Which Major Best Prepares You for Post-Grad Life?

By Paul A. Djupe Choosing a major is often billed as one of the most consequential decisions you’ll make, perhaps in life. It’s a question students ask each other, and is definitely one of those gauntlet questions you have to run with your parents and relatives. It’s also a question you tend to revisit –…

Covid-19 symptoms or allergies?

By Siobhán Mitchell Allergy season is upon us which means that sore throats, stuffy noses, and general feelings of yuckiness are all around campus. Granville is no stranger to the intense allergy season that is Ohio spring, and with a student body that consists of mostly out-of-state students, it’s no surprise that campus may be…

QAnon On Campus?

By Jacob Dennen “I  believe that there is some sort of sex trafficking ring that the elites are involved in. Does that mean I believe in QAnon?”  This is part of a conversation about QAnon I had with a close friend. As someone actively involved in many social justice issues, he was terrified of the…

Swipe No More?

By Paul A. Djupe One thing that changed during our pandemic academic year was that the Administration removed swipe access to residential buildings that are not your own. I believe this decision was made pre-COVID, but this reduced level of swipe access is now apparently a permanent fixture of campus life. How do students feel…

The Gender Politics of Security Cameras

By Sarah MacKenzie This past year has been one full of statistics – numbers and projections that have defined our daily lives. The coronavirus pandemic coupled with the 2020 election and George Floyd protests made our world complete with defining moments that pretty much shut out any other news that remained relevant for individuals in…

Do College Students Ever Sleep?

By Siobhán Mitchell It’s no secret that college (and Denison in particular) is known for a work hard, play hard, no sleep attitude. But, sleep is essential to who we are and all that we do. After all, we are at an academic institution to learn, and good quality sleep has a proven association with…

QAnon, Millennials, and Gen Z – a match made in Heaven?

By Jacob Dennen “OK Boomer.” Every Gen Z’er or Millennial has heard of this phrase or has used it themselves. We know that it has come to represent how out of touch the Baby Boom generation is. While much of this comes from the idea that Boomers’ conservatism has influenced decisions that have jeopardized our…

The Social Politics of Drinking

By Sarah MacKenzie As we are reaching a milestone in the coronavirus pandemic and coming up on almost a year of mask wearing, social distancing, and vaccine chasing, the 2020 presidential election feels like a blip in an infinite amount of time. However, specifically at Denison, the election was perhaps the event of the season….

Has Substance Use Increased During the Pandemic?

By Siobhán Mitchell Last semester brought new challenges and new possibilities to student life, opening up a conversation about public health on Denison’s campus. Although the pandemic took center stage, other aspects of our campus health still hold prevalence in how we live and learn on the Hill. Looking back at 127 data from years…

Are there Partisan Rebels Anymore? Whither Alex P. Keaton

By Paul A. Djupe A hundred years ago in the 1980s, Alex P. Keaton was the Wall Street-worshipping, Republican child of reformed hippies on the sitcom Family Ties. Played by Michael J. Fox, Alex was a mystery to his parents – where did he come from? But the 1980s were a different time, when partisan…

How democratic is the US according to Denisonians?

By Paul A. Djupe By most accounts, the United States is facing its most severe test in my lifetime and arguably since 1876. The sum of those tests is the impeachment trial of the former President Donald Trump for inciting the January 6 Insurrection. So it’s a good time to take stock, to see how…

Socially isolating before it was cool

By Shayne Silver-Riskin In September of 2018, I entered social isolation because outside felt scary. COVID-19 had not yet reared its ugly head, but social anxiety had already reared its ugliness inside my head. I would often go days without leaving my dorm because even when I hurriedly paced down the hallway to the bathroom,…