Hit the books at Upstate this summer

Article by Savannah Saunders

Video by John Parker, Tanisha Cureton and See Vang

Want to take a few summer courses this year?  USC Upstate is the place to do it.

You can apply if you are a current student, or even if you are not a current student. You can take classes you need for your major, if you are behind, or if you just want to take some interesting classes as electives. You can take online classes or on-campus classes.  It is up to you.

Maymester classes begin Wednesday May 7, Summer I classes begin Monday, June 2 and Summer II classes begin Monday, July 7.  Many students do not want to take summer classes because they feel like they do not have a summer if they take summer classes.  However, this is not always the case: students can take a Maymester course which only lasts through the month of May.

What are the benefits of summer school?  You can lighten your fall and spring course loads, improve a grade, only focus on a class or two. In addition, summer school can help you get prerequisites out of the way, enjoy more attention in smaller classes, save money, get ahead in your major, meet credit hour and GPA requirements to keep a scholarship, and get the same number of credit hours in a shorter amount of time.  Also, if you take online classes, you can study from anywhere.

Shannon Rowe, a sophomore at USC Upstate, took Biology 110 over the summer last year.  She enjoyed that the fact that it was only a month long.  She did not think it took away from her summer because the class was only a month long and only met twice a week for four hours at a time.  She recommends summer classes to other students because she believes you can get ahead and focus on your core classes during your fall and spring semesters

“I would definitely take summer classes again because I only had to focus on one subject that I would normally find difficult if I had to take it with four other classes,” says Rowe.  She said that the faster pace of summer classes was a little difficult to adjust to at first, but she did end up enjoying it.  For more information on summer classes at Upstate, check out USC Upstate website.

Ring before spring? Upstate’s views on young marriage

Article by Megan Pridemore

Video by Taylor Smith and Jasmine Johnson

William Burch
Upstate student William Burch, who married at 19, is glad he chose to walk down the aisle at a young age.


It seems like every time I get on Facebook one of my friends from high school is getting engaged or married. Because we live in the south, young marriage doesn’t seem like such a big deal. In fact, almost every time I have dinner with my family they ask me some sort of question about marriage. Chances are most of our grandparents married young and most of our parents married young, but what about our generation? Should we marry young because it is the norm or should we wait until we are more stable in life? Spartan Buzz spoke with a few people to get their views on young marriage.


Those who got married at a young age (around 18-25 years old) spoke wisely about their decisions. They married for love and did not regret the age at which they wed. Our beloved Chancellor Tom Moore, who married at age 24, even said that he could not have made it through graduate school without the support and encouragement of his then new wife. These people did not feel like getting married put a hold on their careers either. 38 year-old William Burch, a non-traditional student, married his wife at age 19. They now have three beautiful children and he has returned to school to pursue his career goals. For more stories on successful young marriages, read this article from Huffington Post.


Others have mixed opinions on the subject. Sophomore Stephanie Ibbotson has been in a relationship with her boyfriend for four and a half years and is perfectly happy. 20 year-old Ibbotson doesn’t necessarily want to get married but if given the opportunity she wouldn’t pass it up. Spartan Buzz interviewer Taylor Smith asked, “If [your boyfriend] asked you to marry him today, would you say yes?” Ibbotson said yes, she would.


There are others who do not think it’s wise for people to get married at a young age. Andrea Azumendi, a Communications major at Upstate, is in no hurry to get married. She spoke of the many things she wanted to accomplish in her life and career before beginning to consider marriage. 21 year-old Azumendi said she would advise people her age to take a hard look at their relationship and see if it can withstand a young marriage both financially and emotionally, and if not, then there is no harm in waiting. Read this article for more opinions on waiting for marriage.


So where do you stand on the situation? Did you marry your sweetheart straight out of high school or did you wait until you were more stable in your life to settle down? Did you marry young and it didn’t work out or do you not want to marry at all? Whether you marry young, older, or not at all, remember that it’s 2014, folks, and marriage is completely up to you.