Author: Isaiah Mitchell

True oppression and the political problem of the mind

In the midst of one recent midnight dorm discussion, my friend Jonathan brought up the knotty topic of mental health: How much is outside encouragement to blame for things like suicide? More generally, to what extent is the mind controlled by influences beyond its reach? I ended up conversing heatedly with my friend Rohan, an ambitious and passionate future neuroscientist, about a subject I knew very little about: the brain. Biological influence came into play after Rohan held that conditioning could influence the brain beyond one’s control. Eventually, so the argument went, one develops an obligation, like Pavlov’s dogs,...

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Concerns for business school budget unfounded

In the wake of certain shifts in the business department, some students have been concerned that the administration is neglecting or cutting the budget of the school, and the ramifications that could occur as a result. Some fear that new projects in the department, like the business analytics and technology major, would be stunted in their development. The nationally ranked business school has lost a slew of professors in recent years, including the former dean Paige Fields and professor Mike Wilkins, who left the university last May, as well as other professors before them. As a result, students like...

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SGA seeks support, transparency with new changes

At the first Student Government Association (SGA) meeting on Monday, Aug. 28, the group discussed many changes they hope to make this year. Proposals included a new project that would provide free menstrual products to students on campus and the unveiling of ongoing constitutional review efforts that intend to streamline a constitution that some senators worry needs repair. SGA responded enthusiastically to a plan proposed by sophomore senator Simone Washington that would fund free feminine hygiene products for students in case of emergency situations. The project, which Washington called a joint effort between Facilities Services and SGA, would place...

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New renovations recall original style

Trinity has recently renovated the McFarlin complex, one of the oldest building complexes on campus, using scientific instruments to reach back to the 1950s for stylistic guidance. The McFarlin complex, consisting of Isabel, Myrtle and Susanna residence halls, was somewhat worn. The university recognized the complex was in need of an architectural facelift and wanted to keep sustainability and student preference in mind during the renovation. “We really got a lot of use of it. It’s one of the earliest buildings constructed here at Trinity,” said Gordon Bohmfalk, director of campus planning and sustainability. “We put in new flooring,...

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Growth, interest spawn new housing opportunities

Trinity’s expansions have led to new housing opportunities for newcomers and upperclassmen alike, with HOPE (Homeless Outreach Pursuing Education) Hall moving to Verna McLean Hall due to increased student interest and City Vista opening up for upperclassmen move-ins. Melissa Flowers, director of residential life, describes HOPE Hall as an opportunity for students to help benefit their community through volunteer work. The hall focuses on experiential learning through consistent, substantial outreach to the homeless community in the surrounding area. According to a 2014 press release, former student Katie Ogawa first brainstormed the idea during an Alternative Spring Break in 2011...

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