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Breaking down barriers and eliminating gender exclusivity sounds, on paper, like the perfect way to push society towards a more welcoming and diverse environment. That is why many are beginning to advocate for entirely coeducational Greek life. Since I have never personally been a part of Greek life, I started by researching a recent move by another gender-exclusive group with which I was more familiar: The Boy Scouts of America. When I heard the news...

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During the fall 2017 semester, 64 percent of Counseling Services student clients were female. This is the same percentage given in the Center for Collegiate Mental Health’s 2017 Annual Report. While the university has a relatively equal gender ratio — 53 percent of students are female, and 47 percent are male — women are more likely to go to Counseling Services. A reason for this may be cultural stigma against men seeking help with managing mental...

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Q: How can you identify if you’ve ever had sex? What counts? A: The short answer is that sex can mean many different things to many different people. There’s not one universal definition of sex but a variety of perspectives. Sex has a history of being defined somewhat narrowly, centering on traditional cultural and religious norms and heterosexual practices. Some may initially learn to define sex strictly as vaginal and penile intercourse. A more inclusive...

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This week, two of the four finalists for the position of the director of diversity and inclusion visited Trinity’s campus to present their visions for Trinity. The directorship is a newly elevated position on Trinity’s staff, replacing what had been an entry-level position, the coordinator for diversity and intercultural relations. This role has been vacant since January of 2016. Jamie Thompson, director of Student Involvement and co-chair on the search committee, was an integral part...

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Cut, color, size and style are just a few things that separate men from women in almost every department store and online shopping platform known today. While this may never directly impact your personal experiences, this does not make shopping easy for everyone. For those going for an androgynous aesthetic, or for those looking to match a nonbinary or nonconforming gender identity, gendered clothing is a nuisance. I sat down with two Trinity students to...

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On Sept. 14, secretary of education Betsy DeVos delivered a speech on Title IX, calling the current process of handling campus sexual assault a “failed system.” While DeVos provided no specific plan with regards to Title IX, her speech indicated that the policy will be reviewed and most likely revised in some extent. Ariel del Vecchio, sophomore art and art history major, expressed concerns over DeVos’ remarks that are echoed among classmates. “My initial reaction...

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PulseCan straight men eat ice cream?

September 16, 2017452 min

Approximately 40 students filled the Woodlawn Room in the Coates University Center on Tuesday to hear students and staff from Trinity Diversity Connection (TDC) and The Men’s Project broach the subject of toxic masculinity. The event, called “Can Straight Men Eat Ice Cream?”, is part of TDC’s ongoing Diversity Dialogues. Kezia Nyarko, sophomore and TDC’s public relations chair, came up with the topic. “I was reading an article about Richard Hammond, who is one of...