Sunday, December 9, 2018


Fall 2018

Editor-in-Chief: Ben Gambuzza ‘20


News Editor: Brendan W. Clark ’21

Brendan W. Clark ’21 is one of the news editors of The Trinity Tripod, along with Amanda Hausmann ’21. Brendan is a Public Policy and Law and History double major. He was previously the news editor and thereafter Editor-in-Chief of his high school newspaper Insight. At Trinity, Brendan sought an active role with the Tripod as he is an ardent proponent of the free-press and its indispensable role as a check upon the authority of administrative agencies.

Aside from the Tripod, Brendan works with the Office of Admissions as one of the Student Overnight Program Coordinators, is an editor of the History@Trinity and Policy Voice blogs, and is an intern with the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General. Brendan is also a Student Government Association Senator and a fellow at the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life.

In his free time, Brendan enjoys reading the history of some of Britain’s greatest Parliamentarians and is pursuing an interest in piano. He is also known for his dandyism, never failing to dress in suit and tie with the panache of Fred Astaire.

Please contact Brendan with news tips and inquiries at


News Editor: Amanda Hausmann ’21

My name is Amanda Hausmann and I’m from Buffalo, NY and am a sophomore at Trinity. I’m currently a News Editor at the Tripod but was previously an editor for the Features section and a staff writer. I am double majoring in Political Science and Economics and minoring in Community Action. I joined the Tripod in the fall of my first year because I wanted to engage in and write about the things that matter on campus.

Please contact Amanda with news tips and inquiries at


Opinion Editor: Alex Dahlem ’20

Alex is a junior at Trinity College studying Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. He was born in Hartford, CT, grew up in South Glastonbury, CT, and attended East Catholic High School in Manchester, CT. Alex enjoys the challenge presented by collegiate journalism and the collaborative team effort that goes into writing, editing, and creating each issue of the newspaper. At Trinity, Alex plays on the varsity golf team, serves as the President of the College Democrats, and participates in the Cardinal Newman Club. Alex began writing articles for the Tripod during his freshman year. Before Trinity, Alex played golf, ran cross country, and ran indoor track for his high school. He earned All-State and All-Conference honors for golf his sophomore, junior, and senior years while leading his team to two state championship wins. Alex is an only child and has a dog named Hops that once bit him in the face and has since been forgiven.


Opinion Editor: Kabelo Motsoeneng ’20

Kabelo Motsoeneng writes and edits creative non-fiction but he has a strong knack for fiction. A South African native, Kabelo always considers the importance of geopolitical identities when approaching any written work. An editorial role with The Trinity Tripod manifests ways he hopes student writing can have a place in the world as serious commentary and writing. Currently in his junior year at Trinity, Kabelo has aspirations of being a full-time writer and editor, specializing in literary fiction.


Features Editor: Madison Vaughn ’21

Hi! My name is Madison Vaughn, and I am the features editor for the Tripod. I’m a sophomore, double-majoring in Political Science and Human Rights. I am originally from Rome, Georgia, but I am loving it here in the Northeast! Besides the Tripod, I am a member of the Hawaii Club and the general body liaison for AASA (Asian American Student Association). If I am not busy with school, I am usually either drawing, reading poetry, hiking and exploring, or at the gym.

I joined the Tripod my freshman year as a writer for the Features section and a social media manager, where I did weekly posts for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I found my love for writing in high school when I joined the newspaper there, and I wanted to continue writing through college, which is why I came and found the Tripod. I absolutely love the staff and all the talent involved with the Tripod, and I hope to encourage others to come write for us as well!

Features Editor: Bhavna Mamnani ’22

My name is Bhavna Mamnani and I’m the co-features editor. I grew up in Delaware and went to high school in Burbank, California. I’m ecstatic to be back east and enjoy the cold weather. I’m a first-year math and economics double major with a minor in French. Aside from the Tripod, I’m a first-year representative for AASA (Asian-American Student Association), a first-year representative for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), an avid member of the French club, and I’m on the boxing team.

I joined the Tripod because I wanted my opinion about certain topics to be heard. I never really enjoyed school writing prompts, but I can happily say I’m loving my time at the Tripod 🙂


Arts & Entertainment Editor: Amanda Lafferty ’21

Amanda Lafferty is a sophomore and the co-Arts and Entertainment editor for the Trinity Tripod. She’s a born-and-raised Chicagoan and is probably too proud of it. During her first year at Trinity, Amanda became the co-Arts and Entertainment editor during her first semester and later became the Managing Editor during the second semester. Amanda hopes to double major in urban studies and art history with a minor in writing, rhetoric, and media. Beyond the Tripod, Amanda is the co-booking director for The Mill, hosts a radio show on WRTC, works at the writing center as a writing associate, and is a student worker at the Trinity Reporter. Amanda has a passion for writing, lo-fi techno and house music, and is a major foodie. She can’t wait to showcase the immensely talented and artistic student body and expose the Trinity community to new music, film, and all things A&E!


Arts & Entertainment Editor: Kat Namon ’22

My name is Kat Namon and I am a co-Arts and Entertainment editor. I am a first year from Lakeville, CT and plan to major in Human Rights. I attended The Hotchkiss School where I served as Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, and before serving as a co-arts editor on the Tripod I was a staff writer for news. I enjoy writing for each section equally and exploring the different aspects of the school that students want to learn more about.  

I joined the Tripod because I’ve always felt I had a responsibility to contribute to protecting the integrity of the free press. School newspapers provide a catalyst for change through what students write.  

Aside from the Tripod, I’m interested in art history and pre-law studies concerning human rights. In my spare time I like to stay active, read, and am a frequent flyer at Peter B’s.


Sports Editor: Joseph Ladd ’19

My name is Joe Ladd and I’m a senior at Trinity majoring in English and minoring in music. I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA but I decided to venture out east for college. I can safely say that coming out east has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I compete on Trinity’s golf team, where this year we will be defending the NESCAC championship. This past spring semester, I studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa for my semester abroad. Living in South Africa was an eye-opening and gratifying experience because it allowed me to expand on my liberal arts education. Apart from golf, I like to play guitar and drums in my spare time. This year, I am excited to return to the sports section of the Tripod and even more thrilled to be an editor. I am looking forward to an exciting year for Bantam sports!


Sports Editor: Mateo Vazquez ’21

Hi my name is Mateo Vazquez and I am from the town of Cheshire, CT (which is about an hour from Trinity). I am currently entering my sophomore year at Trinity where I plan on double majoring in Hispanic Studies and Public Policy & Law. I started writing for the Tripod sports section during the spring of my freshman year. I absolutely love reporting to the student body about how Bantam sports are doing throughout the NESCAC. One of my favorite sports to report on this past year was baseball and the squash national championship games.  When I am not writing for the Tripod you can probably find me reading a good book on the quad, working on homework in the underground or competing with Trinity’s new speech club. I’m looking forward to this upcoming year of Bantam sports and can’t wait to report on another great season.


Business Manager: Danielle Bibeault ’20