Stories by Nathan Carter:
Orientation Programs takes five with I Am a Trojan
Faithful. Scholarly. Skillful. Courageous. Ambitious. These five traits, inscribed on the base of the Tommy Trojan statue, are the focus of a new university-wide initiative: I Am a Trojan.
Comedian Eddie Izzard makes history
USC students got a history lesson from British comedian Eddie Izzard, who gave a surreal account of civilization ranging from the Big Bang to the moon landing.
Troy Camp comes to campus
The cheers of 170 young champions rang across campus on Sept. 9 as USC Troy Camp hosted its very own Olympic Games — the first of several monthly events.
Hard work and big dreams pay off
Troy Camp counselor Saroya Sandiford knows how much of an impact the camp can make on a young child.
Workshops and more for Topping scholars
To make sure they started the school year prepared, recipients of the Norman Topping scholarship gathered for the annual new scholar breakfast and all-scholar retreat.
Convocation recognizes the past and welcomes the future
At the annual New Student Convocation, USC President C. L. Max Nikias honored the university’s connection to the past and the transformative students and faculty that will lead it into a new era.
USC’s cultural centers celebrate happy anniversaries
For many of USC’s cultural centers, 2012 marks a milestone year.
Incoming frosh thrives on variety of experiences
As an incoming freshman at USC, Andy Billings plans do to everything except take the narrow path.
Mona Cravens wins President’s Award for Staff Achievement
Mona Cravens has won the President’s Award for Staff Achievement, which recognizes one full-time staff member each year who has made outstanding contributions to the enhancement of USC.
USC series stresses educational issues
Each year, 1.2 million U.S. students drop out of high school, with less than 60 percent of black and Latino students making it to graduation.
From the Web to the wall
Trousdale Parkway and Main Street intersect at Our Neighborhoods, Our Stories, a collaboration between the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and USC Spectrum.
USC parents honor the faculty
When USC students praise the teachers who found them high-level internships or research opportunities half a world away, parents can do more than listen. They can take action.
The Next Generation Explores Careers in Student Affairs
The 2011 Western Regional Careers in Student Affairs Day brought more than 600 students from across California to the USC campus for a day of networking, inspiration and education.
USC Spectrum Sleepwalks With Mike Birbiglia
If comedian Mike Birbiglia has a mission statement, it’s this: “We’re among strangers now: I can tell the truth.”
Global Fellows Program recruits Taipei personalities
Students can forgo that part-time job at Starbucks and set their sights on East Asia thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Freeman Foundation supporting the USC Global Fellows Internship Program.
A Freshman Who Changes Minds and Hearts
Incoming freshman Lauren Pelo wants to change people’s hearts – with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or a septal occluder.
From the Fringe to the Mainstream
As a performer, incoming freshman Morgan Lutich has spent some time on the fringe.
Staff and Faculty Have a Ball With Intramural Sports
On a typical Wednesday, members of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Office of Master’s and Professional Programs finish their day, grab their gloves and become the MAPP Marauders – a force to be reckoned with in Recreational Sports’ intramural summer softball league.
Assessment Symposium Goes Around the World in 240 Minutes
Want to know how international students imagine life in the United States? The Cosby Show might be a good place to start.
USC Spectrum Gives Students a Friday Night Fix
On Friday night, students chasing the hottest bands in L.A. can drive to the Hotel Café, the Echo or Spaceland — or they can head to Tommy’s Place for pool, drinks and a Friday Night Fix from groups such as L.A. indie favorite Kisses.
USC Parents Association Earns Volunteer Award
The USC Parents Association serves parents even as it helps them serve. That commitment was recognized when the association earned the Alumni Volunteer Organization of the Year award at the USC Alumni Association’s volunteer recognition dinner. The award celebrates organizations that best engage alumni and build a culture of philanthropy.
Cultural Centers Celebrate Commencement
A dancing troupe in traditional Aztec garb leads a drum procession down McClintock; students in Bovard Auditorium harmonize on Lift Every Voice and Sing; and the sounds of an electric violin wash over the USC Roski School of Fine Art’s south lawn. It’s the night before Commencement, and USC’s cultural centers are celebrating their newest graduates.
Student Affairs Goes Green
In an effort to become the leanest, greenest office of Student Affairs, departments are racing to complete USC’s Green Office Certification Program this spring.
Student Union to Host Contreras Paintings
This semester, artist Albert Contreras will bring a little color to USC, as Student Affairs and the USC Fisher Museum of Art display his paintings in the newly renovated Student Union basement.