This article is a little lengthy and has nothing to do with a card creation. This is about an injustice to the USC (University of South Carolina) Gateway students.
These USC Gateway students are TOTALLY being left out for consideration for living on campus for next year.
The USC committee members say the USC Gateway students don't qualify for consideration because they consider these students "transfer students". These students "live" on campus at The Roost. They are assigned USC ID's, USC Carolina Cards, USC accounts, USC email, USC P.O. Box, and even mailed bills from USC, but they are "NOT" to be considered USC students???
Read my letter....then I ask you....do you know anyone at University of South Carolina who will stand up and speak for those great students who kept "their end of the bargain????
Dear Dr. ___,(I left her name out to be nice)
A decision made by a USC Housing committee dealing with housing for next year is appalling and unprofessional. Mitchell, my youngest, is in the Gateway Program at USC. He lives at "The Roost", a dorm on the USC campus, but takes his classes at Midland being transported using USC shuttles. The USC Gateway Program is in first year and is modeled after Clemson, College of Charleston, and Furman programs. These students were told they were "a USC student in every way" (a quote by several key college leaders and speakers at orientation in front of over 300 parents and students at the Darla School of Business auditorium) and they would be entitled to anything that any other rising USC sophomore would receive. Wouldn't that be for the same, equal opportunity to be in the pool for campus residency? This committee has declared that the "USC Gateway students" transfer students and none would be allowed to live on campus.
Mitchell's has A's and a B's, not too bad considering he is "Pre-Pharmacy" and taking two sciences together each semester. He's even tutoring students in Chemistry and Calculus at night in his dorm. Many of these students are maintaining their grade requirements. They have worked hard to "meet USC requirements" only for USC to break "their" promise. They feel betrayed! If you could had heard the "Sale's Speech" for this program and now USC is adding a semicolon to their sentence to get out of promises made. What's fair?....put these Gateway students "into the equation", like every other on-campus freshman, the opportunity to live on campus next year.
No, the students didn't speak to authorities; they called home to moms and dads very upset.
USC is closing 3 girls' dorms for renovations and will lack about 500 beds. (Perhaps USC should enroll 500 students less for the freshman class......take care of the people/students in your house that are there now!) This is the 4th year (that I know of) where housing has been an issue and now they can use The USC Gateway students as a way of skirting around a never ending problem they face each year.