he doesn’t, it could go a long way in defi ning the Gamecocks’ season.

to expect even after Saturday, but this feels like a defining game for Muschamp in h is second year in Columbia. Last season, there were no expectations, and a strong second half carried the team into a bowl game. But after an offseason of hype, and two wins away from home against Power 5 teams, it’s time to see how far South Carolina has really come. South Carolina’s seniors have never beaten Kentucky, dropping three straight heartbreakers to the Wildcats. If the Gamecocks fall at home this weekend, the hype disappears. A win, though, and the possibilities still seem endless. With a weakert h a n-nor m a l SEC E a st , w r iter s around the Southeast are starting


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Climate change denial comes from American sense of rebelliousness No one c a n deny t h at t he U.S. is currently facing an ident it y crisis. America has split into t wo sides, creating a chasm of uncertaint y. This convoluted reality of A me r ic a n ideolog y is t hrow n into stark relief when you look at Third-year marine climate change science student denial. According to Pew, only 48 percent of Americans believe that our warming climate is due to humancaused activities, with the remainder believing either that climate variability is due to natural causes, or that there is no evidence of a changing climate. In the same poll, only 33 percent of respondents thought that scientists understand whether or not climate change is occurring and only 39 percent would trust climate scientists to give accurate information about climate change. However, our initial impressions of a

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neatly divided America become foggier once you pair these responses with current politics. Climate change denial is linked more closely with political identity than it is with the individual’s level of scientific knowledge. Bizarrely, though, the American public thinks that climate scientists should have a role in climate policies 23 percent more than it thinks the same for elected officials. Overall, the confidence gap between scientists and elected officials to work in the public interest is 49 percent, in favor of scientists. This reveals an interesting and incredibly conf using truth about Americans: We do not trust climate scientists with climate change, but we theoretically trust them to make policy. On the other hand, we do not trust policy officials with policy, and yet we follow their opinions on climate change. If you look at these numbers in isolation of recent events, you might conclude that America has gone insane. However, I think modern climate change denial can be viewed as part of Americans’ larger problems with authority. Gallup polls demonstrate that confidence in institutions overall has been in decline since the 1970s. The election of businessman Donald Trump to America’s highest political

office last fall – defeating one of the most experienced political candidates in history – attests to that trend. These polls might be inconsistent with each other, but they are very consistent with long-term trends that show Americans are becoming more skeptical of the establishment. Science is an institution, one that goes back thousands of years. Much of the Enlightenment philosophy that led to the American Revolution and subsequently formed the backbone of our Constitution grew out of scientific empiricism. If Americans are revolting against the American government, it makes sense that they should also revolt against the institutions that helped create it. Unfortunately, this has left quite a leadership vacuum for the American public. We don’t trust our institutions. We don’t even trust ourselves. This vac uu m breeds u ncer t ai nt y a nd conflict, creating an atmosphere that breeds both alternative facts and fake news. Our falling trust in institutions is the reason why it has been so easy to convince this country that global warming isn’t happening. It’s a selfperpetuating cycle that must end if we want to have any hope of stopping climate change.

U.S. should intervene in Myanmar to prevent atrocities

Dan Nelson Third-year public health student Most Americans likely couldn’t tell you where My a n m a r i s on a map. To some, t hei r only information on the country might be from a Top Gear special. Nonetheless, the cu rrent sit uat ion t here now is extremely tenuous. The Rohingya, a Muslim m i nor it y g roup on t he border with Bangladesh, has come u nder at t ack by the nation’s military. In a situation described by t he Un ited Nat ions as “textbook et hnic c le a n s i n g,” t hou s a nd s have been k i l led a nd hu ndreds of t housa nds have f led to escape t he v iolence. The U.S. has offered little besides quiet condem nat ion, caref ul, it seems, to avoid larger action against a potential reg iona l pa r t ner. T h is needs to change. Words, powerful as they may be, can do nothing to stop the impending maelstrom. T he R o h i n g y a h a v e l ived i n My a n m a r, formally known as Burma, si nce at least t he 12t h cent ur y. Considered by some to be “the world’s most persecuted minority,” t he Roh i ng y a “l ive i n the western coastal state of Rak hine and are not allowed to leave without government permission.” They have been denied citizenship in the primarily Buddhist nation, rendering them politically and economically m a rg i n a l i z e d . V iole nt act ions aga i nst t hem are commonplace,

particularly at the hands of the Myanmar Army and various extremist Buddhist groups. The cu rrent spike in v iolence beg a n i n f u l l after an attack by militants against government installations in Rakhine, resulting in the deaths of 12 security personnel and 59 Rohingya. The “Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army ... took responsibility for the overnight attacks ... saying they were in defense of Rohingya communities that had been brutalized by government forces.” To t hat end, t hey have somet h i ng of a p oi nt . Violence has never really subsided aga i nst t he Rohingya, there have just been peaks and troughs of ac ute v iolence. It is u nder s t a nd able t h at a marg inalized people under attack and without gover n ment protect ion would respond in k ind. How e v e r, i n s t e a d of seek ing a policy of detente with the militants who are simply seek ing representat ion and protection, the militar y has responded w it h u n relent i ng v iolence against civilians. The government response was immediate and brutal. On Aug. 28, three days after the militant attacks, satellite imaging picked up somet h ing ominous. Numerous fires were noticed in multiple villages in the Rakhine. As the smoke cleared, further i m ag i ng i nd ic ated t he sheer scale of the horror, “in one village, Chein Kar Li, which is a Rohing ya village, we saw 99 percent of t he tow n dest royed. That’s 700 buildings. In another part, in Maungdaw Tow nsh ip, i n nor t her n R a k h i ne St ate, we saw 450 buildings destroyed.” On the ground, coverage has proved difficult due to government restrictions, but reports have indicated the extensive “burning of villages and extrajudicial killings.” The death toll is currently unknown, but hu ndreds of t housa nds

have at tempted to f lee into nearby Bangladesh, brav ing t he dangers of indiscriminate militar y violence and land mines placed on the border by the Myanmar military. Clearly, t he v iolence in Myanmar is an ex t raord i nar ily blat a nt example of governmentbacked ethnic cleansing. Yet, even with the evidence as clear as day, the U.S. has done little in response. The White House has released a statement condemning the violence and the lack of government protection for the Rohingya; however, this simple and expected action has no bearing on the escalating violence. Why has the government not done more? Perhap s it ha s to do with U.S. interest in the cou nt r y a nd reg ion a s a whole. Under for mer p r e s i d e n t s , t h e U. S . attempted to bring about democracy in Myanmar by leveling sanctions against t he nat ion’s repressive gover n ment. Under Obama, sanct ions were lifted as the fi rst elections in “more than 50 years” were held in the fledgling democrac y. Th is rel ief from sanctions was, in part, a reward for reform, but also as an attempt to stave off Chinese inf luence in the strategically important region. China has showed ex tensive i nterest i n M y a n m a r, h e l p i n g t o mediate a different civil war within the countr y and investing significant a mou nt s of c ap it a l i n t h e n at io n . I n r e c e nt days, China has backed

Myanmar’s at tempts to maintain “stability” in the region and could limit the ability of the UN Security Council to intervene via its veto. The fi ne line of “not wanting to undermine the Asian country’s democratic leader” and fighting off Chinese attempts to sway the nation have left the U.S. in a bad position to respond to the crisis. My s u g g e s t ion i s t o abandon Myanmar as a regional partner. Chinese inf luence is already over whelm ing in t he nation and the U.S. is just fighting a losing battle. Fu r t her more, t he U.S. should not support a nation actively engaging in ethnic cleansing against its own people. Instead, we should reinstate t he sa nct ions lifted under Obama, level new sanctions against the government and its leaders and cut all trade ties with t h e n at io n . T h e U. S . currently does hundreds of millions of dollars of trade with Myanmar, that shou ld cea se. M i l it a r y action is decidedly off the table, but everything up to it should be used to halt these atrocities. I n t he face of such ev il, words a lone are not enough. W h i le we may not be able to strike a t t h e m d i r e c t l y, t h e s it u at io n d e m a n d s a n urgent response, even an economic one. We cannot let Mya n ma r become another Darfur, another Bosnia, another Rwanda. We have failed too many times, we should not let it happen again.

Don’t hold DREAMers to heroic standards President Trump’s signing DACA’s death warrant has ex ited the front pages after on ly about a week — not u nu s u a l i n this administration, where the latest news item is always swept off the table almost immediately by the next scandal. After the initial frenzy of coverage, DREAMers have been relegated mostly to inspiring, Fourth-year of ten tea r-jerk i ng psychology pieces. I f you’ve been student pay i ng at tent ion to t he news, you probably saw a headline about Alonso Guillen, 35, who died saving victims of Hurricane Harvey. Many of the first responders working rescue duty alongside him were also DREAMers. Karen Caudillo, a 21-year-old business owner, gave a a tearful interview about all of the opportunities DACA has given people like her. We are hearing about college students like Azalia Martinez and Harvard graduates like Fernando Espino Casas. About heroes like Jesus Contreras, another Harvey rescuer. These people do not deser ve to be shipped off to the countries they were born in. America agrees — 48 percent to 29 percent, we want to keep DACA. For once, congressional Republicans like Paul Ryan and John McCain agree with liberals like Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi: DREAMers shouldn’t have to face deportation. In a functional Congress, the six-month grace period Trump has given before protections disappear and the agreement on both sides would be more than enough to give our legislature a chance to turn DACA into real law instead of the act of compassionate executive overreach it probably was — and even our nonfunctional Congress may yet get it together and pass the DREAM Act with bipartisan support. We should be fighting for that legislation, and for the path to citizenship supported in the BRIDGE Act, co-sponsored (like the DREAM Act) by South Carolina’s very own Sen. Lindsey Graham. But I’m not going to make the case for saving DREAMers — it’s the only decent thing to do. Many other writers have made that point already. Instead, I have a bone to pick with whether media coverage of the idea is “decent.” Sure, it makes for a better story to cover heroes and small business owners and Harvard graduates. The public at large is more sympathetic to DACA recipients if we prove that they’re smart and industrious and willing to die to save American lives. But we shouldn’t be encouraging our tendency to make our support conditional on extraordinariness. Most DREAMers aren’t going to cure cancer or save babies from burning buildings or get your kitten down from a tree. They’re just going to live their lives here, if we let them. A nd that’s okay. They’re not worth saving because they’re better than regular people; they’re worth saving because they’re regular people who came here as children, sometimes as babies, and have never really known life anywhere else. When we write articles intended to be heart-wrenching because we’re deporting heroes, we forget that DREA Mers are worth something outside of what they can do for us.

Linden Atelsek

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