We're moving!

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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The Harris gift

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The year was 1916 —Woodrow Wilson was running for reelection, the the U.S. was one year away from joining WWI, American women were not allowed to vote, and “separate but equal” racism divided the country. It was 100 years ago

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Phish tale

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It just came to our attention that yesterday, March 28th, was the anniversary of a small mid-week party on campus in 1990, celebrating the Betas’ intramural hockey team. As was common in those days, live music was hired to get

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Veterans day, 2015

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It’s a foggy morning on chapel walk, the bells playing a harmonic, ironic chorus of “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’” as east quad students talk quietly, heading at a brisk pace to 9:30 classes. They see a gray-haired man photographing

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Thought leader, 1954

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If you’ve ever tried to keep up with a blog or wield a Twitter, you’ll appreciate the 20th century precursor of those forms — writing a daily syndicated newspaper column. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt used hers, titled “My Day,” to

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Bell canto

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It’s one of those familiar, comforting Denison routines: On weekdays at 9:20 and 11:20 a.m., and again at 6:20 p.m., campus fills with music coming from the Swasey Chapel bell tower. Even though the bells are a consistent part of

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

That was then … this is now

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There wasn’t much technology at Denison except for typewriters. Fraternities dominated campus social life. Women’s lives were restricted — they had 10 p.m. curfews and weren’t allowed to wear pants to class. Men had more privileges, but they also had

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William Howard Doane — in the gospel zone

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At the gospel choir’s concert tomorrow evening, anyone who’s walked around a-quad will find one composer’s name startlingly familiar: William Howard Doane, the Baptist hymn-writer and Sunday school superintendent who has lent his name to both the library and administration

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '15

Back to Burma

Temples of Bagan, Burma, Myanmar, Asia.

As admissions tours move from Beth Eden to their first stop, Swasey Chapel, student guides begin their story: “Denison was founded in 1831 by Baptist ministers. While we are no longer affiliated with the church, we still use our chapel

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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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We are family

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[custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”] It turns out that 108 members of the great Class of 2014 have a family member who also graduated from Denison. Some have just one family connection, and one soon-to-be alumna, Alexandra Painter ’14 from Concord, Mass.,

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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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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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The heritage

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Past inaugurations at Denison have been documented with processions of serious men and women in academic gowns, new presidents greeting well-wishers in receiving lines, and rows of well-dressed guests jammed into formal inaugural dinners on the gymnasium floor. One inauguration

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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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Growing up Denison

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It was love at first sight when I visited the Hill for the first time in April 1999 after having been accepted to Denison. Spring was in full bloom, and I immediately felt welcomed by Denison students and staff. I

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Written By: Katherine Dimancescu ’03

Get your move on

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In the pre-iPod 1970s, moving into the dorm was all about your record collection and your stereo components.  (That’s what they called the stack of heavy boxes with connecting cords, shiny knobs and illuminated dials: components.) With speakers that took

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Rude awakening

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It was early—before noon—on a Saturday morning in the fall of 1974. With no concern for the sleepy inhabitants inside East Hall, an Adytum photographer rapped hard on every door of the basement hallway, flatly shouting “Yearbook!” The students stepped

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The end of the Knobel era

The End of the Knobel Era

Springtime at Denison is a time for farewells, as students finish required papers and take final exams, while seniors prepare for Commencement and life after college. This spring, Denisonians also are saying goodbye to the college’s 19th president, Dale T.

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Video Credits: Hung Tran ’15 and Kurt Hickman

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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Brava!

Brava!

[custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”]There is no doubt that Jessye Norman is a presence. When she takes the stage she commands it, and when she sings, she demands attention, whether it’s for her complete control of quiet, tempered notes or the strength

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Denison’s next president

Denison's Next President

Chair of the Board of Trustees Tom Hoaglin ’71 was delighted to announce today (Nov. 1, 2012) at the general faculty meeting that Adam Weinberg will become Denison’s 20th president, succeeding Dale Knobel, who will retire on June 30, 2013,

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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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100 years of Phi Beta Kappa

100 Years Of Phi Beta Kappa

It’s celebration time for Denison’s 100-year-old chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which has been thriving and growing since 1911 when its chapter was officially installed at the First Baptist Church in Granville. At that time, the society had established chapters

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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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Hidden in plain sight: no stone left unturned

Hidden In Plain Sight: No Stone Left Unturned

You might trip over this odd, hut-like lith on your way into the library without having any idea what just stubbed your toe. Low and inscrutable, most passersby disregard the weighty tablet with its text display set to Ancient Greek.

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‘To Denison’ like you’ve never heard it before

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This video features one of the many highlights of the 2011 Academic Awards Convocation: a new take on the college’s alma mater, “To Denison.” Jazz aficionado Eric “Harry” Brisson ’11 (far left) arranged the piece as a project this semester

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