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ARCH MADNESS Men’s basketball travels to St. Louis for the MVC Tournament. PAGE 7 SPORTS THE TIMES-DELPHIC THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER FOR DRAKE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1884 DES MOINES, IOWA • Thursday, March 4, 2010 • VOL. 128, NO. 34 • Rethinking 27th Street by LIZZIE PINE Managing Editor photo by MATT NELSON | Staff Photographer 27TH STREET parking has been troublesome to students this winter. SLC goes cash free With ice packed over three inches high and ruts pulling cars into one another, driving and parking on 27th Street hasn’t been very safe this winter. The one-way road that goes through the heart of campus has not been plowed effectively due to the reinstalled parking on both sides of the street. Students and faculty contested the administration last fall to reverse a parking ban on the east side of the street. Several car scratches and a few side mirror amputations later, students are rethinking this decision. “I was (glad), but now that all this has gone on, I feel that it would have been safer maybe if they’d done it during the winter months,” said Mark Lynes, a sophomore living in Jewett Hall. “I know a lot of people would not have been happy because it cuts down on parking, but the roads are so dangerous right now that it’s not worth parking on.” Drake University Security Chief Hans Hanson said there have been over a half dozen minor accidents this winter. “Nonetheless, they’re troublesome to people that have to get their cars repaired and turn it into (their) insur- SEE PARKING, PAGE 2 SPEARS WINS VP by AARON RUGGLES Staff Writer As of Monday morning, the Student Life Center (SLC) officially became cash free, meaning students are no longer able to purchase items with cash or check. Previously, students could use money to buy envelopes, paper, binders and other mailing supplies within SLC. With this new decision, any purchases made will be charged to a student’s Drake account. According to Assistant Dean of Students Melissa Sturm-Smith, contributing factors behind this decision were mainly due to SLC’s lack of a cash register or any system like it. All transactions were recorded by hand, which lead to concerns about legitimate record-keeping and the security of the money accumulated. Sturm-Smith and Director of Student Accounts Robert Harlan are part of a wider university effort to streamline all exchanges of cash across the university to a central location. Sturm-Smith says the decision was made with students in mind. “Both students and staff recognize that this will be a change, and the Student Life Center is working hard to address as many of the questions and concerns as possible,” Sturm-Smith said. “Information is available in SLC on where students can find similar services to those that were previously provided, all on campus or within walking distance of campus.” International Student Identification Cards (ISIC) will still be available in SLC, but the cost will now be charged directly to a student’s university account. SLC will now provide a faxing service free of charge to students in an effort to diminish the inconvenience of not offering cash payments. Junior business student Anthony Bertolone would like to see cash payments return to SLC. “It seems like a hassle either way, having money in SLC or the new arrangements,” Bertolone said. “If Drake were to ever have a cash register in SLC, (then) I would much rather see that than no cash at all.” Sturm-Smith says that SLC will continue to work hard to provide resources and information to all students. n photo by SARAH ANDREWS | Photo/Design Editor BYRON SPEARS (center) won the vice president of student life position with 59 percent of the vote. He defeated Seejo Valacheril for the position. Samantha Haas, Greg Larson are also victorious by JACKIE WALLENTIN News Editor The ballots have been cast, signaling the end of the election for the executive officers of next year’s Student Senate, with 1,010 students participating in the online voting process. Junior Byron Spears defeated sophomore Seejo Valacheril for the title of vice president of student life, the only contested race in the election. There were 83 absentee ballots, making 927 possible votes. Spears received 543 votes, gaining 59 percent of the vote compared Staff Writer THE STUDENT LIFE CENTER no longer accepts cash transactions. job.” Valacheril said the voter turnout exhibited a large majority of the student body’s opinion. “I try to remind everyone to vote,” Valacheril said. “A good majority of the student body was represented, and that’s great.” Sophomore Greg Larson, who initially ran unopposed, was elected as the vice president of student activities. However, junior Lawrence Crawford created competition with his decision to run as a write-in candidate on the ballot. SEE ELECTION, PAGE 2 >Student Body President **Samantha Haas – 93% Abstain – 7% >Vice President of Student Life **Byron Spears – 59% Seejo Valacheril – 36% Abstain – 5% >Vice President of Student Activities **Greg Larson – 73% Lawrence Crawford – 25% Abstain – 2% ** WINNER U.S. House member says Israeli-Palestinian peace can happen by ASHTON WEIS photo by MATT VASILOGAMBROS | Editor-in-Chief to Valacheril’s 338 votes, which totaled to 36 percent of the vote. “It’s surprising, I didn’t expect to win, but it’s a good feeling,” Spears said. “This is an exciting opportunity to lead the student body. With so many people voting, it’s pretty flattering.” At this time Valacheril, the Diversity Interest Senator-at-Large, does not know if he will run for the position again next year, but says he has no regrets from this year’s contest. “It was a good race, a tough one. We both campaigned our hardest, and Byron came out on top,” Valacheril said. “I know he’ll do a good >>THE RESULTS Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison made his point very clear: peace is possible for Israel. “It can happen,” Ellison said. “There is nothing distinctly unique about this conflict.” Ellison, the first Muslim representative elected to U.S. Congress, spoke on Monday in Bulldog Theatre, sponsored by the Muslim Student Association. According to Ellison, the easiest way to make progress in the ongoing, Palestinian-Israeli conflict is by opening the checkpoints between the Palestine territories and the Israeli settlements, but security should remain. There should be Palestinian, Israeli and international border patrols. He says that building bridges between the two communities is the best way to end hostilities. This was met with a smattering of applause from the audience of about 75 students and community members. Waddah Akali, a native of the region, said that he agrees with some of what the congressman said, but has a somewhat different perspective. “It has at least two distinct narratives,” Akali said. “There is no way to simply wish the problems away.” Ellison pointed out that there are two very important sides to this issue. He says that we cannot ignore the humanity of either people. Sophomore Emmanuel Adewole SEE ELLISON, PAGE 2 photo by SARAH ANDREWS | Photo/Design Editor REP. KEITH ELLISON (D-MINN.) spoke in Bulldog Theatre on Monday, discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It was hosted by the MSA.

Times-Delphic 03/04/2010

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