Students Enjoy New and Revamped Rec Spaces

This past fall, USC students arrived at campus to find brand-new state-of-the-art and significantly renovated recreational facilities. Over the summer, the 28-year-old Lyon Center underwent the largest facelift in its history. The gym, which gets up to 3,500 users a day, opened this fall with new Olympic weight-training equipment, cardio machines, and a freshly built […]

Post Election letter to USC Community

Note: The following message was jointly issued by USC Provost Michael Quick, USC Vice President of Student Affairs Ainsley Carry, and USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni. November 10, 2016 To the USC Community: This week, we experienced the conclusion of a presidential campaign season that was extremely difficult and divisive for many Americans. […]

Post-election Conversations

From The Office of Religious Life, Division of Student Affairs, Diversity Steering Committee and The Office of the Provost Important Information and Resources for the USC Community Resources and support for USC students and faculty in light of recent White House Executive Orders (February 13, 2017) Regarding DACA, from Provost Michael Quick (November 16, 2016) Regarding […]

Sacred Sand Mandala

Tibetan monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery for the Mystical Arts of Tibet spent five days painting a beautifully intricate sand mandala at the University Religious Center. Once complete, their masterpiece is then ceremoniously swept away to symbolize the Buddhist belief in the impermanence of material life. If you missed the awe-inspiring process, check out […]

Lessons from Caitlyn Jenner’s Story

By Rev. Kelby Harrison, PhD, director of the USC LGBT Resource Center In an interview on MSNBC about Jenner’s interview with 20/20, trans actress Laverne Cox speculated that many people tuned into the interview for a spectacle, but what that got was an experience of Jenner as a “a profoundly nuanced, complicated, beautiful human being.” […]