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I am writing this second addition of “Talking Politics” during Easter break at my grandmother’s house on the northeast side of San Antonio. In this edition, I want to address civic engagement from a personal perspective. From where I am sitting in my grandmother’s computer room I can see her cork board of reminders and sketchy internet passwords. Many of these notes are from a prominently pinned stationary labeled “Pre-K 4 SA: Early Inspiration, Future...

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Texans do not like to talk about politics. The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life recently published the 2018 Texas Civic Health Index, which used the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) to compile a report on the state of civic life in Texas. It indicates that Texans appear to be apathetic about discussing politics: “When asked how frequently they talk about politics with friends and family, only 23 percent say they do so...

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This covers the SGA meeting on March 21. President Amulya Deva, junior, announced the February senator of the month, Julia Shults, junior senator. Senator of the month is awarded to the senator with the most points, earned by attending SGA-sponsored events and promoting SGA, among other things. Shults received a bowl of Amy’s white-chocolate ice cream with Reese’s.   CLIMATE CHECK First-year senator Noelle Barrera announced that Trinity Diversity Connection’s event “Womyn in Art,” was...

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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 First-year senator Mia Quintanilla raised concerns about malfunctioning thermostats and mold in McLean residence hall. Junior senator Reese Carlos said a similar issue has been occurring with the thermostats in Prassel residence hall. SGA adviser Stephanie Ackerman advised students to reach out to facilities services. Sophomore senator Ty Tinker updated the senate on the progress within the open educational resources committee, which he chairs. Junior senator Julia Shults explained that some students...

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This issue covers the first meeting of the year, Jan. 22. INDUCTIONS New SGA senators and cabinet members gathered in the Skyline Dining Room for a short induction ceremony. After quick speeches from student life administrators Jamie Thompson and Sheryl Tynes, university president Danny Anderson swore in the senators by class year. He then swore in the cabinet members, president and vice president. CAMPUS CLIMATE CHECK President Amulya Deva expressed concerns about the water in...

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PulseMOVE, PRIDE and Chiara Pride

November 1, 2017232 min

The “˜Trinity Bubble’ refers to the isolation and lack of local involvement seen in some Trinity students. Sophomore Chiara Pride has broken through the bubble and hopes to help others join her. In addition to being involved in a number of campus organizations, Pride is the activism chair of PRIDE at Trinity and is a member of Trinity Diversity Connection (TDC) and the Trinity Progressives. Pride is an executive fellow with MOVE (mobilize, organize, vote,...