T H U R S DAY February 7, 2013
Campus Calendar Thursday Jennifer Angus: Magpie Tendencies 12-8 p.m. Anderson Gallery Multi-cultural reception hosted by Drake, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, and Greater Des Moines Partnership 5-7 p.m. Parents Hall Faculty Recital, Susan Odem, oboe, with Kimberly Helton, flute, and Sonya Selbert, piano 12-4 p.m. Anderson Gallery
Friday Drake Women’s Tennis vs. UTEP 6 p.m. Roger Knapp Tennis Center Free Movie Friday: “Skyfall” 9 p.m. Sussman Theater
Saturday Women’s Tennis vs. Milwaukee 12:30 p.m. Roger Knapp Tennis Center Jennifer Angus: Magpie Tendencies 12-4 p.m. Anderson Gallery
Adding context to the increase Lauren Horsch
Next year, Drake students will reach deeper into their finances to pay for a 4.5 percent tuition increase. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon via a campus-wide email. The email cited the two main reasons for the increases were to help offset merit-based salary increased to help keep faculty and to help fund the “most urgent priorities” in the university’s strategic plan. The email, signed by University President David Maxwell said the increase was a “modest” one. The total amount added to tuition was $1,324. Room and board for on-campus housing increased 3.7 percent, adding $320 to the cost. On Wednesday morning, Maxwell and Vice President of Business and Finance, Debbie Newsom said the increase was suggested by a Budget Advisory Committee,
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Friday nights on campus will be getting more exciting starting Feb. 8, when Drake’s Student Activities Board will be unveil-
Women’s Tennis vs. North Dakota 7 p.m. Roger Knapp Tennis Center Belize Dance Marathon 6-10 p.m. Olmsted Center
Sunday Jennifer Angus: Magpie Tendencies 12-4 p.m. Anderson Gallery
Drake choir preforms singing Valentines PAGE 2
Opinions Students talk about J-term experiences in D.C. and Ghana PAGE 3
Features Fong’s back to dishing up its signature pies after flood PAGE 4
Sports Drake to defend its honor on the road PAGE 6
Bradley University $36,964 Butler University $43,986 Creighton University $42,776 Uni. of St. Thomas $46,650 Marquette $43,664 Look at how Drake stacks up against peer institutions for tuition this academic year. Tuition is based on full-time undergraduate student status and room and board.
ing their new event series “Free Movie Friday.” SAB plans to show pre-released movies such as “Skyfall,” “Life of Pi” and “Argo,” using Sussman Theater and Aliber 101 as venues. Student senate’s campus advancement committee, first-year interest committee, and SAB developed the idea as a way to use excess student activities fees from past years, which had built up in the senate’s reserve account to nearcapacity. “The main thing people are confused about is that the money for the event is not affiliated with any organization,” Zachary Keller, campus advancement committee chairman, said. “The reserve account is just leftover student activities fees that have gone unspent.” Moreover, supporters of the event believe giving students a regular on-
campus event will provide a sort of morale boost to the campus. “We want students to have something to do on campus,” Carly Kinzler, Senate’s vice president of student activities, said. “As far as events go on this campus, it’s one of the less expensive events. Even if only 50 to 100 students are there, in our minds, that’s worth the money.” Kinzler said $750 as an estimate of the cost of purchasing the screening rights for the movies, which together with food costs would bring the cost of each “Free Movie Friday” to around $1,200. If “Free Movie Friday” were to continue throughout the rest of the semester, the total cost for one semester would total to about $25,000. The proposal for the event was well-received within Drake’s student senate, with the main concern being the frequency of the event and the effect it may have on its popularity. Though formal allocation from Senate’s student fees allocation committee was not required, the committee also believed the event was a worthy use of the otherwise unused money.
Students’ reaction to the event has been quite good. In the few days the event has been publicized, the “Free Movie Friday” Facebook page has nearly 400 likes. Students have also praised the movie choices for the first three dates. “I barely missed out on seeing ‘Skyfall’ in theaters, so I was pumped when I saw they’d be showing it for free on campus,”
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Upcoming Movies “Skyfall” Feb. 8, 9 p.m. Sussman Theater “Life of Pi” Feb. 15, 9:30 p.m. Aliber 101 “Argo” Feb. 22, 9 p.m. Sussman Theater
Dancing to make dreams of school a reality Bailey Berg
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On-campus movie screenings set for Fridays
Mardi Gras party 6-8 p.m. Morehouse Ballroom
for faculty, instead it is based off of performance, which he said was “strategic” based on Drake’s promise to retain the best faculty for its students. Newsom said the increase for salaries was “modest” based off of the fact that about 70 percent of the total budget is for salaries and benefits. They both said next year’s tuition increase was a “more engaged” process than previous years. “Obviously, we don’t like to raise tuition,” Maxwell said. Tom Delahunt, vice president for admission and student financial planning, said there is a “danger” that Drake might be considered too expensive with its “sticker price.” The sticker price is the tuition cost without financial aid factored in. “We hope it won’t hurt us in the recruitment of students,” Delahunt said. With this increase comes a lit-
Senior Recital, Robert Starace, horn 4:30-6 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium
Junior recital, Paul Strike, trombone 4:40-6 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium
and then brought to vote by the Board of Trustees. The committee, started by Newsom, consisted of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. The Board of Trustees voted on the tuition increase on Jan. 19. Maxwell said the increase is also determined based on the “assumption” of next year’s budget, or an estimate of the coming year’s budget. If enrollment goals are met then an additional amount of revenue would be produced for the university’s budget. The Budget Advisory Committee recommended the additional revenue go toward “merit based” salary increases for faculty and toward the university’s strategic plan. Those recommendations, Maxwell said, were fully backed by the President’s Cabinet and the Board of Trustees. Projections put $1.29 million for the salary increases and $410,000 for the strategic plan. Maxwell said there are no across-the-board salary increases
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Several hundred Drake University students, clad in neon colored T-shirts, will converge on Olmsted Center this Saturday to participate in the third annual Belize Dance Marathon in an effort to raise money to send impoverished children in Belize to high school. The marathon was spearheaded by Drake Law professor Jim Albert after a trip to Belize two years ago. Nick Cooper, an assistant track coach at Drake, had shown him a photo of a group of kids in Belize standing next to a canoe. “They were going to paddle two hours upstream to go to grade school, but they were grinning from ear to ear because they were holding the pencils some Americans had sent them,” Albert said. “I decided I had to see this for myself.” A few months later, Albert flew down to Belize to meet with the students and was astounded by what he saw. The children were playing with sticks and had to sleep on the floors of their huts.
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Upon returning to Drake, he asked his students what they would dream about if they fell asleep at night knowing they would never go to high school. “That’s what started this,” Albert said. “We wanted to give them something to dream about.” Thus, the Belize Dance Marathon was born. Hundreds of dancers pledge to dance for four hours to raise the money be able to send some students in Belize to high school. “It is a beautiful thing, students fighting for students,” senior Michael Sage, the Belize Dance Marathon president, said. “Education is the solution to poverty, but the problem is these families do not have the resources to send their children to high school.” In Belize, it costs $200 to send just one student to high school for a year. However, Albert said the average annual income for an entire family in Belize is $380, meaning high school isn’t an option for many children. Less than half of all high school age children in Belize have the funds to attend
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STUDENTS GOOF AROUND at Belize Dance Marathon last year.
Want to get involved? Where: Olmsted Center When: Saturday, Feb. 9, 6-10 p.m. To register for the marathon to go: bdm.kintera.org FACEBOOK
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Vocal valentines are a ‘friendraiser’ for choir
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Roses are red, violets are blue, this Valentine’s Day Drake University Choir could be singing to you! It is that time of year again where the store shelves are filling up with chocolate hearts, cards with mushy sayings and enticing jewelry for loved ones. Drake’s Choir is offering a way to let that special someone know you care in a unique way while benefiting a good cause. Every year, Drake Choir travels around the Des Moines community to deliver singing valentines
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to workplaces and homes among other various locations. According to Aimee Beckman-Collier, director of choral arts, they deliver roughly 150 singing valentines annually – an estimated 500 to 600 roses. Orders will be taken until Feb. 8 and can be placed online at the Drake Music Department’s Singing Valentines webpage, www. drake.edu/valentines or by calling (515) 271-3024. A variety of options are available for people looking to purchase one of these unique valentines. The main three packages range from $25 to $60 with one to a dozen roses. There is also a package tailored to the
sometimes tight budgets of students for the Drake campus, costing $10. Mary Honeyman, senior choir member, has been doing singing valentines since she was a firstyear. “It gets crazy,” said Honeyman. What is her favorite part? “The look on people’s faces, you never know what to expect.” She has been hard at work taking care of much of the logistics of the operation, including taking orders, answering phone calls and training younger members. The proceeds raised go toward funding the choir’s international tours that happen every
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TUITION, page 1 tle bit of context. Maxwell said Drake’s peer institutions have in the past raised their tuition costs between 3.5 and 6 percent. Tuesday’s announcement put Drake at a 4.5 percent increase. Among Drake’s peer institutions, it is ranked one of the low-
est in cost, but with tuition closing in on the $40,000 a year mark, Maxwell said it’s a “psychological issue.” “Our goal is to keep tuition as low as we can while still keeping the promise of an exceptional learning environment,” he said. With the increase, $1.1 million in financial aid will be given to
students. This year Drake spent close to $48 million in financial aid to its students. “We look very closely at what funds we have to utilize to help make Drake affordable,” Delahunt said. “It is still not enough ...We sure wish it was.” Maxwell also said Drake has the ability to support an incoming
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four years. Since the university does not fund these trips it is up to the choir students themselves to raise the money. The fundraiser was started 15 years ago and has helped to fund tours across the world. “We are committed to taking every student in the ensemble,” said Beckmann-Collier. The unique thing about the fundraiser is that many of the students who are participating are raising money not necessarily for themselves but for classes to come, explained Honeyman. “It puts into perspective the family of Drake Choir and is very community building,” she said of
the experience. Eric Ferring, a junior vocal performance major, said the Drake Choir is unique in the fact that it spans across all grade levels and disciplines, all coming together to share a love of music. The singing valentines prove to bring together Drake students and members of the Des Moines community together, while giving the members of the Drake Choir time to bond as well. As Beckmann-Collier puts it: “We find it to be good every year, a friendraiser as well as a fundraiser.”
THIS CHILLY DOG watches temperatures creep up. Campus says good-bye to its latest piles of snow and looks forward to the promise of the end of winter. The melting snow proves troublesome though, as it turns to ice.
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John Kenealy, first-year actuarial science and finance major, said. “Free movie nights will make sure there’s always something interesting to do on Fridays.” “We may have students vote on the new movies,” Kinzler said, “We’re probably going to be doing some Facebook polls just to see what students want.” “I can’t wait to see ‘Life of Pi,’” Veronica Jandura, first-year psychology major, said. “It’s a great idea, we already have a theater on campus and it’s hardly ever used. I’m hoping they will show ‘Les Misérables’ once it comes out,” Jandura said. Kinzler and Keller are confident that, should “Free Movie Friday” prove to be as popular as they hope, it will become a longstanding tradition within Drake and the SAB.
the cost of college,” Delahunt said. “There are a lot of myths out there ...We’ve got to get people through all this noise they’re hearing.” “(The) top priority is for the Drake experience ... and making sure we have the capacity (to insure that),” Newsom said.
STUDENT PARTICIPANTS enjoy a musical performance during the Belize Dance Marathon in Olmsted last year.
DANCE, page 1 high school. The group believes that all those who want to attend school should be able to, so a scholarship fund was established to award students with the education. In the last two years, the group has been able to give out 100 scholarships each year. Sage said the goal for this year is to match that number again, if not add to it. The money from the marathons has also build two grade school buildings, and the James Arthur Albert Foundation is responsible for keeping the doors open at the night high school for girls. “That is one of my favorite things about BDM,” Sage said. “Your donation to other charities may buy a test tube or power the building or pay the administrators. Not BDM, every dollar goes directly to those children.” Sage said the primary goal of the dance marathon is to provide
the children in Belize the monetary resources to get the education they need through both scholarships and the building of the schools. The secondary goal, Sage said, is to unite the Drake campus. “We want to bring together individuals from all colleges and a variety of organizations to fight for one amazing cause,” Sage said. “Last year we had over 1,000 dancers, and it was uplifting to see the campus come together.” The Belize Dance Marathon doesn’t follow the normal dance marathon model, however. “We do not want our marathon to be an obligation for people to come to that drags on for 12, or even 24 hours,” Sage said. “We want it to be a celebration of the hard work and amazing accomplishments that Drake can have when it unites around a common cause.” Other than dancing, the marathon includes a live D.J., food, T-
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shirt giveaways and various contests throughout the evening. “What we like to say is that the marathon is going to make New Years Eve look like Columbus Day,” Albert said. Sage said one thing he particularly likes about the marathon is that it is Drake students championing for other students. “No one has ever fought for these children before,” Sage said. “We are the first organization, the first charity, the first campus. This is a uniquely Drake effort.” Albert said the students in Belize know it’s the Drake students who crusade for them. “You know what is the most popular book in Belize is? It’s Peter Pan,” Albert said. “Those kids fall asleep believing that somewhere in the world, there are students who fly and fight for them. Well, there are. And they’re wearing Drake shirts.”
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Drake visits D.C.
Students attended the Inauguration Scholarship funded trip
Abby Bedore Columnist Eleven days. That’s all it took for 25 Drake University students to fall in love with Washington, D.C. From tourist stops to cupcake shops and meeting strangers and making lifelong friends, Drake’s J-term class Inside Washington: The Presidential Inauguration, was the trip of a lifetime. Led by Rachel Paine Caufield, a professor of politics, and Jill Van Wyke, an assistant professor of journalism, the class filled its trip with academic lectures, site tours, alumni visits and group discussions. Everything we experienced in the first 10 days built up to the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Our class was run in conjunction with The Washington Center (TWC) academic seminar, also based in D.C. Housing at TWC put us within walking distance of the National Mall and just four blocks away from the Metro station. Our time in D.C. started with a scavenger hunt and navigating public transportation, and the Metro
proved to be the most efficient way to get across town for site tours or just another cupcake. Every morning, TWC brought in distinguished speakers such as Eugene Kang, special projects coordinator and assistant to the president, and President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist. Other speakers included Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Brian Lamb and Bill Dauster. Each presented a different way to look at current events in the U.S. and challenged us to see multiple sides of an issue. Every afternoon, site visits would teach the class more about politics in Washington. We made all the major stops in D.C. at museums, the Supreme Court, the Capitol, the White House and the Brookings Institute. Thanks to one Drake alumnus, we even spent an evening bowling in the White House — though the actual location is in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door. Our service project at “Bread for the City” showed us yet another side of D.C. and left us with a wellrounded understanding of the city’s culture. Inauguration Day was an experience in itself. At 5:30 a.m., we took off to secure the first spots in line to pass through the gates. As we filtered into our sections, we bared the cold and watched the sun rise over the Capitol. After six hours of standing and waiting, we watched President Obama take the oath of office, all the while taking in what we had learned throughout the week. Watching
this historic moment alone made seven total hours of standing in the cold worthwhile. While all of our seminars and site visits provided us with knowledge and insight to politics and how the government runs in D.C., I think everyone would agree that experiencing the “Drake connection” was one of the best parts of our trip. Almost every day, Drake alumni welcomed us into their offices to show us what it’s like to work in D.C. They shared their experiences and gave us tips over lunches, dinners and at a networking reception. Seeing so many alumni in D.C. showed the class that Drake alumni can be found anywhere and they are always willing to lend a helping hand. We found another Drake connection during Drake in D.C. Before the trip began, everyone joked about being a “happy, cohesive group” in D.C., but it did not take long for this joke to become reality. It’s one thing to take part in an experience such as the inauguration; it’s another for a whole class to share the experience and come back to campus as friends. Thank you, Drake University, for providing this opportunity, and thank you to our professors and the happy, cohesive group for making this trip an unforgettable experience. Bedore is a junior public relations major and can be reached at gabriella. email@example.com
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water and had to remember to save a little each night to brush our teeth. I quickly learned that Voltic is the brand of water to buy — the other brand tasted like dentist water. Nothing runs on time in Africa, and we’re just not used to that. Breakfast was usually around 8 a.m. We were served chicken and rice for lunch and dinner every day, but none of these things Emily Bowman mattered. I knew that every day I would go to the school and be Columnist greeted by kids smiling ear to ear, excited just to see us. I knew that One day after school I was I could love on these kids all day, walking through the village and every day, and that was enough. ran into a woman carrying a Spending time in Ghana made me cooler on her head named Felicia. very thankful for all the conveI smiled and said “Hi,” and she in- niences we have here in America, vited me to her house — as simple but nothing can beat a smile and as that. I had known her for less the kindness I felt in Ghana. than 10 seconds, and was already School in Ghana is nothing like headed to her house, to meet her school in America. All schools remother and sister, with two of my quire a uniform, but if you can’t friends. afford a uniform, then you don’t On our last day in Asikuma, go to school. If you can afford a Ghana we went back to find Fe- uniform, hopefully you’ll be lucky licia. It took some looking, but enough to live close enough to we eventually found her selling walk to a government school, but snacks by the school. Before we you probably won’t and will have left she gave each of us a packet to go to the private school, if you of biscuits, which are like crack- can afford it. Otherwise, you won’t ers here, just because we came to go to school. If you are able to go visit her. During to school, you have to the eight days I pass the eighth spent in Ghana, grade exam. If I have never felt you don’t, you’re more welcomed “We complain done. Assuming anywhere in my about so much, you can pass the life — and half the eighth grade exam, people I met didn’t even simple things all high schools even speak Engare private, so like going to lish. chances are you With assistance school. But these won’t be able to from the Olson people are gracious afford high school. Global Scholarship According to the Fund I was able to and thankful for Iowa Department spend my Januaryof Education, in everything they term in Ghana, Af2011, Iowa’s high rica teaching in the have and anything school graduation village of Asikuma. rate was 88.3 perHere’s a little of you give them.” cent. According to what I experiUNICEF, the enroll— Emily Bowman, Drake junior ment rate of upper enced. Our first night high school grades was spent in Accra, in Ghana was the capital, and it only 35 percent was our first and last from 2007-2010. hot shower. However, my shower Unfortunately, many people know didn’t function in the typical man- they won’t be able to afford high ner. Instead it was more like a school anyway, so they don’t hold-the-shower-head and show- waste their time with school at all. er-with-one-hand, but at least it We complain about so much, was warm. The rest of our trip I even simple things like going to showered from a bucket of cold school. But these people are grawater. cious and thankful for everything Each morning we would wake they have and anything you give up, put on sunscreen, bug spray, them. They are kind and hospitawalk outside and instantly be ble, smiling and living with what dirty and sweaty. We went to a they do have — not focusing on church with a membership of what they don’t have. I’ll admit, 10,000, and I have never seen so it’s much more preferable to live much praise in my life. While my with all of the amenities we are congregation definitely has more so used to, but I do wish that they members than in Ghana, they are could come with some of the hosmuch more thankful than we are. pitality, kindness and thankfulEverywhere you look there are ness I saw in Ghana. Nothing will goats, chickens and trash, but not ever be able to trump that. one trash bin can be found. The kids, and everyone, just throw their trash on the ground — the best outcome is that it eventually gets burned, however, this is still Bowman is a junior elementary not a great option. education major and can be reached We could only drink bottled at email@example.com
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LARISSA WURM’S desk at her Iowa Senate Republican Caucus internship. Here, she edits audio for radio bits and helps work on weekly newsletters. Katie Ericson
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The Times-Delphic has published several articles on internships: how to find them, how to get them and who has one. However, there has not been an article debating whether internships are worthwhile. Yes, you can gain work experience from having an internship, but recently there has been much debate about whether the experience outweighs being an unpaid intern. Many internships are now unpaid which creates a lot of problems. For one, it limits the accessibility of internships since only those who can afford a summer out of pocket can apply. Even if someone who plans to take a second job applies, their chance of getting the paid job is lower, and they will not get as much out of their internship. However, some students have found ways around this. Junior La-
rissa Wurm is interning with the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus Staff, and it is her third unpaid internship. “Ideally, of course, I would love to be paid; What college student wouldn’t? But I won’t pass up on a chance for a good experience.”
found a bit of a compromise. She is currently working for the Des Moines After School Arts Program (ASAP) and the LS2 group. The second internship is paid while the first is not. “I decided to work for ASAP because I’m extremely passionate about
“Ideally, of course, I would love to be paid; What college student wouldn’t? But I won’t pass up on a chance for a good experience.” — Larissa Wurm, Drake junior
For Larissa, the internship is much more about being involved in politics and learning about the process, than about getting paid. First-year Emily Enquist has
philanthropy and community service, and I wanted to work for LS2 group because I feel that it is a really great starting point (for) my career.”
With these two internships, Enquist has managed to find work that is both promising for her future and fulfilling in the present. Unpaid internships work for some students. However, many are now challenging the idea of unpaid internships. The Charlie Rose Show is paying 189 former interns $1,100 for minimum wage violation. More lawsuits have been raised up against the Hearst Corporation and Fox Entertainment. Fox is now paying its interns as a result, and so is Condé Nast. So the question is: Are unpaid internships really worth it? Enquist had some advice. “I would say that students should not reject an internship just because it is unpaid, because it could help you land a great job in the future,” Enquist said. Experts agree that the deciding factor for an unpaid internship is whether it will ultimately aid you in your professional goals or not.
Fong’s pizza re-opens after hiatus Local restaurant recovers after pipe burst >>What’s your favorite kind of pizza at Fong’s? Lexi Richter, first-year
“Beef and Broccoli pizza. It’s super good!”
Katie Ortman, sophomore
“Crab Rangoon pizza.”
Brandon Jenkins, first-year
“Kung Pao Chicken pizza.”
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For being in a state that is generally perceived as conservative, Des Moines is a city filled with a lot of quirks. We have the Pappajohn Sculpture Park with a man made out of letters next to heads reminiscent of Easter Island, Zombie Burger filled with gruesome décor and eccentric meals, and SkyZone — a simple building that secretly houses a massive trampoline park. However, one favorite oddity of the city was recently closed, but re-opened just after the semester started: Fong’s. Located in the middle of downtown, Fong’s Pizza is a restaurant that serves just about any kind of pizza imaginable. From the Moo Shu Pork to the Philly Cheesesteak, the Crab Rangoon or the Loaded Potato, its assortment of pizzas is wild and wonderful. Yet that is not the only portion of the menu that can be considered strange. In addition they have mozzarella sticks wrapped in egg rolls, bacon and peanut sauce Thai compiled by Emily Gregor Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Styx and a massive drink list including Super Happy Fun Good Time Tea, the Unlucky Tourist and the Angry Pirate. Fong’s is also one of Des Moines’s most well known restaurants. On Jan. 30, the Travel Channel featured the restaurant on “Pizza Paradise 2.” The restaurant’s recent close was caused by a water main break on Nov. 23. The break near the building flooded Fong’s from the basement to the roof of the first floor. It was forced to close for a month as the damage was fixed. Walls had to be replaced, a walk-in cooler installed, along with a new electric system. On Jan. 29 the restaurant opened for the first time in a month. During that time the dining room was remodeled and a new drink menu created. The business is now back to normal.
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Drake University students (especially those in the College of Business and Public Administration) meet with professionals who are already several years into their career and eventually worked their way up to being a CEO. However, some Drake graduates are different. They are their own bosses and become a CEO less than 10 years after graduation. Sounds impossible? Lauren Hong, a 2003 graduate, is the founder and CEO of her own handbag company, Lauren, Olivia & Co. The Times-Delphic caught up with this former graphic design major to ask her questions about her inspiration, starting a business and how attending Drake University helped her along the way. Times-Delphic: How did the project of starting a business come about? Lauren Hong: “I was on campus looking for accessories, and I only found two kinds: products that were low quality and inexpensive or high quality and very expensive. Eventually, everything started to look the same and nothing had functional utility. When I went to Seoul, South Korea for my Master’s in International Studies, I was inspired by amazing stories from people who were doing everything. It’s uplifting and empowering. It made me ask the question: Can we run with the idea of creating products for people with functional utility, high quality, have an international touch and create a full circle connection between these things.” TD: What are the company’s future goals? LH: “Raising the minimum for Kickstarter within our timeline. Build up the company and insure we have appropriate cash flows and scale up, while retaining that personal touch with our customers and making them feel special. That way, they know they’re not just another number or another order.” TD: What is Kickstarter, and how has it helped you start a business? LH: “It’s about supporting a dream. Businesses can go and state they have a project, such as manufacturing a signature line. They input a goal and a minimum funding goal. Consumers can then go on and become a backer. In other words, they can pay money to support or buy a product from that business and get a reward for doing so. If we reach our minimum goal, we get that full amount of capital, and all cards will be charged. If we don’t reach our minimum goal, no one gets anything, and they keep their money.” TD: How have your experiences at Drake helped you with these endeavors? LH: “Overall at Drake, if you can dream it, you can do it and go after it. You can jump in the deep end. The community there is so supportive of each other and takes time to listen. It’s quite genuine, and those qualities are invaluable.” TD: Do you have any advice for future designers? LH: “If you’re going to jump into something, especially a new business, make sure you’re passionate about it. You’re not on a 9-5, your days blur, and you work constantly. Surround yourself by smart people who can help direct you in a positive direction and make smart decisions. Be diligent: understand the market and bells and whistles. Take time to chew it apart so you get it. Lastly, be patient with yourself.” To check out Lauren, Olivia & Co.’s handbags, go to laurenoliviaco.com. All handbags are under $250 with the emphasis put on quality, functionality, innovative designs and the ability to be versatile. More information can also be found on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.
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Volunteering a priority for Drake students Giving back to community rewarding, worth the time Emily Gregor
“I absolutely love my internship at ALA,” Schmidt said. “The people who work there are wonderful and I’ve learned a ton.” When it comes to volunteering, Schmidt sees nothing but the benefits. “I know it sounds cheesy, but
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Students at Drake University are provided with opportunities from professional fraternities, various clubs and organizations, including countless opportunities to volunteer and give back to their community. Junior Aly Schmidt wanted to make a difference, so five years ago she started her own clothing drive called “Spread the Warmth” which runs during the holiday season. “Basically I collect new socks and new gently — Aly Schmidt, Drake junior used hats, gloves, scarves,” Schmidt said. Initially, she collected about 300 items her first year, and the second year the num- I just like knowing that I helped ber tripled to reach over 1,000. make someone’s life easier or put This year, the drive successfully a smile on their face,” Schmidt collected over 3,300 items. said. Schmidt enjoys volunteering Sophomore Anna Chott has with other organizations includ- experienced the advantages of ing Alpha Phi and through her volunteering as well, especially internship at the American Lung while serving as the fundraising Association of Iowa. chair of Drake’s Habitat for Hu-
manity club. Habitat for Humanity builds houses for people and families who wouldn’t be able to own a home otherwise, funding the houses through donations and volunteers. “When you volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in the Drake neighborhood you get to meet people from different backgrounds,” Chott said. “It’s very interesting to hear their stories.” Volu nt e er i n g can be challenging to fit into a busy schedule, but there are strategies to make it doable even for the busiest student at Drake. “Don’t be afraid to ask someone if they need help, even if they don’t have it posted,” Schmidt said. For Chott, simplifying involvement is her secret to success. “Make volunteering a priority,” Chott said. “I try not to overcommit myself so when a Habitat build day comes up or another club needs volunteers, I don’t have a million other commitments.”
“I know it sounds cheesy, but I just like knowing that I helped make someone’s life easier or put a smile on their face.”
Giving Back >> Community service organizations at Drake
• Alpha Phi Omega • Best Buddies • Colleges Against Cancer • Enactus (Students in Free Enterprise) • Habitat for Humanity • Optimist Club • TOMS Campus Club
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HANNAH RISINGER volunteers at the Urban Youth Ministries after school.
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STUDENTS IN D.C. volunteer at a local church near Trinity University that was hosting a food drive.
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Friday >The Last Five Years >Des Moines Social Club >7:30 p.m.
Saturday >Antique Spectacular >Iowa State Fairgrounds >10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday >Anything Improv’s Open Comedy Jam >The Gas Lamp >7 p.m.
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Sports Women’s Basketball
Bulldogs ready to avenge previous loss to Redbirds Creighton defeat offers ‘wake-up call’ as Drake hits regular season home stretch Ashley Beall
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Victory. That’s what the Drake women’s basketball team is aiming for this Friday against Illinois State. After suffering a tough loss to Creighton, the Bulldogs are ready to come out fighting this Friday night. “It was a game where I felt like we really played hard, and we came together at parts,” said junior forward Morgan Reid. “We’ll build on that and we’ll have more time where we’re playing together and on the same page.” Even though the result against the Bluejays didn’t favor the Bulldogs, they look at it as a learning experience. “This game (against Creighton) has helped us learn to play against really good teams because Creighton’s at the top of conference right now,” Reid said. “This was a wakeup call for us, and we just have to have a really good week of practice.” The Bulldogs are currently 2-7 in conference play while the Redbirds are 5-4. Illinois State lost to Missouri State this past weekend, 91-76. The Bulldogs will look to shut down the Redbirds’ offense and make sure to prevent the Redbirds’ key player, Jamie Russell, from scoring. Russell has the hot hand for Illinois State, averaging 14.1 points a game, and she recently scored 23 points in their loss to Missouri State this past weekend. The Bulldogs will look to play
calm and collected on Friday. “We take it one game at a time,” said sophomore guard Kyndal Clark. “One thing we try to do is focus on ourselves first because if we don’t show up it doesn’t matter how much we prepare for the other team, and there are things we can do to prepare for the other team, and we’ll start there.” Clark is currently leading the Bulldogs in scoring with an average of 14.3 points and Reid is right behind, with an average of 11.3 points. This will be the second time Drake plays Illinois State this season after losing 71-66 to the Rebirds at the Knapp Center on Jan. 13. The Bulldogs struggled with shutting down Smith, who scored 16 points and senior guard Candace Sykes, who contributed 19 tallies. In the past, the Bulldogs have struggled with turnovers, allowing their opponents to score with ease. Drake tends to play a game of runs and that has led to its demise in the last few minutes of each game. In order for the Bulldogs to come out on top, they’ll have to work on playing an up-tempo game. When the Bulldogs have been victorious in the past, it’s when they are composed and play together. With a tough game ahead of them, the Bulldogs will need to shake off this past loss to Creighton and come out with a clean slate ready to fight. Drake will take on Illinois State on Friday night at 8 p.m. in Normal, Ill.
How the rest of the MVC is doing: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Wichita State Creighton Illinois State Northern Iowa Evansville
9-0 8-1 5-4 5-4 5-4
6. Indiana State 7. Missouri State 8. Bradley 9. Drake 10. Southern Illinois
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JUNIOR GUARD MARY PAT SPECHT shoots a jumper against Creighton on Saturday at the Knapp Center.
Evansville awaits improvement-minded Bulldogs Taylor Soule
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REDSHIRT JUNIOR CENTER SETH VANDEEST drives to the hoop against MVC rival Indiana State on Saturday night at the Knapp Center.
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A vengeful Evansville squad awaits Drake on Sunday night in Evansville, Ind. When the Missouri Valley Conference foes played on Jan. 16, Evansville controlled the tempo to take a 10-point lead with 10 minutes left in the opening half. Ten minutes later, though, Drake entered halftime with the lead. That shift in momentum translated into a Bulldog victory. Though Drake dispatched Evansville in January, the Purple Aces stand a threat on Sunday. Evansville senior Colt Ryan spearheads that threat. Ryan averages 17.8 points per game. He leads the Valley with a staggering 89.4 percent accuracy from the charity stripe. Evansville senior Ned Cox likewise stands a threat. Besides averaging 11 points per game, Cox has drained 91 3-pointers this season en route to 41.8 percent shooting from behind the arc. Expect the Drake defense to zero in on Ryan and Cox. The Bulldogs’ composure on the road likewise stands a threat on Sunday. The Bulldogs own a 2012-13 ledger of 11-11 overall. Drake has dropped 8-of-11 losses away from the Knapp Center. With the excitement of Saturday’s overtime victory still lingering on campus, Drake will look to parlay that energy into Sunday’s showdown at Evansville. The Bulldogs defeated Indiana State 74-71
in overtime on Saturday. Saturday’s unpredictable plot included a half-court shot by junior Gary Ricks Jr., a trio of consecutive 3-pointers by senior Ben Simons and clutch inside play by freshman Joey King. The Bulldogs played with consistency throughout the overtime thriller, to Drake head coach Mark Phelps’ satisfaction. “There were quite a few moments where we had to demonstrated toughness, some perseverance, some poise and composure, and I thought we answered those each and every time,” Phelps said after the victory. A 0-4 start in MVC play has since given way to an optimistic, improvement-minded Bulldog squad. “Obviously, we didn’t start out the way in Valley play we would have liked, but it was what it was, and we’ve been playing better basketball as of late,” Simons said. Fifth-year senior Chris Hines expects that improvement to translate into a Drake victory on Sunday. “I think we have grown as a team, and I think we’ve stepped up as a team on the defensive end as on the offensive end,” Hines said. “I think it will go hand-inhand with wins.” Drake faces Evansville at 7 p.m. on Sunday in Evansville, Ind.
Men’s Basketball Calendar FEB. 10 @ Evansville 7 p.m. FEB. 13 @ Wichita State 7 p.m. FEB. 16 vs. Northern Iowa 7:05 p.m. FEB. 20 vs. Bradley 7:05 p.m. FEB. 23 vs. Green Bay 7:05 p.m. FEB. 27 @ Indiana State 6:05 p.m.
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Drake aims to crack Top-25 as VCU looms Doubles expected to play ‘key factor’ against nationally ranked Rams Dominic Johnson
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The No. 43 Drake men’s tennis will look to add to their five-game winning streak this weekend as they travel to Lincoln, Neb., in what may two of their more important matches of the season. This Friday, the Bulldogs will go up against the host Huskers and then on Saturday they will battle the Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University, who carry a national ranking of No. 31. The Huskers enter into the contest with a 1-2 record on the season, with losses to No. 41 Louisville and Oklahoma State. Nebraska’s lone victory has come at the hands of Drake’s Missouri Valley Conference rival Illinois State, which is seen as one of the teams that will challenge Drake for the conference title this year. Although the Bulldogs are the favorite in Friday’s match, they are not taking Nebraska, or their home court advantage, lightly. “These two matches are pretty important to keep building our confidence throughout the season,” said senior Anis Ghorbel. “Nebraska are not ranked anymore but they are a very solid team. They have couple new freshmen who are not bad at all, so we have to be ready for them even though we’re favorite.” The Bulldogs are determined to get a win on Friday, as they believe it will provide them with
more momentum for their toughest test of the season against No. 31 VCU. The Rams enter the contest with a 6-1 record, including wins over No. 37 Minnesota and No. 61 North Florida. Their only loss of the season was against No. 6 Georgia. Although none of the current Drake players have gone up against VCU in the dual-match format, they are still familiar with a few members of the Rams squad. “We know two of the VCU players,” Ghorbel said. “They played at (ITA) All-Americans, very solid and compete really hard, so we’ve got to expect a war against those guys on the court.” Despite being the underdog in the contest, the Bulldogs are confident that they can capture the upset against a team ranked 12 spots higher than them. “The match against VCU this coming Friday is one of our most important matches of the season,” said senior Jean Erasmus. “They are ranked a lot higher than us, but are very beatable. If we can win this match, it will not only help our ranking but more importantly help our confidence grow as a team so that we can go into the up-and-coming matches knowing that we are at the Top-25 level, if not higher.” Drake will be relying on its entire lineup to get the win, but the seniors will likely have to play a huge role if the Bulldogs are to get the upset. Senior James McKie, who is ranked No. 68 in singles,
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has won all of his singles matches so far this season but struggled slightly against UMKC last weekend. He will have to be in top form at the second singles position. Ghorbel, who is ranked No. 35 in singles, lost his first two matches of the season at the ITA Kick-Off in Malibu, but has a perfect record since then. The Bulldogs are hoping he has returned to form, as his contribution at the top singles slot will be invaluable. Finally, Erasmus may be the final key piece to victory for Drake. Against No. 29 Florida State, Erasmus lost his singles match after dropping two tiebreakers. The Bulldogs will need him to pull through if he gets stuck in that situation again this weekend. Finally, Drake is placing a huge focus on doubles play going into both matches. The Bulldogs plan on coming out with intensity right from the start to capture the lone doubles point, as the 1-0 lead will give them the momentum going into singles play. “The doubles point is probably going to be a key factor,” said sophomore Alen Salibasic. “I think we are going to do our best to win the doubles point and getting the momentum on our side. Once we have that energy going it will be easier to play our singles matches.” Check back with The TimesDelphic in the next issue for the results of Drake’s weekend in Nebraska.
FEB. 03 FEB. 03 vs. Green Bay vs. Nebraksa-Kearney W, 7-0 W, 5-2
FEB. 08 @ Nebraska 6 p.m.
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SOPHOMORE ALEN SALIBASIC prepares to serve on Sunday against Nebraska-Kearney at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Salibasic beat Nebraska-Kearney’s Jack Nicholson on Sunday, 6-0, 6-2.
FEB. 09 @ VCU 4 p.m.
FEB. 16 vs. North Dakota 10 a.m.
FEB. 16 vs. Western Illinois 3 p.m.
Super Bowl enlivens Twitter
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Player of the Week Ben Simons Senior Ben Simons drained three back-to-back 3-pointers to help Drake beat Missouri Valley Conference rival Indiana State in overtime on Saturday night at the Knapp Center. The 6-foot-8 forward finished 4-of-5 from behind the arc to lead the Bulldogs with 21 points. He also contributed five rebounds, a pair of blocks and an assist.
The Harbowl has come and gone. Super Bowl XLVII punched viewers in the mouth with entertainment — Beyonce’s body rolls were so electric the lights went out, and the enormous tweet output could have exploded the Internet (just like the Mayans said it would ... or not, I’m not one for hyperbole). I can honestly state that never as much sheer giddiness has come directly from following the Twitter sphere in one whole fourhour sitting. I did write a column last year about the integration of television events with social media, i.e., “Hey look at me I’m sitting on a couch with my laptop, and Twitter is open. I’mma tweet about everything I see.” At no point but during the actual game could you get up from your chair for another cheese drenched chip or relieve yourself if you were to miss a moment of pop culture. But the Super Bowl is the penultimate arena for human/media immersion event, and 2013 did not in the slightest bit disappoint. Lets start with the statistics: • 24.1 million tweets about the game. • 5.5 million tweets occurred during the emotional whiplash of Beyonce’s performance and Destiny’s Child’s reunion. • 231,500 tweets of some of the best Twitter jokes/ retweets/viral marketing happened during the 30plus minute power outage. Next, let’s examine the best parts of the whole experience. While the first half of the game was sub-par in many ways, the Twitter sphere and world became slightly disinterested. Also the advertisements were vaguely similar to previous years, wallowing in general hit or miss humor and pulling on heartstrings. HBO comedian Bill Maher put it best with his tweet, “Looks like again this year the advertisers elected to punt.” While Twitter took barbs at the game and advertisements, any
and all excitement focused as Beyonce took the stage. Twitter had been largely silent, until the scrambling set up of the stage and Beyonce’s libidodrenched swagger manifested itself onto the millions of television screens across the nation. The fiery outline of Beyonce’s “oh no you didn’t” towered over the stage, with almost as much heart-pounding waiting as Michael Jackson waiting for his music cue on stage in 1993. Then the tweets came, first with fervor
Tad Unruh Columnist of “Beyonce,” and then with her multiplying holographic selves onstage there came cries of “HOW MANY BEYONCES ARE THERE?!?! #SERIOUSLY” by @traviscrice. Then the Destiny’s Child reunion caused pandemonium ... or hilarious indifference, by sports satirist @sportspickle: “Beyonce actually bought the shoes and clothes for the other Destiny’s Child ladies. Hard times these past few years.” Just as soon as the smoke cleared from the halftime spectacle, and as seemingly fast as the game started, the power outage happened, which, in its element created some of the greatest Twitter responses I’ve come to see. The reason it became the entertainment forum that it did, was 1. Technical difficulties spawn jokes, always. You’ve been to a high school play when things don’t go right, what do you do? Yeah,
I know. 2. Nobody was hurt. And 3. People started blaming everybody. Twitter joke accounts from al-Qaida to Bane to the Illuminati claimed and dispelled faux rumors of their evil doings. Rembert Browne of Grantland (@rembert) tweeted simply, “I’m looting.” Beyonce took hilarious blame for her electrifying performance. Resident science and smart guy Neil deGrasse Tyson said he would look into the matter for everyone, “Beyoncé radiates about 500 watts, is my guess. But to be certain, I’d have to run a special calculation just for her.” Even sports financial reporter @darrenrovell tweeted, “This could be the most lucrative minutes in stadium beer selling history,” which I’m sure is completely true. While the Internet stream was throttled by millions of tweets throughout those four and a half hours, it became one of the most interesting and talked about cultural events of the coming decade. People will remember what they tweeted about when Beyonce body popped so vivaciously that she knocked out power in the Super Dome, or better yet, they can look it up on their own tweet stream. Social media works as a national collective voice as to what is important in a day-to-day society. While it allows us to consume media and give feedback faster, it is essential now to how we communicate. Imagine what Twitter and Facebook would have done when Pearl Harbor was attacked, or when we signed the Declaration of Independence. It is unsure how to even measure the cultural impact this medium has changed how we view ourselves and our history, but seriously, it is so much fun.
Unruh is a senior radio and sociology double major and can be reached at email@example.com
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