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THE TIMES DELPHIC DES MOINES, IOWA | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012 | VOL. 131, NO. 44 | WWW.TIMESDELPHIC.COM

Fireside chat turns up the heat for Maxwell President addresses financials, diversity and flexibility by Ethan Clevenger

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TAYLOR SOULE | photo editor

PRESIDENT DAVID MAXWELL (right) addressed the crowd of students during Tuesday’s Fireside Chat. He covered topics ranging from financial aide and the recent racially charged events on campus.

>>Briefly Speaking News briefs for the coming week

Fake student cannot run for Senate

With the start of Student Senate elections came a new “student.” Posters for Chad Stephens went up over campus urging students to write-in the false student during the upcoming elections. Election Commission Chair, senior Jessie Hill, sent out an email to Student Senate candidates saying that he is not an official candidate and that votes for him will be counted as abstentions. Go online to see her statement in its entirety.

The bandage on President David Maxwell’s hand was not the indicator that something was hurting him on Tuesday night. The tip-off was the somber look on his face as he addressed Drake University’s costs and rising tuition in front of a small crowd at his fireside chat. A large part of Maxwell’s response to the inquiry was the amount of scholarships that Drake can issue students. “If your scholarship is named after someone, that’s money someone is paying us for you to go to school,” Maxwell said. “Everything other than that is simply a discount.” Maxwell went on to explain that the discount rate at Drake is 37 percent, meaning that of every dollar of tuition, the university isn’t actually collecting 37 percent of it. But even this isn’t enough for many students. “It’s something that keeps me awake at night, too,” Maxwell said. He went on to talk about the many letters he receives from parents of students going something along the lines of, “My daughter’s number one choice is Drake by and far, but such-and-such University is offering

us ‘x’ dollars.” These sorts of letters concern Maxwell, as he sees them as examples of students being forced to attend schools where they don’t have that “click.” Maxwell also addressed these costs on a national level. “Is higher education public or private?” he said. “We’re the country that, during the Civil War, issued federal lands to states to sell and to use that revenue to fund education. We’re the country that issued the G.I. Bill, not because they needed the education, but because the country needed them to have the education. And we’re the country that issued Pell Grants, but now we’re seeing a shift to where it’s your responsibility.” He drove home the fact that Drake is doing everything it can at an administrative level to keep costs down. “As administrators, we look around and see some administrative positions that might be duplicative,” he said. “But overall, we’re pretty lean.” The conversation quickly jumped to a question regarding graduate students who also perform as members of staff. The student inquiring was having issues acquiring a student

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Chad who?

Faux-student’s campaign for Student Senate proves to be troublesome across campus

‘Face Race’ rally and march to be held next week

A campus-wide march to fight racial profiling will be on April 12 at 5:30 p.m. The march and rally will begin at Helmick Commons. Students, faculty, staff and Drake/Des Moines community members can make posters of empowerment to help change the racial climate of campus.

First annual event to benefit St. Judes and Alzheimer’s Association

Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity inc. will be hosting the first annual Reagan Run to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association. On Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m. participants will be running a 5K starting at the TKE house on Greek street. For more information see page 4.

Two celebrations, one week

Campus will be hit with a flurry of events next week. Starting on Sunday, Rainbow Union will be celebrating Pride Week with a BBQ at the CAYA house. Other events throughout the week include a slam poetry night and a drag show. On Thursday night, there will be showing of “I Love You Phillip Morris” on Pomerantz stage at 7:30 p.m. Tree Campus USA will also be celebrated on campus next week. Starting on Monday, trees on campus will have fun facts posted on them as well as their species in observance of Arbor Day. A scavenger hunt across campus will also be a featured event.

Painting the campus TEAL for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

On April 10 the Tell Everyone Assault is Lethal! Campaign is coming to campus. This campaign is to help create awareness and to support sexual assault victims, as well as taking a stance against sexual assault on campus. Students are urged to wear teal colored clothing as well as stop by the Olmsted Breezeway to pick up information about sexual assault and participate in an art display called ”Healing the Wounded Heart” by creating a heart that tells a story of abuse. Students are asked to create a heart whether or not they have been affected by abuse. Teal ribbons will also be available in the breezeway.

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On Monday morning, students at Drake University noticed more than just the regular Student Senate posters plastered across campus. One faux-candidate, Chad Stephens, announced that he was going to be running as a write-in candidate. The only problem for Stephens is that he’s not an actual Drake student. He has no student identification number and no Drake email. Therefore, according to Election Commission rules, he cannot run for Senate. The first mentions of Stephens came through social media outlets, as accounts with his name began adding Drake students. Since then, he has been checking into buildings on campus, tweeting about the issues on campus and hosting Facebook events. Conversations around campus have centered around this phantom student for a few days now. Few people know how this person came to be, but the consensus is this — Chad Stephens is not a student at Drake. The Election Commission Chair, senior Jessie Hill, sent out a statement concerning the write-in campaign. “’Chad Stephens is not an official

candidate. He is clearly a hoax campaign. His campaign material has been removed from campus,” Hill wrote in an email. She informed the candidates that in order to participate in the general election, students must follow the guidelines set forth by the Commission, including providing “accurate information about themselves.” Per Election Commission guidelines, candidates — write-in or not — must complete a petition with 50 student signatures, a declaration of candidacy, a signed code of ethics, a $20 deposit and a statement of expenses. Stephens has yet to complete those things. Since her email, Stephens has been vocal on Twitter about his rights of free speech. One tweet reads: “I think that the restrictions on free speech at @ DrakeUniversity is [sic] a #DrakeProblems. #VoteChad next week so I can be a #DrakeProblemSolver.” Another says: “It is a shame that @DrakeUniversity has tried to shut down my campaign because I tried to talk about diversity. #FreeSpeech #VoteChad.” Kathleen Richardson, the director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication said in this

instance, since Drake is a private institution it could regulate speech on campus, but historically it has not done so. She points out that the first amendment is “not absolute” and that in certain circumstances like libel or obscenities, the first amendment can be regulated. “Free speech not only embraces important speech, it also protects something like Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert,” Richardson said. “It doesn’t have to be ultra-serious speech to be protected.” She added this is an interesting twist to the election process on campus. “It would be one thing if it was just posters expressing this person’s views,” Richardson said, “but where it gets problematic is if it infringes on the election process.” “The removal of Chad Stephens’ posters from campus is not an issue of free speech,” Hill said in an official comment to the TD. “Election Commission holds no personal vendettas towards Chad or his intended message.” Hill said it is the job of the Elec-

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news APRIL FOOLS FLIP CHAIRS 3:15 a.m. April 1 Security personnel responded to Stalnaker Residence Hall on a noise complaint. Upon arrival, security observed several trash cans, tables and chairs impeding the foot traffic of the hallways at Stalnaker. The items were returned to their intended locations with no visible damage to property.

FROM FIRESIDE, PAGE 1 ticket to Relays since her Drake ID is associated as a staff member as opposed to a student, and it can only be associated to one or the other. Perhaps a small matter in itself, the question was reflective of a larger issue — one that is also a big reason Maxwell holds events like this. “Email me about it,” Maxwell responded. “One thing I think Drake can improve upon as an institution is being agile, flexible and responsive. ‘Well you can’t get a ticket to Relays because we can’t make the computer do it’ doesn’t sound very flexible or responsive.” Maxwell is working every day to improve situations like this. “Yesterday, I was in the doctor’s office, and a Drake undergraduate law student emailed me. He said the deans were very busy…but that it was really hot in the law building.” Maxwell said he called Mark Chambers, and facilities quickly re-

paired the air conditioner. The final topic addressed was that of diversity and related incidents on campus. The conversation was prefaced with the standing joke that Drake, as a campus, is not diverse. “This has been a huge challenge for us,” Maxwell said. “My ideal incoming class would be 900 young people who have absolutely nothing in common with one another other than they’re smart and they wanted to be at Drake.” He went on to explain what he called “Maxwell’s Theory of Evolutionary Biology,” in which he explained that for roughly four-fifths of human existence, we haven’t had the rule of law. Therefore, we responded to one another the way different species of animals react to each other in the wild — we either run the other way or kill and enslave the other race. “Fear of difference is an evolutionary advantage,” Maxwell said. He added that it’s something we have to be taught out of, and while he’d prefer that parents or elementary schools do that, if a student has man-

2:05 a.m. March 31 While on routine patrol, security personnel observed a male and female walking on the 2400 block of Forest Avenue. The male subject appeared intoxicated and was unable to walk without assistance. Security approached the subjects to conduct a welfare check. When security asked to see a form of identification from the female, the officer saw two driver’s licenses. Upon examination of the driver’s licenses, one appeared to be faked and the other was not the female’s ID. Both driver’s licenses were taken and the Department of Transportation was notified. The Department of Transportation will conduct further follow-up and investigation. The dean of students was also notified about this incident. The involved female was a Drake student, and

aged to get to Drake and still hasn’t been taught out of that, then Drake is really the last stop before they’re let loose into the world, so it becomes the university’s responsibility. While many pressing topics were addressed at this fireside chat, only about 15 students were in attendance at any given time, but Maxwell wasn’t deterred. He recalled a lesson he learned while at Whitman College in which a speaker, a U.S. Ambassador to Geneva, showed up to give a lecture and a similar number of students showed up. “He asked them all to come sit in the front row and then told them ‘My wife has told me not to take it out on the people that actually bothered to show up.’” Everyone laughed, and they went on to have a good discussion.” A discussion likely similar to the one he had just finished on Pomerantz Stage.

it is unknown if the male was Drake affiliated. The male was left in the care of the female student, and medics were not needed. 4:45 a.m. March 31 It was reported to Drake Security that an assault occurred on the 3400 block of Forrest Avenue. The victim was later identified as a male Drake student. The reporting party indicated that a male subject exited a dark colored SUV and physically assaulted the student for no apparent reason. The assault caused injuries that required the student to receive medical attention at a local hospital. The Des Moines Police Department responded to the scene and are conducting the investigation for this assault.

FROM CHAD, PAGE 1 tion Commission to “Uphold the integrity of the election,” and that the posters were detracting from those candidates who had done their paper work or were in the process of filling out paperwork. “We (the Election Commission) commend Chad’s political activism

and his passion for his forthcoming message. We invite him/her/them to run under his/her/their own name(s) as write-in candidates,” the statement from Hill read. It is still unclear as to who is behind the character of Stephens, but one thing is for sure, it’s creating quite a stir on campus.

CORRECTION: In the March 29 issue of The Times-Delphic, Baron Cao’s name was misspelled. Cao was a first-year student staying in GoodwinKirk over Spring Break. He was also misquoted as saying: “He does not like to visit places...He likes staying in one place and prefers to rest over spring break rather than travel.” The quote in question was supposed to refer to Cao’s preferences of resting and not traveling over Spring Break. Instead, it allured to a different student in the article. We apologize for the errors.

Voting At-Large: A look at your candidates BREANNA THOMPSON EXPERIENCE: - FIRST-YEAR INTEREST COMMITTEE - SODEXO STUDENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS - SENATE’S PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL GOALS: - SEEK OUT STUDENT VOICE - ADDRESS J-TERM FRUSTRATIONS - STUDY ABROAD AFFORDABILITY

TAYLOR CROW EXPERIENCE: - MOREHOUSE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL - SECRETARY FOR DRAKE COLLEGE REPUBLICANS - HOMECOMING EXECUTIVE COUNCIL GOALS: - IMPROVE STUDENT-FACULTY RELATIONS - RESPOND TO STUDENT BODY CONCERNS - CREATE A UNIFIED CAMPUS

MICHAEL RIEBEL EXPERIENCE: - WORKED TOWARDS NEW E-MAIL SYSTEM - WORKED FOR 24-HOUR LIBRARY RENOVATIONS - WORKED TO ESTABLISH UNDERGROUND FITNESS GOALS: - STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE TRANSPARENCY - IMPROVE BOARD OF STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS - IMPROVE DRAKE’S CAMPUS

EMILY GRIMM EXPERIENCE: - COMPLETED EMERGING LEADERS MODEL PROGRAM - MEMBER OF STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL - NOMINATED FOR TOP FIRST YEAR STUDENT GOALS: - BRIDGE GAP BETWEEN STUDENTS AND SENATE - CONNECT DRAKE TO THE DES MOINES COMMUNITY - ENCOURAGE FIRST-YEARS TO GET INVOLVED WITH SENATE

JULIANNE KLAMPE EXPERIENCE: - STUDENT SENATE - EXECUTIVE COUNCIL - KAPPA ALPHA THETA EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT GOALS: - STRENGTHEN STUDENT-SENATE RELATIONS - FINANCIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM - MAKE DRAKE MORE ECOFRIENDLY

EKTA HARIA EXPERIENCE: - STUDENT ACTIVITIES BOARD FIRST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE - DIVERSITY INTEREST SENATOR - STUDENTS IN FREE ENTERPRISE PROJECT ADVISOR GOALS: - ADDRESS RACISM ON CAMPUS - KEEP THE STUDENT BODY INVOLVED IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS - MAKE DRAKE A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

JOEY GALE EXPERIENCE: - STUDENT SENATE - MEMBER OF GREEK LIFE - TIMES-DELPHIC STAFF MEMBER GOALS: - UTILIZE @DRAKEPROBLEM TO BETTER CONNECT WITH STUDENT BODY - BETTER PUBLICIZE SENATE’S ACHIEVEMENTS

NATALIE LARSON EXPERIENCE: - STUDENT SENATE - CRAWFORD EXECUTIVE COUNCIL - STUDENT ACTIVITIES BOARD GOALS: - IMPROVE STUDENT-SENATE COMMUNICATION - ALIEVE J-TERM FRUSTRATIONS

STEPHEN SLADE EXPERIENCE: - FORMER SENATOR AT-LARGE - PRE-MED CLUB ACTING PRESIDENT - RESIDENCE HALL CAMPUS COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR GOALS: - SECURE STUDENT DISCOUNTS WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES - IMPLEMENT SINGULAR CAMPUS EVENT CALENDAR - PUSH FOR UNIVERSAL DIGITAL ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION

NAPOLEON DOUGLAS EXPERIENCE: - CARPENTER PROGRAMMING CHAIR - STUDENT ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE - HIP-HOP AEROBICS TEACHER GOALS: - SHIFT FROM “IMPORTANT VOICE” TO “USEFUL VOICE” - “STIR UP SOME FIRE” - GET STUDENTS FROM THE STUDENT BODY ACTIVE IN SENATE

ZACH KELLER EXPERIENCE: - RESIDENT ASSISTANT - SENATOR AT-LARGE - CHAIR OF STUDENT FEES ALLOCATION COMMITTEE GOALS: - BETTER UTLIIZE SENATE POSTING AREA - ENCOURAGE STUDENT REFERENDUMS - MAKE DRAKE A WELCOMING CAMPUS FOR EVERYONE

Go online to see academic senators as well as longer bios. Photos and information provided by the Election Commission.

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opinions&editorials Letter to the Editor Free burrito fiasco I heard more passionate and vocal outcries over injustice today on Drake’s campus than I have in a very long time. I watched groups of students get angry, devastated and bothered today. But not over the fact that they learned about 1.8 million children being lied to and tricked into sex trafficking around the world or upon hearing that 2 million children are sold into sex slavery every minute. No, the passionate outcries of injustice (in person, on Facebook and even chalked on the sidewalks of campus) were about burritos. They didn’t get their free burrito as promised; a truly maddening injustice. This week, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is sponsoring a week-long campus immersion event called “Jesus, Justice, and Poverty.” It’s an event that our group puts on every three years to highlight issues from all over the world that we think Jesus cares about and that are relevant to the whole of campus. This year, the issue being highlighted is human trafficking and, more specifically, sex trafficking. Human trafficking is a $32 billion industry in the world. Humans are being bought, sold and used for labor, sex and anything in between. In this industry, 1.8 million of the people sold are children, and they are involved specifically in sex slavery. These children (and adults) have not chosen to put themselves into the ownership and slavery of another human — they have been put there by someone else. Tricked. Lied to. Deceived. Parents have been

told “your child deserves a better future — I will take them to the city and allow them to work at my shop for great pay and will make sure they are well taken care of.” The parent lets them go, believing that something wonderful awaits the future of their child and their family, and instead they arrive in their new home to discover the job they have been hired for is having sex with whoever can afford them. Their family, their innocence and their freedom have completely vanished forever. It’s that simple. So, we attempted to bring awareness to this particular piece of trafficking today on campus — answering the question, “how does it happen?” Just like that. Just like a flier advertising free burritos in the student union and upon arrival, there are no burritos, and instead you’re given a “SOLD” stamp and explained that you have just been “trafficked.” Then, you were given information about what exactly human trafficking is and its impact on our world today. You were encouraged to be aware, to be concerned and to take some kind of action. There were many silent responses; people did not even know how to wrap their minds around the facts just shared with them. Some wanted to know more. Others asked what they can do to help. And then there were the passionate ones who shouted angrily “This is bulls--t!” (At the lack of burritos, not the facts about sex slavery). Or, there were the ones who, after hearing the facts about human trafficking,

said “Wait, so there really are no burritos?” and stormed off. People were angry, annoyed and passionate enough that they wrote on sidewalks in chalk: “Free burritos is a lie!” We knew today’s event would have some push back. But honestly, the hostility of some students was shocking. So, let me say this. I’m sorry, Drake University, that there were no burritos and that many of you were the victims of our trafficking experiment. But, I’m much more sorry at some of your responses. Be thankful that today was simply an illustration, and that you are still free, that you are not someone’s sex slave or forced into hours of manual labor until every debt of yours (times 10) is paid in full. You’re free enough to jump in the car and head to Chipotle. Amy Schoepf Schoepf is a Drake graduate and can be contacted at amyschoepf@gmail.com

THE TIMES-DELPHIC Remember Jim, Michelle, Stiffler and the rest of the gang? “American Reunion” brings back the characters we know and love yet again. The movie hits theaters tonight at midnight.

Springtime spoils Drake in the spring With only one quarter of the school year remaining, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel: summer. Though summer always looks pretty good, spring isn’t too bad either. We can all wear shorts in March this year not because we ran out of clean pants to wear, but because the weather demands it. Shorts and flip-flops are not the only things we can look forward to this spring. The Drake wildlife is also returning. How nice is it to see a ladybug crawling across your study table in the library? It is also just delightful when the wildlife finds its way into your dorm room. There I was the other night, quietly enjoying a nice episode of “Two Broke Girls,” when something moved on my carpet. I know it had been a while since I last vacuumed, but whatever substances are on my carpet should not be mobile. Upon further inspection, I discovered that the movements were those belonging to a six-legged creature. Needless to say, I elicited a yelp that I’m not exactly proud of. With the help of a conveniently located flip-flop (they’re not just footwear anymore), I dispatched the poor creature. If you find similar wildlife in your rooms, I recommend the flip-flop as the weapon of choice. Perhaps you’re a more humane person and will relocate the creature to the great outdoors. If this is the case, I commend you.

Personally, I’ll stick to the scream and squash method. Once you’ve enjoyed an encounter with the fauna Drake has to offer, I’d recommend soaking in the beauty of its flora. Upon my return from spring break, I was amazed to find so many things growing. Apparently, prairie grass is not the only plant life around campus. Daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are brightening up flowerbeds all over Drake. Even some of the trees are starting to bud. I don’t know about the rest of you, but my walks to class have become more pleasant thanks to some springtime plants. Since the benches and tables have not all returned yet, it may be difficult to find a study spot where you can get a little sun. Quite a few people have already begun toting blankets onto the lawn and soaking up some vitamin D. Hey, it’s a cheaper and healthier alternative to tanning at Sunsation. Just remember to slap on some sunscreen before you head outside for an extended period of time. In case you don’t like to get your hands all greasy from the lotion, I suggest tracking down a crush or significant other to apply it for you. With any luck, they may even end up joining your tanning party. After getting some color in your cheeks to prevent people from referring to you as “Casper,” perhaps you should engage in other outdoor activities. Anything for an excuse to put off home-

work a little longer, right? There’s usually some Frisbee flinging happening on Helmick. If I had any handeye coordination, I would probably be out there, too. Alas, I will leave this one to those of you who can actually gauge the distance between the Frisbee and your hand and successfully catch it. There’s still plenty of time before the madness of finals week sets in to squeeze in some appreciation of spring. Don’t just hunker down in your dorm for the next five weeks or so. I encourage all of you to get out and bask in the gorgeous weather we’ve been having. Chances are that you’ll thank me later if vitamin D does help to increase lifespan.

EMILY HECKER | COLUMNIST

Hecker is a first-year magazines and writing double major and can be contacted at emily.hecker@drake.edu

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• Pastel M&Ms, Starburst jelly beans, Peeps and countless • Why don’t we get time off for Easter? Isn’t that a given other types of candy have invaded our diets. The Easter or something? candy phenomenon is something that we totally approve of. • Campus is possibly the most beautiful place on the planet during the spring. The flowers and trees are blooming • Check out our online edition to see all of the other candicreating a picturesque campus for all of us to frolic in. dates besides the At-Large senators for the general elections. It’s another spring semester, which means anoth- • How many more days until Relays? er round of posters, Facebook invites and social media blasts for us to endure. May the best man or woman win. • Is it just us, or is “Call Me Maybe” the next “Friday”? Maybe. • We love when our computers crash two hours before deadline. It makes us so happy...

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Fourth Annual Student-Athlete Talent Show Tonight @ 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Hall in FAC

Des Moines music festival lineup announced 80/35 to feature Death Cab for Cutie among others by Katie Ericson

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July is typically known for Independence Day, a day of fireworks, barbecues and family. Here in Des Moines, that’s not July’s only big day. On July 6 and 7, Des Moines will host its fifth 80/35 Music Festival. It’s a weekend of music set this year to a birthday theme. According to ticket vendor MidwesTIX, the event is supposed to be “a confetti-filled dream.” With over 40 artists, a kid’s zone, fireworks, street performances and interactive art, this event is sure to be filled with surprises. “The festival’s main focus is giving people the opportunity to hear the great sounds that these artists are making,” said junior Rebecca Mataloni, campus representative for

80/35. In the past, the festival has been a great success put on by the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition. Named for the two intersecting interstate highways I-80 and I-35 and sponsored by U.S. Cellular, the event is held in Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. Since 2008, this concert has drawn over 30,000 people each year. Bands of every genre perform. There are two stages reserved for local bands along with a larger grand stage for bigger names. In the past, bands such as Ben Harper, Girl Talk, The Flaming Lips and The Roots have all played. This year, 80/35 has an even bigger line-up that includes the popular indie pop rock group, Death Cab for Cutie. There’s also folk rock band Avett Brothers, alternative rock group Dinosaur Jr., punk rock band F***d Up, jam band Leftover Salmon

and hip-hop artist Freddie Gibbs. These are only a few of the artists coming to 80/35. More performing artists will be announced in the future. However, since there are so many attractions at 80/35, it is incredibly popular. The early bird tickets have sold out. Currently on MidwesTIX, there are advance tickets on sale. The all-inclusive VIP passes went from $115 to $139. With this extra price, VIPs will get a special viewing area of the main stage, access to an onsite lounge, three free drink tickets and first-class restrooms. Early bird two-day passes sold for $35 while the advance two-day passes went for $45. However, these tickets are still cheaper than the twoday passes that will be $65. To attend the concert for one day, it will cost $39, and on the day of the concert, tickets will be sold for $45. If you have a brother or sister who’s under

the age of 11, though, you don’t need to worry. Accompanied with an adult, they get in free. However, there’s a maximum of two kids per person. Still a little too high for your budget? Then you can volunteer. Right now, 80/35 is accepting applications for its street team. Members will be in charge of advertising the concert. They pick an area and a task, from Ankeny to Urbandale. Each task also comes with its own reward. For hanging 30 posters around your zone, volunteers get a free one-day pass. Hanging 10 posters gets you a T-shirt. You can also hand out handbills. Seven days equal another one-day pass, and three days will earn a T-shirt. “It’s the perfect opportunity to help the great festival, while also hearing awesome bands,” Mataloni said.

Also, 80/35 isn’t only in Des Moines. There are 80/35 concerts all across the Midwest. They’re also held in Omaha, Kansas City, Minneapolis and the Quad Cities. If you want to apply to a street team at any of these locations, details could be found on the 80/35 website. Or, you could email the team at StreetTeam@desmoinesmc.com. Prices may also spike if tickets are sold quickly. So, buying a ticket sooner than later is probably the best idea. They’re available on MidwesTIX, or you can call 515-244-2771. Go to www.80-35.com for more information, or follow 80/35 on Facebook or Twitter for concert updates.

80/35 lineup >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Friday, July 6

Saturday, July 7

• The Avett Brothers

• Death Cab for Cutie

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• Leftover Salmon

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• F***d Up

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• Freddie Gibbs

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• Dinosaur Jr.

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• Dan Deacon • Greensky Bluegrass • Leslie and the Ly’s • The Sundogs • Maxilla Blue • Mumford’s

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80/35 through the years >>>>>>>>>>>>>> In the last five years since the beginning of 80/35, Des Moines has hosted several high profile groups including: • • • •

The Flaming Lips The Roots Public Enemy Black Francis

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Ben Harper Jakob Dylan Girl Talk Modest Mouse

• Spoon • Galactic • ...and more!

First Annual Reagan Run by Elizabeth Robinson

Managing Editor elizabeth.robinson@drake.edu

This weekend, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Kappa Alpha Psi are hosting a 5K run to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Although St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital is the largest philanthropy TKE works with, a significant alum has a profound impact on their philanthropic work. “Ronald Reagan was a TKE and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” Shawn June, president of TKE said. “So that’s why we contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association and why we picked the name for the race.”

The 5-kilometer race will begin at the TKE house at 1316 34th Street. The course then goes to University Ave., down to 25th Street, over to Forest Ave., back to 34th Street, through the Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma parking lot, down Greek Path and concludes in the center of campus. According to June, the overall goal of the event is not only to raise money for the philanthropies, but also to bring together the Drake community. “I hope to see as many people there as possible,” he said. “Not just to raise money and benefit St. Jude’s and the Alzheimer’s Association but to see Greek interfraternalism and to see the Drake community have support and show we have the heart.”


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ONE to walk to benefit those with AIDS Taking fight against AIDS to Gray’s Lake by Emily Warner

Staff Writer emily.warner@drake.edu

Tonight, Drake’s ONE is hosting a walk to benefit those with AIDS. According to the organization’s page on Drake’s student group website, ONE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “achieve global change and methods of reform through advocacy, outreach and education on issues regarding global public health and social justice for individuals facing the most destitute conditions.” The walk is two miles long and will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gray’s Lake. Megan Berberich, a member of ONE, is hoping that this walk will become an annual event. The registration fees are only $5 for students ($10 for adults), and all of the proceeds go to the Nyamirama Health Center in Rwanda. The Nyamirama Health Center is funded by the FACE AIDS Adopt a Health Center Campaign. According to the group’s

website, the mission of FACE AIDS is to “fight HIV/AIDS by building a movement of young leaders dedicated to global health equity and social justice.” This organization is run by Partners in Health, which uses 94 percent of donations for program activities and medicine. This year, FACE AIDS has a fundraising goal of $185,000. Colleges around the country are putting on events similar to the walk at Gray’s Lake to help work towards that goal. ONE’s saying is “we don’t ask for your money, we ask for your voice.” This walk is something easy that students can participant in to help make the world a better place. Its impact is greater than the effort it takes to walk the two miles. ONE does not receive this money but helps other organizations raise money, and in this case, it is FACE AIDS. ONE did an event in March called the Clean Cause Concert. The proceeds from that event were donated to water.com, which helps provide clean water to where there is a scarcity of it. You can register at http://faceaidsnightwalk.wufoo.com/ forms/z7x3x5/ or at the event tonight. If helping out people

with AIDS isn’t enough motivation, members of ONE will be handing out free water bottles, and everyone that comes to the walk will be entered to win gift cards from businesses that have donated. This walk is a way to get outside and enjoy the weather while helping a good cause. There are people in the world that don’t even have clean water to drink or who are suffering from AIDS. For example, in Rwanda, 43 percent of all orphans lost parents to AIDS. If you have any questions about the walk or ONE, contact Berberich at megan.berberich@gmail.com. You can also find ONE on Facebook (One at Drake University) or Twitter (@DrakeU_ONE).

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reasons to volunteer at the Drake Relays 44th Annual ‘On the Roads’ race

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Free t-shirt! I don’t know about you, but I will do almost anything for a free t-shirt! Registering to volunteer at any of the different stations, whether it is at the packet pick-up earlier in the week or at the race finish line, means that you will be the proud recipient of a Drake Relays “On-the-Road” t-shirt! Also, who doesn’t love free food? Like most 8K and half-marathon races, this race will have tons of food for the runners after they cross the finish line and whatever is left at the end is fair game for the volunteers!

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by Allie LeClair and Marti Wolf Staff Writers allison.leclair@drake.edu martina.wolf@drake.edu

You get to be a part of something greater than yourself. Many people running in this race have been training for several months and getting to be at the finish line and award them with their medal after they finish is such a gratifying experience. Plus, there are always entertaining runners such as the guy who juggles across the finish line!

You don’t need a car to get to your volunteer spot. There are various opportunities to volunteer for the race leading up to it on April 28th and all are on campus. The packet pick-up is at St. Catherine’s on Wednesday, April 25th and since the race takes place around the campus, there is no need to find your own transportation to the site.

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Need volunteer hours? If you are a part of an organization that requires volunteer hours, this would be a great chance to complete your requirement before the chaos of finals begins. Due to the wide amount and variations of volunteering opportunities, you could log a ton of hours that week.

Getting involved with the Relays “On-the-Road” race this year could lead to a bigger role next year, like being on the race committee, which not only looks great on a résumé, but brings you closer to the Drake Relays, one of Drake’s richest and most exciting traditions. Register to volunteer at http://drakerelays.volunteerlocal. com/volunteer/?id=689 or contact Chris Burch at ontheroads@drake.edu

This weekend in Dsm Iowa Cubs Opening Game

Pancho Sanchez & His L atin Jazz Band

Thursday @ 6:35 p.m. Principal Park Admission: $7 — 25

Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. Drake University: Sheslow Auditorium Admission: $5 — 50

All Iowa Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament

Wizard of Oz Ballet

Friday – Saturday @ 6 p.m. All Play of DSM Admission: $15, general

Saturday @ 1 & 6:30 p.m. Civic Center of Greater Des Moines Admission: $10 with student ID

Jump N Easter Egg Hunt

Eggstr avaganza

Friday @ 10 a.m. Pump It Up Admission: $12

Saturday @ 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Blank Park Zoo Admission: $7

Euforquestra concert

Feast with Beasts dINNER

Friday @ 8 p.m. People’s Court Admission: $10

Sunday @ 10 a.m., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. Blank Park Zoo Admission: $22


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Drake women’s golf squad will travel to Peoria, Ill. this weekend to participate WHAT TO The in the Grand Prairie Invitational at WeaverRidge Golf Club on Friday (April 6) and WATCH FOR Saturday (April 7). This will be the Bulldogs’first competition since March 20.

sports MEN’S TENNIS

Bulldogs hit the road looking to improve on promising MVC start against BU, ISU by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer dominic.johnson@drake.edu

The No. 46 Drake men’s tennis team continues its Missouri Valley Conference regular season schedule when it travels east to take on Bradley and Illinois State this weekend. The Bulldogs will start the weekend off against the Braves of Bradley University on Friday afternoon and will compete in their last away match of the regular season on Saturday against the Redbirds of Illinois State. Last year, the Bulldogs beat both Bradley and Illinois State en route to earning the regular-season conference crown, and they are looking to do the same this year. Drake is the only ranked team of the three and is considered to be the favorite in both matches. Despite both teams’ lackluster records, head coach Evan Austin stressed that it was critical for his team to continue to play as well as they have all season. “I think in conference play, everything changes no matter what the records or rankings are,” head coach Evan Austin said. “We know going on the road and playing at Bradley and Illinois State isn’t going to be easy, so we have to be ready for highly competitive matches on both Friday and Saturday.” Drake’s top singles player, junior Anis Ghorbel, also noted that both teams — especially Bradley, who is the weaker of the two opponents — recognize their underdog status and would most likely be playing very high risk tennis in hopes of a victory. “I think even though we’re favored this weekend, we have to go out there and prove it by showing a high level of intensity,” Ghorbel said. “Both teams will be playing loose against us because they are the underdogs, so we have to make sure to play like we usually do.” Austin said that Bradley’s depth could pose an issue at the bottom of the singles lineup if the Bulldogs don’t come out with the same intensity that has earned them a top 50 national ranking.

“Most of the guys in Bradley’s lineup are at a similar level, and their coach has done a very good job getting them to compete harder and play with more confidence,” Austin said. “I wouldn’t say one guy really sticks out on their team, but they have solid players throughout.” The real test of the weekend will be against the Redbirds, as Illinois State is one of the teams — along with Drake and Wichita State — that have been in the race for the MVC crown the last few years. The Redbirds are led by the 58th ranked doubles team in the nation, consisting of Tuomas Manner and Alexander Pelaez. It was that duo that defeated juniors James McKie and Jean Erasmus

in the fall season, but McKie said that the Drake pairing of himself and Ghorbel could cause problems for the ranked duo this time around. McKie said that winning the doubles point would be instrumental in getting the victory on Saturday. “They (Illinois State) also have good players at one, two and three singles, so if we come out slow in doubles, anything can happen,” McKie said. “If we get the doubles point in both of these matches, it will help to dominate from there.” Austin said that the lineup Illinois State usually runs with has caused problems for a number of teams this season. “Illinois State can be a little tricky

because they can put four or five lefties in their lineup,” said Austin. “Pelaez and Manner are both obviously dangerous players, and they have a number of new guys who are getting more and more experience.” Besides being part of a nationally ranked doubles team, Pelaez is also a fierce singles competitor at the first singles position for the Redbirds. The last two meetings have pit Drake’s Ghorbel against Pelaez, with Ghorbel coming out on top each time. “Just because I’ve beaten the guy the last two times we played doesn’t mean I can relax,” Ghorbel said. “He is a very good player and can surprise anybody at any time, so I just have to stick to the

game plan; I know can beat him.” Illinois State’s Skip Span and Manner round out the top three spots in singles, and those two are capable of playing excellent tennis. It will likely be up to McKie and Erasmus to defeat those two for the Bulldogs to win. “It would obviously mean a lot for us to go out and play great on the road this weekend,” Austin said. “If we can take care of business, then we have to feel good about our chances of being able to win out at home.”

TAYLOR SOULE | photo editor JUNIOR JEAN ERASMUS (left) leans down to return a volley and junior James McKie (right) reaches back to return the ball in the Bulldogs’ match against Creighton on Saturday. Drake defeated Creighton 7-0. The Bulldogs will take on Bradley and Illinois State over the weekend. Drake is 1-0 in MVC play this year.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Drake ready to avenge dry spell against ISU by Blake Miller

Staff Writer blake.miller@drake.edu

After a small stumble on the road against San Jose State on March 23, the Drake women’s tennis team is on a three-match winning streak heading into its final two home matches of the season against Bradley and Illinois State this Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Bulldogs will take on Bradley in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Friday at 5 p.m., and they will take

on Illinois State on Saturday at 1 p.m. before hitting the road for four-straight road matches to close out the regular season. “I honestly am very confident going into this weekend, even with our Illinois State match, which we have not won in several years,” senior Gabby Demos said. “However, I think there are a couple of things we need to be aware of as a team. Bradley is not one of the strongest teams in the conference, but if we go in too confident, it could be problematic. We just need to stick to

our fundamentals and play our game, and I think we’ll come out on top. With Illinois State, they are a strong team, and we just need to go in prepared for a war. The doubles point will be key in this match and will take some pressure off us for singles if we can take it.” Bradley comes in to the match with

a 2-11 record this season, sitting at the bottom of the Missouri Valley Conference. Illinois State is a bit stronger at 6-4 and fourth in the Valley, but neither can top Drake’s 17-4 record, which is tops in the Valley. With the State Farm MVC Championship approaching, Drake is not going to look past any

competition. “In order to win both matches, we need to really be on our game and focus in on winning,” freshman Nell Boyd said. “They are both steady teams and could possibly beat us if we are not focused.” Despite the Bulldogs league-leading record and steady play throughout the spring season, doubles competitions have been an area of inconsistency, something that they know will need to be straightened out heading down the home stretch of the season. “We really need to do our best to get the doubles point in both matches,” Boyd said. “Then that puts us ahead, so doing extra doubles work will definitely help us get stronger in our weak areas and help us to try to get the doubles point.” Demos concurred that doubles play will be important down the stretch. “This week, I think we need to focus on doubles play, serve returns and point construction to get us most prepared for the weekend,” Demos said. “These are all things we could improve on and will make a big difference if we can even just get a little bit better.” With only two home matches left, Drake will be looking to win both matches to keep momentum building before a four-match road trip and then the MVC tournament. “Winning both would keep us moving forward and simply prepare us for our next matches,” head coach Paul Thomson said. “Each day out is a chance to improve and get better.”

TAYLOR SOULE| photo editor JUNIOR MANCA KRIZMAN returns a volley in the Bulldogs’ match against Northern Iowa last Saturday. On the right, Krizman and Senior Gabby Demos look ahead awaiting the opponents’ serve. Drake will take on Bradley and ISU this weekend. The Bulldogs have won three straight matches and have not lost since March 23.

>> MEN’S GOLF The men’s golf squad fired a combined score of 907 to earn a 20th place finish (out of 22 teams) at the Arkansas State Red Wolf Intercollegiate on Tuesday at the RidgePointe Country Club. Freshman Dane Worley recorded two sizzling rounds of golf, shooting a 70 and a 71 to be at the top of the leaderboard. However, Worley recorded a 78 on his third rounds, dropping him to a tie for 29th place overall. Other notable Bulldog performances included redshirt freshman Devin Leland (223, T-55th overall) and sophomore Connor Steele fired a 72 in his last round after having a rough first two rounds.

“I was pleased with Connor’s (Steele) performance today, as he by far played the best for us today,” said head coach Matt Lewis in a Drake Athletics press release. “I was really happy for him after his struggles yesterday to bounce back and have a good round and hopefully that is a good sign.” The Bulldogs’ next tournament will be the Boilermaker Invitational on April 21-22 in West Lafayette, Ind.

Individual Results: Dane Worley 219 (70-71-78=219/T-29th) Devin Leland 223 (74-74-75=223/T-55th) Blake Huser 232 (78-79-75=232/T-94th) Connor Steele 238 (85-81-72=238/T-108th) Matt Ohl 240 (83-78-79=240/T-114th)


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SOFTBALL

Fight for MVC supremacy: Bulldogs (8-1) take on UNI (9-0) by Taylor Soule

Photo Editor taylor.soule@drake.edu

CARTER OSWOOD| staff photographer THE DRAKE DUGOUT observes closely in the Bulldogs’ match against Missouri State on Saturday. Drake will travel to Cedar Falls to take on MVC-leading UNI.

After winning two out of three games over Missouri State last weekend, Drake is eager to notch another Missouri Valley Conference series win this weekend. Toppling in-state rival Northern Iowa is atop the Bulldogs’ to-do list. Before checking UNI off their list, though, the Bulldogs aim to improve defensively. For sophomore pitcher Jordan Gronewold, last weekend’s slow start prompted this week’s defensive spotlight. With softball basics in mind, Drake maintained its usual practice routine. “We’ll just focus on maybe more defensive stuff,” she said. “Our defense seemed a little sluggish (last weekend), so probably focus more on that and just the usual fundamentals.” Against the MVC’s top team, Drake can’t afford another shaky start. At 24-9 overall and 9-0 in conference play, the Panthers showcase strong offense and defense. Senior Mackenzie Daigh spearheads UNI’s offense with 46 hits this season, ranking first in the MVC. On the defensive front, Northern Iowa leads the MVC in strikeouts with 194 this season. To compete with UNI’s all-around game, Drake looks to keep the Panthers’ powerful offense under control. “They’ll definitely bring great offense,” Gronewold said. “They have some pretty good hitters, and I feel like their defense is pretty solid, too. They’re

There’s nothing better in pro sports than the NHL playoffs The good thing about the finale of March Madness is that the best postseason tournament in professional sports is right around the corner — the National Hockey League playoffs. While I will concede that there is no better postseason sports tournament than March Madness, the NHL playoffs offer the best postseason out of the four major professional sports in the United States. The NFL playoffs are great and all, but each round is just one game. In the NBA playoffs, rarely do you see a lower seed make a run all the way to the championship. In the MLB playoffs, only eight teams (well, now 10 teams this year) out of a total of 30 squads get to compete in the postseason. Here are five reasons why the NHL playoffs offer the best postseason in American sports: 1. A wide-open race Like the NBA playoffs, the top eight teams in each conference reach the postseason. In the NHL, it is not unheard of for a lower seed to make a long playoff run. Two years ago, the Eastern Conference finals featured the No. 7 seed Philadelphia Flyers and the No. 8 seed Montreal Canadiens. Since 1994, a No. 8 seed has upset a No. 1 seed seven times in the first round. 2. Bitter Rivalries Say what you want about rivalries in other sports; NHL rivalries are filled with hatred and physical confrontations, and that type of atmosphere is encouraged. While fighting is not common in the postseason, teams are relentless when it comes to pounding players into the boards. When the playoffs roll around, the physicality is turned up a notch. If

a team can’t handle the increasingly physical play of the postseason, then it will surely be eliminated early in the tournament. 3. Goaltenders Goalies are the centerpiece in the NHL playoffs. A goaltender at the top of his game can carry a team to the Stanley Cup finals, and likewise, a goaltender struggling heading into the postseason can contribute to a team’s early exit. Last season, Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins was phenomenal in bringing the Stanley Cup to Beantown. The year before that, Antti Niemi of the Chicago Blackhawks peaked at the right time to help his team win the title. 4. The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the best trophy in all of sports — hands down. The Cup is inscribed with the names of championship players and teams of the past. Each player on the winning team gets to do whatever they want with the cup for a small period of time. The Stanley Cup has been swimming, has been used as a dog bowl, and has been used for bowls of cereal. What other trophy has been through that? 5. Overtime, Game 7s When a series is tied at three games apiece, and the deciding game is tied after regulation, then the teams head into sudden death overtime — the first team to score advances to the next round, and the losing team’s season is over. One mistake could end a team’s season. One lucky break can make it. In an overtime game seven, the emotions and stakes are as high as any situation in sports. There is nothing like it.

>>STANDINGS Eastern Points 1 NY Rangers 2 Boston 3 Florida 4 Pittsburgh

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Western 1 Vancouver 2 St. Louis 3 Detroit 4 Nashville

107 106 93 99

MATT MORAN | COLUMNIST Matt Moran is a senior news internet journalism and math double major and can be contacted at matthew.moran@drake.edu

just an overall solid team, so we’ll have to play to their level, play our game.” Against Northern Iowa’s versatile game, Drake must combine strong defense, strong offense and strong pitching. “All three aspects need to come together,” Gronewold said. “Pitching, defense and the offensive part of it, and we’ll be good.” En route to strong play, confidence is key for Gronewold. “They’re leading the conference right now for wins, so we need to go in there, be confident and play our game because we know we can win if we play our best ball,” she said. After 2012’s rocky start, Drake’s progress is promising for freshman pitcher Rebekah Schmidt. “We’re 8-1 (in MVC play) right now,

and we’re pretty confident in conference,” she said. “We’re doing pretty well, and we’re getting going. We had a slow start this season, but we got going through midseason.” Despite this weekend’s tall task, Schmidt is confident entering Friday’s MVC showdown. After four days of practice, improved defense is Drake’s focus entering Friday’s series opener. “We just need to play really tight defense,” she said. “I think hitting will take care of itself, but if we really shut them down, that will really decrease their confidence and increase ours.” The Bulldogs take on Northern Iowa at 6 p.m. on Friday in Cedar Falls. Drake will complete the series with a doubleheader on Saturday. Saturday’s games are scheduled for 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

SOPHOMORE JORDAN GRONEWOLD winds-up to deliver a pitch in the Bulldogs’ match against Missouri State on Saturday. Drake is 8-1 in MVC play.

DRAKE RELAYS

Simpson, Spearmon Jr. to attend Drake Relays by Elizabeth Robinson

Managing Editor elizabeth.robinson@drake.edu

On Tuesday, Brian Brown, Drake Relays Director, announced the return of two former Drake Relays champions, Jenny Simpson and Wallace Spearmon, Jr. “It is always a pleasure for me to unveil some of the key participants who I think will help this year’s Drake Relays to be so outstanding,” Brown said. “(Wallace) is poised and ready to really blaze the tracks. “Jen is a native Iowan, an amazing athlete who has continued to have great success, not only throughout the nation but internationally as well.” Simpson is the current 1500-meter world champion, is a two-time U.S. outdoor champion, a three-time NCAA champion and competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2008 Olympics. Now, as she prepares for the London Olympics this summer, she will be returning to Iowa to compete in the special invitational 1,500 meters. “This is an Olympic year so I think it’s only appropriate that coming back as reigning world champion that I would open up my outdoor season with this event,” Simpson said of the Drake Relays. “It is at a place where I consider myself to be from, and a lot of my family will be there, so it’s a really exciting thing.” Wallace Spearmon will compete in the men’s special invitational 200-meter event, with hopes of breaking the Drake Relays record for that event, which set at 20.05 in 1996 by Michael Johnson. Spearmon has already run the race in a faster time than Johnson so far this year and is hoping to do the same at Drake to beat the record.

“It’s a pleasure for me to be invited back to the Drake Relays,” Spearmon said. “I still have a few things I want to accomplish when I get there. I feel like I’m in great shape. I had a season opener of 19.95 and I look to improve on that.” Spearmon has already proven successful at Drake, falling just .015 short of Johnson’s record in 2010. Aside from his past performance at Drake Relays, Spearmon has displayed his skills by medaling in the 2005, 2007 and 2009 World Outdoor Championships as well as winning his first U.S. title in 2006. Following an injury last year, and due to his preparation for the Olympics, Spearmon is being very careful and strategic in regard to training and racing this year. “This year I’m actually treating it a lot different than I did in 2008,” Spearmon said of the difference in approaching this Olympic year. “In 2008 I kind of ran more races trying to run myself in shape. I was in shape but it was just trying to get race-sharp. But this year I’m practicing a lot harder, but I’m wearing flats, so I’m going into the season being cautious and being safe about injuries. I’m being smarter.” Gabriele Anderson, Julie Culley, Heidi Dahl and Heather Kampf will join Simpson in the women’s 1,500-meter field. The men’s 200 meters will include Jeremy Dodson, Jordan Boase, Greg Nixon, Willie Perry, Ainsley Waugh and Terrell Wilks along with Spearmon.

Softball Intramurals kicks-off with intriguing matchups in store Intramurals’ second week of softball is well underway, and we have already witnessed some great competition. The typical first-week forfeits were unavoidable, but a few friendly matches took place with the teams who didn’t want to waste their walk down to the intramural fields. Because, let’s face it, everyone really plans for their intramural game to be their workout of the day. The weather has had a nearly perfect track record for game times, and thus is not an excuse for not showing up. For those still contemplating the credibility or fun factor of the most recent intramural sport, here are a few features of each league to look forward to. WOMEN’S/SORORITY Greek life typically presents enough of an interest in intramurals to create their own individual league, but this year, our independent teams have split the bracket half and half. With four sororities and four non-affiliated teams, we hope the politics of campus do not leak onto the intramural fields. Regard-

less of the females who are automatically judged athletically because of their lack of a Y-chromosome, I wouldn’t count all the girls out of some spectacular plays this year. To find the gems, look for the worn-in softball gloves, for the athletic stances in the outfield and for those tempted to wind up for a fast pitch at the mound. Game to watch this week: Alpha Phi v. Stally, Sunday at 1:30 p.m. MEN’S COMPETITIVE/FRATERNITY Some men at our school may feel some baseball withdrawal from the glory days in high school and thus look to softball for relief. Similar to several other seasons, Drake Intramurals was obligated to create separate fraternity and independent leagues this year. One of the greatest mistakes, however, for any male softball player to encounter is the temptation to aim for the fences and damage some random arm muscle or tendon after a giant whiff. One particular piece of

advice is to remember that a softball is larger than a baseball, and eventually, it stops. Placement is key in this league, as most players in the outfield will probably be busy pestering the first-base official anyways. Games to watch this week: Big Chiefs v. Scared Hitless, Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Pike 1 v. Pike 2, Friday at 5 p.m. CO-REC Most examples of the competition that include both men and women prove to be teams who are looking to just have a good time. For the co-rec teams who play at typical competitive levels, emotionally and physically, we end up with broken Facebook relationships and more stereotypical comments about male and female athletes. My cautionary warning to the players in co-rec leagues is to loosen up and prepare yourselves for the inevitable adult leagues you will play in one day. And remember, even if you

can’t match up to the others on your team, wearing a professional baseball team’s shirt to the game will definitely increase your chances of victory. Games to watch this week: Kappa Psi v. The Lions, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. You can catch the softball action almost any day of the week, and I have heard great compliments about the sun tanning we have set up at the outdoor intramural fields. One rule to keep in mind as the season continues is that each player receives four pitches in total. As our more intelligent athletes have figured out, it’s probably best to swing at the last pitch no matter what. Also, any throw that goes out of play allows each runner to advance just one base, and sprinting faster to the next doesn’t mean you get another one. I am looking forward to seeing all of you out on the fields soon. Until next time, please play by the rules.

HALEY BOSCO | COLUMNIST Bosco is a senior English and secondary education double major and can be contacted at haley.bosco@drake.edu


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