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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

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Record breakers

First-year students are seated at their officeial Induction Ceremony

The Denison University Office of Admissions announces the highly successful enrollment of the Class of 2020. On the heels of the largest number of applicants in the college’s history, nearly 7,000, Denison has enrolled its target class of more than

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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

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 start of a journey

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After a full day of setting up their new rooms on West and North Quads (with the help from the Denison Football team and Aug-O leaders, of course) the first-years and their families gathered next to their new roommates, teammates,

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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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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

Hard Knocks: Denison prepares for primetime

Hard Knocks: Denison prepares for primetime

The Denison football team will take on Wabash in its home opener at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 20). The Big Red already have two road games under their belt — a 35-6 win at Earlham and a 37-26 loss

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Opening night at the Bandersnatch

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On September 15, students flocked to East Quad for opening night at the Bandersnatch, Denison’s student-run coffee shop — although “coffee shop” is perhaps a misleading title for an establishment best-known for its milkshakes and various bagel creations. In keeping

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Written By: Rachel Morrison ’16

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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Photo Credits: Tim Black

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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Freewheeling

Freewheeling

[custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”] The entire student body is into the swing of classes now, but just a few weeks ago it was all about the first-years: They ran this campus during their three-day August Orientation (Aug-O). But even before that

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14
Photo Credits: Tim Black

Into the swing of things

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The first day of classes is always a big day around here. Students are getting used to their semester schedules, setting up meetings with advisors, and running into friends they may not have seen since May. We sent a photographer

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Photo Credits: Tim Black

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

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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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

We’re so glad you’re here

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  Summer: a time of rest and relaxation, peace and quiet, solitude and—wait, who are we kidding? This is Denison. We’ve been too busy enjoying our students and alums to enter summer mode just yet. But we can’t complain. Between

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14

Comedy break

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Members of the Burpee’s Seedy Theatrical Company spent their spring break in Chicago doing what performers do best—gig after gig. There was the one they’ve been doing for three years now, a show for the family and friends of Grace

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Photo Credits: Luke Hillier ’15 (top); Loren Egeland (inset)

Denison in the Blogosphere (1/17/14)

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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. In today’s links, we’ve got an alumna with an eye for fashion, another who plans to blend

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Written By: Rachel Morrison ’16

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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Dreams can come true

A Denison student discusses her work with eco-entrepreneur Majora Carter, who presented "Real Utopias: From Dreams to Practice" in Swasey last night as part of the Spectrum Series.

Allie Vugrincic’s hopes were dashed initially when she discovered that this year’s campus-wide theme would center around “real utopias.” “I was disappointed,” explained the first-year student from Warren, Ohio. “I like the idea of utopias, but I don’t believe they can

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Written By: Rose Schrott '14
Photo Credits: Tim Black

Let’s get started

Let's Get Started

On Sunday, the Granville Inn’s parking lot held cars with license plates from Ohio, Illinois, Texas, and Connecticut, and one couple at the bar clinked glasses in a toast to their son, who was likely on campus gearing up for

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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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An adventure to remember

An Adventure To Remember

Every summer, just before fall classes begin, a number of first-years decide to put down their smart phones, pick up a backpack, and take a trip into the wilderness. In its 14th year, Denison Outdoor Orientation (DOO) is a chance

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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

C is for cookie

C Is For Cookie

No cookies were left unscathed Thursday night as Cookie Monster took center stage during Denison’s annual Opening Convocation. The panel discussion focused on this year’s Spectrum Series theme, “Creativity & Courage,” and featured three members of the Sesame Workshop and

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Open Sesame

Open Sesame

Since 1984, kids all over the world have been falling for Sesame Street’s fuzzy red monster, Elmo. You probably even know the words to Elmo’s Song, “This is the song, la, la, la, la, Elmo’s Song,” and in all likelihood,

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Photo Credits: Andrew Hiller, Public Radio Exchange

Living the green life

Living The Green Life

Amid the controlled cacophony of this year’s Move-In Day, first-year students were greeted by helpful students in green “Denison Sustainability Fellows” T-shirts. The Fellows were on hand to lug boxes, locate rooms, and point out recycling stations for bubble wrap

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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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Sweet ’16

Sweet ’16

The newest class of Denisonians got together on the Reese~Shackelford Common to pose their traditional class photo. The Class of 2016 photo shoot was part of the jam-packed schedule of academic, residential, and social events included in the four-day August

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Welcome home

Welcome Home

It’s one of our favorite days of the year. New students and their families arrived on campus this morning, ready to move in to the residence halls. There was plenty of information to process and tons of boxes, trunks, and

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Finding what I like—and what I don’t

Lauren Mueller '13

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

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Written By: Lauren Mueller '13

‘Creativity and Courage’

Each year our community is invited to contribute to an anthology of creative projects reflecting our annual campus-wide theme. This year’s theme? “Courage and Creativity.” First year student Kyle Gasaway submitted this awesome black and white piece and more entries are rolling in each day. Deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 31 – keep ’em coming!

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Smart start

Smart Start

Now that a highly successful and well-attended Reunion Weekend has come and gone in Granville, summer at Denison can begin in earnest. And believe it or not, that means it’s time to start looking forward to the upcoming academic year.

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Photo Credits: Vivian Qin ’12

Robotics, computing & society

Robotics, Computing & Society

In a world flooded with technology, it’s easy to go about your day without wondering how it all works. So when Tom Bressoud was planning a first-year studies course focused on computer science, he wanted to find a way to

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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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Broadband wilderness

Broadband Wilderness

Eight first-year students, one professor, and I huddle together in a West Virginia pine grove as we wait out an impressive thunderstorm.  It sounds like a cross between a Jack London short story and a bad joke, but we are

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Written By: Nicco Pandolfi '12

Watch this: A class on the move

Watch This: DUbees Say Cheese

We thought it was just going to be another big group photo. Instead, the Class of 2015 has provided 63 seconds of pure fun.

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‘Go make a movie!’

Go Make a Movie!

The Class of 2015 took their first stroll together down Chapel Walk on Thursday evening under blue skies strewn with puffy white clouds. Marching onto the Reese~Shackelford Common, the 614 first-years were greeted by enthusiastic applause from brightly robed faculty,

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What do I know?

What do I know?

Hello first-years. You’ve made it here. Stop. Look around. Appreciate your surroundings for a second. Gloat. You are no longer in high school. Celebration is appropriate. The next time you see your younger friends from home you will have an

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Written By: Jordan Kurker-Mraz '14

Hey 2015!

Hey 2015!

If you’re a member of the Class of 2015, chances are you are just about all packed up and ready to head for The Hill. This is big stuff—we can’t wait to see you at Induction on Thursday. Busy DENsters

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‘There is no midlife crisis going on here!’

‘There Is No Midlife Crisis Going On Here!’

When students from the Class of 2015 showed up at Denison for the first of five sessions of June Orientation (or “June-O” as its known on campus), they probably didn’t expect to be part of a 40th birthday party. “We

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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

Please, Mr. Postman

Please, Mr. Postman

Seriously? Live on-the-ground photos of mail bins? Yes, but these are no ordinary stacks of mail. They’re acceptance letters. On Friday, the intrepid admissions team sealed the last envelopes, and, now, letters filled with dreams for the future are making

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Connecting vs. protecting

Connecting vs. Protecting

“Ideas are networks,” says Steven Berlin Johnson, “they are the confluence of different elements coming together—like neurons in the brain.” Johnson is the best-selling author of six books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. His writings have

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Art on the Spectrum

Sculpture by Armida Portman '14

Visitors to the Mulberry House on the Fine Arts Quad will find a compelling collection of art and literature on display—everything from a globe constructed of circuit boards, to a tree of miniature buzzards using cell phones and laptops, a

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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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