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July 23, 2014

Wednesday letters: Coliseum dear to students as well

The Carolina Coliseum, as The State noted in recent coverage, prompts a nostalgia trip — Frank McGuire, Elvis and Gamecock basketball. But basketball has rarely been played in the Coliseum since the Colonial Life Arena opened in 2002. The arena is also a hot concert venue. And for more than a decade, USC’s graduation has been a three-times-a-year celebration at Colonial Life, not the Coliseum.

The Carolina Coliseum, as The State noted in recent coverage, prompts a nostalgia trip — Frank McGuire, Elvis and Gamecock basketball. But basketball has rarely been played in the Coliseum since the Colonial Life Arena opened in 2002. The arena is also a hot concert venue. And for more than a decade, USC’s graduation has been a three-times-a-year celebration at Colonial Life, not the Coliseum.

What gets short shrift among your Coliseum memories is that since 1969, tens of thousands of students in our School of Journalism and Mass Communications and our College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management and their precursors have spent more academic time in the Coliseum than entertainment time. Many of their remembrances have nothing to do with the Coliseum’s largely vacant doughnut hole. Ask our graduates in your newsroom.

But we’re happy to bequeath the Coliseum to Dawn Staley, Frank Martin and their charges. The School of Journalism and Mass Communications will move toward the Horseshoe in 2015. You can see the future of journalism education at uofscjournalismbuilding.com. Hospitality will leave the Coliseum in a few years.

We'’l all pack our memories. Most of mine will be about my colleagues and my students.

Charles Bierbauer

Dean, USC College of Mass Communications and Information Studies

Columbia

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