Entries by Kastalia Medrano

Trojans keep top spot despite loss to Bruins

Its 13-game winning streak might be snapped, but the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team is still the No. 1 seed in December’s NCAA tournament. The Trojans (22-3, 8-0) were narrowly defeated this weekend in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament by No. 3 UCLA in the finals, losing an automatic bid to the […]

“Before I die …” project breathes life into Brooklyn

A New York art project allowing passersby to fill in their own endings to the sentence “Before I die…” is scheduled to be taken down tomorrow. The giant chalkboard project, erected on the wall of a future Shake Shack, was created by artist Candy Chang. Using stencils and spray paint, she established a half-block stretch […]

USC splits games in Bahamas tournament

The Women of Troy earned third-place in the Freeport division of the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving break, defeating Gardner-Webb 82-41 after falling to No. 3 Notre Dame 80-58 in the opener. The victory Saturday night over the Running Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak for USC (2-3), who had already played two […]

Game rewind: UCLA

The set up: USC, fresh off a monumental win in Oregon the week before, played host to its crosstown rival UCLA for the city championship. Technically, the Pac-12 South Division title was on the line. While the Bruins had already clinched their status as south “representatives” because of the Trojans’ bowl ban, an upset of USC and they would […]

Women of Troy conquer Bruins, Pac-12

No. 1 USC completed its domination of the Pac-12 on Friday night, ending the regular season with a four-set win (24-26, 26-24, 25-21, 25-20) over No. 4 UCLA. Senior All-American setter Kendall Bateman became USC’s career assists leader in the victory, recording 46 assists to add to her record-breaking total of 4,264. The win over […]

Bartner and The Spirit of Troy celebrate milestone

Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, director of The Spirit of Troy, will celebrate his 250th home game today as USC hosts UCLA at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Dr. Bartner has directed The Trojan Marching Band for 42 seasons and has only missed one game when in 1982 he led the All-American College Band for the […]

Four burning questions: UCLA

No. 10 USC (9-2, 6-2) closes out the 2011 campaign against crosstown rival UCLA (6-5, 5-3) after an emotional 38-35 victory over then No. 4 Oregon. The Trojans have defeated the Bruins in 11 of the last 12 meetings, and UCLA has not won at the LA Coliseum since 1997. Can Robert Woods make a […]

My Week With Marilyn: an homage to actors

My Week With Marilyn, the new feature adaptation of Colin Clark’s memoir of the same name, has been receiving a lot of buzz prior to its debut today — especially in terms of its leading lady, Michelle Williams, in the title role of Marilyn Monroe. First-time feature director Simon Curtis at the Screen Actor’s Guild […]

USC, UCLA set rivalry aside to fight heart problems in LA

The Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) at USC and UCLA are making a combined effort to take on cardiovascular diseases in Los Angeles. The organization, which came up in May 2010, is currently examining eight grocery stores in the eastern part of the city as part of its efforts to provide healthy food […]