Stories by Julie Riggott:
5 songs from USC student musicians shine in quarantine competition
The Quarantunes Student Music Competition gave USC Thornton students a fresh opportunity to get creative during the pandemic.
USC’s Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab awards $125K in seed money for good
The lab’s Social Venture Coaching Competition seeds four USC startups and gains a wider audience — thanks to being held online.
USC music professors learn how to teach from a distance
Faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music are rethinking their curriculum to maximize opportunities for musicians practicing social distancing.
Young people still prefer grocery shopping at the store, not online
Grocery apps are growing. But Gen Zs and millennials still enjoy browsing the aisles, USC Marshall research shows.
How the civil rights movement sparked a new era of diversity at USC’s law school
Current and past members of the Black Law Students Association celebrate more than five decades of building community at USC Gould and beyond.
This USC law alum opened up new opportunities for Chinese Americans
You Chung Hong fought to repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and helped thousands of immigrants reunite with their families, becoming the nation’s foremost Chinese attorney.
USC Leventhal alum funds scholarship in his grandmother’s name
Jake Davidson, himself the beneficiary of a full-tuition Mork Family Scholarship, knew he wanted to honor his grandmother, Selma Davidson, after she passed away.
Trojan connects with youngest refugees through music
USC Thornton student brings songs into the lives of Kurdish children during a service trip — despite a language barrier.
Veterans run freshmen through USC leadership training exercises
Global Leadership Program freshmen join Master of Business for Veterans for a morning of military inspired exercises meant to sharpen leadership skills and challenge strategic thinking.
Midori Goto brings hope, harmony and music to Sri Lanka
As the USC Distinguished Professor prepares for the next stage of her professional life, she looks back at a meaningful, memorable trip with students.
Three cellists answer L.A. Philharmonic’s urgent call
The performers get three days to prepare a daunting piece of new music — and then perform it live at a U.S. premiere.
Two social entrepreneurs change how companies give — and give back
Gifts for Good helps companies conceive practical gifts for employees, customers and clients that benefit nonprofits.
Trade secrets need love, too: USC Marshall offers entrepreneur’s guide to intellectual property
A groundbreaking fall course introduces important but often overlooked fundamentals of patents, copyrights, trademarks and more.
Study surprise: Experiences (like vacations) win over material goods if credit is how you’re paying
It wasn’t always this way: USC Marshall research shows people now opt for the adventure rather than something that lasts, like a couch.
Taco Wednesday and selfies help alum bring old-school restaurant into the Instagram age
Omar Lopez changed his family’s decades-old Mexican nightclub using entrepreneurial skills learned at USC Marshall.
Wonder why those happy memories fade? You’re programmed that way
New USC Marshall research suggests that people overestimate how much they’ll recall from a good time in their life: “People simply forget to remember.”
USC Thornton grads win the game of musical chairs with worldwide orchestras
Beating the odds, Trojans grab full-time posts with celebrated symphonies.
Couple raises money to feed 25,000 children instead of throwing a lavish wedding
USC Marshall alum and sweetheart gather funds for the campaign, but the deadline is Valentine’s Day.
Midori Goto, students share music beyond the concert hall
The USC Thornton Distinguished Professor joins Trojans who perform for appreciative audiences in Mexico.
Our easy excuse to eat badly: Someone else is serving the food
USC Marshall research explains how being less involved with serving our own meals can lead to large portions.
The simple water filter that could save lives around the world
USC senior’s Club H2O is the first step to launching a global business spun off from that charity.
Long-term behavior change is key to creating healthy habits, research shows
Policymakers changed public opinion on smoking. New USC Marshall research suggests the same techniques can get us to exercise, eat better and be more healthy.
USC law professor has seen how corruption can lead to government failures
Abby Wood, who studies campaign finance disclosure, hopes to discover general truths about good governance.
Musical questions? A dean and his faculty have enough answers to fill a book
Robert A. Cutietta answers offbeat questions each week in his “Ask the Dean” segment on KUSC.