Author: Kendra Derrig

Trinity endowment under aim in tax reform policy

Proposed plans for tax reform are currently making their way through the United States House of Congress and the Senate. While there are still many hurdles to clear, the bills could impose a 1.4 percent tax on net investment income derived from private universities’ endowments — including Trinity’s. The proposed tax would apply to private schools with at least 500 enrolled students, with the House bill qualifying universities with endowments at over $100,000 per student and the Senate bill applying to universities at over $250,000 per student. Under either version of the bill, gains on Trinity’s endowment would be...

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New hires have successful first semester

Fall of 2017 brought significant changes to Trinity’s upper administration. Two new hires, Tess Coody-Anders, vice president for strategic communications and marketing, and Jim Bradley, chief information officer, joined Trinity’s staff, each expressing immense excitement for their new roles. The two brand new positions were created in conjunction following the departure of Chuck White, vice president for information resources, marketing and communication. An administrative audit and faculty panel suggested that White’s role be divided into two positions. The university then began an extensive, nationwide search that ultimately lead to the hiring of Coody-Anders and Bradley. Both Coody-Anders and Bradley used their first three months at Trinity to familiarize themselves with the campus climate in order to figure out what next steps their respective departments should take. Coody-Anders, who graduated from Trinity in 1993, reflected on her experience returning to campus. “I think the highlight of my first semester back was getting to connect with students and faculty in ways that reinforced all the great things that I knew about Trinity when I was a student here,”  Coody-Anders said. “This is a campus of bright, engaged people, and that was really reassuring and invigorating to know that that value system is still in place at Trinity.” Coody-Anders said that technological advancements are the major difference between her time here as a student and as an administrator. “The speed with which...

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Trinity “department of sociology” caught in mix up

For a few hours on Nov. 16, rumors swirled around that Trinity’s department of sociology and anthropology had endorsed the Campus Anti-fascist Network (CAN). CAN is a multi-campus organization of left-wing students, faculty and staff whose mission is to stop the fascist movement through direct action. CAN is a part of the Antifa movement, which is currently under petition on the White House petitioning system “We the People” to be officially listed as a terrorist group. President Trump has not responded to the petition, which has over 360,000 signatures, well over the 100,000 signature threshold for official review. An...

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Wendy Rigby talks about research journalism

Wendy Rigby, biomedical reporter and alumna, addressed approximately 15 Trinity students — most of whom were members of the Chemistry Club — on Wednesday evening. Rigby focused on how to communicate scientific research to the public. Rigby’s appearance was made possible by the Trinity Chemistry Club and the department of communication. Rigby boasts a 25-year career in broadcast journalism, of which she spent 20 years at KENS-TV, the local CBS affiliate, where she covered health and medical news. She reported on the same subjects for Texas Public Radio for five years, before taking a job with Texas BioMed as...

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Trinity debaters on track for national tournament

Last weekend, Trinity’s policy debate team made its second showing in the elimination rounds of national tournaments this season. Of 133 entries, sophomores Ian Dill and Ansh Khullar nabbed the No. 22 ranking at the Franklin R. Shirley Classic held at Wake Forest University, held Nov. 11–13. Trinity participates in policy debate, a format that squares two teams of two against one another for matches that can exceed two hours in length. The team is stocked with up-and-coming competitors. This semester, the Tigers have faced powerhouse pairings from Harvard, Northwestern, Emory, Michigan State and the University of Texas at...

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