Merrill Balassone is a media representative for USC University Media Relations. She writes about public policy, education, online learning, the humanities, admissions and student life, and is a contributing features writer for Trojan Family Magazine.
Stories by Merrill Balassone:
Californians side with Jerry Brown in UC tuition dispute
USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll finds voters oppose UC tuition increases, even if it means fewer spots for in-state students.
Kamala Harris has early lead for Senate; Antonio Villaraigosa faced uphill battle
USC Dornsife/LA Times poll shows the former mayor, who decided not to run for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat, was nearly 10 points behind the attorney general.
Alan Arkatov installation follows education panel
Policymakers discuss leverage of entertainment and new technologies in the classroom.
Transit takes a hit on Twitter: We even like the airlines more
The most negative comments are aimed at agencies in D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago, USC study finds.
College admissions officers look toward the future
Enrollment will be reshaped by demographics, K-12 reform and student engagement, professor says at conference hosted by USC.
A few dollars translates into health for elderly, USC study finds
Participants in developing countries spend supplemental money on food, medication and doctor visits.
Californians say they want change but still approve of Sens. Boxer and Feinstein
Strong support exists for the state’s emerging generation of Democratic leaders.
USC Dornsife/LA Times poll: Californians back plastic grocery bag ban
Even when prompted about potential costs and government overreach, most Californians don't want to overturn the ban.
Ebola no big concern to Californians, USC Dornsife/LA Times poll finds
46 percent of voters are ‘not at all worried’ that they or a family member will be exposed to the virus.
Standout students abound in the class of 2018
USC welcomes nearly 3,100 diverse and accomplished freshmen from 48 states and 52 countries.
Voters split on whether children crossing border illegally should stay
But nearly three in four Californians support proposed path to citizenship legislation.
Most Californians don’t feel mistreated by police, poll reveals
One-third of voters say police are tougher on African-Americans than any other group.
Advanced degree scholarships to boost students in Mexico
New agreement builds upon economic ties for both countries.
California voters reject tenure, layoff rules for public school teachers
A new PACE/USC Rossier Poll also shows voters have soured on Common Core State Standards despite increased awareness.
In latest poll, Californians say drought is a crisis that has little effect on daily lives
California voters prefer addressing water problem with conservation efforts rather than taxpayer dollars.
LA lands access to $1.3 billion for manufacturing thanks to USC-LA effort
Mayor Eric Garcetti and President C. L. Max Nikias announce federal designation with big implications for Southern California.
Students earn fruits of hard work at commencement: diplomas in droves
More than 15,700 diplomas and certificates awarded.
Commencement speaker Marc Benioff urges grads to ‘do something for others’
Alumnus addresses thousands of members of the Trojan Family celebrating the Class of 2014.
MBA grad will become eighth USC alum in his family over five generations
Dean Croshere’s great great grandfather graduated only 18 years after USC was founded.
Graduating? USC leaders and mentors share some words of wisdom
From a historian and best-selling author to an Olympic gold medalist and coach, USC's faculty and staff have a few choice lessons from experience for graduating seniors.
USC’s most selective admit group ever
One in eight admitted students would be the first in their families to attend college.
Rights, writs and rulings
The suit was filed by students who claim state laws governing teacher tenure deprive them of their right to a good education.
Online graduate education grows at USC
Despite moving with her family from Utah to Georgia and then Alaska, Janessa Hatch never misses a class thanks to USC's online program.
USC, Harvard, Stanford top 2013 fundraising
USC was recognized as one of the nation’s top three universities for fundraising in fiscal year 2013 by the Council for Aid to Education.