Ideological Tensions on Campus?

By Jacob Dennen and Paul Djupe The 2020 Democratic nomination contest again featured squabbling over the direction of the party. Remember back in 2016 when Bernie Sanders continued his fight all the way to the convention? Well, 2020 was much more unified, which makes sense given that they were facing a greater menace: Donald Trump….

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…

Primary Vote 2020!

By Paul A. Djupe 2020 is in full effect! Who do Denisonians support? Drawing on data from our survey of 500 students that closed last Monday, the campus is almost all Democratic – only 16 percent would not participate in the Democratic primary. Among them, Sanders has a plurality of the intended vote (27%), which…

Denison is a Powder Keg? Free Speech in Crisis

By Paul A. Djupe I get asked reasonably often whether there is a free speech crisis on college campuses. Popular concern for speech on college campuses has been stoked by conservative-leaning media, but those stories are built on actual incidents where speakers have been heckled, shouted down, and even their very presence protested from the…

Denison Grit

By Paul A. Djupe From stories in the news about college students these days one might be lead to believe that blizzards had hit every campus because there are so many snowflakes. Students (oh my, y’all are millenials too) are described as psychologically frail creatures who can’t handle arguments and to whom even the idea…

Denison Students Are Polarized, But Not Like The Rest of the Nation

By Oliver Gladfelter In June of 2017, The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group released a report showing that Clinton and Trump voters were more polarized on social issues than on issues concerning the economy (Drutman 2017). Clinton supporters were decisively left leaning on both economic and social issues, while Trump’s supporters leaned right primarily on…