University of Southern California

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After USC Adds Safety Rules, 6 Frats Break School Ties

New policy includes having security guards at parties

(Newser) - In response to reports of sexual assaults at fraternity events last year and the student protests that followed, the University of Southern California imposed new security policies to take effect for this school year. But six fraternities have now decided to break official ties with the university rather than implement...

'Outrage' After Student Cinematographer Dies

Chapman University mourns the 'brilliant' Peng Wang, killed in rollover crash

(Newser) - A student cinematographer at Chapman University was killed Friday while riding sand dunes with film students from the University of Southern California, which has only added to concerns about a lack of safety protocols on film sets. The 29-year-old was acting as cinematographer on a USC production, though it's...

USC Sues YouTube Pranksters Over 'Panic-Inducing Takeovers'

YouTubers are accused of disrupting multiple classes on California campus

(Newser) - Two YouTubers have been issued a temporary restraining order to stay away from the University of Southern California campus after they allegedly pranked classes at the Los Angeles school. Ernest "Eric" Kanevsky and Yuguo Bai, who are being sued by USC, most recently disrupted a lecture on the Holocaust...

White Professor on Leave After Using Chinese Word

Greg Patton is no longer teaching his USC course

(Newser) - A California professor has been replaced for uttering a Chinese word that sounds—in English—like a racist slur, the LA Times reports. Greg Patton was teaching an online communications course for University of Southern California students when he discussed the importance of pausing and using "er" and "...

Lawyers: 'Devastating' New Evidence in Loughlin Case

Notes turned over by prosecution prove her innocence, defense team says

(Newser) - Lawyers for Full House actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, said Wednesday that new evidence shows the couple is innocent of charges that they bribed their daughters' way into the University of Southern California. An attorney for the couple said in a legal filing that prosecutors...

USC Makes a 'High-Octane' Tuition Move

California private school will waive tuition for families making $80K or less a year

(Newser) - In what the Los Angeles Times calls a "high-octane" effort to open its doors to more middle- and low-income students, the University of South California announced a major initiative Thursday that will get rid of tuition for families earning $80,000 a year or less, starting with new students...

Here's Lori Loughlin's Kid's Alleged Fake Crew Resume

Prosecutors release it in response to a filing from Loughlin, Giannulli

(Newser) - Prosecutors have released the fake crew resume allegedly used by Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli to get their daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli into USC, reports the Boston Herald , which has the document in full here . Per CNN , it lists Olivia Jade, now 20, as the winner of two gold...

She Investigated Admissions Fraud While Allegedly Taking Part

Prosecutors share emails between Mossimo Giannulli and scheme mastermind

(Newser) - An athletic department administrator asked to investigate puzzling recruitment decisions at the University of Southern California a year before the admissions scandal broke was herself taking part in the fraud, according to new court documents. In March 2018, a USC official asked Donna Heinel to look into three students—Lori...

In College Admissions Brouhaha, the Longest Sentence Yet

Toby MacFarlane gets 6 months behind bars in California

(Newser) - Felicity Huffman has served her time , Lori Loughlin awaits her own fate, and an ex-California real estate executive has been hit with the longest prison sentence yet in the college admissions scandal . Per NBC News , six months behind bars was the sentence given Wednesday to Toby MacFarlane, 56, who was...

Tainted Drugs Probed in USC Student Deaths

Opioid overdose suspected in at least one case

(Newser) - Tainted drugs may explain some of the nine student deaths at USC this semester. No link has been confirmed yet and autopsies and toxicology tests are pending, but investigators are exploring whether contaminated drugs contributed to some of the deaths of the nine males, reports the Los Angeles Times . Though...

9 Student Deaths Since August Cause Alarm at USC

That's up from 6 deaths in all of last school year

(Newser) - Shortly after administrators acknowledged a series of deaths at the University of Southern California, another student was found dead. The body of a male student, aged 27 or 28, was found in an apartment off campus Monday afternoon, according to university officials, who sent letters to students and parents on...

Celeb Parents Hit With New Charge in College Scandal

Lori Loughlin, 9 others charged with bribery

(Newser) - Full House actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, and nine other parents faced new federal charges Tuesday in a scandal involving dozens of wealthy parents accused of bribing their children's way into elite universities or cheating on college entrance exams. A grand jury in Boston indicted the parents...

Loughlin Wants to Talk Prison With Huffman: Report

Another report says a plea deal may still be on the table for Loughlin

(Newser) - Despite an alleged $500,000 spent to get them into the University of Southern California, Lori Loughlin's daughters are no longer enrolled at the school. Olivia Jade Giannulli, 20, and Isabella Rose Giannulli, 21, "are not currently enrolled" but "we are unable to provide additional information because...

2nd Parent Gets Prison Time in College Admissions Scandal

CEO Devin Sloane paid $250K bribe

(Newser) - A Los Angeles businessman who paid a $250,000 bribe to have his son admitted to the University of Southern California as a water polo recruit is going to prison. Devin Sloane—whose son didn't even know how to play water polo, according to prosecutors—is the second parent...

Ex-USC Gynecologist Charged With 16 Sexual Assaults

Investigation into George Tyndall's alleged actions is continuing

(Newser) - A former campus gynecologist at the University of Southern California was charged Wednesday in the sexual assaults of 16 patients at the campus student health center, authorities said. Dr. George Tyndall has been the subject of a Los Angeles police investigation for more than a year after patients claimed sexual...

USC's Own Report Suggested Gynecologist Preyed on Students

But school did not fire George Tyndall, reports Los Angeles Times

(Newser) - The University of Southern California didn't fire a campus health clinic gynecologist accused of abusing hundreds of women , even after the school's own team of medical experts found evidence of the crimes as well as signs of "psychopathy." That's according to internal university records obtained...

Lori Loughlin, Husband Want to See Evidence Against Them

A motion was filed Monday in the case

(Newser) - The next hearing in the case against 17 parents charged in the sweeping college admissions bribery scandal isn't until June 3, but one tidbit about the case's progress emerged Monday by way of a motion filed by the parents. In it, they're requesting to see the prosecution'...

Dr. Dre Deletes 'Strange Brag' About His Kid Getting Into USC

She got in 'on her own,' says dad who donated $70M

(Newser) - Dr. Dre is a proud man—his daughter, Truly Young, got into the University of Southern California, and unlike some other celebrity parents , he didn't have to pay somebody to bribe coaches or facilitate cheating on exams. But the hip-hop legend may have gone too far with what Mashable...

Loughlin's Daughter 'Never' Went to School

Olivia Jade Giannulli let the remark slip on YouTube

(Newser) - Already queasy over the college admission scandal? You might want a paper bag. Lori Loughlin's daughter not only said last year she was at the University of Southern California just to party—she joked in 2018 that she was "never" at high school, People reports. "I'm,...

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...

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