Monday, August 19, 2019

Why the campus community should read the Trinity Tripod




We place value on everything in our possession. Clothes, shoes, books, pictures, and other items all hold unique value to us in different ways. The one item that holds collective importance regardless of who we are and what we value is information.

Information is the most priceless item anyone can possess. It is an important tool in any decision-making, regardless of the implications of that decision. A decision to apply for a certain job in comparison to a decision to wear a certain outfit might have different requirements and implications, but both still require some level of information. If you narrow this idea down further, you find that it is impossible to carry out any basic function in our daily routine without proper information.

Imagine a world where information was not readily available. The true value of information would not only manifest itself, but it would become a high-value commodity that was exclusive to those with the most financial resources. However, we are fortunate to live in a society enhanced by readily available information through books, television, Internet, and other types of media. Not all information is readily available but it is not as difficult as it was twenty or thirty years ago to obtain information.

The worse thing we can do is to take our access to information for granted. It is always important to be aware of what’s happening around the country and the world and understand how it might impact us. The same is particularly true for our college community and the Hartford community.

It is crucial to not only know what’s going on, but also find new ways to improve our college community. This makes reading the Tripod such an essential necessity for every person in the Trinity community: students, professors, administrators, staff, and other personnel. It’s the most readily available medium to share ideas, voice concerns, and interact with the college community on an effective level.

The Tripod has an issue every Tuesday and its staff ensures that every issue is complete with news of events and other issues pertaining to our Trinity community and sometimes the greater Hartford community. Part of the complaint registered by many professors and administrators on campus is that we students are not as academically and civically engaged as students at other colleges. Unlike a group of students at Harvard, who would probably be discussing global warming or fiscal policy at a lunch table, students at Trinity (supposedly) direct most of their conversation toward social issues around campus, predominantly Greek life and dating. While there hasn’t been much research done to support this claim, it does still speak volumes about our community if our professors feel this way, even if they might not be true.

A fellow student expressed his disappointment at the low number of academic discussion outside the classroom. Another professor asked his students if any of them watched the recent Presidential Inauguration and only two students raised their hands in a class of forty students. This is not to imply that we should forcibly navigate ourselves towards that direction but rather help us re-evaluate the structure of our college community.

We all know that Trinity is not academically competitive when compared to schools such as Williams, Middlebury, Swarthmore, and of course the Ivies. I am convinced that maybe our aloof nature when it comes to academic pursuits outside the classroom is a key reason for that.

Trinity is an academically challenging school, and everyone who has been fortunate to enter this college community can appreciate the rigor that comes with every major or minor offered here. However, when such rigor is not reflected in college rankings and website profiles, it becomes a serious problem that affects our pool of applicants. This shows how important information can be.

The Tripod can be a catalyst that can push us in the right direction. The articles we write have been engaging, but we can always do more to make them more academic-driven and spur discussion. However, at the end of the day, it comes down to the entire community as a whole. We all should do what we can to set aside a small amount of time in our day. Whether it’s a ten-minute window during breakfast or in between classes, it’s not too much to engage our selves in news about our college community and even our Hartford community.

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