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A year in advance, J-Term fair prepares all by Kathryn Kriss
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Winter break 2013 is going to be 45 days long. After all of the hot cocoa drinking, sledding and holiday celebrating, Drake students are going to be looking for something else to fill their time. J-Term offers the perfect opportunity to fill up long winter breaks with required classes, fun AOIs and study abroad experiences. The J-Term fair, held this past Tuesday, gave the faculty a chance to promote their classes, and the students a chance to sample their options for next year. Many other schools have additional academic terms, like a January Term or May Term. “These are a good way to fit in a class you wouldn’t have access to during the school year,” first-year Amber Gurican said. These give students the option to take unusual classes they wouldn’t ordinarily get the opportunity to take, like a Skiing class at MIT or a Hawaiian Food Preparation class at Illinois Wesleyan. Drake goes above and beyond by offering traveling experiences, like a trip to the Galapagos Islands or a trek across central Europe following the timeline of classical music. The traveling, or off-campus, programs are the only ones that require extra fees — tuition for the next academic year has already been adjusted to accommodate on-campus classes in the new term. Other than room and board, all fees for the class are already built in. Sophomore Austin Cooke said that’s the best part of JTerms. He sees them as “a great opportunity for extra credits, plus you’ve already paid for it.” Upon entering the J-Term fair, the first booth all students make a beeline for is the residence life table. They want to know if they’ll have a place to live while the rest of the school is supposedly shut down over winter break. Goodwin-Kirk is the only hall that will be kept open for the duration of the break, designed to house the students that will be staying to take a class on campus. Because of this, stu-
dents who have requested to register for a J-Term class will be given priority to GK when room registration rolls around. The next booth to visit is the general information booth, where Art Sanders was holding court. Many may recognize Sanders from the emails he sends out regarding the J-Term and general student life. He was on the committee that originally established a J-Term at Drake. Concerned about whether students would be interested in taking J-Term classes, he conducted several random surveys of the student body. Interest in a JTerm was overwhelming. Turns out, plenty of students would love the opportunity to get some credits out of the way. While there are classes offered to fit nearly every major, there are more of some than others. The administration and academic advisors have taken note of some of the more difficult areas of inquiry to fulfill, and gone out of their way to offer some. Numerous courses to accomplish the artistic experience, written communication and ethics AOIs were offered, giving students even more options and more opportunity to get in their graduation requirements. Several of these classes also offer a service learning component, fulfilling the experiential learning AOI. This hands-on learning was often why each professor felt so passionate about their course. Because the J-Term courses are more specific and customized, like urban poverty in Des Moines instead of a general sociology class, the professors are able to teach a subject matter that they personally enjoy and get excited about. With housing set, the class options are out and the professors are eager to teach, there’s no reason not to do a J-Term next year. Registration requests must be signed by the professor in charge of the class, and then turned in to the dean of your college by March 8. The turn around is a bit short, but student and professor interest in these courses has always been high, and Drake University is ready to experience the J-Term.
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MANDI McREYNOLDS (above) speaks to students at the J-Term Fair in Parents Hall. McReynolds is instructing the Exploration of Urban Poverty in Des Moines and New York City. RACHEL PAINE CAUFIELD (below) talks to JUNIOR STEPHEN SLADE about her course Inside Washington: The Presidental Inauguration. Students who were interested in taking a J-Term course were able to cycle around Parents Hall and find out more information about certain courses or just have general questions answered.
High school students taught to test, not to learn by Amanda Horvath
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RACHAEL STERN (center) and her squadmates capsize a boat at a Leader’s Training Course in Fort Knox, KY.
Women’s roles expand in armed forces by Erin McHenry
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Rachael Stern never imagined she would wind up in the National Guard. Her sophomore year, she enrolled in an ROTC physical testing class and realized the U.S. military was a path she wanted to take. Now, as an MS4, or senior, she acts as Company Commander of Drake’s ROTC program. But her career just began. The U.S. Department of Defense announced policy changes earlier this month that will allow women to serve in more direct combat roles, which they are currently restricted from. If she chooses, Stern could advance through the ranks to positions women have never been able to hold before. “Because of the limited number of assignments, women haven’t had
the opportunities men have had,” said Greg Hapgood, a public affairs officer for the Iowa National Guard. “It’s going to level the playing field and open a whole new era in the military for women.” According to an American Forces press release, allowing women to fill these positions could amount to 14,000 new jobs. The DOD will be removing restrictions that have been in place since 1994, which prohibited women from jobs related to combat units, and only allowed women to have intelligence, communication and logistics jobs in units smaller than brigades. Hapgood said Iowa would benefit from these changes. Currently, Iowa has approximately 9,400 soldiers and airmen, and 15 percent are female. Patrick Hendrickson, military science instructor at Drake, served in
Iraq in 2003 and returned from Afghanistan last summer. Hendrickson is a member of the infantry — an exclusively male military unit — but said he would feel just as safe working in combat with women. “Everybody’s green in the army,” he said. “Black, white, yellow, orange, purple, male, female — it doesn’t matter. You’re a soldier.” The branches that are most affected by these changes are the Army and the Marines Corps. According to the DOD, only 66 percent of Army jobs and 68 percent of Marine Corps jobs are available to women, in comparison to 99 percent of jobs in the Air Force and 88 percent in the Navy. “There are absolutely no military
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Walking in front of hundreds of people, shaking hands with the principal and finally moving the dangling tassel from one side of the cap to the other is a significant event in the common American’s life. But after dozens of pictures are snapped, the next step in the high school graduate’s life comes into question. Recently, getting a college degree has become more common in America; however, current studies around the country show that many high school graduates are not equipped with the adequate skills to pass college classes. Many recent high school graduates enter regular college classes but quickly have to change into remedial classes. Those who graduate at the top of their class to continue on to college end up failing classes in college. A study done by the Denver Post noted that of Abraham Lincoln (Denver) High School’s graduating class of 2011, 30 percent of graduates continued on to college. Although, the study mentioned that 78 percent were “unprepared” and required remedial classes during their first year of college. While Drake University does not offer remedial classes, professors still believe first-year students are not fully prepared for the class work. Sarah Hogan, a visiting assistant professor of English at Drake, has taught many first-year students. She is also a grader for the Language Advanced Placement tests and has graded thousands of these tests. “There is a serious problem around standardized testing where the emphasis is for students to just regurgitate information instead of critical thinking,” said Hogan. “It is
a strange experience to read the same thesis over and over instead of individualized essays.” According to The New York Times, similar problems are being noticed in New York. Only 37 percent of students who entered high school in 2006 in New York left four years later properly prepared for college. The study indicates that serious changes need to be made for these high school graduates to succeed in college classes. While this general trend is evident across the country, Drake may be a special case. Drake is a private liberal arts school, and while services are offered to those who need help in academics, no remedial classes are offered at Drake. Perhaps Drake is a special case. The average first-year student grade point average has slightly increased since 2007 from 3.02 to 3.12 in 2010. And the percent of first-years below a 3.0 GPA has decreased from 10.39 percent to 6.83 percent. Yet many first-year professors find themselves having to deal with the lack of preparation for Drake students as well. “When I teach my first-year seminar class, I start by unlearning my students what they’ve been taught in high school,” said Hogan. “Specifically, I have to break my students from the five paragraph essay formats.” High schools seem to be aiming for the pure goal of getting students to pass the class and do well on standardized tests. This causes an evident lack of skills, said Hogan. “Most students come able to read for content, but they are not thinking. They are just following a format,” said Hogan. “Critical thinking is clearly a skill that needs to be emphasized more.”
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DRAKE SECURITY MAKES THE NAB 6:22 p.m. Feb. 20 Security personnel were monitoring the Des Moines Police Department radio traffic when they were advised of a vehicle pursuit that ended with a collision in the 1400 block of 27th street in parking lot No. 17. The suspect fled the scene on foot and left the vehicle, which was occupied by two female non-Drake affiliated subjects. Drake security personnel and DMPD canvassed the area and located the suspect. The suspect was placed into custody with no further incident.
12:53 p.m. Feb. 21 Security personnel responded to Stalnaker Residence Hall on an odor investigation. Staff reported a smell of marijuana coming from one of the rooms. Security made contact with the occupants of the room: one female student, one male student and another non-Drake related male. Security noticed the strong smell of marijuana from the room and conducted a room
inspection where a pipe for smoking marijuana was located. The students admitted to smoking marijuana approximately a half hour before security’s arrival. The dean of students was notified about the incident. 9:26 a.m. Feb. 21 Security personnel were advised by a staff member that while sorting through the mail at Herriott Residence Hall she picked up an envelope that leaked an unknown white powdery substance. Security notified the Des Moines Police Department, the Des Moines Fire Depart-
jobs that would require a penis or a vagina, and therefore all jobs should be open to the people who are qualified to do them, regardless of gender,” said junior Cate O’Donnell, president of Drake’s Student Activists for Gender Equality. “It’s challenging for me to understand how qualifications would have more to do with your second chromosome and less with your work ethic, physical ability and intelligence,” she said. “And to anyone who thinks physical ability is determined by gender, I would challenge them to tell a military woman that.” Maj. Heather Guck of the Iowa National Guard disagreed. As a woman who has served overseas, Guck said she understands how allowing women to fill more positions could be difficult in several areas. “Logistics-wise, it’ll cause more planning,” she said. “It’s bigger than just ‘women aren’t equal.’ Women are different. It’s about making sure
that you have the amenities available to females.” Stern agreed that there are justifiable reasons for the restrictions. “If someone gets shot, is a 140-pound woman going to be able to pull a 200-pound man off ?” she said. “You’ve got 80 pounds of plates, and your ruck, and weapon and your helmet. That’s a lot. If you are a big, burly, badass chick, and you can pull that off, go do it! I don’t know if I could.” She added that sexual harassment is another concern, as well as female hygiene. When in the field, soldiers don’t have access to showers or sometimes even indoor plumbing. O’Donnell countered that hygiene shouldn’t be a problem, but just another aspect of life. “Are we concerned that women will be unable to go a while without showering?” she said. “Or do we actually fear periods in the same way that eighth grade boys do, and that’s what we mean when we say hygiene? The women who want to be in combat know what they’re signing up for.
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I feel that if they want to have a good, globalized future, English needs to be their strength. English need to be in their veins.
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ment, hazardous materials and the postal office. Emergency personnel responded to the scene immediately. The residence hall was evacuated while emergency personnel secured the scene and began their investigation. Security was approached by a male student who admitted to sending a letter containing a white powdery substance as a joke. The scene was deemed secure by emergency personnel and the residence hall was re-opened. The postal inspector is further investigating this case. The dean of students was notified about this incident. 4:24 p.m. Feb. 21 Security personnel were advised by a staff member that a suspicious male was seen wandering the hallways at Jewett Residence Hall. Security responded to the scene and noticed a man matching the description provided. As security approached the man fled on foot. Security made contact with the subject who was non-Drake affiliated. The male stated he was trying to sell some equipment and CDs, which were not in his possession. The subject was advised that he was not allowed on campus. 12:23 a.m. Feb. 22 Security personnel were contacted by a Drake staff member of Jewett Residence Hall and were informed that a theft had occurred. Secu-
Problems still exist for women in combat FROM MILITARY, PAGE 1
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As far as physical ability, these women would be in training right alongside the men and are just as capable of running, carrying and sacrificing as the men.” Hendrickson said that despite being in the infantry, female soldiers collaborated with his unit constantly. In many middle-eastern cultures, the men are not allowed to talk to the women, and female U.S. soldiers were the only ones able to communicate to them. “It will require some planning,” Hapgood said. “People need to understand that it’s about a cultural change as well as the logistical piece.” Guck has served in Iraq twice and said that the limitations were hardly restricting, and that people respect and support women in the armed forces. “There is so much more to this than gender equality,” she said. “People think that the army is a bunch of ogres who hate women, but that’s not true. The military has done an excellent job with gender equality.”
rity spoke to the victim who was a male student. The student stated that he left his room on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. He stated when he returned later that night at approximately 8 p.m. he noticed several items missing. The student stated he was unsure if he locked his door or not. The student contacted the Des Moines Police Department and a police report was taken. 12:26 a.m. Feb. 22 Security personnel were contacted by a male student who stated his ex-girlfriend, who is nonDrake affiliated, was outside his residence on the 1200 block of 24th Street. He stated he was concerned she may harm herself and requested security respond. Security, the Des Moines Police Department and mobile crisis arrived on scene. Mobile crisis assessed the situation and spoke to the female party to conduct a welfare check. 4:35 a.m. Feb. 24 Security personnel were advised the Des Moines Fire Department and medics were en route to the Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall on a medical call. Emergency personnel arrived on scene and transported a male student to a local hospital for complaint of severe pain to the lower left back.
Executive Board election results announced
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STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT-ELECT AMANDA LAURENT (right) looks back at VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT LIFE-ELECT DAVID KARAZ (left) on Tuesday night after the Election Commission announced the results of the Executive Board elections. CARLY KINZLER, VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES-ELECT was not present at the reveal. All three spots were unopposed.
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THE TIMES-DELPHIC Less than two months until Drake Relays – but who’s counting?
Jane Hoe: Ooh, aah and the Hey, baby, what’s your number? sounds of womanly moans Well, I’ve finally caught some flak for what I’ve written (took ya long enough, Drake University). As disappointing as a premature ejaculation, your reactions to my column and subsequent lack of sexual questions have brought me to figurative tears. What I’m trying to say is that my column about men taking over their love life did not impress some people on campus. All I have to say is that you can’t please everyone. So, ladies, my challenge to you is to take control of your love life in some way, shape or form. I was not leaving you out by any means. This is not the main topic of this column, though. This column will explore the vast abyss of why some women make noises during sex and perhaps even figure out why they do so. So, get out your best moans, ladies and gentlemen, and let’s take a ride on the wild side. There has yet to be conclusive studies (or perhaps any) about this topic, but I’m sure many of you have experienced those nights inside your residence hall when there is that oh-so-familiar noise. You know what I’m talking about — lofted beds creaking, awkward shushes and, of course, the one noise that always fills the hallway…The “OH, YES” yell that will come from a partner at one point in the relationship (if it doesn’t happen, you might be doing it wrong). What researchers believe (remember, no conclusive data) is that women will make noise to (hopefully) enhance the experience of their partner, thus “calling” them to climax, and then end the endeavor (why would you ever want to do that?). I’m a little skeptical of this fact because really, it should be the other way around; we should be receiving the most pleasure (Hollywood movies would beg to differ, though). Let’s be real for a second. Sometimes, we just can’t help it. The myriad of sounds you make depends on the situation. If you were lucky enough to get a seat at the “Vagina Monologues” over the weekend, you know what I’m
Thrust into a field setting known as Jordan Creek Town Center, I glimpsed at the natives’ children. There they were in their red mall-issued strollers thoroughly engrossed by the toys they held in their hands. Much to my surprise, these toys were not animals from Build-a-Bear nor were they books à la Barnes & Noble. In fact, they were something I had never seen someone under the age of 10 play with before. Behold! I present to you the latest toy for small children: cell phones. Yes, it’s true. Gone are the days of our distant youths when trains, dolls and teddies were the playthings of choice. Gone are the days when parents would carry large totes filled with things to keep their children entertained at every moment of the day. Now, slap a cell phone in your tot’s hands, and they’ll be satisfied for hours. My question is, what exactly are the children doing on the phones? Are they texting their buddies from the sandbox preparing their next play date? Perhaps they’re updating their Facebook statuses. If something exciting, like the completion of potty training, occurred, I can see that these children would need a cell phone to share that exciting news. However, should cell phones really be used as an alternative toy for young children? Sure, they’re shiny, pretty and have games on them (that is why we adults like them), but they’re not exactly suited for children, in my opinion. One drop from the stroller and it’s bye-bye smart phone. Drop teddy from the stroller and you pick him up, dust him off and put him back into little Billy or Becky’s arms. Children’s toys are designed for children. Cell phones are not. Is there really something so wrong with providing children with playthings geared toward them? Growing up with Barbies, stuffed animals and Fisher Price, I never had any qualms with my playthings. Of course, cell phones were not exactly an option during my youth. At the time, they were heavy boxes with a massive antenna. I’m not sure I could have lifted one back then, let alone played with it. Then again, my parents would never have considered letting me get my
talking about. There is no one standard moan or scream or yell…or, well, orgasm. You cannot base your experience of sex off of what your friends do because your friends do not do the same people you do (or shouldn’t at least). There cannot be any rhyme or reason for what we do when we have sex because it’s all for our pleasure. And, well, pleasure makes us do some weird things (love also makes us do weird things, but pleasure and love are not the same thing). But somewhere along your sexually active years, you’re going to run into someone who is quiet during sex. There is nothing wrong with that. Like I said, there is no norm when it comes to how loud or quiet someone is during sex. What’s interesting is that there is no science behind the screams. There is no evidence that conclusively links the yells of pleasure to anything other than, well, pleasure. So, Bulldogs, when you’re getting your moan on this weekend, remember to let it out (or keep it in if you’re a bit timid). Also, send your thoughts, comments, sexual concerns or questions my way. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, not even the weirdest of kinks can scare me away. I’m all in.
JANE HOE | COLUMNIST
Hoe is the TD’s anonymous sex columnist. She is a student at Drake and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
tiny hands on anything that wasn’t fully childproof. Just as today’s toys have changed, so have today’s parents. While the children play with cell phones, so do their parents. Today’s typical family outing involves everyone staring at his or her phones and ignoring one another. I don’t know how many times I’ve observed parents scrolling away on their little Androids, completely oblivious to their children. Now that’s quality family time. Perhaps the cell phones could be put away, especially the ones given to the children. Is it really so challenging for a parent to be engaged with his or her children while he or she is out and about? Instead of handing a cell phone to a child, why not play a healthy game of I Spy or something? The children have something to do, and they are getting quality time with their parents. Not to sound cliché or anything, but childhood is short. When both the parents and the children are tuned out on their phones, childhood will zip by before they even surface. To all you future parents out there, I challenge you to actually interact with your children. Raise them to be engaged, upstanding citizens like you. If you’re not careful, they may grow up without any real social skills. Think about that, mall parents.
EMILY HECKER | COLUMNIST
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Sick of Hubbell inconveniences, allergy station
Here it is. My complaints that I have had bottled up inside, and it has come to my attention that almost everyone has thought the same things as me. So, I have decided to make it public -- well, TD public at least -- to spread the word even more. You are my constituents, Drake, and I’m not even running for an office. My first order of business is this thing we call Hubbell Trouble. Does making it rhyme really make it better? No, it doesn’t. One thing I have going for me is I am not a first-year, meaning I actually knew a time when Hubbell was actually BETTER! All this standing in lines crap makes me what to punch someone in the face -- jokingly, of course. Why can’t we serve ourselves or have faster servers? Does it really take that long to scoop corn onto a plate? If it really comes down to it costing less because there is less waste, then I am more than welcoming to pay a little more for the food. Maybe we can move up to a 3-star Sodexo dining hall? Also, is it that surprising that people eat at noon? I think it is common sense, yet they run out of food in the first 10 minutes! Make more hamburgers or pizza; get the food out so I don’t have to wait. I have way more important things to do than stand in a line — maybe chemistry? Also why can’t I get 20
While others may find comfort in making their own Hubbell creations, I am not sorting through knives to find the sharpest one so I can cut my apple.
ounces to drink at North? Pop is cheap, so why can’t I get more? I go back for refills, so mathematically speaking, that is 16+16=32, and 32 > 20. One thing I have also yet to figure out is why we need two salad lines. Two sandwich lines make more sense to me. They spend more time handing people fruit than making salads. Now, finally to the topic that this article is named for, the allergy station. I am sure everybody has tried to fake an allergy to get the “better” food. Yet, the thing we don’t think about is how long that food has been sitting out. I have
friends that actually have an allergy and require food from that line, yet they still choose to find other food options. Why? Because the food is cold! There is no rotation from what is there, and we are stuck with the cost of paying for it. Ever wonder where the cereal went? The cost of the allergy station, and fear that gluten cereal will kill someone, makes it only available during breakfast. The crazy thing is that the cereal was the best tasting food there most days. While others may find comfort in making their own Hubbell creations, I am not sorting
through knives to find the sharpest one so I can cut my apple. While the concept may be grand, it doesn’t make sense to me to stand in every line to get a few ingredients to end up making my own food. I could do that without leaving my hall. Consider yourself lucky that we can still wear condoms, because unlike the latex scare of 2011, I don’t see Drake doing anything to find a cure to my allergy of discontent. Just remember to keep it classy Drake, just like at Saturday night Hubbell.
JARED NETLEY | COLUMNIST
Jared Netley is a sophomore prepharmacy major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Debate over English as official language Controversy over official language in America hits close to home for some by Kayli Kunkel
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Only a handful of countries across the globe do not have an official language, and the discussion has been heating up about whether the United States should be taken off of that list. This national issue calls attention to the large number of nonEnglish speakers in the local community, as well as how well international students are integrated into Drake University’s predominantly Englishspeaking campus. Top contenders for the Republican GOP nomination, including Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, have recently voiced support for legislation that would name English the official language of the United States. This law, if enacted, would set the precedent that immigrants must pass an English fluency test before receiving citizenship. Iowa and 30 other states have already passed legislation naming English
their official state language, though implications vary. Opposition to the official English proposal involves fear that this legislation would discriminate against non-English speakers and hinder First Amendment protections of free speech. Drake University enrolls more than 350 international students, mainly from Malaysia and China. The university requires English proficiency for admission and determines an applicant’s capacity to use and understand English at a university level through the standardized Test of English as a Foreign Language, a tool accepted by over 8,000 colleges in over 130 countries. Carlyn Marron, the assistant director of international programs at Drake, works closely with international students and manages many of their legal files and day-to-day needs. She said the university is wellequipped with services for international students, including personal student mentors specialized in international studies, airport pickups and
a special orientation to smooth the transition and to provide community building, just to name a few. “We answer questions for the students such as ‘How do I get a cell phone?’ or ‘How do I open a bank account?’” said Marron. “All the kinds of things we (Americans) take for granted.” Marron said it is fair to require English proficiency, considering that all of the university’s courses are taught in English, with the exception of foreign language courses. She disagreed with the motives of the official English proposition, however, saying that a national fluency test would be discriminatory. “It is unfair to ask somebody to do something they cannot do,” said Marron. “It’s like telling someone in a wheelchair that to be a citizen, they have to be able to walk.” Marron, who has studied Spanish and Chinese, explained that language is naturally absorbed at an early age, but extremely difficult to learn once the brain reaches a midlife threshold.
“(Official English supporters) have no idea what kind of a burden they are putting on to these people,” she said. First-year Harsh Mota has experienced English integration firsthand. Mota, who grew up in India before moving to Kenya and eventually to Des Moines for Drake’s actuarial science program, is fluent in the languages of Gujarati, Kutchi and Hindi. He communicates efficiently in English, but several of his international friends have had difficulty transitioning to an English-speaking environment. Unlike Marron, he supported the official English proposal. “I do have friends (at Drake) who do not communicate that well in English,” said Mota. “I feel that if they want to have a good, globalized future, English needs to be their strength. English needs to be in their veins.”
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Unseen student leaders on campus by Ben Levine
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We were all told it when we visited Drake: This school will offer every student an opportunity to take on a leadership position. Certainly not every student actually takes advantage of these opportunities but many do. And while some serve in positions that are well known to the student body, others lead in roles that are not as visible. Still, their work ends up contributing to some of the most important organizations and boards on campus. As seniors in the Army ROTC program, Cadets Rachael Stern and Benjamin Kertzman serve in roles that most students won’t ever see or experience. The structure of ROTC is fairly simple: As Cadets progress through the program, more leadership responsibilities are given to them in order to prepare them to one day become officers. By the time a cadet is a senior their responsibility is fairly heavy; a senior cadet, or an “MSIV,” is responsible for leading the entire group (the Bulldog Company) and reporting to the cadre not only here at Drake but also at Iowa State, which Drake’s Army ROTC program is a part of. “I set goals for the program as a whole, as well as for individual cadets, and give the younger cadets the tools to achieve those goals. I’m (also) the point of communication between our program and our battalion,” Stern said of her responsibilities. As far as what ROTC provides in
leadership training, Stern knows it is unmatched here at Drake: “It has taught me how to be able to make quick decisions under pressure, how to utilize every resource available, and how to manage responsibility over other peoples’ lives.” Kertzman, who is branching as an infantry officer after this year of school, knows his leadership lessons learned here will pay off in the future. “ROTC taught me how to manage and lead people in difficult and stressful situations by focusing on accomplishing stated goals.” Another leader on campus, Justin Kochanski, serves in a much different way but nevertheless holds a lot of responsibility. “The two biggest roles I took on this year have been the FirstYear Senator and the community service chair for Phi Gamma Delta,” Kochanski explains. He also helped organize the Belize Dance Marathon, has given school tours to prospective students and coordinated other service events — and he is a first-year. As far as taking on these responsibilities, Kochanski sees it as a great opportunity to become a better leader and person. “I have come to find that you take something different away from each of your involvements,” he said. “Student Senate has definitely helped strengthen my ability to articulate under pressure (and) as the community service chair I have learned how important organization and effective communication are.” Through these positions, Kochanski has come to believe
that one of the biggest aspects of leadership is figuring out how to complete the task in front of you and in what manner. “It’s all about knowing what is right and when it is right.” Kochanski said. Certainly, making those decisions is difficult and another leader, junior Trygve Jensen, has the responsibility of figuring out how to make them quite often. While he has served on roles in his fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, Trygve was selected this year to be a part of the 2012 Peer Advisory Board. PAB is responsible, as many of you know, for coordinating Welcome Weekend and constructing a program for PMACs to help new first-year students settle in at Drake — that position comes with no shortage of pressure. “It’s exciting but at the same time scary to know that a program is in our hands,” Jensen said. But with difficulties, a leader always thrives and learns new lessons. “So far I’ve been able to get out of my comfort zone a little and challenge myself,” Jensen said. “It has also affected the way I think and make decisions. I see myself now looking at all aspects of a situation.” Drake indeed sold many of us on the opportunities that would be provided to lead in our college careers. These students took advantage of those opportunities and there are many more like them.
Rachael Stern, senior, ROTC Cadet “It has taught me how to be able to make quick decisions under pressure, how to utilize every resource available, and how to manage responsibility over other peoples’ lives.”
Trygve Jensen, junior, Peer Advisory Board “It has also affected the way I think and make decisions. I see myself now looking at all aspects of a situation.”
Justin Kochanski, first-year, First-Year Senator “Student Senate has definitely helped strengthen my ability to articulate under pressure (and) as the community service chair I have learned how important organization and effective communication are.” Benjamin Kertzman, senior, ROTC Cadet “ROTC taught me how to manage and lead people in difficult and stressful situations by focusing on accomplishing stated goals.”
Traditional Indian dances featured at competition
Trip organized by SASA to attend dance competition, Nachte Raho by Bryn Goldberg
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Keep on Dancing, or Nachte Raho, is the largest intercollegiate dance competition in the Midwest. It is an annual event that was started by the University of Iowa’s Indian Student Association. This year is the 10th anniversary of the event, and it is hoping to be the best one yet. There will be nine teams performing, including teams from Iowa State University, the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, University of Illinois, Purdue University, Ohio State University and many others. Along with the teams, there will be a special guest performing: Culture Shock. This is a musical group from Canada that blends Indian-punjabi and English music. How the dance competition works is similar to American dance themed competitions. Each team performs a dance in a category, which are Indian dance styles. These dances include: Garba-Raas, Bhangra and Bollywood Fusion. There are nine teams that will be competing for a total cash prize of $5,500. The teams will be divided equally into the three categories, and the top team from each category will be chosen to receive the prize money
for that style of dance. A top team from the three winners will be chosen to receive an additional prize and named as Nachte Raho 2012 firstplace winner. “The premise of Nachte Raho, and really any event created by University of Iowa’s ISA or Drake’s (South Asian Student Association), is to promote South Asian culture,” senior Nayasha Madhan said. “SASA is attending this event, not only support other colleges, but also to share the music, dance and people that breathe life into South Indian culture.” Drake’s SASA has attended the event in the past and plans on sending 30 members and friends to the event this weekend. “SASA took its first bus trip to Nachte Raho two years ago, and it was a huge success,” said junior Ankita Dhussa, SASA vice president. “Last year, we weren’t able to book a bus, but there was still tons of interest, and many SASA members carpooled to Iowa City. Drake won first place in 2004. I think it was a group of South Asian students who decided to get together and put together a dance but was not an official team. Drake does not currently have a South Asian dance team, but hopefully someday (it will) in the future.” For many attendees of Nachte Raho, it is a chance for them to experience South Asian culture as well as
to network and to create a bond with a larger population of South Asian students. “This is my first year attending Nachte Raho, and I cannot wait for what promises to be a crazy weekend with 30 other Drake students and other students from across the country,” Madhan said.
• Saturday @ 6 p.m. – Sunday @ 10 p.m. • 10th Anniversary of the event • Iowa City, Iowa • Popular Indian dances to be featured:
– Bollywood Fusion
THIS WEEKEND IN DSM Bring It On: The Musical
Soul Food Festival
Heartland Collegiate Swing Festival
Mad Hat Ballroom Tonight @ 7 p.m. Admission: $2
Iowa State Fairgrounds - 4H Building Saturday & Sunday @ 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission: free
DSM Buccaneers vs Muskegon Lumberjacks
Civic Center of Greater Des Moines Tonight and Friday @ 7:30 p.m. Saturday @ 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sunday @ 1 & 6:30 p.m. Admission: see www.civiccenter.org for specific pricing
Buccaneer Arena Friday @ 7:05 p.m. Admission: $14 or $16 (center ice)
Des Moines Public Library - Forest Ave. Branch Saturday @ 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Admission: free
People’s Court Saturday @ 8 p.m. Admission: $10
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men’s basketball squad finished out the regular season with a 9-9 conference DID YOU The record and tied for third with four other teams in the Missouri Valley Conference This makes it the second highest conference finish for Drake in the last KNOW? standings. 26 years, with the highest finish being the magical 2007-2008 season.
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Everything you need to know for the MVC Tournament >> Bulldogs get ready to take on Braves in play-in game for the second straight season by Matt Moran
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For the first time in the history of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship, the tournament will feature two nationally ranked teams. If Drake wins its play-in game against Bradley tonight, it will run into one of those teams. The MVC regular-season champion, Wichita State, has shot up the rankings in recent weeks. The Shockers are now No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today poll and No. 15 in the Associated
Press poll. Creighton has been ranked most of the season, but a sour stretch of games caused them to drop out of the rankings. After getting back on track, the Bluejays have moved up to No. 24 and No. 25, respectively. Creighton is the second seed in the tournament. If the Bulldogs win tonight, they will play Creighton on Friday at 6 p.m. in the MVC quarterfinals. Drake, which finished the season 16-14 and 9-9 in the conference, finished in a five-way tie for third place. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs finished last in the tiebreaker based on headto-head results between the five teams.
That means for the second-straight year, Drake earned the seventh seed and faces 10th-seed Bradley once again. Last season, the Braves ended the Bulldogs’ tournament in the playin round, as they dealt Drake a 63-48 defeat. Despite its low finish in the standings, the Bulldogs reached .500 in MVC play for just the second time in the last 25 years. The MVC is the eighth best conference in the country, according to the latest percentage index ratings. Last season, it was the 11th ranked conference in RPI. On Tuesday, sophomore Rayvonte
Rice and junior Ben Simons were named to the All-MVC second team. It’s the first season that Drake has had two All-MVC performers since 200809, when Josh Young and Jonathon Cox also earned second-team honors. “It takes an entire team effort for any individuals to shine, but Ben and Rayvonte are certainly deserving of this
recognition,” head coach Mark Phelps said in a Drake athletics press release. “They have had terrific seasons and played a large role in our team’s success. We still have more we want to accomplish this year, and they will be central to that effort.”
ASHTON WEIS | staff photographer JUNIOR AARON HAWLEY tries to dribble away from a defender in the Bulldogs’ match against Southern Illinois last Wednesday. The Bulldogs will need Hawley to contribute off-the-bench if they want to go deep in the tournament.
SENIOR KURT ALEXANDER drives for a lay-up in the Bulldogs’ match against Southern Illinois last Wednesday. Alexander has been terrific in the second half of the season for Drake and they will need his explosiveness in Arch Madness.
What’s at stake
5 players to watch
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A coveted trip to the NCAA Tournament. The winner of this weekend’s MVC tournament earns a trip to the Big Dance. The top seeds, Wichita State and Creighton, will probably earn at-large bids. Last season, the league’s third seed, Indiana State, surprised the conference by making a run to the championship.
JAKE ODUM, Indiana State The sophomore 6-foot-4 guard dazzled the rest of the MVC field last season as he led the Sycamores to the tournament title and to the NCAA Tournament. The All-MVC second team performer will have a more difficult task in repeating the feat, as Indiana State earned the No. 8 seed this year.
Make sure to fill out your bracket 1 Wichita State
National Glory. There are plenty of individual players in the field that can carry a team to victories in threestraight games. Doug McDermott (Creighton), Joe Ragland (Wichita State) and Kyle Weems (Missouri State) are prime candidates to lead their respective teams to deep tournament runs, which will in turn boost their own reputations on the national stage.
8 Indiana State
Fri. 3/2 | 12:05 pm
Thurs. 3/1 | 6:05 pm
DOUG MCDERMOTT, Creighton
9 Southern Illinois
Sat. 3/3 | 1:35 pm
4 Illinois State Fri. 3/2 | 2:35 pm
5 Northern Iowa Sun. 3/4 | 1:05 pm
Redemption. All 10 of these teams have played each other twice a piece this season. Now is the time for teams to get a second shot at those near upsets. Drake would love nothing more than to get another shot at Creighton. When the Bluejays came to the Knapp Center on Jan. 25, the Bulldogs put on one of their best performances of the season, but still came up short. A win tonight versus Bradley will pin Drake against Creighton in the quarterfinals.
2 Creighton Fri. 3/2 | 6:05 pm
Thurs. 3/1 | 8:38 pm
COLT RYAN, Evansville
Ryan was named to the All-MVC first team. He ranks second in the conference in scoring, averaging 20.5 points per game. He also leads the Valley in minutes played, and he ranks in the top 10 in assists.
Sat. 3/3 | 4:05 pm
On Tuesday, McDermott was selected as the 2012 MVC Larry Bird Player of the Year. He is the first sophomore in league history to earn the distinction. He led the Valley and is third in the nation in scoring at 23.1 points per game. He also ranked second in the MVC in rebounding (8.1 per game) and 3-point percentage (47.9).
6 Missouri State KYLE WEEMS, Missouri State
Wichita State In addition to being the Valley’s hottest team, the Shockers are one of the hottest teams in the country. The regular-season conference champs have won eight in a row since losing to Drake on Jan. 28, and they have won 16 of their last 17. The Shockers are the best team in the MVC and riding the longest winning streak of any team heading into the tourney — a lethal combination.
Missouri State The Bears appeared to have a grasp on third place in the Valley, but a late-season slump dropped them into the five-team jumble, and Missouri State earned the sixth seed. The Bears have lost four straight, including a loss to Evansville on the last day of the regular season. The Purple Aces are Missouri State’s opening round opponent.
Evansville Since Drake pounded the Purple Aces 78-54 on Feb. 12, Evansville has won three out of its last four. It upset Creighton earlier this season and lost 93-92 in overtime to the Bluejays on Feb. 21. With a win over Missouri State to end the season, the Purple Aces won the five-way tiebreaker to earn the No. 3 seed for the tournament.
Southern Illinois The Salukis have fallen on hard times in recent years. The one-time MVC juggernaut finished in ninth place this season, and they are riding a six-game losing streak heading into the tournament.
Last year’s MVC player of the year had another solid season, as he was named to the All-MVC first team for the second-straight year. After losing in the title game last season, the senior will be hungry to leave a lasting impression is his final trip to Arch Madness.
>> Bold Prediction Creighton will not make the title game. The Bluejays will either lose to the Bulldogs in the quarterfinals or to Evansville in the semifinals.
>> Predicted champ Wichita State
TOURE’ MURRY, Wichita State This do-it-all guard is the glue to the Shockers’ success. The senior 6-foot-5 guard was named to the All-MVC third team and the MVC All-Defensive team.
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Bulldogs falter down the stretch at UNI, get ready for regular-season finale by Taylor Soule
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With one second remaining on the game clock, Rachael Hackbarth launched a three-quarter court shot. Like Hackbarth’s last second shot, the Drake women’s basketball team came up short against Northern Iowa on Sunday afternoon at the McLeod Center, 68-66. The Bulldogs opened the MVC showdown with sharp shooting, sinking 12-of-23 attempts en route to 52.2 percent first-half shooting from the floor. Drake needed less than three minutes to capture the momentum. Just six seconds after the opening whistle, Hackbarth knocked down a jumper. Redshirt freshman Carly Grenfell then drained a 3-pointer, giving the Bulldogs an early two-possession advantage at 5-0. Two minutes later, sophomore Morgan Reid drove to the basket for a layup to put the Bulldogs up 7-0. Drake entered the locker room with a seven-point advantage at 3225, holding the Panthers to just 34.5 percent first-half shooting. “We did a great job executing (the
first half),” said Drake head coach Amy Stephens. “We defended really well. We rebounded well.” Despite shaky first-half shooting, UNI gained momentum early in the second stanza. The Panthers powered a 13-2 offensive run in the first four minutes, pushing them into the lead at 38-34. Reid’s jumper swished through
As a team, we’re moving the ball better. We’re defending well. I liked our chemistry despite the loss. Our chemistry is really coming together.
- head coach Amy Stephens
the hoop, stifling the Panthers’ offensive drive. The Bulldogs’ answered UNI’s offensive statement with a 9-2
run of their own, securing a 43-40 lead at the 12:02 mark. With just over 11 minutes remaining on the game clock, UNI’s Brooke Brown eliminated Drake’s lead with a 3-pointer, evening the scoreboard at 43 points apiece. Senior guard Amber Wollschlager retaliated with a trey to give the Bulldogs a 46-43 edge. The last 11 minutes marked a back-and-forth battle, as neither team held a lead larger than four points. Freshman Kyndal Clark nailed two free throws at the 7:41 mark, putting Drake ahead 54-51. This was the last lead the Bulldogs held. Less than a minute later, the Panthers’ Katelin Oney drained a 3-pointer, giving UNI the lead for good at 55-54. At the 1:20 mark, Clark knocked down a jumper to close within a single possession at 66-64. Drake’s defense forced a Panther miss on the next possession, and the Bulldogs nabbed the rebound. With an opportunity to even the scoreboard or take the lead, Drake handed the ball to Reid, but her jumper fell short. UNI’s K.K. Armstrong grabbed the rebound, and a Bulldog foul sent her to the free throw line. Armstrong’s
first shot rolled out, giving Drake another offensive opportunity. After a Panther timeout, Hackbarth’s jumper rimmed out and Armstrong nabbed the rebound. The Bulldogs immediately fouled Armstrong, sending her to the charity stripe again. Both shots swished through the hoop, giving the Panthers a two-possession advantage at 68-64. With 12 seconds remaining on the game clock, Clark drove to the basket for a layup, narrowing Drake’s deficit to a single basket at 68-66. The Bulldogs fouled Oney promptly, sending her to the free throw line. Both shots ricocheted off the rim, giving Drake one last shot with a second left. Hackbarth’s desperation shot fell short, and UNI earned a home court victory. Twenty-two turnovers doomed Drake against the Panthers. “We had some timely turnovers that hurt us,” Stephens said. Sunday’s heartbreaking defeat dropped Drake to 14-14 overall and 8-9 in the MVC. Drake sits in sixth place. Three Bulldogs scored in double figures against the Panthers. Clark led Drake with a career-
high 21 points. “Kyndal (Clark) had a terrific weekend,” Stephens said. Hackbarth registered her 21st double-double of the 2011-12 season with 20 points and a team-high 18 rebounds. She sits in first place nationally for the most double-doubles this season. Reid chipped in 11 points. Armstrong led the Panthers with 23 points. Drake returns to the Knapp Center at 2:05 p.m. Saturday in pursuit of a second win over Creighton. On Dec. 31, the Bulldogs edged the Bluejays 47-44 in Omaha, Neb. Two months later, though, Stephens anticipates a revamped Creighton team. “Creighton is a much improved team,” Stephens said. “They’ll be much different from the first time.” Despite Sunday’s last-second loss, Stephens is confident in her team’s continued improvement. “As a team, we’re moving the ball better,” she said. “We’re defending well. I liked our chemistry despite the loss. Our chemistry is really coming together.”
Drake ready for Saint Louis and Marquette The Sophomore Diaries: Seven different groups at Hubbell Dining Hall
by Dominic Johnson
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With yesterday’s battle against instate rival Iowa in its rear view mirror, No. 43 Drake is looking forward to two nearly back-to-back matches against the Saint Louis Billikens and the Marquette Golden Eagles. The Bulldogs take on Saint Louis tomorrow at noon in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The Billikens will enter into the contest with a 5-4 record, but three of their five wins are against Division II opponents. Their two Division I victories came over Western Illinois and Eastern Illinois, both by a score of 5-2. Saint Louis is 0-1 against Missouri Valley Conference opponents, as it suffered a 6-1 setback to the Bradley Braves on Sunday. The Bulldogs are just one of two
ranked opponents on the Billikens’ schedule, with the second being their Atlantic 10 conference rival, No. 32 Memphis. Last year, Drake beat Saint Louis 4-0 at the beginning of its spring break road trip, and one can expect a similar result from the Bulldogs this time around. With little time to rest, Drake will hit the road to Milwaukee for a Sunday matchup against Marquette. The Golden Eagles boast a 5-5 record on the season. Although Marquette has suffered more losses than Saint Louis, it has faced a considerably more daunting schedule. Three of its five losses have come at the hands of ranked opponents, with its most recent loss being a 6-1 thrashing, courtesy of No. 26 Notre Dame. All five of its wins have been either a 7-0 or 6-1 rout of the opponent. Marquette is 1-0 against the MVC so far this year, as the Golden Eagles posted
a 7-0 victory over Bradley on Feb. 5. They have a chance to push that to 2-0 on the season tomorrow when they take on the Southern Illinois Salukis. Last year, Drake’s 7-0 win over Marquette sparked a 15-match winning streak that led the Bulldogs into the NCAA Tournament. Although the Golden Eagles are a perfect 5-0 on their home court, the Bulldogs have beaten three nationally ranked opponents away from the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. With a proven record both home and away, one can expect Drake to earn the victory on Sunday. Drake will be led by No. 82 Anis Ghorbel at singles, while the doubles will likely be led by the 41st-ranked duo of Cesar Bracho and Alen Salibasic. Drake’s next home match isn’t until March 23 when it takes on the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
TRACK AND FIELD
Smith, Austin pace Bulldogs with firstplace finishes at MVC Championships by Rodney Spears
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MEN’S Sophomore Brogan Austin paced the men’s track and field team in its final meet of the indoor season with his firstplace finish in the 5,000-meter run at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Austin led a pack of 14 as he crossed the finish line in 14 minutes, 24 seconds, which was two seconds faster than Southern Illinois’ Neal Anderson. Like any good athlete, Austin was searching for ways to improve even as soon as he won the MVC 5,000-meter crown. “Overall, I was pleased with my performance as well as the team’s (performance),” said Austin. “I wish I could have done some things differently, but nevertheless, (it was) a great learning experience for my running career.” Senior Jon DeGrave placed in two events in his final indoor MVC championships, as he took second in the 400-meter dash and sixth in the 200-meter dash. DeGrave finished the 400 in 48.73 seconds while his teammate, soph-
omore Brett Wright, snagged fifth place with a time of 49.50 seconds. DeGrave finished the 200 in 22.35 seconds. With a jump 48 feet 1.75 inches, junior Dan Karys tied for fourth place in the triple jump. The Bulldogs placed three runners in the top six of the mile run, as sophomore Omet Kak, senior Charlie Lapham and sophomore Doug Brady finished in fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively. Kak, who also snagged fourth place in the 3,000-meter run, is looking forward to the postseason and outdoor track season. “If I do not compete in the lastchance meet, then I will just continue training and look forward to the outdoors season, which is just around the corner,” said Kak. The Bulldogs took fifth place overall at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. WOMEN’S Junior Marissa Smith led the women’s track and field team with her firstplace finish in the 60-meter hurdle finals
at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships this past Sunday. Smith ran a personal-best time of 8.44 seconds to beat Northern Iowa senior Olimpia Nowak in the UNI Dome. Smith finished in second place in last year’s MVC indoor championships at the same venue. “I’ve been sick for the past few days, and I’ve been trying to pull it together,” Smith said. “I just really wanted to win it.” Senior Kirsten Lake finished in seventh place in the 800-meter run in her final MVC indoor championship. Lake finished with a time of 2:16.44 seconds. Rounding out the top 10 in the one-mile run was freshman Mariel Fulton and junior Cammy Dole, with their eighth- and 10th-place finishes, respectively. Fulton finished with a time of 5:16.68 while Dole was clocked at 5:18.58. Some Drake runners will be back in action at Iowa State this Saturday for the “Last Chance” meet. This meet gives runners one more opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
I’ve decided to put a different spin on this week’s article. Since I have only talked about basketball up to this point, why not change it up a bit? The topic involves Drake University’s one and only Hubbell Dining Hall. After three semesters of eating there, I’ve been able to observe its rather segregated nature. You know in movies how they sometimes show the cafeteria with the popular girls, the jocks and the nerds? Hubbell could be prime footage for a scene like this. I have jumped to these conclusions assuming we are all rational people who can take a joke. My goal is to entertain, not offend. Here goes nothing. Area 1, football players: It’d be nice if they wouldn’t all eat at once. Not only do they take up seven tables, they are going back for seconds before the rest of us can even get in line for firsts. You just finished dead lifting three sets of 10 — we get it. Now take that protein shake and pretend it’s doing something for you. Area 2, extreme gamers: No lie, I have actually witnessed this scenario. I was surprised to see at least one of them didn’t whip out a Game Boy to play Dragon Ball Z in the middle of dinner. To overhear conversations of this sort was rather intriguing. And by intriguing, I mean ludicrous. At least the kid found a friend with similar interests.
and I suggest they apologize to the Hubbell workers for strutting through the doors 10 minutes before closing time. Is it like they run the place or something? Or so they think. Area 5, theatre majors: I swear, they have a gathering prior to meal time and decide when they will all laugh really loud, in unison. It is comforting to know Drake is filled with happy people at that. But it is almost class time, and FAC is at least an eight-minute walk. Better hurry! Area 6, frat boys: You blacked out at Dublin last night? No way! I bet your snap-back hat and North Face jacket were stolen too. Enough said. Area 7, track-sters: So I take it that it’s completely acceptable to rock the spandex in the middle of winter. We all know you have toned legs and a muscular booty. No need to over emphasize. Wait, did you guys shower before you came to eat? I suppose I can assume the best this time. And there you have it, Hubbell in a nutshell. I hope my attempt to roast everyone equally was somewhat of a success.
Area 3, sorority girls: Let’s be real, I know that banana and dollop of applesauce isn’t about to fill you up. Splurge a little; go for a slice of that juicy mystery meat. Or how about a cheeseburger? If you turn that down, I assume you’ll be drinking your calories in future latenight activities.
CARLY GRENFELL | COLUMNIST
Area 4, basketball players: It is 100 percent true that they choose the table closest to the food. Lazy at its finest? Yes, indeed. Oh,
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Intramural indoor soccer presents new rules and new leagues This week marks the commencement of indoor soccer. Since the end of October when the outdoor soccer leagues concluded, a ferocious appetite for some more of the sport has been building. We expect great competition this year and look forward to the thrills and shrills the games will produce. In anticipation to all those assuming a pseudo-European lifestyle for the next few weeks, I’d like to present some new and some old critically essential features of indoor soccer. We use one court Unlike almost every other league, indoor soccer has only one playing field. We use the full length of the Bell Center gym with goals on the east and west side walls. This results in several nights of play each week and several games each night. Our officials have been trained to close the entrance that leads to the Bell Center weight room, but in the event
that a ball rockets through the door and knocks you off the treadmill, we would like to apologize in advance. Boys and girls can play nice this year Perhaps the most exciting new element this year is the addition of a co-rec league. After a call from an executive of Title IX services, we unanimously decided to bring the sexes together this year. Unfortunately, the female-advantage point of corec basketball does not apply to this league. We are, nevertheless, looking forward to the positive reactions the new league will generate. Many have also asked if we allow double entries for players — one in the co-rec league and one in the same-sex league. This is allowed, but there is a possibility that you will play on back-to-back nights or on the same night due to the amount of teams. If you can handle it, so can we.
We use walls (some of them) Players have always been allowed to play the ball off of the east-side wall. For those who are directionally challenged, that is the far wall, parallel to the Bell Center weight room wall. This year, after some serious deliberation at one of the confidential supervisor meetings, a new playable wall will potentially be put in place for this season. The additional-wall rule survived multiple vetoes and filibusters to eventually trump the Paul Morrison court room. With an acceptance from the official administrators, we will see the playing field extend to the south-side wall. We are that much closer to a real indoor soccer arena. Our equipment is from 400 B.C. Other than the scoring unit we use, the only equipment indoor soccer actually requires is two goals and a ball. The goals consist of a few
metal poles attached at each corner and a straggly net often kept with tape and zip ties. When the overhead bar of a goal gets alternatively used as a pull-up bar, officials can’t help but get frustrated. I am not at liberty to release the names of the perpetrators who left a permanent dent in one of the overhead bars, but it is a stark reminder that our equipment is fragile. As for the ball, we play with a Futsal ball (pronounced foot-sall for the nonEuropeans). This soccer ball is harder and smaller, and we would appreciate your resistance to asking for a bigger ball or a “real” soccer ball. It is real. We couldn’t be more excited to get the ball rolling again. Remember, red and yellow cards are both in effect for our soccer leagues, and absolutely no slide tackling is allowed. An actual golden cup is in the works for each champion this year. Once our extended intramural budget gets passed,
that is the first task to complete. Get ready for some Drake-inspired futbol and prepare yourselves for one of the most exciting seasons yet.
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Living on campus for J-Term next year? Read about some frequently asked questions concerning on-campus housing in January 2013 Q: Which Residence Halls will be open during J-Term? A: J-Term housing will only be available in Goodwin-Kirk (GK) hall. All other residence halls will be closed during the January Term. Q: Who can live in GK during J-Term? A: Students who are registered for on-campus or partial on-campus J-Term classes who have signed up for housing in GK will be able to live in GK during J-Term. Q: If I am not registered for an on-campus or partial on-campus J-Term class can I live in GK or access my GK room during J-Term? A: No. Q: When is early J-Term housing sign up? A: Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 7:10 p.m. in Upper Olmsted for GK single rooms and Monday, April 2, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Parents Hall for all other GK rooms. Q: Who is given preference during early J-Term housing sign up? A: Students who have not met the two-years out of high school residency requirement or students who are required to live on-campus as a scholarship requirement who are also registered for an on- campus or partial on-campus J-Term course, will be allowed to sign up for J-Term housing. This will be done in lottery number order, during early J-Term housing selection for GK. Priority will be given to those who are selecting roommates who are also registered for on-campus or partial on-campus J-Term courses. On Monday, April 2, 2012: 7:00-7:15 p.m.: Four of the roommates are registered for on-campus or partial on-campus J- Term courses. 7:15- 7:30 p.m.: Three of the roommates are registered for on-campus or partial on-campus J- Term courses. 7:30– 7:45 p.m.: Two of the roommates are registered for on-campus or partial on-campus J-Term courses. 7:45– 8:45 p.m.: One of the roommates is registered for on-campus or partial on-campus J-Term courses. How to register at that time: You must have the right number of roommates for the room you want, i.e. one (1) for a double, two (2) for a triple, and three (3) for a four person room. If one or more cannot be with you at sign up, you must have their IDs and signed contracts with you, and you will be able to sign-up for a room. Sign up occurs during the sign-up period of the roommate with the lowest lottery number. Students who are not required to live on-campus and have registered for an on-campus or partial on-campus J-Term course may submit a housing application to live in GK. Placement will be based on available room space after the housing sign up has been completed for the students who are required to live on campus. Q: What is the definition of residency requirement? A: All full-time students must live in a Drake residence hall for the first two years out of high school. Exceptions include individuals who are married or live within a 45-mile radius of Drake University and have requested and received written approval from the Office of Residence Life to live off campus with immediate family (i.e. parent/guardian). Q: Is there an additional room and board fee for J-Term? A: Yes. All students who have not met the residency requirement and are registered for an on-campus or partial on-campus J-Term course will be assessed a non-refundable J-Term room and board fee regardless of which hall they choose to live in. Room and board charges for J-Term total $914. This non-refundable fee will be due at the beginning of the fall term. Room and board charges for J-Term courses that are partially on/partially off campus will be computed based on the number of weeks spent on campus. Each partial week will be billed as one full week of room and board at $305 per week. Students needing J-Term housing who have not met the residency requirement are strongly encouraged to participate in the early J-Term housing sign up process to ensure housing placement in GK. Students taking an on-campus or partial on-campus J-Term course within the two year live-on-campus residency requirement, who self-select a hall other than GK to reside in, will not be provided J-Term housing but will still be assessed the non-refundable room and board fee as a result of the residency requirement and their own decision not to register for GK during the early housing sign up time provided. Q: If I am studying abroad during spring 2012 and will still be within two years of high school graduation and required to live on campus upon my return in fall 2012 and want to register for J-Term and get J-Term housing, what should I do? A: You may contact your advisor or your Dean’s Office before March 9, 2012 to register for a J-Term course. If registering for an on-campus or partial on-campus course you will also need to email Theresa.Graziano@drake.edu by March 16, 2012 informing the Office of Residence Life of your J-Term housing request. Q: Is there an additional room and board fee for J-Term? A: Housing for students residing in GK and for those who are enrolled in on-campus or partial on-campus J-Term courses will open, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at 10 a.m. GK J-Term housing will end Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at noon.