University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina

Southeastern U.S. Crawling with Chlamydia and Gonorrhea with Highest STD Rates

Someone might want to go check on the southeastern United States, they’re not doing so hot lately. The Top Masters in Health Care recently released an interactive infographic detailing various health statistics and ranking them on a state-by-state basis, and the Bible Belt is trending in an unholy way. Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana have the most obese populations, the highest amount of cancer deaths, and the fewest teeth. Along with South Carolina, those states also have the most cases of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. In the southeast, the gonorrhea rate per 100,000 people is over 100, and the chlamydia rate per 100,000 people is 400 plus.

Translation: the STD numbers in the respective states are high enough to be classified as epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 820,000 new cases of gonorrhea—a curable STD—per year in America. Chlamydia is also a curable STD that infects an estimated one million Americans, according to the CDC. Poverty helped explain the obesity, cancer deaths, and lack of teeth in the South, and I’m sure that has some bearing on the STD numbers, but there might be a bigger factor at play for this category: amorous college students. Read the rest of this entry »



For All The Marbles: College Football Conference Title Games Preview

It’s that time of year again: A handful of college football conferences have their conference title games this week, and the biggest of them all has national championship game implications:

1) South Carolina vs. Auburn: The SEC title game has often been called a “national semifinal” game by SEC fans. While this isn’t exactly true this season, what with the SEC East being horrible and everything, the Tigers are a lock for the championship game if they top the Gamecocks–they might even get in if they lose, but Steve Spurrier’s bunch won’t just roll over for the coronation; they led Auburn 27-21 heading into the fourth quarter when the two teams met in September. An eligible Cam Newton, however, hasn’t been stopped yet, so the Tigers have to be the favorite.

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Joe Paterno’s Milestone Highlights Week 10 of College Football

Penn State Coach Joe Paterno

Some big games in the Big-10 stole the spotlight in college football this past weekend. For games involving the national championship picture, check the “BCS Reactions” post.

1. A Living Legend— There’s really nothing new that can be said about Penn State’s Joe Paterno, but that’s because he’s done the same thing for over 40 years: Win football games in a classy manner. No matter who you root for, you have to love it when a great man like Paterno reaches an accomplishment like 400 wins. With the Nittany Lions down 21-0 at home to Northwestern in the 2nd quarter, it looked like the milestone victory would have to wait a week, but Penn State reeled of 35 straight points to make Paterno the only coach in D-IA football history with 400 career wins. Read the rest of this entry »



Top 5 Awesomely-Weird College Majors

girl with horsesWhen you think of bachelor’s degrees, fields like business administration, criminal justice and psychology probably come to mind. However, when it’s finally time to pick your major, you don’t have to choose a popular one. Ever considered majoring in puppetry, or how about packaging?

Check out this list of unusual, but awesome, majors:

Equine studies: Horses can be more than just your hobby. Over 70 colleges, including Colorado State University, Rocky Mountain College and the Savannah College of Art and Design, offer this major. Classes include breeding, training, exercising, housing and grooming horses. Grads in this major often train for competitions or own their own stables. Read the rest of this entry »



Can Boise State Pass the Test? College Football Week 4 Preview

Boise StateWith conference play (mostly) upon us, there’s a full slate of compelling games for the fourth week of the college football season, so let’s take a look at the best of the best.

Reminder: All ranking reflect the USA Today coaches poll, which has a bearing on the BCS.

#1 Alabama at #11 Arkansas— Boy, Mark Ingram didn’t miss a step, did he? The Crimson Tide’s Heisman winner came back with a bang last week and lit up Duke in another easy ‘Bama win. This week promises to be more challenging, as the 11th-ranked Razorbacks figure needs to put up some points behind Heisman candidate Ryan Mallet, who has thrown for over 1,000 yards in three games. The game is the first of three straight contests the Tide will play against ranked conference foes. Read the rest of this entry »



College Football Week #2 Preview

Ohio StateWith the opening week of the college football season behind us, and the BCS in danger of being busted, it’s once again time to take a look at the three biggest games to watch this week.

Note: Since the USA Today coaches poll factors into the BCS, all team rankings will be based on that.

No. 14 Penn State at No. 1 Alabama. The Tide will likely be without injured Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram in the backfield, but it’s not likely to matter. The Nittany Lions will have a freshman as quarterback and star running back Evan Royster didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard against Youngstown State. While a PSU win would be huge for the Big-10, it’s going to be a tall order to beat Nick Saban in Alabama. Read the rest of this entry »



College World Series: South Carolina Gamecocks Beat UCLA Bruins

South Carolina starting pitcher Blake Cooper. Image Via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

South Carolina starting pitcher Blake Cooper. Image Via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

When you only allow two runs in two games, it’s a safe bet that you’re going to win a lot of baseball games. And behind a stellar pitching performance, the South Carolina Gamecocks just won the biggest game of them all.

With a dramatic 2-1, 11-inning victory, South Carolina beat the UCLA Bruins two games to none in the best-of-three College World Series Championship.

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College World Series: UCLA and South Carolina in the Finals

UCLA's pitcher Trevor Bauer. Image Via: Crystal LoGiudice, US Presswire

UCLA's pitcher Trevor Bauer. Image Via: Crystal LoGiudice, US Presswire

The finals of the College World Series are set, and the two participants will be UCLA and South Carolina.

The Bruins plated five first-inning runs and never looked back, routing Texas Christian 10-3. Ben Dunlap stunned the Horned Frogs early, ripping a three-run home run into the left-field bleachers. Dunlap finished 3-for-5 on the day.

That support was more than enough for Bruin starter Trevor Bauer. Despite a heat index of 107 degrees, Bauer threw 84 of his 135 pitches for strikes and fanned 13. Although the Horned Frogs chipped away at the lead, closing to 6-3 on the second of Bryan Holaday’s two home runs, they never seriously threatened.

UCLA plated two runs in the sixth and seventh innings, ending any chance of another miracle TCU comeback. The Horned Frogs trailed Florida State 7-2 in a game earlier in the CWS, but came back to win.

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