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Alumni work for change as elected officials

Alumni work for change as elected officials

With single-minded dedication to their state and community, Carolina graduates Anton Gunn and Elise Partin unseated long-serving political opponents in the last general election. Now the two energize the state as they work for change -- Gunn as a state legislator, and Partin as a Midlands city mayor.   

Athlete and history buff

A high school athletic standout, Gunn came to Carolina on a full football scholarship. The offensive lineman was powerful on the gridiron and on campus: he started a committee to help student athletes take advantage of opportunities and have a balanced life, and took part in many service projects with the football team. He also was a member of Kappa Alpha Phi, and president of the fraternity in his junior year.

“When I was a student at Carolina in the early 1990s, hip hop music was very political,” says Gunn, who got a BA degree in history in 1995. “Carolina Productions brought a rapper to campus—Krs1—and he came to talk about education and opportunity and music. It was a great addition to my understanding of the world.

"My years as a Gamecock football player taught me that hard work, commitment, and determination could create success.”

“I majored in history because I loved the history of how government develops and how people have ownership and responsibility for their government,” says Gunn, who is from Hampton Roads, Va.

"My years as a Gamecock football player taught me that hard work, commitment, and determination could create success,” he says. “Most importantly, it showed me that when people work together for the common good, as a team, we can accomplish anything.”

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