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THE TIMES-DELPHIC THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER FOR DRAKE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1884 DES MOINES, IOWA • Monday, April 19, 2010 • VOL. 128, NO. 42 • STREET PAINTING Pharmacy admission standards to be altered next year by MARY BESS BOLLING Sports Editor Hundreds of students turn out to color Carpenter Avenue by NICOLE MITTELBRUN Staff Writer It’s noon on the Friday of street painting, and sophomores Dan Litzenberg and Ryan Swanson have their shirts off and are laughing as they rush to cover their Ultimate Frisbee Club square in blue paint. First-year and co-chair of the event Emily Schmid said the committee has been preparing for this since September and had 56 organizations sign up for squares. “We put entry forms in all of the organization mailboxes and someone from each organization had to turn in a slip and had to attend a meeting,” Schmid said. There are many elements the street painting committee has to prepare for. “Mostly we were worried about the weather. We also make sure organizations have enough paint and we have extra chalk for everyone,” Schmid said. “We tell them to use a gallon for the background, but at least a few more quarts of actual color per square, it’s a lot of paint, plus we tell everyone to buy extra since people come around and throw and steal your paint.” First-year Adrian Mendez pur- chased five gallons and five quarts for the Sigma Phi Epsilon square he helped to paint. “Our design is basically Spike in the front of a race track shaped like a heart to represent the Sig Ep heart and stadium seating with Sig Ep signs on it,” Mendez said. “It was very hectic trying to paint through everyone running around and throwing paint, but it was really fun. People stole a lot of paint, but we made it work.” Sophomore Zach Johnson said that he always looks forward to the paint fight. “The painting is so fun,” Johnson said. “The most memorable part from last year, however, was trying to get clean afterwards. I was washing my hair for about two hours and was picking out paint for a few weeks. Somebody in our house just shaved his head. The cleaning is worth the fun of street painting, though.” First-year Hannah Pink designed the square for Alpha Phi. “I just made our square really colorful,” Pink said. “I was very excited to show off our awesome block and I had a blast with my friends.” From first-years to seniors, the experience was one to remember. “It was chaotic and crazy, and it was messier than I expected,” first- photos by SARAH ANDREWS | Photo/Design Editor STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND GROUPS came together last Friday for the Drake Relays Street Painting on Carpenter Avenue. year Kristina Wasem said. Judging of the squares occurred Saturday morning and was conducted by various faculty members. The categories include president’s choice, best use of theme, most creative and best overall. To see the results, visit The Times-Delphic Web site. n Leaders and Luminaries recognizes top students by RYAN AUSTIN Staff Writer photo by AFSANEH ZAERI | Staff Photographer KYLE LEWANDOWSKI shakes hands with President Maxwell after being named the outstanding senior of the year. Last Friday, Sheslow Auditorium filled with hundreds of students who were invited because they made the most of their year at Drake University. The 10th Annual Leaders and Luminaries ceremony was held at 12:15 p.m. Awards were given to recognize programs, organizations and individuals who have shown scholastic aptitude, commitment to the Drake community and leadership potential. “The opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments, what you’ve done for others, what you’ve done in the community, is really a special thing for us,” President David Maxwell said, addressing the crowd from the stage of Sheslow Auditorium. Over 100 seniors were nominated for the top senior students award. One senior award recipient had a piece of advice for those striving to be recognized for excellence. “All you need is a little ambition,” junior Rachel Haase said. “A desire to not only do well but to also do good.” A number of awards were given to inside student-run programs. African Renaissance Night, which was put on by the African Student Association, won for outstanding diversity program. The Iowa Earth Summit, developed by the Drake Environmental Action League was recognized as the outstanding educational program of the year. Herriott and Morehouse Halls received outstanding social program awards for their “Classy Night in Black and White” formal event. The Coalition of Black Students was presented with the weekend alcohol alternative program award for their “Catwalks for a Cause” fashion show. The outstanding new student organization was given to The Outdoor Leadership Club. Stalnaker Hall’s Executive Council was recognized as the Outstanding Organization of the Year. The most prestigious award was saved until the end of the ceremony. The Oreon E. Scott Outstanding Senior of the Year award is given to the most accomplished senior student at Drake. This year, the award was given to Kyle Lewandowski, who has made the president’s or dean’s list for his seven semesters at Drake, is the Cadet Commander for Drake ROTC and is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Model and the Adams Academy. n The Doctor of Pharmacy program’s move to new admissions criteria, originally scheduled for this year, will not take effect until next year’s pre-pharmacy class applies for the program. The delay came after controversy surrounded the initial admissions notifications. Sophomore pre-pharmacy applicants sought clarity on the new admissions process while the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) administrators searched for the communication disconnection about program changes. In 2007, an accrediting body suggested Drake’s PharmD program change admission criteria for this year’s applicant class. New requirements included a written assessment, a standardized national application, an interview and a cap to the program. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) mandated the interview and the 120-student cap. “There was a cap this year because the ACPE told us that we are set up to take around 110 to 115 students,” said Raylene Rospond, dean of the CPHS. These changes transformed the college’s admissions process from guaranteed progression, in which students who meet the minimum requirements automatically have a spot, to guaranteed consideration, in which a student automatically has an opportunity to interview for a spot. “When you have had a program in place for 26 years, it’s problematic in making this big of a shift,” Rospond said. After reviewing written communications, the PharmD admissions committee decided to make an exception for this year’s sophomore prepharmacy class, reverting back to admissions criteria outlined in the first acceptance letter students received in 2008. The change back to the old admissions requirements will allow admission to any student who meets the GPA requirements and completes the required coursework and interview portion. Sophomore pre-pharmacy student Taylor Wypyszinski, who was initially waitlisted, said that the change is the right decision for the school. “I appreciate what they’re doing,” Wypyszinski said. “My faith is restored in the pharmacy program and the university.” The change back to the original criteria came after a review of all written communications with this year’s sophomore pre-pharmacy class, conducted by Rospond. She then took that information to the admissions committee. The committee decided to revert back to the criteria they thought was clearly stated in the communications to the class. This decision disregarded the written assessment as well as the cap. SEE PHARM, PAGE 2 FEATURES OPINION SPORTS SPEED Bulldogs are stepping out and coming together for Drake’s cause. Art, poetry, essays and columns come together to discuss campus thoughts. A rundown of athletic achievements, futures and teams. Watch Drake’s history transform from its inception, right up to the 2010 Relays. A PREVIEW TO THE 2010 RELAYS EDITION

Times-Delphic 04/19/2010

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