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…

Loneliness On Campus

By Zach Broeren [Photo Credit: Minh Tran ‘24] During the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most important issues that young adults have faced is an ever increasing crisis of mental health. Social isolation and living life online have been detrimental to young Americans, so much so that CDC reported that there was a 31% increase…

Do Relationships Still Make Great Colleges?

By Paul A. Djupe [Image credit: Logan Mallory] While the backbone of a Denison education is what happens in coursework, relationships formed in and out of the classroom are what make it great. In conversation and through working together on common projects, students learn how to translate their coursework into active citizenship and all the…

Do Discerning Moral Agents Vouch for Friends?

By Zach Broeren What does it mean to be a discerning moral agent? Does it mean living a life full of integrity and service to others? Does it mean not pocketing the milky way in Slayter to avoid paying for it? Everyone will have a different definition of discerning moral agency, regardless, many of us…

The State of Frats

By Zach Broeren Following the COVID year of uncertainty, most institutions on Denison’s campus returned to normal, or at least a predictable version, with one notable exception: Fraternity party spaces. Even though Fraternities were allowed to host parties last year, this year brought major changes as fraternities were barred from hosting parties in their spaces…

Do Greeks Dominate Denison Drinking Culture?

By Gus Hoffmann and Paul A. Djupe Alcohol is one of those sneaky chemicals that has been propped up by US society. Much like how people link caffeine with productivity, drinking alcohol is associated with winding down, loosening up, and being social. Binge drinking isn’t in most cases an individual decision, but a social one…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…