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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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Civil civics

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“Polite, respectful, and thoughtful” were the words Bobby Jindal used to describe how Denison students engage in political discourse. The former Louisiana governor and also former 2016 Republican presidential contender came to campus March 24th as a guest of the

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Written By: Landon Slangerup '17

Summer research digs deep

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    It’s something you’ve heard a lot about once you’ve been at Denison for a semester or two: how different life is during the summer; how nice it is to share campus with only a fraction of the student

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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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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

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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Midterm results

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Tuesday’s midterm elections will bring about changes in Washington, including a majority Republican Congress and Senate. According to Paul Djupe, associate professor of political science, “the results are in line with what we would expect from modern history — sitting presidents

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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

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

Congress on campus

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Students in Assistant Professor Mike Brady’s “Politics of Congress” course are spending the semester as different people. It’s part of their coursework to assume the identity of a current U.S. senator and author legislation, arguing for issues through the lens

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Meeting in the middle

Olympia Snowe spoke to a crowd in Swasey as part of the Richard G. Lugar Symposium in Public Policy, named for former Senator Richard Lugar '54, who joined her on stage.

After her husband, Peter Snowe, was killed in a car accident, Olympia Snowe was urged by family and friends to run for his seat in the Maine House of Representatives. She won that election and every election afterward, including runs

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A life’s work on death row

A Life's Work on Death Row

While living and working in a poor area of New Orleans in 1982, Sister Helen Prejean began exchanging letters with Elmo Patrick Sonnier, a death row inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. She became Sonnier’s spiritual adviser and eventually accompanied

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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

Sound advice for career planning

Marc Anderson '07 and Julie Black '05 (front) were among a panel of alumni invited to speak to students by professor Sue Davis (rear) and the political science department.

Sue Davis, associate professor and chair of the political science department, is acutely familiar with the worries that haunt her students. Sure, there’s all the reading, research, writing, and testing that she and her fellow professors assign (and none of

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‘I never, ever, ever in my life intended to go into politics …’

I Never, Ever, Ever In My Life Intended To Go Into Politics …

Secretary James A. Baker III never planned to go into public service. The advice he was given as a young man was simple: work hard, study, and stay out of politics. This, he says, was his mantra for the first

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Life on ‘the other hill’

Left to right: row 1: Nicole Jimenez '12, Sarah Kelly '12, Stephanie Hynes '12, Christina Bazak '12, Umeshi Rajeendra '13, Brooke Felts '12; row 2: Connor Ford '14, Robert Moore '12, Stephen Czujko '13, Atanu Chakravarty '13 row 3: Will Rumford '12. Andy Gordon '12, Sam Fleuter '13, Steven Profitt '12, Robert Gardner '12, William Altman '12.

Being a scholar in the summer definitely has its up side. Check out this group of Denison students who’ve spent four weeks interning in D.C. They’ve just fulfilled the four-week internship requirement for Denison’s unique Richard G. Lugar Program in

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Welcome, Madame Secretary

Welcome, Madame Secretary

Last Thursday morning, the 12 students in Associate Professor Andy Katz’s Foreign Policy Formulation class were sitting on the edge of their seats in the Burton D. Morgan Center, watching excitedly for the arrival of a special guest. Then she

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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

International intrigue

International Intrigue

It’s not every day that U.S. college students have to fully imagine themselves as citizens of another nation—say, Pakistan, for example. But that’s exactly how one Denison political science class spent part of their Thanksgiving break. Sophia Chen ’11 (Bridgewater,

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Written By: Natalie Olivo ’13

Making refugees feel at home

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

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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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My fellow Denisonians…

Bearing an uncanny likeness to Lucas Meyer ’12, Congressional candidate Charlie Powell (center) talks shop with DCGA President-elect Rob Moore ’12 (left) and VP-elect Manny Horsford ’13.

UPDATE: Charlie Powell won the election on Nov. 17, capturing 58% of the vote. While roaring fans rattle the Barclay-Thomsen bleachers during a women’s soccer match, a smaller crowd gathers around a table off to the side of the field.

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

Mr. Dold goes to Washington

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In Tuesday’s election, Republican Robert Dold ’91 edged out Democratic rival Dan Seals to win the 10th Congressional seat in Illinois. Dold captured 51 percent of the vote to 49 percent for Seals. U.S. Senator-elect Mark Kirk previously served as

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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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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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The brush strokes of reconciliation

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Early this year, Erin Saul ’11 traveled across the Atlantic to work at a peace and reconciliation center in Northern Ireland. Much of her time was spent working with the people of Ireland, but in the quiet moments, she found

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Amber, aliens & the American diaspora

Amber, Aliens, and the American Diaspora

Curtis Veggie, on the West Quad, is typically the place for special banquets. But on this particular September day, the menu was philosophy and political science, anthropology and art, economics and English, as scores of 2010 Summer Scholars served up

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