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The Red Shirts Are Coming!

Chris Laskowski8/20/2014  |  Categories: Columbia
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The Fighting Gamecocks are gearing up for another football season and as the brave warriors of the field are preparing, we are watching by the sidelines in anticipation for what should be a spectacular season. After USA Today’s National Defensive Player of the year, Jadeveon Clowney who was the number 1 draft pick for the NFL was drafted by the Texans, Gamecock fans are waiting to see who the up and coming champions will be after ranking #9 on a recent U.S. poll.

High up on the list is running back Mike Davis, as the Walter Camp Foundation has named him one of the “50 players to watch” this season for their player of the year award. Standing at 5’9, 223 lbs., the Atlanta native rushed 203 times for 1,183 yards in a season, landing him in the number 4 spot in the school’s history ( Another future champion to look for is 6’2, 195 lb. safety, Chaz Elder. Elder pulled off a great season in 2013, starting in 6 games and delivering every time. In 2012 he was ranked the nation’s 19th safety position, so given the experience over the past year, he is projected to have a stellar season (

Coach Spurrier is still at the helm and going on to his 10th year leading the Gamecocks. Spurrier is a strong believer in paying careful attention to his players, making sure that they graduate and stay out of trouble. He and his team of recruiters have worked hard at finding strong members to keep Columbia’s Gamecock’s reputation high. Although many of the strongest players have been professionally drafted after last year’s amazing performance, Coach Spurrier believes that their new picks are ready to take charge. After winning the 2014 Capital One Bowl 34-24 against the Wisconsin Badgers and finishing with a 11-2, 6-2 sec record, fans are expecting big things from the Gamecocks.

With so many Gamecock players being prime candidates as NFL picks, one may ask what is in store for the University of South Carolina. Some of the nationally top rated players are opting to go to school in Columbia, this means big bucks for the University as well as stronger funding for several departments. So Columbians are sure to go out this season and support both their University and the state’s football heroes.

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Columbia is soaring high; how the aviation field is changing the dynamic

Chris Laskowski8/13/2014  |  Categories: Columbia
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Columbia is soaring high; how the aviation field is changing the dynamic

There was a time in American history where the glitz and glamour associated with the aviation industry gripped the nation and captivated the imaginations of millions. That charm and appeal may re-surge soon enough and all signs point to South Carolina. The aviation field has taken on a whole new dynamic in South Carolina and it would not be a far cry to expect the next Howard Hughes to arise from its beautiful and prestigious capital of Columbia. With the support of the automotive industry, billions of dollars have been invested through aerospace and defense contracts. What this translates into for South Carolina is an economic boom, a higher concentration on an already powerful aerospace engineering program at the University of Columbia, as well as an additional increase of 23,000 jobs to the state since 2009 .

With heavy hitters like Boeing choosing to make South Carolina their home for final assembly and delivery since 2009, the state has done well to maintain a healthy relationship through business friendly attitudes and ability to produce large amounts of engineers. The state has done so well in fact, that it is now home to over 200 aerospace and defense companies. Aerospace sales are projected to reach over $200 billion dollars towards the turn of the decade and that means money reinvested in the rich communities that make up South Carolina.

The aerospace community is so entrenched in South Carolina that the University of Columbia expanded its Master’s program in aerospace engineering and technologies to better keep up with the high demand of the needed workforce. It should be noted that USC is the only university in South Carolina that offers an integrated curriculum as well as an advance degree in the field of aerospace engineering. With the overwhelming amount of jobs within the aerospace field being made available, graduates as well as students are almost guaranteed a job that earns them 50% more than the average American wage

With the influx of high paying jobs within the engineering and IT fields that are being made available, it will be very interesting to watch the social structure of South Carolina change. It is foreseeable in the future that many younger, more affluent individuals will make their way to South Carolina to make a home for themselves. That means that the state is quite naturally setting up itself for success in the coming years. When it comes to the aerospace industry, it would appear that South Carolina has taken its level of prosperity to new heights through corporate friendly environments and business savvy initiatives.

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