Meredith Veach ’12 was one of the first female students to graduate Trinity with a major in film studies, and since her graduation, she has relocated to Los Angeles and currently works in the film industry. Her most recent project is a romantic comedy entitled THRE3BOUND. The indie film, which she edited and color-corrected, premiered at the SOHO International Film Festival in NYC on June 21. Veach was present for the screening, and she shared her favorite moments with us in a photo journal.
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You can follow Meredith on Instagram and Twitter: @rarerarefind to discover what else she gets up to in LA, & if you are curious about pursuing a film degree at Trin, dive into what our Film Studies program offers.
Whether she is encouraging her Trin-Cycle spin class to power through a grueling long ride or completing sociology homework in the Fish Bowl window section at Peter B’s, you’ve likely seen this Bant ‘”Around the Flock.” Check out my Women’s History Month interview below with Sam McCarthy ’21 as she tells me about all things Trin and all things Green Dot, a new power-based personal violence prevention program that’s about to make waves on campus. Consider this your sneak peek.
Sam McCarthyClass Year: 2021
Major: sociology with a community action minor
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Why did you choose Trinity?
I really wanted to go to school somewhere far away from home. Specifically, I wanted to go to the east coast because that is where my dad is from. I also really liked the idea of a small liberal arts school.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
Peter B’s by the windows (aka The Fish Bowl)
What are you involved in on campus?
I teach Trin-Cycle classes on Mondays and Wednesdays through Trin Recreation, I am on the executive board of Alpha Chi Omega, I was a first-year mentor last fall, and I’ll be a mentor again this coming fall, and I am a student worker for Green Dot!
What is Green Dot?
Green Dot is a bystander intervention program that a lot of colleges and universities use as a way to decrease power-based personal violence (most commonly sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking) on campuses. The program is centered around every individual making small choices to do their part in changing an overall campus culture so that this type of violence is no longer tolerated. A green dot is a single choice that someone makes to lessen the likelihood that a red dot, which is an act of violence, will occur.
How has Green Dot impacted campus?
One unique aspect of Green Dot is that everyone on campus is involved in the effort. We have given overviews to various groups of faculty and staff members as well as student leader groups. So far, this includes RA’s, P.R.I.D.E. Leaders, many of the athletic teams, and a few of the Greek life organizations. The program is still being implemented, but I have loved seeing the positive responses of those who have already been trained. Seeing students with the Green Dot phone wallets and stickers gives me hope that our campus culture is strengthening and that this program is one that will stick with Bants. I think Green Dot makes Trinity safer, and I believe our school is becoming a better place because of it.
How did you first get involved with Green Dot?
I had been told about the Green Dot program by one of the Trinsition Fellows when only the faculty and staff knew about the program, and I was encouraged to apply for the student worker position last summer. I’ve been working for Green Dot this academic year, and I will be on campus again this summer continuing this work!
Why is Green Dot important to you?
I have always been extremely passionate about advocating on behalf of preventing power-based personal violence, and my passion has grown since coming to college. I love Green Dot because the program meets students where they are and uses this to create realistic bystander intervention tactics. Green Dot trainings are interactive, and the examples provided directly relate to the current campus culture. If I could single-handedly change the culture of Trinity, and of all college campuses to stop violence, I would. However, I know that’s not realistic, and that’s why I believe in Green Dot. No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.
How can other students help spread Green Dot’s message?
There are two ways that students can spread this message. First, if you see a situation you think could turn into an act of violence, you can do what is called a “reactive green dot” and make an attempt to eliminate the chance of a red dot happening. Reactive green dots can be any one of the three “D’s”:
Whether you ask someone to stop what they’re doing directly, ask them to go to the bathroom with you, or call campus safety to intervene, there is always something you can do that is within your comfort zone. The training session helps participants brainstorm realistic green dots that they would feel comfortable doing in different situations.
The other way to spread the message is through “proactive green dots” which are ways to show that you support this program and therefore do not tolerate power-based personal violence. Adding that you support green dot to your email signature, using a Green Dot phone wallet, following Green Dot on social media, or telling your friends about the program are all examples of proactive green dots. If everyone chooses not to tolerate power-based personal violence, the campus will no longer tolerate it, and culture can change.
How can other students get involved with Green Dot?
If anyone is interested in having their organization/club/team participate in a 60-min training, contact me, Sam McCarthy at email@example.com or Trinsition Fellow Shelia Njau at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know!
Additionally, the week of April 8 is slated to be Green Dot Week at Trin. There will be tabling and events throughout the week which will help launch the program and its practices to the entire campus. There will be opportunities to hear more about the program and to sign up for an overview training session if you’re interested. The week culminates on Saturday, April 13 with Green Dot Game Day where a number of spring athletic teams will play home games while representing the program. Come by throughout the week and on Game Day to learn more about the program and maybe pick up some merchandise.
Imane Bounana ’20, is an African studies and French studies double major and writing, rhetoric, & media studies minor from Morocco. The Trinity Boxing Club plays a valuable role in Imane’s athletic life as she is the first female boxer to represent Trinity.
The Trinity Boxing Club has had a strong partnership for several years with Charter Oak Boxing Academy (COBA) located at 81 Pope Park Hwy, Hartford. The team’s head coach is Johnny Callas, a twenty-year world championship professional boxing referee, and a former NCBA champion, and is in charge of the 11 boxers at COBA, of which five are women. COBA’s style is dynamic due to the program’s ability to provide multiple coaches who offer different insights and help in addition to the skills of Coach Callas. For example, retired American world champion professional boxer Marlon Starling, former USBA & NABF lightweight champion Israel Pito Cardona, and “Iceman” John Scully, a formerly world-ranked professional light heavyweight. Having no previous boxing experience before attending Trinity, Imane decided to join the Trinity Boxing Club this past semester at the suggestion of one of her current teammates.
Below, she reflects on her passion for the sport, and on her experiences boxing for Trin:
My first official match was at Penn State University, and it was a very special experience. Not only was it my first collegiate boxing experience but I was also the very first female boxer to represent Trinity. I felt honored and very excited to be at the match because being there meant contributing to something bigger than myself. I was matched up with a female boxer from Penn State University, so there was definitely a lot of pressure. Because official competition is very different from sparring, I’d say that my biggest challenge for my first match was to stay composed while taking it all in. Though I did not emerge victorious in that bout, I had a wonderful first-time experience. I will always remember the first time I got inside the ring. It was a different type of excitement and a complete adrenaline rush!
I did win my very first bout in my second match at Lock Haven University! I am so grateful that Trinity and Charter Oak Boxing Academy gave me the opportunity to be there in the first place. I trained tirelessly to make that win a possibility after only a few months of boxing. I know I couldn’t have accomplished the task without the support of my team. I am very grateful to coach Johnny Callas and coach Robert Ford from the UHart program for believing in my potential. They have been of tremendous help throughout my training process, and I look forward to continuing to work with them. I would also not have been able to do this without my teammates, peers from Trinity and UHart, or the kids from COBA. I love working with everyone, and it’s always a highlight of my day going to the gym and seeing all of them and learning from them.
At Charter Oak Boxing Academy, I am constantly reminded that even though I will experience fear, I should still do what scares me. I’d say that is my biggest take away from boxing so far. As for my biggest asset, I’d say it’s my tenacity both inside and outside of the ring. I genuinely believe that I can achieve anything I set my mind to. I like a challenge and boxing gives me just that. Because boxing is not just about physical strength, but mental toughness as well, there is always something more to work on. I am nowhere close to where I want to be, but every day I keep getting better. I keep learning new things, and my goal is to compete in the national championships. For now, I am just going to keep working on how I can become a better boxer.
Looking forward, the Penn State and Lock Haven competitions made me very excited for Trinity’s home show on March 2nd. The team is going big this year, and we are ecstatic! We are going to have female national champions Sierra Martinez v.s. Sumayyah Chisholm featured in the show. We’re also going to have student boxers from Trinity College, University of Hartford, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, and hopefully other colleges as well. We would love for the Trinity community to come out and support.
If you are interested in learning more or joining the Trinity Boxing Club, reach out to boxing club president and fellow Bant, Joseph Orosco at email@example.com. The official practice times for this semester are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. and Sundays from 12- 2 p.m., at the Charter Oak Boxing Academy. The club meets up at Vernon Social at the top of the hour and departs for the academy as a group. The Trinity College & COBA Boxing Classic will be held on Saturday, March 2 in the Learning Corrider Gym, 15 Vernon Street, Hartford. Doors open at 2 p.m. and first bell is at 3 p.m.
Also, be sure to throw a “like” at COBA’s Facebook and Instagram!
I am always asked the question, “Why did you pick Trinity?” Even though my long answer includes about 10 different reasons, my short answer is the academics and ability to take anything and everything I wanted! In high school, I absolutely loved my US History classes and AP US Government and Politics class and knew I wanted a college that had strong history classes, even though I didn’t think history was the perfect major for me. To this day, I still have so many academic interests – history, English, the arts, politics- and as a first year student, I figured the only way I would be able to fulfill everything I wanted to study would be by quadruple majoring. It wasn’t until I took AMST 203: Conflicts and Cultures in American Society that I realized the American Studies major combined everything I wanted to study.
In AMST 203, we studied the political, social, and culture movements of the 1950s. This meant that we were watching episodes of Leave It to Beaver, reading literature like The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, and beat poetry, learning about McCarthyism and the Red Scare, and even reading scholarship on Jackie Robinson. I took this class during the spring semester of my first year and was so confident that this was the perfect fit for me that I declared a major in American Studies in April of that same semester. American Studies is an interdisciplinary major- this means that I was able to take an arts policy class in the public policy & law, an introductory class in the sociology department, American literature classes in the English department, and U.S. history classes based out of the history department.
I feel incredibly close to the faculty members in the American Studies department. Even though I have one advisor, I am comfortable going to any of them for questions on classes to take, research opportunities within the major, or advice on my post-graduate plans. The department is small but mighty and I know I am lucky to have their support and guidance in ways that my friends in other majors don’t have.
I also knew all along that I wanted to write a thesis for American Studies and when it came time to think of a topic, I made a list of everything I was interested in researching. The themes I studied in that first American Studies class- mass media, gender roles, and popular culture- still stuck with me. After looking at the ideas I had come up with, and talking with my thesis advisor Professor Jack Gieseking, as well as Professor Scott Gac and Professor Tom Wickman, American Girl dolls seemed to be the most unique topic that engaged with all of the areas I enjoyed studying. Even though I am still continuing to shape my thesis as I write and research it, I am currently looking at the intersection of race, class, and gender represented by the dolls, as well as what version of the American past the dolls’ storybooks convey. Although many people don’t necessarily understand just how much there is to research on American Girl dolls, I absolutely love my topic and really feel it is the perfect culmination of my personal and academic interests. It truly is an interdisciplinary topic and goes to show how many possibilities there are within American Studies scholarship. It is a major I highly recommend to any student interested in understanding American history and culture within the context of today’s society!