Programs and History

The University of South Carolina Student Government takes great pride in the programs and history our institution has had the privilege of accomplishing. Through the years, Student Government has been the start of many great programs and policies entrenched in our Carolina Community. To learn more about what Student Government has done in current and past administrations, please view the following:

Carolina Closet
Carolina Closet is an exclusive professional attire rental program available to all UofSC students. Many students cannot afford professional garments for successful job and internship interviews and Carolina Closet gives them the opportunity to rent clothing for these purposes.

Cocky Connections
Cocky Connections is a First Year Mentoring Program that pairs seasoned University of South Carolina Students with incoming First Year Students. The mentorship ranges from pre-move in questions, campus tours, involvement, and ways to ensure success throughout their four years at USC. Cocky Connections is meant to connect First Year Students to a current USC student with similar interests, ease the Mentee’s transition into University life, and inspire success in the First Year Student.

Cocky’s Reading Express
Cocky’s Reading Express was a Student Government initiative that soon captured the attention of the state and the nation. Now with its newly established department, CRE continues to travel throughout the state of South Carolina promoting the importance of reading to elementary school children. After pledging to Cocky (yes Cocky actually comes) that they will read every night, each student goes home with a new book.

Columbia Neighborhood Association
The Columbia Neighborhood Association is the surrounding community’s alliance to preserve their neighborhoods. The University of South Carolina is a large part of Columbia’s community and culture, and Student Government believes that USC should be included in the Neighborhood Association. Recently, SG spearheaded a 2000-signature petition to encourage the Association to incorporate USC into their organization.

Constitution Day
Once a year, Student Government sets out on Greene Street to inform and educate fellow students on the United States Constitution and its importance in everyday life. Students come to Greene Street to learn the significance of this historical document, receive free stuff, and mingle with Student Government members. For more information, contact the Secretary of Government Relations.

Creed Day
Gamecock students gather on Greene Street as Student Government promotes the importance of the Carolinian Creed and what it stands for. Each year SG takes a different approach in promoting this event. In years past, SG has given out free food, gifts and t-shirts to celebrate this informative day. For more information, contact the Attorney General.

Professors for Student Affordability
To qualify as a Professor for Student Affordability, the professor must utilize free resources in at least one course.

Elections
Each year, the Student Body elections in February give way to our newest leaders in Student Government. Students elect their specific school’s senators and the executive officers.
In Presidential election years, Student Government works to promote the national election by holding voter registration drives. In 2012, Student Government held an Election Night Soiree to view the results of the presidential election. For more information, contact the Elections Commissioner or a member from the Elections Commission.

Freshman Record
Each year, Student Government helps create a Freshman Record available for purchase for incoming freshman. This book portrays the incoming freshman class, information about campus life, and resources for students. For more information or to pick up your personal copy, stop by the Campus Life Center on the second floor of the Russell House.

iPad Checkout Program
In 2012, Student Government in partnership with the Thomas Cooper Library and through funding from the office of Dr. Bill Hogue, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, launched the  iPad Checkout Program. The iPad Checkout Program was formed on the idea to help students have access to the latest technology in pursuit of academic excellence. The iPad Checkout Program is located in the Thomas Cooper Library, 5th floor, Technology Lounge, and provides 20 iPad 2’s for students and faculty to use. Students simply use their Carolina Card to check out an available iPad, which they may borrow for up to 3 days at a time, with a 3-day renewal allowed. Faculty have a 5-day checkout with a 5-day renewal. For the long-term, Student Government Academics seeks to monitor usage of the iPad Checkout Program, and advocate for expansion of the program should there be sufficient demand. The program has experienced a high success rate since its inception, with all or nearly all iPads being checked out at any given time. To see current iPad availability and for more information, please visit http://library.sc.edu/p/Services/Lounge/iPads. or contact a member from the Department of Academics.

Pillars for Carolina
Pillars for Carolina is a completely student-run extended orientation program started as a Student Government initiative in 2008. The first group of students attended Pillars during the summer of 2011. Pillars for Carolina focuses on the engagement opportunities on campus and encourages students to get involved during their first year. Participants will examine personal strengths and develop the skills they need to be successful campus leaders. For more information, contact the staff at sapillar@mailbox.sc.edu.

Safety Walk
Once a semester, Student Government collaborate with USC Law Enforcement for a campus-wide safety walk. It is a great way to serve the community, create relationships with law enforcement officers, and become more aware of your surroundings on campus. Students and officers will be identifying potential safety hazards on campus and in the community. For more information, please contact the Secretary of Safety and Transportation.

Speaker Series
Student Government has been fortunate to bring numerous speakers to campus for the student body and general public to enjoy. These speakers range from educational to inspirational acts and are as follows:

Student Commencement Committee
A collaborative effort between student leaders and Amy Stone, Secretary of the Board of Trustees, meet to suggest and discuss potential commencement speakers that students feel will deliver a meaningful and moving commencement address. If current students have any suggestions or questions on this subject, please feel free to contact the Student Body President.

State of the Student Body
Each October, the Student Body President delivers the State of the Student Body address to keep students updated on what SG is working on.  This event is normally held in the Senate Chambers and open to all students. For more information, contact the Student Body President Chief of Staff.

Umbrella Checkout Program
Forgot to bring your umbrella to campus on a rainy day? Thomas Cooper Library has the solution to your problem with the Umbrella Checkout program. Students can check out umbrellas at the circulation desk at T. Coop for a 24-hour period. The desk is open from 8am until 10pm and there are fifteen umbrellas available to rent. Simply present a valid Carolina Card in order to rent one! Please note that you will be charged for the replacement of the umbrella if you fail to return it to the desk before the end of the 24-hour rental period.

USC Bucket List
In spring 2012, a group of diverse students outside and within Student Government sat down and came up with 100 items that every Gamecock should attempt to complete before graduation. The list includes experiences and achievements from all different aspects of campus and community life. Each list item aims to instill new USC traditions, keep established traditions alive, support the Columbia community, or encourage students to be involved in campus life.

Walk Home Cocky
Walk Home Cocky began in Freshman Council as an initiative with the goal of providing a safer alternative to walking home alone. It is now an operational Auxiliary program within Student Government with its own director and staff. We are students helping students with over 70 volunteers and dedicated executive team that work to provide this service on a nightly basis.