Student press deserves to cover the good and the bad

At the Daily Trojan, we pride ourselves on our commitment to constant, unbiased coverage of the University of Southern California. Serving as an independent publication since 1912, it is a privilege and an honor to report on the many facets of the University without being pressured into censorship or dismissal by campus organizations or administration. […]

Osa Masina should be indefinitely suspended

Former Stanford swimmer and convicted rapist Brock Turner is set to be released from prison Friday after a brief three-month stint behind bars for the sexual assault of an unconscious woman. The case, which jump-started a media firestorm calling for harsher sentences for convicted sexual predators, began an important discussion of  the double standard university […]

University continues dramatic rise

To my fellow Trojans, new and old alike, I say welcome. Welcome to perhaps the most exciting year yet at both the University of Southern California and the Daily Trojan. Entering its 136th year, the University is on the brink of great change. Our school now sits just roughly half a billion shy of its […]

Include sexual assault in college rankings

The pressure is on. On Sunday, high school seniors across the nation will be deciding where they’ll be spending the next four years of their lives. They’ve toured campuses, pored over brochures and, most likely, frequented college rankings websites. While college rankings, such as those provided by U.S. News and World Report, are based on […]

USC should establish homeless shelter

This week, the Daily Trojan published its supplement issue, “It Takes a Village: USC and the Community,” in which we explored more carefully the issue of gentrification in the local community, the cost of living near campus and the rise of the University Village. We recognized that, as students at USC, our experiences are shaped […]

Next Trojan athletic director should be female

USC Athletics is nothing short of a dynasty. With a combined 123 team national championships, the Trojans are at the top of the leaderboard among other Division I schools. USC men’s sports certainly put the school’s athletic department on the map, but it’s the women’s sports that are keeping it there. To further support the […]

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 […]