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Blog Archives

Taste of springtime

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Since the first daffodils in March, students have been waking up to spring like the unfolding leaves all around us, finding time to come together, shed our winter gear, and loosen-up, by immersing ourselves in a myriad of cultural events featuring great food,

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Written By: Manvi Jalan '18

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

Do it yourself

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It all started with Harry Potter, a singing Harry Potter to be specific. Emma Miller ’16 had just watched A Very Potter Musical, the lyrical parody of J.K. Rowling’s magical series, when a sudden urge struck her: “How can I

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Active minds

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When Kristina Keidel ‘17 arrived at Denison, Active Minds was an inactive chapter that had lost contact with the national organization. About four to six people would show up to meetings. They very rarely planned programs or events. Still, Keidel

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

The writers read

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All writers understand how nerve-wracking it is to read their own writing and share it with the world, especially in a setting where other writers are present, so it was inspiring and even heartwarming last week to see our own

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Written By: Manvi Jalan '18

You can’t pick just one

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It’s that time of the year again. The late summer days are full of sunshine and students are starting to discover Denison outside the classroom. The Involvement Fair, organized by CLIC (the Campus Leadership and Involvement Center), was in full

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Written By: Manvi Jalan '18

New class in motion

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The new journey for the first-year students always starts with a some sweat and tears (move-in); a bit of ceremony (Induction); and then a lot of fun in the form of August Orientation, or Aug-O, a program for all first-year

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Video Credits: Music Courtesy of The Andy Carlson Band

Thought leader, 1954

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If you’ve ever tried to keep up with a blog or wield a Twitter, you’ll appreciate the 20th century precursor of those forms — writing a daily syndicated newspaper column. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt used hers, titled “My Day,” to

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Time for change

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It was early spring of 1970, and America was in upheaval. The country was long into the Vietnam War, working its way through Civil Rights Act legislation, and still mourning the deaths of Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy.

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Start them up

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Jennifer Garner ’94 once told David Letterman that, as an undergrad at Denison, she sneaked into the theatre department’s costume shop with a friend and used the sewing machines to make “scrunchies” (for those of you under the age of

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Photo Credits: Jenny Kim '16

Bell canto

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It’s one of those familiar, comforting Denison routines: On weekdays at 9:20 and 11:20 a.m., and again at 6:20 p.m., campus fills with music coming from the Swasey Chapel bell tower. Even though the bells are a consistent part of

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

Bring on the fun

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It’s a sure sign of spring when tables loaded with hot dogs and veggie burgers can be seen on the Common as Bon Appétit staff preps for the kick-off of one of Denison’s favorite springtime traditions: Aestavalia. Planned and organized

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Taste of spring

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Students didn’t waste any time making use of Ohio’s spring weather. On Friday, South Quad was filled with the sounds of music, the smells of authentic international food, and the sight of nearly 300 Denisonians gathered together to celebrate the

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Written By: Antrim Ross '16

Culture blast

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While the Kenyon College Lords and Ladies are Denison’s fated backyard rivals in a number of athletic endeavors, there is the occasional event that brings the schools together — like this year’s Culture Jam Week, the annual celebration run by

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Photo Credits: Concert: Zane Osler '16 / Talent Show: Jenny Kim '16 & Hai Nghiem '18 / Fashion Gallery: Linh Nguyen '18

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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At the top of their game

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The Big Red men’s squash team captured the Chaffee Cup at last weekend’s National Team Championships hosted by Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. On its way to the title, third-seeded Denison defeated Northeastern University in the quarterfinal round, then followed

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Where’s the Zamboni

WINTER FEST

No Zamboni needed —we just like saying that word. But for the first time (as far as we know) there was “ice” skating on the academic quad Friday night, as part of UPC’s Winter Fest 2015. University Programming Council repackaged

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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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And next: The Nest

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“Feels great to be on a menu. It’s been a dream of mine since my first sandwich (shout out to Mom!)…” says Tom Krieger ’15 as he bites into his eponymous chicken avocado melt, The Krieger. “This is going on

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Photo Credits: Tim Black Photography

A mover and a shaker

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From his basement dorm room in Crawford Hall, the founder and CEO of E3 Kinetics, Inc. locks the door and answers the phone in a calm voice as he paces the floor: “This is Edward Bailey.” It’s business as usual

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Written By: Laura Carr '17

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

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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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Full feministing

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The Burton Morgan auditorium was packed for Jessica Valenti’s talk: audience members huddled on the stairs, lined up along the walls, crowded in the doorways. And when Valenti asked the full house who identified as a feminist, nearly every hand

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Not guilty

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It’s the winter of 1976. Standing outside of a courthouse in Albuquerque, N.M., Ronald Keine is wearing nothing but shower shoes and an orange jumpsuit. On the back, it reads “Death Row.” For the first time since his wrongful conviction

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United, not divided

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Locked arm in arm, a small sea of students and faculty marched for solidarity through central campus yesterday afternoon. Braving the light rain during Thursday’s common hour, many wielded colorful umbrellas, matching their personalized signs. “United, not divided” was the

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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

Inside the Involvement Fair

Inside the Involvement Fair

Here’s a Denison quiz for you: What has a Mad Hatter, chickens, free rosary beads, and CrossFit? The whole campus enjoyed this combination of sights (thanks to The Bandersnatch, Homestead, Newman Catholic Association, and Big Red Fitness Club) during the

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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

The students have spoken

The Students Have Spoken

Last week’s DCGA elections brought Denison a new president and vice president for the 2014-15 academic year: Meghan Pearce ’16 (left) will assume the presidency as current DCGA President Ana Morales ’14 graduates, and Haley Jones ’17 will take over

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Photo Credits: Hung Tran ’15

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

Comedy break

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Members of the Burpee’s Seedy Theatrical Company spent their spring break in Chicago doing what performers do best—gig after gig. There was the one they’ve been doing for three years now, a show for the family and friends of Grace

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Photo Credits: Luke Hillier ’15 (top); Loren Egeland (inset)

What are YOU doing this weekend?

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

It’s April and that means there’s more going on than we can keep up with here at TheDEN. Good news for you: There’s lots to do this weekend (April 11-13). Be sure to check out the events calendar, but here’s

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Sing-a-long songs

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Tickets for Bobby McFerrin’s Vail performance were hard to come by last Thursday afternoon. Though he’s known in pop culture as the voice behind “Don’t Worry Be Happy” and the Cosby Show theme song, McFerrin’s stage performances are a sight

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Opening act

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In February, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation held its annual event to support the fight against pediatric cancer. Usually, Nationwide Arena is the place to catch big shows — Bruce Springsteen, Cher, and Katy Perry will be coming in the

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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

History lesson

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During a moving performance last week, a student stood on the stage in the Roost and began to reenact a horrific aspect of American history. He handed out “color” cards to classify the human beings in front of him based

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Written By: Hung Tran ’15
Photo Credits: Hung Tran ’15

They’ve done it again

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It’s a now a two-year-old tradition to use lip dub video as a way of announcing the guest artists who will be performing at D-Day. This year’s video was a huge undertaking with more than 300 students (and a cameo

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Video Credits: Hung Tran '15 (directed by Deniz Aydogan ’14 and Paige Robnett ’14)

Has anyone seen the Zumba table?

Has anyone seen the zumba table?

The annual Involvement Fair, sponsored by the Campus Leadership and Involvement Center (CLIC), was in full swing yesterday afternoon as the A-Quad filled with students in search of clubs and organizations that fit their interests or sparked new ones. On

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Written By: Maggie Ranger '14

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 big leagues

Rugby

After playing some seriously tough rugby in sleet and rain for more than an hour on April 6 in Allendale, Mich., the Denison’s women’s team was trailing the club from Grand Valley State University, 13-10. It was a first-round match

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Written By: Rose Schrott '14
Photo Credits: Stephanie Rivas '14

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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’Tis the season

'Tis The Season

The holiday spirit has been alive and well these past few weeks on the Hill as students found time in their busy schedules to come together and celebrate. President and Mrs. Knobel kicked things off by opening Monomoy to the

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Who wants to be a millionaire?

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Congratulations are in order for recent Denison graduate Alex Parker ’12 of Prospect, Ky., who won a piece of last week’s record-setting Powerball drawing. Although Parker didn’t win the big jackpot, he didn’t fare too poorly either, taking home a

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Drum roll please …

Drum Roll Please ...

And the 2012 D-Day artist is … singer Mike Posner. The Denison Campus Governance Association (DCGA) announced the annual concert tradition in style thanks to a lip dub video featuring Posner’s “Cooler Than Me.” The video, which starts on the

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Video Credits: Hung Tran ’15

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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Finding what I like—and what I don’t

Lauren Mueller '13

Everyone asks, “What are you going to do when you get out of college?” I always have some long-winded, complicated answer about philanthropy, grant-writing, and changing the world. I say, “I want to make the greatest impact on the largest

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Written By: Lauren Mueller '13

A little boost for the Roost

A Little Boost for the Roost

Paintbrushes were flying as a student-led group of volunteers called Boost the Roost went into action on Slayter’s third floor during early August, with students, faculty, and staff giving the hangout a bright new look. In addition to the paint

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Photo Credits: Tori Couch '13

What matters to me, and why

President Dale Knobel shares his very personal thoughts and values in the Very Room of the Open House.

There’s a certain symmetry and rhythm to the letters “WMMW.” It’s an acronym that, around Denison, is most often used for a series of talks held at the Open House called “What Matters to Me, & Why” or, quite sensibly,

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McChrystal commands Swasey stage

McChrystal Commands Swasey

DEN SHOTS:

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Photo Credits: Vivian Qin '12

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

Baby, they were down

Baby, They Were Down

You never know what cool Denison stuff you’ll come across on the web, and today’s no exception. It’s a time-lapse video, shot by Hung Tran ’15, of this year’s D-Day concert, held on Oct. 29. Tran captured all the setup

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Video Credits: Hung Tran '15

Write on

Write On

November winds blow a little cold around here, so why not hunker down and write a book? The Denison Writers’ Club is supporting about a dozen of its members who are participating in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Challenge.

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Bludgers, quaffles, and a snitch

Bludgers, Quaffles, And A Snitch

Muggle alert! Quidditch is no longer purely an imaginary game found between the pages of your favorite Harry Potter book. These days it’s also being played on college campuses throughout the world. In fact, 100 teams will participate in next

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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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They had us at ‘hello’

They Had Us At Hello

Let’s just say it up front—this place is all sorts of serious about education, the life-changing kind that happens in classrooms, labs, and studios. But when the paper isn’t due for a week and there’s no test tomorrow, there is

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‘Sapphire’ Steve Carell ’84 gives a shout-out to campus radio station

'Sapphire' Steve Carell Gives Shout-Out To Campus Radio Station

Maybe your summer job has been keeping you out of circulation, or maybe a vacation at the lake has provided some welcome respite, but unless you’ve been under a rock for the last couple of weeks, you know that Steve

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And now, your moment of DEN

Aasif Mandvi, correspondent on The Daily Show

This afternoon, we’ve got news on the fake news that reports on the real news. Got it? At Slayter Auditorium last night, Aasif Mandvi, correspondent on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, offered up a lecture titled “Behind the Scenes of

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Photo Credits: Allie Colina '14

Celebrating African cultures

Celebrating African Cultures

African Awareness Week is off and running. Last evening, students of the African Student Association held a Fun and Games night in Slayter. Events during the rest of the week include a panel on breaking African stereotypes, mystery movie night,

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Photo Credits: Allie Colina '14

With a healthy disregard for the impossible

With a Healthy Disregard for the Impossible

In the week leading up to this semester, 70 students and a handful of faculty facilitators retreated to snowy Salt Fork State Park for Denison’s 10th annual LeaderShape Institute. For six intense days, through dialogue, teamwork, and introspection, the students

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Moot is the point

Moot Is The Point

The issue is no longer open for discussion—the Moot Court crew took first prize in its regional competition and earned several additional accolades. Juniors Christina Bazak (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), and Steven Profitt (Carlisle, Ohio), grabbed the number one spot

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Saving water, one drop at a time

Saving Water, One Drop At A Time

Students are just as clean and well-hydrated as they were a few weeks ago, but now they’re being smarter with their water resources, thanks to the annual Water Wars. Each year, Denison sponsors the competition, which pits hall against hall,

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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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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

UPC wins awards

FROM LEFT: JOSEPH WINEGARDNER ’12 (BREMEN, OHIO), STEPHANIE FOIS ’12 (MAMARONECK, N.Y.), GARY FLEISNER ’13 (MCDONALD, PA.), TALI LEKORENOS ’13 (CONCORD, MASS.), MICHAEL CHUNG ’13 (CHELSEA, MASS.) AND MICHAEL IVY ’13 (CHICAGO).

Sitting on a comfy couch on the second floor of Slayter Hall, Stephanie Fois ’12 (Mamaroneck, NY) practically glows with excitement after her recent trip to Grand Rapids, Mich., on behalf of the University Programming Council (UPC). There, she and

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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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A place for time, space & faith

A Place for Time, Space, & Faith

The mood is solemn yet relaxed as members of Hillel, the Jewish student organization, eat at tables arranged family-style in a giant square. Tonight they are sharing Shabbat, a dinner of rest and reflection. On the menu is vegetarian lasagna

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

Thinking about the Open House

Tom Mitchell '11

For many students, part of the college experience involves maintaining their religious traditions from home. Of course, since it’s college, they also may be exploring other dimensions of spirituality, or questioning the entire concept itself. Luckily, for Denison students, there

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

Choices, choices

Choices, Choices

Thursday afternoon on the Quad was hot, loud and fun. More than 100 campus organizations set up for the Involvement Fair, decked out with popcorn, balloons, frisbees, and live music. The event was arranged for students — especially first-years  to

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