It’s hard to believe I’m writing this senior column for a few reasons. I was born and raised in San Antonio and went to an inner-city high school on the city’s west side. Although I decided to go to college in my own home town, I experienced a major culture shock during my first year. I can remember times in the middle of the night when I would sit on our balcony on Miller second...

Things are different now than they were a year ago, a semester ago, a couple of months ago. People’s questions about my post-grad plans now seem less like curious inquiries and more like aggressive accusations. I’ve started to wonder how often””if ever””I’ll see my dearest friends after we graduate. I’ve even started to wonder who among us seniors even feels entirely OK about graduating. Don’t get me wrong; my senior year has been incredible in...

As the semester begins to wear down, I can honestly say that I did NOT think that Trinity would have woven a spot in my heart as it has seem to do. I’ll admit that I wasn’t completely gung-ho about spending four years at Trinity. I had sights on other places and I thought I knew what was best. To make matters worse, transitioning into college life was more difficult than I had prepared myself...

In line at Nacho Hour, a friend and I lamented our lack of post-grad plans. “You’ve got to have a pretty thick skin,” she notes, in reference to the hundreds of job applications which come back as automated rejections or simply disappear into the ether. I couldn’t help but agree. It takes a good deal of resilience to wake up in the morning to an inbox full of rejection, roll out of bed, brush your...

The most disturbing thing about “Dear Future Husband” is that Meghan Trainor perpetuates the dangerous notion that relationships are founded on shallow exchanges. She demonstrates this perspective through the lyrics “If you treat me right, I’ll be the perfect wife, buying groceries”” buying what you need,” and particularly when saying “if you wanna get that special lovin’ tell me that i’m beautiful each and every night.” The suggestion that compliments related to beauty can be...

Ray Rice. Adrian Peterson. Jerry Jones. Jim Irsay. Daniel Snyder. Domestic violence. Child abuse. Sexual assault allegations. Driving under the influence of oxycodone and hydrocodone. Racist mascot. To say the National Football League has an image problem is an understatement. Some say the NFL has a violence problem, while others argue it is simply a microcosm of society. The trending topic on #AskTingleTU focused on my advice to NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell for how he...

I wanted to respond to a letter from a Trinity parent from Aug. 29, objecting to a lecture concerning Gaza by Miko Peled, a Jewish Israeli peace activist. The letter was angry. This is understandable: the Israel / Palestine conflict is a situation that provokes anger. And anger is an undervalued emotion””there are things that should make us angry. The letter was also inaccurate. It made false and misleading claims: some of them factual errors...

As Jews and new Trinity parents, my wife and I eagerly anticipated Mr. Peled’s recent presentation on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Hearing a Jewish/peace activist’s perspective sounded like a good way to get a first look at the intellectual environment that the university wants to foster. We were shocked by what we heard. Mr. Peled’s positions are extreme/ anti-Semitic and are basically a Hamas recruitment/ fundraising pitch. His rhetoric even prompted me to read the legal...