Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Dr. Robert Gallo, the researcher who originally discovered HIV, was invited to speak at the event. The speaker was Dr. Michael Gottlieb. As part of World AIDS day today, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, acquired last year by USC, is launching a campaign to encourage people who have lost loved ones to AIDS to come forward and give testimonies as well as donate victims’ personal records, including diaries and medical histories.ONE National Archives is the oldest LGBT organization in the United States and has the largest repository of LGBT material in the world. USC Libraries acquired the organization’s archives last year and has maintained them since.Christopher Freeman, a professor of English and gender studies and a member of the board of ONE National Inc., said the campaign aims to make its archives more personal.“The archives are the most detailed source of information on the history and cultural evolution of homosexuality in the United States,” Freeman said. “But they lacked the personal stories of members of the community who suffered and died because of AIDS, as well as the stories of their loved ones who survived them.”The campaign kickoff event, which will be held at the ONE National Inc. office on Adams Boulevard and Portland Street today, will feature testimonies and talks from long-term survivors, activists, writers and physicians. Dr. Michael Gottlieb, who made the first diagnosis of AIDS in June 1981 at UCLA, will also speak at the event.“The event will be an opportunity for the people who got left behind to remember the victims and perpetuate their stories,” Freeman said.In addition to ONE National’s archive, USC Libraries houses a varied collection of other historic documents and archives readily available to students and faculty.One of the largest digitalized collections is the Regional History Collection, a collection of historic newspapers, the oldest of which is an 1808 edition of the Columbia Centinel, a Boston newspaper. The USC Digital Library also includes a collection of digitized photos published in the historical Los Angeles Examiner newspaper from 1920-1961.“This collection is of tremendous research value across many disciplines,” said Hugh McHarg, USC Libraries associate dean for planning and communications. “The Examiner collection, accessible globally through the Digital Library, provides invaluable perspectives on Los Angeles politics, culture, crime and entertainment from that era.”USC Libraries has an original copy of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War and established the boundaries between Mexico and California. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive also contains nearly 52,000 videotaped interviews with witnesses to the Holocaust that were gathered by the Shoah Foundation between 1994 and 2005.Claude Zachary, the university archivist and manuscripts librarian, said students from a variety of departments use these collections.“We get a lot of students from history, policy, planning and development, fine arts and many other departments,” Zachary said. “We provide access through a reading room in our Special Collections department in Doheny Library.”Elise Tasooji, a senior majoring in communication, recently used the archives for a class project and said she was very impressed by their detail and depth.“I was working on a movie about the Los Angeles freeway system and needed photos for the historical aspect of the film,” Tasooji said. “The Dick Whittington collection had a large number of aerial photos of the freeways as well as photos of their early construction.”Tasooji also said the libraries’ staff members were very helpful and prompt when she contacted them.“I emailed the curator of the archives describing my project and she got back to me with a list of archive material that she thought would be relevant to the movie and I just picked out what I wanted,” Tasooji said.
Football season never sleeps for USC and with a new season on the horizon, a new team will step onto the field in the Coliseum for the first time. According to 24-7 Sports, USC landed the eighth strongest recruiting class of 2016. USC signed two five-star recruits, 12 four-star recruits and six three-star recruits. There are a few freshman in particular who are expected to not only compete for starting spots, but also make significant contributions to the team as soon as the season begins.Five-star recruit Oluwole Betiku is a local of Gardena. The Junipero Serra graduate is coming into a defensive line that needs immediate improvement, and Betiku is expected to help.With the Pac-12’s overall depth at the quarterback position, USC’s pass rush was a large focus for head coach Clay Helton and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast during the recruiting season.“In our league, a passing league, you have to be able to get to the quarterback and Wole has been able to do that in his career,” Helton said in his national signing day press conference. “If I were quarterbacks in our league right now, I’d be scared. He scares me just walking up. He looks like he’s about 26 years old.”Betiku is one of seven freshmen who enrolled at USC a semester early in order to participate in spring practice.Another defensive end who has the build to compete immediately is 6’7”, 250-pound Connor Murphy. Murphy was the top-rated defensive end in Arizona.“We really felt that these men were elite about putting pressure when we evaluated on film,” Helton said. “Getting to the quarterback is something we dearly needed.”Joining Betiku and Murphy on the defensive side of the ball is five-star athlete Jack Jones. Jones has characteristics reminiscent of current cornerback, wide receiver and kick returner Adoree’ Jackson.“He is the most dynamic athlete. He reminds you of several guys that have been here before. We’ve got this guy named Adoree’ Jackson that does a great job for us,” Helton said. “He is in that similar mode of being able to not only play defensive back, but being greedy on offense too. You love to be able to put him over there and have the chance to be able to throw him a ball or two. He’s so dynamic with the ball in his hands and as a returner. Just the ultimate weapon.”On the offensive side, the recruiting class is highlighted by offensive tackle Nathan Smith and wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe.Smith and the offensive line will be the root of the Trojan offense.“Not only are they big men, but they can move,” Helton said of the 6’7” Smith. “We do a lot of zone schemes and pulling with our run schemes. Each one of these guys are ultra athletic. It’s kind of been a staple for us here at USC.”Josh Imatorbhebhe joins his brother and fellow wide receiver redshirt freshman Daniel Imatorbhebhe as part of an increasingly deep receiving corps.“I think sometimes as a head football coach and a staff you have to look not only for the season coming up, but you also have to see what’s going on in the future and with the dynamic of us possibly losing several young man after this season and how special a group this class was, we really felt that we needed to load up,” Helton said.The Imatorbhebhe brothers as well as the other freshman will be leaned upon heavily as the season continues. Helton is a proponent of playing the best available player, and if these freshmen impress him and his coaching staff, they won’t hold back from putting freshmen on the field.