Obama’s speech left questions unanswered


On Tuesday, President Barack Obama addressed the nation from US Military Academy at West Point regarding his plan to end the war in Afghanistan. In the midst of rising unemployment, historic deficits and a new health care system, Americans listened attentively to the president’s words in search of an answer for why they should still […]

Render unto the economy what is God’s


Moments when schoolwork and real life collide are weirdly pleasurable. Such was the experience while I was reading a recent story titled “Satan, the great motivator,”  published by The Boston Globe on “the curious economic effects of religion.” Immediately, my political philosophy class popped into my head, specifically in the form of Max Weber. When […]

Students shouldn’t balk at precautions


For all of the notable academic awards, athletic achievements, amenities and extremely well-connected alumni USC has to offer, it just can’t seem to shake its reputation as an unsafe school. Any UCLA student would be happy to rattle off the alarming statistics that paint USC’s campus and its surrounding area as a war-torn jungle compared […]

Feminist movement could prove counterproductive


Syria is known as being a fairly progressive Islamic nation. Women wear jeans and go to school, and although they might not be considered entirely equal to men, they certainly enjoy a position of greater social power than their peers in countries such as Afghanistan. Today, Syrian women are challenging the presumption that feminism and […]

USC’s arts initiative should be continued


As we’ve witnessed throughout the past year, change is immutable. The year opened with a historical moment, the inauguration of the first African-American president in the United States, Barack Obama. Followed by some unforgettable occurrences in pop culture as well — the Rihanna/Chris Brown debacle, the rise of Lady Gaga and Twilight takeover, to name […]

Service targets fans of the break-up Post-it


Preparing to cross at the Hoover Street and Jefferson Boulevard intersection is like preparing for battle. It would never do to simply wait for the white man to appear and jaunt casually to your destination. It is a journey. You strategize on the best crossing method: straight across, or diagonal? An arced trajectory in between? […]

Chavez speaks loudly and carries a big drum


Hugo Chavez is looking for attention again. The Venezuelan president is known for his frequent politically charged outbursts, which in the past have included calling George W. Bush “the devil” and touting socialism as the true path to economic success. Since President Barack Obama’s election, Chavez has taken a much warmer attitude toward the United […]

Seven habits of highly ineffective governors


With Gov. Schwarzenegger’s second term about to wrap up, several names have begun to surface as his possible replacement, with California Attorney General Jerry Brown and eBay CEO Meg Whitman currently leading the polls. The campaign has yet to hit its stride, but with the financial disarray that California has been stewing in, the race […]

Americans focused on the wrong hunger problem


Can you believe it’s been one year? A full 365 days! Fifty-two weeks! Two seasons of G’s to Gents! Yes, believe it or not, an entire year has passed since the great chocolate milk debacle of 2008. Last year in Barrington, Ill., the school district voted to eliminate all flavored milk products from the lunch […]

Journalism still has a place for narrative


If we believe the press, which impending obsolescence has converted into a bunch of nostalgic cultural critics bemoaning the way things are, then storytelling is in a bad way. The long-form narrative is out, the 140-character Tweet is in. Permit me to download — in small, snack-sized chunks — a few examples from recent columns. […]