Politics & Government

April 3, 2014

Upstate senators vote to unseat USC board

Two Upstate senators say they voted against each incumbent University of South Carolina trustee because of “questionable activities” allowed to occur on two of USC’s campuses.

Two Upstate senators say they voted against each incumbent University of South Carolina trustee because of “questionable activities” allowed to occur on two of USC’s campuses.

Sen. Mike Fair, a Greenville Republican and a former USC trustee, said he was “disappointed and personally offended by several of their decisions in recent months.”

Sen. Lee Bright of Spartanburg and Fair cited a number of examples from USC-Upstate, including the assignment of a string of “left-leaning” readings over the years in the Preface program for freshmen students and a performance on the campus of the one-woman show, “How to Become a Lesbian in 10 Days.”

“All we are asking for is balance,” Bright said. “College should be about a wide variety of opinion, not just the agenda of the left. USC-Upstate has become a place of indoctrination not free inquiry.”

Fair provided a litany of what he called failures of board oversight from the USC-Columbia campus, including the assignment of a book which he said attacks Ronald Reagan and the university’s refusal to follow state law on the teaching of the Constitution.

USC spokesmen couldn't be reached to comment.

All of the trustees were unopposed and were re-elected Wednesday in a joint session of the Legislature.

Several trustees indicated that future campus activities and book selections would face greater scrutiny, the two senators said

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