Activists rally for Movember

Every November, beards grow longer as the days grow shorter. No Shave November is a show of support and a way to raise awareness about men’s health issues. Though an annual phenomenon, No Shave November can still be considered a trend. Some people partake in the seasonal activity while others do not. In high school, I […]

Social sites can open new doors

It can be a lonely world out there, especially when there’s no Wi-Fi. But sometimes, even with a secure Internet connection, digital life can be lonely. Keeping in touch is presumably made easier with social media. With new social networks and apps constantly being added, however, it can be difficult to keep up with all […]

Marvel takes new approach

There are plenty of successful film franchises, and plenty of superhero movies. Thor: The Dark World, coming out this weekend, certainly fits both of these categories. This film fits into a superhero franchise of a scope and ambition unlike anything we have seen before in the film industry. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an undertaking […]

Tech users prone to hacking

There have been a few pieces of recent news that made me feel, once again, that perhaps I’m not the only one with a turbulent relationship to changing communication technologies. Last week, on Oct. 28, the Syrian Electronic Army struck again. The group of hackers supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime took credit for redirecting […]

Bitstrips offer little creativity

For the majority of the trends I’ve explored, I have tried to maintain an open mind. Embarking on any activity with a positive outlook is an essential step in getting positive results. I will admit, however, that I decided to explore Bitstrips out of sheer annoyance. Bitstrips is both a mobile app and a desktop […]

Eight key steps to an internship

For many students at USC, November marks the time to begin applying for that perfect summer internship. For programmers, a position at Google or Facebook means incredible benefits, stellar connections and rightfully earned bragging rights. Landing a job at one of the Big Four — Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, KPMG — as an accounting […]

Music can ease long road trips

The time has come for Trojans to toss aside their textbooks and pack their suitcases for a hard-earned recess from midterms. This weekend is one of the most anticipated times for Trojan football, as Cal and USC duke it out at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif. For those lucky enough to get away to […]

4-D films offer new paradigm

The last few years’ 3-D films have graduated from being perceived as a fad to a fully established part of the movie industry. The addition of 3-D seemed gimmicky at first as films had been able to adequately convey depth and stories in the traditional 2-D format. We have begun to see directors not only […]

Emojis are inadequate replacement for words

My phone was battered and beaten when I entered the Apple Store two weeks ago. Luckily my phone was insured (thanks, Mom) and the genius at the Genius Bar simply issued me a replacement. And like that, I had a new phone. Of course, it wasn’t quite that simple. I hadn’t backed up my phone […]

Sexy male outfits not degrading

A wise character in Mean Girls once said: “In girl world, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” These words will forever be associated with the modern expectations of a proper Halloween costume. Add the words “sexy” or […]