University of South Carolina

USC fundraising campaign exceeds $1 billion

An eight-year fundraising campaign for the University of South Carolina culminated Thursday with the announcement that it raised more than $1 billion. USC President Harris Pastides delivers the State of the University address Thursday on the Horseshoe. (photo by Allen Wallace) “Today, I’m happy, make that ecstatic, to announce our campaign’s final number: a number that indeed starts with a…

Photo Gallery: New dance studio opens in the Vista

  People are captivated with getting down on the dance floor, which is apparent by the popularity of shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With The Stars.” A local dance instructor has opened a new studio in the Vista to teach the professional movers and those with two left feet how to move. “I want people…

Silent disco comes to USC

Some students and others walking down Greene Street on the University of South Carolina campus Wednesday night were understandably confused. “What is going on over there?” one passer-by asked, watching as several dozen people danced and occasionally burst into song, though there was no music to be heard. Students enjoy the Headphone Disco at USC. (photo by Allen Wallace) The…

13 USC fraternities suspended for alleged violations of underage drinking, other policies

The University of South Carolina Interfraternity Council has ordered 13 of the university’s 19 fraternities to stop all recruitment activity after all 13 allegedly served alcohol at events with underage recruits present or violated other council and USC policies. Jonathan Withrow, the council’s vice president for conduct, sent a letter to all fraternity and sorority presidents and advisers and to…

MUSC, USC Pharmacy school to part ways after 10 years

The Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina are separating their pharmacy program after a decade of collaboration. The two universities joined forces in 2004 to operate under one accreditation. The idea behind the partnership was to create more resources and make a more efficient program. “We tried something and we tried it well,” said Randall…

Former Gamecock basketball star visits B-C Grammar after successful hoops fundraiser

  Former Gamecock women’s basketball star Aleighsa Welch met some of her youngest and most entrepreneurial fans Monday as she paid a visit to B-C Grammar No. 1 in West Columbia. Fifth-graders were celebrating the culmination of a project undertaken last year. Teacher Brittany Daniels challenged students to take action after seeing how many arguments broke out on the school’s…

Sarah ‘Sally’ Means Quantz Ellerbe, 69, survived a heart transplant, breast cancer and losing her kidneys

Sarah “Sally” Means Quantz Ellerbe Sarah “Sally” Means Quantz Ellerbe, of Columbia, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at the age of 69. She was born Nov. 29, 1945, in Spartanburg, daughter of the late Elizabeth Chapman Means and Samuel Means Jr. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Chapman Quantz McMeekin. Sally is survived by her husband, William P. Ellerbe…

Photo Gallery: USC’s J-school ready to welcome students in new home

  The journalism school experience for University of South Carolina students will be very different starting this fall and will include a lot more sunlight. The journalism school has departed the Carolina Coliseum after 46 years for a home in a newly renovated building at the corner of Sumter and Greene streets near the historic Horseshoe. The building’s interior was…

Photo Gallery: 89-year-old graduates from USC 67 years after completing courses

  Dan Brown, who’s getting ready to celebrate this 90th birthday, walked across the stage Saturday and accepted his diploma during the University of South Carolina’s summer commencement ceremonies. “I was overwhelmed with emotion and I never expected all this attention,” Brown said. Brown left the university in the 1940s and thought he was three credits short of graduating. It…

Boeing to invest millions of dollars in research partnership with USC

The world’s largest aerospace company is investing up to $5 million in a partnership with the University of South Carolina for research projects designed to develop new technology. Boeing Chief Technology Officer John Tracy speaks at Thursday’s announcement of the company’s partnership with the University of South Carolina. (photo by Allen Wallace)Boeing will provide funding for up to two dozen research projects at…

David Glen Starr, 83, organic chemist who retired from USC

David Glen Starr, of Columbia, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at the age of 83. Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Leslie T. and Margaret Forsythe Starr. David was an organic chemist who attended Brevard College, Elon University and graduate school at the University of South Carolina. He retired from USC. David enjoyed USC…

Storms knock out power for thousands, topple large tree on USC campus

Severe thunderstorms moved through the Columbia area Wednesday afternoon, leaving thousands without power and causing scattered damage. Wednesday’s storms knocked down this tree, which damaged the fence and a parked car. (photo by Allen Wallace) A large tree on the University of South Carolina campus at the intersection of Sumter and Wheat streets fell around 4 p.m. and damaged a…