Advice that Strikes a Chord

By Shayne Silver-Riskin Each semester begins at a point of harmony where you and your work seem to flow at the same steady beat. You find a rhythm – you receive assignments; you complete assignments; and you turn them in on time. But just as you approach the bridge between a semester’s beginning and its…

Are Better Students Grittier?

By Paul A. Djupe, Data for Political Research As I roll around the lab helping people add parentheses to their code, one thing I’m blown away by is the number of notifications of various kinds they are getting. Phone notifications, desktop notifications, notifications everywhere. That can’t possibly help get work done. We don’t have data…

It’s Been Four Years Already?

By Gus Hoffmann Pictured above, is my Dad and I the night before Aug-O. We had just completed a 14-hour drive from Massachusetts to our end destination: the Granville Inn. When I think back on Freshman-year-Gus I am envious – he had everything figured out! As I enter my last semester at Denison, it is…

Do Discerning Moral Agents Vouch for Friends?

By Zach Broeren What does it mean to be a discerning moral agent? Does it mean living a life full of integrity and service to others? Does it mean not pocketing the milky way in Slayter to avoid paying for it? Everyone will have a different definition of discerning moral agency, regardless, many of us…

Denison and the Climate Crisis: Are We Prepared to Make a Better Future?

By Daniel Gunther Climate change is one of the most pertinent issues facing the world. Food shortages attributable to soil erosion, water deficits and changes in weather are the root cause of many conflicts around the world and will continue to be a primary source of discord and unrest. The question becomes, then, at a…

Republicanism Hits New Low

By Paul A. Djupe The 2016 election was the first in which a majority of educated voters chose the Democratic candidate for President. And many of the educated Republicans I know have expressed frustration with the direction of the party that observers are openly calling authoritarian. The rejection of science, the support for the January…

The State of Frats

By Zach Broeren Following the COVID year of uncertainty, most institutions on Denison’s campus returned to normal, or at least a predictable version, with one notable exception: Fraternity party spaces. Even though Fraternities were allowed to host parties last year, this year brought major changes as fraternities were barred from hosting parties in their spaces…

SLEDDING!

By Zach Broeren and Paul A. Djupe Why go to Denison on THE HILL if we can’t go sledding? Oh, yeah, the discerning moral agency and classes. But what if we exercise our active citizenship muscles to change the rules so we can go sledding without getting written up by CamPo? The sledding stories from…

Do Greeks Dominate Denison Drinking Culture?

By Gus Hoffmann and Paul A. Djupe Alcohol is one of those sneaky chemicals that has been propped up by US society. Much like how people link caffeine with productivity, drinking alcohol is associated with winding down, loosening up, and being social. Binge drinking isn’t in most cases an individual decision, but a social one…

Stress and Coping at Denison Across 2021

By Gus Hoffmann The pandemic pushed everyone out of their rhythm, kept us apart from our friends and loved ones, and disrupted many of the ways we take the stress out of our lives. It was no surprise that everyone was talking about mental health last year. But there are lots of reasons to think…