How Does Social Media Really Make You Feel?

By Zach Broeren The most recent Facebook scandal has revealed to the world that the company has known about the harm its platform causes, but actively ignores it. Out of all the accusations, one was more impactful for college-aged people than others: Facebook’s negative impact on the mental health of teenagers. The internal documents released…

Can Students Talk Across Partisan Difference at Denison?

By Gus Hoffmann In Adam Weinberg’s welcome-back email, he encouraged students to “Develop a wide set of friendships, especially with people who are different from you.” However, during these politically-charged times that can be a difficult task to accomplish. With increasing political fissures regarding Covid-19, a wide variety of social justice issues, and economic policy…

Work Hard, Play Harder: Binge Drinking and Calorie Restricting

By Sarah MacKenzie and Siobhán Mitchell [Note: This post discusses disordered eating on campus.] The year has brought new challenges to our young lives like never before, but some things have remained constant as the world works to heal from the COVID-19 pandemic. Not just at Denison, but all over our nation and this world,…

Which Major Best Prepares You for Post-Grad Life?

By Paul A. Djupe Choosing a major is often billed as one of the most consequential decisions you’ll make, perhaps in life. It’s a question students ask each other, and is definitely one of those gauntlet questions you have to run with your parents and relatives. It’s also a question you tend to revisit –…

QAnon On Campus?

By Jacob Dennen “I  believe that there is some sort of sex trafficking ring that the elites are involved in. Does that mean I believe in QAnon?”  This is part of a conversation about QAnon I had with a close friend. As someone actively involved in many social justice issues, he was terrified of the…

Swipe No More?

By Paul A. Djupe One thing that changed during our pandemic academic year was that the Administration removed swipe access to residential buildings that are not your own. I believe this decision was made pre-COVID, but this reduced level of swipe access is now apparently a permanent fixture of campus life. How do students feel…

The Gender Politics of Security Cameras

By Sarah MacKenzie This past year has been one full of statistics – numbers and projections that have defined our daily lives. The coronavirus pandemic coupled with the 2020 election and George Floyd protests made our world complete with defining moments that pretty much shut out any other news that remained relevant for individuals in…

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…

Who feels The Bern?

By Paul A. Djupe The presidential nominating contest among Democrats has narrowed to two candidates: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Bernie just had a tough “Big Tuesday” night, losing Michigan which he narrowly carried in 2016, as well as some other M states (Mississippi and Missouri), and Idaho (he won North Dakota and we’re still…

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…

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…