Author: Daniel Conrad

Trinity staff and athlete respond to bathroom bill

Four Trinity staff and a senior athlete signed an open letter in opposition to Texas’ Senate Bill 6 (SB6). Nicknamed the ‘bathroom bill,’ the legislation would penalize public universities and other government buildings for permitting citizens to use bathroom and changing facilities besides those designated for the biological sex indicated on their birth certificate. “SB6 would require transgender people to use bathrooms based on ‘biological sex,’ and would preempt local nondiscrimination ordinances that allow transgender Texans and visitors to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity,” the letter reads. “As long as bills like these remain a possibility, Texas is sending a clear signal that LGBT players, fans, coaches and administrators are not welcomed or respected, both on and off the field. This should worry Texas, as the athletic community has clearly stood by its LGBT constituents and against discriminatory legislation. We have seen this story unfold in North Carolina, and we do not want it to be repeated in Texas.” The letter was authored by Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization that facilitates allyship efforts among collegiate, professional and Olympic athletes in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. In 2014, Athlete Ally founder Hudson Taylor visited Trinity University to speak to an audience of over 350 student-athletes and others. Aly Lilley ’09, assistant volleyball coach, was contacted by an Athlete Ally representative who asked her to sign and...

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The state of the university budget

Last Thursday, Trinity University president Danny Anderson presented the annual budget briefing to faculty and staff in Stieren Theater. He addressed tuition increases, annual revenues, the potential acquisition of the Oblate property west of campus and updates to the Trinity master plan. Trinity traditionally maintains a conservative budget, aiming to minimize deferred maintenance and saving a budget contingency equal to four percent of total revenues in order to account for unexpected expenses. Balancing the university’s budget depends on admissions as well as annual donations and giving campaigns. 7,515 students applied to Trinity University this year, compared to the 5,435...

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Disrupting D’Souza

Student response to upcoming speaker ignites debate over harassment, respect Dinesh D’Souza, conservative political commentator and filmmaker, will be delivering a free public lecture titled “What’s So Great About America?” to Laurie Auditorium at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, March 7. Jonah and Manfred Wendt — sophomores and chief officers of Tigers for Liberty, the student organization that invited D’Souza to campus — filed harassment reports with Trinity University police after students upturned American flags outside of their room and returned promotional flyers with messages for the brothers last Saturday. Students, media outlets and university officials have commented on the...

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Interview with alumnus, San Antonio mayoral candidate Ron Nirenberg

The Trinitonian recently had the opportunity to interview Ron Nirenberg, Trinity alumnus and candidate in San Antonio’s 2017 mayoral election, about Trinity University and his election campaign. Nirenberg graduated from Trinity University in 1999 with a B.A. in communication before going on to earn his M.A. in communication from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. At Trinity, Nirenberg was on the Trinitonian staff as editor-in-chief. He returned to San Antonio as the general manager of KRTU between 2009 and 2013. Nirenberg was elected the city councilman for San Antonio’s District 8 in June 2013; he was re-elected in 2015...

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Students + Startups applications submitted

The internship programs seeks to expand opportunities for students to gain real world work experience with upcoming companies and ventures The second annual “Students + Startups” program has just finished taking applications and, in the wake of a successful inaugural program, is expanding to connect more Trinity students with local startup businesses. The program is part of Trinity’s plan to develop more internship experiences for students. The program, a collaboration between Trinity University, the 80/20 Foundation and Geekdom, matches upstart San Antonio companies with students from a range of majors in order to ensure a lucrative and beneficial experience...

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