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This covers the SGA meeting on April 9.   CAMPUS CLIMATE CHECK Sophomore senator Simone Washington relayed frustration students have had with Student Involvement, particularly in planning events. Washington explained that students feel the increase in security has hindered groups’ abilities to create events. David Tuttle, dean of students, said it’s complicated, explaining that the source of many of issues is the need to ensure safety and protocol by departments like Risk Management. According to...

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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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This covers the SGA meeting on March 26. CAMPUS CLIMATE CHECK Junior senator Julia Shults noted that the box for feminine hygiene products located in one of the Coates University Center bathrooms had run out of products. Senator emeritus Nick Santulli, senior, reminded the senate that Trinity has been advertising its first-year initiative, the “Starting Strong” Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). President Amulya Deva, junior, suggested the first-year success committee meet with people in charge of...

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This covers the SGA meeting on March 5.   GUEST COMMENTS Sophomore Marleny Salas expressed concern about the evening EcoGrounds shift. Salas explained that the shift includes long hours and requires a lone employee to clean and make all the drinks on their own. According to Salas, the previous employee who worked this EcoGrounds shift, Randy Gibbons, quit in part because the shift was too demanding for one person. President Amulya Deva, junior, said that...

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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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CAMPUS CLIMATE CHECK Junior senator Sarosha Hemani reported instances of creepy men in the City Vista parking lots, as well as the parking lot by Lightner residence hall. President Amulya Deva, junior, suggested getting in contact with TUPD. Legislative relations chair Chiara Pride, sophomore, raised concern about students’ increasing need for counseling services and that the office appears understaffed in terms of meeting all students’ needs. Junior senator Julia Shults explained instances of inappropriate and...

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CAMPUS CLIMATE CHECK Sophomore senator Simone Washington raised concern about the difficulty international students find in trying to get U.S. jobs and internships. The senate decided to create a committee for international students; Washington, first-year senator Isabella Schag and junior senator Julia Shults, among others, expressed interest in the creation of the committee. Senator Shults explained that the feminine products offered to students are of bad quality. Junior senator Sarosha Hemani spoke to members 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...