Jan 6
2015
Real Clear Policy

According to Douglas Holtz-Eakin '80, i n 2015, as in past years, the dedicated revenues in the Highway Trust Fund are insufficient to cover anticipated spending; Congress must act by the end of May to ensure adequate funding for fiscal year 2015.

Here are Congress's options.

  1. Raise dedicated revenues.
  2. In particular, one could raise the federal gasoline tax. There are three options for a gasoline-tax increase:

    1. Raise the tax rate. The current tax rate is 18.4 cents per gallon of gasoline and 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel. Congress could directly raise the rates.
    2. Index the rates for inflation. In effect, Congress could legislate the real federal gasoline excise tax. As inflation raised the general price level, the tax would automatically adjust upwards.
    3. Index (inversely) the gas tax to oil prices. This option seeks to offset higher global oil prices with lower taxes and vice versa, while collecting more revenue on average than is collected now.
    4. These options all suffer from the stark reality that the gas tax was last raised in 1993, at which point it hadn't been raised since the early 1980s. That is, raising the gas tax is politically difficult. One reason is that a gas-tax increase is a tax increase. This raises another possibility:

    5. Raise the gas tax, but offset the hike with decreases in other taxes. In effect, this switches the mix of federal revenues away from general revenue and toward dedicated taxes, but leaves the level of overall taxation unaltered.

To read more of Holtz-Eakin's work, read here: Real Clear Policy

Jan 5
2015
Inside Higher Ed

William Bowen '55, president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Princeton University, has co-authored a new book, “Locus of Authority: The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education,” with Eugene M. Tobin. They argue throughout the book that college and university shared governance structures are generally staid, slow if not ineffective, and suboptimal for addressing the challenges facing higher education and society generally in the 21st century.

Jan 4
2015
Boston Herald

Potential Posse Foundation scholars from Boston go through a vigorous group and individual interview process where they’re asked to do things like build a robot out of Legos, or lead a discussion on genetic testing, before being admitted into the program. Denison will sponsor 10 students from Boston this year under the Posse Foundation initiative.

Jan 4
2015
Lancaster Eagle-Gazetter

Assistant Professor of history Hannah Muller focuses on the British Empire in her classes. She discusses the world of "Downton Abbey" as the new season begins.

Dec 31
2014
Newark Advocate

Gill Wright Miller's Writing 101 class interviewed 22 Kendal at Granville residents about their college experiences. The project involved creating a set of questions together for interviewing, going to Kendal in pairs to talk to the residents and coming back to class for discussions.

Dec 31
2014
Newark Advocate

Students from Abram Kaplan's Environmental Planning and Design class stepped in to help the Black Radish Creamery with a variety of design issues.

Dec 30
2014
Los Angeles Times

John Bowsher '74, vice president of museum infrastructure at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a local art world figure who helped open the Museum of Contemporary Art in the early 1980s, died at age 62. Bowsher specialized in installing large and complicated artworks. He was known for keen analytic and planning skills while working closely with dozens of artists over the years,

Dec 29
2014
Dance Teacher

Dance Teacher magazine profiled Assistant Professor Stafford Berry in an article about “Dance Whisperers.” The article states that Berry “embraces diversity and individuality, and yet he doesn't shy away from demanding technical excellence. It's that inclusiveness that sets him apart.”

Dec 29
2014
The Hill

Former Senator Richard Lugar '54, says that “The effectiveness and relevance of USAID, as well as its development missions, depend heavily on the prominence and skill of its leadership. Of course, this is true of any agency. But USAID has fewer cards to play in the Washington power games. It depends more than most agencies on a dynamic personality at the top.”

Dec 28
2014
Columbus Dispatch

Construction on the Granville Inn, owned by Denison University, continues on schedule, keeping the aesthetics of the building, all of the historical components, and giving it a new elevator, new heating and cooling systems, and fire alarms and sprinklers.

Dec 21
2014
Columbus Dispatch

Erik Klemetti, volcanologist, assistant professor of geosciences at Denison University, has spent his 14-year career researching volcanoes. His work has taken him to Lassen Peak in California, the Okataina caldera complex in New Zealand and Aucanquilcha in Chile, all active volcanoes.

Dec 19
2014
Granville Sentinel

Denison’s improvement efforts for the Granville Inn got a boost with the approval of a $1.4 million tax credit under the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program, announced Thursday by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Dec 18
2014
Granville Sentinel

Ron Santoni, Maria Theresa Barney Chair Emeritus, opines about black and white responses and responsibility to our history and recent events.

Dec 16
2014
Business Insider

Denison is in the top 100 of two Business Insider lists: “Smartest Colleges” and “Smartest Private Colleges.”

Dec 15
2014
The Greenwich Post

Molly Chapman '15 earned first-team National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) all-region recognition for the first time in her career.

Dec 13
2014
Delaware Gazette

A joint endeavor by Denison and Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan and the College of Wooster, will give 10 recent recipients of the doctoral degree in languages from Ohio State University appointments to two-year teaching positions at the consortium.

Dec 11
2014
PBS Newshour

Jennifer Garner '94 narrates a video highlighting the importance of early childhood education for a program expanding early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners.

Dec 10
2014
Newark Advocate

Denison Professor Emeritus Tom Gallant was awarded the Granville Rotary Club’s Vocational Service Award, one of the organization’s two top honors, for his role as an educator, public servant and community historian.

Dec 9
2014
Indy Star

In former Sen. Richard Lugar's annual “America and the World” address at Marian University, he recommended abstaining from new sanctions on Iran at least during the seven-month extension of the talks.

Dec 8
2014
Newark Advocate

Denison University announced Monday that Daniel Hect is the college’s new director of campus safety, beginning Dec. 8, succeeding Garret Moore, the former director of campus safety, who has moved into the newly created position of Title IX Investigator for the college.

Dec 7
2014
Indianapolis Star

A top Indiana high school students gathered on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the University of Indianapolis to talk about leadership in a changing world with former Sen. Richard Lugar '54, made sure the students walked away with a lesson on terrorism, energy and foreign policy.

Dec 5
2014
Wall Street Journal

Union problems in U.S. ports are the subject of a guest opinion by Douglas Holtz-Eakin '80 in The Wall Street Journal.

Dec 4
2014
Yahoo FInance

At California's Lassen volcano, small blobs of fresh molten rock reheated part of the volcano's old, cooling magma, triggering several recent eruptions, a new study by Denison geosciences faculty Erik Klemetti reports. The magma beneath the volcano resembled congealed leftovers — a warm slush of crystals surrounded by small pockets of molten rock too thick and sticky to erupt.

Dec 4
2014
Nerd Wallet

Students who want to be eligible to receive financial aid from the government or their college have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Nancy Hoover, Denison's director for financial aid helps dispel the most common FAFSA myths shouldn’t hold you back from applying for financial aid for college.

Dec 4
2014
Trib Live

Daniel Meyer ’94, artistic director of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, enjoys bringing great music to people and feels comfortable doing it in a variety of places.