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Grounds Manager Jeff Bosworth and his 11 full-time grounds workers often arrive at campus by 3 or 4 a.m. to begin cleaning up the snow, and the work takes all day. “It could be after eight hours, or we could have to work for 12 or more,” Bosworth said. “It depends on how much snow we’ve got.”
Meteorology Program Director of Iowa State University Xiaoqing Wu says jet streams over the Pacific are a focal point in the study of Iowa’s winter weather. The Farmer’s Almanac calls the last week of January “unsettled, blustery.” It predicts a possible 14 inches for the Northern Plains of the U.S. during the first week of February, clearing around the third.
The crew is responsible for keeping 20 acres of parking lots and 12.5 miles of sidewalks clear of snow and ice.
The National Climatic Data Center records the average January temperature in Iowa at 20.4 degrees Fahrenheit. In February, it’s 26.6 and March registers at a balmy 38.4.
The facilities department equipment includes Kubota lawn tractors, bobcat skid loaders with blades attached to the front, Toro lawn tractors, pickup trucks, snow blowers and a lot of schovels.
“Yet another round of stormy weather” during the week of Feb. 24, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.
When a storm brings more than two inches of snow, a private contractor with more trucks helps clear campus parking lots. The custodial staff also assists with clearing the entrances to buildings, while the grounds crew does sidewalks and outlying steps.
According to the National Climatic Data Center, the snowiest Iowa winter on record was 1961-1962, when the statewide average was 59 inches of snowfall. The winter with the least snow statewide was 1965-1966 with just 11.9 inches.
Bosworth says he doesn’t put much stock in meteorologists’ predictions. “They forecast seven days out, but by the time it actually happens, it’s changed half a dozen times.”
Wu says he expects a slightly warmer winter resulting from El Niño, a climate pattern occuring across the Pacific Ocean. However, he says El Niño also makes the weather more difficult to predict and that “nobody can say 100 percent sure” what day-to-day occurences will be.
“Just thinking about what we’ve used so far, we could use close to 20 tons of salt this year including sidewalks and parking lots,” Bosworth says. That’s more than the weight of 15 Honda Civics.
In an average year, Iowa loses about 1.4 percent of its corn crop and 4.5 percent of its soybean crop to hail damage. In Iowa Severe Weather Awareness Week 2011 will take place April 4-8.The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service created the yearly event “to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.”
There are the equivalent of 300 sets of household steps that must be clear by hand at the Knapp Center. Bosworth says his crew works hard, but he wants to make sure students, faculty and staff are doing what they can to keep themselves safe, too. “We’re trying to get it cleaned up as fast as we can, but it’s hard to be everywhere at once.”
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The Principal Financial Group announces $2.5 million gift to distinctlyDrake campaign by Lauren Horsch
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Over the next five years Drake University will receive $2.5 million from the Principal Financial Group for international initiatives through the distinctlyDrake campaign. With this gift coming in, the Center for Global Citizenship will gain a new name –The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship– and Principal will give students an opportunity to work side-by-side with Principal employees and executives. The Principal gift was first announced at a distinctlyDrake event on Jan. 14 where Larry Zimpleman, the chairman, president and CEO of The Principal was present. Zimpleman, who is a co-chair of the distinctlyDrake campaign and a Drake graduate, made the initial announcement to Drake alumni and friends. “We are excited about this partnership with Drake for many reasons,” said Zimpleman in a press release to the public. “Drake graduates who come to work at The Principal are some of the most talented, creative and well-prepared people at our company, yet another example of Drake’s innate culture of excellence.” The Principal Financial Group was founded in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1879 and has about 9,000 employees from the Des Moines area. “Supporting our communities here and abroad is a precedent at the Principal,” said Mary O’Keefe, president of the Principal Financial Group Foundation in the same press release. Junior Joe Frake, an International Relations major, said he
knows the importance of international initiatives on Drake’s campus. He spent five months studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, through a program he learned of through the university’s Center for Global Citizenship. “It’s a big cultural experience,” Frake said. A key component of Drake’s mission statement is global citizenship. While the exact definition of global citizenship is loosely defined in the mission statement, Frake said he believes that it is a “two-way” process. “It [global citizenship] is being respectful of other cultures, exploring other cultures, and not so much trying to influence other cultures, but also showing the American perspective on things,” said Frake. He said he hopes that the money brought in from The Principal can go towards building a new building and scholarships for students who will be studying abroad. Currently, students can use all of their federal aid to and only half of their Drake financial aid to study abroad, which can put a damper on students’ plans. “We have high study abroad rate, but that would really eliminate those hinderances to students,” said Frake. In fact, that is where part of the money will be going. Not only will Principal sustain support for scholarships, but it will also help support an actuarial science chair as well as operating funds. One department that will be affected by the gift will be Drake’s World Languages and Culture program. Director of WLC Dr. Marc Cadd and Administration Assistant, Christen Bain, already have a few programs and ideas in mind for what they could do with their portion of the $2.5 million.
In a statement made to The Times-Delphic from the WLC department they said: “We anticipate collaborating with other departments and programs across campus to put this new funding to good use in globalizing the Drake campus.” Drake University President David Maxwell said in the recent press release that this gift was not only generous, but will help “achieve our mission goal of preparing students to be responsible global citizens.”
We anticipate collaborating with other departments and programs across campus to put this new funding to good use in globalizing the Drake campus.
-statement by Drake World Language and Culture Department
With this latest gift, the distinctlyDrake campaign has raised $83 million, with $1 million of that coming from Zimpleman and his wife. “Go abroad,” said Frake. “The cost is high, but it is totally worth it.” With this new gift, more students will be able to have the chance to take Frake’s advice and become global citizens.
The first round of security reports for the semester
Bears and Packers: long-term rivals
Drake professor co-authors children’s story
Women’s basketball team wins three in a row over holiday break
quote of the
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Every game you have to bring your best effort or you’re going to get beat.
day news SECURITY REPORTS UP IN FLAMES 5:55 p.m. Jan. 17 Security and the fire department responded to a vehicle fire in the 1200 block of 30th Street. The driver opened his hood and observed the fire. The male driver stated he took three strong breaths and tried to blow out the fire to no avail. A security officer put the fire out with an extinguisher. 10:11 a.m. Dec. 17 Security and fire/rescue responded to the Harmon Fine Arts Center based on a report by a staff member that another employee had fallen. It was determined a male staff member was working on a ladder and fell five feet to the floor. He stated he hit his head and back, and only his back was hurting. A fellow staff member drove him to a medical facility.
9 a.m. Dec. 18 A security officer observed smoke coming from the 3200 block of Mondamin. It was later leaned that a house had burned. No one was injured in the fire and it was determined there had been two students living in the house. The Dean of Students was advised. 12:30 p.m. Dec. 19 A female student reported her motor vehicle was stolen from the 1300 block of 31st street. On Dece. 20 the student
remembered that she had lent the vehicle to someone. 10:50 a.m. Dec. 27 It was learned that a male adult walk away from the Iowa Department of Corrections was held up at 1327 24th street. Police used a Drake parking lot as a command post as they waited until 4:15 p.m. when the subject finally, with coaxing. gave himself up to police. 11:52 a.m. Dec. 29 A male adult was advised on trespass after being seen driving recklessly on the Greek walkway located between 32nd and 33rd streets on Carpenter Avenue. 2:37 a.m. Jan. 11 Security monitored Des Moines Police that a motor vehicle was stolen approximately 10 minutes prior near 3018 Forest Ave. The security dispatcher put out the call to all Drake officers. At 2:52 a.m. a security officer found the vehicle in a Drake parking lot located in the 1200 block of 31st Street. Police were called and the vehicle was recovered. Security reviewed the CCTV
and determined that a male suspect was observed running northwest from the vehicle. Police were called and viewed the tape. 4:25 p.m. Jan. 11 A water heating line blew up on the ground floor of Stalnaker Residence Hall. Damage was sustained to property of the university and several students residing on the floor. Damage estimates will not be available until the return of the students from holiday break. 8 a.m. Jan. 12 A staff member from Sodexo reported $936 in cash was stolen from Starbucks at 1315 31st St. The incident occurred between 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 7 and 3:02 p.m. on Jan.10. CCTV has identified suspects in the case including a female Drake student and the matter is being handled by police detectives. The student has been terminated from her employment. 3:37 p.m. Jan. 12 A male staff member reported his GPS was stolen from his unlocked vehicle between noon and 3 p.m. on Jan.
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12 while parked in a Drake parking area at 1227 25th St. He declined a police report. On Jan. 13, the staff member reported he found his GPS in his other vehicle. 10:58 p.m. Jan. 15 Security received a call from a male student from the Goodwin and Kirk Residence Hall Complex about a suspicious male in the hall. The subject was located and his story didn’t make much sense. Police were called to assist and the subject was advised on trespass. 12:51 a.m. Jan. 16 A security officer observed three suspicious male juveniles walking through a Drake parking lot in the 1200 block of 30th Street, and two of them remained as the others departed. A fourth appeared to be with the group but was some distance in front. All four were gathered up and three of them lied when questioned and all four were advised on trespass. 1:34 a.m. Jan. 16 Security responded to Ross Residence Hall based on
report of a fire alarm. There was no fire or smoke in the room of the fire alarm, but a burnt grilled cheese sandwich remained. 12:15 p.m. Jan. 16 A female student reported a pink plastic box was stolen from her room in Crawford Residence Hall between Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. and Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. 2:03 a.m. Jan. 17 It was reported that a female broke out a window at the bar located in the 2300 block of University Avenue. Police arrived and spoke to the female and parties in the bar. The female was given a ride to a sorority on 34th Street and the bartender was issued a citation for serving alcohol after hours. 3:20 a.m. Jan. 17 Security and the fire department responded to the Fine Arts Center based on a fire alarm. It was determined there was no fire and a malfunction had occurred. The failure has since been repaired.
Meet the Presidents
More than 100 student leaders gathered Jan. 20 in Bulldog Theater for the Student Organizational Presidential Summit. The event, hosted by Student Life, gave the leaders of campus organizations a chance to mingle, talk and participate in a program called “Ten Tools for Building Your Event.” Those attending also received $15 vouchers from Elizabeth Robinson Sodexo catering to use at events hosted by their organizations.
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Drake University dRAAStic (North Indian RAAS team) Time on campus: since spring 2010 What they do: Promote and raise awareness of dance and help Indian students and the Drake community connect to the Indian culture Up next: Performance on Jan. 29 at the ISA International Show and a possible henna tatto fundraiser event “You don’t have to be Indian, you just have to want to dance, learn and expand cultures.”
Drake Environmental Action League Time on campus: since mid-90s, but more active in the last three years What they do: Promote environmental education on campus and take part in environmental advocacy Up next: March event “Earth Jam” about supporting local bands and businesses and “Recycle the Love” on Valentine’s Day discussing safe sex and overpopulation “DEAL is a laid-back organization that is extremely active in promoting environmental action on campus and in the environment.”
Drake Curling Club Time on campus: since May 2010 What they do: Introduce students to the sport of curling, and give them opportunities to learn, participate and compete. Up next: Open house in mid- to late February and nationals in Chicago the first weekend of March “Curling is an addicting sport that once you try it, you’ll be hooked on. It’s very different from most sports because people with any ability, skill or experience level can enjoy it.”
Colleges Against Cancer Time on campus: six years What they do: Raise cancer awareness and work to raise money for research and support Up next: Relay for Life March 25-26 in the Knapp Center “Cancer touches everyone in one way or another and Colleges Against Cancer is a good way to start making a difference while you’re in college. It’s fun, helpful and a good use of time.”
Respect For Life Time on campus: at least five years What they do: Raise awareness and educate students about issues concerning the dignity of life at all stages and the quality of life in the community Up next: Possible speaker coming later in the semester and an awareness event on Valentine’s Day “We are a welcoming environment to express and explore views and opinions that relate to different topics related to life issues.”
Visual Art Association of Drake (VAAD) Time on campus: since fall 2010 What they do: Encourage professional development of students studying art and create visibility and appreciation of the arts on campus and in the community. Up next: “Cat Rocketship” speech Jan. 7 by Drake painting department alum about her career and partnering with the Honors Student Council to show of “The Corpse” followed by Skype chat with Drake alum John August who worked on the film “Creative thought leads to innovation.”
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Debated: The best vocal Top 10 Des Moines group of all time hot spots Numerous times I have been asked to pick the best place to eat pizza, to listen to live music or to buy a present. I struggle to think of places off the top of my head, but now there is something to help me, and you, with this problem: Bizzy.com Bizzy is a website where you answer questions about a certain city (in this case Des Moines) and it picks recommendations for you and shows you the most popular places. So, I compiled a list of my favorites in Des Moines:
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Best Pizza: Fong’s Pizza – What more can you ask for than a Chinese pizza place? You can be boring and order a regular pizza or you can branch out with a crab Rangoon pizza. Don’t leave without trying some of the drinks that come in all different sizes and shapes, such as dragons and volcanoes. This is one place that will keep you coming back. Best Breakfast: Waveland Café – You’ll want to get there early because they don’t take reservations, and it’s always full by 9 a.m. If you have to wait, it’s definitely worth it. Although the food might cause you to have a heart attack soon after, at least you had a delicious meal of greasy comfort food. It’s also a perfect pick-me-up after a late night, especially the biscuits with gravy. Best Music: Vaudeville Mews – The Mews is a great place for any genre of music. Although most of the bands may not be chart-toppers, they are on the way there. In 2007, Sara Bareilles made a stop before making it big. On Feb. 2, head on over to see The Nadas for their second annual February Wednesday Residency concert. Best Jazz: The Lift – Just down the street from the Mews, head on over to the Lift on Tuesday nights to hear some chill jazz music by fellow Drake students. While they entertain you with some light tunes, check out the art the bar displays. Best Malt: Drake Diner – With Snookie’s closed, the Diner has no competition when it comes to malts. Maybe it’s the feeling of being in the ’50s and stopping for a break while roller skating, but I’ve never had a better malt anywhere. The peanut butter and chocolate flavor is the best choice. Best Stationery: Ephemera – With everything locally made, it’s hard to go wrong with a store like Ephemera. The store is full of cards, jewelry, scarves and other great items. It even has different instructional classes that you can participate in. Best Italian Restaurant: Tursi’s Latin King – Des Moines has some of the best Italian restaurants around so it was tough to decide, but Latin King won in a close race. The final decision maker: they have gnocchi. You must order it if you go because it is almost exactly how my great-grandma made it, which means it’s delicious. But really, you can’t go wrong with any of the pasta dishes there. Best Sushi: Sakari Sushi Lounge – Maybe this will change with the new sushi bar opening under West Village, but this will remain my favorite for now. You can’t beat their happy hour special: $2 rolls from 5–6 p.m.
Best Coffee Shop: Mars Café – Voted the “Best First Date Spot” in Des Moines by Cityview, Mars is also a great place to study and hear some locals perform during the week. They recently just added the “Study Table” special, which is great for college students. On Sundays and Mondays from 6 p.m. to close, 2-for-1 coffee, tea or espresso drinks with a student ID.
Best Souvenir: Raygun – OK, maybe it isn’t a souvenir, but the point is, everyone should have a shirt from Raygun. Take a special look at the new “AC Slater wanted to wrestle at Iowa” shirt. The cities of Iowa shirts are also worth checking out. The store not only has shirts, but also trendy shoes and some snazzy watches. Who doesn’t want one of those?
REBECCA MATALONI | COLUMNIST
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When we look back on popular music, we will always debate certain qualities that are subjective: Who was the best guitarist? The best band? The best album or song? I’m here to debate who was the best vocal group ever based on a few criteria. For my search I have narrowed it down to two groups; both are Motown artists known as some of the smoothest groups ever to grace popular music. I’m talking about the Temptations and the Four Tops. Using three criteria—range, harmony and the lead vocalist’s talent—I will make my decision about who was the best group. You can make your own decision, and I will not disagree with you, as both were are undoubtedly great.
RANGE: This one goes to the Temptations, only because of two men. Paul Williams was a once-in-a-lifetime talent, a baritone who could sing every part and was light on his feet, too. His own versatility was what created the Temptations and what defined them until his untimely death in 1973. The other reason that they win this portion is Melvin Franklin, who was arguably the greatest bass singer in the history of popular music. “Blue” as Franklin was called, was always the backbone and baseline of the group, keeping them in time as well as handling lead when needed. The Four Tops were great, but their range wasn’t quite as good as the Temptations’. Without a true bass singer, they fall just short. LEAD SINGER: When we start thinking of this criterion, we have to choose a Temptation lead singer. They had many great singers; Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and Dennis Edwards were all great leads, but let’s go to their most famous face, David Ruffin for this comparison. He matches up with the Four Tops’ Levi Stubbs. Ruffin was a gruff singer who brought emotion into the song better than just about anyone. His high tenor rasp was the epitome of love ballad in the late 1960s, and his image of the tender, bespectacled singer has transcended throughout the country.
As great as he was though, he cannot beat Levi Stubbs. The crooning tenor who sang lead his entire life, was simply one of the greatest lead singers ever. His tone was so clean, and his ability to hit just about any note was second to none. Without him the Four Tops probably wouldn’t have the legacy they have now. This battle goes to the Tops.
HARMONY: With each side having one victory, this one decides the winner–and it couldn’t be a harder category. Here we have arguably the two greatest harmonizing groups ever, and this decision could go either way. The Four Tops had the perfect blend of voices between Obie Benson, Lawrence Payton, Duke Fakir and Stubbs, which created some sweet melodies and some of the greatest songs ever. Just listen to “Reach Out I’ll Be There” or “It’s the Same Old Song” to see how great their harmonies were. The Temptations’ blend was just as perfect, but a little different because of all their lineup changes and their range. With Eddie Kendricks’ extremely high tenor and Melvin Franklin’s deep bass, they could cover just about all notes, and that was key for them. Great examples include “Beauty is Only Skin Deep” and “(I Know) I’m Losing You.” This one was close, too, but I’m going to give the Temptations the title of greatest vocal group because of their range and their ability to keep their sound despite numerous lineup changes. The Four Tops were incredible, unfortunately they fall just short. Both deserve this title and should go down as two of the greatest groups of all time.
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Midwest battle: Bears vs. Packers Yesterday, The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears met on the barren and hallowed ground that is Soldier Field for the right to go to the Super Bowl. That was the 182nd meeting between the two teams and, without a doubt, the most important. However, it was much more than a game to most people around Des Moines and the rest of the world. It was war. I can remember, growing up as a Packers fan in Illinois, the thinly, if at all, veiled looks of hatred toward the foam cheese wedge and green No. 4 jersey I often sported. Checking my e-mail before writing this article, I counted five messages from the past week with the subject line “Packers suck”… all from good friends. In 2005, My late uncle Al, a resident of Aurora, Ill., and a lifelong Bears supporter, called me from his deathbed. The Packers had finished with a dismal 4-12 record that year and his last words to me were “the Pack will not be back.” I’ve had more experiences like this. This past winter break a small child flipped me off in a grocery store, I felt the aura of the rivalry which surrounds any man, woman or punk kid who bleeds green and gold or blue and orange. And I loved it. “Hate Week,” as I came to know it, always came twice every fall. It’s been said that the most die-hard fans don’t even need to check an NFL schedule to find out when the Packers and Bears play. We can just sense it, like a great impending storm. The days leading up to the game are generally filled with a level of nervous anticipation, mental preparation and mean-spirited banter generally reserved for large-scale gang warfare and political elections. I know “hate” is strong word, especially for a football game (note: if you actually think it was “just a football game,” please feel free to stop reading this article and go back to your crossword puzzle and chamomile tea). That’s entirely true, but this particularly rivalry/blood feud is filled with strong words. Words like “Lombardi,” “Halas” and the most profane five-letter word I will ever come to know: “Favre.” Strong words are necessary when talking about the ultimate rivalry in sports. The Midwest is not usually the sexiest place to live or talk about or celebrate, which is why the Bears/Packers rivalry may never get the national recognition of other classic feuds such as Yankees/Sox, Lakers/Celtics or Snooki/shots. That’s completely fine with us. Despite the presence of superstar QB and teen heartthrob Aar-
on Rodgers and noted Old Spice deodorant Spokesman Brian Urlacher, our war is far from appropriate for a national audience anyway. Maybe it should come with a parental advisory. Why is there such an advanced level of vitriol typically flying between the G Helmets and the C helmets? I like to look at the inherent differences between the two forces. The rivalry goes way beyond a border battle between Illinois and Wisconsin. This is small, quiet town vs. big, noisy city; defense vs. offense; Ditka vs. Lombardi; bratwurst vs. Polish sausage; Leinenkugel vs. Miller; and Cheeseheads vs. “Da Bears.” Two ways of life met on that field Sunday. Only one made it out with a smile on its collective face. No one made it out without a bruise or two. It’s what we’ve come to expect, of course. When green meets orange, we expect to end up with black-and-blue. We expect to see players covered in mud, dragging themselves up off the turf to make another bone-rattling collision. We expect to see our quarterback fearlessly fire a pass down the middle if his guy is open, whether he has a blitzing linebacker or a Sherman tank bearing down on him. We expect to see every one of the 90 men on the field hold nothing back and exhaust every muscle in his body to make sure that when the final whistle sounds, they have more points than the other guys. And we expect this whether this is the conference championship or an offseason game of lawn darts. That, ladies and gentlemen, was not a game. It was tradition. It was personal. It was Packers vs. Bears. And so we waged our final battle (for the season); friendships were temporarily lost, families were shaken and snowballs were thrown. As I noticed on a surprisingly literate Chicago fan’s sign at last week’s game: “This one’s for all the cheese.”
CHARLES GARMAN | COLUMNIST
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The Spring Involvement Fair is this Wednesday, 4-6 p.m. in Parents Hall.
Cowles exhibit: Young Adults in Urban China by Lillian Schrock
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Self-Identity is a concept which young (and old) people around the world battle with. This battle is not identical across generations nor across the globe. A new exhibit on display in the Cowles Library Reading Room can teach you how young people in China are discovering their self-identities. And not only can you examine the Chinese artifacts on display, but also you can register to win the artifacts. The “Young Adult Identity and Consumption in Urban China” exhibit went on display in the Cowles Reading Room Jan. 18 and will remain there until Feb. 28. Darcie Vandegrift, associate professor of sociology in the department for the study of culture and society, is the curator of the exhibit. Artifacts, interviews and photos collected during her 2010 summer trip to Nanjing, China will be on display. “Through these objects, we explore how Chinese urban, middle-class, young adults solve everyday problems related to self-identity through what they buy and use,” Vandegrift said. The opening discussion for the exhibit will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room. It will begin with an address about producing the exhibit from Vandegrift’s co-curator, Rachel Crown. Then Vandegrift will be discussing China’s rising urban youth generation and how they solve key problems related to demonstrating “who they are” through consumption. Young adults in China are called the “post-’80s generation” and their identity and consumption is the focus of the exhibit. Born in the 1980s, they grew up under the Chinese one-child policy during economic expansion and increased pressures for success. “Consumption is a vocabulary that people use to make statements about and create their sense of self,” Vandegrift said. “I hope people will think about this in the context of the exhibit and in their own lives.” The exhibit is the final project of the summer research conducted on this subject. Vandegrift received a grant from the ASIANetwork to mentor undergraduate research on Asian
studies. Five Drake students formed the research team with Vandegrift: Sheng Peng, Tyler O’Neil, Carly Hurley, Katie Stephenson and Xian Zhang. They worked for a month interviewing young adults about their experiences in consumption of sports, social media, art, fashion and books. The team also bought artifacts and took photographs. “We hear a lot of things about China from the media these days, interestingly though, we hear very little about the average people living in China,” Peng said. “The goal of this exhibit is to provide a more dynamic understanding of the Chinese society, especially a better understanding of the young people of this nation: What do they like, what do they eat, what do they do for fun and what worries them?” Peng expressed that he wants people to understand how globalization and consumerism are changing the ways people construct their identities in the other parts of the world. An interesting topic which is explored in the exhibit is the Chinese use of lovers’ clothes. “Lovers’ clothes are how couples show their relationship status through purchasing Americanized matching T-shirts,” Crown said. In addition to the students listed above, Paige Fisher did graphic design on posters and buttons to brand the exhibit. Also, a group of 17 students worked with Vandegrift in an honors class last fall to design the exhibit. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., a presentation will be given by R. Bin Wong, director of the Asia Institute and professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. The title of his lecture is “Contemporary China in Historical Perspective.” The lecture will take place in Parents Hall in Olmsted. A week later, on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., Amy Hanser, assistant professor of sociology at the University of British Colombia, will give a lecture. The title of her lecture is “Service Encounters: Retail Work, Consumption and Inequality in Urban China.” This will take place in Bulldog Theater. “We created a small window on the social world of the young urban middle class,” Vandegrift said. “This is the rising generation whose values and ideals will shape the next few decades of Chinese society.” GENERATION 80 is on display in Cowles’ Reading Room.
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Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebrated at Drake by Megan Bannister
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Amidst platters laden with spring rolls and steaming pots of red bean soup, lays an overflowing bowl with a less traditional item of Vietnamese cuisine: hard-boiled eggs dyed a vibrant red. Although indistinguishable by taste, the ruby coating of each egg symbolizes luck and happiness for the coming year during the celebration of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year known as “Tet.” Beginning in 2008, the Vietnamese-American Student Association (VASA) at Drake has joined in the spread of good fortune by providing the larger Des Moines community with an opportunity to experience Tet through traditional song, dance and cuisine. While whispers of traditional music filled the dim room, members of the community chatted amongst themselves as young girls wearing the formal Vietnamese “ao dai” in bright pinks, blues and greens, adorned with sparkling embellishment, dashed between tables giggling. “My goal is to bring everyone together so people are aware of Vietnamese culture, mostly to entertain, as something to watch and learn from,” VASA President Tran Tu said. “Especially in this society, it’s so diverse, it’s good to have a connection with something.” Last year, VASA’s Tet celebration drew a crowd of 250 people, sparking the interest not only of Drake students but also of members of the Des Moines community. As in years past, the group’s largest event, held Jan. 22 in Parents Hall, attracted an audience teeming with families and a few dozen students intermixed.
Despite their small representation, the prospect of experiencing a new culture or a different language proved not to be a deterrent for Drake students in attendance. “I think it’s a great opportunity we have as Drake students to get out of our dorm rooms, out of our residence halls and see what else we have to offer on campus,” Zac Pace, a first-time attendee and Drake student said. “It’s also an alternative weekend activity to go out and do something we would not do every weekend.” To honor the Lunar New Year of the Cat, which replaces the Chinese zodiac symbol of the rabbit, members of VASA incorporated traditional elements of Vietnamese culture with modern aspects of their lives. Although the majority of the evening’s program was recited in Vietnamese, the emceeing done by VASA Vice President Huy Nguyen was largely in English. Red envelopes traditionally used to give monetary gifts during Tet instead held raffle prizes for lucky audience members. Traditional dragon dances and the performance of Vietnamese folk songs were partnered with modern dance numbers choreographed to the contemporary musical styles of Jay Sean and South Korean artist Tae Yang. Although VASA, formed in 2005, is a smaller campus organization with less than 10 active members, the commitment and ingenuity of a few key individuals greatly contributed to the success of the group’s largest event, Tu said. “I don’t think you realize how much potential you have until you’re out there and just let people do their thing,” Tu said. “They think of things you wouldn’t even imagine. Just give them a guideline and let them be creative.” While the Tet celebration is the largest event the group hosts, VASA is highly involved in vol-
unteering around Des Moines and fundraising for VietHope, an organization dedicated to the education of impoverished children in Vietnam. The Lunar New Year celebration has not been the only event where the leaders of VASA have incorporated elements of modernity to bring Vietnamese students together. In November, instead of hosting the annual VietHope charity dance the group organized a Mario Kart Wii tournament to help raise money. “It was something new and different from previous years, while still going to the same cause,” Thuy Huynh, VASA president for the 2009-2010 academic year, said of the changes to the event. “I think every year there’s new ideas and things that we can improve from previous years.” Despite its small size, the leaders of VASA hope the group will continue on as a pillar of cultural awareness and as an outlet for socialization and networking for Vietnamese and nonVietnamese Drake students alike. “I want to be able to bring the Drake community instead of just the Des Moines community because the whole point [of VASA] is to bring students together,” Tu said. As the lights dimmed over the audience and Tu and Nguyen took the stage to ring in the Vietnamese New Year, the phrase “teamwork brings strength” appeared on the screen behind them, embodying everything the small group has come to stand for. “Even with the rigorous practices it’s so much fun because the people I work with are my friends,” Huynh said. “And that’s what makes it really fun: doing what you like to do, sharing with people onstage and being with people who you actually care about you and care about your opinions.” photo by MEGAN BANNISTER | staff photographer
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‘Zakery’s Bridge’ inspired by author’s son Drake University’s Spaulding-Kruse and co-author Kay Fenton Smith published a children’s story advocating diversity among Iowans by Cori Clark
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Des Moines may not be considered a melting pot of diversity, but it is home to many immigrants. According to the U.S. Census Bureau of 2009, 93.9 percent of the population was white, but two women are bringing notice to the immigrants of Des Moines in their book “Zakery’s Bridge.” Carol Spaulding-Kruse is a professor at Drake University and the director of the Drake Writing Internship Program. She was the brains behind the idea of “Zakery’s Bridge,” and she found inspiration in her own son to write the book. “My son might be sitting away from someone in his class and not know how to say ‘hi’ because we don’t know how to respond to different cultures,” Spaulding said. “Zakery’s Bridge” is a story of nine children, ages 6 to 16, who share their travels from another country and their families’ stories. Each journey begins in a different country: Southern Sudan, Taiwan, Gaza Strip, Israel, Mexico, Laos, India and Bosnia and Herzegovina. “I feel like living in Iowa we do not have enough resources to teach young Iowans about the diversity that is here and the appreciation for diversity in general,” Spaulding said. Spaulding and her co-author Kay Smith hope “Zakery’s Bridge” is used as a resource for everyone to get to know Iowans that come from different countries and to learn about leaving a former home and resettling in Iowa. The authors also hope readers will be able to see what it is like for immigrants to learn to live in a new culture. Dau Jok, 18, moved from Sudan during middle school and was approached to be a part of the book in the beginning of eighth grade.
“Ms. Kay and Carol did a great job with my interviews,” Jok said about the process. “They would come to my house after school. They did a good job managing around my time.” Jok’s favorite part about living in Iowa is meeting new people. “I am appreciative of the people I have met through things like school and what they have done for my family,” he said. The idea of “Zakery’s Bridge” is a symbol of all the children in the story. It is also a symbol to help readers cross a cultural bridge. The book is named after Zakery Delilovic and the story he tells of a 400-year-old bridge, destroyed by the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The original bridge made of eggs, horsehair, flour and milk represented peace for the town of Mostar. Delilovic grew up hearing stories about the bridge that was bombed in 1993. In 2000 the town rebuilt the bridge and he was finally able to cross it. “Zakery’s Bridge” was published through a community publishing company, Shrieking Tree. The concept of community publishing is for a group of advocates to work together on behalf of a particular organization. “Zakery’s Bridge” was published and will be sold to help support the Iowa Council and CultureALL, and to raise awareness of diversity. CultureALL has a mission to nurture youth to develop skill, readiness and grace in intercultural relations. The Iowa Council for International Understanding was established 80 years ago to assist immigrants fleeing the war in Europe. ICIU now supports international understanding and offers immigrants help in getting established in their new homes. For more information on the book and its mission please visit www.zakerysbridge.com or pre-order a copy and support the mission at www.shriekingtree.com. cover photo from zakerysbridge.com
RDG Dahlquist Art Studio a student getaway by Cori Clark
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As students get back into the swing of crazy schedules, stress will be inevitable between a full course load, activities, jobs and social lives. While things like yoga, going for a run or having a good laugh with friends are great remedial exercises for stress, why not try throwing clay? “They (clay projects) take a physical and mental focus, it gets your mind off of where you may have been that day,” RDG Partner Don Scandrett said about classes. The RDG Dahlquist Art Studio in downtown Des Moines offers a stress-free environment with nothing but the ability to shape and create with clay. The studio has been available to the greater Des Moines community for 15 years. The studio underwent a major renovation over the summer and now offers more availability to artists. Dahlquist typically offers about five classes, and then based on interest it teaches the most popular two or three classes. Classes taught per term range from beginner to advanced experience, with class topics changing each term. Past classes the studio has taught include Families in Clay, What a Relief, Tile and Mold Making and Give It a Whirl! The art studio also does public art projects for the Des Moines area. The Dahlquist Art Studio is responsible for larger, public art projects in the community. Recently Dahlquist was
hired to redesign the Department of TransporIn the past, Dahlquist has had programs with tation rest areas. DMACC, Grandview, Iowa State and Drake for Studio artist Annick Ibsen has been with the art program. Many of the schools’ arrangeDahlquist for three years and recently became ments were terminated after budget cuts. full time with the studio. Dahlquist students come from all types of “What I like about Dahlquist is the studio’s flexibility,” Ibsen said. Ibsen also explained why Dahlquist is a much more unique facility compared to other studios. Dahlquist is a great way for artists to express themselves and create, without the costs of buying a kiln, storing clay, maintaining the work place and cleaning up after projects. Ibsen is currently working on a series called “Bisous,” meaning kisses in French. She has concentrated on lover’s kisses, children’s kisses and is currently working on the princess and the toad kiss. Dahlquist also has studio artist positions. Artists can sign up for three months, six months or a year contract for a monthly fee to work on their own. With their workspace, artists will also receive 25 pounds of clay, receive two four-feet shelves and one storage locker, have use of all studio equipment, kiln use, daily access and the opportunity to take classes at a discounted price. “People who were experienced were just taking classes to get access JONNEY AMBROSE works on a recent art project. to the facility,” Scandrett said.
ANNICK IBSEN sculpting a human-like piece of art.
backgrounds of experience. Any skill is welcomed. “Have fun, get dirty,” Scandrett said. “It is a lot of fun to get messy when you normally don’t, with or without skills, you can do anything.”
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GUESS WHO’S BACK?
MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2011 | PAGE 6 Senior Ari Curtis won the long jump l last Friday at the Iowa State Open for the Drake women’s track and field team with a leap of 18 feet, 3.75 inches. Curtis turned heads last spring with her record-breaking performances in the 400-meter hurdles, which culminated with a second place finish in the MVC and 10th at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. “It seems like every weekend she surprises us in a different event,” head coach Natasha Brown said.
Bulldogs dealt back-to-back losses by Mary Bess Bolling
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As the clock ran out during Drake’s 77-74 loss to Indiana State last Thursday night, the team saw its chance to move upward in Missouri Valley Conference rankings slip away. The Bulldogs, now 9-9 and 3-4 in the Valley, also fell to Illinois State last Saturday, 60-45. The Redbird defense held the team to its lowest scoring percentage of the season at 29.6 percent. In Thursday’s matchup, not even a 5-point scoring onslaught in only 35 seconds by guard Kristin Turk in overtime could help the Bulldogs finish the job. “It was a very close game,” head coach Amy Stephens said. “I felt like we missed an opportunity to win it in regulation because we gave up three offensive boards in the last 90 seconds of the game.” The final minutes of regulation time also stripped the team of its second leading scorer, junior Rachael Hackbarth. She fouled out with only one minute left in the game, leaving the Bulldogs without their go-to forward for overtime. Hackbarth finished the game with 15
points, 11 of which were scored in the second half, when the Bulldog defense started to slip. “Had we done a better job of rebounding, we would have won it,” Stephens said. “We gave them too many opportunities to tie the game or take the lead again.” Those opportunities did make for a thrilling matchup. The game was tied 12 times and the lead changed hands a total of 13 times. Turk’s impressive 32-point performance led the team in scoring. “When we found ourselves down by two and had to tie the game, Kristin was guarded by two and three players,” Stephens said. “That’s when the others have to step up.” The combination of defensive tactics that nearly eliminated Drake’s leading scorer, the loss of Hackbarth and a few key foul errors made for a challenging overtime for the Bulldogs. Foul trouble has plagued Drake for the past few weeks of the season. Turk cites the foul pattern as an area for improvement for the Bulldogs. “We need to quit fouling and we need to get better offensively,” Turk said. “We’ve also got to get into more of a flow
as a team.” The young team has a group of hardworking freshmen that Turk said are helping the Bulldogs step up their game. One of those players is Morgan Reid. “Morgan is a rebounding machine, Alyssa (Marschner) is getting more comfortable at point guard and Angela (Christianson) is good at making baskets and is going to be a real good scorer down the stretch,” Turk said. Stephens said the youth on the court is surprising, even for her. “I get back and I start watching game film and I think, ‘Holy cow,’ we’ve got two freshmen, a sophomore and a junior on the floor and we’re subbing in two sophomores,” she said. “It’s exciting because they’re getting a lot of experience.” In the coming weeks, Drake has the opportunity to establish themselves as a top team in the conference, but the Bulldogs also stand the chance of falling into the bottom half. With two challenging home games against Wichita State and conferenceleader Missouri State coming up next week, Drake may finally break out of the middle of the pack in the Valley.
FRESHMAN CARLY GRENFELL sets up the offense for the Bulldogs. Drake continues to look for a spark to separate itself from the middle of the pack in the Valley.
Three-game win streak highlights winter break action by Tad Unruh
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The holiday break for the Drake women’s basketball team was anything but stale. The Bulldogs went 4-3 overall and started off the Missouri Valley Conference season by netting a respectable three wins and two losses; but in no way does their record tell the story of the trials and tribulations of their holiday trek. To take the holiday break at a glance in numbers, the Bulldogs took on nationally ranked in-state rival Iowa at home on Dec. 20 and took them to the wire. They ended up losing a hard fought game against the Hawkeyes, 71-75, a game which they led at halftime by six points. Finishing those types of games will put them in the upper echelon of the Missouri Valley, said senior Kristin Turk. “It is always better to come out on top. You never feel good about a loss but can feel good about competing,” Turk said. “We played a top-20 team to under four points. We can be really proud about our effort.” After the heartbreaking loss to rival Iowa, the Bulldogs beat Mountain West Conference opponent Air Force at home on Christmas Eve. This was a very special night for Turk, as she became the 21st Bulldog to join the 1,000-point club. She scored a total of 23 points in that game. After the non-conference home stand, the Bulldogs headed to Omaha kicking off their Missouri Valley season with a three-game road trip. Their first Missouri Valley opponent was the rival Bluejays of Creighton. It would soon prove to not be the team’s night as the players got into foul trouble early in the game. Both Turk and junior Rachael Hackbarth scored 11 points backed up by 10 points each from freshmen Angela Christianson and Morgan Reid. Drake then traveled to Southern Illinois to take on the Salu-
kis, who had been down as of late. The Bulldogs showed a solid defensive presence against Southern Illinois for a 13-point win. Head coach Amy Stephens stressed that in order for the young team to be successful in the Missouri Valley, they have to play strong defensively and consistently pull down rebounds on both ends. “The offense will come. That is a common mistake the young players make. How well they play on offense, that’s really maturity,” Stephens said, “but to be a great defensive team, it’s hard. It takes a lot of energy, focus and discipline.” That offense came for Turk in the following overtime thriller at Evansville, as she scored a career-high 41 points en route to the 69-62 win. Throughout the entire break Turk had been the go-to scorer and Stephens stressed her importance as a senior. “We have a young team that’s been really competitive, and led by a key senior who has helped prepare us. It’s a pretty young team so I like the fact that we are being competitive,” Stephens said. Their next contest would be their first Missouri Valley Conference game at home in 2011. The Bulldogs pulled out a close game against the Bradley Braves at home on Jan. 13. By the end of the first half, the 40-22 lead looked to be a blowout. But the Braves crept back in to make it interesting as the Bulldogs won, 68-64. Their final game of the break was a disappointing loss to rival Northern Iowa on Jan. 15. The Panthers shot the lights out of the Knapp Center with a 67.3 shooting percentage. Overall the team had a solid winter break, losing two of their games by less than 10 points. The four wins will help propel them into the second half of the MVC season as they look to get into the upper half of the conference. Stephens says despite losing those games the key is to be competitive in all games, and most importantly in the Missouri Valley.
“When you win those games the confidence grows. We want to go further than just getting competitive. We want to finish those games.”
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TRACK & FIELD
Sophomore Twombly breaks record, Curtis leads women by David Johnson
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A school record was shattered and multiple athletes had impressive showings over the weekend for the Drake track and field team at the Iowa State Open. Sophomore Isaac Twombly’s weight throw of 56 feet, 4.5 inches destroyed the former indoor weight throw record of 45 feet. The throw earned Twombly a fourth place finish in the event. “It is remarkable for him to pick up the weight throw and to be successful in his first meet of the season,” head coach Natasha Brown said in a Drake athletics press release. Sophomore Dan Karys finished ahead of the rest of the competition in the triple jump with a distance of 46 feet, 11 inches. Karys finished
14th in the long jump with a leap of 21-11.75. The Bulldogs had a back-to-back finish in the seeded 3,000-meter race with ninth and tenth place finishes. Sophomore Tim Cornish ran a time of 8 minutes, 33.36 seconds and freshman Brogan Austin finished a second later at 8:34.52. Sophomore Mike Rodriguez came in third after finishing with a time of 15:50.87 in the non-seeded 5,000-meter race. Junior Ben Jaskowiak ran a time of 15:30.95 in the seeded 5,000-meter, which was good enough for a 21st place finish. Freshman Travis Marsh ran to a 13th place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.56 seconds. The Bulldogs will be sending athletes to multiple meets this weekend as the indoor season continues. They will compete in the Jack Jennett Invitational in Cedar Falls and the Kansas Indoor in Lawrence, Kansas. Both meets get under way this Friday.
The Drake women’s track and field team registered 10 top-six finishes over the course of the weekend at the Iowa State Open in Ames. Senior Ari Curtis was responsible for three of those performances during the busy weekend. Curtis’ leap of 18 feet, 3.75 inches topped the competition in the long jump to bring home the Bulldogs lone first-place finish. Her time of 56.24 seconds placed her second in the 400-meter dash. The Bulldogs had a dominant showing the 60-meter hurdles with three athletes finishing in the top four. Sophomore Marissa Smith led the group with a second-place finish of 8.96 seconds. Sophomore Sarah Yeager and Curtis finished in a close third and fourth, respectively. Senior Johanna Sprang propelled herself to a fourth-place finish in the seeded pole vault competition after clearing a height of 10 feet,
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Drake football hosts Lift-a-thon
Each player on the Bulldog football team participated in a Lift-a-thon in the Knapp Center weight room on Jan. 16 to raise money for the team’s trip to Africa this May. The players benchpressed weights representing every dollar pledged by friends, family, fans and community sponsors toward the cost of the trip, which is $4,000 per player. The team has a goal to raise at least $300,000. The Bulldogs will travel to Tanzania to play in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, the first American collegiate football game on the African continent. In addition to the game against the CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico, the players will participate in community service projects and then spend the final six days climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa at roughly 19,340 feet. The teams will also host youth football clinics for the children of the city of Moshi and then build an addition at the Kitaa Hope Orphanage, which provides a home for orphaned children with HIV/AIDS. “This is an experience of a lifetime for our young men,” head coach Chris Creighton said in a Drake athletics press release. “This is more than just football – this is about seeing our world, experiencing our world and, most importantly, giving back to our world.”
Zach Johnson to be honored by Drake
Zach Johnson, a former Bulldog golfer who won the 2007 Masters, will receive the prestigious Double D Award on Tuesday. The Double D Award is the highest honor the school presents to former student-athletes for their contributions to their profession and community after leaving Drake. Johnson played for the Bulldogs from 1995-1998, and was a member of the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup teams. The Iowa native exploded onto the PGA scene with his surprising victory at the Masters in April of 2007. He outshot veteran golfers Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini and Tiger Woods to earn the championship at the Augusta National Golf Club. He finished tied for third in last year’s PGA Championship, and has six other PGA Tour titles. In his seven-year career on the tour Johnson has earned more than $19 million. Johnson will be honored at the traditional Double D Dinner on Tuesday evening and then again at halftime of the Drake vs. Missouri State men’s basketball game, which starts at 7 p.m. Ironically, Johnson was the No. 2 golfer on both his high school and college teams. He helped lead Drake to two Missouri Valley Conference titles.
11.75 inches. Senior Casey McDermott crossed the finish line with a time of 9:59.56 in the seeded 3,000-meter race, which was good enough for fourth. “For the first time this season, we have our team back in its entirety,” Brown said. “Last week we had our sprinters and jumpers, but we didn’t have our distance runners.” Senior Tyse Samani cleared a height of 5 feet, 7 inches, in the high jump for a third-place finish. The Bulldogs had a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter dash after senior Beth Hamling finished in 25.51 seconds. Senior Lindsay Smith recorded second in the non-seeded 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:44.45. Senior Meredith Bell ran an 18:18.24 in the seeded 5,000-meter. The Bulldogs will compete in the Jack Jennett Invitational this weekend.
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Cundiff named to Pro Bowl
Former Drake kicker Billy Cundiff was named to the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl as the AFC kicker last month. The game will be played this Sunday in Honolulu, Hawaii. Cundiff converted 26 of 29 field goals this season for the Baltimore Ravens, who were eliminated from the NFL playoffs last week. He was perfect on extra point attempts for the year, and had a season-long field goal of 49 yards. Cundiff set 15 Drake and Pioneer Football League records from 1998-2001. He sits atop the Bulldog career leader board with 284 points, 49 field goals and 137 PATs. His 49 career field goals ranks 14th on the NCAA Division I-AA list. Cundiff nailed eight field goals of more than 50 yards at Drake, including a PFL record 62-yard blast against San Diego in 2000. Cundiff has also played for the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns. He was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts this postseason, converting three in a 30-7 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round. He was successful on his only attempt in a 31-24 heartbreaking loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in round two.
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Wedel pushes Drake past ISU UNI blasts Drake as team continues to head south halfway through MVC schedule by Eduardo Zamarripa
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LIKE MOST DRAKE FANS, SOPHOMORE BEN SIMONS scratches his head, wondering how the Bulldogs can turn their season around. Drake has 10 more games before the State Farm MVC Tournament in St. Louis.
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The Drake Bulldogs went 1-1 in conference play this past week. Last Tuesday, the Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating Illinois State at home. Led by a season-high 22-point performance from fifth-year senior Ryan Wedel, Drake was able to hold on after squandering a 21-point lead to defeat the Redbirds, 76-68. “What we needed was an early spark,” head coach Mark Phelps said. “I think that’s what he gave us more than anything.” Freshman Rayvonte Rice contributed a game-high eight rebounds to go along with 17 points. The Bulldogs, who were playing without their injured sophomore center Seth VanDeest, got a lift on the boards with help from Rice. Junior transfer Kraidon Woods got the start and finished with seven points and seven boards. A couple of 11-0 runs at the beginning of each half gave Drake some breathing room. However, the Redbirds kept fighting back. After taking their largest lead at 62-41 with over 10 minutes to go, Illinois State went on a 27-11 run to pull within five with 43 seconds left. But the Bulldogs were able to hit their free throws to close out the victory. “We really got off to a good start on both ends of the floor,” VanDeest said. “We shared the ball really well on offense and our rebounding showed a lot of improvement.” The Bulldogs, who have struggled with rebounding this season, were only outrebounded 32-30 by the Redbirds. Drake was 11-from-18 from behind the arc and shot 51.1 percent from the field. The Bulldogs certainly needed a strong shooting performance to get back in the winning column. “It was huge for us to get back on the right track and come out with a win,” VanDeest said. “Any time you can get a conference win it is something to be proud of.” The Bulldogs went into the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls carrying some momentum, but that changed when the Panthers shot the ball
from long range. Propelled by 12 three-pointers and a stifling defense, Northern Iowa cruised to an easy 69-49 victory over the Bulldogs. “They really knocked it down,” Phelps said. “They’re shooting really well right now.” After starting the game with a nice 5-0 spurt, Drake did not have a lead for the rest of the game and did not even come close to threatening the hot-shooting Panthers. Northern Iowa took a comfortable 35-18 advantage heading into the half and then controlled the game in the second half, outscoring Drake 34-31 to finish off the win. “They made their run in the first half, and we didn’t respond,” Phelps said. “They had a tremendous amount of momentum going into halftime.” Not only did the Panthers punish Drake with their crisp ball movement and three-point shooting, but they made life miserable on the offensive end for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were not able to penetrate the Panther defense and this led to extended possessions that resulted in desperate long-range shots trying to beat the shot clock buzzer. And even though Drake shot 51.1 percent from the field, the Bulldogs had 19 turnovers that led to 34 points for the Panthers. “The Valley is a really tough league and for a young team it can be challenging,” VanDeest said. “Every game you have to bring your best effort or you’re going to get beat.” Leading the Bulldogs was VanDeest, who returned from injury to post a team-high 10 points and six rebounds. Rice finished the game with 10 points and four assists. Wedel chipped in five points. The loss dropped Drake’s record to 8-12 overall and the Bulldogs are now eighth in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 3-6 mark. “We want to keep improving. That’s our only focus, is to improve and get better every day, and the rest will take care of itself,” VanDeest said. The Bulldogs will take on Missouri State this Tuesday at the Knapp Center. Missouri State is currently leading the MVC.
Three Bulldogs undefeated after second day of MVC Individuals by Dominic Johnson
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The Drake men’s tennis team started off the 2011 spring season last Friday and Saturday by having six of its eight players move into the finals of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Individuals Tournament. Senior Mauricio Ballivian and sophomores Jean Erasmus and Anis Ghorbel were all undefeated the first two days of competition and received the top seed in the first, third and fourth flights, respectively. Ballivian played to three sets in both of his opening round matches, seeming to struggle in the first set of each match before finding his game and cruising to easy second and third set victories. Ballivian posted a 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-3 victory over Wichita State’s Vlad Marinescu and a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Southern Illinois’ Adam Fabik on Friday. “I felt good with my forehand, with my serve, with all my shots; they got better throughout the matches,” Ballivian said. Ballivian won his semifinal match against Bradley’s Juan Diego Cuadrad 6-0, 6-1 on Saturday to move into the Sunday final. In the second flight, sophomore James McKie avenged his first-round loss to Alexander Palaez of Illinois State by crushing Creighton’s JT Christian by a score of 6-2, 6-1. McKie continued his impressive play on Saturday by beating Patrick Stiebinger 6-3, 6-4. McKie played Illinois State’s Palaez once more in the final on Sunday afternoon. Results for that match will be in Thursday’s issue of the Times-Delphic. Some of Drake’s most impressive play has come from Erasmus at No. 3 singles, with the sophomore winning both of his matches on Friday in straight sets. Erasmus took out Matej Zlatkovic of Illinois State in the first round by a score of 6-4, 6-2 and defeat Bradley’s Eric Nguyen 6-4, 7-6 in the second round. “In the first matches I knew I had to play good tennis to win,” Erasmus said. “I thought I would have felt a little rusty, but coach got us in shape.” Erasmus also moved on to the Sunday final with a three-set victory. Ghorbel got his first start for the Bulldogs at No. 4 singles on Friday, and faced one of the strongest players in the tournament, Filip Miljevic of Illinois State. Miljevic finished in first at the No. 1 singles spot last year at the same tournament. After dropping the first set 3-6, Ghorbel fought back with his powerful serve and heavy forehand to take the second set 6-3 and finished out the match by winning the third set in a tiebreaker. “I was a bit nervous before my first match,” Ghorbel said, “but I felt the ball good and it gave me confidence to continue.” Ghorbel took the momentum into his
second match and defeated Bryan Lube of Creighton 6-4, 6-2. On Saturday he defeated Jorge Caver of Southern Illinois 6-4, 1-6, 6-0 to move into the final on Sunday. Like Ghorbel, freshman Robin Goodman made his first start for the Bulldogs this past weekend. After dropping his first match, Goodman defeated Bradley’s Arthur Romanet 6-2, 6-2. In his semifinal match, Goodman dropped the first set 4-6 after holding a 4-0 advantage. “I started the match with extremely high intensity,” Goodman said,“but as I went forward I took the pressure off him a bit and he started to dictate more points.” Goodman would come back to take the next two sets 6-3 on the strength of his forehand and volleys to move on into the final on Sunday. Junior Cesar Bracho made his return to the team after sitting out in the fall semester, but could only find glances of his form from early last season as he lost his Friday matches. Junior Sean O’Grady went 1-1 on the weekend, while sophomore Ryan won three matches to reach the final at No. 7 singles. The Bulldogs didn’t perform as well in the doubles draws, with Ballivian/Ghorbel and McKie/Bracho going 1-1 on Saturday and Erasmus/Goodman going 0-2. “There has been a lot of changes with the pairings, so it’s tough to go into a match and play well straight away,” McKie said of the doubles performances. “Coach [Evan] Austin will be doing a lot of doubles practice in the next two weeks and I’m confident we will get better on the doubles side.” The Times-Delphic will have the results from Sunday’s finals in Thursday’s issue.
The Drake women’s tennis team narrowly lost its season opener against the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday by a score of 3-4. The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point off the strength of victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Freshman Klavdija Rebol and junior Jessica Aguilera won 8-5 at No. 2 doubles while junior Amanda Aragon and senior Jessica Lebarte won 9-8 (11-9). Singles wins at the second and fifth slots brought the Bulldogs close to victory as junior Gabby Demos won 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 and Lebarte won 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Manca Krizman lost at the first singles slot in two close sets, falling 6-7, 5-7. Rebol also fell in straight sets 5-7, 0-6. Sophomore Ali Patterson and Aragon both lost in three tight sets, with both players losing 2-6 in the third set. The Times-Delphic will have the results of the Sunday match against the Kansas State Wildcats in Thursday’s issue.
photo by DOMINIC JOHNSON | staff writer
SOPHOMORE ANIS GHORBEL celebrates scoring a point with a fist pump. Ghorbel was one of three Bulldogs to go undefeated on both Friday and Saturday at the State Farm MVC Individuals Tournament.
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