Why The University Of South Carolina Is A Superior School

6 Reasons The University Of South Carolina Is Still The Superior School

The real USC.

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After the recent loss in the annual USC vs. Clemson rivalry football game, I felt the need to explain why the University of South Carolina is still the superior school. We may not always win, but we always win.

Here are just a few of the reasons Carolina is the best school in the state.

1. Our location

Living in Downtown Columbia is definitely a plus because there is always something going on. Not only is living downtown fun but since we live in the middle of the state, trips to the beach or mountains are only a couple of hours away.

2. Tailgates

Tailgates are an all-day affair. They occur before, after, and sometimes during the game. There are also numerous places to tailgate at Carolina, whether it be a Cock a Boose or the frat lots, you're bound to have a good time.

3. Soda City, every weekend.

Small local businesses, food trucks, and other shops set up booths on Main St. every Saturday. You can buy food, jewelry, produce, flowers, and a lot more. The fun literally never stops.

4. Our mascot

Cocky is not only one of the most entertaining mascots in college football but he also participates in one of the best opening entrances for a football team. Let's not forget we have Sir Big Spur, who is the live mascot that attends every game. Saturday's in South Carolina just wouldn't be the same without them.

5. We don't wear God awful orange. 

This one is simple, no one looks good in orange. We wear garnet and black, and bleed it too.

6. The Community

Carolina is a university full of students who are there for each other and help others out when they're in need. Not only are the students nice, but the people of Columbia are also extremely welcoming. No matter where you're from, the community at the University of South Carolina makes you feel like family.

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12 Items To Buy From Five Below That Will Inexpensively Modernize Your Dorm Room

You would be amazed at what you can get at this store!

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When you're redecorating your bedroom, you might not think to stop by Five Below, considering everything is $5 and under. But you would be amazed at what you can find in that store.

I went not to long ago to get those cube storage boxes, that go into the shelf, and I left with almost $200 worth of stuff. Now mind you, I've been to this store a million and one times and never have spent this much, but while I was there I figured I would get Easter basket things for my niece and then the idea to redecorate dorm rooms popped into my head as I was looking around. Because let’s be real we all could use a more modern dorm....even if you school just bought new furniture. So here’s 12 things you need to buy from Five Below to modernize your dorm.

1. Wall shelves

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Use command strips to hang these up because you can’t drill into the walls at school!!

2. 3 clip photo frame

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Okay so one isn't out of its package yet, but this is what Five Below's website showed for it.

3. A white fuzzy rug

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4. Cordless hexagon cage lamp

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5. Cute storage basket

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6. Light up sign box

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7. Letter board

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8. An initial light

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So this I've had for years but I'm 100% positive it came from Five Below.

9. 3 piece frame set

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10. Salt rock lamp

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Mines pretty big, but they have smaller ones.

11. An ottoman

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Or any plant really. They have basil, roses, daisy, strawberries, etc.

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The Possible Strike At Rutgers University Hinges On Barchi's Unfortunate Spending Decisions

It's time for Rutgers to fix its priorities. Our faculty is what keeps our university running. We stand with our teachers, and we expect change.

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Whispers have been floating throughout the Rutgers University campus for quite some time of a teacher strike, and whether people are interested in the solidarity of faculty or the possible break from classes, there are a lot of questions being asked.

So what does this mean? And what do we know?

To understand the effect is to understand the cause. The union at Rutgers, American Association of University Professors - American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT), has been fighting "the corporate university" for over a year to achieve affordable education, more diverse representation, and better quality of our education. This could call for the first faculty and grad strike in the university's 253-year history, as President Barchi's priorities have been deemed twisted to those who are affected by them.

"Our working conditions are our students' learning conditions," said Rutgers AAUP-AFT.

The union has outlined what exactly they are fighting for, including three subcategories of equity, quality higher education, and security. This includes equal pay for part-time faculty, female faculty, and faculty in Newark and Camden campuses for equity, improvement of student/faculty ratio by hiring more full-time faculty, more diverse faculty, and more teaching assistantship to improve the university's quality of education, and salary increases ahead of cost-of-living, five-year graduate funding packages, longer and more secure contracts for non-tenure track faculty, and family/research-friendly work schedules for security.

AAUP-AFT has also highlighted some unnecessary, costly expenses that Barchi has been selecting to indulge instead of faculty salaries. These expenses include athletics subsidies ($193 million), liquid unrestricted reserves ($783 million), and money spent on coaches/administrators "golden parachutes" ($11.5 million).

Union members at Rutgers Newark have demonstrated protests by picketing for three hours last Tuesday. Rutgers — New Brunswick plans to follow this display if no contracts are made or improved, affecting its approximate 38,000 students just as the spring semester draws to a close.

"It's a final warning — contract or strike," said Deepa Kumar, the president of Rutgers AAUP-AFT. "Do the right thing and give us a fair contract. Otherwise, we will have no choice but to go on strike."

I stand with AAUP-AFT Rutgers professors who are prepared to strike in order to defend affordable, quality higher education. When we organize and stand together, we win.

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Though the university's spokespeople are claiming that negotiations are underway, a strike is still on track to happen at some point next week, leaving classrooms empty and students without work.

"Yeah, it's going to be complicated. Every syllabus is going to be screwed up," said Margaret Curran, an undergraduate student at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. "But it's something that needs to be done. We understand and we stand with our professors."

It's time for Rutgers to fix its priorities. Our faculty is what keeps our university running. We stand with our teachers, and we expect change.

For more information, you can visit www.rutgersaaup.org.

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