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The University of South Carolina’s commitment to affordability, accessibility and flexibility has once again been recognized by The Princeton Review. USC was ranked as one of the 75 “best value” public colleges and universities in the “150 Best Value Colleges for 2013” list. According to The Princeton Review, the bottom line is “the cost of attending USC is extremely affordable.” Also noted is the high percentage of freshmen receiving financial aid, 92 percent in fall 2012.

Q and A: Darius Rucker Country music artist Darius Rucker will speak to graduates at the University of South Carolina’s commencement May 11. Rucker, a USC alumnus who met his Hootie and the Blowfish bandmates while he was a Carolina student, also will receive an honorary doctor of music degree at the 9:30 a.m. commencement ceremony. We caught up with him by phone to talk about commencement and his time at USC.

Trivia Tuesday: As Gamecocks, our compassion has No Limits. This month we have partnered with One Columbia CityServe on an intensive week of service projects in Columbia and United Way of the Midlands on an employee giving campaign. How many service hours were completed by USC volunteers during the 2011-2012 academic year? Get involved: http://www.sa.sc.edu/communityservice http://uway.org/USC