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Shackles and torture instruments sit on a rusty iron bed in the Toul Sleng S-21 prison in Cambodia. In some rooms, photographs of the victim found dead in a bed years earlier hang on walls.

Getting to the Roots of Evil

November 1, 2010

The weary oak carries the burden of a hideous past. Against its trunk, Khmer Rouge soldiers bashed the delicate skulls of infants and small children, tossing their lifeless bodies into open pits. As if weeping, a deep…

Gang Therapy

Gang Therapy

November 1, 2010

Caitlin Smith enters the Los Angeles home of 19-year-old gang member Edgar*. She has a plan of action and a stack of job applications. That day, they are going to fill out the applications together and drop them off at local…

Student, Athlete, Physician,  Hero

For the Love of Giving

November 1, 2010

“The most difficult Latin I translated was Cicero,” began Dr. William Stetson, an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Burbank, Calif., and a 1982 graduate of USC College. “I spent more time on my…

Faculty Notes

November 1, 2010

Thorsten Becker, associate professor of earth sciences, co-authored “Shaping Mobile Belts by Small-scale Convection,” which appeared in the June 3, 2010, issue of the journal Nature. Becker has been appointed…

Faculty Bookplate

November 1, 2010

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Random House / Professor of English Aimee Bender's new novel tells the story of young Rose Edelstein, who can literally taste the emotions of whoever prepares her food, giving her…

Brett Crosby '95, is a group manager for Google Analytics. Photo credit Alden DeSoto.

Wired for Change

November 1, 2010

So you want to leave a positive mark. Brett Crosby did too. As a USC College undergraduate in the ’90s, watershed events locally and nationally got him fired up. The Los Angeles riots in the aftermath of the Rodney King…

USC College Board of Councilors (front to back; left to right): Yossie Hollander, Richard S. Flores, Susan Casden, Diane Dixon, Richard Cook, William Barkett, Robin Broidy, Leslie Berger, Michael Reilly, Lawrence Piro, USC College Dean Howard Gillman, Kelly Porter, Shane Foley, USC College Board of Councilors Chair Jana  Waring Greer, Joan Abrahamson, MaryLou Boone, Gerald Papazian, Mitchell Lew, Harry Robinson, and Kumarakulasingam “Suri” Suriyakumar  Not pictured: Jay V. Berger, Robert D. Beyer, Gregory Brakovich, James Corfman, Robert R. Dockson, Lisa M. Goldman, Janice Bryant Howroyd, Suzanne Nora Johnson, Stephen G. Johnson, Samuel King, David Y. Lee, Andrew Littlefair, Robert Osher, Alicia Smotherman, Glenn A. Sonnenberg, and Rosemary Tomich. Photo credit Steve Cohn.

Welcome Aboard

November 1, 2010

William Barkett is president of Merjan Financial Corporation, a La Jolla, Calif.-based real estate investment firm. He also is a co-founder and principal of Energy Systems International, a leading Clean Development Mechanism…

Top row, from left: Jennifer Padilla, Sheena Khanna, Alice Hall-Partyka. Middle row, from left: Steve Zhou, Maurice Turner. Seated: Patrick “P.J.” Atchison. Photo credit Phil Channing.

We Want to Change the World. Show Us How.

November 1, 2010

Before entering USC College, these freshmen saw what they needed to do and took action. Their motivations differ. For Maurice Turner, his Aunt Laura’s Alzheimer’s set him in motion. Alice Hall-Partyka became fed up…

Steve Zhou. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Triumph Over Tragedy

November 1, 2010

Steve Zhou Major: Biochemistry Activities: Executive Council Member, Henry M. Gunn Student Council; First-place Winner, 2008 U.S. Open Showcase Solo for Senior Division Piano; Board Member, Interact…

Margo Reid Brown is director of California’s new Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as CalRecycle. Photo courtesy of Margo Reid Brown.

Trash Talk

November 1, 2010

According to Margo Reid Brown ’85, almost every item you use on a daily basis can be recycled or reused. In her position as director of California’s new Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as…