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“Students at the University of South Carolina held a vigil today to honor the life of Michael Brown and to display their disapproval of the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson. This peaceful demonstration and observance was organized in less than 24 hours by University students”

We love to see students organizing for justice! Fifteen student organizations were represented at this “black out” vigil attended by students, university faculty and staff, as well as government representatives. The video was created by University of South Carolina student Alex Grant.  

Submit your demonstration photos, videos, poems, and more here.


Perhaps you caught this man’s story blasted all over the news yesterday, but perhaps you don’t know just how amazing this young man is. This is my good friend Corporal William Kyle Carpenter. He is 24, in a fraternity, continually puts up with me, and is the youngest person ever to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is now a retired United States Marine, but on November 21, 2010 he did something that has forever changed his life.

While fighting off a Taliban attack in Marjah, Afghanistan, Kyle selflessly jumped on top of a grenade to protect his best friend from the blast. His body took a toll. He flatlined three times on the operating table, had a collapsed lung, broke his arm in more than 30 places, had almost 40 surgeries, and lost his right eye, parts of his right jaw, and majority of his right teeth. Despite his injuries, Kyle was Kyle and kept bouncing back.

In the hospital, no one ever thought he would skydive or attend college or run marathons or become an inspirational speaker; but he did. Although he has no memory of his heroic action and is the most humble, down-to-earth, and just plain coolest person I have ever met, he is entirely deserving of the most prestigious award our nation can bestow upon him. 

As an enormous amount of press and media attention is currently going to the latest Kardashian wedding and the most recent celebrity couple to file for divorce, it has been a breath of fresh air to see Kyle receive the recognition and attention he deserves.

Although I always sarcastically tell him to stop being so cool, he never does; he is just getting started. He has inspired me to live my life to the fullest and never hold back. And I hope his story gives you that breath of fresh air as he displays what a true American hero and icon is. Our nation thanks you Kyle. Stop being so cool.

“With that singular act of courage, Kyle, you not only saved your brother in arms, you displayed a heroism in the blink of an eye that will inspire for generations — valor worthy of our nation’s highest military decoration.” -President Barack Obama

The Telegarden

Between the years of 1995 and 2004 the University of South Carolina, and subsequently the Ars Electronica Centre in Austria, were home to an innovative project called “The Telegarden”. This garden featured an area of dirt and plants inside a planter, which also held an industrial robot arm, which could be controlled through the internet.

How the garden worked, was that people from all over the world were able to observe the garden through a camera in the robot arm, but also, have the power to water and tend to the plants. If there was a free space the robot arm even allowed an individual, through the internet, the ability to plant a seed and take care of it. 

Professor Ken Goldberg explained that the decision to use a garden for this interactive project was that it is “very human, very immediate, very tactile”, a stark contrast to the idea of the internet and anything associated with it as complex, mathematical and machine-like. The internet is fast-paced, connecting us to other people and information in milliseconds, but the garden cannot be rushed, it must be cared for carefully,

As Randall Packer states:

The Telegarden creates a physical garden as an environment to stage social interaction and community in virtual space. The Telegarden is a metaphor for the care and feeding of the delicate social ecology of the net.” – San Jose Museum of Art, April 1998.

-Anna Paluch


My Graduation post!!! After 5 years in the Graphic Design program at USC I finally have made it out with my BFA in Graphic Design!!  I’m so glad my family and friends were there to share this momentous timein my life with me!! Now onto bigger and better things!!! (BLACK EXCELLENCE)

I want you to speak well of your education here, speak well of the people that you met here, speak well of USC. When somebody says to you the real USC is in L.A., you tell them that we were a school before they were a state. When they say the real Carolina is in North Carolina, you laugh at them. You go on. You do great things. You live your life and you be happy, happy, happy. And you be one thing – be a Gamecock.
—  Darius Rucker

University of South Carolina - 1877

In October 1873, a coeducational normal college was established on the University campus. The school was to be opened to blacks and whites who wanted to become public school teachers. It was mandated by the constitution of 1868 that the normal school share the resources of the University in terms of its library and teachers, who would periodically deliver lectures to the students. The first principal of the normal school was Mortimer A. Warren.

In 1877, eight black female students were graduated in the first and only graduating class: Fanny Stanley Harris, Vernia Moore Harris, Maria Frances Aver y, Celia Emma Dial (Saxon), Laura Ann Grey, Clarissa Minnie Thompson, Eliza Jones Turner, and Rosa Emma Wilder.