Staff members at Denison Libraries are among those mourning the loss of Denison alum Joseph “Joe” Razo '08, who died from injuries sustained while trying to defend friends from what the San Francisco Gate described as a “mob attack” outside of a nightclub in San Francisco.
Nestor Canchola, 22, was later arrested and charged with Razo's murder, but has since been released on $48,000 bail.
Joe's presence in the Denison community was highly visible during his time here as he paved the way for the success of the Black Student Union's Culture Jam, served as an active member of La Fuerza Latina, and worked intimately with the planning of D-Day.
Always one to go above and beyond, Joe also documented a critical moment in the University's history when he began filming the community's reactions to the Hilltoppers' use of a noose in a flyer advertising their annual Halloween concert. This project ultimately became his senior project for his media technology and art major.
Sasha Griffin, the University's archivist, received several requests for the documentary when she arrived at Denison in 2014. She discovered, however, that the documentary was missing, so Griffin contacted Razo to have the documentary added to the collection. Griffin said that Razo sent her a digital copy as soon as he was able to locate the file and also arranged for local viewing rights so that it could be viewed on campus.
Griffin said that student work is usually not archived, unless it pertains to the history of the University.
Copies of the documentary are available at the Circulation Desk for check-out for faculty, staff, and students. Those wishing to take advantage of this opportunity are required to remain within the confines of the library.
A showing of the documentary, with a talkback about the documentary following, will be shown on at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 15, in Slayter Auditorium.
Jewell Porter '16