USC Village opens to the Trojan Family with fanfare, streamers and a new campus icon

The Trojan Marching Band, led by its Trojan warrior in full regalia, led hundreds into the medieval Tuscan village.

You know, the type of medieval village with a Starbucks, Trader Joe’s and lodging for 2,500 students.

“Let’s follow them!” a woman shouted from the crowd.

USC Village, the university’s massive development at the corner of Hoover Street and Jefferson Boulevard, officially opened to the Trojan community Thursday on the same day as the annual new-student convocation.

Not only is it the largest development in the university’s history, it’s also the largest South Los Angeles has ever seen, university President C. L. Max Nikias said.

“This project has been a labor of love for all of us,” Nikias said. “We built this village to show our enduring commitment to our exceptional students and our beloved neighbors.”

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