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Photo by Matthew Claybrook Around this time in the semester, the “new year” is beginning to look less and less new. We students are getting back into the habit of going to class, doing our homework, going to work and slowly forgetting about those treasured resolutions we made a few weeks ago. We’ve all been there: we start the year with big goals, but once the everyday demands of life come back around, it becomes...

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The final issue of the 2017-2018 Trinitonian is here, and as expected it’s full of bittersweet nostalgia as seniors reflect on their memories at Trinity. However, that reflection doesn’t have to start and end with those who are about to graduate. We, who will be staying behind to finish our studies in the upcoming semesters, should take a moment to look at our accomplishments so far and see what we can do to enhance those...

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As I boarded the plane for Managua, Nicaragua this spring break, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the upcoming trip. As part of a course called International Issues in Health and the Environment, I knew the trip would help us learn more about grassroots health initiatives in Nicaragua and how they apply to the concepts we learned about in class. A country experiencing an increasingly dictatorial government and a controversial dam construction project, Nicaragua...

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The idea that pornography and a casual sexual culture are at the root of sexual assault is a crude misapplication of blame that, when pinned to the #MeToo movement, belittles the struggles of those who have been assaulted. The simple expectation that people shouldn’t abuse other people should stand on its own, but some would rather attempt to pin it on a supposed social disease: One that can be cured only through the adoption of...

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I recently read an article about the term “whitewashed” and the weaponization of the word against Latinxs who are seen as having forgotten their roots by their Latinx friends or family members. The article explained the author’s personal interactions with being called whitewashed, and the problematic nature of assuming someone was less connected to their real culture, implying they are “fake” Latinx. As someone of half Mexican descent, I could identify with the author’s experiences...

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As I scroll through my Twitter feed, retweeting Bernie Sanders’ passionate calls for health to be declared a human right, it’s easy for me to forget that most of the political opinions that appear there are only shared by a fraction of our country’s population. In fact, if Twitter and Facebook were my only sources of news and current events, I might believe that the entire world subscribed to a mostly liberal political stance such...

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Although many professors like to remind students that grades are not everything, they remain important to most of us as a benchmark for our success in and comprehension of a course. Additionally, maintaining an acceptable GPA is crucial to keeping financial aid and being able to participate in many activities. Despite these factors, many professors at Trinity fail to provide enough information to students to track their own progress in a course. Through confusing grading...

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Nowadays, terms such as “˜vegan’ and “˜vegetarian’ carry loads of connotations along with them. It’s become a common joke, but the stereotype of the “˜preachy vegan’ often pops up in popular culture. While I find these jokes pretty entertaining, even as a vegetarian myself, I can’t help but wonder why we often pit meat eaters and non-meat eaters against each other. Part of this characterization of non-meat eaters is due to methodology of the People...