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2 USC Students Shot at Party

Thief opens fire near campus: cops

(Newser) - Two students from the University of Southern California were shot at a party near the USC campus yesterday. Several students confronted a man who appeared to be stealing items from an apartment complex where the party was taking place. He opened fire, shooting a male student in the chest and...

USC Football Stripped of 2004 Title

No champion in the 2004 season after Reggie Bush ineligibility

(Newser) - The Heisman trophies have been returned , and now USC has lost something else: The Bowl Championship Series stripped Southern California of its 2004 title yesterday, leaving that season without a BCS champion. The announcement was not a surprise—BCS officials had said USC was in danger of having its championship...

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...

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...

Calif. Researchers Hack Kinect for World Of Warcraft

USC researchers provide software free online

(Newser) - It's about time academics applied their brain power to something really useful. Researchers at the University of Southern California have hacked Microsoft's touchie-feelie Kinect camera for the XBox to play the hugely popular World of Warcraft online game. What's even better is that the software they developed to do it—...

Reggie Bush Forfeits Heisman
 Reggie Bush Forfeits Heisman 

Reggie Bush Forfeits Heisman

Running back returns 2005 award

(Newser) - Reggie Bush says he will give back his 2005 Heisman Trophy over allegations that he received improper benefits while playing for USC . "While this decision is heart-breaking, I find solace in knowing that the award was made possible by the support and love of so many," said the...

University Opens for Lost Fans

 University Opens for Lost Fans 

University Opens for Lost Fans

Yes, the show is so complicated you need a degree to follow it

(Newser) - How complicated and geeky is Lost? It’s so complicated that the show has hired UCLA and USC professors to teach courses at the new “Lost University,” and so geeky that people are expected to enroll. At the newly launched , anyone who owns the just-released fifth...

USC Star Recovering After Surgery on Crushed Throat

Tailback suffered mishap in weight room

(Newser) - USC tailback Stafon Johnson is in critical but stable condition and communicating nonverbally after surgery to repair a horrific weightlifting injury. Teammates say Johnson was bench-pressing yesterday and accidentally dropped the bar on his throat. After 7-plus hours of surgery, during which doctors realigned Johnson’s larynx, the athlete is...

Under Fire, USC Drops Ball in Sports Perks Probe

NCAA expands Bush, Mayo investigation; school takes little action

(Newser) - Years after footballer Reggie Bush was accused of accepting gifts from marketers while at USC, the university is still doing almost nothing to investigate the matter, despite the spread of allegations to a top basketball player and coach, the Los Angeles Times reports. Though the NCAA has expanded its own...

Krauss, Plant Win Big at Grammys

Telecast short on awards, long on performances

(Newser) - Alison Krauss and Robert Plant boasted the highest number of Grammys last night, grabbing five awards, including honors for Album of the Year for Raising Sand, E! reports. Other big winners included Lil Wayne, who scooped up four Grammys, and Coldplay, which snagged three awards, including one for Best Rock...

As Museums Struggle, LA's MOCA Seeks Merger

MoCA holds talks with other institutions as endowment dries up

(Newser) - The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, one of the nation's leading modern art galleries, is holding talks with other LA institutions about a possible merger. MoCA has already announced a 10% cut in staff and the temporary closure of 50% of its exhibition space. For the New York ...

Online Gamers Leaner Than Your Average Couch Potato

Less time watching TV may be factor: study

(Newser) - Often dismissed as unhealthy and overweight, a recent study found that video gamers are actually 10% leaner than the average American. Just why that is remains a little murky, but researchers did note that players of the popular online game EventQuest II watched 10 fewer hours of TV per week,...

USC Student Fatally Stabbed in Neighborhood Attack

Los Angeles campus tense after killing, sexual assaults

(Newser) - USC students are demanding the university beef up security after a film student was fatally stabbed yesterday in a neighborhood attack, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Idaho native was killed after an argument with a man in an apartment complex near the LA campus. A wave of anxiety has...

USC's Mayo Accused of Taking Gifts

College faces sanctions if star accepted illegal benefits from future agent

(Newser) - USC star OJ Mayo received tens of thousands of dollars from the agency that would eventually represent him, a violation of NCAA rules, according to former friend Louis Johnson. The money was allegedly funneled through one Rodney Guillory, who lavished on Mayo just a fraction of what the agency gave...

College Players Back Playoff, Pay, USC

SI takes pulse of Division I football; athletes join coaches in picking Trojans

(Newser) - Division I football players want to play for Pete Carroll, possibly because they're picking USC to win the national title. They spend nearly as much time on football as they would on a full-time job, and they'd like to be paid that way. SI polled 119 players (one from each...

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