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Volume 162, No. 5

Tuesday, FEBRUARY 25, 2014

Hundreds streak for body image

Updates on medical assistance, transportation

EMILY SHANE Special to the Denisonian

GOLZAR MEAMAR Managing Editor

The DCGA Finance Committee is coming closer to deciding between proposals to spend $500,000 from the reserve fund -money that collects over time when the student government does not spend all of its milliondollar budget. The process started last fall when DCGA sent out a call for proposals for campus projects from members of the Denison community. Josh Goldman ‘14 of Blue Ash, Ohio, said, “I’m glad that all the proposals were published online, but I worry that even despite the best efforts of senators involved, only a small percentage of the campus was aware of the opportunity and the process.” “Seeing how [the process] was new, we did make some mistakes,” said Finance Chair Kiara Sims ‘14 of Chicago, Ill. The finance committee received 37 proposals and invited the writers of each to attend the discussions. Senator Steven Hix ‘16 of Dayton, Ohio, said that each proposal was discussed and reviewed for less than half

The correct term for “medical amnesty” is now “medical assistance.” There is a “subtle difference, but an important one,” said Laurel Kennedy, vice president of Student Development. The term is not the only thing that has changed in the process of medical assistance, transport has varied greatly since last fall. Medical assistance has brought Denison’s campus a long way since last fall’s public attention in the area of medical transport. “Last March, we changed our system of response so that we could reduce impact on the local EMS without reducing quality of care to students,” said Kennedy. Denison entered a contract with Courtesy Ambulance last spring. “We hired one of their EMTs to be on campus on weekend nights so that the EMT could be an immediate first responder to any medical emergencies late night on the weekend,” said Kennedy. An EMT responds and evaluates a student’s medical status and deem whether or not they need

See FINANCE, page 3

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Naked week runners make their way across A-Quad during their Opening Ceremony last Monday.

CAROLE BURKETT Editor-in Chief Frigid weather didn’t deter hundreds of Denison students from participating in the eleventh annual Naked Week. About one seventh of Denison’s entire student body—312 students—ran across East Quad on Friday, the final night of the

cross-campus nude runs. Lauren Jay ‘14, from Westerville, Ohio, was this year’s “Naked Queen,” or coordinator of Naked Week. Through a Facebook group, she coordinated the routes, themes, and origins of each run. This year’s festivities included America night, in addition to the more traditional LGBTQ and animal-themed

runs. She said the purpose of Naked Week is “primarily to promote body awareness. There’s this stigma in the media about what beauty is defined as. I believe that the main purpose of the week is that everyone is beautiful, no matter what size, See NAKED WEEK, page 3

See ALCOHOL, page 2

Freshmen of BSU host Black Love Week Greeks get motivated JEWELL PORTER News Editor

JAKE DENNIE Assistant News Editor

The Freshman Foundation of the Black Student Union hosted several events last week to celebrate Black History Month. This week, entitled Black Love Week, was organized and spearheaded by Ruth Orevba, Nordia Bennett, Kareha Agesa and Hollie Davis, all ‘17. On Monday, they had a movie night in Slayter Union where they showed “Waiting for Superman;” on Tuesday, they tabled for HIV/AIDS awareness in Slayter; on Wednesday, they hosted an Identity Art show at Bryant Arts Center; on Thursday, there was a diversity forum with Dr. Weinberg; Saturday, they hosted an open mic night at the Bandersnatch; and See BLACK LOVE, page 2

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle,” Jeremy Poincenot quoted from Plato during his speech to the Greek community on Thursday. Poincenot was the keynote speaker for the Fraternity and Sorority Life Convocation, a biannual event that occurred last week in Swasey Chapel. Poincenot, as he described in his speech, has a rare genetic disorder called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, which caused his vision to suddenly go from 20/20 to legal blindness over the course of two months while he was a sophomore at San Diego State University. In general, the purpose of the Fraternity and Sorority Life convocations is to gather the Greek

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Hollie Davis ‘17 works on a print making project for Black Love Week.

community and help them realize the benefits of Greek life. Stetson Thacker ‘14, Beta Theta Pi member and Biology/english double major from Cleveland, Ohio, said “It’s kind of a community building activity for one, but also it’s an educational activity... to learn more about how Greek life can positively affect their lives.” This idea that Greek community members can and should be rocks for each other during times of struggle constituted the primary message of Poincenot’s talk. “I was devastated, depressed,” Poincenot explained, “I thought ‘Why me?’ every single day for a month.” However, as Poincenot described, his Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers coerced him See CONVOCATION, page 3






312 people participated in the last night of Naked Week. Double standards on campus See page 5

Staff Spotlight: Catherine Stuck. See page 7.

Bluegrass Concert See page 9

Swim team wins championship See page 12


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Black History Month

Facts Of The Week Mark Bolling Allen: Macon Bolling Allen was the first African-American Justice of the Peace and the first to pass the bar and practice law in the United States.He is also believed to be the first African-American to ever hold a judiciary position in the United States, despite not being considered a citizen throughout most of his pursuit.

Jean Baptiste Point du Sable: Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was Chicago’s first recorded resident, founder, and held the area’s first elections. Du Sable also was part of Chicago’s first recorded marriage and was highly respected by the Native American community in the region. He was also arrested by the British military during the revolution and imprisoned on suspicion of being a spy for the American military. Off the Hill

LOCAL Bryn Du Art Exhibition date moved up to next month

The Newark Advocate The 2014 Bryn Du Art Exhibition, themed “New Year New Art,” is being moved up from its traditional October start date to next month. The show is breaking new ground, as it will add a professional exposition in addition to works by Central Ohio amateur artists.

NATIONAL Facebook buys WhatsApp

The New York Times On Friday, Facebook acquired the popular messaging service WhatsApp for $16 billion, marking the company’s largest acquisition since it went public almost two years ago. The messaging service has over 450 million users worldwide, but is less widely recognized here in the United States. INTERNATIONAL

Violence in Ukraine comes to an end after 100 deaths CNN

Violence in Kiev, Ukraine came to an end this weekend with ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych. This came upon the heels of reports that nearly 100 people died while protesting in Kiev’s Independence Square against the government’s decision to axe a trade deal with the European Union and accept Russian economic assistance.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

First annual Hijab Day comes to DU SHIVANI MITHBAOKAR Photo Editor

During the same time that Denison students ran naked for “Naked Week,” many women on campus also wore hijabs as Denison celebrated it’s first World Hijab Day on Feb. 19. The Hijab Day Challenge was organized by the Denison Muslim Students Association (MSA). The purpose of this event is to clarify the stereotypes behind the scarf, while encouraging the members of the Denison community to challenge themselves and walk in the shoes of a veiled Muslim woman. One of the participants, Emily Henson, Program Coordinator of Centre for Cross-Cultural Engagement stated, “I’m doing this as this is important to me. My boyfriend is a Muslim and this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about his culture.” In addition to the Hijab Challenge, there was a group discussion that started off with a video of Nazma Khan, the founder of World Hijab Day. The students who wore a hijab shared their experience leading to other reflective dialogues. Though the hijab is seen as a sym-

bol of oppression, this initiative hopes to change such stereotypes and controversies surroundin. As Aissata Berry ’15, President of MSA opines, “Wearing a hijab is modesty, not oppression.” Overall, this event promoted solidarity on campus as so many women came

forward and took up this challenge. One of the participants, Jasmine Punihani’14 thinks, “I felt comfortable and pretty as my features got accentuated. It looks beautiful and it felt good.”



on Saturday, they made sandwiches for the homeless. Nordia Bennett ’17 from Trenton, New Jersey, said, “Black Love Week revolves around the African American community [and] encourages black self-love, increasing peace, and racial healing.” During the diversity forum, Dr. Weinberg said that Denison is doing well in multiple aspects of diversity. He said that the amount of diverse students at Denison has increased and he is “impressed and inspired by the large amount of administrators and teachers who care about diversity issues.” However, he said students have room to improve and that in order to achieve these changes, it is necessary for students to “respectfully listen to the opinions of others,” and also organize themselves in such a way that allows for these changes. He argued that, “this will be a defining issue for [students’] generation.” Black Love Week is an annual event that is always hosted by the Freshman Foundation during Black History Month. This Saturday, the Black Student Union will be hosting another event, entitled Black Rhythms in the Roost at 7 pm.

help, need to be transported to Whisler. Before the school started using Courtesy Ambulance, students who called for medical amnesty were calling security, who would call the fire squad if you were unresponsive. It was then the discretion of the squad to transport you to Licking Memorial. The public EMT was “virtually never taking students to Whisler, even though their protocol allows for that,” said Kennedy. “What we have found in practice is that the number of students who are being transported to Licking Memorial Hospital has dropped really really dramatically. The [Courtesy] EMT is routinely making the decision that Whisler can handle it. The total number of students receiving medical care was down by 25% and the number of students being transported to Licking Memorial Hospital had gone down 50% of the fall.” This outcome was “not anticipated, but good. There is less impact on the students when they are taken to Whisler. It’s much more upsetting for a student to be taken to the hospital, especially if they didn’t need to be.” According to Kennedy, this semester there has been a jump in students being transported to Licking Memorial Hospital and “a big part of that is because most of the transports that we have had have

been on nights other than Friday or Saturday nights.” Students that are routinely drinking on weekdays are not being seen by Courtesy’s EMT and receiving a medical opinion, they are being evaluated by on-campus security. In terms of alcohol at Denison and within the local Granville community recently, Kennedy said, “Not all of those are things on the hill. There is high alcohol outlet-density in Granville, and Granville’s economy is largely based on food and entertainment, which has ramifications about where to drink in town and where to purchase alcohol in town.” “We need to partner with folks in the local community and think of the problem of alcohol as a larger one,” Kennedy said.


actually really great.” But some see Naked Week as more spectacle than social commentary. The first run of Naked Week is the Opening Ceremony traditionally run at half past noon on the Monday of Naked Week, coincided with Denison’s Junior Visit Day. Charlie Vinopal ‘16, from Park Ridge, Ill., works as a tour guide for Admissions. He said his tours last Monday had “a really great sense of humor about it,” but that other families may not have been comfortable, and Naked Week may not be the most effective commentary. “There are much more constructive ways of promoting self-body image and awareness for the entire campus,” Vinopal said. “I think it’s great that these brave people get the courage up to do it, but I think it really doesn’t have an effect on the rest of the campus other than making some people uncomfortable.” Though it makes some onlookers uncomfortable, the process of running naked can also make people comfortable

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shape, body form.” Naked Week usually falls near National Eating Disorder Awareness week, which also promotes healthy body image. Though the event encourages public indecency, it has a friendly relationship with the campus. Jay said that security has “an unspoken acceptance” toward it, and even opened the doors for running students this year. Psychology major Erin Katalinic ‘16 from Columbus, Ohio, has participated six times. She said running is “a natural high. This is when I am not hiding anything, and I have confidence in the moment.” Emily Smith ‘15, from Mars, Pa., ran for the first time this year—unexpectedly. “It started out with a joke between my roommate and I that we would run for her birthday... Sometime last week, we decided we should actually do it. It was

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Sasha Rupchandeo sporting her Hijab on the first annual Hijab Day here at Denison.

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in their own bodies. Smith said, “I’ve always seen myself as on the chubby side of average, and for the first time in my post-pubescent life, I felt that my body was not only acceptable but worthy of being celebrated.” For others, the benefit depends on what you put in. Katalinic said, “if you go in looking for body positivity, you’ll find it. We all have flaws.” She also said her participation has been recognized by those around her, “especially after the opening ceremony, going to Curtis, people I’ve never known were high-fiving me.” And these success stories are, in a way, the point of Naked Week. Jay said, “I was overwhelmed with joy when I received messages from students I don’t know or running for the first time, telling me how this week has changed their lives, or how they’ve never felt more secure in their than when running… Naked week to some might be absurd, but to others, it’s life changing.”

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The Denisonian compiles relevant call records and incident reports from the Granville Police Department.

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back onto his feet and helped him learn to appreciate life again. The second message had to do with finding happiness in life, regardless of obstacles. Poincenot narrated his story of winning the World Blind Golf Championships in his blindness division, the most memorable part of which was his description of an elderly, completely blind golfer he met named John Cosolo, who, despite being a terrible golfer, found immense happiness in the game. Poincenot went on to explain how the “grass is greener on the other side” mentality is unhealthy, and that everyone should learn to appreciate and find happiness in what they are given. According to accounts from some attendees, Poincenot’s presentation accomplished this goal. “It was really neat to hear such an inspirational story from the speaker about what a positive impact the Greek community can have on someone’s life,” commented Anna Burton ‘17, a freshman Biology major and Tri Delta pledge from Martinsville, Ind. However, James Le, a freshman Beta pledge and Communications major from Hanoi, Vietnam, was surprised by how little Poincenot tailored his speech toward Greek life. “Only a very small [portion] of his speech directly addressed the fraternity brotherhood. The rest of the speech was more about his personal story and the lessons he learned in life.” Finding a speaker like Poincenot takes a lot of effort, according to Katherine Palms ‘14, a communication major and Tri Delta member from Grosse Pointe,

On Feb. 15 at 1:11 a.m. Denison Security requested assistance from Granville Police to check on young people possibly involved in hazing. GPD located six individuals and Denison security advised they would handle the situation. On Feb. 16 at 1:55 p.m. A Newark citizen alleged that he saw Denison professors giving alcohol to students, but no identification was provided. On Feb. 17 at 6:11 p.m. Denison student reported backing into another vehicle in a parking lot. On Feb. 20 at 2:18 a.m. Granville Fire Department transported an intoxicated female from Whisler Medical Center to Licking Memorial Hospital at her request after suicide threats.

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Greek convocation speaker talking to members of Panhellenic Council and IFC.

Mich. “The process is in-depth. In the spring of 2013, I began looking for different speakers to bring to campus [and] attended AFLV (Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values) conference in Indianapolis.” Most of the convocation speakers come from this conference, but Palms

heard about Poincenot from a former speaker and, as the former Vice President of Programming for the Panhellenic Council in charge of the speaker for the 2013-14 academic year, decided to bring him in. Greek Convocation is an annual event that seeks to unify the Greek community.

On Feb. 20 at 8:22 p.m., Denison Security requested an officer’s assistance for a room search, resulting in a case report for drug abuse or possession.


Girl Scouts reaching across borders KATIE JENKO Web Editor Saturday, Feb. 21, nearly a dozen students woke up early to spend the morning with over 100 Girl Scouts. The students gathered to facilitate World Thinking Day, an event aimed at honoring and recognizing Girl Scouts in other countries. This event, incorporating Girl Scouts from ages ranging from 8 to 16, was led by one of the Denison community’s very own: Jordan Berger ’15. Berger and the other students ran a variety of projects and activities designed to broaden the horizons of the young

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an hour over the past few months. He says that “some of the proposals lacked content and thought,” adding, “As the finance committee, it wasn’t our responsibility to put additional time and effort” into those proposals. Some writers of thorough proposals felt that their proposals were not sufficiently considered. Sam Phillips ’14, of Medina, Ohio, who co-wrote a 16-page proposal aimed at making Denison more handicap accessible, felt that “the general tone was kind of a ‘let’s get through this, we have 40 proposals, yours is ridiculously long,’” which she understood because of the large number of proposals. In addition, Alana Perez ‘16, who submitted a proposal for a leadership library in Slayter, said that after putting in a lot of time and effort, she wasn’t sure that they “actually read the proposal.” Perez is not alone. “They pulled up the document on the projector, but nobody was given time to actually read it,” said Phillips. Based on the discussion, she felt that Sims had read her proposal, but she didn’t think anyone else read it. Senator Erin Katalinic ‘16 of Columbus, Ohio said that the committee “can get a little unprofessional.”

Girl Scouts. This year’s theme as reported by the Girl Scout’s national webpage was meant to focus on the “United Nation’s Millennium Development Goal 2, to achieve universal primary education and is especially focused on making sure girls have access to education.” The website said, “Educating girls is one of the most powerful and effective ways to reduce global poverty.” The volunteering students created activity tables to help facilitate this idea. According to World Thinking Day participant Jackson Wu-Pong ’15, “Since these girls aren’t quite ready to study abroad or work in a foreign country,

World Thinking Day provides that initial jumping-off point and sets the stage for future development in our increasingly global society.” The website promotes this day as a chance to “celebrate international friendships” but as one can imagine, that can easily be turned into something “cheesy.” Wu-Pong praised event coordinator, Berger, for “revolutionizing” the event. “Jordan was able to make this year more about developing a global perspective in all of these girls as they go through Girl Scouts and high school in Central Ohio.”

Senator Ashley Bartreau ‘16 of Lake Orion, Mich., explained, “We try to make it an open environment where people feel comfortable. Maybe that’s something that people are interpreting as a lack of professionalism, but it’s just creating a comfortable environment.” Hix said that the committee was not used to having an audience and it’s a “very casual environment in order to keep ideas rolling, keep things loose.” A common refrain from students was that they felt like they were being personally attacked and criticized. “Though I respect the hard work done by the committee members in making tough choices, it was tough for me to see the disrespect with which the proposals were treated. I was often concerned that students coming to defend their proposals were not greeted as equals,” said Goldman, who wrote four proposals. Goldman added, “I worry that sometimes intense questioning transitioned into rude or condescending questioning.” Senator Sarah Dixon ‘17 of Springfield, Ohio, understood the complaints, saying, “It’s an intense process, and I think that some of the Senate can be very passionate and that can come across as harsh.” “The concerns are completely valid. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” said Sims. However, she said, “My

committee members did express that they felt disrespect. There was disrespect on both sides, from what I was told from both parties.” During the final meeting of voting on the proposals, the committee approved the $300,000 social spaces proposal, which pushed the total amount over the $500,000 spending goal. In order to stay under the limit, some committee members felt that they should review the proposals that they already decided to show to DCGA, and cut money from them. When reallocating money from proposals they already approved, Bartreau advocated for a closed vote. She said, “for the actual [committee] vote, [she] would really feel more comfortable” if the representatives from each proposal were not present. But Sims says she had “not entertained a closed vote” but would consider it in dialogue if the Finance Committee were to undertake another project of this magnitude. The proposals that passed and will be voted on by DCGA tonight include a meeting space for La Fuerza Latina, a Roost renovation, a social spaces renovation, an externship travel endowment fund and an event schedule/monitors in Slayter. DCGA meets on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of Burton Morgan.



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The Five Proposals

Externship Endowment Fund $50,000 La Fuerza Lounge $50,000 Roost Renovation $279,000 Social Space Renovations $310,000 Event Schedule Monitors $3,000 Courtesy of Chris Townson, DCGA PR Chair


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Editor’s Corner >>

Staff Editorial

Rules of the road for the reserve fund Building a better relationship

between DCGA and students

CURTIS EDMONDS ‘15 Editor-in-Chief Tonight, DCGA will be making critical decisions about what our campus community will look like as soon as next year. About the kinds of opportunities that will be available for students to take advantage of. DCGA will be voting on five proposals to spend a whopping $500,000 on - updating and creating social spaces around campus, an endowment for externships travel expenses, and a social space for La Fuerza Latina, Denison’s premiere Hispanic culture group on campus - to name a few. We need to be active participants in deciding where this money goes. While all 2,100 students won’t be able to cast a vote for which proposals pass or how much money is spent tomorrow night, this is a decision that will affect all of us. Our community comes together when we feel like it. We come together in times of tragedy (death of a community member) or times of celebration (inauguration of our new president). But we need to learn to come together in times where it is not always convenient. We’re reaching the point in the semester where the weather is getting warmer but our classes are also getting harder. That means that sitting through a multi-hour DCGA meeting in the basement of Burton Morgan isn’t exactly the most appealing thing for a lot of us. But holding our elected representatives accountable and taking advantage of the opportunity to voice our opinions on our money should be something we place near the top of our priorities. On the hill, I’m used to seeing a

fair amount of apathy from my classmates. That’s not to say that people never feel passionate about anything, it’s to say that we are selective about what we choose to show our passion about. I know that many people have strong feelings about DCGA, about the reserve fund from which this money is coming from, and about how they envision our campus. But many of these people have never shown up at a DCGA meeting, and more disappointingly, many of these people have never even voted for their DCGA representative. One group that has shown dedication throughout this long funding process has been La Fuerza Latina. The group has been to nearly every DCGA general meeting and meetings of the Finance Committee. They have taken real ownership in this process to get their own space, and are an example of what can happen when we come together and voice our concerns and hopes to our student government about what we want and what we need. I also think this is a good space for me - as someone who is a former senator who wasn’t always happy with how DCGA worked -- to really say how proud I am of our student government. The reserve fund has been a concern for years -- how could we have possibly let hundreds of thousands of dollars pile up from student activity fees? And to see real action from DCGA has been nothing short of inspiring. Mirroring national politics, there is often a gulf between what the people want and what our representatives think we want. And many times, the gulf is naturally occurring, which is what we can come to expect when there are probably no senators who know everyone they are representing. But we can fill that gulf by being more politically active and taking ownership of our campus. We can’t just be participants in DCGA when budget season for our organizations come around.

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The day this newspaper goes to print will also see one of the more contentious days in Denison politics. For the first time in a long while, the Denison Finance has decided to pursue a policy of greater fiscal leeway. In fact, the stated goal of the DCGA apparatus is to spend a maximum of 500,000 dollars on any combination of five proposals - all of which were precleared by the Finance Committee. Although Emily Shane’s assiduously researched article regarding the finance procedure delves into more detail, we at The Denisonian are of the belief that civility and decorum must be maintained throughout what could potentially prove to be a rancorous process.

After all, this is not an everyday happening. With such a massive amount of money being considered, it is only natural that a plethora of ideas are put forward by men and women of all stripes - none of whom diverge from a desire to act in this college’s common good. With that in mind, we as a student body ought to think twice before impugning the integrity of people whose loyalties to a given proposal differ from our own. Hear each others cases out, certainly. Listen to each other. Chew on the mental cud. But trust that each and every person who took the time to do this came to his or her conclusion without malicious intent.

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Taking off clothes and expectations At the close of one of the most positive weeks of the school year, Denison students go forward with an unique understanding of beauty and acceptance. Naked week offers an opportunity unlike any other to fully integrate the understanding that perfection is ultimately a subjective word into daily life: a collaborative streaking. The methods are unorthodox, but the results are outstanding. For one glorious week, students can forget about how they do (or more accurately do not) measure up to the beauty kings and queens of the world and celebrate who they are and how they look. In the face of the constant

cultural bombardment of ridiculously high standards, impossible body proportions and taglines endorsing skinny as the new sexy, normality and beauty in natural variation finally have the chance to take center stage. In the wake of a year with recordsetting Naked Week participation, the future for social acceptance at Denison looks brighter than ever, as students collectively take the first step to loving themselves—all of themselves—simply by exposing the social paradigm of “never good enough” for the farce it is. Who knew shedding a few layers of clothing was the cure for negativity?

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A double standard too long ignored?

NICK INGRAM ‘15 Special to The Denisonian I had an encounter with a fellow Denisonian a few days ago that brought out an uneasiness that has troubled me for quite some time. Each of us had arrived for a film screening of a British-American romantic historical drama about the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, and inspired by such historical figures as Captain John Smith and Pocahontas. As my classmates and I took off our jackets and backpacks to get settled into our seats, I heard a few students mention that we would be watching a historical film, to which one of my classmates replied (and I will do my best to convey the language used), “I hope it’s not another film

by a white male sh****** on history.” This struck a sour chord with me, of the type I have heard time and again on this campus. I knew very well what my classmate was implying, but, as a white male, I was slightly offended. “I don’t think all white males sh** on history,” I retorted with an aggressive tone. “Oh, you’re one of those,” my classmate replied. “What was that supposed to mean?” I thought. Who are those and why are their opinions brushed to the

“Yet time and again, I find students using labels to assert their ‘open-mindedness.’” side? My classmate was assuming something about me from one opinion, placing me in a box to which I was not sure I belonged. This bothered me. Failing to control my frustration, I sharpened my tone to express my annoyance with what I perceived to be many students’ double standard toward equality. Allow me to explain. I am disappointed with some fellow

Denisonians. We claim to respect one another equally without using labels or preconceived notions. Yet time and again, I find students using labels to assert their “open-mindedness.” This particular student called me “one of those,” I assume, because I, too, am a white male. I suppose my classmate thought of me as close-minded, someone who accepted the “white male” interpretation of history as fact. Yet, in labeling me as “one of those,” my classmate was distancing me as the ‘other,’ someone whose opinion was incorrect and could not be heard. It was my classmate’s way or the highway, as the aphorism goes. When we label others as being narrow-minded for having opinions different from our own, we ourselves are being narrow-minded. This is what I felt my classmate was doing. In a country stricken with the illness of insufferable partisan politics, my timely encounter shed light on not only the condition of this plague but of an ideological divide I have felt since arriving on this campus. No, not all Denisonians are quick to judge, nor are we all of one philosophical mind-set. But when I experience hostile encounters

such as the one described, I cannot help but come to the defense of what is perceived as an inferior ideology or party. For the record, I do not consider myself “one of those,” nor did I actually come to the defense of what I thought were those. I do not consider myself strictly a Democrat or Republican, a social liberal or social conservative. I was simply challenging the notion that all white males distort historical events with a romanticized interpretation. Nothing more. I am fed up with this recurring hypocrisy of using labels to make ourselves appear more open-minded than others. I call on you to hold one another accountable, to withhold from labeling fellow students according to their opinion on a single matter. Do not judge a book by its cover (or a film by its predecessors). We are better than that. We are better than labels. Labels are helpful to distinguish between ideologies, but they are harmful when they are slapped onto our classmates inductively. Nick Ingram is a junior political science major from Fairview, Penn.


Openly gay and athlete: no longer mutually exclusive University of Missouri graduate Michael Sam has come out as gay and now stands to become the first openly gay athlete in the National Football League. According to The New York Times, he is a standout defensive lineman who

CLARICE PRANGER ‘17 Forum Editor The stigma attached to homosexuals and “sexual deviants” in American culture is all too clear, but that stigma is magnified considerably when viewed through the specific lens of sports. An athlete cannot be taken seriously as soon as he “comes out of the closet,” as if his sexual orientation somehow affects his ability to play. Fully aware of the hostile environment of professional sports, recent

“He can set American sports on the path to acceptance simply by playing great football.” was named the Associated Press defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference and is expected to be chosen fairly early in the opening rounds of the NFL draft, but for many people outside the world of college football, this is the first they are hearing of Sam. Even despite his impressive numbers and his team’s win-loss record of 12-2,

because he has publicly acknowledged that he is gay, he will forever be known as “the gay player.” No matter how impressive his future NFL career may be, no accomplishment will ever overshadow that fact that has nothing to do with how he plays. As if that is not enough, even his future in the NFL has been clouded to an extent. Because there is still a vocal segment of the American populace that is vehemently anti-gay, teams that wish to draft him will have to take into consideration his homosexuality. Drafting a gay player will become a calculated risk on the part of teams and team owners, and they will find themselves hoping that how he plays will sufficiently overshadow who he is. This, needless to say, is a sad and unacceptable state of affairs, but where there is so much uncertainty surrounding Sam, there is also a good deal of hope for positive change. While the league has a policy that prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation, it does not have any sort of record as a beacon of acceptance because it has never had a publicly gay

player. But because he decided to come out of his own accord, Sam has the opportunity to confront head-on the stigmas and prejudices that pervade the culture. Sam is paving the way for openly gay athletes around the country who aspire to the NFL or to any other professional American sport; he has the unique opportunity to break down barriers and to dissolve notions commonly held by the American public simply by being able to play. He can show the world -and Americans especially –that being gay is no longer a handicap in America. But his crusade need not have such a deliberate agenda. He can set American sports on the path to acceptance simply by playing great football, and perhaps, when that day finally arrives, he will stop being the “gay football player” and start being the “great football player.”

Clarice Pranger is a freshman creative writing major from Ft. Wayne, Ind.


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Denison's David Woodyard: An interview long overdue CECILIA SALOMONE Arts and Life Editor

For a man whose career spans 54 years, Professor of Religion David Woodyard ’54 is incredibly humble. “I don’t like being in the limelight,” joked Woodyard when told he was being featured in our Professor Spotlight. Woodyard has been teaching at Denison since 1960, first as a parttime professor and part-time chaplain before becoming a full-time professor in 1978. But Woodyard’s time in Granville began even before then– he was also a student at Denison. “I graduated in 1954, and my sister, parents, aunt and cousin all went here. My father told my sister and me we could go to Denison or go to work,” says Woodyard. After graduating, he received a Master’s of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Vanderbilt University. Woodyard adds he “never dreamed I would be able to come back to Denison two years out of grad school,” and cites former president Blair Knapp as the reason he was hired. “We had a president [Knapp] who liked young people, and had a lot of confidence in young people, so the opportunity came and I jumped through the hoop,” he says. “I had hoped that maybe sometime in ten, fifteen, twenty years I’d get to come back to Denison.” Since his time as a student, Woodyard says “everything has changed” and jokes that “at the simplest level, there’s at least twice as much real estate!” According to Woodyard, Higley Hall used to house four different departments, including Biology, and “there was a little teeny Chemistry space; now we have Ebaugh.” Woodyard adds that diversity at Denison “has changed dramatically. In my time there was one African-Amer-

Professor David Woodyard in his office. ican, and it wasn’t a very safe place for him to be.” Woodyard says the student lived in the president’s house, which now houses the Beth Eden admissions and financial aid offices. Monomoy Place, he says, was once a dormitory and a fraternity house, and jokes “it had gotten pretty run-down with students

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living in it,” but was remodeled eventually to have the “president living in town and near the arts.” Student life has also changed a lot since Woodyard’s time. “Another dramatic change is in relation to the sorority and fraternity ratio. When I was a student it was 98% Greek, and Rush

took place at the end of freshman orientation,” says Woodyard. “Frequently, if someone didn’t get a pledge, they left.” Woodyard adds that “in some ways, one of the biggest changes in the economic background of the people here. There was virtually no financial aid of any significance.” In the class of 1954, Woodyard says two students were given $500 scholarships: Tom Skidmore, who went on to become an academic historian, and one of Denison’s most famous alumni, former Indiana Senator Dick Lugar. “That was kind of a breakthrough. And everybody was from places like Darien, Connecticut, or in my case, Oak Park, Illinois,” says Woodyard. “There’s an enormous economic diversity now.” Woodyard says that academic ability of students “has escalated dramatically,” and adds that as students “get more advanced, you learn more from students and learn more with them.” He says he thinks of learning as a “partnership, and as students get more able, they are able to enter into a significant learning partnership.” When not teaching on the Hill, he says he likes to have dates with his wife Joanne Woodyard ’55. Joanne is an artist whose work can be found in the Readers’ Garden Book Store in Granville (as well as in Woodyard’s office). “We’re good friends,” Woodyard says with a smile. The Woodyards also have two daughters: Sarah, a veterinary technician, and Kim, a psychiatrist who recently finished her fellowship. One thing that hasn’t changed for Woodyard is the relationship he has with students. When asked about his favorite things at Denison, Woodyard says “I’ve always cherished and enjoyed the relationship with students. And while that relationship has diversified over time, I wouldn’t have stayed at Denison if I didn’t enjoy the kind of students that are here.”

Student Spotlight

'Turning her pain into poetry': Slam poet Emily Carnevale '16 SAM HEYMAN Art and Life Editor Emeritus Denison University is a college known for its abundance of hard-working, multi-talented students and faculty alike. However, not all students showcase their talents in the same way, or in the same venues. In the fall of 2012, her first semester at Denison, Emily Carnevale, a creative writing and cinema double major hailing from Columbus, Ohio, made a splash by performing a few pieces of performance poetry at some Bandersnatch open mic nights. Earlier this semester, Carnevale contributed her creative voice to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day convocation in Swasey Chapel, further cementing herself as an artist willing to challenge the campus culture. If you had told Carnevale in her sophomore year of high school that she would become a seasoned veteran in the art of Spoken Word poetry, she would have dismissed you, like she had dismissed her high school English teacher. Though she had a passion for writing that Carnevale’s teachers could not ignore, the thought of becoming a performer seemed far-fetched at best. “I was that kid in the choir who always stuttered and shook whenever I was given a solo,” says Carnevale. However, by the time her junior year rolled around, Carnevale was singing a

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Carnevale posed for a picture in the Blair Knapp performing arts studio different tune. She found her performative voice through creating a piece inspired by a difficult time in her life: her struggle with a tumor during her freshman year. “The doctors handled it very poorly—it was benign, but they claimed


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it was malignant. It was something I wanted to talk about but I didn’t know how to say it. I wrote draft after draft trying to explain it.” Although the process of turning her pain into poetry was difficult and emotional, the end result,

Carnevale says, was “very cathartic.” In her junior year, her school entered into a poetry slam competition and emerged district champions. Carnevale was already a poet, but she has worked in the performative medium of spoken word and slam poetry (the competitive form of spoken word) ever since. “It’s really different—slam poetry. You are writing in the mindset to perform what you’re writing. It’s like trying to write a play, but you’re not acting. You’re breaking the fourth wall, you’re engaging the audience. You can’t really do complete fiction in poetry. It comes out of you, it can be twisted but it comes from a sort of truth and experience.” Speaking about the difference between “traditional” poetry and “performance” poetry, Carnevale notes that the two forms, while essentially quite similar, are significantly different. “With traditional poetry, it is meant to be read, but it also has this layer of sound, and it has beats and feet and syllables and meter. It has a rhythm, everything has a rhythm. But it’s not as in your face or as intense as performance poetry is.” This urgency has a lot to do with the competitive, dramatic context in which spoken word is often found. “Whatever you need to say, you need to be able to get it across in one performance. These things are only going to be heard once.” See CARNEVALE, page 10

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Staff Spotlight

Catherine from Curtis: More on the woman who makes your day JEWELL PORTER News Editor

ferred to The Ohio State University where she graduated in 1981 with a degree in business. She explained, “I was afraid I would get swallowed up at OSU, so I started off at Miami University.” While at The Ohio State University, Stuck joined the sisterhood of Pi Beta Phi. She said, “I enjoyed my experience as a Pi Phi. I’ve actually maintained a lot of my friendships with other women in the sorority.”

If you’ve ever been to Curtis Dining Hall, you know who Catherine is. Maybe you don’t know her by name, but chances are she knows yours. Catherine McFadden-Stuck is the cafeteria worker in Curtis who brings more to Denison’s campus than just Bon Appetit’s food — she brings a big personality, great conversation and the ability to make your day just a little bit better. But there’s so much more to Stuck than what you can learn about her from talking to her for a few minutes more in the dining hall.

Post-Grad Life

Family Life Stuck grew up on a 2,000 acre farm in Wilmington, Ohio, which is located in the southwestern part of the state. Stuck said it was a “great upbringing.” She continued, “There was so much to do! We played in the woods and in the barn with the animals.” Stuck travels back to Wilmington monthly to visit her mother and her childhood haven, which is now owned by her nephews and is currently in its fifth generation of ownership. During her summers—both when she was growing up and now—Stuck travels to her family lake house in Kentucky, which is about five and a half hours away from Denison. At the lake, she enjoys hiking, being outside with her dogs and water skiing. She said she learned how to waterski when she was young with the help of her parents. She reminisced, “my folks threw me on the skis when I was a kid and told me I couldn’t get back in until I could do it.” Water-skiing at the family lake house is something that has survived generations of the McFadden family. She said that her granddad “died when he was 88 and skied until he died.” He helped teach many of his grandchildren, including her two sons, and great-grandchildren how to water-ski when they were younger. She said the lake house had always been “a little piece of heaven on earth” for her and her family. She still uses her summers to spend weekends at the lake house, but she also does something else: she goes to different major venues, such as the NASCAR track, with her husband to sell food in a business that they began, a concession truck called “Real BBQ, Really Good.” They started this business after they closed down their restaurant that they owned for ten years, which was also called “Real BBQ, Really Good.” She said they needed to downsize the restaurant, and they had “always wanted a trailer.” She also loves working with their concession business because, “it’s fun because [they] get to travel around.” She continued, “It’s an experience wherever you go.”

Courtesy of Catherine McFadden-Stuck

Catherine Stuck poses with a turkey and her two sons.

Courtesy of Catherine McFadden-Stuck

Above: Stuck water-skiing at the family lake house Below: Stuck with husband on wedding day

Education After Stuck graduated from high school, she went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, but she later trans-

After graduating from Ohio State, Catherine received an internship with IBM, which was a major competitor with Apple at the time. There, she was an assistant to the engineers and helped write the codes for the software. She said, “the people in the marketing department advertised for the company’s products, while it was the job of the engineers [like Catherine] to actually make the products work. But being the family woman Stuck is, she quit her job with IBM after having kids and worked as both a realtor and a teacher simultaneously to make sure she would have time to spend with her kids. “I was a strict mom,” she said. “But my two sons are, and will always be, my greatest accomplishments.” Her two children—one 24 and one 28— both went to Ohio University. One of her sons works in engineering, like Stuck did, and the other son pursued a career in financing. After her kids officially left the nest, Stuck began working at Curtis Dining Hall. She said, “It’s been a blessing to come here and see 1,100 kids a day.” She said, “The students make me want to come to work in the morning.” Denison students love seeing Stuck as much as Stuck loves seeing them. Jennifer Vo ’16 from Muncy, Pa., said, “I can honestly say that I think Catherine is one of those really rare people who are genuinely kind and compassionate to anyone who is lucky enough to cross her path.” Stuck said, “I just want to treat people the way I’d like to be treated.” Vo, who is also a member of Pi Beta Phi also said, “When I became a Pi Phi, Catherine was one of the first people I wanted to share the news with. I was so proud to have a connection to her other than Denison.” She said that one day, Stuck told her that she had a gift for her. The next day, “she handed [Vo] a small box very nonchalantly and gave me a hug before leaving to get back to box.” Inside the box, Vo found a “small and dainty gold ring that had the Greek letters of ‘Pi Beta Phi’ engraved into it.” These acts of kindness are part of the reason why students love Stuck. Stuck said that if she could tell all students one thing, it would be to “never be afraid of the unknown. Everything is just another chapter in the Big Book.” As for Catherine, she says the ‘Big Book’ “hasn’t been written in [her] life yet.”

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Students take over for Genital Monologues

ABOVE: Kevin Ralph ‘16 shows off his V-Day shirt.

CECILIA SALOMONE Arts & Life Editor This year, Denison’s annual performance of the “Monologues,” as they are colloquially known, was a bit different, but no less powerful. In years past, Denison has performed pieces from Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, but this year, all of the pieces were written, directed, and performed by students, and were renamed The Genital Monologues. Performances were held Feb. 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. in the Knapp Performance Lab, and on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m., and this year’s aim was to represent experiences of both women and men. The Monologues kicked off with “Reasons I’m Not Going to Have Sex With You,” written by Meghan Callahan ’14, of Centennial, Colo., and directed by Niki Feehan ’14, of Bangor, Pa. “Reasons” was by turns humorous and powerful, as each actor gave a reason to decline sex that evening; answers included “Because you live with your mom…” and “Because I don’t need a reason to.”

The second monologue, “The Saturday Cycle,” written by Miranda Russell ’15 of Yellow Springs, Ohio and directed by Emily Carnevale ’16 from Columbus, Ohio, told the story of the “walk of shame” through four different voices, with each one describing the “stages” of the walk, from hurriedly scurrying back home to happily receiving a text the next day reading “Hey, what’re you up to tonight?” The third monologue, “You Are Beautiful,” was written and performed by Alaysia Brooks ’16, of Union City, Calif., and directed by Imani Abernathy ’16, of Chicago, Ill. Brooks gave an incredibly powerful performance telling a story of sexual abuse and was accompanied by Abernathy’s beautiful singing voice intermittently throughout the monologue. Following Brooks’ performance was “Consent,” written by Feehan and directed by Devin Daro ’14 from Wickliffe, Ohio. “Consent” starred Callahan, Eric Barnes ’14 from Delaware, Ohio, and Sam Phillips ’14 of Medina, Ohio, and

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ABOVE: Members of the ‘G-Team’ talk with the audience. BELOW: Ralph, Niki Feehan ‘14, Anna Cohn ‘15, Devin Daro ‘14, and Jenna Fossum ‘16.

described the many ways one could ask for consent from someone. When verging into “dirty talk” territory, Phillips walked over to the audience and playfully asked President and Mrs. Weinberg if they were “feelin’ a little uncomfortable,” causing the room to roar with laughter (the Weinbergs giggled in response). “Women’s Best Friend,” directed by Laura Wilson ’14, of Bakersfield, Calif., and directed by Ben Flox ’14 of Cleveland, Ohio, starred Aleksa Kaups from Shaker Heights, Ohio, and offered a humorous perspective on the perks of masturbation. “But, You Were Sober,” written by Maya Washington-Ziegler ’15 of Philadelphia, Pa., and directed by Marc Weaver ’17 from Keller, Texas, starred Grace McQueeny ’14 of Chicago, Ill., and Dominic Pfister ’17 from Columbus, Ohio. “Sober” told a moving and harrowing story of sexual assault, and both actors delivered powerful, heartfelt performances. “Street Harassment: A Love Story,” written by Meghan McGuire ’17 of

Brunswick, Maine and directed by Blike, was a hilarious and relatable ode to catcalling performed by Ashley Holland ’14 of Akron, Ohio. The final monologue was “Expectations,” written by Wilson and directed by Washington-Ziegler. Starring Will Hamilton ’17 from Greenville, SC, and Taylor Nelson ’17 of Grand Rapids, Mich., the piece described the expectations men have for women and vice versa. Clever and also poignant, it ended on a note of acceptance, with Hamilton and Nelson screaming at each other before agreeing to just stop “expecting.” As usual, the Monologues did not disappoint, and the unique Denison spin made the performances all the more special. “I was really impressed by the creativity and the hard work that was put into making their own production,” said Laura Venzke ’14, an economics major from Toledo, Ohio. With more flexibility and creativity allowed, The Genital Monologues showcased immense talent and versatility from all involved.

Student Artist Spotlight

Senior takes home award for his ‘interactive’ artwork SARA SHORE Special to the Denisonian Years of hard work are paying off for senior art major Hunter Hughes, who was recently chosen as one of six recipients for the Association of Independent College and Universities’ Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVA). Hughes, a senior studio art major from Grosse Pointe, Mich., began his work with sculpture at a young age; he attended and eventually instructed at a boat-building school in Maine. As he continued to grow in his artwork, Hughes became one of the ten senior art majors at Denison, and his nomination for the award came from the university. “My art exists to be interacted with,” says Hughes. He recently took over Bryant’s gallery with a few of his pieces, including a charcoal tunnel of sorts as well as his rendition of an airplane engine.

“Inspiration comes from busy hands.” Hughes says that the process of creation is important and he enjoys the laborious process of making artwork. He also offers some advice to those who are trying to improve their own artistry. “Have confidence in what you do,” says Hughes. “Creating art is a vulnerable process, and ultimately you are your biggest critic, but it is self-rewarding, so embrace it.” After Denison, Hughes hopes to travel and see art around the world, and plans on a career in architecture. ABOVE: An untitled piece by Hunter Hughes.

As he whittles a small chunk of wood from the ground of his studio, Hughes says that wood serves as his favorite medium. A tour of his workshop showed some of his more recent pieces, including the beginnings of a sculpture that Denison has personally asked him to create for a dorm in East Quad.

Photos courtesy of Hunter Hughes

In addition to pieces of a few other mediums, Hughes’ wooden pieces can be seen throughout the Bryant Arts Center, including two of the artist’s more elaborate pieces which decorate the outside of the building. When asked about his inspiration, Hughes responds with a simple answer:

To learn more... • You can see more of Hunter’s work at http://

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Bluegrass Festival brings ‘booming’ performances

The April Verch Band perform in Swasey Chapel as part of Denison’s annual Bluegrass Festival.

KEVIN RALPH & CHELSEA WINEBRENER Specials to the Denisonian The annual Denison Bluegrass Festival took place on Feb. 14 and 15 in Swasey Chapel, showcasing both campus talent and performances from renowned bluegrass musicians. The first night featured an enthusiastic and booming performance by the Denison University Suzuki Program Fiddlers and ended with a passionate and beautiful performance by the Andy Carlson Band and the Dappled Grays. Alumni from Denison’s bluegrass program came back to the Hill and to open for the Andy Carlson Band. Rob

Flax ‘10 gave a particularly inspired fiddle performance. Also worth noting was the beautiful singing from Emily Baker ‘04. Her voice had real soul that reverberated throughout the chapel. The Andy Carlson Band and the Dappled Grays covered many songs from previous festival artists. Bluegrass guitar instructor Casey Cook was incredible, delivering powerful, crowd-pleasing solos. The second performance took place on a day completely devoted to bluegrass, with workshops running all day, culminating with a concert by the April Verch Band and IIIrd Tyme Out, filling Swasey with both Denison students and

Granville area residents. “It was a blast! My brother and dad came up especially for it,” said Elizabeth Rosenkranz ‘17, a cinema major from Dayton, Ohio. The April Verch Band, consisting of vocalist and fiddle-player Verch, upright bassist Cody Walters, and Hayes Griffin ‘10 on guitar, opened the show. The energy of the band members was palpable, and Verch surprised the audience when she incorporated step-dancing into the songs. At the end of the set, Verch wowed the audience when she played the fiddle while dancing at the same time without missing a beat. Walters kept a constant steady beat

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on the bass, while Griffin’s remarkable talent on the guitar was demonstrated in his picking. The set ended with raucous applause and a standing ovation. The headliner of the evening was IIIrd Tyme Out, led by vocalist and guitarist Russell Moore, who co-founded the group in 1991. IIIrd Tyme Out has won several awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association for Vocal Group of the Year. Moore’s clear baritone and the group’s tight harmonies rang throughout the chapel, and their set included old favorites from some of their older albums. More than once, the audience couldn’t resist singing along.


Hilltoppers spread the love at the ‘Snatch for Valentine’s Day KATY BARENHOLTZ Features Editor On Valentine’s Day, the Hilltoppers put on another great show. In typical Hilltopper fashion, an element of humor was incorporated into the concert with Charlie Vinopal ’16, from Park Ridge, Ill., dressed as Cupid in just a pair of wings and his boxers. The new members were dressed in all pink, and stated their names and celebrity crushes, and then each did a silly dance move to introduce themselves. One of the Hilltoppers’ biggest fans, Grace Putman ’16 of Bernardsville, N.J., said “it was a really good show, as always! They added some songs I hadn’t heard before, and the ones I have heard before sounded better than ever!” The Hilltoppers performed some of their standards, including “Only You,” as well as hits like “Afternoon Delight,” “Send Me On My Way,” and “Someone Like You.” The group also sang mashups of “My Girl” and “Ignition,” as well as “I’m Yours” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” And of course, it’s not a true Hilltoppers concert without a serenade; this time Reid Hirschey ’17 of Edina, Minn., was the lucky winner, with a serenade to “Only You.”

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ABOVE: Kyle Gordon ‘14 takes center stage at the Hilltoppers Valentine’s Day concert. BELOW LEFT: Reid Hirschey ‘17 gets a serenade. BELOW RIGHT: Hilltopper Charlie Vinopal ‘16 dresses as Cupid.


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ERIN WORDEN Alford Center Intern

In her personal work, Carnevale tends to gravitate toward topics that “aren’t readily discussed on a daily basis, or even some things that are considered taboo subjects.” Slam poetry, in Carnevale’s words, “is the forum in which things that otherwise would not be discussed can be discussed.” On Denison’s campus, there is no shortage of taboos waiting to be confronted by discourse. One such issue that has resonated with Carnevale is Denison’s long-standing struggle with living, rather than merely “performing,” its mission of student body diversity. Coming from a very diverse high school, her time at Denison has been the first time that Carnevale has been in the majority as a white woman. “In my first year at Denison I knew I was not happy here. I was very confused and there were a lot of differences I wasn’t used to,” says Carnevale. “I knew that this campus lacked the kind of understanding and open-mindedness that I was used to. So, coming back my sophomore year, I decided to join a few more organizations that I identified with.” Though she had already been a part of aART (an Alliance Reinventing Tra-

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Sponsored by the Alford Center for Service Learning, DCA’s Habitat for Humanity successfully staged its annual campus-wide flower sale to generate funds for the organization’s winter break service-learning project. President of Denison’s Habitat chapter Alex Couch ‘15 said the group distributed roughly 1600 carnations, accruing a total profit of approximately $1300. She said that 25 students partook in the volunteer initiative, including fulfilling orders and delivering flowers. The team of volunteers logged over 90 hours of community service, according to Couch. Couch said the success of the flower sale highlights the Denison community’s support and willingness to share in Habitat’s vision. “Being part of the DCA umbrella, we hope to engage the community in service, and this fundraiser is a great way to do so. Whether it’s through individuals volunteering or purchasing flowers, we are able to reach a large portion of the


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dition, Denison’s spoken word club,) Carnevale has broadened her involvement to include other organizations, such as Sustained Dialogue, in which she can help to foster challenging, fruitful conversations between herself and her classmates. Although working in the medium of performance poetry has allowed Carnevale to speak powerful truths about taboo topics, she admits that she can only speak for herself and her experiences. “I struggled writing the Martin Luther King poem, because I didn’t want to seem as though I understood what [African-Americans] went through, because I will never understand that,” says Carnevale. You can stop by the Bandersnatch on Wednesdays for Open Mic nights to see Carnevale perform her spoken word poetry.

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Arts & Life On-campus culture, off-campus lifestyles, and everything in between.

Open Mic Night This Wednesday 9:30 p.m.-11:00 pm


Student Recipe

QUINOA-STUFFED SWEET POTATOES Recipe from: Megan Hart ‘15 Hometown: Keene, N.H.

Instructions Ingredients: *4 medium sweet potatoes (scrub/ rinse, then poke with a fork a few times) *1 cup uncooked quinoa *3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth *1 tbsp olive oil *1 cup chopped yellow onion *1 garlic clove *1 can black beans (drained and rinsed) *1/2 cup frozen corn *1/2 tsp cumin *1/2 tsp paprika *1/4 tsp coriander *1/8 tsp cayenne pepper *3 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice *3 1/2 tbsp honey *Salt and pepper *3 tbsp chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish *1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese *Sour cream (optional)

• Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes or until they look tender. • Boil the quinoa and broth in a medium sauce pan. Reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer 15 minutes (or until it looks fluffy). • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over mediumhigh heat. Once hot, add onion and sauté for about 4 minutes, adding in garlic during last 30 seconds. • Mix the onion with the quinoa. • Then add the black beans, corn, cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne, lime juice, honey, and cilantro. • Mix together and add salt and pepper if desired. • Cut cooked sweet potatoes in half and scoop out some of the flesh to create a bowl shape. Leave about 1/3 to 1/2-inch of sweet potato intact. You can use the scooped out potato for tomorrow’s dinner! • Fill sweet potatoes with the quinoa mixture, then sprinkle tops evenly with cheese. Put in the oven and broil until cheese has melted. • Serve warm, garnished with cilantro and sour cream if desired.

To submit a student recipe, contact Cecilia Salomone (salomo_c1)

STORE REVIEW: VICTORIA NEWMAN LUSH Staff Writer TRISHNA DESAI Fashion Columnist If you have ever walked into a Lush store, you know the sensation of being terrifyingly overwhelmed with stacks upon stacks of fragrant and colorful products. But if you can handle its chaotic scheme, you might just find some amazing beauty products. All Lush products are handmade either in-store or via their headquarters in Canada. They often are jam-packed with natural extracts and super-foods such as argan oil, cocoa butter, peppermint, and many different flowers. Best known for their bath bombs that turn an ordinary bathtub into a rainbow-colored, sparkly oasis, Lush has an amazing array of products beyond soap. One highlighted product is Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. At $32.95 for 8.4 oz., it may seem steep at first, however the quality of this conditioner and its ingredients make for a product that is truly unique and effective. Very little is needed of this product, which should be slathered on the skin after washing and immediately rinsed off, much like hair conditioner. Not only does this product smell like a delightful blend of rose and Turkish delight, but it also deeply conditions the skin with (you guessed it) argan oil, shea butter, and rose. Luckily, there is a Lush close by at Easton, so next time you’re out and about, give this little shop a try and see what treasures you

might find.


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


MEN’S BASKETBALL 2/22 Denison Allegheny WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 2/22 Denison Allegheny

72 76

75 38

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD 2/22 Kenyon College Classic 5th place WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD 2/22 Kenyon College Classic 6th place MEN’S LACROSSE 2/22 Denison Washington and Lee MEN’S TENNIS 2/22 Denison N.C. Wesleyan

11 9

7 2

MEN’S SWIM/DIVE 2/22 Kenyon Invitational Unscored WOMEN’S SWIM/DIVE 2/22 Kenyon Invitational Unscored MEN’S BASKETBALL 2/19 Denison Hiram

53 68

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 2/19 Denison Ohio Wesleyan

62 43

MEN’S LACROSSE 2/15 Denison Mt. St. Joseph

29 1

Courtesy of Max Ungar

Big Red Fitness Club president, Max Ungar (pictured standing in the corner) oversees his students working out on the row machine.

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Big Red men’s lacrosse team surges past the W&L Generals Neil Riley Staff Writer Retribution was sweet on Saturday for the #15 Men’s Lacrosse team as they passed their first real test of the 2014 season against #14 Washington & Lee in Lexington. Last year, the then #10 Big Red were upset at home by the unranked Generals in an 8-7 nail-biter, which has clearly been weighing on the minds of the experienced Denison team, that only lost four seniors from its 2013 roster. The Big Red coninued the momentum built up from last week’s domination of Mount St. Joseph (where they scored 29 goals – 23 of which were recorded in the first half – to the Lions’ 1), and relied heavily on upperclassmen offensively, especially in the first quarter. Eddie Vita ‘14 scored the first two goals of the game and followed them with an assist to Teddy Powell ‘15, contributing to a four-goal first quarter. Throughout the first half the Generals kept pace, tallying five to Denison’s seven, but it would be the third quarter when they would make their deciding move. On the backs of Cam Lewis ‘15, Christian Zanetis ‘16, and Joe Wood ‘14, Washington and Lee would take the lead with just under 6 minutes to the end of the quarter. After a tying goal by Chapin Speidel ‘14 to close out the third, the fourth quarter would be sealed by the Big Red with an early goal by Vita to complete the hat trick, and two more by Luke Walsh ‘17 with 6 minutes to go and James Meager ‘16 with 30 seconds to go. Goalie Chris Thomas ‘16 stepped up in his first full game of the season saving 15 of the Generals’ 24 attempts, a definite improvement from last year’s defensive performance. Changing up the strategy played a key role in Saturday’s victory. “We really took it to them by sliding early and really trying to disrupt their fast ball movement,” said Thomas after the game.

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Goalie Chris Thomas ‘16 (pictured above) and attacker, Eddie Vita (pictured below) were very effective for the Big Red this weekend in the win over W&L. Thomas had 15 saves and Vita had a hat-trick (3 goals) for the team.

“When we did that they started getting frustrated and ended up making some mistakes.” He also emphasized the importance of the confidence that the upperclassmen exude to Big Red success this year. According to Thomas, “Last year at this point in the season we really did not know what to expect out of each other. Now we have all been through some tough games together and learned as a unit.” Thomas mentioned Austin Campbell ‘14 as a potential rallying point for the team, but also highlighted how “balanced” the Denison attack and defense have become. The key to Saturday’s win, however, was the Big Red’s control of the momentum on both sides of the ball.

After the game, midfielder Blair Farenholt, who notched two of Denison’s three goals in the second quarter, stressed the significance of regulating the pace of the match. “We started hot and they responded at the end of the first half and into the 3rd quarter, but we responded at the end of the game when it counted” insisted Farenholt. “We were ultimately able to win because we stayed tough and didn’t allow them to take control of the game when they had the momentum in the beginning of the second half.” Look for the Big Red to replicate the strategies and lessons they implemented against the Generals. On Wednesday the men will travel to Salem, VA to take on the Maroons of Roanoke.

Big Red Fitness Club promises better health, support COLE FRESHKORN Staff Writer The Big Red Fitness Club takes care of their business, both in and out of the gym. When one thinks about the “CrossFit” style of training, sometimes the real definition of what it is can get lost. CrossFit is a program developed to offer a full-body workout that combines different elements of cardio, Olympic weight lifting, gymnastics, core training and more to prepare the body for the unexpected. These high-intensity workouts are extremely varied and all about getting the most bang for your workout buck. A CrossFitter will likely never do the same routine twice in one week and each workout will usually last between 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the activities involved for that workout. These intense workouts are exactly what the Big Red Fitness Club specializes in, incorporating all of these different techniques, as well as varying levels of instruction for members

of all experience levels, from gym newbies to CrossFit champions. The club here on campus is fairly new, founded in the spring of 2013. “I noticed that there was a lack of fitness and health-related campus organizations at the school, and I wanted to change that and help out the student body in a positive way,” said Max Ungar ’16, president and founder of the Big Red Fitness Club. Max also doubles as a leading instructor for the workouts. “I had a lot of background with fitness and health, and I figured there was no better way to expand on my interests and help others who share that same interest than starting a club.” As CrossFit grows in popularity, so does the popularity of the Big Red Fitness Club. Spots for the club’s weekly workouts-Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm, and Saturdays at noon-are limited, usually capped at 25 participants per session. These workouts are held at Always Forward CrossFit, a gym in Granville off of Denison’s campus.

“I think moving to Granville helped us, because we were able to use a faculty that was specifically designed for what we want to do as a club, as well as establish connections and contacts with the Granville community, as well as make connections with the trainers from Always Forward,” Ungar continued. Founding the club and helping students and faculty become more active through meetings. Big Red Fitness has had a good start but the students behind it have a bigger plan in mind. “We want to be able to pass the baton off to the freshmen, and have them take leadership positions in the club, for when we are gone and graduated and don’t really have a say anymore. Also, we want to spread out the club in the coming years, and make it a larger ‘umbrella’ organization for other fitness genres, for people that have certain fitness goals and interests,” Ungar stated. The Big Red Fitness Club is growing stronger and stronger with every workout, just like the people who partake in it.


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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Big Red Swim/Dive teams win seventh straight conference championship LAURA CARR Assistant Sports Editor The Big Red men’s and women’s swim and dive teams each captured their seventh North Coast Athletic Conference title at the NCAC Championships held at Trumbull Aquatics Center, Feb. 12-15.

DENISON WOMEN After slow start, women defeat Kenyon, 1839-1805 The conference championship started out as an uphill battle for the women. The Big Red trailed Kenyon by 40 points at the conclusion of Thursday night’s session and then brought their deficit down to 26 points heading into the final day of competition on Feb. 15. On that day the women defeated the Kenyon Lords 1839-1805. The Big Red women won seven total events, set one meet record and totaled 21 All-NCAC finishes to defeat Kenyon for the sixth year in a row. “It was a great feeling winning conference,” Ashley Yearwood ’16 said. “I honestly couldn’t describe the emotions we all felt. Coming off of an extremely emotional week and then going on to win Conference created emotions that I could not explain.” Natalie Lugg ’14 became the eighth person from Denison to earn Women’s Swimmer of the Year after winning both the 200 IM and the 2000-breaststroke with times of 2:03.06 and 2:17.40, respectively. Lugg’s time in the 200 IM was a new NCAC record while her 200-breaststroke time gave her a NCAA ‘B’ cut time. In addition to her two first place finishes, the senior also finished second in the 100-breaststroke (1:03.38)

DENISON MEN Men claim first NCAC Championship home win, Dignan shatters diving national records The men edged Kenyon 1898.5 points to 1851 to take the conference championship for the sixth year in a row. It was the first time in program history that the men were successfully able to defend their crown at home. The Big Red won nine events en route to their 44.5-point victory over Kenyon. The men also earned 19 All-NCAC finishes and set two conference records. The meet was highlighted by junior diver Connor Dignan’s two national records in the men’s 1-meter board and 3-meter board dives. Dignan kicked off the championships by crushing the national record in the 3-meter board with a score of 645.70. The junior followed that performance up two days later with a record-breaking score of 578.70 in the 1-meter dive. The junior was named NCAC Men’s Diver of the Year for his accomplishments. “I was a little shocked after I first broke the record in prelims,” Dignan said. “I hadn’t realized how close I was until my last dive. Holding the national records on both boards has been a goal of mine since freshman year; it was a lot to take in all at once, especially since I didn’t expect it. When I broke it again in finals, it was a much more satisfying and complete ac-

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A Big Red swimmer prepares to begin her race.

and swam the breaststroke legs on the second-place 200 medley (1:43.26) and 400 medley (3:47.42) relay teams. The Big Red also posted top finishes in the 200 freestyle relay, 400 IM, 200 backstroke and 200 fly. The foursome of Carolyn Kane ’17, Yearwood, Claire Van Fossen ’16 and Morgan Nuess ’14 captured the 200 freestyle relay with a NCAA ‘B’ cut performance and season best time of 1:32.93. Michelle Howell ’15 defended her title in the 400 IM (4:24) while Molly Willingham ’14 won the 200-backstroke with a season-best ‘B’ cut time of 2:02.24. Howell also captured the 200 fly title with a time of 2:05.13. The women’s divers bolstered the team’s performance on the final night.

The Big Red’s three freshmen divers went 3-4-6 in the 1-meter board. Sarah Lopez ’17 came in third with 369.70 while Morgan Christman ’17 followed in fourth with 365.85 and Carrie Bookheimer in sixth (351.15). Bookheimer also placed third in the 3-meter board on the second night of competition with an 11-dive score of 358. Several women traveled to Kenyon College this past weekend to compete for the final time in the hopes of achieving NCAA ‘B’ cuts and qualifying for the NCAA Championships in March. Tully Bradford ’14 improved upon her time in the 200-freestyle twice. The senior won her first race in a time of 1:52.51 and then later won a 200 freestyle time trial in 1:51.91. She also swam to a season best

time of 51.96 in the 100 freestyle. Libby Dalziel ’16 posted a season best ‘B’ cut of 2:02.38 in the 200 backstroke. Teammate Lucy Roth ’15 came in second with a qualifying time of 2:05.17. Howell posted a ‘B’ cut in the 100 fly with a time of 57.07. Krysta Garbarino ’16 swam a 2:04.80 in the 200 fly time trials and Rima Jurjus ’15 touched the wall in 23.73 in the 50 freestyle to earn her first NCAA provisional qualifying time of the year. Christman placed second in the 1-meter dive with 432.45 to earn her second ‘B’ cut of the year, qualifying her for the NCAA Diving Regional which will be held at Trumbull Aquatics Center this weekend, Feb. 28-March 1.

complishment. Being able to do it once was great, but doing it twice gave me the confirmation of really owning it.” Dignan’s teammates finished 2-6 in the 3-meter board. Ben Lewis ’16 finished with a score of 538.25, followed by Max Levy ’17 (528.45), Brian Allen ’17 (489.70), Nathan Lightman ’16 (431.80) and Matt Poulos ’14 (429.25). Levy finished in second to Dignan in the 1-meter board with an 11-dive score of 555.50. Levy’s mark eclipsed the old school record. The divers will compete at the NCAA Diving Regional this weekend. “Our men’s divers are looking very strong,” Dignan said. “I have no doubt that each and every one of them has the capability of qualifying for nationals and to go on to score in Indianapolis. I think it’s going to be a great conclusion to our season.”

The Big Red won seven of their nine events in the pool. Carlos Maciel ’14 broke his own meet record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:49.67 in the preliminaries and then went on to edge teammate Jackson Humphrey ’14 1:49.71 to 1:49.72 in the finals. Maciel also paired up with Ryan Fleming ’16, Conrad Wuorinen ’16 and Damon Rosenburg ‘15 to take first in the 200 freestyle relay. The men posted a time of 1:21.19. Wuorinen recorded the fastest 50-free split with a time of 19.71. Fleming won the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.45, with Wuorinen came in second. Wuorinen said that the loss of David Hallman ’14 served as motivation for the swimmers. “Losing Dave was a huge hit for the team,” Wuorinen said. “It emotionally drained each and every one of us, making it harder to perform during the meet. The team did a great job stepping up

and trying to leave a legacy in the name of Dave.” Rosenburg won the 100-breastroke for the third straight year, breaking his own meet record with a time of 54.66. The junior set the national record in the event (53.61) in December at the Miami Invitational. Al Nennig ’17 came in third in the event with a time of 56.23. Rosenburg teamed with Spencer Fronk ’14, Wuorinen, and Fleming to win the 200-medley relay in a time of 1:30.17. Maciel took home the win in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:38.43. Fleming, Wuorinen, Fronk and Maciel swam to a second place finish in 2:59.71 in the 400 free relay to solidify their win and finish off this year’s edition of the NCAC Championships. The Big Red earned eight NCAA provisional qualifying time marks at the Kenyon Last Chance Invitational this past weekend. Humphrey posted a ‘B’ cut time of 4:32.98 in the 500 freestyle, Nathan Thorne ’16 earned a ‘B’ cut in the 400 (4:01.06) while Dan Hellman ’15 posted a time of 1:50.41 in the 200 butterfly. Maciel recorded season-best cut times in the 100 breaststroke (57.65) and the 100 fly (49.33). Ben Snader posted a season best time of 57.69 in the 100 breaststroke. PJ Fallon ’16 and Gus Evans ’17 earned the team’s final ‘B’ cut times. Fallon touched the wall in 15:33.85 in the 1650 freestyle and Evans won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:02.93. The NCAA Division III Championships take place March 19 to March 22 in Indianapolis, Ind.

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Connor Dignan ‘15 (pictured) broke the NCAC 11-dive record of 568.80 set by Gabe Dixson in 2012, en route to establishing a new national record in the men’s 3-meter board.



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Vol. 162, no. 4 of The Denisonian, student newspaper of Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 43023.