Entries by Kastalia Medrano

USC creates ‘virtual humans’ for navy training

USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is providing the US Navy with virtual humans for use at its training center in Newport, RI. The technology mimics real human emotions and act as training aids to help the students learn to deal with the complex real-life emotional problems. According to monthly tech magazine Campus Technology, USC cited […]

Economy might be to blame for drop in US birth rate

According to Medical News Today, a new report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the overall birth rate in the U.S. has dropped by 3 percent from 2009 to 2010, with experts attributing the decline to the slow economy. The data for the study was based on birth records pulled from […]

Gates Scholarship event shows program’s impact

The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program hosted two key figures Monday night: Larry Griffith Jr., Vice President of UNCF and Julie Kim, Director of Operations of UNCF. The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program provides full-ride scholarships to 1,000 students each year for up to 10 years of funding, five years of undergraduate and five years of graduate […]

Divorcing couple must surrender social networking passwords

Unlike usual divorce cases wherein spouses depart from property or money, a Connecticut judge Wednesday ordered a divorcing couple to provide him with all their passwords to Facebook, Match.com and eHarmony.com. New London District Superior Court Judge Kenneth Shluger issued the order after Stephen Gallion found incriminating posts from his wife Courtney about their children […]

Four burning questions: Oregon

No. 18 USC (8-2, 5-2) travels to Eugene on Saturday as a 15.5-point underdog to face the No. 4 Oregon Ducks (9-1, 7-0). According to Michael Lev of the Orange County Register, the Trojans have not been this big of an underdog since 1998 when they traveled to Florida State. In addition the forecast calls […]

Video Interview: The Miracals

John McGrath and Mark Edwards of USC band The Miracals discuss their new EP, recent name change and the future of the group. For an article on the band’s most recent EP, click here.  

Practice notes: Wednesday

· Various players were in yellow-no-contact jerseys, including redshirt freshmen linebackers Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard, as well as senior tailback Marc Tyler. Sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods participated briefly but did not practice the rest of the day, putting his availability for Saturday in jeopardy. · The defense placed an emphasis on conditioning today […]

New Rebecca Black single heightens dubious fame

No matter how hard the world tries to forget her, it always seems to go back to Black. Like a bad horror movie sequel, Rebecca Black is at it again with a new song and another shot at fame. First, “Friday” blew up this past spring. With the obnoxious lyrics and unforgettable tune, Black sure made […]

Behind enemy lines: Oregon

After exacting revenge on Washington, a team that beat them each of the last two years, the USC Trojans will head north in search of similar success against the high-powered No. 4 Oregon Ducks. The Ducks have quite a few eye opening statistics. First off, Oregon ranks 5th nationally in rush yards per game with 291.80. The Ducks […]