Denison in the Blogosphere (1/6/11)

Ryan Humbert (a.k.a. Cobra Commander) and Emily Bates ’04. Photo courtesy of

We’re always hunting down interesting Denison-related content on the interwebs, and, periodically, we’ll share the best of this content with you on TheDEN. In today’s fix of Denisonia, we’ve got one alum rocking out and another putting her studio art talents to work on a children’s book. And then we’ve got the student who we hope is somewhere far, far away from snow right now.


Newark Advocate
Nathalie VanBalen ’09 has written a children’s book titled Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice. While at Denison, VanBalen majored in studio art and won the Award for Excellence in Visual Arts from the Association of Independent College and Universities of Ohio.

‘Frozen Car Fun’

OK, he doesn’t have the golden voice of the latest Internet sensation. Still, this YouTube video of a Denison student trying to get into his frozen car in the wake of a December snowstorm is strangely spellbinding.

Something in the Way She Moves

Buzzbin Magazine
For seven years, Emily Bates ’04 has been singing and collaborating with Ryan Humbert, a Northeast Ohio musician who has opened for Elvis Costello, Chris Isaak, Michelle Branch, and The Zac Brown Band. In 2010, Humbert and Bates released a duet album titled Tell Me What You See, which includes cover songs by The Beatles, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, and Tom Petty.

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