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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On Broadway

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Ben Jacoby ’09 is no stranger to the stage. In addition to the roles he’s played from Laertes in Hamlet at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2012 to Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific, he also spent nearly two years

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Happy numbers

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Here’s a burning question to start your new year: What happens when you take the sum of the square of each of the digits in the number 19, and then continue iterating? Mathematics Professor May Mei proposed this question to

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The inside scoop: our new Global Commerce major

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It’s not every day that Denison announces a new major, but after much faculty research, deliberation and diligence, the global commerce major has been added to Denison’s roster. Global commerce is an exciting new major that gives students an opportunity

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Regina Carter — finding her voice

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For Linda Krumholz’s First Year Writing Workshop, the novels of Toni Morrison have provided a starting point for conversations about art, memory, and trauma. For visiting Vail Series artist Regina Carter, this confluence of emotion and creative energy began with

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

Examining the Exodus

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The image is of a little boy, three years old, face down in the sand of a Turkish beach. Aylan Kurdi had drowned when his family fled Syria and the boats carrying them capsized. His body washed up on this

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Looking into the hearts of stars

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Will we ever know if there is life in other solar systems? Two J. Reid and Polly Anderson summer research scholars have been looking at a key indicator that could point to an answer. Nathan Myers ’17 and Noah Rogers

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Written By: Jillian Koval '16, Noah Rogers '17, Nathan Myers '17

Denison proud

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Even with mounting anxiety over year-end exams and summer plans, Denison students can always count on one spring afternoon where the focus isn’t on the future but the past, and everything that they, their peers, and their professors have accomplished.

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A threat to justice everywhere

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“Injustice everywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” — Martin Luther King, Jr.  What’s the most important issue in the United States since its founding in 1776? According to James W. Loewen, author, sociologist, and the keynote speaker of this

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That was then … this is now

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There wasn’t much technology at Denison except for typewriters. Fraternities dominated campus social life. Women’s lives were restricted — they had 10 p.m. curfews and weren’t allowed to wear pants to class. Men had more privileges, but they also had

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Ducks over Denison

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On August 27, 1883, a volcano at Krakatoa erupted, changing the Indonesian isles’ landscape forever. The force destroyed most of Krakatoa itself, created several other small islands, and threw so much volcanic dust into the atmosphere that people in Britain

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Sketchbooks, not smartphones

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[custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”] It’s fall y’all! This means two things at Denison: pumpkin chai River Road lattes and urges to Instagram. Signs of our seasonal fixations are already spreading across campus with people stopping abruptly on Chapel Walk to capture

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Written By: Rose Schrott '14
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim '16

The most wonderful time of the year

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It’s a scene that plays out every year, but the annual Academic Awards Convocation never seems to lose the excitement that surrounds it: Students, faculty, staff, and trustees making their way into Swasey; the student performances (this year from the

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Habits of mind — and heart

Habits of Mind—and Heart

It was a busy day on campus on Friday, April 19, with lots of special guests in prospective students and members of the Board of Trustees, but for one hour during the afternoon, it was all about the achievement of

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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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Back in the saddle

Back In The Saddle

Matt Kretchmar, associate professor of computer science, is about to wrap up his first semester back in a full-time teaching position after spending five years as Denison’s dean of first-year students. We asked him how it feels to be back

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14

Teachers, public schools, & gay rights

Teachers, Public Schools, & Gay Rights

Karen Graves is not only a professor of education, she’s also a historian of the discipline. So it’s not surprising that she was the 2011-12 president of the History of Education Society, and this month she gave the Presidential Address

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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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The philosophy of film

The Philosophy Of Film

The college recently announced that four members of the faculty have been awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees and will be promoted to the rank of associate professor. This is the second in a four-part series highlighting the faculty

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Composition and rhetoric … and more

Composition And Rhetoric And More

The college recently announced that four members of the faculty have been awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees and will be promoted to the rank of associate professor. This is the first in a four-part series highlighting the faculty

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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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Teach For America—No Kidding

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EDITOR’S NOTE: When TheDEN last checked in with Jerome Price ’12, he was leading a conversation about the value and plight of education. It should come as no surprise that this year Price is leading recruitment efforts at Denison for

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Written By: Kimmi Oshita '11

The evolution of a liberal arts education

The Evolution of a Liberal Arts Education

In 1978, Denison University became the nation’s first coeducational college to require students to take a Minority or Women’s Studies course prior to graduation. In 2010, the college has adjusted its approach to how students explore multicultural perspectives. The faculty

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