USC parent pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy, faces recommended sentence of 15 months


USC parent Toby MacFarlane pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy in federal court in Boston Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported.  Prosecutors recommend MacFarlane, an insurance executive, spend 15 months in prison with one year of supervised release, pay a fine of $95,000 and restitution in the amount determined by the court at sentencing and forfeit […]

Union withdraws petition, drops charges against Roski


The Service Employees International Union Local 721 has withdrawn its petition to represent Roski School of Art and Design faculty, Provost Michael Quick announced June 19. The SEIU will also drop pending charges against USC regarding unfair labor practices. “What this means for Roski and all other schools, is that Academic Senate, faculty committees and […]

USC, UCLA student governments call for transparency


USC and UCLA’s graduate and undergraduate student governments released a joint statement June 17 denouncing both schools’ treatment of campus sexual assault issues. The statement comes on the heels of the arrest of a UCLA gynecologist and after a judge approved a settlement with USC for victims of George Tyndall.   “[We,] who collectively represent […]

Program introduces children of military to college life


The college admissions process is a stressful one, but it becomes more complicated for children of military families.  For the past five years, USC’s Pre-College Summer Scholarship for Military High School Students has helped these students get a headstart in their academic careers. Angie Riveria, a rising high school senior from Winchester, Calif. and current […]

University appoints new member to Board of Trustees


Michael Felix was elected to the USC Board of Trustees following over 34 years working in financial services, the University announced.  “Michael Felix is an exceptional member of the Trojan Family with a remarkable history of service to the University,” Interim President Wanda Austin told USC News. “His dedication to his alma mater — coupled […]

IFC details changes in semester report


The Interfraternity Council released its semester report outlining improvements to Greek life, including an enhanced recruitment process and an emphasis on community involvement. “In the past 5 to 10 years, USC has gotten more heavy-handed in how they’ve operated judicially,” said Jack Elliott, IFC’s executive vice president of judicial affairs. “We’ve seen that not just […]

Court grants preliminary approval of $215 million Tyndall settlement


A federal judge granted preliminary approval of the proposed $215 million class-action settlement between USC and alleged victims of former gynecologist George Tyndall Thursday. “This settlement gives every single woman who saw Tyndall a choice in how they want to participate and hold USC accountable, while also forcing the school to change to ensure this […]

Longest-serving employee to retire after 56 years at the University


Constance Rodgers, the longest serving employee at USC, will step down from her position and retire July 31 after serving the University community for 56 years. “My experience working with Connie has been one of just admiration,” said Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Carol Rush. “I really admire the way she handles […]

Dworak-Peck faces budget crisis and cuts


The Dworak-Peck School of Social Work may be forced to lay off nearly half its staff and most of its part-time employees amid a financial crisis caused by a new online degree programs launched in 2010, according to the Los Angeles Times. The programs, designed to boost tuition revenue, instead caused the school to drop […]