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2010 News Archives

Patrick “P.J.” Atchison. Photo by Phil Channing.

Building Dreams

November 1, 2010

Patrick "P.J." Atchison Major: Economics Activities: President, Garces Memorial High School Democrats Club; Co-founder, Pencils for Africa community collection; Participant, Bakersfield Teen City Government; Senior…

Alice Hall-Partyka. Photo by Phil Channing.

Ambitious, Just Add Water

November 1, 2010

Alice Hall-Partyka Major: Environmental StudiesActivities: Co-president, Rainforest Ecology Institute; Member and Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, Girl Scouts of the USA; Community Service Participant, Rustic…

Alumni Bookplate

Alumni Bookplate

November 1, 2010

HiStory of Santa Monica Aqueous Books / Michael Atwood's (MPW, ’04) collection of short stories is thematically linked by the characters, who are struggling to realize their Hollywood dreams, and the setting —…

Photo credit Joseph Voves.

Our Future Is in Their Hands

November 1, 2010

Manuel Pastor calls it the “game-changer.” In Los Angeles County, one-third of the residents are immigrants, nearly half the workforce is foreign-born, two-thirds of children have at least one immigrant parent, and…

Illustration by Emily Cavalcanti.

Alternate Realities, One America

November 1, 2010

I don’t know where to begin. Maybe with the nice lady from the church group who assured me one day over lunch that at present rates of birth and immigration, Muslims will “take over” this country within a…

Maurice Turner. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Keeping Memories Alive

November 1, 2010

Maurice Turner Major: Biochemistry  Minor: Neuroscience Activities: Chapter President, Jack and Jill of America, San Diego; President, Kudos Youth Group; San Diego Links Achiever; President, Pathways2College;…

While many disaster studies document recovery over the course of a single year, Andrew Curtis of American studies and ethnicity and his team use spatial video to capture how long the rebuilding process can take. Curtis' video stills from a street corner in Holy Cross, one of the New Orleans neighborhoods hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, show how one house’s reconstruction took five years to begin. Images courtesy of Andrew Curtis.

Keeping a Promise

November 1, 2010

Andrew Curtis is a man of his word. When he left Louisiana, friends asked point blank if he was going to desert them. “USC offered me a position in 2006, but I delayed a year to continue my post-Katrina disaster…

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…