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Volume 161, No. 8
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013
Denison hosts GLCA conference
By Kristóf Oltvai Features Editor
ary foundations in order to shape the lens through which their societal phenomena can be framed. “The 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association Students of Color Leadership Conference will serve as a catalyst to critically think and intellectually explore what it means to be scholar-activists in the 21st century,” according to the conference’s website. Brittane Maddox, a senior from
Registering parties, party checks, mandatory TIPS training: all these are well-known, recently added features of Denison’s social scene. These policies and many others were recently implemented by the Denison Campus Governance Association (DCGA) and Denison’s administration in response to a spike in alcohol-related incidents over last fall’s Halloweekend. But how about this year? Is Denison doing better? Data and vibes suggest a resounding “yes.” This year, Halloweekend medical transports to Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) were down by over 50 percent — even though this year’s Halloween festivities included two weekends and a Wednesday of parties. Last year’s Halloween fell on a Wednesday, with most festivities taking place the weekend prior on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. That Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, Vice President for Student Development Laurel Kennedy sent out a campuswide email informing the student body that it must change course immediately. “[T]he worst weekend not just of the year, but of at least the last three years,” Kennedy wrote, saw not only
See GLCA, page 3
See HALLOWEEKEND, page 2
By Debbie Gillum News Editor
See KAPPA SIG, page 3
Halloweekend by the numbers Fewer hospital transports and more Whisler treatments this year during Halloween
Anonymous tips led suspension based on allegations of hazing
Four months after going through a previous hazing investigation, the Kappa Sigma fraternity is once again facing hazing allegations. Campus and Security received several anonymous tips last week. The tips later indicated the possibility of hazing activities, which Security investigated, according to Laurel Kennedy, the Vice President of Student Development. “Based on that early investigation, the Kappa Sigma fraternity was placed on an interim suspension pending full investigation by Denison and the Kappa Sigma national,” said Kennedy on Thurs. Nov. 7. Kennedy said the national organization has been helpful in cooperating to resolve the matter quickly. Kappa Sigma brothers such as Charlie Vinopal, a sophomore from Park Ridge Ill., are unsure of the status of their potential suspension. “We’re currently under investigation and I can’t comment until we hear back from the school,” he said. Cody May, a senior Kappa Sigma member from Crystal Lake, Ill.,
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Students gathered in Knobel Hall for a panel as part of this weekend’s GLCA conference.
By Debbie Gillum News Editor Instead of staying in bed and watching Netflix, students used their weekend to learn about being scholarly activists alongside students from other midwest universities. Each year a different Great Lakes College Association (GLCA) school hosts the conference that enables students of color
to develop leadership skills, network, build capacity strategically and intellectually and meet their counterparts from other schools. This year, Denison was honored to host the GLCA conference on Nov. 8-9. The theme for this year’s conference was “Picture This: 21st Century Scholar-Activism.” The conference hopes to challenge people to utilize their personal background and disciplin-
Auto collision Food Recovery Network spurs Granville Intermediate School outreach opens up Land Lab for learning on East Quad collaboration, community backing” and streamlined frameBy Erin Worden Special to the Denisonian
By Jewell Porter Layout Editor
A former Denison student drunkenly sped across East Quad and crashed his Audi A-6 into a rail also behind Crawford at 1:43 a.m. on Nov. 10. A cement block dislodged by the impact fell to a lower level of the parking lot and damaged another vehicle. The damaged cars all belong to a current students of Denison. Garret Moore, director of Security, said that one of his officers witnessed the drunk driver travelling up President’s Drive onto campus, and the officer attempted to stop the car by turning on his emergency lights. See COLLISION, page 2
Denison’s chapter of the Food Recovery Network — a national organization that enables students to donate food wastes from dining halls to in-need community agencies — was implemented in mid-October. The Network is the byproduct of cross-campus collaboration involving DCA’s Homelessness and Hunger (HnH), the Sustainability Fellows, the Alford Center for Service Learning and Bon Appétit Food Services. Corroborated by her past experience with the Network, S. K. Piper, Denison’s Sustainability Manager for Bon Appétit, said the network “provides an institutional
work for college students to donate dining hall food waste to local organizations. She said that the Network arms students with resources such as food handling education, safety training and advice for collaborating with on-campus and community organizations. Currently implemented in Curtis Dining Hall, HnH volunteers retrieve weekday leftovers from lunch and dinner and ultimately store the food in the refrigerator of the Alford Center for Service Learning until local Granville and Newark agencies can retrieve their donations. Expired food from Slayter is colSee RECOVERY, page 3
By Carole Burkett News Editor Granville students will soon be able to experience their very own version of the Bioreserve, thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Licking Soil and Water Conservation District, Dawes Arboretum, Denison professors, and Mr. Reding’s AP Environmental Science class. The Granville Intermediate School Land Lab is officially in progress since the groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. on last Thursday, Nov. 7. Students gathered together in the company of teachers, community members, and high school students who
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ARTS & LIFE
Point-Counterpoint: Smoking on A-Quad Reserve Fund: our thoughts
History of the Denison Feminists
Vail: Sphinx Virtuosi with Catalyst Quartet, Middletown
McCravey Golf Tourney draws alumni, other students
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helped bring the Lab to pass at the GIS campus north of campus, at 2025 Burg St. Despite a crisp wind, all were optimistic and enthusiastic about the project. “We are so excited about the future of this project, and the partnership with Denison,” said Jeff Brown, Superintendent of Granville Schools. Denison faculty and students will help foster the rich learning potential of the project through curriculum development and See LAND LAB, page 3
200 students from 13 colleges and universities participated in the GLCA conference this weekend
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NATIONAL Iranian musician kills three in N.Y. The New York Times
INTERNATIONAL Typhoon devestates Philippines Los Angeles Times
Intnl. Court rules against Thailand Bangkok Post
DCGA WEEKLY REPORT Dr. Laurel Kennedy visited this week’s DCGA meeting on Nov. 5, and gave a presentation on an evaluation method for the Student Devlopment based on evaluation of certain student programs. PR chair Emily Shultz presented further on the new Student Speak resolution, which allows up to three students to walk in and present for up to five minutes on any topic they choose. The resolution has not yet been used, she said, because students are not aware of it. According to finance chair Kiara Sims, the deadline for Reserve Fund proposals has been postponed to Dec. 2, after the Thanksgiving break, to allow students to conduct research for proposals. The Senate will deliberate on these through January, and pass on up to five approved proposals to the administration in February.
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English Professor David Baker read on NPR Ali Miller Special to the Denisonian Denison’s own English professor Dr. David Baker had one of his poems read on NPR on Sunday, Oct. 27. The poem, “Neighbors In October,” a leaf-raking poem, was read by Garrison Keillor on his program The Writer’s Almanac, and heard over hundreds of NPR stations. The poem was originally printed in a book called The Truth about Small Towns. The University of Arkansas Press, the publisher of the book, contacted Dr. Baker, followed by The Writer’s Almanac when Keillor asked the permission of U of Arkansas Press to read the poem. This was the Tuesday before the poem aired. Asked about Baker’s poem’s appearance on NPR, Abbey Current ‘14, student of Baker, said, “He seems so humble to have been on NPR.” The poem received a lot of good feedback. It was widely shared over Facebook and Twitter, and Dr. Baker received a lot of emails and messages over Facebook about the poem
Carole Burkett/ The Denisonian Recent works of David Baker, including the most recent, Never Ending Birds.
from old friends and even complete strangers who took the time to track him down. “I was reminded that the arts are essential to people’s lives and to a culture’s well-being,” Dr. Baker said about the subject. Shortly after the poem was read, the fifteen-year-old book in which the poem was published jumped to a poetry bestseller for a while. “And that’s the best,” Dr. Baker said, “to know the work con-
tinues to find readers.” “This reminded me that far more people read poetry than we realize,” Dr. Baker concluded, “people who may or may not be poets themselves, people who seek it out regularly, and read, and remember. That’s how the art prospers.” Dr. Baker’s poem can now be found in print and audio on The Writer’s Almanac website.
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several non-Denison guests go to the hospital for alcohol poisoning and repeated malicious fire alarms, but a “party with upwards of 60 students playing beer pong in a public hallway” and other excesses. The administration responded with the formation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Alcohol and Its Effects, chaired by Dean of Students Bill Fox. “The Committee will forward recommendations to the President by the end of the semester,” Kennedy wrote, and “an event registration policy will be in place by second semester.” Party registration, a policy the DCGA had planned on implementing anyway, was rapidly approved and became campus protocol. Kennedy also instructed campus security to restrict swipe hours for non-residents to before 11 p.m., down from 1 a.m. Data from this year suggests that dangerous drinking is down significantly from last year. While roughly the same number of students requested for medical amnesty during the Halloween period, the majority of students were seen at Whisler and did not need emergency medical care. The severity (or lack thereof) of students seen at Whisler is also difficult to glean, says Kennedy. Roughly 15 percent of students requesting medical amnesty required transport to LMH this year, according to Kennedy’s data. Last year, one third required transport. There is “very, very good energy” this year as compared to last, says Kennedy. “[It] feels so different,” she says.
Courtesy of Dean of Students Bill Fox This graph shows an increase of medical transports, but fewer hospital trips. This data suggests that dangerous drinking has recently decreased.
Bill Fox agrees. “[I]t’s good when people seek help,” he says, and to “be back in that realm [of one or two transports on a party weekend] is a positive thing...[There have been] lots of positive signs from party registration and students acting as responsible hosts.” Kennedy and Fox agree that the party registration process has probably encouraged party hosts to act more responsibly. “Much more alcohol consumption is beer,” Kennedy says, with hosts having moved away from providing “crack juice” or “jungle juice.” The hosts of a registered party are dissuaded from serving jungle juice by Campus Security at a manda-
tory pre-party “checklist meeting.” Fox thinks most responsible behavior is selfenforced. “Most situations [with party hosts] are being resolved at the door,” he says, and “students are paying attention to reputation factors...[S]tudents are more aware of the issue of alcohol abuse.” This year’s Halloweekends may have been influenced by campus events other than apartment parties. Friday, Oct. 25 saw the D-Day concert, and the Gala was held on the following Saturday, Nov. 2. Both weekends saw “responsible parties [and] very well-attended campus events,” says Fox.
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The driver refused to pull over and instead continued to speed across campus. He said, “the driver ran the stop signs at Ridge Road and President’s Drive, Ridge and Capital Drive and Ridge and Bancroft.” The driver then attempted to speed around the corner behind Crawford and instead collided with a guard rail and several other parked vehicles. It was then that the car finally came to a halt. The security officer then contacted the Granville Police Department, and the driver was arrested for Operating a Vehicle Impaired, more commonly known as an OVI. Several students received damage to their cars, and those students were contacted to verify the damage to their vehicles.
David Allen/ The Denisonian Damage behind Crawford Hall caused by the collision in the early hours of Nov. 10.
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echoed Vinopal’s inability to comment. “Unfortunately, because the investigation is ongoing, we must refrain from commenting on the situation.” This is not Kappa Sig’s first hazing incident. In April, they were investigated for hazing, alongside Sigma Phi Epsilon and Sigma Chi. SigEp and SigChi were suspended, while Kappa Sig was allowed to resume normal activities in the fall. The Gamma-Xi chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity is located in the Kappa Sig dorm on North Quad and has been on campus since 1911. The recent increase in reports of hazing has
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Chicago, Ill. enjoyed how the annual conference brought so many students together. This is her third conference during her time at Denison. “Not only do we come together, we get to discuss issues that are impacting us on our respective campuses. This is why I find it so important to attend and participate each year,” she said. Maddox was “honored to be part of such a unique opportunity for conversation.” She is one of the seven student organizers on the planning committee this year. The other student organizers were Michelle
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lected and donated, too. Daniel Fiorentini, a junior environmental studies and biology double major from Los Angeles, Calif., said, “The food donations we got [in years past] from the dining halls were rather irregular.” As a Sustainability Fellow and the Volunteer Coordinator for HnH, Fiorentini said, “This year, along with the Sustainability Fellows program…[HnH] decided to develop it even further and collaborate.” Denison’s Network currently supplies the Salvation Army, the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, the United Church of Granville, Water’s Edge and YES Clubhouse with food—either to be served or distributed to
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consultation, but the idea and execution of the project lie in the hands of the Granville students themselves. The idea was conceived two years ago, according to Granville High School teacher Jim Reding, but this past year’s environmental studies class “picked up the land lab as their project and were the ones to make the initial plans and contacts with the partners. It’s their vision!” And quite a vision it is. They have participated in each stage of development, even pitching the idea to the school board. Amelia Anderson, a Granville High senior, described the project and the potential it has. “The beauty of this place is that it can be used for all studies… students can walk right into their own outdoor classroom.” The Land Lab is created for three purposes, according to Reding. The first is “to create an outdoor learning environment for all students and the community.” Granville Intermediate School students, in grades 4-6, will be joined in their studies by middle and high school students, and even
NEWS indicated that students are no longer tolerating the treatment of their friends in a harmful way. “When students want to join clubs, organizations or teams, they should never have to run a gauntlet of hazing to be welcomed. Nor should their time be wasted with frivolous uses of time that distract from the higher purposes they have in coming to Denison,” said Kennedy. Throughout the year, Kennedy and Dr. Weinberg have met with fraternity and sorority presidents as well as student leaders in athletics to urge them to not haze at Denison. Kennedy “recognizes and applaud[s] the courage of students who refuse to participate in hazing and who take action to prevent it from occurring.”
Courtesy of Kappa Sigma’s Twitter Brothers from Denison’s chapter of Kappa Sigma cleaning up Cherry Road on Oct. 6.
Agunloye ‘14, Anairis Boror ‘16, Rohin Daswani ‘15, Kai Kyles ‘15, Luchen Peng ‘15, and Christopher Schroeder ‘16. Erik Farley ‘03, the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs at Denison, led the planning committee with the help of Marilyn Andrew, Director for International Student Services, Beth White, the Administrative Assistant for the Offices of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs and International Student Services, and Mark Anthony Arceño, the program Coordinator in the Office of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs. Maddox said being on the planning committee for her final conference and hosting the conference at Denison was “one of the
highlights of [her] senior year.” Her favorite part of the conference is the sessions because “we get to see the creative spin that students have placed on the theme for the year,” she said. The sessions allow for intimate conversations between student participants. The conference began on Friday evening with an opening keynote address by Rev. Dr. John L. Jackson and a talk by Dr. Maulana Karenga about activist scholars. On Saturday, there were sessions all day, and the conference ended with a closing talk by Diane Ariza about social activism. Denison is one of thirteen colleges that are a part of the GLCA.
in-need community members—according to the Associate Director of the Alford Center for Service Learning, Susie Kalinoski. Since the program’s implementation, Kalinoski approximates that Denison’s Network has provided agencies with a total of 60 pans of food in less than a month. “I’m really happy to see how much progress has been made,” said HnH member Nelson Dow, a sophomore from Cambridge, Mass. pursuing an environmental studies major and a sociology-anthropology minor. Fiorentini said, “It’s certainly an enjoyable program, but there are things we have to consider [since] we’re looking to expand the program.” Piper said growing a broader network of volunteers to collect leftovers from all lunches and dinners, in addition to breakfast, is
crucial to the Network’s future success. Fiorentini hopes that an increase of firstyear involvement will not only encourage “environmental sustainability, but social sustainability. In getting rid of our waste, [we’re] also helping other people that may be less fortunate than us.” Dow sees Greek life and other philanthropy-based organizations as prospects for the Network’s expansion. Echoing the concerns of Dow and Fiorentini, Kalinoski admitted limited storage space in the DCA office refrigerator restricts the quantity of food donations. Grants furnished by the Food Recovery Network and on-campus establishments, according to Fiorentini, are currently being considered in the attempt to fund the purchase of larger storage space.
Denison students in environmental studies and biology classes. The second goal is “to create a balanced and thriving ecosystem to increase biodiversity and to help restore the natural history of Licking County and the Granville area.” Many diverse habitats, including woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands, will be established on the 35-acre property. A mature bald eagle soared over the field during the groundbreaking, the first wild resident of the new land lab, and a suggestion of how successful this goal may be. The final goal is “to create and strengthen productive partnerships with other individuals and organizations in the area,” which the project has already partially achieved. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is helping to fund the project, and the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District will supply construction assistance of the habitats. According to Geoff Smith, a professor of biology at Denison, college faculty and students will also be involved in curriculum planning and research. “A group of Denison faculty will be working to design re-
Carole Burkett / The Denisonian Granville students on the site of the land lab High senior who has helped instigate the project.
search projects at the GIS LandLab in coordination with teachers at Granville Schools. The plan is to actively engage Granville students of all levels in these projects. Our expectation is that Denison students may be involved in these collaborations, especially during the summer.”
Allie Vugrincic / The Denisonian In a presentation in Higley, students learned about the three pillars of white supremacy that were made famous by the scholar Andrea Smith, as part of the GLCA conference.
Piper said, “Like good liberal arts students, you’re all dreaming big. This is the first tiny step, and we want to expand it to all 21 meals at both dining halls. [The Network] is a model that has done that at other schools, and it’s really inspirational.” If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Susie Kalinoski in the Alford Center for Service Learning at kalinoskis@ denison.edu or 740-587-6639.
Local Incident Report The Denisonian compiles relevant call records and incident reports from the Granville Police Department. On Nov. 4 at 4:24 p.m., a student was assisted in reentering his vehicle. On Nov. 5 at 8:23 a.m., a caller notified police that two boys were underneath a bridge with sleeping bags and smoking a joint. An officer found the boys in the lot near Granville Market. They told the officer that they are sleeping under the bridge until they find a place to live. On Nov. 8 at 3:34 p.m., officer Nicodem responded to a report of three black dogs running at large. The owner was told that if the dogs get out again a citation will be issued. The dogs have been running loose twice this month. On Nov 9 at 11:50 p.m.: Denison security requested an officer to the Sunset House to identify a non-student. Officer Markley responded and ran the non-student’s identification. On Nov. 9 at 12:28 a.m.: Denison security requested an officer for an underage non-student possibly drinking and driving. Officer Markley responded and tested the female. The female passed the tests and was released to her mother. On Nov. 10 at 1:43 a.m., Denison security requested an officer to 250 Ridge Road for a crash that happened after a traffic stop. Officer Markley responded, and a crash report was taken.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
OUR VOICE >>
Editor’s Corner >>
More than yourself
By Hung Tran ‘15 Editor-in-Chief I’m a person who uses shower time to think. I wasn’t sure if I should be surprised when I found out two of my good friends also did this. What about you? We should all do that more because it is good and important for our lives! I mean… spend more time on yourself, and actually make use of it. Again and again in my Denison career, I was reminded of the importance to care for myself. If there were a thing that I feel confident saying is the most easily overlooked, it is definitely self-care. Almost half way through my third year at Denison, I find it scary that the phenomenon is so readily identified in so many. Denison is such a fast-moving and highpressure place, and inevitably we lose ourselves amidst the flow without timely stopand-think moments. It is good for us to take more time to wind down and relax, to allow ourselves to listen to some more music or take a stroll down to Whit’s or bike around Granville. But when you make time for yourself, it is much more than just you. By giving yourself time, you are allowing yourself to reflect with more depth that prompts you to think about a much grander picture than yourself. And isn’t some extra time a wonderful chance to care for those that we care about? First, reflection allows us to be larger than ourselves. We tend to connote the process of reflection as a sequel to other experiences, but the most powerful minds will tell you reflection is omnipotent. Reflection enriches the mind and soul in all stages of being. We grow up day after day with an astounding but often overlooked amount of
accumulative experience, all of which is ingrained in our identity, personality, intellect, emotion and cognition. For me, with a conscious choice of reflection, my thoughts during showers and destinationless walks were allowed to roam freely and radically. They started to break out of daily events, of my college goals, to reflect more on the people around me, and what my role was to them. They stopped circulating around how stressful writing this editorial was on Saturday at midnight to how it may affect you as the readers that I care about. My thoughts broke out of the “how” I can make my mark at Denison, and into the “what” I can do for our student body. On a less philosophical note, more time for yourself is more time for others that you care about. I used to tell myself that I regretted getting into so many things that filled my schedule, but did I? If I kept on doing it, how could that be regret? There came a point when work and involvement became an arduous “passion” where the notion of a true passion as a driving force were fading. I thought it was enough to interact with people in meetings, to call home once in a while, and to check in with a friend once a month. I thought it was fine for me to be studying by myself, making plans by myself, and when I was tired, it was fine to take some time and relax, get some ice cream. I was wrong -- I was not that stable, much less happy. I realized how much I missed the feeling of belonging, of a place to fall back to, and how exactly it filled in the missing piece that kept me wondering, “Why wasn’t I happy as I should be?” My own time only made more sense with other people around me. My goals only became clearer when I talked to them, our relationship only got better if I truly cared. Somehow very humanly, we keep each other in check. And I realized, the time for myself, inevitably, had to include “others.” When I made time for myself, it is much more than just my own self. These are my examples, and I would be curious to see how it would work for you, my dear readers.
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More money, more problems It’s old news that DCGA’s reserve fund is overflowing with cash, but now they’re doing something about it. As mentioned in last week’s The Denisonian, students are encouraged to propose ideas on how to spend the $800,000 reserve fund (the spending limit now is $500,000). However, many student organizations have felt frustrated by the funding process. Has DCGA Finance focused too much on following their “guidelines” and not actually understanding why student organizations are requesting certain items? They need a better long-term perspective on funding, too. D-Day was allocated $100,000 for a one day event, while UPC got $160,000 for programming events for the entire year. Is that fair or sustainable? Current student activity fees should be used to fund current student activities. It’s our money; it should benefit us while we
still attend Denison. DCGA has been keeping money for too long. Student activity fees from five to ten years ago are just now being used. This shouldn’t be happening. A reasonable amount for the reserve fund is about $200,000. What we have right now is $600,000 more than that. With the current spending trend, would students ten years from now be sitting on another extra $600,000? We applaud DCGA’s efforts to be cautious with spending and its new initiative to allow students to spend the reserve fund as they see fit. We sincerely hope that students take advantage of this new opportunity and submit proposals. Moving forward, DCGA should also consider more efficient funding methods to prevent this accumulation problem from happening again.
In fraternity investigations, students need transparency Three fraternities were suspended last year pending investigation by the administration for violating the Student Code of Conduct. Of those, only Kappa Sigma were found innocent. Sigma Phi Epsilon was removed from campus until 2018, and Sigma Chi was placed on disciplinary probation until this spring. We’ve just learned that Kappa Sigma is under investigation — again — for violating the Student Code of Conduct with regard to hazing allegations. Some might say this is unfair. Some fraternity men might claim that the administration’s definition of hazing is too strict; that any mandatory bonding activity for an incoming pledge class can be construed in a negative light. It is fair that they also involve the national fraternity in the investigation process,
but it is also important for the administration to be as transparent as possible. What reasons are there that the university should not release the conclusions of investigations? We can understand why the national chapter of any Greek organization wouldn’t - they have no obligation to any of their members. But the administration here has an obligation to their students, not the other way around. We deserve to know what is happening on our campus, and how it affects the student body. The administration claims to want to work in tandem with students on how to improve campus culture, so why not show us exactly what a part of campus culture looks like? If any student organization, Greek or not is partaking in behavior that is against our campus values, we have to know about it.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
YOUR VOICE >> POINT/COUNTERPOINT Smoking on A-Quad: Is the proposed DCGA ban the best idea?
By Debbie Gillum ‘14 News Editor I am not in favor of the DCGA smoking ban. This proposal, conveniently titled “Clean Air, Healthy Student Resolution,” has been discussed by the Denison Campus Governance Association recently to make the interior of certain areas into “smokefree zones,” meaning that individuals who wanted to smoke would need to smoke by the back-side of buildings. Smoking in front of buildings facing academic quad would not be permitted. This would apply from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Every year, smoking becomes an issue on campus (the same way race and sexual assault are hot topics once a year), but it is never so much of an issue that something is actually done about it. It’s not that big of a problem. I wrote a similar editorial about this two years ago and I will gladly write another one because my opinion about this has not changed. Here is the situation: currently, smoking is not permitted inside buildings or within a 25-foot perimeter of buildings. These rules are generally enforced through a “social contract” rather than through interventions by campus staff. I’ve never observed a fellow student asking a smoker to move to the designated 30 feet away from a building. Maybe we’re all too passive, or maybe it’s not important enough to politely ask someone to move. Instead of a new, stricter smoking ban, why don’t we teach each other how to politely ask one another to move? The new resolution would have security fighting our battles for us. I wonder if the proponents of this resolution want some larger force to fight their
battles and are too afraid to confront smokers in person. While smoker-non-smoker confrontations are rare, what I have observed is smokers chilling outside Higley, off to the side. They don’t block the main entrance, thereby not forcing students to walk by them to get into the building. It’s not a valid argument to say that all smokers block the front entrance of buildings and require non-smokers to inhale second hand smoke. That’s not the problem. I don’t see the point in passing a formal no-smoking resolution if there will be no formal consequences for those who violate the rule. What’s the point? One could argue that the resolution is only seeking to be passed for the sake of passing. A shiny new resolution will look good for DCGA, while having no measurable or meaningful consequence on students. Does that make it a win-win? Furthermore, this DCGA smoking ban would not fix the problem of cigarette litter. It isn’t a problem to begin with. We live in a beautiful paradise, and everyone respects it enough to not litter their cigarette butts. Besides, the amount of Natty Lights and red solo cups strewn around campus far outnumber the number of cigarette butts. If Denison claims to be a community, we should respect the habits of some community members. So what if they smoke? They aren’t forcing non-smokers to smoke or inhale second hand smoke. Smokers on campus are already alienated enough. Only seven percent of college students reported having smoked cigarettes on three or more days of the last 30 days, according to the February 2011 administration of the National College Health Assessment. Let’s let them smoke and respect their choice. Just because you make a smoking ban doesn’t mean you’re going to stop people from smoking. I don’t see a problem with smoking on campus, and I think it should be allowed anywhere. Smoke on.
The new resolution would have security fighting our battles for us.
Debbie Gillum is an English and communication double major from Hilliard, Ohio. She is a non-smoker.
Next issue: Laurel Kennedy talks about first generation college students and Jewell Porter ‘16 talks about the GLCA Students of Color Leadership Conference!
Clean air, healthy students
By Steven Hix ‘16 Special to the Denisonian Smoking is a choice that people are at liberty to make and is something that nobody should be able to eliminate as an option. Fortunately, that’s not what the upcoming DCGA ‘Clean Air, Healthy Student Resolution’ aims to do. There has been some miscommunication regarding the actual content of the resolution and I’d like to clarify some of those things right now. The resolution does not ban smoking on campus. Smoking is unique in its ability to negatively affect students who choose not to smoke but are surrounded by those who do. That is why this resolution aims to prohibit smoking in areas of high foot traffic between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. That is also why smokeless electronic cigarettes are specifically permitted in the text of the resolution. The resolution does not affect residential quads. There has long been a rule at Denison that nobody may smoke within 25 feet of a residential building. This resolution does nothing to affect this or any other aspect of one’s ability to smoke on residential quads. The resolution does not fine violators anything remotely close to $100. I was personally disturbed to discover that some members of the Denison community were under the impression that students documented as having smoked within newly designated smoke-free areas of campus would be fined egregious sums of money. While the Campus Affairs Council, chaired by DCGA President Ana Morales, will be determining the actual level of any tickets distributed as a result of policy violations, Ana and I both feel
very strongly that the charges should be minimal. I personally hope that CAC agrees with me that any fines should be so small that they will act as more of an inconvenience than an actual financial burden. The resolution does not take immediate effect. To avoid confusion among members of the student body, faculty and administration members, and members of the Denison staff, the resolution lays forward a public awareness campaign beginning next semester regarding the new policy and the areas of campus affected. Incoming first-year students would be made aware of the policy during orientation. Nobody would be caught off guard after months of informative campaigns. The Clean Air, Healthy Student Resolution is actually preventing more extreme policies. There is an increasingly prevalent movement to ban smoking altogether on college campuses nationwide. Our close neighbor Ohio State recently implemented a policy itself. My hope is that the Clean Air, Healthy Student Resolution eliminates the need for such an option by creating a campus in which members of our community who choose to smoke do so in areas in which they can minimize their effect on others. In taking this small step towards a healthier, more respectful campus, we can prevent choices from being taken away from the student body later. All this being said, I would love to discuss this proposal with anybody interested. If anybody would like to meet with me regarding the content of the plan or would like a copy of the exact text of the resolution, shoot me an email at email@example.com. I would never sponsor a resolution that I feel would negatively affect our campus, and I hope that as many students as possible provide their voices in this process.
Smoking negatively affects students who choose not to smoke.
Thank you for smoking
Steven Hix is political science and economics double major from Dayton, Ohio. He is the DCGA Treasurer. He is a non-smoker.
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On changing campus, Den Fems see “a lot of work to be done” By Abbe Kaplan & Hannah Kubbins Web Editor, Staff Writer The Denison Feminists, an organization dedicated to gender and race equality, is becoming increasingly important on campus with current race and gender debates in student media. The group is shaped completely by student participation and all change initiatives are discussed in the weekly meetings.
History The history of the Denison Feminists is unclear. Although The Denisonian made several inquiries into the origin of the organization, an article about how the women’s studies program and feminist presence at Denison began exhausted resources on the subject. According to Denison Magazine’s Continuum series, Denison was one of the pioneers of women’s studies programs across the country. Only two other schools, one in San Diego and one in Buffalo, were also bringing the discipline to college campuses. Two female professors and one student were responsible for the effort. Joan Straumanis, philosophy, and Ann Fitzgerald, English, along with Peggy Gifford, ‘75, brought gradual change, beginning with a directed study initiated by Gifford. The women's studies program was started sometime in the 1970s, according to Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Women's Studies Program Barbara Fultner. When Straumanis first came to Denison in 1971, she said there was no notion of feminism on campus. According to the department website, women’s studies now has over 20 faculty members and offers at least three sections of “Issues in Feminism” each semester.
Structure of the group In their mission statement, the Denison Feminists make it a point to “strive for gender equality through education, awareness, open discussions, inter-group collaboration and activism.” The group is completely student-run including the executive board members. The board of officers consists of President Audrey McPartlin ‘15, Vice President Erin - Audrey Katalinic ‘16, Public Relations Chair Brenda Uribe ‘15, Secretaries Darcey Babikian ‘15 and Charley Treacy ‘15, Treasurer Jackie Tran ‘15, and Activist Chairs Nikki Hurley ‘15 and Ali Jakubowski ‘15. The Denison Feminists meet weekly on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. in the Center for Women and Gender Action on the fourth floor of Slayter Union. McPartlin '15 has been involved with the Denison Feminists since her sophomore year. At that point, she noted that only about three to seven people were at each meeting. One of McPartlin's goals for the group, to get more people involved this year, has already been accomplished. “I’m really excited about how many people have been attending meetings,” she says. “I love that there is more acceptance of feminism building on campus.” McPartlin goes on to point out how active the Denison Feminists Facebook group is. At each meeting usually the first items the members of the group discuss are various
articles and postings that have been on the page. “I am blown away by how much the Facebook group has grown,” the page currently has approximately 200 members, “I have people asking me to join the Facebook page every day. I think it’s also a good way for students to get involved if they can not attend the meetings because they can still contribute to the page. So much of feminism is now internet based.” After topics from the Facebook page are exhausted, the members go on to discuss different concepts. McPartlin stated in the last meeting issues of black feminism were brought up because of the racial issues that have been in student media recently. Issues brought up in the Bullsheet, The Denisonian, and other forms of media are brought to the members’ attention during the meetings. McPartlin also thought it was important to point out that the meetings are “a good place for people to share things they have noticed on campus that others may have looked past. It’s a safe space for men and women to share current issues that are on their mind, especially when you may feel like you are not surrounded by like minded people.” McPartlin's personal definition of feminism stems from the dictionary meaning which states “Feminism is the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men,” she says. “The stereotypes about feminism are very confusing to me as well as why people are so eager to reject it when we have a definition in the dictionary. It baffles me that some people don’t think there should be equality in the sexes,” McPartlin says. Since there seems to be a negative connotation of what a “feminist” is on campus and in society, McPartin also makes the point that, “I really believe everyone should take a women’s studies class, a black studies course or anything that encompasses rights of human beings. I think freshman should definitely have to take a class with that type of content.” Erin Katalinic, vice president of the Denison Feminists, agrees that a required class in the field of gender issues is important. “I think we just need to have more conversaMcPartlin '15 tions about feminism on this campus,” she says, “and I think that the power and justice requirement of our GE's is helpful, but they need to be conversations that we have freely and often, not just for a semester to get a GE.” "I think that Denison does a really good job working towards gender equality on campus,” States McPartlin, “that being said, our society and most societies around the world were founded upon patriarchal values. So as much as we're in a bubble at Denison, it's difficult to escape those underlying attitudes about women and I think that's what really needs to change on our campus." To help make gender equality more present the Denison Feminists have been increasing their presence on campus this year. McPartlin recalls that the group hasn’t held events until this year. Events thus far have included guest speaker Alison Bechdel. In the spring the group is hoping to bring Somaly Mam, a human rights advocate who focuses specifically on sex trafficking, to Denison’s campus.
Feminism is the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of political, social, and economic equality to men.
“With these upcoming events, I feel that there will hopefully be more activism. It’s also important to remember that we always accept males into our meetings too,” says McPartlin. Other ways to get involved include taking a class on feminism or women’s studies, going to campus events regarding gender, or joining the group’s Facebook page. The Denison Feminists encourage students to have their own voices heard.
acknowledges that men do still dominate this society and who wishes to change the way American society views women.”
Student perspective: does Denison need more feminism?
When asked if there needs to be a bigger presence of feminism on campus, Davis says “I think we have a branding issue when it comes to feminism. People think because we have women like Hillary Clinton and Beyoncé that there’s equality of the sexes, but there is still a lot of work to be done.” Certain issues on campus have prompted Landon Slangerup, a freshman from Memphis, Tenn., sees feminism as a way to Davis to believe that Denison needs more “eliminate gender norms and boundaries be- feminism: “I know girls who have had their undertween the sexes.” As a male student, Slangerup also believes wear stolen, the rape jokes on social media “feminism definitely needs a larger presence accounts,” she says. “I even have spoken to on campus. I feel that most people are un- some guys that believe that if a girl is wearaware of the involvement that feminism has ing a short skirt or dress that means she had in all of our lives. One specific issue is wants to have men talk to her...I hear guys that girls often times feel unsafe at parties refer to having sex with a girl as ‘piping a because of the high potential of being sexu- girl.’ It’s rape implication and it needs to be stopped.” ally harassed. This has to stop.” Slangerup is in agreeance with Davis Hollie Davis, a first-year student from Chicago, Ill., offers a female perspective on when he states “while not exhibited to an what feminism is. “Feminism is the idea that extreme extent, Denison does have a patriwomen want to have the same privileges as archal dominance.” Davis also notes that “we need more femimen do,” she says. “The idea that women are trying to beat and destroy men is the com- nism on campus because women are not plete opposite of what feminism is. All we empowered to use their voice. There should be no need to shrink who you are to make want is equality.” “We try very hard to bring men into our other people comfortable. I know some great crusaders for genmeetings, but I think der and race equalthey are afraid that we ity on campus, but will be yelling at them they are afraid to the whole time which discuss it with other is very untrue,” Davis people unless they says. have similar values. Davis also thought A lot of women are important to rememfeminists without ber that feminism is realizing it.” extremely important, Manfredi thinks but her view of a typical that it is perhaps feminist is “white and - Erin Katalinic '16 partly because of middle class. I’m sorry, misconceptions but that’s how I see it,” she explains. “We need to get more races and about feminism that sexual assault and sexbackgrounds involved. I do have optimism ism are such big problems on our campus. that feminism can cross racial boundaries, She also believes that feminism needs a but I think it is a work in progress. Even on stronger presence in our community, and a small college campus it is hard to bridge could help target our gender-related issues. “Compared to the rest of society, I do not racial relations. Denison is a microcosm of think that Denison has a huge patriarchal what the real world is actually like.” Slangerup views a feminist slightly differ- dominance,” she says. “However, as I menent when he defined a feminist as “she looks tioned before, I still do not think that equallike any other person in the world. Feminists ity has been completely reached,” she said. Manfredi sees specific causes for this inshould not be defined by physical characterequality. “I think that Denison's hookup istics.” Katalinic agrees. “A feminist can look like culture and party scene contributes to a lot whatever they want and I am tired of this of the sexism that we see on campus,” she generation of feminists saying that feminists says. “Sexual assault and the objectification don't have hairy legs and aren't lesbians,” of women by men is something that we see says, “because, hello, some of us are angry happen quite often, and this is not acceptable. We are always talking about sexual hairy lesbians and damn proud of it.” Mia Manfredi ‘14, a French major from assault, but we're not really doing anything Chagrin Falls, Ohio, has a short and sweet about it. We need an action plan.” definition of feminism. “To me, feminism Students seek solutions to means fighting for the equality of men and gender issues on campus women in all aspects of life,” she says. “SimSlangerup thinks that by making people ple as that.” Despite her own simple understanding more aware of the “genderization” that ocof feminism, Manfredi feels that there are curs at youth and the problems it brings, we still major misconceptions about people – can make gender equality more prominent. Davis has similar thoughts as Slangerup particularly women, even though men can identify as feminists, too – who believe in when she states “I think we have to stop reinforcing gender roles. When you look at feminist ideals. “Many view feminists as radical, bra-burn- the campus in general you see guys hanging, man-haters,” Manfredi says. “People also ing out with each other and girls doing the associate feminism with sexual promiscuity same. There’s definitely a gender conformity among women; however, a woman does not that structures the social atmosphere of the have to be sexually active to be considered a campus.” Davis went on to reflect on a “gender feminist. To me, a feminist is someone who
I think that the power and justic requirement is helpful, but they need to be conversations we have freely and often, not just for a semester.
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In cultural theory and his plane, Kirkpatrick soars By Curtis Edmonds Forum Editor Many students in the communication department might know Bill Kirkpatrick as one of the resident media experts — but there’s a lot more to the tenure-track professor than that. Bill Kirkpatrick was born in Portsmouth, Va. to a Navy parents. The self-described “navy brat” lived in Iceland until he was four years old, then moved to Tennessee where he was a boy scout, before the family settled in Northern Virginia in Fairfax. In high school, Kirkpatrick’s favorite subject was English and he says he “was in the brainy AP clique. We weren’t the nerds but we weren’t the cool kids.” He became editor-in-chief of his high school yearbook, which he calls “my big thing. I really enjoyed graphic design and layout.” Kirkpatrick liked graphic design so much, that after graduating high school in 1985, he planned on going to college to study it — at least that’s what he told his parents. According to Kirkpatrick, his parents were college-minded — he wasn’t. “I really wanted to go to flight school,” he said. He convinced his parents to allow him to apply to one college: New York University, one of the few schools that had a graphic design program. If he didn’t get in, he says he would have gone to flight school. To his parents’ delight, Kirkpatrick was accepted to the big city school. While people may know Northern Virginia as a cosmopolitan extension of D.C., Kirkpatrick’s hometown “still had cows and farms” when he was growing up there. He describes the transition as a culture shock. He remembers driving into New York for the first time and how “ungodly tall [the Twin Towers] were. You see it in films, but to actually be there [was] so intense.” At NYU, Kirkpatrick realized he didn’t really like graphic design, and changed his major after his cinema studies roommate took him to a screening for his class. Afterwards, Kirkpatrick changed his major to cinema studies and journalism. He says that his present day interest in media studies came from a professor he had at NYU named Jay Rosen. “He gave me the ability to think about what matters,” says Kirkpatrick, who attended NYU during the Reagan-era. “This was the time where race, gender, and class were coming into people’s consciousness.” He also points to Alexandra Juhász, a professor who he describes as “a super feminist, which wasn’t common then.” He says that in her class on gender and film, some of his peers didn’t respond well. “I remember other men in the class being
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bender day” that took place at her high school in Chicago.”The girls would dress up as guys, and the guys would dress up as girls if they wanted to,” she explains. “It was very interesting because the girls would call out the guys on the street, similar to what some guys might do to women. I’m hesitant to bring it to campus but it was definitely helpful. I also believe the Denison Feminists and other like minded people can help spread individuality and the refusal to conform.” Manfredi believes that our campus is taking steps in the right direction with pro-
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Kirkpatrick leading an upper-level seminar course in Communication. To his right are John Bute '14 and Nathaniel Crawford '14.
hostile and resistant.” Although Kirkpatrick had some professors that he admired and some good experiences at NYU, he says,”I loved New York, but I hated NYU.” He says that he couldn’t believe “how bad of an education I got from this elite, private university [...] I never had to go to the library, I never had to do research.” Kirkpatrick, who graduated from NYU in 1989, also found the social life at NYU to be disappointing. “It’s very hard to find the people you were going to connect with,” he says of the nation’s largest private school. After college, Kirkpatrick didn’t matriculate straight to graduate school - he took an eight-year detour to Switzerland. German-speaking Kirkpatrick worked for a Swiss airline, an opportunity that he attributes to being in “the right place at the right time.” In the nineties, he says that Switzerland had an unemployment rate of two percent and actually needed more workers. While his job paid him well and gave him several opportunities, Kirkpatrick says “I came back [to the U.S.] because I always knew I wanted to go to grad school.” It turns out he was right about being in the right place at the right time - several years after Kirkpatrick left Swiss Air, the company began layoffs and soon dissolved altogether. Kirkpatrick arrived in Madison, Wisc. in 1996 to attend the University of Wisconsin. There, he focused in media studies, and took classes with communication heavyweights such as David Bordwell and John Fiske. At Wisconsin, Kirkpatrick’s lackluster education at NYU caught up with him: “My first few papers sucked,” he said. Ultimately, Kirkpatrick ended up spending ten years at Madison, where
he got “fascinated” by radio and broadcast, and met his wife of nine years, Anna Nekola, a fellow Denison professor. After completing his doctorate in 2006, Kirkpatrick landed his first job teaching one semester at the University of Michigan. Although he now teaches at tiny Denison, Kirkpatrick says there are several advantages to teaching at a large school like Michigan. “I like lecturing. That’s fun for me, and it’s something [and] lecturing gets unnecessarily devalued at a liberal arts institution,” he says. When his contract was up at Michigan, Kirkpatrick found himself replacing a professor on sabbatical in the fall of 2007 at Denison. At the end of the semester, he
gramming directed toward gender equality and feminism, such as “Sex Discussed Here,” and Alison Bechdel’s recent lecture. However, she has noticed that the events she goes to do not usually have an equal ratio of women to men in attendance. “Denison Feminists and the Center for Women and Gender Action offer an array of great programs and presentations throughout the year that focus on gender equality, but the majority of the people consistently attending these events are women who have an interest in feminism,” she says. “I think that by reaching out to people who are less likely to attend these events, we can more effectively bring these issues to the table.”
Manfredi suggests reaching out to athletic teams in particular to help spread the ideas of feminism to a more broad audience on campus. Student media this year has acted as a discussion board for issues in feminism, gender equality, and racial boundaries. Organizations such as the Denison Feminists that put such an emphasis on the voice of the student have been rising in importance on campus when issues like the above are brought to the students’ attention. Plenty of solutions have been presented, it’s just a matter of putting these solutions into action to help solve gender and racial inequality.
was offered a two year visit at Denison, but another offered emerged: a tenuretrack position at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Ultimately, Kirkpatrick chose Denison, where he says he “had a much better vibe.” When his two year visit ended, Kirkpatrick became the “inside candidate” for a tenure track media studies position at Denison, where he sits today. His wife, Anna Nekola, wasn’t sitting at home. Professor Nekola teaches in the music, communication and queer studies departments, reflective of her specialties. According to Kirkpatrick, his wife was getting her doctorate in musicology when they met at the University of Wisconsin, with a doctoral minor in media studies. He says that Nekola’s interdisciplinary interests have been nurtured by Denison: “Denison has been very supportive of her.” Currently, Kirkpatrick is co-editing an anthology on media and disability, and is writing a book on radio and disability. He says that he got interested in the subject of disability after hearing a plethora of radio ads in the 1930s that “were using disabled people as an imagined ideal listener[...] since they can’t come into society, society needs to come to them.” Outside of his life in academia, Kirkpatrick enjoys playing guitar and loves traveling — some of his destinations include Mexico, Egypt, Ireland, England, and Wales. And in case you were wondering, Kirkpatrick went to flight school after all — he earned his pilot’s license while he was in Switzerland. Of his life, Kirkpatrick says, “I feel very, very fortunate. I try to live in a state of gratitude.”
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Kirkpatrick and his wife, Anna Nekola, in the full academic regalia of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where they met and earned their doctorates.
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Members of the Sphinx Virtuosi ensemble with the Catalyst Quartet gracing Swasey with their music and presence.
By Golzar Meamar Arts and Life Editor A chamber string ensemble, The Sphinx Virtuosi with the Catalyst Quartet graced Swasey Chapel with their unique take on classical music, songs by diverse composers not frequently played by classical chamber groups, and with their conductor-less existence and performance. Last Tuesday, Nov. 5th, The Sphinx Virtuosi ensemble played for and commanded attention from a good number of the Granville community as well as Denison faculty and students. While Tuesday nights are not prime time for a Vail Series concert, the performance still garnered attention from the surrounding community, and Swasey only had different veins of spots left to trickle into by the time intermission came around. Members of the audience seemed to very much enjoy the performance, and the performers received a standing ovation. The Denisonian had the opportunity to attend a panel with the Catalyst Quartet performer to learn more about Sphinx Virtuosi and its set list. The Sphinx Virtuosi ensemble is made up of soloists who are all alumni of the Sphinx Competition
for Black and Latino string players and who play classical pieces of music as well as pieces by Black and Latino composers who, violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery said, “you don’t find anywhere.” Their perfomance at Denison included three competition winners who are part of the ensemble, yet not yet alumni, and also had solos (Violinist Ade Williams, Cellists Gabriel Cabezas and Christine Lamprea). Ben Hsiung, a political science and communication double major from Huntingdon, PA., stated that his “favorite piece was the ‘Louisiana Blues Strut: A Cakewalk’ performed by the junior Sphinx winner. She played very well and with feeling.” The program was founded in 1997 as a national string competition at the University of Michigan to challenge diversity and has since morphed into more than just a competition. The performers and essentially organizers use the ensemble as a form of community and outreach and, in a sense, a way to activate thought on diversity in the musical realm. The crux of the program is the competition for younger Black and Latino string players in two different stretches of age (junior and senior).
The Catalyst Quartet works toward A common goal and is more dedicated to the education of contemporary works as well as the performance of these new works. The Catalyst Quartet is specifically made up of musicians who are devoted to their passion for playing and the goal of Sphinx Virtuosi and are both a part of the Sphinx program and a professional string quartet. The ensembles are both dedicated to the advancement of diversity in performance of pieces by multiracial composers, and in identifying and nurturing classical Black or Latino performers. In the panel, principal cellist Karlos Rodriguez said that the Sphinx Virtuosi program is a “program that reflects America” and that it works “to promote the music of these other cultures.” The performance included various pieces from very classical composers like Bach and Vivaldi to more modern composers like Perkinson and Britten. A very special addition to the set list was the addition of classical composers of Black and Latino identification. Rodriguez said that “sometimes the group “[has] run up against conservative directors” and that they do realize that they “have to be inclusive” of
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older classical pieces, but that “the program is so dynamic and colorful and rich.” Concertmaster violinist Karla Donchew Perez stated that she thanks “many of our audience members are surprised by what they like,” and are especially surprised by the order in which things pop up in a set list and how they enjoy the contrasts of musical settings. The performers emphasized the amount of work they put into creating a program that was both classical and inclusive of other cultures. There was also a sense of pride not only in their own interpretations of the music they were to perform, but also in what performing that music meant and the “opportunities it holds for younger generations,” according to violist Paul Laraia. Laraia said that “it’s hard to change minds, it’s hard to change musical lanscapes,” and that is definitely a higher goal that the Sphinx Virtuosi is working towards and is achieving in giant strides and with increased exposure. The performers play with an unprecedented passion for their music and their rigor as musicians. Speaking to the musicians and watching and hearing them play was a truly refreshing and inspiring experience.
Skech’rs provide healthy dose of hilarious sketch comedy
By Sam Heyman Arts and Life Editor
There’s a lot of not-so-nice things you can say about Denisonians, but you can’t say we’re not a talented bunch. Between the countless student musicians recently spotlighted by the D-Day Student Festival to the brilliant crop of ac-
tors and actresses who have performed in the One Acts and this weekend’s Middletown (see page (number)), it’s clear that we’ve got some stars-to-be in our midst—and maybe, suggests the recent Sketch’rs Fall Showcase, some future writers for SNL. The Sketch’rs Comedy Troupe, which had its first performance in the Fall
of 2012, is a group of comically inclined performers dedicated to providing campus with a healthy dose of unwholesome, frequently dark sketch comedy. The show that the troupe gave its Herrick Hall audience this past Sunday served up this brand of humor in droves, weaving back and forth between various realms of the absurd.
A dozen sketches were performed in the hour that Sketch’rs owned the stage, each one varying in quality. Some, like Michael Somes’ “Espiathon: The Making of Insanity” came off as entertaining tangles of contrivances, with the action of the sketch being guided by See Skech’rs, page 9
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Middletown a triumph for all; especially for frosh Weaver
By Kristof Oltvai Features Editor
A small town. A lonely man. A lonely woman. While these three fragments may encapsulate the essence of Will Eno’s “Middletown,” the play is about so much more. Tearing past the trifles of a complex plot and other possible distractions, the play confronts its existential themes directly, and a skillful cabal of Denison’s theatrical finest brought the philosophical questions to life for this reviewer on Thursday night. “Middletown” features an ensemble set of characters representing a cross-section of the citizens of the eponymous town, but focuses mainly on two: Mary Swanson, a pregnant newcomer with an absentee husband, played by Sara Blike ‘15; and John Dodge, an awkward handyman who struggles with loneliness, played by Marc Andre Weaver ‘17. Others included veteran Chris Morriss ‘14 as the homeless alcoholic Mechanic, Pearse Handley ‘14 as the hardnosed Cop, and Emily Smith ‘15 as the doting Librarian. Two major dichotomies operate in the story. The first is between life and death. Mary, as an expectant mother, nervous but hopeful, is played off against the failing John, whose anxiety and depression eventually drive him to attempt suicide. The second conflict is between the apparent hugeness of our own everyday problems and the vastness of time and space. What do our own personal struggles matter when they are lost to history, as contemplated by Annie Tracy ‘15’s Tour Guide and her two tourists, Maddie Johnston ‘14 and Matt Harmon ‘16; or to the immensity of the universe, as suggested by Middletown’s very own astronaut (Aleksa Kaups ‘16) who looks down, godlike, on the world? The script, a kind of blending of “Our Town” and “Waiting for Godot” (although I drew parallels with Denison’s own “Legacy of Light” and the film “Cloud Atlas” as well), confronts the audience head-on with the absurdity of presenting theatrical constructs as representations of reality. Characters break the fourth wall several times, and one scene preceding the intermission even doubles the audience, prophesying its reactions. All of the students were superb in their roles, and well-cast: the proud, Aryan Handley as a tough patrolman; the gruff, masculine Morriss as a pseudo-animalistic degenerate; the bespectacled Smith as a
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sometimes illogical, sometimes merely sudden character introductions. Others, like Ian Shapiro’s “Screams Are Heard” were more like very precise scratches than sketches, humorous and to the point, but over too soon. There were some standouts— “Thursday Afternoon,” a sketch by Emily Smith concerning a hostagenegotiation plot and “Fritz Williams,” a political-satire monologue sketch written and performed by Will Brackenbury were clear audience favorites— but many others lacked balance and polish Though some of the newer writers’
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A poster for Middletown.
kindly clerk. But, no offense to these veterans of Denison’s many stages, the spotlight was stolen by the nubile Marc Weaver as John Dodge. The range of emotions explored by the John character aren’t the shiniest aspects of the human experience. John starts lonely and depressed, progresses to attempted suicide, and concludes his on-stage presence in the death throes of a self-inflicted infection. And yet Weaver acted through all these scenes in a way befitting a profession-
al thespian. I was nearly moved to tears at certain points near the play’s climax, when John struggles to express a fierce desire to live despite his attempted suicide. Simply put, Weaver was engrossing. It is rare to see an actor bring a character to life in such a natural and tender way, and to know that this talent is coming from a first-year student, a newcomer to Denison’s stage at least, is exhilarating. Seeing by the playbill Weaver is an aspirant theatre major, and his return to the stage is much-
material lacked the fullness of the veteran members’ work, the troupe’s performers were generally able to carry the pieces. Without sophomore Aaron Robertson’s full bodied performance as its mincing, over-exaggerated museum tour guide, Meghan Pearce’s “Day At The Museum” may not have landed as well with the audience as it did. Junior Emily Smith and sophomore Aleksa Kaups also performed admirably, in the realms of writing, acting and, as it turned out, singing. Each Sketch’rs show has included some sort of musical sketch, and this year’s offering saw Smith, Robertson and Kaups performing an impressively arranged a capella medley of love songs, showing the arc of Smith and
Robertson’s (fictional) relationship from steamy, club music beginnings to a sweet proposal of marriage to the tune of Bruno Mars’ “Marry You.” Between all of the show’s psychopaths and murderers, this musical diversion was a nice addition to the evening. Caroline Clutterbuck, a junior from Houstin, Texas, was a big fan of the musical sketch, as well as “Thursday Afternoon,” calling it “hilarious and concerning.” Sketch’rs’ ensemble of writer-performers has certainly grown since its first forays into sketch comedy. However, the group, which is made up primarily of juniors and sophomores, clearly has some work ahead of it.
anticipated. I especially look forward to seeing Weaver pull off the same level of immersion with different kinds of characters. “Middletown” is still playing this week! Though not exactly the most uplifting of stories, the ambiguities and major questions addressed by Eno merits two-anda-half hours of one’s time. You might not leave with a desire to conquer the Indies, but you’ll certainly have learned about what it means to be a human being.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Actor and author Benjamin Busch ends Beck Lecture Series this fall By Debbie Gillum News Editor In addition to being an award-winning writer and actor, known for such roles as Officer Colicchio on “The Wire,” Benjamin Busch is also a film director and photographer. He gave two talks as part of his Denison visit. The first was a public reading of his Great Lakes College Association awardwinning memoir “Dust to Dust” about his two combat tours in Iraq at 8 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 7. The second talk on Fri. Nov. 8 was entitled, “The Composition of Place: The Image as Narrative from War to Next Door” and featured Benjamin’s work in photography and film. Peter Grandbois, Assistant Professor of English, introduced Busch as “a man consumed with war, words, and images.” In listing all of his accomplishments Grandbois concluded that Busch was “truly a Renaissance man.” Busch began his talk by describing how he joined the Marine Corps after attending Vassar College and was the first Vassar student to enlist. He read a passage from the first chapter of his book that described how
the sergeants would mock the fact that he came from a “girls school,” and, when he corrected them that it was a “women’s college” they thus nicknamed him “Women’s College.” He read with expertly timed pauses, a theatrical aura and used different voices for various characters. His presence captivated the entire Barney Davis board room. When he read a scene where the drill sergeant asked them “What makes the grass green?” Busch yelled at the top of his lungs into the microphone, “Blood, blood, blood!” managing to scare and wake up the audience. After forty minutes of reading, he opened it up to questions. Three students asked him about the craft of writing, and one older gentleman asked for his thoughts on the lost art of letter writing. Busch commented that, “letters are great” and he was disappointed to admit that now they are scarcely written and being replaced by emails. Students appreciated how Busch was able to make his reading relevant to students. “It was good. It was interesting. I liked how he’s thinking about us through himself,” said Danielle Golds, a junior from Hastings On Hudson, N.Y.
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Author and actor Benjamin Busch read two of his works in the Barney-Davis Board Room as part of the Beck Lecture Series this fall.
Gretchen Unico, a senior from Pittsburgh, Pa., found Busch to be “pretty engaging.” “He had a lot of interesting ideas. I liked his story about being in the Marines,” she said.
The highlight of the reading that night was, without a doubt, when Busch read “he looked at me like an octopus had come out of my face.” Stay tuned for more delightful Beck Lecturers in the spring.
A Fall Classic: Pumpkin Pie Contributor of this recipe JIMMY CONROY ‘14
With November break slowly but surely approaching, it’s time to start brainstorming some ideas for Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving has always been a favorite holiday of mine since it is full of friends, family, and lots of food. Studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark during the fall semester of my junior year, I was able to spend my last Thanksgiving cooking dinner for my native host family. I cooked all day long and was told it was the best Thanksgiving dinner yet by their host student. What I received the most praise for was my pumpkin pie. It was the first time I had ever made a pumpkin pie and it is a recipe I have continued to make on several occasions. It has a nice balance of spices, a rich texture, and most importantly lots of flavor! Yum!
One small pumpkin 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon cloves 3/4 teaspoon allspice ½ teaspoon ginger 1 cup brown sugar ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 3 eggs 1 can evaporated milk Directions: Split in half and remove pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin. Insert ~inch of water into a microwavable pan and add the pumpkin. Cook the pumpkin in the microwave for about 20 minutes, or until the skin is easily removable from the pumpkin meat. Puree the pumpkin meat into a paste. Combine the pureed pumpkin with the eggs and the evaporated milk, and in a separate bowl combine the spices. Once mixed together, pour the spices into the wet ingredients and milk until they are well blended together. Pour the filling into a piecrust and bake in the oven at 425˚ for about 15 minutes for a nice brown crust. Then reduce the heat to 350˚ and cook for another 45 minutes.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
WEEKLY ROUND-UP Bringing you the box scores from the past week in Big Red athletics. For game recaps, visit: www.denisonbigred.com
FOOTBALL 11/9 Allegheny Denison VOLLEYBALL 11/9 DePauw Denison
VOLLEYBALL 11/9 Hiram Denison
VOLLEYBALL 11/8 Wooster Denison
WOMEN’S SOCCER 11/6 Wittenburg Denison
FIELD HOCKEY 11/6 Kenyon Denison
MEN’S SOCCER 11/2 DePauw Denison
FOOTBALL 11/2 Oberlin Denison
WOMEN’S SOCCER 11/2 DePauw Denison
VOLLEYBALL 11/2 Olivet Denison
WOMEN’S Cross-Country 11/2 NCAC Championship 4th Place
Breaking News: Women’s Rugby Is In The Sweet 16! As of Saturday, November 9th, the Rugby Women are playing in the DII sweet 16 round of American Collegiate Rugby Association’s National Championship. DU is also hosting the sweet 16 and elite rounds. This upcoming Saturday and Sunday, November 16th and 17th, the sweet 16 and elite 8 rounds will be going on at the Granville Middle School rugby pitch. Come watch at 11 a.m. as Denison will be playing Ithaca College as they hope to make it all the way to the final four rounds, which will be held in Lakeland, Florida.
Phi Delt hosts Memorial Golf Tournament By Julian Howell Assistant Sports Editor Two weekends ago, on October 26th, the 2nd annual Gus McCravey Memorial Golf Tournament was held at the Raccoon International Gold Course. Each year the tournament is held in honor of former Denison student Augustus “Gus” McCravey, who died from an accident in summer 2011 while visiting friends in Spain. At the time, he was studying abroad in Germany to improve his skills with the language and to immerse himself in the culture. He was a Communication major and a German minor at Denison. As a result of his death, McCravey’s family established a scholarship fund at Denison in his honor. For the past two years, his friends in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity have organized a memorial golf tournament in his honor. The 2nd Annual Gus McCravey Tournament had a great turnout with members from the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, members from other fraternities, alumni, and other spectators from around the country. The McCravey family was able to make the trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to participate as well. One of Gus’s friends and fellow Phi Delta Theta fraternity brother William “Neill” Peck was very pleased with the turnout of the event. “The event was held on October 26th at Raccoon International Golf Course. We had 82 golfers in attendance and numerous other spectators,” Peck said. “About 30 alumni competed in the tournament. Members of other frats were also in attendance. It was played in a scramble format, which made for a very social atmosphere. It was a bit chilly and windy that day, but the weather didn’t detract from
Courtesy of Neill Peck The Phi Delta Theta fraternity promotes the Gus McCravey Memorial Golf Tournament outside of Slayter Union.
our spirits. We were able to raise about $3,500 through our efforts.” Yet even after a successful turnout and fundraising by the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, there is still more work to be done to continue with the Gus McCravey scholarship fund. This drive to continue the fundraising efforts stem from many personal relationships with Gus. “Phi Delta Theta at Denison takes pride in raising funds for Gus’s scholarship fund. He was a great friend to so many of us, and it is a great cause. The scholarship is given to a student from the south who is interested in the arts. Phi Delt also stays in touch with the McCravey family and plans on continuing our annual golf fund raiser.” said Neill Peck. Neill Peck, now a senior, knew Gus McCravey during his freshman year at Denison and as a member of the Phi Del-
ta Theta fraternity. Neill knew Gus well enough to consider Gus a good friend and a mentor of his. “Gus was a close friend of mine and my big brother in Phi Delt. He was a funloving guy who rarely didn’t have a smile on his face. He loved Denison and all his friends here. My fondest memory of Gus was a round of golf with him in April of my freshman year. It was a beautiful day, and we had a great time golfing. Unfortunately, that was one of the last times we spent time together before he passed.” Gus McCravey appreciated the game of golf, which is the reason why his family and peers chose a memorial golf tournament in honor of his memory. At the time of his death Gus McCravey was a rising senior and was very prepared for his senior year at Denison and beyond.
Volleyball’s tourney run ends with loss to Hiram By Laura Carr Staff Writer After finishing with a 6-2 record in league play, expectations were high for the third seeded Big Red volleyball team to make a deep run in the NCAC Tournament this past weekend, but the team came up short after dropping matches to No. 2 Hiram in the semifinals and DePauw in the third-place match. The Big Red bested No. 5 Wooster 3-1 in the quarterfinal of the NCAC Tournament on Nov. 8 at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield, Ohio. A year ago, the women lost to the Fighting Scots in the opening round of the tournament. Wooster opened the match with a 25-21 win, but the Big Red ookthe next three sets 2725, 25-20 and 25-15. Senior right side hitter Lauren Gustafson, who missed the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL, had 15 kills, freshman Carly Newell and junior Jessica Borsani combined for 48 of the Big Red’s 54 assists and junior libero Emily Marguerite posted 23 digs and a career-high tying six aces. With the win, the women earned a berth in the semifinal round of the playoffs and also improved their overall record to 20-7. “Going into the tournament, we just wanted our play to reflect how much we have improved over the course of the season,” Gus-
tafson said. “The Wooster game was sweet. “We started off poorly but fought back to win in 4 sets. It was redemption at its finest for our team after last year's loss.” The team faced No. 2 Hiram in the semifinals on Nov. 9. The women fell to the Terriers in a 3-1 decision. Denison dropped the first set 20-25, but then opened the second set strong, eventually taking the set 25-22. Denison trailed the entire way in the third set, which Hiram took in 20-25. Denison started the final set off with a seven-point deficit to Hiram (10-3). The Terriers’ attack percentage rose to .522 in the set, and the Big Red could not respond. Hiram won the set 25-16 to advance to the NCAC Championship against the No. 1 seed, Wittenberg. Sophomore Elena Klein led DU with 11 kills and four block assists. Marguerite finished with 19 digs, and Borsani had 22 assists. “Both Hiram and DePauw are very disciplined and athletic teams,” Gustafson said. “We put up a good fight in both of those games and took a set from Hiram, which has never happened since I've played at DU.” After the loss against Hiram, DU faced DePauw in the tournament’s third-place match. The Tigers avenged a regular season loss to the Big Red, defeating the team in straight sets (19-25, 25-22, 25-23).
Sophomore Brittany Perry led the team with nine kills, and Gustafson had eight kills. Marguerite had 21 digs. DU closed the season with a 20-9 record. “Overall, this season was a success,” Gustafson said. “We finished with a good record, and I think we really clicked as a team in the last few weeks. One thing that everyone talked a lot about after last year's success was whether or not we could build upon it since we wouldn't be just a ‘young’ team anymore, and I think we proved that we are learning more each year. I think we can look back on the tournament and on the season and say that we don't have any regrets, and that we fought hard till the end, which is the most important thing.”
Tuesday, Novmber 12, 2013
At season’s end, men’s rugby heads in right direction
Courtesy of John Strong
By Luke Belechak Sports Editor Denison rugby has been developing quite the name for itself. With both the men’s and women’s teams growing in both size and talent level, it is no wonder Denison is frequently in the national spotlight. The men’s team has had quite the history on campus since its inception in the fall of 1969. Though this season, which finished up earlier this month, was statistically not the most successful, the team is heading in the right direction. Senior president of the men’s team, John Strong, recognizes the impact this season can have on the years to come. “Our season ended last weekend with a scrimmage against OWU,” Strong explained. “Although our record of two wins, four losses doesn’t show it, our team has improved significantly this season, what with losing nine starting players last year through graduation and studying abroad.” At the beginning of the season, the team’s main priority was to acquire more players for the team and for both new and returning players to gain experience playing the rather challenging sport. Rugby is, in essence, a mixture between soccer and American football. Thus it often can take a decent amount of practice before a player can master this sport and understand its complexities. Strong believes the the team has indeed met these priorities set at the start of the season. “We acquired a significant number of new players, almost all of whom always show up to practices and games. As a
club sport, we cannot require players and hit numerous times per game. “I don’t attend practice, so it’s a great feeling to think I’ve ever been as sore in my life as have a core group of guys show up con- I am the day after a game,” Strong added. sistently on their own.” As if the ferocity of the game is not This dedication says a great deal about enough, imagine playing in the rain. the team as a cohesive unit. While the Games are held in all weather condigames are notoriously intense, practices tions, rain or shine. Coach Paul Pokin and of themselves are just as demand- linkowski, a Newark resident and former ing. rugby player in France for nearly a decade, The team starts every practice with a has a number of memorable games in less two-lap jog around the feel, stretching, than ideal conditions. and the notorious “burpees,” dropping “Our coach loves to tell us stories of down from standing into a pushup and playing rugby in winter in france under a back up again. Since the beginning of foot of snow,” Stron explained. the season, the team has challenged itself Last fall, in the third place finish game in by steadily increasthe Great Lakes ing the number of Rugby League, burpees by five per the match was week; by season’s played in Cleveend, the team as a land against whole would comNotre Dame plete over 50 in one College under practice. conditions of 45 - Senior President John Strong degree rain and After this early conditioning, they freezing wind. rely on drills, specifically ball handling “That was probably the coldest I’ve even and tackling, before a 30 minute scrim- been,” Strong said. mage. The men’s team is poised for a rebound The scrimmages, according to Strong, season next year, and Strong attributes this are just as physical as a real game. season’s growth to the leaders of the team, “It’s really hard to describe the expe- including Vice President Julian Karlin and rience of playing in a game,” Strong ex- captains Chris Martin and Alex Jarrett. plained. “Ask any rugger (man or woman) Aside from these men, who all have had and they will tell you that a rugby game at least 2 seasons of play under their belts, is just 80 minutes of adrenaline-fueled, Strong highlighted two underclassmen as organized chaos.” potential future big-impact players. With 15 players on the field from both Freshman George Cashy, hailing from teams on the field at all times, keeping Cleveland, made his mark early on the track of the ball and who has it can be team. quite the challenge. Though he is consistently one of the Additionally, in any game of rugby, no smallest players on the field, Strong exmatter what position you play, you can plained that his speed is a force to be almost guarantee you will get tackled reckoned with. “I think he weighs no
A rugby game is just 80 minutes of adrenaline-fueled, organized chaos.
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more than 130 pounds,” Strong noted, “but [Cashy] is one of the fastest players and makes clutch tackles.” Additionally, rookie Corey Morse, a junior from Columbus and former Big Red lacrosse player, has fought through injury for over 5 tries (essentially touchdowns) in his first season on the rugby team. When asked about any rivalries between schools, it should have not been quite a surprise to hear Kenyon’s name dropped. For the better part of the past two decades, Kenyon was physically the more dominant team. However, according to Strong, once Coach Poklinkowski joined the team, Denison not only was able to compete, but took control. “We finally beat Kenyon for the first time in years,” Strong added quite enthusiastically. “Since then we have beaten them significantly every time we play them, and I don’t see any signs of that changing for a good long time.” The off season is a time for the team to continue recruiting new men to work towards future successful seasons. Anyone can come out and play for the team, and the team is more than willing to help train new players. Strong also explained how strength or body size should not deter one from playing on the team. “In fact, we have been told by numerous teams that we are physically the smallest team they’ve played, but we hit the hardest,” he said.