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Campus Calendar Friday West Village Canned Food Competition All day Drake West Village Guest Lecture and Recital, Justin Vickers, tenor, with Gretchen Church, piano 7:30-9 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium Student Theatre Showcase 7:30-9:30 p.m. Studio 55 Free Movie Friday, “This is 40” 8 p.m. Sussman Theater

Saturday Junior Music Theatre, Kyle Dvorak and Caitlin Teters 4:30-6 p.m. Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center African Renaissance Night 6-9 p.m. Olmsted Parents Hall Civic Music Association presents Jim Hall Trio 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium Student Theatre Showcase 7:30-9:30 p.m. Studio 55


Campus News

Students, staff unprepared

Campus in the dark about gun-related lockdown procedures Taylor Soule

Like Wright, Lisa West, associate professor of English, said she has little knowledge of a campuswide procedure in the event of a shooting on campus. “I do not know about a general lockdown procedure,” West said. Four shootings have occurred on college campuses in 2013. With the shock of the Sandy Hook Elementary and Virginia Tech massacres still lingering, schools across the country have publicized and practiced their security procedures in the event of a shooting on campus. In an email, President David Maxwell said publicizing the response plan might aid a potential perpetrator. Drake only shares the plan when necessary to protect campus. “The reason that the univer-

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Drake University lacks a publicized, campus-wide lockdown plan in the event of an active shooter on campus. Officials said they are keeping the response plans private at the request of the Des Moines Police Department and Polk County Emergency Management. Though the student body president said that all Drake faculty and staff know lockdown procedures, School of Journalism and Mass Communication Associate Dean David Wright disagreed, citing insufficient instruction. “That is not true,” Wright said. “I don’t believe there is a good level of training at the faculty level.”

sity’s emergency response plan is shared only on a need-to-know basis is that it contains detailed instructions about the university’s response to all kinds of threats,” Maxwell said. “If someone was planning a violent assault on the university community, detailed knowledge of our response plans would give them a tactical advantage, essentially giving them the ability to plan ways to minimize the effectiveness of our response.” Drake Security Chief Hans Hanson echoed Maxwell’s concerns. Typically, Hanson said, active shooters are students or former students at the institution. “A history of ‘shooters’ at educational institutions, and most other entities, shows the shooter most likely is a current member of said community or a past mem-


Looking back at past school shootings

Red Lake Senior High, Red Lake, Minn.

Sandy Hook Elementary, Newtown, Conn.

March 21, 2005 8 dead

Dec. 14, 2012 26 dead

Amish Shooting, Nickel Mines, Pa.

Columbine High School, Columbine, Colo.

October 2, 2006 6 dead

April 20,1999 15 dead

Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Va.

Oikos University, Oakland, Calif.

April 16, 2007 33 dead

April 2, 2012 7 dead

Louisiana Tech College, Baton Rouge, La.

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ber of the community,” Hanson said in an email. “Thus, discussing Drake’s security response in the public arena would be fool-hearty and possibly even put members of the community in danger.” Schools across the country have amplified, publicized and rehearsed their security procedures in wake of recent shootings at the University of Maryland, Hazard Community and Technical College, Stevens Institute of Business and Arts, Lone Star College and Sandy Hook Elementary. Drake has yet to follow the example of nearby Simpson College in Indianola. Last October, Simpson staged a campus-wide active-shooter drill

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Campus Events

Photo of the Day

Making connections Opportunities abound at fair

Inside News

Philosophy department grows in leaps and bounds PAGE 2

Opinions Getting the Duff beaver off the sidelines PAGE 3

Features Students get hands on experience conducting research PAGE 4

Sports Drake track and field totals four MVC championships PAGE 7

Shelby Van Slooten

Staff Writer

Drake University students dressed their best to make valuable connections with business professionals on Feb. 14 during the annual career fair. Drake hosts a variety of different career-field-focused events throughout the year, but this is one of the few open to students of all majors. The career fair was started as a way for its students to branch out and meet employers focused in Des Moines and the Midwest. More than 100 company booths filled Parents Hall manned by professionals to network with Drake students. “Walking up the stairs and seeing so many businesses was a little overwhelming at first,” said first-year business major Meghan Jones. “It took a couple booths for me to really get the hang of things.” There were a myriad of busi-

nesses in attendance, ranging from insurance companies like Aflac and marketing groups like the Iowa Events Center to nonprofits like The Homestead and healthcare like Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, among many others. The students dressed in business professional attire and came prepared with business cards and resumes, ready to expand their networks. Laura Judge, who manned the Target booth, attended the fair for the first time as a professional this year. “I didn’t know what to expect,” Judge said. “But the students were incredibly intelligent, mature and professional.” Drake prepares its students for events such as the career fair by putting them in as many professional situations as possible. The goal is that these events will help them gain the confidence it

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STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER JOEL VENZKE captured this photo of a cardinal on campus outside of Herriott Hall on Tuesday afternoon after snow fell on campus. Snow fell for most of Feb. 26 and all day Feb. 27.


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News Campus Events

Misconceptions obscure departmental growth Carly Granato

Staff Writer

Nationally, more philosophy programs are offered at an undergraduate level than a decade ago, according to the College Board. Drake University has also made a similar change. The Philosophy and Religion Department currently has six staff members, more than when Associate Professor of Philosophy Tim Knepper began teaching 10 years ago. “(When I started teaching) there wasn’t a lot of cross over. Now we’re doing a lot more nonwestern philosophy and religion than we ever did,” Knepper said. “The department is the largest it has been.” Though classes have generally filled, college students’ attitude toward taking philosophy and religion courses have changed over the years. “Should all students have to take a philosophy and religion class? Yeah, but will they? Not necessarily,” Knepper said. Students have little to no experience in philosophy when they enter college, causing confusion when it comes to exactly what philosophy is about.

“Philosophy is trying to figure out how everything hangs together and fits together. The social and natural world and ways to explore it,” Martin Roth, associate professor of philosophy said. “Philosophy is trying to step back and put it back together like the pieces of a puzzle. Does it all fit? It’s trying to explain and make clear how those pieces work together.” This lack of understanding may contribute to students choosing more straightforward courses to fulfill their critical thinking Area of Inquiry. Nationwide interest in philosophy continues to decrease among college students, according to The American Freshman Survey. In 2004 less than 40 percent of current college freshmen reported “developing a meaningful philosophy of life” as a personal goal for their collegiate career, according to The American Freshman Survey annually conducted by University of California, Los Angeles. This is a record low as it has been steadily declining since The American Freshman Survey began in 1967, when it was reported at 85.8 percent. Senior philosophy, neuroscience and writing triple major Jeff Hoyt feels that all students should

be required to take philosophy and religion classes, regardless of their major, because of the questions it raises for students. “In philosophy classes they make you question the things you walk around believing and think about things you hadn’t really thought about before,” Hoyt said. Philosophy and religion classes take a different approach than the majority of information-based courses, instead encouraging critical thinking and problem solving, Associate Professor of Philosophy Martin Roth said. “That’s what makes philosophy so hard,” Roth said. “When you start to look at a specific philosophy issue or when you try to take one thing apart everything begins to unravel, dealing with that is kind of daunting.” The challenge it raises should not discourage students though. “(Philosophy) is something I use everyday for sure, the points I find to be instantly translatable are the critical reading and writing,” Hoyt said. “Then once you have those it seems like you can understand these other perspectives and appreciate that there are those other perspectives around here.” The skills you learn in philoso-

phy courses can successfully be applied to other areas of study — philosophy majors perform above average on many graduate school admissions exams. According to recent test results in 2010 philosophy majors had the fourth highest mean score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test for business school, according to the Graduate Management Admissions Council. The Educational

Luke Nankivell | photo editor


Safety Task Force looks to change procedures

ACTIVE SHOOTER, page 1 playing victims and survivors. Simpson, which has 1,400 students, sits 20 miles north of Drake. The campus-wide drill included the Indianola Police Department, the Indianola Fire Department, Simpson administrators, Simpson Security and students. Police officers practiced neutralizing an active shooter threat in an academic building on campus. After neutralizing the threat, rescue personnel tended to student “survivors” equipped with a variety of injuries. “We told the students who were survivors, ‘We want you to do whatever you would normally do in this scenario,’” said Simpson Director of Security Chris Frerichs. “So, they did everything they could do. They barricaded the doors. They did as close to being an actual drill as they could. We told them that was the goal.” Like Bulldog Alert at Drake, Simpson uses S.A.F.E., or Simpson Alert For Emergencies, to update students about threats via text message. Simpson Security tested the S.A.F.E. system throughout the drill. After the drill, Simpson Security invited participants to reflect on any glitches in the procedure. At Iowa State University in Ames, students have the opportunity to take A.L.I.C.E — Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate — courses. Offered by the ISU Police Department, A.L.I.C.E.

classes teach students how to handle active shooter situations. Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., has revamped security in wake of the April 16, 2007, shooting that killed 33, including student gunman Seung-Hui Cho. Residence halls remain locked 24 hours a day and students enter with electronic key cards. Des Moines Public Schools recently publicized increased security precautions against intruders. The district implemented key-card access to all buildings and implemented intruder locks, allowing all doors to lock from the inside. Drake lacks campus-wide intruder locks. In Meredith Hall, a majority of classrooms lock only from the outside. Though Drake has yet to stage a campus-wide active shooter drill like Simpson, the Drake Safety Task Force has addressed the recent increase in shootings on college campuses. “I sit on a safety committee task force, and it’s on the top of their agenda,” said Student Body President Amanda Laurent. “They are thinking ahead of what students are thinking. I don’t think it’s really in students’ heads. I mean, people always say it could happen here, so it could happen here. You do need to have an action plan in place, and Drake is thinking ahead for that. We have a campus-wide lockdown procedure that all faculty, professors and staff know

about. Students don’t necessarily know about it.” Four shootings have occurred on college campuses this year alone. At Lone Star College in Houston, Texas, three people were injured when two men opened fire after an argument on Jan. 22. At Stevens Institute of Business and Arts in St. Louis, Mo., a gunman injured an administrator before injuring himself with a gunshot wound to the stomach on Jan. 15. The same day at Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Ky., a gunman killed two and injured one in a campus parking lot. Most recently on Feb. 12, a University of Maryland student shot his two roommates, killing one, before killing himself at their off-campus residence in College Park, Md. As active shooter situations traumatize college campuses around the country, the Drake Safety Task Force has proposed changes to security procedures across potential threats. The proposed changes include improving the Bulldog Alert System, which notifies students of threats on or near campus via text message, telephone, email and social media. “They are trying to use the Bulldog Alert system in a more meaningful way,” Laurent said. “A lot of students complain, ‘Oh, we didn’t hear about that,’ so they’re trying to decide what’s urgent and what’s not because they don’t want to overuse it like, ‘Oh, I have

Testing Service said that in 2012 philosophy majors ranked first in the verbal and writing portions of the Graduate Record Exam. “Take (courses) that are going to encourage you to get some critical perspective on your traditions,” Knepper said. “Something that is going to broaden (students) culturally, broaden them in terms of how they think about the real, the true and the good.”

already gotten this alert three times this week.’ They want you to know when you get an alert that it is serious and to take it seriously.” Although Bulldog Alert broadcasts threats, Drake students lack the training to respond appropriately, particularly in active shooter situations. First-year Alyssa Sievers has never rehearsed a lockdown. Sievers suggested implementing a lockdown drill at Summer Orientation to teach incoming first-year students how to handle active shooter situations. First-year Katie Roth has never practiced a lockdown either. Roth said she hopes Drake implements a lockdown drill in the future. “Whenever you can be ready, it’s good to know what to do,” Roth said. After four years without incident, senior Jill Applegate expressed little concern for her safety on campus. The unpredictability of a threat lingers in her mind, however. “Since I have already been here four years, and nothing has happened, I am not really concerned, but I guess anything could happen at any time,” Applegate said. Like Drake professors Wright and West, Applegate has limited knowledge of how to handle an active shooter situation on campus. “I am not sure what would be beneficial for us to know in case of that event,” Applegate said. “I don’t really know.”

CORRECTION In the Feb. 25 issue of The Times-Delphic the photo accompanying the story “Team eyes trip to championships” was misattributed as a photo of Drake’s Mock Trial team. It was an image of Drake’s Mediation and Moot Court Team. The teams are not the same organizations and are autonomous on campus. The amount of times the Mock Trial team has been to the championships was also misstated. The team has attended championships in five separate occasions: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. We apologize for the mistake.

FAIR, page 2 takes to interact with business professionals. The event also offered several break away lectures on how to better present oneself to potential employers. Judge said all of this hard work and preparation paid off. “We hire many Drake students and will continue to do so,” Judge said. While the next career fair may be down the road, Jones said she will continue to strengthen the connections they made by utilizing email and LinkedIn.

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Opinions&Editorials Column

Duff team’s dreams dashed by intramural staff Beaver denied privilege to play basketball at the Bell Center

Sam Pritchard Columnist Sports are great. Science, the humanities, a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel — they’re good and all, but nothing gets the blood flowing like the feel of a freshlypumped ball in hand, the electricity of the crowd, or the sweet taste of hard-fought competition. Many students chose to involve themselves with athletics in some capacity during their college careers, whether as a Division I student-athlete, a club sport phenom or an intramural aficionado. After my brief career as a second-string high school quarterback ended during my sophomore year, I gave up on my dream of becoming an NFL superstar. But the dream I never gave up was to one day become a sub-mediocre intramural participant. Last year, my dream came to fruition. I was drafted onto the prestigious Duff intramural basketball team, a team that seeks to honor the spirit of the game of basketball while entertaining and inspiring athletes, spectators and

officials alike. In the years since its conception in 2004, Duff has been overwhelmingly successful at accomplishing those goals. To those unfamiliar with the program, former intramural referee Haley Bosco put it best when she described Duff as “Des Moines’ amateur version of the white Harlem Globetrotters playing blindfolded with roller skates on ice.” In spite of being the most celebrated intramural team of the last decade, the rise of Duff has not been without its trials. As the 2013 season kicked off, we found ourselves in the midst of the biggest intramural scandal to hit campus since Francis Marion Drake was accused of doping in 1884. A long-standing tradition of the Duff team has been the inclusion of a small, friendly and not particularly athletic stuffed beaver. The Beaver has been a staple for our team, but he has always been denied a chance to play under the bright lights of the Bell Center due to his lack of a valid student ID. During the off-season, the determined little guy acquired the proper credentials and was thrilled at his chance to finally prove his worth. Yet, for members of the intramural staff, apparently not all students are created equal. In spite of having a valid student ID, the Beaver was denied a chance to live out his only dream. After being made aware of the Beaver’s attempt, Lisa Murphy, assistant director of recreational services, began a formal investigation into the matter. Hoping to clear up any confu-

sion, we responded to her inquiry by stating that “at no point did the Beaver log any playing time” and that the team would “suspend the Beaver for one game” in response to the incident. The Beaver was crushed and simply could not understand what he had done wrong. Not satisfied by our team’s self-imposed suspension, Murphy proceeded to suspend the entire Duff team from further intramural involvement and referred the Duff team captain to the office of the Dean of Students, claiming that the Duff team “like(s) to play and act goofy while playing” and that “they actually don’t want to score points, they enjoy running football plays, playing duck, duck, goose and do everything except play basketball.” And in an instant, everything we had worked so hard for was taken away. It has been difficult to come to terms with our condemnation, but the team has banded together. I hope I never again have to call someone’s parents and tell them that their son’s intramural team was dealt the death blow, and that is a task I would never wish on my worst enemies. The impact of the injustice at hand is hard to comprehend, but the Beaver has been a source of strength for all of us. As I reflect on the events of “Beavergate,” I’m left to wonder if this is what our university culture has come to. When did the pursuit of a few laughs get outlawed by our policies and procedures? When did the mission statement adopt a beaver clause to its tenet

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BEAVER poses next to a basketball after being suspended from playing. of “meaningful personal lives”? When did we cease to acknowledge the rights of our stuffed animal friends to play basketball and lead active, healthy lives? It’s in times like these that I am reminded of the wise words of political scientist Joseph S. Nye Jr. who said, “The eagle may soar, beavers build

dams.” So let’s end this dam injustice. Pritchard is a junior marketing and politics double major and can be reached at samuel.pritchard@drake. edu


‘XCOM: Enemy Unknown’ a high-tension challenge

New video game takes on military project in latest installment

Ethan Clevenger Columnist Since 2001, the XCOM franchise has been quiet, with two cancelled games never making it out of the gate. In 2010, to the delight of long-time fans, 2K Games announced a reboot: XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Inexperienced in turnbased strategy games, I was skeptical, but picking up this title was a great decision. ‘XCOM: Enemy Unknown’ casts the player as commander of XCOM, a military project spearheaded by a council of the world’s most pow-

erful nations fighting off alien invaders. The player’s primary job is to direct troops in combat. Each mission begins under a fog of war and the player must lead their troops across the field, find the enemy and eliminate them. Each soldier develops classspecific perks through their performance of the battlefield. Devastating perks at higher ranks are paramount to keeping any individual soldier alive. This is countered by tiered alien opposition. Early on, rookies stand a chance against mere Sectoids and Thin Men, but later on in the game, should the player lose experienced soldiers in a disastrous mission (permadeath, anyone?), the challenge can be insurmountable. Unfair at first glance, punishing a poorlyrounded team is vital to the toothand-nail style of the game. The enemy forces are a major highlight of this game. Beyond individual enemy abilities, weapons and traits, each enemy species

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has behaviors not spelled out in a menu somewhere, but available only by observation and vital to success. While the first encounter with some strains of opponents can leave a player decimated, a little retooling to the strategy and some heavier weapons and armor will always solve the problem. Every kill feels like a massive accomplishment. Between battles, the commander is in charge of resource management — facilities, research, engineering and UFO response. How well this is conducted dictates monthly funding. High panic will cause countries to leave the council, and with it, their funding and full-continent benefits. This portion of the game is just as large if not larger than the combat aspect, and just as fun. The first play-through can be brutal, as money is tight and the player has to figure out how to effectively allocate it early on to keep every country around. In fact, everything about this

game can be punishing in a wonderfully satisfying way, even on normal difficulty. Fortunately, the player can save at essentially any time. The brave will tackle Ironman mode, which forces saves at every turn, leaving the player to deal with losses permanently. All of this is so engrossing, so it’s easy to forget the overarching story, dictated only by a few scripted missions. Random encounters fill in the holes as you complete the story at your own pace. That narrative, of course, is trying to overcome the alien invaders and uncover their motives, but the more compelling narrative results from the permadeath and turn-based play allowing you to soak in every move. Memories are made on the battlefield with individual soldiers. “Colonel Zimchenko is a damn hero” might sum up my game, but even other XCOM players may not know what I’m talking about. In addition to a few aesthetic gripes, more substantive bugs and

questionable decisions include troops subject to panic when mind-controlled enemies (somehow read: “allies”) are killed. That panic will sometimes result in troops turning around and shooting allies behind them, which all seems outrageous. There’s also tell of a teleport bug spawning enemies behind your line of troops a bug that will decimate any Ironman run. These mild issues aside, XCOM is a fantastic game perfect for anyone who enjoys a challenge. Even for people who object to a slowerpaced game, XCOM is high-tension enough to keep you on your toes anyway. This is a must buy for anyone and everyone, and it can’t be stressed enough.

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Features Student Life

Labs host experimental studies for sciences Metabolism, energy gels research conducted by students

Emily Sadecki

ing how well various energy supplements work while you are getting your sweat on. Wechsler said the study consists of a base trial where the participant is put on a treadmill as the lab assistants gradually increase the speed. The information

Staff Writer

Within the walls of Harvey Ingham, Olin, Cline and Fitch, Drake University faculty and students are hard at work in labs experiencing science hands-on by investigating current scientific questions from the effectiveness of energy gel packets to the effects of blood donation on blood flow. Aside from teaching, professors in the Drake science depart— Jacob Vandervaart, Drake sophomore ment have individual research projects that they are working on, which many students choose to participate in. gained from this is then used in a Junior Kaila Wechsler is workformula to determine the paraming with Kimberly Huey, associate eters for the next two trials. professor of health sciences, in In the next two trials, the parstudying how energy gels affect ticipant takes an energy packet fuel metabolism during exercise, before they start and then bikes or to put it in simpler terms, test-

for an hour, with the lab assistants taking respiratory, glucose and lactose measurements while they are riding. “This is my first time doing research at all so that in itself is exciting,” Wechsler said. “This one in particular is pretty interesting because I work out a lot so it is interesting to see whether or not these gels have any effect on your performance. Also, Dr. Hue is pretty brilliant.” In another study, students are working with Associate Professor of Biology Charisse Buising to study the effects of blood donation on aortic blood flow, by doing measurements while students are in three different positions after giving blood. Drake students who are interested can participate in these and other research endeavors by get-

“Research is interesting because it is not you sitting in a lecture. In experiments, you are finding out for yourself.”

Study Abroad

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STUDENT-ASSISTED RESEARCH allows for hands on experiences while still taking classes. ting in contact with the students involved. For the energy gel study contact Kaila Wechsler (kaila. and for the blood donation study, students can contact Meryl Brune (meryl. Jacob Vandervaart, a sophomore biochemistry, cell and molecular biology student, is planning on going into research as a career path. Vanderwaart’s major interest is working in areas of bioinformatics, which adds aspects of computer science to the world of biology. “Research is interesting be-

cause it is not you sitting in a lecture,” he said, “in experiments you are finding out for yourself.” When Buising was asked what she enjoyed about working with students in research, she said it’s for “those aha moments.” “I like to see them discover their potential and where they can go with it,” Buising said. “There is a lot of freedom during that opportunity that allows them to not be constrained. You really get to see their creative activity with how they solve a problem.”


Studying abroad at sea: Magician performs

Students learn while on the ocean Latest news from SAB Katie Ericson

Staff Writer

Each semester we have to say goodbye to several students. Not because they are graduating, but because they are studying abroad. With so many programs in so many countries, studying abroad is now a huge part of the college experience. There are many different options and it can be difficult to choose between them. One has stood out to many students. Semester at Sea is a non-profit study abroad program through the University of Virginia that has students do exactly that — study while traveling across the sea. Established in 1963, the program offers fall, spring and summer voyages ranging from 25 to 100 days and travels around Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. While on board students have a wide range of choices for classes. From biology to religion to drama, there is a course for every major and every student. Approximately 30 professors travel with each ship and tailor the courses to the voyage to include class trips and excursions (called field labs and programs respectively) relevant

to the subject matter. Junior Savana Dale went on a trip with Semester at Sea in May 2011. For 27 days she studied the politics and economics of Central America while traveling through the Bahamas, Trinidad and To-

“You get to travel to and experience so many different countries. You are able to see many different cultures and people.” — Savana Dale, Drake junior

bago, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize. “You get to travel to and experience so many different countries. You are able to see many different cultures and people,” Dale said.

However, since this trip was under a month long, Dale did say that she did not see as much of the cultures as she would have liked to. “The semester long voyages get to spend like a whole week in each country where I only spent two to three days in each,” she said. Dale explained that this did not leave her or her classmates much time to experience each country. Summer programs for all study abroad providers are typically shorter than those of semester long voyages. As a result, Dale was limited to taking one course. On a longer voyage, students can take up to 12 credit hours. With an offering of 75 different courses, these hours can be easy to fill. Yet she still loved her experience and now is Drake’s Semester at Sea ambassador. If interested in the program, you can contact Dale at She also had some advice for students: “You will never get another opportunity like that in your lifeand what better time to do than when you are still in college?”

Snow Ordinance Reminder:

Taylor Rookaird Columnist Wondering what fun and exciting things are happening around campus? Stay in the loop with what’s going on every week from the Student Activities Board. Are you starting to the feel the mid-semester crunch? Now is the time that exams, projects and papers tend to take over our lives. So take back your free time with two awesome upcoming events. Sunday, magician Nate Staniforth will be on campus in connection with the Chicago Bus Tour Weekend. Staniforth has performed on many university campuses, and it is considered a “campus invasion.” With magic, music and some multimedia, this is no traditional magic. He will be

performing at Sussman Theatre at 9 p.m. The weekend of fun will continue on into Monday night as we welcome Aman Ali, to Pomerantz Stage. Ali is an award-winning storyteller hailing from New York City. His conversation will touch on some of his experiences traveling, and his upbringing as a Muslim born and raised in the United States. Ali has also been featured on media outlets such as CNN, HBO and NPR. First-year students, keep your eyes peeled for a programming survey and more information about how and where to take it. This is your chance for you to have your voice heard in the events that SAB plans. Last, are you looking for a way to get involved with campus programming? The Homecoming Executive Board has some open positions they are looking to fill. Contact Mark Reiter ( or Vivianna Lopez ( if you or someone you know is interested!

Rookaird is a sophomore public relations major, PR Chair for SAB and can be reached at taylor.rookaird@

Remember that when a Snow Ordinance goes into affect (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) you have to move your car depending on what day it is. So, if it’s an even day (like today, Feb. 28) you will have to park on the even side of the street. If it is an odd day (March 1) you will park on the odd side of the street. Failure to comply will result in your car getting towed. Remember Bulldogs, constant vigilance when the snow falls.




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PageFive Take a Look

Costumers at Drake prepare for production Research, creativity produce accurate character ensembles

Emily Gregor

Reeves and seniors Hayden Kraus, Molly Nelson and Natalie Schmit. These students are in charge of helping to teach underclassmen The fine arts department sees tricks of the trade while costuma hodgepodge of costumes come ing their own productions. and go whether they are produc For underclassing “Macbeth” or men majoring “Childe Byron.” in theatre, it’s From the minute mandatory to the production is take the costumannounced to when ing class, with a the final curtain 60-hour lab recloses, costume quirement. designers at Drake “I feel like the University are most important working to make thing is the pracsure the characters tical stitches, look the part. like hand stitch“Whoever the es and some of designer is, they the machine will then do reones,” first-year search, finding Katja Seasholtz, things that will tell who took the the audience about class during the the characters or fall semester, how they feel about said. each other, how we Despite the feel the characters preconceived would dress,” Josie difficulties asPoppen, costume sociated with designer and inlearning how to structor of theatre sew and design arts, said. costumes, PopPoppen aims for pen emphasizes a lot of the design that the work work to be put on may be extenthe students’ shoulsive but it’s doders. — Josie Poppen, Drake professor able. “I don’t design “Really it’s all of the producactually easy for tion needs, but I actors to be defacilitate who does signers, because what,” Poppen said. as actors they She also has an have to think elite costuming crew about the same made up of students including juthings designers do, like ‘Why do niors Kyle Dvorak and Cameron they walk like this?’ or ‘Why do Staff Writer

“Whoever the designer is, they will then do research, finding things that will tell the audience about the characters or how they feel about each other, how we feel the characters would dress.”

courtesy of JOSIE POPPEN

THE COSTUME CLOSET (top left), KAYLEE FERGUSON as Mary Sunshine, DAVID KARAZ as the Master of Ceremonies (top right) and ADAM MERINK as Billy Flynn and ANDREW NYBERG as Amos Hart in the J-term production of “Chicago.” they dye their hair?’” Poppen said. Other obstacles, like budget constraints, have to be faced when designing costumes as well. “Ultimately, to make something right it costs a lot of money,” Poppen said. To overcome this problem, the department will often reuse old costumes or completely repurpose them. “We can take a skirt from one thing and make a new bodice for it,” Poppen said. “Repurposing is

something we do a lot.” After the designers figure out how to execute the costumes for a production both economically and practically — after all the measurements have been checked twice and fabric’s been chosen and cut, they are on their way to creating a character for the audience to perceive. “There’s a quote, ‘Before an actor opens their mouth, we see them,’” Poppen said. “And in that moment of silence, we have a visu-

al connection with that character, whether it’s how they are, what country they’re from, or whether they’re angry or sexy.”

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Sports Men’s Basketball

Bulldogs await last-place Southern Illinois Clarke’s health still in question as MVC Championship nears Tad Unruh and Taylor Soule Staff Writer, Sports Editor

Two steps forward. That’s what the Drake men’s basketball team took with consecutive wins over Bradley in overtime on Feb. 20 and a BracketBusters dispatch of Green Bay this past Saturday. Drake snapped a four-game skid with the victory over Missouri Valley Conference rival Bradley. The next contest pits Drake against Southern Illinois at 7:05 p.m on Saturday at the Knapp Center. The Salukis sit last in the MVC with a 4-12 record in Valley competition. Drake sits a spot above the Salukis with a 6-10 MVC ledger. Though Southern Illinois has struggled to gain ground in the MVC this season, the Salukis’ roster boasts several dangerous players. Junior Desmar Jackson leads Southern Illinois in scoring with 15.1 points per game. Senior Jeff Early paces the Salukis on the boards, averaging 7.4 rebounds per game. Saturday’s showdown marks the last regular season contest for both teams. The Bulldogs and the Salukis will vie for momentum entering the March 7-10 MVC Championship. The Bulldogs will look to stem the inconsistency that has plagued them throughout the season. Drake has improved from the charity stripe and from behind the arc in the past two games. Against Bradley, Drake converted 38 free throws, but shot just 32 percent from three-point land. Against Green Bay, the Bulldogs shot 42.7 percent from behind the arc, but drained just 12 free throws on 66.7 percent shooting. Drake edged Southern Illinois 61-56 on Jan. 30 in Carbondale, Ill. The Bulldogs committed 20 turnovers in that contest. To keep the

Salukis at bay, Drake needs to take care of the ball and keep Southern Illinois from scoring easy baskets. Defensively, the Bulldogs need to attack Early on the glass. The Bulldog faithful awaits news of redshirt senior Jordan Clarke’s health, as he sat out the Green Bay contest last Saturday with a nagging knee injury. Drake head coach Mark Phelps is hopeful of Clarke’s return. “Jordan (Clarke) has been battling his knee all season long,” Phelps said. “For lack of a better word, he’s had procedures on it medically speaking throughout the season. He came to me on Friday and said, ‘It’s not in a good place.’ So, the hope is that he will be at limited practice this week and be ready to go.” If Clarke sits on the bench on Saturday, rebounding and physical play will fall on redshirt junior Seth VanDeest, who registered a dominant defensive performance against Green Bay last Saturday. VanDeest finished with two assists and 10 rebounds against the Phoenix. “Coach (Phelps) was telling us we definitely need to crash the boards, and once I got confident with myself, and the rest of the team started picking up the slack, where (Clarke) brings a lot of energy on both ends,” VanDeest said. On Tuesday night, Phelps announced the indefinite suspension of senior Matt Bowie and freshman Kori Babineaux for violating team rules. The two did not travel with the team to Indiana State on Wednesday night. Results from Wednesday night’s game at Indiana State will be available in the next issue of The Times-Delphic. Drake faces MVC rival Southern Illinois at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday at the Knapp Center. The game marks the last of both teams’ regular seasons.

Joel Venzke | staff photographer

JUNIOR RICHARD CARTER drives to the basket against Green Bay on Feb. 23 at the Knapp Center.

Women’s Basketball

Win over in-state rival UNI boosts Drake morale Bulldogs focus on defense as second-place Creighton looms Ashley Beall

Staff Writer

Joel Venzke | staff photographer

FRESHMAN ASHLEY BARTOW shoots a layup against Missouri State on Feb. 16 at the Knapp Center.


Coming off a win this past weekend against UNI, the Drake women’s basketball team is ready to face Creighton this Sunday in Omaha. “We played great together as a team against UNI, and in practice we have been playing well, so I think it will definitely carry over to the Creighton game,” said freshman Ashley Bartow. The Bulldogs are currently 4-11 in the Missouri Valley Conference and are in ninth place. This will be the second time the Bulldogs face the Bluejays this season after losing to them 71-98 on Feb. 2 at the Knapp Center. Drake looks to even the score and come off with a win this weekend thanks to some offensive and defensive changes. “We really need to buckle down on defense,” said sophomore Cara Lutes. “Last time, we allowed too many points. They hit a lot of shots, so we need to make sure we get out on the shooters and really make defense a priority.” As to how the Bulldogs have prepared for this game, they’ve been working at practices to better prepare themselves for Creighton this time around. “We’ve been preparing like we do each week for games,” Lutes said. “We focus on the scouting reports for Creighton and the coaches and our practice squads will emulate what the players on

Creighton do. The most important thing is that we focus on ourselves right now and our development.” The Bluejays are ranked second in the Missouri Valley Conference with a conference record of 12-3. After coming off an 83-65 win against Bradley, Creighton is looking tough to beat. The Bluejays are led in scoring by juniors Marissa Jennings with 13.1 points per game and Sarah Nelson with 11.9 points. While Jennings and Nelson are two of the teams’ leaders in highest averaged points a game, the Bulldogs acknowledge that the Bluejays are a team composed of strong shooters. However, Drake looks to shut them down defensively. “All of their players can score, so all of them are a priority,” Lutes said. “We just need to focus on team defense.” This upcoming game will be a tough one, but if the Bulldogs are to come out on top, they need to play together as a team. As exhibited this past weekend against UNI, great things happen when Drake is able to come together and play as one unit. “We just need to play together like we have been and what we’ve been trying to accomplish,” Bartow said. The Bulldogs are set to play Sunday at 2:05 p.m. at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, Neb.



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PageSeven Track and Field

Drake captures four MVC championships Taylor Soule

Sports Editor

Drake University track and field totaled four titles at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa this past weekend. Senior thrower Isaac Twombly opened the competition with a Bulldog statement, thanks to a winning performance in the men’s weight throw on Saturday. Twombly shattered his own school record with a toss of 68-7.25 to claim the MVC title. Twombly, who sits at No. 14 in the nation, was shocked after his victory. “Going into it, I told myself I was going to win the championship,” Twombly said. “I didn’t think I actually believed it until that throw. It was an amazing feeling and something I’ve always looked at and never thought I could achieve. Everything kind of fell into place.” A Valley win in the weight throw seldom crossed Twombly’s mind to start the season, as he dealt with a nagging hand injury. Now, with a No. 14 ranking and a title to his name, Twombly has high hopes as indoor season winds down. “I didn’t expect it at all,” Twombly said. “I had fractured my hand toward the end of the fall and didn’t think that I would go very far. My original goal at the beginning of the year was to throw at least 60 feet, and I actually threw that on my very first throw. Now, looking ahead, my goals are to, one, qualify to go to nationals, and two, have a throw of 70 feet and become an All-American.” The Bulldogs added three titles on Sunday with victories in the women’s 60-meter hurdles, men’s 5,000 meters and men’s 4x400meter relay. Senior hurdler Sarah Yeager triumphed in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.43 seconds. Since finishing 10th to miss the 2012 finals, Yeager has risen to the Top-50 in the nation. After eyeing the MVC title all season, her winning race felt surreal. “The race seems like a blur when I look back at it,” Yeager said. “My start went well, I got out hard.

All the other competitors, it was a really good field this year, so they helped push me along, and it went down to the very last little lean.” As NCAA qualifying approaches, Yeager looks to master a new hurdling technique, one she hopes will translate into another personal record. “It’s more leaning forward when I’m hurdling,” Yeager said. “I sit up, so leaning forward, to come off of the hurdle quicker.” In distance action, freshman Taylor Scholl paced Drake with a time of 5:08.21 in the mile to finish 14th. Sophomore Melissa Parks crossed the finish line in 5:13.01 to take 20th place. In field competition, senior Briana Isom-Brummer and freshman Jaclyn Aremka reached 5-5.00 in the high jump to claim 10th and 11th, respectively. Isom-Brummer teamed with Yeager, senior sprinter Whitney Westrum and freshman Virginia Hill in the 4x400. The Drake ‘A’ relay finished sixth with a time of 3:55.35. The Drake men claimed a pair of titles on Sunday to total three on the weekend. Junior Brogan Austin won the 5,000 meters, clocking 14:21.36. After battling anemia throughout the 2012 cross country season, Austin was relieved after his triumph in the 5,000 meters. “It was a really big deal just to get my confidence and to be happy again with my running and where it’s going,” Austin said. In sprints action, the Bulldog team of juniors Brett Wright, Ian Wells and Travis Marsh and freshman Scott Goad captured the 4x400-meter relay title with a time of 3:18.99. In the 400 meters, Wright and Wells placed third and seventh, respectively. Wright registered a time of 49.30. Wells finished in 50.06 seconds. Freshman Ryan Cook led Drake in field competition on Sunday with a mark of 6-8.00 in the high jump, ranking second. The Bulldogs await a trio of chances to qualify for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. Drake will compete at the Nebraska Last Chance on Friday in Lincoln, Neb. That same day, the Bulldogs will open the two-day Notre Dame Last Chance meet in South Bend, Ind. Drake will close

the weekend with the Iowa State Last Chance at 8 a.m. on Saturday in Ames. All three meets promise high stakes as Drake aims to qualify for the March 8-9 NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. After the NCAA Indoor Championships, the Bulldogs open their outdoor season at the March 2223 Arizona State Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. With illness behind him, Austin expects his years of training to translate into a recordbreaking indoor campaign. “Hopefully, I will be breaking some records,” Austin said. “Running takes time to get better. It’s always the juniors and seniors who are running the fast times and maybe a few outliers in the freshmen. You just have to hunker down and wait for your training to take hold. I am finally reaping the benefits of all the years I have been training. I am just going to put it all to work and do some big things outdoors.”

Coming Up at Drake

MARCH 02 Women’s Tennis vs. Central Arkansas 9 a.m. MARCH 02 Women’s Tennis vs. Northern Illinois 4 p.m. MARCH 02 Men’s Basketball vs. Southern Illinois 7:05 p.m. MARCH 03 Women’s Tennis vs. Nebraska-Omaha 1:30 p.m.


Men’s Tennis

No. 27 Bulldogs ‘have no fear’ against ranked foes Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

Morgan Dezenski | staff photographer

SOPHOMORE ALEN SALIBASIC prepares to hit a backhand volley against Nebraska-Kearney on Feb. 3 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

Since the beginning of the fall season, the No. 27 Drake men’s tennis team has made it known that one of its main goals it to be one of the best teams in the nation and crack the Top-25. The Bulldogs will have their chance to prove themselves this weekend as they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on the No. 66 Minnesota Gophers and the No. 14 Washington Huskies. Drake enters the weekend’s contests with a 2-1 record against ranked teams, with its only loss coming to then-No. 33 Florida State. The Bulldogs have defeated No. 53 Denver and No. 30 VCU, and their win over Nebraska came one weekend before the Huskers moved to No. 59 in the national rankings. Friday’s match against the Gophers will be the first time Drake has battled a ranked opponent since Feb. 9. “The team is looking forward to playing some top ranked teams this weekend,” Erasmus said. “We have gained a lot of confidence over the course of the season. The team is healthy and as always, ready for a battle.” Minnesota currently carries a national ranking of No. 66, but its record is only 3-6. The Gophers’ lone win over a ranked opponent came over No. 35 Louisville at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis. The Gophers’ other two wins came over Northern Illinois

and Marquette, who are both unranked. Although they may not hold as many wins as expected, Minnesota is still a dangerous team, especially at home. The Gophers have only lost to nationally ranked teams, and four of their six losses have been by the score of 3-4. The Bulldogs aren’t overlooking the Gophers in the slightest, especially considering Drake’s recent lack of success in Minneapolis. The Bulldogs haven’t won on the Gophers’ home court since February 10, 2008, when the No. 53 Bulldogs upset the then- No. 52 Gophers 4-3. “We know the atmosphere will be tough at Minnesota, yet we know we have to stick to what we have been doing really well thus far in practice and in matches, the basics,” said senior Jean Erasmus. “Playing Minnesota in Minneapolis is always going to be tough, and we are aware of that,” senior James McKie added. “We need to go out there and put the pressure on them from the start. There will be a lot of fans against us, but I’m confident that with the experience we have on our team, we will take care of business.” If the Bulldogs manage to defeat Minnesota, they have an even greater challenge, and opportunity, against No. 19 Washington. “The match against Washington will be important in the sense that it will probably get us into the Top-25 rankings with a win this weekend, which has been one of our goals from the start,” Erasmus

said. “We know we are capable of much more than that with this talented team, and this weekend is only going to be another opportunity to prove ourselves.” Washington is the highest ranked team the Bulldogs have ever faced in the regular season, and the Huskies are currently on a three-game win streak that began with a 4-1 upset over the No. 11 Florida Gators on Feb. 17. The Huskies are certainly battle-tested, as they have an overall record of 9-4, with their only losses coming to teams ranked in the Top-25. Three of those losses were teams in the Top-10 nationally. Although Drake will be the underdog in Saturday’s match against Washington, the Bulldogs are feeling confident that they can pull off the upset. They cite their depth throughout the singles lineup and their fearless attitude as assets that will benefit them this weekend and throughout the season. “(Washington) are [sic] going to be ranked in the Top-15 because of their win over No. 11 Florida, but the great thing about this team is we have no fear,” McKie said. “We don’t fear any team and we fully believe we can get the win. Yeah it will be a tough match, but if we show up on the day and give it everything, there is a strong chance we can win, especially as we are playing in a neutral location.” Check back with The TimesDelphic on Monday to see the complete results of the Bulldogs’ weekend in Minneapolis.



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