LOS ANGELES ““ USC President C. L. Max Nikias talked to
reporters on Monday, wondering out loud about the amount of “different shit”
being built or revamped on campus during the summer. “I mean, I know we kicked
around a plan or two for some of these projects, but man, they’re really just
going for it, am I right?” said Nikias. “Balls to the walls.” University
faculty and leaders reported that Nikias has been wandering around school all
week, gazing in wonder and a little bewilderment at scaffolding and excavation
equipment. At press time, Nikias was politely asking several construction
workers to remind him who specifically told them to start construction. “No
seriously, I want to know,” he said. “What the hell is this building going to
be used for again?”