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The best of the best

Senior Luke Romick accepts The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup.

It’s not every day that an NCAA Division III athlete captures a national trophy from a field filled with Division I players – but that’s just what Luke Romick ’16 did when he won the highest service honor in all

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Romick for team captain!

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Lucas Romick ’16 didn’t get involved with The Thirst Project for recognition, but after 1,000 hours of work for the nonprofit that brings clean water wells to developing countries, folks took notice. In September, Romick, a linebacker and safety for

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What’s your martial art?

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The students are decked out in the white garb of the martial arts, but no one here is an expert. With her right hand, one student grabs the left wrist of another student and gently and slowly pushes his arm

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Olympic hopeful is on track

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Makorobondo Kamongwa “Dee” Salukombo ’12 doesn’t avoid hard things. The chemistry major adopted a new country and culture ten years ago when he moved to Cleveland from Uganda, where he and his family had fled as refugees from the Democratic

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Video Credits: Chelsie Corso - Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland

Breaking the tape

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Andrea Karl ’14 thought she was in first. No, she knew it. The cyclists who clear the lead runner’s path were next to her and she felt good, really good. If she kept this pace, she would achieve a personal

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A big weekend for the Big Red

A Big Weekend For The Big Red

For the fans of Denison varsity athletics — and there are a lot of them out there — keeping tabs on the Big Red throughout the weekend is a way of life. Equally as common, though, is the expectation that

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Hard Knocks: Denison prepares for primetime

Hard Knocks: Denison prepares for primetime

The Denison football team will take on Wabash in its home opener at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 20). The Big Red already have two road games under their belt — a 35-6 win at Earlham and a 37-26 loss

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Teacher, coach, mentor, friend

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When Lynn Schweizer took a part-time coaching job at Denison back in 1973, she didn’t know it would turn into a 40-year career with stints as the head women’s basketball coach and the head women’s swimming and diving coach. She

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Game changer

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Over the years, Denison students have developed their own survival strategies for finals week (cue Psycho music here). Some prefer late nights, others early mornings, and some get almost no sleep at all. This spring, however, members of the Big Red men’s lacrosse team added

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Written By: Rose Schrott '14
Photo Credits: John Strohsacker, LaxPhotos.com

Yep. They’ve done it again.

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The North Coast Athletic Conference has been around for 30 years, and during that time, the NCAC has offered up a little jewel called the All-Sports Trophy. Each spring, the trophy is awarded to the conference school that racks up

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Running for a cause

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The second annual 5Knobel racers pushed off from Lamson Lodge last Wednesday (April 30) and runners and walkers wound their way around campus—thankfully for most, bypassing the main drag, which pushed them to their limits early on in last year’s

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Instant classic

Instant Classic

In case you didn’t know, members of the Denison men’s lacrosse team are feeling pretty good about themselves this season. And a hard-fought, come-from-behind victory over conference rival Ohio Wesleyan on April 16 in Granville only made the 2014 campaign

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What are YOU doing this weekend?

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

It’s April and that means there’s more going on than we can keep up with here at TheDEN. Good news for you: There’s lots to do this weekend (April 11-13). Be sure to check out the events calendar, but here’s

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Denison grad coaches in NCAA Championship game

Denison Grad Coaches In NCAA Championship Game

Very few basketball coaches ever make it to an NCAA Division I Men’s Final Four. Even fewer get to the championship game. And even fewer do it four times. Denison graduate John Robic ’86 is on his way to his

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Fantastic finish

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Natalie Lugg ’14 didn’t really know what had happened when she touched the wall to finish the 100 breaststroke event at the NCAA National Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend in Indianapolis (March 19-22). It wasn’t until she turned around

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They came. They saw. They led.

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Of the Class of 2014’s 526 students, 20 were awarded Denison’s Distinguished Leadership Award, an honor recognizing a small but powerful group of seniors who have made a lasting impact in their academic and extracurricular involvements during their time at

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14

‘Sempre avanti’

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On Feb. 10, Maddie Armitage ’13 sent out a request for an influx of emails. She wanted to use hard copies of the messages as uplifting wallpaper in the Multipurpose Room of the Mitchell Center, which has been designated as

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Farewell to a legend

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One story goes like this: Coach Ted Barclay and the men’s golf team were gearing up for a tournament, but the guys hadn’t had a chance to eat on the trip and were hungry. Barclay asked the golfers what they

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When the students are away…

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Although the students don’t come back to campus until next Monday (January 20), staffers and some faculty have been back since January 2, working away and gearing up for the spring semester. Slayter has been quiet during the lunch hour

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We are the champions

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The swaggering dudes in this 1908 photograph are the victorious freshman class of 1912, which consisted of 68 young men (five are missing from the photo, possibly unable to stand upright). These freshies had just quashed the considerably smaller class

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Home on ice

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Though he wasn’t drafted by the NHL following his days on Denison’s club team, Todd Frederickson ’96 would go on to have a rather productive professional hockey career — just not on the ice, exactly. Just months after graduating, the

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Brothers-in-arms

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In our local communities, there are scores of men and women who deserve our thanks and praise today—Veterans Day. This is the story of two, and their paths of service that converged and continued in Granville. Born in Vermont, Trevor

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‘The Single Wing and a Prayer’

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Keith Piper, a legend among college football coaches, was head coach of the Big Red for 39 years between 1954 and 1992. Coach Piper’s 200 wins at one school place him in some very rare company in the history of

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Written By: Maggie Ranger ’14

What a weekend!

What A Weekend

Denison’s varsity sports teams defeated every opponent that came before them in Granville during Big Red Weekend (Oct. 4-6). On Friday,  men’s soccer downed Hiram on Barclay-Thomsen Field by a 2–1 score, and on Saturday, women’s soccer beat the Terriers, 3–1.

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Home of the Big Red

Home of the Big Red

Nearly everyone who crowded into the spacious atrium of the newly renovated Mitchell Center last Friday afternoon (April 19) held a red sports pennant that read “Lou’s Team.” During the dedication of the building, they waved them in honor of

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The big leagues

Rugby

After playing some seriously tough rugby in sleet and rain for more than an hour on April 6 in Allendale, Mich., the Denison’s women’s team was trailing the club from Grand Valley State University, 13-10. It was a first-round match

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Written By: Rose Schrott '14
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It’s all in the details

Chad Kosanovich '13 in his very specific warm-up gear: faded green Umbro shorts and an animal shirt

While some of us are taking a long winter’s nap, there are many among us—like Denison athletes—who are running through the cold or lifting weights in the wee hours. And it seems that’s not the only strange behavior spring athletes

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Denison in the Blogosphere (1/11/13)

Denison In The Blogosphere (1/11/13)

We’re always hunting down interesting Denison-related content on the interwebs, and, periodically, we share the best of this content with you on TheDEN. Today’s links feature three international blogs, including a study abroad trip to Shanghai, another in Oslo, and

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Sports authority

Sports Authority

More than 1,600 people showed up Tuesday night (Dec. 4, 2012) at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City for the 55th Annual National Football Foundation Awards Dinner, where the NFF welcomed the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame class. But members

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Brand new Browns

Brand New Browns

Take heart, Cleveland Browns fans. Today, NFL owners unanimously voted to approve Jimmy Haslam as the team’s new owner and, in the wake of a 1-5 start, the long-suffering team is making some big changes. As their first step, they’re

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Water world

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During the last weekend in September, Denison pulled out all the stops for Big Red Weekend, with picture-perfect autumn weather featuring bright blue skies and puffy white clouds—and with the introduction of alumni, families and friends to the Trumbull Aquatics

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It’s Big Red Weekend!

It's Big Red Weekend!

As one of the biggest events of the year, Big Red Weekend, Sept. 28-30, is a fun gathering for parents, alumni and friends—together on campus all at once. It’s music, food, sports, gallery exhibits, academic open houses, even a few

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Denison in the Blogosphere (8/9/12)

Denison in the Blogosphere (8/8/12)

We’re always hunting down interesting Denison-related content on the interwebs, and, periodically, we share the best of this content with you on TheDEN. In today’s set of summer links, a new mother is featured on a reality show, a few

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Taking his best shot

More Than A Sport

This October, Casey Stockton ’12 will board a plane for Rwanda. Among the items he’s taking to the war-town country are several basketballs and real hope for a better future. Stockton was one of only two recent college graduates offered

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The latest in desk décor

If you're a sports fan, you know sports writer and radio personality Dan Patrick. And if you're a Dan Patrick fan and a Denison fan, you may have been pretty excited to see a familiar Denison symbol during a recent Dan Patrick Show simulcast: a Denison swim cap. It first appeared in June and has been part of the studio décor for a few weeks now. How did it get there? Turns out, Nancy Duncan Porter, a development officer for the college, began trading emails with the Dan Patrick team back in March in hopes of getting a group of organizational studies students a tour of the studio and a chat with some professionals in the broadcasting and entertainment world. Unfortunately, the show wasn't equipped to host a tour at the time, but when a Duncan Porter sent them the cap, the Dan Patrick team offered up the hat trick as a very cool consolation prize.

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All in the family

All In The Family

Thirty-six years ago, Brenda Borgh punched her ticket to the Montreal Olympics when she placed third in the 400 meter freestyle at the 1976 US Swimming Olympic Team Trials. Four years ago, at the 2008 qualifying meet, she watched from

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Written By: Emily Hopcian ’12

Going back to give back

Going Back To Give Back

If you follow TheDEN or DenisonBigRed.com, you know about Makorobondo Kamongwa “Dee” Salukombo ’12. Now the world knows about him, too, because on Friday, the Associated Press wire service published a story by Rusty Miller called “So many angels have

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‘Crooked Arrows’

Crooked Arrows

Comedian Robin Williams once quipped “I thought lacrosse was what you find in a church.” But lacrosse’s niche status seems to be a thing of the past — in fact, many national organizations call it the fastest growing sport in

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Just can’t say enough about Dee

Just Can't Say Enough About Dee

The Columbus Dispatch is talking about Makorobondo Kamongwa “Dee” Salukombo ’12 again, and we wanted to make sure everyone had the chance to read sportswriter Rob Oller’s story that was published, not coincidentally, on the day of Denison’s commencement. Dee

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Lightning strikes twice

Lightning Strikes Twice

Well, these thunderbolts didn’t actually hit in the same place, but they did strike in the same manner — and on the same day. The stage was set when Denison’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams both captured berths in the

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One win, two trophies

One Win, Two Trophies

On Saturday, the eighth-ranked Big Red men’s lacrosse squad played its final North Coast Athletic Conference game of the 2012 season. With an 11-6 come-from-behind triumph over Kenyon College, Denison not only finished its NCAC schedule with a perfect 5-0

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Hail the conquering heroes!

Hail the Conquering Heroes

DEN SHOTS: Watch the archived stream on DenisonBigRed.com!

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Men on a mission

Men On A Mission

Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden once said about national championships, “Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.” Similarly last weekend, Denison’s celebrated swimming coach Gregg Parini remarked about his team’s defense of its 2011 national men’s title, “Matching last

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Tonight’s the night

Tonight's The Night

After five decades of legendary competition and grueling, superstar-producing workouts, Denison’s venerable Gregory Swimming Pool will host its final swimming and diving meet tonight. Following the dual meet with Malone University, the pool will be relegated to swimming and diving practices

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Glory days

Glory Days

Most colleges and universities that are fortunate enough to have experienced some degree of athletic success in their history are proud to tout their “golden era” or “glory days.” They love to harken back to a time when winning streaks

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In this issue …

In This Issue ...

The Denison Magazine staff is putting the last-minute touches on the next issue, which should be arriving in mailboxes by month’s end. The December issue is full of some of the cool things happening at Denison and beyond, including a

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Fields of gold

Fields of Gold

The 2011 season was a golden one for the Denison field hockey team. The Big Red stickers picked up North Coast Athletic Conference gold twice, first capturing the league’s regular-season championship trophy, then sweeping through the NCAC’s postseason tournament to

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The lantern’s back!

The Lantern's Back

Coach Jack Hatem and his staff have worked tirelessly to move Denison’s football program forward while leaning significantly on its past. A historical exploration of DU football traditions is providing today’s players lessons about work ethic, courage, perseverance, and the

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A class act

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During Big Red Weekend, the college’s Varsity D Association inducted the class of 2011 into its Athletic Hall of Fame. Seven Denison graduates spanning six decades were honored, as was the entire national championship women’s swimming and diving team from

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Red lives here

Red Lives Here

Big Red fans, take note: the college has launched a new online experience that has all the bases covered. End zones, backboards, and finish lines too. DenisonBigRed.com is an interactive website rich with news you can use, from game recaps,

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Who needs a roof?

Here's some pretty proof that the new natatorium project is coming right along—water! Even in advance of having four walls and a roof, they recently conducted testing for the water-tightness of the pool. (It passed.) We'll have another big milestone later this month when the steel structure of the building starts to go up around it. And the project is right on schedule to open in time for the fall 2012 semester.

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Let the games begin

Let The Games Begin

There’s a new but familiar face around the athletic department these days, and we couldn’t be happier. Denison has welcomed one of its own back to the fold as Nan Carney-DeBord ’80 has accepted an appointment as the Big Red’s

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Return of the redheads

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When the Denison football team kicks off this fall, they’ll be kickin’ it “old school.” After donning white helmets and navy-trimmed uniforms for the last several years, the Big Red will return to traditional red helmets and more basic red-and-white

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More hardware for the trophy case

2011 Athletic Director of the Year Larry Schiederer has guided the Denison athletic program for 20 years.

Typically, athletic directors at colleges and universities are behind-the-scenes people, allowing the fame and glory for their school’s sports prowess to go to their players and coaches. In this way, Denison’s Director of Athletics Larry Scheiderer is typical. He’s been

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The long run

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Today is Tuesday. It’s unseasonably hot outside, like 90 degrees and muggy. Right this second, a young man is running. And though it sounds corny, the fact is, he’s probably smiling. He’ll cover about 40 miles of Ohio roads on

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Red reign

Red Reign

Denison has earned the Dennis M. Collins North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship, outdistancing Wittenberg and Ohio Wesleyan for this year’s title. But that’s only part of why this news is special. First, this is Denison’s 12th All-Sports Championship since

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Championship weekend

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At a time when most colleges’ spring sports athletes are turning in their jerseys and making their summer plans, a number of Denison’s spring teams are just beginning to heat up. One of the most successful years in Denison athletics

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‘The Diplomacy of a Good Sport’

The Diplomacy of a Good Sport

This week, ESPN President George Bodenheimer ’80 was the featured interviewee of “The Monday Interview” in London’s Financial Times. (To read the article, you can go to www.ft.com and register for free limited access to the publication.) Written by Matthew

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Written By: Emily Hopcian '12

Alumna named new director of athletics

Nan Carney-DeBord '80 named Director of Athletics

University Provost Brad Bateman has announced that Nan Carney-DeBord, a 1980 Denison graduate and a member of the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame, will be the college’s next director of athletics, physical education and recreation. Carney-DeBord will begin her duties

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‘This team will never be forgotten’

'This Team Will Never Be Forgotten'

It doesn’t get much better than this, sports fans. At high noon on Friday, hundreds gathered to cheer the students and coaches of the 2011 Big Red men’s swimming and diving team for their first-ever NCAA National Championship. The “Rally

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Big Red wins national title, ends rival’s historic 31-year streak

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Athletic contests are decided by a single point all of the time. Whether it’s a buzzer-beating 3-pointer or a walk-off home run, the anticipation and the finality is part of what endears us to sports. That’s all well and good,

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No limits

No Limits

Emily Hopcian, a junior butterflyer from Novi, Mich., competes on the Big Red swimming and diving squad that earned its third straight North Coast Athletic Conference title at the recent championship meet held in Canton’s Branin Natatorium. Her team set a new

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Roots of a legend

Woody Hayes '35

Turns out, yesterday wasn’t just Valentine’s Day—it was Woody Hayes’ birthday. He would be 98 years old. Sure, we know he’s a legend at that big university down the road in Columbus, but Woody’s ties to Denison run deep. Wayne

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Denison in the Blogosphere (2/11/11)

Denison in the Blogosphere (2/11/11)

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 debuting his new play in Columbus, another blogging

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Seven points in seven seconds

Denison junior Jim Leffew hit the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer versus Wabash on Thursday night.

Every kid who grows up playing basketball, whether in a gym or on the playground, rehearses the same scene over and over. It starts by grabbing the ball, then dribbling up the court, quickly but calmly, while counting down the

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Women’s hoops featured in Ohio College Basketball Insider

Serafina Nuzzo, a sophomore point guard from Western Springs, Ill.

The unprecedented success of Denison’s 19-0 women’s basketball team has been turning a lot of heads lately, including Mark Znider’s. The veteran sportswriter for the Columbus Dispatch recently chatted with team members and shared some insight into the Big Red’s

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When is a green swimming pool a good thing?

When a Green Pool is Something to Strive for...

At the risk of patting ourselves on the back, we’re going to go ahead and pat ourselves on the back. The ground is cold and hard, but construction crews continue to make progress on the expansion and renovation of the

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A true wingman

A True Wingman

On Saturday, the Columbus Dispatch celebrated the life and legacy of Keith Piper, the longtime Denison football coach who passed away in 1997. During his 39 years as head coach at Denison, Piper compiled a 200-142-19 record. In 1985 and

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It’s official

It's official

Earthmovers and excavators have been at work pushing dirt around outside the Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center for a few weeks now, but on Friday, Oct. 15, it all became official. A crowd of some 200 Denison alumni, trustees, students,

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Big Red Weekend hits The Hill

Big Red Weekend Hits The Hill

Denison students and faculty are back to their usual schedules of classes and practices and rehearsals and homework, but remnants of Big Red Weekend still linger. The tent that hosted the Meet the Faculty Reception and several community meals is

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Breaking new ground for the Big Red

Breaking New Ground for the Big Red

Denison University has broken ground on a $38.5 million renovation and expansion of the Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center. “This is a project that has been long in planning, and we’re excited to see it now underway,” says Denison President

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