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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

Taste of springtime

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Since the first daffodils in March, students have been waking up to spring like the unfolding leaves all around us, finding time to come together, shed our winter gear, and loosen-up, by immersing ourselves in a myriad of cultural events featuring great food,

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Written By: Manvi Jalan '18

Meet the new class

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Every January brings the start of the spring semester, snow, and a meeting of the Board of Trustees, who make the final decision to award tenure to a crop of eligible associate professors. In a small busy community that’s constantly

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Keep his spirit alive

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On Monday (Jan. 25), Denison’s Gospel Choir took the stage at Swasey and burst into song. The highlight: a Denison rendition of “Glory” from the movie Selma. It was part of the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration—a combination of

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Photo Credits: Tim Black Photography, Nelson Dow '16

Season of light

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It’s not a coincidence that this time of the year, as daylight reaches its nadir and the cold wind starts to blow, we look forward to seasonal celebrations featuring light and warmth. And good food, of course. The unofficial salvo

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Written By: Manvi Jalan '18

Regina Carter — finding her voice

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For Linda Krumholz’s First Year Writing Workshop, the novels of Toni Morrison have provided a starting point for conversations about art, memory, and trauma. For visiting Vail Series artist Regina Carter, this confluence of emotion and creative energy began with

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

Song & dance make D-Day

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Although, as students like to remind each other wistfully, D-Day no longer involves canceling classes for the day, it remains a beloved Denison tradition. From the much-anticipated lip-dub video revealing the headliner artist each year to the festivities themselves, it’s

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16
Photo Credits: Zane Osler '16 (T-Pain concert)

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

Embracing differences

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I wrote in my journal during the second week of my 5-week-stay in Senegal: “Despite all the negative media exposure that I‘ve seen … this culture filled with kindness and hospitality is allowing me to see the life in Africa

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Written By: Zhihao Cao '16

New face of Africa

New Face of Africa

“Dafra Kura,” explains Olivier Tarpaga, means “new face.” When founding his musical group, he chose its name because he wanted to put a new face on West African music, to expand the idea of what that music really is. “African

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16, Reporting By: Manvi Jalan '18

You can’t pick just one

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It’s that time of the year again. The late summer days are full of sunshine and students are starting to discover Denison outside the classroom. The Involvement Fair, organized by CLIC (the Campus Leadership and Involvement Center), was in full

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Written By: Manvi Jalan '18

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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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

The yin and yang of Yik Yak

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Many of the largest tech successes boil down to simple ideas: an exclusive online community, a way to share images, a place to publicize your review of a restaurant. As more people use these interfaces, their elementary foundations become social

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Harnessing the summer sun

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The future is looking bright thanks to Kareha Agesa ’17, who has been working diligently to harness the immense power of the sun this summer. Well, it’s not exactly that simple, but Agesa has been collaborating with a team of

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Written By: Jillian Koval '16

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

Swash of inspiration

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It’s something we’ve all experienced: there’s a problem; we have to solve it; and the clock is ticking. Everyone has a strategy when faced with such a conundrum – some like to go for a run, others work on something

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Photo Credits: Julia Blaukopf

Proud to have pride

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June 19 marked the kick-off of our great city’s annual Pride celebration. The Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and March celebrates LGBTQ life in the city with performances, vendors, bike rides, a history lecture, and a parade—all at Goodale Park, all

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Time for change

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It was early spring of 1970, and America was in upheaval. The country was long into the Vietnam War, working its way through Civil Rights Act legislation, and still mourning the deaths of Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy.

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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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Taste of spring

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Students didn’t waste any time making use of Ohio’s spring weather. On Friday, South Quad was filled with the sounds of music, the smells of authentic international food, and the sight of nearly 300 Denisonians gathered together to celebrate the

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Written By: Antrim Ross '16

Line breaks & climaxes

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It’s that time of year again: as the weather slowly, tentatively improves, underclassmen start spending more time outside — and soon realize that they aren’t seeing much of their senior friends. With deadlines for senior research looming, the class of

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Culture blast

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While the Kenyon College Lords and Ladies are Denison’s fated backyard rivals in a number of athletic endeavors, there is the occasional event that brings the schools together — like this year’s Culture Jam Week, the annual celebration run by

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Photo Credits: Concert: Zane Osler '16 / Talent Show: Jenny Kim '16 & Hai Nghiem '18 / Fashion Gallery: Linh Nguyen '18

Telling stories

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The Bandersnatch was standing room only (or at least “sitting in random spots on the floor only”) Wednesday evening as students crowded in for Denison’s first Story Slam. Organized by Mac Sellars ’16 and Haley Jones ’17, the event was

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim '16

Most distinguished

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As Laurel Kennedy, vice president for student development, presented a Distinguished Leadership Award to Lauren Adejumo ’15 last week, she cited Adejumo’s campus contributions in the form of work for the admissions office, as president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority,

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Tutti = all together

Tutti = all together

    Last week, almost 40 composers braved the snow and subzero temperatures to travel to Granville from Florida, California, Texas, and other locales one would not lightly desert for icy Ohio. They were motivated by the prospect of hearing

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '15
Photo Credits: Tim Black Photography, Jenny Kim '16

Looking at identities

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Surprisingly little-known bit of Denison trivia: we have what is probably the largest collection of Burmese art and artifacts outside of Burma, now Myanmar, thanks to donations from Denison’s many Baptist missionary alumni during the late 19th and early 20th

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '15
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim '16

Model citizen

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Photoshop can be dangerously fun. It allows you to see everything from your wedding day with Justin Timberlake to what your friend might look like with Tom Selleck’s mustache. Some pictures, however, are too good to Photoshop, like junior Nelson

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Do you want to build a snowman?

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March is here, the birds are chirping, and the sun is shining. Spring is right around the corner, though you can’t really tell from the looks of campus after the last few snowfalls. While some may be dreaming of warmer weather, 

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Right on track

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It takes a little time to get seven busy people in the same place at the same time just long enough to take a photo, but we finally managed it, and are glad to introduce you to our newest crop

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Valentine bouquet

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Sarah Williams ’15 and Aubrey Vasquez ’17 have had some practice making life a little brighter for others. Today they were delivering Valentine’s Day carnations to offices across campus. Only a month ago, they spent a week during winter break

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A threat to justice everywhere

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“Injustice everywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” — Martin Luther King, Jr.  What’s the most important issue in the United States since its founding in 1776? According to James W. Loewen, author, sociologist, and the keynote speaker of this

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Spring begins now

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Let’s agree that the first day of spring semester means spring starts today. Those of you who are pessimists can call it pre-spring, but for now the January sky is blue and it’s a balmy 40 degrees on the a-quad

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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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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

Broadway on Broadway

Broadway on Broadway

Broadway comes to . . . well, West Broadway, at least once a semester in Granville thanks to the efforts and energy of the music department’s Belinda Andrews-Smith. Fifteen years ago, the opera-trained coordinator of vocal studies started the Singer’s

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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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Lights of Diwali

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Annual celebrations have their unique traditions, and we all look forward to repeating our favorite customs and rituals each year. On Friday (Oct. 24), students, faculty, and Granville residents were invited to experience, what for many was a new kind

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Photo Credits: Jenny Kim '16

D-day tradition continues

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Traditions are strong at Denison, where for the last 65 years, students have been surprised annually with a free concert, festival, and games. This year’s D-Day (short for Denison Day) was held on Friday (Oct. 10), allowing Denisonians to blow off

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Photo Credits: Tim Black Photography (Roost), Zane W. Osler '16 (Mitchell Center)

United, not divided

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Locked arm in arm, a small sea of students and faculty marched for solidarity through central campus yesterday afternoon. Braving the light rain during Thursday’s common hour, many wielded colorful umbrellas, matching their personalized signs. “United, not divided” was the

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A trip around the world

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Colorful glass beads covered the brightly decorated table—light and dark, small and large, bracelets and waistbands. Anna Teye ’16 ran her hands over the collection, explaining how each adornment holds significance in her home of West Accra, Ghana. Her region

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Photo Credits: Jenny Kim '16

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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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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Only the beginning …

Only the beginning ...

Classes are officially underway, but most of the first-year students have been moved in since Sunday (Aug. 24), which also marked their official Induction into the Class of 2018 through a ceremony held on the Reese~Shackelford Common. In his address

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The start of something great

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Dear ’18ers: Welcome. It was a big weekend. You have settled into the residence halls and officially been inducted into the Class of 2018. You received your tassel, which you’ll need to hold on to for the next four years

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Summer living

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It began over tacos, as many good things in life do. Current roommates Gemma Aldana ’17, Karen Osborne ’16, Rachel Morrison ’16, and Tori Newman ’15 (pictured above) first joined forces in The Roost thanks to Bon Appétit’s “late night”

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College bound

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As a senior at the Englewood campus of Urban Prep Academy in Chicago, Steven Clark traded in the solid red tie of his school uniform for a tie with red and gold stripes, an honor he earned with his acceptance

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Photo Credits: Cheryl Corley, NPR; Urban Prep Academy

Dance break

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The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) opened their two-day residency at Denison with an inspiring performance in an unconventional space – the atrium of the Burton Morgan Center – where they presented a merging of dance, poetry, and history. The audience

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Model students

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It was a Thursday evening in Slayter and the sounds of drums and foot-stomping trickled down from The Roost, where students from professor Stafford Berry’s African dance classes lined the aisles surrounding the red carpet. It wasn’t a dance party

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Written By: Rose Schrott '14
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim ’16 and Hung Tran '15

History lesson

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During a moving performance last week, a student stood on the stage in the Roost and began to reenact a horrific aspect of American history. He handed out “color” cards to classify the human beings in front of him based

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Written By: Hung Tran ’15
Photo Credits: Hung Tran ’15

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

Call and response

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At Denison, celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s work takes more than just one day in January. Students gathered in Slayter auditorium on Jan. 23 to begin the four-day celebration under the theme, “Call and Response,” which started with service projects

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Social movement

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If you walked by the Reese~Shackelford Common in mid-November, you would have seen the light dusting of snow still on the ground from the first snow of the year. If you walked by on a particular Thursday around lunchtime, though,

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '14

Change starts here

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It made sense to have Adam Weinberg give the welcoming address at this year’s GLCA Students of Color Leadership Conference, not simply because he is Denison’s president and the conference was held on the DU campus, but also because of

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Photo Credits: Mark Anthony Arceño, Patrick Smith

Posse pride

Abdi Ali ’13 is one of four Posse Scholars highlighted in a recent article from the Boston Posse Quarterly.

Denison has been partnering with the Posse Foundation since 2000 when it welcomed its first class of Scholars from Chicago. Now, as the college enters its ninth year with Posse Boston, a Posse Boston Quarterly article took a look at

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Photo Credits: Hung Tran ’15

The case for love

Share the Love

On June 12, 2005, Lauren Araiza’s now husband proposed to her while hiking near Lake Tahoe. But the date wasn’t random, in fact, it had great significance for Araiza, and her soon-to-be husband knew it. On June 12, 1967, Chief

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Africa Moves!

Members of the Berry and Nance Dance Project, including Stafford Berry, assistant professor of dance (center), performed last Friday as part of Africa Moves!

The audience in Ace Morgan Theatre last Friday (April 26) watched as dancer Olivier Tarpaga moved around a sparse set performing his work, “Not Because You’re African.” At the end of the piece, as he bowed with the musicians who

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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

Habits of mind — and heart

Habits of Mind—and Heart

It was a busy day on campus on Friday, April 19, with lots of special guests in prospective students and members of the Board of Trustees, but for one hour during the afternoon, it was all about the achievement of

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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

Brava!

Brava!

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 of her

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Blossoming artist

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UPDATE: (April 3, 2013) Congratulations to Chelsea for winning this year’s “People’s Choice Award” at the AICOU Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts event held today at Denison — a well-deserved recognition! Senior Chelsea Flowers has something extra special to

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In search of direction

In Search Of Direction

In early March, the Black Box Theatre in Burke Hall was packed as Denison students, faculty, staff, and community members showed up to watch a moving production of “The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God,” a 2001

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Photo Credits: Mathew McFarren

Lauding leadership

Honoring Leadership

Every year, Denison recognizes a group of graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to the college through their involvement in student 
organizations, in co-curricular activities, on the residential education staff, and as scholars, artists and athletes. At

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The wonderful wizard of college

The Wonderful Wizard Of College

DEN SHOTS:

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Love is in the air

Love Is In The Air

Hung Tran, a sophomore from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, majoring in communication and computer science, took a stroll around campus, camera in hand. Now we’re sharing the love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Video Credits: Hung Tran ’15

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 significance of Selma

The Significance Of Selma

During winter break, a group of 13 Denison students traveled to Selma, Ala. They worked on a series of service projects, like the Freedom Foundation’s Random Acts Theatre Company (RATCo), which empowers local children through arts programs. “My Break Away

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Learning from Dr. King … and one another

Learning From Dr. King … And One Another

Denison didn’t hold regular classes on Monday, Jan. 21—but there was no interruption in teaching and learning. There was a service fair, an all-campus lunch, a community convocation, and a series of “teach-ins” for what has become the college’s annual

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Photo Credits: Ryan Li ’15

The courage to create a just world

King On The HIll

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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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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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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Something for everyone

Something For Everyone

The Academic Quad was a maze of tables Thursday afternoon for the annual Involvement Fair, a chance for students to sign up to participate in service groups, club sports, multicultural organizations, religious and spiritual groups, and Greek life, among others.

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Oh, what a night

Oh, What A Night

Applause and music from a brass quintet greeted the incoming first-year students on Thursday evening at the Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2016. They marched, two by two, from Swasey Chapel to the Reese~Shackelford Common, where brightly robed faculty

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Cell intel

Cell Intel

The college recently announced that four members of the faculty have been awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees and will be promoted to the rank of associate professor. This is the last in a four-part series highlighting the faculty

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Senior sensations

Distinguished Denisonians

Last week, 25 outstanding Denison seniors were recognized for their achievements in leadership. The Distinguished Leadership Awards are presented annually to graduating seniors, recognizing their extraordinary commitment to excellence and leadership, as well as their dedication to Denison and surrounding

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It takes a campus

It Takes A Campus

In these hurried times, it has come to be abbreviated: MLK Day. But shortening the name of a holiday isn’t really the problem–rather, it’s what could be called an unspoken national assumption that just one day could ever be enough

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Modern musician

Modern Musician

The college recently announced that four members of the faculty have been awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees and will be promoted to the rank of associate professor. This is the third in a four-part series highlighting the faculty

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Performance plus

Performance Plus

You might think that having a world-class performer stage her U.S. debut at Swasey Chapel would be enough reason to bring Dada Masilo to Denison—and you would be right. But Vail Series director Lorraine Wales and Professor of Dance Gill

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Video Credits: Mark Sewards

So you think you can dance?

So You Think You Can dance?

She was discovered at age 11 as she performed with a street troupe of dancers in Soweto. Since then, Dada Masilo has experienced a meteoric rise in the international dance community. After intensive training at the Dance Factory in Newtown,

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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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Dance lessons

Dance lessons

Before coming to Denison, Effi Taylor ’12 had lived in Ghana her entire life—a place where dance is part of the culture. Growing up, though, she had never taken a dance class. “Back home,” Taylor says, “you go with the

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Written By: Emily Hopcian ’12

Tea time

Tea Time

When folks strolled into the lobby of Burke Hall on Sunday, they sauntered up to the bar—a tea bar, actually. There they had their pick between three varieties of tea supplied by ZenCha Tea Salon in Columbus, including matcha, the

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It takes just four weeks to make a family—and a play

It Takes Just Four Weeks to Make A Family—And A Play

Have you ever watched a bird gathering twigs to build a nest in the spring? Or a squirrel hoarding acorns as October’s brilliant colors fade into the gray chill of the approaching winter? Either experience is a lot like seeing

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They had us at ‘hello’

They Had Us At Hello

Let’s just say it up front—this place is all sorts of serious about education, the life-changing kind that happens in classrooms, labs, and studios. But when the paper isn’t due for a week and there’s no test tomorrow, there is

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A moment to look back … and celebrate

A Moment To Look Back And Celebrate

In late April, the Class of 2011 Posse scholars gathered with friends, faculty, and representatives from the Posse Foundation for the annual Posse Scholars Senior Recognition Ceremony. The event allows faculty members and students to reflect on the scholars’ time

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They’re bendy

They're Bendy

What’s fun, scary, and more fun? The Kenya Safari Acrobats performing at Swasey Chapel Wednesday evening as part of Culture Jam. The students ate it up like popcorn.

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Celebrating African cultures

Celebrating African Cultures

African Awareness Week is off and running. Last evening, students of the African Student Association held a Fun and Games night in Slayter. Events during the rest of the week include a panel on breaking African stereotypes, mystery movie night,

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Photo Credits: Allie Colina '14

Poets taking on the dream

Poets Taking On The Dream

Students gathered on overstuffed couches and settled at café tables Wednesday night at the Bandersnatch, talking quietly and greeting one another for a time until two students took the stage. Steve Flores ’11 (Hyde Park, Mass.) and Akeila Benjamin ’13

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‘You have spoken pointedly, but out of love for humankind’

Professor Ron Santoni

The Newark Advocate commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day today by reprinting an open letter written by Ron Santoni, originally published on June 29, 1967. Santoni, then an associate professor of philosophy and today the Maria Theresa Barney Chair Emeritus

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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

Hanukkah Lights

Margot Singer, assistant professor of English and award-winning author

An NPR holiday tradition for two decades, Hanukkah Lights presents fiction to celebrate and illuminate the holiday season — moving tales of discovery and reconciliation, the persistence of hope and the promise of undimmed light. This year’s program features “Finding

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Making refugees feel at home

Helping Refugees In Ohio

Erik Singh, a senior from Pemberville, Ohio, likes to help people to settle in. He became involved in the plight of the Somali population in central Ohio two years ago when he joined the Denison chapter of the Roosevelt Institute,

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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

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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A place for time, space & faith

A Place for Time, Space, & Faith

The mood is solemn yet relaxed as members of Hillel, the Jewish student organization, eat at tables arranged family-style in a giant square. Tonight they are sharing Shabbat, a dinner of rest and reflection. On the menu is vegetarian lasagna

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

Thinking about the Open House

Tom Mitchell '11

For many students, part of the college experience involves maintaining their religious traditions from home. Of course, since it’s college, they also may be exploring other dimensions of spirituality, or questioning the entire concept itself. Luckily, for Denison students, there

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

Founding feminists

Founding Feminists

When Joan Straumanis came to Denison as a philosophy professor in 1971, she was introduced at her first faculty meeting as a “real feminist hell raiser.” “That marked me the whole first year,” she says. “It was necessary for me

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The evolution of a liberal arts education

The Evolution of a Liberal Arts Education

In 1978, Denison University became the nation’s first coeducational college to require students to take a Minority or Women’s Studies course prior to graduation. In 2010, the college has adjusted its approach to how students explore multicultural perspectives. The faculty

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Does talking make a difference?

Does Talking Make a Difference?

On a warm September morning on the academic quad, a group of students is having a serious conversation, but it’s not about being inundated with homework or what’s on the menu at Curtis. Here, at the heart of campus, they

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Slow down, you move too fast

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

Fall semester is ramped up and moving fast. You have an exam on Thursday, two papers due Friday, and there’s a meeting tonight for that club you joined. Whew. But, wait. Take a cue from the East: walk slowly, take

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Photo Credits: Minggang Li & Joanna Mitchell

Choices, choices

Choices, Choices

Thursday afternoon on the Quad was hot, loud and fun. More than 100 campus organizations set up for the Involvement Fair, decked out with popcorn, balloons, frisbees, and live music. The event was arranged for students — especially first-years  to

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‘Start as you mean to go on’

Start as You Mean to Go On

They’re off and running. They learned ancient history from a classics professor, botany from Denison’s president (a history professor), and how the words “I Love You” can build community from the student body president. It was the Induction Ceremony, 60

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Learning the ropes

Learning the Ropes: Denison Outdoor Orientation

The first three days of the new students’ college experience are busy ones. Orientation, taking place at Denison this year Aug. 26-29, is a time for meeting a ton of new people, moving into a new “second home,” and becoming

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Photo Credits: Christy Trager (DEUCE Photos)

Here they come!

Here They Come!

It’s that time of year again: bags are packed, students are excited, parents are wondering how quiet their homes are going to be in a few weeks, and roommates are already getting to know each other on Facebook. The fall

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