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jors, began planning right away. They gave Stephens an online presence through social media, created a persona for him and developed a strategy for his campaign. “Initially our message was to sort of poke fun at Senate while talking about things that our peers have said about Senate,” Erixon said, “like about how Senate doesn’t represent them, they don’t care about Senate and how it doesn’t affect their daily lives.”

Three months after Drake University raised tuition 4.11 percent, officials announced last week that students will have to cover an additional 2.75 percent surcharge if they pay by credit card. A full-time undergraduate student paying full tuition, including room, board and fees, would lay out an additional $1,051.49 in new credit card charges. In the past, the university absorbed the annual $250,000 cost for allowing students to use cards, but President David Maxwell said the university could no longer afford to shoulder that cost. “It’s part of the operating budget, and this is passed on to all students in the form of tuition,” he said. “By doing this, it will be the people who choose to pay with a credit card who are paying the charge, not everyone else.” The new fee did not sit well with some students. “A 2.7 percent fee is ridiculous,” Alicia Atwell, a P2 from Omaha, Neb. said. “Especially if it’s like $1,000 for your tuition.” The new fee assessed directly to students was enough to make Atwell switch payment methods: “I’ll probably just walk over to Old Main and write a check.” Other students said they will change their payment methods as well. “I won’t be paying with a credit card for sure,” Eric Liu, a sophomore prepharmacy major, said. “That’s a lot of extra money, and we already pay a lot.” University officials said they could not estimate how many students pay with credit cards or how much the average student would pay with the surcharge. Maddie Alcon, a sophomore sociology and anthropology major from Minneapolis, has no problem with the new system. “It seems fair, but what I saw on Twitter briefly was a lot of anger against it from at least five students,” Alcon said. “At first it was presented to me as very problematic but after the details were explained, it seems more fair.” Drake joins a host of hard-hit colleges and universities across the country that have forced students to bear the processing fees if they use credit cards. Iowa’s three public universities do not accept credit card payments, according to their websites. The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) said that 28.7 percent of payments to universities and colleges are via credit card. At small institutions such as Drake, 24.3 percent of payments are made through credit cards. Drake will not receive any portion of the surcharge. In the past, Drake has handled credit card payments directly with banks. Now the university has outsourced those functions to TouchNet, which will accept MasterCard, American Express and Discover. It does not accept the widely used Visa card. Debit cards or E-Checks will be processed without a fee. The extra fees will apply to all charges made on a credit card, such as Bulldog Bucks or eSuds. Heather Fenton, director of marketing and product management for TouchNet, said that schools using the fee program typically have 15 percent of students paying with credit cards. Several students said they were frustrated that Visa isn’t accepted. “Visa is the biggest credit card I know,” first-year actuarial science student Nick Iwan said. “That’s like not having drinking fountains on campus.” Junior magazines major Lindsay Dressen said she thought Visa was universally accepted. “You shouldn’t be penalized for that,” Dressen said. “We are already paying enough money. This is just another way for (Drake) to squeeze more money out




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The name and face of the selfproclaimed “Dark Knight” of Drake University could be seen all around campus during the The name and face of the self-proclaimed “Dark Knight” of Drake University could be seen all around campus during the weeks leading up to the Student Senate elections. Write-in candidate Chad Stephens ran a campaign based on leadership, promoting di-

versity and encouraging students to “Live every week like it’s shark week.” Students and faculty alike thought this candidate sounded like a well-rounded potential representative. The only catch: he isn’t real. Three students — senior Nate Baggett, junior Casey Erixon and junior Bryan Hays — created Chad Stephens as their final project for their modern political satire class. Erixon came up with the idea on the first day of class back in January. The three friends, who are all politics and rhetoric double ma-

Students discuss tensions on campus Stories of racism shared by Coalition of Black Students *Editor’s note: This story was originally intended to be over a spectrum of multi-cultural organizations’ experiences with racism on campus. After hearing the stories of these students, we decided to focus on their experiences, because of the emotion and strength shown in them. by Lauren Horsch

Editor in Chief

On a blustery day in April, members of the Coalition of Black Students met to hold its elections. The members of the organization gave thought-provoking, passionate speeches for why they should be elected into certain positions. After all the speeches were done, four students sat down to share their thoughts and experiences about racism on campus. The students all had different stories, but they all had shared experiences. Juniors Briana Isom-Brummer, Alexis Davis and Freddie Fulton all spoke about their experiences on campus since joining the student body three years ago. From incidents at street painting to ones in the classroom, all three of them have dealt with situations involving racism. Isom-Brummer is currently in an African-American literature class. She is one of two black students in the classroom. One frustration shared was “feeling obligated to speak” because she is one of the few AfricanAmericans in the class.

“I don’t always want to feel obligated to talk just because I’m the black girl in the classroom,” IsomBrummer said. Being a theater major, Fulton has had troubles with representation. He said black culture isn’t discussed until students have to learn about “black face.” Even with these experiences, he has some classes that encourage open dialogue. He is currently in “Black Christianity and Prophetic Politics,”

or. In March, students walking back from a theater production were yelled at from a Jewett Hall window. The yelling insinuated that those students walking on the painted street did not belong on campus. This incident was the crux of a petition circulated around campus and a flurry of discussions on how to change the climate of campus. But that incident isn’t the first and only instance of racism on campus. The three students all said that there

We have to educate ourselves, and then we can educate the world. –Freddie Fulton a class taught by professor Jennifer Harvey. In this class, he is encouraged to have open and honest discussions. “It opens my eyes, and it opens others’ eyes,” Fulton said. Davis said that she appreciates interaction in the classroom more when they express how they feel instead of staying quiet. “I’d rather you say it and understand why you feel that way,” she said. “When we have those conversations together, in the classroom especially, that makes an ultimate difference.” She said there is a fakeness around Drake concerning issues of diversity. She wants conversations to start being “real.” Issues within the classroom aren’t the only issues facing students of col-

are little incidents that happen almost every day. Whether it’s a lack of representation on campus or use of the word “nigger.” They’ve all had to deal with it. “(The lack of representation of diversity) has made it clear to those that are diverse, and are from different backgrounds, that sometimes we have to show that we are welcome to be welcome,” Davis said. Isom-Brummer had one incident last year during street painting. “Everyone steals paint, that’s what everyone does,” she said. “But once we stole paint, it became a huge problem. We were called ‘bitch niggers’.” She continued saying they were all just trying to have fun, and she just let

the comment go. Fulton said he has had apples thrown at him. “It seems like everyone is doing just enough (concerning diversity),” Isom-Brummer said. She recently had a meeting where she discussed that students are more comfortable seeing more representations of themselves. “One of the professors said ‘Oh, we do have a black teacher,’…You’re saying one is enough. He wasn’t trying to be racist, but he says that there was only one black professor — who doesn’t even identify as black — when there is [sic] how many white professors?” Isom-Brummer said. The problems of racism transcend not just the minority population on campus, the students believe that it comes from all groups on campus. “Racism is a problem, but it’s not just from a majority,” Fulton said. Isom-Brummer has had a different experience because of her status as a student-athlete. “Being an athlete, you get to be surrounded by more of the same people,” she said. “I do experience racism outside of sports, but I don’t see it as much because I can relate to people for most of my time here (at Drake).” The three students said they have never really felt unsafe on Drake’s campus because the incidents they have dealt with haven’t been on the violent side. Davis’ cites something her mother told her about small acts of racism:


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New provost prepares to join Drake

Mission statement connected to her values by Taylor Soule

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Deneese “Dr. Dee” Jones is counting the days: 39. Thirty-nine days until jazz music, echoes from Old Main 202. Thirty-nine days until her new title decorates Old Main 202 — Provost Deneese Jones. For Jones, toe-tapping tunes and shiny nameplates can’t top Drake University’s academic community, though. “I’m looking forward to be able to connect to that academic excellence I’ve read about and engaged with,” Jones said. “There’s an excitement for me to be involved with a university that’s on the move. Drake is on the move.” Every day Jones moves closer to June 1, her first Drake workday. Months before June 1 earned countdown caliber, a search firm contacted Jones, 59, about Drake’s vacant provost position. Curiosity led Jones to Drake’s mission statement. “I went to the website, and that’s when I saw the mission statement, and I said, ‘Wow, this really connects with me,’” Jones said. After winter break, Jones announced her resignation at Longwood University’s College of Education and Human Services. After serving students and faculty as dean of the college for seven years, Jones’ resignation cued a bittersweet reception, particularly for her secretary, Peggy Ward. “We always knew that Longwood was not a final destination for Dr. Jones, but it was with very mixed emotions that I received the news,” Ward said. “Selfishly, I’m a little sad that we won’t be working together, but I’m also very grateful for the opportunities and skills that I have been given.” Despite Jones’ approaching departure, Drake’s attitude eases the goodbyes. “It helps a lot to know that Drake University is a great place with many opportunities and that the people are really nice,” Ward said. For Longwood Associate Dean Wayne White, Jones’ peopleoriented approach unlocks potential. “She is very relationship-oriented and has proven to be excel-

lent at moving people in her circle to their highest potential,” White said. “I have enjoyed working with her and will miss that experience. She is a remarkable lady.” Though Longwood’s Farmville, Va., campus is 1,049 miles from Drake, geographic distance and relationship distance are not cause and effect for Jones. “I am just happy to realize that I continue to gain life-long friendships that cannot be dissolved by time or place,” Jones said. Academia didn’t always generate happiness for Jones, though. While enrolled at a Dallas elementary school, officials placed Jones in special education due to a speech impediment. School officials eventually placed Jones in a gifted program,

People are people wherever you go. It’s about the people for me. Not the climate, not the land, not the food. It’s about the people. –Deneese Jones but the mistake sparked her passion for education. “There’s a lot of baggage that goes with that,” Jones said. “That started my focus on literacy. That started me on my journey.” After graduating from high school, Jones earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Woman’s University in 1974. Jones entered teaching with confidence and curiosity thanks to TWU. “It gave me a strong sense of self in the academic world,” Jones said. “I had very strong female professors who stretched me, who allowed me to ask questions, who challenged me.” While studying at TWU, Jones met her husband, who stud-

ied at Texas A&M University. The pair has two adult daughters, Stephanie and Monica, and three grandchildren. Jones earned a master’s degree in education from her husband’s alma mater, Texas A&M in 1988. Three years later, Jones again walked across the Aggies’ stage when she received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction. While transforming her shaky academic start into academic gusto, Jones’ writing career emerged. “From when I was a little girl, I felt like words must have been powerful because they changed my life,” Jones said. Jones’ childhood diaries evolved into personal journals, which she keeps even today. Her writing isn’t under lock and key, though. Jones, an avid autobiography reader, hopes to publish her story. “I do have a motivation to share my story,” Jones said. “If I create something that affects one individual, and it changes their life, then it’s worth writing.” Jones’ academic writing includes three textbooks, 18 scholarly articles, 15 book chapters and one instructor’s manual. Writing another book chapter isn’t atop her to-do list, though. Instead, Jones’ new leadership means writing a new chapter in Drake academics. With responsibilities ranging from residence life to new academic programming, Jones’ job is critical on campus, said Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment Arthur Sanders. “The provost is the chief academic officer of the university,” Sanders said. “She, in some ways, is right below the president. The provost is in charge of the academic division, so whatever is related to student learning falls under the provost.” Before tackling residence life and academic programming, though, Jones’ countdown continues. Thirty-nine days until Jones is officially a part of Drake’s academic community. “People are people wherever you go,” Jones said. “It’s about the people for me. Not the climate, not the land, not the food. It’s about the people.”

Philanthropy campaign has raised $110 million distinctlyDrake continues to fund campus improvements

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“Committed to encourage and inspire generations of entrepreneurs.” Physical/pedagogical changes to Cowles Library. Contributions to the Engaged Citizenship program, Leadership Education, the Honors Program, Fraternity & Sorority Life, public lectures and Service Learning. “Corporate and individual support for the School of Journalism, internships in the College of Business, programming and pianos in the Fine Arts and experiential learning across campus.” Growing momentum for capital projects (aka future construction): science renovations, a new School of Education building, renovations to Cartwright Hall and the expansion of the Drake Athletic Field House.


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This spring, the Office of Alumni and Development is encouraging students and alumni to share not only their love for Drake, but also a love of giving back. After a year and a half, distinctlyDrake has raised more than half of its $200 million goal. The fundraising campaign, which began its quiet phase in 2007, has raised roughly $110 million since its official launch in October 2010. “We have a tremendous amount of pride associated with the fact that 71 percent of that $110 million is in gifts and short-term pledges,” said John Smith, the vice president for alumni and development at Drake. The other 29 percent of funds were in the form of deferred gift commitments, monetary donations that have been included in estates or other amounts promised to the university in the future. The program was established with the hope for Drake “to be and be recognized as one of the best institutions of higher education in the United States,” Smith said. “Our main goal is to connect all of the people that love Drake,” said Drake senior and Student Alumni Ambassador Ann Schnoebelen. “That’s what is awesome about getting to meet and know alums is that you’re out making sure they have a connection.” Since the 2010 launch, the Office of Alumni and Development has hosted 16 distinctlyDrake events across the country for alumni and sponsored three week-long Philanthropy at Drake programs on campus. “We want to create an environment where our alumni, our faculty, our students and our community feel comfortable talking openly about

their affection for this place and for each other,” Smith said. “When that happens, that recognition that philanthropy transformed gets passed along to each generation, and that sense of ownership of the university’s future gets passed along to each generation.” The most recent philanthropy week was held in February 2012 and focused on what students and alumni love about the university. While the event was held to coincide with Valentine’s Day, the time of year also marks the point when students’ tuition dollars run out and university funding begins relying on alternate funding. “Typically, if you really like your institution and you feel that you’ve had a good experience, the hope is, the wish is, that you’ll make a gift back to support the institution,” said Pam Pepper, Drake’s director of development operations and director of annual fund programs. Funding from the distinctlyDrake campaign not only benefits the Drake Fund but also finances student scholarships, endowed professorships, campus renovations and centers for interdisciplinary learning. “What we hope happens is that you’ll see it in real cultural change, that Drake will become a place that is defined in multiple ways,” Smith said. “But one of them is its commitment to produce global citizens through these programs that are funded through philanthropy.” Both Smith and Pepper hope that campus events will remind students that giving back to their university is important, regardless of how early it is in their academic career. For the first time, in the fall of 2011, the Office of Alumni and Development asked Drake undergraduates to make a contribution to the campaign to benefit student scholarships. In order to receive a matching donation of $11,000 by National

Alumni Board President Joe Aiello and his wife Leslie, students exceeded the 11 percent participation goal with 14 percent of students giving some sort of monetary gift. “Pay it forward,” Pepper said. “Make a difference. Help pay for those people that are coming after you so that they can have a similar experience, better experience, different experience.” One of the goals of the Philanthropy at Drake events is to raise awareness among students about how much their education is impacted by philanthropic gifts, Pepper said. “From the equipment we use to the buildings we sit in to the quality of the faculty and staff we have, all of that is in some way related to alumni,” Schnoebelen said. One of the most prominent examples is the Center for Global Citizenship, which has received roughly $4.75 million in funding thanks to donations from the distinctlyDrake campaign, Smith said. This summer, the distinctlyDrake campaign will fund further physical changes to campus including construction of science facilities and to Cowles Library, Smith said. “We want to just expose students to the fact that it’s more than just you,” Pepper said. “There’s more to life than just what you want to do. Find something, get passionate about something and make a difference.” In addition to future philanthropy weeks, administrators are in the process of planning a 36-hour online giving campaign, tentatively called the Great Give, to raise money for the Drake Fund in the coming year, Pepper said. The fundraising campaign is projected to end in May of 2014.

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Almost a quarter of a decade of work CBS hosts retirement party for Wanda Everage Street Painting can’t compete with Wanda Everage. During the midst of the Drake tradition of paint flinging fun, on the other end of campus a tribute was being given to Wanda Everage, vice provost for student affairs and academic excellence, who will retire in May after 24 years of service at Drake University. Twenty to thirty students, alumni, faculty and staff joined the Coalition of Black Students to celebrate Everage at the Turner Jazz Center on April 20. The retirement party was a

complete surprise to her. “We wanted to show Wanda our appreciation, specifically for the support she provided to the students of CBS. But we wanted to do it in a small way as opposed to a big production so it wouldn’t lose intimacy,� CBS member Nana Coleman said. The CBS staff and Assistant Professor of English Melisa Klimaszewski have been planning the reception since the beginning of the school year and weren’t going to allow her to retire without expressing their deepest

gratitude for her guidance, support and motivation. “It was important to show her that she deserves this. She works hard for us, and it was now our turn to work hard for her,� said Freddie Fulton, the newly elected CBS president for the 2012-13 school year. During the African American Reunion at this year’s Drake Relays, there will be a reception honoring Everage for the lives she’s touched both then and now.

WANDA EVERAGE (right) thanks Tenneh Massaquoi, (left) president of the Coalition of Black Students for the wonderful surprise.

Honestly, we have been planning this event since the beginning of the year. We couldn’t just let Wanda leave without her knowing how much of an impact she has made on our lives. The students came together and showed Everage their appreciation through both words and artwork.

–Tenneh Massaquoi

Wow! That’s all I can say. I know I should find a better word to describe how I feel, but I’m still soaking it all in. –Wanda Everage

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Political involvement on campus Erin McHenry

Staff Writer

The 2012 presidential election put Drake in the center of the political spotlight during the past fall semester. Drake was chosen to hold a National Republican Debate with candidates Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. The combination of the Republican debate and the Iowa Caucuses brought several political opportunities to Des Moines, a privilege that would be hard to come by at other schools, professors and students noted. “I don’t think students grasp the opportunities that are afforded to them — at least in the political world,” said sophomore politics student Alex Latcham. “A lot of them don’t realize how great Drake is and how conducive it is to a career in politics. If you want to go in politics, it’s fantastic.” Latcham helped out with Sarah Palin rallies in Iowa during the summer of 2011. This fall, professor Rachel Paine Caufield delegated Latcham the duty of finding politicians to come to campus. Bachmann spoke on campus in October, and after helping to orga-

nize the event, Latcham was asked to join the campaign staff. Eventually, he became the director of college outreach for Iowa. For four and a half months he worked with Bachmann’s campaign anytime she was in Iowa, which Latcham said was the majority of the time. “It was very fast paced,” he said of the campaign. “I was given a lot of responsibility. There was a lot of stress, and you know the reporters were right there to document every move.” Latcham said helping out with Bachmann’s 99-county tour was the most stressful part of his experience. “We had the 10 stops, but if we were late by five minutes for every stop, we’d be 50 minutes late to the last stop,” Latcham said. “It was a pretty impressive feat.” While Latcham was able to work on a specific campaign, several students got involved through events on campus such as the Republican debate, which took place in Sheslow Auditorium on Dec. 10. Senior news/Internet major Ann Schnoebelen and sophomore politics and international relations major Alex Shaner both interned with ABC News for the debate. They ran errands and helped with preparation, and Schnoebelen even stood in for

Bachmann during a practice debate for the camera and lighting crew. “It was really interesting to see behind the scenes,” Shaner said. “It seems very seamless, but it takes a lot of time and preparation.” The Republican debate brought national media coverage to Des Moines. “Drake is unique in the way that we only have 3,000 students, but that one week in December, Drake is the center of the Republican Party,” Shaner said. Latcham said the debate was a rare and exciting opportunity for the entire student body, not just for those interning. “I think it’s kind of a testament to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status,” Latcham said. “That is huge for Drake. Had Drake been in any other state, I don’t think we would’ve been afforded an opportunity like the debates.” In addition to ABC News, Schnoebelen worked with Caufield on the Iowa Caucus Project. The project is an online resource for people wanting to learn more about the Iowa caucus process. Schnoebelen revamped the website, wrote content, interviewed Iowans, took pictures and completed other tasks to inform citizens about the political process. After working with the Iowa Cau-

cus Project and ABC News, Schnoebelen obtained a position with the Associated Press for caucus night. Her responsibilities were limited to helping out if something went wrong, but she said observing the newsroom and networking with other journalists was an irreplaceable experience. Some of the people she met included Chuck Todd, David Gregory and reporters from The Washington Post and the Des Moines Register. “It was like a J-schooler’s celebrity dream come true,” Schnoebelen said. Like Schnoebelen, Shaner had multiple internships. In addition to ABC News, he worked for the Iowa Democratic Party. “When you see the caucus on TV, you see very little of the preparation,” Shaner said. “While it would have been nice to be able to attend, I enjoyed the preparation much more.” Politics major Katy Jones, who graduated in December, interned with the Iowa Democratic Party as well and now works there full time. Through her internships, she gained valuable experiences with skills relatable to each specific job. She said the most beneficial has been having an inside look at the government, something she has carried over into her current job. “I think it’s interesting to take the

theories we’ve learned in classes and apply them into it, especially with campaigns and how voters work,” Jones said. Students without internships still had many ways to become involved in the political hype. Drake’s Student Activities Board conducted the largest student straw poll to date, and students were able to meet Bachmann and Romney’s son, Josh, at campus events. Students were picked out of a drawing for seats at the national Republican debate and could apply to sit in on a broadcast of “ABC World News” with Diane Sawyer. With such considerable opportunities available to students, Schnoebelen urged students to step out of their comfort zones and try to get involved. “I think a lot of students are apprehensive and don’t know if they have the experience necessary to work for someone or make that phone call,” Schnoebelen said. “But you never gain that experience unless you start looking for that experience. If you really want to learn more and develop professionally, then there are few better places for politics and journalism students than in Des Moines.”

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KRISTIN SMITH | relays editor Who: Republican presidential candidates Thaddeus McCotter, Ron Paul and Rick Perry


Where: Jalapeno Pete’s Restaurant, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa

Who: Drake professor Rachel Paine Caufield, Drake students Mary Bess Bolling, Matt Nelson, Ann Schnoebelen, Matthew Sowden and Kylie Rush

What: Polk County GOP Picnic. Paul talked about needing clearer declarations of war and America’s relationship with the U.N. Perry addressed the issues of job creation and keeping taxes low. McCotter focused on America’s relations with China and the call for smaller government during his speech.

Where: Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa What: Iowa Caucus Resource Center website (revival, initially started in 2008)

Who: Republican Presidential Candidate Thaddeus McCotter Where: Medbury Honors Lounge, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

KRISTIN SMITH | relays editor

What: Question and answer session sponsored by Drake College Republicans. McCotter discussed the economy and global warming. He answered students’ questions about social issues, such as gay marriage, and said, “We need to take care of those who cannot help themselves take care of our own lives.”


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Who: Republican presidential candidates Where: Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa


Oct. 9, 2011

What: ABC GOP Presidential Debates. The most-watched GOP presidential debate of the 2012 election season took place in a deckedout Sheslow Auditorium. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos were on Drake’s campus to moderate the debate.

Nov. 17, 2011 Nov. 4, 2011

Dec. 10, 2011

FILE PHOTO Who: Occupy Des Moines movement advocates Where: Des Moines, Iowa What: Occupy Des Moines protests. Iowans gathered in downtown Des Moines to protest issues on local and national levels, such as social and economic equality and the influence that corporations have on government. The group protested at the Iowa State Capitol, pitched tents in Stewart Square Park and marched to the First Federated Church with signs that had sayings such as “Make Wall Street Pay!”

Who: Michele Bachmann


Where: Olmsted Center, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa What: Speech and question and answer session by Michele Bachmann. Drake students listened to Bachmann’s speech and then asked questions about her views on government programs that affect the homeless on nuclear disarmament and on state regulation of medical marijuana.

Who: Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum Where: Hy-Vee Hall, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, Iowa What: Ronald Reagan Dinner. All of the presidential candidates had a chance to give speeches to members of the Des Moines community at the dinner. The candidates talked about topics such as their campaign strategies, the federal budget and how they plan to cut down government spending. KRISTIN SMITH | relays editor



MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 | PAGE 6A

NCAA drug testing acts as an equalizing and accountability factor among student athletics by Monica Worsley

Staff Writer

For athletes subjected to National Collegiate Athletic Association rules and regulations, not being “pee shy” is just another one of the requirements of being a student-athlete. For some, the process can be nerve-racking, and at the very least, urinating in a cup in front of a designated drug tester takes some of the glory out of making it through unscathed. Since 1986, the NCAA has been drug testing at championships, and in 1991, it began year-round random testing for Division I and II institutions. Over the years, the organization has committed to keeping collegiate athletes drug free. According to the NCAA website: “Approximately $4.5 million is invested each year to collect and analyze approximately 13,500 samples through the NCAA’s national drugtesting program, and more than $1.5 million is provided each year to assist drug-education programs at its mem-

ber colleges and universities.” Testing positive on an NCAA mandated drug test will result in a loss of 25 percent of an athlete’s total eligibility from the day the athlete tests positive, which is one whole year for most. In addition, each university is able to instill further consequences outlined in the university drug policy and at the discretion of coaches, athletic trainers, school administrations and athletic directors. Even though each university’s policy and individual athlete punishment will differ, the banned substances and NCAA drug testing procedures are straightforward. “The NCAA drug testing is difficult because we’ll get an email like the day before saying, ‘We’ll be there at 6 a.m. and these are the people you need to have there.’ It is a required urination test and they have to do it, and it has to be a certain way…and if you oversleep or just don’t show up, it’s an automatic positive,” said Assistant Athletic Trainer Matty Richardson. At Division I and II schools,

NCAA drug tests are typically held twice a year and administered by individuals unaffiliated with the university. According to the NCAA website: “NCAA drug-test samples are collected and processed by an independent certified collection agency. The samples are collected and analyzed under a strict, published protocol using laboratories certified by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which establishes Olympic anti-doping policies.” The athletes are selected at random, and the number of athletes tested from each team varies on the size of different teams. Results from the National Study of Substance Use Trends Among NCAA College Student Athletes show that 18.9 percent of all the NCAA athletes have undergone NCAA drug testing, and 23 percent were tested by their own university. Roughly 440,000 students in 23 different sports at 1,200 educational institutions are under NCAA supervision. Out of that group, 11,000 Division I and II athletes in all sports will be randomly tested for steroids,

diuretics and masking agents, peptide hormones and ephedrine each year. If students feel that they have had a false positive, the NCAA does allow for appeals and then adjusts the punishment accordingly. The athletic department at Drake administers its own random drug tests. Drake student-athletes are tested based on suspicion or for one of its twice-a-year inspections, but the school also administers required tests for each sport. “We have a database of all the names,” Richardson said. “We put in a percentage of how many students we want to test overall and then they break it down by team. Every team has someone that is drug tested, but obviously football will have more than a team like cheerleading.” The Drake sports medicine department chooses to alternate between saliva swabs or traditional methods to verify that the athletes are drug-free. “I think the hard part for Drake athletes and the NCAA is the anabolic steroids and protein because it

can test positive if you are doing an immense amount of them (protein),” Richardson said. “I think they freak out about some of the stuff they probably shouldn’t be doing over the summer, like the steroids, that some sports do it more than others.” The threat alone of NCAA drug testing influences athlete’s decisions regarding substance use and abuse. According to the National Study of Substance Use Trends Among NCAA College Student Athletes, 10 percent of student-athletes in all divisions cite fear of getting drug tested as their main reason for not using marijuana. For that same reason, four percent refrained from anabolic steroids and 2.7 percent from narcotics. To make the process at little less nerve-racking and ambiguous for Drake and all other NCAA studentathletes, there are a variety of resources for checking if a substance is banned. They can check,, godrakebulldogs. com or check with the sports medicine teams at their respective universities.

AFRICAN RELAYS, IT’S MORE AMERICAN THAN JUST RUNNING REUNION SCHEDULE MONDAY APRIL 23 33rd Beautiful Bulldog Contest, Drake University Fieldhouse Judging: 10:45 a.m. - noon Pageant: Noon - 1 p.m.

TUESDAY APRIL 24 Grand Blue Mile The race will start near the corner of Locust Street and 13th Street 6 p.m. Iowa Kidstrong Fun Run 6:15 p.m. Recreational Division

WEDNESDAY APRIL 25 Downtown Street Painting Court Avenue, between 3rd and 4th Streets Noon - 4:30 p.m. Pole Vault in the Mall Jordan Creek Town Center 6:15 p.m.

6:45 p.m. Women — Competitive Division 7 p.m. Men — Competitive Division 7:15 p.m. Women — Invitation Championship 7:30 p.m. Men — Invitational Championship



Drake Relays Hall of Fame Induction, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University 6:15 p.m.

40-Year Reunion: Informal get-together, Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway 7 - 9 p.m.

SATURDAY APRIL 28 40-Year Reunion, Turner Jazz Center, Drake University Hors d’oeuvres and complimentary drinks, 7-10 p.m. All Greek Reunion, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. All Greek House Tours, 34th Street

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 6-9 p.m. BBQ with current Drake students Black Cultural Center, 1149 28th St. $15; $20 after 4/16 8-11 p.m. Informal social Concierge Room, Embassy Suites 101 E. Locust St. SATURDAY, APRIL 28 9:30-11 a.m. Reception for Wanda Everage Reading Room, Cowles Library 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m Lunch with current Drake students $25, First Christian Church 2500 University Ave. 7-9:30 p.m. Step Show Sheslow Auditorium, $10 8-11 p.m. Informal social Concierge Room, Embassy Suites 101 E. Locust St. SUNDAY, APRIL 29 9-10 a.m. Breakfast Levitt Hall, $20 10-11 a.m. Gospel Choir and Message, Sheslow Auditorium

SUNDAY APRIL 29 40-Year Reunion: Brunch, American, 1312 Locust St. 10 a.m. - noon

4 p.m. – 8 p.m. All Greek Reunion, 32nd Street & Forest Avenue On-the-Roads Half Marathon / 8K Both races begin at Drake Stadium, 8 a.m. They finish in front of the Fine Arts Center Courtyard

For a complete list of * athletic events at this year’s

Drake Relays, please turn to page 8E in this issue.

PAGE 7A | MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012



Street painting 2012


photos by TAYLOR SOULE

FROM RACE, PAGE 1A “They may not lynch you with a rope, but they lynch you with those words, and that look, and those walking around you, and in the classroom, and anywhere they can, they lynch you everyday, and it’s a public lynching.” At first, she disagreed, but after thinking about it, she agreed with it. “The fall goes both places,” Fulton said. “I don’t think that the minority accepts that some of the ignorance is on them, because we feel as victims that we shouldn’t be questioned.” He said if both parties accept that there is ignorance, the climate can change, and people can learn from one another.

A theme that circulated throughout their discussion was educating students and learning about different cultures. “We go to Drake to be educated,” Isom-Brummer said. “And I’m going to keep harping on the fact that you go to the school to get education, but it doesn’t stop in the classroom. It’s socially too. We are always, all-day, everyday, 24-7 being educated.” “We have to educate ourselves, and then we can educate the world,” Fulton said.

FROM STEPHENS, PAGE 1A in Jewett Hall. On the first day more clear that it was a light-hearted needed to be said.” that Stephens’ Facebook was created, endeavor, but it was difficult to deciAll three agreed that the project about 70 Drake students accepted his pher what was trying to be commu- would not have worked if one of friend request. nicated simply because there was no them had simply ran for Student SenWithin a couple of days, Drake’s face to it.” ate. campus was filled with the chatter of Not everyone on Drake’s campus “Satire works by being an outsider Chad Stephens. No one on the tight- found the Chad Stephen’s campaign and one of the biggest issues is that knit campus knew who he was. Even humorous. Some members of Stu- Student Senate is the epitome of ‘the alumni saw the buzz via Facebook dent Senate and other candidates inside,’” Baggett said. “Senate does a and Twitter and were asking who the were upset because they felt that at- lot work and a lot of good things, but phantom candidate was and why he tention was being take away from since certain people are constantly was running a fake campaign. their objectives. involved in Senate, they’re not going Erixon said they wanted people “On the one hand it was taking to see all of the same problems, being w h o on the innormalside, that we ly don’t do. That’s Satire prompts conversation. If it can make t a l k where satire about comes in.” us laugh along the way, that’s good. It’s the elecBaggett easier to accept criticism of yourself and tion to said that h a v e by Chad to reflect on what our own weaknesses are converStephens sations being nonwhen we do it in laughter. about it. existent, he –Rachel Paine Caufield He said was the very the apadefinition of thy of voters on Drake’s campus was the spotlight away form the legitimate an outsider and became an effective a huge motivator for the project and candidates, but at the same times vehicle for creating a dialogue about a target problem the group wanted to it brought attention to the election the elections and about who is truly address. in general,” Larson said. “But I can representing the student body. “We wanted to get people’s atten- definitely understand the frustration Even though approximately 1,300 tion and try to get them to think about of some of the candidates about what people voted during the elections this why they really haven’t paid attention this additional production did to their year, the top three executive-office poto Senate in the past,” Erixon said. campaigns.” sitions, as well as many other senator “We thought about what we could do Caufield said that one of points positions, ran unopposed. As a fake, to change that.” of the satire project was to get people write-in candidate, Chad Stephens The three students approached riled up and asking questions. garnered 206 votes. associate professor of politics Rachel “I think there’s a belief that satire Baggett, Erixon and Hays worked Paine Caufield, who is the professor should not be offensive when in fact hard to capture the campus’ attenof the satire class, to discuss their idea when satire is done well it will always tion. They each put over 100 hours of two months before campaigning for offend somebody,” Caufield said. effort into the making of Chad Steelections even began. “It it’s done well, it will offend those phens. The group even created a fake “They had a clear message that people who probably need to hear the version of The Times-Delphic called they wanted to convey,” Caufield said. message the most.” The Times-Stephens. “Satire is unexpected, it is clever, it is Caufield said she believes to her They did extensive research to engaging. It takes something that we core that it is easy for people to criti- make sure that the man in the picknow and it turns it upside down for cize or praise satire but that it is very ture had no ties to Drake whatsoever. us. It makes us stop and look more difficult to create good satire. She said The man who posed for all of the closely.” the main goal of the Chad Stephens cheesy posters and who was the face Baggett said that when the Stu- project was to take something famil- of the campaign was a family friend dent Senate elections come around iar, defamiliarize it and draw atten- of Hays’ who goes to Iowa State Unievery year, students will vote for tion to a problem that is worthy of versity. Drake Squirrel or complain about investigation. All three students said they knew how dissatisfied they are with Senate “If nothing else, even if people they would create a stir on campus, but won’t take action to make change. didn’t perceive the totality of the mes- but they kept their secret for months. “We hoped that Chad would high- sage, people did ask questions,” Cau- Only 11 people, including Caufield, light the fact that the students aren’t field said. “Satire prompts conversa- knew the true identities of Chad Stenecessarily engaged in the whole pro- tion. If it can make us laugh along the phens. cess,” Baggett said, “so we brought way, that’s good. It’s easier to accept Caufield said she had never bethis fake, non-existent student into the criticism of yourself and to reflect on fore seen students put as much time realm of the elections to get students what our own weaknesses are when into the project as Baggett, Erixon and faculty to realize that they don’t we do it in laughter.” and Hays did. She said they told her ever talk about the real candidates or Baggett, Erixon and Hays said they genuinely enjoyed the process the real issues.” that they respect Student Senate and and learned a lot more than they exSenior finance major Greg Lar- all of the work the candidates put into pected. son, the student body president, said the campaigns. The trio even consid“Chad Stephens helped us learn that message was not very apparent ered stopping the campaign because about our students and our comto Student Senate, but they did un- they knew they were offending their munity on campus,” Caufield said. derstand that the campaign was all in friends and peers. “They are doing innovative, engaggood fun. “We entertained the notion of ing sometimes controversial, things, “It’s tough to obtain any kind of calling it off,” Erixon said. “But even and taking an active interest in their message when you don’t know where though people were upset, we just re- campus. And I think these three were it’s coming from,” Larson said. “As assured ourselves that what we had troublemakers in all the right ways.” the campaign went on, it became to say with this was important and it

of our pockets. It’s not saving them; it’s giving them more money.” The university funds previously used to pay credit card fees will go back into the budget to provide additional funding for instruction, libraries, technology, other academic support and student services, officials said. Last Tuesday, students received an email from Kala Williams, director of student account services, unveiling the surcharge, calling it a “convenience” fee. The email said Drake was “excited” to announce policy changes for how students pay tuition bills. The email also asserted that the new system would help with payment security. “To me, it sounds like it would be less secure,” first-year Caroline Davidson said. “Why have a third party? That doesn’t make sense to me.” Vice President of Business and Finance Victoria Payseur declined to be interviewed in person or by phone. In an email to The Times-Delphic, Payseur said the new system treats all students and parents fairly so that those not paying by credit card are not subsidizing those who are. She said the previous system did not have security concerns. In November, former Director of Student Accounts Robert Harlan was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of embezzling more than $600,000 from the university. Responding to questions last week, Maxwell said there was no connection between the new surcharge and the Harlan case. “This didn’t have anything to do with the embezzlement, it had to do with the $200,000 the university was paying,” Maxwell said. Student Body President-elect Amanda Laurent, a junior public relations major from Minnetonka, Minn., said Drake made the right decision with the policy change. “With this new charge, only students who choose to pay with a credit card are absorbing the charge, instead of the whole student body,” Laurent said. “Yes, it is unfortunate that credit cards even have processing fees, but TouchNet seems to provide Drake with the best solution to what seemed to be an on-going issue.” Laurent said Student Senate was not aware of the change before the email was sent to the student body. Student Body President Greg Larson is aware of student complaints. “I understand how this might be a little burdensome for some individuals at Drake who might have to jump through one or two more hoops to pay their bills instead of paying with a credit card,” Larson said. Sophomore health sciences major Alexander Herold was unconvinced. “Obviously, it’s a lot of money,” Herold said, “and I’m not sure the (school’s) added benefit will help us at all.” Sophomore studio arts and art history major Megan Lawrence said Drake should have looked at alternatives. “Why not just include the extra cost in tuition?” Lawrence asked. “This will be more of a hassle for students and administration.” The fee announcement caught most students by surprise. Cyrus Nadia, a junior psychology major from Batavia, Ill., had mixed feelings about the surcharge, but said the implementation would have been better had student leaders been consulted. “What’s the point of having representatives if you’re not going to include us in the decision-making process?” Nadia asked. “It’s less about the decision itself, more about the process of how they came to the decision that may unsatisfy me.”

Top 4 security reports 1:04 a.m. March 13 Security responded to the Olmsted pay lot on a report of a motor vehicle accident. A Drake student’s vehicle was hit by a Sodexo truck as she was

parking her vehicle. No one was injured. Police were called. Police filed an accident report. Sodexo management was advised.

3:52 p.m. Nov. 11 A residence assistant requested that security personnel respond to a resident hall on a possible medical/ mental concern. Security arrived on scene and made contact with the Drake student. Security assessed the situation and contacted Des Moines Police along with Mobile Crisis. Security was informed that the student was in possession of a ferret, which is

in violation of Drake University policy. The Drake student was assessed by Mobile Crisis and was provided with resource material and contact information of counseling services. The ferret was turned over to Drake University personnel for safe keeping until the student can make other arrangements for the animal.

10:58 p.m. Nov. 16 Security personnel responded to Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall to meet with a staff member who wanted to report a theft. The staff mem-

ber informed security that on several occasions, a male non-Drake student has entered Goodwin-Kirk and taken several newspapers.

2:30 p.m. Feb. 3 While on routine patrol, security personnel observed a suspicious vehicle that was parked in Lot No. 1. The vehicle was running and the windows were fogged up. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer observed a male and female partially clothed. Both of the subjects were later identi-

fied as Drake students. In plain view, the officer observed drug paraphernalia and called for the Des Moines Police Department to respond to the scene. DMPD advised subjects of the potential repercussions to their actions. This incident is being forwarded to the dean of students for review.



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Hubbell Trouble: Creating the perfect burger Zombie Burger’s contest to result in the ideal burger for Relays Peanut butter, fried bananas and mayonnaise on a burger? Some would call that the weirdest combination they’ve ever heard, but others call it “The Undead Elvis.” Zombie Burger opened this past fall in East Village, and is known for its unique, and sometimes slightly strange, burger toppings with names all themed around zombies or Des Moines. One of their most out-there burgers includes “The Walking Ched,” a burger with fried macaroni and cheese, a cheese bun and bacon. “They’re Coming to Get You Barbara,” features two grilled cheese sandwiches as the buns. Don’t be scared off though, because Zombie Burger also offers traditional burgers as well as ones with less threatening twists

like buffalo sauce or brie cheese. This year, for its first Drake Relays, Zombie Burger hosted a contest to find the best Relays burger. Working with a social media class from Drake to promote the contest, Zombie Burger received entries online of what people would most like to see on their burger. The chef at Zombie Burger, George Formaro, gets to decide on the best combination and then the winning burger will be featured on the menu the weekend of Relays. So, what would you put on your burger? My ideal burger, which I’ve named “28 Relays Later,” would include: • A portobello mushroom as a base. • Brie cheese for pungency.

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Honey for a little sweetness. Garlic for the savory side. Bacon because everyone loves bacon. Keep an eye out for the winning burger at Zombie Burger on Relays!


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Race issues on campus called into question Acceptance of diversity is not a broad problem at Drake If you didn’t know any better, I wouldn’t blame you for thinking Drake’s campus is stuck in the ‘60s. In late March, President Maxwell emailed all Drake students to remind us that it is important for us as a community to live the values that Drake holds to be true, and he urged us to sign a petition that called for an end to the “presence of racism on our campus.” Certainly, this is a worthy goal and something we all should strive for. Racism is the worst form of collectivism — putting people into groups based on an arbitrary characteristic is truly abhorrent. However, in light of the campaign to end racism here, I think it is important to ask this: Does Drake really have a substantial problem with racism? I’m not convinced that it is as widespread as the recent uproar would make it seem. As I am sure many are well aware, Maxwell and the writers of the petition were inspired to do something after a white woman in Jewett Hall allegedly yelled at a group of black students, telling them to “(G)et off our campus.” She went on and said, “We don’t want you on our campus. We don’t like…” The rest of the sentence was apparently inaudible. While it is very plausibly

racially motivated, I am very skeptical as to how these students spotted the woman and then recognized that she was white. Next time you’re on the painted street, look at Jewett and try to see in those windows; especially at night, there are lights on the side of the

exists.” Really? Drake has a broad problem with ignoring racism? I would actually think that the contrary is true. Our mission statement highlights the need for “responsible global citizenship” and, as an example, during my PMAC training

In light of the campaign to end racism here, I think it is important to ask this: Does Drake really have a substantial problem with racism? building, which further obstruct one’s view. When somebody yells at me from a dorm room above, it isn’t all that easy to spot where they’re yelling from. Also, there have been rumors floating around — only rumors, therefore I do not know if they are valid — that the petition was created by a social media class at Drake. In my mind, it calls into question the motives of the petition. Again, I’m not sure if this is true. However, while I remain skeptical, I am willing to accept the story as true and I feel for those students who were the victims of alleged hate speech. Yet I still do not believe that this is representative of a greater problem with accepting diversity at Drake. The petition, though, states outright that we need to “recognize that this is not an isolated incident, but part of a broader campus culture that pretends racism no longer

last year, the most stressed lesson was about multicultural understanding. We didn’t use the word “diversity” because it was too politically incorrect or something along those lines. If anything, I think Drake almost over-emphasizes the differences between cultures. Because we focus on how different our cultures are, it distracts us from the real solution to limiting racism, which is treating every individual the same — no matter what they look like. Simply put, I have not seen this supposed “broad problem” that Drake has and I think I know why: It does not exist. After the recent incident outside of Jewett, I am not surprised by the “kneejerk” reaction of students and faculty. An incident like that, which should never happen, does have a silver lining and is an opportunity to discuss race and diversity. However, we also run the risk of

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over-emphasizing a problem that really is not present in broad terms at Drake. Yes, there have been incidents of racism on campus. And, yes, we should try to limit them. Still, we would be greatly mistaken to think racism will simply disappear. So long as ignorance is a part of the human condition, which I suspect will be an issue for a long time, racism will also exist because it is developed out of that ignorance. While discussing race may help decrease these already isolated incidents, pretending that we have a bigger problem than we do will not be helpful to Drake as a community. Rather, I think it will do more damage than anything else.

BEN LEVINE | COLUMNIST Levine is a sophomore politics major and can be contacted at

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Apathy prevents students from branching out

Preoccupied students reluctant to become more involved

STUDENTS REFRAIN FROM stepping out of their comfort zones to fill the first four rows of seats during a lecture in Bulldog Theatre. Drake, we need to have a talk. I’d say “It’s not me, it’s you,” except that it seems to be all of us. I believe there’s a pervasive culture of apathy on campus. Sparsely attended events, widely ignored blueView messages, scuffed-up chalk messages on the sidewalk…When’s the last time you’ve seen a political demonstration on campus? These don’t just point to a specific symptom but a general problem of indifference. You see it every day — Campus Fellowship has a table in Olmsted, Pi Kappa Phi’s philanthropy is on Helmick Commons and the Coalition of Black Students’ event is on Pomerantz, but there are always 20 times as many chairs as necessary. Don’t forget about those Facebook

invites you have sitting in your sidebar from people you barely know. It honestly seems like most events are attended by those involved, the best friends of the organizers and a few curious passersby. Organizations do try their hardest to put the message out there. Student Senate tried admirably to promote its community calendar last year, but it never seemed to get off the ground. There just seem to be so many students at Drake who are so wrapped up in their own lives that they don’t live outside the little bubble they’ve cultivated. It’s not that Drake students aren’t involved; sometimes I think we can be over-involved, trying to take advantage of as many opportunities

Create your perfect study session Prime spots and tips for successful studies With finals season fast approaching, students will be hitting the books harder than they have all semester. The projects, papers, assignments and tests coming up demand long hours and lots of study groups. This creates one major problem on campus — there is no place to study. Finding some personal space to lay out all your materials can be challenging, especially during the busiest time of the year. But if students think outside the box, there may be more places available than they think. Read on to find out about some great study areas for Drake students. COWLES LIBRARY This is pretty obvious, but it still makes a great study area. Come early to stake out an area for yourself, as open tables and desks are scarce. The library is typically bustling with group meetings and a fairly social study environment. OLMSTED Olmsted is full of spaces that are great for studying. Beyond the traditional spaces like Pomerantz Stage and the coffee shop, consider the big red chairs in the basement near Underground Fitness or the Mezzanine (aka “Upper, Upper Olmsted”). MARS CAFÉ Mars is a hopping spot year-round in Dogtown, and finals season is no different. Grab yourself a hot drink (maybe with an extra shot of espresso), a table and get to work. Mars is a nice escape from the campus atmosphere and is within walking distance. IHOP Thinking about pulling an allnighter? Why not grab some latenight breakfast while you’re at it? IHOP (near Merle Hay Mall) is open 24 hours and has Wi-Fi. This is a great option for some after-hours work supplemented with some delicious food. DES MOINES PUBLIC LIBRARY If you really want to mix things up, head downtown to the Western Gateway to the Des Moines Public Library (near the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park). There are

as our delightfully small campus has to offer. There are many who are Greek, presidents, treasurers and RAs all at once. That’s fine. You also have classes and Hubbell sickness to balance. I get that. I myself am probably more occupied with extracurricular activities than necessary. I am also part of this problem. I’m not saying we have to bomb Harvey Ingham or anything, but I don’t see any widespread anger or outrage on this campus. Race issues? Whatever. Tuition hikes? Meh. We’d rather #occupy a study table. I actually do remember the last time I’ve seen a true, widespread political demonstration on campus. Two years ago, when six members of

the Westboro Baptist Church came to picket a same-sex symposium sponsored by the Drake Law School, 500 students showed up to counterrally them. That Saturday morning was incredible — seeing that many students united under one umbrella cause of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation. Is it because we’re not a state school and those elite who work right across the river do not decide our tuitions? Is it because of our strenuous academic schedules, not counting the School of Business? Do we need to tone down our own lives to take advantage of this multitude of on-campus opportunities? I don’t know, because I’m also asking myself these questions. Maybe we all need

TAYLOR SOULE | photo editor to burst our bubbles and venture into an experience that makes us question what we know, how we feel and why we came to Drake in the first place.

SEAN CONARD | COLUMNIST Conard is a junior international relations major and business minor and can be contacted at

Sexy songs for the ‘big finish’ The athletes at Relays have their pump-up songs, and sex columnist Jane Hoe has hers. Below are her top-10 tunes to get you in the mood. “Let’s Get it On” by Marvin Gaye

With this oldie, but goodie, there’s no way it won’t put you in the mood.

“I Just Had Sex” by Lonely Island featuring Akon

Although this lyrical masterpiece is a little crass, there’s nothing about it that won’t make you want a little lovin’.

lots of study spaces, and it is quiet. To open up the library resources, take five minutes to sign up for a library card, which can be used at all Des Moines library locations.

“Afternoon Delight” by The Starland Vocal Band (or Will

One of these study areas should work out great for you. There are a couple other study tips that will alleviate some of the finals stress.

This classic was re-introduced with “Anchorman,” and is a definite must-have for all your daytime shenanigans

BRING A POWER STRIP Not only will this give you an extra couple of feet to reach the outlet on the wall across the room, but you will also make new friends when you turn two coveted outlets into six. LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Your accounting group probably doesn’t all need to bring the 800page textbook for your study session. Communicate in advance to decide who will bring books, notes and cases so you aren’t lugging around extra weight. CHARGE YOUR PHONE Wherever you go to study, throw in your phone charger. Plug it into your power strip and keep that thing charged late into the night as you study. Nothing is worse than having a dead battery when you are trying to play “Temple Run” during your study break. HYDRATE Three Red Bulls and a 5-Hour Energy may seem like a good idea for one all-nighter, but if you really want to stay energized all week drink your weight in water. Not only will H20 help you concentrate, but it will also help curb your Mug Night hangover.

Ferrell, whomever you prefer)

“Naughty Girl” by Beyonce

Beyonce’s voice is sure to inspire self-confidence in all the ladies out there looking for a good time.

“Your Body is A Wonderland” by John Mayer

This ballad is sure to make you want to throw that to-do list out the window and “swim in a deep sea of blankets.”

“Neighbors Know My Name” by Trey Songz

Bring the neighbors knocking with these intense lyrics matched with a sexy beat.

“Bow Chicka Wow Wow” by Mike Posner featuring Lil’ Wayne

Posner and Lil’ Wayne are all about asking for exactly what they want in this song, and sometimes that’s all it takes.

“Ego” by Beyonce

Although this is Beyonce’s second appearance on this list, “Ego” is a confidence-booster for all the guys out there.

“You Sexy Thing (I Believe in Miracles)” by Hot Chocolate Hot Chocolate hits the nail on the head for finding “Miss Tonight,” if not “Mrs. Right.” NATE BLEADORN | COLUMNIST Bleadorn is a junior marketing major and can be contacted at

“5 O’clock” by T-Pain featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen This dynamic trio creates an interesting mix that encourages some early morning action.



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Religious beliefs play important role in politics If religion affects every other aspect of my life, why wouldn’t it affect the way I view politics? I feel my religion is the leading reason for all my decisions, so I wouldn’t throw out my religious beliefs just to cater to the secular lifestyle of America. I am conservative. Not just in politics, but in the rest of my life. I am a conservative Baptist, to be exact. I tend to lean on the Republican side of elections because, for the most part, Christian principles fall on the Republican end of the spectrum. I don’t call myself a Republican. I don’t call myself a Democrat. I stick with the candidates that follow my religious beliefs and key principles the closest. People automatically assume Christians are closeminded, bigoted jerks who know nothing about the real world and don’t deserve to have a say in the election process. In fact, many of my Christian friends are more well-read than my secular friends in terms of politics. As a Christian, my beliefs won’t always coincide with the opinions of the rest of the nation, and I am perfectly OK with that. I am fine knowing people found Rick Perry’s infamous political ad offensive, but only because it is convicting, just like so many other Christian principles. It is sad to think there are even options on the ballots for inhumane and unbiblical things like abortion or other controversial topics. Why would I ever want sin to be legal? I would never legalize lying or lust (if there was such a way), so I am certainly not going to support the legalization of any other sin. I could go on all day about my beliefs, but honestly, they stem directly from the word of God. It isn’t about me trying to be offensive. I am just being a follower of Christ, so I choose to make my political decisions based on the only moral standard I know to be correct — the Bible. I know many of you reading this will hate me. I am not trying to be an almighty power that does no wrong. I am not trying to say whoever believes a different way than me isn’t entitled to his or her own set of beliefs. I am merely saying I choose my political views based on my Christian beliefs, and I refuse to stray away from that. To be honest, I have yet to vote in any election. I know it is my right as an American citizen to vote. It is also my right not to vote. I play a process of elimination among about five or so key principles in each election. Until I find a candidate that follows all of those principles, I won’t vote. I am not one to complain about our political structure, so I don’t see a reason for me to vote unless I am wholeheartedly set on a single candidate.

ERYN SWAIN | COLUMNIST Swain is a junior marketing and writing double major and can be contacted at

As atheists, religion plays no role in our lives. When we enter the voting booth, we worry about what will make this life better for all, not what would improve our prospects for the “next” life. Our ideologies are based upon the experiences we have had and the moralities these experiences have bred in us. We strive to base our decisions on our observations, and upon the rational evidence we can collect. Politics affect all Americans, while religion is agreed on by few. To have a government that governs for all of the people, we must use a standard of law to which we can all relate. The views of atheists grow and change with the times as opposed to religious views, which are dictated by theoretically eternal scriptures. Clearly religions have changed their views on some topics, but this is merely proof that our views must be based on the world in which we live and not that of our distant ancestors. The belief that one’s religion

is unerringly correct can lead to resist changes needed for a fairer and more equal society. Examples of religious politics hindering change include women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and the refusal to accept confirmed science. If people argue from a religious basis, they believe that they have answers from the divine dictating their positions. Religion often has a specific right or wrong, good or evil position. This shuts down debate, because no amount of evidence can convince someone with a religious answer that their god is incorrect. Since most of the problems our government deals with are shades of gray, a black and white view of them is unhelpful. When society does not debate the issues that concern our country as thoroughly as possible, we will fail to make the best possible decisions. When religion is allowed to be a major factor in a country’s politics, dangerous situations often arise. Take Israel

as a prime example. Religion is used by other Middle Eastern countries as a reason to destroy Israel, and Israel in turn claims divine right to own lands that had been owned by others for centuries. Obviously, the situation is more nuanced than this, but perhaps the two sides could negotiate more easily without the absolutism of religion pervading their politics. Atheists do not ask people to abandon their religious views — they merely wish not to have the religious views of others imposed on them. As President Barack Obama wisely said, “Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values.” The concerns of the religious must be heard, but their proposals must be grounded in rational and not solely religious terms. In this way, all people are able to contribute their ideas to our democracy and build a society that favors no

one group over the other, but works for the good of us all.

SCOTT BARCUS | COLUMNIST Barcus is a senior physics, astronomy and math major and can be contacted at

NICK DORANDO | COLUMNIST Dorando is a senior law, politics and society major and can be contacted at

The concerns of the religious must be heard, but their proposals must be grounded in rational and not solely religious terms. – Scott Barcus and Nick Dorando

Charities are not political in nature Good works without an agenda Henry David Thoreau once said, “Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.” In a world where famine, wars and natural disasters occur every day, there are thousands of organizations and people yearning to make a difference. Personally, I get a little upset when people say charities do what they do for political reasons. After working with so many charities over the past five years, I have seen firsthand the good that organizations do. I feel one of the biggest misconceptions is that once someone donates to a charity, that charity has to follow requests from that person. However, charities as a whole work for a greater good with the money that is donated. It does not matter who donates

to charities. If a person believes in the organization, he or she will help out. Planned Parenthood has been in the spotlight over the last few years. The debate surrounding this organization is whether or not Planned Parenthood should receive funding, mainly because it provides services for abortions. Although it is true that Planned Parenthood provides methods of abortions, they are only a small percentage of the services offered. In this sense, the organization has political ties. However, if someone were to donate to Planned Parenthood, the organization wouldn’t have to follow that person’s political ideologies. Like I said before, I’ve worked with many charities over the last few years. A few of them have had both local

and federal politicians donate to them. I know this because I have directly asked the directors, managers or whoever is in charge of the charity. Although they do not like to give out that information at times, they make sure to stay indifferent and unbiased toward one party or another. Even if an organization is politically motivated, I do not really think about it. I am too busy trying to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter how big or small. On top of that, I would not know in the first place if an organization I’m working with is somehow politically motivated unless I were to ask someone. I choose to work with a charity based on its mission statements, not its political ideologies. Honestly, it should not even

matter to anyone if a charity is politically motivated. As long as the volunteers and donors believe in the cause, the organization will be able to better our community, whether it is on a local, state, federal or international level.

LUKE NANKIVELL | COLUMNIST Nankivell is a first-year magazines major and can be contacted at

Protests are effective when done right Connecting leaders and people to protests’ messages makes a difference If the year 2011 could be deemed anything, it would be the Year of the Protest. It saw protests attempt to bring down governments across the Middle East and North Africa, set fire to Greece and occupy Wall Street and state capitol buildings across the country. The Constitution’s First Amendment guarantees Americans the right to “peaceably assemble,” and apart from a few dark times in history (looking at you, John Adams), we’ve been able to do that successfully. But does protesting really affect any change? I would argue yes. Is it possible to think back before September, when Wall Street hadn’t been occupied yet? Whether

you think the protesters are freedom fighters or smelly hippies, you can’t deny that they’ve had an effect on the political discourse in this country. Income inequality is a fact in American life, and to think that #Occupy hasn’t played a role in bringing the issue into the public square is delusional. Even where dissent is not constitutionally protected, protests had an effect this year. Tunisia started the trend, sparked by one single man martyring himself through self-immolation to protest unemployment and local police harassment. It ended up taking down an entire government. Egypt fell next, with hundreds of thousands taking over Tahrir Square to rally

against Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule, which was a sham of a democracy. But protests are not always effective in achieving their goals. Wisconsin citizens railed against Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill” in February 2011 as thousands filled the state capitol in Madison. Despite the media attention the protests gathered, it was not enough to stop passage of the bill. Citizen uprisings from Bahrain to Greece in the past year have inflamed passions (and cars), but done little to nothing to achieve their goals. Protests are great at getting their messages rolling. They can spark a discussion where there was none previously, and if protesters have enough

in common with those in power, such as their legislators or their armies (in Egypt’s case), real change can be affected. If protests stay peaceful and relatable to those watching at home, the message can come across clearly and truly resonate with the people, even those who are not in the street with them. Occupy Wall Street is not even a year old, and it has time to adapt, grow and perhaps gain a leader in Congress that’s able to advocate for it. That alone would be an incredible goal for a protest that started as a simple citizen gathering in Zuccotti Park. Protests are great at advocating their messages, but unless they reso-

nate with the people and the leaders, they are just another mosquito buzzing around the elites.

SEAN CONARD | COLUMNIST Conard is a junior international business major and a business minor and can be contacted at

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Politicians’ personal lives impact voters Home life and work life frequently intersect for politicians Do the personal lives of politicians matter? Of course they do. Politicians are ultimately public figures. Their personal lives are a pretty important factor when it comes to voting. Many of you probably think I am horrible for judging a person’s professional life based off what they do at home. I mean, if you think about it, many of us hold very different home and professional lives, but in all honesty, that doesn’t make a difference when people are in the limelight. In the end, their home life becomes their professional life and their professional life becomes their home life. Politicians’ lives are very similar

to actors, actresses, singers, athletes and other well-known, successful individuals. You appreciate and know them for their profession but judge them based off of their personal lives. Like I mentioned earlier, politicians’ personal lives play an important role when it comes to voting. As a voter, would you be more likely to vote for the 50-year old male who has all of the same viewpoints on issues as you, but has cheated on his wife multiple times with various people? Or are you more likely to vote for the 50-year old male who, again, has all the same viewpoints on issues as you and doesn’t do anything shady in his personal life? Voters would most

likely vote for the second candidate. If we want a candidate whom we could trust in office, why would we vote for them if they do untrustworthy things in their personal lives? I fully believe that politicians’ personal lives really do make a difference on who we vote for. We don’t want someone to represent and lead us who does things that we don’t agree with. Some people might think there is no reason to take politicians’ personal lives into account when voting, and I understand their point. Many people have very separate professional lives and personal lives. So when voting for a candidate, the voter should only consider the politician’s viewpoints

on issues and their platform, not what they do in their free time. You can compare voting to interviewing for a job. Pretend that you, the voter, are the interviewer and that the candidate is the interviewee. You only judge the applicant based off of their qualifications because you are only interested in whether they can do the job or not. You are not interested in what they do in their spare time. Personally, I do not agree with this way of thinking. I think you need to consider all aspects of a political candidate to make your decision. In the end, politicians need to remember that they are constantly

being graded and judged. What they do matters. Whether it’s in their professional life or personal, it will catch up with them sooner or later.

TAYLOR CROW | COLUMNIST Crow is a first-year business and public administration major and can be contacted at

Promiscuous Politicians Anthony Weiner (2011) >>”Weinergate” was a term coined by the media and the public after this politician sent sexual pictures to six women over the course of three years. Arnold Schwarzenegger (2011) >>The Terminator fathered a love child with one of his former staff members. John Edwards (2008) >>Edwards admitted to an external affair and may or may not have fathered a daughter out of wedlock. Bill Clinton (1998) >>This former president had a tryst with the now-infamous Monica Lewinsky. Herman Cain (1990s) >>At least three women who are former employees of Cain have made accusations that Cain sexually harassed them.


Women retain right to use contraception Differing opinions regarding birth control cause controversy

This year’s presidential campaigns brought a multitude of controversies to the forefront including health care, same-sex marriage, abortion and contraception. Yes, a woman’s access to contraception is actually being debated. Roughly 98 percent of women use or have used contraception, according to the Guttmacher Institute. You would think this would be an issue that’s non-debatable — women need contraception, therefore it should be readily available and insurance should be able to cover it. With the Obama administration’s new birth control policy, insurance companies would have to cover the cost of contraception. This is wonderful because birth control is expensive, sometimes as high as $100 a month, which makes it difficult for students and lower income families to afford it. According to ABC News, the majority of Americans support the use of contraception and Obama’s policy, even many Catholic women. But some conservatives and religious institutions still don’t like it because they claim it forces “immoral activity,” aka sex before marriage. But no matter if this policy is in place or not, let’s face it — people are going to have sex anyway. Bringing down this

policy won’t stop anyone. In fact, this policy could potentially lower the number of unwanted pregnancies, and therefore abortions. Which would you rather have, conservatives? Women being able to get access to birth control or women having more abortions? You can’t make contraception hard to obtain and unaffordable and then expect women to not get abortions for unwanted pregnancies. Now, I know what the argument against this is going to be — “Women shouldn’t be having sex unless they want to get pregnant!” Or the everpopular “I’m not going to pay for a woman to be a whore!” When I hear these arguments, I’m going to say this again: people are going to have sex no matter what you do — both men and women, so why do the women have to suffer? Why don’t men ever get slut-shamed for having sex? And insurance companies would be covering the cost of contraception, not the government, so you aren’t actually paying for anything either. Not every woman who is using contraception is using it because she is sexually active. Many women use contraception because they have irregular periods or need help with

cramps, acne and medical conditions like ovarian cysts. But these aren’t the only arguments against contraception. Many conservatives also claim that the policy violates their First Amendment rights because it forces insurers to cover contraception even if they are morally objected to it. You can’t deny women their basic rights and use the argument that it goes against your religion or morals. If you don’t like contraception, don’t use it — it’s as simple as that, but you can’t force other people to follow your values and beliefs, even if you are in a higher position of authority. It’s called religious freedom for a reason.

BRIANNA SHAWHAN | COLUMNIST Shawhan is a junior magazines major and can be contacted at

TAYLOR SOULE | photo editor

‘I might as well sin the way I want’ There’s one thing I have always known for certain: words are powerful. I can question everything to whether or not God exists, the validity of our judicial system and the general goodness of humankind. But one thing I’ve never questioned is the power words hold. As a journalist and writer, I’ve learned to never underestimate the power of the written word. Words can change how you think, feel or look at the world. Recently, while mindlessly looking through Pinterest, I came across some words that had a powerful effect on me and that I would hope spark a reaction with others: “Don’t judge me just because I sin differently than you.” — Dieter F. Uchtdorf. The quote is framed with a white background and the words printed white on teal paper, with a leaf drawn on for effect. Go pin it.

My reaction can mostly be attributed to that specific moment, on that particular day, but it was exactly what I wanted to read while scanning Pinterest to take my mind off things that had happened concerning the idea of judgment. I don’t know if there’s a god that will be the ultimate judge of me, and I’m not here to debate that. Since middle school, religion and I have pretty much parted ways. The idea of being called a “sinner” and the damnation generally associated with it never bothered me. Everyone expresses his or her spirituality, or lack thereof, differently. I respect that 100 percent. But that means I expect others to accept the fact that whoever I choose to make peace with at the end of the day is up to me. This particular quote struck me because Uchtdorf is not referring to

us as sinners in relation to a higher being, like God, but rather relates our sins to each other. I mean, we’re all sinners, aren’t we? Just as I am certain that no flawfree person exists, I am equally as certain that no sin-free person exists, either. Call it what you want — sins, flaws, imperfections, transgressions — every single person on this earth does it. Without question, some people sin more often than others. Some sins weigh greater on the conscience and on society, but others simply break norms and make society uncomfortable. In many countries, being an open homosexual is not only considered sinful by society, but also illegal and can warrant imprisonment. Just because a select group defines something, like a lifestyle, as a “sin” does not always make it so. No matter what environment you

find yourself in, you will face the judgment of others. It can range from something as minute as your shoe choice to something as important as your nationality. Then there’s a lot of stuff in between that Drake students, myself included, make observations and subsequent judgments about: whether or not you drink, smoke, have sex, have bad grades, what clubs you’re in, what sorority or fraternity you’re in, etc. Are you the girl that people like to say sleeps around? Or are you the guy who’s always in the security reports? The day I read Uchtdorf ’s quote happened to be on a day where I wanted to throw my hands up in the air and shout “Stop judging me! What right do you have to judge me?” It can be a bit much sometimes. But the world does not have the right to make me feel like a bad person for not completely fitting into the expected

norm. Words are powerful. And since that day, Uchtdorf ’s words have given me the power to look back into the face of those who judge me and remind myself that no one is free from sin. So I might as well sin the way I want while I’m here.

STEPHANIE GRIFFITH | COLUMNIST Griffith is a first-year magazines major and can be contacted at



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Past Unofficial Relays drinking tradition decades Alcohol, not races, turn into focus of Relays week making a comeback

REBECCA BONESCHANS | page designer I have long since believed that I was born in the wrong decade. From what I remember of the ’90s, it was a better time. But my memory has grown cloudy and my youth is now just a distant memory. I am extremely jealous of anyone who got to live in decades past. They had better clothes, better hair, better music and better movies. I remember that one of my high school history teachers told us that history has a way of repeating itself. Well, so does pop culture. Past crazes are coming back. Hollywood is remaking classic movies like “Footloose.” Now, I know people were upset about the remake because it wouldn’t hold up to the original, and it didn’t. It did, however, surprise everyone because even though it wasn’t as good as the Kevin Bacon version, it wasn’t half bad either. Not too shabby for a Hollywood remake. And what about “21 Jump Street”? It was Johnny Depp’s 1980s TV show, but Jonah Hill took that idea and wrote it into a killer funny movie. It was the first movie I have seen in a long time where I laughed out loud in the theater. It also focused on the classic John Hughes idea of high school anxiety, which we can all relate to. There is, of course, the revival of classic music. I am a self-proclaimed music fanatic, so I have always listened to the so-called “oldies,” but the rest of the world is finally getting on board. There is a movie version of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” coming out in June. “Rock of Ages” is all about the Sunset Strip and ’80s hair metal. The musical features songs from Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Poison, Twisted Sister, Night Ranger, Whitesnake and Journey. It sounds like a great time to me. And don’t boycott the movie just because Tom Cruise is in it. After all, he is one of the biggest stars of the ’80s, right? I have no doubt he will be brilliant as the movie’s rock star. In keeping with the musical theme of the 1980s, some great bands are going on tour this summer. Kiss with Mötley Crüe and Poison with Def Leppard are headed for the road, as well as Aerosmith. Van Halen will also be wrapping up its tour in June. The ’80s aren’t the only music scene being revisited either. Artists like The Black Keys and Adele are mixing older styles of music and turning it into amazing pop/rock songs that have made headlines in our world of rap and lip-syncing. We are also in the middle of another British invasion. If you haven’t heard of the British boy band One Direction yet, then you need to come out from under your rock. They are the newest obsession of many young girls. They sing, they dance, they dress incredibly well, there are five of them and did I mention they are British? It is like having five Justin Biebers serenading you at the same time, which can only mean one thing: boy bands are back. I grew up on the Backstreet Boys and judging by the loudness of junior high girls’ screams everywhere, One Direction is here to stay. So I suppose living in this decade isn’t as unbearable after all since we are bringing back all of the pop culture highlights I envy from past decades. Even though movie remakes might not be as good and band members have gotten older, our history and pop culture have a way of repeating themselves. And as long as Britney Spears keeps making music, it is good enough for me.

STEPHANIE KOCER | COLUMNIST Kocer is a first-year magazines and English major and can be contacted at

TAYLOR SOULE | photo editor Though I may only be a firstyear, I have already heard about an unofficial tradition associated with Relays: drinking. Yes, this is college and consuming alcohol happens everywhere, anytime of the year — both legally and illegally. What I’m wondering is how this idea of being drunk throughout Relays came to be considered a good idea among some of my fellow Bull-

dogs. Having observed the consequences of drinking from DUIs to rehab, I tend to have a very negative outlook on those who choose to drink themselves into a state of oblivion. Somehow, I’ve managed to have fun without consuming alcohol and have been able to remember those enjoyable moments the following day. I’m not here to preach to anyone

as a mother, interventionist or therapist about the consequences of drinking. However, I would like to make those of you who drink aware of how important it is to be responsible for yourself. For years, we begged our parents to treat us like adults. Now that we’ve achieved that magic age of 18-plus, why not act in a manner that would earn the adult respect we crave from our parents and guardians? I don’t know about your families, but if either of my parents discovered I’d been blackout drunk, I would be on the first plane home faster than you could say “keg.” OK, so maybe you think your parents will never know, or you just don’t care what they think. Then let me ask you something: How does excessive drinking benefit you? Do you think it takes away your problems? If you answered my second question in the affirmative, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but whatever it is you’re struggling with isn’t going to magically disappear once you reach the bottom of your glass. Those student loans and chemistry tests will still be waiting for you even after you pull through that pesky hangover. Perhaps your biggest problem during Relays is how to manage to stay drunk throughout all the activities. A friend mentioned hearing this particular plight of a fellow student and remarked on how it must be quite tire-

Weeklong woes without social media A week without social media seemed like the perfect assignment — simple and to the point. Little did I know that I would become the world’s biggest creeper trying to figure out what people were saying online. Most professors think social media is distracting — I actually found it more difficult to focus in classes. Chris Snider, instructor of practice in multimedia, has changed his philosophy when it comes to phones and social media in class. “Why fight it as long as it’s not a distraction?” Snider said. Fun fact: 90 percent (possible exaggeration) of students have a social media site up during class. To curb my boredom, I resorted to counting bricks in the Meredith lecture halls. I contemplated what color to paint my nails next, how much homework I had to do, judged people for what they were looking at on their computer screens and resented every student in the room for looking at the very sites I had given up. “I cringe when people say they are giving up Twitter for Lent,”

Snider said. “If it is a part of your life, how do you give it up?” Any time someone mentioned a tweet, I wanted to know what they were talking about — who said what, when, huh? I felt like I had been cut off from the creative world. My only savior was Marvel’s free lunchtime comic. Of course, the website wouldn’t always load on Drake’s WiFi, but it was something. Beyond a cure for boredom, I also missed social media for the more interesting news tidbits. Sure, I could go to or huffingtonpost. com. But when I have five minutes to see what is going on in the world, the front page of a website isn’t always going to give me all of the information I need. I missed the quick and informative tweets my news sources gave me on Twitter. The only reason I missed Facebook was because of George Takei’s photo posts, which are hilarious. Takei is an actor from the original “Star Trek” series. I had been introduced to Pinterest a few weeks before giving it up — I assume giving it up

later would have been a lot like giving up coffee — absolutely terrible. And luckily I hadn’t fallen in love with Tumblr at the time I gave up social media. In his social media class, Snider stresses that students should stop talking about themselves on sites and should start talking about what other people are doing. I really wanted to use the sites, but more out of habit. It was like wearing my watch every day for a week and then not wearing it the next day. I could tell something was missing.

some to remain in a state alternating between drunkenness and hangovers. I must say, I agree with my friend. I applaud those of you who are determined to steer clear of this unofficial Relays tradition. I highly doubt that Street Painting or the parade will have increased in quality under the influence of alcohol. For those of you intent upon partaking in the consumption of alcohol, I will advise you to know your limits and not to try to pass them. Be aware of the people around you. Be in control of your drinks. Know who’s mixed them and the alcohol content. If you’re going to drink, do it responsibly. At the risk of sounding cliché and motherly, I challenge all of you to make good decisions, not only during Relays, but always.

EMILY HECKER | COLUMNIST Hecker is a first-year magazines major and can be contacted at

SARAH’S TWEETS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN: “Two (awake) hours into my week without social media and I miss my Twitter account.” “Ya know that song ‘Danny Boy’? I want to adapt it to be a song I can sing to my Twitter account, I miss you so.” “Editing someone’s paper and they used the correct ‘complement.’” “Anonymous: I have serial killer handwriting.” “Pop + Keyboard: Surprisingly not a match made in heaven.” “I wonder if my Apple warranty covers the cleaning of a sticky keyboard.”

SARAH SAGER | COLUMNIST Sager is a sophomore magazines major and can be contacted at

“I can’t think of anything I would have wanted to tweet. Sad.” (Tuesday)

Flex points: use them to your advantage How to put your dollars to good use There are four weeks of school left, and you just converted meals into $500 worth of flex points. Now what? Well, you have some options. You could sprint over to the C-Store, fingers crossed that the Sour Patch Kids bin is full, buy out the lot and give yourself the sugar-high of a lifetime. You could also buy enough Red Bull to kill a grown crocodile. But maybe there are some better ways you could spend those flex points. FLEX FOR FOOD The first option is to convert some of those excessive points into credits that Collegiate DECA can use for meals for those in need. This supports local families who are less fortunate, but it will also give you a positive feeling for helping others out. JUMP-START SUMMER SHOPPING Are you traveling this summer? Moving into an apartment for that internship? Maybe moving back home with your family? Regardless of your summer plans, chances are you won’t have Sodexo around every corner (thank goodness). Consider purchasing some items that can help you get through part of the summer. Microwavable meals, cereal, drinks, crackers, canned food and even snacks like chips and salsa would be a good place to get started.

TAYLOR SOULE | photo editor PAY IT FORWARD There are many ways to pass along some of your flex points to make other people’s day. One way to do it is by sitting in the Olmsted Coffee Shop during a weekday morning rush of caffeine enthusiasts. As they step up to the counter to order their macchiatos, mochas and lattes, offer to pay for their purchase. This option works especially well with upperclassmen, faculty and staff that were planning on paying “real money” (aka not flex points). They will be thrilled when you pick up the bill.

ing Relays, there is an actual track meet taking place. Students may or may not know that flex points can be used to make purchases at Drake concessions stands at all home athletic events, including Relays. This is coming pretty late to the party in terms of the other athletic seasons, but take advantage of it now. Head over to the track for an afternoon of events, show your Drake ID to get in and then buy popcorn for everybody in your section. You will be all set to cheer on the elite athletes from around the country with hotdogs, candy and drinks in hand.

DRAKE RELAYS Whether students know it or not, in addition to the endless extracurricular shenanigans that go on dur-

LIQUIDATE IT How could you turn your flex points into “real money”? You can do it by re-selling the products you

purchase. In past semesters, students have purchased Red Bull by the case and then sold it to local bars. Though you may sell the product for less than you paid in the C-Store, your result is cold hard cash that doesn’t expire at the end of the year.

NATE BLEADORN | COLUMNIST Bleadorn is a junior marketing major and can be contacted at

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Hit or miss: movies hitting theaters this summer Predictions of movies’ success at the box office With merely three weeks left in the school year, it is time to look toward summer. There is a lot to look forward to, and this is especially so for movies. “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Avengers,” “Prometheus,” “The Campaign” (or “Southern Rivals,” as it is also titled) and “Brave” are among many that seem on solid ground to be successful hits. However, some movies aren’t such guarantees. Rather, they have great potential — not only to be instant classics but also to fail. Here they are: “Men in Black III” While I liked the first two, I don’t know about the third one. As if the entire concept of the “Men in Black” series isn’t out there already, this third one almost takes it too far. It seems

like they knew a third movie would gross a lot of ticket sales and therefore decided to just throw a story together quickly. However, Will Smith and Josh Brolin could work great together and save the movie from the obvious flaws that nearly every big action production has. “Ted” I have to admit: I haven’t been this excited for a comedy in quite a while. “Ted,” boasting a big cast with Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane, is a story about a 35-year-old guy (Wahlberg) whose teddy bear named Ted came to life during his childhood and grew to be a lifelong best friend. Their relationship becomes tested when Wahlberg meets a girl (Kunis) who questions why he’s

living with a giant, talking teddy bear. MacFarlane will be the voice of Ted — who is brilliantly animated — and also wrote the script. I have a hard time pinning this movie as a “hit or miss” because it looks so funny. My only caution is that it has been labeled a “hard R” comedy, which sounds a bit more raunchy than it actually will be, I’m sure. Still, these types of movies can go one of two ways: absolutely hilarious or simply annoying. I’d bet on it being hilarious, but you never know. “The Amazing Spider-Man” Looking at the trailer for this movie, it seems to be a darker version of the 2002 “Spider-Man” with other plot variations that more accurately reflect the comic series, which I see as

a positive. Also, the cast is pretty solid: Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield and Martin Sheen, among others. However, the problem I see is that just 10 years ago, “Spider-Man” was an insanely huge hit (it grossed over $800 million and it was even nominated for two Oscars). Can they really make another version so soon and replicate the quality of the first one? “Battleship” I would not expect great acting from this film. Although Liam Neeson plays a fairly large role, so he might save the day. With Rihanna (yeah, Rihanna) and Taylor Kitsch from the enormous Disney flop “John Carter” starring in this movie, I’m not sure how the dialogue will play out. Nevertheless, people don’t go to

these movies for the acting: they go for the action. While it undoubtedly will have plenty of it, “Battleship” has a lot of work to do in order to impress. “Transformers,” “Iron Man” and movies such as those have already captured audiences with similar action, so “Battleship” has to go further.

BEN LEVINE | COLUMNIST Levine is a sophomore politics major and can be contacted at

The ongoing debate — are aliens real? Other life may be present in outer space

Existence of extraterrestrials is doubtful

The belief in aliens feels tion has proven this. It would complete these different feats. like hype. take 45 years to travel to the Nelson said these people had Television shows are pop- nearest star at half the speed the same IQ possibilities, we ping up everywhere discussing of light, but that’s expensive in just lost track of how to do whether or not aliens exist. For terms of energy. So to balance things by hand because we some of us it’s more than hype with that expense we would don’t have to. — it’s a belief that we cannot be forced to travel at 1/10 the “Like the Internet, you be the only ones in an ever- speed of light. have to be careful,” said Herexpanding universe. This means a mission to bert Folsom, professor of physIn the ’70s people only another star would take a life- ics and astronomy. “These knew of nine planets. Today, time plus 100 years to com- shows are made for entermore peotainment. ple think Some are about the jazzed up. Why should life on other possibility Just like planets be such a crazy idea? of aliens. the InterWe have net, they – Sarah Sager discovered can be a more stars good rewith more planets orbiting plete. Because of these time source, but you have to take them. constraints, we wouldn’t at- things at face value.” Charles Nelson, professor tempt the mission. With all of that space out of physics and astronomy at We often hear of UFO there, it feels more than a Drake, said from an evolution- sightings, more often than not little arrogant to believe we ary point of view, even if the on a tabloid’s cover. Nelson are the only planet with life possibility of a planet with said it’s doubtful that these capable of evolution, but in evolutionary potential is one sightings are of aliens. Some terms of evidence, there are or two in a billion out of 100 are hoaxes, while others are many things in life we believe billion, that’s 50 to 100 inhab- people simply unsure of what in without seeing. Why should ited planets. In the scheme of they see — a true unidentified life on other planets be such a things, 50 to 100 feels like a flying object. crazy idea? substantial number. There are a lot of reasonThere is a reason we able arguments against believhaven’t met them or tried to ing in aliens. Science fiction seek them out. It takes a long television shows give hope, but time to get from one place pseudo-science diverts us from to another when it comes to finding evidence. Credible scispace travel. ence requires real evidence, Einstein said you can’t and there currently is none. travel faster than the speed Shows like History Chanof light. However, we can’t nel’s “Ancient Aliens” series even travel at the speed of often make other believers SARAH SAGER | COLUMNIST light. Nelson said to get an look less credible. The show Sager is a sophomore object to the speed of light, assumes that ancient cultures magazines major and can be it takes an infinite amount of were not intelligent enough or contacted at energy — particle accelera- did not have the technology to

Ah yes, aliens. The eter- vance. That alone is enough nel that gives this person a nal question: Are humans the for me to disregard the idea platform for their crazy bile only life in the universe? Ab- of aliens in this universe. makes me weep for the future solutely. Have you seen any Life on Earth itself seems of mankind. other forms of life in the uni- to have been serendipitous I promise you, I am open verse? Didn’t think so. enough. For all we know, a to the thought of aliens and Throughout millennia of lightning bolt may have just extraterrestrial life. I love humanity looking at the stars, struck the primordial element “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” not a single scientist (amateur soup at just the right time and and “K-PAX.” I would love or professional) has confirmed spontaneously created a single to see that reality someday the existence ended — our of life on any galactic isoother planet lation finally I refuse to believe in but our own. over and we Sure, the can begin a anything I can’t see with occasional new era of dingbat has human socimy own eyes. claimed to ety in which – Sean Conard be probed we exchange after being ideas with our abducted by a UFO; or your bacterium. What if the mix interstellar brethren. But unsecond cousin that no one of ancient chemicals was dif- til that day comes, I refuse to talks to thinks the government ferent? What if the lightning believe in anything I can’t see is using its massive resources struck at a different moment with my own eyes. to cover up Area 51 and Ro- — one not ripe for life? Then swell is more than a crappy you and I would not even be old Warner Brothers show. here right now. Lady Luck But nothing has been proven. played the leading role in our And what is science all about? existence, and probably life all Proof. I’d end it here, but I over the universe. haven’t reached my word limit Have you ever seen that yet. show “Ancient Aliens”? If you We’ve gone to the moon haven’t, crackpots try to conand back. No aliens. The nect aliens to historical events. Voyager satellites have been Some of the crap the narratraveling for over 30 years to tor and the “experts” (jobless the outer edge of our solar academics) spew make me SEAN CONARD | COLUMNIST system. No aliens. Carl Sagan doubt the existence of God, Conard is a junior wrote about aliens, but that much less aliens. Anyone who international relations major doesn’t count because it was tries to connect the Mayans, and business minor and can fiction. Albert Einstein lived the American West and Na- be contacted at without a single alien obser- zis with aliens and any chan-




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Revamping the learning of languages

A five-year plan could add languages to Drake’s program by Bailey Berg

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Drake’s language program is undergoing changes to better prepare students for a bilingual world. Though Drake University doesn’t require a foreign language for many of its majors, director of world languages Marc Cadd believes it’s in all students’ best interest to take a language. “Fact is, many corporations pay bilingual employees more,” Cadd said. “People who work (for) Wells Fargo and are bilingual get paid more then anyone else. Same is true for pharmacists who speak Spanish.” Cadd said year after year, the Spanish program remains the largest language program at Drake. Of the 168 students currently enrolled in a class for one of the seven languages, 47 of them are in Spanish. Currently, Cadd is in the midst of a fiveyear plan he hopes will revamp the old language curriculum and add more students to the program. More than 10 years ago, the language program at Drake looked substantially different. Not only did it offer majors and minors in languages, but it also encompassed far more language opportunities, including Hindi, Swahili and Italian. Cadd said there was once a time at Drake that as long as two students wanted to take a language — any language, no matter how obscure — it was offered. However, the financial situation changed, and so did the program. “The original program disbanded 11 years ago,” Cadd said. “And because some tenure track professors lost their jobs, the

J-Term finally finalized for next year

new program couldn’t look anything like the old one. Otherwise we’d have to hire back those who lost their jobs.” Now Drake offers what Cadd calls more strategically chosen language options, those being Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian. Cadd explained that Spanish, French and German are the standard languages and students are most likely to come to Drake having been taught one of those three in high school. Chinese, Japanese and Arabic, Cadd believes, are “part of the future,” and Drake has numerous connections within those languages. Then there’s Russian. Of the seven languages, it’s consistently had the lowest enrollment. While President David Maxwell was a professor of Russian, he’s told Cadd he’s fine with whatever happens to it. “If, for financial reasons, something needed to be cut, it would probably be Russian,” Cadd said. Provided that Drake can find the instructors for all seven of Drake’s foreign languages, there will be professors teaching classes on campus Monday and Wednesday in the fall — something that hasn’t happened since the original program dissolved. This semester, some students enrolled in German, French and Russian had classes conducted via Adobe Connect — a program similar to Skype — with professors all over the Midwest. “We’re not doing that this fall,” Cadd said. “As long as we can find the professors, they’ll be here.” Another new aspect of the program is that there will also be classes on Fridays where students will meet with native speak-

ers who will be trained to do conversation ence, Italy last fall, the five-year plan won’t hours in groups of six or fewer. include any additional languages — at least “We don’t want students to go through not yet. two years and not be able to order from a “I’m still taking online courses in Italian menu,” Cadd said. “This should help.” because I’d like to go back to Florence and Cadd attributes the small language program — comFact is, many corporations pared to other Division I Universities pay bilingual employees (why is it relevant more. –Marc Cadd to compare to Division 1, should we say private?) — to the fact that Drake has do another internship,” Mason said. fewer language requirements than most Cadd said discussions with music and other schools. The only programs that re- vocal performance professors, the latter quire a foreign language are international have mentioned they want to see Italian business, international relations, music, vo- added. cal performance and the three education “Much of the classical repertoire reendorsement areas. sides in Italian song and operatic arias; However, students who took two years therefore, it makes the most sense for voof a single language in high school are not cal performance majors to study Italian,” required to take additional credits at Drake, said vocal performance professor Leanne meaning the number of students in those Freeman-Miller. “This will also assist their majors requiring a foreign language drops. preparation for graduate school. Therefore, “Just under 50 percent of the students in we’re hopeful that Italian will be offered at the language program are in it because of Drake.” the requirement,” Cadd said. “The other However, Mason probably won’t see the half takes languages because they want to.” program during her time at Drake. Cadd Cadd said 227 students enrolled in a said the program could potentially be reforeign language last fall and 168 registered launched in two or three years, but would for this spring. likely only be offered every other year. “We always lose a few from the fall to “I hope students will realize that we’ve spring because students will have met their made a lot of changes in the last few years language requirements,” Cadd said. and are going to continue making changCadd is hoping the five-year plan will es,” Cadd said. “There is still some negahelp boost numbers in the language depart- tivity circulating about how languages are ment. done here. To every extent possible, we’ve Unfortunately for students like junior addressed those.” journalism major Haley Mason, who studied Italian during her study abroad in Flor-

Riots in Athens change perspectives

Classes offered give new opportunities for students by Kathryn Kriss

Staff Writer

Winter break of 2013 is going to be 45 days long. After all of the hot cocoa drinking, sledding and holiday celebrating, Drake students are going to be looking for something else to fill their time. J-Term offers the perfect opportunity to fill up long winter breaks with required classes, fun AOIs and study abroad experiences. The J-Term fair, held Feb. 29, gave the faculty a chance to promote their classes and the students a chance to sample their options for next year. Many other schools have additional academic terms, like a January Term or similar May Term. These give students the option to take unusual classes they wouldn’t ordinarily get the opportunity to take, like a skiing class at MIT or a Hawaiian food preparation class at Illinois Wesleyan. Drake goes above and beyond by offering travel experiences like a trip to the Galapagos Islands or a trek across central Europe following the timeline of classical music. “These are a good way to fit in a class you wouldn’t have access to during the school year.” first-year Amber Gurican said. The travel, or off-campus, programs are the only ones that require extra fees — tuition for the next academic year has already been adjusted to accommodate on-campus classes in the new term. Other than room and board, all fees for the class are already built in. According to junior Austin Cooke, that’s the best part of J-Terms. He sees them as “a great opportunity for extra credits. Plus, you’ve already paid for it.” Several of these classes also offer a service-learning component, fulfilling the Experiential Learning AOI. This handson learning was often why each professor felt so passionate about his or her course. Because the J-Term courses are more specific and customized, like Urban Poverty in Des Moines instead of a general sociology class, the professors are able to teach a subject matter that they personally enjoy and get excited about. Arthur Sanders, associate provost of curriculum assessment, has been basically running this whole program. He has worked hand-in-hand with Student Senate and Faculty Senate to determine what courses should be offered, when and how. He helped create what he calls the Drake Curriculum Task Force, which looks at general curriculum and how it accommodates the students. The task force polled a group of random students and determined that there was interest in a possible J-Term. After long meetings of the January Implementation Task Force and its numerous subcommittees, the faculty and Sanders came up with 30-40 courses that the students had interest in taking and the faculty had interest in teaching. He says that much of the credit goes to faculty members, as many of them have had experience either taking or teaching J-Term courses at other schools and are genuinely excited to see the program get off the ground. Sanders also mentioned that despite their organization, a lot of the efforts to create a J-Term have been more casual, partially because of how fast the entire process must take place. There was an initial registration request period between March 1-8 and then a secondary registration period from March 9-15 where students were informed if their desired class was too full or empty and given a chance to sign up for an alternate class. As soon as class lists are finalized, they will be sent to the housing department. Sanders is glad things are getting off the ground and proceeding so swiftly, and has high hopes for the J-Term this year and in years to come.

LILLIAN SCHROCK | staff photographer by Lillian Schrock

Staff Writer

“This was no suicide, it was a state-perpetrated murder,” the rioters were yelling. I spent the first week of April walking through history — literally. But, I hadn’t experienced anything like this. During my short trip to Greece, I not only stood in buildings that were built 2,500 years ago, but I found myself in the midst of history being made. I am studying at the Collège International de Cannes in Cannes, France. For spring break, I ventured to Athens, Greece to bask in the history of the city and to eat some baklava. What I experienced there meant more to me than I ever imagined. After seeing the Parthenon, discovering the Temple of Zeus and “ahhh-ing” over the Theatre of Herodes Atticus, my mind was stuck in the past, imagining the ancient Athenians building these marble monstrosities. Meanwhile, the Greeks were battling with a current issue: their economy. On my way to dinner one evening with friends, we passed through Syntagma Square, the square across from Parliament. The area was loud and packed with people. We were curious as to what was happening, so we skirted by, so as not to be swept up in the crowd. After dinner, we returned to our hostel. There we were told that earlier in the day, a 77-year-old man shot himself in Syntagma Square in an attempt to send a message to the Greek government. The next evening, we walked to Syntagma Square to see if a memorial had been set up for the man. When we arrived at the square, there was a large line of policemen in front of Parliament. Feeling bold, I took the hand of my friend and we pushed through several policemen, want-

ing to know what was going on. There were hundreds of people in the square, but all seemed pretty calm. It was not difficult to find the memorial — a large wreath of flowers and hundreds of candles and handwritten letters. The memorial was set up underneath the tree where the man had shot himself the day before during rush hour. He had left a suicide note directed toward the government, explaining how it had left him with nothing. We began to hear angry rioters chanting in Greek. We heard policemen speaking to us, but we couldn’t understand them through the gas masks they wore. We stood away from the crowd to be able to observe without being pulled into the action. We jumped when we heard a loud pop and I turned my face away, afraid of what had caused the sound. Fear and curiosity kept us rooted and we realized the pop was

not a gunshot, but the sound of marble hitting the policemen’s shields and falling to the ground. The rioters were breaking the marble off the square and throwing it at the policemen. Fires started in the square and the policemen attempted to communicate with us, their words lost in the masks. We decided it was time to return to the safety of our hostel. As I walked past Zeus’s Temple, my heart wrenched for the Greeks, who are suffering from their poor economy. While observing the protest, I believed the rioters didn’t mean to hurt anyone, but only meant to awaken the government to the horrors they are experiencing.

LILLIAN SCHROCK | staff photographer

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Her dreams became her realities One email changed Erika Owen’s summer by James Glade

Staff Writer

Erika Owen is busy. Besides being a double major in magazine journalism and international relations with a minor in entrepreneurship, she also has three jobs and runs a music blog. The Wisconsin native is a junior at Drake University. Owen is also editor-in-chief of Drake Magazine, a publication assembled once a semester by the university’s magazines majors. As EIC, Owen makes all the important calls — from assigning stories to deciding the final layout. “I’m that magazine’s mother pretty much,” Owen said. “I have control over everything that goes into it: design and stories.” Katherine Dewitt, a magazine and marketing double major from Wichita, Kans., is the managing editor for DrakeMag and works closely with Owen. “I’m basically Erika’s sidekick and we’ve been doing DrakeMag since freshman year together,” Dewitt said. Dewitt says Owen is a great editor to work with. “The past two EIC’s (editors-inchief) I’ve worked with have been somewhat worriers, which gets people nowhere really,” Dewitt said. “Erika knows things will fall into place — and they do. But Erika has made the editing process much more fun and relaxed, which I’m sure everyone on staff enjoys.” Owen’s work has not gone unnoticed. “I’m a finalist for the American Society of Magazine Editors intern-

ships, and National Geographic grabs their interns from there,” Owen said. “Usually all the juniors who are magazine majors apply for that. Two of them go on to be finalists and one person gets it from Drake.” Owen also works for Des Moines’ well-known magazine publisher, Meredith Corp., as a copy flow-coordinator. In this position she receives stories edited by in-house editors and sends them to editors that work at home. Owen’s love for magazines goes back to her childhood. “I grew up with National Geographic and Rolling Stone so I’ve always wanted to work for those,” Owen said. “My dad has had a subscription to National Geographic since before I was born.” She also is in charge of marketing for Locusic, a Des Moines start-up for local bands, which Owen describes as Pandora for local bands. Eventually it is going to be nationwide, but is planning to start in Minneapolis, Minn., then Austin, Texas, followed by New York City. Owen’s love of music can also be seen in a Des Moines music blog she just created. The blog,, covers local shows and gives access to interviews with local bands. Owen also said it will be a networking site. “It’s also going to be focused on freelance musicians; musicians that are in tons of different bands,” Owen said. “So, if a band has a show and they realize they don’t have a bassist, they can look on my blog and then look up all the contact info and find someone to play for their show.” Her third job is with Eggcrates. “I’m a marketing intern for this

other start-up called Eggcrates,” Owen said. “It’s eco-friendly furniture; just wooden crates pretty much that you can make into shelving units.” Owen listed some of her biggest accomplishments as getting the editor-in-chief position at Drake Magazine, getting an article published in “Do It Yourself Magazine,” and being selected as a finalist for the American Society of Magazine Editors internships. Owen has recently added a another accomplishment to her resume: an internship with GQ. “I spoke with a Drake alum, Max Plenke, and he gave me some advice as to how to get in touch with the editors,” Owen said. “I cold emailed one of the editors, and that led to me emailing another and then finally getting in touch with their editorial assistant who set up an in-person interview for while I was on the NYC trip.” That interview was just the first for her. “It went really well and they scheduled a phone interview with the deputy editor. He’s pretty much a journalism god, so I was freaking out, but it went well. They emailed me half an hour after the interview to let me know I got it,” Owen said. Owen still has to figure out where she is going to live, but she’s not too concerned about that for now. “I’m so excited. I’m not event worried about the little details, they’ll fall into place. I’ll find somewhere to live (eventually) and I’ll get used to living without a paycheck (maybe),” Owen said. “My first trip to NYC was earlier in the month, and I absolutely loved it. So, no, I’m not nervous. Just excited.”

That being said, Owen says she could go down a number of paths after college.

“I would love to travel and write… it’s weird because this summer, usually for magazine journalism students, wherever you get an internship there’s a good chance that you’ll get a job there when you graduate, so it’s kind of an important summer,” Owen said. “But I’ve always wanted to join the Peace Corps. So, I’d be totally OK just traveling wherever and writing. I would love to go back to Africa and just write stories about that.”

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Involved students maintain balance Despite busy schedules students are in control by Monica Worsley

Staff Writer

There is just enough room left on the planner page to scribble in one more reminder: breathe. Less than a month left in the semester and Drake University students are still holding strong in their commitment to high caliber coursework and student leadership positions. Breathing offers intermittent silence to the incessant buzz of activity and productivity, like the engine of a well-oiled machine churning out success. Understanding involvement A line from the Drake University page for undergraduate admissions says it all: “Participate in more than 160 clubs and social organizations ranging from student government and professional societies to intramural sports and volunteer opportunities.” The opportunities are here and Drake’s exceptional students are quick to take them. Some of the main areas of student involvement include student life and social fraternities and sororities. According to Drake’s Institutional Research Center, 28 percent of un-

dergraduate males belong to a social fraternity and 27 percent of undergraduate females belong to a social sorority. “Part of their involvement is the fact that we push it and encourage them to get involved in leadership. The reason why we push it is that from my experience and from some of the research out there, when students get involved, they have a sense of belonging, tend to do better academically and gain important out-ofthe-classroom knowledge,” Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari said. On average, 91 percent of Drake students are involved in at least one on-campus activity according to the Multi-Institutional Study on Leadership. With regard to campus leadership, Student Senate President-elect Amanda Laurent said, “The joke is at Drake, 20 percent of the students do 80 percent of the work.” While a select group of Drake students are in leadership positions, student contributions to academic, organizational and professional excellence appear more widespread than larger and less community-like midwestern universities. The path to success In addition to on-campus op-

portunities, Drake’s five colleges and law school offer numerous internships and professional experiences for Drake students to pursue. Junior Lindsay Peters was a research intern at the American Association for the Advancement of Science last summer. She participated in a Drake partnership program and accompanying class through the Washington Center. “I think it helped me be more confident when working in larger groups and better organize projects,” said Peters. “And it made me really, really excited for after graduation rather than fearful. I realized that I could be successful in the real world.” Soon-to-be Drake graduates find themselves in an era when a resume can make or break a future employment opportunity. Some college students might be inclined to stretch their limitations now for that job down the road. “I sense that some students overdo it, though I don’t have any evidence to back that up,” Peters said. “And perhaps the reason they might overdo it is that they are so passionate about their organizations and passions. And then there are those that try to do too much and overdo it and find themselves struggling academically. Some do it because of their passion and de-

sire to stay connected and then some do it because they want to pad their portfolio.” At Drake, the latter appears to be the exception to the rule. As Bakari puts it, “We try to advise students to pick one of two things that are substantive. We try to suggest students do things that really matter and to make an impact.” Laurent noted the tendency of first-year students to sign up for a variety of organizations at the activities fair. “We encourage first-years to sign up for what they think is interesting and then narrow it down from there,” Laurent said. “I’ve narrowed my commitments down to the few that I really care about.” The balancing act For the student who loves being involved and exceeding in class, but needs to work to pay for a quality Drake education — most Drake students — the days can get filled fairly quickly. “It really is a balancing act,” Laurent said. Some students turn to exercising, sleep and friends to handle stress. Others cut these things out in addition to eating healthy and can find themselves in a constant state of

“catch-up.” At Drake, there are a variety of resources for students who lose that balance. “One thing Drake students don’t realize is the number of resources Drake offers. There is the counseling center, a service learning coordinator, a new Sexual Violence Response coordinator and resources through the Drake wellness center. A step ahead of other students In the final stretch of the year, nice weather and Relays activities are the ultimate test to students’ commitment to diligent studies, organization meetings and a healthy lifestyle. “I regret that I wasn’t as involved as some of the students. I didn’t do half that stuff, but they’ve got to prioritize the academics,” Bakari said. “The bottom line at the end of the semester is how are you doing academically, but what can contribute to that academic success is finding that right balance of engagement outside of the classroom to compliment what they are learning in class.” Here at Drake, it appears most students really do know how to prioritize to enjoy the upcoming races and prepare for finals.

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From pulling curtains to teaching crafts

One educator focuses his teaching on being the ‘anti-professor’ Especially when it comes to teaching Stagecraft I and II, in which students complete lab hours in the scene shop located in the Fine Arts Center. There, Pomeroy oversees the building of sets and rigging of the light systems for Drake performances. Pomeroy describes his teaching tactic as leading by example. “I strive to make this not just a shop class. I try to tie in everything students learn in craft courses with the goal of the play they’re building for,” Pomeroy said. “To make them see why a set piece is important and help students take part in the class. So that they can go and see the play and see what they had a hand in making.” In running the scene shop, Pomeroy is responsible for all the technical aspects for performances, such as construcALYSSA MARTIN | staff photographer tion of sets, creation of special effects and light design. No matter which perforJOHN POMEROY teaches Stagecraft I & II. He also runs the scene shop in the Fine Arts mance hall is in use, Pomeroy Center. provides all the upkeep and maintenance for all of the stages and their lighting controls. This by Alyssa Martin encompasses his role in not just the department of theater arts, Staff Writer but also the school of fine arts as a whole. Pomeroy describes his style of teaching as that of an “antiJohn Pomeroy, known simply as “Roy” to most Drake Uniprofessor.” He hopes to be seen by his students beyond the acaversity faculty and students, has been at Drake for nearly 19 demic realm. years, hired right after he earned his master of the fine arts at “I create friendships with my students that carry beyond the University of Iowa. Technical theater design was a profession school,” Pomeroy said. “Even beyond graduation — we’re friends that came naturally to Pomeroy, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa. He for life.” recalls his first experience working behind the scenes as a sophForrest Williams, a senior directing major who works as a techomore in high school, filling in for a missing crewmember. He nical assistant to Pomeroy in the scene shop, describes him as a only had to wait for his friend’s signal to pull the rope that lifted successful professor at reaching out to students. the stage curtain, but as soon as that signal came, Pomeroy was “Roy is a good professor and teaches his students well in a difhooked. ferent kind of style. He gets them to work by being friendly and Fate once again had a hand in Pomeroy’s technical career speaking to them on equal terms. You know he is a superior, but when he began his undergraduate program at St. Ambrose Unihe never pulls rank over the students,” Williams said. versity in Davenport, Iowa, originally as a double major in theWilliams especially finds the environment of the scene shop ater design and TV/radio production, which were both housed beneficial. in the Fine Arts Building. “Working in the shop is more casual and more like a real work Upon entering the building at St. Ambrose, Pomeroy encounenvironment instead of like a classroom,” Williams said. tered an older gentleman carrying a gigantic ladder. Offering to Ivy Gardner, a second year theater-education major, realizes help, Pomeroy carried the ladder into the theater and knew he Pomeroy’s aptitude about his work. belonged there. The older man, who turned out to be one of the “He really knows what he’s talking about and that makes it professors, offered Pomeroy a work-study position as a technical fun,” Gardner said. “It helps that he’s relaxed and has a good assistant on the spot. sense of humor.” “The rest is history,” Pomeroy said. This humor can be seen in Pomeroy’s fondness for Oreo cookPomeroy’s current job as an associate professor of theater arts ies — a tactic some students try to use to their advantage. incorporates three important positions within the theater depart“If I come into the shop and there’s a package of Oreos on my ment: professor of theatre for the Department of Theater Arts, desk, I just shout, ‘Who’s in trouble?’” Pomeroy said. technical director for the Department of Theater Arts and techEven working with non-theater majors, Pomeroy hopes to innical director for the School of Fine Arts. still the same interests in them. Pomeroy said his first love is education and he considers the “They bring a different kind of interest to the class.” Pomeroy teaching aspect of his job as his top priority. said. “To be actually able to hold a job where I can teach what I Pomeroy also has no problem converting non-majors to his love is better than anything I could imagine,” Pomeroy said. area of design and technology.

“I can guarantee that at least 40 percent of the design majors currently enrolled started out differently,” Pomeroy said. Pomeroy tells of one particular convert who began as a math and physics major but changed to design and technology after taking a stagecraft course with Pomeroy. That student went on to graduate and eventually work as an assistant production manager for the largest theater scenery company in the states. Currently that student is pursuing his graduate degree in technical directing at Yale. Pomeroy describes what he calls his “glowing moment as a

Roy is a good professor and teaches his students well in a different kind of style. He gets them to work by being friendly and speaking to them on equal terms. You know he is a superior, but he never pulls rank over the students. –Forrest Williams

professor,” when he was able to show the scenery designs created by one alumnus for the Broadway performance of “Legally Blonde” to his current students, knowing that the work was being displayed in theaters all over. If he was not working at Drake, Pomeroy knows he would want to teach college courses elsewhere. “It’s the high energy that I love,” Pomeroy said. “I can thrive off of college age kids whereas I don’t have the patience for middle school kids.” Pomeroy’s passion for his profession is what he hopes to pass on to his students. “I want to lead by example,” Pomeroy said. “I have to make sure that I exude my desire for the work, and then students begin to enjoy what they’re doing, too.” “What I really want everyone to get is that I love my job,” Pomeroy said.

ALYSSA MARTIN | staff photographer JOHN POMEROY instructs a student on measurements. He is currently an associate professor of theater arts.

Free bus service for students during the weekend ‘Dub Bus’ driver shares experiences, good and bad by Lauren Horsch

My biggest pet peeve is people not listening to the schedule.


Dub Bus: A staple for many weekends at Drake University. Friday nights for one Drake senior continue to be a source of entertainment, even while he’s working. Every Friday night, Drake University senior, Brad, gets behind the wheel of a small, yellow school bus with “THE DUBLIN” scrawled across its side. As he starts the bus, he starts his night of work, entertainment and frustration. Brad is the driver of the Dublin Bus, aka the “Dub Bus.” He drives a loop around campus to pick up patrons of The Dublin, a bar just east of campus. With a simple phone call, patrons can be picked up for free (tips are accepted though). Brad can drive to anywhere in the Drake neighborhood. He’s just “not supposed to go to other bars” even though his main stops are around Peggy’s Tavern, Dublin, Greek Street and 36th Street. The ring of a cellphone, answered promptly with “Dub Bus,” remains a constant throughout the evening. “I’ll be there in 10 minutes,” Brad says to an

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anonymous caller. “Hey, it’s the Dub Bus, I’m outside of Paul Revere’s (Pizza) right meow,” he says as he pulls up to his destination. The first round of passengers he picks up is a group of young men discussing their Friday night exploits. Boston’s “More Than A Feeling” comes on over the radio. Brad turns it up and sings along. The interior of the Dub Bus looks like any other small school bus. The seats comfortably seat two people, three if the space is needed. Officially, there is no maximum capacity posted on the bus, but going by the two-per-seat rule, the bus seats 14, 21 if the three-person rule is in force. Brad said he tells everyone to sit down when they are on the bus. “Do not stand, unless you have to,” Brad said. He warns passengers because his driving “will make them stumble.” He recounts an incident when one girl did

not sit down. In the warmer months, Brad said the bus is not air conditioned, and one night, when the bus was filled to capacity, a girl was standing near the front of the bus. The girl fell and her hair got caught in the fan attached to the dashboard. Brad then had to “saw her hair off with a utility knife.” “I felt really bad,” Brad said. “She was terrified.” The stench of stale beer and sweat stews on the bus with a constant flow of passengers coming in and going off. Even in the dark, layers of grime and dirt caked onto the floor are visible. When Brad takes a sharp turn, the garbage can moves from its spot in the front of the bus and tips over. A can of Keystone Light falls out and rattles around. That garbage can has been through a lot. Brad remembers when a first-year puked in it and then had to clean it out. Through the night he makes his loop picking up passengers. At one point, he stops in the

Walgreens parking lot at University Avenue and 31st Street. He waits for a while. He takes a bite of a brownie snack when he sees his new passenger sprinting toward the Dub Bus. The new passenger gets on the bus panting and directs Brad to the house he was supposed to pick them up at. Instead, a group of about 10 people start walking toward the bus. Once the group enters the bus, the man who sprinted began to dance and asked to turn up the music. Brad obliged. His busiest hours are between 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. After that, he said, most people start walking home to “sober up.” Brad said the Dub Bus is a good alternative so people don’t have to walk. “I would rather have people on this bus than driving,” Brad said. His night continues until bar close. With every pickup comes a new batch of passengers — many intoxicated. Friends ask other friends, “Are you gonna be okay?” Others yell, “To The Dublin!” The noise level doesn’t bother Brad. “My biggest pet peeve is people not listening to the schedule,” Brad said, as he honks the bus’s horn outside of a university residence hall.

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Breadsticks, land mines and pizza Long term Paul Revere’s Pizza employee is a driving force behind its success

ERIN MCHENRY| staff photographer by Erin McHenry

Staff Writer

Paul Revere’s breadsticks are a junk food staple for the Drake University community. It’s a simple recipe — bread doused in a mixture of butter, garlic and cheese; the hot, salty snack satisfies students as an afternoon snack, a midnight study-session aid or a sobering technique. “At night when we’re working, we’ll have two people that are doing nothing but making breadsticks,” Paul Revere’s Pizza employee Mike Ribar said. He estimates Paul Revere’s Pizza sells about 600–700 orders of breadsticks over Relays weekend alone.

Day in and day out, employees knead the dough, sprinkle the toppings, cook the pizzas, take orders and make deliveries. It’s a process that Ribar, 51, knows well. Almost every night of the week, he can be found perched at the counter, answering phone calls and taking orders. His first five years he delivered pizzas and now he acts as a night manager. General Manager Ted Spracklin, 37, has worked with Ribar his entire career. Spracklin said he pulled Ribar from driving cars to help answer phones during the bar rush. His job evolved from there. “We fight like brothers,” Spracklin

said. Before a career selling pizzas, Ribar was a soldier in the U.S. infantry. He received a 96 on his Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) — a test measuring skills for the armed forces. Today, people are required to get at least a 31 on the ASVAB to join the Army. He served in Korea from 1982-86, and became a sniper within his first year of service. Out of 15 battalions, only 16 slots were available in the sniper school. Ribar was one of only two graduates. As a sniper, Ribar participated in weekly evacuation patrols. If North Korea were to attack, the soldiers would have an hour to retreat over a bridge on the Imjin River. After an hour, the bridge would be burned, regardless of who or what was on it, or still on the way. In one patrol, Ribar even stepped on a land mine. It turned out to be a dud. His Army career was short-lived. Ribar injured his ankle during physical testing, which he never really recovered from. He received an associate’s degree, and then a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics. He worked as a security guard and in the private sector for some time. He took a job selling pizzas in the late ’90s, and he’s been doing that for the past 15 years. During his time at Paul Revere’s, he has encountered several unusual situations. One in particular he found

amusing involved a regular customer named Amy. “We used to store our vacuum cleaner in the women’s restroom, and she went in there and decided she was going to be cute. She came out of the bathroom with the vacuum cleaner and nothing else on but her bra and panties, and she started to pretend to vacuum the carpet. Needless to say, she was a little bit drunk.” He’s experienced tragedy, too. This past January, a shooting took place near the restaurant, though no one in Paul Revere’s was involved or injured. Teandre Trumbo-Talton was killed; Ribar said Trumbo-Talton was a regular customer. “He would just say his name and we knew his order,” Ribar said. “He was a good kid, very friendly, and very respectful. It’s unfortunate that it happened. The good thing is, they caught the guys that did it, and in my 15 years that I’ve been here, that’s the worse thing that’s ever happened. Since then, I’ve noticed an increased police presence.” Through all of his experiences at Paul Revere’s, Ribar has gained knowledge of the restaurant industry, management and the people of the Drake community. “He’s definitely taught me a lot over the years,” said Nate Easley, a Paul Revere’s day shift manager. Easley, 32, has been an employee for 11 years, and has worked with Ribar from the beginning.

“Everyone gets along with him,” Spracklin said. “He’s easy to talk to, and he’s a very reliable employee.” The 2012 Drake Relays will be Ribar’s 16th year with Paul Revere’s. Drake students often see Relays as a party. For Paul Revere’s employees, it is a hectic weekend of cooking. “Relays is one part stress, one part excitement, and many, many parts breadsticks,” Easley said. “We have a joke that our favorite day of the year is the day after relays,” Ribar said. Drake Relays bring in lots of business for Paul Revere’s Pizza, but the restaurant continues to thrive from everyday customers. “We have one lady that was in the Air Force, stationed in Okinawa,” Ribar said, “and when she would come back, she’d have us make ten to twelve 8-inch pizzas and half cook them. Then she’d put them in boxes with dried ice and she’d ship them to herself in Okinawa. She’d allow herself to have one a week. She got her Paul Revere’s fix overseas.” Through delivery orders from University Avenue all the way to Johnston, Jordan Creek Parkway, and Urbandale, walk-in orders from Drake students and hundreds of regular customers, Paul Revere’s stays busy. With characters like Ribar answering phones and taking orders every night, from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., it’s hard to imagine the popular pizza place any other way.

Going Greek created a career path

New director of Greek life already making an impact on campus by Alec Hamilton

Staff Writer

Her decisions directly and indirectly affect almost 30 percent of Drake University’s population, but few people actually know her name. She has been at Drake for less than a semester, but Brittan Etzenhouser has already led Drake’s Greek community in a new direction as the director of fraternity and sorority life. Etzenhouser is originally from Kansas City, Mo., and graduated from the University of Miami in Florida in 2008. While at Miami, she joined the Delta Delta Delta sorority (Tri Delta) as a first-year and has been involved in fraternity and sorority life ever since. “I always knew I wanted to be in a sorority because I am an only child and I loved the idea of having sorority sisters,” Etzenhouser said. “Because I attended a school a very long way from home, I wanted to immediately become involved on campus and make friends, and sorority membership offered me both.” She went beyond just being involved on campus, holding several officer positions in the Miami Greek community, including PanHellenic delegate, vice president and presi-

dent of PanHellenic. While at Miami, Etzenhouser established a close relationship with her Greek life adviser, which led her to sit down in the adviser’s office and ask, “I want to do what you do, how do I do it?” “She told me about graduate programs in higher education and student affairs,” Etzenhouser said. After graduating from Miami, Etzenhouser spent a year as a consultant for the Tri Delta national organization before attending the University of Iowa to obtain her master’s degree in student development in postsecondary education. “I went to graduate school because I specifically wanted to work with fraternity and sorority members,” Etzenhouser said. “When the director of fraternity and sorority life position opened at Drake, I immediately applied.” She moved to Des Moines last August to join Drake in January, and despite her short time at Drake, Etzenhouser has already left her mark on the Greek community. Alex Shaner, the president of Pi Kappa Phi, interacts with Etzenhouser during Interfraternity Council (IFC) meetings. “From the very first meeting, she immediately began to carry out very specific and accomplishable goals,”

Shaner said. While she continues to adjust to Drake and its Greek community, the Greek community and leadership are also adjusting to her and her own unique style. “She is a very personable adviser, and she is very accessible and doesn’t hesitate to help you no matter the situation,” Shaner said. “She is open, very engaging, wants to be involved and you can confide in her with your opinions.” Shaner would know, as Etzenhouser has proven especially helpful to him as he adjusts to being president of a fraternity. “As a new president she really makes it easy to understand the rules and is willing to work with you if things don’t get solved right away,” Shaner said. Etzenhouser’s motivation goes beyond simply helping fraternity and sorority members and supervising the Greek organizations. She wants to help them truly understand what it means to be part of a fraternity or sorority. “As a Tri Delta, I learned that I am a part of something much greater than myself,” Etzenhouser said. “I am a part of a network of like-minded individuals who shared and uphold the same values that I do. Being a sorority woman or fra-

ALEC HAMILTON | staff photographer ternity man is a privilege, one that I think many men and women take for granted. Many Greek students don’t realize that they are members of organizations that have been around for hundreds of years.” Etzenhouser’s goals in her new tenure as Drake’s director of fraternity and sorority life can be summed

up by her experience. “I recognized how much of an impact the Greek adviser at the University of Miami had on me, and I wanted to offer that same guidance to fraternity and sorority men and women at Drake,” Etzenhouser said

Campus Cleaners owner thankful for community her worried about depression and recommended she see a counselor. At the suggestion of a counselor, Byers came across Campus Cleaners. “One of the things the doctor told me to do was a sort of assignment,” Byers said. “He said ‘You need to get into life.’” Byers was referred to Nancy Stefani, a long time scorekeeper for Drake athletics and the owner of a nearby campus drycleaner. After becoming acquainted and forming a close relationship ELIZABETH ROBINSON | managing editor with Stefani and her husband, Byers was approached with a proposition. by Elizabeth Robinson “‘We want you to buy Campus Cleaners,’ Managing Editor they said to me, and I said I couldn’t because I didn’t have enough money but they said, ‘It’s OK, we’ll set you up.’ So that’s how I acquired Amid the hums and rumbles of washers, Campus Cleaners,” Byers said. dryers and music playing over the radio, Dixie With no experience and while she was still Byers sits comfortably smiling, chatting and sip- recovering, Byers learned what it took to run a ping coffee. campus dry-cleaner. This would not be the last Byers, 61, owns Campus Cleaners, a dry- time Byers’ health played a part in her role as cleaning business at the intersection of Univer- owner of the shop, though. sity Avenue and 34th Street near Drake UniverThroughout her time working near Drake’s sity’s campus. campus, Byers has become especially involved When customers enter the shop, Byers greets with the Drake athletics department. As a memthem by name, often with a hug. To her, Cam- ber of the Board of Athletics, she can always be pus Cleaners is more than a small business. It is spotted rooting on the basketball team. a small community that has kept her alive. “She just kind of bleeds Drake athletics,” In the late 1990s, Byers suffered a ruptured said Seth VanDeest, a redshirt junior member appendix. The almost life-threatening condition of Drake men’s basketball. “I think that she just caused her to be homebound from her job as loves every minute of it.” VanDeest was introvice president of operations at Amatco Manu- duced to Byers near the beginning of his athfacturing for nearly seven weeks. People close to letic career at Drake due to her presence at the

basketball offices from time to time. She is a key supporter and booster for the basketball team in particular, regularly donating time, money and cheering — lots of cheering. In 2002, the tables turned on Byers. She was suddenly in need of cheering. Byers was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2002, beginning a battle that she would fight three separate times over the course of 11 years. She is currently in remission and is only one of the halfa-percent of women to survive ovarian cancer. Byers largely attributes this to the support of the Drake and Campus Cleaners communities. “Drake students and young people have a lot of energy because they have their whole future ahead of them,” she said. “They were very supportive. They gave me the energy and the will to want to live and to fight.” VanDeest, along with teammate Reece Uhlenhopp, heard of Byers’ condition and wanted to help her in some way. After forming a relationship with her, having conversations in passing and witnessing her endless support for their team, they decided the best way to give back was to support her like she had them. “I just really believe they’ve been some good cheerleaders and really, they really care,” Byers said. “Those two boys, they’re just like my kids, and every time I see them in the Knapp Center they come over and talk to me and put their arms around me and give me a hug.” Even through Byers’ long bout of illness, she continued to work at the cleaners and maintained a positive attitude. Starting in 2010, her brother Todd provided support for Byers as he stepped in to oversee Campus Cleaners while the business relocated a little further down Uni-

versity Avenue. While the move was a positive change for the cleaners, resulting in a 34 percent increase in sales, it occurred during a difficult time. Byers was going through surgery for her last cancer diagnosis. Despite the whirlwind taking place that year and dealing with the relocation, her attitude was stronger than ever. “I never went into a doctor’s treatment where I didn’t smile and laugh when I went in, and I didn’t come out that way,” she said. “Physically, it could be really hard if you wanted to let it and believe that it was, but I chose to believe the other way. I would get tired easily, but I just refused to let cancer manage me…I’m managing it.” This month, Byers will have been cancer-free for two years. Her aggressive, go-getter attitude and her spirit are evident upon entering Campus Cleaners to find her sitting in her usual spot. “When you think you’re going through a tough time, you think about people like her and what she’s going through and the way that she deals with it just with a great attitude,” VanDeest said. “Always has her head up, never in a bad mood, and that’s something that you try to emulate a little bit.” Byers’ involvement on campus, in the lives of students and with the athletic department has continued to have an impact on her life and on those around her. “I think it’s not the 100 percent that makes you successful in life, but the 110 percent that will get you there,” she said. “It’s not about winning the game, it’s about how you do it to get there and get the support behind you, and that’s true in life in general.”



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Learning and living cultural values Breaking down generalizations of Saudi, Muslim cultures by Cody Austin

Staff Writer

I never imagined celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Ritz Carlton in Saudi Arabia, but I, along with seven other students from across the U.S. and our new Saudi friends, spent the evening chatting, drinking (non-alcoholic) Saudi champagne and banging out Coldplay tunes on the piano. We were invited for a visit, sponsored by the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education and the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, to learn more about the Kingdom’s culture, politics and education system. We saw a little of everything during the trip. It gave us a rare chance to actually see life in Saudi Arabia rather than read or listen to other people’s experiences. One of the most astounding things we saw was the incredible pace and scale of development. Fueled by the petroleum industry, construction sites and cranes fill the skylines of Riyadh while new universities and colossal industrial cities continue to appear despite the global economic slowdown. There is even targeted investment in solar energy; the Saudis understand the importance of diversification and the finite nature of their oil reserves. The Kingdom is also investing heavily in human capital through the construction of local universities as well as King Abdullah’s generous (and for an American, enviable) scholarship program, which pays the bills for around 70,000 students pursuing their degrees in the U.S. alone. I knew Saudi Arabia had a strong economy, but I was amazed at the extent to which it has avoided the resource curse that has plagued other countries with abundant and valuable natural reserves. I also began to understand the value system of Saudi culture, which I found to be rooted in religion, the family and community. The infamous laws regarding women are the manifestation of these values. This includes the requirement to wear the abaya in public. Many women, though certainly not all, also wore the niqab — a veil that covers the entire face or only exposes the eyes. Women are also not allowed to drive or travel by themselves, malls are sometimes reserved for married couples and families and almost all universities are segregated. However, many people view the abaya and other restrictions as cultural and based on tradition rather than required by Islam. For those who saw it as a religious obligation, wearing these garments was also a personal choice. There are certainly Saudis that desire to wear whatever they like in public, but there are many who would continue to dress the same even if the laws were repealed tomorrow. The female members of our group also felt they could appreciate some of the benefits of wearing the abaya, including making it easier to get ready in the morning and forcing people to focus less on their appearance. While they were by no means won over, one student found the abaya made her less obtrusive as a foreigner and replaced self-consciousness with a sense of “femininity, mystery and power.” That being said, Saudis are finding it more impractical, and sometimes undesirable, to maintain this stringent segregation. With increasing globalization and a growing population of highly educated women, it is increasingly difficult to have male or female dominated public places, universities or businesses. Coed campuses like the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have emerged. Yet, most campuses, along with businesses and other public spaces are still segregated and are not

photo by CODY AUSTIN

photo by CODY AUSTIN

looking to change. Because of the segregation, there were only a few women the male members of the delegation got to meet and spend time with. The women I did get to know, such as Dr. Selwa al-Hazzaa and her daughter Hala, were inspiring and charming. To generalize and say that Saudis are forced to wear repressive clothing against their will and are brainwashed into accepting a society based on misogynist religious principles is completely misguided. The idea that all Saudis or Muslims believe in one monochrome, monolithic conception of “Islam” is completely ridiculous. Like anyone else, Saudis are capable of independent thought and making their own decisions. They disagree and debate with each other and don’t like to be told what to do by foreigners (one of their many similarities with Americans). And while there are many other similarities, it seems that regardless of pressure from King Abdullah or globalization, most Saudis generally have a different, more conservative attitude towards gender relations and other social issues. Likewise, we were often reminded that the modern Saudi state is relatively young and that forming a national identity, accepted norms and attitudes towards gender relations and the outside world take time, providing numerous examples of similar restrictions and laws across the world at different times in history. Personally, I was also fascinated by the strict punishments for crime in Saudi Arabia, especially drug trafficking. While I felt squeamish about cutting off a thief ’s hand (which only happens rarely) and executions, the fact is that Saudi Arabia has a low rate of violent crime and almost none of America’s social ills related to drug use. I was also impressed by the fact that there are few nursing homes in the Kingdom; families believe they have a responsibility to take care of their parents despite the cost, difficulties or what many Americans would consider intrusions on their own adult lives. As a Christian, I was envious of the continual reminders Saudi Muslims have to remember God in the call to prayer that penetrates malls and schools and reverberates around the entire city. A different mindset was also visible in the system of government and Saudi perspectives on political participation. Many argue that the monarchy oppresses its people and denies their rights. The Saudis we met, however, believe the govern-

ment encourages active participation of its citizens. A reasonably free press and open forums, like the Center for National Dialogue, allow Saudis from all walks of life (including women) to discuss important issues and submit concerns and recommendations to the government. Yet while we were in the country, newspapers publicized the manhunt for “troublemakers” in the Eastern province who may have only been peaceful protestors. It seems unfair to say that Saudis have no voice in how the country is governed. However, their voice is limited to advising and criticizing within limits acceptable to the monarchy. Unlike many citizens in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, the Saudis we met felt that the monarchy’s authoritarianism protected their dignity. By providing an outlet for frustration, comprehensive social services and strong economic development, the government has addressed many of the concerns that provoked protests across the region last year. While most (including myself) champion the democratic system, Saudi Arabia, despite its faults, has provided prosperity and peace. Additionally, many Saudis we spoke with valued consensus and dialogue in the political process. They would rather seek change gradually and as a community than demand immediate results. We were again given the argument that Saudi Arabia is a young country and that social and political changes occur slowly. This argument certainly has some merit, but the frequency with which we heard it further illuminates how many Saudis think about change in their country. I must stress our visit was by no means completely representative of Saudi society. In fact, many Saudis I’ve met while in the United Arab Emirates would completely disagree. Nevertheless, I did find a genuine trust in King Abdullah and his leadership everywhere we went. I heard from most of the people we visited during the trip that King Abdullah is seen as gently guiding the society towards a relatively liberal future. He frequently intervenes in controversial court cases, personally commissioned the mixed gender KAUST, and has stated he is ready to allow women to drive when the people accept it. It seems that those opposing more moves towards liberalism are other members of the monarchy and the religious establishment. For example, the Grand Mufti recently issued an opinion that all churches on the Arabian Peninsula should be destroyed. Regardless of the status of democracy or Western liberalism in the Kingdom, King Abdullah and his predecessors have provided Saudis a continually increasing standard of life. While there were always more questions to be explored, experiencing Saudi Arabia first-hand was truly a brilliant chance to learn more about the Kingdom and meet countless wonderful, funny, smart and kind people. If they’ll have us back, I’m sure everyone in our delegation wouldn’t mind making New Year’s in Riyadh an annual tradition.

Taking chances, respecting cultures abroad

Experiences for students are more than just from a brochure by Breanna Thompson

Staff Writer

It is easy to say that studying abroad will be a life changing experience because, well, it’s the truth. It will be fun, exciting, and at some points literally blow your mind with its awesomeness. You will have to stop and question, “Is this real life?” at least once. Each experience abroad is unique in its own way. The same weekend I may be camping in the Sahara, another Drake student could be scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, while yet another is hiking the Great Wall of China. But these are the kinds of activities you can learn about through a program brochure. So much of the experience cannot be understood simply through reading a pamphlet or following a friend’s travels on Facebook. It’s much like when my Moroccan host brother tries to convince me that he has been to America simply because he looked at it on Google Earth. As much as he believes it does, my roommates and I continuously remind him that this does not equal traveling there. So when you are chatting with others who have spent time away from Drake and it feels like everyone’s trip was incredible, listen because it most likely was as interesting as they claim. But, there may also be a few things that don’t quite make it into that conversation that could better prepare you for your own adventure

Appreciate the little parts of the culture, no matter how different from your own, because those are what are going to make the largest impact on your adventure. –Breanna Thompson into the unknown. For starters, studying abroad is not as easy as people like to think. I can guarantee there are going to be unexpected difficulties. Going abroad is bold. One can face anything from language barriers to 3 a.m. train rides from hell to befriending a new group of students. Even the most seasoned travelers will face something that may make them uncomfortable, but that is part of what makes the experience yours. Having had the privilege to spend a significant amount of time in the Arab world twice within the last year, I don’t think I could have ever pinpointed what would turn out to be the biggest challenges to life in a foreign country. Who would have ever thought living in 120 degrees with 75 percent humidity would be just another day in Oman? Sure, things like cat calls on the Moroccan streets may be annoying, but how much can it really hurt for a girl to hear “You’re so beautiful!” in butchered English on a regular basis? The key is to treat what may make you uncomfortable, unhappy or even miss home as part of life and realize you are not in America

and life is not going to be the same. You may even find that these things will be what you miss most once you leave. Appreciate the little parts of the culture, no matter how different from your own, because those are what are going to make the largest impact on your adventure. Another important thing to remember is that you are a guest in their country. Respect their culture. Sure, you may not like the fact that people may stare at you because of you are a foreigner or that it is tradition to eat couscous out of a large communal bowl with no utensils, but trust me when I say it is going to be OK. Take a chance and follow the natives. They know what they are doing and that is the only way to really appreciate where you are and the magic of it. Also, keep in mind that you are representing much more than yourself when abroad. That waiter at the corner café may have never met an American before and your interaction with them could alter their impression forever. For everyone else’s sake, I urge you to try and not to be “that” American. If you find yourself slip-

ping in such a direction, make some local friends. Not only will they better connect you to the culture, but also they may be some of the best people you will meet. Take a few chances and you never know how it can add to your experience. As with any traveling, there are a number of logistics to work out and one of the most complicated is often affordability. Just the thought of purchasing the plane ticket on top of the program costs can be daunting. Little things add up, but with a little searching you can find the large number of scholarships available for students who are looking to go abroad. Drake is developing a number of smaller scholarships, including the newly introduced Paul Thibodeau Travel Scholarship for Global Citizenship. Often times the individual program of choice offers scholarship options to students committed to participating in their program. For example, I was awarded the Diversity Scholarship from my program, International Studies Abroad. Beyond this, one of the nation’s largest supporters of student travels is the U.S. State Department, particu-

larly through the Gilman International Scholarship Program. This scholarship is targeted toward Pell Grant recipients and is available for semester, year-long, and summer trips. The Gilman encourages its recipients to engage themselves in the international community at their home universities as well as through a service project requirement. This requirement could be as simple as spreading the word about the program though an article in the university newspaper. And although it is a nation-wide scholarship, it is attainable. Four students in my program, including myself, are Gilman Scholars. All of these options and others are easy to find. A simple Google search can reveal some astounding results. It just takes a little effort, and they can truly amount to a lot. If the idea of studying abroad is floating around somewhere in the back of your mind, I highly encourage you to take a chance, leave your cozy Drake residence hall, and discover what life is like in a different country. Sure it will also look great on your resume in the future, but I can guarantee you in the end it will mean so much more than that. No amount of words or photos can give a true sense of what you can gain from the experience and, good or bad, I know that I would not trade my time in Oman or Morocco for anything. So I challenge you, if you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Now make it happen.

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Cold calling turned into a passion

Junior student supervisor brings ‘laughter, energy’ to Phonathon However, Kaufmann’s first Phonathon experiences were nothing like they are today. “I make no qualms about the fact Scott Kaufmann stood at the front that I was a bad caller,” Kaufmann of a room full of computers and said, laughing. “Really for the first phones in the Kinne Center at Drake year, I was not good.” University. After a while, Kaufmann became “What’s up Phonathon?” successful conversing and receivKaufmann said, welcoming Phonaing pledges. His best call was with a thon callers for the night. woman who attended Drake during Before beginning the shift, the civil rights movement. Kaufmann went over what has been “She talked about all of the civil going well and gave suggestions to rights things she was involved in and making calls better. where things took place,” Kaufmann “Ask if you have any questions,” said. “The fact that they were places Kaufmann said. “I live and die to I’ve been was such a mind-blowing help you guys become better callers.” thing — that that sort of stuff was Kaufmann, 21, is a junior health happening here.” sciences major from Olympia Fields, While Kaufmann received a gift Ill. He is one from the call, it is of six student the conversation he supervisors at remembers. What I like best is knowing that I’m Phonathon, a “I was ecstatic group of stufor the gift, but even an important part of making sure dents who call more so because alumni to esI heard how conDrake University is the best it can tablish connecnected she was with tions through be,” Kaufmann said. “Phonathon Drake and how c o nve r s at i o n s much she loved isn’t just a job. It’s something that about the alum’s her experience,” Drake experiKaufmann said. makes me proud to be going to the ence. “That really made While the school I’m going to. me proud to be –Scott Kaufmann goal is to receive here.” a monetary gift With every from the alumni, Kaufmann said that “I didn’t love talking to people good call comes at least one bad, but conversations and keeping them con- on the phone,” Kaufmann said, “but Kaufmann does not let angry alumni nected to Drake is a big part of Pho- I did enjoy the conversations and get to him. nathon. learning about the experiences peo“We’re taught, and as a supervi“Even though Phonathon gifts are ple have had.” sor, we teach, not to take anything not the bulk of the money given to After getting the hang of it, personally because it’s not you they’re Drake, Phonathon is where that be- Kaufmann started enjoying Phona- upset about,” Kaufmann said. “But gins,” Kaufmann said. “It’s kind of thon more. Like all callers, he asked bad calls are outweighed by the good the foundation for establishing a rela- alumni about their Drake experience ones. Those, I think, are underrated. tionship with alumni after they leave and what they enjoyed most. A com- They are really, really fun.” Drake.” mon conversation starter is to ask The bad calls and waiting long peKaufmann is in his third semester what the alum has done with his or riods of time for someone to answer as a student supervisor, a job he en- her degree and which professors were make motivation necessary to keep joys. favorites. callers interested. “Being a supervisor is honestly “It really became something I “The idea to call people and ask one of the best jobs I could possibly looked forward to going to, and I for money sounds hard,” Kaufmann imagine,” Kaufmann said. “I like absolutely mean that,” Kaufmann said, “but we do our best to equip keeping the energy high, but I also said. callers with the best strategies to make want to minimize the learning curve.” “Once I had the option of becom- it easier. We’re seeing more people Besides Phonathon, Kaufmann ing a supervisor, I applied right away stay with Phonathon, so I think it’s has a radio show on 94.1 The Dog, because I wanted to do my best to working.” participates in Curling Club and is on make sure callers had the same expePhonathon has high turnover but the Pharmacy and Health Sciences rience.” is doing a better job keeping callers by Abby Bedore

Staff Writer

Day committee. As supervisor, Kaufmann sets up the room before calling begins. He leads a pre-shift meeting, verifies gifts and answers callers’ questions during the three-hour calling periods. Assistant Director of Annual Fund Programs Brenna Stoffa oversees Phonathon. Stoffa came to Drake last spring and has worked with Kaufmann over the last year. “Scott brings a lot of laughter, energy and overall a positive attitude (to phonathon),” Stoffa said. “He represents the university well, which is really important in his position.” Kaufmann’s passion for Phonathon began fall of his freshman year. He started working because he needed a job.

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this year. Stoffa believes Kaufmann contributes to the atmosphere and has improved caller attitudes and retention. “Scott is very high-energy and makes work a fun place to be,” Stoffa said. “I think he underestimates the impact he has on others.” Callers enjoy Kaufmann’s efforts, too. “I didn’t hear the best things (about Phonathon) before I started,” said sophomore computer science major Chris Siegel, who joined Phonathon this spring, “but I kind of en-

joy it now.” Kaufmann wants to attend graduate school and do lab work for a drug company or the government after graduation. While fundraising is not one of Kaufmann’s post-graduate plans, Phonathon is one of his favorite things at Drake. “What I like best is knowing that I’m an important part of making sure Drake University is the best it can be,” Kaufmann said. “Phonathon isn’t just a job. It’s something that makes me proud to be going to the school I’m going to.”

The facts about Phonathon * * * * *

Phonathon gifts go to the Drake Fund, an all-purpose fund, which is distributed to the university’s most pressing needs. Alumni can request that their gift go to a specific place. Phonathon’s goal this year is to reach $375,000 in pledges. The Drake Fund’s goal for fiscal year 2012 is $3.3 million. Phonathon has pools for alumni it calls. Alumni are put into pools based on how much they have given before. Callers start the semester with the pool of alums who have never given before moving on to those who give every year.

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Actress reflects on Drake’s impact

Drake grad, Bridget Flanery’s journey from Des Moines to Hollywood by Meagan Flynn

Staff Writer

“The waiting room before an audition will always be filled with women prettier than you, thinner than you and younger than you,” 1992 Drake alumna Bridget Flanery said. Flanery has been in the acting business since her 1994 debut role on “Sweet Valley High.” But it’s never been easy. “I still get nervous before auditions,” Flanery said. “You have to hope that the work you did on the material is enough for them to choose you. But so many times it’s completely out of your hands.” To get to where she is now, Flanery saw her fair share of ups and downs and played many not-so-loved roles. But she only did what she had to. “You’re really only as great as the last thing you did,” she said. “Until you become established, in order to receive notoriety, you have to work really hard and push yourself.” Two years after graduating from Drake, Flanery landed the role of Lila Fowler in “Sweet Valley,” but according to Flanery, nothing more than high school itself could have prepared her for the cliquish drama in the high school-imitating show, making her education at Drake seem almost inapplicable.

The same goes for her succeed- a role on a new Lifetime series. She ality TV. ing roles in “Sabrina, the Teenage didn’t even have to think twice — she “When I got out of grad school, Witch,” “Boy Meets World” and turned it down. something happened to the business “Teen Angel ”— the “teeny-bopper” “I was so ready to move onto that was called ‘reality TV,’” Flanery shows, as Flanery calls them. something more challenging,” said. “By the time I finished the threeShe was unsatisfied in these roles. Flanery said. “By that point, my soul year program at Yale and moved to She wanted to put the acting skills she was so hungry for good material and New York, reality TV had really takhad acquired after years of work to fulfilling opportunities.” en over the networks and eliminated a use. At Yale she could show greater lot of opportunities.” “I was so unfulfilled playing those agility in her repertoire — more emoThough it was rough to get used roles,” she said. “Unfortunately, I had tion. Besides, the theatre is always to, Flanery found herself in some such a Midwest of the more apple pie face that fulfilling roles I wasn’t able to get that she had the more serious hoped for, such I had a great role on ‘Without a roles until I was as her role in a Trace.’ I got to show a lot of range older.” 2002 episode There were a of “Without a and emotion. few roles in the ’90s Trace.” –Bridget Flanery that she did enjoy, “I had a however. In her role great role on in a 1994 episode ‘Without a of “Babylon 5,” Trace.’ I got to she was able to show a greater array where she has felt most at ease, more show a lot of range and emotion,” of skill. In her role in a few “Will & satisfied with her work as an actress. she said. Grace ” episodes in 1998, she was “With any theatrical experience, Flanery also guest starred in epiable to guest star alongside Alec Bald- there’s absolutely nothing like it,” she sodes on “Two and a Half Men” and win, one of her favorite actors. said. “I prefer doing theatre for my “Desperate Housewives.” And when At 27, she left behind her roles as soul, and I prefer doing television and she wasn’t acting, she was writing. a glamorous teenager to pursue some- film for my wallet.” “When things in the business are thing more. Flanery said it was not Some of her favorite theatrical slow, to stay creatively stimulated, hard at all to leave it behind. productions are anything Shake- I write,” Flanery said. “It’s in your In fact, the day that she packed speare as well as “A Streetcar Named blood. You just have to constantly be her bags for grad school at Yale Uni- Desire,” in which she starred as south- working and keeping it alive and acversity Drama School, where famous ern belle Blanche DuBois. tive.” actresses such as Meryl Streep have But when she left Yale, she found Her film, “Gossamer Folds,” graduated, she got a call offering her herself in an entirely new market: re- about a boy who forms looked-down-

upon friendships upon moving to Kansas City, recently was selected in the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, and it was also a semi-finalist in the Nantucket Film Festival. In her decorated acting career, her four years at Drake might seem like a blip on the radar. But it wasn’t until later in her career that Flanery realized the impact that her education at Drake had on her. “Those years were a very formative time of my life,” said Flanery, “not only as an actress, but as a young woman, as a naïve little farm girl from small-town Iowa.” With the invention of Facebook, she still manages to keep in touch with many of her friends from the drama school at Drake. “The camaraderie is still there,” she said. “I get messages from people from Drake almost every day. (Drake) definitely made a big impact on my life.” And sometimes, she’ll find herself thinking of her friends from Drake as she watches TV shows or movies. She’ll think to herself, “Such-andsuch would’ve been great in that role.” “Some of the actors I’ve met at Drake are some of the finest actors I’ve met,” said Flanery. “There was some really great work being done.”

Artists show their love for Iowa through song A collection of musical pieces inspired by Iowa by Megan Bannister

Staff Writer

We all know Chicago is Frank Sinatra’s kind of town and “there’s nothing you can’t do” in New York City, but for the most part, the flyover states are lacking on musical love. There aren’t many ballads about Boise or hip-hop beats praising North Dakota. But, for some reason there are a plethora of songs about Iowa — and surprisingly, Des Moines. So sit back, relax and assail your ears with 10 eclectic songs about Iowa.

“Iowa” by John Linnell

Better known for his comedic rock songwriting under the guise of They Might Be Giants, Linnell released an album in 1999 called “State Songs.” Though Linnell doesn’t feature all 50 states, Iowa makes the cut with a track that is a little bit electronica, a little bit word jazz and possibly the catchiest (and most comical) chorus ever: “Iowa is a witch, she’s a witch.”

“Iowa” by Slipknot

It’s no shock that fans are surprised to learn that this heavy metal ’90s group hails from the great state of Iowa. In fact, members of the band can be spotted around Des Moines, and the band has stated that they often derive inspiration from their home state. This almost 15 minute long track comes from the band’s similarly titled 2001 sophomore album. Expect the usual heavy metal vibe but prepare for a view of Iowa that is not often seen.

“The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines” by Joni Mitchell Though dry cleaning is typically not a “sexy” profession, Mitchell’s crooning jazz standard recounts an encounter with a charmer from Iowa’s capital. The track is featured on her tenth studio album, “Mingus,” which was dedicated to and recorded with jazz musician Charles Mingus in the months before his death.

“Dez Moines” by The Devil Wears Prada

So the spelling is a little creative, but this song still warrants recognition. Recorded by the Christian metalcore band, The Devil Wears Prada, the track has very little to do with Iowa’s capital lyrically. The Ohio band gained acclaim through an appearance at Warped Tour as well as the inclusion of “Dez Moines” in the videogame Guitar Hero World Tour.

“Interstate 80 Iowa” by Heywood Banks

While this 45-second song might not be a musical accomplishment, it’s one of the most geographically accurate ditties out there about Iowa. Artist Heywood Banks is a comedian, musician and songwriter, among other things, who brought us other cultural gems like “Toast.” Some Iowans may find it offensive that the most used word in Banks’ song is corn.

“Iowa” by Dar Williams

In a country ballad style, Dar Williams works to disprove the myth that Iowa, as one of the Midwestern flyover states, is flat. Her heartbroken lyrics call wistfully for the hills of Iowa, which do, in fact, exist — just ask anyone who has ever done RAGBRAI.

“It Sure Can Get Cold in Des Moines” by Tom T. Hall

Everyone knows that February in Des Moines can be brutal. When temperatures plummet and snow swirls in menacing drifts, there is nothing less appealing than heading outdoors. The traditional twang of this song combines harmonic guitar and the sharp tones of the harmonica to transport any listener back to what Des Moines might have been like decades ago.

“The Iowa Indian Song” by Bing Crosby

Mimicking the tones of “traditional” tribal chants, Bing Crosby uses his bygone charm and crooning style to show the Heartland some love. And, obviously, the lyrics focus largely on corn.

“The Iowa Song” by Josh Connor

Country singer Josh Connor grew up in Iowa and though he no longer lives in the Hawkeye state, the artist finds it important to return to his roots. What could be better than Iowa? “It’s peace and love and corn.”

Iowa Beef Experience

Even though this is not a particular song, a band bold enough to call itself the Iowa Beef Experience cannot be ignored. While the 1986 Iowa City based band is now defunct, the garage punk band recorded three albums in their seven-year career.

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Entertainer finds entertainment all around Mark DeCarlo continues his career as a performer by Meagan Flynn

Staff Writer

In his first job out of college, Drake alumnus Mark DeCarlo, who attended Drake from 1981-82 before transferring to UCLA, was dressed like Ronald McDonald, complaining about hamburgers and wanting a taste of the hearty Arby’s roast beef sandwich instead. He’s made it a long way since then, with gigs in stand-up comedy, hosting, acting and animation. Currently, he is a contributor to the show Windy City Live, which recently replaced Oprah’s show. However, he is most known as the voice of Hugh from “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius.” “I was really lucky to get onto a show with really talented writers and really funny people in the cast,” DeCarlo said. “The scripts were hilarious. That’s probably the most fun you can have in show business — working on an animated show — because you can be anyone you want.” DeCarlo said that though he loves being a comedian and he loves hosting and acting, there’s something about animation that can’t be found elsewhere. “(Animation) is more challenging, but it’s also more rewarding because it’s more fun,” DeCarlo said. “You can be a bear or a dragon or a monkey or a chimp, but I couldn’t be any of those from a sheer acting point of

view.” “I’m a little bit more impermeable to that captured what traveling was like In his upwards of 30 years in the that now,” he said. today.” animation business, DeCarlo has DeCarlo has performed all across They called it “Taste of America mastered more than 50 character America at comedy clubs, travel with Mark DeCarlo.” DeCarlo, who voices in shows such as “Rugrats” and shows, food festivals — basically any- hosted the show in 2004 and 2005, “Fairly Odd Parents.” where a laugh is needed. and his crew traveled all around the “It’s a great way to make a livBut of all of his gigs as a come- country to 400 cities, searching for the ing,” DeCarlo said. “You don’t have dian, actor and in animation, if he best Texas barbeque, the best beef in to shave and you don’t have to wear had to choose one, he would choose Chicago and the best crawfish in New long pants.” hosting. Orleans. In the acting realm, DeCarlo has “It’s a fusion of all the things I like “You name the food, and I’ve had roles in films eaten it,” Deand shows such as Carlo said. “Buffy the VamHe and the I learned that you’ll never get pire Slayer,” “Raiscrew traveled ing Helen,” “Boy seven to eight bored if you pay attention to Meets World” and months a year, people, because no matter where “Seinfeld.” whether by “People recogplane or veyou are, there are interesting nize me all the time hicle. They’d from ‘Seinfeld,’” arrive in a people around — all you have to do DeCarlo said. town, find a While workis talk to them. restaurant ing with the “Boy –Mark DeCarlo unique to its Meets World” cast, locale or even DeCarlo was fortunate enough to to do best,” DeCarlo said. the kitchen of a good neighborhood meet one of his “favorite actors of He has been the host on various cook, cook with the owners for three all time,” William Daniels, who also shows such as a ’90s dating game or four hours, shoot the show, then hit guest starred with DeCarlo and is show, “Studs,” “Goodnight America” the road. most known for his role as John Ad- and “Sunday Dinner.” But his most “It was a lot of traveling, but luckams in “1776” and his role in “The notable hosting gig was in “Taste of ily a lot of good eating,” DeCarlo Graduate.” America.” said. “We would never eat in a chain As a comedian, DeCarlo actually When the Travel Channel wanted restaurant and we’d always find a lokick started his stand-up routine at to start up a new food show, DeCarlo cal place. It’s more fun that way. You Drake. He won “Best Individual Act” fit what they were looking for. really get a good flavor for the place in Bulldog Tales, and every Friday and “I grew up in an Italian family,” that you were at.” Saturday night, he put on a stand-up DeCarlo said. “There were always The only chain spot that was acshow in the metro area and earned very funny people in the kitchen so I ceptable was the Waffle House — but a couple hundred bucks a weekend. thought I would be a great match (for “not for the food,” DeCarlo said. He’s dealt with “tough crowds,” but, the show). I wanted to do something “The people you meet in Waffle

Houses are hilarious,” DeCarlo said. They’d go after the bars closed around 2:30 a.m. and wait for the staggering drunks to saunter in. “It’ll always be a show,” DeCarlo said. What DeCarlo couldn’t include in the show, he saved for a book. He took notes while traveling and compiled blog posts about his daily endeavors. The book, “A Fork on the Road: 400 Cities, One Stomach,” is one of DeCarlo’s proudest accomplishments. It highlights the 40 best recipes that DeCarlo discovered as well as the stories — some hilarious — behind how he discovered them and the people he met on the way. It is currently in the U.S. Library of Congress. A more recent project that DeCarlo has been pursuing is a new type of animated show — one that can be put on in front of a live audience. The show is called “Boffo the Bear,” and it will unite the appeal of live acting and the creative animated character voices. “It’s something that’s never been done before,” DeCarlo said. Throughout his decorated career, there is one thing that DeCarlo has learned well: People never fail to fascinate him. “I learned that you’ll never get bored if you pay attention to people,” DeCarlo said, “because no matter where you are, there are interesting people around — all you have to do is talk to them.”

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Making an impact as a responsible global citizen Drake alum, Calvin Hicks, personifies Drake’s mission in his daily life

by Meagan Flynn

Staff Writer

At the height of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the 1950s, a man took a leave of absence from his job as a researcher at Time Magazine. He travelled all throughout the South with a microphone hidden in his briefcase, and he held the microphone up to shop owners and people on their front porches and people on the streets, looking to capture the American mentality at the onset of the civil rights movement. The man was Calvin Hicks, a 1956 Drake alumnus. Hicks was one of the primary players in the black arts movement and has founded various activist groups, has written and edited for a plethora of activist publications in New York and has contributed philanthropy work to the transformation of African-American education at the collegiate level. “It was a lot of responsibility and a lot of work, and we put up with a lot of danger,” Hicks said. After the bus boycotts, he didn’t return to Time; instead, he joined the staff at a weekly newspaper in Harlem, N.Y., while he was simultaneously a member of the prestigious Harlem Writers Guild. Leading up to the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the first legally elected Prime Minister of Congo after winning independence from Belgium, protests broke out worldwide. Many African-American activist groups in New York participated, many of them led by Hicks. As a result of the protests, Hicks founded and chaired the On Guard Committee for Freedom. The group even published its own newspaper, and Hicks became the editor. Shortly after, following the unjust kidnapping charge against Robert Williams in Monroe, N.C., Hicks became executive director of the Monroe Defense Committee. Williams, who was head of the Monroe, N.C., chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, led a series of protests outside a local swimming pool that was off limits to black peo-

ple. When a shooting broke out, Williams rushed two elderly white people into his home, and then he was subsequently charged with kidnapping. To escape arrest, he fled to Cuba and then to China, where he was openly welcomed. “Robert (Williams) was something of a hero,” Hicks said. All the while, Hicks wrote for Freedomways and New Challenge, and he was also a full-time reporter for New York Age newspaper. He also co-founded Umbra Magazine, one of the first post-civil rights black literary groups to establish a distinct voice among the prevailing white literary influence. Hicks said the events of the times made putting together these publications unsafe at times but worth the risks. “I also saw a lot of potential for real change in not only the laws but the revolution of people’s consciousness,” Hicks said. “Bearing witness to the possible expansion of people’s consciousness as well as my own was certainly inspiring, but it was not an easy thing to do over a long period of time, day after day. It could very easily take an emotional toll if one wasn’t careful.” Hicks considers himself privileged to have been able to meet so many activists and civil rights leaders over the years. He’s met members of the PanAfricanist Movement, people who played an important role in South Africa during apartheid, activists who were well known and those who were not. “It was extraordinary,” Hicks said. “That’s something that’s irreplaceable. I think I was very fortunate to be alive at a certain age during that period.” Hicks had his sights set on becoming an activist as a young teenager. His mother was involved in local politics in Boston, and the push for change is something Hicks has always been surrounded by. “It was all around me. Our house was very often a gathering place for all sorts of issues on local neighborhood politics or international issues,” Hicks said. “It was the norm. There wasn’t any active prodding (to become an activist). It was the way it was.”

Through her involvement in local politics, Hicks’ mother, Marguerite, worked closely with the editor of the Boston Chronicle, William Harrison. While in high school, Hicks approached Harrison about any contributions he could make to the paper. Harrison kept him busy. “There were a lot of stories I did on my own initiative,” Hicks said. “It was a great learning experience, especially at a fairly young age.” When it came time to search for colleges, Hicks was positive he wanted to flee Boston — the entire New England region, in fact. In 1951, Drake University made national headlines with an incident that prompted Hicks to venture to the Midwest. A Drake African-American football player, Johnny Bright, took an intentional blow to the jaw from an Oklahoma A&M player, which knocked him unconscious and broke his jawbone. The incident provoked change in the NCAA safety mandates in helmet and face guards. The “Johnny Bright Incident” caught Hicks’ attention, eventually leading him to learn more about Drake itself. And so, on a whim, Hicks chose the school and chose to study journalism. Hicks wrote for The Times-Delphic and was especially fond of a few journalism professors. “The person who was head of the journalism school at the time, he was very influential on me,” Hicks said. “He took some real interest in me. My involvement with the paper and the head of the journalism school had a very positive influence on me.” After Drake, Hicks wrote briefly for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper before moving to New York in 1957. In 1969, Hicks was offered a professorship position in the sociology department at Brandeis University near Boston — the first AfricanAmerican to be offered the position. He had also been an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College and at Long Island University before becoming director of the Third World Center at Brown University and a professor in the department of African-American studies there.

“By the time I began teaching, I was less politically motivated than I was intellectually motivated, or there was a greater fusion between politics and intellectuality,” said Hicks. “I think I viewed teaching as an extension of the work I had been doing organizationally. I had been taking my role into a different venue.” But gradually, after teaching for a while, Hicks began to notice something, primarily after his work at Brandeis University. “After Brandeis, I was becoming somewhat cynical about the way black students were being treated with a lot of paternalism,” he said. “They were not being held academically and intellectually accountable. (Universities) were not treating black students as human beings, but as a cast.” At Brown University, Hicks found his chance to do something about this problem. “When I had an opportunity to develop curriculum and educational philosophies, I put my own educational principles into play, particularly in the lives of black students,” he said. “When I had the opportunity to do more than just lecture in the classroom, I was very, very extremely passionate about that.” Over the next two decades, until 1992, Hicks devoted his work to the academic world. He also earned his master’s degree in the philosophy of education at Cambridge College in Massachusetts in 1984. In 1992, Hicks was offered a job as the director of community collaborations and program development at the New England Conservatory in Boston, a highly esteemed music school, which is where he eventually retired. Since he was 11 or 12, Hicks had always had an interest in music, and he took piano and cello lessons through his teen years. “My interest in music was always a deep and abiding interest of mine, even while I was at Drake,” he said. Growing up in Boston, Hicks lived down the road from the conservatory, and on his way to the YMCA, he’d pass it and hear the music rumbling from the large building. He was always curious to see the musicians inside but never had the chance.

So when the opportunity presented itself in 1992, Hicks gladly took it. At the New England Conservatory, Hicks also worked in the humanitarian department and provided music instruction to students of all ages. When Hicks retired from the conservatory in 2008, it was momentous. At his retirement announcement, the mayor of Boston was in attendance and proclaimed a “Calvin Hicks Day” in Boston to commemorate his incredible contributions not only at the conservatory, but also as an activist, a journalist and a revolutionary in African-American education. In addition, in 2010, Hicks was awarded the Drum Major Award in Martin Luther King’s name from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association due to his life’s work improving the unity and educational and communal environments for all people. “What runs through all of my various activities is a consistent theme in all of my motives and purposes,” Hicks said. “That is to broaden the base of understanding and consciousness as much as I can to break down the divisions between communities and institutions, to be inclusive, to bring a certain kind of intellectual rigor to whatever enterprise I’m involved in and a certain kind of thinking that suspends our biases — to really look at what’s going on.” Hicks said he is glad that he can look back on his career and know that his work brought change and made a difference in many lives. But perhaps, he said, he can feel that he’s been successful by looking at the impact that others have claimed he made on their lives, such as the mayor’s admiration of his work, and through the institutions and universities that willingly adopted his philosophies. Hicks still said he wishes and feels that he could’ve done even more. “I certainly have pride to be of some value, not always successfully,” Hicks said. “I’ve made plenty of mistakes, but I certainly have tried to be of some value.”



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Local café fosters tight-knit community by Megan Bannister

Staff Writer

For many, breakfast is a sacred ritual of sorts, sometimes involving coffee, a newspaper or maybe just good conversation. The Waveland Café, which has been in operation since the mid-’80s, is the perfect breakfast nook where locals can not only find coffee and conversation but also may encounter color, characters and calorie-rich comfort food. “I think it’s kind of a ‘Cheers’ atmosphere,” said Katie Hider, a waitress who has worked at the Waveland Café for the past six years. “Even if you don’t know someone, you can sit down and talk with them and walk out with a new friend.” Most days the café is only open from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m., leaving the perfect window for early risers and brunch lovers alike to stop in, sip a cup of coffee and catch up with friends. “If you want crazy, come here,” said Hider with a laugh. Though crazy seems a bit extreme, the crowd at Waveland, located at 4708 University Avenue, is what Hider refers to as an “eclectic group.” The popular breakfast spot is the temporary home to families, students and

CARTER OSWOOD | staff photographer older regulars alike. “You come here and they kind of become part of your extended family,” said Des Moines resident Roger Fouche. “You can always get a joke, a smile, a laugh. There’s nowhere else in town where you have waitresses like this.” Fouche, who has been frequenting Waveland for the past 15 years, said

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the establishment is unique in that it is not a chain and has managed to retain its charm over the years. With mismatched coffee cups, the snarky charm of its waitresses and a line that oftentimes winds out the door of the tiny restaurant, the venue can feel like a bustling family kitchen, packed with all sorts of estranged relatives. “You get to know everybody and their kids and families,” said Sam Orr, who has been working at Waveland since 1992. “Some of them are only back for Christmas or summer vacation. It’s neat to see them come back year after year.” Photos of the owners’ friends, workers’ families, customers and anyone in between collage the restaurant’s back wall, comprising what the waitresses refer to as the “Waveland family.” Consequently, the atmosphere of Waveland is intimate and familial as waitresses heckle the regulars who line the counter, asking about families, jobs and scolding about straying from diets. “See?” said Fouche as Hider laughs at his breakfast selection. “You

can’t get that anywhere else, where the waitresses harass you.” Another aspect of the café that cannot be found anywhere else in town is the restaurant’s unique décor. Almost 20 years ago, local artist Andrea Kraft, a waitress at Waveland at the time, adorned the restaurant’s walls with the murals that regulars today have come to know, Orr said. From an imitation “American Gothic” on one wall to proverbs about raising children, the walls of Waveland could occupy any diner’s attention over multiple mealtimes. “There’s been a few changes in faces, but for the most part, there are a lot of customers here that have been coming here as long as I have,” Fouche said. After even a single visit to Waveland, it’s easy to see why veteran diners come back. Among the reasons to be a frequent diner is, of course, the food and the restaurant’s intergalactic claim to have the “best hash browns in the galaxy.” The Everything Hash Browns feature a medley of crispy hash browns with ham, green and hot peppers,

onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese — a mixture that more than one waitress is willing to admit is her favorite item on the menu. But locals aren’t the only ones who seem to enjoy the restaurant’s charms. Signatures of CNN’s John Roberts as well as a number of this year’s presidential hopefuls are scrawled on the walls, left over from the 2012 caucus season when Waveland was the landing base for a number of political commentary programs. “What can I get you, honey?” Hider asks as a new group of customers sits down at the counter. The greeting is not uncommon at Waveland. After being open for less than 20 minutes, the room is already packed, with a line of hungry patrons forming at the door, scouting the next available table and waiting to pounce. When it comes down to it, though, the atmosphere and the social climate are what keep regulars and waitresses coming back year after year. “It’s like a dysfunctional family,” Hider said. “That’s why I’m still here.”

Fresh food featured at local deli

Manhattan Deli’s success comes from customers’ consistent loyalty

CARTER OSWOOD | staff photographer by Kathryn Kriss

Staff Writer

Sandwich places in the Drake community are a dime a dozen. Really good sandwich places are rare. But a good, affordable sandwich place that can greet you by name is a diamond in the rough. The Manhattan Deli is one of these diamonds. Located on 3705 Ingersoll Ave., five minutes from campus, the deli is a quiet, unassuming building with a simple sign. Walk through the doors and you’re greeted by the sizzle of frying peppers, the smell of fresh bread and the sound of full, happy stomachs. It’s this cozy familiarity and darn good food that draw an ex-

tremely loyal crowd. The menu hasn’t changed a lot over the years and features both hot and cold sandwiches as well as soups and salads. As patrons stand there amid the mustard yellow booths, they are greeted by a bright smile straight from the owner. Fred Hagar has been working at the deli for over 30 years. After he graduated from college, Hagar decided he didn’t want to work for someone else and he started the deli. It then grew into a family business, and passion that is kept alive today by him and his mother. The building had already existed as a deli when the Hagars moved in — they simply changed the name and the décor. As business slowly picked up over the years, they found they needed more

space and converted the Baskin Robbins next door into a larger seating section. That was about 10 years ago, and business is still booming. Hagar said he is hesitant to change anything because of the loyalty his customers have to the restaurant. He might have to remodel to make even more space in the near future, he said. Hagar’s day typically begins at 5 a.m. when he wakes up to arrive at the deli by 6 a.m. He and his employees begin the task of cooking the meats and slicing the cheese and vegetables. One employee’s sole job is cutting meats and cheeses all day. Soups and salads are made fresh that morning, and the menu boasts four soups per day. The only thing they don’t make fresh and in-house is their bread, which would be prohibitively

time consuming considering they turn out about 300 sandwiches daily. When asked what menu item people seem to like the best, he responds “the good food.” Several years ago, longer than either would like to keep track, Steve DeVries wandered into the deli and decided it would be a good place to work. And thus, the dream team of Hagar as owner and DeVries as manager was born. Hagar and DeVries insist on running a tight ship. They think having older, more experienced people running the business means more supervision. All employees have been working at the deli for at least five years and work together like a well-oiled machine. Because they work so efficiently, they can spend time and effort getting

to know their customers. The men estimate they know roughly 80 percent of the people who walk through the door and can even recall the names of some familiar faces on the Drake football team. “People like to go where you [sic] feel recognized,” DeVries said. “Where you can have a chat, and people know your name.” He’s gotten to the point where he can start making somebody their usual sandwich before they’ve even come completely through the door. It’s this personal touch that ensures that they will never get bought out by a large chain sandwich shop and will endear the deli into the hearts of the Drake community for years to come.


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Bauder’s Pharmacy features homemade ice cream Ice cream shop continues to draw customers due to rich history

By Bailey Berg

Staff Writer

Known as a beacon for those craving a reasonably priced, but hearty, cone of delicious, homemade ice cream, Bauder’s Pharmacy has been churning out homemade ice cream since the early 1900s. The story begins in 1916 with a woman named Carolyn Bauder, Iowa’s first registered female pharmacist. The original Bauder’s was located at 18th and Crocker Streets, where pharmacists filled both prescriptions and ice cream bowls. In 1925, it relocated to its current location on Ingersoll Avenue. In the late ’40s, Bauder took in partner Charles Graziano, who would later go on to purchase the other half of the business in 1963. Graziano, his wife and their six children — all Drake grads — worked at Bauder’s at one time or another. Currently, the shop is operated by Charles Graziano’s son Mark Graziano and his daughter Kim Rob-

ertson. ple come from all over for our bars.” served in old-fashioned soda glasses. Sophomore biochemistry and moThe middle-of-the-block shop Bauder’s prides itself on doling out lecular biology major Mallory Bon- hasn’t changed much since its incep- dishes of the freshest ice cream with strom went to Bauder’s last month to tion. The entire store is done in ’50s its “seasonal only” batches. Gallons enjoy a chocolate malt. style wood paneling with several vin- of fresh peach ice cream stock the “I thought Bauder’s was ador- tage neon “Have a Coke” signs and a coolers in July. Other flavors include able,” Bonstrom said. “I like going long marble counter. At first glance, strawberry in late May and cranberry places that have around Thankscharacter and have giving. a history.” “We really The Iowa State Fair is 11 days of Bauder’s is well try to get the known for its sigfreshest, ripthe most intense, laborious and nature “pepperest fruit we can mint bar,” which when (we) make stick work you can imagine. sells exclusively at it,” Robertson –Kim Robertson the Iowa State Fair. said. Bauder’s achieveApart from ment is taking the the classic ice common ice cream sandwich and el- the only thing that appears to be new cream flavors of vanilla, chocolate evating it to the pinnacle of its form. is the blue upholstery — “bulldog and various fruits, it also serves more The ice cream sandwich consists of blue” as Robertson calls it — on the unique concoctions like crunchy butOreo cookie crust and a thick layer swiveling bar stools. ter brickle, maple walnut, cinnamon of homemade peppermint ice cream, Bauder’s still uses its old-school apple, winter wondermint and Budand it is topped with hot fudge. soda fountain, the same one it’s been dha’s Best, named for Iowa lobbyist “(The Iowa State Fair) is 11 days using since the beginning. Housed in Richard Thornton. of the most intense, laborious and a Coke machine, it concocts all malts “Richard was a bit on the rotund sticky work you can imagine,” Rob- and fizzy drinks — from Green Rivers side in college,” Bauder’s employee ertson said. “But we sell so many. Peo- to Cherry Cokes — all of which are Jolene Cavanaugh said. “Buddha was

his fraternity nickname.” Robertson said Thornton would come into Bauder’s and complain about there not being any chocolate ice cream with nuts in it. Robertson created a new flavor just for Thornton, using chocolate ice cream, chocolate chips and pecans. Thornton deemed those to be the best toppings for ice cream, hence the name. Aside from ice cream, Bauder’s also serves sandwiches, pizzas, salads and hot dogs. Despite its small size, Bauder’s has received some big recognition for its signature sweets and delectable dishes, most notably in Gourmet Magazine, which has featured it multiple times. Its egg salad sandwich is headlined in an article, but the signature peppermint bar was also showcased on two occasions. Its homemade ice cream made an appearance in three issues. People Magazine named its fresh strawberry ice cream as one of the best in the country in 1984. Bauder’s has even graced the pages of Bon Appetit and The New York Times.

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Snookies is a big name in Beaverdale now, but it had a small beginning. Owner Marilyn Caves said that it all started when she and her husband were both teachers and were looking for a way to supplement their salaries. Marilyn Caves’ husband loved ice cream. And He used to drive trucks as a second job. “He knew where every Dairy Queen or little, small ice cream shop was on his route,” Marilyn Caves said. “We thought, ‘Oh, that would be a good summer job for teachers.’” After four years of searching for a location, along came Snookies Malt Shop. The Caves have owned Snookies for 27 years. The past few years have brought rumors of the shop closing for good, but that’s not quite true. “This year is our last year — Jim and Marilyn,” Marilyn Caves said. “But it will remain a Snookies. And we have people that are very interested in it. The people we’re looking at want

to keep it just like it is, which we thought was important for the neighborhood.” Staying open is good news for Beaverdale residents, both for their ice cream and their neighborhood traditions. Locals are known to camp out overnight in order to be the coveted first customer of the season. The tradition started when Marilyn Caves created a poster in her classroom with the picture of a family that had been the first customers for three years in a row. That sparked a competition in the Beaverdale neighborhood, with rules set by the community — if you are not blocking the door, someone can step in and you’ll lose your spot as first customer. “They stay all night,” Marilyn Caves said. “Someone in the family will run hot drinks over to them or give someone a bathroom break… They start putting up tents.” This year’s first customer camped out starting at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Their reward? One free ice cream and a picture to be displayed in the store for the entire year.





MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 | PAGE 6D

Students further careers while abroad Internships through study abroad programs become more common by Morgan Emery and Lauren Anderson

Staff Writers and

Drake students are taking on more than a new class schedule and jet lag as they go abroad for a semester. Drake University offers many opportunities for students to work as interns for companies in different countries. Students can earn credit for college and gain valuable material for their resumes. Jen Hogan is the assistant director of international programs and services and of the study abroad program

Just go for it. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever get another chance to live in a different country for an extended period of time, and it’s shaping my future in ways I never dreamed. –Nicole Scilingo at Drake. Hogan helps students find internships that are compatible with their study abroad programs. There are seven study abroad programs that offer internships for students in a variety of countries such

as Australia, India, China and South Africa. The benefits of these internships have lasting effects. “Many students create networking opportunities or a sparked interest in seeking employment abroad after

graduation,” Hogan said. Most internships are unpaid, but students earn credit for the internship work that they complete. Hogan said that students incorporate the internship into their class schedule as they would regular class credit. Sophomore student Nicole Scilingo, a public relations and international relations double major, secured an internship in Vienna, Austria for the semester through Drake. She was referred to a public relations agency called euroSEARCH Dialog. She was hired after an interview with the chairman of the agency. On a typical day, Scilingo said she is often involved in translation ex-

Want an internship abroad? Oliver Housman spent a semester abroad in London and interned for Fox News, which turned into an experience of a lifetime. He ended up covering the Royal Wedding. Here are his six tips for getting an internship abroad.

Be willing to interview at many places, but don’t get discouraged if a majority of them turn you down.


Look for something that’s related to your major.

Be flexible with the opportunities that are presented.

Be excited and adventurous.


ercises because she speaks German well. She was assigned to translate the company website into English in order to expand the company’s reach of customers. Scilingo said her advice for other students who are considering internships abroad is to embrace the opportunity and take advantage of all the programs have to offer. “Just go for it,” Scilingo said. ”It’s unlikely that you’ll ever get another chance to live in a different country for an extended period of time, and it’s shaping my future in ways I never dreamed.”

Sell yourself as an asset to the company, but don’t overdo it.

Be willing to try new things or expand your boundaries.


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Historic Italian grocery store to be celebrated 100th anniversary of Graziano’s recognizes traditional history On April 26, Graziano’s celebrates its 100th anniversary. Since its opening day in 1912, the family-owned grocery store has occupied the same building on South Union Street and Jackson Avenue. Frank and Louis Graziano, founders, left a legacy for their family and community. Frances Graziano, president since 2000, said the main reason the store is still around today is that it helped many people survive during the Great Depression. “My grandfather made certain there was no one left hungry,” Frances Graziano said. But, helping those in need almost made the brothers lose their business. Frank and Louis had to get a loan to keep the shop up and running. Although it drove them into debt, the store gained a good reputation. “Many customers still come in and say they will never forget what the Graziano brothers did for my family,” Frances Graziano said.

“It all began with two brothers” Born in San Morello, Italy, young brothers Frank and Louis Graziano immigrated to America in 1903, in search of a better life together. Frank, 21 and Louis, 17, went through Ellis Island where they decided Louis would start a grocery business and Frank would remain at the railway to support them until the business was successful. In 1912, Frank and Louis purchased the storefront, formerly a drugstore, and named it Graziano Brothers Grocery & Market. In 1948, they established a wholesale distribution entity for local grocery stores and restaurants. Six years later, the original Graziano brothers, Frank and Louis, eased out of the business and let their sons, Mose, Mike and Gene, take over operations of the business.

Italian Spices For the past 100 years, Graziano’s grocery store has thrived in the Des Moines area, selling an assortment of pastas, a fresh deli section — famous for its sausage — and homemade and imported spices and olive oils. They recently added a merchandise area by the register with T-shirts, plates, bracelets, hats and a multitude of other wares. Graziano’s food is domestic, with the exception of certain cheeses, prosciutto, tomatoes, pastas and oils. Frances Graziano said importing standards make it difficult to get food imported directly from Italy, but they do carry traditional candy and snack food. The Italian specialty store sells to many restaurants, pizzerias and grocery stores. Drake neighborhood restaurants such as Jethro’s, Paul Revere’s, Drake Diner and the Library Café use products from Graziano’s.

Famous Italian Sausage Mike Graziano hands a customer some of the store’s famous Italian sausage (circa 1950s). “The reason the sausage has such a great reputation is because it is a flavor people have never experienced elsewhere,” Frances Graziano said. “Even the proudest of Italians haven’t tasted anything like it.” The sausage is a combination of heat, garlic and fennel, but the complete recipe has always remained secret, only known to the family. “It creates a nice marriage of ingredients,“ Frances Graziano said. “We’ve had 100 years of practice, so we must be doing something OK.”

Graziano Bros., Inc. Cookbook Graziano Bros. will have a 100th anniversary celebration on April 26 with a press conference at 2 p.m. in the store. They are releasing two new items: sausage-flavored meatballs and extra hot sausage, along with information about a sausage festival in the fall. The Italian specialty store will also release its first cookbook that incorporates homestyle cooking and customers’ recipes. Each year, Graziano Bros. sponsors a sausage recipe contest at the Iowa State Fair and the top three finalists from the past three years will have their recipes in the cookbook. Reservations for the cookbooks have already reached 1,500, according to Frances Graziano, and they will be available for purchase the day of the celebration. “The end result is far beyond anything I had dreamed of,“ Frances Graziano said. “It is a great homage to what our ancestors provided.

Photo essay by Rebecca Mataloni

Staff Writer

Frances Graziano Before taking over the business in 2000, Frances Graziano was a music therapist at Broadlawns Medical Center. Her father, Mike, did not want any of his five children to be part of the store because of all the hard work, so he made sure they all received a college education. When her parents started ailing, Frances became concerned with the future of the Italian specialty store. “The opportunity to continue the family legacy has been quite an honor for me,” Frances Graziano said. “My parents were ailing and I felt a sense of heritage and family tradition that I wanted to continue,” she said. “This store was another child for my dad. It’s not just a business, it’s part of our family history.”



MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 | PAGE 8D

Graduates discover new outlook in China by Kayli Kunkel

Staff Writer

Drake University’s Teach in China program offers graduates a culture shock that, for many, permanently changes the course of their lives. Since 2004, over 153 Drake graduates took on the role of teacher and student in the cultural experience known as Drake’s Teach in China program. For 25 graduates chosen every year, the program offers first-hand involvement in the rapidly growing economy and vibrant culture of China. The Teach in China program enables Drake graduates to live, research and teach in one of several Chinese cities for the course of a year. Applicants can be of any academic major. Participants spend a year in China teaching a course at one of Drake’s partner institutions to both secondary and university-level students. Neither Chinese fluency nor former international experiences are pre-requisites for participants. Instead, they typically teach courses that focus on the English language and American culture and history. The program has often had “a lasting effect in terms of personal or professional development,” said Kirk Martin, the director of the program.


Jason Esch, one former student in the program, graduated from Drake in 2008 and began teaching in the Hebei province of Shijiazhuang, China, the year of his graduation. After the one-year term of his tenure ended, he decided to continue to live and work in the city; he has now been there for the several years. His first year in China, Esch taught English to university-level students. “Students turned out for class because they wanted a chance to practice English,” said Esch, “and also to ask real questions about foreign life.” He often found himself drawing from his majors and attempting to be an “ambassador” for America. “It’s much harder to know everything about your own country than one thinks,” Esch said, who admitted he sometimes has difficulty answering culturally charged questions. As a whole, the Teach in China program impacted Esch’s life in immeasurable ways. Perhaps the biggest influence was meeting his Chinese

wife. Esch initially planned to stay in China for the designated year, but he is now working in the country and is weighing the options of pursuing a settled life in China. Both Esch and his wife said they would rather raise children in the United States. Esch said that in China, careers are a messy thing and most people commit to multiple careers. He is currently employed as the assistant dean at Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang. Esch also works to establish programs with English-speaking countries, and he has recently opened up a Visa company with a friend. Esch looks to explore business opportunities in China as well, and he plans to open a Subway franchise sometime this year. Business ventures aside, Esch attributes his greatest successes to helping Chinese students achieve study abroad dreams. “Two weeks ago, I was in a restaurant, and an old man in a wheelchair came up to me,” said Esch. “He was with his wife and daughter. Apparently, I taught his granddaughter and helped her pass her test, and now she is in a university in New Zealand.” Esch said that the grateful man stood up to shake his hand. Since the Chinese put so much emphasis on education, Esch understood how important his job of teaching is. “If you take away culture, all people are essentially the same,” said Esch. “They want to work and contribute, want to raise a good family and want those around them to be happy and comfortable. Culture distorts what happiness is, and what a good family (is), but everyone is just trying the best they know how.”


Katherine Albrecht, a Teach in China participant during the summer of 2005, came across similar revelations. She had majored in law, politics and society at Drake and was interested in graduate study in international relations. She saw the Teach in China program as an opportunity to gain international experience, and she eventually came to acquire that experience and more. In China, Albrecht taught English conversation classes to undergraduate and graduate students, and she also taught a class that consisted of community members ranging from teenagers to senior citizens. She was

stationed in the Beibei District of the Chongqing municipality in southwest China. “I was unsure, initially, whether I wanted to commit to something more long-term like Peace Corps,” said Albrecht, “but teaching in China seemed like such a great opportunity that I was completely on board once I committed to the program.” After her time with the program, Albrecht realized she had an interest in teaching and studied for her master’s degree in secondary education at Drake. She currently teaches at Des Moines Area Community College and also does substitute teaching around the Des Moines area. “Working with students and teachers from a different culture has made me better at working with diverse groups of learners here in Des Moines,” said Albrecht. “The skills I developed as a teacher in China definitely gave me a bit of a head start once I began my teacher preparation program at Drake.” Besides contouring the path of Albrecht’s professional development, her experience in China challenged her to see cultures, and individuals, in new ways. Though Albrecht’s time in China strengthened her teaching capacity, she also recommends the program to future graduates who aren’t pursuing a career in education. “Even if you don’t want to become a teacher, you will benefit immensely from learning to work in different cultural environments,” she said. “You’ll find that even years after you return, you’ll be very interested and engaged in what goes on in that part of the world, and hopefully everywhere else,”Albrecht said. Albrecht also attributes developing a keener sense of adventure and increased flexibility to the program. Albrecht may be returning to China in the near future and is currently looking to apply for a teaching job in Taiwan, Shanghai or Hong Kong.


Xian Zhang, a 2010-11 Teach in China participant, gained a cultural understanding from the program that hit very close to home. Zhang, who is ethnically Chinese, was born in China and lived there until he was five. “Before I went, I thought I understood most of Chinese culture, but I learned so much while living there

about traditions I hadn’t known about and just about Chinese people in general,” said Zhang. “That was just a really important connection for me to make between myself, my family and my people.” Teach in China led Zhang to professional gains as well. “I was an LPS and sociology double-major at Drake but always had an interest in international affairs,” he said. “Teach in China was a great way of gaining more cultural and practical experience abroad, as well as having a year off to travel and give more thought to my career interests.” In China, Zhang taught English speaking to three segments of undergraduate students, and he taught segments of American Legal Studies and American Foreign Policy to graduate students. “We were able to have some engaging discussions,” said Zhang. “It was interesting discussing topics such as the due process of law, cases regarding the First Amendment and the Arab Spring in this context because the Chinese government has very different ideas about these issues compared to Americans.” Zhang is currently a master of arts candidate in international devel-

opment with a certificate in global health at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies. Professionally, Zhang said that his Teach in China experience was valuable in several respects. “My professional interests actually lie at the intersection of gender and health in Africa,” said Zhang. “I have worked abroad before, but this additional experience helped my graduate school applications. I also think it helped me secure my upcoming 2012 summer internship with the Department of State.” His advice for those considering the program? “I would recommend this program to future Drake graduates, even those whose professional interest may not lie in China or international affairs,” said Zhang. “It doesn’t hurt your job or graduate school applications to have an experience in which you had to negotiate a new culture. I would advise that before you apply, think about what kind of person you are. Teaching for a year abroad is a big commitment, and it is very difficult to be away from your loved ones and own culture for such a long time.”

AMANDA MORROW participated in 2011 * Politics, philosophy double major * Took courses in Eastern cultures * Taught to first- and second-year students in Guilin in China became a way to test those * “Staying suspicions (doubts) about myself. Sometimes the

tests were trivial. Can I live without central heating and a drying machine? Must I have fresh coffee every morning to function? But you can only pass by so many people living in abject poverty before you start to ask yourself other questions such as, ‘Am I feigning an altruistic attitude and hiding a selfishness that I’m unaware of? Do I care?’”



Tuesday, May 1



5–7 p.m.

9 p.m. until supplies run out

Bring your favorite professor or mentor to Jethro’s BBQ and solicit some last minute advice. Seniors will receive a free mug. Appetizers provided.

Sign up for the alumni association at Paul Revere’s Pizza and receive a free T-shirt.


WANDA’S LAST LECTURE 7 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium Open to the campus community. Tickets are free but required. Available at the Fine Arts Box Office, Mon.–Fri., 12–6 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 12–4 p.m.



Check-in begins at 4 p.m. at Pomerantz Stage. Buses depart from the Olmsted parking lot: 4:45, 5:05 and 5:25 p.m. Return from President’s Home: 5:50, 6:10 and 6:30 p.m.

The Times-Delphic  

Official Independent Student Newspaper of Drake University - Des Moines, Iowa

The Times-Delphic  

Official Independent Student Newspaper of Drake University - Des Moines, Iowa