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This interview transcription is the first of four installments in a new, recurring series called While I Have the Floor. The concept for this piece evolved from a desire to provide a space in our magazine for considerate, thoughtful discussion of political, religious and cultural differences between student organizations. Diversity grows along with the student population every year, and as a magazine, we want to be a platform for every student voice, as long as they have something to say.
Three tequila shots later, I stumbled into my room.
The vision for this shoot focuses on Eve’s modern identity. I believe that she was a strong woman who was essential to the creation of man. Without her decision to sin, we would not have this world. As college students, we are faced with many tough decisions: what classes to take, who to surround ourselves with and who we are going to become. Eve is a warning to all of the students coming in this year: no matter what decision you make, it has to come from a place of purpose. This style shoot was inspired by the different stages of Eve’s life and how she transitioned into a more experienced and well-rounded modern figure from the protection and security that she once had in the garden. We could all learn from the decisions that Eve made and the troubles that she faced. We must all be aware of our surroundings, the people that may influence us and the balance of good and evil.
We continued to feel bad for them, continued to ask if there was a similar kind of restaurant for women — because that might make it okay — and continued to point out that we thought there was something similar, but it wasn’t a chain — there was just one, in Dallas, maybe. We’d Googled it once.
On Spring Break the boys dig a hole in the sand,
I’m sitting in a chair I pushed far back into the corner of the room so I could see all the dancers and stay far out of their way. We’re in a large, rectangular room with a pinkish beige floor and a wall of mirrors in the Columbia Music Festival Association building. In the corner near the door, there’s a large piano. I can’t remember ever being in a room like this myself, only seeing it in television shows or “Step Up” movies.
When I walk in, I first notice the smell — earthy, floral, clean. It’s difficult to place, but matches the soothing slate gray floors and curving couches in colors such as “island green” and “Florida Keys blue.” A plethora of tropical plants seem just too perfect until my ears register two people with dark green watering cans discussing how best to maintain the many beds and pots. Altogether, the expansive main lobby feels vaguely like a greenhouse or spa.
The concept for this article happened something like this: “You know what every undergrad at USC has in common? Carolina Core. Let’s interview a bunch of them and then write about how it’s screwing them over.”
Much to Sharon Osbourne's dismay, the famous-for-nothing stars of today à la Kim Kardashian have proven that celebrity goes way beyond talent, and money is more than a salary. From Instagram endorsements to “doing it for the vine,” this is a land where follower counts equate to social status and likes and retweets are the common currency.
*Names have been changed for anonymity.
It’s the start of the new school year. Excitement buzzes in dorms as students decorate their first home away from home, while upperclassmen stroll to their new classes with the confidence of experience and a fresh start. The anticipation of a new football season is high, and the bars in Five Points are crowded yet again. And as you sit on the Horseshoe to admire the changing leaves and count how many times students inevitably trip over improperly placed bricks, you may notice one thing: more and more students fill the streets.
My involvement with Garnet and Black started my sophomore year. One night in the fall of 2015, Josh Thompson sent me an Instagram message. He told me he liked my work and wanted me to help shoot the fall style spread. I was so thrilled, I immediately called my grandma to tell her, and she cried. After a successful fall spread, I was asked to come on board the masthead. I started off at the bottom of the totem pole as senior photographer, then on to assistant photo editor and now finally as editor-in-chief.
On October 14, the Breakaway Festival is making its final stop at the AvidXchange Music Factory in Charlotte, North Carolina. For those looking for a multi-genre event, this is definitely the place to be.
Curiosity is an important part of human nature. The ability to reconsider and second-guess facts is something that has long been heralded as an important characteristic of intelligence.
New York Fashion Week has just passed and we all know that they set the stage for trends everywhere. We see brands trading casual looks for power suits, tailored and structured pieces. Pink is now the new red and 70’s plaid is back, along with western wear. Did I forget to mention, hello shoulder pads! Now on to the good stuff...
Upon arriving at USC this fall, I was only aware of the Strom Thurmond Center students and faculty have been raving about. Little did I know that the University of South Carolina operates another workout facility located on Wheat Street, the Solomon Blatt PE Center. The Blatt PE Center is meager in comparison to the extensive activities, equipment, classes and more Strom has to offer. The assumption that a majority of students use Strom’s facilities more than Blatt's leads us to the question, “Why is USC still operating two ﬁtness venues?”
It's a good time to look back at the 70s. Those years brought increasingly urgent calls for environmental conservation, disenfranchised social groups that struggled for increased rights, prolonged wars carried on indefinitely and hostility increased each day between the government and the people. Then: it was the first Earth Day, Civil Rights and Native American movements, Vietnam, Watergate. Not much needs to be said about now. It is safe to state that now is felt by all of us. For many it is a time of uncertainty and even fear. Anxiety is something we carry, gathering more over time or finding hope to fight it. At the Columbia Art Museum’s retrospective, the historical context provided by curator Catherine Walworth springs those parallels between that time and our own.
The infomercials may feature extremely toned models who make it look effortless, but to say Zumba is easy would be a bold-faced lie. Believe me, you will be sweating by the end of this class. However, it is important to note that after Omar Baraket’s Zumba class, you will leave feeling overwhelmingly good–beaming even–because though it is exhausting, it’s an incredibly fun time. The instructor, Omar, makes it a point during every class to make sure you’re smiling, and his friendly yet intimidating demeanor is the perfect combination to motivate you to push yourself and work harder without fully exhausting yourself.
The OUT Here film series is hosted by the Nickelodeon right here in Columbia, South Carolina. OUT Here is a community-curated monthly LGBTQ+ film series meant to answer the questions: "What was the first gay film you saw? What was the first gay film that changed your life, made you laugh, broke your heart, lifted your imagination, gave you hope?" The series began in April and still has two more showings in October and November. Titles of the films and the dates and times of their showings can be found on the Nickelodeon OUT Here page on their website. Below is a review of the first film in the series, "Mosquita y Mari."
An NBC poll found that only 52 percent of Americans agree that racism against black Americans is an “extremely” or “very serious” problem – a split which, to many black people, is a disappointing statistic.