Ever find yourself with nothing to do on the weekends? Well, USC has a lot to offer as far as events go. Fall semester is full of student festivities, from tailgating for football games to having an evening with Maya Angelou.

Students at USC need to be aware of what they’re missing and take advantage of the events that are put on by USC’s Program Board. Program Board is incorporated by different assemblies and committees dedicated to putting on the best venues for the student population.

In the first couple weeks of September alone, Program Board’s committee “Trojan Pride” put on a Fall Sports Rally, which allowed students to be informed of all the Fall Sports. It emphasized the importance of school spirit and supporting student athletes. The event attracted thousands of USC students who were able to win prizes such as a flat screen TV and even a chance to run out with the football team at a game.

Just one week later, on Sept. 7, Program Board’s Speaker Committee put on an event called, “An Evening with Maya Angelou” that attracted thousands of USC students, faculty and staff. I myself attended this event, and it was one of the most inspirational moments I’ve had at USC.

Ever connected with a professor, but didn’t want to seem like the class pet by being in their office hours all the time? There’s an event that takes off that pressure. On Sept. 20, Program Board’s Academic Culture Assemblies (ACA) hosted its annual event, “Beyond the Books” at USC Town and Gown from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening allowed students to break the classroom barriers with their professors and interact with them in a more relaxed setting. Its goal was for students to establish relationships with their professors and learn things that can’t be taught in the classroom.

USC continues to put on events such as these, so to help my fellow Trojans out I decided to give you the scoop on what’s to come.

If class gets too stressful, students can take a break on Sept. 23 for the “Night Market” hosted by Program Board’s Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (APASA). This event will be taking place on McCarthy Quad from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Take this opportunity to blow off some steam by enjoying game booths and prizes and free food. It’s a fun way to meet new people and have a safe fun night on campus with classmates and friends.

If you want to sit and relax, but don’t have time to catch free movie screening, mark your calendar for Sept. 24 and 25 as the AMBULANTE Film Festival is coming to the Ray Stark Family Theater (SCA108) at USC. AMBULANTE is a film festival hosted by Program Board’s very own Latina/o Student Assembly (LSA). The festival focuses on international documentaries, and this year four documentaries from Argentina, Mexico, France and Colombia will be screened, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers themselves. This is a great opportunity for cinema students to get a different outlook on independent films, as well as other students to see a movie not incorporated with mainstream media.

Switching from movie sets to the basketball court, I’m calling to all my basketball stars. If you think you got game, make sure to check out Program Board’s Black Student Assembly’s (BSA) event, “Somerville Shoot-Out Basketball Tournament.” It will be hosted at the Lyon Center on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

This event is open to all students, so grab four of your closest friends and head out to the court. Teams do have to register before this event at uscbsa.com, but don’t let that scare you off: The winner of the tournament gets to take home $500.

These are only some of the events being put on that students and faculty, along with their friends and family, are more than welcome to attend. It’s important to make the best of your experience here at USC, and by broadening your views and attending something you normally wouldn’t, it’s a really rewarding experience.

Whether you’re catching a free movie or eating free food, take advantage of every opportunity. Venues are subject to chance, so make sure you keep up to date with upcoming events by visiting Program Board’s Web site at uscprogramboard.com.