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…

So Where Are Denisonians Drinking?

By Maggie Miller [Note: This is the 3rd piece in a series about the Denison social scene. Post 1. Post 2.] In our first two posts of our OneTwentySeven Moonies investigation, we have established that the Denison student body is not overwhelmingly positive towards the Moonies and that the opening of the Moonies in the…

Denisonians Are Divided over Economics, Politics, and the US Itself

By Max Dehon Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders offer unique critiques of the United States from their ends of the political spectrum. President Trump emboldens the idea of capitalism at the core of the United States, whereas Bernie Sanders is a self-proclaimed socialist. How do Denison students feel about these economic models and how…

How Did the Moonies Gap Affect Denison Drinking?

By Maggie Miller [Note: This is part 2 in a series about social culture at Denison. Part 1] In my recent post on OneTwentySeven, we took a trip down memory lane of the last three and ½ years of Denison social culture and arrived in the Fall of 2019 with the introduction of the Moonies….