We're moving!

We're moving our new stories to Denison.edu, the college's super-sweet mothership. Over time, we'll be moving some of our best past stories from TheDEN over there too. In the meantime, we've made available an archive of all stories here. This archive will be available for a few months before this site is permanently shut down. See you at Denison.edu! - June 2016

Blog Archives

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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Rocking the season

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[custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”] Eighteen women line up on the sidewalk, dressed in identical shimmering dresses — with red lips and French twists, they wait to cross the street — no easy feat in New York City. Yet, as soon as

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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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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

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

Art talks

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Mary “Sissy” Wood Stewart ’65 was always told she had great talent for music growing up in Williams, Ky. When she came to Denison in 1961, she was ready to show her talents. “It did not take 15 minutes for

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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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Imagining the other

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In a true liberal arts pairing, science joined fine arts this past semester for an imaginative exercise in description and interpretation. Physics Professor Steve Doty’s “Life, Death, and Aliens” partnered with Ron Abram’s “Introduction to Drawing” class, and the end

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Photo Credits: Jenny Kim '16

The reality of Baker Street

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in Dressed to Kill

“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

Inauguration celebration

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Adam Weinberg became Denison’s 20th president on July 1, 2013, but on October 11, it all became official when Denison Board of Trustees Chair Tom Hoaglin ’71 presented Weinberg with the presidential medal and gave him his official charge to

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In search of direction

In Search Of Direction

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

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Photo Credits: Mathew McFarren

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

Sweet charity & medieval guilt

Sweet Charity & Medieval Guilt

Adam Davis is a historian whose research causes him to straddle centuries on a daily basis. Now, the associate professor has received a yearlong fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to dig deeper into the 12th and 13th

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A life of learning

Dr. Cynthia Baum ’78 confers honorary degree to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former president of Costa Rica, Dr. Óscar Arias Sánchez, at Walden’s 48th Commencement Ceremony in August 2012

Cynthia Baum ’78 had expected to become a clinical psychologist after graduation. But as it turned out, she never strayed far from academic life. After more than 20 years in education, Baum is about to wrap up her first year

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Photo Credits: Lee Prohofsky

My first boss was a would-be senator

My First Boss Was A Would-Be Senator

It had been just 20 hours since my graduation ceremonies at Denison when I found myself back in Concord, N.H., sitting in front of the chairman and the executive director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. I was interviewing for

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Written By: Lucas Meyer ’12

The view from Luxor

The View From Luxor

Marisa Zemesarajs ’16, an art history major and chemistry minor from Vermillion, Ohio, relishes working at the Denison Museum. Her job gives her an inside peek at the museum’s inner workings, something that’s important to her plans for the future.

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Written By: Marisa Zemesarajs '16

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

Art magnified

Rachel Laughlin '14 used images of bacteria cultures in her Advanced Photogray course.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” When you’re a kid, you can answer this question differently each day. As you get older, the question becomes more and more difficult, especially when you find yourself at a

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Written By: Megan Worden ’15

Nice to meet you, Dr. Weinberg

Nice To Meet You, Dr. Weinberg

On Monday, Nov. 12, the campus community was formally introduced to Dr. Adam Weinberg, who will become the next president of Denison on July 1, 2013, the day after President Knobel retires after 15 years at the helm. Swasey Chapel

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Writing through the years

Exile

Exile, Denison’s student literary journal featuring fiction, nonfiction and poetry, recently has been archived online through the Denison University Digital Resource Commons. Several campus collections, including the Denison Journal of Religion, Ephemeris, Articulate and Episteme, were digitized this year alongside

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Denison’s next president

Denison's Next President

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

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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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Summer Scholars—all year long

Summer Scholars—All Year Long

It feels a bit like a lab experiment, from a mouse perspective. In Curtis Veggie, the partitions rise maze-like, almost to the ceiling. The aisles are crowded with milling students and faculty. You turn, and turn, the passages winding around,

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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

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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‘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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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

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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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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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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100 years of Phi Beta Kappa

100 Years Of Phi Beta Kappa

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

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What’s keeping you busy?

What's Keeping You Busy?

‘Tis the season of exams, projects, papers, and presentations. With less than two weeks left in the semester, the library has more traffic—as does the line at Jazzman’s. It’s crunch time on the Hill. And while they’re feeling that end-of-semester

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Written By: Emily Hopcian ’12
Photo Credits: Emily Hopcian ’12

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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Photo Credits: National Archives - Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes

Teach For America—No Kidding

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EDITOR’S NOTE: When TheDEN last checked in with Jerome Price ’12, he was leading a conversation about the value and plight of education. It should come as no surprise that this year Price is leading recruitment efforts at Denison for

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Written By: Kimmi Oshita '11

Taking a walk

Taking a Walk

I had forgotten about the signs with the colored dots that designate parking areas on campus. My own Denison parking pass, once a cerulean blue, has faded to pure white. I park at Mitchell Center and walk up the hill

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Written By: Shannon McLoughlin Morrison '06

President Knobel on the value of independent colleges

President Knobel On The Value Of Independent Colleges

Recently, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named several Ohio colleges as “best values” in higher education—including Denison. In an opinion piece in Saturday’s Columbus Dispatch, President Dale Knobel discusses the importance of independent, nonprofit colleges, and offers up some statistics on the

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Liberal arts grads who mean business

Liberal Arts Grads Who Mean Business

For most students, winter break was a time to relax and recharge. But for some aspiring entrepreneurs, the week before classes resumed in January was a time to work in the salt mines. Well, they weren’t “salt mines” so much

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

Michael Eisner on media, liberal arts & more

Michael Eisner '64

Michael Eisner ’64, former CEO of the Walt Disney Company and a life trustee at Denison, continues to be a major force in the media industry. In the current issue of WSJ. Magazine, he shares his thoughts on a range

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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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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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Provost: College rankings misleading

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It’s that time of year when you’ll find college rankings under every rock and behind every tree. In an opinion piece published in the Columbus Dispatch, Denison Provost Brad Bateman explains why these rankings offer bad advice. “Not one of

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