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Stories for Alumni

bates house drawing

10 floors up and a mile away

When Mel Wright came to the University of South Carolina in the fall of 1969, he had a choice: Sign up for one of the older dormitories in the heart of campus — near Russell House, near the Horseshoe, near just about everything — or move into a 10-story high rise a mile down the road.

ron koenig

Gemologist turned 'rock hound'

As a gemologist and old-school goldsmith who has made jewelry in Columbia for more than 40 years, Ron Koenig used to look down on “rock hounds” — those folks who like to dig for their own gems. That is, until a friend suggested a place where they could dig up amethyst and Koenig found several hundred pounds of it.

Fourth-year med student Ashley McCaskill

A good match

Fourth-year School of Medicine Columbia student Ashley McCaskill hopes confidence will be key when it comes to her Match Day fate. She is one of 30,000 med students in the United States who will find out March 15 which residency program selected them.

storytelling event

No rotten tomatoes

On the second-to-last Thursday of each month, at Columbia’s War Mouth restaurant and bar, the Carolina Archive of Storytelling hosts an open mic event where amateur storytellers share personal narratives with nothing to lean on but a microphone, their memory and the vocal support of a standing room-only crowd.

Dancer at Chinese New Year celebration

The language of learning

Later this month, a new center called Bilingualism Matters at UofSC is opening under the direction of education professor Eurydice Bauer. The center is partnering with two Midlands area school districts to research how multilingual education benefits students and how schools can implement education programs.

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