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…

Are Better Students Grittier?

By Paul A. Djupe, Data for Political Research As I roll around the lab helping people add parentheses to their code, one thing I’m blown away by is the number of notifications of various kinds they are getting. Phone notifications, desktop notifications, notifications everywhere. That can’t possibly help get work done. We don’t have data…

It’s Been Four Years Already?

By Gus Hoffmann Pictured above, is my Dad and I the night before Aug-O. We had just completed a 14-hour drive from Massachusetts to our end destination: the Granville Inn. When I think back on Freshman-year-Gus I am envious – he had everything figured out! As I enter my last semester at Denison, it is…

SLEDDING!

By Zach Broeren and Paul A. Djupe Why go to Denison on THE HILL if we can’t go sledding? Oh, yeah, the discerning moral agency and classes. But what if we exercise our active citizenship muscles to change the rules so we can go sledding without getting written up by CamPo? The sledding stories from…

What gives when it all piles up?

By Zach Broeren Time management problems are no stranger to Denison students. Four classes already provide enough work for one week, but then you start to become more involved with clubs that eat up your time on weekdays. Social events start to take priority on the weekends as you realize it’s your best (if not…

Do College Students Ever Sleep?

By Siobhán Mitchell It’s no secret that college (and Denison in particular) is known for a work hard, play hard, no sleep attitude. But, sleep is essential to who we are and all that we do. After all, we are at an academic institution to learn, and good quality sleep has a proven association with…

Is There a Class Basis of Academic Success at Denison

By Paul A. Djupe College is supposed to be the great equalizer. We (prof-types) assign grades based on merit, grant equal access to help, and focus considerable resources to ensure understanding of new material. But there are a number of ragged edges. So, when I ran across a tweet from Sociologist @JessicaCalarco with results from…

Is there a class scandal in academic performance at Denison?

By Paul A. Djupe We’ve all heard about the bribery and related scandals that have rocked higher education in the last month. If you haven’t heard, wealthy families were paying often enormous bribes so their children could attend particular universities. In certain wealthy school districts, test proctors were straight up giving students the right answers….

How we get it back: Building Trust

By Paul A. Djupe If the “arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,”[1] holy cow is that arc wiggly these days. Because when I think of the main engine of justice, I think of the federal government of the United States. There is arguably no institution in the world that…

The Personalities of Successful Students

By Paul A. Djupe A few posts ago, I looked at the personalities of Denison students and only partly because I wanted to make ridgeline plots.[1] Mostly, I wanted to see if Denison shapes the elemental ways in which people engage society. The answer was no  – personality appears stable across time. Since student personalities…