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Bucksbaum Lecture

Student Senate

Balancing art and science

Election preparation

“How a Dog Changed My Ideas on Making Art” 4:30-6 p.m. FAC 336

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The Changing Business of Media 6:30-8 p.m. Meredith 101

Tuesday The Rob Scheps/Jerry Dodgion Quintet 7:30-9:30 p.m. Turner Jazz Center DogTUBE & SAB Film Festival 2.0 7 p.m. Meredith 101 Student Senate Election All day BlueView Arts & Sciences Honor Convocation 6:30-8 p.m. Parents Hall

Wednesday Blitz Day Picnic 4-7 p.m. Parents Hall Human Trafficking Panel 6-8 p.m. Meredith 101 Social Movement & Political Moments 7-8:30 p.m. Sussman Theater

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Opinions Voting should be based upon the candidate, ideas PAGE 3

Features Online portfolio, Pressfolios, is a new way to save clips PAGE 4

Sports Track and field takes home a win at Ashford Invite PAGE 6

Campus News

JAMES BALOG presents his Bucksbaum speech at the Knapp Center on April 3. Balog spoke about climate change. Last week’s lecture marked the 30th anniversary of the series on campus. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR Emily Sadecki

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Natural photographer James Balog captured the attention of the Knapp Center at Drake University Wednesday night as he addressed misconceptions revolving around global climate change. Balog spoke as part of the Bucksbaum Lecture Series established in 1966 by Martin and Melva Bucksbaum and is continued in their memory. Martin Bucksbaum was the chairman and CEO of Central Growth Corporation, a member of Drake’s governing board and a leader in the Des Moines community. At the beginning of the presentation, Drake University President David Maxwell announced that the university is proud to host American astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Oct. 29, 2013, for the next installment of the Bucksbaum Lecture Series. “The Bucksbaum Lectures are such a privilege to Drake’s campus,” first-year Jenna Sheldon said. “Many influential people speak at these lectures and make the Des

Moines and Drake community that much richer. It is important that these lectures come to Iowa to keep worldly and informed.” Throughout his career, Balog has found himself at the crossroads of art, with his photography, and science, as he studies glacial patterns. According to the “Extreme Ice Survey” website, “28 cameras are deployed at 13 glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, the Nepalese Himalaya, Alaska and the Rocky Mountains of the U.S. These cameras record changes in the glaciers every half-hour, yearround during daylight, yielding approximately 8,000 frames per camera per year.” “Art and science are about bringing the left brain and the right brain together,” Balog said. “I never understood the power of photography until I started this project.” “As an art major, it’s always refreshing to see an artistic perspective on such a global issue,” first-year Susanna Hayward said. He described how the glaciers act as a “bermometer,” which he explains as a combination be-

tween a barometer and a thermometer. “It is exquisitely sensitive, it is almost alive,” Balog said. His images preserve a visual legacy of the glaciers that are ceasing to exist and will be useful in years to come in revealing the impacts of climate change and human activities. “Nature isn’t natural anymore,” he said, making his point with a variety of graphs showing the unnatural peaks of carbon dioxide and the effect that those chemicals have on the atmosphere. Balog hopes that through his work, he can shed light on the misconception that humans cannot change earth, because the evidence points strongly in the other direction. He argues that it affects all humans because we all breathe air, eat, drink water and pay taxes, so we should all be doing our part. Balog quoted Sir Edmund Hillary saying, “You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things, to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.”

J-term fair helps students make class selections Comparing course offerings, syllabi allows for a deeper look into subject matter

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Staff Writer sarah.fulton@drake.edu

Vying for student’s attention, 82 classes set up booths in Parents Hall Thursday night during the second J-term fair. The fair grew from 43 courses last year to 24 travel seminars and 58 on-campus courses this year. J-term committee chair Arthur Sanders was “very pleased” with the student response to the fair. “We did it last year, and we had a great response, lots of people came,” Sanders said. “So, it is still a pretty new kind of thing, so we decided to do it again and give students an opportunity to find out information.” Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy Kathryn Szramek is teaching “En-

vironmental Hazard,” a class that will cover the impact of hazards such as volcanos, earthquakes and population growth. She is excited to teach the course. “Environmental hazards is one really awesome ... and why I chose to teach this particular class is because it is the kind of class that you can do in three weeks,” Szramek said. “It is exciting, interesting and there are a lot of visuals, experiments and hands-on things that we can do in the three weeks.” Szramek said her class was receiving decent amount of student interests but not as much as the travel seminars. However, she said that her class is still worthwhile. “Even though we are not in a grand adventure out in the world, we can still have some pretty great fun here at Drake,” Szramek said.

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Sophomore graphic design major and advertising double major Lexi Ruskell took part because she did not attend last year. “I totally missed the opportunity last year, and I thought I would check it out,” Ruskell said. “I also need to catch up on some of my classes.” The “Introduction to Letterpress” class caught Ruskell’s eye. “The print-making one stuck out me a lot because I am interested in it, and it is something that I could incorporate into my major,” Ruskell said. The fair helped Ruskell make her decision. “Looking around, they had a lot of examples you could pick from, examples of the work you can do,” Ruskell said. Katie Hanson, a sophomore

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graphic design major, came to look for an art class to apply toward her majors and is now leaning toward the “Book Binding Workshop” taught by professor John Fender. “I know Fender is going on sabbatical next spring, so I will not have very many classes with him,” Hanson said. The “Book Binding Workshop” also caught the attention of P1 Blake Martin. Martin came to the fair looking for “anything art” to fulfill an AOI. “I like drawing first of all. I am looking for something that is not to hard, so book binding would be good,” Martin said. Martin said the fair was mainly helpful in providing information. “I got more information here than I would get looking at the course descriptions,” Martin said.

Student Senate opened its meeting last week with a message from some of the candidates running in the upcoming election. The candidates were encouraged to attend Senate this week to give a short presentation of their platform for the current senators. Eighteen of the 27 candidates attended the meeting. Senator-atLarge candidates Ben Verhasselt, Mark Reiter, Olivia O’Hea, Emma Wilson, Mike Jennings, Josh Duden, Jacob VanderVaart, Ethan Gascho, Zachary Keller, Emily Grimm, Ekta Haria, Josh Schoenblatt and Cole Schwartz spoke at the meeting. Diversity Interest Senator-atLarge candidate Salwa Janjua, CBPA senator candidate Kevin Maisto, Arts and Sciences Senator candidate Ben Lambrecht, Pharmacy and Health Sciences Senator candidate Natalie Gadbois and Journalism and Mass Communications Senator Gwendolyn Baumgardner also spoke at the meeting. The Ultimate Club came to Senate last week requesting to change the amount of money it had previously requested from SFAC. The group planned to attend a tournament in Decorah, Iowa, but the tournament was cancelled. It already paid for a hotel, however, so the group requested $250 to cover the costs of the hotel. The motion passed unanimously. The Middle East Peace and Prosperity Alliance came to Senate to request funding for donation jars. The money raised from the donation jars will be donated to a hospital in Israel that provides medical service to Palestinians who are otherwise denied access to specialized medical treatment. The donation jars will be placed in high traffic areas of campus and around the Des Moines community. The motion carried unanimously. Greek Street Fellowship requested a name change during the meeting. The group feels there is a division on campus between those involved with Greek life and those who are not, so it wants to make the group open to anyone on campus. The group changed its name to “The Navigators,” and the motion was passed by acclimation. Most of the Senate meeting last week was spent reviewing the budget for fiscal year 2013-14. Senate will not vote on the budget until later this year, but the senators were encouraged to share their opinions on the current state of the budget. Vice President of Student Life David Karaz expressed concerns that Senate should look into funding more organizations. Sen. Dan Pfeifle sparked a debate when he suggested that Student Activities Board had been given too much money. “They’re spending a lot of money on entertainment that not a lot of students are taking advantage of,” Pfeifle said. Treasurer Michael Reibel countered Pfeifle. “They’ve done a lot with collaboration with other organizations recently to create greater attendance at their events,” Reibel said. The proposed budget is posted in Olmsted. Student Senate elections will be held April 8 and 9 on BlueView.

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News Elections 2013

Senate Candidates: Meet the myriad

The Student Senate candidates were asked to put their platforms into 140 characters. Here’s what they had to say: Gwendolyn Baumgardner

SJMC

Olivia O’Hea

At-Large

First-Year LPS and Public Relations

I plan to form connections with other governing boards, help new organizations and increase interactions between Senate & the student body.

Mark Reiter

At-Large

Junior Broadcast News

Sophomore Public Relations

I will provide JStudents with outlets to stay involved, as well as working with faculty and Senate to make Jstudents a top Drake priority.

A diverse background with Drake organizations gives me a well-rounded understanding of Drake Students. I hope to bring their views to the Senate table next year.

Sarah Engbretson

Matthew Roth

At-Large

At-Large

Sophomore Markeing and Economics

First-Year Philosophy and Politics

Collaboration. Accessibility, Visibility and Spreading the Word. Use of Resources. Moving Drake forward to be the best it can be.

I want to make Senate transparent, increase communication with the student body, help organizations grow and create diverse programs.

Natalie Gadbois

Daniel Scheetz

CPHS

Fine Arts

Pharmacy P1 and MPA

Sophomore Music Education

Facilitate a continuous dialogue with students regarding what they are passionate about or would like to see changed on campus.

Drake should have more building accessibility, technology integration, and professional development.

Nicole Germann

Josh Schoenblatt

SOE

At-Large

Sophomore Elementary Education

Sophomore Politics and Leadership concentration

Increase communication between faculty and students, use and ask for student feedback more often, & working to keep buildings up-to-date.

1) Expand Dogs On Campus 2) Weekly Fireside Video summary on Senate work 3) Getting your input to make your dreams a reality.

Emily Grimm

Alexander Shaner

At-Large

Arts & Science

Sophomore Politics

Junior Politics and International Relations

During my term I have improved many campus facilities. Drake, you know who you elected last year, I am ready and willing to serve you again.

Expanding horizons for students by developing meaningful academic and professional skills, knowledge, resources and connections.

Ekta Haria

David Springston

At-Large

At-Large

Sophomore Biology

Sophomore Actuarial Science

I do what I say I would do, proven through my Facebook page “Drake University Student Services.” I solve issues.

Increase communication with students, raise awareness about the funding process for organizations and increase publicity for campus events.

Salwa Janjua

Krystle Thai

Diversity

Diversity

Sophomore Politics and International Relations

Sophomore Pharmacy

Promoting, encouraging participation and advocating diversity. Bridging the gap between students and senate. Serving the multicultural orgs.

It’s important to understand diversity, spread awareness, create unity, promote immersion in order to build our Drake community.

Mike Jennings

Jacob VanderVaart

At-Large

At-Large

Sophomore Actuarial Science and Finance

Sophomore BCMB

I believe it is critical to improve campus security and increase communication between Senate and the student body to improve student life.

As senator I would work to keep the student body well informed on senate operations, make sure all students opinions are voiced.

Kevin Maisto

Ben Verhasselt

CBPA

At-Large

First-Year Actuarial Science Major

First-Year Marketing and Politics

As Business senator, I would communicate directly with the student body, as well as work to collaborate with the other academic senators.

I listen. I will stay grounded and available for students to represent this outstanding student body.

Luke Nankivell

Emma Wilson

SJMC

At-Large

Sophomore Magazines and Politics

First-year Broadcast News and Politics

I hope to bring more professional opportunities to students & bring more prospective students to Drake as a whole, not just the J school

I will continue what the 26th session has done, increase communication between organizations and bridge the gap between Drake and Des Moines.

Jared Netley

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Editorial

Bye Communication Know your vote Texting takes over face-to-face

CELL PHONES AND TEXTING are one of the main ways students fail at communicating. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR

Michael Robbins Columnist Often times when we all go see our grandparents or visit people from older generations, they respond with criticisms of the younger generation. One of the biggest criticisms of our generation is the new influx of communication techniques that hinder face-to-face contact. In the olden days, which to us are a mere 20 years ago, there was no texting, no emailing, no instant message — the main way to communicate was face to face contact and telephone conversations. The human interaction has decreased in our generation, and I feel that the interaction is only going to get worse in the future due to texting, the Internet and email. Granted, our society is much more efficient with these new modes of communication. We are able to provide faster responses, be more to the point and not have to worry about the stresses with talking to people. This is help-

ful for the world’s industries as a whole, but the generations in the future will not have the same skill set as generations in the past. People are relying on technology to do the talking for them just to avoid talking to people for one reason or another. This is hurting the social skills that are the basis of all human interaction. People who do this are typically not as good at talking to people in person. For example, we have all been in that situation where you meet somebody, and you start texting them. Everything seems fine as you are talking, but those one- or two-line responses are only inhibiting your social ability. Eventually, chances are that you will start talking about the same thing over and over, and it seems to become boring to talk to that person. We have short attention spans because of this phenomenon, and texting is an ineffective means of communication. It’s easy to have misunderstandings and to misinterpret someone’s message and have situations blown out of proportion simply because someone’s text message was misconstrued. Another minor point I want to make is that people’s inability to memorize something as simple as telephone numbers. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, you need to be able to recite a friend’s, roommate’s, police station’s number off the top of your head instead of relying so much on one’s contact list. There was once a time when stories were merely

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recited and done by memory. Now, people can barely remember their best friend’s phone number. That is a part of society that has died that is saddening. Social media has also had a tremendous impact on our dissolving social abilities. Sites like Facebook and Twitter have not only revolutionized the definition of sharing things with your friends but have changed the definition of the word “friend” itself. Anymore, the word “friend” simply means that you know this person and might not mean that you even like this person. There is this sense of competition where people just want to keep on adding friends to appear more popular to others, which really makes no sense. These social networking sites also give people the chance to learn about people’s interests without even necessarily talking to that person, which gives less incentive to go out and actually meet people. Overall, the next time you hear somebody from the older generation make a comment about how our generation is lacking social skills, it is easy to see where he or she is getting that idea. One day we will be those old people, and it would be really sad to see the younger generation being even worse socially than we are. Robbins is a sophomore international business and finance double major and can be reached at michael.a.robbins@drake.edu

The posters have been hung by the entrances with care, in hope that Suzy or Sam will be the candidate with your vote. This year’s Student Senate general election has plenty of candidates to choose from, which can make voting difficult. Sure, with over 20 candidates in total it’s overwhelming when you look at the ballot, but this is a good problem to have. We have so many students whom are willing to serve us and to show us what they can offer the student body. The platforms given out so far have been vague and noncommittal, but that is the nature of the beast that is student government. What we have to do — as voting members of the Drake community — take that into account. The platforms are vague because the senators have no idea what can be accomplished until they are sworn in. The ideas molded initially are about what problems are currently grasping campus, and they have to move on from there. The bureaucratic red tape that many of the student run into also restrict Student Senate at times. Thinking about it, though, as voters and constituents of these students, we need to make it our job to vote for those who are most capable, those who want to prove themselves. This year there are many senators with name recognition and experience around the table, but as a

voter you have the obligation to think about how they have served you this year. How have they proved themselves as good senators? When you open that electronic ballot, vote for who you truly believe can make a difference, not just the person whose name you recognize. It’s what a candidate can truly offer around the table that makes him or her a good candidate. It’s not the Greek house that makes the candidate — it’s the ideas that make the person. As voters, we also have to think of our representation around the table. Yes, 30 percent of campus is involved in Greek life, but that means 70 percent (the majority, mind you) is not involved. Our representation should reflect that. With a total of 24 senators sitting around the table, that means only seven should be Greek. We, the Drake University Student Body, need and deserve an elected body that will listen to us and represent us to its greatest ability. When we open our ballot through BlueView over the next few days, we need to do ourselves the ultimate favor with our governing board — vote for whom we truly believe in. Not who our friends told to vote for. Not who had the best posters. We’re not voting for the person’s organizations, we’re not voting for his or her allegiances, we’re voting for the candidate.

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AWOL concert not worth it

Tad Unruh Columnist You know AWOL like the Military term, “absent without leave.” The sense of musical accomplishment and great live sound seemed to be AWOL this past Tuesday. Playing the ever present 70s ballroom “Dazed and Confused” imbued vibe of the Val Air Ballroom, AWOLnation, next in the line of electro-pop-punk-metal bands looking to make it big through cross country tours and extensive plays on Spotify. Two friends grabbed me for a Tuesday night show, and we were off to go AWOL. AWOLnation’s set began with my favorite song of theirs, “Guilty Filthy Soul.” While the song may or may not be homage to the TV gangster scene of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” it was an energetic way to start the show. The layered fuzz guitar blasted through the speakers as lead sing-

er Aaron Bruno squelched his way through the buzz ballad. Halfway through, the song turns to its chorus for a popping piano lick, which allowed for maximum sing along possibility. This song would be the highlight. What I could guess as a 16-year-old next to me somehow knew every single word and was shouting them as loud as he possibly could. Even on their most famous song, (used in two car commercials), “Sail,” the chorus which utilizes many long chants of “SAIL, SAIL, SAIL,” the teen shouted them, arching his back high enough to let the band and everyone else in the ballroom know that he was the biggest AWOLnation fan in there. I did enjoy the concert but felt underwhelmed by the bands most intriguing part of their music, their sing along nature. Some of the songs bled together and felt more of a wall of noise than their extremely cleaned-up studio album. Also the rowdiness of the crowd wasn’t what I had expected. It ended up being tame, noisy and overall was not my favorite concert I’ve ever been to. If you’d like to pay $20 to have your ear drums blown out with minimal melodies? Then this is the band for you.

Unruh is a senior radio and sociology double major and can be reached at tad.unruh@drake.edu

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Drake’s mascots adored Try Pressfolios

Spike, Porterhouse ‘embody’ school New way to save clips Katie Ericson

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The Internet has become one of the most important resources for students. Through it, they have access to an unlimited amount of information, assistance and contacts. A new addition that is geared toward journalists is Pressfolios. Pressfolios is a website that allows journalists to show their work all on one site. By uploading links to published material, they can create a page of their work. “I see it as a great way for people who have writing published on various websites can bring all of their best work onto one portfolio website,” said Chris Snider, instructor of practice in multimedia. Though the site is less than one year old, it has already undergone many changes and improvements. You are allowed to choose eight stories that will be featured and appear first on your home page which also shows a cover photo. There is a biography section, and all of your stories are stored securely on the website as PDFs. Junior Larissa Wurm started using Pressfolios after Snider recommended it. “It’s a cool tool to try out and an easy way to get your work up and out there for people to see, kind of like LinkedIn, but more targeted towards journalists,” said Wurm. Much like a blog, the site is dedicated to helping journalists

SPIKE AND PORTERHOUSE are the two mascots chosen to represent Drake University. Larissa Wurm

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We’ve all seen him, and we all love and adore him — our bulldog mascot, Porterhouse. But what is the job of beloved mascot? Erin Bell, Porterhouse’s “mom,” said they are trying to figure it out. “It’s all completely voluntary,” Bell said. “We go to as many games as we can, especially basketball and football. People notice when we’re gone. They will come up to us and say ‘Where were you guys? Why weren’t you at the game?’” Porterhouse has been Drake University’s official live mascot for four full years, now beginning his fifth. He was asked to be the official mascot after he won the 2009 Beautiful Bulldog Contest, on his fourth try. “We just kind of figured out what we were supposed to do,” Bell said. “We interact with the fans, and he runs the team out at games. They asked if they thought

he would run after a basketball and I said, ‘Sure, why not?’” “We just love sharing him with people,” Bell said. The newly made Twitter account has brought that to a whole new level, allowing them to interact with students like never before. “I haven’t met one student who doesn’t like stopping to say ‘hi’ to Porterhouse or his ‘parents,’” said Nate Erickson, a senior marketing major with a human resources concentration. “Whether you see him on campus or look at the pictures on Twitter, he can really brighten your day. His owners really go out of their way to make him accessible to students.” And let’s not forget about Spike. While a bulldog has been the official mascot since the 1930s, it wasn’t originally named Spike. After a contest held on campus, in which only one name was submitted and subsequently picked, the mascot was then named Butch. In the 1950s, the name was changed to Spike in another contest during homecoming week.

showcase their work. By including options for photos and profiles, the site is slowly branching out so that people can use it for more than just stories. That was the only problem sophomore Taylor Larson had with the site. “As a PR student, I have writing clips that have been published, but would really like to be able to put some of my planning and other experience in my portfolio, too.” However, Pressfolios is trying to take people’s recommendations and suggestions into account. Wurm said that she had been having some troubles with the site, but they were easy to fix. “The Pressfolios blog has been really good about explaining what the purpose of the site is, giving examples of how other people have set up theirs, and they are really encouraging interacting with them on Twitter and Facebook,” Wurm said. “They encourage you to tweet them any questions you have, and they started a hashtag and everything.” With this open mindset about their website, Pressfolios is still clearly a developing site, but one that is a great tool for journalism students. If interested in Pressfolios, go to http://pressfolios.com/ and sign up for your own account. If you know someone who already has a pressfolio, both of you can add an additional five free articles to your pressfolio.

COURTESTY OF ERIN BELL

The job of being the school mascot is given to a team of several students, unknown to the rest of the student body, who go to university events to pump up and interact with the crowd. They also have the job of representing the university wherever they go. The team has even ranked fifth in a national cheerleading and dance competition in 2009. “Whether it’s a sporting event, community program, or other function, Spike embodies everything great about Drake,” Erickson said. What does Porterhouse think of Spike? “He’s always a little competitive,” Bell laughs. But having a live mascot is one of the things that is really unique to Drake. “Most schools don’t have a live panther or something,” Bell said. “This is something unique that Drake has. Sometimes, the other teams will even come looking for him.”

CLIPS can be stored virtually on Pressfolios.

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Professors create new courses for students Process for class creation complicated but rewarding

Katie Ericson

build on their existing expertise and academic training, while developing better or deeper knowledge and working with students to do so,” Paine Caufield said. “I think With registration coming up, everyone we’re all naturally inquisitive and intellecis looking at the class list for fall semestually curious, and new classes generally ter. Going through the courses, it is pretty come out of that curiosity.” clear that we have some inventive faculty Yet there are some risks taken when members. From “Science and the Art of creating a new course. Teachers constantDa Vinci” to the “Spirit of Mathematics” to ly have to experiment with their schedules, “Moral Monsters,” there are a lot of choices assignments and classes as they learn of for Drake University students. But how do the students’ interests and capabilities. professors develop these courses? There is also difficultly finding professors “Once you determine that your schedwho have enough time to experiment with ule allows you to develop a new class, and a new course. that department, college and university Richardson admitted that the process programs would benefit from that new can be difficult. course, you then “I think you might submit proposals find that in the profesto the approprisional schools, espeate administrative “I think we’re all cially, it is somewhat review committees,” more difficult to offer naturally inquisitive said Associate Pronew classes or add fessor of Politics and and intellectually classes to the curricuInternational Relalum because we have curious, and new tions Rachel Paine so many required Caufield. classes generally come classes that we have Drake has a stanto offer.” Richardson out of that curiosity.” dard form for creatsaid. “It is difficult for ing a new course, but faculty to have time to — Rachel Paine Caufield, Drake professor what discipline you teach electives.” are creating the class Yet it is still somefor changes the prothing most profescess. For more stansors encourage. dard courses, the process is Paine Caufield said not too difficult since those are only listed that this is a beneficial process for teachin one field. ers, students and the university itself. “Especially if it is a class that might be “First, they foster creativity and curiosoffered just once as an experimental class, ity on the part of faculty, staff and students, the process is relatively informal,” said which is a good thing.” Paine Caufield said. professor Kathleen Richardson, director “Second, they allow the university to be of the School of Journalism and Mass Commore flexible and innovative to meet the munication. academic and professional goals of the stuIf a professor is creating an honors dents.” course, though, or a class that is crossThis view has especially been apparent listed, then the proposal has to go through in the January-term offerings, with coursall the departments that are included as es on Harry Potter and robots appearing well as the College Curriculum Committee on the course list. These courses allow for Council. Area of Inquiry courses are simistudents to express themselves and enjoy larly taken care of by the University Curcourses that broaden their collegiate expericulum Committee. rience while strengthening it as well. However, this is only one part of creIf interested in viewing the courses ating the course. First, the teacher must available for the 2013 fall semester or Jcome up with an idea for a course. Paine term, go to MyDusis, Student Services and Caufield said this is not a particularly Registration. There you can find a listing pressing problem, though. for all the available courses. Also, if inter“On the whole, I think every faculty ested in pursuing a particular topic, talk member has a little list of potential coursto a professor. Courses are always being es in their head that would allow them to added and adopted. Staff Writer katie.ericson@drake.edu

THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION TRIP, a class created by Rachel Paine Caufield and Jill Van Wyke allowed students to see Washington D.C. over J-term. PHOTOS COURTESY OF NOELLE SMITH

The Polynesian Paradise Dancers bring the Aloha spirit to Des Moines, IA. The international touring company known as The Polynesian Paradise Dancers will perform at Vaudeville Mews on April 12th 2013. Tickets are $10.00. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Vaudeville Mews, 212 4th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.polynesianparadisedancer.com.

Check it out>>> Monday >Kyle Eastwood Band >Temple for Performing Arts >7:30 p.m.

Monday >The Year of Magical Thinking >Java Joe’s Coffeehouse >7 p.m.

Tuesday >Lunch Unplugged >Temple for Performing Arts >12-1 p.m.

Wednesday >J.R. Brow >Funny Bone Comedy Club >7:30 p.m.

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Sports Track and Field

Drake men and women win Ashford Invite Taylor Soule

Sports Editor tdsportsed@gmail.com

The Drake men’s and women’s track teams both took first place at the Ashford Spring Invitational in Clinton, Iowa on Saturday. The Bulldog women won eight events, and the Bulldog men won seven to take the top spot among eight and nine teams, respectively. In Drake women’s mid-distance action, sophomore Melissa Parks took first place in the 800 meters in a time of 2:22.90. “It was my first outdoor 800 of the year, so it was just to see where I was at, physically,” Parks said. Parks said the wind made Saturday’s meet difficult. “It was pretty insanely windy,

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so my time wasn’t the best,” Parks said. In women’s sprints, the Bulldogs registered wins in the 100 and 200-meters. Junior Danyelle Cole won the 100-meters in a time of 12.13. Senior Whitney Westrum triumphed in the 200-meters in a time of 24.74. Cole crossed the line less than a minute later than Westrum in 25.43 to take second place. Drake captured a pair of victories in hurdles action, too. Senior Sarah Yeager won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 13.90. In the 400-meter hurdles, senior Briana Isom-Brummer finished first with a time of 1:03.16. Two Bulldog women’s relays recorded the top times on Sat-

urday. The 4x100-meter relay of junior Tiara Winston, Cole, sophomore Ariel Kinlow and Westrum finished first with a time of 47.89. In 4x400-meter action, the Bulldogs recorded another top finish. The team of Yeager, Cole, freshman Virginia Hill and Westrum recorded a time of 4:02.85 to take first. Drake recorded a single field victory in the triple jump, as freshman Kayla Bell finished first with a distance of 37-4. In Drake men’s action, the Bulldogs captured seven wins. In distance action, freshman Ali Jindal claimed first in the 1,500-meters in a time of 4:10.74. The Bulldog hurdlers claimed a pair of victories on Saturday, thanks to junior Travis Marsh.

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Marsh won both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles with times of 14.65 and 55.89, respectively. Marsh contributed to another Bulldog win in the first-place 4x400-meter relay. The Drake team of Marsh, junior Ian Wells, senior Dan Karys and freshman Scott Goad finished first in a time of 3:20.48. The Bulldogs won four field events on Saturday. Karys won the long jump with a distance of 23-3.5. Senior Isaac Twombly won the discus with a toss of 149-6. Twombly won the hammer throw, too, with a top distance of 198-5. Freshman David Silkman finished first in the javelin throw with a toss of 163-3. The Bulldogs are back in action

on Friday and Saturday at the Jim Duncan Invitational at Drake Stadium. The meet marks the first home competition for the Bulldogs this season. Despite the windy conditions, Parks said the meet gave Drake a boost of confidence entering the Jim Duncan Invitational. Plus, the meet gave the Bulldog freshmen one last chance to calm any nerves before they compete at Drake Stadium for the first time. “It was a good confidence booster,” Parks said. “It wasn’t the most competitive meet, but we competed just because it was close to home.”

Assistants impress Giacoletti adds two to staff

ALEN SALIBASIC AND JEAN ERASMUS play doubles on Feb. 3.

TAYLOR SOULE | SPORTS EDITOR

Singles play lifts Drake on the road Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer dominic.johnson@drake.edu

The No. 23 Drake men’s tennis team passed its stiffest test of the conference season on Sunday, as the Bulldogs defeated the Wichita State Shockers in Wichita, Kan. Drake rallied from an early 0-2 deficit to win the match 4-2 and remain atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings. The Bulldogs struggled early on in the match, as they failed to secure the pivotal doubles point. Although the pairing of senior James McKie and freshman Ben Lott won their match 8-2, the two remaining doubles teams failed to do so. Sophomore Alen Salibasic and senior Jean Erasmus lost 2-8, while sophomore Ben Mullis and junior Robin Goodman lost 5-8. Already facing a 0-1 deficit, things did not get any easier in singles against a very competitive Shockers squad. Lott, who was playing at the sixth singles position, lost 6-3, 6-1 to give Wichita State a 2-0 advantage. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, the

momentum began to swing in their favor after Salibasic posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory at the second position. Goodman’s 6-3 6-4 win at third singles evened the score at 2-all. With the momentum firmly in their grasp, the Bulldogs sprinted towards the finish line. Mullis’ 6-3, 6-1 win put the squad on the brink of victory, and McKie’s 6-4, 6-3 win clinched the match. Erasmus was still on court when the match finished, but the coaches decided to let the match go unfinished to avoid any potential injury to both players. With the Shockers out of the way, Drake now focuses their attention on next Saturday’s match against the Salukis of Southern Illinois. The Bulldogs will travel to Carbondale for a 1 p.m. match. Drake will finally return home to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Saturday, April 20 for a matchup against Illinois State. The last time Drake played at home was Feb. 16 against Western Illinois.

A lot about Ray Giacoletti has captured Conference newcomer Giacoletti learn the interest on campus, in Des Moines and in league’s ins and outs. Iowa. Giacoletti named a second basketball vetAs Drake fans discuss his impressive re- eran to his staff on this past Friday, in Bill sume (six consecutive NCAA berths at Gon- Walker. Walker returns to the NCAA scene zaga, a Sweet 16 appearance at Utah) and from Texas A&M, where in just four years struggle to pronounce his name (JACK-o-let- as an assistant coach from 2008-2011, he ee), Giacoletti has drawn two new assistant helped develop three — yes, three — NBA coaches to the program. players in the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre You know, the other men on the bench Jordan, the Detroit Pistons’ Khris Middleton who coach the players, the men who too and the New Orleans Hornets’ Donald Sloan. seldom catch fans’ interest. The new Drake The three players mark just the start of men’s basketball assistant coaches are Walker’s NBA success, though. He spent the worth a column, thanks to last two seasons as a their diverse resumes. scout for the Hornets. Thus far, Giacoletti has Those experiences taken the care to select and more add up to long-time basketball coach25 years of basketball es from diverse basketball knowledge across the backgrounds, a move that NCAA and NBA. Clearly, contrasts the previous Walker has a knack to staff. As his vows from the develop players, a knack March 28 press conference Drake desperately — draw more Iowa players, needs. win the rebound war and Expect Walker to score easy baskets — echo draw some big names Taylor Soule across campus, the metro to Drake, too. He knows area and the state, Giacoletjust what to look for in Sports Editor ti has taken a step forward a player, thanks to two in his two newest hires, Jeff seasons as an NBA scout. Rutter and Bill Walker. In the NCAA scene, Giacoletti named Jeff Rutter assistant most notably, Walker earned acclaim at coach this past Thursday. Rutter comes to Minnesota when he drew Big Ten FreshDrake from Iowa State, where he spent sev- man of the Year and eventual NBA pick Kris en seasons, four as an assistant coach and Humphries to the Gophers’ squad. He spent the last three as the Cyclones’ director of nine years at Minnesota before heading to basketball operations. Texas A&M. Before his tenure at Iowa State, Rutter Clearly, Giacoletti owns a plethora of worked for three seasons as an assistant column-worthy basketball contacts. Expect coach at Northern Iowa under head coach more notable hires as Giacoletti builds his Greg McDermott. Bulldog staff. Expect Rutter to play a pivotal role in Giacoletti’s vow to draw more players from Iowa. He knows the regional basketball scene, thanks to coaching jobs at North Dakota State, Wisconsin-Parkside, UNI and Soule is a sophomore news-internet and Iowa State. writing double major and can be reached at Plus, Rutter can help Missouri Valley tdsportsed@gmail.com

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Bulldogs rebound to go 1-1 against Sycamores Luke Nankivell

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After falling 4-3 in the first half of a doubleheader against Indiana State on Saturday, the Drake softball team evened the series and won 9-1 in the second game. Junior pitcher Jordan Gronewold started the first game for Drake, allowing two runs and four hits in four innings. Gronewold struck out two batters and walked one. Indiana State got off to a 2-0 lead in the third inning and was able to hold it until the fifth, when Drake junior Amy Pierce belted a two-run homer to tie the game. Megan Stone of ISU opened the sixth inning by hitting a homerun, giving ISU a 3-2 lead. That lead didn’t last long, with junior Cortney Wood driving in freshman Seyerra Dubois off a base hit. ISU responded the next inning and took a 4-3 lead off a blooper to left field. Drake attempted a comeback but left sophomore Rebekah Schmidt stranded at third as ISU took the win. Both teams struggled bringing runners in, combining for 15 runners left on base. Gronewold pitched the entire second game for Drake, letting in

just one run off four hits. She recorded another two strikeouts and three walks. Drake lit up the scoreboard first, scoring one in the third inning and adding a pair in the fourth. Sophomore Hayley Nybo shined in the rematch. By batting three of four, Nybo extended her hitting streak to 13 games. She hit a homerun in the sixth inning to extend Drake’s lead to 4-1. Drake dominated the sixth inning, having the team bat around the order. The Bulldogs scored six runs in the inning, and after the run rule was enforced, Drake came out with a 9-1 win. With the win, Gronewold improved to 11-7 for the year. The offensive struggles for Drake disappeared during the second game, recording 11 hits and leaving just four runners on base the entire game. Along with Nybo, Wood led the Bulldogs with two hits and three RBIs. Pierce had one RBI off two hits and sophomore Laura Brewer had two hits. The Bulldogs faced Indiana State again Sunday and will play Iowa State Tuesday. Check back in the Thursday edition of The Times-Delphic for the results.

JUNIOR INFIELDER LIZ BUCK prepares to swing against Indiana State on Sunday at Ron Buel Fueld. The Bulldogs split a double-header against Missouri Valley Conference rival Indiana State on Saturday. TAYLOR SOULE | SPORTS EDITOR

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Valley rival Bluejays no match for Bulldogs Taylor Soule

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The Drake women’s tennis team swept Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton 7-0 on Saturday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 Valley record. Though the Bluejays challenged Drake in several matches, the young Bulldogs kept composure to take a second step toward their MVC Championship goal. Drake recorded comfortable wins in all three doubles matches to take the momentum early. At the No. 1 spot, freshman Jordan Eggleston and junior Klavdija Rebol garnered an 8-4 victory over the Bluejays’ Anna Kirshenbaum and Analese Snyder. Freshmen Mad-

die Johnson and Lea Kozulic registered an 8-2 win at the No. 2 position over Creighton’s Jennie Hartjes and Amanda Noonan. The No. 3 doubles team of freshman Mariel Ante and senior Ali Patterson sealed a 1-0 Bulldog lead with an 8-4 decision versus Liz Vermillion and Sam Anderson. That early momentum led to wins at every singles spot, but the Bulldogs faced a couple tense moments against Creighton. At the No. 1 singles spot, Rebol dispatched Hartjes comfortably, 6-3, 6-0. A back-and-forth affair took place at No. 2, though, as freshman Evy Van Genechten edged Snyder, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 10-7. Kozulic defeat Kirshembaum at No. 3, 6-3, 6-3. At No. 4,

Johnson defeat Noonan, 6-2, 6-1. Boyd and Ante rounded out the Bulldog roster with straight-sets victories. Boyd beat Vermillion, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5. At No. 6, Ante registered a close 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over the Bluejays’ Taylor Koehrsen. Drake faces MVC foe Southern Illinois on Saturday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The Salukis have already emerged as the Valley team to beat in 2013, so Drake faces a tough task. The Bulldogs played MVC rival Wichita State on Sunday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Results from that match will be available in the next issue of The Times-Delphic.

FRESHMAN JORDAN EGGLESTON prepares to hit an overhead against Missouri Valley Conference rival Wichita State on Sunday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

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Stress management, love of sports necessary for officials As the semester winds down, many of you are probably worried about finding a summer job. It’s not only important to find a job, but it also needs to pay enough money gets you through the school year. One way to lessen the stress of finding a new job at the end of every semester is to get a part-time job during the school year. If you are looking for a job for next year, intramurals might be the option for you. Here are some qualities that we look for as intramural officials. Coolness under pressure is an essential quality of an intramural official. Officials have to make quick judgments in tough situations. Panicking does not look good to intramural athletes, and it is not unusual for experienced intramural athletes to take ad-

vantage of a new, nervous official. That is why it is important to stay steady on the outside even if the official is freaking out on the inside. It is important to add that while staying calm under pressure is a required trait of all officials, it may need to come from some practice. I certainly can vouch that my freshman year, I was a nervous wreck while officiating. My first officiating experience was fraternity flag football, so I learned quickly how to be calm under pressure. Physical fitness is also a forgotten but helpful quality of an intramural official. Sports like basketball, soccer and flag football require some serious cardio — especially basketball. In basketball, officials do not have substitutes. They run the en-

Joanie Barry Columnist tire game with a whistle in their mouths, which is an added challenge that people take for granted. It is harder to breathe with a whistle in your mouth because you might accidently blow it while running. Do not forget, officials

also have to make calls while doing all of this. Physical fitness can help a new official focus better on the game because they are not exhausted. Lastly, the most important quality for intramural officials is a general appreciation of sports. It does not matter if you have never stepped foot on a soccer field or hit a birdie with a racket. As long as you respect the athletes and the sport, intramurals can be an incredible work-study job. In my three years at intramurals, I have seen some crazy, competitive games. I have grown to appreciate soccer and volleyball in a way that I never did before. Officials get paid to watch intramurals and meet new friends. The best part about intramurals, in my opinion, is the people. Meet-

ing new, awesome people was my favorite part of the job. Some of my closest friends were made on the intramurals fields. For those of you looking for a job next year, working for intramurals can be a great place to go. Here is your rule reminder for this week. Metal cleats are not allowed on the softball field. While they may good for preventing wipeouts, they can cause some serious injuries on the field. Make sure you have plastic or rubber cleats, or you can not play. As always, stay safe, and play ball! Barry is a junior radio-television and secondary education double major and can be reached at joan. barry@drake.edu


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Drake Relays Events: All Events Thursday-Saturday are free for Drake students with a valid Drake Student ID Monday, April 22 34th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest 10:45am-1pm Drake Fieldhouse Tuesday, April 23 Grand Blue Mile 6pm Downtown Des Moines, Western Gateway Park Register at GrandBlueMile.com Wednesday, April 24 Downtown Street Painting 1-4pm Downtown Des Moines on Court Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets Pole Vault in the Mall 6pm Jordan Creek Town Center Decathlon/Heptathlon 12pm Drake Stadium Thursday, April 25 Decathlon/Heptathlon 9:30am Drake Stadium High School and Collegiate Events 3pm Drake Stadium Friday, April 26 Drake Relays 8am-3:45pm Drake Relays Hy-Vee Night Featuring London Games Rematches 5:15-9:30pm Court Avenue Celebration 7:30pm Downtown Des Moines on Court Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets Live music begins at 7:30pm We the Kings 10:30pm Saturday, April 27 Drake Relays 8am-5:30pm Featuring London Games Rematches Sunday, April 28 Hy-Vee Road Races at the Drake Relays (6K, 10K, Half Marathon) Register at Hy-VeeRoadRaces.com Eric Hutchinson Concert 10:30am Drake Stadium-Open to the Public EricHutchinson.com

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