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With the new year quickly approaching, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the past year. As many of you can probably relate to, I feel as if being in college has lent itself to self-growth and maturation, often in ways that are wholly unexpected. Along with this evolution of self, I believe, comes more awareness of the world around us and how the choices we make affect others. Many today look to...

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The recent article published by Maddie D’Iorio in defense of Tigers for Liberty’s “Commie Cookies” display is worth reading. It clearly establishes that Tigers for Liberty (TFL) is concerned with shock value, not activism or substantive debates. Instead of responding to the extensive investigation of the historical context for Maoism in China, D’Iorio elected to dedicate the entire article to doubling down on their racist display, leveraging all the classic justifications for racism to boot....

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OpinionSGA’s existential problem

September 12, 2018222 min

When I first considered running for Student Government Association (SGA) last October, I must admit that I didn’t really understand what it was. I certainly was not aware of the fact that SGA manages nearly three-quarters of a million dollars every year. $150 a semester, per student (that’s $1200 out of your pocket for your entire four-year stay at Trinity, by the way) is what makes up the Student Activity Fund (SAF). And who decides...

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It’s commonly believed that most Trinity students lean liberal. But at Dean of Students David Tuttle’s March 28 discussion “Being Right: Living — and Living with — the Conservative Viewpoint on the Trinity Campus,” only two of the 16 students attending identified as conservative. “I really expected there’d be more of you,” Tuttle joked at the beginning of the discussion. The low number of the conservative students spoke to the likewise low number of right-wing students willing to...

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At a lecture organized by Tigers for Liberty (TFL) and the Kappa Kappa Delta fraternity, anti-heroin advocate and speaker Tim Ryan discussed his life as a former drug addict. Ryan explained how the approach to the national opioid crisis is wrong and neglected. “[Ryan] is a tireless advocate for long-term recovery and is no stranger to addiction, using cocaine, heroine and alcohol,” said Maddie D’iorio, first-year TFL coordinator. “Currently, he is a speaker on the...

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The idea that pornography and a casual sexual culture are at the root of sexual assault is a crude misapplication of blame that, when pinned to the #MeToo movement, belittles the struggles of those who have been assaulted. The simple expectation that people shouldn’t abuse other people should stand on its own, but some would rather attempt to pin it on a supposed social disease: One that can be cured only through the adoption of...