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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…

The Writer in the Community

Author, Author!

July 23, 2009

Fourth grader Alex Flores clamps down hard on his pencil to finish his story that begins, "One day I came to school and no one was there." In his tale, Alex turns invisible and hears Mario singing the SpongeBob SquarePants…

The Resident Honors Program (RHP) offers students the opportunity to enter USC after their junior year of high school. Photo credit Theo Jemison.

The Future is Now

July 16, 2009

When Alexa Sieracki received a letter from the USC College Resident Honors Program inviting her to apply to college one year early, she wasn't sure what to think. "At first I didn't know skipping my senior year of high school…

A New Face for USC College Magazine

A New Face for USC College Magazine

June 30, 2009

With this issue we launch the newly redesigned USC College Magazine. The aim of the publication's new design is to better capture the breadth and depth of the College through words and colorful images. We seek to continue…

This summer USC College archaeology students will blog about their experiences excavating and researching at various sites in Turkey, Spain, Alaska, Belize, Italy and Peru as well as the United States. Photo credit Emily Cavalcanti.

Something to Write Home About

June 11, 2009

Summer: time for most undergraduates to look for a part-time job or internship, or maybe just sleep in and get a tan. But if you happen to be a USC College archaeology student, your summer plans are a bit less…

Impending graduate and salutatorian Brenda Nuyen will enter medical school in the fall. Photo credit Dietmar Quistorf.

A White Coat is in Her Future

May 11, 2009

This summer, salutatorian Brenda Nuyen wants to learn how to surf. By recently mastering skateboarding, she feels up to the challenge. "I've been told this summer is my last free summer until retirement," said Nuyen, who…

Chemistry senior Marie Anne Cuevas took two top prizes in the undergraduate symposium for her research on nanocrystals and their applications to nanocomposite dielectrics. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Remarkable at Any Rate

April 22, 2009

A former high school cheerleader interested in studying theater, Marie Anne Cuevas may seem an unlikely student to excel in nanoscience. But Cuevas is a quintessential Trojan skillful in both the sciences and humanities.…

Department of Physical Education Director Steve VanKanegan and Administrative Assistant Amber Harris demonstrate proper weight training technique. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

PE Courses Cut Stress, Add Skills

April 21, 2009

Staying fit in college can be a challenge. For many students, their rigorous academic schedules barely leave time to breathe, let alone hit the gym regularly. USC College senior Jason Lubin said the best solution to his…

The Wrigley Institute

Coast Guard Approval for Connection to USC Catalina Campus

April 13, 2009

Travel to the USC campus on Catalina Island became much easier in early April when the U.S. Coast Guard approved passenger travel on a boat owned by USC and operated by the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. The…