T H U R S DAY April 04, 2013
Campus Calendar Thursday
“Born Too Soon: The Emerging Global Problem of Premature Births “ 1-2 p.m. Sussman Theater Panel Discussion: Iowa Practitioners Working in Global Public Health 2:15-3:30 p.m. Sussman Theater
Addiction to electronics growing Being too ‘plugged-in’ causes adverse health effects
J-term Fair 4-7 p.m. Parents Hall Panel Discussion: Careers in Public Health 6-7 p.m. Harvey Ingham 104 Comparison Project: Innovative Jewish Theological Responses to the Holocaust 7-8:30 p.m. Olin 101 Emergency Vigil in Solidarity with Damascus University 8:30-9:30 p.m. Helmick Commons
Friday Student Senate Candidate Meet ‘n’ Greet 1-2 p.m. Lower Quad Creek Cafe Relay For Life 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. Knapp Center Drake Theatre presents “Childe Byron” 7:30-8:30 p.m. Performing Arts Hall
Saturday DRxUGS Health Fair 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Southridge Mall Drake Softball v. Indiana State 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Ron Buel Field Women’s Tennis v. Creighton 2 p.m. Roger Knapp Tennis Center Drake Theatre presents “Childe Byron” by 7:30-9:30 p.m. Performing Arts Hall
Women’s Tennis v. Wichita State 10 a.m. Sheslow Auditorium Softball v. Indiana State 12 p.m. Ron Buel Field
Prospective students use overnight stays to solidify college decision
Opinions Rand Paul took a stand, are you going to stand with him? PAGE 3
Features Working hard in college is more than just in the classroom PAGE 4
Sports Catching up with Baranczyk after her first season PAGE 6
STUDENTS USE ELECTRONICS in Meredith Hall between classes. Students are increasingly become addicted to electronics. Bailey Berg
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It is becoming the norm across the Drake University campus. Students are checking their phones and computers everywhere. Whether it’s while having breakfast in Hubbell Dining Hall, walking to and from class, working out on the elliptical in the gym or even during lectures, Drake students are having a hard time going without their electronic devices. For junior biochemistry, cell and microbiology and history double major Mallory Bonstrom, the Internet has become not only her primary tool for conducting research and completing homework, but something she uses frequently to simply pass the time. Bonstrom estimated that she spends between six and eight hours every day on her computer, plus additional time on her phone. “I check Facebook maybe 20 to 25 times a day,” Bonstrom said. “It’s gotten worse since I got my iPhone.” Senior anthropology, sociology and education double major Samantha Williams is
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in the same boat as Bonstrom. “I feel like I’m on my computer or iPod more than ever before,” Williams said. “This semester is really hectic. I’d say I probably spend about six hours on the computer everyday. I use the computer at work too though, so on those days, it’s higher. Probably closer to 12 (hours).” However, when asked if they could go without their electronic devices for a weekend, both Williams and Bonstrom said they believed they could. A few weeks ago marked the second-annual National Day of Unplugging. The goal was to have as many people as possible pledge to go without electronic devices — whether it was a cell phone, computer, iPod or anything else they needs to be plugged in — from sunset to sunset. The movement was started by members of the non-profit group, Roboot, a Jewish network with an aim to “reboot” Jewish traditions. In this case, the project was an outgrowth of an adaption of their ancestors’ ritual of carving out one day per week to “unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors and connect with loved ones.” According to the group’s website, they
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started the effort because, “We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our iPhones and BlackBerrys, chronicling our every move through Facebook and Twitter and shielding ourselves from the outside world with the bubble of ‘silence’ that our earphones create.” Though the pledge may be difficult, especially on a college campus where students require use of electronic devices to complete homework assignments and conduct research (as well as use various social media platforms), a March 2 Huffington Post article “Day Of Unplugging 2013: 6 Health Reasons You Should Spend Time Tech-Free” said spending more time “off the grid can be surprisingly beneficial to your mood, relationship and overall health.” Assistant Wellness Director Johanna Determann said she has noticed students becoming more distracted by their electronic devices. “I occasionally see students using their phones during yoga or pilates, which makes me a bit sad,” Determann said. “If you can’t
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It is in the realm of cat dissections, goggles and human models where Lisa Grulke thrives. She floats from student to student, navigating the world of muscles, blood vessels and organs with ease. Much like the anatomy she teaches at Drake University, her presence is an ever-steady entity, helping students achieve all they desire to accomplish. Fittingly enough, her favorite Bible story is of Caleb and Joshua, who scout out the Promised Land for Moses. “They only mention Caleb a few times,” Grulke said. “He was this silent partner,” she said, “Without him, the whole gig would have failed.” This “silent partner” role is the one that Grulke herself takes on much of the time. “Over the years, one of the things I have realized about myself is that I am good at making other people shine,” Grulke said. Her lab assistant, Drake sophomore Keegan Mechels, can attest to that fact. “She cares so much and is one of the most selfless people I know,” Mechels said. Her caregiving began in a multigenerational home in the Amana Colonies in Iowa. Under the same
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roof were her uncle, grandparents, parents, her sister and herself. This built-in support group became crucial when her mother became sick during her teen years and Grulke took on caretaker for her mother. “My dad and my sister were totally useless human beings around sick people,” Grulke said. “As a kid, I can remember being 12 or 13 and taking my mom into the emergency room.” Later, she would take on the role of caretaker as a mother instead when the doctors found a tumor in the stomach of her youngest son, Luther, when he was a baby. Handing over her child to the doctors was one of the hardest things she ever had to do, she said. “It was awful,” she recalled, “Luther taught me that there are things I have to do that are not fun, but it is what I have to do to make him better.” The years of experience with kidney problems, meningitis, cancer and chronic depression that Grulke faced with her mother and Luther came in handy later as she entered the world of medicine. Starting out as a registration clerk at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Grulke worked her way to becoming a paramedic. Alongside the doctors and other medical staff, she resuscitated, stabilized, splinted and administered IVs.
LISA GRULKE (left) works with a student with a dissection on Wednesday. Grulke is a biology lab assistant at Drake University. BAILEY BERG | NEWS EDITOR Through it all, she remembered the feeling of trusting her loved ones in the hands of others. “The day I stop looking at them like they are someone’s dad or mom or brother or sister or child is the day I quit,” Grulke said. Finally, she has found a home in the anatomy lab at Drake, where she spends her time providing assistance in a different way. Being there for her students when they begin their journey is what Grulke loves most about her job. Many times, people think she is crazy for wanting to teach the
beginners. “In this job, look at all the people I can hopefully set on the right path, or be a part of them getting to that juncture, so to me that is exponential growth,” she said, “I absolutely love what I do, I have a passion for it, and I think it is really important.” Much like that of Caleb, Grulke’s story has been the foundation for so many others. “Love it,” she advises her students. “Know that it is where you want to be and dive after it.”
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Overnights offer perspective, help solidify decision
TOUR GROUPS aren’t always enough of an experience, so some prospective students opt for an overnight stay on campus. Overnight stays are unique to the Drake Experience. Emily Sadecki
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Much of what makes up college life cannot be seen simply from a tour. The atmosphere at a basketball game, late-night food runs and dorm life can be tipping points when deciding where to pursue a degree. As the deadline for making a college decision approaches, many choose to do an overnight visit. One program special to Drake University is an overnight stay. “The overnight program is one of the most successful things we do in terms of recruitment strategies,” Alyssa Burnett, campus visits facilitator, said. The number of students who end up coming to Drake after doing an overnight with a current student is roughly 80 percent. Last year, this meant 76 of 99 commit-
ted to Drake after doing an overnight visit, according to a report from the admissions office. “I think the reason why it is so successful because the students are able to come without parents and without any admission staff telling them all the facts,” Burnett said. “They are able to picture themselves on campus and see if it is a good fit.” Burnett speculates part of the reason overnights are effective is because students who are taking the time to come for an overnight are already interested in Drake, and the overnight simply solidifies their decision. There are a variety of opportunities for high school students to do overnights. They can be set up on an individual basis or in conjunction with larger scale events such as the Chicago Bus Trip or Drake’s Admitted Student Days. Individual overnights had the
most success in convincing potential students to come to Drake. Burnett said overnight visits result in 93 percent enrollment. Natalie Sabatino, a high school senior from Bartlett, Ill., came to Drake for the Chicago Bus Trip program. “My favorite part was meeting all of the students that already go here,” Sabatino said. “I could picture myself here with all of these people.” Sabatino had previously done a campus tour with her parents. She says that while it was informative, it was more for their sake than hers. The overnight, on the other hand, left her excited and looking forward to coming back to Drake in the fall. Part of what makes the experience so real, Burnett said, is the fact that the students who host are volunteers and not specifically trained. First-year Rachel Munoz hosted a pro-
spective student. “I volunteered because I didn’t have the greatest overnight visit,” she said, “I wanted to make sure that I could influence at least one person’s decision in a positive way because coming to Drake has easily been one of the best decisions and experiences of my life.” Her favorite part of the experience was watching her prospective student open up as the night progressed. “It was showing that she was enjoying herself and hopefully meant she was putting Drake as a top contender in her college decision,” Munoz said. Burnett looks forward to seeing the excitement of the prospective students as they pick up their things the next morning. She said she loves seeing high school students make their decision and be excited about their future.
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be unplugged for 45 or 60 minutes, that’s a bit concerning, in my opinion. I know that this has just become the way we, as a society operate, but the world will go on without you checking your notifications.” Determann said there are numerous ramifications of students being too plugged-in. “People who sit too much can experience lower back pain, especially if they’re not practicing good posture or if they are not stretching regularly,” Determann said. One of Drake’s licensed massage therapists Anne Boal said, “Poor posture leads to lots of back, spine and neck issues.” Those issues can include difficulty swallowing, sleep apnea, suboccipital pain syndromes, teeth clenching, migraine headaches and loss of body balance. Physical aliments due to use of electronic devices aren’t limited to a desk or a seat in a lecture hall, however. ABC News reported
a new and fast-growing phenomenon called “texting thumb,” a form of thumb tendonitis. There are also an increasing number of hand and wrist injuries due to use of computers and cell phones. Determann also said people who “stare at computers for most of the day are more likely to experience headaches, dry eyes, neck or back pain or even blurred or double vision.” The Huffington Post article also said using something with a screen before bed can disrupt your sleep as well because screens emit a blue wavelength of light that tricks the brain into thinking it’s time to be alert, thereby delaying the natural release of the sleep-aiding hormone melatonin. Even so, The National Sleep Foundation reported that 95 percent of United States citizens use some form of an electronic screen in the hour before bed — whether it is a television, video game or electronic reader.
The Huffington Post also said being too plugged-in also makes it harder to focus and be productive, increases stress levels, stunts creativity and makes your driving more dangerous. However, Determann thinks one of the biggest problems of being too plugged-in is a loss of personal connections with other people. “As technology has developed we’ve made more online connections than ever, but I worry that our interpersonal communication might not continue to grow and develop,” Determann said. “Because I believe that social wellness is integral to overall well-being, I think it’s still important to have face-to-face communication as much as possible. Sure, being connected via the web is also social well-being but at the end of the day, I think the most meaningful relationships and the most effective communication happens in person.” Determann doesn’t like that always be-
ing plugged-in makes you available at any given time. To combat that, Determann refuses to check her work email form home and doesn’t have it connected to her phone. “I think this gives me a really good worklife balance,” Determann said. “Don’t get me wrong, I love technology, but I also enjoy the simplicity of my time unplugged.” Bonstrom understands Determann’s unplugged philosophy. “I didn’t have my 3G on my phone when I was studying abroad, so I was without Internet quite a bit,” Bonstrom said. “It was really nice, actually.” Williams said she shares Bonstrom’s sentiments. “I don’t bring my electronics when I go on my backpacking trips and I love it,” Williams said. “It’s an escape from the craziness of the technologically advanced world we live in today. That’s one of the reasons I like traveling overseas so much. It’s more about personal connections than hiding be-
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Stand with Sen. Rand
‘Spread the Word to end the Word’
Kathryn Kriss Columnist Jack Mescher Columnist A few Wednesdays ago was the first time this school year I wished that I owned a television. I was dying to chime into C-SPAN and watch the “Rand Paul Fillibuster.” No, I am not ashamed of the fact that last week I longed to watch CSPAN and even more specifically, to watch a good ol’ fashion U.S. Senate filibuster. The condition of our union today is particularly troubling. It took 13 hours for Sen. Rand Paul to get the Obama administration to simply state that the U.S. Executive Office does not have constitutional authority to kill non-combatant American citizens absent due process. Why in the world was this even a question? Well, it became a question when the warhawk Obama (Nobel Peace Prize winner, mind you) administration in conjunction with the majority of “rhino” Republicans (cough cough: Lindsay Graham & John McCain) chose to uphold the possibility of the U.S. having the authority to kill its citizens domestically with drones. Sen. Rand Paul did the U.S. citizenry a great service on a couple of fronts. Firstly, Sen. Paul was able to coerce the Obama administration to say, lest it confirms that it is an administration of tyranny, that it couldn’t kill you and I without due process. Secondly, in 13 hours, Sen. Paul opened up the ethical discussion of drone use not only domestically but in abroad conflict as well. Drone use ought not be partisan issue. You and I, regardless of party, should be disgusted with the putrid practice of the U.S. government extending its arm of oppression into the Middle East and now, what seems to be, in the homeland through armed drones. Thousands of innocent lives are ended at the hands of the U.S. executive branch; and last week, the administration toyed with the idea of having the domestic authority to end American lives without a trial. We owe our deepest gratitude to Sen. Rand Paul for doing something deeply unpopular in either party, that is, challenging the status quo. I would encourage everyone to keep your eyes on a champion of justice and liberty and to #StandwithRand! Mescher is a sophomore politics major and can be reached at jack. email@example.com
Spread the Word to End the Word is a campaign attempting to end the use of the R-word outside of medical terminology. A nationwide effort, it has been brought to many middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country. Though students have always been conscious of this ongoing effort, it has now formally been brought to Drake’s attention.
Ethan Clevenger Columnist I’m not usually one to replay a game much. Online multiplayer is lost on me, and local multiplayer is only valuable insofar as my girlfriend or roommate is interested in the game (in my girlfriend’s case, rarely). The campaign of a game is often a narrative journey for me, and with the sheer number of adventures out there, it can be hard to replay a story just to read it again. But with “Hitman: Absolution,” the do-it-yourself campaign keeps drawing me back. The story revolves around Agent 47’s own rogue operations, which make it very compelling. The game opens with 47 betray-
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drastically altering your way of thinking. It’s simply about being more aware of what you say. When the R-word does slip out, it’s usually an accident — rarely intentional or malicious. The point of the campaign is to make people more aware of these little accidents in an attempt to get them to decrease. The average person on the street knows what the R-word means, knows that it’s derogatory and knows that it’s not something to be sprinkled liberally on all conversations. We have already eliminated much of the intentionally hurtful uses of the R-word. If we can just get people to be more conscious of their unconscious vocabulary in moments of tension or frustration, Spread the Word will have succeeded. Kriss is a sophomore BCMB major and can be reached at kathryn.kriss@ drake.edu
ing the Agency, the covert group that bred him to be the ultimate assassin, by failing to complete a hit on his former handler, Diana Burnwood, and running off with the young girl she had kidnapped from the Agency. After a brief fetch/favor takes the momentum out of the story, the game recovers nicely on 47’s terms and rules. He’ll be pursuing his own targets for his own reasons to keep the young girl Victoria out of both enemy and Agency hands — alluding to the independence the game offers. Each level usually culminates in one or more assassinations on your part, hence “hitman.” Agent 47 is no stranger to the game, so a slew of options are available with every level. For your average patrolling enemy, a piano-wire strangulation may suffice, should you choose to kill him or her at all. However, main targets beg for a little more creativity. From gas-stove explosions to poisonous seafood to exploding disco balls, Absolution offers a plethora of options for fulfilling the hit. These various paths to success are supplemented by challenges and score bonuses for completing
them. Rarely will an in-game challenge draw me back, but I found myself replaying levels over and over again to earn various styles and even complete them unseen or without disguises. Never have primary weapons felt so useless. The voice acting and writing are also superb. Backwoods business magnate Blake Dexter is detestable in all of the right ways, delivering the highlight of the experience. 47 is cold, sometimes in an almost humorous sort of way — a facet the game capitalizes on with outlandish disguises ranging from a chicken costume to a tinfoil-hatted conspiracy theorist. The Glacier 2 engine looks beautiful, even running on the PS3’s cell processor, which is at this point not only unwieldy for programmers but also quite outdated by tech standards. The facial capture is acute and particularly eye-catching. I can’t wait to see what this puppy will do with the next generation. Where does “Hitman” fall short? The game seems overlysexualized at times, something the maturing medium is working on. Male antagonists seem to dig near-bare-breasted BDSM to an
ions on various subjects (like the plus-minus grading system or allocation of student activity fees). Senate activities affect both present student life and future decision-making at Drake. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial for the Drake student body to make a well-informed decision and vote for the right senators (those best at representing student opinions without personal bias and those able to actively improve campus). During my two terms as senator (Fall 2012-Current: Student
Services Senator-at-Large and Spring 2012: Diversity Interest Senator), I had the opportunity to gain valuable experience and actively contribute to student life at Drake. I was able to reach out to students and represent their opinions around the Senate table or to faculty and staff. I was able to help improve student life at Drake by creating a suggestion/ opinions/issues group (“Drake University Student Services”) on Facebook to help improve our Campus, our home. A special
overzealous extent. However, this certainly lends a hand to creating a level of detest for them and perhaps is trying to lift the veil on an underground skeez culture we aren’t aware of, so I’m not ready to criticize it as an artistic decision in all instances. I recognize its value as a character development device, but it certainly warrants the game’s “M” rating, one that should be considered heavy-handedly. Artistry cannot save the entirety of the game, however. The scantily clad Saints sent to eliminate 47 have no explanation for their skin-tight habits. Victoria and even Burnwood, in her small role, are both strong and admirable, but other female characters are largely relegated to secretarylike roles with stereotypical features to match. These debatable missteps do little to draw from what is otherwise a fantastic game for both the “Hitman” faithful and newcomers to the franchise.
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it still occasionally slipped out. Nowadays, far fewer people would casually use the N-word since we fully understand its meaning, implications and how insulting it really is. I think the R-word will go down this same path. Though it’s never been an acceptable term, it was much more common to hear it tossed around on the playground 10 years ago than it is now. We’re starting to realize that using the R-word casually or in frustration is simply not OK. Spread the Word seems to be more about spreading awareness than permanently ending all use of the R-word. Of course, that’s the goal in mind. But Rome was not built in a day, and changing people’s perceptions and vocabularies will likely take time. The campaign recognizes that signing a pledge does not make you automatically drop a word from your vocabulary because you’re told to. Spread the Word is not about
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Pi Kappa Phi’s philanthropy, which wrapped up last week, benefits Camp Sunnyside, a fully accessible camp setting that allows children with all sorts of disabilities to feel the joys of campfires, archery and other camp staples in a safe, modified setting. The men of PiKapp passionately work towards equal treatment for these individuals. For 72 hours straight, they set up a table out in Helmick Commons, riding a stationary bike while collecting donations and asking passerby’s to sign a pledge not to use the R-word. This pledge that many people took voluntarily or with persuasion made the whole campus more aware of the prevalence of the R-word. The goal of ending the R-word is noble. But it’s not something that will happen overnight. I feel like the R-word to us is the N-word of the previous generation. People a few decades ago knew it was derogatory, but
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With the ever-increasing cost of tuition and constant black hole that is laundry, it’s no surprise that college students are always in need of a little extra cash. Many students fulfill this need with one of the many on-campus jobs, but others take their available time and talents elsewhere in Des Moines. One of the most constant sources for jobs for time constrained scholars has been in the restaurant industry, specifically as food servers. Why do students choose jobs as waiters and waitresses over others? Is the pay worth the struggle of putting up with difficult and hungry customers? And, the question everyone is scared to ask, “Do waiters exact their revenge on rude customers with adding a little extra something to their food?” The TimesDelphic tracked down some Drake students currently working at restaurants in the Des Moines area to find some answers. Sophomore Megan Streit is an International Relations and History double major at Drake who also waitresses part of the time at Saints Pub + Patio in Beverdale. Her current position is her first in the restaurant industry, and she insists that getting it wasn’t exactly a cakewalk. “It was really hard to get a job as a waitress as no one would hire me because I didn’t have experience, and I couldn’t get experience because no one would hire me,” Streit said. Luckily, a Facebook status and a response from a cousin of the owner of Saints landed her a spot on its payroll. When asked what has been the most difficult aspect of the job, Streit said that it has been hard to get used to “how degrading it can feel at times.” The hungry weekend patrons can get “pretty rowdy,” Streit said, and the degradation ranges anywhere from “your run of the mill pickup lines” to “physically having customers who follow me around.” But there is a definite plus side to having to deal with customer’s antics. “I do get paid to sit at the bar and watch the Bulls when it’s slow” Streit said. Emily Grimm, a sophomore politics major, works at BBQ joint Jethro’s. Grimm had worked in the restaurant business before coming to Drake and had an easier time getting directly into the position. “I had a three day training session, and that basically entailed me following around seasoned waitresses and learning the setup of the restaurant,” Grimm said. Grimm talked very highly of her job and her co-workers at Jethro’s and said the crew is sort of like a “mini-family.” “All the older servers say they relive their youth through me. They always beg me for fun col-
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community he may have lacked had he lived in an alternative residence hall. Students’ first-year experiencOn Drake University’s campus, es in residence hall life can easily students have the option of living affect his or her housing plans for in five residence halls as first-year the next years of college. For Johnstudents and four as sophomores son, being constantly surrounded or upperclassmen. Each hall proby a multitude of people has envides its own unique social dycouraged her to want to continue namics and overall experiences. her college years in a similar resiThe smallest first-year residence hall. dence hall, Crawford, can hold up “I hope to live in Goodwin-Kirk to 163 residents while the largwhere a lot of people live,” Johnest, Stalnaker, can hold up to 245, son said. “I love being surrounded which can make a huge difference. by the life that seems to emit from “Living in the smaller residorm life.” dence halls Harris, on the allows you to other hand, has meet everymade his future one, not just on plans based on your floor,” firstwhere his classyear Crawford es are. resident Aaron “Most of my Harris said. classes are in the “Since they’re Fine Arts Cenalways there, it’s ter, so living in easy to establish Jewett with my those relationfriends will be a ships.” good choice for Living in a me,” Harris said. larger hall has its Other resibenefits as well. dence halls on “I love StalDrake’s campus naker’s location,” have numbers said first-year far less extreme Stalnaker resithan those of dent Elizabeth Crawford and Johnson. “It’s Stalnaker. close to the dinOn average, ing areas, Olmthe first-year sted, Starbucks, residence halls McDonald’s and have the ca— Aaron Harris, Drake first-year Underground pacity to hold Fitness.” around 200 Additionally, residents, while there are negaupperclasstive aspects to men residence living in such halls on averdramatically smaller age can hold around 235, excludand larger residence halls. ing Goodwin-Kirk, which holds up “At times, you can be cut off to 492 residents. from other students,” Harris said. No matter which residence hall For Johnson, the difficulty lies student choose to live in, they will more in the sense of one not knowexperience living on their own. ing as many fellow residents. From having roommates to Either way, the benefits seem being surrounded by peers at all to outweigh the negatives. times, residence life is an impor“You always have someone to tant aspect of the college experieat with and hang out with,” Johnence. son said. “It’s always pretty easy to just walk down the hall and get help with homework. For Harris, living in Crawford has given him a stronger sense of
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SOPHOMORE EMILY GRIMM waits on tables at Jethro’s BBQ after her morning classes toward her politics major. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR lege stories,” Grimm said. Grimm hasn’t had the same difficulties as Streit and felt that the only complaint that she could make about her position at Jethro’s was a minor one: that occasionally her “feet hurt from being on them all day.” One of Grimm’s co-workers at Jethro’s BBQ is Hayley Keil, a junior public relations and marketing double major. Like Grimm, she also had experience in the restaurant world prior coming to Des Moines. Two problems that confront Keil daily are the especially unrefined customers and her own mental mindset. “It can also be a challenge to serve when you’re having a bad day,” Keil said. “Your customers don’t care about what happened to you earlier, so you have to essen-
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tially put on a game face for work in order to give great service.” Like Streit, Keil has been confronted with constant attempts by interested eaters, but takes a slightly different viewpoint. “It is always interesting to see how creative guys can get when trying to leave one of the servers at the restaurant their number,” Keil said. “I think I have seen everything from just a number to ‘Call Me Maybe’ lyrics to fullblown story lines, characters and drawings. Props to their creativity, it always amuses.” All three waitresses wholeheartedly said that they had never added any extra ingredients to their customers’ food. So, it appears that you are safe at these restaurants, at least as long as these ladies are on the clock.
“Living in the smaller residence halls allows you to meet everyone, not just on your floor. Since they’re always there, it’s easy to establish those relationships.”
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Graphic design majors present art exhibit ‘Culmination’ of time at Drake put into Proximity showcase
ARTWORK BY MEANZ CHAN (left) AND CECILY PINCSAK (right) are two of many examples displayed in the Anderson Art Gallery for their graphic design capstones. COURTESY OF HANNAH PINK Emily Gregor
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Graphic design students at Drake are all over the place. Whether they are spending hours designing in their studios, preparing for a show, or working in the field, they are exposed to a multitude of opportunities to get their creativity flowing. Senior Hannah Pink, alongside other graphic design majors, has been putting the finishing touches on her senior bachelor of fine arts capstone for Proximity, an art show that will be at Anderson Gallery from April 12-28. “I have been putting just about every minute of free time I have towards completion of this art show,” Pink said. “This show is a
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culmination of all of my four years at Drake, so I need it to be as special and impressive as possible, which takes time and effort.” Other students who will be exhibiting their work include Meanz Chan, Aron Johnston and Cecily Pincsak. Pink finds inspiration in wildlife and in the intricate details we often overlook. “I have created my drawings to push the viewer to gain a heightened sense of appreciation for all kinds of creatures, no matter the size or part of the world that they are from,” Pink said. “I have a series going in the show that is specifically highlighting endangered wildlife from the three specific Midwestern counties that I have lived in.” In addition to her series on en-
dangered wildlife in the Midwest, she has a second one as well. “Another series I will be showcasing is multiple smaller images of plants and animals that are zoomed in to the point that the details distort what the actual animal is, allowing the viewer to have to guess what the animal may be,” Pink said. Younger students are finding unique ways to be inspired by the world around them for their art as well. “I’m inspired by beautiful things,” said first-year student Korrie Merley. “I’m always taking pictures of things I see in stores or anywhere to use for inspiration.” Merley hopes to design layouts or graphics for a magazine or design the packaging for stores, even though she’s currently work-
ing through advertising via social media. “There are so many options, so I still have to figure things out,” Merley said. In addition to her personal goals, Merley wants to improve the stereotype of graphic design being an “easy major.” “I want to convey my message successfully to them, I want the colors, fonts and whatever else is included to resonate in their minds just like it does in mine,” Merley said. Another first-year student, Grace Miller, aims to improve the reputation of being an artist as well. “Being a graphics major, I feel very belittled at points by other majors, like being an artist isn’t hard or challenging,” Miller said.
“Without art, everything would be ugly and grey. Art brings joy and life to the world.” In addition to breaking the stigmas, Miller, through an opportunity she has through her father, hopes to turn her love of art into working for more prestigious publications. “Future opportunities I dream of having include interning for ESPN The Magazine in their graphic department,” Miller said. While Miller will continue to race towards her dreams, she has other goals as well. “My personal goal for my future is to be happy with where I end up,” Miller said. “I truly believe that if I am happy with my job or place in life that it will all be worth it.”
Week-long philanthropy requires dedication, work Larissa Wurm
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We’ve all seen those groups and events hanging out on Helmick Commons — it seems like there is always someone out there doing something. But have you really stopped to see what’s going on? Chances are, those groups are Drake’s social fraternities and sororities participating in their philanthropy weeks and trying to raise awareness about their causes. “All of the social sororities and fraternities at Drake share the same four common pillars: leadership, service, scholarship, and brotherhood/sisterhood,” said Kathleen Diedrich, junior elementary education major and president of the Panhellenic Council. “We were founded upon these pillars, and we do our best to grow in these areas.” Each chapter on campus is in charge of a cause that is designated by the national chapter. At the beginning of the school year, the Interfraternity Council, which oversees all the fraternities, and the Panhellenic Council, which
oversees the sororities, meets with chapter presidents to create a rough estimate when events will happen, so philanthropy weeks don’t overlap. “You have to look ahead and plan in advance the details of an event,” said Alexandria Carlson, a sophomore law, politics and society and psychology double major and Alpha Phi’s Fast Fit chair. “You might need to reserve locations or ask for donations weeks in advance to get what you need.” “Each fraternity and sorority finds their niche, and then they spend time to improve and/or add on to what they do that week,” said Josh Schoenblatt, a sophomore politics major and founding father of Pi Kappa Phi. “For example, we added a sign language class to teach some basic sign language and show that it is more of a culture.” Not only do the fraternity and sorority members aim to better themselves, they also work to raise awareness and help raise money for their cause. “I think that philanthropy weeks give participants a feeling of giving back to the community
and having accomplished something that helps other people,” Carlson said. “Our first priority is to raise awareness, the second is to raise money,” Schoenblatt said. “First, we look at all our options for events. What is going to raise the most awareness, what are people going to want to come to.” Last year, members of Drake Greek Life completed roughly 5,000 hours of community service and raise $50,000 for their philanthropies,” Diedrich said. “Chapters will have a week of events that raise both funds and awareness for their cause,” said Diedrich. “And the week typically ends with one large event.” The rest of the community participates in each chapter’s events. Through mutual support, our chapters are able to raise substantial funds for their philanthropic causes.” “Volunteering has always been on those things that’s suggested,” Schoenblatt said. “But the more you do it, the more fun you have. Something you do can put a smile on a kid’s face and can make their day, their week, their year better,
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PORTERHOUSE poses for Pi Kappa Phi’s philanthropy. COURTESY OF ERIN BELL no matter how bad.” “Since being at Drake, I have strived to participate in our Greek houses’ philanthropy events and to volunteer my time outside of Drake and give back to the community,” Carlson said. Schoenblatt said that they have seen some recognition for their work. “Senator Grassley sent a letter commending us for our efforts,
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and last year, Governor Branstad signed our ‘Spread the Word to End the R-Word’ pledge,” Schoenblatt said. These events are not just for Greek members — they are for the community to participate in as well. “Just go out and say ‘hello,’” Schoenblatt said. “Someone will be there ready to tell you about their work.”
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Sports Women’s Basketball
Baranczyk reflects on first season as head coach Bulldogs busy with team, individual evaluations in off-season
DRAKE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH JENNIE BARANCZYK coaches the Bulldogs during the 2012-13 season. Baranczyk completed her first season as head coach in March. She said the Bulldogs are busy with individual and team evaluations in the off-season. She said the evaluations will help the Bulldogs improve individually. LUKE NANKIVELL | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Ashley Beall
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Drake women’s basketball head coach Jennie Baranczyk has had a busy year a Bulldog. She was named head coach in April 2012. Her son, Elijah, was born in May 2012. She led the Bulldogs to their first 2012-13 win in November 2012. In March, she completed her first season as a head coach. The Times-Delphic sat down with Baranczyk to discuss the 2012-13 season, her 2013-14 goals and the fans’ brewing excitement for the future of Drake women’s basketball.
Times-Delphic: Reflecting back on this season, what are you most proud of about your team? Jennie Baranczyk: The growth from the very beginning of the season to the very end of the season. I think there’s a lot of maturity. I think there’s a lot of growth on the court. I think there’s a lot of growth off the court, and I think we had some leadership arise, and we just got better. We were really fun to watch. We had some really
close games with the top teams in our conference, and so it gives us a shining light heading into next season.
TD: What areas of the game do you hope to improve for next season?
JB: Obviously, there’s going to a lot of different things in understanding the style, understanding our offense system and our defensive system, and just being able to really complete those games. So that maturity now has to take another step, and we’ve taken steps from the beginning of the season to the end of the season, but there’s going to be a big step between this season and next season. Being able to really have that confidence to finish out those games next season is going to be huge for us this summer.
TD: Was there a specific game that sticks out in your mind where everything fell into place?
JB: I think we’ve had a couple of those games. I think our game against Missouri State in the tournament was one of the best games we’ve played, and I think
when we played at UNI that was another great game. When we lost at Creighton, we did a lot of really good things and could’ve, should’ve, would’ve, but didn’t, but those are some of the games that at the very end of the season I was really proud of our effort. I was really proud of the way things gelled, and our players really bought into that, too, and they see what we can do.
TD: Which players showed immense growth throughout the season?
JB: I think we had a lot of players, I mean I could go down the line. I think (sophomore) Kyndal Clark grew a lot during the year. I think she became a floor leader for us. She hit some big shots and took some big shots. (Junior) Morgan Reid had a tremendous year. She nearly averaged a double-double in conference play, and that’s, again, more leadership. Liza Heap stepped up big-time at the end of the season and really grew as a sophomore. (Freshman) Ashley Bartow did as a freshman, and those are just to name a few. I could talk about (sophomore) Cara
Lutes. I could talk about (freshman) Emma Donahue, who steps up in our Missouri State game in the tournament, who didn’t see a significant playing time early but stayed with it and kept going, and I mean I could literally talk about every single one of our players on our team.
TD: Do you have certain goals for next season that you’ve already started talking about?
JB: Right now the biggest thing we are working on is our coaching staff and our players are all doing self-evaluations, and then we’re also doing evaluations of each of our individual players both on-court strengths, off-court strengths, on-court opportunities, off-court opportunities and then identifying those things we really need to work on and those threats that we have. So, we really extensively look at one-on-one, and right now, we’re very focused on that individual skill development and then in the summer as we continue to go, it will be more of the strength and individual skill development and then we get more into the team stuff as we
keep going on. We have very specific plans for each of our individuals but both on-court and off-court development.
TD: Do you have anything that you would like the fans to know?
JB: It’s going to be an awesome season next year. I know that people say that a lot, but if our fans that have come have really bought into what we’re doing and every single person you talk to says right away, “I’m so excited for next year to begin,” and it’s still March, and when you can have that kind of season already for the next season, it’s only going to continue to grow. We were third in conference attendance in our conference, and I really think that we can win that. We have the base here in Des Moines. We have the base here with our students, and we had a number of games where we had a huge student section, which is incredible because that really makes a difference. That’s our sixth man. That is what is going to make a difference between us being in the top half of the conference and the very top of the conference.
‘Strong’ Shockers pose a threat in Valley competition Dominic Johnson
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SOPHOMORE ALEN SALIBASIC finishes a backhand shot against Nebraska-Kearney on Feb. 3 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. MORGAN DEZENSKI | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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The No. 23 Drake men’s tennis team will travel to Wichita, Kan., this Sunday to take on the Wichita State Shockers in its second conference match of the season. Drake defeated Creighton last week to advance to 1-0 in conference play, but the Shockers prove to be much stiffer competition, especially on their home court. “We’ve had a very solid start to the regular conference season,” said senior Jean Erasmus. “Everyone is fit and healthy, and this weekend we will be facing one of our toughest opponents in the conference.” The Bulldogs enter into the contest boasting an 18-2 record, with their only losses coming at the hands of then-No. 33 Florida State and then-No. 23 Harvard. The Shockers, on the other hand, have a less-glamorous resume. They are 11-6, but all six of those losses have come at the hands of nationally ranked teams or previously ranked teams. Not only that, the teams they have played have all been in the Top-60, with then-No. 8 Oklahoma being their toughest match of the season. It is worth noting that every one of their losses came on the road, but that they are a perfect 11-0 at home and haven’t lost a single match. With all the experience against nationally ranked teams, the Shockers won’t be phased or intimidated by Drake’s national ranking. But the Bulldogs are confident that they can
prosper, even if they are away from their home courts. In fact, all of Drake’s victories over nationally ranked opponents have come away from the Roger Knapp Tennis Center, so the team will focus on replicating what it did during the non-conference portion of the spring season. “We’re keeping to the things we’ve done very well all season, giving it 110 percent in practice and playing with high intensity,” Erasmus said. The Shockers recently defeated UMKC on Monday, halting a three-game losing skid. The Bulldogs are looking to capitalize on Wichita State’s streak, as they believe their confidence is likely higher at this point in the season. The Shockers haven’t been nationally ranked since March 6, where they topped out at No. 71. “This will be a great opportunity to face a strong team and hopefully, keep the confidence and motivation levels at a peak,” Erasmus said. If the Bulldogs can capitalize in Wichita on Sunday, they will have passed their biggest hurdle of the conference season. The only other team that poses a tangible threat is Illinois State, but the Redbirds haven’t proven they can produce wins against ranked teams. Although they may be the favorites to win the conference crown, the Bulldogs noted that they must focus on one match at a time. Check back with The Times-Delphic next week for the results of Drake’s match against the Shockers.
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Bulldogs ready to host Valley rival Bluejays Drake increases intensity on the court as MVC Championship approaches Taylor Soule
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Drake women’s tennis has reason to be hopeful. The Bulldogs won their first Missouri Valley Conference dual meet of the season on Saturday, 5-2 over in-state rival Northern Iowa. The Bulldog roster includes five freshmen, meaning Drake has over three seasons to develop the already-talented newcomers. The Bulldogs finished third as a team in the MVC last season, up from last-place finishes in 2010 and 2011. All that optimism has led the Bulldogs to a sole 2013 goal: Win the MVC title for the first time since 2001. The Bulldogs look to take a step toward that goal on Saturday, when they take on Valley rival Creighton at 2 p.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The MVC foes enter Saturday evenly matched, as a whole. Drake owns a 7-7 overall record while the Bluejays own a 6-7 overall record. Both teams feature young rosters. The Drake roster includes just two upperclassmen in senior Ali Patterson and junior Klavdija Rebol. The Creighton roster includes just two upperclassmen,
too, in senior Anna Kirshenbaum and junior Analese Snyder. Drake owns an early edge over Creighton in Valley play, though. Saturday marks the first MVC meet of 2013 for the Bluejays, but Drake already has one Valley win in the books. Creighton nerves may play to Drake’s advantage on Saturday, especially in matches versus the two Creighton freshmen. With the teams so evenly matched, the Bulldogs will have to take the momentum early in doubles, a goal they have stressed all season. As the MVC season approached, Drake has played more and more matches in practice to boost mental and physical toughness versus the Valley’s deep field. “We’re doing a little more match play in practice,” Patterson said. Patterson will only play doubles this MVC season, and she is eager to lead the young Bulldogs by example and by making the most of her time on the court. “For me, obviously, only playing doubles, it’s winning every doubles match that I am out there, and just keep leading this young team the whole conference season,” Patterson said. Though freshman Jordan Egg-
leston just opened her MVC career on Saturday, nerves hardly fazed her. Eggleston won doubles and singles matches against the Panthers en route to an MVC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week nod for the week of April 2. She credits more intense play in Drake’s strong start to the 2013 MVC campaign. “I think we’re playing with a little more intensity than we have,” Eggleston said. Though her individual MVC season started on an award-worthy note, Eggleston prefers the team atmosphere. “I am really excited,” Eggleston said. “I love the team aspect.” The Bulldogs host the rival Bluejays at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Though MVC dual matches have Drake busy for the next few weeks, the thought of a 2013 MVC trophy sneaks in. Though MVC dual season poses a challenge, Eggleston said she is sure of Drake’s Valley title chances. “I think we’ll do fine,” Eggleston said. “I am excited for it.”
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Women’s Tennis Calendar MARCH 30 vs. UNI W, 5-2
APRIL 06 vs. Creighton 2 p.m.
APRIL 07 vs. Wichita State 10 a.m.
APRIL 13 vs. Southern Illinois 1 p.m.
APRIL 14 vs. Evansville 10 a.m.
APRIL 20 @ Bradley 1 p.m.
Player of the Week Jordan Eggleston Freshman Jordan Eggleston helped the Bulldogs defeat Missouri Valley Conference rival Northern Iowa this past Saturday in Waterloo, Iowa. Eggleston won her doubles match 8-6 with junior Klavdija Rebol to give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead. She won her singles match in quick fashion with a 6-0, 6-1 decision over the Panthers’ Trisha Hinke. Even more impressive, Saturday’s match marked the first MVC competition of Eggleston’s Drake career. She maintained composure and played a key role in the Bulldogs’ MVC seasonopening win over UNI. Eggleston owns a 19-11 singles record on her first season as a Bulldog. In doubles, Eggleston boasts a 19-10 record. Column
Your guide to sports in Midwestern weather Prepare for unpredictable conditions before you hit the field Midwestern weather has postponed intramural softball season by one week. Midwesterners know that even though spring technically started on March 21, warm weather is not a guarantee. They have spent their entire athletic careers playing sports in cold and nasty weather conditions. For those of you who wonder why Iowans wear shorts in 55-degree weather, you may want to pay attention to this article. Below is a quick guide to playing sports in the Midwest. Always bring an extra pair of socks As the last of the snow melts, the grass can get a little swampy. That is the very reason that intramural softball was pushed back a week. The fields were too wet to play on. Eventually, the fields
will dry up enough to play on, but odds are, they will still be damp. If intramurals waited for perfect outdoor conditions to start playing outdoor sports, softball season would never happen. We will make sure that the fields are safe to play on, but a little wetness won’t hurt anyone. Playing in wet socks when it is cold outside can be uncomfortable and smelly. Get the right gear Cleats are not required to play softball, but they are highly recommended. I can personally vouch playing without them can be tricky and embarrassing. If you are like me and do not have your cleats from high school, check out secondhand sport stores like Play It Again Sports in Clive. Those types of stores usually have cheap, used sports equipment. That
Joanie Barry Columnist might also be a good place to find an old glove. Keep your eye on the skies April showers bring May flowers. The Drake Lakes span throughout the whole campus to include the intramural fields. Mid-
westerners know that as soon as the snow melts, the rain starts to pour. Keeping your eye open for storms and lightning on intramural fields is not only for your comfort but also for your safety. Intramural supervisors have a lightning detector in their bag, but if you spot lighting letting the supervisor know is helpful. Layers Mixing and matching different types of clothes can be helpful with the changing weather. Shorts and sweatshirts are good for playing in the outfield. Long sweat pants are good when running bases because if you need to slide, you won’t get covered in mud. No matter how you choose to put together an outfit, it is always smart to bring plenty of extra clothes. Seriously, be ready for any-
thing. There may be a small, miniscule chance that by playoff season the weather may actually get warm. Bring your sunglasses, suntan lotion and baseball caps for those 70-degree days. Here is your rule reminder for the week. There is no bunting in intramural softball. However, if you take a full swing, and the ball goes less than a foot outside of the batters box, that is not considered a bunt. I would recommend you do some batting practice before the game, in the future. As always stay safe, and play ball. Barry is a junior radio-television and secondary education double major and can be reached at joan. email@example.com
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