Once the game clock hit 00:00 last Saturday during the USC vs. Washington upset, the Trojan Knights assumed their position at the base Tommy Trojan in preparation for rivalry week; the seven days leading up to the football game against UCLA. The Knights have been standing under Tommy ever since.

For 24 hours every day, the Trojan Knights are on “Tommy Watch.” About a dozen members seem to be glued to the statue at all times, only leaving the base to occasionally throw around a football. A hammock is set up and sleeping bags unfold during the wee hours of…


On Tuesday, Americans voted to “make America great again.” Riots were held. Protestors gathered. Classes were canceled — yes, classes were canceled and exams were postponed. Classes were not canceled because an overwhelming number of students were rallying instead of attending class. Classes were not canceled because students were kept up late watching each county in the United States turn red or blue. Classes were canceled because of fear. Fear for the future. Fear of a Trump presidency. Yet, the cancellation of classes is just as counterproductive as “making America great again.”

A professor at the University of Iowa canceled…


Vine, the video sharing social media outlet, officially ended its four year run earlier this week. Twitter owned Vine and announced the termination of the six-second video sharing service after it severely declined in popularity over the past year. After an outburst from the few loyal Vine users, Twitter assured them that their videos will still be accessible online, even post-shut down.

With the end of the short-lived Vine era, many are predicting Twitter itself is next. Just before the company declared the death of Vine, Twitter announced a plan to layoff nine percent of their current staff. …


As Obama’s presidential term comes to an end, the United States looks back on an eight-year presidency of public — and not so public — policy. The New York Times recently uncovered Obama’s mission to spread LGBT Rights in countries resistant to the social change. In Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and eastern Europe, Obama has sent diplomats to force reform and acceptance of the Gay community.

“The U.S. has deployed its diplomats and spent tens of millions of dollars to try to block anti-gay laws, punish countries that enacted them, and tie financial assistance to respect for LGBT rights” (Lederman…


Should OJ be commemorated on USC’s campus?

“OJ: Made in America” just won 9 Emmy Awards. The five-part documentary showcased footage from OJ’s stardom at USC, his long trial, and his life after his newfound innocence. In short, it followed his journey before and after he was accused of the murder of Nicole Brown-Simpson: OJ’s ex-wife.

Throughout the trial, evidence and testimonies clearly pointed to OJ as the murderer. Regardless, there were many flaws in the prosecutors’ case. In addition, the trial happened just following the inhumane death of Rodney King and per members of the primarily black jury, they…


During the first 2016 presidential debate, Hillary Clinton crammed 15 policy proposals in her two-minute-long opening speech, was significantly more factually correct than Donald Trump, and at times spewed clearly memorized information. She came prepared. Nonetheless, Clinton’s preparation surpassed her recitation of key points and comedic zingers against Trump. Clinton also prepared herself on how to “act like a lady” on the debate stage. Smile. Do not gesture. Do not speak too aggressively. Her actions were at times more rehearsed than her fact-heavy opening statement, as she forced cringe worthy smiles and interlocked her hands to avoid any accidental gesticulation…


Kim Kardashian-West “breaks the internet” time and time again. Let’s recall when Kim: divorced Kris Humphries just 72 days after their wedding, confirmed her relationship with Kanye, announced her first (and second) pregnancy, exposed Taylor Swift, and most notably — posed with champagne on her bare bottom.

She is no mystery woman. Her life is on social media. And all of that personal sharing finally came back to bite her on her famous champagne-holding ass. On Monday, Kim was tied up and robbed of nearly $11 million worth of jewelry at gunpoint in Paris.

Truly traumatizing, the experience left Kim…


Minutes into the first presidential debate of 2016, Trump already had a #firstworldproblems complaint.

He said, “You land at LaGuardia, you land at Kennedy, you land at LAX, you land at Newark, and you come in from Dubai and Qatar and you see these incredible — you come in from China, you see these incredible airports, and you land — we’ve become a third world country.”

The frequent flyers in our country can attest that our airports are not the best in world. If you have ever flown out of the United States, you have probably at least once waited…


I recently wrote a piece on Fareed Zakaria commending him for explaining Islamic terrorism to the people of the United States one-month post-9/11. The bottom line of the piece: Zakaria believes terrorism is rooted in politics, not religion. The Middle East’s resistance to modernity left young men in despair. Mosques quickly became a place for them to voice their angst. Mosques quickly became a place for them to gather. Mosques quickly became a place where villagers could gain power. Nonetheless, in the United States, mosques quickly became a place of horror.

Zakaria’s article Why Do They Hate Us? eased religious…

Kate Lonczak

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