Students should engage diversity at USC

At the beginning of this semester, I entered a Monday class early to find several students sporadically placed around the 50-seat room. The class was “diversely” composed of white Americans, Asian-Americans and international students from China, South Korea and India. When I entered the room the following Wednesday, the class had completely self-segregated, with each […]

Students have potential to add substance

As college students, we have a tendency to get bored. Really bored. But you can’t blame us — our society today suffers from a hyperactive attention span, which has become problematic to say the least. Just take a look at the present state of popular culture. Audiences fixate on the latest thing in entertainment one […]

Contentment should not be relative to others

The next time an eyelash falls out of your eye, or the next time a ladybug lands on your arm, don’t wish for a happy future. Many of us, especially graduating seniors, have this seemingly innocent hope on our minds with the approaching summer. But when it comes to happiness, Buddhists seem to have had […]

Environmental angle is always present

Last week’s volcanic eruption in Iceland has brought a large part of the world to a standstill, instigating a storm of disgruntled travelers, accusations against E.U. leaders and millions of dollars in lost revenue for airlines. With eight days of closed airspace and over 95,000 canceled flights as of Tuesday, there is good reason for […]

Implementation, not awareness, is the issue

The USC south area Residential Education staff, which covers Pardee Tower, Trojan Hall, Marks Hall and Marks Tower residence halls, is currently hosting Alcohol Awareness Week, a week full of activities that will educate students about alcohol safety. On Sunday, the residential staff kicked off the week with a barbecue social. Students discussed alcohol- and […]

Education system should cultivate learning

A week ago, on April 14, students, teaching assistants and faculty gathered for a town hall meeting with the Center for Excellence in Teaching to discuss grade reformation and the establishment of a universal grading policy at USC. They reached no verdict on the best solution. American institutions of higher learning attempt to emulate those […]

Smart phone elitism is rather foolish

In American Psycho, ruthless Wall Street businessmen flash their version of ivory-crusted pistols: business cards. The small pieces of paper wielding their name and profession in different shades of off-white, with slight font variations, makes a difference in caliber — in quality. In today’s business world, the weapon that distinguishes individuals from one another is […]

Who am I? Let the identity crises begin

Your unique identity is the only thing that can never be taken away from you. Even if it turns out you can’t find a job after college to pay off your tuition loans, even if you end up homeless on the streets around campus with all of your dreams dead and only a buck in […]

Revitalization should serve a worthy purpose

The last time I visited San Francisco, I remember driving under the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge, taking in the view at the bottom of “the crookedest street in the world” and getting salty whiffs at Fisherman’s Wharf — all requisite hotspots every tourist must visit in order to say they’ve been to the […]

Future Trojans are initiated flawlessly

When I was notified that I had been accepted to USC, I was greeted with a charming folder full of USC paraphernalia showcasing all the school had to offer. I immediately planned a visit, read through all the materials I had received and went online to research the university even more than I already had […]