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DCGA “reconsidering” Denison’s relationship with Sodexo
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By José García and Christian Payne Staff Writer & Editor Emeritus Student complaints regarding food options and quality, as well as world-wide protests concerning human rights issues have prompted DCGA to reconsider Denison’s relationship with Sodexo. DCGA is putting together a proposal to determine whether or not Denison should terminate its contract with Denison. Sodexo Inc. provides many services to companies around the world including catering services. The French multinational corporation is the 21st largest corporation in the world and employs a total of 380,000 workers in 80 countries. The corporation has provided dining services at Denison since 1967. After numerous complaints and protests against Sodexo’s practices towards its employees, TransAfrica Forum, a human rights organization, released a report in January 2011 alleging several labor abuses by the the company, including failing to pay its employees in full for hours worked, disregarding occupational safety standards, and creating a hostile climate toward joining or forming unions, with employees allegedly being threatened or fired. The company denied the reports’ allegations. Although there have not been official reports of human rights issues involving Sodexo workers on Denison’s campus, DCGA President Rob Moore, a senior from Bexley, Ohio, said that students must consider how their dining dollars are being spent. “Every student is paying toward supporting that corporation,” Moore said. “And every time we spend money in Slayter every time we put our money toward a meal plan at the beginning of the semester, we are voting with our dollars and saying that this is the kind of work that we want to support.” In May 2011, Ohio State University students organized a rally protesting Sodexo operations. According to The Columbus Dispatch, approximately 100 students participated in the rally and about nine students were arrested after they rushed into the President’s office with loud chants and musical instruments. In The Dispatch article, students said Sodexo workers at OSU stadiums have complained about sexual harassment, racism in hiring and promotions, poor wages, inadequate sick leave policies and other “sweatshop-like” conditions. Another reason that DCGA is reconsidering Denison’s relationship with Sodexo is the corporation’s sustainability efforts and food quality. Niles Gebele, General Manager of DinContinued on page 2
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The British R&B artist Jay Sean performs his hit song “Down” before a crowd of students at Mitchell Recreational and Athletics Center on Saturday, as part of D-Day festivities. Jay Sean’s performance came after a set by the rapper Asher Roth. The D-Day events included several sporting events on campus.
Denison walks on the “bridge out of poverty” By Jesse Mack News Editor On October 22, Bridges Out of Poverty, an Americorps-VISTA sponsored program focusing on assisting people in poverty with “getting ahead” classes, hosted the Licking Poverty 5K Walk. The walk included 25-35 students, faculty, and staff going around campus and putting up posters displaying facts about poverty. In addition to the walk, Bridges Out of Poverty also hosted a fundraiser later that day with poverty simulations giving participants the opportunity to experience how people live day-to-day with limited resources. The fundraiser brought in $600 for the organization.
Coral Breuer, a Denison alumna and an AmeriCorps VISTA and Ohio Campus Compact representative, credited the work of Bridges. “Our organization is a frame to help people to get out of poverty and to get ahead in life,” she said. Initiated by the 2006 book, “A Framework of Understanding Poverty: Training and Workshop” by educator Ruby K. Payne, the program offers “getting ahead classes,” where people experiencing poverty can obtain the knowledge needed to improve their lives, as opposed to simply short-term humanitarian relief. “We give hand-ups instead of handouts,” Breuer said.
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DCGA “reconsidering” Denison’s relationship with Sodexo Continued from page 1.
ing Services, said that Sodexo has changed many of their food operations in positive ways within the last couple of years, pointing to the the addition of vegan and vegetarian options in the dining halls, purchasing of vegetables and beef from local farmers and its launching of a compost program. Support for local farmers and vendors is a key element to Sodexo’s recent changes. For example, Velvet ice cream, a local distributer, is offered in the dining halls. Atanu Chakravarty, a junior from Durham, NC is involved in this movement from a DCGA standpoint, and says that vegan and vegetarian options are simply not enough. “Yes, they have added vegan and vegetarian options in the dining halls but they are not enough. It is unfair to those who prefer those foods,” Chakravarty said. With improvements in mind, Chakravarty is currently working toward crafting a proposal. “Right now we are in the midst of creating a proposal that would go in front of the DCGA senate. We are investigating to find the facts in order to craft the best proposal possible,” he said. Chakravarty assures that a decision is not definite at the moment since DCGA
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A Sodexo employee prepares food at the Wok Bar in Curtis Dining Hall. The station has moved into the Curtis Veggie Room.
and other parities involved in this movement are still gathering as much information as they can in order to make the best decision. As of last Tuesday, the resolution was presented in front of the DCGA senate. This was a chance for the senate to familiarize with the resolution and ask any questions that they have. “It seemed like a lot of the senators took the proposal well. A lot of them like the concept of looking into Sodexo,” Chakravarty said. Chakravarty says that DCGA will vote
on the resolution in about a week or two. If the resolution is passed, a committee will be formed and a thorough investigatory process will begin. Both DCGA and Sodexo officials pointed to many concerns and obstacles in changing dining service providers. One of the main concerns is the uncertain fate of dining services employees if Denison elects to bring in a new food service provider. Gebele said that Sodexo employs about 125 workers from neighboring communities that could potentially
lose their jobs if the food service provider changes. Another concern is cost. DCGA is considering this fact, and realizes the possibility that other food services may be more expensive. Gebele said that Sodexo makes an effort to listen to students’ concerns. “We constantly request and receive comments from students,” he said. “We solicit feedback on our comment cards, our surveys each semester, through conversations with students, listening to students as they come through the line and at the dining committee meetings.” Gebele also added, “The two most common things we have heard in the past year were about the ‘Curtis smell’ and the desire to make the dining halls more convenient. Over the past summer, we addressed the ‘Curtis smell’ by moving Wok Express (formerly Mai Pham) to the Veggie Room. We have a plan to address the convenience issue by creating a “grab–n–go” concept that will be located in Curtis.” As for the future, Sodexo is looking into ways for reducing waste at Slayter and will continue purchasing local products. While the replacement of Sodexo is in the works, it still remains a top task on the DCGA agenda.
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A message from the Green Team: Over the past few years Denison has taken several actions in its commitment to sustainability. In 2009, the university hired Sustainability Coordinator Jeremy King to integrate sustainability into Denison’s campus, and on Earth Day 2010, President Dale T. Knobel signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. However, Denison can only better achieve sustainability if more students get involved. My fellow members of the Green Team and I are asking you to get involved with Water Wars, a campus-wide contest running from November 1-18 in which dorms compete against one another to reduce water consumption. A free ice cream party sponsored by Whits is up for grabs to the dorm with the largest reduction in water consumption. So think about the ice cream while doing good for the environment at the same time!
--Shane Richmond Sponsored by Green Team
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Kevin Bratcher Senior Raleigh, NC Costume: Santa Claus
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New DCGA commission looks into changes in social culture polBy Jeff Danziger Special to The Denisonian
Students often complain about early quiet hours, intrusive security personnel, and overly strict student conduct rules. However, a new DCGA-led commission hopes to build momentum to change that. The commission, formally named the Commission on Social Culture, is seeking to finalize a policy recommendation based on 2 months of research to drive future discussions concerning improving certain aspects of the Denison social experience. In September, DCGA President Rob Moore, a senior from Bexley, Ohio, charged the commission, with fulfilling a two-part mission during the first 10 weeks of this semester. The commission is currently investigating Denison’s policy in comparison with those of other schools in five areas pertaining to social culture: quiet hours, open containers, kegs, event registration, and social spaces. Later this month, the commission will then give a report and presentation before the DCGA Senate offering their recommendations for a resolution concerning Denison’s existing social culture policies. The committee, which is composed of sophomores, juniors and seniors, has roughly equal representation of students under and over the age of 21. Members of Greek letter organizations have a strong presence, representing approximately 50% of commission membership. According to commission leaders, the commission also made a particular effort to include nonDCGA members, including student staff of the Community Rights and Standards Board and Residential Education and Housing in order to tap their first-hand knowledge of Denison’s social policies. According to commission chair Hannah Frank, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, most of the Commission’s work thus far has centered on comparing Denison’s policies as well as those of other schools, including DePauw University, Amherst College, College of Wooster, Dickinson College and
Quiet Hours (Week/Weekend)
Party Registration System
Yes (Form and planning meeting; Prohibited (Except 48 hrs w/ Res life for indoor, SAO third-party vendor) for outdoor)
No (first-years establish w/ roommate)
Permitted (w/ Yes ("Notification" form, planning license from town meeting recommended, 5 days police dept.) notice)
Prohibited by state law, no mention in student handbook
10pm (n/a to fraternity houses)
Yes (Student Life Office)
Prohibited by state law, no mention in student handbook
Yes (Online form, only in collegeowned apartments)
Yes (Online form, by Wed. before event)
Prohibited (unless Yes specifically authorized)
Not prohibited by state law, no mention in student handbook
Permitted (up to 2 Yes (Three types; form, by Tues. kegs/ registered before event) event)
Prohibited by state law, no mention in student handbook
Yes (Form; 10 days in advance for Greek orgs)
11pm/12am (n/a to co-ops)
Yes (appointment w/ party planner; 3 days in advance)
Prohibited (unless Yes (Form to SAO and Security; specifically 10 days in advance) authorized)
1pm/1am (only Prohibited (Except Yes (Form to SAO; 5 days in enforced in first-year third-party vendor) advance) dorms)
Prohibited (unless Yes (Form "Large Event specifically Contract") authorized)
Davidson College. As shown in the table above, Denison’s social culture policies are among the most restrictive in the sample group of colleges; for example, it is the only one without a party registration system. However, comparing policies between colleges has presented the commission with some difficulties. Frank said that one major challenge of the commission’s work has been, “comparing policies with their implementations and context. [Campus] culture matters. Perceptions of policies and their enforcers make a difference.” She also cautioned against reading too much into policies on other campuses, saying that policies vary significantly in how
"strongly discouraged" Permitted within common spaces
Permitted within some common spaces
Prohibited by state law, no mention in student handbook
they are enforced, and that policies that have been successful at other colleges may not be so successful at Denison. As of press time, the commission is working on solidifying its recommendations ahead of its presentation November 1st. Although the commission would not explicitly disclose their current platform, they would reveal the components of their decision-making process. The aim of the Commission is to craft a recommendation that can later be used in the development of a resolution on campus policy, which could prompt an administrative policy change based on the recommendation’s research. According to commission member
Charlie Severson, a sophomore from Granville, Ohio the primary near-term objective driving the committee’s recommendations is to, “create a safer environment for those that choose to attend parties at Denison.” Frank added, “It’s also important to remember that the ultimate goals of the Commission’s work is to “further develop mutual trust and understanding between administration and students and nurture a healthier relationship between students and security.” This presentation to Student Senate is currently scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th, at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all Denison students.
Picture Books for Children in Rural Ghana My name is Ariel Guinn, and I spent last semester studying arts and culture in Ghana (through SIT). During my four month trip my pre-existing ideas of women, children, education, work, religion, and culture were shattered. I lived in 6 of the country’s 10 regions, had the privilege of teaching in a rural school, and the immense honor of studying dance for a month and performing with a Traditionalist African youth brigade. Despite everything I thought I knew about Ghana, or West Africa in general, and everything I thought the peoples of Ghana might need from an American, I discovered that my ideas were entirely wrong. Across all six regions the one request from the children was not shoes or clothes or pencils, it was picture books. The national language and school language of Ghana is English, but the native/ in-the-home language is very rarely English. Children’s picture books will allow young students more exposure to seeing written English as well as hearing it at home, and will help their mothers in the same way. If a child can pass “Form Three,” our American equivalent of middle school, they can go on to an apprenticeship and have a great shot at financial stability. I am collecting used children’s picture books (from birth through about age ten) that would aid in student’s increased vo-
cabulary and understanding of phrases. If you have children who are now too old for some of their books, these are perfect for donating. If you’re a student and have some of your old books at home you can bring them back after Thanksgiving Break to be sent over. Shipping rates are around $100 for a 15 pound box, and $150 for a 25 pound box, so at this shipping rate 1 lb costs between $6 and $6.50. If you could donate any money towards shipping for the next boxes (or even sponsor a box!) it would be very much appreciated! Checks can be made
out to Ariel Guinn or to the John W. Alford Center for Service Learning: Picture Books for Ghana. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me: email@example.com. I’m more than happy to pick up books from dorms or department offices. There is also a drop-off box for books in the Modern Languages department. (If by chance you have children’s books in French or German, two of the locations the books will go to can use these as well!) Visit our Facebook page: http://www. facebook.com/PictureBooksForGhana
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Our Voice Classes should be cancelled for D-Day extravaganza Back in the day, classes were cancelled for D-day. Why did this awesome tradition have to stop? We think classes should be cancelled for D-Day again. The 65 year old tradition called Denison Day has included an annual concert, a festival, games such as a tricycle race and some sort of surprise sprung on the students. D-Day is serious business, especially financially. In 2010, DCGA allotted $77,000 for D-day.
That includes the artist fee, sound equipment, PR and the events that go along with D-day. If the campus spends all this money on D-day, shouldn’t they look to encourage student participation? If classes were cancelled, then all of that money would be well-spent on happy students who would be fully engaging in all of the D-day activities.
Smokers should be more aware of where they light up Technically, students aren’t supposed to smoke within 30 feet of campus buildings but many do anyway. Students stand right by the door to a building (such as Higley or Shep) and light up there. While this is a convenient spot for the smoker, it can be bothersome to students who are concerned about the effects of secondhand smoke. They have no choice but walk past the smoker in order to go inside. Also, smoke can enter buildings which could be problematic for those who work and live inside. The rule that smokers shouldn’t smoke near buildings is enforced through a “social contract” and not by campus personnel. We ask that smokers be respectful of others and smoke in spots around campus where non-smoking students can choose to steer clear. Non-smoking students should also respect smokers and realize they are free to walk around the smoke or use a different building entrance.
A few students think that Denison should be a tobacco-free campus and are lobbying within DCGA to make this a reality. While this seems like an extreme and impractical solution, it will hopefully motivate smoking students to be more careful about where they smoke. While smokers only account for 7% of Denison’s population (according to the February 2011 National College Health Assessment) they still have the right to smoke where they want and should not be discriminated against. On a related note, make sure to properly dispose of your cigarette butts. There are special cigarette butt containers in convenient locations - like behind Slayter and outside Knapp. Denison is such a beautiful campus that should not be littered with cigarette butts all over the ground.
No one seems to RSVP anymore The art of RSVP-ing has died. It seems that no one takes the time to tell anyone whether they are coming to an event. This selfish act is not only rude but annoying to the host of the party. The phrase RSVP comes from the French phrase, répondez s’il vous plaît, meaning “reply please” or “please respond”. Today, very few people feel the need to commit to events in advance. Even on Facebook events, the majority of people don’t respond. It only takes one click to say “Attending” and Facebook
even has the convenient option of choosing “Maybe Attending”. Not only is it rude to not let the host of a party know if you’re coming, it makes the host’s job that much harder. They don’t know how many drinks or snacks they’ll need since they have no clue who will actually show up. Think of a wedding and how important it is to RSVP when the meals are so expensive. It only takes two seconds to simply say yes or no and is such a simple courtesy that goes a long way.
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Your Voice College Surprises: Everyone except the wireless internet is friendly
By: Megan Worden Special to the Denisonian I was ready to sit down to a delicious homecoming brunch of non-Sodexo blueberry pancakes and eggs, when I heard my uncle ask, “So, Megan, what are the best and worst surprises of college?” This question took me by surprise. After hearing it, my mind couldn’t help but race. How was I supposed to distill my first weeks as a college student into a single answer? Was it even possible? Quite frankly, I can’t remember what my answers were. I’m pretty sure they were completely devoid of any real thought.
They were probably the generic responses of, “I like my classes and the food is just OK.” I was embarrassed to give such a lackluster answer, but it was as though my brain stopped working. I felt I had done a huge disservice to everything that is Denison. I have spent the weeks since fall break thinking about my uncle’s question, trying to find a way to describe succinctly a place that is as multidimensional as our school. Thankfully, time has allowed me to formulate a more thorough response to the college surprises question, though I know it will never be complete. When given the option of hearing good news or bad news first, people often opt for the bad. This makes the good news seem better. Following this common practice, I will start off with the worst surprise I found in college thus far, the wireless Internet connection, or lack thereof, in many of the dorms. For the majority of students, a laptop is a college must-have. It’s probably one of the biggest pre-college purchases. What is ironic about this whole laptop situation is that, chances are, it will only connect to the Internet 50 percent of the time in your dorm room. At Denison, 50 percent is an F. I can imagine it is difficult to engineer a system that allows 2,000-plus students to access the Internet at once, but I’m pretty
sure it can be done. In lieu of an unreliable wireless system, students should be able to depend on the Ethernet connection in the residence halls. This option also presents challenges. For example, I live in a double, but only have one Ethernet connection, which is inconveniently located behind my roommate’s dresser. Unfortunately, we cannot rearrange our room to gain access to said connection. A double room should have two Ethernet connections. I know my room could be an anomaly, but I think this is an issue worth raising because the Internet is something used in just about every course. I have spent too much time shutting down, restarting, yelling and willing my computer to connect to the Internet. More importantly, though, how am I supposed to watch Modern Family on Hulu if I can’t get on the Internet? Crisis! Now, for the good stuff. We have all heard of the “Denison Hello.” It’s that awkward moment when it’s just you and another person walking past each other on campus and you wonder what to do. Do you pretend that there is something interesting on your phone even though it’s just a blank screen? Luckily, as a Denison student, the guesswork is taken out of the equation because the other person will most likely smile or say “Hi” first. My best college surprise goes beyond
this, though. I was shocked to see how many genuinely nice people surround me. I know this probably sounds cliché, but it’s true. As a first year, I have had my share of “freshman moments,” but there’s always someone there willing to help me. I’ll never forget the first time I tried to print something in the library. Who would have known how complicated it could be to print a Word document? It’s more than just people I don’t know who have helped shape my perception of Denison. My friends are awesome! I don’t think I have ever laughed as much as I have in the past three months. They have definitely helped me adjust to life on the Hill. In fact, I couldn’t wait to get back to school after break to see them again. I don’t know how I’m supposed to make it through Thanksgiving Break, let alone Winter Break. This is only one of the many pleasant surprises in my time at Denison. Almost every adult I know reminisces about his or her college years. Before I came to Denison, I found it strange how these people with so much life experience enjoyed college the most of any part of their life. Now, only three months into college, I think I’m starting to see what they mean by “the best four years of your life.” So, Uncle Pete, I hope I answered your question.
Please stop raining Ohio Thanksgiving Break:
By: Christiaan Wijers Columnist I hate rain. I do not just dislike it; I hate it from the bottom of my heart. I come from a country where it rains pretty much all the time, so I am pretty fed up with it. I got accepted at a school in Portland, Oregon, but one of the reasons I decided not to go there is because it might rain there even more than it does in my country. Promises of beautiful Ohio falls seduced me to come over to Denison, like an Amsterdam red light district employee. However, what I have seen of Ohio fall so far is water, a s***load of it, falling out of the sky. I admit that the campus was gorgeous at one point, with all the leaves turning orange and red, but, unfortunately, all the wind and rain ruined that beautiful picturesque view. That, like rain and bad weather in general, ruins my day and it depresses me. That might be why we the Dutch complain a lot, about pretty much everything – it just rains a lot back home. On the other hand – without me being an obnoxious, too straightforward, negative Dutch bastard – you wouldn’t have this column to lighten up your Tuesdays. You are welcome. But here in the states, even rain provides me with something to laugh about.
By the time the first raindrops fall out of the sky, all girls have already put on their bright, colorful, swamp-proof rain boots. It is like the university is built upon some untamed, muddy, swampy hill without concrete paths to guide us. The last time I checked, though, that was not the case. There are not even major puddles you have to wade through. I guess that people just want to wear their fashionable rain boots, whether it’s really necessary or not. I cannot really blame them for that, though. If I had paid $125 for a pair of rain boots, I would not even wear them to my wedding. Rain is not the only typical thing about Ohio weather. I found out that I could wear shorts and a tee shirt at one moment, and longing for my thick winter coat the other. Ohio weather is cold in the morning, gets warmer in the afternoon – it might even get very warm – and it ends up ridiculously cold again. I have to change 3 times a day! I mean, if I were a girl, that would be awesome, but since I am not – that kind of sucks (I apologize to all the women studies majors; I am not that sexist in reality). Things are a lot easier back home; it’s never super cold, nor is it ever super warm – it just rains all the time… Ohio is a land of extremes; it is either super cold or super warm and fall is either beautiful or very wet and sh***y. It also applies to Ohio people; they are either a lot of fun, or extremely annoying, either ridiculously drunk, or boringly sober. People wear either unnecessarily expensive rain boots, or no rain boots at all, and you can either love Ohio, or you hate it. Thus far I haven’t quite figured out yet whether I love Ohio, or hate it. At least I don’t live in Alaska, for God’s sake. Tot ziens!
Residence Halls close at 9:00am on Saturday, November 19, 2011 and re-open at 9:00am on Sunday, November 27. 2011. Students must vacate on time and return after halls re-open. No late stays or early arrivals will be accepted.
CRAWFORD HALL will be closed for Thanksgiving Break due to renovations. Students should make other arrangements and request a stay in a different break building.
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Denison’s own Daddy Warbucks: John Schuck By Sarah Wiley Features Editor John Schuck has known that he wanted to act all his life. He explained that “ I knew I wanted to be an actor since I was five years old and my parents took me to Oklahoma, and I came out and said that’s what I want to do.” Sixty-six years later, he has starred on the big and small screens as well as on Broadway, and has made a real life for himself in theatre. Born in 1940, Schuck matriculated to Denison after high school, and graduated with Denison’s class of 1962. According to Schuck, the decision to go to Denison did not come immediately. He said that “I had been looking at slightly larger schools. I was very interested in Northwestern and Indiana University because I know both had really good English and theatre departments.” However, his friend Susan McAllister, who was then a first year at Denison, invited Schuck to come visit, and after spending a weekend on the Hill, he fell in love with it. The following fall, he arrived on the Hill where he would spend the next five years. “I guess I was a leader of a new movement; I completed college in five years before that became typical” He gravitated to the student theatre. “Once I found the theatre [at Denison] and got involved in it, it was my reason for existence.” For this reason Schuck’s academics slipped, and “my junior year I almost flunked out, but later got my nose to grindstone and got a four point my last
semester.” He said that he loved the theatre department. He especially appreciated “two extraordinary professors, Ed Wright and William Brasmer.” When Schuck was a student at Denison, the school had a summer theatre which produced 10 shows over the course of 11 weeks, which Schuck said was one of the best things about Denison. “Denison Summer Theatre was a one of a kind experience because you did everything from musicals like Oklahoma to little mysteries like The Mousetrap. We did everything except Shakespeare, It was a tremendous training experience.” Schuck said that Denison was a phenomenal place to study acting and theatre. He added that “other schools may have had more intense training, but they were the more professionally oriented schools, teaching fencing, scansion and dialects. But at Denison we got to do plays!” He also appreciated the sense of community, with both students and faculty, which he was able to find at Denison, as opposed to a bigger school. “The overall experience was extraordinary. I still think Denison is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I made life long friends.” It was his first experience in Broadway as a child that drew Schuck into theatre, and he was eventually able to perform on the stages he had dreamed about as a child. “In 1945, when I saw Oklahoma, I decided I wanted to be actor in New York
on Broadway, but it wasn’t until 1979 that it actually happened. On July 3, 1979 I made my Broadway debut as the replacement for the original Daddy Warbucks in Annie, which began a year and a half of working and starring on a Broadway musical. My first Annie was Sarah Jessica Parker, and we had a wonderful time together.” In addition to live theatre, he has performed on the big and small screens. It was after his work on the movie McCabe & Mrs. Miller that Schuck made his big television break. His agent told him that there was a role in a new show called Macmillan and Wife that he thought Schuck could do something with. He played the “bumbling sidekick assistant,” opposite stars like Rock Hudson. “We became very very popular, and lasted for six years. I loved it because I was working with a huge movie star, Rock Hudson. We had a large budget, and brought in a lot of big people as guest stars. I was like a kid in a candy store to actually be working on a peer level with these famous actors. We laughed for six years. It was fun; it was just fun!!” Schuck said that his marriage and children are his greatest achievement. “Sadly my first marriage was a disaster, but produced a son I love. I later married my current wife of 22 years, and think it’s that relationship combined with the opportunity to parent that is my greatest achievement. It is the most exciting thing I’ve ever done, and it changed me. Before parenthood, I was single minded toward getting ahead. I
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worked hard to become the best person that I could be, Marriage requires many other aspects of self to be developed and so I have grown a lot in that relationship. I consider myself a giving, caring person with a sense of humor that helps me get through tough times. I like the person I am now at 71 years of age much more than the one I was at 21” Schuck’s advice for students is to “do what’s fun, enjoy what you do. One of my sons is an accountant, which I would never find enjoyable, but he enjoys it and finds it creative. Do something you love and the rest will fall into place”
‘Outsourced’ from Denison to Hollywood: John Jeffcoat By Sarah Wiley Features Editor Among the many outstanding individuals who have graduated from Denison is John Jeffcoat, a member of the class of 1994 and the director and co-writer of the critically acclaimed movie Outsourced. “The thing that put Denison on the map was that it actually had a cinema program.” Jeffcoat explained his college search saying “I basically applied to a bunch of schools and I had chose Denison after I looked in some college books for majors. I knew in the back of my head I wanted to go into film/ cinema. I wanted to go to a small school; and Denison was one of two I was interested in.” Jeffcoat grew up just outside Manhattan, and said that he “wanted to leave the east coast and do something different, and the idea of going to the Midwest was interesting.” However, it was not his intention to stay at Denison for his whole college experience. “I planned to go to Denison to do study film for one year, then transfer. But by the time I was in my sophomore year, I talked to people at bigger schools, and I’d done more [than they had]” When asked about some of the best parts of Denison, Jeffcoat mentioned that “the access I was getting was great; I had the run of the cinema annex.” Jeffcoat said that the cinema annex was
like a home to him at Denison, complete with a cat, showers, etc. It was an old sorority house and was always accessible. According to Jeffcoat, access to film equipment, as well as the then-annual film festival at the end of the year were huge pluses for film students. “It [the cinema education at Denison] was a great experience for a young filmmaker to have; the cinema department was a great one” While the Denison of the early ‘90s was very heavily Greek, Jeffcoat was not in a fraternity himself, which he said initially worried him. “However,” he said “there was a very strong arts community down the hill,” which allowed him to develop good, strong relationships with both peers and faculty. As a New Yorker, coming to central Ohio would inevitably be a bit of a culture shock, but Jeffcoat said “Granville is a fun little town, very different feel, I had never been around so much open space before” Favorite professors at Denison included Don Consolo, an English professor, as a major inspiration, “he was a really inspiring guy, one of the best teachers I had.” He also mentioned Dave Bussan, a cinema professor who is now the head of the department as a professor that made a particular impact on him. Jeffcoat is most famous for the film Outsourced, a movie made in 2006 about the outsourcing of American jobs and the culture shock a salesman experiences when
Image courtesy of John Jeffcoat
he goes to India to help train his replacement, according to IMDb.com. Jeffcoat was the producer and co-writer of the movie. He said that “the idea for Outsourced really came from time I spent abroad in Nepal” as a junior at Denison. Indeed, Jeffcoat said that “One of the best decisions I ever made was to go abroad, to get out of Denison, out of Ohio, I wanted to go someplace that was as far away from this culture as I could,” and he advises all students to study abroad. After the success of Outsourced, it was made into a sitcom for NBC. Jeffcoat is very proud of the fact that “we turned this indie film into a mainstream American television
comedy.” Jeffcoat says his greatest success is his kids and his family. He has a nine year old and a seven year old. Jeffcoat is working to expose to his children world culture .Jeffcoat’s advice to current students is to be honest with themselves. “What I was happy I did was to be really honest with myself. Be honest about what you want to do with your life. I don’t think I ever told anyone that I wanted to go into movies or film because I was afraid I would fail, but it was in the back of my mind, something I thought would be cool to do. I decided this was what I wanted to do with my life and went public. That made everything click.”
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Where are you going from here?
Internships opportunities Career Exploration and Development November Schedule: Interview Techniques Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. 115 Burton D. Morgan Center Writing Resumes & Cover Letters Thursday, Nov. 10 at 4:30 p.m. 115 Burton D. Morgan Center Job Search Strategies Monday, Nov. 14 at 4:30 p.m. 115 Burton D. Morgan Center Chat-n-Chew with the CE&D Crew Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 12 p.m. Location TBA FOCUS Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m. 115 Burton D. Morgan Center What Not to Wear Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m. 115 Burton D. Morgan Center
By Sarah Wiley Features Editor It is a tough employment market out there. Seniors trying to find post-graduation employment can tell you that; as can professionals who have recently lost the jobs they held for decades after the recent economic dip. And, unfortunately, we will all eventually be forced out of this collegiate environment and into the “real world” So it is important to make yourself look as employable as possible. One of the best ways to increase your employability is through internships. They give students marketable skill sets, real life experience in the career of their choice and connections, among other things. Denison’s Career Exploration and Development Center works hard to help students get the internships that will help them with their futures. Brooke Parr, Career Advisor, said that “the Denison internship program is a way for students to gain opportunities with professionals in fields they are interested in going into.” She continued that the aims of the program are for students “to work in a professional environment [and] learn more about
a specific career field or industry that they are interested in working in” Each year Denison puts out an internship catalogue which comes out in December. This catalogue lists internships, organized by field. Parr says that the catalogue is a “really good resource for students looking for internships.” Among the benefits of searching through the catalogue, many of the internships are being offered by Denison alumni, and are offered exclusively to Denison students. The others are only offered to a select number of schools. While nationally listed internships are listed in the back of the catalogue, the chances of receiving a position are much higher when done through the catalogue. However, the internship catalogue is not the only option for students looking for a internship. According to Parr, the Denison Career Exploration and Development’s website offers links to resources to aid students in an independent internship search. While this can help you find things not offered in the catalogue, they are nationally listed. Once students have found an internship that interests them, Career Exploration and Development also helps students in the application process. Parr said that “one thing we can really do
as an office is help you prepare your application material” and help with things such as networking, interview preparation, resume building and marketing skills. Parr concluded that the Denison internship program is helpful for students because it helps to “make sure the internship is a valuable experience”
When you go... Career Exploration and Development is on the third floor of Burton D. Morgan Center Hours of operation are: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Drop-ins for 15 minute appointments Monday-Friday 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
ARTS & LIFE
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Farm to Table cooking class: a journey through food By Madeline Skaggs Arts & Life Editor Paula Dean, Ina Garten, Giada DeLaurentiis, Mario Batali. The foodie boom has introduced us to myriad celebrity chefs we look to for their cooking knowledge and tricks. But as college students living in campus housing know, it’s nearly impossible to put any of those skills to use. Basically, we’re limited to sitting on the couch and watching Top Chef, imagining we’re eating what they’re making. But Mark Anthony Arceno is trying to change all of that. Program Coordinator for Multi-Cultural Student Affairs and food blogger, Arceno led the Farm to Table Cooking Class that took place at the Open House this past Saturday, Oct. 22, in an attempt to show students––and anyone who’s interested––just what we can do. The event was also closely coordinated with campus organization People Endorsing Agricultural Sustainability (cleverly known as PEAS). President Jen Trimmer, a junior from Hillard, Ohio, said of the organization’s involvement in the class, “It’s about a personal connection. We [PEAS] were able to help contact local
farmers, help start conversations, and help plan the menus with local, seasonal produce.” Incorporating the Migrations theme, the students, faculty, staff and Granville residents that made up the thirty-some participants were first invited to speak about our own food backgrounds. From there, small groups were given a shopping list and sent off to the Granville Farmers Market to buy ingredients and get to know the vendors and their products. And then the cooking began! Each group took on a specific aspect of the menu and went to work, following the instruction of Arceno. After all the cooking was complete, everyone gathered around a table and shared the fruit of our labors family style. The menu itself was ambitious, especially for a crowd with limited cooking experience. Handmade gnocchi with a tomato and basil sauce, kale ravioli with butternut squash and brown butter sage sauce, hand pressed tortillas, fresh salsa, pumpkin mousse and even an an apple tart. With Arceno at the lead, however, the group had no problem pulling together all of the great
All photos courtesy Tristan Eden/ The Denisonian
Mark Anthony Arceno, Program Coordinator for Multi-Cultural Student Affairs and food blogger, tells us about the day’s menu. Highlights included fresh kale butternut squash ravioli with a brown butter sage sauce and a fresh apple tart.
Aimee Williams of Aimee’s Blue Ribbon Spices, with her husband Bob, at the Granville Farmer’s Market. Aimee’s Blue Ribbon Spices are now also sold in Whole Foods.
recipes. It did take a little longer than expected, though. A campus inhabitant himself, Arceno keeps a food blog about his experiences with food and cooking, using what he refers to as an “ethnographic approach to food.” His blog, ndihluthi.blogspot.com, meaning, “I am full (after eating)” in the South American language isiXhosa, also shows students just what you can accomplish in a campus kitchen. As a food lover and Food Network addict, I was pleasantly surprised by the large number of people that turned up so early on a Saturday morning to brush up on their own culinary skills. With limited kitchen space, and a crew of varying culinary abilities, I was skeptical as to how the food would actually turn out. Overall, though, the dishes were a success. Sophomore Jillian Misner from Dalton, Ga., said, “It was very good. I liked the ravioli a lot, and the pumpkin mousse too. It was very good for being made relatively quickly and by so many people.” From the farmer’s market to the plate, the experience was truly special and I left inspired. As a senior without a meal plan, my zeal for cooking has begun to wear off. The Farm to Table Cooking Class was just what I needed to rejuvenate those culinary juices and get me back into the kitchen.
Butternut squash and fresh chopped kale.
product, sharing each dish family style.
Denison Students participate in once in a lifetime collaboration
Photos courtesy of Hung Tran
The Vail Series, in its 32nd year, hosted the Munich Symphony Orchestra and Gloria Dei Cantores this past Thursday, October 28th. Denison’s own 27 Chamber Singers were fortunate enough to perform Mozart’s Requeim in D Minor with the world famous concert choir.
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
ARTS & LIFE
Na Style Jaa is made of “substance, life, tension, and humor”
By Tristan Eden Arts & Life Editor In high school, there was always that group of guys in the grade below you who showed up at your parties. They left their raincoats on, talked a lot about the new Nike SBs they were trying to get and brought their own 40s. They were cool kids. Inevitably, late in the night, one of them invited you and a couple friends out to their mom’s Lexus to smoke and listen to some “tracks we’ve sorta been working on.” You’re sitting there, in the warm leather interior, zoning out, staring at the GPS screen, when suddenly you realize you really, really like what’s playing. It’s a simple, satisfying of-the-moment synth-driven beat with these kids rapping over it. They’re clearly having fun. It’s goofy but it’s competent. It’s more than competent: it’s really good. You hear a line like “Street life’s not cheap gotta keep my stacks handy/ but I ain’t got money worries more Patagonias than Andy” and it kind of blows your mind. You know Andy and he sure does own a lot of Patagonias. Finally someone asks, “You guys made this?” “Yeah, man,” the guy in the driver’s seat says. “I produce the beats.” You ask him to burn you a CD sometime
and after he gives it to at the next party you listen to it way more than you really need to. But it’s really good. I don’t know the members of Na Style Jaa, but I wouldn’t be surprised if, in high school, they were the guys who always showed up at parties together and never took their backpacks off. Na Style Jaa is three friends from East Lansing, Mich.: Drew Jones, a sophomore here at Denison, Michael Sherman, and Marcus Baldori, both sophomores at Michigan State University. According to the trio’s website, Nastyrapmusic.com, they started Na Style Jaa this past January “not only to put a drastic spin on hip/hop and rap music, but to create a new genre of music: Story Core.” After listening to Na Style Jaa’s music, Story Core proves a pretty apt descriptor of their brand of basement rap. Their songs are constructed around interesting/ relatable premises and funny situations and held together with solid hooks and–– of course––dozens of clever lines you don’t mind hearing over and over. Na Style Jaa’s music offers “something new, something with substance, life, tension, and humor.” Right now, Na Style Jaa have an EP called The West and an album called Civil War Party! I only had the pleasure of lis-
tening to their EP, but each one of its nine songs has something going for it, hitting that sweet spot between funny and good. You know: songs about Christmas in the 90s, toothbrushes, tripping on a field trip to a wax museum, a spaceship Noah’s Ark called the Space Ark, partying at the Panama Canal, partying in general. “Queen Victoria,” the one about the wax museum, is a gem. Its premise melts into its delivery, combining the nerdiness of being high on a field trip to a wax museum with the coolness of rapping. The narrator goes into the Queen Victoria exhibit to calm down…buuuuuuuut look out, the chorus is anything but calm: “They never told me Queen Victoria could work it like that/ she jerk it she jerk it she jerk it she jerk it.” “Party At the Panama Canal,” too, injects its somewhat lofty and roundabout subject matter (“since the panama canal took 10 years to build, there must have been a huge party to celebrate”) with the exactly right amount of humor to make it work. More than anything, Na Style Jaa demonstrate their gift for balance. They make the “rapping about mundane things” concept (which not new and certainly not always funny) seem effortless, important, and fun.
The West EP is free and Civil War Party! is available on CDBaby. Serious high school nostalgia (get it?) fumes coming off of this stuff. Get high of ‘em.
Photo courtesy nastyrapmusic.com Na Style Jaa’s debut full-length album, Civil War Party!
When you go... Na Style Jaa is playing at the Bandersnatch Friday Nov. 4, at 9:30 p.m.
ARTS & LIFE
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Enjoy the 15th Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival
What you didn’t know about this long-running UPC event, and how you can make the most of it
The longest running jazz guitar festival in the USA!
Festival Headliner, Romero Lubambo, from Sao Palo, Brazil, is the top Brazilian jazz guitarist on the music scene today. This will be his third appearance at the festival this year. In his previous two appearances, he played with his group, Trio mance at Denison Jazz Guitar Festival. He will be performing in the Burke Recital Hall Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Romero Lubambo Tom Carroll, coordinator of the festival, will be leading a workshop “Fun with Harmony” on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 12:00 p.m. in the Burke Rehearsal Room. The New York City native and Denison guitar instructor said of his involvement with the festival, “I feel incredibly grateful to the Music Department and Denison to be able to present this festival year after year.” Carroll will also be playing in the ing place after Julian Lage’s Sunday afternoon set.
When you go... Saturday, November 5 CLINICS - Burke Rehearsal Room 12:00 p.m. - “Fun with Harmony” - Tom Carroll 1:00 p.m. - “Triads and 7th Chords” - Brett Burleson 2:00 p.m. - “Another Kind of Metronome” - Stan Smith 3:00 p.m. - Julian Lage 4:00 p.m. - Romero Lubambo Featured Concert with Brazillian Guitarist ROMERO LUBAMBO and Special Guest PAMELA DRIGGS also appearing The Chris Buzzelli/Doug Richeson Duo Tom Carroll, director Burke Recital Hall - 7:00 p.m. POST CONCERT RECEPTION with Tim Cummiskey Trio Burke Rehearsal Room immediately following the concert Sunday, November 6 Grand Finale Concert featuring Julian Lage Tom Carroll, director Burke Recital Hall - 4:00 p.m.
Jullian Lage, twenty-three year old Caliance at the Denison Jazz Guitar Festival this Sunday Nov. 6 at 4:00 p.m. in the Burke Recital Hall. In addition to soloing, Lage also plays in Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing Trio, and the Gary Burton Quartet.
Denison’s Queer Night broadens cultural horizons By Samantha Phillips Special to The Denisonian “That’s so offensive.” Is Moriah Ellenbogen’s mother wrong to react that way upon hearing of her daughter’s enrollment in a class called Queer Night? Regardless of your age, race, socioeconomic status, or religion, there has probably been a time when you were uncomfortable with the word “queer.” The word has colloquially been associated with homosexuality in a negative, derogatory way. From playground catcalls to debilitating insults, “queer” has almost never been seen in a positive light. So why has Ron Abram, professor of studio art and instructor of QS 268-03, made the choice to call his onecredit course Queer Night? Most folks are unaware that we are in the midst of a massive academic undertaking. Contrary to its past as a scathing putdown, the word “queer” refers to a fruitful and fascinating area of study. While some students know that the word “queer” is not always meant to be an insult, they are not sure what it does mean. “Queer” now refers to anything that defies the socially accepted norm. Since that norm is constantly changing, what qualifies as queer is entirely liquid. For instance, some 50 years ago, an interracial marriage was queer in the sense that it was not a marriage that the majority of society agreed was the normal. Men
and women traditionally married people of their own race. Attitudes have changed and some minds are open, and as a general rule with some exceptions, interracial marriage now is accepted as normal. Same sex relationships are still queer because it is not generally accepted as the norm. Therefore, those involved in Queer studies are not simply studying gays and lesbians. The GLBT community is indeed a large facet of the queer community, but it includes all those not considered for whatever reason to be normal. According to professor Robin Bartlett, the queer studies concentration is truly a “concentration drawn from liberal arts.” It is a concentration outside of a major. The concentration includes introductory and theory courses that highlight the power and privilege of different sex relationships over same sex relationships and how the layering of race, gender, class, sexuality, and religion may complicate that relationship. Upper level students enjoy analyses of prolific and gifted theorists of our time and a choice of many personalized electives from areas like women’s studies, sociology/ anthropology, and communication. During their senior year, Queer Study Concentrators write a research paper, engage in an artistic process or take part in a seminar which examines an issue or experience with an informed queer lens. As is usually the case with the liberal arts, there is much more than meets the eye. The
practical study of the real life conflicts and segregation faced by the queer community on a daily basis provides a springboard for connections, reflection, and introspection. “It provides an opportunity to think about the other,” says Bartlett. The academic study of the unknown “slows you down, makes you more compassionate and less violent. My job is to make queer normal.” Such is the goal of the queer studies Concentration and its offering of Queer Night. This is a bold leap. Professor Abram named his course “Queer Night” not to provoke negatively connoted images of darkened alleys and outdated sexual health pamphlets – a name that is sure to offend somebody’s mother – but in an attempt to unqueer the queer. Queer Night meets Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the Higley Auditorium to watch a film inspired by the queer community – upcoming screenings include The Kids are Alright – and to enjoy an openforum discussion following the film with faculty and students. “I didn’t know that queer films were their own genre,” one first year student commented after watching A Fish Out of Water. “It’s the same concept as a Western Night.” You presumably don’t have to be a cowboy to attend a Western movie night, nor do you have to be queer to attend Queer Night. Chances are that you are queer in some way and that you will fit right into the queer community. Students who are enrolled in this course must attend Queer
Night and complete journal entries to earn one credit; however, you do not have to be enrolled in the class to attend. Many students and faculty members take advantage of the openness of the setting to attend. The mixture of enrolled and other students and faculty makes for a unique experience. The discussions have very diverse perspectives and opinions. In addition to raising awareness of the queer community, professor Abram hopes to “create a community space that bridges who we are as students, faculty, and staff.” At the August 31st screening of A Fish Out of Water, an incredibly poignant and accessible documentary about the conflict between homosexuality and religion, as many as seven faculty members were present from a variety of departments. Professor Abram emphasizes that as professors, it is often “good to just be people” and participate in an inclusive and accepting conversation. “The most we can strive to teach students is that they live in a complex and diverse world,” said Abram when asked about his goals for the course. Maybe you know nothing about the queer community. Maybe you’re bored on Wednesday nights, or maybe you’re interested in an intellectually stimulating opportunity to share opinions with a diverse crowd of interested students and faculty. Maybe you want to illicit a reaction from your parents or educate your friends on an engaging and fascinating topic.
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Big Red Field Hockey: NCAC Regular Season Champs By Ruby Montes De Oca Sports Editor With a little over two minutes left to play and pride on the line, Big Red sophomore Mia Day hit the game-winning goal to extinguish a 3-2 overtime loss to the DePauw Tigers back on Oct. 1. The Saturday victory gives Denison the No. 1 seed and home field advantage in next week’s NCAC Tournament. The contest was arguably one of the most anticipated matchups in recent history. Denison and DePauw entered Saturday as the two top teams in the conference. The Big Red trailed the Tigers by a single game in league standings. DePauw was also the only opponent to hand Denison a loss in the 2011 fall season. Saturday began with an opening Senior Day honoring celebration for seniors Kelsey Flowers and Caroline Kasper. The match was a chance for Flowers and Kasper as well as the rest of the field hockey squad to redeem themselves against the Tigers. “It was the day for them [Flowers and Kasper] to show off what they have worked so hard for, what we have all worked so hard for,” said junior goalie and co-captain Brittany Benson. “We wanted to do it for Coach [P.J. Soteriades]. We never had doubts.” DePauw outshot Denison in the first half, five to three. But in the second half the Big Red turned up the heat. With 17 minutes remaining, DU earned a penalty corner where it appeared that Kasper had given Denison a 1-0 lead. The goal, however, would be waived off as Kasper’s attempt
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Benson was named NCAC Player of the Week last Monday after helping the Big Red shut out conference rival Ohio Wesleyan. Benson entered the week ranked third in the nation in goals-against average. She picked up her ninth shutout for the season against DePauw.
came from just outside the shooting circle. The Big Red remained persistent and with just over two minutes left in the second half, Day would recover a blocked shot by junior Catie Merrick and would slap it past the Tigers’ goalie Maggie Steele. The goal was Day’s third of the season. DePauw would remain equally persistent and refused to lose without a fight. They forced a penalty corner with 55 seconds remaining and with 41 seconds left, DePauw’s Margaret Ellis sent a bullet towards the Denison cage but Benson was there
with the kick save. Seconds later Ellis would attempt a followup shot but Benson turned it away once again. The Big Red defense then cleared the ball out of bounds as time expired. “We are very excited right now, we’re on top of the world,” said sophomore Taylor Bacon. “It is very fulfilling; we worked so hard to get the win. The hard work paid off.” The victory snapped DePauw’s NCAC best 15 game winning streak. The win also secured Denison the number one seed in
next week’s NCAC Tournament. The Big Red will host No. 4 seed, Wittenberg, on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Piper Stadium. “The communication is unreal,” said Benson. “I have never been on a team with this much chemistry.” Should the Big Red advance, they would potentially host yet another re-match against the Tigers on Saturday (Nov. 5). The potential match would put The 2011 NCAC Championship and the bid for the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament on the line.
Big Red Athlete of the Week By Luke Belechak Staff Writer Luke Belechak: How long have you been playing golf? Aaron Klimchuk: I have been playing golf since I was 5 years old. My dad got me and my grandfather into the sport and we both became addicted to the game very quickly. He passed away in 2008 but he is the reason that I am where I am today with golf.
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Aaron Klimchuk For the first time since 2008, Denison captured its first tournament championship at the Peter C. Rossin Memorial in Canonsburg, Pa. Sophomore Aaron Klimchuk crushed the competition in his dominating medalist performance, finishing four strokes ahead of the pack with a 36-hole total of 156. The Denisonian had the opportunity to speak with Klimchuk on his stellar performance:
LB: Besides for taking first at the Peter C. Rossin Memorial Tournament, what other golf accolades have you received, both at Denison and beforehand? AK: At Denison, last year I was named to the second-team All-NCAC. This year I was named co-captain with Dylan Lee, who is also a sophomore. I have had two top-10 finishes, two top-5 finishes, and the win this past weekend. Out of school, I have won four Club Championships. I won a gold medal in Israel at the Jewish Olympics as one of four guys representing the US team that played against eight other countries. LB: What are your goals for the season? AK: Coming into our last tournament of the fall, we made sure that the only thought on our mind was to win it. We felt like we needed a win under our belt to go into to Spring season knowing that we have the
potential to win. This coming Spring, our goal is to win NCAC’s. If our entire team starts getting our heads straight and really work hard on our course management, we know we have a very good chance of winning NCAC’s and going to the NCAA’s. Our stroke average is about 12 shots better than it was last year so considering that we lost NCAC’s by less than 12 shots, winning isn’t a long shot. LB: What is your practice schedule like? AK: The golf team practices four days a week, because of NCAA rules not permitting us to practice every day. Usually practice consists of a lot of short game practice. After we are all satisfied with that practice we go play some holes on the course, usually hitting about two or three balls a hole to practice our way around a golf course. If the course is too packed to play, we then go to the range and hit three or four buckets of balls. LB: What is your favorite course you’ve played? AK: Favorite course I ever played was Caesarea Country Club in Caesarea, Israel. It was built in a desert about five miles from the ocean and it was a wide open course so you could see everything for miles around you. It was a really hard course but it was the most fun I have ever had on a golf
course before. LB: Who is your favorite golfer to watch and why? AK: My favorite golfer is Adam Scott. When I first started working with the swing coach I am working with now, he said that my swing and body movement was more like Adam Scott than any other pro, and that is when I started really liking him and striving to make my swing as perfect as his. I also relate to him in some ways because he struggled for a few years but worked hard and got himself back into the top-15 in the world. Back in my high school and junior career, I really struggled to play well, but I worked my ass off to get to where I am now, as one of the best golfers in the NCAC. LB: What other sports do you play? AK: I have been playing hockey since I was 3 years old and lacrosse since I was about 8. I played all 3 sports in high school, but stopped playing lacrosse before my junior year. LB: What is your favorite restaurant in Granville? AK: My favorite restaurant in Granville is Greek Eats or the Soup Loft.
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
FROM THE SPORTS DESK
Denison Alum Aidan Lucas pitching in the minors By Andrew Touhy Sports Editor After being drafted in the 27th Round by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft, 2010 graduate Aidan Lucas has continued to make a name for himself and prove his supreme manliness. Now 23 years old, Lucas spent this past season on the Quad Cities River Bandits, the Cardinals Class ‘A’ team. The River Bandits took home the Midwest League title, their first since 1990. Lucas proved to be a scary presence out of the bullpen as he led the club in saves with 11. In 39 innings pitched, Lucas carried a 2.75 ERA, and fanned 41 hitters. There seems to be a pattern developing in that wherever Lucas goes, success follows. Having served only two years in the minors, he can boast two championship rings.
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In two seasons in Minor League Baseball, Cardinals pitcher Aidan Lucas has won two championships.
His Rookie ball club, the Johnson City Cardinals won the Appalachian League Champions in 2010, only a few months after graduating from Denison. Now at home waiting for Spring Training The Denisonian caught up with Lucas and asked him about the ups and downs of life as a pro baseball player. Andrew Touhy: Has the reality of being a professional baseball player set in yet? Aidan Lucas: During the summer right after I was drafted it was unreal, and telling people baseball was my job never really got old, because I felt like the man. But now after playing two seasons, I treat it as any other job. Now I try to avoid any conversation that will lead to me explaining what I do. Courtesty of stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com
AT: What have been the high points in the last two seasons? AL: Everything, really. I get to be outside every day playing baseball with my best friends. When my friends are going to work from 9 to 5, all I am thinking about is our next game. I have been fortunate enough to be on two really good teams, and baseball is way more fun when we are winning. I was on good teams in high school and college, but I have never really been on a great team. We expect to win every game, and all the guys know that were going to smoke everyone. We will win eight games straight, and if we lose one, its like a funeral in the club house. Also, baseball has really transformed my life. I eat well, I workout all the time, and I try to get a lot of sleep. I obviously still love to have a good time, but my life is centered around getting hitters out. I would not trade it for anything, and I realize how
The Quad Cities River Bandits went undefeated in the Midwest League playoffs, go-
fortunate I am. To be honest, right now, I could not see myself doing anything but baseball. AT: Are there any low points? AL: Yeah, of course, but only if you let them pull you down. I live in hotels and small apartments all the time, and there is no such thing as personal space. On the bus I am sitting pretty much on top of my teammates, everyone walks around naked in the club house, and besides my locker, I do not have anything to myself. There is also not a lot of good food to eat. When we get done with games around 11 o’clock, nothing but McDonald’s is open. I am away from my family and friends a lot, but at the end of the day I am playing baseball, so nothing is really that bad.
AT: What do you do in the off-season? AL: There’s really not much to do. Sometimes I wish I had a job when I was home because all I can do is run and lift. All of my friends have their own places and work all day, and I am still living in Evanston, Ill.. I am just looking forward to Spring Training. AT: What team do you think you will be on next season? AL: It really depends. I think I will most likely end up playing in Springfield (Missouri) on the Cardinal’s high ‘A’ club. I hurt my knee last year, so I was not able to pitch for a full season team. I have been pitching well, and if I throw really well at Spring Training, I think I can make the ‘AA’ squad that plays in Palm Beach.
Who is a better quarterback? Brady or Rodgers? By Dave Holmes Special to the Denisonian Lately on ESPN, there has been discussion amongst sportswriters and football analysts on who is better between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. There are a few things within this deliberation that everyone seems to agree on: 1) They both are very good. 2) They are probably the two best at what they do. 3) They both play for very good football teams that would not be as good without them. The question then is, how do we differentiate between their respective talents to come to a further conclusion on to who is better? And what “better” are we exactly talking about? Are we discussing who is better now, or who has been better for their entire career? Both are noteworthy questions. Before I begin to write, I think it is necessary for me to share one small little detail about myself that may affect my opinion on this matter. From the minute I was conceived, my parents gave me choices in everything I did except for one thing. In terms of my NFL fanhood, I was going to
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be a Green Bay Packers fan. From Christmas to birthday presents, a Brett Favre jersey or a packers football was a regularity. On Sunday afternoons and occasional Monday nights, the Holmes household has one primary focus for three hours. My bedtime as a child was extended on Monday nights, from 9pm to midnight, to ensure that I would watch all three hours of the Packers games. And indeed, it’s this parenting that I will endlessly thank my parents for. Anyways, back to the discussion. The first question that I would like to jump into is who has been better for their career. I think the obvious first statement that everyone makes in this argument, especially close-minded New Englanders is, “Brady has three titles, Rodgers has one… end of discussion.” And indeed they are right. Quarterbacks are judged by wins and losses. The current season is Tom Brady’s tenth as a starter. Therefore, to this point, Brady has won a Superbowl in 33% of his seasons as a starter. Rodgers comes into this year in his fourth as a starter. To this point, Rodgers has won a Superbowl in, you guessed it, 33% of his seasons as a starter. So, if you
are willing to look at percent of seasons that each of these respective quarterbacks has won a Superbowl as a starter, instead of just the total number, it comes out as a draw. Brady and Rodgers have put up pretty remarkable stats in their careers. Who checks out better to this point? In his career, Brady has completed 63.8% of his passes, while Rodgers has completed 65.4%. Rodgers has a quarterback rating in his career of 101.9, while Brady’s quarterback rating is 95.6. Rodgers, per pass thrown, averages 8.16 yards. Meanwhile Tom Brady checks in at 7.46 yards per pass thrown. Throughout their careers to this point, Rodgers has been statistically better in every category that we can compare them in head-to-head. (since passing touchdowns, yards, and interceptions are but a moot point because Brady has played in 6 more seasons) The second question, which I also believe has a clear answer, is who is better right now? The best frame of mind to get into to answer this question is as an NFL general manager or Head Coach. Who, if I were them, would I most want to have as a franchise player to lead my franchise for the next 5 years. And in this case, I think it
is quite obvious that Aaron Rodgers is your answer. Rodgers is a BETTER passer, he is a BETTER runner, thus is a BETTER player. Rodgers is younger, Rodgers is a better thrower on the run, and Rodgers is playing at the highest level of football for a quarterback that I have personally ever watched. However, it may be too early to tab him as the next great quarterback. Because of his playing style on the move and sometimes suspect offensive line, he may get injured and never be the player that he is now. This article is not intended to be a knock on Tom Brady. Tom Brady is a no doubt about it first ballot Hall-of-Famer. The simple fact is, Rodgers is better, and might end up being WAY better. Comparing their careers, Rodgers has been better. And he’s still only 27. As an extremely biased Packer fan, I can not wait to watch the next seven years until he is Brady’s current age. Not only is it going to be fun to watch, but it may be a stretch of the most amazing quarterbacking that our generation has ever seen. And indeed, it may be the most amazing stretch professional football has ever seen.
It was a thrilling weekend in the Denison sports world. In cross country, the Denison men placed sixth as senior Dee Salukombo captured his first-ever NCAC conference title on Saturday at the 2011 NCAC Championship meet hosted by Wittenberg University, while the women placed 8th for the same title at the John Bryan State Park in Springfield, Ohio. The women’s soccer team blanked Hiram 3-0 and the football team added a 38-27 victory against Oberlin to culminate the victorious weekend for fall sports.