Neighbors get a closer look at USC Village open house

Desiree Duar pushed her friend Levi Kingston in his wheelchair through the grocery aisles at Target. “I was thinking about maybe a salad, or I might get bread to make some sandwiches or something,” Duar said, touching a packaged salad in a display case. Duar, who grew up in the neighborhood around USC, was checking out the university’s latest development, USC Village on Saturday.

Meet Hecuba, queen of Troy

The culmination of Thursday’s opening ceremonies at USC Village was the unveiling of an instant landmark. As the ceremony neared its end, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, his wife Niki C. Nikias and sculptor Christopher Slatoff helped lift the red wrap from Hecuba, queen of Troy, punctuated by fireworks and the trumpets of the Trojan Marching Band.

Archived Livestream: Grand Opening Celebration

The grand opening of USC Village included full fanfare, remarks from campus and community speakers, and the unveiling of a new campus icon: Hecuba, Queen of Troy. Watch the archived event footage on USC’s YouTube Channel.

New dining hall at USC Village favors flavor and a healthful menu

Chef Nathan Martinez is enthusiastic when he talks about the offerings, which include a Mediterranean bar with hummus, baba ghanoush, fresh Greek olives, marinated sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes, along with pasta salads. “When these students graduate, we hope they take these healthier eating habits with them.”

Residential faculty ready to take on new roles at USC Village

“We’re here to build authentic, caring relationships,” said Pascarella, an associate professor of clinical education at the USC Rossier School of Education who has served as residential faculty at South Residential College since 2012. Along with Tucker, assistant professor of writing, Pascarella will reside at McCarthy Honors College.

“We want to draw from students’ diverse backgrounds, to expose them to growth opportunities they’re not going to get in class,” Pascarella said. “We want to connect students with alumni and cultivate a commitment to service, which aligns with our mission as a university.”

USC Village Aerial, April 2017

The latest drone video shows what passers-by already know: USC Village is almost complete. Take a look, from the air.

A job, a bank account, a climb out of poverty

Cheyvonné Grayson, 29, grew up in South-Central Los Angeles, where he, at the age of 14, saw a friend gunned down. Since graduating from high school, Mr. Grayson has worked mostly as a day laborer…He had to borrow a few hundred dollars for fees and tools, but his first apprenticeship as a carpenter started at $16.16 an hour. He quickly moved up to $20.20 an hour and is paid for his further training. He is now hanging doors for new dormitories at the University of Southern California.