October 2016 (1) Candygrams

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016---Friend Keith Williams Jr. Aced It!

Keith Williams Jr.Trojan Candy's Galen Center friend, Keith Williams Jr. performed our Star Spangled Banner at Dodger Stadium tonight before the Dodger-Cubs NLCS play-off game. He was phenomenal!

Keith, who works at the Galen Center, sang our "Star Spangled Banner" before a Women of Troy basketball game on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Check out the blog article and video.

Friday, October 7, 2016---Colorado Football Game Rally

Trojan Candy arrived just in time at the Heritage Hall west patio to get my prime spot to take pictures and videos of the USC-Colorado football game rally.

Spirit of Troy, Spirit Leaders and Song Girls
The Spirit of Troy, Spirit Leaders and Song Girls marched in and took their places.
Football team
Almost immediately, the football team walked into the patio. See the video above.
Adoree' Jackson
I was able to take a picture of Adoree' Jackson.
JuJu Smith-Schuster
I also saw JuJu Smith-Schuster (5/26/2015)
Keary Colbert
At each rally, there are always two speakers---a coach and a player. Coach Keary Colbert spoke first to the team.
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu
Next, it was Inside Linebacker Stevie Tu'ikolovatu's turn. Stevie didn't say much in this video.
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu
But Stevie was honored to hold the sword during Conquest.
Keary Colbert and Kenechi Udeze
After the pep rally ended, Trojan Candy saw coaches Keary Colbert and Kenechi Udeze.

Both were outstanding players at USC. Coach Colbert spoke to the team today, and Coach Udeze spoke to them on 9/4/2015.

As my husband Jim and I were walking towards the Utengsu Aquatics Center to watch the Men's Water Polo Team vs. Pepperdine, Trojan Candy saw two more friends.

Leon McQuay III
Leon McQuay III walked out of the John McKay Center. I told him that I liked his hat. With his big smile, he posed for this picture.
Michael Pittman, Jr.
Then, walking up the ramp was friend Michael Pittman (2/3/2016).

What a stirring pep rally. Beat the Colorado Buffalos!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016---Sam Cunningham at the Town and Gown Meeting

Trojan Candy was volunteering at the Town and Gown registration desk. Then I saw him walking into the Town and Gown patio. I immediately grabbed my camera and went to take a picture of USC Football Great, Sam Cunningham.

Rex Johnston and Sam CunninghamI asked Sam to pose for several pictures and he obliged. Friend Rex Johnston, who played football and baseball at USC in the late fifties joined Sam for this picture.

Sam CunninghamThen, Trojan Candy was able to take a picture of Sam by himself, but I had no time to interview him. Sam told me, "I see you everywhere." I guess the same is true of him.

Trojan Candy has seen Sam Cunningham several times before today. The first time, of course, was when he was a running back on the football field. Then, on February 12, 2007, I attended a USC Vision and Voices panel discussion called "Turning of the Tide: Diversity and College Activities." Pete Carroll was the moderator and Sam Cunningham was on the panel. Seven years later Trojan Candy took a picture of Sam at the Grand Re-opening of Heritage Hall on February 1, 2014. Recently, I took a picture of Sam on the AT&T stadium field on September 3, 2016.


Monday, October 3, 2016---An Old Friend at Monday Morning Quarterback

Cyrus HobbiAs Trojan Candy was walking into the Galen Center Founder's Room for the start of Monday Morning Quarterback, I saw a familiar face. At first I thought he was Cameron Smith. But, he told me that he was a friend that used to stop by the Heritage Hall Desk when I volunteered. Cyrus Hobbi (2/9/2012) looked very different...then I realized that he had lost a lot of weight. Trojan Candy first met Cyrus when he was a Freshman Offensive Lineman in 2012. I decided to interview him again to catch up with any changes in his life.

Cyrus said that his favorite movie is "Gladiator." As for his favorite food, Cyrus said that it was the candy I used to hand out at Heritage Hall. How sweet, I thought to myself. Trojan Candy does miss volunteering weekly at the Heritage Hall desk. Although he wasn't granted a sixth year of football eligibility because of injury, Cyrus said that he is still working out. He looks great! Good friend Scott Jacobson took the picture of Cyrus for me with my cellphone. Thanks, Scott!

Best of all, Cyrus is working in Recruiting for the football team, and his office is in the Galen Center.

FIGHT ON, Cyrus!

Saturday, October 1, 2016---USC Associates tailgate before USC vs Arizona State Football Game

Trojan Candy and my husband Jim arrived at The Associates tailgate at 2:00 pm. We had just left our men's water polo victory over Pacific 15-7. FIGHT ON, USC Men's Water Polo!

At the entrance gate to the tailgate I saw a familiar face. TGLA Scholarship recipient Rebecca Galindo (10/2/2014) smiled and said hello. Rebecca was on the USC Spirit Leaders team for two years. She graduated last year.

Rebecca Galindo and Michael
Rebecca posed with Michael, a current Spirit Leader. FIGHT ON, Rebecca! FIGHT ON, Michael!
Dudley and Patti Poon, Jim Yee, and Lai Tan and Genaro Carapia
Here's my friends and family. Sitting: Lai Tan and Genaro Carapia. Standing: Dudley and Patti Poon and Jim Yee.
Rachel Beal, Matt DeGrushe and Diana Hernandez
Walking around, I saw three Rossier School of Education friends. Rachel Beal, Matt DeGrushe and Diana Hernandez.

David, Heather, and Ella CashAs I was looking for the Spirit of Troy to appear, a lady walked up to me and asked me if I was at the USC Volunteer Recognition Dinner last Thursday night (September 29). When I answered yes, she told me that her husband David Cash was sponsored by the Rossier School of Education for the Widney Alumni House Award. Barbara and Tom Halvorsen, Walt Greene and Diana HernandezRight then, I decided to meet a fellow educator. We walked over to him, and his wife Heather introduced me to David and their daughter Ella. Congratulations, David!

Unfortunately, the Spirit of Troy was late, so Trojan Candy could not take a video of them. As we left to go to the Coliseum, I saw some close friends whom we see at many home and away football games. Barbara and Tom Halvorsen, Walt Greene and Diana Hernandez.

ASU cheerleaders
At the USC-Arizona State game, Trojan Candy took this picture of the ASU cheerleaders. Or were they USA cheerleaders?
Allyson Felix and Football team
Today's game highlighted our USC Olympians. Six time Olympics Track Gold Medalist Allyson Felix led the team out of the tunnel.
USC Olympians
Then at half-time, the Spirit of Troy paid tribute to our 2016 Olympians. What a proud Olympic tradition! FIGHT ON, USC Olympians!

Our Trojans beat ASU 41-20! FIGHT ON, USC Football Team!