USC grad nurtures water nonprofit she began in college

  Four years after graduating, Kelsie Stanley still nurtures Quench, the nonprofit she started at USC to help bring clean water around the world. She’s got a full-time job, but with the help of current students Quench is finding ways to pay for projects in places like a Ugandan village.

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USC students struggle to reach out for mental health care

Campus Student Health Services often struggles to get students engaged in mental health care. It’s hard for many USC students to admit they’re struggling with mental health, especially those coming from a state where mental health services are few and far between.

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A walk in the natural world with Rudy Mancke

Rudy Mancke has inspired many to care about the environment, through his television programs and podcasts.  He’s lived his life exploring the natural world and bringing his experiences to anyone interested in listening to him.

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Black teachers have lasting impact on South Carolina students, economy

South Carolina schools need more teachers of color to influence students of color to go on to graduate high school and even go to college. The lack of diversity currently contributes to lesser achievement from students. As the problem grows, our job force shrinks and the gap in economic mobility increases.

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Columbia residents reflect on the solar eclipse

Months after the August total solar eclipse, residents of Columbia, South Carolina, still share their experiences of being in the path of totality and their thoughts on the universe now.

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Opposites attract: A USC student and her nontraditional pet

USC student Micaela Wendell wanted a pet she could hold. She’s never been one for the traditional, but she couldn’t get a snake. So she opted for something just as wiggly but a little more furry: Fizzgig the ferret. Watch as these opposites attract.

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Researcher Meredith Blackwell loves fungi so the rest of us don’t have to

The fungi Meredith Blackwell studies can kill you. They also are essential to life. That paradox intrigues the world-renowned researcher now at USC. But Blackwell became a mycologist by accident.

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Painter finds career painting iconic logo

Eddie Dunning has painted—and repainted—the USC’s Gamecock logo on the 50-yard line for more than three decades. Along the way, he has become just as familiar a figure in Williams-Brice Stadium as the iconic bird.

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Fraud sometimes undermines service animal system

Chiver is among a group of special dogs-in-training that assist people with disabilities. But those who certify the presence of service animals on college campuses say these canines are often confused with comfort or therapy dogs that are not subject to such rigorous training.

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Candle making relaxes USC student, helps her save money

USC freshman Jenna Brooke McCurry picked up candle making as a bored high school senior. Now she’s looking at a way to make some money by selling those candles to other students.

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