From Where We Are
USC plans to demolish 'Ground Zero,' a campus landmark. Aedan Henry looks back at what it meant to students.
If you ask a jazz musician about what jazz is, their answer may be cryptic. If you ask them what they did to earn their diploma in jazz studies, they may be even more so. Peter Njoroge spent some time with Jason Goldman talking about what it means to study jazz at USC.
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.
Fellow Trojan and star basketball player Shay Murphy Stops by in Studio B to share her new experience with the Lakers, and how Mamba Mentality has impacted her life
From Chinese laborers to anti-Asian hate, experts say history continues to repeat itself
Thinking of girlbossing your way into a new job? Learn about the word’s history and why it has garnered such negative attention
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.”
In today’s show Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44 Billion, LA Public Transport reinstates masks, and we have a conversation with Annenberg Media’s Chrissa Loukas about her breaking story on a USC custodian. All that and more, “From Where We Are.”
Today, you may notice people wearing a bit more denim than usual. This is not the newest fashion trend, but rather a display of activism - a show of solidarity with survivors of sexual assault.
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.
California supplies over half of the nation’s produce, yet one in five of its residents grapple with food insecurity. Quinn White reports on how one Compton farm is working to plant seeds of change.
From “@sackoftroy”, to “@wearescaf”, USC has had its fair share of parody Instagram accounts. One account in particular has students on the edge of their seat, waiting to see if they have been featured. Yohanna Bauerdorf has more.
Wynn Bruce sets himself on fire in front of U.S. Supreme Court
Starting in 2023, restaurants, stores and other locations will have to switch to reusable, recyclable or compostable materials