Free speech should counter free speech

Last week, an Undergraduate Student Government Senator was disciplined in part because he helped bring a conservative writer to campus in his capacity as president of the USC College Republicans. The same week, the same group brought another conservative author to campus, sparking protests and a column in the Daily Trojan critical of the author’s […]

Feminine care should be free at USC

A quick conversation with a Resident Assistant will reveal just how many health-related items students can receive for free. Amenities include sunscreens, hand sanitizers and condoms, among other useful products, to support the wellness of the USC community. But disappointingly, one thing remains hidden from the list — feminine hygiene products. Across the United States, […]

Tuition hikes show lack of transparency

For Trojans returning to campus in the fall, tuition for the 2016-2017 school year will now be $51,442 — nearly $2,000 more than this year’s cost of tuition, which clocked in at $49,464. Students did not find out about this increase via a campus-wide memo or stumbling upon it in a USC News update — […]

It’s time for USC to become smoke-free

Earlier this month, students received an email from Dornsife Vice Dean for academic programs Steven Lamy on Smoke-Free Campus Coalition’s anonymous survey to gauge student input about smoking on campus, reigniting the debate over a campus-wide ban on smoking. A move to make campus smoke-free would demonstrate USC’s commitment to student health, as a progressive […]

Low USG voter turnout threatens student voice

With almost two-thirds of the vote of the USC student body, Edwin Saucedo and Austin Dunn were voted into office Tuesday to be Undergraduate Student Government’s next president and vice president. But according to Associate Director of Elections and Recruitment Logan Dallas, only 3,700 students even voiced their opinion by voting — a nearly 40 […]

Endorsement: Edwin-Austin represent best USG ticket

Undergraduate Student Government orchestrated some of the most transformative and public initiatives in USC’s history over the past year. The University was at the epicenter of a highly visible discussion about diversity and inclusion, propelling the passage of the campus climate resolution. Sustainability 2020 provided the University’s first comprehensive proposal to tackle waste on campus […]

Endorsements ensure fair USG elections

With another Undergraduate Student Government election season underway, students will once again have the opportunity to elect the next generation of student leaders — leaders who will be tasked with serving the student body through their platforms, initiatives and resolutions. But this year’s USG elections will feature important voices that have been absent from previous […]

USC: A study in contrasts

As a senior unwillingly graduating this May, I inevitably find myself reflecting on the past three and a half years. I am amazed by how much has changed during that time and by how much has not. Since I arrived at USC in 2012, the acceptance rate for freshmen has fallen nearly 10 percent, new […]