Take a Hike: Spirituality and Sports

On Sunday, May 31, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., head on over to Griffith Park with USC Religious Life and Rec Sports, as the two programs team up to offer a hike and hilltop meditation. The event is one of the USC Religious Life’s new initiatives to meld together spirituality and sports.

Students, faculty, staff and friends are all invited to enjoy a fun, informal hike up to the Griffith Park Observatory to partake in a meditation session, or to simply take in the beautiful view. All hikers must be at least 16 years of age, and space is limited, so register now! For more information, visit usc.edu.

UCLA Theater Department presents “Anything Goes”

Starting Thursday, May 28 and running through June 6, the UCLA Theater Department will be presenting Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.” In honor of the musical’s 75th anniversary, UCLA Theater Professor Gary Gardner will direct students in this jazzy, fun-for-all musical.

The production will take you onboard a 1930s cruise ship as you follow the adventures of girl-about-town Reno Sweeney, her best friend Billy, his graceful love Hope and the common gangster Moonface Martin while they fall in and out of love and get into quite a bit of trouble along the way.

Featuring famed Porter tunes from the likes of “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “You’re The Top” and the title song “Anything Goes,” you’ll be guaranteed a night of song, dance and laughs. For more information, visit happenings.ucla.edu/arts.

USC’s Under Construction Festival Presents “Tether”

Under Construction, a festival of plays by the three graduating playwrights of the M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing program at USC, will be presenting “Tether,” a play about two teenage twin sisters, one black and one white. The play follows sisters Lam and Lach as they journey from the happy back-and-forth of being regular sisters, to re-evaluating their lives when something unexpected upsets the balance of things and the relationship they once knew.

Written by Julie Taiwo Oni and directed by Stefan Novinski, the play will be performed May 28 and May 30. Admission is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early to reserve your spot. For more information, visit usc.edu.

CSU Student Fee Increase

California State University trustees recently approved a 10 percent increase in undergraduate and graduate student fees for the upcoming school year. The 25-campus university system voted 17-2 in favor of this increase, which is currently planned to add from $306-$278 to students’ annual bills.

Trustees hope that this increase will help offset the state budget cuts. While this may be slightly upsetting for current and future students of the CSU system, other alternatives included turning away thousands of students and eliminating teaching posts. Suffice it to say, better to pay a heftier fee than be turned away altogether.