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Taylor Moser, senior business and communication major: “Last year I went to NIOSA, and it was really fun and was really expressive of the San Antonio culture. I got to eat traditional food. That was definitely my favorite part.”   Addison Keller, junior political science major: “I’m really looking forward to NIOSA; I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I think [I’m most looking forward to] experiencing the culture and being with people celebrating...

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Historical and Cultural Good: McNay Art Museum This 24-room Spanish colonial-revival house turned art museum is really an artwork in itself. Wander around the maze of paintings, drawings, sculptures and more to escape the Texas heat on any given day. Then, explore the beautiful grounds and take pics of the extravagantly tiled courtyard when the frigid Texas air conditioning gets to be too much. Bad: Southtown On a normal day, the King Williams Historic District,...

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A permanent feature of modern life is technological envy. Due to the rate of technical progress and astute marketing, a new phone or computer only feels new for a few months until a newer, faster model comes out. In this way, we have a consistent, periodic reminder to update our notions of what constitutes the bleeding edge of technology. This is very different from how awareness of personal and cultural change proceeds. These kinds of...

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Dante Suarez, associate professor of finance and decision sciences, teaches a course titled “Doing Business in Latin America.” In this class, students listen to lectures on international business laws, learn to interact with team members from other cultures and create a plan for a hypothetical business. The class is three credits, and students travel to Monterrey, Mexico to present their business proposals. And, Suarez teaches the class completely in Spanish. Doing Business in Latin America...

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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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I am a first-generation college graduate. I grew up in a poor family in Venezuela, and was fortunate enough to have a grandmother who pushed me to continue in school. I went to college, I even went to graduate school, and now I am lucky to work in this wonderful, intellectually vibrant place called Trinity University. My only regret is that I wasn’t able to study abroad when I was a student. This is part...

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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...