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1955, 1958, 1967, 1976; University Union, Student Affairs Offices

Encompassing over 225,000 square feet, the Russell House is one of the largest student unions in the Southeast. It is an extremely busy area: its doors open 18,000-20,000 times a day during the regular semester, and over 5,700 events/programs/meetings are held there each year, making it the focal point of campus life. Russell House has been expanded three times to meet the needs of a growing number of students. The last addition, a four-story structure, houses a ballroom as well as the campus bookstore, a post office, meeting rooms, lounges, and a game room. In 1984 the Carolina Mall was located in the basement of the facility.

U.S. Circuit Judge Donald S. Russell (Class of 1925, Law, 1928), president of USC from 1952 to 1957, was instrumental during that time in the passage of legislation allowing state institutions of higher learning to issue tuition and dormitory-revenue bonds to finance permanent improvements. A number of new buildings were made possible during his tenure, including the new student union building named for President and Mrs. Russell, the former Virginia Utsey (Class of 1927).

Judge Russell, who was appointed to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court in 1971, is a former U.S. assistant secretary of state, governor of South Carolina, U.S. senator, and U.S. district judge; and has served with a number of federal agencies. He has also served as a trustee of Emory University, Spartanburg Junior College, Converse College, Christ School, and Benedict College.

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