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Samantha Bricio in action. Photo by John McGillen.

Women’s volleyball captain Samantha Bricio says adios to USC — for now

May 16, 2016

Sophomore setter Baylee Johnson lovingly calls her Trojan volleyball teammates the “gang of giraffes.” At 6 feet 2 inches, Samantha Bricio certainly fits that description. But when she first arrived as a…

Alfonso Gonzales started at USC in 1947 as the first person in his family to go to college. On Friday, he will officially complete his USC Dornsife degree. Photos by Gus Ruelas.

WWII vet returns to USC to finish his studies

May 12, 2016

This semester, one Trojan has taken the adage “better late than never” to a whole new level. On May 13, 96-year-old World War II veteran Alfonso Gonzales will become the oldest graduate in USC history as he…

Brothers Aldo, Adrian and Alex Trinidad, from left, with their mother Rosario. Photo by Will Chiang.

Transfer student moves from LA Trade Tech to a Ph.D. program at USC

May 11, 2016

It was a small token, handed out to neighborhood third-graders visiting the University Park Campus two decades ago. A simple bookmark with a photograph of Tommy Trojan and “Norman Topping Student Aid Fund” printed…

Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Brooke Kidner, Will Orr and Kirsten Herr.

Scholarship, service and success mark three students’ academic journeys

May 4, 2016

Brooke Kidner: Willing and Able Photo by Mike Glier. It was 2014, and Brooke Kidner was in the hospital again. She was combating severe nausea, headaches and chronic nerve pain, and was sleeping nearly 20 hours a…

Cardinal, Gold and Rubi: First-Gen College Student's Journey

Cardinal, Gold and Rubi

May 4, 2016

From her South L.A. high school through her USC Dornsife graduation, we followed Rubi Garcia, a first-generation college student, through the years. We watched her grow as a person and a scholar as she talks about her…

USC Dornsife junior Cashae Ellis discusses 2016 Ballot measures with a group of high school students studying local government. Photos by Mike Glier.

Undergraduates lead civic engagement program for local high school students

April 4, 2016

Despite most being bilingual themselves, New Designs Charter Schools students Michael, Cora, Joselyn, Emmanuel, Eduardo and Alejandro finished their group discussion on California’s Multilingual Education Act, split on…

Frontline Scholar: Sophie

Frontline Scholar: Sophie

March 1, 2016

Sophie Wix ’18 knew from an early age that she wanted to be on the cutting edge of cancer research. Working toward that goal, she took advantage of the opportunity to perform research at The Bridge@USC, where she…

The First-Gen Experience at USC

Inaugural summit helps first-gen students identify resources and opportunities

February 9, 2016

For the approximately 15 percent of USC undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college, navigating university life can sometimes be stressful, confusing or mysterious. A first-ever daylong summit at USC…

The First-Gen Experience at USC

The First-Gen Experience at USC

February 2, 2016

  Video by Mira Zimet.

USC Dornsife’s writers pick their favorite stories from 2015

USC Dornsife’s writers pick their favorite stories from 2015

December 31, 2015

The writing staff in the USC Dornsife Communication department has the privilege of working with some of the most brilliant and inspiring students, faculty members and alumni on the planet and telling their stories. Reflecting…