South side of Leavey Library USC student study area (Photo/Ed Carreon) Chill Out

We Asked for Your Top USC Campus Spots. Here Are Your Faves

The Trojan Family shares favorite hidden gems and secret study nooks on the University Park Campus.

7 min readAlumni Life, Student Life, Alumni, Buildings, Students, USC History
work from home during COVID-19 More flexible work arrangements are a likely outcome of COVID-19. (Illustration/ Harry Campbell) Future of Work

The 8 Ways That COVID-19 Will Transform Businesses, Jobs and Our Working Lives

From the gig economy to remote offices, USC business and policy experts imagine the future of work.

9 min readBusiness, Social Impact, Business Strategy, Career Services, COVID-19, Economics, Social Policy, Urban Planning
Illustration of a silhouette of a person holding a piece of paper and a briefcase with smaller silhouettes of other people inside against a light-blue background A new business model lets employees contribute to different areas based on their skills and interests. (Illustration/Harry Campbell) Future of Work

Full-Time Employee or Gig Worker: Could You Be Both at the Same Company?

At some businesses, in-house “gig marketplaces” allow employees to flex skills outside their normal job duties.

3 min readBusiness, Business Strategy, Career Services, Center for Effective Organizations
Illustration of a city street with a large hand rolling out a red carpet along the roadway Many workers are seeking a return to urban offices, partly due to the appeal of nearby amenities. (Illustration/Harry Campbell) Future of Work

Why COVID-19 Won’t Make Downtown Office Buildings Obsolete

As more companies go remote, the predicted demise of big cities — and their downtown working hubs — may be overblown, a USC real estate expert says.

3 min readBusiness, Business Strategy, Real Estate, Urban Planning
essential workers' toolbelt Workers in critical industries like health care, logistics and agriculture should be rewarded with respect and better pay. (Illustration/Harry Campbell) Future of Work

What’s the Future for Essential Workers After COVID-19?

A sociology professor says the services of grocery store workers, agricultural laborers, caretakers and others need to be prioritized in America.

3 min readBusiness, Social Impact, Economics, Social Policy, Sociology
Taylor Donsker furniture designer Taylor Donsker draws on his architecture background to design furniture inspired by nature. (Photo by Jack Strutz) Against the Grain

How a USC Architect Turned His Design Talents to Making Innovative Furniture

An architect-turned-woodworker draws inspiration from the natural world.

3 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Architecture, Design, Entrepreneurship
players in profile symbolizing college athlete mental health A focus on mental health helps USC student-athletes balance academics, sports and life. (Photo/John McGillen/USC Athletics) Game Changers

Let’s Talk About the Quiet Crisis in College Sports: Mental Health

Student-athletes have long stayed silent about depression. USC sport psychologists are telling them it’s OK to get help — and they’re not alone.

15 min readAthletics, Health, Mental Health, Psychology, Students
An illustration of a book with the American flag on the cover opening and four students floating out of it along the red and white stripes (Illustration/Hanna Barczyk) Class Action

Revitalize Civics Education By Connecting Real-World Action to the Classroom

In an age of disinformation and disaffection, how do we teach the next generation of informed, active citizens?

4 min readSocial Impact, Civic Engagement, Education, Faculty, Schools
USC students showing victory sign in Zoom meeting USC students found friendship and community online during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo/Courtesy of USC Campus Activities) Virtual Fun

6 Ways Students Made Friends and De-Stressed During a Pandemic Year Apart

From growing plants and crafting to meeting with book clubs and playing board games, USC students flexed their creativity while creating online communities.

7 min readStudent Life, COVID-19, Events, Students
USC alumni mentor Adrienne Visnic and student Ziming Jim Liu Actress and singer Adrienne Visnic offers advice to aspiring entertainers like Ziming Jim Liu as a mentor at USC. (Photo/Gus Ruelas) Role Model

A Friend in the Business: Trojan Network Connects USC Undergrad and Hollywood Mentor

As an aspiring actor pursues a creative career in entertainment, he can lean on the advice and guidance of a multitalented fellow Trojan.

8 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Student Life, Alumni, Dramatic Arts, Entertainment, Students
An illustration of a student in a graduation gown climbing a staircase of books while another student is left behind unable to climb onto the books (Illustration/Hanna Barczyk) Class Action

Educators Need to Break the Academic Bias Against Young Men of Color

Studies show that teachers and counselors often hold low expectations of boys from minority communities.

4 min readSocial Impact, Diversity, Education, Faculty, Race and Ethnicity, Schools
A collage of comics scenes by Isabella Melendez and Knox Lopez, including a scientist in aquamarine and red tones and a guitarist with blue hair and a shiny blue guitar An online anthology showcases student work from a USC comics design course. (Illustrations/Isabella Melendez and Knox Lopez) Comic Relief

A Comics Class Gives Student Artists a Creative Outlet to New Worlds

USC art students pen graphic stories during their pandemic time apart that capture adventures in ancient Rome, futuristic robots and more.

2 min readArts, Student Life, Digital Arts, Students, Visual Arts
(Photo/Steve Cohn) Alumni Aces

7 Outstanding Alumni Who Bring Honor to the Trojan Family

The university honors outstanding Trojans at the 87th USC Alumni Awards ceremony.

3 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni, Alumni Association, Awards
people streaming video games Video games have the power to bring people together, says USC's Gordon Bellamy (Photo/iStock) State of Play

The Future of Video Games: More Interactive, More Global — and More Streaming?

A gaming industry pioneer talks about how far games have come and how streaming is leveling up interactive experiences.

8 min readScience/Technology, Faculty, Video Games
alumni from usc david meniane and lev peker USC alums David Meniane and Lev Peker turned from financially troubled to wildly successful. (Photo/Courtesy of Up to Speed

A Simple Strategy Helped These Trojans Create an Online Business Success

USC alums put a once-struggling automotive parts company on the fast track. Here’s how they made it work.

3 min readAlumni Life, Business, Accounting, Alumni, Business Strategy
USC Trojan Knights crest Century of Service

Trojan Knights Share Memories from a Century of Spirit, Service and Stunts

A campus cornerstone, the Trojan Knights mark 100 years of dedication to USC tradition and school spirit.

6 min readAlumni Life, Student Life, Alumni, Students, USC History
Illustration of a man and a woman carrying a large blue vaccine bottle between them as they walk along the tops of other bottles USC experts are using data and findings from their research to press for action on disparities in health and well-being. (Illustration/Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images) Fair Care

As Health Disparities Grow in America, USC Researchers Look for Answers in the Data

With racial and socioeconomic inequality come inequities in well-being.

16 min readHealth, Social Impact, Diversity, Health Care, Health Policy, Public Health, Social Policy
virtual art museum tour of USC Pacific Asia Museum Users can step into the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s galleries with this 3D immersive experience. (Video/USC Pacific Asia Museum) State of the Art

How the Pandemic Changed Museums Forever (or Did It?)

They had to rethink how to connect with the public. Turns out “Botticelli on Zoom” and art talks from the couch might change the way Americans get their culture fix.

12 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Alumni Life, COVID-19 Heroes, Digital Arts, Fine Arts, Media Arts, Museums, Visual Arts
USC alumni day of scervice volunteers on beach Trojans filled trash bags with cans, bottles, face masks, cigarette butts and more during a USC Alumni Day of SCervice event. (Photo/Michael Owen Baker) Pitching In

2021 USC Alumni Day of SCervice Welcomes Back Trojans After a Year Apart

Volunteers clean up a Santa Monica beach in one of scores of service projects worldwide.