Monday February 04, 2013
Campus Calendar Tuesday Jennifer Angus: Magpie Tendencies 12-24 p.m. Anderson Gallery
Wednesday Faculty Forum 3:30-4:30 p.m. Cowles Library, room 201 Men’s Basketball vs. Illinois State 7:05 p.m. Knapp Center
Thursday Jennifer Angus: Magpie Tendencies 12-8 p.m. Anderson Gallery Faculty Recital, Susan Odem, oboe, with Kimberly Helton, flute and Sonya Selbert, piano 7:30-9 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium
Friday Women’s Tennis vs. UTEP 6 p.m. Roger Knapp Tennis Center Jennifer Angus: Magpie Tendencies 12-4 p.m. Anderson Gallery Drake Writing Test 1-3 p.m. SOE B06
Student’s volunteer with literacy and mentorship program PAGE 2
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Features Des Moines rated above-average LGBT equality rate PAGE 4
Sports Bulldogs edge Indiana State in overtime PAGE 6
Tradition inspires cheerleader Student brings exciting new element to cheer squad Ashley Beall
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It’s been awhile since a male cheerleader has graced the court of the Knapp Center, but it has finally happened. Senior Nathan Bleadorn had never been a cheerleader before this year. In high school, he played football, basketball, tennis, baseball and ran track, but throughout his years at Drake, he always thought about joining the cheerleading squad. “I knew some of the girls on the squad, and we had talked about it in passing,” Bleadorn said. “My dad actually cheered in college, and so it had been in my mind but nothing really concrete had come of it.” Things changed after he got in touch with the coach and one of the cheer captains, Tessa Wickes. Bleadorn talked to them about what it would entail and tried it out by attending a few practices. He decided to make it official and made his debut a few games into the basketball season. “The best part is how accepting everyone’s been and how patient they’ve been with me,” Bleadorn said. “It’s exciting for me, and it’s exciting for them too. They’ve been really supportive, and it’s also fun to be at the games and see a lot of people who are excited to see me.” Members of the cheer team are excited to have a new male member as well. “Nate is a major impact to the squad. He is always willing to do
new stunts and he adds a lot of muscle to the team. I would love if more guys would join because it would make the squad stronger and we would be able to do a lot more advance stunts,” first-year cheerleader Sarah Elizabeth Worrell said. Bleadorn practices with the team, but also does additional lifting to bulk up and build strength. Bleadorn mainly bases and backs stunts, but he also works with partners in stunts. Bleadorn also recently learned a new stunt, the “Whirly Bird.” In this stunt, Bleadorn has someone on his shoulders, and another person grabs onto that person’s legs, and Bleadorn spins around with these two people attached to him. A lot of people don’t think of cheerleading as being a tough sport, but Bleadorn says otherwise. “There’s a lot of behind the scenes work and I’ve gotten a lot of new respect for the cheer squad. One of the harder parts for Bleadorn was learning how to work together. “We have to know who is going to be where and when. Safety is important, so getting comfortable with balance and throws and catches takes practice,” Bleadorn said. Some students have expressed their excitement in having a male cheerleader on the team now. “I think it’s great. Most colleges have male cheerleaders on their squads, so it’s only natural that we should as well,” first-year Kevin Maisto said. “Plus, I have an incredible amount of respect for
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SENIOR NATHAN BLEADORN poses before a recent basketball game. this guy making the effort to try something new.” In the future, Bleadorn also hopes for more males to join the cheerleading team. “It’s interesting there’s talk of another guy joining the team and
I’ve talked to some of my friends about joining and I’m hoping it will get the ball rolling and have other guys join it,” Bleadorn said. “We’re working on it.”
Student-athletes aim to nurture next generation
Seeds of Success program teaches character building and integrity Austin Cannon
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This year, Drake University’s student-athletes are volunteering in a program called “Seeds for Success,” where they visit local middle schools and address students on goal setting and character building. “When I went it was pretty amazing, the kids were actually listening to us and they seemed to really enjoy talking with us,” said Ashley Beall, a first-year student on Drake’s rowing team. “It was just great knowing that I was making a positive influence on them.” “Seeds for Success” originated with the athletic department’s partnership with Character Counts in Iowa, an organization
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that promotes character growth and share those stories.” in Iowa schools, families, workAthletes will visit middle places and communities. The or- schools in Waukee and Johnston in ganizat ion the coming months. also partAt the schools, ners with Drake’s ath“...It was pretty amazing, the two national letes address kids were actually listening organizations, classrooms of to us and seemed to enjoy the Josephson students, tellInstitute and ing their stotalking to us.” the Institute ries. — Ashley Beall, student-athlete of Excellence The stuand Ethics. dent-athletes Cara Lutes, do more than a sophomore women’s basketball just walk into the schools and talk. player, is one of the student-ath- There is preparation involved. letes who participates in the pro“We’ve had sessions where we gram. praise and polish one another’s “Different student-athletes speeches and stories so I feel well have developed stories about in- prepared,” said Lutes. tegrity development, about imAn education major, Lutes provement development and just wants to work as a middle school confidence in one another,” Lutes teacher and she was very eager to said. “We go into middle schools join the program.
“I just kind of heard about it and it really sparked my interest because I really enjoy kids and I know that’s a really pivotal time of your life ... ” Bri Varela, also a first-year member of the women’s rowing team, hopes to make an impact. “(It’s great) being able to interact with the children and knowing that you may have made a difference in their lives.” The volunteer student-athletes vary greatly, both in the sports they play and in their majors. Together, they will come together on dates later this spring to deliver their messages. “ “It’s just a little thing we can do for the community,” Lutes said.
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SENIOR FORWARD BEN SIMONS shoots a 3-pointer against Indiana State on Saturday night at the Knapp Center. Simons led Drake with 21 points en route to a 74-71 overtime victory against Indiana State.
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PMAC applications out for fall Emily Sadecki
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While Drake University students are just diving into a new semester and next year may seem far off, the Peer Advisory Board, PAB, is already gearing up to recruit a new batch of students to represent Drake as next fall’s PMACs, or Peer Mentor/Academic Consultant. This coming year’s PAB consists of sophomores Nayasha Madhan, Alana Linde, Joseph Gale and junior Meghan Price. “It started when I was a firstyear student, I absolutely loved who my PMAC was and had a great time during Welcome Weekend,” said Linde. “I am thrilled to be planning this and implementing all the first-years’ experiences.” The role of a PMAC is to make the transition to college and Drake as smooth as possible for first-year students. Starting with contact in the summer months to answer any questions and subdue any lingering fears, a PMAC provides support not only during Welcome Weekend but serves as a mentor and friend for the ensuing school year and even those thereafter. Even though she served as a PMAC two years ago before be-
coming a part of PAB, Price said she still keeps in touch with her students. Gale said there are many factors that go into selecting the new crop of PMACs. “There are a lot of different aspects we look for in a student applying, obviously someone who has a lot of charisma, who works well in groups and is very involved and engaged in what Drake University is about,” said Gale. Melissa Sturm-Smith, associate provost for academic excellence and student success, and William Hatchet, new student academic facilitator, both oversee the program. “I think PMACs do have a major impact on students. One of their first experiences here is welcome weekend,” said Hatchet. “I think for someone to come into an environment as a first-year student to have a group of students along with an upper level student can be helpful and comforting in a number of ways.” Anyone who is passionate about Drake and has an interest in being involved in the acclamation of the incoming class is encouraged to apply.
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A group of Drake University students are giving back an hour a week through a literacy and mentoring organization called Everybody Wins! Iowa. Melanie Hopkins, the volunteer coordinator, said they do it here because they “see a need for it in the community.” The group of Drake students act as mentors to students who are reading below grade level, who are EnglishLanguage Learners or who show a need for a mentor. Studies have shown incarceration is correlated with reading levels, and those who are substantially behind their grade reading levels are more likely to end up spending time in prison. “Reading ties into a lot of other areas in a student’s life,” Hopkins said. Hopkins believes that having another positive adult influence available will be beneficial for the children involved in the program. First-year Lexi Richter said she got involved after working with the program with her First-year Seminar. “When we did it with FYS, I really enjoyed it, and I wanted to get involved with the community, and I thought it was a cool way to do it,” Richter said. When Richter was younger, she was also involved in a similar program and remembers it as being “the coolest thing in the world” for her. Richter said, she “hope(s) to give a student someone who can be there for them.”
For anyone interested in the programs, Richter adds that “it’s probably the most fun hour you’ll have all week and you can a bigger influence on these kids than anybody your own age.” Hopkins loves seeing students in the program turn into mentors themselves when they get older, seeing how far students are able to come. “I love seeing the programs in work, seeing the students act excited on Fridays and seeing kids who think they’re not good readers improve their reading,” Hopkins said. One girl in the program seems to be the very epitome of that dream. As she sat in the area set aside for the program, she saw one of Drake’s FYS groups walking past the windows and proceeded to jump up and down, saying “Yay! The Drake kids are here! They’re here!” Which set off a chain reaction of all the other kids stopping whatever they were doing as they turned towards the entrance in eager anticipation. When asked why she liked the Drake students, the girl said “because they’re nice, and they play with us, and they read to us.” Such a little effort on the volunteers’ part has resulted in a major admiration of Drake students for at least this one child. When asked if she planned on going to Drake when she got older, she said no because she’s not a very good reader. She’s still young and has a few more years with Everybody Wins! Iowa to change that.
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APO: founded on friendship, giving back
Community service fraternity a ‘one-of-a-kind experience’
Madison Dockter Columnist Spring semester is underway, classes have begun and the biting cold has come back with a vengeance. Huddled in the library with their laptops and lattes, students across Drake’s campus are asking themselves the same question: “How can I make this semester even better than the last?” Friends, the answer is not to dedicate all of your free hours to planning the most epic relays weekend of your dreams. Instead, try these three words on for size: leadership, friendship and service. Alpha Phi Omega, Drake University’s co-ed service fraternity,
is actively seeking new pledges to join its ranks. The fraternity, referred to as APO, consists of over 200 student leaders dedicated to giving back to Drake and the community while making friends and memories. So why should you join APO? As a newly-activated member, I can say truthfully that being in APO has been a one-of-a-kind experience. Being in such a large fraternity offers the chance to make so many personal connections, both at Drake and in the Des Moines community. The variety of volunteer opportunities that the executive board offers is unmatched — last semester, I earned hours throwing colored dust at the downtown Color Run and playing bingo with the elderly at Wesley Acres. Additionally, volunteer hours that you may need for other organizations can count toward APO requirements. Sounds pretty neat, right? Outside of the service component, APO is dedicated to making sure its members truly enjoy the experience by emphasizing fellowship and friendship. Hang out with your new APO friends six
times and you’ve met another fraternity requirement. Watch “How I Met Your Mother,” study together at Smokey Row or grab front row seats at a basketball game — things you do normally with a group become that much better when you’re getting to know your APO brothers. If you remain unconvinced, I encourage you to stop by the APO booth at the Spring Involvement Fair, Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m. in Upper Olmsted. Also, look out for our “AdventureTime”-themed promotional materials around campus that provide contact information if you have any questions. Recruitment week begins Feb. 11, so instead of deciding whether or not to commit yourself to watching all six seasons of “LOST” this semester, give APO a chance for a rewarding and memorable experience.
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DOCKTER throws her arm around a fellow APO member while volunteering for Des Moines’ annual Color Run by spraying paint.
Books on a budget: buying textbooks cheaply Utilize resources for book buying
Jade Sells Columnist With the start of the second semester, the expenses of books are only rising. There are hundreds of websites, bookstores and selling options that claim to have the “lowest prices.” This can make it hard to find a reputable place to get a great deal on the textbooks you need. To help with the bargain hunt, I have compiled a few reliable and safe sources that offer great deals on textbooks. The first option would be to compare prices online. When comparing prices you must also consider each websites shipping rates. Some sites will offer extraordinarily low prices on books but charge high shipping rates. Two websites I have found with low prices on both books and shipping are Amazon.com and Half Price Books (www.hpb.com). Half Price Books charges a standard shipping rate of $3.99 per book, which Amazon’s shipping rates are determined by the seller. Both
of these sites are reputable and offer greats deals on new and used textbooks. Another option to consider when purchasing your textbooks is community selling groups. Drake University students have created a Facebook group where Drake students can post textbooks they wish to purchase or sell called “Textbook Exchange.” With these groups you can avoid shipping fees but the inventory is select. Groups like these can be utilized within Greek life, social groups or residence halls. Community selling groups offer a convenient way to buy and sell textbooks. Buying textbooks on a college student’s budget can be difficult, but it is achievable with the various options offered to buy and sell textbooks. To help narrow down the choices we have offered two reputable sites with low prices on books and shipping and shed light on community selling groups. These options should offer some reliable options when bargain hunting for books.
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Online sites offer variety in pricing Katie Ramsey Columnist With the start of a new semester comes new classes and new textbooks. Where do you go when your literary list is long? To the bookstore? Maybe on Facebook? Or the Internet? I checked in with some Drake University students to see if they had any tips or tricks. “I go online to Ebay, Chegg and the (Drake) bookstore then order my books from wherever they are cheapest,” said junior Maria Opatz. Junior Evelyn Lashley is also a fan of Chegg. “I have ordered online from Barnes and Noble and Amazon in the past, but Chegg is definitely the most convenient way to buy or rent textbooks. The website is super easy to use, and the books come with a free mailing tag so you can send the books you rent back free of charge. This year they threw in a Redbull and some shopping coupons to make me feel better about the pile of 17 books I ordered,” Lashley said.
Amazon • Buy, rent or sell new or used textbooks (eBooks offered as well). • Along with Amazon products, other vendors can sell their goods through the site as well, often resulting in lower prices. • Shipping costs and delivery dates vary depending on which vendor you buy from and which level of Amazon membership you have. Chegg • Buy, rent or sell new or used textbooks (eBooks offered as well). • Sell your books to the site and they will pay you for your book and then take care of the hassle of reselling. • Full refund of shipping costs if you books arrive late.
• Known to send quirky gifts if your textbook load is extra heavy (Red Bull, various gift certificates). University Book Store • Buy, rent or sell new or used textbooks. • Offers the “Best Price Promise.” Guaranteed to match the price of a verified vendor (if Chegg is selling the book for $50 and the Book Store is selling the same book for $60 they will reduce their price). • Easy access with location on Forest Avenue.
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Beginning of the year BOOK BUYING made simple with these tips.
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High LGBT rating for DSM J-term trip to London
Equality for community in DSM above Drake studies Dickens national average, study shows Emily Gregor
the study has highlighted firsthand. “I grew up in a smaller town with a minority population of less than 1 percent,” Netley said. “Being gay is definitely something that makes you stand out ... I never felt that I was singled out for it, but it’s definitely something you think people associate with you.”
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For the first time cities around America have been rated based on their LGBT inclusion in their communities. There were 137 cities rated including all 50 state capitals and the 50 largest cities (other than the capitals) according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The test is called the Municipal Equality Index, and the data showed that despite improvements in LGBT rights many cities still are not up to par. Despite these statistics, Des Moines scored 79 out of a possible 100 points, a score above the national average, and students at Drake University in the LGBT community seem to agree with the rating. “I feel Des Moines’ rating above the national average is fitting, — Ryan Price, Drake alumnus but it’s noticeable in the ranking that there’s still a ways to go,” said alumnus Ryan Price. Price feels like he is treated well in Des Moines, but he is, “ ... uncertain Luckily, Netley has found a bethow much of that is because I’m ter, more supportive environment in Des Moines and how much is in the Des Moines area. because I’m usually on Drake’s “Here, people just don’t care. campus.” I think it is the same as being on According to the study, smaller Drake’s campus,” Netley said. cities in the Midwest, SouthwestThe test rates the cities in six ern or Southern regions of our categories at the state, county or country scores tended to be lower. city level: non-discriminatory Junior Jared Netley has experilaws, relationship recognition, enced feelings of this exclusion
“I feel Des Moines’ rating above the national average is fitting, but it’s noticeable in the ranking that there’s still a ways to go.”
municipality as employer, municipal services and programs, municipality as law enforcement, and municipality’s relationship with the LGBT Community. The main criterion of the study that Des Moines lacks is the section concerning municipality as an employer, which is weighted heaviest because the city has the power to correct it — it is not a section justifiable by population, size or other factors. In addition to the areas of necessary growth in municipality as an employer, Price sees another way Des Moines could improve its inclusion rating. “If churches and places of worship were welcoming to all people as well, that would help LGBT people feel included in Des Moines by leaps and bounds,” Price said. Even though there are many improvement s to be made, Des Moines is still on its way to being one of the top LGBT-inclusive communities in the nation.
Bulldog’s swing dancing New club sparks dance craze
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Energetic music, budding friendships and a lively atmosphere. These were the vibrant elements in the air at the Swing Dance and Jazz Night on Nov. 30. The Bulldog Swing Society, in collaboration with the Turner Jazz Center, helped put on this event in celebration of becoming an official student organization on Drake University’s campus. Although students and community members alike attended for different reasons, the 60 dancers in attendance enjoyed dancing the night away. “I attended because I absolutely love swing dancing, and I try to go every chance I get,” first-year Austin Garner said. Senior Caitlin Podemski attended the event for a different reason entirely. “I attended because I am the marketing coordinator for the jazz center, plus the event was a huge hit last year, and I didn’t get a chance to go, so I wanted to check it out.” Senior Alyson Browder, founder of the Bulldog Swing Society, explains why there needed to be such an organization on campus. “My hope in founding Bulldog Swing Society is to get college-age students to have a place that is convenient for them to learn the culture of swing dancing as well as the dance itself in a fun, safe environment, so that they will have the drive to eventually go out and enjoy all the other wonderful swing opportunities in the area.” Browder has always had a passion for swing dancing and wanted other students to “catch the
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ALYSON BROWDER smiles broadly while participating in swing dancing. bug” that envelops the excitement of swing dancing. Swing dancing is not an overnight skill. It takes time and practice. Garner, as an experienced swing dancer, explained one of the difficulties he has with swing dancing. “One main difficulty is keeping your correct footwork even as you are doing the all of the cool stuff, because once you get off, it’s hard to get back on.” There are also massive benefits. Browder explains that it’s about self-betterment in several ways. “Swing dancing is not simply about having fun. It’s about meeting new people, developing new skills, challenging yourself intellectually and physically when learning new moves, being intro-
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duced to new cultures, learning how to interact with your dance partners, getting physical exercise in a fun way, relieving stress, learning the art of dance and the musicality of the songs and all in a healthy, fun and safe environment.” Garner also said being a swing dancer “isn’t too bad with the ladies either.” Podemski enjoyed the feeling that swing dancing provides even with being new to the scene, “I sucked at it and still had a good time. You can pretty much just go with the flow and do whatever which is really fun.” To find out more about Bulldog Swing Society, visit its Facebook page.
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THE DICKENS MUSEUM was just one of the many stops regarding Charles Dickens for students visiting London for their J-term Emily Hecker
lowed us to have some interesting class discussions about the museum’s choices in presenting Dickens’ life.” A group of 17 Drake students An additional member of the journeyed to England over Jangroup was a Charles Dickens acuary-term to study the works of tion figure owned by KlimaszeCharles Dickens. Professors Meliwski. McKeighan said she enjoyed sa Klimaszewski and Craig Owmany photo-ops with tiny Dickens led the travel seminar, titled ens. “Dickens in London.” “It was fun pretending he was “I hoped that reading and the real Dickens returning to his studying in London would enable home,” said McKeighan. “We took students to question some of their tiny Dickens to his grave in Westassumptions about the places deminster, but we weren’t allowed picted in Dickens’ novels,” said to take pictures. That was disapKlimaszepointing.” wski. “I also Sophomore hoped that Jennifer Heartstudents would ley said she was be able to reflect itching to visit analytically on England and eshow their expepecially enjoyed rience of a physithe group’s trip cal place affects to Lake District. the way they “My favorite imagine a fictext for the class tional text.” was ‘The Lazy The seminar Tour of Two Idle was worth three Apprentices’ by credit hours and Charles Dickincluded four ens and Wilkie pre-travel class Collins,” said meetings. DurHeartley. “Caring these meetrock Fell, and ings, the proKeswick, and fessors asked the Lake District students to pararea gave a feel ticipate in class of placement in discussions and the story and prepare a brief brought the expresentation on perience alive.” a historical deA new vertail related to sion of the Dickthe novel “Little ens in London Dorrit.” tour will be The travel presented at the — Melisa Klimaszewski, Drake portion of the J-term fair later seminar lasted professor this month. two weeks. The “Professor group spent Owens and I are most of the trip looking forward in London, but to offering also visited this course Rochester, Oxford and again in Januthe Lake District. ary 2014, and we will shift the Dickens’ only remaining Lontheme to Gothic literature,” said don home, now the Charles DickKlimaszewski. “We’ll read texts ens Museum, provided a unique like ‘Dracula’ and ‘Northanger venue for class meetings. The Abbey,’ take night tours of Gothic group explored the museum beLondon, and tour cemeteries. I adfore its first meeting in the confermit to already being spooked by ence room. the prospect of a tour of Highgate Senior Alex McKeighan said Cemetery at night. The side trips she was excited to take this travel will include visits to Devon and seminar. One of McKeighan’s faBath, so there will be new things vorite experiences was visiting for the next class to explore.” the Dickens Museum. “When you’re talking about Charles Dickens and where he wrote, it’s different than actually being where he was,” said McKeighan. “It was cool to see the objects and where they might have been, but there’s still the sense that you’re in a museum. That al-
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“I hoped that reading and studying in London would enable students to question some of their assumptions about the places depicted in Dickens’ novels.”
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Student complaints result in little action by department heads Annelise Tarnowski
was always with native speakers whom were trained by the professor. Slightly more than half of the professors were not at Drake. Many Drake University stuThe certificate of competence dents say that it is difficult to fulprogram started four years ago fill the school’s “responsible globwith 25 students pursuing it. al citizenship” mission statement Now, professors meet with tenet with the current language students during class time twice program. per week, and the native speakers The university’s world lancome once per week. All seven languages and cultures program, guages have professors on campart of the College of Arts and Scipus as of this semester. Around ences, offers a certificate of com40 students are registered as petence. This requires two semespursuing the certificate, meaning ters of language studies beyond approximately five more students the intermediate level, a course per year register. in intercultural communication In interviews, a half-dozen stuand a study abroad experience, indents have expressed interest in cluding a pre-abroad class, a class pursuing a language if it were a while abroad and a post-abroad degree program rather than a cercapstone. tificate. There are J o s e p h varied comLenz, the dean plaints from stuof the College dents about this of Arts and program, which Sciences, said “I’ve had numerous include a lack of he is not often speaking time, students apply contacted by inability to comstudents and plete the abroad to grad school in has only heard experience and from a small anthropology and a lack of gramnumber who matical focus. all of them have would prefer a Brady Deprey degree. been admitted is a first-year “The stupursuing a cer- with deficiencies dent interest tificate in Spandoes not warish language and because they’re rant it,” he culture. said. “While “I think on supposed to have at enrollment in paper, the WLC least four semesters the first two program is aweyears of the some, but the of a foreign languages has 50 minutes we been good, it language, which meet, twice a falls off sharpweek with our they can’t get here.” ly after the professors flies second year.” by, and we can’t A d vo c a t e s always get all — Brian Adams-Thies, Drake professor say the prothe time we gram has made need to talk,” improvements Deprey said. over the “We need more years and speaking time, the profesand the native speaker sors and students are dedicated to sessions and class sessions each continuing its development. need to achieve certain goals ... Brian Adams-Thies is a profeslecture sessions are for grammar sor of anthropology and women’s and culture and reading and asstudies. He studied abroad as an signments; speaking sessions are undergraduate and later completstrictly for speaking and getting ed his Ph.D. researching in Spain. better at thinking on our feet.” He has lived abroad multiple times The certificate of competence for a total of seven years. is available in seven languages, in“I’ve had numerous students cluding Chinese, French, German, apply to grad school in anthropolJapanese, Russian and the two ogy and all of them have been admost popular Spanish and Arabic. mitted with deficiencies because Twelve years ago, Drake had they’re supposed to have at least a modern language department four semesters of a foreign lanthat had majors and minors availguage which they can’t get here,” able, Marc Cadd said, director of he said. the WLC program. Adams-Thies is working with “For a variety of reasons that Cadd, among others, to reinstate department was dissolved, disa Latin American studies concenbanded and almost all of those tration. professors left Drake,” Cadd said. Erin Swierczek left Drake for Cadd has been the director of the University of Wisconsin-Madthe WLC program for eight years. ison, where she is studying psyThe modern language departchology and linguistics. ment had been long gone by the “My Spanish professor (at time he was hired. He recalled Madison) has a pre-scheduled, that the program in place earlier relevant lesson plan each class pespecified that students only met riod, and she is very well educated with language professors during and experienced in teaching her office hours, and the class time language to non-native speakers,”
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Language Programs at Drake >> Various languages available Drake’s language program offers a certificate of competence, which requires: • Two semesters of language studies beyond the intermediate level • A course in intercultural communication • A study abroad experience, including a pre-abroad class • A class while abroad • A post-abroad capstone The certificate on competence is available in these languages: • Chinese • French • German • Japanese
• Russian • Spanish • Arabic
Swierczek said. “She is very skilled at taking an English speaker’s perspective when approaching a certain grammatical concept. I thought my Drake professor lacked that component of teaching, one that I find very crucial.” There are 12 professors of language at Drake this semester, and every language has at least one professor. This is the first time since Cadd became the director of the WLC program that this has been a reality. “Some of them have not taught college level (classes) before, though they all have at least the Master’s degree or a Ph.D., so there have been some glitches,” Cadd said. “I imagine the spring semester being much smoother than the fall semester has been. Supporters say the benefit of the certificate program, besides that it is can be marked on a transcript, is the study abroad experience. Being abroad requires the student to use his or her knowledge of the language and culture through 12 delineated tasks, which include requiring the student to attend a public event and interviewing attendees about the event and its significance. Some students find, however, that they cannot go abroad.
Senior Zac Pace is not pursuing the certificate because it is not relevant to his career goals. He took three years of Mandarin Chinese in high school, but has not taken a Chinese course since then. Pace believes that learning a language is important for students. “It helps them understand their native language better, and opens them up to more cultural experiences,” Pace said. He found that acquiring the certificate is difficult. “Studying abroad isn’t always possible, especially financially.” Maggie Olson, a sophomore Spanish student who is studying abroad in Spain for the spring semester, is not pursuing the WLC certificate. “No one notified me that I had to take WLC 80 before going abroad,” she said. “And it’s only a certificate, not a degree of any type.” Olson took four years of Honors Spanish in high school, but has avoided the language courses at Drake because of what she has heard. Cadd has seen the program in many stages. Currently, he believes it is “in a lot better place than we were eight years ago, when I started.” He has just finished writing a
five-year plan for the program. This includes the addition of American Sign Language in the fall of 2013, experiential learning, summer institutes in four of the seven offered languages, a firstyear seminar for students who are interested in languages and a January-term course for 2014. The plans for the next five years likely will not be required for the certificate, but would rather supplement the learning for students who wish to increase their language skills and knowledge of other cultures. Cadd wants students to come to him if they do not feel like they are benefitting from the World Languages and Cultures program. “I can’t change things if I’m not aware of what needs to be changed,” he said. “We are definitely aware of what we’re doing, we’re definitely aware of some of the problems that there definitely have been in the past, and we’re pretty proactively trying to address those, and we feel good … about where we’re at right now.” Cadd can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. He welcomes appointments surrounding this topic.
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Sports Men’s Basketball
Bulldogs outlast Sycamores in overtime Four Bulldogs reach double figures in scoring against Indiana State
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SENIOR JORDAN CLARKE drives to the basket against Missouri Valley Conference rival Indiana State on Saturday night at the Knapp Center. Clarke finished with 13 points. Taylor Soule
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Senior Ben Simons sank three backto-back 3-pointers en route to a 74-71 overtime win versus Indiana State on Saturday night at the Knapp Center. The victory improved Drake to 11-11 overall and 5-6 in Missouri Valley Conference play. Unpredictable plays characterized Saturday’s contest from start to finish. Junior Gary Ricks Jr. drained a half-court shot with 0.1 seconds remaining in the first half. Simons needed only a minute and 32 seconds to nail a trio of 3-pointers in the second stanza. Fifth-year senior Chris Hines sealed Drake’s win with a pair of late free throws on his first and last trip to the charity stripe. Drake head coach Mark Phelps praised the Bulldogs’ performance against a dangerous Indiana State squad. “We got a terrific win tonight against arguably the hottest team in the Valley,”
Phelps said. The Bulldogs struggled to stop Indiana State’s versatile offense early, as a trio of unanswered baskets yielded a 2012 deficit with 7:59 left in the opening stanza. Senior Jordan Clarke answered the Sycamores’ early run with a run of his own. The 6-foot-8 forward drowned consecutive layups along with a free throw to pull Drake within a possession at 20-17. With Indiana State poised to enter halftime with a 34-29 advantage, Hines found Ricks in the center of Ron Pearson Court. Ricks’ half-court heave swished through the net as the buzzer sounded to narrow the Sycamore lead to a single possession at 34-32. The MVC foes traded momentum to open the second half until Simons hit a trio of treys. The 6-foot-8 forward used a pair of screens to down his first 3-pointer at the 16:54 mark. Less than a minute later, Simons sank another bucket behind the arc. He drained another three with 15:22 left in regulation to lead Indi-
ana State 44-38. Freshman Joey King followed Simons’ lead. Despite late foul trouble, King registered a pair of key baskets as regulation ticked away. With Drake behind a point at 62-61, King nailed a jumper to reclaim the Bulldog lead. With 1:09 left in regulation, King scored inside to put Drake up 67-65. Though the Sycamores evened the scoreboard at 67 apiece to force overtime, Phelps lauded King’s late presence. “Joey (King) has great courage and composure as a freshman,” Phelps said. “We really played our offense through Joey King down the home stretch. It’s a sign of what we can expect throughout his career.” Simons’ outside presence again energized Drake as he drowned another 3-pointer to open overtime. Clarke scored inside with 3:39 to play to lift Drake at 72-67. The Sycamores responded with consecutive buckets to narrow Drake’s advantage to a tally at 72-71. Indiana State fouled Hines with six
seconds remaining. Hines netted both attempts to seal the Bulldogs’ 74-71 victory. Though Hines boasts 81.3 percent free throw shooting on the 2012-13 season, he faced unfamiliar pressure at the charity stripe on Saturday. “It was very different on the free throw line, but I am grateful for that shot and opportunity,” Hines said. Four Bulldogs reached double figures in scoring against the Sycamores. Simons led Drake with 21 points. Clarke finished with 13 tallies. King contributed 12 points. Junior Richard Carter added 11. Saturday’s overtime win heralded another surge of optimism for the Bulldogs, who have struggled with inconsistency throughout the 2012-13 campaign. “It’s safe to say it’s an up-and-down season,” Simons said. “We have grown as a team, though.” The Bulldogs will take on Illinois State on Wednesday night at the Knapp Center. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m.
‘Experienced’ Bluejays topple inconsistent Bulldogs
Creighton scores 13 unanswered points to doom Drake in second half Ashley Beall
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A game of runs — that’s what the women’s basketball game against Creighton was on Saturday. Unfortunately, it ended with Drake’s downfall, 98-71. “Creighton is a very, very good basketball team,” Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk said. “They are experienced, and they have great chemistry. I’m proud of my team, though. We showed we had some runs in us, but we are still learning how to make sure we quickly contain other teams’ runs.” Morgan Reid led the team in scoring with 16 points and Kyndal Clark contributed 13 points. Creighton, who is currently ranked second in the Missouri Valley Conference, played a tough defense that made it difficult for Drake to penetrate. “They exposed us, and we exposed them,” Baranczyk said. “They just hit all their shots that exposed us, and we need to knock some of those down.” The Bulldogs jumped the gun
and led in the first half with a 7-1 run. Creighton quickly retaliated with six 3-pointers in the following 10 minutes. “It comes with maturity. It’s a game of runs,” Reid said. “We need to build on that and keep going.” Marissa Janning led Creighton with 22 points and helped Creighton defeat the Bulldogs. McKenzie Fujan added 20 points. “We wish we could have dictated more shots, they had great looks and they put them in,” Clark said. The Bluejays shot 65 percent from the floor and had a strong offense against the Bulldogs in both halves. “It’s hard for any team to come out and shoot like that both halves especially when they’re not on their home court, and that’s kind of what we were hoping for,” Clark said. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, and the Bluejays pulled away from the Bulldogs in the second half by scoring 13-straight points, creating a gap Drake just couldn’t close. The Bulldogs finished the game
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shooting 50 percent from behind the arc and 44 percent from the field. They also shot well from the free throw line, sinking 17 of 21 attempts. The Bluejays currently lead the Valley in three point shooting and shot 46 percent from behind the arc on Saturday. Janning led the team in 3-pointers with five. “We just played our game. We gave them our best shot and not that that’s the best we can play, but we played hard and we played together and our shots were falling. They kind of came back and hit a shot, and we kind of backed down and took a step back. We have a young team and that’s something we’re working on,” Clark said. “Hopefully by the end of the year we’ll have it all figured out, and we’ll keep making those runs until the end of the game.” The Bulldogs will take on Illinois State on Friday, Feb. 8 in Normal, Ill.
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FRESHMAN GUARD ALEXIS ECKLES drives inside against a pair of Creighton defenders on Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Center.
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Drake dominates Graceland, UMKC at home Dominic Johnson
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The No. 43 Drake men’s tennis team returned home to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center and continued its winning ways this past Friday. The Bulldogs added two victories to their resume after defeating Graceland and 2012 NCAA tournament participant UMKC. Drake started off its four-game home stand with the Graceland Yellowjackets, a team that competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Bulldogs wasted no time in grabbing the early lead, as they lost only four games in the three doubles matches played. Drake took a 1-0 lead into singles play, where it was equally as dominant. Senior Anis Ghorbel soon pushed the lead to 2-0 after a convincing 6-0, 6-1 victory over Graceland’s Raul Mendez, who holds a national ranking of No. 25 in the NAIA. After two losses in singles at the ITA Kick-Off last weekend, this was Ghorbel’s first victory of the spring season. The next Drake victory came from sophomore Ben Mullis, who was playing at the fourth singles position for this match. Despite playing two positions higher than normal, Mullis cruised to an easy 6-0, 6-1 victory over Ignacio Osse. The winning tally came from senior James McKie at the second singles position. Graceland’s David Uquillas, who carries a NAIA ranking of No. 29, was no match for McKie. McKie, who has a ranking of No. 68 in NCAA Division I,
posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory to seal the match. Sophomore Grant Tesmer, senior Ryan Drake and senior Jean Erasmus also won their matches in straight sets, at the fifth, sixth and third singles positions, respectively. The Bulldogs then moved on to play the University of MissouriKansas City just a few hours later. UMKC was no team to overlook though, as it won the 2012 Summit League conference tournament to advance to the NCAA tournament. The UMKC roster was led by returning Summit League Player of the Year Grant Fleming. Just hours after playing against Graceland, Drake captured the doubles point in speedy fashion, after capturing victories at the second and third doubles positions. The pairing of Mullis and Tesmer posted a flawless 8-0 victory at the third position, while Erasmus and Salibasic sealed the doubles point with an 8-2 win. Ghorbel and McKie, who are currently ranked No. 16 in the nation in doubles, found themselves in a tight battle against Grant Fleming and Tomas Patino. The Drake duo would avoid the upset though, as it went on to win 8-7 (6). Like doubles play, singles was overwhelmingly in Drake’s favor. Erasmus was the first Bulldog to tally a singles victory over UMKC, as his 6-1, 6-0 win at the fourth position put Drake up 2-0. The next win came from No. 35 Ghorbel, who earned his second singles win of 2013 over Nino Hasandecic 6-3, 6-0. “It was very important for me
to get these two good wins to get back to my winning groove,” Ghorbel said. “I didn’t have a good weekend in Malibu, I was just back from a very long, tiring trip, so physically I couldn’t handle the conditions there, but now I feel much better. I rested well, and I’m moving my legs much better. I’m finding my game back, which is awesome.” The clinching singles win came at the third singles spot, where No. 86 Salibasic easily dispatched Fleming. Salibasic came across minimal resistance in his 6-0, 6-1 win. The only resistance against the Roos came at the second singles position, where Tomas Patino pushed McKie to a third set supertiebreaker. McKie would eventually win 3-6, 6-2, (10-6). “Played an ugly match, couldn’t feel the ball, and I was getting frustrated,” McKie said. “Sometimes it happens, and you just have to find a way to win and I managed to do that.” Mullis and Tesmer posted straight sets victories at the fifth and sixth singles positions to give the Bulldogs their second 7-0 sweep of the day. Drake finished its weekend with two more home matches, against Green Bay and NebraskaKearney, and those results will be available in the next edition of The Times-Delphic. Morgan Dezenski | staff photographer
SOPHOMORE GRANT TESMER finishes a backhand volley against Nebraska-Kearney on Sunday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.
Intramurals debut changes for spring Bulldogs bounce back Welcome back, Drake athletes! I hope that your winter break has been relaxing because it is time to get back into shape. Intramurals returns this week with competitive basketball. Unfortunately, there are no sports to comment on for this week’s article. Instead, here are a couple of changes to look for at intramurals this semester. New and Improved Officials This upcoming basketball season marks the beginning of a new training technique in intramurals. Originally, trainings consisted of a brief slide show presentation and a practical portion. The practical portion consisted of stations led by the supervisors. This year, however, our trainings got supersized. Training consisted of two days. The first day was a classroom training day. Everyone, including supervisors, took a rule test to see exactly how much of the rulebook they understood. Next, everyone watched videos to analyze fouls. However, that instant replay will not be helpful in an intramural championship game. Hence, the second day of training. The practical portion went above and beyond our previous training sessions. Every court had three full games. Every official, even our most experienced and talented officials, had to referee under the scrutiny of the supervisors and juniors supervisors Lisa and Bill. This was an incredible learning opportunity for our officials. Instead of making mistakes or missing calls during an impor-
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tant game, our officials got to stop the clock and discuss their questions. All together our training session was six hours long, triple the amount of time as our previous trainings. The goal of these intense trainings was to make sure our officials are the best they can
Joanie Barry Columnist be and in return we hope our athletes can appreciate our dedication as well. New Faces Before I wrap up this article with a rule reminder for the week, there are two changes to our staff this semester. Jake Wasserman has returned to our supervisor staff this semester after studying abroad. Everyone on staff is happy to have him back with our intramurals family! Another exciting change happened with Keri Budnik graduating this past December. Usually this would be a very sad occasion for the staff, but Keri is not leaving us yet. Instead, Keri
has graduated from being a supervisor to an intramurals intern. Keri is now Bill Moorman’s righthand woman and your go-to-girl for all things intramurals. If you have any intramurals questions, you can email keri.budnik@drake. edu. New Rules Here is your rule reminder for the week. As you all know, no I.D., no play. We are adding a new twist to that rule. This past basketball season, a lot of our nice blue jerseys went missing. (We assume the Bell Center ghosts took them to play pick up basketball late at night.) Nevertheless, we have become cautious with our jerseys this year. This has led us to some changes for check-in time. As always bring your Drake I.D., but now when you take a jersey you will not get your I.D. back until you have handed the scorekeeper your jersey. This new policy will replace the previous method of returning your jersey directly to the hamper. We know this will take more time, but we want to make sure intramurals has good gear for our participants. You don’t want to wear the small, old, wrinkly ones do you? As always stay safe, and play ball! P.S. – If you find any of our ghost-stolen jerseys, please return them to the Bell Center!
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Welcome back! I hope you didn’t career, but six in a row sure tests drive your parents nuts over our you. six-week break (or vise versa) and With that being said, I’m so are getting settled in for the new proud that we were able to bounce semester. A lot has happened since back and string together two wins I last wrote. I’ve finished a couple last weekend. That alone is a tesTV series on Netflix, taken count- tament to how strong the morale less naps and enjoyed having no of our team is — even after the schoolwork. But as exhilarating start we had. There isn’t a team in as that all sounds, I’d much rather America that likes to lose. Perhaps talk about baslosing is a blessketball. Coning in disguise ference season because for the is in full swing. rest of the season Our team is I know we will all growing evbe hungrier than ery day. Since ever to go out our 0-6 start with a bang. to conference, There is somewe have made thing about begreat strides. ing the underdog I know that I really enjoy. what I’m “supIn all honesty, Carly Grenfell posed” to talk nobody (except about. I’m supourselves) really Columnist posed to say expectS us to do how hard we much this year. play even if our record doesn’t It’s one thing to win the confershow it. I’m supposed to say we ence as the one seed, but a comhave fought every game. I’m sup- pletely different story when someposed to say we aren’t playing to one at the bottom takes it home. our potential. I’m supposed to say That’s what we are envisioning. we have lost to teams we should Anything is possible if we just behave beaten. Yes, all of that is true, lieve. but that’s not exactly where my message is going today. My message is this: We are sick of losing! This is the roughest start we’ve had since I have been here. I read a quote the other day that said, “Defeat is a greater test of character than winning.” Holy Grenfell is a junior public relations cow. I think our entire team would and management double major and agree with that. Sure, everyone can be reached at carly.grenfell@ loses as some point in his or her drake.edu
Austin, Scholl pace Drake at Frank Sevigne Husker Invite Taylor Soule
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Junior Brogan Austin and freshman Taylor Scholl led Drake track and field at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. Austin finished second in the mile to cap day two of the meet hosted by Nebraska University. After battling anemia throughout
the 2012 cross country campaign, Austin welcomed a new year, new health and new opportunities on the track. “I am finally healthy,” Austin said. “I’ve been hitting some good workouts, and I’m excited.” He finished the mile with a time of four minutes, 13.36 seconds on Saturday. Fifth-year senior Charlie Lapham crossed the line 0.06 seconds later to take third. In Drake women’s action,
Scholl clocked 5:09.32 in the mile to claim fifth place. The Drake women welcomed 15 freshmen this season, while the Drake men welcomed nine. Though the transition to Division I competition heralds a host of challenges, the Bulldog newcomers adjusted immediately. Junior sprinter Brett Wright understands the challenges associated with that transition. “Adjusting when you’re young
can be tough,” Wright said. “There’s going to be more training than you’re used to from high school, and running indoors can be a little more taxing on the body, but we really haven’t had many injuries so far, and all of the freshmen are keeping up. They’re running great.” With just four meets complete, the Bulldogs have high expectations for the remainder of the 2013 campaign.
“Team morale is high, and I think, when you have that atmosphere among the team as a whole, you want to keep working hard and do well,” Wright said. The Bulldogs are back in action at the Iowa State Classic on Friday and Saturday in Ames. The competition starts at 10 a.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday.
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