This year, perhaps more than others, USC is making moves not just to innovate but also to redefine its roles.
Depending on whom you ask, USC is any number of things: a football dynasty, a party school, a top-tier research institution. Outside the spotlight, detractors maintain that USC is a vain institution on a pedestal. They claim that perceived safety problems in South Los Angeles forever tarnish the image of USC. They claim USC is a school of die-hard fans who know nothing but football. They claim USC is a school for spoiled children.
But as members of the larger USC community, it’s imperative we recognize and celebrate the university’s tipping point.
The university has established itself as a rising power with a smorgasbord of academic programs and nonpareil perks. It boasts a spider web of connections we call the Trojan Family, myriad resources in one of America’s most vibrant cities and a sports program that not only fosters professional athletes but produces more Olympians and gold medalists than any other university in the United States.
When current university President C. L. Max Nikias took office two years ago, he spoke of the “Destined Reign of Troy.” The university is now poised to begin its reign as the “Ivy League” of the West Coast, bolstered by a student body both passionate and immensely diverse and accented by a football squad that has fearlessly bounced back from inappropriately harsh NCAA sanctions.
See USC’s growth for yourself: The cutting-edge buildings and classrooms springing up across campus, the athletic program working tirelessly for greater glory and a school bringing a college-town feel to historic South Los Angeles.
USC has grasped the opportunity to redefine itself as the best of the West — and this year will no doubt prove to be a definitive moment in the school’s storied legacy.
Staff editorials are determined by the editorial board. Its members include Elena Kadvany, Nicholas Slayton, Jennifer Schultz, Eddie Kim, Joey Kaufman and Sean Fitz-Gerald.