On Southern campuses, Confederacy is not legacy


Most Americans would probably not look too kindly on a German university maintaining plaques dedicated to those who died fighting for Nazism. Most might also be able to sympathize with Jewish students who pay and enroll as anyone else — only to show up and be greeted with the commemoration of a regime that sought […]

USG hotline helps mental health visibility


Earlier this month, Undergraduate Student Government unveiled a new plan to update USC student ID cards to include a comprehensive list of resources and options to steer students through crises. This plan was approved at a Senate meeting on Sept. 5. Currently, USC student ID cards list two phone numbers: the general USC safety number […]

New CA legislation will widen health care access


On Sept. 11, the California legislature passed health care bill SB 17, which requires pharmaceutical companies to release critical information on how major drugs are priced. SB 17 — although not yet signed by Gov. Jerry Brown — received support from both Republicans and Democrats in the waning hours of the 2017 legislative session. Many […]

Reaction to Clinton’s book reflects women’s experiences


Earlier this week, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton made a stop at New York University to promote her new memoir, What Happened. She was met with a strong turnout of young fans who defied the stereotype of all young people being supporters of Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The book offers Clinton’s individual take […]

USC must be ready for potentially destructive earthquake


For students in California, earthquake drills and natural disaster preparedness have been staples of the state’s education system. However, when students arrive at USC, this practice is no longer prioritized. And in the wake of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida and the Caribbean, as well as the damage […]

College cis-women must support trans rights


Last week, Spelman College, a historically black women’s college in Atlanta, announced that it would accept trans students applying for the upcoming school year. The decision drew relatively minimal coverage in mainstream media, but follows a contentious year of law and policy conflicts involving trans people. Particularly in states like North Carolina and Texas, rhetoric […]

Title IX change attacks Obama legacy at survivors’ expense


It is only fitting that the Secretary of Education selected by a president who once advocated for the sexual assault of women would roll back protections for sexual assault survivors. Indeed, Betsy DeVos’ announcement that she would revoke Title IX protections for sexual assault survivors implemented by the Obama administration sends the message that women […]

DeVos decision aims to restore due process in campus assault


Am I even allowed to talk about Title IX? I’m a male who isn’t particularly steeped in the history of sexual assault prevention and justice. I don’t have the wealth of knowledge that activists and scholars on this subject might possess; other matters of hot-button political debates pique my interest, but I’ve never had any […]

In times of crisis, do not forget U.S. territories


As Hurricane Irma swept into Florida last weekend, all eyes were on Miami and Tampa and other well-populated cities in the state where yet another natural disaster threatened immense destruction mere weeks after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. Behind Irma, however, the damage was already done: on the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several other Caribbean nations […]

Depoliticized classrooms do more harm than good


In June, Trinity College suspended professor Johnny Eric Williams after he shared a controversial post on Facebook. The post Williams shared suggested that people of color should “let them f—ing die,” referring to white people who were racist toward non-white medical professionals. Williams’ actions yielded a social media avalanche and protests before Trinity College decided […]