Box office preview: Sparse new releases over Super Bowl weekend


It’s the time of year where new releases are few and far between. Awards season has saturated the box office with Oscar nominees and critically acclaimed films. Movies like Frozen, American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street have accumulated large audiences over the past few weeks. In stark contrast to last weekend’s release of […]

A cookie a day keeps your heart in place


Thank goodness Friday has arrived – treat yourself to something sugary. You  deserve it. I am an advocate of sweets; whether that includes ice cream, cupcakes, soufflés, pudding, fruit, macarons or cookies, I believe that everyone should allow himself or herself to have dessert. It’s the beginning of the year, so like myself, many people […]

Language barriers cause culture shock


I thought that part of studying abroad in an English-speaking country such as England meant that I would be spared the confusion and hassle of living in a place where communicating with the locals is difficult and generally awkward. I was wrong. It’s not that I can’t understand the people here; I can, most of the […]

USC swim cruises on without Franklin


Two summers ago, 17-year-old Missy Franklin introduced herself to the world as the United States’ biggest swimming phenom since Michael Phelps. After winning five medals (four gold) and setting two world records at the 2012 London Olympics, she sat down for a delightfully bubbly interview with NBC’s Bob Costas, which, according to my lengthy internet […]