2004 RELIVES MEDIEVAL TIMES
The Historical Association
of Students (HAS) added a medieval twist to OPUS 2004, the fifth annual
exhibition of student research, entertainment, and art held at Trinity
Throughout the afternoon,
students demonstrated their scholarship in a variety of ways through brief
presentations, art displays, and dramatic performances. They addressed
issues that pertained to topics such as politics, health, music, computer
technology, and social work. The presenters were judged on the scholarly
content of their presentations by their audiences, and winners in music,
English, art, and communication arts were announced during the awards ceremony.
HAS, Trinity's history club,
constructed a trebuchet in front of the campus flagpole that allowed students,
faculty, and staff to catapult any object that weighed no more than eight
pounds. Used primarily from the 1200s through the 1500s, trebuchets were
popular choices for attacking castles and fortresses. The College's replica
slung water jugs, heads of cabbage, and a toaster 75 feet through the air.
"Someone in our club suggested
we build a trebuchet for OPUS," said history professor John Fry. "Everyone
laughed at first, but I didn't see any reason why we couldn't. Trebuchets
were the pinnacle of medieval siege weapons before cannons and could be
used to sling rocks that weighed up to 500 pounds.
"This was a fun, unique way
of illustrating a piece of world history. We're not sure where we will
store it. We may sell it on eBay."
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