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The Denisonian

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MLK speaker rivets the crowd CURTIS EDMONDS Editor-in Chief Denison alumna Kelly Brown Douglas ‘79 received a warm welcome back to her old stomping grounds yesterday when she gave her speech, “King’s dream in the age of Obama.” The Swasey audience was at full capacity for Douglas, who majored in psychology at Denison and received her doctorate from the Union Theological Seminary. Douglas’ speech started off by paying homage to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who she says has been “integrated into the American story.” In her recognition of King, she made sure to include the work and words of others, such as Abraham Lincoln and W.E.B. DuBois, the latter of which she used to illustrate a conflicted America, with its “two warring ideals.” Douglas showed how King’s dream and vision were so inextricably linked to his faith. A theologian herself, Douglas showed how King was able to further desegregation by pulling on morals and Christian religion: “If we are wrong, God almighty is wrong,” Douglas said, quoting the famed civil

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Denison alum Kelly Brown Douglas during her speech to the Denison community for MLK Day. She spoke about Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists from the past.

rights leader. But Douglas, like many others, posed the question of whether or not King’s dream had come to fruition. “Is it a dream fulfilled, a dream deferred, or something worse?” Douglas asked. Throughout the second half of her speech,

Douglas analyzed the Obama presidency, and whether or not it was a signal “of post-racial America.” She concluded that while a post-racial America might be ideal, “it is not a part of our social and political reality.” Douglas pointed out economic

Recent snow storms affect campus life JEWELL PORTER News Editor

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Chapel walk was scenic but somewhat treacherous after the heavy snowfall last weekend. Workers plowed through the snow this morning.

had to keep [Curtis and Huffman] open to provide somewhere for students to eat.” But even though the two primary dining halls were open for regular operating hours,

students said that there was still a low availability of the normal foods in the dining halls. See SNOW, page 3

disparities between blacks and whites, and added that these modern day disparities were a result of past injustices. She quoted Charles Mills, who wrote of a “racial contract” that asserted that the social contract excluded non-whites from reSee SPEAKER, page 2

Breaking News

Expelled student sues Denison, receives settlement

CURTIS EDMONDS Editor-in Chief Shortly before most Denisonians sat down in their respective dining hall of choice last Thursday, students had some issues accessing the Internet through Denison’s wi-fi. According to Lisa Bazley, director of Information Technology Services (ITS), the network outage occurred around 4:45 p.m. on Jan. 23 after a power outage at Morrow House. Bazley says ITS observed “increasingly high utilization on the network.” ITS tried rebooting the network, but Bazley says that they “continued to see abnormal network behavior.” According to Bazley, network services were restored around 6:45 p.m., “but soon experienced another shutdown.” Network difficulties affected more than student access to internet. They also affected student access to the dining halls and purchasing food and other items from the Slayter market because they all rely on the In-





Family: something we should focus on a little more

First-year Juan Bernabe stars in PBS documentary

Students participate in MLK Boot Dance on Monday

The effect of concussions on college athletes

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Denison University reached a confidential settlement with a former student to end a lawsuit relating to a sexual assault case from last semester. The lawsuit alleged that the rights of Zackary Hunt, 18, from Loveland, Ohio, had been violated during disciplinary proceedings regarding allegations of sexual assault. These allegations were brought against him in a student conduct hearing, according to the complaint that was filed with Licking County Common Pleas Court. Eric Rosenberg, Hunt’s lawyer, is a Granville attorney who has represented three cases against Denison. He said in a phone interview that the case was settled and dismissed in a confidential settlement early in the week of Jan. 20. Laurel Kennedy, Vice-President for Student Development, confirmed that this particular case will not be moving forward. A female Denison student had alleged that Hunt sexually asSee SETTLEMENT, page 3

Internet chaos on campus


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Breaking News

When students woke up on Friday morning and looked out of their windows, there was fresh snow covering the ground. This was a sight that they would see for the next few days as Granville and its surrounding areas received the highest amount of snow they have seen this season. As a result of the snow, Slayter closed at 2 p.m. this Sunday Jan. 26, twelve hours prior to the usual closing time of 2 a.m. Sean Eason, Chef Manager for Slayter, said this is because his supervisors feared the “personnel working during the day would get stranded, and the [employees] for the night shift could not make it up the hill.” Curtis and Huffman, on the other hand, remained open because they are required to provide a place for students to eat. Eason said, “if it’s difficult for us to make it up the hill, then it’s also difficult for students to make it down the hill, so we


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ternet to charge meals to student ID cards. Bon Appetit workers instead had to physically write ID numbers and student names down. While Bazley agrees that “such inconveniences [...] cause a disruption in the normal workflow” she adds that ITS has made several strides to be efficient at Denison. She points out that over winter break, old equipment was replaced and at the end of February, ITS plans to work on its internet connection more. Internet was fully restored by 8 p.m. on Thursday, and by 8:50 p.m. Bazley sent an email to the Denison community where she said that ITS was working with vendors to rectify the situation. However, just one year ago on Jan. 12, 2013, Denison See SHUTDOWN, page 3


people volunteered for MLK Jr. Day this year, including sororities, fraternities, and sports teams


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Off the Hill

LOCAL Homeless in Columbus take to shelters, many in need of basics to survive winter

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Commemorating MLK through service

Columbus Dispatch Centers for the homeless, such as the YMCA, offer places of refuge for homeless people. Veterans Memorial has also given them coats, hats, and other articles of clothing to get through the harsh winter.

Ohio firefighters killed on duty

CNN Two Ohio firefighters died while battling an apartment fire in Toledo, Ohio this past Sunday. The men were Stephen A. Machcinski, a 42 year old and 16 year veteran with the force, and James A. Dickman, a 31 year old new recruit.

NATIONAL Virginia attorney general refuses to defend cases against same-sex marriage The New York Times Virginia’s

recently elected state attorney general, Mark R. Herring (D), refuses to defend cases that “violate Virginian’s constitutional rights.” Similar to other states, Mr. Herring claims disallowing same-sex marriages is unconstitutional because of the 14th Amendment.

Escaped murderer returned to U.S. CNN Edward Salas, a convicted

child killer who escaped from a federal prison in 2008, is being extradicted from Mexico to return to the same prison from which he originally escaped. Salas was on the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 Most Wanted fugitives list before his capture. He was convicted of the 2005 murder of 10 year old Carlos Perez.

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Students pose last Saturday with blankets they made for the Salvation Army.

JEWELL PORTER News Editor Last weekend, students and faculty engaged in acts of community service to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Over 200 students and faculty volunteered this weekend for MLK

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sources and opportunities. Douglas used President Obama as an example, saying that people “wagging their fingers in his face, questions of his citizenship and ridiculing his Nobel

Day this year. Participants volunteered with the Salvation Army, The Haven, and Spark. In addition, students stocked over 100 backpacks with school supplies to give to Ben Franklin Elementary, a low-income school in Newark, made and collected at least 30 blankets for the Salvation Army; Peace Prize” were all evidence of racialized politics. The theme for this year’s celebration of MLK Day was “Call and Response.” After getting the crowd to recognize the call, Douglas spent the conclusion of her speech urging the Denison community to respond. “At Denison you a privileged

went door to door in the snow collecting items for the Humane Society; and organized a blood drive, which is scheduled to take place on Jan. 28 with at least 40 participants. Some groups that participated in MLK Day this year were Delta Chi fraternity, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, a Posse group, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and men and women’s track and field. The MLK Day board also received a grant of 600 dollars from the university to fund the backpacks that are designated for students at Ben Franklin Elementary. Last year, students volunteered on MLK Day by participating in a service fair that took place primarily in the library. This year, however, Susie Kalinoski, associate director for the Alford Center for Service Learning, and other members of the MLK Day board gave participants the option to volunteer at eight different locations, including off-campus; doing so allowed participants to have more choice in how they commemorated the holiday and allowed the organizations to “choose how the volunteers helped them.” Kalinoski said this year’s MLK Day of Service was “pleasing” because they “received a large amount of volunteers.” She continued, “We usually get around 120 volunteers, so there were more participants than usual this year.” to have the opportunity to be in a community of learners,” she said. Douglas recommended both “compassionate knowing” and “soul searching” in assessing King’s dream and “what kind of nation we are and the kind of nation we want to be.”

What does MLK Day mean to you? “Denison’s celebration of MLK Day allows students to sit back and think about the meaning behind the holiday and service.”

“It’s one thing to honor the great work of Civil Rights leaders by telling their stories and another to recognize that the story of Civil Rights is unfinished.”

“It’s great to have an opportunity to carry on Dr. King’s legacy on Denison’s campus. It’s empowering to see people come together for service.”


Four explosions in Cairo The New York Times On Jan. 24, four explosions in Egypt killed at least 6 people and injured at least 70 people on the third anniversary of the Arab Spring Revolt. No one has taken responsibility for these explosions yet, but it is known that these four bombings were targeting the local police department.

Protests in Ukraine continue PolicyMic Over 100,000 Ukranian citizens gathered on the streets of Kiev, Ukraine to protest the laws prohibiting protesting in the former USSR country. The protests have continued to become more and more violent among both the police and the citizens.

Alana Perez ‘16 Pomona, California

“I’m grateful for his hard work through the struggles because today we are starting to see his dreams met.”

Josh Goldman ‘14 Cincinnati, Ohio

“MLK gave us a vocabulary for conversation about race and a template for social movements for equality.”

Peter Hurtford ‘14 Cincinnati, Ohio

“Denison encourages all students to take part in activities on and off the hill that embody the virtues MLK fought for.”

Corrections The Denisonian regards itself as a professional publication and strives for the highest standards of journalism at all times. If there is a mistake, please contact us at so we can correct our error.

Marcus Woods ‘16 Chicago, Illinois

Prof. Vereendra Lele Director of International Studies

Ryan Vagedes ‘17 Canton, Ohio

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LeaderShape provides inspiring break alternative JEWELL PORTER News Editor A few lucky students arrived on campus this semester with tales to share with their peers their recent enlightening self-discoveries and changed outlooks on life thanks to The Leadershape Institute, which took place from Jan. 13 to Jan. 18 at Salt Fork State Park Lodge in Lore City, Ohio. According to junior Emma BosleySmith, leadership fellow and one of the on-site coordinators of the LeaderShape onference, 65 students, 7 faculty facilitators, and 2 leading facilitators participated in this year’s Winter Leadershape session. Senior Lauren Tyger was the other on-site coordinate. According to its website, the goal of The LeaderShape Institute is “to transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity and have a healthy disregard for the impossible.” The theme for this year’s session was entitled “Lead With Integrity.” Bosley-Smith said that participants began every day of the conference in an open dialogue about a different subject matter, and then they would break off into groups of about ten with one faculty member to have more intimate conversations about the topics previously introduced. She added, “Apart from sharing experiences and listening, students participated in simulations, engaged in low-ropes challenge courses and practiced reflection.” Bosley-Smith said that being part of Leadershape as an on-site coordinator was different than as just a participant, but each was equally rewarding. She said, “It was wonderful to get the oppor-

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saulted her while walking her home from a party where alcohol was served to underage students on Aug. 30, according to the complaint. The sexual assault was reported on Sept. 2. Hunt was expelled in November after a student disciplinary hearing. The lawsuit was filed on Dec. 11 in Licking County Common Pleas Court. The lawsuit alleged ten counts including libel, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligence by Denison employees, that Hunt was not allowed to present evidence or testimony on his behalf, and that the university violated Hunt’s right to an attorney. The lawsuit stated, “Denison violated Plaintiff’s due process rights under Ohio law when it prohibited Plaintiff from having an attorney represent him at disciplinary hearings.” Kennedy said, “While students may seek legal advice, the University’s conduct pro-

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suffered a day-long network outage. Bazley stated in an email in the previous case of the Internet shutting down that “questionable network behavior” caused ITS to intentionally shut-down the network for six hours. Bazley wrote in 2013 that “unanticipated complications lead to a 26-hour ordeal.” Today Bazley says that aside from bad timing and misbehaving routing equipment, there is “no connection with these events.” Still, art and women’s studies major Abbie Thill, a sophomore from Min-

Participants of LeaderShape pause to take a group photo during one of their busy days of Leadershape.

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tunity to facilitate a similar experience for other students.” After the first day of the conference, she said she remembers thinking, “I have never been prouder to be a Denison student.” Student participants of Leadershape shared Bosley-Smith’s admiration for the program as well. Junior PPE major Jackson Wu-Pong said, “the program gave each participant the tools and knowledge to utilize those skills in the

future, and also provided an arena for practice. I look at the myriad ways that leadership can be practiced differently because Leadershape is designed to prompt that exactly.” Similarly, sophomore Keylee Jones said, “LeaderShape was an unforgettable experience that has impacted the way I approach life. It not only helped me to find my vision to change the world, but to believe that it could

come true if I only continued to ‘have a healthy disregard for the impossible.’” As previously reported in The Denisonian, as a result of the large amount of applications the LeaderShape Fellows received for Winter LeaderShape, they are organizing the first Spring LeaderShape that is scheduled to take place during Spring Break from March 17 until March 22.

cess does not include a role for external representatives. We expect students to speak on their own behalf.” Hunt passed a voluntary lie detector test on Oct. 21 which suggested that Hunt did not perform the acts that the female alleged, according to the lawsuit and Rosenberg. Rosenberg said that passing a polygraph test, “is not an easy thing to do” and Brad Kelly, the clinical forensic polygraph examiner who administered the test, signed that there was no deception indicated in Hunt’s answers. Rosenberg argued that it was a violation of the code of conduct when Hunt was not allowed to use the polygraph test as evidence. Regarding the issue of Hunt’s right to present evidence on his behalf, Kennedy explained that the University will enlist a team of investigators to investigate and make a report of their findings. “If there is a hearing subsequent to the investigative report, and in particular if students believe critical information was missing from the investigation or report, students can ask the Student Conduct Board to consider information they wish to bring

forward,” said Kennedy. The complaint filed with the Licking County Common Pleas Court, stated that during the investigation Hunt’s resident advisor was misquoted, falsely alleging a witness attended the party. It also stated that the investigators reached a conclusion before the university conduct board could make their own conclusion. Rosenberg said his client was interrogated by Garret Moore, Denison’s security director, without being informed of his right to have an attorney present. That violated Hunt’s rights under Ohio law to be first informed of his right to counsel. Rosenberg also said Moore violated Denison’s Code of Student Conduct by recording the conversation without Hunt’s knowledge, according to complaint. The Denison Code of Student Conduct states on page four, “It is also a violation of University expectations to engage in the unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to take pictures or make audio or video recordings of any person while on University premises without his or her prior knowledge, or without his or her effective consent.”

Hunt also sought damages from his accuser for libel, defamation and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. He wanted compensatory damages and punitive damages. Rosenberg said she knew the claims she was making were false and defamed Hunt’s character. Hunt also sought to be reinstated by the university. He is not a student this semester. All of Rosenberg’s previous cases with Denison have involved representing male students and the cases were all settled out of court. A case in 2010 was settled and dismissed and a 2011 case was dismissed, according to Licking County court records and The Newark Advocate. Rosenberg urged students to be more critical regarding how discipline is handled at Denison and he cautioned how males should act around females who have been drinking. “I’d like to convey to students the risk of being involved with women who have been drinking,” Rosenberg said, “because later she may say she was sexually assaulted.”

neapolis says the shutdown was “ridiculous.” Thill says, “it’s not fair to the students that shutdowns like that happen, especially during the school week.” Earlier this month, Denison was ranked by college website Unigo as seventh in the top 10 “wired in” colleges in the country. But Yusuf Ahmed, a communication and international studies major from Columbus says that while he thinks it is “really cool” that Denison made the list, it seems to be a little far-fetched. He said, “with our constant wifi interruptions, I’m puzzled as to what [Unigo] used to come up with that ranking.”


tin Luther King Jr. Day festivities. Susie Kalinoski, associate director for the Alford Center for Service Learning said that a group of students was scheduled to go to Newark High School on Jan. 27 to give a presentation, but the school cancelled as a result of the snow. In addition, the volunteers had trouble acquiring some of the supplies needed to stuff backpacks volunteers were making for low-income students at Ben Franklin Elementary in Newark, Ohio. Granville is not expected to receive any more snow until Friday at the earliest according to

Continued from page 1 Sophomore Katie Poremba, a mathematics major from Chicago, Illinois, said, “They’ve had time to clear the snow from the roads. If they knew this weather was coming, they should have prepared for it.” But despite these concerns, Matt Krystowski, the Café Manager for Huffman Café, said that the next produce truck is scheduled to come in on Jan. 27. He continued, “the trucks have taken longer, and it is affecting the people here.” The snow has also affected the Mar-


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Editor’s Corner >>

Staff Editorial

Growing up is no happily ever after

CAROLE BURKETT ‘16 Editor-in-Chief These weeks are the “Once upon a time” stage, the very first pages of spring semester. As all sixteen thousand activities are starting up again, we’re forming first impressions of classes and classmates and professors. In one of my classes, a professor called our time here “magical,” and while Denison does not compare to the innocent plot symmetries of Disney movies, “magical” is probably a good term for it. When I make snow angels in the pure powder covering East Quad, when the snow glitters down from the sky to blanket Swasey, I begin to wonder whether I’m at school or transported into Frozen. I’d compare the delay of a deadline or a sudden meeting with a friend to the blessing of a fairy godmother’s spell. But I’ve also felt the unexpected catastrophe seen in the original Grimm tales: I was numb with disbelief last year when I heard of the attempted arson and the suspension of fraternities, a feeling that coalesced into a dull sense of horror and disappointment. I hadn’t been here a year, and the “community” that Denison boasts had already collapsed a bit, had already fallen a little short of the utopia I’d hoped for. We have the unique situation of a storybook within the context of a larger and harsher world. Those GE credits are merely magical golden apples to pick up on our quest for a degree: to apply for research, to press on to class through the arctic winter, to celebrate living in a state that giveth and taketh away -15 de-

gree January weather. And relatively, our quest is a walk in the park. The trek to A-quad is cold, whether it’s the five-minute jaunt of a first year from Shorney to Olin or the 25 minute quest Homesteaders endure. Denison students waddle like penguins, swaddled in layers on their way to class. Over the past week, I’ve heard dozens of people swearing to leave for warmer states. As someone who has spent an impressive amount of the past week in my room, I can understand the tendency to hibernate, to shrink from responsibilities and hide until we can walk outside and retain feeling in all our fingers and toes. But I can’t abandon this quest for a diploma that sometimes seems mythical. I can’t quit going to classes. I can’t learn much by sitting in my room. I cannot learn anything more about people, about the rich tradition of literature or the craft of writing, about the stories and lives of other Denisonians, unless I go outside and try. And I cannot learn anything if I never leave Denison, either. We are being properly prepared. We are growing up, we are learning to define ourselves as we complete tasks that now seem Herculean. We are going to one day be away from Denison, and we are going to have to live and process like adults. I’m nineteen. I have no idea what I’m talking about. But when I get cabin fever, not only within the confines of my dormitory but in the confines of a student body smaller than some high schools, when I feel as if I am drowning in my own history, in the precedents I have already set in my year and half here, it is comforting to know that there is more. I don’t think “happily ever after” tells the whole story. Or if it does, it requires a lot of reading between the lines. The things we do here are youthful quests, teaching us morals and lessons and giving us friends and Facebook photos, but I hope there is more afterwards.

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MLK legacy: challenge and change Here on The Hill, we like to make things uniquely our own. To commemorate the life of the beloved Civil Rights activist and leader, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., we extend what typically is a daylong event into a weeklong celebration. This year’s theme was “Call and Response: The Call of King’s DREAM and Denison’s Response of HOPE.” It is intended to be “A Community Celebration,” and highly encourages students to become involved. For many, MLK Day is one to put aside homework, and sleep in. This year, MLK Day marked the first day of classes of the Spring Semester. The multiple service groups that volunteered this weekend are an example of how this special week caters to diverse student interests. The celebration provides the space for students to momentarily turn their attention away from academics; we are able to think beyond our time here, and think to the future. For example, how will we shape the future of technology, social activism, and education? As the semester progresses, we, the staff of the Denisonian, charge our read-

ers and peers to keep the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in mind, not allowing it to become a nice yet distant thought. Change up the routine. Take a moment and reflect on what you can bring to the table. Is it the experience of living abroad? Skills you learned during an internship? Or expertise leading a student organization? We’ve heard the call of Dr. King’s dream—now how will we respond? Whatever your unique skillset is, use it to help our collective visions become a reality. As Rev. King said, “we may have all come on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.” Both today, and in the future as Denison alumni, it is and will be our responsibility to uplift one another, both professionally and personally. We arrive as strangers, become better versions of ourselves, and will leave as friends with an incredible shared experience. Our profound and insightful visions for the change we would like to see are applicable not only to this fair college on the hill, but also in our native communities around the world.

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Cell phone and Internet privacy under attack

CLARICE PRANGER ‘17 Forum Editor America has become fully engaged in a war on privacy. As technology continues to advance, the public is becoming more and more aware of the dangers of allowing access to the private information that makes up their lives, but as they become more aware, they conversely become more vulnerable. Cell phones (particularly smartphones), online banking, and the ever-expanding number of social media websites provide new and ever more dangerous ways for someone to expose himself. Now another danger to privacy presents itself in the form of the judicial system’s struggle with the grey areas of the law. According to Reuters, after

being pulled over for expired tags, David Riley was held on suspicion of involvement with a non-fatal shooting incident in San Diego. He had no weapons in his car, there was nothing obvious or within plain sight of police that led to his arrest. Riley was held because police had searched his phone and found pictures of him posing in front of a car similar to the one in the shooting, and they had searched it without a warrant. According to current state court precedent, police are permitted to search without a warrant primarily to ensure the suspect is unarmed and to secure evidence that might otherwise be destroyed, but searching a suspect’s cell phone without probable cause is not law enforcement. It is authoritarian abuse. Cell phones have become more than just instruments that connect voices. They have become gateways to the virtual world, and as a consequence store highly sensitive personal data. If that personal data can be accessed by authority figures at will, the right to privacy is rendered null and void. According to a 2013 Pew Research

Center report, 91 percent of adult Americans own a cell phone, and more than half of those are smartphones that contain such sensitive and potentially incriminating personal information. How can someone protect himself if his personal information is subject to search without his consent or without probable cause? In light of this inability of the justice system to keep up with the rapid pace of technology, the Supreme Court has since agreed to rule on whether cell phones are subject to unwarranted search, or if such search is a breach of the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee of the right to privacy. Arguments have been set for April and a ruling is expected by the end of June, but any decision that allows for evidence gathered from cell phones searched without probable cause to be submitted in court would be an affront to the fundamental rights upon which America was built. The pace of technology will not slow

“New technology does not equate to new weaknesses to exploit.”

down, and as more innovative and exciting websites and gadgets are developed that emphasize convenience and are thus widely embraced, authorities must remember that this does not mean those who embrace it are simultaneously sacrificing their rights. Especially now with the current hype surrounding the National Security Agency collecting and storing digital information on innocent people around the world, the government of, by and for the people must once again be shown by the people how to govern in the new parameters set by the future. The young, up-and-coming generation, so often the harbinger of change and the first to embrace it, must not let the government slide into complacency. Those set up to inherit the world and its problems should not create another by allowing law enforcement to devolve into unchecked oppression. New technology does not equate to new weaknesses to exploit. Life is continually in flux, therefore laws must be. Technology is meant to enhance life, not to detract from it. Clarice Pranger is a freshman from Ft. Wayne, Ind. She is a creative writing major who cares deeply about civil liberties.

Denisonians need to think about their future families

KRISTOF OLTVAI ‘15 Special to The Denisonian The woman, 86, could barely walk. She spent most of her day lying down, listening to the radio or our conversation. She complained about her back problems and her inability to take care of her village home. She couldn’t drink alcohol, not even a sip of pálinka. The most active she was all day was when she went on a 20-minute stroll around the garden with her daughter. “Life is good,” she told me, “only as long as there’s something you’re working toward.” This woman is a distant relative of mine who I met for the second time in my life a few days ago in Hungary. The first time had been when I was just 18 months old, when she had still been living independently in rural Hédervár. Now, she had moved in with her son-inlaw, my second cousin. I think few Denisonians, myself included, frequently think about what will happen to us in the twilight of our lives. After all, doesn’t living with 2,000 twenty-somethings suggest the exact

opposite - that somehow, youthfulness lasts forever? We tend to be strong, healthy, vivacious people - always able to party, study, run for DCGA, and a million other things simultaneously. We don’t really think about that a 20-minute walk could ever exhaust a day’s worth of rest. But going through the stages of life isn’t a choice. How can we, as young people, come to terms with this? How can we prepare ourselves for this eventual reality, just in the same way that we are told to prepare for grad school, for careers, for early adulthood? My relatives provided the answer here as well: the family. In her old age, this matriarch has returned to her children for care. And she was most spirited when talking about the extent of her family: two children, four grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren, with another on the way! We Denisonians could use this reminder once in a while. Grades, internships, extracurriculars all filter through into a desire for a “successful career,” to “get ahead.” When I ask my peers what their plans are on a future family, many dismiss the question as silly, or downright admit that their career must come before all else. Having spent a lot of time with elderly relatives this winter, I think this is a

“The strongest bond ... is between parent and child, between the medium of generations by which the world is passed onto our inheritors.”


dangerous way of thinking. O quam cito transit gloria mundi (How quickly the glory of the world passes away).When all is said and done, do I want to pass what I have built on to a new generation I have helped make? Do I want to physically partake in the creation of the future? Or do I want to work myself up in some Wall Street firm, make millions for myself, and die alone in a Florida condo? I think in some sense our generation misunderstands the purpose of family. We tend to focus on the relationship between the spouses. The current gay marriage debate is, for example, centered on this issue. But love between spouses is not the strongest bond in a family; the structure of the family is not meant to facilitate the romantic relationship. The strongest bond in the family is between parent and child, between the medium of generations by which the world is passed onto our inheritors. As my grandpa loftily put it once, “The love of a mother for her child proves the existence of God.” The family is, fundamentally, the social structure through


which the generations can coexist in a relationship of unconditional love. To live in a family is the most human, the most humane, way of life. This is why I find the fact that a quarter of Americans now live alone disturbing. I also find disturbing the increasing willingness of our society to throw the elderly into nursing homes. In an increasingly technologized and alienated world, we seem to be doing everything in our power to affirm our independence, to tear down those structures that prevent us from existing as self-sufficient, self-contained atomic individuals. But this is the exact opposite of the caregiving, interdependent structure of compassion that the family provides and institutionalizes. The family is the context in which we can come to terms with ourselves and, having taken responsibility for raising a new generation, receive this same respect and care at the end of our lives. The family allows human beings to be born, live and die with dignity. Our fundamental goal as Denisonians shouldn’t be to make money or achieve status. It should be to be better mothers and fathers for the coming age. That will determine, in much larger ways than any paycheck or resume, the fabric of the world we’ll leave behind when we finally do take our bows and leave this earthly stage. Kristof is a philosophy and creative writing double major from Pittsburgh, Penn.


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Bible action figures, history, and the Holy Stones: Prof. Jonathan Moore Denison Professor of Religion exposes lesser-known facets of the Mormon religion

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JESSICA MERRILS Staff Writer If you ever wondered what type of professors the religion department has kept up their sleeves, go into Professor Jonathan Moore’s office and you will find some of the coolest, quirkiest things. Walking into Moore’s office, you might think he is a genius student. On his door he has stickers everywhere and around his office are bible character action figures and bible character Legos. Then, turning toward his bookshelf you might see a collection of over 100 books. On his desk he keeps an action figure of King David as a teenager. He even has the Legos for the Christian trinity of God, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (the holy ghost actually looks like a ghost). I was also given the chance to see the Old Testament Lego Comic Book he has next to his book shelf.

Education Moore has been Denison’s Assistant Professor of Religious Pluralism for five years. The son of two high school teachers, his mother taught English, and his father taught History while also coaching basketball. Giggling, he said, “I can remember one time I had my parents for seven periods through the day.” Even Moore bared the actual ordeal of his parents being around everywhere he looked. Following high school, Moore attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. He majored in, English and History which was only coincidental to the professions of his parents. He admits there must have been some influence from his parents but he did not major in the humanity courses with his parents in mind. After graduating, Moore decided graduate school should be next. “I liked school enough and decided to

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Professor Jonathan Moore, resident expert on Mormon faith, pictured in his office. keep going.” So he attended the University of Chicago and found that the divinity school was limitless for him as a historian. This led him to earn both his Masters and Ph.D in History of Christianity. He liked that religion was an interdisciplinary field, allowing him to learn about the effects of humanity through sociological and philosophical standpoints, and even entertainment. Dr. Moore then went on to complete his post doctorate at the University of Illinois, and taught as a professor at Grinnell College for four years before heading to Denison.

The Holy Stones Currently, Moore is teaching a course titled “Mormons” about the Mormon faith, the Book of Mormon, and the history of the Holy Stones. The Holy Stones were discovered in Newark, OH in 1860 in the Indian Mounds and they held a special significance to many Mormons in the early 19th

century. For some, these stones still place historical importance. The Holy Stones were believed to be stones that proved that contemporary Mormons were genealogically connected to the ancient tribes of Israel, which represent God’s chosen people. The Holy Stones were found with Hebrew inscription. However, it was soon discovered that the inscription was not ancient Hebrew but of newer Hebrew and would probably pose as uncommon Hebrew inscription to the ancient tribes. Therefore, the stones for some Mormons and Scholars are believed to be a hoax deflecting the proof set for 19th century Mormons. The Mormon faith believes themselves to be God’s chosen American Christian people. The Book of Mormon sets out to claim this and to entail the true restoration of Christianity and is subtitled as another testament of Jesus. What Dr. Moore’s course is seeking to understand is “what’s most at stake in [the Stones] being a hoax”.



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Moore’s fascination with the Mormon faith led him to teach a course detailing the faith and the issues brought up by the Holy Stones. According to Moore, the faith has over a million followers. Mormons tend to favor patriotism, hard work, and family. People of the Mormon belief make it their life mission to possess and show these values to prove their nature of being close with God. Moore hopes to teach a seminar someday connecting both the Muslim and the Mormon faith because of their adverse similarities and differences within society. The Mormon faith is seeking to attain the mainstream of religious culture. Moore has written and published two books thus far. The first, Education Religion and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation About Religion’s Role in Our Shared Life. He co-wrote this book with Martin E. Marty, who is an author admired by Moore. The second, is a book in which Moore wrote alone including a foreword by Martin E. Marty, titled, Suing for America’s Soul: John Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute, and Conservative Christians in the Courts. He is planning to write a third book based on pagans in a small town among others that are not pagan. He wants the book to provide readers with a look at how mutually exclusive world views can be included in a small town communities. The pending title is, The Devil Went Down to Hoopston. With everything Moore has going on, he still manages to maintain a joy for learning and teaching religion. He has always been fascinated even if he was in doubt of certain beliefs, that there were people that did not have doubt. People that were “so steadfast in hanging on to that [faith]”. It seems like Moore is quite steadfast in allowing his students to embark on a journey similar to his despite any doubt they may have, he is introducing us to what it means to have faith.

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Student Spotlight

First year Juan Jose Bernabe stars in PBS documentary, beats the odds

PBS documentary featuring Denison first year tells the story of Latino immigrants CECILIA SALOMONE Arts and Life Editor

How many people can say that they’ve starred in a documentary even before starting college? Freshman Juan Jose Bernabe can. Last year, Bernabe was one of six young people featured in the PBS documentary Los Graduados (“The Graduates”). The film, which premiered last fall, focuses on the struggles faced by Latino immigrant students across the United States, and the importance of educating Latino youth. Bernabe, a Biochemistry and Spanish double major hailing from Lawrence, MA, came to the United States from the Dominican Republic when he was 11 years old. He found out about Los Graduados from his high school counselor, and was initially reluctant to star in the film until his city council member contacted PBS about him. “My counselor called me and said ‘Why don’t you try this?’ I was like ‘No, I’m not doing this,’ but one of the council members from my city actually told them about me directly. He gave them my number, he’s a friend of mine, and they just called me,” says Bernabe. “They said ‘Hi, we’re from PBS, we’re doing a documentary on Latino students. And we heard about your story and would like to meet with you and interview you.’” Bernabe agreed this time, and soon met with PBS, who “loved [his] story from the beginning.” He adds that he did not have to go through the whole “second interview” process and was selected immediately, though he had to keep it a secret from classmates who were also vying for a role. “But they told me from the beginning they would like to do my story,”

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Denison first year Juan Bernabe was one of the subjects of November 2013's acclaimed PBS documentary, Los Graduados, which focused on Latino high school graduates.

says Bernabe, laughing. “I couldn’t tell anybody until the end of it!” Bernabe says that cameras were everywhere during the filming process, which lasted about a week during his senior year of high school. “They followed me in school, to all of my activities, I had a camera everywhere I was. In my house, in my room, there was a camera! They wanted to know everything about my life, my everyday life. It was awkward in school, the camera followed me to every class.” He adds that other students, including those he didn’t even know, would come up to him, curious about the cameras. Making the documentary, Bernabe says with a smile, “was fun, because I like to be in the spotlight. I do!” Bernabe’s mother, who he lovingly describes as a “diva,” was all too happy to hear about her son’s role in the film. “She was so happy. She was like, ‘Am I going to be on camera?’ I was like ‘Yes, Mom, you will be.’ They interviewed

her, she’s in the documentary. She was just so happy, she was like ‘My son is going to do something that’s going to inspire other people.’ Bernabe says the documentary’s goal “was to show the life of an immigrant.” He says that the students featured in the film “have had problems with barriers. Economic, social, it really didn’t matter, they just wanted to tackle every part of the American Dream. My story was more focused on being a homosexual in a Latino community, and not being able to speak the language.” He adds that “it was all about showing that it is possible to make it, for us to be role models for those kids that are in high school that want to drop out because they don’t know how to speak English, or they’re homeless, or they just had a kid, just for them to have the incentive to move on, to fight for what they want, because it is possible to make it.” It is easy to see why Bernabe is such

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• Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. • Slayter Auditorium

• Thursday, Jan. 30 at 4:30 p.m. • Burton Morgan Lecture Hall

• Wednesday, Jan 29 at 6 p.m. • Mitchell Center

The Pirates of Penzance • Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. • Burke Recital Hall


• Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. • Slayter Auditorium

• Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. • Oberlin, Ohio • Friday, Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. • Burton Morgan Lecture Hall

Vail Series: Julian Lage Trio • Saturday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. • Swasey Chapel


a role model. Since coming to Denison this fall, Bernabe has been a part of Sazon, Outlook, and La Fuerza Latina, and he was also very involved in the Lawrence community in high school. He was president of his high school’s dance team and drama club, and would often perform in community events. He also helped to organize Lawrence’s “Semana Latina,” (a week celebrating Hispanic culture and heritage) and did a lot of community service. Bernabe also published his own weekly newsletter about Lawrence called What’s Good in the Hood, highlighting positive news in the city and distributing the paper in local businesses. He says this was spurred by negative comments made about Lawrence in the Boston Globe, and wanted to show the good things in his city, “instead of highlighting the bad things.” DCGA President Ana Morales ‘14 was Bernabe’s mentor in high school, and inspired him to apply for the Posse Scholarship and to eventually come to Denison. Bernabe adds that “Denison has been a great experience so far. I’ve learned to be myself here.” In addition to his impressive list of accomplishments, Bernabe was also interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for a special about Los Graduados that will air in the next couple of months on PBS. “Meeting Oprah was life-changing. She’s a real inspirational woman, she has made her way up from nothing. She inspired me to be better, and inspired me to actually look for my dreams,” says Bernabe. “The first thing she told us was ‘You’re young, and you should have a dream. And if you don’t have a dream, I want you guys to find a dream.’ It makes me look within myself and think, ‘What do I want to do? What’s my dream?’ It was just amazing seeing her.” Los Graduados can be viewed online at



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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Song and dance fill Swasey in celebration of MLK Day

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Above: Students perform a traditional South African Boot Dance choregraphed by Stafford Berry Jr. at the Martin Luther King Jr. “Call to Critical Thinking” in Swasey Chapel. Below: Manny Santana, ‘15, Joyce Lindsey, ‘14. Birch Robinson-Hubbuch, ‘14, and Krishonya Rogers, ‘15 perform during the Boot Dance.

BY CECILIA SALOMONE Arts and Life Editor This year, as a part of Denison’s annual week-long celebration to honor the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., several student groups participated in the “Call to Critical Thinking” event held in Swasey Chapel on Monday afternoon. During this event, there were performances by the Denison Dazzlers, Tehillah, and the Hilltoppers. In addition, a traditional South African Boot Dance was choreographed by Assistant Professor of Dance Stafford Berry Jr. “[The dance’s] actual name is ‘isicaXulo’, [however,] its more social name is [the] South African gum boot dance’,” says Berry. He mentions “the reason why it was named that [is] because at one point in its history, [rubber Wellington boots] were added to the dance...” He adds that the dance was traditionally accompanied by stringed instruments, and later was popularized in South African mines, where workers would compete against each other to boost their spirits. “In its third incarnation, at the docks where trading was happening, that’s where the rubber Wellington boots were incorporated--various items like chemi-

cal fertilizer… were being carried back and forth; they didn’t want to injure their feet and so they incorporated the rubber Wellington boots and that’s how that part of the history came about,” says Berry. Berry and sophomore Graciella Maiolatesi, a Black Studies and Dance double major from Amherst, Mass., worked together to organize participants for the dance. Students who were interested began rehearsing at the start of the semester. Maiolatesi says that “while the dance itself is called isicaXulo, we will also be doing movements from DunDunBa.” She adds that a traditional South African chant called “Chozaloza” that was sung during apartheid will accompany the dance. Berry and Maiolatesi both serve on the MLK Committee, and say that the dance this year is a tribute to both Dr. King and the late Nelson Mandela. “There’s some overlap with them as political figures, in terms of what they believed in, certainly democracy and a democratic society, but also this idea of combatting injustices with nonviolence or by peaceful means,” says Berry. “They had that in common, so it was enough inspiration for me to try and incorporate those ideas into the movement.”

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Denison Independent Theatre Association spring season preview BY VICTORIA NEWMAN Staff Writer Sometimes serious, sometimes silly, and always entertaining, the Denison Independent Theatre Association (DITA) has a full lineup of shows for this semester guaranteed to please. The One Act Festival, an audience favorite, is first on the docket. These plays are written, directed, and acted by students, and have been known to leave audiences laughing, crying, and of course applauding every semester. If you’re interested in auditioning for the One Acts, head over to the Slayter Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1-3 p.m. The One Acts will be performed on Feb. 28, and March 1 in Burke Black Box. In addition to the One Act Festival, DITA is also sponsoring two other student-driven productions with many more opportunities for students to get involved. Part of what makes DITA unique is that many students who are involved with its productions are not

otherwise involved in the Denison theatre department. “We love having a variety of people audition,” says DITA junior officer Emma Skorepa, from Medina, Ohio. “Some students even put auditioning for DITA on their Denison bucket list.” Senior Lucy Jobe, from Dublin, Ohio, will be directing Bachelorette, written by Leslye Headland. Bachelorette is a show that reunites four high school friends reunited for one of their weddings. Jobe commented “Bachelorette explores gluttony as it is a part of Headland’s seven sins series. Champagne and cocaine might as well serve as their own two characters.” The show is Jobe’s directorial debut, but she’s no stranger to the type of work the role involves. “I come from a family of event planners and there are a lot of parallels from the two worlds. I’m looking at this play as a long-term event, I suppose.” Bachelorette has six roles to fill, four female and two male. Auditions will be on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:00pm in the

Burke Black Box. Callbacks will be on Feb. 5 at 7:00 pm. Actors can contact Jobe through her Denison email if they are interested in reading the script before auditioning. Rounding out the lineup is Three Damned Letters, a play written by senior Sam Heyman of Nashville, Tenn., and directed by Heyman and freshman Marc Weaver of Keller, Texas. The play explores themes of family, fraternities, and interpersonal connection. There are six roles to fill, four male and two female, with additional roles being played by members of the Denison fraternity community. Auditions will be on Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Burke Black Box, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Callbacks will take place the following day. If you are interested in aspects of theatre besides acting, DITA has a place for you. If you would like to be involved with backstage work, contact DITA through their Denison email, If interested in writing or directing, keep your eyes peeled for additional opportunities

and projects. Don’t spend another semester wishing you would have gotten involved with this community. DITA president Emily Wright, a senior from North Royalton, Ohio, summed it up nicely when she said, “We’re very excited about the opportunities for student theatre on campus this semester, and I’m glad there are so many students who are interested in creating theatre at Denison.” Skorepa puts it a little more bluntly. “It’s fun as [expletive]w. But really, you should just audition.”

When you go...

• One Act auditions: Saturday,

Feb. 1, 1-3 pm in Slayter auditorium • Bachelorette auditions: Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 pm in Burke Black Box • Three Damned Letters auditions: Satuday, Feb. 15, 4-7 pm in Burke Black Box


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Singer’s Theatre set to perform The Pirates of Penzance CHELSEA WINEBRENER Special to the Denisonian Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is coming to Denison this Friday and Saturday, courtesy of Singer’s Theatre Workshop and director Dr. Belinda Andrews-Smith of the Music Department. First premiering in New York City on Dec. 31, 1879 at the Fifth Avenue Theatre, the show still retains influence today, being referenced in pop culture, films, and television. Now, if you’ve ever heard the tune of “I am the very model of a modern MajorGeneral…”, you’ll realize where it came from! The show has been re-adapted for the stage and film several times in the 135 years since audiences first viewed this comic operetta in two acts. “The Pirates of Penzance is about a hilarious chance meeting between a rollicking band of pirates and MajorGeneral Stanley and his 13 daughters,” says Andrews-Smith. “The show is full of sword fights, beautiful maidens, young love, patter songs, and rousing choruses.” Singer’s Theatre students began rehearsing the show in mid-October, as the workshop only met two days a week. Rehearsals began with music rehearsals, then moving onto memorizing blocking on stage, and finally running the acts separately until it was time to run the entire show from start to finish.

Props, costumes, set, make-up, sound effects, and orchestra are added once the show is completely memorized. Andrews-Smith says the show is “high-energy,” and is full of “dancing, clever jokes, tuneful songs, and beautiful singing!” says Andrew-Smith. If the quality is anything like last year’s productions of Les Misérables and Avenue Q, audiences will definitely leave feeling satisfied and eager for the next production.

Photo courtesy of the Denison University Music Department

When you go...

• Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8:00 p.m. in Burke Recital Hall; the show is free and open to the public.

• For more information contact Belinda Andrews-Smith at 740-587-6220 or visit

Senior Recipe

Homestyle Favorites: Easy Baked French Fries Ingredients:

Contributor of this recipe MIA JURATOVAC ‘14

Directions: First, preheat the oven to 400°F. While it warms up, scrub the potatoes well,

3-4 large potatoes

and peel them if you like (not necessary). Next, cut them in half, hot-dog-

2-3 tbsp olive oil (preferred, but

style, and then into long strips, about a quarter-inch thick. Put the potato

vegetable oil works fine too)

slices in a bowl and drizzle the olive (or vegetable) oil over them. Add salt

A healthy pinch of salt A healthy pinch of pepper Paprika Garlic powder

and pepper to taste (I recommend going easy on it now, so you can add more later – too little will leave the potatoes bland.) Now, spread the potato slices evenly on a baking tray; do not overload the tray or the fries won’t bake evenly. Sprinkle on whatever spices you want (I recommend paprika and garlic powder, but pretty much anything you put on them will be delicious).

Coming Next Week *** A recipe for the perfect side dish: “Classic Breaded Chicken Tenders”

Drizzle the remainder of the oil over the fries, and once the oven heats up, put them in for 10 minutes. When the time is up, check them to see how cooked they are; flip them over and put them in for another 10 minutes, checking occasionally to make sure they’re not burning. When they’re cooked all the way through, take them out of the oven and enjoy after letting them cool a little. These are delicious and healthier than regular fries. You can apply this recipe to sweet potatoes as well!


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WEEKLY ROUND-UP Bringing you the box scores from the past week in Big Red athletics. For game recaps, visit:


64 72


75 83


1/25 Carnegie Mellon Cancelled


1/25 Michigan State Cancelled


1/25 Carnegie Mellon Cancelled

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD 1/25 Denison Lid-Lifter 1st Place

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD 1/25 Denison Lid-Lifter 2nd Place

MEN’S BASKETBALL 1/22 Hiram Denison

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Women’s basketball makes big comeback XAVIER VARGAS Staff Writer Freshman Jordan Holmes, junior Mary Margaret, and junior guard Candise Love led the Big Red against Hiram to a dominating performance on the road. Denison was down early and had to make a change. After regrouping the Big Red would power up and take a 24-4 run, they also had a 19-0 run over eight minutes. Mary Margaret came off the bench shooting a perfect 8 for 10 from the field with 17 points. Holmes who had her 11th 10-rebound game in the first 20 minutes. Love went 6-8 from the field with 15 points on the night. The Big Red had a high 32 point lead with almost 8 minutes left. The defense only allowed Hiram to shoot 17-56 from the field. The second game of the week was against rival Ohio Wesleyan University. In this game the young and the veteran players would combine for a great finish. Senior Gretchen Staubach would have a scoring outbreak where she dropped 22 points. Freshman Jordan Holmes would help on the defensive side adding 16 rebounds and 9 blocked shots. Denison was up for most of the game until the second half. OWU took a 41-39 lead and then they would go back and forth. They would later be tied at 52-52. In the final minute of the game Denison would go eight for nine from the free throw line and get the win. After the game Senior Gretchen Staubach commented on the performance, saying: “The reason we pulled out the win is because we worked as a team. The coaches created a great game plan and we executed it really well.” Staubach had also mentioned a new-

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Sitting Pretty. The Denison Big Red Women’s basketball team are currently 14-4 with a win on Saturday against OWU thanks to players like junior Candise Love who has been averaging an impressive 44.4% Field Goal percentage with a team-high 12.6 points per game.

found attitude that helped greatly with the game plan. “We haven’t been doing any new drills but we have been focusing on accountability and everyone’s attitude has been very positive. Nobody is being selfish with the ball and I think that is key. We are relying on each other a lot. When one teammate has a bad game the rest of the team’s always there to pick them up,” Staubach said. The DU Big Red improve to 14-4 and 6-3 in the conference. They are aiming towards a championship season and they have a lot on the line. They head back into action on

Wednesday vs DePauw. DePauw gave them their worst loss of the season just a couple weeks ago defeating them 63-38, but after going 3-1 since then, the women are in a much better position to defeat DePauw. Guard Candise Love emphasized control of the ball for the near future. “If we take care of the ball and play aggressive defense like we know how we can have a really great game. We need to put our best foot forward and we will compete well against them. I feel like we are a lot more confident as a team and we have been protecting the ball and decreasing turnovers.”

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Pictured above is freshman forward Jordan Holmes grabbing one of her 16 rebounds against OWU in a Big Red 72-64 win. She has been a consistent presence in the post this season with 14. 4 rebounds per game, which is good enough for first place in the NCAC.

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Sports Op-Ed

Sports and concussions: should we worry? DAVID ALLEN Sports Editor

The first time is always the worst. BOOM! THACK! CRUNCH! The first head injury is always, for the lack of a better word, special. BOOM! THACK! CRUNCH! The sounds of the helmet crashing, it’s deafening, yet it’s not that loud. BOOM! THACK! CRUNCH! “It felt like my brain was floating on a cloud inside my head,” Nic Latham says, a former Denison student athlete who had to be excused from playing due to excessive head trauma from lacrosse. For the amount of talk that goes into head injuries causing memory loss, the first concussion seems to stick in the brains of the affected like superglue. Latham, the former midfielder and a face-off specialist who earned allstate honors as a junior in high school, continues, “It was April 30, 2011. I was knocked out for 10-15 seconds or so and then was very dizzy. Once the adrenaline came down from playing, I got a pretty bad headache and whiplash to the point where I couldn’t move my neck for a week.” “I didn’t do anything but sleep and lay down in a dark room for a few days, head was ringing, noise bothered me.” Speaking of concussions, the National Football League has recently come under a lot of scrutiny for its possible immoral disregard of player’s safety when it comes to concussions and future mental health. In fact, a judge recently threw out a $765 million dollar lawsuit brought

against the NFL not because of its validity, but because the judge did not think that that amount of money was enough. But is the sport, or the governing body of the sport, to be blamed, or should the players know what they are getting into? “I’ve had three official concussions,” says Latha. “There really isn’t any treatment…the doctors don’t know really anything about concussions.” Therein lies one of the toughest questions future generations will have to answer, while we peddle around with possible answers. And yet, I can’t, and won’t, try to answer this question, as it would be a foolish endeavor on my part. Instead, I find the pursuit of sports, even in the face of scientific evidence and traumatic experiences, intriguing. Latham was no beginner when it came to head trauma, as he sustained two concussions (possibly three, he’s not sure) throughout high school in lacrosse, with his second coming right before attending Denison. “I maybe wished I stopped playing in high school, because the lasting effects never came until my third concussion (the one while I was at Denison),” continues Latham. And Latham’s lucky to only have some minor pain, as emergency rooms have recently been getting chock-full of concussion-impacted patients. “The number of people ages 19 and younger treated in emergency rooms for concussions and other sports-related injuries not resulting in death increased from 150,000 in 2001 to 250,000 in 2009,” according to This should be shocking, right?

With numbers like this, younger kids are probably weaning away from contact sports, for their safety and for the sake of their parent’s blood pressure? Well, sort of. According to ESPN, American pop warner football, which is organized football before high school, has seen a 9.5% drop in athletes the last two years, but there are still 225,287 kids who play in the league and 2.5 million between the ages of 6-14 for NFL-funded USA football. In total, this is about 2.75 million kids, each year, who participate in tackle football. Okay, well the year is 2014, science has progressed enough to make sure helmets are sound in protection, right? Unfortunately, no. This same study also gathered up all available research and concluded that there is “Not Enough Evidence to Support Claim That Helmets Reduce Concussion Risk.” Yes, there is “Not Enough Evidence to Support Claim That Helmets Reduce Concussion Risk.” I’d like to make that statement stand alone, to leave it on the page and end the article in dramatic-climatic fashion like the final twist in the movie, but I would be doing disservice to the reader, to the possible athlete. “It’s part of the game...Until it’s you,” said former New York Giants Wide Receiver Mario Manningham to The New York Times. And this statement rings, literally, in the minds of the concussed, for possibly a long, long time as Latham has been experiencing pain for nearly a year now. “I see a neurologist and they prescribe some headache medication and

pain meds.” Latham continues, “Usually they say rest and it will go away over time…not really any treatment. I still have daily migraine headaches that I haven’t had relief from since [my last concussion]. It can affect my mood/irritability and energy still too. Those are the ‘Big ones’.” He could go on, I’m sure, but to save space and to summarize Latham’s symptoms: he is in pain, the type that cannot be accurately or effectively treated, and the type that may not go away for a long time. But, even through all of this, Latham’s still not sure if he wouldn’t do the same thing again. “’Was it worth it?’ is a tough question because now I can say no with the hindsight,” continues Latham. “But at the time I didn’t really think of it because I thought I recovered well from the first two. I loved playing lacrosse and I’m sure I would still love playing. It would have been hard to stop playing while I still thought I was healthy. But, once you get multiple concussions, I think you are just playing with fire until you get one that has more long-term effects.” Latham will not be the first, and he will not be the last athlete of his kind. And if science can’t come up with some solutions soon, the question for every family, kid and coach becomes: “Are athletes playing with fire?” Nic Latham currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. He is an honors student at Arizona State University. Latham left Denison University last year due to health-related issues.

Kicking and punching with fury all the way to success STEPHANIE ANTONETTI Staff Writer Taekwondo is a Korean Martial Art that stands for, “Art of the hand and foot.” The sport combines combat and selfdefense in a way that is fun, challenging, exciting, and a good workout. Here at Denison, the purpose of the club is to teach students and staff a new and unique art form in a way that each member will receive a specialized “workout” depending on their specific rank. “Taekwondo is unlike other sports in almost every way. For most sports you practice with your team, and then go compete against other teams. In Taekwondo, however, instead of competing with other teams on a regular basis, you practice and practice, because in the case of martial arts, it is literally the journey that is important,” sophomore Trevor Masters said. When an individual starts Taekwondo for the first time, they will start as a beginner white belt rank, learning the fundamentals of martial arts. The fundamentals consist of the basic punches, kicks, and all around techniques. “After about two to three months of practice (at least for the beginner and intermediate ranks: higher ranks require a longer period of time), not just of the moves and techniques, but also that of the mental skills and discipline learned, you have the opportunity to demonstrate these skills learned thus far in a test for the next rank, in this case a Yellow Belt,” Masters continued. Masters expressed that the reason for the wait serves the dual function of testing a student’s discipline and self-control to continue practicing of their own initiative.

Courtesy of Trevor Masters

Top photo: Denison Taekwondo participant puts on a show for his peers. Bottom photo: Josh DeSola (left) and Trevor Masters (right) promoting Denison’s Taekwondo Club at last semester’s involvement fair.

As the students and staff get higher in ranks, the difficulty and complexity of the moves, techniques, self-control, and discipline steadily increases. It is imperative for members to be constantly challenged as they move up in their ranks. “What is particularly nice about this is that, assuming you practice regularly (about two, one-hour classes a week) it takes a little less than four years to earn one’s Black Belt. This means that if you join the club as a freshman, you WILL have the opportunity to advance to Black Belt rank, as well as the opportunity to become a certified Tae Kwon Do instructor,” Masters shared excitedly. The Big Red Taekwondo club practices on campus in the second floor multipurpose room in Mitchell three days a week: Sundays from 2:30-3:30 and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-8:30. “Every year we have students who have never done martial arts before come and join the club as well as students who have done different styles of martial arts join as well. And in general, if a student has done martial arts before, their belt rank is usually maintained. In addition, athleticism is not at all a prerequisite for joining the Taekwondo Club: whether you’ve played sports all your life, or never played a sport before, you are equally welcome to come join and participate with us,” Masters expressed. In addition to the Taekwondo Club, here at Denison students have the opportunity to take an Introduction to Taekwondo class offered for two course credit hours, and is offered both semesters. The course usually takes place during the same time as club practices, this way student and staff members will have the opportunity to practice together and hopefully snatch some new members.


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Damon Rosenburg breaks record, profiled in SI JULIAN HOWELL Sports Editor

The Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio was one of the highlights of the 2013-2014 season Denison Men’s Swimming and Diving team, where they dominated the opposition to get a 1st place finish. A memorable moment from that meet was when junior, Damon Rosenburg’s Division III recordbreaking performance in the 100 m breaststroke with a time of 53.61. “Everyone was expecting that we would swim well, but we only had maybe a week, week and half of rest. So no one was expecting the kind of times we saw. It was a real eye-opener to the potential of the team. For me personally, it’s kind of been something in the works, I was going a lot faster during the regular season in comparison to last season. Seconds faster, it was almost not normal! I didn’t expect to go that time at all. It was incredibly fast. It was something I knew that I was capable. But, I thought be something that would come out at Nationals when I was fully rested. Instead of getting back from Thanksgiving break, an easy week of swimming and then go.” Rosenburg said. Rosenburg had to miss last year’s Miami Invitational because of a foot injury. So, he was extremely motivated to show out at the event this season’s . “Unfortunately, I broke my foot last year I wasn’t able to participate in Miami. So, I got to sit on the sidelines and number crunch, see how everyone was doing. Being there this year was really special. The craziest thing is that we won by over a thousand points which is just crazy. Especially going against D-1 teams and Emory.”

Interestingly, Rosenberg actually broke the National record twice that day. In the morning with a time 54.08, but was told by his coaches that he could do better. Luckily, Damon was able to makes the coaches expectations come to fruition later that day. “I get up at night, I swim again and I kind remember where people were. As I hit the first, second and third wall after that, people were farther behind than they were in the morning. I thought, oh this will be faster. So, I touch the wall and see that it was 53.61. This is good! And I get out and in that start contrast to the ‘We can do better’ in the morning, Greg O. Smiley came over and gave me a hug. That was amazing.” In addition to the recognition given by teammates, coaches, and peers, Sports Illustrated also recognized Damon Rosenburg for his record-breaking performance at the Miami Invitational. “I actually had no idea. I had a couple people come and say, ‘Hey you’re in Sports Illustrated’, I am? Really? When did this happen? So, I got an email from Craig Hicks, congratulating me about being in there and he’s had a picture of the article ‘Faces in the Crowd’. So that was really cool! I used to read Sports Illustrated all the time. You know ‘Faces in the Crowd’ was always one of those things you would read about and occasionally there were swimmers in there. You see swimmers and there and wow that’s really fast. You never think you are going to be in there until it actually happens. It’s one of those experiences that you can say ‘Yeah that was me! I did this’ and there is a select few people in the country or the nation that can say that.” Despite all the achievements and

successes that the Denison Big Red Swimming and Diving team has made this season, Rosenburg feels that the team still hasn’t has reached it’s ceiling on what it can accomplish this season. “ The potential for conference and nationals is still just incredible. I really excited for those. Everyone that’s resting for conference will swim lights out and

everyone that swimming for nationals will swim incredibility fast.” Looking ahead, Damon Roseburg and the Denison Big Red will host the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops on Saturday February 1st and will have two weeks of rest for the NCAC Conference Championships which they will host here.

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Pictured above: Junior Damon Rosenburg competing in the Miami Invitational where he broke a Division III record in the 100 m breast stroke with a time of 53.61.

When Hogwarts comes to Denison, athletics prosper LAURA CARR Staff Writer Of the thirty-three club sports that Denison University has to offer, quidditch may be one of the most unique. Denison alums Jen Nygren ’12 and Liza Raino-Ogden ’12 introduced the sport to the school in 2010. According to the International Quidditch Association website, Xander Manshel founded quidditch in 2005 at Middlebury College. The sport is based off of the popular game played by wizards in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. It is now contested at college campuses in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy and France. Quidditch is a co-ed contact sport that mixes elements from rugby, soccer, football, dodgeball and tag. Each team is made up of seven players who play with brooms between their legs at all times. Unlike Harry Potter and his friends from the wizarding world, student athletes do not “fly around on brooms.” Quidditch is played on the ground. “We’ve had to make some adjustments because obviously we can’t fly although a lot of people think we do fly and we’ve just had to make some adjustments for practicality reasons,” senior Debbie Gillum said. Gillum currently runs the Denison Death Eaters along with fellow senior Ben Flox. Each team has three chasers, two beaters, one keeper and one seeker. The chasers run around a field attempting to score goals worth ten points each


with a deflated volleyball called the quaffle. The keeper defends the goal hoops and the two beaters use dodgeballs, or “bludgers” to knock out members of the opposing team. If a player is hit by a bludger, they are out of play until they touch their own goals. The seeker tries to end the game by catching the snitch, which is worth thirty points. In Harry Potter, the snitch is a small and fast golden ball with wings that flies around a quidditch pitch. However, in the “Muggle” world, the snitch is actually an impartial athlete, usually a cross-country runner, wearing all yellow. “The snitch does not want to be caught by anyone so there’s no political-ness,” Gillum said. “The snitch is really funny because they can climb trees, they can ride a bicycle, they can hop on a car, they can go into a dorm; the snitch has hardly any rules so it’s really entertaining watching the seekers trying to catch the snitch.” The snitch has boundaries; for the first five minutes of the game the athlete can go anywhere but afterwards they have to come back to the playing field. There are currently ten members on the Denison Death Eaters. The team competes against Miami of Ohio, Ohio State University and Bowling Green University. In addition, the team has played at Purdue University. The Denison Death Eaters made an appearance at the Mid-West Regionals last fall. “[Our main goals this year] are to get more exposure on campus and to get more members,” Gillum said. “Our participation has been really low so

Courtesy of Debbie Gillum

Coming off of a Mid-West Regionals appearance last year, the Denison Club Quiditch team, the Deatheaters, will compete with Miami (OH), Ohio State and Bowling Green within the near-future.

we’re trying to get more active people. Sophomore Rebecca Fritch said that her favorite part about quidditch is that she has “learned that winning is not the most important thing. It’s about the competition, about trying your best, improving and having fun.” Fritch also highlighted the community aspect of quidditch. “It’s a wonderful feeling to know that there’s this huge community that exists and loves the same things you do and are unashamed of expressing it, no matter how many weird looks we may get.” The team receives funding from the Denison Campus Governance Association and is registered with the International Quidditch Association. Since the team’s founding in 2010, it has evolved into a legitimate sport. “We know what we’re doing more now. Ben [Flox] and I have been on the team since our freshman year and we know more

about quidditch outside of Denison,” Gillum said. “We know that it’s more athletic and less of a Harry Potter fan club.” Aside from that, the team remains relatively unchanged. “We’re still a small team, and we still use the same field and most of the same equipment, but we still love the sport, and we love our little team. We don’t take the sport too seriously, but we certainly play hard,” Flox said. “We go into every game with a mindset to play our best, and I am always proud of how our team plays. We communicate well, and we work as a group, and even though we may not win we can always be proud of the fact that we played our best.” The quidditch team practices on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. and Sundays from 2-3 p.m. Practices are open to anyone who wishes to join, regardless of athletic experience.

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January 28, 2014  
January 28, 2014  

Vol. 162, No. 1 of The Denisonian, student newspaper of Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 43023.