The Bar-On Brief: Why college textbooks won’t get cheaper anytime soon

The Bar-On Brief: Why college textbooks won’t get cheaper anytime soon By SHAULI BAR-ON September 10, 2019 in OpinionDaily Trojan File Photo   College textbooks publishers have a pretty sweet deal in place: Demand is never-ending and required, and supply is barred by copyright laws. It doesn’t take an economics degree to conclude that the result is a … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Why college textbooks won’t get cheaper anytime soon

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Bar-On Brief: Candidates’ Student Loan Repayment Plans Miss The Mark

Link -- Bar-On Brief: Candidates’ Student Loan Repayment Plans Miss The Mark By SHAULI BAR-ON August 26, 2019 in Columns, Opinion The 2020 Democratic primaries are just around the corner, and college students are one of the largest target groups for the candidates competing for the nomination. Candidates know that if they can energize liberal college students to come … Continue reading Bar-On Brief: Candidates’ Student Loan Repayment Plans Miss The Mark

NCAA rules against compensating athletes are unfair

NCAA rules against compensating athletes are unfair By SHAULI BAR-ON August 21, 2019 in Opinion Shideh Ghandeharizadeh/Daily Trojan       California is weighing legislation that would allow collegiate athletes to earn money through personal sponsorship deals, a policy currently prohibited by the National Collegiate Athletics Association. The California State Senate discussed SB 206, dubbed the “Fair Pay … Continue reading NCAA rules against compensating athletes are unfair

OPINION: Commencement speakers shouldn’t be silenced

OPINION: Commencement speakers shouldn’t be silenced By SHAULI BAR-ON June 18, 2019 in News, Opinion (Illustration by Yasmin Davis)While USC’s commencement was more than a month ago, college graduation season is in full swing across the country. And with all the ceremonies comes a new element of the “free speech crisis” debate: censoring commencement speakers. Several colleges have struggled … Continue reading OPINION: Commencement speakers shouldn’t be silenced

The Bar-On Brief: Passover, end of the spring semester mark new beginnings

The Bar-On Brief: Passover, end of the spring semester mark new beginnings By SHAULI BAR-ON April 23, 2019 in Columns, Opinion Shideh Ghandeharizadeh/Daily Trojan This weekend marked the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover, a holiday that celebrates the Jewish people’s liberation from Egyptian slavery and the beginning of their journey through the desert before receiving the Torah … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Passover, end of the spring semester mark new beginnings

The Bar-On Brief: All free speech, no matter its content, must be protected

The Bar-On Brief: All free speech, no matter its content, must be protected By SHAULI BAR-ON April 9, 2019 in Columns, Opinion Shutianyi Li/Daily TrojanPresident Donald Trump signed an executive order last month promising to enforce the First Amendment in colleges across the country. He vowed to withhold federal funding from universities that do not comply. Not so surprisingly … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: All free speech, no matter its content, must be protected

The Bar-On Brief: Standardized testing is an effective tool — when it is actually standardized

The Bar-On Brief: Standardized testing is an effective tool — when it is actually standardized By SHAULI BAR-ON March 26, 2019 in Columns, Opinion Shutianyi Li/Daily Trojan This month, USC was rocked by scandal once again. Once dubbed the “University of Spoiled Children,” the school is now being ridiculed as the “University of Scandal and Corruption.” So-called experts across … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Standardized testing is an effective tool — when it is actually standardized

The Bar-On Brief: Harvard affirmative action lawsuit exposes the irony of judicial politics

The Bar-On Brief: Harvard affirmative action lawsuit exposes the irony of judicial politics By SHAULI BAR-ON February 26, 2019 in Columns, Opinion Earlier this month, both sides presented their closing arguments in the case Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard before the Massachusetts District Court. Now, it’s all up to Judge Allison Burroughs. She will have to review thousands … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Harvard affirmative action lawsuit exposes the irony of judicial politics

The Bar-On Brief: College ranking methodology overlooks some with financial need

The Bar-On Brief: College ranking methodology overlooks some with financial need By SHAULI BAR-ON February 11, 2019 in Columns, Opinion   It’s almost that time of year again. Hundreds of hopeful high school students will soon tour USC, attend Explore USC and ultimately make one of the most important decisions of their academic careers: where to attend college. Naturally, … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: College ranking methodology overlooks some with financial need

The Bar-On Brief: Beyond a designated day, we should never forget the Holocaust

The Bar-On Brief: Beyond a designated day, we should never forget the Holocaust By SHAULI BAR-ON January 28, 2019 in Columns, Opinion   It’s 1942. A man lies in his bunker, fast asleep. His roommate watches him tremble. “He must be having a nightmare,” he thinks. “Maybe I should wake him up and save him from his misery.” But … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Beyond a designated day, we should never forget the Holocaust

OPINION: First Amendment rights must outweigh University policy

OPINION: First Amendment rights must outweigh University policy By SHAULI BAR-ON January 23, 2019 in Opinion   Last summer, the University quietly amended its speech code to make it easier for the administration to handle on-campus protests. But there was just one problem. The University’s policy change neglected a higher rule: the First Amendment of the United States … Continue reading OPINION: First Amendment rights must outweigh University policy

Bar-On Brief: We are the rightful owners of the abbreviation “USC”

Bar-On Brief: We are the rightful owners of the abbreviation “USC” By SHAULI BAR-ON January 15, 2019 in Columns, Opinion   Type in three letters — “U,” “S” and “C” — into a Google search and the vast majority of the search results will lead you to something related to the University of Southern California. If someone talks about … Continue reading Bar-On Brief: We are the rightful owners of the abbreviation “USC”

OPINION: California education proposals ignore root causes of high tuition costs

OPINION: California education proposals ignore root causes of high tuition costs By SHAULI BAR-ON January 7, 2019 in Opinion     California Gov. Gavin Newsom took the reigns Monday to head America’s most populous state — to start his tenure, he has some radical changes he hopes to integrate into California’s education system. While many of them lack … Continue reading OPINION: California education proposals ignore root causes of high tuition costs

The Bar-On Brief: Free speech rights must extend to all groups, not just agreeable ones

The Bar-On Brief: Free speech rights must extend to all groups, not just agreeable ones By SHAULI BAR-ON November 20, 2018 in Columns, Opinion   This past weekend, USC’s crosstown rival UCLA hosted a national conference for the Students for Justice in Palestine. Established in 2010, the organization advocates for the rights of Palestinians living in Israel, with over … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Free speech rights must extend to all groups, not just agreeable ones

The Bar-On Brief: Ad hominem attacks must be avoided in political debates

The Bar-On Brief: Ad hominem attacks must be avoided in political debates By SHAULI BAR-ON November 6, 2018 in Columns, Opinion   President Donald Trump announced last week that he intends to use an executive order to get rid of birthright citizenship in the United States. In other words, he wants to change the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Ad hominem attacks must be avoided in political debates

The Bar-On Brief: Registering to vote is only the most basic of your civic duties

The Bar-On Brief: Registering to vote is only the most basic of your civic duties By SHAULI BAR-ON October 23, 2018 in Columns, Opinion     Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan Monday was the last day to register to vote for the midterm elections in California. For months, USC students have been encouraged to take steps to register to … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Registering to vote is only the most basic of your civic duties

The Bar-On Brief: Equality on company boards shouldn’t be a government mandate

Link -- The Bar-On Brief: Equality on company boards shouldn’t be a government mandate Photo by Adriana Sanchez | Daily Trojan By SHAULI BAR-ON October 9, 2018 in Columns, Opinion On Sept. 30, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 826, a measure that will mandate a gender quota on the boards of directors of California-based companies. Essentially, … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Equality on company boards shouldn’t be a government mandate

The Bar-On Brief: Removing criminal history will benefit Common App

Link -- The Bar-On Brief: Removing criminal history will benefit Common App By SHAULI BAR-ON September 24, 2018 in Columns, Opinion   Last week, the Daily Trojan reported that USC graduate student Robert L. Walker II’s USC email is linked to a username that was active in a chatroom used to organize the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Removing criminal history will benefit Common App

The Bar-On Brief: Diversity of opinion must be considered in faculty hiring

Link -- The Bar-On Brief: Diversity of opinion must be considered in faculty hiring By SHAULI BAR-ON September 11, 2018 in Columns, Opinion   “Diversity” is a word that gets thrown around daily without anyone stopping to think about what it really means. Employers want diverse workplaces, colleges want diverse applicants, and now the University of California school system … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Diversity of opinion must be considered in faculty hiring

The Bar-On Brief: Do not turn community colleges into diploma mills

Link -- The Bar-On Brief: Do not turn community colleges into diploma mills By SHAULI BAR-ON August 28, 2018 in Columns, Opinion   In June, the California legislature finalized a plan that will encourage community colleges to confer degrees to students and allow them to transfer to four-year colleges by withholding funding from low-performing community colleges. This is a flawed … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Do not turn community colleges into diploma mills

OPINION: Tinder update is not a solution for students’ social isolation

Link -- OPINION: Tinder update is not a solution for students’ social isolation By SHAULI BAR-ON August 26, 2018 in Opinion   Despite the digital connectivity that sets this generation apart from its predecessors, it’s sadly ironic that loneliness is one of the most profound concerns of the modern age. Tinder, a dating app in which users swipe … Continue reading OPINION: Tinder update is not a solution for students’ social isolation

OPINION: Transparency is crucial to improving administrative culture

Link -- OPINION: Transparency is crucial to improving administrative culture By SHAULI BAR-ON August 15, 2018 in Opinion   Leaders are usually the first people considered for removal after a huge scandal rocks the organization they are running. Even if they are not directly responsible, they act as figureheads for the organization, and their removal is sometimes necessary … Continue reading OPINION: Transparency is crucial to improving administrative culture

COUNTERPOINT: The University should expand professor evaluation services

COUNTERPOINT: The University should expand professor evaluation services  By SHAULI BAR-ON April 25, 2018 in Columns, Opinion Art by Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan As the semester comes to a close with the last week of instruction, we are approaching the dreaded week of final exams. But in the coming days, students will also have the opportunity to assess their … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: The University should expand professor evaluation services

COUNTERPOINT: New campus mural produces unnecessary racial divisions

COUNTERPOINT: New campus mural produces unnecessary racial divisions  By SHAULI BAR-ON April 18, 2018 in Columns, Opinion, Point/Counterpoint Art by Di Wu | Daily Trojan The USC Annenberg Institute for Diversity and Empowerment in conjunction with the art collective When Woman Disrupt installed a controversial mural on March 22. The sentence “Dismantle Whiteness and Misogyny on this Campus” is painted … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: New campus mural produces unnecessary racial divisions

COUNTERPOINT: Balance expanded election voter turnout with strong security

COUNTERPOINT: Balance expanded election voter turnout with strong security By SHAULI BAR-ON April 11, 2018 in Columns, Opinion   Since President Donald Trump was elected into office, much of the mainstream news coverage has been devoted to the investigation into Russia’s influence on the United States election. But instead, we should turn our attention to within our own borders … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: Balance expanded election voter turnout with strong security

COUNTERPOINT: Asking for citizenship status on the census not unconstitutional

COUNTERPOINT: Asking for citizenship status on the census not unconstitutional  By SHAULI BAR-ON April 4, 2018 in Columns, Opinion, Point/Counterpoint Art by Joscelyn Stocks | Daily Trojan In his farewell address, former President Barack Obama said, “It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: Asking for citizenship status on the census not unconstitutional

COUNTERPOINT: Deleting all social media after recent scandal is misguided

COUNTERPOINT: Deleting all social media after recent scandal is misguided  By SHAULI BAR-ON March 28, 2018 in Columns, Opinion, Point/Counterpoint Art by Effren Villanueva | Daily Trojan Earlier this month, it was uncovered that Facebook users’ privacy was breached by a third-party application: British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Since then, paranoid users have been deactivating their profiles in a … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: Deleting all social media after recent scandal is misguided

OPINION: Unionization of college athletes is misguided, ineffective

OPINION: Unionization of college athletes is misguided, ineffective  By SHAULI BAR-ON March 21, 2018 in Opinion   March Madness is the time of year when the country’s most talented college basketball players have a chance to make a name for themselves, get noticed by NBA recruiters and bring home the national championship for their colleges. In the college … Continue reading OPINION: Unionization of college athletes is misguided, ineffective

COUNTERPOINT: Language that offends should not be grounds for expulsion

Link -- COUNTERPOINT: Language that offends should not be grounds for expulsion By Shauli Bar-On  March 21, 2018 in Opinion, Point/Counterpoint Art by Effren Villanueva | Daily Trojan  Rights exist primarily for one simple reason: to prevent wrongs. However, rights are not absolute — they must exist in a hierarchy because in many instances, rights collide with and contradict one … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: Language that offends should not be grounds for expulsion

COUNTERPOINT: USC should represent students currently paying for rising tuition

Link: COUNTERPOINT: USC should represent students currently paying for rising tuition By Shauli Bar-On March 6, 2018 in Opinion Tuition increases are common practice in colleges around the country. Annually, every school increases the cost of attendance. These tuition increases are to account for inflation, to fund projects and to tackle important issues. With a tuition increase … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: USC should represent students currently paying for rising tuition

COUNTERPOINT: Ideological inclusivity is essential to a complete college education

Link: Counterpoint: Ideologicial inclusivity is essential to a complete college education By SHAULI BAR-ON February 27, 2018 in Opinion, Point/Counterpoint Art by Di Wu The word “education” appears in the Constitution exactly zero times. The 10th Amendment specifically states that everything not under the federal government’s jurisdiction in the Constitution is reserved exclusively for the states or the people to … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: Ideological inclusivity is essential to a complete college education

Counterpoint: Increased security in schools will foster safety for students

Link: Counterpoint: Increased security in schools will foster safety for students  By SHAULI BAR-ON February 21, 2018 in Opinion, Point/Counterpoint   Art by Grace Cillo | Daily Trojan Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Nikolas Cruz is accused of walking onto the campus in Parkland, Fla. and attacking dozens of helpless students with an AR-15 gun. The shooting … Continue reading Counterpoint: Increased security in schools will foster safety for students

COUNTERPOINT: Colleges have the obligation to protect speakers’ free speech

Link: Colleges have the obligation to protect speakers’ free speech By SHAULI BAR-ON Art by Lisa Kim February 14, 2018 in Opinion, Point/Counterpoint Self-identified white nationalist Richard Spencer was invited to speak at the University of Cincinnati on March 14. No, the school did not deny the controversial speaker the right to speak. They did not refuse to give him … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: Colleges have the obligation to protect speakers’ free speech

COUNTERPOINT: For USG, voter engagement should remain the top priority

Link -- COUNTERPOINT: For USG, voter engagement should remain the top priority By SHAULI BAR-ON February 7, 2018 in Opinion, Point/Counterpoint   Art by Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan Undergraduate Student Government elections will be underway in less than a week, but the mood around campus doesn’t reflect that. Yes, there are campaign signs along Trousdale Parkway, candidates make Facebook … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: For USG, voter engagement should remain the top priority

Counterpoint: Professors’ political views cannot alienate students

Link: Counterpoint: Professors’ political views cannot alienate students  By SHAULI BAR-ON January 31, 2018 in Columns, Opinion Art by Di Wu | Daily Trojan By the fourth week of classes, students are more familiar with their professors, and know more about their teaching style, rigor and, in many cases, political views. While understanding their professors can help some students … Continue reading Counterpoint: Professors’ political views cannot alienate students

COUNTERPOINT: Idealized standards of consent are not realistic

Link: COUNTERPOINT: Idealized standards of consent are not realistic January 24, 2018 in Columns, Opinion Art by Di Wu | Daily Trojan This past weekend, over 4 million people worldwide took to the streets in demonstration for the annual Women’s March. The first women’s march took place last January after President Donald Trump’s first day in office. The … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: Idealized standards of consent are not realistic

OPINION: Dining halls must adapt to Jewish dietary needs

OPINION: Dining halls must adapt to Jewish dietary needs  By SHAULI BAR-ON January 9, 2018 in Opinion   Los Angeles is a metropolitan hub for Jews. After the New York City area, Los Angeles has the most Jews in the United States. And yet, in a city with over 600,000 Jewish people, USC does not adequately offer dining … Continue reading OPINION: Dining halls must adapt to Jewish dietary needs