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The Denisonian

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Established in 1857

In this issue: The history of Black students at Dension See page 6-7

Volume 160, No. 3

First Year Forum held, car share program proposed By Chris Herman News Editor In this past semester, Denison has been addressing many concerns expressed by students and faculty. The new swipe access restrictions and party registration policy have been passed as an attempt to resolve some of those issues, but they have been met with voices of opposition. In an attempt to better understand these concerns, senators of the class of 2015 of Denison Campus Governance Association (DCGA) held a forum for first year students this past Sunday in The Roost to discuss the future of Denison. These senators included Chris Hoye, Meghan Pearce, Ashley Bartreau, Steven Hix, Yusuf Ahmed, Kyle Gasaway, Emily Schultz, and Drew Jepson. Dean of First-Year Students Mark Moller was also in attendance. The topics of discussion included the housing lottery, the dining service contract, a proposition for the CarShare program, the party registration policy, swipe access, Greek life, and how to improve the situation of space utilization on campus. Jackson Wu-Pong, DCGA’s policy chair, revealed the new proposition to introduce a car-sharing program to Denison. “We would have, hopefully next year, a pilot program with one or two cars where students can go in, and for about eight dollars an hour you can go and rent a car, and that eight dollars will cover insurance, gas, everything,” says Wu-Pong. The program is being proposed as a way to reduce the amount of cars on campus and the impact on the environment. Students should keep their eyes out for a survey sent out to gauge interest of this proposal. This Wednesday in Higley Auditorium at 4:30 p.m., a local sales representative for the program will be coming in to further discuss the specifics. As of now, one of the main concerns of this proposal is financing. “If we have a good interest coming out next year in our pilot program, then hopefully we’ll be able to expand it to five or six cars,” said Wu-Pong. As of now, Enterprise will be the company contracted, with a hybrid model being the most likely to be used. Students will have to create an account online with the company to use the cars, and schedule a time when they would like to rent one of the vehicles. Specifics of the program are still being

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(Top) Although gathering a crowd of only 20 students and one faculty, the First Year Forum was able to spark a lot of ideas about topics closely pertaining to student life. (Below left) Jackson Wu-Pong shared information about the CarShare program. (Below right, left to right) Class of 2016 senators Hoye, Pearce, Gasaway, Bartreau, Schultz and Jepson, six of the senators hosting the forum.

negotiated, but as of now 48 hours would be the maximum limit a student could borrow the car per scheduled time. As part of the discussion on the new party registration policy, students questioned what models were used as part of the creation process. Pearce revealed DCGA had researched approximately 40 other schools with these types of policies, and used Gettysburg’s and Hamilton’s policies as some of the primary models for the one introduced to Denison. The Denisonian has done an in-depth investigation on the policy in our Jan. 22 issue. Students voiced concerns over how the new swipe access policy has been affecting them, with safety and weather being some of the arguing points against the policy, and cases of vandalism being brought up as a reason for it. The conversation transitioned to residential and Greek life on the campus

and how it relates to this issue. A main concern of most participants of the forum was what to do about the pre-gaming culture on campus. It was mentioned that No Regrets, a new public awareness campaign, is aiming to address a lot of the concerns brought up by this aspect of nightlife on The Hill. The campaign is created by Catherine Champagne, Denison’s new coordinator of alcohol, drug, and health education this year. Utilizing some of the less used spaces around campus was suggested as a way to offer new alternatives for students on the weekends. Some ideas being considered are using residential basements and lounges as areas to utilize. During the session, Dean Moller expressed his interest in the idea of introducing a coffee shop to The Roost as a way to improve the use of space here and promote socialization outside of dorm

rooms and parties. Moller also stressed the importance of students to step up and take the initiative, “Students want to see changes on campus, but they should also recognize that they are the people to bring the change alongside with administrators.” Hannah Frank, who was in attendance of the forum, reflected, “what set the First-Year Forum apart was that the Class of 2016 Senators took the initiative to provide answers. It was, on the whole, a more solution-oriented discussion than those I’ve been a part of in the past”. The wide-range of topics covered at this event signifies a busy year for DCGA. There are a lot of changes underway, and students should expect quite a bit of news on these subjects over the next few months, starting with the dining contract and possibly the housing lottery system.

Beaver and Sawyer possibly turn co-ed, lottery changes By Ian Frazier Special to The Denisonian The Campus Affairs Council will be meeting to discuss several significant changes to Denison’s residential organization this Thursday, Feb. 5. Their primary objective, among other matters, is to review a proposal involving the possibility of gender designation changes to Beaver Hall and Sawyer Hall due to unbalanced gender distribution. Ever since Denison’s merger with Shepardson College in 1900, the university has been a co-ed campus. It was not until 1927 that the two colleges became

fully consolidated, and the female community merged with the male community. The several separate residential facilities created for the two communities have since combined over the years, and now the majority of our halls house both genders. Only four facilities still maintain their gender-designated status: Sawyer, Beaver, Monomoy and Bancroft. No concrete decisions have been made at this time, but the Committee on Residential Life (CRL) has emphasized the possibility of a co-ed designation for both Beaver and Sawyer to Kristan Hausman, the assistant dean of students and director of residential education.

Atanu Chakravarty, the vice president of the Denison Campus Governance Association (DCGA) and the chair of the CRL, explains that the changes are due to Denison’s currently uneven gender ratio. “We are a co-ed campus and we think that our residential life should reflect that,” said Chakravarty. Chakravarty also shares that the designation changes for the two halls are to make the housing distributed more proportionally by gender. This proposal is not in any way a new idea, and in fact Beaver and Sawyer’s gender designation have been considered since the early 1980s. Another topic soon to be discussed in-

cludes the reorganization of the senior lottery system. Not only is the system being redesigned to be more efficient, expecting results within a few days of submission, but it will also open up the gender-neutral group lottery option to special housing request opportunities. As of last year, applying for the group lottery option excluded students from any special housing option in the lottery. Dates for this proposal have yet to be decided. Hausman will present the proposal in this Tuesday, Feb. 5’s DCGA Senate in the Burton Morgan Lecture Hall. All students are encouraged to attend the meeting.


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Senior Social Hour: seniors and professors intermingle By Emily Schultz Special to the Denisonian The first Senior Social Hour took place in The Roost last Thursday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. The goal is to eventually host this gathering of senior students and faculty members once a month, for the sole purpose of bringing the community together to enjoy beverages and good conversation. Jeremy King, the Campus Sustainability Coordinator, created the idea of this Senior Social Hour with Assistant Professor of Political Science Mike Brady. Together, they approached the senior class co-governors, Shawn Whites and Kasey Hoare, about bringing their idea to life. King said, “Last year, we all heard a lot about issues of general overconsumption of alcohol by students at Denison. We ultimately came to the conclusion that we should try to create an opportunity for faculty, staff and seniors to come together in a social setting where having a drink or two is acceptable. We shared our idea of community building with Dr. Laurel Kennedy, and she thought it was a good idea.” Co-governor Kasey Hoare, a French major from Annapolis, Md., said, “I think it’s great to facilitate more conversation. A lot of times, you only have access to your professors in a classroom setting, so having this outside interaction with them is going to be really good.” Her counterpart, Whites, is an English major from Galio, Ohio. Whites added, “Even Sodexo liked the idea, because the Roost isn’t utilized nearly enough. The whole idea is just to come, mingle with faculty, spend time with your buddies, and share a beer.” The event had a large turnout. Over 50 people were counted as present by 5:30 p.m. Sodexo employee Janet Rector was thrilled

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More than 50 people, including seniors and faculty members, came to the Senior Social Hour on Thursday, Jan. 31.

to see the normally empty space put to such great use. Rector explained, “I’d love to see more kids come up and utilize the space. I hope that this event encourages students to visit the Roost more frequently. It is certainly packed tonight!” According to senior and former student body president Hannah Frank, “One of the most inspiring things about my experience with DCGA has been the emergence of new ideas.” Frank is an English and educational studies double major from Cincinnati, Ohio. Frank continued, “To watch this idea come to fruition over the course of the last semester while gathering support from students, staff, faculty, and administration was an inspiring reminder of the power of community.”

It was clear the faculty and staff had indeed supported the event, as history professor Catherine Dollard put it, “Right now it seems like there is a great representation of faculty and staff from all over Denison. It is nice to have social moments with the community.” Not only were the faculty pleased with the turnout, but senior Emma Sullivan, a creative writing major from Phoenix, Ariz., also commented, “This is such a great idea. We are making great connections, and I like spending time with my professors in an informal setting.” Vice President of Student Development Laurel Kennedy was responsible for giving her stamp of approval in regard to the Senior Social Hour. Kennedy shared, “I think

this is a chance for us to begin to celebrate the seniors as they move toward graduation. We just have a couple more months with them on campus. I am excited that we get to spend this last semester getting together once a month in a more social environment.” She continued, “We are acknowledging that they are adults going into the world, and we are enjoying their company.” Underclassmen were pleased to observe the seniors and professors engaging in lighthearted, informal conversation. The Senior Social Hour promoted themes of building and strengthening the community on campus, and is helping make steps toward creating positive change on campus.

This Week in Pictures

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AAUW representative Nicole Ward spoke at Elect Her, a leadership program focus on female leaders on Feb. 2

Senior Jill Weighley gave blood on Tuesday Jan. 29 in the campus-wide Blood Drive.

NERD sudents, from left to right, Harshida Pancholi, Isabela Lara, Clare Cormier, and Sarah Sheldon in Denison Brain Bee competition.

CORRECTION BOX In our Jan. 29, 2013 issue: - A story on page 1 about Drew Johnson being elected DCGA President should have said that Hannah Frank ‘13, who had served for three semesters as the student body president, resigned from the position because it has been “to the detriment of [her] academic and personal success,” and that it was time for new leadership. The reason for her stepping down was stated incorrectly. - A story on page 2 about Denison trustees giving insights and reflecting on life after Denison should have said that James Anderson went to New York after graduation. The story incorrectly said that another trustee had done that. The panel was organized by Career Exploration and Development. - A story on page 6 about the Denison Museum incorrectly spelled the name

of Professor Tommy White, who teaches painting in the Department of Studio Art and is the curator for a museum show called “Personal Space” debuting this coming fall. Also, the faculty member in Arabic Studies that the museum staff is working with is Fadhel Kaboub. - A story on page 8, about Phillip Phillips, should not have included assertions about his physical condition during his performance and time at Denison University. The Denisonian retracts that information and apologizes for including it. The caption also should have said over 400 people came to enjoy the show. - A story on page 11 about the hockey club continuing its dominance with another win should have said the game was at Liberty City.

§ Correction Box is used to retract and/or correct any information in previous issue(s) that has not been presented with the accuracy that itself and The Denisonian’s readers fully deserves.

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Denison Brain Bee brings out the brightest students By Lia Windt Photo Editor Tension filled the air as students from local high schools situated themselves in their seats to compete in the Brain Bee competition. Such anxiety can be attributed to the difficult questions they were to be asked, or to the fact that the Lecture Hall in Burton Morgan can be intimidating to teenagers who are not used to the college environment; most likely the former. The Brain Bee competition consisted of 20 questions based off of biology topics, the first ten being level one, next five level two, and the last five being level three, increasing in difficulty respectively. Such questions yielded answers like “EEG,” “FMRI,” and “forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain”—and these were just the level one, the easy questions. It really makes one think how challenging high school courses have become over the years. Leading the event was Nestor Matthews, associate professor of psychology. He made sure the answers students wrote on their whiteboards were communicated to the judges, among whom were Karen Gunther, Seth Chin-Parker, associate professor of psychology, and Eric Liebl, professor of biology. Neuroscience and Education Research at Denison (NERD) students also participated in the event by making sure the competitors had the proper materials and were comfortable. The whole process was carefully executed in order to ensure that students would not cheat, since it has happened in previous

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Psychology professor Nestor Matthews announces students’ answers to the judges

years. For example, some students would write down the answer to the question after it had been said, so that they would get the question right. Now students are required to hold up their whiteboards with two hands the whole time, and professor Matthews will recite every single answer in order to be certain that none of the students copy the answers. It is a simple and effective solution for

this problem. For every odd-numbered question that a student answered correctly, he or she would receive five dollars, whereas for every correct even-numbered question a donation will be sent to Central Ohio Lions Eye Bank. Rebekah Abel from Johnstown Area (home schooled) received third place and was given $50. Anamika Veeramani from Laurel

School came in second place with a reward of $75, and Sharonya Vadakattu won first place with $100, a lovely championship trophy and funding to go to the National Brain Bee in Baltimore, Md. The Brain Bee continues to be a program which rewards students for their hard work by competing with other intellects, and helps motivate them to succeed in the future.

V-Week to combat violence DCGA Weekly Report By Guram Sakvarelidze Special to The Denisonian

A globally discussed issue of violence against women will again be addressed at Denison in February during the V-Week. Students and faculty members are planning to offer various projects during the V-Week, starting in Feb. 8, to emphasize the importance of the issue. According to Niki Feehan ‘14, who heads the VDay project during the V-Week with Laura Wilson ‘14, one of the main goals of the events during the V-Week is to emphasize the responsibilities of men and women alike when trying to correct the issue of violence against women. VDay, a worldwide campaign for raising awareness regarding violence against women, will kick off the V-Week on Feb. 8, in Knapp Performance Space at 7 p.m. with two performances - The Vagina Monologues, and A Memory A Monologue A Rant A Prayer (MMRP), both of which will be held the next day in Knapp Performance Space once again. Similar to The Vagina Monologues, MMRP is a set of monologues written by average people reflecting on their subjective experiences with violence against women. This year, during the V-Days, male perspective is going to be heard when talking about violence against women. MMRP gives men, along with women, the chance to perform the monologues. The two performances will be directed and acted by Denison students who volunteered to raise awareness of the issue of violence against women through theater. V-Week does not end with The Vagina Monologues and MMRP. Along with various film screenings in Slayter Auditorium

and lectures by professors concerning the issue of violence against women, One Billion Rising Dance is planned to take place on the 3rd floor of Slayter on Feb. 14, V-Day’s 15th anniversary. According to, the dance is a global strike. The event is a call to men and women alike to raise awareness of the status quo. The dance is supposed to be an act symbolizing solidarity towards women, and a strike against violence against women. Whether you attended The Vagina Monologues last year or not, participating in the V-Week seems to be of great importance. The issue of violence against women is a big one, affecting lives of millions. V-Week might be a good time to learn more about the issue and become a part a movement that tries to make the world a better place.

Starting Feb. 5, The Denisonian will be reporting on activities and updates from the Denison Campus Governance Association (DCGA) Senate meeting every Tuesday. Matthew Pennekamp is The Denisonian’s reporter for DCGA Senates. -




Reminder from Ad Hoc Committee for Alcohol and its Effects Hello Denisonians, The Ad Hoc committee for Alcohol and its Effects would like to send a friendly reminder to fill out the brief survey where you can anonymously share your candid thoughts and experiences within the Denison social community. The survey was sent out via e-mail on Feb. 4 and will close on Feb. 13. Every voice counts and would be greatly appreciated. The results will be shared later this semester with both the Denison and Grandville communities. Link to the survey: Thanks for your cooperation! The Ad Hoc Committee for Alcohol and its Effects


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Our Voice The price of vandalism When a parent or a prospective student comes to Denison, we hear the same comment so often that it is expected: “Denison is so pretty.” It is. A person couldn’t tell now because of the bitter cold, but when the leaves are green, the trees are full, and the deer are frolicking across East Quad, Denison is undeniably... pretty. But who would think that behind all this prettiness would be tens of thousands of dollars worth of vandalism per year? Who would think that a school that costs so much to attend, and with so much liberal arts prestige, the students who are supposed to be the exceptional can destroy property with no remorse or accountability? Lets talk numbers. Just simply breaking the glass of a fire extinguisher case costs $45, and $40 of that is labor. When we break things at 3 a.m. after a hard night of partying and labor is called in to rectify our messes, they charge $120 just for the inconvenience. Glass doors that are shattered cost on average $200 to repair, but the price can climb to three times as much as that. And the ul-

timate test of vandalism, the one that seems to be most lauded by a drunk circle of guys on a Friday night is succeeding in ripping a water fountain from the wall. But it pays to do something this “legendary”. Repairing and replacing a water fountain? More than $900. Getting away with vandalism and no one ever knowing what you did? Priceless. As a community, we are better than this. We are supposed to be that college on the hill full of smart kids. Instead, we’re that college with the kids that have racked up over $40,000 worth of damage this year alone. Some of us will say, “It’s not me that’s doing it, okay!” And what we say is, no it’s not you. But it may be your friend, or you just might be seeing the person who is doing these things. You have a moral obligation to report these people and their actions. If we’re really adults, and if Denison is truly preparing us for the real world, we need to start acting like it. It is time to hold each other accountable and create a culture that discourages vandalism. After all, don’t we want to keep Denison pretty?

Repair costs for vandalism

Fire extinguisher box: $145

Electric door swipe: $345

Fire extinguisher glass: $45

Room doors: $400 - $2200

Replacing fire extinguisher: $150

Late night repairman: $120

Glass door: $200 - $745

Labor: $40 - $240

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As I looked around our office in Knapp 108 on the Sunday before publishing our first issue of the 2013 academic year, I could not help but to feel very proud to witness such a diverse group of intelligent individuals, in our editorial staff, working together to accomplish a common goal. Witnessing this made me reflect on my experiences being part of the so-called “minority” group on campus these past three years. It also sparked me to initiate a conversation about race and class, which are two topics that tend to make people feel uncomfortable, but nonetheless are two subjects that must be discussed. I often overhear students complaining about the lack of racial diversity at Denison. In fact, I may be guilty about making such statements. I remember feeling very uncomfortable talking to non-white students my freshman year due to some of the racially discriminatory experiences some of my closest friends had experienced on campus. However, as the years have passed I have realized that the issue is not necessarily race but more so socioeconomic class. Any given person closely observing the campus atmosphere will notice that there is an overwhelming amount of self-segregation by the student body due to socioeconomic class differences, which dilutes the educational benefits of racial diversity. In Denison brochures we may see

that we have students who are from all parts of the world but are most likely than not a part of the upper middle class. Although, in their own right they have individual experiences to share, we would also greatly benefit from students who are international students and also a part of the working class. Socioeconomic class diversity is necessary to be able to gain insight on unique perspectives to be able to foster the true learning environment that Denison seeks to create. I would like to think that the glass is half full and that Denison is making positive strides to create a more diverse and inclusive student body. We have made progress, yet there is still much more work to be done. It is going to take not only administrators to seek out the diverse individuals to attend Denison, but it will also take the student body, faculty and staff to work as one to create a common bond. As students we need to steer away from self-segregation. Yes, these issues are deeply rooted beyond The Hill, but we need to lead the way for change. There seems to be a false sense of community on campus. Perhaps there is a false sense of community because there are many sub-communities. We should strive to make campus a more welcoming community accepting of everyone. If we can’t agree on certain issues lets try to agree on the very thing that we all have in common, we are Denisonians. Lets continue supporting one another with campus events as well as engage with people that we might initially believe we have nothing in common with. Go to a La Fuerza Latina, Black Student Union, Asian American Student Union, or a Students of Caribbean Ancestry meeting. These, like many of the multicultural organizations are open to the whole student body. Show up and learn more about the different cultures and who knows you might make new friends.


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Your Voice Letter to the Editor: Greek Values Dear Editor, As the outgoing President and VicePresident of Standards of Panhellenic Council, we were profoundly disturbed by the Editor’s Corner published in last week’s Denisonian. Your accusations exhibited a classic misunderstanding of fraternity and sorority life on Denison’s campus, and we are disappointed that the Denisonian would publish such a piece. Let us first start with your question: “If our brothers and sisters are truly committed to service, why has Denison resorted to a party registration service?” Here you are integrating two very different aspects of Fraternity and Sorority life. Our commitment to service has nothing to do with the party culture here on campus. By joining Greek organizations, we are not committing to hosting parties for the entire campus. Party Registration is in no way connected to the philanthropic nature of all of our organizations. We take pride in our philanthropic accomplishments. For

instance, the president of DCA is affiliated and the Panhellenic sorority Delta Delta Delta has raised over $100,000 for Saint Jude’s in the past five years. Non-affiliated members of our community who are committed to service also host unsafe parties, why are they not falling under the same fire? This year the Fraternity and Sorority Life (IFC, MGC, NPHC, and PHC) community has collaboratively facilitated change in our practices. We altered the traditional event of “Greek Week” to “Campus Kickoff Week” which included 3 days of service at the Garden of Hope and brought State Radio to campus, filling the Roost to capacity with Greeks and non-Greeks. Later in the fall semester we brought Marc Elliot to campus, who was voted “College Speaker of the Year”. Marc spoke on self-acceptance, how to “live and let live,” and how to create a culture of tolerance on campus. All of these events were highly publicized and open to the entire

campus. Further, Panhellenic has reached beyond the Greek community and has cohosted multiple events with campus organizations, such as the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week with EDIT and The Center For Women and Gender Action. You ended your editorial with the charge for Greek men and women to “encourage a socially sustainable party culture, should they choose to do so.” We have already made that choice. Rob Moore, a member of Beta Theta Pi, first heralded party Registration. Of the seven student representatives on the Ad Hoc Committee on Alcohol and Its Effects, four are affiliated (including one of the authors of this letter). Additionally, many of the policies of Party Registration are simply the codified version of Greek practices. Before this policy took effect, Greek organizations already had sober students at every event with alcohol. Of course, the entire Denison community needs to transform our relationship with alcohol, but the Greek track record with

the implementation of Party Registration is pretty good thus far. As the past year as shown, we will answer any legitimate charge the University serves us. We are always seeking to become more transparent in our actions and encourage students who are curious about Fraternity and Sorority Life to ask, rather than assume the negative stereotypes associated with our community to be true. Please know that we recognize the need for improvement and are working everyday to better ourselves: we are committed to standard of excellence that is upheld at a national level. We are proud of our community; please do not try to shame us about our accomplishments and our personal choice to join Greek organizations. We do not level similar accusations at non-affiliated students, why do you feel the need to target us? All the best, Callie McKeon and Emily Sferra

Campus Climate Watch: A good idea for Denison? By Curtis Edmonds Forum Editor

I find myself in a complex in terms of the Campus Climate Watch available for Denison students to view on MyDenison. On the one hand, I am impressed by the level of transparency - that we can see what goes on at Denison and how our culture is affected by numerous incidents. On the other hand, this strong level of transparency scares me. Do we really want to read about a girl being “raped by two men” last spring or about a “sorority hazing” that resulted in the loss of that chapter? When my friends and I finished perusing Campus Climate Watch, our heads were swimming. Did we know these young women who had been sexually assaulted? Worse, did we know any of the men whohad assaulted them? How would we react to the

people that we knew that had their sorority chapter suspended for hazing? And what did all of this say about the community we were living in? Campus Climate Watch is a wake up call for Denison. As a freshman, I remembered thinking that Denison was perfect. Freedom from the rules of my parents house, new people, new classes, new experiences. I remembered bursting out of the back doors of Curtis East and Smith with my friends as we headed to the Sunset apartments for parties and memories. Not once did we think about a racial slur being carved into bathroom walls. Not once did we imagine offensive things about a person’s religion on a display board in a residence hall. Not once did we fathom that someone could be raped that night. I am ashamed to admit that I’m not ready for the wake up call that Campus Climate


t Events start Monday, Feb. 4 t Refer to calendar on page 4

Internship Information Session

t Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 11:30 a.m. t Burton Morgan 115

Human Rights Film Festival: Putin’s Kiss t Tuesday, Feb 5. at 7 p.m. t Slayter Auditorium

WeCar CarSharing Program Informational Presentation t Wed., Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m. t Higley Auditorium

The Vagina Monologues

t Feb. 8-9 at 7 p.m. t Knapp Performance Lab

Beck Lecture Series: David Ebenbach t Friday, Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. t The Open House

Men’s Basketball vs. Allegheny College t Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. t Livingston Gymnasium

Lunar New Year Festival

t Saturday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. t Slayter 3rd Floor

BSU Freshmen Foundation: Black Love Peace Corps Master’s Information Session Week t Thursday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. t Burton Morgan 218

Anderson Lecture: Steven Strogatz t Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. t Burton Morgan 115

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Watch is thrusting in front of me. I want my fantasy of a perfect Denison to persist. I want Denison to be like the glossy brochures that I thumbed through, frantically trying to decide which college was right for me. Denison students always lobby for more transparency. It’s been on the platform of almost every DCGA candidate. But are we really ready for this transparency? Are we really ready for the truth? As Jack Nicholson famously exclaimed in A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth!” Denison, is it that we can’t handle the truth? Or do we want to ignore it? Many of us probably have never viewed the Campus Climate Watch. Some of us would look at those reports, roll our eyes, and call them isolated incidents. It has disturbed me to hear some of the responses to incidents on this campus. A young man on my floor said this of a campus wide e-mail about a girl be-

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ing raped while intoxicated: “If you’re drunk and you hook up, its not rape...You just don’t remember it.” A friend of mine once referred to people’s anger over racial slurs being carved into bathroom stalls as “making a mountain out of a molehill.” We have to do better. And we have to wake up. We cannot continue to think of Denison in the rigid terms of the classroom and the random party in Sawyer. There are things that happen outside of these venues that are shocking and disturbing, and their continuance proves that we have some culture problems that we need to confront. I just hope we all take the initiative and confront them together.

Quotables @ Denison

And I was like, Brew’s like the bar? And she was like, no like I have a bruise on my arm!

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The complex history of Black students at Denison By Curtis Edmonds Forum Editor Arguably, the most important remnants of Denison’s history can be located in the shelves, file cabinets, and picture frames of the Archives in Doane Library. It is here that one can find the little known story of black students at Denison, from the first graduates, to the formation of the Black Student Union, to the twenty-first century Posse Scholars. These records, kept safe and sealed, as well as interviews from an array of sources, have helped build and preserve the history of Black students at Denison. The First Graduates: 1884 – 1954 According to Library archivist Heather Lyles, Denison heralded William A. Meredith, class of 1886, as the university's first black graduate. However, via the Registrar’s Office, she found another black student, Richard J. Temple, to have graduated just two years ahead of Meredith in 1884. Upon graduation from Denison, Temple went on to serve as a minister in Mississippi. Meredith would go on to medical school at the University of Michigan. Sadly, both men died shortly after leaving Denison. Meredith passed in 1893, Temple in 1902. A third black graduate, Carter H. Barnett of the class of 1892, was a baseball player at Denison and a member of the literary society. He would go on to dedicate his life to education, eventually becoming a high school principal in Ohio. The earliest black female graduates on record are Bessie Gully Jones of the class of 1906, who attended the Shepardson Women’s College, and Florida Fisher Parker ’53. Both women would go on to be teachers in the South upon leaving the Hill. Lyles had the honor of meeting Parker in 2003 when she returned to Denison for her fiftieth class reunion. According to Lyles, Parker shared the details of “the general prejudice against a black woman on campus.” Despite these prejudices, Parker and the other early black graduates (fourteen have been recorded in the archives) found their niche at Denison. A

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Archive photographs of William A. Meredith, class of 1886, Denison's second black graduate (right), and of Bessie G. Jones '06 and

common theme for most of the black students was membership in the Cosmopolitan Club and American Commons Club. Lyles says these clubs were significant because of the exclusive nature of fraternities and sororities at the time, which barred minorities. Conversely, the Cosmopolitan Club, and later, the American Commons Club, which both functioned as liteary and debate socities, were open to all regardless of background. The transcripts of the early black graduates show bright young men and women who achieved high marks in classes such as Greek, German, history, and geology. This didn’t surprise Lyles. She noted that the prejudice on campus really forced black students to focus almost exclusively on their academics. After meeting Florida Fisher Parker, Lyles got the sense that “she wanted to get her education, so she put up with the grief.” Professor David Woodyard of the Religion Department knows what “grief ” Lyles described. Dr. Woodyard, an alumnus of the class of '54,

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The 1970 letter sent by the Black Student Union to prospective black students, encouraging them to attend another institution.

knew of Florida Fisher Parker and a black male student that attended Denison at the time. He says that issues surrounding racial equality were ignored, and that the few black students were invisible. Woodyard notes that “in that era, everyone was racist.” The Black Demands: 1969 – 1971 There is little on the record about black students at Denison between the mid1950s through the 1960s. The black population was small, typically with only one or two black students per year. By 1969, however, records show that there were 38 black students on campus. Both Lyles and Woodyard believe that the spike in black students by the late 1960s can be attributed to the change in the overall national culture. The 1960s was a time for protest – against war, sexism, and racism. This ethos exploded on Denison’s campus when the Black Student Union, angered by a string of racist incidents, crafted a proposal – colloquially referred to as “The Black Demands” – which called for reforms that the students felt would better life for black students on campus. The Black Demands were sent to thenPresident Joel P. Smith and the Board of Trustees in December 1969. The Demands called for five black professors, a black admissions recruiter, a black administrator, one hundred black students, black advisors, and an African-American Studies department – all by the following school year. In his official response, Smith rejected the BSU's proposal and called their proposition of an African-American Studies Department “black separatism." Most of the faculty and administration opposed the Black Demands as well. According to Woodyard, only 32 faculty members supported the Black Demands, and most of them were not tenured. He explains the divide as “old guard vs. new guard”, with the new, untenured professors being more open to change. White students at Denison were not complacent during the Black Demands crisis. The Denison Campus Governance Association (DCGA), led by President Joe Serianni, voted overwhelmingly at 94% to support the Black Demands. They proposed that the ad-

ministration and the Board of Trustees set up a committee of students, faculty, and administrators to suggest ways to address and fulfill the Demands. Still, as the process moved slowly, students of all backgrounds became weary and unsatisfied. Upset with the president’s initial rejection, students refused to go to classes, and instead, in March 1970, taught themselves in the form of Afrocentric teach-ins. The Black Student Union also distributed letters to prospective black students, urging them to consider another institution for their education. The letter described racial relations on campus as “stormy," highlighted the fact that not a single black family lived in Granville, and said that racism and prejudice made their attempt to receive an education “unnecessarily tough”. The Black Student Union accused the administration of “tokenism", saying that they only admitted a small number of minorities in order to receive federal funds, and that Denison had no genuine commitment to diversity. After these events, some of the Black Demands were finally met. The black professors were hired, the Black Studies department was formed, and 94 new black students entered Denison in the 1970-71 school year. While Woodyard agrees that challenging the administration and the trustees was ultimately a victory for the black students, he also added, “You can win and not feel good about it.” According to Woodyard, some tension remained even after the Black Demands were addressed, and the controversial year left many, including the victors, unfulfilled. In his memoir "Falling Apart," Smith revealed that he suffered lifelong severe manic depression, and that he found that his presidency during the Black Demands was a contributing factor. This could have explained his uncompromising attitude towards the black students on campus, and his lack of leadership in that time period. More than a Noose: The Crisis of '07 Black Studies Department chair Professor John Jackson came to Denison in 1974, after the Black Demands era. He was one of the early black administrators and one of the few black faculty members, suc-


ceeding Woodyard as Dean of the Chapel. He says that in his time at Denison, racial relations have gradually improved, but there are problems that continue to reflect the qualms in the Black Demands. According to Jackson, students have come to him with the same issues over his decades here at Denison: a lack of sensitivity in the classroom surrounding racial issues and a stifling student culture. “Black students often feel that they are not a part of the mainstream Denison culture,” says Jackson. Modern-day racial tensions reached their climax in 2007, when the a capella group the Hilltoppers advertised for their Halloween concert with a noose hanging under the words “Looking for a Place to Hang?” The singing group was criticized for not exercising racial sensitivity surrounding the lynching deaths of many black Americans in the twentieth century. The Hilltoppers responded by apologizing and cancelling their concert, and instead holding a forum to talk about racial issues in the Slayter Student Union. But according to Jackson, the Hilltoppers’ ad was just one in a series of incidents that offended not only black students, but women and LGBT students as well. Some of these incidents included homophobic graffiti and parties thrown by white students where they wore blackface. As the aforementioned groups continued to air their grievances surrounding race, gender, and sexuality issues at Denison, they realized they needed a larger forum. Jackson says, “Students were requesting the president to issue a statement and allow for more discussion of diversity issues.” President Knobel cancelled classes on November 7, 2007 and arranged for a forum at the Mitchell Athletic Center. Over 1000 students attended the forum to share their experiences and opinions. Jackson characterizes the forum as “a complicated response that was necessary for the college.” The Mitchell forum was chronicled by cinema major Joe Razo ’08 in a student documentary entitled “More than a Noose." Despite the fact that racial diversity has surged under him, the film included strong student critique of President Knobel and the social culture on campus. One student claimed that when members of the Black Student Union went to President Knobel to talk to him about their concerns about the racial climate, he seemed “nonchalant” and allegedly told them to “pick your battles." At the large forum in Mitchell, the film shows Knobel being bombarded with accusations of being insensitive to students of color and of not caring about their issues. Furthermore, Knobel compared racial and homophobic incidents on campus to a dripping faucet. One student found issue with this metaphor, comparing the drips that Knobel described as “an annoyance”, and said that he felt that the metaphor did not reflect the pain of the incidents Knobel described. More students spoke at the forum, revealing personal experiences and calling on their peers for change. A young woman said, “Today I heard a lot of voices

from the dominant culture, and it makes me happy and it makes me sad, because I wish I would have heard your voices sooner.” A young man called on straight, white males to recognize their privilege, and he stated that if they held each other accountable “all the problems could be eradicated”. For black Denison students today, the memories of 2007 still linger as recent reminders that the school still needs to make progress in the areas of race, gender, sexuality, and class. Brittane Maddox ’14, secretary of the Black Student Union, finds that “the administration is only concerned if it gets as severe as 2007.” On the topic of diversity, Maddox finds that Denison’s diversity is purely on-paper. She says, “The campus is highly segregated, and the classroom is the most integrated place.” While the classroom may be integrated, does it necessarily mean that it is the safest place for minorities? The experiences of Brandon Hummons ‘13, President of the Black Student Union, suggest that it may not be. He says that “in the classroom, I am the only African-American.” He points to an economics class where the focus was inequality, and the consensus from his majority white class was that people should not have children before marriage and that everyone should go to college. It is ideas like this, he says, that offends him and other students of color. There are many indicators that suggest that Denison has progressed in issues of race. For example, Jackson was one of the co-writers of the Power & Justice requirement, which makes it mandatory that all students take at least one class in the areas of Black Studies, Women’s Studies, Queer Studies or International Studies. Of the new requirement, Jackson says, “The fact that the multicultural focus is being brought has made a strong impact.” According to Political Science professor Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, the social tide – at least in the classroom – is shifting positively as well. From a faculty standpoint, Mitchell-Walthour finds that students “interact positively with each other” and that she has not witnessed “any uneasy interaction among students in the classroom.” This comment differs from the experiences highlighted by Hummons, but this might suggest that their differing positions at Denison – student versus professor – crafts contrasting views on the racial climate in the classroom. Anthony Daniels '14 believes that while racial incidents are not as prevalent as in Denison’s past, he acknowledges that there are other problems that people should consider. He says, “People use race as a deciding factor for friendship”, and that “the concept and perception of Denison is still white”. Daniels is also not pleased with the lack of diversity in the administration, reflecting one of the key points of the Black Demands in 1969. “It would be a good thing to see a Black person in power,” Daniels says, referring specifically to roles such as the President or Provost. “It would show that Denison values diversity as much as they say they do.”

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Bid Day by the numbers By Kristóf Oltvai Features Editor The fraternities of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (IFC) and the sororities of the Panhellenic Conference (PHC) celebrated their spring semester Bid Day last Sunday, Jan. 27. Men and women who had been invited to join one or more organizations went to Slayter Student Union to receive their bids. Data provided by Aimee Maczko, faculty advisor to both IFC and PHC, in addition to Denison's two other Greek councils, National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), shed light on trends regarding affiliation. According to several affiliated individuals, the number of women who rushed NPC sororities was the largest in contemporary Denison history. 89.5 percent of women who rushed received bids, and all who received bids chose to affiliate (at least on Bid Day). The largest pledge class was Kappa Kappa Gamma's with 53 women, the largest in the chapter’s history according to sister Laura Venzke '14; the smallest was Pi Beta Phi with 30 women. Although not all women who rushed were first-year students, the number of women now affiliated with PHC sororities would account for 28 percent of the freshman class and 48 percent of first-

year women. Among IFC fraternities, Sigma Chi boasted the largest pledge class with 15 new members. The smallest was Lamdba Chi Alpha with 6 new members. 62.5 percent of men who rushed IFC fraternities were offered bids, although a little over a quarter of men declined their bids. Once again, although not all men who rushed or pledged were first-year students, the number of men who joined IFC fraternities on Bid Day would account for roughly 12 percent of the first-year class and 28 percent of first-year men. Altogether, the number of men and women who rushed PHC and IFC organizations would account for 40 percent of the freshman class. IFC totals now account for about 36.6 percent of all enrolled men, and PHC totals for 45.6 of all enrolled women. These numbers do not reflect the statistics officially published by the university's administration. According to the university's official website, there are "approximately 700 affiliated students on campus." Maczko's personal tally resulted in a total of 914 students, however, and this total does not even include NPHC and MGC organizations, due to each organization's different intake process. According to Collegeprowler, 21 percent of men are in fraternities and 40 percent of women are in sororities at Denison.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Vail Series performers dazzle Denison community By Sam Taggart Arts and Life Editor

The lights dimmed and the audience filling Swasey Chapel to capacity on Friday night went silent. On stage, illuminated, awaiting the presence of their conductor, the BBC Concert Orchestra appeared focused and at ease in the final moments before their performance. Now, with darkness consuming the viewers, young and old, and the conductor in place, a momentary silence to calm the senses before the music begins. Versatile and prolific, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) Concert Orchestra is recognized as one of the United Kingdom’s most musically proficient assemblies, and it was a treat to see them demonstrate their talents this past Friday, playing a two-set concert held within the intimate atmosphere that Denison offers. Led by world-renowned and devoted composer Keith Lockhart, the audience was serenaded a collection of unique compositions meant to highlight the often unacknowledged skill of British composers. Opening with a four-part piece by composer Benjamin Britten, the performers were immediately able to showcase their talents, playing songs that personified different aspects of life at sea as seen in the opera, Peter Grimes. The compositions, “Dawn,” “Sunday Morning,” Moonlight,” and “Storm,” played in this order, exuded the qualities of an insightful composer and a well-practiced orchestra. Each song, clearly distinguishable from the last, left the audience evidently charmed by the expertise of the musicians. Falling to a silence after the tumultuous percussion at the end of the last song, Swasey Chapel resonated quietly before its audience began a rousing applause, ending the first performance. Leaving the stage briefly after the first piece, Lockhart returned with an obvious excitement walking alongside accomplished cellist, Sophie Shao. Sharing the entrance on stage-right, Lockhart presented the night’s showcase performer to the crowd, who shined in contrast to the black-and-white attire donned by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Wearing a

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The BBC Concert Orchestra, led by conductor, Keith Lockhart, and joined by cellist, Sophie Shao, serenaded an attentive and appreciative audience of Denison students, professors, and local residents this past Friday in Swasey Chapel.

shimmery, white, sleeveless dress, Shao immediately made her presence felt in the room; but it was not until she began playing that the audience truly understood her dynamic addition to the assembly of musicians. Highlighted in Edward Elgar’s diverse, thirty-minute “Cello Concerto in E minor,” Shao’s performance was both compelling and innately tender. Moving through scattered notes with ease, the cellist, sitting with instrument in lap, facing the listeners on a small podium in the middle of the stage next to Lockhart, helped lead the musicians through four compositions, using her expertise to guide and encourage the orchestra while simultaneously excelling on her own merit. Captivating her audience with an inherent skill, Shao added an indelible presence to the performance. After a long applause and standing ovation, the musicians, conductor, and Shao left the stage to prepare for the second set, and the audience was left eager for more. Listeners looked forward to

the performance of two pieces: the first, George Butterworth’s “The Banks of the Green Willow,” a seven minute folk-ballad meant to capture images of the English coastline, and the second, “Enigma Variations,” a multiple-part composition by Edward Elgar portraying the personalities of close friends and family through the use of musical expression. Beginning the second set, Lockhart and the BBC Concert Orchestra – now unaccompanied by Shao – quickly reintroduced their collective musical proficiency to the Swasey Chapel audience with their performance of Butterworth’s piece. Once completed, Lockhart left the stage for a final time, reappearing with microphone in hand and a thankful attitude. Appreciating the opportunity to perform for a receptive audience in such an personal setting, Lockhart joked that he “knew everyone in the room,” and, greeted by universal laughter, continued, stating that accomplishing a performance with such professionalism is “a thrill and a daunting” task.

The BBC Concert Orchestra matched this energizing dialogue with an equally engaging performance. Playing each piece in-sequence and with definitive care, the musicians successfully recreated the composer’s original vision – a true pleasure for the audience. Arriving at the finale, Swasey Chapel became saturated with the layering tones of the string and wind instruments and the climactic pounding of the percussion section, filling the space with a purposeful and resonating sound. But, calmly and without falter, the music produced by Keith Lockhart and the BBC Concert Orchestra soon faded, leaving the room echoing in silence – a fleeting moment of reflection – before the space was once again filled with a continuous applause. Taking final bows and waving appreciatively, the musicians and conductor left the stage looking content. The audience, with notes still reverberating in their heads, exited Swasey Chapel in a similar state of mind, appreciative of what they had witnessed.


Spring Theatre season begins with Elyse Dolan’s Smudge By Sam Heyman Arts and Life Editor For those of you wondering when the Denison theatre season is going to kick itself off, have no fear — On Feb. 15, 16, and 17, senior Elyse Dolan will be presenting her production of Rachel Axler’s Smudge in Ace Morgan Theatre, sponsored by the Denison Independent Theatre Association. Having read the play myself, I can say it is one you will not want to miss, though it does have a certain edge to it. This edge was part of what drew Dolan to the play, when she read it in preparation for her Summer Research experience. “It’s a comedy, but it’s really dark,” she says of Smudge, which concerns the parents of a baby that is, well, a little different, to say the least. Dolan was really drawn to the character of Colby, the mother of the child, who will be portrayed by sophomore Annie Tracy, a character who Dolan describes as “appropriately nervous about being a mother.” The production, which began after auditions on Jan. 17, has been full of surprises

for Dolan. Her cast and crew have helped bring “nuance” and “dimension” to Axler’s already enjoyable play. Annie Tracy, who starred last semester as Amy in Katie Woods’ Out of Sync, is, in Dolan’s estimation, delightful. “[Annie] has these surprises in her… [that she can use to] bring nuances to Colby[‘s character,]” Dolan says. Of senior Alec Lee, who plays Colby’s husband Nick, Dolan says: “He’s wonderful, and plays the worried father part well… [Alec] makes it a dimensional part. He brings in the trouble behind Nicholas.” Lee, a veteran of Denison student and departmental theatre, was last seen on the Ace Morgan stage in Mark Seamon’s production of Legacy of Light. Lee is joined here by one of his Legacy co-stars, sophomore Will Brackenbury, who plays his goofy, “overthe-top” brother, Pete. “It’s like the part was written for him,” says Dolan, who praises Brackenbury’s ability to capture the character’s over-the-top aspects with voice as well as with bodily mannerisms. Smudge has a small cast of characters, but

Performances of Smudge will take place on Feb. 14, 15: 8 p.m. Feb. 16: 3 p.m. in Ace Morgan Theatre

Dolan’s production features a well-sized team of collaborators. Three of them — Bronwyn Frank (Stage Manager), Flannery Maney (Assistant Director) and Alex Woroncow (Assistant Stage Manager) — are first years, a fact that exemplifies the capacity of student theatre to provide learning opportunities for budding dramatists. Also joining the crew is junior Tara Foster, the lighting designer. Foster, like Lee, last worked in Ace Morgan as part of Legacy of Light. This team, with Dolan at the helm, is sure to produce an impressive product, not least with the support of Denison Theatre Department faculty, including A Streetcar Named Desire director Mark Seamon, who has also been one of Dolan’s key directorial

mentors throughout her time at Denison. Dolan took a directing class with Seamon in her sophomore year, and found the experience very rewarding. “It was the first time a professor had told me I stood out at something,” Dolan says, of Seamon’s praise of her directorial potential. Since that course, Dolan has directed a handful of DITA One-Acts and assistant directed both Peter Pauze’s production of The Nerd in the fall of 2011, and Seamon’s recent production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Dolan is very passionate about directing, and plans to pursue it as a career after she graduates. An English literature/theatre double major from Chillicothi, Ohio, Dolan particularly enjoys “going into a text” and studying its aspects, but she also enjoys working with actors to create her pieces. With a small-cast production like Smudge, she says, “all three actors get to really delve into it… No one is sitting around for long,” wand thus, “every moment is exciting.” Like all theatre at Denison, admission for Smudge is free for students, and seating will operate on a first come, first serve basis.


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Life of Pi captures Yann Martel’s literary genius on camera By Deniz Aydogan Special to The Denisonian Based on Yann Martel’s novel, the film Life of Pi is a phenomenal story-telling experience and a landmark for representing beautiful visual aesthetics. The journey begins with Pi Patel, the younger son of an Indian zoo owner who receives the news from his father that they will soon be moving to Canada. While on a cargo ship with all the animals that are to be sold in Canada, Pi and the other passengers encounter a dangerous storm. The aftermath results in Pi stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat, kept company by a hyena, orangutan, and a tiger. Throughout this journey, Pi struggles with thirst and starvation, survives multiple open-ocean storms, encounters a squadron of flying fish, a humpbacked whale, a school of dolphins, and a night illuminated by luminous jellyfish, all of which are demonstrated by the beautiful cinematography of the movie. Director Ang Lee and Director of Photography Claudio Miranda were able to put together a film of visual mastery that makes it impossible for anyone to leave

the theater unimpressed. Using stateof-the-art, computer-generated imagery (CGI) and 3D technology, Lee led his team to develop a digitally rendered, but decievingly real-looking beast, a creation so detailed that it causes the audience to not only watch the movie, but become entranced by its movie magic as well. The beautiful aesthetics enhance the overall narrative and themes of the film, most specifically in the underwater scenes. While Pi is stranded out in the ocean, one cannot resist asking a multitude of questions. How he will secure his food and clean water. How will he not go insane? How will he will he not get eaten by the tiger, Richard Parker? This survival story is a test of physical, mental adaptation and faith, ultimately demonstrating that this journey on a boat will take him not through the Pacific Ocean, but on a spiritual journey. Through finding solutions to these questions, Pi was able to develop a complicated relationship with Richard Parker, involving fear and competition, but also compassion and friendship. Lee and screenwriter David Magee are masters of storytelling, ending the story

with a controversial open-endedness. The conclusion leaves the audience to interpret what truly happened and debate over it among family and friends. The ending insists that the good heart in animals, God, and Pi can really be a delusion or even a lie from the truth of who we stand as in the universe, but the experience of the movie encourages us to believe in miracles. The conclusion is poetic and fascinating, but also deliberately frustrating in a way that raises the question about the true reality and what we prefer

to believe. Actor Shuraj Sharma plays the difficult role of Pi Patel, because throughout the majority of the movie he essentially plays a one-man show. The animals weren’t real, they were created through CGI. Thus, Shuraj brilliantly portrayed the sense of acting with real live animals while on set. The movie, if judged solely on its story, cannot be wholly compelling, but the style and visuals give the movie’s audience the whole reason to appreciate Lee’s Life of Pi.

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Listen to this: Columbus spring concert preview By Sam Taggart Arts and Life Editor

Spring semester is upon us and after two weeks of classes, the work is beginning to accumulate -- but do not get discouraged! In the coming weeks and months, music venues throughout Columbus are showcasing artists from a variety of musical backgrounds that Denison students can - and should - use as a well-deserved break. With this comprehensive list of shows, ranging from the tech-house beats soon to pump Tiesto’s audience into a state of bliss, to the unmistakable guitar sounds that will be performed by The Who’s Pete Townsend, the intimate venues of Columbus have compiled a group of truly notable musical performances for its residents to enjoy. Only a short, 30-minute drive away, Columbus sits close enough to Denison for students to make a real escape from campus – and still allow us to get back in time for class the next morning. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the shows. Big Gigantic Newport Music Hall, Wednesday, February 6 – 7:30 PM $18 on Ticketmaster

The Who (Pete Townsend and Roger Daltry) Schottenstein Center, Sunday, February 17 – 7:30 PM $50 on Ticketmaster

Rascal Flatts (with The Band Perry) Nationwide Arena, Saturday, February 9 – 7:30 PM Starting at $25 on Ticketmaster

Tea Leaf Green The Woodlands Tavern, Sunday, February 17 – 7 PM $15 in advance/$18 day of show (via

Maroon 5 (with Neon Trees and Owl City) Schottenstein Center, Wednesday, February 13 – 6 PM SOLD OUT - see for ticket availability

Aesop Rock (with Rob Sonic, DJ Wiz, and Busdriver) A and R Music Bar, Tuesday, February 19 – 7 PM $23 on Ticketmaster

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Umphrey’s McGee (with The Mike Dillon Band) Tiesto (with Tommy Trash and Quintino) Lifestyles Community Pavilion, Friday, February, 15 – 7 PM Nationwide Arena, Thursday, February 28 – 7 PM $30 on Ticketmaster $40 on Ticketmaster Madeon (with Fareoh and cj the dj) The Bluestone, Friday, February, 15 – 7 PM $15 on Ticketmaster

Ra Ra Riot (with Pacific Air) A and R Music Bar, Thursday, February 28 – 7 PM $20 on Ticketmaster

Matchbox Twenty (with Philip Philips) Palace Theatre, Saturday, February, 16 – 7:30 PM $50 on Ticketmaster

Tame Impala (with The Growl) Newport Music Hall, Friday, March 8 – 7 PM $20 on Ticketmaster

They Might Be Giants Newport Music Hall, Saturday, March 2 – 7 PM $22 on Ticketmaster

Slightly Stoopid (with The Expendables and Tribal Seeds) Lifestyles Community Pavilion, Saturday, March 16 – 7 PM $23 on Ticketmaster

Muse Schottenstein Center, Tuesday, March 5 – 7 PM $48 on Ticketmaster

Dopapod The Woodlands Tavern, Saturday, March 23 – 9 PM $10 (via

Pink (with The Hives) Schottenstein Center, Wednesday, March 6 $27 on Ticketmaster

Local Natives (with Superhumanoids) Newport Music Hall, Tuesday, March 26 – 7 PM $23 on Ticketmaster

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Tenacious D Sum 41 Lifestyles Community Pavilion, Wednesday, March 6 – 7 PM Newport Music Hall, Tuesday, April 2 – 7 PM $50 on Ticketmaster $23 on Ticketmaster Cold War Kids Newport Music Hall, Tuesday, April 9 – 7 PM $20 on Ticketmaster

Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band Southern Theatre, Monday, April 15 – 8 PM $35 on Ticketmaster

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ninth annual Bluegrass Festival next weekend By Golzar Meamar Assistant Arts and Life Editor

Country music, banjos, and strings your thing? Then make sure to check out the Music Department’s 9th Annual Bluegrass Festival! The festival consists of three different performances by Mark Wade’s “Grass Roots,” Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton, and the DePue Brothers Band, and is spaced out over the span of the entire weekend. Mark Wade’s trio will be performing on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Burke Recital Hall, Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton will be performing on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in Swasey, and DePue Brothers Band and Della Mae will be at The Midland Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 10. This final performance requires tickets, so for more information, contact the Music

Department. Besides just performances, there will be various workshops throughout the weekend, especially on Satruday, Feb. 9, including a hammer dulcimer workshop with Mark Wade in the Burke Recital Hall at 10:30 a.m. and then several more workshops with Mark Schatz in the Burke Rehearsal Room: Traditional Dance at 12 p.m., Clawhammer Banjo at 1:15 p.m., and Bluegrass Bass at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 adds a workshop with the DePue Brothers at 1 p.m. in Burke Recital Hall. “Grass Roots” is a new album from the Mark Alan Wade trio. The musicians in the trio are Denison University Music faculty, including Andy Carlson (Music Department Chair) on the fiddle and the mandolin, Casey Cook (Instructor of Bluegrass Guitar and Bluegrass Ensemble) on guitar, and

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Feb. 8: 7 p.m. | Burke Recital Hall Feb. 9: 7 p.m. | Swasey Chapel Feb. 10: 7 p.m. | Midland Theatre Mark Wade (Coordinator of Brass Studies, Trumpet, and the Wind Ensemble Director) on the hammer dulcimer. Other artists on the album include Craig Markley on tin whistles, Sid Omasta on Bass, Mark Schatz on the bass and the banjo, and Stephen Seifert on the mountain dulcimer. The album is composed of traditional folk tunes as well as newer Bluegrass arrangements. Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton have won a good number of International Bluegrass Music Awards. Their music draws from roots in Scottish, Irish and traditional Eng-

lish music, which are common influences of Bluegrass music. Beyond their strand of country, they strive to add more to the traditional bluegrass sound by adding elements of rock. Both are American musicians and both are accomplished in playing guitar, mandolin, and banjo among other instruments. The DePue Brothers Band came out with a new album in 2009 titled “Weapons of Grass Construction” and sounds like a mix of bluegrass, classical music, and rock. The DePue brothers themselves are from Bowling Green, Ohio and their entire family has been making music together for over 25 years. All three performances, as well as the additional workshops, are sure to cater to the tastes of those who enjoy music of the Bluegrass genre, and others.

Pictures from the Bluegrass Festival 2012, which was held in Swasey Chapel and attracted a large crowd.

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Alumni gifts indoor golf simulator By David Allen Sports Editor The winter time brings many troubles for club and university sports. For instance, golf is especially tough to practice in the winter here in the midwest, as there is no conceivable way to play when the groomed greens need hours of shoveling to prepare just one hole. Yet, at the beginning of February, Denison will be able to hoist its very own indoor golf facility up above the shoulders of competing universities thanks to some very generous alumni and their family. Former Denison students Frederick ‘05 and Caroline Waddell ‘05, and parents, Rick and Cate Waddell, and brother, Charlie Waddell, have graciously donated the money for construction and installation of this indoor golf simulator which will revolutionize the way varsity golf is practiced during the bitter winters at Denison University. “A former golfer [Frederick Waddell], a legacy golfer, had such an incredible experience at Denison, he wanted to provide a gift for a state of an art indoor facility... located in one of the older racquetball courts,” said Nan CarneyDebord, the Director of Athletics & Recreation. The facility’s use will be focused on the

varsity golf teams, but can be utilized even from people not on those teams. “The golf facility’s use is for the men’s and women’s varsity teams and PHED golf instruction classes along with private lessons provided by our head golf coaches,” Carney-DeBord added. The simulator will be very similar to the ones seen at golf stores around the world, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a putting green simulator. She continued, “You can change the slope and the angle [of the putting green simulator], if you’ve got a match coming up at Wittenberg and you want to practice the number 18 green, you can change the green so they can putt appropriately.” With the option to alter the slopes to specific conditions, the athletes will be more prepared for golf holes in upcoming matches. In addition to adjusting the putting greens, you can also adjust each animated golf hole to those at specific world famous golf-courses such as Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines. Throughout the first week of February, there will be final instruction and installation, preparing and teaching the coaches and players. At the end of this week, on February 7th, there will be an “opening hit” celebration which will signal the start-up of the fully functional simulator set to give DU an edge in varsity golf for years to come.

Weekly Round-up Bringing you the box scores from the past week in Big Red athletics. For game recaps, visit: Men’s Basketball 02/02 Grove City Denison M. Indoor Track 02/02 Denison

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Frederick Waddell ‘05 (pictured above), along with wife, Caroline, and parents, Rick and Cate, make up the family who have donated the money for the construction and installation of a state-of-the-art indoor golf simulator to Denison Athletics.

Women’s Swim/Dive 02/02 DePauw Denison

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Third Place

134 84

Men’s Swim/Dive 02/02 Ohio Wesleyan Denison

139 87

Women’s Basketball 02/01 Kenyon Denison

54 66

Women’s Swim and Dive 01/30 Wooster Denison

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Senior night brings victory for women’s basketball By David Allen Sports Editor It was a happy senior night when the women’s basketball team took the hardwood and avenged a poor mid-season loss with a 66-54 win versus Kenyon in the rematch on Friday night. “Our biggest rivalry has always been with Kenyon for the four years that I have been here at Denison. So to beat them on our home court, on our senior night, in front of all our friends and family was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had, very surreal, very emotional. It was definitely a night I won’t forget,” said senior Nicole Coggins, who had nine points and three steals on her senior night. Everything about this game went well for the quick Big Red, who poured a 21-9 lead within just the first 11 minutes, junior Gretchen Staubach recording six of those 21 points along the way. “I would definitely say the key points of the game for us we’re right at tip off and the first few minutes of the second half. Starting a game off with more intensity in both our offense and defense than the opponent always helps us play a better game overall,” said Coggins. The first half went according to Denison’s plan, as they led 34-24 when the first half ended. The major contributors in the first stanza were Audrey Rogers and Mary Margaret Habel, both who went 3-4 from the field to notch up six points apiece. In addition to her six points, Habel also had four offensive rebounds. “Coach Lee definitely stressed that both before the game and at halftime. She also

talked about our defense winning this game. We really needed to pay good team defense, rotating and helping each other out to contain their shooters and rebounders,” Coggins added. And while the lead was favorable for Denison at the break, there was no leveling off for DU during the second half who added two points to their lead, sparked in part by Senior Serafina Nuzzo’s 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals; all within just the second half. “We’ve struggled recently coming out the second half with the same intensity that we start each game, giving the other team a chance to go on a run and gain confidence. We started both haves with so much intensity this game, and that’s part of the reason why we were successful,” Coggins enforced. Serafina also led the team, and the game, with seven assists and four steals. This helped Denison considerably as they held the advantage in assists, steals and turnovers over Kenyon, 15-11, 14-5 and 21-10. “The crowd that came for the Kenyon game was amazing! They brought so much energy and positivity, I’m really so appreciative of the support our team has had from the other students at Denison! They always make a difference” continued Coggins. Denison held a multitude of advantages within the game, but perhaps the most impactful was the home-court one, which came with 825 loud and enthusiastic attendees. “The crowd that came for the Kenyon game was amazing! They brought so much energy and positivity. I’m really so appre-

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A lively home crowd of 825 people atteneded Denison Women’s Basketball ‘s senoir night, where the Big Red women beat conference rival Kenyon, 66-54.

ciative of the support our team has had from the other students at Denison. They always make a difference. I think the best moment for me was when myself and the other four seniors were on the court together for the final minutes of the game,” Coggins said. This conference win came at an excellent time for the Big Red, who now have recorded a season long five-game winning streak as they blaze off into the postseason with a 13-8 record. Coggins said, “I am very excited for the rest of the season, we just need to take each game one at a time and focus on getting better every day. If we do that, I definitely think we can be successful in the confer-

ence tournament.” While this is Coggins last year, she sees a very bright future for the budding DU women. “We have so many talented athletes who are also great people. I truly feel blessed to have had the opportunity to play with each one of them and get to know them. I know the women’s basketball program will continue to be successful many years after the end of this season,” Coggins said. Coggins, Serafina, and the rest of the streaking Denison Women’s basketball team look to continue on their path to success by first facing conference rival Wittenberg University on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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Big Red Intramural Athlete of the Week The Denisonian presents the Big Red Intramural Athlete of the Week to celebrate the accomplishments of the top performing Intramural athlete of the previous week and to learn more about the person behind the numbers.

Men’s 5 on 5 Basketball: Coach Chris Sullivan ready helped his team to a 2-0 record, and has been shooting the lights out. The Denisonian had the opportunity to sit down with Coach Sullivan to get to know the IM superstar a bit more.

ball, and a soccer coach playing for us. We did have a guy on the dining services staff playing with us, but he got hurt the first game. We’re pretty bummed, because he was our only big guy.

By Luke Belechak Sports Editor

Luke Belechak: In terms of the game, what is your specialty? Chris Sullivan: I think I had fifty some points in the last IM game. If I made twenty some shots, fifteen were probably three’s. I rarely go inside, I just stand outside and chuck the ball, which is perfect for intramurals because there really isn’t much defense. It’s a blast.

Belechak: What was your favorite class in college? Sullivan: I took a sports economics class and thought it was pretty cool. We looked at how sports can affect a lot of the aspects of economics, so I really enjoyed that.

Last week, The Denisonian highlighted the intramural scene at Denison University. Given the unbelievable amount of talented exhibited in the first week of play, we have decided to highlight an IM athlete who is worthy of praise. Assistant men’s basketball coach Chris Sullivan has had quite the career. His senior year at Wittenberg University, Sullivan led the entire nation in 3-pointers at 4.1 per game, setting the NCAC record for the most three’s in a season at 120. An All-American athlete, Sullivan returns to the court this season for the men’s basketball IM season. He has al-

Belechak: What is it like being one of the coaches yet, playing against students? Sullivan: It’s cool because I’m kind of sheltered working in the athletic offices and usually would only get to know the kids in the basketball program. It’s good to get to know other students or kids I wouldn’t normally get to meet, and it keeps my competitive juices flowing. In some ways I treat it as a normal game, I really only know one way to do it. Belechak: Who all plays on your IM team? Sullivan: Our team is all coaches. We do this for a living so we’re all pretty competitive. There’s two basketball, two lacrosse, two base-

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By Luke Belechak Sports Editor Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had a successful weekend in the pool in the final dual meet of the season at Ohio Wesleyan University. On the men’s team, the underclassmen were dominant. The freshman foursome of Steffen Listerman, Joe Brunk, Kevin Brinegar, and Conrad Wuorinen gave the men their first victory of the meet in the 400 yard medley relay. The Big Red would touch the wall first with a time of 3:34.96. In the 1000 yard freestyle, freshman Conner Downard destroyed the competition with a time of 10:12.14. Sophomore Rob Lawley and Freshman Seamus Appel provided DU points in the event as well, finishing third and fourth, respectively. In the fast-paced 50 yard freestyle, freshman Ryan Fleming snagged first with a time of 21.89. Denison placed first, second and fourth in the men’s 200 yard IM by Listerman, Brunk, and freshman Mason Adams, respectively. They snatched up the majority of points in the event. The 200 yard butterfly was dominated by Big Red swimmers. Freshman Andrew Rich would finish first overall and two seconds faster than his seed time at 2:02.73. Freshman Ian Delahunty and junior Andrew Quinn touched in after Rich, placing second and third overall. Sophomore Ben Snader and Brinegar placed first and second in the 100 yard freestyle in a very close race. The top six finishers were all less than three seconds

apart. Denison sophomore Dan Hellman finished first overall in the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 1:53.27 followed by Listerman who clocked in at 1:58.50. The male divers were also more than impressive, finishing in the top three places. In the one meter dive, freshmen Ben Lewis was first overall with 276.05 points, and Lewis was followed by freshman Nathan Lightman and junior Matt Poulos, who finished with 233.90 and 222.00 points, respectively. In the three meter dive, senior Gabe Dixson finished off his dual meet career with a first place finish, receiving 331.20 points. All in all, the Big Red men would win the meet 139-87, garnering nine first place finishes in the process. They end their regular season with a 6-1 record. The women were just as successful against Ohio Wesleyan, with more impressive performances by the younger of the Denison swimmers. Sophomore Molly Willingham and freshman Marissa Bednarek, Claire Van Fossen and Mary Van Leuven placed first overall in the 400 yard medley relay with a finals time of 3:59.55. An all-freshman foursome of Elizabeth Dalziel, Allie Bacon, Krysta Garbarino, and Ashley Yearwood touched the wall right after at 4:05.99. Big Red freshman Kathryn Clare-Salzler crushed the competition in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 11:04.09. The second place Ohio Wesleyan swimmer would finish a full twenty-one seconds after ClareSalzler. Freshman Mary Cullen barely out did junior Morgan Nuess in the 200 yard free-

Belechak: What is it like as a former Wittenberg graduate, to be employed by conference rival Denison? Sullivan: Last year it was definitely weird. I just graduated two years ago, in 2011, so I played against a lot of the Denison kids. Last year Denison had six seniors and I played against them for three years. Actually, Brett Tiberi, a senior last year, was my high school teammate. It was an interesting dynamic at first, but they really respected me, so it’s been fun. It’s easy for me relate to what the kids are going through. Belechak: What’s your favorite movie? Sullivan: I’m not a big movie guy. Probably my favorite movie in the last couple of years has

been Inception. I can watch that over and over. Belechak: What’s your favorite TV show? Sullivan: Any of the HBO series. Right now Girls is on. It’s a little different, but I enjoy it. Belechak: What’s your favorite type of food? Sullivan: I can always go for some Chipotle. Especially around here, if I go out and get something, it has to be Chipolte. Belechak: What is your goal for the Denison team moving forward? Sullivan: I’d like to see us regularly hosting conference tournament games. Last year we went to the NCAC finals, so make it back there, and obviously to the NCAA tournament. Belechak: What is your goal for the IM team? Sullivan: Definitely to win the championship. I’ve heard there is one team of former basketball guys. We’ve only played 2 games so I don’t really know much about the other teams. We just show up ready to play.

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meet of the season. The teams prepare for the NCAC Championship to be held next week.

style. They would finish first and second overall with times of 1:59.91 and 1:59.97. The Denison women finished 1-2-3 in the 50 yard freestyle. Yearwood led the back at 24.51, followed by Van Leuven and Willingham, who finished at 24.62 and 24.82, respectively. Only freshman from both Denison and Ohio Wesleyan participated in the 200 yard IM. Denison would come out on top, taking first through third. Dalziel would come out on top at 2:16.66, followed by Bednarek and Emily Eiben. Garbarino won the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:08.80. Van Fossen would finish second at 2:13.34. Dalziel continued her dominance in the 200 yard backstroke, taking first place with a time of 2:08.90.

Just like the men, the Big Red women came out on top on the diving board as well. Freshman Kelly Frazier finished first overall in the one meter diving with 243.60 points and the three meter diving with 262.50 points. The Big Red women finished the day with a strong 134-84 victory. The team is very happy with how the season is shaping up. “This past meet was one of the last chances for the freshman to fine-tune their stroke before conferences,” explained Hellman. “They lived up to our expectations. It definitely showed in their times.” The men and women are preparing for the NCAC Championship later next week, which will be held Feb. 13-16 in Canton, Ohio.

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