UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA                                       WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011                                               VOL. 107, NO. 29 ● SINCE 1908

        University: Student section
        problems require overhaul
   Josh Dawsey

   USC will consider an assigned seating system
for its student section in 2012 after dozens of
issues during the first two home games.
   Under the new proposal, TicketReturn —
USC’s online lottery system for student tickets
— will still exist for deciding who receives
tickets for each game.
   But students who win tickets will claim
assigned seats at a yet to be determined location,
said Jerry Brewer, USC’s associate vice president
for student affairs. Students who arrive together
to pick up tickets can sit together, Brewer said.
   With an assigned seating plan, officials could
better control who was in the student section
and monitor issues that arise, Brewer said. He
said no changes will come this year, and other
administrators and law enforcement personnel
will have input before final decisions are made
for the 2012 season.
   “I don’t see how we can continue doing things
this way,” Brewer said. “It’s just not working.”
   But several students interviewed about the                                                                                                                 Spencer Scott/ THE DAILY GAMECOCK
                                                      USC’s Division of Law Enforcement and Safety escorted 196 students out of the stadium Saturday for not having wristbands.
                           SEATING ● 2

                1954              1958                       1967                                      1976                                                       Anti-alcohol
                                    Park added
                                                                West Wing, housing
                                                                and student life
                                                                                                        Seating between theatre
                                                                                                        and ballroom, third floor                                 efforts show
                                                                departments added                       meeting rooms added
                                                                                                                                                                  brief impact
 UNION HASN’T UPSIZED IN 35 YEARS                                                                                                                                 On-campus incidents
                                                                                                                                                                    drop, hospitalized
  OFFICIALS: RUSSELL HOUSE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT                                                                                                                      students rise in 2011

                                                                                                                                                                   Thad Moore

                                                                                                                                                                    While USC’s director
                                                                                                                                                                 of St ude nt C o nd u c t
                                                                                                                                                                 says the suspension of
                                                                                                                                                                 fraternity recruitment
                                                                                                                                                                 earlier this semester and
                                                                                                                                                                 other drastic attempts to
                                                                                                                                                                 sober up the university’s
                                                                                                                                                                 alcoholic culture have
                                                                                                                                                                 been succe s sf u l, t he
                                                                                                                                                                 changes may be fleeting
                                                                                                                                                                 and the future situation
                                                                                                                                                                    Alisa Cooney, director
                                                                                                                                                                 of St udent Conduc t ,
                                                                                                                                                                 reported that her office
                                                                                                                                                                 has seen a slight decrease
                                                                                                                                                                 in the number of alcohol-
                                                                                                                                                                 related offenses this year
                                                                                                                                                                 in spite of the increased
                                                                                                                                                                 size of t he f resh ma n
                                                                                                                                                                 class — a change she
                                                                                                                                                                 attributed partly to the
                                                                                                                                                                 suspension of fraternity
                                                                                                                                                                 rush this year. Student
                                                                                                                                                                 Conduc t saw ha lf a s
                                                                                                                                                                 many incidents after rush
                                                                                                                                                                 was halted than it did
                                                                                                                                                                 during that period last
                                                                                                                                                                 year, she said.
                                                                                                                       Brian Almond / THE DAILY GAMECOCK            That change may be
Students cram the second floor of the Russell House during lunchtime. Many complain about a lack of space to eat and meet with organizations.                     short-lived, however,
                                                                                                                                                                 as preliminary CORE
  Many other SEC schools                         renovat ion pro ce s s r ight now. T he               the Russell House is comparable to the                    s u r ve y d at a for t h i s
   have recently added                           Universit y of Kentuck y and A labama                 university’s SEC counterparts. Auburn                     year has held most ly
                                                 both have plans that are in the works with            University’s student union has 185,000                    constant w it h results
 space, built new buildings                      specific funding sources identified for               s q u a r e f e e t a nd t he Un i v e r s it y of        f rom 20 09 a nd 2010,
Jake FitzGerald                                  significant renovations to infrastructure,             Tennessee’s student union has 210,000                     s a id M ag g ie L eit c h ,
NEWS@DAILYGAMECOCK.COM                           s a id R u s s e l l Ho u s e D i r e c t o r K i m   square feet.                                              coordinator for substance
                                                 McMahon.                                                 But both schools have smaller student                  abuse prevent ion and
  In the past 35 years, the Russell House           “We are in the bottom quarter in terms             bodies.                                                   education.
has remained the exact same size.                of progress,” McMahon said.                              A long w it h compla i nt s about t he                    What has changed is
  During that time, almost every SEC                Mark Roza nsk i, assista nt director               R u s s el l Hou s e’s s p ac e l i m it at io n s ,      the number of incidents
school has added square footage to its           of Universit y Center at U T, said his                Mc Mahon cites t he lack of meet ing                      requiring EMT
university union, built a new facility or        universit y is planning to spend $160                 rooms and their inability to accommodate                  response, which Cooney
completed significant renovations.                million on its new, 300,000 square foot               enough students.                                          said has increased
  LSU opened its new building this past          student union.                                           The largest meet i ng room, wh ich                     dramat ically. Cooney
spring after a five-year construction and            “It’s a little chaotic right now because           excludes the ballroom and theatre, fits 70                 also remarked that she
renovation project. The Universit y of           they’re still doing the sur veying and                people. So if an organization with more                   was thankful for students
Georgia doubled the size of its union            things like that, but if everything goes              than 70 people needs a meeting space,                     a nd ot hers who have
in 2009, and Mississippi State opened            online and gets started, hopefully it will            it’s forced to use academic buildings.                    alerted aut horit ies of
a new union in 2008. The Universit y             open in the fall of 2016,” Rozanski said.             There are only nine rooms in academic                     students in harm’s way.
of Tennessee is in an expansion and                 At 225,000 square feet, t he size of                                   RUSSELL ● 4
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New website welcomes only USC’s ‘elites’
                                                                                                                                                                                   is wrong for rejecting so many
    Social network                                                                                                                                                                 c ol le g e s t u d e nt s b e c au s e
  requires members                                                                                                                                                                 thousands will be rejected,”
     to be voted in                                                                                                                                                                Kachur said. “That’s a fact, but
                                                                                                                                                                                   that’s the price you have to pay
  Ryan Quinn                                                                                                                                                                       to put the most fun people in
  RQUINN@DAILYGAMECOCK.COM                                                                                                                                                         one place.”
                                                                                                                                                                                      K achur st ressed t hat his
   You may have already gotten                                                                                                                                                     site is about much more than
one of t he pin k envelopes                                                                                                                                                        physical attractiveness.
containing your invite, your                                                                                                                                                          “I don’t care about bringing
identification number and the                                                                                                                                                      in the most beautiful people,
tagline “10,000 USC students                                                                                                                                                       that’s lame bro, that’s not fun,”
will never get in.”                                                                                                                                                                Kachur said. “ ... Attractive or
   If you haven’t, don’t worry,                                                                                                                                                    not, let’s say some crazy guy
you’ll have a shot soon — but                                                                                                                                                      who is an awesome chess player,
you better hope you’re cool                                                                                                                                                        bring him in man!”
enough.                                                                                                                                                                               The founder said the site is
   The invites are for a new                                                                                                                                                       much different than current
social network called EliteVille,                                                                                                                                                  c ol leg e net work i ng k i ng,
set to launch on Oct. 1 at 40                                                                                                                                                      Facebook , wh ich sim ilarly
campuses in the eastern U.S.,                                                                                                                                                      began as an exclusive social
including USC, Clemson, the                                                                                                                                                        network for Harvard University
University of Georgia and the                                                                                                          Website capture courtesy of EliteVille
University of Maryland.                                                                                                                                                               “Facebook to me is like an old
                                           EliteVile, a new social network founded by a USC graduate student, will launch on Oct. 1 on 40
   E l it eV i l le a nd it s C EO                                                                                                                                                 Nokia phone — everyone has it,
                                           campuses. Each EliteVille network only accepts 62 percent of a university’s student body.
Vladimir Kachur, a first-year                                                                                                                                                      it’s uncool, the features aren’t
g raduate st udent at USC ,                                                                                                                                                        interesting and it’s boring,”
                                           create his own. He brought in                         interesting person out of the        the student population at any
make no secret that exclusivity                                                                                                                                                    Kachur said. “You can disagree
                                           his sister, Anastasia Kachur, and                     three. Those who get chosen 10       other university — the site will
is the No. 1 draw for the new                                                                                                                                                      with me, but that is a fact, bro.
                                           a Ph.D. student, Shamsulhaq                           times in the random popularity       start kicking out the least-active
website. Not only is the USC                                                                                                                                                       EliteVille is an iPhone — it’s
                                           “Shams” Syed, to help.                                contest will be let in. New          members to make way for new
EliteVille only open to USC                                                                                                                                                        fun, not everyone will have it, it
                                              K achur, who speaks in a                           members will be able to see the      applicants.
students, it’s only open to the                                                                                                                                                    has cool features, it’s innovative
                                           distinctly collegiate dialect, said                   10 people who voted them in.            EliteVille’s buzz has already
most interesting 62 percent.                                                                                                                                                       and it’s new.”
                                           he invested close to $20,000                             Those who don’t get chosen        attracted many comparisons
   “I don’t want any old creepers                                                                                                                                                     Kachur said Facebook was
                                           of his ow n money to start                            12 times will be rejected, and       t o B e a u t i f u l Pe o p l e . c o m ,
who are living somewhere else                                                                                                                                                      only for keeping up with people
                                           EliteVille, LLC.                                      won’t be able to try again for       another site that prides itself on
hanging out here,” Kachur                                                                                                                                                          you already knew, whereas on
                                              “I was good at picking stocks                      a month. In that time, those         exclusivity and whose members
said . “The whole key to this                                                                                                                                                      EliteVille you could meet new
                                           bro, I’m serious, not a joke,”                        excluded better hit the gym or       vote on new applicants.
is proximity, the people near                                                                                                                                                      people without being labeled “a
                                           Kachur said.                                          find something to increase their         “It sounds degrading,” said
you. The people here aren’t                                                                                                                                                        creeper.” He said the site will
                                              Initially, the site will let in                    “it” factor. If they try and get     Em ily Moore, a f irst-year
pedophiles, they are students                                                                                                                                                      launch without a profit model,
                                           2,000 USC students without a                          rejected again, they’ll have to      business student . “It would
here, now.”                                                                                                                                                                        but he left open the possibility
                                           hitch. Those are the lucky ones.                      wait three months. If they try       make people feel bad.”
   Kachur began seeking his                                                                                                                                                        of an “untraditional” way to
                                           Those who try to sign in after                        again and fail, Kachur said the         K achur dislikes t he
masters of accounting degree at                                                                                                                                                    make money off the site in the
                                           that will be placed into groups                       site might reject them forever.      comparisons. He said that his
USC in January. He said there                                                                                                                                                      future.
                                           with two other applicants.                               If EliteVille’s members hit       site “isn’t a shallow club.”
was no easy way to meet and
                                              The members of the site                            60 percent of USC’s student             “Some people were writing                 Comments on this story?
interact with a large group of
                                           will then vote for the most                           population — or 60 percent of        to me on Twitter that EliteVille             Visit:
other students, so he decided to

SEATING ● Continued from 1        masse, calling it “dumb,”                  coordinating weekday                    Problems in t he                story. No wristbands, no             officials offer about 9,000
plan blasted it Tuesday           “a horrible idea” and the                  schedu le s to pick up               student section escalated          entry into the lower bowl.           lower bowl tickets and,
afternoon, saying it would        “stupidest thing I’ve ever                 tickets with friends would           during the Vanderbilt              Eventually, the students             accordingly, buy 9,000
create chaos and become           heard.” Others said it                     be nearly impossible.                g a me , a s a horde of            who earned admittance                wristbands. But students
a logistical nightmare.           would “ruin games” and                        But USC officials say             students clutching their           into the lower bowl were             without tickets for the
On social media, students         become “a joke.” Some                      the status quo cannot                student tickets f locked           told to enter through gate           lower gate — and some
criticized the changes en         complained about how                       continue.                            to Gate 26 just before             18, ascend into the upper            non-students who just
                                                                                                                  kickoff Saturday.                  deck and sit in assigned             sneak into the sections for
                                                                                                                     Attendants at the gate          s e at s . M a n y b e c a me        the dynamic atmosphere
                                                                                                                  said there were no more            upset, telling personnel             — are given wristbands
                                                                                                                  wristbands — the key               they had a ticket to sit             against policy.
                                                                                                                  component to getting               in the lower bowl with                  O t he r s d o n’t h a v e
                                                                                                                  past layers of securit y           friends.                             wristbands at all.
                                                                                                                  into the lower bowl of the            “I’ve yet to have anyone             By g a me’s e nd ,
                                                                                                                  student section.                   explain them to me why               USC’s Division of Law
                                                                                                                     T he g ate was soon             people are getting wrist             Enforcement and Safety
                                                                                                                  clo sed, a nd st udent s           ticks who aren’t supposed            had escorted 196 people
                                                                                                                  were told to look for              to have them,” Brewer                out of t he st ad iu m,
                                                                                                                  wristbands at another              said. “It just doesn’t make          most for not having a
                                                                                                                  gate. There were none.             sense, but it’s happening.”          wristband in the lower
                                                                                                                     A not her gate, same               Brewer said USC                   bowl of the stadium, said
                                                                                                                                                                                          Capt. Eric Grabski. And

                                                                                                                      loestrin: $15
                                                                                                                                                                                          those are just problems in
                                                                                                                                                                                          the stands.
                                                                                                                                                                                             At the gate, there were
                                                                                                                                                                                          dozens of other conflicts
                                                                                                                                             pay less for birth control                   between attendants and
                                                                                                                                                                online                    students,
                                                                                                                                              use your carolina card                         “ We’ve c re at e d a n
                                                                                                                                             park in a reserved space                     env i ron ment where
                                                                                                                                                                                          people are just abusive to
                                                                                                                                        visit the campus pharmacy                         each other,” Brewer said.
                                                                                                                                     thomson student health center                           Brewer said the current
                                                                                                                           803.777.4890                        ticketing system was “as
                                                                                                                                                                                          loose structurally as it
                                                                                                                                                                                          could be.”
                                                                                                                                                                                             He at t r ibutes t he
                                                                                                                                                                                          increased problems to
                                                                                                                                                                                          more demand for student
                                                                                                                                                            t ickets and a football
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                                                                                                                         RUSSELL ● Continued from 1
                                                                                             buildings that fit more than 100 people.
                                                                                               “So when 20 groups of that size meet the same night, we don’t have the space
                                                                                             to accommodate those students’ needs,” McMahon said.
                                                                                               What has plagued the project: a lack of dedication to do something and funds
                                                                                             to make it happen. McMahon said a renovation or new building could be paid
                                                                                             for with extra student activity fees, a donor’s gift or a commitment of funds
                                                                                             from the university’s central administration.
                                                                                               McMahon wants a long-term study on how to maximize the Russell House
                                                                                             and center of campus, similar to a recent study completed by university housing.
                                                                                             That would allow officials to see how USC “can best maximize its space for all
                                                                                             students,” she said.
                                                                                               There hasn’t been a serious plan to add space or build a new Russell House
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                                                                                             since 1976, said Jerry Brewer, USC’s associate vice president for student affairs.
                                                                                               “I don’t think that anyone would argue that we have adequate student union
Students take a swing instead of a swig at Carolina AfterDark. The program,
                                                                                             space,” Brewer said.
held on Friday nights, is part of USC’s efforts to combat alcohol abuse.
                                                                                               McMahon said students must show their desire for a new student union in
                                                                                             order for it to become a serious consideration.
      ALCOHOL ● Continued from 1                its athletic teams and with a number
                                                                                               “That’s very much how the Strom was born,” McMahon said. “It’s because
                                                of long-standing traditions, including
   “ I f i r m l y b el ie ve t h at t ho s e                                                students identified that the Blatt was no longer serving the students’ needs and
                                                combining drinking and sporting
bystanders are the key reason why we                                                         the needs of the university community. And students were heavily involved in
                                                events. Many of these traditions are
have not had students with alcohol                                                           the momentum of that, in addition to administration.”
                                                passed down from parents to their
overdoses that result in permanent
brain damage or death,” Cooney said.                                                         Comments on this story?
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                                                change in a semester,” Edwards said.
Gamecock, Leitch and Anna Edwards,
                                                   Alternatives to drinking on campus,
director of student services, noted a
                                                however, appeared relatively sparse.
number of efforts to combat alcohol
                                                   A heav y majorit y of Carolina
abuse, including the establishment of
                                                Productions events, especially its
the Carolina Community Coalition,
                                                marquee events — including national
revisions to the University’s alcohol
                                                acts, concerts and the Battle of the
pol icies last December a nd t he
                                                Ba nds — occ u r on week n ight s.
requirement of incoming freshmen to
                                                Though the group screens popular
pass an online AlcoholEdu course.
                                                films on weekend nights, the last
   Notable among these efforts is
                                                screening begins at 9 p.m.
their emphasis on encouraging safer
                                                   On weekends — generally about
drinking practices, not an outright
                                                one each month — The Office of
crackdown on underage drinking.
                                                Student Life also hosts Carolina After
   A lcoholEdu repeatedly teaches
                                                Dark events, including a pancake
users how to avoid and mitigate high-
                                                dinner after the game against Navy
risk drinking situations and how to
                                                and a bowling night next month.
drink responsibly.
                                                   Officials from Carolina Productions
   Additionally, the stated mission of
                                                a nd Ca rol i n a A f ter Da rk were
the Carolina Community Coalition
                                                unavailable to comment after multiple
is “to create a campus-community
                                                attempts to contact their offices.
that is less conducive to high-risk
                                                   Elsewhere on campus, recreation
behaviors and situations,” according
                                                facilities, such as the Strom Thurmond
to the group’s website.
                                                Wellness and Fitness Center and
   “ We def i n it ely c ome f rom a
mentality that if you are going to
drink, it’s your choice,” Leitch said.
                                                the Golden Spur Game Room, close
                                                relatively early on weekend nights.
                                                   St rom Thurmond closes at 11
                                                                                                       Daughters of the Dust
“We’re going to let you know what the
                                                p.m. on Saturday nights, as opposed              Audience members gather to watch “Daughters of the Dust” Tuesday
consequences are, but we want you to
                                                to midnight during the week , and                night at McKissick Museum. The museum brought filmaker Julie
do it — if you are going to do it — in a
                                                the Golden Spur closes at 10 p.m.                Dash to show and speak about her film as part of a multi-week series
low-risk way.”
                                                throughout the week, including the               called “Movies at McKissick: Screening the South.” The Library of
   Part of this evident standstill is the
                                                weekends.                                        Congress has placed the film in the National Film Registry. Dash’s visit
long history and apparent staying
power of t he ca mpus’s c u lt u re,                                                             was sponsored by USC’s African American Studies Program and the
because, noted Edwards, USC is an                                                                Insitute of African American Research.
SEC school with strong support for              Comments on this story?
                                                                                                                                           — Compiled by Ryan Quinn
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  on Troy Davis
       PAULINA OLIVARES                  JAMES KRATCH                                                                                                                                                There is much more going on
           Design Director               Sports Editor                                                                                                                                            with the Troy Davis case than
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the column “Troy Davis case
Small tweaks could                                                                                                                                                                                highlights injustice,” will lead
                                                                                                                                                                                                  you to believe. There were 34
                                                                                                                                                                                                  witnesses, not just nine; Troy
solve gameday woes                                                                                                                                                                                Davis had shot someone earlier
                                                                                                                                                                                                  that day at a pool part y; and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  all the eyewitnesses who gave
   The student ticketing system is broken, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  testimonies on Davis’ shooting
it doesn’t have to be this way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  of Officer Mark MacPhail were
   Fixing this system does not entail taking
away the general admission seating in the
lower tier of USC’s student section. Let us
                                                                      Politicians fail to address key issues                                                                                      African-American.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     T he j u r y w ho or ig i n a l l y
                                                                                                                                                                                                  convicted him was made up of
be clear: we are 100 percent against this idea.
Turning to assigned seating does not solve
                                                                            Re-election concerns                                 should tax at certain rates is way
                                                                                                                                 above my education level.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  seven African-Americans and five
                            the issue at hand, an                          inhibit decision making                                    But as a you ng A merica n
   “Students                                                                                                                                                                                         When Officer MacPhail came
                            overflow in the lower                                                                                 who pays into Social Securit y, I
                                                                          This week the Senate passed a                                                                                           to the scene he was assisting a
   who had                  bowl of the student
                                                                       resolution to fund the government
                                                                                                                                understand that the program needs
                                                                                                                                                                                                  homeless vagrant being pistol-
                                                                                                                                drastic reductions in benefits and a
   valid tickets sectioning into t he
                                     and students
                                                                       for another seven weeks, narrowly
                                                                                                                                restructuring of payouts in order for
                                                                                                                                                                                                  whipped by Davis and another
                                                                       avoiding a government shutdown for                                                                                         ma n, wh ich is i nd isput able .
   were sent                section.
                                                                       the second time this year.
                                                                                                                                me to see any type of Social Security
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Troy Davis was identified as the
                                                                                                                                at all.
                                      p o nt
   to the upper p oTih iys h a st eg o ioadl
                               l c
                                                                          The political stalemate that has
                                                                                                                                   So, I have no respect for politicians
                                                                                                                                                                                                  shooter, when he stepped over his
   deck. That i nt e nt i o n s . U S C                                put us in this position time and time                                                                                      body and shot him one more time.
                                                                                                                                who refuse to touch the “third rail
                                                                       again shows the world what’s wrong                                                                                            The injustice lies with the
   is wrong on o f f i c i a l s a r e                                 with the political system here in
                                                                                                                                of politics” that is Social Security in
                                                                                                                                                                                                  organizations who have turned
                                                                                                                                order to ensure a smooth re-election
   many levels.” concerned about and
                            student section,
                                                                       America. Simply put, every decision
                                                                                                                                in their district.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  a murderer into a martyr so that
                                                                       a congressman makes in office is a                                                                                         they can push their own special
they should be.                                                                                                                    I also understand that the rich need
                                                                                      re-election issue.                                                                                          interests and political agendas.
   Almost 200 students were escorted out                                                                                        to pay higher taxes, but I will not
                                                                                         Media bloggers                                                                                              Injustice was being done to the
during Saturday’s game, and the maligned                                                                                        buy into the “fair share” statement,
                                                                                      a n d 24 - h o u r n e w s                                                                                  family of Officer MacPhail, while
wristband policy didn’t work. Students who had                                                                                  as progressive tax struct ures are
                                                                                      cycles have created an                                                                                      they waited 18 years for Davis’
lower deck tickets to the game couldn’t receive                                                                                 inherently disproportionate.
                                                                                      e nv i r o n me nt w he r e                                                                                 punishment to be carried out, and
wristbands as they were given to students                                                                                          Benefit cuts need to be on the table
                                                                                      even t he smallest                                                                                          had to witness people take to the
who didn’t earn them. Gates were closed, and                                                                                    as well, and although Democrats will
                                                                                      vote can and will be                                                                                        streets to support the murderer of
students who had valid tickets were sent to the                                                                                 raise hell, we can’t spend at these
                                                                                      exploited by the other                                                                                      their father, son and husband.
upper deck. That is wrong on many levels.                              Kevin                                                    current levels unless we want to tax
                                                                       Burke          side of the aisle come                                                                                         Injustice is being done, because
   But it will only frustrate more students and                                                                                 people into oblivion.
                                                                       Fourth-year    election season.                                                                                            with the hysteria surrounding
separate friends from sitting together. Sure,                                                                                      In short, everything
                                                                       finance student    Thus, congressman                                                                                        this case, people have forgotten
students who pick up tickets en masse could                                                                                     needs to be on t he table.
                                                                                      b a l k at t he id e a of                                                                                   the real victim: Officer MacPhail,
theoretically sit together. Try coordinating a                                                                                  While election seasons have grown
                                                                       voting for any bill that opens them to                                                                                     who was doing his job and ended
common pick-up time with everyone you want                                                                                      longer and longer on all levels of
                                                                       political attacks. With this in mind,                                                                                      up risking his life for a defenseless
to sit with. It will either not happen, or class                                                                                government, so have the nations debt
                                                                       how can anyone be surprised that                                                                                           man being threatened by Davis.
attendance will significantly drop.                                                                                              issues.
                                                                       nobody is making the tough decisions                                                                                          The hysteria surrounding this
   So cont inue t he lot ter y system w it h                                                                                       Th is has created ma l ig ned
                                                                       on our sovereign debt crisis?                                                                                              case is no more than a misguided
general admission ticketing, and dole out all                                                                                   priorities for our politicians.
                                                                          As college students it can be hard                                                                                      attempt to show America that
9,000 lower tier tickets in said lottery. Give                                                                                     We need someone, rather a group
                                                                       to comprehend what the implications                                                                                        racism is still prevalent.
wristbands, and make every student show both                                                                                    of people, to step up, man up, and
                                                                       a re on u s i f C ong re s s a nd t he                                                                                        I am not arg uing whet her
the wristband and the printed ticket to enter                                                                                   make these tough choices. As of yet
                                                                       President don’t solve this issue.                                                                                          racism is or is not prevalent,
the lower tier.                                                                                                                 I don’t see anyone on either side of
                                                                          And while I won’t claim to be an                                                                                        but when the media and liberal
   For the final 2,000 tickets, hand out typical                                                                                 the isle who is willing to make these
                                                                       expert in the field, I know enough to                                                                                       organizations such as Amnesty
hard-copy tickets instead of printable white                                                                                    tough decisions.
                                                                       say that leaving this issue unresolved,                                                                                    International and the NA ACP
tickets. Do not have a lottery for these seats.                                                                                    Not Obama, not Boenher, not
                                                                       pushing tough decisions out seven                                                                                          decide to jump on something,
Make them first-come, first-served at the                                                                                       Pelosi, not Reid, not Rand Paul,
                                                                       weeks at a time, is not the answer we                                                                                      they need to be sure it is credible,
stadium. Then, students who can’t show both                                                                                     nobody.
                                                                       need.                                                                                                                      or else it is a waste of time and
a printed ticket and a wristband can’t enter the                                                                                   And until someone does, I can’t
                                                                          America cannot and will not be a                                                                                        appears to be a frivolous attempt
student section.                                                                                                                say I have much hope that we’ll solve
                                                                       leader moving forward if we do not                                                                                         to make something out of nothing.
   If this fails, too, we may have to accept that                                                                               our debt issues any better than how
                                                                       solve this debt crisis with poise and
the student section is a colossal mess. We need                                                                                 Greece wants to “solve” their debt
                                                                       concessions by all Americans.                                                                                                             — Christopher Metze,
not accept it now.                                                                                                              issues.
                                                                          What we should cut and who we                                                                                                      fourth-year history student

Major sport athletes deserve compensation
                                                                                up significantly when the current deal ends and the                                   Indianapolis they unanimously voted against playing
University takes advantage of free labor                                        population of SEC states goes up by over 40 percent,                                 college athletes. That is wrong.
      with college athletic icons                                               which isn’t even taking into account the 14th team that                                 T he ne w c o n f er e nc e s a r e g e a r i n g up f or
                                                                                will be added.                                                                       unprecedented paydays. Marcus Lattimore is all over
                                                                                                  The President was quick to point out                               media guides. Alshon Jeffery is gracing the cover of
  The money grab known as college conference
                                                                                               to Fox Sports that college athletes won’t                             Sports Illustrated. The University of South Carolina
realignment has continued into the SEC with the
                                                                                               be paid and Spurrier’s recent comments                                is being put on the map as a strong football institution
recent addition of Texas A&M. There’s a key issue
                                                                                               in favor of paying athletes “came from a                              and the lead brand managers of the university are not
being avoided: paying the athletes.
                                                                                               generous place”.                                                      being adequately compensated. It’s not fair in the least.
  President Harris Pastides answered a financial
                                                                                                  The decision did not come from a                                   A piece of this billion-dollar pie must go to the athletes.
question poorly in a recent Daily Gamecock interview.
                                                                                               generous place, it came from a rational                                  Excuses such as amateurism, history, and the
He said about the realignment, “Hopefully in the long
                                                                                Douglas        place. The recent report “The Price of                                impact on other “small time” sports are invalid. The
term, the expansion of the league into a larger, new                            Remington Poverty in Big Time College Sport”                                         soccer team can play on the field they have now,
market will mean additional revenue.”                                           Fourth-year    put out by t he Drexel Universit y                                    the volleyball team can car pool to Florida, and the
  That’s a ludicrous statement. Hopefully, Mr.                                  marketing
                                                                                               Department of Sport Management and                                    women’s basketball team can play anywhere. I don’t
President? There will definitely be extra revenue                               student
                                                                                               the National College Players Association                              want to get rid of these sports; I just want to stop them
generated by the SEC and it will be substantial.
                                                                                               made waves when it announced the top                                  from living lavishly off the subsidies of football and
  The current nine states in the SEC have around 81
                                                                                college football and men’s basketball players are worth                              men’s basketball.
million people. Texas alone has over 25 million people.
                                                                                six figures.                                                                             But of course Pastides points out, “there will be
Dallas and Houston give it two of the top 10 television
                                                                                   I do not claim to have an answer on how every                                     a tennis team that has to go to College Station or a
markets in the U.S. The current contract is worth
                                                                                financial specific of this situation is going to be                                  volleyball team and we’ll do it” so cash poor athletic
over $2 billion with ESPN. The next contract will go
                                                                                worked out, but when the SEC presidents convened in                                  teams will continue to live off the money generators.

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   Festivals brighten                                                                                                                 Mary Cathryn Armstrong

   Columbia culture                                                                                                   If you want to live in Columbia, there
                                                                                                                     are three things you really have to learn
                                                                                                                     to love: sweltering heat — seriously,
                                                                                                                     temperatures that can climb into the high
                                                                                                                     80s in the fall — the Carolina Gamecocks
                                                                                                                     — as well as whichever team happens to
                                                                                                                     be facing Clemson — and festivals.
                                                                                                                      The Greater Columbia Area has always
                                                                                                                     been known for hosting some of the best
                                                                                                                     festivals, fairs and live events in the state,
                                                                                                                     often pulling out all the stops to send both
                                                                                                                     locals and visitors alike home with full
                                                                                                                     stomachs, unique souvenirs and lasting
                                                                                                                     memories. This fall’s lineup is shaping up
                                                                                                                     to be another excellent season, with an
                                                                                                                     array of local events that are sure to liven
                                                                                                                     up the city for many weekends to come.

                                                                                                        Congaree Bluegrass
                                                                                                        Saturday, Oct. 1
                                                                                                          For all those who can’t seem to get enough strummin’ and pickin’,
                                                                                                        there’s no need to look any further than the other side of the Congaree
                                                                                                        River to Cayce, where the community holds its annual Bluegrass Festival
                                                                                                        each year. Kicking off at 11 a.m., the outdoor festival lasts all day with
                                                                                                        plenty of down-home rootsy jams to keep the night rocking. And the best
                                                                                                        part? It’s all completely free. Although the event will have several family-
                                                                                                        oriented activities (complete with a special area designed just for kids)
                                                                                                        the highlight is, of course, the bluegrass, featuring an excellent lineup of
                                                                                                        bands from throughout the area. This year’s bill includes the Carolina
                                                                                                        Rebels, New Dixie Storm and Steep Canyon Rangers as well as a live
                                                                                                        performance by the Capital City Cloggers. For more information visit the
                                                                                                        event’s website at

                                                                                                        Carolina Green Fair
                                                                                                        Saturday, Oct. 22
                                                                                                           The South Carolina State Fair is one of Columbia’s most well-
                                                                                                        known and well-attended events, but there’s a different kind of fair
                                                                                                        brewing here in Columbia — and it’s more deep rooted and less deep
                                                                                                        fried. The Green Fair originally began in Charleston, where the event
                                                                                                        saw such huge success that exhibitors quickly passed the torch to
                                                                                                        Columbia. But unlike the S.C. State Fair, the word of the day for this
                                                                                                        festival will be sustainability, keeping the focus on our environmental
                                                                                                        impact through a variety of educational activities, live music and
                                                                                                        even an eco-carnival. Adding to the event will be numerous vendors
                                                                                                        from throughout South Carolina, doling out homegrown foods,
                                                                                                        handcrafted artwork and other eco-friendly deals. The Carolina
                                                                                                        Green Fair begins at noon in Finlay Park.

                                                                                                        Lexington Oktoberfest
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                                                                                                        Saturday, Oct. 22
Above: Stiltwalking entertainer Lanky Lou grabs attention at the South Carolina State Fair.                Everyone knows what October’s really for: drinking beer out of boots
                                                                                                        and downing wiener schnitzel by the pound at Oktoberfest.
South Carolina State Fair                                                                                  This year head out to Lexington for the city’s first annual Oktoberfest
                                                                                                        event, where the event is packed with brews, eats and activities — all at
                                                                                                        free admission. Lexington, a county steeped in German heritage, will
Oct. 12 – Oct. 23                                                                                       get things started at noon and continue with sister-event Rocktoberfest,
                                                                                                        a live music event that will rock on until later in the night.
   These days, if you’ve been to the State Fair and you haven’t tried a deep-fried Snickers or a
                                                                                                           Oktoberfest will feature a German Village from noon to five with
donut hamburger, you really haven’t lived. Every year, the fair draws in thousands of local and
                                                                                                        vendors, unique crafts and children’s activities, as well as an “Oompah”
out-of-state visitors to hundreds of vendors dishing out everything from fresh lemonade and
                                                                                                        tent to house all the festival’s food, including authentic German
funnel cakes to chicken wings and candy apples. And when visitors aren’t getting their hands
                                                                                                        cuisine, ales and original German tunes until 10 p.m.
on some of the fair’s finest foods, there are games and classic fair rides like ferris wheels, gravity
spinners and fun houses to keep everyone occupied. This year’s fair also hosts an impressive
lineup of musicians, including G. Love and Special Sauce, the Roots and country crooner Trace           Comments on this story?
Adkins. Fair admission is $1 on opening day and $10 for adult admission the rest of the week.           Visit

Michael Ian Black gives risque stand-up act in Russell House
Comedian earns laughs with ‘toilet                           pointed a finger right back at himself.
 humor’ on ‘Black is White’ tour                                Fundamental to his comedic style, you see, is his
                                                             self-aware, overstated and fairly puerile storytelling; all
                                                             the stories he shared Tuesday fit that bill to a tee and
                        Thad Moore                           recounted his own experiences.
                                                                Appropriately, Black jumped in with what can only be
   About 600 students packed the Russell House               described as straight-up toilet humor.
Ballroom to see Michael Ian Black’s stand-up Tuesday            After first considering how “seven times out of
evening. And where was the performer to be found?            10, when I go into a public restroom stall to take a
   Well, as Black said on his Twitter account shortly        poo, there’s already a poo in the toilet,” Black had an
before the show: “To all the people waiting for me to        admission: his jokes were somewhat hypocritical.
perform at USC, I am currently backstage masturbating           In a “fancy hotel,” he recalled, “I flushed the toilet,
to your profile pics.”                                        and the water rose, and we’ve all had that experience,
   Perhaps not, but that was far from the last joke of the   where the water goes up instead of down, and your
night about the university, South Carolina, or the South     heart kind of seizes.” His embarrassment stopped him
itself — and yes, it was brash and unabashedly low-brow.     from calling for a plunger, and — you can see where
   “I did not wear my University of South Carolina           this is going — later that afternoon, after ditching his
uniform. I don’t have khakis or Polo shirts. Had I           predicament, he returned to a tidied room and to the                                   Andrew Askins / THE DAILY GAMECOCK
known, I would have worn it,” he joked early in his act.     paralyzing fear that someone had been forced to attend         Black acted out his jokes on the Russell House stage.
   Shortly thereafter, he remarked on his frustration        to his toilet.
with the South and how it isn’t living up to his                Of course, Black brought this story to life, moving        motion to “making cotton candy up there.”
expectations — by not living up to its stereotypes.          about the stage and pantomiming his actions and                 By the end of the night, he had likewise whipped his
   “It is those stereotypes that allow me to feel superior   reactions throughout this story and others.                   audience into a frenzy of laughing and clapping, all in
to you. When you don’t live up to them, I look like the         He attempted a headstand as a demonstration of             appreciation of Black’s hilarious, brash and unabashed
a------. For example, would it kill ya to have a couple of   his poor skydiving form; used his microphone as a             immaturity.
Klansmen at the airport?” he asked with a mixture of         prop representing, at various points in the evening, a
sarcasm and irreverence.                                     stripper’s body and his baby son; and whirled his arm          Comments on this story?
   For all his jabs at the South, though, Black mostly       around imitating a rectal examination, likening the            Visit
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‘Abduction’ flops with bad direction, talentless cast
                    Tyler Simpson                down by both Viktor Kozlow (“Girl

                                                 with the Dragon Tattoo’s” Michael
                                                 Nyqvist), who leads the group of Russian
“Abduction”                                      terrorists, and CIA operative Frank
                                                 Burton (Alfred Molina). His fake parents
NOW IN THEATERS                                  get killed and Nathan is forced to hit the
                                                 road with Karen.
Director: John Singleton                            Nathan also has his own personal
Starring: Taylor Lautner, Alfred                 Obi-Wan Kenobi helping him along the
                                                 way in the form of his psychotherapist
Molina, Lily Collins                             (Sigourney Weaver).
Rating: PG-13 for violence,                         The title itself serves as one of the
language, sexual content                         film’s most baffling aspects. Nothing in
                                                 the film actually gets abducted.
                                                    It is difficult to tell which is shoddier
                                                 about the film: the writing, the acting or
   Given h is hu f fed-a nd-pu f fed
                                                 the direction.
shoulders, sculpted abs and martial
                                                    Laughably ridiculous dialogue and
arts record, it was only a matter of time
                                                 plot holes, such as Nathan telling his
before “Twilight” heartthrob Taylor
                                                 shrink that he has been suffering from
Lautner scored his fi rst leading action
                                                 severe insomnia and directly mentions
                                                 a dream he had the previous night,
   Unfortunately for him, that role is in a
                                                 contaminate the asinine script. Nathan,
clumsily directed, terribly written, inept
                                                 after being depicted as a spoiled, crabby
pseudo thriller, and Lautner’s character
                                                 and hard-partying teenager from the
is just as one-dimensional as his fan
                                                 beginning, is hard to care for.
base-producing werewolf role.
                                                    The absurd lines, like “There’s a bomb
   The mov ie beg i ns i n subu rba n
                                                 in the oven” and “You’ll be responsible
Pennsylvania, where Nathan Harper
                                                 for the death of every one of your friends
(Lautner) lives the high school life with
                                                 on Facebook,” are so laughable that it
his mother (Maria Bello) and father
                                                 makes it impossible to find the positives
(“Harry Potter’s” Jason Isaacs).
                                                 in the film, if there are any.
   Nathan is portrayed as having anger
                                                    The storyline is completely lacking.
issues and “feels like a stranger in his
                                                 The coincidences toward the start of
own life.” His mother chooses probation
                                                 the film, which are meant to progress
as a means of punishment and his father
                                                 the plot, are confounding — most
often resorts to hand-to-hand sparring.
                                                 notably, the discovery of the missing
   About five minutes into the film,
                                                 persons website during a random class
the audience inevitably sees a shirtless
                                                 assignment that coincidentally pairs
Lautner. It probably would have helped
                                                 Nathan with his dream girl.
the teen heartthrob if his shirt stayed on,
                                                    Lautner’s exceptional martial arts
but why divest his devoted “Team Jacob”
                                                 background ser ves him well as he
followers of what they paid to see?
                                                 performs his own stunts, but most of
   Then again, his acting abilities are so
                                                 the action scenes are too ridiculous to be                                                                                   Courtesy of MCT Campus
dubious that it probably wouldn’t have
                                                 taken seriously.                                      Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins are the starring couple in the new drama “Abduction.”
mattered either way.
                                                    The climactic battle at the Pittsburgh
   Nathan has a long-time crush on the
                                                 Pirates stadium, along with the other
unbelievably hot girl across the street,
Karen (“The Blind Side’s” Lily Collins).
                                                 action segments, falter because Lautner
                                                 can’t hold his own in this “Bourne
                                                                                                             National Student Exchange
They inadvertently end up working                                                                        Want to study for a semester at the University of Hawaii
                                                 Identity/Fugitive-esque” misfire.
together on a class assignment and come                                                                  or Queens College in NYC and pay the same as it would
                                                    Bottom line: “Abduction” is basically
across a missing persons website which                                                                   for a semester at USC?
                                                 just a utilization piece designed to                                                                                   Where do you want to
has Nathan’s baby picture posted on                                                                                    - Its Possible!
                                                 capitalize on its young star’s popularity.                                                                            live, study, and socializ
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                                                 for “tweens” with the attention span of a
   It turns out the website was created                                                                  Informational Meetings:
                                                 fly is to think of it as an unintentional
by a Russian terrorist organization for
                                                 comedy.                                                 Sept. 27 @ 7pm Capstone Keystone Room
the sole purpose of discovering Nathan’s
location.                                                                                                Sept. 28 @ 7pm Russell House Room 201                  
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The Daily Gamecock

Gamecocks travel to face Georgia
 Volleyball aims to snag first conference win                          Implementing new systems and finding the one                    change to start and get playing time on the weekend,”
   in weekend road match with Bulldogs                             that gels is an ongoing process for USC and part of                Swanson said. “We hope by doing that we make it more
                                                                   Swanson’s game plan, as seen in Sunday’s matchup                   competitive in our gym every day, and no one gets
  Bradley Schlotter                                                against Kentucky.                                                  comfortable with just automatically being a starter.
  SPORTS@DAILYGAMECOCK.COM                                            Consistent starters like Paige Wheeler and Hannah               They have to earn it each week.”
   Despite an 0-3 start to Southeastern Conference                 Forst were switched out in the third set for redshirt                 Change may be a good solution for the Gamecocks
play, the South Carolina volleyball team has a chance              freshman Cara Howley and sophomore Lindsey Craft.                  as they are set to face Georgia who has a history of
to bounce right back this weekend.                                    “We kind of look at every practice as a type of                 winning the past three matches against Carolina.
   USC will travel to Georgia Friday and Auburn                    tryout opportunity for whoever is doing their best,                   Auburn leads their series against USC as well, taking
Sunday. The two teams are a combined 13-15 overall                 and performing at the right level is going to have a               three of the past four victories.
and 3-5 in SEC play.                                                                                                                     In 2010, the Gamecocks were swept in three sets in
   “It’s all about being focused, and regardless of what                                                                              three of their four matches against the Bulldogs and
is happening on the other side of the net, we have                                                                                    Tigers. USC averaged 35 kills and a .129 hit percentage
to be focused on what we do,” said USC coach Scott                                                                                    against the two squads.
Swanson . “If it’s noisy, if people are yelling at us,                                                                                   Rather than overcomplicate things in the face of
whatever it is, we can’t let that get to us. There is really                                                                          recent disappointments, Swanson finds trust in his
no way for us to give them that in practice, so we just                                                                               team and sticks with the same mantra he came to South
have to be mentally tough about that kind of stuff; take                                                                              Carolina with and wears on his chest.
care of business.”                                                                                                                       “We are talking about belief,” Swanson said. “As you
   Swanson stresses that despite being just one part                                                                                  can see, I wore my belief shirt. It’s all about us being
of a much bigger team, a coaching change takes a                                                                                      more confident in what we are doing and taking care of
significant amount of time for adjustment.                                                                                             our own side of the court. If we are too worried about
   Both Georgia and Auburn are facing the same                                                                                        what the other teams are doing right now, then we are
challenges with new coaches as well, giving USC an                                                                                    worried about the wrong things, because until we can
opening to make a move.                                                                                                               get things under control on our side, it doesn’t matter
   “I think that [Georgia and Auburn] are in (a) similar                                                                              that much what the other teams are doing. It goes back
situation in that we are all three new coaches,” Swanson                                                                              to what I say every week; serving and passing the ball
said. “We haven’t had any time to get any recruiting                                                                                  at a level that will allow us to play in our system and be
classes in here, we haven’t had a lot of time to install                                                                              confident in what we do.”
our systems, so everyone is still learning. I think all of
our players collectively are still learning what the new
coaches want them to do. I think that is probably where                                          Spencer Scott / THE DAILY GAMECOCK   Comments on this story?
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USC-Clemson series to open in Charleston
 Baseball rivalry                P. Riley, Jr. Park , home         series as well as continuing      the Lowcountr y,” said
                                 of t he m i no r le a g u e       ou r pa r t nersh ip w it h       Clemson head coach Jack
   set for 2012                  Charleston RiverDogs.             Greenville in 2013. The           Leggett in the release.
  in new locale                     The sw itch f rom              at mosphere ha s been             “We have a large fanbase
                                 G r e e n v i l l e w o n’t b e   outstanding at Fluor Field        in the Charleston area
  Ryan Velasquez                 p er m a nent , howe ver,         and we appreciate their           that doesn’t get to see us
  RVELASQUEZ@DAILYGAMECOCK.COM   as both sides have also           involvement in the series.”       on a regular basis. Riley
                                 agreed to return to Fluor             Following the series-         Park will be a tremendous
   T h e a n nu a l S o u t h
                                 Field in 2013.                    opener in Charleston,             env i ron ment for ou r
                                    “We are ecstat ic to           game two will be played           players and fans.”
baseball ser ies w ill
                                 showcase the Carolina-            i n Colu mbia a nd t he              The series will begin
broaden its horizons in
                                 Clemson rivalry across            finale will take place in         on Friday, March 2 with
the upcoming season.
                                 the great state of South          Clemson. The two teams            st a r t t i me s yet to be
   A f ter play ing t he
                                 Carolina,” said USC head          began playing one of their        determined.
series’ neutral game in
                                 coach Ray Tanner in a             three annual meetings
Greenville the previous
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t wo years, t he t wo
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                                Gamecocks don Wounded Warriors theme
                                   for home matchup with Auburn
                                  James Kratch

                                   St e ve Spu r r ier s a id Tue s d ay he i s a
                                traditionalist when it comes to uniforms.
                                   But he’ll make an exception and let South
                                Carolina wear special uniforms Saturday
                                against Auburn in conjunct ion wit h t he
                                                                                                              Chris Keohane / THE DAILY GAMECOCK
                                Wounded Warrior Project.
                                                                                              Kayla Grimsley now holds USC’s assist record.
                                   Well, as long as they don’t look like the
                                special uniforms that, almost a month later,
                                still have the college football world talking.
                                    “It doesn’t look like Maryland’s outfit,                  Women’s soccer
                                    does it?,” said Spurrier, in jest, to Under
                                     Armour sports marketing manager Ryan
                                     McDermond prior to t he start of his
                                                                                              to face Kentucky
                                       weekly press conference. Spurrier was                      Carolina returns home to
                                        referencing the gaudy uniforms based on
                                        the Maryland state fl ag the Terrapins,                       take on Wildcats
                                        also an Under Armour client, wore in                    Ryan Velasquez
                                       their season opener against Miami.                       RVELASQUEZ@DAILYGAMECOCK.COM
                                         The jerseys USC will wear against the
                                                                                                 South Carolina didn’t have to wait long to
                                    Tigers don’t look like Mar yland’s. But
                                                                                              taste the intensity of SEC play.
                                    they do look different from what USC
                                                                                                 Opening their conference schedule last
                                   usually wears. The uniforms are heavily
                                                                                              weekend with a pair of road matches, the
                                   influenced, from helmet to cleats, by a stars
                                                                                              Gamecocks (7-4, 1-1) found themselves
                                  and stripes theme.
                                                                                              immersed in a pair of double overtime
                                     They were designed as part of Under
                                                                                              thrillers, posting a 2-1 victory over Tennessee
                                 A rmour’s UA Freedom initiative, which
                                                                                              before falling 2-1 against Georgia. They’ll
                                  supports U.S. military and public safet y
                                                                                              look to build on that experience this week
                                   w o r k e r s , a s w e l l a s t h e c o m p a n y ’s
                                                                                              when they host Kentucky (8-2, 1-1) Friday and
                                    partnership with the Wounded Warrior
                                                                                              Vanderbilt (6-4, 0-2) Sunday.
                                     Project, which provides support to injured
                                                                                                 A lthough it wasn’t able to escape the
                                      servicemen and servicewomen and their
                                                                                              weekend unscathed, coach Shelley Smith said
                                                                                              she was pleased with the team’s level of play
                                           USC is one of three teams that will
                                                                                              against a pair of quality opponents.
                                          wear special jerseys this season in
                                                                                                 “To start SEC play on the road and get
                                           connection with the cause. Texas
                                                                                              a win like we did against a very strong
                                             Tech and South Florida will also
                                                                                              Tennessee team, I was very happy with our
                                              pa r t ic ipate i n November . T he
                                                                                              performance,” Smith said. “The result against
                                              jerseys will be auctioned on the
                                                                                              Georgia was disappointing, but overall,
                                              school website the Monday after
                                                                                              our effort throughout the weekend was
                                                the game with all proceeds going
                                                                                              tremendous. If we continue to put things
                                                to the Believe in Heroes initiative
                                                                                              together the way we did against those two
                                                  s p o n s or e d b y t he Wou nd e d
                                                                                              teams, we’re going to have some good results.”
                                                   Warrior Project.
                                                                                                 Kayla Grimsley continued to add highlights
                                                       Linebacker Rodney Paulk ,
                                                                                              to her resume this weekend, securing her
                                                      whose father Leonard served
                                                                                              place as USC’s all-time assists leader and
                                                       i n t he A r my for 22 years ,
                                                                                              becoming the second Gamecock ever to reach
                                                         said he and his teammates
                                                                                              100 career points. The senior enters Friday’s
                                                          feel privileged to wear the
                                                                                              match against UK leading the team with five
                                                             jerseys and show support
                                                                                              goals and 12 points on the season, creating
                                                               for the armed forces.
                                                                                              a presence that Smith believes goes beyond
                                                                  “ It ’s a n ho nor
                                                                 play ing for t hose
                                                                                                 “She’s a playmaker, the one that teams
                                                                  guys, especially
                                                                                              worry about,” Smith said. “If it’s not her
                                                                   t he Wou nd e d
                                                                                              going to goal, she’s going to set someone else
                                                                   Wa r r io r s ,” Pau l k
                                                                                              up. She’s a major factor in our offensive play
                                                                   said. “They’ve done
                                                                                              and continues to improve even as a senior.
                                                                 so much for our
                                                                                              She’s learning different ways to get free and
                                                           country. That’s why we’re
                                                                                              available, even with teams targeting her.”
                                able to sit here right now.”
                                                                                                 Grimsley matched the program’s assists
                                   USC fi rst wore Wounded Warrior Project
                                                                                              record t wo weeks earlier against U NC
                                jerseys in 2009, when the Gamecocks lost to
                                                                                              Wilmington, then ascended to the top of the
                                top-ranked Florida 24-14 at Williams-Brice
                                                                                              list with assist No. 25 on Kortney Rhoades’
                                                                                              game-winner against the Lady Volunteers.
                                   Stephen Diaz , a Colu mbia nat ive a nd
                                                                                              Smith said this ability to create plays for the
                                graduate of A.C. Flora High School, served
                                                                                              rest of the offense has provided an important
                                as USC’s honorary captain for that game .
                                                                                              dimension to Grimsley’s game.
                                Diaz, a former soldier who was wounded in
                                                                                                 “She’s always been very capable,” Smith
                                a roadside bombing in Iraq, is now a student
                                                                                              said. “She enjoys setting up others. She
                                at USC according to Spurrier. He has spoken
                                                                                              continues to draw attention to herself,
                                to the team at practice already this week,
                                                                                              opening up others in the offensive third.
                                Spurrier said, and will again be the team’s
                                                                                              She does a great job under pressure finding
                                honorary captain against Auburn.
                                                                                              the open players, and that’s why she has the
                                   “Hopefully it’ll work out that we can give
                                him a game ball (after a win),” Spurrier said.
                                                                                                 The weekend provided an eye-opening
                                   By rd to play: Spurrier reiterated t hat
                                                                                              experience for six of USC’s true freshmen.
                                freshman wide receiver Damiere Byrd will
                                                                                              Faced with a pair of matches that surpassed
                                play this weekend.
                                                                                              105 minutes in their SEC debuts, four of the
                                   “He’ll suit up,” Spurrier said. “He’ll be in
                                                                                              newcomers found themselves in the starting
                                the mix.”
                                                                                              lineup at some point while Ariane Lukens and
                                   Byrd sat out of USC’s first four games
                                                                                              Sabrina D’Angelo managed to post assists.
                                after being ruled ineligible by the NCA A
                                                                                                 “We talked to them about how their
                                for receiv i ng approx i m ately $2,70 0 i n
                                                                                              intensity had to go up a notch once we got
                                impermissible benefits through his connection
                                                                                              into conference play and about how we needed
                                with the Student Athlete Mentoring (SAM)
                                                                                              to put everything we’d learned from non-
                                Foundation , the group that is one of the
                                                                                              conference play together,” Smith said. “A lot
                                focal points of the notice of allegations USC
                                                                                              of freshmen got a lot of playing time, and that
                                received from the NCAA last week .
                                                                                              was good experience for an opening weekend.
                                   Spurrier objected to the term “suspension”
                                                                                              Hopefully they’ll continue to get better.”
                                being used to define Byrd’s absence from
                                                                                                 Lukens continued to work her way into
                                the playing field, saying that should only be
                                                                                              USC’s gameplan after missing the majority of
                                used when a player does something wrong.
                                                                                              preseason practice with a concussion. Earning
                                Spurrier was adamant in saying Byrd has
                                                                                              her third start of the season in the match at
                                done nothing wrong.
                                                                                              Tennessee, the Colorado native proceeded
                                   “I don’t know if ‘suspended’ is the correct
                                                                                              to play 72 minutes in the 2-1 win and added
                                word for that,” Spurrier said. “He was just
                                                                                              54 against Georgia to go along with her first
                                ruled ineligible.”
                                                                                              collegiate assist.
                                   Byrd has been working out with USC’s
                                                                                                 “Ariane is a quality player,” Smith said. “She
                                offensive unit and not the scout team over
                                                                                              missed a lot of the preparation going into
                                the past four weeks, Spurrier said. Special
                                                                                              the season because of that injury and didn’t
                                teams coordinator John Butler said Monday
                                                                                              have the training and experience the other
                                that Byrd, a world class track sprinter with
                                                                                              freshmen had. Now that she’s gotten some
                                tremendous speed, is “on the depth chart” for
                                                                                              more time and has been healthy, she’s shown
                                   several specialty units, presumably return
                                                                                              what she can do and has really been a big lift
                                                                                              for us in the midfield.”

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