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The Denisonian

Established in 1857

TuEsday, MaRCH 26, 2013


Volume 160, No. 7

Denison at odds with Granville Fire Department about ambulance By Curtis Edmonds Forum Editor

Courtesy of Brian Collingwood

(Left to right) Raghav Daswani, Giang Thai, and Ramiro Trejo practice networking at a career fair event.

Students connect to alumni, employers at First Look Chicago By Carole Burkett News Editor First Look Chicago 2013 provided an opportunity for Denison students to get to know alumni, explore the Windy City, and even find employment. Enabled by the strong community of Denison graduates in Chicago, First Look is a job fair and alumni event for current and recent Denison students. According to Brian Collingwood, assistant director of Career Exploration and Development, First Look is a unique opportunity: “For that person in-

terested in Chicago, you not only get to learn about jobs and career opportunities in Chicago, but you get practical information on what it’s like to live in Chicago, what it’s like transitioning from the Hill to the Windy City.” The idea, formed by director of Career Exploration and Development Kathleen Powell, was created last year with help from Alumni Relations and the Alumni Council. Students traveled to the Chicago area, which has an active Denison alumni community, many diverse employment opportunities, and is within driving

distance of campus, for a two day event. The first day, Feb. 28, students experienced an alumni-student dinner, featuring a three-person panel discussion with Katie Nestlerode ‘01, Erin Roberts ‘02, and Nic Covey ‘04. First year Isabel Randolph, an English literature major from Columbus, said the dinner prepared her for the next day’s event: “They threw out a ton of good information, and it was a good introduction to networking and the larger event we were to attend the next day.” The next day’s fair was held

at the Northwestern business school, where around 15 groups of nonprofits, employers, and alumni gathered to meet students. Last year, several students moved on to interviews with companies represented at First Look, and two students gained employment. The major advantage of an event like this, according to Collingwood, is the networking potential. “Students learn from every interaction they have with an employer, and they learn from their interactions with alumni,

Courtesy Ambulances, a private ambulance service located in Newark, OH began its contract with Denison University last Friday night, on Mar. 22. According to Vice President of Student Development Laurel Kennedy, this contract is non-binding and “establishes the terms of how they will respond if we call them.” Kennedy and other administrators had been in the planning stages with Courtesy since January 2013. The Granville Fire Department, which usually dispatches ambulances to the university, is not in support of the new service, with Denison alumnus Captain Robert Otter ‘97 saying “we think it’s a bad idea.” Kennedy wanted to bring Courtesy to campus to “maintain the high standard of care we want to provide while reducing our impact on the resources of the local EMS (Emergency Medical Services).” Kennedy revealed that there will be key changes in the university’s “high standard of care” - including how it is determined whether or not students will go to the hospital. Denison is hiring an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) to “make decisions about the needs of students

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Professor Gina Dow to head Alford Center By Jewell Porter Staff Writer Next semester, Denison will welcome Gina Dow as the new director of the John W. Alford Center. Current director Lyn Robertson ’70, associate professor of education and women’s studies, will retire from Denison this spring. Dow has been part of the Denison faculty since 1993, and she is currently an associate professor in the psychology department. Her courses include introductory psychology, child development and adolescence. The purpose of the Alford Center is to engage students in donating some of their time to helping the surrounding communities in four areas: the Denison Commu-

nity Association (DCA), America Reads, Curricular Service Learning, and Denison Service Orientation (DSO). Robertson believes that Dow will be an effective leader of the service center. Robertson says, “she [will] bring good experience in doing service learning courses. She does extensive service herself in the community, she knows many community partners already, and she’ll bring good ideas, energy, and care to this important work.” During Robertson’s three years of tenure, the service center has grown tremendously. Denison volunteers have spent more time out in the community and developed new community partnerships, among other things. Robertson firmly believes that

the service center will continue to grow under the tenure of Dow. It is her hopes that “the Alford Center will continue to find new and exciting ways to further the vision of intellectual service learning, by which I mean service built upon knowledge and performed as a way of learning about the world.” As director of the service center, Robertson shares she has seen many different service-related successes the Denison community has achieved. This year, Denison has made the national honor of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third consecutive year, establishing Denisonians for Social Change, and reporting to the Honor Roll that Denison students completed over 34,000 hours in

Gina Dow, future Alford Center director.

the 2011-2012 school year. She has most loved seeing students succeed and become active members of their community. She recalled the memorable moments of seeing Denison vehicles drive through the streets of Newark to go volunteer, seeing the positive effects volunteering has had on both the students and the community

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and working closely with people in the Division of Student Development. As Gina Dow prepares to become the new director of the John W. Alford Center, Robertson believes “Dr. Dow will be an able leader, and [she] looks forward to seeing the development of all kinds of new initiatives.”







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RecycleMania: Trash Sort teaches students what they waste By Carole Burkett News Editor A tower of recyclable materials is not an ordinary sight in front of Slayter, but on Thursday, Mar. 21, the Denison community had the chance to witness a tower of plastics, cardboard, and glass materials more than six feet tall. This temporary monument to recycling was the result of a Trash Sort, part of Denison’s celebration of RecycleMania. RecycleMania is an eight-week “benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs,” according to recyclemania. org, the website responsible for the initiative. But it also presents a healthy competition between schools, comparing total percentage of waste recycled and pounds recycled per capita. This is RecycleMania’s fourth year at Denison, according to Campus Sustainability Coordinator Jeremy King, and Denison is currently ranked fourth in the state of Ohio for recycling percentage. This year, students pulled 560 pounds of recyclable materials out of waste gathered from around campus. This was an increase from last year’s 489 pounds, which King said could be taken two ways: “Either we’re getting better at sorting materials, or we’re getting worse at recycling as a campus.” 19 students stopped by in front of Slayter Union,

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in distress,” says Kennedy. This EMT would assess the student and decide whether or not they needed basic medical attention from Whisler or transport to the hospital. Kennedy adds, “in the unusual event that the EMT finds a student in grave danger, the [fire department] can be called.” The use of an on campus EMT, Kennedy says, will make “medical response dramatically quicker than what we currently have”. Conversely, Fire Department Chief Jeff Hussey and Captain Otter say that response time is one of their chief concerns. “Bypassing a resource at the bottom of the hill is potentially dangerous,” says Otter. Otter and Hussey point out that Courtesy Ambulance is headquartered in Newark, whereas the fire department is at the foot of the hill. Hussey also points out that the school’s hiring of an EMT may not be the best idea. “EMT’s only need 120 hours of training, but paramedics need 1200,” says Hussey. According to him, all full time and part time employees of the fire department are trained paramedics. The fire department, whose funding comes from property taxes (Denison is exempt) began billing students’ health insurance last fall. Depending on the amount of life support needed (e.g. whether or not a student needs an IV) the bill can range from $495 - $805. When asked whether or

During RecycleMania, Denison students sorted through more than forty bags of trash.

lending hands and time to the effort. And it was enjoyable, according to Green Team member Silvia Frances, a sophomore biology major from Wooster: “It’s fun. It doesn’t seem like it would be fun, but actually, it’s sunny out, everyone’s having a good time. It’s kind of gross, but everyone is enjoying it. We’ve found some interesting things.” not there was a financial stake in remaining Denison’s sole EMS provider, Hussey and Otter stated that money was not a consideration and that everyone, including Granville residents were being charged for ambulance transportation. This policy went into effect May 2012. “This is about best practice,” says Otter. Hussey says that “best practice” is a primary concern given that Courtesy Ambulance primarily serves the elderly, while Otter adds that Courtesy is “not in the emergency response business.” Courtesy Ambulance, the largest private ambulance service in Licking County, has not served other colleges before now. “There are a lot of unknowns we’re not sure about,” says Hussey. One of these unknowns is whether or not Courtesy is equipped to handle extreme situations. “Can they respond to ten EMS calls like back in October?” asks Hussey, referring to Halloween weekend in October 2012. Denison has received considerable press surrounding alcohol related EMS calls, with reports in The Newark Advocate and USA Today. When asked if the move to a private ambulance service was in part to keep EMS calls and transports off public record, Vice President Kennedy said “there are some members of the community who enjoy saying that and imagining the worst.” She calls these claims “disheartening.” Kennedy says that the village ambulances will continue to respond to students that make 9-1-1 calls. However, the same issue of

Although the trash sorted on Mar. 21 was a small percentage of Denison’s total waste, it helped bring visibility to the issue of recycling. “It’s good to display all the things that could have been recycled, to get people to realize how much goes to waste, and how easy it really is to recycle,” Frances said. King also said that it brings the issue home to the

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Hill: “This lets students walk past and see how much they’re wasting.” The recycled materials will go through Denison’s normal recycling process, and be sorted at the facility north of campus. RecycleMania will end Mar. 30, but our campus will continue to recycle, in the effort to decrease waste.

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Alcohol-related EMS calls from Denison spiked in 2010-11 and 2012-13.

transparency extends to campus. Although many students seem uninformed of the addition of Courtesy Ambulance, Kennedy says, “I have reported religiously to the Campus Affairs Council (CAC)”, a committee that seeks to address social issues on campus and has several student representatives. Student body president and CAC chairman Drew Johnson ‘14 says that bringing Courtesy to campus “is more of an administrative decision” and “it wasn’t anyone’s intent to keep it a secret.” Former student body president Hannah Frank ‘13 says she supports Courtesy Ambulance and

Corrections In the Feb, 26 issue of The Denisonian, the article regarding Chelsea Flowers should have said that she is a finalist, and not a winner, of the Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts, presented by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio. The winner among six finalists, from five Ohio colleges, will be announced at a reception on Apr. 3, 2013 at Burton Morgan Center’s Welsh Hills Room. This reception will feature work by each finalist. It is also to be corrected that The Columbus Foundation did not participate in the competition. The Denisonian regards itself as a professional publication and strives for the highest standards of journalism at all times. If there is a mistake, please contact us at so we can correct our error.

believes it will be beneficial for students because the employment of an EMT “reduces inconsistency and inaccuracy in student health evaluation.” “There’s an acute problem we’re trying to address,” says Captain Otter. Otter, a Denison graduate, says this problem is a culture issue at Denison that involves “excessive alcohol consumption and combativeness.” According to Otter, of the 52 alcohol related EMS calls that the fire department has had to respond to at Denison in the 2012-13 school year, “one fifth of those involved a student that either hit or spit on a paramedic.” In the 2010-2011 school year, Denison had 55 alcohol related EMS calls, the highest in the past ten years, and Chief Hussey believes it’s possible that this year the record could be broken. Still, Kennedy believes that Courtesy Ambulance is the best alternative for all parties. She concludes, “Granville’s EMS will be in a better position to meet the medical needs of others in the community. We see this as a win-win.”


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Off the Hill


The Columbus Dispatch Ohio legislators have raised the maximum speed limit on Interstate highways to 70 miles per hour, up from the previous maximum of 65. The new maximum will be applied to rural highways only. The Newark Advocate Basket-making giant Longaberger, Co. was bought out by CVSL Corporation last week, ending several years of financial turmoil for the Newark startup. Longaberger had lost 90 percent of its employees and hundreds of millions of dollars in the last decade.


The Advocate Smith College, an all-female liberal arts school in Northampton, Mass., refused to admit a transgender student because she was not recognized as female in her home state of Connecticut. The Office of Admissions has refunded her fees and triggered national debate. Politico Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) won the straw poll on the 16th at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of important conservative politicians. The win highlights the deep rifts between neoconseratives and libertarians within the GOP. Paul has begun open speculating about a 2016 presidential bid. INTERNATIONAL Al Jazeera Rebel forces have captured Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. President François Bozizé has

Speaker gives GLBTQA perspective on Greek life By Sam Heyman Arts and Life Editor Outlook, Denison’s gay-straight alliance, has been known to bring some noteworthy speakers to campus, particularly during the Spring semester. Shane Windmeyer, the leading author on GLBTQA (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allied) college campus issues who graced campus this past Thursday, Mar. 21, did not disappoint. A collaboration between Outlook and the National Panhellenic Council, Windmeyer’s lecture attracted students from all walks of Denison life, both inside and outside the Greek community. Though the advertisements around campus professed Windmeyer’s talk would be about “Being Gay and Lesbian in Fraternities and Sororities,” the main focus of the lecture was something all members of the Denison community could take to heart: the importance of being an ally to the GLBTQA community, not just in one’s words, but in one’s actions as well. Windmeyer began his talk by addressing the gay teen suicides that took place in the fall of 2010, and used these tragic cases to form a strong argument for why having an “institutional commitment” to

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Peacekeepers. USA Today dan war criminal, turned himself over to the International Criminal Court on

conscription of child soldiers. He faces the maximum charge of the Court: life imprisonment. DCGA Weekly Report

Procedural discussion, press presence concerns By Matthew Pennekamp Staff Writer On Mar. 19, DCGA Senate met to discuss

Shapiro to formalize Senate procedure and institutionalize it for subsequent generations of senators. Due to the fact that senate opera-

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because the people that they get to interact with at events like this are ones that truly want to be there and help students.” Denison’s Career Exploration and Development office provides other opportunities for students to network with alumni and employers throughout the year, like the CareerFest event in Columbus, which connects over 30 Ohio schools with over 100 employers. Exploring online networks such as LinkedIn and DenisonEverywhere is also recommended, but face to face opportunities help students form personal relationships with alumni. “Any opportunity you have to be face to face with an alum or an employer is a very large benefit... It’s very different meeting with somebody face to face, because you’re able to quickly establish a relationship with that person and have a meaningful conversation that isn’t necessarily able to be accomplished via

supporting queer youth is imperative if an academic institution wants to create a campus that is safe and welcoming to prospective GLBTQA students. Both for Denison’s campus and others like it, this means “the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) or GLBTQA student group can’t be the only one’s responsible” for the welfare of the campus’ GLBTQA community. While Denison has staff among its counseling services trained to deal with GLBTQA students, we do not have an Office of GLBT Services, and the language of our non-discrimination clause has yet to be amended to protect students or faculty on grounds of gender identity. As a speaker, Windmeyer was entertaining and well-versed in GLBT history and culture. During an audience participation segment, Windmeyer invited four “straight” members of the audience to participate in a quiz activity to calculate their “Gay Point Average.” Questions in this quiz asked its participants to name the colors in the GLBTQA Flag, the “geometric shape commonly associated with the GLBTQA community,” and gay characters or actors they knew from the media. This part of the event was engaging and provided an informative way for the audience to demonstrate their knowledge of GLBT history and

culture, and learn things they may not have known. Windmeyer spent a relatively small amount of time reflecting about his personal experience as a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity at his university, but what he was able to share was valuable and relatable to a good portion of the audience. Speaking about his struggles to come out as gay to his brothers, Windmeyer addressed the difficulty many people experience during the coming out process, as well as the transformative power of honesty. Windmeyer reminded the audience that “silence speaks louder than words,” and homophobia cannot be addressed if those within the GLBTQA community and allies within the community at large do not speak out in protest in support of their gay brothers and sisters. Overall, the messages Windmeyer left the audience with were hopeful, but with an understanding of some grave realities: homophobia is not just a gay issue; it is a human issue, and it affects a wide spectrum of communities. Denisonian or not, it is important that friends of the GLBTQA community be active and vocal advocates for the cause of human rights, and human emotional security, no matter what their affiliation may be.

email or LinkedIn,” Collingwood said. First Look hosted 46 students, 30 of whom were seniors. Just under 60 students attended last year’s inaugural event, but Collingwood attributes the decrease to the timing of the event, directly before spring break. Students from all graduating classes attended, and found it useful. Randolph said, “I was one of three first year students on the trip, so I think I got something a little bit different out of it compared to the older students... I did get a solid stack of business cards, and a few contacts in Chicago, which in the networking world means something more than just some pieces of papers with names. What I got out of First Look more than anything was a lot of information and experience, so theoretically next time I’m in that kind of environment, I’ll be more at ease and better prepared.” But some employers prefer younger applicants, according to Collingwood. “They bring a sophomore on for an internship or for some sort of position, and then work

with that person over a couple years, really getting them up to speed with what the organization is about, and maybe offering them some training.” Next year’s event may take place late in the fall semester, to more closely align with employers’ summer recruitment schedules. “If an employer has already done all their hiring for interns come March, it would make better sense for us to try to link up with those employers sooner in the year, so they could put a face to the applicant who is expressing interest in the internship or job,” Collingwood said. Though this year’s participation was down, it proved a great experience for students who attended. Randolph said, “ I saw a lot of a city I’d only been to once before, I met successful, interesting people, and I got experience that should hopefully pay off in the future. I would recommend the experience to other students, as something to try at least once.”

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was considered an important undertaking in order to ground the DCGA with the sense

from the procedural rules that have been understood as a fait accompli. However, a small point of contention regarded the presence of outside observers (including the representative of this publication, in the interest of full disclosure) during debates. While some senators are pleased turned onto the important deliberations being forged within the DCGA, others feel that the intimate environment of Denison, a school

would thus like to see a distinction drawn beregarding the nominations of candidates for positive attributes as well as concerns.

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The hyponotist Dale K brought to Denison’s campus by University Programming Council (UPC) commanded the partipants to imagine having a balloon tied to their right hand, and something heavy to the other hand.


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Editor’s Corner >>


Class registration: Make good decisions and claim your education

By Ruby Montes de Oca Editor-in-Chief As soon as we received the 2013 Fall schedule book last week, I had a sudden realization: my senior year is just around the corner. After the numerous all-nighters I have under my belt, I can honestly say that I am looking forward to graduation. By the same token, I am deeply saddened. Of course, the relationships I have formed here on the Hill are one of the biggest reasons I am not completely

ready to leave. But the main reason I am saddened is because there are so many courses I still want to take here at Denison, but can no longer fit in my schedule in my remaining two semesters. I can still remember my first semester as a freshmen year. I did not have the best advisor and ended up taking a combination of courses which I thought would be fun, like, Computer Science and French. To a certain extent I enjoyed those classes, but taking Computer Science and French at the same time was not a good mix, since both classes are very time consuming. It was a rough semester to say the least. I did not learn from my mistakes going into the second semester I thought that taking some upper-level classes that met only on Tuesdays and Thursdays would give me an amazing, relaxing semester. That experience ended


up being the complete opposite. I can recall having to work ten times harder to make sure that I stayed on track with my classes. Going into Sophomore year, I took courses that were relatively easier (which I think that there is no easy class at Denison). I had a more balanced schedule, but I did not feel as challenged as I could have been. I could have technically taken more challenging classes to fulfill the same requirements, but I was traumatized by the workload that I had Freshman year that I prefered to take classes that I knew would essentially demand a little less from me. Reflecting on my own experience and observing the decision making process that some of my friends constantly undertake to choose their classes , I am worried that many students on campus choose classes that will help them get through college instead of claiming their

education. I am not a perfect student by any means, but I believe that if we truly want to claim our education, we have to take those courses that will challenge us in ways that we never thought we could be challenged. When I say challenging courses, I do not mean taking a 300-level course in Biology when you are already a Biology major. Yes, those classes are still important, but it is also important to take those classes that will challenge your ideology. Registering in those challenging courses is not enough; to truly take away something from the class we all need to immerse ourselves with the material. With that said, remember to choose a balanced schedule to stay sane without sacrificing the challenging classes. If not, what is the point of investing $54,670 in a liberal arts education?


New Pope’s humility is refreshing

Rising college costs are everyone’s fault

By Kristof Oltvai Features Editor

By Curtis Edmonds Forum Editor

Being at the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. when the Habemus was announced was an extremely humbling experience. Surrounded by the priests, nuns, and brothers of the Church, alongside several fellow tourists, the air in the room grew dense with excitement as the newly elected Pope Francis stepped out onto that Vatican balcony for the first time. Many of us in the room kneeled. When we were greeted by a simple, “Buena sera,” or “Good evening,” however, I think we all realized that the Vicar of Christ may now be just as meek as his flock. The remainder of the Urbi et Orbi blessing, not to mention events of the fortnight since, have only confirmed Pope Francis’s radically unassuming style. Shunning the so-called “Popemobile,” conversational formalities such as the “Holy Father” title, and other traditions meant to honor the pontiff ’s position, it is clear that Francis

truly means to live by his job description, “Servant of the Servants of God.” His very name recalls Saint Francis of Assisi, the son of a nobleman who denied his inheritance to live a life of poverty and service. Such a change of attitude is desperately needed by an inflated and bickering Curia, where politics have supposedly taken the front seat after many years of scandal, as embodied by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and other papal lackeys with heavyhanded approaches. Emeritus Benedict, an introspective scholar by nature and possessive of an obviously profoundly personal faith, had trouble coming off as accessible to the faithful. But in Francis, we will likely see a “people’s pope.” He faces many hurdles, however, at the outset. Foremost will be the need to assert his independence from Benedict. Although the two popes lunched at Castel Gondolfo on the 23rd of this month making that “a thing” would only hurt Francis. Continued on page 7

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Nearly everyone on campus is excited with the prospect of replacing Sodexo with a better food service provider. But few are talking about the very real possibility that along with a perpetually rising tuition, we are facing potential rises in the cost of our meal plans. We are all to blame in the rise of college costs - the government, the students, our parents, college administrations, and last, but certainly not least, the U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” rankings. The fact of the matter is, this is not a recent problem; college costs have been rising since the early 1980’s at more than twice the rate of inflation, according to Steve Odland at Forbes Magazine. A college education is supposed to be the great equalizer in America. It doesn’t matter if your black or white, rich or poor - higher education is supposed to guarantee a better life. But with college tuition across the country rising rapidly, who will be left out? It won’t be the son of a Connecticut doctor. It will be the minorities and the poor, as education attainment becomes more unattainable, and the wealth gap grows so wide that it makes the Grand Canyon look like a crack in the earth. While universities can boast about meeting financial aid and sympathizing with students, they are at the heart of the problem. According to Forbes, administrative expenses “have risen 61%” since 1985 while instruction expenses rose nearly 40%. In short, professors and administrators are getting paid more. Furthermore, merit aid in the form of full and half tuition scholarships has been a tool in attracting bright students that couldn’t afford Dartmouth to

attend schools like Denison, but when it becomes clear that these scholarships are costly and that fundraising can’t even begin to put a dent in the deficit, what is the solution? Raise tuition and let the scholarships stagnate, leaving students who once bragged about the “perfect” financial aid package to exhaust work study programs and take out more loans. Students and their families don’t help the situation either. We want - no, we demand - Olympic-sized swimming pools, upscale living arrangements, and gourmet dining. Trouble is, all of these things cost money. And of course, if a school doesn’t have these things, they recieve less applications, have to accept more students, and the lack of “selectivity” pushes them down the U.S. News and World Report ranking. When the magazine produced its first “Best Colleges” list in the 1980’s their intent was pure: to help people navigate the college process. Now, its become convoluted and downright satanic, as schools are disturbingly willing to spare no expense to crack the top 50, or 30, or 10. Jordan Weissmann at The Atlantic points out that we have the money - and we’re already spending it - to make college free. Public univiersities charged students a combined $60 billion last school year, and the government already spends nearly $80 billion on higher education (excluding loans) in the form of tax breaks and Pell Grants. But in the U.S., free public university will never happen. Its too European, and too socialist for the rugged individualism of the United States. Just like many of you, I will be keeping my fingers crossed when financial aid awards are revealed. For some students, every dollar makes the difference between whether or not they will be here in the fall.




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Kennedy: A new route to strengthen Medical Amnesty at Denison By Laurel Kennedy Vice President of Student Development “The Medical Amnesty policy is vital to the health of our campus and keeping people safe because without it there will be accidents because of the desire to not get the person in trouble.” Those words were written by a student who had experienced medical amnesty. This policy has had both the direct effects this student described and the indirect impact of increasing the likelihood of seeking help as a matter of human kindness. But until this January, we didn’t fully realize the policy’s impact. Last fall we engaged in many conversations about alcohol use, focusing on fluctuations over the last three years. It turns out, though, that the most pertinent increase was not in the years we were looking at. It was one year earlier. In the fall of 2010, 29 students were transported to the ER. We’ve talked a lot about that number—is it high, is it normal for a school like ours, etc. That number dropped slightly in the Fall of 2011, and rose last fall. That’s not news. But this is: In the fall of 2009, a total of four Denison students were transported to LMH for alcohol impairment. And that was not an anomalous year. Prior years had similarly

low numbers. What happened to change those numbers so dramatically? The medical amnesty (MA) policy was implemented in the spring of 2010. The jump from four to 29 is staggering by any measure, but especially when we think about the whiplash effect for those who were suddenly responding to campus emergencies at seven times the prior year’s rate. The fact that local authorities didn’t object to the demand on community resources much earlier than they did is a credit to their professional ethic of care. ONE MEASURE TO CONSIDER: The increase underscores the anxiety that likely existed among students beforehand. Those who were uncertain about whether to call now found it easier to do so. Maybe not all those who received medical intervention needed it, but students no longer had to be the arbiter of that decision. The lowered threshold for intervention yielded twice as many calls, but every call represented a student we care about. A second metric to consider is that students’ calls come early enough, in medical terms, that the response is usually moderate. Three-quarters of students are taken to Whisler to be monitored. Once clearly stable, they return to their halls. Similarly, those

Supreme Court enters culture war with same-sex marriage Today and tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments that could determine the fate of marriage in the United States. Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the voterapproved referendum which revoked the right for California’s same-sex couples to marry, will be heard today. Tomorrow, the Court hears U.S. v. Windsor, which interrogates the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a law that limits the federal government’s recognition of marriage to heterosexual couples for the purpose of issuing federal marriage benefits. The United States’ founding document is silent on the issue of marriage, and therefore, according to the Tenth Amendment, is an issue that should be left to the states—the people—to decide. But the Court has named marriage a “fundamental right,” a right that is “of the very essence of ascheme of ordered liberty” (Palko v. Connecticut). The Supreme Court will consider the tension between both of these ideas this week. Proposition 8 has been overturned twice— once at the federal district court level and later by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The 9th Circuit made its decision on the narrow grounds that California had granted a right and then taken it away. We hope that the Supreme Court concurs with this ruling so as to limit its role in the culture war. In contrast, for the Court to rule that all laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitutional requires that the Court answer such unsettled questions as whether homosexuals are a suspect class—whether they demand special protections because they share immutable characteristics of traditionally

Technician (EMT) has joined our weekend Security and Whisler staff mix. The EMT responds to alcohol concerns and makes a professional determination about students’ condition. Having an EMT on staff permits faster assessment than we currently have. If the EMT says the issue is a critical emergency or if the student is combative, we’ll call the Granville squad with the same timeliness that we now do. If the student should go to Whisler, Security will drive the student, as now happens. If the EMT determines that student is not critical but should still go to the ER, the transport will be provided by a local ambulance company that we have worked with for years. Should students do something differently to get help now? No--do just what you have always done: call Security, call your RA. The change is at the response end. Learning about the resource costs of our medical amnesty policy does not diminish our commitment to it. On the contrary, it persuades us of how important the policy is to campus safety, whatever adjustments our research elicits. But we also want to be responsible stewards of resources. Solving this problem has provided an opportunity to act in clear alignment with goals that we all share: prioritizing student safety while being good neighbors.

Letter to the Editor


By Nick Ingram and Katie McCann Special to The Denisonian

transported to LMH virtually always return to campus after a few hours of receiving fluids and anti-nausea medication. A third evaluative metric is what students who have received MA have to say. Over three-quarters reported in a follow-up survey that MA allowed them to be receptive to alcohol education and to learn critical information about alcohol. Their claim that they’d be less likely to consume in an unsafe way again is confirmed by the data: a tiny minority have subsequent alcohol violations. Our campus has made solid strides this year regarding alcohol. The “No Regrets” campaign has been well-received. Asking party hosts to be responsible for the wellbeing of their guests has pre-empted problems, largely because those hosts have worked in good faith to resolve early kinks in the policy. The good work of the Ad Hoc Committee on Alcohol & Its Effects may yield ideas as well. But we’re not going to solve everything overnight and appreciate that we must address the community resource question. Recognizing the MA policy’s impact on local resources, is there a way to sustain our low threshold of intervention and high standard of care and reduce the burden on local EMS resources? We think we can, by improving our campus medical response. An Emergency Medical

disadvantaged groups like women and racial minorities—questions we believe the Court, society and science, is not ready to answer. Some may say that Perry is comparable to Loving v. Virginia (1967) and Lawrence v. Texas (2003), but we believe otherwise. Loving indeed dealt with the immutable characteristic of race. But neither it, nor Lawrence, is analogous to Perry because both dealt with criminal statutes. In Loving, the Court ruled that the criminalization of interracial marriage violated the Constitution’s equal protection clause, whereas in Lawrence, the Court found that the criminalization of sexual conduct between persons of the same sex violated the Due Process Clause. Proposition 8 criminalizes nothing. But where does this leave DOMA? Decisions on marriage law may be reserved for the states, but DOMA is a federal law and therefore does not fall under Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection jurisdiction. In essence, DOMA permits states not to recognize legal same-sex marriages of other states. This differs substantially from those national laws that prohibit states from making specific laws. Yet U.S. v. Windsor deals with the second issue of the law: Section 3, which defines marriage as the “legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.” The law also defines “spouse” as “a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.” We are of the belief that Congress has overstepped its bounds in defining what marriage means. However, in Windsor, the Court is considering denied federal benefits to an otherwiselegally married couple. The federal government is not denying rights. Although we would preferthat Congress not narrowly define marriage, we recognize Congress’s need to do so for federal purposes.

Dear Editor, I wish to comment on the article that you wrote entitled, “Not everyone is sad about the fraternity purge”. I found what you wrote to be somewhat one sided, so I felt that I should do the correct liberal arts thing and show you the other side of the argument. A person’s identity is made up of a myriad attributes, not solely what “frat” they might be in. Of course, the fraternity with which they are associated is a part of that identity, so why not identify someone by that? It’s the same as saying, “Do you know _____? You know, the baseball player” or “Do you know _____? You know, the pianist.” As far as friendships go between those involved with Greek life and those not, I understand that they are not the same after bid day. This is because of many factors (pledging, chapter meetings, parties, etc.), but it is not impossible. What I have found is that my good friends are the ones who have pledged with me. I even have friends who are pledging different fraternities, and those who are not associated at all. In relation to what was mentioned about our collective identity as Denisonians, I agree that it is lacking, but I don’t agree about the reasons. Each fraternity and sorority is a different chapter, specific to Denison University. We are proud to be a part of a school

that allows us to forge brotherhoods and sisterhoods that last lifetimes. Have you ever gone to a sporting event? Now there is a place for us to unite as Denisonians. Root for the men and women of our school who work hard everyday to bring glory to the Big Red. I applaud you for acknowledging what the Greek system does right, but I would expect nothing less from an intelligent student accepted by Denison. Which brings me to another point. Denison is a prestigious institution regardless of whether we have Greek life or not. No one comes to Denison solely in the hopes of getting a bid from a fraternity or sorority. At the end of this all, it seems to me that what you are most concerned about are for people to cross the line between Greek and non-Greek. If Greek life is stricken from this campus, it will only make the line an impassible gap. Those in the Greek system will feel slighted, trying even harder to make the distinction between their once recognized fraternity and others. To get rid of fraternities all together is not the answer. The answer lies somewhere in the middle, where these two reluctant sides have not seemed to venture yet. Sincerely, Christian Miranda


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Denison's Habitat for Humanity works to affect worldwide change By Emily Boccardi Special to The Denisonian Early every Saturday morning, the volunteers of the Habitat for Humanity program at Denison University take a 20-minute ride to houses in nearby Newark or another community in central Ohio. With smiles on their faces, the volunteers anticipate the intense work they are about to do. But they love every second of it. Working on run-down houses that are tattered and torn, or building a house from the ground up, these volunteers are dedicated to the work they do. They enjoy helping the less-fortunate, especially in an area located so close to Denison, their home away from home. The Habitat for Humanity chapter at Denison works with the international organization and the Greater Columbus Area affiliate in its mission to reduce homelessness in the world and to provide decent shelter for low-income families. At Denison, Habitat is run by an executive board consisting of a President; Vice President; and Local Build, Winter Break, Public Relations, and Fundraising Chairs. The Habitat program at Denison does volunteer work locally in the surrounding areas of Newark and have also traveled to Rocky Mount, N.C., and Birmingham, Ala. They are working toward alleviating poverty in these areas. According to the United States Census Bureau, 20.4 percent of people are living below the poverty line in Newark, where the population is 47,790, compared to 14.2 percent of people living below the poverty in the state of Ohio (pop.: 11.5 million). Tori Couch ‘13, President of Habitat for Humanity during 2012, a biology major and philosophy minor from Singapore, has been involved with the organization since she was in the 7th grade, including all four of her years here at Denison. When she arrived as a first-year, Denison’s Habitat program did not have a

Fundraising Chair, and Couch was able to quickly assume the position. As Fundraising Chair, she organized the fundraisers for their longer volunteer trips. She was recently succeeded by her younger sister, Alex Couch ‘15. As a sophomore, the elder Couch assumed the post of Local Build Chair and coordinated all local volunteer opportunities. She was elected President of Habitat for her junior and senior years. “I kind of do a little bit of everyone’s job,” says Couch. She fills in whenever she can and tries to help out whenever another member of the board needs it. She also organizes communication with the affiliate that the Habitat program at Denison works with, the Greater Columbus Area affiliate. Couch contacts the Habitat headquarters, Habitat International, and works on the regular everyday campus activities and events that the Denison chapter of Habitat holds. Vice President Stetson Thacker ‘14, a biology and English doublemajor and chemistry minor from Cleveland, steps in to take over executive responsibilities in Couch’s absence. “My responsibilities include assuming the responsibilities of the president when she is not present, managing the finances of the organization, and supervising other executive board members to ensure they are completing their duties,” says Thacker on his role. Thacker has been part of Habitat since he was a freshman. “Habitat is a great way to contribute productively to both my own learning in construction, organization, and leadership skills and to the wellbeing of others by building homes with them,” he says. The volunteers at Denison’s Habitat program do volunteer work locally and in other cities such as Rocky Mount, N.C., and Birmingham, Ala. Katerina Tijerina ‘13, an English-literature major and music performance minor from Beloit, Wis., coordinated local trips as 2012’s Local Build Chair. She was succeeded recently

In March 2011, the group had being strained financially,” Clark by Raymond Tinglin ‘16. the opportunity to travel to El said. During the current aca“I am in charge of setting up all Salvador over spring break, the demic year, Clark planned several of the volunteering opportunities only time the project has received between the affiliates and students events to boost the travel budget. enough funding to travel internaThe money the group raised on campus,” Tijerina said. She tionally. During these trips, they from a Halloween candy sale, is in direct contact with the local affiliates that provide building for example, was to fund some stay for the week and do as many and volunteering opportunities to of their winter trip this semester. service projects as they can. No matter the location, the volClark is also organizing a larger Denison’s chapter. unteer group works to fix up housinitiative called “Shack Week, ” The Denison volunteers offer up their Saturdays to complete their when students will create a team es. “Whatever they need, we’ll help volunteer work. “We have done for $15 and then make a house out with that,” says Couch. One of the a lot of work in the Newark area of cardboard on A Quad. “The subtler goals of Habitat is getting and the houses we build are often teams will be judged at the end involved with the families the stuthe nicest houses in the areas... of the week for creativity, durabil- dents volunteer for. “The reacwe do a modest job,” says Thack- ity, and other attributes,” she says. tions of house owners...are ones of er. The groups makes an effort to The group also planned a carna- appreciation. The people that we help are some of the nicest people volunteer every other weekend, if tion sale for Valentine’s Day. you will meet, and they truly beWith the money they have not every weekend. “We usually lieve in Habitat as well,” says Clark. raised, the Habitat program at volunteer every weekend, as long When the members arrive to as there’s a build available for us Denison has been able to travel to the houses, they are always excited Rocky Mount, N.C., and Birmingto help with,” says Couch. There to learn how to build new things ham, Ala., over winter breaks. are also some trips during weekDeniz Aydogan ‘14, an eco- because they know that the work nights. nomics and cinema major from they are doing will improve not The program formally involves Cincinnati, facilitates these winter only an individual’s house, but 50-70 students, but the number of people who volunteer more often break trips as Winter Break Chair. their overall quality of life. Members of the group’s leaderranges from 20 to 30. “Of those 50 “My position helps provide the opship affirm the existential imporportunity for Habitat at Denison to 70 people, probably 30 of them tance of their work. Says Clark, to do their volunteer work across only volunteer, so we have a group of 20 to 30 people that volunteer the nation, instead of being lim- “Everyone needs to care about pretty regularly and they’ll switch ited to our area near Denison,” he Habitat because it puts your daily out every other weekend,” says explains. Aydogan has been suc- problems in perspective. It is simceeded by Marlen Ortiz ‘16 and ply a positive force in the uniCouch. verse.” The program also finds volun- Ra’Jene Martin ‘16. teers within some of the larger groups on campus, such as fraternities and sports teams. “They volunteer once as a big group, as opposed to our regular volunteering group,” Couch explains. For the winter trips, the limit is 24 volunteers. Couch claims this number is typically between 16 and 24. Over winter break and spring break, the program travels to other states to perform Habitat work. The Fundraising Chair, Lindsey Clark ‘15, an English and economics major from Rye, N.Y., is responsible for managing all of fundraisers. Clark has been involved with Habitat since her freshman year. These fundraisers help fund the volunteers’ travel. “My position is important because it funds the winter break Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity trip and allows Habitat to do This year's winter break trip took Habitaters to Birmingham, where 24.7 whatever it would like without percent live under the poverty line according to 2010 census data.

Posse Scholars strive to promote multiculturalism, humanize cam By Caroline McCauley Staff Writer The idea of having a posse to lean on to affect great change is the backbone to education leader Deborah Bial’s Posse Foundation. Bial, who earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in education with concentration in higher education administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University, was struck when she overheard a student comment, “I never would have dropped out of college if I had my posse with me.” Bial’s creation of the Posse Foundation sprung from the concept of capitalizing on the power and potential of a posse of academic leaders to be instrumental in individual and community development on college campuses nationwide. The con-

ception of the Posse Foundation was crystallized in 1989, as it became a nonprofit foundation renown as one of the most comprehensive youth leadership development programs in the United States. Sindy O. Pimentel ‘15, a Posse Scholar from Boston, Mass., sheds light on the process behind the scholarship. Nominated by her guidance counselor based on her leadership, service, and academics, she recounts her first experience with Posse as “really random,” as the first round consisted of games and activities meant to engage candidates’ leadership skills. After this round, a series of interviews with Posse administrators and Denison faculty narrowed the field and secured Sindy the scholarship. The success of Posse is grounded in that it groups scholarship recipients into multicultural groups of 10 and sends them to

colleges as a group after a rigorous training process. The Foundation claims these Posses are undoubtedly effective as they meet and surpass their expectations of evoking change and being a positive, dynamic force on campuses. High-ups believe this mission is working; President Obama donated a portion of the $1.4 million he received from the Nobel Prize and included the foundation on his list of top ten national nonprofits. The organization has recruited 4,237 public high school students, according to its website. Pimentel agrees that having a group of fellow scholars to lean on was crucial to her success on the Hill, calling the Foundation’s ability to match personality types “uncanny. The Posse Foundation essential[ly] created a small family on campus for me,” she continues.

She stresses, however, that she quickly branched out beyond the circle, something that the organization invests heavily in. Pimentel herself would go on to serve as a DCGA Senator for La Fuerza Latina, and found her own club, Multicultural Dance Collaborative, to encourage campus diversity through dance. Seventy percent of Posse scholars have founded a new Denison student organization. In her own words, “Students in Posse are all over the place.” The Posse Foundation’s training for its scholars continues throughout the Posse’s student’s college experience. Having the Posse Scholars, university and college administrators, and the general student body work together to make their campuses more interactive, is one of the primary social goals of the Foundation. Throughout their academic career, the Pos-

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An inside look into the DCGA budgeting process By Jessie Mack Managing Editor The Denison Campus Government Association (DCGA) consists of four standing committees including Rules, Policy, Public Relations and Finance. Many of the student organizations have most of their their communication with DCGA during the budgeting season, which takes place the spring semester of each academic year. The Finance committee is comprised of seven to eight senators with the addition of the chair of the committee. The budgeting process is both hectic and time consuming on both the student organizations and the finance committee. “I liked that they had an informational meeting. As a new treasurer, with only limited experiences and treasurer mentoring from a previous position, I was still very confused about all of the intricate details that organizations have to adhere to. I do think the process is fair because it is the treasurer’s job to look into every detail, I do find it interesting that, if organizations don't get their budget information on time though they are in a strange situation for the semester,” said Sindy Pimentel ’15 from Boston, Mass. The budgeting process begins with the Finance committee conducting President/Treasurer bud-

geting meetings to give organization leaders a presentation to educate new leaders of the process and update them on any new changes to the finance guidelines. The treasurer manual and forms are also emailed the leaders. After organizations research items and complete the planning for future expenses, the budgets are submitted to the finance chair, who is then has the responsibility of presenting each organization’s budget request to the committee members. “When reviewing proposals within an organization’s budget, the committee takes into account how detailed and well-thought-out the plans are for the requested funds,” said junior Kiara Sims, sociology/anthropology major and finance committee member. For many years, students have been charged a student activity fee that is automatically transferred to the DCGA account to be distributed to student organizations during the allocation process. For those unutilized funds that are returned to the DCGA at the end of every school year, the money is placed in the reserve account. The reserve account consists of years of student activities fees that returned to the DCGA unused for a variety of reasons. The reserve fund is estimated to be $700,000. “The ac-

cumulated reserve funds are from former students fees, and my responsibility is to protect those funds.” The committee has several ways of seeing if organization use their funding, such as not seeing events take place during the semester and checking the DCGA account with the Controllers Office. “But you have to take into consideration that there are large events getting ready to occur as well,” said Stetson Thacker, junior and finance committee chair. Students express their concerns with the budgeting process. “I don’t agree with having other students being the sole deciders of funding if the students don’t attend an organization’s meetings, it’s hard for the finance committee to decide what that they should get. How do you know what they need? Organizations put hard work into their budgets. I feel there should be a faculty or adult supervisor when budgets are being reviewed and considered,” said Robert Barry, senior black studies major and education minor. In the past, the DCGA advisor has supervised the allocation process, not giving input but current advisors Dean of students, Bill Fox and Political Science professor, Michael Brady neither supervise nor give input. However, the advisors no longer attend the finance meetings but are

contacted if the committee does not know what action to take for a particular situation. Thacker says, “The committee has some community representation, which assists with some of our questions and decision.” Sims adds, “When the committee is not knowledgeable about the organization or a proposed event, we try our best to gather information before deciding how much money will be allocated.” Last fiscal year, the finance committee overallocated to organizations with the goal of using all of the funds received through student activities fees. The committee and DCGA do not have the ability to allocate any money from the reserve account to organizations without the approval of the student senate. Those funds, however, can be accessed for capital purchases, which allows organizations to submit budgets for an item that will last for at least five years and seen as an investment. In fall 2011, there was a capital purchase drive and there will possibly be another drive based on unused funds. This year, according to Thacker, the Finance Committee will allocate $1.2 million to student organizations for the next fiscal year. "The budgeting process with the DCGA is a very strenuous one. My

organization, Students of Caribbean Ancestry of which I am the current President, usually has issues with our budget because we are considered to be a subset of the Black Student Union (BSU), although we are a completely different organization with our own constitution and principles. Grouping us with the BSU usually prevents the finance committee from funding some of the events we consider to be important because they do not understand the relevance of separating ourselves from the BSU,” said Shakia Asamoah, junior biology and women’s studies double major of Worcester, Mass. The committee has begun reviewing budgets and the projected publish timeframe for budget recommendations are the end of this week and no later than the first week in April. The budgets will possibly be published to OrgSync rather than Blackboard. Students who sit on the finance committee spend about one to two hours a day reviewing organization budget. “Because there are a selected few that sit on the finance committee, an issue might arise where a student isn’t knowledgeable, or there isn’t enough community representation, I think there should be an outlet where the committee can be more effective and have opportunities to learn more about each organization,” said Sims.

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Second, he needs to come clean regarding involvement in the Argentine government’s persecution of priests while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. There is no doubt that a contingent of muckrakers are riding across Las Pampas at this very moment; Francis should preempt any revelation about his past that would cast him in a negative light. Third, Francis needs to draw focus away from Benedict’s interest in complex theological arguments about issues like gay marriage and abortion, and continue to pursue his interest in the social service of the Church.

In the sense that he present Catholicism with an opportunity to redefine itself at such a critical moment, Francis is a “pope of hope.” Although he’s quite old and conservative, if he suddenly started going against the grain, it wouldn’t be the first time: Blessed John XXIII, elected as a “safe choice,” turned the Catholic Church on its head by convoking the Second Vatican Council in 1962. Similarly, I pray Pope Francis will bring the Church further into the contemporary era by addressing priestly celibacy and looking at intracurial reform.

mpus through organizations se students meet with university chancellors, presidents, provosts, and deans to critically discuss campus-wide issues. These issues are brought to a fore at the “Posse Plus Retreat,” attended by Posse scholars, administrators, and faculty members. Each Posse scholar also has the option of bringing a non-Posse friend. Erik S. Farley ‘03, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs, attends the retreat every year. “The Posse Plus Retreat provides an off-campus opportunity in a safe environment to further talk about current issues,” he explains. The theme of this year’s retreat, for example, was entitled “What’s Your Worth?: Class, Power, and Privilege in America.”

Farley says that the Posse program has a positive humanizing effect on campus. By engaging in cross-cultural ecumenism and student development, Posse brings attention to issues Denison has historically had difficulty with. “Posse students raise questions in class about what society should be or could be,” Farley says, adding that Posse scholars “add to a more fruitful dialogue” in the classroom through “distinct lived experiences.” He also notes that Posse Scholars help faculty develop a “very intentional, holistic way of teaching and advising actually realize that their students have emotions, feelings, and values as human beings.”

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Women’s Performance Group: “Positively harrowing” fun

By Victoria Newman Special to the Denisonian

Always unconventional, and at times disconcerting, the Women’s Performance Group is an experimental theatre outlet, “pushing boundaries and exploring issues that matter to us in some way.” At this semester’s performance, pushing boundaries is just what they did. When you’re in the audience at a WPG show, be prepared for the nontraditional. It is nearly impossible (and unadvisable) to sit back and relax, spending the next hour in observation mode. This is a performance that requires its audience to gasp, laugh, and engage with what is happening before them. This year, they opened the show with five performers shaving their legs, accompanied by a jazzy tune. The evening began there, and spiraled through a rollercoaster of humor, drama, and storytelling before ending with a random dance party. For pieces like “Leg Shaving,” the audience felt free to laugh at the simple, familiar action and the performers responded to their audience accordingly. At other times, the audience was less certain of what was happening on stage. Rather than sit in silent confusion, there was chatter and questions--participation, not observation. A wide spectrum of genres and subject matter was portrayed throughout the evening, with a varying degree of reception from the audience. “We Can’t Dance” and “A Gendered Look” garnered some laughs, but were intimate in that there was something much more serious underneath. “You Can’t Talk Me Down From This Decline” was positively harrowing, and the emotional climax of the night. The final piece of the evening, “Chin Hairs” was an audience favorite. While this

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piece is certainly one of the most humorous and strange, it carries a deeper message about body image. The writer and director of “Chin Hairs,” Emma Skorepa, said that the scene was based on a personal story. The scene’s theme is physical insecurity and the characters are--you guessed it--chin hairs. At the end, the Black Hair insists, “I will never leave you.” This reminder encourages acceptance of the body, and as Skorepa says, “Maybe I’ll just accept that I have hairs on my chin.” “I’ve never been so emotionally affected by chin hairs before,” said Caroline Clutterbuck, an audience member. As for the actual production design, the

performance was staged in the Black Box, and it is hard to imagine any other setting serving the purposes of the group better. There is no gap between the performer and the audience member; they can get up close and personal, and sometimes they do. There is something aesthetically pleasing with the sparse stage that makes use of only the most basic of set pieces--a table here or a white sheet there. The focus is on the performer, and on the story they are telling. In truth, what Women’s gave its audience was not a play, or even a performance -- it was a collection of stories. Despite the strength of the performances, there was something that did not quite settle at the evening’s end. One after anoth-

er, issues were thrown onto the table, but at no point was a remedy offered. Scenes that struck a dissonant chord with their content did not do much in terms of resolution. Perhaps this was the intention; it is the job of the Women’s Performance Group to speak, but it is our job to act. Awareness is only the first step in resolving a problem. The audience left the performance with an armful of voices and stories and it is up to them to do something about it. The line between theatre and activism has been drawn, and Women’s Performance Group seems comfortable where most of us are uncomfortable--standing with one foot firmly on both sides of that line.

Kwame Dawes: the poet’s power of language By Sam Taggart Arts and Life Editor With a soothing voice and an undeniable charisma, poet Kwame Dawes used his warm, easy-going presence to share a selection of his works on Thursday Mar. 21 in the Barney-Davis Hall Board Room. In front of a crowded room of students, teachers, and Granville residents, English professor David Baker introduced the night’s guest speaker as a close friend, and an author and poet with the ability to capture the “personal, cultural, and natural history of a place” in his words. Baker, noting Dawes as one of the most prolific modern-day Caribbean-rooted writers, continued his opening, explaining that his pieces are “lyrically rich but propelled by a narrative force” with an effect similar to that of Bob Marley and his powerful, personal, yet universally relatable song lyrics. Dawes, born in Ghana in 1962, was raised in Jamaica, and his Rastafarian roots were evident as he presented with his gently accented speech and an experienced demeanor. He has published sixteen collections of poetry, as well as numerous fiction and non-fiction pieces, and multiple acclaimed dramas. He has traveled to Ethiopia under commission by the British Broadcasting Company, visited Haiti multiple times since the devastation of the 2010 earthquake, and read his poetry in cities across the United States. Using a reggae-influenced, musical prose style, Dawes adds each worldly experience to the self-proclaimed “cesspool” that is his artis-

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tic intellect. He later joked that it is by “some alchemy that this cesspool is turned into gold” – a true poet downplaying such an inherent ability. When Dawes took the podium on Mar. 21, standing with a relaxed confidence, the audience was silent and captivated by his presence. He wore thin-rimmed glasses and a dark, long-sleeved shirt complemented by scruffy facial hair and a charming smile, and began by saying humorously, “I’m going to read some poems. I thought that would be a good idea”. Choosing a selection of poems from various collections of his published material, Dawes wanted to give the audience a broad mixture of his subjects and styles. His first poem, “Sweet Old Woman,” was –

as Dawes noted – “a funny way to start,” as it tells the story of a “loose” woman in search of love in the streets of Kingston. Followed by the more serious, “How to Pick a Hanging Tree,” the audience was enlightened to a much heavier facet of Dawes’ poetry: a side that explores the horrifying racist tendencies seen on the plantations of South Carolina in the 1800s. His third piece, “African Postman,” was inspired by a trip to Ethiopia and was the night’s most powerful, emphatic narrative, ending in a lulling, lyrical African chant performed by the poet. Dawes draws inspiration from all aspects of his life, using music, literature, and experience to keep his creativity bubbling. His fourth poem used friendships made in

Haiti during his recurring visits to the country, and after presenting his fifth piece, “The Visitor,” a thought-provoking narrative influenced by Gabriel García Márquez’s profound short story, “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings,” the presentation took a lighthearted turn where Dawes’ humor – and romantic insights – made the audience appreciate his presence on an increasingly personal level. Using poetry as an excuse to woo his wife, Dawes shared a piece he wrote for the couple’s 14th wedding anniversary, before ending the reading with two of his newest works. Providing a lengthy disclaimer for his love poem, Dawes advised that “nostalgia is cool,” and encouraged the audience to not be afraid to say the word “love,” but to “say it gently, and to not overuse it, because then she might think you’re rubbing it too much, and that’s never good!” Ensuing laughter resonated throughout the room. Dawes concluded his reading with a poignant piece entitled, “Sketch,” a precise, romanticized description of drawing a charcoal outline of a lover. After speaking the final words and allowing for a final silence, applause filled the Board Room in Barney-Davis Hall. Clapping along with the audience with an evident smile, Dawes once again proved that his poetry was meant to be shared. In Kwame Dawes’ words, the poet is someone who “surprises us” and who makes the reader see something old in a original way: “It is the poet’s responsibility to reveal deeply personal problems, in a sort of public confession – like the lyrics in a Bob Marley song”. This past Thursday, Kwame Dawes did just that.

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Justin Timberlake brings sexy back with new album, 20/20 Experience

By Tristan Eden Arts and Life Editor Emeritus

It’s been seven years since Justin Timberlake released his flawless FutureSex/ LoveSounds album. When it came out, led by the sputtering, jerky single “SexyBack,” the album sounded like nothing we had ever heard before. It was futuristic but in a realistic, forward thinking way. The bangers and hooks came often and were always huge. The new record, The 20/20 Experience, is nothing like FutureSex/LoveSounds. In fact, it might be better. It is low-key, but in the biggest way possible. It is less futuristic but more timeless, deftly incorporating the best elements from the last forty years of pop history into its modern and comfy whole. The come-ons and club bangers of FutureSex/LoveSounds have been replaced with an impossibly dense and beautiful set of anthems infused with

a love so goofy it’s sincere. The feel of The 20/20 Experience is comfortable and luxurious in a well-articulated way; nothing is rushed and everything is smooth. Most of the songs are over seven minutes and three are just over eight. Do not be alarmed or think this is somehow too much of a commitment. The smoothness and addictive subtly of the vocals and production makes eight minutes feel like two. These songs couldn’t be any shorter, and the roomy runtimes mean each track’s groove fully settles into itself. Without trying, you get lost in a moment, lost in a song, then, when you finally look around, you realize you’re lost in the huge nighttime seascape of the whole album. But don’t think that all this smoothness blends together and prevents individual songs from standing out. Every song has a distinct and memorable palette, though they all unite to create the lazy love club vibe specified above. Not one of the ten

songs is bad or forgettable, but several are better than the rest. Opener “Pusher Love Girl,” with its great stilted love-as-candy metaphor; “Don’t Hold the Wall,” which announces itself with a bizarre tribal beat and deep vocal sample; the way Timberlake sings “it was such mellow, mellow, mellow, mellow, mellow, mellow day” on “Strawberry Bubblegum” is day-changing; the whole silly spacesex Prince vibe of “Spaceship Coupe”; the Michael Jackson/“All Night Long” island groove that controls “Let the Groove In,” are all perfect, to name several examples. Finally, though, the penultimate jam, “Mirrors”––a massive ode finding your soulmate––sounds like it was made for shining guitarless arenas where everyone is screaming along, nodding, and covering their heart with both hands. In my honest opinion, it’s the best song of the year. Longtime Timberlake collaborator Timbaland produced the entire album (he also

produced most of FutureSex/LoveSounds), and while his work on The 20/20 Experience has definitely got Timberland’s trademark airy and interesting sound, the choices he’s made on each track here seem like major steps forward for him. The production is intricate in a way that at first seems simple but is anything but, and the songs are made up of many parts and interludes, with fascinating references and samples all over the place. In this one album, R&B, Barry White, Prince, Michael Jackson, Motown, soul, house, big band, 90s pop rock, lounge, boy band, hip hop, and present-day electronicinspired pop are all incorporated tastefully but also––crucially––with a sense of humor, rendering the final product a fascinating and endlessly listenable collection of modern day high- and low-brow pop. Justin Timberlake knows what he’s doing, even if it takes him seven years to do it.


American Idiot rocks the stage By Lia Windt Photo Editor

“This is a Fox News alert: North Korea has successfully conducted a nuclear test.” When such words boom throughout the theater, you know you’re about to have an intriguing experience watching “American Idiot.” The darkened curtain then rises and the show begins. This past Wednesday CLIC provided transportation to Columbus in order to see “American Idiot”, and I was one of the Denisonians to partake in this special event. Although the focus of the play was music it had images and meanings that tied it all together quite well. The set itself was something to marvel at. Television screens were scattered on the back of the stage and there was a mixture of colors, stairs, and walls that made it look like a rebellious concrete city. This isn’t to say the show’s presentation was its only standout feature; the music was fantastic. The songs were played with great accuracy and synchronization even while the actors danced around constantly. Choreography was professional; not once did they sound out of breath after all the punk rock head-banging and running around on stage. One would only complain about the overamplified microphones of the harmony vocalists; they tended to steal attention from

the singers that sang melody. Otherwise the music was well done and exciting. For example, a cello replaced what would have been the backup chorus of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, which made for a more romantic and charming take of the song. Even though I would rather listen to the “ghost” sixteenth notes unique to that song, it sounded lovely. One interesting moment of the show was when one of the actors used a hand-held video camera to record what was happening on stage directly to the television screens on the background. Moments like this gave the play the feel of a typical rock concert. The story line was a bit difficult to follow. It might be because there were three stories happening at the same time: the main one in which the primary character finds a path, falls in love, and ends in heartbreak, the other one that betrays his anti-American ways and enlists in the military, and the other friend that had to stay home to take care of his child. Even though the story was told in a diary-like style, where each event proposes a song, they deserve credit for working with music that was unrelated. Overall, the performance was well done for what producers had to work with. The music was the way it should sound and the visuals were appealing. The storyline was a little weak, but it did its job to help integrate visuals and choreography and create something more than just a Green Day cover band.

Hungry? Grab a slice from Mike! By Charlie Vinopal Special to The Denisonian The students of Denison were treated to a tasty surprise on Tuesday, March 19 when Columbus-based pizzeria, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, pulled their food truck in front of Gilpatrick House for a few hours. The food truck boasts fresh ingredients and affordable prices as well as the obvious accessibility for the students. Customers can choose from cheese, mushroom, pepperoni or sausage slices for only $3. The crust on the pizza was incredibly crispy and the ingredients complimented the pizza wonderfully. The mushroom slice - which I ordered - is equipped with fresh garlic, the cheese has fresh basil sprinkled on top and the Pepperoni is spiced up with fresh hot peppers.

Along with the top notch pies, Mikey’s offers various sauces to put on your slice: hot ranch, ranch, garlic, as well as a mystery condiment. While the pizza obviously stole the show for Mikey’s Late Night Slice, the sauces certainly deserve some recognition of their own. I sampled both the spicy ranch and the mystery sauce on my pizza, and neither of the condiments disappointed. The spicy ranch was perfectly tangy with a slight kick at the end and the mystery sauce complimented the mushroom pizza quite nicely. Considering the quality of food Mikey’s Late Night Slice offers, it seems foolish not to spend your three dollars on a slice of pie. Mikey’s has Denison students hoping that the food truck becomes a mainstay on campus. If not, they can always be found at 1030 North High Street in Columbus.

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Professor Spotlight: Dr. Toni King, Provost and so much more! By Latasha Hoard Copy Editor Dr. Toni King is one of three associate provosts at Denison. Her primary responsibilities center around diversity from all levels on campus, which includes: the hiring, recruitment, and retention of multicultural faculty. She also works with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs targeting the student and faculty. Arriving on Denison’s campus in 1997 at the end of Dr. Michele Myers’ presidency - the University’s 18th president - she encountered a fairly different campus, one that did not reflect the breadth of diversity of today’s campus. She taught Black Studies and Women’s Studies and was the first to have held a joint appointment within these two disciplines. She joined a department where there were only two permanent faculty members: herself and Dr. John Jackson. Now, Dr. Jerell Beckham joins the department via his joint appointment with the education department. This was a similar occurrence in the Women’s Studies Department where she was also the only member outside of the director of Women’s Studies. Although she is currently a provost, she really is a professor at heart, and misses the daily interactions with students within a classroom environment, “I have loved learning about the college through my role in administration, [but] I also miss teaching and being involved with students in the classroom… it is Denison students who have taught me the most about teaching and I am grateful and inspired by what I have learned here!” Dr. King invests most of her time on campus by bringing programs to campus that highlight diversity within higher education. The Provost Office and Diversity Advisory Committee, which she chairs, recently sponsored the program that highlighted Dr. Valerie Lee, from Ohio State University on March 4th. She also collaborated with the theater department’s Spectrum Program Series, and numerous other offices to produce,

“I, Too, Sing America!” in Fall 2011. Dr. King is a co-facilitator, along with Dr. Sonya Turner, Director of Health and Counseling Services in Whistler, of Sister-Leaders in Dialogue, a program that facilitates conversations addressing specific topics that derive directly from the participant’s lives. Dr. King says, “Co-facilitating this group has definitely helped me remain current about how students are experiencing life at Denison, and facing such contemporary issues as intimate relationships, same-gender friendships, the pressures of academic performance, and navigating racial or gender issues.” After a conversation about her formal responsibilities on campus, she shared some very interesting sides of her personality that most Denison students do not get to see: LH: Favorite Food and Color? TK: My favorite color is turquoise. Turquoise jewelry is used by many American Indian cultures in their jewelry and I grew up in Oklahoma where a number of American Indian nations were moved or relocated; [m]y favorite food is mashed potatoes (sans gravy, but with lots of butter). It is the greatest comfort food of all. I’ve liked it since I was a child. LH: From all of your colleagues, who do you admire most, have they had any roles in your own personal growth? TK: I greatly admire Professor John Jackson, the Director of the Center for Black Studies. His dedication to students, his teaching and expertise in the area of social movements, pedagogy, liberation theology, as well as his contributions to activism in the surrounding community, and his long-term commitment to all aspects of Denison make him someone I admire. I’ve learned a great deal from John Jackson about how to be an internal change agent and appreciate the tensions of living in a diverse community, while seeking to resolve those very tensions. LH: What is (are) your favorite book(s), artist(s), hobby(ies)? TK:I don’t know if I have only one favorite book! Perhaps a favorite author--Toni Mor-


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rison--would be something I can respond to. My other interests include writing poetry, and doing yoga. LH: If Denison were the only place you had to escape to, where would you spend most of your time? TK: I would spend time in the Dance department, watching dance classes, wander over to the museum to be inspired by the exhibits there… browse through the Bryant Arts building to soak up the creativity of the

art on display. After picking up a cup of coffee or a smoothie at Jazzman’s in Slayter, I would head over to the new books area of the library. Ideally, I’d leave with a few books that intersect my own scholarly interests in women’s studies, black studies, and diversity in higher education. Lastly, I’d head over to the faculty commons . . . and read the New York Times, hoping for a good conversation with a colleague--someone busily trying to catch up on their grading. THE DENISONIAN

Have you ever wondered what it felt like to be AWESOME? You are invited to experience a mind blowing journey, one that could possibly change your life in TWO hours. know it it’s time for the Senior Research Dance Performance. Come see the different works of five seniors. The performance dates are: March 26th, 27th, and 28th at 8:00pm.

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


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we’ll be fine.” One problem the team faces may be its busy schedule, which consists of four games every weekend mixed with one or two weekday games. With so many games, it’ll be easy for the pitchers to feel arm fatigue so keeping them healthy is a primary concern if the Big Red wants to keep winning. “We really like the pitchers we have. We don’t have a deep staff but we have a lot of talented pitchers who compete,” Deegan said. “The problem isn’t what do we need to do to get through games; rather what do we need to do to win games.” Sophomores Kyle Colgain and Ian Barry anchor the starting pitching rotation with help from junior Connor Murphy and senior Tim Duxbury at the back end. Perhaps the biggest surprise to the Denison pitching staff is freshman Ian Walsh, who earned his first collegiate win against #3 Wheaton College while in Florida. Also,

senior pitcher Phil Seay impressed coaches by posting a 2.45 ERA over the course of the week. On the offensive side of the ball, Deegan highlighted freshman Jake Meegan. “Jake won the Offensive Player of the Week award for us. We love his approach at the plate. He puts the ball in play and that’s all we ask,” Deegan said. Other notable performers at the plate have been Danny Kraus, Ryan Mulligan and Charlie Apfelbach. “We started the week a little slow but by the end our bats really came around,” said Apfelbach. “It was our first time seeing a field so I think overall we did well.” Apfelbach also went on to rave about the defense of Kyle Clemmenson, among others. With 29 games remaining for the Big Red, the team sees no reason to panic after a slow start. “Our goal is still to win a National championship. Nothing has changed,” Deegan beamed.

To showcase all of the excellence of Denison athletics, we have made a notes page, where we acknowledge

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: Senior basketball power forward Dimonde Hale was awarded to be on the second-team Great Lakes squad. Hale was also awarded to be on the second-team

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The 2013 Denison Baseball team has a lot to be excited about. After a disappointing campaign in 2012 the team looks to rebound with new head coach, Mike Deegan. Last year, Deegan served as an assistant coach for Marietta College who finished the year winning the Division III National Championship. Deegan brings new life to the Big Red as he hopes to turn the program into a National Championship contender yearly. Alongside Deegan are assistant coaches Sean West and newly added Ryne Romick. The Big Red kicked off their 2013 season in Port Charlotte, Florida, where they played seven games in as many days. The team, which played several top 25 squads, finished the week with a sub-par 2-5 record, yet Deegan and the team feel very good about where they stand. “We learned a lot about our team in Florida, which is always good for any new coaching staff,” Deegan said. He also noted that he felt like they were a better team by week’s end as the team beat #3 ranked Wheaton College (Mass.) and the College of Wooster in the final days of the trip. When asked about beating conference rival Wooster Deegan said, “It was just a good college baseball game. We told our players that in order to give themselves a chance to win, they had to compete for all nine innings.” The team looks to build off the success of these two wins as the season rolls on. “Our motto is to get better everyday”, senior Andrew Touhy said, “Coach Deegan stresses that it’s a process and it’s about where we are come May. If we buy into our system and believe in what we are doing,

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four man team of fresman Sam Posniewski, junior Jon Brachna, freshman Mitch Keller


BIG RED PRE-GAME SONG OF THE WEEK Clarity by Zedd ft. Foxes

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Men’s swimming dethroned, clinch runner-up in championship By Luke Belechak Sports Editor The Denison Big Red men’s swimming and diving team, the previously reigning NCAA DIII Champs, was dethroned this past week at the NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas. Rival Kenyon College took home the first place trophy with a team total of 499.5 points. Denison took home second place with 428.0 points, with MIT rounding out the top three with 334.0 points. In the four day meet, junior Al Weik came to compete. He took first in the 500 free on Wednesday, an event he also won last year, with a time of 4:23.99. He finished a full body length ahead of the rest of the pack, touching the wall almost four seconds faster than his prelims time. In the 200 yard IM, senior Quinn Bartlett would place third overall, posting a 1:49.02. His prelim time of 1:48.93 set a new Denison record. Freshman Bart Brunk debuted his career at Denison with an impressive eighth place finish with a 1:51.07. The Denison foursome of junior Sean Chabot, sophomore Damon Rosenburg, freshman Andrew Rich, and Bartlett were barely out touched by MIT in the 200 yard medley relay. Denison would finish in second with 1:28.66 to MIT’s 1:28.57. The second day of competition, freshman Ben Lewis would make Denison history as the first diver to capture a first place national championship finish. Lewis’ 494.65 in the 1 meter dive would best the rest of the DIII competition, ousting Claremont MS’ James Stevick, who would dive for a second place finish with 943.00

points. Senior Gabe Dixon would finish sixth overall in the event with a 462.00. Weik added to the Denison team point total with a second place finish in the 400 yard IM. His time of 3:51.98 was not enough to hold off Mary Washington’s Hugh Anderson, who would set the NCAA record with a 3:50.55. Maciel had an impressive fifth place finish in the 200 yard freestyle, one of the closest events of the evening. His finals time of 1:38.35 was only slightly slower than the first place finish by Kenyon’s Austin Cladwell, who led the pack at 1:37.01. In the 400 medley relay, the Big Red team of Bartlett, Rosenburg, Rich, and junior Spencer Fronk finished fourth overall, posting a 3:16.30. Denison still holds the NCAA for the event, set at last year’s championship meet. The first top-8 finish on Friday came with a second place finish in the 100 yard backstroke by Chabot. In arguably the closest race of the entire meet, Chabot was out touched for the first place spot by Johns Hopkins’ Dylan Davis, who would post a finals time of 48.62 to Chabot’s 48.63. Bartlett would finish fifth in the event at 48.81. Rosenburg would receive his third top-8 finish in the 100 yard breakstroke, placing fifth overall with a finals time of 55.48. In the 800 meter freestyle relay, Chabot, Maciel, Brunk, and Weik would swim for a third place finish with a time of 6:32.98, only .4 seconds after a second place Kenyon. First place in the event went to Johns Hopkins, who would take the NCAA Record set by the Big Red last year. On the final day of competition, Weik would start off with a bang. He would col-

Courtesy of Sports and Information The Denison Big Red had a number of top performers this past week at the NCAA

lect another national championship in the 1650 yard freestyle, posting a 15:09.63, far ahead from the rest of the pack. Second place went to Keene St.’s Drew Ledwith would touched the wall at 15:24.50. Bartlett and Chabot would finish in third and fifth in the 200 yard backstroke with times of 1:46.08 and 1:48.74, respectively. In the men’s 3 meter diving, senior Dixon would end his career at Denison with a second place finish with 547.90. His finals point total was almost 20 full points higher than his prelim score of 528.80. Lewis would 13th overall with 473.45 In the final event of the championship meet, the Denison men would place third overall in the 400 yard freestyle relay behind Kenyon and Johns Hopkins. They held on to post a 2:59.23, out touching the Claremont

MS foursome who finished with a 2:59.86. At the conclusion of the meet, Big Red diving coach Jason Glorius was honored as the NCAA diving Coach of the Year. Though the men were pleased with a second place finish, it was not the outcome they were hoping for. “Overall, we didn’t have the explosiveness we had during the season,” Humphrey explained. “We need to go back to our roots and swim for the team, not for ourselves.” Even so, Humprey commended those athletes who stepped up at nationals. “Our captains [Bartlett and Weik] really had inspiring swims, and as a freshman, Joe Brunk showed up to swim.”

Freshman dominate in women’s third place finish By David Allen Sports Editor After valiant efforts across all classes, including a superb showing by the freshmen, the Big Red Women’s Swimming and Diving team finished third at the Division III NCAA championship in Shenandoah, Texas, accumulating 363 hard-fought points. Directly above Denison in the final standings were Emory and bitter rival Kenyon, who took first and second respectively. One of the memorable features of DU’s performance was senior Alyssa Swanson, who finishes off an illustrious collegiate career with 23 all-American swims and took fifth in the 1,650 freestyle, sixth in the 200 yard freestyle and seventh in the 200 yard freestyle. Also in the 200 yard freestyle was sophomore Molly Willingham, who took 10th. “Alyssa Swanson is such an amazing swimmer and leader” says freshman Ashley Yearwood, “Her swims are both inspiring and amazing to watch.” Among the other notable finishers was Yearwood, whose impressive first season ends with an eighth place finish in the 50 freestyle and a 15th place finish in the 100 freestyle. Yearwood was also a part of multiple

successful relay teams. In the 400 free relay, Yearwood, Swanson, sophomore Molly Willingham and junior Morgan Nuess collectively placed fourth. In the 200 yard relay, Yearwood and Swanson along with junior Morgan Nuess and senior Madeline Armitage took third. In the 400 yard medley relay, Yearwood joined senior Lindsay Zeberlein, sophomore Michelle Howell and junior Natalie Lugg. To keep up the trend of underclassmen prominence, freshmen Taylor Johns and Janet Watson took 8th and 11th place, respectively, in the mile event while fellow freshman Marissa Bednarek clocked in at 14th in the 200 yard breaststroke. Also, in the 100 yard butterfly, freshman Claire Van Fossen finished in 13th place. In the 400 yard IM, sophomore Michelle Howell took a spectacular second place finish with teammate Johns behind her at 11th. Notably, Zeberlein got her tenth career All-America swim with a ninth-place finish in the consolation final of the 200 backstroke. In the diving realm, freshman star Kelly Frazier took fifth in the one meter dive event and sixth in the three meter dive. “Kelly the diver is amazing; her dives are so impressive, she is so much fun to watch” says Yearwood.

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While this finish may not be up to par with the usual expectations of Denison Aquatics, hope still brims brightly in the new pools of mitchell. “I am more than satisfied with my team. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better group of women to share this year with,” Yearwood adds, “I think our team has a great shot to win it all next year and the years to

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come. We now have motivation to keep getting better. I can’t describe or even being to think about how missed our seniors will be next year, as teammates, friends, and as a part of our swimming family, but their goals and their spirit will forever be a part of our team for years to come them and go beyond what we achieved this year.”


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