CLAUDIA TRAFTON ’16
This Spring semester, all Trinity students received an unexpected email on April 14 titled “New Trinity College Policy Regarding Meal Plans.” With these new meal plans, all students with the exception of those that live off campus and that belong to St. Anthony Hall, Psi Upsilon, and Alpha Delta Phi are required to purchase a meal plan. Freshmen may opt to be on the Freshman plan for $2,220—juniors and sophomores get stuck paying $300 more on the Unlimited or Flex plan, and seniors can opt to pay $1,750 per semester for their meal plans.
These new meal plans are not only taking away such opportunities from students, but are also taking more money out of our pockets. They are consolidating us into one small dining facility as well as presenting an exclusionary atmosphere on campus that is unhealthy for our community.
When one Trinity student emailed the Director of Business Operations here at Trinity, Alan Saur, she asked why these changes were being implemented. Mr. Saur’s response was as follows:
“There are several reasons why this change will go into effect. One is consistent with a philosophy long held at Trinity (and at many other schools as well. Most all of the NESCAC schools—those we consider our direct peers—have, for many years, already mandated the policy that Trinity will just now adopt). The coming together of students for meals is an important component in a student’s college experience, both academically and socially, and these are environments which we hope to continually enhance and improve. Mealtimes provide opportunities for groups of students from varied and possibly opposing backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, values, experiences, and beliefs to gather together and exchange ideas and viewpoints in an informal atmosphere not found in other types of settings.”
It is true that many other NESCAC schools have required meal plans, however, they are vastly different than the plans that Trinity students are being offered next year. For example, at Tufts University and Bowdoin College, there are certain on-campus housing locations that are exempt from the meal plans. At Bowdoin, these are the College Apartments. These are considered on campus residence halls, similar to the Crescent Townhouses. At Williams, the system requires all those living on campus to purchase a meal plan; however, there is a ten meal per week plan that is $300 cheaper per year than any of the plans we are being offered; not to mention, these other schools have a much wider variety of meal plans than what Trinity is offering starting next year. As a junior, I only have two choices next year, in contrast with juniors at Williams College who have an additional choice. All of those plans give Williams students access into any on-campus dining facility. Bottom line, Mr. Saur’s point to adopting a policy that is already mandated in peer schools is simply not correct because Trinity’s new meal plans are vastly more restrictive.
The second piece Mr. Saur pointed out was that mealtimes provide an opportunity to get to know other students. Meal times are indeed an important part of one’s learning experience, but restricting them to Mather Hall will present a number of problems. Mather is simply not big enough to accommodate the whole student body and is the least preferred dining facility on campus. Demand can simply not be kept up with if all students are dining in Mather. Secondly, Mather does not provide a very intimate and fostering environment to create conversation. Mather is loud, disorganized, and has long waiting times for foods that are undercooked due to demand such as sandwiches, the Umani station, and the omelet bar in the morning. Would it not be more beneficial for students to improve their life skills through sharing a kitchen with eight other people in a Crescent Townhouse where everyone must cook and clean? Sharing an eating space and cooking for oneself and others are vastly more important life skills that learning patience in the omelet bar with five minutes until class.
Also to Mr. Saur’s point about students coming together from varied backgrounds to share meals, it perplexes me that members of the fraternities mentioned prior are not required to participate in the meal plan if there is more to it than simply eating. Are these students somehow not required or expected to meet others in the dining facility because they have their own exclusive club amongst themselves? Cultural houses that are also on campus, such as La Eracra, Umoja House, and the AASA house all have fully functional kitchens, yet the students that live in these houses are required to eat at on-campus dining facilities. This idea that certain fraternities are somehow special or different and are exempt from, according to Mr. Saur, sharing viewpoints and perspectives over meals, treads on some seriously dangerous ground and could be and is being seen as discriminatory against certain groups of students.
This answer provided by Mr. Saur raises some serious questions about the priorities of Trinity College. It did not provide a clear and solid foundation of why these meal plans are being required of us. It is imperative that we show Mr. Saur and the other who were involved in this decision that Trinity students would like a real and honest explanation for the changes made.
GREG CONVERTITO ’16
Recently, the issues of the closing of The Cave and the effects on Chartwells workers have been hot topics garnering campus-wide discussion. In an effort to get solid information about the actual situation and express my extreme discontent with the situation portrayed by the information that has been circulating, I emailed a number of the College’s administrators. Ultimately, I met with Trinity’s Vice President for Finance and Operations and Treasurer Paul Mutone and later spoke with SGA Vice President and President-elect Josh Frank ’16. These discussions illuminated a major problem with the dialogue between the student body and the administration over the current situation. This is an aspect of campus life that requires considerable attention if Trinity is to grow as an educational institution and a community.
In my meeting with Mr. Mutone, I learned that the Chartwells layoffs and closing of the Cave are actually two separate situations. The Cave is being replaced by another dining service to be erected in a new facility on Crescent Street (relatively like the Cave but with more dining options) which will also house the bookstore; the layoffs and cutbacks in hours which will lead to five or six workers losing healthcare and benefits and possibly two layoffs are due to the College trying to reduce the rate of tuition increases over the next few years, as costs are getting out of hand. The Cave is planned to close by the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year, and Chartwells to shift operations both upstairs to a continuous-service Mather Hall and the soon-to-be-erected facility on Crescent Street.
Mutone explained that as a part of this initiative to reduce the College’s tuition increases, Chartwells had to manage no increase in operating costs, and Chartwells concluded that labor was what had to give. This “tightening of the belt” across campus also includes cutbacks being made by Aramark, which manages landscaping, and the hiring of fewer professors than are retiring.
No one disagrees that the costs of higher education are getting out of hand, however what was explained to me as a college-wide “tightening of the belt” by Mutone seems to be executed unfairly. He did explain that the administration had “targeted a reduction of $400,000 in administration budget reductions, still being determined” and “Comparative surveys… show Trinity to be on the low end of administrative staffing.” However, asking those who, by and large, are less fortunate than most people on this campus to tighten the belt (even if the College is tightening it as a whole) seems wrong, especially as we construct a new dining facility on Crescent Street. The dichotomy is troubling. It does not seem “civically responsible” nor “socially useful”—two of the values espoused in Trinity’s mission—and is certainly contrary to the values with which I grew up.
In my meeting with Mutone, I brought up the seeming lack of communication between the administration and the student body with respect to these massive changes to campus life. He explained to me that, while there had perhaps not been enough communication, there were two voting student representatives on the Planning and Budget Council (PBC), the forum at which many of these changes were initially proposed, who should have taken part in the dialogue between the administration and the student body. Moreover, he said, a group of students was gathered to meet with Toby Chenette (District Manager for Chartwells) and discuss the changes. Unfortunately, only one student ever showed up to this meeting. While perhaps not adequate, these were two avenues through which Mutone said student input was solicited and a dialogue should have occurred.
Josh Frank was one of the students who served on PBC (with current SGA President Ambar Paulino). After meeting with Mutone, I spoke with Frank about his role on PBC. He explained that these proposed changes (cuts to workers, closing of the Cave, and meal plan changes) were discussed at these meetings, but he had been given strict instructions by Mutone that he could not disseminate any of the information discussed to the student body—he was not to “leak” any of the proposed changes. Frank made it clear that he staunchly opposed these changes, and voiced what I think many students agree with: they would be extremely unpopular with the student body.
Frank explained further that the SGA was asked to assemble a group of students to meet with Chenette, but he and Paulino were under the impression that the proposed changes were not going to be brought up again, and Chenette had said this group was being assembled to see how students felt about Mather, not the controversial proposed changes to the campus dining services. He acknowledged that only one student attended, but that he and Paulino had been willing to assemble another committee. Frank emphasized that part of the reason he ran for SGA president was the feeling that sometimes “students aren’t really taken too seriously.”
Mutone simply responded that this account of events was, “Totally false and I would have other members of the committee talk to you about that.” Paulino did not respond to a request for comment.
Clearly, there is a massive rift in communication between the administration and the student body on this topic. Not only is this evident in the dearth of information which was available to students and the widespread lack of any cohesive communication about the extensive changes to campus dining, but also in the two extremely different accounts of how these changes were envisioned, enacted, and communicated to the student body. In such a situation devoid of information grows rumor, as it always has—the Greeks mythologized this phenomenon with the goddess Ossa (literally “Rumor”). As a student, this divide disheartens me: such a rift and lack of transparency strikes at the heart of the campus community. I dearly hope that, moving forward, there will be better lines of communication opened between the administration and the student body.
JIMMY BURT ’16
It’s a gorgeous day. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the sundresses are out in full force. You’re about to walk by a friend, or maybe a cute girl, looking for a handshake or maybe you’ll toss in a playful line hoping to make her laugh. Little do you know, you’re about to get the 21st century version of the stiff arm: head down and eyes buried in his or her phone, completely oblivious to the world. You wonder what could be so important or urgent for a 20-year old to be staring into a screen on a beautiful spring day. Oh, but of course, the reasons are vast and justified. Maybe somebody “liked” their Instagram photo, or maybe a friend fired off a funny Snapchat, or maybe the person was simply texting their mom or dad.
Regardless of the reasons for “head-down syndrome,” the name I’ve given this problem, it is fairly embarrassing, annoying and somewhat insulting. Sometimes I imagine a person with severe “head-down syndrome” in an NHL game getting absolutely demolished by the likes of Niklas Kronwall or a Scott Stevens reincarnation. Now, that would surely keep a person’s phone in their pocket for the duration of their five-minute walk to class. Unfortunately, this is not how the world works, but there is a simple solution to this epidemic. The solution consists of no bone-shattering hits, physical pain, or mental anguish. Instead, it’s as simple as taking ten seconds to think about what you’re doing. You’re a human at Trinity College, not iPhone University for the Antisocial. Communicate with your fellow Bantams, even if it’s just looking at people you don’t know. Learn how to approach people and learn how to be approached by others. You’re not going to figure out much about life, nor will you learn much about yourself if you live with your head immersed in a phone.
On a daily basis, the only time I feel disappointed is when I see twenty people with their heads down on the Lower Long Walk heading off to class. I even get mad at myself when I find my hand subconsciously reaching for my phone while walking around campus. Usually, I call myself a joke and immediately stick that piece of garbage right back into my pocket. See, I am no exception to this problem, although I’d wager that I’d catch you with your head down before you can spot me zeroed in on my phone.
Throughout human evolution, we as a species have gradually distanced ourselves further and further from each other and from our initial purposes. Hunting and gathering has been traded in for a Sunday at Stop & Shop, walking has turned into driving, and communication has gone from person-to-person to keypad-to-keypad. Although I harbor no ill feelings towards people who suffer from “head-down syndrome”, I genuinely hope those reading this will think about this subject matter and encourage a few more people to pick up their heads. Live life with the people you are surrounded by at any given moment, and if you’re quietly walking by yourself, try thinking just for the sake of thinking instead of hiding from others with your head down. Pick up your heads, jokes.
STEPHEN CHASE ’14
Having taken three of Professor Rebecca Beebe’s courses, I have been an avid supporter of the group of students who, for the past four months, have been working to keep Dr. Rebecca Beebe at Trinity College.
These students, ranging from senior anthropology majors to newly matriculated first-year students, continue their passionate campaign despite several obstacles. I have been a strong supporter of these students’ efforts to ensure that Professor Beebe, an adjunct anthropology professor whose classes are among the most popular at Trinity, will return to teach in the fall.
It all started when Annie Arnzen ’14, an anthropology major, discovered that Professor Rebecca Beebe would not return to teach in the fall of 2014. Despite the fact that the absence of Professor Beebe in the classroom bears no direct effect on Annie, who will soon graduate, knowing that Beebe would not continue in such a capacity inspired her to see what could be done to retain a professor who Arnzen, and many others, hold in high regard.
I never recognized the impact this adjunct professor had on my college experience until I engaged Annie Arnzen in a conversation about Rebecca Beebe. Talking with her about Professor Beebe often, Annie recounted the way Professor Beebe learned the name of each student in her classes—something I now recognize as a simple expression of her passion for teaching.
Annie tells me of the first time she had a class with Professor Beebe, a course entitled ‘Anthropology of Violence’ in the spring of 2012, and how she had her photo taken while holding a paper with her name written on it. By the next class, Professor Beebe knew everyone’s name. “From the first day, she changed my standard for the professor—student interaction, exemplifying the way a dynamic professor could engage and inspire a classroom,” she states, recounting a plethora of similar instances. “Acknowledging my passion for anthropology and community action, she assisted me in finding a Hartford-based internship, and developing my senior thesis,” Arnzen adds with deft subtlety. However, Annie Arnzen is not alone. Over one hundred other students, many of whom have sent letters to the Dean of Students office voicing their support of Professor Beebe, share in this sentiment.
Kanzy El Dafrawy ’16, a student from Cairo, Egypt shares a similar narrative. Kanzy describes her experience with Rebecca Beebe, “It was her dedication to each individual in our class, the extra time she spent explaining concepts, the attention she gave my mother when she visited from Cairo this winter, the dinner she invited me to in her home with her four year old son.”
El Dafrawy, a member of the Women’s Squash team, has dedicated a great deal of time to this effort, collecting hundreds of student signatures and building an online petition to spread the word of their push to retain a professor. “It was in her own way of relating to me which gave me a new perspective on myself, my journey, and what I would choose to do with my life during and after Trinity,” El Dafrawy says. While the reality of finding a solution has become a significant challenge for this coalition of students, their energy has yet to falter.
As an anthropology major, I have seen the shifts within the department as professors depart and return from sabbatical with adjuncts filling in as needed. As tenured faculty in the anthropology department return, this natural cycle of lecturer changes has resulted in a vanished need for adjunct professors. This discovery led several anthropology majors to begin a fact-finding mission to invent a creative way to keep Professor Beebe at Trinity. With the full support of the anthropology department, who recognize the increasing importance of anthropology in the corporate world, these students quickly discovered the complexity with which an institution hires a full-time professor. While there appears to be a universal acceptance and appreciation of Professor Beebe as an outstanding educator and empowering mentor, several obstacles still exist in order for her to return in the fall. What was once a push for Professor Beebe to remain within the anthropology department has now become an impassioned effort to establish an inter-disciplinary position for her, allocating funds from other departments to help finance the position. The creativity of identifying such inter-disciplinary collaborations among the largest hurdles faced.
Maggie Lenahan ’14, also an anthropology major, is deeply involved in this creative search. Lenahan, who has only taken one course with Professor Beebe, is clearly committed to this effort – devoting time to meeting with a myriad of department heads, various deans, and administrators. Lenahan expressed to me that “Rebecca Beebe stands for what a small liberal arts professor can contribute to the student body.” However, for Maggie it is not just about keeping a good professor, it’s about taking charge of one’s education. She tells me that, “This movement also illustrates the voice that we, as student investors in Trinity, can have in our education and community.” The goal, it now seems, is to be inventive. To identify departments with some spare change that would be willing to help create such a position, with the hope of allocating funds differently in subsequent years.
Maggie Lenahan describes their current state: “In these final weeks we acknowledge that there are significant time constraints, but we feel strongly that changes can still occur. The power of the student voice can be loud, and it is loud, especially at a small liberal arts institution like Trinity. We want ideas. We want creative thoughts, financial support, and energy or commitment that can contribute to our efforts. We have come so far and we want this to continue. With the support of numerous faculty, various deans, students and alumni, we are confident that we can secure a position for Rebecca Beebe so that she may return to teach at Trinity in the fall of 2014.”
As the eleventh hour quickly approaches, this coalition of students continue to identify and surpass the ingenuity of the administration, taking charge of their financial commitment to this school and identifying spare dollars in the budget to fund this unique position—to allow an outstanding educator to remain at an outstanding liberal arts institution.
For the seniors, including myself, who have worked so diligently, our hope is that as we graduate and move on, Professor Rebecca Beebe will remain, continuing to contribute to the academic and social excellence at Trinity College and energize yet another set of students.
SERENA ELAVIA ’14
Ten years ago on July 1, 2004, James F. Jones, Jr. became the 21st president of Trinity College. For the next ten years the College would go through drastic changes and confront its greatest challenges.
Starting in February of this year, President Jones and I met four times to reflect on the last ten years of his time at Trinity and what he hopes to leave behind as he prepares to retire on July 1, 2014, allowing his successor the current Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney to take the reins. Each of our discussions focused on one topic relevant to the Trinity community and the content in this story is entirely based on President Jones’ opinions, thoughts and reflections during his ten years at the College.
Before Jones arrived on campus in 2004, Trinity lacked a proper Advancement operation for the last four decades. While the most recent campaign prior to Jones’ arrival ended in 2001 and raised $175 million dollars, Trinity still had more money to raise. There is no specific reason as to why Trinity did not have a proper Advancement operation in place before 2004. In 2005, Jones and the Vice-President of College Advancement Ron Joyce began to outline a fundraising plan with the intention of not only fundraising, but also creating relations with donors, or “friendraising,” as Jones calls it. The College’s three goals for fundraising were and still are to maintain excellent faculty, improve campus infrastructure and attract more talented and promising students. Given that Trinity’s Endowment (currently at $422.5 million) is smaller than those of our peer schools, the College needs to raise additional funds for financial aid. Jones notes that the Board of Trustees’ main priority is to be able to spend an additional $2 million per year on financial aid dollars for students of need and so that no student has to leave Trinity because of financial constraints. “This is the number one priority for the College right now and it should continue with the next president,” says Jones.
In 2006, the College launched two parallel fundraising campaigns, the Cornerstone Campaign and the Legacy Campaign. The goal of the Cornerstone Campaign was for gifts that would have an immediate impact on campus, while the Legacy Campaign aimed to honor estate planning. Both campaigns were expected to raise $375 million: the Cornerstone Campaign had a goal of $300 million and the Legacy Campaign’s goal was $75 million. Before 2008, the College’s Endowment stood at $447 million, the highest in Trinity’s history. Both Jones and the Advancement Office were shocked at the generosity of the donor base, a feeling that would continue even during the Recession. When the global downturn happened in September of 2008, the Endowment plummeted to its lowest level at $286 million and as donors looked at their portfolios, the final total of the combined campaigns fell slightly short at $369 million. “If the Recession hadn’t happened, the Endowment would be somewhere north of $600 million today,” says Jones. Compared to the past four alumni networks that Jones has worked with in his time at Kalamazoo College, Southern Methodist University, Washington University and Columbia University, Trinity’s alumni base has been the most generous. While there was a year’s stagnation in new gifts, donors kept their pledges to the Annual Fund and continued to give at an unprecedented rate, according to Jones. At the highest point of the Cornerstone Campaign, 47% of alumni had made a pledge. But financial support was not the only way that alumni have contributed to the College during the Recession. In the thick of the Recession, the College did a survey of alumni asking if they would assist the Career Development Office with recruiting and networking. The response was that 52% said they would; the national average is 10%.
But one fact that continues to perplex Jones is that Trinity has one of the wealthiest alumni per capita bases in the country, yet the College’s endowment does not represent that. In September 2012, The Alumni Factor, a college ranking service based on alumni success, produced a report citing Trinity as having the fourth highest percentage of millionaire graduates in the country, with approximately 26% of alumni reporting their worth at over $1 million. For the last ten years, Jones has made the case to alumni that the College needs everyone’s support and believes that the Advancement Office and president-elect will continue this trend.
For those concerned about how the changes to the Greek system will impact donations, the worst is over. According to Jones and data from The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) that the College used, schools that close Greek letter organizations do initially see a decline in donations. Overly dedicated males to their fraternities either lower or terminate their financial support to the College. Within three to four years, though, non-Greek males and females make up the amount of donations lost to Greek males. Trinity followed a similar pattern after announcing proposed changes to Greek life with a dip in donations last year, but year to date the College is doing very well, according to Jones.
Over the past ten years, the campus has seen major infrastructural changes including the Gates Quadrangle, the Vernon Social Center and the Crescent Street Townhouses. The one that Jones is the most proud of is the $33 million Long Walk renovations. Famed English architect William Burges, who was terrified of sailing, never stepped foot in America and the only work he ever did in the U.S. is the Long Walk. The entire Long Walk was taken offline for 15 months which involved relocating five academic departments and 278 beds, a “logistical nightmare” as Jones calls it. But it was the passion of the architects and the 140 workers on site each day that Jones is grateful for. At one point during the renovations, Jones stopped by a room in Seabury where he found the chief architect lying on the floor in a mess of architectural tape saying that this is the only time he will be able to touch anything that Burges designed.
“We take teaching very seriously here,” says Jones about the faculty at the College. If there is one thing President Jones is not worried about leaving behind, it is the faculty. His one wish for the faculty as he departs is that they will be as gracious to his successor as they have been to him. Throughout our discussion, Jones constantly praised the faculty, gushed about the work they do, and referred to them as “blessed human beings.” Trinity is home to some of the world’s greatest scholars within their fields. In 2008, professor of History and 1966 alum Samuel Kassow published Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, a book on the Warsaw Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland. The New Republic reviewed the book, as “This may well be the most important book about history that anyone will ever read.” Another faculty member, historian, journalist and professor of South Asian history Vijay Prashad has published 15 books and is quite present in the media, especially in his sparring of words with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. Jones says that faculty members love Trinity because the pedagogical model is every scholar’s dream. “The idea of lecturing to 400 people with a microphone is sterile” says Jones. With the student to faculty ratio at 10:1, faculty can develop an intimate scholarly relationship with their students. Jones, who somehow manages to teach a class called “The Emergence of the Modern Mind” in his crowded schedule, caps the class at 12 and says that he can tell after the first paper which students have comma problems.
Jones refers to the faculty as not only first-rate professors, but also highly accomplished scholars. In 2004, the College had serious financial issues to grapple with, but Jones did not want faculty research to suffer. When Jones agreed to join Trinity as its 21st president, the longest serving Chair of the Board of Trustees and a 1968 alum, Paul Raether, said that he would give Jones $200,000 each year that he served as President. The first thing Jones did was divert $175,000 each year to faculty development and now faculty research has soared on campus. Respectfully, Jones emphasized that he cannot take praise for what Raether has done.
While the faculty may excel in the classroom, they also care profoundly about their students outside of the classroom according to Jones. During the economic downturn, Jones had to freeze salary increases and cut benefits, but not a soul on the faculty complained. Instead, the faculty vowed that no student would have to leave Trinity because of financial troubles. “Morally we had to protect these students” says Jones. A faculty-run financial aid program raised thousands of dollars towards this goal and to the best of Jones’ knowledge, not a single student left Trinity because he or she could not afford it.
While Jones has been supportive of Trinity’s professors, they have not always been as kind to him. In April 2009, the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of American Business and Economic Enterprise, Gerald Gunderson, reported Jones to the Connecticut Attorney General’s office for reportedly misusing funds from the Shelby Cullom Davis endowment. Gunderson believed that Jones was using the fund to finance international scholarships, while Gunderson felt that this went against the original purpose of the endowment. The battle quickly became public and made the pages of the Wall Street Journal. In notes submitted to the AG, Gunderson claimed that Jones called him a scoundrel and threatened to not reappoint him. Ultimately, the College reimbursed the endowment of approximately $200,000 that it had spent on the scholarship program. More recently, in late December 2013, Jones and Dean of Faculty Thomas Mitzel published a letter denouncing the American Studies Association’s (ASA) academic boycott of Israel. This letter angered 21 faculty members who proceeded to publish a response criticizing Jones’s and Mitzel’s letter. Over winter vacation, many students read the faculty letter via Facebook. Jones told me that while this group of faculty opposed his letter, many faculty wrote on the faculty online discussion group supporting Jones’ letter. Regarding these attacks, Jones says that they were perfectly collegial and based on a serious difference of opinion. When neophyte college presidents call Jones for advice on whether or not they should accept a presidential position, he always tells them one thing: “If you don’t have the skin of a rhinoceros, you better not take the job because every now and then, someone at your school may launch attacks against you. The presidency is not a popularity contest.” Jones has never wished to silence any criticism from the faculty, even when it becomes a public battle. “If others believe that you are not preserving the integrity of the institution, they should be allowed to say so,” Jones says.
THE STUDENT BODY
“After 10 years here, our best students are as impressive as any that I have known,” says Jones about the students at Trinity College. Students at Trinity have the opportunity to have a first rate intellectual experience. At the College, this has included doing graduate level work with faculty, writing senior theses and presenting at national conferences. Most recently in the 2013-14 academic year, neuroscience students attended and some even presented their own research at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans and the North East Undergraduate/Graduate Research Organization for Neuroscience (NEURON). Since 2007, 26 students have won the prestigious Fulbright scholarship and the College has been named a top-producing U.S. Student Fulbright institution three times during Jones’ presidency in 2009, 2012, and 2013. According to the Director of Urban Programs and Fellowships at the Center for Urban and Global Studies Anne Lundberg, President Jones has been very supportive of devoting resources to the Fulbright program. Jones describes Fulbright winners as “wonderful examples of students who are vitally involved in the life of the mind.”
But one aspect on campus that interferes in academics is the growing party culture. Many students who love their academics but dislike the Trinity social scene have cited that as the reason that they transfer and the Charter Committee’s goal is to target this bifurcation. In particular, transfers are extremely dissatisfied with the lack of intellectual life outside of the classroom. Regarding the balance of studying and partying, in a 2011 survey on academic excellence conducted by the Office of Institutional Research, Trinity students reported spending 1-5 fewer hours a week studying compared to the peer schools in the survey. Trinity students clocked in 6 hours a week of partying compared to 4 hours a week at peer schools. While there have been increases in studying over the last few years prior to the survey, the hours are still low compared to peer schools. This same 2011 survey on academic excellence concluded that Trinity students are more likely to work towards the goal of making money and are less likely to pursue intellectual, artistic or social activism work. This is supported by more data in the survey highlighting that Trinity students are more likely to pursue MBAs rather than PhDs.
Jones’ approach to changing this mentality is by focusing on a campaign of raising more financial aid dollars. Currently, 44.2% of Trinity students receive some form of financial aid whether it is need based or a grant. Recently, the College held a reception for a specific group of high achieving students on financial aid, the Summit Scholars, or climate changers as Jones calls them. “The faculty are so verbal about these Summit Scholars, they love them” says Jones. Currently, there are only 56 scholars, but Jones proposed that the ethos on campus would change to a more cerebral and intellectually passionate one if there were 200 scholars. According to Jones, the main difference between students on financial aid and full paying students is the sense of entitlement and that students on financial aid tend to not take their education for granted. To stress, Jones is not saying that full paying students are lazy and not every student on financial aid takes advantage of their time here. But because of the College’s over reliance on tuition income, we admit fewer climate-changing students and have to admit more full paying students. He says that the foundation stones have been laid to change the general ethos on campus, and that between now and the College’s 200th birthday, the Trustees and Administration will join hands to do a campaign focused on financial aid.
Putting aside academic challenges, the College has had its share of racial, homophobic and gender related discriminatory issues. “The one thing we owe each other 24/7 is to treat each other with common courtesy and decency” says Jones. In the spring of 2011, a male Caucasian student threw a beer at Juan Hernandez’s ’13 car, a sophomore at the time, and called him a racial slur. The incident prompted an on-campus race rally with a turnout of approximately 200 people. In this case, the male student was expelled and Jones says that he has zero tolerance for random, discriminatory events. This is a case where Jones stresses that students should trust that the judicial system will do the right thing. In the fall of 2011, a bag of feces was left on the steps of the Queer Resource Center and the incident was treated as a hate crime given the context. More recently, The Princeton Review ranked the College as the 13th unfriendliest institution to LGBTQ students. The College was also ranked as 6th for minimal class and racial interaction. In March 2010, James Hughes of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning conducted a survey on women based on 206 responses. The top three issues for women on campus were issues of sexual assault/harassment/date rape, equality to men inside and outside the classroom and discrimination in education and employment. In the free response section of the survey, the overwhelming majority of comments were related to being sexually harassed and discriminated against, particularly at fraternities. Jones backed up this notion by stating that there is a fair amount of discrimination that occurs at fraternity parties and that he worries about the interrelationships on campus: “I’ve got to think about all of you (as he points at me), not just the bros.” One of the ways to combat discrimination is for the faculty and administration to teach tolerance and acceptance of difference whenever they get the chance. According to Jones, colleges help students develop toolboxes with the skills that they will need after graduating. A tool that Trinity aims to give its students is to be prejudice free. “Schools need to be as close to perfection as they can get, because the world you inhabit is not,” says Jones.
THE SOCIAL POLICY AND THE ASSAULT ON CHRIS KENNY ’14
During Jones’ ten years, he has arguably had two major scandals: the 2012 social policy and the handling and investigation into the March 4, 2012 assault on Trinity student Chris Kenny ’14.
Ahead of the faculty retreat in October 2011, the faculty planning committee requested that Jones write a paper on the current state of academics and social life at the College. The paper, entitled “To Reweave the Helices: Trinity’s DNA by Our Two-Hundredth Birthday,” (also known as the White Paper) eventually turned into a proposal for what the College’s academic and social settings would look like in 2023. “I would never have been arrogant enough to have written it on my own,” says Jones, as he cites that this is not the kind of thing that presidents do. He credits the White Paper as one of the toughest assignments of his career and one that he is very proud of. The reaction to the White Paper was varied, and the one issue that every reader centered on was the proposed abolition of the Greek system. Jones says that he does not regret including this aspect in the White Paper and that he would keep it in there despite the fiery reaction from both students and alumni involved in Greek life. “What makes one’s loyalty to a fraternity greater than their loyalty to the College? The diploma has nothing to do with the fraternity,” Jones says.
For the academic helix, Jones made numerous suggestions that he says could become a reality if the student body continues to improve. He writes, “The reputation of a first-rate institution of higher learning rests solely at the end of the day upon one thing and one thing only: academic excellence.” When more students begin to go above and beyond, these changes will naturally occur. One of the proposals was that the College reschedule more classes to meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and that each Friday should be a test day in order to prevent the weekend from starting on Thursday night. The goal of this change would be to show students that academics come before partying. He also recommended that each senior student should be required to do a senior project, capstone or thesis with the final presentations on the first day of Senior Week. Senior Week traditionally has been purely social, but having the first day of the week be marked by the culmination of a rigorous academic project would reinforce the tone that academics come before partying.
For the social helix, Jones suggested that by 2023, the College would be better off freeing itself from anti-meritocratic systems like fraternities and sororities and that we should promote a more inclusive rather than exclusive culture. He did note that the fraternities do carry a burden when it comes to hosting social events for students, which is why the school has invested in more social options. Chair elect of the Board of Trustees Cornelia Parsons-Thornburgh ’80 donated money for four theme houses post-Recession, which Jones calls one of the most generous things he has ever seen, the Vernon Social Center was remodeled this year and phase three of the Crescent Street renovation will include more common areas. The Mill is an example of a highly successful social outlet run completely by students. Throughout our conversations, Jones stressed that his goal was not to turn Trinity into a convent or monastery, but rather that the social excesses need to be curbed. Most notably, in 2008 Alexander Okano ’11 dove into a pool at Psi Upsilon’s annual Tropical themed party which resulted in him being paralyzed from the chest down, and just 18 months later in April 2010, Andrew Cappello ’14 suffered brain and spinal injuries during an initiation period called “Hell Week” at the Sigma Nu fraternity. Trinity banned Sigma Nu from campus and the national fraternity suspended it.
But personal injury incidents are not the only things that have resulted from Greek life. A 2008 survey on healthy behaviors from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning found that Greek males and females can drink twice as much as their non-Greek peers while maintaining the same GPA level. Generally, drinking and partying more leads to a lower GPA, but at Trinity, the reverse is true. For example, the survey cited that Greek males with above a 3.5 GPA have an average of 20 drinks a week, while non-Greek males with this GPA have 11 drinks per week. One question that arises from these numbers is do students choose less rigorous and more qualitative classes as opposed to quantitative classes in order to maintain a level of partying? Jones answered this question by acknowledging that if one’s interest is to get drunk, they most likely will not go towards chemistry, but he did mention that his comments are not statistically proven. Anecdotally, though, Jones’ comments may or may not be supported. According to the presidents of Kappa Sigma, Zeta Omega Eta, Cleo and Pi Kappa Alpha, the majority of their members choose qualitative majors. On the other hand, the fraternity St. Anthony Hall says that its members are approximately 60% qualitative and 40% quantitative, fraternity Alpha Chi Ro says that 60-70% of its members choose quantitative majors, while the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma says that its members represent a wide range of majors. Fraternities Psi Upsilon and Alpha Delta Phi and sorority The Ivy Society could not be reached for comment on this story.
There are positive aspects of the Greek community though, most notably in donations. According to a 2005 report from the College, fraternity alumni are “somewhat more likely” than other graduates to donate. Additionally, a 2007 report by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, D.C. stated that fraternity and sorority alumni are more likely to donate to their alma maters.
While many may view these changes as Trinity specific, there are numerous colleges across the country grappling with the same problems. In February 2014, The Atlantic published a lengthy story on the dark power of fraternities after a yearlong investigation into how fraternities now serve as a liability to colleges. The article cited numerous lawsuits against colleges and fraternities for issues regarding sexual assault, personal injury, battery, fall from heights and hazing. Recently on March 9, 2014, one of the country’s largest and oldest fraternities Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) announced that all of its chapters would end pledging and take up a more cerebral selection process.
Ultimately, the final decision on Greek Letter Organizations came from the Board of Trustees, not President Jones. In 1992, the Trustees voted for reforms to the Greek system, including a co-educational mandate. The Board did not implement these changes, but Jones says now that he sees no signs of the Board weakening its resolve on the proposed changes, including a GPA requirement, eliminating a pledging period and having a co-ed mandate. Jones noted that the suggestion to end pledging came from a Trustee who is one of the most vocal fraternity supporters. The goal of the co-ed mandate is that if females are in fraternities, this would curb the current less than positive aspects. Recently, the Student Government Association (SGA) conducted a campus wide vote on repealing the co-ed mandate. Out of 1,283 votes, 82% voted to repeal the co-ed mandate. When asked about these results, Jones said that there are no signs of wavering and that the Board most likely will not go back on their decision regardless of the situation. The current status of Greek Letter Organizations is that they will be allowed to exist provided that they follow the rules laid out in the social policy.
On March 4, 2012, Chris Kenny ’14 was attacked on the edge of campus in the wee hours of the morning from individuals who came by car. Kenny was badly injured and many, including the College, blamed the surrounding neighborhood. Dean of Students Fred Alford wrote in a campus wide email that the assailants were not Trinity students, and in the initial police report, Kenny claimed that the attackers were “Spanish.” But in the days after the assault, rumors began to circulate that Trinity students were the assailants. Both Jones and the College apologized in the aftermath for making an assumption and began an investigation with Kenny’s parents and the Hartford Police Department (HPD). Two months after the incident, the Hartford Courant obtained internal College reports stating that a witness identified the attackers as “’preppy-looking white males’ accompanied by three females ‘believed to be of college age.” The Courant’s article also had a quote from a Trinity security source, which was passed on to HPD, saying that students approached Campus Safety following the event with information that other students attacked Kenny because of an incident he had earlier that day with a student.
Two years after the incident, the questions remain unanswered. No arrests have been made in the case and Jones could not comment on this given that the investigation is still ongoing. While the victim’s mother Cecily Kenny would not comment publicly on this story, she did write two posts ten months ago in the comments section of a May 2013 Bloomberg article on the College. In her comments, she stated that HPD has ruled out Trinity students as suspects in the assault and that the lead detective in the case has openly stated this. HPD could not be reached for comment on this story. She requested that the College release a statement on the new findings. While Dean Alford acknowledged in an email that he received her request, he wrote: “We could not accommodate her request because we could not, and still cannot, rule out anyone.” With conflicting reports and details, the case continues to remain an unsolved mystery.
For his parting words, Jones has two tips for college presidents: take care of yourself and your family physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and appoint vice-presidents and deans of the highest caliber. “You can’t do it all on your own, you’ll make a mockery of the whole thing,” says Jones. In the past, Jones has always moved onto another deanship or presidency, but Trinity is his final stop. As he packs up and moves South for retirement with his wife Jan and leaves behind some incredible friends, as he says, Jones hopes that people will say that Trinity is appreciatively better off now than ten years ago.
ZACH HAINES ’14
Recently, everyone has become acquainted with the newest Disney movie “Frozen” this year through its hit song, “Let It Go,” which won the Academy Award for Best Song and garnered a lot of attention after Tony Award winner Idina Menzel’s (a.k.a. Adele Dazeem) rather eventful performance of the song at the Oscars. However, this week was my first time actually watching the film that the song has made famous.
The tale of “Frozen” is set in the fairytale kingdom of Arendelle, where the two princesses Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) live. Elsa possesses a magical ability to create ice and snow while Anna is without special abilities and is born a normal child. When Elsa accidentally injures Anna with her powers, she goes into self-imposed exile, and the two spend the next few years of their childhood apart.
As they move into their adolescence and eventually adulthood, guests come from far and wide when the time comes for Elsa to be crowned queen of Arendelle, including Prince Hans (Santino Fontana) from the Southern Isles. Though Hans proposes to Anna at the coronation, Elsa refuses to giver her blessing out of spite and fear that Hans might be using Anna for something. She then unleashes her powers and plunges Arendelle into an unrelenting winter.
Elsa flees from Arendelle, building an ice fortress high in the mountains where she lives in complete isolation from everyone in the kingdom. However, Elsa unknowingly brings a snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad), who she had created earlier in her childhood with Anna. Anna decides to set out on a quest to return her sister to Arendelle. Accompanied by Olaf, a mountain man named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer Sven, Anna travels up the North Mountain in search of Elsa.
When Anna and Kristoff reach the fortress, Elsa refuses to return with them. Though Anna pleads with her sister, Elsa becomes enraged and again releases her unchecked powers. A beam of Elsa’s ice powers strikes Anna in the heart, causing a streak of her hair to turn white. Kristoff believes something to be gravely wrong and brings Anna to the trolls. The trolls deduce that Anna’s heart has been frozen, and that only an act of pure love can cure her.
Meanwhile, Hans who has been left in charge of Arendelle under Anna’s suggestion, has also led an expedition to return Elsa to the kingdom. In the ensuing conflict, Elsa is captured and brought back to the kingdom. When Anna and Kristoff reach Arendelle, Anna pleads with Hans to kiss her and undo Elsa’s curse. However, Hans reveals that he does not actually love her and had only planned to marry her in order to take control of Arendelle. Without any “true love” to undo the spell, Anna continues to freeze.
A battle then ensues between Hans and Elsa. Just as Hans is about to deliver a fatal blow, Anna throws herself in front of her sister and freezes solid. Though Elsa is saved, Anna appears to be dead. However, just as Elsa begins to mourn, Anna thaws. It appears that her own act of pure love for her sister has undone the spell.
In the end, Hans is exiled from Arendelle. The two sisters reconcile, and Anna and Kristoff fall in love. Elsa assumes her position as queen and learns to control her abilities: she undoes the winter in Arendelle, though she gives Olaf the snowman his own cloud of flurries to follow him around to help him survive the summer.
The creation of “Frozen” seems to represent a marked divergence from the traditional Disney princess story. In “Frozen,” the “damsel in distress” does not wait to be saved by her “prince charming.” It is not the love of the prince that undoes Elsa’s spell. Anna discovers that she had the power to undo the spell all long. I don’t have much to say in the way of critique. As a film, “Frozen” is pretty much everything I thought and expected it to be. However, I’m glad to see that Disney has updated its films for modern audiences of young men and women, who need to see these empowering messages supported in the media. “Frozen” is proof that Disney has come a long way from the days of “Cinderella” and “Snow White.”
BART HARVEY ’16
Beginning on Friday April, 25, a long list of Spring Weekend events began to take place, starting with the Spring Weekend Carnival which occurred on the Long Walk Quad and lasted the majority of the afternoon.
“There was a great turnout to the Carnival as students flocked to the quad to socialize and begin their Spring Weekend festivities. We were able to get our wristbands for the concert the next day and the Carnival also featured free fried foods such as corndogs, funnel cakes and fried oreos,” said Michael Lofreze ’16.
Another student, William Harrison ’16, said it was probably one of the highlights of his weekend, “It was the perfect day to be outside relaxing on the Quad. There was a great student presence and the activities and free food made it that much more enjoyable.”
In addition to the fried food being made available, there was also cotton candy, candy art, snow cones and a non-alcoholic Tiki Bar. The activities included a moonbounce, inflatable obstacle course, sumo wrestling, dunk tank, water slide and human foosball. Students were also able to collect novelties such as a caricature, photo can coozie, sand art and wax hands.
In addition, students were able to purchase a Spring Weekend t-shirt or purchase a Spring Weekend towel, which helped support the Senior Class’ fundraising efforts.
The quad began to empty around 4pm as some students traveled to the Entrepreneurship Competition in the Washington Room to support their peers and others decided to take a break from the festivities.
That night featured a number of events that provided some variety in the evening. The Fred hosted a cookout and concert at 8:00 p.m. that featured Action Item and Trinity’s The Boulevard.
“I was very impressed with the turnout! People seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves. Performing with the Boulevard was an amazing experience! I love to sing and feel the energy of the audience. Action Item killed it as well! I was so happy we got them for the concert. They are some of my close friends and a talented group. Their set was really entertaining,” said Malcolm Moon ’15, one of the coordinators for the concert.
Alpha Delta Phi hosted a concert along with Trinity College Barnyard Entertainment in their conjoining parking lot with St. Anthony Hall, which began at 9:00 p.m. and featured the musical acts of Pierce Fulton and Dave Edwards.
“The concert was great. There was great attendance and the performances from Pierce Fulton and Dave Edwards were both fantastic. It started to rain in the middle of the concert, but it only seemed to make the crowd go crazier,” said Madeleine Melly ’16.
The Vernon Social Programming Board also held a “Vegas Night” in the Social Center which began at 9:00 p.m. Food was catered by Goldberg’s and there was an electronic bingo game with prizes from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. There was also a magician and Hypnotist show at 11:00 p.m.
The headlining event of the weekend was the Spring Weekend Concert which featured Dirty South. The event had originally been scheduled to take place on the LSC Quad, but due to weather conditions on Saturday, the concert was moved inside to the Koeppel Sports Center. Doors opened to the concert beginning at 2:00 p.m. Students were required to show their IDs in order to receive their wristbands, which they could get at designated times on Friday and Saturday. Each student was allowed two guests.
At 5:00 p.m., Mather Hall opened for dinner and no meal was needed as Chartwells provided all the food for free.
The Mill also held a concert later that evening. “We were so thrilled with our turnout, despite the rain and location change. West End Blend, a 14-peice, local Hartford band drew a huge crowd, and the Freelance Whales, with alumni Chuck Criss ’07, were amazing. It was fun to see so many people come support live music on campus,” said Rae Rossetti ’15, one of the coordinators of the event.
The Vernon Social Programming Board hosted “Food & Fun at Vernon Social!” beginning at 9:00 p.m. Similar to the previous night, all the food was catered by Goldbergs. Students were able to create wire art, spin art trucker hats, personalized street signs or take home some memories in the photo booth.
“All in all, the weekend was a lot of fun. The activities were perfectly spaced out and despite the bad weather on Saturday, the concerts both days were a blast,” said Paul Clemente ’16.
The weekend must have been a success as there was limited activity around campus on Sunday. However, the timing of Spring Weekend was not the most convenient, as students need to prepare for finals coming up in a week.
KRISTINA XIE ’16
The stage lights were dimmed and the music began, “Fire Fire in Yuh Wire Wire…” There she was, dressed in a stunning red dress, high black heels and dolled up hair, Jean Miles has finally arrived. Last Thursday marked the opening of the play, “Miss Miles: Woman of the World” at Austin Arts Center’s Garmany Hall. Written and directed by renowned playwright and director Tony Hall, “Miss Miles” features the award-winning actress Cecilia Salazar as Trinidadian activist, singer, fashionista and public servant, Gene Miles. The play first premiered in Port of Spain’s Little Carib Theater in 2011 and was critically acclaimed as one of the most celebrated plays of the year. Now three years later, Hall has brought the same remarkable play to our campus for an encore performance.
The one-person play traces the life of middle-class woman, Jean Miles from childhood to adulthood. As a child, she attends St. Joseph’s Convent and questions her Catholic religion. After the opening scene, Miles, dressed in a white button down shirt and light blue school uniform skirt, plays with the other children from the neighborhood. Like any young child, she plays with flowers and irritates her parents with her curiosities and absurd questions. In the next stage of her life, the audience learns about her new position working as a civil servant in the Ministry of Petroleum, Mines, Industry and Commerce. She appears to be bored of her job and enjoys dancing and singing to calypso music when she is not typewriting. Her narration of humorous anecdotes includes wild antics in the workplace such as her coworker throwing a typewriter. She also mimics speaking French during her visit to the neighboring island of Martinique during a business meeting. Throughout the play, the catchy hook, “Fire Fire in Yuh Wire Wire…” is used as the theme to illustrate Miss Miles’ fiery character and revelations about government corruption.
In the 1960s, the Trinidadian government hired Lockjoint, a foreign company meant to improve the sewage system in the country. During this period, all of the country’s gas stations were controlled by the central government. It was discovered that the government took several bribes in return for permitting Lockjoint to enter the lucrative business in the country. This incident was a critical movement in the country’s history because it was one of the first major instances of corruption in the government post-independence. Notably, it was also a period of transition and national unity after British colonialism. Jean Miles’ anticorruption campaigns strengthened and unified people as a result of a common cause. She contested politicians’ morality in public service while shining a light of the inner workings of the government.
Salazar’s outstanding execution of her portrayal of Jean Miles gave viewers the opportunity to understand and relate to the heroine. Her sass, humor and fashion sense captivated audiences around the world. Her multidimensional character depicts “the plight of people who stand for political diligence and have a greater respect for people who are willing to risk their lives to do so,” stated Raquel Beckford ’14. What makes “Miss Miles: Woman of the World” so alluring is the dichotomy of her character and ability to challenge government standards. She is both serious yet humorous, relatable yet intimidating. She stands for equal rights in civic service and reminds government of their duty to its citizens. Despite the seriousness of the politican scandal, her lighthearted humor makes her a relatable character. She is a colourful and flamboyant personality. She seemed to be full of compassion for the underdog, often taking up causes based on principle and putting herself in the forefront of protest. Throughout the play, spectators root for her to expose the corrupt government officials.
Viewers leave with a sense of comfort, inspiration and female empowerment. “Miss Miles: Woman of the World” shows us it is possible to challenge authorities and to do it with style, grace and, of course, a sprinkle of sass.
BYRON DOERFER ’14
Fantasy football has become a growing fad among American culture, so much so that even such shows like “The League” on FX, whose humor is centered around fantasy football, have become popular. However, there is still a large demographic that has no idea as to what fantasy football exactly entails. Jake Shimmel ’14 and Alex Barker ’14, winners of the first Entrepreneurship Competition, know plenty of people like this. That is why they designed the next big thing in fantasy football with their new startup company, Underdog. This new service is all about getting people who might not know, or care, about football into the fantasy arena.
While most Trinity Students were out on the quad this Saturday, Underdog and three other startup companies put on their “business best” and pitched their dreams to a packed crowd in the Washington Room. These young men and women had a difficult task: convince a team of veteran entrepreneurs, along with all of us in the crowd, that their idea was worth ten thousand dollars of investment money from the school. These four teams were the finalists of the competition that began in September. Opening the events was George Bell, an experienced entrepreneur and father of two current Trinity students. Despite having extensive success leading companies such as Upromise, Excite@Home, and founding what is now NBC Sports, Bell talked largely about how his story was packed with failures. Bell warned the finalists of the cold truth: that most of them would be walking away as losers. The important thing, Bell said, was that they remembered that the competition was just an excuse to jump start their ideas. Not receiving the investment from Trinity did not mean that their ideas were not worthwhile.
Up until Underdog’s name was pulled from the winner’s envelope, it was not clear who was going to win. The three other teams that made it to the final round presented wildly different products. There was the Dream Team, made up of Will Gleysteen ’14, Dave Bell ’14, and Sonjay Singh ’15, who designed a new social network based around filling the gaps presented by LinkedIn. With teammate Dave Bell looking on, Gleysteen and Singh handled getting grilled by the judges with ease.
Next up was coAPPerate, chaired by Nate Nurmi ’14, who designed an interface that attempts to bring a variety of social apps into the same streamlined system. Despite his partner, John DiPietro ’15, being unable to attend, Nurmi made his case and weathered a battery of questions from the judges. While all the teams made impassioned appeals, Nurmi understood that his competition was stiff. Before the event began, The Tripod asked Nurmi why he thought he was going to win. “I’m not sure I will,” he said. “”Honestly. Some people have really good ideas here.”
Not all of the pitches involved social media. KGG Solutions, made up of Gwen Schoch ’14, Gillian Burkett ’14, and Vlad Burca ’14, designed a counter insurgency advisory system that would help members of the military better understand and execute their missions at the platoon level. KGG definitely had the most ambitious business plan, and wanted Trinity’s help to start a venture they saw as something with enough potential to be bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars within just a few years.
As the votes were tallied, the tense mood was broken by CTImprov, a professional improv comedy troupe. CTImprov was just the right amount of silly needed to lighten the spirits of everyone who had come in from the beautiful day to support their friends in the competition.
At the end of the day, it was Shimmel and Barker of Underdog that went home with the big check. The panel of three judges grilled Underdog particularly hard after following their six-minute presentation. The two men explained that a big way for fantasy sports to evolve is bringing people who have never tried it into the fold. Their system, built around football at the college level, has users choose the winners of matches rather than predict how individual players will fare in games. This simplified version of Fantasy Football is meant to get people like me involved with my friends in the fantasy experience, without having to learn the confusing point systems involved in the traditional game. With the $10,000, Shimmel and Barker hoped to have a testable version of their fantasy game combined with a mobile application in the near future.
Mike Newkirk ’14, a senior at Trinity who attended the event, said that he thought Shimmel and Barker walked home with the prize because they tailored their business directly to the competition’s limited nature.
Shimmel and Barker have a fantastic start to a budding business and will surely put the $10,000 to good use.
By Brian Nance ’16, Staff Writer
“My most exciting track moment at Trinity so far has to be the speech that Coach Mason gave our 4×4 relay squad right before breaking the Trinity College record. I cannot recall exactly what he said, I just know that it was enough for us to dig deep and perform,” says Y’osa Nosamiefan ’17.
Digging deep and performing is exactly what these Bantams did. Earlier this season, at the 2014 David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University, the men’s track and field 4×400 relay team beat Trinity’s 4×400 school record with a time of 3:23.56. On that relay team is the six foot two inch freshman, Y’osa Nosamiefan. Y’osa has proved that he is a force to be reckoned with in the NESCAC and will continue to be in his many years to come.
In his rookie season alone, Y’osa has consistently finished as one of the top contenders in the majority of the events that he competes in.
You may already be a bit familiar with Y’osa as the track standout who also contributed to the football team’s success in the fall. On the field, Y’osa wears number 16 and locks down receivers as cornerback.
On the track, he participates in various events including the long jump, the 55-meter dash, the 60-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. Y’osa elaborates on how he handles being a two sport athlete, “Being on two separate teams here at Trinity is a bit challenging, it can be difficult to balance the in-season of one team and the off-season of the other. I feel, however, that the track team with the leadership of Coach Suitor and Coach Mason are very receptive to new members.”
A Boston native, Y’osa grew up mainly playing soccer and running track until he began his tenure at Boston College High School.
He started track in the fifth grade and it was in high school that he chose to play football instead of soccer due to their conflicting seasons. Reminiscing on his beginning track days, Y’osa states, “I always enjoyed running, but I really fell in love with long jump because when jumping, I am basically competing against myself. I can go at my own pace. My older brother also jumped with me in high school so we would always compete against each other.”
Y’osa has already earned his title as one of the best long jumpers in the NESCAC as he was recently recognized as amongst the top jumpers competing for this year’s league championship crown. We can look forward to continued success from Y’osa because this is merely the conclusion of his first season.
Be sure to support the men and women’s track teams as they head to Springfield College on May 2 to compete in the New England Division III Championship. Additionally, Y’osa hopes to lead the Bantams to the NCAA Division III National Championship on May 22 at Ohio Wesleyan University. The athletic performances of Y’osa Nosamiefan in football as well as track have certainly been remarkable this year.
By Peter Prendergast
The Trinity College Baseball team enjoyed a pair of walk-off victories on April 27, as they won both games of their double header against Brandeis University.
Brandeis got on the board first in the top of the second inning, as Conor Doyle hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring Kyle Brenner across the plate from third base. Trinity trailed by one run until the bottom of the seventh inning. Chris Leach ’17 reached first base on an error and advanced to second. Leach made it to third off a sacrifice hit by Colton Dana ’17 and came home off an RBI single from Connor Sullivan ’15.
In the next inning, Brandeis took the lead again as Ryan Tettemer scored off an RBI double from Brian Ing.
Down by one in the bottom of the eighth, Trinity’s Brian Wolfe ’15 blasted a solo home run over the left field wall, tying the game at 2-2. The game moved on through a scoreless ninth, into extra innings.
In the top of the tenth inning, the Bantams retired three straight batters to head into the final half inning. Daniel Pidgeon ’15 led off with a single to right field. Wolfe followed with a pop up to shortstop and Leach struck out.
With two outs in the inning, Pidgeon stole second base and advanced to third off a single from Colton Dana. Connor Sullivan ’15 brought Pidgeon home with a walk off single up the middle to win the game.
Peter Burrows ’14 pitched 8.1 innings, letting up two runs on seven hits as well as recording five strikeouts. David O’Brien was the relief pitcher in the eighth, striking out two batters and letting up no runs and no hits. Sullivan led offensively for the Bantams as he got four hits and two RBI’s.
Game two remained scoreless until the bottom of the second when Sullivan brought Wolfe home on an RBI double. In the fourth inning, Brandeis’ Kyle Brenner doubled to bring home Greg Heinemen from second. The next batter, Dominic Schwartz, singled up the middle to bring home Tom McCarthy from third base and Connor Doyle followed with a sacrifice fly to right to bring Brenner home for the third run of the inning.
Trailing by two in the bottom of the sixth, Matt Mortimer ’16 hit a two run double to bring Pidgeon and Scott Huley ’16 across the plate to tie the game at three. In the final inning, Sullivan reached first base on a fielding error by the Brandeis second baseman.
Dylan Callahan ’16 came in to pinch the run and reached second on a single from Nick DiBenedetto ’17. The next batter, Evan Abraham ’15, reached first on an error. With the bases loaded, Nicholas Pezzella ’17 singled to bring home the winning run from third base.
Ryan Carr ’14 pitched a complete game for Trinity, recording three runs on seven hits and four strikeouts. Pezzella and Mortimer led the offense with two hits a piece and a combined for three RBI’s.
The Bantams are currently ranked 5th in the NESCAC East Division, with a 4-8 conference record and a 15-16 overall record. Looking ahead, the team’s last two games are scheduled for May 3, against Wesleyan. The Bantams are hoping to upset the conference leading Cardinals, to potentially tie Colby in the division standings as well as break 500 on the season. The final games will be played at Wesleyan at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
by Drew Ragosta ’17, Staff Writer
The Trinity Women’s Softball team has been on a hot streak since the middle of April. Coming off back-to-back losses against Tufts University on April 12, Trinity took on Bates College at their home field on April 14. The Bantams took little time to defeat the Bobcats, winning by a score of 12-3 in only five innings of play, snapping their four game conference-losing streak. Pitcher Hannah King ’16 earned her fifth win of the season, in which she struck out four batters and allowed only three runs. Tri-captain Abigail Ostrom ’14 and Erica Correa ’16 had phenomenal offensive performances for the Bantams, recording a combined seven RBI’s, including a two-run homerun from Correa. Elizabeth McQuaid ’16 also had a strong showing, batting leadoff for the Bantams where she hit a triple and two singles.
Later that week on April 18, the Bantams were matched up against Colby College for their first game of a three game series, again being played in Hartford. Hannah King ’16 led Trinity to a 7-1 victory as a result of her sensational performance on the mound, allowing three hits and one earned run. Olivia Berry ’14 recorded an RBI with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Abigail Ostrom ’14 recorded an RBI single, which was her second single and RBI of the afternoon. Three runs of scoring in the sixth inning ultimately led the Bantams to victory.
Just a day later, Trinity played a double header versus the Mules on April 19. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Erica Correa ’16 hit a sacrifice flyball, scoring the runner Abigail Ostrom ’14 from third base. With the bases empty and a score of 1-0 in the fifth inning, Claire Propseri ’14 hit a homerun giving Trinity a 2-0 lead. The team did not look back as the game ended a 2-0 victory. Hannah King pitched a complete game shutout for Trinity.
Later in the afternoon for the second game of the doubleheader, the Bantams were yet again clicking on all cylinders. Christina Galese ’14 opened the game with a solo homerun in the first inning, followed by a two RBI single from Sarah Reynolds ’16. The Bantams held a 3-0 until the sixth inning, when Christina Galese ’14 hit a double, scoring runners Bianca Brenz ’16 and Miranda Riendeau-Card ’15. The stellar pitching from Lily Jewell ’17 helped the Bantams secure a 5-0 defeat over the Mules, capping off a three game series sweep.
The Bantams had a double header against Western New England on April 22, falling in the first game by a close score of 5-3. However, they were victorious by a score of 10-0 in the second game of the double header, in only five innings!
On Saturday, the Bantams battled it out against Wesleyan with a close game of 2-1, Bantams winning. With an outstanding job pitching by Hannah King ’16, only giving Wesleyan two hits and one run home during the Cardinal’s rally period in the fourth inning. Trinity played Wesleyan again that night. The pressure was mounting for the Cardinals and Trinity was on fire to win again with another close score of 18-11. Senior Abby Ostrom went 3-for-4 with 5 RBI and two runs. The fire didn’t stop with Erica Correa ’16 slamming a home run and a double. Trinity has won seven of their last eight games and currently holds a 7-5 record against NESCAC opponents.
The Bantams will be playing their final game of the season at Worcester State on April 28.
MAGGIE ELIAS ’17
According to the Princeton Review, as of 2013, Trinity College is the 13th most gay-unfriendly college in the United States. Thirteenth! Before then, Trinity had not made the top 20 list. But in the course of one year, we jumped to the not-so-low 13th spot.
The Princeton Review’s annual survey asked 126,000 students at 378 top colleges and universities to rate their school on dozens of topics and report on their experiences with them. Therefore, students amongst our small, tight-knit community must have either personally felt unwelcomed or excluded based on their sexuality or witnessed homophobia on our campus. Not only have people must have experienced or witnessed this homophobia often enough to note it in the survey in the first place, but these experiences also have to have been mentioned more frequently or to a more severe level than 365 other colleges and universities.
The National Day of Silence/Night of Noise is quickly approaching. It takes place this Thursday, April 24. Beginning at 8 a.m., The Day of Silence is a 24-hour period where students all over the country take a vow of silence to honor and represent the silencing that LGBT students often feel every single day. The Night of Noise directly follows the Day of Silence in which participants come together to break the past 24 hours of silence and celebrate not just each person’s individuality, but also our acceptance of all and unity as a community.
In honor of this upcoming event, each one of us, as a member of this tiny school and community, should take a step back and reflect on this issue. With the acceptance and recognition of gay marriage and rights taking place throughout this country every day, do we want to be moving in the complete opposite direction? Do we want our beloved Trinity community to hold the reputation of being so extremely homophobic and unaccepting of those who are not exactly the same as the majority?
I’m not sure about you, but I definitely do not want to be known for that. That is not something we should be proud of. I can say that if had I known about this ranking prior to making my college decision, I may have chosen a school other than Trinity. I expected our community to be better than that. Are we that closed minded that we cannot accept someone who has a different sexuality than you or that may be questioning their gender? Does that make them any less of a person? No. Those same people got accepted to Trinity like you, sit in the same classroom as you do, major in the same thing as you do, and probably enjoy most of the same extracurricular activities as you do.
The National Day of Silence may not be for everyone. I’m going to try to participate, but I know it’s going to be a struggle since I cannot refrain from talking for more than maybe 10 minutes maximum at a time. But, that’s not going to stop me from acknowledging and reflecting on this growing issue right in front of us.
Whether silently or not, take the day to think about how we can change this awful ranking and reputation. I am ashamed of how often “gay” or another homophobic word slips out of my or someone else’s mouth without even realizing it or meaning it in the correct context. Think about this, and the next time you want to throw out such a word, choose something else. You don’t know who is around you, what someone is going through, or who you could be offending. Whether you mean to or not, you may be a part of that homophobic reputation. Watch what you say. Call someone else out if they are saying or acting in an offensive way towards the LGBT community as well. Be open-minded and accepting. Remember that each and every one of us is human and just want to be accepted and loved. It is none of our business who another person loves and nor should it matter. A person’s sexuality is his or her own choice. It is not anyone else’s place to judge or interfere. It is irrelevant whether you agree or not with their choices and wants. It is not your place. Let each person be themselves. Make an effort to welcome and include each person for who they truly are. Stand up to those who may be giving this campus that homophobic reputation. And please, please, please make a genuine effort to remove Trinity from that ranking. It is sad, embarrassing, and shameful. We are better than that.
TANYA KEWALRAMANI ’14
I put my Barbie dolls in a brown, cardboard box and handed it to my mother. I was excited and ready to be a grown up. Of course, I was only twelve at the time. The sunlight entered the empty room from the large windows and I could see the dust on the floor. I took a deep breath and ran out the room, eager to move into my new house.
I packed the last of my clothes into the suitcase. I had to sit on the other suitcase to zip it up because it was filled to the brim. My mother watched me from the other end of the room as her eyes filled with tears. Six years later, I was moving, but this time to the United States to attend Trinity. I remember that night clearly. My favorite Indian food was being made at home. My last home cooked meal. The scent of the spices was so tempting, so overwhelming. I took a deep breath, hugged my mother, and ran out of the room to eat some delicious shrimp biryani.
Now, with less than a month left for graduation, I cannot even imagine how I am going to shut the door on my empty dorm room and drive away with my parents, literally into a new phase of my life. The sight of the empty room will be unsettling, and a rare sight to see. It’s safe to say that there are clothes everywhere. On the day, I might just take a deep breath and run out of the room, eager to move into my new life. Or, I might walk away slowly and wonder where the past four years of my life went.
My first day at Trinity, I was terrified. I suddenly lost all my confidence and wanted to run back to my room. Then I took a deep breath and remembered the one man who had taught me all about confidence. I was immediately transported back to July of 2010.
The sound of the waves was soothing. The flickering colors of the sunset were magical. This was the most relaxed I had been in a long time. I knew that it was not going to last long, so I savored every minute of it. Going on a family trip with eight other people was hectic. There was hardly ever a minute of peace. We were not exactly doing these trips to see the world, although it was a bonus. It was more so to spend time with our loving grandparents. All of us were scattered around the world, and these summer holidays were when we were able to give each other our undivided attention.
Just a few minutes later, I could hear my two cousins, Rahul and Janvi, chattering away with my Nana (my grandfather). They were stroking his hair and his skin, commenting on how soft both were. Once I saw the look on his face, I could not stop laughing. He looked petrified of the kids and then this smile broke on his face. It brought tears to my eyes. He loved us so much and would do anything for us. Rahul and Janvi continued the charade for another few minutes until my aunt had to drag them away from him. He came over and stood next to me, and five minutes into our conversation, he spotted another Indian family. The rest of my family shot me a look from a few feet away. We all knew what this meant.
He walked up to the other Indian family and started talking to them, as if they were a part of our family. He did this all the time. In Switzerland, on a boat, he met a German man and his family. His opening line was that he looked like Tom Cruise. It did not matter where the person was from or who he was, he always found a way to talk to them. Rahul, Janvi, and I used to get so exasperated. We used to be so humiliated when he did that. We would look at each other and nervously laugh. He met everyone with kindness. However, if he was upset, he would voice his opinions without thinking twice. His anger was frightening.
The entire conversation with the other Indian family lasted almost thirty minutes. All I could think of was how he had managed to talk to complete strangers for such a long time in the middle of the ocean. I listened to him with fascination. At dinner, he spoke to the waiter for fifteen minutes about his hometown. Whilst going to our cabins, he started talking to a man in the elevator. There was really no stopping him. He spoke to everyone with genuine interest. Later that night, I went onto the deck. I wanted to savor every minute of the tranquility and the sea. A few minutes later, my Nana joined me and we sat in silence. I was really going to miss him when I went back to university. He was such an amusing man with no hatred in his heart. I was curious, and I asked him why he spoke to all those people and how he managed to do it without hesitation. He told me that we all live in our own bubble and get so involved in our own lives that we forget about the people around us. They are here in this world too, and they all have interesting stories about their lives. We should seize every opportunity we have to meet new people and learn. He said that learning is not simply studying. It is about understanding the world we live in as well. And what better way can one learn about the world than by talking to people from around the world?
Later that night, I could not sleep. I kept tossing and turning, thinking about what he had said. I was confident, but not to his level. I hesitated when meeting new people. Eventually, I would break a barrier with them but would not always know how to continue the conversation. I kept thinking about how much I had missed out on and how much I could have learnt had I just had some more confidence. It was more so about embracing the moment. We never know when we would ever return to such an amazing place.
The next morning during breakfast, I had my opportunity. My Nana started talking to some people whilst him and I were waiting for our eggs. It was now or never. Somewhere within me, I found some bravery and started talking. Once I started talking, I realized that it really was not so difficult. My Nana looked at me with pride and started laughing. My mother, on the other side of the room, looked up at me and smiled. When I returned to the table, no one could really believe it. They all teased me for being so strange about it before. No matter how much I admitted I was wrong, they did not let it go. It did not bother me though, I had finally done it. I had opened up myself to a new story, to new people, and had broadened my horizons. It was all thanks to this amazing man, who taught me to never close myself off from the world. He taught me to live life to the fullest without hesitation. Mistakes are the only way we learn. It teaches us to stand taller and stronger, and sometimes being humiliated pushes us in the right place. I will forever be grateful to my Nana, for teaching me how to live life with a smile on your face. He always said a little confidence goes a long way. No matter how scared I am about the next step in life, confidence will take me far. I don’t doubt that for a second.
ANDREW FISHMAN ’16
Here at Trinity College, we attempt to foster a sense of community by looking out for each other. However, the proposed changes for the next academic year will do the exact opposite. Trinity has plans in place to close The Cave by next January and the administration has already started to reduce the hours that The Bistro is open on the weekends. The school is considering a decrease in the hours of operation for two of the three sit-in dining halls. If we, the student body, allow these changes to happen, it will financially cripple many of the people working there and severely damage our college experience.
While talking with my peers about Trinity’s plans to close The Cave and The Bistro, the first question is almost always, “Are they going to extend Mather’s hours?” The answer: “kind of.” According to papers distributed by Trinity’s administration about two weeks ago, Mather will continue to open at 7:30 a.m. and run until 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, Mather will operate from 10:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., “limited services will be offered.” Closing down The Cave and Bistro will only exacerbate problems like Mather’s inability to seat everyone comfortably at lunch. Finding a table during lunch on any given day is hard enough. Mather is not suited to serve the entire student body at the same time. With Mather only opening for an extra three hours per day, twenty-one hours per week, what will happen to all the staff that is seen as excess?
This semester, Mather, The Cave, and The Bistro employ 2,115 hours of labor per week, 821 hours of labor per week and 670.5 hours of labor per week respectively. By spring of 2015, Mather, The Cave, and The Bistro will employ 2004 hours of labor per week, ZERO hours of labor per week, and 539.5 hours per week, respectively. The only additional hours will be the new store on Crescent Street. This store will employ 698.5 hours of labor per week. This leads to a total net loss of 364.5 hours of labor per week. The proposed changes will cut hours by almost 10 percent. This massive decrease in total hours of labor will directly hurt dining staff employees’ ability to financially support themselves. The proposed changes look to reduce the amount of people that work 40 hours a week this semester by 18. The changes also look to reduce the amount of workers that receive benefits by 14, or by 13 percent of the workers receiving benefits in the three main dining halls.
This isn’t the first time that Chartwells has made workers’ living conditions unbearable. At the University of Miami, Chartwells employees won a three-year struggle against the British conglomerate. At the University of Miami and many other schools, Chartwells has a history of mistreating workers and reducing costs by cutting hours and benefits. After the University of Miami workers won their case, one of their representatives said, “We love working at U.M. and taking care of the students, faculty and staff here. Now, we can begin to afford to take care of our own families too.” Many of the workers at The Cave and The Bistro echo this message. They love interacting with students every day, but they also want to be able to pay their rent and take care of their families.
Overlooking the financial devastation to these workers who will lose hours and benefits, this plan will save money for Trinity. Trinity has to balance the budget in order to provide the wide variety of services they offer, such as financial aid. Still, I would ask them to reconsider. Chartwells’ history of saving money by cutting workers’ benefits and hours does not create any substantial economic gains for the schools in which they operate, because they end up charging higher fees. As illustrated in their proposed changes for next year, the first part of their plan is in place. I have no desire to see that plan executed here at Trinity.
The new meal plan policy for next year requires almost every student to sign up for one of the limited meal plans. As of the fall semester in 2015, the only students allowed to attend Trinity without purchasing a meal plan are those enrolled in Trinity’s authorized eating clubs or students living off campus. As a rising junior, I will have the option to purchase the Mather Unlimited or the 15 Flex Plan; both are $2,550 per semester. The Mather Unlimited plan comes with $100 Chartwells dollars while the 15 Flex plan comes with 15 meals per week and $300 Chartwells dollars. These new policies represent the school’s effort to force students into doing what the administration believes is best, rather than allowing students to exercise their own judgment. Trinity administration needs to discontinue these plans before they harm their own long-term goals.
No matter how hard the school tries to force inter-student bonding, it is not something that can be forced. Through extended orientation programs, the new first-year program, or many other first-year activities, it is impossible to create genuine connections between students. Students must be able to do this on their own.
During my freshman year, a lot of spontaneous, sincere bonding happened while I was hanging out with acquaintances in The Cave or The Bistro. Sitting down together for a few hours and sharing a meal with friends created a sense of community among us that would not have happened without this late-night space. Without these experiences, many of my best friends and I would not have become as close as we are today. Friendship cannot be forced. At any time, you can walk into The Cave or The Bistro and witness a group of students simply hanging out. Having this space is a valuable asset to the Trinity community. My favorite bonding program that Trinity runs is the Quest program. Going onto the Appalachian Trail with no one but fellow students forges bonds between incoming freshmen and the upperclassmen leaders. These connections could not have been created from silly games like “Two Truths and a Lie,” forced picnics on the quad, or any other pre-planned orientation programs. Students will inevitably dislike most of the orientation events that are required. One of the challenges of being a first-year student is finding a place where you can get to know the people you find interesting. This is what the school needs to encourage more of, not reduce. Both The Bistro and The Cave facilitate student bonding and at this college, we need to protect them.
The Bistro and Cave are valuable assets to this school and they enable a lot of friendly, loving people to pay their bills. In no way will these proposed changes benefit the students of Trinity College. By closing The Cave and reducing The Bistro’s hours, students will have less access to food on the meal plan while still being required to purchase a meal plan.
The financial ramifications to members of the Trinity community, like the loss of financial aid, will be crushing. The dining service employees feeding all of us treat us with respect and love. They deserve better than what Trinity and Chartwells are doing to them. The school is prioritizing balancing the budget over looking out for members of the Trinity community. We need to rearrange their priorities.
SHEILA NJAU ’17
On Sunday, April 13, three people were fatally shot in Kansas City, Missouri: 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon, his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, and 53-year-old Terri LaManno. These shootings took place outside a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home, because the shooter, Frazier Glenn Cross (also known as Glenn Miller), was targeting Jewish people.
The people Miller killed on Sunday, however, were not even Jewish. It seems hard to believe that this man served over 20 years in the military as a Green Beret. Not surprisingly, he was discharged from the army due to propagating racist thoughts. So who was this man who took three innocent lives with no regret?
Glenn Miller’s racist tendencies span decades. In 1980, he formed a Klan called the Carolina Knights and he believed that “the white race [was] dying out. That’s what concern[ed] [him]. Future generations are going to be a bunch of mix-breeded, kinky-headed, slant-eyed, fur-headed mongrels with bubble lips,” he said in The Washington Post. Miller is a husband and a father of four children who used his pension from the military to spread his racist beliefs. It was not long before this led him into trouble with the government, and, in 1987, he was sentenced to six months in prison, but he ended up fleeing and a manhunt was started that led to the FBI discovering him in Missouri. In 1988, to lessen his federal charges, he testified against fourteen of his members and as a result his sentence was reduced to three years. Strangely, he tried getting an appointment in the US House of Representatives in 2006 and in the Senate in 2010. But, he did not get far with these aspirations. One of his platforms stated, “We’ve sat back and allowed the Jews to take over our government, our banks and our media. America is no longer ours. America belongs to the Jews who rule it and to the mud people who multiply in it.” He is expected to appear in court on Thursday, April 24.
Personally, I cannot come to grips with how people develop such racist tendencies. Starting with Hitler, who massacred over six million people, what legitimate reason can a person have for taking so many lives? What about Glenn Miller, who robbed those three people of their lives? The young boy will never get to grow up and have a family of his own.
What saddens me even more is the number of people with such beliefs who are still out there. At this time, there are over 1,274 radical groups that exist in the country and that number does not seem to be decreasing. And so, I wonder why? If someone wants to have such beliefs, that is up to them, but to force it onto others in such a violent manner is another thing entirely. At the end of the day, I keep coming back to the same thought of what it takes to warp someone’s mind to the extent that they think it’s okay to kill others for their cause.
Is it a change that occurs in childhood, the teenage years, or one that happens in adulthood? What can be done to stop such a transformation?
Not only do these questions plague my mind, but I also think about whether things would have turned out differently had Glenn Miller been imprisoned for more than three years. And then there is the gun issue.
I am not a gun advocate and believe that there is no reason a person should have multiple weapons in their home. For that reason, it puzzles me why so many people are against laws being instituted that can help limit who can get a gun. These laws can help to stop men, such as Glenn Miller (who has a known history of hate against Jewish people) from having access to weapons. The list keeps growing of people who end up being murdered needlessly. The Tucson shooting in 2011, the 2012 Aurora shooting, and the shootings that have taken place on a Kansas City highway since March are all examples of gun violence. Luckily, none of the victims from the highway shootings died and the man, Mohammad Whitaker, believed to be responsible was apprehended on April 18. Not surprising is the fact that the police found a lot of ammunition in his home. Again, when will this endless cycle of violence end?
I am not saying that having tougher gun laws will be the thing that will stop people with radical beliefs, such as Glenn Miller, from killing others. But it could act as a step towards halting the ways in which these people seek to harm others.
The death of the three people in Kansas City was nonsensical and I can only hope that the family members of William Lewis Corporon, Reat Griffin Underwood, and Terri LaManno can one day find some form of peace after this senseless tragedy.
BRIANNA SCALESSE ’16
On April 6, Marisa Tornello ’15 embarked on a project that would take the Trinity campus by storm. That is the day she created the Facebook page “Humans of Trinity College.”
In the summer of 2010, a New Yorker named Brandon began his own journey of photographing people all over the city and created a blog that now has almost four million followers. Alongside each picture Brandon includes a snippet of the conversation he has with the person he photographs.
One day, Marisa came across a post on Humans of New York that pictured a homeless man. To summarize the caption, the man had been jailed after he was accused of murdering his wife and daughter. When he was freed, he was unable to recollect his life and became homeless. Marisa thought about the New Yorker habit of ignoring the homeless and the stories that all the people around her had to tell. Then, she began to think about all the stories that the people on the Trinity campus around her had to tell.
This year as a junior at Trinity, Marisa began to feel disconnected from the campus that surrounded her. As a Staten Island native, Marisa says, “In New York City there are millions of people that pass by each other. At Trinity, we are such a small campus, but we still have that same disconnect. We shouldn’t be strangers to each other on this campus.”
For Marisa’s 21st birthday, earlier this month, her parents bought her the camera of her dreams and her hopes of starting the page became a reality. The first day, Marisa, who has social anxiety, passed twenty people she wanted to photograph but was too nervous to approach them. Now she snaps photographs of students daily and says that the project has helped her to get over her anxiety.
“I needed a reason to find Trinity beautiful. I thought if I sought out the beauty in each person it would help. And it has. We have to attempt to find the good in things. We’re all holding really beautiful things inside of us that we’re really hoping to express to the world.”
With each photograph Marisa takes, she truly is capturing a moment of each student’s life and Trinity’s history. Whether it is a close up picture of a barista in Peter B’s, an action shot of a hula-hooper on the main quad, or a scenic shot of a couple on the Long Walk, Marisa is connecting Trinity students, one photograph at a time.
“Humans of Trinity College” has 763 likes to date and is growing everyday. Marisa’s future goals include photographing professors, who have been at Trinity for years and have seen it change and grow, and delving into the individual stories of the students.
“I’m not brave enough yet to ask people about their own stories. But it’d be great to get to that level of comfort with each other.”
But, even by simply taking a picture, Marisa is individualizing Trinity.
“A picture is so telling of a person. The way someone smiles, or stands, or tilts a little bit, or squints their eyes. A picture says a thousand words.”
CATHERINE HULTGREN ’14
When I was 18 years old I decided to study abroad during high school. I had waited until the last minute to apply to programs, so when I applied to School Year Abroad Spain, the program was already full. Instead of just outright declining me, they asked me if I would like to go to China instead. Being the adventurous 18-year-old that I was, I didn’t have to even think about it and accepted right away. Since my time as a high-schooler living with a host family in Beijing, Chinese culture and language has become part of who I was. When Trinity decided to start a program at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, I decided not only that I was going to go abroad, but also that I was going to spend my whole junior year there. I needed major credits for Chinese and Asian studies anyways, and the whole adventure sounded absolutely superb.
None of my close friends went to China on the program with me in the fall, and I was only friends with a few boys from the Trinity program. I couldn’t rely on them to hangout with me all the time, so the first week was rather lonely. I remember going to the Art District alone and exploring all the galleries. I thought it was incredible, but watching other people exploring with their friends made me realize I was alone in a foreign country. I decided to make an effort socializing with the kids in my classes at Fudan. Since Fudan is such an international school, I made friends from all over the world. By the end of my first semester, my three best girl friends were from France, Belgium, and Germany, and through them I met my boyfriend who was also German.
The semester was going great when I decided to take a trip with my friends up to Beijing. They had never been there before so we were planning on doing the touristy things like hike the Great Wall, tour the Forbidden City and spend an afternoon in Tiananmen Square. The first day we hit up Tiananmen Square, where we went to see Mao’s Mausoleum. We got into a big disagreement over whether or not the body inside was Mao’s actual body or if it was wax. To this day I still don’t know if I actually believe it is him.
After this, I decided to go alone and pay a visit to my host dad from my year in high school. We had been texting since my arrival in China and he had been trying to get me to take the train up to Beijing for a while to visit him and my host mom. When I arrived at my old apartment, I saw the dining room table set for two. I was confused but just assumed my host mom wasn’t going to be eating. I then began to look for her in our apartment, when I came across an altar with incense and a giant picture of my host mom. She had passed away, and no one had told me! I was devastated, not because no one had told me, but because while she had been sick I hadn’t even known to make an effort to call. I decided to cancel the rest of my tourist excursions with my friends and stay the weekend with my host dad. By the time I came back to Shanghai, I was confused and depressed in a foreign country. But luckily for me, I didn’t have to deal with it alone. All my friends were there for me.
Time went by and my Beijing experience began to have less of an impact on my daily life. I focused on trying to see as much of Shanghai as I possibly could. I had many favorite adventures abroad. I spent one weekend hiking Yellow Mountain in rural China. Another time, my boyfriend and I tried as many restaurants out of the Shanghai Time Out magazine without going completely broke, and I tried making Chinese friends so I could practice all the Mandarin I was learning in the classroom. After my first semester, I knew Shanghai like the back of my hand and my Chinese had improved tremendously.
Once my second semester came, some of my new friends had stayed and some had left. One of my best friends was coming on the program from Trinity along with a good friend of hers. The whole dynamic changed and this semester proved to be as enriching as the first one. My friends, Kate Burke ’14 and Sade Parham ’14, and I would explore the ins and outs of Shanghai. I would take them to some of the places I had discovered in the fall or the three of us would try somewhere new. We would have tea on top of some of the tallest buildings in the world, or have picnics in parks with views of the skyline. We would always get amused taking the subway places because Chinese people would stare at us like we were aliens; after all we were two blondes and an African American who could all speak Chinese.
When the semester came to a close, I was sick of Shanghai. I was craving cheese and steak and other products that were harder to find in China. At the same time though, I wasn’t ready to go back to Trinity. My friend Natalia Diehl, who was from Paris, convinced me that my time studying abroad shouldn’t end just yet and so I applied to go to Paris for my senior fall.
Paris was a far cry from Shanghai. My apartment was smaller, my money got me almost nowhere compared to China (I was living like a king on almost nothing), and the Paris skies were actually blue—pollution free with real clouds. The experience was like coming home, since the Parisian culture is so much more similar to American culture than China’s culture. If I hadn’t gone to China first, I am not sure whether or not I would have had trouble adapting to Paris. But because I had gone there before, I adapted to Paris almost instantly. I spent the weekends hanging out with friends from Trinity, friends I had met in China or taking the three-hour train to visit my boyfriend in Southern Germany. All in all, I must say I enjoyed my life in Shanghai more, because it was more unique and different. At the same time, having that experience in Paris allowed me to see a whole new side of the world, and I wouldn’t trade my Paris experience for anything.
BENJAMIN CHAIT ’16
I was waiting for the now deceased printer to warm up in The Trinity Tripod office when I came across some old books. I soon realized that what was before me was a discarded stack of about fifteen Ivy yearbooks from years ranging from 1960 to 2004. As I waited for the printer to work, I began to flip through them, beginning with the most recent one from 2004. Luckily for me, the printer was especially temperamental that day, allowing me to have time to turn the pages of the many years of Trinity history before me. The more recent the yearbook, the more it felt like a standard collection of official photographs chronicling departments, fraternities, sports teams, and other associations on campus. But as I traveled back in time through the pages of the Ivy, I noticed that the number of picture captions and staged photographs dropped drastically. The year books seemed to become time capsules, not only of student life at Trinity, but also of style.
Of all the year books in the printer room, none captured my nostalgic imagination quite like the Ivy from 1969. I casually flipped through and then stumbled upon an image of a student in a plaid blazer and turtleneck. He sported wayfarer sunglasses and a ribbon watch. His hand was raised and his mouth was opened to reveal a large, gapped-tooth smile. Though there was no caption to describe him, not even his name or year, I felt I knew this man. I could only imagine what class he just came from, what part of campus he was walking over toward, who he was going to see, and why he was smiling underneath the elms.
I soon realized that the Ivy from 1969 was less of a yearbook and more of a collection of photographs that casually and nonchalantly documented the spirit and style of 1969. It is easy to forget that all who are old were once young. Too often do we think of past American history as an era that we are affected by but not connected to. The 1960s, especially 1969, was a time of great social, political, and sartorial turmoil and triumphs. In the pages were those times in Hartford, Connecticut. The only images that I had of the era are those popularized in Life magazine or from the pop culture canon. Sure, I knew the old pictures of my parents and their parents, but how rare it was to see a bygone era showing the way that Trinity students lived through it.
Many in the fashion industry always say that people used to dress better, classier, and with more refinement. Though this will always be true through the inaccurate waves of nostalgia, the golden age of collegiate style was certainly in the 1960s in New England. Without a translation or an interpretation, the Ivy showed me unfiltered fashion from a decade I so much admired. I loved the way men had such a polished and uniform look to them. The large pictures of men in class all wearing khakis and oxfords have an elegance and masculine sophistication that is lacking in today’s generation of preppies. Whether it was on the basketball court or on fraternity pick-up night, there was such a sense of regalia. Ironically, uniforms can inspire freedom. When one has an outfit set out for them—whether an official uniform or just a clear style of the times—they are free to live their lives, be rowdy and have fun because there is no need to fuss over what to wear.
The women in the Ivy from 1969 capture a style and sex appeal that I’m sure most of our generation wouldn’t be able to understand. It seems as if every woman wanted to be Brigitte Bardot: long hair, strong eye, and a short shift dress. The shift dress is a look I think should make a comeback. Though seemingly more conservative than a body hugging tube dress made of cotton, the body is able to move underneath the fabric, and thus the suggestion of sexuality is always present. It’s both hidden and hinted at, making these women seem discoverable as well as conservative and classy female academics.
The past style of students is clear. It can be seen only after the turn of a few pages, but what is great is the humanization of our past at Trinity. On the pages is the real 1960s apart from history books, pop culture, highbrow art, and advertisements. The facial expressions shown and activities being enjoyed, from sports, to studying, to dancing, to flirting, to drinking, and even lying on the quad in April’s warmth are all still very alive at Trinity today more than forty years later. I urge all of you to go out and find an Ivy or two and flip through them. I promise that you too will be taken by the fashion, similarities, and history. And, of course, the Ivies raise a larger question: what will future generations think of us when they stumble on our photographs and imagine what life was like, way back in 2014?
It is without a doubt that everyone enjoys listening to good music. Whether it’s electric dance music (EDM), Hip-Hop, or alternative, music makes any event a little more relaxed and entertaining. Just ask Gio Quattrochi ’16, Ebban Maeda ’16, Austen Julien ’16, and David Klestadt ’16 who are all members of The Mill’s newest Recording Club. They are the engineers who sit in on recording sessions and ensure that the volume is in the proper setting along with cueing artists to begin and stop recording. This is a “hard and specific job” since not all students are knowledgeable about what goes into a recording session or know how to use “Logic,” which is their music software program. Once songs are recorded, they go through a series of edits by the producer and are made into a finished product. The Mill’s Recording Club has allowed students to combine their passion for music along with expanding their knowledge about the business side of the music industry.
This past semester with grants from the SGA, The Mill was able to construct a state-of-the-art professional recording studio to help artists record music. Recently, a cappella groups such as the Quirks and the Trintones have utilized the studio to record their songs. “We hope to produce a CD with a compilation of all songs recorded,” stated Quattrochi, one of the managers of the studio. With the initial stages of studio development, they hope to increase student usage and awareness of the studio. He also hopes to get professors and administration engaged by sending their students to the studio to do class projects and learn how to professional produce a track.
During Quattrochi’s spring semester as a freshmen, he had to produce a podcast project for an assignment in his world music class. One of the major roadblocks he encountered in completeting the project was the fact that there was not a place on campus available to students to record music. That was when the idea of a recording studio popped into his mind. A fully equipped recording studio would be a great fit on campus for many artists and performers who wish to record their music and explore ways to professionally edit their songs. Now a year later, his vision has become a reality for him and his three friends, who share a passion for musical creations and the birth of The Mill’s studio.
“I modeled our recording studio after Drexel’s program, Mad Dragon Records,” explained Quattrochi. Like many other college campuses, students have access to a recording studio. So after 190 years since Trinity’s founding, we have an official, student-run and organized recording studio. It is open to the entire campus, even to students with minimal to no musical experience.
Along with recording and producing tracks for on campus talent, Quattrochi is exploring the business side of the music industry. With the decline of CD sales, as a result of music piracy, artists have used tours and music festivals as a way to generate more revenue for themselves and record labels. The Mill’s recording studio will help students produce music to reach larger audiences beyond the borders of our campus. Furthermore, it is also a way for artists to generate publicity and notoriety for themselves with their recorded songs. The promotion of their music will allow artists with aspirations of hitting the mainstream to have a larger fan base.
College campuses are overflowing with fresh and unique talent, but no one will know about them unless they self-promote their music. The next step for the Recording Club is to hopefully form a legitimate record label, where they can publish and copyright music. The business of music has dramatically changed in a rather short period of time. However, the establishment of The Mill’s recording studio will give students exposure to the multifaceted layers of the recording process to the finished product.
“It is inevitable to have an art community. It is also inevitable that people want to hear and support music they like,” affirmed Quattrochi. The issue is not the talent that is available on campus but rather getting the community to know where the talent is and who is creating music that is original and catches people’s attention and of course, ears.
ELAINA ROLLINS ’16
FORREST ROBINETTE ’16
The past few weeks have been full of food-related changes at Trinity College after Chartwells Dining Services announced meal plan alterations and the new Kitchen Truck on Vernon Street. Along with these formal new statements from the College’s official food provider, a variety of rumors about the closure of the popular Cave and Bistro dining options have also spurred debate and concern throughout the student body.
On Thursday, April 10, the Kitchen Truck made its first appearance on campus from 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Vernon Street. The Truck accepted Bantam Bucks, Dining Dollars, and cash, making the experience somewhat reminiscent of the famous “Late-Night Bistro” dining option which was available last year.
Some of the food served at the Kitchen Truck included pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese, and “The King”—a sandwich made of cinnamon swirl bread with peanut butter, Nutella, and bananas on the inside.
“I could not even dream up a better food combination than the BBQ pulled pork sandwhich I had from the food truck on Vernon! We need to have these more often,” says Katie Adams ’14.
The more striking change Chartwells introduced is regarding student meal plans. Beginning next fall, all students living on campus, including seniors, will be required to be on a meal plan. In the past, seniors have not had to be on a meal plan, and students living in cooking units did not have to register for a plan either.
The only students who will not have to register for a meal plan beginning in fall 2014 will be members of Trinity’s authorized eating clubs, which include St. Anthony’s Hall, Alpha Delta Phi, and Psi Upsilon. The Crescent Street townhouses are not considered off campus housing according to Chartwells’ new meal plan policy.
For the majority of students who will thus be enrolled in a plan, they have the option to choose either the “Mather Unlimited Plan” or “15 Flex Plan.” The Mather Unlimited Plan is just what it sounds like – unlimited meals at mather, along with 100 Chartwells dollars to use at the Bistro, the Cave, or the C Store. The 15 Flex Plan offers 15 meals at any dining option on campus, as well as 300 Chartwells dollars. Seniors can enroll in a “Senior Plan,” which offers 10 meals a week and 400 Chartwells dollars.
The only students who will not have to register for a meal plan beginning in fall 2015 will be members of Trinity’s authorized eating clubs, which include St. Anthony’s Hall, Alpha Delta Phi, and Psi Upsilon. The Crescent Street townhouses are not considered off campus according to Chartwells’ new meal plan policy.
For the majority of students who will thus be enrolled in a meal plan, they have the option to choose either the “Mather Unlimited Plan” or the “15 Flex Plan.” The Mather Unlimited Plan is just what it sounds like—unlimited meals at Mather, along with 100 Chartwells dollars to use at the Bistro, the Cave, or the C Store. The 15 Flex Plan offers 15 meals at any dining option on campus, as well as 300 Chartwells dollars. Seniors can enroll in a “Senior Plan,” which offers 10 meals a week and 400 Chartwells Dollars.
On top of the Kitchen Truck and meal plan changes, there have also been rumors circulating that the Cave will be shut down and that the Bistro will be closed during the weekends because of financial reasons. Some students have speculated that these changes are the result of the widespread popularity of Goldberg’s. With Goldberg’s as an option, more students might be choosing non-Chartwells food.
If the Cave is closed and the Bistro begins running on limited hours, Mather will become the only full-service dining location on Trinity’s campus.
There have also been rumors that Chartwells will be opening a new, small dining location on Crescent street to service the student population that resides in the newly-built townhouses.
Students do not know what form this Crescent option will take, but it is assumed that it will be similar to the C-Store that opened in Vernon Social Center at the beginning of this school year.
Some students on campus have expressed major concerns with these new changes. Claudia Trafton ’16 created an online survey for Trinity students to comment on the new meal plan, which she intends to show to the Manager of Dining Services Tony Chennette.
Andrew Fishman ’16 launched a petition to “Save the Cave” shortly after hearing that the dining location would be shut down. He has argued that the planned changes would put many Chartwells employees out of work or reduce them to part-time workers with limited benefits. He has tabled outside Mather to express his concern about Chartwells’ decisions.
The email detailing the new meal policy did not explain why the new changes would be going into effect. As a result, many students have expressed a desire for an explanation regarding the recent change in dining options.
W.H. BENJAMIN ’14
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” filled the Jones’ living room with singing, laughter and passion. The play, which revolves around complex emotions in a light-hearted tone, covered issues such as the acceptance of defeat, the aspirations of youth, pubescent erections, and complicated words well above this Contributing Writer’s comprehension.
“It’s great,” President Jones says about the play, even before it began. The cast has been rehearsing in his house for the week leading up to the show, and the President had the inside scoop. The intimate “theater” held a few dozen audience members, most of whom were students and alumni. Framed between a hanging Persian carpet and a painting that was once displayed in the Wadsworth Museum, the stage and cast brought vivacity and spirit to a room that can at times feel sterile.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”is a perfect play for the small space. With a limited cast size, interactive audience roles, and only a few props necessary to create a believable set, the play, which is directed by Gerald Moshell, matched the grand Jones residence. Besides the actors’ costumes, a desk, an unplugged microphone, and some stools were all that was needed to make the audience believe that we were in a Putnam County Gymnasium.
“It’s intimate for the performers and the audience, and most people coming to our little show here have probably never seen a play or musical in such close quarters,” Moshell says. “You can go to the Bushnell and be hundreds of feet away from the stage and have to take out your binoculars to see what someone’s facial expressions are, and you know, you don’t have to do that here.” In the close and personal settings all of the talented performers showcased their skills.
The current student and alumni cast played uproarious characters that varied from a girl whose best friend is the dictionary, a Vice-Principle with a short temper, and an enthusiastic boy scout who is learning about the pros and cons of random boners. They are all in the gymnasium for one reason, to decide the Putnam County Spelling Bee champion. The occasional voice crack and missed note only highlighted the otherwise beautiful harmonies and stellar acting. What middle schooler does everything perfectly anyway?
All of the characters in this play are misfits, and they would not be considered part of the “popular” crew.
“If you’re not the most athletic or the most good looking kid, or if you’re smart, you tend to be a little shunned,” Mr. Moshell says,” and this kind of glorifies those who take a different path than the normal path that many kids do at that age take to become popular. These kids don’t care so much about
Current students and alumni did a spectacular job of capturing their roles as children and adults.
Marisa Tornello, ’14, plays Olive Ostrovsky, a word lover who has made friends with the dictionary, while her parents have been absent throughout her childhood. Rachel Rossetti, ’16, plays Marcy Park, the ultimate overachiever who has never had any option other than success. Jamie Ballan, ’16, plays Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, who is the youngest participant, and is driven to success by her desire to make her two fathers proud.
Davis Kim ’15 plays William Barfée, who has a host of health problems and is not accustomed to people being kind to him. Austin Tewksbury ’13 plays Leaf Coneybear, who was second alternate at his qualifier and delights in his own wandering mind.
Luke Hickox ’16 plays Chip Tolentino, who is the reigning Putnam Country champion and is going through some changes that are brought on by puberty.
There are three adult characters who are played by Marie Christner ’15, Jay Fazzino ’14, and Corey Throwbridge ’13. Respectively, they play Rona Lisa Perrity, who is the hosted and local realitor, Vice-Principle Douglas Panch, who is a man that is frustrated with life and also pronounces the words for the spellers, and Mitch Mahoney, who is the bee’s “Comfort Councilor,” which is part of his mandated community service, and is position such an unruly person looks unfit for.
On Friday night, three guest volunteer spellers, Jan Jones, the President’s wife, John Michael Mason ’12, and A.J. Ballard ’16 gave it their best shot at winning the Spelling Bee Trophy. Unfortunately for them, some of the words were far too difficult and would be nearly impossible for anyone who had not rehearsed. Some of the complex words included, “syzygy,” “agouti,” “phylactery,” “lugubrious,” and “tittup,”—even spellcheck does not know that the last one is a properly spelled word.
After learning and then quickly forgetting the spellings of these words and their definitions, the audience turned their focus on the stage. Superbly directed, choreographed, and preformed, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” was praised by all who attended the showings.
Garnering a standing ovation and words of admiration, spectators who attended the play were smiling while they exited the President’s residence opening night.
CAMPBELL NORTH ’16
This past Saturday night, the Asian American Student Association (AASA) presented Comedy Night with Eliot Chang at Mather Hall. The event was a huge success, with members of AASA having to run out a grab extra chairs as students gathered for an evening of laughter.
Chang, who has been a featured performer on Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately, and Showtime, has been traveling to different colleges on the East Coast and all over the country for his “#Scandalous Comedy Tour.” The show was divided into two sections: the first half consisted of Chang’s standup routine and the second half was centered on Chang’s “Asians in the Media” question and answer workshop.
His routine started out with general jokes centered around the sexual context of dating and relationships. Chang made a very natural transition into interracial relationships, which opened up the floor to his jokes based on race.
Chang continued to receive hearty laughs from the crowd as he tastefully poked fun at different accents among the Asian community, like Japanese, and broadened his teasing to aspects of the Asian community in general.
Chang then proceeded to joke about topics that ranged from general complaints and commentary about modern technology, like the iPhone and Facebook, to more personal subjects like veganism and homosexuality. While his topics touched on controversial issues, Chang was able to keep the mood light and humorous by keeping his comments respectful. He made it clear that he was not attacking anyone. Audience members commented on his very casual, but captivating stage presence as Chang shifted gears from his standup routine into the second half of the event.
The second half of the night consisted of a question and answer session, which opened up a dialogue between the students in a fun and safe environment. Chang started the workshop off by asking the crowd how they thought Asians are portrayed in the media and why some Asians may be afraid to portray cultural pride.
The discussion was to educate the audience and make sure everyone left with a greater awareness about the choices they make and how people may identify culture based on appearance. To do this, Chang explained, you need to learn about your culture, history, and language and then make educated decisions about who you are and what your own culture means for you.
Chang continued to make the crowd laugh and knew how to hold the audience’s attention.
This event was unique in its ability to turn a cultural workshop into a humorous and interactive conversation about typically sensitive topics. Chang used humor to talk about difficult topics like racism, emphasizing the importance of laughter and tolerance throughout the his routine and the workshop.
David Jung ’14, co-president of ASAA, commented on Chang’s tactics, stating “What I thought was awesome was the text messaging he had set up so people could text him anonymously, and also his jokes were nicks and picks of different races – everyone was laughing the entire time.”
The combination of the comedy show before hand, which warmed up the crowd and created a relaxed and lighthearted atmosphere, and the cultural workshop afterwards made this a unique event centered around awareness. The senistive discourse offered realistic solutions to current problems as Chang was able to keep the audience engaged and aware.
These events are vital in helping students have a greater understanding of different cultures and how stereotypes are constructed in the media. Co-president of AASA, Conona Hunah ’14 explained, saying, “We brought him in because we want to educate people to refrain from saying racial slurs against students, especially Asians on campus through comedy and we’d like to create a more tolerant culture on campus where everyone recognizes each other’s differences and appreciate such differences.” After the show, Chang commented on the audiences’ receptiveness and ability to laugh and talk freely about the controversial topics, saying they were a cool crowd. Chang’s impression of the audience and their reactions is a hopeful indication that Trinity students are becoming more open-mided. Hopefully, the positive reception encourages everyone in the Trinity community to attend more cultural and educational events in the future.
Peter Prendergast ’16
This spring, both the Trinity College Men’s and Women’s crew teams have competed and continue to compete in a number of races, spanning from New England Small School Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchups, to nationwide events.
The women’s rowing team’s first regatta of the season came on April 6 as they traveled to Malden River to compete in a four-team race. In Trinity’s heat, the first varsity eight sailed past the Hamilton College Continentals, beating them by nearly 30 seconds. The team finished with a time of 7:04.6 while Hamilton finished with 7:33.5. In the first round, Tufts also advanced as they beat Mt. Holyoke by 10 seconds. In the Grand Final, the Bantams starting eight won again, beating Tufts by a time 7:11.3 to 7:18.5. Mt. Holyoke bested Hamilton in the petite final by 5 seconds. The number two boat also found success as they dusted Hamilton in the first round, beating them by over 34 seconds. They went on to beat Tufts in the Grand Final with a time 7:09.6 to the Jumbos’ 7:49.1. The third varsity boat won their race against Tufts, with a time of 7:35.7. The women’s’ freshmen boat also won, defeating Mt. Holyoke with a time of 7:24.4, giving the Bantams a sweep of all seven of their races, concluding their first regatta with ultimate success.
On April 13, the men’s team competed in a five-team race at WPI, alongside Bates, Rochester and Wellesley. The varsity eight won by a hair in their heat as they finished with a time of 6:43.6, just beating out Wellesley who came in at 6:43.86. Trinity’s second varsity boat came in second as they finished just two seconds behind Bates, with a time of 6:57.52. The third varsity eight also finished second with a time of 7:12.13. The novice boat beat Wellesley with a time of 6:58.1.
On the other side of the boat bay, the men began their season by sending their first varsity boat to the San Diego Crew Classic in San Diego, California on April 6. In their preliminary heat, the Bantams posted a time of 6:13.89, coming in fifth out of five teams. In the petite final, the team finished again in fifth with a time of 6:22.42. Michigan won the petite final with a winning time of 6:11.95.
The following week, on April 13, the men’s crew team competed at the Knecht Cup on Mercer Lake in West Windsor New Jersey. In their first heat, the varsity eight placed third out of five teams, with a time of 6:05.19. They went on to finish second in the petite final with a time of 6:14.81. The second boat came in second in their preliminary race, with a time of 6:23.27. They advanced to the grand final, where they came in 6th. The third varsity eight placed 5th in the Grand Finals. The freshman boat came in third in their first heat, posting a time of 6:29.06. In the semi final, they came in 4th out of six boats in their heat, sending them to the petite finals, where they came in first out of six schools, posting a winning time of 6:36.92.
On April 19, the team competed in a six-school event on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Massachusetts, hosted by WPI. The varsity eight came in third place with 5:57.65. The second and third boats both came in first with times of 6:03.78 and 6:19.95, respectively. The novice boat lost to Ithaca by a hair, with a time of 6:22.69. On the same day, the women’s crew team competed in Worcester as well, winning all four of their races.
Both teams have worked diligently this season to compete with some of the top regional schools. The coxswain for the men’s third varsity boat commented on the progress of the two teams over the course of the semester and her excitement for the rest of the season, “Both the men’s and the women’s teams have made huge strides since the fall. Each day, we’re making improvements on and off the water to refine technique and power. We know that by working together we can achieve success at ECACs, (Eastern College Athletic Conference) our championship race coming up in three weeks.
Last year, Trinity brought home the ECAC combined team points trophy and both the men’s and women’s teams won the conference title. The women’s team is looking ahead to the NCAA finals, where they placed third out of fifteen teams a year ago. Because of their clear improvement and hard work this season, they have been seeded as the number one team in the Division III tournament, which will be held the week of May 30, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Both the men’s and women’s team are predicted to continue their success on the water with the weeks to come.
BART HARVEY ’16
On Thursday, April 17, 2014 David Sterling Brown ’06 delivered the Annual Ann Plato Lecture in the Reese Room of the Smith House. His lecture entitled (Early) Modern Literature: Crossing the Color-Line Then and Now, focused on how he came to intertwine his love for two different genres of literature: early modern literature and African-American literature.
To preface his lecture, he recognized a number of role models that had led him in the direction he is currently taking. He recalled that, in many ways, his sister was his first teacher, as she stood by his side throughout his childhood. His passion for African American history started with his paternal grandmother who shared stories of her days sharecropping in “Jim Crow” Mississippi.
He decided to break up his lecture into five different segments, as to mimic a five-act play. The first segment of his lecture focused on articulating what modern literature is and what it means.
He talked about his love for early modern literature and black history and literature and how instead of talking about them as separate genres, they should be united and discussed together.
He moved onto the second part of his lecture in which he focused on the different themes that arose from the mixture of African-American literature and early modern literature. By looking at Shakespeare with a critical eye towards how he portrayed black characters, one is able to see that Shakespeare contributed to the stereotypes of the African American race. When Mr. Brown’s class attended Shakespeare’s Macbeth in New York City, they were able to notice that many of the black characters were aggressive and violent in their manner.
In the third segment of his lecture, he discussed how his course creation became a demonstration of his scholarly self. “Like many students who enter early modern classrooms all across the country I, David Sterling Brown, never encountered an instructor of color who taught and got excited about early modern literature until I became that person,” he said. “And even when that transformation occurred and I joined the club, I learned that within early modern studies there are only a handful of scholars of color.”
He provided an anecdote that helped to contribute to finding his true calling. The first he found in his second semester of freshman year. He had decided to take a 20th century African-American literature class. However, upon attending the class he was shocked to discover that the teacher was white.
Nonetheless, this helped Mr. Brown understand the mistake he had made in misjudging her, he was able to recognize the incorrectness of his bias. This helped him destroy any color or race barriers that he had previously held, eventually leading him to take on Shakespeare after realizing that, “no color or race barriers should block us from our passions.”
In the fourth part of his lecture, he discussed the effort to include and diversify the scholarly ranks of modern literature in order to help increase student interest in early modern studies.
He used the following quote from Professor Ayanna Thompson to help get the message across, “If the [early modern] field were to support the inclusion of race studies more systematically and consistently, then our ranks may diversify more rapidly and thoroughly. I find it incredibly depressing that I can name most of the Shakespeareans of color despite the fact that our professional organizations are relatively large. On the most simplistic level, this means that we need to encourage our undergraduates and graduates who are interested in both Shakespeare studies and race studies to pursue a career in academia.”
Mr. Brown finds that by intertwining early modern literature with African-American literature, one is able to find many parallels between the two and discuss the texts simultaneously. The topics that arise from these discussions include misogyny, power, class, gender, race, homosexuality and death.
In the final portion of his lecture, Mr. Brown discussed his dissertation entitled, “ Placing Parents on the Early Modern Stage” in which he focuses on parental authority in early modern plays. He finds that in many plays he is able to see the various sources of parental authority and see how that authority affects children. For example, Shakespeare’s Hamlet showed how parental debt can affect a child.
Mr. Brown finished his lecture by stating that his course needs further exploration. By combining Shakespeare with African-American literature, it allows for discussions to be productive but also innovative.
Mr. Brown is the first ever alumnus to become the Ann Plato Fellow after he graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in English Literature. He is currently working towards his PhD. at NYU.
ISABEL BOUNDY ’17
This past Thursday, April 17 members of the Trinity community came together and braved 45-degree weather to take part in Trinity’s 13th annual “Take Back the Night” event. Huddled together on the Cave patio, shivering in the cold wind, students, faculty, and staff alike rallied together to support survivors, end rape, and acknowledge that “It Happens Here (at Trinity).” There has been a sharp increase in reports of sexual assault on Trinity’s campus and there have been 22 reports this school year alone. “Take Back the Night” was an effort by students to help bring an end this violence on campus.
As Emcee Oludare Bernard explained early in the evening, Take Back the Night is “an international event uniting communities to end sexual violence against people of all genders, ages, and backgrounds.” Striving for optimum clarity, Bernard went over basic facts in his introduction, defining sexual assault as “any intentional sexual touching without effective consent.” He explained, “you need to ask questions every step of the way and get an enthusiastic ‘yes’ in response. If you don’t, stop!” Bernard explained that one in four college women will be the victim of sexual assault during her four years at school, and 85 percent of these women will never tell anyone. In one of the most moving moments of the night, Bernard asked members of the audience to raise their hands if they knew or were related to a survivor of sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking. More than half of the audience raised a hand.
Take Back the Night was spearheaded by WGRAC, SECS, the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and other Trinity teams, clubs, and organizations. One of the major goals of Trinity’s Take Back the Night is to educate students about sexual assault. Following Bernard’s introduction, Laura Lockwood, WGRAC Director and Coordinator of SART, and fellow SART member and Title IX Coordinator, Dean Spurlock-Evans, took to the stage. Lockwood explained SART’s goal of providing “support, assistance, explanation of reporting options, medical help, counseling, and referrals” to victims and survivors of sexual assault, rape, partner violence, and stalking. Lockwood explained that when reporting sexual assault, students have five options: (1.) disclose anonymously online, (2.) talk to the chaplains, counseling center, or rape/domestic violence hotlines in complete confidence, (3.) ask the college to investigate, (4.) ask the police to investigate, (5.) talk to a SART member for help and support.
The members of SART and Dean Spurlock-Evans were followed by Associate Head Football Coach, Lew Acquarulo, who spoke of his experiences as a fraternity brother and member of the football team at Union College in upstate New York. Coach Acquarulo remembers raging fraternity parties that ended in brothers leading intoxicated women into the basement to have sex with them—or rather, rape them. He didn’t fully realize the horror of what was going on until after he graduated. Coach Acquarulo then spoke directly to the men in the audience saying, “I know you feel like the accused.” He continued to reiterate, “most rapists are men, but most men are not rapists.” Coach Acquarulo encouraged students to be active bystanders, saying that if we encourage the men on campus to look out for each other in making sure that they don’t harm anyone or do anything they’ll regret, we will likely see more men in attendance at events like Take Back the Night.
Coach Acquarlulo was followed by Peter Ganem ’15 who read the anonymous testimony of a former Trinity student and survivor of sexual assault. The student wrote of fantastic mentors at Trinity who helped her stay strong after her attack. The student went on to complete her senior neuroscience thesis on physical changes in the brain following sexual assault. The study found that survivors of sexual assault experience increased PTSD, attention deficit, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. The student explained that these psychological and physiological effects of rape and sexual assault make it incredibly difficult for many survivors to continue with school. She wrote, “A woman should not have to give up her dreams of an education because of a senseless act of violence.”
After his reading, Ganem spoke of Trinity’s new Male Ambassador Program, which will be working closely with WGRAC and SART to educate Trinity men about sexual assault, and encourage them to be active bystanders.
Ganem exited the stage as the audience gave a warm welcome to the first musical performers of the night. The Trinity Gospel Choir took the stage to sing a beautiful song, which they dedicated to any and all survivors of sexual assault.
Following the Gospel choir, Victoria and Roe from New Beginnings performed readings from “Phenomenal Women,” by Maya Angelo and an additional poem dedicated to survivors of sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence.
The crowd favorite of the night was undoubtedly the Shondaa Steppers who gave an energetic performance, starting with a single stepper, who was later joined by the group in unison, which later transitioned into a round form. The enthusiastic crowd clapped and cheered on their friends.
The Shondaa steppers were followed by a far more somber moment from Mercy Ward ’15 who read an anonymous testimony from a student who was drugged and raped repeatedly during her time at Trinity. “This happened to me on my own campus by a fellow student,” the student wrote. The student spoke of her attempts to deny and repress the memory of her attack for over two years as she was haunted by nightmares and her grades dropped. She said, “It was consuming my life, and I felt like I was slipping away.” Despite the horror of what happened to her on campus, the student wrote of the wonderfully supportive community she found during her time at Trinity. She said, with help from the Trinity community, “I came to think of myself not as a victim, but as a survivor.”
Next, co-coordinator of SECS, Mia Schulman ’14, took to the stage and spoke of rape culture on both Trinity’s campus and beyond. Schulman said rape culture was evidenced through rape jokes, slut shaming, and even Robin Thicke’s chart topper “Blurred Lines”. Schulman claimed that rape culture is perpetuated largely through ignorance and lack of education and she said, “most people, even rapists, don’t know what rape is”. This is a sad fact that Schulman hopes to change through education and by combating rape culture.
Following Schulman’s speech, Bernard took to the stage to discuss three ways to be an active bystander. Bernard encouraged students to (1.) directly address the situation, (2.) distract the potential attacker or potential victim, or (3.) delegate another individual to help intervene. “We can all do our part. We can all do something. This is how we change the rape culture at Trinity,” Bernard concluded.
Undoubtedly the most heart wrenching moment of the night was when Nicole Lukac ’15 spoke of her experience as a First Year student when she was sexual assaulted after the infamous Tropical party. Lukac conveyed her experiences with self-harm, PTSD, and panic attacks following the assault. She said walking into Mather became virtually impossible for her as the fear of seeing her attacker dominated her life. With help from friends and support from the counseling center, Lukac reported the assault to the school and was slowly became able to come to terms with her fears. Regardless of the outcome of the hearing, she was able to confront her attacker face-to-face and made her realize for the first time that she is a survivor and someone who has demonstrated incredible strength and courage in the face of unimaginable hardship. Lukac left the stage to a standing ovation and resounding applause from a teary-eyed audience.
Lukac’s testimony was followed by Miles Bristow ’14 who delivered a beautiful poem about rape culture and survivors of sexual assault at Trinity and in the larger community.
Events on the Cave patio concluded with the Elemental Movement dance group, which performed to resounding applause and cheers from the audience. “Elemental Movement was so much fun to watch and they were a great addition to the program,” said Ryan Miller ’17. “It was really nice to see so many campus groups supporting the event.”
Following Elemental Movement and a beautiful poem from Jocelyn Redding ’16, participants in Take Back the Night began a somber march to Northam Arch, where Mercy Ward ’15, Mia Schulman ‘14, Nicole Lukac ’14, Ana Medina ’16 and others lit a candle in honor of survivors. Soon after, members of Trinity’s female a cappella groups, the Quirks and the Trinitones, closed out the night with a beautiful and inspiring rendition of Sara Barielles’s “Brave.” The night concluded with the message that by speaking up and respecting survivors, we can change the slogan “It happens here” to “It used to happen here.”
don’t know what rape is”. This is a sad fact that Schulman hopes to change through education and by combating rape culture.
Following Schulman’s speech, Bernard took to the stage to discuss three ways to be an active bystander. Bernard encouraged students to (1.) directly address the situation, (2.) distract the potential attacker or potential victim, or (3.) delegate another individual to help intervene. “We can all do our part. We can all do something. This is how we change the rape culture at Trinity,” Bernard concluded.
Undoubtedly the most heart wrenching moment of the night was when Nicole Lukac ’15 spoke of her experience as a First Year student when she was sexual assaulted after the infamous Tropical party. Lukac conveyed her experiences with self-harm, PTSD, and panic attacks following the assault. She said walking into Mather became virtually impossible for her as the fear of seeing her attacker dominated her life. With help from friends and support from the counseling center, Lukac reported the assault to the school and was slowly became able to come to terms with her fears. Regardless of the outcome of the hearing, she was able to confront her attacker face-to-face and made her realize for the first time that she is a survivor and someone who has demonstrated incredible strength and courage in the face of unimaginable hardship. Lukac left the stage to a standing ovation and resounding applause from a teary-eyed audience.
Lukac’s testimony was followed by Miles Bristow ’14 who delivered a beautiful poem about rape culture and survivors of sexual assault at Trinity and in the larger community.
Events on the Cave patio concluded with the Elemental Movement dance group, which performed to resounding applause and cheers from the audience. “Elemental Movement was so much fun to watch and they were a great addition to the program,” said Ryan Miller ’17. “It was really nice to see so many campus groups supporting the event.”
Following Elemental Movement and a beautiful poem from Jocelyn Redding ’16, participants in Take Back the Night began a somber march to Northam Arch, where Mercy Ward ’15, Mia Schulman ‘14, Nicole Lukac ’14, Ana Medina ’16 and others lit a candle in honor of survivors. Soon after, members of Trinity’s female a cappella groups, the Quirks and the Trinitones, closed out the night with a beautiful and inspiring rendition of Sara Barielles’s “Brave.” The night concluded with the message that by speaking up and respecting survivors, we can change the slogan “It happens here” to “It used to happen here.”
SAMIA KEMAL ’14
When I first saw the trailer for Martin Scorcese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” I thought to myself, “Is Leonardo DiCaprio starring in a spin-off of ‘The Great Gatsby?” It seemed that Leo was now only capable of playing unhinged millionaires, a role he comfortably embodies. However, my theory shortly died after the first two minutes of the film in which I was introduced to the rogue Wall Street trader, Jordan Belfort—a far cry from the dapper and sophisticated Jay Gatsby.
DiCaprio approached Scorsese himself to create the film as their fifth collaboration after reading “The Wolf of Wall Street”—Jordan Belfort’s brutally honest account of his rise to fame and fortune and his ultimate downfall.
Belfort is easily one of the most dislikeable leading characters that film has seen in a while: rude, callous, misogynistic, filthy, and deluded. In some ways, watching his lewd antics unfold onscreen is the ultimate test to the viewer: can you handle three hours of unwavering debauchery or will you walk out?
We are first introduced to our leading man as a pre-Wall-Street, starry-eyed hopeful. Belfort arrives in the finance world hoping to be an honest stock-broker while maintaining his role as a caring fiancé. However, as the market crashes on “Black Monday,” the universe forces Belfort to reconsider his path and his morals. He realizes that he can manipulate the system through a progression from penny stocks to blue chips to IPOs. He exploits this arrangement so much to the point that by the age of 26, he is sitting on $49 million. Henceforward, Belfort’s life becomes a cocaine and Quaalude-fueled party—complete with hookers, yachts, mansions, and the kind of deadly charisma that does not let you know when to quit.
Of course, Belfort’s rise to riches involves the help of others. The brokerage of “Stratton Oakmont” was co-founded with the help of his partner, Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill), a fictional character based on Belfort’s real life business partner, Danny Porush. As disgusting as Belfort acts, Azoff takes the cake in terms of bad taste. Shameless, disdainful, and a suck-up, Jonah Hill hits a particularly cringe-worthy high in his career with this character.
Along with his best friend Azoff, the Wolf’s life is tainted with the involvement of other dubious characters. His wife, Naomi (Margot Robbie), dubbed the so-called “Duchess of Bay Ridge,” is possibly the only individual who is more manipulative than the Wolf himself. Her weapon of choice is sex (or the ability to withhold it).
I will not lie, the “Wolf of Wall Street” is fun to watch. Despite the glorification of sex, drugs, and a brutally honest portrayal of every modern sin known to man, there is something so watchable about this smorgasbord. Like the mountains of cocaine that coat the film, there is an insanely addictive quality about the flashiness, self-indulgence, and excess of the lives of such horrible people.
The film is also undoubtedly a Scorsese. With sweeping camera shots, a first person narrative, and sharp writing, there is evidence of Scorsese’s influential hand everywhere. At the ripe age of 71, I commend the man for dealing with such brash and inflammatory material with the spirit of a 20-year-old frat brother. “The Wolf of Wall Street” is perhaps Scorsese’s most humorous and provocative film yet. That being said, “Wolf” is by no means Scorsese’s best. In my personal opinion, “The Departed” still stands out as his beacon of cinematic excellence. While the “Wolf of Wall Street” is an unrelenting tour de force, there is little substance inside it. This may seem like an obvious critique for a movie that prides itself on its unapologetic portrayal of fraudulence and American opportunism, but there really is something so soulless about its interpretation. Maybe this criticism is drawn from the film’s ending, or lack thereof. Belfort’s life is thrust into a gaping black hole, but he still manages to come out on top. Even the real Jordan Belfort earned approximately $1 million out of the movie deal, meaning that the guy is still technically a millionaire. Perhaps it is our idealistic desire to see bad people put in their place, but there is something slightly unsatisfying about “Wolf of Wall Street” that leaves a lingering bad taste in one’s mouth. Would I see it again? Probably. Would I take away anything new? Probably not.
Brian Nance ’16
Did you know that our women’s rowing team is ranked number one in the entire country for division three rowing? Needless to say, our Lady Bants have been putting in work this season while climbing both the regional and national leaderboards. A CRCA/USRowing preseason coaches poll that came out in March had the Bantams 16 points out of first place while being tied with Bates and two places behind powerhouse Williams. However, despite the fact that Williams has won nine division championships in the past twelve years, this year looks extremely promising for Trinity as they have both the talent and mindset to get the job done.
You may already be familiar with Junior Chanel Erasmus due to the fact that she just helped to bring back yet another squash national championship to Trinity. Or you may have also seen her on stage because she has been a part of three thesis productions. You also may know about Chanel because of her involvement in myriad campus activities. But did you also know that the South African squash star is also on our women’s rowing team? Well she is, and she’s looking to add another championship to her resume. Erasmus began rowing when the woman’s rowing coach, Wesley Ng, emailed her after squash season when one of the rowers in the novice boat got injured and the team needed a rower to fill in in order to have a novice boat for the New England and ECAC Championships. Within a week of learning how to row, Chanel and her boat finished in second place at the New England Championships. “My most exciting moment for rowing has to be winning ECACs and my boat beating Williams for the first time in a very long time. That victory also came just a short two weeks after I started rowing. I feel as though I am still going to be telling that story when I’m in my eighties,” Erasmus said.
Chanel credits most of her love for the sport to her teammates. “The Trinity Women’s rowing team is literally the hardest working team I have ever come across and I have been lucky enough to experience that hard work on the squash team too. I appreciate hard working and driven people and that’s exactly what this team has. They truly are an inspiration to me, to push myself as hard as I can every single day,” in the words of Chanel. Additionally, Erasmus said that she loves being the only international rower on the team, because her teammates often try to imitate her accent and joke around with her about it. She says that she loves every single one of her teammates and she feels inspired every time she is around them.
Squash might be her top priority, but with the end of rowing season coming soon, Chanel Erasmus ’15 is most focused on continuing to give her best effort so that her team can win the New England Championships, ECAC Invitational, and hopefully the Division III National Championship Regatta held in late May in Indianapolis, Illinois.
JT Mehr ’16
After an incredibly cold and long winter season in New England, the Trinity Men’s Golf team was finally able to hit the links at the end of March. The Bantams had a successful fall season for the most part and they are looking to build off of that. The fall season included a victory at the Trinity Invitational, with a field of nine teams, a second place finish in the NESCAC Championship tournament at Brunswick Golf Club in Maine, along with a second place finish in the Hudson Fall National Classic at Croton-on-Hudson, New York, and a third place finish in the Williams Invitational. These results from the fall bode well for the team in their upcoming matches.
For their annual Spring Break trip, the Bantams travelled to Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina about an hour outside of Raleigh. Pinehurst Country Club consists of eight separate courses, most notably No. 2, which is the site of the 2014 U.S. Open Championship. Playing at one of the best golf resorts in the nation was certainly a privilege for the team, as first year player Mark Boynton ’17 remarked, “It was probably the most fun I’ve had in my competitive golf career… the rough was very thick, the greens were running incredibly fast, and the relatively cold and windy weather conditions made it all the more challenging.” He went on to say, “No. 2 was undoubtedly one of the hardest courses I have ever played, especially with temperatures in the mid 30s to low 40s.” The Bantams only competed in one match in North Carolina where they battled against the Amherst College Lord Jeff’s in a match play scoring on March 17. Mark Boynton ’17 and Jake Yanulis ’15 both won their matches 3 and 2 for the Bantams. Despite the strong efforts from Boynton and Yanulis, four different Amherst pairs were victorious, giving the Lord Jeffs a 4-1 triumph over the Bantams.
Returning to Hartford after the unique Spring Break trip, the Bantams competed in the Manhattanville/NYU Invitational on April 12 and 13 in Bloomfield, New Jersey held at Forest Hill Field Club. It was a par 71 course, playing about 6600 yards long. With 12 teams in the field, the Bantams finished in fifth place, behind NESCAC rivals Williams and Middlebury College. Jeff Durkin ’16 and Nick Buenaventura ’15 led the way for Trinity, opening the first round with a score of 77 and 76, and concluding with a score of 74 and 75, respectively.
This past weekend the Bantams travelled to Williamstown, Massachusetts to play in the Williams Spring Invitational, held at the historic Taconic Golf Club. Greg Palmer ’15 won the tournament outright by a margin of five strokes. Palmer shot a 68 in the first round of play on Saturday, giving him a lead of six strokes. On Sunday, Palmer recorded a final round score of 74, allowing him to finish the tournament cumulatively at even par. Cam O’Connell ’17 finished in 21st place, shooting a 78 in both rounds of play. The Bantams finished in 4th place as a team, behind the likes of Williams, Middlebury and Hamilton.
The Bantams will travel to Middlebury, Vermont this weekend to play in the NESCAC Championship tournament. The post-season expectations have been set very high for this year’s team.
BART HARVEY ’16
On Friday, April 11, Relay For Life held it’s annual event in the Koeppel Community Center. This event culminates in a huge contribution towards Relay For Life’s fundraising effort towards the American Cancer Society. The activities began at 6pm with the opening ceremony. The night included plenty of meaningful and exciting activities, including the lip sync contest, survivorship lap, and an a cappella concert.
In addition to the event on Friday, “the Relay for Life Committee was able to host an exciting fundraiser at The Tap for the first time on a Tuesday night,” wrote in an email Cody Patrina ’15, one of the committee members. “Entry was $5, with a good deal on drinks at the bar for those over 21. We had a great turn out, and raised about $800. The Committee definitely plans to hold this fundraiser again next fall and spring semesters.”
According to the Trinity College Relay For Life event page, 49 teams in total participated in the event, accounting for 413 participants and $21,818.01 in total donations, however the website warned the numbers may not reflect all participants, teams, and donations.
“Our fundraising goal for 2013-2014 is about $40,000. We continue to fundraise through August, so we can’t say whether or not we’ve hit goal yet or not. Each team generally tries to raise about $1000 per team. This year, several teams surpassed their goals, and they were Alpha Delta Phi, Psi Upsilon, Sarah Wolcott’s Team, St. Anthony Hall, and Women’s Rugby and Swimming and Diving,“ Patrina said.
Alpha Delta Phi finished as the top team, raising a total of $2,120, with Psi Upsilon coming in second with a total of $1,665 and “Sarah’s Team” finishing third with $1,555, having most of that come from the top fundraising participant and team captain Sarah Wolcott, who raised $1,255 single-handedly.
The event truly brought the community together to support the fight against cancer as the 49 teams were comprised of different student groupings all across campus; from Greek Life, to athletic teams, to other community service organizations, to just a group of friends willing to help out.
The American Cancer Society describes the Relay For Life event as, “A life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.” At the Relay, teams of people camped out in the Koeppel Center and took turns walking a lap around the rink. Each team was asked to always have a member of their team present at the event.
According to Patrina, the event “got off to a late start, [but] we managed to stay on schedule and attract a large group of students to the event. Particularly popular events included the Date Auction and the Lip-Sync Contest. For the Date Auction, we easily raised over $500. For the Lip-Sync Contest, two Kappa Kappa Gamma seniors, Mariko Nitta ’14 and Catherine Hultgren ’14, won our cash prize, although all acts were entertaining.”
The importance of the night was clear with the opening ceremony, which was meant to “bring everyone together for a high-energy event kickoff to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, to inspire hope by sharing recent accomplishments and progress, and to remind everyone that while we are winning this battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority.”
The next activity to follow was the Survivors Lap. All past cancer survivors were asked to walk together around the track and, as they walked, upbeat music played while the other participants who lined the track cheered on the participants. The activity is meant to celebrate their victory over cancer.
Following the a cappella concert, date auction, and a cake decorating session, came the Ceremony of Hope, which Steph Taylor ’15 referred to as “probably the most emotional moment of the entire event.” The lights in the Koeppel Center are dimmed, while the Committee heads ask for participants to crack a glow stick for every family member that they know that has either passed, suffered or currently is suffering from cancer. The participants are then asked to place the glow sticks in a paper bag and walk around the track together in order to show not only the loss and suffering that cancer has caused these individuals, but also the support that these individuals have amongst each other and from everyone else attending the event.
However, the mood quickly changed following the ceremony, as a number of teams took the stage to compete in the lip sync contest, to which the winner received $500 dollars. The evening ended with a campfire outside of the Koeppel Center, a last chance to remember the lives of those that were lost and to continue to support the fight against cancer over the next year.
RYAN MILLER ’17
This past Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11 brought hundreds of eager, newly-admitted members of Trinity College’s Class of 2018 to the Admissions Office’s annual VIP Days, an exploratory program designed for students who are still in the process of making a college choice.
Upon receiving an offer of admission to the College, regular-decision candidates are given the opportunity to come to Trinity as a “VIP” where they may take a student-led campus tour, sit in on classes currently offered, and meet with students and professors of a major or department in which they have a particular interest in studying.
The program’s goal is to leave prospective students with positive impressions of Trinity’s academic community. Raekwon Wheeler from Springfield, MA, an admitted member of the Class of 2018, spoke very highly of his experience as a VIP, “I really enjoyed the VIP Days at Trinity. Having the freedom to explore the campus on my own allowed me to really envision myself at Trinity. The VIP Days were more than just a tour and a Q&A session; I got to engage with potential classmates, meet some of the staff, and walk around imagining myself at home for the next four years.” Wheeler also commented on Trinity’s a capella groups that performed at the opening session. “I really enjoyed The Accidentals and The Quirks! They were pretty awesome.”
The Admissions Office at Trinity has been running the VIP Days program for many years. Current student, Samantha Esposito ’17 recalls her experience at last year’s VIP Days as an integral push in choosing to enroll at Trinity. Esposito particularly enjoyed a conversation she had with a member of the Office of Study Away, where she learned of Trinity’s many programs and flexibility with studying abroad. She hopes to one day study for a semester at Trinity’s Cape Town campus. Students, both prospective and current, all treasure the amazing relationships between students and faculty members as one of Trinity’s best features.
Chloe Miller ‘14, a Student Admissions Associate here at Trinity, described her experience during VIP Days as “admissions duties on steroids.” The Admissions Office has done their part in reviewing thousands of applications, and now the decision to enroll as a Bantam is fully up to the accepted students. Miller stated, “Over the course of two days of lunches and tours and receptions, we try to just represent Trinity in its best light.”
In addition to the opportunities to visit college classes and meet current students and faculty, admitted students and their parents were encouraged to attend and ask questions of informative panels. Chloe was on the parent panel on Thursday, where they separate the students from their parents so everyone can ask “embarrassing” questions. The panel consisted of Dean Alford, Dean Mitzel, the Director of Campus Safety Francisco Ortiz, the Director of First Year Programs, a math professor, and Chloe.
She commented, “It was a little intimidating, at first, since I was essentially representing the entire student body! The funniest part was that parents kept asking questions about nightlife at Trinity, and Dean Alford would give his answer, and the parents would follow up, “Great, can we hear it from a student’s perspective now?””
She and many of the other students who helped out with VIP Days all feel that the admissions office did such a tremendous job organizing the schedule for prospective students and their families.
In fact, Chloe added that the most challenging question she had to answer over the weekend was, “Where’s the bookstore?” an inquiry asked an overwhelmingly amount of times by VIPs and parents alike.
Finally, Chloe Miller ’14 summed up this year’s VIP Days program by calling it a great way to relive some of the best experiences from her time at Trinity, and to see a whole group of students who are just starting out with all those opportunities. The 2014 VIP Days were a huge success and it will not be long before many of the VIPs of the Class of 2018 become official Bantams at Trinity College.
BYRON DOERFER ’14
Within the next three to five years, Regan Hofmann believes that there will exist a cure for HIV/AIDS. Not just treatments that help people live with the virus, but a true cure. These and other revelations were plentiful at the 2014 Clement Lecture this past Tuesday led by Hofmann, a Trinity alum from the class of 1989 and current Policy Officer at the U.S. Liaison Office of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS). Speaking in the Wean Terrace room, Hofmann walked a captive audience through her personal story as well as a briefing on the state of HIV/AIDS advocacy movement today.
Hofmann began by describing her first week as a freshman on Trinity’s campus. That was when she first got word about HIV from her mother. It was the fall of 1985, and Hofmann’s mom had just heard about a new virus, HIV. She didn’t want Hofmann to get it, “So my Mother told me, ‘whatever you do, don’t have sex!’” Hofmann, who has now been living with HIV for 17 years, laughs, “Obviously, I did.”
Seven years after graduating Trinity, Hofmann contracted HIV from her first sexual partner following her divorce from her husband. The man she got the virus from, Hofmann notes, was not a stranger. He was an old friend, and had told her prior to their relationship that he had no STDs. Hofmann thought she was being safe – she was even on birth control. After noticing a small sore on the inside of her thigh, Hofmann had some blood tests done by her doctor. The resultant diagnosis – HIV – stunned both Hofmann and her (now-former) boyfriend. Hofmann felt as if her life was over: her doctors told her that there was no chance for her to have children, nor should she ever have sex again. She had a few years to live at best. Subsequent developments in HIV/AIDS medicine have allowed Hofmann to live a mostly-normal life once more – she can even have sex, albeit protected. Hofmann believes that HIV/AIDS can largely be eradicated in our lifetime, but in order to achieve that goal, the virus must be understood better by the general public; that getting HIV/AIDS doesn’t mean you did something wrong or bad. For Hofmann, it took seven years before she could tell anyone other than her immediate family that she had contracted HIV.
When Hofmann finally did disclose her condition publicly, she did so in a big way. Prior to working full time as an HIV/AIDS advocate, Hofmann worked as Editor in Chief of New Jersey Life magazine, as well as different jobs at several major news organizations. After writing a column anonymously for several years for POZ, the leading HIV/AIDS magazine, she was asked to come aboard as the magazine’s editor. She appeared on the cover of her first issue and the message sent by Hofmann’s first issue in POZ was clear: HIV/AIDS is a global issue, and encompasses everyone, even straight, upper-middle class white women.
Following several years at the magazine, she accepted a position at UNAIDS, where she lobbies the U.S. Congress and other leaders to maintain and in many cases expand, U.S. support for vital programs that expand education and treatment opportunities worldwide. Despite cutbacks in many foreign aid programs, Hofmann and UNAIDS continue to secure their funding. 2013 was the first year that U.S. contributions to UNAIDS were exceeded by donations from other countries. “The good thing is that [the programs] been so successful that people are seeing the value of them,” Hofmann explained. Still, Hofmann says, U.S. support is essential. “They [in the U.S. government] just need to be reminded sometimes that we can’t pass the baton too quickly,” Hofmann told The Tripod. “[U.S] leadership has always been so important as a bellwether. If after so many years we start to rescind these donations, what type of message does that send to other nations, especially given that at the same time we’re claiming that we’re soon going to end AIDS? That message has to come with commiserate financial resources.” While Hofmann is cognizant of the importance of the U.S.’ role in the global HIV/AIDS response, she understands that there has to be a delicate balance in the way we couch our approach. “No country always wants to play the role of paternal caretaker any more than anyone wants to be the recipient of caretaking.” Hofmann noted, “That’s one thing that really impressed me in this work, how many people we work with who are very determined to be on their own; it’s what they want. Sometimes they just need the resources to get there.” Moreover, how the U.S. responds to this epidemic has other foreign policy implications. Hofmann thinks that “the global AIDS response has built a lot of great train tracks to deliver a lot of different kinds of health services into these nations. We don’t want to stop funding these programs before its time.”
By “ending AIDS,” Hofmann doesn’t mean eradicating the disease entirely from humanity. “It will always be there,” she says. There are two ways that one can be “cured” of HIV/AIDS. The first is a “functional” cure, which means that a person who has contracted the virus is no longer infectious and they no longer need medication. The alternative is a complete removal from a person’s system – a much harder medical objective.
While any type of cure is still some ways off, significant advances have been made in the last decade in HIV/AIDS treatment. When Hofmann first contracted HIV in 1997, her treatment involved 18 different pills a day, some of which had crippling side effects. Today, she pops two pills at bedtime. Even when a cure or cures are found, they will be incredibly expensive. “If you think about the financial gap that exists in the world,” Hofmann explained, “One of the things to close it would be to have more people that need the pills have the money to pay for it, or have the insurance that can pay for it.”
Despite these vast improvements in treatment, Hofmann argues that continued efforts to educate the public about HIV/AIDS is essential, both to prevent the spread of the virus as well as keep up the political pressure necessary to continue our country’s support of eradicating HIV/AIDS worldwide. That’s why knowing each and every approach that might treat AIDS, as well as inventive ways for people to pay for treatment is Hofmann’s business.
SHEILA NJAU ’17
When I first heard of “Teen Wolf,” I was skeptical. To me it just sounded like most of the shows that are currently on MTV and I can say for the most part, not my cup of tea. But a friend told me that I might enjoy the show, so I decided to give it a shot and watched the first episode. Much to my surprise, I became intrigued with the concept of the show and two days later, I was all caught up on “Teen Wolf.” Although, might I add how terrible of an idea it was to become sleep-deprived on school nights rather than just waiting until the weekend to become fully acquainted with “Teen Wolf.”,
I can say that by the end of that marathon, I was hooked and could not wait until the continuation of the season three. To be quite honest, it was not so much the idea of wolves on the show that I found intriguing, but more so the interactions between the various characters. Like Stiles, who is quirky and brilliant and yet hopelessly in love with a girl who never gives him the time of day (Lydia), or even the main protagonist, Scott, who before he became a wolf did not really stand out. He was the not the best student and tried to be athletic through sports, namely lacrosse, but was not so good at that either. And then came the introduction of his first love, Allison Argent.
I have to admit it was cute the way Scott struggled with his burgeoning feelings for Allison while coming to terms with his new abilities as a wolf. Or even the fact that he did not stop his relationship with Allison when he found out that her father was a werewolf hunter or that she herself possessed the skills of one (despite the fact that she did not know that her family’s business was werewolf hunting). But one of the moments that really stood out for me was when Scott was being belittled by his teacher/coach and his heart rate started to accelerate, which in his case meant that he would be compelled to transform into a werewolf, but mysteriously his heart rate started to decrease and the camera panned to his hand, which was being held by Allison, whom he came to consider his “anchor.” Doesn’t that make young love seem so beautiful? It didn’t even stop there for the two young love birds managed to sustain their relationship through the blows of Allison finding out that her entire family on her father’s side were werewolf hunters and that her boyfriend Scott was a wolf, the thing that she was supposed to be hunting. Sadly, like what ends up happening in most shows, they broke up and it was sad. I still had hope that one day these crazy kids would find their way back to each other. That is until the conclusion of the third season, which heralded Alison’s death.
First of all, kudos to those who make “Teen Wolf.” because season three, part two was mostly excellent. And for those of you who have not watched “Teen Wolf,” maybe for the same reservations that I originally had, I would say to give the second half of season three a try, if for nothing else but to learn a little Japanese folklore. I digress, back to the topic at hand, Allison Argent’s death. She finally figured out a crucial piece of the puzzle that her friends needed to destroy the enemy and even before she could truly revel in that victory, she was hit. But that was not enough for the writers because at that moment Scott ran up just in time to catch her as she fell and was the one to listen to her final words of how not only was he her first love, but also someone she would love always. I have to admit, I felt a tear or two drop, because with her death ends the possibility of the two reuniting. But then again, it’s T.V so she may end up coming back in some shape or manner.
The actress who plays Allison, Crystal Reed, had expressed a desire to leave the show, so it made sense to kill off her character. Unfortunately, that leaves her father alone with his only his psychotic father and sister as his remaining living relatives. What about her best friend Lydia, who will probably blame herself for not having done enough to prevent Allison’s death? And then, there’s Isaac, who had begun to fall in love with her and now with her death is alone once again. Like I said in the beginning, I was drawn to this show because of how the characters related to one another, so I guess that’s why Allison’s death was so sad. But then again, this is a reason why people should not invest so much of their time and lives in these shows, and, yes, I am talking to you, Scandal fans.
SONJAY SINGH ’15
Last week, the Student Government Association (SGA) held an online referendum on last year’s co-educational mandate over Greek organizations. The co-educational mandate was the centerpiece of a broad array of new policies, both over the school as a whole and specifically the Greek system, aimed at improving campus climate. Introduced through the Charter Committee Report, the new policies include minimum GPA requirements for Greek Organizations, the abolishment of the pledging process and the introduction of the new House system. The mandate demanded that all Greek houses have an equal proportion of members of each gender, even those which were traditionally single-gender and required to remain so by the terms of their charter.
Much of the criticism of Charter Committee policies centered around the lack of student involvement in the process. Kept secret until the finished product was unveiled, there were only three students placed on the committee, one of whom could not vote. Although there was a series of open forums after the report was released but they weren’t intended to lead to a change in the policy. Rather, they were focused on ensuring students of the policy’s continuation and providing a sounding board for their dissent. No revision of the policy was made despite heavy student criticism. In the words of former St. Anthony Hall President Tucker Callanan ’14, “[We] will cooperate fully with all of the new changes…although we wish more student input was solicited when making such a drastic change to social organizations.”
Jesse Hunt ’13, former president of Psi Upsilon and member of the Charter Committee outlined some of the problems that he saw as insider to the process. In his words: “Though I have a great deal of respect for the individuals that comprised the group, I did have difficulty understanding the logic of a great many of them. For one, the gender disparity on the Board of Trustees (and Charter Committee itself) was far from being gender neutral.” Hunt went on to say that: “[He] thought it odd that the committee sought to ‘level the playing field’ with a gender parity mandate that would ultimately force the women’s organizations on campus to close their doors as, for example, Kappa Kappa Gamma cannot, by national charter, go co-ed. In effect, the school was creating an environment in which an individual’s constitutional right to freedom of association was rejected in favor of a gender-centric policy being ushered in by alterior motives. That was the biggest issue for me.”
Despite this widespread criticism, there hasn’t been any quantitative information on opposition to the social policy until now. Spearheaded by Eamon Bousa ’16, SGA Senator and Pi Kappa Alpha President, the referendum aimed to show how many students were opposed to the co-educational mandate. In a landslide result, 82-percent of the 1,263 students who participated voted: “Yes, the coeducational mandate imposed on Greek organizations should be repealed.” This equates to a turnout of over half the student body; certainly a margin worth considering. About the referendum, Bousa said: “The Charter committee set out to build a better community at the College and that goal is probably unachievable without the support of the student body….Listening to the students on this unpopular issue would let us build the better community everyone is working towards.” The SGA as a whole also expressed that they were officially opposed to the co-education mandate.
More than ever, it is abundantly clear that students, not merely Greeks, are united in their opposition towards this new policy. The problems are self-evident. If the College aims to provide more options for their students, then restricting the nature of constitutive organizations in Greek life is counterproductive. A more diverse system isn’t one in which every organization is coeducational but rather, one in which coeducational and single-gender organizations both exist so that students can have a pick of either. Furthermore, the way in which these policies were secretly implemented sets a dangerous precedent for the future of College policies. As students, we must clearly demonstrate that our voice must be instrumental to shaping our school’s future.
When asked to comment, Timothy Dunn, Associate Director of Student Services for Social Houses, was quick to praise student action saying, “First, I want to thank the students for being active participants in this process. As administrators, we are charged with making decisions that impact the entire student community and hearing from students is always helpful.” He then continued, saying, “It is important for students to know that the administration is truly supportive of Greek Life. Frankly, if they wanted to close the Greek system, the College would not have hired me. I do not close Greek systems and I engage in student development practice that is ethical and transparent…I have been speaking with various colleagues, gathering information and resources to develop solutions that will satisfy the College’s requirements and keep the unique aspects of our Greek system healthily in place. I am confident that we will be able to develop a solution that works in everyone’s interest and positions Trinity to continue blazing trails and setting standards to which other institutions aspire.”
Responses such as these from administration gives some hope for the future. With the arrival of President-Elect Joanne Berger-Sweeney and Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees Cornie Thornburgh, the College is at a crossroads. We can move forward in a direction of transparency and openness or we can relinquish our autonomy as adults and as members of Trinity College. We can foster a community or we can feed divisiveness. The referendum speaks clearly that the student body, not merely the Greeks, hope that we can come together to find collaborative solutions to our problems. Let’s hope that the administration feels similarly.
TANYA KEWALRAMANI ’14
It’s hard to believe that graduation is around the corner. It’s only a little over thirty days away. All the questions have begun, all the discussions with our family and friends. What are we going to wear? What do we need for the tent? Nostalgia has set in. Everything that we have done in the last four years, the things that we have missed out on, the ups, the downs, the highs and the lows all come back to us. Saturday night conversations include an amusing anecdote. Stories of how we met each other. The fights we had, the friends we made and lost.
At the beginning of senior year, I heard so many people say that they could not wait to be done. Now, as the time is approaching, there is worry and anxiety about what will happen next. Some of us have a job. Some of us are going to graduate school. And some are like me, looking for something that inspires them. After four years of all nighters, endless assignments, quizzes, exams, and somehow still managing to fit a social life in there, I would say that is quite impressive. Last night, I was at a party and at around 1:00 a.m., I just wanted to leave. Whilst walking back to my dorm, I felt old. I used to be able to study all day, and even though I was sleep deprived I would still be out until 4:00 a.m. I would like to believe that the years have made me wiser, but I highly doubt that.
Just over four years ago, the most stressful decision was which college to pick. It was stressful because these were the next four years of our lives. I remember spending hours talking to my family and friends, trying to decide where to go. I’ve learned that, in a sense, we don’t pick which school we are going to, it’s all decided for us. Now we have to think about where we want to work, what our next step should be, etc. I know for a fact that the majority of us are still searching for our goals and our dreams. Some of us are working towards it, and, if you’re an international student like me, you just hope that you won’t have to leave the United States.
When we were kids, our biggest problem was whether we would be allowed to eat McDonalds next week. As we grew older and started to understand the world, it got harder. But, somehow we made it. Now, as we are about to graduate, so many of us are clueless and somehow seem to have less faith than we did when we were kids. Whilst I’m grateful for all the opportunities that I have been given at Trinity, I too am left with a sense of panic. I’m pretty sure that my parents are annoyed with the stream of phone calls that involve me stressing out about how I am now officially an adult. I am so blessed that they are so supportive, yet it’s time for me to finally enter adulthood.
Now that the time has come to fly the nest, so to speak, and while a lot of us are scared, and don’t feel like we’re ready, we need to have faith in ourselves. Life has brought us this far, and we need to have faith that it will carry us further. Do everything that you’ve wanted to do. Do you homework on the quad while you’re tanning. Spend time with people that you have not seen for months, people that you were close to freshman year. Mend the burnt bridges because we will never have this time back. We might not appreciate the Cave or the Bistro now, but next year, getting food so easily might not really be an option for us anymore. Mather was there for us when we had no money in our bank accounts and needed a big meal.
Take a moment and think about the four years, everything that made you happy and everything that made you sad, the mistakes you made, the people that supported you through thick and thin, professors who were encouraging, and the others who made our lives miserable. We learned so much through every experience, but really think about the lessons we have learnt, that have allowed us to grow as a person.
As I prepare myself to say goodbye to Trinity, I don’t think I will ever be ready enough for that moment when I leave my room, drive off with my parents, and say goodbye to all the people who shaped me into the person that I am today. We learned how to pull all nighters and still make it to class the next day, and perhaps the only time some of us were truly organized was when we knew Spring Weekend was coming and we needed to finish papers before the weekend so that we would not be stressed out the night before with a pounding headache. Trinity, there’s times that I have loved you, and times that I’ve needed to escape, but now all I feel is gratitude and sadness that I’m leaving. But thank you for always being there.
ANDREW FISHMAN ’16
From the minute that a prospective student walks onto this campus for the first time, they are told that Trinity administrators care about not only the students but also the people who work here. All prospective students are told that Trinity is a school that strives to create an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity and compassion for one another. From what I have learned over the past few days, I am beginning to question this notion.
For me, walking into The Cave is standard procedure. I could order a buffalo chicken wrap with my eyes closed. Every day, I walk in and greet Mary and Toni at the registers. I head over to the grill and say “hi” to Al, Rose, Diane and whoever else is working at that time. After getting my entree, I pick up some fries or fruit and proceed to pay for my food. Some days, this takes place at 12:00 p.m. and some days, it happens at 11:59 p.m. If things go according to plan for the Trinity administration and Chartwells, The Cave will be shut down December 2014. But why does it really matter if The Cave goes away?
It matters to me because it will economically crush many of the workers that have been so welcoming and compassionate to me and everyone else I have seen them interact with. By closing The Cave, many of these workers (I hesitate to call them Chartwells employees because most of them predate Chartwells at Trinity) will have hours cut severely or will be laid off. While the administration has not come straight out and announced this, the trend of hour cuts looks to be heading towards forcing part-time status on most of the staff.
This would create a situation where they would lose benefits that full-time employees receive, such as health care. Chartwells has a history of reducing “production costs” by cutting benefits to workers. In 2010, a study by Dr. Roland Zullo found that the Ann Arbor school that hired Chartwells saw a decrease in these “production costs” while seeing increased fees, leading to no substantive economic savings for the schools. For Trinity, closing The Cave will cut these production costs, in the form of cutting hours by enough that many of the workers will not be making enough to survive. But, hey, it will certainly help Chartwells turn a larger profit!
Here at Trinity, Chartwells intends to cut costs by opening a smaller store with fewer employees. Chartwells intends to open up a store similar to the C-store, or Outtakes, as it is more commonly referred to, on Crescent Street. This store would have similar options to Outtakes with a variety of groceries, frozen food and a small food preparation center. The new Crescent Street store will employ six to ten workers per week. The Cave currently has six workers at all times and employs up to thirty people per week. There will not be the variety of food we can choose from in The Cave and there is no seating for students. When I am busy during Mather’s dining hours, I want to be able to go to a dining hall and be able to order a hot meal rather than pick up a microwavable boxed meal. I often lose track of time while working and I miss Mather’s hours.
I recruit my friends and we go to The Cave where I am able to order a warm meal, have a place to sit, and socialize with my peers. Some of the best experiences I have had at Trinity have been sitting down for a meal with friends and having great conversations. Not having a place where people can get late night food will be detrimental to the Trinity campus. Chartwells is saving money by cutting costs, but where is the money going? It certainly is not going to the hard-working Cave employees who need the money to live, and it is certainly not increasing student welfare.
Chartwells is a division of Compass Group USA, which is a division of Compass Group, a British conglomerate worth $24 billion dollars as of 2011. In 2008, The McGil Daily published, “Chartwells is one of North America’s biggest campus food providers, and from Louisiana State to Carleton to McGill, the concerns are the same: high prices, poor quality, employee mistreatment, opposition to employee unionization, and even the occasional food-safety scandal.” This promped my investigation into Chartwells’ continuous lack of regard for their employees. A quick search of Chartwells on Change.org brings up a whole list of people protesting actions taken by Chartwells and the Compass Group. From students trying to remove Chartwells from their school to trying to get a worker rehired after a ludicrous dismissal, Chartwells clearly has a history of looking out for the bottom line, not for the moral line. As students of Trinity College, it is our duty to stand up for the people that help make this school a home away from home; the workers at The Cave do just that. We cannot allow Chartwells to exploit them.
By closing The Cave, Chartwells will increase their profits, decrease student dining options and decrease living standards for their employees. As Ashish Adhikari ’13 stated, “As a fellow human being—and one with not only the resources, but also the opportunity to help people that have served our community not have to work multiple jobs to eek out a living—it should be moral obligation to do what you can.”
The biggest resource we all have is our collective voice. As individuals we are weak, but together we can help those who need us right now. Right now the people at The Cave, Toni, Al, Mary, Rose, Diane, Velma and everyone else, need our help. From my perspective, one of the most important actions in life is caring for the people that care for you, and it is clear that the Cave staff have cared for us. Let’s show them that we care for them.
Together, we can save The Cave.
by JT Mehr, Sports Editor
Despite a slow start to the fall season, the Trinity Men’s Tennis team has turned it around so far in their spring season. The Bantams currently hold a 6-4 record for the spring, including a 2-2 record in NESCAC conference play.
The Bantams travelled to California for spring break where they began their 2014 campaign. Competing against Chapman University in the first match of the spring season, the Bantams had little difficulty defeating the Panthers 6-3. Musyoka Mbithi ’15 and Ford Traff ’16 led the way in second doubles, winning 8-3, while Traff won in fifth singles 6-2, 6-3.
First-year player Rutendo Matingo was successful as well, winning 6-2, 6-3 in the second singles spot and 8-3 in doubles play with Ilya Levin ’15. Just a day later on March 17, the Bantams were matched up against Sewanee University, which was played at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Trinity shut out Sewanee with a score of 9-0. David Myers ’15 posted a 6-2, 6-3 win playing sixth singles for the Bantams.
Starting the spring break trip with a 2-0 record, Trinity struggled against Denison University and NESCAC rival Bowdoin College on March 18 and 19. The Bantams fell just short against Denison and Bowdoin, losing 5-4 and 6-3. Despite the close back-to-back losses, the team recovered against Occidental College, culminating in a 9-0 victory for the Bantams and snapping their two match-losing streak. Sophomores Carlos Ferreyros, Aaron Segel and Ford Traff excelled in singles play, each winning 6-1, 6-0, 6-1, 6-0, and 6-0, 6-0, respectively. On the last day of their trip, Trinity played against conference opponent Tufts University. The Bantams prevailed 6-3 against the Jumbo’s, playing at Pomona College. Ilya Levin ’15 played tremendously, taking home victories in both singles and doubles play. This capped off a 4-2 record for the teams California trip. In addition, because of his 10-1 record in California, Ilya Levin ’15 earned Men’s Athlete of the Week honors on March 25.
Returning back to Connecticut after spring break, the Bantams took on the Camels of Connecticut College on April 2. Trinity seemed to be clicking on all cylinders from the beginning of the match, which resulted in an 8-1 final victory for the Bantams. Dan Carpenter ’15 won a three set match playing first singles, 5-7, 6-4, 10-8, over Josh Suneby. Ned Mandel ’15 also won a close match in third singles, by a score of 6-3, 7-6. The Bantams swept the Camels in doubles play.
This past Thursday, April 10, the Bantams travelled to Middletown for a matchup against the Wesleyan Cardinals. This contest was a nail-biter from start to finish, ending in a 5-4 victory for the Bantams. Junior tri-captain Dan Carpenter ’15 won 7-6, 7-5 at first singles, and 8-4 at first doubles with partner David Myers ’15. Rutendo Matingo ’17 also had a key victory playing third singles, while Musyoka Mbithi ’15 closed the match out for the Bantams in singles winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
The Bantams are looking to avenge their losses against Brandeis University and Middlebury College from this past weekend, facing Amherst College on Friday and Williams College next Wednesday, April 23. These matches will be key in determining the seeding for the Bantams in the NESCAC tournament.
CAMPBELL NORTH ’17
This past weekend, from Thursday to Saturday, the Pulitzer-Prize winning play, “Angles in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches” was preformed at the Austin Art Center. Directed by Trinity’s own Michael Preston, who is the associate professor of theater and dance on campus, the play drew an eager audience each night.
The play, originally written by Tony Kushner explores the challenges and tragedies of the AIDS epidemic in the context of 1980’s New York City. Even though the play is set almost 30 years in the past, Preston is quoted as saying that the issues that are brought up by the play are still relevant today and, “what makes it alive for me now, in 2014, at Trinity, in Hartford, is that we are still fighting the same battles both politically and privately.” The controversial topic of the play brought both negative and positive critiques. When the play first debuted brief male nudity and the context of homosexuality garnered a negative conservative response. However, in spite of this small sect of negative reception, the play won multiple awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Awards for Best Play.
The complexity of the plot sheds light not only the macro issue of AIDS and homosexuality, but the micro issues that accompany of it such as questions of loyalty, love, relationship tensions, internal religious reconciliation and sexuality
The plot centers around two couples, an openly gay couple Louis Ironson and Prior Walter, played by Malcom Moon ’15 and Dan Trainor ’17 respectively, and Harper and Joe Pitt played by Molly Belsky ’16 and Forrest Robinette ’16. At the beginning of the play, there is a scene between Louis and Prior in which Prior first tells him that has contracted AIDS. Prior eventually finds himself alone, as Louis is unable to cope with his partner’s disease. At the other end of the spectrum, the audience sees Joe getting offered a promotion by his boss Roy Cohn (Erik Bloomquist ’14). This is where Joe’s valium-addicted wife, Harper, makes her first appearance on stage, when he asks her about her willingness to move for his job. Harper and Joe get into a series of arguments over his promotion, eventually driving Joe away and into the arms of Louis. As Joe and Louis become closer, Joe begins to struggle with his religion and his own sexuality while Louis struggles with his abandonment of Prior.
As the plot unfolds, Joe begins to realize the Roy wants to use him as a tool of corruption. Roy eventually discovers that he has contracted AIDS. Meanwhile Prior remains ill in the hospital. Belize (Oludare Bernard ’15), a nurse and former drag queen, develops a friendly relationship with Prior. Additionally, Prior begins to have hallucinations in which he sees ghosts that are reincarnations of himself from presumbably past lives. These incarnations are often accompanied by visits from an angel, played by Shirin Schenkerymayr ’16. The angel relays a series of vauge messages.
While these hallucinations are happening to Prior, Roy remains sick in his house. He is eventually visited by the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg (Meredith Kassler ’14). Roy was primarily reponsible for her murder because he used his influence as Assistant United States Attorney on the Rosenberg case to make sure that she was sentenced to an execution.
The play ends with Joe and Louis meeting in the park with the assumption that they are going back to Louis’ house together. The final scene takes place in Prior’s hospital room where a huge angel dramatically bursts into the room, leaving the audience in state of curiousity and awe at the spectacle.
The intensity and gravity of the play’s content was consistent throughout the preformance and encouraged the audience members to revaluate the issues and realities of their own lives. The play brought certain issues to light, such as questions about how our society judges others, how the societal stereotypes function, and how certain members of our society become neglected through oppressive institutions.
Despite the heavy content and controversial topics, the actors did a wonderful job of executing their roles in a relatable and real manner. Assistant Director Gwen Beal ’16 stated that, “I really loved working on ‘Angels.’ The cast was so committed and excited and fun to work with. Our director, Michael, had a beautiful vision that he successfully brought to life. He constantly reminded actors to be honest with their roles, and in return a really moving play was produced.”
The thought-provoking and powerful concepts present in the play dealt with topics that are not only important nationwide but are relevant to life here at Trinity. The play helped to start a conversation about sensitive topics that many feel should be more exposed and openly discussed on campus.
Hopefully there will be more events like ‘Angels,’ events that help to promote discussion about difficult, but important, topics. A powerful, challenging play like “Angels in America” help to make the campus a place where we can engage these difficult issues of sexuality, identity, and much more
The play was huge success and it united faculty members, Trinity students and parents around a series of meaningful topics.
The Trinity Women’s Lacrosse team scored three late minute goals to defeat Middlebury College on April 12 by a score of 10-9. The Bantams, currently ranked number 8 in the country, advanced to 10-2 overall while the number 5 ranked Middlebury fell to 9-3.
The Panthers got on the board first as Bridget Instrum recovered her original shot, which Trinity goalie Emily Mooney ’16 deflected, and scored an unassisted goal. The Bantams responded with three unanswered goals in a stretch of six minutes. Shea Kusiak ’14 kicked off the scoring with an unassisted goal with 23:08 to play. Molly Cox ’15 followed as she found the back of the net after receiving a pass from Caroline Hayes ’15. Hayes racked up another assist a minute later when she beat her defender on the left side and passed the ball to first-year player Nicole Stauffer for the third goal in six minutes.
Instrum answered with her second goal of the game as she picked up a loose ball at midfield and darted through the Bantam defense to score another unassisted. With a little over 12 minutes left in the half, Kusiak scored again as she looped around the back of the net to bounce a shot past Middlebury goalie Alyssa Palomba on the bottom right corner. With the score now at 4-2, Middlebury’s Megan Griffin received a pass from Chrissy Ritter and netted one in the top right corner of the Trinity goal. Trinity’s Karly Simpson ‘17 scored the next goal for the Bantams as she converted on a free-position shot, extending the lead to two. With less than three minutes to go in the half, Chrissy Ritter carried the ball up the right side of the field and scored on a low bounce shot. The teams exchanged goals once more before halftime. Clare Lyne ’17 scored off an assist from Kusiak with 1:47 to play. Middlebury’s Liza Herzog answered with the final goal of the half as she faked a low shot and scored high over Mooney’s right shoulder.
Early in the second half, Middlebury tied the score as Alli Sciarretta received a pass from Griffin and scored off a bounce shot. Less than a minute later, Palomba deflected Lindsay Mullaney’s ’15 free position shot, but Mullaney still managed to pick up the rebound and score, giving Trinity the 7-6 lead. On the ensuing face off, Laurel Pascal made a pass to Griffin, who then found Ritter cutting left to right through the crease, for the game-tying goal. The Panthers took the lead again as Herzog received a pass from Instrum in front of the net for another goal.
Trinity took the lead again as Kusiak and Cox both converted on free-position opportunities. Ritter tied the game at 9 as she scored from the top of the crease. With 10:33 to play, Kusiak found Cox in front of the net for a goal that gave the Bantams a one-goal lead. The last 10 minutes of play were scoreless, ensuing a win 10-9 for the Bantams. The victory over Middlebury marked a sixth consecutive win and second place in the NESCAC standings for the Bantams.
The Women’s Lacrosse team has two more regular season games to play. The first will be on April 19 at Hamilton College. The final game of the season will be at home against Amherst on April 23. The Bantams will be looking for consecutive wins against these conference opponents in hopes of securing the top seed in the NESCAC tournament.
ISABELLE BOUNDY ’17
This past Thursday, on an unseasonably chilly April night, hundreds of students gathered around Northam Arch—carefully avoiding the infamous plaque—for a March Madness-inspired a cappella concert. Dressed in their favorite team’s jerseys, members of the Accidentals, Trinitones, and Dischords braved the cold weather to deliver an unforgettable “Arch Madness” concert. “Arch Madness is one of our favorite concerts of the year,” said first-year Trinitone Eliza Maciag. “It just has such great energy, and it’s the perfect way to start the spring!”
The concert opened with rousing applause and cheers from the audience as the Accidentals, Trinity’s only all-male a cappella group, entered the archway.
The guys kicked off their section of the show with their rendition of “What a Good Boy” by the Barenaked Ladies. The piece was lead by soloist Mac McCarthy ’14, who donned a Dallas Cowboys jersey. After another round of applause, the Accidentals started their second piece, Chris Brown’s 2008 chart topper, “With You.” Russel Pierson ’16 starred as the soloist and the audience joined in clapping along during the bridge. “[We] were overall very pleased with the way the concert went, and by the large turnout that we were fortunate enough to have,” said one of the newer Accidental members, Hank Butler ’17. “It was also really great that the people who showed up were willing to endure the cold! We were also really excited about the way that we were received.”
This Friday, April 18, the Accidentals will sing the National Anthem at the Hartford Wolfpack game. Tickets will be sold at a discounted price of $15 a piece, and beer will be sold for only $2.00. The group’s final concert will be held on May 4, although the guys hope to have another collaborative concert before then.
The Accidentals were followed by one of Trinity’s two all female groups, the Trinitones, affectionately known as the “the Tones.” For the Tones, Thursday night was all about the sophomore singers as the group premiered their R&B inspired “sophomore songs.” Soloist Maggie Munoz ’16 donned a Mighty Ducks jersey for the group’s performance of “I Feel a Sin Comin’ On” by Pistol Annies. The Tones ended their first song to rousing applause and smoothly transitioned into their second song, “Mama Knows Best,” by Jessie J, lead by high-powered soloist, Caroline Mancusi ’16, who wore a Brookline Soccer jersey. Resident beat-boxer, Tina Lipson ’14, donned an Exeter Basketball Jersey and acted as the glue holding the group together.
Students looking to hear more from the Trinitones should mark their calendars for the group’s joint concert with fellow female a cappella group, the Quirks, on Thursday, April 17. The two groups will be premiering a new collaborative song. Location is still to be determined.
The Trinitones were followed by the only coed group of the night, the Dischords. Thursday’s concert carried special significance for first year Dischord, Charlotte Thomas ’17, as Arch Madness marked her debut performance as an official member of the group. Thomas said, “being a part of the Dischords has been a great experience because it has opened up a whole new community for me, not only in my immediate group, but also including other groups.” She went on to say, “I love being able to sing and have fun with others and learn about music in a way that I was never able to in high school.”
The Dischords opened up the final act of the show with what was perhaps the crowd favorite of the night, Britney Spear’s “Toxic,” lead by senior soloists Alanna Lynch ’14 and Anisha Chakrabarti ’14. The two women joined voices for a duet during the final verse and refrain, and donned Washington Nationals and Blue Chip Lacrosse jerseys respectively. Following cheers and an enthusiastic round of applause, the group transitioned into the final song of the night, “Pumped Up Kicks,” lead by sophomore soloist Tara Kantor ’16. For the second time that night, the audience truly became involved in the performance as they clapped along during the final refrain. It was a truly fantastic way to finish out the show.
Students looking to hear more from the Dischords should look out for more information regarding the group’s final concert in May. The group is currently working on perfecting five fantastic senior songs that will be debuted then.
Despite the frigid temperatures, Thursday’s Arch Madness concert proved to be a huge success. Trinity students braved the cold to come out in support of their friends and fellow Trinity students, and enjoyed an outstanding concert that did not disappoint. All groups delivered fantastic performances.
The a cappella groups are enjoyable enough when they perform solo concerts, but they are an absolutely powerhouse when they team up with each other.
KRISTINA XIE ’16
This past Saturday, April 12, Encouraging Respect of Sexualities (EROS) hosted its annual Drag Show. It is the group’s biggest event of the year and that was evident in the large attendance it attracted on Saturday. The show was held in Vernon Social Center and featured five eccentric and fabulous drag queens. They included Maria Bonita, Jennalee Diamondz, Bella Lucia, Essence Jade and Mercedes Valentino. During the event, they performed popular hits by Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Pink while encouraging the audience to dance and sing along. Their performance hovered below a gigantic, handmade rainbow arch composed of more than 500 balloons. The bright and eye-catching décor added to the overall theme of the extravaganza, where “every seat was filled and people were forced to stand,” gushed Rey Llena Jr. ’15, the Drag Show Coordinator. The night of festivities included a fierce twerking contest. Lovelie Tejada ’14 won the title of the mightiest twerk on Trinity’s campus. “Thank you Eros for bringing the drag queens to campus!” Tejada raved. Tejada mentioned that there was no special technique in her moves but recommended that people listen to “’Express Yourself,’ by Diplo,” which inspired her to twerk like a pro.
EROS, whose mission is to educate the Trinity community on social issues faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals, organized the event after months of preparation and coordination with the drag queens and the Office of Extracurricular Activities. With countless meetings and brainstorming sessions, EROS meticulously planned a night of unforgettable fun while raising awareness. Students were treated to ten-dollar vouchers to Goldberg’s while students of legal drinking age were offered two complementary drinks from the bar. During the recruitment process, Llena Jr. revealed that they have been using the same the drag queens for years as a result of their great energy and interaction with the audience. At one moment, one drag queen asked if they were able to use the “F word” on stage and Llena Jr. replied, “You’re allowed to say anything you feel comfortable with. This is our free space.” This created an environment where everyone was able to be themselves and being yourself was the main focus of the night. As the night progressed, Llena Jr. even encouraged people to come on stage and make the “YMCA” letters, which added to the comfortable and fun environment.
The night did not end there. During EROS’s weekly Sunday brunch meetings, two drag queens arrived at the Queer Resource Center to share sumptuous, homemade pancakes and fresh fruit salads with its members. The drag queens came in casual clothing attire, which reminded everyone “they are regular people too with jobs and bills to pay,” informed Llena Jr. This instance shed light on the queens who are often seen in dazzling clothes, sky-high heels and bold-colored lipstick. While mingling with students, they were able to exchange “coming out” stories and talk about the most exciting part about their jobs.
This gave students the opportunity to talk to drag queens and see themselves as having a lot in common with them. Students also wrote questions down on index cards asking the panelists a variety of questions. In response, they spoke openly and candidly about their sexual experiences and interactions. The free forum and safe space encouraged both parties to converse about any lingering questions and any curiosities they had.
The club has been dedicated to informing the public about LGBT culture through various forms of exposure and raising awareness of inequalities and political struggles through on and off-campus projects. In addition to the Annual Drag Show, EROS has given open panel discussions at cultural houses, at Greek organizations and during their weekly events. The larger Trinity community has become more receptive to the LGBT community as a result of their hard work educating the public and “more people are comfortable about their sexuality and confident in being themselves,” stated Llena Jr.
Their next event is the “Day of Silence,” on April 24, which is the national day of action to protest against bullying and harassment the LGBT students and their supporters face. Participants can wear stickers and inform their peers about the uphill challenges individuals’ endure who do not feel comfortable sharing their sexuality or “coming out” stories as a result of discrimination.
EROS’s vibrant and ingenious campaigns have been the catalyst for many students to discuss their struggles and journey to self-acceptance. Through these personal and compassionate stories, our community can collectively welcome individuals despite their sexual orientation and gender.
by Brian Nance ’16, Staff Writer
He has played lacrosse in one of the most historic college stadiums in the nation. He is the External Vice President of the fraternity Alpha Delta Phi. He has played competitive tennis in Hong Kong and he’s never lost a match there. Is he the most interesting man in the world? He might be, but this young man also goes by the name Will DeLaMater.
DeLaMater is a junior at Trinity and plays on the Lacrosse team as a long-stick midfielder. He reigns from Irvington, New York and spent his high school days at The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut.
Growing up in Hong Kong, Will decided to play tennis year-round because lacrosse was not very popular in China. It was not until the fifth grade that Will took up lacrosse. He and his family had just returned to the Unites States after living in Hong Kong when Will was first introduced to the sport. DeLaMater immediately took up lacrosse as he started playing with his town’s travel team. “It quickly became one of my favorites because of its fast pace and dynamic play,” said Will. “I also enjoyed the fact that I could compete with my teammates on the field.”
In high school, Will played in one of the toughest lacrosse leagues in the nation, as Loomis Chafee is a member of the NEPSAC league. He speaks volumes about his high school experience, stating that he believes if he had not attended Loomis then he would most likely not be playing at the collegiate level today.
Will states, “The quality of players in Loomis’ league is vastly different to those on my hometown team. It was very helpful to get exposure to higher levels of play through my prep school team.” During his tenure at Loomis, DeLaMater played against various teams that were ranked amongst the best in the country.
DeLaMater’s various lacrosse experiences have helped shape the dominant midfielder that he is today. DeLaMater is listed at 6’2” and weighs in at 175 pounds with a vast array of skills and moves at his disposal. While watching him play, it is hard not to notice the speed and agility that DeLaMater possesses as he weaves between his opponents and provides a powerful defense for the Bants. Just before the start of last year’s season, DeLaMater made the change from a short-stick midfielder to a long-stick midfielder. Due to this change, he felt as though he needed to improve his defensive game in the offseason to be most beneficial to his team. “I definitely worked the most on knowing our different defenses, slide packages, and rotations,” remarks DeLaMater. “I think now I am much more comfortable in my position in comparison to last year.”
This season has been a challenging one for DeLaMater and the lacrosse team. Unfortunately the Bants have been on the losing end of numerous close games. However, the season is certainly not over as key games against fellow NESCAC opponents are vital to the team’s future playing days. Get out and support your fellow Bantams!
BETTINA GONZALEZ ’16
“You are what you eat.” This is not just an aphorism by vegetable-totting dinner spoilers to get people to eat in a more healthy way. What you eat says a lot about you as a person. Sure, eat five Big Macs and you are probably pretty big yourself. Don’t eat and you are probably close to nonexistent. But what you eat or where you eat can say a lot about who you are, including your class, race, and gender.
These signifiers of food never really occurred to me until a few weeks ago. After a class conversation and going to a few events these past few weeks, I came across a surprising realization about this campus – a lot of people do not know what Piolin is.
Not only is Piolin literally a five minute walk from campus, a variety of campus events offer free food from the restaurant. If it’s not pizza, it’s Piolin. Two weeks into school, I knew what Piolin was. I have survived on nothing but Piolin’s delicacies for an entire week straight. Piolin is everywhere on this campus!
Piolin is a Peruvian restaurant located almost literally across the street from Trinity at 417 New Britain Avenue. It has served the community since 1998 and continues to please its customers with their delicious and authentic food. The Piolin menu consists of a variety of options, including beef stew with cilantro sauce, shrimp soup with milk egg and rice, as well as broiled potatoes in a yellow cheese cream sauce.
Like many Peruvian restaurants, Piolin specializes in “pollo a la brasa,” a blackened rotisserie-style chicken served with French fries and a salad.
Over the past few years, many “pollo a la brasa” Peruvian restaurants have popped up all over the United States and Peruvian cuisine has actually been ranked by many columnists and critics as an emerging cuisine in American food culture. While I am currently not as aware of New England food trends, in my home state of Virginia, particularly Northern Virginia, Peruvian restaurants have slowly – but surely – become a staple in the casual dining scene. I myself have sampled a variety of different pollos a la brasa from a number of different restaurants (and if you are ever in the area, I recommend El Pollo Rico in Arlington).
Perhaps it is the particularly high standards set by El Pollo Rico, but I actually did not enjoy Piolin chicken all that much.
The restaurant is good – don’t get me wrong. Nevertheless, there are other dishes on Piolin’s menu that really stand out beyond their chicken. The restaurant’s signature dish is their Chifa, or Chinese influenced “Chaufa Piolin” – a rice dish made with seafood, strips of chicken and beef, all mixed together with fried rice, egg, scallions, and soy sauce, sautéed in a skillet.
An order of Chaufa Piolin costs about $15, but trust me, it is worth the money. Piolin’s serving sizes are monstrously huge and can easily feed three hungry people – or maybe just one very hungry college student. In all honesty, an order from Piolin can last a person at least two or three meals alone. But what really puts Piolin on the map is their one-of-a-kind and enticingly addictive green sauce. It’s so addicting, it’s actually been dubbed “crack sauce” on this campus.
Although the green sauce is specifically meant to be drizzled over rice, customers often eat it with everything. The sauce is slightly spicy with undertones of garlic and other Peruvian spices.
What exactly is in this famous green sauce? No one truly knows. The ingredients are surely as strictly guarded as the secrets of the Illuminati. Just go to Piolin and try it.
Piolin offers authentic food that is easily accessible to all Trinity students who are interested in venturing off campus to taste something new.
BRIANNA SCALESSE ’16
Did you know that you can be a full-time student at Trinity and not take a single class? Joshua Frank ’16 is not taking any classes this semester but he is undoubtedly one of the busiest and most involved students I know.
Josh, donning a dress shirt and tie, rushes into our interview at Peter B’s, deeply apologetic that he is a bit late. He explains that he was drawn into an unexpected meeting at the Capitol building.
Josh is a sophomore here at Trinity and has opted to participate in the Legislative Internship program. The program, headed by Professor Diana Evans, takes place during the spring semester and includes working 40 hours a week at the Legislature for four course credits. Josh spends every weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the office at the Capitol as an intern for the chair of the Education Committee. He spends much of his time at public hearings and listening to constituents. He also writes a weekly analytics report documenting his experience. But Josh reinforces the fact that he is constantly learning.
“The time we spend at the Capitol is geared toward our learning experience. The internship teaches you that having a ‘9 to 5’ is different than being in a classroom. There are invaluable opportunities seeing things in person. You get to apply the textbook to the real world.”
Josh is directly thrown into the world of politics but stresses that, “Working in government is not just about the politics. A lot of people have a real passion and energy. It’s inspiring.”
Josh says working at the state’s Capitol has most inspired him to explore the city of Hartford as both a learning opportunity and a social opportunity. He states he was also deeply inspired by new president-elect Joanne Berger-Sweeney who described Trinity as a campus with an “urban pulse.”
In fact, Josh has a deeper knowledge of the new president-elect than most Trinity students. He applied to and received a position as one of two student representatives on the presidential search board. While on the board, Josh says he learned to further conduct himself as a leader and learned a great deal about the administration of the College. He hopes to see many more collaborative projects in Trinity’s future, as he says, “Really magical things happen when people just sit down together.”
Josh is also very proud of the board’s decision. “Words cannot describe how happy I am that Joanne Berger-Sweeney was chosen. She is ebullient. She is a super woman in higher education and she is loved wherever she goes. She is the right fit for Trinity.”
Josh himself is looking to further his leadership within the Trinity College community. As the current executive vice-president of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Trinity, Josh plans on running for SGA president this upcoming year. He really wants to work toward boosting the social experience at Trinity College while also furthering the celebration of students as scholars.
As an intern at the Capitol, the vice president of SGA, a P.R.I.D.E leader, a Posse Scholar, and an Honor Council member, Joshua Frank reminds us that, “We are in command of our experience here at Trinity.”
Nestled at the far south of campus in a stone and glass building resembling an odd, modern reinterpretation of a grain silo melded with a farmhouse in the midst of the relatively conservative Summit Suites is the Fred Pfeil Community Project – colloquially known as “The Fred.” Named after late Professor of English Fred Pfeil, the building is, first and foremost, a place where a sense of community exists on a campus which often seems atomized and uninviting. Upon entering the building, it is rare if the first person you see does not greet you, no matter how hurried they are, or if they do not even know you.
Bach Nguyen ’14, who has lived in the Fred since his sophomore year, explains that, “The Fred is often called a community, and it is, but it is something more than that. It is an open place where people can come and find other people and be overexcited about an interest, something like a book, a movie, a video game, or something else. We’re best known for our Friday night events, which is how we attract people, but it is just a gateway to the people who both live there and already come to chill with the people regularly. Above anything else, the Fred is a place with people. And when you come down to the building there are an abundance of people who would be willing to accidentally lose hours just to talk, chill, help out, and get to know you.”
I think this quote sums up my experience with the Fred better than anything I could have put into words myself. Living in the Fred, it is common to get emails inviting anyone in the community over to watch T.V. shows or movies playing in someone’s room, about pizza being ordered, about leftover food or freshly baked sweets in the kitchen, and about events on campus people in the Fred are a part of and would like others to participate in. Frequently, someone will knock at my door and ask to borrow a cookie sheet, a saucepan, a few eggs, or any other miscellaneous item that may be needed. Most people’s doors are open at some point during the day, with the expectation that passersby will walk in and join whatever is going on. Quite frankly, the Fred reminds me of my small neighborhood at home; the other day I heard it described as “small-town Midwestern” in the midst of my native, sometimes impersonal New England.
In addition to fostering the sense of community, inclusion, and open-mindedness within the Fred, we do our best to extend these values outwards to the rest of campus. A mainstay of this mission is our Friday night events, for which we are, perhaps, better known. Every Friday, at 9:00 p.m., there is an event, open to all of campus, in the common room on the first floor of the building. Whether it is one of our staples such as Coffeehouse Open Mic Night, YouTube Film Festival, and Tie-Dye, or something new and original, everyone is welcome, and it’s always a great time.
As important to this mission as our Friday Night events are our Fred Groups, which meet weekly or bi-weekly on a variety of subjects and interests. While our Friday Night events are a way to nurture such interaction in a large, party-like setting, Groups are a way to get many different types of people who share a common interest to meet each other in a very different setting. According to David Field, the Groups Liaison this semester, “Fred groups are one of the little known treasures the building has to offer. This semester we’ve held a Board Games club, Thursday Crafternoons, and a Supernatural viewing group, among others. Groups in the past have included feminist discussion panels and organized meditation.
The events are not just for Fred members. In fact, we encourage everyone on campus to join a group. They’re a great, informal way to meet new people and share some quality time with others.” As a frequent attendee of Board Games group, I am proud of the diversity of people involved: students, both those who live in the Fred and those who do not, a graduate assistant, and a couple of math professors are often in attendance. This interaction between a diverse group of people is what the Fred strives for in all of its endeavors; as an organization which promotes tolerance and acceptance, fostering such interaction is central to our mission.
Inseparable from this mission of community and tolerance is the Fred’s commitment to democracy. The Fred is a stronghold of student self-governance.
Most business is attended to during our general meeting on Sundays, and decided upon by simple majority vote. We have no executive – the closest things we have are two elected Community Facilitators, who are essentially meeting moderators with a few extra responsibilities. All details of Friday Night events are worked out by members who volunteer for the committee that week. We are very much a community organization held together by the active participation of our members and a common commitment to our mission of promoting tolerance, acceptance, open-mindedness and community in the Fred, and on Trinity’s campus as a whole. Please stop by on a Friday and hang out, I doubt you’ll regret it.
GABRIEL MALETTA ‘14
My sophomore spring I chose to swap the cold capital of Connecticut for the even colder capital of Germany, Berlin. For four months I studied and lived in Germany’s bustling capital and they proved to be some of the best months of my life. Since then I have been back to study, work and visit whenever I have been given the chance. While not a traditional destination for Trinity students to study abroad, Berlin gives back tenfold to those who stop and spend time exploring the vibrant city. Over the past quarter century, Berlin, Germany has undergone an incredible transformation, from the epicenter of the Cold War to the cultural capital of Germany, and some say Europe. I had never been to a place quite like Berlin and frankly never think I will find anything to match it. The culture of Berlin is hard to pin down. It is at times classy and trashy, chic and punk, nostalgic and futuristic. Its eclectic culture and historical fame has led it to become one of those cities that you must visit at least once in your lifetime.
One of Berlin’s biggest draws, for me at least, was and is its unique infamy as a city that dominated the headlines over the past century. My favorite museum in city, The Deutsches Historiches Museum, offers a honest history of Berlin’s role in the events of the past century. A quick trip through the museum tracks the course of the city from the uprisings post-World War I up until a decade after the Wall fell. It’s outside, however, where the best history can be found. Berlin is surprisingly open about its dark past, erecting hundreds of memorials and monuments to the moments and people that have changed the city. One of my favorite monuments consists of a series of dark colored bricks that trace the path of the Berlin Wall. Lasting for almost forty years, the Berlin Wall, though no longer surviving, has left an indelible mark on the city’s residents. While much larger monuments to this symbol of the Cold War exist, I took an instant liking to these simple and low-key stones. I followed these bricks on my bicycle one day, leading me through quiet neighborhoods and packed downtown streets. At some points the bricks would end abruptly in a newly constructed building or house, only to start up again on the other side, a constant reminder that Berlin is a city that is forever changing and adapting.
Berlin’s tumultuous history has allowed it to become one of the most integrated, welcoming and multi-cultural cities in Europe. As little less than twenty-five percent of Berlin’s 3.5 million residents are either foreign born or second generation. Berlin’s thousands of immigrants mean it is an immense melting pot of languages, peoples and cultures. One of the biggest benefits of Berlin’s multiculturalism is the varied selection of international cuisines that dot the city. Berlin’s large Turkish population led to the arrival of the Döner kebab and hundreds of these small stands litter the city. The Döner, pretty much a Gyro on steroids, was my go-to food for a fast lunch or a late night snack on the way home, filling and yet never breaking the bank. Berlin’s large Vietnamese population means that cheap and fast noodles and Pho—life giving on a Sunday morning—are just around the corner. For those interested in classier dining, Berlin has thousands of restaurants with everything a big city has to offer and then some. One of the odder dining experiences I had while in Berlin was with friends to a restaurant named Savauge, which served a strict Paleo-diet menu inspired by African cuisine, showing just how far the city’s chefs can stretch their culinary skills.
While Berlin’s food and attractions can be experienced year-round, few experiences can compare with a Berlin summer. The winters are long and grey in Northern Germany, so when the sun is out Berliners take advantage of every minute. Berlin is home to dozens of parks scattered throughout its neighborhoods, each with their own individual vibe. Every day, people flood to these green spaces to grill and relax with friends and family. One of my favorite parks in the city is the former Tempelhof airport, located near the heart of Berlin. The famous Cold War airport was converted into an open park in 2010, boasting over eight kilometers of running, biking and walking trails. I was fortunate in having my apartment a block away, allowing me to go for daily runs around the airport along with the hundreds of bikers, runners and walkers who visit each day. On windy days the park is filled with kite flyers and intrepid parasailing skateboarders who race down the former runways. When it comes to pure relaxation however, no parks can compete with the Tiergarten located in the heart of Berlin. Originally a hunting ground for the old Prussian kings the sprawling Tiergarten is now Berlins largest park at over 520 acres. The park is home to countless meadows, gardens and lakes allowing Berliners a massive green space to relax in. If you are desperately in need of beaches and sun, the lakes on the outskirts of the city offer a quick escape from the bustling city. The beaches are filled with activities for the many Berliners and tourists who flock to the shores during the summer time. Renting a paddleboat allows you to explore and find a secluded shore, unpopulated by other bathers. Beware, however, as the popular Wannsee lake is infamous for its nudist sections that are easily stumbled upon if one is unwary.
While the history and cultural attractions are all well and good, addressing the other aspects of studying abroad are important when considering a city. When it comes to the party scene, Berlin is unrivaled in Germany and perhaps Europe. From the lowliest neighborhood bar to the top-tier dance clubs, Berlin is the undisputed king of nightlife. Every night of the week sleepy street side cafes turn into buzzing watering holes where the German beer flows steadily on the cheap. I was fortunate to live in a section of the city, Kreuzberg, renowned for its bar scene and I was absolutely spoiled by the number of choices available to me. Berlin’s love affair with the outdoors means many of these great little bars are nestled along the banks of the river Spree or under the spread of trees in the Tiergarten. Germany’s lax container laws allow you to carry your own party into the streets and parks, where its easy to meet countless like-minded people and strike up a conversation.
When the weekend rolls around, Berlin becomes a whole new beast. The city is the undisputed capital of electronic music and, starting Thursday nights, the clubs open their doors and don’t stop until late Sunday evening. Infamous nightclubs host world-famous DJs and packed dance floors. Berliners have a knack for repurposing old and derelict buildings into booming clubs. One of my favorite clubs was a defunct power station turned into two clubs. It still contained the old catwalks and industrial fans but booming techno music and a surprise ice-cream bar (amazing at 5:00 a.m. on a hot summer night) showed off Berlin’s creative side. If electronic music isn’t your thing, Berlin has you covered. The city is famous for its music scene, whether you like punk rock, jazz or indie. Berlin has incredible pull for attracting international artists filling everyday with a wide variety of concerts. One of the best concerts occurs in late June, where bars and cafes throughout the city transform into concert venues. The eclectic range of artists means heavy metal clubs host a four man orchestra while small family-run cafes get rocked by punk bands.
If for some reason you feel the need to truly get out of the city, Berlin is an excellent stepping stone for a European adventure. Berlin is located in the heart of Europe allowing for easy access north, south, east and west. Using Germany’s famously efficient rail system I was able to make weekend trips to the Czech Republic and Poland to experience a more Eastern European vibe. My fellow classmates easily made trips down to other parts of Germany as well as into France, the Netherlands and Denmark. For longer trips, Berlin has marketed itself as a major air hub meaning cheap flights all around. Feel like checking out the scene in Istanbul? Berlin’s Turkish diaspora means cheap roundtrip flights to Istanbul. Want to go visit your Trinity friends in Spain? Easy Jet runs continuous flights to Barcelona and Ibiza. I took advantage of the low airfares by traveling down to Lebanon and Cyprus for my Spring Break, checking out the scenes in Beirut and relaxing on the beaches of Larnaka. I was also lucky that the program I went with my sophomore spring, IES Abroad, included week long trips to both Paris and St. Petersburg, two cities I never truly planned on visiting. With travel being one of the key draws of studying abroad, Berlin is the perfect city for planning a European experience.
For those looking at Berlin for their time abroad, I found the IES Berlin program to be the perfect mixture of language and cultural study. With a heavy focus on Urban Studies, the programs is run by an expert faculty and hosts students from throughout the United States and abroad. The program, running in both spring and fall, offers plenty of chances to travel throughout Europe and actively encourages its students to take advantage of their time in Berlin.
For those looking to study in Berlin through Trinity a summer program has just been launched in the past two years. Led by German professor Johannes Evelein, the program consists of an introductory language class and a class focusing on the history of Berlin. It is a great way to experience such a vibrant city as well as pick up two credits. Even if you choose not to study in Berlin, I hope you get a chance to one day visit this wonderful city and take advantage of all it has to offer.
ELI MILLER ’14
This Friday, April 11 will be the 9th Annual Trinity College Relay for Life. Trinity’s own Relay comes once every spring.
Relay for Life is a longstanding fundraiser that targets cancer awareness and research. Over 5,000 events are held across 20 different nations throughout the world each year. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society, devoted to the mission of fighting back against cancer.
This year, the Relay will be held in Koeppel Community Center and the track will be set up on the ice. Participant will walk laps around the track as acts ranging from a cake decoration to acappella performances by the our very own Quirks, Pipes, Tones, Dents, and Discords.
Relay kicks off at 6 p.m. with the Survivor’s Lap in which all participants who have fought and survived cancer take the lead for an often emotion filled lap. Relay is, by nature of its cause, emotional. It is rare to encounter someone who is untouched by cancer. Cancer is one disease that truly knows no bounds. Cancer continues to cause loss and tear at families and individuals, both patients and supportive loved ones. These survivors, through a mix of luck, will, and courage, have wrestled and come out on top. They have been through some of the most grueling medical treatment and have endured debilitating conditions. Another powerful event is the Ceremony of Hope. This is both to remember all who have passed and honor those who are entangled in the battle now.
There are already 278 participants signed up for this year and a fund of almost $15,000 raised. Individuals and teams as large as 15 have gone above and beyond the $10 registration minimum but of course there is always room for more. If not the desire to be a positive active member of our campus community, the lip sync competition might entice you boasting a prize of $500. Or you may be won over by this years date auction MCed by Steph Taylor ‘15, Lindsay Hanig ’15, and Halley Cruice ’15.
Sign up with a team or just show up on Friday with a donation.
ANA MEDINA ‘16
Despite being a small college in a city, Trinity offers a wide range of activities to its surrounding community. One way it has done this is through Trinfo.Café. Located on 1300 Broad Street, Trinfo Café serves as an open Internet café for the Hartford locals.
Having never been there myself, I decided to check it out and see what exactly Trinfo is all about. Not only does it have a friendly and welcoming staff, but also a warm and comfortable environment. There is one room lined up with computers all against the walls, and serves as the main unit for people to use computers. Next to the room, and also serving as the main space of the Café, there is a lounging area with couches, chairs, and a couple tables. Magazines lay around and a few computers are also out for people to use.
Upon entering, Hartford residents are required to sign in or, if it is their first time they must present a state identification and sign up. Once they are in the system, they may come in during open hours and use the computers. Hours of availability depend on whether the user is an adult or a teen. Everyday between 3:00 – 5:00 is designated as “kids hours” and adults will not be allowed during that time. However, on most days adults will have access to the computers between 9:00 AM and 3:00 p.m., and then again between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays the Café is only open till 7:00 p.m.
While Internet Cafés may seem like something of the past, especially when you look around and see everyone on their laptop, Trinfo provides a service that, as students, we often take for granted. Isabelle Elizalda ‘12, the Graduate Assistant of Trinfo, explains how many Hartford residents do not have Internet access or a computer at home. Living in a world where technology is at every corner, it is even more surprising that many people still cannot navigate the simple tasks of using a computer. Trinfo attempts to bridge this gap by offering a wide range of programming options that teach people how to use a computer, or help them build upon skills they already have.
For Hartford Youth, Trinfo offers the following programs: Media Literacy for Youth, Multimedia Programs, and Computer Typing Programs. In the Media Literacy program, youth are taught about a theme through using a computer. Some of the themes include the environment, consumerism, and democracy. Multimedia programs serve as an after school program where youth can learn about making a video. In the Computer Typing Program, youth learn how to type through a self paced program. While these classes are specific to Hartford youth, Trinfo also offers programs to its adult learners. The following workshops are available to them: Personal Development and Professional Development. In Personal Development adults take a series of three hour courses, which are available in either English or Spanish, that teach basic introductory material. The subjects range from learning how to turn on a computer to simple Internet use. In Professional Development, adults learn how to use all Microsoft programs.
Understanding the limited access Hartford locals have to computers, Trinfo also has a bi-yearly computer give away. It is a refurbished computer provided by Trinfo and aims to increase Ethe residents’ knowledge on technology and Internet use. Although Trinfo’s focus is on computer literacy and access, it also provides other services. People can make copies, print, buy blank CDs, and iPhone 5 chargers. As the name mentions, Trinfo also has coffee, tea, and various sweet treats such as cookies.
Although Trinfo has been around since 1999, not many people are aware of its services. Elizalda states that her personal goal is “to make Trinfo a bigger presence.” Students working at Trinfo also promote the services provided and encourage the community to take advantage of it. Mauricio Uyaguari ‘16 and Lovelie Tejeda ‘14 both express a feeling of satisfaction from working at Trinfo. Tejada, specifically states that she’s gained a new appreciation for teaching, especially something as important as computer literacy. While most Trinity students have access to computers or can use those in the library, Trinfo.Cafe is still a great place to check out. You will always be greeted by a friendly staff member and can savor a nice cup of coffee while you see everything Trinfo has to offer.
CAROLINE PICERNE ‘15
Style varies from person to person, but Georgie Wynn ’16 gets it right. Her style is classic, very colorful, pretty, and breezy. Georgie knows what she likes. First and foremost: having a go-to pair of jeans or even a company that you know fits you perfectly is so important when looking your best. For Georgie, that brand is Seven For All Mankind. She admits that she tends to gravitate towards “jeggings” but knows that the Genevieve style is her favorite, without a doubt. And what is better than a perfect white t-shirt to go with those Genevieve jeans? Absolutely nothing. Georgie grabs a plain white Gap T-shirt to complete the crisp, clean, casual look. It works perfectly every time with her Michael Kors runway watch and her favorite bag: a vintage Fossil side purse.
Every girl loves her accessories and it’s important to know what works for you. For Georgie, it’s her long, gold-chained necklaces that she inherited from her great-grandmother. Aged jewelry paired with clean modern accessories gives Georgie’s look a little bit of an edge. She wears her gold Tiffany rings and Alex and Ani bracelets for her modern jewels.
A go-to brand and store is another important thing to have. It’s an assurance that if you don’t like any of once-worn clothes that are hanging in your closet, you can revert back to the one brand you love. Georgie loves Urban Outfitters and their clothes truly fit her style. She also really enjoys thrift shopping, especially at Second Time Around. What’s best about thrift shopping is when you can find something that is exactly what you’ve been looking for. It may be a dress or a shirt that you saw a few years ago but never bought. Or it might be a pair of vintage boots that already have the worn-in look you just have to have.
As spring approaches, girls all around shed their jackets, kick off their boots, and throw on dresses and flip-flops. Clothes seem lighter and more colorful, which makes just about everyone happy. When heading out during the day in warm weather across campus, Georigie’s favorite kind of dress to slip on is anything loose and with a flower print. It’s a classic choice when wanting to appear put together, as if you worked all morning to get ready, yet the look is truly effortless.
ESTHER SHITTU ’17
A plane has been missing for a month and no one knows where it is. According to CNN, Flight 370 of the Malaysia Airlines went missing after one of the pilots said “all right, good night” on March 8, 2014. This ambiguous statement has led everyone to believe that there is some foul play involved, especially since the transponder was supposedly “turned off.” It is possible and it has been speculated that the transponder stopped working. No one really knows what happened or what may be currently happening on Flight 370. But, what I want to know is this: how can a plane of that size go missing in today’s world and not be found yet?
As someone who used to be very scared of flying, hearing about flight 370 was disheartening. It was upsetting to know that a plane went missing and no one knows what happened. The only thing we can be sure of, as the Prime Minister of Malaysia has speculated, is that probably none of the people in the flight survived. And although I do not wish to believe that, the question that follows is how can they be? How can they remain alive? But furthermore, why can’t the whole world find a plane? Did it just vanish? Why did it take a month for there to be important evidence? Who did people not do their homework and what can we do to fix it so that this does not happen the next time?
There have been some who believe the government is not telling the truth about the Malaysian flight. One woman told the New York Times, “All governments are corrupt. The Malaysian government is hiding something.” Could it be that this is the case? Is the government trying to hide something? If they are, what is the reason for the big show that they are making of “trying” to find the flight?
The truth of all these questions is that no one has a concrete answer. We do not know what makes a plane go missing and what makes a plane undetectable. When I think of all the technology out there, from the ones that are downright useless to the ones that we have use for, it amazes me that all someone has to do is turn something off on a plane to prevent us from finding it. Are you serious? Honestly, in today’s world and with our technology, a back-up plan should have been thought of. There should have been a back-up plan, such as, what if this happens? What will prevent a plane from going missing, perhaps? And although the question seems simple, we won’t be put through this whole ordeal again.
We also have no idea about who is behind the disappearance. There is a strong chance that someone on the plane tampered with the flight. Many have speculated that it is the pilots who have done something to tamper with the plane. The possibility of that could be high. However, since nothing in the conversations of the pilots indicated that foul play could have been on anyone’s minds, that theory is shaky. Some people also believe that the plane flew autopilot. This is possible. But, in an opinion piece that he wrote for CNN, Robert Goyer makes the case, “when terrorists hijacked the airplanes that were flown into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, they flew the airplanes by hand and those hijackers had trained for months with that exact mission in mind. In the case of Flight 370, it would almost certainly have remained on autopilot, which would have dutifully followed the flight plan in the flight management system.” Therefore, autopilot to some, especially Goyer, is not possible at all.
But could the plane have malfunctioned? CNN writers had some theories of what they believed could have happened. According to one writer, “aviation consultant Kit Darby has said there might have been a power failure, and during the hour when he had backup power, the pilot was attempting to return to ‘the airports and a region he knows.’ There’s also the possibility that the tail or a wing tore from the fuselage. This particular Boeing had suffered a clipped wingtip in the past, but Boeing repaired it.” It is also possible “that a window or door failed, which would cause the temperature inside the plane to drop to 60 degrees below zero, creating a freezing fog and giving crew members only seconds to don oxygen masks before becoming disoriented and then incapacitated.” If this had happened, debris would have fallen and someone would have located it.
I found it shocking that this is not the first time that government officials have been unable to find a plane. According to CNN, in 2009, Air France Flight 447 crashed in the South Atlantic between Rio de Janeiro and Paris during turbulent weather conditions. It took four searches and almost two years before the bulk of the wreckage and majority of bodies were recovered. The voice and data recorders weren’t found on the ocean floor until May 2011. Therefore, for some who are searching for the flight, it is a case of déjà vu.
I wanted to do a piece on Flight 370 because I thought I might be able to find information on what is going on. All I found was that the United States, among other countries (such as China), has found debris that later turned out to be nothing.
The information that is currently circulating is that the Australian Nay Ship is now searching under water, and unfortunately they have until April 7 to do it because the devices in the plane that are powered by batteries stop emitting “pings” after 30 days.
April 7 marks 30 full days since the plane went missing. According to CBS, on day 29, a Chinese ship heard a signal in the Southern Indian Ocean that is the same frequency as what would be put out by the plane’s data recorder. There has been white debris detected, but nothing has been confirmed.
This new finding has been like all of the findings and speculations. It leads us to nothing of certainty, and so far in the search, it seems that nothing will ever be certain.
ISABELLE BOUNDY ’17
This past weekend, Trinity hosted its 9th annual International Hip Hop Festival. The festival started kicked off on Thursday with seminars in Terrace Rooms B and C on “Hip Hop as a Social Movement” and “Media Representations of Global Hip Hop.” That evening, many attended a screening of the film Say My Name: Women. Hip Hop. Life in the Washington Room.
Day one of the festival concluded with a Spoken Word open-mic at the Mill, which brought out dozens of performers—Trinity students and Hartford residents alike. Zaniyyah AshBoy ’16, performed two poems including a love poem and a poem about the struggles minorities face on a daily basis. She was preceded by Briana Chang ’16, who performed her poem, “My Man,” in which she discussed the struggles black men face in a world that is stacked against them. “Spoken Word, to me, is a platform to express myself and others when the world told us we were insignificant and small,” Briana said. “When I can’t articulate issues in my life, I write a poem.” The sense of community was palpable as the performers and audience members cheered each other on. The closing performer was a high school aged Spoken Word first-timer who delivered her poem to resounding applause.
Friday commenced with a discussion entitled “How to Use Hip Hop for Empowerment,” followed by a presentation by Bocafloja in which he discussed his new book Prognosis: Decolonial Poetic Exhale. Published in both Spanish and English, Prognosis: Decolonial Poetic Exhale is a collection of poems, narratives, and essays telling the stories of the economic and psychological impacts of colonialism on Mexico. “We’re breaking down those barriers that mainstream culture is constantly refining,” Bocafloja says.
“We want to tell the stories of Mexico in the most applicable ways possible”.
Bocafloja also raps, in addition to his poetry, and several of his videos have appeared on MTV tr3s and MTV World. He does much of his work with the help of his group, Quilombarte. They currently have a documentary in production in which they hope to address issues regarding Latin American race relations. In the future, Bocafloja says they “hope to bring cultural production to communities that are usually denied this kind of artistic expression.” Bocafloja says his ultimate goal is to create public spaces in which marginalized peoples can coexist and interact.
That afternoon, the Rittenberg Lounge housed a film screening and discussion which was led by the Hip Hop Re-Education Project (HHREP). HHERP is an organization that targets young people, aged 18 to 24, through in-school integration of art, music, and academics, as well as resume “Do It Yourself” workshops, and its Bronx-Berlin exchange program. HHREP encourages its participants to be open to different ideas and cultures while maintaining a strong sense of self and identity. “Not only do you learn how to grow your craft, you learn how to grow your being,” one of the organization’s members said of his experience with the group. HHERP aims to inspire young people to develop passions and life-paths in which they can become fully invested. The group has already produced one album and is currently in the process of recruiting artists for its second album.
Undoubtedly, Friday’s highlight was “Bboy/Bgirl Break-dancing Battle and Exhibition” where participants included Trinity students, Hartford Residents, and New Englanders alike. Judges evaluated almost 50 contestants of all ages who competed in groups of four. Each contestant was given a score and the top 16 moved on to the “Showcase Round.”
During a ten-minute intermission, Hartford children took to the dance floor to give break-dancing a try, supervised and mentored by the more experienced competitors. The break-dancing elders could be seen teaching young dancers new moves and providing tips on how they could improve.
From the top 16 competitors, a winner was eventually crowned. Again, the community came together, supporting each other and connecting through art.
The final day of the festival began with a graffiti exhibition on the Gates Quad, which continued all day. Students and community members passing by throughout the day could stop and examine the art displayed on the quad. The nearby Cave patio also served as a venue for local and regional talents. Rappers, singers, and dancers alike took to the patio to share their art with their community and peers.
The festival concluded Saturday night with the final hip-hop concert, which ran from 7:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Performers including Shokanti, Jaro Cossiga, and Black Noise hailed from around the world. Seminar and workshop instructors from throughout the festival also returned to perform in the festival finale. Talib Kweli headlined the event and delivered a fantastic performance to an enthusiastic crowd and booming applause.
Although it was encouraging to see greater interaction between Trinity students and the Hartford community, it seemed the turnout could have been better. “I think that more Trinity students should attend the Hip-Hop Festival and see what it’s like,” said Briana Chang. “Just about every moment of this event is an experience that makes me feel like I’m doing more than existing, but truly living. I wish more of my peers would join me.” When asked if she felt Trinity should host more similar events, Briana stated, “I think Trinity does have many wonderful events like this, and more are created. People just need to go and explore, go and volunteer to make events like this the true and beautiful experiences that they are.”
The common theme throughout the festival seemed to be of community coming together in support of one another, particularly its youth. Repeatedly, more experienced artists worked to help the youth better themselves and find a venue for expression and acceptance. The festival was a reminder to all of the importance of community involvement as well as artistic expression and acceptance. The festival brought people of all backgrounds together in a celebration of art. Hopefully the event inspired greater Trinity-Hartford integration in the future.
TANYA KEWALRAMANI ’14
A year abroad had changed Gaurav. Being at Oxford has been an adventure. He definitely missed it and the friends he made there, but he was ready to go back to Trinity. During his year abroad, he travelled and explored the world. Each new country and each new experience helped him grow. He had no idea that this next experience would have such a large impact on his life.
The wind whipped through his hair. He took a deep breath and marveled at the landscape that surrounded him. He can still clearly remember that feeling of travelling to another country. It was exhilarating. Gaurav was in Kenya doing research for his senior thesis project. He was studying ethnic conflict. The research was going to start in Njoro where ethnic conflict was rampant.
Upon entering the village, he met Rupa Devi, the woman in charge of the orphanage in Njoro. She was and still continues to take care of seventy-two young orphan girls. After a long chat with Rupa Devi, Gaurav learnt that ethnic violence since 1992 had claimed the lives of 5,000 people. It had displaced over one million Kenyans. Those young girls were victims of the terrible circumstances that surrounded them and there was no clear way out. Due to the ethnic clashes, the girls lost their orphanage. It was burned to the ground.
The orphanage is entirely supported by donations. To this day, the girls do not have a proper structure that they can call home. The limited funds are directed towards basic necessities and education, as opposed to the structure itself.
Gaurav was in shock. The stories he heard baffled him. They saddened him. It was then and there that he decided what he needed to do. Without wasting a single minute, he did all the research and spoke to all the people necessary to make his plan a reality. He was determined to change the girls’ unfortunate circumstances. He wanted to create opportunities for them that would guarantee them a better future. Upon his arrival at Trinity, he contacted our friend Marissa, and the both of them got to work on a proposal. They would submit the proposal for the Davis Grant for Projects for Peace.
He wanted to seek sustainability in four ways at the orphanage. The first was a spacious kitchen equipped with baking units for the girls to bake professionally for income. The girls would learn professional skills and cater to clients as a source of income. Second, a conference room on the first floor, which would be equipped with a projector screen and the necessary furniture, which would act as a meeting room for organizations and events. Income generated from bookings of the conference room would help the mission’s sustainability. Third, to establish an ambitious program to connect each girl with a family in a nearby town. The girls would have access to a social network through these assigned families who will pledge to come and visit the girls at least once a month. The families would also contribute towards basic necessities for the girls, allowing the traditional source of donation to survive. Lastly, traditional donors would be encouraged to continue their assistance to the project.
When I read the proposal, I was so impressed. It was something so ambitious and I knew him and Marissa would pull it off. The more Gaurav talked about it, the more I wanted to go. It was such an incredible opportunity. I told him that if he received the grant, I was in.
The days leading up to the final decision were nerve-wracking. On a lazy morning whilst I was watching some television in Gaurav’s quad, Gaurav leapt out of his room screaming with joy. It could only mean one thing. He called Marissa, and then jumped around the quad some more. I could not believe it! We were going to Kenya!
Before I knew it, we had formed a group of six people, ready to embark on this journey together: Gaurav, Marissa, Juan, Paroma, Aurora, and myself. Our first meeting with all of us together was absolutely fantastic. We were laughing and joking around. We genuinely enjoyed each other’s company. It feels so wonderful to be a part of something with great people that will do so much good. We threw ideas around about how to fundraise and discussed flight tickets, and talked about the details of our trip to Kenya.
A few days after the meeting, our fundraising began. We are all so grateful to the Trinity College community for being so supportive and so encouraging. The response has truly been overwhelming. We give thanks to the Davis Grant and Trinity College for helping us to do something good for the world. We have the ability to help a community that has been struggling and needs support from not just us, but everyone around the world. We are still in the early stages of fundraising but it has already been so incredible. After four incredibly hectic years at Trinity, right after graduation we will leave for Njoro. We have this golden opportunity to help these young girls. We can provide them with the tools to access a better life, free from the hardships they have had to face at such a young age.
These opportunities really do not come by often. If you have a plan or a project in mind, do not hesitate to apply. Trinity will be a strong support system, ready to help you in any way that they possibly can. As we grow older, we become so involved in our own lives. It’s important to take a chance to give back when you can, because it could lead to something life changing. On May 20, the six of us will depart for Kenya, on a journey that we know will change our lives. We ask you to please help us help them. You can donate your meals at Mather on April 16 and 17. You can like our Facebook page and donate online. Any amount, small or big, will bring us one step closer to our goal. In the next couple of weeks, keep an eye out for some of our other fundraising events, and please donate! Anything helps, and a little goes a long way! You can help make a difference.
SHEILA NJAU ’17
Some say that the bond a child shares with its parents is the strongest form of attachment. Then comes the teenage years and that attachment is put to the test. The bond between parents and their children becomes tumultuous. There are the good days when everyone seems to get along just fine and there are others when there is the continual screaming and recriminations. For the most part, these conflicts resolve themselves and in others they do not. In some cases, this tension that develops between parents and child takes a strange turn.
Rachel Canning, an 18-year-old high school cheerleader from New Jersey, made the decision to move away from her parents’ house in October because she did not agree with the rules that her parents had set forth for her, including the fact that they wanted her to break up with her boyfriend. In this instance, most children who cannot find a compromise seek independence and move on. Hopefully with time, both parties would be able to reconcile their relationship. Rachel, however, took it a step further and instead sued her parents for child support and tuition. In her lawyer’s view, since her parents made between $250,000 and $300,000 a year, she should receive at least $654 a week as child support. She also sued them for tuition fees for the high school she attended, which they had stopped paying for. Additionally, she requested that her parents cover her legal fees. When the case began, the parents of Rachel’s friend were the ones paying the legal fees as well as allowing Rachel to stay in their home. Rachel also stated that she should not be emancipated because she had not left home voluntarily, but rather that her parents were abusive and so her decision to leave was based on fear of safety.
When I heard of the case, I was mystified. Rachel is among many who do not agree with their parents’ house rules, but to sue your parents? For me, it felt a little extreme. If indeed she came from an abusive home, then I thought, why not just leave and dissociate herself from the people who were hurting her? It seemed the case would only result in bad memories.
But, the more I thought about it, why shouldn’t she be able to finish high school considering she would be graduating in only a few short months? So, in that regard, I felt that her parents should at least pay for the remainder of her high school fees. As for the child support, it still did not seem that she was entitled to it, especially since she moved out of her parents’ house two days before her eighteenth birthday and so by the time the case started she was already eighteen. Then the case became even more convoluted as the parents had their say. From their perspective, Rachel had been exhibiting bad behavior, such as drinking, and were she to move back home, they would pay for the remainder of her high school fees. Considering the fact that Child Protective Services went to their home and cleared them of being abusive, I came to believe that they were in the right and what the judge said about Rachel being spoiled started to ring true.
For me what stood out as I tried to learn more about the case were pictures that were taken during the proceedings. More importantly, those taken of Rachel and her parents. I keep going back to two, one of Rachel smiling and looking unfazed and the other was of her parents, both of them in tears, looking destroyed. At this point, I could not help but think, how she could put her parents through this just because she was unwilling to abide by their rules? What about her younger siblings and how this situation would affect them? And then comes the even bigger question, her friend’s parents who supported her and were paying the legal fees for the time being. Did they ever try to approach her parents to come to a compromise or rather just believe the story that Rachel gave them?
Unsurprisingly, Rachel dropped her suit on March 18 and made the decision to go back home with her parents, who allowed her to do so, which to me speaks well of their characters. I can imagine some parents, who after this debacle would tell their kids to grow up first before allowing them to come back home. At the end of the day, a family was reunited after many months apart, but I also hope that Rachel as well as others learn an important lesson from this. The decisions we make can have far reaching effects, especially as adults and the consequences of those decisions may never go away. So, yes, Rachel is back with her parents, but the damage done already may be irreparable.
RJ UGOLIK ’15
Thursdays are special days on college campuses and Trinity is no different. For some students, they signal that the weekend is almost in full swing again. After four days spent in the depths of the Raether Library, this can be quite uplifting. Thursdays to most college kids are, in actuality, Thurs-nights: a time when many hard working students seek to take a break from their studies and unwind with their peers, many of whom are sailing in the same work-ridden boat.
Groups of eight filled the tables and chairs of Vernon Social Center as WhatTrivia host, Mark Bernacki, informed an eager crowd of students about the special occasion of the evening: two students would be randomly selected to win $25 gift certificates to Goldberg’s, in addition to the $50 set aside for the champions. The room was bright and welcoming.
“The rules are simple. Choose a team name. Don’t forget a rules sheet or answer pad. Put your team name, along with your answer and a wager. Don’t forget to wager and don’t repeat a wager. Oh, and NO CELL PHONES.” To get the most out of my experience, I felt it best to throw myself right in the thick of things, and join up with a group of contestants. Already it was unlike anything else I knew of that happened on Thursday nights.
The game, organized in a rather simplistic manner, is split into halves, with a final question to cap things off (worth up to as many points as a team is willing to wager). Throughout the first round, contestants were continuously asked other thought provoking questions, such as: “Which of the following words—bootylicious, bromance, selfie, jeggings, or yolo—was not in the Oxford Dictionary?,” “What does the modern technological term ‘wi-fi’ stand for?,” or “In the anatomy category, where are beauty features that are regarded in science as one’s ‘zygomatic arches’ located on the human figure?”
The answering process was an event to watch in itself. Some were just a matter of common knowledge and other questions left the door open for some creative persuasion. Equally as entertaining was the wordy debate between two slightly tipsy biology majors, about whether the zygoma was related to the bones beneath the lower eye or those in the cheeks. Their reactions were priceless when another teammate intervened only to say that they were both right, as Mark announced that all he was looking for was anything referencing ‘the face’.
At this point, the host took a quick pause to announce the first recipient of the two Goldberg gift cards. I took a pause myself, as I began to try to imagine a fraternity putting the party on hold to give away raffle prizes. It wasn’t long before I realized that there wasn’t much substance to the thought at all: a similar giveaway would be hard to do in an environment where names are not exactly a focal point. And, for those not immersed in friend circles including fraternity members, the initial act of getting into the frat is often an instance of randomly generated luck in itself, never mind getting a drink. I chuckled a bit on the inside as the thought of fraternities taking timeouts faded away and I refocused on the game at hand.
Once again, I was genuinely fascinated as people confidently scribbled down answers just as quickly as the questions themselves were asked. The second round came to a close as Mark revealed that Oprah Winfrey was the only African American billionaire according to Forbes.
As promised, a tally was taken at halftime to see if the previous week’s attendance record had been broken. With 13 teams and 60 players, it shattered the old one and set a new record. What was once only a handful of students answering a list of questions in an empty room had transformed into a competitive and engaging weekly test of knowledge that was well attended.
The second half started and it wasn’t long before the audience was tested again, this time in the form of numerical reasoning. Mark paused to give out the second Goldberg’s gift card then moved forth with the final round categories, a few of which he had to repeat. It seemed that the alcohol was beginning to become more of a factor. Each repetition appeared more tedious than the last, and I began to feel a sense of frustration, the same feeling that the host was doing a commendable job of holding back.
The final task was to name 9 of the 10 largest countries by total land area (including inland bodies of water). Designated messengers for each team scribbled their answers and ran up to turn them in, as they did time and time before. I grew curious to the point of asking if bonus points were awarded for quickness. I learned that they weren’t; people were just eager to share knowledge they proudly possessed. This was also interesting, as I began to notice another parallel between trivia and your typical night in parts elsewhere on Vernon; this was focused more around what you knew and less around whom you knew.
I am not implying that a sense of community cannot be derived from places like fraternity basements. Their ability to remain in existence through recent scrutiny is proof that a community is being active about their own presence. The feeling I get on campus is that fraternities have not easily surrendered to the new mandates being imposed, nor do I feel they should, as a formidable following has grown accustomed to the lifestyle revolving around Hartford’s best attempt to emulate the “frat rows” that can be found in larger scales at southern schools that enroll thousands more than Trinity does. I simply am trying to paint a picture of what the student body has continuously been promised. That is, not an entire abolishment of Greek Letter Organizations at Trinity, but rather activities that provide an alternative environment in which all cultures present at the college could be fostered without limitations, and for the first time I felt it had delivered.
Thursdays on Vernon Street may be notorious for their late night antics in which groups of kids run around campus drinking up until the buffer zone between thoughts and actions gets burned paper-thin by the alcohol, and rampant anarchy seems to be the byproduct. Although technically in the aforementioned circus of a place, WhatTrivia at Vernon Social Center was more much more civilized than any Thursday night on Vernon Street that I could remember, and invoked tests of intelligence and teamwork that aren’t quite able to shine through the darkness that often encapsulates the basements of Vernon Street.
WhatTrivia on Thursday nights are changing what was once the Vernon Street norm of keeping people out, to promoting a more inclusive and engaging environment and breaking attendance records by letting more and more people in. As the event came to a close, I immediately thought to myself, “What could be going on at this hour everywhere else on Vernon?” Being a student here long enough to know where that question could lead, I decided against entertaining the thought and instead relished the moment I had just been part of. Perhaps it was the true intention of a building with the term “social center” included in its name.
With all of the recent buzz surrounding the growing nature of weekly crowds, a third segment of WhatTrivia was proposed. his own. Mark clearly appreciates the turnouts, evident in the extra prizes that I later discovered were donated by the host himself.
WhatTrivia at Trinity College is held on Thursday nights at 7 p.m., and all are certainly welcome. I’ll see you there.
ZACH HAINES ’14
Open on a crowded theatre of dark faces observing a silent film; next, a troubled dreamer awakes to the sounds of the sea. He paces his windowless room before locating the precise place in the wall—wallpapered to resemble a skeletal forest—where his metallic finger clicks into a concealed keyhole. Bursting through the wall, the man—who is in fact the film’s writer and director Leos Carax, who came to prominence with such features as “Boy Meets Girl” (1984), “Mauvais Sang” (1986), and “Lovers on a Bridge” (1991)—stumbles into the theatre and gazes out at the muted screen. So begins Carax’s most recent endeavor “Holy Motors.” Knowing that we are stepping into what looks like the subconscious of a filmmaker, it is difficult to say what exactly follows this rather cryptic opening sequence: is it a movie about dreams? Is it a dream about movies or a movie about movies? I am not sure if I, after only one viewing, have arrived at a conclusive answer yet. Nevertheless, let us commence with the most concrete plot synopsis possible.
The film tracks one. . . let’s call it, “average”. . . day in the life of Mr. Oscar (played by one of France’s most incomparable character actors, Denis Lavant, who has starred in almost every one of Carax’s films). He departs in the early morning from a magnificent, Le Corbousieresque mansion, his doting wife and gaggle of smiling children waving him goodbye. He proceeds to a white stretch limo, escorted by a heavy security detail. He is greeted at the car by his personal driver, Céline, played by an elegantly gray Edith Scob (of “Eyes Without a Face,” Georges Franju’s 1959 cult classic, which Carax references heavily throughout the film). Handing him a stack of rather classified-looking manila folders, Céline informs Mr. Oscar that he is scheduled for nine different “appointments” that day. Mr. Oscar dons a gray wig and begins to apply a transformative amount of costume makeup. At this point, nothing about the impending events is clear.
The car winds its way into the bustling epicenter of Paris, stopping at the iconic Pont Alexandre III, where a gyspy woman is jingling a tin cup of petty change amidst the flâneurs. “Nobody loves me anywhere,” she croaks, “But I’m alive anyway.” She is ignored and reviled by the passersby. We can see, however, that she is no authentic vagabond, but the unmistakable Mr. Oscar incognito. She (or rather, he) hobbles back into the stretch limo and is off to the next destination. Apparently, “appointment” number one is complete.
The eight successive appointments vary from hysterically funny, to poignantly tearful, to utterly grotesque. It is truly the motliest array of scenes in any single film I have seen to date. As much as I don’t want to spoil any surprises for those of you who are legitimately interested in seeing the film, I simply can not resist naming a few of the episodes you have to look forward to, specifically: Eva Mendes wearing what can only be discribed as a silk chiffon burqa, video-game porn, a melodramatic musical number by none other than Kylie Minogue, and my personal favorite—a boisterous interlude of accordion-driven revelry inside a candlelit church. Each segment is wildly different from the one before and viewers, and I predict that even those who are unfamiliar with this type of filmmaking will be impressed and entertained by the sheer force of Carax’s imagination.
With all that said, there still remains certain questions: what is Mr. Oscar trying to accomplish? Who employs him to complete such bizarre and seemingly inane tasks? If you are the kind of viewer who will be demanding immediate and wholly gratifying answers, then be forewarned: comprehension (or rather, interpretation) of the film is contingent on your own vigilance and creativity. There are clues everywhere, including references galore to the titans of French filmmaking such as the aforementioned Franju classic, “Eyes Without a Face” and Jean-Luc Godard’s 1961 New Wave debut, “Breathless.” I am virtually illerate when it comes to this topic, so it is not without a bit of research that I write this review. However, I firmly believe that you can enjoy “Holy Motors” without knowing the slightest bit about French cinema; all that is required of you as a viewers is that you are able to meet the filmmaker halfway: do not ask whether or not the world in which “Holy Motors” takes place is realistic. It’s not, move on. This is a film that invites its viewers to enter a space populated by dreams or movies or dreams of movies, whatever you decide.
My advice is to simply take that invitation and delight in working through the ambiguity it presents.
KRISTINA XIE ’16
In celebration of the International Hip-Hop Festival, many clubs are joining forces with the Temple of Hip-Hop to host an array of events for the Trinity community. While the festival lasts for two days, the Elemental Movement Dance Crew is a permanent urban and versatile dance club on campus. Founded by Myles Bristow ’14 and Ella Wechsler-Matthaei ’14, the club blends together components of Hip-Hop, Modern Dance, West African and Dance Hall (just to name a few) into their choreography. Since the founding of the club in 2010, the club has experienced challenges and many successes. When Bristow and Wechsler-Matthaei entered Trinity as first-year students, they created the club based on their common love for dance. However, during their time abroad in the Trinity program in Trinidad, the club’s leaders were not able to organize practices, design dances or compete with other schools. Fast-forward to their senior year, Elemental Movement has become synonymous with hip and fresh dances that invigorate our art community.
Sitting in on a recent Friday practice at Trinity Commons, students from all backgrounds and abilities joined in to practice a dance by Nicole Kim ’16. Members followed and asked questions about how to emulate the moves of their nimble leader. Unlike other dance clubs on campus, there were no other dance groups that offered students a blend of all dance types while inviting students of all levels of dance experience. Elemental Movement was the solution; it is “energetic, inclusive and collective,” states Bristow. While originally starting as a Hip-Hop dance group, the club has evolved to incorporate multiple styles and elements to their dances in the same way that the genre of hip-hop dance has matured in recent years. When the public thinks of hip-hop, it is often associated with urban dance battles with breakdancing, b-boying, tutting and popping and locking. With Bristow and Wechsler-Matthaei’s knowledge of dance and experience abroad in the diverse islands of Trindiad and Tobago, their dance has become more global and infused with different cultural elements. Elemental Movement has captivated audiences with their fluid movements and catchy tunes. Some of their biggest performances include the Mocha Talent Show, “Take Back the Night,” and the Spring Dance Festival.
The element of love, passion and devotion is the fundamental building block of the dance group, “Coming to practice is never a task and always an exciting part of my day that I look forward to,” said Wechsler-Matthaei. What unites each of the members is their common goal to improve their ability to dance and compete. With both seniors departing in less than a month, the club has encouraged its members to design their own dance and share it with the group. The International Talent Show was the first time the group danced without their founding members, “I felt like a proud parent,” raved Wechsler-Matthaei as she watched from the audience. She referred to the club as her “pride and baby,” devoting much of her four years at Trinity overseeing events and practices.
Both founders have left an impressive mark on the art community. They have created a welcoming environment for dancers to explore all forms and experiment with a blend of genres, creating a vibrant and thriving art culture on campus. Since the birth of the club, membership has increased to include students from all social niches. They are hoping to hold dance workshops to include Hartford residents and build a stronger relationship with the community. Other future prospects include winning more competitions against nearby colleges and universities.
At the core of Elemental Movement is the “love that everyone shares” that connects each individual to his or her beloved dance group. With this passion, the club continues to expand and share their love with the rest of Trinity and Hartford.
W.H. BENJAMIN ’14
Spending a few minutes alone, Talib Kweli paced through the halls in the upstairs of Mather Hall before jogging onto the stage. In a black flat brim hat, black T-shirt, and thick gold chains, the legendary MC commanded the stage of the 9th Annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival, while promoting his new album, “Gravitas,” and conscious Hip-Hop.
“It’s a vehicle, it’s a tool. It’s a vehicle, it’s a tool. Like, you know how the cavemen had tools they used. And like you have technologies and tools. It’s a vehicle, it’s a tool, for us to create, express, get messages out, create resources,” Kweli says when asked about Hi-Hop. With repetition and rhythm, Talib Kweli speaks as though he is rapping. The idea that Hip-Hop can be a tool to empower the oppressed is a message that the Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival promotes, and is one of the many reasons the festival organizers have been so excited to have him perform.
“The basis of the festival is to introduce people to conscious hip-hop, and remind them that the sub-culture of hip-hop is to empower people, and not go through that mainstream idea that Hip-hop is supposed to be misogynistic, and not care about the people who care about it. And we have to look at artists who uphold that,” says Neha Surender ’14, one of the four main student organizers. Conscious Hip-Hop is a tradition at the annual festival.
Talib Kweli is the most recent artist to headline the nearly decade old festival. Other well-known performers such as Dead-Prez, KRS-One, K’naan, and Brother Ali have played in years past, all of whom have been categorized as “conscious rappers.”
“Being known as a conscious rapper is great, it’s wonderful, it’s a great honor, but no one would care if I didn’t make it properly,” says Kweli. “When they understand that the reasons they like me is because they like what I do as an MC, the conscious thing is just the gravy on the mashed potatoes. Mashed Potatoes is the entertainment”
If mashed potatoes are the entertainment, then Saturday night’s performance was rich, buttery and sprinkled with spices. Kweli’s beats and lyrics charged the packed Washington room with energy. Audience members and other performers alike came from across the globe, as well as from down the street, to listen, watch, and participate in the weekend’s entertainment. The show not only brought different groups from the Trinity community together, it also connected the school to the greater Hartford area, as well as the global hip-hop citizenry.
“It’s a three-fold thing for me. It’s like, Trinity College and expanding the minds of the people here, bringing in the Hartford Community to be more involved with Trinity and like it, and Vice-versa, and then we got the global community, and that’s what it’s all about,” says Brandon Serafino ’14, another student organizer.
Throughout the weekend-long festival, cypher groups sprung up spontaneously, B-boys and B-girls were breaking at every event, and graffiti artists sprayed their tags. Everyone, regardless of age, race, or gender dapped one another in hallways, and swayed their arms to the same rhythm.
Hundreds of hip-hop fans came out to listen and watch Talib Kweli perform, though he was not the only one. Black Noise, Quilombo’Arte Collective, Vox Sambou Jaro Cossiga, The Hip Hop Re:Education Project, Anomaly Konglomerat, and Shokanti all gave strong performances and represented countries like Mexico, the Czech Republic, Haiti, Canada, Mozambique, and South Africa. Their shows were well attended, but did not garner the same popular gravitas as Kweli.
During Talib Kweli’s roughly hour-long performance, he commanded the audience—at times getting them to shout, sing, listen, and learn. “If you don’t like the current state of Hip-Hop, it’s on you,” Kweli said between songs. It was a quick message about empowerment, telling the audience that the consumer controls the direction of hip-hop. He was addressing the audience as a group of individuals, saying that collectively we decide how hip-hop progresses.
His message was the metaphorical gravy on top of the rich mashed potatoes and was well received by the diverse audience. Hipsters from Wesleyan, young kids with dreads, girls with patterned leggings, preppies with pastels and men with afro-hawks all bounced with the rhythm. There was no typical attendant—the crowd was far too diverse. Throughout the show it was conspicuously clear that Kweli is aware of his position in the hip-hop community, the audience he attracts, and his role as a conscious rapper.
“He started as an underground rapper; he still is an underground rapper. Even through he’s had his duos, we people who are a little more known, he’s still upheld those pillars of the hip-hop subculture, doing things to empower people, and doing things because we love it,” says Surender. His reputation precedes him, and because of that, landing him as the headliner to the 9th Annual Trinity International Hip-Hop festival was not easy.
Neha Surender, Brandon Serafino, Kyle Pack, and Myles Bristow are the four Trinity College seniors that organized the event and are known as the leaders of the Temple of Hip-Hop. A process that started nine months ago, they have been working tirelessly to put the event on. It was only in the last two weeks that Kweli confirmed that he would play at Trinity. Saturday night’s show was one stop on a long list of events in which Kweli is performing. Promoting his new album, “Gravitas,” Kweli returned from Europe, where he played shows in Munich, Paris, and London. Fuelled by vegetable lasagna from Trinity Restaurant, Talib Kweli played late into the night.
JT Mehr ’16
The Trinity Women’s Tennis team has been nothing short of impressive so far this spring. To date, the Lady Bantams are ranked number 14 nationally and hold a record of 7-2. They began their season at home on March 8 by defeating Skidmore College.
For Spring Break, the Women’s Tennis team travelled to California. On March 19, the Bantams faced NESCAC rival Bowdoin College, culminating in an 8-1 victory for the Polar Bears. Morgan Feldman ’16, playing second singles, won the lone match for the Bantams – a three set, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 defeat over Kate Winingham. Despite a tough loss to begin their trip, the lady Bantams rebounded the next day in Orange, California by defeating Chapman University 6-3. Melita Ferjanic ’16, Elizabeth Gerber ’14 and Caroline Gagne ’14 all won singles matches in straight sets, playing in the first, fifth and sixth singles. Regan Cherna ’14 and Senzo Mauve-Maphisa ’14 were victorious in second doubles, winning 8-2.
Just a day later, Trinity faced La Verne University in a match held at Claremont McKenna University. For the second day in a row, the Bantams won 6-3 over La Verne. Melita Ferjanic ’16 and Morgan Feldman ’16 won the first and second singles matches. Seniors Caroline Gagne ’14 and Elizabeth Gerber ’14 were successful playing third doubles, securing an 8-1 victory for the Bantams.
For the last match of their California Spring Break trip, the Lady Bantams battled UC Santa Cruz. Without much difficulty, the Bantams cruised to a 7-2 win. Regan Cherna ’14 and Senzo Mauve-Maphisa ’14 won their respective singles matches 6-2, 7-6 and 6-1, 6-0. Cherna and Mauve-Maphisa also played second doubles for the Bantams, where they won 8-4 over Courtney Lymburner and Danielle Caro. The win over UC Santa Cruz capped off a cumulative 3-1 record for the spring break trip. Morgan Feldman ’16 earned Trinity Athlete of the Week honors for her amazing play in California.
On March 29, the Lady Bantams travelled to Brandeis University, just outside of Boston in Waltham, Massachusetts. Morgan Feldman ’16 and Elizabeth Gerber ’14 won in both the singles and doubles leading Trinity to a tight 5-4 win. This gave Trinity its fourth consecutive victory, providing significant momentum prior to the April 3 conference matchup against Wesleyan University. The Lady Bantams cruised to a 6-3 triumph over the Cardinals, improving their record to 6-1 and earning their first victory in NESCAC competition.
This past Friday, Trinity competed as the number two seed in the opening round of the Nor’Easter Bowl. Despite trailing 3-0 after doubles play, the Lady Bantams won five of six singles matches, four of which were in three sets, to earn a 5-4 victory against Wellesley College. Advancing to the semi-finals yesterday, Trinity was faced against the seven seed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It was a tough day for the Lady Bantams, as they lost 7-2. Morgan Feldman ’16 and Elizabeth Gerber ’14 won the only two matches for the Bantams, playing number two and number five singles.
This coming week, the Lady Bantams face Connecticut College, Middlebury and Williams. These three matches are important in determining the post-season fate and seeding in the NESCAC tournament for the Women’s tennis team.
Drew Ragosta ’17
CONTRIBUTING SPORTS WRITER
The last four Trinity baseball games, starting with a knockout win against MIT with a score of 5 to 2, have set the stage for a killer season for the Bantams this semester. On April 2, Trinity defeated the Engineers, breaking their impressive three-game winning streak and pushing them down to 7-10 while the Bantams advanced to 6-10. Pitcher Jed Robinson ’16 threw a great six and a third innings, fanning three hitters and letting up seven hits. Patrick Carbone ‘14 and David O’Brien ’14 both took the mound in the ninth inning to relieve Robinson. O’Brien earned two strikeouts over six batters and Carbone earned his third save of the season. Trinity got on the board early as they scored their first run in the first inning as Mackenze Genauer ’16 came home on a wild pitch. In the second inning, Genauer hit an RBI single to left field that brought home Nick DiBenedetto ’17 and Chris Leach ’17. The Bantams rounded out their scoring in the sixth inning as DiBenedetto hit an RBI ground out to third base and Leach scored his second run off a wild pitch.
On April 5th, the Bantams lost at home against Colby by a score of 5-3 falling to a 6-12 record. Trinity came out strong in the first inning with Evan Abraham ’15 scoring on a walk with a single by Daniel Pidgeon ‘16, and Scott Huely ’15 hitting a sacrifice fly, allowing Abraham ‘15 to score the run. The Bantam’s scored again with another walk by Abraham ’15 from an RBI by Scott Huley ’15. For awhile the Bantams led with a score of 3-2, but after six innings Colby scored another three runs to take the lead and the win.
The Bantams and Colby battled it out again against Colby on April 6th, with a close win of 5-4. Abraham came out to hit the first RBI, followed by Brain Wolfe ’17, Chris Leach ’17, and Ryan Ruether ’17 all cranking out RBI singles. To put the nail in the coffin, Richard Spencer nailed another RBI run to drive Pidgeon home. The ending score was 5-4, with Trinity adding another win to their record.
As of now Trinity’s current record is 7-12 and 2-4 in the NESCAC falling just one game behind the Bowdoin Polar Bears. The Bantams will be playing again on April 9th against MCLA at home, followed by a three game series in Medford, Massachusetts against the Tufts Jumbo’s. With conference rivals Bates, Middlebury and Wesleyan in the coming weeks, the Bantams are looking to capitalize in order to qualify for the NESCAC tournament in early May.
This season, the Bantams have putup impressive stats. The team has scored 76 runs in 19 games, including 24 doubles, 2 triples and a home run over 143 total hits. The squad has a team batting average of .260 and an on base percentage of .352. Brian Wolfe ’15 and Daniel Pidgeon ’15 lead the team offensivly with batting averages of .377 and.349 respectivly as well as 42 combined hits and 24 combined RBI’s.
Peter Prendergast ’16
On March 29, the Trinity College Baseball team went 1-1 in a double header against the Bowdoin Polar Bears at home. The Bantams move to a season record of 5-10, going 1-2 against New England Small School Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams. Trinity has met Bowdoin three times this year on the diamond, and the Bantams are in third in the east division, behind only Tufts and Bowdoin.
In the first game of the double header, Bowdoin’s Harry Ridge ’16 shut down Trinity’s batters, as he allowed only two hits and no runs over six innings. Peter Burrows ’14 started on the mound for the Bantams, allowing three runs over five innings pitched. Chris Gallic ’17 relieved Burrows in the final three innings of play, allowing three runs. Aaron Rosen ’15 led offensively for Bowdoin, as he went 3-4 batting with three runs batted in. Adam Moossmann ’15 and Carson Kenney ’15 both contributed hits in the first game.
In the second game over the day, the Bantams opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning as Bryan Wolfe ’17 hit an RBI double to right field, bringing home Scott Huley ’14 for the first run of the game. In the sixth inning, with runners on first and second, Daniel Pidgeon laid down a sacrifice bunt to bring home another run. Wolfe continued the scoring streak with a RBI grounder to shortstop and finally Kenney finished with an RBI double to left center. The Polar Bears did not give up as they mounted a three run comeback in the eigth inning. Bowdoin’s Sean Mullaney hit an RBI single to shrink the deficit to three runs. Aaron Rosen and Chad Martin contributed two more RBI’s, making it just a one run game. In the top of the eighth, the game was called due to inclement weather, as Trinity had the bases loaded with two outs.
Ryan Carr ’14 pitched an impressive seven and two-thirds innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and recording five strikeouts. Patrick Carbone ’14 pitched the final out of the game, recording his second save of the season.
Trinity has put up impressive numbers thus far this season, as they have scored 59 runs thus far from 113 hits (19 doubles, 2 triples and 1 homerun.) Total, the team is batting .265 with a team on base percentage of .351. Daniel Pidgeon and Bryan Wolfe lead the offense this season batting .347 and .375 respectively. Ryan Carr and David O’Brien have both won two games on the mound for the Bantams.
This season, the Bantams have an overall record of 5-10. In the NESCAC, Williams leads with a 3-0 conference record, followed by Amherst with a 2-0 record, Bowdoin at 2-1, Tufts at 1-0 and Trinity at 1-2.
Looking ahead, the Bantams face MIT at home on April 2, followed by a three game series at Colby on April
Elizabeth Caporale ’16
The Trinity Women’s Softball team improves to 4-9 overall after a three game winning streak involving victories over Coast Guard and Bates. After a shaky start in Florida, where the team came away with only one win, things finally seem to be looking up for the Bantams. After suffering a tough 3-2 loss from Coast Guard in the first game of their March 25th double header, Trinity soundly defeated them in the second game with a score of 4-1.
This past weekend Trinity earned back to back wins against Bates in their home opener series. The Bantams are not only undefeated at home, but are now also 2-0 in their division. A third game against Bates has been postponed until further notice due to rain. Currently, Trinity is ranked 1st in their division, NESCAC East, which consists of half of the NESCAC (Trinity, Bowdoin, Colby, Tufts, Bates).
In the first game against Bates, Trinity earned a 3-0 win with the help of sophomore pitcher Hannah King ’16, who threw a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts and scattered seven hits over five innings. King pitched a perfect three innings to start the opener and went without a walk in both games. Trinity’s offense struck early with sophomore third base Erica Correa ’16 and first base Miranda Riendeau-Card ’15 both driving in home runs on bases-loaded walks. The Bantams kept the Bobcats off the board with stellar pitching and defensive play, and added an insurance run in the fifth inning on a lead-off single by senior tri-captain short stop Abby Ostrom ’14 and a two-out RBI single by Riendeau-Card.
In terms of players to watch out for, one stands out- Bantam of the Week Lizzy McQuaid ’16. A sophomore short stop hailing from Lowell, Massachusetts, Mcquaid earned the honor on March 18th due to her outstanding play during the team’s annual spring break trip to Clearmont, Florida to participate in the Dot Richardson Spring games. During that week McQuaid went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs, and a double in a 6-5 win against Manchester, and was 1-for-2 with a walk and a double in a rough 12-0 loss against Wittenberg.
Also, Hannah King was honored this past week as the NESCAC Pitcher of the Week. She allowed one earned run in her start during the first game of a double header against Coast Guard as well as pitching two innings of scoreless relief in Trinity’s 4-1 victory in the second game.
Elizabeth McQuaid and Erica Quinones ’16 lead the Bantams offense this season with 15 and 13 hits respectivly as well as batting averages of .395 and .333. Lily Jewell ’17, Hannah King and Meghan Logan ’17 have all started games this season for Trinity, recording 70 combined strikeouts, 4 wins and a combined ERA of 4.18.
Looking ahead, the team will play two games away against Eastern Connecticut State on March 1, as well as a three game series against Bowdoin, the weekend of
JT Mehr ’16
The Bantams Men’s lacrosse team has faced many difficulties since the beginning of the 2014 season. Having one of the most competitive schedules in the country, dealing with terrible weather conditions, and losing three of the leading goal scorers from the 2013 season- Matt Cohen, Rob Nogueras and Nick Shaheen- the team has overcome a lot of adversity to date. Despite a slow start to the season, the Bantams have been turning it around.
During Spring Break on March 15th, the Bantams travelled to Lewiston, Maine for a game against conference rival Bates College. Ben Preston ’15 tallied the first goal of the contest early in the first quarter off an assist from Matt Hauck ’15, and a second, unassisted goal just before the end of the first quarter. Preston continued to play well; with a score tied 3-3 at the beginning of the third quarter, the junior attackman recorded another goal to give the Bantams a one goal lead. The Bantams closed the third quarter with momentum off a goal from Seth Bird ’16. With a 6-4 lead to begin the final quarter, Chase Growney ’14 added a key goal with only 2:27 left in regulation. From there, Trinity closed the game with a final score of 8-7 over the Bobcats. This matchup was nothing short of a nail biter from start to finish.
Just three days later, the Bantams had another away game- this time against Haverford College in Pennsylvania. Chase Growney ’14 led the Bantams with two goals and two assists, while Ryan Cholnoky ’16, Terence Olsen ’14 and Stefan Pappas ’17 each added one goal and one assist. Trinity didn’t trail once throughout the game, and Seth Bird ’16 recorded a crucial goal with only 59 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. This gave the Bantams an 8-7 lead with under a minute to play, but Chris Christian scored the tying goal for Haverford with just one second left in the game, leading to overtime. The momentum was definitely in favor of the Fords, but Chase Growney ’14 recorded the game-winning goal to give the Bantams a 9-8 overtime win.
On March 22nd, the #6 nationally ranked Tufts Jumbos came to Hartford. The Jumbos overpowered Trinity from the start of game, ending with a 22-8 Tufts victory. However, the Bantams were able to rebound well in their following game against Western Connecticut State. Chase Growney ‘14 and Matt Hauck ‘15 played lights out for the Bantams, registering five points and seven points, respectively. Growney and Hauck combined for nine goals, along with tallies from Michael Lofrese ’16 and Gus Ackley ’17. Midfielder Will Benjamin ’14 won 13 of 20 face-offs, while Dan Badalato ’16 and JR Mastro ’17 played strong defense. The well-rounded performance by the Bantams culminated in a 14-11 victory.
This past Saturday, the team again travelled to Maine to take on the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College. Trailing 8-2 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Bantams rallied back when Chase Growney ’14 and James O’Connell ’15 both scored to cut the deficit. Despite the late surge, it was too late for the Bantams as Bowdoin won the game by a score of 9-5. Goaltender Mickey Zaverucha ’15 recorded 16 saves against the Polar Bears high-powered offense.
The Bantams have conference games in the next two weeks against Connecticut College, Middlebury and Wesleyan, which will determine their fate for the NESCAC
Forrest Robinette ’16
On March 13, members of the Fred Pfeil Community Project met with several faculty member and administrators to discuss the new Trinity House System. During this meeting, students were able to ask questions about the details of the House System. Members of the Fred were able to talk with the faculty about how the new system would affect the Fred as a dorm and as a social organization. The meeting also served as time for faculty to get student feedback on the upcoming change.
Chaplain Allison Reed was one of the faculty members in attendance and she opened the meeting by briefly explaining the details of the House System. She said that the aim of the House System committee is to “create a sense of community” as well as “bridge the gap between the intellectual and social lives of students” at Trinity. Several faculty members then mentioned that they often hear from students who are dissatisfied with the lack of community on campus. The housing system is meant to be a means of addressing that issue.
Chaplain Reed explained that the Housing System would create five houses on campus, each consisting of two or more dorms. Upon entering the college, first-years would be assigned to one of these residential houses. In each house, there would be seven or eight seminars and the seminars would not be grouped according to subject or academic field. A faculty member explained, “For example, all of the science seminars would not be grouped together. Every house would have a mix of students with a variety of academic interests.” The faculty chose to structure the houses in this way as a means of fostering diversity. Each house should not be homogenous. Instead, it should be a collection of students who have a wide array of interests and backgrounds.
As Chaplain Reed continued her introduction, she noted that sophomores would remain in their assigned houses. However, a student is able to live wherever he or she pleases during his junior year. At this time, several students raised their hands to ask questions, in which Chaplain Reed opened the meeting up to free-ranging discussion.
Several students expressed concern about the inequality of the housing facilities on campus. One student said that it would be very disappointing to be assigned to a house with dorms that have poor facilities. Dean Alford, who was present at the meeting, said that the faculty is fully aware of this issue and is working to address it. Another faculty member then chimed in and said that the Administration’s goal is to raise funds to improve the infrastructure of each of the houses so that students would not have a negative view or preconceived notions of certain dorms. Chaplain Reed then said that the House System committee intends to use raised money to make improvements to the communal spaces of each of the dorms. For example, each dorm would have more comfortable lounge spaces and each house would have a kitchen space open to all members of the house. These would be fully communal areas where students can relax, study, cook and hang out.
The discussion then moved in the direction of how the House System will affect the Fred itself. Several students asked if the Fred will be absorbed into the House System or if it will be allowed to continue in its current form. The faculty members responded by saying that, at the moment, they do not intend to bring the Fred under the new house system. It will remain autonomous when the House System goes into effect.
However, the faculty did say that the House System might lead to a drastic decrease in available sophomores for the Fred. As of right now, the Fred is composed of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. In the new House System, sophomores would be required to remain in their houses and therefore they would not be able to apply to the Fred until junior year. Joe Barber, the Director of the Office of Community Service and faculty sponsor to the Fred, expressed his concern about the disappearance of sophomores from the Fred. He noted that, “one-third of Fred members are sophomores.” If sophomores are forced to stay in their houses, the Fred may not be able to recover from such a decreased application pool.
At this point in the meeting, the students began to ask more questions about the details of the system. One Fred member asked if students would be allowed to switch houses. The faculty responded that, in most circumstances, they would not be able to switch. Dean Alford said that, “We are striving for variety and vertical integration and that would be very difficult if students can switch houses as they please.” One student agreed with Alford’s comment and said that students shouldn’t be able to switch unless there were special circumstances. This student argued that, if students can switch freely between houses, the house system might become “clique-oriented.” She went on to say that each house would develop a reputation and, in that way, the system might backfire. Another student disagreed that students shouldn’t be able to switch and she expressed her concern about the lack of choice that students will suffer from. She said that young adults come to college wanting freedom and agency and “people will lose some of that agency if they can’t choose where they live during their sophomore year.” Several faculty members agreed that the lack of choice is less than ideal, but that the benefits of a stronger community could outweigh the decreased freedom for students in terms of housing.
The meeting then began to wrap up. One faculty member summed up her view on the House System saying that the shift will likely be difficult at first because this is “a change in the tide.” She said that she understands that any major change like this will have its issues and that “we will have to confront those issues as they arise.” She went on to say that, even though change can be frustrating, “we have to keep working to solve the issues of the college.”
RYAN MILLER ’17
All matriculated students of Trinity College are responsible for their personal conduct and must uphold the school’s standards. When a student violates the policies or regulations of the Student Handbook, a hearing with the Honor Council is held.
The Trinity College Honor Council is a group of elected and trained students who serve a one-year term. A hearing panel, or appellate board, is comprised of members from the Honor Council. Each member of the panel has a vote in determining respondent responsibility and in the recommendations of sanctions. The Dean or his designee are present during all hearings to advise the panel, but he does not have a vote.
Sarah Bates ’17 expressed the purpose of the Honor Council as a group making strides towards fairness at Trinity, stating that the Council serves as an example to students that the policies held by the school are being enforced. She explains, “The Honor Council is about creating a community that does not tolerate dishonesty, so that everyone is able to hold themselves accountable for their own actions.”
Every year the College informs the Trinity community of all major academic and non-academic conduct cases resolved by the Honor Council from the early fall to the present. This year, these cases involved student handbook violations committed by students in all grades, both off and on-campus.
In total there were 21 non-academic cases released. These cases have been reported by the Hartford Police Department, Trinity College Campus police, on-and-off campus vendors, fellow students, and by anonymous persons.
In one case, a resolution was reached on the grounds of Trinity’s zero-tolerance policy on physical assault, violence, and harassment. “The Honor Council determined that the accused student violated College regulations that prohibit physical assault and verbal harassment and imposed sanctions of a permanent college censure notation on the student’s transcript and a mandated evaluation and ongoing counseling for alcohol abuse.” In this case, the goal of the Honor Council is to not only enforce the school policies, but also provide the necessary help and counseling for students where it is needed.
Another case described a student who disrespected a Campus Security officer. “Campus Safety reported that a senior male climbed on top of a patrol car and was being egged on by a crowd. The Honor Council found the student responsible of behavior which endangers and issued an admonition as well as required an apology to and work service with Campus Safety.”
Cases heard by the Honor Council are not always against individuals, but sometimes against student organizations. This semester, two student organizations were heard in separate cases where they both were held accountable for their actions. “During a campus event at a fraternity, college officials became aware that an unknown number of wristbands had been illegally fabricated and distributed by members of the fraternity. Through an investigation and administrative resolution process, the fraternity was found responsible and banned from having open campus events for the spring and fall of 2014.”
The other case, which involved a campus-recognized group, began with an anonymous tip regarding sorority hazing. An honor council was convened to hear the case and determine responsibility and culpability of those involved. “The Honor Council found the sorority not responsible of hazing, but responsible for violating the Colleges’ social policies. As a result, the sorority was banned from initiating any new members this year and from sponsoring/participating in any social events with alcohol for the remainder of the academic year.”
In addition to the aforementioned cases are thirteen academic cases and resolutions from Honor Council hearings released to the Trinity community. Contrary to the non-academic cases, a clear trend was found in this set of incidents. Ten of the released cases involved extensive plagiarizing and submitting another’s work for one’s own. Students in all grades were accused of plagiarizing term papers, lab reports, and even menial homework assignments. The results of the punishments for plagiarism ranged from students being held on permanent censure to suspensions, respective to the degree of the cases reported.
The Honor Council will continue to see student cases throughout the year until the next election process takes place.
Serena Elavia ’14
On Thursday March 27, the Presidential Search Committee announced that Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney would be the next and 22nd President of Trinity College. Berger-Sweeney is currently the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University in Medford, MA. The Board of Trustees unanimously elected Berger-Sweeney on Tuesday March 25 and she will take the reins of President on July 1, 2014 after current President James F. Jones, Jr. retires after 10 years at the College. Berger-Sweeney’s appointment marks a historic point in Trinity College’s 191 year history as she is not only the first female President, but also the first African-American President. Chair of the Presidential Search Committee and the chair elect of the Board of Trustees Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh ’80 will begin her tenure as chair when Dr. Berger- Sweeney becomes President.
There were numerous events to welcome Dr. Berger-Sweeney to campus. The official announcement of Dr. Berger-Sweeney’s appointment from the Presidential Search Committee came in a campus wide email at 11 a.m. on Thursday March 27. At 1:30 p.m. that afternoon, Dr. Berger-Sweeney greeted hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni in the Washington Room. The audience heard speeches from Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh ’80, Dr. Berger-Sweeney and Pres James F. Jones, Jr. Dr. Berger-Sweeney’s husband Urs V. Berger, Ph.D, also a neuroscientist, and her children Clara, 17 and Tommy, 13 were in attendance for the day’s events. Clara is entering her senior year of high school in Natick, MA and will stay in Natick with her father until she graduates. She plans to spend the summer in Hartford and visit on the weekends during the school year. Tommy will move to Hartford with his mom and the family is exploring schools for him to enroll at. One option mentioned by Berger-Sweeney is the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA) citing the school’s beautiful facilities and great teachers.
Berger-Sweeney received her undergraduate degree in psychobiology from the all women’s college Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA in 1979. She then went on to pursue an M.P.H. in environmental health sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, a Ph.D. in neurotoxicology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and completed her postdoctoral training at the national Institute of Health (INSERM) in Paris, France. After completing her graduate education, Berger-Sweeney returned to her alma mater Wellesley College as the Allene Lummiss Russell Professor of Neuroscience and an associate dean. During her tenure as associate dean, she oversaw 20 academic departments, faculty recruitment, student retention rates and professional development. From 2004 to 2006, Berger-Sweeney created Wellesley’s Neurosciences Program and created an interdisciplinary major in Neuroscience.
After 19 years at Wellesley, Berger-Sweeney became the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University and was responsible for developing and directing the strategic vision of Tufts’ largest school composed of 5,000 students, a 385 member faculty and an annual budget of $311 million. She also oversaw undergraduate admissions, athletics, undergraduate and graduate students, the graduate school and communications. At Tufts, she worked closely with Greek Letter Organizations (GLOs) and will be able to draw on that experience when approaching Trinity’s current situation with GLOs. As dean, Berger-Sweeney helped found the Bridge to Liberal Arts Success (BLAST), which helps students who are the first in their family to attend a four year college.
A recipient of numerous awards, Berger-Sweeney has won the National Science Foundation and Young Investigator Award and in 2006 was awarded a Lifetime Mentoring Award from the Society for Neuroscience. In May 2010, the History Makers organization recognized her as one of the nation’s leading African-American scientists. She is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and chairs the professional development committee of the Society for Neuroscience. Her area of research focuses in the neurobiology of learning and memory and she has done extensive research in Alzheimer’s disease. Berger-Sweeney brings to Trinity a wealth of management experience and believes in the excellence of a liberal arts education.
The Tripod had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Berger-Sweeney and hear her thoughts on the issues most relevant to students.
As the first female and first president of color at Trinity, Berger-Sweeney describes the feeling as exciting and daunting. “There is excitement of forging into a new territory” she says. Many female and students of color are excited to welcome Berger-Sweeney to campus and she hopes that her presence will socially balance things at Trinity. Currently, the gender breakdown at Trinity stands at 52% male and 48% female and the College has only a 21% rate for students of color. From her record, Berger-Sweeney is passionate for and has devoted much of her time to issues of gender and diversity. When she was a Dean at Tufts, she helped found an Africana Studies program and the Center for Race and Democracy, an academic center that promotes research, scholarship and discussion on how race impacts the lives of global citizens. “Trinity College has made a statement by hiring me” she says about how the College hopes to forge a new path en route to its bicentennial in 2023.
What initially brought Berger-Sweeney to Trinity was the quality of the College. At the core of Trinity is strong faculty and intelligent students, the foundation of a great liberal arts education and one of the defining aspects that drew Berger-Sweeney to Trinity. She also cited Trinity’s unique location and said that she wanted to be in an urban area, not in a remote, bucolic setting. But once Berger-Sweeney takes over in July, she will have to hit the ground running. Just 9 years away from its 200th birthday, Trinity College is at a unique crossroads with the paths of Greek Life, academic engagement and social issues all intersecting simultaneously.
Berger-Sweeney’s greatest strength in leading Trinity will be the knowledge and experience she has to draw on from Wellesley and Tufts. As Tufts is a NESCAC school and some of Wellesley sports competes in the NESCAC league, Berger-Sweeney understands the NESCAC commitment to athletics. While at Tufts, she set goals and strategies for athletics, oversaw renewal of facilities and ensured that the athletic department was following all Title IX guidelines. Outside of athletics, Berger-Sweeney has worked with multiple departments and programs both at Wellesley and Tufts. She understands the importance of an undergraduate education and the teacher-scholar model as she has had undergrads working in her lab at Tufts. While she may be the first female and first African American president, Berger-Sweeney is also the first scientist to lead Trinity. “I cannot take off my scientist hat” Berger-Sweeney says regarding what her approach to the job will be. Berger-Sweeney brings her scientific and analytical training to Trinity and is a major proponent of using data to support views and provide a rationale for particular decisions.
While Berger-Sweeney will develop specific programs and plans for Trinity, her overall goal is for students to remain strong and get stronger and for faculty to remain strong and get stronger. This academic mission is at the core of an institution and will not be forgotten. In 1990, a professor of education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education published a widely discussed paper on the decline of the liberal arts education. Over 20 years later and after the 2008 Recession, the discussion on the value of a liberal arts education is still prominent and an issue that Trinity must grapple with. As liberal arts colleges begin to disappear nationwide and more students opt for vocational or schools with specialized job training, those who do enroll at a liberal arts college want to see the return on their investment, especially at Trinity College where one year of tuition, room and board and fees costs approximately $60,000, totaling almost $240,000 over four years. To combat naysayers of the liberal arts education, Berger-Sweeney says that Trinity has to balance parents’ current questions with the knowledge and temper complaints with real facts regarding multiple proven studies that liberal arts students are strong. She cites that liberal arts schools train and instill a love of learning in their students and that this type of training has the “best chance of giving a broad but deep knowledge in a particular subject that will empower one for an entire career” she says. “We don’t know half of the professions that will exist in 25 years” Berger-Sweeney cites as a reason for the continued support of a liberal arts education.
Regarding Greek Life on campus, Berger-Sweeney wants to approach this issue with open ears. This will clearly be one of her greatest challenges and projects at Trinity, and she says that the “most important thing for a new president to do is to come and listen.” Alumni will be included in the ongoing discussion of Greek life, as Berger-Sweeney has cited that observing issues from their perspective is important. But Berger-Sweeney does fundamentally support the recommendations put into effect by the Board of Trustees, the co-educational mandate, the GPA requirement and abolishing a pledging period. Despite supporting the new changes, Berger-Sweeney does not want any student or member of the Trinity community to expect that she will make drastic changes upon assuming the role of President and that her role will be to first listen and then develop “particular paths and particular projects” she says.
In order to diversify the social scene on campus, Berger-Sweeney’s strategy will be to create a positive, inclusive social environment for students and provide them with social options that they can be included in. She cites that the House System (to be implemented by fall 2015) aims to build a more inclusive community on campus. Increasing and diversifying social options will give students more venues for nightlife and socializing, thus making Greek Life less of the dominant culture on campus. During her tenure at Tufts, Berger-Sweeney saw a surge in fraternities and sororities as students cited that they wanted to be included in something. Tufts is home to over 14 fraternities and sororities including 9 male fraternities, 4 women’s sororities, 1 co-ed fraternity and many citywide and culturally based fraternities and sororities. Approximately 18% of Tufts undergraduate students are involved in Greek Life and the Tufts Student Affairs website cites that “membership enhances opportunities to meet new people, achieve academically, hone leadership skills and serve the broader community through philanthropic and service opportunities.” Berger-Sweeney worked extensively with GLOs at Tufts and hopes that she can bring Trinity’s fraternities and sororities closer to the overall social environment and promote a closer relationship with the Administration.
While modifying the social system, Berger-Sweeney will aim to increase academic engagement on campus. She claims that the key to boosting academics is to allow for more contact between faculty and students outside of the classroom. One of the ways that this can happen is through the Housing system which aims to be a living and learning environment and a blended model of curricular and co-curricular activities. President Jones’ 2011 White Paper identified a few tactics to tame partying such as increasing the number of classes that meet on Fridays, mandating senior theses/capstone projects and designating Fridays as a test day. While Berger-Sweeney is familiar with the White Paper, she says she is not fully informed of these options to make any decisions on them and will play the role of listener when she becomes President.
Trinity’s relationship with the Hartford community has been strained over the years, but Berger-Sweeney is willing to invest the time and energy into building a better relationship. “It’s essential to get out and meet some of the key players in the community early in my tenure” she says. Berger-Sweeney says that the relationship with Hartford should be a back and forth one where her presence is strong.
President elect Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney spent her short visit to Trinity by eating with students in Mather Dining Hall, taking “selfies” with students at Ferris Athletic Center and learning what being a Bantam is all about. Students who want to send their wishes to Dr. Berger-Sweeney can email PresidentElect@trincoll.edu.
ISABELLE BOUNDY ’17
Hailing from Malibu, California, Serena Seaman ’17 is a visual artist planning to declare an International Studies major and a Studio Arts minor. Seaman has been drawing for as long as she can remember, mainly portraits and realistic designs. Although she considers painting to be her primary mode of artistic expression, she finds herself drawing more often while on Trinity’s campus, where she is currently enrolled in Drawing 101. Seaman explains, “[Drawing] is easier to do because I would kind of poison my roommates if I started using acrylics and oil paints in our tiny little dorm room.”
Growing up on the sunny beaches of California, Seaman knew she wanted an East Coast college experience. Following the advice of her college counselor, she began researching NESCAC schools. While spending a weekend scouring the Internet for information, Seaman’s interest in Trinity blossomed after watching the “Why We Love Trinity College” video on YouTube. “There’s no sound except for the music… it shows people walking around and they’re happy, and there’s shots of the campus,” Seaman explains. “I liked that [the video] was classic and so simple.
Coming to the East Coast has highlighted for Seaman the comparatively laid back attitudes of the West. She describes students there coming to school in “full-on costumes,” including an eighteenth century period dress. “I liked that about [my high school],” she says. “We were really encouraged to be artistic and do different things. And, coming here, it’s so different… I can’t imagine somebody walking down the Long Walk in an eighteenth century dress.”
It wasn’t just her high school experience that nurtured Seaman’s artistic nature. Seaman comes from a very artistic family—her father and older brother work on architectural and engineering design, and her sister draws and paints landscapes. Her paternal and maternal grandmothers’ art is mounted on the walls all around her house, providing Seaman with infinite sources of inspiration.
Moreover, many of Seaman’s neighbors and family friends share her interest in art. Seaman remembers walking over to her neighbors’ houses for informal art lessons in their studios. “I would come over with a bunch of canvases and stuff and show them what I’ve done and have them give me tips,” she explains. From these neighbors (one of whom used to be one of the head cartoonists for “The Simpsons”), Seaman learned to draw cartoons, to capture landscapes, to evoke greater emotion in her art, and how to work with different materials including pastels and acrylics.
In part, because of her informal training from family and neighbors, Seaman has never taken a formal art class before this semester. Even though she took mandatory art classes in elementary school and dabbled in ceramics in high school, this semester is the first time she has received formal instruction in drawing. “I was scared to get an actual grade and make it homework,” Seaman explains. “I’ve never had any formal criticism of my work. I love [art], but it’s just something I do for fun.” Despite her initial apprehensions, Seaman says her drawing class is going well and feels she has definitely improved. Her 101 class emphasizes the foundations of drawing, and although she initially found this approach frustrating, she soon realized that getting back to the basics was necessary for improvement.
Regardless of her enjoyment of her Drawing 101 class, Seaman hopes to see Trinity’s arts programs grow and expand. She feels that if Trinity’s Studio Art program were given greater emphasis and respect as a department and area of study, more students would take the classes and the department would improve. “I feel like we’re all so focused on time management, because we have so much going on academically,” Seaman explains, “I find myself feeling guilty putting hours and hours into a drawing when I could be using that time to study.” Seaman explains that in her high school it was okay to spend more time on perfecting a drawing than studying for a Spanish test. And, while she recognizes the rarity of this attitude, she hopes to see this approach to art brought to Trinity’s campus.
Seaman envisions a Studio Art department with a more studio space, and with students’ art mounted on the walls for all to see. She hopes to see Trinity’s student artists receive credit and accolades for their work, and desires greater opportunities to be inspired by the work of her fellow artists. “I want to see a little more involvement of the whole campus,” Seaman states, “even those who don’t necessarily see themselves as artistic.”
Even though Seaman loves art, she does not want it to be her main focus. She has several other interests and areas of study that she wants to explore. Moreover, the difficulties any artist faces in the pursuit of a career are a deterrent. “I don’t want to make it a job because then you put pressure on it and it’s not as fun,” Seaman states. Nevertheless, Seaman wants to make sure that art is always a part of her life and that she always has some motivation to continue with her drawing and painting. She envisions a future for herself with a career and a studio in which she can always retreat and express herself. All things considered, Seaman’s future, inside or outside the art world, certainly looks bright.
ZACH HAINES ’14
Director David O. Russell has become a household name in recent years: his past two films “The Fighter” (2010) and “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) received critical acclaim across the board and elevated Russell and his canon of actors to the status of Academy favorites. Both Melissa Leo and Christian Bale took home Academy Awards for their supporting roles in “The Fighter,” and Jennifer Lawrence took home the award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the volatile Tiffany Maxwell in “Silver Linings Playbook,” making her one of the youngest actresses in Academy history to received this distinction at the age of 22. This past year, Russell returned with “American Hustle,” which was honored with the slew of accolades we’ve come to expect.
The film centers around Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Syndey Prosser (Amy Adams), a pair of con artists who meet and fall in love. They embark on a series of loan scams, using Syndey’s alias “Lady Edith Greensly” to attract and deceive potential victims. However, their operation is busted by FBI agent Richie Dimasio (Bradley Cooper), who decides not to turn them in, but to use their expertise for his own personal gain.
Richie threatens Irving and Syndey with blackmail unless they help him ensnare Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) into an illegal deal to accept money from a fictive “sheik” who is willing to fund the development of a casino in Atlantic City. Richie aims to bust Polito for dispensing bribe money to senators in exchange for their votes in favor of the construction of the casino. However, Irving sees that Polito is only doing what he believes is best for the local economy and decides to turn the tables on Richie.
Complicating matters is Irving’s wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), who aims to spite Irving for his infidelity with Sydney. She begins an affair with Pete Musane (Jack Huston), a mobster working for the mafioso Victor Tolleggio (played by Robert de Niro in a cameo appearance). She reveals to Pete that she believes that Irving and Richie are involved with the IRS, nearly compromising their operation. Little does she know that Irving, motivated by his friendship with Carmine, is already bent on sabotaging the con.
Like “Silver Linings Playbook” before it, “American Hustle” is a lot to take in. It seems that Russell’s critical eye has suffered somewhat in the past few years: his work has been primarily characterized by his inability to edit or to focus on the most essential plot points. Watching “American Hustle,” it becomes difficult to determine what or whom to focus on. So many unnecessary divergences and extraneous characterization occurs, that the core of the film becomes lost.
“American Hustle” also suffers from Russell’s dogmatic adherence to the same actors. Cooper and Lawrence reemerge as essentially the same characters they portrayed in last year’s Silver Linings Playbook. What’s worse, Russell has cast Amy Adams as the film’s vixen, a role to which the doe-eyed actress cannot support. What Russell fails to recognize is that his inability to write distinct and convincing characters could be masked by signing on fresh talent.
In addition, I found the aesthetics of the film infuriating. As if the turbid writing and uninspired acting weren’t enough, Russell throws in a series of distracting costumes and hairdos into the mix, further propelling the film into absurdity. Perhaps this worked for Russell in “The Fighter,” where only the truly seasoned actress Melissa Leo could pull off an absurd 80’s up-do without compromising the integrity of her character. Unfortunately, none of the actors in “American Hustle” were able to achieve the same. Even in Russell’s earlier, more unconventional “I Heart Huckabees,” he wisely selected actors who would manage the level of insanity he demanded: Naomi Watts, Lily Tomlin, Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Huppert. Russell’s insistence to work with the budding stars of Hollywood (i.e. Lawrence and Cooper) has inhibited his ability to execute the degree of wackiness he seems to be so desperately aiming for.
Overall, I found “American Hustle” tiresome. Like “Silver Linings”, it is not particularly strong as a comedy or a romance, nor does it make for a particularly solid gangster/grifter drama. The film tries too hard to be everything that it ends up falling short on all accounts. Nothing about the film comes across as effortless or inspired, and therefore I’m confused about the large amount of the hype that “American Hustle” garnered during award season.
I can only hope that in his next endeavor, Russell will let go of bad habits and break into new territory.
Kristina Xie ’16
The Latin Dance Club is known for their spectacular performances which display an array of Latin dances from Spanish speaking countries. Three times a week, the club members meet for an hour to two hours to practice dances such as salsa, merengue and bachata. They also learn about the history behind each dance and the country where it originated from. Since the start of the fall semester, members have been enthusiastic and proactive about improving their dance skills. This was also the first year the club had an official elected E-Board cabinet, compared to the fall of 2013 when it was just a simple club started by a group of seniors.
This year, the club is administrated by Guadalupe Hernandez ’16, a dance enthusiast since middle school, who specialized in ballet and modern dance. She attended high school at one of New York City’s most respected public schools, where she stopped dancing as a result of busy schedule and rigorous academic course load. It was in her first year at Trinity that Hernandez rediscovered her passion for dance. She began attending regular meetings then became more involved as part of the E-board and now as the current president. As a double major in international studies and language and cultural studies, Hernandez uses dance as the creative outlet for her academic pursuits. Although her weeks are busy with classes and the clubs activities, she is devoted to increasing the club’s membership and diversifying the types of dances. With the remaining weeks of the semester, the club is making an effort to organize more dances with pop influences to suit their audience. They recently performed at the iHouse’s Talent Show and are currently preparing choreography for the Spring Dance. During the spring semester, they participate in four showcases compared to only one, “Salaregnue,” in the fall. The second semester is much more demanding and requires commitment from all its members to execute the dance. With its comfortable and “second family” environment, Latin Dance Club invites dancers from all levels of experience. With frequent meetings, it is easy for members to improve their skills and learn about Hispanic culture.
Take Bachata, named after the Bachata guitar music and marengue which both originated in the Dominican Republic. There is also the popular salsa dance, composed of a mixture of Caribbean and African influences. These are a few of the types of dances the club practices in their weekly meetings. During performances, they perform in couples, exhibiting strong chemistry and sensual hip action between the two dancers. The beauty of Latin dance is the movement of the body to the beat of the music which entices the audience’s attention.
“It keeps my culture alive on this campus,” stated Keyla Inoa ’16, a member since her freshman year. The club aims to change the social and cultural climate on this campus by educating students about ethnic dances in a creative and fun atmosphere. While Trinity offers Hip Hop and Indian Dance as courses for students to fulfill their arts requirement, there is not a class that teaches traditional dances from Spanish speaking countries. Consequently, students are attracted to the club because it gives them the freedom to try something new and share their passion with each other. It is rewarding for students to dance to Spanish music, which is not regularly played on campus or at school organized parties.
Along with a common interest in music, the club also gives students the chance to reconnect with their cultural roots. “I joined Latin Dance because I was not too familiar with my Hispanic roots nor did I know how to dance, which is crucial part of my heritage,” revealed Chana Peele ’16. The club provided her with the knowledge and history of her people and allowed her to meet other people who wanted to learn more about their heritage. There is a large presence of Latin culture in Hartford with the majority of its residents emigrating from Puerto Rico. The celebration of Hispanic culture is imminent in Hartford, especially on Park Street, where local businesses blast traditional music and speak in Spanish. While that presence is not as prevalent on campus where most students prefer to listen to electric dance music (EDM), the Latin Dance Club has occupied a special niche on Trinity’s campus. Through upbeat and sensual tones, the club and its members continue to twirl and shake the art community on this campus. Welcoming students of all levels, the club makes it easy to have fun and learn something new.
Latin Dance Club is increasing in popularity as more students join and participate in traditional couple dances from all across Latin America
MIA SCHULMAN ’14
For the past several years, Trinity students have had the opportunity to work with the well-known women’s health organization, Planned Parenthood, through the Campus Action Internship. This semester, Georgia Wetmore and I have been fortunate to be able to participate. Through this experience, we have gained insight into many public health and social justice issues and learned strategies to bring these lessons onto Trinity’s campus.
My name is Mia Schulman and I’m a senior Sociology and Women, Gender and Sexuality double major from New York City. While I’ve always been interested in gender issues, I focused my interests on reproductive health and rights after taking Professor Theresa Morris’ class, Reproduction, Birth, and Power. Many women’s rights issues stem from reproductive health. Through the reproductive justice framework, we can see that race, class, gender, and many other categories inextricably linked to health.
I’ve been lucky to have Georgia Wetmore as my internship partner. Georgia is a junior from New Haven, CT majoring in Public Policy and Law. She draws much of her motivation, knowledge and inspiration to fight for reproductive justice from her mother, who has worked for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England for over 20 years. Georgia was a peer educator through Planned Parenthood in high school, and has now moved from an education to a policy focus. She believes that influencing government and policy is how she can most effectively incite change and awareness for women’s reproductive rights.
The Campus Action Planned Parenthood internship is rooted in community organizing. What is unique about the Campus Action internship is that Trinity itself is our office. Our job is to educate and excite the student body about reproductive justice through community organizing. This entails defining goals that pertain to reproductive justice issues specifically at Trinity, increasing awareness, and collaborating with other groups and students on campus. Ultimately we want to work together with students and groups to build a community conscious of reproductive justice.
Now what is reproductive justice? We believe that reproductive justice will be realized when all people have the economic, social and political power, and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality and reproductive choices for themselves, their families, and their communities. Reproductive justice is not simply about the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion; it is equally about being able to choose to have a child when you so desire. There are many factors that affect people and communities’ ability to have reproductive justice, including gender, laws, race, sexuality, spirituality, education, immigration status, and age, just to name a few.
For Trinity students, it is easy to live in our own academic and social bubble. We are comfortable remaining in our daily routines and think primarily about our immediate lives: whether to eat dinner in the Cave or Mather, what classes to take next semester, and for some of us, what to do after graduation. However, it is unlikely that many students have considered how reproductive justice fits into their lives. A very current issue related to reproductive justice is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. You may have seen Georgia and I (and Sarah Watson who was an intern last semester before she started her semester away) tabling last semester, raising awareness, answering questions, and collecting signatures in support of ACA.
This legislation affects Trinity students in several ways, including allowing us to stay on our families’ health insurance policies until we are twenty-six, and by making preventative care completely covered by insurance. This includes all birth control methods (although not all brands); a health care service that many Trinity students use.
This semester our focus is on sexual assault as an obstruction to reproductive justice. One in five college students is a victim of attempted or completed rape during their college career and Trinity is no exception. In the past few years, we have had an average of five reported sexual assault per semester. So far this year we have had twenty disclosures, including incidents of sexual harassment. This is not due to an increase in assaults, but rather an increase in reporting, partially through third-party and bystander reports. Active bystander behavior is one of the most important strategies in stopping sexual assaults and at a small, residential college like Trinity, ending sexual assault through bystander intervention is very possible. Our goal for this semester is to get as many Trinity community members trained in active bystander strategies as possible, through a training administered by WGRAC (the Women Gender Resource Action Center). This way Trinity students will have the confidence to recognize situations that could lead to sexual assaults and have the proper tools to step in. There is an open training Tuesday, April 1 in Gallows Common Room from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. If you are interested in having your group or team trained, send me an email. Trinity is our home and we need to watch out for each other.
DANIEL WILKINS ’16
Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” follows an eloquent hotel concierge, M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), and his devoted lobby boy, Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori). The film begins through a few short, different, narratives until finally an older Zero (F. Murray Abraham) tells the story of M. Gustave directly to a young writer (Jude Law). Within this narrative, the film’s story takes place.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is enjoyable on even the most basic of levels. The characters Anderson writes are all so amazingly unique and individually comical that each new character provides a steady stream of entertainment for the audience. What makes the introduction of each character even more enjoyable is the recognizable actors who play them (particularly recognizable to those familiar with Anderson’s other films). The movie is loaded with big name stars, including Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson and Billy Murray, and many of them are cast against type or just play rather silly characters in general. One great example is Willem Dafoe, who plays a psychotic hitman who, given his actions and profession, should be a frightening character. Instead, to match the film’s mood, his costume and persona is so ridiculous that his character is more comical than anything else. The unbreakable determination of M. Gustave is equally amusing at times, and ultimately, the audience is easily entertained.
However, Wes Anderson succeeds not only in making an entertaining film, but also in creating a truly unique experience for the audience. While Anderson frequently wows the audience with beautiful shots of German mountains and giant castles he also provides a perfect mixture of wit and charm through his characters. Each character gives off their own unique persona to collectively give the film its own charm. Amongst the many impressive characters and the well recognized cast, Ralph Fiennes shines the brightest in the role of M. Gustave.
M. Gustave, the film’s hero, manages to perfectly represent the theme of good conquering evil just through his own character. In the film’s major conflict between a strangely evil family led by Dmitri (Adrien Brody) and a strangely inspiring bond between M. Gustave and Zero, the film thrives on a perfect contrast between good and evil. Anderson’s writing reiterates that the world is primarily filled with evil. However, M. Gustave shows that in the face of evil, one can maintain goodness. Gustave is never shaken and never breaks his character. His preciseness is constant, his charm never lacking. Regardless of whatever wacky situation (of which there are quite a few) Anderson puts him in, he maintains his uniquely pleasant aura. Gustave’s odd charm contrasts perfectly with the dark forces he faces and each unfortunate situation he makes. As he tells the story, Moustafa finally concludes that Gustave “retained the illusion with remarkable peace.” While Gustave lives in a world of evil, filled with murder, greed and a lack of morality, he faces it as if it were the opposite. M. Gustave treats the world like it is magical. By doing so, he creates magic in himself. His ability to show grace and beauty in any circumstance is quite admirable and makes his character intriguing.
What makes Gustave’s character even more enjoyable is the fact he is played by Ralph Fiennes. Over the years, it seems he is perhaps most notable for playing the villain with characters such as Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter and Amon Goeth from Schindler’s List, yet he stars as a comical and insightful character as M. Gustave. That Fiennes is cast against the villain-type he often plays perfectly mirrors M. Gustave’s role in the film. Fiennes is easily recognizable as the villain and in part can be a representation of evil. However, he succeeds greatly in playing the ever-positive M. Gustave. By casting Fiennes against his type, Anderson maintains the film’s theme directly within his star, Gustave.
Anderson’s film is both an entertaining and intriguing film because of the presence of humor contrasted with brutal violence and supplemented by beautiful cinematography. The film’s costumes are humorous enough (from Zero’s hand-drawn mustache to Willem Dafoe’s brass knuckles), but Anderson’s writing makes even mundane conversation comical. Each characters’ quips are perfectly timed, and each character possesses such amusing quirks that whenever characters interact they provide consistent humor. These interactions are made even more entertaining and delightful through the dream-like quality Anderson maintains within each of his shots. This dream-like quality has become characteristic of many of Anderson’s films and it keeps a positive light even in spite of darkness. The dream-like quality of his films also immerses the audience into a fully sensational experience and is the trademark that has made his films so successful.
While “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is very similar to many of Wes Anderson’s other films, you can certainly enjoy it even if you are not familiar with them. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” fits no genre, and any plot synopsis would fail to capture the significance of the film. I believe the best way to appreciate the film is to have little knowledge of what to expect.
Wes Anderson is a masterful director and he takes the audience on a delightful ride throughout the film. Any person can enjoy this movie, all that is required is to temper expectations and allow yourself to be swept away by Anderson’s brilliance.
KELSEY MURRAY ’16
What you wear might be the riskiest decision you make today.
I recently found myself criticizing a random girl over her outfit in a picture on Instagram. My argument: it wasn’t “classy” enough. The picture was taken at another school’s sorority party themed “Angels and Devils”. Naturally, themed parties are the perfect excuse for college girls to wear as little clothing as possible, regardless of the fact that it may or may not have still been the middle of winter. When all was said and done, however, I was taken aback by my immediate attack on this girl’s choice of clothing for the night. First of all, I had never met her before and to be honest, I probably never would, so why did I feel the need to criticize her so harshly? I had jumped to the conclusion that someone who would wear an outfit like that out in public couldn’t possibly be someone who I’d want to be friends with. Who was I to judge this stranger for what she chose to wear or make assumptions about her moral character when I had never met her? After I had time to think about things however, I realized that while my judgments were uncalled for, they were part of a larger reality. What you wear really does affect how those around you will perceive you.
Not that I wasn’t aware of it before, but my harsh words impressed upon me further exactly how important how you dress really is. Now to be clear, during the winter my day-to-day outfits consist mostly of the traditional leggings, duck-boots, and, if I’m lucky, a cute shirt in place of the usual oversized sweatshirt. I throw scarves over outfits hoping to make them seem slightly more presentable and toss hats over my hair on its worst days. On days where I actually put some thought into my outfit and look on point, I can’t help but think, “wow I really have my life together” as ridiculous as that may sound. I don’t dress as if I’m in a fashion show, and I prefer to dress as comfortably as I can without bordering on sloppy. Whether someone chooses to go to class every day looking as if they rolled out of bed with five minutes to spare is their decision. It is completely within their rights to dress how they choose. However, I think the wearer needs to be aware of the certain kinds of assumptions that may be made purely based on their choice of wardrobe, no matter how unfair that sounds.
Likewise, if someone goes to a party in the middle of winter wearing something that could be considered questionable even during the warmer seasons, they are inviting unpleasant and sometimes false assumptions to be made about themselves. Even though a person should be free to wear whatever suits their fancy without facing the sometimes brutally honest judgment of others, that just isn’t the case sadly.
A large part of Trinity’s student population dresses exactly the same way. Representing companies like Lacoste, LL Bean, Brooks Brothers, Lilly, and Patagonia to the extreme; pastel colors and polo shirts litter campus during the fall and spring seasons. There are definitely some other styles that grace Trinity’s campus, adding diversity to a sea of perpetual embroidered whale and palm tree prints. However, these individual styles are often times classified as odd and are viewed as unwanted on our preppy campus. An outfit that typically wouldn’t turn heads on the streets of New York or Los Angeles is regarded as completely out of place on Trinity’s campus. There are certain outfits that will undeniably be labeled as tacky and unflattering, but Trinity’s campus is an environment where even the mildest deviation from the norm is criticized. I don’t think that a person’s divergent style or taste should be yet another motive for Trinity to have an exclusionary and selective environment.
Does the fact that I would choose yoga pants over designer pants any day of the week make me less “classy”? Even though I don’t particularly keep up with or strictly abide by the latest and hottest fashion trends, preferring to dress myself how I feel most comfortable, I did feel comfortable calling the previously mentioned stranger out on her outfit that, obviously, she too felt comfortable wearing. This makes me wonder how many times someone has looked at me and either said or thought something similar to what I had about this girl. Just because her outfit isn’t something I would have chosen to wear shouldn’t give me the grounds to make unfair assumptions. At the end of the day it is everyone’s own choice how they choose to dress themselves. That being said, the stigma someone can get from dressing inappropriately is definitely something to be avoided. I guess the lesson learned is that you should feel comfortable dressing to your preference, but watch how you dress.
KARISA CERNERA ’14
Last Thursday, I was excited to attend the Trinity Women’s Leadership Council’s Networking 101 Luncheon. As a graduating senior, I have exploited any opportunity to speak to professionals in my projected field and to circulate my resume. The night before the luncheon, we received an email from the Career Development Office explaining the dress code for the following day. The dress parameters were pretty vague but they did say explicitly not to wear leggings or extremely high or brightly colored heels. The email also told Trinity women not to display cleavage and to opt for pants over a short skirt. All of these parameters seemed like common sense to me. I have had four internships throughout my college years, all of which I have needed to interview for and look professional. When I picked out my outfit for the following day I chose to dress conservatively, choosing to wear black pants, a black shirt, a tan blazer and loafers.
After attending my morning class, I headed over to the luncheon with some of my friends who were all dressed conservatively as well. We signed into the event and got our nametags and our programs and headed towards the doors of the luncheon. All of a sudden, we were all pulled aside by a woman standing outside of the doors who was a member of the Career Development staff. She asked us if we got her email, which we all replied that we did. She then went on to tell us that we were not dressed “appropriately” to attend this event. She even told us that our outfits were “offensive” and lastly that our outfits would make the professional women at the luncheon uncomfortable. I looked around and was dumbfounded. Every single girl I was with was conservatively dressed and in no way were our outfits offensive. She acted as if we were dressed in mini skirts and had our breasts on display while we actually had on long pants, button-up shirts or crew neck sweaters. I was even wearing a blazer. I was completely confused and began to challenge this woman. Nowhere in her email did she say that we had to be dressed as if we were interviewing and after she continually told us that we were dressed unprofessionally, I decided to stop fighting. As I looked around at the group of girls that I was with, unprofessional was definitely not an adjective I would have used to describe these young women. Every single girl that I attended the event with was an intelligent and accomplished member of the senior class at Trinity College. These girls all have faculty honors, all at some point were heads of clubs or organizations, and one of the young women turned away from the event in my group is a senior presidential fellow. In no way are these young women “offensive” or “inappropriate.” Similarly, as I looked around, I saw many girls who were allowed into the event wearing short skirts and bare legs and not one of them were told that they were “inappropriate”. In fact, I even saw one girl wearing a cheetah print dress while we were detained in the hallway.
Immediately after this debacle, I returned to my room and sent a picture of my outfit to my mother asking whether or not she thought my outfit was “inappropriate” or “offensive.” My mother is the CEO of a major insurance company, has been in the professional world for 30 years, and interviews candidates for employment regularly. She told me that there was nothing inappropriate or offensive about my outfit and I was glad that I wasn’t going completely insane. Honestly, I could have put on another outfit from my closet and returned back to the event but, out of respect for myself, I decided against it as did the other girls in my friend group. We actually discussed our desire to return back to that event naked and say, “here is inappropriate for you.”
I couldn’t believe that even though we were completely covered from head to toe we were considered inappropriate while girls in short dresses were deemed acceptable. Is this 1960? Since when is it acceptable for girls to be considered appropriately dressed only when they are wearing dresses and skirts? What kind of message is Career Development sending to the girls at Trinity College? It seems to me that many girls were turned away from this event for not conforming to expectations of femininity. At first, I honestly thought that this was just a theory of mine. As a Women, Gender, and Sexuality minor at Trinity College, I am always thinking about gender roles and the expectations for women to be feminine. But, my theory was proven further when I spoke to other girls who were also outraged for being deemed inappropriate for the event.
One conversation with fellow Tripod alumnae, Chloe Miller, who was also turned away from the event proved my point. She was dressed in the exact outfit that she intended to wear to work at the admissions office later that day. Her outfit was also deemed inappropriate even though she was wearing black corduroys, a silk button up shirt, a cardigan and black flats. Just as I had done, Chloe followed the instructions given to us in the email—no leggings or jeans or brightly colored heels—yet she was still deemed “unprofessional.” It wasn’t until she went home and put on a skirt that she was allowed back into the event. I also talked to two other young women who were turned down upon entry and were only allowed back in when they put on dresses or skirts. Throughout the day, I kept hearing about girls who were denied entry into the networking event. Apparently, many girls who attended the event wore short skirts and bare legs and one female student was even wearing a leather skirt—yet they were not seen as unprofessional.
Out of curiosity, I also asked my peers about the types of outfits worn by the Trinity alumni at the event. All said that the women were dressed professionally and conservatively but in varying degrees. Some of the professional women in attendance were wearing pantsuits while some of them wore jeans. Reportedly, one woman even wore a cheetah print blazer. I highly doubt that they would have been personally offended by any of the girls turned away from the event.
Because of the sheer number of young women denied access to this luncheon, there was definitely a failure on the part of the Career Development Office to articulate dress parameters expected in a clear and effective manner. If we were explicitly told that we were supposed to wear dresses, pant suits, or other business attire, we would have. Nowhere in the email did it say dress as if you were interviewing for a job. Simply telling a group of girls to not wear leggings, shorts skirts, or heels obviously does not suffice. I also think that Career Development failed in its job to connect young capable females with Trinity alumni. If anything, this event should have been a casual one where students could comfortably interact with fellow Trinity students and alumni. I think that Career Development needs to understand that students who attended this event did so voluntarily.
They wanted to connect with alumni and discuss future career options. Instead of being supported by the Career Development Office (as they should have been) they were berated, disrespected, and denied the opportunity to network with successful Trinity alumni.
BETTINA GONZALEZ ’16
I hate wasting food. Throwing away perfectly good food should be a cardinal sin, or maybe a commandment? “Thou shalt not throw away food, you inconsiderate swine.” Besides the proverbial “there are starving children all over the world” spiel, perhaps it is also out of sheer empathy for those who struggle to get at least one decent meal a day that I find throwing away food so despicable. I am by no means well-off, not recently. In fact, sometimes it was a struggle for my family to have a decent home-cooked meal because we just did not have time to spare or, on the worst occasions, money. And that’s how I came to value food. That’s how I came to value creativity when it comes to food. In the words of my culinary idol Anthony Bourdain, “I feel very strongly about poor-people food. That’s where all our techniques that we value so much – that’s where they come from.”
Where am I going with this? Well, I find that cooking in college is like cooking poor. You don’t have a lot of time; you don’t always have a lot of resources. The only way to cook something that is just out-of-the-ballpark delicious is to be creative and resourceful. This is how I ended up making pretzel chip-crusted chicken breasts for my friends last weekend.
For the past two semesters, I have been negligent about going to Mather to eat. Still on the traditional meal plan, this leaves me with more than a handful of meals at the end of every week. For a while, I was putting the meals to good use with me obsession with the pretzel chips; a lot of my unused meals went to buying 2-3-6 bags of them a week. Naturally, like any minor addiction, these snacks were just not cutting it for me after a while and my appetite for them went away. Last weekend, as I was doing a little tidying up, I noticed a big grocery bag filled with these pretzel chips, and me being me, I refused to throw them out. Instead, I figured the best way to get rid of them was to repurpose them to make something entirely different. Luckily, we had some chicken breasts frozen in our fridge, so I decided to use the pretzels to make my own bread crumbs and cook pretzel-crusted chicken breasts.
The recipe is incredibly simple. Here are the ingredients that you would need:
2 bags of pretzel chips (Tucson Three Cheese and/or Supreme); 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Cooking oil; For the wet batter: 1 egg, 4 tablespoons of flour, 2 cups of water (or milk), salt and pepper to taste, Sriracha or hot sauce to taste
Preparation: Heat a pan with oil at medium heat. Wash the chicken breasts under lukewarm water. Work on your batter:
First, finely crush the pretzels in their bags then mix them together in a shallow bowl or tupperware. For the wet batter, whisk all the ingredients together in a shallow bowl or tupperware. (The consistency should be a little thinner than that of pancake batter). Dip the chicken breasts into the wet batter; make sure they are coated evenly. Transfer the batter dipped chicken breasts on the platter with crushed pretzels and coat with pretzels evenly on both sides.
Cooking: Slowly drop the pretzel-coated chicken breast to the hot oil. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side until both sides are evenly browned. Pat or shake off any excess oil and serve!
Incredibly easy and incredibly satisfying. It’s a new and simple twist to a classic dinner. And, you can easily get some of the ingredients right here on campus with your unused meals. There are tons of other ways to use your extra snacks from those Thursday night hoardings. Maybe potato chip-crusted chicken or fish? Perhaps upgrade your ramen with some extra ingredients like eggs and vegetables? With a little creativity, you can have endless possibilities. You don’t have to be wealthy to eat well.
ANA MEDINA ’16
When visiting colleges, one of the very first things I look for is their coffeehouse options. It goes beyond being a stereotypical college caffeine junkie. Making any drink, whether it is a latte or smoothie, takes an intricate process that only baristas can master. True drink lovers, understand the amount of patience and art it takes to create any drink and this only adds to its exquisite flavor. Of equal importance, the ambiance of the coffeehouse is something that cannot be dismissed. Will it be a place that I can relax and indulge in my favorite beverage or will it be a place where I’m expected to have a serious conversation with an executive?
Luckily, when it comes to Trinity I don’t have to decide between either because the Underground Coffeehouse (UG) is a great place for both. Located right beneath Hamlin Hall, the UG is a completely student-run coffeehouse. If yo have a meeting, if you want to get some homework done, or you just want to take a nap, the couches provide a comfortable and welcoming environment.
However, if you are not in the mood to lounge on the couches, there are also tables available. Unlike other coffeehouse, the UG has a completely handwritten and hand drawn chalkboard menu. Talking up the entire upper part of a wall, the menu is visually appealing and considered more than a menu, but also a form of art. On the opposite wall of the menu, there is a large, beautifully painted picture that serves as a banner/symbol for the UG. It depicts the roots of a tree, which symbolizes the location of the coffeehouse.
Another great aspect of the UG is the lighting. There is just enough light to make reading comfortable but it is dim enough to set an intimate mood. Will Schreiber-Stainthrop ’15 comments, “[The Underground is] very dim and I like places that are dim. It’s too hot but I’m willing to be here if it’s dim.” Although he’s never bought a drink at the UG, Schreiber-Stainthrop still loves the atmosphere.
Aside from being a great place to hang out and get a coffee, it also prides itself in having barista originals. These include: Underground Hot Chocolate, Sweet Dreams, “Poor Man’s” Mocha, Chaider, Hot n’ Frosty, Berry Sunrise, and The Nutella. The UG Hot Chocolate is regular chocolate with a shot of white chocolate syrup, an ultimate favorite of many students. Sweet Dreams consists of chai, coffee, and vanilla, which can be taken either hot or cold. When low on coffee money the baristas recommend a “Poor Man’s” Mocha, which is half hot chocolate and half regular coffee, with the same price as coffee. Another half and half favorite is the Chaider, which is half chai and half cider. This is perfect for a rainy day and great to try while it’s in stock because it is a seasonal drink. When the snow gets to rough on your day baristas will recommend a Hot n’ Frosty, which consists of peppermint, espresso, and eggnog. One of my personal favorites is the Berry Sunrise. It’s the perfect drink on a sunny day and it is made of lemon flavored San Pellegrino soda and a shot of raspberry flavor. Lastly, one of the most popular UG originals is The Nutella, which is a chocolate and hazelnut blend of deliciousness. While all of these UG originals may sound mouth watering, it takes a very skilled and determined barista to get their creations on the menu. First, the barista must experiment with different flavors and ingredients. Once s/he thinks they have made something worth tasting, they’ll offer it to their co-baristas. If they like it, they’ll bring it up to the manager, also a Trinity student, who will then give the okay for samples. If the free samples of the drink get positive feedback, then the drink will be proudly be displayed on the menu.
Saving the best for last, the UG would not be anything without its amazing baristas. Going in there on a Friday afternoon I found three UG favorites, Sean Dunn’16, Rey Llena ’15, and John Kim ’14. Each of them brings something new to the drink and they were more than happy to share some facts about their job. Dunn, who began working last semester, feels he has mastered the latte and states that his favorite thing about the UG is that he can “walk through [there] and always see people, [hear] good music, [enjoy the] ambiance, and see my friends.” Another latte master, Llena states, “ [I like] knowing I can walk through here at any point of the day and feel welcomed. [Also] depending on the barista it differs in vibe through the music and people.” Having worked at the UG for 2 years now, he aspires to get a drink on the menu before he graduates. Kim, who will be graduating this spring, started working at the UG last year and names the cappuccino as his specialty. In regards to what he enjoys most about the coffeehouse he states, “A lot of people feel more comfortable here. More people come here to hang out. [You] don’t have to be here for homework only.”
As a person that loves drinks, I can say that the Underground Coffeehouse is a place to definitely visit while at Trinity. It serves great drinks and provides a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. My favorite part of this cozy place is the staff. Each time I go in I can count on a friendly face, a meaningful conversation, and flavors like no other. So, if you have the chance, make some small talk with the baristas, find out their specialty, and indulge in some savory goodness.
BRIANNA SCALESSE ’16
Think Trinity circa 1992. A young Trin guy announces to his roommate, Brendan Campbell, that he is done with drinking and he refuses to drink for the rest of the semester. Campbell, who knows his roommate is notorious for drinking, cannot believe this and bets his roommate that he cannot go two months without drinking alcohol. The bet? Whoever loses has to run across Trinity’s campus naked. When the two months are up, Campbell’s roommate has not had so much as a sip of beer. So, on a cold Monday night, during the halftime of a Trinity football game, Brendan Campbell streaks from Vernon Street to Clemens, completely naked, with hundreds of students cheering him on.
Now, switch scenes.
It is 2012 and 2:00 am at Hartford Hospital and Dr. Brendan Campbell is watching a man’s life slip away right before his eyes. The man has been stabbed in the chest and his heart is constricting, blocking his blood from pumping. Dr. Campbell has no choice but to crack open the man’s chest and sew up the hole in his heart right there in the emergency room. Five days later Doctor Campbell goes to visit the man only to find him sitting up in his hospital bed, looking very healthy, with no recollection of the traumatic night.
“This is an example of one of the few times where you can make a difference. Many times there are injuries you just can’t fix,” says Campbell.
Dr. Campbell, with his wide smile and endlessly compassionate nature, has been a doctor for seventeen years. Born and raised in Connecticut, Campbell did not always know he wanted to be a doctor. In fact, no one in Campbell’s family had any interest in science or medicine. The captain of his Cheshire high school football team and a lacrosse player, Campbell said he was more focused on partying and girls in high school then his academics. However, once Campbell went off to college his interest in biology lead to a realization that his academics could lead to great possibilities.
Dr. Campbell received his Bachelors of Science degree from Trinity College in 1992, his MD degree from University Connecticut School of Medicine in 1997, and his MPH from University of Michigan in 2004. Dr. Campbell specializes in pediatric and general thoracic surgery at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and once a month covers the adult trauma unit at Hartford Hospital, which is notorious for traumatic incidents that range from bar fights, to car wrecks, to shootings.
“You have to know how to persevere when you have a difficult case. You can’t just say ‘I can’t do this, I wanna stop,’ you have to figure out a way to get through.”
Dr. Campbell’s interests lie in pediatric medicine.
“You’re not supposed to have bad things happen to you as a kid. But kids are very resilient. They’re typically healthier and they heal more quickly.”
Campbell says he enjoys his job because of how much fun kids can be, but he also faces the difficulty of helping parents understand their children’s illnesses. He encounters the challenge of helping people realize that many conditions have no cure and that death is a part of life. Campbell stresses the need “to go into everything with an open mind,” a skill he says was enhanced by his Trinity education.
As a doctor in training, Campbell did spend many nights studying for organic chemistry and biology finals, but he also took history and econ classes. He learned to think critically and write well. He thrived in Trinity’s small class environment and loved the close bonds he was able to form with faculty members.
Campbell reminds us as Trinity students that no matter what major we have declared, we must value our liberal arts education. And, as a man who saves and improves people’s lives every single day, but who went streaking across the Trin campus in 1992, Dr. Campbell epitomizes the fact that as college students we must study hard but can have just a little bit of fun as well.
SOPHIE KATZMAN ’14
For Spring Break, eleven other students and I embarked on a Jewish trip to Poland sponsored by Trinity College Hillel and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw. Joining us were Professor Samuel Kassow, and his wife, Lisa, the Trinity Hillel director. When I told people that I was going to Poland for spring break, I received all sorts of responses: “Why are you going there? Isn’t it just concentration camps?, “Wouldn’t you rather be on a beach?,” and: “I would never go to Poland after what they did to the Jews.”
To be honest, before I left it was hard to articulate quite why I was going; I was hesitant to forego a beach trip with my best friends. Yet after hearing about the Holocaust for so many years, I wanted to be able to connect with the atrocities at a deeper level, and it was hard to pass up a trip with Professor Kassow who among other great distinctions is a walking encyclopedia of the Holocaust and Jewish studies. So like many other matters in my life, I just went with what felt right.
I didn’t know quite what to expect, rather, I went in with an open mindset, so I could fully experience every moment. And there were so many moments to experience. In just seven days, we packed in fifteen visits to different sites, museums and institutions in Warsaw and Krakow, all incorporating Jewish history and memory.
Although I learned many new concepts on this trip, the one that recurred the most was the idea of a “renewal” and “celebration” of Jewish life in Poland. In the past decade, Poland has been working at length to restore their Jewish communities, which were lost and never regained after the Holocaust. One of the most exciting projects, which we were fortunate to witness in the making, is the Museum of the History of Polish Jews located on the site where the Warsaw Ghetto used to stand. The museum has been over ten years in the making, and it is a testament to the Jews that thrived in Poland for 1,000 years leading up to the Holocaust. The official opening is in October, so we were lucky to be able to have a “sneak preview.” Professor Kassow has worked on a portion of the museum; thus, it was truly incredible to accompany him, while he saw the beginning of his exhibit for the first time. The exterior is made of glass, which symbolizes seeing through to future generation of Jews, yet another demonstration of the celebration of Jewish life. On a smaller scale, the restoration of Polish Jewish life is emerging through Jewish Community Centers, youth groups, and a Jewish day school, all places we were able to visit during our trip.
After the Holocaust up until not too long ago, Jewish and Hebrew Studies were not taught in Polish schools or universities. Yet, in recent years, there has been a resurgence of these teachings, which has been joined by the rebirth of Jewish communities. Throughout the trip, it was astonishing to learn about the involvement of Poles who devote their own lives to honoring Jews. Many of these people were our guides at the different museums and institutions. Additionally, it is amazing to see Jews creating a new life in Poland. After the War, most Polish Jews were killed and the ones who didn’t, fled. For good reason, Jewish people did not want to live in a place where they had been exterminated and harmed. Even for me, it wasn’t easy spending a week walking on top of streets where thousands of dead bodies of my own people are buried. Yet in doing so, I was able to understand the Holocaust at a deeper level, and connect with Judaism in ways I could never have imagined.
This feeling came to me most poignantly when I was walking on the dirt road at Auschwitz, the same path that innocent Jews marched to their death over 70 years before. After saying the Mourner’s Kaddish and listening to poetic words behind the gas chambers and barracks of Birkenau, I felt a wave of tears hit me. The wet sobs were a build up of five days of emotions, coming to a halt right there on the very soil where my people perished.
For a few moments, I stood in front of the barbed wire staring at the rubble that once was a gas chamber, just letting the tears saturate my eyes and my cheeks. And like that, a few minutes later they stopped; I was walking the path once again back to the bus. Yet in contrast to the walk into the camp, this time I had a new feeling—one of hope. In those steps, I realized my fortune; my Jewish predecessors didn’t have the opportunity to walk back. I also realized something else: the sun was out.
Every other day of our trip had been rainy, cold and damp, but that day, it was sunny and warm, the first signs of spring. To me, the sun came out on that Thursday to instill hope, and to physically illustrate that with all of the death the Jewish people had to endure, there is renewal. Life exists again, even in Poland, where the largest exterminations took place.
Elaina Rollins ’16
Trinity Confidential, a private Facebook group that posts comments sent in by anonymous members of the College community, recently shared a variety of submissions about Trinity’s new president-elect Joanne Berger-Sweeney that expressed both overt skepticism and underlying racial tensions regarding her appointment. One anonymous contributor wrote that while he or she feels the diversity Trinity’s new president will bring to the College is “interesting…I’d feel uncomfortable if traits given to her at birth decided our next president and elevated her above the experience of other candidates.” Another anonymous student addressed the female students and students of color on campus, claiming that Berger-Sweeney “was judged by the color of her skin and her gender rather than her qualifications, [and] that is called a decision based on race or racism.”
Two main themes appear throughout the critical posts about Berger-Sweeney on Trinity Confidential: one being an unfounded assumption that she is under qualified to serve as President and the other being the belief that students’ excitement over a step towards equal gender and racial representation at this College is a form of racism.
In terms of Berger-Sweeney’s qualifications, she was selected by Trinity College faculty and staff members, students, alumni, members of the Board of Trustees, and a firm that collectively has over 90 years of experience in the executive-search industry.Berger-Sweeney has both administrative and teaching experience at Tufts University and Wellesley College, as well as a Ph.D. in neurotoxicology from Johns Hopkins. So while Trinity students who did not participate in the search are welcome to have their own opinions, those who claim the new president elect is under qualified are simply off the mark. We do not have information about the other candidates that were considered, nor did we intensively participate in the nine month search process that was led by extremely qualified and dedicated individuals.
However, what concerns me most about these criticisms of Berger-Sweeney is that anonymous posters nearly always related her lack of experience with the fact that she is a woman of color. These students fail to recognize that equal representation in positions of power matters.
The College has been co-ed for 45 years and 49% of Trinity students are female, yet Berger-Sweeney is the first female president. Students of color make up 21% of students on campus, but Berger-Sweeney is the first president that is not white. For 191 years Trinity presidents have been white males, and while I am confident that all of those men were qualified for their job, the overwhelming presence of their race and gender in positions of power inadvertently sends a message that white males are the norm, and anyone else is an “other.”
The new president elect is a huge step forward for Trinity because when young women and students of color see people like them in positions which they may aspire to attain, it proves that we break through walls and fill positions far greater and more powerful than just those society tells us we can. Berger-Sweeney’s qualifications along with her election gives minorities, women, scientists, and every member of the Trinity community hope, which is the best quality in a president-elect.
Sean Fleisher ’17 and Hugh Grygiel ’17
It has been confirmed that a Grammy nominated DJ and producer will be performing at this year’s Spring Weekend concert. Dragan Roganovic, better known as Dirty South, is a Serbian-Australian musician who has earned much fame in the global electronic dance music scene.
After being signed by Vicious Vinyl Records in 2005, Dirty South’s tracks swept Australia and earned him several awards including a Grammy nomination, two ARIA nominations, a winning vote for “Most Popular Producer Nationally” in the 2007 InTheMix 50 DJ Poll, and an Essential New Tune award by the legendary Pete Tong. Following the success of his own releases, Dirty South has collaborated with numerous world-class producers including David Guetta, Sebastian Ingrosso, Thomas Gold, and Axwell. He’s also remixed tracks for artists such as Snoop Dogg, The Pussycat Dolls, Kaskade, Skylar Grey, and U2.
In 2012, Dirty South shared the studio with Alesso, who played at last year’s Spring Weekend concert, in creating their global smash hit “City of Dreams” featuring Ruben Haze. In support of this track, Dragan announced his largest North American tour to date, the City of Dreams Tour, which stopped at venues such as New York’s Roseland Ballroom and Los Angeles’ Palladium. In addition, Dirty South’s 2013 debut full length album, Speed of Life, has garnered much attention and positive reviews as a carefully crafted LP that pushed the limits of its genre.
There’s no slowing down as 2014 is slated to be an even bigger year for Dirty South. He’s already begun work on his second album (TBA), announced a residency at LIGHT nightclub in Las Vegas, and continues to push out releases on his own label, Phazing Records.
Trinity College Barnyard Entertainment can’t be more excited for Dirty South to play at Spring Weekend, and we hope you all are too. Don’t miss his performance on April 26th at 3:00pm on the LSC Quad!
Campbell North ’17
On the drizzly night of March 12th, the Pipes and Quirks treated fellow students and parents to a taste of spring with their fresh and vivacious melodies. The chapel was filled by spectators sitting in multiple rows of chairs facing the front and crowded by students sitting in pews, some even going as far as to find a perch on steps in hope of a better view. The audience buzzed excitedly in anticipation for the little lyrical preview for St. Patrick’s Day that the groups had promised.
The Quirks, one of Trinity’s all-female a capella groups, were the first preform. As they walked to the center of the stage the previous murmurs and whispers coming from the audience transformed into an eruption of cheering and applause. Decked out in all green in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, each of the members walked out single file, taking their appropriate place in their line up for the first song.
The song started off to the tempo similar to that of an old Irish jig and continued to the tune of “hi dee dee dee do.” This original melody was paired with original lyrics, which jokingly referred to drinking in the spirit of the concerts theme. Each class had their own verse to sing, starting with the freshman who were deemed as the “baby quirks” by the rest of the group. The song continued through the groups of sophomores and juniors who each shared their own clever lyrics and finally ended with the group of seniors who proudly held up an Irish flag.
After a roaring round of applause for the jovial jingle, the chapel suddenly fell into a hushed silence as the groups slowly started a heartfelt rendition of Rihana’s “Stay.” As Meredith Munro ’14 continued to memorize the crowd with her wistful and mesmerizing melodies, the rest of the group joined in with a round to the verse “round and around and around and around we go, oh now, tell me now, tell me now, tell me now you know.” As the song came to an end, the audience remained in a trance before finally bursting out in cheers and praise.
Next on the set list was the country classic “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show. Various members of the Quirks started the rhythm for the song off by snapping their fingers to an upbeat tune. The cheerful mood of the song contrasted nicely with the previous song. The group looked almost like a church choir, standing in the middle of the Chapel’s atrium and belting out the sweet, folky lyrics.
Finally Georgia McAadams moved to the center of the group for her senior solo, “Addicted to You” by Avicii. Within the first verse of the song, McAdams had hypnotized the audience with the haunting melody in her voice. The song reached the chorus of “What can I do? I’m addicted to you,” in a fast-tempo and stirring crescendo. When the song ended, cheers and applause exploded from all corners of the chapel in the hopes of encouraging an encore.
As the Quirks finished taking their finally bows, they quickly hurried off the stage to make room for the Pipes, on of Trinity’s co-ed a capella groups. Also decked out in sea of varying shades of green, the Pipes announced that this concert would be the debut of not only two new members but also two new senior solos. With the excitement of the announcement still hanging in the air, the group started their first number on their set list.
Starting off with another signature country song, the group belted out the first few verse of Gloriana’s “Wild at Heart.” The song turned into sweet and charming duet. The group did an excellent job of conveying the uplifting and carefree spirit of the song through their blissful harmonies. When the song reached the final chorus, the group ended with a bang by stopping their feet and clapping along with the beat. The song left the audience beaming in high spirits and was a perfect Segway for segue for the next song.
Catherine Guariglia made her way to the center of the group for her senior solo, “Ok, It’s Alright With Me” by Eric Hutchinson. Her unique and powerful voice reverberated through the entire chapel, captivating the audience. The final refrain of the song, “It never comes easily, and when it does I’m already gone” echoed throughout the room until the crowd finally broke the silence in an uproar of applause and requests for more.
The Pipes responded to the audience’s enthusiasm with another senior solo from Billy Siems. His poignant rendition of “Learning to Live Without You” by Ken Mellons moved the crowd and rang out in every corner of the room. Siems soulful voice reflected that of the powerful message of forgiveness in the song.
After another round of applause from the audience, the Pipes moved onto their final song “Shark in the Water” by VV Brown. The rich and resonant voices of the group were paired with a peppy beat and crisp beatboxing harmonies, quickly making the song a crowd favorite. As the Pipes bowed and walked out of the atrium, the left room to a chorus of cheers and bravos from spectators.
The concert left the audience feeling optimistic and excited. The performances were invigorating and gave a little precursor taste of spring in the chilly March evening.
ANA MEDINA ’16
Every year Promoting Healthy Awareness of the Body (PHAB) hosts an entire week of events that encourage students to have a positive body image. The weeklong event, known as “Love Your Body Week”, which began on Friday, Feb. 21, was co-sponsored this year by the Health Center, Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC), Active Minds, the Psychology Department, Psychology Club, EROS, House of Peace, and IHouse.
Co-coordinator of PHAB Mia Schulman ’14 stated the importance of this event: “People deal with negative body image issues everywhere and Trinity is no exception. I have dealt, and still deal with negative self-messaging and many of my close friends have as well. In discussion around campus it is clear that this a problem run rampant and in PHAB we aim to address this among other issues.” Wanting to make an impact and aiming to give students the tools necessary to have a healthy body, PHAB planned a week of activities and discussion.
The week kicked off with an intense Zumba workout in the Ferris Unit D room. Upon arriving, students were handed water bottles from SHAC, which listed ways to love your body. Although only ten students attended, the instructor got everyone to move and enjoy themselves.
After a vitalizing workout, students headed over to Hamlin Hall for Paint Night. Melissa Richards, one of the organizers of the event says, “[We] really wanted to do something light, fun, interactive, and have students have something to take away.” With this in mind, Richards worked closely with Geralyn Gherard from the Health Center to put together an event that focused on relaxation.
Natalie Goff, the guest leader at the event, began the night by having students partake in some silly dancing. Students wiggled around, ran in circles, and let their bodies get loose. Afterwards, Goff began an exercise in mindful eating, which involved eating strawberries. Before biting the strawberry, Goff told students to “look at the strawberry closely. Feel it in your hand and smell it.” As students began to bite the strawberry she said, “Focus on the texture inside your mouth. Let it sit in your mouth and feel the taste.” The mindful eating, although different, helped get students in touch with their senses, which was important for the main exercise of the night.
As the name suggests, the highlight of Paint Night was engaging in expressive art. Hamlin Hall was full of tables with blank canvases waiting to be filled with color. The art tools were not limited to paint brushes. It included knives, sticks, and various rollers. With some soothing background music, students all got to work on their own art pieces. As Goff stated, it was important for students to “not think about what [they’re] painting but focus on the colors and the movements.” Each student expressed a different emotion on their canvas and happily took it home to display.
The week continued with Mirror Friendly Monday, a day that involved students putting up nice messages on various mirrors across campus. Richards states, “It was [an event] meant to change the relationship many people have with mirror and self image. Many times we may criticize our body, whether it’s us thinking we have a bad hair day, bags under our eyes…” This being said, students put messages that greeted others with phrases like “You’re amazing,” “Hey, good looking,” and “You are perfect just the way you are.” These positive body-image messages could really help to change someone’s day and get people to see themselves differently, even if for just those few moments. Along with this, a Love Your Body pictures table was displayed in Mather. Students who walked in were encouraged to write down how they loved their body and then be photographed with their statement. About 50 students participated and their statements included comments like: “I get 8 hours of sleep every night,” “I eat lots of fruits,” and “I have safe consensual sex.” The pictures of these students can be found on the WGRAC Facebook page.
As the topic of body image became clearer, an Eating Disorders panel at the Smith House followed on Tuesday. The panel included Health Center Director Martha O’Brien, Psychology Professor Laura Holt, Anthropology Professor Rebecca Beebe, Director of the Counseling Center Dr. Randolph Lee, and Athletic Trainer Justin LeDuc. The discussion began with a clip from the Dove evolution campaign that showed how models’ natural beauty comes misconstrued with makeup and computer programs. The various departments answered questions that ranged from “where is the line between being concerned about your health and obsessing?” to “how can I help a friend that seems to be having body image or eating issues?” The panel proved a great success, with about 20 students attending, and a very engaging discussion. This same day, PHAB also showcased a falsified ad exhibit in Mather Lobby, which aimed to show that Photoshop is real and we are exposed to it everyday. Images from Ralph Lauren, Redbrook, and Anne Taylor were included in the exhibit. In additions to these, a few satire pieces were included to demonstrate that unrealistic standards are created by manipulation of pictures.
The week was wrapped up with a Yoga event on Wednesday. Richards states, “We thought it would be nice to end with something calming.”
Love Your Body Week was a highly successful event that brought to light many issues that are important to Trinity students. The organizers of the event wanted to bring education on body image issues to students and they did so through their various events. As Schulman states, “We hope that [the week] encouraged more self-love and kindness to ourselves and other students, creating a more positive campus climate. We wanted to encourage students on campus to embrace themselves, flaws and all, and realize they are more than a sum of their parts but also that their parts, from their head to their toes are wonderful and do so much for them.” We look forward to future PHAB events!
KRISTINA XIE ’16
During Trinity Days, the Career and Service Development Center organized a trip to New York City for two groups of students interested in the business and art world. During this overnight trip, students got the opportunity to understand the culture of the different workplaces and network with alumni. Severn Sandt, the Assistant Director of the Career Service Development Center, developed the program working closely with the Alumni Affairs Office. Through this network, she contacted alumni and parents of current students, all who expressed a willingness to share their career stories and daily responsibilities. “No one said no to helping a fellow Bantam!” she stated. This was great news for students who had a jammed packed day visiting businesses and art institutions in the city.
Students on the business trek arrived in Blackrock’s corporate office and were greeted by Matt Mara ’95. He advised students that the first couple of years in finance was hard and meant dedicating long hours to the job. Bill Ryckman ’91 painted a tougher picture of what it takes to become an investment banker. Students also got the chance to sit in on a morning teleconference with staff at offices in San Francisco, London, and New York. The next stop was a visit from J.P. Morgan’s Private Banking team, which consisted of Miguel Hennessey P’15, David Rooney ’03, and Nicole Lustig ’12. They stressed the importance of contacting Trinity alumni working in fields of interest. Alumni “have a soft spot for fellow Bants” stated Lustig.
Students were excited to meet Josh Gruss ’96, founder and CEO of Round Hill Music and a Trustee of the College. After leaving his job at a hedge fund, he pioneered a business combining his passion in music and finance background. This became the birth of Round Hill Music, a music publishing and licensing company, who owns the rights to contemporary songs like “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors and classic Beatles songs. The last stop was a meeting with John Simons ’83 of Corporate Fuel Partners, a business-consulting firm. Students were in for a treat as Simons generously ordered must-have cookies and coffee from a legendary city bakery. Simons, who has an undergraduate degree in philosophy, spoke passionately about his love for learning about new industries and finding the best solutions for companies.
“Each firm gave extremely useful information necessary to achieve career goals,” exclaimed Brian Nixon Jr. ’15. They all encouraged students to utilize the Trinity alumni network to search for internships and jobs. Current students should make appointments with the Career and Service Development Center to update resumes and connect with alumni in fields of interests. Along with connections, alumni also stated the importance of having passion as the driving force behind your career.
The second group of students explored careers in the art industry. The art trek featured organizations such as La MaMa, an alternative performance space on the Lower East Side, and Christie’s, the renowned art auction house. At La MaMa, students met with Michael Burke ’00, a performance artist and director of the Trinity La MaMa Performing Arts Semester, Peter Sciscioli, a choreographer and arts administrator, and Tamara Greenfield, executive director of Fourth Arts Block, a Lower East Side cultural and community organization. Later in the afternoon, Jennifer Hall ’91, a vice president for client development at Christie’s, discussed how to get your foot in the door of the art world. She advised students to take any jobs available, and then begin building a strong network. Recent graduates must show their bosses their strong work ethnic and willingness to learn about the art industry.
Michael Countryman ‘80, a working actor who is currently starring in an off-Broadway play, also made an insightful comment. He noted that careers in the arts were dependent on the level of passion and your artistic creativity and motivation to consistently refine your talent. Along with passion, Peter Hay Halpert ’80, a private art dealer specializing in contemporary photography, noted the importance of solidifying meaningful relationships while other speakers explained how personal connections opened the doors to new job opportunities in their field.
Both the art and business trek provided students with vital knowledge about their desired profession. Student were able to witness first-handedly what their future career may look like and what kinds of steps they can take now to ensure that they have the job of their dreams after graduation. The Career and Service Development Center organizes exploratory career trips at least two to three times a semester. They plan on expanding the kinds of treks offered to include journalism, entertainment and the medical field. Through the Trinity Days Externships Program, students shadow Trinity alumni and parents at their jobs. This gives students another opportunity to experience a “day in the life” in a diverse array of occupations. These numerous opportunities ensure that students are getting an early start to career planning and life after Trinity.
A critique faculty, staff, and administration have long attributed to Trinity students is their complacency on school-wide issues. When it comes to the provisions and plans set forth under the College’s Social Policy – especially regarding Greek life – complacent is everything Trinity students haven’t been.
On Sunday March 9th at 6:30pm, the Student Government Association hosted a forum on the co-education mandate. Open to all, its goal was to let the voices of the opinionated student body be heard concerning the Greek coeducational mandate. The mandate, one of the many aspects of the Social Policy, would require all Greek organizations to reach gender parity by 2016, inevitably conflicting with many of their charters. The panel, led by Eamon Bousa, an SGA Senator, took place just days before the student wide vote which will happen online this Thursday, March 13th. The vote will require a yes or no answer on the following question: “Should the coeducational mandate imposed on Greek Letter Organizations be repealed?”
Eamon Bousa, the SGA Senator who facilitated the forum, began by vocalizing the history of Greek life at Trinity and referencing the “Referendum Pros and Cons” sheet which circulated throughout the student body in the week prior. To begin, Bousa made note that Trinity College went coed in 1968. Surprisingly, the campaign to repeal school’s Greek organizations is not a novelty; It first took place in 1992 and continued to be brought up again a number of times in the following years as well. Currently, the push to enforce gender parity by 2016 was a decision enacted via the Charter Committee, a committee comprised of faculty and students responsible for discussing the issue. Bousa expressed that the purpose for the forum was mainly to allow students to make comments as they so choose pre-voting on Thursday.
The discussion began with two Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters who questioned the purpose and significance of the vote. Bousa answered by mentioning the lack of student involvement on the Charter Committee. Thus, the vote was to officially communicate the student body opinion which had been substantially missing in the committee meetings. As for the significance, Bousa was uncertain. He noted that the administration had the power to apply the mandate regardless of students’ dislike for it, but that the vote would clarify student opinion and could hold some weight. Another Kappa Kappa Gamma sister noted the importance of this vote for Trinity’s future president, who may view its results as a way to approach his future role at Trinity.
In order to incite responses on the details of the mandate, Bousa read off a number of pros and cons listed on the referendum sheet. Some of the arguments listed for repealing the co-education mandate include the following:
“Students should be afforded the right to freedom of association and the co-ed mandate, as advanced in the charter committee, violates this right.”
“Allowing single sex organizations to exist affords students more diverse options in terms of different types of social organizations to choose from.”
Conversely, some of the arguments for maintaining the co-education mandate are included below:
“Having single sex organizations with access to facilities that are significant parts of student social life limit the power and influence of the sex that these institutions exclude.”
“Evidence from our Admissions Office suggests there is a link between Trinity which is represented in the social media as having a party school reputation, and the decline in the
quality of our applicants and corresponding yield especially among women applicants.
Not surprisingly, Trinity’s student body has a lower proportion of females than
comparison schools. The highest-rated students who do come to Trinity are more likely to transfer out than other students. The most frequently mentioned reasons for doing so are the lack of academic seriousness among other students and an fun inspired social scene. (From Charter Committee Report)”
Upon hearing the pros and cons listed from the Charter Committee Report, Sonjay Singh, a junior and the President of Pi Kappa Alpha, best known as Pike, uttered his disagreement with the coeducation mandate for characterizing all fraternities and sororities as “oppressive” toward the student body. Similarly, Ian Robinson, a sophomore Kappa Sigma brother, claimed that the notion that fraternities and sororities promote exclusion of the sexes was a “ridiculous assumption”. He stated that the large number of fraternities on campus is not the fault of a fraternity itself, but is simply part of the climate and history of Trinity originating as an all-male institution.
Robinson and Singh weren’t the only Greek members who felt they were being wrongfully accused. One Kappa Kappa Gamma sister said she was “exhausted” of the attacks on Greek life: “If I wanted to be a part of a coed frat, I’d be a part of The Hall…Being a part of a women’s organization is empowering….being in a single sex organization is not a crime”.
Others referred to the referendum’s claims that Greek life on campus is widely associated with Trinity’s party school reputation, which may attribute to its decrease in quality students and the liberal arts rankings predominantly within the last few years. They expressed that blaming fraternities and sororities for Trinity’s party school reputation is unfair. Since Greek life is such a strong element of Trinity’s social life, the blame for school incidents is often placed on the backs of these organizations – there simply are few other options.
Still, others felt that the need to promote gender parity to save Trinity’s reputation was flawed logic. Oliver Lykken, a sophomore Kappa Sigma brother stated “going coed isn’t going to change the way we do things.” Alex Loy, a junior and the President of Kappa Sigma, questioned the position women would have in a fraternity. He expressed the fact that the administration has already determined that male and female Greek members would not be allowed to live in the same house, which would split up members of the E-Board and ultimately create a more divisive, rather than unified, organization. Likewise, a Kappa Kappa Gamma sister mentioned that men will not want women to join their organizations and vice versa; this will lead to changed traditions and a ruined climate.
Curious to hear the opinions of non-Greek students, a member of the SGA spoke out to defend the Greek organizations and voice his opinion of the administration’s treatment of Greek life: “Shutting down organizations doesn’t change things”, he stated, believing that the administration has great ideas but isn’t pursuing their goals in the best way. He used the renovation of Vernon Social as an example – an expensive “flop” which hasn’t entirely changed the social life. He also mentioned that Trinity should “re-imagine” their vision because even with the coeducation mandate, “there’s still gonna be drinking…and homophobic incidences”, a compelling and stark truth.
Another issue that was widely discussed was the absence of faculty appearance at the meeting and their general nonappearance and interest in the Greek life issue. Sonjay Singh argued that their lack of attendance is due to the faculty’s inability to provide strong arguments against Greek life. Oliver Lykken announced that the disinterest of the faculty shows a complete lack of respect for the issue of Greek life, one that clearly many students are invested in. Lykken stated that Tim Dunn, the Associate Director of Student Services for Social Houses at Trinity, expressed interest in the forum and the margin Thursday’s vote would provide. Evidence exists that the ’92 referendum expressed that 82.5% of the student organization was against the coeducation mandate. Thursday’s statistics will certainly be compared with such past data.
The forum topic then switched to the options that could exist to increase the social life at Trinity whilst maintaining Greek life. Ben Millard, a Kappa Sigma brother, brought up this point. Kyle Pak, a Pike brother, shared his knowledge regarding Trinity expanding social life opportunities. He claimed that the members from the Board of Trustees he communicated with used the lack of campus space and funding as reasons for their inability to increase social life opportunities while maintaining the Greek system alive. This conversation took place shortly before Vernon Social and Crescent Street were renovated. “They’ve scapegoated us”, Pak asserted, emphasizing as well the debt Trinity already was in prior to the new constructions and the lack of funding Greek organizations are given to begin with.
Still, the future of Trinity’s Greek life remains unclear. Members have offered suggestions to clarify the steps the administration should take: pool students on what they are looking for in their Trinity experience, stated Alex Loy, or have the SGA run another meeting involving faculty and students, specified one non-Greek student. Many are unable to see how the administration will foster enough power to uphold the mandate if the student body’s answer is a clear and defiant “no”. Ian Robinson, spoke out on the issue of resistance in order to preserve Greek life on campus: “What real power would they have if we exercise our right to associate…aside from expelling good kids?” Robinson believes the administration lacks the ability to control the actions of Greek members and organizations as a whole and thus, enforcing the mandate despite their large opposition would be entirely unjust. However, forcing resistance will have real consequences. The administration’s plan is to prohibit membership to fraternities and sororities beginning in 2016. If an organization continues to do so or attempts to hold school-wide events, they will expel students.
Ultimately, those who feel the co-education mandate should be repealed recognize the importance that these single-sex organizations have offered for many students and are unable to see the problem of Trinity’s social life as a direct effect of having active fraternities and sororities on campus. Many argued that imposing the coeducation mandate would inevitably shut down most fraternities and sororities, only enforcing exclusivity in the process because few options will be available.
Whatever your opinion is on Greek life at Trinity, the box you check in this Thursday’s online vote will say something to the student body and administration as a whole. As Plato once said, “One of the penalties for not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors”, so get on your computer and be sure to let your opinion be included. In the end, I think I speak for everyone when I say we all genuinely want to see Trinity rise again in the rankings, increase its retention rate, foster strong relationships in organizations – whatever those organizations may be – and overall, improve its social life for the advancement of the current student body, proud alumni, and the future face of Trinity. It is what we decide to do with Trinity’s social life that will dictate the kind of students who apply, become admitted, and change for better or for worse a school we all have the right to call our own.
On the brisk winter night of March 6, two of Trinity’s impressive a capella groups, the Accidentals and the Quirks, united within the historical walls of the Chapel for a night of songs and introductions. For both groups, this was the first concert since the spring semester auditions, which took place at the beginning of the semester. Since then, the groups have inducted a number of new members who made their debuts throughout the night.
The Chapel pews were filled with students eagerly waiting in anticipation for the night to start. In good-ole ‘cac spirit, the pews were full with friends of the performers and many other a capella-loving students. Prior to college, many people hear stories about the popularity of a capella concerts, especially at small schools like Trinity, but never think that they would attract such a diverse audience as they tend to do. What many love most about these kinds of concerts is the way they interest all sorts of students – from musicians, to athletes, past singers, and those who know nothing about the art at all. These a capella groups find many unique ways to draw in students that can make just about anyone subconsciously tap their shoes to the beat or hum a rendition of a song after a performance. It really brings out a school’s strength when so many students are able to unite for one common event, and for Trinity, that event has often been in the name of a capella.
The Accidentals, Trinity’s only all-male group, kicked off the night with their classic rendition of “Good Ol’ A Capella.” The jazzy crowd pleaser, “Good Ol’ A Capella” was used to introduce the names of the Dents’ newest members: Adam Keefe ’17, Chris White ’16, Connor Kennedy ’16, Hank Butler ’17, and Malcom Moon ’15. All individually took part in a solo during one of the songs. The second song the Dents performed was “Swallowed in the Sea” by Coldplay. This shiver-inducing performance immediately silenced the crowd as the group’s harmonies and melodies bounced off the walls of the Chapel. Their final song was in honor of throwback Thursday, so they ‘tbt’d’ to a song that had been a part of their repertoire three or four years back – “With You” by Chris Brown. Leaving the crowd in awe, they gave a warm welcome to the second group performing, the Quirks.
The Quirks, one of Trinity’s all-female a capella groups, came out dressed in white, ready to impress the crowd with their angelic voices. They began their performance with one of their classics, “With or Without You” by U2, a song, soloed by Georgia McAdams ’14. “With or Without You” truly highlights their talents as a group – delicate harmonies and strong voices. Their second song, “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys, was soloed by their newest members, Jacqueline Busa ’17 and Lizzy Foley ’17, and is the traditional song sung by the new members. The Quirk’s last song was a combination of Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail” and Rihanna’s “Stay”. This was Meredith Munro’s ’14 senior song choice. It was a mash-up that brought together the musical and lyrical elements of both popular songs. When I asked Meredith about her approach for picking the songs, she said “I wanted to pick songs I normally probably wouldn’t get a chance to sing. The two sounded like they might work together, so I asked Nicole [the Quirk’s music director].”After the Quirks concluded their performance, they welcomed the Accidentals back out to perform a joint song in true a capella spirit. They sang “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon. Having only had a short amount of time to prepare the song, the Quirks and the Dents were absolutely amazing. Their soloists, the Quirk’s Nicole Muto-Graves ’15 and one of the Dent’s newest members, Chris White, nailed the performance. It would surely have given Kings of Leon a run for their money. After the show, I did some talking with the talented members of the two groups to get their feedback on the night. One of Dents’ newest members, Malcom Moon, expressed what his first time performing with the Dents was like, “I think the soloists were outstanding! All the guys are so welcoming and supportive and I felt like we are one cohesive unit. We all worked very hard to make an enjoyable performance and I think we did that!” Similarly, Meredith responded the same way about performing with the Dents and sung praises about their collaboration saying, “it was amazing, as always! I love when we combine our sounds because together we have such a great range. Plus they’re all just wonderful people.” Once again, the Quirks and the Dents managed to evoke a love for a capella in all of us, providing many students with a great way to start the weekend.
Brian Nance ’16
“To be totally honest, I thought I was shooting for the stars when I made my goals but now I’m feeling confident and I think I belong on the podium in Iowa.”
Last week on March 2nd, Junior Kyle McGuire ’15 wrestled his way to the top of the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championship as he earned the heavyweight title. McGuire was truly underestimated, despite his great success all season, as he entered the tournament unranked. The Bantam took down four wrestlers at the Wesleyan field house, including the number one ranked Lance Moore from the State University of New York at Cortland. McGuire, along with his teammate Petros Hologitas ’14, are headed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent Trinity in the 2014 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship.
The Mansfield, Massachusetts native has been wrestling since the fifth grade. The heavyweight wrestler, and nose guard on the football team, has always been a big guy as in his youth he decided to stray away from certain sports and take on a sport he sought to be more suitable. “Basketball wasn’t really my thing, so when my parents saw a flyer for youth wrestling they brought me to a practice and I was pretty good early on,” recalls McGuire. “I stuck with it on and off until 8th grade when I started wrestling more competitively and practicing five days a week.”
Kyle’s decision paid off as he continued to wrestle throughout his high school career and ultimately won the state championship title. Last season brought great success for McGuire, as he led his team in both wins and winning percentage, while having the third highest number of pins for the Bantams. As all athletes do, McGuire planned on improving an aspect of his game during this past offseason. It just so happened that his offseason football training coincided with his goals of getting bigger and stronger which has aided him in being successful this season.
Coming into this season, Kyle set his sights on winning the regional championship and becoming an All American. He accomplished his first goal in dramatic fashion last week. Heading into the final match against Lance Moore, McGuire said he felt very relaxed which differed from his usual nervous feelings. “I realized I could hang with him and my thoughts went from ‘wrestle tough’ to ‘you better win this.’ After the match I was ecstatic,” says Kyle. “It sort of hit me that it was the biggest win of my career and that I had just wrestled the best tournament of my life.”
The championship will be held at the US Cellular Center on March 14 – 15 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where Cornell (Iowa) will be the host. A live stream will be available to watch our fellow Bantams take on the top Division III wrestlers in the country. Be sure to watch and cheer on McGuire as he attempts to keep his momentum rolling and stand on top of another championship podium while establishing his name as an All American.
SAMIA KEMEL ’14
“Dallas Buyers Club” is a film that strikes at the heart of what it truly means to ‘transform.’ Both within and outside of the film, the characters and the actors experience transformative events. We see health transformed into irrevocable sickness, a rom-com star transformed into a serious and committed actor, and a biopic about a lost man who transforms his life’s purpose. Both the cast and crew set out with a daunting mission, and they passionately deliver one of the best films of 2014.
“Dallas Buyers Club” is no light movie, and the fate of the film seemed to rest solely on the emaciated shoulders of its leading actor, Matthew McConaughey. The rom-com pretty boy turned serious actor stands, delivers, and snatches his first Oscar for his portrayal of real-life Texan cowboy, Ron Woodroof. He carries the burden of the subject matter with grace, determination, and a passionate understanding of his position to shine a light on those who suffered with HIV and AIDS during an era of grave misunderstanding.
The story begins in Dallas, Texas, where we are introduced to Woodroof and his self-indulgent, reckless rodeo lifestyle. After an incident that leads Woodroof to end up in a hospital, subsequent blood-work reveals that he tests positive for HIV. In a fit of deep denial, the homophobic Woodroof rejects the possibility that he could have contracted a “gay disease” and proceeds with his usual debauchery. However, the virus has him in its clutches and it isn’t long before he is forced to come to terms with the gravity of the situation at hand.
In a cruel twist of fate as soon as the reality of death dawns on Woodroof, he is denied access to any possible medicine and is simply given an address to a support group. In ‘true gritty’ cowboy fashion, he presses on in search of any alternative to death and finds himself in Mexico: a paradise for the suffering in comparison to the US. In Mexico Woodroof gains access to life-saving medicine, and realizes the corrupt and “useless” measures that the FDA administers on testing drugs. In an attempt to save his life and make good money on the side, he smuggles over 3000 pills across the border, and sets up what comes to be known as the “Dallas Buyers Club”; a monthly membership card providing access to all the necessary proteins, drugs, and vitamins that an HIV patient would want.
However, none of this becomes possible without the help of Rayon (Jared Leto), a transsexual woman that Woodroof meets in the hospital who later becomes his business partner. The two form a friendship that begins with their shared disease, but reveals to be founded on much more than two failing immune systems.
With the theme of transformations in mind, Jared Leto delves deep into Rayon’s past, present, and uncertain future. Leto embodies Rayon, and he becomes the fictionalized replacement for an entire class of people who, at one point in time, Woodruoof abhorred. As their friendship grows so does their understanding and appreciation for one another.
One of the most notable transformations in the film has to be McConaughey’s dramatic weight loss. Much of the initial attention that the film received was directed at his ‘manorexic’ appearance and concerns for what dropping 40-50lbs meant for his health. The last time we saw McConaughey, his previously buff-bod was on full display in “Magic Mike” (a film in which he coincidentally played a male stripper named ‘Dallas’). There is no doubt that his transformation is astounding, but the weight-loss is only a small fraction of what McConaughey brings to the table in his portrayal of Ron. Even through his lowest and sickest moments, there’s a certain fire that’s continually burning behind his eyes—a fire that belongs to both actor and character.
With two of the film’s actors snagging Oscars, “Dallas Buyers Club” is certainly receiving the recognition that it deserves. Both actors deliver the best performances of their careers and provide audiences with a memorable reminder that though the battle against HIV/AIDS may have improved, it is nowhere near over.
Ryan Murphy ’17
The top-seeded Trinity Bantams struggled all afternoon to keep up with the Bowdoin Polar Bears. Going into the NESCAC semifinals, the Bantams were ranked 3rd in the nation, and heavily favored in matchup against Bowdoin.
Bowdoin’s John McGinnis got the scoring started early in the first period when he trickled a wrist shot past Bantams goalie Ben Coulthard ’14. The packed Koeppel Community Sports Center surprisingly erupted with the cheers of Bowdoin fans after the goal.
The Bantams responded with 3:30 left in the first period as forward Sean Orlando ’17 beat a Bowdoin defenseman one-on-one and lofted the puck over the Bowdoin goalie to tie the game. It wasn’t long before the Polar Bears retook the lead on the power play goal by Harry Matheson. The first period ended with Bowdoin carrying a 2-1 lead.
The momentum didn’t cease in the second period as the Polar Bears stormed to a 4-1 lead over the Bantams, following goals by John McGinnis and Chris Fenwick. With just over three minutes remaining in the second period, and a three-goal deficit, the Bantams found life off a goal from Joe Horak ’16.
With the Bantams surging, Bowdoin goalie Kyle Fenkell, who had a game-high 34 saves, was able to make multiple stops in the final minutes of the second period. However, the unlikeliest of goals brought the Bantams to within one of the Polar Bears going in to the second intermission. With just 1.9 seconds left in the second period, Elie Vered ’16 slapped a face-off to Jim Burt ’16 who shot the puck across the line just before the buzzer sounded. The Bantams carried all the momentum into the locker room despite trailing 4-3 at the end of the second period.
Trinity came out strong in the third period with multiple shots on-goal, but Kyle Fenkell kept up his impressive performance. Just under seven minutes in to the period, Connor Quinn of Bowdoin scored on a one-timer to return the margin to two.
With Bowdoin seemingly recapturing control of the game, Ben Coulthard ‘14 made an impressive save to stop a Polar Bear shot from point-blank range. Paul Burns ’15 also made a great defensive play to save a shot by Bowdoin’s Colin Downey, which would have extinguished any hopes the Bantams may have still had.
The final minutes of the game were agonizing, as the Bantams couldn’t break through the strong Bowdoin defense, even during a power play. Trinity pulled goalie Ben Coulthard ‘14 with under a minute left. Up one man, forward Ryan Cole ’17 drilled a goal from the right wing, giving Trinity a chance with just 42.8 seconds left. The game ended with players from both sides scrambling for the puck up against the boards, but the Bantams were unable to get another shot on the Polar Bear’s net.
Bowdoin held NESCAC player of the year, Jackson Brewer ’15, and first team all-NESCAC forwards, Ryan Cole and Michael Hawkrigg ’16, in check for most of the game, helping them defeat the top seeded Trinity. Unfortunately, the Bantam’s season has come to a close, as they were not selected to compete in the NCAA Division III National tournament. However, the 2013-2014 season was one of the most memorable seasons the Bantams have had in the past decade.
CAMPBELL NORTH ’17 ARTS EDITOR
William (Mac) McCarthy ’14 is a paragon of someone who can weave art into various aspects of their life, regardless of what they might be. Even as a double major in Russian and Chemistry, McCarthy has still managed to find time for his creative pursuits.
Ever since a young age, music has always been playing in the proverbial background of McCarthy’s life. His father owned a large record collection, which included a variety of artists and genres from the 1960s and 1970s. McCarthy cites the repetitive listening and singing along with the records as “what taught him to sing.” “My two favorite albums were “Deliver” by the Mamas and the Papas and a Bonnie Raitt album,” McCarthy recalled. Both of his two older sisters and he continue to indulge in playing these albums and they “still connect with them.”
In addition to pre-recorded music, McCarthy was also exposed to live music on a daily basis. Starting with the recorder in first grade, he has played everything from the violin to the saxophone to the piano. McCarthy’s knack for musical instruments granted him a position in his school’s jazz band. In addition to this, McCarthy sang in choirs throughout his middle and high school years. However, his interest in a capella started at a much younger age. Both of his older sisters were in a capella groups, encouraging him to join one as well.
This passion followed McCarthy to Trinity where he auditioned for the Accidentals during his freshman year. Throughout his four years in the group, he has moved from not only a singer but currently has the job of arranging the music the group chooses to sing. After they decide which song to preform to, McCarthy arranges it on the computer and then he prints it out for the rest of the Accidentals to learn. McCarthy’s talent for arranging music comes from his experience with reading various pieces of sheet music whenever he plays an instrument. However, it is not only this important position in the group or his love for signing that makes being a part of the Accidental’s so enjoyable. The group, which consists of “guys from all sides of campus; athletes, greeks, science majors, music majors,” McCarthy stated, “is like a brotherhood, everyone is really good friends.” McCarthy elaborated further on what makes their practie time so much fun, explaining that “it is really awesome to be able to have that hour where you can just get away from the stress of everything else and do your own thing.”
While McCarthy always knew that singing would continue to be a part of his life, he did not originally plan on having theater play a role in his Trinity experience. Since the fourth grade, McCarthy acted in his town plays every year until his freshman year at Trinity. In his sophomore year, some of his friends in the Accidentals encouraged him to try out for the play “Spring Awakening.” After getting cast in the lead role McCarthy began to realize how large the scale of the production was. “It was a more serious production because at college with ‘big-budget’ lights and sounds,” McCarthy continued saying that, “[The] environment made it seem really important and made me want to take theater more seriously.” Since “Spring Awakening” McCarthy has acted in five other on-campus productions, most recently as the lead in “Parade.”
McCarthy played the main role of Leo Frank. “His character,” McCarthy explained, “was very serious and the play was based off a true story.” To get into character, he analyzed his lines to get a better understanding of how the writer of the play portrayed Frank and then made acting decisions based off that. “I love trying to feel what the character would be feeling, that’s the fun part of acting,” McCarthy declared. While he does love serious roles, one of McCarthy’s favorite characters he has played was Cinderella’s prince in “Into the Woods.” “It was really fun to be just not myself” McCarthy elaborated, “and be ridiculous, and selfish, and pompous for the role.”
This same quality in theater of discovering how you can make a character you are playing your own and unique also explains why he continues to be passionate about singing. “Your voice is unlike any other instrument, you’re not physically pressing buttons or keys to make a sound,” explained McCarthy. “How you sing an A note, for example, is all relative, so you get to do a lot of cool things with your voice and invent new ways to make it sound interesting.”
McCarthy has no specific plans for pursuing a musical career in the future but knows it will continue to be a big part of his life. “Music is something you can bring with you anywhere for the rest of your life” expressed McCarthy. So if you are interested in seeing one of his performance’s live, be sure not to miss out on the next Accidentals concert.
KRISTINA XIE ’16
This past Wednesday night, the Latin American and Iberian Film Festival presented Autógrafo: Jack Delano and Los Peloteros (1951). The Department of Fine Arts at Trinity College along with attendees celebrated the 100th anniversary of Jack Delano’s birth. The first film is an autographic sketch of the renowned photographer while the second film highlighted his directorial and cinematography skills. Delano began his career as a member of a group of photographers employed by the U.S. government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) during the New Deal period, under the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He worked on several projects capturing images of the working class people. These two films captures his legacy, Puerto Rican identity and how he “helped define” the island through the arts.
Born in the Ukraine in 1914, Delano emigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1923. It was not until his trip to Puerto Rico in 1941 that he became enchanted by the island and its people. He immersed himself in the language and culture of the people. To many of his peers, he was considered “Puerto Rican in spirit.” Many of the noises of the island such as the insects crawling at night or the wind blowing the luscious trees were used in his original music composition and featured in his film. After receiving the Guggenheim Fellowship, he traveled to the island and produced a book of photographs about his experience. In Puerto Rico, he and his wife, the graphic artist Irene Delano, worked in a range of creative fields, including filmmaking, educational television, book illustration and music composition.
Through the film, Autógrafo: Jack Delano, the viewers learned about his passion for photography and the vital impact his images had on the world. In fact, Delano’s book of photographs of Puerto Rico was the first book to be published in both English and Spanish. In the second film, audiences witnessed his masterful cinematography skills and the visuals that narrated the plot. Although there were no English subtitles, the visuals enhanced the story about a group of teenage boys who want to start their own baseball team. They decide to fundraise and appoint the coach’s wife to be in charge of the money. However, a problem arises when she steals the money to buy her husband new clothes and furniture for their home. Some of these images are also on display in Jack Delano: Photographer (1914 – 1997): A Centennial Celebration Exhibition,” running from Feb. 6 to Mar. 14, 2014, at Widener Gallery in Trinity College’s Austin Arts Center. Produced in 1952, the film director recruited a cast of amateur actors and actresses from the island. The construction of the baseball team serves as an allegory to show that when a community works together, they can achieve any goal. Consequently, if one member becomes too greedy, then they cannot as a collective group reach that goal.
The film was recorded during a time of economic hardship for Puerto Rico. Government agencies experienced a range of social problems and many young children did not receive an education. This film inspired the island to overcome these issues by uniting to create a brighter future for the younger generation. The movie opens with an elderly man dreaming about a neighborhood school. The younger boy proposes that they construct a school for all the neighborhood children. The story provides an optimistic approach to how a unified group can fix problems and a build a trusted community. Carolyn Kimmick ’14, a Hispanic Studies major, described the flim as “very interesting and portrayed the Puerto Rican society very well through the artistic camera angles and the economic situation through the plot line.” It had a lasting impression on Kimmick who thought about the ways in which sugar was “one of the first international forms of capitalism.”
The beauty of these images and his stylistic technique is a direct example of Delano’s signature photography and cinematography. His portrayal of working class people rebuilding their city showcases the underlying story he narrates through photographs and original music compositions that make his allure universal. His love affair with both the natural beauty of the island and the level of poverty are reflected in his works and the subjects he captures. “He photographed literally every city and town in Puerto Rico,” stated his son and Trinity professor, Pablo Delano. This juxtaposition shines a voice on the much-ignored issues that concerned the territory during the Post-War Era. Nevertheless, Delano’s fascination with Puerto Rican culture reverberates through these images and is shared with the audiences who either watch the movie or view his photographs.
ESTHER SHITTU ’17
This past week, I was sitting in class and a discussion came up about contact sports and the amount of concussions people get from playing contact sports. I honestly did not know that people get as many concussions as they did from playing a sport until I came to Trinity, and this person and that person got concussions. Part of the reason is because I am not “sporty.” Other than the cheerleading team in high school, I did not play sports. Don’t get me wrong. I admire those who have a love for the game, and there are many benefits of being part of a sport, but having sat through an hour-long class on the effects of concussions, and those who had later psychological problems due to having concussion while playing in a sport, I began to wonder if the love of any sport was worth it in the end? Another question which was posed by my classmates is, will I allow my kids to play in a contact sport?
In order to answer the second, I must answer the first. According to the University of Pittsburg, “Estimates regarding the likelihood of an athlete in a contact sport experiencing a concussion may be as high as 19 percent per season.” This may not seem high. And someone else may take a look at this statistic and say, “oh, that is not so bad.” But if you really consider what the statistic is saying, or at least what I believe it is saying, every season there is a 19 percent chance of someone who is playing in a contact sport getting hit in the head and being diagnosed with a concussion. This means that if you play in a contact sport, which is an all-year sport, your chances may be higher. This does not really disturb me as much as the effects of concussion in the life of an individual later in their adulthood. In September of 2012, former NFL players, over 3,000 decided to sue the NFL because, according to the Los Angeles Times, “The players say the blows to the head have contributed to depression, memory loss and other neurological disorders.” I take that to mean the players are now experiencing the side effects of having had concussions while they were on the field. In the Los Angeles Times article, there was research done which found that those who formally played contact sports may have died because of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE. Therefore, when people get hit in the brain many times on the field as they play a sport, the brain sometimes does not automatically heal by itself. Sometimes, the brain tells you later down the road, or it may begin to show signals that there is something wrong. I was astounded in the class when there were mentions of former NFL players who had concussions killing themselves. I also learned in the class about players who become violent later in life as a result of a concussion. I am not sure if I could allow myself to keep getting hurt because of a sport. As the class discussion went on, I thought to myself, “Guess my kids are not going to play sports,” but then, as if reading my thoughts, the teacher asked the class, “would you actually let your kids play sports, contact or no contact?”
As I mentioned earlier, I was a cheerleader. There was a time, my mom told me I could no longer cheerlead, and as this was not the girly cheerleading TV portrays (it was competitive cheerleading), and I felt my heart break into a thousand pieces. I cried, fought, and thankfully she lifted her rule. I cheerlead even when the amount of money my coach was asking for was not something I had. In this way, I understand what it means to love a sport. If my children decide they love a sport, am I willing to tell them, “No, honey, you are not going to play the sport because I am afraid you will get a concussion?” Honestly, part of me says yes, and part of me says no. Life is unpredictable. Some people get concussions from hitting their head on the roof of a car, and one can get hurt in anything you do. However, the possibility of a person getting something as serious (and yes it is pretty serious for those who do not know) as a concussion is higher when you are playing a sport than when you are walking down the street. Arguments people like to make, especially in the case of football is this: “If they just make better helmets…” However, when you think about it, who’s to say the helmet does not do more harm than good? You really do not know what will happen in a sport, and what getting a concussion today will lead to tomorrow. Like I said, as of right now, I’m undecided if my kids will play sports or not, but what I do hope is like all things yet unsolved in this world, God will improve the technology. That way, if the question does come up, my fears will not keep my kids from doing what they love. I also feel like each person decides if a sport is worth the physical damage. For me, absolutely not, for my kids, I do not think so, but they may think so, and that is where the real conflict lies.
SHEILA NJAU ’17
It is Women’s Appreciation Month and I wanted to take the time to pay homage to women who play a leading character in TV shows. Because some people say that movies or shows have the power to move or change us, I find it highly exciting that at this time there are multiple shows on TV that include women who are presented as strong and independent. Also, these women can help show young girls that they can aspire to be anything they want to be. I will not deny the fact that some of these shows may have additional factors that may make it not as appropriate for young women. But, at the end of the day, I think the message comes across that women can be leaders and they can “change the world.” So, I would like to take the time now to talk about some shows in which women are the ones in charge that have aired in the past or are on the air right now.
The first show that comes to mind is “Charmed,” which aired from 1998 to 2006. What can be better than a show that features three women in a leading role? I remember watching this show back when it started and being invigorated by the fact these women had the ability to save the world from evil forces and the fact that even though they lost loved ones along the way, including one of their sisters, that did not stop them from using their powers to do good. Another show that comes to mind in relation to a strong female saving the world from evil is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which started around the same time as “Charmed.” To this day, I still remember the episode where Buffy killed Angel in order to make sure that he never harmed anyone else. Despite the fact that he reverted to his good side just before she performed the act, she still did it because of the evil acts that he was capable of doing. That example showed her strength more than the number of vampires she executed during the show’s run. Changing genres, who can forget “Gilmore Girls?” There were definitely plenty of laughs to be had before the show went off-air in 2007. Is it bad of me to admit that my favorite character on the show was Lorelai’s mother? The theme song of “Golden Girls” will forever be imprinted on the hearts of many women.
Who can also forget Sydney Bristow and her missions on “Alias,” Talk about womanpower! I can safely admit that I am still a little bit jealous about how good she was at her job. Here was another character that faced personal losses, but did not quit. Rather, she kept working her hardest to help protect the world. And yet, there were some who were focused on one specific area. Brenda Johnson from “The Closer” was definitely memorable as the woman who could get almost anyone to confess. I sometimes found myself so caught up in the show that I wanted to confess, to what I don’t know. But, I have major respect for Brenda and her strange addiction to chocolate.
Since I am discussing shows with females in a leading role, I would not be doing it enough justice without making a shout-out to some shows on “the women’s network,” Lifetime. I will start with “Army Wives” because that is one that is most likely known. Some of the women were soldiers and others were the wives of soldiers. They were connected by their strength as they faced the fear of loss together while also doing their best to stay strong for their children. And then there’s “Drop Dead Diva,” which is hilarious. A lot can be said about a model and actress whose spirit inhabits the body of a no-nonsense lawyer. The result is a great lawyer who always goes the extra mile to win a case for her clients. Lastly, I will mention “Reba.” While it did not originally start on Lifetime, it currently does re-runs of this show. Yes, Reba’s husband left her for a younger woman, but that did not slow her down even one bit. She was truly a classy lady.
I would like to finish by talking about the very popular shows on air right now. I will start with “Scandal.” What can I really say to capture who Olivia Pope is?
First, her impeccable clothing and then her commanding presence, which in times of crisis, makes people turn to her. I will not deny the fact that Olivia does have her flaws (the president). But, pushing that aside, let us focus on how good she is at her job and the fact that she is based on a real-life person just makes that cake all that sweeter. Woman power all the way. There is also “Grey’s Anatomy,” which is still plugging on in its tenth season. I mean there is Bailey, who during her residency basically ran the hospital, Cristina who had a constant passion to be a cardiothoracic surgeon and a willingness to give up other aspects of her life so she could be the best surgeon, and Meredith who not only wants to be a good surgeon, but also balance being a good mother as well.
To be honest, I could keep talking for a long time about such female characters and there are definitely many other shows that I could have mentioned, but I could never be able to get to all of them. So, who comes to mind when you think about strong, independent women on TV?
DANIEL WILKINS ’16
George Clooney’s newest film, “The Monuments Men,” accomplishes something that is often missing in other World War II films. While both film critics and average moviegoers have received the film poorly, it sheds a completely new light on a conflict that has inspired many great films. “The Monuments Men” differs from the typical World War II film because of its relatable and average characters. Many films that depict the war attempt to show the extreme horror of the Holocaust or the intense moments of battle. While “The Monuments Men” does have its sobering moments that reflect the seriousness of the war, it does not alienate the viewer at any time.
The film opens as Frank Stokes, played by George Clooney, explains that the purpose of his mission is to save art that has been stolen and could be destroyed by the Nazis. Stokes assembles a team of fellow art scholars to enlist in the military and enter Europe in search of the stolen art. Eventually, Stokes’s team includes James Granger (Matt Damon), Richard Campbell (Bill Murray), Walter Garfield (John Goodman), Donald Jeffries (Hugh Bonneville) and Preston Savitz (Bob Balaban).
When the team arrives on the beaches of Normandy, the fighting has already stopped. As the characters landed on the shore, it was clear that they were isolated from the other soldiers there. This distance from the war keeps the characters relatable. The average viewer in 2014 can’t relate to the war’s soldiers or Holocaust victims. These characters, however, stay relatable because they are just as out of place in the war as the viewer is.
As the group, nicknamed “The Monuments Men,” makes its way through Europe, the question constantly addressed is whether their lives are worth risking for the sake of art. Throughout the film, the characters affirm that the art is worth their lives because of its significance to our culture. The film suggests that the war is not only a war to defend Europe from the Nazis, but also to defend all of Western culture. By recapturing their art, the Allies were able to maintain their cultural heritage and preserve their way of life.
While the film generally follows this central theme, the performances of John Goodman and Bill Murray keep the mood consistently light hearted and comical. One of the film’s most powerful scenes involves a young German soldier who stumbles upon Campbell and Garfield late at night. As the three find themselves in a standoff, with no way to communicate, Murray’s character breaks the tension and calmly concedes that they all had better sit down together and smoke cigarettes. After a few moments together, the German soldier, with a big grin on his face, says “John Wayne”. Even when the characters shared no common language, it is a common appreciation in our culture that allows them to reach an understanding. “The Monuments Men” makes it clear that our culture is what defines us and preserving it is an undeniably important task.
Another beautifully delivered role comes from the recent Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett. Blanchett plays Claire Simone, a French museum curator, who lost all of her artwork to the Nazis. While most of “The Monuments Men” are touring Europe in search of the stolen art, James Granger remains in Paris to convince Simone to identify where her art was taken. Blanchett gives a very cold performance and makes Simone into a pessimistic and distrusting, yet very strong woman. Granger spends his time in the film doing all that he can to obtain her guidance, but she is continuously reluctant to help. When she finally does come around, Simone’s character displays extreme emotional vulnerability. While the film’s entire cast works together perfectly, Blanchett’s performance stands alone. She portrays a character with incredible depth and a great range of emotion.
One of the main critiques for Clooney’s film is its lack of seriousness and its subject matter. World War II is one of the most intense time periods in modern history, and the film is primarily light hearted. However, the film’s light heartedness is what keeps the audience interested. Even in the face of tragedy, the characters do not lose their personality and always maintain a good sense of humor.
“The Monuments Men” ultimately succeeds because it does not attempt to accomplish too much. It does not try to bring the audience closer to the suffering and pain caused by the war because those feelings cannot be replicated. Instead, this film makes World War II more relatable to an average audience. While we cannot understand the horror that the war caused, we can understand the importance of our culture. The film features recognizable and significant pieces of art in several circumstances because these works are sure to naturally illicit powerful responses from the viewers. Even those who are not very familiar with historical Western art will still recognize and value the pieces this film features. By depicting the war in terms of something so easy to understand, “The Monuments Men” is relatable throughout.
MAX NIKITAS ’17
In his State of the Union address a little over a year ago, President Obama unexpectedly called on a recalcitrant Congress to raise the $7.35 federal minimum wage to $9.00 per hour. Liberals praised the new priority as a tangible means of promoting economic welfare for the ‘millions of Americans who work for minimum wage’ each year. Conservatives scoffed at the idea as a problem with potentially dire economic consequences founded in the desperation of an administration that has seen many of its legislative goals stalled by Republican legislators.
However, over the last year, a majority of Americans have consistently backed the proposal to which the President has devoted very little air time until quite recently. Indeed, the botched rollout of the Healthcare.gov and the IRS and NSA scandals have heretofore (and some would say, permanently) rendered both the Democratic agenda legislatively unfeasible. It has also rendered our President, as its principal advocate, a lame duck. The President’s choice to reaffirm his hopes for minimum-wage reform seems to validate this sentiment, as he blamed Republicans in his radio address to the nation this past Saturday for not “want[ing] to vote on minimum wage at all.” Citing both popular support and economic necessity, he once again called for a federal wage raise—yet, this time, to $10.10 per hour. As many have blamed the current administration for its repeated divisiveness and inability to compromise, one would question why the President would call on Republicans, who are staunchly apposed to reform, to approve a wage that is $1.10 higher than the $9 he called for last year. From a purely political standpoint, the President’s choice will most likely undermine the very cause to which he argues our legislators should devote their energies—what better way to alienate Conservatives than increasing the controversiality of a proposal on which they have refused to act for over a year? Regardless, raising the minimum wage in this volatile economy could have devastating consequences for small businesses nationwide, as no state’s current minimum wage is even close to the President’s new benchmark—Washington’s, by far the nations’ highest, is $9.32, a full 8% lower.
Indeed, conventional economic wisdom tells us that raising the minimum wage generally causes the creation of a surplus of labor, a phenomenon commonly referred to as an increase in unemployment. While some economists cite few counterexamples to this hypothesis, its rationale nevertheless is typically the prime point of concern for wage-raise skeptics. Moreover, although February’s jobs report, published this past Friday, indicated a reassuring addition of 175,000 jobs, the unemployment rate increased to 6.7%, well above what is deemed economically optimal.
Furthermore, as many Americans have not yet found—and others have ceased their search for—employment, most economists will concede that the de facto rate is much higher. While liberals will argue that raising the minimum wage will help poorer Americans—largely recent immigrants and the underemployed who have settled for minimum wage jobs—in reality, only 1.1% of Americans, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, actually work for base pay. While the Democratic economic agenda has largely centered on closing the tax loopholes often used by the top one percent, its current focus is on a policy that will potentially better the lives of the same marginal number of Americans. Indeed, the liberal lion Ted Kennedy was a principal advocate of a wage raise a decade ago, famously yelling at Senate Republicans, asking “when does the greed stop?” Yet, as usual, the foundations of the liberal ideology that portrays the Republican agenda as one beholden to helping the wealthy at the expense of the poor is, quite characteristically, built upon some shaky economic and intellectual foundations.
Over the last two decades, according to NPR, wage-raise advocates have repeatedly cited a 1992 study conducted by economists David Card and Alan Krueger comparing fast-food restaurants in both New Jersey–which chose to increase its wage 18 percent from $4.25 to $5.05 per hour and Pennsylvania—where the wage was fixed at $4.75. As Card and Krueger found that jobs were, rather counterintuitively, added in New Jersey—resulting in a decrease in unemployment—many believed that the report finally dispelled the conventional theory outlined above. Yet, quick research on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website tells us that, in addition to the fact that both states possessed two different wages and differing economies to begin with, the federal minimum in 1991 was, in fact, $3.80 per hour (the exact wage New Jersey began with), and $4.25 in 1992 (the wage the state adopted). In other words, New Jersey was forced by Congress to increase its minimum wage by 18 percent along with the federal minimum wage to meet the base standard; yet, the new $10.10 would require many less affluent states to raise theirs by over 39 percent. While I am not a trained economist, simple math tells us that the President’s current proposal is far more extreme than most would assume, and Card and Krueger’s findings, far more pedestrian. Undoubtedly, Conservative apprehension is well-founded, particularly in a volatile economy where small businesses are presently struggling to meet their state’s minimum wage requirement and still earn a profit.
Overall, while the President and his part seek to gain support for a last resort attempt at affecting the “Change” in which millions of Americans believed almost six years ago, we must recognize the consequences of appeasing a purely political objective. With the 2014 midterm elections approaching, Congressional Democrats are trying to placate millions of voters who blame the lethargic economic recovery on the current administration. While we need to create jobs and promote economic growth, we must understand that we are debating over a measure of reform at too high of a risk.
Lastly, while Republicans have been chastised for their legislative stagnation in the past two Congresses, their economic objectives are more productive and valid than those on the left would like us to believe. Will Americans confirm this sentiment come November? Only time will tell.
CAROLYN ZIMMER ’15
After having lived in Anadama last year, the slums of Trinity College housing, living in Jarvis is a truly amazing experience. Everyone always says that one of the most important things to consider when choosing where to live is location. You can’t get much better location than living right on the Long Walk. My room is directly in the middle of the upper Long Walk in the most central part of campus. Most of my classes happen to be in Seabury, making it an easy commute when I wake up five minutes before class. There are also great amenities that come along with living in one of the nicest dorms on campus. I live in a six-person suite. There are four single rooms and one double room. I happen to live in the double, which has more than enough space for both me and my roommate’s belongings. It is the perfect size room for two people to live comfortably. It is always a treat to wake up, sit up in bed, and see the sun rising over the quad in the morning before my early tennis practice.
Additionally, each side of the suite has its own bathroom with very nice fixtures and tiles. I share the bathroom on my side with two other girls, with plenty space for all of us to get ready in the morning. There is a long hallway that leads from one side of the suite to the other. An enormous common room sits in the middle of the suite. We were provided with a lot of furniture, which we weren’t quite sure what to do with. There are 4 wooden chairs, which we decided to use to our advantage. We placed two of them securely on top of three of our desks, which we removed from our rooms and placed along the main wall in the common room. We put the two remaining chairs directly in front of those as to make it have some kind of a theater seating formation. It was a pleasant surprise that sitting in the top two chairs was not only a little fun, but was also very comfortable. It also allows for all of us to be able to comfortably view the TV we have in front of our fireplace, another fun aspect of Jarvis. Not only does the common room have a fireplace, but my bedroom does as well. We had an extra bed from my other roommates who decided to bring their own larger sized beds from home. To make this a useful part of our room, we made it a kind of makeshift couch, facing the TV, very nice for a Sunday after a long weekend.
Decorating was certainly the most fun part. I placed small clear hooks around the entire ceiling of the room, and hung white lights. One of my roommates, Lily Baker ’15, printed out enlarged pictures of all of our friends and roommates to decorate either side of the fireplace. We have stockings hung above the fireplace, which we just can’t seem to bring ourselves to take down. We’ve hung various posters of both Lana Del Ray and The Grateful Dead to add some fun color and entertainment to our room. A large Trinity College banner hangs on the wall in the hallway connecting the two sides of the suite. We’ve made our room very homey and comfortable, which is perfect because living with my best friends, Madison Hebb ’15, Mackenzie Jones ’15, Polly Maroni ’15, and Lily Baker’15 is like living with family. All of our friends would rather spend more time in our room than in their own. I love living in Jarvis, and I would recommend it to anyone.
SERENA ELAVIA ’14
Every morning, Chad Kirby rises at 4:00 am to prepare for another day at Trinity’s Goldberg’s On Campus location. Seven days a week, Chad is hard at work keeping inventory, talking to students, placing orders and managing his staff. Recently he’s been churning out tubs of delectable peanut butter that fly off the shelves—just ask the student who ate an entire container in one sitting, according to the Goldberg’s On Campus Facebook page. Not surprisingly, the addition of Goldberg’s to Trinity has been a phenomenal success, which can be attested to the long lines of hungry students for all meals of the day. 60 to 70 percent of Goldberg’s daily business comes from the morning shift, while on Thursdays through Saturdays, 90 percent of business on those days comes from the late night dining menu, according to Chad. To paint a more concrete picture, Goldberg’s has to do four orders a week at the Trinity location to keep up with the demand of hungry students. “We really listen to the customers and find out what they want” says Chad. Constantly innovating and staying ahead of the game, Chad and the Goldberg’s team’s latest culinary creations have included cinnamon sugar bagel bites, cheddar everything and apple cranberry bagels, and red velvet treats on Valentine’s Day. For students who want more options than breakfast sandwiches, Chad is currently working on a separate pizza menu. Running Goldberg’s On Campus is a tremendous amount of work, but Chad is no stranger to long days and hard work.
Originally from Montana, Chad aspired to be an Olympic boxer and left home at the mere age of 15 to train at the Olympic Training Center in Marquette, Michigan. The program allows aspiring Olympic athletes to train and receive a high school, college and master’s degree at Northern Michigan University (NMU) on Lake Superior. In Marquette, Chad met his soon to be wife, Lisa, who also helps run the Trinity location. During their first semester at NMU, the couple was met with a surprise pregnancy, which was when Chad decided to join the military. Stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas and Fort Bragg in North Carolina from 1994 to 1996, Chad was a Black Hawk Crew Chief, the soldier in command of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter used to transport soldiers. He trained with world class athletes while in the military, never giving up his Olympic dreams. But while participating in a training camp for the trials for the 1996 Atlanta games, Chad suffered an injury that ended a lifelong dream. He worked for AT&T for a few years before joining his brother-in-law (now his business partner) in the Hartford area which is where the Goldberg’s story begins.
Goldberg’s was a small bagel franchise in New York and New Jersey before it was sold to Chad and his brother-in-law. The original plan was to open a kosher bagel store in West Hartford, but finding locations initially was difficult and the two settled for a spot on Main Street in Newington. After three months in Newington, sales started to break even and then they opened the West Hartford store on New Britain Ave, which saw immediate success. Two years ago they sold the Newington location and focused on the West Hartford store before being approached by Trinity to make a new home in the Vernon Social Center.
When Trinity approached Goldberg’s, Chad had no hesitations in jumping on board with the project. Already familiar with the campus, Goldberg’s had previously worked with Trinity regarding catering orders for Dream Camp during the summer. There were other franchises on the table, but all ultimately backed out because of the smaller market Trinity offers and inconvenient school vacations. Working with the College, Chad worked with the architect on the whole build out process of the space and selected all kitchen equipment himself. “The faculty and administrators have all welcomed us and the students have been great” says Chad about the Trinity atmosphere. One of the most important aspects in the planning process was talking to students about what they wanted, which was breakfast sandwiches.
Given the success of the On Campus menu, Chad is now altering the West Hartford menu to include more scrambles and other items unique to Trinity. Now, the Trinity location is in full swing and is busy as ever. Chad plans to do more catering for various departments and campus activities. If he can get permission, Goldberg’s may start doing campus wide deliveries. Until then, pop on over to Goldberg’s and check out Chad’s new creations which are posted on the shop’s Facebook and Instagram pages.