When the Mask Comes Off

By Tim Dowling Ten months since the initial report from the World Health Organization, the novel coronavirus has come to dominate each and every one of our lives. In the United States, the virus is still raging out of control, with more than a hundred thousand Americans each day contracting the disease. Here at Denison,…

Ideological Tensions on Campus?

By Jacob Dennen and Paul Djupe The 2020 Democratic nomination contest again featured squabbling over the direction of the party. Remember back in 2016 when Bernie Sanders continued his fight all the way to the convention? Well, 2020 was much more unified, which makes sense given that they were facing a greater menace: Donald Trump….

Can You Social Shame Without an Instagram?

By Sarah MacKenzie Over the last couple of months the Denison community has undergone changes that perhaps compare to no other time in Big Red history. However, the size and demographic of the student population has remained relatively the same and so has the drama that comes with it. Now instead of being shamed for…

The Politics of COVID-19 Policy Support

By Siobhán Mitchell Outside of our Denison bubble, COVID-19 cases hit record numbers in the United States and uncertainty for the winter looms. While the future viral health of the nation remains unknown, the upcoming presidential election offers little reassurance. Masks, social distancing, and healthcare are at the forefront of American politics and the two…

Vote 2020 :: Campus is “Ridin’ with Biden”

By Paul A. Djupe We’re in the final days before the historic 2020 presidential election, in which the fate of American democracy arguably hangs in the balance. Not to my knowledge has a president ever before inspired such a high level of defection from elite members of his party, such as previous Republican National Committee…

Who Bends the Covid-19 Rules? Exceptional Thinking on Campus

By Paul A. Djupe Denisonians have done an amazing job so far this year adhering to draconian, if necessary rules designed to keep the campus safe and enable the academic year to proceed. The rest of the country, not so much. Researchers are now suggesting that the Sturgis (South Dakota) motorcycle rally with roughly half…

Free Speech: Where Ideology and Group Interests Collide

By Sarah MacKenzie and Paul Djupe Free speech is one of those topics on college campuses that can cause just as much of a stir as observing your one uncle’s reaction to his favorite football team losing. It’s messy and sometimes can be frightening. The controversy that can come from speech on a collegiate platform…

Pointing Fingers: The COVID-19 Blame Game

By Siobhán Mitchell On August 24th, President Weinberg sent a strong message to students about the consequences of violating the Community Care Agreement. Speaking of those who were caught violating the commitment he stated, “We have started to send those students home and will continue to do so until we only have students on campus…

How feminine is drinking a latte?

By Sarah MacKenzie I drink black coffee. I started this painful journey when I was responsible for twenty-two six year olds at a traditional summer camp up in the northern woods of Minnesota. I started drinking black coffee because I had nowhere else to turn. I needed caffeine and I needed it fast so I…

Kick Starting Student Self-Governance: The Student Advisory Board

By Paul A. Djupe With trust in government at an all-time low, congressional failure to negotiate another pandemic bailout package, and the president attacking the integrity of the electoral process, we have multiple indicators that democracy is fading in the United States. What are we going to do about it? How can we revitalize democracy?…

Covid-19 Testing at Denison: How Does it Measure Up?

By Siobhán Mitchell After nearly a month on campus, I finally received my golden ticket and was cordially invited to get my first on-campus COVID-19 test. So, on Monday September 7th, I joined the line of students outside the Slayter coffee bar, not for a caffeine boost, but for the infamous nasopharyngeal swab. Friendly faces…

How Well Do You Know Denison(ians)?

By The 127 Team Yeah, you’ve been here for 3 weeks, but because of covid rules, do you really know Denison yet? 127 (<- click for an overview) can help. We’ve been covering the campus for yeeeeaaaaars and have bird’s eye views of the student body and campus life. A couple of former and current…