Band got knocked down, got up again

Self-taught guitarist and junior Will Sturgeon was rejected twice from USC’s music industry major before landing in the new pop music program in 2010. Now record labels are pursuing the sophomore’s beachside pop rock group The Smiles. And after their latest show at the Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip, Sturgeon and his indie band […]

The next wave of alternative energy

For students that frequent the less-than-sparkling beaches punctuating California’s coastline, it’s easy to think of the ocean as the place where we jettison all things polluted or unwieldy.

New sounds

Eric Byers, a USC alumnus and member of the Calder Quartet that performed at President C. L. Max Nikias’ inauguration, gives a master class to students in the Thornton School of Music. Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan