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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

They’re off!

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Though it was spitting rain and a bit chilly, nothing could stop the Class of 2016 as its members made their way into the Mitchell Center to accept their diplomas and count themselves among the Denison alumni ranks. The ceremony

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Getting the math right

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Great teachers are the culmination of their experiences as mentors, researchers and instructors. Don Bonar, professor of computer science and mathematics, is no exception. Part of his secret may be that he’s had a long time to accumulate those experiences

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Solving the skyscraper

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It’s an early April Friday afternoon in Physics 201. Our professor, Dr. Riina Tehver, walks into the classroom, glances over her students, and says “Glad to see that nobody is dead!” The comment receives tired but genuine laughter, and it’s

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Written By: Patrick Banner '18

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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Rewarding awards

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There are some moments in college you never forget — the first time you bond with your roommate; the class that made you fall in love with your major; an exceptional performance on the field or stage; the list can

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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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Rally for “the race”

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The longest race in college swimming is the 1,650-yard freestyle— aka the mile. It’s a grueling race that can test the will of even the most soundly trained athletes. As tough as that event may be, it’s not what Denison

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Written By: Craig Hicks

Dueling writers

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Creative writing and fencing aren’t a typical college pairing, but for first-year George Malloch-Brown ’19, and his coach, Peter Grandbois of the English department, the two disciplines are quite connected. Malloch-Brown’s interest in fencing began in his childhood, when his

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Written By: Landon Slangerup '17

Come closer

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Capturing the experience of the tiny tutti tasting tour 2016 in words is difficult, given the multifaceted performances along with the overall broad artistic vision. Yet, I think Adam Weinberg put it best in the beginning of the event, when

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Written By: Landon Slangerup '17

Piper Kerman, aiming for change

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Earlier this month, the Beck Series hosted Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. The book is now a popular Netflix original series in its third season. Kerman spoke to

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Photo Credits: Charles Hoffman '18 (middle photo); Tim Black Photography

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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Cool physics

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Last week, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist came to the Hill. William Phillips, head of the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), was hosted by the Physics and Astronomy department last week for

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Written By: Patrick Banner '18

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

Curtis codebreakers

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All across the Curtis veggie lounge, students, staff, and faculty gathered together around tables, hunched over each others’ screens, working on the problem posed by their computers. Over the ambient sound of mouse clicks, key taps and conversation, you could

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Beck “Home Series” home run

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“University creative writing programs are full of teachers who no longer write, or writers who don’t really teach. Our faculty does it all,” remarked Margot Singer, associate professor of English and director of creative writing, as she introduced the first Beck

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Photo Credits: Nelson Dow '16

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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Lessons of Ebola

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The Ebola headlines have fallen away from the front pages, replaced now by Donald Trump and ISIS — although the deadly virus is moving at a much slower pace than it was a year ago, it still hasn’t been completely

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Photo Credits: Charles Hoffman '18

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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Happy numbers

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Here’s a burning question to start your new year: What happens when you take the sum of the square of each of the digits in the number 19, and then continue iterating? Mathematics Professor May Mei proposed this question to

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The force awakens — in Granville

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Star Wars Episode VII appears in theaters today, and Denison Professor of Music, Ching-chu Hu, together with the college’s ensemble-in-residence, ETHEL, couldn’t help but bring the next generation of young Padawans on the fan wagon. The holiday performance of Denison’s

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A matter of time

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We experience time. We pass through it, right? But what is it, exactly? A dimension? A mathematical measurement just to keep us showing up to class and dinner at a predetermined point on the clock? Time was the center of

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Come under the spell

Even as the semester barrels towards finals and the weather in Granville begins to require extra layering, there are plenty of things to love about December at Denison, including the remarkable range of live music performances that suddenly seem to

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

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

Ghouls of Granville

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Walking up Summit Street to Dr. Baker’s house, crowds were beginning to gather: Chewbaccas, Elsas, Harry Potters. . . from zombie blood and gore to innocent pop culture and princesses. As an international student from India, Halloween in America has

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Written By: Manvi Jalan '18

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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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

What is . . . “Jeopardy!” ??

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On Tuesday, Sept. 22, you might have detected a subtle but familiar sight on Jeopardy! – Swasey Chapel, dotting a red silk necktie. Senior Dylan Parson of Slippery Rock, Pa. represented the Big Red for a four-day streak (winning three games) on

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New dimensions

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“One of the great things about math and art is that they’re both really creative. In the end you’re making stuff, whether it’s mathematical formulas, developing ideas or communicating in the arts,”explains Christian Faur. Faur, Denison’s director of collaborative technologies,

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Written By: Cheyanne Cierpial ‘16

The writers read

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All writers understand how nerve-wracking it is to read their own writing and share it with the world, especially in a setting where other writers are present, so it was inspiring and even heartwarming last week to see our own

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Written By: Manvi Jalan '18

Listening closely

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They’re the unmistakable soundtrack to the last days of summer and, believe it or not, the bugs you hear buzzing have something to say. Just ask Laurel Symes ’07, who has made a career out of studying insect sounds, specifically

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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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Mystery in the Sierra Nevada

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  There’s an ancient mystery hidden in the wild Sierra Nevada Mountains, buried layers-deep below the earth, yet to be uncovered and brought to the surface. It’s not the plot of an old spaghetti Western; it’s the recent experience of

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Written By: Jillian Koval '16

What’s your martial art?

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The students are decked out in the white garb of the martial arts, but no one here is an expert. With her right hand, one student grabs the left wrist of another student and gently and slowly pushes his arm

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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

Connecting to France, in English

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With a semester on The Hill separating her from a term abroad in Aix-en-Provence in France, Isabel Randolph ’16 wanted to create a summer research project that captured her experiences wandering the rural roads of southern France and the streets

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Written By: Golzar Meamar '16

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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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

Fire away!

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Sitting down for an unbuttoned talk with the former director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense is an opportunity world leaders might wish for, as would anyone interested in politics and international policy. Thursday morning, a group of six

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Denison proud

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Even with mounting anxiety over year-end exams and summer plans, Denison students can always count on one spring afternoon where the focus isn’t on the future but the past, and everything that they, their peers, and their professors have accomplished.

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Language of rights

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As current events like Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act dominate the news cycle and possibly your Facebook feed, many Americans have rights on the brain. In a recent piece for the Washington Post, Paul Djupe, an associate professor of political science

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

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

Place your bids

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If you’re going to see the registrar, the president, or the provost in their offices this week, you’ll find the second floor hallway of Doane Academy converted into an impromptu art gallery — a collection of student prints and paintings

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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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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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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

Wilde romp

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During a recent and very cold week in February, there were jokes, feathers, and corsets to be found in Ace Morgan Theatre. And who doesn’t love that combination? The Denison Theatre Department performed “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar

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Photo Credits: Margaret Mugel '15

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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Poetry for lunch

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  Professor of English David Baker gently teased a recent Tuesday Lunch audience — with a succession of small revelations — into guessing the identities of six faculty members from across the disciplines who happen to write poetry. An academic

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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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Photo Credits: Tim Black Photography

Feed me!

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Sound technicians ready the equipment for a full tech run-through of dialogue and music for the Denison University Theatre production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Suddenly, Earth Wind and Fire’s “September” begins to play through the Ace Morgan Theatre speakers.

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Written By: Megan Worden '15
Photo Credits: Mathew McFarren

Honoring veterans

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During this Veterans Day week, students, staff, and faculty took several opportunities to pay tribute to our country’s heroes. Tuesday morning, Campus Safety Administrative Assistant Mary Lindsey and physical plant plumber, Veteran Mike Eltringham, hosted the annual Campus Safety breakfast

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Bowls on bowls on bowls

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Two Fridays ago, the hallways of the Bryant Arts Center were lined with bowls. Some were perfectly round; others were endearingly lopsided; many were decorated with everything from polka dots to SpongeBob SquarePants; but all were unique. And all were

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Photo Credits: Jenny Kim '16, Payton Hoang '17

They walk among us

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[custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”] What qualifies as a monster? Are these beasts relegated to fictional abandoned houses and dark alleys, or can they be found in the everyday? These are the questions asked by English Professor Peter Grandbois’ series of six horror-inspired

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Dreaming in colors

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After a debut of their innovative multimedia performance Dreaming in Colors at the Columbus Museum of Art on October 12, composer HyeKyung Lee and artist Christian Faur brought the piece to Denison’s Knapp Performance Lab two days later. Lee’s original

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Photo Credits: Richard Klein

Ducks over Denison

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On August 27, 1883, a volcano at Krakatoa erupted, changing the Indonesian isles’ landscape forever. The force destroyed most of Krakatoa itself, created several other small islands, and threw so much volcanic dust into the atmosphere that people in Britain

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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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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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Photo Credits: Tim Black

Teacher, coach, mentor, friend

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When Lynn Schweizer took a part-time coaching job at Denison back in 1973, she didn’t know it would turn into a 40-year career with stints as the head women’s basketball coach and the head women’s swimming and diving coach. She

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Physics of dance

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Gemma Aldana ’16 loves to dance. Open to all styles, she doesn’t discriminate. She can shake her hips and wave her arms with the best of them, but her favorite moves require a little more poise. “My mom thought that

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Are we failing his legacy?

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Richly deserved tributes and beautiful, understandably emotional eulogies poured in from all over the world after the passing of Nelson Mandela. He justifiably has been praised for his courage, strength of character, determination, patience, ability to forgive, and for his

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Written By: Ron Santoni, professor emeritus of philosophy
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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

Ready for what’s next

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[custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”] Josh Goldman ’14 knows what it’s like. He’s been there when family and friends have asked that dreaded question: “What are you going to do now?” And he shared his anxieties and hope for the future with

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Photo Credits: Tim Black

The most wonderful time of the year

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It’s a scene that plays out every year, but the annual Academic Awards Convocation never seems to lose the excitement that surrounds it: Students, faculty, staff, and trustees making their way into Swasey; the student performances (this year from the

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Professors of the future

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At a recent faculty meeting, Provost Kim Coplin announced the eight faculty members who have received tenure this year. The professors represent a diverse group of academic disciplines including political science, English, history, economics, communication, philosophy, international studies, religion, women’s

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Written By: Maggie Ranger '14 and Ginny Sharkey '83

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

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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When the students are away…

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Although the students don’t come back to campus until next Monday (January 20), staffers and some faculty have been back since January 2, working away and gearing up for the spring semester. Slayter has been quiet during the lunch hour

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The reality of Baker Street

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“Santa Claus is not real! Sherlock Holmes is not real!” That was the comically exasperated and provocative outburst of a student in my Sherlock Holmes senior seminar in the spring of 2013. We were debating the nature of the “reality”

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Written By: Sylvia Brown, assistant professor of English

That high (not so) lonesome sound

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Once every two years, the best dulcimer players from around the world gather for an international event organized by the Cimbalom World Association. (“Cimbalom,” by the way, is the Hungarian word for “dulcimer.”) In October 2013, the world event came

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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

Go ahead, pick up that controller

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Recent research shows that 90 percent of school-aged kids regularly play video games, and when they go to bed, their parents are picking up the controllers — 70 percent of “heads of household” routinely try their hands at digital tests

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Written By: Rachel Morrison ’16

Bright idea

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Scholars and educators across the country have noted that large universities focus so many of their resources on graduate students that it’s hard for undergraduates to get research experience. At Denison, however, programs like the Young Scholar Awards and Anderson

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

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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It all adds up

Lew Ludwig, associate professor of mathematics

When chemistry major Annelise Thompson ’13 signed up for Calculus II as a sophomore, she, like many non-math majors, wasn’t exactly looking forward to it. But then she got to know the professor, Lew Ludwig. He would begin each class

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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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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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Tenured talent

Tenured Talent

The newest cadre of tenured faculty members represents a diverse group of academic disciplines—and, as President Knobel says, “It’s always exciting to welcome young colleagues into the ranks of senior faculty and to celebrate the energy they bring to teaching,

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Back in the saddle

Back In The Saddle

Matt Kretchmar, associate professor of computer science, is about to wrap up his first semester back in a full-time teaching position after spending five years as Denison’s dean of first-year students. We asked him how it feels to be back

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14

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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Teaching with creativity and courage

Classroom Creativity And Courage

There has been a lot of buzz on the hill about “Creativity and Courage,” this year’s theme adopted by the Spectrum Series for campus-wide exploration, and here, three professors from very different disciplines weigh in on the subject and how

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Solar sizzle

Solar Sizzle

A true believer in the amazing potential of solar power, Joe Reczek, assistant professor of chemistry, is tireless when it comes to devising ways to demonstrate how we can harness the energy of the sun. His newest outreach project, funded

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We heart liberal arts

We Heart Liberal Arts

There’s a study out called “The Value and Impact of the College Experience.” It reports good news about the liberal arts and sciences—things we already knew—but it’s fun to have a chance to crow about it. “On virtually all measures

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A tribute to irreplaceable wisdom

A tribute to irreplaceable wisdom

As the news of Don Schilling’s retirement has spread throughout Denisonia, thousands of former students have had fair cause to recall ways the (now) professor emeritus of history challenged and shaped their minds—and not just with regard to modern European

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A family film

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When Denison English professor Kirk Combe was working on his sci-fi book, 2084, he often would run plot ideas by his son Clayton, who, at the time, had just graduated from Granville High. When Clayton headed off to Oberlin College,

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‘The best in teaching and learning’

'The Best In Teaching And Learning'

Academic Awards Convocation always gets us. Maybe it’s the springtime stroll along Chapel Walk to Swasey, with bells tolling brightly. Or maybe it’s the weather, which by some meteorological happenstance tends to be extra shiny for this particular event. Or

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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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An inside look at history

An Insider's Look At History

In 1968, nine officers in Orangeburg, S.C., fired into a crowd protesting continued segregation in the community. The incident, known as the Orangeburg Massacre, is the subject of a newly definitive book, “Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a

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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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The myths of motherhood

The Myths Of Motherhood

New mothers are taught a lot before they even leave the hospital. But when it comes to preparing for their babies emotionally, moms are often on their own. Erin Henshaw, assistant professor of psychology, and her team of student researchers

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Written By: Natalie Olivo ’13

The philosophy of film

The Philosophy Of Film

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 second in a four-part series highlighting the faculty

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Love and the liberal arts

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When we first learned about Susan Kennedy’s lecture on the neuroscience of love, we just knew it had to be our Valentine’s Day story. But it also got us thinking about how love, that coolest, most human of qualities, might play

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More than a feeling

More Than A Feeling

Susan Kennedy, associate professor of psychology, is teaching her advanced neuroscience students about what goes on in the brain of someone who is head over heels. She references a study, wherein people who described themselves as being “in love” were

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Written By: Natalie Marie Olivo ’13

Writing magical realism

The Wonder Of Fiction

It took writer Peter Grandbois some 40 drafts to get his new novel, Nahoonkara, the way he wanted it before it was published in 2011. He’s happy with it now. But that doesn’t mean he puts much stock in the

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Composition and rhetoric … and more

Composition And Rhetoric And More

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 first in a four-part series highlighting the faculty

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Getting a handle on molecular ‘baskets’

Getting A Handle On Molecular Baskets

  Tell someone you’re learning how to build baskets in college, and most folks would think of that mythological class Basketweaving 101 — a catch phrase for an easy “A.” No such thing here. In Jordan Fantini’s chemistry research lab,

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Granville’s beginnings

Granville's Beginnings

The origin of our little village is the subject a new book by Assistant Professor of Communication Bill Kirkpatrick. The Founding of Granville, Ohio, which is the first book in a series from the Granville Historical Society, delivers a fascinating

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An ‘Omnibus’ view of the world

An 'Omnibus' View Of The World

The latest fodder for intellectual inquiry on this year’s campus theme, “Migrations,” came from 1950s TV.  Hey, it’s not just people who migrate; information does, too, along with a thirst for cultural knowledge. First-year programs assistant professor Anna Nekola brought

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New Year’s resolution tips

New Year's Resolution Tips

Ok, so now it’s the first week of January and the clock is ticking as you face the reality of actually keeping that New Year’s resolution. Erin Henshaw, an assistant psychology prof who specializes in cognitive behavior therapy, says that

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Interpreting the past, preparing for the future

Interpreting the Past, Preparing for the Future

Let’s be honest, historical research can be a pretty daunting task. Scholars often have to deal with missing or incomplete primary sources, such as personal papers or letters. If they’re lucky, these documents have survived, leaving “fortunate” historians to slog—page

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Good science, clean water

Good Science, Clean Water

The Newark Advocate recently reported that Licking County middle- and high-school students can explore ways to purify water and help people in developing countries by participating in a science challenge this winter, and one might even win a six-week, paid

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The truth about tryptophan

The Truth about Tryptophan

Before sitting down to that big turkey dinner this Thursday, we sat down with Susan Kennedy, associate professor of psychology (one of her research interests is psychopharmacology) and quizzed her on the science behind tryptophan. Does eating turkey really make

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An open book

An Open Book

Librarians have been curating information from the earliest days of cuneiform-covered clay tablets of Mesopotamia (technically, they were wireless, too) to the amazing digital tablets of today. At this week’s provost-sponsored Tuesday Faculty Lunch, Moriana Garcia, Denison’s natural sciences librarian,

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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

This toy is no toy—it’s made to play

This Toy Is No Toy—It's Made To Play

Denison’s HyeKyung Lee is an accomplished pianist, composer and assistant professor of music. She has performed all over the world, with residencies on several continents, and her talents and interests range far and wide. But today, during the provost’s Tuesday

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Environmental studies: It’s an art

Environmental Studies: It's An Art

Professor Abram Kaplan teaches environmental studies. He also makes some pretty stunning art. The most important thing to know is, these pursuits are not separate. Kaplan joined Denison in 1993 as the founding director of the Environmental Studies Program. He

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Wired for blogging

Wired for Blogging

Wired Science Blogs, a daily online publication from the folks at Wired, has a new science star onboard. Erik Klemetti, assistant professor of geosciences, has relaunched his wildly popular “Eruptions” blog on the Wired platform. Since the blog’s initial launch

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The power of poetry

The Power Of Poetry

To describe David Baker as a poet is a bit like calling the Mississippi a river. Yes, the basic description is accurate, but it only skims the surface. Baker, a professor of English, has just been awarded the coveted Theodore

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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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The Great East Coast Earthquake of 2011

The Great East Coast Earthquake Of 2011

Now that Irene has lost her punch and moved north of the border, we can turn at least some of our attention back to the somewhat anomalous earthquake that hit the eastern United States on August 23. Centered near Mineral,

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Let the games begin

Let The Games Begin

There’s a new but familiar face around the athletic department these days, and we couldn’t be happier. Denison has welcomed one of its own back to the fold as Nan Carney-DeBord ’80 has accepted an appointment as the Big Red’s

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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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An imbalance in the literary universe

Associate professor of English Ann Townsend serves on VIDA's executive committee.

“The Count” has stirred up a lot of talk, and that’s the whole idea. Published by VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, The Count is a bunch of eye-opening pie charts that detail gender [im]balance in some of the most

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Monkeying with molecular motors

Monkeying With Molecular Motors

Riina Tehver is into motors – but not the kind that go vroom-vroom. She’s a biophysicist who’s looking at some of the protein motors that work inside organic cells to transport necessary organelles and chemicals to different parts of the

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Welcome! Now get to work.

Welcome! Now Get To Work

On Monday, Kim Coplin ’85 addressed the first batch of June-O students to come to campus this summer.  This is the first of five sessions this month, as the program celebrates its 40th anniversary. In a presentation titled “Your Denison

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Written By: Olivia Combe

The ties that bind

Deep Roots At Denison

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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Alumna named new director of athletics

Nan Carney-DeBord '80 named Director of Athletics

University Provost Brad Bateman has announced that Nan Carney-DeBord, a 1980 Denison graduate and a member of the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame, will be the college’s next director of athletics, physical education and recreation. Carney-DeBord will begin her duties

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Four years in the making

Four Years In The Making

It’s Friday afternoon. The sun’s shining brightly as students, mostly seniors, head for Swasey Chapel. There’s a buzz in the air with members of the Class of 2011 wondering who might receive an award. Professors, administrators and members of the

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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

Peace Corps & Denison go hand-in-hand

Peace Corps. It's Part Of What We Do.

Phil Waite spends a lot of time with lab supplies. As the Chemistry Department’s stockroom supervisor, it’s his job. But 36 years ago, he was working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, and he didn’t have enough supplies, or

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

‘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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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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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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iTunes U: Learning on demand

Learning on Demand

At least for now, with finals looming, students aren’t going out looking for extra learning opportunities. Soon enough, though, those intellectually restless history majors will be looking to get their astrophysics on whenever they can—that’s liberal arts for you. At

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Decoding history

Decoding History

People have all sorts of interests—some watch football, some enjoy the outdoors, others like to crochet. For Associate Professor of English Fred Porcheddu ’87, it’s medieval texts that strike his fancy. So, imagine his delight when he learned of a

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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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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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The big picture

The Big Picture

Joanna Grabski is still catching her breath after a very busy six months in Dakar, Senegal. Grabski’s trip, funded by the Fulbright-Hays program, revolved around the Dakar art scene. In that city of five million people, the associate professor of

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Need a good book?

Need a Good Book?

Think of Goodreads as a social library (or bookstore). It’s a social networking site where book lovers can go, see what their friends are reading, post reviews, and make lists of books to read in the future. You can now

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‘I just write me’

'I Just Write Me'

Mark Evans Bryan, an associate professor in the Department of Theatre at Denison and member of the Class of ’96, has a new play that has been getting attention on three continents. It seems fitting, since creating this particular piece was

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Written By: Olivia Combe

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