Author: Davis Mathis

Defining dramaturgy: Taking an inside look at THTR-3330

Last week, students received a campus wide email about a course called Dramaturgy. Both the word and the course are unfamiliar to many, and they need some explanation. After sitting in on a class and talking to students and the professor, I have a much better grasp on the concept. The class studies the art of dramaturgy by having the students in the class act as dramaturgs. Dramaturgy is not defined by any singular action, but senior Kate Cuellar, who took the class in the past and is now the peer tutor, attempted to describe it. “A dramaturg is a person involved in production that wears many, many hats. Dramaturgs do a contextualizing of the play for actors, designers and the director. They also read play submissions in theaters where plays are sent. They can give in-house critiques of a play or rehearsal. We are kind of a jack-of-all-trades,” Cuellar said. Stacey Connelly, associate professor of human communication and theatre, teaches the course. She takes pride in the work her students do and in their involvement with dramatic productions, and she enjoys seeing their behind-the-scenes contributions. “What I find most rewarding about it is it gets our students totally involved in the productions that we do. They not only get a sense of the production artistically, but why we do theatre and what’s important about doing theatre,” Connelly said....

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O-Rec provides outdoor adventures for students

OREC. Photo by Anh-Viet Dinh. OREC. Photo by Anh-Viet Dinh. Outdoor Recreation leads trips to natural settings for Trinity students who want to explore the nature in the area and get away from campus for a while. The people of O-Rec have many goals and reasons for being  a part of the organization. “The goal of O-Rec is to provide a fun and stress-free chance for students to explore Texas outside of Trinity and San Antonio in a natural setting,” said sophomore Briauna Barrera. O-Rec is a long-standing organization here at Trinity. The group has always focused on getting...

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Hure wins Garnet G. Gray Physics Prize

The Garnet G. Gray General Physics Prize award is a 38-year-old award recognizing outstanding achievement in first-year physics. The award is given in honor of former Trinity professor Garnet G. Gray for all of his contributions to Trinity’s physics department. The latest winner of this award is sophomore Robert Hure. First years who are taking Physics 1312 after completing Physics 1311 are eligible for the award. The winner is picked from the students who take “a comprehensive test on all first-year physics material,” according to Hure. After the students take the test, the one with the best score is...

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Professors bring new lessons back to Trinity from sabbatical

Part of the life of a university professor is the opportunity, though infrequent, to travel around the world for the university or to recharge and learn in one’s field. Like professors at other universities, many Trinity professors have had this opportunity and have learned several useful lessons in their travels. Lawrence Kim, associate professor of classical studies, traveled to Germany last year to study how the ancient Greeks viewed their own past. He went with the Humboldt Society, which receives money from the German government for scholars to use their facilities as well as send them to use facilities in other places. “It’s a really great program because it brings people from all over the world, and you get to live in Germany for a year and you get to experience the culture as well as form productive relationships with faculty abroad,” Kim said. Kim also noted that the relationships he formed can be carried on and used to grow his knowledge and resources in his field, which he can then bring into his classroom. Rosana Blanco-Cano, assistant professor of Spanish, went on sabbatical to Mexico, where she studied how gender is portrayed in media, specifically television, in Mexico. This was a positive experience for her and she believes that it will help her in the classroom as well. Her sabbatical involved two separate 12-day stays rather than a...

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Trinity houses several resources for students

Photo by Sarah Thorne Photo by Sarah Thorne Photo by Sarah Thorne Trinity University provides resources to help all students with academics, future careers, mental wellness and even physical health. All of these services are found on campus and can be used by any of the students enrolled in the university. One of these resources is Counseling Services. According to the Trinity website, most of the students who visit the campus counselors are seeing a counselor for the first time. The counselors on campus attempt to provide comfort and guidance for students who need to talk to someone. Career...

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