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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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A day of thought and inspiration

A Day of Thought and Inspiration

Students, faculty, and community members engaged in conversation over cups of warm coffee and Bon Appétit’s famous brownies last Saturday (March 1) in the echoing lobby of Herrick Hall Auditorium. This conversational interlude was a “break” from the four hours

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

Ideas worth spreading

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On Saturday (March 1), the Denison community will gather for its first TEDxDenisonU event, an independent TED Talk experience hosted by President Adam Weinberg and sponsored by the Spectrum Series and the Denison University Entrepreneurship Program. The popularity of TED

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Video Credits: Hung Tran ’15

Hittin’ the books

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Even if we never looked at an academic calendar for the fall semester, we would know it’s finals week. We can tell by the tired students sitting here and there throughout every building on campus, noses pushed deep into laptops

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Dodo revolution

Dodo Revolution

Ron Sandler ’95 hadn’t set foot on Denison’s campus for 17 years when he came back to talk to the philosophy department about woolly mammoths — and the pros and cons of bringing them back to life. Now an environmental

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Found lives

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Co-creator of Found magazine, Jason Bitner, already had a well-trained eye for curiosities when he walked into B&J’s American Cafe in LaPorte, Ind. Taped to the coffeemaker, the pie case, and all through the diner were vintage studio portraits —

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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

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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And the winners are …

And the winners are ...

When we asked the Denison community to take the Fall 2012 issue of Denison Magazine, which included a nearly all-white cover, and create their own design, they responded with creativity and courage—which was just what we were hoping for. Some

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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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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

‘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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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

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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History over lunch

While visiting campus last week as part of the 2011-12 campus theme, "Migrations," author and historian Ira Berlin had lunch with Assistant Professor of History Lauren Araiza's senior seminar students. Berlin, who has written extensively on American history and particularly on the history of slavery, lectured later that evening on "The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations."

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‘Migrations’ kicks off with renowned geneticist

Spencer Wells, geneticist and Explorer-in-Residence for the National Geographic Society, reconnoitered our campus over the last couple of days. And while he saw a lot of the beautiful fall landscape, his real focus was on students. He brown-bagged a dinner with the Sustained Dialogue group, delivered a lecture to a packed Swasey Chapel, and dropped into a couple of classrooms. Here's Spencer (he asked us to call him that) in Nestor Matthew's Psych-370 class at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.

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The human family tree

Family Ties

Inquiring minds of all ages gathered in the Burton D. Morgan Center lecture hall this week to watch The Human Family Tree, a documentary film that traces the genetic heritage of Homo sapiens — all seven billion of us. Nestor

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Photo Credits: Becky Hale, National Geographic

They came to dance, dance, dance [FOLLOW-UP]

They Came To Dance, Dance, Dance [FOLLOW-UP]

As promised, we have video from Friday’s flash mob on the Academic Quad. Near as we could count, the dance to Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” involved some 200 people, with several hundred more gathering around to watch. The participants, mostly students,

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This article is not editable: Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales visits campus

Wales On Wiki

Jimmy Wales was all over campus on Wednesday, Dec. 8, meeting with students and talking about his ubiquitous brainchild, Wikipedia. His visit was part of this year’s slate of events tied to the Spectrum Series campus theme, “Community and Technology.”

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A few thoughts on Wikipedia

Library Director Scottie Cochrane

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales speaks tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Swasey Chapel, as part of this year’s Spectrum Series theme, “Technology and Community.” It’s a perfect time to check in with Library Director Scottie Cochrane—who operates at the center of

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Written By: Library Director Scottie Cochrane

Real-life sci-fi

Real-Life Sci-Fi

Last night, as part of the Spectrum Series’ ongoing exploration of “Technology and Community,” science writer Rebecca Skloot presented to the Denison community a chilling scenario, one that seemed straight out of an H.G. Wells or Michael Crichton novel. Without

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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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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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Ch-ch-ch-changes

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

While students were away working summer internships and jobs, traveling near and far, and, we hope, catching a little R & R, Denison’s campus was undergoing more than the normal amount of summertime changes. Here’s a quick look at some

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