Discover the rich and sometimes quirky history of the University of South Carolina, with entertaining stories from its more than 200 years as the Palmetto State’s flagship university.
Double parked: campus parking, parking tickets and the campus shuttle
Visit any urban campus in America and the No. 1 complaint on everyone's lips will be the parking situation. Parking at USC became an issue in the 1960s, and the university dealt with it by building parking garages and adding a campus shuttle system. And to enforce the parking rules, there was a regiment of parking officers that, for nearly half a century, included Miss Pat.
Move it on over: The plan to abandon the Horseshoe and build a new campus
As World War II was nearing its end, the University of South Carolina was making plans to welcome thousands of returning soldiers. And at the urging of one of its trustees, the university was also planning what we would now consider the unthinkable — abandoning the historic downtown campus and building a new campus several miles away.
Punch cards and passing out: Class registration blues
Registering for classes at Carolina used to be an ordeal of computer punch cards and long lines at the Carolina Coliseum. But the advance of technology — and a January ice storm — eventually drained the drama from the process.
Rutledge Chapel wedding bells
Housed in the oldest building on campus, the Rutledge Chapel has been in continuous use since 1805 and has a rich history of its own. But that history is still being written as, every year, alumni say their wedding vows inside the venerable chapel's walls.
The campus during wartime
Since its founding in 1801, the University of South Carolina, its students and alumni have been profoundly affected by wars, most notably the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War. As Memorial Day draws near, it is a fitting time to remember.
Believe It or Not!
Decades ago, an illustrator named Robert L. Ripley presented tales of the strange, the bizarre and the unexpected — and challenged the public to 'believe it or not!' In that spirit, here are three such tales from the University of South Carolina's past.
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Remembering the days
Clemson prank story was hilarious!!! I never had heard this story!
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