For Gysin, wisdom comes with age


USC outside hitter Jessica Gysin is 23 now, a sixth-year senior working on her master’s degree in political science. It’s been a long road to this point in her career, so let’s recap. She was a highly touted recruit coming into USC, garnering such honors as Gatorade State Player of the Year, Volleyball Magazine’s National […]

‘Richard’ rests on character’s deformities


In truth, Shakespeare’s Richard III needs us far more than we need it. It is a play purely for the stage, not the classroom. Without an audience with which its titular villain can manufacture an all-important connection, the play is nothing but a poetic mess of political and literal backstabbing, a crude and unsubtle pageant […]

‘Stan Helsing’ a helpless victim of its own absurdity


The film Stan Helsing, written and directed by Bo Zenga, prominently displays the words “A Parody” in the opening credits, which leads one to believe that the movie will, in fact, be an acceptably humorous spoof. It’s supposed to poke fun at the horror genre, which has been done repeatedly (Scary Movie 1, 2, 3, […]

Bradford is fulfilling his promise


Allen Bradford was ready to quit. The bruising redshirt junior USC running back admits he considered transferring multiple times when it seemed he wasn’t working his way into the rotation. But the words of his father, Keith, always stayed with him. “My dad told me, ‘Life’s gonna get hard — you can’t run from it,’” […]