DAILY TROJAN, Vol. 136, No. 16, February 08, 1999
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% jL Did you know... USC Professor George Olah received the 1994 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work with hydrocarbons, which has led to less-polluting gasoline. Short Streak: The USC men’s basketball team lost, 60-55, to Oregon at the Sports Arena to fall a tie for last in the Pacific 10 Conference. Sex, drugs, scandal. Take a look at some of the must-see films of the ’60s highlighting the decade's events. Calendar 2 Off the Win 2 Roundup 2 SComU 13 fHulflirti 12 Crossword Puzzle 13 <ttrqjanOiasc.Mlii http://www.Nsc.a4ii/dt N E WSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Fabrnary S, 19M Vol. CXXXV1, No. 16 Against all odds Disabled medical student faces future with strength and determination By TARIQ MALIK Staff Writer On Halloween weekend in 1997, Suzy Kim went to Las Vegas. The USC medical student had finished her first rotation, in pediatrics, at the School of Medicine that week, and was off to the casino mecca with her boyfriend, David Bierbrauer. “We did everything,” said Kim, 26. “Rollercoasters, rides...everything. About the only thing we didn’t do was ride a helicopter.” A day later Kim was in a helicopter ‘ on her way to the hospital. While bodysurfing with Bierbrauer at Laguna Beach on Nov. 2, a strong undertow pulled Kim underwater. She hit a shallow sandbar headfirst, breaking her jaw and the last vertebrae in her neck and bruising her spinal cord. She was paralyzed from the neck down. “I knew something was really wrong when 1 looked up,” Kim said. “I could see the sky, and I was underwater. I thought I was going to drown.” Kim held her breath until Bierbrauer and a nearby surfer pulled her out of the water. “I kept telling (Bierbrauer), ‘My neck is broken. Hold my neck, support my neck,’” she said. She was airlifted to local Mission Community Hospital, where doctors performed surgery within a half hour of her accident. At the* hospital, she received steroids to keep the swelling of her spinal cord down and surgery to repair the damage to her neck vertebrae. Some doctors told her she would never walk again, and others said she might. None of them predicted she would regain control of her arms and hands and continue medical school. I see Proflla. page 2 I Tariq Matk I Daily Ttajan Medfcatschool miracle. Suzy Kim, a third-year medical student at USC, was paralyzed from the waist down in a bodysurfing accident almost two years ago. Dance raises money for L.A. child hospital Benefit Members of Greek system raise more than $15,000for children in 24-hour marathon By JAMIE SMIT Staff Writer The Trojan spirit was extended to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Friday as more than 100 students put on their dancing shoes and participated in the Third Annual Dance Marathon, sponsored by the Office of Residential and Greek Life. The event raised more than $15,000. The South Gym of the Physical Education Building pulsated with the sounds of music and laughter as the 24-hour marathon began. Although participation began three years ago exclusively within the Greek community, it has since expanded to other campus organizations. On contributions alone, this year’s Dance Marathon “pretty much surpassed what we made last year,’ said Amanda McDorman, marathon chairwoman, a junior majoring in American literature and a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Kathy Steward, the event’s faculty adviser and tbe associate director of the Office for Residential and Greek Life, started the marathon three years ago as a re-enactment of an annual event at Penn State University. Raising more than $2 million each year for Children’s Cancer Research, the Penn State Marathon requires its participants to dance for 48 hours. “The wonderful aspect of this (event) is that everyone gets the opportunity to kind of connect with these little kids who have been through more than most of us could ever imagine,” Steward said. The members of the Dance Marathon committee, clad in bright yellow shirts and scattered among the participants, have been planning this event since the summer. Paul Ledesma, the committee member in charge of morale and a junior majoring in psychology, boosted the participants’ spirits with the assistance of a few dozen others, assuring the dancers had a good time. Many forms of entertainment sprung up throughout the duration of the marathon, including theme hours, which spotlighted a lip sync by members of the morale team. About 12 hours into the marathon, Ledesma was hopeful that everyone was enjoying themselves. “We could always hope for more people (to participate), but it looks like everybody’s having a good time," Ledesma said. “I just hope everybody does, because we’ve got a lot of stuff planned and we’re not even halfway through.* When the participating students raised the mini- I see Dwwa, page > I USC Gospel Explosion preaches message of belief in God Event Song and dance emphasize faith and worship celebrating Black History Month By PENNY YU Staff Writer A dynamite crowd and a myriad of performers helped start Black History Month Friday night at the inaugural USC Gospel Explosion, sponsored by the Black Student Assembly, Performing Arts and Special Events division of Program Board. "We want everyone to believe that Black History is everyone’s history,” said DeVon Franklin, chair of the Black Student Assembly and a junior majoring in business. “It’s just not for black people to celebrate, it’s for all cultures to celebrate." The evening’s entertainment combined a diverse range of performances, all with the message of having faith in God. Chesahna Kindred, executive director of Program Board and a senior majoring in exercise science, set the energetic pace for the evening by bringing the audience to their feet, dapping and singing in praise of the Lord. "I hope this (event) will become a tradition at USC,* she said. Veteran comedian Vince Debaroh was the master of ceremonies. He entertained the audience in-between the perfor- mances, which included dancing by the USC Fly Girls and singing by the USC Gospel Choir and Crenshaw High School Elite Choir. This is my first college gospel event,” Debaroh said. “1 want students to have fun and worship God at the same time.” The show’s variety appealed to the multicultural crowd, said Olivia Lee, a member of the USC Gospel Choir Saved by Grace and a freshman majoring in communication. “It brings people together," Lee said. “It’s different from the traditional services. They take what people like already...but they take it one step further, and they use it to praise God.* Through different forms of expression, each act conveyed the message of . page * I Doan La I Daity Dqan Proclaiming tha gospot The USC Fly Girls perform Fffety night.
|Title||DAILY TROJAN, Vol. 136, No. 16, February 08, 1999|
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Did you know...
USC Professor George Olah received the 1994 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work with hydrocarbons, which has led to less-polluting gasoline.
Short Streak: The USC men’s basketball team lost, 60-55, to Oregon at the Sports Arena to fall a tie for last in the Pacific 10 Conference.
Sex, drugs, scandal. Take a look at some of the must-see films of the ’60s highlighting the decade's events.
Off the Win 2
Crossword Puzzle 13