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Candid on Credit

Candid on Credit

August 4, 2009

Kelly McNamara Corley '82 is a problem solver. She believes barriers — legal, cultural, financial — can be overcome with persistence, discipline, fearlessness and humility. And she is exactly the type of leader the…

Simon Wilkie, professor and chair of economics in USC College, has a plan to eliminate toxic assets and help set our country back on track. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

For Sale: Toxic Assets

July 14, 2009

From economists and politicians to our next-door neighbors, everyone seems to have a theory about what has driven our soaring economy into the ground. Solutions to the problem, however, seem harder to find than a loan on a…

Keep the Dream Alive

Keep the Dream Alive

July 8, 2009

Jason Thomas certainly has a knack for crunching numbers. An alumnus of USC College, he graduated with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics in four years. He went on to earn his doctorate in political…

Daniel Seddiqui ’05 has embarked on an unusual career path — working 50 jobs, each for one week, in 50 states. Illustration by Molly Sullivan.

50 Jobs, 50 States, 50 Weeks

July 1, 2009

Did you know that the moment a raindrop hits surface water, the chemistry of the surface water changes? Or that hosting a rodeo is so pricey, just the dirt can set you back $8,000? When farmers converse, did you know they're…

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…

USC College Professor Awarded NEH Fellowship

USC College Professor Awarded NEH Fellowship

January 1, 2009

Saori Katada, associate professor of international relations in USC College, has been awarded a competitive National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship. Katada’s Advanced Social Science Research on Japan…

What's Really Happening on Wall Street?

What's Really Happening on Wall Street?

October 1, 2008

The headlines cry “bailout” and “economic crisis” daily. The stock market fluctuates wildly. Banks tumble, only to be bought by other banks. Politicians point fingers and argue about potentially…

Happiness in the Balance

Happiness in the Balance

June 1, 2006

In the age-old search for happiness, people have consulted clerics and philosophers, gurus and analysts. Few have thought to ask an economist. But they probably have never met USC College economist Richard Easterlin. The…