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FRESHMAN KORI BABINEAUX drives to the basket against Green Bay on Saturday.



Monday February 25, 2013

Campus Calendar Tuesday Teach in China informational session 3:30-4:30 p.m. International Center, the Point Pre-Spring Silent Auction 4-6 p.m. Pomerantz Stage SAAC Student Athlete Talent Show 7 p.m. Harmon Fine Arts Center Writers and Critics, Phoebe Georeckner 7-8:30 p.m. Cowles Library Reading Room SAI Disney Recital 7:30-9 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium Teach in China Informational session 8-9 p.m. Medbury 221

Wednesday 2013-2014 Student Body Executive Officers Candidates Debate 5-6 p.m. Olmsted Sussman Theater

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Team eyes trip to the championships Brianna Steirer

Staff Writer

Drake University’s Mock Trial team has established a tradition of excellence. The 2012-13 team, under the leadership of junior and President Ray Barr, is carrying on that tradition this year. After two second place victories in February, including one at regionals, the team will be continuing on to the Opening Round Championships (ORCs). A top six finish at ORCs would catapult the team to the big show — the National Championships in Washington, D.C. Drake is no stranger to the biggest stage in mock trial, making three appearances and nailing down two victories. The hopefulness for another return to the national championships is on Barr’s mind. “(This season) is going very well, it is the most successful season we have had since I have been at Drake,” Barr said. This success may be due to the hardworking individuals that make up the Drake Mock Trial Team. The mock trial team works endlessly to maintain its reputa-

tion as one of the best in the nation. Practices usually consist of about nine hours a week, and weekends are often spent on the road, competing in cities all over the Midwest, such as St. Louis and Minneapolis. Though the work is tough, first-year Brittany Fish cites the versatility of Mock Trial as one of the most enjoyable aspects about being involved with the group. “My favorite part is getting to act as both a plaintiff attorney and a defense witness. It allows me to really get a feel for the law and to become comfortable with arguing, public speaking and thinking on my feet under pressure,” Fish said. In preparation for its upcoming competition in the ORCs, the team is working even harder to make sure it is ready for the best of the best. “We start up again this week and will reassign any parts necessary so that we can have the strongest scoring team at ORCs,” Fish said. The team’s focus is not only on

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MEMBERS OF MOCK TRAIL pose after winning a recent competition.

Photo Essay

Chinese Night offers insight into culture

Haunted History 7-10 p.m. Upper Olmsted

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SAB’s lips are sealed when it comes to the Relays band PAGE 2

Opinions Making New York Fashion Week trends DSM wearable PAGE 3

Features Aches alleviated through massage in Wellness Center PAGE 4

Sports Women’s Basketball earns first MVC road win of season

Jeremy Leong | staff photographer

STUDENTS ENJOY A FIRST-HAND LOOK into Chinese culture on Saturday night. The Chinese New Year, a traditional two week holiday, started on Feb. 10. The theme this year was “A Step Into the Past.”





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News Science and Tech

New initiative looks to map the human brain Kathryn Kriss

Staff Writer

The Human Genome Project, launched in 1990 by the U.S. government, aimed to identify and map all 20,000-25,000 genes of the human genome. The goal was to figure out where each gene was, what it did and how it affects the body to produce characteristics like blue eyes or diseases like Huntington’s disease. Recently, President Barack Obama has drafted a new initiative to try the same thing except with mapping the human brain. This idea, still in the proposal stage, would look on a much smaller scale at exactly how the brain functions. Tiny functional units that send electrical signals throughout the brain and to the body, called neurons, exist in billions. These neurons that take information from the body to the

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brain or from the brain to the body are all part of one big autonomic nervous system, which tells your body what to do and how to react either consciously or unconsciously. Jerry Honts, associate professor and chair of the biology department at Drake, thinks that charting the neurons is something long overdue, but poses a serious challenge. “One of the hardest tasks of biology is understanding the brain on the cellular level,” he said. He, along with hoards of other biologists and neurologists, want to know where the neurons are, where they go, and how they’re connected. Some experimental research has already been done in this area. Scientists have been able to map out most of the neurons on extremely simple animals like nematodes and fruit flies, both of which have several hundred thou-

sand neurons, but never on a scale as large or complex as a human brain. Honts said the current method of looking at the brain is very indirect, it would take something as invasive as slicing open somebody’s head and sticking a micro-

scopic camera into a live brain to really get a good picture. Another alternative involves fluorescently tagging specific pathways. “We are able to differently color different neurons, which results in what we call a Brainbow,” Honts said. He hopes that due to

the increased effort to see more of the brain, technology will advance to keep up with the speed of the project. Sophomore biochemistry cell and molecular biology and neuroscience major Matthew Wright is a bit more skeptical. “I think it’s an admirable project, but overly ambitious,” Wright said. Wright thinks that the proposal in its current condition still has too many unanswered questions. “The brain is so connected,” Wright said. “Where would you start? Where would you stop?” Because of its ability to process on multiple levels at the same time, scientists would be forced to look at one level at a time only, too much specific detail for Wright’s opinion. His biggest concern is that they will lose the forest for sake of the trees. While many see brain mapping as a cool new initiative, other peo-

ple have a hard time seeing what it will mean until the end. The study will result in a greater understanding of the brain, and likewise a greater understanding of how neurological issues are developed and how they can be resolved. Wright also mentioned how the biggest immediate impact the project will have comes in the form of an economic stimulus. While the project does cost significant amounts of money, he thinks that the investment will be worth it in the jobs it will create and the technology it will spawn. The brain mapping initiative has yet to be sold to benefactors or the American public. Charting the human brain is expected to be on the technological horizon within the next 20 years.

‘Name recognition’ factors into selecting Relays band

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RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS performs on Court Avenue during Relays week last spring. This year’s band won’t be announced until Blitz Day, which will take place be held on April 10. Courtney Fishman

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The Student Activities Board is keeping a secret. A secret that will cost $15,000. A secret that will not be shared until Blitz Day, April 10. The bands committee of SAB is hard at work picking a band for Relays. As the most costly subgroup of SAB, spending $35,000 of the total $152,000 set aside yearly, the pressure is on to find a music group that the student body will enjoy as a whole. “The goal of the Relays concert, as opposed to other concerts we put on, is name recognition,” Adam Lutz, bands committee chair, said. “So we’re spending a lot of money on this show because we really want students to come. And students aren’t going to come if they don’t know who the artist is.” The process for picking a band starts with Lutz. Along with talking to agents about pricing, he pools a list of bands that he feels students have heard of and would like to hear live. “Besides myself though, I definitely try

MOCK TRIAL, page 1 the success of this season, however. Barr has his mind on even bigger goals for the future. “My goals are two fold. First, lay the foundation for the next year. Second, to make sure everyone is learning and per-

to use my committee,” Lutz said. “I pitch them ideas ... to get some feedback on (the bands) and to find a broader viewpoint so it’s not just me.” Last semester the committee met four times, but spent most of their time communicating on Facebook through sharing and liking videos of bands via YouTube. Sophomore and second-year committee member Maryna Rath wishes that the club could be more interactive. “Last year we did more interactions with the bands,” Rath said. “I think twice I got to go and set up and hang out with the bands before, and then we went to eat with them at Drake Diner and talk to them oneon-one, so it’s really cool.” Drake hosted artists in the past including The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Nappy Roots, Hellogoodbye and Eric Hutchinson, but finding an artist was left until last minute. “Last year we established an agreement with Court Ave. Brewery and it had to go through Drake’s legal attorneys ... so we weren’t able to start seeking bands until after March 9,” SAB president and 2011 bands chair Carly Kinzler. “This year since

that agreement had already been established we were able to start a lot sooner. So it’s made planning a lot easier and less pressure because of the time crunch.” However, although the committee has much more time this year, the bands committee undergoes plenty of stress. “You want to choose the right band for students,” Kinzler said. “You want to try to get something that will appeal to a large number of people on campus. So it’s I guess a lot of pressure in a way and you just want to make sure you’re making the right choice.”

The concert drew in approximately 500600 people last spring, although Kinzler mentioned it was hard to keep track. “We provide continuous bussing starting at 7 p.m. until around 12 or 1 a.m.,” Kinzler said. “The first opening band goes on at 7:30 p.m., second opening band at 9:30 and the (headlining) band usually goes on at 10:30 p.m.” While the band names will not be released until April 10, Lutz hinted at one thing. “It’s a band that people will have heard of,” he said.

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Student Senate didn’t meet this week due inclement weather and campus subsequently shutting down for the night. Senate meetings will return this Thursday, Feb. 28 at 9 p.m. in room 201(the “Fishbowl”) of Cowles Library.




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Opinions&Editorials Column


NY Fashion Week Dessen books ‘hook’ readers

Runway trends to utilize Novels of teenage love captivating

Emily Tozer Columnist New York Fashion Week: When the fashion editors, fashion buyers, fashion bloggers and more flock to the city for the shows and I watch the instant photos go up on and catch up on all the news via Fashionista. After the fact, though, I did my fair share of stalking research and can assure you that large, colorful fur coats and full patterned, brocade suits will be all the rage on Drake’s campus next fall. Not buying it? Ok, there are a few other trends from the runways that will work in real life. Black and white was almost ubiquitous at the fall shows — each designer showed it in their own way, of course. The two designers at Proenza Schouler did a 180 from last season’s vibrant prints and instead played with silhouettes in an entirely neutral palette: Black leather slouchy pants, a crisp, full white jacket and side paneled black and white pants were among the highlights. Rachel Zoe mixed tailored black menswear pieces with glamorous, white sparkly dresses. In what Wu called his most grown-up collection to date, cheeky sheer panels

and edgy leather offset the sophisticated shapes. Whether you love a structured blazer, die for a feminine pleated dress or are drawn to relaxed pants, you can easily update your look with a few cool black and white pieces. Both Wu and Altuzarra dabbled in another big fall trend: Fur. One of my favorites was an almost Cruella de Vil-like knee-length number at Altuzarra. From there, they only got more colorful. Oscar de la Renta had a few navy and burgundy furs while Peter Som showed more vibrant orange and blues. Before you write off this trend as something saved for the big cities, think about investing in a faux fur vest or coat next season. There’s nothing warmer, and that’s about as practical as you can get in terms of Iowa winters. Aside from your usual jewel tones (Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Narciso Rodriguez were a few contenders), leather (Burberry, Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein) and menswear (Victoria Beckham, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone) trends, another big one was prints and fabric blocking. With all-over printed maxi dresses at Jenni Kanye and Alice + Olivia to mixed patterns on skirts and jackets at Oscar de la Renta, full printed suits at Kate Spade and Behnaz Sarafpour, you can be sure this is one trend that’s sticking around. A full print is the easiest place to start, but don’t be afraid to try mixing them either. After all, fashion’s about having fun.

Tozer is a senior magazines major and can be reached at emily.tozer@


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SARAH DESSEN’S BOOK, “JUST LISTEN” is one of many books people avidly read by the author along with “The Truth About Forever,” “Keeping the Moon,” “What Happened to Good-by” and “Lock and Key.”

Kayla Day Columnist Sarah Dessen is a name that many teenage girls recognize. Dessen writes, as I would describe, coming-of-age books for any situation from divorce to the death of a parent. While the style of Dessen’s are all similar, each story offers a new perspective to a different issue that many teenage girls face. Dessen’s main message are circled around love, but not focused in the romantic way. Every story does contain a little bit of romance, nothing over the top, but appro-

priate for teenagers to read about. Her main focus is on growing up and becoming the person you are meant to be and how relationships and love play into that. I got my first experience reading one of her books in eighth grade. From the moment I opened “Keeping the Moon,” I was hooked. Since reading my first Sarah Dessen book I have collected and reread all of them. Even in my dorm room, I have my entire Sarah Dessen book collection on display in a pile, ready for me to pick up and reread at any given moment. Personally, my favorite Dessen novel is “What Happened to Goodbye.” This is Dessen’s most recent novel centered around Mclean, a young girl dealing with her parents divorce in her own way: creating new identities when she moves to a new town. If you haven’t read any of Dessen’s books, I strongly suggest that you do. Sarah Dessen’s 11th novel “The Moon and More” will be out in June. The beauty of Dessen’s novels is how easy it is for

the reader to connect to the characters of the books and take part in the character’s adventures right along side them. I may be a little older than her target audience, but the language, stories and messages Dessen portrays in all of her novels is something that still apply to me even as I become an adult. I know I am not the only Dessen fan that has not been disappointed by any of her books; her stories are unique to Dessen’s writing style and are hard to duplicate. If you are still wary about picking up a new book mid-semester, no worries, Dessen’s novels are the perfect summer reads (considering most of them are set during the summer), so make time, grab one and get sucked into the fictional worlds of Colby and Lakeview, you won’t regret it. Day is a sophomore public relations and political science major and can be reached at

Sports scandals portray lack of privacy for athletes Tad Unruh Columnist Negativity, malice and egregious scandal have hung over the sports world in the past three months like a never-ending thunderstorm, raining down news fodder one by one. If you’re a true pessimist then you could make the argument that it has been hovering since the breaking of the Ohio State scandal in spring 2011 followed by the disgusting truth at Penn State in only a few months later. But through the mud and muck of deceit, lies and perfor-

mance enhancing drugs stories of the past three months, there lies one story that has equally baffled and changed the journalism profession as a whole. Manti Te’o’s Grandma and supposed girlfriend both died Sept. 12, 2012. His grandmother died of leukemia and his girlfriend of a car crash just six hours later. Emotional devastation descended upon Te’o’s personal life and his bereavement for both women soon became intertwined with his national identity. This is a narrative that has been tied to sports and life since as long as I can remember. Yet it hasn’t been challenged. Not until Te’o. A family member passing has forever been marked as a source of undeniable grief and playing for them, or dedicating performances to their deceased loved ones’ memories, has long been standard practice for inspiration and rallying cries. These tragedies are never to be taken lightly. It is the death of another human being, a family member no less and someone who

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is still loved and remembered ­­— a loss that shakes an athlete to the core. These story lines often produce emotional and inspirational performances or displays such as former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre throwing for 311 yards and four touchdowns in a win against Oakland in 2003, the day after his father passed. They also cause athletes to evaluate their motives and emotions, example Michael Jordan honoring his father by retiring from basketball and becoming a Birmingham Baron outfielder. The media followed this same narrative with Manti Te’o’s story. Te’o heartbroken and tugging at the public’s heartstrings, never once thought to divulge that his relationship with his girlfriend was only over the phone. Whether he thought this information was ill suited for timing, irrelevant or just embarrassing, it was ultimately his decision to not divulge the nature of his relationship. That’s where it all went wrong for journalists. Rather than investi-

gate the story, journalists jumped on the latest grief-wagon. That’s when it came crashing down. On Jan. 16, two writers at published an expose, showing that, at the very least, Te’o had not been honest about his relationship. In the ensuing mess after the article broke other news sites were looking for someone, anyone to blame. They began to blame themselves. It was an untouchable storyline — it’s solid, it’s someone who died. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo the purported voice at the end of the phone for Te’o, duped the entire nation and journalists will pay the price for it. Today’s sports media culture is extremely intensive. Athletes meet daily with the media, poring over mundane defensive tendencies, to their day to day lives with families, friends and significant others. The press has been able to respect that right of privacy, free from asking intrusive questions or endlessly stalking athletes as much as most other celebrities. But that level of trust and

privacy has been violated to the umpteenth degree. As a journalist, am I allowed to ask if a person’s significant other is real or not? Why they have cancer? More importantly, is that the expectation going forward? As awkward as it may be, are we supposed to ask them to present evidence that their significant other has passed? The transparency an athlete is allowed to have in their private life will be constantly questioned from this day forward. This is now beyond a bizarre set of rules that in its next instance will be treaded on eggshells. We can no longer say, “They’re playing for their loved ones’ memories,” without our eyes double-checking every fact, holding our finger above the enter button on every Tweet and staking our reputations on every sentence in print. Our jobs just became consequentially harder. Unruh is a senior sociology and radio double major and can be reached at

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Features Take a Look

Ethical elections run by Election Commission Races for Drake Senate seats monitored by students on EC

Larissa Wurm

Staff Writer

Election season has officially begun. Drake University elections, that is. And to make sure that all is fair and all rules are being followed is the Drake Election Commission. There is a set of bylaws that all candidates are required to follow. If any of those rules are violated, then they must go to a hearing in front of the Election Commission, a panel of students who monitor campus elections. “We look at each violation on a case-to-case basis,” Julianne Klampe, a sophomore international relations and politics major and the co-chair of the Election Commission said. “Then, we might issue either a warning or a punishment to the candidate.” Klampe ran for Student Senate last year. Punishments are either monetary or within a point system. Depending on the violation, a candidate may receive a certain amount of points. Once the points go over 500, the candidates are taken off the ballot. Matthew Van Hoeck, a senior environmental policy and law, politics and society major, and Election Commission co-chair, said people rarely break 500. “However, if it is a violation of an ethics code, that is an automatic 501 and the candidate will be taken off the ballot,” Van Hoeck

said. The Election Commission also addresses complaints that are filed against candidates. “The most difficult part of the job as a Commission member, to me, was learning the by-laws,” said Drake alumna Jessie Hill, who was the former chair of the commission.

“We look at each violation on a caseto-case basis. Then, we might issue either a warning or a punishment to the candidate.” — Julianne Klampe, Election Commission co-chair

Hill said people also don’t know all the planning that goes into student election. “The chair and co-chair have so much to go keep track of. From making sure all emails are answered, to organizing the Commission together every night of the election, monitoring all can-

didate activity and checking the complaint box,” she said. Van Hoeck has also added online activity to that list. He sets up the online voting system that everyone sees on blueView and is also trying to promote more awareness of the elections online. “Go vote!” he said. The Drake Election Commission started a Facebook page with all updates. Van Hoeck has also been tweeting updates like upcoming events and petition due dates. One of Klampe’s favorite parts of being on the commission is election night. “We eat pizza and stay up late to announce the results at 12:01 a.m.,” Klampe said. “It’s really funny to see how many votes Drake Squirrel gets each election.” In the past, members of Election Commission are recruited by members of the previous year. “Others should get involved to understand how election management operates,” Hill said. “I loved every minute of Election Commission, even the stressful parts, and I wouldn’t trade my experiences with it for the world. It’s such an interesting process.” If anyone is interested in the future, they should speak to the chair(s), current members or student senators.


Members of the ELECTION COMMISSION address the crowd at last year’s first-year senator elections.

Campus News

Convenient and cheap massages at Drake Bell center offers massage services to students, athletes Katherine Hunt

Staff Writer

Massage: A form of releasing tension throughout the body. These services are available throughout the globe, and now they’re offered at Drake? That’s right. Drake University offers multiple massage services at the Bell Center and has done so for well over a decade. To those who don’t hit the spa frequently, massages are a great way to take care of one’s body. Besides achieving ultimate relaxation, massage therapy has other benefits such as increasing blood circulation, preventing personal injuries and relieving both chronic and temporary aches and pains.

All of these benefits also lead to skip and a jump from dorms or lower than most spas and studios a critical winning point for why apartments. We understand that in the area,” said Determann. students get masAs a comparison, the cost of sages — they proa massage at a local vide extreme stress masseuse is $50 for relief. just 35 minutes, and “We have three very talented Getting a masthat’s just for a simsage on campus has ple basic massage of massage therapists who are enormous benefits. the back and nothing flexible in terms of scheduling. Johanna Determann, more. The cost at the assistant director of Bell Center is $30 for Massages take place in the Bell wellness and user of half an hour, $50 for Center, so it’s just a hop, skip and a massage therapy, sees 50 minutes and so on. three important beneDirector of Drake jump from dorms or apartments.” fits: convenience, flexWellness Jana Peteribility and price. son recommends that — Johanna Determann, Drake director of wellness “We have three all students, faculty very talented masand staff try getting sage therapists who a massage at least are flexible in terms of once as well as bescheduling. Massages take place students are on tight budgets, ing proactive about their personal in the Bell Center, so it’s just a hop, therefore we have our rates set health.


“Sometimes, we do not understand the stress our body has been under. Taking a half hour or an hour can make a huge difference, and you can start to see benefits right away,” Peterson said. “It would be best not get to a point where you are beyond stressed. Be proactive with your health and start taking care of your body now.” To acquire your own massage session, contact the Drake Wellness Program at (515) 271-2027. Each session is made by appointment. The forms of massage therapy offered are therapeutic, Swedish, deep tissue and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi.



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PageFive Around Des Moines

DSM Botanical Center hosts Show House

Greenhouse’s mystery theme offers ‘intimacy with plants’ Emily Hecker

of full-grown trees greets visitors in the conservatory, potted seedlings are in abundance in the Show House. Soft beams of sunlight stream “It’s kind of like the green through a plate-glass roof warmhouse behind the scenes,” Amaning hundreds of leaves. Potted da Schutte, horticulturist, said. coleus, ferns, poinsettias and “You come into a conservatory other plant species fill the space. and you see all the plants and it’s A pergola of rough-hewn timbers great, but there’s actually a lot extends across the center, supmore behind what goes on there porting vines and hanging plants. than people think.” The fragrance of orchids sweetShow House displays are the ens the air. Rusted vents rumble results of a collaborative effort overhead as they circulate fresh between the staff at the botanical air throughout the greenhouse. garden and the Polk County MasTucked away, beyond a cinder ter Gardeners. The botanical garblock hallway filled with photoden provides the space and plants graphs, is the Show House at the for the displays, while the MasGreater Des Moines Botanical ter Gardeners create them. “This Center. A pale green sign invites place wouldn’t run without volunvisitors to “Please come in — our teers and people like the Master house is your house.” The staff at Gardeners,” said Schutte. the center takes this philosophy It takes about two to three to heart and transforms a simple months of plangreenhouse into ning for the a Show House committee that fosters a of Master sense of intimacy Gardeners with plants. to decide “You get lost in on a theme this world that’s and delegate created at arm, tasks. Volhand and people unteers then level and isn’t so spend a Satexpansive as the urday teargreenhouse of the ing down dome might be,” the previous Kelly Norris, horexhibit. Over ticulture manager, the course said. “It’s a more inof the next timate space to eneight days, counter finer scale they prep the things: plants in Show House containers, plants and install with smaller flowthe new disers that might be play. The Maslost in the sheer ter Gardencontext of the coners change servatory.” out the Show The Show House every House currently six weeks. has a mystery Besides theme. The first getting sevof eight whimsical eral new disdisplay features a — Kelly Norris, horticulture manager plays this white sign telling year, the the tale of poor Mr. Show House Plant who met his will also have untimely demise its entrance at the hands of Ms. rebuilt. Ima Green-Thumb. Since so It is then up to the visitor many visitors tend to walk past to explore the floral display and it, the Show House is a bit of a deduce which common gardening well-kept secret for the botanical tool was employed as a murder garden. The current path around weapon. A sign next to each pothe conservatory does not suggest tential weapon educates visitors that visitors should follow it back on its proper usage for gardening. to the Show House. Each of the other seven dis“The (new) pathway to the plays in the Show House allows Show House, which will be to your visitors to explore mysteries right as you walk in, will be a little ranging from murder to nature. more direct,” said Norris. “We’re “One exhibit has compost: the looking forward to a whole new mystery of how plants turn from beginning.” leaves to nice composted soil,” Josh Schultes, Show House team Botanical Center Hours: lead, said. “I like the idea that we Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. can really showcase our horticultural skills and the educational Location: aspect of it.” 909 Robert D. Ray Drive The Show House also gives visDes Moines, IA 50316 itors a glimpse of the cultivation process plants go through before Phone: (515) 323-6290 they make it into the full-scale conservatory. While a canopy

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“You get lost in this world that’s created at arm, hand and people level and isn’t so expansive as the greenhouse of the dome might be.”

Emily Hecker | staff photographer

THE BOTANICAL CENTER’S SHOW HOUSE is hosting a mystery theme following the plot line of Mr. Plant and his demise under the hands of Ms. Ima Green-Thumb. The Show House is located in the dome of the center.

Check it out>>> Monday >Java Joe’s Open Jam >Java Joe’s Coffeehouse >7-10 p.m.

Tuesday >Madai Taylor Exhibit >Moberg Gallery >5-8 p.m.

Tuesday >Team Trivia >The Gas Lamp >7:30 p.m.

Wednesday >David Zollo >El Bait Shop >8-11 p.m.

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Sports Men’s Basketball

Drake topples Green Bay in BracketBusters Bulldogs play consistent defense despite Clarke’s absence

Joel Venzke | staff photographer

FRESHMAN GUARD KORI BABINEAUX drives to the hoop against Green Bay in BracketBusters action on Saturday night at the Knapp Center. Babineaux scored 10 points against the Phoenix. Tad Unruh

Staff Writer

It’s nearly March, and the brackets are already looking to bust. As part of Ramada Worldwide’s famous BracketBuster basketball weekend, the Drake Bulldogs and Horizon League foe Green Bay Phoenix faced off in a charged Knapp Center environment. After a back-and-forth first half the Bulldogs took over in the second half and handily dispatched the Phoenix 71-54. The underlying story of the game was senior leader Jordan Clarke, who did not suit up for the game due to knee problems. Drake head coach Mark Phelps is extremely circumspect about his senior’s injury and extensive play. “Jordan is in full-maintenance mode right now, just like he has been all year long,” Phelps said. “He came to me last night and said the way it was feeling, he didn’t think he was going to be able to go (Saturday night).” The first half began as a tale of two benches. An early aggressive tempo by both teams led to nearly as many fast baskets as turnovers. Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes then ig-


nited a run with three straight 3-point possessions to put the Phoenix ahead 17-7. Then, Drake began to claw its way back into the game. A three by senior Ben Simons, an acrobatic lane driving layup by freshman Kori Babineaux and a 3-pointer by redshirt sophomore Jeremy Jeffers brought the Bulldogs within one, but they could not get over the hump. Both teams’ benches contributed big baskets. Brennan Cougill started the Green Bay run with a crowd-hushing 3-pointer and added another six points to put them up early. Drake had a bench answer of its own with Babineaux, who on concurrent possessions turned Phoenix turnovers into baskets and got the crowd barking back behind the Bulldogs. “Kori has played the way we have seen him play in practice, he’s a really talented athletic strong explosive guard,” Phelps said. “He had some finishes especially in the first half, that’s unique to our guard corps.” The rest of the half turned into a threepoint slugfest, Drake led by Simons with 11 first half points, who on three of the teams’ last four possessions netted a trey ball. The teams traded baskets until the last Bulldog possession, when Simons beat the shot clock

to put Drake up two at the break. Drake was extremely hot before the break shooting 51 percent from the field and 45 percent from behind the arc. A big part of that run was fifth-year senior Chris Hines, who made four three-point baskets in the game. “I got some open shots, some good looks,” Hines said. “Seth (VanDeest) definitely made it easier for me with his offensive rebounding and hitting me in position to shoot.” The Bulldog’s torrid shooting continued through the second half. Simons started the second half the same way he ended it, with a momentum-setting trey that would soon turn into a 11-2 run. Initial hot shooting cooled off but at the 10-minute mark set in motion another 3-pointer-riddled run for Drake. The 10-0 run put Drake up 64-46 and the Phoenix in the rearview mirror. The barrage of threepoint baskets and staunch defense forced multiple Green Bay turnovers, off of which the Bulldogs would convert 20 points. Senior Seth VanDeest anchoring the middle scored many of those second-half points with Clarke on the bench. “Coach (Phelps) was telling us we definitely need to crash the boards, and once

I got confident with myself, and the rest of the team started picking up the slack, where (Clarke) brings a lot of energy on both ends,” VanDeest said. The stat lines were extremely Bulldogheavy. Three starters put up double figures for Drake. Simons led the way with 16 points and seven rebounds on 6-10 shooting from the field and 4-6 from three-point range. VanDeest put up a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 5-11 from the floor. Hines shot 4-6 from three and put up 14. Kori Babineaux poured in 10, pulled down seven rebounds in just 13 minutes at the sixth man spot. Final team stats were as follows: Drake shot 48.1 percent from the field to Green Bay’s 33.9 percent. Drake shot 42.9 percent from the three-point arc to Green Bay’s 20 percent. The Bulldogs out-rebounded and out-assisted the Phoenix across the board. Green Bay only had two players in double figures, Sykes and Cougill, with 12 points apiece. As Green Bay’s second-leading scorer on the season, Alec Brown was held to four points. The Bulldogs take this non-conference win into their upcoming game at Indiana State this Wednesday at 6:05 p.m.

Badminton returns with surprising intensity, popularity One of intramurals’ most underrated sports has made a comeback. Badminton started this week with record-breaking numbers. When I signed up to take a badminton shift, I was prepared for a calm, quiet night compared to competitive basketball. I was very surprised when participants showed up a half an hour early to warm up in matching outfits. Over 35 contestants came out for intramural badminton this past Wednesday. The best part about the night was not the sheer numbers but the environment in the Bell Center. There was certainly more excitement than your average Wednesday night. Badminton may be a foreign sport for many of you readers. So for anyone questioning what the big deal about badminton is, here

are some reasons to get your serving arm stretched. Badminton may seem like a backyard party game, but it is actually a very effective way to stay in shape. My high school had a badminton team who was famous for its stamina and conditioning. It would run just as much as the varsity track team. Why? According to the head coach, playing a full match of singles badminton is equivalent to running a mile. There are a lot of short quick movements in badminton. It is deceiving, but every quick movement eventually adds up to be a mile long. Personally, I would rather run a mile playing badminton than running on a treadmill. In intramurals, we do not play full matches but we do have multiple short matches that should have the same effect.


I have always been very adamant about the healthy benefits of playing intramurals. One of the most important benefits of intramurals is the stress release. Badminton is one of my favorite stress release sports. Many people may wonder why, of all sports, is badminton a good stress reliever. Think about it — when players are stressed sometimes they get more aggressive than normal. While playing a sport like basketball or football that natural aggression will be taken out on other players. In badminton, however that aggression can be taken out using a racket. Unlike tennis, hitting someone with a birdie in badminton hurts a lot less. Hitting a birdie as hard as possible does not work the same way as hitting a tennis ball. It is possible to hurt someone badly with a tennis ball. To hurt

someone with a birdie takes more technique. This way (as long as you do not hit your doubles partner with your racket) people can work out their aggression without endangering others. Now that everyone has changed his or her previous perceptions about badminton, I am sure our participation will increase twofold next year. If you cannot wait to get a badminton fix, then check out the doubles tournament on Wednesday at 9 p.m. In honor of badminton, here is a badminton rule reminder. A serve has to be underhand. It also has to land in the box directly diagonal from the server. As always stay safe and play ball (or birdie).

Joanie Barry Columnist

Barry is a junior radio-television and secondary education double major and can be reached at joan.



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Defense lifts Drake to first Valley road win Ashley Beall

Staff Writer

Joel Venzke | staff photographer

JUNIOR FORWARD MORGAN REID drives to the basket against Missouri State on Feb. 16 at the Knapp Center.

The Bulldogs defeated the No. 5 UNI Panthers this past Saturday at the McLeod Center, 82-67. This is the second time Drake has beaten Northern Iowa this season. The Bulldogs were on fire, and sophomore Kyndal Clark led the way with 23 points and six rebounds. Freshman Ashley Bartow continued her hot streak with 16 points and eight rebounds while Mary Pat Specht added 15 points. Sophomore Cara Lutes also added 10 points for the Bulldogs. “I thought we played a great all-around team game today, and it was sparked by our defense especially in the second half,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk said in a Drake athletics press release. “We did a great job pressuring the ball, and it really helped us setting up our offense and we were aggressive on the offensive end.” Throughout the game, the largest lead for the Bulldogs was 24 points in the second half with 2:49 left. The Bulldogs shot 57.9 percent from the field and 56.5 percent from the 3-point line while the Panthers shot 21.7 percent from behind the arc. Jacqui Kalin, who has scored

in the double digits 24 times this season, finished with 25 points. The Panthers’ Hannah Schonhardt scored 14 points. “We got great production from the bench today and you need that on the road especially in a tough conference like ours,” Baranczyk said. “UNI is a great team, and I think they took us off the dribble a little too much and we turned it over a few too many times. Jacqui Kalin is a great player who deserves to be in (MVC) Player of the Year discussions.” The Panthers and the Bulldogs were evenly matched from the start of the game with a score of 8-8 at the first media timeout. However, the Bulldogs eventually pulled away with a 48-39 lead over the Panthers at the end of the first half. From the start of the second half, the Bulldogs jumped the gun and started to pull away from the Panthers and went on a 23-6 scoring run. This win marks the first time the Bulldogs have swept the series against the Panthers throughout the season since their 2003-2004 season. The Bulldogs are back in action against Valley rival Creighton in Omaha at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday.

Track and Field

Twombly paces Drake on day one of MVC Championships Taylor Soule

Sports Editor

Drake track and field opened the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship with a statement on Saturday, courtesy of senior thrower Isaac Twombly. Twombly shattered his own school record in the weight throw

Men’s Tennis

to win the event with a toss of 687.25. Junior Andy Curtis finished ninth in the weight throw with a personal best toss of 60-8.00. In preliminary action on the track, several Bulldogs registered promising performances. Junior sprinter and hurdler Travis Marsh qualified for the 200-meter finals on Sunday with

a preliminary time of 22.27 on Saturday. In the 60-meter hurdles, Marsh clocked a time of 8.07 to qualify for the finals. A pair of Bulldogs qualified for the 400-meter finals. Junior Ian Wells led the way with a time of 49.35 seconds to take third. Junior Brett Wright finished in 49.55 seconds to claim eighth. In distance competition, fifth-

year senior Charlie Lapham qualified for Sunday’s 800-meter finals with a time of 1:55.08. The Bulldogs sit in fifth place after the first day of competition. In Drake women’s action, seniors Sarah Yeager and Marissa Smith paced the Bulldogs with a 1-2 finish in the 60-meter hurdles, respectively. Yeager recorded a time of 8.41 to take the top spot.

Smith finished just 0.08 seconds behind Yeager to take the second spot entering Sunday’s finals. Senior sprinter Whitney Westrum qualified for the 400-meter finals with a time of 57.16. Check back with The TimesDelphic on Thursday for the results of Sunday’s MVC finals.

Winning streak hits 10 with victory over Broncos ‘High intensity’ doubles play aids Drake against Western Michigan Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

The No. 36 Drake men’s tennis team continued its winning ways this past Saturday, as it pushed its winning streak to 10 straight after dispatching the Western Michigan Broncos 6-1 in Iowa City. The Bulldogs went into the match looking to get an early advantage by capturing the doubles point, and they did just that. Drake was led by junior Robin Goodman and sophomore Ben Mullis at the third doubles spot. The duo rushed out to an 8-3 win over Jim Beckwith and Ross VanderPloeg of Western Michigan. Seniors James McKie and Anis Ghorbel, ranked No. 28 in the nation in doubles, then captured the doubles point after an 8-6 win over Ruben Greiner and Nadin Indre at the top doubles slot. Freshman Ben Lott and sophomore Alen Salibasic also won their match 8-6 at the second slot. “We managed to sweep doubles against a good team,” McKie said. “Especially impressed with the way Robin (Goodman) and Ben (Mullis) played. They destroyed their opponents and put us in a good position for the rest of doubles.” “We played with a high intensity and just did the basic things very well,” Goodman added. As the match shifted into singles play, the Broncos responded by taking the first match at the top singles spot. Western Michigan’s Indre took out No. 72 McKie 6-2, 6-2 to tie the score at 1-1. The Bulldogs took over from then on, though, with Goodman once again leading the charge for Drake. Goodman would easily dispatch

Greiner 6-3, 6-3 at the third position. The Bulldogs kept rolling at the fifth position, where Mullis took out Pablo Mora 6-1, 6-4. “I played a solid match doing the basics well to achieve the desired result,” Mullis said. “I served and returned well, and the rest took care of itself.” The last straight-sets win of the day came from the racquet of No. 45 Ghorbel, who beat VanderPloeg 7-5, 6-1. With the match already decided in the Bulldogs’ favor, the two remaining matches were battles at the fourth and sixth singles positions. Lott came back from losing the first set 5-7, to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-4. Salibasic’s match was close throughout, though, with the Drake sophomore narrowly winning the first set 7-6 (4) before losing the second 4-6. Salibasic and his opponent Aaron Wong then moved into a third set super-tiebreaker, which Salibasic would win 10-8 to put the final score at 6-1 for the Bulldogs. “My energy dropped down during the second, and that is probably why I lost it,” Salibasic said. “I just needed to make sure to get my intensity going again in the third and close it out.” Drake will return to Iowa City on Wednesday to take on in-state rival Iowa. The last time the Bulldogs traveled to Iowa City was in the 2011 spring season, and Iowa won 5-2. Last season, the Bulldogs dominated the Hawkeyes 7-0 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center, though, and are looking for a similar result this week.

Morgan Dezenski | staff photographer

SOPHOMORE ALEN SALIBASIC prepares to serve against Nebraska-Kearney on Feb. 3 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The Bulldogs dispatched Western Michigan 6-1 in non-conference action on Saturday in Iowa City.



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Unique Campuses across the country What awesome things should we have on Drake’s campus? Tweet @timesdelphic using the hashtag #CoolCampus


Social and Academic - Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University From

Napping or Puppies - University of Colorado at Boulder and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia

This honors college provides many amenities including outdoor fireplaces and patios, volleyball court, large outdoor community event space with courtyards, organic garden and a dining hall with a patio, refectory, small rooms and open social space. It’s academic amenities include an outdoor amphitheater and small outdoor classrooms adjacent to residences.

Harvard may be petitioning for a nap room in it’s library, but University of Colorado at Boulder has had a nap program of its own since 2009. On any given Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can find faculty watching over slumbering students in the student union’s Siesta Room. Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia implemented a puppy room during finals week last semester. Three days out of the week students were invited to de-stress with dogs from Therapeutic Paws of Canada.


Showers and Lockers - Emory University, Georgia

Caught in the rain or Georgia heat, throughout the campus there are locations for students and faculty to shower and store extra belongings in lockers. Buildings with showers include: Mathematics and Science Center, Psychology Building, Goizueta Business School and Woodruff Library.


Aquatic Centers - Texas Tech University and Boston University

At Texas Tech University students enjoy an outdoor water park extravaganza equipped with a 645-foot winding lazy river, 20-person hot tub and a cascading water wet deck. Boston University’s aquatic center contains a lazy river, 15-person whirl pool, 10-lane by 16-lane pool with depths sloping from 7 feet to 13.5 feet, and a smaller pool providing three 20-yard lanes with a zero depth ramp for wheelchairs and slopes to 5 feet.



Laundry Services - Davidson College, North Carolina

Davidson provides free laundry services through Lula Bell Houston Laundry. Clothes are washed, dried and wrapped for pick-up, dress shirts/blouses are pressed, bedding is cleaned and all self-service laundry rooms are also free. Alterations and dry cleaning are available at an additional charge.


Fitness and Recreation - Boston University

Beyond its aquatic center, Boston University has other drool-worthy facilities. Students enjoy a 18,000 square foot weight training and cardio conditioning area and a rock wall with eight, 30-foot high toprope belay stations and a 12-foot high bouldering structure.

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