New Web Reality Series Puts U Of Southern Califronia In A Bad Light

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"Undergrads," the USC-centered Web reality series, focuses on a bacchanal a la "The Hangover": Amorous, good-looking young people hooking up, wild parties, run-ins with the law and booze. Lots and lots of it.

These scenes could be captured on any Friday night at almost any university. But for many students and administrators at the school, the show that debuted Thursday was a real buzz kill.

"I can't help but laugh and be disgusted at the same time," said Travis Newhouse, 29, a junior cinematic arts major. "It's irresponsible."

The Web series was produced by actor and perennial student James Franco and follows a wolf pack of USC students through the travails of off-campus life.

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