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Although many professors like to remind students that grades are not everything, they remain important to most of us as a benchmark for our success in and comprehension of a course. Additionally, maintaining an acceptable GPA is crucial to keeping financial aid and being able to participate in many activities. Despite these factors, many professors at Trinity fail to provide enough information to students to track their own progress in a course. Through confusing grading...

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OpinionMy time among the Deplorables

November 30, 2017292 min

“You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.” These words, uttered by Hillary Clinton at a fundraiser on Sept. 9, 2016, are some of the most infamous of the 2016 campaign. They sparked an immediate backlash and the term “deplorable” was proudly adopted by Trump and his supporters as a badge of pride and a rallying cry....

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In May 2016, Trinity said goodbye to Sammye Johnson, distinguished professor emerita of communication, as she retired after 35 years at the university. But a few lucky students will have the chance to take Johnson”™s Arts Criticism course as one last section will be offered. Johnson began a celebrated career as a journalist and editor after receiving her bachelor”™s and master”™s degrees from Northwestern University. After graduation, she stayed in Chicago and worked for the...

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As students in a multicultural age, we are bombarded with media produced from all corners of the globe. This growing web of pop culture is by no means limited to the United States. A new course is coming to Trinity to analyze just how the cultural products of the world are affecting a different country: China. China Pop in Globalization is an upper-division Special Topics in Communication Media course to be offered in the 2018...

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Nowadays, terms such as “˜vegan’ and “˜vegetarian’ carry loads of connotations along with them. It’s become a common joke, but the stereotype of the “˜preachy vegan’ often pops up in popular culture. While I find these jokes pretty entertaining, even as a vegetarian myself, I can’t help but wonder why we often pit meat eaters and non-meat eaters against each other. Part of this characterization of non-meat eaters is due to methodology of the People...

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Much has been written about the current crisis of communication in America, the supposed difficulty of broaching difficult topics and, once those topics have been broached, the difficulty of maintaining a civil tone. Many explanations for this phenomenon have been offered. We talk past each other. We internally vilify those with opposing views. We come to the conversation not to be convinced, but to argue. These are all part of the problem, but I’d propose...

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A large portion of Trinity’s common curriculum system is devoted to something we call Approaches to Creation and Analysis. This section is thoroughly defined on our school’s website: “In order to master the skills of analysis, research, and creation, students should demonstrate the ability to use the disciplinary approaches characteristic of the humanities, arts and creative disciplines, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and quantitative disciplines.” I remember exactly how intimidating Pathways felt as a...