The Beacon Project

The Beacon Project is a student journalism initiative supported by the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to report on USC. It is independent of the university’s administration.
After four years, the city has little to show for the endeavor, while homelessness continues to rise.
  • February 12
Black students and alumni recount stories of their ID cards being checked or parties being shut down when DPS did not treat white students in the same manner.
  • November 17, 2020
Moreno Valley City Manager Tom DeSantis retired in December, but the paychecks kept coming
  • September 30, 2020
Grief and questions still linger around the first student death of the fall 2019 semester.
  • August 24, 2020
The indicted senior associate athletic director ran a thriving side business that was tightly entwined with her duties at USC and involved more athletics department personnel than has been publicly known.
  • December 5, 2019
Prosecutors confirmed that these new figures who they allege assisted Donna Heinel are not the three indicted coaches,
  • December 4, 2019
A faculty member on the nine-person advisory search committee told the Beacon Project that the committee had a list of more than 50 possible candidates for the Marshall deanship, but he was only given one person to interview: Geoffrey Garrett.
  • October 22, 2019
  • August 27, 2019
The contrast between USC’s promises of transparency and its actions has fueled mounting criticism.
  • August 19, 2019
The former graduate student said Dennis Kelly subjected him to invasive procedures during two visits.
  • August 17, 2019

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