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Wednesday Feb. 11, 2015

Biden’s back.

VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES Joe Biden, 72, will speak about administrative economic policies tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. in Sheslow Auditorium.



$200 million raised from distinctlyDrake fundraising campaign Funds to go toward 175 new scholarship funds, $65 million STEM initiative Clare Vanechaute Staff Writer @c_frances

The fundraising campaign distinctlyDrake has successfully raised its goal amount of money five months before its end, according to John Smith, vice president of alumni and development. Publicly launched in October of 2010, this campaign proposed to raise $200 million by June 30, 2015, making this Drake’s biggest fundraising initiative in its history. Now at an amount of over $201 million and with the campaign’s end in sight, Smith said that the program is still in full swing.

“We will not relax and become complacent as the last five months come up,” Smith said. Smith oversaw the vast majority of this history-making campaign and handled the twists and turns of the campaign as it became inclusive of new projects. For example, the recently constructed basketball practice facility was constructed through funding from distinctlyDrake, although it was not initially proposed when the campaign was launched. “We had to be responsive and flexible to changes,” Smith said. “Campaigns run over a specific period of time,” Smith continued. “And when effectively managed, university fundraising campaigns reflect the universities existing strategic plans.”

The money will be allocated to a variety of different programs and projects including scholarships and faculty support. The most notable project that will benefit from this campaign is the STEM initiative, a $65 million proposal to strengthen the programs and to create and renovate buildings for Drake’s departments of science, technology, education, math and health sciences. “From the very beginning we always knew that revenue would be going toward the science departments,” Smith said. Tom Delahunt, vice president of admissions and student financial planning, is enthusiastic about the funds that will go toward the creation of 175 new scholarship funds for incoming

and returning students. Delahunt hopes that this money will benefit students who have suffered financial difficulties since attending Drake. “We want to help students who’ve had a parent lose a job or get sick,” Delahunt said. “We are looking to help the students that we have.” The 175 scholarship funds represent an approximate amount of $46 million geared toward the financial aid of current students. “We make a promise to students, and students make a promise to us,” Delahunt said. “This is going to sound cheesy, but once you are a part of the family, we want to stay a part of the family.” Other projects where the effects of this historical campaign

can be seen in the creation of the student archives, the establishment of the Harkin Institute and the acquisition of Senator Harkin’s papers, Smith said. Thirty-six million was set aside for the enhancement of teaching and learning, according to distinctlyDrake’s homepage. This will also help create larger endowments for faculty positions. Ann Samuelson, sophomore math and computer science double major, is excited by the incoming improvements to her major. “We were in Howard Hall for a lot of our classes before,” Samuelson said. “It will be nice to have a building entirely devoted to what I am studying.”


Vice President Joe Biden to speak on economics tomorrow morning Sarah Grossman Staff Writer @smg424

It was announced Friday that Vice President Joe Biden will speak tomorrow from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University. Students are encouraged to attend the event, however, the deadline for reserving a ticket ended yesterday at 5 p.m. His speech will reflect upon administrative economic policies, and is sponsored by Student Senate, the department of political science and The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement. Students, particularly Sarah Shambrook, senior Law, Politics and Society and rhetoric double major, sees this as a beneficial opportunity for Drake. “Anytime you see a public figure, or politician or any who is out in the world doing what theyre doing, you benefit by seeing what they have to say,” Shambrook said. “We’re still learning and enriching our

learning experiences. It’s a good learning experience, and then the fact that it’s a vice president.” Joe Biden (Dem.) is the 47th vice president of the United States. After serving in office since 2009, some might wonder if he will use these visits to promote himself for the 2016 presidental campaign. “He’s a politician, he does politics,” Shambrook said. “I think all politicians speak to crowds and audiences with a certain intent in mind, I don’t know what Biden’s intent is, but I think he is going to follow the script that is given to him or that he has researched and go off of that. He is going to treat us as a voting audience but I’m sure he is going to do his research into Drake student body and surrounding areas.” Regardless of speculation, Student Body President Joey Gale identified the reason for Biden’s visit. “This visit is identified as an official visit from the Vice President of the United States, and not a political/campaign visit,” Gale said. Gale believes Student Senate sponsorship is an opportunity for discussion on campus.

“The Student Senate was asked to sponsor the event as we felt it would be an appropriate forum for students to engage in an open and productive exchange of ideas, and encourage students to take part in the discussion of political affairs,” Gale said. Michelle Obama visited Oct. 10, and with Biden’s upcoming visit, some students are curious why two powerful democrats have appeared at Drake without a rebuttal from any republican candidates. However, Gale assures that Drake is open to all political figures. “As a tax-exempt educational institution, Drake does not endorse or oppose any political part or candidate for public office,” Gale said “We’re all kind of millennials and especially with the election coming we are a voting public, Drake University is. Everyone is pretty much over 18,” Shambrook said. “I think it could encourage people to vote which is a good thing, I also think it could encourage people to think harder about economics when it comes to the country and how we have a hand.”

JOE BIDEN returns to Des Moines tomorrow to speak at Drake. Following his visit, he will particpate in a roundtable at DMACC.

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Female cast of stand-up comics to star in “Galentine’s Day” Des Moines Social Club hosts Valentine’s Day comedy show this Friday Morgan Gstalter News Writer @morgGstalt The Des Moines Social Club will host “Galentine’s Day” on Feb. 13 in the Basement Bar at 9 p.m. Galentine’s Day is an all female lineup comedy show, hosted by Cupid himself. The show features seven stand-up comics coming from Des Moines, Chicago and Omaha. Tickets are $8, presale or at the door, and the show is open to the public. “Des Moines will get a sense that comedy performed by women comedians is really good,” said Madeline Russell, one of the comics performing on Galentine’s Day. “It’s not all bra straps and kale chips.” Russell described how comedy is a very male-dominated art form and how this female line-up is a unique event for Des Moines. “Female comedians have a very distinct voice and I think this will give people a fresh perspective,” Russell said. “These women are all on the cusp right now.” Russell has been performing stand-up for a year while balancing her job as an art manager.

With a background in theater, she liked still being able to perform regularly for an audience without having a strict rehearsal schedule. “Valentine’s Day is actually my favorite holiday,” Russell said. “From Jan. 1 to Feb. 14, Iowa can be a cold, barren place

“Female comedians have a very distinct voice and I think this will give people a fresh perspective. These women are all on the cusp right now.” Madeline Russell Comedian

to be. A glitter bomb goes off on Valentine’s Day.” Although the event is held at the Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar, all ages are welcome. “Even though it’s Valentine’s Day, there’s no assigned genre,” Russell said. “It’s not going to be all about love or romance. It’s not a couple’s event. It’s open to all genders and ages.” First-year neuroscience

student Sara Hillring has never gone to comedy event but is looking forward to seeing standup as a member of the audience. “I guess I have limited experience with actual comedy acts,” Hillring said. “I look at really famous female comedians like Tina Fey or Amy Poehler that everybody knows and I think those women are hilarious. But they’re also really famous. Everybody knows them. These women in this show aren’t huge stars yet, but I know I’ll love it. I’m not very funny myself so I really want to go.” The term “Galentine’s Day” was coined by Amy Poehler in an episode of her NBC show “Parks and Recreation” in 2010. Junior Lisa Beard is getting a group of her sorority sisters together to go see the show. “I saw the event on Facebook and I really wanted to go,” Beard said. “I really love watching comedy shows like the ones on Netflix and they just uploaded one of the only ones about women comics called ‘Women Aren’t Funny.’ I think female comedians have to work a lot harder than male comedians because they have to out-do this stereotype that they just aren’t as funny. I also want to see my friend Rachel [Weeks] perform. She’s a Drake graduate.”

Upcoming events at the Des Moines Social Club Feb 10. Team Trivia 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 12 Counter-Culture: Consuming Spirits 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.

Feb. 12 Des Moines ALT Meetup 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Feb. 13 Jazz Happy Hour 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 13 Galentine’s Day 9:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Feb. 14 Hearts Against Humanity 7:00 p.m.

Feb. 16 Downtown Diciples 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 17 Team Trivia 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 18 Human Kindness, Easy Fruit, Alistor 8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Feb. 19 Story Mob 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Feb. 20 The Complication, Patresa Hartman, the Honeybees 9:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

“GALENTINE’S DAY” is a all-ages comedy show that hosted by the Des Moines Social Club on Friday, Feb. 13 at 9 p.m. in the Basement Bar. Tickets are $8 general admission. The seven female standup comics hail from all across the Midwest. Performers (pictured from left to right): Rachel Weeks, Madeline Russell and Kate Bennett. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY MADELINE RUSSELL AND THE DES MOINES SOCIAL CLUB.


First “Story Slam” at Mars Cafe showcases local writers Tim Webber Multimedia Editor @HelloTimWebber

Students and writers from across Des Moines participated in the first ever “Story Slam” at Mars Café on Thursday, Feb. 5. The event, a fundraiser for Drake University Community Press, featured writers performing both prepared and impromptu works composed within a set time period. The Story Slam was held in collaboration with 3Elements Review, a literary journal founded by Drake alum Mikaela Shea. Molly Nelson, whose prepared piece “The Pinball Machine” won first place, will have her work published in the next edition of 3Elements Review. Ben Broedel, whose prepared piece won second prize, saw the event as an opportunity to test out a different form of storytelling. “I come to the Mars café everyday because I live across the street, and I saw the poster for it,” Broedel said. “I do stand-up regularly on Thursday nights over at the Last Laugh comedy theater up in West Des Moines, and I saw that this involved just regular stories, so I decided to practice in a new medium.” Broedel, who moved to Des Moines from Baltimore on a job transfer, used the skills he developed in stand-up to keep the

audience entertained with a story about his grandmother’s funeral. “The dark humor in death is really what it’s about,” Broedel said. “That humor comes from pain and sadness. That’s really the inspiration for the piece.” The evening also featured writers preparing pieces in 30 minutes around three randomly selected words — “percolate,” “quixotic” and “bacon.” Skyler Bartels’ humorous piece, “The Dangers of Being Skyler Bartels,” took first place. Kate Winslow won second place with a vivid detailing of a hunting trip in Alaska. “I’m very pleased with the turnout,” said Carol SpauldingKruse, director of the Drake Community Press. “I don’t know how much we’ll raise, but I like the energy in the room and I like the awareness that’s being raised, both for us and 3Elements. It seems like a nice atmosphere.” “There’s a lot of people here,” said Clay Pasqual, a first-year student who watched the event. “It seemed the community really turned out for this, so I imagine they’ll raise a lot of money. The funds raised by Story Slam will be used to help the Drake Community Press establish an advisory board. “We needed to raise funds,” Spaulding-Kruse said. “The Drake Community Press has put out our first book, and that was in 2014. We knew that after we had one book under our belt, our goal was to then move out into

“STORY SLAM” was held for the first time last week at Mars Cafe on University Ave. Local Des Moines students and writers gathered for the fundraising event held with 3Elements Review, a literary journal founded by a Drake alum. Funds raised will help Drake Community Press establish an advisory board. PHOTO BY TIM WEBBER | MULTIMEDIA EDITOR the community and comprise an advisory board so that we could get assistance in planning the future of the press.” The event was also an opportunity for the community press to gain publicity. “Tonight is also to raise awareness about the press because we are new, and we want to create a resource in the community,” Spaulding-Kruse said. “And also, my former student Mikaela — who is editor of 3Elements Review with whom

we are partnering tonight — she’s got a beautiful journal. It’s a great resource for Iowans because we don’t have a lot of literary publications in this town, and so it’s an outlet that other people should know about. We thought it was a perfect idea to partner up.” Spaulding-Kruse said there was a possibility of making Story Slam into a yearly event which spectators and participants alike expressed interest in. “I would definitely do it again,” Broedel said, “and I would

also recommend it to anyone else who isn’t necessarily good at storytelling or if it’s maybe even not something they want to do. It’s something good to do to develop your writing skills and your communication skills. It’s a good way to practice in a new form of art.” Using the funds from Thursday’s event, The Drake Community Press will host a recruitment event on Feb. 19.

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Feb. 11, 2015


Comparison Project returns with Samuel Beckett lecture Grace Rogers Staff Writer @TheGraceRogers

The Comparison Project returns to Drake University this week with the first lecture of the spring semester. Students will have the opportunity to hear Professor Craig Owens speak on the literature of Samuel Beckett on tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Sussman Theater. “The Comparison Project is an annual speaker series that involves lectures by scholars of religion, dialogues by practitioners of religion, special events, and comparative panels by philosophers of religion,” Professor Timothy Knepper said, the director of The Comparison Project and a scholar of philosophy and religion at Drake University. “So we focus on a theme and then we explore that theme in different religious traditions,” Knepper said. For the past two years, the lecture series has focused on the

concept of ineffability or that which cannot be put into words. Past speakers have come from a wide variety of religions. However, Owens is not a professor of religion. He is an English and Drama professor. His examples of ineffability in Samuel Beckett’s literature should bring a unique aspect to the Comparison Project. “Over the course of his long career, Beckett’s work continued to push against the limits of language’s capacity to express profound, deeply engaging ideas,” Owens said. “His characters are frequently either at a loss for words or unable to control the flow of words coming out of their mouths,” Owens said. “Many of his characters suffer from a constant stream of words ­ — sentences, fragments, half-formed questions —running through their mind. And his own prose style became increasingly sparse and minimal as he wrote. So, it seems to me that Beckett’s writing offers us a specifically literary as opposed to philosophical way into the questions the Comparison Project’s series raises.”


“We wanted to look at cases where there’s a claim that something’s ineffable where it doesn’t belong to what’s properly considered religion,” Knepper said. “So this shows up with regard to music, with regard to poetry, literature and art, and we’ve done lectures on those phenomena each semester as we’ve gone through.” Ken Kuniy is a sophomore at Drake University, who has attended several of the past Comparison Project lectures. “I appreciate the Comparison Project because it tries to bring in all of these diverse and interesting religions, cultures, beliefs to Drake,” Kuniy said. “To me, there’s a great value in that. It increases your understanding of another person, another human being. I’ve realized that religion is something that shows us how similar we are rather than how different.” While it may seem that the Comparison Project only applies to students of philosophy or religion, it has universal applications. “The Drake Mission promises a learning environment that fosters collaborative learning and

CRAIG OWENS will present on Feb. 12 for the first Comparison Project lecture of the spring semester. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE COMPARISON PROJECT the development of meaningful personal lives,” Owens said. “Students who attend events like these get the chance to see collaborative learning at its best, and to take part in the dialogue, debate and inquiry they encourage.” “I think that running short of words, failing to find words for things we want to say or things we feel is a common human

experience, and I think it’s an important human experience,” Knepper said. “We often turn words away from the things that we find most important or things that are just too sensitive. So from my perspective, there’s just something very human about the subject of ineffability, and I would hope that anybody could learn more about themselves from it.”


CBS to bring Henrietta Lacks TD wins 12 awards at ICMA contest family members to Des Moines 2013-2014 staff take home seven first-place prizes Morgan Gstalter News Editor @morgGstalt

On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Drake University Student Senate unanimously voted to allocate funding to bring two family members of Henrietta Lacks to Des Moines from March 30-31 in collaboration with the Coalition of Black Students (CBS). CBS president Brytani Cavil and Records and Financial Officer Jashay Fisher-Fowler proposed a $5,520 motion to Student Senate to cover the costs associated with the academic lecturers. Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman whose cancerous cells were used against her knowledge for immortal cell medical research at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951. Cavil said that Lacks’ family struggled financially throughout the duration of her life without any compensation from the medical advancements. “We are working with two pharmacy organizations because multiple fields can benefit from hearing them speak about their experience,” Cavil said. Cavil said the two family members would present an academic lecture about their experience with the aftermath of Henrietta’s passing. The speech would take place in Sheslow Auditorium and would be free admission to the public. In tandem with the Lacks proposal, Senate also voted unanimously for a $3,621 allocation to cover costs for eight members of CBS to travel to Oklahoma State University from Feb. 26-28 for the Annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government. Cavil and Fisher-Fowler have both previously attended the conference and said the experience was very beneficial to their personal growth and leadership skills. “I learned how to sell myself, go places and lead by example” Fisher-Fowler said. Cavil said the conference is a place to enhance leadership skills and opportunities, as well as shaping a foundation for future CBS leaders. “Since we have a small leadership pool, it’s important to be getting younger students, like freshmen and sophomores, involved early,” Cavil said. Senators also discussed the $10,450.50 allocation requested

from Drake Men’s Ultimate Club for the spring semester. The proposal would pay for transportation, registration and lodging costs for three tournaments in Indiana, Illinois and South Carolina. Mitchell McCarthy, team captain, said the tournaments in Indiana and Illinois were necessary to compete collegiately but the High Tide Ultimate Frisbee Tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina would help spread Drake University’s name on the East Coast. Sen. Krysta Thomason said that the money for the South Carolina tournament was too much for a tournament that was not necessary for their competition. “I think it is irresponsible to spend that much money on a tournament that would not inhibit them from competing,” Thomason said. A motion was passed to lower the allocation to $4,332.50 to cover the cost of the two Midwestern tournaments. Student Senate also voted to recognize Interfaith and Drake Photography Club as full and official organizations. Interfaith will be organization whose purpose is to spread tolerance and diversity of religious ideals through intellectual conversations that would include the religious and non-religious community at Drake. Interfaith would work with the Comparison Project under the leadership of Professor Timothy Knepper to organize events with various faith communities. Drake Photography Club is a place to network educationally and socially for those interested in photography. Julian State said the club would bring students together for photowalks, workshops and guest speakers from local Des Moines professionals and peer critiques. Drake University Provost Dee Jones was also in attendance to speak with Senate about the Campus Climate Survey that went live on Feb. 3. Participation in the confidential 15-30 minute survey was encouraged by Jones who said the data collected will be used toward the goal of making Drake a more “welcoming climate.” “I’d like to thank those of you who had already taken it,” Jones said. “Those who haven’t, get on it.” When asked by President Joey Gale what her version of the perfect survey results would be, Jones said results that “would reflect the world we live in.”

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The Times-Delphic won 12 awards on Feb. 5 in a contest by the Iowa College Media Association at the annual ICMA and Iowa Newspaper Association conference hosted at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines. The awards included seven first-place awards from the 2013-2014 school year under the leadership of former Editor-InChief Taylor Soule. Current Editor-In-Chief Courtney Fishman also spoke on a panel with three student journalists from Iowa State about covering sexual assault stories.

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Feb. 11, 2015


Obama’s community college plan should focus on university tuition Free college for you, free college for you and free college for you! Sounds like a lifesaver, but last I checked we live in America, not on the Oprah Winfrey show. President Obama’s expensive $60 billion program will allow any aspiring student to attend two years of community college for nothing if they maintain a 2.5 grade point average. It sounds groundbreaking when announced in front of a throng of congressmen who clap like hostages held at gunpoint during the State of the Union address. Truth be told Mr. President, there are flaws in your revolutionary plan. Instead of making fouryear colleges affordable, you have decided to make an already affordable two years of community college cost nothing.

Anyone above the poverty line can afford community college and those below it will receive financial aid regardless. So why make the states responsible for $15 billion of this useless plan that does nothing but raise incentive for people who have decided to not attend college? A major reason certain individuals opt out of college in the first place is due to the outrageous cost of four year institutions. Most students right out of high school dread the thought of going to community college because they are still living with their parents. To no one’s surprise, a lot of them despise it and either drop out or take out a backbreaking amount of student loans to let them attend their dream

university. Under this plan, state universities may receive less funding than they already have in order to support Obama’s senseless vision. This would increase the normal spike in the tuition, which is rising every year in nearly all colleges in America. If Obama’s plan were to attract a massive surplus of potential students, what would happen to the value of a community college degree? It would likely be worth a lot less if almost everyone who graduated high school attained a degree, which after all is the whole reason the president implemented the idea in the first place. Employers would start throwing out the applications of community college grads (some of them already do so now) and look to hire applicants that attended a university full-time.

Rather than raising the motivation to pursue a community college degree, Obama should focus on lowering tuition costs on four-year universities. Anyone, if they desire, can manage paying for community college. They end up leaving with a degree that lacks the debt that people take with them to their grave after graduating a four-year university. The president has noble intentions with this plan, but it sounds like more of a gimmick when reflecting on what this proposal would potentially accomplish. If the president wants the American people educated and employed, than maybe he should focus on university bound students with a family that makes under $200,000 a year. Families like this struggle to meet ends with the cost of tuition, thus

causing them to suffocate in student loan debt. If the president addresses the real issues of tuition cost, then maybe we can stop wondering why people with a bachelors degrees end up living in their parent’s basement.

Mitch Feltz Staff Writer



Unfair shots taken at Sniper movie

College hack: French toast in five minutes

When I saw “American Sniper” on opening night, the theater full of people was left in silent respect when Chris Kyle’s two dates, his birth and death, rolled across the screen. The movie portrays the life of Kyle, a soldier who holds the American record for most sniper kills. Lately, however, I’ve been seeing articles online that bash this hero and his bravery, and I am astonished and angry at people’s lack of respect. Of course, this movie is about war, which is a controversial subject. I get that. But people are missing the point here. People are claiming that it has a pro-war message, which I find incredible. Cooper depicts the strong emotions Kyle felt of wanting to be back home with his family. He also shows Kyle’s want to fight for his country, to protect the American people. A lot of soldiers go into war for that same reason. They see terrorists attacking American soil, and feel something stir in their hearts. A need to protect. A feeling that they could do something. They seek revenge, and I’m not here to support revenge or say that we should go around shooting everyone who hurt the home soil blindly. In fact, I really wish we could figure out all our problems with words instead of blood. But sadly, we can’t. Our world doesn’t work like that. So men and women went to war. American Sniper does not show Kyle as a solider who is running around, shooting the first person who is not on his team that he sees. He is methodical, making sure that the person in his sight is indeed a threat to the people he is supposed to protect before firing. I was greatly surprised by one name that apparently is greatly opposed to this movie: Seth Rogen. Rogen tweeted that the movie reminded him of a scene in “Inglorious Bastards,” which involved snipers in a Nazi propaganda scene. The media immediately took

that to mean Rogen was drawing comparisons from “American Sniper” to Nazi propaganda. Please keep in mind that Rogen is the man who recently released “The Interview,” a movie in which he tries to kill the infamous North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Hypocrite much? Your movie was supposedly about to start a war, in the movie and in real life, and yet you have the balls to criticize a war movie? But then I browsed Rogen’s Twitter account, which had an explanation for his previous tweet. He said that he was only making the comparison to another sniper movie, not to Nazi propaganda. He praised “American Sniper,” and bashed the media for misinterpreting and over analyzing his tweet. That, I guess, is a lesson on how media can sometimes be bad. People seem to be against this movie because of its apparent pro-war message. What pro war message? The movie seemed to concentrate more on Kyle’s family life and his mission after his service to try and help fellow soldiers deal with their Posttraumatic stress disorder. If anything, this movie is promental health solutions. Kyle protected our country from enemy attacks, and then tried to help those who fought alongside him. He is a hero, and deserves respect.

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Recipe: Butter Bread (any kind works) Egg Milk Vanilla extract (optional) Cinnamon Toppings

with the eggs, the rest was a lot like real French toast, and the small pieces make it really easy to eat. The mixture distributed itself nicely throughout, but I don’t think I added enough cinnamon – my roommate and I both put extra on afterward. I also left out the vanilla extract, but I would definitely use it next time. You could add sugar to the mixture if you like it really sweet. My biggest mistake was not

Instructions: Butter the insides of the mug Cut or rip bread into cubes to fill mugs Mix together one egg, three tablespoons of milk, one-drop of vanilla, and some cinnamon with a fork Add the mixture to the mug, smash it a little, allowing bread to soak it up Microwave for one minute, then in 20-second increments until the eggs are no longer runny. Enjoy.

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FRENCH TOAST in a mug makes for a quick and easy dorm room breakfast. PHOTO BY SHELBY JENSEN I STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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having syrup in my room because French toast just isn’t the same when it’s not drowning in syrup. All in all, this recipe is 100 percent worth waking up five minutes early for. Please try this at home.

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tasty, but that’s just not what you want. My dorm-approved 700-watt microwave cooked them a little slower than the instructions suggested (about three minutes compared to their two). Other than the small issue

Molly Adamson


I love breakfast. Eggs, pancakes, French toast — you name it, I’ll eat it any time of the day. Hubbell breakfast used to be the best part of my morning, but I have an 8 a.m. class this semester. Waking up early to make the freezing journey to real food no longer seems like a very good option. It seems like I’ll have to eat cereal every morning and be sad. If only I could have real breakfast, any time of the day, right in my dorm, that would be swell. That’s exactly the idea of the “French Toast in a Mug” recipe I found on Pinterest. There are a bunch of recipes for things “in a mug,” and I’ve always been curious about them, so I finally decided to try this one. The recipe looked just like one for normal French toast, except microwaved (and in a coffee cup, of course). Results: Awesome! I made two mugs of this so I could share with my roommate. They were fairly large, so I doubled the egg mixture. I used all of it, which was a mistake. My roommate’s cup had a lot of concentrated egg at the bottom. She insisted they were



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Feb. 11, 2015


Super Bowl advertisements carry important messages So, the Super Bowl happened, and while I can honestly say that I did watch some of it and thought the ending was worth everyone’s undivided attention, I think that there is another aspect completely worthy of discussion (beyond “left shark” that is): the commercials. Highly discussed every year, almost as much as the game itself, commercials provide a whole extra level of entertainment value, even beyond halftime show wardrobe malfunctions. This year’s commercials were no different, because despite the somewhat concerning and confusing commercials where there were half-naked women — the only one that made sense this year was the Victoria’s Secret commercial, kudos to them — the commercials were rather intense. Two PSAs that caused particular conversation were Nationwide’s commercial about fatal child accidents and the NFL’s domestic violence campaign, “No More.” For those of you who may have

missed it, Nationwide featured a child doing some pretty nifty activities, sailing, getting married and so forth, then led on to explain that the child would do none of these because he was dead. Morbid right? Well, many viewers thought so also. Some complained that this disrupted the excited environment of the Super Bowl. I’m sorry, what? Approximately every three weeks, a child dies from a television falling on them, sorry you were inconvenienced with such a PSA about preventable accidents. But wait, I’m not sorry. Not at all. Nationwide released a statement the next day explaining that the commercial was created for shock value, and they recognized that there might be adverse reactions. They also stated that they had succeeded with their goal. Views of their website for child safety,, increased significantly. So in simplistic terms, people might have been


“inconvenienced,” but a positive change and greater education did occur. Next, let’s discuss the NFL’s

campaign “No More” and the commercial that occurred as a result. This commercial featured a recorded call (one that actually occurred) of a woman contacting the police pretending it was a pizza company. This was clever, but also a little sad. One might wonder why the NFL thought this was necessary, but not really.

For instance, football is typically seen as a male’s sport, and considering there is no league for women to play professionally, I have to agree. It may be interesting that the NFL would create a campaign for an issue that more often than not is considered a “womanly issue,” but, again, that is not true. Domestic violence accounts for 48 percent of arrests for NFL players, and 21 out of the 32 teams hired someone this year with a charge of sexual assault or domestic violence. But, no worries, the NFL takes action about these things. For instance, a player, Ray Rice, who knocked out his fiancée, now wife, was suspended for two whole weeks. Wow, two whole weeks? Sounds like a great time to take an exotic vacation. So, basically what I am saying is, thank you NFL for taking a stand on something you obviously have a problem with. Cleaning up your own mess is always appreciated.

But, nonetheless, it was an important commercial, and the NFL had to do something about all the poor media attention it is receiving. It was a semi-decent effort. These commercials were sad, real and had absolutely no naked women in sight (bummer). But, they were necessary. The Super Bowl reaches an incredibly large audience, approximately 114 million viewers. This is the ideal time for those hoping to spread a message. While “Left Shark” was undoubtedly the MVP, let’s not forget the real reason most of us watch: the commercials. So, thank goodness a few brave men and women were willing to make them worth watching this year, even if it was “inconvenient.”

Sarah Grossman Staff Writer @smg424


Upcoming sporting and Raised tuition keeps the Drake vision alive musical events for SAB SAB has exciting upcoming events, don’t miss out. This week the Men’s Basketball team will be taking on Bradley University here at the Drake Knapp Center on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 6:45 p.m. The team is on a roll and has won the past three games, so let’s get ready to cheer them on as loudly as we can. The Student Activities Board (SAB) is helping co-sponsor this game and have also come up with the theme, Hawaiian, which will include a best-dressed contest to win a flat screen TV. Come in your Hawaiian gear and tweet @DrakeSAB with our best-dressed hashtag. More details on what to hashtag will be posted this week on both our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Additionally, there will be free food and more prizes and giveaways during the game. Let’s give loads of encouragement to the Men’s Basketball team by keeping up our Bulldog spirit. Later during the week, SAB will also promote an event for a world class vocal ensemble, Six Appeal. Six Appeal is not only a comedy group, but also a captivating A cappella vocal ensemble. From the classic oldies to today’s

modern music, Six Appeal sure can reach out to their audience with their spectacular voices and electrifying performance and talent. Two Drake A cappella groups, Fermata the Blue and Brocal Chords will kick off this event with their performance, so come out to Pomerantz Stage on Friday, Feb. 13th at 7 p.m. by supporting your talented student groups and experiencing a memorable performance by Six Appeal.

Esther Lim and Danielle Day SAB PR Chairs @DrakeSAB

Once again, tuition has been raised. We forge ahead, filing for more loans and picking up extra shifts at work. Paying for school is hard and it is easy in these moments to feel like Drake is just trying to make it harder. Our university just raised the cost of tuition for the average student by $1,775. Considering the rising cost of higher education across the country, and therefore the rising fences to those who can’t afford that cost, it is worth asking the right people hard questions to find out how and where this money is being used. I write today not to belittle those questions. As a tuitionpaying student here I’m wondering them as well. I instead ask that we step back for a moment and look at the bigger picture. A college education is an investment. It is an investment in your abilities, your work ethic and your future. In terms of return on investment it’s likely the best money you will ever spend, especially if you are spending it at Drake University. Students here graduate in four years and have jobs in their field within six months of graduation. The numbers are collected and crunched every year and every year that job placement rate sits

around 97 percent. That’s not a cute number thrown at you by a tour guide. That’s a hard statistic telling you that the money you are spending right now is worth it. I spend a lot of time talking to alumni. I’ve worked in the Office of Alumni Relations since I was a first-year and I am the president of the Student Alumni Association. When I share stories with alumni about what goes on in the Drake world today I usually get the same response, “If I applied to Drake today, there is no way I’d get in.” They say it with a smile because it’s a point of pride. Their degree is worth so much more today than it was on their graduation day because Drake is an institution with a vision. It is a place that moves forward every year to ensure that it is keeping the promise put forth in our mission statement. It is a place where what is excellent today will become average tomorrow. Yes, tuition rose 4.28 percent. But it didn’t rise 33.3 percent, which is approximately what would have to happen if we students were in this alone. Thankfully we’re not. We have the support of all the hardworking, dollar-scrounging students who came before us. Those extra dollars that we will

pay, as our tuition, keeps Drake running, but it’s not what allows it to be great. New buildings, renovated labs, endowed chairs — all of these marks of excellence are a result of alumni gifts given as a donation to a cause, not student tuition given as payment for a service. Today, the expensive tuition is scary, and hard, but it means that we, the future alumni, are making an investment in this place. We’re hoping that when we come back to visit, we’ll be the ones marveling at how far Drake has come. Some of us face graduation in a few short months, and I think that we can safely say that if it weren’t for Drake, and our alumni of the past, we wouldn’t be who we are today.

Annelise Tarnowski Staff Writer


President-elect’s first order of business should be financial efforts Finding ways to relieve financial burden should be high on Martin’s to-do list In last week’s edition of the Times-Delphic, we heard several students share their visions for new President Earl Martin’s first actions in office. They were all fantastic ideas and all need to be addressed as soon as possible, especially the one concerning the pencil sharpeners in Meredith and Harvey Ingham, but there’s one aspect of life at Drake that wasn’t mentioned: money. I found this curious; after all, the increase in tuition was one of the biggest and most talked-about stories on campus after break. While we must give due diligence to diversity and have a heart for Hubbell, if there’s one thing that Martin can start on right away that will have an impact on all students, it’s making sure that the money we spend on tuition is used wisely. If Martin succeeds in this endeavor, the rate of increase for our tuition should slow or even stop. That’s not just change

we can believe in — that’s real change, back in our pockets. No student at Drake is going to complain about that. Now, let me point out that an increase in tuition rates is normal — inflation causes prices to rise. That’s why 90-cent gas doesn’t exist anymore, and why you can’t get into a movie theater with just a quarter. An increase in the cost to attend college should be expected, but the speed at which Drake’s rates are rising is astonishing. The new tuition plan outlined for the next school year will increase tuition by 4.52 percent, on the heels of a 4.4 percent increase from last year to this year. The current rate of inflation? 0.76 percent, according to WolframAlpha. Want perspective? In the past 15 years, Drake tuition has more than doubled in cost (before inflation). If tuition remained at 1999 levels and was only adjusted

for inflation, we would still be paying just $24,041 per year, nearly $10,000 less. Perhaps an economics major could explain the situation better than me, but as I see it, by some measures, Drake tuition is increasing twice as fast as inflation. By others, it’s rising five times as fast. If you were in a gardening competition, and someone’s plant grew five times as fast as everyone else’s, you’d probably get a little suspicious. Sure, there might be other factors at work, just like inflation isn’t the only thing that causes an increase in tuition. But seriously? Five times as fast? You’d probably want someone to check that out. Fortunately, you can judge for yourself. The school’s budget is available online, if you dig deep enough. I encourage you to check it out for yourself — it may be surprising just how much it costs to run a university. At the same time, the budget

does raise some questions. For example, in 2013, Drake budgeted exactly zero dollars on alcohol education. That number seems a little low. Meanwhile, in 2014, the budgeted expenses for something called “print management” nearly doubled, increasing by $200,000. But enough numbers. Take a look around campus. I go to every basketball game that I’m able to, but even I think the new practice facility reeks of frivolity. The adequate concrete bridge on the west side of Olmsted underwent two months of inconvenient renovations to become a slightly more adequate concrete bridge. And Drake lakes, while endearing, need to be fixed eventually. I mean this with no disrespect to Maxwell, who has been a fantastic leader for this university. I’m no expert on financial decisions, and for the most part I believe Maxwell has made excellent decisions that have propelled Drake forward,

ahead of most institutions in the country. Even so, when Martin sits down with the board of trustees, the first words out of his mouth should be “How can we ease the financial burden on our students?”

Tim Webber Multimedia Editor @HelloTimWebber

# 06 | opinions

Feb. 11, 2015



Where is your favorite off-campus hangout spot? Ashley Stokes Advertising “Scooters. I like going there to get coffee, and it’s just a nice quiet place to study.”

Claudia Williams News/Internet “I love walking around the neighborhood of Irish Run, past Ingersoll. The houses over there are old and beautiful, and there’s a lake right by it with horse stables and pastures. It’s so relaxing and such a great place to unwind and get away from the hectic aspect of school.”

Jared Freemon

Holiday not necessarily about romance Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and I’m single and not so ready to mingle. For some, this may be a cause for disgruntlement, depression or despair, but for me, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate how much I love to love. For years, I’ve used Valentine’s Day as the perfect opportunity to hand out chocolate and feed my love of making people happy. It’s also a great chance to dive into my punny side with chocolate kisses and hugs. It’s completely immature and silly, but hey, I love it. So, I’m sorry to you lovely ladies (and gents) who want an excuse to wallow in self-pity, and by all means, please wallow, but Valentine’s Day isn’t simply an excuse to “get laid,” it’s also an excuse to tell your friends, your family and just about anyone else how much you love them and care for them. It’s an opportunity for 20 seconds of courage (if you miss this reference, “We Bought a Zoo” might be something for you to check out) or to hang out with your closest friends and bond over your single status. Ten years from now, most of you will be married and maybe even have little ones to dish out

even more love to. If you happen to want someone special on Valentine’s Day, as a friend, pick someone to make the day special with. One of my closest friends is sending me love notes daily leading up to Valentine’s Day. It’s simple, but it makes this entire month worthy of laughs and happiness, not just one day. So why do we celebrate this day? Well, historically, this is a holy day to celebrate St. Valentine, who no one is really sure whether he was one or multiple men and what exactly he did (welcome to Catholicism). Apparently, this day became associated with love around the 14th century when Geoffrey Chaucer wrote “Parliament of Foules.” There is little to no outside explanation beyond this how St. Valentine became synonymous with love and all things romance, but he did. So, although this day is based after an obscure historical figure (or figures), I wish everyone were a little happier and a little more loving this time of year. But I realize that is a very naive and highly wishful thought. Love is hard for some people, and sincerity is even more

difficult. Take it as an opportunity to practice. Maybe I’m slightly strange in my opinion of this celebration of love: familial, platonic, romantic and other, but I think it’s under appreciated. Yes, Valentine’s Day is completely over commercialized, and it has lost a lot of its integrity over the years. But really, it is whatever you make it. You can celebrate, or wallow, but that’s up to you. Me? I’m going to throw chocolate kisses at people.

Sarah Grossman Staff Writer @smg424

Economics and Marketing

LETTER TO THE EDITOR “I really like to go to La Hacienda. I love going out with friends, and it’s a good place to go to eat that’s also pretty cheap.”

Molly Lamoureux Magazines “I go to Grounds for Celebration on University and 66th at least three times a week to study. The coffee is phenomenal and the atmosphere is perfect for concentrating. The staff is also really nice. We’re on a first name basis now.”


Women’s Basketball should be above the fold I’m curious as to why, in last week’s issue, the story about the women’s basketball team was below the fold, had no picture and was one third the size of the story about the men’s team. When the story was published last week, the women’s team had just gone on a 9-0 conference run and beat Wichita State in a thriller of a

game to claim sole ownership of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference. Don’t get me wrong, the men’s team has struggled this year and their wins need to be acknowledged but I’m extremely disappointed you allowed that to overshadow the amazing work that the women’s team is doing. - Emily Gutknecht


Petition to benefit students Dear Editor, Last semester, several students and I collected signatures for a student senate petition titled “In Support of Undocumented/ DACA students in Iowa.” This petition, which resulted in the first Drake student referendum on record, showcased how Drake Student Senate and the student body supports Undocumented/DACA students in the state of Iowa regardless of immigration status. The process also demonstrated the willingness on campus to reach out to underrepresented communities. Reifying the Drake student commitment to accepting and empowering marginalized communities, a new organization has formed on campus with the purpose of providing a space for students in solidarity with the Latino community in Des Moines and at Drake to foster dialogue around issues impacting Latinos and promoting an even more

inclusive community on campus. Titled “La Fuerza Latina,” our objective is to educate and include Drake students in dialogue about what it means to be Latino on Drake’s campus as well as provide opportunities for our members to directly participate with the Des Moines Latino community. We are focused heavily on social justice issues affecting Latinos in the United States, such as access to education, immigration reform and other topics of which we will be introducing to the Drake community by hosting events both large and small. We welcome the opportunity to work with other multicultural and non-multicultural organizations with the vision of an open and engaged atmosphere at Drake University that offers a rewarding experience to all students at an institution committed to diversity. Hector A. Salamanca Arroyo

Times-Delphic vandalists speak Students responsible for the vandalism of the Times-Delphic last semester give explanation EDITORS NOTE: On Sept. 25, 431 copies of the Times-Delphic were vandalized. Two students piled the newspapers in front of the Times-Delphic office in Meredith Hall with an ad for the Agape Pregnancy Center circled in black pen. The issues were all drenched with water, ruining them. The students involved recently sent a letter to the editor to The Times-Delphic staff as an apology. To whom it may concern, You are all aware of the event that occurred on September 25. Our purpose in writing you now is twofold: explanation and apology. We would, here at the outset of this letter, urge you to read with the intent to understand. To do otherwise will only serve to make the writing of this letter vacuous. With that in mind then, we offer you our explanation. Being students at Drake we have both been exposed to The Times Delphic. Also being Drake students, we were both aware of the feminist contingent at Drake. Both of us identify as feminists and are politically active in various ways. It thus caught our attention when Professor Younger submitted a letter to The Times Delphic concerning the advertisement for Agape Pregnancy Crisis Center. We expected that the newspaper would respond by removing the ad, asking its membership (the student body) what it thought of the ad or some like action. As we all know, this is not what happened.

We did not feel that The Times Delphic responded appropriately. It is for that reason we decided to organize and take matters into our own hands. It was decided that we would gather newspapers, stack them in front of the TD office and douse them in water. The circling of the ad was a spur of the moment action meant to give context and direction to the act. We designed the act to be one of symbolic value. The act was meant to elicit a response from the student body, voice our disapproval of the response of the TD and raise the topics of reproductive justice and direct action to the attention of the student body. As a symbolic act of protest we never meant for the staff, or anyone to feel personally attacked. This act of protest was intended to target a structural problem and a particular response of the newspaper — not the individual members of said newspaper. We believe this act was the right thing to do. We felt as though we had an

ethical imperative to act. We fully understand that many will not understand our decision. We also understand that not everyone agrees with our ideology, our tactics or this particular act. We do not expect everyone to. We believe that being heard and speaking out against injustice are of the utmost importance, and we acted on those beliefs. Having heard our explanation we would, again, like to stress that we did not intend to personally offend or otherwise attack any individual member of the TD. We understand that you may have questions and that our letter does not fully explain our position. It is for that reason that we encourage any questions you may have, and we welcome any sort of dialogue you want to pursue. We thank you for taking the time to read this letter, and we hope to have helped you to understand our motivation. Yours in Freedom, [REDACTED] and Josh Mascharka

ISSUES of the Times-Delphic were vandalized in response to a pregnancy center ad. PHOTO COURTESY OF AUSTIN CANNON

# 07 | features

Feb. 11, 2015


Nelson family brings a touch of home to East Village Giovanna Zavell Staff Writer

“It was between doing this or being a journalist,” Katy Nelson said. “I didn’t want to be stuck at a desk all day, so it was obvious that I belonged in the kitchen,” she said as she scooped dough and lined them perfectly on a baking tray. Katy Nelson, alongside her father, Mark Nelson, dreamed of opening a bakery a decade ago. They made this dreams come true when they opened Scenic Route Bakery five weeks ago. Katy Nelson was stationed at a long wooden table in the back kitchen surrounded by metal shelves stacked high with ingredients. On the opposite side of the table stood giant tubs of flour and sugar. When walking into Scenic Route, customers’ eyes are immediately drawn to the dessert cooler that is home to trays of scrumptious sweets: croissants, chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, scones, blondies, sticky buns and cinnamon rolls, their most popular option. The bakery also serves breakfast and lunch options. “I found out I loved baking in high school while taking a foods class,” Katy Nelson said. “I was 14 then, and by 20, I was managing cafes and found I really enjoy managing.” Katy Nelson studied at the Iowa Culinary Institute and continued her studies at The French Pastry School in Chicago, where she pursued her passion for pastry. Nelson worked as a pastry chef for five years and then moved to Seattle to continue her work. “Iowa holds a special place in my heart,” Katy Nelson said. “I grew up in Ames and decided to return home to pursue my dream with my father.” The idea behind the name came from Nelson’s love for biking. Both are avid bikers and wanted to display and share that passion in their new bakery. “It’s all about slowing down and enjoying the beauty of what’s around you,” Katy Nelson said. “I’m a big lover of the beauty of the sun touching the horizon, and I think that helped shape our name.” With the aroma of coffee in the air, clients sit at wooden tables, and businessmen and women discuss their plans for the night or what was accomplished at work that day. Young adults from the surrounding area gather for a sweet treat or a college student’s lifeline, coffee. “The bakery has a rustic yet modern feel. There’s many antiques, but with the way they are set up with clean cut lines, it gives them a more modern look,” first year Brianna Bauer said. “It’s also a great environment for studying because of all the natural light coming through the windows and large tables.”

When asked what her favorite sweet is, Katy Nelson responded with monkey bread. “We make all of our laminated dough in house and it’s very buttery and flaky,” Katy Nelson said. “This dough is used for making our cinnamon rolls and croissants. Most bakeries cut off the edges of the dough and only serve it to their employees. But, we sell our monkey dough and its buttered and rolled in sugar. It’s awesome.” Scenic Route barista Mettima Surbeqsu said his favorite treat is the bakery’s blondies. “It’s so sweet and yummy, I don’t know how else to describe it,” Surbeqsu said. “I was really excited when I found out I landed the job at the bakery and have been an employee here since they opened. I saw the advertisement in Craigslist and thought, well, it’s food, working with food is amazing. Plus, Katy and Mark are awesome and make for a fun environment.” “Right now, we are working on starting our catering business,” K. Nelson said. “We would be serving continental breakfasts for local businesses who may be having morning meetings, and then of course other events.” Make sure to stop in to Scenic Route Bakery located at 350 East Locust Street #104 in East Village of Des Moines and check out their delicious bakery treats.

SCENIC ROUTE BAKERY bakes their sticky buns fresh every day alongside their croissants, cookies, scones, blondies and cinnamon rolls. The bakery’s welcoming environment gives patrons a place to study, mingle and relax with a cup of coffee and a flaky pastry . PHOTO BY GIOVANNA ZAVELL | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


Researchers ‘pour’ over caffeine’s impact on long-term memory Recent studies illustrate the benefits and disadvantages of consuming caffeine Laura Vollmer Staff Writer

Cozying up to your vanilla latte in the treacherous snowstorm surprisingly does more than keep you warm. Recent studies suggest that caffeine may have more positive than negative effects on your long-term memory. Caffeine can come in a variety of forms: coffee, tea, soft drinks, tablets and energy drinks. What the public sees in these beverages is an untapped source of energy that can prolong their day. Caffeine also has protective

effects on the human body. It helps with sleep apnea and Parkinson’s disease. It is a globally used substance for all its benefits. Most caffeine consumers, is also believe that this substance can enhance and prolong their long-term memory versus shortterm memory, but that isn’t exactly true. Caffeine is a brain stimulant and also blocks receptors for a chemical called adenosine, which normally prevents the release of excitatory brain chemicals. With less adenosine available, chemicals can enhance long-term memory. The amount of caffeine needed to produce these effects varies from person to person,

depending on body size and degree of tolerance. “Caffeine is helpful for shortterm memory but it doesn’t allow for that information to be processed well enough to be stored in the long-term memory. So, while staying up late and cramming is helpful for me to pass a test the next day, I find that I hardly remember the information when it comes to study for finals,” Kevin Maisto, a junior business major, said. A recent study at Johns Hopkins University published in Nature Neuroscience states that caffeine enhances certain memories at least up to 24 hours after it is consumed. The researchers found that

giving people caffeine after they memorized a series of pictures drastically boosted their ability to remember smaller details, compared to people who’d been given placebo pills. Longand short-term memory aren’t the only method enhancements of caffeine. Caffeine is also rumored to help facilitate learning in varied ways. A study published by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that this was true. The study concluded that caffeine facilitates learning in tasks where the information is presented passively. But in tasks that presented material intentionally, caffeine had no effect on learning.

Marissa Ausman, a thirdyear pharmacy student states her experience with caffeine. “Honestly, I find that it’s all relative to a persons baseline neuroactivity. For some, it may make them go off the wall and be so anxious and for others it has no effect,” Ausman said. “There are the few fortunate ones who are put in an even keeled zone where it can improve their concentration and thus allow them to memorize material more easily.” Overall, one must consider the benefits and disadvantages of their caffeine choice.

# 08 | features

Feb. 11, 2015


“And the Oscar goes to...” Nominees for Best Picture Molly Adamson Staff Writer

The Oscars is a night of glamour, expensive outfits and a chance to honor the movies that caught everyone’s eyes over the past year. This year’s, which will be the 87th, brings together actors, directors, productions staff and all the working hands of a film for a night of celebration that another year has come and gone. The movies that follow are nominated for Best Motion Picture of 2014.

“American Sniper” “American Sniper” honors the true story of Iraq war hero Chris Kyle, who has an astounding number of 160 sniper kills to his name. Kyle became a Navy SEAL after witnessing the terrorists attacks on American embassies in 1998 on TV. The movie focuses on his family life and how his service affected them individually. Bradley Cooper portrays Kyle, not only as a hero, but as a relatable human. “Selma” “Selma” pays respect Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggles he went through to fight for equal rights for African Americans, including the right to vote. The film concentrates on the famous march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. The cast of this movie consists of new faces and some veteran actors. David Oyelowo plays Dr. King and Carmen Ejogo plays his supporting wife. Oprah Winfrey plays Annie Lee Cooper, a civil rights activist who worked alongside the civil rights movement.

“The Theory of Everything” “The Theory of Everything” follows the true story of one of the greatest minds of this time, Stephen Hawking, played by Eddie Redmayne. Hawking was a successful student at Cambridge University when he learned that he had ALS. Doctors said would it eventually demobilize him, and maybe even lead to his death. Although he had gotten this news, Hawking continued his studies and wrote many papers about different scientific theories. Not only does the movie depict Hawking’s career it also features his journey to true love. The story about triumph was directed by James Marsh.

“Boyhood” “Boyhood” is a story about something everyone can relate to: growing up. This movie, which does something no other movie has done before, follows a young boy for 12 years of his life. While the movie is scripted, it depicts real life scenarios such as divorce. It took 12 years to make because they didn’t want to change actors, and wanted to portray the boy, played by Ellar Coltrane through the years. This movie is directed by Richard Linklater.

“The Imitation Game” “The Imitation Game” is another true story about Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician played by the famous Benedict Cumberbatch, who must try to decode a German Enigma encryption machine during World War II.

“Birdman” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” presents a story of washed up actor Riggan Thomson (played by Michael Keaton) who is trying to build his career back up after portraying the main character in a popular superhero show, “Birdman.” He tries to do so by writing, directing and starring in a play based on the short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” by Raymond Carver.

England’s fate is almost balancing on this man’s shoulders. Yet along with this job pressure, Turing also has the pressure of hiding his homosexuality from a world which has not come close to accepting it.

A rather eccentric but wildly popular actor helps Thomson out, but soon ends up ruining the play. Many disasters occur, but the question is, will Thomson succeed? Emma Stone plays Keaton’s daughter.

Keira Knightley plays Joan Clarke, a friend of Turing, who he actually proposed to before coming out to her in the summer of 1941. Morton Tyldum directs this movie.

Zach Galifianakis plays his lawyer and best friend. This movie, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, tackles topics of depression, rape, drug abuse and suicide.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” tells a story of a lobby boy of a once famous hotel, his boss, and the adventure they find themselves in. Manager of the hotel Monsieur Gustave, often enjoys sleeping with the older women who stay as guests at his hotel. Until one day, when one of them turns up dead and he is suspected of the murder. Hilarity ensues as he and his lobby boy try to evade authority. They also end up discovering that the dead woman left Gustave a rather expensive painting in her will. Ralph Fiennes, who played Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series, portrays Gustav. The film is directed by Wes Anderson. “Whiplash” In “Whiplash”, a 19-yearold boy, Andrew (Miles Teller), chases his dream to become a jazz drummer, and soon begins lessons with his school’s strictest teacher. Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) believes in pushing his students to their best, even if that means having to physically and verbally abuse them. Andrew just wants to achieve greatness, and Fletcher will do whatever it takes to stop him form reaching this goal. Andrew’s goal ends up costing him relationships, including ones with his girlfriend and father. This movie is directed by Damien Chazelle.


Students maintain college life while balancing religious beliefs Giuliana Lamantia Staff Writer @g_lamantia The individualistic culture of college can make it a challenge for students to stay involved in a faith they were brought up in. While misconceptions exist, students also feel Drake University is religiously diverse because of the assortment of religious organizations on campus. Students devoted to their faith look to those organizations to help them throughout the challenges of college. Senior Emily Foegen, president of Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) Greek, looks to the organization to help her and her peers adjust to religion, in Greek life specifically, in addition to college life in general. “At FOCUS Greek we do things more geared toward Greek students, just recognizing especially in Greek life, it can be really difficult to keep with ones’ faith in a culture that has a lot of emphasis on partying as a whole,” Foegen said. Besides the usual pressures of college, such as underage drinking, Foegen believes one of the most difficult challenges for students adjusting to college life is simply figuring out what is important to them. “I think for a lot of people, they’ve grown up in a faith that is what their parents told them to do, so going to college is the first time they take ownership for it,” Foegen said. When Foegen first came to Drake, she felt she “fell off the map” in terms of her religion. However finding community through FOCUS and bible studyhas helped her stay on track in her faith throughout her college experience. “I meet once a week with girls who share the same values as me, and girls who are trying to live their faith in this college setting that can be really difficult,” Foegen said. “I think bible studies are really helpful. It’s almost like a family away from home that

encourages you.” The Muslim Student Association (MSA) at Drake has the same idea, working to represent Muslim students, create awareness of the Islam faith and provide a community for Muslim students. One accomplishment of MSA in the last two years was working with Sodexo to have Halal food served in Hubbell Dining and Quad Creek Cafe as well as at events. “As a Muslim, we have some duties we are supposed to do every day like pray or certain types of food we are supposed to eat, so it’s always good to have a place to go or belong,” graduate student and previous MSA president Mustajab Ali said. Living in Des Moines, Ali now serves as an outside member of MSA. Members of MSA are open to talking about their faith and host events to become involved with the college community and make other students aware of religious misconceptions. “I think not just being Muslim, but with any religious organization, people have the misconception that they might be really religious, they might have specific beliefs or that they might not get along with them,” Ali said. “Being a member of MSA, what we try to do is hold some events like potluck, gatherings or Islam Awareness Week so other people can come see we are just like them.” First-year Hanisah Rahman has adjusted well so far in a new environment. “Most of my friends thought I would not fit in very well because I have to pray and I wear a scarf, but so far I have a lot of friends that have different religions and they’re really respectful when I’m praying,” Rahman said. With a requirement to pray five times a day in the Muslim faith, finding a place to pray has been one of the biggest challenges for students. “We can pray anywhere, but we don’t have any specific place to pray, for example we don’t have any prayer hall at Drake,” junior Shaiful Samlawi said.

MSA is currently working to establish a place for prayer on campus. Even so, they feel non-Muslim students have been respectful during times of prayer. “Even though we don’t have

“Find people who have similar beliefs as you, find people with different religions.” Ian Miller President of Hillel

a specific place to pray, students for the most part are very understanding,” Ali said. “If they see a person pray they make sure they are not making noise. Having

a specific place to pray would be ideal, so any Muslim for that time being can go there and pray however they want to.” Drake Hillel, a Jewish organization, recently received a house near campus to host dinners, meetings and events for Jewish students involved as well as non-Jewish students interested in learning about the faith. President and first-year Ian Miller has found it challenging to be away from family while practicing his faith. “A big part of the Jewish faith is being with family, so being so far away from them makes it difficult because there is a certain aspect of each religious holiday and every family has their own tradition,” Miller said. However, this same idea has also expanded his horizons in his

religion through Hillel. “(Hillel) opens your eyes to other families’ traditions and other peoples home lives,” Miller said. “You see what their traditions are and what they entail, so you get to know people better and how they interact with the religion.” No matter what religion, students have found that finding a support system among their peers or organizations have helped them adjust to life in college while still practicing their chosen faith. “Find people who have similar beliefs as you, find people with different religions,” Miller said. “There are other people that have similar feelings and beliefs, and it’s even better to get involved in an organization that focuses on that faith or at least compliments that faith.”

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Feb. 11, 2015


DSM Bravo hosts 10th annual gala benefiting local arts community Beth LeValley Staff Writer @bethlevalley Long flowing dresses, bold high heels, sharp tuxes — you would think Des Moines was having its annual Oscars awards party Saturday, not a night celebrating local arts. Saturday night at 6 p.m., Bravo Greater Des Moines kicked off its 10th annual gala at Hy-Vee Hall. With 1,500 people in attendance and enough food to feed double that amount, the party was one to look forward to. With the theme “Tensational,” Bravo focused on their 10th anniversary and how far they’ve come since their founding. Bravo, a nonprofit organization started in Des Moines in 2004, grants money to the arts and culture of the city. The organization’s grants are supplied by motel and hotel taxes from the surrounding suburbs, including Ankeny, Waukee and 14 other local cities. Bravo then redistributes the money to local Des Moines arts programs to ensure culture stays alive in the city. After checking coats and receiving complimentary wine, the gala started off with a cocktail hour and appetizers where guests mingled and admired each other’s extravagance for the night. Staff with cauliflower and bacon shooters, jumbo shrimp shooters and wine floated among the guests, filling their empty hands as needed. Mary Foss, a harpist in the

Des Moines area, played during cocktail hour to reiterate the success Bravo has had over the past 10 years. She played in the gathering area while the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble played in the dining area. Eventually the guests were shuffled into the dining area where luxury was taken to the next level.

“I didn’t know what to expect, but I definitely didn’t expect this.” Holly Evans Crème Cupcake Employee

With dim lighting, the large room was decorated in chandeliers, black tablecloths, orchids and most of all, elegance. There were six stations set up for guests to enjoy their meal, four stations featuring complimentary wine and beer, a martini bar and two dessert stations. After dinner, co-founder Steve Zumbach was honored for his work with the organization. He explained the importance of the people who helped start this foundation. Connie Wimer, a key leader in Des Moines organizations, was mentioned several times as a significant contributor to the organization. As the founder of Winefest, an

annual fundraiser in Des Moines, Wimer chose to donate the festival’s profits each year to the Bravo Foundation. Combined with the tax dollars collected each year, Bravo has donated approximately $3 million to the Des Moines arts community. Local bakeries such as Scratch Cupcakery and Crème Cupcakes and Dessert were supporters of the events. Scratch Cupcakery provided guests with their mini cupcakes while Crème Cupcakes brought a four-tiered cake featuring cake truffles attached to the sides. Chocolate martinis were also served at dessert. Although the gala was a celebration of 10 years in service for the Des Moines Bravo organization, a little controversy at the event still ensued. Des Moines residents were unhappy with the decision to feature a Chicago band rather than a Des Moines native. Regardless of the disappointment, Bravo and the Chicago band succeeded in creating an unforgettable ambiance for the evening. With 14 members including stringed instruments, four vocalists, a saxophone and more, the lively band kept the dance floor packed the entire night. At one point, the tenor and alto saxophones had a duet they brought out to the dance floor. Holly Evans, a guest of the gala and a Crème Cupcake employee, said she was glad she was invited to join the evening fun. “I didn’t know what to expect, but I definitely didn’t expect this,”

she said. “The band is great, the people are great, the food is great;

there’s nothing about!”



TENSATIONAL was the theme this year. Crème Cupcakes provided a fourtiered cake truffle cake for dessert. PHOTO BY BETH LEVALLEY | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


Top five fashion trends to get you through the snowy Midwest winter Jessica Lynk Staff Writer @jessmlynk

Winter: A time where fashion gets put on the back burner. Bundling up in layers takes more importance than keeping up on the latest trends. But through it all some students can find ways to be fashionable while keeping warm. Scarves For first-year Kacie Deavers, scarves are a great way to stay on trend, but also be practical at the same time. “They are warm, yet stylish. They can be dressed up or down,” Deavers said. Add a bright color to a dark outfit, or add a pattern to switch it up, all while

staying warm. Dark lips For first-year Olivia Young, dark lips are a great way to keep up the warm look of winter, but stand out. ”Because in the colder season darker lips are in more. They can be seen as sexy, classy, or glamorous,” Young said. Lipstick is a great way to mix up a look, without breaking the bank. Vest First-year Katelyn O’Hare believes that vests are the perfect way to stay warm, yet up with the trends. “One of my favorite things to wear in the winter are vests because you can throw it over almost everything, they’re warm, and add a winter touch to your outfit,” O’Hare said. Throwing on a vest can keep a student warm when outside, but unbulky in

class. Parka What started for military use has now transitioned into a stylish, practical coat that can be seen on runways. Junior Erin Andrus participates in this trend. “They are very warm and cozy, yet can look very fashionable with the right accessories and a belt,” Andrus said. Parkas are perfect for the below zero days. Boots Almost every student needs boots, but exchanging style for practicality is not always necessary. “The winter can get cold when trudging through the snow, so cute, warm boots are a necessity,” sophomore Alyssa Wilkinson said. Snow boots are classic and will never go out of style.

SOPHOMORE Alyssa Wilkinson shows off her winter parka and snow boots for the cool weather. Taylor Sheahan models her scarf and lip color for the winter. PHOTO BY JESSICA LYNK | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

# 10 | sports

Feb. 11, 2015


Women’s Basketball no longer undefeated in the MVC Southern Illinois topples the Bulldogs, redemption comes on Sunday Michael Wendlandt Staff Writer @shaus_6

BECCA JONAS fights under the basket against Missouri State on Jan. 30 in overtime win at the Knapp Center. Jonas recorded 10 rebounds and six points in loss against the Southern Illinois Salukis. She snagged four rebounds and scored two points on Sunday in the Bulldogs’ win over the Illinois State Redbirds. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

A chance at a perfect conference season came to an end Thursday night as the Drake Women’s Basketball team fell to Southern Illinois 81-76, but the Bulldogs turned it around on Sunday at Illinois State. Led by Lizzy Wendell with 27 points, the Bulldogs and the Salukis traded the lead 17 times and were tied on 10 separate occasions in one of the most exciting games of the Missouri Valley Conference season. “Southern is a very good team and so are we, but we didn’t show that tonight. We got rattled and this is part of the maturity process,” head coach Jennie Baranczyk said. “You have to bring it every game and I don’t think we brought it defensively tonight and we needed to.” The Bulldogs got off to a fast start behind some strong shooting from Wendell, but Southern Illinois fought back, trimming Drake’s lead to one at halftime. Drake held a six-point lead with six minutes to play, but the Salukis tied the game with a 6-0 run, fueled by Dyanna Pierce. The Bulldogs pulled within one when Wendell hit a three with 52 seconds left, but Southern Illinois matched it with a three of their own. Free throws iced the game for Southern Illinois, ending the Bulldogs’ longest conference winning streak since 1998. Ingle contributed 15 assists in the game, tying a career high, to go along with 17 points and six rebounds. Ingle was also named to the watch list for the Nancy



Lieberman Award on Friday, the award given to the best point guard in the NCAA. Ingle is currently sixth in the nation in assists per game and first in the MVC. She also had one of the 16 triple-doubles in NCAA this season, the first triple-double in five years for the MVC. The Bulldogs traveled to Illinois State two days later and bounced back in a big way, rolling over the Redbirds 70-47. Drake never trailed, coasting to an easy victory and rising to 10-1 in conference play. Leading the way was Maddy Dean, scoring 27 points and snagging nine rebounds in the effort. However, her nine boards were only fourth on the team. Wendell, Ingle, and Cara Lutes all had double-doubles with 10 rebounds apiece, this game marking Ingle’s third consecutive double-double. The Bulldogs shot 42 percent from the field while holding the Redbirds to just 25 percent. The Bulldogs took a 17-4 lead after the first 12 minutes and the lead was never less than eight for the rest of the half. The Bulldogs entered the locker room up 29-18. The Redbirds chipped away at the Bulldog lead early in the second half, closing the lead to five with 13:50 remaining, but that was as close as they would get as Drake responded with a 10-0 run, powered by six points from Wendell. Dean helped seal the game by scoring 11 of Drake’s final 20 points to give Drake the win. The Bulldogs now returns home for the annual “Hoops 4 Hope” game as Northern Iowa comes to town Friday. The game will be broadcasted on KRNT, 94.1 THE DOG and ESPN3.

Softball over .500 after first tournament Women’s Basketball proud to be number one in MVC Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_Rogan

The softball season kicked off over the weekend in Cedar Falls at the UNI Dome Tournament. The first game of 2015 featured an 8-0, mercy rule, shutout victory over Iowa on Friday night. Senior Rebekah Schmidt started the game on the mound, allowing just one hit in her complete game shutout, striking

out six and walking only three. A first inning homer from third baseman Hayley Nybo opened up scoring, plating three. The Bulldogs didn’t wait long to repeat that success, defeating Southern Utah 8-0, again by mercy rule, the next morning. Freshman Nicole Newman hurled a complete game shutout in her collegiate debut, striking out eight, walking five and surrendering only three hits. Sophomore Megan Sowa shined in the game as well, recording six RBIs on three hits. North Dakota State decided

to end Drake’s streak at two, sneaking past the Bulldogs 2-1 on Saturday despite another complete game from Schmidt. North Dakota State slaughtered Drake again the next day 7-1 in Newman’s second career start. The Bulldogs woes at the plate ceased as they demolished their hosts, the University of Northern Iowa, 7-1 to close the weekend. Schmidt earned her second win of the tournament, again in a complete game, while also contributing a three-run homer.


Bulldogs extend win streak, then fall at UNI Michael Wendlandt Staff Writer @shaus_6 The Drake Men’s Basketball team ran their winning streak to a season-high three games on Wednesday before getting cut down three days later. Before the streak ended the Bulldogs earned their third victory in a row thanks to a 3-pointer from Chris Caird on Wednesday night against the Southern Illinois Salukis. Caird sunk the game-winner with 4.3 seconds remaining in the game to give Drake their first three-game conference winning streak in the Ray Giacoletti era. The big shot was all by design and Coach Giacoletti was thrilled. “The timing was impeccable, and Chris got a great look and knocked it down,” Giacoletti said. Even Caird, normally a relatively stoic individual, was ecstatic after the game. “My teammates and coaches had confidence in me in the timeout and I knew the ball was

coming to me,” Caird said. “We got a great screen and I got a great pass on the money.” The game was as tight as any that the Bulldogs have played this season as neither team led by any more than six throughout the entire game. The Bulldogs poured in a season high 13 3-pointers to guide them to victory. Two of the 13 threes were contributed by Reed Timmer, who continued a hot stretch with 19 total points on the night, averaging 17.3 points during the streak. Joining him in double figures were Caird and Gary Ricks Jr., who each had 12. “It’s February now, and all of our roles have been established,” Timmer said. “It’s a great way to win.” However, Northern Iowa had other plans for Drake’s streak. Playing at home in Cedar Falls, the Panthers shot 64.1 percent from the field and 55 percent from beyond the arc to cool off the Bulldogs 69-53. The 16-point margin was established in the first half, with the Bulldogs matching the

Panthers in the final 20 minutes. Led by Timmer’s 10, the freshman class scored almost half of Drake’s points in the game, 26 of the 53. “It’s good to see that group continue to get better,” Giacoletti said. “They played probably their best collective game of the season.” Northern Iowa rode an 11-0 run behind three 3-pointers to get out to an early lead that they would not relinquish the rest of the game, shooting 12 of 18 from deep in the first half. UNI just had to focus on maintaining the lead from there on out. Drake was able to chip away slightly at times, narrowing the margin to eight at one point, but the Panthers slowed down the tempo and coasted to the finish. Drake falls to 7-17 overall and 4-8 in the Valley, while UNI moves on to 22-2 and 11-1 in conference play, now ranked 13th in the country. Drake returns home on Wednesday night as Bradley comes to town. The Bulldogs then go on the road to face Indiana State and Evansville.

What a ride it has been with a 9-0 start to conference play after beating Wichita State, with whom we shared the top spot of the Missouri Valley Conference. After losing Kyndal Clark, the 2013-2014 MVC Player of the Year, a start of this capacity is not what many people predicted. But we knew what our team was capable of all along. When one of your own goes down for the count, family comes together. Instead of sitting back and making excuses, our circumstances fueled us and continue to fuel us in more ways than we can name. The last time Drake Women’s Basketball started out conference play 9-0 was 1998. While the buzz it has created is so much fun to be a part of, this journey is far from over. We aren’t done yet. We have a team that is not satisfied with what we have accomplished thus far. That, my friends, is so important at this point in the year. We could be happy with being number one in the league and walk around like we own the place, but that is the last thing on our minds. We face off with every opponent one more time around and then it’s go-time. Every day we talk about being 1-0. We want to win every practice, every shootaround and every game with continuous improvement. When that happens, winning takes care of itself.

At first glance, keeping our team motivated may seem like a challenging task. I can promise you our motivation is going to get better every single day. We want to beat teams more than we did the first time. We want to stay number one. It’s as simple as that. We have come way too far to settle for 9-0. Beyond the x’s and o’s, playing for Drake University means something. It is one thing to stay motivated so we can continue to win games, but nothing pushes us more than the name on the front of our jerseys. Stay tuned folks, there’s much more to come from Drake Women’s Basketball.

Carly Grenfell Columnist @car1y_g

How the rest of the MVC is doing: 1. Drake


6. Indiana State


2. Wichita St.


7. Evansville


3. Northern Iowa


8. Bradley


4. Southern Illinois


9. Loyola


5. Missouri State


10. Illinois St.


# 11 | sports

Feb. 11, 2015


Bulldogs Tennis 3-1 in busy weekend, freshmen shine

MATT FROST celebrates during his doubles match on Sunday, a 6-4 victory against South Alabama. He fell 6-1, 6-4 in his singles match, but came back with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Nebraska Omaha. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_Rogan

The Men’s Tennis team kicked off their busy weekend in style, going up against Gonzaga on Friday morning at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center and taking all seven points possible on their way to victory. Only one match was forced into a third set, where

freshman Ben Stride finished off his opponent handily, winning that set 10-3. The Bulldogs then faced off with the University of MissouriKansas City (UMKC) at 4p.m. for the second match of the day. Their success from the morning carried over into the afternoon, defeating UMKC 6-1. Freshman Calum MacGeoch played the first doubles match of his collegiate career alongside senior Ben Mullis, winning 6-3.

MacGeoch struggled last week against Dartmouth in his first college match, but he redeemed himself on Friday. “(Calum) let the nerves get the best of him (last week),” head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. “He really stepped up and showed us what he’s been showing us in practice and allowing us to have that confidence in what he can do.” MacGeoch won in straight sets against Gonzaga, even after

falling behind 3-1 in the first set. He had to fight for his win in a closely contested match against UMKC, 6-2, 5-7, 10-7, the rest of the Bulldogs cheering him on through the third set. “It was close. I didn’t really think about it too much. I was just playing the points. He played a good tiebreaker in the end, but I got the win,” MacGeoch said. “Obviously last week was a really quite disappointing weekend, but I’m pretty proud today. (We) came back this weekend (and had) three good performances. Nice to get all the wins, so I’m really happy.” Friday was also the first appearance of freshman Ben Wood. He fell in a tightly contested singles match against UMKC, but did pick up a victory in doubles with fellow freshman Ben Stride against Gonzaga. “The guy is playing phenomenal doubles, so it’s good to get him out there and to show what he can do,” Kozlowski said. The Bulldogs continued their busy weekend two days later, again at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center, facing off against South Alabama. The Jaguars spelled bad news for the Bulldogs, defeating Drake 4-3. “This morning was obviously extremely disappointing. It was the first time (in the three years) I’ve been at Drake that we lost three singles matches,” Kozlowski said. “I made a coaching decision to try to get a look at a few different guys, bring some guys back from injury, was hoping they could get some playing time before we head off to a brutal five week stretch and it backfired a bit.” Stride was able to manage a victory alongside Bayo Phillips in their doubles match, winning in

12 games. Stride was one of the two players to win in singles. “I think we made a couple of errors in our lineup, but we still should have won anyway. It was a couple of three setters that we maybe should’ve won, but it was tough, they played well on the day,” Stride said. “We win as a team we lose as a team.” The Bulldogs turned it around in the afternoon, sweeping the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks 7-0, not losing a single set. “It was very good. We came back strong. We put this morning behind us,” Stride said. Stride dropped the first game of his singles match at the third position, but then hit his stride and won the next twelve games to secure his win. MacGeoch played a flawless 6-0 first set in singles, but then struggled as the match wore on. He fell behind two games to three in the second set, but rallied and won the final three games in succession, leading to a final score of 6-0, 7-5. Ravi Patel also continued his perfect season by winning all four of his matches over the weekend. He is now 8-0 on the season in singles matches and 21-1 in his two-year career at Drake. “Ravi’s been great for us. It’s nice knowing we have him on the court day in and day out,” Kozlowski said. “He’s giving us a great solid effort, which is a good relief, a good reassurance from the coaching staff knowing we’re going to get a great effort from Ravi each time he steps on the court.” The Bulldogs will travel to Madison, Wisconsin this weekend to take on the Wisconsin Badgers and the North Carolina State Wolfpack.


Bulldogs face two close calls in Nebraska Women’s Tennis loses first match, wins second Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_Rogan Drake Women’s Tennis traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday to take on the Cornhuskers. They lost 5-2, but returned on Saturday with a nail biter victory over Eastern Michigan. Drake started the weekend off strong, taking the doubles point on Friday, but their momentum ended quickly. Maddie Johnson took the only singles victory, winning her match 6-4, 6-3, while the rest of the Bulldogs fell to their opponents. Freshman Adrienne Jensen won her doubles match 6-3 with partner Jordan Eggleston, but fell in straight sets at the sixth position to Nebraska’s Mackenna Maddox. “I think our nerves got the best

of us,” Jensen said. “A few of us came out more nervous than we have before.” “I think that I put them in the best positions possible. We won the doubles point,” head coach Sadhaf Pervez said. “(Nebraska had) four courts. I think that was the biggest advantage for Nebraska, just having the four courts, and we’re always a deep team and it put a lot of pressure on our five and six.” “They know the right things to do on the court,” Pervez said. “In the end you got to show up that day and take away your nerves. However, the Bulldogs’ luck turned around on Saturday against EMU. The two teams split the singles matches, the doubles point making the difference in the end. Johnson and Nell Boyd each won their match, Eggleston clinching the final point after overcoming a 5-2 deficit in the first set.

“I really like how everyone rebounded after (losing to Nebraska). We were upset that night, but the next day we knew it was a new day and we just had to get back after it. And the girls did,” Pervez said. Jensen was also glad to see how her team bounced back after the tough loss. “I feel like we just competed really well. I feel like everyone played well, had really good energy,” Jensen said. Pervez feels that the team was prepared going into the matches, but needs to be more ready for tough opponents. “I think (we) just got to focus in on the basics,” Pervez said. “Emphasizing more on mental tennis.” The Bulldogs will be home this weekend playing Creighton on Saturday and a doubleheader with North Dakota and Gustavus Adolphus Sunday.

SUMMER BRILLS hones in on the ball. Brills has an overall record of 8-5 in singles matches so far this season. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR


Drake runners show progress in Nebraska, setting several PRs Emily Lambie Staff Writer @EmilyLambie

The track team traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska to compete at Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, the field athletes receiving the week off. The Bulldogs competed with top teams including the University of Southern California, Nebraska, Alabama, as well as Missouri Valley Conference rivals Northern Iowa. The Bulldogs left with impressive times and several personal records. Coach Natasha Brown was pleased with the meet overall. “It’s kind of confusing because there is excellent teams (sic),” Brown said. “So for my team to

get that exposure of racing against USC that’s phenomenal because that’s the level we are aspiring to. Even though we are Division I and we’re a private school, we’re one of the smallest teams. I still want them to know what that’s like to have that Division I experience and that’s the only way to get it, is to get in the fire with them. It’s great.” Strong runners led the Bulldogs in the 3000 meter competitions for both the men’s and women’s teams. Sophomore Reed Fisher placed first in his heat with a time of 8:32.22, setting a new PR by 10 seconds. “This season I was hoping to sub 8:30 or 8:25 and I still have a couple more races to do that, but it was definitely a step in the right direction,” Fisher said.

Brown was pleased with how Reed performed in his races. “[Fisher] did a thing where he like popped his jersey, like his Drake jersey, which says something different,” Brown said. “Popping the jersey says ‘Drake just did this.’ That was really cool.” Rob McCann finished third in his 3000 meter heat with a time of 8:18.76. In the women’s 3000 meter Krista Maguire finished third with a time of 9:56.22, a PR for Maguire. Emma Huston also placed ninth in the special heat of the 3000. Danyelle Cole ran a great race, missing her PR by just .04 seconds. Cole also posted a time of 22.54 seconds in the 200 meter dash. Senior Steven Jordan came in

with strong performances in the 400 meter and 200 meter dashes with times of 49.93 seconds and 22.23 seconds. “I was trying to just execute the plan coming into it. For the (400 meter) my focus was to get out strong. I’ve been trying to really push the first lap and then set myself up for a fast race and I did that well,” Jordan said. “(I) made it to the break and my time was a PR, but it wasn’t where I wanted it to be, so I just have to focus on the second lap a little more.” The banked track at Nebraska was different for the Bulldogs, who practice on the flat track in the upper level of the Knapp Center. This was something the runners had to get used to for the meet. “We had some personal bests, especially in the distance events,

so that was really nice to see and I’m happy for all of those guys and the sprinters. We’ll keep working and we should be ready to go for conference in a month. And then the jumpers get the week off so they should be refreshed and ready to go for Iowa State next week,” Jordan said. The men finished in 12th place overall of 17 teams who posted scores. The women did not post a score. Nebraska went home victorious in both the men’s and women’s divisions, followed in both by USC. Third place for the women was awarded to the hosts, Nebraska, while the bronze went to Illinois for the men. The team’s next competition is this weekend at the Iowa State Classic in Ames on Friday and Saturday.

# 12 | sports

Feb. 11, 2015


Lizzy plus 10: the Wendell family Andrew Beall Staff Writer @TheReallBeall33

Drake Women’s Basketball is off to an impressive start this season, winning 10 of 11 games in conference play, the second-best start in Drake basketball history. A huge part of this success is thanks to last season’s Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, Lizzy Wendell. Her sensational play in her sophomore season has made her the sixth leading scorer in the country, and is currently the highest scorer in the MVC. Her average of 23 points per game has earned Wendell national recognition as one of the best players in the country. However, few know that this basketball superstar is one of nine siblings. Growing up in that environment has helped her to become the player she is today. Most would expect that it wasn’t easy growing up with 11 people living under one roof, but Wendell said she had great relations with every single one of her siblings. “I loved it. Having seven sisters and a brother was pretty

cool,” Wendell said. The 20-year-old lands right in the middle of the lineup, which includes Tara (28), Megan (27), Kristen (25), Jennifer (22), Maria (18), Joe (16), Abby (13) and Grace (9). “It’s a great spot to be in and I have a good relationship with all of them because I’m not too different age-wise with anyone,” Wendell said. Basketball is a Wendell family tradition, passed down from Lizzy’s grandfather to her father and now on to her. “I played on a … league that my dad coached,” Wendell recalled. “I was in second or third grade and my sister was two grades above me and they didn’t have enough people so I started playing on their team: the Angels.” Her father worked to help her hone her skills, something she will always be grateful for. “He coached me from when I was young up until eighth grade, and taught me everything I know,” Wendell said. “I always worked on my shot outside with him.” Wendell’s father isn’t the only one who has supported Lizzy’s career, as her whole family has been there for her every step of the way.


Drake busy on signing day Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_Rogan Feb. 4 marked the opening of the signing period for both soccer and football, and both teams saw a swell of new recruits. The women’s soccer team received six commitments from excited Bulldogs-to-be. Grace Myers is one of those high school seniors who will be joining the Drake Class of 2019. Myers is a three time state champ while also making two national championship appearances with the Indiana Fire Juniors club team as a midfielder. A native of Chatham, Illinois, Maggie Juhlin has taken home the bronze, silver and gold in the state championship over the last three years as a defender and forward for Glenwood High School, while also earning allconference honors twice. Linda Fiorito was part of a state championship team the last two years with Blue Valley Northwest High School. This success is only matched by her play with the KC Metro Dynamos, the team winning the state championship for five years in a row. Bulldogs football saw 20 new

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players commit from 10 different states. Zac Rujawitz will be one of the leaders on the field for the class of 2019. A linebacker from Edwardsville, Illinois, Rujawitz led his team with 100 tackles, including six for a loss, in his senior campaign. Rujawitz was a first team selection in the Southwest Conference, St. Louis metro and all-area three years in a row. He also graduated as Edwardsville High School’s career leader with wins as a starter and tackles. Jeremiah Peoples of Savoy, Illinois scored three touchdowns in his senior season from the defensive side of the ball, returning two fumbles and an interception. He also recorded 83 tackles in his senior campaign and allotted 900 yards on kick returns. Offensive lineman Anthony Mooney was part of an 11-1 Ames High School team in his junior year, a team that would win the divisional championship. His efforts also got him noticed for all-conference honors and should be a contributing member to the MVC All-Academic Award winning Bulldogs, as he earned an all-academic award in high school.

- Erin Morgan - Jacob Mury - Luke Oja - Jeremiah Peoples - Zac Rujawitz - Andrew Vesper - Jakeb Yeggy SOCCER: - Alyssa Brand - Linda Fiorito - Elaine Gorom - Maggie Juhlin - Vanessa Kavan - Grace Myers

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“My parents and family and siblings are really supportive,” Wendell said. “My parents usually come to every home game here, which is awesome, and bring some of the kids.” It is comforting for Wendell to know that her family will always be cheering her on even if they cannot be there in person. Her grandparents make sure to catch every game on television and the rest of the family always keeps up with how she is doing. Growing up with so many siblings was something of a team sport, and those formative experiences taught Wendell how to be the best teammate she can be on the court. “As siblings we are all kind of similar, but we do have a lot of differences, so I think just having to get along with them and seeing what they need from me at different times has helped with how to handle different situations,” Wendell said. As the season moves towards its conclusion and with conference tournament play starting in early March, the pressure to win each game seems to increase. Wendell, however, feels prepared, knowing the expansive support system she has at her back.

LIZZY WENDELL was raised in Blue Springs, Missouri before coming to Drake and becoming the MVC scoring leader. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

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