University of South Carolina

USC, Clemson fans go for blood in annual Red Cross drive

Rivalries between universities can be serious business, and this week blood will determine bragging rights for the University of South Carolina and Clemson. The blood, however, will not be spilled. USC senior Maddie Fallon shows off the T-shirt awarded to donors like her who bleed garnet and black. (photo by Allen Wallace) The 31st annual Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive is under way…

USC student group demands increased diversity and sensitivity

More than 100 University of South Carolina students gathered Monday to protest what they see as inequalities and insensitivity on campus. USC students marching across campus in protest Monday (photo by Allen Wallace) The students, led by a group called USC 2020 Vision,  gathered at USC’s Longstreet Theatre, then marched silently two by two across the Horseshoe to the campus…

‘Eat with your head and your heart:’ Barberitos grand opening to benefit Sexual Trauma Services

Barberitos’ slogan is “Eat with your head,” but on Monday, the restaurant’s first Columbia location will add “and your heart” to the message. The Lincoln Street Barberitos will host a grand opening Monday (photo provided). Monday’s grand opening of the Barberitos at 650 Lincoln Street near the University of South Carolina will include food and drink specials, and 15 percent of…

USC Economic Outlook Conference to focus on flood recovery, advancing technology

Economic experts from all over the country will gather in Columbia to examine South Carolina’s financial future in the wake of last month’s floods. “Flood to future” will be the theme of the Darla Moore School of Business’ 35th Annual Economic Outlook Conference, set for Dec. 17 at the University of South Carolina. “2016 is going to be a pivotal year…

Cornelia ‘Connie’ Gourdin W. Kelly, 96, remembered for her twinkling eyes, she was driving by age 9

Cornelia “Connie” Gourdin W. Kelly Our beloved mother, grandmother and gracious southern lady, Cornelia “Connie” Gourdin W. Kelly, of West Columbia, died suddenly on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at the age of 96. Born on May 4, 1919, in Kingstree, to John Frederick and Martha G. Wolff, she was one year younger than her brother, Keith G. Wolff. She was preceded…

USC to open Institute on Aging using $7 million gift

The University of South Carolina School of Public Health is already named in honor of Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold, its largest benefactors. Thursday, the couple gave the school another gift: $7 million to create a new institute within the school. Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold received a blown glass bowl as a token of appreciation for their…

Black WWI soldiers honored at Historic Columbia site

Some local historians feel that black soldiers who fought in WWI have been forgotten and their stories left untold, and Veteran’s Day was the perfect day to come together and share those stories. These particular soldiers were honored at Historic Columbia’s Mann-Simons site. “Everyone talks about WWII, but it was really the soldiers of WWI who brought the nation together…

James ‘Jim’ Chris Leventis, 77, enhanced his community with focus on ‘service above self’

James “Jim” Chris Leventis James “Jim” Chris Leventis, of Columbia, died on Nov. 9, 2015, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 77. He was surrounded by family and friends and is finally at peace. Jim was born on Feb. 23, 1938, in Columbia to Chris P. and Kathryn K. Leventis. Jim’s life was a testament to faith, family and…

Consuelo Alfaro Williams, 85, earned her inter-disciplinary studies degree in her 60s

Consuelo Alfaro Williams Consuelo Alfaro Williams, of Columbia, died Nov. 8, 2015, at Providence Hospital, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was 85. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at Woodridge Funeral Home of Lexington. A funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 1529…

Man arrested after allegedly bringing concealed weapon to USC Law School

University of South Carolina Law School officials are adding a daytime security guard after a former student was arrested Thursday for allegedly bringing a concealed weapon into the building. Craig Stanley (photo provided) Craig Stanley, 30, faces a charge of breach of peace. Law School Dean Robert Wilcox notified students of the Thursday arrest. Wilcox said Stanley came to the…

USC students angered by decision to cancel August commencement

The University of South Carolina has announced plans to cancel the August 2016 commencement ceremony, and the decision has upset some current students. Dan Brown, 89, was among the August 2015 commencement ceremony graduates. (photo by Allen Wallace) USC spokesman Wes Hickman said the university will eliminate the August ceremony and hold commencements only in May and December in 2016….

Local Cola Nov. 6-8: Remembering a lost friend

Hailey Bordeaux has been gone for more than a year now. The University of South Carolina student was 21 when she died July 4, 2014, in a boating wreck police say was caused by the reckless driver of another boat. Hailey Bordeaux is gone, but the friends whose lives she touched are making sure she will not be forgotten. Hailey Bordeaux and…

Political opponents stand together to educate future political leaders

Put the leaders of South Carolina’s two largest political parties in the same room and some might expect a heated debate, an exchange of harsh words or for them simply to avoid each other. University of South Carolina students are learning this semester that political disagreements need not lead to personal enmity. “Jaime and I are citizens, husbands, brothers and…

Rachelle ‘Rusty’ Arazie, 64, gemologist for Columbia jewelry stores

Rachelle “Rusty” Arazie, of Columbia, died Oct. 30, 2015, after a long illness. She was 64. A graveside service was held Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at Hebrew Benevolent Cemetery. Born in Columbia on June 23, 1951, she was the daughter of the late James and Victoria Arazie. She graduated from A.C. Flora High School and the University of South Carolina. Rusty sold fine…

USC to add emergency management concentration to master’s program

When floods devastated the Columbia area, President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency and emergency management professionals worked around the clock to help in recovery efforts. According to officials at the University of South Carolina, the natural disaster demonstrated the need for educated and well-trained officials in the state’s emergency management system, and they are stepping up to fill…

USC alumna says keeping it fun is key to LPGA Tour success

Katie Burnett has seen her name at the top of the leader board at one of the world’s most famous golf courses at one of the world’s biggest tournaments. She has seen her name engraved on trophies. Now, after demand from her fans, the University of South Carolina alumna will be seeing her name on T-shirts, hoodies, hats and bracelets. Katie…