Five cadets took an oath of enlistment Wednesday afternoon, promising to complete the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and serve as officers in the future.Proud · Five of the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps cadets pledged an enlistment oath Wednesday on the steps of the Physical Education Building. The oath means the cadets will continue their service with the army after graduation. – Kelvin Kuo | Daily Trojan USC’s ROTC program has 35 cadets in total but five decided to take this oath this afternoon, Maj. David Jackson said.“The oath is committing to be future army officers,” Jackson said. “After two to four years of training, they will accept the terms that they will be future army leaders.”According to Maj. Robert Medina and Jackson, the cadets will graduate and receive an officer’s rank commission. Cadets will learn leadership, become ethical decision makers and train to become physically fit, morally straight and technically competent.Sophomore history major Cadet Michael Lockhart has been in the army reserves for seven years. He joined the ROTC program after working in Iraq as a battalion motor sergeant and served there for 11 months and 16 days while working with vehicles and equipment.“I think I had a really good experience overseas and I’m eager to go back in the future,” Lockhart said. “I love understanding why things are the way they are and hope to teach history at USC or work in the ROTC or army in the future.”A first-year graduate student at the School of Social Work, Cadet Daniel Lee Burns has wanted to join the army since high school to be part of the social work military program.Since his grandfather did not have the chance to attend USC like he wanted to, Burns said he is honored to be a part of the ROTC program here.“I feel great pride in being here every day to do something and be a part of something,” Burns said. “If you didn’t learn values, you’ll learn them in the army. Becoming a good soldier comes with being a good person.”In a San Diego school district, Burns taught many children who came from military families. This has prompted him to work with military parents, children who have lost families and those still dealing with that loss.Another first-year graduate student at the School of Social Work, Cadet Hannah Stryker, also took the oath of enlistment.“When a soldier enlists in the army, they make a decision to sacrifice their mental well-being for something bigger than themselves for service, values and country,” Stryker said. “When soldiers come home, society has a tendency to admit that war ends in the battlefield, but that is not the case as you see many soldiers bring the war with them.”Stryker plans on working in the combat stress control unit, depending where the United States stands in the war.“Given the incredible opportunity at USC, I’m honored to be a part of the U.S. Army and especially as a social worker,” Stryker said. “I feel that this is the best place for me and I can’t stress enough the need for military social workers and I feel like we can do more to help.”Cadet Joseph Dombrosky, a junior majoring in public policy, management and planning as well as political science, also joined the ROTC program to serve his country.“My dad was in the military and I always felt like I had a sense of duty to serve,” Dombrosky said. “I think that being in ROTC has definitely made me more disciplined and more confident. I feel more sense of pride in myself and my country in general.”Freshman electrical engineering major Cadet Matt Zecchini took the oath of enlistment, and Cadet Sean Inkelaar-Cruz, a junior majoring in public policy, management and planning, will pledge next week as well.Correction: 9/2/10 — A previous version of this story misidentified the school district at which Burns taught. The story has been corrected to reflect the change.
Photo from Wikipedia CommonsOn Wednesday afternoon, USC unveiled 18 new additions to the USC Athletic Hall of Fame as part of its 2018 class. The group, which includes Trojan legends ranging from football players to a mascot, will be formally announced on Nov. 4 during the Arizona football game at the Coliseum. Five former Trojan football players were featured in the 2018 Hall of Fame class, including future NFL Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu, All-American and Butkus Award-winning linebacker Chris Claiborne, along with Trojan legends of the 1960s Rod Sherman and Charlie Weaver. Joining them is J.K. McKay (son of John McKay) who will be inducted for his contributions as a wide receiver on two national championship teams and as a leader of the team’s athletic department from 2010 to 2016. Two inductees, Barry Zito and Mike Gillespie, enter the Hall for their contributions to the baseball program, while Sam Clancy is the sole alumnus in the class from the men’s basketball team. Hurdler Felix Sanchez and water polo player Lauren Wenger Trapani both won gold at the 2012 London Olympics before retiring. Meanwhile, volleyball player April Ross and swimmer Ous Mellouli are the only current athletes in the class, both having also medaled in previous Olympic games. Former tennis athlete Wayne Black, two-sport star Kim Clark Jennings (soccer and basketball), and golfers Mikaela Parmlid and Kevin Sadler round out the class from the athletics side. Current sports information director Tim Tessalone also joins the class, having served as an SID for the school for over 30 years, working 12 Rose Bowls and over 400 total games in his illustrious career. Finally, one non-human joins the 2018 Hall of Fame Class. It is none other than Traveler, USC’s horse mascot who has graced the sidelines of the Coliseum since 1961. After the class is introduced in November, the new Hall of Fame members will be formally inducted on May 19 at the Galen Center.