How to Come Up With T-Shirt Ideas that Really Pop  
May 2013

Pop. Sizzle. Capture.

These are the three stages that transform a T-shirt idea into a statement. Words and images pop into viewers’ eyes, sizzling their minds with questions, capturing them enough to stop and say, “Tell me more.”

We here at iRep Haiti began with a simple concept: spread cultural pride and awareness with Haitian clothing and accessories that speak volumes. The bold use of words and colors on our T-shirts compel those of any background to pause and look. With a little creativity, you too can create T-shirt ideas that ‘pop.’  Continue reading “How to Come Up With T-Shirt Ideas that Really Pop”

Site Provides ‘Spot-on’ Political Commentary

Online Journalism Review
Spring 2005

Chris Nolan, a San Francisco-based veteran political journalist and the founder of, began a political blog two years ago as a one-woman project.

“I just get tired of yelling at my TV set about the current state of politics,” Nolan said. “So I started screwing around with commentary online.”

After learning more about how inexpensive online blogging is in comparison with paper media, Nolan decided a year ago to invite other bloggers to create a political commentary website with a unique perspective.

“I realized that this doesn’t just have to be me,” she said. “I looked for people who have something to say and who can express themselves well.”

Thus, other writers were invited, and was born. Continue reading “Site Provides ‘Spot-on’ Political Commentary”

Scientists Get News, Connect Online at

Online Journalism Review
Spring 2005

Andrew Zi and Alexander Pol were Ph.D. students in the Netherlands when they realized they felt isolated from their colleagues.

“We … felt a lack of scientific news websites for professional scientists,” said Zi.

So the duo created, an online scientific community where professional scientists and students can discuss their research and receive the latest news and information in their fields.

“Throughout this year PhysOrg has significantly grown to become a serious project,” Zi said. Continue reading “Scientists Get News, Connect Online at”

A Tilt on the Human Condition

Dao Droste

The Daily Trojan
Fall 2004

Much of Graham Goddard’s work is a tribute to his native Trinidad.

While chatting at Starbucks on Hoover Street and Jefferson Boulevard, Graham Goddard, a fifth-year student majoring in fine arts, excitedly displays one of his latest masterpieces, “As We Arrive and Depart, Our Legacy Shall Ascend.”

The painting depicts a bright coral scarlet ibis, the state bird of Trinidad, where Goddard was born, entering from the left into a deep green forest amid a waterfall – a picture of peace and tranquility.

But looking closer, a secret is revealed – the scarlet ibis isn’t the only thing on the canvas. Hidden among the trees and waterfall, there are three almost invisible ghosts, while the shrubs hide hundreds of others.

Goddard then rotates the painting upside down. Suddenly, the bird and its ghosts, wings now turned down, fly out of the tranquil forest.

“Forty years ago the sky in the forest was all red, but the birds are now dwindling, and they’ve been migrating to Venezuela,” Goddard, who visits the forest when he travels to the Port of Spain, his home until the age of 7, said. Continue reading “A Tilt on the Human Condition”

Work as an Extra No Easy Break

The Daily Trojan
Fall 2004

Los Angeles provides unique job opportunities for many students, especially in the film industry.

A job as a Hollywood extra can be an ideal start for those interested in film and entertainment. However, the process of becoming one is a mystery to many. The usual first step is to sign up with a casting agency, but in a media center like Los Angeles, there are organizations that can take advantage of those looking for a taste of show business.

Angela Kwon, a junior majoring in political science who had been interested in extra work as a way to earn some cash, decided to answer a call for models on for Infinite Talent, an agency located in Laguna, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore. and Bellevue, Wash.

“The ad said it required no experience and that I just had to e-mail them with my height, weight and size, and then I signed up for an interview when they e-mailed me back,” Kwon said. “But I was skeptical because, in the ad, there wasn’t a thorough description of the company, and since I’m not serious about acting and modeling, I didn’t want to waste my time.” Continue reading “Work as an Extra No Easy Break”

Blueprint For Success

The Daily Trojan
Fall 2004

Though Doug Noble has known he was going to be an architect since childhood, he still gets excited about the field.

It’s 10 A.M. on a Saturday at the house of the architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, and architecture professor Doug Noble is working with engineers to scan the building to capture it as a 3-D model. When explaining the importance of laser scanning, Noble excitedly gestures with his hands as his auburn eyes run in excitement behind his round, aptly professorial, wire-rimmed glasses.

“Doug has this energetic nervousness, and he is really excited about what he does,” Andrew Lee, a second-year graduate student, said. “As soon as you ask him anything, he will run with it.”

Noble, who has been teaching at USC since 1991, said he has had a passion for architecture since childhood. He grew up in Florida, the middle of three boys, with his mother, a teacher, and his father, a contractor for NASA who worked on radar systems for space flights.

“I’d like to have a great story about wanting to become an architect, but I can’t remember not having that label,” Noble said. “As far as I can remember, I had no other option.” Continue reading “Blueprint For Success”