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‘Kony 2012’ video hits home for students After a trip to Uganda over the summer, two remember their experiences and the effect Kony has on the people by Becca Mataloni

Staff Writer

Over 30,000 Ugandan children have been abducted over the course of 26 years. Some children are forced to be soldiers where they slice off ears, noses and limbs of their victims. Some are sold as sex slaves for officers. Some are brainwashed into killing their parents and siblings with machetes or blunt tools. Since 1986, Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, has received accusations of viciously abducting and manipulating these children in an attempt to overthrow the government. When that failed and the LRA was pushed out of Uganda in 2006, Kony began moving around in neighboring countries, and his location is unknown. On March 5, Jason Russell, cofounder of Invisible Children, an organization trying to stop LRA’s violence, posted “Kony 2012,” a halfhour video on YouTube explaining the conduct of Kony to raise awareness about the situation. The video went viral, receiving over 85 million views on YouTube in less than 25 days. As junior Ryan Boatman thought back on his experience on the 2011 Drake University Uganda trip, he remembered his professors talking about the LRA and the violence that Kony instructed his army to use on its victims. Boatman recalled having conversations with the people of Uganda specifically about Invisible Children. “Watching the video hit home because I know the Uganda area and have friends that reside there,” Boatman said. “Actually visiting a country that has that type of widespread violence makes the video that more touching because I interacted with residents of Uganda who had personally been affected by the violence.”

Even though the video is receiving support from many, it also sparked many questions about the Invisible Children’s intentions and whether it was too little, too late. Junior Erika Owen also travelled to Uganda last summer through the Drake University program and said that she was glad the organization was spreading awareness about the situation, but the timing seemed a bit off. “I was confused at whether or not the video was made truly for the Ugandans or with another intention in mind,” Owen said. While Owen was in Uganda, she talked with many citizens about Invisible Children. She said that many knew of the organization and had positive things to say about it. Most also had family members that were victims of Kony. Owen said she still talks to two students and one professor in Uganda. They were happy about the video, but also worried about whose interests the video was created for. Owen is happy with the awareness the video is spreading, but advises people to read the Ugandan papers to become more informed about the situation. “Get outside of the U.S. bubble and gather your own opinion,” Owen said. “The movie is a great perspective, but it’s not the only perspective.” The Invisible Children began its work in 2005 and soon employed over 100 Ugandan professionals. According to the organization’s website, its goal is to end the use of child soldiers in Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in central Africa to peace and prosperity. Invisible Children has also received some criticism because of its financial distribution. Only 37 percent goes toward central Africa programs and 26 percent goes to awareness programs. This caused many people to question giving donations to the organization.

Sophomore Ashley Ester, president Drake University U.G.A.N.D.A. Youth works directly with Invisible Children through fundraisers and campus events. “The money Invisible Children sends does have an impact, even though it might not look like a lot,” Ester said. “It really adds up and helps the people of Uganda.” Ester hopes to inspire Drake students to do more than just watch. She plans to put up posters around campus to raise awareness and intends on having an event next fall to raise money for the KONY 2012 cause. “The videos are sad to watch, but this one moved me to do more,” Ester said. “I hope it opens eyes because a lot of people don’t actually know what goes on in Uganda. While people can donate to the organization and help the child soldiers, many focus more on finding the man behind the chaos. According to a CNN article, The African Union plans to deploy 5,000 troops to find Kony, not only because of his work with the LRA, but because the International Criminal Court also wants him for war crimes. The mission has support from the United States, and Uganda, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo will supply soldiers for the mission. Alex Kamushiga, a Uganda resident and friend of Boatman, supports the KONY 2012 campaign from Invisible Children, but realizes it will not end until someone finds the man behind the violence. “Joseph Kony needs to be stopped,” Kamushiga said. “It will be good to see him punished.” To find more information about Invisible Children or the KONY 2012 campaign, go to or

AP PHOTO graphic by ETHAN CLEVENGER | news editor

JOSEPH KONY (above) pictured in 2006 in an AP photo, has been the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army of Uganda since 1986. INVISIBLE CHILDREN (below) spent roughly $8,894,630 in various efforts over the 2011 fiscal year, according to financials.

Third book for politics professor focuses on the constitution, first amendment and religious freedoms and the question of a secular society by Jennifer Heartley

Staff Writer


PROFESSOR DENNIS GOLDFORD’S latest book titled “The Constitution of Religious Freedom: God, Politics, and the First Amendment” deals with how the U.S. Constitution facilitates religion in citizens.

For one Drake professor, questions and discussions in his classroom led to the creation of his third book. Dennis Goldford, professor of politics at Drake University, recently published his book, “The Constitution of Religious Freedom: God, Politics, and the First Amendment.” He chose this topic because it parallels his interests and his classes at Drake. He said that the best way to learn something is to agree to teach a course about it. Goldford said many of his ideas come from questions that students ask in his classes. The issues covered in Goldford’s most recent book originally came from the question: Is secular society possible? Goldford decided that was the wrong way to frame the question, and he changed it to: Is there American political order, and does it constitute religious community itself, or does it allow for and encourage all sorts of individuals and religions but is not itself a religious community? After writing the book, he came to

a conclusion about the religious portions of the constitution. “If you consider carefully what it means to have the religious clauses in the constitution, then you have to conclude that from the perspective of the religion clauses that religious identity inheres in the individuals, not in the nation,” Goldford said. Drake is an example of this. Campus contains students, faculty and staff with different religious identities, but it does not currently have its own religious identity. Goldford’s first book centered around the U.S. Constitution. He co-authored his second book with a colleague about the Iowa caucuses. He has always had a mixed interest political and religious subjects. Goldford said one of his favorite quotes is, “I write to find out what I think,” which he says may have come from the French Enlightenment. Goldford came to Drake from Pennsylvania in 1985. He wanted to be in a capital city, and he enjoyed being at a private university. He is an observer of the caucuses and is a political analyst for KCCI. He currently teaches political theory and constitutional law courses.

The only experience Goldford has had with creative writing was around the year 2000 at KUNI Iowa Public Radio in Cedar Falls. He was asked if he knew much about politics and Iowa life. When he said that he did, he was asked to participate in a chain novel. A chain novel is a story told in chapters, but a different author writes each chapter. Goldford said he had a lot of fun with it and that it was a completely different style of writing to him. Goldford also said that he carries a voice recorder around in his pocket so that even if he is walking his dog and an idea comes to him, he can just turn it on and “write down” his idea. “Anytime you think of something, write it down,” Goldford said. “The key to being a writer is being a reader. And the key to being a reader is being a thinker.” Goldford said that his students believe he is a tough professor. He advises his students to write thoughtfully. “Write down the answer, not just anything you think of, and expect me to see what I’m looking for,” he said. “The writing makes you think about it.”

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WHERE: Upper Olmsted

WHERE: Sheslow Auditorium

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Drake Security still on the job through Spring Break

Donating your organs could save someone’s life

Students spread the word to end the word

Women’s coach Amy Stephens steps down






news OUT IN THE OPEN 4:32 p.m. March 10 While on routine patrol, security personnel observed a vehicle parked in the fire lane located on the 2900 block of Forest Avenue. When Security approached the vehicle that was occupied by two non-Drake affiliated males, they saw marijuana paraphernalia in plain view. DMPD responded to the scene and the subjects were advised of criminal trespass for Drake University.

10:17 p.m. March 9 Drake security personnel were alerted by a fire alarm that was activated at Ross Hall. The Des Moines Fire Department responded to the scene, and after inspection the duty engineer reset the alarm. 12:58 p.m. March 9 Drake security personnel responded to Crawford Residence Hall to investigate a marijuana odor report. Upon arrival, officers made contact with two male Drake students that reside in the room the marijuana odor was coming from. Upon inspection of the room, marijuana and other paraphernalia were located. Both the male Drake students were under the legal age to possess alcohol and were also found in possession of alcohol. The Des Moines Police Department responded to the scene, and the students were issued a citation for the offenses. The dean of students and the director of residence life were notified about this incident. 2:30 p.m. March 9 While on routine patrol, security observed three male subjects on the roof of Carpenter Residence Hall. Security responded to the room with the residence advisor as the three students were coming back into the room via the window. All three subjects were advised they would be held responsible for any damage to the screen and door handle. Facilities have been notified along with the director of residence life. 9:16 p.m. March 9 Drake security responded to the 3200 block of Forest Avenue on a report of an overdose of a 21-year-old male. Security and the Des Moines Police Department arrived on the scene and made contact with the male Drake student, who was intoxicated and of legal drinking age. Due to the student’s physical condition, he was transported to a local hospital for treatment.


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9:56 a.m. March 13 Security personnel were dispatched to the fourth floor of Herriott Residence Hall regarding a reported fire that occurred in the men’s restroom. Upon arrival, security personnel were notified by facilities that a burnt notebook was located in one of the shower stalls. There was fire damage to the stall that the burnt notebook was located in. DMPD and DMFD arrived on the scene to investigate this incident, which is awaiting final disposition.

11:53 p.m. March 9 Security responded to Ross Hall on a report of a damaged fire extinguisher box. Upon arrival, security observed the broken front glass. The case was closed with no further investigation due to a lack of witnesses and physical evidence.

7:19 a.m. March 14 A fire alarm was activated in Olin Hall. Security personnel responded to the scene and assessed the area and advised the dispatch center it was the alarm only. The Des Moines Fire Department and facilities responded to the scene. DMFD advised the scene was secure and students and staff were allowed back in the building. Facilities are currently working on the identified issue with the alarm.

1:51 p.m. March 10 Security responded to Ross Hall on a marijuana odor investigation. Security located the room the odor was emanating from and made contact with the two male Drake students that occupied the room. Upon inspection of the room, drug paraphernalia and alcohol were located. The Des Moines Police Department responded to the scene and both students were issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia. The dean of students was notified about this incident.

3:50 a.m. March 14 Security personnel responded to GoodwinKirk Residence Hall on a report of a laundry machine that had been tampered with. Security met with a vendor from the company that owns the coin operated dryer. Upon inspection of the machine, there was damage to the mechanism that accepts the coin and the coin box. Due to lack of physical evidence and witnesses, this case is closed for investigation. The timeframe of this incident is unknown.

12:38 p.m. March 12 A female Drake student reported that she parked her vehicle in the rear of the house she is renting on the 1400 block of 30th Street. She stated that she parked her vehicle on March 10 at approximately 6 p.m. and returned to her vehicle on March 12 at approximately 10:45 a.m. The student reported that various items were missing from her vehicle. She stated she locked her vehicle, but there were no signs of forced entry. DMPD responded to the scene and took a police report about the theft. Case closed due to no physical evidence or witnesses.

2:22 p.m. March 14 Drake security personnel responded to Morehouse Residence Hall on a report of a female Drake student receiving threats via text messages from another female Drake student. Upon arrival, the victim showed security the threatening messages on her cell phone. DMPD was contacted per the victim’s request and a police report was taken. DMPD will conduct the follow-up investigation, and the dean of students and the director of residence life were notified.

1:04 a.m. March 13 While on routine patrol, security personnel observed a suspicious vehicle that was parked in lot No. 1. The vehicle was running and the windows were fogged up. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer observed a male and female partially clothed. Both of the subjects were later identified as Drake students. In plain view, the officer observed drug paraphernalia and called for the Des Moines Police Department to respond to the scene. DMPD advised subjects of the potential repercussions to their actions. This incident is being forwarded to the dean of stu-



6:01 p.m. March 19 Security personnel observed a male cutting food with a knife in front of Cowles Library. The officer made contact with the subject and advised him of the no weapons policy at Drake University. The subject became agitated and refused to provide security with an identification card. Due to the subject’s agitated state and the weapons violation, security advised the subject that he had to leave campus. The subject refused and stated he was allowed to be on campus because he had a library access card. The Des Moines Police Department was called to the scene to conduct a trespass advisement. While security personnel were waiting for DMPD to arrive on

scene, the subject reached for his backpack that contained a knife that was easily accessible. Security advised the subject not to reach for the backpack, but he failed to comply, which resulted in a physical altercation. The subject was detained by security personnel and arrested for trespass and assault by DMPD. 9:39 a.m. March 20 Security personnel responded to Meredith Hall on a report of a theft. Upon arrival, security personnel were informed by two female staff members that their belongings were stolen from one of the rooms in Meredith. The Des Moines Police Department responded to the scene and took a report for the theft. DMPD was later notified that some of the stolen belongings were recovered from a local restaurant. Those items were returned to the victim. DMPD will conduct further follow-up and investigation. 9:18 p.m. March 21 Security personnel observed a male subject on the west side of Hubbell Dining Hall urinating on the wall. Security approached the nonDrake affiliated male, who began to make verbal threats. The Des Moines Police Department was contacted and the subject was arrested for public urination and was issued a trespass advisement. 11:11 p.m. March 22 Security personnel observed a non-Drake affiliated male who had been identified as a possible suspect in a theft case walking on the south side of Herriott Hall. Security made contact with the subject and requested the Des Moines Police Department to respond to the scene. DMPD responded to the scene and the subject was later found in possession of drug paraphernalia after a consent search was conducted. The subject was arrested and received a trespass advisement. 10:53 p.m. March 25 Security personnel observed a suspicious vehicle parked in lot No. 6 located on the 1100 block of 25th Street. The vehicle was occupied by one male and one female, both non-Drake affiliated subjects. A third non-Drake affiliated male was later identified at the scene. The vehicle had been parked for over five minutes and had multiple subjects that were approaching the vehicle. Security made contact with the occupants and upon a consensual search of the vehicle located drug paraphernalia indicative of sales of marijuana. The Des Moines Police Department responded to the scene and all three subjects were placed into custody.




THE TIMES-DELPHIC Registration is back on everyone’s minds. Here’s to hoping you get lucky!


Jane Hoe: Get informed on birth control The implications of using or staying away from birth control OK, let’s talk about birth control. There has been a lot about birth control in the news lately. Rush Limbaugh likes to say a woman has to take a birth control pill every time she has sex. Well, Rush, as a woman, I would like to say that the only time I have to use birth control every time I have sex is when I use a condom. The options are numerous — condoms, pills, diaphragms, spermicides — doesn’t matter. You have a lot of ways to ensure that you don’t have a child when you least want to. What type of birth control you use is totally your call. Just be aware that before you make your choice, you should consult your physician/ gynecologist. Birth control is not something to take lightly either. It’s important. Trust me, there is nothing like a pregnancy scare at the ripe-ol’ age of 20-something to make you remember to take your little pill everyday or to make sure your partner wears protection. I know I’m supposed to be a sex columnist, but do you know what comes with sex? Babies and birth control.

Use one and you won’t get the other. Forget to use one, and well, you might have the other. I may not be a math major, but I know: sex – birth control = possibility of a child. I know too many girls in college who have not educated themselves on what birth control is and what it means for their sexual health. Birth control is not just a pill or a patch or a whatever-you-want-it-to-be. It’s a choice. It’s a means of keeping yourself safe in many ways. It doesn’t just guard against an unplanned pregnancy, but it can also help stop the spread of STIs (if used correctly). Even if a woman has been taking her birth control consistently (pill a day keeps the baby away), there is still a 1 percent chance of getting pregnant. There are also those pesky, not-so-little diseases called STIs. Sexually transmitted infections are a serious issue for many college campuses. According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2010 woman ages 20-24 had the highest rate of chlamydia, with 3,407.9 cases of the infection

for every 100,000 females. The same age group for males also had the highest rate of chlamydia with 1,187.0 cases per 100,000 males. The pill does not guard against STIs, so don’t depend on that. Needless to say, if you plan on having unprotected sex, you might want to consider the implications of that, even if you’re using some form of birth control. Pulling out isn’t exactly the best method either. Even if your fella knows his control, there is still a possibility of an “oops.” While preejaculation fluids contain little-to-no sperm, if you’re not careful, there is a possibility of some ejaculate escaping and getting all up in your business. But, birth control is a two-way street. Men should have to shoulder some of the burden as well. It’s not just a concern that women have to deal with. Guys, you should consider the possibility of, “Oh, wow, you have a part in this, too.” It takes two to tango and only a few seconds to make a baby. So, if you want to keep

“daddy” out of your daily vernacular, well, you know what to do. The discussion you have to have with your partner is awkward but necessary. Even if you’re in a same-sex relationship, you still have to have it. Don’t think that just because you’re in a committed relationship doesn’t mean that your partner is STI free. Talk about it. Talk about what type of birth control works best for your situation. Are you forgetful? Maybe the pill isn’t your ball game. Only have sex occasionally? Buy a pack of condoms just incase your partner runs out (or doesn’t have any). But always have the discussion. Always know what the side effects are. And always talk to a professional about it. Just because your best friend uses an intrauterine device doesn’t mean it’s for you. You have to be informed, otherwise you’re going to be talking like Rush Limbaugh, and I don’t think anyone actually wants that.

How you can save a life – organ donation ‘Check It Forward’ website allows people to help save lives Imagine a fully loaded 747 airliner crashing to the Earth, killing everyone aboard. Now imagine this deathly crash happening every three and a half weeks. That’s the number of people that will die this year waiting for a life-saving organ. At the age of 11, my little brother was diagnosed with a rare type of liver cancer known as heptoblastoma. The events that followed would change the way I see organ donations forever. I remember checking the little box on my driver license and thinking, “Sure, I’ll be a donor.” After it was checked, I didn’t think about it again. And, in reality, that is the mindset of most people — until someone you love nearly dies because a vital organ can’t be found in time. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, there are approximately 113,000 people on the waiting list for an organ right now. Eighteen of those people will die today, and 6,750 of those people will die this year. Although many of us are already donors, some are still hesitant to make the commitment. According to a New York Times report, some Americans fear that deciding to be a donor makes doctors more likely to give up on them in a time of crisis. This argument is false. According to the Mayo Clinic’s article on organ donation myths, the medical team that treats you does everything possible to save your life — donor or not. Only after

you’ve died is the transplant team notified, and that isn’t until your family has given donation consent. Even if you have decided to become a donor, it still doesn’t guarantee your donation. The next-of-kin must provide consent at the time of your death. According to the Kidney Foundation, 12,000 people die each year that meet organ donation requirements. Yet, only half end up donating. This is because their loved ones aren’t sure of their final wishes. That’s why it’s essential to tell your loved ones that you want to donate. Thankfully, we’ve made this easy for you. An online organization called “Check it Forward” allows you to state your intention to be an organ donor via Facebook. It lets those around you know the commitment you’ve made to save lives while encouraging others to do the same. When my brother started his battle with cancer, he endured not one, but two liver transplants. Organ donors saved my brother’s life. Who knows? Maybe one day it’ll save your mother’s, father’s, husband’s, wife’s, sister’s, brother’s or child’s life. So, here’s what you can do to help. Log on to Facebook. Search for “Check it Forward” and click the page. Click “Like.” Next, click “Share.” Congratulations, you have potentially given someone the greatest gift they will ever receive — the gift of life. It’s time we changed how organ donation is viewed. It’s time

we lowered the waiting list. We kick ourselves when we waste massive amounts of food. Why? Because we know others are starving. So why should we treat organ donation any differently? Don’t waste organs. Donate them.


Doherty is a sophomore public relations major and can be contacted at

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7th annual Relay for Life

by Elizabeth Robinson

Managing Editor

Last night the Drake and Des Moines communities gathered for the 28th Bucksbaum Lecture presented by former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox. After a long string of presidents from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, Fox was elected in 2000 as a member of an opposition party, the first since 1920. He went on to serve for six years, facing tumultuous times during his presidency. Economic instability, civil unrest, crime and drug trafficking were all prominent issues Fox faced during his six years. His prior experience as governor of Guanajuato state and his belief in the potential of the nation allowed Fox to tackle the issues and work to improve Mexico as a whole. He was also able to see past the issues his country faced and spent time focusing on Mexico’s relationship with the United States, particularly pertaining to trade. Now, Fox shares his experiences and perspectives as a public speaker. He joins several prominent figures in society as a Bucksbaum lecture presenter, including Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Jane Goodall and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. The Bucksbaum Lecture committee, chaired by law professor Neil Hamilton, felt that Fox would be a unique and interesting speaker to bring to campus. “The committee meets several times a year and considers different names and weighs them against who we’ve had in the past and whether someone would be interesting and would draw an interesting crowd,” Hamilton said. “We really have never had a former government leader of this rank as our speaker, so we thought having Fox would be a good decision.” During the day on Wednesday, prior to his lecture, Fox met with students for a brief conference and question and answer session. Roughly 80 students and members of the community were in attendance and questioned Fox on subjects pertaining to immigration, legalization of drugs,

Walking for a cause, fighting cancer by Ben Levine

Staff Writer


the economy and relations between the United States and Mexico. Fox expressed his support of the legalization of drugs and the importance of the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. “We’re neighbors and we’re partners,” he said. “So we must work on that relationship because we’re neighbors. That we cannot avoid.” He went on to comment on the condition of North America in regard to the economy and the shift in economic and global powers. “I am absolutely convinced that North America, if we work together and understand a partnership, that we can build a future we want and that we can keep being the number one block in the world, the number one market, the number one power. But we have to work to that,” he said. Fox’s lecture last night drew a large crowd to the Knapp Center, drawing attention not only to Fox himself, but also to Drake and the Bucksbaum Lecture series in general. “Our goal is always for the university to create an educational and informative evening for our students, faculty, staff and the Des Moines community,” Hamilton said. “We want to show the role that the university plays in helping create an informed and engaged citizenry and we have done that by collectively over time bringing interesting people, like Fox, to the area.”

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday night in the Knapp Center and continuing until 6 a.m. Saturday morning, Drake students will once again have an opportunity to make a difference in the world on campus: Relay for Life is back. “Relay for Life is a 12 hour continuous walk/run in order to celebrate our hard work in raising money for the American Cancer Society,” said junior Ashley Beisch, co-vice president of the Colleges Against Cancer group on campus. Beisch and the rest of CAC are helping organize this year’s event. Registration is easy, and the commitment to walk or run with a team helps combat a disease that almost everyone can relate to. Beisch can certainly relate, and as is the case with many people participating, the event is more than just a simple walk. “When I was six years old, my brother, Sean, who was four, was diagnosed with juvenile leukemia,” Beisch recalled. “He passed away at the age of eight.” Because of this, Beisch has helped organize 17 Relay for Life events and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Senior Robin Sautter, co-president of CAC along with junior Carly Hamilton, oversees all of the committees and members of the organization and has put a lot of effort into making this year’s Relay even bigger than last year’s. “This year, we set a goal of raising $40,000 for the American Cancer Society,” Sautter said. “Last year, we raised approximately $37,000, and we hope to continue to raise the bar each year.” Beisch said Drake has been a huge supporter of Relay for Life in the past.






“If I calculated right, this means that Drake alone was able to provide 100 children with medicine for a whole year,” she said. “Now that is something to be proud of.” Additionally, CAC is looking for over 600 participants at the event, which is open to Drake students, faculty, staff and the Des Moines community. Last year, roughly 650 people participated, which was a record number of participants. This year, the entertainment is even bigger than before. “We are hosting comedian Tracy Ashley, who will be performing at 7:30 p.m.,” said first-year pharmacy student Carly Noyes, who is the entertainment co-chair for the Student Activities Board along with junior Dan Nottke. Ashley was a semi-finalist on the “Last Comic Standing” on NBC and has performed at prestigious comedy festivals. These benefits, though, are far outweighed by the feeling of helping others.

“The main portion of the night is the Luminaria Ceremony, where we remember those we have lost and celebrate those survivors still among us,” Beisch said. “It is also a chance for participants to hear stories from actual survivors or care givers of cancer patients.” Noyes said that the Relay is fun for anyone who attends it. “Guaranteed, any student who participates in the Relay for Life will come away with great memories and a positive experience,” Noyes said. “There will be many things besides walking around the Knapp Center, and students will know they are part of a huge community that is actively fighting cancer.”

International students spend break at Drake GK served as a home away from home for spring break by Vusi Mathebula

Staff Writer

While the general Drake University population was out and about enjoying their official week’s rest from school work, doing a variety of fun-filled and exciting things ranging from spreading the holy gospel in the Dominican Republic to visiting friends and family, a group of students, mostly international students, took refuge in Goodwin-Kirk from what appeared to be the loneliness campus version of a ghost town. Staying at GK provided some freshmen this year a platform to assess whether staying there during their sophomore year would be feasible or not. For others, it was simply a golden opportunity to experience how the other half of Drake lives. The majority of the students in GK were international students; therefore, one could make an assumption that given an opportunity like this, these students would do some travelling and see the places in the USA that they have always wanted to see without having to worry about school work. But for those housed in GK over Spring Break, traveling across America was not a priority. First-year Innocent Mutanga, a Zimbabwean native, is majoring in actuarial science and said that he had too much other things to do. “I am busy studying for my probability exam (for actuarial science), which I am going to be taking in May,” Mutanga said. “I do not have time to waste chasing the wind.” But Byron Ceo, a Chinese native who is also a freshman majoring in actuarial science and secondary education in mathematics, said that Mutanga prefers not to travel. “He does not like to visit other places,” Ceo said. “He likes staying in one place and prefers to rest over Spring Break rather than travel.” GK was a safe haven for students who did

not have any other place to go after being kicked out of their dorm rooms. For a week, GK was the only place in the United States of America they truly called home. Staying at GK required a degree of adjustment for students like Bryan Lee, a Malaysian native who is a sophomore majoring in finance. For him, the low water temperature in the GK showers took a lot of getting used to. The absence of Hubbell was certainly felt as students had to fend for themselves for meals. “Buying food from the local outlets was expensive, and there wasn’t much variety as opposed to Hubbell, whereby one gets a buffet style meal with plenty variations of food every day,” Lee said. Keng Mun Cheong, a Malaysian native who is a sophomore majoring in actuarial science, agreed with Lee. “Having to pay for food was a challenge due to its costly nature,” he said. But with the constant complaining about Hubbell dining, the saying “you never know what you have until it’s gone” definitely rang true for the stranded Spring Break students. On the brighter side of things, being on campus while everyone was gone certainly had advantages for students, like Mutanga. For him, the peaceful conditions were conducive not only for studying. He said that Spring Break was an opportunity to “get to know and talk to people you usually wouldn’t under normal circumstances.” The students who spent their break on campus had as much fun as anyone did in their own individualistic ways. Whether it was playing Frisbee or riding a bicycle just as the sun was about to set as a way to deter boredom while shedding those extra pounds, it was all done in honor of the joyful spirit of relaxation that was brought by Spring Break. But with the peaceful silence broken by the return of Drake students, one could only wish it lasted longer.




Campaign to end the R-word spreads to Drake Increased focus on respect for people with disabilities by Annelise Tarnowski

Staff Writer

Two weeks ago, the Delta Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Phi at Drake hosted its philanthropy week, which was called “Push Week.” The brothers of PiKapp had multiple events throughout the week, which included T-shirt sales, a volleyball tournament and 50 straight hours of biking without breaks in Helmick Commons. All of the proceeds of the event went to the fraternity’s philanthropy, Push America, which is a non-profit organization that serves people with disabilities. One of the most unique parts of Push Week was the pledge board in front of the tent. A giant piece of white, painted plywood read in red letters, “I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the R-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.” Throughout the week, students could stop by and sign the pledge on their way to class. This initiative, “Spread the Word to End the Word,” was started by the Special Olympics in 2008 after a change in terminology from using the term “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability.” “I believe that people with intellectual disabilities and other disabilities are capable of enjoying life and everyday experiences just

like everyone else,” said senior Seejo Valacheril, assistant Push chair for PiKapp. “By describing a person by using the R-word makes them feel less human. After all, they are people first.” During “Push Week” on Drake’s campus, there was action for the initiative at the Capitol as well. On March 6, Gov. Terry Branstad signed two important documents: one was the Spread the Word to End the Word pledge, and the other was a bill calling for the elimination of the “R-word” from all state laws. Junior Meghan Price, an elementary education major with an endorsement in special education supports the initiative. “I think it’s great that Gov. Branstad is taking the initiative to help end the word,” Price said. “Being in such a high position, others could look up to him and what steps he is taking.” Price is also part of the Special Olympics Iowa, an organization that has been around since 1968. Price signed the pledge and spread the word. “I have worn my shirt supporting the initiative around campus and talking to people about pledging,” Price said. “I have also made a Facebook status and tweeted about the pledge and encouraged people to join.” It may seem unrealistic to expect all of those who signed the board to stick to their pledge, hence the “spread the word” part of the initiative. One of the purposes of the

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PI KAPPA PHI FRATERNITY had students sign this board for PUSH WEEK. pledge is to make people aware of the kinds of speech they use and how that speech affects those around them. “This initiative is about ending the word, too, and making people more aware of what the word actually does and how they can stop it,” Price said. Ultimately, “Spread the Word to End the Word” is about treating people with disabilities the same as treating people without disabilities.

This means replacing the current R-word with a new one: respect. “This (pledge) is about a revolution of our attitudes towards a population that has been put down throughout their lifetime,” Valacheril said. “They deserve the same respect that we all get. Removing the R-word from our everyday speech is one step we can take towards showing them that respect.” While the pledge board, made

by the Pi Kappa Phi brothers, is not on display for signing on campus any longer, this effort was a part of a larger national movement to end the use of the derogatory language. Visit today to read more about the history of the initiative and join the thousands of others who have signed the pledge. Perhaps someday, the R-word will be forgotten altogether.

Change in weather plays role in change in moods Brain chemicals and weather patterns impact mood

TAYLOR SOULE | photo editor STUDENTS SPEND MORE TIME outside due to nicer weather, which may have an impact on their moods. by Emily Warner

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average temperatures at the state fair can be unbearable.” “In general, people go outside more on nice days, and when they are outside, they may just be doing more pleasurable things, which can, of course, impact mood,” Lancaster said. “The strongest effects of the weather on mood occur on nice spring days when people actually take advantage of the weather by going outside and doing something fun.” He said that when people go outside, they are receiving vitamin D3, which boosts the brain chemical serotonin. The fact that people are able to go outside and do fun activities is mainly what causes the positive moods we all associate with sunny days. But, in some cases, for people who are more vulnerable and sensitive to seasonal and weather changes, there is a more serious and longer lasting mood change. Some people have naturally low levels of certain brain chemicals. Some of these brain chemicals are increased with sunlight and control mood. If low, depression can easily occur. So, when the days start to get long and there is little sunlight, especially in Midwest winters, some fall victim to seasonal affective disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic website, there are three main reasons for SAD: 1. The brain chemical serotonin — low levels caused by little sunlight can trigger depression. 2.

Have you ever wondered why rainy weather makes you feel depressed and lazy while a sunny summer day makes you feel energized and productive? How, in the winter, everything just slows down and people get depressed? What is the reason that weather and seasons affect one’s short-term and even long-term moods? “Studying the relationship between weather and mood is tricky,” said Dr. Steven Lancaster, assistant psychology professor at Drake. “Average temperatures in winter are great, but above

The hormone melatonin is disrupted in changing seasons, which can upset mood and sleep patterns.


A persons biological clock (circadian rhythm) can be changed by the limit of sunlight during fall and winter; this internal clock lets your body know when to sleep or be awake and disruption of it can cause depression. If you are a female, have a family member with SAD, are African-American or live in poverty, you are more likely to have SAD. If the following sounds familiar, you may have the winter blues or actual SAD: being depressed only in the winter, feeling moody or grumpy, being sleepy all the time, eating a lot of carbs, gaining weight, and being unproductive (during the winter). Most

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college students feel that way a lot, so it can be hard to tell, don’t try to self diagnose. There are several ways to resolve SAD. Many people have light boxes — even those who just feel down in the winter and don’t have SAD have light boxes. You sit in front of it for about 30 minutes a few times a day. It stimulates the brain where it has been lacking. There are also antidepressants for SAD. Counseling is also a strong treatment, and exercise has been shown to help increase mood as well. Although the weather doesn’t cause different kinds of moods, we do associate certain moods with certain types of weather. You can be sure that there will be people outside playing Frisbee during the first remotely nice day after a long period of cold, dark, crappy days. The mood on campus is uplifted dramatically, and people feel more productive, friendlier and more optimistic. “Students who visit an academically challenging campus on a cloudy day are more likely to enroll at that school,” Lancaster said. “The idea is that the cloudy weather probably makes working hard academically much more appealing than it would be on a sunny day. This then biases their later decision about which school to attend.” That is probably why the end of the year is so hard for a lot of students; it is easier to be studious when it’s gray and cold outside. Since most of the school year is cold and dreary, it is important to make sure we don’t let the weather make us feel down and unproductive. Exercise, a healthy diet, getting out of your room often, being with a lot of people and being involved in different things can all help with this. Now that it is spring, the problem becomes having a balance between studying and enjoying the weather. Studying outside can be a solution to that. Combine the two and stay outside.






Now that the weather is a lot nicer, you should go check out the softball squad at Ron Buel Field. The Bulldogs will take on Missouri State on Saturday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Drake will face the Bears once again on Sunday at 12 p.m.


Head coach Amy Stephens abruptly resigns by Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa

Sports Editor

Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb announced the resignation of Amy Stephens as head women’s basketball coach on Monday. “Amy has contributed much to the success of our women’s basketball program in her nine seasons at Drake,” said Hatfield Clubb in a Drake athletics press release. “We appreciate the commitment she has given to the program’s success and wish her the best in future endeavors.” Stephens’ decision comes at a strange time for the Bulldogs. Just two weeks ago, Stephens arguably completed her best coaching job at Drake. After finishing the regular season with a 15-14 mark, Stephens led the No. 7 seed Bulldogs to an improbable run to the Missouri Valley Conference championship. Drake took down 10th-seeded Evansville, shocked the No. 3 seed Illinois State and stunned the No. 2 seed Wichita State before falling in the championship game to fourth-seeded Creighton. The run also earned the Bulldogs a National Invitational Tournament bid. “As the 2011-12 season came to a close with another postseason tournament bid, Drake and I agreed we had different visions for the future of the program,” Stephens said in a Drake athletics press release. “While I believe each of our perspectives is honorable, I have decided to tender my resignation. I am grateful for my time at Drake and humbled by having had the chance to lead the women’s team to the best overall record in the Missouri Valley Conference for the past decade. I wish Drake and the women’s team nothing but the best in the future. I hope Drake continues to attract the same high quality young women I have had the privilege to coach.” The Bulldogs finished the season with an overall record of 18-16 and earned its fourth trip to the postseason in seven years. The Bulldogs lost to the University of South Dakota Coyotes in the first round of this year’s WNIT. While there’s no indication as to why Stephens decided to leave, it must be said that in the last year, three different Bulldogs have left the program: Angela Christianson, Kayla Person and redshirt junior Brittnye McSparron. McSparron left the team a few weeks prior to the start of the MVC tournament.

Stephens, who was been the head coach at Drake since 2003, compiled a 151-130 record in her nine seasons at Drake (87-75 in regular season MVC play). Drake was the Valley’s most successful women’s basketball team in the last decade (2000-2009). Before coming to Drake, Stephens served one year as assistant coach at the University of Nebraska and eight years as head coach at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Her overall record stands at 348-173 after 17 seasons. Drake announced it will immediately start a nationwide search for Stephens’ successor.


Hackbarth earns AP All-American honorable mention Senior Rachael Hackbarth added one more accolade to her already stellar senior campaign on Tuesday. Hackbarth was named an honorable mention on the 2012 women’s basketball Associated Press All-America team. “This is a great honor, and it was earned by the effort of the whole team,” Hackbarth said in a Drake athletics press release. “I was surrounded by people who believed in me and looked to me to lead the team. This puts a great cap on my collegiate career.”  Hackbarth was named the 2012 Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and was named to the All-MVC first team and to the MVC All-Defensive team. Hackbarth led the conference in scoring (18.9 ppg) and rebounding (11.8 rpg).

Sophomore Diaries: Looking back on the Bulldogs’ magical run I knew from day one there was something special about this team. And as I sit here itching to tell everyone what it is, I’m struggling to find the words. Our season can be defined in one simple way: The will to win. Nothing stopped us. Nothing deterred us from being the team we knew we could be. And quite frankly, adversity grew to be our best friend, whether we liked it or not. Slowly, but surely, our roster was down to a solid eight players by the time the conference tournament rolled around. Did we dwell on it? Not at all. Did we use it as an excuse? Far from it. All I know is we picked the right time to peak. After our firstround win against Evansville, it was all up from there. Our second game was against the No. 2 seed, Illinois State. They swept us in conference play, so we were definitely out for revenge. We started a little shaky, but I could tell from the get-go that we were going to win that game. It was a tie game with less than 20 seconds left, and we had the ball. Freshman Kyndal Clark finished beautifully at the buzzer — Drake victory. I get goose bumps talking about it. Next came Wichita State. They swept us previously, too. Anyone who was at this game or watched it on TV may or may not have suffered a heart attack. We came out on fire. And I mean ON FIRE, shooting over 80 percent from the 3-point line at the half. But as you know, basketball is a game of runs. After a 12-point lead, Wichita State cranked up the press. Fortunately, the game never fully got away from us. We were well on our way to the championship.

It was the first time for everyone on our team competing for a championship. Although the results weren’t what we hoped for, it was the best three days of basketball I’ve ever experienced. And I’m sure my teammates would say the same. The emotional highs of that weekend were incredible. It doesn’t get much better than upsetting two teams because of clutch performances. What can I say? We were ballin’ out the gym. Despite the loss, that was the closest our team has ever been to a championship. And I know it has left us all hungry for more. I mean, think about it, we were 40 minutes away from making it to the Big Dance. Who DOESN’T want that? A team can sulk about a tough loss or use it as motivation. I’m confident we will choose the second option. I promised my mom we would win a championship within the next three years. I’m not one to break promises.

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Among her career highlights, Hackbarth leaves Drake as the 10th-leading scorer all-time with 1,161 points. She is also seventh all-time on the Drake rebounding list with 953 boards, along with finishing sixth in career minutes with 3,382 minutes played and fifth all-time in career blocks with 107.  The Colgate, Wis., native recorded 26 double-doubles this season, leading the entire NCAA. She also held a streak of 15 consecutive double-doubles at one point, the sixthlongest streak in NCAA history.


Drake rides six-game winning streak as conference play heats up by Taylor Soule

Staff Writer

Every week, Rich Calvert outlines Drake softball practice goals. This week, Calvert outlined something different. “Coach (Calvert) says we’re playing with heart,” said junior outfielder Macie Silliman. “He drew a person with a big heart on the locker room white board the other day, and said, ‘This is what’s happening.’” Drake’s teamwork — and six straight wins — inspired Calvert’s artwork. On March 17-18, the Bulldogs swept Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. Drake opened the three game series with back-to-back victories over the Sycamores. Led by junior outfielder Lindsey Vande Wall, Drake capped the series with a 2-0 win on March 18. Vande Wall’s fly ball drove Amy Pierce home in the fourth inning for a 1-0 edge. Senior outfielder Jaimie Duffek pushed Vande Wall to the plate with a seventh inning RBI single, completing Drake’s 2-0 victory. Last Saturday marked another Missouri Valley Conference double-header, and Drake opened the three game series with consecutive wins over Bradley. On Sunday, sophomore Jordan Gronewold pitched a complete game shutout, sealing Drake’s sweep with a 1-0 victory. For Silliman, teamwork powered the Bulldogs’ six-game winning streak. “We’ve definitely come together as a team,” she said. “We kind of just fed off each other and kept it going.” Missouri Valley Conference play is just underway, but the May 10-12 State

Farm MVC Championship is already on Drake’s horizon, Silliman said. “I hope we continue to win, obviously, and making the (NCAA) tournament is one of our big goals every year and be able to put some numbers up against the top teams,” she said. “For me, I just want to give whatever I can to the team and go from there.” At 13-14 overall and 6-0 in the MVC, Drake’s numbers are already

We’ve definitely come together as a team. We kind of just fed off each other and kept it going.

- junior outfielder Macie Silliman

promising. Tied with Northern Iowa in MVC play, the Bulldogs are eager to topple conference powerhouses Southern Illinois and Illinois State, Silliman said. Before facing the Salukis and the Redbirds, though, Drake will take on Missouri State on Saturday and Sunday at Ron Buel Field. Despite the Bears’ 3-3 MVC record, Drake anticipates a competitive series. Missouri State pitcher Natalie Rose is armed with a dangerous curveball, Silliman said. “Our main concern is the pitcher,” she said. “She’ll probably be our main thing to get past.” For sophomore infielder Liz Buck,

Rose’s unpredictable pitch is difficult but not impossible to hit. “They have a pretty good pitcher who has a good curveball, so that will be tough, but I think we’ve seen it all from them,” Buck said. With Rose’s curveball in mind, the Bulldogs are ready to improve offensively. “I think we hope to improve our hitting a little more,” Buck said. “Just keep scoring and getting people on base, having more of a presence at the plate.” Though Rose’s pitching poses a threat, Buck is confident in Drake’s improvement on the mound. “Our pitching has really picked it up,” she said. “They’re getting ahead on the count a lot more and they’re just stringing hits together a lot more.” Even after stringing together six straight victories, Drake is taking the MVC’s competitive field one weekend at a time. “I think it’s pretty tough this year,” Buck said. “Every weekend should be a challenge.” The Bulldogs take on Missouri State at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. in a double-header on Saturday at Ron Buel Field.

CHECK ‘EM OUT Catch their game against Missouri State SATURDAY, MAR. 31 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. Ron Buel Field





Bulldogs head into MVC play boasting 17-2 record by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

No. 46 Drake won all four of its matches over spring break to improve its record to 17-2 going into Missouri Valley Conference play this Saturday. The Bulldogs traveled to Texas for their spring break trip, with matches scheduled against the University of Texas at Arlington, Sacramento State and Southern Methodist. The match against UT-Arlington was cancelled on account of excessive wind, and head coach Evan Austin said that the match won’t be made up this season. Drake’s first match was played on March 20 against Sacramento State, and after waiting three hours to begin the match due to a rain delay, the two teams agreed to start the competition with the singles play, with the first one claiming four matches as the winner. The Bulldogs started with a bang, as freshman Ben Mullis dominated at the sixth position en route to a 6-1, 6-0 win. The Hornets of Sacramento State fought back to level the score at 1-all, as Marek Marksoo defeated Drake sophomore Robin Goodman 6-1, 6-2. This was just Goodman’s second loss of his dual-match career, and his first loss since last year against Minnesota.

“Robin just had one of those days where he couldn’t get into it mentally,” Austin said. “Probably the first time that has happened to him in over a year, so we aren’t worried.” From there on out, the match was dominated by the Bulldogs. Juniors Anis Ghorbel and James McKie each posted straight-set wins at the first and second singles positions, respectively, to extend Drake’s lead to 3-1. Junior Jean Erasmus clinched the match at the third singles position for the Bulldogs, as Erasmus came back from a set down to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. On March 21, the Bulldogs went up against the Mustangs of Southern Methodist. The Mustangs have been a solid team in the last few years, and despite not carrying a national ranking so far this season, they brought a battle against the Bulldogs. With no excessive rain or wind to deter them, the two teams started the match traditionally with doubles play. Drake’s top doubles team of McKie and Ghorbel was the only duo to post a doubles victory for the team, as the two other squads could not replicate the 8-5 win. Dropping the doubles point put Drake at a 0-1 disadvantage, but the Bulldogs battled back in singles. Senior Jonathan Hadash notched the first singles win for the Bulldogs at

the fifth position. Hadash absolutely dismantled Tobias Flood of SMU 6-0, 6-1. “Jonathan has been playing great in practice, working hard, and I just felt like he was ready to go,” Austin said. McKie put the Bulldogs in the lead with a 7-5, 6-4 win at the second singles position. With Drake leading 2-1, the Mustangs made a charge to steal the match. Erasmus and Goodman both lost tight three-set matches, giving SMU a 3-2 lead. With SMU just one point away from notching an upset, Ghorbel and Mullis stepped up for the Bulldogs. Ghorbel extended the match for Drake, as the junior won 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 at the first position to level the score at 3-all. The outcome of the match rested on Mullis’ shoulders, and after dropping the first set and winning the second, a third set was going to decide the match. Mullis’ grinding style of play had taken its toll on his opponent, as the SMU player soon began to cramp up. With Mullis taking a 2-0 lead, SMU’s Robert Sajovich had to retire due to extreme cramping, giving Drake a 4-3 win. “Ben’s one of those guys who is going to make you beat him,” Austin said. “The great thing about him is

he’s a fighter and he wants to be out there when the match is on the line.” Drake returned home to Des Moines for two more matches against the University of Missouri–Kansas City and Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Bulldogs garnered 7-0 victories in both matches. The match against Green Bay was a perfect sweep, as Drake won all doubles and singles matches in straight sets. Austin said that getting four matches in outdoor weather before the start of the spring outdoor season was the most important aspect of the team’s spring break matches. With elements like the wind working against you, tennis outdoors involves a complete change of strategy for almost every player. “It’s definitely a different game tactically when you go outdoors, and movement and patience really factor in,” Austin said. “You have to work your points and set up your weapons, you can’t just pull the trigger early in the rallies.” The Bulldogs kick off their conference season against the Creighton Bluejays this Saturday at 10 a.m. The match will be played on the outside courts of the Roger Knapp Tennis Center, located behind the main building.

Ghorbel earns MVC Player of the Week honors Junior Anis Ghorbel was named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week on Tuesday. Ghorbel has earned the distinction five times in his career, including three this spring. This is also the seventh time this season that a Bulldog garnered the award. Ghorbel went a perfect 7-0 in his singles/doubles ledger to help the Bulldogs to a 4-0 mark last week.  On the season, Ghorbel leads the team with a 40-10 singles/ doubles record, including a teambest 23-5 singles mark.


Drake goes 3-1 during spring break, ready for MVC slate by Blake Miller

Staff Writer

After losing back-to-back matches for the first time this spring to Kansas and Iowa State, the Drake women’s tennis team is back on track, winning five out of its last six matches. Three of those wins came in Las Vegas over the break, as the Bulldogs only lost one match to San Jose State. The team is back home at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center this Saturday against Northern Iowa at 1 p.m. “I still believe this is the best season Drake women’s tennis has seen in a while,” senior Gabby Demos said. “Not only are we playing well, but we’re finally seeing results, and I feel very prepared going into conference play this weekend.” Earlier this season, Demos cracked the top10 in doubles wins in school history. The team also posted a 10-match winning streak at one point in the season. “I think one of the defining factors making this a better season than past ones is the fivesenior presence on the team,” Demos said. “All of us are wrapping up our careers and therefore trying to finish as strong as possible. The team chemistry is also really great this season, and with our recent trip to Vegas, our bonds strengthened even more.” Drake will face seven consecutive Missouri Valley Conference opponents in the next four weeks until the MVC tournament gets under way: it will face Northern Iowa, Bradley and Illinois State at home, and square off against Southern Illinois, Evansville, Wichita State and Creighton on the road. The State Farm MVC Championship begins April 27 in Omaha, Neb. “I am very satisfied with the team right now and am excited to play UNI this weekend, as they are one of our biggest rivals,” Demos said. The seven conference match-ups before the

tournament also give the team a chance to tighten up any loose ends it might have before facing the same teams in the tournament. “Before the tournament, I think we really need to focus on point construction and when to go for different shots during the match,” Demos said. “I feel everyone can also work on serve returns so as to not give any easy points away because every match counts during the tournament, and we really want to do well there this year.” Last season, the Bulldogs had an early exit from the tournament, losing to Illinois State 4-3 on the first day of competition. The season before was none better; Drake was shut out by Southern Illinois 4-0 in the first round. Demos’ freshman season was more of the same, as the Bulldogs lost to Illinois State 4-0, also in the first round. Despite the recent disappointing MVC tournament showings by the Bulldogs, Demos is optimistic that this year the squad can turn around its luck. “The final goals of the season I would have to say are for everyone to play their best tennis during conference dual-matches so as to get a good seeding in the tournament and then advance in the tournament, which we have been unable to do in the last few years,” Demos said. “I think if everyone comes to play like they can, we could maybe even win the whole thing this year.”

Krizman earns MVC Player of the Week honors Junior Manca Krizman was named the Missouri Valley Conference’s Women’s Tennis Player of the Week on Tuesday. This is the third straight week a Bulldog has earned the distinction and the third time that Krizman has been selected in her career. Krizman went a combined 7-1 in her singles/doubles ledger, leading Drake to a 3-1 mark last week. Krizman extended her singles winning streak to 22 matches with four victories last week.  On the season, Krizman is now a team-best 45-10 combined in her singles/doubles ledger. Her 25-2 singles ledger is also best on the team.  

CHECK ‘EM OUT Watch them take on Northern Iowa SATURDAY, MAR. 31 1 p.m. Roger Knapp Tennis Center




Bulldogs finish 22nd at C&F Bank Intercollegiate

Smith, Welfringer set to leave Drake basketball

The men’s golf squad fired a 301 on Tuesday to finish in 22nd out of 29 teams at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate hosted by the College of William and Mary at the River Course at the Kingsmill Resort. Drake finished with a total score of 916. Missouri claimed first-place with a final score of 870. Here are the individual results for the Bulldogs: Devin Leland: 223 (72-78-73=223/T-35th), Blake Huser : 226 (72-78-76=226/T-53rd), Connor Steele: 232 (77-79-76=232/T-97th), Dane Worley: 240 (83-79-78=240/T-126th) and Ben Lyons: 241 (80-85-76=241/T-129th).

Redshirt sophomore David Smith and freshman Judd Welfringer were granted their releases from the Bulldogs men’s basketball program on Tuesday. Both players are transferring to other institutions. Smith played in 63 games in his Drake career, scoring 63 points and adding 33 assists, 56 rebounds, 12 steals and four blocks. He made one start for the Bulldogs during the 2011-2012 campaign. Welfringer averaged 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds this season for the Bulldogs.

Four common misconceptions about Drake Intramurals All of Drake Intramurals would like to welcome everyone back from spring break. We hope any of your vacation debaucheries have not hindered your performance in the first week back on the fields. At this point in the semester, we are nearing playoffs for indoor soccer and floor hockey and are looking at the beginning of the softball season. As the last couple months of school wind down, I want to supply you with the best mentality possible in order to succeed in intramurals. The first step is to relieve you of all the potential misconceptions you have believed about the program up to this point. Here are four common misconceptions about Drake Intramurals.

The staff walks around with unearned champion T-shirts

OK, so this is only half false. At the beginning of the year, we had a surplus of T-shirts and a select few staff members were given one. This is not to say,

however, that these staffers have not went on to win a championship at a later date. The shirts are worn mostly for advertisements at the beginning of the year, and the impeccable style of each has everyone craving a victory.

The other team won because the refs liked them better In spite of the plethora of manipulative comments made either under your breath or loud and proud, officials do not intentionally blow the game. If we actually had the money to place bets, we might consider it, but Intramural Coordinator Matt Gasser would probably catch us first. Some players just refuse to see the reality of the competitive cycle. When one misses a shot, naturally he or she becomes angry. Anger can lead to displaced, physical altercations and thus a penalty which gives the opposing team an advantage. In support of our staff, the official was never at fault for your missed

shot. To ease any other anxiety, we also censor our officials for certain games that may suggest any favoritism. is only for captains and managers This website is not only a resource to keep your team organized, but it is a priority. We have a discouraging number of players ineligible come playoffs due to a technicality. Signing up on IMleagues. com is mandatory for each team you play on and is essentially your manager’s responsibility, as he or she should receive the navigation information at the manager’s meeting. Your captain can also be held accountable. The difference between a captain and a manager can be left up to your imagination.

We don’t make the rules

Don’t be fooled by an official who makes the mistake of saying, “That’s not my fault, I didn’t make the rules.” Tech-

nically, that official didn’t put anything in writing, but the intramurals staff is in charge of researching and developing the most fun, safest and competitive way to play. As a general rule of thumb, we tend to follow basic high school rules for most sports. However, constant improvements are always being made, and a reason exists for every rule. We don’t have the three-line rule in indoor soccer “just because.” It’s there to prevent an iron foot and a track star from running the show. Drake IDs are not required just because we like to keep you responsible, but players actually show resentment when teams recruit professional athletes to play. Our common misconceptions unfortunately do not end here. We do not like to upset you, the athlete, but I can only reinforce so many rules and regulations in each of my columns, and my colleagues can only supply you with so much knowledge each time you become

infuriated. As problems inevitably continue to arise, do not hesitate to test your friendly intramural official on the rules. However, if it seems like you’re getting away with something, you probably are. Until next time, please play by the rules.

HALEY BOSCO | COLUMNIST Bosco is a senior English and secondary education double major and can be contacted at




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