Entries by Judy Cai

USC will need to live up to the hype

If the past year has taught us anything about USC football’s reputation, it’s that it doesn’t take much to get the hype train rolling. For a program with a historic legacy, proud alumni and perennially high expectations, last season marked a return to glory for the Trojans that not even their most ardent supporters could’ve […]

Men’s basketball picks up key recruits

Summer in Southern California normally means one thing: USC football is right around the corner. Fresh off a Rose Bowl victory, Heisman-hopeful quarterback Sam Darnold stayed healthy while his sophomore coach, Clay Helton, welcomed a highly ranked recruiting class. Normally, that is enough to satiate Trojan fans’ title-thirsty anticipation. Yet for one sunshiny week at […]

Trojans shine in international competition

The USC women’s lacrosse team may have endured a frustrating end to the 2017 campaign, losing to Boston College in a NCAA quarterfinal after entering the tournament with a 10-game winning streak. For associate head coach Devon Wills and senior goalie Gussie Johns, however, the offseason brought a memorable rebound. The USC duo was named […]

USC looks to veteran leadership to set tone, fill gaps

The reigning Rose Bowl champion Trojans enter the 2017 season with lofty expectations after last season’s dramatic sprint through the finish line. USC concluded last season with a nine-game winning streak, capping it off with a dramatic 52-49 victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. The blazing finish to the 2016 campaign has accelerated […]

Women’s volleyball hopes offseason adjustments pay dividends

On the surface, the USC women’s volleyball program appears to have held steady through a placid offseason. The team’s core has remained mostly intact while only two freshmen have been added to the roster. Small changes, however — paired with player and personnel development — have accumulated since the spring as the team tries to […]

Eyeing repeat, women’s soccer prepares for national title defense

Before current head coach Keidane McAlpine arrived at USC in 2014, the women’s soccer program was experiencing a downturn. The team had not compiled a winning record since 2010, and McAlpine knew there would be no quick, easy fix to right the ship. So the former Washington State coach instituted a three-year plan to change […]

For public safety, progress fights on

A running joke depicts USC as the “University of Spoiled Children,” but to others, those letters also stand for the “University of Serious Crime.” Drivers instinctively lock their doors in the area; students and parents pore through College Confidential forums anxiously reading tales of theft and crime and every day, at 9 p.m., the campus […]

Sexual assault survivors are more than the sum of their narratives

This past summer, USC has been rocked by a number of scandals. Allegations that a former Keck School of Medicine dean smoked meth, mingled with criminals and even hosted parties in his office during his tenure made national news. But the numerous sexual assault scandals involving USC students are arguably even more concerning, especially as […]

Incoming freshman class largest, most diverse in history

USC will welcome 3,350 freshmen students this fall, the biggest incoming freshman class in the University’s history. Although admission offers decreased from 9,181 offers in 2015 to 8,980 offers in 2017, the number of students accepting their offer has been on the rise. 32 percent of freshman accepted their admissions offer in 2015; this number […]

USC Village dining hall emphasizes health, sustainability

Complete with stained glass windows, a collegiate gothic ceiling and cardinal and gold banners showcasing the Five Traits of a Trojan, the USC Village dining hall has been frequently compared to Hogwarts. However, Chef Nathan Martinez is trying to set it apart as an icon that stands on its own. “We’d rather call it a […]