2010-2011 Academic Year News

Poll finds voters are upset with state’s budget

By David Lowenstein
April 25, 2011

This article disucusses a Spring 2011 USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll that indicated an overall pessimistic outlook among the California electorate.

Less than 20 percent of voters surveyed believed California was headed in the right direction, and 70 percent of respondents said the state was moving in the wrong direction.  Read more>

Candidates focus on student connection

By Rachel Bracker
February 8th, 2011

The Undergraduate Student Government presidential candidates discussed several issues during Tuesday night’s presidential debate, but varied most in their views about how USG should change the way it represents and connects to students.  Read more>

Obama addresses future of education

By David Lowenstein
January 25, 2011

President Obama outlined his plan to prepare America for the future in his second State of the Union Address Tuesday night. Obama conceded that the future would present challenges for America, but that Americans should embrace these challenges.

“The world has changed. The competition for jobs is real. But this shouldn’t discourage us,” Obama said. “It should challenge us.” Read more> 

First Lady urges study in China

By Lily Conover
January 20, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged college students to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad in China during a speech in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.  Read more>

Project Vote Smart comes to campus

By Dara Weinraub
January 20th, 2011

Through a new partnership, a group of USC students will be conducting research that will help voters form decisions about the potential candidates in the 2012 presidential election.

USC undergraduate students will act on behalf of Project Vote Smart, a non-profit, non-partisan voter education organization, providing information to the public about political candidates. Read more>

New governor proposes cuts to higher education

By David Lowenstein and Karla Robinson
January 13th, 2011

Newly inaugurated Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal includes plans to slash more than $1 billion from California’s public higher education system, which has long been considered a model for other states.

Brown promised during his campaign to tackle California’s mounting debt and enforce state fiscal responsibility. In his inaugural address on January 3, Brown emphasized the necessity of budget cuts for the recovery of California’s economy.  Read more>

Experts discuss elections

By Tahir Adiguzelli
November 3, 2010

Panelists at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics discussed the predicted results of the midterm elections and urged both political parties to use the watershed change of power as an opportunity for compromise.  

Dan Schnur, the chairman of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission and the director of the Unruh Institute, led the panel discussion with Roberto Suro, faculty fellow at the USC Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. Read more> 

Political study says the university has a liberal bias

By David Lowenstein
November 3rd, 2010

A study by Campusreform.org shows that USC as an institution has a liberal bias, according to its assessment of administrative policies, campus groups and faculty members.

The website determined that the liberal political bias of campus life is in part because of the disproportionate number of liberal clubs on campus. Of the 17 political clubs at USC, 11 are liberally oriented.  Read more>

Incumbent Boxer wins Senate race

By Chloe Stepney
November 3rd, 2010

Third-term incumbent Barbara Boxer won the California Senate race on Tuesday, helping Democrats maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate.  Read more>

Democrats take California

By Natalie Chau
November 3rd, 2010

Democrat Jerry Brown was elected to his third term as governor of California Tuesday, beating Republican candidate Meg Whitman.

“I take as my challenge forging a common purpose. A common purpose based not on compromise but on a vision of what California can be,” Brown said in his victory speech.  Read more> 

Students make push for elections

By Laura Cueva
October 31st, 2010

With less than 24 hours before polls open, student political organizations are hoping their increased presence on campus Tuesday will serve as a reminder to get out and vote.

Groups such as the USC College Democrats and Students for Meg will hold events throughout the day intended to increase student voter turnout. Read more>
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