Author: Daniel Conrad

‘Taking the long view’ with Daniel Mendelsohn

Daniel Mendelsohn is of two minds about most things. “All criticism, I think, is ultimately an ethical or moral undertaking,” said Mendelsohn, an award-winning author and part-time professor at Bard College. “But I want to push back against that inevitable normativity by keeping an open mind, trying to take the long view. I always like to stand back and, using my classicist’s eye, remember that all these things fade away, all these things become less heated.” This double-pronged approach came through in Mendelsohn’s lecture, “Too Clever By Half,” which was presented by Trinity’s Humanities Collective on Tuesday, Nov. 28....

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Questions arise over Federal Work-Study funds

By Daniel Conrad and Kathleen Creedon Students eligible for Federal Work-Study (FWS) jobs who work for Campus Publications, Recreational Sports and TUVAC are being paid with money collected via the student activity fee, but those organizations aren’t seeing the windfall from federal reimbursements on those payments. Neither is Student Government Association (SGA), which distributes the student activity fee to campus organizations. Instead, the university is retaining savings on these reimbursements. Some advisers and members of the affected organizations have expressed frustration at this arrangement. Recreational Sports, TUVAC and Campus Publications, which comprises the Trinitonian and the Mirage, present proposals...

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YOSA Philharmonic delights with “Star Wars” tribute and other surprises

“This has been pleasant and all,” I thought to myself, “but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.” If it weren’t for Troy Peters’ conducting, I wouldn’t have known that the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio’s (YOSA) Philharmonic were nearly finished with the piece. Top to bottom, the arrangement had been soft, meandering — calming, maybe, but unexciting. The strings were barely at a whimper, and they were mellowing still, petering out, until there was no more noise leaving the stage. Only the muffled sounds of shuffling audience members remained. Peters remained hunched over the violists. He stood still...

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Campus mourns death of Cayley Mandadi

By Daniel Conrad and Kathleen Creedon Sophomore Cayley Mandadi, cheerleader and woman of Chi Beta Epsilon, died on the afternoon of Oct. 31. Mourning students joined a Nov. 1 gathering led by university chaplain Stephen Nickle and Gary Neal, director of Counseling Services; a memorial vigil is being planned. Students, staff and faculty were officially informed of Mandadi’s death early Nov. 1, when university president Danny Anderson sent an email to campus with the subject line “Mourning the Loss of a Trinity Student.” “While I wish I could provide the answers we all seek about how and why something...

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Johann Sebastian Bops

San Antonio’s classical music community was treated to a number of novelties this weekend. The Classical Music Institute (CMI) Chamber Orchestra performed in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall last Saturday, Oct. 7, with its 2017–2018 season opener, “Bach to Bach.” This performance was itself the first in a new CMI series titled “To Music,” which will celebrate individual composers with a night featuring their work. The 14-piece ensemble played eight compositions representing a variety of Johann Sebastian Bach’s work. David Heller, chair of Trinity’s music department, kicked off the night with a performance of the prelude and fugue of the second book of “The Well-Tempered Clavier in E major.” Harpsichord haters, step aside; his memorized solo performance hit all the right notes. It’s hard to hear the tinkling of a harpsichord and not imagine myself in a regal courtyard, but Heller’s performance justified the fantasy. CMI violin soloist Mari Lee joined Heller for a performance of the first two movements of “Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Harpsichord in E major”. Beginning with its moody adagio, the pair worked together to pull out the composition’s sorrowful tones until it was time for the second movement, the allegro. An allegro to be sure; its melody was bouncing and joyful. The whole chamber orchestra emerged to perform an excerpt from the “St. Matthew Passion,” an operatic concert piece with a sacred theme: the...

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