UCLA Producers Marketplace Competition

On June 11 at 7:30 p.m., Giacun Caduff, Andrea Johnston, May Lugemwa and Sebastian Mathews will pitch their projects to a panel of professional producers in the hopes of winning the UCLA Producers Program Marketplace Award.

Also taking place at the event is a ceremony presenting the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and PGA Vision Award to producer Steve Golin, whose credits include Babel, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich. VP of Motion Pictures for the Producers Guild of America (PGA), Bruce Cohen, whose credits include Big Fish and American Beauty, will present the award.

Double Majors on the Rise

A story in the Los Angeles Times recently noted that the percentage of USC graduates earning double majors has more than doubled in the past decade. The university promotes the idea that taking on multiple majors will prove helpful to their students, even if they don’t see one or more through to completion. UCLA has also seen increases in the amount of double major graduates and major-minor graduates since allowing students to take minors in 1995.

Academics agree that a double major can be a helpful resume builder, but only if the student remains successful in both fields. More work does not necessarily indicate better work, but it can signify an individual’s level of ambition.

In 2000, USC created an award for effectively combining the two, the Renaissance Prize, which is given to honor students achieving high grades in two or more disparate fields of study, whether in a double major or major-minor combination. Plenty of jobs are out there for successful, ambitious people, and acquiring good grades while managing a double major is a good way to show-off these characteristics.

USC’s Historic, New Dean of Religious Life

Dr. Varun Soni will be the first Hindu Dean of Religious Life in USC’s history, but, not only that, he’s the first Hindu to hold such a position in a university in the United States. An ordained Christian has typically held the post, which has often been called “university chaplain.”

Soni had previously taught law at UC Berkeley and has a bachelor’s degree in religion from Tufts University, a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard, a master’s degree in comparative religion from UC Santa Barbara and a law doctorate from UCLA. He will officially take over duties as the Dean of Religious Life on July 1.