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Arguments on cultural and religious appropriation are a popular topic at Trinity and have been featured multiple times in the Trinitonian. Questioning the circumstances in which one can wear dreadlocks or adopt some other cultural practice, particularly if that culture has experienced oppression, is an important conversation to have. But, if I am to be entirely honest, the specifics of this ethical question are beyond me. What if you have been adopted into the culture,...

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Last week, we had some truly flaming opinion write-ins regarding cultural appropriation — when a dominant cultural group takes the cultural expressions of a minority group and uses it to look exotic. It was a particularly triggering piece of artwork at the Mini, Trinity’s student art showcase, that sparked the controversy. Over the last year I have had the privilege of traveling to Haiti, where a lot of women wear braids. I really love them;...

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Co-signed by Ariel del Vecchio. Ariel del Vecchio and I are presenting a mixed media installation piece titled “Constructed Religiosity” at the Mini, a student art exhibition in Trinity’s own Neidorff Gallery. Our work has already garnered ire from a fellow art student, despite the fact that our critic weighed in before the work and our artist statements were made available to the public. Here, we’re answering the questions she never asked us. An argument...

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When you visit the “Mini,” Trinity’s annual competitive art exhibition featuring the work of nine students, don’t be fooled by the prayer candles and altar, the messages of female empowerment on “prayer cards” and the names of queer women on the wall. The work by Ariel del Vecchio and Abigail Wharton is a stunning example of sacrilege and white feminism at its finest, as it masterfully erases Chicana/o artists and mocks practicing Catholics. Images of...

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Most weeks, the opinion pages of the Trinitonian are filled with only our staff writers’ voices, supplemented by the occasional faculty columnist. In itself, that’s no problem — we employ talented student columnists because they are good writers with relevant opinions to share, and we seek out professors to share their views, too. But we also open our opinion pages to our readership, inviting you to submit short letters to the editor as a reaction...