Asking what you want to know: Q&A with Pastides

Ever wondered what President Harris Pastides' favorite kind of music is, or what being president of UofSC is like for him? He sat down and answered those questions and more before he delivers his State of the University. The big event will take place on the Horseshoe, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m., and students are encouraged to come to find out  more about where the university is headed in the future.

Q: What is the scariest thing you've ever done?
A: Jumping out of a plane with the Gamecock Skydiving Club.

Q: What kind of music is your favorite? Your favorite music artist/group?
A: Classic rock – the Allman Brothers, always. So sorry that they disbanded.

Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Columbia?
A: Brunch at the Top of Carolina.

Q: How has being president of the university impacted your life?
A: I sleep a lot less! More importantly, I've learned things far outside my comfort zone and area of educational preparation.

Q: How has the university grown in your eyes since you started?
A: The university has grown a lot in front of my eyes – new buildings, student services facilities and a general sprucing up. It's amazing.

Q: What makes Carolina home for you?
A: Living on the Horseshoe. I've made many new friends and have taken lots of selfies with the students.

Q: What are you most proud of about UofSC?
A: Our improved graduation rates, as part of the On Your Time initiative that decreases student debt. Generally, we have become a college destination of choice.

Q: What are some issues that you would like to address soon?
A: Hope to work with student leaders to keep our campus safe and healthy for every citizen. Also, I want to keep tuition in check.

Q: How can UofSC become better than it already is?
A: Have students participate in the many leadership initiatives and keep our Gamecock spirit alive.

Q: Anything else you want students to know this year?
A: Try to stick with your major if possible, and try to graduate in four years or less. Finally, check out the Melton Observatory on Monday nights!

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