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Paul Bowers is a student at the University of South Carolina. He has written for the (University of South Carolina) Daily Gamecock, the (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, and the (New York) Times. He is not really homeless, but he has a lot of friends who are.

Keep up to date on his latest endeavors at paulbowers.com.

Blog Entries by Paul Bowers

On Getting Married and Missing Out on the College Experience

Posted January 12, 2011 | 13:56:39 (EST)

A note: My wife and I got married in July of 2010, with two semesters' worth of college to go. I've blogged previously about why we did it, and now I'm writing about how it's working out.

A girl from our school's student magazine came by...

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Planning a Wedding on a College Budget (PHOTOS)

Posted September 15, 2010 | 15:29:13 (EST)

An explanation: I married my wife the summer before our senior year in college. She's studying nursing, I'm studying journalism, and we're both figuring this out as we go. I'm writing about our first year together at Married in College.

My wife and I recently threw away our...

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Why Did We Get Married?

Posted September 8, 2010 | 11:05:52 (EST)

I got married in college.

That is to say, my wife and I are both undergraduates at the University of South Carolina. That is to say, we get a lot of raised eyebrows when we introduce ourselves to classmates.

Few have the courage to ask it outright, but the question...

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Homeless in Columbia: When Winter Shelter Closes, No Place to Rest Your Head (VIDEO)

Posted April 7, 2010 | 15:10:08 (EST)

An explanation: My roommate and I spent three days living on the streets to learn about the homeless experience in Columbia, S.C. Now I'm digging deeper into the issues and writing about them at www.HomelessInColumbia.com.

Columbia's Winter Shelter closed for the spring Thursday morning, sending hundreds of the...

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Homeless in Columbia: Photo ID and the Silent Voting Bloc (VIDEO)

Posted March 23, 2010 | 13:56:43 (EST)

An explanation: My roommate and I spent three days living on the streets to learn about the homeless experience in Columbia, S.C. Now I'm digging deeper into the issues and writing about them at www.HomelessInColumbia.com.

"Patience is a virtue," muttered the man whose elbow kept bumping mine in...

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Homeless in Columbia: How To Be Homeless

Posted March 14, 2010 | 20:20:21 (EST)

An explanation: My roommate and I spent three days living on the streets to learn about the homeless experience in Columbia, S.C. I'm writing about it at www.HomelessInColumbia.com.

Our three days with the homeless confirmed something a close friend told me before I left: We were stepping into...

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Homeless in Columbia: Making Money, Making Decisions

Posted March 9, 2010 | 10:57:38 (EST)

An explanation: My roommate and I are spending three days on the streets to learn about the homeless experience in Columbia, S.C. Follow along as I blog from the public library at www.HomelessInColumbia.com.

Say you're getting $200 per month on your Electronic Benefit Transfer card. How...

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Homeless in Columbia: Day in the Park, Night on the Streets

Posted March 8, 2010 | 10:53:59 (EST)

An explanation: My roommate and I are spending three days on the streets to learn about the homeless experience in Columbia, S.C. Follow along as I blog from the public library at www.HomelessInColumbia.com.

We were up before the birds and out with the runners this morning. I'll not...

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Homeless in Columbia: Heading Outside to Learn (VIDEO)

Posted March 6, 2010 | 23:46:15 (EST)

An explanation: My roommate and I will be spending three days on the streets to learn about the homeless experience in Columbia, S.C. Follow along at www.HomelessInColumbia.com.

The things that will soon be my only possessions are at the foot of my bed. As you can see from...

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Homeless in Columbia: Shifting Gears After a Tense Night

Posted March 4, 2010 | 14:07:20 (EST)

An explanation: My roommate and I will be spending three days on the streets to learn about the homeless experience in Columbia, S.C. Follow along at www.HomelessInColumbia.com.

When he pointed the shotgun at my chest, I didn't see my life flash before my eyes. I didn't bargain with...

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Why Would You Want to be Homeless? (VIDEO)

Posted February 20, 2010 | 16:53:08 (EST)

Here's the idea: On March 7, my roommate and I will head outside in Columbia, S.C. For one week, we will leave behind our apartment, our money, our food -- almost everything except the clothes on our backs. Our purpose? To document the homeless experience in our city firsthand.

Each...

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