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Thousands of gaming enthusiasts descended upon the Henry B. González Convention Center last weekend to attend PAX South 2018, the festival’s fourth consecutive year in San Antonio. Among the hundreds of exhibitors displaying video games, card games, board games and more were Trinity students and one studio of San Antonian game designers. A sign reading “Modern Knights” hung above a small table on the show floor all weekend. Behind the table stood James Lovett, junior...

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Trinity University has enlisted former Texas congressman Henry Bonilla and two others to lobby against the proposed tax on private university endowments in the Republicans’ tax reform bill, which President Trump hopes to sign before the new year. “House members apparently were not aware of how the legislative language in their tax bill was going to be very costly to schools like Trinity,” Bonilla wrote in an email interview on Wednesday, Dec. 13. “Ideally, we’d like...

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Daniel Mendelsohn is of two minds about most things. “All criticism, I think, is ultimately an ethical or moral undertaking,” said Mendelsohn, an award-winning author and part-time professor at Bard College. “But I want to push back against that inevitable normativity by keeping an open mind, trying to take the long view. I always like to stand back and, using my classicist’s eye, remember that all these things fade away, all these things become less...

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By Daniel Conrad and Kathleen Creedon Students eligible for Federal Work-Study (FWS) jobs who work for Campus Publications, Recreational Sports and TUVAC are being paid with money collected via the student activity fee, but those organizations aren’t seeing the windfall from federal reimbursements on those payments. Neither is Student Government Association (SGA), which distributes the student activity fee to campus organizations. Instead, the university is retaining savings on these reimbursements. Some advisers and members of...

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“This has been pleasant and all,” I thought to myself, “but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.” If it weren’t for Troy Peters’ conducting, I wouldn’t have known that the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio’s (YOSA) Philharmonic were nearly finished with the piece. Top to bottom, the arrangement had been soft, meandering “” calming, maybe, but unexciting. The strings were barely at a whimper, and they were mellowing still, petering out, until there was...

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By Daniel Conrad and Kathleen Creedon Sophomore Cayley Mandadi, cheerleader and woman of Chi Beta Epsilon, died on the afternoon of Oct. 31. Mourning students joined a Nov. 1 gathering led by university chaplain Stephen Nickle and Gary Neal, director of Counseling Services; a memorial vigil is being planned. Students, staff and faculty were officially informed of Mandadi’s death early Nov. 1, when university president Danny Anderson sent an email to campus with the subject...

San Antonio’s classical music community was treated to a number of novelties this weekend. The Classical Music Institute (CMI) Chamber Orchestra performed in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall last Saturday, Oct. 7, with its 2017–2018 season opener, “Bach to Bach.” This performance was itself the first in a new CMI series titled “To Music,” which will celebrate individual composers with a night featuring their work. The 14-piece ensemble played eight compositions representing a variety of Johann Sebastian...

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Students for Opioid Solutions (SOS), a startup nonprofit co-founded by Trinity senior Jonah Wendt, aims to eliminate opioid overdoses on college campuses nationwide. As executive director of SOS, Wendt will encourage universities to enact proactive policies intended to reduce rates of student overdoses on opioid painkillers Wendt, best known for his leadership positions in the conservative student group Tigers for Liberty, co-founded the organization after meeting Gerald Fraas, a junior at the University of Alabama,...