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MONDAY March 11, 2013

Campus Calendar Monday

Faculty Recital, John Kizilarmut, percussion 7:30-9 p.m. Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center

Tuesday 42nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition 12-4 p.m. Anderson Gallery Drake Concert Band and Drake Wind Ensemble 7:30-9 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium

Wednesday Trombone Choir Pretour send-off concert 7:30-9 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium


Student Senate

‘Popularity contest’ harmful to campus Austin Cannon

Staff Writer

Student Senate focused on issues concerning the recent executive officer elections during its meeting Thursday. Sen. Anh-Ton Dang brought up the issue, citing concerns he had received from students. “I guess after the election I was kind of disappointed,” Dang said. “I’ve gotten a lot of concerns from residents and students alike, saying that they were getting judged,

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ignored or criticized for who they voted for. And it’s just kind of one of those things where that’s not really the environment that we want for our campus, especially during elections.” Earlier in the week, Vice President for Student Life candidate and current Senate Technology Liaison Joey Gale had been disqualified from the race for office. He then appealed the decision, was reinstated and won the election. Dang went on to voice his concerns over students not taking the elections seriously and how he thought the election was be-

ing viewed as a popularity contest between fraternities. He was worried that this environment would deter students from showing interest in running for a senatorial position. The issue quickly sparked discussion from multiple senators. Sen. Breanna Thompson said Senate should encourage candidates to take a positive course, focusing on how they can better the university. “I really think we just really need to encourage the candidates to stay positive and to stay focused on what their platform is,

not going at each other, no matter who it might be,” Thompson said. Sen. Stephen Slade introduced the idea of a Senate-sponsored event that would help students familiarize themselves with the candidates, mentioning a possible speed-dating themed event called “Canid-dating.” Drake University Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari posed a question asking if the Election Commission had addressed student concerns fairly. Sen. Daniel Pfeifle attributed

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Prepping for competition, being an ‘effective person’

42nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition 12-8 p.m. Anderson Gallery MAT Testing 3:30-5:30 p.m. SOE B06 “Why Hugo Chavez Matters for Venezuela and the Region” 7-8:30 p.m. Sussman Theater Jazz Ensemble II Concert 7:30-9 p.m. Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center

Inside News

Certificate stresses the importance of global knowledge PAGE 2

Opinions The perks of being of a small campus PAGE 3

Features Being an employee at Sodexo isn’t what it’s cracked up to be PAGE 5

Sports Men’s basketball falls to Creighton in quarter finals PAGE 6

TAE KWAN-DO CLUB TEACHER JEREL KRUEGER helps students master their form during practice on Thursday night in the Morehouse Ballroom. Krueger helps with the club twice-a-week on Mondays and Thursdays. The class has between four and eight students. MORGAN DEZENSKI | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Susanna Hayward

Staff Writer

A cold Morehouse Ballroom becomes a stage for Jerel Krueger. The dimmed lighting makes his fast punches and swift kicks look like dance moves in the empty hall. Krueger, a black belt, is warming up for his usual 6:30 p.m. class. “You’ve caught me on an off night,” Krueger said. But to an inexperienced student, Krueger comes off as a professional. Krueger has been teaching Drake University’s Tae Kwon-Do club since 2007. Krueger began meeting with students to bring the club back to its high standards. “Tae Kwon-Do teaches you to become a more effective person, we set out a system of goals and work to systematically achieve them,” Krueger said, “and set out a system of behavior to become more effective people.” Every Monday and Thursday, a range of four to eight students meet in the Morehouse Ball-


room to practice the ancient Korean martial arts techniques. Before the class begins, an American flag and a Tae Kwon-Do flag are displayed on either side of the doorway. Four students enter and begin to stretch and small talk about different brands of martial art belts. In Monday’s class there are two orange belts, a blue belt and a black belt (not including Krueger). Krueger announces the beginning of class and the four students scurry to line them based on rank, the orange belts in the back and the black and blue belts in front of them. The students center themselves in the room and face Krueger, each taking a moment to collect their breaths and focus. Krueger says a few words and they bow as a group initializing that class has begun. The class starts with a series of warm-up combinations. Krueger explains the moves verbally with a small demonstration then the students perform the movements repeatedly, each on count when Krueger’s yelled “up!” After about four rounds the students have a mo-



ment to rest, only after Krueger has bowed to them. Once signaled, the students turn around to reset their clothing, a task that is done after each dismissal from practice of a movement. After several across the floor combinations, the group takes a break and begins individual mini-lessons. The students are preparing combinations for competition later in the year. This year Drake’s Tae Kwon-Do club competes in national tournaments in Topeka Kan., Kansas City, Kan., and St. Joseph, Mo. Krueger instructs each student a different set of moves then evaluates his or her performance. “Students here are very self-motivated,” Krueger said. “When a student goes up in rank, they learn a new form they will practice it until they fall over, and I love seeing that kind of determination,” Krueger said. Determined students like junior orange belt Nicholas Budden are reasons Krueger appreciates his job so much.

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News Campus News

Leadership concentration teaches life lessons Kimberly Hennen

Staff Writer

Emerging leaders at Drake University can not only hold leadership positions on campus, but now they can include leadership as part of their undergraduate degree. The Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) concentration is entering its fifth semester and is gaining strength. As of this semester, 51 students have declared a LEAD concentration. Chair of LEAD and Professor of Education Thomas Westbrook emphasized that this program is unique to other concentrations at Drake. “It’s purposely interdisciplinary,” Westbrook said. “We want as many voices as possible. We want to see the differences in what students may be leading.” LEAD is not under any specific school or college for this reason. A student must complete 20 credit hours of LEAD classes in order to obtain this concentration. Along with these 20 hours, there is an option for students to have a mentor and/or participate in a LEAD 199 class. “Building relationships with the mentors is a key component, however it doesn’t always work,” Westbrook said. The mentor’s schedule is sometimes too difficult to match with the student’s schedule and therefore mentorship is not a requirement for every LEAD student. Sarah Mooney, a junior health science major focusing on management, is a visual learner and admits that having a mentor has helped her better understand how to use leadership tools. “To just hear her experiences about how

she manages her workers helps me better put them into play,” Mooney said. Not only has Mooney had the opportunity to connect with her mentor, but also to do LEAD 199 during her J-term or better known as LEAD at Sea. Director of Student Leadership Jan Wise, Mooney, Westbrook and 21 other Drake students set sail in the Bahamas in January. One night on the boat, Mooney’s group had to watch a storm coming in. Every other person scurried around to tear down the sails, but Mooney’s group had to stay and watch. Mooney said she felt conflicted because as a leader she wanted to take charge. “I learned when to take the back seat. When to trust. When to follow,” Mooney said. Lessons like Mooney’s can be taught in the classroom as well. Director of Athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb teaches LEAD 001, the introductory LEAD course. She acknowledges that leadership is first learning how to follow. Hatfield Clubb implements this in her classroom by organizing group conflict and resolution studies, which take a different look each semester depending on the dynamic of the class. “This semester’s class is very energetic. We did an exercise where everyone was standing on chairs and shouting their beliefs,” Hatfield Clubb said. “I got tears in my eyes.” LEAD has created many opportunities for its students that have an affect on real life situations. Last year’s 190 LEAD capstone initiated a plan to stop selling plastic bottles on campus. As a result, President David Maxwell passed the motion this year. “We may be young,” Westbrook said, “but we are starting to build traditions.”

STUDENTS ON THE LEAD J-TERM TRIP GATHER to discuss the role of the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas on Jan. 17. A total of 22 students were on the trip. COURTESY OF NATALIE LARSON

Campus News

Little known program emphasizes global ambassadorship Kelly Hendricks

Staff Writer

One attribute that makes Drake University so progressive in churning out global citizens in a program that is seldom talked about: the certificate Global Ambassador Program. David Skidmore, director of the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship and head of the program, said it was created in 2002 with the purpose of providing a way for students from any major to gain global competencies. “There are specialized programs at Drake for students who want to pursue careers in international fields, to be able to develop

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the knowledge and skills that will allow them to be able to function living outside the United States,” Skidmore said. Some of the requirements to qualify for a certificate as a Global Ambassador include completing 50 hours of service learning, studying abroad, taking two semesters of a language, attending Center for Global Citizenshipsponsored events and taking the intercultural communications course and capstone. “The idea is to expose them to practitioners who are trying to build international understanding,” Skidmore said. Although the requirements seem rigorous, the results are worth it to the students.

During his individual lesson, Budden is verbally instructed to do a number of frustrating movements. “Tae Kwon-Do has taught me a better sense of patience,” Budden said. “I’m a very impatient person and Tae Kwon-Do requires a very patient mindset.” Toward the end of class, the “senior” status students (black and blue belts) matched with the “junior” status students. They practice different battling techniques. Black belt Benjamin Greuchow helps Krueger demonstrate different skills to

Taylor Harris, a senior international relations and law, politics and society double major, started the program her sophomore year. Her favorite part of the program is getting to converse one-on-one with guest speakers who come to campus from other countries. “Getting to talk to the people rather than just listening is a good opportunity,” Harris said. “It’s also nice to be able to meet people interested in similar things.” The program, is fairly small, but has graduated 41 students since its creation, Skidmore said. “Last spring we had six graduates and two this past December,” Skidmore said. “Once you have certified that you have fulfilled the requirements, you receive a

the less experienced students. Greuchow has been practicing Tae Kwon-Do for almost three years. He started at the University of Iowa and is now working toward a high ranking at Drake’s club, while acting as an adviser to other students. “(Tae Kwon-Do) changes your entire outlook and self discipline. It changes the way you carry yourself and the way you speak,” Greuchow said. “It’s a rewarding elective you can do with others that share the same physical and mental strength as you.” As the class comes to a close, Krueger instructs Greuchow to announce the end

certificate and a notation on your transcript.” Being a part of the Global Ambassador program can also be rewarding for those looking for jobs post-graduation. “I enjoy learning about the world and being able to apply it so when I look for jobs I’ll be able to use the information I learned throughout the program,” Harris said. Harris and fellow global ambassador Lindsay Peters, another senior international relations major, are working on their senior project for the program which involves planning a conference for undergraduate students to share research they’ve done that is related to international issues.

of class. Students align themselves in the same positions as the beginning and take a few breaths before bowing to each other and shaking hands. Before each student leaves the room they bow to the Morehouse Ballroom and are dismissed. “A lot of people want to try martial arts but don’t know how,” Budden said. “It’s a very welcoming sport that more people should try.”

Peters joined the program because she wanted to remain involved with international issues and global opportunities once she had returned to Drake from studying abroad. “The Global Ambassador program enabled me to join a group of students with international interests who were equally passionate about global affairs,” Peters said. “I feel this program has enhanced my international relations major by encouraging me to independently explore international issues as well as how to go about getting involved with those particular issues.”

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confusion as the central issue students had with the Election Commission’s decision-making, how a candidate could be disqualified and then be reinstated. “It wasn’t so much the process of how the Election Commission made decisions but that those kind of decisions could be made ... ” Pfeifle said. There was only one item of new business Thursday, approving the Drake Outdoor Leadership Club as a travel organization for next year, meaning that it would be able to include travel expenses in its funding requests. The motion was passed with no opposition.

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Opinions&Editorials Column


‘Tonight Show’ switch-up

Lumineers rock

Fallon going to replace Leno

Olivia O’Hea Columnist The year 2010 called — it wants its late night drama back. Jay Leno, host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” may finally yield the late night throne after a 21-year reign. E! Online reports that Jimmy Fallon, current host of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC, may succeed Leno as “The Tonight Show” host in 2014. While NBC initially denied the rumor two “high-level executives” allegedly leaked

the information to the media. This isn’t Leno’s first time on the chopping block. Conan O’Brien briefly replaced him in 2010. However, due to low rating the network negated its contract and offered Leno the 11:30 p.m. EST slot, pushing O’Brien back to 12:05 a.m. O’Brien left the network causing many notable stars to speak out in support of Team Coco (Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell and Jon Stewart to name a few). I think the replacement of Jay Leno is long overdue. Despite his high ratings, he is nowhere near as likable as some of his late night peers (Fallon, Kimmel and O’Brien). As an avid television viewer, I personally find most of Leno’s pieces out of date. I believe Fallon’s material would better appeal to those watching late night television (young adults), and his background in stand up and improvisation make his shows interactive and fun for the studio audience and viewers at home. When surfing channels late at night I like to watch shows where

I feel like the host is someone I would enjoy hanging out with. Here lies the main difference between Leno and Fallon. While Leno does witty sketches and bits, he is stuffy on his own. He relies on the power of his guests (big names like Hugh Jackman) rather than his own material. An easy habit to get into, I’m sure, when you’ve held the same position for 21 years. I don’t think this change could come at a better time for NBC — a notoriously-failing network. With the end of “The Office” and “30 Rock” and disappointing premieres like “Whitney,” they need to liven up the lineup. Leno is a funny host, but Fallon is a funny person — making him the ideal successor for “The Tonight Show.”

O’Hea is a first-year law, politics and society and journalism double major and can be reached at olivia.

JAY LENO AND JIMMY FALLON present an award at the 2012 Golden Globes while rumors swirled. AP PHOTO

Performers of ‘Ho Hey’ are not one-hit wonders

Avery Gregurich Columnist Unless you have been living under a fairly large rock for the past few months, you have probably heard the The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” somewhere. The song was a smash this summer and peaked at number three on the Billboard singles chart. Its popularity played an obvious role in their eponymous debut album being certified Gold. But to assume that “Ho Hey” is the only noteworthy song on the album would be to make a terrible mistake; there is much more beyond “Ho Hey.” The album opens with a simple acoustic guitar riff and never really gets more complex from there, which is the explicit goal. “Flowers in Your Hair” is a nostalgic ode to a love that has passed, with singer/guitarist Wesley Schultz prophesying that “It’s a long road to wisdom, and a short one to being ignored.” “Submarines” is a piano driven tune that portrays a man blessed with an incredible knowledge that no one will believe. “Dead Sea” finds a man on a platform who has been nicknamed The Dead Sea because his now-missing love said that she would never sink if she was with

him. “Stubborn Love” makes perhaps the most honest statement on the entire record with Schultz harmonizing with cellist/singer Neyla Pekarek and percussionist Jeremiah Fraites, saying, “It’s better to feel pain than nothing at all, the opposite of love’s indifference.” You can’t help but to believe them. The best song on the album, both musically and lyrically, comes in the form of “Big Parade.”Hand claps, piano chords and harmonies open this tune which discusses everything from blue-eyed politicians, hung-over beauty queens, and questioning priests. Throughout the 43-minute album, there is a sense of unstated reserve. The acoustic guitars, drums, violins, pianos and voices never get excessively loud. They fulfill their purposes and let the lyrics speak for themselves. This is folk music at its finest. Nothing flashes or shines. There are no polished computerized vocals or sounds. The band makes no attempt at being something they are not. This rustic, honest approach was a much desired switch from current pop music trends, as indicated by their two Grammy nominations. Don’t make the mistake of writing The Lumineers off as onehit wonders. Go pick up their album and find out exactly why they will be around for a while.

Gregurich is a first-year English major and can be reached at avery.


Drake’s tiny campus provides closeness

With a small population, students are put at an advantage

Kathryn Kriss Columnist This past week, I had lunch with a girl visiting from out of town. Of course, we took her for the obligatory meal at Hubbell. We greeted the lady at the door who greeted us back by name, set our

stuff down at a table and wandered over to the buffet lines. She looked at me as we readily abandoned our backpacks and commented on how that would never happen at her school. What big schools have in school spirit, enormous lecture halls and televised sports games, they lack in intimacy and friendliness. Casual acquaintances can’t greet each other as they pass on the commons every Monday and Wednesday before class, because at a massive state school, you can meet somebody and never see them again. Most of the time at Drake University, if you’re in a class with somebody, you know her name by the time the midterm rolls around. Intro-level classes in bi-

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ology or business understandably take place in a larger lecture format. But large lecture-style classes are usually restricted to one or two courses per major, and even then they are not that bad. My friend, who goes to University of Illinois and I were comparing sizes of lecture halls — I said mine seated about 100, while hers seated about 450. That was the size of my high school graduating class. Professors also start to look familiar after a few semesters. Each academic department is small enough that the odds of having the same teacher a second or even third time is pretty significant. Because of this, Drake students can build actual rapports with their professors, increasing their chances of getting internship con-

nections, research opportunities and recommendation letters. While relationships with professors and other students are wonderful aspects of going to a smaller school, my favorite part hands down is the trust. Yes, the occasional petty theft does occur, and it’s probably a good idea to keep your doors locked at night. But if you’re studying in the library and need to run to the bathroom, you can know your backpack will still be there when you come back. You can leave your phone in the middle of your table at Hubbell to go get food, and it won’t go anywhere. I’ve heard plenty of stories of people who have lost their wallets to have them returned untouched a few days later by some kindhearted student who saw the

name on the ID. It’s all too easy to take for granted the privileges we have going to a smaller school. Our sports teams may not show up on ESPN, and we may not get the government funding that state schools do, but we can smile at friends across the quad and safely step away from our stuff for a few minutes. And we can always say that nobody else does Relays quite like Drake.

Kriss is a sophomore BCMB major and can be reached at kathryn.kriss@

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Features Take a Look

Porterhouse: mascot, therapy dog, activist With help from owners, Porterhouse out ‘to change the world’

Katherine Hunt

Staff Writer

What has four legs, can dribble a basketball (well chase after one), win a beauty pageant and be a mascot all in one? That’s right, Porterhouse, the unofficial mascot of Drake University. Behind the irresistible bundle of fur and slobber lies a very special bulldog with a very important story. Kevin and Erin Bell, Porterhouse’s owners, got him when he was just a puppy. Sharing a love of dogs and a distaste for puppy mills, a type of breeding ground where the only goal is to make a profit regardless of what happens to the dogs, the Bells did extensive research and even contacted the Bulldog Club of Central Iowa to make sure that wherever they got an English bulldog from would not be a breeding farm or pet shop. Porterhouse, who was 10 weeks old when he was adopted, has had a massive impact on the Bells. Erin Bell even believes Porterhouse is the reason they continue to adore bulldogs. “He (Porterhouse) was the first bulldog we ever owned, and he is far from the last,” Erin Bell said. “He is the reason we fell so in love with the breed and inspires us to help other bulldogs that are much less fortunate and need rescuing. We can’t imagine our family without him.” Turning eight years old on March 31, Porterhouse has achieved more than most dogs

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ever will. Named as a dog that is changing the world by “LIFE+DOG” magazine, Porterhouse does more than just chase a basketball onto the court. He is a certified therapy dog and frequently visits hospital patients to raise their spirits. In relation to Drake, Porterhouse is the first live mascot Drake has ever had. Kevin Bell told the story of Porterhouse’s part-time-job-turnedcareer with Drake. “Porterhouse was crowned the Most Beautiful Bulldog in 2009 on his fourth attempt,” Kevin said Bell. “We were shocked but honored. The opportunity to have a dog that is the mascot for a university is certainly unique and has been a great experience for all of us. We initially thought the responsibility would only be for a year, as was historically the case. Porterhouse, however, was asked to continue as Drake’s official live mascot after his reign as the Most Beautiful Bulldog. We’ve embraced the opportunity to share him with so many people over the past four years. Not everyone gets this chance.” In this proud Drake supporting family, Porterhouse is not the only loveable canine in the house. He has two siblings, a younger brother, Magoo, and a younger sister, Oreo. Erin Bell lovingly refers to Magoo as Porterhouse’s athletic trainer. “He (Magoo) is much more playful, fit and active than Porterhouse, so he keeps Porterhouse in shape,” Erin Bell said.

PORTERHOUSE the live mascot for Drake is also works with the IEBR to help rescued dogs along with being a therapy dog. Magoo is his brother (top left) and foster brother Diesel and sister Oreo (top right). LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR Magoo is equally as wonderful as Porterhouse, but completely different. Oreo, on the other hand, is an extremely gentle and sweet bulldog that the Bells adopted after she was rescued from a cruel puppy mill by Illinois English Bulldog Rescue (IEBR). There are also sometimes additional bulldogs from the IEBR who stay with the Bells temporarily until they find a new loving home. When asked if Magoo or Oreo would ever replace Porterhouse as Drake’s mascot, the answer was a very definite no.

“Magoo would not enjoy the crowds and loud noises, etc. that Porterhouse embraces and thrives off of,” said Erin Bell. “It wouldn’t be fair to Magoo to put him in those situations that are overwhelming and stressful for him, as they are for the vast majority of dogs. Porterhouse is definitely unique and not your typical dog. There’s never been a more laidback and tolerant dog than him. He was made to do this.” Haven’t seen or met Porterhouse and his siblings yet? To catch Porterhouse in action, check

out his Twitter, @DUPorterhouse. Social media not good enough? Not a problem as Porterhouse takes to the basketball court for home games for both men and women. Porterhouse and his siblings will also become a regular sight on campus as the weather warms up, and Drake shifts its attention to the 104th Drake Relays. Want to help out bulldogs or thinking of adopting one? Take a look at or the Illinois English Bulldog Rescue Facebook page.

Students ride, compete with own horses

More than ‘just’ pets, girls find ‘extremely special’ bond

Katie Ericson

Staff Writer

help out.” Unfortunately, Bunce chose to sell her horses, Foxy and Pete, because of her busy schedule. There are stables nearby, but Bunce did not have time in her schedule to be with her horses as much as she would like. “I would much rather my horse be enjoyed by a little girl just learning how to ride than stand

As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines is a urban city. With many suburbs and towns nearby it can be hard to get away from the busy city life. Yet some students have found a way to connect to nature anyway. The Drake University Outdoor Leadership Club goes on rock climbing and hiking adventures, along with numerous other places “Even if I can’t ride, I still in Iowa that are ideal for hop in my truck about camping. Several Drake students have found another way once a month and escape to escape the city ­— through down to Lucas, Iowa just horseback riding. Sophomore Lauren Bunce to groom or lunge her and started riding at the age of 7. get away from the sound.” She competed in professional competitions and helped her — Megan Streit, Drake sophomore parents with their own show, the Iowa Show Circuit. Now she is studying law and still stays connected to her horses. “Even though my sister and I don’t ride competitively right in her stall waiting on me,” Bunce now, we are planning to show said. Junior Megan Streit has enagain in the near future, we still find time to visit our trainers and countered similar difficulties, but ride some of their horses,” Bunce has chosen to keep her horse Disaid. “We also find other ways to xie. She boards her horse in a barn stay involved like going to horse 45 minutes away in Lucas, Iowa. shows, to watch our friends or to Even though Streit still has diffi-


culty getting away from her studies, she thinks it worthwhile. “Even if I can’t ride I still hop in my truck about once a month and escape down to Lucas just to groom or lunge her and get away from the lights and sound. But fall and spring are wonderful because we can actually train and have adventures,” Streit said. Riding since the age of 9, Megan also rode competitively on her now 15-year-old thoroughbred. For her, though, the beauty of horse riding lies in the horse itself. “She actually got ‘fired’ from being a lesson horse because she bucked too many people off ... God knows why she decided to put up with me but she did and to this day she’s still pretty much a ‘one person horse,’” Streit said. Bunce feels the same way. “The relationship I had with Foxy was extremely special. There were nights in high school when I would sit in her stall with her and work on homework while she ate or took a nap,” Bunce said.

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PageFive Take a Look

Sodexo receives mixed reviews as campus employer Kelly Hendricks

Staff Writer

Working with Sodexo may seem like a convenient job because it’s on campus and the application is just through Career Blueprint, but many of the student workers do not enjoy their jobs with the company.

To put it bluntly, “The cons outweighed the pros,” said junior Jalisa Tate, a former employee. “It’s a convenient location, but other than that, it isn’t worth it.” Tate said the hours are unpredictable and the job only pays once a month. She also said the amount of pay is not equal to the amount of work.

“It was pretty hectic. Even though we had a schedule, you could easily stay longer than expected. I was often called in on off days to do small jobs or provide extra help for an event,” she said. Tate was not alone in having negative feelings toward working for Sodexo. Another student, who wishes to remain anonymous to keep his

job, has similar opinions. Coordinator and enjoys her position. “There is a definite lack of respect from “I have really enjoyed seeing another the side of some of the managers. There side of our food service. For instance, I are some good ones, but a fair few tend to had no idea about all of the promotions Soignore student workers,” this student said. dexo puts on every month for the students, He also said and all of the planning and work itself is unthought that goes into the pleasant and many of meals we eat,” Merley said. the managers are un- “Even though we Merley’s duties include fit to be in their posi- had a schedule, designing promotions, tions. managing Drake Sodexo’s you could easily “The student mansocial media accounts and agers make no at- stay longer than working with students at tempt to get to know expected. I was often the front desk of the Sodexo the student workers called in on off days Business Office. they manage, despite She seems to have a to do small jobs or the fact that the studifferent opinion when it dent managers are provide extra help comes to recommending students,” he said. the company. for an event.” Tate nor the anon“I would definitely rec—Jalissa Tate, Drake junior ymous student said ommend getting involved they would recomwith the company,” Merley mend working for Sosaid. “The employees are dexo. extremely welcoming However, working for Sodexo when it is and friendly, and it makes you appreciate not directly related to food doesn’t seem the food you eat because you know of all too bad. the hard work that the employees put in.” Korrie Merley, a first-year working for the company, is the Student Promotions

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Mission trips inspire Students volunteer to help build other communities Kelly Hendricks

will be, too. Stella said the trips are very humbling for her and allow her to see the world from a different perspective. Mission trips are known for being “I learned about leadership skills a lot of hard, physical labor, but the and how to handle spontaneous and rewards and experience can make sometimes dangerous situations. them worthwhile. Mission trips are I learned that there is more to this volunteer explorations that normally world than myself,” she said. involve international trips to help peoStella said she made wonderful ple who are in need of shelter, clothing, friendships on her trips and she would food and other necessities. recommend mission trips for anyone. Some, however, do take place in the Senior Alexandra Hendzel will be United States. attending her first mission trip this “My mission trip spring break in was a week-long to Honduras. Her the Pine Ridge Inditrip is one week an Reservation, located long and she’ll in South Dakota,” Alex “I learned about be helping set up Nowling, a first year leadership skills clinics in villages elementary major, said. and how to handle to help the unShe went on the trip der-served rural spontaneous with her father and population. Some worked with the Oglala and sometimes of the services Lakota people. While dangerous she and the felthere, the weather was situations. I learned low missionaries over 100 degrees so she will be providing that there is more looked forward to the include general cooler evenings on the to this world than doctor’s visits, reserve. myself.” female wellness “I was building bunk examinat ions, beds for children who — Annie Stella, Drake first-year dental exams and had previously been hygiene educasleeping on the floor, tion sessions. and they were over“ Hondu r a s joyed. I am so blessed to is definitely live the life I do. The trip really a developing country that struggled opened my eyes,” Nowling said. with huge setbacks when a huge hurriOne of her favorite parts was at- cane hit them about 15 years ago. I am tending a powwow because it allowed excited to see the villages’ layouts and her to partake in a personal cultural what they are struggling with,” Hendexperience of the Native Americans. zel said. Nowling said she received a lot of gratMission trips allow people to help ification from helping others. others in a way that they cannot al“People often overlook the Native ways help themselves. They require Americans. They are a people that passionate people who want to make have consistently been pushed aside a difference in the world. by the government, and it is still happening. I learned that being young does not mean you cannot make a difference,” she said. Annie Stella, another first year student, has gone on two mission trips and has another one planned for this summer. Each of her trips have been religiously affiliated and her third one

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Sports Men’s Basketball

Late Creighton run dooms Drake in quarterfinals Bluejays control boards as Hines, Simons and Clarke play last game Tad Unruh

Staff Writer

Saturday, the shots just didn’t fall. The Drake Bulldogs ended their roller coaster season in St. Louis with a 65-53 loss to Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton on Friday. The quarterfinals of the MVC Championships pitted the Bulldogs against the Bluejays for the second time in consecutive seasons with similar results. “In terms of the effort, intensity and urgency department, I felt we were really good tonight,” head coach Mark Phelps said in a Drake athletics press release. “Defensively, if you would have told me that we would have held Creighton to 65 points coming into the game, I thought we would have been at a great chance there to win the game. “ The Bluejays opened the game with a statement, stretching their lead to nine in just under 11 minutes to take a 22-13 advantage, but the Bulldogs stayed within striking distance. Drake held on and narrowed the Creighton advantage to a point with fewer than five minutes left in the first half, thanks to a momentum-gaining layup by senior Ben Simons. A Creighton foul sent Simons to the charity stripe as he converted the three-point play. That would be the closest Drake came to taking the lead the rest of the game. Creighton stretched the Drake defecit to 3326 at the break. Redshirt junior Seth VanDeest and junior Richard Carter kept Drake in the game. Carter finished with a team-high 14 points, and VanDeest scored 13 points and registered seven boards. Back-to-back VanDeest layups narrowed the margin to 46-50, the last points the Bulldogs scored before a nearly 7-minute drought. The Bluejays extended their lead with a 12-2 run, and the Bulldogs lacked an answer. “We were within a couple there, a few minutes left,” VanDeest said. “They made their run, and we weren’t able to respond. Basketball is a game of runs. Most of the second half, we responded with our own. We couldn’t respond to that last one and got blown away.” Despite the loss, Drake was grateful for the seniors’ contributions to the program. Carter played with his senior teammates in mind. “I just wanted to come out and play hard for my teammates, espe-

cially for our seniors,” Carter said. “They did a lot for us. I was trying to get us to play another game for them.” Phelps echoed Carter’s sentiments, as the seniors were honored for their dedication to Bulldog basketball. “Jordan Clarke has made uncommon sacrifices in terms of his body for this basketball program,” Phelps said. “We are so appreciative of Jordan. Ben had a terrific, terrific four year career. And for Chris Hines to trust us with his one year of eligibility ... that means a lot.” Simons earned an MVC Second Team nod for the second consecutive season. Drake shot just 35 percent from the floor and 29.4 percent from beyond the arc, pulling down 24 rebounds and committing just eight turnovers. The Bulldogs forced 17 Creighton turnovers but failed to convert enough Bluejay errors. Creighton turned in a Doug McDermott-heavy performance as the junior recorded 23 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore center Will Artino added 14 crucial points off the bench, including two run-stopping jumpers in the second half. The Bluejays shot 46.8 percent from the field despite shooting only 25 percent from beyond the arc. With the up-and-down play of the Bulldogs throughout the season, a single stat hardly defines their play. Every game depended on which team was shooting well and playing consistently. Drake battled inconsistency and shaky shooting throughout the 2012-13 season. Though the Bulldogs finished their season unceremoniously, they boast a number of talented returners. The Bulldogs will return 11 players for the 2013-14 campaign, including starters VanDeest and Carter. Standout freshman Joey King returns next season after earning an MVC All-Freshman Team nod. But as to the Bulldogs’ 2012-13 exit on Friday in St. Louis, Carter explained the loss to Creighton plainly and simply. “We couldn’t make shots, we were trying to play good defense, but the shots just weren’t falling for us tonight,” Carter said. JUNIOR GUARD RICHARD CARTER drives to the basket against Southern Illinois on March 2 at the Knapp Center. Creighton dealt the Bulldogs an early exit at the MVC Championship on Friday. JOEL VENZKE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


Early MVC tournament exit typical under Phelps Bulldogs lose will to fight in key games at home and on the road

Mark Phelps’ aspirations for his first Thursday night bye in the Arch Madness Missouri Valley Conference Championship evaporated when freshman Micah Mason’s three-point field goal attempt at the buzzer fell short of the mark on March 2. Despite a horrific 0-4 start to Valley play for the Bulldog men, Phelps and the Bulldogs still had a chance. A few tough home and road wins for the Bulldogs meant that a win against meager Southern Illinois on Senior Night would earn the Bulldogs the No. 6 seed and an automatic bid to quarterfinal competition in the MVC tournament on Friday. Senior Night on March 2 meant the Bulldogs were sure to have a large fan base and strong motivation to send radio announcer Dolph Pulliam off with a thunderous home victory over the cellardweller Salukis. The fans showed up, but the Bulldogs did not. The Salukis

forced the sloppy Bulldogs into 16 turnovers, shot 51 percent as a team, dictated the pace of the game and ended the Bulldogs’ season on a sour note. The Bulldogs even allowed the Salukis’ lone star Jeff Early to double his season average and score 26 points. The Bulldogs were handled on their home court by the worst team in the MVC. Saturday’s result, however, was hardly an anomaly for the Phelps-led Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have been, at best, an inconsistently average team all season, and inconsistent performers on offense and defense throughout Phelps’ tenure. In Arch Madness, the Bulldogs looked like a strong, capable team on Thursday night. They countered every punch made by a pesky Bradley squad, and finished the game strong to win by 15 points. On Friday, the Bulldogs continued to appear to be a team willing to fight for a win. The team looked


to tie the game at 47 apiece with nine minutes to play. However, a missed three-point field goal led to a 7-0 Creighton scoring punch. Drake lost the will to compete and the ability to score. The team

Eric Hartmann Columnist was held without a field goal from the 8:46 mark until scoring a few meaningless baskets in the closing minutes of a disappointing conclu-

sion to the season. I’d like to paraphrase an ESPN interview of the coach of the national champion Kentucky Wildcats, John Calipari. After a stunning Wildcat loss to a meek Georgia Bulldogs team Thursday night, the coach claimed he had never led a team that lacked cohesiveness and the will to fight for a win this late in the basketball season. Coach Calipari has taken three separate teams to the Final Four. Our Bulldogs have a few statement wins under Coach Phelps — however, they commonly lose that will to fight in key games, against both tough and not-so-tough opponents. This inability to compete commonly occurs in key road games and even occurs at home. Need evidence? Simply examine box scores of the Bulldogs’ visits to Creighton and Northern Iowa. Or glance at the play-byplay of stunning home collapses against Illinois State and North-

ern Iowa. Following the surprising “resignation” of Drake women’s coach Amy Stephens in 2012 immediately after an inspiring run to the women’s NIT, Drake fans must wonder if a similar fate is in store for Coach Phelps. Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb once said that Drake athletics are constantly in a battle of “David versus Goliath.” With a coach who consistently finishes 7-11 in Valley play with rosters talented enough to achieve much more success, is the Drake men’s program really equipped with a capable general for its battle against Goliath institutions?

Hartmann is a junior politics major and can be reached at eric.hartmann@



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Shaky shooting plagues Drake in regular season finale Ashley Beall

Staff Writer

Drake women’s basketball has finished up its regular season and is headed to St. Charles, Mo., for the March 14-17 Missouri Valley Conference Championship. The Bulldogs beat Southern Illinois this past Thursday 80-65 but failed to defeat Evansville this past Sunday and lost 70-59. “I think we had great energy. People were taking shots and people were doing what they do best,” said sophomore Kyndal Clark of the Southern Illinois win. “It was such a team effort. Morgan Reid had a great game and every-

one just played together and we had fun, which is something we lacked against Evansville. We just through the first punch and didn’t look back.” The Bulldogs were able to keep their hot hand alive throughout the Southern Illinois game, and at the start of the second half, the Bulldogs continued that run and pulled out a win. Clark scored 20 points and had a career-high of 10 assists. Junior Morgan Reid also added a doubledouble with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Ashley Bartow scored 16 points. However, the Bulldogs weren’t able to continue that momentum against Evansville.

“We just couldn’t quite hit shots today. We couldn’t get them to fall, and they came out and they played a great game,” Clark said. “They found our weaknesses and exploited them.” Drake showed strong defense in the first half but was unable to hold on in the second half. The Bulldogs struggled offensively and only made 1-of-15 three-point attempts in the second half. Throughout the first half, Drake and Evansville were evenly matched, but second half proved to be the Bulldogs’ falling point as they shot just 35.2 percent from the field while the Purple Aces shot 50 percent from the field. “They really attacked and they

really took it to the rim, and they kept going to what was working.,” Reid said. “We have to take it upon ourselves to make adjustments next time.” The Bulldogs struggled to adjust and shoot consistently against Evansville. During the past few games, the Bulldogs came together and played as one unit. However, this wasn’t as apparent against Evansville. “Up until today we have been playing some of our best basketball,” head coach Jennie Baranczyk said. “We have really controlled the tempo and gotten up and down the floor well. Today, we struggled with our shooting in

the second half, and I think part of that was Evansville and part of that was us.” With the regular season over, the Bulldogs are ready to open the MVC Championship on Thursday in St. Charles. “We’re going to be focus(ed) and we’re going to be ready and prepare to make another run,” Reid said. “We just need to remember how we were playing when it was good and when we were winning. We just need to go back to that and I think we can do some great things if we continue to do that.”

JUNIOR FORWARD MORGAN REID shoots over a pair of Evansville defenders during Drake’s regular season finale on Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Center. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR

Men’s Tennis


Ranked foes loom over break

Playoffs boost stakes

Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

Like many Drake students next week, the No. 16 Drake men’s tennis team will travel to a warmer climate for spring break. The Bulldogs will play five matches in six days over spring break as they look to add to their 13-game winning streak and 13-1 overall record. The first opponent Drake will face over break is the Stetson University Hatters in DeLand, Fla.. Although the Hatters will likely enter the contest unranked, they have been ranked as high as No. 71 in the nation this season. Stetson currently has a perfect 6-0 record. Stetson has four matches between now and its match against the Bulldogs, all against lower-level competition. Drake is favored in the match but can’t take any chances against the Hatters on their home court, especially in the Florida heat. Drake will then travel 120 miles south to Tampa, Fla., where it will take on the University of South Florida. The Bulls are currently unranked but were ranked as high as No. 50 after starting the season 2-0. “Fitness will be key in the heat and on the slower courts, so we have to be ready for that from the outset,” sophomore Ben Mullis said. The Bulldogs will conclude their spring

break in San Diego, Calif., where they are competing in the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic, hosted by the University of San Diego and San Diego State University. San Diego, San Diego State, Harvard, Memphis, Denver, Oklahoma State and the University of Alabama at Birmingham are the eight teams competing. Drake and Harvard lead the pack with national rankings of 16 and 17, respectively. The tournament draw won’t be set until March 20, a day before competition begins. The Bulldogs await the chance to compete against more nationally-ranked teams before they begin Missouri Valley Conference play against Creighton on March 30. “They are all strong teams but we have a very good chance to go unbeaten there in San Diego,” junior Robin Goodman said. “Lots of ranked opponents and it’s a fantastic opportunity to further prove our ability and keep climbing the rankings.” Though the Bulldogs haven’t had a match since upsetting then-No. 14 Washington on March 2, the Bulldogs have been working hard in practice to prepare for the end of their non-conference campaign. “With the work we’ve been putting in at 7 a.m. every morning, I feel ready for the whole team to begin our outdoor campaign and to dominate in Florida and San Diego, backing up our new ranking,” Mullis said.

Twombly places 14th at NCAAs Senior thrower Isaac Twombly capped his record-setting indoor season with a 14th place finish in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Championship on Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. Despite nerves, Twombly recorded his best throw of 62-4.5 in the third round of competition. Though Twombly missed his season-best mark of 68-7.25 on Saturday, he celebrated the chance to compete, especially after a seasonthreatening hand fracture last fall. “Everything just kind of fell into place for me to go to nationals,” Twombly said. “I wasn’t really expecting to go there in the first place, so it was kind of like, ‘Well, what the heck? Why don’t I just do as well as I can?’ That was the mentality I had going in. Hard work is really beneficial and really pays off in

the end.” He is the first Drake field athlete to compete at the NCAA Championships and was the lone Bulldog to compete on Saturday. Though he competed solo, Twombly thanked his teammates despite the distance. “Even though they weren’t there, my team was supporting me the whole way, and I am thankful for that,” Twombly said. Twombly looks to carry his indoor season success into the outdoor season, which opens on March 22-23 at the Arizona State Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. “I am so ready to get outside and start throwing hammer and discus,” Twombly said. “It’s going to be a really great experience being at outdoor meets. That atmosphere is so much better outdoors.”

Two teams still own undefeated records It’s one week into playoffs for intramural basketball, and competition is heating up. One of the most competitive leagues is the combined women’s league. The playoffs have limited the field to four teams of great athletes, which I will highlight today. John Walls is one of two undefeated teams in the women’s league. John Walls has made a name for itself as an aggressive, athletic team that plays to win and will accept nothing less. Intramurals does not keep an extensive history of records, but I feel fairly confident in saying that John Walls made intramurals history last week. It scored 100 points against Delta Gamma B. It quadrupled its competitor’s score. It is no surprise John Walls is the No. 1 seed for playoffs. However, there may be a Cinderella story in the making. John Walls has not played Delta Gamma A or The Dirty Council this season. Depending on the result of John Walls’ game against the Dream Team this week, there may be an epic showdown for the intramural championship. The Dream Team is the obvious Cinderella story of this playoff season. The Dream Team has had the toughest schedule of any of the other playoff teams. With a record of 2-2, this team may not seem like any competition for the undefeated John Walls, but as any NCAA fan knows, March is the month of upsets. Never count out the underdog, especially when it has natural athletic ability. Delta Gamma is the reigning second place team from the 2012 season. It’s obvious that it is itching to prove itself worthy of the coveted T-shirt. Delta Gamma is usually the sorority team to beat in all things intramurals, and basketball is definitely one of its best sports. Delta Gamma A was the only sorority team to make it out of the first round of playoffs. However, Delta Gamma’s real playoff test comes from the game against the Dirty Council this week. During the regular season these two teams tied because there is no overtime in regular season. Before I begin to highlight the last playoff team, I have an ethical obligation to inform the readers that I am biased. I am a dedicated member of the Dirty Council team. However, as any journalist will tell you, the best way to avoid biased journal-

ism is to acknowledge your bias and move forward. The Dirty Council holds the No. 2 seed for these playoffs and the most deadly weapon it has at its disposal is its bench. The Dirty Council has 13 athletic women who range in height from 4-foot-11 to 6-foot-4. Each girl on the team brings her own athletic twist to the game. Some players are former varsity athletes while others are tough, aggressive defenders. The Dirty Council’s only non-win comes from a tie with Delta Gamma A. Needless to say, the rematch between these teams will be one to watch. Here is your rule reminder of the week. Everyone knows, or should know, that every players name needs to be on the official roster on IM Leagues before the playoff deadline. If a person is not signed up on the official roster, he or she cannot play. This past year, intramural staff has noticed a problem with IM leagues for graduate and P3 pharmacy students. According to IM Leagues, their IDs are no longer valid but obviously that is not the case. If this is a problem for any intramural players, please email He will sort everything out. As always, be safe and play ball.

Joanie Barry Columnist Barry is a junior radio-television and secondary education double major and can be reached at



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Petitioning site is more than just the norm Here are some of the interesting petitions that can be found on the ‘We The People’ Eliminate the bi-annual time change caused by Daylight Savings Time

Change the national anthem to R. Kelly’s 2003 hit “Ignition (Remix).” This takes the cake for interesting petitions to hit the Internet lately. The petition filed on March 3, sprinkles in lyrics from “Ignition (Remix)” throughout the text of it. It opens with “We, the undersigned, would like the Obama administration to recognize the need for a new national anthem, on that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen.” While only 9,705 signatures had been garnered at the time of publication, the petition had been making its rounds on the popular blogging website Tumblr and other social media outlets. This petition was filed under “Arts and Humanities,” “Government Reform” and “Innovation.”


Remember how tired you were after setting your clocks back an hour? Well, this petition looks to eliminate that. Started on March 5, the petition had only gained 14,931 signatures. One of the main reasons to do away with Daylight Savings Time according to the petitioners states that studies have shown that the time change “is responsible for health problems … and leads to hundreds of thousands of hours of lost productivity in workplaces across the country.” The petitions also say it’s annoying. This petition is also categorized under “Transportation and Infrastructure.”

Other interesting petitions created using “We the People”: -Release the recipe for the Honey Ale home brewed at the White House -Actually take these petitions seriously instead of just using them as an excuse to pretend you are listening -Make Friday officially part of the weekend; creating a more balanced 4 day workweek and 3 day weekend -Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016 -Bring back 3D Doritos -Make Batman Secretary of Defense

The Iowa Prayer Breakfast Presents

Dr. Andy Bannister with comments from Dr. Ravi Zacharias

Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30PM Sheslow Auditorium, Drake No charge, but RSVP’s requested:

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