New North Residential College

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New North Residential College was founded in 1993 and consists of EVK, College, University, and Harris Halls.  New North Residential College houses predominantly first-year residents and strives to integrate a dynamic and active social setting with high academic achievement. New North Residential College is in a premium location on campus- you can grab a cappuccino at Trojan Grounds on your three-minute walk to Leavey Library, toss a Frisbee on McCarthy Quad, and appreciate the view of the neighboring reflecting pool. Across the street is the Galen Center and the historic Shrine Auditorium. New/North also benefits from having the EVK dining hall attached to their building, so residents connect with a diverse group of students from all over campus.

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New North Staff


Michael Palacioz
Residential College Coordinator

Michael is the RCC for New North Residential College and is in his second year at New North. Originally from Madera, California, Michael went to undergrad at Marshall University (Go Herd!) and then went the University of Arizona (Bear Down!) for graduate school. After graduating from grad school Michael stayed in Tucson, Arizona, and worked full time at the University of Arizona. Michael grew up as military kid, so he has lived on the east coast and went to High School in North Carolina. Michael has played the Alto Saxophone since he was in grade school and is actively involved in the Freedom Band of Los Angeles and was previously involved in the Tucson Concert Band, where he got to have many performances with the Navy Band Southwest and go on tour around San Diego. Michael lives on-campus with his dog Cali and you will probably see him walking Cali around campus.

Philip Ethington
Faculty in Residence
Professor, History & Political Science

Phil Ethington is a Professor of History, Political Science, and Spatial Science in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He recently completed a massive, born-digital online global history of Los Angeles, Ghost Metropolis: Los Angeles Since 13,000 (forthcoming 2016 UC Press, with a print companion).  He is interested in communicating historical knowledge to the broadest public possible, so his recent work includes large-scale museum installations of geohistorical visualizations, an award-winning documentary film Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (with Dustin Hoffman, 2008); and the development of software platforms for online multimedia publishing. Phil lives on the south side of the New-North Courtyard with his daughters (15 and 19), and their dog Harvey (age 2), a very friendly and cute doxi-poodle mix. Harvey is extremely eager to visit you for attention on the Courtyard, so beware of friendly dog! Phil was raised in suburban Detroit by an engineer and patent attorney/inventor, so he is also a craftsman who loves to build things (ie. his giant stone table, “Pangaea,” around which all New North students are welcome during his Fabulous French Fry dinners and other events).  As an urbanist who has written about the social, cultural, political, economic, and geographic dimensions of Los Angeles, he is eager to introduce students to this great and diverse metropolis and plans on leading several tours of different neighborhoods during the year.


Amber Bennett
Faculty in Residence
Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy & Admissions

Amber Bennett is an occupational therapist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy. She also serves as Academic

Amber Bennett is an occupational therapist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy. She also serves as Academic Advisor and manages admissions to various occupational therapy programs. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from San Jose State University, and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Occupational Therapy from USC. At Keck Hospital of USC, she focuses on advancing occupational therapy practice in the continuum of care for patients with heart failure, and currently treats patients in acute, critical care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. Amber Bennett lives on the north side of the New North Courtyard with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. As a former event planner and tour guide, she is excited to help orient freshman to USC and Los Angeles!




New North Signature Events


Welcome Reception

New North starts its year with an annual welcome reception. At this event on Move-In Day, residents are introduced to the Faculty in Residence, Resident Assistants, and Residential Education Staff. Students will learn about our signature events throughout the year and have an opportunity to meet some of their fellow residents.

Photo of New North Resident Assistants and Faculty in Residence

Ed Wood Film Festival

New North Residential College holds an annual film festival called the Ed Wood Film Festival. Named after the film maker Ed Wood, students are challenged to making a film with an assigned theme and prop. The festival was born out of the idea that USC students could make a better film than Ed Wood in 24 hours. Ed Wood was a famous/notorious filmmaker in the 1950s who was incredibly passionate about film/cinema but created some very bad films. The top films are then shown at our annual film festival that includes celebrity judges, refreshments, and awards. Past judges have included Mark Hamil, Marlene Forte, and Fax Bahr.

Check out this video of our 20th Annual Ed Wood Film Festival to learn more!

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Tuesday Night Faculty Dinners

Every Tuesday, the Faculty in Residence put on a dinner series with various special guests and activities. Each event features unique food catered from Los Angeles restaurants. Distinguished guests have included former astronaut Dr. Garrett Reisman, USC Dean of Religious Life Dr. Varun Soni, and music festival producer Kevin Lyman. These events are held in the apartments of Dr. Ethington and Dr. Bennett and provide a homey feel and some new cuisine!

Photo of students eating in faculty apartment

Off-Campus Excursions

Several times per semester, the Faculty in Residence lead cultural tours to various destinations in the Los Angeles area. These excursions provide an opportunity for residents to explore the city and learn about its history and culture. Past destinations have included Downtown and Grand Central Market, Koreatown and Korean BBQ, The Last Bookstore, and Santa Monica Pier.

Group of students and faculty in residence eating ice cream Photo of group hiking in the evening