Thursday January 31, 2013
Campus Calendar Thursday Nathan Brown presentation “Islam and Constitutionalism in Egypt” 3-4 p.m. 213 Cartwright Hall Nathan Brown “Can Egypt survive its constitution?” 7-8:30 p.m. Sussman Theater
Friday Men’s Tennis vs. UMKC 11 a.m. Roger Knapp Tennis Center Men’s Tennis vs. Graceland 4 p.m. Roger Knapp Tennis Center
Saturday Women’s Tennis vs. UMKC 10:00 a.m. Roger Knapp Tennis Center Men’s Basketball vs. Indiana State 6:35 p.m. Knapp Center Women’s Basketball vs. Creighton 3 p.m. Knapp Center Sussman Spring Leadership Conference 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Olmsted Center
Add/Drop Dates Last day to add Friday, Feb. 1
Last day to drop Friday, Feb. 8
Features Blogging takes over campus for personal and professional reasons PAGE 2
Sports Men’s tennis seals the deal at MVC individual tournaments PAGE 3
Weather Jan. 31 Chance of snow in afternoon. High of 6 degrees, wind chill near -15.
Feb. 01 Scattered snow in the afternoon. High of 19, low of 14.
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Value of AP credits
Some colleges stop recognizing scores Bailey Berg
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A new trend among prestigious colleges and universities is doing away with giving college credit for Advanced Placement exams. This change has Drake University students talking about what this could mean for its campus and future education. First-year Kelsey Pfeifer said if Drake did not allow her to transfer in the 10 credits she earned from the three AP exams she took, she would have gone to another school. “It was a huge incentive that the work I put in would be recognized in an appropriate manner,” Pfeifer said. First-year Alex Lueck, however, transferred in 18 AP credits, but would have still gone to Drake regardless if she could have transferred in the credits or not. Faculty Senate President Keith Summerville said students need not worry about Drake following in the footsteps of other institutions. “Senate has not discussed AP credit, nor am I aware of an effort to bring this issue to the attention of the Executive Committee,” Summerville said. The movement, initiated by Dartmouth College, was brought about by the belief that the AP exams weren’t as rigorous as their own classes. The Advanced Placement program offers 40 different tests, ranging from macroeconomics to English literature, composition to Japanese language, and culture to art history. According to the Drake website, “Faculty advisors will de-
termine whether acceptable AP coursework will be applied toward Drake Curriculum, major, or elective requirements.” Though a three out of five is considered passing on the AP tests, Drake requires at least a four to grant credit for the test. Thomas Delahunt, Drake’s vice president for admission and student financial planning, said that roughly a quarter of Drake students transfer in at least one AP class every year. Despite no changes in the making here at Drake, Delahunt said he could see where Dartmouth is coming from. “I talk to parents and students in high school about this all the time,” Delahunt said. “But what I think people need to do is take AP courses in high school for the sake of a more challenging curriculum.” Summerville shares the same sentiments. “In general, I don’t think AP credit should be confused as a substitute for the types of skills and experiential learning that we try to provide at Drake,” Summerville said. Delahunt said he doesn’t believe Drake will ever get rid of the AP credits because it makes it less challenging for students to either study abroad or add a major or minor. Lueck said she was able to add a certificate of competence in Spanish because she didn’t have to take as many Areas of Inquiry classes, therefore freeing up more space in her schedule. It’s instances like Lueck’s where Delahunt said he sees the true merit of AP credits. “The real advantage of AP is that it gives you more flexibility,” Delahunt said. “There is more to it than graduating early.”
Egypt hot topic on campus, in lecture
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Not only is Egypt all the buzz in the news lately, but also has become a presence on Drake’s campus as Arabic books have found their way into many backpacks and the student stories from their ventures to the country itself are shared. This week brings another opportunity for students to gain insight on the complex country. Nathan J. Brown teaches political science and international affairs at George Washington University, and will be the first guest of The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University Spring 2013 Speaker and Film Series. The first of the two is on Thursday at 3 p.m. in Cartwright Hall room 213 covering “Islam and Constitutionalism in Egypt’s New Constitution.” The second is in Sussman Theater from 7-8 p.m. on Friday titled “Can Egypt’s Revolution Survive its Constitution?” Mahmoud Hamad, a politics professor, has led several groups of students to Egypt in the past. “Brown is probably the foremost US and western expert on Egypt,” Hamad said. “Our focus this spring is Egypt because it is
home to some of the most important political events going on in the past two years.” “It is quite a privilege to have him (Nathan Brown) come share his views with us about Egypt at a time when Egypt is in turmoil,” said David Skidmore, director of the Center for Global Citizenship, “the main focus of Professor Brown’s talks will be on how the new constitution will structure political life in Egypt.” The emphasis on the Middle East is something Hamad thinks will continue to grow. “We have (a) growing number of students wanting to learn Arabic and traveling to the Middle East. Last year I led the largest group ever overseas to Egypt. We are also working on a partnership with Cairo University,” Hamad said. The partnership with Cairo would allow students to spend a semester or a year abroad instead of a single course. These events are the first of many this semester. “The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship sponsors roughly between 30 and 40 events per year,” Skidmore said. Future topics include everything from medication safety in China to a panel discussion on trade, globalization and development.
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SNOWFALL ON CAMPUS accumulated Wednesday morning as over an inch of snow fell on Des Moines causing professors to cancel classes, but no campus-wide closing was issued. More information on this week’s weather is available below the fold.
Changing policy Student Day at the Capitol hopes to gain Drake attendees Elizabeth Robinson
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Under the current Iowa code, a person must be or have been married, have a child together or have lived with a partner within the last year in order to file a domestic abuse assault charge against his or her abuser. On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence is hosting Student Day at the Capitol building in an effort to change this section of the Iowa criminal code to protect against dating violence. High school and college students have the opportunity to advocate for H.F. 286, a bill to include dating violence and other intimate relationship abuse, in the Iowa criminal code. This bill, originally introduced to the Iowa legislature in 2011, would classify dating violence as a form of domestic abuse, thus making more penalties applicable to the crime. Repercussions of domestic abuse include no contact orders, which are automatically issued and prohibit the abuser from any contact with the victim during the case. Other consequences include a “batterer’s education program” and a mandatory jail sentence. Currently, none of these ramifications are in place for intimate relationship abuse such as dating violence. “This is really pertinent to high school and college aged students because most of you are in that circumstance where you’re not married and you’re not living together or you don’t have children with a partner, so it’s important that your voice is heard,” said Alsya Mozak, coordinator for sexual violence response at Drake Uni-
versity an organizer of the event. Beginning at 12 p.m., students and advocates in attendance will be briefed on the dating violence bill and will learn more about policy advocacy and the best way to lobby to a legislator. At 2 p.m., the group, led by Mozak and the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV), will proceed to the Capitol to speak with legislators about the significance of H.F. 286 and encourage them to support the passing of the bill. “I just thought it would be a really good way to kind of get that student activist community awareness building on our campus,” Mozak said. “To me it really fits into that whole global citizenship mission that Drake has.” Last year, two students attended the first ICADV Student Day at the Capitol. This year, Mozak is working in conjunction with Drake Law Women and Students Advocating for Gender Equality to create more of a Drake student presence. “When you have a Drake address, you don’t have to be registered to vote here, you live on our campus and you live in our state, you have the rights to that information and those laws and resources,” Mozak said. “That’s the point of going, to feel like your voice is being heard, to a part of the political process.” Student Day at the Capitol begins at noon on Thursday, Feb. 7 and all students are invited to attend. More information on the event and on the dangers and prevalence of dating violence can be found tomorrow in the Olmsted breezeway.
Snow Ordinance Parking, be in the know...
So, your car is parked on the street and it snowed. Can you stay there? What if the plow comes? Here is an explanation to help you avoid a $35 ticket from the City of Des Moines and a possible tow. Be sure to move your car by 7 a.m. too, as that is when plowing begins in the Drake Neighborhood. The plus of the new ordinance, plowing starts after two inches of snow instead of four, but now there is a new odd/even rule for parking on the street. That means, on odd numbered days, like today, you have to park on the odd side of the street, so you could park in front of 2507 University Ave., but not 2506. Tomorrow, since it’s Feb. 1, you would also be allowed to park on the odd side of the street. Once Feb. 2 hits, it’s time to switch to the even side of the road.
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Blogging a creative outlet for students Users explore topics, employ writing skills on Wordpress Katherine Hunt
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A blog serves a variety of purposes: to inform readers, to express oneself and to give writers an opportunity to communicate their opinions on an international level. Blogging has become more popular among Drake students. These three Drake bloggers have encountered certain common elements of blogging including difficulties, passions, inspiration and the uniqueness from one blog to the next. Authors of blogs come from everywhere, but at Drake, “Magazine Staff Writing” seems to be the origin point for many Drake bloggers. Senior Emily Tozer took it one step further, “I guess the assignment just gave me an actual reason to just start it, (blogging) and then I loved it, and I’ve kept it going since. I even got a congratulatory email from my professor when I became a contributor to Teen Vogue’s fashion blogger program.”
Sophomore Kristin Doherty also blogged for a much more public source — Seventeen Magazine. Since then Kristin has continued on to other blogs, including blogs for Drake Magazine and “Pretty Little Letters.” Sophomore Nicole Kasperbauer is also blogging on campus. “It’s personally helping me get ready and share my experience of getting ready to study abroad next semester,” said Kasperbauer. “I enjoy it, because it is all about what my life truly is right now.” For Doherty, it’s about examination, feedback and opportunities, “I like having the opportunity to write about things that I like, know about, and am good at. My ‘Freshman 15’ blog really allowed me to examine my freshman year as it was happening. I also really enjoyed when readers contacted me to tell me how helpful my blogs were,” Doherty said. “My blog gave me a place to write about fashion and to write whatever I wanted,”
Tozer said. Like any event in life, blogging does have its difficulties and drawbacks at times. One major difficulty can be time. “The time commitment can be a struggle, especially as a college student,” Doherty said. “But setting up a schedule helps.” Topics of blogs vary from person to person, just as their purpose changes. Kasperbauer blogs about the semester leading up to studying abroad by including planning details such as getting a visa, booking flights, choosing classes and receiving financial assistance. “Even if on a tight budget, you truly can make it work,” Kasperbauer said. “Trust me, I had to convince my parents to let me go off on my own.” Tozer continues to blog about fashion forward advice and outfit/trend posts while Doherty blogs about sorority themed crafts on her blog “Pretty Little Letters.”
Student Blogs >> Drake students utilize Wordpress •
Nicole Kasperbauer:“College Student Travels: Getting Prepared for the Trip of a Lifetime,”www.nknicole021.wordpress.com • Emily Tozer:“Flying Over Fashion,”www.flyoverfashion.wordpress.com “Twenty Eleven in London,”www.twentyeleveninlondon.word press.com • Kristin Doherty:“Pretty Little Letters,” www.prettylittlelettersblog.wordpress.com “Seventeen: Freshman 15,”www.seventeen.com/archives/ college/freshman-15/by_author/11705/31 Drake Magazine, www.kristindoherty.com
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SOPHOMORE NICOLE KASPERBAUER documents her semester abroad in Italy on her blog.
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Sports Women’s Basketball
Defense lifts Drake over Northern Iowa Reid leads Bulldog offense with sixth double-double of the season Ashley Beall
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Drake women’s basketball took on Northern Iowa this past Sunday at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs came out on top and defeated the Panthers 63-55. “(You’ve) got to give Drake credit. They outworked us,” said Northern Iowa head coach Tanya Warren in a Drake athletics press release. The Drake win ended the sixgame losing streak to UNI and created a two-game winning streak for the Bulldogs in the Missouri Valley Conference. “It feels great. It’s the first time to get this win,” said junior Morgan Reid. “It was a long time coming.” The Bulldogs jumped the gun and came out ready to play. Reid led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds to register her sixth double-double of the 2012-13 campaign. Sophomore Kyndal
Clark was guarded heavily by the Panthers but managed to record nine points and nine rebounds. Senior Stephanie Running and redshirt sophomore Carly Grenfell also scored 10 points apiece. “We were playing together and a lot of people stepped up,” Reid said. “We played really well as a team.” The Bulldogs started off the game smoothly, and that helped them cruise to victory. “We were very composed, and that’s one of the things we are most proud of,” said head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “We knew that UNI was going to make a run. They are a great team, and I was really proud of our team today.” Jacqui Kalin, a key player for UNI who leads the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring, led Northern Iowa with 22 points and 11 rebounds but struggled from the three-point line, scoring only twoof-10, which was a result of heavy guarding by the Bulldogs. Amber Kirschbaum also contributed 10
points for UNI. The Panthers had a tough time scoring against the Bulldog defense and shot only 33 percent from the field. “I feel very proud of our team. We’re doing a better job of recognizing our lulls and coming out of them,” Clark said. “UNI is a great squad. Jacqui Kalin is a great player, and we bounced back and we didn’t let them come back like we have in previous games. We gritted it out. “With our squad, since we’re so young, we take it one day at a time. We’re hungry. We’ve just won two games, we’re making our streak and we’re going to do the little things, hopefully. We’re going to come out early and compete with them and do what we do best and give it our best shot.” The Bulldogs came out with a win and will look forward to their next home game against Creighton this Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Knapp Center.
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Drake’s up-and-down season continues after falling to Missouri State 78-72 on Sunday, Jan. 27, thanks to 71 percent shooting in the second half by the Bears. Drake fell to 9-11 overall and 3-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was senior Ben Simons with 19 points, shooting 67 percent from the field. Also continuing his strong freshman campaign was Micah Mason, who scored 17 points. As a team, however, Drake shot only 46 percent from the field, compared to Missouri State’s 56 percent. The big scorer for the Bears was Anthony Downing, who regis-
tered 26 points in the contest, 18 of which came in the second half on 10-of-17 shooting. “It was a tough game, and at the end, we didn’t have the ability to stop Anthony Downing,” said head coach Mark Phelps in a Drake athletics press release. Yet again, poor free throw shooting plagued the Bulldogs as they converted only half of their 14 attempts during the game, while also allowing 27 attempts for the Bears. The first half was a back-andforth affair, with Drake behind by one at the half. However, an 11-0 run by the Bulldogs gave them a 39-29 lead over the early portion of the second half. Drake’s momentum dwindled as Missouri State started chipping away, especially in the paint, where it out-
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scored Drake 34-24. The Bulldogs kept the lead for the first 13 minutes of the second half, but a dunk by Keith Pickens gave the Bears the lead for the first time since halftime, and Missouri State started pulling away. The closest Drake got to a tied game was when Simons hit a jumper with 96 seconds left to make it a 70-65 game, but a quick 3-pointer by Missouri State put the game out of reach, and free throws sealed the victory for the Bears, who improved to 4-5 in MVC play. Next up for the Bulldogs is Southern Illinois, where Drake will look to improve its standing on the road on Wednesday night. Tip-off is at 7:05 p.m.
Bulldogs rebound after narrow loss to Florida State Dominic Johnson
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While most of campus was enjoying its final week of J-term, the No. 45 Drake men’s tennis team was starting off its 2013 spring season with a bang. The Bulldogs got 2013 underway with the Missouri Valley Conference Individuals tournament. The Bulldogs dominated the tournament, which took place on January 18-20 at Drake’s Roger Knapp Tennis Center, as they went on to win nine of a possible 10 titles. The nine titles were good enough to tie the league record set by Indiana State in 2002. Drake managed to sweep all seven singles spots, but what made the feat even more impressive was that it was done without the team’s top singles player, No. 35 Anis Ghorbel. With Ghorbel still training in Tunisia when the tournament began, every Drake player had to play up a spot in the rotation. The rest of the Missouri Valley Conference couldn’t keep up with the Bulldogs, as no Drake player dropped a single set in the final day of singles competition. Senior James McKie, who holds a national ranking of No. 68, led the Bulldogs with a victory at the top singles position. Junior Robin Goodman, sophomore Alen Salibasic, senior Jean Erasmus, sophomore Ben Mullis, freshman Ben Lott and sophomore Grant Tesmer also won their respective singles titles. Eramus and Goodman won the doubles title at the second slot, while Lott and Tesmer won at the third spot. “MVC Individuals is so important because it gives us competitive matches before the dual season begins,” McKie said. “It definitely helped dominating the tournament but we are all aware that our competition will be tougher in the next few months.” Competition did indeed escalate quickly for the Bulldogs, as their first dual match of the season was against No. 33 Florida State as part of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Kickoff Weekend this past Saturday. Despite being ranked 12 spots behind the Seminoles, the Bulldogs were confident that they could compete and possibly get the upset. The Bulldogs struggled early on in the match, though, as they dropped the doubles point to go down 0-1. Drake struck back immediately in singles play though,
with McKie tallying a 6-2, 6-2 win at the second singles position. The Seminoles would then post three more victories in succession to win the dual match. Salibasic and Mullis both posted wins to put the final score at 4-3 in favor of Florida State. Despite being underdogs in the contest, the Bulldogs were gutted after their first match in Malibu. “We should have beaten Florida State. It’s as simple as that,” McKie said. The Bulldogs used their disappointment in the first match as fuel in their second match of the weekend, this time against No. 53 Denver. Whereas the Bulldogs lost the doubles point to Florida State, they used it to take an early 1-0 lead against the Pioneers. In singles play, Salibasic pushed Drake’s lead to 2-0 with a straight sets win at the fourth position. Denver would then post its only singles win of the afternoon with Enej Bonin defeating Ghorbel at the top spot. Goodman would move the Bulldogs to 3-1, and it was Erasmus who clinched the match with a comefrom-behind third set triumph at the fifth singles slot. McKie and Mullis would go on to win and push the final score to 6-1. “The scoreline against Denver didn’t reflect how close the match was,” McKie said. “It was very tight and the doubles point could have gone either way.” The Bulldogs will return home for four contests this weekend. With so many matches in a matter of three days, Drake is looking to iron out any kinks in its game while it is still early in the season. “This weekend we will look into developing some areas that we may not get the opportunity to do so in other matches,” Mullis said. Drake will take on Graceland and UMKC on Friday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. On Sunday, the Bulldogs will go up against Green Bay at 10 a.m., while their last match of the weekend will be against Nebraska–Kearney at 3 p.m. UMKC and Green Bay were NCAA tournament participants in 2012.
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