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Compton, Who? With a $70 Million Donation, it's 'Dre Day' For Elite USC

In the fall of 2014, 25 students who probably won't be coming from the City of Compton will start in Dr. Dre's $70 million program at USC.


Back in 1993, Dr. Dre told America to "Strap on your Compton hat." But 20 years later it's not Dre Day for his hometown of Compton, California, which, along with rap group N.W.A., helped put Dre on the map.

Nowadays, Dre, born Andre Young, is teaming up with his longtime collaborator, music mogul Jimmy Iovine, to strap on a University of Southern California hat. They're giving the private university 13 miles up the 110 Freeway from Compton $70 million to endow the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for the Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.

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No More Profiling: What Will it Take to Get USC to Stop Seeing Black Students as Criminals?

In 10 days, Makiah Green will be graduating Magna Cum Laude from a university that doesn't prioritize the outcry against profiling.

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On Monday, hundreds of students, faculty, parents, and community members gathered to mourn and speak out against racial profiling and institutional inequality at the University of Southern California. The sit-in was sparked by an incident last Friday night where 79 Los Angeles Police Department officers arrived to shut down a peaceful, end-of-the-school-year student party at a house near campus. Many attendees were graduating seniors. Almost all were minority students: African-American and Latino.

Before the sit-in began, student leader Rikiesha Pierce climbed a ladder to adorn the USC mascot, Tommy Trojan, with the graduation sash and honor cords of the seniors who were wrongfully arrested last Friday night. Behind Tommy Trojan, carefully crafted chains of foil handcuffed our beloved statue.

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Is College Worth the Money? Reflections from Six Graduates of the Class of 2011

Their answers about whether their degrees are worth it might just surprise you.

Students are racking up astronomical amounts of debt and moving home with mom and dad after graduation because there are no jobs to be found. PayPal founder Peter Thiel is even encouraging students to drop out and try entrepreneurship instead because, he says, college isn't worth it. So we decided to ask some graduates from the class of 2011 what they think. Almost all of them are worried about paying back their student loan debt, and of those not going on to grad school, none will have traditional full-time jobs. But their answers about the value of college might surprise you.

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