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Friday, January 29, 2010

Counter InTUitive 1.29.10

This is a regular feature to examine the information in the weekly Trinitonian editorial. I love the Trinitonian and the students who run it. Sometimes, however there are more nuances to the issue than they have space for. Besides, electronic media allows for there to be "watchdog" watchdogs. Editorials are rated by "hits," as in blog hits, with one being worst and 5 being best. If they are published on-line I will provide links.

The Trinitonian did a nice job in their editorial about the Tigers' Den -- and the move by some students to use the space differently: as a dedicated multi-cultural space. The Trinitonian's conclusion is that such a space is not necessary and runs counter to integrating multi-cultural students throughout campus. Of course, on the other hand, people gravitate toward one another because of their shared experiences and for support. In many ways, it is not that different than Greek organizations, athletic teams, or families. Perhaps we can have it all. Missing from the piece, though, is that there are probably a number of potential uses for that space and to frame the argument as bar versus multi-cultural space is too limiting at this time. (No one really gets dibs by calling it, though the facility is currently configured as a social space with beverage service.)

I am curious why ASR isn't the moving force in the Tigers' Den issue. A Senator is involved with the issue and his opinion would be valuable.

This editorial is printed in an issue that explores the Christian language-diploma issue (subsequent post to follow), a story featuring a former homeless man, and a play that addresses racism. It also features a letter that challenges the MLK speaker Angela Davis, based on her presence and her speech. In an educational setting, discussions on these topics are important and substantive. I applaud the overall coverage of Trinity's vibrant campus climate.

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Editors Note: Thanks to the Trinitonian for their editorial last week endorsing the Dean for a promotion. I'm STILL going to critique you though!

1 comment:

Digital Subway said...

I don't understand exactly what they mean by saying they want it to be a multi-cultural center(MCC).

Also, in the Trinitonian today, one student in favor of such MCC argued that it will serve as a "safe haven for students" of varying faiths. I think the statement is an insult on the safety and receptiveness of Trinity University since it implies any space outside MCC is not a "safe haven".

What Trinity clearly lacks is an on-campus "hang-out place" where students can get together and relax during weekends or after classes. A successful bar with an engaging atmosphere may boost social life of Trinity students, which is badly needed at this time.

Unless a student decides to go off-campus, there are very few things one can do to enjoy or simply keep himself from not getting bored during holidays.