Monday April 11, 2013
Anticipation, joy abounds during reveal
10th Annual Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Science (DUCURS) 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Parents Hall Constitutional Law Center Distinguished Lecture Series 3-4 p.m. Cartwright Hall, Room 213 Porterhouse’s Birthday Party 6-8 p.m. Outside Spike’s Spot, Lower Hubbell
Friday Drake Men’s and Women’s Track and Field v. Jim Duncan Invitational 3:30 p.m. Drake Stadium SENATE HOPEFULS and their supporters gather at Pomerantz stage early Wednesday morning to await results. TAYLOR
2013 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Drake Legal Clinic Humanities Center Colloquium Series 3:30-5 p.m. Medbury Honors Lounge Proximity 5-7 p.m. Anderson Gallery
Saturday Relays Mud Run 11 a.m. Sleepy Hollow Sports Park Drake Men’s and Women’s Track and Field v. Jim Duncan Invitational 8:30 a.m. Drake Stadium Drake Softball v. Illinois State 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Ron Buel Field Senior Musical Theatre Recital, Kent Reynold 1:30-3 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium Junior Musical Theatre Recital, Joshua Osborn and Bridget Roepke 4:30-6 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium
Blood drive on campus this week to benefit the local community PAGE 2
Opinions Human rights campaign sparks debate on the Internet PAGE 3
Features Highschool sweethearts work to stay together PAGE 5
Sports Track and field teams prepare for Jim Duncan Invite PAGE 6
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In the early minutes of Wednesday morning, the senators for the 27th Session of Drake University Student Senate were announced. Candidates gradually entered Olmsted, joining their friends and supporters in nervous anticipation. Joshua Duden, a first-year from Shawnee, Kan., was elected to an at-large position, described his anxiousness. “I was shaking. I was checking the clock like every three minutes ... It was nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time,” Duden said. Duden was one of nine candidates to earn positions as senators-at-large, including Joshua Schoenblatt, Benjamin Verhasselt, Mark Reiter, Cole Schwartz, Olivia O’Hea, Mike Jennings, Emily Grimm and Ekta Haria. Salwa
Junjua was elected as the diversity interest senator at-large. Schoenblatt, Schwartz, Grimm, Haria and Junjua are returning senators while the remaining five are holding a position for the first time. Haria, who serves as the Student Services Committee Chair on this year’s Senate, received the most at-large votes. Even as a current senator, Haria did not expect to be the top vote getter in the at-large election. “It was a surprise, but at the same time I believed in the people who voted for me,” Haria said. Academic senators were also elected. Natalie Gadbois was reelected as senator for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, first-year Kevin Maisto was elected to represent the College of Business and Public Administration and Benjamin Lambrecht was elected as the College of Arts and Sciences’ senator. Gwendolyn Baumgardner won the School of
Earth Jam brings big acts Emma Wilson
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April 17 from 6-9 p.m. on Helmick Commons, Drake University’s Environmental Action League is hosting Earth Jam, an annual event featuring local bands and sustainably grown, local food. “Who doesn’t like a free concert, free food and free stuff?” Drake’s Environmental Action League President Kelsey Johnson said. Earth Jam has been held on campus for six years and is one of Drake Environmental Action League’s major events during the year. It also hosts Earth Week every fall, which featured a farmers market and a rock wall this year. Drake Environmental Action League frequently partners with other organizations to provide them with guidance on how to plan environmentally friendly events. It also has a representative that serves on Sodexo’s Sustainability Committee to encourage more environmentally friendly foods at Drake. “Lots of environmental initiatives go for the local feel, usually
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that comes in with things like food but it applies to music too,” Johnson said. “All the musicians we get are great and super excited about playing.” Earth Jam will feature four local artists, those being Christopher the Conquered, Gloom Balloon, Madison Ray and All the Single Ladies, and Anja McCloskey. Christopher the Conquered is led by Iowa songwriter Chris Ford and backed up by the Black Gold Brass Band. “I’m excited to play at a new place. Chris usually describes the band as progressive soul. Chris has taken influences from real early jazz and rock and roll through the decades,” Brian “Wildman” Stout, a trombone player in the band said. “I usually describe him (as a) piano-fronted, easy rock and roll with horns.” Gloom Balloon is a solo project of Poison Control Center’s Patrick Tape Fleming and is selfproclaimed music for a “Baroque Heart.” Madison Ray and All the Single Ladies is a stanque pop band led by vocalist Madison Ray balanc-
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Journalism and Mass Commication spot, Nicole Germann will be next year’s School of Education senator and Daniel Scheetz was elected as the Fine Arts senator. Campaigns started on March 31 at 12:01 a.m. By the end of the day, campus was filled with posters for various candidates. Benjamin Verhasselt, an atlarge senator-elect from St. Louis Park, Minn., discovered that campaigning for Senate was a whole new experience. “In high school, it was just about who could put up the most posters. Student Senate campaigns are real and they’re hard-hitting and they’re a lot more work than I was used to, so, in that respect, it really challenged me,” Verhasselt said. Nine of the 16 candidates elected are first-time senators, so there will many new faces around the table come next fall. Natalie Gadbois, now entering her second year as pharmacy and health sciences senator, was excit-
ed for the upcoming session. “I’m really excited looking at all the senators for next year and I think that there’s a lot of new blood around the table so I think that we have the potential to do a lot of good things,” Gadbois said. It was not all joy and excitement early Wednesday morning. Some candidates’ Senate aspirations were ended. Luke Nankivell, who was defeated by Gwendolyn Baumgardner in the race for journalism senator, expressed his thoughts on the election. “I thought I did all right with campaigning. I thought maybe I could have done a little better with getting my name out there,” Nankivell said. “I probably will run again next year.” There were also two candidates who received substantial write-in votes for at-large positions, Drake mascot Porterhouse and the Drake Squirrel.
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Cost of Education Emily Sadecki
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Students carry a lot of stuff in their backpacks. We asked five students to empty out their backpacks and here is the average cost of the contents.
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News Campus Events
Blood drive to benefit DSM community Service fraternity offers opportunity for all students to make a difference
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Students from all walks of life are coming together to save lives and make an impact on patients in more than 90 hospitals in the Midwest. Tomorrow, Alpha Phi Omega (APO) will host a blood drive in the Morehouse Ballroom on Drake University’s campus. The service chairs, sophomore Dori Hauser and senior Michelle Markiewicz, planned the blood drive and are collaborating with Life-
Serve Blood Center. LifeServe will donate the blood to cancer patients who may need blood in an emergency situation. “We decided to host the blood drive to give Drake students and faculty an easy way to donate and save lives right on campus,” Markiewicz said. A lot of planning went into this event. The first step in planning the blood drive was finding an organization. From there, the group needed to use their marketing skills to spread the word. Posters were made, announcement sent out via social media and sign up tables were set up outside Hubbell
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Dining Hall to draw attention to the event. The only requirements there are to participate is that you are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are healthy. “I have never donated blood before but I am excited to participate,” Nikki Haske, a first-year student at Drake, said. “Donating blood helps a lot of people and they are always looking for it, so I feel like I am helping people out and supporting a good cause.” Markiewicz’s mom and her brother’s friend both needed a blood transplant. They had massive brain injuries and needed blood to keep them alive throughout their
process. “Not everyone may realize, but every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Blood is what keeps us moving and alive each day.” Markiewicz said. “Giving blood one time will make three people live longer. To me it’s worth the sacrifice.” Currently, APO has more than 60 members participating in the blood drive.
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Earth Jam, page 2 ing influences from California and Tokyo, Japan. Finally, Anja McCloskey is a singer and accordionist from Southampton, England touring in the U.S. “Two years ago we had Poison Control Center at Earth Jam and they brought out a few hundred people, lots of community members,” Laura Jones, a Drake Environmental Action League member, said, “This year we’re expecting around 100, but it’s hard to say,” The rain location for the event is on Pomerantz Stage, but Johnson hopes that
they will not have to change locations so that people can hear the music all over campus and will come see what’s going on. Besides music, the event will feature local, sustainably grown food, reusable mugs, tote bags, and Drake Environmental Action League temporary tattoos. Stout encourages Drake students to attend the show. “Supporting your community through local music, locally grown food and shopping at local businesses can make significant change in the world and is super rad,” Stout said.
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Giving back Human Rights Campaign Worth every minute Sweeping social media by storm
ALPHA PHIS support Delta Gamma’s philanthropy. COURTESY OF KELLY TAFOYA
Emily Gregor Columnist Philanthropy was one of the first things I experienced on our campus as a new member of Alpha Phi sorority. I got to know my sisters better, meet the men and women of other Greek organizations and support something that was important, something that actually mattered. All week it’s a competition between the houses to get the most points, and winning is the greatest feeling ever. Not only does the healthy competition make it more fun, but it also encourages more support, which obviously helps more people. Doing more to help others is definitely one of the reasons I went Greek and I’ve loved all the experiences I’ve had so far through supporting philanthropy weeks. Philanthropies may seem like something that is only for members of the Greek community — however — participation from the independents of our campus is just as important. The causes supported by Greek organizations on campus range from general health, to education to promoting social change. Each house supports an organization, and all the donations people have given throughout their respective philanthropy weeks are given to their supported organization. Supporting Greek philanthropies doesn’t support the members of the Greek organizations, it sup-
ports the organizations we donate our money to, which in turn supports the people affected by the cause. By supporting Alpha Phi’s philanthropy for the American Heart Association you are supporting the reduction of disabilities and deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases and strokes. By supporting Delta Gamma’s Service for Sight, you are supporting the assistance of people with blindness and visual impairments. When you support the gentlemen of Sigma Phi Epsilon, in Queen of Hearts, you’re helping people who suffer from leukemia and lymphoma. This just goes to show that Greek organizations are supporting causes that are important to all of us, not just the Greek community, not just athletes, everyone. Everyone can benefit from helping out other people. The contributions made by Greek organizations help ensure that these causes continue to make strides towards their goals and improve the living conditions of our neighbors, our friends and everyone else we’ve never even met. Helping other people makes me feel good about myself, and you can’t tell me it doesn’t make you feel better too. Philanthropies are a fun way to get to know people — they allow us to connect even more with the people we see every morning while we’re eating breakfast at Hubbell, or the people you have in your classes, or who you see at the gym. It’s one more way to be involved in campus and not just have a good time with your friends, but really to give back to those who in need. Gregor is a first-year graphic design major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN created an online campaign to spread the word about the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments for marriage equality. The campaign swept the Internet. ILLUSTRATION BY BRIANNA SHAWHAN
Olivia O’Hea Columnist Two weeks ago the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and Proposition 8, the controversial California amendment that overturned the state’s same sex marriage laws. Passed in 1996, DOMA restricted federal marriage benefits by defining marriage as “between opposite sexes only.” Former President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law, though now cites regret and recently came out in support of same sex marriage. Proposition 8 amended the state of California’s constitution by defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, similar to the wording of DOMA. It negated a 2007 bill, which legalized same sex marriage. So how did these two separate cases, from separate states passed in separate decades unite protestors across the nation? The Human Rights Campaign. If your newsfeed on Facebook, Twitter or even Instagram was anything like mine these past couple weeks, you probably saw a lot of red and salmon equal signs. At one point in the week, I scrolled
through two pages of feed before spotting a regular profile picture. Then came the different variations of the equal sign: grumpy cat holding an equal sign, sloths peeking out between equal signs, celebrities sporting equal sign T-shirts. Everyone gets an equal sign! The red and pink symbol was designed specifically by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGTBQ advocacy group in the United States. The red and pink design mimicked its regular logo — a yellow equal sign on a blue background. It created the logo in commemoration of the Supreme Court hearings, and it quickly went viral. According to Facebook data, roughly 2.7 million users changed their profile pictures. Students, parents and professionals across the Internet united in support for the legalization of same-sex marriage. In fact, the movement progressed so quickly that The Huffington Post, Yahoo! and ABC News published articles entitled, “Facebook Goes Red in Support of Gay Marriage,” and “What are the Red Equal Signs all Over Facebook and Twitter?” the day the insignia was released. The effort met severe opposition, however, from both the Christian right and the LGBTQ community. Blue crosses, designed to look like addition signs, began to infiltrate social media shortly after the red equal signs. They symbolized support of the traditional marriage model. Many users captioned their photos with bible verses from Leviticus 20:13, “If
a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination, they shall surely be put to death, their blood is upon them,” (English Standard Version). The LGBTQ community criticized the apathy of most Facebook users. They speculate that many users will change a profile picture for a few days, but few will actually lobby for equality. The use of social media for social progression is a developing theme in civil rights and human rights cases. I’m sure we all remember the Kony 2012 video that sparked controversy across the cyber-sphere. Social media leads globalization, making it an ideal tool for spreading a message or promoting a cause. When it comes down to it, are we willing to put our money where our mouth, or profile picture, is? Will we contact our local government, join LGBTQ groups on campus and rally for marriage equality or will we ride out the social media high and then resume watching Kid President? I sincerely hope Drake University, and the rest of the Facebook and Twitter community, chooses the former. Powerful as social media may be, a picture can never replace an action.
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Features Around Campus
Minorities outnumbered amongst population Larissa Wurm
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Diversity. It’s a word heard often and something that Drake University strives for. Some say that they think diversity is something our campus does well at — some say they think it could be better. “I don’t feel like I ever see Hispanics around Drake,” sophomore Raquel Rivera said. Rivera said because she identifies as Latina, she sometimes notices being treated a little differently. “When I tell them my name is Raquel, they are like ‘Oh my gosh, I had that name for my Spanish name in Spanish class,’” Rivera said. “Cool? Or because I speak fluent Spanish, it’s almost like they treat me like a dog and ask me to do a trick, say something in Spanish!” Bensy Joseph, a sophomore, self-identified Indian, said she hasn’t felt like she is a minority. “Growing up in a suburb really doesn’t make me feel like a minority,” Joseph said. “And coming to Drake really hasn’t made a difference. There are other Indian people on campus and we all tend to gravitate towards each other so I never feel alone or different.” Rebecca Braun, a sophomore who identifies herself of Asian ethnicity, said she also doesn’t feel like she is minority on campus. “I think it’s the fact that I’m used to being in a high density population of Caucasians,” Braun said. “I was adopted and raised in a high density Caucasian community all my life. Naturally coming to Drake, that mindset followed me. I guess I just don’t notice that I’m a different ethnicity.” Sophomore Nazia Ashraful said she does feel like she is a minority because there are few South Asian students on Drake’s campus.
Ashraful said she does feel like she has been treated differently because of her religion. “I’m a Muslim, so the stigma against Muslims sometimes leads to me being treated differently,” said Ashraful. “I have heard that the Malaysians don’t feel very welcome,” Joseph said. “They all live together in Morehouse, which is understandable because then they can all be friends since the Drake campus isn’t so inviting.” From a survey done by the university, Drake reported that there is an 11 percent minority rate on campus among our student population. “From my experience being part of multicultural organizations, I know that our numbers are small compared to the rest of campus,” Ashraful said. “Eleven percent is a lot to me for a small campus that is sitting in the Midwest,” Joseph said. “To be honest, I thought coming to college I would be surrounded by a pool of people from different ethnic backgrounds,” Rivera said. “But turns out I’m surrounded by whites, which is not a bad thing at all, just not what I expected from what I see in movies.” Drake tries to address diversity by bringing different speakers from different cultures to campus, having a vast array of different multicultural organizations on campus, and having a diversity senator on Student Senate to discuss on-campus diversity. “Drake is a very loving campus and I feel as though there is something for everyone,” Rivera said. “There are a lot of different groups on campus you can join and none of them are restricted to any races,” Rivera said. “Some just shine more light on a certain ethnic background than others, which is cool because you learn
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more about where you came from or where your friends came from.” Ashraful suggested adding more advertising on campus for multicultural events to help minority students see they have a group to identify with. “I think just advertise the multicultural groups more,” Braun
said. “I know of some organizations. However, I know very little about what they do and important details like that.” “(Drake) supports the multicultural organizations on campus,” Ashraful said. “They are treated as a necessary part of campus.” “I think they are doing a great
job now!” Rivera said. “I see a lot of programs posted everywhere to spread awareness about this and that and SAB (Student Activities Board) always has great events that relate to attract everyone and anyone.”
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DART transportation receives mixed review
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It is difficult to drive, bike or walk the streets of Des Moines without spotting a large cumbersome purple beast of a bus hurtling one way or the other. They race seemingly without regard for pedestrians, bicyclists or Iowa traffic laws on their unwavering journeys to the next Minnesota Vikings-esque purple and gold half-moon sign. These beasts pick up Des Moines residents of all ages, shapes and sizes and shuttle them throughout the city, from the downtown area all the way out to the suburbs. On the back of any Drake student ID, the words “Ride DART Free” are printed on a bright yellow sticker. Of course, “free” in this instance means included in our tuition, but let us close our eyes to this fact. So, does anybody actually take advantage of this gratis human shipping opportunity? Sophomore public relations and politics double major Madison Dockter is an avid rider of the Des Moines Area Reginal Transit buses, riding them at least two days out of the week. Devoid of an automobile, Dockter uses the bus to take her to downtown Des Moines where she works at the Young Women’s Resource Center. It isn’t all business in Dockter’s relationship with DART, however. As a freshman, she rode the buses to Valley West Mall and Wal-Mart consistently. This has carried over into this year, taking them to Target and various other locations around Des Moines. On these bus rides, Dockter doesn’t see many Drake students, which she sees as a waste of a great opportunity. “Definitely more students could take advantage of it. It saves money on gas and it gets you anywhere,” Dockter said. As far as complaints go, Dockter holds the universal gripe of buses being late on occasion, but couldn’t think of anything else. She also made a point to put down any doubts about safety concerns on this purple public transporter, saying she felt “completely safe on the bus.” She believes that students tend to “stigmatize” typical bus riders into menacing characters that they simply aren’t. On the contrary, Dockter finds her co-passengers rather “interesting,” as only people watching allows.
Freshman biology major Carly Gelderman isn’t quite as avid a rider as Dackter, only riding the bus two or three times in her first semester at Drake. She did, however, echo Dockter’s feelings about Drake students. “I think a lot of students don’t consider using the DART system. Most of my friends just ask a friend for a ride somewhere,” Gelderman said. The few students that she knows who actually take advantage of the system are “education majors that use the DART bus to get to their school for practicums and student teaching.” As an incoming freshman, she was led to believe that the DART system was a resource that was tapped into often by Drake students. “In reality,” Gelderman said, “it is very underused by students.” But, Gelderman is painfully aware that sometimes the busing system isn’t quite right for the crammed schedule of a college student. Her own tragic tale has her missing a returning bus last semester, leaving her stranded, bags in hand outside of Target for 45 minutes. The biggest issues that she sees surrounding the entire topic of the DART busses are that students are simply uninformed and slightly scared. “I think most students never have had to use the busing system before and are therefore nervous,”Gelderman said. She also reiterated Dockter’s statements about the fearful perception of typical bus riders, especially from the impoverished communities surrounding Drake’s campus. It turns out that there are a few moneysavvy and resourceful bus riders doubling as college students on Drake’s campus. But, these riders seem to be few and far between. How is it possible to increase college passengers? Dockter said, there has been talk recently of a possible extension of hours for buses running to downtown Des Moines. This move is geared at giving those college students planning a late night/early morning trip to the watering holes downtown a safe way of arriving back on campus. And, what better marketing tool to entice a group of unconvinced college students than an icecold alcoholic beverage?
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High School Sweethearts Couples make long distance, first loves last through college
HANNAH PINK AND HER BOYFRIEND MATTHEW SPERRY pose at their senior prom (bottom left) and at Hannah’s senior formal for Alpha Phi (top left). The couple met in the eighth grade. NATHANIEL ALLISON AND ALYSON COLLINS (right) pose at Tau Kappa Epsilon’s formal last year. Like Pink and Sperry, Allison and Collins also met in the eighth grade. SUBMITTED PHOTOS Larissa Wurm
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Dating is never an easy thing. Long distance relationships are even more difficult. But some students on campus have found a way to make their relationships work, and not just for a couple years. These students have been dating their significant others since high school, and met them even before that. One student, Hannah Pink, a senior graphic design major, and her boyfriend, Matt, both from Peoria, Ill. met in eighth grade. “He asked me out, like most middle school boys will, through AIM (AOL Instant Messaging),” Pink said. “I responded with ‘Sure, but only if you promise to still be my friend after we break up in two weeks.’” They have been dating steadily ever since. “Our big curveball came when we both were leaving for our respective colleges my freshman year,” Pink said. “He attends the
University of Iowa, so he’s not too came really good friends,” Collins far away, but we still have a really said. “But I denied him. We talked hard time with our busy schedules sparingly throughout high school getting to see each other. until we had a class together se“He’ll usually come up for my nior year. We then began to talk sorority’s date parties or formals, so it’s awesome to see him having fun with all of my friends,” Pink said. “It’s the only means of “It’s so weird to think we ‘being-together’ you have both grew up in Peoria, and now we’re both in Iowa!” when you’re not visiting Pink added. Another couple, Nathaneach other. Call each other iel Allison, a junior computwhen you’re walking er science and philosophy major, and Alyson Collins, home from class, or send a junior elementary education major, both also from them a goodnight text Illinois, have known each anything counts.” other since eighth grade as well. He asked her out early — Hannah Pink, Drake senior in their friendship, but she turned him down. During their senior year, Allison asked Collins once more, this time a success. They have been dating ever since. more and more. When we finally “Nate and I met through mutu- got to hanging out, Nate asked me al friends in eighth grade and be- out again. This time, I decided to
give it a chance.” After high school, Allison went to Loyola University of Chicago while Collins came to Drake “Long distance relationships are really hard,” Collins said. “But we made it work.” After his first year at Loyola, Allison decided he wasn’t happy with Loyola and transferred to Drake, where he’s ever since. Many say there are a lot of different ways to keep a long distance relationship going whether it’s via Skyping, texting, calling or visiting each other as often as possible. Pink’s advice for longdistance couples is communication. “It’s the only means of ‘being-together’ you have when you’re not visiting each other. Call each other when you’re walking home from class, or send them a goodnight text — anything counts.” Pink said. “If you were to get in an argu-
ment, talking face-to-face is the very best option,” she said. “You get to see that person and all of their raw emotion, rather than having them hidden behind text messages and phone calls. Trust me, it helps. “Knowing what you are, are you ‘in an open relationship,’ or completely together, because if that isn’t known when you get to your different schools or distances, big miscommunications could happen and it could take a turn down a wrong path.” Both couples have made it a long time in their relationships. A majority of high school couples have difficulties remaining together with the changes that usually accompany the college experience — but both are confident in their futures together. “While we aren’t exactly sure what our future holds,” Collins said. “We will face whatever comes our way together.” “We will be apart for another year or so,” Pink said. “But we’ve done it so far, so I’m confident we can keep it up.”
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Jim Duncan Invite provides Relays tune-up Bulldogs ready to ‘stay consistent’ and gear up for major meets Taylor Soule
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At last, the Bulldogs have a chance to compete at Drake Stadium. For the upperclassmen, the Jim Duncan Invitational on Friday and Saturday means momentum for Relays. For the freshmen, though, the inaugural meet at Drake Stadium means nerves. Sophomore Melissa Parks remembers those nerves all too well. A year later, though, Parks looks to calm the nerves of her young teammates — 15 in all. The Drake newcomers won’t be the youngest on the track, though. Prep athletes from across the metro are slated to compete at Drake Stadium on Saturday. A host of collegiate teams from across the Midwest are slated to compete on the blue oval this weekend. The action starts at 3:30 p.m. on Friday in the NCAA men’s high jump. Iowa high school athletes take the field at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday in the prep boys’ long jump. Though the meet brings many new faces, Parks’ focus remains on her Bulldog teammates. She said she advises the freshmen to remember that they run on the blue oval every day, and meet day is no different. “Keep the nerves down, I guess, and just keep doing what they’ve been doing for the past races,” Parks said. “A lot of people get worked up over this one, but you know, we do workouts on this track every day, so we should be used to it by now, so just keep things the way they were, I guess, is the biggest thing. That’s my advice.” Though she advises the freshmen to stay calm, Parks acknowledges that the Jim Duncan Invite has high stakes, thanks to the loyal home crowd.
“There’s a lot more people that we know there, so there is a little bit more pressure,” Parks said. “That just makes it much more enjoyable when you look back at it. So, it will be more pressure, but it will be worth it.” The Drake women are ready to carry the momentum of last Saturday’s victory at the Ashford Spring Invitational in Clinton, Iowa, to a second straight victory. Drake totaled 180 points en route to the title. Though the teams at the Ashford meet hardly threatened the Bulldogs, Parks expects tougher opponents on Friday and Saturday. She said the meet provides a glimpse of the Drake Relays’ high stakes and talented opponents. “This weekend will be in between Ashford (Invite) and the Drake Relays,” Parks said. “It will be good competition for us, but obviously, it won’t be as easy as the Ashford meet. It will be right where we need it.” While the Drake women have a set of goals for Friday and Saturday, they look forward to the weekends beyond the Jim Duncan Invite, too. “We just want to have a good showing at home, produce some good times that can qualify us for some bigger meets in the coming weeks in the Relays,” Parks said. “It’s all about getting the good times to qualify for the next ones.” Senior thrower Isaac Twombly echoed Parks’ advice for the Drake newcomers. He advises the freshmen to stay calm and approach the meet as usual. “I guess, tell them to treat it like any other meet,” Twombly said. “You can’t really hype up any one meet over the other. I guess, just to say, ‘Hey, you are in your own house now.’ Just to go in relaxed and focus on what they need to do.”
Twombly knows what he needs to do on Saturday. He said he wants to reach a new personal record and hopefully, earn a bid to the May 23-25 NCAA Regionals. Beyond his personal goal for the weekend, Twombly said consistency is the goal for the Drake throwers, particularly as the April 25-27 Drake Relays near. “The goal is just to try and stay consistent from the past couple weeks and going into this meet, especially with Relays just around the corner, trying to stay consistent, and if possible, make some progress,” Twombly said. Like the Drake women, the Drake men are hopeful to build on a meet win at the Ashford Spring Invite this past weekend. The Bulldogs scored 165 points to take the title out of nine teams. Though improvement, personal records and momentum for the Drake Relays are key on Friday and Saturday, Twombly said the Bulldogs want to wow the Des Moines crowd, too. “It’s pretty important,” Twombly said. “It’s nice to impress the home crowd while we’re here.” Collegiate events start at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at Drake Stadium.
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Worley paces Drake at COG Intercollegiate Tough conditions trouble Bulldogs on last day of action
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Drake University men’s golf team finished eighth in the COG Mizzou Intercollegiate event Tuesday. Sophomore Dane Worley put
up the best score for the Bulldogs, shooting a 224 over the three rounds. After the first day, Drake finished in the ninth spot, shooting a 301 as a team. Freshman Will McDonald shot a team-best 73. As a team, Drake stayed consistent. Senior Ben Lyons finished last
among the Bulldogs, shooting a 79 on the day. The second day brought more of the same for Drake. The Bulldogs improved their score by just six shots, shooting a combined 295. Redshirt sophomore Devin Leland shot the best score for the Bulldogs with a 72, with McDon-
ald and Lyons both shooting a 76. Although Drake shot a combined 308 on the last day, the Bulldogs were able to jump one spot in the standings to finish eighth overall. Drake struggled as a whole, with Worley shooting a day-best for the Bulldogs at 76. Leland did fifth best in the
event on par-5 holes, shooting a total -4, while Worley sunk eight birdies over the tournament. The Bulldogs will take on Creighton University next on Tuesday, April 16 in Des Moines.
Falk, Brooks lead Bulldogs Drake drops from seventh to ninth Taylor Soule
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The Drake women’s golf team finished ninth out of 10 teams at the Kangaroo Invitational in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday. Senior Chelsey Falk and sophomore Danielle Brooks paced the Bulldogs en route to a team score of 992. The two both scored a last-round 79 to lead Drake. Falk finished the meet tied for 16th place, and Brooks finished the meet tied for 32nd. Junior Hadley Jennings registered the top score overall score at 238, good for 15th place individually. She recorded a last-day score of 82. Sophomore Ashley Brooks and freshman Katie Clausen recorded last-day scores of 94 to finish the tournament ranked 56th and 58th, respectively. On day one of the meet, the Bulldogs, thanks to strong performances from Jennings and Falk. Jennings posted a score of 156, and Falk posted a score of 160.
Danielle Brooks and Ashley Brooks followed Jennings and Falk with scores of 168 and 177, respectively. The Bulldogs ended day one ahead of Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton, South Dakota and William Jewell with a score of 658. Oklahoma City led all scorers on day one with a score of 604. Eventually, though, North Dakota State captured the title on Tuesday with a team score of 919. Oklahoma City dropped to second place with a final-round score of 923. Drake ranks No. 8 in the MVC, ahead of Evansville and Creighton, with an average score of 323.71. The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday and Sunday at the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. The meet marks Drake’s last before the April 21-23 MVC Championship in Ozarks, Mo.
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Athlete of the Week Melissa Parks Sophomore Melissa Parks won the 800 meters in a time of 2:22.90 to pace the Bulldogs at the Ashford Spring Invitational in Clinton, Iowa, on Saturday. Drake scored 180 points en route to a victory over seven teams, including Monmouth College, Mount Mercy and St. Ambrose.
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Cyclones edge Bulldogs in drizzly weather Back-to-back Iowa State runs doom Drake in back-and-forth affair Ashley Beall
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Drake softball showed up with a strong offensive effort against Indiana State this past Sunday, winning 13-1. After playing the Sycamores twice on Saturday, the Bulldogs won the third game on Sunday to go two-for-three on the weekend. “We came out ready to play and we adjusted to the pitcher very well,” said freshman infielder Chelsea Blaylock. “We were more patient with the pitching and more picky and waited for the pitches we wanted.” The Bulldogs had a hot start to the game, and by the bottom of the first inning, they already had a 4-0 lead. Sophomore infielder Hayley Nybo scored the first run, followed by a double hit by junior outfielder Nicole Randel to score another run. Drake almost had a grand slam in the second inning by Randel, which brought in two runs off a double. Randel helped get the team going, and at the bottom of the second, the Bulldogs were up 10-0. Drake wasn’t just hot on offense, but it was also strong on defense. Junior Jordan Gronewold pitched for three innings while allowing four hits and one run. Sophomore Rebekah Schmidt took over after Gronewold, pitching two innings, striking out two hitters and allowing only two hits. With this standout game under their belts, the Bulldogs were ready to take on Iowa State this past Tuesday. Drake fought to the finish, but the game ended 6-5 in the Cyclones’ favor. The Bulldogs faced tough weather conditions but still battled hard.
“We fought hard the whole game especially with the cold and rainy conditions we played in,” Blaylock said. “They just got one more big hit, and the whole game was backand-forth. I think for the next game against them, we just have to keep hitting and come back with a positive mind.” The Bulldogs remained scoreless up until the third inning, and senior Sam West was able to get on base with a walk and senior Macie Silliman followed on an error, and they were both driven home by Randel. Silliman led the Bulldogs’ offense with a hitting percentage of 0.75. Sophomore Laura Brewer also stepped up and was two-forthree during her at-bats, bringing in two runs as well. Drake’s defense was led by starting pitcher Gronewold, who allowed only three runs during her 3 1/3 innings. Gronewold was later relieved by Schmidt, who pitched 2 2/3 innings. The Bulldogs regained their lead in the top of the fifth inning, bringing home two runs to bring the score to 4-3. This lead was short-lived, however, as the Cyclones were able to regain the lead at the bottom of the fifth with a two-run pinch-hit home run by Aly Cappaert. Iowa State scored again in the bottom of the sixth, giving the Cyclones a 6-4 lead over the Bulldogs. Drake was able to score one more time at the top of the seventh, when Brewer led Randel home on a triple into left field. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs’ rally was cut short when the Cyclones struck out sophomore Zeah Peterson to end the game, 6-5.
SENIOR SAM WEST prepares to swing against Valley rival Indiana State on Sunday at Ron Buel Field. The Bulldogs fell to in-state rival Iowa State on Tuesday, 6-5. TAYLOR SOULE | SPORTS EDITOR
Softball Calendar APRIL 06 v. Indiana State W, 9-1
APRIL 07 v. Indiana State W, 13-1
APRIL 09 @ Iowa State L, 6-5
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APRIL 13 v. Illinois State 12 p.m.
APRIL 13 v. Illinois State 2 p.m.
‘Experienced’ Salukis up next for No. 28 Bulldogs Drake just one match away from third straight 20-win season Dominic Johnson
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The No. 28 Drake men’s tennis team travels to Carbondale, Ill., on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match against the Salukis of Southern Illinois University. With Drake’s victory over Wichita State this past weekend, the match against Southern Illinois plays a huge role in determining which team will finish first in the conference standings. The Bulldogs and Salukis are the only teams with 2-0 records in conference. Southern Illinois enters Saturday’s contest with an 11-3 overall record and is coming off an impressive 5-2 win over Illinois State. The win over the Redbirds was the Salukis’ most impressive match of the season, as the other 10 wins came over mediocre teams in non-conference competition. The Bulldogs are the heavy favorite in the matchup, especially since the Salukis have struggled against high-level and nationally ranked teams. Southern Illinois has lost to the Wisconsin Badgers, Northern Illinois Huskies and the nationally-ranked Memphis Tigers. While Southern Illinois lost to Memphis 4-0, the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 4-1 just three weeks ago. During senior James McKie’s time at Drake, the Bulldogs have never lost to Southern Illinois. The closest the Salukis have come is 5-2, in 2010 and 2011. In fact, the Bulldogs haven’t lost to Southern Illinois since April 16, 2005, when Drake lost 3-4 in Carbondale. Drake defeated the Salukis 7-0 last season in Des Moines. “Southern Illinois is a lot better this year than previous years,”
McKie said. “I definitely think they are just as good as Wichita, so we can’t underestimate them, and we have to be ready.” Like McKie, junior Robin Goodman expects a strong Salukis squad on Saturday. “SIU are a pretty good team this year,” Goodman said. “The guy that played No. 1 for them last year is now playing No. 3, so they are not weak by any means.” This year’s Salukis are a muchimproved version of last year’s team though, as their lineup includes only one freshman. McKie believes that Southern Illinois’ experience this year will make it a more difficult opponent than last year. “They also have a lot of experienced guys who have been around for a while,” McKie said. “However, I have full confidence that if everyone brings their game and the energy, we will win the match.” A win on Saturday would push Drake’s record to 20-2, and it would be the third year in a row that the Bulldogs have posted at least 20 wins in a season. Though the Salukis pose a threat, Goodman expects Drake to post an easy victory thanks to the Bulldogs’ persistent “fight and determination.” “We are going to go out there with the same fight and determination as we did against Wichita State,” Goodman said. “We all know most of their team and how they play, so (that) will be an advantage for us, and if we all fight and focus like we always do, it should be quite a straightforward victory.”
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Drake Crew Update Taylor Soule
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The Drake crew team completed a strong weekend at the Shelton Duel in Shelton, Conn., and at the Upper Midwest Championships in Omaha, Neb., on Sunday, as the team split. Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro praised the Bulldogs’ growth in just one weekend of action. “Every race we are getting better,” DiSilvestro said in a Drake athletics press release. “Anytime out on the water is good for us, and we hope to have more uninterrupted water practice time back home from here on out. We are very excited to host in a few weeks, and we have some great activities planned on and off the water with a few special boat christenings.” Drake’s varsity eight crew of freshman Katie
Serbin, sophomores Jacque Nowers, Maggie Benhart and Emily Householter, juniors Bailey Berg, Brittany Michael, Monica Worsley and Jessica Nightser and senior Andrea Piekarczyk crossed the line in fourth place at the Shelton Duel. In varsity four crew action, Nowers, Serbin, Benhart, Michael and Nightser recorded a third place finish behind Iona and Fairfield. The Drake novice and junior varsity rowers traveled to Omaha, Neb., for the Upper Midwest Championships on Sunday. The Bulldogs’ second varsity four of freshman Brianna Varela, fifthyear senior Brittney Smith, junior Justine Chloe, sophomore Megan Friel and senior Kristina Vann registered a second place finish. Next up, the Bulldogs race in Des Moines on April 20 in the Drake Invitational.
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