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    The 1977 South Carolina baseball team went all the way to the national championship game at the College World Series.

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Throwback Thursday: USC Libraries is now home to a collection of more than 5,000 images, plus correspondence, sketchbooks, and even early elementary-school artwork by The State newspaper’s first staff artist, Oscar Jackson “Jak” Smyrl. This is his depiction of the Big Thursday showdown as it appeared on the cover of The State Magazine on October 15, 1950. Click to read more about the Smyrl collection.

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Throwback Thursday: An illustration from the 1974 edition of the Garnet and Black yearbook.

Throwback Thursday: A photo of the Coquettes from the 1960 Garnet and Black yearbook.

Throwback Thursday: The official souvenir program of the 1923 Megan Daley Athletics football season.

Throwback Thursday: USC's Women's Quad will be closed this year for renovations but the young women who have lived there through the years say the community bond changed their lives. When Lorie Bellot first visited campus to interview for a job with University Housing, she visited many of the residence halls and the Horseshoe. The campus was beautiful. Then she stopped by the Women’s Quad. That moment felt like a movie, she says. What are your memories of the quad?

An 1872 illustration of the Horseshoe, USC's original campus. The Maxcy Monument is in the center.

Throwback Thursday: 208 years ago today the first students entered the University of South Carolina, then South Carolina College. That's when public higher education began in South Carolina.

Throwback Thursday: The first president's house at the University of South Carolina, circa 1900, and the president's house today. Top photo from the USC Archives.

From the vault: Fear the stache! Today marks the return of Gamecock baseball. To get you in the spirit, here's the earliest known photo of a Carolina club, circa 1896 (courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library). Unfortunately, we don't know the names of the players, much less their positions, but it's easy to imagine the one with the whiskers as a flame-throwing reliever with an eye on Omaha. The 2013 season opener is today at 3 p.m. against Liberty University at Carolina Stadium.

Throwback Thursday: In 1967, the University of South Carolina adopted the now widely recognized Gamecock emblem.

The 1977 South Carolina baseball team went all the way to the national championship game at the College World Series.

Throwback Thursday: USC students had their first all night cram sessions in Thomas Cooper when the undergraduate library opened in 1960. T. Coop, as students call it, is named for the university’s second president and there are few that haven’t spent the majority of exam week inside its walls. Photo from the USC Archives

Today's Throwback Thursday is in honor of Women's History Month. In 1895, the General Assembly passed legislation directing the University of South Carolina to grant women admission. Frances Guignard Gibbes, pictured here, was the first woman to attend the university. Check out all of the events celebrating Women's History Month at USC: www.sa.sc.edu/... Photo from the USC Archives.

Throwback Thursday: Have you ever lived in McClintock, Sims or Wade Hampton? This year the Women's Quad will undergo some major changes. We want to hear memories of your time in these iconic buildings. Share your photos and memories and you could be published in the May 9 issue of USC Times. Submissions should be sent to lizmccarthy@sc.edu or posted to Instagram using the hashtag #UofSCwq by April 23. Please include your name, graduation year and a memory or photo caption.

Throwback Thursday: Here's a glimpse at what the Horseshoe looked like 50 years ago. This photo adorned the cover of the 1963 Garnet and Black yearbook. You can browse digital copies of USC yearbooks online, dating all the way back to 1899.

Throwback Thursday: This USC cheerleading photo comes from the 1974 Garnet and Black yearbook. Can you find the backwards letter? The caption reads, "At the Clemson game, the cheerleaders perform one of their favorites, the Carolina spell out. The other cheerleaders besides Wright are Donna Edgins, Helen Hall, Bev Ballinger, Susan Scurlock, Lynn Daley, Vicki Dunham, Sherri Ratley, Mike DeMauro, Reggie Chesson, Buzz Prescott, Danny McMahan, John D. Robinson, Steve Schiavone, and David Allan."

Trivia Tuesday: USC's Darla Moore School of Business ranks consistently among the top graduate business programs in the country. Now, it's moving across campus adjacent to Carolina Coliseum. The 250,000 square-foot facility will house 35 classrooms, 40 meeting rooms and 136 offices and will be the most eco-friendly building on campus to-date. The renowned international M.B.A. program, formerly the master's in international business or M.I.B.S., dates back to what year?

Trivia Tuesday: What sound do you hear when you stand in the middle of this circle and clap? If you know, you've probably checked No. 4 off the USC Bucket List.

Trivia Tuesday: Can you identify the location of these markings on the University of South Carolina campus? Name the current building and its original purpose.

Trivia Tuesday: There are several names listed under the windows of Currell College: Calhoun, Cheves, DeSaussure, Drayton, Elmore, Harper, Johnson, Johnstone, Legare, McDuffie, O'Neall, Pinckney, Preston, Rutledge, Simonton, Wardlaw and Waties. What do they commemorate?

Trivia Tuesday: The Spigner House has earned LEED Gold for renovations completed last summer and will be awarded Historic Columbia Foundation's 2013 Preservation/ Restoration Award in early May. Acquired by USC in 1963, the former private residence is located on the east boundary of campus. It now features entertaining and meeting space on the first floor and houses Carolina Dining Services/Sodexo offices on the second floor. What year was the house originally built?

Trivia Tuesday: Melton Memorial Observatory was completed in 1928 and is one of the most architecturally distinct buildings on campus. On clear Monday nights, it is open to the public and the telescopes may be used free of charge or you can watch a live stream online. The first observatory on campus was actually constructed on the roof of one of the university's oldest buildings. What building now sits at the location of the first USC observatory?

Trivia Tuesday: When was the first USC Ring Ceremony held?

Trivia Tuesday: Home to the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies and the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, the Carolina Coliseum was built in 1968 to provide a first-rate facility for intercollegiate athletics, academic space and a versatile arena for events in Columbia, SC. In 1977, the arena was named in honor of famed Gamecock Athletics basketball coach Frank McGuire. What event occurred that created an urgency to complete construction of the coliseum?