A 4/20 Joint: Denison’s Counterfront on the War on Drugs

By Shayne Silver-Riskin Denison smells. More specifically, Denison smells, often, like a musty fiery skunk. I first noticed this aroma in my freshman residential hall and attributed it to marijuana soon after. While I understood marijuana’s scent inspired its fair share of criticism, it didn’t bother me too much. At the time, weed smelled like…

Tassels on the Dark Side of the Moonies

By Gus Hoffmann For those who do not remember, at the end of Denison’s August Orientation, every incoming Freshman is given their graduation tassel. It’s supposed to represent the continuity of your Denison experience, that is, if you can hold onto it for four years. Although it’s a cute little thing Denison does, it is…

Do Denisonians Trust Denisonians?

By Zach Broeren On a rainy day my freshman year, I had my umbrella stolen from me not only once, but twice in the span of three hours. The first person who borrowed it without permission was nice enough to return it, but the second borrower did not. While it took some effort, I was…

Real Denison Men Eat Meat

By Shayne Silver-Riskin As we all know, college brainwashes young people. In this context, “brainwashing” involves qualified experts providing students with strategies to analyze new information and arguments while handing them tools to build their own opinions. Often, this leads students to question their own worldview. They challenge old systems that they previously accepted. They…

Loneliness On Campus

By Zach Broeren [Photo Credit: Minh Tran ‘24] During the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most important issues that young adults have faced is an ever increasing crisis of mental health. Social isolation and living life online have been detrimental to young Americans, so much so that CDC reported that there was a 31% increase…

One year after dLOC – What has changed for student workers?

By Madeleine Murphy If you walked around campus last spring, you would have been greeted by red and white posters everywhere. They had slogans like “Hello my name is student worker” or “did you know since 2018 student wages have remained at $9.25, but tuition has increased by 16.6%” and a little circle logo in…

Where’s the Best Food on Campus?

By Gus Hoffmann During the college application process, prospective students travel the country and visit universities. Oftentimes, a key component of the college tour is showing the dining halls, explaining the meal plan, and highlighting every single college’s amazing cuisine. I remember zoning out as the tour guide explained the college’s food plan. Generally, prospective…

Do Relationships Still Make Great Colleges?

By Paul A. Djupe [Image credit: Logan Mallory] While the backbone of a Denison education is what happens in coursework, relationships formed in and out of the classroom are what make it great. In conversation and through working together on common projects, students learn how to translate their coursework into active citizenship and all the…

Free Speech in the Bubble

By Zach Broeren [Photo Credit: Minh Tran ‘24] Free speech has become one of the most hot button topics on college campuses in recent years. Popular internet personalities will stick themselves on campuses to ask questions on free speech, op-eds will be written on media platforms from Fox News to MSNBC, and many other people…

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…