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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

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

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

The inside scoop: our new Global Commerce major

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It’s not every day that Denison announces a new major, but after much faculty research, deliberation and diligence, the global commerce major has been added to Denison’s roster. Global commerce is an exciting new major that gives students an opportunity

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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

Tying knots

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Airports display the human condition in some of its most authentic moments: the lingering hugs at the departure gate, the nervous pacing near the arrivals board, and the excited jogs that end in embraces at passenger pick-up. The beginning of

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Written By: Erin Worden '17

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

Exchanging perspectives

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Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. Distant countries, and all of them were represented here last month in a conference of 25 media and communication professionals, hosted by Denison and the global education organization,

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Written By: Manvi Jalan '18

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

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

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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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

Shared impact

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For one brief, harrowing moment on his first day at the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia last summer, Chase Beamer wondered what he’d gotten himself into. “The first morning I was here, I went into the cafeteria to get a cup

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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

Kathmandu quake

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

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

Ragin’ Cajun on Campus

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

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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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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

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

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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Of poems and crimes

Athens, Greece: Home to Poems ’n Crimes art bar and the center of Petros Markaris' novels.

Last summer, I was sitting in the courtyard behind Poems ’n Crimes Art Bar on the street of Ayia Irini in Athens, Greece. It was the middle of July, on an evening so hot you couldn’t shed enough clothes to

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Written By: Timothy Hofmeister, professor of classics
Photo Credits: iStock

Colors of spring

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Laughter will always be the best relief from stress, and this time of the year there’s some giddiness in the spring air, competing with the serious matters of finals, final projects, and impending graduation. Last Friday, students paused to enjoy

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14
Photo Credits: Shivani Mithbaokar '16 and Hung Tran '15

Calling on future leaders

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

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Photo Credits: Hung Tran '15

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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‘An internationally respected statesman’

President Barak Obama bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, upon Denison alumnus Sen. Richard Lugar '54.

In a White House ceremony on Nov. 20, Denison alumnus and former U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar ’54 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The award, which was established by President John F. Kennedy

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White House honors

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On August 8, President Barack Obama announced that former Sen. Richard Lugar ’54, is one of 16 recipients of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Other recipients include President Bill Clinton, late astronaut Sally Ride, singer Loretta

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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

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

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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A Denisonian in Paris

A Denisonian In Paris

As Denisonians around the world united on Jan. 30 for the “After Work with Denison … Everywhere” event, seven came together for the very first time at Harry’s Bar, the oldest American watering hole in Paris, France. For many of

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Written By: Jessie Kanelos Weiner '08
Photo Credits: Cyrille Weiner

What are you doing Wednesday night?

What Are You Doing Wednesday Night?

Denisonians are gathering for a little grub and conversation at The Grid in Chicago. They’re meeting for drinks at the West Flanders Brewing Company on Pearl St. in Colorado. They’ll be chatting and reminiscing at the Elephant & Castle in

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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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Indian summer

Indian Summer

After zipping along the streets of Bangalore, India, on the back of my supervisor’s motorcycle, dodging street vendor carts and cows standing in the road along the way, I entered a small Islamic school and walked up to the top

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Written By: Alex Walling ’13

Heavenly Haiti

Heavenly Haiti

When the 2010 earthquake brought attention to Haiti, which the United Nations Human Development Index calls “the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere,” the Denison community, led by its students, raised more than $15,000 for the relief effort. [custom-field

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Taking his best shot

More Than A Sport

This October, Casey Stockton ’12 will board a plane for Rwanda. Among the items he’s taking to the war-town country are several basketballs and real hope for a better future. Stockton was one of only two recent college graduates offered

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Going back to give back

Going Back To Give Back

If you follow TheDEN or DenisonBigRed.com, you know about Makorobondo Kamongwa “Dee” Salukombo ’12. Now the world knows about him, too, because on Friday, the Associated Press wire service published a story by Rusty Miller called “So many angels have

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Photo Credits: Mike Munden, The Columbus Dispatch

Going global

Going Global

There’s an interesting new trend in higher education around the world—the liberal arts. TheDEN’s Natalie Olivo ’13, an English major from Pittsburgh, sat down to talk about it with President Dale Knobel, who traveled to Saudi Arabia this spring to advise

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

Just can’t say enough about Dee

Just Can't Say Enough About Dee

The Columbus Dispatch is talking about Makorobondo Kamongwa “Dee” Salukombo ’12 again, and we wanted to make sure everyone had the chance to read sportswriter Rob Oller’s story that was published, not coincidentally, on the day of Denison’s commencement. Dee

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Great journeys begin with a single step

Great Journeys Begin With A Single Step

  On a fine and sunny day on campus this spring, Signe Burgstaller ’88 talked with Denison students about the journey that led to her current position as ambassador and deputy permanent representative of the Permanent Mission of Sweden to

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Home is where the heart is

Home Is Where The Heart Is

This is a story that started when Makorobondo Kamongwa Salukombo ’12 was forced by war to flee his childhood home in the Democratic Republic of Congo when he was 12 years old. “Dee,” as we’ve all come to know him,

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More than a meal

More Than A Meal

The maestro casaro (master cheesemaker) at the small cooperative in the fields outside of Parma, Italy, had just come back from his vacation. It was only the second one he had been able to take in 35 years of making

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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

‘Home of Hope’

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When Kayla Mahalchak ’12 arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe, last summer for her second mission trip to the country, she was surprised by how much the town had changed since she had last visited. Her first trip there had been back

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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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A love letter to Senegal

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This month, as many of our students are heading off campus to study abroad, we take a look back at a journey Alexa Dorris ’12 took last year to Senegal. “They always tell you that you’ll change when you go

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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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Mumbai movie-makers

From left, Megan Keaveney and Sibylle Freiermuth

Last year just before graduation, Megan Keaveney and Sibylle Freiermuth were awarded a Davis Projects for Peace prize of $10,000 to work with the Women of India Network (WIN). They planned to make a couple of documentaries that chronicled the

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Cross-cultural understanding

Cross-Cultural Understanding

Tory Scott ’15 led an extraordinary life even before she landed on the Hill this fall. The first-year student is just back from earning her international high school baccalaureate in Flekke, Norway. She is modest about the two years she spent

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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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Sharing the stage with the masters

Performing With Greatness

The second event of the Vail Series season brought the highly acclaimed Munich Symphony Orchestra and Gloriae Dei Cantores, a world class concert choir, to Swasey Chapel last night, along with Denison’s own Chamber Singers, for an evening of exquisite

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Déjà Yuja

Déjà Yuja

Have to say it; we love Yuja Wang. Love her. And she’s coming back to grace the Swasey Chapel stage with her pianistic thrills and thunder on Friday night at 8 p.m. In case you haven’t been here very long,

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The plight of the refugee

The plight of the refugee

As a Fulbright English teaching assistant during the last school year in Amman, Jordan, I thought I would miss the Hill, but the pain of leaving Granville was eased with a busy schedule and new adventures. In addition to teaching,

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Written By: Betsy Fisher '10

Finding community amid conflict

Finding Community In Northern Ireland

Q & A with Summer Scholar Meg Gaertner ’12: How are you approaching the topic? I’m studying the identity politics of international conflicts and the role that grassroots, bottom-up peace-building—like community-building, reconciliation efforts, and especially sustained dialogues—have in building sustainable

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How to catch an iguana

How to Catch An Iguana

Few people can put “iguana-catcher” on their resume, but six Denison students became experts early this summer during a research trip to the Bahamas. There, they participated in the longest-running known study of iguanas under the tutelage of Geoff Smith,

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Scholarship in far-away places

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Joining a long list of previous Denison scholars, eight students will dot the globe in the coming months, having earned competitive international scholarships to teach and conduct research in an assortment of academic areas. Backed by the Gilpatrick Center for

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The long run

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Today is Tuesday. It’s unseasonably hot outside, like 90 degrees and muggy. Right this second, a young man is running. And though it sounds corny, the fact is, he’s probably smiling. He’ll cover about 40 miles of Ohio roads on

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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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Making peace

Making Peace

Sibylle Freiermuth and Megan Keaveney just won $10,000 — but these seniors are not going to Disney World. Instead, they’re headed to India this summer with a goal of empowering women who live in the slums of Mumbai. The $10,000

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Preston House rules

Preston House Rules

Parlez-vous Francais? ¿Habla usted español? Nĭ hui shuō pŭ tōng huà? Sprechen sie Deutsch? Nihongo o hanashimasu ka? Você fala português? Hal tatakallam al-‘arabīya? * If you answered “yes” to any of these, it’s time to check out Preston House.

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‘They have never experienced this kind of quake before’

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

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

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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

Scenes from Egypt’s ‘Day of Wrath’

Scenes From Egypt’s ‘Day Of Wrath’

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

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Written By: Nick Lewandowski '09
Photo Credits: Nick Lewandowski '09
Video Credits: Nick Lewandowski '09

Recent graduate reports from Cairo

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

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Everybody’s working for this Wednesday…

Denisonians at last year's event in the Cleve

From Granville to Buenos Aires, Denisonians will be massing on Wednesday night for the annual alumni get-together After Work with Denison…Everywhere! The numbers keep growing, but, as of now, there are more than 40 events planned in locations all over

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Threat reduction in Africa

Threat Reduction In Africa

On Nov. 14, Senator Richard G. Lugar ’54 (R-Ind.) returned from a trip to Africa where he and a panel of Pentagon arms experts inspected sites that represent a new wave of international security concerns. In Uganda and Kenya, they visited

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Water of life

Mark Magnus ’11, Eric Stachura ’11, Lin Mu ’11

This summer a trio of Denison students spent a month living with families in rural China. They hosted clean-water workshops, gave books about the subject to the local library, and donated special water buckets and disinfectants to the residents and

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Where ‘more’ isn’t always better

Rachel Mattingly '11 discusses her research at the recent summer scholars poster presentation.

At first glance, Buddhism and economic development might not be words that automatically go together, but as you speak with Rachel Mattingly ’11, the fog slowly clears. Mattingly, who is from Avon, Ind., began researching the Buddhist perspective on human

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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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Great Wall, Great Music

Great Wall, Great Music

Over the summer, more than 60 student musicians and several Music Department professors packed their bags, jumped on a plane, and walked into a whirlwind that carried them through three Chinese cities in ten days. Performing in Shanghai, Xi’an and

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