University Of South Carolina Homecoming Traditions

5 Homecoming Traditions At The University Of South Carolina Everybody Can Enjoy

Sweet home Carolina and celebrating the Gamecocks, what could be better?


Homecoming is a week full of fun events that lead up to the football game that Saturday. It's a week that displays our Carolina spirit and gets students excited for the game. This year, homecoming is the week of October 22nd to October 27th. The theme this year is sweet home Carolina; it encompasses the fact that all students come from different areas and cultures but together we all call the University of South Carolina home.

Whether it is your first homecoming or last, you're bound to find one or multiple fun events to get involved with during homecoming.

Here are five USC homecoming traditions you'll definitely want to participate in this week!

1. Spurs And Struts

This dance competition usually takes place on Greene Street, but this year it will take place on Blatt Fields. Spurs and Struts has been a longstanding tradition that allows groups on campus to show off their dance skills. Each group choreographs a dance and is judged based on spirit, creativity, synchronization, technique, and difficulty.

2. Cocky's Canned Creations

This activity will occur on October 25th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Greene Street. You can compete with other groups of students by building structures with canned goods and construction paper from 9 a.m. until noon. If you don't want to participate, you can always go see the finished products and to see which structures won at 2 p.m. The structures are judged based off of creativity, stability of the structure, total usage of cans/food collected, and visual appeal. If you do not want to participate yourself, make sure to go see what creations students can manage to make out of canned goods!

3. Homecoming Floats

The parade of homecoming floats is a tradition that a lot of students look forward to each year. This year, the floats will be set up on Davis Field and Greene Street from noon-4pm on October 26th. Judges will decide who has the best float and that float will have the honor of being presented at halftime of the game on Saturday.

4. Cockstock

This is an annual free concert put on by student organizations and will take place on October 26th at 7 pm. In years past, Rae Sremmurd and 21 Savage have put on a show. This year Daya will perform along with a special guest, Iyaz. Make sure to bring your USC ID.

5. Homecoming Tailgate And Announcing Of Winners

The tailgate is in Gamecock park and will start at 4:30 pm. It will involve music, food, and fun for everyone, you just have to preregister. The Carolina band, cheerleaders and Cocky will also be there to help you get hype for the game. The homecoming winners will be announced at halftime of the Tennessee game, October 27th. It will involve recognizing the homecoming court as well as awarding the homecoming cup to the Greek Life winners of homecoming.

These are just a few of the events that will go on throughout this fun-filled week. Make sure to check out USC's social media and emails so you can be in the know on all of the activities that are going on.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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ASU Baseball Is Already Knocking It Out Of The Park

All eyes are on the Sun Devils as they enter the national poll this previous week. The Sun Devils are the last unbeaten team left in the NCAA.


Starting off the season 18-0? Not bad, considering the Sun Devils' haven't gone undefeated at the start of the NCAA baseball season since 2010 when they went 24-0, but honestly where did this come from? In the 2017-18 season, the Devils finished off with 23-32, sitting towards the bottom of the Pac-12. Now they're the top of the conference, past the usual Pac-12 baseball powerhouse, Oregon State.

On a team with only 27 on the roster, which makes it the smallest team in the Pac-12, you wouldn't really expect such an explosive start to the season. Take a look at the improvements made, though, and you'll see why.

For starters, catcher Sam Ferri is back healthy and ready for this season to start with both pitchers Alec Marsh and RJ Dabovich, who've both thrown some great games, but if we're being honest here, have been a little inconsistent with a few errors, but have been backed up by the offense to get the job done.

On offense, Hunter Bishop and Spencer Torkelson are the ones to watch out for. Torkelson was named Pac-12 freshman of the year last year, after setting the Pac-12 freshman record of home runs. Now he's back with some deadly at-bat presence, as you can always expect a few RBIs from him, and also doing a great job at infield (#TorkBomb). Bishop's following suit, with major at-bats against Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Xavier.

Safe to say being ranked #23 right now is huge for a program that struggled majorly in the past seasons and has had some great players transfer out recently. Despite being faced with huge adversity before the season, this lineup is really producing some good stuff this year, and by being undefeated through the first month of play really exemplified that.

Hats off to Head Coach Tracy Smith for helping these young men after having the program suffer for a while.


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