Five essential workers share their experiences working during COVID-19.
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Five essential workers share their experiences working during COVID-19.
When the FDA approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination for public use in December of 2020, there was a sigh of relief felt around the country and the world. Soon after its release, both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson released similar vaccines. Now, in March 2021, these vaccines are finally becoming more accessible to the general public, beyond essential workers and those with pre-existing conditions. With around 14% of the population vaccinated in late March 2021, things are starting to look up. Even though students on campus have begun getting vaccinated, not every student is jumping in line to get their shot next. However, some are committed to getting involved in the vaccination process.
It may seem like everyone is spending a daily meal swipe at the Chick-Fil-A, but more students than ever before are following plant-based diets. Plant-based doesn’t necessarily mean that someone is vegan or vegetarian, but that plants are the focal part of their diet. According to a survey by College Pulse, 14% of college students are plant-based. This is almost four times the percentage of plant-based adults.
Between sicknesses, finances and everything in between, some people couldn't seem to catch a break this past year. However, credit is due to the individuals who saw this pandemic as an opportunity to start their own company and have found success in doing so. These determined business owners used creativity and strategic planning to overcome challenges that the coronavirus threw at them.
Back in 2019, Garnet & Black Magazine published an editorial titled “We are the Students Responsible,” covering Allison Dunavant's lawsuit against UofSC, then-President Harris Pastides and art professor David Voros. We focused on putting student activists in the spotlight and showed the ways students have, time and time again, pushed from below, aiming to motivate change at the top.
With the way this year is progressing, it looks like everyone is going to spend at least one birthday in the middle of a global pandemic. However, while it definitely puts a damper on some of the more exciting 21 birthday ragers, there are still fun ways to ring in your new age. Whether you're looking for a fancy socially-distanced brunch or just a quick slice of cake, there’s something safe out there for everyone’s comfort level.
Watch out “Monday Night Pav’s,” UofSC students are making other plans to start their week.
“Don’t you know that sunshine don’t feel right when you’re inside all day?” - Mac Miller
The University of South Carolina is no stranger to a prejudiced history as an educational institution. Fortunately, landmark initiatives, alumni and student groups have paved the way for the university to progressively change in becoming conscious of students of all backgrounds, races, religions and ethnicities. Garnet & Black Magazine sat down with UofSC’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Julian Williams, to discuss his role and University efforts in changing the college culture.
A passion for cuisine and a vision for a franchise is often the goal for restaurateurs. Any restaurateur can dream of the day when their ideas manifest, but only a few are lucky enough to see their dreams manifest physically. For the past two years, Slice of Columbia has exceeded expectations and maintained its success and consistency from the food it serves and the community it impacts. Located in Columbia, SC, Slice of Columbia is a Black-owned, family-run business that has remained a fan favorite in the metro area when it comes to traditional-style pizza. Garnet & Black sat down with the owner, Earl Cooper, to discuss what it’s like being a local business in Columbia while navigating the harsh waters of a global pandemic.
Online learning has changed our approach to education this semester. Lectures have been broadcasted, tests are being taken online, homework is never turned in on paper. So with the change in all of our coursework, why wouldn’t we change the way we prepare for our courses? It can be daunting to think of studying in your dorm room all day by yourself and Thomas Cooper Library has become a place where masks are mandatory. Coffee shops are a study option where you can enjoy a tasty drink and different atmosphere. The past two weeks, I have been doing my homework at local coffee shops and composed a list of different places to try if you ever need a break from your room.
After punching in a more than dominant effort last season, it would be safe to say that no member of the Lady Gamecock locker room is satisfied heading into the 2020-21 basketball season. The team played exceptionally well, attaining the highest win percentage in school history behind a historic collection of talent and what has become a typical year on the sidelines for Hall of Fame coach Dawn Staley and her staff. When late November arrives, none of that will matter to this team as they mobilize new additions and motivation to officially reclaim supremacy in D1 basketball.
With the majority of classes being online this year, there’s little reason for students who live off-campus to be walking the university. But when having a reason to walk down Greene Street or hanging on the Horseshoe, I feel a void of normalcy and comfort being surrounded by my peers. The drive to campus and the energy you find there isn't something you can feel in a Zoom lecture. In the spirit of bringing that energy back, I wanted to share some of what I’ve found to be the best study spots on campus. I thought I knew just about every nook and cranny at UofSC, but now I realize I’ll never really know all of them. After exploring Flinn Hall (which I can now personally attest has the most creaky, unlevel, and untrustworthy staircase in all of USC) and looping around the basement of the music school until I got lost in the green room of the Koger Center, I’ve come up with the following seven places that I believe are uncommon as a quality study spot, or unknown entirely.
Photography by Adarsh Shidhaye
Illustration by Jensen Bernard
Illustration by Grace Negron
Companies like Yelp and Trip Advisor give you the best of the best. Maybe it’s an unpopular opinion, but some of us don’t want to know the best places in a city, we want a more authentic experience. There are so many places that the internet won’t tell you about because only locals know about them. I’ve come to learn that especially in this city, University of South Carolina students and residents of Columbia definitely have better insight and advice than the internet.
Currently, almost all of my close friends are in relationships, so the pressure of “oh my god, I’m going to die alone” has started. This could not have come at a worse time. Not only am I trying to deal with dating during the pandemic, but I am trying to deal with dating during the pandemic as a cynical, depressed lesbian.
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Photo by Nathan Mardin.