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Time Magazine/Princeton Review selected USC as "College of the Year" for 2000.

USC's marching band, "The Spirit of Troy" was founded in 1880 and once performed under the baton of John Philip Sousa.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated at least one USC alumnus every year since the start of the Oscars in 1929.

When USC first opened, tuition was $15.00 per term, and students were not allowed to leave town without the knowledge and consent of the university president.

USC's first class valedictorian was a woman, Minnie C. Miltimore, class of 1884.
USC's original school color was gold and the College of Liberal Arts was cardinal red. In 1895, the colors were combined and adopted as the "official" colors.

John Oliver Wilson '08 wrote USC's first alma mater, which was replaced in 1923 by Al Wesson's "All Hail."

USC physicians serve more than one million patients each year.

Students at the USC School of Cinema-Television produce over 234 hours of motion picture each year and complete more than 100 full-length screenplays.
Since 1912, USC is the only university in the world to have a gold medal-winning athlete in every summer Olympiad.

USC student Tommy Walker composed the trumpet "Charge," now heard far and wide at athletic contests.

1957 Alumnus Sol Price is the founder of the Price Club.

USC graduates designed Los Angeles' City Hall, the Department of Water and Power Building, St. Basil's Catholic Church, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Although the mascot of a warrior astride a white horse dates back to 1954, the Traveler tradition began in 1961 when Richard Saukko debuted a half Arabian/half Tennessee Walker and wore Charlton Heston's costume from Ben Hur.
USC has no "cheerleaders." The women are called Song Leaders (also Song Girls) and the men are called Yell Leaders.
1929 Alumnus Marion Morrison, known by most as John Wayne, played tackle while at USC.

One of the two models used to create the statue of Tommy Trojan was Russell Saunders a fullback on the football team, nicknamed "Racehorse." In 1930, Saunders was cast in the movie Eleven Men And A Girl (originally named Maybe It's Love) with Joe E. Brown. He played the role of one of the All-American football players central to the story.

Earlier that year, he was named Player of the Game in the 1930 Rose Bowl. After graduating, Saunders worked as a film production manager at Warner Brothers Studios with his 1927 teammate, John Wayne.
1970 graduate Alumnus Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon.

Ron Howard and George Lucas are both USC film school graduates.

The first Songfest was held in 1954 at the Greek Theater, where 26 groups performed.

USC's Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy are the first and oldest in Southern California.

USC is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles.
The southwest corner of the Pueblo of Los Angeles, the original land grant given by the King of Spain in 1781, is at Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard, across the street from USC.

A gargoyle monkey at the top of Student Union thumbs his nose at the bust of past university president, Rufus von KleinSmid because of a quarrel he had with the architect over redesigning the building.
A 400-pound stone fragment from the ancient city of Troy is in front of Taper Hall. The stone, quarried before 1200 B.C., once stood in the courtyard of a building believed to have been a temple of Trojan Apollo. Given to the university in 1952 by the Republic of Turkey, the stone links the modern USC traditions of Troy with that of the ancient Trojans.
USC's Latin motto, Palmam qui meruit ferat, means "Let whomever earns the palm bear it."

The international "chasing-arrows" symbol for recycling was designed in 1970 by a USC senior, Gary Anderson.