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Robin Abcarian

Robin Abcarian is a columnist at the Los Angeles Times. Focusing mostly on California culture, news and politics, she roams the Golden State, reporting stories that help readers understand what makes this place unique. Over the past year, she has devoted many columns to helping readers understand the complex issues they would have to consider as they made up their minds about whether to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use. Abcarian has held many positions at The Times. She covered the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns full time, and wrote occasionally about the 2016 campaign. As a culture writer for the paper’s Calendar section, she has covered the Oscars, the Emmys and the Sundance Film Festival. For most of the 1990s, she was a columnist for The Times’ feature section, before becoming its editor in 2003.
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Dear Lady Trustees of USC: It's time to speak up and hold Max Nikias accountable

Enough with the silence, USC trustees. If the men on your board won't take a stand against President Max Nikias, you should. We are counting on you to help change a culture that puts its image above its responsibility to protect its most vulnerable charges.

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USC students, grads and faculty say the only way to restore trust is to fire President Max Nikias

A second scandal involving one of its doctors envelopes USC. A growing number of former students and professors are demanding that USC President C.L. Max Nikias step down. He has failed to protect the USC community, they say, and has lost their confidence. The board of trustees has remained silent.

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