|UICK, GRAB A PENCIL. True or false:
1. Alcohol fumes not only of the rubbing variety scented the halls of the early School of Medicine.
2. USCs first All-American was born without a left hand.
3. Before Exposition Parks gardens, stadiums and museums moved in, the university neighbored a den of iniquity.
|IF YOU ARE A LOVER of Trojan lore, theres a treat in store for you the next time you roam nostalgically around USCs two campuses. Historical relics and reminiscences about the universitys past have been permanently captured in 26 themed markers known as history stations. The enameled plaques, which began appearing two and a half years ago, were a joint project of University Public Relations, which was responsible for producing the stations, and the USC Alumni Association, which spearheaded the effort to find sponsors. The final markers were installed last fall, completing a colorful and enduring celebration of the universitys rich past.
THE FIRST RESPONSES came from members of the alumni associations board of governors, past presidents of the association and other alumni who saw the station sponsorships as an opportunity to do something special for the university. Papazian then approached the 1996 senior class about sponsoring a station as its class gift.
THE STATIONs COLLECTIVELY present an anecdotal view of USCs history rather than a comprehensive account. Emphasizing texture over strict chronology, they are intended to each stand alone, not serve as sequential stops on a walking tour. The effect is a sense of discovery as people unexpectedly encounter new markers.
|Photography by Philip Channing|
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