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Thursday May 02, 2013

Campus Calendar Friday Figmentation Thesis Exhibition 5-7 p.m. Anderson Gallery Free Movie Friday: “Perks of Being a Wallflower” 8 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium


Figmentation Thesis Exhibition 12-4 p.m. Anderson Gallery Softball v. UNI 2 p.m. Ron Buel Field Drake Theatre presents “The Burial at Thebes” by Seamus Heaney 7:30-9:30 p.m. Studio 55, Harmon Fine Arts Center

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New top dog on campus

Vote could give proxies a voice

Ashley Beall

Staff Writer

The Most Beautiful Bulldog Contest brings joy to the Drake University campus simply because students love interacting with bulldogs. Many of the bulldogs dressed up in costumes and have themes to go along with them. This year’s winner was Huckleberry Hein from Norwalk, Iowa. Huckleberry entered the contest back in 2010, but was not crowned the winner. His owners, Stephanie and Steven Hein tried to enter him again the next two years, but were unable to due to the changes in regulations. Because of the surge of entries a lottery system was created. The number of dogs per household changed, which caused a problem for the Hein’s because they also

own Huckleberry’s sister, Ally. However, they decided to enter Huckleberry because he was more likeable and personable between the two. This year, Huckleberry’s outfit went along with a Forest Gump theme. Stephanie, sewed the outfit for him and set up his props that included a box of chocolates and a suitcase by his side with a sign that said, “Bulldogs are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” Not all bulldogs are required to come dressed up in outfits but it is highly encouraged. This year’s contestant’s costumes had many different themes but a few consisted of Drake cheerleading outfits, Peter Pan, Dr. Seuss characters, ballerinas and a corn stalk. The inspiration behind Huckleberry’s outfit was his personality. “We always tease him that he’s not a smart dog but that he knows

what love is,” Hein said. “He is so goofy and carefree that we always tease him for not being the smartest dog and we kind of ran with that moment.” After being crowned “The Most Beautiful Bulldog,” Huckleberry proceeded to become a major part of Drake Relays and interact with all his fans and attend all the events. Huckleberry’s owners were excited to be a part of relays and give Huckleberry a chance to meet all different types of people. “It was awesome, he was just so patient with everybody and he’s so friendly. We’ve had babies up to senior citizens to take pictures with him and he was so careful and patient. It was fun to interact with all the students,” said Hein. While Porterhouse holds a special place in many students’ hearts, Huckleberry and Porter-

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Sunday Figmentation Thesis Exhibition 5-7 p.m. Anderson Gallery Softball v. UNI 12 p.m. Ron Buel Field Senior Recital. James Glade, tuba 1:30-3 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium Drake Theatre presents “The Burial at Thebes” by Seamus Heaney 7:30-9:30 p.m. Studio 55, Harmon Fine Arts Center

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“BEAUTIFUL BULLDOG” HUCKLEBERRY poses next to the bronze bulldog statue. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR

Emma Wilson

Staff Writer

After last week’s debate regarding the creation of ex-officio positions for a Public Relations Liaison and a Graphic Design Officer, the motion was passed. Sen. Stephen Slade was the only senator to vote no on the motion. He expressed concerns that the position of Graphic Design Officer was not needed and said that a committee under the Public Relations Liaison would be better suited to Student Senate’s needs. “I see this as a way of moving in the right direction, maybe its not perfect yet but maybe the 27th session could develop this further under President David Karaz’s direction,” Treasurer Michael Reibel said. Student Senate will be accepting applications for ex-officio positions soon. Sen. Breanna Thompson and the Student Affairs Committee recommended an addition in the Drake Student Handbook. The addition would make it possible for organizations to appeal if they are denied approval to become an official organization. The committee has tested the process this year and believes this will be the best way to proceed. The motion will be voted on next week. Student Senate proposed an amendment to Senate’s Rules of Procedure Bylaws. The amendment would change the role of proxies in Senate. This change would give proxies more validity and would allow them to vote at

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Higher campus involvement revolves around relays

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Features Students coming to college experience a loss of religion

A CROWD PACKED into the Court Avenue District to listen to the SAB-sponsered We The Kings Concert. Runners in the first ever Relays Mud Run got down and dirty in the race to the finish line. The Student Activities Board sponsored events all week to engage students beyond the Blue Oval.


Sports Drake takes home its first Relays win in 18 years






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News Community News

Francy Pants closes shop after nine months Megan Flynn

Staff Writer

Former Francy Pants owner, Emily Zach, just finished the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco earlier this month. The race starts with a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay, continues with an 18-mile bike ride out onto the Great Highway, through Golden Gate Park, then finishes with an 8-mile run through the Golden Gate Recreational Area. Training for something like this meant that Zach had to give something up. She was a lawyer, a thrifty shop owner and, though she admits she isn’t the greatest, a triathlete, too. So Zach gave up owning Francy Pants. It closed in December — open all but nine months. The art supplies store next door expanded its space to fill the empty slot.

“It was a fun adventure,” Zach said, “but I didn’t like being tied to my (shop).” Zach had other responsibilities as an attorney that needed more attention. She hired a girl part-time to help her at Francy Pants, but when she moved to pursue a career, Zach was conflicted. She didn’t know what to do with Francy Pants. The Drake University community was sad to see the shop go, but now that Zach has left, her life is more organized and less hectic. “I definitely feel like I can put more thought into (my job) and do my job better,” she said. “I have more emotional energy to spend on myself and my real job.” There was always something that had to be done at Francy Pants. Had to pay taxes. Had to pay back loans. Had to do this, had to do that. It tired her. She originally opened the shop because it seemed to merge two

of her interests: thrifting, she almost always goes to second-hand stores, she said, and her college business degree. Her law school degree from the University of Iowa granted her the legal background necessary for navigating any complex issues that could have arose. And as a shop owner, she liked the opportunity to meet new faces. “I’m an atypical attorney,” Zach said. “I’m an outgoing people-person. I’m not a study-in-my-officeall-day person.” Drake Relays was the shop’s most vibrant time. People from all over visited Zach’s store, and throughout the nine months, she got to know many students. She learned a lot as Francy Pants’ owner, such as how to work with the city for a permit. But being a shop owner isn’t a way of life like being a triathlete is. And being a shop owner wasn’t Zach’s real job like being a lawyer is. She

couldn’t stay. “I met so many interesting people. The whole thing was awesome,” she said. “But it’s a relief

that I don’t have (Francy Pants) anymore ... It was a good experience. I don’t have any regrets on doing it at all.”



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Golf class teaches student business skills, how to schmooze Emma Wilson

Staff Writer

Playing a few rounds on the golf course with your boss could lead to a promotion — if you know how to play that is. Fortunately, Drake University offers a class at that can teach you how. “Golf for Business and Life” was started in the spring of 2008 after Drake graduate Zach Johnson played for the Ryder Cup team. Each member of the team was given money to start a “Golf for Business and Life” class at the university of their choice, Johnson chose Drake. Longview Golf pro Lori Gaffney-Burmeister worked with the Drake Associate Athletic Director Mike Cigelman to turn the money from Johnson into a class that could teach Drake students about

the power of using golf as business skill in their professional lives. “I knew from the beginning that this class had something I could really gain from it, golf is really a life-long skill,” second-year law student Amanda Broussard said. Broussard decided to take the course after taking a couple of golf lessons over the summer. Broussard said that the course offers something different from regular golf lessons because its accompanied with a class that teaches you how you can use golf as a business tool. The class is made up of two parts, 10 lessons with GaffneyBurmeister and approximately six lessons with Des Moines professionals. “People from the community teach the students about every-

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thing from planning a fundraising tournament for your company to using it as a networking skill to get an in with a potential employer,” Intramural Director Lisa Murphy, the class’ programming coordinator, said. “I’ve heard that especially in sales, employers won’t hire you if you can’t play a decent round of golf with them,” sophomore business student and member of the class Christopher Wahl, said. He decided to take the class after Randall Blum, dean of the business school, mentioned it at orientation in Wahl’s first year at Drake. The class is open to all students at Drake including graduate students, but preference is given to those who are at least sophomores. Each class has about 20 students but it is broken up into groups of about seven for the golf

lessons so that each student gets more individual attention. “There are golfers of all different levels in the class,” GaffneyBurmeister said. “So I try to make sure I spend time with each of the students individually so that they can really take something from the class.” “The class appeals to any student that has an interest in golf,” Gaffney-Burmeister said. “There are a wide variety of majors in the class from business to journalism to pharmacy. No previous golf experience is needed to take the class — golf clubs aren’t even required for those who don’t already have them because the course has clubs available for people to borrow.” “It’s really a once in a life time opportunity to take a class like this,” Broussard said, “And when you get an opportunity like that

you should definitely take advantage of it.” The Ryder Cup has stopped offering money for members of the team to use for the Golf for Business and Life class so in a few years the money that funds the class will run out and the course will have to stop being offered. Gaffney-Burmeister insists that college students should continue to learn how to play after the class ceases to be funded because golf will continue to offer them benefits throughout their lives. “I have a 94-year-old man taking lessons from me right now,“ Gaffney-Burmeister said. “If you learn to play golf in college you’ll have a useful hobby for the rest of your life.”

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event. the Senate table without the Senator turning in previous notice of their votes to the Vice President of Student Life. The amendment will be voted on next week. Student Senate proposed an additional amendment to the bylaws that would clarify that ex-officio members are no longer permitted vote at the Senate table. This has been an unwritten rule in Student Senate until now. The amendment will be voted on next week. In Officer Reports, VP Karaz and Senator Joey Gale reminded senators of the upcoming transitions in Student Senate, inauguration for the senators in the 27 session will be on May 9. Senator Josh Schoenblatt confirmed that there will be dogs on campus during finals week for the “Dog Days of Finals”. He thinks that this could become a biannual event.

the Senate table without the Senator turning in previous notice of their votes to the Vice President of Student Life. The amendment will be voted on next week. Student Senate proposed an additional amendment to the bylaws that would clarify that exofficio members are no longer permitted to vote at the Senate table. This has been an unwritten rule in Student Senate until now. The amendment will be voted on next week. In Officer Reports, Karaz and Senator Joey Gale reminded senators of the upcoming transitions in Student Senate, inauguration for the senators in the 27th session will be on May 9. Senator Josh Schoenblatt confirmed that there will be dogs on campus during finals week for the “Dog Days of Finals.” He thinks that this could become a biannual

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PARTICIPANTS AT THE RELAYS CARNIVAL fly high after being strapped in with bungee chords. Travis Clark of We The Kings sings during the Court Ave Concert on Friday April 26. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR


house will be attending many events together and give students a chance to interact with both of them. “I love seeing Porterhouse on campus and can’t wait to see Huckleberry around too,” sophomore Sarah Enbretson said. “They are both so cute and it never surprises me to see Porterhouse surrounded by students. I can’t wait for Huckleberry to experience Drake students’ love too. I think it’s so great that the Beautiful Bulldog winners, and families, want to stay connected to Drake and the students.” with him and he was so careful and patient. It was fun to interact with all the students,” Stephanie Hein said. While Porterhouse holds a

special place in many students’ hearts, Huckleberry and Porterhouse will be attending many events together and give students a chance to interact with both of them. “I love seeing Porterhouse on campus and can’t wait to see Huckleberry around too. They are both so cute and it never surprises me to see Porterhouse surrounded by students. I can’t wait for Huckleberry to experience Drake Students’ love too. I think it’s so great that the Beautiful Bulldog winners, and families, want to stay connected to Drake and the students,” sophomore Sarah Enbretson said.



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Opinions&Editorials Column

Hollywood movies better seen in IMAX Reconsider the venues you use to watch the latest films

Timothy Alguire Columnist Don’t Just Watch a Movie, Be Part of One and Experience it in IMAX® at the Science Center of Iowa By: Timothy Alguire You’ve probably seen the tagline “Experience it in IMAX” on several movie posters for this summer’s blockbuster hits. But what does it mean to “Experience it in IMAX?”

Well, seeing a movie at the Blank IMAX Dome Theater located at the Science Center of Iowa is just that, an experience. The Blank IMAX Dome Theater utilizes a unique theater design, the largest screen in the state of Iowa, 12,000 watts of pure, digital surround sound, and one giant, crystal clear image produced by IMAX 15/70 mm film to bring you the best possible way to watch a movie this summer. The Blank IMAX Dome Theater’s screen is a tilted dome screen designed to fill your field of view and wrap around your peripheral vision to fully envelop you in the action. The six­-story screen is so tall and wide you feel as if you are in the movie. The 12,000 watt, 6-­ channel sound system, which consists of more than 40 individual speakers, makes sure you hear every word and feel every explosion by complementing what you

see on screen. At the Blank IMAX Dome Theater you don’t just watch a movie, you become part of one. Several Hollywood movies are getting the IMAX treatment and going through IMAX’s Digital Media Re­Mastering (DMR) process, which creates the largest, clearest image that you can see in film or digital theaters. The Blank IMAX Dome Theater will be showing two Hollywood films this summer: “Oblivion” (now playing through May 2) and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (opens May 15, 2-day early release exclusively in IMAX). These two films have gone beyond the DMR process be either filming select sequences with IMAX’s extremely high-­resolution film cameras (“Star Trek”) or by preserving more of the captured image during post­production (“Oblivion”). Exclusively at the Blank IMAX Dome Theater, the sequences of



“Star Trek” that were filmed with IMAX cameras will expand to fill the entire IMAX Dome screen, providing the audience with 40 percent more picture than traditional theaters, further enveloping them in the action. The IMAX version of “Oblivion,” which the Science Center of Iowa is currently showing through May 2, is presented with an expanded aspect ratio giving viewers 21 percent more picture than standard theaters. The Blank IMAX Dome Theater is the only IMAX Theater in central Iowa meaning it is the only theater in the area with the ability to show these films in this format. The Blank IMAX Dome Theater offers the best possible way to watch this summer’s most anticipated films. Exclusive release dates and early showings that are only available in IMAX means you can see these movies first at the Science Center of Iowa.

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Maryna Rath Columnist The hashtag #PorterhouseOnEllen is one of the fastest growing movements to hit Drake University. It has gained support from students, faculty, the community and Porterhouse fans. What started as a thought a week ago in class seems like a real possibility now. The @DUPorterhouse Twitter

account, a social media class, a multimedia class and the Student Alumni Association have all come on board to the movement and are working together to make this dream a reality. This campaign to get Porterhouse on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has brought Drake University together. I haven’t seen so much students and faculty pride and support for something since 2008 with the men’s basketball team. This movement is bringing school spirit back to campus. Everyone loves Porterhouse. He is more than the 2008 Beautiful Bulldog Contest winner, our beloved Drake University live mascot and Top Senior. Ellen DeGeneres and the world need to hear Porterhouse’s story. Porterhouse is a puppy mill activist, foster brother, a certified therapy dog who volunteers at Blank Children’s Hospital and

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Iowa Methodist Medical Center and raises awareness for the Illinois English Bulldog Rescue. Porterhouse and his parents do all of this voluntarily. They are more than willing to go to an event at Drake University or anywhere else as long as you ask. Porterhouse is changing the world, one dog at a time. We need to let him tell his story to the world. Support our mascot Porterhouse by liking the page facebook. com/PutPorterhouseOnEllen and continue to use the hash tag #PorterhouseOnEllen on Twitter. Let’s get Ellen DeGeneres’ attention!

Rath is a sophomore marketing and public relations double major and can be reached at maryna.rath@

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PORTERHOUSE takes a break while participating in his mascot duties around Drake’s campus. COURTESY OF ERIN BELL

Combining the 15/70 mm IMAX film, the area’s largest screen, and the 12,000 watts of digital surround sound, IMAX is the way to experience this summer’s biggest movies. So when you’re choosing which venue to see a movie at, choose the Science Center of Iowa’s Blank IMAX Dome Theater and see the movie the way the filmmakers intended, in IMAX! The Science Center of Iowa is located in Downtown Des Moines at 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA. Tickets for Hollywood IMAX films are $10 for high school and college students with valid student I.D. For more information about the Blank IMAX Dome Theater visit

Even though my college graduation is still a couple years away, I am already worried about how I will pay off my student loan debt. With the costs of higher education so high, taking on such debt is essential in order to get through college. While I am confident my investment in my own education here in Des Moines at Drake University will be worthwhile over the long-run, with my job prospects less than stellar upon graduation, it’s hard for me to not be worried now about how I’ll pay off

my debts later. I took on my financial obligations knowingly, and I consider my promise to pay them back to be sacrosanct. Shouldn’t the federal government take its own debt just as seriously? As a share of the economy, the national debt is larger now than at any point in the last 65 years. It’s time our leaders in Washington, D.C. pay as much attention to its debts as I am to mine. Now that President Obama has released his budget proposal, members of Congress — including our representatives from the Hawkeye State — need to focus on the deficit-reduction provisions that can garner bipartisan support. They need to develop a plan to create a realistic and long-term solution to our fiscal problems. To learn more about the debt and how you can make a difference, visit Larson is a sophomore public relations major and can be reached at

DEBT is concern for many college students. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR

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Features In-Depth

Students are losing their religion Lillian Schrock

Staff Writer

Nash Albadarin, a junior pharmacy major at Drake University was raised Muslim, contends that non-Christian students feel they have three choices when they arrive. “You either go with the Christian groups on campus, delve back into your own faith or lead yourself down agnosticism,” he said. Albadarin, 20, was born in Jordan, but was raised in Kansas since he was 3-years-old, chose agnosticism. He tried to remain Muslim but read the Bible to learn more about Christianity. “I read the Quran more, compared it to the Bible, and it didn’t really make sense. They’re flawed in the same exact way,” he said. “I don’t believe that something that is supposed to be all powerful would write something wrong.” Albadarin said it was meeting new people in college, like his fiancé, whom was raised Christian, that fueled his religious evolution. “When you stop looking at trying to prove something right, you stop believing it’s right,” Albadarin said. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in 2012 coined the phrase “nones on the rise,” meaning that the number of Americans who do not identify with any religion is growing at a rapid pace. “The growth in the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans — sometimes called the rise of the ‘nones’ — is largely driven by generational replacement, the gradual supplanting of older generations by newer ones,” the report said. According to the report, one third of adults under 30 have no religious affiliation. Tim Knepper, professor of religion and philosophy, has three hypotheses for why college students might drift away from the religion of their youth. “I think it’s being exposed to other ways of seeing the world, Knepper said. “It’s being free from mom and dad and being able to get yourself in all kinds of trou-

ble. And it’s learning to critically think.” Some students evolve into humanists, agnostics or atheists, while others find their faith is tried and reinforced. After years of his own religion evolution, Knepper calls himself a Christian atheist. “Religious practices are important to me,” Knepper said. “It’s not only about beliefs.” Knepper, 45, said he does not believe in Christianity, but he attends Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines because he enjoys practicing the rituals of the religion. According to the Pew Forum, the way that Americans talk about their connection to religion also is changing. “Increasingly, Americans describe their religious affiliation in terms that more closely match their level of involvement in churches and other religious organizations,” meaning some Americans who call themselves religiously unaffiliated may continue attending church. Knepper, was raised in an evangelical church and received a religion degree in 1990 from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass. “We were taught to think critically about our religious tradition in a way that we hadn’t through encountering scholarship,” Knepper said. “The professors themselves had no problem with squaring this with their faith and I didn’t at first. You learn to compromise things with your faith.” Knepper said he remained a Christian throughout his undergraduate studies, compromising ideas such as creationism and absolutism. “I started thinking that this just can’t be right. Most of the world can’t be going to Hell because they aren’t Christian.” Knepper likens his experience with religion to standing at the top of a pile of sand, and when he started sliding, he would find a part to dig his heals into for a little while. “Maybe it took 15 or 20 years to

TIM KNEPPER poses questions in his religion and philosophy classes. LILLIAN SCHROCK | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER find myself at the bottom,” he said. Knepper received a master of divinity degree from Boston University in 1999. He finished his doctorate in 2005, two years after arriving at Drake. “My story, I don’t think it’s an uncommon story for scholars and academics who study religion,” he said. Sam Greeno, a 2012 Drake alumnus, said his faith is stronger because he was tested through courses while in college. “A professor started a class with saying that there is no absolute truth, while I grew up believing there was,” Greeno said. “It kind of shook me up, but I think questions and doubts can actually strengthen our faith if we investigate them.” Greeno, 22, was involved with Campus Fellowship while at Drake, said college is a time when students come in contact with many new ideas “It’s challenging because you have to have actual reasons to believe what you believe,” he said. Merle Domer, 24, a 2011 Drake alumnus, was raised in a Baptist commune in upstate New York. “It was very similar to an Amish community, but a lot more isolated,” she said. “It was a form of Christianity but taken to an ex-

treme form.” Domer’s parents were second generation in the commune. They chose to leave when she was 8-years-old because “they didn’t agree with the theology anymore and weren’t allowed to question it.” When she was 14, Domer was put into foster care because her parents could not make enough money to sustain six children. “That’s when I became extremely devout in terms of Christianity,” she said. “I clung to that as a way to make meaning out of the situation.” A year later Domer was able to live with her mom again. “I attributed that to God and became an extremely devout Christian until very recently,” Domer said. After graduating from high school, Domer moved to Des Moines to join Christ Community Church, which was trying out a communal living experiment. “I was drawn into that because of my past in a community that I had good memories of,” she said. However, the church said she could no longer be a part of their community when she began living with a boyfriend. Domer questioned why certain people had power in her life.

“If I don’t believe these people have a monopoly on truth, then I need to step back and say I don’t know any of these things are true,” she said. “I basically tore everything apart and went back to the drawing board.” Domer now calls herself a philosophical humanist, saying it was the philosophy and religion classes she took at Drake, along with her life experiences, which were a catalyst to her religious changes. “I feel I’ll always be evolving. I’ll never not care,” Domer said. Randy Kane, a sophomore at Drake who practices Judaism, said he’s seen students stop attending Hillel, a Jewish student organization, early in their college careers. “Coming to a school like this, it’s really hard,” he said. “It’s hard to stay in your culture when your culture is so small.” But for Kane, 20, Hillel president at Drake, he can’t imagine not being Jewish. “Practicing or not practicing, a Jew is a Jew,” he said. “No matter what, they’ll still say they’re Jewish. It’s more than a religion, it’s a culture.” Albadarin said he’s going to continue looking for a religion. “I don’t think I’m ever going to find one but I like looking.”

On Campus

DBS heads Relays Emily Gregor

Staff Writer

The annual Drake Relays was a cause for excitement not only for Drake students and faculty, but also for alumni and visitors from across the globe. In addition to the countless reunions and the track meet itself, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication gave its students another reason to look forward to the event. They got the chance to experience Relays behind the camera alongside ESPN reporters and broadcasters. “This really is a wonderful opportunity for them to put into practice on the largest studentproduced sports telecast in the country and get real-life experience working side by side with ESPN,” David Wright, associate dean of SJMC, said. Students were able to sign up for shifts that fit into their schedules as either a camera operator or a production assistant, and they couldn’t wait to get their hands on the equipment in the stadium press box. “It’s never anything I’ve tried before and it seemed like a good experience to have as a J-school student,” first-year student Katherine Ramsey, said. Ramsey also emphasized how much she looked forward to working alongside professionals. “I’m just excited to get to wear press credentials and sit up in the press box,” Ramsey

said. “It’s a good group of people to get to work with.” Lauren Grabau, another first-year student was also excited to work with ESPN. “We learned how to operate a camera during J57 and it seemed like a fun opportunity to actually put what I’ve learned into a real situation,” Grabau said. “Plus Relays is a huge part of the Drake experience and it’s neat to be able to get involved.” In addition, she hoped to get a free T-shirt to parade around her hometown. “It will be an interesting story to tell my grandchildren someday,” Grabau said. Wright said other ways students would benefit included the motivation to succeed and improve their broadcast skills during their shift. “More than a class exercise, the output that’s going on the scoreboard, that’s going on the cable channel, that’s streaming on the internet, they know people are watching it,” Wright said. “It’s very intense and it really causes them to have to step it up to a new level.” Not only would their skills improve from volunteering, Wright said, but the experience made them more marketable for their futures. “I believe it’s really important for students to get handson in production,” Wright said. “The more experience they have the more employable they are.”



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Family owned cupcake shop thrives Working Highlight of turning points of Creme’s debut locally Kathryn Kriss

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CHRISTINA MOFFATT poses with some of the menu item cupcakes she bakes on a regular basis. Creme is located along Ingersoll. COURTESY OF EMILY HECKER Emily Hecker

Staff Writer

Good employees can be hard to find. Fortunately for Christina Moffatt, the first person applying for a job at her bakery was someone she had worked with before: her mom. Moffatt’s mother inspired her passion for baking. “My mom always made everything from scratch. She baked and she cooked. I was one of five kids, so we definitely did not go to McDonald’s,” Moffatt said. Armed with her mother’s arsenal of baking tips, Moffatt opened her own bakery, Crème Cupcake in 2011. Now in its seventh month of business at its new location on Ingersoll Avenue, Crème has expanded from its humble origins in Moffatt’s home kitchen. Crème’s 10 tables provide the perfect vantage point for customers to survey dozens of cupcakes in the glass case. Each flavor, from Red Velvet to Strawberry Champagne, dares mouths not to water. Behind the counter, rows of liquors peek out and tempt


customers to return for the dessert lounge between 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. During those magic hours, it’s typically standing room only at Crème. Perhaps it is the temptation of making drinks and desserts acceptable that draws such a crowd. Whatever it is, Moffatt is awed. “It is truly amazing because when I started it, I had no idea that it would turn into what it’s turned into.” Without the support of her familial entourage, Moffatt said the bakery would not have been possible. They helped her tackle her first big event since going fulltime with the bakery: the Bravo gala. Bravo, an organization dedicated to strengthening the arts, put in a cupcake order for a thousand people. “I had no idea how I was going to do it, but I knew that this was a sign, that this was what I was supposed to do with my life,” said Moffatt. Proving that blood is thicker than batter, fifteen of Moffatt’s friends and family turned out for an all-night baking extravaganza.

By 4 a.m. the next morning, 1,200 cupcakes were ready for their debut. Moffatt personally frosted and decorated each cupcake. At 5 o’clock that evening, Moffatt hung up her apron and searched for some glass slippers. “I basically felt like Cinderella going to the ball because they had given us tickets to go and it’s formal,” said Moffatt. “We had worked so hard in this kitchen for about 48 hours, since you’ve got to clean up once you’re done. Then we (my mom and I) put on ball gowns and went to the ball.” That evening was a turning point for Moffatt’s business. The higher-end clientele she was trying to attract began to take note. “People started talking about them (the cupcakes) and asked if we knew where they were from. Of course, that sparked the conversation. It was pretty amazing. We had absolutely no dessert left that night and from what I hear, it was kind of a knockdown, dragout fight as to who got to take what flavors home.” Having a more stable business has allowed Moffatt to support several charitable efforts, like the

2011 Sweet Relief Benefit. Crème donated its products to raise money for Japanese tsunami victims. “I wasn’t surprised to see her there because she’s always involved,” Scott Carlson, Moffatt’s friend and managing partner of Court Avenue Brewing Company, said. For the moment, though, Moffatt’s main focus is her due date. In another month, the Crème family will grow with the addition of a baby they’ve nicknamed ‘Little Cupcake.’ “It will be fun, especially this past year for them (the baby) to look back at pictures with the new shop opening and know that they were with me the whole time because I’ve been pregnant since we opened the shop.” Moffatt looks forward to having her son or daughter cook with her, as she did with her mother. “It’s unfortunate that people are letting that tradition go because nobody makes anything anymore,” she said. “I cherish those moments because my mom taught me everything.”

SAB provides Dead Day relaxation fun Taylor Rookaird Columnist

Are you wondering what fun and exciting things are happening around campus? Stay in the loop with what’s going on every week from the Student Activities Board: It’s the greatest, yet worst time of the year. Relays have come and gone, and there are only two weeks separating us from finals. But don’t lose hope yet! On the other side of finals lies three months of summer! Speaking of finals, we will be hosting a Dead Day Relaxation event on, you guessed it, Dead Day

— Friday, May 10. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., stop by the Upper Olmsted conference rooms and work out those knots with a message, relax with video games, create your own snack mix and make your own dog toys that will be donated to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Take a study break and bring a friend! We hope everyone had great relays and enjoyed the events that took place last week! If you see Natalie Larson or Mary Stang around campus, give them a huge

thank you for all their hard work!

Upcoming Events: Dead Day Relaxation Event Friday May 10, 2013 Upper Olmsted Conference Rooms 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Rookaird is a sophomore public relations major, PR chair for SAB and can be reached at taylor.rookaird@

Check it out>>> Thursday >Human Party Machine Solo Tour >Wooly’s >8 p.m.



>Just For Her Expo >Iowa Events Center >Noon-10 p.m.

>Festival Cinco De Mayo >Historic Valley Junction >Noon-10 p.m.

<<<This week in DSM

For many students that don’t have a car, getting a job on campus is their only option. Some of the most popular positions typically held by students are working in the admissions office, at the fitness centers and event staff for sports events. However, some students seeking a change of scenery without staying far from campus have begun embracing the opportunities of the businesses immediately surrounded Drake. The Drake community, known as Dogtown, plays host to a variety of restaurants and little shops. For many, it’s the only commercial area that can be reached without a car, so China Place, Mars Café and Planet Sub have become staples in eating off campus. Senior Laura Sigal is sad to be giving up her job for the last year at Planet Sub. She really wanted a job close to campus, since she didn’t own a car, but wanted more hours than campus jobs usually let you have. Her sophomore year, Sigal worked at a nearby café until it closed, then Campus Cleaners on University and 34th Street. Right now, she’s averaging about 25 hours a week, but says it’s easy to manage because it’s so flexible. “The owner, Barb, is a Drake alum, so she loves to hire Drake students, and really understands that school comes first,” Siegel said. One of the positives of working in a location so close to school is that the alum that move back choose to hire Drake students, and they understand the juggle between work and school. Sophomore student Margaret Moburg, also doesn’t have a car but wanted someplace she could walk to. After getting only three hours of work a week at her previous residence hall front desk job, she decided to move off campus for a better schedule. She’s been at the Drake Diner for the last six months after hearing about the open position and being referred by another student. Moburg also loves the network of students that keep the business thriving. “I always see people I know at the diner, it breaks up my shift because I get to chat with friends,” she said. Sophomore Libby Bond originally decided to quit her oncampus job because the pay just wasn’t cutting it. “When I first came to Drake, I worked on campus as an intramural official, but working for minimum wage was not cutting it,” she said About a year-and-a-half ago, she left intramurals and applied to Jethro’s but they had just opened their new location in Waukee and desperately needed servers there. Bond says that the Waukee location is only 15 minutes from Drake, and while it’s not within walking distance, the short drive has never been a problem for her. She thinks that working off campus, or in the Dogtown area, “is a great experience for Drake students, especially as a server at Jethro’s or Drake Diner, because a lot more money can be made there.” On-campus jobs are extremely easy to apply and get hired for, but the hours aren’t always generous and the pay isn’t always great. Off-campus jobs, like in West Des Moines or downtown, offer real world experience but are difficult to get to without a car. Employment in the Drake community seems to be the perfect combination for students looking to get away from their dorms, while staying close enough to walk to work. Dogtown will continue to be a hotspot for student as both patrons and employees.



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Sports Track and Field

Austin ends 18-year Relays drought Taylor Soule

Sports Editor

Junior Brogan Austin felt the pressure on Thursday night as he rounded the blue oval in the 5,000 meters at the Drake Relays. The high stakes weren’t to blame, though. Neither was the tough competition. Familiar faces and voices in the stands put the pressure on Austin. “It applied more pressure on me to do well,” Austin said. “That was probably a differencemaker in me being able to kick as much as I did, was cheering from my friends giving me that extra

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adrenalin to go the distance.” Austin translated that pressure into a surge of energy and a Relays victory — the first by a Drake track and field athlete in 18 years. Drake Stadium last saw a Drake triumph in 1995 when Gina DeWitt claimed the 800-meter crown. The win was doubly rewarding for Austin, who took second place at the Relays three times prior, going all the way back to his days as a prep athlete at Boone. “It was more a relief than anything,” Austin said. “I’ve been stressing out about it for quite a while.” He won the race with a time of

14:12.50. Though he had long prepared for Thursday’s race, Austin said track is always unpredictable to a degree. Athletes can only train and hope the race plays in their favor. “You really don’t what kind of race it’s going to be until it starts, so you kind of hope it plays into your agenda,” Austin said. “You can’t really control the race. It kind of opened up, and I have a lot of tools in my tool bag to make some things happen.” Those tools gave Austin energy to pick up the pace and create a gap in the last 400 meters. As he rounded the last curve,

Austin stayed cautious even as he took the lead. “Even coming around the home stretch, I had no idea and thought someone was going to come around and get it, but I got the win,” Austin said. Thursday’s victory revealed a renewed Austin, who battled anemia during the 2012 cross country campaign. Though the road to health was long and discouraging at times, Austin said Thursday’s win made all the pain and work “worth it.” “We work hard in the offseason,” Austin said. “While you’re doing it, it’s pretty depressing, and you ask yourself, ‘Why?’ but

you keep doing what you do. This kind of experience it all worth it.” Though he reveled in Thursday’s win at Drake Stadium, Austin already has the next race and the next goal in mind. The Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Outdoor Championships open May 10 at Drake Stadium. Austin said the Relays win positions him to reach a new goal at the MVC Championships. “I’m hoping to run a good time,” Austin said. “Hopefully, I can get the school record.”

Simons and Hines hope to continue basketball careers

Ben Simons

Chris Hines

SENIOR BEN SIMONS shoots a jumper. FIFTH-YEAR SENIOR CHRIS HINES dribbles the ball. Both players hope to continue playing basketball professionally. JOEL VENZKE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Ashley Beall

Staff Writer

Though their Drake men’s basketball days are over, senior Ben Simons and fifth-year senior Chris Hines have no plans to give up the game. The two sat down with The Times-Delphic to discuss Drake’s academic perks, the Jan. 23 upset over Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton and their plans to play professionally abroad.

Times-Delphic: You’re getting closer to graduation. Looking back, what made you decide to come to Drake University? Are you glad you made that decision? Ben Simons: I chose Drake because of basketball and the players here. But the school was great as well and Dean (Randall) Blum was a big reason why. I have loved it here and wouldn’t change it for the world. TD: What are your plans for after graduation? Do you plan on staying in Des Moines? BS: Hopefully play basketball professionally, I don’t really know where I would like playing. I guess just Western Europe and don’t really have many connections but do have an agent. If that doesn’t work out, I’m going to graduate in May with a degree in marketing and with that, I would hope to get a job in marketing. Those are really the two things I’m hoping (for). Basketball is number one but if not, I hope to do something with my degree. TD: How has your time at Drake helped you prepare for the next chapter of your life? BS: As far as basketball, playing in the Missouri Valley Conference against great teams, and that’s something that’s going to prepare for the most part. As far as school and other things, I’ve been at a top notch university in the business school, and I’ve got to do a lot of things through the media

and through the teams that will help me in the next step of my life. TD: What will you miss most about Drake? BS: All the people I’ve met, I have a good feeling I won’t be in Des Moines next year, and it’s going to be sad to leave behind the teammates that are still here and the good friends that I’ve made as well as the professors that I’ve had good relationships with. It’s going to be different, but I’m excited for it. TD: What’s your favorite memory from your time here at Drake? BS: Probably this year beating Creighton. Creighton was ranked in the Top-25 and we beat them. Being my senior year, and beating them at home, and the fans rushing the court, it was a lot of fun. TD: What’s your favorite memory you have from any class you’ve taken? BS: My favorite memory from class would be my JMC 57 class where I made a shake weight commercial. TD: Do you have any advice for the basketball team next year? BS: I know these guys are going to work hard. I know that they are going to try to take Drake to the next level. Obviously, it’s a new coaching staff, and there’s going to be quite a few new players as well, and I know the players here are really excited about the new opportunity, and I hope they take full advantage of it.


Times-Delphic: What are your plans for next year? Chris Hines: As of right now, I am trying to keep my body in shape just in case I plan to play overseas, but if not, then I am going to go into the athletics administration field and start working in that area. TD: When and where would you want to play overseas? CH: If I get the right opportunity and the right timing, then I think I will play next year but if not, then I’ll probably pass. It just all depends. I want to play pretty much anywhere that’s paying good money. TD: You came to Drake University as a transfer student, are you glad that you made that decision? What motivated you to come here? CH: I am really glad that I made that decision. The decision was based upon going to a really good school and a good program not only athletically but academically and I am getting my master’s degree as well, and that’s a big plus in my eyes. I think I did make the right decision, and I don’t have any regrets. TD: How do you think Drake has helped prepare you for the next chapter in your life? CH: I think going through the ups and downs of this season is going to prepare me for life in general, but at Drake University, I think I’ve also learned a lot here in terms of in the classroom. I am going through some

of the things that we go through in our master’s programming and learning some other things as well. TD: What will you miss most about Drake? CH: I’ll definitely miss the people. Everybody is really kind here, and everybody is really helpful. TD: What has being a member of the Drake basketball team taught you? CH: Being a member of the basketball team has taught me to be a family, not only on the court but off the court. We really are a family. We are a really close-knit team, and everybody has everybody’s back, and I think that really taught me that a team could not also just be a team on the court but could be a family as well off the court. TD: What is your favorite memory been? CH: The Creighton win was a really big win for us and was a memorable win for the program but just the guys and the people here, and that’s going to be the biggest memory for me. TD: Is there anything you want to leave the fans with? CH: I just want to say thank you to the fans, to the students and to everyone who supported us. Go Bulldogs.


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PageSeven Softball

Men’s Tennis

Drake earns NCAA bid Bulldogs topple MVC leader

No. 35 TCU awaits Bulldogs in round one Valley No. 1 Creighton drops two to Drake Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

The No. 27 Drake men’s tennis team suffered its third loss of the season on Sunday when they lost 3-4 to Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship, but the Bulldogs’ season continues on into the NCAA tournament after receiving an at-large bid on Tuesday. The Bulldogs received a No. 2 seed and will face the No. 35 Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University. The match will take place on May 10 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the campus of UCLA. “It would’ve been good to go into the NCAA tournament with the conference tournament championship and another win,” said senior Jean Erasmus. “However, getting into the NCAA tournament via an atlarge bid is always something to be proud of and shows the hard work and accomplishments we have gained.” Before the Bulldogs heard news of their at-large selection around 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, their NCAA hopes were slightly uncertain. Despite holding an Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking of No. 27, Drake was coming off its first loss to an unranked opponent this season. The loss to Wichita State was a huge upset, as the Bulldogs were coming off a routine 4-0 win over the Illinois State Redbirds in the semifinals of the MVC tournament. Drake had also spent the entire season ranked in amongst the Top-50 teams in the

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nation, while the Shockers only cracked the Top-75 once this season. The Shockers sent the message that they weren’t afraid of the MVC regular season champions or their lineup of All-Conference performers. The momentum of the match immediately swayed in favor of the Shockers, as Wichita State quickly captured the lone doubles point with victories at the top two slots. Down 0-1, Drake seniors James McKie, the conference player of the year, and Anis Ghorbel immediately struck back. After pushing the match to 2-1 in the favor of the Bulldogs, Wichita State rallied around its fourth and fifth singles players. The Bulldogs found themselves down 2-3 and facing troublesome scores in the remaining two matches, with both sophomore Ben Mullis and junior Robin Goodman facing deficits in the third sets of their matches. Mullis would go on to post a three-set win to tie the score at 3-3, but Goodman’s comeback fell short at the third singles position. Wichita State’s win earned it the conference’s automatic bid and put two Missouri Valley Conference teams into the NCAA tournament for the first time in MVC history. “Obviously, we’ll have to practice very hard these upcoming 10 days and forget about the MVC loss, but we know what we’re capable of, and we’re going to give more than 100 percent to make Drake history,” Ghorbel said.

Ashley Beall

Staff Writer

The Drake Bulldogs were able to take down No. 1 Creighton in both games on Tuesday evening at Ron Buel Field. The Bulldogs swept Creighton 5-4 and 9-1 in the doubleheader. The Bulldogs are now 14-7 in conference while the Bluejays are 13-6. During the first game at Ron Buel Field, the Bulldogs quickly jumped to a 1-0 lead at the top of the first inning. Creighton quickly responded and scored two runs off freshman Mariah McKinnon, who made her season debut. McKinnon struggled early on in the game and allowed five batters to reach base. McKinnon was then relieved by sophomore Rebekah Schmidt. Drake quickly regained the lead at 3-2, thanks to junior Courtney Wood’s homerun, which brought junior Jordan Gronewold home as well. The Bluejays rallied back and tied the score at 3-3. Junior Nicole Randel brought the Bulldogs up with her seventh homerun of the season to give Drake a 5-3 edge. Schmidt was able to stay strong in the fifth inning and not allow any of the runners on base to score. The Bluejays were able to score another run off an error by sophomore Hayley Nybo to narrow the gap at 5-4. The Bulldogs were able to pull off the win and end game one on a high note. In the second game of the doubleheader,

the Bulldogs surged ahead of the Bluejays for a 9-1 victory. Nybo had a relatively quiet first game, but her bat came alive during her first at bat with a deep homerun. Overall, Nybo was 2-for-3 on the day. Thanks to Nybo’s homerun, she moved up in Drake’s record books and is now sixth and tied with Erin Mollohan, who hit 19 homeruns in her career. Gronewold also contributed to the game with a homerun that brought in three runs total. During the sixth inning, the Bulldogs took advantage of the Bluejays and brought home six more runs and brought the score to 9-1. With both of their wins this past Tuesday, the Bulldogs are now second in the Missouri Valley Conference right behind the Bluejays. The Bulldogs face in-state rival Northern Iowa on Saturday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Ron Buel Field.

Catch the next home game against Northern Iowa May 4 12 p.m. Ron Buel Field

THE DRAKE RELAYS boasted a talented field this year across the prep, college, university and elite divisions. Drake track and field recorded its first Relays victory in 18 years on Thursday night as junior Brogan Austin won the 5,000 meters. Friday and Saturday’s London Olympics rematches drew an impressive crowd to Drake Stadium as stars including hurdler Lolo Jones took to the blue oval. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR



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