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We're moving our new stories to Denison.edu, the college's super-sweet mothership. Over time, we'll be moving some of our best past stories from TheDEN over there too. In the meantime, we've made available an archive of all stories here. This archive will be available for a few months before this site is permanently shut down. See you at Denison.edu! - June 2016

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Record breakers

First-year students are seated at their officeial Induction Ceremony

The Denison University Office of Admissions announces the highly successful enrollment of the Class of 2020. On the heels of the largest number of applicants in the college’s history, nearly 7,000, Denison has enrolled its target class of more than

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El niño takes a break

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  By mid-February, winter snow would normally be in the not-worth-mentioning column, but this week brought Granville its first really good branch-clinging winter snowfall, transforming our arboretum campus and tempering our impatience for spring. For the moment. Here’s a small

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Beginning the ending

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I visited ten colleges as a high school student, and at nearly all of them I encountered disastrous weather: thunder, lightning, tornadoes. The first time I saw Denison, though, it was a perfect fall day — the kind they show

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

Crossing paths

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We’re all social beings, and during the course of most days we find ourselves drawn to certain places where we know or sense we might find other people. Ecological psychologist Harry Heft sees something more critical than sociability in this

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This is it

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Of all the seasons, autumn’s the one. Those visiting here for the first time, if they’re lucky enough to drive up the hill on a fine October day, are overwhelmed by the clarity of the light and color and the

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Remembering Wendell

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More than 1,000 students, staff, and faculty members gathered on Tuesday night (Sept. 1) on Davis Plaza to mourn the loss of Wendell Jackson ’17, a Chicago native reported missing Monday afternoon and found deceased Tuesday morning. Streaming in from

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What did you do this summer?

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This summer, while awesome Denison students were teaching in Costa Rica, dancing in New York, learning about marketing in Senegal, and thinking about urban planning in Boston, life continued on campus. Summer scholars partnered with faculty on their research projects,

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And so it begins

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The first days of any semester are filled with book-buying, unpacking, studying class schedules, and general merriment. They’re also filled with the sight of students running toward each other, arms outstretched, catching up with friends who have spent the summer

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New class in motion

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The new journey for the first-year students always starts with a some sweat and tears (move-in); a bit of ceremony (Induction); and then a lot of fun in the form of August Orientation, or Aug-O, a program for all first-year

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Video Credits: Music Courtesy of The Andy Carlson Band

It’s here: Reunion Weekend 2015

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We always know it’s coming when the Commencement stage disappears piece by piece and all the chairs that held parents and graduates are tucked away until next year. Rising from the dust of minivans and newly purchased interview suits is

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Bring on the fun

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It’s a sure sign of spring when tables loaded with hot dogs and veggie burgers can be seen on the Common as Bon Appétit staff preps for the kick-off of one of Denison’s favorite springtime traditions: Aestavalia. Planned and organized

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An autumn break

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Time for fall break, but who needs a break from this? Cool air, warm sun, moody clouds, comfortable sweaters and colorful leaves. The trees are doing their best to get your attention — dropping acorns with every breeze, changing costume

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Opening night at the Bandersnatch

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On September 15, students flocked to East Quad for opening night at the Bandersnatch, Denison’s student-run coffee shop — although “coffee shop” is perhaps a misleading title for an establishment best-known for its milkshakes and various bagel creations. In keeping

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Written By: Rachel Morrison ’16

Inside the Involvement Fair

Inside the Involvement Fair

Here’s a Denison quiz for you: What has a Mad Hatter, chickens, free rosary beads, and CrossFit? The whole campus enjoyed this combination of sights (thanks to The Bandersnatch, Homestead, Newman Catholic Association, and Big Red Fitness Club) during the

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Into the swing of things

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The first day of classes is always a big day around here. Students are getting used to their semester schedules, setting up meetings with advisors, and running into friends they may not have seen since May. We sent a photographer

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Photo Credits: Tim Black

Road trip!

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After her Commencement ceremony last year, Anneka Buehler ’13 and her dad, Mark Buehler ’80, set off from campus in two Mini Coopers affectionately named “The Smurf of Death” and “Bruiser.” The goal: to get Anneka and four years’ worth

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Photo Credits: Karen English

Marvelous night for a moondance

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News, weather, and social media sites have been bombarded with photos of the first “supermoon” of 2014, which popped up last weekend. It’s kind of a big deal to sky-watchers and photographers alike, as there are only three nights this

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Storytellers

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It’s the story of an 8-year-old girl in Zimbabwe. She’s white, a descendent of the English settlers’ minority-ruled government, and living on a farm. There isn’t anything particularly special about her, except that she is experiencing the complicated system of

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14

These are the good ol’ days

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In about 24 hours, members of the Class of 2014 will become Denison’s newest alumni. As we get closer to Commencement tomorrow (May 17), more and more parents can be seen wandering campus, likely remembering the day four years ago

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Colors of spring

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Laughter will always be the best relief from stress, and this time of the year there’s some giddiness in the spring air, competing with the serious matters of finals, final projects, and impending graduation. Last Friday, students paused to enjoy

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14
Photo Credits: Shivani Mithbaokar '16 and Hung Tran '15

We believe!

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The hope was that the sun would shine bright when the Student Development Office brought cake out to the A-Quad to celebrate spring and the students’ return from break, but Old Man Winter wasn’t quite done with us yet. So

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Spring is here! No, seriously.

Spring is Here

It’s that time of year again. Temps should dip well below freezing today, but everyone’s talking about spring—semester, that is. Yesterday the campus was once again teeming with students trudging along to Burke and Ebaugh and Knapp with backpacks, laptops,

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Bring on 2014

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The college reopened  on January 2 after a short break, and staff and faculty are already gearing up for the spring semester. (Classes won’t begin until January 20, so students are still pretty scarce around here.) The four inches of

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Has anyone seen the Zumba table?

Has anyone seen the zumba table?

The annual Involvement Fair, sponsored by the Campus Leadership and Involvement Center (CLIC), was in full swing yesterday afternoon as the A-Quad filled with students in search of clubs and organizations that fit their interests or sparked new ones. On

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Written By: Maggie Ranger '14

Our driveway

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Fletcher O. Marsh was a professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Denison for 21 years, and at one point, he was the president for a brief period after Samson Talbot’s death in 1873. But he was an engineer at

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Carol of the bells

Carol of the Bells

Yesterday six bells were added to Swasey Chapel—bringing the total to 16—with the help of a crane and some fellows who apparently don’t think twice about wielding hundreds of pounds of metal hundreds of feet in the air. The bell

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Vote of confidence

Vote of Confidence

A few years ago, Ana Morales ’14 came across a team of little boys in her Lawrence, Mass., neighborhood who were selling lemonade. Every day, after the lemonade stand closed, the leader of the group would count the cash and

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Photo Credits: Lia Windt '16

The portrait of a president

The Portrait of a President

Throughout his 15 years as Denison’s president, Dale Knobel often has spent time in the Presidents’ Room, which is tucked into a quiet corner of the library’s main floor. There on the walls are the painted portraits of the Denison

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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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Spring renewal

Spring Renewal

Monday, Jan. 14, marked the beginning of spring semester, and students and professors alike were out and about—heading to class, catching up with friends, and settling back in to life on the Hill. The new semester kicks off with a

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Walk in peace

Walking In Circles

Denison’s newest structure is also one of the oldest architectural forms in the world—the labyrinth. From ancient Greek mythology to medieval European cathedrals to Native American symbology, the labyrinth has been a powerful metaphor for personal spiritual journeys. This summer,

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The calm before the storm

The Calm Before The Storm

Just a few weeks ago, Gus Péwé ’15, a cinema major, headed out on campus with a video camera to capture autumn on the hill before it disappeared into winter. For those of you battling Sandy this afternoon and tomorrow,

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Video Credits: Gus Péwé '15 and Tommy Colangelo

Musical mojo

Music Mojo

Walking across A-quad during Common Hour last week yielded this triple treat: a world-class cellist playing a fantastical mini-concert; a table full of—get this—one thousand chocolate-chip cookies; and a sky so impossibly blue that the whole scene felt like a

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Ebaugh’s golden

We Got The Gold

Denison was just recognized with the gold rating for the renovation and expansion of Ebaugh Laboratories, a project that was completed last year. In 2008, Denison made a major commitment to the environment: All new campus construction from that point

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Derecho damage

Derecho Damage

The month of June ended with a bang this year, and many of us learned a new word: derecho. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as “a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and sometimes thunderstorms that moves across a

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Goodbye Sunsets, hello presidents

Goodbye Sunsets, Hello Presidents

If you’ve been at Denison in the last dozen years or so, you probably know them as “the Sunsets,” or even “Sunnys.” Now, the four handsome brick residence halls on Sunset Drive, overlooking the athletics playing fields and the rolling

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Bricks and mortar

Bricks and Mortar

During this brief pause between classes and Commencement, we thought we’d check in on Mitchell and Chamberlin, where the facilities team is hard at work, and construction and renovation projects are coming along beautifully. “Both are still right on schedule

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Denison’s tallest residents

Denison's Tallest Residents

The leafy trees lining the walkways on campus have always been special to Denison, but the college’s first arboretum makes it official. Denison’s Tree and Landscape Advisory Committee recently developed an arboretum that preserves 34 of the campus’s most visible

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Written By: Natalie Olivo ’13

Spring awakening

Spring Awakening

It’s been unusually warm around here the last couple weeks, but today makes it official—it’s springtime on campus. Classes are outside, students are hanging out on the greens, and everyone seems to have dusted off their shorts from winter storage.

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It’s a Google world

It's A Google World

Back in 2006, Lisa Bazley, chief information technology officer and director of computing services, and her Information Technology Services team brought campus-wide Wi-Fi to the college. Soon thereafter, students, armed with laptops, were downloading reference materials, uploading research papers, and

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Where’s your nook?

Where's your nook?

It’s that time of year again. Daffodils are sprouting around campus. The weather is alternating between its lion and lamb personas. And the students are planning spring break trips for next week. But before they can head out to relax

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Home for the holidays

Home For The Holidays

Perhaps nothing better symbolizes the strong connection between Denison’s hilltop campus and the Village of Granville than Monomoy Place, situated near the center of town. And right now, the historic home is all dressed up for the holidays. With paintings

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Seven days of Denison

Seven Days Of Denison

As 2011 rushes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the year—but not the whole year. Instead, every image in this amazing video was captured during just four days in the spring and three days in the fall.

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The quietest place on the hill

The Quietest Place On The Hill

Walk around campus and this is what you find: Residence halls full of teens and 20-somethings. Faculty who are teaching and conducting research. Classrooms and cafeterias. Laboratories and libraries. Serious studying and lighthearted laughter. Everything you’d expect. But then—what’s this?

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Turn, turn, turn

Turn, Turn, Turn

Brisk breezes and football games. Midterms and Vail concerts. Whether you graduated last year or long ago, thoughts of fall semester are enough to make you homesick for the hill, and a big part of that is the annual autumnal

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Celebrating science

Celebrating Science

A crowd of chilly but very happy Denisonians gathered on campus Friday afternoon for the re-dedication of the newly renovated and expanded Ebaugh Laboratories, and even the brisk autumn breeze was no match for the depth of pride in our

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Sky lights

Thanks to Vivan Quin '12, who caught this photo of students on Reese~Shackelford Common basking in all seven colors of the spectrum.

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It’s on!

It's On!

It’s the first day of classes and students are everywhere, meeting and greeting after a long summer away. Strolling along Chapel Walk. Grabbing breakfast in the dining hall. Studying in the library (yes–already!).  Checking mail in Slayter. Chatting on A-Quad.

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Bringing science to the light

Bringing Science To The Light

So you want to jump inside the middle of a virtual molecule? We’ve got that. It’s immersive learning technology, and it’s just one element of what’s happening in Ebaugh Labs, where everything old is brand spanking new again. And it’s

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The ties that bind

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Near a flowering cherry tree, just outside the golden brick Doane Administration building, lies a reminder of a piece of Denison history: a bronze plaque, put in place last fall and measuring roughly 11 by 14 inches, that bears the

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Talk about eating local

Manny Horsford '13, Anna Farrell '13, and Nicki Jimenez '12 dig a permanent home outside Curtis Hall for one of the cherry trees planted on Monday. Matt Dunn, marketing manager for Sodexo, and Jeremy King, Denison’s sustainability coordinator, provided the trees, a couple of shovels, and some digging assistance.

Mother Nature seems to have a tough time when it comes to making up her mind in April and May. One Ohio morning can be cool and crisp and reminiscent of fall, while the next can start with sunshine and

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They came to dance, dance, dance [FOLLOW-UP]

They Came To Dance, Dance, Dance [FOLLOW-UP]

As promised, we have video from Friday’s flash mob on the Academic Quad. Near as we could count, the dance to Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” involved some 200 people, with several hundred more gathering around to watch. The participants, mostly students,

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Taking a walk

Taking a Walk

I had forgotten about the signs with the colored dots that designate parking areas on campus. My own Denison parking pass, once a cerulean blue, has faded to pure white. I park at Mitchell Center and walk up the hill

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Written By: Shannon McLoughlin Morrison '06

Fill it up

The new water bottle filling station on the first floor of Barney-Davis

Now you can be hydrated, frugal, and green. Denison has installed two new water bottle filling stations (with a third on the way). Just grab your handy-dandy water bottle—stainless steel, Nalgene, aluminum, it doesn’t matter—and fill your bottle with cool,

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Hidden in plain sight (UPDATED)

Hidden In Plain Sight

The scenery is obviously pretty great around here. You’ve seen the view across the Welsh Hills. You’ve chilled with the deer along the drag. You probably have a favorite old building–or a favorite new one. But most of us cruise

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Gaga for garbage

Gaga For Garbage

Spread out over 900 lovely and leafy acres (including a 550 acre Biological Reserve), Denison’s campus is home to more than 2,100 students, 278 faculty and 435 staff. They produce an average of 2.67 tons of garbage per day—roughly a

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Campus interlude

Campus Interlude

It’s Spring Break, and there’s a sense of quiet on campus, as though every building, every tree, and every walkway is waiting for the semester to kick back into gear. The skies are a little gray. The air is a

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One treed hill

One Treed Hill

Denisonians already know this, but we’ll say it anyway: this hilltop campus is a lovely, leafy, woodsy place. And now it’s official, because the Arbor Day Foundation has awarded Denison its Tree Campus USA distinction. The Tree Campus USA program

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Did the groundhog actually get it right? (UPDATED)

Did the Groundhog Actually Get It Right?

Yes, the snow and ice are still melting, and the grass on the academic quad isn’t exactly green yet, but there are signs of spring on Denison’s campus. We spotted what we believe to be the first outdoor class today,

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Deep roots

Deep Roots

The venerable sugar maples towering over the Academic Quad are as iconic and beloved a sight on this campus as Swasey Chapel’s spire. So it’s a sad thing to watch three of the oldest and largest specimens come down this

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