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Smoke signal of a lifetime

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Students witness history unfold before their eyes

By Chris Sardelli

A steady drizzle fell on the packed crowd in St. Peter’s Square, raindrops bouncing off a sea of umbrellas, as Jordyn Faile turned her gaze upwards in search of white smoke.
The third-year University of South Carolina Lancaster student, only hours away from the end of a week-long class trip through Italy, had been waiting patiently March 13 outside the Vatican in Rome for any signs that the Catholic Church’s 266th pope had been chosen.


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