About The Trinity Tripod

About The Trinity Tripod

The Trinity Tripod is the official student newspaper of Trinity College and was established in 1904. The Tripod has been published nearly continuously, a wartime delay excepted, and serves as the student record of the College. 

The paper strives to give complete coverage of campus news and is the primary medium for the expression of student opinion and criticism. The Tripod is published Tuesdays while classes are in session and is available at a variety of locations on campus, including the Tripod news stands at Mather Hall and the Raether Library. The Tripod retains offices in the basement of Jackson Hall and also manages a robust advertising program during the semester. 

Famous alumni syndicated Washington Post columnist George F. Will ’62Los Angeles Times sportswriter Jim Murray ’43, and Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein ’73 – all three are Pulitzer Prize winners. New York Times features writer Peter Kilborn ’61 was also a former editor of the Tripod. 

The current Editor-in-Chief of the Tripod is Brendan W. Clark ’21. The immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the Tripod is Gillian Reinhard ’20 (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019). 

A comprehensive and detailed history of the Tripod was published at the request of the paper in November 2020 as part of our “Sunday Feature” series. Part I of that history, covering 1904-1968, is available here, and Part II covering 1969-2014 is available here

The Tripod is funded through the semesterly Student Activities Fee of the College, but is manifestly independent of both Trinity College and the Student Government Association. Funding is also received through advertising, subscriptions, and donations.

Support for the Tripod can also be given through a restricted gift to the College. If you are interested in making a substantial gift to support the Tripod‘s work specifically, please contact the College’s Office of Advancement at 1.800.771.6184. 

The Mission of the Tripod

The Trinity Tripod is the only student publication and the sole newspaper at Trinity College. We strive to cover the issues that matter most to the campus community and to do so with accuracy, integrity, and purpose. We believe in the truth and the fundamental importance of the journalistic practice to a free and Democratic society. Moreover, we believe that the bedrock of a civil society is affording an opportunity for the free interchange of ideas and resolve that it is our duty to do so.

Accordingly, we will not stifle beliefs and opinions in our Opinion Section merely because they are unpopular, nor will we pursue coverage of individuals and stories in our News Section with animosity or malice. We do not believe in emendations or retractions when the issue at hand is one of interpretation and believe that the only time change to a story is merited is when falsity is demonstrated. The truth needs to be heard and it is the solemn charge of the Tripod, for better or worse, to bear that burden.

“Now Then-Trinity”:

A Brief Note On Our Motto

The Tripod’s original motto from more than a century ago has recently become engrained once more on our masthead: “Now then-Trinity!” This motto appeared in the Tripod’s first issue of Sep. 23, 1904 and is drawn  from the words of then-President Flavel Sweeten Luther on the occasion of his inauguration, who remarked to undergraduates “now then, Trinity.” The Tripod included the motto beginning from its third issue of Sep. 30, 1904 and it appeared as the paper’s motto at various points throughout subsequent decades. 

At the time, the Tripod did not endeavor to explain Luther’s remarks, as they were no doubt aware of their meaning. However, we do not have the benefit of attending Luther’s inauguration and thus we can only speculate on his intentions. The Tripod likes to view the phrase not as an incidental remark encouraging the onward momentum of the College under Luther’s leadership. Rather, we would aver that the phrase indicates something greater: a positive outlook toward the future, with a reverential nod to tradition. 

Whatever the true motives, however, the Tripod is steeped in the traditions of this small liberal arts college. We are proud to recall our own heritage as we, together, embark upon the next decade, and so are bold to declare “Now then-Trinity!”

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