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Alongside a doodle of someone smoking a cigarette, this quote accompanies one of artist Mark Smith's pieces in his "You Look Like the Right Type" collection. These drawings can be thematic or random, happy or sad and capture things people have said daily within his vicinity.
Every fall, Columbia’s literary scene focuses its attention on the Hollings Special Collections Library. In a spacious conference room, aspiring writers gathered with published authors, established professors and other lovers of literature to hear some of the South’s most prestigious authors speak on the art of writing. All of these speaking events are part of the Fall Literary Festival, a month-long festival put on by the USC University Libraries and the Department of English, which brings these authors to speak on USC’s campus. Throughout the month members of the community are invited to hear their favorite authors read their works, ask these authors questions about their craft, and congregate with Columbia’s literary community, all free of charge.
St. Pats is a yearly festival held in Five Points to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. The event has attracted many generations of Columbia residents and USC students to its premises, entertaining them with all-day concerts from national and local bands, parties with attendees clad in all-green clothes, and (let's be honest) a steady supply of alcohol.
The founders of Delta Sigma Theta were devoted to promoting four main attributes as their organization's mission: sisterhood, scholarship, service and social action. Half a century later, these admirable aspects of what it means to be a Delta continue to be exemplified by chapters all over the world. For fifty years, the Iota Chi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta at USC has been second to none in their dedication to public service and outreach in Columbia and beyond. On February 17, 2023, USC's Delta Sigma Theta members found themselves in a position that very few fraternal organizations are ever offered: state recognition of the organization's commitment to service and the introduction of an official Iota Chi Day.
The rhythm of Black music pulsates through the second floor of the Columbia Museum of Art, where the flow of communal conversation and drums pulsate the air.
In many professional sports markets, relationships between teams and communities are built over generations. Yankees fans have spent many summers on Bronx-bound trains. Bulls supporters have worn Jordan jerseys for decades. Passionate Gamecocks have perpetually packed Williams-Brice Stadium from September to November each year. While such an environment may seem hostile to fledgling franchises, it allows new teams to create their own identity and market it to the public. For the Columbia Fireflies, Soda City’s seven year old minor league team, a vital part of that identity is the Holiday Lights.
Ever felt in need of a place to decompress and be with yourself? A place to unwind from sensory overload? A place to nurse a child? If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” Russell House is your new destination.
“It’s Saturday in South Carolina!”
Going to the movies is a very distinct experience- from the smell of popcorn, to the excitement that bubbles up when watching a premiere for a highly anticipated movie. The scene of movie theaters, however, since the hit of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, has changed dramatically, and now has new competition: streaming services. Although the reality of theaters varies for every consumer, it is safe to say that the COVID-19 pandemic had a huge impact on the film and theater industry.
A photographic journey through JerryFest 2022, a Five Points festival celebrating the life and art of Jerry Garcia.
Editor's note: A previous version of the article mistakenly referred to Collegiate Curls as Collegiate Courage.
It is unlikely that you attend the University of South Carolina for your entire college career and do not somehow end up in Shiv’s convenience store on Main Street, in between Moe’s Southwest Grill and Sahara on Main.
In 2020, quarantine put an end to spontaneous human connection. There weren't any casual conversations with friends on the way to class. Nor was there any light-hearted small talk with your classmates. What there was, however, was a lot of weary silence and an unfulfilled desire for connection.
So, you’ve been hearing people mention these NFT things recently. Maybe you’ve read something somewhere about it. Maybe one of your friends is trying to convince you why it’s going to change the world. And maybe, just maybe, you have no clue what they’re talking about. You know that they have to do with cryptocurrency. You know that they have to do with art. But what exactly is this new craze and what are its applications? One student is determined to make waves in the professional sphere using NFTs and explain their utility to the public.
Street performing has existed for centuries. It is a way for individuals to showcase their talents, express themselves and connect with their community. These small, unconventional and unexpected performances have the power to disrupt the bustle of a street and unite a crowd with a universal appreciation of a certain skill. A spirited performer who is willing to share their passion with their community allows onlookers to take a step out of their own lives and appreciate the art around them. People might stop for only a moment, or they might not stop at all, but in just a moment, street performers can remind us of the joy that can be found in creating, movement or art.
Tucked between the Thomas Cooper Library and McBryde Quadrangle A is the Gamecock Pantry: the volunteer-run food pantry dedicated to alleviating food insecurity for anyone with a CarolinaCard.
Embroidery thread and sewing needles have become indispensable tools for provoking social change at USC.
With the return of in-person classes, students have been in and out of the classroom quarantining after exposure to the coronavirus. It is tough to imagine the instruction they’re missing and the assignments that these students are accountable for while they’re away. Students are put in a difficult position, through no fault of their own, of keeping up with their academic responsibilities while professors continue through the curriculum regardless of who shows up for class.
Every so often, the Greene Street section in front of Russell House has something going on. Tents are set up campaigning for signatures, off-campus apartment complexes come to convince freshmen they aren’t bad and students running for class government will inevitably try to throw thousands of koozies at potential voters. But around once every month, that space is transformed. Tables of community organizations line the perimeter of the road as the speakers of the DJ booth are plugged in, and a large crowd gathers to celebrate representation, culture and really good hip-hop music. This, as many know, is Hip-Hop Wednesday.
BookTok: a familiar term for frequent TikTok users, which is 58% of Gen Z. Users might have scrolled past TikToks with people recommending books based on genres and popularity. On the other hand, a vast majority has diverted their attention to these TikToks and genuinely starting loving these books. Notion book lists and Barnes & Noble book runs are common verbatim on TikTok now.