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GOP candidate shared views with students by Kylie Rush

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Change is in for this year’s Student Senate by Lauren Ehrler

Staff Writer

A pot of coffee sat alongside Student Body President Greg Larson as he called the first Student Senate meeting of the academic year to order last Thursday night – perhaps an indicator of the lengthy agenda that was to follow. “Change is going to be the word of use for this year,” Larson said in the beginning of his report. One of those changes will be the introduction of strategic meetings. These will be agenda-free, discussion based meetings held once a month to address student issues. The first one will be Thursday, Sept. 1. Instead of completing traditional office hours to hear student concerns, senators will be pairing up and spending an hour each week visiting with students at on-campus locations. The idea for strategic meetings came from a leadership summit that the senators completed for the first time prior to the start of classes. “To start the year off doing something we’ve never done, I think, is pretty neat and hopefully indicative of things to come later on,” Larson said. Larson also updated the senators on the status of WeCar, a campus car-sharing program. WeCar will no longer be coming to Drake this year due to a hail storm which damaged much of Enterprise’s rental fleet. Larson and Sen. Seejo Valacheril have also been active advocating for high-speed rail development that will travel between Chicago and Omaha. “Faculty Senate did pass the creation of a J-term, kind of loosely,” Sen. Kayleigh Koester announced in her report. However, decisions have yet to be made regarding financial aid, faculty compensation and residence life issues. Technology Liaison Sen. Stephen Slade also introduced that the Drake Office of Information Technology has created a Twitter account (@DrakeOIT) to field concerns and keep students informed of technology issues. “We can’t fix problems unless we know about problems,” Slade said. Both motions on the agenda passed. Sens. Valacheril, Nate Bleadorn, Tanaya Thomas, Erin Hogan and Amanda Laurent were appointed to the Senate Judicial Committee, with Laurent serving as chair. Valacheril was appointed by unanimous ballot to serve as the President Pro-Temp, in any circumstance in which Larson or Vice President of Student Life Matt Van Hoeck would be unable to complete his term.

Presidential candidate Thad McCotter came to Drake University on Aug. 24 to talk to students about the upcoming election. He has faith that he will be elected into office in 2012 and it showed through his speech. “The only thing that is too big to fail is you, the American people,” McCotter said. Drew Kaufman, a sophomore politics major, isn’t so convinced. “I disagreed on a number of issues, global warming being a big one,” Kaufman said. McCotter took a different approach than most with his speech. He chose to start the event with a question and answer session instead of speaking. Students asked questions about social issues, such as gay marriage and embryonic research, as well

as larger political and economic issues. “The left is not progressive as it is regressive,” McCotter said at the end of his speech. “We need to take care of those who cannot help themselves, take care of our own lives.” McCotter also said he believes the future of America rests on a self-government formed on reliance and dignity. Although Kaufman didn’t agree with McCotter, he did feel it was a good experience overall. “As a politics major, it’s a good experience and seemed like a good opportunity,” Kaufman said. “It’s helpful to get a perspective that’s not always gotten in the classroom.” Rachel Caufield, associate professor of politics and international relations, is in charge of making sure students get the chance to see the presidential candidates. Even though some students didn’t agree with McCotter on the issues, Caufield felt that those who attended were respectful

and attentive. “I was very impressed at the questions the students asked him as well as the level of attendance at the event,” Caufield said. Caufield had to put the event together in less than a day. “(McCotter’s) campaign called the (Drake) College Republicans on Monday evening, but they didn’t call me until Tuesday morning and they asked to do the event Wednesday,” Caufield said. Luckily, Caufield has plenty of experience in putting together these types of events. There are also policies in place that allow her to send out campus-wide emails to students and staff. The size of the event also played a role in it coming together so quickly. “Smaller events like this can be nimble while the larger ones are harder to deal with,” Caufield said. “(McCotter’s) staffers were easy to work with and it just came together.”

KRISTEN SMITH | editor-in-chief

THAD McCOTTER gives his speech at the Polk County GOP picnic at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday. McCotter spoke a few days earlier to members of the Drake community.

Drake Security loses its hair Members of the force shave heads to support an officer’s family by Lillie Schrock

Staff writer

Last Friday morning, 13 Drake security officers shaved their heads and posed for a funny photo. Why? To make a 14-year-old girl laugh. Sgt. Shane Wright of Drake Security received a phone call on June 16 from his mother who told him Wright’s niece, Grace Chance, had been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Chance, who lives in Urbandale, Iowa, had been feeling nauseous and was taken to Blank Children’s Hospital. After a CT scan and an agonizing afternoon spent in uncertainty, Chance was told she has a thalamic anaplastic astrocytoma. Due to the location of the tumor, it is not operable. As Chance goes through chemotherapy and radiation, Wright wanted to do something for her to make her smile. When Chance had her hair shaved off, Wright got the idea to have his

fellow security officers shave their heads. “The reaction was overwhelming — everybody wanted to do it,” Wright said about presenting the idea to his colleagues. Thirteen bald security officers smiled for the camera on Friday. They held signs that said “Gracie, 22,” Chance’s softball team number. “I figured it would bring a smile to her face if a bunch of dummies shaved their heads,” Wright said.


>> CAMPUS CALENDAR Events this week WHAT: Fall Activities Fair WHERE: Parents Hall, Upper Olmsted WHEN: Aug. 31, 4 - 7 p.m. WHAT: DRxUGS Officers Meeting WHERE: Cline Conference Room 127 WHEN: Aug. 30, 4 - 5 p.m. WHAT: Faculty Recital ­­— Ashley Sidon, Cello WHERE: Sheslow Auditorium LAUREN HORSCH | managing/news editor

WHEN: Aug. 31, 7:30 - 9 p.m. SECURITY OFFICERS gather on the side of the security building after shaving their heads for Sgt. Wright’s niece, Grace. They posed with Grace’s number and name on her Urbandale, Iowa softball team’s logo. See pages 2 and 8 for more photos.






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Drake students voice their opinions on Ron Paul market and for lowering taxes. Paul tends to vote liberal on social issues such as the legalization of marijuana and personal liberty issues, but he is more conservative on fiscal issues such as his campaign, “End the Fed.” Recently, Paul came in a close second place in the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll behind Michele Bachmann. Though Paul has a well-built group of followers, many are questioning why the media is downplaying his campaign. “Ron Paul wouldn’t be my first choice for president,” junior Sean Walsh said. “I do think it’s curious and unfair that some candidates that are doing much worse than him in the polls get more media attention that he does.” So what exactly is it about Paul that is capturing the youth of America? “They see him as this revolutionary figure who is running this unpopular message,” Caufield said. Levine said he supports Paul because he touches on subjects other candidates try to avoid.

by Cori Clark

Staff writer

It’s hard to believe it is that time again — campaign season. One candidate who is popping up again from the 2008 presidential election is Ron Paul, a registered Republican who flies under the libertarian banner. Paul has become a favorite amongst students on the Drake University campus and across the states. “I don’t just like him; I absolutely love him,” sophomore Benjamin Levine said. Rachel Caufield, associate professor of politics and international relations, said she is not that surprised that students are supporting Paul. “I think Ron Paul is refreshing, and as a libertarian he’s probably more in-line with young people,” Caufield said. The Texas congressman is an advocate for a limited, constitutional government, for a free

“I was drawn to Ron Paul because of his ideology and principles,” Levine said. “He is the only candidate, by far, that is speaking about issues that truly matter in a substantive form. The corrupt system of the Federal Reserve, for example, is Ron Paul’s issue.” While Paul has some strong supporters for his campaign, others don’t feel he is a suitable candidate — junior Casey Erixon, is one of those students. “He has no respect for the realities of our position in the world, and the responsibilities of governing, isolationism and bare-bones government may theoretically be great ideas,” Erixon said, “but in the real world we have a duty to the people of this country and the people of the world to ensure a fair playing field and show global leadership,” Drake will launch a chapter for the Students for Ron Paul organization in the near future. In less than eight months, SFP has established over 500 college and high school chapters in all 50 states. SFP had also recruited over 26,000 stu-

dents to join the Ron Paul 2008 campaign. “I think that Obama will not be able to hang on to that enthusiasm of the young people because of what’s happened in the last couple years,” Paul said after his exploratory committee was announced. Views are mixed on whether or not Paul will get the nomination for the Republican Party. Some voters believe he is the ideal candidate and will go on to win the 2012 election, while others don’t think he is a serious enough candidate to be considered. Levine believes Paul can win the nomination and eventually the election. “Although the media downplays Paul’s campaign and how truly powerful it is, I honestly believe he can win,” Levine said. “Will it be easy? No. But nothing worth gaining is ever easy.” For more information on Ron Paul and the Ron Paul 2012 campaign visit or

Brief Overview of Congressman Ron Paul’s Record • He has never voted to raise taxes. • He has never voted for an unbalanced budget. • He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership. • He has never voted to raise congressional pay. • He has never taken a government-paid junket. • He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch. • He voted against the Patriot Act. • He voted against regulating the Internet. • He voted against the Iraq War. • He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program. • He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. Treasury every year. KRISTEN SMITH | editor-in-chief

CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL speaks at the GOP Picnic at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

FROM SECURITY, PAGE 1 Chance has been in Memphis, Tenn., since she was diagnosed. She is being treated at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Chance is expected to return to Iowa by Labor Day and start school soon after. “She is really homesick,” Wright said. “She cannot wait to get home and start eighth grade.” Those who wish to follow Chance’s journey may visit her family’s blog at www.caringbridge. org/visit/prayforgracie.

Follow Chance’s journey on her blog

LEFT, CENTER: SGT. SHANE WRIGHT shaves security officer Matt Samann’s head on Friday morning. RIGHT: JAKE SIMPSON of Drake Security helps shave Security Supervisor Sgt. Mark Risvold’s head. LAUREN HORSCH | managing/news editor

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Important to always live life to the fullest Do we take everything for granted? The simple freedom that we possess that most of the world has yet to experience? There’s typically a distinct disconnect between the human race and particular humanitarianism. I used to be one of those people. A humanitarian ideology seems to be lacking the activism spark. Over the summer, I was strolling along Gray’s Lake with my friend and colleague. The night was growing rather late, around 11 p.m., and peaceful. I was wearing a Kappa Kappa Gamma hoodie that a good friend had given to me, as the temperature was chilly for a summer evening. It wasn’t until we were walking along one of the bridges that I realized I was talking to myself and she remained unmoved. I turned to see what grasped her attention and her jaw dropped as she gazed into the sky. This girl is from Chicago and never had the opportunity to see fireworks before. The question then dawned on me. How much do I personally take for granted? Sure, I appreciated the fireworks, but to have the opportunity to witness somebody’s eyes light up over something so small is truly something reserved for movies. After the fireworks ended, we continued to walk along the lake. My friend and I were then stopped by a girl and her mother, who were excited to have seen KKG gear. Turns out, this girl is a Kappa down at the University of Missouri. After speaking with them for a while, I could see the joy these individuals got out of the bonds they had to this organization. Her mom asked me where I got my hoodie, as she had been searching for one with no avail. I told her that it was from a friend. We soon finished our random conversation and continued our separate ways. The entire time, I kept thinking: to be able to bring a smile to somebody’s face is truly what I live for. I then knew what I

had to do. While I thought my motion would stand as insignificant, and with the thought that they would think I am a total nut-case, I called “Wait!” and ran towards them. When we finally reached each other again, I tugged on the sweatshirt and said, “If you want it, it’s yours.” At this point, I was pondering what they must have been thinking. A crazy boy runs towards them and tries to give his clothes away? Instead, their eyes lit up and the two were overwhelmed with excitement. “Are you serious?” the mother said. I couldn’t help but smile and hand over the hoodie. They requested my information at the very least and we are now friends on Facebook. I knew I would get a smile, yet I was not even aware of the impact that little things such as giving somebody a piece of clothing could do. Later, the girl went home and wrote a note about her experience: “Just when I thought the world was on my shoulders, I found relief in a stranger. Tonight I have learned what it means to pay it forward and if I could hand out Owl Salutes, this young man would definitely receive one. While at Gray’s with my mother I noticed a boy wearing a Kappa sweatshirt walking with another girl who was sporting her Kappa keys around her neck. The boy must have noticed how excited I was to see another Kappa because he literally took off his sweatshirt and handed it to me. What a wonderful person, so truly inspiring. Tonight I will go to sleep knowing that the world isn’t such a horrible place and I live among wonderful people. I couldn’t be more humbled. I have the most sincere gratitude for those two. I am a key, a fleur de lis and I will forever be a KKG.” “I still can’t believe it! This definitely made our night! Who would think someone would lit-

erally give the shirt off his back to you! There are great people out there! All I can say is PAY IT FORWARD! Our family will!” - Girl’s Mother Somewhere, it got lost in my ideology (as I am sure that I am not the only one of whomever may read this) that one voice, one notion, one act can change the course of history. A few months ago, my good friend Jody Whitmore sent me a postcard that simply said, “Got Privilege?” It was for a white privilege conference that occurred earlier in the year. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend; however, I feel that I gained a significant source of insight just by reading those words. This postcard now has a home in my cubicle at work as a constant reminder to everything I have. I have a top-notch education, a supportive family and everything else that a guy could want. Now what to do for those who don’t see it all? What about those who do not have access to all that I have? I remember sitting in my sociology class and reading about the effects that a single element of one’s daily life could change the behavior of the rest of their environment. I also remember reading a book in one of my law, politics and society courses about “the human condition” and how all realms of one’s life center around each other. While we study and live by the basic principles of humanitarianism, I still see a huge disconnection. People do not like the way things are yet sit around just waiting for time to pass and for the world to change alone. The world is lucky to have individuals such as Mike Gronstal, Harvey Milk, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln or even Tank Man. These individuals found something worth fighting for. I wish to see humanity take on some of its modern challenges with just as much integrity as those before them.

While what I have done may be small, it reminded me that all it takes is one small spark to ignite the raging fires. I am happy to inspire more than just a tweet or some subpar acknowledgment of good deed. After all, as stated best: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” - Helen Keller I live my life opposite that of which the world has continuously tried to teach me. While my dad has been drilling into my head “don’t talk to strangers” since I was little, I could not advise more to the rest of the world to break down those barriers and open up to new people. Expand upon thy horizons and grow. At least that is the faith to which I still hold true. Daring adventure? Or nothing? Your choice.


Hanel is a junior marketing and public relations double major and can be reached at

Criticism of politician’s approach to issues One student voices his opinion on supposed ‘fearless social crusader’ Last weekend as students here at Drake were moving into their apartments or dorms, reuniting with old friends, meeting new ones and getting ready for classes to start, 19-year-old Marcellus Richards Andrews of Waterloo, Iowa, was lying in a hospital room fighting for his life. Andrews was the victim of a brutal assault in the early morning of Aug. 20 in which his attackers shouted “faggot” and repeatedly kicked him in the face. This was a violent hate crime the likes of which most of us have only seen on Law & Order, and it happened in our backyard. Iowa has become something of a battleground for the gay rights movement since April of 2009 when the Iowa Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, and it is likely to only grow more heated as Republican presidential candidates seek the approval of Iowa’s socially conservative republican base. Michele Bachmann in particular has become a lightning rod for controversy on gay rights issues, even as she continues to dismiss those issues as “light” and “frivolous.” From her husband’s counseling clinic that claimed to cure homosexuality through prayer to the string of gay teen suicides in her local school district that led state public health officials to label the area a “suicide contagion area,” Bachmann has been suspiciously silent on issues relating to gay rights, hate crimes legislation and bullying prevention. I say suspiciously because for much of her

early political career, Bachmann relentlessly made a name for herself as a fearless social crusader, picketed at abortion clinics, used state funds to open a charter school that promoted religious views and led the fight in the Minnesota Senate for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, a practice that was, and regrettably still is, already illegal. And yet now, as she seeks the Republican presidential nomination she is adamantly staying on message and steering away from talking explicitly about gay marriage. Now as much as I appreciate her decision to hold back on the hatemongering, it is disingenuous, it is a distortion of her views and priorities and it is misleading to voters. Intolerance may be a closely held value in the Bachmann family, but it is not in my family, and it is not in the family of Marcellus Richard Andrews.

“Michele Bachmann has been suspiciously silent on issues relating to gay rights, hate crimes legislation and bulling prevention.”

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Movie adaptation of ‘One Day’ not as good as book

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“One Day” by David Nicholls is a well written book and tells a story that I thought was well worth telling. Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew meet on the day of their graduation from college and strike up an unlikely friendship that lasts for decades. The book follows their lives over the course of 20 years, with each chapter scrutinizing the one day that they first met each other. This is not a platonic friendship by any means. There is an abundance of longing, lust and unrequited love flitting about the pages to make for the perfect yet realistic love story. As perfect as a realistic story can be at least, and for that matter as realistic as a perfect love story can be. A film adaptation had been in development as early as the book’s publication, and Nicholls was set to write the screenplay himself. Lone Scherfig, who directed Carey Mulligan in the film “An Education,” was hired to direct and Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway were cast in the roles of Dexter and Emma, respectively. Having watched the film now and allowing myself a considerable amount of time to mull over it, I still

cannot get over my initial disappointment over how lazily distilled and ineffectively directed I found this adaptation to be. Perhaps the only silver lining to this dismal cloud of frustrating storytelling was the performances. Sturgess and Hathaway make the most of what they are given to work with, and both succeed in capturing the essence of their literary counterparts. Sturgess is an absolute star, storming into each scene with the kind of charisma only British actors seem to be equipped with. Be it while cockily telling Hathway’s Emma, he’ll walk her home the first time they meet, or when trying to maintain a straight conversation with his dying mother while drunk and possibly drugged, Sturgess personifies a Dexter that is so utterly unlikeable in the beginning that you cannot help but love him for the person he evolves into towards the end. Hathaway is adept in her role but less impressive than Sturgess. In the book, Emma possesses infinite potential for success in many fields but always falls short of realizing what it is that she wants. What she wants and cannot have is, of course, her best friend Dex. This combined with her obvious intelligence and her slightly self-destructive tendencies make her a wonderfully complex character. In the film, however, Emma’s intelligence is not made apparent through the books she keeps referencing to Dexter or the long and lyrical letters she writes to him while he is out dis-

covering himself in India. Instead, all that good stuff is traded for a pair of what I like to call “Harry Potter” glasses to let the audience know she is the “intellectual” type set against Dexter’s handsome and cocky type. Hathaway can hardly be blamed for all that because the real fault here lies in Nicholls’ misguided screenwriting. And it gives me particular displeasure going forward, but the truth is Nicholls failed at adapting his own book. Scherfig did not do much to help the matter. The tone of the film is distractingly uneven. It switches back and forth between Dexter’s exploits as an inclining and then quickly declining TV presenter, and Emma’s woes and sorrows over not knowing what it is she should be doing instead of waitressing at a Mexican restaurant. While on the topic of tone, there is a completely unnecessary nude scene in the film that destroys the coy balance that had been previously established between Dexter’s nonchalant promiscuity and Emma’s prudence. Dexter’s yin yang ankle tattoo is a clear nod to the differences between the two leads, but I wish so badly that their differences did not begin with Emma’s “Harry Potter” glasses and end with Dexter’s ankle tattoo. Scherfig and Nicholls failed to capitalize on how their differences made them tick. There are some things that work in “One Day”. The cinematography is stunning and all the perfor-

mances are excellent. Patricia Clarkson, in particular, stands out in the supporting cast as Dexter’s colorful English mother. We see her at her highest and her lowest, and it once again reminds us of how Clarkson can never do any wrong. As far as romantic comedies and dramas go, “One Day” is pretty good. There are some scenes that are directly extracted from the book, and they are the scenes that work best. The narration stretched over two decades is somewhat refreshing. The age-old “opposites attract” formula does not get overly tiresome here, and it is for these reasons that “One Day” is not a bad film. People who have not read the book may even immensely enjoy it, but considering how good the book was, the film should have been much better.

Pugmire entertains with looping technology

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Last Friday night at 8 p.m., musician Preston Pugmire filled Olmsted Center with the sounds of an entire back-up band using looping technology. Pugmire records guitar, bass and vocal beats live and can make a new song from scratch on stage. His live performance is similar to the Rocket Summer, with his abundance of instruments and strong stage presence. Pugmire played many original songs but also a few covers like Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” and Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.” The crowd was clapping along to Jackson 5 and accompanied Pugmire with the Oh-Oh’s in “Cry Me a River.”

It was evident how much Pugmire used the crowd’s interaction to create a more memorable experience. “I thought it was amazing,” junior Aubrey Lambach said. “He made small bits sound like a whole song, and I liked how he got the whole audience involved.” Pugmire made great use of the audience while performing “Soundtrack,” and beforehand he explained the premise behind the song, which is about his wife. Pugmire found a spot on the lap of a boy in the crowd, then danced with another concertgoer, then danced on multiple tabletops and finally planted a kiss on his wife who was in the middle of the audience. He took lots of time between his songs to talk to the audience and he kept them engaged. He told many jokes that kept the audience laughing.

“It’s my first time here,” Pugmire said. “I like Des Moines, it’s great. I’m not even joking.” Using not only the acoustic guitar, floor petal and microphone, Pugmire used many other objects to help his songs come to life. In the song “You Felt Different,” Pugmire slid his hand through a deck of cards. He also shouted through a megaphone during his last song, “Helen.” Another interesting object Pugmire used to captures attention is his oscilloscope. He has the oscilloscope hooked up to his microphone and it looks like an old television. When Pugmire sings into his microphone the disrupted signal shows up on the screen, looking like static. “My friend Ben built it for me,” Pugmire said. “The oscilloscope adds a visual aspect and good audience interaction to my show.” Throughout the show people showed up, provid-

ing a larger audience for Pugmire. “I wished we would have gotten here earlier, but what we saw was really good,” sophomore Drew Kaufman said. “I really enjoyed the last song-- Helen.” Pugmire was the top booked event at the National Association of Campus Activities this year. Student Activities Board Bands Chair Carly Kinzler was happy with Pugmire’s performance. “I feel really good about the performance,” Kinzler said. “He interacted well with the crowd. We are trying a coffeehouse series this semester and we are getting diverse acts this year.” The SAB has many more shows planned for this semester. The next concert will feature The Olympics on Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. on Pomerantz Stage. Other shows include Matt Corey on Sept. 15 and Hana Pestle on Nov. 18.

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Football players share Tanzania experience by Elizabeth Robinson

Features and Opinions Editor

When one thinks of football players, one tends to have an image of big, tough guys who march onto the field and tackle anyone in their way in order to get the win. Very rarely are the images of playing with young children, providing service work at schools and orphanages or hiking up a mountain associated with football players. The Drake football team broke the typical football player stereotype by doing much more than play football when it traveled to Tanzania in May. Last Thursday, those who went on the trip shared their experiences publicly for the first time

at Pomerantz Stage in Olmsted. Players presented their experiences in a variety of ways including a rap by senior quarterback Mike Piatkowski, a poetry reading and a painting. “For me personally, I was and am still overwhelmed by the fact that so many people worked so hard to make (the trip) happen, then that it actually happened and not only that it happened, but that it happened in such an incredible way,” head coach Chris Creighton said. The team’s trip began with practices alongside the CONADIEP All-Stars from Mexico, the team they played against in the first annual Global Kilimanjaro Bowl. During that time the team also hosted youth football camps for the youth in the area. “If you could’ve seen them with the kids – there

wasn’t a guy that was too cool for school,” Creighton said. “They were just laughing, throwing balls around, playing with kids. It was magical.” The actual game, the primary reason for the trip, was played on the third day of the team’s tout. After tight play throughout the game, the Bulldogs were able to pull through in the fourth quarter for the 17-7 win. The remainder of the trip was spent doing various service projects and climaxed, literally, with the team climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. “When the players first heard ‘let’s climb Mount Kilimanjaro’ they were like, ‘what are you talking about?’” Creighton said. “So then when you go and do it together as a team, I can’t help but think that it’s got to help us believe that we can do anything.” After spending so much time together in such

a unique way, the team grew closer than before, which could benefit them on the field this season. Creighton said that the team was already a close family and that the time they spent together in Africa brought their relationships to a new level. The experience had a significant impact on the team as a whole and more specifically on the individual players themselves. Junior Cam Good was one of the many players who gained a lot from the experience. “This trip had such a huge impact on me,” Good said. “As a person, it made me realize how fortunate I am and to cherish everything I have in my life. I saw the struggles people face, yet it doesn’t affect them and they still have a smile on their faces. The trip was really a life-changing experience.”

photos courtesy of CAM GOOD ABOVE: DRAKE FOOTBALL players having a good time with a group of children as they walked down from the Tema Village. RIGHT TOP: DRAKE PLAYERS and CONADIEP players with children in the youth clinic. RIGHT BOTTOM: TWO DRAKE teammates donating school supplies to a little girl who represented her school.

World record breaker cuts hair in Iowa by Emily Lofgren

Staff Writer

The Iowa School of Beauty and Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary & Rescue will host nationally recognized hair stylist Patrick Lomantini as he attempts to set a new Guinness World Record in Urbandale on Wednesday. Already a current Guinness World Record holder, Lomantini is traveling to a metropolitan city in each of the 50 states to give 50 individuals haircuts in each city — all within 50 days. Lomantini’s 50-50-50 Iowa event will take place at the Iowa School of Beauty’s Urbandale Campus at 3305 70th St. in Urbandale at 8:30 a.m. He will cut hair until his 50 haircuts are finished around 4 p.m. Joseph Pundzak, president of Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary & Rescue, said his organization is excited to be part of this record-setting event. This is the first time the Iowa School of Beauty and Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary & Rescue are partnering for an event. “[Raccoon Valley] was contacted by Pat Lomantini who was in the process of setting a record, so we contacted the Iowa School of Beauty,” Pundzak said. As has been Lomantini’s policy in each state, all haircuts will be at no charge in lieu of a donation to a

local humane society. However, the Iowa Department of Health prohibits guest licensed barbers and stylists from providing services to aid non-profit organizations. Those receiving haircuts will still be able to do so at no charge, but are encouraged to support the Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary & Rescue with a free will donation. The organization accepts both monetary donations as well as animal food. Pundzak said that due to tough economic times, getting donations is more important right now. Since it began in 1987, the Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary & Rescue has relied on donations from both corporations and individuals to drive the organization. Pundzak said the aid that will come from Lomantini’s 50 haircuts in Iowa will largely help. “It’s a good thing,” he said. “We’ll definitely benefit.” The greatest need right now is cat and kitten food. More information about how to donate can be found at Pundzak hopes the Des Moines community as well as the Drake community will come out to support the record-breaking fundraiser. He said the Drake ROTC students will attend. For a free, world-record attempt haircut by Lomantini, please schedule an appointment by calling Marti or Kim at the Iowa School of Beauty at 515278-9939.

Latex allergy causes campus changes by Jared Hanel

Staff writer

How do you want to be known by the student body? Would you like to be defined by factors in your life that you cannot control? “Oh, you mean wheel chair girl?” “There goes the gay kid.” No. We would like to be thought of first and foremost as ourselves and as a name. That is exactly what we all want. Drake University is a school that strives incredibly hard to accommodate every student’s needs to the best of their abilities. As students may be noticing around campus, Drake has issued a new “balloon-free” policy. Some of you may be confused as to why this is, and many activities may have planned on using balloons at specific events such as the Activities Fair (Wednesday, 4-7 p.m., Upper Olmsted). After speaking with Michelle Laughlin, student disability services coordinator at Drake, I discovered that this was another recent accommodation. This fall, there is a new student who happens to have a severe allergy to latex. I am not just talking about a simple allergy that causes sneezing and a running nose. An encounter with latex could send this student into anaphylactic shock, a severe allergic reaction that can include fainting, swelling of the throat and other major symptoms that may pose a serious risk to this student’s health. The reason for the ban of latex balloons extends just a little further than this. To describe just how serious this student’s allergy is, say there is an event in Parent’s Hall that has latex balloons and the orga-

nization removes them at the end of the event. This student could even go into anaphylactic shock just by passing through that venue a day later because the balloons were previously there. “It’s not about rubber bands, not about condoms and not about rubber balls,” Laughlin said. “With this case, the allergy circulates dominantly with balloons. You may not die because of your balloon, but who’s to say somebody else won’t? If it was your brother or sister, would you not like the same thing? We are all a community and we take care of each other. If we have to make something accessible for the purpose of making campus safer, we can and will.” Dean of students Sentwali Bakari agreed that Drake will accommodate a student’s needs when it comes to safety. “The real issue is we are trying to be as accommodating as possible,” Bakari said. “We are trying to be a welcoming and conclusive environment so the student feels welcome and can have their very best Drake experience. Once explained, students understand. Students are creative and find even more artistic ways to spread the news about their organization, and that is why I love these students. All students can succeed and feel as included as the next person. Nobody is defined by their disability here.” For this reason, Drake requests that students only possess mylar balloons. It takes a lot of courage heading off to college where you are in an entirely different environment that you have no full control over. While Drake cannot prevent every possible encounter on campus, the university does its best to provide every student with the pillars outlined in our mission statement.

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The football squad will take on North Dakota on the road in its season debut this Thursday. This will be the toughest non-conference opponent of the year for the Bulldogs, who were picked to finish third in the Pioner Football League.


Bulldogs drop two out of three in Utah Tony Sunga picks up first career victory as head coach by Matt Moran

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The Drake volleyball team started a new era in Tony Sunga’s first tournament as the Bulldogs head coach. Drake opened the Crystal Inn Thunderbird Invitational with a 3-1 victory over host Southern Utah last Friday. The Bulldogs then dropped a 3-0 decision to Utah State and lost a 3-2 match to Boise State on Saturday. Friday’s win marked the second-straight season that Drake won its season opener. Senior setter Caitlin Johnson had a double-double with 29 assists and 13 digs. Senior Mikayla Sims had a team-high 10 kills. Four Bulldogs notched double-digits in digs in the 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 2522 win. It was the first win as a collegiate head coach in Sunga’s career. “We had some leaders step up when they needed to,” Sunga said in a Drake athletics press release. “We struggled a bit in the second set, but we picked it up when we needed to.” Senior libero Erika Price had 14 digs, and juniors Sarah Madden and Jadranka Tramosljanin added 15 each. Drake had 72 digs as a team in the match. “We played the way we thought we would,” Sunga said. “We came out with urgency and precision.” The Bulldogs struggled against Utah State in the opener on Saturday. The Aggies earned a trip to the NCAA tournament last season, and it showed as Drake committed 31 attack errors compared to 14 by Utah State. Junior Whitney Westrum had nine kills and eight digs to lead the Bulldogs squad. The Aggies won the three games 25-20, 25-16 and 25-22. After winning two out of the first three games against Boise State, Drake could not close the door on the Broncos. The Bulldogs lost the first game 17-25, then rallied to win the next

two games 25-23. Boise State regrouped to take down Drake 19-25. In an exciting fifth game, freshman Amanda Platte helped Drake even the score at 14 with a ferocious kill. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs committed two straight attacking errors to drop the game 16-14, and the Broncos captured the victory. Johnson played one of the best matches in her career, registering 48 assists. One more would have given her a career high. Sims had a career-high 17 kills against the Broncos. Senior Michelle Reidy recorded 22 total kills on the day. The Bulldogs are 1-2 heading into the Sheraton West Des Moines Drake Invitational this weekend. The team faces Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. on Friday, and then Wyoming at noon on Saturday. Sunga was the assistant coach at Wyoming the past three years before accepting the head coaching position at Drake. The team wraps up the invitational on Saturday against Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 7:30 p.m.

Sheraton West Des Moines Drake Invitational FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 vs IPFW Knapp Center, 7 p.m. SATURDAY, SEPT. 3 vs Wyoming Knapp Center, 12 p.m. vs UW-Milwaukee Knapp Center, 7:30 p.m.



Bulldogs beat Northern Arizona in double OT Moklestad paces Drake with late goal by Tad Unruh

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Drake started its road trip with a thrilling double overtime victory, as it pulled out a 2-1 squeaker against Northern Arizona. An own goal 53 seconds into the second overtime period lifted the Bulldogs (2-1) past the Lumberjacks (0-3). Drake spoiled the opening of the Lumberjacks’ new stadium in Flagstaff, Ariz. Junior Laura Moklestad said adjusting to the altitude of about 7,000 feet was a challenge. “We made sure to hydrate days before to help us acclimate,” said Moklestad, who tied the game at one with a goal in the 87th minute. “Most importantly, we mentally prepared as a unit because we knew that (Northern Arizona) would come out strong. As the game went on we were able to break them down and gain momentum.” There was still no score until the 76th minute when Northern Arizona earned a free kick. Sam Monahan struck the ball from about 30 yards out to put the Lumberjacks ahead, 1-0. The Bulldogs responded by going on the attack. Horner noted that the team’s strategy changed immediately after the goal went in. “The game was tight going into the second half when the team started pulling together”, head coach Lindsey Horner said. “After NAU scored their goal, they started to play conservatively and we started throwing numbers forward.” Roughly 10 minutes later Moklestad put a shot in the back of the net. That evened the contest and sent it to overtime. She was ecstatic to put her team back in the game.

“It felt awesome scoring the equalizer,” Moklestad said. “We knew that we could win the game. Our persistence as a team provided the opening for me to score. After that we didn’t let down because we knew that we had the momentum to win.” Horner knew it was time for the ladies to step up in overtime. “Our girls get excited to compete in overtime,” she said. “We showed a lot of personality in the extra minutes, and for this group of players it is a step in the right direction.” The first overtime yielded a scoreless period, but not without offensive chances. The Bulldogs capitalized early in the second overtime on a defensive mix-up resulting in an own goal by the Lumberjacks. Despite notching the win, the contest was much more one-sided than the score suggests. Northern Arizona took 17 shots to the Bulldogs’ seven. “We struggled to get much going offensively in the first half, and as the game wore on we were better at recognizing what was working,” Horner said. Sophomore goalkeeper Kalena Litch played a big part in the defense as she had a game-high 10 saves. Horner said she is excited for Litch to continue her development into a premier keeper, and realizes the weapon she has on the defensive end of the pitch. “Kalena still has room to transition from a very good keeper to an excellent keeper, as she has loads of potential,” Horner said. “But tonight we clearly had the better goalkeeper, and in women’s soccer that is sometimes the difference.”

THIS WEEK >> IN SPORTS MONDAY, AUG. 29 Men’s Soccer @ Western Illinois, 5 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1 Football @ North Dakota, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 Cross Country Bulldog 4K Classic Des Moines, Iowa 5 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs South Dakota State Cownie Soccer Complex, 7 p.m. Men’s Soccer @ San Diego, 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4 Men’s Soccer @ UC Irvine, 8 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs Western Illinois Cownie Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.


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Freshman Profile: from Arizona to Iowa Judd Welfringer will try to contribute and ‘spark’ a loaded Bulldogs roster by Matt Moran

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Stuck in Missouri Valley mediocrity for the past three seasons, Drake’s young basketball squad is gaining the experience to return to contention in the conference. Drake’s last two freshmen classes, the top-rated recruiting classes in the MVC, are now sophomores and juniors. Sophomore Rayvonte Rice is primed to explode onto the scene as one of the top players in the Valley. If junior Seth VanDeest can stay healthy, he is easily one of the best post presences in the MVC. With such a loaded roster, the Bulldogs had only one available scholarship for this season. Judd Welfringer, a 6-foot-5 guard who played last year at Waukee High School, caught the eye of head coach Mark Phelps. Welfringer played high school ball in Arizona for three years, but when he decided to commit to Drake, he moved to Waukee to play his senior season for the Warriors.

“Our team had good chemistry and we gave it a good run. We lost in the fourth quarter (in the state quarterfinals),” Welfringer said. “But I got the opportunity to be a fan, to be a Drake Bulldog. I hadn’t been able to do that, but I got the chance last year when I moved.” Welfringer saw his first action in a Drake uniform during the team’s preseason foreign tour in New Zealand and Australia. Welfringer saw limited action, which is expected for a freshman, but averaged 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in the team’s four games. Welfringer said it was a great opportunity to play against different styles of basketball. “It was exactly like the European style,” he said. “The players were not as athletic as some of the Division-I players here, but they brought a different style to the table. It was cool to play against.” Welfringer said it is difficult being the only scholarship freshman, but he said everyone on the team has been supportive. Having two other freshmen on the team, walk-ons Mitch McLaughlin and Lincoln Vorba, has also been helpful since they are dealing with the same adjustments.

The academic reputation of Drake attracted Welfringer to Des Moines and he’s excited to have the opportunity to play at the highest level of college basketball. “I met with the coaches and it felt like the right place to be,” he said. “I like the small campus because I can get to the other side in 10 minutes. I actually went to the wrong class (last week) and I was able to show up to the right class only five minutes late.” Welfringer is living in Herriott Residence Hall and said he enjoys living there and meeting new people. The biggest challenge for Welfringer has been adjusting to college athletics and balancing his studying with a social life because “the classes are more difficult than high school.” Having a lot of playing time during a freshman season is rare in college athletics, but Welfringer will be ready to contribute when called upon. “I’m just trying to be a spark for my teammates, doing whatever the coaches want,” he said. “I’ll cheer from the bench and keep the energy level high. I just want to compete and not let my team down if I get a chance to get in the game.”


Bulldogs top Loyola 2-1 in season debut on the road by Eduardo Zamarripa

Sports Editor

Sophomore Erik Boyer scored his first career goal late in the second half to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 season-opening victory on the road against Loyola of Chicago. The win marked the fourth consecutive season-opening victory for the Bulldogs. Drake is 13-11-2 all-time in season openers and 9-4-1 under head coach Sean Holmes. “I was really proud of our effort tonight,” Holmes said. “Going anywhere for someone’s home season opener is always challenging and Loyola had a terrific crowd tonight.”

A great performance by senior goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec and timely goals were the story of the game for Drake. “I don’t like to take credit. It’s not me, it’s a team effort,” Kadlec said. Kadlec recorded a game-high seven saves as Loyola outshot Drake 13-7. “Before the season I thought Jordan (Kadlec) was one of the best goalkeepers in the country and he proved it seven times over when we lost our way for spells,” Holmes said. “He ultimately was the difference maker in the game.” Despite not having the shot advantage, the Bulldogs did not panic and were able to score first and settle into the game. Senior Hunter Kennedy opened up the scor-

ing at the 21:39 mark with the Bulldogs’ first goal of the season. Senior Matt Kuhn picked up the assist on the play. However, the advantage did not last very long. The Ramblers were able to find the equalizer at the 26:38 mark to even the score at 1-1. With only 12 minutes remaining in the second half, senior Charles Schwartz and freshman Thomas Schermoly put together a nice passing combination that Boyer finished off to give the Bulldogs the late lead. “I thought at times we played some very tidy soccer and at other times we were sloppy and we were punished for that with their goal,” Holmes said. “We responded with three great chances in the final 10 minutes or so of the game before

finally Erik (Boyer) capitalized on one.” Drake held on and closed out the game to come home with the victory. It was a gutty performance for the Bulldogs, who were able to go on the road in their season debut and be outshot and still come out on top. “It’s always great to win our first game, Kadlec said. “It’s a big win, especially on the road. It was fun.” Drake will travel to Western Illinois to close out its road swing Aug. 29 as the team continues its non-conference schedule. “We have a tough road schedule. We just need to look forward to Monday’s game,” Kadlec said. “Take it one game at a time.”


Drake Football Preview: All eyes on the PFL Championship It’s no secret that the Bulldogs are one of the elite teams in the Pioneer Football League. After finishing the 2010 season at 7-4 overall and with a 6-2 conference record, Drake is primed to contend for the PFL Championship in 2011. However, reaching that conference championship has been an elusive goal in recent years for the Bulldogs. Last season, the Bulldogs lost both conference games in heartbreaking fashion. The first was a 39-34 loss on the road to reigning PFL Champion Jacksonville, and the second came at the hands of a last-second Hail Mary pass in a 31-25 defeat at Dayton. The Bulldogs were a few breaks away from having a better conference season and had to settle for third place in the PFL. This season, however, not only do the Bulldogs return several important contributors, but they also have a favorable schedule. Last season, the Bulldogs faced their two toughest opponents on the road, and Dayton and Jacksonville did not get to play each other (both went undefeated in the PFL). Drake opens the 2011 season with a schedule advantage. This year, Drake’s toughest road battles will be at Butler and at San Diego State, but both programs seem to have taken a step back. There is a good chance Drake will enter the last two weeks of the season with an undefeated conference record, and then they’ll have to face both Jacksonville and Dayton at home. On top of that Jacksonville and Dayton do play each other this season. The Bulldogs might not need to beat both foes to claim the PFL Championship. Of course, that will only be the scenario if the Bulldogs can take care of business first against the rest of the conference. They have several important players coming back that might help them achieve that. Most notably, the Bulldogs will have 10 of their 11 starters returning on offense, including senior quarterback Mike Piatkowski. Piatkowski, one of the better quarterbacks in the league, missed two games last season due to injury. Senior Drew Blackmon and junior Joey Orlando return as the top threats at the wide

receiver position. In addition, fifth-year senior running back Patrick Cashmore also returns. Cashmore had 357 rushing yards last season to lead the Bulldogs. On defense, Drake returns seven starters. Senior linebacker Tyler Moorehead, a consensus preseason All-PFL performer, will anchor the defensive unit after leading the team in tackles last season with 62. Fifth-year senior defensive back Michael Lahart and senior defensive back Akeem Campbell will also return, giving Drake an experienced secondary. The biggest concern will be rebuilding a defensive line unit that lost three of its starters. Drake will sorely miss reigning PFL Defensive Player of the Year Dain Taylor. Taylor had a monster year last season at defensive end, recording 49.5 tackles, 13.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, an interception and a blocked field goal. The Bulldogs will also have to replace Andrew Asbell and Josh Walkup along the defensive line. But there is optimism that experienced players such as senior David Witkiewicz and senior Anthony Gianaras can fit the bill. The Bulldogs are looking for their first PFL Championship since 2004 and with 17 returning starters and a favorable schedule, the idea does not seem so farfetched.

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Drake Security goes bald for a good cause

TOP LEFT: JAKE SIMPSON and Brett Tamminga of Drake Security start the process of shaving Security Supervisor Sgt. Mark Risvold’s head. CENTER: NICK VALDEZ plays with a bulldog that belonged to another security officer on Friday morning during the head shaving event. TOP RIGHT: SGT. SHANE WRIGHT is about half-way done with shaving Matt Samann’s head. LEFT: THIRTEEN out of 15 officers on the Drake Security force posed for a photo after the last head had been shaved. They are all displaying Grace Chance’s Urbandale softball team’s logo as well as her number.

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Polk County GOP picnic hosted three presidential candidates at Iowa State Fairgrounds Saturday

TOP LEFT: U.S. REP. THAD McCOTTER poses for a picture with one of his campaign organizers. During his speech McCotter focused on America’s relations with China, the issue of national defense and the call for smaller government. TOP RIGHT: U.S. REP. RON PAUL is surrounded by media as he enters Jalapeno Pete’s restaurant where the speeches were held. About 360 tickets were sold for the event. Paul talked about needing clearer declarations of war and America’s relationship with the U.N. RIGHT: TEXAS GOV. RICK PERRY answers questions following his speech. The main issues Perry addressed in his speech were job creation and keeping taxes low. KRISTEN SMITH | editor-in-chief

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