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From left, Becca Klaver, (B.A., creative writing, '03); Paul Legault, (B.A., screenwriting, '07); and Juliana Wang, (B.A., creative writing, '07).

Taking a Poetic Path

November 17, 2009

The question is often asked, What does one do with a bachelor's degree in creative writing? In USC College, the answer is plenty. Many go on to publish books of poetry or fiction. Some go on to teach writing, become editors or…

Martin Hodis sits in the bleachers at La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid waiting for a bullfight to begin. Photo courtesy of Martin Hodis.

Saying ‘Si’ to a New Experience

November 12, 2009

Sometimes opportunity knocks. Other times, you have to force open the door, which is exactly what Martin Hodis did. Hodis, 19, a sophomore with an undecided major in USC College, sought out the Summer Study Abroad program one…

Kevin Kelly (left) and Ryan Drap, both seniors majoring in geography in USC College, stand next to their poster mapping out the air pollution levels near all roads in Los Angeles County. The poster and research won a top award by the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Students Austen Lee and Juan Morales were also on the winning team. The students had participated in the College's Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF). Photo credit Taylor Foust.

SURF Students Wave Hello to Top Award

November 3, 2009

USC College's Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) has made a splashy entrance. After the program's second official year, research produced by SURF students has won a top honor from the Association of Pacific Coast…

Seeking the Truth of the Khmer Rouge

Seeking the Truth of the Khmer Rouge

October 22, 2009

Born and raised in Prasat, a small village in Cambodia, Kosal Path was not yet one when the radical Communist Khmer Rouge came into power, igniting a genocide that would end in the massacre of nearly 2 million…

Wearing her USC T-shirt, Mary Ellen "Jem" Jebbia attends a coming-of-age celebration at a mosque during Ramadan in Malawi. Photo credit Karem Issa.

Eradicating Malaria in Malawi

October 12, 2009

Mary Ellen "Jem" Jebbia knows firsthand that the fight against malaria is more complicated than dispensing bed nets. The USC College senior spent three weeks in Malawi fighting malaria this summer through a Faiths Act…

It took linebacker Clay Matthews III three training camp practices to work his way into the Green Bay Packers' starting lineup. The USC College alumnus was the fifth person in his family to play football at USC. Left photo courtesy of Green Bay Packers, Trojan photo credit John Pyle.

Feat of Clay

September 1, 2009

Clay Matthews III has a tough act to follow.His father, grandfather and uncle played in the NFL. Clay Matthews, Jr. was a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons, while uncle Bruce Matthews, an…

USC College Welcome Day Picnic 2009. Photos by Laurie Hartzell.

A Trojan Greeting

August 24, 2009

  USC College welcomed roughly 1,800 freshmen and transfer students onto campus last week with an Aug. 21 picnic that included fried chicken, gifts and an inspirational talk by an innovative alumnus. 1.…

A multitude of freshmen arrived on campus the week before the fall semester begins Aug. 24. Here, students roll their belongings into New Residence Hall. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Their Adventure Begins

August 21, 2009

  Joy with a tinge of heartache was evident throughout campus on Move-In Day Aug. 19, as students unpacked boxes and plastic storage tubs in various residence halls with the help of their parents. Farewell scenes were…

The Power of Attorney

The Power of Attorney

August 14, 2009

A hushed gallery watches as the defense attorney, dapper in a navy pants suit and rectangular glasses, gestures dramatically with her hands. "Events will show that the two exchanged heated words," says Lisa Cui, pacing the…

Blair Jason (left) and Annie Gillman stand in a section of the Oriental Pearl Tower. Photo courtesy of Jason and Gillman.

Learning from ‘On Top of the World’

July 30, 2009

A tall, mysterious edifice looms over Shanghai. The Oriental Pearl Tower, located in the Pudong district, juts out of the landscape as if from another place and time. USC College undergraduates Annie Gillman and Blair Jason…