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Remembering the Days: A UofSC Podcast
10 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
Fair play: the 50th anniversary of Title IX
Women's college sports were in their infancy in the 1970s, but Title IX changed everything by leveling the playing field for men's and women's sports at the collegiate level. Meet two of the first 18 women to receive athletics scholarships at the University of South Carolina.
8 minutes | May 24, 2022
Remembering the heroes: a Memorial Day tribute
Scores of University of South Carolina graduates have died in military service since the Spanish-American War at the close of the 19th century. In observance of Memorial Day, we remember three, who died serving their country in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War.
14 minutes | May 10, 2022
High-rise hijinks: Life in the Towers
Pranks and pratfalls are part of life in any college residence hall, but one dormitory complex at the University of South Carolina seemed to have more than its fair share. Stories about life in the Towers, also known as the Honeycombs and the Veilblocks, are now almost the stuff of legend. Here are a few anecdotes from yesteryear about the now-demolished dorms.
10 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
The grass whisperer, Sarge Frye
Sarge Frye knew how to make grass grow, and for five decades he made sure the University of South Carolina's athletic fields were green and trimmed. But much more than that, Sarge had a heart for people and connected with everyone he met. It's why his name continues to be synonymous with Gamecock sports.
14 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Man for all seasons: President Tom Jones
The third-longest serving president in the history of the university, Tom Jones led Carolina during a period of unprecedented growth, both in student enrollment and campus expansion. And he did it during a tumultuous era of Vietnam War protests and a rapidly changing society.
10 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Sweet friends: Arpad Darazs and the Concert Choir
Nearly 60 years ago, a Hungarian-born choral conductor named Arpad Darazs launched the University of South Carolina's Concert Choir, which quickly earned a reputation for its musical prowess. Darazs is long gone but the Concert Choir remains the university's premier choral group, and Darazs' former students remain stalwart fans.
13 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
Homesick, lovesick and out of money: student letters from yesteryear
No one writes letters much anymore, but back in the day, University of South Carolina students wrote letters to home as frequently as today's students send texts on their phones. Technology changes, but one thing remains constant: college students always need more money.
10 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Once and future treasure: the South Caroliniana Library
Built in 1840 as the nation's first freestanding collegiate library, the South Caroliniana Library is now the repository for a vast collection of materials that capture the culture and history of the Palmetto State. Massive renovations at the library promise to return the venerable building to its early glory and make it a more comfortable place for patrons to visit and use.
8 minutes | Feb 15, 2022
Small-town girl makes big-time history
When Jotaka Eaddy arrived at the university from her rural dirt-road home in the Pee Dee, she quickly joined several organizations, including Student Government. By her junior year, the small-town girl was making a big splash — and making history.
18 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
#UofSCLove: A Valentine’s Day edition of campus love
Cupid's arrows find their mark in this special Valentine's Day episode about eight couples who fell in love on the University of South Carolina campus.
8 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
The lecture hall that never was
Intended as a large lecture hall when it was built in 1855, the building we now know as Longstreet Theater never lived up to its intended purpose. Poor acoustics turned it into an echo chamber that was ill-suited for almost any academic purpose. But an engineering miracle in the 1970s transformed the building into a premier stage for live theater.
8 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
The Great Biscuit Rebellion
For much of the first half of the 19th century, students at South Carolina College were not pleased with the quality of food served on campus. In 1852, the wormy biscuits and rancid meat were too much to stomach, so the students issued an ultimatum — that ultimately gave them a case of indigestion.
8 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
JFK once slept here: Famous visitors on campus
JFK once had a bad night's rest in the President's House, and Burt Bacharach tickled the ivories there. Pope John Paul II addressed a crowd of thousands packed onto the Horseshoe. This trip down memory lane has us remembering some of the famous visitors who've come to campus over the years.
7 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Remembering Havilah Babcock
For nearly 40 years, Havilah Babcock inspired students in his English classes with his "I want a word" course — and entertained outdoor enthusiasts with his tales of hunting and fishing. Reminders of the beloved professor still linger on the university campus.
7 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
A natural history stroll across campus
Were there always so many squirrels on the Horseshoe? And how else has campus changed in the past 200 years in regards to insects, birds, snakes and such? Take a stroll with naturalist-in-residence Rudy Mancke to learn what's changed and still changing in the natural world of campus.
9 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
South by southwest: USC‘s 1960s expansion
Like other universities across the nation, the University of South Carolina needed more land in the 1960s to keep up with skyrocketing student enrollment brought on by the Baby Boom. In a previous episode, we talked about the campus migration that created the east campus in the University Hill neighborhood. This episode explores the underpinnings of the campus expansion into Ward One and Wheeler Hill, which were largely obliterated by the 'urban renewal' efforts that acquired more land for the university.
7 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Frat house blues: the 30-year ban on Greek letter organizations
In the late 19th century, students at South Carolina College who were stalwart members of the institution's two debate societies felt that their esteemed clubs were somehow threatened by the existence of fraternities on campus. So they contrived a way to boot the Greek letter organizations off campus. It was a quirky chapter in the university's history that, ultimately, ended badly for one side.
9 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Honeymoon suites: University Terrace Apartments
They were tiny, blazing hot in the summer and had more than their fair share of bugs, but the long-gone University Terrace Apartments were a first home for many married couples at the University of South Carolina. For Missie and Joe Walker, living at UT was the first rite of passage in their 40-plus years of marriage.
8 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Harry Walker: the underdog who won
When students at the University of South Carolina elected a new Student Government president in 1971, the event made national news. That's because, just eight years after the university was desegregated, an African American student won the election, riding a wave of support from white and black students who were tired of the 'establishment' and 'the system.'
12 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
If it ain't swaying, we ain't playing: the evolution of South Carolina's football field and stadium
When the Gamecocks take to the football field every fall, Williams-Brice Stadium roars with the full-throated spirit of 80,000-plus diehard fans, a battalion of marching band members, cheerleaders, baton twirlers and dancers. It’s a far cry from the first football game played on the University of South Carolina campus in 1898 when a few hundred fans huddled on simple wooden bleachers on a field situated about where the Russell House now stands on Greene Street.
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