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From near and far, USC campuses come together at the State House

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USC President Harry Pastides was among the supporters at Carolina Day USC President Harry Pastides was among the supporters at Carolina Day
Former and current students from all over the state of South Carolina made the trip to Columbia Former and current students from all over the state of South Carolina made the trip to Columbia

By Gabrielle Ehrens

Representatives from all eight University of South Carolina campuses gathered at the South Carolina State House for Carolina Day Wednesday. Former and current students also traveled from all over to come support their schools.

They came to advocate for higher education funding based on the previous cuts by the state seen in recent years. In 2008, higher education in South Carolina received 13 percent of state's budget. Today, state schools get only 8 percent.

Many of the students focused on getting more legislature support. Rebekkah Davis of USC Sumter was one of the first.

"I got a legislator to back us. I explained it to him in a way that he understood and explained that we are trying to better the state by giving them the background that they need to do the jobs" Davis said.

Students tried to explain to legislators about how the University has bettered the state and USC President Harry Pastides was there to support the claim.

"We have only seen just the beginning of companies that will move here. And the creation of jobs" says Pastides.

Pastides and other USC supporters say they want to continue to not only want to better the University of South Carolina but also better the state.

The day began at the USC Alumni Center for a tour of the new $26.64 million building that was renovated May 2015. The 65,000 square-foot center gathered all the visitors in one place before everyone headed to the State House.

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