Putting the Liberal in Liberal Arts

By Zach Broeren [Cover image credit: Peter R. Broeren] It’s no secret to anyone that has visited any college campus, let alone Denison, that college-aged people are more inclined to hold liberal political beliefs. This can be found everywhere on campus, especially in campus organizations, with more liberal/left-leaning organizations such as Refugee Advocacy Collective, Denison…

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…

Race, Party and Nationalist Sentiment at Denison

By Paul A. Djupe, Data for Political Research The other day, I posed a survey question to one of my classes, asking if they agreed or disagreed with the statement “The world would be a better place if people from other countries were more like the United States.” All I got were groans. I think…

The Social Politics of Drinking

By Sarah MacKenzie As we are reaching a milestone in the coronavirus pandemic and coming up on almost a year of mask wearing, social distancing, and vaccine chasing, the 2020 presidential election feels like a blip in an infinite amount of time. However, specifically at Denison, the election was perhaps the event of the season….

Are there Partisan Rebels Anymore? Whither Alex P. Keaton

By Paul A. Djupe A hundred years ago in the 1980s, Alex P. Keaton was the Wall Street-worshipping, Republican child of reformed hippies on the sitcom Family Ties. Played by Michael J. Fox, Alex was a mystery to his parents – where did he come from? But the 1980s were a different time, when partisan…

How democratic is the US according to Denisonians?

By Paul A. Djupe By most accounts, the United States is facing its most severe test in my lifetime and arguably since 1876. The sum of those tests is the impeachment trial of the former President Donald Trump for inciting the January 6 Insurrection. So it’s a good time to take stock, to see how…

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….

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…

Vote 2020 :: Campus is “Ridin’ with Biden”

By Paul A. Djupe We’re in the final days before the historic 2020 presidential election, in which the fate of American democracy arguably hangs in the balance. Not to my knowledge has a president ever before inspired such a high level of defection from elite members of his party, such as previous Republican National Committee…

How does Denison think about Trump at the end of his term?

By Paul A. Djupe It seems so obvious, except it’s not at all. To just over half of America, Trump is a menace whose narcissism, pettiness, and incompetence are partly to blame for the spread of the coronavirus being much greater than it might have otherwise been (America is #1!). But, to just under half…

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…

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…