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USC joins new biotech college alliance


USC has joined the Alliance for Southern California Innovation, a non-profit collaboration between universities, research institutes and businesses to expand the biotech entrepreneurial space of the Southern California region. Steve Poizner, a serial tech entrepreneur and former California insurance commissioner, is leading the alliance, with plans to grow the region’s start-ups to the level of […]

USC recognizes its first Student-Parent Association


In February 2017, graduate student Staci L. Young founded USC’s first Student-Parent Association (SPA). This organization consists of currently enrolled USC students of all levels who are either pregnant or parents. Young, a Master of Communication Management student, single-handedly founded the organization before it was recognized by the University. As the organization’s president, Young focuses […]

Incoming freshman class largest, most diverse in history


USC will welcome 3,350 freshman students this fall, the biggest incoming freshman class in the University’s history. Although admission offers decreased from 9,181 offers in 2015 to 8,980 offers in 2017, the number of students accepting their offer has been on the rise. 32 percent of freshman accepted their admissions offer in 2015; this number […]

USC Village dining hall emphasizes health, sustainability


Complete with stained glass windows, a collegiate gothic ceiling and cardinal and gold banners showcasing the Five Traits of a Trojan, the USC Village dining hall has been frequently compared to Hogwarts. However, Chef Nathan Martinez is trying to set it apart as an icon that stands on its own. “We’d rather call it a […]

Proposal for fall break is under President Nikias’ review


The Undergraduate Student Government has spent three years attempting to implement a fall break into the academic calendar. In April, USG presented evidence supporting the mental health benefits students would reap from a fall break to the Academic Senate, which unanimously voted in favor of the proposal. The proposal will be presented to President C. […]

Keck Medical Center is among top in state


Keck Medical Center of USC ranked as the 10th-best hospital in California and fifth best in the Los Angeles metro area, according to the U.S. News & World Report ranking. The rankings recognize medical centers in the United States that provide the best patient care and specialized treatments for specific needs. “Keck Medicine of USC […]

Ground zero café closed for renovations


Ground Zero Performance Café will be closed during the upcoming year for renovations, the student-run business announced on their Facebook page on Aug. 10. “With heavy hearts are we making this announcement,” the announcement said. “We are extremely saddened that Ground Zero will be closed this next year.” The café, which features live student performances, […]

Roski dean to become dean at Iovine and Young


Erica Muhl, dean of the USC Roski School of Art and Design, will not renew her deanship when her term expires in 2018, and will transition into her role as the inaugural dean of the Iovine and Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. Muhl is scheduled to transition after her Roski […]

USC appoints head of student health


USC Student Affairs and the Keck School of Medicine appointed Dr. Sarah Van Orman as the chief medical officer of student health on Aug. 1. In this position, she will oversee the two student health centers on the University Park and Health Sciences campus, respectively. Van Orman was previously the University of Wisconsin’s university health […]

Strength in stability for Helton, USC heading into new campaign


For fans of storied college football programs, a reassuring feeling surfaces every year. Bolstered by NFL Draft hype and heralded recruiting classes, institutions such as USC always feel on the verge of national dominance. This perspective has no reason to falter for Trojan fans this year, as head coach Clay Helton’s squad will more likely […]