"My Carolina is Gamecock sports, fraternity brothers, a great education, alumni friends, and most important, the place I found a wife."
- Don Barton, '49
"My Carolina is Dr. Babcocks' 'I Want A Word', Sims Dorm, Wade Hampton cafeteria, Song Fest, Powder Puff Derby with the KD Drill Team, and special, lifelong friends!"
- Trudie Leonard Crigler, '48
"My Carolina is sitting in Drayton Hall in my earliest days on campus and hearing President Rion McKissick address us as “Men and Women of Carolina” and I stood a bit taller. My Carolina is the view of the Horseshoe in spring as seen from my practice room tucked under the stairs at Rutledge which housed the Music Department-not yet a school of music. It is the climb to the third floor for a piano lesson with “The Professor”- Hugh P. Williamson. Both he and his wife Evelyn were splendid teachers, role models and mentors to their students. My Carolina is the wonderful cacophony of sounds that emanated from those un-soundproofed practice rooms. My Carolina was being there on VE day and taking a turn at ringing the old chapel bell that had been silent during the war. My Carolina is the wonderful friendships made and kept through the years. It is my sheer love of the place and its people and gratitude for what it gave me. My Carolina is the joy of once more being associated with USC through The Friends of the School of Music and being in some small measure able to give back to her some of what she gave me. My Carolina is the tears that mist my eyes when I raise my glass-imaginary or otherwise- and sing; “Here’s a health Carolina, forever to thee."
- Betty-Ann Darby, '46