Partisan Polarization on Campus Too?

By Paul A. Djupe A defining feature of American politics is the deep animosity partisans have for those of the other party. They don’t like each other, they won’t date each other, and they’d be unhappy if their offspring married someone with another party affiliation. Recent research, however, questions some of these findings, suggesting that…

Straightjacketed by Gender Roles?

By Max Dehon, Paul A. Djupe, and Maggie Miller (in alphabetical order) A cornerstone principle of a liberal arts education is that individuals are encouraged to take ownership of their own success through the freedom to develop and shape their own futures. One might say that this fosters an environment where no individual’s future is…

Are Certain Groups More Masculine or Feminine?

By Max Dehon In the age of #MeToo and calling out toxic masculinity, there has been a cultural revolution and debate over characteristics that contribute to masculinity and femininity. At this point, it seems like there is not uniform agreement on what either means, and perhaps nor should there be. While there is so much…

Has Denison Shifted to the Political Left?

By Maggie Miller During the Trump era, have students shifted away from the Republican Party? Conservative commentators regularly claim that liberal professors indoctrinate their students, motivating more liberal views (despite a wide variety of evidence). Is this the case at Denison? Are we a more liberal-leaning student body, a more conservative one or somewhere in…

What do Denison Students Know about Women in Politics?

By Paul A. Djupe 2016 felt like it was going to be another historical moment, a second big first to follow the big first that happened in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected president. Thanks to the electoral college, a 3 million popular vote victory was ground into defeat. For so many reasons, women were…

127 is BACK!

By Paul A. Djupe Loyal and new readers, we are here to announce that 127 is back in business for 2020! For those who don’t know, 127 refers to the number of credits required to graduate from Denison and suggests that we are writing about the whole Denison experience – about campus, its faculty, the…

Party Tent, Part 2: Spring 2019 Edition

By The Darian of Harrington One of the many new features that Denison has graced our campus with is the Party Tent. It makes sense to provide a safe and secure environment for the inevitable partying that happens on this campus. I have never personally visited the party tent, but I have heard mixed reviews…

Parking for the Public Good?

By Max Dehon and Paul A. Djupe The next step in Denison University’s Master Plan for Residence Life is the construction of a new residence hall, which will contain new senior apartments and party spaces, as well as new “social lodges” (whatever these are). However, only half of the students currently on campus will be…

Modern Day Zombies? The Effects of Smartphone Ownership at Denison

By The Darian of Harrington The revolutionary device that is the Smartphone has pushed technological advancements decades into the future. But the accessibility to essentially unlimited information has turned Smartphone users into modern day zombies. Staying constantly connected can be good for building relationships and acquiring knowledge, but perhaps at the price of constantly worrying…

Using Voter Mobilization to See How Close Knit Our Campus Is

By The Darian of Harrington One of the problems that we have as a human species is that we do not have the capability to fully take-in, process, and understand all of the information that is constantly bombarding us. Due to this, we create different heuristics, which are essentially mental shortcuts, in order to efficiently…

Denison Democrats Prefer Old White Men

By Jacob Rains and Paul A. Djupe At this point 1.5 years out from the 2020 presidential election, just about every Democrat has announced their bid for the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump. The New York Times reports that 18 candidates are in, 2 are likely, and 5 are still mulling it over. It’s an…