NRAC (The Non-Resident Affairs Committee)

The Buttery

The Buttery is located inside the first floor of the Gerald Larkin Building, in between Trinity and St. Hilda’s. This wheel-chair accessible building has a cafeteria, study space, a lounge, washrooms, events space, and a fireplace. The space is open to all students. The relaxed setting makes it a perfect spot for informal meetings with your TAs, Dons, or whoever else needs a piece of your mind. The significant amount of space also makes the Buttery the perfect location for the all-important Trinity College Meetings.

The NRAC Office

NRAC’s base of operations is in the northwest corner of the Buttery. The common room (or office, or cave, or whatever) is open all day and provides access to Mac and PC computers, a printer, AC adapters for students in need, a fridge, a PS3, a TV, and quite a bit more. Any Trinity student is free to drop by for snacks, coffee, a chat, or TV and videogames. Just outside the NRAC entrance is a notice board that is frequently updated with events or information relevant to both resident and non-resident students.  Feel free to drop by anytime, especially if it’s your first time!

The Friendly People of NRAC

The Non-Resident Affairs Committee is made up of 16 members and meets at least four times a year. According to the Trinity College Constitution (the full document can be found here [hyperlink]), the responsibilities of the NRAC are:

• To integrate Non-Resident Students into the College community.

• To present the unique concerns of Non-Resident Students to College Government and Administration.

• To facilitate the participation of Non-Resident Students in Student Government.

• To be a resource for Non-Resident Students wanting to participate in College life, including by maintaining a non-residents’ common room.

• To organize events that facilitate the interaction of the non-resident and resident communities.

• To actively communicate with the non-resident community through appropriate means in order to ensure that Non-Resident Students are kept abreast of student events at the College.

Pretty cool right? NRAC has a big responsibility to help keep non-residents involved in student life and you can be a part of the magic. How? By running for a position on NRAC during spring elections, typically held in March (or if you want to run for the position of NRAC first-year representative, just show up to first-year elections on the first day of classes in September). If you have any questions regarding these positions, please email nrac@trinlife.com. The positions available on NRAC are as follows:

Heads of NRAC: This awesome twosome (Enko Koceku and Sarah Nankivell for the 2012-2013 year) is elected every March and serve as the heads of the Non-Resident Affairs Committee as well as sitting on most of the other governing bodies of Trinity College. The Heads of NRAC work closely with the resident Heads of College and Heads of Arts to integrate the resident and non-resident communities into happy co-existence. They are your go-to heads for all things Non-Res, and, like all the heads, pretty much everything else as well. You must be entering your 3rd or 4th year to run for Head of NRAC.

Treasurer:
The treasurer of NRAC (Mikail Amyn for the 2012-2013 year) works together with the Heads of NRAC to manage the substantial finances of the committee. In addition to being in charge of drafting and adhering to the yearly budget, the treasurer’s responsibilities include sitting on the Finance Committee (FC), the reimbursement of anything purchased on behalf of NRAC and preparing an annual audit at the end of each year. The treasurer is elected by the student body in March elections.

Secretary:
The secretary of NRAC (Kashtin Fitzsimmons for the 2012-2013 year) is responsible for preparing meeting agendas, taking detailed minutes during all NRAC meetings and editing/publishing meeting minutes within a reasonable deadline. The secretary is elected by the student body in March elections.

Communications Coordinator:
The communications coordinator of NRAC (Anthony Botelho for the 2012-2013 year) works alongside the Heads to frequently update and maintain all forms of communication relating to non-resident events and affairs. They are responsible for assisting in distributing social media and other forms of communication, as well as publicizing NRAC events, announcements and Trin This Week to non-resident students. The communications coordinator is elected by the student body in March elections.

Events Coordinator:
The events coordinator of NRAC (Jack Cashin for the 2012-2013 year) assists the Heads of NRAC in planning, organizing, setting up and running all non-resident-related events throughout the year as well as coordinating volunteers to help in this mighty task. The highlight of these events is the famous annual Halloween Pub night! The events coordinator is elected by the student body in March elections

Year Heads: Every year, two non-resident heads from each year (one male, one female) are elected to represent their year, sit on various governing bodies, fulfill certain duties and plan specific events as set out by the constitution [hyperlink to constitution]. For example, the second year heads are responsible for organizing initiations week and maintaining order in the dining halls. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year heads are elected by the student body in March elections. 1st year heads are elected during first-year elections, traditionally held on the first day of classes in Seeley Hall (this year they will be held on September 10, 2012). All first-year rep candidates must be nominated by an upper-year.

Heads of College
: The Heads of College (Paulina Bogdanova and Sam Greene for the 2012-2013 year) also sit on NRAC so that they can get a better understanding of the particular issues of the non-resident student body and help to integrate the non-resident and resident communities.

How to Get Involved as a Non-Resident Student

Stay in Touch

First and foremost, stay in touch! The best way to be involved in different events, clubs, activities and life in general around the college is to know when these events/clubs/activities are going to be held! Follow your student heads on Facebook and Twitter for frequent updates and weekly publications of Trin This Week:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/TrinHeads

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TrinHeads

And if you have any specific questions regarding student life or non-resident affairs, please get in touch with us via email at heads@trinlife.com (for general inquiries) or nrac@trinlife.com (for non-res enquiries).

And, of course, continue to check on http://trinlife.com for frequent updates to the official events calendar, important documents, elections results, contact information, and much more.

Meals and Dining Halls


Non-Res are more than welcome to eat at any of the College dining halls and since dinner is an important aspect of Trin social life, we recommend that you try it out at least once. The atmosphere of regular dinners, high table nights, and “special” meals like Christmas and Thanksgiving Dinners is an experience not to be missed. All non-residents are entitled to 15 free meals per year, pre-loaded on their T-Card, and additional meal credits can be purchased through the Bursar’s Office. If you don’t want to partake in the unique culinary experience of the dining halls, you are welcome to bring your own food at no charge and eat with your friends (in fact, this has often been cited as one of the best ways to make new friends and stay involved in Trin social life while living off res).

Gowns


Gowns must be worn for late dinner in Strachan Hall, which is held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7pm and especially at high table dinners on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. You might consider getting your own gown, not only because gowns are a glorious tradition dating back to the earliest days of Oxbridgian academia, but for convenience’s sake as well— you’ll need one to participate in traditions such as gowning-in, TCMs and the Lit. However, if you need to borrow a gown, you may do so at either the Trinity or St. Hilda Porter’s Lodge.

Lockers and Non-Resident Rooms


Non-res students may purchase a locker for a small yearly fee of $30 and can really come in handy! If you plan on staying late, and are unable to stay with a friend, two non-resident rooms are available on a nightly basis, one in St. Hilda’s and one in Trinity. These rooms can be booked through the Porter’s Lodges for a nominal fee (for linen service). The non-res rooms are also useful if you have a morning exam scheduled but you live far from campus. Unfortunately, with only two non-resident rooms available, they tend to be booked quickly during exam periods and for the nights of big parties, so plan ahead. Don’t forget, you can always ask your friendly neighborhood resident Head if you can crash in their common room. Most of them have spare blankets and pillows put away just for the occasion so don’t be shy!

Join a Club


One of the best and easiest ways to make friends who share your interests is by joining one of many of Trinity’s student-run clubs. Visit our page of club descriptions [hyperlink] for more information and how to contact a club you might be interested in joining. Can’t find anything that interests you? Start your own club by following the instructions here!