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Creative writing alumna Cory Martin published <em>Love Sick,</em> which chronicles her experience dating after learning she has multiple sclerosis. Photos courtesy of Cory Martin.

Writing offers purpose, connection for alumna diagnosed with MS

May 26, 2016

At 27, Cory Martin had the life any recent college graduate would dream of. She was living in Hollywood, writing scripts for TV — most notably for Fox’s teen drama The O.C. — and had a flourishing social…

Photo courtesy of Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library (1833-1841). “Butterflies And Moths” From Larva To Adult.

The Transgender Moment?

May 26, 2016

It’s a moment that most of us experience several times a day. And when we’re in public, most of us proceed almost without thinking to the nearest door bearing our corresponding gender signifier, the all-familiar…

Students hike with Ainsley Carry, far right, USC vice provost of student affairs. Photos by Tim Rue.

No lectern, no laptop? No problem for Trojans and their teachers hiking on SoCal’s scenic trails

May 26, 2016

Ask the average college student: “What’s your best memory involving a professor?” “Sitting near a waterfall munching on trail mix” probably won’t be the common response. But for a…

Alfonso Gonzales started at USC in 1947 as the first person in his family to go to college. Photos by Gus Ruelas.

Never Too Late

May 24, 2016

My first memory is of my grandmother. I’m 4 years old and she’s wearing a long dress and cooking tortillas in the boarding house she ran in the Lompoc, Calif., mining camp where I was born. Now, I am four years…

“I never envisioned myself working in fashion, although, I was always attracted to it,” Lauren Santo Domingo said. Photo by Andrew H. Walker.

Unapologetically Glamorous

May 24, 2016

Scroll through entrepreneur and style icon Lauren Santo Domingo’s Pinterest page and you will find an impeccably curated collection of images. On the social media site, Santo Domingo’s assemblages run the gamut of…

DNA was first identified in the late 1860s by Swiss chemist Friedrich Miescher, but nearly a century would pass before the famous three-dimensional double-helix structure would come to the fore. Fast forward another six decades to the present day, and science has laid bare the human genome in its entirety. Illustrations by Janice Kun.

Molecular You

May 24, 2016

Upbringing and circumstance — and the consequences of a lifetime of decisions — all shape us to varying degrees. And the environment undoubtedly plays some role. But, at the core of it all is our genetics, the…

The virtual nature of the online world can lull users into a false sense of security. But the dangers are real, and cyberspace can leave a lasting mark on incautious visitors. Illustrations by Matthew Pla Savino.

Personal Net Worth

May 24, 2016

For many parents, the inexorable approach of puberty and those awkward teenage years sends a clear signal that it is time for “the talk.” The conversation in mind, however, has nothing to do with birds or…

Edoardo Ponti. Photo by John Livzey.

The Craftsman

May 24, 2016

Taking a break from his work to talk about filmmaking, Edoardo Ponti’s eyes lit up. He leaned into his seat, a plush booth at the Soho House West Hollywood with a bird’s-eye view of Los Angeles, where he had been…

Millennials are often stigmatized as “slacktivists” who prefer using a hashtag or signing a petition on social media to being truly engaged. Illustrations by Justin Renteria.

Defying the Labels

May 24, 2016

The biggest generation since the boomers, U.S. millennials — those born between 1980 and 2000 — are the most technologically advanced and racially and ethnically diverse group in history. They are arguably also the…

James, who was incarcerated in state prison for 33 years, is the subject of a student-produced video centered on The Francisco Homes, a Los Angeles charity that helps “ex-lifers” re-integrate into society following their release.

Class brings together writing, film and community engagement

May 23, 2016

OPEN ON BLACK CUT TO: INT. VEHICLE, VIEW THROUGH WINDSHIELD – DUSK. The vehicle heads north up a freeway onramp, passing under several bridges. The hum of the vehicle in motion is all we hear. The camera’s focus…