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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 April 20.

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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