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Very few people enter college thinking they’re going to be a pirate. Luckily, Trinity University, as a true liberal arts institution, provides its students with that possibility. Pirates at Trinity are not sailors of the high seas, however. Instead, they are the Swashbucklers, the only substance-free living community on campus available for upperclassmen. Swashbucklers was started in 2005 by Philip Gates and Elena Serna, who are now known as ‘grand admirals’ — they were the...

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“Maybe I shouldn’t have worn a sweater today,” said Joseph Kneer, conductor of the Trinity Symphony Orchestra. He lifted his baton and began another run of the fast and regal “Awake the Harp” movement. Despite the orchestra’s resonating, clear and bold sound, Kneer halted the piece midway through to correct an error. He uttered a profanity, removed his sweater from over his shirt and tossed it to the floor below. In response to the unexpected...