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A quintet of alumni leapt into public consciousness through appearances on television reality programs — but what did they learn from their experiences? By Susan Bell, Michelle Salzman Boston, Dan Knapp and Laura Paisley

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The Game of Life

Some lessons can only be learned through experience. Recent graduates talk about their adventures after USC Dornsife and what their post-collegiate lives have taught them.

The Universe As We Know It

No one is quite certain what constitutes the fundamental building blocks of existence, but theoretical
physicists may be closer than ever to an answer.

Through the Lens

Kate Flint and Geoff Dyer delve into photography’s role as a window on life and an evolving method of
defining reality.

Within Reach

The United States is at historic levels of income inequality. What will it take to balance the scales between low-income workers and the top 1 percent?

Addressing Perception

USC Dornsife psychologists examine how our minds perceive the world around us — and how those perceptions can vary from reality.

Profile: Father James Heft

Father James Heft is founder and president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC Dornsife.

In My Opinion:

Remaining Present

Financier Akir Gutierrez ’95 finds that growing up near USC has paid a lifetime of dividends.

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Magazine Staff

Associate Dean for Communication

Emily Cavalcanti

Director of Strategic and Scientific Communication
Darrin Joy

Director of Production and Art Director
Daniel Knapp

Senior Graphic Designer
Letty Avila

Graphic Designer
Matthew Pla Savino

Senior Web Content Specialist and Writer
Laura Paisley

Director of Video Production
Mira Zimet

Senior Communications Specialist
Michelle Salzman Boston

Senior Writer
Susan Bell

Videographer and Photographer
Matt Meindl

Communications Specialist
Lizzie Hedrick

Letitia Franklin