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April 21 - Gov. Nikki Haley's administration was caught off guard by the explosive reaction to its decision to replace Darla Moore on the University of South Carolina’s Board of Trustees with a campaign contributor, according to documents obtained by The State newspaper.
The decision had been made quietly, but when word got out, it sparked a “crush of calls” from reporters, and, ultimately, a student-led protest at the State House by USC students who were angry that the largest benefactor in school history had been sent packing.
May 29 - University of South Carolina officials were shocked into silence in March when they learned that multi-millionaire donor Darla Moore had been replaced on the school’s board of trustees.
But that silence quickly gave way to repeated efforts by USC officials to let Moore know how much they appreciated her support of the university, according to documents obtained by The State through the Freedom of Information Act.
Those documents — requested by The State on March 29 and released Wednesday — underscore the vexing challenge that USC officials faced in the wake of Moore’s ouster. How could USC stay in Moore’s good graces while not angering the woman who removed her from the board, new S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley?
Oct. 9 - How the university’s green dream went bust after three ‘potentially lethal accidents’ and a host of other problems.
The force of the blast sent a metal panel some 60 feet toward the control office of the plant at Whaley and Sumter streets, according to documents obtained from USC by The State newspaper through a Freedom of Information Act request.
No one was hurt, but USC officials were concerned enough about the “potentially lethal accident” that they ordered an independent safety review and, in a strongly worded letter to the company that had built the plant, made it clear that university staff would not be allowed back into the building until the review was completed.
Oct. 30 - The University of South Carolina has spent $4 million over the last three years to cover deficits at a pair of underutilized parking structures built to serve the school’s Innovista research campus.
And it could be another half-dozen years before the garages break even, bringing in as much money as they cost the university each year in debt payments.
Nov. 20, 2011 - Under a policy set by the governor’s office, only emails between the governor and the public are being saved and archived permanently.
Other emails that Haley sends or receives — including exchanges with her staff members — are being deleted.
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Dec. 23, 2011 - Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday her office will preserve all emails sent to or from the governor’s email account.
The State newspaper reported last month that Haley’s staff was deleting emails between Haley and her staff — an action that critics said violated state law.
However, Haley’s office said Thursday the governor has asked the state Department of Archives and History to help her administration determine which of its email records, including staffer’s emails, are “of long-term and enduring value as required by law” and how to store them for public review.