Stories by Gus Ruelas:
Monks create beautiful art at USC Pacific Asia Museum — then destroy it
The making of the colorful sand mandala and then its destruction is a ritual symbolizing the impermanent nature of life.
Introducing a new Trojan tradition: the All Hall Dinner
The new event gave students from the various residential colleges a chance to get to know each other.
Parents of new first-generation students get an earful — of helpful advice
Reception offers support for parents of new Trojans who are the first in their family to attend college.
USC commencement 2016: The day in pictures
From dawn till doves to diplomas, take a look through the memorable images of an unforgettable day.
Petraeus on hand as panels honoring USC veterans are unveiled
Event is among scheduled to honor veterans as holiday approaches.
Did you drop, cover and hold on?
USC officials and volunteers turn out for the annual Great California ShakeOut drill.
Beautiful sand painting draws admirers, then it’s gone
The traditional Buddhist mandala, created at the University Religious Center, is a reminder that material life is not permanent.
Coliseum crew gets ready for some football
Watch as the field gets its shine on for Saturday’s season opener against Arkansas State.
A life-changing accident leads to USC, and an unexpected future
Stephen Wilson never thought much about college. Now it’s an integral part of his new life.
New students welcomed with pomp and circumstance (and pancakes)
New Student Convocation is a USC tradition; so is free food.
From move in to ‘Fight On’: Campus comes to life with Move-in Day arrivals
Boxes and bins are the rule of the day as students arrive, with President Nikias and his wife on hand to say hello and pose for a selfie or two.
Ostrow School dentists bring smiles to downtown Los Angeles
Staff and students bring much-needed services to the Union Rescue Mission.
USC commencement 2015: The day in pictures
From smiles to selfies to sunshine (eventually), it was a day of Trojan pride.
The envelope, please: Admission letters go out in the mail
Attention, future Trojans: Members of the USC Class of 2019 will be getting big news very soon.
New hairstyle means new insight at Black History Month demonstration
Professional and volunteer stylists set up shop in front of Tommy Trojan.
Chinese student group hosts colorful Spring Gala
Annual event features music and dance performances.
President delivers annual address to the USC faculty
Nikias meets with educators at the Health Sciences and University Park campuses.
Conquest 2014 fires up Trojans
In anticipation of the USC-UCLA football showdown, Trojans show their school pride at a spirited bonfire rally.
From soldier to student: University life inspires veteran
After serving more than four years in the U.S. Army, USC Leventhal School of Accounting student David Flores is closing in on his dream of a college degree.
Hall of learning for future business students gets a grand start
USC Marshall’s Fertitta Hall will offer needed classroom space.
Just another day of stardom for pop musicians
Watch students in USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program command the stage in this slideshow.
Interactive media master’s degree students show and tell
On their way to their Master of Fine Arts degrees, Interactive Media & Games Division students combine design, art and technology.
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.