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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

Examining the Exodus

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The image is of a little boy, three years old, face down in the sand of a Turkish beach. Aylan Kurdi had drowned when his family fled Syria and the boats carrying them capsized. His body washed up on this

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Kathmandu quake

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The following blog entry comes this week from Sarah Kosling ’14, who is serving with the Peace Corps in Nepal: On April 25, Nepal was hit by the largest earthquake it’s seen in the past 80 years. Throughout pre-service [Peace Corps] training

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Written By: Sarah S. Kosling '14
Photo Credits: Sarah S. Kosling '14

Ragin’ Cajun on Campus

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Political strategist James Carville walked into the boardroom of Barney Davis ready to take questions from a room full of students prepared to greet him. The first: What is it like on the campaign trail? With that, Carville, who managed

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Next steps

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Black Lives Matter. The phrase that started as a social media hashtag has grown into a social movement and a nationwide conversation about racism, in response to a recent succession of police killings of unarmed black citizens. Visiting Assistant Professor

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Full feministing

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The Burton Morgan auditorium was packed for Jessica Valenti’s talk: audience members huddled on the stairs, lined up along the walls, crowded in the doorways. And when Valenti asked the full house who identified as a feminist, nearly every hand

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Midterm results

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Tuesday’s midterm elections will bring about changes in Washington, including a majority Republican Congress and Senate. According to Paul Djupe, associate professor of political science, “the results are in line with what we would expect from modern history — sitting presidents

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When numbers talk

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Sometimes, all you need to say can be summed up in a Tweet. Ann Townsend ’85 felt that way in the middle of her meeting with eight other members of the 14-person board for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, which

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Rethinking global education

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When President Adam Weinberg gave a talk as part of the Global Studies Seminar earlier this month, he started by debunking the myth that the idea of studying abroad began in American colleges and universities. In truth, the idea of

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Photo Credits: Hung Tran ’15

Ideas worth spreading

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On Saturday (March 1), the Denison community will gather for its first TEDxDenisonU event, an independent TED Talk experience hosted by President Adam Weinberg and sponsored by the Spectrum Series and the Denison University Entrepreneurship Program. The popularity of TED

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Video Credits: Hung Tran ’15

Calling on future leaders

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Gov. Jon Huntsman confessed to a group of students in Professor Heather Poole’s “Responsibility and Freedom” class that he’s not exactly proud of the way his generation is leaving the country for the generation of leaders sitting in college and

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Photo Credits: Hung Tran '15

Zappa – a token of extreme

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It’s hard to believe that the talent and energy of Frank Zappa, a man who refused to be measured by any conventional standard, have been gone for twenty years. When I was lucky enough to briefly meet him in 1971,

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Written By: James P. Davis, Assoc. Professor of English

Congress on campus

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Students in Assistant Professor Mike Brady’s “Politics of Congress” course are spending the semester as different people. It’s part of their coursework to assume the identity of a current U.S. senator and author legislation, arguing for issues through the lens

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Meeting in the middle

Olympia Snowe spoke to a crowd in Swasey as part of the Richard G. Lugar Symposium in Public Policy, named for former Senator Richard Lugar '54, who joined her on stage.

After her husband, Peter Snowe, was killed in a car accident, Olympia Snowe was urged by family and friends to run for his seat in the Maine House of Representatives. She won that election and every election afterward, including runs

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A life’s work on death row

A Life's Work on Death Row

[custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”]While living and working in a poor area of New Orleans in 1982, Sister Helen Prejean began exchanging letters with Elmo Patrick Sonnier, a death row inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. She became Sonnier’s spiritual adviser and

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Lessons from the pizza line

Lessons From The Pizza Line

Joel Diaz and Ethan White didn’t think much of it when they grabbed each others’ hands and huddled together in the December cold while waiting in line for pizza at Mikey’s Late Night Slice in Columbus. They were in the

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The courage to create a just world

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Denison’s 2013 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, themed “The Courage to Create a Just World,” encompasses a host of related events. Included are an evening interfaith service on Sunday, Jan. 20, and a Day of Learning on Monday, Jan.

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Out of the storm

Out Of The Storm

In August 2005, Lauri Pierson Weinfeld ’78 had lost her longterm renters for her property an hour outside of Cleveland. Ironically, that was the same week that Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. With the thousands of people who suddenly found

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Photo Credits: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Teachers, public schools, & gay rights

Teachers, Public Schools, & Gay Rights

Karen Graves is not only a professor of education, she’s also a historian of the discipline. So it’s not surprising that she was the 2011-12 president of the History of Education Society, and this month she gave the Presidential Address

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Defying the distance

Defying the Distance

At one o’clock on Monday afternoon, dancers clad in black and vibrant reds and golds made their way through the crowd gathered at Swasey Chapel. Once on stage, they launched into a joyous dance, rollicking and moving to the celebratory

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A new way to celebrate King Day

A New Way to Celebrate King Day

Denison’s celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take a new form this year. There will be several service projects held this weekend, and this Monday, Jan. 23, the community is invited

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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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Dollars and sense

Dollars and Sense

Nancy Hoover’s light-filled office window on the third floor of Beth Eden overlooks Chapel Walk. Every day she can see Denison students going to and from classes, meals, practices and meetings. And that’s appropriate; many of them are here because

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Video Credits: U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee

Remembering 9/11

This weekend, Denisonians honored the losses of Sept. 11, 2001, with activities across the campus and beyond. Students cleaned up a section of the Licking River and tended the Community Gardens in Newark. They staffed a family night for the community, showing the movie Wall-E and worked with the Licking Memorial Hospital to provide free health screenings. And Sunday evening, at an interfaith service of healing and peace, Swasey Chapel echoed with the haunting music of a 60-person choir performing Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem," with solos provided by Denison faculty members Kevin N. Wines, Belinda Andrews-Smith and Andy Carlson.

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A day in the life…at the Statehouse

A Day In The Life

My alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m., with Katy Perry blasting in my ear. It’s a challenge, trying not to wake my roommates while figuring out what to wear—something professional but not stuffy—for a very unusual day. I settle on

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Written By: Amy Lyon '11

CNN coverage of global events includes Denison’s East Quad

CNN Coverage Of Global Events Includes Denison's East Quad

College students around the country reacted overnight to the breaking news coming out of Pakistan. Denison’s students were no exception, with several hundred gathering on the East Quad, as reported on CNN. “Everyone was united and celebrating our country, regardless

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Photo Credits: Colleen Russo '12, CNN

Welcome, Madame Secretary

Welcome, Madame Secretary

Last Thursday morning, the 12 students in Associate Professor Andy Katz’s Foreign Policy Formulation class were sitting on the edge of their seats in the Burton D. Morgan Center, watching excitedly for the arrival of a special guest. Then she

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And now, your moment of DEN

Aasif Mandvi, correspondent on The Daily Show

This afternoon, we’ve got news on the fake news that reports on the real news. Got it? At Slayter Auditorium last night, Aasif Mandvi, correspondent on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, offered up a lecture titled “Behind the Scenes of

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‘They have never experienced this kind of quake before’

Yu Itaka '11, center, is a music major from Japan.

Yu Itaka, a senior from Japan, told The Newark Advocate what a relief it is to know that his family members are safe and what he’s heard from them in the aftermath of that country’s earthquakes and tsunami. “My family

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When volcanoes are overblown

Erik Klemetti, assistant professor of geosciences

Here’s what happened: Late last year, a scientific journal published a paper on a magma surge at Yellowstone. Sounds scary, right? Sure, volcanoes are scary. There was a lot of sophisticated monitoring going on, and the hard science didn’t indicate

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

Commodities in an uncertain economy

Commodities in an Uncertain Economy

Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com As businesses all over the world emerge from a February that saw political unrest and turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East, March is creating even more economic uncertainty. The price of oil

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Former AG tapped to lead state’s university system

Jim Petro '70 has been selected as Ohio's next chancellor of higher education.

On March 14, Jim Petro ’70 will add another title to his impressive résumé. The former auditor and attorney general of Ohio has just been named as the new chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, the top leadership position

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Scenes from Egypt’s ‘Day of Wrath’

Scenes From Egypt’s ‘Day Of Wrath’

In the following words, photos, and videos, Nick Lewandowski ’09 shares his first-hand account of a single day early in Egypt’s recent protests. Nick moved to Cairo in January 2010, working first as editor in the research department at CI

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Written By: Nick Lewandowski '09
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Recent graduate reports from Cairo

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As tensions have escalated in Egypt, one of the correspondents on the scene has been Nicholas Lewandowski ’09. An iReporter for CNN, Nick filed this dispatch from Cairo as the situation was unfolding. CNN has posted his personal account online, in which

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International intrigue

International Intrigue

It’s not every day that U.S. college students have to fully imagine themselves as citizens of another nation—say, Pakistan, for example. But that’s exactly how one Denison political science class spent part of their Thanksgiving break. Sophia Chen ’11 (Bridgewater,

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Written By: Natalie Olivo ’13

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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My fellow Denisonians…

Bearing an uncanny likeness to Lucas Meyer ’12, Congressional candidate Charlie Powell (center) talks shop with DCGA President-elect Rob Moore ’12 (left) and VP-elect Manny Horsford ’13.

UPDATE: Charlie Powell won the election on Nov. 17, capturing 58% of the vote. While roaring fans rattle the Barclay-Thomsen bleachers during a women’s soccer match, a smaller crowd gathers around a table off to the side of the field.

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

Mr. Dold goes to Washington

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In Tuesday’s election, Republican Robert Dold ’91 edged out Democratic rival Dan Seals to win the 10th Congressional seat in Illinois. Dold captured 51 percent of the vote to 49 percent for Seals. U.S. Senator-elect Mark Kirk previously served as

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Islamic economics & the Iranian Revolution

Sohrab Behdad, professor of economics

Economics professor Sohrab Behdad recently appeared on Amsterdam’s Radio Zamaneh to discuss the recent history of Iran’s economy. Behdad, the co-author of Class and Labor in Iran: Did the Revolution Matter?, discussed the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the subsequent

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‘Food security is no joke’

Fadhel Kaboub, assistant professor of economics

Fadhel Kaboub, economics professor here on the Hill, was compelled to respond to a recent article in London’s Financial Times, which has a print circulation of more than half a million worldwide, addressing the causes of rising food prices. Global

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As Ohio goes…

As Ohio Goes

Political junkies are in their glory right now, sorting out who’s ahead in the polls and who’s lagging behind. Poli sci prof Mike Brady recently he sat down with Ohio Public Radio & Television’s Statehouse News Bureau on “The State

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