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The Denisonian Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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By Chris Herman Staff Writer A fire in Beaver Hall is suspected to be the result of arson. On October 24, a fire began within Beaver Hall at 8:47 p.m. As the community alert reveals, the perpetrators appear to be a group of masked men who entered the building. The fire was extinguished with a combination of portable fire extinguishers. No one was harmed. The fire was ignited in a laundry basket. The flames were contained to the contents of the room. The Granville Township Fire Department responded quickly, and an investigation is now under way by the State Fire Marshall’s Office. “Whoever involved in this was intentionally trying to put their fellow students at risk of injury or death� said Garret Moore of Campus Security. Similar cases of arson have occurred recently. A few weeks ago a flammable liquid was poured onto the front driveway of Swasey Chapel. The suspects failed to ignite the material and were never caught. “This has never happened here at Denison. I think some students are finally getting it that this kind of behavior has to stop and they are the only ones who have the power and knowledge to stop it� said Moore. There is possible evidence linking the crime to a particular set of individuals, but at this time that information is undisclosed for the safety of the victims and the process of the investigation. “There has been a tremendous amount of cooperation, mostly through the Anonymous tipline. It has been incredibly helpful to the investigation� said Chief Hussey of the Granville Township Fire Department. Students should make sure their rooms

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Female voice in election By Courtney Vinopal Staff Writer As the presidential election draws closer, it is becoming more and more clear that the race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be incredibly close. While voters are concerned with a myriad of issues in this upcoming election, one factor that comes up continuously is candidates’ positions on women’s rights. This past week, a number of students came out to hear Kate Chapek speak about Barack Obama’s position on these issues. Chapek is the National Women’s Vote Director for the Obama campaign, and her speech was heavily focused on the what how Obama’s policies have provided support and aid for women, and the possible ramifications that may arise should Mitt Romney be elected as the president. Chapek started her career working for Obama in Chicago, and has since moved to Ohio to work specifically on these issues, encouraging women to be informed on isContinues on page 3


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sues concerning their own health and bodies. She is sharp and very funny, and feels passionately about issues that women face in this election. As a mother herself, Chapek noted that it is important to recognize where many women are coming from when having conversations with them about the presidential election. Chapek said that many of the undecided voters in this election are women, and these women juggle many tasks such as raising a family and maintaining a household and career. These women may have only just come around to considering whom they will vote for in the upcoming presidential election, and it is important to talk to these women about policies that will affect their health and lifestyle. Chapek stressed that women “are a majority in this country,” and they will decide the presidential election. Given the high stakes of this election, it is crucial that women know how their lives may be affected by decisions made in the legislature. Throughout her speech, Chapek emphasized how certain policies implemented by Obama are changing lives of women for the better, particularly the Affordable Care Act.

She observed that, “Women receive the most benefits of Obamacare, yet know the least about it.” Because of Obamacare, women in Ohio now receive services such as HIV and HPV testing, breastfeeding support, mammograms, and, starting in August, free birth control. Chapek noted that if Romney is elected, Obamacare will most likely be repealed and women may lose these services. Furthermore, there is a high chance that Romney would also work to repeal Roe v. Wade, a decision that could have far-reaching consequences, as it would make abortion criminal even in the case of rape or incest. Chapek insisted that women’s rights will be one of the deciding factors of the election, as these undecided women voters will take these issues seriously: “Mark my words,” said Chapek, “when we re-elect the president, it will be on this issue.” Students were very receptive to Chapek’s informational and relevant talk, especially because she was very enthusiastic about getting Denison students to volunteer on the Obama campaign. In speaking about the crucial role that volunteers play in convincing voters to support Obama, Chapek said, “I need all of you to come out and talk to the people on your campus,” asking students for

common questions that they may get from their peers and providing advice on how they might address these concerns. Sophomore Tina King, who is the president of the Denison Democrats, stated, “We got Kate to come to campus through Organizing for America, President Obama’s grassroots campaign. I thought her speech was absolutely amazing, and she inspired me and gave me new energy to push through the last few days

before the election.” Senior Rathi Ramasamy, an English major, noted that Chapek “did a good job of making political issues accessible to college students and creating a sense of urgency to vote and encourage others to vote.” Regardless of the way that America chooses to vote on November 6, Chapek made it clear that women’s rights will be at the forefront of voter concerns, and could be the deciding factor of the election.

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I <3 Female Orgasm discusses issues of female sexuality By Chris Herman Staff Writer

Flyers promoting a seminar on the female orgasm swarmed Denison last week. The educational and comedic presentation was shown in Slayter at 7:30 P.M. on October 22nd, 2012. Marshall Miller and Kate Weinberg were the event’s speakers. The goal of the seminar was to educate about female sexuality. The Female Orgasm program was started because its creator, Dorian Solot, found the most

asked questions in sex education were about the female orgasm. The program has been presented over 350 times. Weinberg began the presentation with a story about her personal story of sexual discovery. The two speakers went on to discuss the social conditioning of thinking genitals as different or wrong to touch, and how that affects many people’s sexuality today. To discuss the topic more in depth, the large audience was split into three groups: One for the men, one for the women, and

one for those who didn’t want to be split by gender. In the male group, Marshall Miller offered a humorous contrast of driver’s education and sex education in high school to argue sex education doesn’t teach what students really need to know. He went on to answers questions from his male audience. He concluded by stating a survey of women conducted by the program found that “85% of women don’t care about size” said Miller. “It’s not the size of the boat, but the motion of the ocean.”

The groups eventually met back in the Slayter auditorium and continued to educate about the anatomy of the female orgasm and clarified some misconceptions brought about by pornography. The program was well received by students and offered great advice for individuals with all different levels of sexual experience. Marshall’s advice to the men: “Be a gentleman. She should come first.” The Female Orgasm can be found on Facebook and on their website at http://


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are locked at night and report anything suspicious to security to ensure campus safety. The Denisonian Campus Governance Association (DCGA) will make this week’s Senate (Tuesday, Oct. 30) an open forum for the first 20 minutes for every student to voice their concern and suggestions regarding the incident. Vice president of student development Laurel will be in presence for the occasion. A draft of a new resolution addressing the issue of violation of student’s right to a safe living environment will also be presented to the Senate floor. The Denisonian will continue to provide information on the incident as the investigation continues.

NYT journalist inspires students to aim high

By Carole Burkett Staff Writer

The range of career fields is vast and constantly changing. David Bornstein, New York Times journalist, author, and expert on social entrepreneurship, spoke on campus Oct. 23, 2012, mixing encouragement and advice with his own story. Bornstein graduated from McGill University in ’85 with a degree in computer programming before turning to newspaper journalism. But even though he wanted to write, he was unsatisfied: “I was writing a lot about murders. I thought, ‘All I do is tell people how the world is screwed up.’” He then heard about the Grameen Bank, however, and was inspired. This bank was founded in 1976 by Muhammad Yunus to fund small startup businesses in Bangladesh. Bornstein traveled to Bangladesh to interview the bank’s customers, and wrote The Power of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank about the project. This was his first experience with social entrepreneurs,

people who “decide what they want, then create the pathway.” Bornstein spent the next five years traveling the world, interviewing these “wildflower entrepreneurs.” Bornstein related the story of college student Rebecca Onie, who saw a need to connect hospital patients with basic resources. In response, she created Health Leads, an organization which fills patients’ ‘social prescriptions,’ connecting them to the housing, job training, and other resources. Health Leads has influenced six cities, and is run by more than 1,000 college students. In his speech, Bornstein encouraged students to seek this same kind of change, and not to be limited. Bornstein pointed out that media focuses on the negative, and society often does not see the possibilities for positive change. S Social entrepreneurship, he said, is a career that has emerged since his own graduation. The job market will continue to change, and will be “completely different five years from now.” His advice for stu-

dents was trifold: first, to learn to recognize patterns, social and otherwise; second, to be a “bridge person” with more than one field of knowledge; and finally, to understand other people better. After his speech, Bornstein answered several students’ more practical questions. He suggested that students form networks with mentors and peers, fully immersing themselves in their field. But students’ own most marketable assets can stand in the way of taking a chance on pursuing true purpose. Though financial risk, health risk, and crime risk may hold us back, according to Bornstein, the biggest risk in life is “missing it completely.” Bornstein closed with a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupery: “A single event can awaken within us a stranger completely unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.” For some students, Bornstein’s speech may be a significant step in a slow birth, a progression towards intelligent and successful graduates in tomorrow’s world.

Denison explores pushing Greek recruitment to sophomore year By Andrew Luftglass Editor-in-Chief Every January, the Greek Life process begins, as fraternities and sororities induct new members into their organizations. But recently, school officials have expressed concerns about freshmen joining Greek Life so early in their college careers. Denison administrators and the Student Enrollment Retention Committee, made up of students, faculty and staff, are asking the question: Should Greek Life Formal Recruitment be pushed back to the fall of a student’s sophomore year? Concerns about the current recruitment process were first raised by head lacrosse coach Mike Caravana. “I’m not against fraternities at all,” said Caravana. “I’ve always felt that first year is not always the best time to make that decision because you don’t really know who you are at that time.”

By Jessie Mack Features and Web Editor The recently developed Master Facility Plan includes many renovation ideas and goals for Denison’s campus. Although, other renovations and changes will not take place until the newly elected President arrives in 2013, special attention has been paid toward Huffman dining hall. An announcement was made by administration via email Oct. 17, 2012 regarding the planned renovations for Huffman to commence in March as Spring Break begins. The renovations of Huffman will include much remodeling but “many of the changes are “back of the house,” said Seth Patton, vice president for finance and management. By “back of the house” Patton refrenced the changes revolving around efficency of the dinning services and kitchen layout. The project requires at least five months, which will extend throughout the summer with the goal of opening during the 20132014 academic year. During construction in the spring, students will have to go to Curtis Dining Hall or Slayter for dining, but accommodations will be made for students on East Quad. Many students have mixed opionions

Caravana’s concerns were also academic. First year students, especially athletes with busy schedules, might not have enough time to dedicate to their studies. “When we looked specifically at athletes, what we saw was that in a number of sports, men who affiliated declined and men who did not affiliate actually improved their GPA’s in second semester,” said vice president of student development Laurel Kennedy. Though the conversation began with student athletes, it soon became clear that the problem of declining grades existed across the board for first year students. Whether Greek or non-Greek, athletes or non-athletes, Caravana and school officials like Kennedy were worried that students might not have their academic or social footing by the second semester of their first year. They wondered if Greek Life, on top of school work and other extracurricular activities, might be too much for young scholars to take on.

“That concern was substantiated by decline in students’ grades in second semester,” said Kennedy. Statistics reveal that students who enter Greek Life experience a drop in grades during the recruiting process. Among Greek men, the average first semester GPA is 3.13, but during the second semester, that average GPA dips to 2.96. This is not to say, however, that the problem of declining grades is exclusive to the Greek Life community. Non-affiliated students experience a similar academic slide. During the first semester, non-affiliated men produce an average GPA of 3.10. That number drops to 3.02 in the second semester. These numbers are for non-affiliated men who would have been eligible for Greek Life, but chose not to join. Similar academic declines exist for women, as well. Affiliated women have an average GPA of 3.27 in their first semester of freshman year, then drop to 3.14 in the second semester. Independent women’s grades

slide from 3.33 to 3.29. The fact that grades decline for both independent and Greek-affiliated students raises the question of whether or not Greek Life is a significant factor in academic slides during second semester. “I know that members of the Greek community would point to other things that are happening that contribute to the decline, such as the sheer level of activity that goes on during the spring semester,” said Kennedy. The Student Enrollment Retention Committee will look at that question when deciding whether or not a change should be implemented. The committee will examine statistics like the ones outlined above, as well as student feedback to figure out the best course of action for students, Greek Life and the campus community as a whole. To engage in the student discussion, you can answer today’s Tuesday Questions by emailing Julie Tucker at

about the renovation. “I feel as if the closure is an inconvenience and the administration should have done a better job of planning so that the work that is being done would not have intruded into the semester when students and faculty [is] present,” said Nathaniel Crawford, a junior communication major from Chicago, Ill. Although students like crawford have begun to express their concerns about the renovation and the problems this project will involve many do realize the benefits the renovation will create. “In my opinion, the renovation of Huffman Dining Hall will be great. I agree, it may be more tedious and difficult for East Quad residents access to meals, the positive aspect of the new renovation is a new, better dining hall for East Quad. Additionally, the dining hall hours will be prolonged, and allows more first year students to interact wth upperclassmen,” said Jimmie Johnson, a junior psycology major from Chicago, Ill. Johnson’s opionin seems to be shared with many other students. Although they are frustrated about the close of a dinning hall, they say they are excited for the changes ahead. Bill Fox Dean of students said, students should feel free to approach a manager or fill out a comment card so the administration can plan accordingly. He said the

more they know what’s on the students’ mind, the better the implementation will be.” “Being a resident of East Quad, I am not particularly looking forward to Huffman being closed down. It will just be so inconvenient to have to walk to Slayter just to eat. But on the other hand, I am pretty excited for the changes this will bring. I am very glad that Denison is taking steps to improve our food and dining experience in general. The little inconvenience will pay off in the end,” said Shakia Asamoah, a junior women’s studies & biology double major from Worcester, Mass. This “little inconvience” will pay off in the end as Patton said the changes will enhance the functioning of Huffman. The renovations will consist of relocating the dishwashing location, providing more food storage and food prep sations, and updating building systems including heating ventilation and air conditioning. “Ultimately, our goal is to provide students with a dining program much more in line with their expectations. This improvements will contribute significantly to that end. It will will mean we won’t cook from Huffman and wil have limited use of Huffman after spring break.,” said Patton.

Steps are being taken to minimize loss of convenience and the construction procedure is currently being prepared. “We have begun to work on a plan and over the next several weeks we will refine it on how to best handle the influx of students in Curtis and Slayter. Once the plan is finalized it will be communicated to the campus. ” said Niles Gebele, General Manager of Denison Dining Services. Gebele said the plan will include longer hours at Curtis, a continental breakfast at Huffman Monday - Friday, added seating in the Curtis Lounge and much more. The renovation of Huffman is the result of past planning as well as a section in the Master Facility Plan to reconstruct and make changes to the dining services. The ideas and planning included “student focus groups and discussions about the dining halls during the recent facility master plan exercise. Additionally, feedback from the Dining Committee for several years has resulted in considerable feedback for improvements to the dining service. Many of the requested changes have focused on more local foods, fresher foods, and prepared to order menu items. Many of these changes cannot be accomplished to the extent we would like until these facility changes are made,” said Patton.


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Our Voice A close community doesn’t do arson Admittedly, we were hesitant to release a statement against the act of arson that occurred in Beaver on Wednesday, Oct 24. (In case you’ve been living under a barn, a group of four masked individuals snuck into Beaver Hall and purposley or accidently set a fire in room 17.) We were not wary of criticizing this act of arson because so many have spoken out already, or because we already discuss the incident in this issue (see page 3). We’re not even afraid of retaliation. Our uncertainty on how to respond to this incident stemmed from the fact that we did not want to give these criminals the attention that they are so desperate for. Sure, they wore masks, but these individuals were so pathetically in need of validation, that they literally had to set fire to a room just to get people talking about them. It’s really kind of pathetic. The most popular conjecture around campus suggests that Denison’s secret society, the Wingless Angels, is responsible for this act of arson. However, The Bullsheet published a statement on Fri, Oct. 26, where the group denied involvement with the fire. They noted that, “there is no need for these pointless outbursts that further oppress the

student body.” Needless to say, we’re going to have to agree with the Wingless Angels’ statement on this one. Their message in The Bullsheet recognized that the group used to be about fighting discrimination, but the Denison of today is not the same Denison that the original Angels protested against. Essentially, this act of arson wasn’t a confrontation against anything. Maybe one of the guys got rejected so he decided to burn down the all girls’ dorm. Whatever the cause, it cannot be validated or justified in any way, and the whole situation makes us students embarrassed to attend school with people who act out with unchecked hostility. We have to remember that this incident is not representative of Denison’s climate. Rather, a few angsty students on the periphery decided to dominate the headlines for a while. Even though the dangerous act of a few individuals is receiveing a lot of attention right now, they are an exception to Denison’s culture. Let’s remember that most students here are at the very least civil with each other, and the idea to set a room on fire would never occur to most of us. But this act still did occur, and it cannot be ignored.

Cartoon by Joyce Lindsey

Editor’s Corner Worrying about Sandy:

Huffman closing brings longer lines, less room While we commend Dining Services’ efforts to continually evolve their image and food selections, we are tempted to wonder if sometimes practical technicalities get forgotten in elaborate plans to revamp a large hub of their operation. We’re talking about Huffman Dining Hall. Construction begins at the middle of next semester, which means that students will be crowded into Curtis Dining Hall for every single meal. Anybody who has tried to grab some food during the “lunch rush” knows how crowded Curtis gets. Students mill around each other, wait in line just to get silverware,

and scan in vain for an empty table. We’re not demanding a five star dining situation, but we’d like a little bit of convenience when we’re eating. This problem does not offer any easy solutions. The construction schedule of Denison is probably more demanding than many students may assume. There were probably several factors that contributed to decision to start construction of Huffman next semester. But now it’s time to hear your voice. Write to us a com to offer your thoughts on the current dining situation.

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By Andrew Luftglass Editor-in-Chief I’m not used to hurricanes. At least, I’m not used to feeling the effects of a hurricane. Prior to this week, the most I had ever worried about a natural disaster was when Hurricane Irene delayed one of my flights for a couple of days. Having grown up in New Jersey, major natural disasters were always something that happened on TV. We saw the aftermath. We got what was left from the devastation miles away: A little tropical storm that was violent enough to whip up some strong winds and heavy rains. It might even knock out a few power lines. But, at the same time, the storms we got were harmless in comparison to other parts of the country. I remember peering out my window to see the rain pour sideways and the lightning burst, as if I were watching a movie. It wasn’t real enough to be overly concerned with. This week has been different, however. With Hurricane Sandy threatening the northeast, I have periodically made calls back home to check in on my parents. On Monday morning, instead of turning on ESPN, I turned on CNN. I watched the tracker on the bottom of the screen that indicated the wind speeds in different parts of the country, and I breathed

a moderate sigh when the gusts in New York City—the closest major city to my hometown of Montclair, NJ—read only 15 MPH. Since Montclair is relatively far inland and not dangerously close to a major river, I’m more concerned with winds knocking over large branches than I am about high water levels causing massive floods. At the time this issue was sent to print, the storm had not reached its full potential. So, all I can do at the moment is worry and speculate. But regardless of what happens with Hurricane Sandy, I have strangely valued this concerned experience. During previous natural disasters, my lack of involvement had left me feeling like I could not fully sympathize with the concerns of my friends who lived in affected areas. They would tell me about how previous storms had hurt their home towns and express genuine fear that an impending storm could do similar damage. My response would be apologetic, but I had absolutely no idea what to say. I had never shared the same concerns, so I felt ill-equipped to empathize. I admit that I still do not fully understand what others have gone through with regard to natural disasters. But the simple experience of being personally invested in a natural disaster has taught me more about dealing with the situation than any television coverage had ever done. It taught me that victims and potential victims of a natural disaster might not care if you understand their plight. They do not expect you to step into their shoes. They just want you to respect their concerns. Even if you can’t identify with their problem, if you know a victim of Hurricane Sandy, don’t be afraid to lend an ear.


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Your Voice

By Sarah Wiley News Editor “No matter who you vote for, make sure you vote.” That quote, seen in the fourth season election episode of The West Wing, has stuck with me ever since I first saw the episode back in 2007. With an heavily contested presidental election just around the corner, these words have never rung truer. In a democracy, voting is our most sacred duty. It is our most direct opportunity to participate in government, our voice in our futures. With the country at a pivotal turning point, it could not be more important to go to the polls next week. As Americans, we have a choice about who we want to lead our country for the next four years, and what direction we want it to go in. We can choose Barack Obama’s forward thinking vision, or Mitt Romney’s vulture capitalism (sorry for letting my partisanship slip through...). Ohio is thought to be the most pivotal state in this year’s electoral college map, and pundits largely seem to agree that “as goes Ohio, so goes the nation.” As Ohio students, this gives us an unique opportunity to influence the

outcome of the presidential election; in this particular instance our votes early do matter. In addition to the presidential election, Ohio is home to a key senate race between Sherrod Brown and Josh Mandel. First term Senator Brown has been heavily targeted by special interest money, and both parties consider the Ohio seat pivotal to who controls the Senate for the next two years. There are also a number of state wide initiatives that merit your say. Issue 2, which proposes to put an end to partisan gerrymandering, is of particular importance. After censuses where a state’s number of representatives change, the state needs to redistrict, to create the appropriate number of congressional districts, a process which is currently done by the State House, and is often done to serve partisan ends. Issue 2 proposes to appoint a nonpartisan commission to draw legislative districts in a nonpartisan manner. Local issues will also be placed on the ballot. Things like school levys will be contested next Tuesday, and here more than anywhere your vote could be the deciding one. Regardless of where you stand on the candidates and issues, this is your chance to make a difference. After Nov. 6, there will doubtless be a great deal of complaining about the outcome of the 2012 elections. Many Denisonians will likely be among the complainants. But make sure you aren’t complaining on Wednesday morning because you never bothered to vote. Don’t wake up regretting that you didn’t do your part. Make your voice heard, and “no matter who you vote for, make sure you vote.” But please, do vote Democratic.

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Sarah Wiley is a political science major from Hudson, Ohio

Like many students across the country, Wiley casts her vote from the comfort of campus. Wiley’s vote carries added importance because Ohio is still undecided at this point. No candidate has won the election without taking Ohio since 1960. Both Romney and Obama have been actively campaigning in the region.

Upcoming Events on the Hill What: Food and Culture Colloquium When: Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. Where: Slayter Hall Auditorium

What: Football at DePauw University When: Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. Where: Greencastle, Ind.

What: Panel Discussion: What’s Your Experience? When: Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m. Where: Slayter Hall auditorium What: Queer Night screening of “Trio Film” When: Wednesday, Oct.31 at 6:30 p.m. Where: Higley Hall auditorium

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What: Emereti Workshop When: Monday, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. Where: Burdon D. Morgan Center Lecture Hall

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Exploring generations of Denison's most notorious secret society By Debbie Gillum Arts and Life Editor

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The majority of students at Denison University have heard of the secret society called the Wingless Angels. Many students view the Wingless Angels as a funny and harmless boys' group, which is consistent with the original group’s purpose. In 1919, they stole all the hymnals from Swasey Chapel, but returned them a week later. They also planted red tulips spelling out W.A. in a field of yellow daffodils on the main grassy area of the college entrance. The Wingless Angels’ identity was not a secret until around 1983. Since then, no one has revealed the Angels' identities. Like other campus groups, the Wingless Angels have shifted focus over time. Now, their pranks have become malicious and felonious. In 2000, they put a dead cat’s head and a Wingless Angels bumper sticker inside the provost’s mailbox.


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History The Wingless Angels have evolved over the years, making it difficult to give them a Webster’s definition. They were originally founded in 1905, with just twelve members, when Licking County was dry. Their original purpose was simply to find alcohol and get drunk. Few people know that there are three different “generations” of Wingless Angels. These are not literal generations but rather groups with different personalities during different periods. Generation 1 lasted from 1905 - 1917, right before World War I. This group had little to no record of doing anything malicious. They were just a “drinking club,” said Fred Porcheddu, an associate professor of English at Denison University and the unofficial Wingless Angels historian. A former member recalls that the wildest thing they ever did was get a keg and go celebrate. This first generation’s members were respected members of the community. A 1916 Wingless Angel, John Bjelke was president of his class, an officer of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and later became a Baptist pastor. There is a clear 30-year gap with no Wingless Angels activity whatsoever. This is why the Wingless Angels are not over 100 years old. One reason for this gap is the new university president in 1913, Clark Chamberlain. He was determined to “support Christian principles” and “develop Denison’s scholarly potential as a university” according to a Feb. 5, 1996 Denisonian column by the late Wally Chessman, then university historian. In the 1948 yearbook, there is picture of a new group of Wingless Angels and a caption written by them. This marks the beginning of the Generation 2. They were similar to Generation 1, but alcohol was allowed on campus by this time, so the group had to find a more exciting form of entertainment. They were clever, fun-loving pranksters. Their trademark prank was the “panty raid,” where they would unexpectedly barge into a female dorm and go room-to-room demanding female underwear. They also planted red tulips spelling out W.A. in a field of yellow daffodils on the lawn in front of Swasey Chapel one year, according to Porcheddu. “It’s clever because they had to have planted the bulbs for the tulips the autumn before. It didn’t hurt anyone. It was just annoying to the landscapers.” A surprising fact about this group of men is that many were involved in student government, honor societies, and later went on

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to serve as the Board of Trustees. They even performed kind acts. One year, they sent everyone a jolly non-threatening Christmas card. This Generation 2 was not even a “secret society” because they repeatedly revealed their identities in the yearbook at the end of each year. Strange happenings in 1983 marked the transformation of the Wingless Angels into Generation 3, which is the current group. The pranks took a turn and the group developed a malicious tone. This Wingless Angels now focused their efforts on gay bashing, intimidation, vandalism, and personal abuse. Generations 1 and 2 were fairly similar to one another in that they just wanted to drink and do harmless pranks. But Generation 3 stopped revealing their identities in the yearbook because they were committing actual criminal offenses. The take-home message from these multiple generations is that, despite the Wingless Angels claiming to be “righting the wrongs of Denison since 1905,” they really have not. They are not one single consistent secret society but rather several temporary groups who call themselves the Wingless Angels. Wingless Angel members, no matter which generation, tend to be fairly homogenous types. They are all white male senior students. Typically they let in one junior so that he may carry on the tradition and select more members the following year. Generally, Wingless Angels tend to be history, economics, or political science majors and members of the football or lacrosse teams. Merry Pranksters Prior to the 1980s, the Wingless Angels pulled a couple clever and harmless pranks. In 1919, the Wingless Angels stole the school’s hymnal books (used in Swasey Chapel) from a basement room in Doane. They returned the books several days later. They seem to have repeated this prank several times. In May 1950, The Denisonian ran a front page article titled “Hymnals are Found: Denisonian Gets Clue, Solves Mystery With DCGA, Maintenance.” The missing hymnal books were found after a three-hour hunt

The Wingless Angels do have some convenient key terms or features that make them distinguishable on campus. They often refer to Denison as “Penison”. Denison community members are referred to as “Nebbi”, based on the Yiddish word for a powerless person. Two of their most popular slogans are: “What is life without rough-house?” and “Righting the wrongs of Denison.” They usually call themselves the “Mystical and Calorific Band” and identify a “Wielder of the Naughty [or Knotty] Knob” within each group. They wear black, grey, or white hoodies emblazoned with WA on the front. In the past, they have published several bar guides that feature pictures and descriptions of their favorite places, such as the Buxton Inn, Tally-Ho Bars, and The Manor House. They also publish annual fake rush guides, which are booklets featuring malicious descriptions of the sororities and fraternities on campus. It is intended for first year students going through rush.

above the Swasey ceiling, a week after they went missing. In 1957, two members scattered 6,000 cards from the library’s old card catalogue around the circulation desk. They also squirted chocolate sauce on a few library chairs. One of their more clever but odd pranks was when, back in the early sixties, they somehow led a horse up to the 5th floor of the library. A veterinarian was called to sedate the horse enough for it to be safely led out of the library. Community members were infuriated, according to Wally Chessman’s Apr. 1, 1996 column in The Denisonian. A clearly premeditated prank was when they spliced clips of themselves telling jokes and farting around a campfire into the cowboys-farting-around-a-campfire scene in the film Blazing Saddles, which was being shown in Slayter in 1977. The Adytum used to publish pictures and names of Wingless Angels each year because students were eager to learn which peers were the masterminds behind such humorous pranks. Criminal Acts In more recent years the activities of the Wingless Angels have become more than pranks. They were felonious acts. In part because of silent complicity, virtually no one has ever been charged for committing any of these acts. During a mandatory convocation called “Our Right to Choose: Toward a new Ethic of Abortion” in Slayter Auditorium on Oct. 10, 1985, several masked and hooded Wingless Angel members ran across the stage yelling insults at the speaker, throwing condoms and coat hangers at the audience. The audience members, including faculty members, who tried to pull off their masks were hit and knocked back, falling over rows of chairs, according to a News Brief from the Oct. 17, 1985 Denisonian. At the Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 19, 1987, eight masked Wingless Angels entered Curtis dining hall, carrying a live turkey and hedge clippers. They begin to cut off the turkey’s head with the hedge clippers but were

confronted by the university food service manager, Michael Kramb. He attempted to pull off their masks and was kicked and hit in the face. He received facial lacerations, a black eye and torn ligaments in his ankle. Another food service employee was struck in the ribs by a fleeing member, according to front-page article in the Dec. 10, 1987 Denisonian. Licking County Animal Control was called to humanely dispose of the partially decapitated turkey. No one was ever punished for the act, even though a $5,000 reward was posted by Denison. Wingless Angels viciously assaulted East Quad Area Coordinator Bill O’Dell, a young post-graduate student, in April of 1993. O’Dell was planning on pursuing a career in university administration. He lived in a staff apartment in Crawford and saw the Wingless Angels and approached them. They turned on him, knocked him down and punched and kicked him in the head, causing him to be hospitalized and almost lose one of his eyes. O’Dell resigned from his position at the end of the school year, moved back in with his family and ended up working for the family business, instead of pursuing his planned career. In another disturbing act, the decapitated head of a cat (that was probably roadkill) was found by Provost David Anderson on April 19, 2000 alongside with a Wingless Angel bumper sticker in his mailbox. This act was not only sick but also a clear felony because it involved tampering with a mailbox, which is considered federal property. On March 9, 2010, the Wingless Angels lit a wooden “W” on fire in the middle of the academic quad. They proceeded to pull the fire alarm in the library, according to librarian Joshua Finnell in an e-mail to the library staff. Last year, on bid day (Jan. 30, 2011) the Wingless Angels vandalized six campus buildings. Using red and black spray paint, they wrote “WA” and drew penises on buildings including the library, administrative building and Greek houses. The graffiti was very difficult and expensive to remove because the some of the buildings

Over the years, faculty and students have voiced their distaste for the Wingless Angels. In a Denisonian letter to the editor on April 13, 1977 a student wrote about being woken up in the middle of the night from hearing the Wingless Angels “saying simply horrendous things.” This anonymous individual came to the conclusion that the “Wingless Angels symbolize all of the sexual frustration that is harbored high atop a college hill.” In a Nov. 4, 1993, Brian W. Lindamood, the Editor-in-Chief, wrote an editorial in The Denisonian about the Wingless Angels. He noted that, “Every year, like clockwork, the Wingless Angels become the subject of community dialogue.” This is still relevant a decade later. Every time the group does something public, the community begins

yet another annual discussion of the group. Kennedy encouraged students to make But nothing ever comes of these discussions. confidential reports to campus security “Even if the members of the Wingless and to no longer tolerate such behavior in Angels were unmasked and expelled, thus the Denison community. exterminating the group, would it really Both The Denisonian and the Bullsheet mean the end of campus terrorism?” he said. have been useful forums for students to Lindamood called for “drastic measures express their dislike of the Wingless Angels. to be taken” along the lines of changing Juan Padron wrote into the Bullsheet on Nov. Fraternity Row somehow. However, the 10, 1999 calling for community members elimination of Greek residential housing in to expose the Wingless Angels. 1995 did not bring about the elimination of “Where have our morals as human beings the Wingless Angels. gone when we don’t do a damn thing to In the April 7, 1994 Denisonian, there was prevent events like midnight harassing or an article about a Wingless Angels themed damaging of Denison property. I for one talk show to be aired on WDUB 91.1 FM (the hate to pay increasing tuition because of campus radio station). Before the talk show, the damage these guys inflict.” surveys were sent out to random faculty and Padron called on his fellow community students containing interesting questions members to no longer tolerate their behavsuch as, “Would you feel honored if asked to ior and end the madness. become a Wingless Angel?” Not all students shared and “Are you intimidated Pardon’s sense of frustraor afraid of the Wingless tion. Sophomore John Angels?” The leaders of the Dolby found the Curtis talk show acknowledged turkey decapitation incithat there is “almost a code dent to be humorous. of silence regarding issues “Sometimes a man has pertaining to the Wingless to do what a man has to Angels.” They boldly stated do,” said Dolby, defending that they were trying to the Wingless Angels in the break this silence but then Dec. 10, 1987 edition of Dexter C. Tight '48 The Denisonian. went on to state that “we Former Wingless Angel don’t want any actions to be A former Wingless Antaken against the Wingless gel, Dexter C. Tight, and Angels because of this show.” It’s notewormember of Board of Trustees, wrote into thy that students seemed interested in the The Denisonian on Nov. 4, 1993. He boldly Wingless Angels as a discussion topic but admitted his involvement in the group nothing more. No one felt a need to try to back in 1947-48 but now he regrets his take action against the group. association. In response to the 2011 vandalism, Laurel “I used to be proud to be a Wingless Angel. Kennedy, vice president of student developBut no more,” he wrote. ment, wrote to The Denisonian on February Tight said the group used to be an elite set 2011. She explained to the community the of campus and fraternity leaders who posnegative impact of this group. sessed a sense of humor and a commitment “Their work today is neither smart nor to improve Denison. He admitted at times skillful. Their 'rush guides' among other they could be mischievous or even cause publications are vulgar, mean-spirited, hoan inconvenience but they never caused mophobic, and misogynistic. They target, property damage or physical or emotional vilify, and hurt people for the sake of private harm to anyone. sport, publicly distributed,” she said. “The Wingless Angels has evolved from a relatively harmless nuisance in the community to a libelous, slanderous and even criminal organization,” wrote Tight. He ended his article asking for “all fraternities and each member within them to condemn the Wingless Angels.” Also in that issue of The Denisonian was a statement from the 1993 Board of Trustees. They stated that they were “deeply concerned about the recent physical assaults” and that “these activities must not continue.” They emphasized that if the Wingless Angels were ever caught they would face expulsion or criminal charges. The chair of the faculty of 2000, Michael Fuson, sent out an e-mail on May 1 to the community about the acts of the Wingless Angels. “Not only do the Wingless Angels subject their targets to intimidating gestures and crude physical reprisals (yet always done in the dark), but, as has happened in the past and has now happened once again in the incident concerning the Provost, David Anderson, they do not appear to shrink from victimizing even the family of their intended target.” The “incident concerning the Provost” is a reference to him finding a cat’s head in his mailbox.

I used to be proud to be a Wingless Angel. But no more.

Courtesy of The Adytum

The 1980 Adytum revealed the identities of the Wingless Angels . The head of the angels is called The Wielder of the Knotty Knob (in center).

No longer Angels The Wingless Angels are a secret society


- 1905-1916: Generation 1 a drinking

club, back when drinking was illegal in Licking County. The extent of their activity was bringing kegs on to campus. They were respected members of their community and presidents of their fraternities. - 1917-1946: No Wingless Angels because of President Clark Chamberlain’s determination “to support Christian principles.” - 1947-1982: Generation 2 (not a secret society), performed harmless pranks. Most were involved in honor societies, student government, and later went on to serve on

Board of Trustees. - 1983-present: Generation 3 (have

focused pranks on gay bashing, intimidation, and vandalism. This generation has not revealed the identities of members in the yearbook.)

Notable Pranks Barged into female’s rooms and demanded their underwear. Planted red tulips spelling out WA in a field of yellow daffodils on the front lawn by Swasey. Stole the school’s hymnal books from Swasey and returned them a few days later. Scattered 6,000 library cards from the card catalogue and squirted chocolate sauce on chairs. Somehow led a horse up the 5th floor of the library. The horse had to be sedated to be safely rescued. Spliced video of themselves sitting around a campfire farting into the film “Blazing Saddles” that was showing in Slayter. At a pro-choice rally in Slayter auditorium, they ran across the stage yelling insults and throwing condoms and coat hangers. At a Thanksgiving dinner in Curtis, they brought a live turkey and began to cut off its head with hedge clippers. Assaulted East Quad coordinator. Put a cat head in the provost’s mail box. Lit a wooden 'W' on academic quad. Vandalized six buildings with red and black spray paint. at Denison University, who used to be just a drinking club but have evolved. Close friends and girlfriends of Wingless Angels know who they are but never acknowledge to university officials that they know this information. Events like Bill O’Dell’s assault and the turkey decapitation happened because we as a campus have chosen to remain silent. Professor Porcheddu finds this most disheartening “You have an obligation to be authentic as a person and say ‘this is not acceptable’ and if I remain silent then I become complacent with this kind of act,” he said. If you have any information on the Wingless Angels, contact the security anonymous tip line via phone at x8418 or via online form: anonymous_tips.php.

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The Chucho Valdés Quintet played in the beautifully-lit Swasey Chapel this past Friday as part of Denison’s Vail Series.

Chris Herman/ The Denisonian


Chucho Valdés Quintet an exciting addition to the Vail Series By Sam Heyman Staff Writer Swasey Chapel was filled with a healthy mix of Denisonians and Granvillians eager to see the Chucho Valdés Quintet this past Friday, Oct. 26. The Quintet, which visited campus as a part of this year’s Vail Series season, played very well, wowing the audience with unique, complex and sometimes discordant melodies. This was my first Vail Series concert in my Denison career. Coming into it, I was expecting excellence, but from the advertisements and word of mouth I had overheard in past seasons, I expected a classical style taken to an extreme pedigree. To my surprise and my delight, Chucho Valdés and his crew of skilled

musicians were anything but old-fashioned. Appropriate to the jazz genre, Valdés’ melodies were alive with a sense of play, unafraid to fade in and out of tonality, and filled with an urban, almost tribal sort of bustle. The band played on the Swasey Chapel stage below vivid, dynamic lighting to a diverse, appreciative crowd. When the shifting colors of the lights and the pace of the music ushered us into a new movement of the act, the audience never failed to offer their applause. No musician in the quartet had a monopoly on this applause, however; each member got their chance to shine, with percussionists Yaroldy Abreu Robles, Dreiser Durruty Bombalé and Rodney Yllarza Barreto working in at times furious conjunction with each other to create the

rattle and rumble that made up the bulk of the Quintet’s arrangements, and while bassist Angel Gaston Joya Perellada and Valdés himself played invaluable supporting roles, grabbing audience attention moreso during quieter sections. Being partial to piano, I especially responded to the way Valdés took command of the keys at his fingertips, making what seemed at times like manic scrambles of keystrokes into smooth and intricate stretches of notes. His skill at the piano matched with a measured amount of restraint helped allow all of the many moving parts of the quartet to work to their fullest. Although the looser structure of the music itself started to make things blend together after a while, the moments of pulsing

unity we were treated to when the piano and the percussion were able to coalesce were truly astounding. Junior and frequent Vail patron Evan Hunter expressed that the Chucho Valdés Quintet was a “refreshing” addition to the Vail series line up. He was excited to experience not only jazz, but jazz that was “so unique, complex, atonal, [and] sometimes Mozartian” rather than just the excellent but familiar classical fare. The Vail Series has garnered a consistent amount of positive attention, but I have a feeling that people will be talking about this show for a while. For me, at least, listening to the Chucho Valdés Quintet play is something I won’t soon forget.

Tristan’s Tracks

Pissed Jeans and puppies, French fries and Savages: a CMJ recap By Tristan Eden Arts and Life Editor Gazing out the rolled-down windows of our black Town Car, New York City seems almost too bright. It’s 11 a.m. on Thurs., Oct. 18 and CMJ (College Music Journal) 2012 has been going strong for two days already. We’re here to catch the last three action-packed days and nights of the week-long music festival. CMJ is a company that keeps track of what music college radio stations all around the country are playing. Every October, CMJ invites over 1,100 bands—the majority of which are unsigned and almost completely unknown—to play in Manhattan and Brooklyn. But CMJ is not merely entertainment. It’s more of an industry churner, a week of networking and buzz-stoking. It’s understood by everyone involved that the CMJ Music Marathon is a symbiotic relationship between the bands and the people that can make the bands famous. So why were we there? Because Denison’s radio station, 91.1 WDUB FM, is very much on the scene, and for three incredible, allexpenses-paid days, me, (the Music Director), Wes Judd (the Station Manager), and Eric Lindvall (the Tech Director) took part in the modern-day boho dance that is the CMJ Music Marathon. Thursday night we cabbed up to Irving Plaza to see Killer Mike. We got there far too early and had to sit through sets by bands called Color Film (terrible), Bear Hands (okay), and a teenage rapper wearing a ski jacket with the lift ticket still attached to the zipper (okay). At about 10:30, Killer Mike, fatter than Rick Ross with a bigger beard and definitely a whole lot less glamorous, took the stage. He spat fire and enunciated all his

Courtesy of Eric Lindvall

political rhymes in this great goosebumpsinducing way. We clapped and roared and tweeted. Killer Mike ends and we’re on the L train heading to the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg for Sub Pop Records’ showcase where we’ll see King Tuff and Pissed Jeans. King Tuff ’s set was thrilling. Just riff after riff after riff after riff. I used to intern at Sub Pop and my boss and other Sub Pop staffers were in the crowd. He bought us all drinks as the room readied itself for the assault of Pissed Jeans. Pissed Jeans is a hardcore band from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and hardcore bands today don’t come much hardcore-er. Matt Korvette is the wailing, screaming, throat-killing frontman. At one point during their set, my boss’s wife leaned over to me and yelled into my ear, about Korvette,

“He’s a psycho. I wouldn’t be surprised if he, like, murders people. He has some totally normal day job, too!” Total psycho. “What’s he do?” I yelled back. “Like an insurance claims adjuster,” she said, laughing. Korvette strutted around the stage with his straight-laced haircut and halfway-unbuttoned grey button-down getting sweatier and sweatier, yelling into the mic as his band of bros behind him kept a very, very heavy squall up. For the finale, Korvette left the stage and ran to the bar. He was quickly followed by the two guitarists, who left their instruments leaning against the giant amps, creating infinite and glorious feedback. The three of them got drinks at the bar as the drummer—shirtless, balding—kept a beat going over the feedback and stared crazily into the audience. This went on for maybe fifteen minutes. The audience threw pizza

boxes and slices of pizza all over the place. The heaviness continued unabated. The drummer didn’t break his maniacal stare. Finally, the rest of the band walked onto the stage again and unplugged it all. It was 2:30 in the morning. Day two: Friday. We go to the Mercury Lounge to see a band called Daughter, a band called Choir of Young Believers, and a band called Savages. Daughter is a threepiece (woman singer/guitarist, guy guitarist, guy drummer) from England and sounds like a less electronic version of the xx, but with much more build up and release. The singer, Elena Tonra, couldn’t have been more adorable if she tried. And did she ever try! Her thick, dark bob’s bangs were dangerously, adorably close to covering her eyes and when she spoke with her so-softyou-could-barely-hear-it speaking voice she more often than not talked about puppies. “Do you—are any of you—I don’t even know if I should say this—I’m going to a puppy pageant tomorrow.” Aww. “Are any of you going to be there?” She started the next quiet song and about twenty seconds in she started giggling into the mic. The band stopped. “I’m sorry—I was just—picturing the puppies,” she said, quietly. Jaw-dropping levels of cute were beaming from her hairobscured face. Copenhagen’s Choir of Young Believers was good—sort of a big 1980s pop sound— but we were really there for Savages. Savages is an all-female punk four-piece from London and they’re very, very intense. Singer Jehnny Beth gave off Natalie Portman-circa-V for Vendetta vibes and was dressed like a punk Audrey Hepburn from Funny Face. Savages commanded attention for of Continued on page 10


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Q & A with Haitian author Edwidge Danticat

Debbie Gillum /The Denisonian

By Debbie Gillum Arts and Life Editor I sat down and chatted with famous Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat, Thursday Oct. 25. Danticat is the author of over 14 books, both fiction and non-fiction. She lived the first twelve years of her life in Haiti, before moving to Brooklyn, New York, with her parents. She spoke in Slayter Auditorium as part of the Beck Lecture Series, The Denison Museum, and the Spectrum Series. Debbie Gillum: How do you feel you embody creativity and courage? Edwidge Danticat: I feel like I inherited a legacy of creativity and courage because I come from a culture where people at different times had to struggle to be allowed to

create their vision of the world. There was a power struggling to silence them. It comes out in my work. I certainly have tried to include in my work that spirit of testimony and of bearing witness. DG: Why are you drawn to both fiction and non-fiction? ED: Because I get bored. [laughs] I feel like I’m really sort of hyperactive in writing. I feel like it’s ultimately one project. Different stories ask to be told in different ways. Sometimes something demands to be fiction where other things need to be more editorialized or told in a straightforward way. I also think there are ways that one form can inform the other. In that if you write fiction, you can learn from nonfiction in the sort of attention to details and the ability to do research. When you are writing non fiction you have this structure in mind where you are ultimately telling a story. You can transfer that narrative structure. DG: What was your hardest work to write? ED: Brother I’m Dying. The subject was certainly painful. It was still new and raw. Everything had just happened when I started writing. It remains my most personal book. It’s one of the things I’ve written the quickest. It was difficult but healing, because when I was writing it I felt like I was visiting my father and my uncle. DG: How does Haiti inspire your writing? ED: In every single way. The landscape, the people, and their struggles. Haiti re-

mains such a powerful presence and inspiration in my life. I don’t know if I would be writing if I hadn’t had the experience of spending the first 12 years of my life in Haiti. Sometimes they say a writer is formed by the age of ten. And on some level, with me, that has been true. DG: How did you react when your novel Breath, Eyes, Memory was selected for Oprah’s book club? ED: I couldn’t believe it. I was just stunned. I was very happy of course. Not just for personal reasons, but because for part of the show she decorated the set with Haitian paintings and flew a Haitian chef from Queens. It was spectacular because people got to experience this other side of Haiti. It was nice that I got to share this other element of Haiti that a lot of people might not have experienced. DG: How often do you write? ED: I write as often as I can. Before, that pretty much meant all the time. I have two little girls who are seven and three so now I have to write around their schedule. I don’t have any rituals when I write. I just try to get to it and keep my distractions at bay. DG: What advice do you have for aspiring writers? ED: I would say just write. When we’re starting out, we really censor ourselves. You undervalue your own story, because there are so many books out there. Trust in your voice, in your story. Write because it’s important to have the practice of it. So you’re less scared of it. Also read. It’s important to do a lot of reading.

DG: Are you curently working on a new book? ED: Yes, I have a book coming out [in] August 2013. It’s fiction and it’s called Claire of the Sea Light. It just went into copy-editing. I’m very excited. My last two books have been non-fiction so it was fun to go back to writing fiction. I was getting tired of myself. [laughs] DG: Who are your mentors? ED: My biggest mentors are the storytellers of my childhood, my grandmother and my aunt. That’s the first place I learned the importance of storytelling. I watched them become animated when they told stories. These were my first writing teachers. I also think writers like Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Amy Tan, Julia Alvarez were very important to me because their stories connected to mine. If you read carefully, you can find mentors in your reading. When I was starting out, I would try to read an author’s first book through their last to see their growth and development as a writer. You can learn a lot about writing through that process. DG: What do you love most about the writer’s life? ED: I love the solitude. I love sitting in that room and just disappearing into a story. I love just starting out writing when it’s light and looking up and it’s dark. I love getting lost in a story. I love seeing something concrete emerge from a speck of an idea. I love seeing pages accumulate and characters get more complex. I love the whole process.


Rising star Andy Grammer’s brand of pop a total crowd-pleaser By Kristian Garcia Staff Writer Andy Grammer, the 28-year-old singersongwriter, rocked the stage Friday night in the Roost. Grammer is mostly known for his pop hits “Fine by Me” and “Keep Your Head Up” and released his debut self-titled album last year. A pop artist on the rise, Grammer has a charming style and a knack for the good old happy song that gets stuck in your head and you can’t help but sing it. Grammer started out his set pumping up the crowd with his good attitude and upbeat songs from his album. He opened with his hit single “Fine By Me.” His performance on the stage was a crowd-pleaser and his energy dispersed through the audience. Although the crowd may not have been as full as one would expect, he graced the people with charisma and enthusiasm. Grammer interacted amongst the audience and shared some of his personal life with them on talking about his mother’s passing which he followed by performing a song dedicated to her titled “Ladies”. A sweet side on the life of the artist and positive messages made this an accomplished concert. He also mentioned when he was touring with Train, and how he struggled to grab

people’s attention since he was the opening act. He said he mostly caught their attention by doing cover songs. Mentioning the difficulty of beginning his career as a musician, he said how he transformed from a street performer to an actual artist making this an inspiring story. In addition, he also performed covers of songs like “Fix You” from Coldplay and a selection of other pop songs, like “Stereo Hearts” from Gym Class Heroes. Throwing in some beatboxes in the middle of his songs, people stated “that it was impressive talent coming from the typical pop artist”. Ending his concert with the hit single that helped bring him fame, “Keep Your Head Up,” which he mashed up with Fun’s recent hit “We Are Young.” This ended the concert on a high note and left the people pretty satisfied. Grammer is the typical pop artist that has the inspiring story, the really happy tunes, and the looks that keep the ladies coming. Since he’s become more distinguished, he is used to bigger venues and coming to Denison was a change for him. It is nice to see artists playing small venues because it shows compassion towards his fans and how they make a good name for themselves. Grammer is a worthy musician who has the upbeat song you need when you have a bad day.

A pop artist on the rise, Grammer has a charming style and a knack for the good old happy song that gets stuck in your head and you can’t help but sing it.

Hung Tran /The Denisonian

Lia Windt /The Denisonian

Top 40 singer-songwriter, Andy Grammar, played to a full house in the Roost on Fri.

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Por Vida gives art students once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Courtesy of Miaja St. Martin

By Debbie Gillum Arts and Life Editor Five Denison studio art majors showed their work as part of an exhibition entitled “Por Vida.” It is an annual art event that celebrates the traditional Mexican Holiday Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This is the fifth year for the exhibition, which was curated by Columbus artist Kat Moya. Denison juniors Hayley An-


derson from Milford, Conn., Kristie King from Tarrytown, N.Y., Clara Lang-Ezekiel from Toulouse, France, Parker Shea from New Braunfels, Texas, and Miaja St. Martin from Nashville, Tenn., showed their photographs, prints, sculpture and drawings. Associate professor Ronald Abram is friends with Kat Moya and he was able to get the students a special showing in “Por Vida.” Miaja St. Martin, an education and stu-

dio art double major, was glad to be a part of such a unique opportunity. “I mean, how many people can say they have been in an art exhibit when they are only a junior in college?” she said. St. Martin said she learned a lot from the experience and would gladly do “Por Vida” next year. “I am going to take away excitement for creating art in general and knowing that every little step counts,” she said. “We only got a small exhibition and no one purchased our pieces, but being part of a show will lead to having your own show someday.” Now that she has been part of a gallery, she has more appreciation for the work that goes into galleries. “It looks very simple at first and you think, ‘Oh I could do that,’ but when you get in there you realize how much precision and reorganization has to go into it. There’s a lot of time that has to go in.” she said, “There were a lot of 6 to 2 a.m.s, a lot of driving, and just a lot of late nights.” Clara Lang-Ezekiel, a history and studio art double major, really enjoyed the experience.

“It’s my first time displaying my work in a real art show. It’s the first time I’ve priced one of my prints and the print was the hardest one I’ve ever done so I’d say this show is a big deal to me in a lot of ways.” she said. Liesje Steenkist, a junior biology major and english minor from Pittsburgh, Penn. went to the show on Friday. “I thought it was really cool that Denison students got to participate in an art exhibit as undergrads and to get that kind of exposure at such a young age.” She responded most to St. Martin’s series of three photographs that featured a Denison model, junior Dylan Dyer. “I really liked the eerie feeling of the model glancing over in the third photo. It spoke to me in a weird way,” she said. “Skulls and the Por Vida theme isn’t something I’m usually interested in, but the way it was presented made it something more general that the public could look at and understand.” Day of the Dead is about commemorating the spirits of the loved and lost by throwing a great party in their honor. Moya invited 25 artists to create works in the holiday spirit.

MojoFlo rocks the Bandersnatch once again By Kelsey Ingram and Abbe Kaplan Staff Writer and Special to The Denisonian

As MojoFlo, composed of seven Columbus natives, began setting up their equipment, testing their sound, and placing pre-orders for pizza bagels, first year roommates Claire McGinnis, an English major from Paris, France, and Samantha Grosslight, an undecided major from Los Angeles, California, had already established themselves as super-fans. They saw the band, whose sound they can only describe as “funky, jazzy, and rock all at once,” for the first time during their first weekend at Denison and have been in love ever since.

Claire and Samantha weren’t the only returning fans, however; MojoFlo packed the house on Wednesday night, Oct. 24. MojoFlo’s rockin’ sound and upbeat attitude had everyone on their feet and dancing. They even drowned out the fire truck sirens from the incident just across the quad in Beaver Hall. MojoFlo played some of their fabulous original hits like “Waiting” and “Just Forget You,” in which the band showed their true flair. But as a first for this writer, MojoFlo included some great covers like “Someone I Used to Know,” “Eye of the Tiger,” and “Rolling in the Deep.” The covers were an interest for sophomore Curtis Edmonds, but the band’s personalities were what brought such a

great crowd. Edmonds said “MojoFlo has great diversity in their music, which is something I really like. The saxophonist is so good, but the lead singer is fabulous because she’s such a diva, in a good way!” Senior Jen Trimmer agrees and urges every student to see MojoFlo live, or any band live. “The energy of the concert is amazing. That’s the difference, music is an experience live.” While most people started listening from couches, strangers ended the concert bumping shoulders on the floor. As lead singer Amber Nicole notes, “We love the intimacy of this concert. It feels very personal, especially since I can see faces! But we come here for the audience. Sometimes it doesn’t matter

what size the venue is, as long as the energy of the audience is good. And that’s why we come back to Denison, because even though the venue is small, the energy from the audience is astounding. We will keep coming back if the audience is great.” And it would seem that MojoFlo will continue to have a reason to return. Many attendees had been to more than one of the band’s on-campus concerts over their Denison career. MojoFlo brings new creativity to campus, a break in the monotonous house/ rap/pop scene that dominates Denison’s music. The band brings class and fun back to this campus, and we look forward to MojoFlo’s return for years to come.

Pissed Jeans, King Tuff, Savages, Har Mar Superstar: the best of CMJ Continued from page 8

their entire set. And most of that attention was paid to Beth, who moved in the most captivating ways. Arms crossed then flailing her hands at the audience; tucking and untucking her shirt, putting her hands in her pockets. The songs felt tight but also somehow spacious and oddly unhurried, though everything about the band is urgent. Keep an eye on Savages in the coming months. The New York Times wrote about their CMJ performances and I hear labels are fighting over them. Saturday, the final day of CMJ, loomed large. At ten, we arrived at the Bowery Ballroom our last night of CMJ shows. We saw a band called Braids, which was genuinely boring. And then Wild Nothing came on. They channeled a sort of mopey ‘80s bedroom pop thing, the band members looking down at the floor, making their instruments jangle in a the most pleasing way. We left the Bowery Ballroom and walked to a bar called Pianos where we were meeting Olivia, a friend of mine from NYU. We saw the last band we would see at CMJ––Har Mar Superstar––completely by accident, but their set was by far the weirdest and also one

of the best of the entire week. Wes, Eric, and I got to Pianos before Olivia and were abruptly turned away by the homeless-looking old bouncer who said, “You don’t have any girls with you.” First of all, this was a bar, not a nightclub, which should’ve made this a moot point. But dude was not kidding. “Girls are coming to meet us,” I said. “When they get here, I’ll remember you guys and you can come in,” he said, and motioned for us to get out of line. We leaned against a pickup truck and watched as this nuts bouncer turned away group of guys after group of guys. “We were just in there! We came out to smoke a cigarette,” one group protested. The bouncer wasn’t buying it. Before long there were about ten of us girl-less guys milling around in the street. When Olivia showed up we took our case back up to him. “We have a girl now,” I said. “Just one, though,” he said, seriously. We started laughing. “This is a music festival,” he said. “That’s what we’re here for!” we said, still laughing, not believing any of this. We showed him our CMJ badges. Grudgingly, he lifted the rope and let us in. It was not crowded inside. Olivia ordered us frozen margaritas and then we went

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Playing it cool: Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson (left) and captivating singer

to the back where the stage was. This really short guy with terrible long and stringy hair surrounding his bald head was jumping around the stage, supported by only a drummer. We found out later this was Har Mar Superstar, but we found out immediately that he was rocking it. His voice was so sweet and funky. He was moving so much. He took off his sweaty tank top and then his jeans until he was up there on the little stage in nothing more than his underwear sing-

ing these incredible little postmodern funk songs. It was bizarre. The crowd was going insane. He finished his set at about 2 a.m., put his pants and shirt back on, and left the stage. Very strange. Very good. We slept late, got burgers in Greenwich Village, and took the Town Car back to La Guardia. Exhausted, thrilled, trying to remember everything we’d seen and done and eaten and drank, we boarded our flight back to Ohio.

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Field hockey offensive explosion secures no. 2 seed Weekly Round-up By Ben Hearn Staff Writer

The Big Red Field Hockey team dominated Earlham College on Saturday morning with an explosive 7-0 victory to finish out their regular season. This win advanced the Big Red to a 10-4 NCAC record. Denison struggled to capitalize on scoring opportunities throughout the first half of the game against Earlham. After 25 minutes of play, junior midfielder Katie McMahon scored the first goal of the game unassisted from a penalty corner shot attempt. The remainder of the first half was scoreless, but after halftime the Big Red turned up the intensity. Denison scored six goals in the second half. Immediately after halftime, senior Catie Merrick scored three consecutive goals. Junior Karla Dixon and McMahon assisted her first two goals respectively. This hat trick by the senior helped set the tone for the offensive attempts in the second half. McMahon managed to score her second goal of the game in the fifty-third minute. A few minutes later, junior midfielder Alex B. Berman scored to put Denison up 6-0. Sophomore Courtney Testani scored the Big Red’s final goal of the game. Testani managed to control a ball that was in the air. She finished the shot into the back of the cage, putting Denison up 7-0. This goal closed out the game and Denison’s 2012 regular season play. This conference win helped the Big Red clinch the second seed in the NCAC tournament.

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

Field Hockey 10/21 Denison Wittenberg

Volleyball 10/22 Denison Otterbein

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Pictured above is junior forward Alex B. Berman (number 5) who played in all 19 games, in which she logged four goals. Last year, Berman posted a hattrick on Oct. 8 in a victory over Earlham.

After the win, senior captain Brittany Benson said, “We’re definitely going to focus on our communication.” The captain stressed the importance of playing together and communicating in the practices leading up to their next game. Additionally, Benson talked about the streaky nature of this 2012 season. It will be important for the Women’s

Field Hockey team to go into the conference tournament playing together, while forgetting about past losses. The Big Red will play either OWU or Wooster depending upon the last conference game, which will be played on Monday night. With the second seed, the Big Red will play one of these two teams at home on Halloween at 3 p.m.

Men’s soccer falls short of playoff berth By David Allen Assistant Sports Editor In a playoff-or-bust match, the Denison Big Red men’s soccer team was unable to capitalize on a late lead and lost 2-1 to Ohio Wesleyan, thus ending their 2012 season in a frustrating fashion. With both teams only needing a win to continue their season, the game started out in an offensive stall. Both teams looked like they were quietly trying to figure the other team out, and neither had much success throughout the first half. In fact, the first goal did not happen until the 68:25 mark, when Denison sophomore Corey Ricketts scored on an unassisted goal from 25 yards out, giving Denison the lead, 1-0. After the strike, both teams fought hard for the next 15 minutes, yielding no results. With five minutes left in the game, it looked like Denison was going to crawl away with a victory and a postseason berth. Unfortunately, that would not be the case as the Ohio Wesleyan Fighting Scots scored two goals in the final four minutes to win the game, 2-1. Senior Ryan Torgerson led the Big Red with seven shots in the loss. “We grew a little fatigued towards the end of the game and made some mental mistakes which presented [Ohio Wesleyan] with scoring chances,” Torgerson said. “Our goalkeeper, [junior] Matt Wagner, and our defensive line of [freshman] Ryan Fine, [junior] John Krentz, [sophomore] Andrew Vance, and [senior] Zach McKelvey/ Corey Ricketts had a terrific game but it’s hard to stop a defending national championship team from scoring for 90 minutes”. With such a strong beginning to the

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Women’s Cross Country NCAC Championship (in Wooster, Ohio) 10/27 5th Place

Men’s Cross Country NCAC Championship (in Wooster, Ohio) 10/27 6th Place

Women’s Swiming and Diving vs. Toledo 10/27 L, 199-96

Men’s Swiming and Diving vs. Wabash 10/27 W, 266-129

Field Hockey 10/27 Earlham Denison

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Women’s Soccer 10/27 Oberlin Denison

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Pictured above, (number 5) senior forward Adam Severs played 14 games in the regular season. Severs logged a totals of two goals for the 2012 season, including a game winning goal against The College of Wooster on Oct. 6.

season, winning three out of their first four matches, the Big Red men skidded to only one win in their next seven games. However, it did not help that many key pieces of the 2012 squad were missing. “We had to play without [junior] Jamie Wagner, [junior] Blake Miller and Corey Ricketts for most of the season so that didn’t help our cause at all, especially when it came to conference play. Consistency was also a factor for us,” Torgerson explained. “We would play phenomenal

some games, but then would not perform to our usual standards during others”. While this season can be considered a disappointment, next year does look very promising for the young Big Red, who will only be losing three seniors this offseason. Among the exciting players returning is Miller, who was the goal leader and offensive workhorse before a season ending knee injury. “I can only imagine better results and a conference title next year,” Torgerson predicted.


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Women’s Rugby repeats as Ohio DII state champs

Courtesy of the Women’s Rugby Foootball Club

als, with an opponent, date and time still to be determined. If the team defeats their respective opponent at regionals, they will qualify to go to nationals which are going to

Women’s soccer secures spot in NCAC tournament By David Allen Assistant Sports Editor A topsy-turvy regular season for the Denison women’s soccer team ends with a clutch win against Oberlin on Oct. 17, clinching a playoff berth for the (5-10-2) Big Red. From the start of the game, Denison sprinted hard out of the gates, eager to prove their worth for a postseason appearance. Denison totaled 16 shots and held the Oberlin Yeowomen to absolutely no shots in the first 45 minutes. One of these many Big Red shots ended with a goal at 38:46 from 15 yards out for senior forward/midfielder Sara Livingston, which was her first of the year. Denison led at the break, 1-0. The Big Red added another goal on a header by junior midfielder Emily Carlson from 20 yards out at the 75:14 mark of the game, but this proved to be unneeded, as Oberlin could not produce one goal against the stingy Big Red. Denison took the victory with a 2-0 statement. “We needed offensive momentum moving into the postseason and so we focused on exploiting the holes in their defense by moving the ball quickly,” Livingston added. Denison completely outshot the Yeowomen with 29 shots to just one for Oberlin in the entire game. The Big


Red also led with 11 more corner kicks than their now (1-15-1) opponent. This is a very promising result for the Big Red women who started the season lagging considerably. After the first four games, Denison was 0-4 and had lost by just one point in every match. Yet, the women quickly shook off the losses and went 2-0-1 in their next three games, placing them in prime position within their North Coast Athletic Conference. Their standing did not last long as they lost five out of their next seven games. The Big Red women needed wins. “We brought our focus to our conference schedule and were able to let go of a tough start out-of-conference,” Livingston explained. “Now we have a clean sheet ahead of us and we’re ready to take it one game at a time.” The offensive leaders of the team include freshman forward Andrea Witte who has a team-high three assists and junior Jocelyn Festle, who leads the team with six goals. Impressively, the Big Red won two of their last three games to plunge, brimming with momentum, into the postseason. DU women’s soccer looks to start a successful and lengthy playoff run on Wednesday, Oct. 31st at Wooster University at 2 p.m. in the NCAC Tournament Semifinals.

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goals and a team-best three assists.

Big Red Volleyball vs. Wooster (Nov. 2) Come support Denison as they battle the Fighting Scotts in the NCAC Tournament Quarterfinals. The match is slated to begin at 4 p.m. at Livingston Gymnasium.

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