Provost pledges USC’s support for DACA students


Provost Michael Quick reaffirmed the University’s support for undocumented students protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in an email memorandum sent Monday afternoon. The memo comes on the heels of Donald Trump’s threats to end the DACA program, which has come under scrutiny during the Trump administration. “We remain committed to our […]

Campus chatbot reveals latest updates, functions


As the fall semester kicks off, Tommy Bot, the University’s first campus chatbot, is updated and ready for use by the USC community. Developed by sophomores Mimi Tran Zambetti and Justin He, alongside juniors Samuel Breck and Will Durkee, Tommy Bot’s beta version was launched in Spring 2017 as a project in LavaLab, a startup […]

USC joins new biotech college alliance


USC has joined the Alliance for Southern California Innovation, a non-profit collaboration between universities, research institutes and businesses to expand the biotech entrepreneurial space of the Southern California region. Steve Poizner, a serial tech entrepreneur and former California insurance commissioner, is leading the alliance, with plans to grow the region’s start-ups to the level of […]

USC recognizes its first Student-Parent Association


In February 2017, graduate student Staci L. Young founded USC’s first Student-Parent Association (SPA). This organization consists of currently enrolled USC students of all levels who are either pregnant or parents. Young, a Master of Communication Management student, single-handedly founded the organization before it was recognized by the University. As the organization’s president, Young focuses […]

USC grad starts new transport method


With the opening of the USC Village this fall, students were treated to new commercial spaces, a Hogwarts-style dining hall and increased housing opportunities. For URB-E CEO Peter Lee, who just opened his second company location in the Village, it is a chance to reconnect with the school that set him on the path of […]

Keck research focuses on the effects of multiple sclerosis on Hispanic Populations


The USC Keck School of Medicine of USC is looking to find breakthroughs in understanding multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that disproportionately affects minority groups. Dr. Lilyana Amezcua of the Keck School is leading a research team to increase a scarce database of information concerning the Hispanic population that has long been neglected in scientific […]

Letter from the Editor


From the first time students step on the USC campus, they hear about the Trojan Family. They are welcomed into it, told of its legacy and embraced by its rich tradition. This can seem daunting, intangible, mythical, even far-fetched. But I can promise you that whether you are the first in your family to attend […]

With the rise of USC Village comes a community left in limbo


When the University announced the construction of the USC Village in 2011, it made no shortage of promises. These promises included a range of student housing options to help address skyrocketing rents in the community, the creation of thousands of jobs for South Los Angeles residents and “a wide range of high-quality, affordable retail,” according […]

A Trojan Family: 125 years in the making


When 40,000 people are tied together by their scholarship and ambition on a single college campus, it’s not long before USC students realized they’re part of something bigger. It’s a natural part of everyone’s matriculation on campus — when admitted, students are assured that they’ll soon join the ranks of illustrious alumni like George Lucas […]

Thrown into the spotlight, Traveler bears a storied history


USC was at a standstill. “Tirebiter is dead!” read the Daily Trojan’s front page headline on September 20, 1950. It was only three years after the beloved canine was crowned USC’s official mascot. For eight days, students questioned George Tirebiter’s legacy. After a contentious 800-518 vote by the student body, a puppy named George Tirebiter […]