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May 6, 2004

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Changeover to Air Conditioning in the Works
The annual campus-wide operation that results in the conversion from winter heat to summer air conditioning for most Trinity buildings has begun.
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  Trinity Chaplaincy Celebrated
The Rev. Daniel R. Heischman was officially installed as the seventh chaplain of Trinity College during an April 18 ceremony in the Chapel.
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  Trinity Takes its Daughters to Work
Rittenberg Lounge in Mather Hall was alive with the sights and sounds of parents and daughters as the College hosted its fifth annual “Take Your Daughters to Work” day luncheon on Thursday, April 22.
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  Retirees and 25 Year Employees Honored
In what has become an annual tradition, the College recognized the retirement of five long-time employees and acknowledged the service of several others with 25 years of service during an April 29 celebration on the Smith House lawn.
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Awards and Honors
Recent honors and awards received by Trinity faculty and staff.
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  Sports Highlights
Trinity will host the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Baseball Championships for the first time this weekend.
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What they’re reading…
Associate Professor of Religion Ron Kiener

The last book I had the pleasure to read cover-to-cover (only 149 pages) is Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit. It is one of a number of recent books devoted to the oft-repeated post 9-11 question, "why do they hate us?" The authors themselves call their book "a tale of cross-contamination, the spread of bad ideas." The book in some ways is the mirror image to Edward Said's highly influential and abundantly critical Orientalism, which appeared over 25 years ago and has now become an integral component of how we understand the West's colonial enterprise. What Buruma and Margalit show is that there is a parallel to the West's exotic and denigrating gaze upon the East; in Occidentalism we are made privy to an astoundingly broad range of intellectual criticisms of the voracious, materialistic, and decadent West—not only in the thought of radical Islamists like Sayyid Qutb—but in the criticisms of modern Japanese, Russian, and Nazi intellectuals. From this book one realizes that the demonic caricature of Western society is not something recently created by seething Islamists—it is an intellectual tradition (most often embraced by fascists) that has deep roots within the West itself and with the West's historic adversaries for over a century. While the book offers no "solutions," it is a worthwhile read.

Members of the Trinity community were on hand for the inauguration of former interim President Ronald R. Thomas (center, front) as president of the University of Puget Sound. Ron’s wife, former Dean of Students Mary D. Thomas, is on his left.
Photo credit: Ross Mulhausen, University of Puget Sound


Phil Duffy
Director of Media Technology

As a former history major at Trinity in the early 1980s, Phil Duffy has seen a lot of changes to the campus over the years. He also knows the life-long value of a solid liberal arts background. And while he doesn’t exactly use his extensive knowledge of subjects such as Italian culture in his daily work, he recognizes that there is a lot more to education than job training. “I’ve always been interested in history, so that’s why I decided to make it my major when I was a student here,” Duffy says. “My father was my role model. He was a classics major in college and went on to become a design engineer at Pratt & Whitney. My mother was a little concerned when I said I wanted to be a history major, but I figured I was in good company.”

Duffy worked in the audio visual department during all four years as an undergraduate. After graduating in 1984, he spent a semester doing some off-campus consulting work before returning to the College in 1985. He has been here ever since. He took advantage of the tuition remission program through the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education and, in 1999, earned a master’s degree in communications management from Rensselaer at Hartford.

In his role as the head of the media technology department, Duffy is faced with an almost constant stream of requests for service. He and his staff of three routinely balance multiple deadlines simultaneously. “It’s a technical job, but not entirely technical,” he explains. “It’s management of time, people, and situations. We frequently work according to class schedules, so there’s a small window of time for us to do our thing. It’s not like we can show up early.

“One of the big adjustments I’ve had to make is in my relationships with faculty members who were here when I was a student. It can be a little intimidating to make that transition. But I feel lucky to work here. I know that I’ve been given a great opportunity to grow and to learn. You don’t find that everywhere.”

Wednesday, May 19, 2004
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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