Al Davis passes away at 82


Oakland Raiders principal owner Al Davis passed away Saturday, the team announced. He was 82. Davis helped shape the NFL as we know it today, playing an integral role in the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. A versatile talent, he goes down in history as the only person to work as a personnel assistant, scout, assistant […]

Blast from the past: Arizona State


USC rode in to Tempe, Ariz., feeling confident after a methodical victory over Syracuse. The Trojans aimed to establish themselves as a force in the Pac-12 South against Arizona State, who many pundits picked to win the division. “This team is going to stay together,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “They’re going to be strong. […]

Former ‘Idol’ winner dropped by label


Lee DeWyze, winner of the ninth season of American Idol, has reportedly been dropped by RCA Records after releasing only one album, and just a year and a half after winning the show. DeWyze cruised through his season, never landing in the “Bottom Two,” as he tended to choose songs, such as Hinder’s “Lips of […]

Jury selected in ‘underwear bomber’ trial


A jury was chosen Oct. 6 in the trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged “underwear bomber” of 2009. Shortly after selecting 12 jurors and four alternates yesterday, one of the initial jurors was dismissed because she was a women native to Abdulmutallab’s home country of Nigeria. The jury consists of nine women — six […]

Beyonce flaunts baby bump in “Countdown” video


Beyonce proved she’s hot as ever with her colorful ’60s-inspired video for “Countdown,” the latest single off of her album 4. “Countdown” is an upbeat song about how she’s dedicated to the man she loves, but the video shows more — the mom-to-be uses her video to prove her pregnancy is not slowing her down. […]

Students reflect on Jobs’ impact


Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., passed away Oct. 5 at the age of 56. News of his death dominated global media headlines and the online sphere throughout the day, with tweets tagged as “#RIP Steve Jobs” and “#ThankYouSteve” peaking in the late afternoon and continuing into the evening. USC […]

Blast from the past: Utah


Following a close victory over Minnesota in the opener, USC hosted Utah in the first-ever Pac-12 conference football game. The Trojans aimed to gain the head-to-head advantage against a team projected to finish in the top half of the South division. “You kept hoping for a play that would end the game,” said USC coach […]

Elliot Shoenman inspires student writers


On Oct. 4, illustrious screenwriter and playwright Elliot Shoenman visited the USC School of Cinematic Arts to give a presentation to undergraduate and graduate aspiring writers. His presentation, moderated by USC screenwriting professor Paul Wolff, offered valuable first-hand advice about getting started and ‘making it’ as a writer in the cutthroat film and television industry. […]

Fashion police hard at work in southern states


This week, Tuscumbia, Alabama became the latest town to join the fight against a fashion trend long known to offend the eyes — sagging pants. Areas that mandate an ordinance against said crime of fashion, such as Albany, Georgia — which began enforcing the law last November — have recently begun to see an increase […]