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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

Blog Archives

On Broadway

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Ben Jacoby ’09 is no stranger to the stage. In addition to the roles he’s played from Laertes in Hamlet at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2012 to Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific, he also spent nearly two years

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Skip the internship? Two views.

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If your college community is anything like mine, you’re probably surrounded by peers who find themselves stressed out this time of year as a result of internship applications. ‘Tis the season for figuring out what you’re gonna do this summer.

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Written By: Ryan Erickson '16 & Nick Gesue '01

Reptile find

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For many scientists, the idea of discovering a new species is a distant dream, but for Grant Adams ‘11, it’s been an unexpected reality. Adams has always been interested in biology. Before coming to Denison, he enjoyed the outdoors as

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Written By: Landon Slangerup '17
Photo Credits: Grant Adams '11

Geo-thriller

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As a hydrogeologist, Sam Marquis ’83 uncovers the histories of interlayered rock strata. As a best-selling author, multi-layered plots are at the heart of his thrillers. For more than twenty-five years, Marquis has worked as an environmental consultant and expert

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Rocking the season

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Eighteen women line up on the sidewalk, dressed in identical shimmering dresses — with red lips and French twists, they wait to cross the street — no easy feat in New York City. Yet, as soon as their iconic shoes

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Depth of focus

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Cinema had 20 majors in the class of 2009, the biggest crop the department has had to date — but even so, it’s surprising that four of them have ended up creating their own production company. Last week, Denison was

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

The collaborators

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Every artist, even the most talented person out there, occasionally needs to be reminded they aren’t crazy — and that’s the role that Robert “Sarob.” Tate ’16 and Joseph “Joey Aich” Holbert ’16 play for each other.  The two solo

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Photo Credits: Zane Osler '16

Exchanging perspectives

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Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. Distant countries, and all of them were represented here last month in a conference of 25 media and communication professionals, hosted by Denison and the global education organization,

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Written By: Manvi Jalan '18

Out to the ballgame

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Some students are so acclimated to life on college hill that it seems natural to relocate to another hill for the summer — Capitol Hill. This year alone there are more than 20 Denison students interning across Washington D.C., including

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Written By: Meghan Pearce '16

Finding the key

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Ian Moubayed ’12 was panicking. Inside his New York City apartment was thousands of dollars of camera equipment that he needed to bring to a shoot with Matthew Akers, a critically acclaimed filmmaker with whom Moubayed was working. It was

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Above and beyond

Above and Beyond

    On May 13, one soon-to-be graduate hopped on the seal outside Swasey Chapel and started dancing. It may be a big no-no among current students and recent graduates (it’s said that stepping on the seal during your Denison

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Photo Credits: Tim Black Photography

That’s teamwork

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Lights. Color. Motion. These are traditional elements of a video game. But are they enough? When Ashwin Lall, assistant professor of computer science, first created a class on video game design he focused on the algorithms, principles and execution that

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Written By: Antrim Ross '16

On the job: Richard Berman

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With the “marketability” of liberal arts graduates being debated in the media, we asked Richard Berman, Denison’s new director of Career Exploration & Development, about the changing landscape of employment opportunities for recent graduates and what’s in store for the

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

Writing in the real world

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With the end of the school year quickly approaching, there’s a growing question on everyone’s mind. Bosses will inquire about it during internship interviews, grandparents will allude to it over dinner, and friends from back home may even ask, “What

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It’s Hal Holbrook Day!

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On Feb. 17, 1925, a boy was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He would be named Harold. No one knew then, of course, that Harold would become Hal Holbrook ’48, the famed actor who brought Mark Twain to life on stage;

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Building characters

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To ask Jeffrey Hatcher ’80 about Elliott Stout, his mentor and the founder of Denison’s cinema program, feels a bit like cheating. Hatcher is a master storyteller; Stout the sort of outsized figure whose personality inspired memories full of color

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Written By: Ryan Jones

A mover and a shaker

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From his basement dorm room in Crawford Hall, the founder and CEO of E3 Kinetics, Inc. locks the door and answers the phone in a calm voice as he paces the floor: “This is Edward Bailey.” It’s business as usual

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Written By: Laura Carr '17

A big red time

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Parents and alumni flocked to campus September 26-28 for Big Red Weekend, Denison’s one-stop homecoming/parents’ weekend extravaganza. A “first” this year was the Big Red Reunion Jubilee, a fall gathering for alumni who have already celebrated their 55th Denison Reunions.

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '15

The Alchemistress

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Before “selfie” was 2013’s word of the year, before Instagram was an app on everyone’s home screen, even before roads were paved and major cities had electricity, people loved pictures of themselves. With the shape, size, and form of these

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14
Photo Credits: Black and white photograph by Jeff Johnson, staff photographer for Patagonia.

A love story

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Carolyn Morey and Teall Edds went for a walk. It was 1985, and they had just met. They were both high school students who were on campus with their parents for Homecoming, spending the evening in the living room of

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Over the edge

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When standing on the edge of a 22-story building, all reasoning goes out the window. The weeks that Holly Jespersen ’97 spent fundraising to rappel off the side of the Hilton Hotel in Hartford, Conn., seemed very far away. The

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14

Keep calm and study on

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Classes ended on May 5, and Commencement, summer internships, jobs, service, and relaxation are quickly approaching — but students still have to get through finals, so we we wanted to offer up a handy-dandy guide to the week ahead. Study

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Landing that first job

Landing That First Job

In Higley Hall earlier this month, students gathered in corners of the auditorium and scribbled their job-search emotions on Post-it notes. There were a few that sounded hopeful—“exited,” one read. Another one: “motivated.” Some were a bit more reserved—“curious,” wrote

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Heeding your call

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In David Howitt’s office in Portland, Ore., hangs a framed letter from a mergers and acquisitions lawyer with Starbucks. The lawyer had met with Howitt and his wife Heather, slid them a piece of paper with a very large number

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Genetic information

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What does a career in genetics really look like? Ronneberg Lecture Series guest speaker Kristy Crooks, a clinical geneticist, shared stories and cases from her own experience with interested students, outlining possibilities for them to consider in the field of

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Written By: Hung Tran ’15
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim'16

A calling and a career

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With any major comes a basket of expectations—and a boatload of presumptions. You know how it goes: environmental studies majors are hippies, chemistry majors are type A, economics majors will make a lot of money, and English majors will teach.

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim ’16

A shark bites

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It was a tense few moments on the set of ABC’s “Shark Tank” for siblings Berry Wanless ’99 and Betsy Johnson and for their business, SwimZip, a line of nearly full-coverage bathing suits for kids, complete with zipper for easy

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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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The power of print

The Denisonian staff of 1959-60 certainly understood the phrase "cut and paste."

It seems crazy. A king of 21st-century Internet commerce, Jeff Bezos, purchased a dinosaur — a newspaper. Not only that, this particular publication, The Washington Post, enjoyed its heyday when Bezos was a boy, back before computers, when it toppled

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Written By: David Sweet ’85

And away they go

And Away They Go

Senior week 2013 started with seniors showing up in Slayter to grab that coveted cap and gown and to sit for their senior yearbook photo. By Tuesday evening, they were chatting with President and Mrs. Knobel in the Burton D.

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The sound of music

While teaching music to students in Tanzania, Kurt Ebsary '12 wrote and recorded an album with them, and he hopes the sales from their CD will help to fund a soundproof recording room for the school.

In May 2012, I graduated with a major in music composition. Two months later I was on a plane to Moshi, Tanzania, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, to assist the music program at the International School Moshi, which houses

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Written By: Kurt Ebsary '12

What I did over winter vacation

What I Did Over Winter Vacation

Over winter break, I made my way east for an “externship,” part of a new program called ExternsEverywhere, offered through Denison’s Career Exploration and Development Office (CE&D). The idea is to connect students with Denison alumni for daylong job-shadowing experiences

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Written By: Joanna Hornbeck ’13

A life of learning

Dr. Cynthia Baum ’78 confers honorary degree to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former president of Costa Rica, Dr. Óscar Arias Sánchez, at Walden’s 48th Commencement Ceremony in August 2012

Cynthia Baum ’78 had expected to become a clinical psychologist after graduation. But as it turned out, she never strayed far from academic life. After more than 20 years in education, Baum is about to wrap up her first year

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My first boss was a would-be senator

My First Boss Was A Would-Be Senator

It had been just 20 hours since my graduation ceremonies at Denison when I found myself back in Concord, N.H., sitting in front of the chairman and the executive director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. I was interviewing for

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Written By: Lucas Meyer ’12

Half-court dreams

Half-Court Dreams

Courtney Baxter ’11 had big dreams after graduation—and big dreams often lead to unknown territory. In a recent New York Times article, Baxter talks about the journey to find her first job, and the not-so-ordinary path she took to get

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Finding what I like—and what I don’t

Lauren Mueller '13

Everyone asks, “What are you going to do when you get out of college?” I always have some long-winded, complicated answer about philanthropy, grant-writing, and changing the world. I say, “I want to make the greatest impact on the largest

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Written By: Lauren Mueller '13

Making it in style

Making it in style

High school superlatives often set the stage for what some see their peers accomplishing in the life ahead. The list of successes – “Most Athletic,” “Most Spirited,” “Best Couple” – is emblazoned in high school yearbooks for life, no matter

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Written By: Claire Lenenski Monahan '08

‘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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Where the exploration begins

Where Exploration Begins

During finals week, students typically spread out to every spare corner of campus, weighted down with books and laptops and the stress that defines this time of the semester. For an hour or so last week, however, the student workers and

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Great journeys begin with a single step

Great Journeys Begin With A Single Step

  On a fine and sunny day on campus this spring, Signe Burgstaller ’88 talked with Denison students about the journey that led to her current position as ambassador and deputy permanent representative of the Permanent Mission of Sweden to

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Faith in chemistry

Faith In Chemistry

Faith Simunyu ’13, a biochemistry major, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the UNCF Merck Science Initiative and will receive $25,000 toward her college costs. Additionally, she will be a paid intern for 10 to 12 weeks at a

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Sound advice for career planning

Marc Anderson '07 and Julie Black '05 (front) were among a panel of alumni invited to speak to students by professor Sue Davis (rear) and the political science department.

Sue Davis, associate professor and chair of the political science department, is acutely familiar with the worries that haunt her students. Sure, there’s all the reading, research, writing, and testing that she and her fellow professors assign (and none of

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Techno talent

Research incubation, defense strategy, venture capitalism—if it has to do with cutting edge technology, Sergei Kanareykin '03 has probably had his hands in it. The Boston-based alum was on campus yesterday talking with math and computer science majors about the many possibilities students have after their time at Denison. Since graduation, Kanareykin has served as the chief technical officer of the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, the deputy managing director of Oxantium Ventures, and CEO of Make a Mind Company, a technology incubator.

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What can you do with an English major, anyway?

What Can You Do With An English Major, Anyway?

There’s an old stereotype that English majors go on to be English teachers. And of course, some do. But they also venture into an unlimited number of other fields and professions. Take Matthew Harrington ’84, for example. He started an

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Rock on, brothers

Rock On, Brothers

Beachy, americana, garage-band brother rock — one of those lesser known genres — is where you might classify ik ben, the Nashville-based band of brothers Paul “Scott” Hylbert ’91 and Brian Hylbert ’01. Despite the decade-long age gap, the San

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Written By: Olivia Combe

The singing surgeon

The Singing Surgeon

It was an unusual thing for a doctor to do, but one day this spring, Paul Bryson ’00 took to the field at a Cleveland Indians home game and belted out the national anthem. “I was nervous,” he says, “but

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A case for living in central Ohio

A Case For Living In Central Ohio

Gail Martineau ’08 is proud to be a lifelong resident of central Ohio. But like many fellow Ohioans, she’s concerned about the number of college graduates leaving the state for other parts of the nation and world. Last week, Martineau—a

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Should you ‘friend’ your parents?

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We have absolutely no idea. But Brooke Oberwetter ’02, who is associate manager for policy communications at Facebook, took on that issue and a few others yesterday on The Washington Post blog, Campus Overload Live. The interview was in honor

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Poker face

Poker Face

Shelie Miller (Chemistry 2000) had an ace in the hole when she interviewed for a faculty spot earlier this year at the University of Michigan. But she couldn’t lay all her cards on the table—not until the White House made

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Telling the stories of art

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This New Year’s Day, Nannette Maciejunes ’75 will unveil the Columbus Museum of Art’s new $6.9 million renovation. As the museum’s executive director, Maciejunes says the new facilities will highlight the different stories of the museum’s art collection. “I want

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Michael Eisner on media, liberal arts & more

Michael Eisner '64

Michael Eisner ’64, former CEO of the Walt Disney Company and a life trustee at Denison, continues to be a major force in the media industry. In the current issue of WSJ. Magazine, he shares his thoughts on a range

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From East to Higley

From East to Higley

Erin Copple Smith originally came to Denison back in 2000 as a first-year student who was determined to have the whole liberal arts experience, taking advantage of every moment, and she did. From academia, to theatre production, to sorority life,

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Taking it all in

Christina Gorski '12

This semester, I’m living in New York City for my off-campus study adventure. Every day, I walk past the Empire State Building on the way to work and by The New York Times on the way home. At first, I

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Written By: Christina Gorski '12

Threat reduction in Africa

Threat Reduction In Africa

On Nov. 14, Senator Richard G. Lugar ’54 (R-Ind.) returned from a trip to Africa where he and a panel of Pentagon arms experts inspected sites that represent a new wave of international security concerns. In Uganda and Kenya, they visited

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The future is now

The Future Is Now

Nine o’clock on a Saturday morning isn’t exactly prime time for student activities. But the first-year students, sophomores, and juniors who attended The Future is Now: Graduate School Preparation Conference and Resource Fair in October got a leg up on

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Written By: Jordan Kurker-Mraz '14

On the fast track

Kevin Locke ’88, Matt Fadel ’08, and Will Curtis ’11 talked shop at today’s Career EXPO.

‘Tis the season to leave the jeans and T’s behind and don those suits, ties, and sensible heels, because Career Services is delivering a one-two punch this week with the 18th annual Career EXPO today and the Graduate/Professional School Fair

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Networking at the speed of Denison

Networking at the Speed of Denison

“What do I do after Denison?” Unless they’re lucky enough to win the lottery (or the Showcase Showdown), most students will be looking for gainful employment or continuing their education after graduation. Right now, on the second floor of Slayter,

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