The Denisonian Tuesday, Dec. 13 2011
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Volume 158, No. 10
Phi Beta Kappa celebrates 100th anniversary with U.S. Senator and award-winning journalist By Sarah Wiley Features Editor
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and journalist Connie Schultz attended the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Denison’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. The celebration included “A Conversation with Sherrod Brown and Connie Schultz,” followed by a reception in the atrium of Ebaugh Laboratories.
New committee searching for Denison’s next president By Ruby Montes De Oca Sports Editor
With the planned retirement of President Dale T. Knobel at the end of the 2012-13 academic year fast approaching, the search for Denison’s next president has begun in earnest. A new presidential search committee has now started engaging members of the Denison community to find criteria for the university’s new leader. Knobel, Denison’s 19th president, is set to retire at the end of the 2012-13 academic year, making him Denison’s second-longest-serving president. By making the announcement early Dec. of last year, Knobel and The Board of Trustees have been able to set a plan for his retirement and a smooth transition for the following president. The first item on the agenda was to identify and select the members of the Presidential Search Committee. The members were first nominated by their peers and were then selected based on qualifications. Trustees have the largest representation on the committee with eight members, including Kim Cromwell ’81, Matt Harrington ’84, Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders ’73, Tom Hoaglin ’71, David Hooker ’72,
Jamie Thorsen ’77 and Scott Trumbull ’70, as well as John Faraci ‘72, who chairs the committee. Representing the faculty are professor of biology Thomas Schultz, associate professor of studio art Ron Abram, associate professor of music Ching-chu Hu, associate professor of theatre Cynthia Turnbull and assistant professor of environmental studies Olivia Aguilar. The staff members on the committee include director of institutional giving Greg Bader, associate dean and director of academic support Jennifer Grube Vestal, and conference and event Coordinator Vicki Sussman. Sussman will be acting on both Bader and Vestal’s behalf before the committee. Finally, juniors Hannah Frank of Mason, Ohio and Shiyu “Amy” Huang of Chongqing, China, and sophomore Charles Severson of Granville, Ohio are the student representatives. Associate director of donor relations Mary Frazell, who served as administrator of the 1997-98 presidential search, will serve in the same capacity once again. “It is an honor to be on the committee,” said Huang. “I think it is such an exciting process. It is an important step for Denison’s future.” The purpose of the Presidential Search
Committee will be to engage the Denison community to be able to identify the best candidates who can address the university’s needs. “What is a logical challenge is that Denison continues to evolve. It is a different place, its needs are now different than what they were before,” said Schultz. “I think each of the presidents we have had has helped Denison go in the direction it needed at the time, but there is always a next step. This search will be a little different in that respect.” The committee enlisted Shelley Storbeck, a managing partner at the higher-education executive search firm Storbeck/Pimental & Associates to assist with the process. Storbeck has previously worked with Denison in several other searches, including the presidential search in 1997-1998 and the search that successfully recruited Provost Bradley Bateman in 2007. Many committee members felt that the firm was once again a good fit for the search. “She is wonderful. She knows Denison very well. Most recently, she helped with the search of Provost Bradley Bateman,” said Frazzell. “The other search was a success and brought Knobel here. This Continued on page 3
Denison’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honorary society, celebrated its 100th anniversary on Sunday (Dec. 11) with two special guests: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and his wife, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and commentator, Connie Schultz. On Sunday (Dec. 11) in Herrick Hall, both Sen. Brown and Schultz spoke before a packed audience on many topics, including education, politics and the opportunities of the undergraduate experience. Assistant professor of biology Andrew McCall, who serves as Denison’s Phi Beta Kappa historian, was responsible for publicity for the event. “This event is a way of celebrating the excellence in the liberal arts that Phi Beta Kappa seeks to embody,” said McCall. Sen. Brown and Schultz were selected as the speakers for the event by Knobel. Knobel became familiar with Sen. Brown through the senator’s annual higher education summits in Washington, for which he invites all the presidents of Ohio colleges. Sen. Brown also has deep connections with Denison in general and Knobel in particular; his father and brother were both students here, and Sen. Brown was a freshman at Yale when Knobel was a senior. “We naturally hit it off because of Denison connections,” said Knobel. “My connection seemed to be something to take advantage of.” According to Knobel, “Brown and Schultz were a package deal from the first. Brown and Schultz have achieved the highest accomplishments in their fields, and are very much liberal arts type people.” Brown and Schultz’s respective careers in politics and journalism also contributed to their appeal. “We are interested in what they have to say about the role of the press and the role of politics, and how they intersect,” said McCall, adding that, “we wanted to put a focus on civility in politics, especially during this election season.” According to Knobel, “Phi Beta Kappa is intended to be an inspiration to us all.” Therefore, Knobel said “we didn’t just want a party for members [of Phi Beta Kappa], but something that would speak to the whole campus community.” Associate Professor of biology Jeffrey Thompson, the president on Denison’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, introduced the event. Thompson said that only approximately 10 percent of four year colleges have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, making it quite an honor that Denison is among them. He continued, saying that Denison has inducted 2,565 members into Phi Beta Kappa, and 44 current faculty and staff are members. Continued on page 3
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
Denison chemistry professor creates helpful challenge for Licking County students; educating community in solar energy By Sam Esarey
Special to the Denisonian Licking County middle- and highschool students interested in science are being challenged to explore ways to purify water and help people in developing countries, and one lucky high-school student could earn a six-week paid internship working with a Denison University professor. “Our goal is to build bridges between the sciences at Denison and the economically disadvantaged constituency in Licking County,” said Assistant Professor of Chemistry Joe Reczek, a Denison chemistry professor who proposed the challenge. “We want high school students to get involved in the sciences and get them thinking about going to college in STEM fields,” which are science, technology, engineering, and math. A grant for the challenge also will provide for an interactive solar exhibit at The Works, the science-and-industry museum in Newark where the challenge will be held in February. Reczek is adviser to the Denison Chemical Society, which is working with the Southwest Licking Water and Sewer District and The Works, to create excitement for and opportunities in science with this challenge. It will be held during The Works’ STEMfest! event. The high-school winner of the challenge will be eligible for the internship with a Denison University science professor to conduct research on campus. An information session for interested students and teachers was held on Dec. 4 at The Works, 55 S. 1st St., in downtown Newark. Organizers will discuss the water purification challenge and provide materials free. Reczek, who holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and is now in his fourth year as an assistant professor, has been working closely with senior Louise Carroll, a chemistry major from Springfield, Ohio, and Marcia Downes, director of The Works, to provide an opportunity for local middle and high school students to participate in a waterpurification challenge. Reczek came up with the idea after a campaign by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to make people more aware of the importance of water purification. According to ACS.org, the initiative not only celebrates the International Year of Chemistry this year, but may also be “the biggest chemistry experiment ever.” Water: A Chemical Solution is meant to bring water purification to classrooms around the
globe, offering four types of experiments to “The student will be a part of the retest for and improve water quality, and also search group, conducting research under to provide students with important data- the guidance of an experienced researcher,” collecting skills necessary in science. The said Reczek, who has volunteered a profesfour experiments consist of testing acidity sor the winner could choose to work with. and salinity of local water sources, as well Katie Huff, a junior from Cleveland, as designing water-purification systems to Ohio, and an undergraduate research stufilter dirt and germs out of the water and dent and biochemistry major, supports the making a solar still used to distill water. challenge. Why is water purification so impor“As someone who hasn’t had experience tant that it gets a spot atop the ACS and with research in high school, I certainly the Denison Chemical Society’s to-do list? understand its importance,” she said. “You According to the outline of the water pu- can’t learn research in a classroom. Being rification challenge, and Water.org, a U.S.- able to do research in high school gives based, non-profit organization dedicated students a chance to experience real life to providing safe drinkscience. You cannot ing water to developing learn in a classroom You cannot learn countries, an estimated what you learn in a in a classroom what 1 billion people go research lab.” you learn in a without ready access to The winner will research lab. a source of clean water. be offered a list of -Assistant professor of research topics being But Water.org stresses, chemistry Joe Reczek offered by professors “for the vast majority of the nearly 1 billion willing to participate, people without safe drinking water, today’s from which he or she will rank his or her water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, but interests. The final procedure for this seof access.” lection process is still being reviewed and According to statistics collected in 2002 finalized. by UNICEF, which can be found on its STEMfest! will be held from noon-4 website, one in six people had no access to p.m. on Feb. 26, 2012, at The Works, at 55 clean, safe water sources. Approximately S. 1st St. in downtown Newark, where they 4,500 children die each day due to drinking will not only have the water purification unsafe water and not having access to ba- challenge, but also two other challenges. sic sanitation facilities. The ACS recognizes These include a toothpick bridge-building the need for water purification, and Reczek challenge, sponsored by Ohio University’s has taken the initiative to bring the impor- Civil Engineering program; Jobes Hendertance of this challenge to local students, son & Associates, the Newark engineering hoping to inspire them to go to college for firm; and the Licking County Engineer’s an education in the sciences. office; and the aerodynamics challenge, “Newark is a ripe for opportunity in sponsored by the Boeing Company and science, education, and motivation,” said Goodrich Corporation. And many other Reczek, “and Denison has the privilege to organizations from the community will productively engage in that.” present science demonstrations. Judging The project is funded by the Camille & for each challenge will begin at 3 p.m. and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, with $34,000 the event will conclude at 4 p.m. awarded to Reczek from the Special Grant “There really is no limit to the number in Chemical Sciences. The grant is entitled, of participants; we certainly have the fund“Inspiring the future: A cooperative ap- ing,” said Reczek, who also said that each proach to increasing regional education, water purification kit includes about $50 of exploration and opportunities with the materials and roughly $1,000 has been set chemistry of energy.” aside for this project from the grant. The winner of the water-purification “Last year, there were 11 teams that parchallenge will be eligible for an opportu- ticipated in the challenges from only two nity to research with a faculty member in schools, Watkins Memorial High School the sciences at Denison University, which and C-TEC Career and Technical Educaincludes a $2,000 stipend and free trans- tion Centers of Licking County,” said Jason portation to and from the college. At the Hillyer, STEM coordinator at The Works. end of the six weeks, the student will give Hillyer also said that Doug Ute, superina presentation in front of Denison faculty, tendent of Newark City Schools, endorsed local teachers, and their own peers, on their the program by attaching his own letter to research experience, what they learned, the letter sent out by The Works, stressing and what they gained from the experience. his support.
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Not only have pamphlets been sent out to schools across Licking County, but also posters are planned to go up in libraries, according to Hillyer, who plans to make email and direct contact with local schools and teachers across the county. There is also a Facebook page to be used by participants as a forum for questions on the water-purification challenge. The interactive solar exhibit coming to The Works as part of the grant will be built in the courtyard. It is intended not only for research purposes, but also to educate local students and adults on the field of solar energy conversion. Large solar panels will be installed to power fans blowing air through a tube to launch balls into the air. Kids and adults alike will be able to stand in front of the solar panel to block enough sunlight to stop the fans from blowing, which will be required to reload the balls into the launching tubes. This exhibit will not just be used to educate students as a part of the science museum. Reczek said it also will be used for research purposes to understand the amount of power the exhibit can generate from the sun depending on weather patterns. The solar-panel exhibit was designed by Chuck O’Conner, and Dovetail Wind & Solar will be installing the panels. “We’ve done a lot of brainstorming on the project,” said Louise Carroll, the Denison chemistry student. “The actual design of the exhibit is 100 times cooler than what was initially planned out. We want it to be very interactive.” Marcia Downes, of The Works, said that “what’s really important is that what we’ll be doing in the exhibit is not only what kind of energy we’ll be producing, but also to educate those in the community in solar energy.” She said that a great deal of focus will be on bringing a complex idea like solar energy down to the elementary level so that people not familiar with the topic will understand it. Downes praised Reczek for coming up with the project. “Joe came up with the idea of the solar exhibit. He did the bulk of the work; he was the writer. I reviewed it, we went over the budget, and that was it. Joe is just a delight to work with, and the students from Denison are a delight to work with. We really appreciate the hard work the (Denison Chemical Society) puts into helping local kids.” The goal is to make it something unique. “This exhibit will be one of the most interactive and educational solar-energy displays in the country,” Reczek said.
Top 10 Study Tips: Denisonian Staff provides a few helpful ideas for success during exam week 1) Proritize 2) Use pepperment gum to study and during exams 3)Take mental breaks 4) Drink plenty of water 5) Don’t over work yourself 6)Be positive 7)Be in a less distractive atmosphere 8)Try to enjoy learning and reviewing 9) Review with classmates 10)Don’t isolate yourself!
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100th anniversary of Phi Beta Kappa Continued from page 1.
Knobel then introduced Brown and Schultz, for whom this speech was their second joint appearance. Sen. Brown spoke first. He discussed that we should not personalize politics, and said that those looking to go into public service should not shy away because of its evident dysfunction. He said that, “you can change your community. You can change the world.” Schultz brought the subject of education into the event. A first-generation college graduate, Schultz said that the chance to attend college gave her the opportunity to leave the working class. “Education means everything to me because it changed my life,” she said. Brown said that he and Schultz have “rarely been invited to speak together, and it was nice to have a chance to speak and answer questions together.” Schultz added that she appreciates that Denison provides an “environment that allows for discussions to take place,” and said she would like to “emphasize how lucky students are to be at a college like this with
events like this one.” Knobel concluded, saying “it is a wonderful event because it does two things: it celebrates the hundredth anniversary of Phi Beta Kappa and academic excellence, and it allows us to bring two extraordinary speakers to campus, who are made more interesting by the fact that they are a family.” Sen. Brown started his nearly 40-year career in Ohio politics when he was elected as a state senator in 1974. In 1982, he ran a successful campaign for Ohio Secretary of State and served in that position until 1990. He entered national politics in 1992, when he joined the U.S. House of Representatives. Sen. Brown then elected to the Senate in 2006. Before stepping down in 2011, Schultz wrote as a columnist for The Cleveland Plain-Dealer for 18 years, winning the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2005. Though Schultz stepped down from The Cleveland Plain-Dealer in September, she continues to write for Parade magazine as well as for the national syndicating firm Creators Syndicate.
What would be your ideal Christmas Gift? 1997
New committee searches for next president of Denison Continued from page 1.
time the whole process will be very similar, hopefully it will be just as successful.” While many members of the committee lauded Knobel’s work at the university, they emphasized that they are not looking for someone to replicate him. “It is not about comparison,” Vestal pointed out. “It is about finding the right person to lead Denison to the next level where the institution wants to be at.” While Knobel is not directly involved in the search, he is able to lend a word of advice as far as some of the characteristics the new president should possess. “You want someone who has a good understanding of the liberal arts education. The president should write and speak effectively to be able to communicate what Denison is about,” said Knobel. “Finding and attracting faculty will also be important. You want someone who is interested in being involved on campus, who can con-
nect Granville and Licking County with Denison and definitely someone who has a vision.” Knobel added that the biggest challenge that any new president will face, will be “understanding the culture, values and history of the college because every college is different. A wise new president does a lot of listening. It will be important not only to listen when you first get started, but also throughout your career. Being a college president is not a nine-to-five job.” The committee plans to involve more members of the Denison community in the process next semester. Storbeck was on campus on Dec. 1 for a preliminary discussion, and is scheduled to return January 1718 of next year to meet with faculty, staff and students. The committee expects to complete their search and hire a new president by the winter of the 2012-13 academic year to provide a smooth leadership transition.
What would be your ideal Christmas Gift? 2011 BY ALEX WALLING
Dillon Booth ’12 “All I want for Christmas is for the Yankiees to win their 28th World Series.”
Nick Verklin ’13 “All I asked for this year was an Apple Piano Keyboard.”
Max Harris ’12 “As a practicing Jew I prefer eight ideal gifts, but to choose one in particular I would love a new lax stick.”
Sarah Kosling ’14 “A puppy.”
Happy Holidays from the staff of The Denisonian!
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
Our Voice Doane and DCGA replace Sodexo with Panera and The Cheesecake Factory After countless complaints, DCGA has finally decided to replace Sodexo with a partnership with both Panera and The Cheesecake Factory. Student Body President Denny Buzzard said that the decision became partly because of the annoying complaints and because they had money to blow. “Yeah, I just got so fed up with all of these stupid punks telling me how much the food sucks. So I was like screw it! Let’s just do something to shut them up. Then I looked at the DCGA budget and through denying clubs funding over the years we’d accumulated a large pile of money that was beginning to collect dust. I figured that money would be best spent buying some new food.” The changes are said to take place next year. Slayter will be re-named Slayter / Panera (TM) and will feature a complete Panera cafe. Flex dollars will be renamed “Bread Bucks” and students with a 3.25
or above will receive a free bagel once a month. Curtis and Huffman will be replaced by Cheesecake Factory franchises. Students will be served by waiters and waitresses at each meal, so as to increase student productivity. Students seem very excited about these changes and are excited to actually taste good food. One junior girl said, “It’ll be so weird to actually know what I’m eating and not have to only eat cereal at every meal.” When asked what she planned to eat instead she replied, “Oh, I think I’ll switch to oatmeal. Panera has oatmeal, right?” According to the contracts agreed upon by Denison, Panera, and The Cheesecake Factory every material that contains the Denison logo must also contain the Panera and Cheesecake Factory logos next to it.
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Beauty and the Bro Rockefeller Dimes and Denison Times
Why not widen front entrance? Going off of last week’s editorial about driving on campus, what’s stopping the main entrance from being widened? It’s insanely narrow and difficult to maneuver both when driving up and down. In the winter time, it becomes an ice skating rink for cars. Why not use university funds to widen the entrance by a couple of feet so that two semis could hypothetically fit comfortably in both lanes? To the left of the drive is just deserted forest/ a second home to Denison’s deer family. It’s doubtful that the trees or the deer will miss a couple of feet of land so that Denisonian’s lives can be saved and protected from potential fatal car crashes. While it would be a pain to close down
the front entrance, construction could be done during the summer and cars could use the west quad entrance or the back entrance. We understand that the university plans these projects years in advance and that they don’t happen overnight. But we still think it’s worth bringing up the point that this needs to be added to the list of “things to fix”. It would be a worthwhile improvement to campus and student safety because every student (or their parent) has to drive up that hill during one point or another during their four years. So why not make this a safe experience instead of a life-threatening one?
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So this is it, my last issue as Editor-inChief. I think one of the greatest things I’ve learned this year is that things will all work out. This is a very scary thing to assume as I venture into the job market on the cusp of a recession, but I wholeheartedly believe that things have a way of working out for the best, even if you don’t see it at first. When I was about ten years old my mother took me on a small day trip to Cleveland, Ohio. My mother was very good about exposing me to culture as a child. We went to the Cleveland Museum of Art, walked around downtown, had lunch in Little Italy and strolled around Lake View Cemetery. Many of Cleveland’s most famous residents are buried there, such as: James A. Garfield, Henry Sherwin of Sherwin-Williams, Eliot Ness of The Untouchables and John D. Rockefeller. Rockefeller is buried on a hill, from which on a clear day you can see the skyline and Lake Erie. He is surrounded by his family and the plot is marked by a large marble obelisk. That day my mother and I walked up to the plot and talked about who John D. Rockefeller. We noticed that his headstone was covered with coins - mostly dimes. As any ten year old would do, I asked my mother why. A native of Cleveland, my mother paused and told me that Rockefeller would give dimes to children and adults he met, they called it “the Rockefeller dime”. A
dime was a good amount of money in his time. I thought it was a great story and I asked my mother if we could put a dime on his grave. She reached into her bag and pulled out two dimes and we placed them on his headstone and continued to walk around. Ever since that day, my mother and I find dimes everywhere. I do laundry and find a dime on the ledge of the dryer. Out of all the spots in a large parking lot, I always seem to park near a dime. Whenever I reach into my pocket I find a dime. I’ve even found American dimes in England and Switzerland! My mother even found one underneath our dog. It is the strangest thing. It is really unexplainable. I’m not a Rockefeller and I’m not into oil - so why do I find dimes to this day? To add to the strangeness, of the 12 colleges to which I applied, Denison was the only one Rockefeller donated money. The point of this story is not to talk about how many dimes I have, but to demonstrate how things always seem to fall into place. There were many times that I did not want to be at Denison anymore, however something kept me here. Was it the spirit of John D. Rockefeller? I don’t know, but every time I find a dime I instantly feel a sense that whatever is happening in my life is supposed to happen. Dimes are like an indicator to me that everything will work out. Every time I find a dime it reminds me of Rockefeller, who worked hard for his success and shared it with others. Maybe not to the same extent, but one day I hope everything falls into place for me, like it did for Rockefeller.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
Your Voice Sinterklaas vs. Santa Claus Cardio Room Renovations
By: Christiaan Wijers Columnist I really like Sinterklaas the best. However, let me first briefly explain who Sinterklaas is. Sinterklaas is the Dutch word for Santa Claus. It comes from Sint Nicolaas [Saint Nicholas]. Sinterklaas lives in Spain and every year he travels to the Netherlands in early November to bring the kids who have been nice, sweets & presents. The whole Sinterklaas tradition comes to an ultimate high at the 5th of Dec. – presents night. Sinterklaas comes at the beginning of the night to drop off presents – he knocks on your door and then he runs off to other houses. Every single year, we try to catch a glimpse of him, but we are always too late. I like Sinterklaas because he’s a very Dutch tradition, of course, and I like him because he is not invented by a big multinational company who exploits people all over the world and makes kids fat with their way too sweet products, whereas Santa Claus is. Another reason why I like Sinterklaas so much is because he protects me from all the Christmas bullsh*t for a couple of more weeks. In the Netherlands, Dec. 6th – when Sinterklaas leaves for Spain – is the day on which “Christmas season” begins – people start decorating their houses, Christmas songs are played on the radio and people do shopping for Christmas gifts and dinners.
Since I hate everything that has to do with Christmas until we are well into Dec. – otherwise I’ll be sick of Christmas already by the time it’s Christmas – I like the fact that Sinterklaas procrastinates Christmas for me. In a country where they don’t celebrate Sinterklaas, the U.S. for instance, this is not the case. In this country Thanksgiving weekend is the start of the Christmas season, and since that is in Nov. already, that’s way too early for me. I also like Sinterklaas better because the fact that we celebrate Santa Claus means that we get to have two holidays, and as lazy Europeans – we like our days off. We get to celebrate both Sinterklaas and Christmas with good food and just a nice atmosphere. And you what is even better? We celebrate Christmas for 2 days straight, maybe even two and a half. We celebrate Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th), 1st Christmas Day (Dec. 25th) and 2nd Christmas Day (Dec. 26th) – awesome right!? So in the end, I’m actually wondering why Americans don’t celebrate Sinterklaas. I mean, it actually involves a lot of things Americans love – presents, food and old white dudes (at least, I think America loves old white dudes when I take a look at your currency…). My legacy next year could establish the Sinterklaas tradition, I’m too busy making America embrace soccer. For now, I want to congratulate you for making it through your first semester, regarding reading my columns. Take some rest, empty your mind, because my columns are going to get so much worse after break, I can guarantee you that! Tot ziens! Chris is a first-year from Doetinchem, Netherlands.
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By: Debbie Gillum Forum Editor
I went to Mitchell for the second time this semester. My first time was the Sunday before classes started. I told myself I would go workout twice a week this semester. And alas, that twice a week promise turned into twice a semester. I simply am not usually motivated enough to make exercise a priority in my weekly schedule. I care about pyshical fitness but just never bothered to set aside a set time to go workout. On Wednesday, I finally felt the motivaed to work out. So I changed into workout clothes, postponed watching Glee on Hulu, and hiked down to Mitchell. I was really excited when I was walking down. I would burn some extra calories, make myself feel good, and have fun while I was doing it. I would be the poster child for making exercise fun. But then when I go to Mitchell, that excitement disappeared. The indoor track was being used for some sort of sports team practice, so I couldn’t go jog around it like I was hoping. I didn’t let this bring me down and so I decided to jog on a treadmill. But, both workout rooms were almost completely full and inside felt like a South American rain forest. All of the machines looked really old
and past their prime. The treadmill I used couldn’t measure my heart rate because the sensor thing was broken. I could’ve had a heart rate of 200 and not even had known it. Why can’t Denison upgrade the cardio workout rooms in Mitchell? Other colleges have nice student workout facilities, so why can’t we? We certainly pay enough tuition that money shouldn’t be the issue. And I’m not asking for anything unreasonable here. I want more fans, more TVs, and more modern equipment. While I hate everything else about the workout rooms, I like how there are two separate rooms. However, I think that there should be one workout room for student athletes and another room for non-athelete people who just want to try and be healthy. When I’m jogging, it’s really unnerving to look over and see a cross country runner sprinting ten miles like it’s his warm-up. By separating the two groups, it would promote better workouts and a more friendly workout environment. It’s not discrimination towards athletes, it’s simply giving them their own space to do cardio. This leaves the non-athletes space to leisurely walk on the treadmill without feeling judged. I used to honestly not mind exercise but now here at Denison, I avoid the workout rooms as much as possible. It’s too hot, too crowded, and there’s too much judging going on. I’d much rather just walk up the hill once a day and count that as my daily exercise than face those hell-hole cardio workout rooms in Mitchell. Debbie is a sophomore English and Communications double major from Columbus, Ohio. Her hobbies include spending time with her horse, Ginger, and eating cookies.
What will be your hardest exam this semester?
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My chemistry exam. I hate chemistry. Niki Burns is a sophomore biology and spanish double major from Sunbury, Ohio.
My senior seminar paper because I always procrastinate. Ryder Lamb is a senior english major from Morgantown, W. Va.
is so much information and there is never a clear answer. Chelsea Bartley is a sophomore psychology major from Lompoc, Calif.
of information to cover and all of our other exams have been take home. Matt McErlean is a senior biochemistry major from Hudson, Ohio.
WHERE ON CAMPUS WAS THIS PICTURE TAKEN? ANSWER: IN THE LOBBY, ON THE CEILING Photos by Debbie Gillum
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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT: a Denison story Fires at Denison in 2010 Curtis West: 1 unintentional incident, $50 property damage Huffman Hall: 2 unintentional incidents, $60 total property damage King Hall: 1 unintentional incident, $25 property damage Smith Hall: 1 intentional incident, $50 property damage Sunset B: 1 unintentional incident, $10 property damage
Image by Eric Evans/ Denisonian, data from 2010 Annual Fire Safety Report
safety remains a top priority for Denison's administration. The relatively low amount
Chart by Sarah Wiley/ Denisonian, data from Clery Report
Seen above are the crime statistics for Denison University as reported to the Clery Reprevalent. However, there are also other, more serious issues, such as arson, burglary,
By Sarah Wiley Features Editor Granville is a quiet little town in central Ohio. Denison is a highly acclaimed liberal arts college. Parents generally feel safe sending their sons and daughters to such a place. So it must have come as a shock when Newsweek’s “The Daily Beast” ranked Denison as the second druggiest college in the United States. Or when we all woke up to find the library covered with vandalism last semester. All of which simply begs the question: just how bad is crime at Denison? Denison’s security and the Granville Police Department work together to ensure that Denison is a safe, healthy environment for Denison students. Granville Chief of Police, Jim Mason, said “we work with Denison security to ensure the safety and security of Denison students.” Mason continued that “by law, Denison is part of our jurisdiction, but it is private property, and they ask us not to patrol on campus.” He explained their working relationship, saying that, “We have a memorandum of understanding, which is renewed every four years. Denison security calls us when they stop a vehicle and suspect the driver is under the influence and for felonies. Misdemeanors are handled by Denison.” Garret Moore, Denison’s chief of security, said "we would forward [to the Granville police] any reports that are felonies," and that security calls the local police "if we stop a car and we suspect the driver is under the influence, there is violence or a threat of violence, the victim wants the police involved, or there is a weapon involved." Mason added, “The most common crimes involving Denison students are underage drinking and public urination.” Alcohol is by far the most common problem, and the Granville police deal with public urination by a Denison student (usually a male) about once a month. Another common problem with Denison students involves fake IDs. Mason mentioned, “We have the largest collection of fake IDs in the county.” While possessing a fake ID is a misdemeanor, creating them is a felony, and Mason added that recently, “We convicted a Denison student of making fake driver’s licences.” Of course, a another large source of criminal activity is allegedly Denison’s own Wingless Angels. Mason said that “With the Wingless Angels [allegedly], it’s usually burning grass somewhere, dead animals in dormitories.” Last spring, the Wingless Angels allegedly went on a bit of a vandalism streak, inscribing their insignia with spray paint onto several campus buildings, including the library. Though security does request a police presence on campus from time to time, it has been known to cause problems in the past. Moore said one thing that can cause problems is, "If we call the police onto campus for one thing and they notice another violation, they will act on it. They are obligated to do so. However, students often complain that is isn't fair but the police are obligated to take action in those circumstances." While the police will come onto campus for some incidents, “we don’t respond to squad runs (paramedics or the fire department) on campus. We don’t respond because of problems with underage drinking; if they
Crime Report Update By Eric Evans Features Editor
Denison Security and the Granville Police Department work together to keep students at the university safe. These institutions work to prevent and address any crime that may occur, or danger that students addressed, these Denison security and the local police also work to address more serious issues, such as arson, hate crimes and sexual assault. Seen above are two Granville Police Department cars. These are the vehicles that the local police use to respond to incidents. To the left is a picture of the Granville Police Department. This building houses the police force that serves and protects both the people of Denison and Granville.
thought the police were coming, students would be scared to call for help," said Mason. Moore agreed that fear of prosecution for lesser offences could lead students to fear seeking aid. He said that "if a student who is sexually assaulted is under the influence of drugs, or is drunk and underage, we do not report that. This way we minimize the barriers to victims reporting sexual assaults," said Moore. When students are arrested, Mason said the Granville Police Department has a holding room, but, “anyone who needs to be incarcerated is sent to Licking County jail.” Moore also addressed Denison’s drug ranking. He said "the reason Denison rates so high where drugs are concerned, is that we actually report our incidents." Many universities under-report their drug problems, however, at Denison "We address it [drugs], so it looks like we have a problem." Mason concurred with Moore on the issue of reporting, “There is no evidence that Denison under reports incidents," said Mason. Moore said that where drugs are concerned, “The biggest problem is marijuana, then prescription drugs.I'm willing to let some of the minor stuff go. Drugs are the least of my problems. Marijuana is the most common drug on campus. And the kids who are high are not the violent ones, those are the drunk kids. Alcohol causes more problems than marijuana, said Moore. He added that drug possession is a misdemeanor; dealing is a felony. Where drugs and alcohol are concerned, one of the greatest risks is found in driving under the influence. Moore said that “We used to get more DUIs and OVIs on campus. Now we get a couple on campus, a few offcampus.” As previously mentioned, these incidents are taken very seriously, and the police are brought in on them. Any threat of violence is taken very seriously. Moore said that earlier this semester,
"One of our staff members was driving up the hill, and passed someone driving downhill who waved what appeared to be a gun.” A full alert was issued, and the car was stopped. Moore said, “It turned out to be a toy gun," however, the incident was still treated very seriously. Weapons of any variety do not belong on campus, and security works hard to ensure that they are not here. Where burglary is concerned, Moore said that there is a problem with theft in unsecured residence rooms. Though rare, Denison does experience arson. "We have had a few deliberately set fires here. Our arson incidents are typically people playing with fire, said Moore. Pulling fire alarms is also a felony offence. Moore said, "Pulled fire alarms are pretty common. We get about 2-3 a month." Moore added that “we have great fire protection in all the buildings on campus.” In addition, he said Denison has “had more sprinkler activations than deliberately set fires.” College can be stressful, and the stress can push some students too far. Moore, Denison’s chief of security, agreed. He addressed the issue of suicide on Denison’s campus. He said that in recent years, "It seems like we have more and more suicide attempts." He added that in 2001 there was a completed suicide at Denison. That was the most recent one. "Suicide attempts are not a violation. We just want you to get help. Students who have attempted suicide are required to be medically cleared by health services to be on campus. If they are still a danger to themselves or others they will be involuntarily committed until they are better," said Moore. When security is informed that someone is trying to kill themselves, he said "We respond as quickly as possible when alerted to a suicide attempt, and try to asses the situation. Often someone is already there trying
to talk them down, and we act as support. We get medical attention if needed, sending the student directly to the emergency room," said Moore. Suicide is a very real, very serious problem. Help is available, and if you see someone who needs help, you should get it for them. Sexual assault is another more serious issue that faces colleges, including Denison. Mason said that “Sexual assaults have become more frequent recently.” The police are brought in on sexual assault cases, and Mason added “we have a new understanding regarding sexual assault cases which was created through the county prosecutor.” He continued, saying, “When victims don’t want to cooperate, the county prosecutor decides if they want to prosecute.” Denison will expel students that are considered a threat to the student body. Moore mentioned that “We were recently sued for the expulsion of a student who was involved in two sexual misconduct incidents.” Does Denison have crime? Is it an issue on campus? Of course. But it is not as serious an issue as things like the “Daily Beast’s” recent rankings might suggest.
Even though we might not always hear about it, Denison students do commit crimes in which the Granville Police Department must become involved. According to the Chief of the Granville Police Department Jim Mason, the vast majority of these crimes turn out to be alcohol related. However, in the past 2 months the Granville Police Department have been called in for an unusually high amount of non-alcohol related criminal mischief. Granville Police Department criminal records indicate that between the dates of Oct. 12 and Dec. 7 the Granville Police Department has been called to Denison’s campus a total of 14 times. The reasons range from drug activity to theft to assault. Although more serious crimes like assault are not necessarily a common occurrence on Denison’s campus, it is important to realize that Denison is not always as safe as it appears. Since Oct. 12, there have been two incidences of possible drug activity in which the Granville Police Department has been called in by Denison Security. One was on Oct. 12, in which officer Scott King was called to Ash House to investigate a possible drug possession. The other incident was on Dec. 6, when officer Justin Woodyard was called to Smith Hall to investigate possible drug trafficking activity. The case is still under investigation. Recently, Denison has seen a slight increase in the number of times the Granville Police Dept. has been called in to investigate thefts. On Oct. 27, Officer Justin Woodyard was called to Mitchell to investigate the alleged theft of a radio, charger, and utility cart. Denison security on Oct. 17 suspected that a motorcycle outside of Beaver Hall was stolen, and Granville police officer Justin Woodyard responded to the scene and determined that the vehicle was not stolen. Officer Zach Markley responded to an incident on Nov. 11 when Denison security noticed a stop sign had been stolen from the main entrance of the university. An order was made to the Service Dept. to make sure it was replaced. The most recent theft incident occurred on Dec. 7, when Granville police officer Shawn Wilson responded to the Denison security office to take a theft report from a student who had a camera and other miscellaneous items stolen. Aside from the recent drug activity and thefts on Denison’s campus, there have also been a few instances in which the Granville Police Dept. has been called to investigate other miscellaneous criminal mischief. On Nov. 1, Granville police officer Sean Kellum responded to
a call from Denison security in which what appeared to be a gun was waved a number of times out of the window of a green sedan driving around campus. The car was stopped, and Kellum found two toys guns in the car. Another such instance occurred on Nov. 4, when Granville Police officer Jon Dailey and Sergeant Keith Blackedge responded to a call from Denison security after a student allegedly assaulted a Denison security monitor. The student immediately fled, and soon after the officers arrived and set up a perimeter. The officers soon met with Denison security near a Smith Hall room in which the student was found and arrested for assault, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. More recently, on Dec. 5, Denison security requested the assistance of the Granville Police Department in locating three subjects who fled from a Denison security monitor outside of Smith Hall. Officer Justin Woodyard responded to the scene and checked the west part of Denison’s campus but was ultimately unable to locate the three subjects. Officer Woodyard also responded to a Nov. 7 incident in which a local restaurant owner called the Granville Police Department to verify whether it was allowable pick up Denison students at the E. College St. entrance and transport them to the restaurant. The merchant had been recently issued a no trespassing warning by Denison security and was no longer allowed to pick students up on campus. Perhaps the most unusual criminal activity of the past two months occurred on Nov. 27, when a resident of Shepardson Hall was arrested by Granville police officer Justin Woodyard in an execution of a Mayor’s Court Warrant for failure to answer a summons for underage consumption of alcohol. While alcohol is a problem on any college campus, it is usually uncommon for students to be arrested for missing a court date related to underage alcohol consumption. Upholding the safety and security of Denison’s campus is one of the priorities of the university’s administration. Denison security chooses to handle the more minor infractions like alcohol and traffic violations, and only contacts the Granville Police Department if more serious crimes such as felonies are committed. Denison’s safety is one of the main reasons many students choose Denison over more urban schools. Even though there has been criminal mischief on campus over the past two months, Denison still manages to reflect the safety of Granville. Ed. - Names of charged individuals were left anonymous at the discretion of The Denisonian editorial staff.
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3plus1 performances sell out, wow audiences nightly
By Emma Sullivan Special to the Denisonian Doane Dance Performance Space was taken over by 3plus1, a collection of four works—some visceral, some mechanical— that showcased the vision of some of the best and brightest in the Denison dance department. The show boasted four sold out performances lasting Dec. 7 through 10. Standing on a near-empty stage, Sandra Mathern-Smith, chair of the Dance Department, opened the show by inviting the audience to determine their own meanings for the poetic, rapturous works presented. She also dedicated the performance to
resident musician and composer Terrence Karn, for whom this marks his last work at Denison. Karn left a deep impression with his opening crowd-pleaser “Rhythm Riders,” a drum-heavy piece featuring the dancing of freshman Sindy Ortiz Pimental, of Boston, Mass. Despite beginning shyly, Pimental soon found her footing and served as a preview of the extraordinary vision to come. Jasmine Hwang, a junior from Nam-Goo Busan, South Korea, chose the second piece as her favorite. Called “Following a Number,” it featured visiting choreographer Jimmy Orrante’s dancers moving in and out of sync beautifully, showing an im-
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Dancers perform in visiting choeographer Jimmy Orrante’s work, “Following a Number.”
mense amount of restraint and control as their bodies transformed into clockwork, into machinery. Hwang thought the piece could be seen as the choreographer’s expression of the human experience. “Life can be dynamic and also very subtle, which they showed through their movements,” said Hwang. The other works echoed similar messages. Hauntingly dark, the next piece—“A Rush of Feelings,” choreographed by Mathern-Smith—seemed to tell a tale of discovery as the dancers explored a world full of deep reds and oranges: tentatively moving one foot, then another, then building to a frenzy of passion as they raced in and out of each other’s arms. Eliciting the most audience response, however, was the African-infused “Spiritual Rites,” which ended the show with a definitive bang. Composed by associate professor of dance, Stafford C. Berry Jr. and featuring live music that included drums, singing, a rain stick and more, “Rites” showcased the athleticism of the dancers as well as the power of live music to create an experience unlike any other. For Putri Matahari, a junior from Jakarta, Indonesia and a standout in the final piece, the end of 3plus1 is a bittersweet farewell to a semester’s worth of hard work. It definitely paid off, however. “All the frustration that occurred was nothing compared to the feeling of performing,” she said. “Being able to hear the crowd cheer gave me an incredible adrenaline rush.”
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Juniors Meghan Pioli and Sarah Hayes perform in 3plus1.
According to Matahari, “Spiritual Rites” explored the difference in energies flowing throughout the world, from those in heaven looking down, to those forever chained to the ground. Translating this through movement is an incredible feat, but the dancers—their bodies swaying and sliding and leaping into the air with ease—successfully completed this mission. Junior Nika Zhou from Shanghai, China summed up her feelings for 3plus1 as wholly positive. “There’s a spirit that the dancers sent to the audience,” she said, citing the interaction between the dancers and musicians during the last piece as her favorite part of the night. “It made me want to dance!” she said. That was the magic of 3plus1: it was truly a celebration of talent, vision, hard work, and the power that dancing can have—a power that transcends words.
By Sam Taggart Special to the Denisonian Modern society has an obsession with everything technological. Whether it be rushing to the nearest Apple store to buy the newest gadget or creating an online Twitter profile to keep in touch with others like never before, people have this seemingly constant need to satisfy their hi-tech desires. Even in today’s popular music it is obvious that computer generated synthesizers and electronically tweaked vocals overshadow artists utilizing organic, natural instruments; however, not everyone has become victim to the computer generation, and here on Denison’s campus, resident musician, Terrence Karn, embodies ideas that preserve the importance of music’s organic origins. Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Terrence – as I was told to call him – grew up with a love of everything musical. At a young age he found a connection to music in his dance classes, where the simple rhythms and beats provided him with new found artistic inspiration. Over the years Karn has taken this admiration of music around the world, spanning the Mediterranean, South America and across the United States, absorbing knowledge about the different regions producing distinct musical sounds and teaching younger generations about these musical endeavors. Considering himself a “self-made ethnomusicologist,” an individual with a sound understanding of music from around the world, Terrence personifies music’s ability to “cross and bridge all borders of any nationality” because of its ability to connect with anyone, regardless
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of language or culture barriers, on a personal level. While in Granville, Karn has been the school’s resident musician and sound engineering teacher, composing and recording original pieces utilized in musical performances around campus. He has also filled the role of academic advisor for a number of students on campus, providing them with an outlet to talk about school, music, life and anything in between. In the dance studio, Karn’s definition of a classroom, he continues to show the cohesiveness of music and its ability to bring
people together. When teaching Denison students, and younger generations alike, Karn utilizes percussion instruments as a way to create a hands-on learning environment evoking individual thought and feeling alongside the music itself. Through this experiential learning process, Karn is able to spark interest in his students’ minds, while also promoting the connective ability of the music itself. Unfortunately, at the end of the semester Denison will be losing Karn to personal endeavors, and while away from school he hopes to record another collection of origi-
nal songs in his new basement studio, as well as produce and market a new line of percussion instruments meant to be used in elementary classroom settings. However, as Karn’s musical endeavors lead him away from Denison’s campus, his legacy here will not be forgotten. Karn leaves Denison at the end of this semester, and his musical ability and knowledge will be greatly missed on campus, but as he moves onto another chapter in his life, the legacy he will be leaving behind reveals the true influence that a passion for music can have on the educational community.
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Tristan’s Tracks By Tristan Eden Arts & Life Editor 2011 was the year everything became a joke. At least everything in pop culture. It was hard to take anything too seriously this year. This isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s also not good. In every medium––film, television, music–– there seemed to exist a subtle but unavoidable sense of parody. And it generally wasn’t the sort of parody that means to be funny, either. 2011 was overwhelmed by a new kind of parody: appropriation. Technically, appropriation––using borrowed elements to create a new work of art––is not new. Collage, homage, pastiche, whatever you want to call, has been around probably since the dawn of art, but somehow something about the way we appropriated this year was different. Simultaneously unconscious and mind-numbingly savvy, appropriation in the year 2011 was lazier and easier than it ever seemed before. Movies were endless remakes and adaptations. Television was obsessed with airing hour after hour of shows that simply and largely uncritically depicted real people doing their real jobs. And music, by hiding behind nostalgia, was able to borrow to an obscene degree. Mostly I listened to old music this year––old music that was new to me. I mined through the crap and always appreciated the context. Context is king. Obviously, I am guilty of a great deal of appropriation myself. Of course I did listen to a lot of new music too, and a lot of it was really, really good. A lot of it also borrowed liberally from the past. And again––just to be clear––there is nothing really wrong with this sort of borrowing.
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completely different. At its core, Bermuda Drain is a noise record. However, Fernow, perhaps bored by the often stoic and oddly humorless noise genre, skillfully and tastefully incorporates dark and degraded techno beats, cold synth lines, words (spoken and shrieked), and a creepy tropical aesthetic to create a compelling and vital record. It’s a statement.
8. Hype Williams: One Nation (Hippos In Tanks)
We were talking about appropriation earlier? Look no further than the venerable and stoned Hype Williams. This Hype Williams has no Wikipedia page. This Hype Williams is a Berlin-based duo made up of Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland (no idea if those are their real names, why would they be?) Together, Blunt and Copeland “create”, I suppose, deconstructed hip hop “songs” with titles like “Your Girls Smells Chung When She Wears Dior,” “Break4love,” and “William, Shotgun Sprayer.” The music is all pitch-shifted and slowwww, with dubby drum sounds, and in abundant samples from wherever and whatever. It’s all very weird. It’s all very well done. I think.
9. Prurient: Bermuda Drain (Hydra Head)
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Prurient (aka Dominick Fernow) trades in confrontational, aggressive, and often terrifying sound and subject matter. Bermuda Drain is no different. Except that it’s
today. His brand of pop music could not exist without its countless recontextualized reference points. He has an obsession with contemporary culture and specifically how modern mainstream life works. He’s an art historian, though the art he’s interested in is neither art nor history. Far Side Virtual is a terrifyingly hi-res look at our culture this very minute. It’s bizarre. It’s the ignorable but incessant music of infomercials, airport cafés, hotel lobbies, and Verizon stores, reimagined and acting as a self-contained critique/perpetuation of disposable culture. But don’t take my word for it! Order in the next five minutes and you’ll receive not one but two!
4. Jay-Z & Kanye West: Watch The Throne (Roc-A-Fella)
you don’t pay them any mind. Then again, it isn’t always that way. You put your hands in your pockets and walk a little faster.
2. Bill Callahan: Apocalypse (Drag City)
Bill Callahan recorded as Smog since the very early 1990s. For the last couple of years, he’s simply used his real name. The albums he has recorded as Bill Callahan seem purer somehow, and this, his third album under his given name, is by far the purest yet; there is almost nothing between the man and the music. Without question, “One Fine Morning,” the last song on Apocalypse, is the prettiest song of the year. An 8-minute minimal country ballad, “One Fine Morning” is anchored to its burnedout insides by simple strummed guitar, clear, heavy piano, odd waves of singeing drone and, above all, Callahan’s rich tired but triumphant singing. Bill Callahan, ladies and gentlemen.
1. Destroyer: Kaputt (Merge)
7. Royal Headache: Royal Headache (R.I.P. Society)
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10. Shabazz Palaces: Black Up (Sub Pop)
Luxurious but sparse; futuristic but old school; cool but nerdy. Black Up, the first full-length from Seattle hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces, is sort of crazy. It’s really, really chill, but deceptively so. There is a very sharp edge hidden right beneath its laid back sound. Multi-instrumentalist producer Tendai Maraire crafts the obscenely interesting, noise-flecked beats over which Ishmael “Palaceer Lazaro” Butler raps in a cool nasal snarl that sounds like an artier version of Devin The Dude. The songs melt together, but certain repeated sounds and lines easily stand out, relaxing you and then pulling you into the record’s cozy but spatial interior. Clear some space out so we can space out.
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This album is so good. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Royal Headache is one more band doing their damnedest to make down under’s music scene so excruciatingly awesome. Royal Headache essentially plays hyper-melodic punk music, but it’s also got this hard-to-pin-down 1960s British R&B soulful jangle running through all of it. The singer, who goes by the name Shogun, sounds sort of like Paul McCartney…or Eric Burdon…or Robert Pollard…singing “Twist and Shout”…or “Live and Let Die”… but softer…but also more punk…and more modern. Life-changing. Band burns, record burns.
The first few times I listened to Watch The Throne, the exclamations of massive wealth seemed inappropriate and out of touch, but then when they rapped about other things (race, politics, etc.), I got bored. Eventually, though, it started to slur together and sound incredible; the jewel-encrusted production and cooler-than-anything culture-creating lines proved irresistible. It all made sense: we need these kind of overblown, excessive statements in our lives. Jay and Kanye are truly the only rock stars we have. Of course they made this album. Of course they made it in France. Of course it’s good.
3. Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)
6. Liquor Store: Yeah Buddy (Almost Ready Records)
This album seemingly came out of nowhere, perfectly formed and infinitely playable. Liquor Store is from New Jersey and they play goofy, sloppy-tight, slightly craaaazyyyy PUNK ROCK. One look at the cover of this bad boy (it’s a topless stripper standing next to a hand-drawn lightning bolt under the words YEAH BUDDY) and you at least know you’re gonna be in for a good time. But you won’t know exactly how good of a time until you actually have a listen. I don’t want to give too much away, but basically the songs are deceptively complex and really exciting and much more epicsounding than you’d ever guess them to be.
5. James Ferraro: Far Side Virtual (Hippos In Tanks)
James Ferraro is perhaps the greatest mind working in the medium if appropriation
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It’s after dinnertime when you wake up. You sit up on the uncomfortable couch. You keep yawning and your eyes start to water. You smile to yourself. It’s raining hard outside; you remember it was just a slow soothing drizzle when you fell asleep. You don’t know how long ago that was. You are relaxed but there is within you a dull nervousness. You listen to Smoke Ring For My Halo. You think you’ll never leave the couch again, because when you’re out you’re on it in your mind. Then again, you suddenly think, it isn’t always that way. You look outside. Grey rain is still falling heavily but you decide to get out of the house. You put on a cheap rain jacket and walk outside. The raindrops fall on your head, but
Destroyer is Daniel Bejar, and Kaputt is his ninth album. Kaputt sounds like falling backwards into a sweet cloud of perfume and powder would feel. It’s soft rock reappropriated. It’s all mellow saxophones and this-side-of-cheesy synthesizers. The music seems to pour into the marble and glass room you’re lying in, filling it with a palpable and sleek smoothness. You are powerless before this smoothness, lying there on that white couch. Bejar has flow and he starts flowing. His thin full voice melts into the air-music but still manages to stick like coke to a licked fingertip. And his words connect to themselves. His animated scenes and long strands of memorable images momentarily jump from the sweaty haze before beautifully settling into it again. Lines rhyme within themselves. This is a nightlife record. It’s crystal-clear. It all sounds like a dream to me.
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood
By Jeff Danziger Staff Writer When most people think of Charles Dickens, some rendition of A Christmas Carol inevitably crosses their mind. George C. Scott, the phrase “Bah Humbug”, and Kermit the Frog’s impeccable Bob Cratchit were certainly on my mind as I examined the program and read the story behind The Mystery of Edwin Drood. However, The Singer’s Theater Workshop’s splendid presentation of Rupert Holmes’ musical adaptation of the famed author’s final, unfinished novel happily challenged those preconceived notions. The performance definitively showed the comedic possibilities inherent in Dickens’ work, while providing excellent, relaxing
entertainment for all who attended. The musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, also known as Drood, centers on John Jasper, played by sophomore Chris Morriss of Allendale, N.J., a choirmaster who is in love with his pupil, Rosa Budd, played by senior Molly Coyne of Smyrna, Ga. Rosa happens to be engaged to Jasper’s nephew Edwin Drood, played by junior Vanessa Theus of Beloit, Wis. To further complicate things, Rosa catches the eye of Neville Landless, played by sophomore Ben Chiewphasa, of Manhattan Beach, Calif. Landless is an orphan from Ceylon who is out to make a name for himself. Competition ensues, and Drood goes missing. Determining the murderers drives the rest of story, which I will not ruin. Drood may take its dark plot from Dick-
ens’ unfinished novel but it draws its style from the traditions of English Music Hall, Pantomime, and Gilbert and Sullivan. The story is written as a “show with in a show”, with each actor portraying an actor in an English Theatre company that puts on a performance of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” Correspondingly, the company broke the fourth wall often, asking the audience for direction at key narrative junctures. The result is exhilarating; I forgot I was a member of the audience. Excellent performances made the show a delight to watch. Senior Alec Lee of Knoxville, Tenn., portrayed the Chairman, the Theatre company leader who narrates and guides the show within the show’s performance, with wit, energy, and inspired improvisation. Morriss was sufficiently creepy,
in song and mannerism. Coyne dazzled; her idyllic voice enraptured even the most rambunctious young children in the audience. Chiewphasa admirably pulled off the difficult task of singing strongly and clearly in an accent. Theus, as Drood, displayed a powerful and precise voice while deftly accomplishing her role as “principal boy.” Perhaps the only bad thing about this show is that it only ran Dec. 3rd and 4th. Director and Singer’s Theatre Workshop coordinator Belinda Andrews-Smith chose an excellent show for the intimate venue of Burke Hall’s recital hall. Her direction clearly maximized the talents at her disposal. The good news: Singer’s Theatre Workshop will be back, next semester, with what is sure to be another excellent production. I wholeheartedly recommend attendance.
The Descendants: By Gus Stout Special to the Denisonian It’s difficult to go into a movie without any prior knowledge or influence. Chances are you will have seen the trailer, heard about it from a friend, or even read a full review. For the most part, if a film has received great reviews and praise, I will approach it with the expectations that it will be great, and I will often be disappointed. On the contrary, if a movie hasn’t received any recognition beyond the occasional box office ranking, my expectations will be low and I will often be pleasantly surprised. In the case of The Descendants I had the first reaction. According to numerous sources, this was George Clooney’s lifetime role, embodying his career as an actor, and the accumulation of his success. Sure. He’s great as he always is, and his suave, in-control demeanor (save for his occasional fit of rage and hilarious athletic display) commands the screen. But to say that this role, not unlike any other role he has played in the past five years represents the pinnacle of his career is a poor overestimation. The Descendants takes place in Honolulu on the Big Island of Hawaii, and depicts a family on the cusp of falling apart, a scenario that we’ve all seen before. Matt King (Clooney) is an attorney whose wife was recently been in a boat crash, putting her in a coma that drives the story from the very first shot of the film. Matt comes from a family who owns ample land on the small island of Kauai, and he is the biggest shareholder of all his many relatives. King has two daughters, one an adorable little girl who has begun to explore the realms outside of genuine innocence, and the other a rebellious teenager who is enrolled in a private school that resembles an insanity ward. Both of the daughters maintain believable relationships with their father. The youngest, Scottie, is sheltered from many of the situations discussed by Matt and his older daughter Alexandra. The story revolves around King’s struggle to maintain his relationships with his
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George Clooney as Matt King and Shailene Woodley (star of The Secret Life of the American Teenager) as his daughter, Alexandra, share a tense moment.
daughters as well as his relatives, while tending to his wife’s medical condition and struggling to decide what to do with his family’s land. The element of this movie that really works, and that we find ourselves caring about, is the relationship with his daughters. The secrets and schemes that he and Alexandra share regarding the future of his mother, and finding the lover that his wife had been seeing before her accident, power their relationship from conflict to team work. His relationship with Scottie is strong from start to finish. What doesn’t seem to work, or at least what I have trouble caring about is the land that Matt must decide upon. The land has potential to become another scenic location for a tropical hotel and golf course, or remain in the family for the remaining
seven years of ownership. Naturally, the land represents the roots of his family and the memories shared amongst him and his wife and daughters, but its ultimate symbolic role just isn’t enough for the viewer to really care about. The other story element hard to get behind is the manhunt Matt and Alexandra pursue to find out who the man was that was seeing his wife before her accident. It may be an entertaining portion of the film that helps with the relationship he has with his daughter, but in the end it just doesn’t really matter that much to the story, apart from the occasional discovery of character. Clooney occasionally taps into his characters from O Brother Where Art Thou? and Burn After Reading, where his goofy expressions of confusion force you to crack a smile.
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For the most,part this is a movie that effectively demonstrates the family dynamic, but the three major conflicts in this story that drive the plot: selling his land, finding the man his wife cheated with, and dealing with his wife, daughters and extended family, are scenarios that are hard to really care about. The attitude of the film jumps from comedy to drama, scene after scene, and the numerous uncomfortable shots of King’s wife in a coma are hard to watch. There is a lot about this film that I don’t like, but in general it is not a bad movie. The acting is great and the portrayal of the family works well, including some excellent sequences with King and his daughters doing normal family activities. To say that this is the film of Clooney’s career is a long shot, but it’s a decent movie all around.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
z i u Q
By Ruby Montes De Oca Sports Editor
Senior power forward Annie-Rae Dura
Sophomore Sprinter Tiffany Davis.
Are you going home this winter break? Where is home?
Who are you most eager to see?
What home cooked meal are you most looking forward to?
Do you have any new years eve traditions?
“Ever since my “My aunt got me junior year of high school, we usually a blanket this one year and it was we go over to my really hard. It is uncle and aunt’s house to play games still in my closet and just hang out. It in the package.” is really fun.”
“Yes, I am going to Westerville, Ohio. It will be a short break since we have to come back the 26th for basketball.”
“My mom, my nephew and friends, my family”
“I’m looking forward to some steak, my mom’s is so good.”
“ Yes, I am going home to Nashville, Tennessee.”
“Everything that comes out of my “I go to Church.” grandparent’s refrigerator.”
“Yes, I am going to Findlay, Ohio. I am also going to Florida and D.C.”
“Nothing really, just watch the ball drop.”
Senior middle-blocker Megan Early.
“Yes, Vero Beach, Florida”
What is the worst present you have ever received?
“I’m always with the Denison basketball team.”
Senior guard Jim Leffew.
“Not getting anything.”
“I got a book from my grandma titled, How to Survive Middle School Math, when I was a senior in high school.”
“My grandma would get us socks every year. That is probably the worst.”
Photos Photos by by Ruby Ruby Montes Montes De De Oca/The Oca/The Denisonian Denisonian
Leaders stay optimistic despite late game loss By Andrew Touhy Sports Editor Despite a tough weekend that saw the Big Red drop both its games, the Denison men’s basketball team is still optimistic for the coming weeks. “Honestly, it was a really tough weekend for us emotionally because we know we are still in a good spot for the NCAC,” said senior wing Mike Garabedian. Denison went up by nine with 8:19 mins. left in the second half after senior guard Casey Stockton knocked down a big three. However, they could not hold on to the momentum, and for the next five minutes could not find the bucket. Albion, however, managed to climb back into the game and tie it at 60 with just 2:14 mins. to play. On the next possession, a pair of Denison missed free-throws turned into a five point run for Albion. With just over a minute to play, the Big Red offense came up dry on a critical possession. Forced to foul, Albion would sink six free throws down the stretch while holding Denison without a field goal. At the final horn, Albion led 69-63 and handed Denison it’s sixth loss of the season. Coming off the bench for the first time this
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Denison junior guard Diomonde Hale leads the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game.
year, senior forward Larry Farmer led Big Red with 24 points and 8 rebounds. The Big Red controlled the paint as they held a 38-31 advantage on the boards but difference in the game seemed to be in the turnover category. Denison turned the ball over 15 times and the Britons turned those miscues into 16 points.
Farmer commented after the game saying, “We feel that our record is not an accurate reoresentation of how good we are..” He continued saying, “We know we are capable of so much more and we are really excited and optimistic about getting into conference play.” Close losses have become common this season, but they certainly can provide les-
sons. “We’re close to winning so many games this year,” said Stockton, “We just have to play with defensive urgency to close it out.” Farmer also contributed by saying, “I feel that we are getting distracted with our personal play, and we are letting it affect the rest of the game. That is something that is causing us to lose aggressiveness, but can certainly change quickly.” Garabedian is optimistic that Denison will start to tally wins with a few minor adjustments. “We need to execute better and buckle down at the end of games on defense. I know that we will get it figured out. The difference in today’s game was that Albion executed at the end of the game and we didn’t.” Stockton added, “We’re doing the big things right for the most part. The little things like offensive execution, communication and knowing personnel tend to build up and can be the difference between a win and a loss.” A team with so much talent and optimism from its leaders is sure to find their rhythm soon. Denison will host Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday (Dec. 14) before a two-week layoff for the holidays.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
Big Red women’s basketball defeat the Battling Bishops By Nate Schmidt Staff Writer The Big Red was on a two game losing streak but stopped it right in its tracks with a win at Ohio Wesleyan. This past Dec. 7 Denison went on the road to face a struggling, 2-5, Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops team. Almost every basketball game is made up of runs and this was definitely true for the Big Red. Ohio Wesleyan jumped out early in the game to take a seven point lead, 18-11.
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sists, four rebounds and a game-best four steals.
Denison responded with a 10-0 run in a two minute span to take a three point lead. After Ohio Wesleyan stopped the run, they looked to get back on track but the Big Red made yet another run. With three minutes left in the first half Denison made an 8-1 run to finish the half taking a 37-28 lead. The Big Red opened the second half the same way they ended the first half with yet another run. This time, it would be an 8-0 run to push the lead to 17, 45-28. The Battling Bishops would trim the lead to as little as eight but Denison would soon push the lead back to double digits and finish with a 66-58 win. “We started to come together more this game. It is a rivalry game so it’s always big to get a win especially at their place,” said junior wing Kinsey Bryant-Lees, who made some big shots during a couple of the runs and finished with a team high 12 points. Denison really showed some flashes of how good they can be this year on both ends of the court. The Big Red made numerous runs where they controlled the game both offensively and defensively. “We really strung together some good plays and were a little more consistent then we have been all year,” said Coach Lee, “We had a number of players step up in this game and made some big plays for us. A couple players that really stepped up were Kinsey Bryant-Lees and Annie-Rae Dura.” With sophomore post Jane Windler suffering an injury early in the first half the Big Red made a collective effort to pick up the scoring that would be missed. Both Bryant-Lees and Dura stepped up on the
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Juniors Kyli Parker (above), Kinsey Bryant-Lees and Annie-Rae Dura combined for 31 points,
offensive end finishing with 12 and 10 points respectively. “I felt like I got some good looks and my teammates did a great job of setting me up and finding me,” said senior wing Annie-Rae Dura. “I felt very confident shooting the ball and was in a zone. My teammates also really made some plays to get me open shoots,” added fellow teammate Bryant-Lees. It was a total team effort for the Big Red as they had six players score at least six points or more. Sophomore post Gretchen Staubach was another player who stepped up and finished with 11 points and six re-
bounds. Junior guard Nicole Coggins really hit the boards hard leading the team with 10 rebounds. “We will need to become more consistent as individuals which will need to lead us becoming a more consistent team,” said Coach Lee. “Wednesday was definitely a step towards us becoming more consistent together.” With the win the Big Red advance to 5-3 and 1-1 in NCAC play. Denison returns to action on Dec. 13, when they host Grove City. Tip-off from Livingston Gymnasium is slated for 6 p.m.
Big Red Athlete of the Week Sam Fioroni
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Denison junior running back, Sam Fioroni of Clarkston, Mich., was named to the Ohio College Football. com All-Ohio second team following an outstanding ju-
THE FINAL WORD
nior season. Fioroni was also named to the NCAC First Team after leading the conference with 1,093 rushing yards. Fioroni’s numbers place him sixth all-time amongst Denison single season rushers. The junior tailback was also named as the NCAC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season. A big moment of his season came when he was named to the D3football.com National Player of the Week, after rushing for a career-high 213 yards on 26 carries in a 42-14 win over Hiram on Sept. 17. The Denisonian names Sam Fioroni as the Athlete of the Week. We sat down with Sam to learn more about the man behind these stellar numbers.
By Andrew Touhy Sports Editor
Andrew Touhy: When did you start playing football? Sam Fioroni: I started playing football in fourth grade.
baseball. AT:What is something people do not know about you? SF: I do not like Mexican food. AT:What is your favorite movie? SF: The Bourne Supremacy
AT: Who is your favorite player? SF: My favorite player is Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers.
AT: What is your favorite restaurant? SF: Kruse and Muer
AT: Who is your favorite team? SF: My favorite team is the Detroit Lions.
AT: Who is your favorite actress/celebrity and why? SF: My favorite celebrity is Anchor Man’s Ron Burgundy. He has a fine taste in Scotch and has a majestic mustache.
AT:What is your favorite sport to watch or play besides football? SF: My favorite sport to watch is
The Big Red Women’s Indoor Track and Field opened their season with a seventh-place finish at the Purple & White Invitational at Capital Univisty. The men’s team placed eighth at the same meet. Make sure to follow the Big Red in action during Winter Break as many teams will be competing. You can do so by logging onto the home of Denison sports at DenisonBigRed.com to follow live game updates.