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,…

Their Covid-19 Policy Worked: Do Students Trust the Administration?

By Siobhán Mitchell As Denison enters what may be one of the most difficult times in its history, the fate of nearly 2,000 students hinges on the Weinberg administration. (POTUS gets their time in office identified by their surname, so it seems appropriate that Denison do the same for our president.) Although there is an…

When the Mask Comes Off

By Tim Dowling Ten months since the initial report from the World Health Organization, the novel coronavirus has come to dominate each and every one of our lives. In the United States, the virus is still raging out of control, with more than a hundred thousand Americans each day contracting the disease. Here at Denison,…

Can You Social Shame Without an Instagram?

By Sarah MacKenzie Over the last couple of months the Denison community has undergone changes that perhaps compare to no other time in Big Red history. However, the size and demographic of the student population has remained relatively the same and so has the drama that comes with it. Now instead of being shamed for…

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…

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…

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…

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…