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Campus safety called into question by Elizabeth Robinson and Lauren Horsch

Features/Op Editor and Managing Editor elizabeth.robinson@drake.edu lauren.horsch@drake.edu

With safety concerns in the Drake Neighborhood growing, University President David Maxwell sent out a campus-wide memo on Jan. 15. He addressed the Jan. 7 shooting that led to the death of Te’Andre TrumboTalton. Trumbo-Talton was not a student at Drake, but was shot near Paul Revere’s Pizza, just west of campus, where many students end their weekend nights. With a shooting that close to campus, many students called into question how they are alerted about safety threats toward campus and what the university is doing to help students stay safe. Maxwell, in an email to The Times-Delphic, said that the safety of students at Drake is always a concern of his. He said that through his meetings with the Des Moines Police Department, he was reassured that there was “no trend toward increased crime in the neighborhood.” “We (university officials) are very careful in deciding when to send an alert, so that people know if they receive one, it demands immediate attention on their part,” Maxwell said in the email. While the alert system has worked thus far, there are current discussions about changing it. “We have taken a look at the system and realized that when people are in class, they are asked to turn their phones off and thus would not get notifications of an alert,” he wrote. Currently, the university is in the process of buying a loudspeaker system to add to the notifications as to better alert those who might not

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have access to the traditional calltext-email notifications that students receive. “That system also gives us the ability to give different instruction about response to people in different areas or buildings, depending on what and where the threat is,” Maxwell wrote. Hans Hanson, Director of Drake Campus Security, agreed that a new notification system could be more practical and efficient. “This could be a system where we can better respond during a fluid emergency and more quickly communicate building by building or all at once as needed,” he said. “The system now does get a lot of information out to a lot of different people, so we’re considering doing a combination and building layers, having a dual system.” In the memo sent to students, Maxwell touched on his meetings with police officials and the crime statistics concerning the Drake Neighborhood. According to the data, there were 2,951 reported offenses

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in 2010, and 2,821 in 2011. That is a difference of 130 crimes in a oneyear span, and a 4.4 percent drop in crimes during that span. Maxwell said that the offenses ranged from “driving away from a gas station to DUI to assault.” Maxwell also said there have been efforts to help detour crime in the Drake Neighborhood. “Last year, Chief (Judy) Bradshaw (of the Des Moines Police Department) created the Special Enforcement Team to make a serious dent in crime in Des Moines, including the Drake Neighborhood,” Maxwell wrote. “That team made 1,700 ‘contacts’ across the city in two-and-ahalf months, focusing on people who are known to be involved in crime. The initiative was so successful that the chief suspended their operation in late fall, but she made it clear that they watch crime trends very, very carefully, and that she’s prepared to redeploy the SET immediately if the situation warrants it.” Maxwell said that he wants to

reemphasize that the administration takes the safety and security of the Drake family on and around the campus “very, very seriously.” Drake Security Operations Manager/Crime Analyst, Mitzie Lootens, agreed that the safety of Drake’s campus is a main priority. “It’s really important to have visibility because that enhances the faith that our community has in us,” she said. “It shows that we’re meeting the needs of the community.” While the data may show that crime is declining, Maxwell said that “we do not live in a bubble,” and the administration will continue to find ways to improve safety and security for the Drake community. Hanson reiterated Maxwell’s point and his confidence in the safety and security of Drake. “We don’t flinch and we don’t blink. We’re Drake University and we’re going to keep going steady.”

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Making flips for a new organization

Tricking Club mixes gymnastics, martial arts Personal reasons cited for two- and break dancing

thirds of the Diversity Interest Senators leaving the table by Lauren Ehrler

Staff Writer lauren.ehrler@drake.edu

Drake University Student Senate is facing the resignation of two of its senators. In the first meeting of the spring semester, two diversity interest senators announced that they were both stepping down from their positions. Tanaya Thomas and Ankita Dhussa resigned from their posts last week. “For me, promoting social change and social justice related to diversity is something I’m very passionate about and has been a struggle within the realm of our student gover nment,” Thomas said in a statement to The Times-Delphic. Both Dhussa and Thomas expressed frustration with their experiences as diversity interest senators, and they said they felt that Student Senate wasn’t an organization for them. “Because of my commitment to Senate, I felt I was robbing myself of organizations, both on and off campus, that I felt more passionate about and that I wasn’t dedicating enough time to my most important role at Drake University —­ a student,” Dhussa said in a statement to The Times-Delphic. Thomas and Dhussa’s resignations came on the same night that the Diversity Interest Senators Job Description Bylaw Amendment Change passed unanimously. The bylaw amendment was a project that the diversity interest senators had worked

on during the fall semester. “Even though we won’t be here to see this through, we think this will be useful to future diversity interest senators,” Thomas said. Sen. David Karaz expressed gratitude towards the work that the diversity interest senators have accomplished this session. “I appreciate this year how you (Thomas and Dhussa) challenged the process,” Karaz said. “Overall, thank you.” With Thomas and Dhussa’s resignations effective immediately, Sen. Sumit Sen is the only diversity interest senator remaining. Student Body President Greg Larson said succession plans are in order. S e n . Kayleigh Koester reported that a J-Term information fair will be held on Feb. 28 from 4-7 p.m. in Upper Olmsted. Vice President of Student Activities Jessica Hamilton announced that the Student Activities Board schedule for the spring semester is now posted online at www.DrakeSAB.org.

Meeting in Brief: >> Sens. Thomas and Dhussa resigned >>Diversity Interest Bylaw change passed >>SAB schedule has has been posted

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MEMBERS OF THE NEWLY FORMED TRICKING CLUB perform a trick during one of their practices. by Taylor Soule

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What’s that object flying through the air? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Drake Tricking Club! Just don’t tell these thrill seeking students that gravity will once again plant their feet firmly on the mat. Last September, three first-year students entered the warm fall air with two blue mats, tricking tenacity and a dash of danger as the club began at the grassy opening just beyond Herriott Residence Hall. First-year student and Tricking Club President Mike Jennings jumped into the sport following his senior year of high school, and upon his arrival at Drake, he envisioned a club devoted to gravity defiance. Alongside two friends, Vice President Nick Iwan and Treasurer Griffin Simpson, the club gained members in Drake’s ever-expanding list of student organizations. Like successfully landing a backflip, however, the quest to become an official club required patience and perseverance. The three founders wrote and rewrote the club’s consti-

tution. The founders then proposed their organization to the Student Senate Student Affairs Committee. With a seal of approval from SAC, the founders moved onto the Student Senate, which also voted to allow the club. So, what exactly is tricking? “Tricking is a combination of gymnastics, martial arts and break dancing,” Iwan said. As the broad definition implies, the club offers an expansive array of skill levels, interests and, of course, tricks. From the beginner’s backflip to the expert’s 540 kick, the club’s founders said that almost anyone can “trick.” “Currently, we have about 10 people that consistently come and do tricks,” Jennings said. “We’ve had over 50 people participate and try a backflip, including a 54-year-old man.” The trio even plotted for everyone on the fourth floor of Herriott Hall to backflip. With the encouragement of fellow residents, Jennings, Iwan and Simpson helped 25 students complete a backflip. That encouraging, community

atmosphere is essential for students striving to land new tricks. “It’s definitely more fun when you have more people that you can help with their new tricks and to inspire you and encourage you to keep going, too,” Iwan said. Jennings agreed that the team atmosphere leads to the best results. “You can motivate each other and get higher energy amongst the group,” Jennings said. Members aren’t solely involved for the supportive atmosphere, though. Simpson said that some people get competitive. “Friendly competition is always nice,” Simpson said. “The more people we have, the better skill level ranges, and we can find more people to compete with. Who can get the trick the fastest? It encourages everyone to learn better.” Though Drake lacks a gymnastics program, first-year student Ashley Fee didn’t want to give up the sport she grew up with. Tricking Club provides an opportunity for her to rehearse routine stunts alongside new

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INTO THE UNKNOWN 1:32 a.m. Jan. 6 While conducting an interior check of the Harmon Fine Arts Center security personnel noticed damage to a door leading to the sound booth. The door leading to the sound booth was hanging by the bottom hinge. It appears the suspect(s) used an unknown object to gain entry into the sound booth. There was also damage to the exterior area surrounding the locking mechanism. Drake staff conducted an inventory search. It appeared no items were missing from the building. The Des Moines Police Department was called to the scene and a police report was taken.

11:36 p.m. Dec. 10 Security was notified by a Drake staff member that a female Drake student was being transported to a local hospital for medical reasons. Security was later informed that the female Drake student had taken some antidepressants. She was transported to a local hospital by a friend for treatment. The director of residence life was notified of this incident. 1:57 p.m. Dec. 15 Security personnel responded to a report of a theft. Upon arrival, security personnel contacted a male Drake employee. The employee stated that he parked his vehicle on campus on Dec. 14, 2011 at approximately noon. The employee stated he noticed that his gym bag was missing from his vehicle on Dec. 15, 2011 at approximately 1 p.m. He stated that his gym bag contained a Drake University issued laptop computer and an iPod. The employee was advised to file a police report.

3:43 a.m. Dec. 17 While on routine patrol, security observed a female on the ground next to a tree by 25th Street and Forest Avenue. The female was also in the company of a few others. Security approached the female to conduct a welfare check. She was identified as a female Drake student. She was intoxicated, and Des Moines Fire Medics and Des Moines Police were later called to Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall, and the above mentioned female was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The dean of students was notified of this incident. 1:19 p.m. Dec. 17 Security personnel responded to Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall to conduct a welfare check on a female Drake student. Upon contacting the intended party, security identified a female Drake student that was intoxicated. The student was incoherent, and Des Moines Police and Fire Medics were called to the scene. She was transported by medics to a local hospital for treatment. The dean of students was notified of this incident. 1:19 p.m. Dec. 17 Upon conducting an end-of-semester room

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check at Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall, alcohol was located in one of the dorm rooms. The alcohol was located in a female Drake student’s closet. The female Drake student was under the legal age for alcohol consumption. The dean of students was notified about this incident. 4:50 p.m. Dec. 17 A Des Moines police officer was given a pair of keys by an unidentified person who stated he found the set of keys on Drake’s campus. The keys had a Drake residence hall keychain attached. The police officer gave security the pair of keys and also the fake identification card that was attached. The department of transportation was notified and will conduct further follow up on this incident. 11:43 a.m. Dec. 18 Security personnel was notified by an unidentified caller that they saw flames coming from the Norman Apartments located on the 3100 block of 30th Street. Security, along with the Des Moines Fire Department, responded to the scene and did observe smoke coming from the building. Security contacted the male Drake student who was occupying the room where the fire originated. He stated the fire started when he was cooking and that he tried to contain the fire. The fire department arrived and ensured the fire was fully extinguished. Facilities were informed of this incident along with Drake Real Estate. 11:05 a.m. Dec. 20 Security personnel responded to Morehouse Residence Hall on a fire alarm that was activated. Upon arrival, security contacted a Drake staff member, who stated the alarm sounded when she was cooking in the basement. There was no fire or damage to the building or surrounding area. The Des Moines Fire Department arrived on scene and approved the rest of the alarm.

The staff member stated she was not sure how long the instrument was missing. No police report was filed at this time. 12:17 a.m. Dec. 23 Drake Security personnel assisted Des Moines Police in the apprehension of two male suspects that fled from a vehicle. Both suspects were taken into custody. The suspects were apprehended at 23rd street and University Avenue. The suspects were not Drake affiliated. 4:30 p.m. Dec.23 A non-Drake affiliated male came into the security office and stated that he found an injured animal. Security notified the Animal Rescue League and they took possession of the injured dog. 10:25 p.m. Dec. 26 Security responded to the 1400 block of 31st Street on a report of a burglary. It appeared an unknown suspect broke the back door window to gain access to the residence. A 32-inch Samsung television was taken from the residence. The victim was a male Drake student. Des Moines Police was contacted and a police report was filed. 8:28 p.m. Dec. 30 While on routine patrol, security personnel noticed a Des Moines Public Works caution sign in the window of a dorm room located in Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall. Des Moines Police and public works were notified, and the property was returned to public works. No police report was filed at that time. 10:28 a.m. Jan. 4 A Drake employee informed security that while he was working, he fell and injured his right knee and head. He stated that he fell while stepping over a carpet in Aliber Hall. The employee later received medical treatment.

4 p.m. Dec. 21 Drake Security personnel were notified by a Drake staff member that a piccolo was missing from the fine arts band room in Carpenter Hall.

New year, new alternative to the Bell Center Underground Fitness offers a closer location for workouts by Erin McHenry

Staff Writer erin.mchenry@drake.edu

The new semester marks a new beginning for students looking to get fit. Last Tuesday marked the grand opening of a new fitness center located in Lower Olmsted. Underground Fitness is equipped with several elliptical machines, treadmills, bikes, weight machines and free weights. Though it is the same equipment as in the Bell Center, the machines are new, and each cardio machine comes with an individual television. There is also a space for stretching, and there are new meeting rooms that can be reserved through Mark Chambers, director of facility services. Sophomore Joshua Abbott works out once or twice a day, and he said that he enjoys the new facility, especially being able to choose a TV program to watch while he exercises. “It’s close to pretty much everything so you don’t have to take time out of your schedule,” he said. “If I’m pushed for time, I have more access to working out.” Abbott also said that because it is located closer to the residence halls, walking to a late-night workout can be much safer.

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to rehearse routine stunts alongside new tricks. “I had done gymnastics for nine years, so Tricking Club was a way to continue my gymnastics career as well as learn other tricks that usually incorporate more parkour (training) and martial arts,” Fee said. Between dizzying twists, powerful kicks and fearless flips, a question inevitably comes up: What happens if someone gets hurt? Safety always comes first for Jennings, Iwan and Simpson, who regularly spot both novice and advanced members during new tricks. “First, we have our members sign liability waivers so the university doesn’t have any responsibility for injuries,” Jennings said. “Most importantly, we spot members when they’re trying a new trick so if they bail out in the middle, we’ll still help them get over. We also use blue mats to pad our landings.” Spotting allows beginners to gain confidence both on and off the mat. “It’s a great self-esteem booster because after you do a trick, even if someone is helping you, the emotions you feel, the adrenaline rush you feel, is just absolutely overwhelming,” Fee said. “It’s just an all-around great experience.”

Sophomore Molly Krook also said she liked the location. “It’s very convenient, especially when it’s freezing outside, because it’s closer to the residence halls,” she said Lisa Murphy, assistant director of recreational services, was heavily involved in the project and hopes that the additional center will create more opportunities for students to have healthier lifestyles. Machines in the Bell Center are often being used with people waiting, Murphy said. She wants to create a healthier environment on campus and said that an overcrowded workout space did not support that. “We don’t want to deter people from working out,” she said. “We want to encourage wellness, and student frustration doesn’t accomplish that.” She noted that since Underground Fitness opened, the Bell Center has been less busy, and Underground Fitness is getting plenty of use. It had 288 students come on its opening day, and there were over 400 students who used the facility on the second day. “On days like this when it’s only two degrees out, it’s a much shorter walk over,” Murphy said. “It has also taken pressure off (the Bell Center), which was always packed.” Murphy and other staff mem-

bers looked at over 60 different name suggestions, but it was junior Caylin Healey who coined the title. Murphy said they chose Underground Fitness because it was simple and unique. Healey said the space seemed like a dugout, but she didn’t like the sound of the name and eventually thought of Underground Fitness. “I love how Drake has allowed a lot of input when it has come to all of the new renovations happening lately,” Healey said. “Allowing the students to name Quad Creek Cafe, BlueSky and now Underground Fitness shows me how interested Drake University is in creating a Drake family.” Murphy said that student feedback has been primarily positive, and she said she thinks students were surprised by the quality of the facility. “It exceeded my expectations,” Abbott said. “I didn’t think they were going to have that many machines.” Murphy said she hopes that students will continue to use the facility to create a healthier campus while utilizing a space that had previously been unused. Underground Fitness is for Drake students only and is open during Olmsted hours.

The Tricking Club practices in the Drake Fieldhouse on Fridays from 7-8 p.m. During the spring and fall, members practice outdoors on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. on the lawn between Herriott Hall and Harvey Ingham Hall. Ultimately, Tricking Club offers gutsy students the opportunity to fall in love with tricking — heels over head, of course. “I’d like to share my love of this sport with as many people as possible,” Jennings said. “I know a lot of people don’t know what it is, so maybe I could help them discover a new interest.”

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THE TIMES-DELPHIC Hubbell served a fancy dinner last week, what’s up with that? Seems like Sodexo is trying to mix it up a bit with some fancy food in the dining halls.

opinions&editorials Food review: Noodles & Company

Excellent service, cheap prices and a variety of options make Noodles & Company at Valley West Mall in West Des Moines an excellent option for Drake students looking for a changeof-pace meal when those buffalo chicken wraps begin to lose their flair. I made the mistake of going to Noodles during lunch time on a weekend and became disappointed thinking about how long I was going to have to wait. However, with an efficient staff, my girlfriend and I had ordered our food and were sitting down at a newly cleaned table much sooner than we had expected. Beyond taking orders, the staff does an excellent job of recognizing when customers leave and are quick to clean down the table in anticipation for the next group of people ready to enjoy their meals. Another thing I noticed was the speed of the preparation and service of the food. I have eaten at Noodles multiple times before, and I have never had to wait longer than five minutes for my food, regardless of how busy the restaurant was at the time. While the menu offers multiple choices from different cultural backgrounds, I stick with the Wisconsin mac & cheese, a dish that truly changes the stereotype about all mac and cheese dishes tasting the same. With new dishes being added to the menu along with extra topping options for your dishes, Noodles is a great place to go if you are looking for a restaurant that gives you plenty of options, excellent service and cheap prices. Noodles may just be what you are looking for on those days when you can’t stomach anything Drake decides to offer you.

Service: 4.5/5

Food: 4/5

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Kramer is a sophomore broadcast journalism major and can be contacted at mackenzie.kramer@drake.edu. Hamilton is a sophomore advertising major and can be contacted at hillary.hamilton@drake.edu

Top 8: Box-office hits from 2011 Moneyball With a script penned by Aaron Sorkin (of “The Social Network” fame) and a stellar cast including Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Chris Pratt and Philip Seymour Hoffman, it would be hard for anyone to not find something to like about this movie, almost impossible. And it is. “Moneyball” takes what should be the most boring story that you can tell about baseball and makes it come alive. With its heartfelt performances and tense scenes the audience begins to live and die with each decision Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) makes. This is more than just, as some have called it, the sports movie for people who don’t like sports. This is a truly great film.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

CALEB COPLEY | COLUMNIST

Copley is a sophomore LPS and political science double major and can be contacted at caleb.copley@drake.edu

This tense and meticulous thriller pits journalist Mikael Blomkvist against a creepily secretive wealthy family of Swedish industrialists as he investigates the 40-year-old dis-

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appearance of a young girl. Daniel Craig stars with Rooney Mara as Lisabeth Salander, a hacker who violently takes revenge on men who abuse women and Christopher Plummer appears as the family patriarch. With an excellent score by Oscar-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, based on the best-selling series of novels by Stieg Larsson and expertly directed by David Fincher, this film is truly a masterpiece. The Descendants This film, the fifth by acclaimed director/screenwriter Alexander Payne and his first since 2004’s “Sideways”, is understated and moves slowly, but it packs a powerful emotional punch. George Clooney delivers one of the performances of his career as Matt King, a man who finds his life unraveling as he struggles to keep his family together in the wake of a tragedy. Alexander Payne’s talent for writing honest, flawed characters without being condescending is on full display in this excellent family drama and it is absolutely worthy of your attention. Drive Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” reminds us that action films can be about more than just action. Starring Ryan Gosling in an iconic role, this film eschews the clichés of its genre to get to something deeper and far more compelling. Ryan Gosling’s enigmatic performance keeps you captivated while a supporting cast that includes Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks is equally stunning. Gathering inspiration from classic car-chase films such as “Bullitt” and “The Driver,” “Drive” tells the story of a Hollywood stunt man who moonlights as a getaway driver and becomes infatuated with his neighbor, played by Carey Mulligan. In the age

of “Transformers” sequels and crappy Nicholas Cage movies, “Drive” reminds us that a movie doesn’t have to be bad in order to be thrilling. The Muppets This movie is pure, unadulterated cinema joy. From the very first song to the end credits this movie reminds you how truly magical films can be and how much fun the Muppets are. Full of big name cameos and all of your old favorite characters from when you were a kid, this movie has something for everyone. Jason Segel, one of the most electrifying talents in Hollywood, stars in and writes the film which introduces the new Muppet character of Walter, a man who grew up idolizing the Muppets on The Muppet Show and seeks them out to reunite the gang for one last show together. With wonderful songs written by Bret McKenzie and an excellent supporting cast including Amy Adams and Fozzie Bear, this film demands to be seen.

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Atlas

While I have to admire the raw audaciousness of the class of conservative political intellectuals that provided the financial backing for this sloppy excuse of a franchise. Films in 2011 didn’t have much to offer that actually compared to how awful this first installment was. Based on Ayn Rand’s opus that celebrates selfishness and self-interest and has served as the philosophical foundation of conservative economic thinking since 1957. This movie will most assuredly put you to sleep. Poorly acted and even more poorly conceived, the film’s director, Paul Johansson updated the film’s setting to the modern era. However, the film’s plot, that of Dagny Taggart and her magical railroad metal, remains remarkably dated. Chances are that if you saw a movie in 2011, it was better than Atlas Shrugged: Part I. Part II is expected to be released in the fall of 2012.

Win Win In “Win Win,” Paul Giamatti plays a fundamentally decent man in an almost impossible situation. A lawyer and family man who, for the first time in his life, makes a selfish decision and desperately tries to keep his fragile existence from falling apart in the aftermath of his decision. Much like “The Descendants,” “Win Win” is an expertly observed family drama that forces you to invest everything in its well-intentioned but ultimately flawed characters. Featuring Amy Ryan (famous for her roles on “The Office” and “The Wire”), Jeffrey Tambor and directed by Thomas McCarthy, this “Win Win” is probably my favorite film of this year.

CASEY ERIXON | COLUMNIST

Erixon is a junior rhetoric and politics major and can be contacted at william.erixon@drake.edu

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Finding the funny in living with cancer is no easy feat, but “50/50” does just that and more. Joseph GordonLevitt in what is the performance of his career, plays Adam Lerner, a 27-year-old man who is diagnosed with cancer while Seth Rogen plays his friend and co-worker Kyle and Anna Kendrick delivers a predictably standout performance as his inexperienced therapist Katie. What follows is an infectious and deeply affecting mix of comedy and drama that feels incredibly honest and raw, most likely because it is. Will Reiser based much of the script on his actual experience of dealing with cancer when he was in his twenties.

Overall: 4/5

This is Hubbell Trouble, the new column that will be forced upon you for the rest of the semester. What is Hubbell Trouble you ask? Fabulous question. We come up with ideas to fully embrace that required meal plan we’ve all grown to love. This week we decided to start off the semester on a healthy note with some Fruitylicious Oatmeal. First, it’s time for the ingredient round up. (Yee-haw!) You’re going to need a banana, an apple and dried cranberries from the salad station, granola, and a packet of oatmeal. Grab a half-cup of hot water from the coffee machine; there are no measuring cups so we wish you the best of luck on this one. Make oatmeal, cut up the banana and the apple into chunks. Then, add everything into the oatmeal. Voila! See, it’s not that difficult to make Hubbell delicious. Keep reading our column in the coming weeks to see more recipes and nonsense: if you can’t wait that long check out our blog at hubbelltrouble.wordpress. com. You know you love us. XOXO, Hubbell Trouble

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Drake vs. Creighton this Wednesday night. Wear white for a Drake white-out to help cheer the Bulldogs on to a victory. First 3,000 fans get a free t-shirt.

Drake Edition

ABC’s new daytime talk show focuses on revolutionizing the lives of viewers thanks to the help of a variety of experts ranging from design expert Ty Pennington and stylist Tim Gunn to therapist Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. Drake has a variety of resources or campus-experts to help revolutionize, or improve, the lives of students. Whether it be academic related or personal fitness and health, there are people on campus to help.

Annette Watson Career Development Manager

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Assistant Director Human Resources Academic Achievement Coordinator

• “Have in mind what you’re looking for • “An on-campus job is a great way to in a job or internship.” learn about campus, meet people and • “If you don’t have your resume updatearn money.” ed, get it updated.” • “Jobs are posted online in the student • “The upcoming career fair is a great services (tab) of blueView on Career way to meet people from organizabluePrint.” tions.”

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Assistant Director of Recreational Services, Wellness • “ Find out how you like to exercise. There’s not one right thing to do.” • The fitness center offers fitness testing, nutrition testing and fitness schedules to all students. Contact Peterson or Johanna Determann at recreational services.

• “ Use academic resources offered by faculty and departments.” • “Plan on studying two hours a week for every credit hour taken.” • “Establish a study schedule.” • “Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Sarah Birkholz Student

• “ Have a calendar in which you color coordinator what type of things you have coming up” • “Try to plan out what you’re doing when and stick to your schedule” • “Color coordinate your things for classes so they’re easier to find”

story and photos by Kenzie Kramer

Staff Writer mackenzie.kramer@drake.edu

Dogtown After Hours to return this spring by Bailey Berg

Staff Writer bailey.berg@drake.edu

What would you plan with $10,000? This is what numerous posters sprawled across campus said. Well, come up with a good idea, and you could score $1,000 for your organization. Due to the event’s popularity last year, Drake Student Senate and the Student Activities Board are teaming up again to bring the community the second annual Dogtown After Hours on April 13. The competition, open to all recognized Drake student organizations, asks students to describe what an ideal late-night event would look like — including everything from entertainment and games to food and prizes -- using less than $10,000. “We’re looking for really original and creative ideas,” said SAB President Jessica Hamilton. “Something that’ll interest everyone.” Organizations can pick up application packets in the Student Life Center or download it from either drakesab.com or drakesenate. com. Packets are due back to SLC by Jan. 27, where groups can also sign up for a time slot to present to the Dogtown Planning Committee on Feb. 3.

“(The committee) will consider many aspects, such as information from the proposal form and the presentation, while keeping in mind budget and organizations involved,” Hamilton said. “We want to involve as many organizations as possible in this event.” The committee is made up of eight students from different aspects of campus — the three senate executive officers, one member from the Residence Hall Association, from the Panhellenic Council, from the Interfraternity Council, and then the student coordinator from the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. The winning organization will be awarded $1,000, which can either be used at Dogtown After Hours or for a future Drake event of their own. Last year’s winning proposal — the infamous record breaking pie fight — was dreamt up by members of Crawford Hall’s RHA and Executive Council, specifically first-year pharmacy student Laura Vollmer, sophomore Nicole O’Connor and senior Joshua Poindexter. Vollmer came up with the idea while flipping through a Guinness Book of World Records from the previous year, and she was struck by how low the number of participants for the record was. She held onto the idea until the Dogtown opportunity became available, offering the

funding and resources for a program of its caliber. With the help of the residents in Crawford Hall, the idea finally became a reality. “How many people can say they’ve broken a world record?” Vollmer said. “The record was feasible enough for the Drake campus to compete with, and it provided a very memorable experience.” The trio and its brigade of helpers were allotted two months to turn the two-page application into the real deal. It almost didn’t happen. While in the throes of preparing for the event, another organization took a stab at the record and nearly tripled the original number. But in the end everything went as planned. Drake scrounged up 684 participants, barely squeaking by the previous record. “Everything went better than planned,” Poindexter said. “I still can’t believe it all worked out.” Despite a hectic experience last year, Vollmer already has a proposal underway for this year, albeit without her dream team from last year. Poindexter said he’s decided to take his final semester off from planning and cautions the faint of heart. “It’s a lot of work, and you can’t overlook the small things,” Poindexter said. “It’s easy to see a $10,000 vision on a large scale, but you need to look literally moment by moment at an event to pull it off.”

Proposal form at a glance

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> • The actual event will take place Friday, April 13 • Proposal forms and typed responses are due to SLC by Friday, Jan. 27 • Must be signed up for a presentation time by Friday, Feb. 3 • Presentations should be approximately 7 – 10 minutes in length


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Library Café starting a new chapter with new owners Local establishment, Drake mainstay to reopen this week by Kensie Smith

Staff Writer mackenzie.smith@drake.edu

Jostling bodies and jovial laughter fill the room on a crowded scene on a typical Wednesday night at the Library Café. The place is packed as people celebrate the middle of the week with bottles of beer for only $1.50. However, the last month of Wednesdays have been dark and empty for the bar nestled on the corner of 35th Street and University Avenue. This Thursday, Drake students and townie regulars will get to see what the next scene will look like for the bar. Full Court Press, owned by Jeff Bruning, will now be in charge of the popular student and neighborhood venue. New ownership comes after former owner, Chip Coil, announced last October that he would be moving to Ohio. Full Court Press also owns a substantial number of venues in the downtown Des Moines nightlife scene, including El Bait Shop, Fong’s Pizza, High Life Lounge, Hessen Haus, Mullet’s, The Royal Mile, Sbrocco Wine Bar, The Red Monk and Shorty’s. Bruning said that Full Court Press wanted to keep the traditional feel of the Library while adding a fully revamped menu. “The Library is a place where people from the neighborhood,

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Drake alumni and Drake students can all come together for good food and great beer,” Bruning said. Cleaner than it has been in the past, the location will reopen with newly installed windows and Drake blue paint above the wall paneling. A new heating and cooling system has also been added. “We have added a new tap system that has 20 tap handles,” Bruning said. “We more or less left the physical space but have put up new wall coverings and paint.” Bruning said that the expanded menu will serve customers well. The infamous nachos will come in five varieties. Soups will be made from scratch and burgers will be made of hand-pressed, freshly ground beef. The café will have drink specials also, which have yet to be determined. The Library Café will also serve breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, which will include more traditional menu items as well as breakfast burritos and casseroles. “We just spruced up the place,” Bruning said. “We refer to it as the Library 2.0.”

Andy Grammer tour to stop in Ames by Raeann Langes

Staff Writer raeann.langes@drake.edu

After the release of his hit single “Keep Your Head Up,” Andy Grammer followed up with a self-titled album that is taking him to the top. Since last June, Grammer’s career has skyrocketed. He is now headlining a 26-stop tour including shows in Denver, Boston, Nashville and The Maintenance Shop on Jan. 31 in Ames, Iowa. “I love Iowa,” Grammer said. “The people love music, and I am excited to be stopping in Ames.” Grammer has only recently gained popularity but has been in the music industry for a while. “I started writing songs when I was in high school, so when I was about 15,” Grammer said. “I have been working hard for about five to six years now.” The song “Keep Your Head Up” was ranked as high as No. 53 on Bill-

board Hot 100 and could be heard on nearly any radio station this past summer. “I wrote it after a long day of playing on the streets with no sales as a way to pick me up,” Grammer said. “I feel like people can really relate to it.” Grammer said he looks for influences from many other artists when writing his songs. “I guess I see myself in three different lights: one being acoustic like John Mayer, Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz, another being piano-rock like Coldplay and finally hip-hop like Lupe Fiasco,” he said. Grammer began performing on the streets in Los Angeles with his acoustic guitar, and now he finds himself in the middle of the music industry. He has toured with the Plain White T’s, Josh Kelley and Natasha Bedingfield, but he is now the headliner of his own tour. “My favorite part of the tour is at the end of the night when you

are playing the last song and hearing the crowd,” Grammer said. “A headlining tour is like throwing a giant birthday party; you invite people and hope they show up. The culture is very fun when you are headlining. We have had six shows, and everyone has been coming with T-shirts and singing along to all the songs, something special is happening.” Many Drake students are eager to hear him play. “I would definitely drive to Ames to see him perform,” sophomore Alessa Strelecki said. “He is a new artist but has a great sound.” Grammer is currently writing a lot of new songs, and after his tour finishes here in the United States, he is headed to France and Australia for more tours. If you are in the mood for a fun and upbeat performance, then head to Ames on Jan. 31 to watch Grammer perform live.

Fast Facts • Andy Grammer began his career by singing in the streets of Los Angeles. • He was named one of Billboard’s 2011 Artists to Watch • Grammer’s dad was a Grammy-nominated children’s performer • He has toured with the Plain White Ts, Josh Kelley, Natasha Bedingfield and others.

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Student organization to host Holocaust survivor

by Meagan Flynn

Staff Writer meagan.flynn@drake.edu

Senior Emily Lofgren, president of Christians United for Israel, said she has always felt strongly about standing up for the Jewish state, which is why she attended the CUFI student summit in Washington, D.C., last July. “I’ve always had a heart for Israel and saw it as an amazing opportunity to stand for my religious beliefs in a way that affects foreign policy,” Lofgren said. It was there that she first heard Holocaust survivor Irving Roth speak about his experience at the Poland death camps, and she knew it was something she wanted to share with Drake University—alas, she was successful. Tonight at 7 p.m. in Bulldog Theater, Roth will speak about those horrific experiences and how he survived the Holocaust.

The event is sponsored by CUFI, and it is the organization’s kickoff event, as it was just recently approved as an official Drake organization last December, thanks to the efforts of Lofgren and junior Rachel Cutler. “I feel like it’s extremely important for students at Drake to understand how tragic the Holocaust actually was,” Lofgren said. “I believe it’s important to respect and treat everyone kindly regardless of their religious affiliation. In the Holocaust, Jews were not treated with respect and were treated horrendously. It’s important that it never happens again.” According to the CUFI website, the ultimate goal of CUFI is “to provide a national association through which every proIsrael church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to Biblical issues.” Lofgren said she wants to focus on educating students about this cause.

“From my perspective, our goal is to educate the campus about standing for the Jewish state and its right to exist,” she said. Roth is the director of the Holocaust Resource Center at the Temple Judea in Manhasset, N.Y. According to his biography on www.AnneFrank.com, Roth “has worked to ensure that an atrocity like the Holocaust never happens again,” and his life’s goal is “to make the world a better place.” For his efforts in promoting world acceptance and diversity, he received the Spirit of Anne Frank Award. Lofgren said she hopes that students will be able to learn valuable lessons from Roth’s presentation. “I hope that they’ll understand that we should love people and respect people regardless of their religious views,” Lofgren said.

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SPORTS

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MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2012 | PAGE 6

Jan.3, the men’s basketball squad lost to Creighton 76-59. This might not be DID YOU Onterrible news. The Bluejays have not swept the Bulldogs since the 2006-2007 season and have not won in the Knapp Center since 2008. The last time the KNOW? Bulldogs swept the Bluejays was in the 2007-2008 season.

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what you missed

Bulldogs gearing up for pivotal MVC showdown against Creighton by Matt Moran

Copy Editor matthew.moran@drake.edu

Thanks to a four-game winning streak, Drake has vaulted up the Missouri Valley Conference standings and sat in third place heading into last night’s contest at Northern Iowa. The Bulldogs moved to 5-3 in the MVC with an overtime victory at Southern Illinois last Wednesday, but the team will face its toughest test of the season at the Knapp Center this Wednesday. Drake hosts No. 18 Creighton, the team that is first place in the MVC and that is on track for an NCAA tournament appearance. The Bulldogs (12-7, 5-3 MVC) dropped a 76-59 decision to the Bluejays (18-2, 8-1) in Omaha, Neb., on Jan. 3. Since losing to Northern Iowa at the Knapp Center on Jan. 7, Drake has reeled off consecutive wins against Bradley, Evansville, Illinois State and Southern Illinois. “Different guys have stepped up for us in these last four wins,” head coach Mark Phelps said. Last week’s 75-68 win in overtime against the Salukis was the Bulldogs’ second-straight road win. Junior Ben Simons led all scorers with 20 points. “We did enough to get a road win,” Phelps said. “It certainly wasn’t a pretty game.” Simons is enjoying a breakout season and is one of the reasons Drake is making a successful surge in the Valley. Simons is second on the team in scoring (15.9 points per game) while shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc. His scoring average ranks sixth in the MVC. He shoots 87 percent from the free throw line, good for second in the conference, and also leads the MVC in

3-point field goals per game (2.6). Sophomore Rayvonte Rice had 18 points and seven rebounds against the Salukis. Rice leads the team in scoring, third in the MVC, at 17.3 points per game. Rice is second on the team in rebounding (5.2 rebounds per game) and leads the conference in steals per game (2.4). “He (Rice) makes plays at both ends of the court,” Phelps said after the win against Southern Illinois. Creighton boasts one of the best players in the country in sophomore Doug McDermott. McDermott is the front runner to take home the Larry Bird Player of the Year award as the top performer in the MVC. He leads

the conference in scoring (23.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg). He also leads in field goal percentage (61.6 percent) and 3-point field goal percentage (52.2 percent). McDermott had 24 points and seven rebounds in the previous meeting against the Bulldogs this season. Creighton averages 81.8 points per game, which is the top scoring output in the MVC by almost five points. The Bluejays have been nationally ranked for most of the season. Simons has had the hot hand for Drake, topping 20 points in three of his last four games. He became the first Bulldog in two seasons to win the MVC Player of the Week award for his performances two weeks ago, which in-

cluded two 21-point games in wins over Bradley and Illinois State. Despite the success on the court, Drake received some disappointing news on Jan. 10. Phelps announced that juniors Seth VanDeest (shoulder) and Reece Uhlenhopp (foot) will seek medical redshirts and miss the remainder of the season. VanDeest hoped to return this month to give Drake a viable option in the post, but the 6-foot-11 center will sit out the remainder of the season and still have two full seasons of eligibility. Uhlenhopp, a 6-foot-8 forward, was expected to add depth to the team’s bench. He will also have two full seasons of eligibility.

3rd Drake is currently third in the MVC with a 5-3 conference record.

12-7 The Bulldogs are five games over .500 for the first time since 2008-2009.

1-2 Drake lost to Iowa and UNI, ending their Big Four record at 1-2 for this season.

9-1 The Bulldogs have been nearly unbeatable at home this season at 9-1.

2-4 Drake is 2-4 in true road games. They have won two in a row on the road.

18th The ranking of the MVCleading Bluejays. Drake will face them on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO

The sophomore diaries: Drake drops heartbreaker on the road It’s all about adjusting to the unexpected

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

by Taylor Soule

Staff Writer taylor.soule@drake.edu

For the Drake women’s basketball team, one number stands out amid a long list of goals: 40. With the season just beyond the halfway mark, the quest for 40 minutes of consistent basketball continues to trouble the Bulldogs. Last Friday night, though, Illinois State forced the Bulldogs to play five extra minutes of basketball, minutes that ticked away in the Redbirds’ favor as Drake fell 71-67 in overtime. Despite poor offensive execution in the first half, Drake lingered in the Redbirds’ rearview mirror until Illinois State powered a 9-0 run to round out a 30-22 lead entering the locker room. Early foul trouble plagued senior forward and leading scorer Rachael Hackbarth, sending her to the sidelines with three fouls with 1:30 left in the first half.

“We had poor offensive execution in the first half, and we were still in the game,” head coach Amy Stephens said in a Drake athletics press release. “It was ours to take.” Drake stepped onto the court with renewed energy and consistency following halftime, leaving Illinois State’s defense in the dust on a 17-6 offensive run to secure a two-possession lead at 55-49. With 5:47 left, the Redbirds hit their offensive stride, eliminating Drake’s advantage to even the score at 60. Just 24 seconds remained on the clock when Drake senior Brittnye McSparron missed a layup. A Redbird turnover, however, gave the Bulldogs a final opportunity to close out the game. Like McSparron’s layup just seconds earlier, Hackbarth’s buzzerbeating shot rimmed out, sending the Missouri Valley Conference rivals into overtime.

“Our second half performance was terrific,” said Stephens, whose team edged Illinois State 38-30 in the second half. “We took the lead at the perfect time but couldn’t finish it off.” The Bulldogs just couldn’t carry their second half presence into overtime, though, and the Redbirds completed a four-point victory. Drake dropped to 9-8 overall and 3-3 in the MVC. “It never comes down to just one thing in overtime,” Stephens said. “I love the way that our kids competed, and it’s unfortunate that we gave it back to them at the end.” Although last Friday’s contest ended in a Drake defeat, three Bulldog players recorded double digits in scoring. McSparron led Drake with 18 points, including flawless free throw shooting (6-of-6 from the line). Senior guard Amber Wollschlager recorded 15 points, and Hackbarth added 12 points alongside 15 rebounds. Freshman guard Kyndal Clark led Drake from behind the arc, scoring all of her nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point land. The Bulldogs are back in action on Friday night when they take on Bradley at the Knapp Center. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. Drake took on Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind., yesterday afternoon. Results from that game were not available for this edition of The TimesDelphic.

Catch their next game FRIDAY, JAN 27 against Bradley 7:05 p.m. Knapp Center FILE PHOTO

>> what you missed

Given new circumstances, we never really know what to expect — your first biology test of the year, your first day on the job or even having your first child. In a world of beginnings, things can be tough. Adjusting isn’t always easy. And in my time spent as a Division I athlete, I’ve realized rather quickly that adjustment is actually a pretty tricky concept. I don’t usually like to focus what I write about on myself. However, at this stage in my collegiate career, I can honestly say I’ve learned a ton that may be valuable to a handful of people. Expect the unexpected. Expect the unexpected. Expect the unexpected. No matter how many times I replay this phrase in my head, it just doesn’t click with me. I’d love to give the person who came up with it a friendly slap in the face and ask, “Did you expect that?” With all jokes aside, here’s the way I see it. The “unexpected” is reactionary. If you know you will have to react to a situation, good or bad, why not set yourself up for success while you are able? Having no regrets should be the focus in attempts to abide by such an ambiguous saying as “expecting the unexpected.” Let’s just say that tearing my ACL less than halfway through my freshman season was something I wasn’t prepared for. But who would be? Coming out of high school, I had never been injured before. It wasn’t the most pleasant experience physically or mentally. Looking back, though, there are certain aspects I wish I had taken more seriously. It wasn’t until I had to sit through practice everyday that I realized something you’ve worked towards for so long can be gone so fast. I guess the take-home point here is to make the most of every opportunity you are given. Don’t try to expect the unexpected. Instead, focus on what you will do now to capitalize on your talents and opportunities. And to this day, halfway through my sophomore season, the struggles,

the learning and the adjustments continue. Through the ups and downs, wins and losses, I’ve realized patience is a hard notion to embrace. It was surprising to me, as game time rolled around, how much you forget sitting out for a year. I could play 20 minutes one game and five the next. Is it fun to sit on the bench? Not at all, but these games were pivotal in that I can now look at basketball in a much broader scope. Just as in life, the picture is always so much bigger than oneself. I recently saw a quote that said, “Work for a cause, not for applause.” I’ll reiterate: when you play, practice, coach (and so on) for a cause greater than oneself, good things will happen. My biggest problem, and I’m sure I’m not the only one to experience this, is having this vision in my mind of what I want it to be like. It’s sometimes hard to remember that things don’t always go your way. So what do you do when everything isn’t all hunky-dory? You put it behind you. You quit worrying about yesterday and make the decision to be better today. Have you ever heard someone say, “Please stop while you are ahead?” Here’s my advice if you ever find yourself in a hole: please go while you are behind. Nothing is hopeless!

CARLY GRENFELL | COLUMNIST Grenfell is a sophomore public relations and management double major and can be contacted at carly.grenfell@drake. edu

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SPORTS

THE TIMES-DELPHIC

MEN’S TENNIS

TRACK & FIELD

Bulldogs roar in spring season opener Men garner three titles Drake in contention for nine individual titles on Sunday at ISU open

by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer dominic.johnson@drake.edu

No. 63 Drake opened its spring season with a bang this weekend, hosting the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Individuals Tournament. Drake entered the tournament as the favorite at many positions due to its status as the defending conference champions, and after two days of competition, the men did not disappoint. Drake had the opportunity to earn as many as nine individual titles in yesterday’s championship rounds, with the Bulldogs’ top six singles players all making their respective finals while each Drake doubles team qualified for the semifinals. Junior Anis Ghorbel, who is ranked No. 51 in the country by Intercollegiate

Tennis Association for singles play, represents the Bulldogs at the top singles spot, where former Drake standout Mauricio Ballivian won the title a year ago. Ghorbel advanced to the finals with a trio of dominant wins over opponents from Bradley, Creighton and Southern Illinois. After dropping only four games in two matches to reach the semifinals, Ghorbel was able to continue his momentum from Friday into his match against Southern Illinois’ Badr Cherradi. Saturday’s semifinal was classic Ghorbel tennis, as the junior was able to dictate points from the baseline with his powerful groundstrokes en route to a 6-3, 6-3 victory. “When Anis is playing confidently, dictating points and moving well, it will be tough for anyone to beat him,” head coach Evan Austin said. “I think (Sun-

day’s) match (against Alex Pelaez of Illinois State) will be a really good test for him.” Junior James McKie advanced to the finals of the second singles position tournament after dropping a first round match to Illinois State’s Skip Span. After the loss, McKie became a much more aggressive player, winning his next two matches in straight sets. A 6-2, 6-3 semifinal win over Wichita State’s Erick Reyes set up a rematch against Span in the championship round. “I know what I have to do to win against Span now, and I’ve been playing better tennis since that first round,” McKie said. Junior Jean Erasmus has spent the most time on the court for the Bulldogs, as two of his three victories went the distance to a third set. After a comefrom-behind victory over Creighton’s JT Christian in the quarterfinals, Erasmus sealed his spot in the championship round with 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 win over Stan Rodier of Southern Illinois. “The one thing Jean is able to do this year is, even when he isn’t playing his best tennis, he can use his experience as a junior to turn himself around,” Austin said. “He is the type of player that can get on a roll when he toughs out some matches.” The fourth Bulldog advancing to the finals was freshman Alen Salibasic, whose booming serve and solid groundstrokes earned him a spot at the fourth singles position. Like Ghorbel, Salibasic cruised through his first three matches, and a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jordan Badenko of Illinois State moved him into the finals. Austin said that Salibasic’s hard work throughout the fall is the reason for his early success. “Alen is one of the hardest workers on this team,” he said. “His level has come up so much in the last three months. It is exciting to see how well he moves going forward.” The piercing forehand and crafty one-handed backhand of Robin Goodman served him well at the fifth singles position, as the Drake sophomore dropped only one set, in a tiebreaker no less, as he advanced to the final thanks to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Wichita State’s Juan Estenssoro. Senior Jonathan Hadash was the sixth and final Bulldog to move onto the championship round, as the senior made quick work of all three of his opponents

to reach the championship. Hadash is known for his explosive, looping groundstrokes, but Austin said that it was his improved movement that helped him in his first matches of the season, especially his 6-1, 6-2 dismantling of Nestor Perez of Wichita State. “When Jonathan (Hadash) is moving well, he is such a different player,” Austin said. “His movement definitely helped him cruise through these matches.” The Bulldogs also advanced all three of their doubles teams to the Sunday semifinals despite two of the three duos dropping opening round matches. Erasmus and McKie knocked off Creighton 8-4 in their second match to advance to the final at the top spot, while Salibasic and Goodman beat Illinois State’s squad 8-3 to advance at the second position. Ghorbel and senior Cesar Bracho teamed up for the first time at the third doubles position, and the pairing seemed to work well, as it was the only Drake team to go undefeated in doubles play. The Times-Delphic will have the final results from yesterday’s championship matches in the next issue, as well as a preview of Drake’s trip to Boston, Mass., as the Bulldogs start their season of dual matches against Harvard, DePaul and Denver.

>> A LOOK AHEAD FRIDAY, JAN. 27 @ Harvard Invitational SATURDAY, FEB. 4 vs. Western Illinois | 10 a.m. vs. Chicago State | 3 p.m. THURSDAY, FEB. 9 vs. East Tennessee State | 8 a.m. SATURDAY, FEB. 11 vs. Nebraska Kearney | 3 p.m. SUNDAY, FEB. 12 vs. Northern Illinois | 12 p.m.

TAYLOR SOULE | staff photographer JUNIOR JAMES MCKIE and junior Jean Erasmus get ready for the next point at the State Farm MVC Individuals in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Saturday.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Drake takes down ALR, loses to OU

by Blake Miller

Staff Writer blake.miller@drake.edu

After finishing the fall season on a high note, the Drake women’s tennis team is ready to pick up where they left off. The spring season began last Friday in Norman, Okla., taking on ArkansasLittle Rock, followed by facing a No. 25 Oklahoma squad on Saturday. As expected, Arkansas-Little Rock gave the Bulldogs no troubles, as Drake came out with a decisive 6-1 victory. Senior leader Gabby Demos and doubles partner Manca Krizman swept their doubles competition, allowing the Bulldogs to jump out to an early 1-0 lead. Krizman also participated in the singles competition, coming out victorious in the No. 2 position. Senior Jessica Aguilera was slotted in the six spot for her singles competition, also defeating her opponent, stretching the Bulldog lead to 3-0. The match was unofficially decided when sophomore Klavdija Rebol, who plays the one position for Bulldog singles, registered a 6-1, 6-0 victory over her Little Rock opponent. Freshman standout

Nell Boyd also helped Drake out, being victorious in her No. 4 singles slot. The final Drake victory came from Ali Patterson in the five spot. The Bulldogs were unable to remain undefeated on the young spring season, falling to a solid Sooner team from Oklahoma. The match didn’t go Drake’s way early, being swept in doubles play, something not many opponents are able to do to Drake. Drake’s only victory in their 6-1 overall loss came from Krizman, its usual 2 spot singles player. The Bulldogs only had one losing match going to three sets with Aguilera falling at the six spot in singles, 6-2, 6-7, 10-8; all other sets were clean sweeps. Head coach Paul Thomson was satisfied with his team’s overall weekend play, and happy his team did not go down without a fight against one of the best teams they have faced all year. The Bulldogs are back in action this Saturday, opening their home spring season by hosting the Mid-America Jamboree Team Dual at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Drake faces Northern Illinois at 9 a.m. and SIU Edwardsville at 7 p.m.

Paterno made Penn State a better place the program, everything was so hard to digest. What were we supposed to do without Joe Pa? He was the one constant in sports. The one man that embodied everything that college athletics should stand for. We wanted answers. We wanted Paterno to give us a damn good reason why he had not done more back in 2002. But his explanations did not satisfy us. Paterno could and should have done more. It’s pointless now to go over everything that transpired. Paterno was cleared of all criminal charges, and he was then fired by the university. Two months later, Paterno’s words still ring in our ears: “With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.”

by Eduardo Zamarripa

Sports Editor eduardo.tamezzamarripa@drake.edu

MEN’S The men’s track and field squad came out with three first-place finishes in day two of the Iowa State Open on Saturday. Sophomore Brogan Austin took home the 3,000-meter race with a time of 8:26.99. His time barely edged out Adam Godwin of Oklahoma Baptist University by two-hundredths of a second. “Brogan (Austin) had a solid weekend with a good distance medley relay leg last night and a competitive 3,000-meter race today,” said distance coach Dan Hostager in a Drake athletics press release. The Bulldogs also claimed the 4x400 relay title, thanks to the squad of seniors Jon DeGrave and Shaun James, junior Dan Karys and sophomore Travis Marsh. The squad won the race in 3:15.57. Freshman Conor Wells made a splash in his first track meet as a Bulldog. The freshman finished the 3,000-meter race in 8:58.57 to take home the victory. Along with their success in the 4x400 relay, Marsh and Karys had notable finishes in the triple jump and in hurdles. Karys recorded 45 feet 0.50 inches to earn a fifth-place finish in the triple jump. Marsh finished in 10th place of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.55. On Friday, the Bulldogs gathered three top-five finishes in day one of the ISU Open. The distance medley “A” relay squad of seniors Charlie Lapham, Jon DeGrave, Matt Jurysta and sophomore Omet Kak finished in second place with a time of 9:56.31. They edged out both the Iowa State “A” and “B” squads by more than five seconds. Junior Isaac Twombly finished third with his heave of 57 feet 1.5 inches and Karys finished in fourth place in the long jump at 22 feet 7.25 inches. The Bulldogs will travel next to Lawrence, Kan. to take part in the Jayhawk Classic next Friday (Jan. 27). WOMEN’S The women’s track and field squad had a successful showing in the second day of competition at the Iowa State Open on Saturday. Freshman Mariel Fulton earned a second-place finish in the seeded 3,000-meter race with a time of 10:29.63. Juniors Sarah Yeager and Briana Isom-Brummer garnered top-eight finishes in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles. Yeager finished in sixth place with a time of 9.08, while Isom-Brummer finished in eighth place with a time of 9.22. The Drake 4x400 relay team of juniors Marissa Smith, Whitney Westrum, Yeager and Isom-Brummer earned a sixth-place finish with a final time of 3:57.96. On Friday, the Bulldogs registered a couple of impressive performances in day one of the ISU Open. Smith finished with a time of 26.06 in the 200-meter dash to take home 19th-place. Sophomore Tiara Winston finished 32nd with a time of 26.92 in the event. In the distance medley relay, the Drake “A” squad of Fulton, Westrum, freshman Melissa Parks and senior Kirsten Lake finished in eighth place with a time of 12:28.68. The Bulldogs will travel next to Lawrence, Kan. to take part in the Jayhawk Classic next Friday (Jan.27).

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We all knew it was coming. We just didn’t know it would come so soon. Yesterday morning, Joe Paterno passed away at age 85. There is not much that hasn’t been said about Paterno. His coaching record sits at 409-136-3. He has won more games than any other college football coach in history. He graduated roughly 87 percent of his players. He donated more than $4 million from his own pocket to Penn State University. For 62 years, Paterno did things the right way. He was our rock, our moral compass. As college athletics crystalized into a ruthless business industry, Paterno never flinched. That’s why when the news broke in November about sex scandals within

Austin, Fulton impress

His legacy will never be the same, and every time the name Jerry Sandusky pops up, I’m sure you will cringe a little bit. And when you do, you’ll think of Paterno, and that’s the sad reality that his legacy will never escape. In my eyes, Paterno was the greatest college coach we have ever seen. It’s hard to be in the public spotlight for so long and never falter. Paterno was not a perfect man, but he did so much for Penn State, for his players and for the community. And that’s what we should remember. Paterno once said, “They ask me what I’d like written about me when I’m gone. I hope they write that I made Penn State a better place, not just that I was a good football coach.”

Paterno made Penn State a better place. No one can argue that.

Former Bulldog standout Matt Kuhn was selected by the D.C. United in the fourth round of the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft this past Tuesday. Kuhn is the fourth Bulldog to be drafted under the tenure of head coach Sean Holmes. Last fall Kuhn led the Bulldogs in goals (6) and shots (27).

EDUARDO ZAMARRIPA | COLUMNIST Zamarripa is a junior news/Internet and English double major and can be contacted at eduardo. tamezzamarripa@drake.edu

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