Author: Daniel Conrad

Trinity hires lobbyists to combat proposed endowment tax As reform bill moves to the House, former congressman Henry Bonilla advocates for the university

Trinity University has enlisted former Texas congressman Henry Bonilla and two others to lobby against the proposed tax on private university endowments in the Republicans’ tax reform bill, which President Trump hopes to sign before the new year. “House members apparently were not aware of how the legislative language in their tax bill was going to be very costly to schools like Trinity,” Bonilla wrote in an email interview on Wednesday, Dec. 13. “Ideally, we’d like to eliminate the new tax proposed on university endowments like Trinity. However, at this point we’re trying to negotiate legislative language that would exempt...

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‘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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