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The Denisonian Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012

In this issue: Brian Newkirk ‘86 gives the scoop on Brews See page 7

Volume 159, No. 2

Established in 1857

Denison goes Greek: Bid Day at DU

The Onion

exposes Denison to a comical layer By Debbie Gillum Forum Editor

Andrew Luftglass/The Denisonian

Denison celebrates Bid Day on Sunday Jan. 29. Above, members of Delta Delta Delta welcome their new sisters to the sorority welcome in the new members and bring them to join the rest of their sisters at their prospective houses.

Search committee looks for new university president By Sarah Wiley News Editor In Dec. of 2010, Denison University President Dale Knobel announced his plans to retire. Knobel, Denison’s nineteenth president, has had the role since 1998, and will be leaving in June of 2013. In the 13 months since the announcement was made, a search committee has been assembled to take on the task of finding Denison’s twentieth president, who will preside over a portion of the sophomore and first year class’s tenure at Denison. Knobel announced his retirement twoand-a-half years in advance, which has given the school a good deal of time to conduct a thorough search. “I think it’s great that he gave us a good deal of notice as to when he was leaving,” said Olivia Aguilar, assistant professor of environmental studies and search committee member. Mary Frazell, the associate director of donor relations and head of the search effort, mentioned that on average university presidents have seven year tenures. That is half of the time that Knobel will have spent at Denison. The committee consists of board members, faculty, staff and students to represent the interests of the different constitu-

encies of the university. Aguilar explained that the five faculty members on the committee were selected by their peers. Charlie Severson, a sophomore from Granville and student committee member said that the student members were nominated by Rob Moore, the former DCGA president. They were all DCGA members, members of the classes of 2013 and 2014, and “had already proven that we can adequately address the needs and desires of our fellow students.” “We are looking for as much feedback from the various constituencies at Denison as they’re willing to give us,” said Severson. In order to obtain this input, the committee is doing several things. A series of eight open forums on the subject took place soliciting feedback from the community. “The purpose of the forums was to give all constituents a voice in the process of selecting a new president,” Aguilar explained. Aguilar, Frazell and Severson all mentioned a website on which community members can submit their ideas and concerns in the process. The site is expected to be up shortly. “We will have a website up and running around Feb. 1, inviting the greater Denison community to submit names of individuals they’d like to have considered, or qualities and attributes they’d like to have considered,” said Frazell.

In addition, Severson said that fellow committee member Hannah Frank and himself will be looking for student input via campus organizations. “We will be visiting the larger organizations on campus to get their input. While we can’t visit every organization, if any student organization would like us to visit them, they need only email us,” said Severson. “We encourage all students to start thinking about in what direction Denison is headed and what role the future university president will have in facilitating that vision,” said Frank. Students and other community members can also submit their preferences by speaking directly to committee members. “As the student member, it is my roll to aggregate student opinion on issues around campus, e.g., should the next president hold a strong opinion on a certain issue, or should they be more focused on something else? This means that any student who has a strong opinion or concern (regarding dining, greek life, sports, residential life, academics, etc.) would do well to seek out myself or my fellow student members, Hannah and Amy,” said Severson. For more information on committee members, see the Dec. 13 issue of The Denisonian.

The Onion, known for its satirical news parodies, came to Swasey on Friday evening and walked students down memory lane through their most popular fake headlines from 2011. The 9 p.m. event was hosted by senior writers John Harris and Brian Janosch, the editorial coordinator. Together, they highlighted the funniest headlines from the past year and the top ten stories from 2011. Junior sociology/ anthropology major Gary Fleisner from McDonald, Pa. is the director of special events for the University Programming Council, UPC and was in charge of bringing The Onion to campus. “The UPC events related to popular culture like the ‘The Buried Life’ and the ‘World Series of Pop Culture with Ross Matthews’ that we had last semester were immensely popular and the audience really seems to connect with and enjoy the artists,” Fleisner said. UPC decided to bring The Onion to campus because it is related to both popular culture and student life. It is a recognizable publication and it’s style of wit and humor is popular among Denison students. The Onion is a news satire organization that comments on both real and fictional current events. They have a popular website,, a print newspaper, and daily video broadcasts. Much of its humor come from presenting odd everyday events as newsworthy, for example, “Area Man Will Do His Best, But It’s Not Looking Good” Many Denisonians have been long-time fans of The Onion and appreciate their unique brand of humor. Eric Stachura, a senior biology and theatre double major from Perrysburg, Ohio attended because he has been a loyal fan for several years. “When I was in high school, I listened to The Onion podcasts on iTunes and thought they were really funny,” he said. Jon Halper, a sophomore english creative writing major from Chagrin Falls, Ohio is a fan of The Onion’s videos. “They are very unapologetic and have a unique sense of humor. They say things that almost make you believe the news stories are real,” he said. At the end of the presentation, students had the opportunity to ask the speakers questions. When asked how he got his job working at The Onion, Brian Janosch joked that, “Actually, I got picked up off the street.” In a more serious tone, he explained how The Onion operates. Every Monday, the staff comes in and pitches at least fifteen headline ideas each. On Tuesday, they narrow down the 600-900 headlines to their Continues on page 3

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Denison goes Greek DU celebrates Bid Day

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sororities Delta Delta Delta Delta Gamma Kappa Alpha Theta Kappa Kappa Gamma Pi Beta Phi

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fraternities Will Johnjulio, president of Interfraternity Council (IFC) shared some statistics with The Denisonian: 124 eligible men signed up for recruitment 80 men received bids Right: A breakdown of Denison’s new fraternity members Courtesy of Will Johnjulio

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The Onion takes a comical look back at 2011 Continued from page 1. top ten favorites. “We want headlines that really pop,” John Harris explained. This lecture was different than previous lectures that have come to Denison because it took a behind the scenes look at a satirical news source that many people follow on a daily basis. It was not a typical “educational” lecture because it was more about fun and amusement versus gaining knowledge and insight. Curtis Edmonds Jr., a freshman economics major from Chicago, Ill. is the assistant director of membership for UPC. He was excited for The Onion because it was a both a social event and a lecture. “It is a successful blending of genres.” he said. He also felt that, entertainment on campus is important because “sometimes Denison feels isolating.” Major events such as a visit from The Onion do not happen overnight. For every event that UPC organizes, there are various behind the scene things that occur that people may not be aware of. For example, when planning an event UPC must make sure the desired venue is available, the speaker has hotel accommodations, arrange their transportation to and from campus, and make sure all their technical and lighting requirements are provided. “You must also allow yourself to be open and flexible to situations and other needs that may arise during the day of the event,” Fleisner said. Gavin Terry, a sophomore philosophy major and political science minor from Lane Prospect, KY helped set up sound for the event. “It was pretty easy to set up. Nothing flashy- just straightforward stuff.” he said. In Swasey, there was a traditional podium as well as an inflatable television screen set up for The Onion’s slide show. Terry is also a fan of The Onion. “I like how their jokes are based on reality. It’s like informative comedy- but a lot more informative than other comedy shows out there.” he said. In order to find unique events like this,

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John Harris presents The Onion.

The Onion is a satirical news publication. Senior writers from The Onion came to Denison’s campus last Friday night where they were recieved by the masses in Swasey.

members of UPC attend the National Association of Campus Activities conferences every fall and spring. Tali Lekorenos, a junior Studio Art major and Political Science minor from Concord, Mass. is the Director of Graphic Design for UPC. She attended the conference and explained what it is. “The conference consists of many colleges all over the country have have programming boards like UPC. We get together once a year for nationals and once a year by region and book acts for the upcoming year.” she said. After the conference, UPC decided to bring The Onion to Denison after a wellreceived presentation. “At the conference we watched a portion of their lecture and really enjoyed their presentation. It was hilarious and made everyone in the audience feel at ease. It also allowed us to relax and enjoy ourselves during what can be an long day at a conference. Therefore, we decided last year to bring them for spring semester and thought it would be a good event to start the semester,” said Fleisner. Additionally, advertising is a big component of every event UPC presents. They use posters/banners, social media, and any other videos, press releases, or announcements in order to spread the word on cam-

Senior Onion writers John Harris and Brian Janosch give a presentation in Swasey, going over headlines from the last year.


UPC would like to remind students that applications for their executive board for the 2012-2013 year are out and due February 4th. “All positions are available and it’s an excellent way to become extremely involved in campus programming and fostering leaderships in an innovative team environment.” said Joseph Winegardner, a

senior from Bremen, Ohio. Ian Shapiro, a junior political science major from Xenia, Ohio attended the lecture and views The Onion as a great source for political news and commentary. “When I get bored of NPR and The New York Times, I go to The Onion for an experience that makes me both laugh and cry,” he joked.

Campus Calendar The Denisonian gives you a quick peek at upcoming events on the hill. Tuesday, 1/31/12 12:30 p.m.: Tuesday Faculty Lunch: Sandra Mathem-Smith

Wednesday, 2/1/12

Thursday, 2/2/12

8:00 p.m.: Start Something that Matters (Higley Auditorium)

12:30 p.m./ 7:30 p.m.: 10:30 a.m.: Yoga Yoga 7:00 p.m.: Depart2:30 p.m.: Chi Time ment of Psychology Lecture: M. T. Turvey 6:00 p.m.: Ecclesia (Slayter Auditorium) Christian Group 8:00 p.m.: Young Life 6:00 p.m.: Newman Club

8:00 p.m.: Denison Christian Community

8:00 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation

7:00 p.m.: “How to Study the Bible”

Friday, 2/3/12 11:30 a.m.: Yoga

Saturday, 2/4/12

Sunday, 2/5/12

10:00 a.m.: Leadership: Catalyst

9:00 a.m.: Quaker Friends Meeting

3:30 p.m.: Philosophy Coffee 2:00 p.m.: Denison Brain Bee 4:30 p.m.: Department of Psychology Lecture: M. T. Turvey (Higley Auditorium) 6:00 p.m.: Vail Series Concert

4:30 p.m.: Catholic Mass

Monday, 2/6/12 11:30 a.m.: Yoga 5:00 p.m.: Denison Religious Understanding 8:00 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation


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Our Voice Cartoon by Joyce Lindsey

Stop the honking on Bid Day

Bid day is both a joyous occasion and a very annoying nuisance. Every year, Greeks drive all around campus, windows down, music blasting, screaming at the top of their lungs, and loudly honking their car horns in celebration of their new members. Meanwhile, diligent students are hard at work trying to finish their homework and study for exams. To hear such a loud disturbance, every couple minutes, for the duration of several hours makes getting any sort of work done impossible. No matter where you are on campus, you can’t escape their noise. They drive all throughout campus, multiple times, making sure that every last person is fully aware that today is Bid Day. It is also important to mention that this is a dangerous tradition because many of the cars honking up and down the hill contain far more passengers than there are seat belts in the car. Students have

been seen standing up while the car is in motion, sitting on top of one another, sitting on the window leaning out of the car, and even hood surfing. It’s surprising no one has been seriously injured yet. While we understand that this is a tradition and that it is indeed a happy time that deserves to be celebrated, we think there are other ways to best do it. Why not throw a ragin’ drug-filled binge-drinking party somewhere off campus? This way, other students will be allowed to study in peace and quiet while the new Greek members will be allowed to rejoice as loud as they want until the cows come home. As for now, until this loud tradition changes, don’t expect to find us anywhere near campus on Bid Day. We will be somewhere off-campus, softly listening to “The Sound of Silence” by the great Simon and Garfunkel.

Editor’s Corner

Going Greek? Go elsewhere...

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I was never very excited about Greek life at Denison. Although I never signed up for recruitment, my brief interest in Denison’s fraternities vanished shortly after the spring semester drama began. I am aware of the multitude of benefits associated with traditional Greek organizations. Denison’s fraternities and sororities sponsor some of Denison’s finest events. Some events, such as Anchor Splash, manage to attract large numbers of both Greek and non-Greek students. These types of events are integral pieces of social life and community outreach at Denison. What I fail to understand is why my peers emphasize Greek life, especially during their first year at Denison. I understand that students (primarily first-years and sophomores) are looking for brotherhood and sisterhood, but recruitment often has unintended consequences. One of the most notable is disciplinary liability. In many cases, you can be held accountable because one of your “brothers” or “sisters” has broken rule Z of paragraph 5 of chapter 4 of some organization’s guidelines. You might be completely unaware of the alleged infraction, but you may still be held accountable by Denison or the community at large. By joining a fraternity, you are effectively signing a contract that holds you accountable for the actions of your brothers. Most people invest a decent amount of time with the organization they’re joining beforehand, but is it possible to really know 40 or 50 people after a semester at Denison? The risk you take when you enter the contract is not easy to estimate. A second unintended consequence of joining a fraternity or sorority is the drama

associated with the recruitment process itself. Certain regulations require secrecy during recruitment, especially for sororities. When college students are told to be discreet or not to drink and party, they don’t stop gossiping, and they certainly don’t stop partying. Gossiping and underage drinking continue behind closed doors, limiting social interaction and making Denison eerily peaceful. It’s a shame that the peace on Friday night before Bid Day does not last... A third consequence (maybe this one is intended) is tradition without valid cause. In this week’s Our Voice section, editors highlight Denison’s sorority sisters decorating their personal vehicles and then driving around campus, honking their horns and screaming. There is nothing funny or cute about this practice. It’s wasteful and ridiculous. Perhaps less wasteful, but still ridiculous is blasting AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” from the steps of Sigma Chi for hours on end during Bid Day. Both of these immature traditions limit the perception and progress of Greek life at Denison. I have been caught in the crossfire of Greek-related drama enough to know that going Greek at Denison is not for me. But the fact that Greek life is not for me is insignificant. You should evaluate Denison’s Greek system scrupulously. Consider as an individual if you really want to pay substantial dues to be part of a charitable organization when Denison offers far more productive and positive ways to be genuinely charitable, including service learning programs, student organizations and class-related community outreach projects. If you didn’t receive the bid you were hoping for, you will not be worse off at Denison. If you are part of a Greek organization (as are many members of The Denisonian staff), or are joining one, please ask yourself if what you do with a Greek organization reflects who you are as an individual.

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Larger recycling bins are necessary and important to campus

Courtesy of Rob Moore

By Rob Moore Special to The Denisonian

We’ve all had it happen to us before. You have a garbage bag full of cardboard boxes that held textbooks from Amazon, stacks of notes from all the intro classes you know you shouldn’t have taken, or cans from a night of sharing fun and beverages with friends. You lug it all the way down three flights of stairs, knowing that the work you did sorting the papers from the plastics, the glass from the aluminum, and the cardboard from the other trash will all pay off. Then you come to your recycling bin out back to see that it is full to the brim. You try to stuff it in the top, but the full bin can’t take any more. You let out an exasperated sigh, leave the bag next to the bin and swipe yourself back into your hall. To bring up the size of recycling bins may sound trivial, but the simple change of installing new recycling bins outside of residence halls that can actually manage the

capacity of recyclable materials coming out of these halls would have a substantial effect on Denison’s green culture. You may find it exasperating the first time, but after seeing the bins overflowing day after day, what incentive does Joe Denison have to spend all the time recycling if he is consistently met by overflowing bins? The clearly undersized bins do more than show a lack of support for recycling from our facility services. They also discourage students from developing recycling habits, which is antithetical to our university mission of developing a “community in which individuals respect one another and their environment.” Additionally, there are aesthetic concerns. As Denisonians, we pride ourselves on the natural beauty of our campus. Who wants to live on a campus that is littered with trash? What kind of prospective student sees an overflowing recycling bin and says “I want to go to Denison”? Probably the strangest part about this problem is that it has been left unaddressed since my freshman year, or even earlier. When I lived in Kappa Sigma house, I recall having the same make of recycling bins outside of our house, and it was a physical problem even then. Now as a senior in Stone Hall, the recycling bins are consistently overflowing, especially on the weekends. Jeremy King, Denison’s campus sustain-

ability coordinator, has persistently advocated to facility that the undersized bins should be scrapped for larger ones, but his opinion has gone unheeded by those who can make change. The procurement of larger bins for Denison residence halls is not a difficult project. I hope that student advocacy groups such as DCGA and Green Team will work together to let administrators know that we, as students, think this warrants action. Denison

did not get where it is today through one big change, but through a series of little victories on issues such as this. I hope that we’ll work to make sure that our campus never settles to do anything less than it can for the environment and for our campus community as issues like this continue to

Rob Moore is a senior from Bexley, Ohio.

Courtesy of Rob Moore

Waste piles up outside of Stone Hall due to small recycling containers.

Most American parties are actually not a Party in the USA

By Christiaan Wijers Columnist Welcome back everyone! I hope everyone had an amazing break full of good food, sleeping, showering without shower shoes and maybe partying? Because ‘merikuh

loves to party, right? At least that’s what everyone has always been telling me. For example, one of America’s finest artists spread the word all over the world that Americans like to party: “It’s a party in the USA!” With these wonderful words, and of course her unquestionable artistic qualities, did Miley Cyrus, a.k.a. Hannah Montana, give me hope for my party future in the U.S. According to the American version of Justin Bieber, American parties would be big, there would be a lot of people, and the music would be awesome. However, after half a year of thorough investigation, I have to say that I am rather disappointed and that I feel betrayed by Miley and her promises of the Gardens of Eden for party people — yet another reason to despise her. Miley made me believe

that U.S. people really knew how to party it up, but I am not so sure about that anymore, from what I have experienced. In my imagination, U.S. parties would be crowded, but unfortunately, they are not. Okay, maybe I should correct myself there — the parties are still crowded, but not in the nice kind where you still have space to move and where you don’t have to walk over people’s toes when you want to get something to drink. Rather, they are packed, hot and sweaty. It’s more like a semi truck transporting poultry. The reason why U.S. parties are so packedparties might be because people don’t want personal space. I have the feeling that all people go to parties just to “get some.” And at U.S. parties, people hope to accomplish this by grinding and creeping on girls by

invading their personal space. This leads me to my next point. I have the feeling that the fact that people go to parties to get some is the reason that parties end so early. Once everyone has found a girl to hook up with, they peace out. This is usually around 1 a.m. No, I don’t think the quiet hours are to blame for the early endings of parties. Yeah sometimes I really miss home with its cool parties — going out at one in the morning and returning at 7, waking up at 5 p.m. with a tattoo on your face, a tiger in your bathroom and your best friend missing. They should really make a movie based on that… Tot ziens! Christiaan Wijers is a first year from Doetinchem, Netherlands.

Fake newspaper comes to fake Ivy league liberal arts school By Debbie Gillum Forum Editor

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On Friday, the satirical newspaper, The Onion, came to Denison, an Ivy League look-alike school. They were met with mixed reactions by Denisonians. However, there was some confusion about where The Onion was actually going. “I thought they were coming to Kenyon,” said a snobby Kenyonite. It is reported that her parents bought her way in. Even The Onion was puzzled about where

they were supposed to be. “This doesn’t look like Oberlin,” said The Onion representatives when they drove up the Hill, in their stretch limo. A flock of Denison tour guides immediately comforted The Onion representatives by taking them on a five hour tour of the campus. They visited such popular student hangout spots as Phys Plant, the cemetery, Kappa Sigma lounge, the first floor of the library and The Roost. “Well, I’m sure glad I didn’t go here, but it looks okay for someone who couldn’t get into Kenyon,” said The Onion representative after he was given a free Denison Frisbee from the bookstore. Meanwhile, Denison students were excited to hear that The Onion was coming to campus. “I think I might actually take a night off

from beer pong and come check it out,” said Jeffery Connecticutinston, a freshman from somewhere up in New England, majoring in something useless. “Man, I was a fan of The Onion back when it was still underground. Literally. Before they uprooted it and harvested it,” said a Denison hipster. He did not attend the lecture because he was too busy listening to underground music that no one else cares about. Even the buzzards were interested in these visitors. “As the official Denison mascot, my approval of any visitor to campus is crucial. Judging from up here on my Crawford perch, they look like they could be cool.” said a local friendly buzzard. However not all students were so thrilled about The Onion coming to Swasey.

“Why would I want to waste my valuable studying time to go see a fake news show tell me about fake news? I have real things to do,” said a virgin who is speculated to be hiding twelve cats in her single dorm. An aging political science professor was also displeased by The Onion’s appearance in Swasey. “Back in my day, we only had real news. We couldn’t afford any of that fancy fake news that you young kids read today,” he said. The Onion is expected to leave campus shortly after their scheduled talk. “Yeah, the helicopter is waiting for us in the Swasey parking lot. I don’t wanna stay in this hell hole a minute more than I’m being paid to. I can’t wait to get back to New York. Go Giants!”


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Roost sees student-led changes By Sam Esarey Special to The Denisonian The Denison community should expect some student-led changes to The Roost, but should also expect a new plan to unveil large, long-term changes to buildings around the entire campus. Laurel Kennedy, vice president of the division of student development, has confirmed that they are looking for students to participate in improving the look of The Roost. This includes finding student artwork to hang on the currently baron walls, improving the cave-like lighting, and possibly getting new furniture, to make the 3rd floor of Slayter Union more welcoming. According to Kennedy, completely redoing the lighting fixtures and painting the ceiling a brighter color would cost an estimated $170,000, which is not an economically viable option for the college. The main problem with The Roost, according to Kennedy and many respondents of one of the Tuesday Questions, is that it is not very aesthetically pleasing. Consequently, many students on campus are overlooking it. The Tuesday Questions are weekly surveys sent out to students by the division to seek student input on campus issues. “The Roost is not on most students’ radar screen,” said Kennedy. “If they get 5 in a week, that’s big. I don’t even like hanging out there. It’s much better than it used to be, though.” According to a tally kept by Sodexo employees on Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., The Roost had three paying customers, two of which were after 3 p.m. From 9 to 12 p.m., when alcohol could be served, there were 11 customers. “There’s not a lot to do from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” said Joyce Burrows of Newark, Ohio, a Sodexo employee working in Slayter. “We’re not usually that busy.” Burrows wondered if it had something to do with the class schedules of students that contributed to the slow business during the day. “If students are in class during the day, how can they find time to come up here besides studying between classes?” said Burrows. “A lot of customers we get didn’t even know that this place existed,” said Erik Frahn, a supervisor for Sodexo from Newark, Ohio currently working in Slayter. “I wish [The Roost] would be utilized more, just by students coming up to have a cup of coffee and study.” “I normally only go up to the 3rd floor for UPC events,” said Annelise Thompson, 20, a junior chemistry major from La Cañada Flintridge, Calif. “Other than that, I don’t have a great desire to go up there. It’s out of the way, and there’s not a lot to do unless there’s an event going on.” According to the results of the Tuesday Questions from Nov. 8, about 76 percent of respondents have ever visited The Roost. Only about 18 percent of those said they visited during the day, and 56 percent said they had visited during both the day and night. Most impressions of The Roost include being uninviting, with poor lighting and food selection, not on students’ radar, and being inconvenient compared to the Slayter Pit. The poor advertising was also a factor. Student respondents frequently said that hosting more events on the 3rd floor

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Three students, pictured above, practice for the Lunar New Years Festival. The Roost is often used for student and professional performances, and continues to be an evolving social sphere on campus. The Lunar New Years Festival will be held at 5:30 PM on Feb. 4 in the Roost.

of Slayter would bring them to The Roost more often. Frahn said that Sodexo, after taking into account all of the costs, is losing money by having The Roost open for business. There is not enough business from students coming up throughout the day to cover the costs of keeping it open. While The Roost is expected to stay open for the remainder of the academic year, Kennedy worries that it might close due to slow business. Frahn also said that requests for karaoke have been made, but they are unable to directly host karaoke nights because Sodexo does not have the expenses to fund it. A third party would have to host the event. He also stressed that students do not need to be 21 to buy things at The Roost anymore. Many come in with the misconception that because The Roost serves alcohol, you need to be over the age of 21 to purchase anything at The Roost. This, according to Frahn, is no longer true. While the establishment still serves alcohol at night, it has other options for those not interested in purchasing alcohol, including snacks, ice cream, and coffee. “I didn’t even know you didn’t have to be 21 to go to The Roost,” said Thompson. But, serving alcohol does have a price. According to Frahn, Sodexo is not allowed to advertise directly to the Denison community. The request came from members of the administration, as serving alcohol limits the ability of The Roost to advertise its products. Kennedy hopes to bring life back to The Roost by charging a small, but very diverse group of students with finding ways to improve the quality of the space on the 3rd floor of Slayter. This group will lead an initiative to find ways to spruce up the environment, including finding student artwork to hang on the walls, decorating the tables with lamps, and possibly replacing the current furniture. This group is set to come together during the spring semester, and has not yet been formed. However, the process is under way to find students willing to participate. There is a larger plan in the works to not only improve The Roost, but multiple buildings around campus, as well. This includes other sections of Slayter, residents

halls, dining halls. These are all renovations that other campuses have recently upgraded themselves. Specifically, Kennedy praised the new dining halls at Kenyon College. In particular, Kennedy stressed that Slayter Union does not seem to bring the students together as a community as well as it should, and is less of a student center than one would expect. “There’s a sense that Slayter is just not serving us well as a campus,” said Kennedy. Kennedy also said that there really is not a large, central performing arts center on campus with the caliber to hold large-scale performances. The current seating for the Ace Morgan Theatre is about 200. What she and other administrators envision is a performing arts center capable of holding 600 people, with a much larger stage both in area and in height. In addition to the student center and a performing arts center, the firm hired by the university to design the plan, MacLachlan Corneleus & Filoni, along with administrators are looking for ways to upgrade the residence halls. Some buildings on campus, while they have been updated, are very old. Beaver and Sawyer, for example, were built in the 1920s, while the newest building on the east quad, Shepardson, was built in the late 1960s. One large motivation for this facilities master plan, according to Dale Knobel, President of Denison University, was to ask open-ended questions about where the college will be in the next decade, and find out what the college will need to improve to reach those goals. “How do we stay ahead of the curve, and not fall behind in a way that the college can afford? How do you look ahead in the next 10 to 20 years? What are the facility needs?” said Knobel, when asked about the future of residence halls and educational buildings on campus. However, he stressed the importance of “preserving the Hill,” both structurally and culturally. Knobel also pointed out that this type of facilities master plan is not something that never happens. In fact, it’s more like a regenerative guide for administrators and members of the Board of Trustees that they make when the previous plan is completed. They use it to give themselves a sense of

where the college is going. In other words, the master plan just points out what the college needs in upcoming years in terms of renovations, new buildings, etc. “Just because you have a plan, doesn’t mean you’re going to do it. Maybe you need to focus on other priorities,” said Knobel. For example, after analyzing the needs of the college, there might be a need to hire more faculty, invest in new technologies, or possibly even focus more on a new Arabic major. In other words, the master plan presented to the Board of Trustees will not be set in stone. Rather, it shows how the college is doing lays out the needs of the college. Knobel said what he believes are important pieces Denison needs to tackle are a new performing arts center, major revisions to Slayter, and the future of residence halls. “Performing arts facilities has been a long-term need of the college,” said Knobel. The desire is to have a performing arts center that can seat roughly 600 people, smaller than Swasey Chapel, but bigger than the 200 seats that Denison currently has in the Ace Morgan Theatre. Knobel continued by saying that “we also need to look very closely at Slayter Union, the living room of the campus.” He emphasized that the building was too vertical, with little room for expansion. However, the building is not set to be demolished. Instead, Knobel proposed the idea to move the student center to another location, and put many of the student services like the registrar, student accounts, career services, financial aid, and other offices to the current location of the student center. “This would be a project on the order of hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Knobel. According to his estimates, the last facilities plan cost roughly $200 million dollars over the course of roughly 15 years, which included renovations to Ebaugh, Chamberlin, Higley, Knapp, Talbot, and other buildings within that time period. While there is a lot of administrative work being done for this plan, the entire plan, according to Kennedy, will include a plethora of student involvement and input. Sam Esarey is a junior from Blairsville, Penn.

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Where are they now? “Where are they now?” is a special feature that peeks into the life of Denison alumni and examines their current endeavors. There is hope after graduation, folks!

Brews a home for former, current students By Courtney Vinopal Staff Writer For Brian Newkirk ‘86, Granville has always been close to home. The co-owner of Brews and Denison alum grew up in Alexandria, Ohio, about seven miles from the Hill. “When I was young, I would come to Denison football games,” Newkirk said. “I got to know [former football] Coach Piper, and was offered the chance to play at Denison.” Although Newkirk could have played football at many places, he chose Denison. “Even though it wasn’t far, it was the right choice.” While at Denison, Newkirk balanced a heavy schedule of work, school, and sports. He majored in economics and was part of the 1985 football team that captured an NCAC championship title. After graduating from Denison, Newkirk went into the insurance business, a field in which he still works. Fourteen years ago, Brian’s wife, who owns Newkirk Spa, mentioned that one of her clients had just bought Brews and was looking for a business partner. Brian took the offer to work with Jerry Martin and his wife on the restaurant, and he has been involved with Brews for 13 years since. When asked about what has been crucial in helping Brews to thrive, Newkirk cites Brews’ involvement in Granville as one of the major reasons. “We’re well-known in the community. We have supported endless charities and we try to stay involved.” Newkirk also attributes Denison student support as a major factor to Brews’ success. “We do have a connection at Denison,”

Newkirk explained, “I think the students look fondly on us, and we absolutely appreciate the kids.” Newkirk said that one of his favorite aspects of owning Brews is that “what we’re able to do in the community. I meet so many people I wouldn’t know otherwise. I would come here even if I didn’t own’s a comfortable place, with many memories of good days.” In regards to the Brews menu, Newkirk and his partners change up the options often to keep customers interested. “We try to change it out quarterly with a seasonal menu,” said the co-owner, “ evaluating our most popular dishes and taking out the bottom 10 percent, featuring heavier options in the winter and lighter dishes in the summer.” There are certain items that always stay on the menu, such as the beloved spinach and artichoke dip, but the rest of the dishes are either modified or switched out entirely on a regular basis. The Brews crew makes “painstaking efforts” in order to test dishes and get the recipe just right. By keeping the selection of food and drink at Brews from becoming stagnant, Newkirk and his partners maintain their base of loyal customers that come to the restaurant each week—it’s a rarity to find an open table at this popular location on a Saturday night. During Newkirk’s 13 years working at Brews, he and his staff have faced almost every challenge possible. In the past couple of years the biggest challenge in keeping the business going has been the economy. In response to the economic downturn, “We tried to have wallet-friendly options,” Newkirk said. He recognized the loyal staff as one of the things that have helped Brews

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Brews Cafe, pictured above, continues to provide an exceptional dining experience for the residents of Granville. Brews is known for its exemplary service and atmosphere.

through these challenges. “We are fortunate to have people who have been here for many years...many of our servers have been here going on 7 years. Normally personnel is a problem for restaurants, but we don’t have that here.” Overall, Newkirk calls his work on Brews “a labor of love.” He and his partners have worked hard to turn the current space— which was originally the First Federal

Bank—into a warm, family-friendly atmosphere where Granville residents and Denison students alike can come for a good bite to eat. After 14 years of successful business in Granville—by no means an easy feat—it looks as if Brews is in it for the long run.

Courtney Vinopal is a junior from Park Ridge, Illinois.

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MojoFlo rocks The Bandersnatch for a third time By Wes Judd Staff Writer The mojo was certainly flowing in the Bandersnatch last Wednesday night as Columbus-based MojoFlo made its third appearance at Denison. With a substantial turnout, space was hard to find, and sitting down was out of the question. The buzz was palpable as lead singer Amber Knicole took the stage and bellowed, “Nice to see you again, Denison. We always make a point to come back here, we love you guys!” To those of you who attended, or could hear the thumping from outside, you know energy is the name of the game for this seven-piece ensemble. They are first and foremost a funk band, but hints of jazz, soul, and blues find their way into the band’s infectious sound. “I’m always excited to see MojoFlo, Their tunes are so colorful and they play with such tangible energy. I can always tell they’re having so much fun when they perform,” said sophomore Evan Hunter of Princeton Junction, N.J. The night’s highlight was without a doubt the passionate Knicole, whose booming voice draws haunting comparisons to the genre’s best vocalists. She is MojoFlo’s best feature, and the group is at its best when she is allowed the freedom to play around with and explore her range. Too often concerts at the Bandersnatch are drowned in a lack of enthusiasm from the students’ part, but that could not have been farther from the case last Wednesday night. Students of all sorts were grooving to MojoFlo’s array of vibes. Chants, yells, and claps filled the silence between songs, giving the group an extra bit of vigor every time. “Everybody’s mojo was out. They know how to please my Denison countrymen,”

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Good vibes were in abundance this past Wednesday at the Bandersnatch as MojoFlo, lead by vocalist Amber Knicole (pictured), delivered funky, jazzy song after funky, jazzy song, including cover versions of rap classics.

raved junior April Strid of Portland, Ore. At one point, the band even brought the melody down a little bit at a time, slowly getting quieter and quieter, Animal House style. The whole crowd played along, gently crouching with the descending volume until they were nearly on the ground. After an abrupt revival, MojoFlo peaked and bombarded the frenzy with another level of soul. With a guitar, bass, keys, drums, saxophone, and trombone all at the group’s dis-

posal, MojoFlo’s music was as diverse as it was funky. Hell, even a few hip-hop numbers (most notably their renditions of Lupe Fiasco’s “Kick, Push” and Warren G’s g-funk classic “Regulate”) and beatboxing found their way into the set thanks to drummer Jake Levy. They slacked a little while trading off lengthy solos, but when brought together, the juxtaposition of instruments really allowed them to flesh out their sound. If last Wednesday’s show was any indi-

cation, MojoFlo certainly knows how to treat Denison right. Accustomed to bigger venues, the musicians didn’t let the size of the crowd deter them at all — although The Bandersnatch was as close to full as I’ve ever seen it — and instead played off our energy. With a unique take on jazzy soulful funk, MojoFlo made its third stop at Denison the best, hands down. Here’s hoping for a fourth.

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Craig Finn makes solo debut with Clear Heart Full Eyes By Tristan Eden Arts & Life Editor Since the mid-1990s, Craig Finn has been writing and singing rock songs that are as literate as they are passionate. Clear Heart Full Eyes is his first ever solo album, and, while certainly different from his work in his two other bands, it sounds exactly like it should. It is a peaceful, thoughtful, and slightly more subdued record. Lifter Puller, Finn’s first band, founded in 1994, was a grimy post-punk group based in the Twin Cites. While Lifter Puller is notable for its sharply catchy guitars and wellincorporated synthesizers, the best part is always going to be Finn’s lyrics. Lifter Puller songs are detailed accounts of a massive fictional universe; a whole world populated by Long Island drug addicts, druggy sorority girls, desperate club owners, and other such crusty and unappealing — but very interesting — characters. Lifter Puller released three albums and an EP chronicling Finn’s universe before disbanding in 2000. Finn and Lifter Puller’s bassist, Tad Kubler, moved to Brooklyn and formed The Hold Steady. The Hold Steady allowed Finn the chance to create another world, which features a new cast of characters, though they’re all living similarly lousy

lives. But everything about it is much more triumphant. The Hold Steady’s classic rock sound is decidedly more upbeat than Lifter Puller’s ever was and Finn’s joyous delivery makes it all sound like so much fun. To date, The Hold Steady has released five albums, each one a stellar continuation of Finn’s ideas and the cheerful bar band sound that carries the group off. Clear Heart Full Eyes, released this past week, sounds like the solo record Craig Finn was supposed to make. “The Hold Steady is celebratory, but I don’t feel that way 100 percent of the time. I’m a human being,” said Finn in an interview with Pitchfork. Indeed, Clear Heart Full Eyes is quietersounding and lonelier than almost anything Finn has released since. Opener “Apollo Bay” grinds along slowly as Finn sings lines like “Gonna drive around/ gonna come down the coast by myself ” or, “All my days stretch out before me and my nights just go to hell.” While these songs are probably also meant to be about a fictional world, populated by fictional characters, in the context of a solo album that distinction is harder to make. It’s not a big deal, but to think that these songs are relating real events adds another interesting dimension to the album.

Finn’s signature talk-singing style and even-more-signature wordy writing style is evident all over the album. Lyrically, the subject matter is classic Finn, though, again, somehow a little sadder. “Jackson” illustrates some sort of sketchy past no one wants to remember, with Finn singing lines like, “Stephanie came on kinda strong but ended kinda weak/ she seemed a little speedy and her tongue worked at her teeth/ the sirens came behind us/ it was a bit before we heard it/ it was Jackson me and Stephanie and for a while it felt just perfect.” (Hardcore fan alert: Stephanie may or may not be the same Stephanie from many a Lifter Puller song.) Maybe it’s just its title, but “Honolulu Blues” really pushes the lost poet vibe that Clear Heart Full Eyes somehow evokes anyway. The staggering guitar and weirdon-purpose lines (“He had a smile straight from the movies then I looked down at his shoes/ they had holes and they showed his toes” or “Later on in the garage I couldn’t find my chainsaw/ in the distance I heard trees just fallin’ down,” for example) give the song a bizarre but poetic and addicting texture. The best song here, though, is “Rented Room.” Though it’s made up of typical

Craig Finn detail and odd connections, it is at its essence a simple and sad break up song. It’s the only song Finn has released that’s explicitly about a break up. The narrator (Finn himself?) describes life in a rented room: “Some things get really hard to do/ when you’re livin’ in a rented room,” he sings. Sitting, alone, “playing records in a rented room,” he remembers the relationship. Then, the breakdown, the heartbreaking refrain begins (very, very classic Finn): “I bathe in the dark/ it feels like a womb/ I know I should be getting over you/ certain things are really hard to do/ when you’re living in a rented room.” Again, within the context of the solo record, the song takes on a new kind of sadness, a sort of until-now unheard reality This is a much more somber record. The work of Finn’s previous band has a grittiness to it but here it is somehow more polished; slower and sadder rather than faster and dirtier. At times, the generally slower pace of the songs can make Clear Heart Full Eyes blend together in a bad way. But if you listen closely, the small details and overall feeling of the record should definitely win you over. However, hopefully there is also another The Hold Steady record coming our way soon, because, well, Finn and his bands are just more fun.

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Denison Museum opens two new Chinese exhibits By Emma Sullivan Staff Writer Get your passport ready: with the Denison Museum’s new “China Modern” and “Beijing’s East Village” exhibitions, you’re going to enter a China unlike anything you’ve seen before. The collections opened on Friday, Jan. 27, providing guests with egg rolls, fortune cookies, and a colorful explosion of art — just in time for Denison’s Lunar New Year Celebration. “[‘China Modern’ is] a really accessible exhibit, but there’s also a lot of interesting things to see for those studying art,” said Steph Maniaci, a senior from Painesville, Ohio. “I love the colors, and I’m so impressed that we could get these incredible artifacts.” These pieces of Chinese history include teapots and toys, dresses and military uniforms, advertisements and, of course, paintings. The exhibit focuses on popular culture from 1910 to 1970, giving viewers a unique look at China’s transformation into the People’s Republic. “It gives you a broad view of China in the last hundred years, but it also lets you see the diversity of the culture,” said Tony Liu, a sophomore from Chengdu, China. The collection also shows the power of advertising and how everyday objects can become important players in the game between consumer and product, or political ideology and citizen. And, in familiar portraits of the nuclear family, the westernization of this eastern superpower is depicted. Student workers had the tough job of mak-

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Visitors to the Museum’s opening night viewed works in both exhibits, “China Modern” and “Beijing’s East Village” while enjoying Chinese appetizers. The exhibitions are open now through March 25.

ing the exhibits an experience to remember, but Nozomi Onishi, a senior from Tokyo, is just as excited as a first-time Museum-goer. “I’m from Japan, and they’re such close countries, but you can really see how different they are in these collections. It’s my first time seeing so much of Chinese culture,” she said. Darkly contrasting the images of playful children and smiling women in “China Modern” is the collection of photographs by experimental artist Rong Rong, who

lived in Beijing’s East Village and rose to prominence in the 1990s. Through gritty photographs of pain and beauty — half-submerged bodies, naked forms, and scratched self-portraits are some of the most striking — it becomes clear that Rong Rong’s idea of China was much different than the colorful propaganda strewn throughout popular culture. “It really calls to mind the suffering of China that we don’t really hear about sometimes,” said Brandon Penn, a junior from

Detroit, of the photographs. Some of the photographs were donated by art history professor Peggy Wang. One idealistic, the other all-too real: together, “China Modern” and “Beijing’s East Village” allow Denison students a sneak peek into China’s unique history. Celebrate the year of the dragon and see it all for yourself before the exhibitions end on March 25.

tention. Just last month, the producer was nominated for five Grammys, including Best Short Form Music Video for his sinister “First Of The Year (Equinox)” and Best New Artist alongside nominees Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, and Bon Iver. If you were to view the tumultuous “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” on YouTube, arguably Skrillex’s most recognizable track, you’d be just one out of nearly 60 million to have done the same. The other week, Kanye West tweeted “CINEMA (Skrillex Remix) is one of the greatest works of art ever made.” Yes, the Kanye West. And when Facebook tallied up the most listened to songs of 2011, two out of the top 10 were, you guessed it, Skrillex’s. You get the point. This guy is huge. So what’s his deal? Electronic music is far from new in the United States. The 90s saw a massive underground rave movement, where thousands of ecstasy-riddled teens would flock to an open field and pulsate to a steady bassline until the sun came up. Even now, you’d be hard-pressed to find any “Top 40” song that isn’t influenced by the addictive rhythm of EDM. DJ giants like David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, and newcomer Avicii have also slowly started to embed dance music into today’s “mainstream” culture. But it doesn’t take a critic to realize there’s something Skrillex is doing that’s vastly different. So what is it? As New York Magazine contributor Nitsuh Abebe put it, “Skrillex’s work, in particular, is a lot more of a pile-up.” It’s as if he simply picks the flashiest, coolest parts of a dozen different high-impact sounds, drowns them in Red Bull, and smashes them against each other — “the same way

Quentin Tarantino can rifle through a dozen film genres and borrow all the best fight scenes.” His work has the ethereal build-up and persistency of techno; the glitz and glam of soulful electro; the sporadic, seizureinducing glitchiness of LA downtempo; and the speed, endurance, and intensity of drum ‘n bass. They’re all stripped to their core, exposing only the most likeable elements, and pounded into four minutes of adrenaline-soaked ferocity. There’s no depth or intimacy, and Skrillex’s work is by no means elegant, but it’s easy to like. It’s an all-star game of electronic subgenres. One does not need a rich appreciation of EDM to be caught up in the frenzy he creates. However, even a 13-yearold middle schooler could tell you the style Skrillex borrows from the most: the oh-sopolarizing and infamous dubstep. Dubstep was pioneered in the grainy basement clubs of London close to a decade ago, and since its birth has been engulfed in endless shifts of sound, specifications, and scope (the debate over what is and what isn’t dubstep has fueled more arguments in the EDM scene than perhaps anything else). However, one staple of dubstep that never seems to fade, and perhaps is its decisive component, is that infamous and universal “drop”. You know, that speaker shattering part of the song where rhythm is tossed aside in favor of sheer, unfiltered volume. But the thing is it works, people love dubstep. The same subconscious desire that drew hoards to festivals like Ozzfest comes alive during those drops, and perhaps no other artist is delivering them like Skrillex.

They’re hysterically loud, seizure-inducingly sporadic, but filled with so much more than just wobble and bass. He’s successfully developed his own sort of heaviness. Skrillex is a mash-up artist of electronic music, giving listeners the intensity of dubstep with the soul of electro, and regardless of how heavy his drops turn out to be, they’re always preceded by intricate and diverse accents. In one of his most played tunes, “Slats Slats Slats,” the build up evolves into a persistent synth-filled assembly of dance melodies lacking any sort of serious bass, but it still seems to have the same magnitude of dubstep. He’s a blender of modern EDM, and has mastered his craft to the point where each subgenre isn’t even recognizable. Nothing is off limits with electronic music, that’s its primary beauty: anything and everything can be imagined. There is no sound that cannot be produced, no beat that cannot be tweaked or mashed. Electronic music opens up so many doors, and it is Skrillex, more than any artist in recent memory, who has utilized this freedom. Yes, 99% of his listeners simply wish to have the durability of their eardrums tested, but it’s what they’re unaware of that makes his beats so addicting. Love him or hate him, only a true master of modern electronic music can seamlessly strip down the core elements of numerous genres, mash them together, and spit out something so unique.

Music News: What’s the big deal with Skrillex? By Wes Judd Staff Writer

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Who is Sonny Moore? To most, that name means nothing. But his face, oh boy you’d recognize his face. Or the hair. At this point, even your parents might recognize the long, black, half-shaved, greasy mane on the top of his head. Yes, that’s Skrillex. But Sonny Moore wasn’t always Skrillex. Not too long ago, Moore was the lead singer of the post-hardcore/emo/screamo band, From First to Last. The band saw a decent amount of attention and even a stint on the Warped Tour. However, after a while and for no particular reason, Moore decided to leave. He’s been quoted saying it was simply because, “I didn’t need that, I didn’t want that, I didn’t care.” But to those who have followed Moore’s career, it’s pretty evident why he decided to leave: he had something else in mind… These days Moore is better known as his alter ego, Skrillex. He produces a rare form of electronic dance music (EDM), which has resulted in a heap of unanticipated at-

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French fashion: the attitude and how to harness it By Courtney Vinopal Staff Writer When I left in September to spend a semester in Aix-en-Provence, France, I knew I was about to experience culture shock in almost every facet of my day-to-day life. The minute I stepped off the plane, I noticed differences all around me, be it the language, landscape, or the food that my host mother cooked on a daily basis. One difference that I didn’t anticipate to as large of a degree was the way in which the French dress. As I learned my way around the small, cosmopolitan city of Aix-en-Provence, I noticed that French style is both extremely fabulous and very intimidating. Coming from Denison, I have always favored items that are functional and far from boundarypushing, especially given the unpredictable weather in Ohio and the fast-paced nature of college life. In Aix-en-Provence, I came to realize that J. Crew is not a part of the French

lexicon, high-heeled shoes are acceptable even on school days, and scarves are always a necessity. The more I observed French women in this facet, the more I came to wonder what makes their sense of fashion so distinct and well-known. When French women walk down the street, attitude is one thing that is always part of their ensemble...add a scarf, fabulous coat, or edgy makeup and you’ll be à la mode in no time. French women tend to dress for the season, rather than the weather. On Denison’s campus, students primarily consider the functionality of clothes, and whether or not they will hold up in a snowstorm or freezing cold weather. In Aix-en-Provence, where the weather was often mild, I would get on the bus to find women bundled up for the 60-degree November weather. The vast majority of Aixois women don swing coats with fur collars and are almost always seen wearing some sort of scarf. They

are also brave enough to walk through the cobblestone streets of the city in high-heeled boots, oftentimes with skinny black pants or dresses and tights. Layers are one trend that I noticed with many French women, and it seems that the “look” of an outfit is always considered before its practicality. I often looked on at French women with admiration at the pieces they could pull off — particularly capes, which I saw on a daily basis, and in many popular stores in France. If I wore a cape walking to Slayter, I believe I would end up looking like a Disney villain. French women who wear capes look like they have just stepped out of an editorial photo shoot... not at all over-dressed, and perfectly put together. Their hair is tousled, never straight, and their makeup is always dark and flawless. They just understand how to pull a certain look off. While the style that French women possess is one all their own, men place a large amount of importance on the way that they dress as well. Walking around the shopping districts in France, I was struck by the number of window displays designed exclusively for men’s fashion. Oftentimes I stumbled across stores that were devoted entirely to men’s clothing. One would never find a pair of illfitting pants or orthopedic tennis shoes in a French man’s closet. Whether sitting down for a drink or walking to work, French men favor straight-leg pants, well-cut oxford shirts, and, like women, scarves. In terms of outerwear, French men often wear classic pea coats or duffle coats in order to combat cold weather. Much attention is given to shoes, which are oftentimes suede — similar to a Clarks desert boot. For work, shoes are often leather and quite pointy, a far cry from some of the “business attire” one sees in America. Above all else, the one accessory that is never missing when French women and men dress is attitude. The reason French women pull off the items that they do is because they believe that they can own the look, and they do. Hopefully, I brought a little bit of this French sensibility back with me.

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Photos left and above offer examples of the types of trends students studying abroad in Europe are likely to see. Many returning students also attempt to add these styles to their own Denison closets.

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Check it out: events coming up on campus t Percussion Day Concert: Featuring Glenn Schaft and Ron Coulter with the Denison Percussion Ensemble, Latin Percussion Ensemble and Gamelan Dwara Udyani at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Burke Hall Rehearsal Room t Human Rights Film Festival: “This is My Land… Hebron” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the auditorium of Slayter Hall. For more information call Truet McDowell at 740-587-6369, or visit t 8th Annual Blue Grass Festival Concert:“Bluegrass All Stars,” with the Denison University String Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, in Swasey Chapel t 8th Annual Blue Grass Festival Concert: Featuring Blue Highway, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, in Swasey Chapel t Human Rights Film Festival: “The Price of Sex” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the auditorium of Slayter Hall. For more information call Truet McDowell at 740-587-6369, or visit t Faculty Recital: Featuring Damien Mahiet and guest artist Angela Early, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Burke Recital Hall t Faculty Recital: Featuring Tom Carroll, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Burke Recital Hall


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Big Red places third to open 2012 season By Ruby Montes De Oca Sports Editor Denison’s indoor track and field teams hosted the annual Lid-Lifter on Saturday afternoon to open the 2012 season. The men and women each placed third in the event that marked the first home meet for new head coach Mark FitzPatrick. Although the Big Red participated in an invite before winter break, the team has only recently practiced as a whole the past two weeks. “I’m very excited to be at Denison,” said FitzPatrick. “I will be the third coach in 60 years. I hope to be here a while.” On the women’s side, sophomore Tiffany Davis set the pace with wins in the 60 and 200-meter dashes with times of 8.04 and 26.32 respectively. Davis’ 200-meter time marked the third-best finish in program history. After posting the pair of impressive victories, the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) made Davis its Sprinter/Huddler of the Week. Senior distance runner Ani Mutafova also added a victory for the Big Red in the 800-meter run. Defiance finished first with 142 points, while Wittenberg (123), Denison (105) and Transylvania (46) rounded out the four-team field.

Distance runners senior Dee Salukombo and junior Chad Kosanovich set the pace on the men’s side. Salukombo humbled the competition in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:34.37, which gave him the rights to the second fastest time in program history. Salukombo bested Joel Bendtsen’s 2008 record by three-hundreths of a second. Kosanovich was equally impressive. He finished the mile with a time of 4:23.09. Like Salukombo, Kosanovich finished a couple of laps before the rest of the competition. After Kosanovich’s strong performance, the NCAC awarded him Distance Runner of the Week honors. Defiance won the event with 158 points, followed by Wittenberg (105), Denison (85) and Transylvania (53). “The long term goal is to develop one of the best programs in the NCAC and the Great Lakes Region, a program that represents Denison well at the Division III level,” said FitzPatrick. “We may not accomplish that this year, but we are going to start working towards that goal now.” The Big Red will return to action on Saturday (Feb. 4) when it travels to Wooster, Ohio for the Fighting Scots Invitational. The invitational is set to begin at 12 p.m.

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

Big Red Athlete of the Week Women’s Basketball #5 Serafina Nuzzo

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By Nate Schmidt Staff Writer On Jan. 9, Denison junior point guard Serafina Nuzzo was named North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week after helping the Big Red secure a pair of conference victories. Nuzzo poured in 22 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists in a 64-60 overtime victory over conference rival Kenyon. The four-point win extended DU’s winning streak against the Ladies to nine. The following day, the junior posted 19 points, five assists and three


Nate Schmidt: Who was your favorite basketball player growing up? Serafina Nuzzo: I never had a favorite basketball player. Mia Hamm, the soccer player, was who I loved. NS: What is your favorite restaurant? SN: Maria’s Mexican Restaurant in Chicago, Ill. NS: Do you follow any professional sports teams? SN: I love the Chicago Bulls, especially Derrick Rose. Also the Chicago White Sox a little because my family are such huge fans. NS: What kind of music do you listen to? Favorite Artist? SN: I like a lot of music. My favorite is country but I also listen to a lot of

Men’s Basketball vs. Oberlin Jan. 25 Denison Oberlin

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Women’s Basketball vs. Oberlin Jan. 25 Denison Oberlin

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Women’s Basketball vs. Hiram Jan. 28 Denison Hiram

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Men’s Basketball vs. Wabash Jan. 28 Denison Wabash

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Senior Dee Salukombo won the 3,000-meter run on Saturday with the second fastest time in Denison history.

steals at Wooster. Averaging around 14 points in the last five games Nuzzo, has been an important asset to the women’s basketball team. Starter Nuzzo has played an average of 30 minutes or more per game to help keep the team within reach of the conference playoffs. The Denisonian named Serafina Nuzzo the Athlete of the Week for Jan. 31. We sat down with her to learn more about the woman behind the numbers.

Weekly Round-up

pop music. My favorite artist is Eric Church. NS: Did you play any other sports in high school? SN: I played soccer all four years. NS: What do you like most about Denison? SN: I really like the size of the school and how close people are because of it. NS: What is your favorite movie? SN: It’s a tie between Sandlot and Miracle. NS: What is your favorite hobby? SN: Running. NS: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions? SN: I have to sit on the same side and same seat of the bus every ride. My warm up also has to be the exact same before every game. NS: What is your favorite pre-game song? SN: “Walking on Broken Glass” by Annie Lennox NS: One thing that people might not know about you? SN: Growing up all I wanted to do was to play soccer.

Women’s Swimming & Diving vs. Malone Jan. 27 Denison 121 Malone 21

Men’s Swimming and Diving vs. Malone Jan.27 Denison 123 Malone 72 Women’s Swimming & Diving vs. Carnegie Mellon Jan. 28 Denison 164 Carnegie Mellon 120 Men’s Swimming & Diving vs. Carnegie Mellon Jan. 28 Denison 178 Carnegie Mellon 114

Men’s Indoor Track and Field Jan. 28 Denison 3rd

Women’s Indoor Track and Field Jan. 28 Denison 3rd

Big Red Women’s Basketball vs. Wittenberg (Feb. 8) Come support the Big Red as they take on conference opponent Wittenberg at 7:30 p.m. at Livingston Gymnasium


Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012

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Great moments, great people, great history... farewell Gregory Pool By Ruby Montes De Oca Sports Editor

for 25 years. I’ve seen generations of swimmers and divers go through this facility,” said Parini. “It’s kind of like watching your kid grow up. You have to let go.” Half a century of great memories and In 1987, the first year that Parini took over history was bid goodbye on Friday eveas the head coach of the Big Red’s swimming ning, as Denison swimming and diving program, University of Georgia swimming closed out the pool it has called home coach and the 2008 USA Olympic swimsince 1962. Former coaches and alumni ming coach Jack Bauerle told Parini that the were invited to Gregory Pool as the team Gregory Pool would teach him more about hosted the venue’s final meet in a contest being a coach than a bigger pool ever would. against Malone University. The night was Bauerle was correct. Parini alluded centered on saying a fond farewell to the that the program’s built success was due facility that has housed thousands of swimto the constraints and limitations that mers and hundreds of All-Americans. Gregory Pool forced him to master. Prior to the start of the meet, Deni“I had to get more out of less. It pushed son senior diver Phil Meyer performed me to be a much better coach. I had to the honorary “Final Dive” at Gregory be efficient and disciplined. I have masPool. That dive was judged by spetered space and time management,” cial guest, former swimming and divadded Parini. “I get rooted to a place. It ing coach and current senior associate was a great facility. I will miss Gregory.” director of athletics, Lynn Schweizer. Parini also explained that Gregory Schweizer has spent 38 years at Deniwas perhaps one of the most excitson as a coach and administrator, but ing swimming venues since the crowds has had close ties to Gregory Pool that are close in proximity to the events. go beyond her first year at DU in 1974. “That energy, that atmosphere is going to Raised in Granville, Schweizer, like be tough to duplicate in the new pool. Its many area athletes at the time, comsize was actually its strength in many ways.” peted in high school at Gregory Pool. Although he is going to greatly miss “I am very Gregory Pool, Parini honored to be is looking forward here today,” said to the new facility. Schweizer, who “The new pool will was interviewed be more effective, alongside forwith such a limited mer head coach space [in Gregory and administraPool] I often feel like a tor, Ted Barclay New York City street by The Denison cop directing traffic.” Sports Network. The new natatorium, - Ted Barclay “It has been which is part of the Former head men’s swimming coach great to see what $38.5 million renovaand adminstrator the program tion and expansion of has come to from that early start.” the Mitchell recreation and athletics center, “I’m sure there must be some sort of mathwill feature a 50-meter long, 25-yard wide ematical error. It couldn’t possibly be 50 competition course, a large diving well years ago, but it is,” said Barclay. “50 years and spectator seating for more than 1,000. that the pool has been maintained and looks “As a team we are not any different, as beautiful as the day that we opened.” but the new pool will have people lookFollowing Meyer’s honorary dive, Baring at us different,” said Parini. “Having clay served as the guest starter for the the national championship [on the men’s “Final Start,” an exhibition 50-yard freeside] and the new pool, sort of, gives style that was swam by Denison senior us street credentials. We will also have captains, Dan Thurston, Michael Decaliber student athletes looking at us.” Santis, Robert Barry, Hilary Callen and Everything will be easier in the new pool. Brenna Broadus. Denison swimming In Gregory, all 60 members of the swimming alumni Charlie Lownes, who is a 1988 and diving teams, both men’s and women’s graduate and Denison hall of fame memand coaches, had only six lanes to work ber, also participated in the exhibition. with. The new pool will have 22 lanes, which The men’s 400 freestyle relay marked the will allow the coaches to have more flexibilfinal competition in the history of the faity with the set-up of practices and meets. cility. The Big Red humbled the Malone Typically, meets last three to four Pioneers. The men defeated the Pioneers hours, with the new pool the dura123-72 and the women prevailed 102-21. tion of the meets can be expected to Next fall, the Denison swimming and divbe cut in half. As a result, days will be ing program will move into a brand new, shorter for both athletes and coaches. state-of-the-art facility, which is yet to be Although Parini is 51, he looks named. The current pool will be remodforward to sticking around with eled as a fitness center for the college. the program as long as possible. Amongst all the celebration, one person “I’m a very young 51, but the wear that was perhaps overlooked was coach and tear gets to you after a while,” addGregg Parini who has been at the helm of ed Parini. “With the new pool I will Denison swimming for the past 25 years. spend less time on deck, which should The passion and dedication for the help. I like to think that we are a sleepswimming program can be seen in his ing giant; the program still has room to office, which happens to be next to grow. I want to see how far we can go.” Gregory Pool. The office is surrounded The new natatorium is scheduled by numerous trophies, paintings, drawto be ready for use in the spring of ings and photographs of people who 2012 where new memories will be are inspirational to him, some of which formed, new people will make their are former athletes he has coached. prints and history will be continued. “It’s a little bittersweet. I’ve been here

I’m sure there must be some sort of mathematical error. It couldn’t possibly be 50 years ago, but it is.

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Above are photos that were retrieved from the archives of the Gregory Swimming Pool in its early days. More photos and information about the history of Gregory Pool and the new natatorium can be viewed at In addition, you can view the in-depth interviews with Lynn Schweizer and Ted Barclay provided by The Denison Sports Network.

Gregory Pool History The Gregory Swimming Pool opened to the public in the fall of 1962. The pool cost a total of $650,000. Magnificent accomplishments were achieved in the storied structure. Denison’s swimming and diving programs have collected 45 topfive finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships, including 13 runner-up finishes, highlighted by two national championships, one for each the men’s and women’s programs in 2011 and 2001 respectively. The facility was named in memory of Denison sports legend Mitchell O. “Mike” Gregory.

Who was Gregory? Gregory graduated from Denison in 1929. He was a standout member of the DU wrestling and basketball teams, captain of the track and field team, and a three-year captain of the football team. He is best known for his performance on the football field as a standout guard and kicker. His 55-yard field goal against the University of Cincinnati in 1927 set a national record. He was duly honored as a football All-American. Gregory went on to play professional football for the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Redskins, playing against such greats as Red Grange and Jim Thorpe. He was instrumental in helping to raise some of the funding to build the pool, and the decision was made to name the iconic facility in his honor soon after his death in 1957.

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