Love Your Melon donates a hat to a child diagnosed with cancer for every hat purchased off its website. PHOTO COURTESY OF ELYSE WEBB
The weekly student newspaper of Drake University
Vol. 134 | No. 16 | Feb. 25, 2015
OPINIONS Student Body President Joey Gale responds to a report claimed Drake was the third most dangerous college in the country. The publishers have admitted to an error of the report but how has that affected the perception of Drake’s safety? | Read more on page 4
Drake University’s Best Buddies chapter will host Steve Hopkins in Parents Hall. Hopkins, co-founder of 3E Love, will speak with students and promote awareness for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. | Read more on page 7
Drake Women’s Basketball will face off with Wichita State again on Friday, Feb. 27. The Bulldogs are the only team to defeat the Shockers in the Missouri Valley Conference this season, taking them down 64-61 on Feb. 1. | Read more on page 10
CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS Elyse Webb, senior, chartered the Drake chapter of buy-one, get-one organization “Love Your Melon” after being inspired by a friend from University of Minnesota. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLYSA BARBER
Love Your Melon Sarah Grossman Staff Writer email@example.com @smg424
Last Saturday, Drake University received its first shipment of “Love Your Melon” gear. Love Your Melon is a onefor-one non-profit organization that donates one hat for each purchased to children with cancer. The idea originated at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota from two men, Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller who were assigned the task of creating a non-profit for a class capstone project. Once they graduated, they took the idea and made it a reality. Love Your Melon is spreading across the Midwest and has made its way Drake University via Elyse Webb, senior psychology and education double major.
“I have a good friend from back at home who goes to University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and she was really heavily involved with it,” Webb said. “I just really fell in love with it. She explained how I could get the program started, and then I did.” This friend, Christine Tomlinson, a senior kinesiology major at the University of Minnesota, explained her passion for Love Your Melon and the possible reasons behind its growth. “Love Your Melon is one of the coolest organizations I’m a part of,” Tomlinson said. “Instead of a lot of the cancer non-profits that stress to donate money … Love Your Melon does something where you can physically see your purchase help a child battle cancer.” Tomlinson first introduced Webb to the program in December. “Well, honestly, when I learned about Love Your Melon, I was so obsessed with the mission, and
I still think its just an amazing organization,” Tomlinson said. “When I was home from winter break I saw Elyse and started talking about it, I think it was
“My crew and I will go (to the hospital) dressed as superheroes, and we’ll get to meet all the kids and all the doctors.” Elyse Webb Campus Ambassador Crew Captain of Love Your Melon
just me being a little annoying … talking about it all the time.” From there, Webb officially started the program at Drake on Feb. 1. Webb is currently building her crew and Love Your Melon’s popularity around campus.
“I just charted this organization here and so basically, my crew and I, we have 17 people total, and it’s mostly seniors,” Webb said. “We’ve been looking for younger people too, but we’re just letting people know of the product release date. If they (the customer) chooses Drake University campus crew on the website, then we get that one credit that their hat was sold from our area, meaning that a hat will be sent back to our area.” The organization’s impact will directly affect the Des Moines community. When the Drake University crew sells 100 hats, another 100 hats will be taken a local hospital to be donated. “My crew and I will go dressed as superheroes, and we’ll get to meet all the kids and all the doctors,” Webb said. “We’ll spend a whole day of programming with them and we’ll get their hats to them. I think when the kids receive the hats, not only is it a cute, comfortable hat that
warms their little heads, but it’s just another reinforcement that someone is looking out for them and recognizes that they are very strong human beings for being five-years old. I think it has a strong impact.” While the company is steadily growing, the crew is struggling to keep up with the demand. “So, the thing that I think Drake doesn’t understand, that a lot of people are getting frustrated with, even my crew, is that our hats keep selling out, which is good,” Webb said. “But, within the last 11 weeks this organization has sky rocketed. We have tripled in size, so they don’t even know how to manufacture enough hats.” While sales are important, Webb highlights the significance of giving back to the community. “The hardest part that my crew and I are trying to do right now is to let Drake know that it is a staple organization that you should invest in because these children are from our area,” Webb said.
Students work to combat sexual assault within Greek life community New organization founded to promote zero-tolerance stance on sexual violence Cole Norum Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org @ColeNorum
A new Drake University organization is in the works to confront the troubling presence of sexual assault within Greek life communities. Helmed by sophomore Gabrielle Landes and junior Justin Dwyer, the yet unnamed organization is intended to prevent violence and raise awareness amongst members of Drake University’s fraternities and sororities. “If you look in the national news you see a lot of Greek life being put in the crosshairs, as it should be,” Dwyer, president of
Sigma Phi Epsilon, said. The scrutinizing attention placed on Greek communities, which Landes described as a “stigma,” has permeated the conversation at Drake. This is a sobering reality for a community often championed as approaching and operating Greek life in ways dissimilar to other institutions. “I think there’s an aura around Drake’s Greek life that we’re different … we’re 30 percent of campus,” Dwyer said. “We’re very active in just about every organization, especially a lot of leadership positions, but that doesn’t mean we’re invincible to (sexual violence) behavior.” That very behavior served as the impetus for Landes, a member of Alpha Phi, to approach Dwyer with the idea for an organization. Landes witnessed a friend
attempt to navigate the trauma and far-reaching effects of sexual assault. “She went to Drake and launched an investigation and it came out that (the suspect) was found guilty,” Landes said. “But all he had to do was write a paper about how he was sorry.” Landes’s friend ended up transferring, having grown uncomfortable from the assault. “That struck a chord with me that something needed to be done on this campus, and it needed to come from the students,” Landes said. “If the students start holding themselves accountable for their actions, then we can hold the university accountable.” Drake is under federal investigation since October 2014 after a complaint was filed to the U.S. Department of Education’s
Office for Civil Rights. In an email notifying the Drake community of the complaint, which was filed by a student following the university’s resolution of a case, Drake University President David Maxwell was sure to note a notoleration stance. “Let me be clear,” Maxwell said. “Sexual violence of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Drake University.” A very similar phrasing of those words is in bold on the first web page of the Office for Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion, under the heading “What you need to know about sexual assault.” Yet on that page there is no indication of what, exactly, the punishment is for sexual assault. “It’s really difficult to get
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familiar with Drake’s policy,” Dwyer said, In addition to seeking official recognition for their organization, Dwyer and Landes have planned a seminar to better explore the policies of the university as well as promoting an overall unequivocal stance of notoleration. Recognizing that sexual assault is prevalent in the Greek community is most important, Dwyer said. “Sometimes, you have to admit that as an organization, you have an issue,” Dwyer said. “I think more people are going to approach the Greek community when they know we’re actively taking a stance against (sexual assault) and trying to fight it.”
# 02 | news
Feb. 25, 2015
NEWS CAMPUS EVENTS
GradReady giving out prizes for finishing financial literacy program
Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence hosts Student Day at Capitol
Beth LeValley Staff Writer email@example.com @bethlevalley Drake University is holding a prize drawing for students that complete the financial literacy program, GradReady. The prizes will include $500 worth of Drake gear, distributed to all those who complete the first portion of the program by the end of February. There will also be another incentive program implemented in May. The program offers a comprehensive look at finances, including lessons in a full budget, financial aid vocabulary, an explanation on rental fees and other financial topics. The coordinators of this program will not receive any of the detailed information from the students’ finances. The program was implemented during October 2013 and allows students to become more aware of their general financial standing. This program is free to students, graduates, parents and faculty. Randi Boelkes, the student loan and collections specialist at Drake, believes that students that are informed about their finances are better off than those who are not. “There is $3 trillion in student loan debt nationally,” Boelkes said. “This program explains how students can decipher their own student debt. It goes through the process and legal jargon that
students may not understand.” While there were other financial literacy programs before GradReady, including Everfi and Buttonwood, the financial planning office believes this program provides more information about finances as a
“This process explains how students can decipher their own student debt. It goes through the process and legal gardon that students may not understand.” Randi Boelkes Student Loan and Collections Specialist whole. When starting the program, there is a pretest that assesses your current financial literacy. There are short videos explaining different sections, quizzes to take after the videos, an interactive full budget and the ability to retake a quiz you may not have understood. “The program benefits students as well as Drake as a whole,” Boelkes said. “The lower Drake’s default rate is, the better off we are in granting loans to students.” While Drake is not concerned about their default rate, they urge students to stay informed about
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Three Drake students attended a Student Day, hosted by the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV), at the Iowa State Capitol last Wednesday to speak with their congressional representatives about a bill on dating abuse. Right now, in the state of Iowa, if an individual is in an abusive dating relationship, the abuser can only be charged with assault, which doesn’t hold the abuser as accountable for his or her actions. This bill, called House File 15 or Senate File 138, has been active for 13 years. Senior Evy Tews went to the Student Day and said she would recommend the experience. “As a sociology major, it was really insightful to be able to actually go to the Capitol and see how the process works and actually be able to feel that my voice is being heard,” Tews said. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate subcommittee on Wednesday and will be passed to a larger committee for another vote. Katie Pypes is a senior in the social work program at the University of Iowa. She is also a policy intern with the ICADV and helped plan the lobbying day for students. “It’s just cool to see a group of students from all across the state all coming together and
saying, ‘We stand together on this issue,’” Pypes said. “I thought it was really powerful.” Zebulon Beilke-McCallum is the director of housing and economic justice at ICADV. “We make it easy for students to come all across the state from universities to actually meet with their legislatures to talk to them about dating violence,” BeilkeMcCallum said. “That’s how we accomplish our legislative goals, is trying to connect people who are impacted by policies with the people making those policies.” Tess Cody works with Crisis Intervention Services. She is also the campus outreach coordinator for Drake’s Violence Intervention Program. “What we noticed is when students showed up, shockingly, people actually decided, ‘Oh, we should vote on this. We should look at this,’” Cody said. Twenty-one states have added the term dating abuse to their domestic abuse law. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics from the census, most domestic violence or intimate partner violence victims are females between the ages of 18-24. Cody said that under an assault charge, abusers do not have to attend a batterer’s education program and they are able to plea down their jail time. She said that unfortunately, it’s common for offenders to only serve two days under a six month to one year sentence because they’ll get time off for good behavior. “At that point, as a victim of domestic violence, it’s not in my
interest to actually even report the crime,” Cody said. “If my abuser is going to be gone less than it takes me to find a new apartment or change the locks on my door, it’s not helpful to me. I can’t be safer. Instead, it just pisses them off and they come back madder than ever for the two days they served. It’s not worthwhile.” Cody said some representatives don’t support the bill because they argue that there is not a clear definition of a dating relationship and they have concerns over whether this would make police officers’ jobs harder. “I don’t think there’s anyone, man or woman, who deserves to be abused,” Pypes said. “I think about it and it’s like, ‘What if my sister was in a dating relationship, and she was being abused and the police couldn’t do anything about it?’” Alysa Mozak, Drake’s coordinator for sexual violence response, has been taking students to the Capitol in support of the bill since 2011. Mozak said this bill is just a simple language change. “All it is is linguistics,” Mozak said. “It is semantics. It is just a language change in our code so that way the abuse that dating couples endure is qualified under our domestic abuse statute so they can get the same remedies of support and the abusers are held accountable.” Mozak said it’s important to use correct language with a victim, but there is no difference between dating abuse and domestic abuse because the abuse tactics are the exact same.
# 03 | news
Feb. 25, 2015
NEWS CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS
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Bateman competition tests PR majors
Financial aid office urges students to keep budgets, prepare for future
Five students participating in national competition Grace Rogers Staff Writer email@example.com @TheGraceRogers
If you have noticed the hashtag #NeighborhoodMatters popping up on your social networks lately, you can thank a group of Drake University students. Five public relations majors are participating in the national Bateman Competition. “Bateman is a national case studies competition that happens yearly,” sophomore Kelly Marble said. “It happens with about 50 to 60 teams from around the country. It’s an opportunity for students to plan, evaluate and implement a full-scale public relations campaign.” While some schools require their students to participate in the Bateman Competition, it is optional for Drake students. “The unique thing about Drake’s Bateman team is that we do it as an extracurricular activity, while a lot of other teams around the country do it as their senior capstone” Marble said.
“For us, we have everyone from freshman to seniors on the team and it allows everyone to get an experience.” “I think Bateman is an awesome opportunity for PR students who are really motivated to go the extra mile to see a project through from beginning to end,” Public Relations Professor Jennifer Glover-Konfrst said. “I think it’s important that they can do that in an environment where they get to actually see their results.” This year, the team was allowed to find a client close to home. “The overall client this year is Home Matters, but we were allowed to either focus on Home Matters or incorporate a local affiliate of theirs,” first-year Jordan McEntaffer said. “So we chose to add the Neighborhood Finance Corporation which is here in Des Moines.” “Neighborhood Finance provides low interest and forgivable loans to people who might not otherwise qualify,” Marble said. “For example, one of their clients didn’t have a credit history, so the bank normally
Dogtown After Hours to host world’s largest Nerf gun battle Beth LeValley Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org @bethlevalley
Dogtown After Hours received funding from Student Senate with hopes of breaking a Guinness World Record. The event plans to break the Guinness Book of World Records for largest Nerf gun battle. The current record holder is Washington University with 468 students. This event hopes to have 600 students in attendance. Two representatives of the committee for Dogtown After Hours, a newly approved annual event, requested $9,360 from senate. The event, on Friday, Mar. 27, will also include bubble soccer, a massage room, caricaturists, a street magician and other activities hosted by Drake University organizations. To create a lasting impression on Drake, the event also plans to collaborate with students to create a mural in lower Olmsted. With the help of Ted Hatten, an adjunct professor at Drake and a local artist, the mural will honor Drake’s late live mascot Porterhouse. La Fuerza Latina, an organization that hopes to connect Drake’s Latino culture with Des Moines’ influence, was recognized as a official organization. The group hopes to address the lack of Latino voices on campus and is encouraging Drake to recruit a new Latino counselor. La Fuerza Latina will include Latino and non-Latino students alike. They recently traveled to Dowling High School to translate Spanish conversations during parent-teacher conferences. “I think this group can really foster dialogue with the election coming up,” Sen. Olivia O’Hea said. After a tense debate, the Student Senate also allocated $706.75 to the TEDx Drake Club for their upcoming event that is open to the public. While the TEDx license gives them the rights to use the branding name, they do not allocate any money in order to put on a personalized event. The TEDx event will allow students and faculty to speak
openly about interesting or controversial topics that might not normally be discussed. The senate gifted this money for mostly craft supplies to create a TEDx Talk atmosphere in Sussman Theater. Student Body President Joey Gale also clarified some recent issues that have come up in conversation around Drake’s campus. Sodexo, Drake’s meal provider, has recently been confronted with different social issues concerning animal rights. A petition from the Humane League surfaced on the website Change.org criticizing Drake University for employing a company like Sodexo who “uses liquid eggs from cruel, filthy and unsustainable battery cagefarms.” “I wanted to remind you that Sodexo as well as Drake are actively aware of these social issues,” Gale said. Sodexo announced on Feb. 19 that they are currently working toward eliminating all battery cages by 2017 and their meat and dairy products will now have no artificial growth hormones. Gale also discussed the recent circulation of an inaccurate online article published by FindTheBest. com . Drake was listed as number three on a list of the “Top 25 Most Dangerous Schools in America.” “The website’s algorithm for this list was completely off,” Gale said. “We are nowhere near the top 25 most dangerous schools.” WQAD8 of the Quad Cities has reported that the report was redacted due to “errors in the analysis” with data from 20052012 . Drake is no longer on the list. Associate Dean of Students Jerry Parker was also in attendance Thursday night. He spoke highly of the senate’s ability to address different issues on campus, and reminded them that he, as well as other administrators are open to conversation at all times. “I wanted to clarify that my role is as an advisor,” Parker said. “In regards to what the Senate looks like, that is up to you. I hope to be a reference to you in the future when you need help collaborating or supporting each other, but the infrastructure of the Senate is in your hands.”
would not give them a loan to buy a home. Through Neighborhood Finance, they were not only able to get a loan to buy a home in the Drake neighborhood, but they were also able to get a forgivable loan to make improvements to their house.” Participating in the Bateman Competition allows students to gain experience they may not get in their regular classes. “We do a lot of public relations planning in classes throughout the major, but with Bateman you actually get to implement the plan, which is something you don’t always get to do,” GloverKonfrst said. “So it’s a really great opportunity to see your ideas in action.” “I was told it was a great way to gain PR experience,” McEntaffer said. “It seemed like a way for me to figure out if I truly wanted to do PR, and so far, it’s been amazing.” To find out more about the Bateman campaign, you can follow the Neighborhood Finance Corporation on Twitter, @NFCDM, or like them on Facebook. The competition runs through the end of February.
Brandi Miller, the assistant director of new programs and financial planning, has gone through the program and hopes that students take advantage of the information available. “They teach the fundamental, need-to-know information in 2 to 3 minute videos,” Miller said. “It also requires students to actually look at their student loans in order to complete different steps. Many students skim over their student loans or promissory notes, and this program requires them to bring about awareness.” Miller said the most common misunderstanding she hears is the difference between renting and leasing, while Boelkes mentioned most students confuse their Federal Stafford loan and Drake private loans. The faculty at the financial aid office urge students to keep up-todate on their personal financial budget. “Finances can make dreams come true,” Miller said. “Bad spending affects everyone. While this program may not affect me personally, I’ve been working in financial aid for 14 years, and I’m passionate about making students aware.”
While the GradReady program is not a requirement, both Boelkes and Miller agree that the option of a financial literacy course could help Drake students. “The word ‘require’ is touchy because there are always exceptions,” Miller said. “I think an optional course at Drake would be beneficial, though.” With the FAFSA priority deadline coming up on Mar. 1, the financial aid office is stressing financial stability more than ever. Heidi Acton, coordinator of wellness programs and residence hall coordinator, believes that the program could change students’ understanding of finances. “I just hope that they (students) feel more financially prepared leaving Drake because it can be daunting,” Acton said in a written statement. Sophomore Kyle Drehmel believes that the budgeting aspect will help Drake students be fiscally responsible adults in the future. “For people that require a budget, it’s a really good resource,” Drehmel said.
# 04 | opinions
Feb. 25, 2015
Strawberry cake recipe falls short of Pinterest’s rave reviews Last week I made eggs in a coffee mug. The week before, I had made French toast in that same mug. They were both so successful that I was actually starting to believe Pinterest’s idea that everything is better microwaved and in a coffee cup. That is, until this week. It was my roommate’s birthday, and she requested a strawberries and cream mug cake recipe she found on the Internet. Yes, I finally got to make a mug cake. Results: Disappointment. The cake is easy to make if you have the ingredients. Assuming you do have them, I would recommend making anything but this. I was disappointed, let down and crestfallen. All I can think to compare it to is something out of an Easy Bake oven. Somehow, despite plenty of oil and even yogurt, it was dry. The texture was like bread that was not only stale, but also toasted. My roommate said simply, “It could be sweeter,” then proceeded to pile hers with whipped cream and throw half away. It took a big apology and
several Sodexo cupcakes to make it up to her. On the bright side, I got to eat a lot of whipped cream, and the leftover strawberry yogurt was yummy. I think the lesson to be learned here is that anything with more ingredients than eggs and milk should not be microwaved. Real cake is too complex to bake in three minutes, and should be baked instead of radiated. Okay, that’s just a guess. Maybe other microwaveable cakes are fantastic, but don’t waste your time on this one. Actually, you should all try other recipes and tell me if they’re good or not. I am not quite ready to give up on the idea. Just in case you want to prove me wrong about this one, here is the recipe. Recipe: 1 egg 2 tablespoons strawberry yogurt, well stirred 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/8 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 tablespoons granulated sugar 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour Whipped cream for serving.
Instructions: Coat the inside of the mug lightly with cooking spray and set aside. Mix the egg, yogurt, vegetable oil, baking powder, extract, sugar and flour in a small bowl until smooth. Fill the mug to halfway full and place it in the microwave. Bake it for three to four mintues, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Top with strawberries and whipped cream and serve.
Shelby Jensen Staff Writer email@example.com STRAWBERRY CAKE in a mug proves disappointing and lackluster despite positive reviews on Pinterest. PHOTO BY SHELBY JENSEN | STAFF PHOPHOTOGRAPHER
How will Frank play his cards?
False danger ranking online Predictions for new “House of Cards” season creates concern on campus “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” We’ve all heard it. Have you seen it in action? If you’ve seen either of the fervid seasons of House of Cards, you have. This show focuses on the story of Frank Underwood as he fulfills every wondering child’s dreams of getting whatever he wants. Season three comes out Friday. Here’s why it should take the place of Peggy’s on your weekend escapades. First off, the general appeal of the show. The main attraction is that you receive it all right away. The whole season is available to you on Friday. There’s no waiting until Sunday to find out who dies. The second appeal would be the complexity of Frank Underwood’s character. Underwood is an antihero. If he were a real person, he would deserve a very long stay behind bars. Thankfully, he is fictional. Those of us who enjoy “House of Cards” are fixated by the stamina and ingenuity of Underwood. He can weave a web 10 times more complicated than an actuarial science course, and keep it intact for as long as he needs it. Underwood is special because he sets his sights on something, and he achieves it. He was a menial part of Capital Hill at the start of season one, and by the end of season two (SPOILER ALERT) he became
leader of the free world. We all would like to be successful at our work. Frank Underwood just demonstrates an extreme by lying, extorting and killing for triumph. Anyway, what does the third season have in store? If you haven’t had the chance yet, watch the trailer for season three. It will have your heart racing faster than a knock on the door from Drake Public Safety. Frank has his power, now he needs to keep it. I think Underwood’s absolute power will start to corrupt him absolutely. I imagine he will have to take many steps to ensure that all the rules he broke on his way up don’t catch up to him. As seasons one and two progressed, we were slowly showed the cracks in Frank’s mentality. He is not entirely heartless. He still made mistakes. I think we will see even more of Franks weaknesses in season three. We might even see some desperation. Another aspect that might be challenged is his marriage. Claire Underwood is almost indispensable to Frank’s schemes. But there was frustration between both of them in season two. I think it’s possible that they could start to have troubles as
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Drake Students, You may have heard that Drake is part of a new online list of the “25 Most Dangerous Colleges.” I’m writing to let you know that the publishers admitted that they identified an error in the analysis of the data used in their report. This resulted in an incorrect ranking of dangerous colleges in the United States. They confirmed that Drake should not have appeared on the list. Popular college sites like Total Frat Move (TFM) and BroBible picked up the story initially. Shortly after, many online media outlets published stories, tweets and Facebook posts about the list. The original publisher has alerted each of them to the update. However, there are still websites that carry the original list. To be absolutely clear, Drake no longer appears on this list. I hope this relieves any concerns that you may have about the safety of the Drake campus relative to other colleges and universities. Our student body vice president, Josh Duden, and I meet monthly with Director of Public Safety Scott Law. The Public Safety force at Drake is the largest private security force in the state of Iowa at any private university. Law and his team of security
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# 05 | opinions
Feb. 25, 2015
OPINIONS STUDENTS SPEAK
If you had unlimited funds, what improvement would you make to Drake? Allyssa Kowalis Health Science “The food. I think we should bring outside chains into the dining halls or onto campus like some other universities do, just because Quad and Hubbell get a little boring sometimes.”
Rory Stimpson Actuarial Science “I think I would fix the landscape and the buildings so they all look better together. They’re building a new building, and I think they should go for some consistency with how they all look.”
Sammie Weisbein Biology and BCMB “I would just say the wifi needs a definite step up. I would get faster and more reliable wifi so students don’t get kicked off the Internet while they’re doing assignments.”
Fashion week favorite: outerwear The New York Fashion Week, also referred to as The MercedesBenz Fashion Week (MBFW), show is a semi-annual event that showcases all of fashion’s favorite designers’ collections for the upcoming season. The fashion industry works about six - 12 months in advance, and February is the beloved time for fall fashion week. What does that mean for us? Coats on coats on coats! Style preferences aside, every fashionista had something to drool over at last week’s New York Fashion Week shows. Designers like J. Mendel, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and Proenza Schouler particularly continue to amaze me. After watching footage of these shows and scouring through pictures, these four designers really stand out. Their intricate, original outerwear pieces will leave your North Face jacket seeming lackluster. J. Mendel – Depth and Dimension Mendel is notorious for his use of multiple textures and layers of fabric. He used these to create clothes with incredible depth and dimension. His deliberate use of blacks and whites let each outfit thrive on the appearance of texture, without color standing in the
way. Michael Kors – Fur, Fur, Fur Because I’m a diehard Kors fan, I’m a little biased when I say I’m completely in love with his outerwear pieces for fall of 2015. It’s as if he sat down one day and made a list of everything he could create out of fur that would still look sophisticated and stylish. And create he did – vests, neck warmers, cloaks even fur pockets on knit sweaters – Kors thought of it all, and delivered with beautiful execution. Calvin Klein – Totally Mod CK really channeled the ‘60s and ‘70s with this collection. The dresses that walked down his runway radiated a mod, refined vibe, and the outwear he created was a perfect compliment. Klein put his twist on the perfectly classic cut coats by tweaking each individual one to make it relevant. A crowd favorite was the “high shine” red coat with the giant buttons (which is worth googling, if you haven’t seen it already). Talk about dressing to impress.
thing a designer can do is give it a light appearance full of movement. Schouler proves the daunting task possible by innovating the traditional coat. He used wide strips of fabric to give a warm, heavy coat a sense of chic movement. Giant tie belts and shoulder warmers tied the collection together. Intrigued about who else donned their latest on the runway? Check out the fashion section of The New York Times’ website to view a full library of professional photos, and to see fashion weeks from London, Paris and Milan.
Proenza Schouler – Stripped Down
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If a piece of clothing’s function is to keep the wearer warm – i.e., outerwear – the most difficult
Playlist compiled from Oscar nominees Raelene McGahuey Actuarial Science “I would fix the mold problem, especially in my room.”
“Forces of Attraction” from “The Theory Of Everything”
music video on YouTube. Music and lyrics by Shawn Patterson.
From the first note, this track touched my heart with its beautiful and enchanting blend of acoustic instruments and electronics. Composed by Johann Johannsson.
“Glory” from “Selma”
“Fame” from “Foxcatcher”
Jessica Caelwaerts Pre-pharmacy “I think Drake should invest in some softer toilet paper, like Cottonelle, Quilted Northern or Angel Soft.”
Alex Payne Broadcast News “I would put in more modern buildings and update Meredith Hall. I would also lower tuition.”
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This year’s Oscar nominated movies were full of great music, new and old. My playlist is a combination of both instrumental music and lyrical music because it’s all awesome. Do yourself a favor and listen to the full soundtracks when you have the chance, especially of “The Imitation Game,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Theory of Everything” and if you love jazz, “Whiplash!” “U-boats” from “The Imitation Game”
Jordan Jabeck Psychology “I would add better, healthier options to Hubbell. I would also add more places to eat on campus.”
It was tough to pick just one favorite from this film. This one makes me feel like I’m inside Alan Turing’s head. Film score composition by Alexandre Desplat, recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. “Band on the Run” from “Boyhood” This blast from the past is one of Paul McCartney’s best. Written and recorded by Paul McCartney and Wings. “The New Lobby Boy” from “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Taylor Weigel Major “I would get new vacuums for the residence halls. When you use them, it sounds like someone’s dying and they smell like something burning.”
Yes, another composition by the Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated composer, Alexandre Desplat. The guy is pretty amazing. “Yellow” from “Boyhood” This gem from the early 2000s features Chris Martin’s signature vocals. Did you know that the title was inspired by a phonebook? Now you do. Written and performed by Coldplay.
This song is one of my favorites and is sure to get your head bobbin’. For all you fameseeking peeps. Written by Carlos Alomar, David Bowie and John Lennon. “Upswingin’” from “Whiplash” Get your jazz feet swinging with this tune. I suggest you check out the rest of the tracks. Score composed by Justin Hurwitzz. “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie” Perfect for when you need a positive and fun song to lift your spirits while you work towards your dreams. Tegan and Sara combine forces with The Lonely Island. If you’re curious what Andy Samberg looks like as a Lego man, check out the
John Legend and Common bring this song of hope and resilience into glorious life. If you missed their Grammy performance, check it out. Music and lyrics by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn. “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again” Adam Levine brings this song to life with his sweet voice, accompanied by tender guitar chords. It’s perfect for a candlelight dinner with your sweetie or for a sleepless night. Music and lyrics by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois. “The Air That I Breathe” from “Wild” Here’s another one for those sleepless nights. Written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. Performed by the Hollies.
OSCAR’S PLAYLIST “U-boats” “THE IMITATION GAME” “Band on the Run” “BOYHOOD” “The New Lobby Boy”
“THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL”
“Forces of Attraction”
“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING”
“Everything is Awesome” “THE LEGO MOVIE”
# 06 | opinions
Feb. 25, 2015
OPINIONS GREAT SEXPECTATIONS
To do this month: flirt with a handsome stranger The other day, I ventured of off my small, midwestern college campus to a local coffee shop for a good cup of tea and a big muffin to satisfy my craving for carbs. While in line, and then later sitting down, I noticed a handsome fellow looking at me and smiling ever so often. I would smile back, he would look away (you know how that whole thing works). I couldn’t help but think I should go up and chat with him because that’s what my weekly planner said I should do. “Flirt with a handsome Stranger,” was the cute, inspiring statement Kate Spade chose for the beginning page of the February calendar. I told myself on the first of the month that I would do just that before March showed up, and I found an opportunity to do so that day in
the coffee shop. But as you can guess, I chickened out and left without saying hello and he did the same. I couldn’t help but feel a bit regretful when on my drive home because what did I have to lose? Flirting with a handsome stranger can’t be that hard, and after all, a person is a person and I told myself to never be afraid of meeting new people. I began to think after this encounter, or lack there of, and realized I had never met a man in the real world except for at college parties or in high school. In movies, we always see people fall in love from the second they bumped grocery carts at the super market, or picked up each others’ venti mocha on accident at Starbucks. But I had never actually experienced something
Considering that last year Ellen gave out pizza at the Oscars, Neil Patrick Harris had some big shoes to fill for his performance Sunday night. The show had some very memorable moments though, from his opening song with Anna Kendrick and Jack Black, to Lady Gaga wowing everyone with a stunning performance of a medley of “The Sound of Music” songs in honor of the movie’s 50th anniversary, and a Julia Andrews cameo to go along with it. Besides the performances though, I was slightly bored with the Oscars this year. “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” seemed to be winning everything. I was not a big fan of those two movies, so that could be why I was so annoyed. The Oscars usually has one or two films that take dominance over all the others, and this year was no different. My favorite, and the one I was cheering for the whole night, was “American Sniper.” Bradley Cooper’s performance as Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL with 160 sniper kills to his name, was honestly one of the best performances I’ve seen in a long time. Many of the movies this year called for the actors’ to really get to know the real people they were portraying, get to know how they physically and mentally acted. They had to become those people. Julianne Moore had to do it in “Still Alice” to portray a woman with Alzheimer’s, Eddie Redmayne had to get to know Stephen Hawking and his struggle with ALS to understand how to act like him both physically and
mentally and Cooper talked to Chris Kyle’s family and friends and went to a speech instructor to try to turn into the man from Texas. This had to have taken some extremely hard work. They weren’t just playing characters in fictional worlds, they were playing real people, with real problems that affected them physically and emotionally. I personally thought Cooper did the best job of doing this. He portrayed Kyle just like Kyle’s widow wanted him to: not as a hero, but as a person. While watching this movie, I felt as if I had known Kyle personally, as if he was a good friend of mine. “American Sniper” did win one award for the night in sound editing. So while the movie I was rooting for didn’t win Best Picture, or many awards at all, all the movies this year were of high quality and worth seeing.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR JK Simmons for “Whiplash”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM “Big Hero 6”
ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIR “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
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Documentary creates change By now most of the world has either seen or heard of the 2013 documentary Blackfish, which details the life of Tilikum, a SeaWorld orca whale, and the controversy surrounding the captivity of orca whales in general. The American public has been concerned about the captivity of these extraordinary creatures for more than 20 years and every couple years a movie or book is released that causes a resurgence of the protest movement. This happened yet again just three weeks ago. On Feb. 4, 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared Lolita, an orca whale held in captivity for 44 years at Miami Seaquarium, a member of the endangered species list alongside her orca family in the wild. PETA petitioned that she join the endangered species list. Long before PETA began their petition, another petition was created. Three years ago, a petition on Change.org was started with the end goal of releasing Lolita back into the wild to live the rest of her days beside her family. The petition closed with over 10,000 supporters. Lolita is being kept in an 80 by 60 foot wide and 20 foot deep tank and is forced to live alone, both of which are illegal in the
state of Florida. Orcas are very social and interactive animals. With no companions to surround her, Lolita has been isolated for more than 40 years in a small enclosed whale bucket. The question now is will Miami Seaquarium release Lolita? She deserves to spend the rest of her life outside the four concrete walls she knows so well and allowed to explore the vast ocean where she belongs. In the wild, orcas live in large family pods consisting of five to 25 members. All wild orcas live with free will and freedom of movement, whereas the free will and freedom of movement of orcas in captivity are taken away completely. Many supporters of SeaWorld and Miami Seaquarium believe that these institutions are protecting the animals, researching them and educating the public about them. These are all myths. According to a study for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society in Chippenham, United Kingdom, the information that these institutions are sharing with the public is inaccurate and completely unrelated to that of orcas in the wild. Places such as SeaWorld give visitors false information regarding the differences seen in wild orcas versus orcas in captivity, regardless of the research and
studies out there that can prove everything they say wrong. The cruelty and lies need to be stopped once and for all. Orca whales being held captive throughout the world need to be released to the wild in order to enjoy their remaining years and become a functioning part of the oceanic community. As for the older orcas who have been in captivity for too long, they can be released into a netted-off area of the ocean while the young ones will be released to live within their natural habitat. Release the innocent animals. Allow them to enjoy their lives as we enjoy ours.
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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN “The Grand Budapest Hotel” ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY “Birdman” ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING WHIPLASH Best Documentary Feature “Citzenfour”
BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM “The Phone Call”
BEST ORIGINAL SONG “Glory” from “Selma”
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING “Whiplash”
have a boyfriend in 30 seconds and that is so much easier than flirting with a handsome stranger, right?
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM “Ida”
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
believing these statistics and leaning towards online dating because it is said to work. I know a vast majority of my friends are currently on Tinder hunting for men instead of meeting them in real life. Even the Huffington Post has noticed the skyrocketing trend on Tinder, with an article stating 50 million people have downloaded it and spend 77 minutes a day looking for love when they should be letting fate bump their grocery carts or put them in the same Midwestern coffee shop on a random Tuesday. It isn’t 100 percent proven that online dating has a better longterm effect on relationships, but it is definitely having a negative effect on our abilities to meet people in real life. Instead, we can just use Tinder, swipe right and
Oscars recap and reactions
ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
as simple and wonderful as that, and I blame it all on online dating websites, apps and social media. People are using Tinder and Match.com as sources for love, instead of letting chance step in and let love happen on its own. According to a large-scale survey done by Stanford University, the Internet has become one of the most popular places for people to meet. Match.com even posts statistics on their website, stating 40 million Americans use online dating services, which is almost 40 percent of the U.S. population. With numbers like that, anyone scrolling through the website is bound to sign up because “everyone is doing it, so it must be working.” Young adults, and anyone in the dating scene, have started
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BEST ORIGINAL SCORE “ The Grand Budapest Hotel” ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY “Birdman” ADAPTED SCREENPLAY “The Imitation Game”
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING “American Sniper”
BEST DIRECTOR Alejandro González Iñárritu for “Birdman”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
BEST ACTOR Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything”
ACHIEVEMENT FOR VISUAL EFFECTS “Interstellar”
BEST ACTRESS Julianne Moore for “Still Alice”
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM “Feast”
BEST PICTURE “Birdman”
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# 07 | features
Feb. 25, 2015
FEATURES LOCAL EATS
Bringing a community of activism and food together Kelsea Graham Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org @grahamkelsea
Adam Senecaut rushes a savory bowl of beans, cashew cheese and greens to a table of hungry customers. Senecaut’s tattoos peek out of his plaid shirt when he reaches to place the bowl on the table. He power walks back to the counter to take over the register while his business partner Madeline Krantz, a modern day looking ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ modestly mans the kitchen and the cappuccino machine. The quaint, hip New World Café is packed with a variety of corporate customers and professionals on their lunch break. An hour passes and the crowd disperses. Standing beneath a photo of a man in a gas mask cradling a baby pig, Krantz counts receipts and punches them into the register. Masked by the food, music and chaos, lies a powerful message: building a community that can share resources and a passion for saving animals. “I self-describe myself as an anarchist, which to me means organizing in a way we call mutual aid,” Senecaut says while sipping on a vegan iced coffee. “Instead of based on competition (New World Café) is about cooperation. People have resources that they don’t need, so this is about
sharing resources.” The result is a community space where all income levels can eat good vegan food. The reason: The sliding pay scale. Customers can pay what they want for what they eat. If they only have a few dollars in their pocket they can still try Krantz’s yummy Mexican bowl. If they have some extra cash, they can pay more today and help someone else out. For Senecaut, it’s a way he can subvert capitalism. For customers, it provides a chance to put their internal ethics on display. And for the cash register: “This method is working really well,” Senecaut said. New World Café works to build a community by encouraging customers to serve themselves after their food is brought to them. Customers are responsible for getting their own water, utensils and eco-friendly napkins. Right next to it is three carefully labeled bins for recycling, compost and trash, the customer is responsible for choosing what goes where. Senecaut points at the table with utensils and a bin, “We want to change the relationship between the person behind the counter and the person paying. We want it to be more than a transaction. We want people to become sustainers of a space that they feel is a part of them. We don’t have servers … we bring the food out to people, but people serve themselves and clean up
after themselves. This goes with what we call horizontalism.” The business is run horizontally instead of top-down. There are no bosses, no managers, and employees share power while the responsibilities rotate. Senecaut counts the number of employees on his hands, holding up seven fingers. “When people band together they accomplish amazing things,” Senecaut said. We do this with our friends when we share responsibilities at a dinner party. These are naturally things people do.” New World Café’s message of sustainability and community is expressed in the atmosphere. The space is small, but adequate enough to put up posters with a recurring theme of liberation. Posters tell stories of struggles and resistance around the world. In one corner of the café is a table full of animal rights literature and flyers for local, lesser-known events, including local shows and community happenings. The café is quiet now, the only sound is the cappuccino machine hissing itself clean. Krantz, still standing beneath the man in the gas mask holding a pig, keeps a stern look on her face as she organizes receipts. In two hours they will open for dinner and another crowd will rush in to savor Krant’z creations and experience a sense of community and activism.
NEW WORLD CAFÉ sits on the East corner of Walnut and 3rd Street in the East Village of downtown Des Moines . PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR
Writing Workshop aims Speaker to discuss disability, business to improve students’ skills Adam Rogan Sports Editor email@example.com @Adam_Rogan Drake University offers many free services for its students, and one program in particular has gained popularity in recent years. The Writing Workshop is a student-led organization based in Cowles Library aimed at aiding students writing and improving their papers, stories and essays. Junior Hannah Armentrout, a Law, Politics and Society, English and Writing triple major, has worked as a tutor at the Writing Workshop for over a year. She has seen its benefits from both sides of the paper, as tutors must first go to the Workshop to experience the process as a tutee. “Our goal when we’re working with students is to try to help them convey their ideas in a way that is understandable and that meets the requirements of the assignment,” Armentrout said. “Usually when people come in they know what they want to say, but they might be having a hard time expressing it in a way that they want it to be expressed.” Professor Jody Swilky is the director of the Writing Workshop and oversees the work that the tutors and tutees accomplish, as well as addressing other related issues on campus. “What I’m trying to do is take our services and writing projects and by that way address writing and make it a more important activity for professors ... and students,” Swilky said. “My objective is to make writing a more important activity throughout the campus.” Not only does Swilky believe that the Writing Workshop can benefit students while they are at Drake, but it can also benefit students later in life. “The hope is that a college education, a liberal arts education, (includes) research, reading and writing, and we’re trying to make students pay more attention and make writing a more important activity so those basic skills and abilities develop which will help them become more developed students and hopefully citizens,” Swilky said.
First-year Haley Abrams has utilized the Writing Workshop on four occasions. A professor required her first visit, but she continues to return on her own. “I felt like it was really good, really nice, really helped me improve my papers,” Abrams said. “(They help identify) what’s wrong with the paper and help fix it.” There are several times Writing Workshop workers feel it is most important to schedule a visit. “I think a lot of times, at some point in the writing, students start to feel stuck,” Armentrout said. “They’ve hit a wall and they just can’t move past it. So usually in our sessions we’ll talk about different things that they can do and they leave feeling better about the paper.” “I think it makes the most sense for bigger papers,” Armentrout continued. “I’ve seen people benefit a lot for coming in with those things early. If you come in the night before with your capstone paper it’s not going to go well ... but if you can come in maybe a week before a big paper is due, that gives you enough time to make a lot of good changes and it’s always helpful to have another set of eyes on a big paper like that.” The Writing Workshop is a free service offered to Drake students. All appointments can be set up on their recently updated website.
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Stevie Hopkins, a serial entrepreneur and curious individual, will share his perspective on people with intellectual and development disabilities tonight in Parents Hall. “I am a proud man with a disability, but my disability doesn’t define me,” Hopkins said. Hopkins is passionate about bringing more awareness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the community. He travels around giving notable speeches, and his next stop is Drake University. The Best Buddies chapter at Drake is eager to welcome Hopkins to the university. “We are extremely fortunate
to be able to host Stevie and hear him talk about his life and shed light on the importance of respecting people with IDD,” Chapter president Conor Wells said. The members of Best Buddies have invited people from all around, including local high school Best Buddies chapters, families and members of the community and all Drake University students. “Stevie can really speak to everyone because he has so much experience,” Wells said. Hopkins has not only overcome the challenges of having a disability, he has also started his own business: 3E Love, This business was started by Hopkins and his sister, Annie, and promotes the acceptance of people with disabilities and challenges the community to love and embrace them. Annie Hopkins developed the logo of a wheelchair heart that is depicted on the company’s clothing and
accessories. His success as an individual can inspire students and community members alike. Today, Hopkins continues to expand upon 3E Love, explaining that his sister, who has now passed, would be upset that he hasn’t incorporated brighter colors in his clothing choices. Students and community members are encouraged to attend his speech, even if they are not active participants of Best Buddies. With Spread the Word to End the Word, a week nationally devoted to stopping the use of the word “retard” beginning on March 4, Wells thought Hopkins was the perfect way to kick start a week of awareness. Banners and bracelets will be available in Olmsted during the first week of March, continuing to promote Hopkins’ message of positive awareness for people with IDD.
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# 08 | features
Feb. 25, 2015
FEATURES COMMUNITY AWARENESS
(Wo)man in the mirror: how do you see yourself?
New body image initiatives set out to boost self-confidence, self-esteem Emily VanSchmus Opinions Editor email@example.com @vansmooches
At 7 p. m. sharp on the first Monday of every month, a group of women enter The Support Room, a group designed to offer body image support for women suffering from eating disorders or negative body image. Throughout the session the women talk with a counselor and do activities to improve their self-image. After the 90 minutes are up, the women wish each other luck in the upcoming week, and click “sign out.” The Support Room is a feature of the Butterfly Foundation, a support group based in Australia that uses online platforms to reach struggling women. Support groups are structured in fourweek programs designed by counselors and experts in the field of treatment. While the Butterfly Foundation is based in Australia, anyone anywhere can make an account on their website and register to participate in either the online group support program or a one-on-one session with a personal counselor. The Butterfly Foundation offers the online counseling because many individuals with eating disorders or extremely distorted body images could have anxiety about physically going into a clinic, and an online platform allows them to get the help they need from the comfort of their own home. Many other initiatives like the Butterfly Foundation are springing up across the world. IT’S ON THE RISE The rising trend of eating disorders and negative body image is an epidemic crossing the globe. It’s a trend that has been extensively researched and discussed, but even after all the attention this topic has received, the facts are startling. The National Eating Disorder Association conducted research representing all young people in America, and the results reported by the youngest girls are especially frightening. More than 40 percent of first, second and third grade girls want to be thinner, and 81 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat. Almost half of the girls ages nine to 11 reported consistent dieting, and over half of all teenage girls reported using unhealthy weight control behaviors related to a negative body image. Over 90 percent of all women with eating disorders say they first developed their unhealthy habits between the ages of 12 and 25, as a result of a negative body image, as reported by NEDA, the National Eating Disorders Association. This age range, reported in 2014, is significantly younger than it has been in past years. Organizations like the Butterfly Foundation are trying to reverse these statistics by holding body-image workshops in schools and workplaces in addition to online support groups. Sociologist and Drake University professor Janet WirthCauchon teaches a sociology class that warns of the societal impacts on mental illnesses like eating disorders. She explained that while a negative body image might seem like a small issue to some, the societal impact of collectively changing the mindset of this generation of young women would be huge. “Girls are socialized to define their worth by their appearance,” she said. “This is particularly a problem for pre-teens and adolescents since their bodies are developing and changing.” SUMMER CAMP Every year teenaged campers attend B’nai B’rith, a Jewish summer camp for outdoor and religious activities. The camp has been holding regular summer
sessions since 1921, but this summer, the camp is enacting a new initiative and turning itself into a body-image-improvement camp for young girls for a week. B’nai B’rith won a grant from Hazon, a non-profit Jewish organization that works to promote healthy communities. This grant will allow B’nai B’rith to host their first-ever body image summer camp that will teach girls how to obtain a better self-image then take what they learn back into their daily lives. The 20 girls who already signed up for the 2015 summer session will complete activities and programs designed to improve the way they view body image through a connection with their faith. Colorado native Madeline Cohen has been attending Jewish summer camps since grade school, and after graduating high school, spent two summers working at various camps to give younger girls the same opportunities she experienced. She explained that the environment of B’nai B’rith is the perfect place for this new body-image initiative. “The atmosphere is very accepting and focused on being at peace with yourself,” Cohen explained. “Once campers are at peace with themselves, they learn how to be more accepting of other people. Jewish camps in general have a very relaxed and open feel to them and that environment definitely fosters positive feelings of self worth.” Michelle Koplan, B’nai B’rith’s executive director, announced the new program and explained the connection of body image to Jewish ideals. “It gives us an avenue for constructive conversations surrounding body image and Jewish identity, which is one of the many important Jewish values that we explore throughout the camp experience,” she said. Cohen echoed the sentiment that a camp centered around Judaism is a perfect place to foster positive body image. “Jews are generally a minority, and whether it is intentional or not, in society there is always a small divide — but when you get a bunch of them together in a camp, it’s a bond and a comfort unmatched in other places,” she said. “For me, Judaism has been more of a culture I’ve grown up in and it’s really hard to explain to people who haven’t also grown up in it, so when I started going to camp I immediately found I was able to be myself and open up in ways I hadn’t easily been able to before. Cohen said the camp is a platform that gets girls involved and excited about improving their body image, and hopes more of these programs are implemented in the future. “That kind of environment would absolutely be able to help someone increase their selfesteem and body image because of the ability to completely let your guard down. This is something that is really important and I’m glad the Jewish community is recognizing the need for change,” she said. Hazon, the organization that is funding B’nai B’rith’s camp, has offered a grant of the same kind to three other Jewish summer camps across the country, making body image improvements available to young girls across the United States. A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN Professor Wirth-Cauchon points out that images in the media are to blame for the socialization of young girls’ negative body images. Seeing unnaturally thin (and more often than not, photoshopped) models on billboards and posters from a young age makes girls think they need to look exactly like the models in magazines and advertisements. “The main risk is young women taking these artificial, technologically — constructed
images as real. While young consumers of these images might realize they are artificial to some extent, there is still a danger that these unreal bodies subtly shape young women’s expectations of how they should look,” she said. In the spring of 2014, Aerie, a branch of American Eagle Outfitters that sells bras and underwear to teen girls, launched their #aerieREAL campaign. This initiative is aimed at the brand’s target audience, 15 to 21-year-old women. The campaign involved removing all unrealistically-thin models from their advertising and replacing them with “real” girls who supported rolls, cellulite, stretch marks, and most importantly, had been untouched by photo editing. Throughout the spring and fall of 2014, they promoted their slogan, “the real you is sexy,” by encouraging customers to post images of themselves without makeup or in a comfortable environment. On Black Friday, Aerie launched their winter campaign to continue the positive body
initiative by releasing advertising that stated, “We believe in Santa, but NOT in retouching. The REAL you is sexy.” Support from women all over the world came pouring in via social media. The hashtag #aerieREAL went viral, trending
“Girls are socialized to define their worth by their appearance. This is particularly a problem for pre-teens and adolescents since their bodies are developing and changing.” Janet Wirth-Cauchon Sociologist and Drake professor
on Twitter for several days. College sophomore Deanna Drockton tweeted a photo and used #aerieREAL to gain support for the campaign from her Twitter followers. “I have so much respect for
Aerie because of this,” she said. Twenty-year-old Katie Reigha tweeted a photo of her Black Friday shopping bag that featured the new winter slogan, and also used the campaign hashtag to show her support. “It’s awesome to see something like this printed on a shopping bag, with how things are today,” she said. A NECESSARY CHANGE As the rising statistics of eating disorders and body image concerns continue to take the nation by storm, initiatives across the globe are doing everything possible to reverse the negative mindset society has presented to young girls. This trend has been going on for decades, and while it will not disappear overnight, finding new integrated ways to deliver the message to this young generation is imperative to it not continuing for another 10 years. Each woman signing onto an online support group or attending a body-image workshop represents one step in the right direction toward positive change.
AN INSIDER’S VIEW Teen model sees media issue from both side Cayley King has two perspectives on the influence of media on young girls’ body image. King has modeled since she was 14, and has been featured by various photographers while modeling for several organizations. But as a busy high school student, she also sees herself and her peers being influenced daily by images in the media, and she recognizes that the efforts to stop this is vital. “I am part of the targeted age group, but I’m also a part of the other side, so I see it both ways,” King said. “I know I don’t have a perfect body, but I also understand the
industry’s point, and I understand why they have to make me look skinny in their photos.” King explained that being made skinnier on the screen is kind of a slap to the face, but from the industry’s perspective, it is necessary. “I understand their point, that they want to sell their product, and what better way to represent that product than the stereotypical representation of society’s perfect female?” She understands the damage the modeling industry’s ‘skinny’ photos can cause. “Girls do care
about having the best body. It’s getting to be where it’s all about being skinny and looking a certain way because you think that’s what other people want,” she said. King is represented by Ford Models and plans to move from Indiana to New York City to continue her modeling career after graduating from high school this spring. While she understands the continued demand to be thin on screen, she said that she hopes to do her part in helping to change the societal norm that you have to be skinny to be pretty.
Number of men with body image concerns The National Eating Disorder Association reports that this number has tripled in the last three decades. The study is representative of all men in the United States in 2011.
# 09 | features
Feb. 25, 2015
FEATURES FASHION TRENDS
Five new hairstyles for dressing up the winter season Sarah Mattes Features Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @so_sarah31
As the snow and wind dominate these winter months, college women have resorted to wearing a beanie cap on top of their heads or slopping their hair into a messy ponytail. But some students are finding ways to be fashionable while keeping it simple and easy. 1. The Tuck-and-Cover This style puts all your boring elastic headbands to use. Firstyear Kelsey Panfil said this style is one of the easiest ways to fix a bad-hair day. “It takes me a total of three minutes to get it done in the morning and still looks great,” Panfil said. Add a touch of embellishment with the headband to dress up the look. 2. The Side-Wrap Knot Sophomore Alyssa Wilkinson loves to style her hair in the sidewrap knot whenever she needs a quick look. “It takes the average ponytail and adds a twist,” Wilkinson said. Bringing a braid from the top into the knot adds that extra touch to the style. 3. Basic Ponytail All over Hollywood is the new and improved ponytail: covering up the hair elastic. This new trend is sweeping the nation and reinvents a classic style. 4. The Poof For sophomore Sara Lauterwasser, the poof is a fun way to style her short hair. “It adds a touch of flair to bob,” Lauterwasser said. It can be added to any basic style. 5. Braided Bow Bows use to be the accessory most little girls wore in church for Easter, but they are making a comeback. Placing a bow at the end of a braid reinvents the basic braid.
SIMPLE styles are coming up this winter and hitting the runway. Sophomore Alyssa Wilkinson and first-year Kelsey Panfil showcase how to wear these new trends. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR
Transcripts and tiaras: balancing college life with competition Pageants build young women’s confidence and community outreach Giuliana Lamantia Staff Writer email@example.com @g_lamantia
From an outsiders’ perspective, beauty pageants may appear to objectify women for their physical appearance, competitors run by girls with pretty faces dressed in swimsuits and evening gowns. However, contestants see it as an opportunity for scholarship, community outreach and building self-confidence and selfawareness. The Miss America organization works primarily as a scholarship program, providing over $45 million each year for contestants at the local, state and national levels. Leslie Moore, executive director of the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program, a preliminary state level competition affiliated with Miss America, does not prefer the term “beauty pageant” to describe the program. “There certainly is a beauty element in the sense that all these young women want to look their best, but the Miss America organization is a scholarship program,” Moore said. “It’s one of the primary factors that sets us apart from other competitions and pageants.” Having competed herself up to the state level and holding local titles, Moore has enjoyed watching the girls grow as she continued her work with the organization. “I really love to see how much these young women focus on impacting change in their communities,” Moore said. “They focus on personal growth, and being involved as long as I have,
you really see a great amount of development over the years and just a great deal of confidence.” Preparing for a pageant takes an immense amount of time and effort. To compete, contestants must keep up-to-date on current events, stay involved in the community and excel in public speaking. “When it comes to preparation, it is a lifestyle change,” junior Alida Fowler said. “You have to make sure you are working out and changing your diet. I met with a pageant coach to work on my walking patterns, interview and talent.” Fowler has competed in pageants since she was 15-yearsold. She held the Miss Iowa Collegiate title and also won best interview in the Miss America Collegiate competition. For Fowler, the support of family and friends inspires her as she balances pageants with school and other activities. “Competing in pageants is very stressful,” Fowler said. “You are basically allowing yourself to be judged. You are practicing walks, interviews, working out and eating perfectly, on top of working more than 30 hours, taking 18 credits and being involved in multiple organizations. At the end, I still think my support system is a huge reason why I continue to do it.” Even after all the work of the pageant, winning a title does not just mean receiving a sparkly crown. Titleholders are expected to act as role models and interact with their community. Current Miss Iowa titleholder Aly Olson would be a senior at University of Iowa. However, she currently only takes one class, since Miss Iowa is as time consuming as a “full-time job.” She plans to finish school in the
fall, but for now she is focusing her efforts on community outreach. “I have a business manager, and she and I are constantly looking for opportunities and events and organizations across the state that would be interested in having me come sing and
“It really helps you with confidence, if you walk away with that and prepare and be the best version of yourself, you may find things out about yourself that you never knew that you could do.” Christy Scimeca Miss Pearl City
perform or interested in having me speak about diversity or empowering women or just what its like to be Miss Iowa,” Olson said. “We just contact those organizations and I’ll travel the state and do as much of that as I can.” Olson has competed in pageants on and off her entire life. As Miss Iowa she spends a lot of time with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. She also spends time advocating for diversity and inclusion. Beyond volunteering, challenging the stereotypes surrounding pageants is one of Olson’s favorite duties. “It is my responsibility to let every organization and person I work with know that I have a lot of integrity, a lot of experience and intelligence that I want to bring to them,” Olson said. “We all know sometimes people hear
the word pageant and they don’t understand that it’s more than a pretty girl who wants to come in with a crown on her head, and so that’s one of the exciting challenges of my job, that I get to challenge that head on all the time.” Graduate of University of Iowa Christy Scimeca currently holds the Miss Pearl City title from the Muscatine, Iowa local pageant. While she prepares to compete for the Miss Iowa competition in June, she is also expanding her mission platform, working with the March of Dimes organization. She enjoys the opportunity the title has given to work further with them. “My platform is the March of Dimes because I have a brother who was born premature at 26 weeks, so the March of Dimes helps fund research and provide education to end prematurity in babies,” Scimeca said. “Since being crowned Miss Pearl City, I’ve been able to jump headfirst into the March of Dimes organization, and I’ve been accepted onto the Iowa City local board as well as the Iowa State level board and I’ve been able to immerse myself in all those opportunities and help others.” Something all contestants can agree with is that the pageants have helped prepare them for the future by building confidence in various situations, such as job interviews and public speaking. “It helps you to be comfortable in your own skin. You have to walk up on that stage, whether it be in your talent outfit, in a swimsuit, in an interview outfit, and you also have to be able to answer any question that’s thrown at you,” Scimeca said. “It really helps you with confidence. If you walk away with that, and prepare and be the
best version of yourself, you may find things out about yourself that you never knew that you could do.” Moore said the interview portion of the contest is dramatic and one of the most important pageatn features since the interview and talent portions have the highest influence on the final score. The nine-and-a-half minute interviews are held in private as the contestant stands in front of five judges. “They’re firing questions pretty quickly all over the place, everything from personal behavioral types of questions to hot topics, such as ISIS and really deep political dividing types of issues such as abortion or gay marriage,” Moore said. “They’re also able to talk about their platform, so these young women are incredibly well rounded. They know going into the competition that they need to know what’s going on in the world, they need to know themselves individually.” Although the pageants have played such a large role in the lives of these contestants, Olson strongly advises girls interested in pageantry to find passions and opportunities in many areas of life. “Much of what I’m doing can be done without this role and this title, and so you need to fill your life with other things and opportunities,” Olson said. “Only one person will win, but that doesn’t mean that only one young woman will be able to do amazing things for her community.” People interested in pageantry can reach out to Olson and Scimeca at www. facebook. com/missiowa2014 and www. facebook.com/misspearlcity2015.
# 10 | sports
Feb. 25, 2015
SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Evansville and Indiana State fall to Women’s Basketball
CAITLIN INGLE battles through a triple team against the Sycamores on Sunday. Ingle recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds on the day. This performance should help her win favor with the NCAA as she is one of the front-runners for the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List, an award given to the best point guard in the country. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Michael Wendlandt Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org @shaus_6 The Drake Women’s Basketball team continued to win in conference play, sweeping two games at home this past weekend. They defeated the University of Evansville on Friday by a score of 78-69 and Indiana State University on Sunday 76-61. Now sitting at 18-7 overall and 13-1 in the conference, the Bulldogs control their destiny going into the Missouri Valley Conference championship. If the Bulldogs can win the tournament they will secure a spot in the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs got off to a rough start on Friday when they faced off with Evansville. The Bulldogs were trailing for most of the first half before clawing their way back with the help of their freshmen.
Paige Greiner hit two threes in less than a minute which gave Drake the lead. Maddy Dean added several big buckets early, scoring nine in the first. After 20 minutes, the Bulldogs led 36-31. “My team found me tonight, and I’m glad I was able to follow through with those points for the team,” Greiner said. The second half featured a back-and-forth battle for the first 10 minutes as Drake couldn’t quite put away the Purple Aces. Evansville was allowed to climb back to within one possession several times, but Drake held the lead. Embarking on a 13-2 run behind big threes from Greiner and Lizzy Wendell, the Bulldogs pulled away enough to be able to stay within their offensive flow and wear down Evansville. Consistently working the ball Becca Jonas in the post, the Bulldogs chipped away time until the final buzzer sounded.
“This was a great, gutsy performance. Evansville is a great opponent and I’m extremely proud of this team for the way that they were able to pull out the win tonight,” coach Jennie Baranczyk said. For the game, Wendell led the way with 24 points while Dean put up 23 to go along with 10 rebounds. Jonas also chipped in 13 along with 17 rebounds, while Greiner set a career high with 12 points on four three-pointers. The Bulldogs outrebounded Evansville by 17, a tone-setter for the game. “It feels great to get those rebounds, but the fact that we were able to score off them was huge,” Jonas said. The top offense of Drake faced off with the number two defense Sycamores of Indiana State in the MVC on Sunday. The defense was in control for the first half, as Drake turned the ball over 15 times in the opening
20 minutes, but kept the game close with some strong defense of their own. At halftime the game was all square, 28-28. Neither team was shooting exceptionally well, as Drake hit on 46 percent of their shots and Indiana State was 13 percent worse. “Today was gut-check time,” Baranczyk said. “They rattled us a little bit in the first half, but I was happy with the way that we ended.” In the second half Drake was able to get into a groove, getting ahead by as much as eight early on, but Indiana State fought back thanks to the strength of their bench, who ended up scoring 49 of their 61 points. The 10th tie of the game ended at the 6:34 mark when the Bulldogs took the lead for the final time. A 13-0 run soon followed, icing the game. Caitlin Ingle and Wendell led the charge throughout the
game, but it was the play of Carly Grenfell off the bench that gave Drake the spark that they used to pull away with nine points, six rebounds and a steal. “Carly was huge today. Crashing the boards, her energy, hitting big shots. She played like a senior. I’m glad you got to see the real Carly today,” Baranczyk said. For the game, Wendell led the way again with 20 points, while Ingle scored 17, pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out seven assists. Becca Jonas also found her way into double figures with 13 points. “We’re going to work to get better after today and we’ll be ready for Friday,” Wendell said. Drake will travel to Wichita State for their biggest test of the season to date, as the two top teams in the MVC will face off on Friday. Tip-off for that game is at 7:05 p.m. and it will be broadcasted nationally on ESPN3.
Bulldogs dominate in MVC matchup with Missouri State on Senior Day Michael Wendlandt Staff Writer email@example.com @shaus_6
Men’s Basketball continued their upward ascent in the Missouri Valley Conference as they defeated Missouri State who fell to 10-18 overall and 4-12 in conference play on Sunday by a score of 78-43. The victory became Drake’s fifth win in eight games. “This group has refocused, taken each day one at a time and they have gotten better,” coach Ray Giacoletti said. “A lot of groups would have splintered, but these guys have listened and bought into our system.”
On senior day five players were recognized, four of whom hit the ground running in the lineup. Senior guard Gary Ricks Jr. got the Bulldogs off to the right start, hitting back-to-back threes to open the game. The Bulldogs and the Bears traded baskets back-and-forth through the first six minutes of the game. A 10-0 Drake run gave the Bulldogs a cushion that they would never relinquish. “We’ve come a long way this season,” Ricks said. “I’m extremely proud of this team.” After that run, the Bulldogs soon followed the 10-0 streak with a 15-4 run before heading into the locker room up, 35-14. The Bulldogs were led by Ricks and freshman Reed Timmer with
11 points each at the halfway mark. Drake’s defense held Missouri State to a 23.1 shooting percentage from the field as well. By contrast, Drake hit 14 of their 25 shots, shooting 56 percent from the field. “I hang my hat on the defensive end, and we were able to hold that end down,” guard Karl Madison said after the game. The second half began much like the first and Missouri State was never able to trim the deficit to less than 21 points. The Bulldogs were buoyed early on in the half by Ricks who drained three consecutive three pointers to give Drake a 24 point lead with 14:51 remaining in the half. A trio of Bulldogs stepped up when Ricks got a break, as
Timmer, Trevor Berkeley and Jacob Enevold Jensen each poured in a series of baskets to lead the Bulldogs. “Jacob (Enevold) has all the tools, and all this experience is going to pay off in the next couple of years,” Giacoletti said. Only the play of Bears players Chris Kendrix and Camyn Boone kept the game within the range, as they combined for 25 of the team’s 43 points. Each senior was pulled out to a standing ovation as the game wound down until there was just Jordan Daniels left. He ended the game with the ball in his hands as the Bulldogs ran out the final seconds on the way to victory. Ricks ended up as the leading scorer of the game with 20 points
on seven of 12 shooting, making six three pointers. Right behind was Timmer who had 17 to go along with a team high seven rebounds. Jensen and Chris Caird ended up with 10 points apiece. As a team, the Bulldogs shot 52 percent from the field and 62 percent from three. They were also seven of seven from the freethrow line. The Bulldogs remain home for their final game of the season on Wednesday as the Loyola Ramblers come into town before March Madness sets in. Both teams currently sit at 6-10 in the MVC as they battle for the sixth spot in the conference at the conclusion of the regular season. That game is slated to start at 7:05 p.m.
KARL MADISON dribbles at the top of the key on Sunday’s game against Missouri State for Senior Day in front of a crowd of over 3,600. Madison was one of five seniors honored, along with Trevor Berkeley, Chris Caird, Jordan Daniels and Gary Ricks Jr. Madison has averaged 2.36 assists per game in his senior season, a career high for the redshirt senior. COLBEY HANISCH | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
# 11 | sports
Feb. 25, 2015
SPORTS SPORTS FEATURE
Drake athletes assess the validity of home-field advantage
MEN’S BASKETBALL faced off with Wichita State on New Year’s Eve in front of a crowd of 4,170 at the Knapp Center earlier this season, the second biggest turnout of the 2014-2015 season. Home court advantage has spelled good news for the Bulldogs thus far in the season, 8-5 at home as opposed to 1-10 on the road, but they still fell to the Shockers 58-66. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Emily Lambie Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org @EmilyLambie
In the world of sports, travel is inevitable. This has led to the concept of home field advantage, the idea that teams at home are more likely to win than when they are on the road, and the research seems to support this superstition. The atmosphere is different and so is the attitude towards the game. Harvard professor Jeremy Jamison developed a study based on home advantage, looking into sports ranging from baseball to rugby to cricket, and found strong correlations between playing at home and win percentage. His
findings can be seen to the right. Drake University athletes may not know the statistics, but agree that home advantage does have an effect on the outcome of the game. Redshirt senior Gary Ricks Jr. is a guard for the Men’s Basketball team and feels that playing on the road brings a different atmosphere as opposed to playing at home. “At home it’s not just your team. It’s your coaches there. Your family could be there. The fans are there and you feel like you’re doing it a lot more than just your team,” Ricks said. Ricks was not the only one who believed that playing at home versus playing in another town really plays a role in the atmosphere and overall outcome of the game.
Fifth-year senior Brad Duwe is a defensive back for the Bulldogs football team. He believes that home field advantage is real and has experienced it firsthand. “I think the atmosphere is different with the conference. But it’s a big comfort thing, playing at home, playing in front of your fans, a little more confident than when you’re on the road,” Duwe said. Outside hitter Capris Quaites, a sophomore for Drake’s volleyball team, described how the energy is different at home events, as well as other factors that play into home advantage. “The size of the arena, sometimes larger arenas can be a little intimidating, and maybe being in a smaller arena would be more comfortable, but here we have one of the larger arenas
in the conference and I guess just being here, since we know the people, it’s not as intimidating,” Quaites said. Having home field advantage is certainly a boost, but that is what makes road wins all the
more significant. “It’s just something different, you know, (if you’re) on the road and you’re down, it’s more of a fight and you feel like you’re all alone,” Ricks said.
Win Percentages of Home Teams Across Sports
Drake Home Win Percentages
Men’s Tennis falls to Denver on Saturday Bulldogs take two losses
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BEN STRIDE celebrates in match against South Alabama on Feb. 8. Stride won his match against Denver on Saturday 6-5, 7-5 in the sixth spot, but that effort was not enough to earn the Bulldogs the victory. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Adam Rogan Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @Adam_Rogan
The Bulldogs traveled to Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 21 in the hopes of taking down Denver, but a strong showing from the Pioneers put an end to that dream. Drake took another doubles point to open the match behind a 7-6 (7-2) victory from seniors Alen Salibasic and Ben Mullis. “Me and Alen have a lot of experience to bring to the table, played together for a lot last year,” Mullis said. That momentum carried into the beginning of the singles matches, but did not last long. Ben Stride and Ravi Patel won the first two singles matches in straight sets, putting the Bulldogs one win away from victory, but they dropped the next four matches on the way to a 4-3 loss. Senior Matt Frost played in the second position against Denver’s Diogo Rocha, the final, deciding
match for the day. Frost won his first set in a tiebreaker, but then dropped the next two 3-6, 3-6. Frost is known for his intensity and volume in matches, whether it be when he’s competing or cheering on his teammates. “I play tennis because I love it, obviously. And if I didn’t enjoy it then I wouldn’t be as intense as I am on the court,” Frost said. Assistant coach Danny Manlow likes the intensity he sees from Frost and the rest of the team, but knows that they need more of it if they want to start earning more wins. “We just need to work on maintaining that intensity and just closing guys out on every single court. We may have lost our way a little bit there in the middle and we just need to maintain that level all the way through. I think that’s going to be the key,” Manlow said. “When you have a defeat you have to rally together. So when we lose as long as we have to get behind every single one of the other guys,” Frost said. Mullis feels a change in
practice mentality will translate into wins on the court and get the Bulldogs back on the right track. “We just need to tighten the screw a little bit more really across the practice court and taking that into matches. We’ve had a couple 4-3 losses that we shouldn’t have had this season,” Mullis said. “When it comes to it, we want to have taken care of all the controllables in practice and then those results and when the matches get tight they kind of take care of themselves a little bit more.” The Bulldogs will face Iowa on the road this Friday, a match between two of the top teams in the state. “We’re the one team that (Iowa wants) to beat more than anyone. They want to be the best team in Iowa and we want to be the best team in Iowa. So we’re going to have to bring the energy,” Frost said. “We can’t let our heads drop, because once you let your heads drop after a loss then it’s just like a downward slope … If we bring our best fight, we can beat them.”
The Drake Women’s Tennis team had a rough weekend, falling to Minnesota on Friday and then to Dartmouth on Saturday, both matches ending 2-5. Minnesota was ranked 70th in the nation going into their match against the Bulldogs. Dartmouth was ranked 46th. “Even though we lost, it was against very tough teams,” freshman Summer Brills said. Minnesota took the doubles point in two matches before moving on to the singles matches. Junior Mariel Ante took the first singles point of the match for the Bulldogs. She fell in the first set in a tiebreaker, but came back with a 6-4 second set victory and sealed the deal with a 10-5 win in the third set. However, Ante’s efforts came too late as Tess Herder, Jordan Eggleston and Adrienne Jensen had already fallen in straight sets. Senior and team captain Nell Boyd took the second Bulldogs point in the final match of the day, dispatching Maja Vujic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Minnesota was also the first team to defeat Boyd and Maddie Johnson in doubles all season, their record falling to 4-1 in duals. “I think it was a little different team like the way they played was really fast. We just weren’t really executing our shots. We were there and we were doing all the right things, but we were just missing more than usual,” Boyd said. Boyd and Johnson got back on track against Dartmouth, but the Bulldogs still could not take the doubles point. Ante fell quickly in the one
position 6-0, 6-0 to Taylor Ng, ranked 82 in the nation. Brills got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard, winning 6-4, 6-3 and improved to 6-1 on the season. “We just need to keep working on being aggressive,” Brills said. “I was really happy with my win this weekend. That really bumped my confidence.” Fellow freshman Jensen picked up the second Bulldog point of the day, but it wasn’t enough to take down Dartmouth. Even with the losses, Pervez is proud of how far the team has come in the last two years. “Last year (on Feb. 23) was the first big win for this program in 10 years. We beat Wisconsin. So, we’re so ahead of our season compared to last year because of scheduling,” Pervez said. “We haven’t peaked yet.” The players say the benefits of playing against stronger programs like Minnesota and Dartmouth, even if they didn’t come away with the wins. “It was just kind of a good experience to play against these tough teams,” Boyd said. “We’ve never played ranked teams before in dual matches, so it’s our first experience kind of with this high of competition,” Johnson added. “I think individually it teaches you things you need to work on in your game because better opponents can expose your weaknesses more.” Two of the Bulldogs’ three losses this season have come against undefeated opponents, and the third came against top100 Minnesota.
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# 12 | sports
Feb. 25, 2015
Men’s Soccer signs six recruits
Let’s see how far we’ve come
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MEN’S SOCCER ended their fall season with a record of 5-11-3 overall and went 3-3 in conference play, landing them in fourth place of seven teams overall in the MVC. All 11 starters will be returning next year. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Adam Rogan Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @Adam_Rogan The Men’s Soccer team has signed six new players to the squad for the 2015-2016 season. Head coach Sean Holmes made the announcement on Thursday, Feb. 19, excited about what these current high school seniors could contribute to the Bulldogs. “All-around pretty good. All different positions. All very good students,” Holmes said about the new acquisitions. One of the new players is Andrew Blalock of Overland Park, Kansas will become a new goalkeeper for the Bulldogs. He also played for the Sporting KC Academy club, with whom he has won two National U.S. Youth Futsal championships. Ethan Bowman led his high school team, the Shawnee Mission
Northwest High School Cougars, in goals scored. This Kansan was named Midfielder of the Year in his conference and was chosen for first-team all-state. Colton Page was selected to second-team all-state as a sophomore for Ankeny Centennial High School. He went on to lead the team in scoring the next year as a defender. Alex Peterson hails from St. Cloud, Minnesota where he was a center midfielder for St. Cloud Cathedral High School. He scored 25 goals in his senior season and earned a spot on the all-area and all-conference teams. Peterson also was part of conference championship teams in both his junior and senior years. On top of the six high school recruits, Drake will also welcome three transfer students to their squad. Coach Holmes feels that these acquisitions are more future-
minded, as all 11 starters are returning for next season. “We’re looking for depth from our squad. We’re looking for guys who are good, but could be really good with time, dedication and hard work,” Holmes said. “We were very good at times last year. We’re hoping for another layer of a year of maturity … We’ll be starting upperclassman on almost every position on the field, and that’s how you win games.”
RECRUITS: Andrew Blalock GK Ethan Bowman MID Ryan Merideth F Adam Nicholson CB Colton Page D Alex Peterson MID
I can hardly grasp that February is almost over and our season is winding down. We are 13-1 in conference play and have arguably the toughest road swing coming up this weekend. We face Wichita State on Friday, Missouri State on Sunday and come back home for Bradley and Loyola the following week. That leaves us with just four conference games left and then a whole new season begins. February has been a month of grinding things out and finding ways to win. At this point in the season, teams either spiral downward or do the opposite. Although we have hit a few rough patches along the way, I’m confident our team is ready to finish out conference play stronger than ever. This week is all about chemistry, staying fresh and staying hungry to get better every single day. I cannot say enough about our team in those regards. Are we perfect? Far from it, but
we have embraced the concept of “winning the day” and making strides where we need it most. It has been one heck of a ride this season, but our work is not done. We openly talk about being number one and holding each other accountable to get there. It isn’t always easy, but we all understand that it will be worth it in the end. We aren’t focused on anything other than the next game. The only way we can ever reach number one is by taking this journey one day, one game and one possession at a time. If we look too far ahead it could take away our focus from how important the present is to us. This mindset has worked out quite well for us thus far and we will continue to live by it. Just because we are winning does not mean we can’t get better. The month of February is where the separation of teams begins. I promise you our team will continue to stick together, continue to improve and find the momentum we need heading into March. Stay tuned, my friends and Go Bulldogs!
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