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Privacy changes rattle cages by Abby Bedore
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EDUARDO ZAMARRIPA | sports editor
Drake forward BEN SIMONS (LEFT) matches up against Creighton guard JAHENNS MANIGAT (RIGHT) during Saturday night’s game. Check out full coverage of the Bulldogs’ tournament run on page 6.
New Senators get to work outlining goals in first meeting by Lauren Ehrler
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Student Senate has welcomed two new faces around the table. Firstyear Krystle Thai and sophomore Ekta Haria were sworn in last Thursday to serve as Diversity Interest Senator-At Large and Diversity Interest Senator, respectively. Thai and Haria will serve the remainder of the 2011-12 session. Their appointments came after Diversity Interest Senator-At Large Tanaya Thomas and Diversity Interest Senator Ankita Dhussa both resigned earlier this semester. Treasurer Zach Keller announced that the Student Fees Allocation Committee has completed budget hearings for the upcoming school year. The preliminary budget will be released March 16 with the final
budget to be voted on at the April 12 Student Senate meeting. Sen. David Karaz reported that attendance at the J-Term information fair suggested even larger interest than expected. “I do understand that there will
be people who will not get into a JTerm,” Karaz said. “But we can ensure that the registration process will be fair.” Karaz said there would potentially be a second J-Term registration round for students who were not initially accepted into a class.
Prior notice was served on two bylaw amendments. Both the First-Year Interest Committee Amendment and the Drake Student Senate Student Affairs Handbook Amendment to Address Ad Hoc Organizations will come before a Senate vote next week. The First-Year Interest Committee Amendment will assign each member of the committee to be an intern to a senator for the year. The Student Affairs Handbook Amendment to Address Ad Hoc Organizations would essentially make it easier for temporary organizations to establish themselves on campus; for example, a student organization supporting a particular political candidate. Since last Thursday’s agenda was brief, current senators and new exec-
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Contraception vending machines fuel controversy by Bailey Berg
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Drake University students are divided about whether the university should follow in the footsteps of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Shippensburg received a lot of scrutiny recently for a vending machine it had unveiled in the student health center more than two years ago. Instead of the typical power bars, Cheetos and packs of gum, the machine is stocked with condoms, pregnancy tests and, more controver-
sially, Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptives. “It makes it look like they’re promoting a society that relies on drugs and puts a candy-like image on them,” said first-year pre-pharmacy student Megan Friel. “Additionally, students could abuse the privilege of having such easily accessible drugs.” Drake is not considering adding a machine similar to the one at Shippensburg, a decision met with both praise and criticism from the Drake population. Friel isn’t alone in thinking the drug shouldn’t be as easily accessible
for students and would be better suited for a pharmacy. “It is not sold in non-pharmacy settings, so I don’t think it should be available in a vending machine,” said Jane DeWitt, associate professor of social and administrative sciences. Senior Kristina Vann agreed that the drug should not be that easily accessible. “Students should have to go to a pharmacist to get Plan B because they know more about it, and if there are any health concerns, they can be addressed,” Vann said. “Walgreens and Hy-Vee are both near by, so it’s
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Vending machines at the SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY IN PENNSYLVANIA provide students with various forms of contraception. Students can get protection the same way they buy soda or snacks in a residence hall.
not out of our reach to go get it off campus.” Other students think that the drug has no business being on a college campus at all. “If a university were to install such vending machines, then it actively takes a stance on an issue, which in turn suppresses the views of people against it,” said sophomore law, politics and society major Sumit Sen. First-year BCMB major Wenel Jais-Cross also said that the school should not get involved in people’s personal lives in that way. “I think that what people decide to do in their sexual relationships should in no way be related to Drake, so Drake shouldn’t offer the pill,” Jais-Cross said. Others, however, see the machine more favorably and believe use of the medication should be left up to the discretion of the student in question. “While I can understand why some may think that such easy access might encourage irresponsible sexual behavior, I would rather that students have access to Plan B than either have unwanted pregnancies or seek abortion later,” said sophomore sociology major Jordan Payne. First-year journalism major Danielle Klocke said that she also thought having the pill accessible to students could be beneficial. “I definitely see what they’re trying to accomplish,” said Klocke. “It would make it less uncomfortable for students. There are no awkward questions involved.” Then, there are students who are split on the issue. “I think that this will help women be able to get medication they may need in unplanned circumstances,” said sophomore education major Kelly Nelson. “But I’m not sure a vend-
ing machine is the right or moral way to dispense it.” Brittany Michael, sophomore clinical and applied sciences major and certified pharmacy technician at Hy-Vee, said that she sees both sides of the argument. “I feel like if people have personal views that make it OK for them, then they should have the option because I know a lot of pharmacists won’t dispense it because of their personal views,” Michael said. “I also think it shouldn’t (be available) because it is a chemical, one that people might not know a lot about. It shouldn’t be used as a quick fix.” While it’s no secret that college students have sex, the vending machine has garnered national attention — it’s even become a punch line on shows such as “Saturday Night Live,” “The Simpsons” and “Tosh.O” — and it has people questioning how accessible the so-called “morning-after” pill should be, especially on a college campus. But how much more accessible is the medication? Sherry Sperlich, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland regional director of health services, said that anyone over the age of 17 could purchase the medication over-the-counter at any drug store. “Nearly half of all pregnancies are unplanned; many times because birth control methods fail or are not used properly,” Sperlich said. “Access to preventive services like birth control and emergency contraception is vital for women not ready to become a parent.” Taking Plan B within 72 hours of
SEE BIRTH CONTROL, PAGE 2
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Women’s basketball earns win on Senior Day
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pital. The dean of students and the director of residence life were notified about this incident.
4:34 a.m. Feb. 25 While on routine patrol in front of Herriott Residence Hall, security observed a vehicle parked in the fire lane. Security made contact with a staff member who advised that the owner of the vehicle was a male student who was intoxicated. The staff member asked the student for his identification to enter the hall. The student made threatening statements and fled the scene in his vehicle. Security saw the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and was driving erratic. The Des Moines Police Department was contacted and responded to the scene. DMPD and security arrived on scene and the student was placed into custody for public intoxication. The dean of students and the director of residence life were notified about this incident. a local hospital. The dean of students and the director of residence life were notified about this incident. 11:35 p.m. Feb. 25 Security personnel responded to Carpenter Residence Hall on a report of an intoxicated female student. Upon arrival, security made contact with the student who was intoxicated. The Des Moines Fire Department and medics were contacted and responded to the scene. The student was assessed by medics. The student refused further medical treatment or transport to
FROM PRIVACY, PAGE 1 Although laws exist, Kende said that the law has yet to catch up with privacy concerns. The future of Internet privacy laws remains uncertain. “What a lot of companies say is that they’re going to take action on their own,” Kende said. “And if the companies come up with a policy that keeps people happy, there might not be any laws that go on the books.” While some students worry about how their information is used, other
FROM BIRTH CONTROL, PAGE 1 unprotected sex, whether it be due to condom failure, rape or forgetting an alternate form of contraception, reduces chances of pregnancy; however, it’s not a foolproof method. “Emergency contraceptives are not as effective as other birth control methods, including the pill and con-
1:31 a.m. Feb. 26 Security personnel responded to Carpenter Residence Hall on a report of an intoxicated female student. Upon arrival, security made contact with the student who was intoxicated. The Des Moines Fire Department and medics were contacted and responded to the scene. The student was assessed by medics. She refused further medical treatment or transport to a local hos-
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4:31 a.m. Feb. 26 Security personnel responded to the Harmon Fine Arts Center on a report of a non-Drake related male in the building. Security made contact with the subject who had been previously advised that he was not allowed in the building. The Des Moines Police Department was contacted and advised the male that if he returned he would be subject to arrest. 8:00 a.m. Feb. 27 Security personnel responded to Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall on a report of a microwave that was on fire. Upon arrival, security was informed by a female student that she placed a burrito wrapped in aluminum foil into the microwave and the foil caught on fire. There was no visual damage to the microwave or the residence hall. The Des Moines Fire Department also responded to the scene. 11:50 p.m. Feb. 28 Security personnel responded to Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall on of a report a female student refusing to leave the room of a male student. Upon arrival, security was informed by the male student that he did not want any further contact with the female student and that he had told her in the past to leave him alone. The dean of students was notified about this incident along with the director of residence life.
students are unaware of Google and Facebook’s new information accumulation and privacy policies. “That happens?” asked sophomore music education major Mary Craven. “I’m not sure I’m OK with that.” However, when asked if she would change her current usage of the sites after learning this information, Craven said nothing would change. “I don’t really use it enough to matter,” Craven said. For those concerned about Google and Facebook’s accumulation of behavior profiles, Bartemes repeated a
commonly heard solution. “If you don’t want your information sold to advertising companies, don’t put it out there,” Bartemes said.
doms,” Sperlich said. “It also doesn’t protect against sexual transmitted infections and HIV.” LuAnn Volkmer, a nurse practitioner in Drake’s student health center, said Plan B is a two-pill dose of contraception with one hormone. The first dose is to be taken within three days of unprotected intercourse and the second dose 12 hours later. “This is a large dose of one hor-
mone,” Volkmer said. “If the woman is already using combined contraception, such as birth control pills, this would increase their risk of blood clots, high blood pressure and possibly a heart attack.” While these are legitimate medical concerns, they are very rare in healthy women. Most women will only experience irregular bleeding and bloating.
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>> CAMPUS CALENDAR WHAT: 41st Annual Juried Student Exhibition WHERE: Anderson Gallery WHEN: Tuesday, March 6, 12 p.m.
WHAT: Drake Jazz Combo Forum WHERE: Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center
FROM SENATE, PAGE 1 utive-elects Amanda Laurent, Karaz and Carly Kinzler took the time to express some of their goals for the upcoming school year. “I really want to look at Senate structure internally and rethink how things are done — making sure we are working most effectively for the student body,” Student Body President-elect Laurent said. “I really want to question the familiar.” Karaz said that he wants to improve communication. Sperlich said that there is no medical evidence that supports limiting the number of times a woman may use emergency contraception, but frequent use is not recommended. Volkmer and Sperlich each stressed that both health center and Planned Parenthood employees are always willing to sit down and talk with women who wonder if they need Plan B.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 7, 7 p.m.
“I want to help build a structure that allows us to consistently communicate with other leadership organizations on campus,” Vice President of Student Life-elect Karaz said. Kinzler said that she wants to improve programming. “I’d really like to look at continuing the large scale programming we have brought to campus recently,” Vice President of Student Activitieselect Kinzler said.
“Education is key to preventing unplanned pregnancies,” Sperlich said. “Planned Parenthood works with countless students on making safe and healthy decisions. Giving students family planning options and educating them on back-up methods of birth control, such as emergency contraception, is vital to healthy decision making.”
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Hubbell Trouble: Beyond the standard Beware McGriddle; Hubbell’s latest creation challenges your breakfast ‘wonder’ Neither of us has experienced the wonder that everyone says a McGriddle is. We think it sounds OK, maybe even good. However, we’ve all seen Big Daddy and know that McDonald’s stops serving breakfast after 10 a.m. whereas Hubbell keeps it rockin’ all the way ‘til one 1 p.m. Ladies and gents, we give you the McPanini. After looking on the McGriddle Wikipedia page, we found out that a standard McGriddle “consists of bacon, egg, American cheese served on a small pancake made with maple flavoring.” We knew we could do it better, so we changed almost everything except for the eggs and syrup. First, grab a plate of eggs, sausage, potatoes and French toast. Slice the sausage lengthwise and layer it on a piece of French toast. Layer on your eggs and potatoes, but keep it in reason so your sandwich doesn’t fall apart. Drizzle some syrup in the middle to make it all stick together and top it off with another piece of French toast. Put it on the Panini grill for about two minutes, or until you get the nice pretty grill marks. Sidenote: does anyone really “Panini” a sandwich for a reason other than the cool marks? Anyway, finish your sandwich off with more syrupy goodness. Now that you’ve experienced the best thing of your life, wash your sticky hands and share the word with your friends and your enemies. It’s that good. Hasta La Vista, Baby, Hubbell Trouble
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Top five reasons to watch ‘Community’ On March 15, the NBC sitcom “Community” returns to Thursday nights to finish out the end of its third season. If the experts and prognosticators are right, these will likely be the last episodes of “Community” that we will be lucky enough to see and I encourage all of you to tune in before it is too late. “Community” is one of a handful of shows with a legitimate claim to being the best show on television and, well, here’s why.
“Community” is one of the most inventive and original shows on TV
The show’s writers and creators consistently push boundaries and go to daring new places for a television show. From a clip show featuring flashbacks to episodes that never happened to the so-called “bottle episode,” in which the cast spends the whole episode in the study room looking for a pen, “Community” never stops playing with the medium. Its episodes function as homage to what television is and treatise on what television can be, and they still manage to be outrageously funny.
Friendship The members of the study group constitute one of the most compellingly real and hilarious groups of friends ever to be shown on TV, and one of the joys of watching this show has been being able to witness that bond develop out of thin air. In the pilot, Troy was a former jock who had seen his future in football disappear and was looking for something new, and Abed was a weird, friendless TV fanatic who seemed to be from another planet. In the two and a half years since that original episode, they have become the best of friends despite their differences and, miraculously, it has all seemed natural.
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“Community” revolves around seven students at a small community college in Colorado who form a Spanish study group and become unlikely friends. Now, of course, these seven characters are wonderful and fun to watch, and all of the peripheral characters that make up Greendale’s student body make this show truly great. From minor characters like Leonard with his frozen pizza reviews and Magnitude with his “Pop Pop!” to major characters like Senor Chang and Dean Pelton, this show’s environment is fully realized and richly illustrated.
Pop culture parodies
“Community” loves to lampoon pop culture, and television in particular, whether in the form of extended parodies or in quick references. This show is littered with the remains of our cultural artifacts. The thing that sets this show apart from the average pop culture parody is an underlying reverence, the sense that even while the writers take shots at different shows or genres, they deeply admire and respect those shows and genres and take their roles as part of pop culture very seriously.
Emotional depth Even while “Community” is laugh-out-loud hilarious on an incredibly consistent basis, it has also crafted some of the most deeply felt and emotionally honest half hours of television I have ever seen (and I’ve seen an awful lot of television). One great example that sticks out in my mind is “Mixology Certification,” which concerns Troy’s 21st birthday, and it is a brilliant meditation on the concept of maturity and the sense of “flying without a net” that one gets as they begin to venture out into the real world. The examples don’t end there. From the sweet and innocent nature of Troy and Abed’s friendship, to the darkly comic group rejection of Todd, to the truly horrendous tale of the murderous glee club director, this show backs up every joke with a weighty emotional punch
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MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 | PAGE 4 On the weekend of Dr. Suess’s birthday, the new
The Lorax hit theaters. Be sure to catch this don’tmissthis movie new, popular film.
Juried Student Exhibition kicks off its 41st year Students’ work showcased in Anderson Gallery, March 4 – 30 by Emily Varner
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The 41st Annual Juried Student Exhibition is now open in the Anderson Gallery. It features media including drawing, printmaking, graphic design, installation, painting, sculpture and video. Laurel Farrin, head of painting and drawing at the University of Iowa, thoroughly juried all of the pieces. She selected which pieces were to be shown that were submitted, and she awarded eight works with high honors of the Juror’s Choice award. Out of the 105 pieces submitted, only 35 were selected. Students were allowed to submit up to four pieces. All pieces had to have been created within the last two years at Drake. One student also received the Provost’s Purchase Award, which is chosen by the Drake art and design faculty. This piece was one that stuck out above the others in the eyes of the faculty and is a very high honor. Yesterday, there was a reception in which President David Maxwell and
his wife gave out the Juror’s Choice awards. Interim Provost Susan Wright gave out the Provost’s Choice Award; Drake University will buy this person’s work, and it will become part of the permanent collection at Drake. For the next year, this piece will be proudly displayed in the provost’s office. The exhibition opened yesterday with the reception from 1-3 p.m., and it will remain open through March 30. This is something that all Drake students would highly benefit from attending. Ever wonder what all of your art major friends actually do? Why they spend hours and hours in FAC and the Studio Arts Hall? This is your opportunity to find out and to support all of these students’ hard work and talent. There are some truly incredible pieces. Students have put a lot of time and effort into their pieces, and it means a lot for them to be recognized by the Drake community as a whole. The Anderson Gallery is located on the ground level of FAC. It is definitely worth checking out. This exhibition is different from others because it is your peers’ work.
Some pieces include: • • • • • • • • • • •
The Cartographer’s Puzzle by Nora Kreml Urban Arteries by Jane Lundberg Clowser Hummingbird and Flower by Stephanie Werning Unique by Emily Hartley Futurist manifesto by Nicole Sternhagen Fairy Tales by Meanz Chan Zoantharia II by Kiersten Lutz Detroit Project by Padraic O’Connell Rhetoric of Psychological Space by Aaron Johnson Anachronism by Sandra Tomer Honest Abe by Lizzie Callen
These titles make one very curious as to what kind of art lies behind the names. Take an hour away from playing Words With Friends and check it out. For any questions, contact Heather Skeens, gallery director, at heather. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recognitions – Eight works awarded high honors as Juror’s Choice presented by President and Mrs. Maxwell TAYLOR SOULE | photo editor THE 41ST ANNUAL JURIED Student Exhibition opened March 4 in the Anderson Gallery. Students review their peers’ featured artwork.
– Provost Purchase Award, selected by faculty of Drake Dept. of Art and Design, presented by Provost Susan Wright
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Laurel Farrin –Professor of Art and head of painting and drawing at University of Iowa
–Drawing & Works on Paper –Printmaking –Graphic design –Installation
–Painting –Sculpture –Video
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Students’ appearances impacts performance Well-dressed students function better than their under-dressed classmates
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Very few people have the motivation to get up before 8 a.m. class, to shower and to take the time to look presentable. Most students roll out of bed and show up to class in sweat pants and whatever shirt they were wearing the night before. The saying “dress for success” is well known, but is it really true? Is it necessary to dress up a bit on a day-to-day basis or are sweatpants and hoodies acceptable? Sophomore Kenzie Kramer said that it is very important to present yourself well. “It is a lot more respectful to professors,” she said. “I think it is rude to
show up in yoga pants.” As a student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, she said that it is especially significant because your professors are the ones who will be giving you job recommendations, and it is important to make a good impression. Kramer said dressing well impacts the way your professors view you. “I think they respect you more, take you seriously and view you as an adult and more responsible,” Kramer said. “When you wear sweats, you drag the rest of the day. Even wearing jeans makes you feel more energized.” Senior Matt Smith also said that putting in more of an effort affects your performance in school.
“I feel more attentive in classes and less likely to doze off because it gives a more professional feel,” Smith said. “When you go to class in sweats, it’s like wearing pajamas, so it’s no wonder you’re going to want to take a nap.” Not only does it make you focus in class, but it also shows your professor respect. “It shows that you are ready to learn and respect their time,” Smith said. “Professors have to dress professionally, so why shouldn’t students?” Eleanor Zeff, assistant professor of politics and international relations, appreciates when her students look nice for class. “It makes a very good impression,” Zeff said.
Professors understand students are busy and don’t have the time to dress up everyday. “If I see people in pajama bottoms, it looks sloppy, but I don’t always notice,” Zeff said. Zeff said that it is important to portray a positive appearance. “I think it shows a low self image,” Zeff said about students that don’t look presentable. Carla McCrea, assistant to the dean in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, agrees dressing well is a significant aspect of professionalism. “Sometimes I notice, but I would never say anything, but I try not to judge anyone on what they are wearing,” McCrea said.
She also said the way you dress impacts your work. “If you dress like a slob, then you have that attitude,” McCrea said. “You can’t really function because you have not taken the time to dress for success.” Professors and students at Drake agree you should dress to impress. Take a little extra time to get ready, and it can go a long way. It is not necessary to wear a suit around campus, but leaving your sweatpants in the drawer can make a big difference. Dressing well establishes a sense of professionalism that people respect and take seriously.
Social media monitoring vs. First Amendment ‘Just venting’ on status update leads to legal action for U of M student
student speak “I think if you have your profile private then they (employers, teachers, etc.) shouldn’t be able to look at it, but if it’s public then they have a right to see it.” > Sarah Nielson, sophomore
“I have a LinkedIn where I put my business stuff, and I keep my Facebook private.” > John Emmons, first-year
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Every college student’s typical day consists of social media; updating Facebook in college comes second only to breathing. To many, Facebook is an open forum for anyone, including students, to say whatever they’re doing or feeling at any given moment. Amanda Tatro, a mortuary science student at University of Minnesota in 2009, however, found out the hard way that Facebook and the First Amendment don’t always go hand-inhand. After updating her status to wanting to “stab a certain someone in the throat with a trocar” among other things, Tatro’s Facebook was brought by a classmate to police and a student conduct committee. Although police found she had not committed a crime, the committee deemed Tatro’s posts unprofessional and threatening, violating a code of conduct for the Anatomy Bequest Program, which provides cadavers for mortuary science majors at the U of M.
Tatro’s punishment for posts she describes as “just venting” included failing MORT 3171, writing a letter to faculty on respect, undergoing psychiatric evaluation, enrolling in an ethics course, and being placed on academic probation. This week, Tatro is pleading her case against the university to the highest court in Minnesota to prove that her right to free speech off campus was violated. Many argue that if judgment is found for the university, it will change the application of the First Amendment at every government-owned entity in the nation. Kathleen Richardson, director and associate professor of news/internet in Drake’s SJMC, agrees. “It’s a slippery slope when you start allowing public universities to start censoring student speech. Especially speech that occurs off campus,” Richardson said. “Once you start punishing college students who are adults for what they say on social media, it’s a slippery slope as far as where you draw the line.” She further explained that because the University of Minnesota is a public university, its students and
staff members have First Amendment rights defined by the government. However, at private entities, she said, students can be censored according to university policies. Drake students, though, need not worry, she said. “Even though Drake is a private institution, it has had a history of embracing free speech on campus, and dealing with speech that some might find offensive by just encouraging more speech and more discussion,” Richardson explained. Nevertheless, Richardson said she would still advise students to be careful of the potentially threatening comments they make on the internet because individually, people can still take action against other people for their negligence, threatening comments, or hate speech. “I think students need to be aware of the fact that when you’re posting things on your Facebook page, when you’re contributing to Twitter, that you’re throwing it out there to a wider audience, and that somebody who could be offended by this could have access to it,” she said.
“I try to monitor what I say online for first impression purposes.” > Tania Mutchie, first-year
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redshirt junior Jordan Clarke had a terrific game in the Bulldogs’ 68-61 PLAYER OF OnlossFriday, to Creighton in the MVC tournament quarterfinals. Clarke finished with 11 THE WEEK points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in a gutsy all-around performance.
Drake hangs tough against Creighton in quarterfinal loss by Matt Moran
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Drake 65, Bradley 49 Drake scored the first 12 points of the game and never relinquished the lead as the Bulldogs overwhelmed Bradley in a 65-49 victory in the opening round of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship in St. Louis last Thursday night. The Braves closed the gap to single digits just twice in the second half, and Drake earned its second win in the conference tournament in the last four years. Sophomore Rayvonte Rice made 7-of-13 shots to lead all scorers with 18 points. Junior Ben Simons struggled from the arc for most of the game, but he nailed two 3-pointers in the last three minutes to close out the win. Simons finished with 16 points. The Bulldogs dominated play inside, outscoring Bradley 40-22 in the paint. The Braves shot just 34 percent for the game while Drake connected on
45.5 percent of its shots. “The strength of their basketball team is getting in the paint, so we wanted to keep it tight, stay in our gaps and force them to shoot it from outside,” head coach Mark Phelps said. Drake set the tone right from the start. Rice scored the first five points, and the Bulldogs jumped out to a 20-7 lead in the first 10 minutes of the first half. Bradley implemented a zone defense and responded with a 6-0 run to pull within seven points. But that was the closest the Braves got on a night that was all Drake. The highlight of the game came with 3:22 left in the first half. With the Bulldogs up 27-15, Phelps called a time out to draw up a set play to exploit Bradley’s zone defense. Drake executed a solid back screen to free up Rice, and Simons fed him a perfect lob. Rice slammed the alley-oop, and the Bulldog fans at the Scottrade Center erupted. “I thought Rayvonte (Rice) did a really good job of getting in the paint,” Phelps said. “He fills the stat sheet.
When he’s at his best, he is getting in the paint. We need him to use his physicality and explosiveness in the paint.” Last season, the Braves eliminated Drake 63-48 in the same play-in game (Bradley as the No. 10 seed, Drake as the No. 7 seed). The Bulldogs got revenge this season. Creighton 68, Drake 61 In an evenly matched game, there was one major difference between Drake and No. 24 Creighton last Friday night: The Bluejays had Doug McDermott, and the Bulldogs didn’t. The 2012 Larry Bird Player of the Year had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Creighton survived a late Drake run to earn a 68-61 win in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship quarterfinals in St. Louis. “We happened to play one of the top 25 teams in the country (Friday night),” Phelps said. “But I thought we gave them a good game.” For the second night in a row, Drake got off to a fast start. The Bulldogs
scored the game’s first nine points and jumped out to a 12-2 lead. Creighton responded and eventually tied the game at 16 with 12:20 left in the first half. The contest then became a back-and-forth affair. Antoine Young’s runner in the lane over Clarke gave the Bluejays a 35-34 lead at the break. McDermott, who had 17 points in the second half, outscored the entire Drake team during the first 12:41 of the second half. He had 10 points during that stretch while the Bulldogs only scored eight. With 3:56 remaining, Creighton led 61-50. Drake did not go down without a fight. Rice and senior Kurt Alexander led Drake on a spirited comeback to pull the Bulldogs within 63-60 with 1:24 left. A McDermott put-back bucket on a Creighton misfire from beyond the arc put the Bluejays back up five. The Bulldogs ran out of gas, and Creighton closed out the victory. “It was a real battle and a very even game throughout,” Phelps said. “For us,
the scoring drought in the second half became a situation that was tough to overcome.” Rice had 15 points while Alexander added 14. Simons had 11 points, and he made the only Drake 3-point shot on the night. The team was 1-of-15 from beyond the arc. Clarke had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Drake. He was one of the reasons that the Bulldogs had a 34-30 advantage in the paint on a night that McDermott was nearly unstoppable. “He (Clarke) did everything he possibly could to set the tone, set the example for our guys,” Phelps said. Drake finished the season at 17-15. The Bulldogs will likely receive an invitation to play in the postseason College Basketball Invitational. “We can walk out with our heads held high knowing that we left it all out on the court,” Clarke said.
With their backs against the wall, Drake didn’t quit
EDUARDO ZAMARRIPA | sports editor SOPHOMORE RAYVONTE RICE (top) and redshirt junior Jordan Clarke (bottom) look at the referee after Clarke got fouled trying to exchange a hand-off in the Bulldogs’ match against Creighton on Friday. Drake lost to Creighton 68-61.
Rayvonte Rice: So close, yet so far After Drake’s 68-61 loss to No. 24 Creighton in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship quarterfinals last Friday, there is one thing about Drake basketball that I know for sure. Sophomore Rayvonte Rice is Drake’s most talented and complete player. But let’s not crown him as an MVC superstar just yet. No doubt, Rice has loads of talent and athleticism. In the Bulldogs’ opening round win against Bradley last Thursday, Rice jumped as if he had springs in his shoes to slam an alley-oop. With Drake trailing Creighton 6150 with 3:56 left in the game, it was Rice who brought the Bulldogs back. His ability to get to the rim and get to the free throw line helped close the gap to three before the Bluejays hung on for the victory. EDUARDO ZAMARRIPA | sports editor The Bulldogs’ offense went stagnant in the first 12:41 of the second SOPHOMORE RAYVONTE RICE defends in the perimeter in the Bulldogs’ match half (they scored just eight points dur- against Creighton on Friday. Rice finished with 15 points for Drake. ing that span), which is why Drake Perhaps the best example was late Rice can dominate the lane on dug into an 11-point hole. in the game against Creighton. The any given night in the MVC. When During that stretch, Rice missed Bulldogs trailed by five with less than he proves that he can do this, the petwo jumpers early in the shot clock. a minute remaining. Redshirt fresh- rimeter game will open up. On another possession, he drove the man Jeremy Jeffers missed a shot. Until then, Rice is just a “very baseline, tossed up a wild shot and Redshirt junior Jordan Clarke, who good” player. If he wants to make then whined for a foul that wasn’t played an inspiring game, missed that leap to becoming an MVC sucalled. He threw up his arms in frus- the put-back. Junior Ben Simons col- perstar, and in turn make Drake a tration and was slow getting back on lected the rebound, and his shot was contender for a conference title, then defense. Then, he picked up a bad blocked. Creighton finally grabbed he should play more to his strengths foul near half court. the ball, and at that point, the game and stay away from his weaknesses. By the time Rice and the Bulldogs was all but over. Good thing he has two more seakicked it into gear, the Bluejays had When Simons had the ball in the sons to figure it out. built a large enough lead to hold on lane, Rice was wide open for a trey. At for the win. the time, I couldn’t blame Simons for Rice should dominate the paint trying to go up with the ball. It was against smaller guards in the Valley. tough to see the floor, and he was tryWith his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame, ing to make a play and score quickly. he should rarely shoot jump shots. But then I had another thought But, for some reason, he settles for too — what the hell was Rice doing at many outside shots. the 3-point line? Why wasn’t Drake’s In the Creighton game, the Bull- 6-foot-4, 240-pound star and best dogs trailed by five with 1:34 remain- athlete not in the paint fighting for ing, and head coach Mark Phelps the ball? called a time out. He called a play to Rice should take a lesson from get the ball to Rice in the post. Rice Lebron James. For years, NBA people scored with ease. wondered why Lebron settled for It’s fairly simple: when Rice gets jumpers when he could dominate in the paint, he is a force. When he inside on any given night. This year, MATT MORAN | COLUMNIST settles for jump shots, he is helping James is avoiding the 3-pointer and out the opposing defense. Rice did is dominating the league from the Moran is a senior news-Internet and math double major and can be contacted at not make a 3-pointer during the en- inside-out, not the outside-in. firstname.lastname@example.org tire tournament in St. Louis.
It would be hard to find someone who has been more critical of Drake’s basketball programs in the last four years than me. I have criticized head coach Mark Phelps’ stagnant offense, our inability to score inside, our inability to create dribble-drive penetration and our inability to win on the road countless times. But last Friday night against Creighton, I saw the kind of fight and desire that has eluded the Bulldogs in the last four years. I want to point out a specific instance in the game against Creighton. With 4:33 remaining in the game, Drake was down 61-48. In the entire second half, the Bulldogs had scored only 14 points. But here they were, down by 13 and playing against a top 25 opponent in front of a crowd that was essentially 90 percent Creighton fans. It would have been incredibly easy to just quit and mail it in. They beat Bradley in the play-in game and had hung around against a good Creighton team. Why not just quit? That’s good enough for Drake, right? The Bulldogs did not quit. They did not quit like they did against Iowa State and Saint John’s last season or against Boise State this season. They fought and made an improbable last push, and for that, I give them all the credit in the world. Drake got the game within 63-60 and put themselves in a position to have a shot. The Bulldogs lost 68-61. It wasn’t an out-of-the-world performance by Drake. They made only one of their 15 3-point attempts and went through a span of about seven minutes in the second half when they had absolutely nothing going on offense. But, somehow, they managed to make a game of it. They played and fought hard. No one fits this description more than redshirt junior Jordan Clarke. I have not seen a gutsier performance from a Bulldog since I’ve been here. Clarke finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. He hit the floor countless times and impacted the game on both ends of the floor. When you are talking about a program that has won just one conference title in the last 40 years, it’s unreasonable to demand excellence. But what we do have a right to demand is for Drake to play hard and they did that against Creighton.
Look, I’m not saying we should be content with where we are. I don’t want to romanticize the Bulldogs’ performance last Friday. We did lose. We did show disappointing flashes of our stagnant offense. We did not get junior Ben Simons the ball in the second half. We allowed sophomore Doug McDermott (a 47.9 percent shooter from long range) to have three wide-open 3-point attempts. That’s unacceptable. A winning program can’t have those sorts of lapses, and that’s why we lost. Make no mistake; Drake improved a lot this year. It’s hard to see progress when this team hasn’t gotten out of the MVC quarterfinals in Phelps’ tenure. However, this is a much better team than last season’s squad (that squad lost to Bradley 63-48 in the play-in game), and they should be ready to take a huge step in the Valley next season. Drake will lose seniors Cory Parker, Greg Whitaker, Kraidon Woods and Kurt Alexander. I don’t think people realize how important Alexander is for the Bulldogs. He’s the one player that gives them a different look and plays at a different speed. Drake will miss his scoring and his playmaking ability. Other than that, Drake will still have Simons and sophomore Rayvonte Rice. Another year for redshirt freshmen Karl Madison and Jeremy Jeffers should help them improve. The Bulldogs will also have Seth VanDeest and Reece Uhlenhopp return from injury. This team should by all means contend for a topthree finish next season. If Drake has the same passion and desire that they showed against Creighton, the Bulldogs will have a big year. Good things happen when you don’t quit.
EDUARDO ZAMARRIPA | COLUMNIST Zamarripa is a junior news-Internet and English double major and can be contacted at email@example.com
EDUARDO ZAMARRIPA | sports editor REDSHIRT JUNIOR JORDAN CLARKE answers questions in the Bulldogs’ postgame conference after their match against Creighton on Friday in St. Louis.
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Bulldogs claim bragging rights over Iowa, top STL by Dominic Johnson
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Drake hadn’t beaten the Iowa Hawkeyes since the 2007-08 season, when the No. 52 Bulldogs won 5-2 over the No. 66 Hawkeyes. This year, the No. 43 Bulldogs made quick work of the Hawkeyes with a 7-0 win. For the first time in four years, Iowa is back to being a Bulldog state. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Drake, as it was in trouble right away during the doubles matches. At the top singles spot was the 31st-ranked duo of freshman Alen Salibasic and senior Cesar Bracho, and the newly ranked Bulldogs had the tall task of going up against Iowa’s Garret Dunn and Michael Swank, both players with booming serves. Dunn, Swank and Salibasic were able to use their height to keep points short, but problems arose for the Bulldogs on Bracho’s serve. Bracho, arguably one of the team’s finest doubles players, was at a disadvantage due to his lack of a thunderous serve, as he was the only player on the first court that wasn’t 6-foot-4 or taller. Bracho’s serve would eventually be broken, and Iowa took the first doubles match 8-6. By the time the first doubles match was finished, sophomore Robin Goodman and junior Jean Erasmus had fallen behind at the third doubles spot. The only Drake duo that was ahead was juniors James McKie and Anis Ghorbel at the second doubles spot. “I knew doubles was going to be tough against Iowa because they have a few guys with big serves,” McKie said. “I said to Anis (Ghorbel) that if we break at 7-6 to win our match, we are going to win the doubles point because the momentum will shift.” McKie was spot on, because Erasmus and Goodman started to claw their way back into the match right as the second duo evened out the doubles matches. The two Bulldogs
reached an 8-7 advantage before their Iowa opponents, Chase Tomlins and Will Vasos, evened the match at 8-8 to send it in to a tiebreaker. With the momentum of the entire match up for grabs, it was Drake who prevailed in the tiebreaker. Off the strength of Erasmus’ backhand and Goodman’s forehand, the two domi-
nated the tiebreaker 7-4 to give the Bulldogs the momentum. “I felt like their doubles was probably one of their strongest points, so it was pretty deflating to them to lose that one,” said head coach Evan Austin. “Definitely a big momentum swing in our favor.” The Bulldogs immediately showed
CARTER OSWOOD|staff photographer JUNIOR JAMES MCKIE prepares to serve in the Bulldogs’ match against Iowa on Wednesday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Drake won its 11th straight match after defeating Saint Louis on Friday and is now 12-1 on the season.
WOO PIG CLASSIC IUPUI W, 3-0 ARKANSAS L, 6-8 OVERALL 6-9
Drake’s Top Performers TOREY CRADDOCK (SR): 1-2 with two RBI for Drake HAYLEY NYBO (FR): finished 2-4 with a home run and two RBI
RESULTS MILE RUN
Freshman Melissa Parks 3rd 5:07.29 Sophomore Omet Kak 3rd 4:07.40 Sophomore Doug Brady 4th 4:12.70
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Drake dealt Creighton a 54-50 defeat at the Knapp Center last Saturday afternoon, concluding both rivals’ regular season. Drake dropped into seventh place at 15-14 overall and 9-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bulldogs take on Evansville at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday in the State Farm MVC Championship’s opening round. The Bulldogs started last Saturday’s game with a defensive bang, thanks to sophomore guard Morgan Reid. Just two minutes into the game, Reid snatched the Bluejays’ basketball. After sprinting the length of Ron Pearson Court, Reid drove to the basket for a layup, giving Drake an early 4-2 advantage. With 12:33 remaining, Creighton knocked down back-to-back baskets for an 8-6 lead. Then, redshirt freshman Carly Grenfell hit her offensive stride, scoring 10 points in less than three minutes. Grenfell nailed a layup, two free throws and two consecutive 3-pointers en route to 10 of her team-high 15 points. Grenfell’s second trey secured Drake’s first double-digit advantage at 24-12. “I wasn’t getting many looks to start with, but I came off a screen, and I made it, and I was just feeling it after that,” Grenfell said. “Everything went well from there.” Creighton closed the gap with a 3-pointer at the 1:20 mark, but two Grenfell free throws again thwarted the Bluejays’ offensive push. Drake entered the break with a 31-15 lead despite just 29.6 percent first-half shooting from the floor. Creighton opened the second stanza with a 9-2 offensive run to close within 33-24. Despite Creighton’s unnerving offensive run, the Bulldogs maintained control, Grenfell said. “It was getting a little tense, but we kept our composure, and we got the stops when we needed to,” she said.
matches and drawing on his experience to help him get through these tough situations,” said Austin. After splitting sets 6-3, 3-6 at the fourth position, Salibasic and Dunn found themselves locked in a tight third set. With both players’ games centered around a big forehand and an even bigger serve, neither player could break the other. As the match entered into a third-set tiebreaker, there was no momentum or rhythm on either side, so it was truly a battle of wills to be the first player to reach seven points. Salibasic went on to win the tiebreaker 7-5. “Alen has improved so much over the course of the past six months,” Austin said, “and now has the confidence in those tight situations to pull out third sets and tiebreakers.” Although the Hawkeyes aren’t in the national rankings this year, Austin said that this win over the only in-state rival in tennis was a huge mental victory. “It was definitely a good confidence booster beating Iowa, and to do so 7-0 really shows how far we’ve come as a team in the past year,” he said. The Bulldogs followed up their 7-0 win over Iowa with a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis University Billikens last Friday afternoon. Drake swept the doubles and took five of the six singles matches. With Erasmus sitting, Salibasic, Goodman and Mullis each moved up a spot on the lineup, but none missed a beat. The Bulldogs played the Marquette Golden Eagles of the Big East conference yesterday afternoon, and The Times-Delphic will have complete coverage of that match in the next issue. “There’s still a long road ahead of us, and we look forward to each and every opportunity to make a statement and let the other teams know we are here for the long run,” Erasmus said.
TRACK & FIELD
by Taylor Soule
their superiority in singles, as Goodman led the way with an obscenely quick 6-1 first set at the fifth singles spot. The second set was more competitive, but the Drake sophomore was still victorious 6-3 to push Drake’s lead to 2-0. Close behind Goodman was McKie, which came as no surprise to the Bulldog faithful as these two have been dominating their opponents all season. McKie, playing at the second singles position, garnered a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jonas Dierckx of Iowa. “I have been playing well recently because I have not been giving my opponent any chances to get into the match,” McKie said. “(Former assistant coach) Maor Zirkin used to always tell me to learn to dominate people, and I’ve been doing that.” With a 3-0 lead, it was freshman Ben Mullis who once again clinched the match for the Bulldogs. After being forced into a tiebreaker to decide the first set, Mullis was on absolute cruise control in the second. His 7-6(1), 6-0 win gave the Bulldogs the win, but the remaining three matches looked shaky for Drake. At the top spot was No. 82 Anis Ghorbel. After winning the first set 6-2, he was struggling in the second. Despite being down, the junior would rally to take the second set, and the match, in a tiebreaker 11-9. Erasmus was at the third singles spot, and Salibasic was at the fourth. Both needed to go to third sets to decide their matches. Erasmus found himself in a hole early, as the junior looked lost as he dropped the first set 3-6. “I was really impatient in the beginning,” Erasmus said, “but luckily I gathered my thoughts and started playing my aggressive game style and managed to build some momentum.” Once Erasmus found his range, it was one-way traffic. He went on to win the match 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. “The good thing is that Jean is consistently finding ways to win
Kyndal Clark’s jumper swished through the hoop at 17:32, again extending Drake’s advantage into double figures at 35-24. Thirty seconds later, senior guard Amber Wollschlager answered Clark’s jumper with a bucket of her own, securing a 37-24 lead. Two consecutive Creighton baskets cut Drake’s lead to 42-34. Then, with 8:24 remaining, Creighton’s Ally Jensen nailed a 3-pointer. One minute later, Creighton’s Jasmin Corbin drained a trey. Jensen completed the Bluejays’ scoring run with another 3-pointer, closing Creighton within one point at 44-43. Grenfell retaliated with a trey at the 4:18 mark, giving the Bulldogs a two-possession advantage at 49-45. One play later, Clark drained a timely bucket from behind the arc, stretching Drake’s lead to seven points at 52-45. “They kind of got off rotation, and I saw it coming,” Clark said. “The ball was being swung around the perimeter, and I knew it was going through Liza (Heap) before it would get to me, but I just kept saying, ‘one more, one more, one more,’ and Liza gave me a great pass, and I just let it fly, and it went in.” Jensen nailed another 3-pointer with 1:35 remaining, but Heap’s last minute free throw sealed Drake’s four-point victory. Three Drake seniors — Alex Montgomery, Rachael Hackbarth and Wollschlager — bid the Knapp Center a triumphant farewell last Saturday. For the freshman Clark, beating Creighton for her senior captains was indescribable. “I can’t even put into words how important it was,” she said. “They have been so good to us and put so much into this team, especially being captains. Every senior wants to go out with a win, so what better way for us to give that to them than by playing hard? I’m proud of them, and I’m glad we were able to give it to them.” Grenfell also noted the necessity
of Saturday’s victory. “Rachael (Hackbarth) has had a heck of a career, and we wanted to go out on a high note for her, as well as for Amber (Wollschlager) and Alex (Montgomery),” Grenfell said. “We wanted to end on a high note. We put it all out there tonight, and we deserve that win.” Hackbarth registered her 22nd double-double of the 2011-12 season with 10 points and a team-high 18 rebounds. She sits in first place nationally for the most double-doubles this season. Hackbarth also leads the MVC in scoring and rebounding. Grenfell led Drake with 15 points. “Carly Grenfell had a dream last night that she was going to score 35 points today, so even though she didn’t get her 35, we’ll take 15,” said Drake head coach Amy Stephens. Wollschlager chipped in 13 tallies. Jensen led the Bluejays with 12 points. The State Farm MVC Championship is just three days away, and last Saturday’s win was a positive way to enter tournament play, Clark said. “I’m proud of our team today,” she said. “We stayed strong. It’s the end of the season, so we don’t have anything else to give. It’s do or die at this point.”
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The impact of ESPN in Tebowmania and Linsanity Obviously, this column is about Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow. Now, don’t go running, don’t throw this paper into a trashcan and don’t pull out your spare flamethrower and blow it to kingdom come. This is about the impact of these particular athletes on the 24-hour news cycle that sports have become. ESPN has a large hand in it, because SportsCenter runs for hours upon hours, and each ESPN afternoon specialty show needs content to be talked about and storylines to be discussed. But these two athletes have captured the limelight not only with their in-game heroics, but because they are severely misunderstood and polarizing characters. Twenty-four hours of sports news. Yes, there are games of every sport every day of the week. When they are in season, the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS, NCAA football, basketball, baseball (you name it) are all portrayed in one-to-two minute segments of recounting games, major storylines, highlights and scores. So, what goes in between all of those? It’s the compelling previews, analysis and storylines that take hold. Let us break down athletes individually and look at why they are individually a story, and why they are misunderstood. First, Tebowmania initially swept the nation during his time at Florida. So, many storylines with the Gators cemented him as a national figure in not only the SEC but also national news. He has two national championships, one Heisman trophy in his sophomore year and some critics even hailing him as one of the best college football players of all time. But why is he so polarizing? So many people cannot stand him. For what? Florida Gator fans loved him, and everyone else seemed to hate him. He is severely misunderstood as a person. People cannot understand that an athlete can’t have personality flaws. In the age of the Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco touchdown antics, a person can be so humble and God-fearing. People just flat out can’t understand someone that is good at sports that cannot have any visible flaws in personality other than to dissect his play on the field. Fast-forward to his second season with the Broncos. He plays horribly for the first three quarters of his games, and then rattles off seven wins in eight games (six in a row after his first start), sending the national media into a frenzy. It is in-
teresting where the story will take us into the next NFL season, but who will know whether he keeps up his string of wins. Which brings us to our current main attraction: Jeremy Lin. Believe me, I agree, the Linsanity has to stop. Lin puns are the bane of my Twitter existence at this time in my life. But the story is so good that why wouldn’t you cover it? After being cut from two teams, getting picked up by the Knicks, playing five games in January and sleeping on his brother’s couch, Lin continued to play. He was unknown until Feb. 4, when he became a reckoning force averaging 21 points per game in the month of February and helped the Knicks rattle off seven-straight wins without Amare and Carmelo. This is an absolutely incredible story. This is as if Harrison Ford came out of Harvard, was teeming around Hollywood, sleeping on his brothers’ couch, and then had the original Star Wars, Indiana Jones and The Fugitive, and everyone was talking about him simultaneously, everywhere. Lin is also the first prominent Asian-American athlete in almost any major sport. Most Asian athletes are from East Asia, Japan, China, Korea, etc. Jeremy is the first American athlete of Asian descent to become a star in the NBA, let alone in about a three-week span. Obviously, ESPN has overplayed this story and his role in creating buzz for the NBA, especially in a media market such as New York. But it is the hot story. Overall both of these men are a “rags-to-riches” storyline packed into a 24-hour news cycle. They are made for TV stories that ESPN would be completely off its rocker not to run. While they continue to be on TV, the stories will capture an audience. We will have to deal with it, and until these players somehow fall off the face of the earth, they will be a story.
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REDSHIRT FRESHMAN JEREMY JEFFERS (above) tries to deny the entry pass in the Bulldogs’ match against Creighton on Friday. SENIOR KURT ALEXANDER (below) passes the ball to the wing in the Bulldogs’ match against Bradley on Thursday.