Now that South Carolina's football season has ended, the university's legislative season has begun.
The school released a video on Friday of USC President Harris Pastides lobbies for his proposed "tuition timeout" -- a three-year freeze on student costs in exchange for some additional state funding from lawmakers. The S.C. General Assembly returns Tuesday.
The video raises how state funding cuts have led to rising tuition in recent years -- a cycle that Pastides wants to end. (The state's flagship university also boosted enrollment, though the video says more students have "elected" to come to campus.)
Pastides wants university officials and legislators to come up with long-term solutions that reward colleges aiding the most to the state economy with additional public dollars.
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He encourages what he called the Carolina family -- students, parent and alumni -- to "show your Gamecock pride and encourage your state legislator to support USC's tuition timeout."
To emphasizes his point, Pastides makes the timeout hand signal used by coaches at the end of the video.
USC President Harris Pastides pitches his "tuition timeout"