Monday April 01, 2013
Identifying School Discipline 6:30-8 p.m. Drake Law School James Smith, tenor, Senior Recital 7:30-9 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium
Tuesday “How to Survive a Plague” 7-8 p.m. Sussman Theater
Wednesday Softball v. Iowa 4 p.m. Ron Buel Field 42nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition 12-4 p.m. Anderson Gallery 30th Bucksbaum Lecture: James Balog 7 p.m. Anderson Gallery
Students react to the new ban on water bottles PAGE 1
Opinions Free Movie Friday decision not entirely thought out PAGE 2
Features Dress for Success: You are what you look like PAGE 3
Sports Men and Women’s tennis take home wins this weekend PAGE 4
NEWLY-APPOINTED MEN’S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH RAY GIACOLETTI shakes hands with University President David Maxwell on March 28 during the official press conference held to announce the new hire. Giacoletti, formerly of Gonzaga University, replaced Mark Phelps. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR
Passion brought Giacoletti to Drake Taylor Soule
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Ray Giacoletti had several chances to leave Gonzaga over his six years as assistant men’s basketball coach. Chances to return to the helm of a Division I program. Chances to apply the success at Gonzaga to a new program. Chances to rebound from his 2007 release as head coach at Utah. That chance came the week of March 4, when Drake University Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb called Giacoletti about the head coach vacancy. Her passion for Drake caught his interest instantly. “I was blown away,” Giacoletti said. “I had to go to film right after that, and all I could think about was my conversation with her, her excitement in doing things the right way.” That call paved the way for Giacoletti to take the helm at Drake this past Thursday. On the court, he pledged to win the rebound war and score easy baskets. Off
the court, he pledged to draw more players from the Midwest and immerse Drake student-athletes in the Des Moines area. When Hatfield Clubb announced him as head coach, Levitt Hall erupted in a chorus of cheers and claps. Giacoletti gestured to silence the crowd and opened his Bulldog tenure on a funny note. “Hopefully, you’re all this happy after the first loss because there’s going to be one somewhere down the road,” Giacoletti said to chuckles from the crowd. Giacoletti comes to Drake from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where he compiled a 163– 41 record over six seasons as assistant coach under head coach Mark Few. The Gonzaga Bulldogs boasted six consecutive NCAA trips under Giacoletti, too. Giacoletti came to Gonzaga with 10 years of head coaching experience. In his first season as head coach at Utah, most notably, Giacoletti compiled a 29-6 ledger en route to a Mountain West Conference Championship and an NCAA Sweet 16 berth in 2005.
He said he hopes to apply the Gonzaga approach at Drake. Though Gonzaga offers a model of a powerful program, Giacoletti stressed that the Bulldogs must strive to create and reach Drakeunique goals. “I have been at one of the most successful programs in the country and watching how they were able to put it together, I can hopefully bring that to Drake and to be the best Drake can be,” Giacoletti said. “Not try to be Gonzaga, not try to be somebody else, but let’s be the best Drake can be.” To build a strong Bulldog program, he vowed to build a strong defense that forces turnovers. On offense, Giacoletti vowed to win the rebound war, a war Drake lost in the 2012-13 season. The Bulldog offense averaged just 8.0 boards per game to rank ninth in the Missouri Valley Conference last season. Giacoletti stressed the impact of rebounds en route to wins. “The team that outrebounds its opponent each night wins 80 percent of the time,” Giacoletti said.
Bottle ban proves a positive for most Ashley Beall
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Recycling is a prominent issue on Drake University’s campus, but it’s finally taking a step forward. Last Tuesday President David Maxwell announced that as of next fall semester there will be no more water bottles for sale on campus. Bottled water will still be sold at sporting events because of obligations made by contracts, but it will no longer be available anywhere else on campus. This decision was made due to the LEAD capstone students in Professor of Adult Learning and Organizational Performance, Tom Westbrook’s class. They kick-started the movement and were able to get the support of Student Senate behind them as they moved forward with this idea. They also had about 800 students sign a petition to remove bottled water. With this announcement, many people on campus are standing behind this decision and are in favor of it. “I was pleased with this announcement. I applaud the fact that this is a student initiative. It’s nice to know that we have a voice on campus,” first-year Nick Baker said. “Also, I see this as a great chance for Drake to enhance their green image. Bottled water seems to be an unnecessary expense when so many of us have reusable water bottles.” Baker’s response is similar to those of other Drake students and other colleges throughout the nation. Drake now stands amongst more than 100 other colleges who have also chosen to follow
this initiative on their campus and helping the environment. In the email sent out to the student body by Maxwell, one of his statistics states: “Transporting water around the country (or around the world, in the case of Fiji water, which really does come from Fiji) involves significant consumption of hydrocarbon fuels, depleting those resources and contributing to atmospheric degradation.” “I like the idea. I think people buy a water bottle and throw it away without thinking about how they are hurting the environment with the thought of: It’s just one water bottle,” first-year Tricia Trimble said. “Plus this could help people save some money by carrying a reusable water bottle with them instead of buying one.” However, not all Drake students are as enthused as Trimble and Baker. Other students feel as if this is an idea that won’t necessarily help effect the environment or make any sort of significant change. “In theory it is a good idea, they want us to start reusing water-bottles and ‘save the planet’ from all of the plastic trash we throw away. I don’t however forsee these results coming from this decision,” first-year Brandon Jenkins said. “I think the people who were going to reuse their water bottles have been and will continue to do so, but everyone else will either buy them elsewhere or complain a lot. I don’t see any real noticeable change coming from this.” This student-led operation seemed to have the student body behind them, but the fact is there are students on the opposite end of the spectrum for this deci-
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sion and will not be thrilled about the outcome of this initiative. Student Senate plans to lend a hand to these naysayers and the rest of the undergraduate, P1 and P2 students by distributing free reusable water bottles next fall semester.
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“That’s an amazing thing, just on one aspect of the game.” Beyond game day, he pledged to focus on Iowa talent first, then extend the search to the rest of the Midwest. The Bulldog roster owns just one Iowa player. Giacoletti said he plans to draw high school stars who can build the program over four or five years as Bulldogs, thanks to the redshirt route. “You get to the point where you are redshirting two guys a year, now you are really building a foundation,” Giacoletti said. “That takes time, though.” As he starts his time as a Bulldog, Giacoletti said Drake is the ideal place to develop his craft as a coach and develop a team hungry to lead the MVC. “As you grow and get more experience, you try to find, ‘How can I make the biggest impact in that situation, and what kind of situation does that have to be?’ and Drake is that place,” Giacoletti said. “It’s a place that, I think, has a real opportunity to grow the basketball program.”
Bylaws change adds two new OC members Emma Wilson
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Student Senate passed two bylaw changes this week. It discussed the creation of a historian as an ex officio member and a change in the Organizational Council bylaws. The historian would organize and document Student Senate files. The historian would also assist in the process of documenting senators’ outreach. The position will be reviewed after the 2013-14 Student Senate session to evaluate whether the position should be continued. The Organizational Council bylaw change was made to make the Organizational Council more effective. Presently there are two senators on the Organizational Council and an Organizational Council chair. Senate has come to the conclusion that having only two Organizational senators would be more effective — they will both sit in on the Student Affairs committee meetings in order to connect more with student organizations. In Vice President of Student Life David Karaz’s officer report, his intern, Nicole Germann, gave a presentation about the changes students had expressed desire for. One of the major concerns expressed was the time change in the dining hall hours. Sen. Ethan Gascho suggested the contract with Sodexo should be evaluated because Sodexo is shortening its workday but the university is still paying them the same amount. Karaz introduced a plan for next year where each senator would need to get one tangible thing done during the year. He encouraged senators to work toward solutions instead of constantly discussing problems. Student Senate had several guests this week, and many of them were potential candidates for Student Senate next year. Official campaigning for Senate elections began yesterday. The election will start April 8 and finish April 9 at 11:59 p.m.
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Vigil in honor of Damascus FMF waste of funds
Long-term benefits unseen
Sarah Fulton Columnist
ARABIC TEXT which would be found in newspapers shows a cultural aspect of Syria. SUBMITTED BY CODY AUSTIN
Bri Steier Columnist A person experiences a wide range of feelings in his or her transition from home life to the turbulent world that is college — anticipation to finally be on your own, excitement for the endless possibilities and even a sadness that stems from the inevitable homesickness that will set in. However, one feeling that no one should ever have to experience is fear for his or her life. For students of Damascus University in Damascus, Syria, this fear became very tangible on Thursday. This attack, reminiscent of a
similar one at Aleppo University killing 90 students in January, took the lives of 15 students. As rebel groups continue to intensify their attacks on regime forces and the death toll of innocent citizens soars through the tens of thousands, it has become glaringly obvious to many that indifference in the light of such tragedies is a mistake we cannot afford to make. In response, the Syrian American Council is working with student activists across the country to hold candlelight vigils in solidarity with Syrian students affected by this travesty. Students at Drake — in respect to our responsible global citizenship — are no exception. This Thursday members of the Middle East Peace and Prosperity Alliance (MEPPA) will be hosting a candlelight vigil in Helmick Commons at 8:30 p.m., joining the likes of schools such as Arizona State University and University of Minnesota Twin Cities. All are encouraged to join in this short ceremony to remind ourselves that though thousands of miles separate us from these victims, we are neigh-
bors in our fight against this continuing violence. Our generation is no stranger to tragedy. We have been exposed to violence on scales that are unimaginable to others. There comes a time in all of our lives when indifference no longer becomes an option. Though actions such as a moment of silence, a candlelight vigil, or a simple prayer may be small, when joined in solidarity with millions all over the world, the effect could be vast. When indifference no longer becomes an option, action remains our only choice. As we remember the victims of Damascus University, as well as the numerous innocent victims throughout the Syrian conflict, let us remember that we are part of a global community that is larger than ourselves and it is our duty to act in a globally responsible way. Steier is a first-year law, politics and society and rhetoric double major and can be reached at brianna.steier@ drake.edu
After three attempts at drying the same set of laundry, I finally give up and hung the damp clothes off my roommate’s bed. While I am glad she is out of town so I have this opportunity, I would also love the chance to complain to her about the dryers. It is perfectly understandable that dryers would get old and, in the harsh economic times, would not be replaced. However, with the seventh edition of Free Movie Fridays coming up, it seems less reasonable. According to the Dec. 6 Student Senate Agenda, student activities fees were raised $7 a semester to $73. It came to light in the middle of last semester that Senate had a reserve account that was filled to capacity with excess funds from student fees. According to Will Thorton in an article for The Times-Delphic with the money Senate chose to spend $13,000 on pre-releases to be shown in Bulldog Theater every Friday night. While student activity fees are reserved for student activities, as they should be, in the case of a sudden windfall an exception could be made. Of all the options they could have chosen that would have made the average student’s life easier, I do not see why they chose movies. I understand that free movies are awesome. I understand that the movies that Sen-
ate chose are awesome. Overall, I agree that the idea is a good one, but there are several flaws in the plan that make it unworthy of such a large chunk of change. First, they picked Friday to show the movies. There are so many options of other events on Friday nights that the movies are not guaranteed a large audience. These cut into other events in a way that they would not on a Thursday or Sunday night. Second, Senate paid $3,250 to have free food at the movies. Would it not have been more cost efficient to have students fork over the $2 or $3 if they want popcorn? They are seeing the movie for free so asking them to spend a couple dollars on snacks does not seem unreasonable. In the end, the money could be used better. Dryers are just the beginning. The printing system fails often and sends students into a blind fury trying to get their homework printed before class. Updating the Ecuts system or the printers themselves would reduce the number of pre-class panic attacks. The wireless internet connection needs help. On the weekends the WiFi is great but during the week there is sometimes not even enough connection to load Pandora. The corners of Olin 101 flood every time there is too much rain. In the end I just wish the money had been spent on something that would have benefitted students in the long term. What is done is done, but in the unlikely event that Senate ever finds themselves with such a windfall again, I would hope they would broaden their outlook.
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New element to fairy tales added in ‘Once Upon A Time’ Katherine Hunt Columnist Remember as a kid when you watched Disney movies with your parents? Then, you grew up and had to pretend to not love them as society expected you to mature? Well, ABC has developed a show that allows adults to relive their childhood movies with a
new twist. “Once Upon A Time” is a fairly new fantasy-drama show that places some of the world’s most beloved fairytale characters into modern society today. The series started off with an opening episode that left viewers spinning. Emma Swan, the protagonist, is an average woman with a difficult past who is discovered by her son whom she put up for adoption a decade before. Her son, Henry, begs her to come home with him and to listen to his story. Henry’s story is a tale of Snow White and Prince Charming and how the Evil Queen concocted a powerful curse to destroy all happy endings forever for the characters by erasing their memories and sending them to a world where no happy endings exist, or our world. Thinking her son is absolutely crazy, Emma doesn’t believe any-
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thing Henry says until she arrives in Storybrooke, Maine where these so-called “fairytale” characters live. After seeing for herself and making connections, Emma begins to believe Henry’s story although it goes against all logical and scientific reason. Together, Henry and Emma must uncover the mysteries behind the characters of Storybrooke and prepare for a prophesized final battle between Emma and the Evil Queen. The greatest thing about this show is that there are so many elements to the story that it remains new and exciting from episode to episode. In one episode, the viewers may meet Jiminy Cricket and in the next see Maleficent and the Evil Queen having a fight. Furthermore, the show takes some classic childhood heroes and princesses and turns them into “real” people
like you and me. What’s not to love? Another fascinating component is the style and layout of the show. Producers make Storybrooke a typical small town with seemingly average citizens and events with just enough of a touch of the supernatural to keep the fairy tale world and our world connected. This element is crucial, otherwise, the show would be too whimsical for adults or too impossible to occur. In the fairytale world, however, anything is possible and that’s how it should be. After all, fairy tales have happily ever afters, magic spells and exotic locations. While this show is definitely intriguing and keeps the viewer involved, this show is definitely too much for children. There may not be bloody battles or crude lan-
guage, but the little nuances and tiniest details that make this show so wonderful would definitely not be caught by a ten year old. Also, it is sometimes hard to keep the show straight. With so many character backstories on top of their “current” stories in Storybrooke, Maine, it can be hard to keep straight what has happened to whom. Overall, I’d give this show 4-and-a half stars. There are some truly fascinating parts to this show, and the opportunities/characters are endless. To check out “Once Upon A Time,” tune in Sunday nights at 7 p.m. CT.
Hunt is a senior marketing and management double major and can be reached at katherine.hunt@drake. edu
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A group of women here in Des Moines are making sure that local women have the resources to succeed. Dress for Success (DFS) is a non-profit that works to empower women and encourage them to be successful in their personal and professional lives. Jill Niswander and Jody White teamed up to make a Des Moines affiliate of the worldwide organization, Dress for Success Des Moines (DFS DSM). “I got excited about Dress for Success because I’m passionate about women’s advocacy,” Jill Niswander, the co-founder and co-director of DFS DSM, said. “Worldwide introduced me to Jody and she and I teamed up to bring Dress for Success to Des Moines. We were very blessed to meet six other fabulous ladies along this journey who support our mission of helping disadvantaged women achieve economic independence.” Clients of Dress for Success are referred to by other non-profit agencies in the area when they have scheduled an interview. The first appointment is dedicated to finding them a business suit for that interview. Once the client has gotten her job, she goes back to DFS to get up to one week’s worth of “business-appropriate separates.” Because DFS is completely volunteer and donation driven, days can be very busy for everyone involved. “A day at the boutique starts with opening the doors and preparing for scheduled suitings that day,” Niswander said. “We have to pull clothes and accessories to meet the needs of the women we’re serving that day, making sure we’re prepared to make her visit to us successful and productive.” Niswander spends a lot of time helping the women and volunteers during appointments, but also has a number of other tasks to do each day. “I think a lot of people when they hear ‘non-profit,’ they think ‘non-expense,’ and that couldn’t be further from the truth,” Niswander said. “We have all the expenses of a for-profit organization, but we rely on grants and donations to cover them. My typical day consists of flurries of emails, phone calls, juggling meetings and
kids and a lot of sleepless nights writing grants or classroom material for our Going Places Network.” The Going Places Network is a program funded by a grant from the Walmart Foundation that helps women gain the job skills and confidence they need to be successful. This is accomplished by weekly sessions that include training, networking, and one-onone coaching. Courtney Howell, a senior politics and sociology major, has worked with DFS DSM since fall of 2011. She is the Service-Learning Ambassador, through the Service Learning Program at Drake, and works during the week on various projects, including their upcoming Passion for Fashion event. “Passion for Fashion is our annual signature fundraiser of the year,” Niswander said. “Every spring we bring together local retailer and the Des Moines community for a night of fashion, drinks, desserts and fundraising for a good cause.” “The fashion show is our only large-scale fundraiser that we put on,” Howell said. “When we can help women obtain jobs through their own merit, those women are able to better provide for their families. All we have to do is provide the proper attire, and support and women excel at their interviews and jobs.” The money raised is used to pay the operating expenses, like rent and utilities, non-profits have difficulty paying and also to help fund career development programs. “Dress for Success is a cause that works at the root of social issues,” Howell said. “We are working to break the ‘Catch 22’ of women not being able to get jobs because they do not have clothing, but not being able to buy clothing because they do not have a job, and therefore money.” “People should get involved because it’s a fun and fantastic way to support women in their very own community,” Niswander said. Passion for Fashion is May 4 in Olmsted Center, 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be bought at www.dressforsuccess.com/desmoines or at the door. If anyone is interested in volunteering and helping with Passion for Fashion, contact Courtney Howell at courtney.howell@ drake.edu.
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Inspiring lectures, interesting people and an opportunity other schools don’t have. The Bucksbaum Lecture Series is an event that incorporates all of those to give Drake students and the Des Moines community a different avenue of learning. “It is such a perk of being a student here, not many people can say they saw Jimmy Carter speak at their school,” sophomore Taylor Rookaird said. “It’s a very distinguished opportunity that Drake should be proud of.” Rookaird helps with coordinating the events, alongside Assistant to the President for Advancement Erica Hartschen. “My first one (Bucksbaum Lecture) was the Vicente Fox one and through the office of leadership I ushered for that and I was kind of like chatting with some people and I really liked these types of events,” Rookaird said. After realizing her interest in
events of this nature, Rookaird talked to Hartschen about her role in the event and started keeping in contact and assisting her. “I just did a lot of coordinating with the volunteers and I help with like logistical things, I help organize programs, I help set up the gymnasium,” Rookaird said. Being a public relations major, events like this undoubtedly will help Rookaird with her future. “I think it’s cool getting a hand in one of the biggest events on campus,” Rookaird said. First-year Emily Enquist has gotten involved as well due to her dedication to volunteering. “I’d rather be helping other people,” Enquist said. “It doesn’t make sense to give all this time to yourself when you can give so much more to other people.” Enquist and the other volunteers handed out programs, made sure people knew where to sit and other tasks to make the lecture run smoothly. “I was upstairs seating people and after everyone was seated we got to sit on the floor like fif-
teen rows back, so that was really cool,” Enquist said. “It was nice to be able to experience the lecture as well.” The variation of the speakers showcased at the lecture shows the diversity and focus of the series, featuring speakers from Dr. Maya Angelou to Earvin “Magic” Johnson, covering a range of topics. “Every time it’s a new thing, it’s not a standard procedure thing,” Rookaird said. “Going from the Carter lecture, we had different details, and then you have this one where it’s a lot more relaxed.” This Wednesday, photographer, adventurer and founder of the “Extreme Ice Survey,” James Balog will be speaking at the latest installment of the lecture series in the Knapp Center at 7 p.m., and students and community members anticipate the upcoming lecture opportunity. “I always learn so much through the series and it has made me a more diverse person,” said first-year Adam Graves.
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Sports Men’s Tennis
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Drake women’s tennis has a sole goal for 2013: Snap a 13-year drought. The Bulldogs have not won the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) team title since 2000. They took a step to that goal on Saturday as they beat in-state rival Northern Iowa 5-2 to open the 2013 Valley season. The Bulldogs opened MVC play ready to take the doubles point and take the momentum. “Doubles is huge for conference just because it’s the very first matches that are out there,” said senior Ali Patterson. “Automatically, if you get that doubles point, you have an upper edge.” That outlook proved triumphant on Saturday, as Drake won two of three doubles matches to take an early 1-0 lead over the Panthers. The No. 3 duo of Patterson and freshman Mariel Ante took the inaugural Bulldog victory on an 8-1 decision over Lindsay Cayton and Trisha Hinke. At No. 2, the pair of freshmen Maddie Johnson and Lea Kozulic fell to Jessica King and Chelsea Moore, 8-2. That left just one match to decide the doubles point at No. 1. Freshman Jordan Eggleston and junior Klavdija Rebol edged Krissy Lankelma and Phoebe Walker 8-6 to take a 1-0 Bulldog lead.
Drake won four of six singles matches to complete the 5-2 victory over UNI. At the No. 1 spot, Rebol fell 6-4, 6-3 to Walker. Freshman Evy Van Genechten dispatched Lankelma at No. 2, 6-2, 6-2. In No. 3 action, Moore beat Kozulic, 6-0, 6-2. The Bulldogs won at the last three spots to seal the MVC win. Johnson defeated King 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4. At No. 5, sophomore Nell Boyd beat Cayton 6-3, 6-2. Eggleston dispatched Hink at No. 6, 6-0, 6-1 to round out the win. Though Drake defeated UNI convincingly on Saturday, Patterson said she expects a tough road to the MVC title, thanks to teams like Wichita State and Southern Illinois. “Wichita State has always been a tough one,” Patterson said. “For the past five or six years they have won the conference tournament, so they’re always a tough one. Southern Illinois is going to be another tough one. They are just very competitive, very loud, very outspoken, so probably, those will be the toughest.” Drake awaits MVC rival Creighton Saturday at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. As dangerous MVC foes loom, Eggleston said she strives to stay optimistic and share that optimism with her teammates. “Just stay confident and be positive the whole time,” Eggleston said. “Do my best every match, cheering the team, leading the team in cheering.”
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The No. 23 Drake men’s tennis team started off its conference slate with a 6-1 victory over the Creighton Bluejays on Saturday. The Bulldogs traveled to Omaha, Neb., looking to restore their winning ways after losing just their second match of the season against Harvard over spring break. The win over the Bluejays moved Drake’s record to 18-2. The Bulldogs were in control of the match from the start. Creighton is a team known for having better doubles than singles players, but they were no match for the Bulldogs. Senior Jean Erasmus and junior Robin Goodman kicked off Drake’s winning ways with an 8-3 victory over Ryan Norman and Nick Thompson of Creighton. Senior James McKie and sophomore Ben Mullis soon followed suit, as the duo registered an 8-3 victory of its own over Brandon Lee and Sean Mathison. With the doubles point already going to the Bulldogs, the final doubles match proved tense. Senior Ryan Drake and sophomore Grant Tesmer teamed up at the third doubles position to take on Elliott Baker and August Nysted. Baker and Nysted forced the tiebreaker, but it was Drake and Tesmer who won 8-7 (7). Drake didn’t miss a beat in the transition
to singles, and Goodman led the Bulldogs. Goodman recorded a perfect 6-0, 6-0 over Creighton’s Baker at the third position. The top of Drake’s lineup continued to dominate, as No. 122 Alen Salibasic won 6-0, 6-3 over Ryan Norman. No. 123 McKie quickly clinched the match for the Bulldogs with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Mathison. Both Tesmer and Mullis finished their matches off strong, with Tesmer winning 6-0, 6-3 over Lee and Mullis winning 6-1, 6-3 over Quinn Dippel. Unfortunately, not all the Bulldogs finished with a win on Saturday. Ryan Drake lost to Anthony Rauschenbach at the sixth position, 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in a third set super-tiebreaker. “I think it was great for us to get our first conference win on the board and not to be complacent after playing and competing with many Top-20 teams,” Mullis said. “It was a great performance from the guys without the loss of too many games on each court to get our conference season underway.” The Bulldogs look to go 2-0 in the MVC next weekend as they travel to Wichita, Kan., to take on the Wichita State Shockers. The Shockers pose a tough task for Drake, as they are a dangerous squad. Earlier this season, the Shockers were ranked as high as No. 71 in the nation, but have since fallen out of the rankings. Wichita State is currently on a 3-game losing streak, and the Bulldogs look to make that four straight at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Giacoletti has ability to transform programs
RAY GIACOLETTI looks to rebuild the men’s basketball team. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR
If you read my column last week about Drake’s search for a new head coach, you could probably tell I wasn’t exactly sold on the idea of Ray Giacoletti as the next head coach of the Drake Bulldogs. But I’ve done almost a complete 180 since writing that piece. Now you should know that at the time, I had only scraped the surface of Giacoletti’s record. All I saw was his final two years at Utah and only one 20-win season. As rumors began to heat up about Giacoletti being Drake’s top choice, I decided to give him a second look. After spending more time researching Giacoletti and attending the press conference on Thursday afternoon, I’m excited to see what the former Gonzaga assistant can do with this program. Will he lead us to the NCAA tournament within five years? I’m not going to go so far as to make that prediction. We do have a lot of work to do after all, but I am confident that Drake has a better coach for the job than it did in the past five years. First off, let’s clear up a few things about his last two years at Utah. The Utes were under recruiting sanctions from the NCAA during this time for actions that former coach Rick Majerus had committed. So could that have played a part in his lack of success? Definitely. Also, some coaches just aren’t cut out for success in Power Six conferences. For example, look at current Creighton head coach Greg McDermott. Before coming to Creighton, McDermott was the head coach at Iowa State, and his tenure in Ames was downright ugly. In his fourth year as head coach, the Cyclones finished 11th in the Big 12. But now look at his record with Creighton — a CBI Championship and two straight years in the NCAA tournament. If McDer-
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mott can bounce back to success so quickly, I’m confident that Giacoletti can be successful after a six-year hiatus spent at the nation’s top mid-major. And let’s talk about those six years really quickly. For the past six years, Giacoletti has been an assistant coach under Mark Few at Gonzaga University. That can only be seen as a positive. The Zags have gone from very good basketball team to the best mid-major in the country. In fact, it’s hard to call them a mid-major anymore. Hopefully Giacoletti can take all the successful aspects he saw in Spokane, Wash., and emulate it here. In his press conference on March 28, he said he doesn’t want Drake to be Gonzaga or any other program, but the best Drake it can be. I liked the sound of that, and hopefully, the best Drake looks a lot like the best Gonzaga.
Dominic Johnson Columnist Next, I looked at Giacoletti’s work as the head coach at Eastern Washington. When he took over as the head coach of the Eagles, the program was in disarray. They had never
gone to the NCAA tournament and never really excelled in the Big Sky Conference. Giacoletti’s work changed that. In his third year as head coach, Eastern Washington finished with an 18-13 record and went to the NIT tournament. In his fourth year, Giacoletti was the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year, as the team went 11-3 in the conference season and made its first NCAA tournament appearance in school history. Although Utah fans don’t have a lot of positives to say about Giacoletti, Eastern Washington fans are the exact opposite. They love this guy and wish they still had him as their head coach. Giacoletti’s experience building a successful program will definitely come into play as he leads the Bulldogs. Finally, the national media believe this to be a great hire for the Bulldogs. ESPN’s Andy Katz said his hiring was “a coup for the Valley” and that he “never got his due at Utah.” ESPN’s Stephen Bardo said “he understands the Valley and can really coach.” I think Giacoletti can be successful at Drake, but he has his work cut out for him. With the Bulldogs losing seniors Ben Simons and Jordan Clarke to graduation, they will be without their leading scorer and leading rebounder next season. Don’t expect Coach Giacoletti to revive the program overnight, but definitely keep an eye on this team in the next five years. I’ve got a good feeling on this one, folks. Johnson is a senior marketing and advertising account management double major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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