Celebrity efforts answer the call

In the wake of a grim natural disaster that has captivated the world, a star-studded pack of celebrities have recently come together to answer the call, taking part in a huge fundraising relief effort for Haiti. In a two-hour telethon on Friday called Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, big names […]

Science of “Avatar” looks legitimate

Imagine looking into the eyes of your significant other.  You’re about to tell her you love her, but she beats you to it — except she misspeaks or something.  “I see you,” she says, sweetly and meaningfully. Unless your girlfriend was formerly blind, you probably wouldn’t be impressed.  More likely you would wonder why the […]

Celebs raise bar to plastic standard

In our society, we are told that if we work hard enough for something, we can achieve it. Who knew that the rich and famous would come to understand this illustrious set of desirables to include rhinoplasty, breast enhancement, liposuction and a laundry list of other cosmetic surgeries only a sliver of America’s upper crust […]

Burning calories, if you know what I mean

CNN published a story at the beginning of January outlining the possible health advantages of having sexual intercourse. These benefits will soon be revealed in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. And just like a captivated puppy, every college student in the country just perked up one ear. The article said that people who have frequent […]

Charity can’t be a special occasion

Last week, Haiti experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, followed by incessantly large aftershocks. The prime minister of Haiti says more than 70,000 deaths have been recorded, with early estimates placing the death toll above 200,000 people. To put that into perspective, the death toll from Hurricane Katrina was 1,836. […]

Palin’s arrival to Fox News a curious move

After conceding the vice presidential ticket, resigning as governor of Alaska and reflecting on her life in Going Rogue, Sarah Palin is back. Just when we thought the firestorm of Palin-centric jokes had been doused with the passing of time, Palin has reclaimed the media’s attention, this time under some very interesting circumstances. Earlier this […]

Dining options fail to meet special dietary needs

Today, I swiped my meal plan card at EVK, and scanned my options only to realize there was nothing for me to eat. Now, I’m just sitting in my room without any food because I’ve run out of frozen meals … again. Although students have their complaints about Everybody’s Kitchen and Parkside Restaurant, no one […]

Carroll’s departure creates identity crisis

“USC sucks!” “The giant has been slain!” “You guys are fast-paced downhill now!” By now, we’ve heard our fair share of taunts from Westwood and beyond. Why do these comments hurt so much? Why am I so offended? At the University of Southern California, the student body is drawn from a variety of different backgrounds. […]

Recent celebrity behavior is sobering

Oh, the joys of being young and in college: the lifelong friends we meet, the endless opportunities at our feet, the valuable access to knowledge and the places to go for advanced higher learning. And of course, there’s the partying to the wee hours of the morning, reckless nights we can barely remember and the […]