Politics at USC

  If you were to ask a college-educated person about politically active campuses in the United States, the University of Southern California might not be the first school that comes to mind. In recent years, however, USC has become a student body that is not only aware of social and political issues, but actively engaging […]

Organizations mobilize for midterm elections

With the 2014 midterm elections quickly approaching, political partisanship has made its way back to the forefront of the national stage. Though USC’s campus community may seem more interested in football than politics at times, the political fervor hasn’t been lost on students — particularly for those in the College Democrats and College Republicans. As […]

ESA takes on campus sustainability efforts

In the face of one of the worst droughts on record, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive directive challenging the city to reduce its water use by 20 percent over the next two and a half years. The severity of current environmental issues, both water-related and otherwise, has not escaped the notice of […]

International students engage in campus politics

Political groups at USC have a substantial impact on student awareness and participation in the political process. For some international students who have never experienced the political freedoms that American students sometimes take for granted, that impact is much more personal and profound. USC enrolls more international students, who collectively represent over 130 countries, than […]

Alumna Catherine Shieh advocates for political engagement

Nestled in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Monta Vista High School in Cupertino is notorious for being one of the most academically intense in the state. With Apple’s headquarters just a stone’s throw away and many of the residents employed in the technology industry, Monta Vista has an undeniable emphasis on math and science. […]

Students show solidarity with Hong Kong

It’s another day of blue skies and sunshine here at USC. Students stroll to class as bikes whiz past in a blur. Cathie So, a first-year physics graduate student, makes her way down Trousdale Parkway amid the morning rush. As she scans the brick-paved roads of Troy, her newfound home of nearly half a semester, […]

Q&A with Dan Schnur

Unruh Institute Director and former California Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur granted the Daily Trojan an interview to talk about his recent campaign as a No Party Preference candidate — and what that means for the future of politics.  The following interview has been edited for space. Could you talk about why you ran […]

Students reflect on past activism

“It’s really hard for me to say I love USC or that I love being a Trojan because in reality, I don’t,” said Makiah Green, a graduate student in the master of professional writing program. “I don’t feel like my existence is valued.”  Green is just one of the many students at USC who feels […]

PSA shifts direction under new leadership

For the past several weeks, the Political Student Assembly has sponsored multiple events per week, but that might change as the assembly takes a “quality over quantity” approach to becoming an effective resource for politically focused student organizations under the leadership of a new executive director. Edwin Saucedo was voted in as PSA’s executive director […]

Students differ on the proper outlets for political activism

In an issue of the Daily Trojan from April 15, 1969, professor of education Nathaniel Hickerson wrote an article entitled “Students and the quasi-private University,” discussing the political role of college students during a particularly turbulent time in the nation’s history. In it, he highlighted the shift of universities from institutions solely churning out working […]