Although I am not a graduate of S.C. State University, I know many of its superb graduates, including my mother, the late Rosena Mack Frierson. When I was a child, our family always attended homecomings; my sister and I used to stroll around the perimeter of the football field like proud peacocks.
Fast forward to 2015, strolling around the perimeter of the problems that plague S.C. State will only put a cheap bandage on a festering problem.
The ugly truth is that the Legislature has underfunded S.C. State for decades, yet that fact does not eliminate the duty to manage the university efficiently, responsibly and professionally.
Various players have taken the field in the fourth quarter. They offer quick solutions to turn the game around, and they point accusatory fingers at two visible targets: President Thomas Elzey, now on paid administrative leave, and the current board of trustees.
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They are the scapegoats du jour, but at any moment fingers will point to others.
Alumni who rarely if ever contribute to their alma mater ought to be among them, as should two more groups of people who have significantly contributed to the damage that is being done to the state’s only partially state funded historically black university: all eligible voters who don’t vote and all voters who fail to hold elected officials accountable.
If you fail to vote, why should you expect your interests and your legacy to be protected?
If you mindlessly vote for those who maintain the education status quo, why should you expect for S.C. State to thrive?
I participated in the rally at the State House to save S.C. State. Marching and rallying can highlight and inform the public of problems, yet far more is required to revitalize the school.
Prayer is included in most rallies, and I will never devalue the power of prayer. Yet it is crucial to acknowledge that a prayerful attitude does not demand a posture of impotence. Prayer is a powerful instrument for guidance and strength. Prayer allows us to get up off of our knees and stand erect, equipped to engage in the battle for economic and social justice.
Beverly Diane Frierson