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The Denisonian Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012

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Lecture on Utica Shale exposes unanswered questions about fracking By Hillary Webb News Editor Community members outnumbered Denison students in Olin 311 on Tuesday, Jan. 31 when Denison hosted Peter MacKenzie, vice president of operations for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. He presented the lecture “Utica Shale - Why it’s the big deal, what it means for geologists.” The Utica Shale–a unit of rock underlying Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia–has the yielding potential, if tapped through horizontal drilling or hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), for sig-

nificant amounts of natural gas. The initial purpose of MacKenzie’s lecture was to discuss the job possibilities in the geosciences field in the context of the Utica Shale. However, concerned spectators quickly shifted the discussion’s focus to the issue of fracking. “He spent three quarters of his lecture talking about jobs, but that’s not really why people were there,” said Jeremy King, sustainability coordinator at Denison. “So people started asking questions more about what’s going on [with fracking]. [Community members] weren’t interested in what the students were interested in with the jobs.”

According to a post on Denison’s geosciences department blog, “The Utica Shale has become the focus of international attention and investment in a very short period of time,” which the blog credits for today’s oil and gas boom. Shale is the main source rock for oil and natural gas in sedimentary basins throughout the world, as well as the most common sedimentary rock in the world. A layer of underground water, the aquifer, is drilled through in order to obtain natural gas. During the drilling process, drilling companies line the wells that are being created with cement as they drill in order to protect this aquifer. This cement lining

allows for fracking fluids and chemicals not to contaminate ground water, and is safe in both theory and according to the natural gas industry. “Most of the impact of fracking comes from bringing in the materials,” said Erik Klemetti, assistant professor of geosciences. “Fracking is theoretically sound, the main problem is when companies do it poorly.” “If they don’t do [the cement job] right and there are cracks or breaks in it, when they push the fracking fluids down, they can go into the aquifer,” said King. There are deep fracking wells in Youngstown, Ohio, which companies have Continued on page 3


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“A con,” Klemetti said, “is that we need to use a significant amount of chemicals that Continued from page 1 go into the ground, and we have a limited used to dispose of fracking fluid by pump- understanding of the potential for environmental damage.” ing it into the ground. “There are more unanswered questions “The problem is that pumping waste water into the ground can cause earthquakes,” Kl- than answered questions,” said King. He believes that misinemetti said. After formation and lack of a series of such information are conearthquakes in tributing to a growYo u n g s t o w n , ing desire from the members of the public to slow down community felt the process. the connection “You have to go out between these and learn about the earthquakes and subject, and go out the injection and interact with dewells. cision makers,” said The debate on Klemetti. “You need the issue is fairly to try not to be senew, and King Assistant professor of geosciences duced by the easy anspeculates that swers.” it may have been On Monday, Feb. 27, there will be a forum spurred by the release of the documentary Gasland, a 2010 film by Josh Fox. Though sponsored by Denison’s office of sustainthere are drawbacks and dangers to frack- ability, the departments of economics and geosciences, and the environmental studing, the process does have some positives. “It gives us the ability to reach natural gas ies program on gas drilling and hydraulic in areas we weren’t able to before,” said fracking at 7 p.m. in the Burton Morgan Klemetti. Natural gas is a cleaner alterna- lecture hall. This event will be followed by tive to coal and the access to the gas could two others on March 20 and April 17. More information will follow. stimulate the economy.

Fracking is theoretically sound, the main problem is when companies do it poorly.

-Erik Klemetti

Elect Her to visit Denison By Sarah Wiley News Editor Denison University will be hosting an Elect Her event on Saturday Feb. 25. Elect Her is a national program dedicated to helping women win elected office, which emphasizes student government elections in high school and college. According to Elect Her: Campus Women Win, 54 percent of women in the United States Congress held positions in their student governments, so increasing participation on campus politics directly affects national representation. Elect Her will be brought to Denison through the Center for Women and Gender Action, in collaboration with students Lauren Tyger, Hannah Frank, Aminata Kaba and Blair Dunlevy. This is the third year of the Elect Her program’s existance, and the first year that it will come to Denison Marci McCauley, the director of the Center for Women and Gender Action said “We are excited that Denison was selected to be one of the thirty Elect Her: Campus Women Win training sites for 2012. Bringing programs like Elect Her to cam-

pus helps support the Center for Women and Gender Action’s mission of education, equality, and empowerment. The program also addresses some of the feedback that we received related to the renaming of the Center and a vision for its future.” In addition, the event will help students to take action, to actively work for women’s empowerment. McCauley explained that “Students expressed an interest in the Center offering more programs with a positive focus rather than ones related to problems that are typically associated with women such as sexual assault and eating disorders.” The event has had a good response rate. Two weeks out, there were already 46 applications submitted. “Elect Her raises awareness about an institutional issue, the gender gap in political leadership in the US, while at the same time helping individuals develop the skills and confidence needed to pursue leadership positions to help reduce this gap. The program also introduces participants to role models in the field and helps them develop a network of support to assist them in the future,” McCauley concluded.

Campus Calendar The Denisonian gives you a quick peek at upcoming events on the hill. Tuesday, 2/21/12

Wednesday, 2/22/12

7:00 p.m.: Human Rights Film Festival: “Better This World” (Slayter Auditorium)

2:30 p.m.: Chi Time (Open House)

Thursday, 2/23/12 12:00 p.m.: Yoga (Open House)

7:30 p.m.: Yoga (Open 12:30 p.m.: DUWop House) Concert (Doane Library) 8:00 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation (Open 4:30 p.m.: DepartHouse) ment of Geosciences: Spring Seminar Series: James St. John Newark (Olin Room 321)

Friday, 2/24/12 8:00 p.m.: Denison Theatre Production: Legacy of Light (Ace Morgan Theatre)

Saturday, 2/25/12

Sunday, 2/26/12

8:00 p.m.: Denison Theatre Production: Legacy of Light (Ace Morgan Theatre)

10:00 a.m.: Quaker Friends Meeting (Open House)

7:00 p.m.: Sharp Lectures in American History presents: James Kloppenberg, Harvard University (Higley Auditorium)

4:30 p.m.: Catholic Mass (Open House)

Monday, 2/27/12 11:30 a.m.: Yoga 7:00 p.m.: Lecture by Jean Kilbourne, author of the award winning book “Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel” (Slayter Auditorium 6:00 p.m.: Forum on Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing (Burton D. Morgan Lecture Center) 8:00 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation (Open House)

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Our Voice Treading on broken glass Police and ambulance sirens blared even more than usual last weekend, signaling that something was amiss in our community. For those who did not see the destroyed lamp post in front of Gilpatrick or the broken glass adhesive sheets on Knapp, an email was sent to all students and outlined the events that occurred over the 48-hour period. In addition to vandalism outside of Gilpatrick and Knapp, serious safety incidents occurred, including false fire alarms and unattended stove use. Police arrested several students on drug-related charges. An uncomfortably high number of students (mostly first years) required medical transport to Licking Memorial Hospital. Most of us like to party, but we see a big difference between having a good time and

actively destroying the place we call home. We do not excuse the reckless action of community members who limit our ability to live and learn at Denison. We realize that some students like to party more than others, but Denison cannot exist in a state of anarchy, even if students are trying to make the most out of Denison’s limited night life. Parties will always have their place on campus, but healthy social interactions do not entail ripping doors from their hinges. Students who disagree should ask themselves what they value about Denison. The truth is that all community members have a vested interest in enhancing the genuine and perceived quality of a Denison education. Students should alter their behavior to ensure that we can continue to party without diminishing the quality of life at Denison.

Editor’s Corner

Regulating the right to choose The “personhood” bill and its impact on you

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Can you imagine living on a college campus that effectively prevented you from using birth control? That’s the reality that students (and everyone else, of course) may have to face in both Virginia and Oklahoma in the near future. Last week, the House of Delegates in Virginia and the Senate in Oklahoma passed the “personhood” bill, which gives rights to unborn children at all stages of development (including embryos). The bill’s specifics are too long to explain in this column, but its common tagline is “life begins at conception.” This concept clearly bans abortion and medical professionals are worried that the bill could ban certain forms of birth control, including the morning after pill (Plan B). The bill isn’t an official law in either state yet. It still needs to pass the Senate in Virginia and the House of Representatives in Oklahoma. However, it’s a very real possibility that Ohio lawmakers could vote on the bill this coming fall. Now you might be sweating a little bit. What would that mean for your basic rights? What would that do to your sex life at Denison? Would all those wicker baskets of condoms suddenly disappear from Whisler, Curtis and Huffman? First of all, remember the tagline: “life begins at conception.” So, take a deep breath. You would still be able to grab a handful of those condoms that probably come out of your tuition money.

But what if you needed to run down to CVS in a panic to grab yourself a Plan B? Well, life begins at conception, right? And you take Plan B after conception. So, you’d be out of luck. Think about that one more time. That would mean that a female rape victim would be denied control over her body after she was already violated once. We live on a campus that, especially over the past year, has talked a lot about rape. We insist that a woman has the right to choose. Does that concept all of a sudden die the second she is impregnated? Is the new life suddenly more important than its carrier? But this bill does not just hurt rape victims. Condoms are not 100 percent effectice. So, even protected, consensual sex can fail to prevent conception. In that case lawmakers would be punishing people who were being careful and responsible. The man and woman made the decision that they couldn’t handle children at that stage of their lives. So, why would lawmakers let anybody have a child who was unprepared to have one? Under no circumstances should elected officials exert so much control over the personal lives of the people they represent. This bill denies a woman’s right to choose and a couple’s right to properly prepare themselves for parenthood. As Denison students, regardless of our stance on the pro-life vs. pro-choice debate, we should understand the impact this has on our peers and could have on us. Without such resources as Plan B, we could live in a community (both locally and nationally) with dangerously high teen pregnancy rates. Sex on college campuses won’t go away. Why not give students the resources to go about their business responsibly?


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Your Voice

I am a student so let me study in the library 24/7 brary (& Seeley G. Mudd Learning Center) does provide that outlet for most of the student working day. Key word: day. But what about those of us that are late-night workers? Or pulling an allnighter to finish that project we just remembered was due tomorrow? Denison’s library should be open 24 hours so students can get work done when they want to do it. The hours as they are can be confusing because they are not consistent. No student is done working on projects by nine o’clock at night. Most often, students are just starting work at nine at night. Yes

By Kelsey Ingram Staff Writer Let’s be honest, even though we spend many hours of our day doing things other than studying, our entire reason for being at Denison is for achieving higher education. And the library should be the number one place for students to turn to study and research. The William Howard Doane Li-

the library is open during the day, but being busy Denisonian students, we occupy daylight hours with classes, meetings, and practices. Performances and other activities put on by the university also take place during the day, leaving skint amounts of time to start work beforehand. There needs to be some sort of compromise here. This is not to say that there needs to be staff on hand. As responsible students we should behave well enough to be left to our own devices and just do our work. Denison could invest in a self-check-out line. I’ve used such self-check-outs before, and it is fantastic not having to rely on someone

The library should be the one service, other than Whisler, that should be accessible to students at all times.

else to scan my book for me. Such devices also send email reminders for when books are due or when someone has placed a hold on them. With such equipment, there is no reason why the Denison library cannot be open for 24 hours. The library should be the one service, other than Whisler, that should be accessible to students at all times. It’s where the resources are held! Student residences aren’t always the best places to study, so a quieter place like the library would be ideal for allnighters. Granted, this resource may not be used every night, but it would be nice to think that there is an outlet. C’mon Denison, let me be a real college student and use my library on my own time! Kelsey Ingram is a junior from Fairview, Pa.

Photo Poll: What did you do this weekend?

Name: Miaja St. Martin Year: Sophomore Major: Education & Studio Art Hometown: Greenbrier, Tenn.

Name: Ramiro Trejo Year: Junior Major: Studio Art & Political Science Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

“I celebrated my friend’s 21st birthday, went to the winter dance, and did a lot of work.“

“I went to the Posse retreat. We discussed the issue of homosexuality in our society and gender roles.”

Name: Niki Feehan Year: Sophomore Major: Psychology Hometown: Granville, Ohio

Name: Andrew Marczak Year: Sophomore Major: Sociology Hometown: Wexford, Pa.

“Sadly, I stayed in and read psychology literally all weekend.”

“I did a lot of work and socialized. It was a typical weekend.”

Calm down folks, stop blaming ‘the administration’

By Debbie Gillum Forum Editor Things got way out of hand the weekend before last. Countless vandalism acts occurred along with other “rebellious college behavior.” Yes, we are away from home at Denison but that doesn’t mean we need to act like wild animals. How can you call Denison home if you go around destroy-

ing it? I can’t believe the stuff that students did two weekends ago. Students falsely pulled fire alarms, knocked down a light pole near Swasey, smashed glass doors in Knapp Hall, broke into cars and yanked bathroom doors from their hinges in Crawford. Those sound like things wild rhinos would do. We’re told that we are supposed to be a community but clearly this is not happening. Instead of respecting one another, we’re tearing up buildings and destroying property. Are we trying to send some sort of a message to “the administration?” Students need to realize that the administration is not the enemy. The term “the administration” isn’t even the right phrase to use. It has become a faceless blanket term for anyone who does something students dislike. Think now, who really is the administration? Nobody really knows who is responsible for each individual decision. But what we do know is that the administration is often framed as the bad guy.

If the administration is so bad, then why haven’t they banned partying? They haven’t. There is no official Denison party policy. As long as things stay under control, “the administration” does not care what goes on. Security will only show up if another student calls to complain or if a law is being broken. No matter who you see as “the administration” or “the man” that you’re trying to stick it to, remember that they are real people. When a student throws a wild beach themed party in a Sunny , neither a robot nor “the administration” will be the ones going in and cleaning it up. In reality, the lowest paid members of Denison’s community will spend hours and ruin vacuums while cleaning up all the sand from that crazy college party last Saturday night. One speculated reason for all of the vandalism and wild student behavior is the sense of entitlement. The majority of students here come from upper class families that have money to burn. I get it. Your par-

ents have money. But this does not give you an excuse to engage in harmful and reckless behavior. Act like an adult. Don’t just expect that someone else (like mommy and daddy) will bail you out and pay for all the damage you caused. Speaking of paying for damage, someone has to pay for all this campus vandalism. That money that was planned on being spent on something worthwhile now must go pay for things like new bathroom stall doors in Crawford. If this vandalism trend continues, we might soon see higher costs in tuition. I don’t want to pay more for tuition just because a herd of angry drunks like to act like wild animals and destroy stuff. I apologize for lecturing and sounding like a parent but these are important and apparently necessary things for the entire Denison campus to be aware of. I encourage students to grow up and be responsible for their actions. Partying is great, but it should not come with such a high price.

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Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012

Combating eating disorders Week of events raises awareness

This Sunday kicks off National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Denison’s Eating Disorder Intervention Team (EDIT) is hosting a series of events to raise awareness about this growing concern. (See column on right.) For more information on eating disorders, check out some of the facts below. 91 percent of women surveyed on a college campus have attempted to control their weight through dieting. 22 percent dieted “often” or “always.” 86 percent report onset of eating disorders by age 20. 43 percent report onset between ages of 16 and 20. 25 percent of college-aged women engage in binging and purging as weight-management techniques. The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the rate associated with all causes of death for females 15 - 24 years old. Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly onethird of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting and taking laxatives. In a survey of 185 female students on a college campus, 58 percent felt pressure to be a certain weight. Of the 83 percent that dieted for weight loss, 44 percent were of normal weight. Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment.

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

February 26-March 3 Monday, February 27: Jean Kilbourne: The Naked Truth 7:00 p.m. Slayter Auditorium Thursday, March 1: Kati Weis: Dr. Laura Russell and a student guest 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. WDUB 91.1 Thursday, March 1: Sonja Stotz: Nutrition Myths 7:00 p.m. Higley Auditorium Saturday, March 3: 4th Annual 5K Awareness Run/Walk Noon Lamson Lodge Don’t forget to drop your old jeans off for the Great Jeans Give-Away! Sponsors: Active Minds, Laura C. Harris Symposium, Communication Dept., Center for Women & Gender Action, Health & Counseling Services, Eating Disorder Intervention Team (EDIT), Panhellenic Council, & The Office of Alcohol, Drug, and Health Education

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Film festival continues By Anastasia Yefremova Special to The Denisonian

Tonight at 7 p.m., the Human Rights Film Festival will continue its string of informative and influential documentaries with Better This World. The film about a pair of childhood friends from Midland, Texas who were arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention delves into the impact that 9/11 had on civil liberties and political dissent in America. Better This World will be the third of four films shown by the Human Rights Watch to promote global political awareness at Denison. It is an initiative originally brought on campus by Isis Nusair, a recently tenured women’s studies and international studies professor at Denison and former Human Rights Watch member. As Nusair is currently on sabbatical, director of international studies Veerendra Lele manages this year’s festival. “One of the purposes of having this is for students to see that human rights issues are always connected to larger social, cultural, political, economic and historical issues and civil rights,” said Lele. “We try to select films that will bring out these nuances and complexities.” Every year the Human Rights Watch sends out a selection of ten to twelve films. Out of those, a committee of Denison faculty chooses four to be shown. “The criteria are simple,” said Lele. “The films have to be diverse in terms of topic and region, and make the students really think about the subtler ways in which power operates.” “Sometimes it’s very explicit, sometimes it’s implicit,” Lele clarified. “We want students to theorize, what do I understand by human rights?” The first two films from this year’s series touched on international issues. This is my Land…Hebron was about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Price of Sex investigated sex trafficking in Eastern Europe. As the series progresses with Better

This World and If a Tree Falls (Feb. 28), the focus shifts to human rights violations in the United States. “In an hour and a half you get a quick, very efficient dose of complex, difficult issues,” Lele said. “This is a way to get a perspective you wouldn’t get otherwise.” Junior Leyla Falhan said she finds the films to be a great resource. “I feel like sometimes the things we talk about in class seem to be too abstract,” she said. Falhan has been aware of the festival since she was a freshman through her position as a student worker for women’s studies. According to her, the films are an opportunity for students to see many of the issues they learn about at work in the real world. The following faculty-led discussions are an additional source of background information for anyone unfamiliar with the topics the documentaries explore. As the showings are open to staff, faculty and members of the local community, they serve as a space where perspectives students would not have otherwise heard can be brought in. “I feel like we try to distance ourselves from politics. You feel like the most important thing in your life is that paper that’s due on Monday, but the world keeps going,” she continued. “At Denison, I feel like we tend to be more apolitical and we always talk about how we’re isolated and I don’t really believe that. I think as students in an academic environment we have a responsibility to talk about these things.” “Sadly,” Lele said, “human rights issues aren’t going anywhere.” According to him, if things are to change, awareness and understanding have to come first. This is why events like the Human Rights Film Festival are of such great importance. “There are seven billion people in the world, and only 2,000 students,” said Lele. “And we know people are talking about these things. Denison has to be a part of these conversations, otherwise we become irrelevant.”

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Better This World will be screened on February 21, and will investigate the “war on terror” and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in the United States.

Jean Kilbourne

The Naked Truth: Advertising’s Image of Women

Monday February 27 7:00 p.m. Slayter Auditorium Author, Filmmaker, and Two-Time Recipient of the Lecturer of the Year Award from the National Association for Campus Activities

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AdWeek editorial: “While she bills herself as a critic of advertising, she is more akin to a prophet calling out in the wilderness for fundamental change in the way we communicate publicly with one another.” Books will be available for sale and signing.

Part of Denison’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week Sponsors: Active Minds, Laura C. Harris Symposium, Communication Dept., Center for Women & Gender Action, Health & Counseling Services, & Eating Disorder Intervention Team (EDIT)

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Grandbois nominated for Pulitzer and National Book Award By Courtney Vinopal Staff Writer Sitting in a small, cozy office with crowded bookshelves reaching all the way to the ceiling, Professor Peter Grandbois makes no hesitation in commencing to talk about his newly published novel Nahoonkara, which has recently been nominated for both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Although the fact that this novel has gained so much recognition is impressive in itself, Grandbois’ musings on his inspirations and stylistic choices offer more insight into how he has crafted such a successful piece of fiction. The plot line of Nahoonkara is relatively simple: the novel follows the story of three brothers growing up in Wisconsin, who later move to a mining town in Colorado, each one following a different career path. Although the plot of the novel is fairly basic, the way in which it is told, incorporating elements of both the real world and the magical world, is entirely unique. The story is told from a variety of voices and challenges the traditional linear structure of a fictional novel. When asked about the significance of the novel’s title, he explains that “nahoonkara is an Ute Indian word meaning ‘land of the rising blue.’ The Ute Indian tribe resided in Colorado in the Nineteenth Century, about the time that the novel takes place.” Grandbois chose the word as the title

of his work not only because he liked the sound of the word itself, but because “the book is partly about opening up to mystery and wonder, and reinventing ourselves as people. The word nahoonkara refers to a place in which we are separated from reality and identity, as well a place of rebirth and renewal.” In writing Nahoonkara, Professor Grandbois drew on two sources of inspiration. The first was a picture he discovered when doing research in a small mining town in Colorado. “It was a picture of people holding shovels with which they had dug tunnels after it snowed. I got to thinking about how the behavior of a town starts to change as the tunnels evolve, and as people start to live under the snow.” The second source of inspiration came from an experience that Grandbois had at a funeral many years ago. An old man, presumably a farmer, came up to Grandbois and told him that he had wanted to marry Grandbois’ mother. “That interaction got me to thinking about how my mother’s life would have been different had she made different choices. The book is concerned with the ways in which our identities change and evolve, and this is one of the points at which I started to think about that.” The style in which Nahoonkara is written is perhaps one of the most unique aspects of the novel, as Grandbois draws

upon aspects of magical realism in order to tell the story. When discussing magical realism, Grandbois explains that this style of writing is “not the way we think of fantasy. It incorporates elements of our own real world, yet there are also things that are unexplainable that happen. In works of magical realism, there are elements of both the real and the magic.” Grandbois became interested in magical realism when reading Latin American literature, particularly that of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Magical realism is not particularly popular in the United States, but Grandbois became interested in writing in this style because “it put me and the reader in touch with elements of mystery.” Grandbois’ career as a writer didn’t begin immediately after college. Although he knew he wanted to write during his college years, he quickly decided, “I didn’t have the talent,” so he quit. After teaching in Chicago and running a temporary staffing company, Grandbois came back to writing in 1998, when his first daughter was born. “There’s a certain facing of your mortality when you have kids,” said Grandbois. He decided that he needed to do something in which he would find fulfillment. Since then, he has published three books, including The Grave Digger and The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir, which were written prior to Nahoonkara. In teaching creative writing and contemporary literature at Denison, Grandbois

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Denison English professor Peter Grandbois Nahoonkara.

believes he is doing something meaningful for the students. “Reading and writing are both important for students to study today. Fiction is the best place, and maybe the only place, we have to step into the shoes of another gain empathy. That is the most important reason to both study and write literature.” With a Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel under his belt, Grandbois is well on his way to sharing his love of storytelling with the Denison community and beyond. Peter Grandbois’ Nahoonkara is available now via Etruscan Press.

With Going Green, an eco-friendly future is in store By Christian Payne Staff Writer Granville is gearing up to go green. Take a trip down River Road and check out The Going Green Store, a unique new ecofriendly town retail option that can spice up your office, kitchen, or garden and support local farms and businesses at the same time. If going green is on your to-do list, then this “eco-general store” is certainly your next go-to Granville corner. Just three minutes from campus, the Going Green Store has a forward thinking mission that goes along with a friendly atmosphere. Local co-owners Mike Bauer and Teresa Peters opened the store last August with a vision to offer health conscious, planet-friendly, and economically efficient products for families and businesses going green. Featuring a wide variety of merchandise, ranging from sweet central Ohio jam to multi-colored doormats made from recycled sandals, Bauer and Peters certainly provide plenty of cutting edge products to take advantage of that fit your priorities and your budget. Going Green’s retail list combines cutting edge technology with creativity. Best selling items include: Alchemy Goods bags made from recycled bike inner tubes, advertising banners and highway signs; Crayon Rocks non-toxic user-friendly crayons made from U.S. grown soybeans; and Klean Kanteen stainless steel insulated water bottles/coffee mugs. The cozy store is also a one-stop shop capable of taking care of your grocery and hygiene needs with Chico Bag grocery and produce bags made from plastic bottles, organic drink mixes, salsa, and healthy snack bars, and USDA organic soaps for cleaning body and home by Dr. Bronner’s and Ver-

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mont Soap. Going Green even offers a way for customers to contribute themselves by recycling old batteries, cell phones, printer cartridges, and light bulbs for proper disposal. But, most importantly, The Going Green Store owners want to educate the Granville community about the specific benefits of going green by buying locally to make a difference globally. “Buying local is a great way to go green,” Bauer said. “Staying informed about the environmental issues that impact our lives is just smart. We actively promote other businesses, organizations, and individuals whoa are doing good things in the ‘green’ space.” Bauer’s mission to provide, inform, and involve has certainly been put into action. Going Green is actively participating in

or supporting a number of local and national groups. The store supports the Licking Country Concerned Citizens for Water and Health, the Licking County Local Food Council, and Edible Columbus to keep the local connection alive, while involving organizations like BuildingGreen, the 3/50 Project, and 1% For the Planet on the national scene. Also, Going Green is making alliances with other local businesses that share green values by providing eco-friendly servicewear and local ingredients. For example, you can sip a cocktail through a green Going Green “corn straw” at Snapshots Lounge, or chow down on a bowl of SoupLoft tomato bisque from a Going Green recyclable bowl. You can even get your latte the right way from a 24% post-consumer

cup (the highest percentage on the market) at River Road Coffee House. “We know we cannot make a difference by working alone, and whenever possible we partner with the like-minded efforts of others so that together we can make a greater impact,” Bauer commented. The store’s outreach isn’t limited to these Granville’s classic corners. Bauer and Peters have also operated Going Green, LLC which offers affordable consulting services and wholesale products to small and medium sized businesses looking to improve operations with the environment in mind. Going Green wholesale options include BYO containers (to-go containers, cups, boxes, and napkins) office and school supplies and non-toxic commercial cleaning Continues on page 9

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Listen to this: Columbus’ spring concert preview By Sam Taggart Special to The Denisonian Conveniently located thirty minutes outside of Columbus, Denison’s campus provides its students with direct access to a growing city offering a range of activities for young adults. Including sporting events, a popular bar scene (for those “of age” drinkers), and, most relevantly, a wide selection of concerts and musical appearances. This spring, Columbus is bringing in a lineup of artists that students should truly take notice of, and I am here to provide a guideline of which shows are worthy of attending. Ranging from the alternative- and Bluesinfluenced rock sounds of The Black Keys and the Arctic Monkeys, to shows that highlight the newly popular genre of dubstep, the sub-woofer pounding music craze that has given Skrillex three Grammy Awards, the concerts appearing this spring in Columbus are hard to overlook. This past weekend artists including Drake, Rusko, and Umphree’s McGee entertained venues all over the city, and although the opportunity to enjoy these shows has passed, don’t feel like you missed out – on the horizon are a group of truly notable musical performances, appearing in the intimate venues of Columbus, that Denison students should make part of their plans this semester. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Big Gigantic (with Paper Diamond) Newport Music Hall, Thurs., Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $17.25 on Fusing together the sounds of live drums

and saxophone with dubstep and electronic sythesizers, Big Gigantic provides thier audience with a unique live show experience. Songs to know: “Sky High”, “Lucid Dreams”, “Its Goin Down” Asher Roth (with Meechie Nelson, Cameron Grey, J-Maxamil, and Jaymo) Skully’s Music Diner, Fri., Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. Tickets: $12-20 on Traveling the country for his “Final Four Tour,” Asher and his entourage of young rappers stop in Columbus for two days to feature the Ohio State vs. Wisconsin basketball game.

Touring to promote their new album Odd Soul, Mutemath’s self-described “electroalt rock collaboration” of guitar and drums comes to Columbus to show off their newly produced material. Songs to know: “Blood Pressure” The Black Keys (with Arctic Monkeys) Schottenstein Center, Sun., March 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $49.50 on Ticketmaster

Jane’s Addiction (with Black Box Revelation) Lifestyles Community Pavilion, Sat., Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $35-85w on

Promoting their new album El Camino, the Black Keys are joined by special guest, British alt-rock sensation the Arctic Monkeys, as they come back home to Ohio to perform in front of an already sold-out show. This one is a must-see. Songs to know: “Gold on the Ceiling”, “Run Right Back” (the Black Keys) / “When the Sun Goes Down”, “Fluorescent Adolescent” (Arctic Monkeys)

Alternative rock staple Jane’s Addiction comes to rock Columbus. If you like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, or Dave Navarro, check this one out.

Badfish (with Shrub) Lifestyles Communities Pavilion, Sat., March 17 at 5 p.m. Tickets: from $35 on

Young the Giant (with Walk the Moon) Newport Music Hall, Sat., Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $43-63 on

Comparable to bands such as Sublime and Pepper, Badfish fuse reggae, rock, and an overall chilled-out vibe to provide their audience with songs that always groove.

The newly popular Indie-rock band Young the Giant combine their hometown Californian vibe with organic vocals, and Strokes-esque guitar riffs to create music worthy of a listen. Songs to know: “My Body”, “Cough Syrup” Mutemath Newport Music Hall, Sat., March 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $35 on

Borgore Newport Music Hall, Tues., March 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets: from $66 on Dubstep takes over Newport Music Hall on a weekday. Enough said. Song to know: “Sleepyhead (Borgore Remix)” – Passion Pit

Rebelution (with The Green and Pep Love) Newport Music Hall, Thurs., March 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: from $44 on After performing in Columbus last spring, Rebelution is back for more – this time with new material. Touring to promote their Peace of Mind album, the band once again offers its Ohio audience a relaxed atmosphere where they can enjoy the “finer moments” of listening to live music. Filled with reggae-style songs and soothing guitar riffs, and accompanied by acts such as The Green and Pep Love, this show is looking to be a crowd-pleaser. Songs to know: “Feeling Alright”, ”Ordinary Girl” (Rebelution) Excision (with Lucky Date and Liquid Stranger) The Bluestone, Fri., April 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 on This trio of heavy-hitting dubstep producers are sure to provide a show that will shake its audience to the very core. 3LAU Newport Music Hall, Sat., April 14 at 9 p.m. Tickets: On Sale 2/18/12 21-year-old DJ/Producer 3LAU combines influences such as Deadmau5, Avicii, Calvin Harris, and Porter Robinson to create House and Progressive House remixes that always get the party started.

Granville’s Going Green Continued from page 8 products. Also, Going Green evaluates each of these products based on four key sets of criteria: effects on human health, environmental impacts, social responsibility, and affordability. For Bauer, favoring this four faceted them takes plenty of work. “We continually research to identify the best, most cost-effective products, and we eliminate any product or manufacturer that is “green washing” their product,” he described, commenting on the store’s options that have won awards for green design and quality. “We use and/or test everything that we sell in the store and we offer honest, transparent advice to our customers,” Bauer added. Going Green has a mission for quality, but the store also gives back without a dollar driven mentality. “It’s not all about profit for us,” Bauer admitted. “We have committed 5% of our net proceeds to local charities working to help those in need and protect the environment. The majority of the companies we work with also give back in one way or another. Why? This is just how we want to do business.” After about six months of doing business and growing the Going Green customer base, Bauer and Peters are now ready to expand their retail space. The full store will be complete in March, featuring new products that support the 50 Mile Food and Friends initiative, a local effort to use items grown

or made within 51 miles of Licking County. This spring, they will also take their outreach to the next level by revamping their website and offering online sales in April. With The Going Green Store, Granville and Denison have a new outlet for green products, but also can find inspiration to incorporate everyday eco-friendly themes. The owners offer how-to workshops, and Bauer even gave a lecture to Denison Communication students about going green this past fall semester. “We would love to see Denison students making a commitment to going green,” he said. So, Bauer recommends a going green mindset that’s manageable. “Do what you can, starting with the easy stuff,” Bauer offered. “Seek out products that are green in their whole life-cycle and then make conscious decisions about the products you see.” If Denisonians focus on Going Green’s eco-friendly philosophy each day, then our “Hill” can look forward to an environmentally friendly future – one with every Granville corner both looking and feeling a bit greener. To learn more about The Going Green Store, visit: Shaojun Li/ The Denisonian


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Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012

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By Tristan Eden Arts & Life Editor Given that this album came out a whopping two weeks ago, this review is way , way -90-09-90-overdue. Oh well. The way I see it, this lateness is not an oversight, but a conscious attempt to wait for the hype dust to settle. Born on the internet and raised on hype and buzz, Lana Del Rey is nothing if not controversial. She made it impossible to ignore something we’ve always sort of known: the internet is a fickle, hypocritical, terrifying, imaginary place. Lana Del Rey’s greatest contribution to the world–even greater than her perhaps immortal “Video Games”–is showing us just how fickle, hypocritical, terrifying and imaginary it actually is. Lana Del Rey, really, isn’t all that much about the music. This album, really, isn’t all that much about the music. This album is about the internet. What’s going to happen to it? What’s going to happen to us? I don’t know. First, let’s go back a few months or so. Late summer 2011: an obstinately hipster music video began circulating the blogosphere. The song was called “Video Games” and the video was made up of the sort of Instagram’d haze collage that has come to stand in for and easily represent modern hipster culture. The video was cool, though, and the song was actually pretty amazing. It’s a stately, smoky affair made weird by the modernity of its titular subject and Lana Del Rey’s wise-beyond-her-years deadpan voice. “Video Games” got everyone’s attention. With one song, Lana Del Rey became a sex symbol. With one song, she became a divisive, polarizing icon. With one song, she became an enduring human meme. LDR was on top of the world circa “Video Games.” Then some (I can only assume) disgruntled bloggers got skeptical. Who was Lana Del Rey? Well, she was Lizzy

Grant. She was, it was unearthed, “not authentic.” She was in a way “not a real artist,” apparently. She was as studio-backed as any Disney star: fake, a figurehead. Lana and this idea of inauthenticity immediately became inseparable. Those fickle independent bloggers that had so hyped up “Video Games” now began to hate and hate and hate. Mother of God, what was going on? The internet was moving too fast, eating itself, hating something that, just months earlier, it had told everyone to love. This was all going on Fall/Winter 2011. Haters gonna hate, sure, but when the concept of authenticity in the modern age is at stake, somehow everything becomes more serious. People who write their opinions on the internet were forced to choose. People continued to write about her because she generated hits but they were now unable–for the sake of credibility–to write anything positive. Lana Del Rey was thrust into the position of being a content-generator by not really doing anything. Now, fast-forward to two weeks ago, when Born To Die, LDR’s debut album, was released. Everyone watched with baited breath. Everyone had something to say. Well, now that the dust has settled and we have a little distance between the the buzz and the music itself, it’s safe to say that Born to Die sounds good. Not great or overwhelming but good. Everything is rich strings and subtle hip hop beats. Addicting textures abound. Every song swells in a beautiful yet controlled way. The songs are catchy. The lyrics are absurd to the point of parody, but they, like the music, work to support the Hollywood glitz and drugs and consumerism YouTube famous Marilyn Monroe gangsta Nancy Sinatra Las Vegas singer leather jackets and gold necklaces VIBE that the album (and Lana Del Rey herself) are pushing hard. It’s a noble cause, really. No other pop star (now we’re calling

her a pop star?) today has such a defined aesthetic. But there are problems. In general, Born to Die accentuates the negatives, but not in an ironic enough way. There are countless nods to excess, illustrating a sort of caricature of hard and expensive partying. “Off To the Races” features the line, “He doesn’t mind I have a Las Vegas past/ he doesn’t mind I have an L.A.crass way about me/ he loves me/ with every beat of his cocaine heart.” I guess that’s fine, but it’s actually pretty out of control, lyrically. Was trying to fit “cocaine heart” into that list really necessary? And (the very catchy) “National Anthem” repeats variations on the idea that “money is the anthem of success”: “Money is the anthem/ God you’re so handsome/ take me to the Hamptons,” “Money is the reason we exist/ everybody knows it’s a fact/ kiss kiss,” etc. Another major theme that runs through Born to Die is bad guys and loving them anyway. In “Blue Jeans”–the second best song on the album, behind “Video Games”–Lana Del Rey paints a vivid picture of a powerful, ill-fated love. “You were sorta punk rock/ I grew up on hip hop/ but you fit me better than your favorite sweater,” she sings. Of course, he leaves–“big dreams/ gangsta/ said you had to leave to start your life over.” “I was like/ no please/ stay here,” she sings. And “I will love you ‘til the end of time,” goes the soaring string chorus. “I will wait a million years/ promise to remember that you’re mine.” But “Video Games”–a song about a neglectful exboyfriend–actually handles these bad boy tropes a little too well. The bad boyfriend character in “Video Games” is actually extremely, damagingly realistic. To illustrate this, allow me to borrow a segment of Rob Harvilla’s own ingenious and animated review of this same album, posted Monday, Jan. 30, on He describes the reality of the bad boys of today, the people populating the songs

on Born to Die: “It’s instructive to picture what this guy would actually look like IRL, some clown with a real emotional haircut, Crocs hanging off his feet, Urban Outfitters leather jacket hung over his IKEA futon, remnants of that Taco Bell burrito with the Fritos in it congregating at the corners of his mouth as he binges on Skyrim, blasts “Pumped Up Kicks” on infinite repeat, and gargles dozens of shots of, like, Goldschläger.” When you put it that way it… weakens…everything. There are some really good songs here, and the album deserves credit for cultivating a stylized aesthetic, but ultimately, despite all of the countless blog posts and fragments of hype, it doesn’t matter. This isn’t bad music at all, but Born to Die really matters because it has helped open our eyes to the dangers of our current internetobsessed content cycling culture. Where does it end? Why can’t this music stand on its own (it can’t, not now at least)? Why is Lana Del Rey so hated for making music in the pop-conscious business-like way that countless other beloved stars do? Was it because she lied about it? Wait, “money is the anthem of success”? I don’t know.

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Born to Die, Lana Del Rey’s much-hyped, controversial debut album.


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Women’s lacrosse set for season opener By Luke Belechak Sports Editor The Denison University women’s lacrosse team is more than ready to face this spring’s competition. This year’s team aspires to repeat last year’s NCAC championship performance and make it far in the NCAA tournament. Denison finished last year with an overall record of 13-5 and a perfect 6-0 record in the NCAC. The women won their 16th NCAC championship against a strong Wooster team, coming back from a threegoal deficit with little over 10 minutes left in the second half of the game to win 10-9. Their 10-game winning streak came to an end with a loss to a 12th ranked Messiah College in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Following a year under the supervision of interim head coach P. J. Soteriades, Denison hired Kristin Ramey as the team’s new leader. So far, the team is happy with the changes she has brought to the program. “It’s been a big transition,” said sophomore midfielder Lauren Adams. “But we’re all working really hard, coaches and players alike. Coach Ramey is demanding and works us hard. I don’t think there’s been a day where I haven’t been sore after practice.” “Coach Ramey is a great addition to our team,” said senior defenseman Carly Tschantz. “She has a clear goal and she is a lot of fun.” This year’s team is led by senior captains midfielder Olivia Shiland, midfielder Alex Thurner and Tschantz. Tschantz was named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-West Region second team for her performances last season, finished second in the nation in draws per game (6.06). She

Weekly Round-up Bringing you the box scores from the past week in Big Red athletics. For game recaps, visit: Men’s Basketball vs. Kenyon Feb. 15 Denison Kenyon

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Women’s Basketball vs. Oberlin Feb. 15 Denison Oberlin

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Men’s Lacrosse vs. Mt. St. Joseph Feb. 18 Denison Mt. St. Joseph

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Men’s Basketball at Ohio Wesleyan Feb. 18 Denison Ohio Wesleyan

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Women’s Basketball vs. Hiram Feb. 18 Denison Hiram

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is already Denison’s career leader in draw controls with 181, and will no doubt continue to break her own record as the season progresses. “In many respects last year we didn’t have any major expectations because we felt like the underdog since the beginning. Even so, this mindset paid off,” said Tschantz. Though the team has lost four graduated seniors, the women are extremely excited about their freshman class. “They’ve all been working hard,” said Adams. “Erin Keller is a great midfielder, but they all bring different things to the table.” In terms of team goals, the Big Red expects nothing less than winning conference again. “We’re playing for a conference championship again,” Adams said. “We also are playing a lot of teams that we lost to early last year, so we want to prove ourselves to them.” Tschantz believes that the team has what

it takes to achieve these goals. “I want to be the team that is always scrappy and never gives up, even on a single play,” she said. “We need to do everything to as close to perfect as possible.” Denison will face Waynesburg University in its first game this Saturday (Feb. 25)at home. The contest will be the second annual Friends of Jaclyn Game to raise awareness for pediatric brain tumors and the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation is a non-profit foundation that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families. For more information on the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, visit:

Club hockey hosts eight colleges over weekend tournament By Luke Belechak Sports Editor

tournament this year. Dan Hall, head coach of the Denison club hockey team, is pleased with the way the Denison varsity athletics programs are weekend played out. “This is the first successful year of the well known for their good work on and off the field as many teams hold annual I-70/71 Tournament,” Hall said. “There is a philanthropy events to raise money or lot of good hockey around and it’s not too increase awareness for a variety of funds. far away.” Hall and the rest of the However, this is not team hope to continue to only the case for varimprove and revamp the sity athletics. tournament to make it the This past weekend, most successful it can be. the men’s club ice “This year was sort of a hockey team held its sign up and pay your fees first successful I-70/71 to come to play type of orTournament, benefitganization,” he said. “We ing breast cancer rewould really like to have search. The tournament Head coach of Denison hockey some qualifying standards and more structured invited a number of teams from around the area, specifically matchups so all games are relatively close.” This is not to say that the hockey played along Interstates 70 and 71. The College of Wooster, Wittenberg University, Wheeling this weekend was mundane, however. “There were a lot of good match ups. EvJesuit University, the University of Louisville, Indiana University, Xavier Univer- ery game was good, hard hitting, quality sity, and Northern Kentucky University hockey.” Denison faced Wooster on Thursday accepted Denison’s invitation to play in the

Every game was good, hard hitting, quality hockey.

-Danny Hall


night winning 5-4, tied Wittenberg on Friday with a score of 3-3, and lost to Xavier on Saturday 6-2. Despite the high quality of play, however, Hall is disappointed in the showing of Denison students at the tournament. “Not a lot of Denison students showed up which is kind of a bummer,” he said. “In spite of the fact that this was in the paper and on radio stations, the turnout was light. However, this is our first year and we’re going to grow and the crowds are going to get bigger.” Denison’s loss on Saturday knocked the hosts out of contention for Sunday’s championship game and ended its season. Xavier defeated Indiana in the championship by a score of 7-3 to win the I-70/71 tournament.

For more information on Denison club hockey, visit: denisonicehockey.

Courtesy of Marion Sikora

The Denison club hockey team huddles season with a 14-6-1 record.

Big Red Women’s Basketball vs. Ohio Wesleyan (Feb. 21) Come support the Big Red as they play in the first round of the NCAC tournament at 7:30 p.m. in Livingston Gymnasium


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Swimming earns fourth-straight conference title By Ruby Montes De Oca Sports Editor The intensity of the North Coast Athletic Conference swimming and diving championship, this past weekend, set the pace for what will take place in the much anticipated national championship next month. Seven individual event titles combined led the Big Red to the fourth consecutive NCAC swimming and diving championship for both the men and women. It was a hard fought win as Kenyon stayed on Denison’s heels throughout the four-day championship meet. After trailing the Lords at one point, the women rallied back and finished with a total of 1,611 points, bettering Kenyon by a very close 40 points. The Big Red men maintained the lead throughout the meet and finished with a score of 1,665, just 119 points better than Kenyon’s 1,546 point total. “It was a terrific effort by our swimmers and divers,” said Coach Gregg Parini. “It was a hard fought win by both the men and women. It was a challenging meet this weekend. Kenyon is one of those teams we are going to have to beat.” On the women’s side, four individual event titles and 18 top-8 finishes on Saturday resulted in Denison's fourth consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference women's swimming and diving championship. With only two events left for the day, the Big Red found itself trailing Kenyon by 20 points after the 200 butterfly. The Kenyon lead would quickly fade as Denison firstyear Katie Collins returned, after a Thursday night win in the 3-meter dive, with another win in the 1-meter dive. Collins posted an 11-dive score of 388.20 for the victory. Rookie Sterling Keiser would follow with a fourth place finish to add 338.60 points for the Big Red. The strong performances by both divers, regained the lead for the Big Red by 48 points. The foursome of sophomore Morgan Nuess, first-year Molly Willingham, junior Alyssa Swanson and senior Marit Wangstad swam a strong race, placing second in 3:27.24 assuring another conference title would be added to the trophy case. Over the course of the meet, the Big Red women won 11 of 20 events and senior Hilary Callen set a new NCAC record in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:52.53. Callen's swim broke a conference record set by Denison's Tamara Carty in 2001. Teammate first-year Janet Watson placed fifth at the same event with a time of (17:27.42). Senior Emily Schroeder would also make her mark by becoming the second studentathlete to become a four-time champion in the women's 200 backstroke. Schroeder posted a season-best 'A' cut time in preliminaries with a time of 2:01.88. In the final, Schroeder posted a time of 2:02.15 and junior Lindsay Zeberlein took second in 2:02.69. The 100 freestyle saw six women in the top-10 in the standings. Willingham won


her first individual event title and her second NCAC title overall in 51.81. Wangstad took second (51.88) and Nuess placed fourth in 52.25. Swanson, sophomore Lauren Wine and sophomore Tully Bradford closed out the event in seventh, ninth and 10th place, respectively. In addition, sophomore Natalie Lugg placed third in the 200 breaststroke, while senior Laurel Brabson earned silver in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:03.68. “We wanted to win for the seniors. We know how much it meant for them,” said Lugg. “I think a lot of us were not tapered for this week and when it comes time for Nationals we will be better rested. We’ll come back stronger at Nationals than we did at conference.” On the men’s side, the team won its fourth consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday night after a solid final day that saw DU come away with three individual event titles. Junior Quinn Bartlett maintained Denison's dominance in the backstroke by breaking his own meet record in the 200 backstroke. Bartlett touched in 1:47.63 and was followed closely by senior Robert Barry who placed second in 1:48.85. Third-

place went to sophomore Sean Chabot who posted a season-best 'A' cut time in 1:49.16. Senior Michael DeSantis finished in seventh-place with a time of 1:54.07, while rookie Matt Montague finished 10th. Sophomore Al Weik won the 1650 freestyle for the second-straight year with a time of 15:32.95. Rookie Robert Lawley finished in fourth place in 15:47.78 while senior Dan Thurston followed with a fifth place finish and a time of 15:58.67. After the first two events of the night, the Big Red held a 248 point lead over the Lords but Kenyon would not lose without a fight. The Lords significantly trimmed the deficit in the 100 freestyle by taking the top-four places. Despite the strong showing from Kenyon, the Big Red stayed on pace with sophomore Spencer Fronk’s fifth place (45.49), senior Mike Barczak would follow with a sixth-place finish (45.58). Sophomore Jackson Humphrey became a conference champion for the first time, but he would have to share the honor as Kenyon's Joe Pysnik touched in with an identical time of 1:50.62. Rookie Dan Hellman finished fourth with a season-best 'B' cut time of 1:52.16. The Big Red logged three top-10 finishes

in the 200 breaststroke. Junior Seth Lemon led the way with a third-place finish, while first-years Ben Snader and Damon Rosenburg placed fifth and 10th respectively. Denison closed out the meet with a secondplace finish in the 400 free relay thanks to Chabot, Barczak, Bartlett and Fronk's time of 3:01.11. In the championship awards ceremony, junior Gabe Dixson was named the NCAC Diver of the Year for the second time after sweeping both diving competitions, while Jason Glorius was named the NCAC Men's Diving Coach of the Year for the secondstraight year. The wins by the men and women marked the fourth-straight conference title and the fifth overall respectively. The women’s first conference title came in 2004, while the men’s first title came in 1997 and each has followed with wins each year since 2009. “It is our fourth championship in a row, but we don’t look at streaks,” said Parini. “We are taking it one day at a time. Each year presents its own challenges.” The NCAA Division III (National) Championships will take place March 2124, 2012 in Indianapolis, In.

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