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Senate elections to begin today

Learn about the candidates before casting a vote We’ve seen the posters, and we’ve heard the chatter. Who are these people running for Student Senate? These people will be representing us as a student body, so we should probably know who they are, especially with elections beginning today. Here are quips from each candidate regarding three questions each was asked. Be sure to get on blueView and cast your vote before Tuesday at midnight.

events they wanted SAB to bring to campus. I also interned for the community outreach senator on Student Senate, where I was able to learn how Senate functions as an organization and (how it) plans community service opportunities. This year, I serve as the bands chair for SAB. I, along with my committee, plan SAB’s musical events, including the Homecoming Foam Dance and the Relays Concert. I am also an organizational senator on Student Senate, which allows me to share student organizations’ opinions and promote organizations’ best interests around the Senate table.

How have you contributed to make Drake University a high quality institution?

What top three goals/prioritis do you hope to address during your term in office?

AL: This past year as the academic affairs senator, I have had the privilege to serve as the chair of the academic affairs committee as well as the Faculty Senate liaison. Both of these roles have allowed me to meet some of Drake’s most influential faculty, staff and administration. I am confident that this mutual respect will put me steps ahead and allow Drake’s student body to be heard. Most importantly, I pride myself on always being a friendly face on campus. I am a very accessible person and love to listen to students’ concerns and ideas — feel free to talk to me anytime.

AL: 1. Be an active liaison for students to Drake’s faculty, staff and administration. 2. Make Student Senate understandable and approachable. ­­­3. Question the familiar. Be the advocate who asks why and fights for the student body’s needs and opinions.

by Ethan Clevenger News Editor tdnewsed@gmail.com

Name: Amanda Laurent Year: Junior College: Journalism and Mass Communications Major: Public Relations Position Seeking: Student Body President

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Name: David Karaz Year: Sophomore College: Arts and Sciences/Business and Public Administration Major: Politics/Accounting Position Seeking: Vice President of Student Life

DK: I have had the opportunity to contribute to Student Senate my entire Drake career. My passion to raise student voice and participation has been a part of my Drake experience. I molded the role of the FirstYear Senator position into one that will represent incoming student interests for years to come. I have worked with faculty to make the J-term include everything students deserve it to include. I have worked on long-term Drake initiatives with administration. Most importantly, I have taken every student opinion to heart. CK: My first year at Drake, I had the opportunity of being the organizational development chair on the Student Activities Board. In this position, I promoted SAB as a whole, as well as surveyed students to see what

Name: Carly Kinzler Year: Sophomore College: Arts and Sciences Major: Biochemistry , Cell and Molecular Biology Position Seeking: Vice President of Student Activities

Colleges making transition to e-books How paperless affects you by Alec Hamilton

Staff Writer alec.hamilton@drake.edu

Textbook prices continue to rise dramatically, and e-textbooks look to be the rising alternative as technology continues to improve. One alternative to printed textbooks that keeps popping up is etextbooks. Ever since the invention of digital readers such as the Kindle or Nook, tech experts have tried to anticipate when e-textbooks would take off. The fact is, they haven’t. This can be attributed to the lack of volume of textbooks available and resistance from book publishers to convert. While few students use e-textbooks, it does not mean there is a lack of interest. As a part of the Indiana University’s eTexts Initiative, 60 percent of surveyed students said they

preferred e-textbooks to hard copies and that the ease of use of e-textbooks was just as important as price. The Indiana survey closely resembles students’ opinions at Drake. While price was the most important factor to Drake students, they certainly would prefer to use their iPads, Kindles, etc., if they were able. Student Body President Greg Larson recently bought an e-reader and was ready to buy textbooks on it. “I bought it and was all excited to get my textbooks on it,” said Larson. “However, when I got looking, I was surprised by how few there are out there. They are cheaper, but they didn’t have the ones I needed. It was disappointing.” Numerous colleges across the

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DK: First, it is troubling that our most outgoing acts as senators happen during elections. On a daily basis, I will push our Student Senate to reach out and listen through outreach office hours, strategic student interest meetings and greater student awareness through promotional tools. Second, I will create an inviting environment for Senate work so students will feel the legitimacy of coming to us when they have a complaint to voice. Last, I will work with administration and the board of trustees in order to voice concerns that students address daily: food, Internet, etc. Along with my aptitude for this responsibility, I have a passion for Senate that will always drive me to raise student voice and participation. CK: My first goal is to bring the events you want. Unfortunately, we are not able to bring acts like Drake and Ke$ha due to our budget. However, I plan to bring larger scale events and promise to listen to students’ requests, while using the student activities fees in the most effective way.

My second goal is to plan innovative events. In the past few years, SAB and other student organizations have done a great job bringing unique events to campus, such as Dogtown After Hours, flash mobs and the foam dance. If elected, I hope to continue that tradition and challenge SAB to think creatively when planning events. My third goal is to work with the organizational senators to assist student organizations and promote collaboration. As a current organizational senator, I have enjoyed working with student organizations on campus, and I hope that next year I can further assist organizations in meeting their goals. What motivated you to run for office, and what do you hope to get out of this experience? AL: Personally, I hope for a challenging experience in office in which the student body will hold me to the highest standard of representation. Drake is currently in a very exciting time, and there are many tangible changes ahead. We need student input in these changes, and I am determined to get it there. I am certain that my passion for this university and my hardworking personality will propel this campus and its student body forward. I want to be “part of the solution” at Drake, helping our university progress towards a better future. DK: As the first ever First-Year Senator and this year’s campus advancement senator-at-large, the opportunities to prepare for this role have been substantial. Given my extensive involvement, I will have as much experience as any senior senator would have been able to have in years past. My passion for Student Senate lies in the repeating complaints that students have had for years. I truly believe that I will have a unique opportunity to create a lot of constructive goods for our student life. CK: I am running for vice president of student activities because I am passionate about bringing quality campus programming that students want to Drake University.

Drake Vagina Monologues raise over two thousand dollars Tenth anniversary of event aimed at empowering women by Kensie Smith

Staff Writer mackensie.smith@drake.edu

This weekend, Bulldog Theater was littered with rose petals, scattered pillows and women. Fourteen women shared tales centered around the one thing that is often left unspoken. Words hit high points with laughs and moans to lulls of tears and the wrenching kind of pain felt when hearing of pain, rape and abuse. They were there to champion vaginas. Student Activists for Gender Equality, formerly known as Students for Women’s Issues, presented “The Vagina Monologues” on three nights to full audiences. A packed theater licked chocolate vagina pops and fondled female condoms as the guests were exposed to an arsenal of hardhitting stories. Junior Heather Boone performed one tear-inducing monologue, “The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could.” “I wanted to challenge myself to do something I wasn’t completely comfortable with,” Boone said. “I believe that discomfort with it is powerful as well.” Senior Randi Rumbold, co-director of “The Vagina Monologues,” said she was at first hesitant to get

involved with the show her first year at Drake, but she said that she had much in common with the dedicated, engaged women. “Nowadays, combating sexual violence against women and girls is a passion of mine, and I think it all started with that first show,” Rumbold said. “At the time, I was unaware of the scale to which gender and sexual violence has reached across the world. Now, one in three women in the world will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.” Both halves of the show began with a performance by the all-women a cappella group, The Drake Treblemakers. Voices joined together for their second song, which was called “My Vagina is 8 Miles Wide. This year marked the 10th anniversary of V-Day at Drake University. V-Day is a nonprofit grass roots movement dedicated to ending violence against women around the world, created by the author of “The Vagina Monologues,” Eve Ensler. Ensler wrote “The Vagina Monologues” in 1996 based on interviews with more than 200 women as a way to “celebrate vaginas.” “At first, women were reluctant to talk,” Ensler wrote. “They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn’t stop them.” The show has been performed in

20 countries and translated in 24 languages. The Vagina Carnival occurred every night before the show. Amidst the milling audience learning about vaginas, decorating vaginas and drinking “Orange You Glad I Have A Vagina mocktails,” ushers directed audience members inside the theater. Senior usher Cara Pratt reflected on the diversity of the audience. “I’m always impressed with the maturity of the men in attendance,” Pratt said. Fellow senior usher Grady Reuler said that the monologues are always “thought-provoking.” One of the men in attendance was vagina warrior Brian Adams-Thies, assistant professor of anthropology. The “vagina warriors” are people who help with education and activism to stop the violence against women. He was awarded with a plaque to hang proudly in his office and given a coveted “Vagina Monologues” Tshirt. “Every time I see the show, it empowers me even though I don’t have a vagina,” Adams-Thies said. “It’s good to see the energy and excitement surrounding the show on Drake’s campus.”

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United States have begun to look at and experiment with e-textbooks. Indiana launched its eTexts Initiative at one of its campuses and is developing a model for universities to follow when transitioning to etextbooks. According to a presentation by Indiana, e-textbooks are approximately 75 percent of a textbook’s original price. One of the main reasons for this is because the publishers are charging for a one-time use with e-textbooks. Indiana solved this by signing deals with five publishers to provide the university with e-textbooks, and the university established a database for those books for the students to access. The university then charged students a fee to use each book each semester, which lowered textbook prices drastically as it spread the costs for the books over several years. Ann Kovalchick, Drake’s chief information technology officer, has examined the e-textbook idea and Indiana’s approach. She plans to present the idea to the faculty and administration as soon as next semester and sees Drake doing something similar. “I see having some sort of database, whether it’s like iTunes or Blackboard, that students can access easily,” said Kovalchick. “I want to be able to distribute content to students in a way that is device independent since it’s just not feasible to distribute iPads or Kindle’s to every student.”

Kovalchick cited several potential problems with instituting e-textbooks. First is resistance from faculty. While she believes that the majority of faculty would accept the change and adapt, there is always the possibility of some not welcoming it. Copyright problems are another issue, and the obvious resistance from publishers, but perhaps the most pressing problem is Drake’s size. Drake is not large enough to leverage publishers to allow Drake to implement this sort of system. Kovalchick sees Drake joining some sort of consortium or allying with other smaller Iowa colleges to leverage publishers into dealing with them. The issue of textbook prices and e-textbooks has not been brought up before the administration or Student Senate. Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari said that he believes that things must change. “It is only a matter of time until more and more universities move towards e-textbooks,” said Bakari. “If Drake wants to stay competitive and relevant, then we will have to move in that direction as well.” Katie Wilz, the manager of the University Bookstore, said that the bookstore will have to adapt in order to survive. “I can see the bookstore becoming kind of like an app store, almost like an iTunes since universities will still want their operations centralized,”

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There are 8,000 nerve fibers in the clitoris — twice as many as in the penis.

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SOPHOMORE DREW KAUFMAN makes use of his iPad - one of many varieties of e-readers on the market. said Wilz. For the last two decades textbook prices have risen at twice the rate of inflation, according to a 2005 study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The National Association of College Bookstores found that college students spent an average of over $650 on textbooks for 2008-09. As textbook prices keep rising, students are starting to feel the pinch

on their wallets. Schools try to keep textbook prices down by selling used books and putting rental systems in place (steps that Drake also takes), but even then, students still spend hundreds of dollars on textbooks. One of the most frequently asked questions that bookstores receive is why are textbook prices so high? The common misconception is that bookstores make a large profit selling text-

books, but according to the NACB, this is not the case. On average, 77 cents out of every dollar made by bookstores goes to the textbook’s wholesale cost (the cost of printing, editing, salaries, etc.). Bookstores only make three to four cents of profit per dollar. The rest goes toward paying bookstore workers, shipping and other expenses.

Monologues end with call to action for one billion FROM VAGINA, PAGE 1 Erin Meek, Drake graduate and “Vagina Monologues” performer, shared a vagina happy fact. “There are 8,000 nerve fibers in the clitoris — twice as many as in the penis,” Meek said. Through the silent auction, chocolate sales and admission, SAGE raised over $2,000 in part to support “Latinas Unidas por un Nuevo

Amanecer.” This Des Moines nonprofit group offers counseling and advocacy services for sexual violence victims. L.U.N.A. partners with the Drake Legal Clinic as well as the Drake women’s studies program for prevention and education work. Another part of the proceeds will benefit the V-Day organization. VDay’s efforts this year are focused on areas where natural disasters have hit hard. Ten percent of the proceeds raised will reach empowering pro-

grams in the Congo, Haiti and New Orleans. “Once the headlines die down, people tend to forget about those who are still struggling after such a disaster,” Rumbold said about this year’s spotlight monologue that focused on these areas of distress. V-Day opened the City of Joy, a sexual assault survival camp, last year in Bukavu, Congo. The camp teaches women how to harness pain and turn it into an empowering vivacity. The

City of Joy just celebrated the graduation of their first class of 42 brave women. The lively performance ended in a simple yet important call to action. On Feb. 14, 2013, “One Billion Rising” will come to life. V-Day wants one billion people around the world to dance, organize and protest sexual violence. Cate O’Donnell closed with a dramatic reading of “Over It,” which was written by Ensler.

“One billion women,” O’Donnell read. “The time is now. Prepare for the escalation. Today it begins, moving toward Feb. 14, 2013, when one billion women will rise to end rape because we are over it.”

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OWS receives unearned praise from media Treatment from media differs from that of other movements He straps on his Nike shoes, puts on his hipster Levi skinny jeans, grabs his iPod and is ready to go. For what, you ask? Isn’t it obvious. To protest corporate America. Why? Well, because despite his life being exponentially easier and more enjoyable due to the people who took a risk and created those companies (while making a ton of money), capitalism is just too darn unfair. The only problem is that I have never heard Occupy Wall Street framed this way in the media. Rather, it has been praised as the greatest recent grassroots movement in America full of citizens who are “standing up to the system.” While this is true, if you stand up to “the system” with a toolbox that is empty or full of broken tools, then I don’t find that to be impressive. I find it to be rather annoying and destructive. OWS has such a toolbox. Still, as I’ve mentioned, it has been at the forefront of the news for roughly the last year or so. Time Magazine named “The Protestor” as Person of the Year, although that was mostly due to the Arab Spring, but OWS was also recognized. What I find humorous is the absolutely negligent and bias reporting that the media practices in regard to OWS — this bias is even more compelling and obvious when compared to how the media treated the tea party in 2009 and 2010 when it really picked up momentum. I won’t go too far into how the media treated the tea party, but let it suffice to say that it was completely different than how the OWS movement is being treated (with the exclusion of Fox News, which has its own obvious bias, as well). While the tea party consists of many intellectual, limited-government conservatives, most coverage by CNN, NBC and other news organizations highlighted those extremely rare moments of hatred and racism that are bound to emerge from a movement as big as the tea party. One would be hard-pressed to find a single organization or movement in America that doesn’t have a racist in it. Yet OWS, which assuredly deserves greater negative coverage than the tea party and has its fair share of racists, has been put

on a pedestal by the media. It seemed like the media took a sigh of relief, and Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow practically broke out in song over at MSNBC. But it still remains that the OWS movement offers nothing of substance to praise. Take the crime at Occupy locations, which occurs at a rate high enough to force protestors out of the movement in fear of their safety. At Zuccotti Park in New York City, a “women only” tent had to be set up due to the threat of sexual assault amongst OWS. Incidents such as the rape of a 14-year-old runaway girl

Ah, that’s the American spirit: begging for things.

in Dallas are not uncommon. I don’t remember that happening during the tea party protests. In addition, the whole movement has become a parody of itself. “(Zuccotti) Park has divided into neighborhoods of sorts, with the western edge along Church Street considered the wrong side of the tracks,” The New York Times reported. What happened to all that equality and togetherness? This, in itself, is enough to discredit the movement as a fraud. But the complete ignorance of many in the movement makes my point even clearer. Although there are admittedly some intelligent people in the movement (mostly the libertarians),

the calls for a $20 minimum wage and free college tuition are ludicrous. One occupier held a sign that read, “Throw me a bone, pay my tuition!” Ah, that’s the American spirit: begging for things. When asked why he wants free tuition, his answer was, “Because it’s what I want.” And the tea party is full of idiots? Possibly even more embarrassing was the recent showing of “Occupiers” at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C. When Michelle Fields of the Daily Caller talked to one of the demonstrators, the man claimed he was being paid $60 by a union to protest and had no idea what the event even was. “They just told me, ‘You want to make 60 bucks? So, come on.’” That’s the “grassroots” effort that the media is praising constantly? Sounds like a sorry response to a real movement: the tea party.

BEN LEVINE | COLUMNIST

Levine is a sophomore politics major and can be contacted at benjamin.levine@drake.edu

Hubbel Trouble creates a dynamic duo Combining two favorites, bananas and peanut butter, in waffle creation This week Hubbell Trouble is going solo. Hilary is off to the windy city so only one half of the dynamic duo was whipping up creations. Speaking of dynamic duos, this weeks Hubbell Trouble has the best combo of them all: peanut butter and bananas. Let’s get real. Everyone loves PB and B, except for people with nut allergies, or banana allergies. Anyways, this week I decided to make a Peanut Butter ‘Nana Time Waffle. First you’re going to need to get your supplies. Since it’s brunch and they don’t hide the bananas from us, this should actually go pretty quickly. Also get a half full (or half empty depending on your outlook on life) cup of waffle batter, a fork, and one of the small bowls under the soup. Mash up your banana to the best of your abilities using the fork. People will stare at you, it’s totally cool. Then put the smushed banana into the waffle batter and stir it all up. Next steps a shocker so brace yourself — put it in the waffle iron. After the waffle iron beeps obnoxiously like half of campus is about to burn down, your waffle is ready. Now you can slather that baby with peanut butter and enjoy. It’s kind of messy so I wish you the best of luck eating it in a socially acceptable way. If you’d like, you could also cut up some more bananas and put them on top, but I thought that was just excessive. You may be wondering why I didn’t put the peanut butter in the waffle batter. Well, I wasn’t really sure if that would kill someone with a severe peanut allergy and I thought that if would be really mean if I accidentally did. So, don’t do that. I hope that you enjoyed reading my solo edition of Hubbell Trouble. If you didn’t, Hilary will be back next week.

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KENZIE KRAMER & HILARY HAMILTON | COLUMNISTS

Kramer is a sophomore broadcast journalism major and can be reached at mackenzie.kramer@drake.edu. Hamilton is a sophomore advertising major and can be reached at hilary.hamilton@drake.edu.

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J.K. Rowling to release new book, written for adults by Kelly Tafoya

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After tweeting the news of her new book last Thursday, author J.K. Rowling shocked her fans by moving on from the beloved Harry Potter series. “I feel like it’s about time for her to move on,” firstyear Kristin Doherty said. “She’s written about the same characters for over 10 years, so I can imagine she wants to work on something new.” Few details have been released about the book except that Little, Brown and Company has agreed to publish the book. Scholastic Inc. printed all of Rowling’s Harry Potter books in the U.S. “I think she should (write another book),” junior Hannah Pink said. “She’s a fantastic author and shouldn’t be afraid to start a new series because of the fear of it not being comparable to Harry Potter.” Elizabeth Robertson, an associate professor of English from Manchester, England, will be instructing the J-term course called “The Golden Fleece,” which uses the Harry Potter books as part of the course. She said that she is also looking forward to Rowling’s new book. “I think that a writer as gifted as her should keep writing,” Robertson said. “A student once told me that you (college-aged students) are the Harry Potter generation, and that really stuck with me. You know you grew up with him. When Harry went on to the next year, so did you.” Robertson decided to teach a course that covered the Harry Potter books because she noticed the effects the books had on her own children. “I’ve read all the Harry Potter books, and I read them to my children,” Robertson said. “Some of my children had reading problems, but they moved heaven and earth to finish those books. I saw first-hand the effect that Harry Potter had on children. When I read the first book, I found it very well written, funny as well as serious. What I’ve done for the J-term course is incorporate the series with Greek myths and archetypes.” Robertson found that what stood out most to her about the Harry Potter books was their ability to make students not just read them once, but over and over again. “Built into the books is the need to re-read the books,” she said. “You get through different books, and you discover new things about characters, and you have to re-read and re-think. Any book that demands that you re-read and reevaluate your thinking is a sign of a remarkable work.” The bar is set high after the Harry Potter series, and Rowling’s new book series will be targeted for adults this time. “I think the fans have fairly high expectations,” Doherty said. “Especially after how successful her last books were. I don’t think anything will ever be as great as Harry Potter, even if J.K. Rowling writes it. I have a feeling it will be very different from Harry Potter, which will be exciting to read.”

Culture on campus ISU students entertain with Chinese food, dance and customs by Xiang Liew

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The opinion across the board seems to be that Rowling’s fan base will read the new book even if it has nothing to do with her initial series. “People can make connections with the Harry Potter stories,” Robertson said. “They are popular tests. Harry Potter is a cultural icon — it’s one of the central stories of human culture. The story of the hero, the divine child and the evil forces make it a classic story with some wonderful modern add-ons. It was inevitable that the series would end at the seventh novel. I was ready for Harry and Hermione and the rest of them to go on and live their lives. Things do come to an end.”

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The Chinese Student Association held its largest event of the year, Chinese Night, in Parents Hall last Saturday. After a short speech by the president of the Chinese Association of Iowa, Chinese Night started off with a bang (literally) as students from Iowa State University performed a Lion Dance. According to the event program, a Lion Dance is a “traditional Chinese dance for auspicious occasions such as Chinese New Year or a special opening ceremony to protect people from bad luck.” The dance is traditionally accompanied by loud percussion music in order to scare evil spirits away. Applause broke out during the moments when the performers made their lion “stand up” by having the person controlling the head leaping onto the shoulders of the person controlling the body. At certain points, the lions also went into the crowd to interact with the audience. Most people seemed excited by the opportunity to watch the lions up close, but it was perhaps a little too intense for younger members of the audience. “It was a little creepy,” said Nate, a 10-year-old who studies Chinese at Walnut Street School. Apparently, one of the lions had come up to his classmate and brushed its head against him. After an invigorating set of opening performances, guests were treated to a Sodexo-prepared dinner that ostensibly offered authentic dishes from China. The menu included Yangzhou fried Rice, Chinese wings, mapo tofu and a common household dish in China, stir-fry tomatoes and eggs. Sophomore Xinjian Yu, one of the performers, said that even though the dishes were good, they were quite different from the food back home. He had, however, high praises for the mapo tofu. The dinner was finished up with a dessert

of tang yuan, glutinous rice balls in a sweet syrup. During dinner, the audience was treated to a series of CCTV video clips of various performances in China. Gasps of amazement could be heard at the incredible acrobatic feats on screen. “They’re so talented,” said Jake Franccyx, a member of a performer’s host family. Franccyx was astounded to learn from a CSA member that the performers featured in these videos are not celebrities in China despite the superhuman feats they are capable of, and that these performances are in fact considered common. Performances by students resumed after dinner with a showcase of various Chinese traditional instruments. One such performance was senior Meng Xu’s virtuosic handling of the Chinese harp. Her fierce, yet sensitive, fingers evoked images of bubbling brooks, raging waterfalls and tumbling clouds. This performance was followed by a fairy dance by ISU sleeve dancers as well as performances of various popular and classic Chinese songs. First-year Hua Tang performed the last two songs. Her expressive voice charmed the audience and netted her a bouquet of roses. The penultimate performance was a fusion of Chinese ribbon dance and modern Korean dance. Afterwards, there were a few fun activities, one of which involved the dancers teaching audience members how to ribbon dance. The night ended with duets of popular Chinese love songs. A favorite was performed by seniors Leeping Chong and Zi Fern Wan with their quiet, tender rendition of “A Little Touched.” Congratulations are in order to the CSA for a successful Chinese Night. Apart from this event, the CSA also organizes other events to promote Chinese culture, such as the MidAutumn Festival (it’s the one where you get to eat moon cakes and play with fancy lanterns) and DumplingMaking Day. 


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Video games cross gender border Females play video games, too

by Xiang Liew

Staff Writer xiangxiang.liew@drake.edu

Despite the ubiquity of games in everyday American culture, the term “gamer” itself seems to still be strongly associated with younger males with too much time on their hands. Playing video games is still seen as a primarily masculine activity, even though everyone and his or her grandmother has played “Angry Birds” at least once in their life. Is there truth to the stereotype? Most male gamers at Drake claim that they have met very few girls who play video games. Junior Bryn Start, part of the Drake Starcraft Team, suspects that “the ratio (of male to female gamers) may be colossally imbalanced.” All of them were surprised that 40 percent of American gamers are female. In fact, more adult women (33 percent of gamers) play games than male teenagers and children (18 percent of gamers). Of course, the fact remains that the majority of gamers are male, but the ratio is not as imbalanced as one might assume. Regardless of what the stats say, these stereotypes still exist. How does this affect female players and their gaming experiences? Emily Garnett, a senior biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major and avid adventure/ role-playing game gamer, said that she does not care that she does not fit into the male gamer stereotype. “It’s a little weird to be treated as aberrant because I game,” she said. “Apart from seeing expressions of considerable surprise on people’s faces when I tell them I really dig ‘Dungeons and Dragons,’ I can’t say I really feel like I’ve been stereotyped or that it’s had a lot of impact on me.” Garnett also said that she is respected by male gamers for being legitimately interested in the same

games that they are. Her experience, however, may be due to the fact that she tends to play with people she already knows. Laura Warren, a member of the Drake Gaming League, said that she dislikes playing multiplayer games with strangers. “The couple of times that I tried, I was called rude names for being a girl and a newbie,” she said. Warren’s experience stands in contrast to Start’s assertion that female gamers use their gender instead of their skills to gain attention. However, he did say that male gamers who respond to female gamers with stereotypical behaviors are to blame as well. “I think that many male gamers don’t take female gamers seriously, and I find that sad,” Warren said. “I think it’s getting a little better, but there is still the stigma that all female gamers are really nerdy, and that even then they aren’t as good as male gamers.” Junior Michelle Levine, secretary of the Drake Gaming League, said that if you are a girl and you go to a gaming store, you’re very likely to get hit on. Most gamers are aware of this stereotype, but none of them really subscribed to it, saying that practice increases skill regardless of gender. “I have every confidence that if I actually enjoyed first-person shooters and fighting games, I would be just as good at them as my guy friends are,” Garnett said. “As it is, however, I don’t have the drive to improve my skill at them. And that’s what I think it comes down to; whether or not you, as an individual, are willing to invest the time and energy that it takes to become good at a game, not your gender.” Second-year pharmacy student Michaela Stephan, a “Guilds War” player said that the time is important

to become a better gamer. “I believe the difference in gaming ability comes from differing amounts of time playing each gaming medium,” Stephan said. “Growing up, my brother always hogged the gaming console, so I would play computer games instead. Over time, my skill in computer gaming improved while my brother’s skill in console gaming improved.” Anastasia Olashaya-Grill, a recent Drake graduate and avid roleplaying/first-person shooter gamer said that gaming is like art. “Gaming is like any sort of art form, really,” Olashaya-Grill said. “You can be a great novelist, poet, painter, sculptor, musician (or) whatever regardless of what your sex and/or gender is.” She also said, however, that “perception might change depending on the balance of estrogen and testosterone in your body, but that’s just general perception.” Start acknowledged that any one can be a good gamer, but he said that gender does play a role, “I think that female gamers could hold their own against male gamers under the circumstances of an equal supply of gamers from each gender for each game,” he said, “but there are biological differences between genders that I believe might make one gender more likely to play a certain kind of game than the other gender, perhaps furthered by gender roles that kids are exposed to at a very young age.” Olashaya-Grill had a slightly different view. “Being a good gamer comes from talent and practice,” Olashaya-Grill said. “Sex and gender have nothing to do with performance, save for stupid gender roles getting in the way of access to certain games.” Do gender roles influence the frequency at which females play games? Or does it have something to

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do with biological dispositions? “As one of the few females playing Guild Wars, I can only guess at why girls are less inclined to play,” Stephan said. “Perhaps it is because they feel it is not feminine or not for girls. Maybe they feel that it is too nerdy. Maybe it is because of the Internet trolls. Perhaps they feel they do not have enough time to play. Maybe they are playing ‘World of Warcraft’ instead of ‘Guild Wars.’” Garnett suggests that it has less to do with biology and gender roles and more to do with the androcentric content of the games themselves.

“It seems to me like a lot of games are geared more towards men than they are towards women — not to say that women can’t like demonslaying, gunfights or fast cars, but the fact of the matter is that these are stereotypically guy things,” Garnett said. “In addition, there’s a serious dearth of female characters that have any complexity at all in video games, and more often than not, women in games are simply presented as fan service. That can get old.”

‘Twelfth Night’ brings humor and scandal to the stage by Heather Hall

Staff Writer heather.hall@drake.edu

The story is about a set of twins, Viola and Sebastian, who are shipwrecked and separated on the shores of Illyria. “Twelfth Night” tells the story of Viola, who dresses as a young servant for the Duke Orsino, going by the name Cesario. Meanwhile, Orsino convinces himself that he is in love with Lady Olivia. However, because her father and brother have recently died, she will have nothing to do with him. Orsino uses Cesario to tell Olivia about his love for her, and in doing so, Olivia, believing “Cesario” to be a man, falls for the messenger. However, Viola has fallen in love with the Duke, who believes that she is a man. The story is a twisted one, and although it may sound familiar (“She’s the Man” is based on the play), it originated centuries ago as a Shakespearean comedy. Even more recently, the Drake Department of Theatre has been working on its performance of the show. Karla Kash, assistant professor of musical theatre, acting and movement, is the director of the play. The cast has been working to put together a show full of comedy and risky business. The cast includes senior Luke Tourville as Sebastian, senior Lauren Knutson as Olivia, senior Matt Haupert as Orsino and senior April Culver as Viola. The other 17 cast members have been rehearsing every weeknight from 6-10 p.m. for five weeks. “Drake Theatre tries to do a Shakespeare (play) about once every four years so that its students will be exposed to Shakespeare,” Culver said. “As for the choice of ‘Twelfth Night,’ it’s a wonderful, beautiful, hilarious show and one of

Shakespeare’s best-loved plays.” The play is well known because of the incredible story line, which is as humorous as it is risqué. A man in love with a girl, who is actually in love with a girl, who she thinks is a man; while that girl is in love with a man who also thinks she’s a man. But, there is a lot more to the story — the character Malvolio comes into the scene with his love for Olivia, and Sebastian comes back and mistakenly marries Olivia. With everything going on, it’s hard to keep the story straight, let alone perform it. “The risqué parts are harder to perform when you first rehearse them, but you just get used to them over time, and it just becomes routine,” said Culver. “Also, most of them are intended to be humorous, so it’s easier to do them because you can laugh at yourself.” Performers are not the only ones hard at work. There are eight members of the production team working on set design, lighting and costumes. “Katie Engelen, a senior theatre tech major, is designing costumes,” said Culver. “They are constructed by the costuming class and its (teacher assistants). The costumes are amazing.” The play opens on Thursday at 8 p.m. It continues Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Harmon Fine Arts Center. Call 515-271-3841 or go to the ticket office to reserve your tickets. “I am ridiculously excited to perform a Shakespeare play,” said Culver. “I have loved Shakespeare since I first read it, and performing it is something I have dreamed about doing since I was a little girl.”

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the loss against Wichita State on Saturday, the Bulldogs dropped their STAT OF With conference record to 9-9 and dropped to the seventh seed at the State Farm Valley Conference Tournament. Drake will take on Bradley in the play-in THE WEEK Missouri game of the tournament Thursday night at 7:38 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL FEB. 1 FEB. 4 JAN. 25 JAN. 28 FEB. 8 vs Creighton vs Wichita St. @ Indiana St. vs Missouri St @ Illinois St L, 54-61 L, 39-57 L, 69-77 W, 93-86 L, 53-64

FEB. 12 vs Evansville

W, 78-54

FEB. 15 @ Bradley W, 62-55

FEB. 18 @ New Mexico St

L, 55-71

FEB. 25 FEB. 22 vs Southern Ill @ Wichita St. L, 58-81 W, 78-63

MAR. 1 vs. Bradley 7:38 p.m.

Bulldogs stumble at WSU, Bradley next in MVC tourney by Matt Moran

Copy Editor matthew.moran@drake.edu

Drake lost 81-58 at Wichita State in its final game of the regular season last Saturday. With the loss, the Bulldogs fell into a five-way tie for third place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. Unfortunately, Drake finished last in the tiebreaker scenarios, and the Bulldogs (16-14, 9-9 MVC) earned the seventh seed in the State Farm MVC Championship for the second straight year. Drake will play 10th-seed Bradley for the second consecutive year in the latter of Thursday’s two play-in games. The Braves defeated the Bulldogs 63-48 in last year’s contest, but Drake swept the season series this year. It is the fourth-straight year that the Bulldogs will participate in one of the play-in games. The Shockers (26-4, 16-2) were too much for Drake last Saturday, as the regular season MVC champs rolled to their eighth-straight victory and 16th win out of their last 17 games. Junior Ben Simons, playing in just his second game since returning from mono, had a career-high seven treys to lead Drake with 21 points. Trailing 27-15 in the first half, the Bulldogs rallied to slice the gap to four. Wichita State responded with a late run to take a 36-25 lead into the break. The Shockers came out firing after the break, scoring 10 consecutive points. Drake could not defeat Wichita State for a second time this season. “We just had some stretches there where we needed somebody else to help with the scoring,” head coach Mark Phelps said. “We didn’t get scoring from guys until later in the game.” Phelps was referring to his star sophomore Rayvonte Rice. Rice had 14 of his 18 points in the second half.

The Bulldogs made just 35.6 percent of its shots against one of the nation’s stingiest defenses. The Shockers are No. 1 in the MVC in field goal percentage defense and No. 2 in points allowed. They are also the Valley’s top rebounding team, and they out-rebounded Drake 44-32. “We couldn’t get consistent scoring,” Phelps said. “I think that was really the big part of the game.” Five players scored in double figures for Wichita State. Ben Smith led the team with 18 points. “At times, our defense will affect our offense, and I thought it did that a little bit tonight, too,” Phelps said. “I thought our guys really battled. They (Wichita State) were just really good tonight.” Last Wednesday night, Drake won its final home game of the season 78-63 over Southern Illinois. Simons saw his first action after missing five games, and he had 14 points. Rice recorded his fourth career doubledouble with 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs won on Senior Night to assure its first winning season since 2008-09. Seniors that were honored before the game include Kurt Alexander, Cory Parker, Greg Whitaker and Kraidon Woods. Drake shot 55.8 percent from the field, its fourth-best shooting performance of the 2011-12 season. The Bulldogs moved to 9-0 on the season when shooting 50 percent or better. Tip-off for Thursday’s game against Bradley is set for 8:38 p.m., or it will start a half hour after the first game ends. The winner of Drake’s game will take on second-seed Creighton in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. on Friday. ASHTON WEIS | staff photographer REDSHIRT FRESHMAN KARL MADISON dribbles away from the pressure in the Bulldogs’ match against Southern Illinois on Wednesday night. On Saturday, the Bulldogs lost to Wichita State 81-58. Drake dropped down to the seven seed with the loss and will take on Bradley in the play-in game of the MVC Tournament.

The Bulldogs’ Reid, Grenfell spark Bulldogs student section has over Braves on the road 77-65 hit rock-bottom WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

by Taylor Soule

Staff Writer taylor.soule@drake.edu

Sixth place is not atop the Missouri Valley Conference ladder, but for the Drake women’s basketball team, it is a step in the right direction. The Bulldogs rallied from a fourpoint halftime deficit to beat Bradley 77-65 last Friday at the Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria, Ill., pushing Drake into sixth place at 14-13 overall and 8-8 in the MVC. To bypass the State Farm MVC Championship’s opening round on March 8, the Bulldogs must finish regular season play above seventh place. After the Jan. 27 back-and-forth battle against the Braves, Drake head coach Amy Stephens anticipated another competitive contest. “We just wanted to go out and execute the game plan like the first time we played them,” Stephens said. Sophomore Morgan Reid revved the Bulldogs’ offensive engine, scoring six points in the game’s first five minutes en route to a 12-8 advantage. After the initial media timeout, redshirt freshman Carly Grenfell netted eight points. “Carly (Grenfell) was very efficient on the offensive end,” Stephens said. Freshman guard Kyndal Clark completed Drake’s early offensive push

with a 3-pointer, giving the Bulldogs an 11-point advantage at 21-10. Despite Drake’s early scoring streak, the Braves powered a 15-3 offensive run in the first half ’s final minutes to lift Bradley to the lead at the break, 37-33. The second half ’s opening minutes mirrored the first half ’s final minutes as Bradley sprinted to an early nine-point advantage on several Bulldog turnovers. Drake refocused after the second stanza’s rocky start, and the Bulldogs closed out the victory. The Bulldogs shot 53.1 percent from the floor for the game. Four Bulldogs scored in double figures against the Braves. Clark registered a career-high 20 points, including hitting 3-of-4 from 3-point land. “Kyndal (Clark) just did a good job of managing the offense,” Stephens said. “She didn’t need a lot of shots to get those 20 points.” Senior Rachael Hackbarth earned her 20th double-double of the 2011-12 season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. She sits in first place nationally for the

most double-doubles this season. Hackbarth leads the MVC in scoring and rebounding with 19.7 and 11.2 rebounds per game. Reid and Grenfell contributed identical 16-point efforts, a career-high mark for both players. On the defensive front, Reid nabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and added seven assists. “Morgan Reid was incredible,” Stephens said. “Her effort was really, really great.” Catie O’Leary led Bradley with 18 points. With just one regular season game remaining, the Bulldogs will focus on reducing turnovers, Stephens said. For Stephens, last Friday’s victory was a testament to her team’s “one game at a time” mindset. “Our team was really resilient,” Stephens said. “It was a terrific game; great effort by our players.” The Bulldogs took on Northern Iowa on the road yesterday. Details from that game will be available in the next issue of The Times-Delphic.

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6th Drake is currently sixth in the MVC with an 8-8 conference record.

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thrown me off. But, if that didn’t, surely the large posters of random heads would have. Nothing’s more intimidating than a large Veggie Tales or Smurfs head. If that large Ari Gold head could talk, I’m sure he would berate our student section worse than he treated Lloyd when he asked for a promotion. So, student section, I ask one thing from you next year: please, for the love of God, have some basketball-related material to chant or to show to the crowd. Random heads and stupid, repetitive chants are not doing the trick. The Southern Illinois players on the bench looked as confused as I was with the student section’s actions. So, Drake, chalk up another award to add to the trophy case. Hopefully, the Bulldogs will be better next season so that more fair-weather fans show up to games. Otherwise, make more room on that trophy shelf because we are definitely favored to make the list again next year.

MATT MORAN | COPY EDITOR Moran is a senior news internet and math double major and can be contacted at matthew.moran@drake.edu

>>UPCOMING EVENTS

The number of doubledoubles for Rachael Hackbarth, tops in the country.

16 The points scored by Morgan Reid and Carly Grenfell on Friday, career-highs for both.

1 The number of games left for Drake in the regular season.

Congratulations, Drake. You have earned another distinction. You have been named one of the Top 10 Worst Basketball Student Sections in the country. In last Wednesday’s final home contest of the men’s basketball season, the Bulldog bleachers were about half-full as usual. But that’s OK. I’ve grown used to the fair-weather fans that we have at this school (in any sport, not just Drake basketball). So, kudos to all the fans that showed up. But don’t think that the quality of cheering made up for the lack of numbers. It was atrocious. “You’re adopted,” Clap, clap, clap clap clap. “You’re adopted.” Wait … I thought we were playing Southern Illinois? So why are we STILL shouting the same chant that was used against Creighton’s Doug McDermott (whose father is the team’s head coach). I’m all for chanting against a team’s best player (even though Dougie hung 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds that night). But using the same chant against every team that comes to the Knapp Center for the rest of the season? That’s pathetic. It’s almost as pathetic as the “start the buses” chant at the end of the game. Yeah, I remember high school football games, too. Real creative. And what else did the grand Drake student section boast last Wednesday? Frat boys in pink clothes? A dude in a sports bra? I understand it was 80’s night, but I didn’t know we had to steal clothes from the lockers at Women’s Workout World to attend a college basketball game. If I were shooting a free throw, however, the sports bra guy might have

ELIZABETH ROBINSON | managing editor SENIOR AMBER WOLLSCHLAGER goes up for a jumper in the Bulldogs’ game against Illinois State last Sunday. Wollschlager finished with eight points and three assists in Drake’s 77-65 win over Bradley on Friday.

WED, FEB 29 Men’s Tennis vs Iowa, 6 p.m. Roger Knapp Tennis Center

SAT, MAR 3 Women’s Basketball vs Creighton, 2:05 p.m. Knapp Center

THU, MAR 1 Men’s Basketball MVC Tournament

Softball Woo Pig Classic Fayetteville, Ark.

FRI, MAR 2 Men’s Tennis vs St. Louis, 12 p.m. Roger Knapp Tennis Center

Track & Field Iowa State Last Chance Tournament


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Ten-match winning streak ends for Drake with loss to Kansas

Bulldogs impressive in day one of MVCs

by Blake Miller

Staff Writer blake.miller@drake.edu

Heading into this weekend’s action with an eight-match winning streak, Drake had great momentum and a three-match home series. With Montana, Upper Iowa and Kansas coming to town, it wasn’t going to be easy to make it an 11-match winning streak. Montana was first on the schedule with the match starting last Friday at 3 p.m. It wasn’t easy to push the winning streak to nine matches, but the Bulldogs battled adversity to get it done. The Bulldogs needed close doubles wins from senior Amanda Aragon and freshman Nell Boyd, and from senior Jessica Aguilera and sophomore Klavdija Rebol. Boyd and Aragon weren’t as victorious in the singles competitions, dropping two sets to draw the match to 3-2. Junior Ali Patterson was able to bring the Bulldogs back to life, winning a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 match to give the Bulldogs its ninth straight victory. “They’re a good team, but we played great. We all stepped up,” Aguilera said. Next on the schedule was Upper Iowa last Saturday. It was the first of the Bulldogs two matches on the day. The match wasn’t as nerve-wracking as Montana, with the Bulldogs able to manage a 7-0 triumph. The win moved the streak to 10 straight match win, and gave the Bulldogs momentum before the 5-0 Jayhawks came to town. The match with Kansas started at 5 p.m. on Saturday just hours after Drake defeated Upper Iowa. The wheels quickly fell off the 10-match win streak, with the Bulldogs suffering a misleading 6-1 loss. “They’re really, really solid. They are very competitive and athletic,” Boyd said. “It was just a matter of a few points. They were all really close.” The Bulldogs played several close matches and deserved better luck than a 6-1 defeat. “Manca (Krizman) played incredible. All of our matches were really close. We had opportunities, but we lost,” Aguilera said. “Losing in doubles was the key. We lost 9-7 in court two and that was the key.” The loss was Drake’s first since Jan. 21. With the doubles victory with part-

ner junior Manca Krizman, senior Gabby Demos moved past Veronika Leszayoza for most combined wins at Drake since 2006-07 with 120. Despite the loss, the Bulldogs are still having a fantastic spring season, boasting an 11-2 record. Drake now gets a

little break before they are back in action on March 9 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center against in-state rival Iowa State. “We have a two-week break. We’re going to work on conditioning and on some other things,” Aguilera said.

TAYLOR SOULE | staff photographer JUNIOR MANCA KRIZMAN awaits the serve in the Bulldogs’ match against Upper Iowa on Saturday. Drake defeated Upper Iowa 7-0 and bested Montana 5-2 on Friday. Later on Saturday, Kansas topped the Bulldogs 6-1 to end their streak.

Drake works the night shift to best Butler 7-0, improve to 10-1 Staff Writer dominic.johnson@drake.edu

The No. 62 Drake men’s tennis team extended its winning streak to nine straight matches last Saturday as it bested the Butler Bulldogs 7-0. Drake, coming off two huge wins over Nebraska and Idaho, pushed its record to 10-1 on the season. Butler dropped to 1-11 with the loss. Drake simply outmatched Butler from the start, sweeping all three doubles matches in decisive fashion. Juniors James McKie and Anis Ghorbel teamed up at the top spot and garnered

Staff Writer rodney.spears@drake.edu

MEN’S The Drake men’s track and field team sits in fourth place after day one of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships last Saturday. The Bulldogs received second-place finishes by sophomore Brett Wright in the 400-meter dash preliminaries and junior Dan Karys in the long jump.  Karys finished in second place in the long jump with a leap of 23 feet 10 inches, just one-half inch off from his personal record and three inches short of Indiana State’s Maurice Lyke’s jump of 24 feet 1 inch.  Wright and senior Jon DeGrave advanced to the finals after their second and fifth place finishes, respectively, in the 400-meter dash preliminaries. Wright finished with a time of 49.57 seconds while DeGrave crossed the finish line in 49.76 seconds. DeGrave also finished in fifth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.23 seconds.  Senior Charlie Lapham qualified for the 800-meter dash finals and finished in fourth place in qualifying with a time of 1 minute, 57.07 seconds.  The one-two punch of sophomores Brogan Austin and Omet Kak snagged top four finishes in the 3,000-meter run. Austin finished in third place with a time of 8:35.05, a hair ahead of fourth-place Kak, who finished in 8:35.09. The Bulldogs wrapped up their MVC title hunt at the UNI Dome yes-

terday with the first gun sounding at 9:30 a.m. Details from yesterday’s action will be available in the next issue of The Times-Delphic. WOMEN’S The Drake women’s track and field team enjoyed early success on day one of two at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the UNI Dome last Saturday.  Advancing to the 60-meter hurdle finals was junior Marissa Smith, who finished in fifth place in the preliminary heats with a time of 8.70 seconds. Smith’s performance marked the third year in a row that she finished in the top eight at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Also advancing to a final event was senior Kirsten Lake. Lake finished in seventh place in the 800-meter run preliminaries with a time of 2:15.58. The distance medley team comprised of freshmen Mariel Fulton and Melissa Parks, sophomore Celia Venezia and junior Sarah Yeager finished in sixth place with a time of 12:22.83.  The Bulldogs capped off the MVC Championships yesterday at the UNI Dome. Details from the last day of the event will be available in the next edition of The Times-Delphic. 

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a quick 8-3 victory. Junior Jean Erasmus and sophomore Robin Goodman followed suit, as the duo clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 victory. Senior Cesar Bracho and freshman Ben Mullis formed the third doubles team, which won its match 8-5. Five of the six singles matches were in quick straight sets. The quickest matches were at the third, fourth and fifth courts. McKie was the first to finish and push the lead to 2-0 for the Bulldogs, as the junior won 6-1, 6-0 at the third singles position. Goodman’s match was equally one-sided with a 6-0, 6-2 score line. Mullis, who usually plays at the

sixth singles position for the Bulldogs, clinched the victory with a 6-1, 6-1 win at the fifth position. Bracho and Ghorbel also posted straight-set wins at the sixth and first singles spots, respectively. The final match of the evening, Erasmus against Butler’s Tommy Marx, went to three sets to keep the two teams at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center late into the night. After winning the first set 6-4, Erasmus wasn’t able to capitalize in the second as he dropped the second set by an identical score. The match was then decided in a third set super-tiebreaker to 10 points in lieu of a complete third set. The level play extended into this set as well, but it was Erasmus who pulled away 10-8. “The match was a good one to get the rhythm back,” Ghorbel said. “We didn’t really play our best tennis, but we fought hard to win.” The Bulldogs are now looking forward to their next match, a Wednesday night matchup against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Drake is hoping that its current win streak will give the team plenty of momentum heading into Wednesday. “A 7-0 win is definitely good for our confidence,” said Ghorbel. “Drake and Iowa is always a battle, and we just need to focus and have two good days of practice before the big game.” Despite having lost the last three meetings against the Hawkeyes, the nationally ranked Bulldogs will be the favorites this year. Iowa is only 1-6 on the season with its lone win coming against George Washington. Wednesday’s match will begin at 6 p.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center with pizza for fans being provided by the Bulldogs. “We’re all looking forward to the Iowa match on Wednesday night, and we will be confident to get the win,” McKie said.

Catch their next home match

against Iowa TAYLOR SOULE | staff photographer JUNIOR JAMES MCKIE gets ready to serve in the Bulldogs’ match against Butler on Saturday night. Drake defeated Butler 7-0 to improve to 10-1 on the year. Drake will take on Iowa at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Wednesday.

WED, FEB. 29 @ 6 p.m. Roger Knapp Tennis Center

Bulldogs fall in UTA Tournament’s semi-final, go 2-2 on the weekend Drake tops Arkansas Pine Bluff and Texas at Arlington by Eduardo Zamarripa

Sports Editor eduardo.tamezzamarripa@drake.edu

The Bulldogs played the University of Texas at Arlington twice on Saturday. They beat them once, but not when it mattered the most. Host UTA defeated the Bulldogs in the semi-finals of the UTA Tournament with a 3-2 victory. Earlier that day, the Bulldogs had defeated the Mavericks 3-2 to earn a spot in the semi-finals. In game one, the Mavericks took an early 2-0 advantage. But senior Torrey Craddock responded with a three-run homer in the fifth inning to give the Bulldogs all they needed. Craddock finished 3-for-3 with three RBI and a stolen base. Sophomore Amy Pierce went 2-for-3 with a stolen base. Sophomore Jordan Gronewold earned her second win of the season. Gronewold allowed two runs and four hits in four innings to go with two strikeouts. Freshman Rebekah Schmidt registered her first save of the season with three score-less innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out three. In the semi-final match, it was the Mavericks once again jumping to the early lead. UTA chased Gronewold out of the game with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. The Bulldogs were not able to get anything going until late in the game. After an unearned run gave UTA a 3-0 lead in the top of the seventh, freshman Haley Nybo blasted a two-run shot to bring the Bulldogs within a run. But the Bulldogs were retired in order shortly afterwards. Gronewold was tagged with her four loss of the season as the Bulldogs dropped their record to 4-7. On Friday, Drake erupted in its tournament opener against Arkansas Pine Bluff with a 16-4 victory. The Bulldogs recorded 18 hits and were led by freshman Sarah Ryan, who finished with three hits and three RBI. Sophomore Nicole Randel also joined in with a grand slam in the fifth inning. Six Bulldogs collected at least two hits. In their second game on Friday, the Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 nail-biter in extrainnings against Houston Baptist. Gronewold, who pitched all nine innings, allowed a run at the top of the seventh inning, allowing Houston Baptist to stay alive. Houston Baptist scored in the top of the ninth inning to claim the victory. Junior Lindsay Vande Wal went 2-for-3 with a solo shot for Drake and Pierce recorded a pair of hits and a stolen base for the Bulldogs. Gronewold allowed two earned runs and struck out five as she went the distance. The Bulldogs capped off their tournament play with the UTA Tournament consolation game yesterday. Details from the match will be in the next edition of The Times-Delphic. Drake will travel next weekend to Arkansas for the Woo Pig Classic.

>> THE SCOREBOARD FEB 11 FEB 12 FEB 18 FEB 19 FEB 24 FEB 25

Western Illinois North Dakota Green Bay Valparaiso Arkansas Georgia Southern Wisconsin Arkansas - Pine Bluff Houston Baptist Texas @ Arlington

W, 3-2 L, 3-4 W, 8-2 L, 3-5 L, 1-4 L, 0-2 L, 0-8 W, 16-4 L, 2-3 W, 3-2; L, 2-3


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