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Conquest 2013: Celebrating 10 Years

By Remi Levoff Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Trojan Marching Band rallies the crowd.Photo by Philip ChanningThe Trojan Marching Band rallies the crowd.

In honor of the age-old, USC-UCLA rivalry, on Monday, November 25, McCarthy Quad will be transformed into a cardinal and gold festival brimming with Trojan spirit for Conquest.

This year marks the tenth annual Conquest festival, a free celebration for students that will be feature a live concert, Ferris wheel, fireworks and food trucks, hosted by the USC Concerts Committee.

“Conquest was developed as an opportunity to celebrate USC’s rich history and to honor our many accomplishments,” said Lily Chowana-Bandhu, director of USC Campus Activities. “It combines all aspects of USC — academics, athletics, student involvement and alumni — into the ultimate Trojan experience.”

Chowana-Bandhu expects up to 10,000 students to flock to the event. As an added incentive, students who arrive early will have the opportunity to win some great give-a-ways.

This year’s Conquest marks a number of milestones. Not only is it the festival’s tenth anniversary, but also commemorates 125 years of Trojan athletics and 45 years of the world famous Song Girls. As Chowana-Bandhu explained, “It’s a very important year to celebrate USC traditions and achievements.”

The festivities begin at 5 p.m., the rally begins at 7 p.m. and the concert will follow. Expect special appearances from the Trojan Marching Band, the Song Girls, Spirit Leaders, Trojan Dance Force, Chaotic 3 and various athletic teams with coaches. In addition, Mr. and Miss USC will be announced and the 2013-2014 Order of the Torch will be presented.

Guest hosts will include Heather McDonald, USC alumna and comedian from Chelsea Lately, and Steve Rannazzisi, actor from FX’s The League.

For more information, check out the USC Concerts Committee Facebook page:

11 Responses to Conquest 2013: Celebrating 10 Years

  1. Melissa Torres

    Is this the official rally, open to the public?

    • dianeand

      Hi Melissa, The event is centered around the students, but alumni and community members may attend as long as they have a photo ID. There will be a special entrance for “community members” by PSX, which is the only gate they will be able to enter through. Hope this helps.

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  3. Silvia

    Is PSX the parking structure on the corner of Figueroa and Jefferson? Across from the Shrine?

  4. Andrea

    What do you mean with community members? If I am a student, can I bring some friends with me?

  5. Victor Orly

    Is this the bRuin burning rally, or is there another one this week?



  6. Joshua

    can my family and kids attend also, or is this just for sc personnel?

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