Lower level should not mean second rate


Sunday was a day of firsts. The Saints won Super Bowl XLIV, the broadcast became the highest rated television show of all time, and CBS aired a new show after the game called Undercover Boss. Undercover Boss is a CBS reality show in which a CEO or company executive goes undercover as a lowly, entry-level […]

Fake candy hearts found at USC year round


Despite being married to an attractive older woman, Ashton Kutcher recently voiced a surprising opinion. “I hate Valentine’s Day,” he said. I couldn’t agree more. The rose bouquets, candlelight dinners and inevitable movie dates to see Dear John. Barf. But while a romantic trip to The Lab (or the 2-9) might be just enough to […]

Shedding light on an overlooked friend


Light is responsible for your visual perception of everything: the blueness of the sky, the glistening morning dewdrops on spider webs and the readability of words. Without light, we would be blind to all beauty, to all ugliness. It seems obvious, yet we hardly ever take the time to look at light itself, look not […]

Global warming does not have political ties


On most mornings, I leave my apartment looking forward to the day ahead of me. I swing open the front door and mount my bike, eager to ride through campus on a beautiful Southern California day. That is, until I notice a haze dulling the morning sky. Alas, I try to convince myself that it’s […]

R.A. training course helpful for all students


Last weekend I broke down a wall, crossed the line, got a life and came out. And from these activities I learned to break the habit of stereotyping, cross over my comfort zone, live in the “real world” and be supportive of someone who is coming out to their family and friends. I acquired all […]

Social media breeds anti-social interactions


Have you ever been that person in the social situation who doesn’t know what to do or how to interact, so you pull out your cell phone and pretend to text someone? Or maybe you actually text someone just to not feel totally inadequate. According to a report by the CTIA: The Wireless Association, mobile […]

CBS fails to score with gay community


This past week, the gay community had a lot to cheer about with regards to their favorite stars. High off the season’s ecstatic award show recognition for Glee, Jane Lynch, the actress behind fiery cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Fox’s hit show, announced that she and her partner set a date to be married in […]

Human nature to blame for scandals


A war has been waged on monogamy. Polyamorists, people who engage in consensual romantic love with multiple partners, are going around suggesting that the “soul mate” is no more real than Santa Claus. The increasingly publicized, nontraditional lifestyle is finally “creeping out of the closet, making gay marriage feel somewhat last decade,” according to a […]

China must take the next step in talks


A cloud of debate hangs high in the Tibetan Plateau of the Himalayas. On one side, the Tibetans and their supporters have, for the past 50 years, fought for independence and genuine autonomy. Sympathy lies with the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama. Further, countless human rights violations against the Tibetans are claimed to have […]

Ready for the big one? Neither am I.


Last week I survived a five-day natural disaster ­— a Southern California natural disaster. Rain. But not just any rain — this was a storm so mighty, it poured for more than two consecutive hours. I can’t remember that last time that happened in Los Angeles. The madness is now over, but it got me […]