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Girls speech workshop promotes gender balance for future officer positions

Co-presidents of USC Numi Katz and Emilia Topp-Johnson led a female-identifying speechwriting workshop on May 14 in the Lecture Room for girls interested in running for an officer position.

Mimi Geller, Director of RubicOnline

May 15, 2018

USC Co-presidents Numi Katz and Emilia Topp-Johnson hosted a female-identifying speechwriting workshop to encourage female representation in elected officer positions.

Advanced Science Research ignites passion and invites curiosity

Junior Adnan Askari was the first presenter of the night. His research revealed important results for how farmers can extend their growing seasons.

Flannery Enneking-Norton, RubicOnline Editor

May 29, 2017

The Advanced Science Research spring class presented their experiments on May 24.

Just before Earth Day, USC hosts Speaker Day

Just before Earth Day, USC hosts Speaker Day

Jasper Green, The Rubicon Editor

April 26, 2017

On April 21, USC organized an event with speakers from across Minnesota to talk about the environment.

Topp-Johnson researches whether fungi can make corn stronger

Junior Emilia Topp-Johnson introduces fungal endophytes into corn plants. She has been doing this work on the University of Minnesota for 5 years.  “This year, I intend to conduct a more long term series of projects around the theme of terraformation, the end goal of which would be to further the understanding of what it would take to cultivate plants on Mars,” Topp-Johnson said.

Noah Solomon, Staff Writer

December 12, 2016

For Emilia Topp-Johnson, corn kernels may be the ticket to the interstellar travel.

Small numbers allow teams to form close relationships

Freshman Riley Tietel takes aim at a clay pigeon during trap practice.

Jasper Green, The Rubicon Editor

November 4, 2016

Fencer Emilia Topp-Johnson, swimmer Matt Suzuki, and Riley Tietel of the Trap Team reflect on the dynamics of their small teams.

Street Style: Unexpected pops of color punctuate the sea of fall fashion neutrals

Senior Mary Grant selected her outfit she wore to her Senior Speech with care.

Mari Knudson, The Rubicon Editor

October 21, 2016

While most students don on neutral colors to match the grey fall weather, pops of bright colors can still be seen in the mix.

First Aid Vectors take first at World Savvy competition

The First Aid Vectors compete in the World Saavy competition Apr. 25.  “We assigned everyone a different role to play (e.g. doctor working to develop a treatment for ebola, a nonprofit worker, etc.) and everyone wrote a corresponding part of the script,” junior Milo Wittenberg said. The team took first place.

Lauren Boettcher, News Editor

May 16, 2015

The SPA World Savvy team took first place with their presentation on AIDS and Ebola in the competition, which focused on "Population and Progress"

Korean Pop music brings bubbly back internationally

K-Pop Music Videos are generally very bright and bubbly. “Most K-Pop videos are...very poppy and visual—that’s what caught my eye,” Vega said.

Eva Perez-Greene, Editor-In-Chief

March 17, 2015

Since the rise of YouTube in the past few years, the entertainment industry has bought, literally and figuratively, into the notion of music videos as art. Gone are the days of relegating music videos to teenage MTV, and nowhere is this more evident than in South Korea, the Korean Pop industry’s epicenter. K-Pop, a modern form of South Korean pop music known for its unique audiovisual bent and dance-pop, electronic, and rock roots knows no limits.

Emilia Topp-Johnson reaches Broadcom MASTERS semi-finals

Freshman Emilia Topp-Johnson stands beside her project at the MASTERS. “Research is something I want to do for the rest of my life,” she said.

Noor Qureishy, Student Life Editor

October 1, 2014

When students think of scientific research, images of upperclassmen hunched over complex lab reports and petri dishes of bacteria usually come to mind. However, freshman Emilia Topp-Johnson has been researching the interactions between a fungal pathogen of maize called Ustilago maydis and five otherfungal...