2011-2012 Academic Year News

Poll shows Obama with big lead in Calif.

By Daniel Rothberg
May 29th, 2012

President Barack Obama leads with comfortable margins among women, Latinos, independents and moderates in his re-election bid against presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Overall, 56 percent of the 1,002 registered Californian voters who were surveyed reported supporting Obama, while 37 percent said they supported Romney. Read more>

Dornsife releases results of experimental online poll

By Eric Wendorf
April 12,2012

Dornsife conducted an experimental online poll in the Spring of 2012 detailing Californians' opinions on gas prices, Republican nominees, budget deficit concerns and California ballot initiatives.

The poll was an experiment based on the success of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll designed to provide more detailed feedback than a phone survey. Read more>

Dornsife begins experimental online poll to gauge residents

By Eric Wendorf
April 10, 2012 

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences announced last week the start of an experimental online survey, which polls L.A. residents’ opinions on political issues and candidates.

The online poll is based on the success of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, a cooperative phone survey undertaken three years ago by the Los Angeles Times and Dornsife College experts to gauge public opinion. Unlike the phone poll, however, the new online experiment will ask for in-depth answers to political questions independent of the Los Angeles Times. Read more>

Panelists debate Calif. primary

By Faaria Kalam
April 4, 2012

Geoffrey Cowan, director of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, moderated a discussion regarding the 2012 California Primary with political consultant Bob Shrum and journalist Marylouise Oates as part of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics’ Road to the White House series Wednesday.  Read more>

Experts say Muslim Americans politicized

By Annalise Mantz
March 22nd, 2012

Experts discussed how the perception of Muslim Americans has become politicized since September 11, 2001, on Thursday at Muslims in America: Identity, Politics and Engagement, a panel sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Both Muslim and non-Muslim students and faculty attended the panel, which focused on the high-stakes politics of an election year and the social climate surrounding the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.  Read more>

Panel discusses implications of a federal Dream Act

By Faaria Kalam
March 20th, 2012

A panel of experts discussed the state of the California Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act and the feasibility of the nationwide Dream Act on Monday at an event titled Undocumented Students, Unauthorized Immigrants, and the Future of America in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.  Read more>

Are conservative students marginalized?

By Sarah Cueva
March 1st, 2012 

In keeping with a tradition of making far-fetched and controversial claims, Rick Santorum called President Barack Obama a “snob” for encouraging all Americans to go to college. He further accused universities of attempting to indoctrinate people with liberal values.

Though the comment sounds too much like a poorly thought-out conspiracy theory to be taken at face value, the deeper point that Santorum was trying to make holds some truth. Read more>  

Candidates differ in views, experiences

By Daniel Rothberg
February 8th, 2012

Candidates for Undergraduate Student Government president emphasized differences in their platforms and biographies in an hourlong debate Wednesday night to an audience of about 150 students in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Forum.

The debate was moderated by Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Director Dan Schnur, Daily Trojan News Editor Rachel Bracker and Annenberg Television News Multimedia Director Robbie Heeger.  Read more>

Sen. Padilla to speak to ’SC students

By Conrad Wilton
January 26th, 2012

California Sen. Alex Padilla is scheduled to speak with students at USC today on various issues facing the state, such as immigration reform, education budget cuts and sustainability. Read more>

President addresses college costs

By Daniel Rothberg
January 24th, 2012

President Barack Obama called for economic equality in his third State of the Union speech to a joint-session of Congress Tuesday night. 

More than 150 people watched Obama’s address at an event hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in the Annenberg East Lobby. Read more>

Letter to the editor

By Kaya Masler
January 25, 2012 

Planned Parenthood — many students’ last refuge for help with sexual health issues, free contraception and other not-for-profit health care — is under political attack. Because one of the many reproductive health services that Planned Parenthood offers is abortions, the organization has become a target for a right-wing attack on sexual health education.  The war on science has opened a new front. The solution? Government just big enough to fit into your bedroom.  Read more>

Dan Schnur enjoys getting students involved in politics

By Alexis Driggs
January 23, 2012

Dan Schnur dreamed of becoming a journalist, so he did what any aspiring reporter might do: enroll in a Minnesota college as a political science major and become the newspaper editor. He thought it would be the “path of least resistance” to achieving his goals.  He soon learned, however, that simply studying politics was not enough. At 19 years old, he traveled from his Wisconsin home to Washington, D.C., to volunteer for Ronald Reagan’s 1984 presidential campaign over the summer.  Read more>

Romney leads poll, occupy support strong

By Daniel Rothberg
November 17th, 2011

A USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll found that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the front-runner for the GOP ticket with support from 27 percent of registered Republicans in the state.  Read more>

Students and experts discuss presidential politics

By Daily Trojan
November 8th, 2011

One year before the presidential election, students and USC experts reflect on the race so far and look ahead at the politicking to come.  Read more>

Students more political through dialogue than protests

By Rahel Gebreyes
October 6th, 2011

Occupy Wall Street, a protest that began in New York in September, has ignited protests across the United States. Students in cities like Boston, Baltimore, Chicago and Los Angeles have joined the cause, yet the USC campus appears to be missing the excitement.

Two USC students, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests, staged a sleep-in in front of Tommy Trojan on Monday, but their fellow Trojans were nowhere in sight.  Read more>

DREAM could affect transfer aid

By Jasmine Ako
October 2nd, 2011

Though USC is a private institution, transfer students with Cal Grants will be affected if the second part of California’s DREAM Act is passed.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the first part of the act, AB 130, in late July, allowing undocumented students who qualify for in-state tuition to receive scholarships from non-state funds. If he signs AB 131, the second part of the act, the legislation will specifically grant undocumented students the opportunity to receive aid from the state, such as Cal Grants. Read more>

Romney, Perry tie for first in poll

By Adeel Mohammadi
September 8th, 2011

A USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released Monday shows Republican candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney tied among California Republicans.

These results came days before the GOP presidential candidate debate, which was held Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. There, the eight main Republican candidates met to discuss their plans for the future and distinguish themselves from one other. Read more>

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