University of Southern California

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What Cops Say They Found in Ex-USC OB-GYN's Storage Unit

Allegedly, photos of naked women who appeared to be in an exam room

(Newser) - Inside the storage unit of the ex-USC gynecologist accused of molesting hundreds of students, cops say they found what the Los Angeles Times calls a "trove of homemade pornography," as well as nude photos of women in what appeared to be a medical exam room. George Tyndall, who... More »

Suit: Frat Pledge Whacked Head, Was Given Cocaine

Lawsuit accuses Phi Kappa Psi of negligence, hazing

(Newser) - The mother of a former University of Southern California student who killed himself last year is putting blame on the fraternity that allegedly hazed him. Kathleen Russell claims Phi Kappa Psi members forced 19-year-old pledge Alasdair Russell to "drink in excess to the point of passing out" at an... More »

USC President Steps Down Over Gynecologist Scandal

CL Max Nikias has served in the role since 2010

(Newser) - University of Southern California President CL Max Nikias stepped down Tuesday in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving a campus gynecologist in which school administrators faced criticism they ignored decades of complaints. Nikias had been president since 2010; his $3 million in pay, bonuses, and benefits in 2015 made... More »

Outrage Grows Over USC's Gynecologist Sex Abuse Scandal

Dr. George Tyndall accused of rampant sexual abuse of patients

(Newser) - Outrage is growing at the University of Southern California, where 200 faculty members on Tuesday called for the university's president, CL Max Nikias, to step down over the university's handling of sexual abuse allegations against a former campus health clinic gynecologist. At least eight complaints were made against... More »

Woman Meets Her 'Egg,' Calls It 'Mind-Bending'

Amy Throckmorton meets college student born from her egg nearly 20 years ago

(Newser) - On Monday, Amy Throckmorton posted what she said was a "funny story" on Facebook , and it was definitely a doozy. "In college I was an egg donor," the married California mom of three wrote. "Today, I met that egg." The egg in question: University of... More »

USC's Former Medical School Dean Allegedly Had a Secret Life

'Los Angeles Times' takes a long look

(Newser) - Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito, the Harvard-educated former dean of USC's Keck School of Medicine, oversaw hundreds of medical students, professors, and clinicians; he estimated he raised more than $1 billion in funds for the Southern California university. But in March of last year he resigned; the only reason he... More »

Regular or Decaf, Coffee Has Major Perk

2 studies link coffee with lower mortality risk

(Newser) - "If you like to drink coffee, drink up! If you're not a coffee drinker, then you need to consider if you should start." That's the advice of a researcher at the University of Southern California, per a press release , following a pair of new studies suggesting... More »

Study: Teens Who Never Would've Smoked Are Vaping

The smoking rate dropped in 2004; then came e-cigarettes

(Newser) - With the debut of vaping in the US in 2007, there was hope that teens who smoked would replace old-school cigarettes with e-cigarettes, curbing tobacco use. But a new USC study in the journal Pediatrics has found teens who never would have smoked regular cigarettes are experimenting with vaping. Another... More »

Entire 'Betrayed' Class Drops Out of USC

School didn't fulfill recruitment promises: MFA students

(Newser) - The University of Southern California's Roski School of Art and Design will be missing an entire graduate class come 2016. All seven first-year master of fine arts students have dropped out, citing unexpected changes to the program's curriculum, USA Today reports. In a statement , the students say they... More »

Stolen OJ Simpson Heisman Found, 20 Years Later

USC's copy of the trophy was stolen in 1994

(Newser) - A Heisman Trophy that OJ Simpson won in 1968 has been recovered more than 20 years after it was stolen in a burglary at the University of Southern California, police said last night. The trophy and a Simpson jersey were stolen in a burglary at Heritage Hall, home to USC'... More »

USC Footballer Quits, Calls Coach Racist

Steve Sarkisian calls claim 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - Steve Sarkisian has yet to coach a single football game at USC, but the new head coach is having a seriously awful preseason. Just after a star player fabricated a hero tale about himself, Trojans senior Anthony Brown has quit the team and taken to social media to call Sarkisian... More »

After Day on 'Most Wanted' List, Ex-USC Prof Busted

Walter Lee Williams tracked down in Mexico

(Newser) - Former University of Southern California professor Walter Lee Williams has been arrested in Mexico just a day after he was added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives list . The 64-year-old, who is wanted on charges of sexual exploitation of children and traveling abroad for the purpose of engaging... More »

New on FBI's Most Wanted: Ex USC Prof

Walter Lee Williams accused of sexually exploiting children

(Newser) - If you took Professor Walter Lee Williams' anthropology class at USC, you might be surprised to learn that as of yesterday he's one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives. Williams, 64, became the 500th name added to the list in its 63-year history, the Los Angeles Times... More »

Shooting Erupts at USC Halloween Party

Argument between 2 men leads to gunfire

(Newser) - A crowded Halloween party at the University of Southern California took a truly scary turn early today, after a reported argument between two non-students escalated to a shooting. A rep for the university's department of public safety tells CNN that one of the men was critically wounded and three... More »

Junior Seau's Brain to Be Checked for Damage

Brain injuries associated with other players' early deaths

(Newser) - Doctors will inspect Junior Seau's brain for any evidence of injury from his football days, following an agreement with his family. Several early deaths among football players have pointed to brain injury, the Los Angeles Times notes. "The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they... More »

2 USC Students Shot Dead Near Campus

Cops hunting killer of two Chinese grad students

(Newser) - Two Chinese graduate students at the University of Southern California were killed near the Los Angeles campus just after midnight yesterday. Ying Wu, 23, was shot in the chest as she sat in a BMW with Minq Qu, who would have turned 24 today. He was shot in the head,... More »

USC Students Stage Protest Over Sexist Frat Email

Outraged over alleged Kappa Sigma diatribe

(Newser) - Almost a month after a sexist email surfaced advising "cocksmen" on the rites of pursuing "targets," dozens of USC students stalked out of class and staged a boisterous protest. The email is believed to have been penned by a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and has... More »

USC Frat Email: Women Are 'Targets,' Not Actual People

National fraternity probing 'appalling' note

(Newser) - A fraternity email from a member of USC's Kappa Sigma chapter details how to be an effective "cocksman" and breach a woman's "pie"—vagina—or "gullet"—mouth and throat. "I will refer to females as 'targets," notes the author in his missive to... More »

Jury Deadlocked Over Guilt of Hamlet

Justice Anthony Kennedy presides over mock trial

(Newser) - A modern-day attempt to resolve a criminal case from way back did not succeed—despite the involvement of a Supreme Court justice. Anthony Kennedy presided over a mock trial of Hamlet at the University of Southern California, reports AP . It was a sort of legal master class—noted Los Angeles... More »

America's Most Expensive Dorms

Cost of room and board is on the rise

(Newser) - America's indebted students can expect to pay more for room and board this year. Prices increased 4.6% at public and 3.9% at private colleges, with average costs of $8,535 and $9,700 respectively, finds CampusGrotto . Here are some of the most expensive places to lay your weary... More »

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