On The Trinity Perspective, you will find those answers—or at least someone who asked the same questions. We have been in your shoes. The Trinity Perspective collects advice and stories from current students, parents, faculty, and alumni to share with you—prospective students, families, and the Trinity community.

By Allyson Mackender – 

Trinity, we've almost made it. Just 48 hours from now we will be free to do whatever we want for an entire month. No more papers, no more tests, no more homework. (Sorry to all the seniors applying for jobs. I feel your pain.) The past two weeks have been nothing short of torturous; finals come every year yet they are always unexpectedly exhausting. As we finish our schoolwork and say our goodbyes, let's take some time to reflect on 15 thoughts you definitely had during finals week.

1. Finals are so far away!

Reading days have arrived, which means it's time to blow off all responsibilities because finals aren't for two whole days.

2. I guess I should start studying... Maybe I'll finally go to the library. 

The library is without a doubt the best place to study. You find your most productive spot and get in a groove. Finals are going to be a breeze. 

3. When did we learn this?!

There is nothing more frustrating than going through your notes and textbooks and not being able to find the material. Maybe you forgot to jot it down while you were "taking notes" on your computer in class. 

4. Forget it, I'm dropping out. 

Let's face it, we've all considered this more than once. But we know our Trinity degrees are invaluable and the suffering will be worth it. 

5. Time for my daily emotional breakdown. 

So inevitable you might as well schedule it. 

6. Did my professors plan for everything to be due on the same day? 

I legitimately had six essays due on the same day. There's no way that is a coincidence. 

7. Maybe I'll be more productive working in my room. 

You will NEVER be more productive in your room. Chances are you'll end up taking a short 10 hour nap. 

8. I bet a small snack would help. 

Your famous last words before you drain all of your Bonus Bucks on junk food from the POD.

9. I'm just going to take a short nap.

Followed by: "HOW DID I SLEEP FOR 10 HOURS!"

10. When was the last time I showered?

There is no time for hygiene, obviously. 

11. I inconveniently forgot how to read and write. 

You have two pages of your ten-page paper left and then you remember that OOPS you can't write anymore. How sad. 

12. Wait, my test is TOMORROW?

The never-ending week actually flew by and finals are almost over. But chances are you're still not ready for your test. Keep studying! 

13. Hallelujah, I'm done!

There is no better feeling than walking out of your last final. No matter how your grades turn out, at least you never have to look at that test/paper again. 

14. I'm actually going to miss Trinity.

Saying goodbye to Trinity is hard, even if it is only for a couple weeks. But, on the bright side, you can tell all your friends, "See you next year," which is never not funny. 

15. Goodnight! See you next year, world. 

Nothing compares to the post-finals hibernation. Two days of uninterrupted sleep without having to think about school at all. Sleep soundly, my friends. 

About Allyson

Allyson Mackender is a senior English major from Denver, Colorado. She is the author of Trinity's Experiential Learning Blog and the editor of the Trinity Perspective.  Allyson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Sigma Pi. In her free time, Allyson enjoys reading, volunteering, and searching for the best coffee in San Antonio.
By Allyson Mackender – 

On February 9, 2014, Michael Sam, a defensive lineman at the University of Missouri, spoke confidently about his sexual orientation in an interview with the New York Times. After being drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Sam became the first openly gay NFL player, setting a precedent for generations of athletes to come. "I'm coming out because I want to own my truth," Sam said in the historic interview. Two years later, Sam once again told his story but this time to a captivated audience at Trinity University.

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community joined Sam in Laurie Auditorium on Monday, October 24 for an inspirational and moving presentation. Beginning with a story of his turbulent childhood, Sam explained his triumphant journey to the University of Missouri and eventually to the NFL. Despite numerous setbacks and challenges, Sam remained resilient and true to himself, which he demonstrated during his amazing speech.

The event, hosted by four Trinity groups, PRIDE, Student Government Association, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and Trinity Diversity Connection, was a huge success. Representatives from some of these groups provided insight into why Michael Sam's lecture was so impactful:

Callum Squires '17, Student Athlete Advisory Committee President 

"Michael Sam was impactful due to his personal and honest story. His assessment of America and the problems contained within its borders was simple, but brutally honest and highlighted how hypocritical some aspects of society can be. Our organisation is determined to promote greater equality and respect, which comes from our TIGE&R campaign we did a couple years back (Tiger Initiating Greater Equality & Respect). This was coupled with a passion for supporting all student athletes on this campus, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion. This was an obvious progression following the talk we helped organise two years ago when Hudson Taylor, leader of Athlete Ally, spoke here and taught us about allyship.

Sam was chatty and friendly, and managed to display both a sense of humour and how seriously he takes his message. To me, it seemed he was definitely bitter and disappointed that the NFL didn't take to him as he thought they should, which is understandable given his level of talent in college. He interacted nicely with most people and students and it was clear, considering some of the emotional conversations I witnessed, that his visit meant a lot to many on our campus, both LGBTQ students and others alike."

Lena Dennington '18, Student Government Association Junior Senator

"Michael Sam's talk was an important discussion to open to the campus of Trinity. I believe his impact forwarded the opportunity to continue open discussion and related to many of our students at Trinity. He maintained a very conversational style of speaking, which I appreciated a lot. In terms of our organizational mission, Michael Sam represented a very important initiative we try to cultivate here at Trinity, which is: his conversation pressed forward the fostering of community and diversity, specifically as he represented the gay community. Overall, Michael Sam was engaging, and I believe his talk left a very positive impact on our community as we continue to grow in diversity and understanding."

For more information on Lectures and Visiting Scholars please visit Trinity's webpage.

By Allyson Mackender –

On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Donald Trump was officially announced the President-elect of the United States. Winning 279 electoral votes, Trump beat Secretary Hilary Clinton, ending what has been perhaps the most contentious campaign in history.

Photo Source: Business Insider
Regardless of who you cast your ballot for, the mood on campus was noticeably different following the election. While some students excitedly celebrated a victory, others solemnly embraced one another. However, what has been most impressive is Trinity's continued encouragement for civic engagement and open discourse regarding the results. 

In the days following the election, Trinity University professors encouraged candid discussion in classrooms, some taking an entire session to debrief the results. 

Sociology professor, Sarah Beth Kaufman, took time in her Social Justice First Year Experience (FYE) class on Thursday to complete an activity surrounding the election. 

Some student responses from Professor Kaufman's FYE. 
"In my FYE, I teach the writing section and have used a "free writing" exercise periodically throughout the semester to allow students to grapple with tough issues from their own beliefs," Professor Kaufman explained, "Today the students wrote about how the election is impacting them personally." The students were then asked to share a couple key points from their writing on the whiteboard. 

"I was struck by the depth of the emotions, the generosity of the thoughts, and the tremendous spectrum of issues the students are dealing with...I learned a lot today, and I plan to keep on learning."

Professor Kaufman's students were certainly impacted, as well.

"There was a lot of emotion around this election specifically and it was the first time a lot of us voted," Kali Wilson '20 said about the debriefing in her FYE class. Classmate Andrew Moore '20 added, "I think it surprised us all that Trump won so I'm glad we talked about it."

"It was great to see [Professor] Kaufman as a person extending her support, not just a teacher," Lily Sorrentino '19 said about the activity, "I was having a conversation person to person, not student to professor."

Trinity senior, Aileen Domann '17, had a similar experience in her classes, where she and her peers were given the chance to engage in discourse about the results of the election.

"Our professor came to class with a box of donuts and said that he would like to facilitate a discussion about the election results to see how we were feeling, whether is was excited or upset," Domann said. "All of my professors were extremely open and supportive in the days following the election and it’s that sense of community between students and faculty that sets Trinity apart."

In addition to the class sessions devoted to debriefing the election, Trinity's administration provided numerous resources for students looking to engage in a conversation, despite their political views. 

Sheryl R. Tynes, sociology professor and Vice President for Student Life, invited all Trinity students to a post-election conversation on Wednesday, providing yet another forum for discussion. 

Perhaps most notable, though, was President Danny Anderson's letter to students entitled "Moving Forward Together." In this thoughtful email, President Anderson challenged Trinity students to reflect on five key values that are crucial to remaining grounded in turbulent times: discovery, excellence, impact, the individual, and community.  These values encourage Trinity students to explore an unknown world, one that may make them uncomfortable, to constantly strive for success, to continue fighting for a better future, to hone their individual strengths, and to engage in diverse communities. With these goals in mind, President Anderson hopes students will begin to address "the aspects of our collective identity that we have failed to recognize or understand." 

President Anderson, sent students an email regarding the election results on Thursday.
"Civility has been the foundation of our conversations at Trinity University, even when we deeply and passionately disagree," President Anderson writes, citing the overwhelmingly constructive discourse that has occurred on campus during this election. And this civility must continue as we move forward. President Anderson reminds students that "understanding is a process and doesn’t happen immediately," and, "that faculty and staff want you to speak up with suggestions if you need support."

As a Trinity senior, I am proud to be a member of an inclusive, diverse, and understanding community and the University's reaction to the election has continued to amaze me. I am grateful for the faculty and staff's willingness to allow students to speak candidly about relevant and pressing issues. The community of support at Trinity, built by the administration, faculty, and staff, can only be strengthened if we, as students, come together despite our differences. 

In a time of division, Trinity has proven that unity and solidarity foster success. We have been encouraged to think critically about the issues facing our world and to address these without hesitation. I hope that in the coming months we remember the Trinity values that unite us. These values will persevere, even as the world around us changes. 

"You are a creative generation with the ability to make your dreams become reality," President Anderson wrote, "You are a transformative generation with the ability to make an impact in our world. You are a generation of active citizens, members of a community of diverse individuals." 

From my experience, this is certainly true. Trinity's student body is indeed special. So, let's continue to celebrate one another, differences and all. We must continue to listen to our peers with open minds and open hearts. And, most importantly, we must remember the unifying foundational principles Trinity has provided as we go forth and take on the world. 

If you would like to further discuss the election, please take advantage of the many University resources, including ResLife. Further forums will be held in the near future and will be announced via email. 

By Katie Farrell –

They say life is what you make it, and that’s no different in the theatre department here at Trinity. When I learned at the end of the Spring 2016 semester that we would be producing Good Kids, I was thrilled. Theatre, at its roots, is about representation. If you think about it, we as humans have been producing theatre and attending theatre throughout history because there’s something wonderful about seeing stories on stage, something that makes you feel connected to your fellow man, something that makes you think. This is what makes theatre so powerful. Good Kids, a play purposefully written to create more roles for women and to bring awareness to the issue of sexual assault, is perfectly suited to start conversations and represent one of the most silenced groups of people: sexual assault survivors.

Being in a show is not easy. Those involved in producing a performance at Trinity rehearse 4 hours a day, 6 days a week, at least. We give up on sleep, homework, and social lives because we love it. It’s a labor of love, and here at Trinity, as in any endeavor, the more you love it, the more opportunities you will find.

During my sophomore year, I took a class called Theatre for Social Change. This class, based on work pioneered by Augusto Boal, explores the idea of a performance’s impact on social issues He identified three forms: Image Theatre, Invisible Theatre, and Forum Theatre.
  • Image Theatre uses still images created by the actor’s bodies of the current situation, the ideal situation, and the transitional action to get there
  • Invisible Theatre creates a scene based on research that is then performed in a public, non-theatre setting, encouraging people to interact with the performers. 
  • Forum Theatre involves a scene based on research that is then performed twice for the same audience. The second time the audience is invited to intervene as bystanders, before engaging in a discussion. 
Now, during my senior year, myself and a fellow theatre major have, with the help of the department, created a company called 180 Shift that uses these approaches to educate communities and address their issues. We started this in the Trinity community last spring addressing the issue of the aftermath of sexual assault.

When Good Kids was announced for this fall, it seemed a good fit for 180 Shift. With the director Kyle Gillette‘s blessing, 180 Shift was allowed to work with the show. As Liz Metzger, a fellow cast member, and I began thinking about what that involvement might look like, we asked ourselves how we could reach the community to create meaningful conversation. Realizing the range of challenging questions this play touches, we decided talkbacks led by panels of different students and working professionals would provide an avenue for the community to process the issues addressed in the play. The three panels included representatives from Greek Life, Trinity Athletics, the Rape Crisis Center, and the administration. We also encouraged the actors to research this topic—180 Shift worked closely with the cast, even performing a Forum Theatre project during the rehearsal process. In addition, we hosted a screening of the new Netflix documentary, Audrie and Daisy, that was open to the public. We created a photo series with Derek Hudson, another theatre student, based on Yana Mazurkevich's photo series It Happens. We posted it on social media and the conversation started. We contacted Texas Public Radio, Channel 4, the Trinitonian, and TigerTV. Each organization did a piece for us. More people came. More people talked. The show has now closed. People are still talking, the Facebook page still receives a lot of traffic, and the photos are still being shared. The conversation is just starting.

Theatre has this ability to start conversations and as I mentioned before, the more you put into it, the greater the reward. These opportunities and this success did not come to us randomly. I and my fellow cast members, theatre students and faculty worked very hard, to great success. Here in the Trinity Theatre department, we labor side by side with brilliant theatre educators who are willing to throw their experience and support behind us when we approach them with our passions and dreams. I now have a company that is already doing important work in the Trinity community. I have been given the chance to work in many different facets of theatre. Essentially everything I have asked to learn, I have been given the opportunity to learn. While a theatre major at Trinity is time consuming, it will reward the time you put into it. More than that, you will be surrounded with caring, educated people who will nurture your passions and interests.

About Katie

Katie Farrell is a senior Theatre major from Houston, Texas. She is a co-founder of 180 Shift, a social theatre company, and directs for Trinity University Players. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and fostering cats for San Antonio Pets Alive.
By Allyson Mackender –

Just as Captain Scott Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut and Trinity’s 2016 Distinguished Lecturer, holds the world record for most cumulative time spent in space by an American (382 days to be exact), I have been working on a record of my own: longest amount of time taken to write a Trinity Perspective article on Captain Scott Kelly. This piece is far overdue. After all, Captain Kelly was on campus nearly a month ago. However, the inundation of mid-semester assignments has given me the motivation to avoid homework and reflect on our 2016 Distinguished Lecturer instead.
Captain Scott Kelly was Trinity's 2016 Distinguished Lecturer.
As I dug out my notes from the student meeting and lecture with Captain Kelly, I found myself laughing at a story he told about the first time he said he wanted to be an astronaut. “I was six and we were in the bathroom doing what six-year-old boys do,” Kelly recalled, “peeing on the floor.” The crowd roared with laughter. Comedy and light-hearted jokes seemed to be at the core of Kelly’s engaging presentation to a packed Laurie Auditorium. However, in addition to his humorous asides, Kelly demonstrated the power of hardwork and perseverance and inspired his listeners, even the toddler wearing a bright orange NASA suit, to do the things you once thought were impossible.

Kelly and his twin brother, Mark, who is also a NASA astronaut, are the sons of New Jersey police officers. Unlike his brother, Captain Scott Kelly was not considered particularly academic. “I went to college on accident,” Kelly joked about a college application conundrum. However, during his time at the University of Maryland he stumbled upon The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe, which sparked his interest in aviation and space travel. Seeing many of his own strengths in the fighter pilots and astronauts described in the book, Kelly decided to pursue a career as a pilot in the Navy. When his brother Mark was called for an interview with NASA, Kelly did not have high hopes for himself. Thus, he was certainly shocked when he too was called for an interview, and a little embarrassed about wearing the same suit as his brother to his interview. He was even more shocked when he found out that both he and Mark received the positions.

When listening to Kelly tell the story of his background, it became apparent that perseverance was at the core of his experience. His success as a student, pilot, and astronaut did not come easily. Rather, they were derived from a passion, and this message was what inspired me the most. We’ve all heard the cliche: “Do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life.” As college students we are constantly searching for a passion, for the thing we love the most. And, as a senior, I am almost desperate for this realization. Hence, Kelly’s emphasis on hard work and determination could not have come at a more perfect time. If we continue to persevere and explore, we are all capable of finding the thing we love the most in this world (or out of this world).
Kelly met with students before the lecture in Laurie Auditorium.
Kelly has spent a cumulative 382 days in space, one year of which was consecutive. In 2015, NASA sent Kelly to space for a year as a part of research on the effects of human physiology in space. The data from Kelly’s year in space are of particular importance to NASA as they begin doing research on how we are capable of sustaining life in space for long periods of time. Kelly’s days in space consisted of experiments, general housekeeping and maintenance, and working out so he wouldn’t lose bone mass. The experiments he conducted were not only a part of NASA’s data collection on extended space travel, they were a part of twin studies being conducted with his brother Mark. The genetic research, which will eventually be released to the public, is fascinating because while Scott was in space, Mark was on earth. Hence, the comparison between the twins is of particular interest to researchers.

In addition to the challenging routines in space, Kelly explained that the biggest difficulties he encountered had to do with the fact that he never left work. He was expected to think in 5-minute increments, with multiple tasks day and night. Additionally, he could not leave the space center, for obvious floating reasons, and therefore felt like he was trapped in his work. Yet, despite these challenges, Kelly explained that the rewards from his mission were far more significant.

During his first flight in 1999 to the Hubble Space Telescope, Kelly encountered the most beautiful sight he’s ever seen – one he’s seen many times since – earth as the sun rises. “It is so blue and so beautiful.” But the illusion of beauty quickly wore off and Kelly realized he was doing the hardest thing he will do in his life. Kelly claims that the reward from finishing his year in space is that he has now overcome and accomplished the biggest challenge he will ever face, something not many people can say. We encounter obstacles nearly every day, a stubborn hair, a difficult computer science problem set, a flat tire. The list is endless. And even overcoming those challenges is a small victory. I can only imagine the valor Kelly feels knowing that he has completed the hardest task of his life.

As his lecture drew to a close and the Q&A began Kelly added a piece of inspiration that only an astronaut can provide. “Find the thing that challenges you the most and do that thing,” he said, “If you work hard and put your mind to it, the sky is not the limit.”

For more information on Trinity's Distinguished Lecture Series, visit the Lectures and Visiting Scholars homepage.

By Allyson Mackender – 

Greek Life Recruitment has officially begun! Since Rush Kick Off on Sunday, September 18, Trinity's six fraternities and seven sororities have been excited to welcome potential new members to informal and formal recruitment events.

Trinity's five-month recruitment process is truly unique, giving potential members the chance to meet and befriend individuals from each organization, ultimately finding their home on Bid Day in February. However, at first it can certainly be intimidating.

You may be wondering how, in a sea of Greek letters, screaming girls and boys, and cute dogs wearing jerseys, how you will find your place. What makes each organization unique?

In order to answer this question, members from each sorority and fraternity on campus provided a brief explanation of what makes their organization special:


Bengal Lancers

"The Bengal Lancers were originally established as an honorary pep organization in the fall of 1936. A new era began in 1956 as the Bengal Lancers transformed from a one year club to a four year organization. Since 1956, the Bengal Lancers have strived to unify groups of young men so that they may become successful and strong-willed adults. Adults who, with the lessons learned from B/L, can enter into the real world and workplace with a superior work ethic and sense of self. Since I’ve become a member of the Bengal Lancers, I have noticed a positive shift in the importance of academics, our community involvement, and our willingness to work with and serve others. Our future goals are to continue to grow and be open to any potential new members. We look forward to the months ahead and welcoming a new group of guys into our family."

– Davis King '18, Bengal Lancers President from Columbia, South Carolina

Chi Delta Tau

"It's hard to describe what it means to be a part of Chi Delta Tau in all honestly. The organization has deep roots within Trinity University's history and I think every member has a lot of pride knowing that. More importantly, I think we pride ourselves the most on how close each of us are and that even though we come from places like Ireland, Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Oregon, Michigan, there's never a hesitation to hit up one another when we're visiting their state. There's truly never a dull moment here in this fraternity and that is especially true on the weekends. If I could sum up a common belief we all share in Chi Delta Tau, (and the one I believe in the most), it would be to give the world the best we have and the best will come back to us."

– David Thai '18, Chi Delta Tau Social, Scholarship, and Co-Standards Chair from San Antonio, Texas

Iota Chi Rho

"When I came to Trinity, I had absolutely no desire to even consider joining Greek life. But as my first semester unfolded, I opened up to the idea and found that Greek life at Trinity is totally different from the stereotypes that left me wary of the Greek system in the first place. Iota Chi Rho sort of brands itself as the alternative fraternity experience, and that's exactly what I found: a great group of guys who were fun, a little goofy, and welcoming of unique people from all walks of life. I-Chi is pretty small, even as Trinity Greek organizations go, but that's been so conducive to how close we all are to one another. I see these guys every day, I see them as my best friends, and I'm so glad to have found a fraternity that grounds its sense of brotherhood in a strong sense of individuality and genuine friendship."

– Daniel Conrad '18, Iota Chi Rho Judicial Chair, Historian, and Webmaster from Beaumont, Texas

Kappa Kappa Delta

"I think that what makes Kappas unique is our commitment to the "work hard play hard" mentality. We have members with extremely diverse majors, come from very different backgrounds, are leaders in other organizations on campus, and have many different interests, yet we all come together because we enjoy working hard academically while enjoying our time in college to the fullest. Our diversity makes us special, and it is this diversity which allows us have completely different interests while still realizing that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. Additionally, I am proud that as a small organization every member contributes in some way leading to an extremely dedicated group of individuals. We have grown into an organization with strong bonds of brotherhood and social camaraderie, a large and extremely involved alumni network, excellence in academia, and extensive philanthropic and service involvement in the San Antonio community. I am proud to be a Kappa because we truly value the idea that we are family; and as family we will always be there for each other long after graduation. I invite anyone interested in becoming a part of our organization to attend one of our rush events; we'd love to get to know you!"

– Phillip Lopez '17, Kappa Kappa Delta President from Houston, Texas

Omega Phi

"Being a member of Omega Phi is amazing. We have a saying, "Alone we are men, together we we are also men." I never had to try to change who I was around other members because we are all different, and that's great. None of us ever really saw ourselves as fraternity guys coming into college and I believe that's what makes us unique. Our values such as academics, IMs, no hazing, leadership, and service are central to what makes us diverse and well-rounded. We don't make Ophis, we pick them, and that was apparent to me when I got a jersey on bid day and felt like I was already a part of an incredible, loving family."

– Samy Abdallah '18,  Omega Phi Alumni Chairman from Plano, Texas

Phi Sigma Chi

"All Phi Sigs have a strong sense of honor and duty. We strive to be leaders in everything we do, whether it be in the Greek or Trinity Communities, Greater San Antonio area, and beyond. We pride ourselves in our diversity, boasting representation from 9 different countries and 10 states. The most important thing to a Phi Sig is our commitment to our brotherhood."

– Jake Spitz '17, Phi Sigma Chi Alumni Chair and Webmaster, Greek Council Men's Co-Chair from Wichita, Kansas


Alpha Chi Lambda

"When I decided to go Greek, I was really looking for a supportive and loving group of women. I knew Alpha Chi would be that for me, but I didn't really realize to what extent until after having been in the club for a few months. When I most needed friends and had nowhere else to turn, Alpha Chis were there. From writing me sweet notes, to showing up unannounced at my doorstep with a box full of candy, my sisters went to extreme lengths to ensure I was happy. If that's not love, I don't know what is!"

– MacKenzie Hill '18, Alpha Chi Lambda External Recruitment Chair from Houston, Texas

Chi Beta Epsilon

"Chi Beta Epsilon is a close-knit organization of motivated women with diverse interests. In short, we are a group of women who value close relationships and empower each other. Being a Beta isn't about letters so much as the family of actives and alumni that are never far away."

– Kendall Hayes '18, Chi Beta Epsilon President from Chicago, Illinois

Gamma Chi Delta

"In unity, individuality. Our motto inspires me to explore the individual I am with the help and support of my sisters. Gamma Chi Delta has provided a safe place for me to laugh, cry, succeed, fail, and of course, have a great a blast while in college. Being an out of state student, Gammas is my home away from home and I can't imagine my Trinity experience without it. Trinity's recruitment process being so long has allowed me to find my place and I really do believe that Greek Life has a place for every student if they are interested."

– Sarah Thornton '17, Gamma Chi Delta Recruitment Chair from Pheonix, Arizona

"We are such a diverse group of women who love to make the world around us a better place. This can be seen through our biggest unifying value: Service. In addition to contributing nearly 1,000 hours of volunteer work around the San Antonio area each semester, we come together each year to raise money for our philanthropy, Concert for the Cure (CTFC). Founded in 2005 by Gamma Chi Delta, CFTC started as an on-campus concert for the Trinity community to help raise money to send children with or in remission of cancer to Camp Discovery. Since then, we have raised nearly $200,000 and helped send hundreds of children to camp over the past 11 years. The concert has really become something that both the Trinity and San Antonio communities support, and it is one of the things that makes me most proud to call myself a Gamma."

– Laura Campbell '17, Gamma Chi Delta President from Houston, Texas

Phi Delta Kappa

"Being a member of Phi Delta Kappa, means being able to spread your wings while knowing that your sisters are always there to have your back. It means taking on leadership positions without completely knowing what is expected of us, and using it as a chance to grow and learn as leaders. It means celebrating with sisters after a good test score or having someone to comfort you after a rough day. It means taking up new challenges knowing our sisters are always supporting us. It means finding a friend in a sister you'd never thought you would have. Phi Delta Kappa has given us a home away from home." 

– Celeste Macias '17, Phi Delta Kappa President from Donna, Texas

Sigma Theta Tau

"I decided to join sigmas because I realized they were the girls who I wanted to spend more time with. After being in the club for two years, I can honestly say this is the group that I want to share every celebration with and the group that will always be there for me when I am not having a great day. These girls are not just in a group that I joined but they are my best friends."

– Zeina Zayat '18, Sigma Theta Tau Alumni Chair from Wichita, Kansas

"I originally went through recruitment because I wanted a set of letters and some girl friends, but I got much more than that. I got a second family. Girls who would be there for me through some of the hardest things I have ever gone through and girls I could create the best memories with. Without Sigmas, Trinity just wouldn't have been the same. Everyone has their own niche, their own place that they belong and I found mine in Sigams. Over the past few years, I have made friendships that will last for the rest of my life. After I joined Sigmas, I became involved in things that I never would've done before. I attended lectures, played on IM teams, and did service hours every semester. All of these activities contributed greatly to a well-rounded college experience and are something that I never would've done without Greek life or Sigma Theta Tau."

– Haley Morton '17, Sigma Theta Tau President from West Linn, Oregon

Spurs Sorority 

"Being a member of Spurs Sorority is something I will treasure not only for the remainder of my time here at Trinity, but years after graduation as well. In Spurs we have a saying, "once a Spur, always a Spur." As graduation creeps closer and closer, the number of uncertainties in my life seem to be multiplying exponentially. But there is one thing that will remain certain: I will forever have the bonds of friendship and sisterhood through Spurs. I know this as certain because I have witnessed it from Spurs alumni over and over. A sorority isn't meant to be solely a college social group, but rather a means to meet many wonderful women that will continue to grow with you throughout your life. I am happy to say Spurs have given me exactly that, and I cannot wait for the rest of my life with them by my side."

– Amanda Claire Burris '17, Spurs Sorority Parents Chair from Dallas, Texas

Zeta Chi 

"When I went through Rush, Zeta Chi was not an organization I was really considering joining. I knew some of the girls and they were nice, but I didn't see myself as a lady in red. As it turned out, Zeta Chi was the place that I belonged. To anyone that is going through Rush right now, my one piece of advice would be to not narrow down your choices too quickly and to not count anybody out. The sorority that you really want may be the wrong place for you, and the sorority that is right for you may not be the place at the top of your list. Trust the process and go where you're celebrated."

– Brittney Bowman '17,  Zeta Chi President from Georgetown, Texas

Please contact Jeremy Allen, Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life, with any questions regarding Greek Life at Trinity. In order to be eligible for a bid in February, you must be on the master recruitment list. To sign up for the men's list, click here. To sign up for the women's list, click here.
By Allyson Mackender – 

Monday, August 8: My roommates and I were refreshing Facebook a little more than often, anxious to see who the artist would be for our final Welcome Week Concert. We expected that if it were anything like Tyga, who performed our sophomore year, it would be a night we would laugh about for years to come.

The anticipation was building. “What if it’s Beyonce?” one roommate asked with a smirk. And then…

A look of confusion swept across our faces. “Who dat?” one roommate asked. And the rest of us laughed, nervously, in agreement. But really, who dat? 

Since I was abroad the fall semester of my junior year, I missed T-Pain’s performance, which is especially disappointing considering “Buy U A Drank” was my rebellious middle school jam. Therefore, as I returned for my senior year I was thrilled to see who would be kicking off the school year on Prassel Lawn. So, when it was announced that 3LAU would be headlining the concert I was a little disheartened. However, now that the concert has come and gone I can honestly say it was the best one yet.

The days leading up to the show, school was buzzing (kind of?). Most of the conversation was about whether or not you pronounce the “3” in 3LAU, which is still unclear. Despite very few people actually knowing who 3LAU was, the student body seemed excited for the concert, myself included.

Using my senior status to my advantage, my friends and I kindly pushed our way to the front of the concert, despite arriving at the end of the second opening act. Don’t worry, we said “excuse me.” Eventually we made our way to the fence, had our faces painted by an unidentified woman, and were committed to two hours with 3LAU. 

Photo Credit: Anh-Viet Dinh, University Marketing and Communications
I’ll be the first to admit that 3LAU’s Spotify doesn’t do him justice. During his set, 3LAU played a bunch of current and popular songs and made them completely his own. Everyone at the concert knew practically every word to the songs he remixed, making the concert all the more fun. I’m not sure what was going on further back in the crowd, but everyone around me was dancing and having the time of their lives. 3LAU put on an awesome show, coming off the stage and standing on the fence, sending TUPD into a frenzy (oops). We jumped and sang and somehow managed to ignore that we were surrounded by the sweatiest people on earth.

The Welcome Week Concert is the perfect end to a week of festivities as we welcome the new Trinity students to campus. For the first year students, 3LAU kicked off their college careers, just as Bowling for Soup did for me three years ago. For my fellow seniors, 3LAU was the start to our last year together and, judging by our sore necks and lack of a voice the next day, I would say it was a good one.

I will never stop saying, “Who dat?” when someone mentions 3LAU but I’ll forever remember the crazy night that started my last year at my favorite place on earth.

About Ally

Allyson Mackender is a senior English major from Denver, Colorado. She is the author of Trinity's Experiential Learning Blog and the editor of the Trinity Perspective.  Allyson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Sigma Pi. In her free time, Allyson enjoys reading, searching for the best coffee in San Antonio, and spending time by the pool.
By Hannah-Elyse Konyecsni – 

Twitter is definitely a fun little app to have on your phone. It allows you to speak your mind (in 140 characters or less), discover new things, and most importantly, keep up with friends and current world events. Usually you’ll find people quickly swiping through their feeds while walking, trying to update themselves on the world around them before class rudely rips their phones away. Well, at least that’s my roommate Lauren and I.

If you had asked me a month ago if I would be running my university’s verified Twitter account, I would have laughed in your face. Me? I’m certainly no social media expert. I mean, I just recently started getting over one hundred likes on my Instagram pictures and that was a big deal to me. I mainly use social media to try to be entertaining. Emphasis on “try.” This consists of me embarrassing myself, retweeting funny gifs, venting to the internet (who doesn’t care about my problems, I’m sure), and poking fun at my close friends. All of these things are totally normal for your average teenage girl -- ask anyone.

So, how exactly did my roommate and I gain full control over Trinity University’s Twitter account anyway? It’s still a shock to me.

On August 8th, Trinity tweeted a pic of a sad Michael Phelps with the caption “when your roommate eats your ice cream…” Of course Lauren, my stark opposite, had to make fun of the fact that I was once vegan by quoting the tweet with “not a problem if she’s vegan & all you’ve got is Bluebell.” And that, folks, was the start of it all. We quickly had Trinity’s attention.

After stalking my extremely hilarious Twitter (at least that’s what everyone tells me), Taylor from Trinity’s Marketing Department direct messaged me asking if I wanted to take over Trinity’s account. I’ll let you know that I was completely taken aback by this question. Why me??? Apparently a tweet that I posted months ago solidified their choice. They needed my personality to be the voice of the university. Once they found out that Lauren and I are connected at the hip, suddenly we were the Twitter Takeover Twins.

Now, we weren’t just handed the password and sent off to conquer the world. Before the official takeover could begin, we met with Marketing, discussed our roles, and signed contracts saying we wouldn’t do anything to get them fired. I’m not kidding. This meeting was Tuesday afternoon and it was decided that the account would be ours from Wednesday, August 24th to the following Wednesday. Y’all, I’m not gonna lie, I totally thought this would be a chill one day thing. I instantly became stressed about the fact that I was expected to be funny for an entire week. I’m pretty sure even Amy Schumer has her off days, right??

It was announced later that day that we would be taking over at 8:00 the following morning. Within hours, the Marketing Department’s email was popping. People wanted the story and they wanted it now. Let it be known that we hadn’t even been given the password yet, so what the heck were we supposed to talk about to reporters?!

Wednesday morning. This was it. Our time to shine. I actually had a twenty minute phone call about what to tweet with my mom before sending out that first tweet anxiously. You may not understand the nerves, but there was a lot riding on this. There were high expectations. The fact that this was the first time that Trinity had ever done this only added more pressure. I closed my eyes and hit “tweet.”

When I was told I was going to be tweeting as Trinity University, I didn’t think much would come out of it. Honestly, I thought people would think it was hacked. I didn’t think that the fact that it was Lauren and I would be so heavily advertised. I was very, very wrong. Even Trinity’s President, Danny Anderson, had something to say about it.

On Thursday, I used the power of having a verified account to my advantage. While our Twitter madness was just getting started, fellow sophomore Isaiah Speck’s Twitter had been blowing up for days. He wrote and performed the infamous “Whataburger vs In-N-Out” rap as part of the #SoGoneChallenge and it quickly spread like wildfire. Isaiah made it onto the news and even gained attention from the almighty Whataburger itself. I couldn’t just ignore this, obviously! Trinity jokingly requested burgers in exchange for Isaiah and Whataburger heard the call. Around 1:30, Whataburger’s Social Media Team and mascot was front and center in Trinity’s Admissions. They surprised Isaiah, handed out burger vouchers to passing students, and ya girl got Whataburger for a year for getting their attention. Super cool, but I was late to my first 2:10 of the year. Sorry, prof.

Remember when I mentioned that the Marketing Department’s email was popping? This would result in Lauren and I having three interviews (as of right now, but I’m sorta pooped and hoping our fifteen minutes is over). The first was on that Wednesday. Texas Public Radio called us and we filled them in on the whole story. After this, my inbox was full. By Friday, this story brought KSAT News reporter Josh Skurnik and his cameraman to our dorm at 8:30 in the morning. I was mic’d up, sweaty, and totally unsure how to be on the news. After talking to us for about 40 minutes, they were good to go and Lauren and I rushed off to our 9:30 class. After I got out of class at 10:20, I rushed (it was a sweaty day) to meet with KENS5 reporter Bryan Wendland to do it all over again. I did my thing and Lauren did hers about an hour later; the two were mashed together for the final product.

KENS 5’s story aired at 5:00, followed by KSAT’s at 6:00. It’s super weird to see yourself on the news, not gonna lie. I screamed. If you think you’re awkward, just wait. It gets worse. Both of the stories turned out great, in my own personal unbiased opinion. Fun fact: they both made us walk around with our phones for like five minutes straight to capture us in a “natural habitat.” There’s nothing stranger than being filmed while walking. Trust me.

I look at this experience as a once in a lifetime type of thing so obviously I’m gonna have some fun with it. I’ve been acting like a total diva, saying annoying things like “we didn’t choose the fame, the fame chose us,” and basically getting on everyone’s nerves. I’d like to take a second to say I love everyone and I’m so very sorry that you don’t have a sense of humor (*insert winking emoji*). But in all seriousness, this has been a ton of fun. I’m honored that Trinity has trusted us with such a big responsibility and has allowed us to set the precedence for future takeovers. Even before this process began, I loved the idea. Trinity has always been a step above the rest and its marketing tactics just further prove this. What better way to get the perspective of a student than to give a student the reins? Genius. 

A huge thank you to Trinity, President Anderson, Dean Tuttle, Taylor Stakes, Michelle Bartonico, and the Marketing Department as a whole for this opportunity. Oh and to Lauren Pettinati, the best roommate and my partner in crime. 

Did you get this far? Are you my mom and/or grandma? No? Wow, kudos to you, friend. I’m gonna go charge my phone now. For some reason it’s been dying super quickly...

About Hannah

I’m Hannah-Elyse Konyecsni, a sophomore from Austin, Texas majoring in Environmental Science. I fill the time that I’m not in class with clubs including Alpha Phi Omega and Eco Allies. You can catch me helping the first years move in and holding office hours for the Food Matters First Year Experience.