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The Times-Delphic Campus News Thursday November 01, 2012 Campus Events Personal artifacts donated to Civility, voting Cowles, highlights civil rights focus for tonight’s panel in Olmsted Emily Tyler Staff Writer In a recent return to Drake University, alumna Patti Miller donated her personal journal, photos and other items related to “Freedom Summer” to Cowles Library for the use of researchers and to display to students. Sociology professor Michael Haedicke is just one professor who plans on using these items. ”Having an archive here is something I’ll definitely make use of, if not through classes, then in other ways,” Haedicke said, citing the Ku Klux Klan flyer as an especially unique item of memorabilia. In 1964, Miller traveled to Mississippi, along with roughly 1,000 other predominately-white college students, to participate in “Freedom Summer” after seeing a brochure on a Drake bulletin board. The program was organized by the Congress on Racial Equality and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee as an attempt to raise black voter registration and turnout in the state. The students and their Mississippi hosts risked the violence of the KKK and even local authorities. Within the first few days of the program, three volunteers went missing. Their abused bodies were found six weeks later buried. Despite the violence and being the only volunteer stationed in Meridian, another of the more dangerous towns, Miller pushed through and managed to accomplish what she set out to do. Throughout the summer, in addition to helping register blacks to vote, she maintained all the items that she recently donated. Haedicke talked about the importance of students seeing that “young students Health News Local politicians, student to speak on the issues, voting Susan Nourse Staff Writer Luke Nankivell | photo editor THE COLLIER ROOM of Cowles Library displays journal entries and photos from alumna PATTI MILLER. Miller spent the summer of 1964 travelling through Mississippi as part of the “Freedom Summer.” from the North challenged systems in the South.” “There really are not many chances for students to interact with artifacts of historical importance,” Haedicke said. Miller herself was someone who was raised in a, what she admits, “sheltered” lifestyle, so it is important to see that racism still exists and what students can do to change it. Arthur Sanders, associate provost and professor of politics, believes Freedom Summer was “essential in promoting civil rights for African Americans, and in particular voting rights, and it was important in draw- ing attention to the horrible things happening.” Sanders mentioned how the “Freedom Summer” has changed politics, stating that around this time roughly half to two-thirds of AfricanAmericans were Democrats, but after the Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater election, in which Republican candidate Goldwater didn’t support civil rights, nearly all African-Americans became Democrats. It also shifted white southern Democrats to the Republican side. Claudia Frazer, a professor of librarianship and the coordinator of the digital initiatives library, is excited to have these new items to share with students and researchers alike. “It makes it meaningful” to be able to share these pieces of history, Frazer said. “When I think about primary resources, her diary, her story, her interpretation, to read it now is so . . . rich. You can’t get that by looking at history,” Frazer said. Frazer is excited to be able to begin filing the artifacts in the library’s new online finding aid program so that researchers can begin finding and making use of them. In the meantime, students can view the many artifacts on display in the Collier Room of Cowles Library. As the presidential election nears, voters are continually being bombarded by negative and misleading campaigns that distort candidate’s values, take messages out of context and deceive the voter. Tonight, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Des Moines (LWVMDM) and Drake Student Senate are sponsoring a showing of a documentary and panel discussion on the involvement of citizens titled “Civility in Politics.” The panel discussion will take place in Parents Hall in Olmsted Center at 6:30 p.m. “People tend to focus on how bad (incivility) had gotten instead of the expectation of where it can be in the future,” said Scott Raecker, a Republican state representative for District 63. Raecker has held his office for 14 years. Drake students are encouraged to attend to engage in the discussion and enjoy popcorn, lemonade, coffee and water provided by Senate. The main focus of the panel is to inform young voters about civility and encourage them to participate in the voting process. “It is your civic duty as American citizens to vote. There are a lot of relevant issues and policies effecting young people. They should be involved in the decision making process,” said Emma Wilson, community outreach intern for Student Senate. The evening will start with the showing of the film “Patriocracy,” a Brian Malone film. Panelists will then give their reactions to the film and answer questions from the audience. “I really hope that they come and add value to the panel and realize what roles they can play as individuals,” Raecker said. Panelists will include current Democratic state representative for District 61 Jo Oldson, sophomore Student Senator Emily Grimm, associate professor of political science Rachel Paine-Caufield and Raecker. The panel discussion will be monitored by LWVMDM President Dr. Deborah Turner. Turner is a Gynecological Oncologist and graduate of the Drake Law School. “I think that negative ads can damage a campaign because people are turned off by dirty campaigns. They want an honest candidate,” Wilson said. Raecker considers discussing civility in politics a passion of his work, and has spoken nationally on the issue. He believes the incivility can be solved by candidates having control of their own campaigns, voters holding candidates responsible for the negative and misleading campaigns they produce, dialogue, listening to the different individual viewpoints in a civil manner and growing individually and collectively. “The university itself is where civil dialogue should be addressed,” Raecker said. “It is the requirement and responsibility of students, who are not only the leaders of the future but the leaders of today, to lead our community into civic engagement.” Weight loss, alertness linked to eating morning meal Eating breakfast key to avoiding afternoon cravings Rylee Maxwell Staff Writer A recent study has Drake University students talking about the importance of eating breakfast. Scientists at Imperial College London found that those who hope to lose weight by skipping breakfast are mistaken. Similarly, a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology discovered that obesity rates are higher for those who choose to skip breakfast. The brain craves higher calorie foods if not fed in the morning, which can lead to eating unhealthy snacks throughout the day. Eating breakfast will also decrease drowsiness, according to the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. For college students who may struggle with both maintaining weight and get- ting an adequate amount of sleep, these findings are important, especially for those who have early classes. “I always eat breakfast during the week,” said Matthew Van, a sophomore prepharmacy major. “Just cereal and milk in my room. If I don’t, I can feel it, especially in my 8 a.m. class. I just feel tired.” Junior biology major Rebekah Reynolds agreed. “I love breakfast,” Reyn- old said. “If I miss it, I feel pretty tired and crappy.” Even if college students are unable to create gourmet nutritious breakfasts every day, as online sources like the Huffington Post suggest, there are alternate options to consider in order to reap the benefits of a morning meal. If you want to keep your breakfast foods in your dorm room or apartment, lists some easy op- tions. Many of these options can be purchased at a local grocery store or Drake’s CStore. Yogurt, fruit, muffins and vegetables are easy on-thego items. If you have the extra time, foods such as toast, Pop-Tarts or their equivalents, oatmeal and cereal, are just as nutritious and simple. “I usually just eat breakfast in my room,” said firstyear English major Megan Schneider. “Just cereal. It’s easy.” You can also stop and pick up muffins, yogurt, bagels and cream cheese or smoothies at the Olmsted Center. Olmsted even has healthy meal substitution smoothies with extra proteins and nutrients. According to the Journal of Adolescent Health an extra five minutes spent feeding your energy levels can also feed your brain and can help boosting short-term memory. Check it out>>> Thursday > Body, Brain and Sex — Oh My! > 6:30 p.m. > Olmsted 132 Saturday Friday > DUSCI Colloquium Series Speaker > 12 p.m. > Olin 306 > “Deja Vu Biography” > 7 p.m. > Medbury Honors Lounge > Diwali Night > 5 p.m. > Sheslow <<<Campus Calendar THE TIMES-DELPHIC |TIMESDELPHIC.COM THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER FOR DRAKE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1884 TWITTER @TIMESDELPHIC FACEBOOK Drake University, Des Moines THE TIMES-DELPHIC Vol. 132 | No. 16 | Nov. 01, 2012

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