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Moving 2017 SGA leadership announced; forward new President and VP prep for job


“Build the wall!” “Is this — ” “Build the wall!” “ — our next — ” “Build the wall!” “ — president?” Amidst calls to build a wall from one side of the room to tears on the other, senior Benjamin Gomez stood in the middle of the Center for Sciences and Innovation as he watched the long awaited results of the 2016 presidential election. “I liked that all of the organizations got together. I thought that was really cool and a great way to showcase how campus can be a productive discussion to the issues that face our nation,” said Gomez, a marketing, management and entertainment business major. But as the night continued, friendly politics were interrupted by students less interested in engaging with their peers. “It was kind of a let down as the night went on as we went from that productive discussion and stable and respectful recognition of each other’s views through more of an immature and unnecessary dialogue and chanting that really just detracted from the night,” Gomez said. Following the surprising win of Republican nominee Donald Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, reactions across Trinity have varied. To help students process the election and foster discussion, director of Student Involvement Jamie Thompson hosted a campuswide post-election conversation. “It was about creating a place for students to share, listen, learn and engage. Nothing more complicated than that,” Thompson said. “All sides wanted to share their perspective and be heard. Fundamentally, we all want to be heard, and especially in times when our identities and core values are challenged.” Less than 24 hours after the allbut-official announcement (barring a revolt by the electoral college), students from all sides of the political spectrum attended the event. “It was our responsibility to be there for all students, whether the election result was in their favor or not. I was at the event as support for all students. We hoped the event would provide the space for students to process their initial raw emotions and reactions post-election and be in a space to be heard respectively by all parties,” said Esther Kim, Coordinator for Student Programs. Continued on page 2

JOSEPH KHALAF (left) and NICK SANTULLI (right), were elected as Vice President and President, respectively, in last weeks election. photo by JULIA ELMORE BY JULIA ELMORE EDITOR IN CHIEF

Nick Santulli wasn’t worried about the election. While others anxiously anticipated the results, he had no doubt his favorite candidate would win.

A day before the national race would end in a Trump victory, Santulli won an election of a different nature. He was officially announced as the next president of Trinity’s Student Government Association (SGA). He will take office in January.

Santulli, a junior political science major, ran uncontested on a platform that focused on enhancing student engagement with SGA and expanding the open textbook initiative that was introduced by current leaders this year. “I hope to achieve [the former]

by sending out a detailed memo whenever the University administration is on the cusp of passing a major policy,” Santulli said. “I’d clearly explain the features of the policy and outline the ways it might affect students. In addition, I’d like to expand SGA’s initiative to reduce textbook costs.” Santulli brings a resume full of campus leadership and involvement experience. “While this is my first time being elected to SGA, I’m active in a variety of organizations on campus. I am the president of Trinity Progressives, a University tour guide, a member of the MLK Jr. Student Committee, a HUMA peer tutor and an O-Phi,” Santulli said. He believes his leadership experience has helped shape and prepare him for his new role. Though he knew what he had done thus far was important, he knew he could do more. “During my time in Trinity Progressives, I’ve consistently maintained a focus on advocacy by hosting panels and creating safe, open spaces for civil discourse,” Santulli said. “Although I view this work as crucial and enjoyable, I longed to affect positive change on campus more directly. That’s why I decided to run for SGA president, and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish over the next year.” Continued on page 13

Women’s soccer wins big at conference For the 8th straight year, Trinity University women’s soccer victorious at SCAC tournament BY HALEY MCFADDEN SPORTS REPORTER

The Trinity women’s soccer team has just concluded an undefeated regular season with an eight to zero shutout of University of Dallas. This win secured the team an 18-0-0 record, which bodes well going forth into the post-season playoffs. The game against the University of Dallas was fairly smooth sailing from the beginning. The Tigers scored two points in only the first 15 minutes, and continued racking up points as the game progressed.

Senior Yasmeen Farra scored her 13th goal of the season, with junior Julia Camp close behind, scoring her 11th. Both Kalli Douma and Janie Thompson worked together in goalkeeping to help bring the team to a clean win. The Tigers hope to continue this winning streak going forward, and put faith in knowing that they are willing to outwork their opponents. “I truly believe it comes down to ‘which team wants it more’ kind of a thing. Our team, 10 times out of 10 will always be that team, so I’m not surprised we came out with the win,” said senior defender Jordan Leeper. This win marked the team’s 14th shutout of the season, as well as their third consecutive clean-sweep game. Previous to the University of Dallas, the women’s team had won five to zero against Schreiner and three to zero against Texas Lutheran University. These wins not only helped the team cinch the SCAC

title, but bumped the team up a spot on the national rankings, where they now sit at No. 2 in the nation. While winning the SCAC championships is certainly a reason for excitement and celebration, the team has bigger goals in mind. This weekend the Trinity women’s soccer team will head up to Illinois to face off against the best of the best division three soccer teams. The team is hopeful that they will come back with a win. “Our goal is always to win a national championship, and I believe we’ve been working extremely hard to make it happen,” said junior forward Julia Camp. “We’ve played a lot of really good teams this year, so that should give us confidence going forward.” Despite all the in-season success, the Tiger’s are still working hard to improve on any possible weaknesses they could have. The team has set aside a few areas they know they

need to improve on, and have been working together to consistently improve. “One of our main goals right now are to cultivate the talents and strengths of every player on the team. Maximizing the potential of individuals will make us that much stronger collectively. Another big goal is to increase our prowess as an attacking threat to other teams, and get significant chances on goal early and often in games,” Farra said. “One more main goal that we always have is to continue to push each other in training and support each other always, because through that hard work and emotional bonds that we form, we believe we will go very far in competition.” This weekend, the team will compete in the first round of the NCAA national championship. They play against Mount Union College at 12 p.m. Eastern on Saturday in Bloomington, Illinois.


Trinity talks Trump triumph




represented at Trinity is a first step that I don’t see as negotiable. When we understand each other better, 11.05.2016 12:50 p.m. we are able to have healthier dialogue and grow Location: North Residence Hall mutual respect,” Ayers said. Kim agrees. In her eyes, the millennial generation, Public Intoxication which encompasses current Trinity students, is inherently drawn to conversations of societal improvement. 11.05.2016 7:47 p.m. “The millennial generation is very active in engaging Location: Verna McLean Residence Hall in societal issues and current news. Students need Offenses Against the Person: Sexual Assault to continue to engage with their society, including the election, because it affects them and their communities each day. Their time at Trinity is limited and we hope they engage in difficult conversations during their time here so they can be informed citizens of society,” Kim said. Although the administration is hopeful to expand dialogue across the campus, sophomore Danielle . Couch said she is afraid to voice her third party At this week’s SGA meeting, the discussion opinions. regarding study abroad changes was finished. “I voted and I’m proud that I voted but I most After that discussion was closed, the officers definitely try to whisper if I criticize anything Clinton-related,” said Couch, a business analytics gave their reports and the senate moved on to hear funding requests. The first request was major. “I’m afraid people will look at me like I’m a monster — but just because Trump is conservative, for funding open textbooks. It was approved. doesn’t mean I’m bad for having some conservative Next, the senate heard funding requests from views. It’s funny, before Election Day, I wasn’t five other groups, and then adjourned. The ashamed to be conservative but now I’m nervous to next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 14. even type the words that I am or was conservative.” In spite of of high tensions following the campuswide conversation on Wednesday afternoon, Thompson looks to the future for further student-led Compiled by Alex Uri discussion. “With time and practice, it’s imperative that we share more deeply and from authentic places. Only then can we begin to understand where others come from, why they hold specific views and the multiple identities that have shaped who they are,” Thompson said. The election results are in. The country awaits the inauguration of the 45th president and Trinity’s Classified Ads are free for Trinity students. For nonstudents each ad is $25. Send your ads to campus faces a critical moment of reflection. Although Gomez is concerned about the implications of the late election night chanting, this is the time to engage in meaningful debate. “Considering Trinity’s huge international population, to just kind of make these chants in a public area with your peers that you see day in and day out is really disappointing. It’s one of those eyeopening things,” Gomez said. “All parties need to Advertising sit down when we’re actually conversing and being Email. . productive, because I think that’s really important. I Editorial Newsroom.....210 -999-8558 think Trinity is a great vehicle for [debate] because of Email. . Editors..........210 -999-8557 Newsroom.....210 -999-8558 the close-knit campus community.”



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Continued from FRONT One student in attendance was senior communication and anthropology double major, Faith Byrne. Byrne said she’s had a particularly difficult time coming to grips with President-elect Trump’s 279 electoral votes versus Secretary Clinton’s 228. “I went because I think I was looking for answers. Looking for answers from those who support Donald Trump, while also coming together as a community of those who are terrified and scared right now, just to know that I’m not the only one on Trinity’s campus who felt this way,” Byrne said. While Byrne sought comfort in students who shared her feelings of fear and disbelief, first year Isaac Bartolomei was encouraged by the bipartisan discussions he was able to participate in. “At CSI, I had a great opportunity to talk with students from both the Trinity Progressives and Tigers for Liberty,” Bartolomei said. “I got to hear the thoughts and concerns from two radically different viewpoints, without disrespect or condescension from either side. Sometimes we find ourselves caught up in intellectual tribalism, in which we define ourselves by our political beliefs and doctrine and blindly defend them without listening to other perspectives, and I’ve been refreshed to talk to many at Trinity who can respect my differing opinion.” Unfortunately, Gomez didn’t observe the same reaction. “I think it really was a night that a lot of people thought would go a different way. The campus and a lot of people like myself are trying to come to terms with it, but certain people were engaging in this rhetoric that’s really just rude. It ceased to do nothing but promote these ideas of racism and bigotry and just downright disrespect for all the diversity we have on our campus,” Gomez said. Sophomore and Tigers for Life president Luke Ayers has taken time since the summer to reflect on the similar rhetoric Gomez observed on election night. “I spoke to my grandma this summer when I went to visit her in Wisconsin. The first vote she cast was for FDR in 1932. I asked her if she had ever seen anything like the 2016 election, and her response was ‘No, never. The disrespect... This is all new.’ I see this as the problem. There is a failing, on both sides, of people to respect the other side. I’m not saying every person disrespects their political opponents, but it is widespread,” Ayers said. But Ayers sees how dialogue can be improved on campus and is hopeful for the months following the election. “Working to make sure that we all better understand the wide variety of life experiences and perspectives

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Results of SGA referendum still unannounced This year’s ballot also included proposal to pay president and vice president with stipend BY CHRISTIANA ZGOURIDES


While the new officers for Trinity’s Student Government Association (SGA) were announced Monday, Nov. 8, the results of the referendum on whether to pay the president and vice president a stipend of $250 per semester have yet to be disclosed. Some candidates, such as Daniel Smith, a vice presidential candidate, and Manfred Wendt, a sophomore senator candidate, made keeping SGA unpaid a major part of their platform. Others thought it made little sense to campaign on this issue. “They would have no more influence over it than if they were a normal student,” said Joseph Khalaf, vice president elect of SGA. Students who voted in this election also voted on whether to pay the president and vice president a $250 stipend each per semester. This adds up to $500 per term for each, or $1,000 total per year. If the student vote comes back “Yes,” no more than $1,000 will be taken from the Student Activity Fund per year to give stipends to the SGA president and vice president. The ballot had separate questions for president and vice president, so students could choose to have one position be paid and the other remain unpaid. “In my opinion, it is a good idea,” Khalaf said of paying SGA. “A lot of people’s concern with it is that people are going to do it for

the wrong reasons if you pay SGA. In reality it’s not that sizable of a stipend — you could make more money doing something else.” There was some misunderstanding among candidates, and possibly among students, about the issue of paying SGA. Some were under the impression that the issue on the table dealt with whether all SGA positions would be be paid rather than just the president and vice president. “I actually was misinformed,” said Daniel Smith, a vice presidential candidate. “Because in student government, when you’re reading the Trinitonian thing about paying student government, I was under the impression it was under the whole student government. And it wasn’t until the actual ballot day where I realized they were just voting on vice president and president.” Smith felt that his misunderstanding stemmed from a communication failure. “I did really try and look into it, and everything I read about it, all the opinions I heard, it just talked about paying student government. And if you say ‘paying student government,’ that’s a very vague statement,” Smith said. Smith changed his opinion upon speaking to members of the Trinity community and seeing the ballot. While he still believes that senator positions should remain unpaid, he sees no harm in a stipend for president and vice president. “I think certainly for the lower level positions it’s good to keep them unpaid, because maybe in the junior level there’s a shortage of people running,” Smith said. “But when you start adding up the money for all those people in the lower levels, it’s five per level times three, 15 people, that would add up pretty quick. And I think it’s a lot less money for the students, or for the whole student body.”

Tuttle takes Twitter Dean uses social media to connect with students



In the age of social media, Trinity faculty are learning how to use online platforms to interact with students in new ways. “Don’t know. But SGA would be paid from activity fee not tuition so your platform is wrong. Punk. Oh, I guess that makes it a yes,” tweeted David Tuttle, dean of students. This tweet was in response to a student tweeting a picture asking Tuttle if he was being bullied. While this interaction may seem harsh, it is simply Tuttle’s way of interacting with students. “To me, what I’m trying to do is have dialogues and relationships and not have it be bland, because otherwise I won’t do it. I mean, this is what you get when you work with me. I’m sarcastic, I’m snarky, I try to be funny and I try to take risks with what I put out there. Sometimes they land and sometimes they miss,” Tuttle said. Tuttle said that Twitter provides a unique platform for creating dialogue with members of the Trinity community, especially students. “Twitter has its own kind of culture, and it’s less formal and it allows people the opportunity for back and forth, and so to me it was not so much a matter of people looking in, although it could be — to me it was just a matter of joking with him,” Tuttle said. Students like Jonah Wendt, a sophomore that Tuttle has interacted with on Twitter, agree that the back-and-forth is done in a joking manner. “That was just kind of funny. I tweeted at him ‘Hey do you think I’m being bullied,’ and he responded with something funny. It’s funny back-and-forth; I wouldn’t really consider that as being called out,” Wendt said.

Joel Holmes, sophomore, agrees that the interactions that he has with Tuttle are purely for laughs. “We have a pretty decent relationship, so I took it in a joking manner. I didn’t really take offense to it,” Holmes said. However, Holmes does acknowledge that the conversations could come across as unusual to an outsider. “I think it’s just subjective. It comes down to personal preference. I personally don’t mind him having fun with his job and interacting with students and getting to know students better. I know he’s actively trying to find more students to interact with. I can see how some people could see it as unprofessional or overstepping his boundaries, but I personally think it’s fine,” Holmes said. Tuttle acknowledges that, while he always tweets students in jest, he makes sure the students feel comfortable with coming to him if he crosses a line. “I enjoy those interactions with them and if I ever got crosswise with them, and I have on other things, I think, then we work that out separate, but you know, I think I have enough of a filter to kind of, sometimes it’s broken, but I think I have enough of one to be careful in what I do,” Tuttle said. Wendt does believe that Tuttle’s tweeting allows him to do his job in a novel way. “It definitely helps him look down to earth and that he cares about people. You know he’s looking through his Twitter feed and seeing if students are complaining about stuff, so it definitely is part of his job,” Wendt said. Tuttle hopes to have more interactions with students through social media. “I don’t know how many students use Twitter, but I would love to have more backand-forth with students on Twitter like I have with the people I’ve already talked about,” Tuttle said. Students interested in following Tuttle on Twitter can follow him @TUdean.

Khalaf, who was in favor of the stipend, explained that it would work as an incentive for more students to run for SGA. “What it does do is it allows students that would normally be doing either an institutional or work study position, it would allow them to not have to do that, and dedicate that time to serving SGA,” Khalaf said. “Because SGA is an enormous time commitment for president and vice president. In that regard, I think it would allow more people to be a candidate, and if it’s more competitive, you’re going to get better candidates elected.” Lizza Vallejo, current secretary of SGA, is in favor of stipends for all positions. She explained that SGA members from other universities are often paid, and were shocked to find out at a conference early this fall that Trinity’s SGA was not paid. “I know that once you get into this stuff you know what you’re getting into, but I feel that when it comes to improving — I feel that if SGA improves, a lot more things will improve,” Vallejo said. She explained that the student body would ultimately benefit from having a stipend as an incentive for students to seek SGA offices and be as effective as possible once they are there. But the stipend is not necessarily a major concern for candidates and potential candidates. “The results haven’t been released yet, but I’m assuming it’s going to be no for the stipend. And I ran with the intention that I wouldn’t get it. I’m doing this because I want to, not because of the stipend,” Khalaf said. Smith explained that a more important concern is raising the level of awareness among the student body of what is happening in SGA. “I doubt that, even if it was a paid position, that they would really be any more aware of the position as something that could even


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be an option for them. So I don’t really see how it would make that much of a difference, except for maybe a couple people who need the money to make it worth their time,” Smith said. The results of the referendum will tell what students have decided on the issue. “I really don’t think it is important to the majority [of students],” Khalaf said. For now, the question of whether SGA president and vice president will receive a stipend remains open. Current SGA president Brenna Hill explained in an email that there was a simple majority in favor of the stipend, but not a two-thirds supermajority. “Since it does not state explicitly in the constitution what we need, we are waiting to consult with our advisors about how to proceed. We will release the results as soon as we know,” Hill said.




Stumberg competition inspires creativity

Second annual competition features four teams competing for $25,000 to launch their own companies BY KATHLEEN CREEDON


TOP: First years ALLISON WOLFF, MORGAN KING and ALEXANDER HICKS discuss their business Catalasa BOTTOM: DIEGO TREVINO, senior financing and marketing student, talks to JAVIER SMITH , local San Antonian businessman at the Stumberg Competition. photos by CLAUDIA GARCIA

At the second Stumberg New Venture Competition finals on Nov. 7, four startup groups pitched their business proposals to a panel of five judges. The groups — GoodLookingOut (GLO), Country Club Collection, Cloud Therapy and The Contemporary — competed last spring and won $5,000 grants. At the finals, they competed for the grand prize of $25,000. GLO was the first to present. Bria Woods ’16 explained how GLO is bigger than the instances of sexual assault and substance abuse on college campuses and how the company intends to limit such occurrences. “GLO can provide safety in numbers. GLO will automatically alert your friends when you’ve arrived safely,” Bria Woods said. According to Woods, GLO is the only app on the market that incorporates time and place. It allows its users to set their arrival time and place at the beginning of the night, reminds them when the preferred time is nearing, and notifies friends when a person makes it back to their designated place. “We’re proactive. Unlike other apps on the market that are geared towards victim support, which is more after the fact, GLO is an active step you can take before you start your evening so that the rest of it will go smoothly,” Woods said. After GLO presented, the Country Club Collection (CCC) got up to the stage to present their pitch. CCC is a company that liquidates excess inventory from country club pro shops. “Our solution is very simple. We offer a onestop, hassle-free offer to purchase all excess inventory for immediate cash,” said Danny Oh, founder of CCC. CCC is connected with many prestigious brands—Nike, Peter Millar, Vineyard Vines, Travis Mathew—and exclusive country clubs. In October, the company reached over $6,000 in sales and expect to reach $9,000 in sales by December. “We know our strength is that we turn our product that is liquidated for a 47% margin. We project to have 1.2 million dollars in the first year and 2 million in the second,” Oh said. After the presentation from the Country Club Collection, Cloud Therapy presented. Cloud Therapy is a smart Q&A response system that answers general medical knowledge questions in multiple languages. Cloud Therapy is connected with many influential pharmaceutical companies and is powered by IBM Watson.

“We’re one of the top Latin American startups. We’re a very young company; we’re just beginning, but we have to know how,” said Andre Sandoval, founder of Cloud Therapy. Sandoval explained how his company would use the grant money to help with operational costs and acquiring new technology. Cloud Therapy gets its data from IBM and the pharmaceutical companies its connected with and hopes to make diagnosis simpler. “A healthier society is a smarter society,” Sandoval said. Next, The Contemporary presented their pitch. The Contemporary is a student-run, public affairs startup that is connected with 11 other colleges to offer an outlet for students to discuss global politics. “There must be a platform that allows undergrads the opportunity to be thoughtleaders on the most pressing issues and channels their anxieties into actions. And that’s what The Contemporary is doing,” said Benjamin Collinger, founder of the startup. The platform allows students from across the country and the world to discuss current events and to be the voice for their generation. The Contemporary is a for-profit startup that intends its readers to gain an undergraduate perspective on a diverse selection of topics. “We’ve learned how to communicate, utilize each other’s strengths and remain focused in the face of adversity. From our print model, we decided to move to a digital model,” said Kassie Kelly, member of The Contemporary. The Contemporary aims to maintain a platform for current events to be discussed and analyzed. By welcoming other colleges into the startup, The Contemporary widens its perspective and shows a better understanding of the true millennial mindset. “We believe in sustainably generated public discourse. People want to read the content of their peers an understand what is going on on college campuses,” said Zabdi Salazar, another member of The Contemporary. After much debate and a suspenseful 30 minutes, the judges made a decision about which group deserved the grant the most. Although all have potential and all make Trinity proud, the Country Club Collective won over the other candidates. The group will use the $25,000 grant prize to expand their company. The Stumberg Spring Competition application opens Nov. 7. San Antonio Entrepreneurship Week is Nov. 14-20.

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Students work with OpID to identify migrant remains Forensic anthropology class hosts lecture on the program BY AUBREY PARKE


After working with Operation Identification (OpID) that emerged in the wake of rising deaths among people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Trinity anthropology invited Kate Spradley, associate professor of anthropology at Texas State University, to discuss her work identifying the remains of those who died while crossing the border. “It’s a social justice issue,” Spradley said. Professors from Baylor University and Texas State University exhumed unidentified bodies and transported them to Texas State’s body farm for processing. A small team led by Spradley cleans the corpses, takes inventory of personal belongings, and analyzes the skeletons to develop a biological profile for each body. The team then uploads this information to databases like the National Missing and Unidentified Person System (NamUs). Jennifer Mathews, professor of anthropology, requires her anthropological forensics class to do a service project every year. This year, students chose to fundraise for OpID. “We wanted to do something that was directly involved with forensic anthropology,” said sophomore Katie Stansbury. “It’s right in our own backyard, and with the election going on, immigration is such a big issue.” Senior Ariel Spaulding brought OpID to the class’s attention. Spaulding interned for Texas State’s forensic anthropology department last summer, spending a lot of time at the body farm. Most bodies at the farm lie in the open, but the migrant remains stay in body bags. “It’s definitely a lot grosser,” Spaulding said. “They don’t decompose as nicely as a body sitting out in the open sun. It was also more rewarding because you’re cleaning these bones so that someone can do an ID on them and return the bones to their family.” The goal of OpID is to identify migrant remains so they can be returned to loved ones.

“The chances of identifying remains are slim, but they have had success,” said Mathews. “This means that loved ones back in Mexico or Central America can have some kind of closure. Lots of times, they don’t even know if their family members are alive or dead. These people were human beings, and they deserve people knowing who they were and a proper burial. They deserve dignity. That’s a human right. Giving them an identity back, we are giving them dignity.” Students in Mathews’ class believe OpID’s work is highly relevant to the Trinity community. “We live in San Antonio and this is happening in South Texas and not a lot of people know about it,” Spaulding said. “Right now the policy is to drive people away from the border and forcibly deport,” Stansbury said. “People from South America are literally walking through the desert to save their lives. OpID humanizes the conversation.” Mathews hopes OpID can enhance Trinity students’ understanding of forensic anthropology. “Characters on shows like ‘Bones’ or ‘CSI’ are what people think of,” Mathews said. “A lot of forensic anthropologists are doing human rights work, going to genocide areas, working in places like 9-11, testifying in human rights cases against perpetrations of mass killings like Saddam Hussein’s, the Junta in Argentina and Rwanda.” During her lecture, Spradley referred to anthropology as a service-based discipline. This description resonated with Mathews’ students. “Anthropology is very much a service-based discipline,” said Faith Byrne, senior and president of the Anthropological Society. “It’s about helping those who can’t help themselves, either by being actively involved or being an onlooker or advocate for those societies, like these families who don’t know where their loved ones are.” Mathews’ class is selling recycled notebooks through a semester-long fundraiser for OpID. Mathews invites anyone interested to contact her directly about sales. Tables will also be set up during reading days before finals.

MAS internship program creates big opportunities Students are able to design their own work experiences BY KATHLEEN CREEDON


In 2006, the Mexico, the Americas and Spain (MAS) Program expanded and created the Alvarez Internship Grant Program, which is designed to provide real-world experience for students in their communities. The grant awards allow Trinity students to acquire unpaid internships that relate to the MAS mission. “Most internships require strong language skills, and all offer the prospect of enhancing professional skills and developing community relationships that mesh with the mission of MAS. After the completion of 120 hours of service, students earn a $1,500 grant,” said Rosana Blanco-Cano, director of MAS. The MAS program coordinates initiatives that create opportunities for Trinity students involved in studies specific to Latinx culture. “The MAS Program is a key element of Trinity’s internationalization, one of the main points of the Trinity Strategic Plan. The Alvarez Internship Program enables this productive and necessary interaction,” Blanco-Cano said. Students who are involved with the program credit the expansion of their perspectives to the influence of MAS. By extending opportunities like the Alvarez grants to students, MAS provides the chance to become more involved with the culture of San Antonio and beyond. “My junior year, I applied for two Alvarez Internship grants in the Spring of 2016. I did one this past summer with the non-profit organization SWAG to College, and I am completing one now at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center,” said senior Olivia Garza, who has been an active member of MAS since her sophomore year. The MAS program allows students to do more than just intern — it also allows students to grow and become more culturally aware. Although students join

for different reasons, they all end up with the same perspective-changing experience. “It started with taking Dr. Navarro’s ‘Latin American Cultural Traditions’ my first year of college, and has led me to explore MAS via attending a conference this past weekend that was in celebration of Gloria Anzaldua and going to a film screening of ‘Las Tesoros’ which follows the lives of four female singers who grew up on the Westside of San Antonio,” Garza said. The program also inspires its members to start thinking differently. Unlike other internship grants, MAS gives students the opportunity to be involved in an area of their interest — Latinx culture. “MAS has influenced me in a major way because it gave me the opportunity to gain experience and start thinking about what I want to do and what I don’t want to do. The internships gave me more knowledge, connections and insight into what I want to do,” said Madison Matthies, a recipient of two Alvarez grants. MAS allows students to widen their perspectives about issues like domestic violence, immigration, incarceration and criminal justice. It provides the experience of a nonprofit career and often helps students decide if they want to continue in that field. “I actually do not want to go into the non-profit world, but I would not have known that if I did not have the opportunity to try it out. Without the MAS grant, I would not have as much understanding as I do about immigrants and justice-involved women. I really feel like I was privileged to work with these people,” Matthies said. According to Matthies, MAS provides students opportunities to engage with their communities and learn from people who are unlike them. The program, and specifically the Alvarez Grant Program, provides a new level of understanding for students who are involved. To apply, you must have a formal relationship with a non-profit organization that focuses on the Latinx community or a program related to the MAS mission. A student must also be sponsored by a Trinity faculty member and be approved by the MAS Executive Meeting. The deadline to apply is November 13.

Reactions to the 2016 election


Shock. Disbelief. I was like we’re in for a horrible four years Alejandro Richard First Year

I knew I was going to be disappointed either way; I just didn’t know how it would affect my life Caroline Haggard First Year

Mostly shocked. My second reaction was fear. Not for me, but for my close friends. Will Farner Junior

photos by GRACE FRYE compiled by ALEXANDRA URI


Sorry, no anonymous content. As issues and events on campus and beyond escalate tensions between peers, it is harder and harder to voice one’s opinion without offending or upsetting someone. We try to listen, respect and understand each other’s points of view, but when one ideology permeates a classroom, event or group, those in the minority may be afraid to speak up. We were excited this week when we received letters and interviews in response to the election and events on campus, but we are disappointed that we will not be able to print them. They were well-written and well-spoken and they voiced important opinions from both sides of the political spectrum. This would be productive for campus dialogue, but there was one problem: they were submitted under the guise of anonymity. In the Trinitonian’s charter, we are explicitly forbidden to publish anonymous letters. This is a common rule for newspapers, but is not a universal one. Those opposed to allowing anonymity insist that anonymity puts the publication at a greater risk of printing something libelous or with incorrect information. With no accountability, it is risky. Publishing content that does not hold the writer accountable diminishes trust in that content itself and the publication itself. On the other side, some argue that anonymity allows newspapers and other forums to be a platform for those who are afraid to voice their opinions. They say that it allows us to consider perspectives we may

not otherwise be aware of. Both sides have their merits, but we are sticking to our guns on this one. Now that that’s settled, let’s examine the actual problem here. There are Trinity students who are so afraid of how others in this community will react to their thoughts and actions — which were each valid and deserve respect — that they do not want others to know what they think and feel. It is easy, when we think we are among like-minded individuals, to build off of each other’s excitement, fears or passions. We see the world through the lens of our own lived experiences and sometimes fail to consider that things look different for other people. It is good to be passionate about things we believe in, but judging from the feelings of these anonymous students — which were vastly different — we have created environments that make our peers feel unsafe. We should never let our opinions be stifled and we should continue to fight like hell for causes we believe in, but making accusations, assumptions and judgments about those who don’t share those beliefs has gone too far. We don’t have to concede to the other side. We can disagree and debate. But doesn’t creating fear in people who have opinions different than our own go against everything we stand for? We are better than that. Let’s keep arguing about what makes us different; but more importantly, let’s create a community where the thing that unites us is respect for each other.


COMMENTARY Have an opinion? Want others to hear it? For a chance to be featured as a guest columnist, please submit your article to by Monday night to be in Thursday’s issue of the paper.

Guidelines for letters to the editor and sending corrections Here’s how to get your opinion or letter in the paper The fact that Trinity University has a student-run newspaper is awesome. The Trinitonian is a free and open forum for the campus community to discuss and share ideas DANIEL CONRAD and publicly respond OPINION EDITOR to the events and issues that impact us. To boot, the newspaper operates in acccordance with the Charter of the Board of Campus Publications, which expressly forbids university faculty or staff from interfering with the newspaper’s content. We’ve been trying to publishing guest columns and letters to the editor as we’ve received them, but we’ve not yet published the full guidelines, as dictated by the Charter, this year. Allow us to fix that. You can read the Charter’s editorial standards for letters and guest contributions to the right of this column. It’s worth mentioning that while the Charter doesn’t offer a word-count requirement for your submissions, you should try to keep your contribution between 500 and 1,200 words in length. We try to publish all time-sensitive submissions before they become stale, but sometimes space restrictions keep us from fitting every submission into the paper. But hey, if you’re persuasive enough, maybe you can convince us to make an exception for your letter or op-ed. And, of course, every now and then we make mistakes. That’s true of everyone, and the Trinitonian is no exception. Sometimes someone is misnamed, a quote is misattributed or a date or time is simply inaccurately printed. Luckily, we have a procedure for dealing with that sort of situation. Shoot an email to with a subject line beginning with the word “Correction:” and we’ll be glad to publicly correct the error or misunderstanding. We produce the paper on Wednesday nights and it hits the stands every Thursday evening. Send your letters and guest columns to before Monday to see your work in the newspaper later that week! Daniel Conrad is a junior philosophy major. He’s also the president of Trinity Philosophy Club and a member of Iota Chi Rho. Follow him on Twitter @danielconrad_


Letters and Corrections Charter of the Board of Campus Publications, p. 6 Letters a. Letters to the editor may be submitted to the Trinitonian by Trinity students, faculty, staff or outside individuals. Letter length depends on space available. Letters can be edited for taste, style and libel, in accordance with guidelines established by the Board of Campus Publications. b. Letters must be signed by individuals and cannot be anonymous. Letters cannot be signed by groups, such as a club or sorority, but several names can be printed with the published letter if they are legible and do not exceed space limitations. Letters should include name, address and phone number to be considered for publication. Letters can be submitted by e-mail but must be confirmed as authentic via a phone call. c. Letters that can be determined to contain incorrect information will be rejected by the editor. If a particular event or subject results in numerous letters being submitted, only the most representative of those letters will be printed on a space available basis and at the discretion of the editor. Corrections Mistakes and confusions are inevitably a part of a newspaper’s existence. However, as with the professional press, the Trinitonian will publicly correct errors and misunderstandings in an appropriate time frame (the next issue after discovering an error). Mistakes made by staff or outsources will be recognized and corrected weekly on the editorial page of the Trinitonian in a simple and direct fashion. Mistakes in the Mirage will be clarified in the first issue of the fall Trinitonian following Mirage publication in the spring.



‘Trailer Park Boys’ is good for the soul

Stupid TV and other mindless activities are key parts of students’ mental rest and recuperation “She told me she loved me. I trusted her. And then she took all the dope, man.” It’s lines like this that GABRIEL LEVINE make me OPINION COLUMNIST love “Trailer Park Boys,” a show about a bunch of idiots’ drunk and high misadventures in a Canadian trailer park. It’s the kind of show that, when I watch it at home, inevitably leads my mom to call out, in a tone of resignation and slight disapproval, “Gabriel, what are you watching?” When she says that, I know that she really wants to know why I’m watching a show that so clearly appeals to a level of humor one rung above reality television. Really, I can’t blame her for asking, and I often ask myself the same

Forward, Together

T h e morning of election day, I woke up early to register for classes. Just like any other Tu e s d a y , SARAH HALEY brushed OPINION COLUMNIST I my teeth, washed my face, went to therapy and grabbed some overpriced seasonal coffee on my way to school. There was a current in the air that made me uneasy. On my morning commute I felt hyper-aware of the political markers around me: one Trump-Pence bumper sticker, one beat-up Obama-Biden bumper sticker and one H-arrow logo bumper sticker on the cars cruising down 281 South. NPR’s morning election coverage spoke of a “Blue Wall,” the theory that he faced an insurmountable challenge in preventing her from reaching 270 electoral college votes. Confident analysts denied any probability of the victory we would witness that evening. The “Blue Wall” must have been built on a faulty foundation. Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky read Walt Whitman’s poem “Election Day, November, 1884” on NPR. That election was defined by outrageous allegations and spiteful mudslinging. I spent over six hours watching the votes pour in on live TV. It was 3 a.m. by the time I got home; I listened to his victory speech live on the radio, crying softly in my little blue car. Today I am at a loss for words. But Solange’s masterpiece, “A Seat at the Table,” puts into words what I struggle to: “But you know that a king is only a man / With flesh and bones, he bleeds just like you do / He said ‘where does that leave you?’ / And, ‘do you belong?’ / I do, I do.” I may not know much, but I know we all belong. And where we go from here is forward, together.

question. It’s not as if I don’t enjoy “good” television and film. I watched all of “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” I periodically go to the classical film screenings on campus to watch French films from the 1960s. Sometimes, though, the brain just needs a break from seriousness and complexity. This is all the more true for us as college students who are, hopefully, trying to stay aware of global events while managing classwork and other commitments. Our brains are, if anything, abnormally burdened with seriousness and complexity. College is, in a very real sense, a full-time job where you work 80 hours a week, and those 80 hours are filled with physics problems and the abstruse theory of Cubism in art. Much of the rest of the week is filled with ongoing dread of the election fed by compulsive checking of FiveThirtyEight’s forecast or a broader sense of turmoil based

on whatever outrage is trending on social media. While it’s important to take a step back and acknowledge that the malaise of the above paragraph is part of the long-term investment that is college and that the world is generally doing fine, your brain and your sanity tend to have difficulty taking that step back and get caught in the maelstrom of the day-to-day. I’ve found that a good antidote is to expose myself to things that aren’t serious or complex. That’s where “Trailer Park Boys,” “Super Troopers” or “The Office” come in. Dumb, low-stakes humor is a great way to just let your brain idle for a bit and cool down. Watching “Breaking Bad” or “Mad Men” wouldn’t have the same effect. Interestingly, the same principle can be applied to videogames. I get a great deal of relaxation from just playing 30 minutes of a plotless,

needlessly violent shooter. By contrast, settling in for a three-hour “Bioshock” binge, complete with the Ayn Rand overtones and stressinducing boss encounters, might not have the same effect. Naturally, everyone decompresses in a different way. Some people prefer intramural sports, while others might opt for reading or just a casual conversation about nothing with a friend. The bottom line is that it is perfectly reasonable, acceptable and often necessary to turn off your brain every once in a while, in whatever mode of relaxation you prefer. I personally find that, when I shut my brain off for a while, I end up much more refreshed and able to focus on and appreciate my schoolwork than if I had “relaxed” by bingeing through my Facebook feed or gobbling up op-eds in the Atlantic.

But this increased capacity for appreciation doesn’t just extend to schoolwork. It even extends to the very mindless drivel I use to shut my brain off. Curiously, the more I watch “Trailer Park Boys,” the more I appreciate the very specific and deliberate ways that the camerawork, small details of set design and dialogue combine to enhance the overall believability of the show’s moronic characters and their circumstances. Am I suggesting that watching stupid television in moderation can actually increase your capacity for artistic appreciation? I guess so. I think that a public screening of “Trailer Park Boys” the week before finals would be an excellent way to boost student happiness and grades. Your move, SGA. Gabriel Levine is a junior chemistry major.

Yes, Jesus was a conservative

Interpretations of Christ as a liberal figure are unsupported by Biblical evidence ALEXANDER JACOBS


Liberals often assume that Jesus was a liberal because he wanted to redistribute income to help the poor. However, regardless of religious beliefs, one can recognize that this is a deceitful, inaccurate assumption that stems from the view that involuntary wealth redistribution is morally superior to property rights. In Matthew 5:17-20, Christ says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” So is Christ saying whatever laws are passed by the government must be good laws? In Luke 24:44 He says, “. . . [A]ll things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and

in the prophets and in the psalms, concerning me.” So obviously, He is talking about the Mosaic Law. So what does the Mosaic Law say? In the Eighth Commandment, it states clearly, “Thou shalt not steal.” This commandment clearly says not to steal, no exceptions. It does not say that it’s okay to steal if someone has more than you, or if you can put their belongings to better use or that you should try to get someone else to steal for you. It says God wants you to not steal things. Period. That’s literally what it says: “Thou shalt not steal,” then a period. However, if you still want to steal, or you want someone to do it for you, the Tenth Commandment has something for you, “Thou shalt not covet.” Again, God makes morality crystal clear.

What about Mark 12:31, when He says, “Love your neighbor as yourself”? Doesn’t that mean you should love poor people who are your neighbors and give them money? Well, all it says is to love your neighbor as yourself. Presumably, to most people, that would mean donate to the poor and helpless. But one should donate voluntarily, without stealing from neighbors you don’t love as yourself to give to the other neighbors whom you do love. After all, stealing and redistributing isn’t giving. It’s stealing and redistributing. Consider the request Jesus is confronted with in Luke 12:1315. A man comes up to Jesus with a complaint, “Master, speak to my brother and make him divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replies,

“Man, who made me a judge or divider over you? Take heed and beware of covetousness, for a man’s wealth does not consist of the material abundance he possesses.” He could have equalized the wealth between the two men, but nope. In the words of Thomas Sowell, “I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.” Yes, Jesus advocates for radical helping of your fellow man, but nowhere does He ever advocate stealing someone’s money to give it to someone else, because He was a conservative and wanted you to help people yourself. Alexander Jacobs is a first-year economics major.




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Coffee is bad for you It’s easy to forget that caffeine is a drug, but overuse will seriously harm you According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, caffeine is a drug. It shares this category with alcohol, marijuana, MIA GARZA and OPINION COLUMNIST cocaine heroine. Sure, it’s a bit drastic to compare caffeine to heroine, and it’s definitely not illegal like most drugs. But like any drug, in the case of an overdose it can be lethal, and most dangerously, it’s highly addictive. Caffeine is more than common on any college campus, and in life in general. People go on dates to get coffee or tea, making morning coffee a part of many people’s daily routines. Celebrities are often caught with a coffee in hand, and if you’re a college student, Red Bull and other caffeinated drinks are more than useful for staying awake to study. Some of the same people who refuse to drink soft drinks (and for good reason, they’re incredibly bad for you) and religiously cut products like red meat, fatty foods or sweets from their diet, drown themselves in coffee. This is because coffee does not, and never has, had a negative stigma. In fact, it has exactly the opposite. So I’m here to tell you that coffee, no matter what the cheery Starbucks commercials say, no matter how many of your friends are clutching a cup in their hands as they go about their activities, no matter how much it helps you stay awake to study for an exam, is not good for you. It has simply been normalized into being so, so that people will keep on buying it. There are several reasons you should cut down on your coffee intake, cut it out altogether or at least acknowledge and be informed about what you’re partaking in. First of all, caffeine, like all drugs, is addictive. It is difficult to just drink a healthy amount because once you

have a small to normal amount — your brain tells you you want more. It’s easy to succumb to this addiction and not even notice that you have one. However, once you’re addicted, you have to have add more caffeine to your diet in order to feel its effects. This can amount to a detrimental amount of coffee, which is bad for your body. At this point, if you try to quit, you’ll experience symptoms of withdrawal which include headaches and extreme fatigue. Secondly, it is bad for your body and dangerous to have too much. In a study partnered with Mayo Clinic, more than four cups of coffee a day was linked to an early death. It can cause indigestion, insomnia, headaches and anxiety to name just a few. Thirdly, there are other, far more healthy ways to get energy. The most obvious, but not necessarily the most realistic for a college student, is to get enough sleep. This doesn’t have to be the typical eight hours at night, short naps in the middle of the day can do wonders. According to, “Just 20 minutes is all you need to get the benefits of napping, such as improved alertness, enhanced performance and a better mood.” Drinking eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day will also keep your body energized. Additionally, forms of exercise such as a short jog, some jumping jacks or even brisk walking will activate the chemicals in your brain that help you feel alert and awake. These are all far healthier alternatives with the same effects of coffee. A coffee binge will most likely not be how you meet your end. But it’s important to be informed about what you’re putting in your body, especially when it’s something that the media says is good for you for their own gain. Mia Garza is a senior communication and business double major with a minor in creative writing. Find her on Twitter @lbutter95


It’s our fault that the Trump Train ran us down Who could have guessed this would happen? Apparently, only Viceland TV communicated the essence of Trump’s rise Yesterday was the first day that passing a glimpse of live election coverage gave me the sort of blinding h e a d ache JEFFREY SULLIVAN that’s typically STAFF WRITER attributed to a bad hangover. When I saw Ohio shine red, I felt something that can’t be encompassed by the word “surprise.” The media didn’t prepare me for even the remotest possibility of a Trump victory — I remember The New York Times reporting a 95 percent chance of a Clinton presidency. But Viceland’s Thomas Morton envisioned the oncoming scene. Last week’s “Balls Deep” episode is evidence for Trump’s unnoticed ascendancy through the campaigns. Thomas Morton’s success in covering Trump’s campaign is his ability to enmesh himself in the campaigners’ community. In the “Trump Campaigners” episode, he travels with a grassroots Trump supporter and campaigner named Ralph to a headquarters location in West Virginia before attending Trump’s speech at

the Republican National Convention. Ralph’s other Trump-supporting friends in the episode include a Lynard Skynard roadie named Craig, who was one of the few people onboard that survived the band’s infamous plane crash. Scenes from this episode are either surreal, humorous or horrifying, depending on when you first watch it. The most important part of this episode, however, is really understanding the character of Ralph. He’s a white, single father of two living in Ohio entering politics for the first time after seeing Donald Trump descend Trump Tower’s golden elevator. Morton lets Trump supporters, who have been generalized as “deplorables,” speak with their own voice. Ralph has several qualities as a voter, one of which is a voice that finally received some attention from the candidate that most of us assumed didn’t have any sympathizers. Ralph’s concerns and fears can be seen as either racism or extreme day-to-day anxiety from feeling left out of the country’s decisions. The sort of liberal humor that’s inherent to the shows on Viceland is the sort of force that made Trump supporters feel they had to hide

their support. Once-closeted Trump supporters clearly had opinions but perhaps didn’t feel those opinions could be discussed or reasoned with publicly. Watching this show before the election was so entertaining. It was a parody that I could relax with, since I felt sympathy for Ralph and his misunderstanding of how the next four years of American politics would play out under a Clinton administration. Watching it in hindsight, I see the hidden electorate that created the red states that horrified liberal watch parties across the country on Tuesday. The media may be blamed for the outcomes of this election, but Thomas Morton made a piece that showed the hidden Trump support base that took swing states just like Ohio. My information sources turned into my entertainment over the course of the campaigns, and now I reap the rewards of it, alongside all of the other people run down by the Trump train. Jeffrey Sullivan is a senior political science major with a minor in English. He’s also the in-depth reporter for the Trinitonian. Follow him on Twitter @jsullivaa

What is ‘part-time veganism?’ It’s better to imperfectly strive for your ideals than not try at all NHI NGUYEN

OPINION INTERN “Wait, I thought you said you were a vegan,” my friend Joey said when he saw me getting a drumstick. “No. I’m a part-time vegan! I eat most of my meals vegan, but I sometimes eat meat if I feel I need to,” I said. “Just call yourself an ‘omnivore.’ There is no shame of letting people know you eat meat. Stop this ‘parttime vegan’ B.S. Your part-time vegan thing literally means omnivore.” No, a part-time vegan is not an omnivore. I have been arguing with friends about this concept for a year since I decided to call myself a part-time vegan. Vegans call me a “hypocrite” who rejects the idea of eating animals but still eats and inadvertently supports the murdering of them. Omnivores call me a poser who follows the vegan trend without truly understanding it, and they encourage me that I should be satisfied with the name “omnivore” without feeling ashamed. Both groups agree that part-time veganism is half-assed moralism. There is a stigma on this dietary practice, and that is because not many people truly know what it is. One thing I should reiterate is that part-time veganism is not veganism at all. Imagine there were a range where omnivorism and veganism hold the two ends, part-time veganism would fall somewhere in between, but be

more likely to yield toward veganism. They definitely share a common promotion of eating more plant-based food for ethical purposes. Both are aware that the meat-eating culture takes a serious toll on animals, the environment and individuals’ health. However, there are still differences between these two diets in terms of their approaching methods. First, the majority of part-time vegans prioritize the environmental and health reasons. Therefore, they do not want to get involved in the debate about animal rights and are unhappy when people think blame them for breaking vegan values. Second, parttime vegans allow occasional meat consumption because they allow themselves to listen to their huntsman intuition. Not all bodies are designed to eat 100 percent vegan. In order to comply with the physiological and physical system, part-time veganism allows eaters to practice ethics and save the environment, while still satisfying their instinctive appetite. In fact, research has shown that part-time veganism is more sustainable in the long term. According to Psychology Today, 84 percent of vegetarians and vegans go back to eating meat products. The major reason is because they have suppressed the craving for meat for a long time, and when they hit that meat-desire peak, they go crazy. Part-time veganism fixes these drawbacks by allowing moderate intake of meat, avoiding

bitter resignation and distrust for the pursuits. Last but not least, parttime veganism allows flexibility with dietary choices in an era that many cannot actively control their diets and cannot always get access to quality vegan foods. It enables individuals to be mindfully flexible without creating extra guilt and stresses to themselves like full-time vegans. It also reduces the hypocrisy if the person has to eat meat due to the contextual circumstances. Like gender, I do not think my diet should fit into any categories. I do not call myself “omnivore” or “flexitarian” because those names do not highlight the culture of eating veggies. These labels also do not show the highly different ratio between vegan meals and meat-involved meals that we are eating to make an impact on the world and ourselves. Part-time vegans are no half-asses like they are often portrayed. We eat for ethics, but are also realistic with our huntsman intuition, eat mindfully but also stay flexible in tandem with the circumstances. We believe that in order to make a change, one does not need to suppress their own needs completely, but can make meaningfully moderate changes in their eating habits. Nhi Nguyen is a sophomore sociology major. She’s also a program coordinator for Trinity Body Project. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @trinitybodyproject. She also bikes to help the climate!



Promote free speech, An open letter for not free discrimination Trump’s supporters Lecturer hosted by conservative student group will mask anti-queer views as ‘religious liberty’ MADELINE KENNEDY WITH BRENDAN KENNEDY


On Nov. 17, Tigers for Liberty and the political science department are hosting a Heritage Foundation speaker, Ryan Anderson, who will be brought to campus to discuss rights of LGBTQ people. I am disappointed that one of our academic departments, and by extension the university, would support this speaker and perspective, endorsing the idea that a subsection of the Trinity community should be denied equal rights. Further, Anderson’s views on that matter are informed by a deep belief that LGBTQ people are dangerous, sick and deserving of stigmatization. These are ideas that dehumanize queer people and embolden those who target them, and both Tigers for Liberty and the political science department have unilaterally acted to promote and legitimize those views on campus. An on-campus speaker gains a certain amount of privilege: they are given a platform where their ideas can be heard and respected. The political science department has extended this privilege even further, granting a wider audience and a degree of approval from a Trinity institution. When a part of the university sponsors Anderson, it follows that the department and the university believe those views are legitimate and worthy of consideration. When these arguments support disenfranchisement of a minority group, that reflects on the university. It is crucial we understand that. A part of that understanding is accepting that there are instances when people are simply not okay with giving that level of promotion and privilege to certain people. Objections are all a part of the true exchange of thought — conversations about the value of ideas, what the consequences of those ideas are and what place they have on campus. A possible result of that conversation may be that the university does not invite a speaker to Trinity, especially when a speaker’s ideas explicitly deny the rights of members of the Trinity community. That would show that a meaningful dialogue had occurred, not that one had been stifled. Skirting those conversations when extending a platform to controversial or discriminatory speakers on campus is what truly limits dialogue, and is cowardly. I understand that Tigers for Liberty hoped to find a speaker who would discuss marriage equality in a calm way, in a way that ignores morality and religion and focuses instead on philosophy and political theory. Does this mean that they believed that queer people would agree that we were less worthy provided we are told so nicely? Any argument against my right to equality is harmful and discriminatory, no matter its manner of deliverance. Further, they did not choose a speaker whose beliefs are purely legal or political. Anderson’s work makes it clear that his views on “religious liberty” are based on a belief that LGBTQ people are lesser. This type of rhetoric is damaging: whether you are struggling with your sexuality or not, repeatedly hearing that you are undeserving makes you feel like you are. Perhaps this is their goal. Anderson weaponizes hate. He uses shoddy science to argue that LGBTQ people are mentally sick individuals who are harmful to children, society and each other. He is a set of talking points with a face, a convenient figurehead for anti-gay figures to use for legitimacy. After Anderson’s pseudoscience reassures them that their views can masquerade as intellectualism, they take that impetus to

put their hate into action. Mistreatment of gay people, whether it is physical abuse, bullying in schools, gay conversion therapy or a mass shooting, stems from a belief that queer lives are less important. This is the real consequence of Anderson’s speech. People who came to Trinity from environments that told them that they were sick, wrong and disgusting for who they were now must see the university promoting a speaker who directly echoes these thoughts. Let’s now look at why I find Anderson’s science to be less than credible. Anderson does not conduct social science research, meaning he interprets the work of others. Anderson fails to take an objective view of social science as a body of work. Instead, he selects singular, questionable studies, warps their conclusions and presents his own interpretation. He will take bizarre leaps with no scientific basis; in one example, he argues that studies on heterosexual divorce show that gay couples cannot parent effectively. He promotes narrow conclusions from largely discredited anti-gay researchers while ignoring much more widely-accepted science. He has drawn conclusions on homosexuality from studies that explicitly reject his conclusions. The result is an intellectual dishonest product. Questionable science is one thing, and discrimination is another. But when the two intertwine, it is especially troubling. There is a long history of people who warp science to cater to hatred, from phrenologists to Holocaust deniers. I would hope that the university would recognize why this is dangerous. In sum, the groups sponsoring Anderson have elevated a troubling set of views. His arguments would allow discrimination in the workplace, in housing and in society. While they may argue that Anderson will make a dispassionate argument for “religious liberty,” the truth is that his views are deeply rooted in his work which degrades and dehumanizes LGBTQ people. Legitimizing him as a speaker will embolden people who harbor hate, and is deeply troubling to members of the queer community like myself. The sponsoring groups have unilaterally extended the privilege of speakership to Anderson. I want to encourage a dialogue by challenging that decision. I want our university to more cautiously consider the speakers they promote. It is a shame that I need to defend whether I deserve equality in the place that I consider my home. I strongly recognize and support diversity in political thought and dialogues, but that is not what is occurring here. Anderson’s work devalues queer individuals, emphasizing that we are unworthy of protection from discrimination, unworthy of marriage and unworthy of being treated as equal under the law or by society. I do not know how to express the specific, deep ways that rhetoric like this can harm queer people to people who have not experienced this oppression, but rest assured: it is exhausting and dehumanizing. However, all in all, I encourage you to attend Anderson’s lecture if you feel comfortable. Make your supportive presence known to your LGBTQ+ peers who are affected by this lecture. Be present and show your allyship. Be a respectful viewer that asks challenging questions — and push for difficult conversations that attack discriminatory ideas. Madeline Kennedy is a sophomore political science major. She’s also the vice president of Trinity Progressives. Brendan Kennedy is a senior political science and Spanish double major.



Donald Trump is the 45th President. Very few were expecting this. With your victory, many of those same people who weren’t expecting your victory are scared now, including myself. The current state of political discourse has given rise to echo chambers; something we’re both guilty of. Instead of pointing fingers, I want to break the echo chamber. First, I will make concessions to show I’m not arrogant and I respect my peers. Liberals like myself, though I am more anarchist than liberal, were really pushing for social changes, and we made you feel like we were leaving you behind. I have read many Trump supporters talk about how they are losing their jobs, which is a very scary prospect. They also felt that the government wasn’t caring about them. It’s true that in the push for progress people were left behind, but things became worse. The social changes we pushed for were not properly explained to you so that you could consider them, but instead we called you immoral — among other things — and dismissed you. We never gave you the chance to become a part of our community, and we never took the time to include your concerns with our own. However, I also want to take this time to explain why many people are concerned. Many are concerned with the essence of Trump’s politics. The political theorist Carl Schmitt thought all politics were identity politics based on a friend/enemy distinction, which makes intuitive sense. Trump’s identity politics are troubling because of the enemy identities he

created. Muslims, LGBTQ (specifically for Pence) and others are enemies in Trump’s political system. The identities that Trump has made enemy are deeply personal and cannot be given up in the power or wealth can. The only way for those of an enemy identity can please Trump, Pence and his supporters is to stop existing. This could mean extermination camps — but I don’t want to speculate. This could mean letting people die; for Muslims, this could be letting refugees die in war zones or drown in the Mediterranean, for immigrants it could be letting them die of poverty or letting them die of neglect during deportation. This could also mean violent conversion — for LGBTQ this means that particularly Pence will only be happy if such an identity is exterminated by letting people of this identity know that they are essentially evil, and that they must destroy a very important part of themselves. Trump didn’t attack what people believed, he attacked what people are; he attacked the ‘rapist’ immigrants, the ‘radical’ Muslims, the ‘sinful’ LGBTQ, and many others. These are the politics you have chosen Trump supporters, and that is why many of us are worried. I hope you don’t believe it’s right to let the identities I listed die, because (and you probably haven’t heard this from a liberal) I think you’re good people. I’m just sorry that at this point you felt that the only way to reform the system was to throw a Molotov Cocktail at it with no regard as to who is burned.

Carl Teegerstrom is a sophomore philosophy major with a minor in mathematics.



FACULTY SPOTLIGHT “It was a blast judging the Trinity Idol, it was something I thought I would never do. It was great to see the students outside of a classroom setting.” Joe Kneer, assistant professor of music

The structure as it appeared following its completion remained on display from Nov. 1 until Nov. 8. It was composed of recylcable bottles, paper bags and other miscellaneous containers collected on campus. photo provided by ECO ALLIES

Eco Allies constructs a sculpture made entirely of recycled bottles The environmental awareness club assembled the display to promote salvaging various reusable materials BY KERRY MADDEN PULSE INTERN A sculpture made by the Eco Allies, swirling on the windows of Coates, served as a platform to show the impact of single-use plastics on their surroundings. The Eco Allies aimed to bring awareness about recycling on campus and the effects of improperly disposing of single-use plastics by creating the sculpture. “The purpose of doing this is to hopefully get the university to notice it and just stop for a second or two in their day and think about ‘What’s plastic in my life?’” Kristen Rundstein, junior engineering science major, said. “We’re really targeting single-use plastics, like you don’t need a plastic shopping bag, you don’t need a plastic water bottle. You can get a reusable one, for both of those.” In addition to catching attention and provoking thought, the

arrangement of single-use plastics gathered mainly from recycling bins around campus was made to serve as a distraction for those who avoid thinking about the effects recycling may have. “We tried to make it pretty, but it doesn’t have to be pretty because that’s the whole thing, it’s kind of ugly,” said Sam Simoneau, senior geoscience major and co-president of Eco Allies “You don’t want to see this ugly mess in front of you. It’s supposed to encourage you to use less single-use plastic.” This structure marks the second time Eco Allies has created a plastic display in Coates, as they created the same sculpture last year. “We started doing it last semester,” Rundstein said. “We thought about doing it last fall and we ran out of time. We were going to do it, then it fell through. That spring semester, last semester, we did it for the first time on the windows, and I felt like that was really successful.” Inspired by a similar image that she saw on the internet, Lindsey Yazbek, senior environmental studies and geosciences major and co-president of Eco Allies, adapted the concept of the display she saw into an approachable idea of a way to call attention to the countless issues and consequences that single-use plastics may cause when they are not properly disposed of.

“I just presented it to the club, and then the club was actually pretty excited about what I showed them,” Yazbek said. In order to implement her plan, Yazbek and the club had to go through administrative and logistical steps, including getting a location approved by Trinity, defining how long it would be up and describing what it would look like to a panel. However, because it had already been done last semester, the sculpture process for this semester was much more efficient Though this project was approved and was revived for another semester based on previous demonstrations and plans, executing projects for the Eco Allies isn’t always without some form of controversy. “It’s a fine line we walk. As a club, anytime we try to do campus outreach or bring awareness to a certain topic, we have to try to bring awareness without angering the entire campus,” Simoneau said. “This is an approach we’re taking to do less singling out. Us as a campus, we’re just doing this poorly. We really aren’t saying that you are as a specific person.” This year, Eco Allies was pleased to learn that their sculpture project experienced a modest, but enthusiastic response from most students and faculty members who observed it.

“In the past we’ve had a little bit of an issue getting support from people in the club, it’s been a lot of the officers doing work, so for me a big part of the sculpture was actually seeing our club come together,” Yazbek said “Different people bringing different bottles. That was cool to see different parts of our club, and even some new people, come and help us out. That was really exciting to see that people were excited about it.” The single-use plastic sculpture isn’t also without any flaws. A problem the display has encountered countless times is the bottles and containers falling off the window after its construction was finally completed by the organization. There has had to be some adjustments and fixing since the original installation of the display of the recycled materials. Nevertheless, the falling pieces haven’t been viewed as a complete set back by any of the members of the club; they are actually amused by it. “I think that adds an interesting dimension to it,” Simoneau said. “It just adds another distraction, like an unplanned addition that overall adds to the distraction.” Overall, the club hopes that the sculpture inspires a change in the attitudes, actions and habits of Trinity’s faculty members and students when it comes to their

recycling trends, while also spreading awareness about the benefits of recycling common products. “A lot of times people use excuses, ‘Oh it’s fine, I’ll recycle it.’ One of our biggest messages from Eco Allies is that, while recycling is great, the best thing you can really do is just reduce your use,” Yazbek said. “Reduce reuse recycle. It’s in that order for a reason. And you’re supposed to follow it in that order. Mainly the excuse I always hear people say is ‘Yeah, yeah I recycle, I recycle.’ Well you could’ve just not bought it in the first place, that’s actually the better option.” The single-use plastic sculpture is only one step of many planned by Eco Allies towards improving the established recycling efforts accessible on campus. “I think that a lot of people on campus like to think they’re environmentalists or that they are good stewards of the earth,” Yazbek said, “But, in actuality, we’re not doing as good as we think we are.” The Eco Allies are continuing to work on the structure of their club; they currently have flexible meetings every other Tuesday in Woodlawn. For more information about joining Eco Allies or about recycling efforts on campus, students and staff members are encouraged to reach out to co-president Sam Simoneau at



Concerns raised over Student Ambassadors the family-leave policy reflect on their impact Faculty who have or are currently expecting children debate the cooperation of Trinity BY ALEXANDER MOTTER


Raising a child can be a second, third or sometimes even fourth job for parents. Faculty and staff on campus give their all to their kids on campus, and then must return home to take care of their own children. As the cost of childcare continues increasing, parents are faced with the prospect of leaving that job to take care of their new reality: parenting. Trinity serves under the jurisdiction of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). As an institute of higher education, Trinity is required to hold the position of a faculty or staff member on parental leave for 12 weeks. During this time, whatever sick and or vacation days that have been accrued are spent up and the rest of the 12 weeks are unpaid. Another significant challenge of parenting is the stigma of gender associated with raising children. David Rando, professor in the English department, has a two-year-old son, and mentioned some of the difficulties with parenting at that age. “I think the biggest challenge is balancing all the elements of life: work, family, exercise, breathing and so on.” Rando said. Rando received the rare privilege of an entire semester of leave once his son was born, which allowed him to spend as much quality time with him as possible. “I’ll always be grateful to Trinity for that special time away from the responsibilities of work that allowed me to concentrate on our new family,” Rando said. Other than providing daycare services on campus, Rando hopes for additional family relief to be provided. “The family-leave policy for faculty and staff members should be standardized so that other families are afforded similar opportunities,” Rando said. Jamie Thompson, director of Student Involvement, has dealth with the familyleave policy twice, as both of her daughters were actually born while she was working as a member of Trinity’s staff. As a mother, one of the struggles Thompson has battled with is being fully present in the moments she spends with her family. “I only have a finite period of time with my daughters, so it’s in my best interest and theirs to turn all the things happening at work,” Thompson said. Although parenting isn’t always the easiest job, Thompson raises her children fully aware of the spotlight placed on her because of her unique position. “I know that there are male and female students that see me with my family on campus, in meetings, or on the weekends. I’m cognizant and try to be a role model so that people can see it’s possible to do this.” Thompson said. In emergencies, Thompson must sometimes bring her children to a last-minute event. These unplanned excursions can oftentimes help Thompson insert a more human element into the work she does. “At the GreekU retreat [last] weekend, my husband and two daughters came out on Saturday and camped. I either don’t get to see them for three days, or they get to join me out there for a period of time. That’s one way of balance; I bring them to me.” Thompson said. Erin Hood, assistant director of Experiential Learning, anticipates change in her department because her first child is scheduled to arrive in a couple months.

“Everyone within the office has been extremely supportive, especially my supervisor, about my maternity planning. Overall, I feel a lot of institutional support from the people who work here,” Hood said. One of Hood’s biggest concerns in the final few months leading up to her maternity leave has been allocating all of her work responsibilities and giving up paid leave days. “Work is incredibly important too, we’re all here for a mission and a purpose, but it’s one of things that has to go by the wayside for about 12 weeks. For me it’s really about communication, knowing who the stakeholders are, and being in communication with them. I think it’s largely about expectation management and drafting plans,” Hood said. Katie Ramirez, associate director of Career Service, takes a much harder stance on the privileges offered to mothers, as she has experienced the positive and negative effects of being a working mother already, as she has a toddler and is expecting her second child. According to Ramirez, there are almost no services offered to expecting parents other than an informal listserv, which is created and maintained by staff members and those provided through the institution’s contracted healthcare insurer, Aetna. “H.R. is very supportive in providing guidance on how to navigate the technical aspects of leave (paperwork, etc.), but there is no guidance that would be provided once the child is born,” Ramirez said. Because she already has experience as a parent, Ramirez has many suggestions for improving the parenting experience for faculty and staff, and one of her main concerns is one shared by many at Trinity: paid leave being provided to all staff members who are expecting. “For many staff members, [the absence of paid leave] means either coming back to work before the 12 weeks of FMLA or accepting a portion of their leave unpaid, while also having to pay medical bills from the baby’s birth,” Ramirez said. In order to receive payment for the whole 12 week period, a staff member would have to accumulate the entirety of the 160 hours of vacation time simultaneous with 320 hours of sick leave, which is composed of three straight years without illness. In an attempt to alleviate the extended unpaid period of the FMLA, Ramirez has also suggested extending the 160-hour restriction on saved vacation time. Another possibility suggested by Ramirez is allowing short-term disability insurance offered by the university to cover childbirth and a portion of income lost during their maternity leave. However, the needs and desires of new parents do not end after the 12 weeks of FMLA. In this respect, Ramirez also has several suggestions for Trinity that would alleviate the difficulties and fears associated with the first few months of working while caring for their newborn babies. “A daycare partnership with hours that align with our work day ... travel-related resources, such as for conferences or other regional events … and [on-campus resources like] places to pump/nurse privately and changing tables,” Ramirez said. Adding some of these suggested improvements to the university’s family-leave policy would not only help fulfill a moral obligation to help give back to many of the devoted members of the Trinity community, but also potentially serve as a constructive business maneuver. The reality of the paid-leave predicament is that Trinity’s policy is in fact comparable to other domestic higher education institutions. As the university continues to innovate and improve, the policy protecting expecting parents may likewise require further growth to become as productive and helpful as possible.

Members of the organization reveal the benefits of joining alumni relations group BY COURTNEY JUSTUS


Trinity University’s Student Ambassadors is an organization sponsored by the Alumni Relations and Developments Office that interacts with Trinity alumni and helps students get to know more about their presence in the Trinity community. “We really try to focus on breaching the gap between alumni and students,” said Ryan Hernandez, a senior political science major and tri-chair for Student Ambassadors. Ambassadors hope to help students forge meaningful connections and also encourage them to give back to Trinity. “One of the primary focuses of the ambassadors and part of our mission is to really bring awareness to the importance of philanthropy, particularly student philanthropy,” said Alexandra Read, the young alumni & student programs coordinator at Trinity. “We want Trinity students to understand and begin the lifelong process of giving back to the Trinity University system.” Last year, Student Ambassadors introduced the Trinity community to the 24-Hour Challenge. A donor had agreed to give a large amount of money if students could match it. “The 24-Hour Challenge was one of the most fun events that I got to help out with,”

said Kyle Argueta, a senior communication major and member of Student Ambassadors. “It was really fun to talk to our peers and be engaged in student philanthropy. I feel like it was one of those moments when we were really making sure that Trinity students were giving back.” Ultimately, students exceeded the proposed gift amount, which allowed Trinity to receive the donation. “That was a time I was proud of being an ambassador because I really made something happen,” Argueta said. Student Ambassadors also play a significant role during Thank A Giver week in November, in which they help to raise awareness about donations and encourage students to write letters to different donors. Ambassadors also hold a Tuition Stop Day in January, during which students can find out what costs their tuition money goes towards and just how much donations impact the university, especially regarding scholarships. “A lot of people don’t realize how much money comes from donors and what it does for the university,” Hernandez said. “People complain about tuition being so high, but a lot of money comes from donors and goes towards that.” Members of Student Ambassadors are also involved in a number of organizations. “One of the best things I’ve seen is that these thirty diverse people are working together to achieve something really great,” Read said. Trinity students, faculty and staff can learn more about opportunities for giving back through the Student Ambassador’s Facebook page or Leeroy.

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Theatre department wins big at Alamo Theatre Arts Council awards ceremony Students and alumni honored with prizes for outstanding performances in productions BY MIRIAM CONE


Trinity’s theatre department is used to being in the spotlight onstage during their performances, but at the Alamo Theatre Arts Council (ATAC) 26th Annual Globe Awards, students, faculty and alumni were in the spotlight to receive awards for their hard work. The Awards ceremony occurred at the Empire Theatre in downtown San Antonio on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Two actresses who are wellknown in the San Antonio theatre community hosted the event and the awards were given out by various members involved in the arts and theatre community. Several students were in attendance, as well as Kyle Gillette, an associate professor of theatre and human communications. For one of the student attendees, Nicholas Champion, a sophomore theatre and communicationdouble major, the event had many memorable moments he enjoyed. “It was certainly an interesting event. There were several performances throughout the night that were just very entertaining, and the whole thing was really just a whirlwind of awards and personalities. My favorite part of the night was definitely the company I had,” said Champion.

NICHOLAS CHAMPION, SASHA FAUST and MATTHEW REYNOLDS were all smiles as they walked down the red carpet at the Empire Theatre just prior to the awards ceremony beginning. photo provided by SASHA FAUST

Sasha Faust, a junior human communications and art, theatre and philosophy interdisciplinary major, also enjoyed the company, but it was not her favorite part of the night. “My favorite thing was seeing so many people from the San Antonio theatre and arts community dressed to the nines there

supporting and celebrating each other,” Faust said. “It also was really cool to see Trinity being honored for something I had seen and done over the last year.” Three of Trinity’s productions were considered, and won a total of 14 awards. “How I Learned to Drive” received awards for both outstanding lead actor and lead

actress. “Mousetrap” received two awards as well, for outstanding supporting actor and scene design. “The Threepenny Opera” was awarded ten total and the awards ranged from acting, direction, design, choreography and production. Matthew Reynolds, a senior music and urban studies double major, won an outstanding supporting actor award for his role in “The Threepenny Opera” as Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum, a character who organizes all of the beggars in London. “It was fun and interesting because it was not like your normal glitzy award show. There were performances and people were up talking the whole time. So it was very lax, but also high energy because everyone was so excited just to have been in a production that was being honored,” said Reynolds. Although Faust did not win an award, she was proud of the theatre department. “It’s exciting because it means that people are noticing that Trinity theater is really a reckoning force. I think that our department had a pretty strong year last year and that we’ve got a really beautiful core unit of people who are working together to create these pieces. I think that being recognized will encourage the theater department to continue heading in that direction in our future productions,” said Faust. The theatre department’s upcoming event is “Between Worlds: A Devised Piece” opens at 8 p.m. on Nov. 11 in the Stieren Theatre. The show will run from Nov. 11 to 13 and then Nov. 16 to 19 with varying showtimes. Tickets may be purchased online or at ticket booths.



Junior shares details of semester spent studying and serving at Keesler Air Force Base Maddie Sears aspires to gain new skills by learning about cyber security while enlisted BY GRACE FRYE

MANAGING EDITOR Junior Maddie Sears’ starts her day every morning at 4 a.m. Instead of cramming for midterms and fulfilling various common curriculum requirements like others, Sears has spent this semester in Biloxi, Mississippi in technical school at the Keesler Air Force Base. “I enlisted to help pay for school and because I couldn’t see myself working a regular job for the rest of my life,” Sears said. “I wanted to do something that would actively make a difference instead of working a normal desk job. My parents are also both retired Air Force so I had that background.” Not only is Sears in school at Keesler AFB, she is also an airman leader and a building chief. These leadership roles put her in charge of 600 peers. Sears said it is hard work but enjoys being able to help her peers. “I hope to gain a purpose in my everyday life as well as educational benefits so that I can finish my degree. To me, to be both an airman and a student means that I have a very diverse range of experiences compared to the people here,” Sears said. After physical training from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., Sears goes directly to class.

“I go to class from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then I have briefings and airman leader work from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and after that I grab dinner and go to bed. ” Sears is working to graduate with knowledge and experience in cyber security. As a political science and psychology double major, Sears said she thinks her service and military education will help to inform her perspective on military policies, as well as open doors for the future. “My training includes a lot of work with switches, routers, cryptographic equipment and configuring networks,” Sears said. “Also switches and routers are things that help to connect a network and allow all of the devices, like laptops, to talk to each other. I have to pass security plus, which is a civilian certification, by the end of my time here to graduate. Communications is very important in the military for war capabilities.” While Sears is proud of the work she is accomplishing, she said the military often has a more blunt view than her liberal arts peers may otherwise expect her to have been exposed to. “The military is very straightforward and most people enlist right out of high school not really knowing anything about the world or themselves, so I have a slightly different perspective,” Sears said. “There are things in the military that I assume would be the same as in college, like the same ideas on race or gender equality and things like that but it’s actually not the case.” Although Sears is proud to serve her nation, she said she does miss Trinity and the various

MADDIE SEARS strikes a silly pose as she strolls between her various classes and training sessions at the Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. photo provided by MADDIE SEARS

relationships she has formed with her peers. “I have a lot of great friends in my sorority and classes that I honestly consider family and

I miss them a lot everyday,” Sears said. “I have received endless support from my boyfriend and my Trinity family.”

SGA Election results Continued from Front page Santulli did not want to slack on efforts to win students’ votes, despite running uncontested. Voters could choose a “no confidence” option instead of Santulli, so he knew he still had to earn his spot. “I campaigned by printing posters, which I posted around campus, and push-cards, which I distributed throughout the first-year area,” Santulli said. Santulli teamed up with junior accounting major, Joseph Khalaf, who did not run uncontested, and was declared the winner of the vice presidential position. “I chose to run for VP because I wanted to serve on SGA and this was the last year I was eligible to run for election since I am a junior. The duties of VP interest me because of my background in finance and accounting,” Khalaf said. “Specifically, I look forward to chairing the finance committee.” Khalaf used his experience in finance and accounting as part of his platform when campaigning. “The two main issues I campaigned on were my plan to continue the finance committee initiatives started by the previous administration and to continue to work with the rest of SGA to appropriately allocate and disperse the student activity fee,” Khalaf said. Khalaf hopes to make SGA spending more transparent and plans to regularly update a document that discloses SGA disbursements and expenditures for students to view. SGA positions are held for a calendar year, so Santulli and Khalaf will officially take office at the beginning of the spring semester. They have already begun preparing to step into their new roles. “Brenna Hill and Shivani Parmar [current SGA president and VP] have established a transition period, for which I am beyond appreciative,” Santulli said. “Beginning this week, Joseph and I have begun attending

Senate and Cabinet meetings and will continue to participate in SGA events for the remainder of the semester.” Learning the ropes from their predecessors, Santulli and Khalaf have been able to get a feel for what exactly they will be responsible for next year. “I will oversee general meetings and Cabinet meetings, appoint all student members of University committees, form SGA ad hoc committees and represent SGA in meetings with administrators,” Santulli said. “More broadly, I will help set SGA’s agenda for the coming year.” “The vice president is responsible for, among other duties, representing and advocating for the student body at large, chairing the Finance Committee and overseeing the disbursement of the student activity fee,” Khalaf said. Both of the newly elected leaders want students to engage with their student government. “One thing that I feel Trinity students should know about is how accessible Student Government members are. Really anyone can express concern or ask questions to the members via e-mail, or even in person at the open meetings,” Khalaf said. “SGA represents the student body so I encourage students to open a dialogue with their senators, the president and myself. This will allow SGA to represent student interests in the most effective manner possible.” In addition to the president and vice president, the senators for each class were announced via email on Monday. First year senator elects are: Simone Washington, Enrique Alcoreza, Juan Luevanos, Caroline Wall and Ty Tinker. Sophomore senator elects are: Sam Afshari, Callie Struby, Travis Fulkerson, Amulya Deva and Manfred Wendt. Junior senator elects are: Lena Dennington, Lavanya Hospeti, Isaiah Mora, Samy Abdallah and Alex Perkowski.

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Donald Trump wins presidential election, shattering predictions (and the Republican Party structure) in a stunning upset.

In a national display of white discontent and dissatisfaction with 21st century liberalism, 48% of America decided that it could not deal with the first female president immediately following the first black president.

‘Tis the season to be sick of Christmas decorations appearing in November For the past few years, stores have been stocking stockings NABEEHA VIRANI a n d A&E WRITER blasting carols as early as mid-October. This phenomenon has been the center of hilarious memes, but also reinforces a juxtaposition of two fundamental American values: capitalism and freedom of religion. This Christmas-earliness pits capitalism and religion against each other. Christmas signifies the birth of Jesus, which is important to Christians. Many individuals within the Christian denomination argue that the capitalist and free market society we live in has changed the way Christmas is celebrated and thought of. One recent example is the color and design of Starbucks cups. Starbucks’ seasonal coffee cups change each year and are released in November. Last year, Starbucks got rid of well-known Christmas symbols like snowflakes and Santa’s face and made their cups red. @ Hael381 tweeted, “Since you’re running away from Christianity, I’m running away from you!” Because Starbucks releases their seasonal cups early November, there are multiple ways that this dynamic plays into society. There are other stores and coffee shops doing the same by promoting their

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Christmas decorations/designs earlier and earlier. In doing so, they start conversations between peoples with different ideologies and backgrounds. Considering how capitalism has influenced politics and religion, this phenomenon shouldn’t be much of a shock.

However, there is a consensus that our capitalist system has taken over Christmas so that it profits businesses. This can be seen with other holidays, such as Thanksgiving; grocery stores are open for half the day and Black Friday is almost as important as family and friends.

We think so much about what we’re going to get for Christmas or what we’re going to give, that we play into what the market wants from us. Gift giving and receiving can stem from a good place, but when and where do businesses draw the line? Another question this phenomenon

“Doctor Strange” builds on Marvel movie formula, cinematic universe “Doctor Strange” is Marvel S t u d i o’s l a t e s t release, and as such, gives the MAX FREEMAN superhero A&E WRITER m o v i e fan base what they were looking for as the next part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline, as well as a well-made film adaptation of a great comic. While watching “Doctor Strange” this past weekend, I was immediately reminded of the first “Iron Man” movie that came out only eight years ago. The titular character of Dr. Strange parallels that of Tony Stark. He begins an egotistical, wealthy, flirty and funny man who becomes humbled by some event early on in the movie. Then, throughout the course of the hero’s journey he learns the values that accompany most any superhero, that there is something bigger than himself. And though this seems to be the same old Marvel movie that we’ve grown used to over the past couple years, “Doctor

Strange” executes the formula as well as Marvel has ever, if not slightly better in the action, humor and drama it presents as well as its ability to focus on what’s important in the story rather than trying to deviate and include something (like a superficial romance side plot). The setting of the movie is in New York, but the time period, and important element of the plot, changes as the movie progresses. There are several Easter eggs and other references to previous movies that give some context for the time at which the events are set, including some screen time for the Avengers tower. The story also mentions the Avengers in relation to the KamarTaj, the group Dr. Strange becomes a part of in the movie. Specifically, the characters refer to the KamarTaj as a group of protectors against the ethereal and magical threats to Earth, whereas the Avengers protect against physical ones. So, if the movie is meant to do anything for the MCU (Marvel Cinimatic Universe), it’s explaining the history behind a character that probably has a strong role in the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War.”

So, the film does a great job of setting itself in the context of the MCU, but with all that aside “Doctor Strange” still manages to be a entertaining movie. Benedict Cumberbatch makes it look easy to convey the wittiness and likeability of this character, magic powers and all. Tilda Swinton carries herself in the film as a powerful and authoritative “Ancient One” — the makeup department does a excellent job transforming her and other characters as well, so props to them (pun intended). Amongst other great supporting actors, Rachel McAdams fulfills an interesting love interest without falling into the typical cliche ‘damsel in distress’ and, as mentioned earlier, distracting from the main storyline. However, perhaps the most effective aspect of the movie is its powerful sense of direction. The story is always moving forward and keeping the audience engaged. From the first scene of the film, an antagonist is introduced to immediately make the audience ask questions, like who is he? What is he doing? Why does he care about our main character?

As some of these questions get answered later in the film, more complicated questions arise, only to, in turn, be resolved with satisfying answers in later parts in the plot. More than one character changes in one way or another and the effective dialogue adds substance to the film rather than act as a filler between action sequences. In effect, the superhuman fighting that does take place has real meaning and purpose, not a superficial purpose such as to display awesome and expensive visuals. This is one of the areas that Marvel has done well multiple times, and unfortunately one that the DC Comics’ counterparts haven’t mastered yet. By the end of the movie, everything feels in place and logically possible — within the laws of the insane multiverse illustrated in the movie, and a minor loop hole here or there. But, if you’re not a meticulous critic and get past them, then the movie is definitely worth the watch. Make sure to stay past the credits because there is not one, but TWO scenes that tease some key information about the events in the productions to come.

raises is how businesses and corporations account for their customers who don’t celebrate Christmas. Yes, sales make everyone happy, but there are those who might be uncomfortable with gospel music on their normal radio stations. As the Christmas season is forced into our lives come November, it’s easy to get caught up in its effect, but harder to remember that your neighbor might not have a tree up because she doesn’t celebrate the occasion. Starbucks has accounted for this difference by making their cups green, with a “mosaic of more than a hundred people drawn in one continuous stroke.” The idea behind this is inclusion and unity. Though these cups also got hate from the same people who got upset last year, it’s a nice gesture and a non-denominational recognition of holiday spirit. On a lighter note, this phenomenon has changed holiday humor as we know it and been the substance of many memorable memes. Whether the early holiday inspires screenshots of people changing their phone backgrounds to Mariah Carey in a Santa hat as soon as the date changes to Nov 1 or videos of people dancing and jamming to Christmas music, it’s safe to say that even obnoxiously early decorations can’t ruin the holiday spirit. What we, as a society, need to figure out is how much of this Christmasearliness affects our personal lives and how much of it we can take.

Do you know whether you should ask Doctor Strange for an assignment extension or a hernia exam? Here are the straight facts on the good Doctor: - He is technically not a

doctor but the Sorceror Supreme, Earth’s mightiest defender against magical and other supernatural threats. - In the comics, Strange sometimes takes a more removed role than the wham-bang-pow Avengers do in Earthly defense affairs. Since his defenses are magical and internal, he spends much of his time meditating in his home in New York, the Sanctum Sanctorum. - His middle name is Vincent.



YouTube Heroes bring crowd-sourced censorship, controversial solution to objectionable content JACOB ROSSITTER A&E INTERN

Across the landscape of the Internet, a handful of websites have grown to become synonymous with the medium to which they operate within. To “Google” something, for example, is a term that is now rooted in our collective lexicon. When one says he or she is going to “Wikipedia” a topic, everyone present knows exactly what that person means. YouTube is the same way. 4.95 billion videos are viewed every day on the website, while 300 hours are viewed per minute. With those numbers, Google has an incredibly daunting task of trying to retain some level of control when it comes to the content that is allowed on the website. The survival of the website is contingent on keeping advertisers happy. One can only imagine how difficult a task it must be to try to guarantee advertisers that the videos on the platform reflect the right kind of image to viewers. There have been a series of attempts in the past to try to censor the content that deserves to be removed from the site. It used to be that a viewer could flag a video for violating the website’s terms of service, and upon review of that claim the video would be removed and a strike would be placed on the channel. Once a channel was issued its third and final strike, it would be terminated from the website. Granted, if the uploader felt as though his or her video was unfairly flagged, that person had the power to dispute the claim, but for the duration of dispute process, monetization was shut off. A new program, “YouTube Heroes” is the latest in these efforts. “YouTube Heroes” is the name of an initiative designed to shift the job of monitoring and

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policing the website’s content to the users themselves. YouTube urges users to “become a YouTube hero,`” by signing up for a tiered system that bestows rewards and perks upon its participants for the work that they do. People who sign up for the program can gain points for adding subtitles and captions to videos, reporting negative content and sharing knowledge with others. Once a “hero” gains enough points, they are given the power to mass-flag videos. Since its announcement, this

Are podcasts killing the radio star? There is a unique connection and power that is derived from spoken word, the human voice and the information transmitted through the intimacy of EMILY PETER sound. The voice A&E WRITER has always been a vehicle for intimate human communication — historically through storytelling as a way to hold onto the past, or more recently our information transmission radio stations. In our modern technologically centered world, it is no shock that radio is shifting from broadcast to on demand, much like video and music before it. However, does this really suggest an eminent demise for public radio? In 2010, NPR’s CEO at the time, Vivian Schiller predicted: “Radio towers are going away within ten years.” As we approach 2017, I see nothing to suggest the veracity of this statement. Radio continues to be a useful, not to mention a profitable, technology. For example, for the minimal cost of annual electricity, Power 106 in Southern California can reach 15 million people. There are no incremental or accrued costs – when someone chooses to tune in to the station, there is not an additional charge for the station. This is not the case for the Worldwide Web. Each time you view a streaming radio channel or download a podcast, someone has to pay to send all of those snip bits of data. The more people who tune in to a streaming broadcast, the larger the server must be. The very nature of podcasts and radio suggest they may not be in opposition at all. Where radio is a passive medium in which

pressing the button is your only ability to turn it on and off, podcasts require you to “opt-in” and actively search for your own niche media, download it and listen to it. Radio shows curate collective content for the consumer, whether it be a sportscast or sequenced music. Correspondents tune in to their preferred station and allow their medium to take them on a unique ride of discovery. Podcasts, in contrast, attract a more engaged audience that typically has the goal of obtaining knowledge on a particular subject or genre. The audience finds and chooses a specific podcast to meet their needs. The intent seems to be different. Similarly, radio maintains a steady stream of content while flowing, for the most part, in real time. You either catch the media in progress, or it is on its way to Never-Never land. Podcast audio is available on demand, always waiting for you when you are ready to learn about the latest way to stuff your Thanksgiving turkey. Although it may seem that on-demand is becoming more and more sustainable as our society evolves, there is something undeniably organic about radio broadcasting and the people who keep the practice alive. Just like word processors and computers did not make the pencil obsolete, I believe there is immense hope for radio even as podcasts become more popular. Audio content, specifically traditional radio or podcasting, is more than just different distribution technologies. Although they may share some DNA, they are two different media, each with their own purpose and role to play in the public mediascape. Even in a world of hyper connection and an on-demand lifestyle, radio will likely hold a unique space in our media landscape for years to come.

new initiative has received an overwhelmingly negative backlash. The announcement video alone has 912,392 dislikes and only 28,747 likes. That’s pretty bad for a website that entirely uses a like/dislike system to rate content. Comments below the video are disabled, so there is no way of knowing articulately how viewers feel, at least right away. So why do the numbers show idea of such a system so universally disliked? `The most obvious and glaring problem is that it would suppress any

opinion or ideology that differs from the one kept by the “hero” in question. The fact of the matter is that virtually every point of view is offensive to somebody. The parameters set for what constitutes “negative content” on the site are so vague and open-ended that anybody with a predisposed chip on his or her shoulder would be able to contribute to censoring content. There would be few restraints on this, and it even looks as if YouTube meant for this to happen. So often it seems as though we live in an outrage culture. The term “politically correct” has become a huge buzzphrase over the last couple of years. It’s a phrase thrown around quite a lot, to the point that it has arguably lost its original meaning and intent. The tensions and hysteria surrounding probably the most contentious presidential debate in recent memory have brought the concept of political correctness even further into the forefront of our national dialogue. Due to social media and the power it has given the public, people feel as though they can voice any level of distaste or outrage they feel, and thanks to technology their feelings reach a lot of people. Comedians are told they must apologize for a joke they made in a comedy club because someone left and posted it on FaceBook. A tweet sent out by a company has to be retracted because people feel as if it promotes some agenda other than their own. Because of this, the perception of millennials, even by millennials themselves, is that their generation is too sensitive and too coddled. Many view this “YouTube Heroes” idea as a reflection of that attitude. It remains to be seen whether the system actually works.




Alejandro of the West: Insights into Western tropes, android philosophy in “Westworld” If you are not familiar with “Westworld,” I’d suggest you acquaint yourself. The show opened to HBO’s highest viewership numbers since True Detective in ALEJANDRO CARDONA 2014 and has received significant critical A&E WRITER acclaim on account of its compelling visuals, gripping storylines and excellent acting. No spoilers ahead. “Westworld” is set in an eponymous theme park which allows “guests” to live out their wildest fantasies. The park is a massive recreation of the 19th century American west, and is populated entirely by humanlike androids — called “hosts” — built to behave as if they are truly people living in the time of the wild west. This allows the park’s guests to go on bandithunting adventures, risky treasure hunts or simply stay in the local saloon, indulging in carnal excess.

Part of the show’s immediate appeal is the bold combination of genres. It is confounding not because it is noticeable, but because of how seamlessly the science fiction and western genres meet to share the screen. Unlike spacecowboy, zombie-romance or horror-comedy films, “Westworld” approaches its genrebending not as something to be pointed at, but as one more narrative tool with which to explore what we perceive as humanity. The show is based on a 1973 film of the same name, written by the imaginative Michael Crichton, the man who also dreamt up “Jurassic Park.” For this round, HBO called upon the creative powers of writers/executive producers Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams and Lisa Joy to lead the production, which has already spawned a fervent following online. This online following is reminiscent of the “Game of Thrones” fan base in their rabid desire to analyse and decode every hint and line of dialogue. For a television show which premiered a little over a month ago, a cursory revision of any fansite will quickly acquaint

you with all of the major fan theories, which are impressive in their depth of observation, and seductive in their potential accuracy. The show seems to have been constructed to prompt this kind of amateur theorizing. As with any android narrative does, fans’ chief question revolves around which presumably human character will turn out to be an android, and vice-versa. It’s only natural to expect this, since every genre offers a general road map over which writers can then apply their own quirks and alterations, and as audiences we have grown to expect these major markers, and laud or deplore writers based on how well they navigate the maze of genre tropes. As seasoned creators, Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams and Lisa Joy are all masters of genre. Naturally, during the writing process, they must have discussed all the genre tropes of android science fiction and westerns, deciding which ones were useful to them, and which they should scrap. This process must have unearthed the ultimate genre expectation, which, as mentioned before, requires a human

character to discover (or gain evidence to suspect) their android status. This is where I put on my personal tinfoil hat, particularly due to the presence of Jonathan Nolan as a lead creator. Together with his brother Christopher, Jonathan Nolan wrote “Memento,” “The Prestige,” the “Batman” trilogy and “Interstellar.” I find it hard to believe that Nolan (and Abrams and Joy, but especially Nolan) would give into the android genre trope without putting up a good fight and making a storytelling mark that is uniquely their own. This is not to say that some of the character’s humanity won’t be called into question — it’s only natural that it will given the genres Westworld are working within. Maybe I’m just being hopeful, but I’ll swim against the current and propose that the ultimate upset would be a bait-and-switch, wherein a character becomes convinced that they are one of the park’s lifelike attractions, to then tragically discover that they are actually human — once it is too late to turn back.

2016 election: The Real MVPs Kate McKinnon & Alec Baldwin for being our comedic relief week after week

Clinton’s shimmy a move we’ll turn to during uncomfortable situations


TOWN HALL MEETING Come learn about the benefits of a tobacco free campus at the information panel of faculty, staff, and students.

our basic coping mechanism

Jeb! for showing us what almost could have been

Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life” for coming back into our lives when we needed you most

Tim Kaine for being weirdly hot in your younger years

Nick Cage we’re counting on a National Treasure 3 now






For the health of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors, Trinity is planning to become a tobacco free campus. Trinity aims to join over 1,400 colleges in the US to become a Tobacco Free Campus. How soon can we get there?




Remembering the Greats NOV.


Bill Dickey died this week in 1993. Dickey was the Yankees catcher from 1928-’46, and most significantly, the first in a line of standout Bronx Bomber backstops. To this day, the Yankees are the model franchise for all of team sports, and their collection of top individual talent from different eras points to a tradition of success that is commonly striven for, but never truly emulated. The four Yankee catchers any junkie of baseball’s deep history can rattle off are Dickey, Yogi Berra, Therman Munson and Jorge Posada, each perennial all-stars and leaders at their position throughout their admirable careers. The Yankees’ perpetual relevance is due to talented men such as these.

Together Tigers: Women’s basketball team full of new energy, excitement BY ELISE HESTER


Selected to the Division III All-American team, senior guard MONICA HOLGUIN leads a tight-knit group of girls that is excited to start the season. The season opens on Nov. 15th vs. McMurry. photo by HENRY PRATT

Last year, the No. 22 ranked Trinity women’s basketball team made it to the first round of the NCAA playoffs before losing a close game to the Claremont Mudd-Scripps. This year, the defending SCAC champs are back, ready for another exciting season full of great basketball. As the season nears, the Tigers have identified their strengths: talented new recruits, a versatile and athletic team and a fast, aggressive strategy. “The incoming group, they bring a different dynamic to the court,” senior swingman Allyson Stanley said. “They are all really good players, great scorers [and] ball handlers. They’ve been hustling on defense. They add a lot of depth to the bench.” The women’s basketball program consistently recruits four to six players each year to keep the program balanced and never lose too many players at once, according to head coach Cam Hill. This year’s new members, three first-years and one transfer, have been a welcome addition to the fold. “Every single player we have in this class has already made an impact on this team,” Hill said. The addition of new players and the loss of outgoing seniors has changed the overall makeup of the team itself. “We’re built differently than we’ve ever been since I’ve been here,” Hill said, “We’re more athletic and we’re definitely more capable and more versatile.” In recent years, the brand of basketball that has swept the nation at every level focuses on developing “positionless” players. These players typically rely on athleticism and instinct to bring a modern sense of adaptability to the game. “Most of our players can switch between positions and play just about anywhere on the court, which gives our team a lot more options offensively and defensively,” Stanley said. Taking into account the opportunities afforded by such athletic players, Hill promises a faster and more aggressive playing strategy this season. “We are going to be a run and gun team,” Stanley said. “Try and push the ball more often.” “If we can keep pressure on the defense by playing faster offensively, that will be to our benefit,” Hill said. “Just playing with a ton of confidence and just playing aggressive basketball.” The upcoming women’s basketball schedule offers Trinity great opportunities to show off their speed and strength while facing formidable opponents both in and out of conference. Throughout November and December, Trinity will play nonconference games at home and away, traveling to Arkansas, Tennessee and Washington. “We have a great non-conference schedule this year, and our conference is pretty strong,” said senior Grace Horn. Conference play will begin in January. As defending SCAC champions, Trinity hopes to maintain their dominance and perhaps go beyond their previous accomplishments. “After having a great season last year, we are looking forward to doing bigger things this year,” said senior Monica Holguin. “I have no doubt this team will be ready when the time comes.”

While holding high hopes for the upcoming season, the team will stay in the moment, playing each game as it comes and facing challenges as they arise. “For me, it’s always day to day,” Hill said. “I would never put that kind of pressure on my players saying we need to be a sweet 16 team or a final four team or anything like that — I just think that we need to be the best team that we can be by March.” The team, which has been connecting throughout preseason, awaits their return to the court. The Tigers are excited not only to showcase their skills on a conference wide scale, but to also play the game they love with the team that they love. “I am mostly looking forward to getting back on the court with my teammates,” Holguin said. “I am also looking forward to getting to spend so much time with my teammates,” Horn said. “We get along well and have a lot of fun.” The team’s motto, “Together Tigers,” is a mantra that applies off the court as well as on it. For many teams, the reliance practiced between players on court does not necessarily continue beyond the final buzzer. The Tigers are lucky to have a different story to tell. The players exhibit determination and commitment to each other and to the game they play. “I think that ball is life and I mean that,” Hill said. “If you truly love your team and your sport, you’re gonna put your extra time into it and you’re gonna commit a lot of your free time to being better at your craft.” The Trinity women’s basketball team loves the game and they love to have fun while playing. After running through a star drill with full commitment to the proper technique of quality passes, a player playfully tosses her penny into the camera and tells a joke to her teammate, all the while not fearing reprimand from her coaches. Grace Horn giddily wears a GoPro on her head. In the midst of the defensive drill, she runs up to assistant coach Joe Shotland who spits out jokes while she moves her feet from left to right, working to block his potential passes. She works hard, but a smile still fills her face. “A huge part of what we do is to enjoy it. I mean, sports are fun, being part of a team is fun,” Hill said. “The cornerstone of my coaching philosophy is to make it fun.” These talented young women play serious basketball without taking themselves seriously. Hill and his players have created the type of environment where hard work and dedication are expected, but not without love, passion and fun. A program with that mindset is one that produces not only wins and championships, but also makes well-balanced and exceptional human beings.

Men’s soccer deals with loss, prepares for playoffs BY HALEY McFADDEN


Following their first loss of the season and subsequent tumble from the No. 1 ranking in the country, no one would have blamed the Tigers for feeling sorry for themselves. Instead, the Tigers battled to win the SCAC championship, downing Colorado College in double overtime, and have a lot of energy heading into the playoffs. The Tigers recently experienced their first regular season loss against Texas Lutheran University, losing 3-2 with a goal scored by TLU in the 74th minute. While the loss was undeniably hard on the team, they refused to let it get them down, and used it as an opportunity to improve. “After the loss, we openly talked about the reason for failure and how to move forward. Meetings were conducted between players and coaches so we could move forward. We were down at first, but now we are using the loss to motivate us and move us forward this year,” said sophomore midfielder Laurence Wyke. The team’s national ranking took a shot as well, knocking them

from tops in the nation to No. 3. The team responded by coming back strong in the remainder of the SCAC tournament, and instead of getting upset, looked in the mirror to see what they could improve on as a team. “Our biggest obstacle is ourselves. Coach McGinlay always says that it is our fault something happens, whether that be us winning or us losing. We have to minimize our little mistakes so they don’t compound into something bigger,” said senior defender Zachary Treu. This past Sunday the team won a hard-fought match against long-time rivals Colorado College. The game went into double overtime, and the team came away with a narrow 2-1 win. It was in the 103rd minute that Brady Johnston scored the game winning point, relieving the team’s stress. Despite the long game, the Tigers fought hard and never gave up, which ultimately contributed to their win. “The team never lost hope even with two minutes to go. We knew that a goal was going to come throughout the game and the effort paid off. Scoring in the 89th minute gave us the

confidence to go on and win the game. It was a great team performance, sticking together and fighting together,” Wyke said. Looking forward, the Tigers are hosting the first and second round of the NCAA playoff games this weekend. The team will start playing Whitworth University at 5 p.m. on Saturday evening, which marks the beginning of a long-awaited post season. Despite the struggles the team has faced these past few weeks, they remain hopeful and positive, hungry for a National Championship title. “Our primary goal in mind is to win a National Championship in December. In order to do so, we must focus our attention one game at a time, not taking any game for granted. We need to play each 90 minute game with a ‘furious devotion’ to win as Coach McGinlay would say,” said junior midfielder Cooper Fyfe. Regular season success has been a staple for the men’s soccer team for years, and the team wants this to be the year that success translates into a national championship.




Football fights for .500 record Spotlight Tigers suffer loss to Southwestern, look to rebound in final game of the year BY CHRIS GARCIA


Junior kicker COLBY DOYAL kicks off in the above picture. Doyal recently set a career record with a 47 yard field goal. In the below picture, punt returner ADAM SAUNDERS prepares to field a punt. photo by HENRY PRATT

Heading into their final game of the season tomorrow, the Tiger football team desperately wants to cap the year on a high note. This past weekend’s 20-7 loss to Southwestern snapped a 2 game winning streak. While the Tigers were disappointed, they had many positive takeaways, and are optimistic as they look ahead to their final game of the season at home. Two weeks ago, the Tigers were able to snap a three game losing streak against conference opponent Austin College. They were able to easily dispose of the Roos, winning 38 to 17. This win saw each unit rise to the occasion. The special teams were able to recover an onside kick, the defense only allowed 61 yards passing, and the offense showed improvement in the passing and rushing game. Colby Doyal has been a bright spot on the special teams all season, and during this game he was able to set a career record on a 47 yard field goal. Colby feels that this win against Austin College has the team feeling good coming into their second matchup on the Tigers’ home turf. “This last game will set the tone going into the offseason and the beginning of next year. We want to end the year on a positive note and carry on the momentum. It is also the seniors last home game and we just want to honor them and all the hard work they put into this program,” Doyal said. The next week, the Tigers captured victory in a thriller, as they were able to mount a major comeback against conference rival, Texas Lutheran University. The Tigers came back from a 20 to 7 deficit, scoring 21 points in the second half, earning them a 28 to 27 win. The offense was headed by Davis King and Justin Ventura, who both had significant offensive impacts in the game. Davis King has filled in nicely for injured senior quarterback Austin Grauer. King has averaged just over 100 yards passing a game, and has made sound contributions in these two wins for Trinity. He is proud of the contributions from first-years, both on the field and off. “We had some great retention from last year’s class, even though they were a lot smaller of a recruiting class than in years prior. I hope to say the same about this year’s freshmen class, and I think we will. They are a great group of guys who are doing exceptional work not only on the field, but also in the classroom and on our campus,” King said. King also spoke to the team’s issues with injuries, and the role back-ups have played in patching up the holes. “Another takeaway is that we learned we have a high number of underclassmen who are ready to step up when we face injury. To name a few, sophomore quarterback Justin Ventura went from starting the season as a third-string and running the scout team, to spending time

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at starting quarterback. At running back, firstyear Zach Trevino and Griffin Lay both started off on scout team early in the season and had to step up when Evan McDowell went down midway through the season,“ King said. This last loss against Southwestern was tough, but for Luke Packard, it was a milestone game. Packard was able to set a single-season sack record that had held strong for 23 years. Paul Tobola previously held the record, and was selected to All-American team in 1993. Packard finished the game with eight total tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, and 2.0 sacks for a loss of 11 yards. There have been many bright spots during this 2016 campaign, but the brightest has to be the fighting effort and persistence this team has displayed. There were injuries to some very key players on both sides of the ball in the middle of the season, but this team made no excuses for themselves. Head coach Jerheme Urban emphasized the next man up philosophy a few weeks back, and it paid off in their two game win streak prior to this last week’s loss. “We’ve had several of our very experienced players suffer some pretty significant injuries this year. Part of any successful football season, at any level of football, is not having the injury bug bite you. It has impacted us by pulling some guys off the field, but it has also given other guys an opportunity to show what they can do. Injuries cannot be used as an excuse,” Urban said. Urban stressed the fact that all everyone was recruited, and needs a ready-to-go mindset “Everyone that we have recruited has a valuable role on our team, and is expected to be ready when called upon. There are times where a lack of experience shows, or even a lack of physical development when playing young guys against older college players, but none of that matters,” Urban said. The Tiger’s hope to power through late season injury woes in this week’s matchup. At a record 4-5, the Tigers will be playing for a .500 record in the last game of the season against Austin College. It will be their last game as a part of the SCAC, at 1 p.m. on Saturday.


Nov. 11 Volleyball vs. Hendrix @ 5:30 pm Nov. 12 Football vs Austin College @ 1 pm MSoccer vs Whitworth @ 5 pm WSoccer vs Mount Union @ 11 am BOLD = HOME EVENT


For a while, I thought sophomore Emily Reed was twins: one who played basketball and one who played softball. In reality, there’s just one Emily Reed, a twinless sophomore from Flower Mound, Texas. “Trinity offered me [the chance to play] both and I get a good education at the same time,” Reed said, “But it’s hard because academics are just crazy.” Reed fell in love with both softball and basketball around age six. “I think I started t-ball first, and then in elementary school, I started YMCA basketball,” Reed said. “If I had to pick, it would still be very hard.” What’s your favorite part of playing both softball and basketball? “I think the competitiveness, cause I’m a competitive person, and I feel like playing both especially makes me an even more competitive person. In a sense, softball is more individual than basketball. I like that and I don’t like that. In softball I can step up and do this for my team, but in basketball you have to come together.” Something fun about the softball team? “Last year the softball team watched “The Bachelor,” and that was hilarious. There’s always at least a clown or two on each team, like Stephanie Crumrine on the softball team. We just kind of poke fun at her a lot. She just kind of keeps the energy light and makes a lot of jokes — it’s really fun.” What about the basketball team? “We usually have one or two songs for basketball that we play in the locker room, and the song this year is called “We Have Candy” by some random band that one of the girls just showed us one day. And it’s really funny but it also gets you really hype at the same time so we listened to that before our first game last week and it kind of got everybody together.” Favorite basketball team? “I like the Spurs, definitely. I like the Lakers because they were my dad’s favorite, and when I was little, we’d always watch them.” Favorite softball team? “There’s not many pro teams that I would watch a lot, but whenever USA Softball was on, I would always watch it.” So do you have a favorite baseball team? “Oh yeah, I watch the Rangers a lot whenever they’re on.” What is the hardest part of being a two sport athlete? “Definitely time, obviously having to go to practice and everything. Part of it is just the toll it takes, just mentally and physically. I’m just tired all the time. I’ll get back from class and not want to do anything, but I have practice later, so I have to get my homework done.” Reed, who plays center in basketball and first base and outfield in softball, is ready for her seasons to begin. “I’m just excited for this year,” Reed said. “Hopefully I won’t die.”



The Warriors’ mortality, and the MVP race BY MARKHAM SIGLER


Basketball is back. Across the world, true fans have a renewed sense of hope, as well as a fuller, more meaningful purpose. True love is a beautiful thing. And what is it to love the game but to appreciate the artistic fusion of athleticism and skill, individual prowess and a team’s cohesive chemistry that is NBA play? It’s hard to remember better allaround play from the entire league — tanking efforts have stalled and most teams are trying to win (more or less), the league’s top talents are healthier than ever before and positionless, free-flowing offense is becoming more and more of a staple while we simultaneously witness the resurgence of the importance of quality big men. Perhaps the most inspiring thing in this young season is the pleasantly shocking mortality which the Golden State Warriors have revealed. As I’m writing, they’re 5-2, and while there’s no legitimate reason to think that they will be a top contender in April, the widespread fear that Durant/Curry (whose name goes first?) and company would waltz unscathed into the next five Larry O’Brien trophies now appears to have been prematurely pessimistic. Defensively they’re vulnerable underneath, as Zaza Pachulia turned out to be a much lighter anchor than Andrew Bogut was, and the bench does not seem to have the same energy without sparkplug extraordinaires Leandro Barbosa and Marreese Speights. In addition, the age-old saying, “There’s only one ball,” has proven more significant than Warriors’ stars admitted in the preseason, Numbers to consider:

Klay Thompson, 21 percent on three pointers (3P percent), averaging 17 points per game (PPG) compared with 43 3P-percent and 23 PPG last year. Draymond Green, 21 3P-percent and 9 PPG, compared with 39 3P-percent and 14 PPG last year. Interestingly, Kevin Durant is the only member of the Big 4 whose numbers have improved, while Steph’s numbers have remained relatively the same as last year’s. Fans will wonder whether or not this trend is significant with regards to ongoing team relationships, and whether or not it can even continue. As enjoyable as it is to attempt to dissect the Warriors’ on-court malfunctions, celebrating failure leaves something to be desired. Instead, let’s talk about the most awesome part of the first few weeks — the MVP race. (Disclaimer: LeBron should win every year. He’s proven time and time again to be on a level of his own, as he is simply able to affect the outcome of a basketball game in more ways than any man ever has. His winning depends solely on voter honesty and mood. The following analysis is expectant of voter prejudice, and therefore all who I name are vying for an award that dislikes LeBron). Before the games began, popular talk revolved around Russell Westbrook, and for good reason. Unshackled, however cruelly, from Durant, many expected the point guard to explode in a lovely mess of statistics, but no one could predict the balance of positive and negative. Indeed, he’s currently putting up 33 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists per game at surprisingly efficient rates — 44 percent from the field (FG-percent) and 41

3P-percent. With an open court and a free conscience, Westbrook has thrived and is undoubtedly the award’s early favorite, especially with the Thunder’s record of 5-1. Considering the under-the-radar yet solid assistance he’s received from the rising stud, New Zealander Steven Adams, plus newcomer Victor Oladipo’s bound-to-improve 15 PPG on 40 FG-percent and a top 5 team defense, there’s no objective reason to expect the Thunder’s success to taper off. If they win 48 games and finish with a top 5 seed in the Western Conference, Westbrook is the MVP. The secondary battle, should Westbrook’s efficiency numbers decline, is among hometown hero Kawhi Leonard, my hero James Harden and poor Anthony Davis. More often than I care to consider, I stare out the nearest window and sigh longingly, disgruntled with a basketball reality that permits the San Antonio Spurs to do things with team members and a basketball that no other organization is able to match, or even come close to matching. For centuries, they have been the perfect expression of the sport philosophy “a sum of their parts,” receiving maximum capacity from otherwise helpless castoffs such as Danny Green, Jonathan Simmons and Kyle Anderson. Yet in this game, even President Popovich recognizes the need for a transcendent talent if one wishes to ensure the team’s greatness. Exit Timothy Theodore Duncan, enter Kawhi. “The Claw,” as he’s affectionately called (although I think we can do better), is already back-to-back defensive player of the year, and it’s safe to say there is no one remotely close to being remotely

close to as stifling a one-on-one defender. Watching the longarmed, emotionless, corn-rowed monster, one can only imagine the nightmares opposing wings have the night prior to a game against the “team that doesn’t beat itself.” He absolutely manhandles the child he chooses to torture on a frighteningly consistent basis. Unfortunately, his offensive capabilities are improving at a seemingly exponential rate. He’s averaging 26 PPG at a 48 FGpercent, demonstrating more court awareness, patience and confidence, along with a deadly mid-range game and some quality moves around the basket. If Westbrook can’t maintain, and the next man I’m going to talk about doesn’t deliver in full, Leonard will cement his status as a first-tier superstar with an MVP. That next man is James Harden. The Bearded One tops the league in offensive win shares, win shares per 48 minutes and offensive plus/ minus. That’s right. When it comes to singular offensive talent, Harden’s preeminence is increasingly clear. Although he’s currently fourth in PPG, it’s hard to imagine Demar DeRozan sustaining 34 PPG. Once DeRozan inevitably falls, and the Rockets continue to gel under Coach D’antoni, it is quite possible The Bearded One surpasses Westbrook and Damian Lillard in PPG, and when that’s paired with a league-leading 12 assists per game (APG), MVP voters may have no choice but to give him his reward. The Rockets need to start winning soon to give Harden a fair shot, which means that other players need to step up offensively as the team embraces the gunslinger mindset that has given D’antoni success in

the past. If D’antoni’s vision of an offensive utopia comes to fruition and Harden becomes the first player since Nate Archibald to lead the league in points and assists, he has an excellent shot. Finally, there’s Anthony Davis. Arguably the most physically gifted basketball player on the planet, Davis’ numbers of 30 PPG, 12 RPG and six combined blocks and steals per game, are mind-boggling. The lanky big has looked unstoppable at times when he’s in attack mode, and defensively he remains the upgraded version of Ben Wallace. If he stays healthy, his end of the season statistics will be nothing short of miraculous. However, that’s a big if, and the Pelicans suck, so he probably won’t have a shot at the award so long as his squad only wins 30 or so games. Poor Anthony. The MVP race is shaping up to be a doozy. There’s a real chance Westbrook is the first man to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson, Harden the first to lead the league in points and assists since Archibald and for Davis to put up the most complete stat-line since the beginning of time. If their teams don’t deliver, defensive savant Leonard is the best bet to upset LeBron. Durant may garner some votes, but a victory looks unlikely, especially if the Warriors aren’t the best team in their conference. Since I don’t understand betting odds, we’ll do percentages. Westbrook: 33 percent James: 25 percent (who knows) Leonard: 20 percent Harden: 15 percent Davis: 5 percent Curry/Durant: 2 percent Long live Los Rockets!










Issue 12 | Volume 114 | 2016