The Revitalized Trojans
What’s new at USC? It really depends on who you ask. Some might say there is a new building next to the bookstore (that will be a dorm next year), or they might talk about the new construction next to Popovich Hall, another building to add to the repertoire of business buildings already on campus. Or some might even talk about how Lorenzo, an off campus student housing company, is building 2000 new bedspaces to be ready by next Fall, or even the Whole Foods that might accompany the introduction of those new bed spaces.
Students who read their email may also say that USC has formed a new partnership with the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, allowing USC to manage the museum and thus allowing for unfettered access for the diverse schools of art that USC houses. People might even comment about a possible new project looming in the works, constructing a new “Village” in place of the University Village across the street, which will be 35,000 square feet “of community-serving retail with a full service grocery store, retail shops and sit-down restaurants. Further, it will include new undergraduate and graduate student housing. The new USC Village will also include new open space for a farmer’s market, concerts, outdoor lectures and special events.”
But if you really want to talk about the greatest change that has occurred recently to USC, you might look in a different direction. You would be looking south, towards the Coliseum. To where last Saturday, an unranked team took down Stanford, ranked 5th in the nation, where the hopes of championship contention for a school was ruined, and from the ashes gave birth to hopes of Rose Bowl for the Trojans. Where this game showed the rest of the nation that USC was a school to not be taken lightly, that it was not out of the picture, that the Trojans do not fear adversity. From the 4th and 2 to the final 47 yard field goal, the biggest change at USC is the climate. From bitter complaints of Lane Kiffin as a head coach, to singing victory praises of Coach Orgereon. To where football was almost always a source of disappointment, to the reason why students bleed cardinal and gold. The birth of this new football team has far reaching implications, more than just the field. Students are more excited to go to school now, and it is almost as if the whole campus is walking on lighter air. The sense of elation after the game was hard to describe, but it changed our identity.
It could be said that the Trojans are revitalized.