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Erroll Southers, left, and Raphael Bostic discuss gun control, transportation safety and national security at a Feb. 6 "Students Talk Back" forum organized by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, housed in USC Dornsife. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Students Take on Gun Control

February 14, 2013

David Meister, international relations major in USC Dornsife, believes in the Second Amendment. He said those cleared and not psychologically unstable should be permitted to carry a firearm. “That being said, I’m…

The altruistic behavior of bees — social insects completely devoted to the queen and willing to surrender their lives to defend their hive in the face of predators, thereby allowing their species to become the most successful pollinators on the planet — was cited in the short movie <em>A Very Altruistic Christmas</em>, winner of the USC Science Film Competition. Photo by Kevin Frates.

Altruism Wins Out

February 8, 2013

Why should we adopt altruistic behavior rather than act out of self-interest? Filmed on the USC campus, A Very Altruistic Christmas answers this compelling moral question using the science of biological altruism by dramatizing…

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) in USC Dornsife discusses the science behind emotional aptitude during a recent conference about what kind of students to look for in the college admissions process. Photo by Elizabeth Mercer.

Beyond High GPAs and SATs

January 24, 2013

Her audience was admissions officers and counselors from the most elite universities and high schools in the country, all familiar with dissecting GPA and SAT scores to judge the merit of a student who plans to enter…

Tory Holland, a senior in USC Dornsife, took advantage of the many scholarship opportunities at USC, some from the USC Alumni Association. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Becoming Scholarship Savvy

January 16, 2013

USC Dornsife senior Tory Holland was holding down a job at the Joint Educational Project (JEP), working 15 hours a week supervising volunteers while taking classes as a double major. Some days, she worked and took classes…

Residential Education’s Rainbow Floor — which collaborates with other Student Affairs departments, including the LGBT Resource Center — is a safe space where people can be themselves, says resident assistant and USC Dornsife senior Kevin Steen.

Colorful Leadership for Rainbow Floor

January 11, 2013

USC Dornsife senior Kevin Steen is currently the resident assistant (RA) for the Rainbow Floor, but what he called the “fabulous lifestyle” of the LGBT community in L.A. intimidated him when he first arrived from…

USC Dornsife senior Michael Rosenthal at the 2012 NCAA men’s water polo championship tournament at McDonald’s Swim Stadium Dec. 2. He was named tournament MVP following the white-knuckle 11-10 victory against the UCLA Bruins. Photo by Dan Avila/USC Sports Information.

'The Cherry on Top'

December 12, 2012

Here’s the scene: The USC men’s water polo team is swimming in their home pool for the 2012 NCAA tournament against crosstown rival the UCLA Bruins. A year ago, the Trojans had achieved a history-making four-year…

USC Dornsife senior Alexander Fullman, a political science major, is the recipient of a coveted 2013 Marshall Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

USC Dornsife Senior Named 2013 Marshall Scholar

November 20, 2012

USC Dornsife political science major Alexander Fullman has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship, one of the most coveted honors an American undergraduate can receive. He is planning to attend the University of Oxford next Fall…

Johnny Strange

High Priorities

October 30, 2012

Johnny Strange’s life is anything but ordinary. At the tender age of 17, when most high school juniors are busy preparing for their SATs, Strange was embarking on a journey to climb the world’s highest…

Sarah Portnoy (right), lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese in USC Dornsife, and Daina Solomon, food blogger at the <em>L.A. Weekly</em> who audited Portnoy's class, enjoy shrimp tacos and <em>aguachile</em> at the <em>Mariscos Jalisco lonchera</em>. Photo by Susan Bell.

Chicken Necks and Chili Queens

October 24, 2012

USC Dornsife Spanish major Daniel Arellano picks morsels of sizzling meat from the delicate bones of a fried chicken neck and stuffs them into a warm tortilla, garnishing the resulting taco with freshly chopped onion and…

USC Dornsife's Laurie Brand (left to right), Fayez Hammad and Sherman Jackson were panelists during the recent discussion, “Outrage in the Middle East: The Video Incident.” Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Manufactured Outrage

October 15, 2012

Even in the highest levels of United States government, the cause of the demonstrations in the Middle East — and the killing of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya — following the online release of a trailer for a…