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, […]

No. 1 can be a curse instead of a blessing

Maybe Three Dog Night was on to something with its 1969 hit song “One.” The song presents a contrast to the value that being No. 1, regardless of how it is achieved, is of the utmost importance. With lines like “One is the loneliest number” and “it’s the saddest experience you’ll ever know,” I can’t […]