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Lt. Col. Russell Todd Zink left his wife, two sons and job as deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to lead more than 800 Marines and Navy corpsmen during a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan. Here, the Lone Star Battalion trains in Camp Pendleton, Calif. Photo courtesy of Russell Todd Zink.

Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful)

March 18, 2011

In a rural, poppy field-filled area outside Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Russell Todd Zink sat with village elders under a tent in the hot desert sand.  It was his first shura — a consultation meeting —…

USC College alumna Mandana Dayani ’03 is director of brand development for Rachel Zoe Inc. in Los Angeles. Photo credit Phil Channing.

A Passion for Fashion

February 4, 2011

Brainy and beautiful, the elegant and edgy Mandana Dayani ’03 could pass for a high-fashion runway model. So many dream of casting a wide net in the fashion industry with hopes of creating the ever elusive perfect…

USC College junior Arin Ghosh was presented with the State of Maryland Governor’s Citation in January for his on-going collaboration with the Maryland Interagency Strategic Council to strengthen Indo-U.S. relations. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Creating His Own Path

February 1, 2011

It’s Monday at 6 a.m. and Arin Ghosh’s phone is already ringing. After all, while the day is just beginning in Los Angeles, for his business contacts in New Delhi, India, it’s 7:30 p.m. and they are eager for…

Divinity Matovu '08 (middle) with young women from the Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association (AGYA) in Uganda, which she co-founded in 2008. <em>Glamour</em> magazine has named Matovu one of "20 Amazing Young Women Who Are Already Changing the World." Photo courtesy Divinity Matovu.

The Power of Change

January 27, 2011

When Divinity Matovu chose Kenya as her study abroad destination during her senior year in USC College, she had no idea that this one decision would dramatically alter countless lives in addition to her own. Just three years…

Joseph R. Cerrell was a USC College political science alumnus who co-founded the Jesse M. Unruh Institute. He was a renown political consultant who worked on campaigns for John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey, to name a few historic elections. Photo courtesy of the Cerrell family.

In Memoriam: Joseph R. Cerrell, 75

December 4, 2010

USC College alumnus and political consultant Joseph R. Cerrell who played a vital role in the presidential campaigns of Democratic candidates including John F. Kennedy has died. He was 75. Cerrell died early Dec. 3 in…

Student Pollsters

Political Polling, as much an Art as a Science

December 2, 2010

Undergraduate students in USC College's practicum course in American politics took to the phones, but not to call or text their friends. "We persevered even though we received many hang-ups, no answers and 'take me off your…

Voting As Habit

Voting As Habit

November 2, 2010

While you may think you know why you vote on election day, think again. There are, after all, a host of variables that may lead you to battle extra early morning traffic, arrive late to work, or rush the kids to school…

Brett Crosby '95, is a group manager for Google Analytics. Photo credit Alden DeSoto.

Wired for Change

November 1, 2010

So you want to leave a positive mark. Brett Crosby did too. As a USC College undergraduate in the ’90s, watershed events locally and nationally got him fired up. The Los Angeles riots in the aftermath of the Rodney King…

Margo Reid Brown is director of California’s new Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as CalRecycle. Photo courtesy of Margo Reid Brown.

Trash Talk

November 1, 2010

According to Margo Reid Brown ’85, almost every item you use on a daily basis can be recycled or reused. In her position as director of California’s new Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as…

President Barack Obama speaks to the crowd during his Oct. 22 visit to campus. Micah Scheindlin is in the middle row on the left. Photo by Erik Peterson.

Ba-rocking the Youth Vote

October 22, 2010

Wearing his USC sweatshirt in the pre-dawn drizzle, Micah Scheindlin was working on three hours sleep and a cereal bar. The USC College senior was among hundreds of students volunteering for the rally on campus Friday attended…