The Carolina Closet is now open in a new location in Blatt PE center! The closet is
open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment.
Stigma Free USC
Stigma Free USC is dedicated to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health on USC’s
campus. This year's week included events such as an "I Weigh" board that promoted
This July, University of South Carolina SG attended the SEC Exchanged hosted by the
University of Kentucky and walked away with two awards for Student Sustainability
Fund and Stigma Free USC.
Spurs Up with the Pastides
Treasurer Emerson Odagis and his staff take a classic Spurs Up photo on the horseshoe
with Uofsc’s beloved president and first lady.
Student Government works closely with university administration, faculty and staff
to represent the interests of students, preserve and protect the traditions @UofSC,
and support students and student organizations in their academic and community endeavors.
End of Semester Update
The University of South Carolina’s Student Government has implemented a wide variety
of programs and initiatives this semester.
The Office of the Student Body President successfully executed the first Veterans Day 5k on Nov. 10 and raised $3,000 in support
of Columbia’s Friends of Fisher House. This event was a huge success with participation
of 246 people. In addition, the office partnered with the University of South Carolina
Athletics Department to implement football guest ticketing, which debuted at the Dec.
1 South Carolina vs. Akron game. The president’s office is currently in the process
of creating a syllabus bank that will allow students to access past syllabi for all
courses offered at the University of South Carolina.
The Office of the Student Body Vice President has continued the shuttle system to and from the Columbia airport during fall and
Thanksgiving Break which has proven successful, serving over 125 students this fall
semester already. Additionally, the office revamped the Carolina Closet, which offcially
opened on Sept. 25. Since it’s reopening, the closet has served more than 73 students
to help them look and feel their professional best. The vice president’s office reintroduced
the updated USC Bucket List, hosted an event in partnership with SAVIP to discuss
consent and safe sex, and is beginning to plan for next semester’s #CarolinaBeYOUtiful
The Office of the Student Body Treasurer productively worked this semester to complete several projects. These projects included
working with Student Government members to submit proposals for funding from the New
Initiative Fund, the streamlining of the student organization treasurer training process,
and the training of comptrollers to help student organizations manage the budgeting
process. Lastly, the Treasurer’s Office will send an off-campus housing survey to
students late in the spring semester to compile student housing recommendations and
The Office of the Speaker of the Student Senate finalized plans with Aramark for the Swipe Out Hunger pilot program this semester.
The pilot program will give selected students, who self-identify as food insecure,
16 meal swipes to be used over the semester which will serve as normal meal swipes
to be used in the Russell House. The office also created a special committee to assess
student fees and has been working closely with the Dean of Students to reformulate
the Carolinian provision of Medical Amnesty. The Student Senate passed multiple recommendations related to supporting an increase in the state’s
tobacco tax, free speech on campus, recognition of student veterans at commencement,
opposing experiential learning as a graduation requirement and to keep the Thomas
Cooper Library open 24/7.
Taylor Wright, President
Taylor Wright is a senior public health major in the Arnold School of Public Health
and is also pursuing a minor in business administration.
The executive cabinet serves as an advisory board to the student body president and
is comprised of students seeking to better the university through their particular
areas of concentration. They meet weekly with the full cabinet and various times throughout
the semester to work on their own personal projects and endeavors. Cabinet members
address a wide array of issues concerning parking, housing, safety, institutional
affairs, health and more.
The Student Government Communications Team serves as the foremost advisors to the
Student Body Executive Officers on communications, media relations, public relations,
and specific policy stances. The team consists of graphic designers, photographers,
videographers and more that help promote Student Government programs and initiatives
through external communications. Follow student government at @UofSCSG on all social media platforms.
Constitutional Council (CC) is the Judicial Branch of Student Government. Consisting
of four Associate Justices and one Chief Justice, the Council maintains the Student
Government Codes and Constitution, and interprets them when there is a dispute on
their meaning. The CC can also resolve internal disputes about the governing documents
of student organizations.
The Elections Commission is the independent body that is responsible for conducting
and overseeing the annual student body election and inauguration. This Commission
is headed by the elections commissioner, Evan Dodge, who was appointed by the student
body president. The commission also consists of the deputy elections commissioner
and seven to nine assistant elections commissioners.
Freshman Council acts as an entry-level organization within Student Government with
an emphasis on leadership and community involvement. Members consist of a diverse
selection of students who undergo a fairly rigorous interview and application process
and are chosen to represent the freshman class in Student Government.
Throughout the year, the group meets weekly to discuss pressing issues at USC. FC
gets a chance to work with other members of Student Government as well as other organizations
and services at USC. Through the mentor-mentee system, each member on the council
is paired with an upperclassman member of student government to assist throughout
the course of the year.
The council is made up of several committees that work on various projects throughout
the year. Each committee has a specific role in contributing to the success of the
Freshman Council. Committees meet once a week and all are welcome to attend just like
the regular FC meetings.
The Senate is comprised of 50 Senators and 10 committees. Each committee is headed
by a committee chairman assigned by the speaker and approved by the Senate.
The Senate has the opportunity to pass legislation in all non-academic fields. Legislation
addresses issues ranging from the dispersal of funding to university administrative
policy. All USC students are encouraged to voice their opinions by attending Senate
sessions, by submitting suggestions through the Suggestion Box, or by applying to
be in Senate.
The Student Senate meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Senate Chambers on the
third floor of the Russell House.
The Student Congressional Advisory Board serves as the voice of the University of
South Carolina. We work to assist Congress members in finding better solutions to
academic, financial and social issues that concern students. We collect data on student
values, develop policy presentations and work with legislators in our nation’s capital
to advocate for students’ views.
CAB works to solicit input from institutional constituents such as students, faculty,
administrators and staff. CAB strives to educate the USC community about federal higher
education initiatives and investments. This initiative enables students to realize
their potential for active involvement in national politics.
As student advocates, we believe we can transform both the state and University of
South Carolina by informing our elected leaders of issues that are relevant to our
generation. By doing this, we can enhance their future – benefiting our community
and leaving a lasting heritage for future students.
CAB consists of eight members, one of which is the head of the advisory board. He
or she is appointed by the student body president after having completed both an application
and interview process. The seven other members are selected by the head of the advisory
board and other student government members through the completion of an application
and a rigorous interview process. These members all demonstrate exceptional talent,
merit, enthusiasm and interest in political matters.
LAN is a program of the Executive Branch of the Student Government of the University
of South Carolina. Its mission involves the following three goals:
(A) To serve as a non-partisan advocacy entity, frequently communicating with the
South Carolina General Assembly and other political officials on behalf of the constituency
of the University of South Carolina student body so as to directly influence state
and local government;
(B) To track legislation year-round through the legislative process, following the
legislative chambers while in session and attending meetings and hearings as necessary,
to culminate in a Legislative Report Card;
(C) To engage in critical and thoughtful research through individual projects to present
to state lawmakers, executive officials, and other political bodies.
Applicants should be passionate about policy, research, and advocacy. Depending on
the student’s role in the network, they will be required to attend weekly or monthly
They will also be expected to do work outside of these meetings.
A team member will contact applicants after their application is received and reviewed.
Student Government partners with the University of South Carolina Parking and Transportation
services to provide a shuttle from campus to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The
shuttle will operate fall break, Thanksgiving break and spring break. Reservations are required. The shuttles run at 5 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. from the corner of
Sumter and Greene street (right in front of the journalism school). Reservations will
close the Friday before departure and return dates. The bus will only wait five minutes
Spring Break Departure dates: Thursday, March 7 & Friday, March 8 Return dates: Saturday, March 16 *& Sunday, March 17
The Carolina Closet provides business professional clothes for the University of South
Carolina students. With a valid CarolinaCard, students can take five items of their
choosing and exchange those items throughout the semester. The closet will be open
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Donations are accepted
during closet or student government hours. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment or for donation inquiries.
iPad Checkout Program
Student Government partners with USCPD to bring safety walks to campus. During the
walks, students accompany police officers to look for any potential safety hazards
such as defective lights or sidewalks cracks.
Student Commencement Committee
State of the Student Body
USC Bucket List
Student Government is excited to re-introduce the USC Bucket List for the 2018-2019
school year. USC Bucket List Week will be held during USC Homecoming week in order to promote the bucket list and University of South Carolina traditions.
This week is dedicated to providing opportunities to make the bucket list more achievable