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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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The best of the best

Senior Luke Romick accepts The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup.

It’s not every day that an NCAA Division III athlete captures a national trophy from a field filled with Division I players – but that’s just what Luke Romick ’16 did when he won the highest service honor in all

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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

Keep his spirit alive

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On Monday (Jan. 25), Denison’s Gospel Choir took the stage at Swasey and burst into song. The highlight: a Denison rendition of “Glory” from the movie Selma. It was part of the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration—a combination of

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Photo Credits: Tim Black Photography, Nelson Dow '16

Romick for team captain!

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Lucas Romick ’16 didn’t get involved with The Thirst Project for recognition, but after 1,000 hours of work for the nonprofit that brings clean water wells to developing countries, folks took notice. In September, Romick, a linebacker and safety for

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Hope and health

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Alana Murray ‘16 distinctly remembers the eye-opening experience when her third grade Girl Scout troop volunteered at a soup kitchen. “What do these people do when the kitchen is closed?” she asked her dad, who replied honestly, “I guess they

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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

Valentine bouquet

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Sarah Williams ’15 and Aubrey Vasquez ’17 have had some practice making life a little brighter for others. Today they were delivering Valentine’s Day carnations to offices across campus. Only a month ago, they spent a week during winter break

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Barking rights

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With a baggage cart piled high, Virginia Davidson ’04 slowly navigates her way through a crowded New York City hotel. She’s here on business, and doesn’t want to damage any of her packages, even if she gets weird looks when

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Bike and build

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Lauren Sabo-Crawford ’11 and Dan Crawford ’11 had 4,000 miles of memorable moments as they biked across the country this summer, but Sabo-Crawford’s favorite came in Springfield, Mo. The married couple’s cross-country journey was part of Bike and Build, a

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Written By: Dan Morrell

Gaming it

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“It’s fun, fun, fun by the ton, ton, ton. They’re hungry, hungry hippos. It’s a wild, wild race. Feed your hippo’s face. They’re hungry, hungry hippos.” As this jingle from a 1991 Hasbro commercial reminds us, some of the most

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Photo Credits: Charlie Hoffman '18

Honoring veterans

US Flags

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

Start Them Up

Project Startup

A group of Denison students and a few faculty members toured Newark not long ago to have a look at one of the communities right next door, and all the pockets of social entrepreneurship that have sprung up there in

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Over the edge

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[custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”] When standing on the edge of a 22-story building, all reasoning goes out the window. The weeks that Holly Jespersen ’97 spent fundraising to rappel off the side of the Hilton Hotel in Hartford, Conn., seemed very

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14

Called for icing

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We’ve all seen the Ice Bucket Challenge videos making their way across our news feeds on Facebook and Twitter, and Denison has gotten in on the fun and the effort to raise awareness and money for Lou Gehrig’s Disease or

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A summer in Senegal

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Last year, Grace Bachmann ’17 became the first first-year student in Denison history to be awarded a Davis Project for Peace prize—an initiative that funds 100 college students each year to design and implement projects that will help build peace

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14

Keep calm and study on

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Classes ended on May 5, and Commencement, summer internships, jobs, service, and relaxation are quickly approaching — but students still have to get through finals, so we we wanted to offer up a handy-dandy guide to the week ahead. Study

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Game on

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It’s 2 a.m., and a dozen people sit on couches around a coffee table in a darkened room. A young man called Narrator, dressed all in black, walks among them carrying a flashlight and handing out cards. Each person takes

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Photo Credits: Steve Smykal '17

They came. They saw. They led.

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Of the Class of 2014’s 526 students, 20 were awarded Denison’s Distinguished Leadership Award, an honor recognizing a small but powerful group of seniors who have made a lasting impact in their academic and extracurricular involvements during their time at

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14

A soldier in the poverty war

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For generations, Robert Caldwell ’82 says fighting urban poverty in America meant providing relief in the form of food, clothing, and medical support to the poor. That’s how he used to think about it too. But after a few years

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Written By: Dan Morrell
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Bring on 2014

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The college reopened  on January 2 after a short break, and staff and faculty are already gearing up for the spring semester. (Classes won’t begin until January 20, so students are still pretty scarce around here.) The four inches of

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Social movement

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If you walked by the Reese~Shackelford Common in mid-November, you would have seen the light dusting of snow still on the ground from the first snow of the year. If you walked by on a particular Thursday around lunchtime, though,

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '14

Planting hope

Planting Hope

The Garden of Hope in Newark, Ohio, was founded in 1999, when Shannon Kishel ’01 teamed up with local resident Skip Shumaker to create a place where young people could fulfill community service requirements by working in what was originally

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

Lauding leadership

Honoring Leadership

Every year, Denison recognizes a group of graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to the college through their involvement in student 
organizations, in co-curricular activities, on the residential education staff, and as scholars, artists and athletes. At

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The wonderful wizard of college

The Wonderful Wizard Of College

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Frosty fun

Frosty Fun

Ah, February. A little snow here, a hint of sunshine there, and cold temperatures all around. It’s enough to make you want to huddle indoors with a warm blanket and a cup of soup. But University Programming Council (UPC) and

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The significance of Selma

The Significance Of Selma

During winter break, a group of 13 Denison students traveled to Selma, Ala. They worked on a series of service projects, like the Freedom Foundation’s Random Acts Theatre Company (RATCo), which empowers local children through arts programs. “My Break Away

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Learning from Dr. King … and one another

Learning From Dr. King … And One Another

Denison didn’t hold regular classes on Monday, Jan. 21—but there was no interruption in teaching and learning. There was a service fair, an all-campus lunch, a community convocation, and a series of “teach-ins” for what has become the college’s annual

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The courage to create a just world

King On The HIll

Denison’s 2013 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, themed “The Courage to Create a Just World,” encompasses a host of related events. Included are an evening interfaith service on Sunday, Jan. 20, and a Day of Learning on Monday, Jan.

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Need a resolution?

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Remembering Liz

Remembering Liz

Liz Minter ’13, an exuberant Denison communication major with a contagious personality from Bronxville, N.Y., died last spring of a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer, gliomatosis cerebri, but not before she made an indelible mark on her many

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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

Out of the storm

Out Of The Storm

In August 2005, Lauri Pierson Weinfeld ’78 had lost her longterm renters for her property an hour outside of Cleveland. Ironically, that was the same week that Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. With the thousands of people who suddenly found

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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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Something for everyone

Something For Everyone

The Academic Quad was a maze of tables Thursday afternoon for the annual Involvement Fair, a chance for students to sign up to participate in service groups, club sports, multicultural organizations, religious and spiritual groups, and Greek life, among others.

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Denison in the Blogosphere (8/9/12)

Denison in the Blogosphere (8/8/12)

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 set of summer links, a new mother is featured on a reality show, a few

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Giving of the heart

Giving Of The Heart

Note: The following video from 10TV News begins with a brief advertisement. While digging through archives at Berger Health System in Circleville earlier this year, employee Shea McMahon ’09 stumbled upon something he never expected to find in an old

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Reaching the PEAK

Reaching The Peak

When children are young, parents start thinking ahead for the future. Providing opportunities so they can excel in primary education.  Saving money for college. Wait. As familiar as this scenario might to some, it’s not the norm in parts of

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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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Home improvement

Jeremy Blake's passion is helping the people of his hometown Newark, Ohio.

When Newark native Jeremy Blake started at Denison in 1996 as a member of the class of 2000, he had every intention of graduating four years later. But after his first year of college, he was offered a job at

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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

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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One day without shoes

One Day Without Shoes

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Big Red lends a hand

Big Red Lends A Hand

As the clock struck 10 a.m. on Saturday, two little boys burst through the doors of the Licking County Family YMCA screaming, “I want to do the bouncy thing!” They jumped up and down in the lobby and quickly dragged

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Written By: Megan Worden ’15

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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To Chardon, with love

To Chardon, With Love

Music filters down to the second floor of Slayter Hall as students climb the stairs to The Roost—it’s a familiar scene, even on a Thursday night. Less typical are banners of wide, white paper along the foot of the staircase

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Start something that matters

Start Something That Matters

I wanted to start something that mattered. Don’t we all? I wanted to start something that would encourage students to see how their needs can positively impact the lives of others, especially those in need. So, I looked to a

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Written By: Emily Hopcian ’12

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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Educational access and inequity in the nation’s capital

Jerome Price (center) and the third-grade class of “Team Duke” at the college-focused Promise Academy, where each class is named for the teacher’s alma mater.

Editor’s note: Last year, we reported on the questions and conversations that Jerome Price ’12 was raising about education in the U.S. He’s still at it, of course, and recently took that thinking to Washington, D.C. for a Break Away

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Written By: Jerome Price '12

Defying the distance

Defying the Distance

At one o’clock on Monday afternoon, dancers clad in black and vibrant reds and golds made their way through the crowd gathered at Swasey Chapel. Once on stage, they launched into a joyous dance, rollicking and moving to the celebratory

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A new way to celebrate King Day

A New Way to Celebrate King Day

Denison’s celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take a new form this year. There will be several service projects held this weekend, and this Monday, Jan. 23, the community is invited

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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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Filling empty bowls

Last month, the DU Art Collective got busy with campus and area community members at the Bryant Arts Center to make a big bunch of lovely handcrafted bowls. This afternoon in the Welsh Hills Room, all those vessels were sold (complete with some tasty soup) to raise money for the Licking County Food Pantry in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

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The $10,000 question

Members of last year’s Venture Philanthropy Club helped to curb the abuse of prescription drugs in Licking County. From left: professor and club advisor Fadhel Kaboub, Zack Goldman ’11, Ellie Thompson ’11, Peter Hurford ’14, Josh Goldman ’14, Corey Ackerman ’11, Mary Kimberly ’11, Lydia Boote ’11, and Rachel Mattingly ’11.

The leading cause of accidental death in Ohio is prescription drug abuse. The incident rate is higher than automobile accidents, the leading accidental killer in the United States. And the thing about the disease is the ease with which an

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Remembering 9/11

This weekend, Denisonians honored the losses of Sept. 11, 2001, with activities across the campus and beyond. Students cleaned up a section of the Licking River and tended the Community Gardens in Newark. They staffed a family night for the community, showing the movie Wall-E and worked with the Licking Memorial Hospital to provide free health screenings. And Sunday evening, at an interfaith service of healing and peace, Swasey Chapel echoed with the haunting music of a 60-person choir performing Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem," with solos provided by Denison faculty members Kevin N. Wines, Belinda Andrews-Smith and Andy Carlson.

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Returning the love

Returning The Love

As a 10-year-old, Lauren Mueller ’13 found herself in a situation no child can imagine. Living in Colorado and caught in an abusive relationship with her mother, Lauren was placed in foster care. What she didn’t know was that she

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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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An ice-cold good deed

This Good Deed Is 'Cool'

Put on your skates and look up. True, the ceiling isn’t normally the first thing you consider in an ice arena, but the fact is, it matters almost as much as the ice. This week construction on a new ceiling

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Local kids have their interests ‘PEAKed’

Local Kids Have Their Interests 'PEAKed'

This semester, students in Suzanne Baker’s “The Learner and the Teacher: Childhood” course created lesson plans, and over the last several weeks, they put the plans into action in schools across Newark. Visiting second grade classrooms in five of Newark’s

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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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An educated conversation

An Educated Conversation

Most of us had that special teacher early on in our lives, the one who made learning feel easy, even fun. For Jerome Price ’12, a black studies and history major from Rahway, N.J., it was his first-grade teacher, Mr.

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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

Arts and sciences with The Works

The Works

Some might say this is a match made in heaven. No, not Prince William and Kate Middleton—it’s Denison and The Works that can’t get enough of each other. The Works is a unique museum, just down the road in the

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48 hours to serve

48 Hours To Serve

The tasks were a secret. That’s how the 48-hour Service Challenge works. You just show up, ready and willing, take your assignment, and get busy. Collect blankets, books, money, school supplies and warm clothing. Prepare a community meal. Teach school

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Photo Credits: Allie Colina '14

‘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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‘There, it’s OK to die’

Madeline Weinland ’10

Madeline Weinland ’10 wasn’t even planning on going to the annual Involvement Fair during her first week at Denison. But, moving reluctantly through the sea of tables on the quad, she came upon the table of Denison Community Association’s hospice

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23 million thanks

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Veterans Day, celebrated each Nov. 11, honors America’s veterans for their service and their sacrifice. There are some 23 million veterans living today in the United States. This morning Denison held its annual Veterans Day Breakfast at Lamson Lodge for

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This is your brain on caffeine

This Is Your Brain On Caffeine

On Saturday, Nov. 6, several science professors and the student-officers of NERD (Neuroscience Education & Research at Denison) hosted 41 Columbus area high school students in Burton Morgan Center for a day of hands-on “brain” science. The high schoolers were

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Bowl-ing downhill

Bowl-ing Downhill

Down “the Hill” resides a place of creativity, brilliance and energy — the Bryant Arts Center, which is just a couple of years old (in its current state, at least). I fear too few have ventured down to explore this

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Written By: Stetson Thacker '14
Photo Credits: Xiaoshi Qin '12
Video Credits: Brandon Hummons '13

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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Whole hog for local farming

Bill Clapp (second human from right), district manager for the Sodexo foodservices company that serves Denison, pictured at the Knox County Fair in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Shortly after Bill Clapp purchased a hog from a 4-H student at the Knox County Fair, he got a thank you note from Kyle Pae, the young farmer who raised him. “Thank you Denison University Sodexo for buying my 2010

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Make it happen

Make It Happen

So you want to change the world. How do you take your next step? Denison students are exploring the answers this week, during a six-day social entrepreneurship workshop called “Make It Happen,” which is offered by Denison’s Burton D. Morgan

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