Giant boost for residential college
A $20 million gift from USC Trustee Ray Irani will create the Ray Irani Residential College at the new USC Village, endow two faculty chairs and establish a student support fund.
You rarely see a female engineer on TV, but USC Viterbi is working on that. The engineering school and its partners have launched “The Next MacGyver,” a competition whose winners will try to develop a viable TV series that inspires young women to pursue a career in engineering.
As part of an expanded lease at the landmark AT&T Center, the USC name and shield will replace the existing sign atop the 32-story tower. USC has leased an additional 30,000 square feet at the complex, where the university already occupies 215,000 square feet.
In his annual addresses to faculty and staff, USC President C. L. Max Nikias noted that top research universities provide demonstrable return on investment as measured by lifetime income - not the case with for-profit colleges, where dropout rates are high and loan burdens are excessive.
He wasn't handsome by the standards of the day, but President Abraham Lincoln didn't let that stand in his way - in life or in politics. A new book by USC history professor Richard Fox looks at Honest Abe - called “grotesque” by his contemporaries - in a new light.