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Student life: Daily Trojan starts year off with a huge — I say, huge — first issue

From its high-art cover (check out Frank Stella’s building-size mural on the phone company building downtown for a precedent) to a back-page ad counseling students on how to tiptoe around a closed Doheny library without really trying, the Daily Trojan’s debut issue is a winner.

The hefty student newspaper reported on the latest news, carried lots of opinion, features, reviews, advice, sports and ads ads ads.

Although copies weren’t available in all the usual newsstands, circulation was wide. In addition, the issue can be read on line at

Some samples at random:

“Just as the board on the front page was assembled with momentos given to me by others,. . . the Daily Trojan should be composed of the ideas and opinions of the entire USC community.” Christine Frey, editor in chief.

“Trying to impose some sort of plan or organization on thousands of disaffected demonstrators is a bit like trying to keep USC students off the football field after a victory over UCLA – it ain’t gonna happen.” –editorial writer Tim Crockett.

“While many college students flipped burgers or parked cars this summer, these USC students [DNC interns] spent the last week working up to 16 hours each day alongside politicians, journalists and lobbyists.” -–from a story by staff writer Dana Nichols.

“At a university where the number of graduate and professional students rivals that of undergraduates, the attention given to them is considerably less. The Graduate and Professional Student Senate hopes to change that.” -–from a story by staff writer Loren Chidoni.

“Students will be flashing more than just their new duds at school this year. The USCard has also undergone a complete makeover.” –from a story by Francesca Cimino, assistant city editor.

And there’s more: A lifestyle section, “Hangin’ Around,” that guides readers through USC clubs, radio, TV and offers college coping tips.

An “Around Town” section takes readers through leisure-time thrills, from nightclubs to beaches to coffee houses.

Then there’s “Sports,” a 20-page rundown that tells readers more than they’ve ever hoped to know about the Trojan football team – plus enough basketball to whet the appetite for the season ahead.

Congratulations to Editor Frey and her colleagues. This must go down as one of the great Daily Trojan issues ever.

–Alfred Kildow

Student life: Daily Trojan starts year off with a huge — I say, huge — first issue

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