USC Announces New Safety Measures

The University of Southern California is announcing a number of new measures to further improve what is already one of the most sophisticated and far-reaching security and safety programs in higher education.

These enhancements, which are focused on increasing safety on the University Park Campus and the surrounding neighborhood, include increased year-round deployment of neighborhood security ambassadors, further improvements in technology, additional security personnel, improved wait times for Campus Cruiser, enhanced mandatory safety education and more.

USC is meeting with Chinese student leaders, parents and others to discuss their security concerns; and these additional measures respond to that input. USC leadership will continue to work with this group and others to devise smart ways to further improve safety on and around campus, based on research and analysis, including through improved safety education mandated for all students.

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A Healing Experience in Brazil

On the first day, we sat in a room meditating for four and a half hours. With my eyes closed, it could have easily been seven hours — or two. It felt timeless.

This is how sociology major Sarah Newell describes her arrival at a spiritist healing center in central Brazil. She had traveled there as part of a Problems Without Passports (PWP) course.

Taught by Erin Moore, associate professor (teaching) of anthropology, “The Global Performance of Healing” allows students to learn about cultural anthropology firsthand by examining the practices of healing in other cultural contexts. As a case study, the class focused on spiritism, a healing modality in which mediums are said to channel spirits from other realms to deliver messages or instructions.

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Looking at Ways to Improve LA

With a GoPro camera strapped to the front of her bicycle, Nicole Bosetti rode through the streets of Amsterdam. Whirring past brick-front cafes and canals, she captured footage of the safe and efficient bike paths available to cyclists.

In Amsterdam, bicycles outnumber the residential population of about 800,000. With more than 250 miles of road dedicated to cyclists, biking is a popular and efficient method of transportation. In fact, it’s a deeply valued part of Dutch culture.

Bosetti, a geodesign major at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, encountered protected bike lanes, which separated cyclists and drivers with physical dividers, and a dedicated set of traffic signals for bicycles. She wondered, “How can we make Los Angeles more bike-friendly?” Continue reading

Swimming, Biking, Running: All in a Day’s Work for DPT student

Long before applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at USC, Jordan Perry had set a personal goal to compete in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

Little did the 27-year-old marathon runner realize his studies at the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy — and an association with faculty member Todd Schroeder — could one day help bring his triathlon dreams to life on the big island. Continue reading

Statement from USC Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry

Statement from Ainsley Carry, USC Vice Provost for Student Affairs

August 1, 2014

To the USC Campus Community:

On Thursday, Chief John Thomas and I met with a group of Chinese student leaders to address their safety and security concerns following last week’s tragic incident.

It was a productive and informative meeting and we greatly appreciate the students’ willingness to sit down with us, share their views and discuss ways that we can work together to further improve safety on campus and the surrounding neighborhood. Continue reading

Students Talk About Their “Crazy” Majors and Minors

USC students have discovered that choosing majors and minors in widely different disciplines boosts their creativity – and their career choices.

In a new video, Interdisciplinary Studies at USC, eight undergraduates talk about why they chose majors and minors in diverse academic areas.  With 148 majors and 174 minors listed in the 2014-15 USC Catalogue, the combinations are endless. Continue reading

Grads Share Memories and Advice

We asked some  recent grads — scholastic stars who earned coveted spots in the Order of the Laurel and the Palm — to reflect on their time at USC. They revealed their biggest surprises, fondest football memories and advice for undergraduate success. Continue reading

Veterans Find Camaraderie in the Classroom

This spring the first Master of Business for Veterans (MBV) graduating class made the transition from being military leaders to business professionals – thanks to an innovative accelerated one-year business program developed by the USC Marshall School of Business. Continue reading