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…

Pres. Weinberg in His ‘Second Term’

By Max Dehon On college campuses, students are becoming more involved than they have ever been, and their platforms to voice concerns have been seen across the country. At Denison University, President Weinberg has spearheaded a range of changes that push students out of their comfort zones, expand the role of experiential learning as well…

Modern Day Zombies? The Effects of Smartphone Ownership at Denison

By The Darian of Harrington The revolutionary device that is the Smartphone has pushed technological advancements decades into the future. But the accessibility to essentially unlimited information has turned Smartphone users into modern day zombies. Staying constantly connected can be good for building relationships and acquiring knowledge, but perhaps at the price of constantly worrying…

Using Voter Mobilization to See How Close Knit Our Campus Is

By The Darian of Harrington One of the problems that we have as a human species is that we do not have the capability to fully take-in, process, and understand all of the information that is constantly bombarding us. Due to this, we create different heuristics, which are essentially mental shortcuts, in order to efficiently…

Denison Democrats Prefer Old White Men

By Jacob Rains and Paul A. Djupe At this point 1.5 years out from the 2020 presidential election, just about every Democrat has announced their bid for the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump. The New York Times reports that 18 candidates are in, 2 are likely, and 5 are still mulling it over. It’s an…

The AOC Thesis: Is Class Linked to a Preference for Hierarchy?

By Taylor Shook Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (oft referred to by her initials, AOC) is wildly popular among critics and supporters. The Democrat and representative for New York’s 14th district is the second-most mentioned Democratic politician on Fox News, according to a Washington Post analysis. Her record-breaking freshman speech from the House floor racked up more…

You’re Wrong About Binge Drinking—And Here’s Why

By Taylor Shook “What percentage of Denison students do you think engaged in binge drinking in the last week?” We asked, and Denison answered: about half.[1] But we know that only one in three students chooses to binge drink.[2] Why the 20% gap between reality and perception? Self-justification and racial segregation may be to blame….