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In last week’s Trinitonian, Evan Chambless described the Pathways curriculum as “an obstacle course … that has to be navigated while treading water with a blindfold on.” I understand how she feels. As acting chair of the University Curriculum Council (UCC), I often find myself in the position of explaining and justifying Pathways requirements to students and faculty colleagues. This is ironic since I was not initially one of the strongest supporters of the new...

You’ve got this. I would like to use my final column to speak directly to Trinity’s graduating seniors.  It makes sense that many of you are feeling a bit anxious. For the past four years, you have traveled a pathway marked by clear signposts and deadlines. Professors, coaches, work-study supervisors, bosses and parents have told you where to be, what to do and when to do it. Attend class. Study for the test. Collect the...

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This column is respectfully addressed to friends, colleagues and students who support ““ or mostly support “” the words and policies of President Donald Trump. You are undoubtedly aware that, from immigrants and religious minorities to journalists and the transgender community, many people feel threatened by the words and actions of our new president. According to the American Psychological Association, 57 percent of Americans view the political situation as a “significant source of stress.” As...

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Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump kicked off his “war with the media” by refusing to take a question from Jim Acosta during a press conference.  “Your organization is terrible,” he shouted at the CNN reporter. “I am not going to give you a question. You are fake news.” Let’s get one thing straight. For all of its problems, CNN is not fake news. The phrase “fake news” refers to hoax websites which publish completely...

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Beware of false equivalence. Two imperfect candidates are vying for your vote. One of these candidates will win. They are not equally flawed. One of these candidates wants to deport 11 million immigrants, declares that he will no longer honor US treaty obligations to NATO allies, encourages his followers to physically assault dissenters at his rallies, expresses enthusiasm for the use of nuclear weapons, boasts about grabbing women by the pussy without their consent, refused...

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He was everything I wanted to be when I grew up. His name isn’t important. Bobby? Jerry? Jimmy? It doesn’t matter. I looked up to him. Back in ’87, he was a fixture at campus demonstrations against U.S. intervention in Central America. Articulate and ruggedly handsome, he had a way of pushing to the front of the line, seeking out the cameras and directing the action. He burned with righteous indignation about the atrocities unfolding...

Late May was warm and sleepy. The last diplomas were handed out. Students and faculty scattered to all corners of the globe. Summer research projects had not yet kicked into gear. The campus was deserted. And then the machine arrived. It sprung up near the rear entrance of Prassel Hall. At first, there was a flurry of activity. Soldiers, military jeeps and photographers. Within a few hours the dust settled, and our unusual visitors had...