Annenberg Graduate student Mayte Carrillo tells the story of what became a 20-year family tradition -- one that details her mother’s victories as an immigrant, single mother and small business owner.Speaking to her sister, she recalls the first time she constructed a 60-foot balloon arch at USC’s Latinx Graduation ceremony. Little did we know, we were building memories as a family for a lifetime.
During the 1940s, George Tirebiter was a shaggy mutt adopted by the student body of USC. He was named “Tirebiter” due to his love of chasing cars and biting their tires. He was beloved by all, taken to football games and prided as the unofficial mascot of the school. Eventually, he grew so popular that the student body decided to vote him in as the school’s first official mascot in 1947. During his time here, he was the subject of many tall tales, such as when students from UCLA kidnapped him, shaved “UCLA” into his fur, and covered him in honey and feathers. But as time droned on, the original Tirebiter was eventually retired to a farm in San Diego. Alas, his time on Earth was brought to an end after being hit by a car while biting at its tires. The subsequent Tirebiters did their best, but none could live up to the fighting Trojan spirit of the original Tirebiter, and the dogs were eventually retired for the more prestigious Traveller the Horse.
Cinematographer Todd Somodevilla attended USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in the early ‘90s. He became quick friends with classmate Rian Johnson, who went on to direct huge blockbusters like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Knives Out.” Although he studied cinematography and editing at USC, Somodevilla spent a little time in front of the camera as well. He played the lead role in one of Johnson’s student films, portraying a thief who’s haunted by a mysterious supernatural force. The short is now 25 years old, and Somodevilla has many fond memories of the production.
On today’s show, students participate in a campus-wide walkout against sexual violence, the real reason behind basketball player Ethan Anderson is leaving USC, urban farming in Compton’s food desert, and our producers share their recent reporting on Ukrainian refugees. All that and more, “From Where Are We Are.”
USC basketball star Ethan Anderson has led the team to NCAA tournaments and electric wins over major school rivals. This season, the team finished third in the Pac-12 with a 26-8 record. Now, Anderson is entering the transfer portal to find a new home. With two years left of eligibility, Anderson is committed to one day becoming an NBA player.