Trent University

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Trent University campus. Otonabee River and Trent Main bridge
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Trent campus during the fall (Beside Lady Eaton College)
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Students at Trent. Main bridge and Science Complex at the back

Trent University is a small liberal arts oriented institution located along the Otonabee River in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Roberta Bondar is currently the chancellor of Trent, and its president is Bonnie Patterson.

The Symons campus of Trent is approximately 14.60 square kilometres, over half of which is a part of Trent's Nature Areas, an ecologically diverse wild-life preserve. It is divided into a series of colleges: Champlain, Lady Eaton, Catharine Parr Traill, Otonabee, Peter Gzowski, and Julian Blackburn. Each college has its own residence hall, dining room, and student government.

The university is represented in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by the Trent Excalibur.



Trent University came about from public discussion in 1957 about the possibility of opening a post-secondary institution in the Trent Valley. In 1963, the university received a provincial charter and opened Rubidge Hall, Traill College, and Peter Robinson College in 1964. The first students were admitted in September, 1964.

Catharine Parr Traill

Named after local biologist and writer Catharine Parr Traill, this college was one of the first to be opened, in 1964. It serves as the base for the Departments of English, Classical Studies, Canadian Studies and Philosophy. The college is located in close proximity to downtown Peterborough.

Champlain College

Located on Symons Campus along the Otonabee River, this college was opened in 1967. It is named after the early 16th century explorer Samuel de Champlain, who explored the Otonabee area in 1615.

Julian Blackburn College

This college has programs for part-time students. It is named after Julian Blackburn, who was one of the original professors that helped establish Trent.

Lady Eaton College

The fourth college, established in 1968, it is named in honour of Flora McCrae Eaton, one of the original sponsors of the university. It contains the offices for the Departments of Mathematics, Women's Studies, and Modern Languages. The college includes a student-run coffee shop known as The Magpie.

Otonabee College

Named for the river that runs through the university, Otonabee College was the fifth established college at Trent. Its name was the source of debate, with some suggestions including Norman Bethune, Lester B. Pearson, and Ojibway. The college was officially named Otonabee in 1972. Otonabee includes the offices for the Departments of Pyschology, Native Studies, Anthropology, Computer Studies, and Sociology.

Peter Gzowski College

The newest of the Trent University colleges, it is named after CBC broadcaster Peter Gzowski. The college, located on the main Symons campus, houses Native Studies, Economics and Business Administration.

Peter Robinson College

The first college to open at the university, it is dedicated to one of the University's founders, Peter Robinson. The college has some residents, but most students prefer to live off-campus because of the lack of sufficient residential amenities, such as a dining hall.


Arthur is a student-published newspaper at Trent University, and is a member of the Canadian University Press. It publishes a weekly newspaper that is circulated to students free of charge. Most of the articles are about issues that affect students at Trent University, although some are more wide-ranging and may relate to subjects such as the environment or politics. Arthur is maintained by a Board of Directors and has editorial autonomy from the university's administrators.

Absynthe Magazine

Absynthe Magazine is a student paper at Trent University. It was founded by Brad Harkness, Derek Fisk, Kenny Giffen, Neil Horne, and Peter Read in 1999.

The paper was established as an alternative to Arthur. The paper's format underwent a significant transformation when Todd Parker became Absynthe's editor-in-chief in 2001, and it has since established itself as a venue for discussion and debate within the Trent student body.

It is a submissions-based publication and is reliant on members of the Trent community to provide content. It is distributed free of charge every two weeks with an average circulation of 1000 copies.

Absynthe is published by Absynthe Media, and receives a refundable levy from each full-time student of Trent University.

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