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

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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

Most distinguished

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As Laurel Kennedy, vice president for student development, presented a Distinguished Leadership Award to Lauren Adejumo ’15 last week, she cited Adejumo’s campus contributions in the form of work for the admissions office, as president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority,

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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

American pie

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  Pies: rows and rows of apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies decorated the dining halls this past Tuesday as students gathered over plates stacked high with turkey, mashed potatoes, and green beans during Bon Appétit’s annual Thanksgiving dinner. In line

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From farm to fork

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On Tuesday, September 24, Denison’s food service provider, Bon Appetit, presented chefs and diners alike with the 10th annual Eat Local Challenge. Lunch in Denison’s dining halls only used food grown within a 150-mile radius of campus. Not only did

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '15
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim '16

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

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

The frog scientist

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Harvard University: the elite of the elite, a standard ingrained in the American education system, or, to young Tyrone Hayes, a college referenced in his favorite television program, Green Acres. “I first heard about Harvard because Oliver Douglas, the main

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Written By: Rachel Morrison ’16 and Rose Schrott ’14
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim'16

Anything grows

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Last year, Lia Crosby ’13 and Shane Richmond ’13 had an idea to get nutritious food at affordable prices to low-income families in Newark, Ohio. Last summer, with the advice and help of Chris Ramsey, self-appointed social-consciousness-raiser/entrepreneur and owner of Newark’s

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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

So, what’s new?

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Yesterday upperclass students could be seen hauling lamps and clothes and dishes and shoes into their new rooms and apartments. The line at the bookstore was growing by the minute. And faculty were busily getting ready for the start of

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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

What’s in a number?

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If you’ve walked past Olin Science Hall this summer, you’ve probably noticed the big sign in the window that boasts “# of specimens counted,” followed by an ever-climbing number. Al Weik ’14, a geosciences major from Lebanon, Pa., says that

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Written By: Rachel Morrison ’14

‘I Love Granville’

I Love Granville

When senior Alanna Kaiser joined the newly minted Sustainability Fellows this fall, she had no idea that part of her job would be to work closely with the Granville community to promote local buying. The project is called “I Love

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Ebaugh’s golden

We Got The Gold

Denison was just recognized with the gold rating for the renovation and expansion of Ebaugh Laboratories, a project that was completed last year. In 2008, Denison made a major commitment to the environment: All new campus construction from that point

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Living the green life

Living The Green Life

Amid the controlled cacophony of this year’s Move-In Day, first-year students were greeted by helpful students in green “Denison Sustainability Fellows” T-shirts. The Fellows were on hand to lug boxes, locate rooms, and point out recycling stations for bubble wrap

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Bricks and mortar

Bricks and Mortar

During this brief pause between classes and Commencement, we thought we’d check in on Mitchell and Chamberlin, where the facilities team is hard at work, and construction and renovation projects are coming along beautifully. “Both are still right on schedule

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Denison’s tallest residents

Denison's Tallest Residents

The leafy trees lining the walkways on campus have always been special to Denison, but the college’s first arboretum makes it official. Denison’s Tree and Landscape Advisory Committee recently developed an arboretum that preserves 34 of the campus’s most visible

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Written By: Natalie Olivo ’13

Environmental studies: It’s an art

Environmental Studies: It's An Art

Professor Abram Kaplan teaches environmental studies. He also makes some pretty stunning art. The most important thing to know is, these pursuits are not separate. Kaplan joined Denison in 1993 as the founding director of the Environmental Studies Program. He

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Photo Credits: Vivian Qin ’12

It’s what’s for dinner

It's What's for Dinner

It’s an unusual sight in the middle of a farm field. These chefs, white hats and all, are walking walk up a hillside in Muskingum County, just east of here. They’ve come to see the tomatoes, corn, zucchini, peppers and

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Denison in the Blogosphere (5/20/11)

Denison in the Blogosphere (5/20/11)

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 fix of Denisonia, we have green coffee, kid lit, and life on the road, baseball-style.

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Talk about eating local

Manny Horsford '13, Anna Farrell '13, and Nicki Jimenez '12 dig a permanent home outside Curtis Hall for one of the cherry trees planted on Monday. Matt Dunn, marketing manager for Sodexo, and Jeremy King, Denison’s sustainability coordinator, provided the trees, a couple of shovels, and some digging assistance.

Mother Nature seems to have a tough time when it comes to making up her mind in April and May. One Ohio morning can be cool and crisp and reminiscent of fall, while the next can start with sunshine and

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Earth Week in motion

Earth Week In Motion

In keeping with the Denison tradition of doing things up big, Earth Day has morphed into Earth Week. Students have been assembling terrariums, creating far-out fashion for the “Trashion Show,” digging Bluegrass music while dipping into boxes of duds at

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The real impact of ‘No Impact’

The Real Impact Of ‘No Impact’

In honor of Earth Week, Olivia Aguilar, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, discusses the meaning of her No Impact class project—inspired by Colin Beavan’s book No Impact Man—and shares a few tips on spending the week “carbon-free.” And her

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Fill it up

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Now you can be hydrated, frugal, and green. Denison has installed two new water bottle filling stations (with a third on the way). Just grab your handy-dandy water bottle—stainless steel, Nalgene, aluminum, it doesn’t matter—and fill your bottle with cool,

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Gaga for garbage

Gaga For Garbage

Spread out over 900 lovely and leafy acres (including a 550 acre Biological Reserve), Denison’s campus is home to more than 2,100 students, 278 faculty and 435 staff. They produce an average of 2.67 tons of garbage per day—roughly a

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One treed hill

One Treed Hill

Denisonians already know this, but we’ll say it anyway: this hilltop campus is a lovely, leafy, woodsy place. And now it’s official, because the Arbor Day Foundation has awarded Denison its Tree Campus USA distinction. The Tree Campus USA program

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Homestead roots on ‘Portlandia’ farm

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Three Homestead alumni have been out in Oregon, just going about their business, and now their chickens are getting face time on cable TV. Eric Campbell, Nolan Calisch, and Chris Seigel, all class of 2006, are the founders of Wealth

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What’s cooking at Ebaugh?

What's cooking at Ebaugh?

Brick by brick, the exterior walls of the Ebaugh Laboratories’ renovation, including an expansion of 19,000 square feet, are going up—right on schedule. Art Chonko, director of facilities, says progress on the chemistry and biochemistry building’s interior is happening fast,

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When is a green swimming pool a good thing?

When a Green Pool is Something to Strive for...

At the risk of patting ourselves on the back, we’re going to go ahead and pat ourselves on the back. The ground is cold and hard, but construction crews continue to make progress on the expansion and renovation of the

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Poker face

Poker Face

Shelie Miller (Chemistry 2000) had an ace in the hole when she interviewed for a faculty spot earlier this year at the University of Michigan. But she couldn’t lay all her cards on the table—not until the White House made

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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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Deep roots

Deep Roots

The venerable sugar maples towering over the Academic Quad are as iconic and beloved a sight on this campus as Swasey Chapel’s spire. So it’s a sad thing to watch three of the oldest and largest specimens come down this

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It’s official

It's official

Earthmovers and excavators have been at work pushing dirt around outside the Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center for a few weeks now, but on Friday, Oct. 15, it all became official. A crowd of some 200 Denison alumni, trustees, students,

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Making a splash

Making a Splash

Biology majors Jennifer Clemmer ’11 and Eliza Miller ’11 aren’t afraid to make a splash. As part of the Summer Scholar Program, they explored neighboring ponds to discover the relationship between the invasive mosquitofish and native bluegill. With the help

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Breaking new ground for the Big Red

Breaking New Ground for the Big Red

Denison University has broken ground on a $38.5 million renovation and expansion of the Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center. “This is a project that has been long in planning, and we’re excited to see it now underway,” says Denison President

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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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