University leaders welcome new students at Convocation


Incoming students and their families gathered in McCarthy Quad on Thursday to hear from University leadership and to be officially inducted into USC at the annual New Student Convocation. Speakers touched on the multiple scandals USC has faced in the past months, but focused on the new direction in which the University plans to move. […]

USC Village’s smallest units undergo lofty redesign


It started as an idea for her own loft. Now, it’s the latest update to USC Village. Veronica Matthews, a sophomore majoring in business administration, turned the steps of her bunk bed into storage space and the top step into cushioned seating. Her simple innovation has now turned into USC Housing’s new space-saving furniture system […]

Keck RESPOND initiative to research prostate cancer in African Americans


The Keck School of Medicine of USC has announced the launch of an initiative called RESPOND, a new research study on prostate cancer among men of African descent. RESPOND will examine the underlying factors, including genetics and social stressors, that contribute to higher risk of prostate cancer development among African American men. The National Institute […]

Ground Zero to reopen doors but without milkshakes


Ground Zero Performance Café will reopen this semester — but primarily as a study space. The longtime student-run establishment, once known for its milkshakes and performances, will return after a year of renovations, according to the facility’s new management Trojan Events Services. Milkshakes and coffee will no longer be made in-house, but performances and events […]

JOVRNALISM students cover US-Mexico border using virtual reality


Students in journalism professor Robert Hernandez’s virtual reality class witnessed a transnational conversation during their summer trip to Tijuana reporting on the United States-Mexico border. Using a split screen, the group of students filmed an American woman named Destinee in the U.S. and her father, who now lives in Tijuana after being deported. The students […]

USC film student receives first Nikon scholarship


For junior transfer student Ernest Pund, film is about more than storytelling alone. Pund believes film is a medium that touches and resonates with audiences even after the credits roll. As an aspiring filmmaker in what he calls an “age of dwindling attention spans,” Pund hopes to produce creative content that provokes thought and contains […]

Thornton adds professors to its music industry staff


This fall, the USC Thornton School of Music welcomes two new hires from the Los Angeles music business to its music industry program as associate professors: music manager Trudy Green and event producer Kevin Lyman. Despite having more than 40 years of industry experience managing clients including The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Aerosmith, Green […]

Madam President: Wanda Austin’s plan to rebuild USC


Dr. Wanda Austin is not a president who wants to lead from behind a desk. She wants to make sure that everyone on her team is heard, and that she continues to learn from those who surround her. On Friday, in her first interview as interim president of USC, Austin spoke with the Daily Trojan […]

A tale of two USCs: the good, the bad and the ugly of Nikias’ reign


During his inaugural address in 2010, C. L. Max Nikias made a bold promise to USC: “My own commitment to you is to run the next marathon at a sprinter’s pace.” These words marked the beginning of a rocky eight-year presidential run — one defined by astronomical growth and plagued by scandal. Nikias agreed to […]