The purpose of the Nests is to provide continuous support to students from their transition to college and throughout their Trinity experience.
The Bantam Network is composed of ten Nests that sit at the heart of the student experience at Trinity College. Each Nest has a distinct history and composition that contribute to the dynamic student life.
Book and Brownell Nests harken back to the very foundations of the college. Brownell takes its name from Trinity's founder and the first president was the Rt. Rev. Thomas Brownell whose statue is situated in the center of the College's Main Quad. Book stands for the oldest continuously observed tradition at Trinity that of matriculation: every incoming first-year student is asked to sign the matriculation declaration, known as “The Charter and Standing Rules,” first penned in 1826.
Lemon Nest is named after the iconic Lemon Squeezer which makes its only appearance during Convocation, when the College president squeezes a fresh lemon to make a toast to the incoming class, followed by lemonade for all.
Washington Nest is named after the original name of Trinity. When Trinity was founded in the spring of 1823, its original name was Washington College. The school's name was changed to Trinity College in 1845.
Trinity's campus is famous for its elm trees, and you'll often hear the phrase and song “’neath the elms” during your lifetime as a Bantam. The elm trees are planted in the shape of a “T” on the Main Quadrangle. Frederick Law Olmsted, American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator, had a hand in shaping the campus we love. He is otherwise known for his co-design of Central Park in New York City, among other famous parks.
The two cannons on the Quad—a gift from the city of Hartford, and President Lockwood—who was instrumental in Trinity's admittance of women and minorities, are the inspiration behind the names for these two Nests.