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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
DENISON UNIVERSITY GRANVILLE, OHIO 43023
Volume 161, No. 2
2 rapes, no criminal
investigations By Debbie Gillum News Editor
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Majora Carter spoke about her history growing up in South Bronx, New York, and her work to improve it on Thursday Sept. 12.
Eco-entrepreneur Majora Carter speaks on “Real Utopias” By Carole Burkett News Editor We have a good vantage point to see utopias from up here on the Hill, as campus saw last Thursday when eco-entrepreneur Majora Carter gave the opening address for the Spectrum series. President Adam Weinberg introduced her as “a real rock star,” a title backed up by her accomplishments, including six honorary degrees and awards from the National Audubon Society and the United States Department of Energy, as well as many others. But these pale in comparison to the changes she has made in her hometown, New York’s South
Bronx. After her brother was killed in the gunfire of a gang fight, Carter began “planning her escape,” which she pursued through education, attending Wesleyan University. This desire for escape was instilled as a child, she said, when “we were taught to measure success by how far we could get from our neighborhood.” But she moved home while in graduate school, and was inspired to create change in her community. Working with the non-profit Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), she looked at improvement through a real estate lens. She analyzed local resources, focusing on the waterfront and a space of
“hinge land” between the residential and industrial areas. She also looked at the ways that communities improve, seeing that poverty was usually perpetuated or pushed out, and determined that a route to success was economic diversity. Combining all these observations, she began to work to bring improvement to her community, and to “change what real estate development is.” Through projects like the Startup Box South Bronx and the purchase of real estate, she has worked to bring technological production and business back into the Bronx. She now works through her own company, the Majora Carter Group, to spread the message
that “you don’t have to move out of your neighborhood to live in a better one.” Conner Toth, a junior geology major from Concord, NC, said, “It was really nice to see not only how communities can be transformed, but how business can be profitable and solution-based. It’s not the government or a non-profit coming in to fix everything, but growing things from the ground up.” The Spectrum Series is an annual culture series focusing on an annual theme. This year, speeches and film screenings on the theme of “real utopias.” The next event will be a screening of “Girl Rising” in Slayter Union at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19.
Two alleged sexual assaults occurred on campus during the first weekend of the academic year. Both victims knew the suspects, declined criminal investigations, and preventive measures have been taken by Denison. The first alleged sexual assault occurred at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday Aug. 31. The incident occurred outside the residence hall of the person filing the report. The victim said she was intoxicated. Garrett Moore, Director of Campus Security and Safety, brought the report to the Granville Police on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 1:11 a.m. A Granville police officer spoke with the victim, “who advised that she did not wish for the police to be involved in this matter,” according to the Call Record Summary. Moore said that Denison Security was required to report all felonies to the police and prosecutors. Another sexual assault which occurred at 2 a.m. on Sunday Sept. 1, took place in a residence hall room, the report said. The suspect was interviewed by Denison security. Moore said there was no campus-wide community alert e-mail because the suspects were known to the victims. “We have taken measures to protect the victims by creating distance between them and the susSee Sexual Assault, page 3
DU drops to #50 in ranks Denison in top 5 Teach for President for Student DevelopBy Kristóf Oltvai ment Laurel Kennedy. “But it America supply schools Features Editor Each September since 1983, the U.S. News & World Report has ranked what it considers to be the “Best Colleges” in the United States. Last Tuesday, Sept. 10, the magazine published its rankings for the 2013-2014 academic year. Denison, previously holding a rank of #49 in the “National Liberal Arts Colleges” category, has dropped one notch to #50. U.S. News, reporting on its own rankings, says that its system is “designed to help students and parents make an informed decision,” but administrators and students at Denison take a more nuanced view. “The data that goes into the rankings are accurate,” says Vice
would be wiser to ask, ‘do the ranking criteria reflect something relevant to the education students receive?’” Kennedy also notes that lists like this experience ‘statistical lag,’ with information a year or two old. Moreover, she says, “these are macro-level rankings that do not reflect the lived experiences of classrooms or campuses.” In terms of the administration’s desire to rise on ranked lists, Kennedy affirms that “things that schools do to improve their ratings...are inconsistent with our commitments, and largely ineffectual...We’ll continue to focus on our students, not someone else’s rankings.” See Rank, page 3
By Celeste Alsina Special to The Denisonian
When asking a Denison student what their plans are after graduation, it is very common to hear Teach for America (TFA) included in their list of possibilities. This is reflected in the statistics of the graduating class of 2013. Sixteen percent of the 2013 graduating class applied for TFA, with 15 students joining the program. Placing Denison as the fourth top contributor out of Liberal Arts colleges and the top 20 of all colleges in the United States. Ninety Denison graduates have joined the program since TFA was founded 23 years ago.
Committee on alcohol releases results
In 2012 Denison had the highest number of seniors enter Teach For America than ever before, over 170 percent growth from 2011. TFA was founded with the mission to develop educational opportunity for children in poverty stricken communities. Teach For America is a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to closing the educational achievement gap in our country. They recruit college graduates of all academic majors to commit to teaching for two years in one of the nation’s lowestincome communities. Exceptional graduates are recruited from diverse academic
At the end of spring semester The Newark Advocate asked the $1 million question: Does Denison have a drinking problem? Now Denison’s Ad Hoc Committee on Alcohol and its Effects is ready to answer. “Yes indeed,” says Dean of Students Bill Fox, “there is a problem.” Last Tuesday at a faculty lunch, Dean Fox, along with communication professor Laura Russell and psychology professor Susan Kennedy, all members of the Ad Hoc Committee, presented the results of research conducted last semester
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See Ad Hoc, page 7
By Curtis Edmonds Forum Editor
IN THIS ISSUE
ARTS & LIFE
Rooftop garden shut down by administration after only one year See PAGE 5
How current international affairs change
LNO and Hilltoppers hit East Quad Sex: Discussed (and reviewed here) See PAGE 8
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LOCAL Ashland drops tuition by $10K The Wooster Voice Ashland University, announced that it would be dropping tuition by $10,000 for the 2014-15 school year. President Fred Finks admits that while Ashland will be unable to offer as much financial aid due to the cut, most students will still pay less. Police break up Columbus rally with pepper spray, arrests The Columbus Dispatch An annual march honoring Columbus rapper Daymon Dodson, who died in 2006 of epileptic seizure, was met with pepper spray from police on Saturday night near High Street. Police claim the march was an “unauthorized protest.” Three marchers were arrested.
NATIONAL Colorado flood leads to evacuation of thousands USA Today 14,500 people evacuated 15 counties in Colorado during flash floods last weekend. There have been 4 fatalities and the whereabouts of 1,000 citizens are unknown. Suicidal mom admits that she murdered children CNN A California woman admitted that she killed her two children in a motel room after an apparent suicide attempt outside of a Home Depot. She was found in her car with a cord around her neck and propane gas in the car. She crashed the car outside of the Home Depot and told police that she had hoped it would set on fire. INTERNATIONAL America, Russia reach deal on Syria The New York Times Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reached an agreement on Syria in Geneva on Saturday. The deal calls on Assad’s Syria to destroy its stockpile of chemical weapons by mid-2014 but also tables any American military response. If Assad fails to take action soon, the issue will be referred to the UN Security Council. DCGA Weekly Report
DCGA Senate convened last Tuesday to elect student representatives to the University’s governing councils. John Williamson ‘15, Raghav Daswani ‘15, Cassie Sagness ‘16, Mitchell Rogers ‘14, Nelson Dow ‘16 and Jaimie Kerr ‘16 were elected to the Dining Committee. Megan McCormick ‘15, Andrew Hesch ‘16, Ashley Bartreau ‘16 and Haley Jones ‘17 were elected to the Campus Affairs Council. Chris Hoye ‘16, Kristóf Oltvai ‘15 and Stetson Thacker ‘14 were elected to the Academic Affairs Council. Steven Hix ‘15 alongside Hoye and Bartreau was elected to the University Council. Data Mirzashvili ‘15 and Kyle Gasaway ‘16 were elected to the Information Technology Committee. Brian Miller ‘16 was elected to the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics. Justin Demarchi ‘16 and Drew Jepson ‘16 were elected to the Campus Sustainability Committee. Elections for remaining committees were tabled until today’s meeting. Senatorial elections for the class of 2017 will be taking place this Thursday, Sept. 19 on myDenison. There are 20 first-year students running for eight spots.
Joe Warmke, Bookstore Manager died at 51 By Debbie Gillum News Editor “Joe’s motto was: We don’t make money, we make friends,” said Lisa Olmstead, General Merchandise Supervisor of the Denison Bookstore. She knew Joe for 16 years. Joe Warmke, the Bookstore and Business Services Manager, passed away on Sept. 7 at age 51 due to diabetes complications. Warmke began his employment with Denison on July 15, 1991 as Bookstore Manager. He became Bookstore and Business Services Manager on July 1, 2003, assuming additional responsibilities for Office Services, Mailroom and Print Center. David Selby, ITS Lab Manager, knew Warmke for 18 years. They were “close friends and golfing buddies for the last six years,” according to Selby. All of the current bookstore staff was hired by Warmke. “He gave us so many opportunities. He saw something in us and we are very grateful,” said Olmstead. She said that Warmke helped them “become a team and a family.” Luanne Scott, Textbook Supervisor, recalled how Joe had originally hired her as a cashier, but encouraged her to apply for her
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current position and would always tell her, “Don’t worry, I got your back.” “He left an impact on all of the people he met. Joe was very warm and genuine when he talked to someone. And he would always try to end with something funny,” said Scott. Alumni would frequently stop into the bookstore to say hello to Warmke, even if they graduated 10-15 years ago. “He was a very compassionate person. He knew no strangers and he loved the kids here,” said Olmstead. Warmke enjoyed painting, golfing, and music, even playing drums in a band when he was younger. Selby recalled that Joe had an encyclopedic knowledge of music, bands, movies, and TV shows. “He had a Seinfeld quote for just about every life situation you can imagine. Sometimes when he reserved tee times for our outings he would make it under the name Seinfeld just so he could walk up to the pro shop and announce ‘Seinfeld, party of two!’ from one of his favorite episodes,” said Selby. Warmke and Selby enjoyed routinely golfing with each other. “He would always thank me for spending time with him. Every time. Never skipped it.” said Selby. Warmke was a native of Greeley, Colo. He lived in Malaysia for a period of time when he was younger, and the bookstore staff agreed that it was his fondest memory because he always talked about it. He came from a large family of six boys and one girl. His father was a professor at Ohio University, where Warmke also attended. Warmke earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (with honors) in 1986 and a Master of Arts in Economics in 1987. While at Ohio University, Warmke worked as textbook manager of Logan’s Bookstore from 1983 to 1987. Before coming to Denison, he was the acting manager of the Wright State University bookstore as well as an adjunct professor of economics at WSU. In a Denisonian article from Sept. 19, 1991, Warmke said, “We want to be a place where the students can just come in to see what’s new.” “It’s just surreal that he’s not here any-
Photo courtesy of Lisa Olmstead
Joe Warmke (pictured above) will be deeply missed by the Denison community.
more. We miss him on a daily basis,” said Olmstead. She said that they will, “keep doing business the way he would like it done,” and that “nothing will change.” Joe Warmke will always be missed by the Denison community. There will be a memorial service this week in Granville.
He was a very compassionate person. He knew no strangers and he loved the kids here.
Off the Hill
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Lisa Olmstead General Merchandise Supervisor for Denison Bookstore
RA selection process changing to earlier application By Grace Bachmann Special to The Denisonian Changes to the Resident Assistant selection process include an early application deadline and early interviews scheduled for Dec. 6-7. Director of Residential Education and Housing and Assistant Dean of Students Kristan Hausman cites the large applicant pool as her staff ’s greatest challenge, with 120 applicants for 35 positions last year. “Last year we had the most number of applicants for the job ever,” said sophomore Max Ungar, a Resident Assistant (RA) in Curtis West. The process “was very stressful for the selection committee.”
This year, the Residential Education and Housing staff has revised their selection process. Hausman says her team is “trying to figure out how to manage all of the interest.” Students applying for the RA position often apply for August Orientation and Pre-Orientation leadership positions. With earlier RA application deadlines, students can accept other leadership positions if not offered a job by Hausman’s staff. RA applicants will be expected to have a minimum 2.75 GPA, compared to last year’s minimum, 2.50. It is “not unreasonable to expect that GPA” Hausman says, considering RAs should be role models for academic success and balance on campus. This year students will also be required to attend one of five informa-
tion sessions in order to apply. The student residential staff must possess “a real passion for service to the student body,” says senior Tom Snee, Head Resident (HR) in Smith Hall. Resident Assistant responsibilities are considered a student’s first non-academic priority. Ideal RAs are wellrounded leaders who will build diverse living and learning communities on campus. On Sept. 13, the first-year, sophomore, and junior classes received emails about the changes. Students can log-on to myDenison, and find out about the detailed job description and the updated selection process under Campus Resources > Residential Education and Housing.
Corrections On page 1 of the August Orientation issue, a quote from the induction ceremony following the speech of Ana Morales should have been attributed to Vice President for Institutional Advancement Julie Houpt.
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Students agree that rankings are not always relevant. “It’s kind of dependent on what you want to do,” says Evan Langford ‘16, a political science major from Grand Rapids, Mich. “If you’re going to go to grad school, I don’t think there’s much of a difference between being ranked 49th or 50th, but there is going to be a big difference between a school ranked around top five and a school ranked around 100,” he says. “As for Denison dropping from 49th to 50[th], I wouldn’t say this is a huge deal,” continues Langford, “but it is a thing of concern. We need to make sure we’re asking students if they’re doing their work or the administration that they are bringing in students they know are going to put forth effort
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pects,” said Moore. These measures include a ‘no contact’ warning and moving the suspect to a dorm across campus. Neither victim wanted a criminal investigation but the incident was reported to authorities. Vice President of Student Development Laurel Kennedy said that moving students to the opposite side of campus was standard procedure. “Our practice is to put distance between two students identified in a report while an investigation is undertaken and the case is adjudicated. The single most common practice is a simple no-contact directive, which is usually respected by both parties,” said Kennedy. The steps that are taken are determined by the wishes of the students involved and in some cases, the student does not seek out these kinds of measures. Each case is unique. “In some instances, we may require students to eat in different dining halls or on
in order for our school to maintain at least the place it’s at right now.” On the other hand, speaking from his experience of comparing Denison to his two other main college choices, Kalamazoo College and Hope College (both in Michigan), Langford said Denison being ranked topmost did have a “slight influence” on his decision to come to Granville. One factor that may have affected the new ranking is the U.S. News and World Report’s modification of its scoring formula, to which its rankings are scaled. According to its website, the new formula is meant “to reduce the weight of input factors and increase the weight of output measures,” focusing on where students go instead of where they come from. Specifically, the new formula places less emphasis on GPA and more emphasis on standardized test scores, graduation rates, and retention rates.
A graph describing how the U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of Denison, Wooster, Kenyon and OWU have not changed more than eight slots within the past four years.
different schedules, we may adjust class schedules or coordinate schedules to prevent unwanted interaction, etc,” said Kennedy. In Denison’s Policy Against Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct, sexual assault is defined as “an extreme form of sexual misconduct, and represents a continuum of conduct from non-physical pressure to physical force that compels an individual to engage unwillingly in sexual activity.” According to www.campusrape.com, 20 to 25 percent of women will be raped during their college career. 65 percent of rapes go unreported, 90 percent of women know the person who raped them and 75 percent of the time drinking is involved. Denison encourages victims to seek support through resources such as Whisler Health Center or SHARE Advocates. They are also encouraged to submit a formal complaint either with or without immediate intent to pursue action through the University conduct process. Whether the alleged victims decline criminal investigation or not, Denison still has “both a commitment and an obligation to
investigate the matter,” said Kennedy. “Sometimes the alleged victim wants us to do that, and sometimes not. Sometimes it makes a student really angry that we are conducting an investigation. We have to, of course, to ensure the safety of the campus,” said Kennedy, “But if we investigate and feel that there is a safety concern on the campus, we will adjudicate the case, on the basis of the information that causes us a safety concern.” Since Denison is such a small campus, sexual misconduct creates all kinds of negative consequences. “These cases profoundly change the lives of the students who are directly involved. It also affects their friends and their families. The impact is worst for the students directly involved, but it radiates out to others as well,” said Kennedy. For these reasons, some students find it difficult to report sexual misconduct. Kennedy said that Denison students are “really good at getting help for each other, but intervening to prevent sexual misconduct is something that still creates discomfort for some students.” She said that in some social circles there
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Our practice is to put distance between two students identified in a report while an investigation is undertaken and the case is adjudicated.
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Laurel Kennedy Vice President of Student Development
is a set idea that sexual conquest should not be interfered with, but Kennedy encouraged all students to not be afraid to intervene and help their friends. “The reality is that when people do intervene, their friends aren’t actually mad the next day,” said Kennedy, “And, the wave of relief when you just don’t have to worry about your friend anymore is sort of a rush. It makes the rest of the night way more fun.”
Number of medical transports are down so far this year By Cecilia Salomone Staff Writer Contrary to rumors, numbers for medical transport for the first few weeks of classes are down by about one-third from last year. However, this decline does not necessarily mean Denison is doing a better job at educating its student behavior. Vice President of Student Development Laurel Kennedy suspects the low numbers will continue, and that it is still “too early in the year to draw many conclusions.” However, she has observed from the past that “the way any year begins is a good indicator of what will happen as it continues, especially relative to first-year students,”
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backgrounds and specialties to commit to teaching for two years in high-risk school districts. Although there are now many programs similar to TFA, such as Teach Kentucky and KIPP DC, the organization is often remembered by students because it is the oldest established of these organizations and because of the strong presence it has on college campuses. The program has drawn Denison students from various majors, especially from the Educational Studies department. “Even students who got their licensure
Kennedy emphasizes that 80 percent of students seeking medical assistance in “these early weeks” have been cared for at Whisler and have not needed to go to Licking Memorial Hospital. “The fact that most students are going to Whisler suggests that students are intervening sooner on behalf of their friends, and that’s just better all the way around—but especially in physical terms, the impact is just much better— there’s still the chance of enjoying the rest of the weekend,” she says. Furthermore, first-year students appear to be knowledgeable about alcohol effects, says Kennedy, and attendance at campus events (UPC events and trips, Bandersnatch concerts, student organization events) has
been “very strong.” This could be partly attributed to an effort spearheaded by Jenny Pearlman, executive assistant to the Office of Student Development, to feature weekend event calendars on tables in dining halls to better provide students with information about alternative activities. Campus nightlife “has a different vibe” this year, Kennedy concludes. “There are lots of people out, moving around, talking… they seem to be having a good time, and they don’t appear to be intoxicated.” While it is still quite early in the year, these trends are positive developments, considering last year’s many alcohol-related incidents.
(when Denison offered a licensure program) opted to go to TFA and work in a high need district,” said professor and chair of the Educational Studies department Karen Graves. TFA is one of the various routes that students can take to get into the classroom. Students of other disciplines also join the corps. Shawnee Cohn, manager of regional communications for TFA, stated, “Students from a wide range of majors are drawn to our program because they hold the belief that all children have the potential to achieve at the highest levels, and they want to be part
of the change that needs to happen to end educational inequity in our country.” No matter what discipline a corps member is coming from, Graves says it remains consistent, “Teaching is very hard and it is a tough year, that’s the nature of the work they are doing.” He also adds, “Our students are good teachers and the liberal arts background is important for all teachers.” Despite the challenge TFA poses, more and more Denison students seem to be up for it. To apply for TFA contact Natalie Rorick, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. teachforamerica.org.
Incident Reports Friday Aug. 30, 11:15 p.m.
Denison Security advised a Granrun to Crawford Hall to assist the squad with an overdose Wednesday, Sept. 4, 8:52 p.m.
Denison Security requested Granville police assistance on possible an arrest at 9:12 p.m. A former employee is requesting Taco Dan’s. Sunday, Sept. 8, 3:30 a.m.
Denison Security requested an of-
negative contact. Friday, Sept. 13, 11:30 a.m.
A camera and iPhone were reported stolen in Slayter Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2:03p.m.
A Denison student was sexually assaulted. The victim did not want to press charges.
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Editor’s Corner >>
You only live once
By Hung Tran Editor-in-Chief Some people are really surprised to find out that I like the idea of “You Only Live Once.” I like to think about it on a less negative connotation and criticism. I learned about YOLO before Denison. That was during high school, which means in Vietnam. I guess this is the key difference. We did not know of the quite negative notion that is often associated with YOLO, and we took it exactly as it translates. Often times in a non-English-speaking culture, this is how a new cultural phenomenon gets integrated. “You only live once” to me really speaks of opportunity in life and the importance of savoring the time I have. To me, there are three things in life that once gone, never comes back: time, opportunity, and WHAT. The positive notion of YOLO really reminds me to never let time pass meaninglessly, never allow the lessbeautiful traits (shyness, fear, hesitation) hinder you from taking advantage of great opportunities and be the best that you can be. I am fortunate enough to have friends who vividly lives this life. They dare to do the things they are passionate about. They dare to challenge themselves. They have the audacity to be better than themselves. A friend of mine dared to embark on a trip around the world with a little over $1000. Another friend of mine from high school just fearlessly auditioned to Berklee, with absolutely no formal vocal training. The first one got back from her trip,
wrote a book about it, and is writing another one to recall how beautiful life can be with an optimistic outlook. My other friend got accepted after several rounds and interviews: she just sings a lot and truly loves and lives for singing. These decisions came about purely from their passion and their desire to get away from the life that others or even they have set for themselves. And finally, you only live once, so why not live the moment to the fullest? For those high-achievers, sometimes you are forgetting about your own selves. President of this organization, chair of another committee, vice-president of another, and so on - they never stop. They are doing wonderful things, but sometimes I worry. I wonder if they find themselves with pure happiness, or if someday they will break down and regret not spending more time with their loved ones, their friends, doing the little things that they love? I understand, it is a struggle. But, YOLO, give yourself a little time: do the things that you love! Find the happiness in the moment and live it to the fullest. This time coming back to the U.S., my flight was cancelled, giving me an extra 2 days of absolutely unplanned life. For the first time I recognized: after such a long time, I was finally living outside of calendar appointments, agendas and to-dos. In those extra, I was doing the things that I love: finishing a special photography project, playing the guitar, going around the city and taking in its best memories, staying out really late at night just talking to friends and sleeping-in. Then, I found the old, beautiful and peaceful Saigon that I loved, with the people that I loved. I guess I have to thank American Airlines for cancelling my ticket - otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to live outside of my hectic structured life. You only live once.
We have to help each other It’s a frightening thought but nonetheless true: although the school year has barely started there have already been reports of sexual assault on our campus, according to The Newark Advocate and documents from the Granville Police Department. The Advocate reported that there were two sexual assaults that occured within a span of two days, on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. In both cases, alcohol was involved and in both cases, the victims did not want a police investigation. According to documents from the Granville Police Department, last Tuesday night on Sept. 10, a student called to report a rape shortly before 7:30p.m.. We have to applaud the courage it takes to make the call, to fill out the report, and share your story. Too often, victims of sexual assault (especially on college campuses) don’t report what has happened to them out of fear, intimidation and a myriad of other factors.
On the other hand, we should all be worried about the culture of sexual assault, which pervades our college campuses constantly. It seems that we can try our best to combat the issue (SHARE Advocates, August Orientation) but the truth of the matter is an alcohol-free, sexual assault-free campus is unrealistic. What we can always do better is look out for one another. We are in a unique position: we get to live together for four years. We are each others neighbors, classmates and friends. We have a moral obligation to think twice, three times when something is not right. We have the moral obligation to stop when we hear “no”. We have the moral obligation to help each other. This is not he way any of us wanted to start this semester. But as we have done with other issues in the past, we will address this as a community and find the best solution.
U.S. News rankings don’t tell the whole story The U.S. News and World Report has released their 2014 college rankings and Denison has fallen in ranking; we are now on the precipice of the top 50 liberal arts colleges. Though we’ve only fallen one spot, let’s take a moment to examine how this is possible and how our fine institution could possibly have sunk, even if it’s only one spot. There have been methodology changes made to the U.S. News’ ranking system, including taking down the weight they give student input,the weight of good high school standing when students were admitted, and acceptance rates. They added weight to the SAT/ACT scores of the students being admitted as well as to the retention rates of a school. Remember your Denison application?
Submitting test scores was optional. We put a bigger emphasis on actual academic performance in classes. Degrading the role of GPA could account for our slight dip. How can we compare when our admissions process does not require students to submit arbitrary test scores? Beyond that, taking emphasis off of student input and adding weight to retention rates does not help the standings of many liberal arts colleges on the list. College rankings tend to be all across the board depending on the source of the list and should not be used to make a decision on where to attend college. Denison is number one in our eyes and should remain that way, no matter who tells us where we fall on a list.
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Teaching America By Karen Graves Professor of Education When Wendy Kopp pitched the idea for Teach For America as her undergraduate thesis at Princeton in 1989 the U.S. school system was caught up in a long-standing struggle over equitable school funding. In 1973 a sharply divided Supreme Court declared that education is not a fundamental right of citizens of the United States. The Justices who rendered the 5-4 decision could not even agree that the poorest people were concentrated in the poorest school districts. Uncertain whether the quality of schooling could be determined by the amount of money expended for it, Justice Lewis Powell got on to the more pertinent legal point: “at least where wealth is involved, the Equal Protection Clause does not require absolute equality or precisely equal advantages.” Perhaps the most important result of San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez was that it reinforced the practice of state control of school funding and for the next few decades almost every state engaged in lengthy battles to test the constitutionality of school funding formulas. In Ohio the Supreme Court found the state’s inequitable funding of schools unconstitutional in four consecutive rulings. Faced with a recalcitrant legislature the
Court finally gave up in 2002, releasing jurisdiction of DeRolph v. Ohio in its fourth decision. Rather than tackling the tough political problem of raising taxes or redistributing resources to fund public schools equitably, politicians at all levels and from both parties found it easier to “reform” schooling through a barrage of high-stakes testing requirements, and simultaneously increasing oversight of teachers’ preparation and work in traditional schools while opening up new avenues requiring little preparation for those who enter the profession through non-traditional routes. The result is that teachers in America’s schools in the twenty-first century, regardless of how they find their way to the classroom, are pressured to embrace a drill-and-grill pedagogy; their students’ success in school and their own employment are wired to it. It doesn’t take much insight to realize that teachers, who in their own education have come to appreciate the value of autonomous thinking, would want to teach in a way that affords their own students that same human right. These days it takes sound preparation, unrelenting will, and a solid understanding of how schooling works in America to teach well. I’m grateful that Denison students continue to step up to the plate to do the work.
Distance makes the heart grow fonder
By Caroline McCauley Staff Writer As a freshman I was hesitant to go abroad. I thought that distancing myself from my friends, from engaging clubs that I was becoming increasingly involved in and from the helpful, caring professors at Denison would hinder my overall college experience. After all, why leave campus if I was having the time of my life? Being away in a foreign culture ALONE for a semester or maybe even a year just did not seem like the ideal opportunity. Despite all of these doubts and reasons for not going abroad, I went to England the fall semester of my junior year. And, yes, I made the journey entirely ALONE. I can now say as a senior that studying abroad in Bath through a program that was affiliated with New College, Oxford was the best choice of my entire college career. Not only did I gain a sense of independence, learn more about myself and grew in terms of understanding and matu-
rity, I became closer to the Denison community and grew to love my college even more. When I returned to Denison I smoothly adapted to my old stomping grounds, but I also extended my horizons through engaging with other students, professors and clubs that were connected to my study abroad experience. I was able to become more involved with Denison in ways I did not imagine was possible because of studying abroad. The new interests I developed and the knowledge I gained abroad allowed me to engage with the Denison community at another level. As a result of my experience, I encourage you to travel abroad despite any uncertainties you may have. It is beneficial to your overall Denison experience and advantageous to the university itself to go aboard. A foreign experience removes you from the Denison bubble for a necessary amount of time, so that you can mature, experience new cultures and take your education outside the boundaries of Granville. When you return from the experience you will be able to look at Denison from a more knowledgeable, cultural perspective. With your travels abroad, you will bring more diversity, culture and knowledge to the campus. After my experience in England, I have to admit that the giant, green hill that Denison rests upon may be just as green and hilly on the other side, especially if you travel to Bath!
Rooftop garden closure is a disappointment for Denison community
By Debbie Gillum News Editor This time last year, The Denisonian ran a Feature article about a new rooftop garden on campus. Fast forward to today and the rooftop garden is now shut down. The student organization, PEAS (People Endorsing Agricultural Sustainability) was growing sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, Thai basil, lemon basil and cantaloupe on the roof of Curtis dining hall. The project was funded through a grant called the John R. Hunting Environmental Venture Fund which provides money for sustainability-related projects on campus. Sodexo and Denison Dining Services were completely behind the project and were excited to see where it would go in the future. Over the summer, a meeting was called with the leaders of PEAS to discuss the future of the rooftop garden. It was decided that the rooftop garden was unsafe because of the lack of safety railing around the roof and because there is a high volt-
age electrical box on the roof. To install the necessary safety precautions would cost thousands of dollars and were deemed too expensive. Within one meeting, months and months of PEAS members’ hard work, dedication, and persistence were crushed. Bon Apetite was present at this meeting and were willing to help the rooftop garden continue. But the administration said no. PEAS is now working on removing the garden boxes and relocating the plants. When I heard about this, I was really bothered. It seemed unfair for University officials to decide a year later that the rooftop garden was unsafe. Why was the project allowed to happen if the University was concerned about lack of safety rails? I thought this was a fantastic project, and was impressed that after years and years of talking about building one, it was finally happening. I even went up on the roof and saw the garden myself. It’s pretty neat to see vegetables growing on a roof. I understand that Denison does not want a lawsuit from a student injured by being on the roof. That’s fine. No one wants a lawsuit. What I don’t understand is why this issue of safety wasn’t brought up before the garden began. This was by no means a secret garden. The PEAS leaders jumped through many of Denison’s bureaucratic hoops to make this dream a reality. The university fully knew about the project all of last year.
Debbie Gillum/The Denisonian PEAS members tend to their garden in September 2012 The mission of Denison University is “to inspire and educate students to become autonomous thinkers, discerning moral agents, and active citizens of a democratic society.” The courageous PEAS students who built this rooftop garden were being everything Denison wants us to be. They were critical thinkers by recognizing that the dining halls could benefit from locally grown herbs and vegetables. They were moral agents by sharing a campus
responsibility to bring about environmental change. They were active citizens committed to making our campus more sustainable. So why were they reprimanded for completing a project that not only benefitted the community but also embodied the Denison mission statement? I’m very sad to say goodbye to the rooftop garden because it was such a wonderful idea for our community and was not used to it’s fullest potential during it’s short lifespan.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
By Chris Herman News Editor Over the past few years many parts of the world have been going through rapid and sometimes unpredictable transformations in economically and politically. With 280 Denison students studying abroad this year, The Denisonian wanted to find out how these international events have been affecting their experiences. As an example, “for the past couple of years we haven’t been in Australia because it became extravagantly expensive,” said Andy Law, Director of Off-Campus Study (OCS), as post-recession it was the only economy to not go down under. Law has been Director since March 2004; his department works with about three quarters of the student body. Law recounted an experience former Denison student Robbie Christian '09 had while studying in Kenya. The country was experiencing violence due to the election season and some programs decided to discontinue while others kept operations going. “It was one of those ones where people were really all over the map. I erred on the conservative side and said, ‘No, this is too unpredictable,’” said Law. Through the help of Arcadia Christian was able to continue studying in South Africa and “while he was really disappointed, he ended up doing some stuff there in marine biology and got scuba certification”. Christian is now a divemaster at the University of Miami’s Marine Biological Institute in Florida and has been around the world as a divemaster and dive instructor. Law says, “that for me always underscores that sense of you never know… [L]ife works in mysterious ways”. In recent years OCS has had to evacuate a few students abroad, at least one in Tunisia and another in Egypt. “In the case of Fukushima,” says Law, “we had two students we mandated they come home because the situation was so ambiguous." Law noted that winds blowing over vast agricultural areas in Japan from the direction of the failed nuclear plant in Fukushima constituted a large part of the decison.
Evacuated from Yemen This past summer, Denison junior EB Mumford studied in Yemen for six weeks as part of a program through The Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies. While he was there the country experienced occasional sectarian unrest, and on Aug. 6, 2013 the US State Department urged US nationals to leave the country immediately. “There were increased checkpoints and a few military aircraft in the skies over the capitol, but otherwise nothing seemed to have changed. My biggest concern was trying to keep my parents calm and collected as American news headlines reported doom and gloom in Yemen” said Mumford. That same day there were airstrikes in the north eastern provinces of the country on Al-Qaeda and Ansar al-Sharia locations. Mumford’s experience in Yemen is an example of a world President Weinberg describes as “a more unpredictable place”. Despite the view, “I think study abroad providers and colleges have become much better at making sure we can take students overseas in ways that minimizes risk”.
By Carole Burkett News Editor
From top: Madison Mackay '14 overlooks Santiago, Chile, where she found herself in the middle of a riot; EB Mumford '15 in Yemen, whence he was evacuated by the U.S. government; Caleb Randall-Bodman '14 in Greece, where he witnessed protests.
Homecoming through Greek riots
Courtesy of Madison Mackay, EB Mumford, and Caleb Randall-Bodman
Caught in tear gas in Santiago Civil unrest does not always lead to evacuation. In the case of senior Madison Mackay, such events added an entirely new angle to her education in Latin America. “One of the main problems in Chile now is that they don’t have free higher education” said Mackay. In response to this university students form unions and from time to time hold strikes instead of attending class. Mackay mentions “it’s a really weird concept if you think about it because they’ve already paid their money. So it’d be like me getting a bunch of people in the poly sci department to be like we’re just not going to go to class now after I’ve already paid $52,000 a year. To them its only like $5,000 a year”. Occasionally Mackay would receive e-mails telling her classes were done for the day because the department decided to strike. The police and students almost always fight, resulting in a lot of violence and instances of takeovers of entire school buildings by students. One of Mackay’s most memorable experiences from the trip was getting a bit close to one of these strikes. She was walk-
ing up out of the underground subway system and found herself in the middle of a cloud of tear gas. Along with this crowd control technique the Chilean police used military tanks outfitted with water cannons and reinforced armor to disperse the crowds. The students wanted to shut down the public transportation system for that day. “So I just see them chuck this big road divider in front of a bus and it comes to a screeching halt and then the tank coming down the street and all these kids are running. There’s water cannons being sprayed, tear gas in my eyes… So I just run and I had no idea what else to do” recalls Mackay. Across the city a bus was set on fire. With all this unrest around her, Mackay was still able to continue her time abroad for the full six months. “Unlike some other universities, Denison does not have what I call a tripwire policy” said Law. “So if there is a travel warning, there are some institutions that will say we won’t go anywhere with a travel warning. Our policy doesn’t just say yes or no based on that. We try to make it a caring and wise choice with what [students] need to do”.
The case by case policy increases opportunity for programs abroad, yet students like Caleb Randall-Bodman continue to find their programs still impacted by world news. Randall-Bodman studied in Athens, Greece for a semester. Due to the economic downturn in the country there were only 17 students in the program instead of the usual 50 to 80. Randall-Bodman experienced “immediate culture shock. I didn’t realize I was having it until about a month in. The concept of siesta is still very much alive there, businesses will shut down from three to five and then they’ll be open until like nine. Unemployment rates were 54% for anyone under the age of 25”. RandallBodman made note of the graffiti all over the city as a result of the social unrest. During his stay a political party called The Golden Dawn was gaining power through recruitment of young, unemployed Greeks. This has caused the country to undergo a large wave of protests and striking. “We just sat there and watched [a protest] accumulate… the only way for me to walk home that night was for me to go right through it” said Randall-Bodman. Weinberg wants to continue to expand the options for Denison students in the OCS program. He believes “the semester model seems to work well for about 50% of our students, but I worry about the other 50%. I don’t think there’s a one size fits all but I would love to explore what are other kinds of opportunities we have”.
The Denison Modern Language department “doesn’t have to promote globalization — we’ve lived it,” in the words of department chair Professor Xinda Lian. And Bud Kauffman, this semester’s Arabic professor, is an example of the firsthand experience Denison professors provide. Kauffman, who was born in Plain City, Ohio, first learned Arabic at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. during his time in the Marines. When he was deported to Iraq, however, he found a difference between the language he had learned and what was spoken: “The culture shock linguistically was absolute and stunning, especially when I got to Iraq and spoke this very formal register. It was a joke to the people I talked with. They found it very funny to imitate my ridiculous accent. With Arabic, it is a very tangible difference between the spoken language and the written.” After returning to the states, Kauffman taught a 20-day survival level Arabic to Marines. He also continued his own education, attending the University of Texas and studying abroad in Syria at the University of Damascus. “We got to see a lot of the culture... very much first hand and unfiltered, as close as you could get to a Syrian experience. We watched the Arab Spring on television, and then we watched it gradually roll into Syria, and then we were asked to leave in April when things got a bit too close to the capitol.” These experiences give Kauffman a unique perspective on teaching. Lian describes Kauffman’s teaching style as “like his appearance: everything is trimmed to the basic, very clean and straight, the necessary.” Kauffman focuses his courses on the “primacy of communication,” emphasizing student participation through speaking. He said, “I prefer to teach something that students can go abroad and feel that they’ve been studying the language as it is spoken.” He has found Denison to be a very different atmosphere than he found at the University of Texas, calling it “a world apart… very personal and personable, a very easy place to work.” But Denison’s small size puts a ceiling on its Arabic studies. According to Lian, the lack of culture classes prevents an Arabic major, and at least another two Arabic professors would need to be hired to achieve that. But the program is strong and growing, according to Kauffman. A tenure-track position was added last year, and third-year classes were added this semester. Professor Hanada Al-Masri, the tenure-track professor of Arabic, is in the process of writing an Arabic textbook to be used in-house. “It’s a burgeoning program,” Kauffman says, “and it’s very exciting to be on the edge of that.” THE DENISONIAN >>
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showing how alcohol use on campus affects social culture. During the presentation, Fox said that alcohol plays “a dangerous role” in the lives of students after hours, and added, “students who seek a different social culture than a party scene are asking for help from all of us.” The Ad Hoc Committee on Alcohol and its Effects was ordered by former president Dale T. Knobel with Dean Fox as its convenor after a slew of alcohol-related events in the 2012-13 school year. These events include but are not limited to 10 alcohol-related hospital transports during Halloween weekend and a 60-person game of beer pong in the hallway of a senior apartment building. The Committee crafted “Three Elements of Charge”: a party registration policy; assessing campus social culture related to alcohol; and surveying higher education beyond Denison. Dean Fox, Professor Russell, and Professor Kennedy presented the three charges, respectively.
The 2012-13 school year involved 246 alcohol violations and 76 medical amnesty calls from students, Fox said. Fox added that 68 percent of alcohol violations were committed by men. According to results from a freshman survey taken by the class of 2015 (current juniors), Denison students have more pre-college drinking experience than their peers at other schools. With this, the Committee researched, crafted, and implemented the Party Registration policy with student input in the forms of a DCGA proposal and students that were selected to sit on the committee. Some of the policy requirements are that party hosts must register their party 48 hours ahead of time with the university; bartenders must go through TIPS training; and food and water must be served. According to Fox and the committee, the party registration has been successful. Students registered 283 parties in the spring of 2013, and as of the fall of 2013, 130 Denison students are TIPS-trained bartenders. Alcohol-related transports from Denison to Licking County Memorial Hospital fell from 31 in the fall to 13 in the spring semester; oncampus transports to Whisler fell from 56 in the fall to 29 in the spring.
Professor Russell presented the second charge, assessing campus culture related to alcohol. The Committee sent a campus-wide survey via email in February, the results of
which Russell shared. According to her, many students said that alcohol’s purpose was for relaxing; entertainment; excitement; and building relationships. The last purpose lead to an anonymous quote from the survey (students were able to write responses rather than just click “yes” or “no”): “A lot of stories, events, conversations, etc. revolve around alcohol. There is certainly a feeling of being left out if you don’t participate.” Russell told the audience, “We were interested in constructing a narrative” in part of her explanation about the decision to have students respond to the survey qualitatively. She pointed out that “social divisions and isolation” in relation to alcohol use were found in the survey. One of the conclusions, Russell said, is that “alcohol excludes as much as it includes.”
sue, was the consensus between Denison and the other six colleges, said Kennedy. The Committee found that most of the schools had a 3-in-1 approach to alcohol culture on their campuses: targeting atrisk students, then the larger student body; and finally, the community at large. Tools to achieve this included more communication with parents, transparency, alternative weekend programming and addressing high-risk weekends.
A lot of stories, events, conversations, etc. revolve around alcohol. There is certainly a feeling of being left out if you don't participate.
Professor Kennedy delivered the last part of the presentation, researching other colleges as the Committee decided how to address Denison’s issues with alcohol. The goal was to explore “current practices in the field,” Kennedy said. To do this, the Committee identified 21 peer schools and narrowed the list down to six: Butler University, Bucknell University, Hamilton College, Stonehill College , Claremont-McKenna College, and Lafayette College. “Alcohol abuse is a health and wellness is-
Student opinions differ on the Ad Hoc Committee's findings. Vysett Sip ‘15 from Grove City, Ohio says “I don’t see a difference” before and after the party registration. On the other hand, Cecilia Philips ‘16 from Washington, D.C. says that she has noticed some positive effects of the new policy. “It’s helped GPD get off our campus a little more and its helped people to get things under control at their parties.” And Lola Schalekamp ‘16, from Chicago, Ill. says that she isn’t surprised that 68 percent of medical amnesty cases last year were men: “There’s a lot of pressure on men to binge drink and prove they’re macho.” More students will have the opportunity to respond to the results when Dean Fox shares the Committee’s presentation with DCGA.
MEET YOUR EDITORS Cubby C. Knox Photo Editor Hometown: Champaign, Ill. Class of: 2016 Majors: English Minor: Philosophy As a previously employed freelance and product photographer, I plan on bringing my experience with both commercial and art photography to my skilled Denisonian colleagues. In high school I was the head photographer in the school's yearbook as well as a product photographer for a local artist. Photography has always been a passion of mine because of the simple prem-
ise that no two people experience life the same way. Even identical twins have unique life experiences, and being able to show others my reality and vision through my photography brings me great joy. I look forward to leaving my mark on the Denisonian for years to come whilst mainal team of talented photographers to help make the Denisonian the best it can be.
ARTS & LIFE
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
UPC’s Cedar Point trip sees beautiful day for thrills By Lia Windt Staff Writer
Waking up with a sore throat in the morning is a sign that the roller coasters were more than exhilarating the previous day. Cedar Point is located in Sandusky, Ohio, an area surrounded by Lake Erie, which calls for dazzling sunsets. Fortunately for Denison students, UPC was able to provide the opportunity for a day trip this past Saturday, Sept. 14, for only $15. The thrills began, for this writer at least, with a simple, yet classic, ride known as the Ocean Motion. It is the famous pirate ship ride that acts as a pendulum and rocks back and forth, getting higher each time. It may look like a sissy ride to the untrained eye, but it in fact can be pretty exciting when falling back to earth. The Gatekeeper was the next destination. With a waiting time of approximately two hours, my group was starving by the time we got off, but it was a fun experience nonetheless. Recently open to the public this year, it resembles a centipede and it is a good ride to start off with to get the adrenaline pumping. At last, lunch arrived, albeit with great disappointments. Being the adventurous person I am, I decided to try the Walking Taco, a $5 Doritos bag stuffed with taco meat, lettuce, tomato, salsa, sour cream, and that melted plastic cheese that tastes like it’s been sitting around for months. It is a neat idea, but the quality needs to be stepped up several notches. Of course other options
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The “GateKeeper” , Cedar Point’s newest ride, sends visitors over the entrance of the park as part of its twisting 4, 164 ft. journey.
were available too. People can also get a quarter pound cheeseburger with a little side of fries for a whopping total of $10. To digest the weak excuses for food, the next ride was the Sky Ride. This breezy coaster provided a lovely aerial view of the park without the expectation of rolling over a coaster hill at ridiculous speeds. It was peaceful, a bit shaky, and relaxing.
The next ride, and perhaps my favorite one, was known as the Gemini. It consists of two coasters simultaneously running side by side as if they are racing each other. Built out of wooden tracks, the Gemini is a classic. It runs at high speeds and it has plenty of twists and turns. My biggest regret was missing out going on the Top Thrill Dragster. It can reach
speeds of 120 mph in just four seconds. It then makes a loop and drops back down to the finish line. It lasts for a quarter minute but it would definitely make a strong impression. Not only is Cedar Point a lot of fun, but it also is very scenic and beautiful. I highly recommend it for anyone that wants to take a trip off campus for a spectacular time.
Holy Moly Guacamole!
Contributor of this recipe JIMMY CONROY ‘14
Guacamole 3 Hass avocados Juice of 1 lime 1 Roma tomato 1/2 sweet or yellow onion 2 Cloves of garlic 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. cumin 1/2 tsp. chili powder Football season is back, which means the leaves on campus will soon start to turn. Although we are already a few weeks into the new season, “Game Day Sundays” are here to stay — for now. If you’re entertaining a group of friends for the football game or having family over for Thanksgiving, serving guacamole is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. What’s not to like? The creamy, healthy richness of the avocado, the earthy flavor of the cumin, the crunch of the onion — they all con-
tribute to a perfect balance of taste and texture. Everyone has their own guacamole recipe, and while some prefer to use the minimal amount of ingredients, I firmly believe that guacamole was meant to be experimented with. Follow my advice and take the “the more flavors the merrier” approach to making your guacamole and see how it turns out! This recipe is served wonderfully with white or blue corn tortilla chips, as a sandwich spread, or eaten with a spoon right out of the bowl. Enjoy! Instructions: Slice three avocados into a medium-sized bowl. You can either mash the avocados completely, or cut them into larger chunks (I prefer chunky guacamole). Immediately after slicing the avocados, squeeze the lime juice into the bowl—this will prevent browning of the avocados. Dice the tomato, mince both the garlic and onion, and add them to the bowl. Finally, add the dry ingredients: salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder. Add to taste any of the spices, but these measurements are what I’ve found work best for me. Variations of this recipe include adding a can of black beans or an ear of corn, which both add tremendous flavor and body to the guacamole.
ARTS & LIFE
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
cappella groups serenade East Quad Prof. Pete Mills to release album ByASam Taggart
By Golzar Meamar Arts and Life Editor
Want to hear a song written about and named after The Bandersnatch’s signature Snagel? Professor Pete Mils has a very special Ohio “pre-release” for his new album, “Sweet Shadow.” the only way to pick up a copy is to attend the performance this Saturday, Sept. 21st at 8 p.m. in the Burke Recital Hall down the hill, otherwise you will have to wait until January 2014. “The Snagel,” a song on the record, was essentially just a tune that was untitled and that the Pete Mills Quintet was playing in The Bandersnatch one night. One of the performers, a drummer at the time, thought that the song captured the “sound of a snagel.” Performers will include the Grammy nominated drummer Matt Wilson, gui-
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tarist Pete McCann, and bassist Martin Wind, as well as pianist Erik Augis. Wilson, McCann, and Wind are all New York based musicians who played on the record. Mills and Augis play together frequently in Columbus.
Students filed onto the steps facing East Quad and Crawford Hall to hear the voices of Denison’s all-male and all-female a cappella singers this Friday, Sept. 1, and everyone in attendance was impressed. Ladies Night Out started the performance and the crowd, chatty and energetic, immediately turned silent, listening in awe. Highlights of the show came with each song as the soloists, including Elena Johansen ’15, Mia Day ’14, and Alex Egan ’14, among others, took center stage to perform their renditions. Arranging pieces by indie artist Imogen Heap, the up-and-coming singer/ songwriter Lorde, and even a version of Wiz Khalifa’s “Young, Wild, and Free”, the girls of LNO were quick to astound the viewers.
After a short bow and well-deserved applause for the first act vocalists, the Hilltoppers shuffled into place in front of a growing crowd and began their always entertaining show. With Danny Webb ’14 in the spotlight, the all-male group began their concert with an energetic version of “Hey Ya” by Outkast, and each song afterward continued to exhibit their vocal capabilities. Francesca Gentile ’16 (pictured below), a lucky member of the audience, was treated to a serenade by the Hilltoppers, a tradition of singing “Only You” by The Flying Pickets to a member of the audience that has been around since their start in 1978. The applause at the end of the show was loud and emphatic, and the singers – although nervous on the inside – were calm, cool, and extraordinary in their performances.
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“A great lover” will read about ‘Sex Discussed Here’ By Golzar Meamar Arts and Life Editor
Denisonians like their sex, as was evidenced by the turnout at the “Sex Discussed Here” lecture this past Tuesday, Sept. 10. The fourth floor was buzzing with excitement starting around 6:30 p.m., when students began to cluster up and wait for the program. Students were lined up outside the doors to the Slayter Auditorium a good ten minutes before the lecture was scheduled to start and the program heads were selling “I Heart Female Orgasm” shirts and giving away free condoms. The Center for Women and Gender Action (CWGA) was responsible for bringing Marshall Miller and Kaylyn Rich of the “Sex Discussed Here” program to campus this year, a branch off of the “I Heart Female Orgasm” program that they brought to campus last year. Many of the students attending “Sex Discussed Here” were veterans from the event last year. The “sex educators,” Miller and Rich, were very active and well versed and began by introducing themselves and their involvement with the program, as well as their positions as “sex educators.” They outlined the programs for the crowd and said they would start with “fun stuff,” tips on how to be great in bed, and a final question and answer session. “Fun stuff ” ended up being jokes about sex, which was prompted by a statement about how funny or not funny the jokes would be and that the crowds reaction was the best part of the jokes to be read out
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Juniors Brenda Aranda and Maya Washington-Zaigler introduced Marshall Miller and Kaylyn Rich. loud. The “tips” portion of the night was laced with hilarious tidbits about how the attendees were not in a sexual health class, though there was a PowerPoint with pictures internal anatomy completely intended to scare us, but were rather receiving information to help us better our own sex lives in college. Each tip was preempted with “great lovers” to reinforce the fact that attendees were truly just learning how to be better in bed. The session was informative and fun, and an emphasis was put on why condoms are important and which condoms are more fun to use and even on the female condom
and how it works. Discourse on condoms ensued and the audience was very active in putting out their voices. In addition to information about condoms, there were tips on communication in bed and how the phrase “Is this okay?” applies well in any situation involving someone you are having somewhat sexual interactions with. The “feedback sandwich” was a crowd favorite, since it explained how to subtly tell your partner what you did or did not like during sex. The question and answer session was an audience favorite and students anonymously asked different questions about sex. It was informative and well thought out,
especially since the crowd was comfortable putting out questions to the sex educators. On a more serious note, remember Denisonians: No means no. In the case of sexual assault or if you need a confidential confidante, contact the SHARE advocates or Whisler.
Get out your phones! SHARE Hotline 740-973-4862
Whisler 740- 587-6200
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Women’s volleyball notches their seventh win
Women’s Volleyball is currently 7-3 on the season after beating John Carroll 3-0 last Tuesday at home. Sophomore Elena Lein led the DU attack with 10.5 points. As a freshman, Lein was named second-team All-NCAC with a conference leading .378 attacking percentage. This statistic was also good enough to be ninth in Division III. This year, Lein, as well as fellow All-NCAC second teamer junior Emily Marguerite and NCAC honorable mention sophomores Brittany Perry and Kenzie Kuhn (pictured on left) are ready to take the next steps after taking fifth at last year’s NCAC tournament. And yet, what may be the most important aspect for the success of this team are the five freshmen. Freshmen like Carly Newell who is second on the team in assists with 158. Also noteworthy is rookie Rachele Lock’s number of total attacks which stands at 169, good for fifth on the team. Their next game is at Ohio Northern on Wednesday.
Bringing you the box scores from the past week in Big Red athletics. For game recaps, visit: www.denisonbigred.com
MEN’S SOCCER 09/15 Mount Union Denison
FIELD HOCKEY 09/15 DePauw Denison
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09/15 Ohio Wesleyan Invitational Denison 3rd Place
FOOTBALL 09/14 Hiram Denison
MEN’S SOCCER 09/14 Otterbein Denison
WOMEN’S SOCCER 09/14 Transylvania Denison
Women’s golf continues on their impressive season with a third place finish The women’s golf team placed first at the Denison Invitational Golf Tournament to kick off the season. This finish happens to be the first time Denison has ever placed first in a tournament with more than eight teams. During the championship, the women’s golf team also set a new 36-hole record. Also interesting, sophomore stud Brynn Fitzgerald (pictured) was named NCAC golfer of the week last week. This is her fourth award of this
kind and yet she is only a sophomore. Among other standouts were two freshmen, Annie Miller and Tina Berardi, who notched round scores of 80 and 82 respectively on the last day of that tournament. More recently, DU finished in third place at the Ohio Wesleyan University Invitational behind Fitzgerald’s 75 and 79 round scores and an 84 round score from Berardi. Early results like these are promising for a team with seven freshmen and with a wealth of potential. Courtesy of Sports Information
Women’s rugby starts off season with impressive 29-0, 91-5 wins
their team realtively young. “We are always welcoming new players,” says club president Jackie Tran. “We are a pretty small team in terms of the size of our players. For being so small though, we are really fast and are more aggressive and stronger than a lot of the bigger teams we’ve played in the past.” Their next game is here versus the University of Kentucky on Sept. 21.
FIELD HOCKEY 09/14 Earlham Denison
09/14 Rochester Invitational Denison 3rd Place
09/14 Rochester Invitational Denison 3rd Place
09/10 John Carroll Denison
09/08 Washington College Denison
WOMEN’S SOCCER 09/08 Berry Denison
09/08 at Denison Invitational Denison 1st Place
FOOTBALL 09/08 Earlham Denison
The 2012-2013 Women’s Rugby club.
Courtesy of Jackie Tran
The Denison Women’s Rugby club has made some serious achievements in just the last two years. After being ranked #4 in the state of Ohio at the beginning of the 2009-2010 season, the Big Red Ladies have now been #1 in Ohio for two years in a row and have not lost a game in the regular season for two years straight. And to start off this fall season, the Women’s rugby team has beaten Ball State, 91-5, and Findley 29-0. What makes this early season success even more impressive is that the team lost ten seniors to graduation last year-making
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Field Hockey rolls to a 4-1 record with senior leadership coming from senior standout Alex B. Berman. This is just another incredible game for the Senior forward, who has now scored six goals this year and has a shot percentage of .462. Also, three of her goals this year have been game-winning goals. Katie McMahon, the 2012 first-team all Region and all-NCAC senior midfielder, has also had a productive year, racking up four assists and a goal. In fact, their first loss as a team this year was their most recent one on Sunday versus arch-nemesis #16 DePauw. The Denison defense was porous in the game, allowing seven shots on goal and two scores in while the DePauw defense blanked their offense. Their next game is this Wednesday at Wittenburg in another conference matchup.
Women’s Field Hockey have spiked to an incredible 4-1 record so far this year with wins over Ohio Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins, Washington College and Earlham. In total, Denison is outscoring their opponents 15-9 and making their mark in the NCAC. And this success is all with interim head coach Nikki Wimsatt, who has been excelling early in the season. This is good news for the Big Red Laides who are hungry for eminence. All of the six seniors and three juniors on the team currently were on the squad when they captured the NCAC title two years back against DePauw and lost the NCAC championship to DePauw last year. And so far this season they have shown nothing short of title-worthy. Recently, Denison posted seven goals in a victory over Earlham-three of them Hung Tran/ The Denisonian
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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Women soccer secures 3-1 win against Transylvania Pioneers By Xavier Vargus Special to The Denisonian While the temperature dropped at Barclay-Thomsen Field on Sept. 14, the Denison women’s soccer team responded by giving the visiting Transylvania Pioneers the cold shoulder with a 3-1 victory. Denison controlled the ball for most of the first half and didn’t allow the Pioneers to take even one true shot on goal. The first DU goal came from freshman Anne Denz on a double assist from freshman Jessica Skelly and senior Lauren Jay around the 14 minute mark. Right after, Denison controlled the ball but could not manage to score again even though there were many close attempts. When the second half started the regionally-ranked Pioneers came out with a more aggressive approach-managing to control the ball and cause problems for DU. Denison then stole the ball on one possession and sophomore Logan Berlet scored off of an assist from sophomore Andrea Witte. The Pioneers countered this attack with their first goal off a deflection from the goal keeper. Andrea Witte would assist freshman Jessica Skelly on another goal the next minute which would be the knockout blow for the Pioneers as the Big Red win, 3-1. It was a dominating performance by the Women’s soccer team as they now improve to 3-2. Junior Maddy Regan, who was perhaps the player of the game, was a player who facilitated a lot of the ball movement on the field that led to some of the big plays.
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“We have a lot of young talent that are learning to bond well with each other on the field,” Coach Gail Murphy stated. This match really seemed to showcase a team coming together in the nick of time, creating a win and some valuable lessons learned for the young Big Red ladies. The Big Red is scheduled to play Ohio Northern on Tuesday.
QUICK BIG RED STATS Corner Kicks: DU: 7, T: 1 Shots: DU: 24, T: 9
THIS WEEK ON CAMPUS Denison Museum opens “Personal Denison vs. Capital t Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Space” t Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. Beck Lecture Series: Poet Philip t Denison Museum Levine t Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. “Berlin 1885: The Division of t Herrick Hall Africa” t Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Film Faces ‘Fracking’ t Slayter Hall
Queer Studies Film Series: “Polyester” t Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. t Higley Hall
t Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. t Slayter Hall
Spectrum Series: “Girl Rising”
t Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. t Slayter Hall
The Denison Men’s Soccer team is currently 5-0-1 on the year. BIG RED Come cheer on their undefeated season this Wednesday here at 7 p.m as they take on Capital University IN in a match-up between central Ohio rivals. ACTION
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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Big Red football sneaks their second win By David Allen Sports Editor
Hiram only recorded 142 passing yards and 68 rushing yards on the Big Red defense, but the defense took a while to kick it into With another victory Saturday evening, the gear as Hiram excelled early on. Hiram completed six consecutive passes to Denison Football team is sitting pretty at 2-0. After smashing Earlham in their opening start the game, including a touchdown, which game, Denison almost let their under-the- created some nervous knots in the stomach lights match-up against Hiram, who is 0-13 of the Big Red faithful. However, after the quick passing touchall-time versus Denison, slip through their down by Hiram at the Big Red hands. end of the first quarter, But alas, that is not the Denison buckled down case, as Denison recovand did not allow anered late in the game after other point for Hiram a couple of mistakes to until the 2:55 mark of make a big, defining turnthe fourth quarter. over on downs with less “I don’t know if we than two minutes left in - Head Coach Jack Hatem came out flat or what the game. but that’s stuff we have “We are 2-0,” head coach Jack Hatem sighs, “but we are incon- to work on in practice. We played our game. We played our strategy which is great because sistent all over.” One of the more obvious inconsistencies the coaches put together something great for was the running game, where not one player us,” said Kuntz. Sophomore Zach Pewitt led the defensive averaged over 3.5 yards a carry and in total, the Denison football team rushed 51 times, side with eight total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss as well as a forced fumble. Additionally, averaging a measly 1.9 yards a carry. And while the passing game was stout, it senior leader and defensive lineman Winters was not flawless. Junior quarterback Brandon Heafey was a powerhouse, recording two Sklenar threw 14-20 with 238 yards, but also sacks for 11 yards lost as well as 3.5 total tackhad two interceptions to go along with two les for 17 yards lost. Heafey would also be the fumbles - none of them lost. Even still, in only man to recover the Pewitt-forced fumble. “I think we did really well. We had a couple his second game as quarterback, Sklenar has key players injured from last week’s game and impressed his teammates. “I think Brandon is doing a great job,” says people really stepped up,” explained Winters. fifth year-senior Teddy Kuntz. “Obviously “We have to clean up long passes; the opposing physically he’s a talent that doesn’t come team shouldn’t have any big plays. The D-line played lights out, we had three turnovers.” along every day.” Another contributor to the defensive side was And while last week’s game really showcased the flash and firepower of Denison’s of- freshman-standout Joel Elliot, who recorded fense, this game was much grittier, allowing five tackles and a tackle for a loss of yards. “The coaches kind of told me I had to step Denison’s defensive front to wreck havoc for up,” said Elliott. “I had a lot of chances to play. the road-weary Hiram University.
We are 2-0, but we are inconsistent all over.
Whatever the coaches tell me, I’m going to play my heart out.” Since defense was the name of the game for Denison on Saturday night, it seems fitting that they were also the heroes of the game, stopping a crucial drive at midfield against a motivated Hiram offense. With 2:08 to go in the game, Hiram recorded a safety by clotheslining junior running back Colin Morris in Denison’s end zone for two points. They then returned the ball 29 yards to the midfield line after a Denison kickoff-leaving DU in panic mode. And after an incomplete pass and a tackle for loss by Winters, it was do or die time for the Hiram Terriers on a 3rd down with fourteen yards to go. But Hiram couldn’t come up with anything as Kuntz swarmed the quarterback and forced a sack, taking any momentum Hiram might have had and chucking it towards the Big Red. And one play later, Heafey, again, sacked the Hiram quarterback for a loss of four yards to end the game as the Big Red kneeled the time off the clock to end the score 17-12 in favor of Denison. “Our guys practiced really hard all week,” explained defensive coordinator Zach Brent. “We’ve got a lot of young guys with a lot of talent. They stepped up at the right time. Our first focus was to take away their best receiver, number eight. He is a fast guy that has hurt us in the past so we are going to take him away. And then, at the end of the game, when we were able to do that, we were able to bring some pressure and make the quarterback uncomfortable. Honestly, our D-line just turned it on, they were able to take the game over.” While Denison squeaked by with a win on Saturday, there is still much to be improved upon for this young team. “The young guys just need game reps, more
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practice, the ceiling for this group is really high and so talented,” added Brent. Next week the Denison football team is taking on conference rival #20 Wabash College who just recently pummeled Hanover college, 69-0. Wabash recorded 261 net yards of rushing as well as notching a punt return for a touchdown, six interceptions for two returned touchdowns, seven-for-seven on red zone scoring chances and five sacks for 46 yards lost. So, while it might appear that Denison does have their work cut out for them, the young DU squad may have just enough momentum, and just enough heart, to power them through another impressive victory next Saturday at Wabash.
QUICK BIG RED STATS First Downs: 20 Net Passing Yards: 238 Net Rushing Yards: 99 Sacks: 4 for 17 yards Interceptions: 2 for 72 yards Time of Possession: 37:14
Published on Oct 17, 2013