In appreciation of the Greek community


When you think of a USC fraternity or sorority, what’s your first reaction? Most perceptions of Greek life involve excessive alcohol consumption, money spent on gratuitous partying, hazing of members and other negative stereotypes. Last weekend I affirmed that these perceptions are often hyperbolic truths that can be attributed to any campus group but unfairly […]

Rivalry game needs a Valentine’s Day boost


The first thing I noticed when USC released its men’s basketball schedule was that odd date for the Trojans to host UCLA. Hey, isn’t that Valentine’s Day? The scheduling didn’t make sense at first, but now I think I get it. This is a rivalry game that needs to be shown some love. Based on […]

Experimental efforts and pop sounds don’t fuse on band’s new album


Apparently, the sophomore slump does not affect all young upstart bands in today’s evolving music industry. Yeasayer, the talented trio from Brooklyn, has crafted a follow-up to its successful 2007 debut — All Hour Cymbals — that is impossibly fun and brilliantly executed. The band exudes all the irresistible charms that indie groups offer but […]

Weekend Picks


thursday, february 11 Downtown Art Walk Noon – 9 p.m. > Various Locations > FREE Everything is conveniently planned for you to enjoy Los Angeles’ Downtown Art Walk: the free artwalk DASH shuttle, a participating venue right here on Grand Avenue and free museum admission for three hours. There’s no legitimate reason not to appreciate […]

Shakespeare’s classic gets better with each line


Performing Shakespeare is notoriously difficult to pull off — even more difficult than listening to it. So when the USC School of Theatre’s Masters of Fine Arts in Acting Program class of 2010 learned that it would be staging Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre as one of a series of three student performances, it must […]