Daily Trojan, Vol. 139, No. 53, April 07, 2000
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W-Day Toduy is the last day to drop class for the spring semester with a mark of “W." With a vengeance: Los Angeles’ first arena football team, the Avengers, take the field Sunday — and will probably take men away from their wives. c iwuiaaiAu* Playoff power: The men’s volleyball team takes on UC San Diego tonight in a match determining its postseason seed. 4 O For Your Information 2 Tech Tidbit* 3 Dally trojan editorial 4 Classifieds 8 Crossword Puzzle 9 dtrojan<tfusc.edu http://www.usc.adu/dt NEWSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA April 7, 2000 Vol. CXXXIX, No. 51 NPHC event brings kids to university Philanthropy: Students from Hamilton High School hear about admissions, financial aid tips from campus leaders By ERIN SZYMANSKI Staff Writer Students from a local high school got the rundown on getting in — and staying in — college from USC students and faculty during a day-long seminar that the National Pan-Hellenic Council held Thursday. About 40 sophomores and juniors from Hamilton High School were invited to USC to attend two workshops geared toward teaching them how to make themselves the best possible candidates for gaining admission to college and also on how to succeed after they arrived. ‘The workshops were targeted at helping students understand what they can do to make themselves stronger candidates for admission to a four-year university and also provide them information on the social elements of the college experience,” suid Jcluui Gould -Bailey, a senior majoring in cinema-television and a co-chair of the event. The first workshop featured speakers from USC’s admissions department, the athletic department and the Office of Financial Aid. Each speaker highlighted key areas that the students need to be thinking about when preparing to apply and attend college. “USC is becoming one of the most competitive schools in the country,” said Everett Jackson, associate director of Enrollment Services in the Office of Admissions. “You therefore need to make yourself as competitive as possible coming out of high school. As a hint, we are softies for a good sob story when we read your essays.” The students then had the opportunity to ask questions, and their questions focused on such issues as the accessibility of professors, studying abroad and the roommate situation. Overall, most students found the first workshop to be beneficial. ‘These conferences are good because they allow students to learn about how to get into college and information about financial aid,” said Phoebe Brock, a junior from Hamilton High School. “At our school there is only one counselor to do this for every student.” The second workshop featured speeches mostly from USC students, including former USC Student Body President Tyler Kelley, a senior majoring in political science and international relations. The purpose of having students and not just faculty speak was to give the students hints on how to succeed I see Collage, page 9 I Some devote week bringing Christianity to life on campus Religion: Campus Crusade for Christ sponsors second Alive event promoting awareness By JENNIE BEYER Staff Writer Walking past Bovard Auditorium through Hahn Plaza is a walk most USC students make every weekday throughout the semester. Seeing a clump of students in bright yellow T-shirts sitting on a couch or beanbag, talking or grabbing food out of a mini-fridge while walking past Tommy Trojan has not been quite so pommon — until this week. A group of USC students have chosen to devote their time to Alive Week and spend the days and nights at Hahn Plaza. They are spending this time talking, praying, answering questions and participating in a variety of events in order to give back to USC and the university’s student body. “We’re not here to get in people’s faces,” said Adam Hammill, a junior majoring in recording arts. “We’re here to get people involved." Alive Week is sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, a combination of many different Christian denominations that organize events for the week in order to attract student involvement and promote awareness for the variety of Christian groups on campus and other youth organizations such as the Bel Air Presbyterian youth group. “This week allows us to raise awareness for Christianity and give back to USC,” Hammill said. “It also gives us the opportunity to learn about the great gift received in Christ.” This is the second year that Alive Week has taken place on campus. Each year events are planned for each day of the week and a booth is located near Commons in Hahn Plaza that is open for students to come and ask questions. Several events have taken place this week, including a workshop on cults, a discussion on the movie “The Sixth Sense," a basketball tournament, a speaker on the subject of evil and a hip-hop concert featuring the Lakita Garth and the group Knowdaverbs. There was also an event in which students have the opportunity to play against USC athletes who are Christian as well as a speaker on creation vs. evolution. ‘There were more events last year, but the events this year are designed for everybody to participate,” Hammill said. Next to the booth on campus was “the 24-hour prayer hut” that was open from 5 p.m. Tuesday to 5 p.m. Wednesday. For 24 hours people were either reading the Bible or praying in the hut. The hut was to lift up the campus and the people that go to school here,” said Bryan Devonshire, a freshman majoring in education. The response from the campus community has been positive, Crusade volunteers said, adding that people either seem eager to show approval or merely go on their way without displaying any negativity, not being bothered by a different point of view. “Last year we received more hackles,” I see Alive, page 9 I “We’re not here to get in people's faces. We’re here to get people involved.” Adam Hammill junior recording arts No strings attached Cellist Karen Basrak finds time for a full class load, a social life — and numerous solo performances By BRENDAN LOY Staff Writer Bridgette Yellen I Daily Trojan Sweet music. Karen Basrak, a junior majoring in cello performance, will be performing a solo with the American Youth Symphony on Sunday at UCLA. ith less than a week until showtime, you’d think the soloist in the American Youth Symphony’s next big concert might be at least a little bit overwhelmed by the busy schedule of final preparations. Not Karen Basrak. ‘Today was actually not that bad. I went (from) 12 o’clock until about 8:30,” Basrak said Monday, downplaying a day of music classes and rehearsals which is longer than a typical working day. ‘Tomorrow is 10 o’clock to 10 o’clock," she saict. “Practicing comes after that.” Basrak, a junior majoring in cello performance, is used to busy schedules. She’s been dealing with them since elementary school. It comes with the territory when you’ve been accomplished musician since age 4. “It was really hard as a kid, because I’d always have friends after school (saying) ‘Let’s go out and play,’” Basrak said. “And I was like, ‘I have to go home and practice first.’” The sacrifice has paid off. At age 20, Basrak already boasts an impressive resume of musical accomplishments, most notably the spot she earned as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in October 1998 as a result of winning the Pasadena Solo Instrumental Competition. Soloing with the American Youth Symphony in its concert Sunday at 8 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall is only her latest achievement. “She’s one of our most outstanding students at the university,” said Basrak’s teacher at USC, world-class cellist Eleonore Schoenfeld. “(She has I see Cellist, page 7 I I
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Toduy is the last day to drop class for the spring semester with a mark of “W."
With a vengeance: Los Angeles’ first arena football team, the Avengers, take the field Sunday — and will probably take men away from their wives. c
Playoff power: The men’s volleyball team takes on UC San Diego tonight in a match determining its postseason seed. 4 O
For Your Information 2
Tech Tidbit* 3
Dally trojan editorial 4
Crossword Puzzle 9