Author: Madelyn Gaharan

A semester without smoke

This past August, Trinity University enacted a tobacco-free policy that banned the use of all tobacco products on campus. The policy is intended to make the campus a safer environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors by limiting the effects of secondhand smoke and encouraging people to quit smoking. Now, after the policy’s first semester in action, Katherine Hewitt, coordinator of Wellness Services, reflects on its success. “The policy has absolutely positively impacted the health of our campus community. Primarily, second-hand smoke has decreased significantly, which was one of the goals of implementing the policy. Also, I’ve received feedback from people on campus who have quit smoking or have cut back,” Hewitt wrote in an email interview. However, enacting the new policy has not come without some difficulties. “Every university that has gone through this process has had some enforcement issues, which we were expecting. It has a been a little challenging, because each campus has their own strategy, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Again, we’re just focusing on education of the importance of the health benefits of the policy,” Hewitt wrote. Luckily, though, there haven’t been many incidents of repeated violation. “I’ve actually only had to meet with one student who was referred to me from student conduct, which was primarily educational and we chatted about cessation (quitting) options.” Hewitt wrote. “Thankfully, most people are respecting the...

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Trinity Progressives plan gun violence vigil

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, the most deadly shooting in modern United States history, Trinity Progressives are matching thoughts and prayers with action as they plan a gun violence vigil. The vigil is intended to not only honor and remember those affected by gun violence, but educate and encourage students and faculty to become involved in the politics surrounding gun violence. “If the massacre of 58 individuals is not enough to warrant an inquisition into why those people were able to be so easily and violent killed, into why gun violence is such an issue in...

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Sidewalk Symposium: studying for midterms

Shravya Prahbu, sophomore: “To prepare for any exam, it’s best to start prepping ahead of time, not just when midterms come around. So, just making sure you’re keeping up with your readings and assignments, and understanding the concepts taught each day.” Emily Bourgeois, sophomore, English major: “Starting studying early and not procrastinating. As an English major, most of my midterms are papers. You can’t do an 11-page paper in one night and have it be good.” Claire Los, first-year, environmental studies major: “Sleep would help. Knowing how you study best  — I study best alone and not in big...

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Long-term research duo monkeys around

Neuroscience major research partners Anna Rigodanzo and Ryan Reusch are making big waves in neuroscience research under the direction of Kimberley Phillips, professor of psychology. In the spring of 2016, Rigodanzo and Reusch joined Phillips’ lab. Rigodanzo reflects that she and Reusch didn’t know each other very well, but they were the only two underclassmen students in the lab. Now, the research duo has been working together for two years, which has included two summers of research and a trip to Indonesia. “Ryan, Dr. Phillips and I collaborate really well together, which is important for our work as we...

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