Looking forward by looking back


You can’t blame USC for looking forward. Our university is still rising in stature at a breakneck pace. In two decades we have begun to transition from a commuter to a residential school, seen our admission rate plummet by 46 percent and leapfrogged over our crosstown rival in the U.S. News & Word Report rankings, […]

Poll problems cast pall on USC turnout


Leading up to Tuesday’s midterm elections, expectations for youth turnout at USC were predictably dismal. In the last few weeks, pundits have accused youth voters of everything from crippling laziness to lack of enthusiasm to naïve assumptions that the state will fix itself. But around campus on Tuesday, the problem was not getting students to […]

Endorsement: Jerry Brown for CA governor


One of the most common motifs in California’s 2010 gubernatorial race is that the state is at a critical juncture. Unemployment, healthcare costs, taxes, crime rates and pollution are rising. Pensions, water supply, government services and job opportunities are not. It’s imperative that we keep these issues in mind as we select the next California […]

No excuse for students not to vote in elections


There is no denying that Friday’s rally with President Barack Obama focused more on promoting Democratic ideology than on the students who came to see the president speak. But setting aside the partisanship that characterized the event, the underlying call to arms was a crucial one: Vote in the upcoming midterm elections. There is a […]

Changes around campus should inspire service


The dust has settled. In the last year, USC has seen a new president, a new football coach, a new $130-million campus center, a $900-million proposal to renovate the dilapidated University Village and the first steps of its 30-year Master Plan take place. Now that so many of the university’s efforts have come to fruition, […]