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New smartphone app hits Drake’s campus ‘blueMobile’ helps access information on the go by Kylie Rush

Staff Writer

Drake University took a step further into the technological world recently with the launch of its new blueMobile application. The app was created for faculty, staff and students alike to access important information. Angela Embree, director of computer information systems at Drake, felt that taking this step was both relevant and needed. “It’s the future of computing,” she said. “Everyone’s connected and wants more information more quickly. It’s a great way to get you what you need to know and what we want you to know.” Sophomore magazine major Jeff Nelson agreed with Embree. “I think it’s great that they’re taking this step,” he said. “A lot of people have smartphones and it will be a great way to connect with students.” The blueMobile app is set up as a set of apps within one app. The internal apps include a directory, map, events page, news feed, grades and a student’s schedule. “The features aren’t useful for Drake students for the most part,” Nelson said. “It could help freshmen. It’s good for you if you don’t know where the buildings are. I’m sure as

time goes on they’ll take feedback into consideration and make improvements and add more features.” Embree stated that they do plan on improving the app as more feedback comes across her desk. “We plan to keep adding and adjusting to meet the needs,” she said. “The more feedback we get, the more we can get them (the students) what they want.” So far, the only feedback she received was one report that was easily corrected.

Sophomore Kyle Gingrey feels Drake has some improvements to make. “It lags a little bit, so they should speed it up,” he said. Nelson also had some suggestions for improvements. “I’d like to see a social media or networking feature to open communication and make it more interactive,” Nelson said. “Also, it doesn’t show current grades; they’re only shown for previous semesters and you have to sign in every time to access features.”

A dining menu, nutritional information for the dining halls and a voting mechanism are on the list to add to the app. To download the app, go to on the browser of a mobile phone. Downloads are available for Android and iOS devices. Students and faculty can send feedback through the app itself or through the OIT website. The next phase of improvements for the app will take place in November.

JEFF NELSON | staff photographer

BLUEMOBILE APP is a new addition to the technological advancements Drake has made over the past year. Students, faculty and staff can all use the app to get access to important information on the go. The app also features a map of campus as well as a campus calendar of events that are happening. A directory is also one of the features students can look forward to using.

SigEp receives national honors over the summer One fraternity brings home the Buc Cup, Honor of Philias for exceptional brotherhood by Caitlin Ireland

Staff Writer

It has been quite the year for the men of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Iowa Delta chapter. In August seven members attended the SigEp Conclave, a ceremony that is held once every two years. At this event bylaws are reviewed and awards including the Buchanan Cup and the Honor of Philias are presented. “While higher education questions the value of fraternities and sororities across the country daily, we try to partner with our schools to foster the best learning environment for our brothers,” chapter president Ryan Price said. The fraternity’s commitment to education and excellence is evident. SigEp not only holds the highest chartered fraternity grade point average on Drake’s campus, but it has also raised over $10,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Iowa. SigEp Iowa Delta, the official name of Drake’s chapter of the fraternity, won the Silver Buchanan Cup in 2003, ‘05, ‘07 and ‘09. The “Buc

Cup” is awarded to fraternities that uphold SigEp’s principles of virtue, diligence and brotherly love as well as excellence in academics and all aspects of university life. This year the chapter earned the Golden Buchanan Cup because it was the fifth consecutive SigEp Conclave in which it won the Buc Cup. Out of SigEp’s 240 chapters only 21 have ever received the Golden Buc Cup, which is one of the highest honors SigEp can bestow on a chapter. “Winning the Buc Cup was, for us, like an athlete winning the Olympics,” Price said. “It meant that all of our hard work trying to be the best men we can be by being in SigEp had paid off, and our brothers across the country recognized us for it.” The day after winning the Golden Buc Cup, the men of the Iowa Delta took the stage once again to receive the Honor of Philias. This prestigious award is given to only one chapter or individual that selflessly demonstrates what a difference brotherhood can make. The Iowa Delta received the award for the unwavering support it gave to its brother Shiv Morjaria during his battle with cancer. Only

six chapters have ever received this honor. During Morjaria’s battle with Stage II non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he was never alone. His brothers came with him to his appointments and ran to get him medicine. This was especially important since Morjaria’s family was over 8,000 miles away in his home country of Kenya. The men of SigEp ended up fundraising over $2,500 to fly Morjaria’s mother to come to his aid, but he felt he had already received enough of his brothers’ support that he could not accept the money. In the end the money went towards paying off Morjaria’s cancer treatment. Due to the overwhelming support Morjaria received from the fraternity, he hopes to someday have a leadership role in SigEp. “I was so proud when Shiv went on stage to receive the award with me and 1,500 men rose for a several minute standing ovation to honor his courage and our brotherhood,” Price said. “It was the highlight of our Conclave experience.”

JOEY GALE | photo editor

SARAH ANDREWS (left) receives a framed copy of her photo and award from Jill Van Wyke on Sept. 13.

Senior student presented with photo award for work in 2010 by Lauren Horsch

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PETER ELLIOTT | staff photographer

LEFT: SHIV MORJARIA accepts the Honor of Philias. RIGHT: MEMBERS of SigEp pose with the Buc Cup.


On Tuesday, faculty members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and students gathered in the atrium of Meredith Hall to congratulate senior Sarah Andrews, who received the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Award. Andrews, a magazines and graphic design double major, was the photo editor for The Times-Delphic during the 2009-10 academic year. In the spring of 2010, news of a student death shook the university. While the staff was working on the next issue the day the news broke, she heard a memorial service was being held for the student. She attended the event to take photos. Andrews said it was about 6 p.m. when she attended and the sun was setting, but she had just gotten a new lens for low light, so it worked out.

“It was one of my favorite things we did,” Andrews said. The photograph that came from the memorial was nominated for the award and became a national finalist — and then it placed first in SPJ’s Region Seven. Assistant professor of journalism Jill Van Wyke said that over 4,000 photos were entered into the contest. Journalism professors Lori Blachford and Jeff Inman along with Van Wyke presented Andrews with a framed copy of her photo and the award that was given to her by SPJ. Andrews was also recently recognized by the Associated Collegiate Press for her infographic on the front page of the 2011 Times-Delphic Relays Edition. She has been recognized by the Iowa College Media Association for her photography portfolio as well as her work in design and infographics. Last year, Andrews also assisted the THINK magazine staff with its cover design.




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HE DIDN’T SEE THAT ONE COMING 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7 Security received a call from a male Drake student who wanted to report that his vehicle mirror was broken off in the 1200 block of 30th Street. Security arrived and also found a second vehicle in the 1200 block of 31st Street with its mirror broken off. The second victim, a female Drake student, was called and came to her vehicle. Both students were advised to file a Police report.

10:22 p.m. Sept. 7 Security observed an underage-for-drinking female and male Drake student in the 2800 block of Forest Avenue. Security stopped both students because the female kept falling down and the male was trying to hold her up. Security could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from both parties and both were slurring their

speech. The male was sent back to his dorm room. Since the female was having trouble walking, Security escorted her back to her dorm and called the residence hall staff. As the female was sitting in the lobby of the residence hall she started to yell hysterically and took off running out the door. Security pursued her and caught

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her just south of 30th and Forest. The female at this time struck the security officer in the stomach with her fist. She was handcuffed at this time and police were called. Police arrived and the female was arrested. The dean of students was advised. 6 p.m. Sept. 9 Security responded to the 1200 block of 30th Street on a report of a motor vehicle accident. Security arrived and found that a non-Drake affiliated female had backed into a female Drake student’s vehicle causing minor damage. Police were called and both drivers exchanged names and insurance information. 12:02 a.m. Sept. 10 Security responded to 25th and University on a report of female Drake students who said that a black Nissan Altima went by them and threw water balloons at them and one student was hit in the leg. Security checked the area but could not locate the suspects. The victim declined a police report. 2:02 a.m. Sept. 11 Security and police responded to Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall on a report that a male Drake student was sick because of alcohol in his first floor dorm room. Security and police arrived

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3:09 a.m. Sept. 11 Security and police responded to Crawford Residence Hall on a report that a female Drake student was intoxicated in her third floor dorm room. Security and police arrived and they could not get the female to wake up. Des Moines Fire Medics were called at this time. The student was transported to a local hospital. Residence life staff was advised. 3:33 a.m. Sept. 11 Security and Police responded to Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall on a report that a male Drake student was intoxicated in his first floor dorm room. Security and police arrived and the male student was not cooperative and would not answer any questions. Des Moines Fire Medics were called and the student was transported to a local hospital. Residence life staff was advised.

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American jobs bill should pass but it may not That was one hell of a speech, Mr. President. Last week I said that these difficult times called for big changes in policy and temperament, and President Barack Obama has answered that call with force and vigor. His speech was refreshingly devoid of rhetorical flourishes, instead opting for a detailed defense of his bold policy proposals and a forceful challenge to Congress, imploring them to “pass this bill right away.” Unfortunately for the more than 14 million unemployed Americans who would benefit from this package, it won’t be that easy, but before we get to that, let’s talk about the plan itself. The approximately $450 billion bill is split up into about $200 billion of stimulus spending and $250 billion in tax cuts to be paid for by a deficit reduction package that the administration will release this week that purportedly offsets the entire cost of the stimulus in addition to cutting an extra $1.5 trillion from the deficit. Some of the specific provisions include a $175 billion payroll tax cut for workers and small businesses, $35 billion in aid to cities and states to avoid layoffs and $25 billion for school construction. On top of that it has close to $60 billion in transportation and infrastructure investments, a $49 billion extension of unemployment insurance benefits and an $8 billion tax credit for companies that hire the long term unemployed. As Obama said in his speech, nothing about

this legislation is controversial. Everything in his plan, from the payroll tax cut to the investments in infrastructure, has received bipartisan support in the past. Both parties have repeatedly declared that job creation is their first legislative priority, and this is the only specific and detailed plan from either party that actually accomplishes that goal. Americans are begging for action in the employment crisis, and the politicians on both sides of the aisle are slipping in the polls because the people have grown impatient with rhetoric and weary of partisanship. In other words, this plan is a no-brainer. But does that mean it will become law? Not if the Republicans in Congress have their way. The Republican position on economic policy and stimulus policy in particular has always been a moving target. As Paul Krugman pointed out last Friday, as far back as 2009 Republicans in the House were supportive of stimulus efforts, but they favored a monetary policy approach, or one led by the Federal Reserve, to a fiscal policy approach and when it came to fiscal policy they preferred that it consist of tax cuts rather than temporary spending. This is not the case anymore. As the tea party grew in power and as the Republican Party lurched to the right, their positions changed and their attitudes toward the Fed shifted dramati-

cally. The idea that the Fed should be dismantled was once the trademark of eccentrics and radicals, but now it is trendy to paint any action the Fed might take to help ease unemployment as “treasonous.” Additionally, while the old Republican Party would have jumped at a Democrat’s proposal to cut taxes, especially for working people and small businesses, they are now only supportive of taxes aimed at the wealthiest Americans and the largest corporations. What can explain this major change in Republican orthodoxy? Has there been an ideological shift in the basic tenants of the conservative movement? Has the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision made politicians more susceptible to the wealthiest interests? While I am sure that these and other explanations have contributed in some way to the seismic shift in American politics over the last three years, I think that the root of this opposition is much simpler and far more sinister. It is politics, pure and simple political decision making that led the Republican Party down this path. The ideological opinions of the conservative base will shift with time and circumstance, and interest groups will forever engage in a battle for the ear of those in power, but politicians will always be governed by two simple concerns: how will something affect their constituents and how will something affect their political fortunes.

In this regard, I believe there has been a shift. If Republicans truly felt that economic recovery was their first legislative priority they would pass this bill today, but they won’t, because their first legislative priority is not economic recovery, it is political recovery. They want the White House back. And if that means that 14 million Americans will have to suffer through a year and a half of a stagnant economy and a sputtering recovery, that’s just the cost of doing business. I am reminded of the words of one particular governor who just a few weeks ago said “to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous.” I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but agree with him.

CASEY ERIXON | COLUMNIST Erixon is a junior rhetoric and politics major can be contacted at

Top 8 places to eat in DSM Jethro’s BBQ. This has to be on the list. Who doesn’t like a good barbecue restaurant every so often? Jethro’s is just west of Drake on Forest Avenue and clearly supports Drake athletics. They named a sandwich after Adam Emmenecker, a former Drake basketball player and were even featured on the TV show “Man vs. Food” for the Emmenecker challenge. This is a restaurant that every Drake student must try.


Centro. Pronounced “Chentro”, this upscale Italian restaurant is the best place to eat in Des Moines. While the menu is relatively small, everything is made with such precision and pride you almost don’t want to eat off the plate. From fresh salads and soups, to delicious sandwiches and classics, you will find some comfort food at this restaurant. While it is a bit pricey, this makes for the perfect date spot.



Gateway Market. If you prefer natural and organic foods, this is the place for you. Made with fresh ingredients, this café inside of a market has delicious offerings for you. Gateway has the wonderful ability to make good foods like hummus, and the spinach artichoke dip tastes even better. Don’t forget to browse the market when you finish eating!


Waterfront Seafood Market. This market and seafood restaurant has the freshest and tastiest seafood in town. If you are not a seafood eater, don’t fret. There are plenty of non-fish offerings, too. Also, this place has the best sushi I have ever tried. I have yet to find something at Waterfront I dislike.


Our Two Cents • The TD office has accumulated a lot of furniture lately. If you are the owner of a big, ugly, black chair or a still life painting of oranges and wine bottles, you know where to find them. • Michele Bachmann will be back in Iowa next Monday and Tuesday... No need to say anything else, she usually digs herself in a pretty deep hole. • Props to Drake for being U.S. News and World Report’s No. 3 university of the Midwest. We knew we came here for a good reason.


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Court Avenue Brewing Company. Located in downtown Des Moines on Court Avenue, this brewery has more than beer. Owned by Scott Carlson, a 1993 Drake grad, Court Avenue Brewing Company offers some of the best appetizers around DSM. Also, don’t pass up their very own root beer brewed right on site.



Drake Diner. This old-fashioned diner on 25th Street is the perfect place for a hangout night. The breakfast is served all day and is killer. I would suggest one of the amazing milkshakes or pumpkin pancakes.


Swain is a junior marketing and writing double major and can be reached at

Letter to the Editor I was reading in the Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 edition in the Opinions/Editorials section that someone had wrote a letter to the editor. I would like to inform people that it is completely legal to give out full names if the students are over the age of 18. All of these students were of legal age and their actions resulted in consequences. Also, because they were arrested and charged with a crime, a crime that is a serious misdemeanor, it is information that the public is able to obtain and not just Drake students. Please inform everyone that, for example, the University of Iowa goes above and beyond more than what the Drake Security reports show. The University of Iowa makes it public and puts the information in a section on the school’s public safety website. It lists in detail of all the charges that happen on campus. They list the date and time, the full name of the student, the age, the address that the student resides at, the location of the incident and what the student is being charged with.

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Fong’s Pizza. After taking over the location of Des Moines’ oldest Chinese restaurant in 2009 to found Fong’s, the owners decided to keep the Chinese theme but added a tiki bar and late night offerings. Thus, Fong’s Pizza was born. You can order pizzas in flavors such as crab ragoon and moo shu pork. This is definitely a restaurant to visit even if traditional Chinese food is not to your liking. You will find something to eat at Fong’s Pizza.

Mimi’s Café. Located in West Des Moines, this chain restaurant has a New Orleans theme at every location. The muffins served at breakfast are about the size of a softball and are amazing. Definitely go here if you want to try something safe, because this has typical offerings almost everyone will like.

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Student refugees share stories through song by Erin Hassanzadeh

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On Monday night, Drake’s Bulldog Theater was filled with the soulful roar of a Tanzanian refugee choir that was founded by one of the university’s own students. The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship and the Drake University School of Education brought the Striving for Eternal Life choir onto campus to share its story and talent. The SFEL consists of 16 student refugees from Burundi, Africa, one of the top 10 poorest countries in the world. The choir members have spent up to 11 years in African refugee camps. The students arrived in the United States around four years ago and began to attend Des Moines schools with no background in English. The group’s creator, Vincent Niyokwizera, assembled family and other refugees to form the Des Moines based group in 2009. The SFEL choir is definitely one of distinction. None of its members are able to read music. The group performs soulful reggae music with gospel flair. Its songs are performed in Swahili. The choir’s youngest member is 10 years old and the choreographer is only 13 years old. The pianist had never played an instrument before arriving in America four years ago. The choir consists of one elementary school student, two junior high school students, four high school students, five

students attending Des Moines Area Community College, one student attending Grand View, one Drake student, one student who will attend Drake and six who have graduated high school. Two of the group’s members are working full time at a meatpacking plant. Niyokwizera, a senior actuarial science major, is an active leader in the group. Although he is a husband, a father and a student, he is the group’s song writer and produced the group’s music video DVD. Niyokwizera came to the United States three years ago from Burundi. In Monday’s performance Niyokwizera described the 11 years he spent in a refugee camp. “I went to high school in the camps,” he said. “If you miss a question they would beat you. We didn’t have libraries where you could go to study. We would go to trees and go under to study.” The choir donned bright orange shirts, green bottoms and huge smiles for the performance. The musical backup came from a single electronic keyboard. Most of the songs are written about the members’ experiences in African refugee camps and how their faith has guided them throughout their journeys. The audience was full of grinning faces and tapping feet as the soulful lyrics added an emotionally intense element to the performance. “God will restore the paradise that was lost” was one line from a song. Niyokwizera explained to the audience the meaning of one SFEL song. “This song is about being patient,” he said. “Whatever you are going through

right now just be patient, we will have our time to be free. Whatever you’re going through right now is for you to overcome.” Drake senior Courtney King was one of 150 attendees at the choir’s performance. “My favorite part was their stories and their smiles,” King said. Between songs, the SFEL students discussed the adjustments they faced when moving to the United States. “The first time I went to school, I had no hair,” one female member of the choir said. “Students laughed at me, like, calling me a boy. In Africa, if you have long hair that means you are rich.” Fayiness Uwezo is the youngest member of the SFEL choir at just 10 years old. She attends a Des Moines elementary school and has lived in America for four years. She lives with her parents and seven siblings. “I like when we dance,” Uwezo said. “We’re all friends. We practice five days a week, it’s like two hours a day at my house in the basement.”

ERIN HASSANZADEH | staff photographer Linda Crose is the SFEL manager. “Our mission is to get our music into Africa,” Crose said. The group is finishing its second CD that will be released in October. Their debut album, “Umusi! Umwe!” is available on the SFEL website. Member bios and performance dates are also available on the website. The group has four singles available on iTunes, and they can also be found on Amazon. “They’ve taught me patience,” Crose

said. “Their courage gives me strength. To me, their music is so powerful.”

Author discusses passive violence and slang in lecture by Cori Clark

Staff Writer

About 50 members of the Drake University community gathered in Bulldog Theater Tuesday evening to listen to Inga Muscio as she discussed controversial topics such as racism, violence and sex. Director of Women’s Studies Beth Younger invited Muscio to speak at Drake after she read her book “Rose” last the spring. The author read excerpts from her three published books, including her first book titled “Cunt,” “Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil: My life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist So-

ciety,” and her newest book “Rose.” Muscio kicked-off her hysterically engaging lecture with an applause for the controversial word that shares the title of her first book. Reactions were mixed when Muscio requested the ovation, but it was an icebreaker for the hour and a half long lecture. “I just think Inga Muscio is an amazing role model,” said junior Cate O’Donnell. “I want to be her when I grow up, she swears a lot, writes and is just a baller.” “Rose” addresses the impact of passive violence on people’s lives and the aspects that make up passive violence. Muscio expressed that passive violence is found in people’s everyday

lives and almost always leads to physical violence. Passive violence is: betrayal, stealing, homophobia, sexism, gossip, stalking, abuse, social humiliation, drug abuse, alcoholism, fill in the blank rage, road rage, parking rage, ignoring and the silent treatment. “For me I thought it gave an interesting perspective and is opening my eyes to other perspectives,” said junior Ryan Curtis. A popular topic of discussion was the use of the word “cunt.” Muscio’s first book discusses the negative connotations attached to the word and encourages women to embrace the word, which she considers “the anatomical jewel.”


Muscio explained that in her time studying and learning about the 4,000-year-old word she has found that things with a long-standing history scare people. The author also explained it’s a hard word for some people to speak. “It’s the cockroach of words,” said Muscio. Younger agreed it is a difficult word to grapple with. “It’s one of the hardest words for me to say,” Younger said. Muscio commented on why she loves coming to colleges to speak at events like the one held on Tuesday night. “It keeps me on my toes,” Muscio

said. “I like to know what this generation is thinking and what is important to this generation know.” Muscio’s lecture was eye-opening for students who attended. “I always like learning about different things and seeing things in a different light. As a guy it shows me a different side,” said junior Eric Jordan. Muscio lives in Seattle where she continues to write and helps teach refugees English. She earned her undergraduate degree at Evergreen in Olympia, Wash. To keep up-to-date with Women’s Studies check out their Drake Women’s Studies Facebook page.

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Staff Writer

It takes less than seven seconds to make a first impression. It could be confidence, an eye sparkle or a pair of good cowboy boots, according to Emily Zach, the owner of Francy Pants boutique. Francy Pants is the newest boutique on the block serving up style for a small price. Located at 2417 University Ave., the shop is in walking distance for Drake students’ fashion needs. The colorful heels greet shoppers at the entrance with a tempting allure. Multi-colored dresses line the organized racks. Top it off with an eclectic hairpin and an exceptional outfit is there for an affordable price. Unlike major commercial stores, boutiques offer unique clothing without shoppers running the risk of being carbon copies of friends. Francy Pants offers a wide variety of brands from Banana Republic to BCBG and everything in between. The inventory is updated daily so there is no need to wait for style lines to shift or the seasons to change. The resale aspect of Francy Pants means individuals can resell seasonal, in-style clothing for cash. This is similar to the popular resale chain store, Plato’s Closet. The difference is Francy Pants offers both in-store credit and cash up front. “The biggest thing that separates Francy Pants from other stores is that it is truly locally owned and operated,” Zach said. “I live in the Drake neighborhood, and I am usually the only person working the store.”

Francy Pants also accepts a Des Moinesbased online payment system, Dwolla. Local artists create and design many of the one-of-a-kind purses, accessories and jewelry pieces. Zach’s story is unique like her products. “I am a lawyer by trade, but I became increasingly aware that I felt disconnected from people at my job,” Zach said. “I craved being around people, especially energetic people, like college students.” Zach said business has been good since the store’s doors opened in June. “I’ve been there, but haven’t bought anything yet,” junior Laura Sigal said. “But it’s an adorable place I’ll be back to.” Zach said she welcomes feedback in order to make improvements to the store. “Francy Pants is evolving and I am learning and exploring and listening to my customers,” Zach said. Customers can avoid shoppers’ guilt with Francy Pants’ resale. Recycling and reselling textiles saves 1.25 million tons of the 12.5 million tons of waste from landfills. Francy Pants also emails credit card receipts rather than printing paper copies. Francy Pants will make its own impression on the Drake neighborhood with the upcoming Dogtown Fest on Sept. 21. The boutique will offer 20 percent off of entire purchases to shoppers with a Drake ID. Zach encourages all to stop in and check out Francy Pants to browse, buy or simply to say “hi”. “I love being part of the Drake community,” she said. “I have met so many amazing people.”

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SAB presents ‘How-to Tuesdays’ Meagan Flynn

Staff Writer

On a table lined with Band-Aids, brochures and “how-to” guides, event coordinator Kelly Huting and Student Activities Board representatives made their second “How-to-Tuesdays” debut. The new program, launched this September by SAB, was designed for incoming students just getting used to campus life. Last week’s guide was “how to spice up your space,” which consisted of crafts and decorative dorm room tips. This past Tuesday was “How to live on your own.” Among the brochure tips was showing students how to do laundry. “It’s targeted toward people living on campus,” junior Huting said. “It seems that underclassmen are the ones who have the most adjustments and we wanted to ease that.” SAB came up with the idea in the spring semester and solidified it during the summer. It occurs every Tuesday in September starting at 5 p.m. at the entrance of Hubbell Dining Hall. “I’m really excited for it,” Vice President of SAB Jessica Hamilton said. “It’s an innovative and creative approach to programming.”

Instead of having students sit through a presentation, Huting said they decided to have brochures available at a table so that students could take them as they leave the dining hall. The brochures have been especially successful with last week’s dorm room crafts. “I would say it’s been successful in helping people get ideas about things,” Huting said. “Our aim for the crafts and organization (brochure) was to make (Drake) feel more like home.” Huting designed the program so that it would set up its table during Hubbell’s dinner rush to attract students passing through on their way to eat. According to Hamilton, about 50 students stopped by last Tuesday. “Last week people seemed to enjoy it,” Hamilton said. “It’s a new take that SAB hasn’t done before.” Next week the topic will be “How to stress less.” Huting said this topic seemed suitable since it is around the time that many students will be taking their first big exams. The “stress less” brochures will consist of foods that are good for the brain, soothing music suggestions, how-to guides for yoga and Pilates and a Bell Center schedule to encourage working out to reduce stress.

For now the program will only go through the last Tuesday in September, but Huting said that it may return this spring with improvements. “People have been really receptive to the idea,” Hamilton said. “Hopefully this is something we can do next semester.”

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Prairie is actually a significant part of campus by Catherine Moede

Staff Writer

Drake’s prairie may look like a patch of un-kept weeds, but it is actually a unique educational resource used by many environmental science classes. Located on the north side of Meredith Hall and lying directly across from Cline Hall, the prairie is a visible symbol of natural wildlife on campus. The prairie was started by Nikki Guillot in 2002 as part of the Environmental Taskforce set up by the student government. “We were tasked with drafting proposals for projects that could integrate the environment and academic programs,” Guillot said. The prairie started as a proposed project that would receive funding. After careful researching and planning, it was installed during the fall semester of 2002

with the help of Keith Summerville, assistant professor of environmental science and policy, and Tom Rosburg, professor of biology, among other volunteers. Guillot graduated with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science in 2003. She resides in Lenexa, Kan., working as a stormwater specialist. “I am still passionate about the prairie and bringing the beauty and character of native landscapes to a broader audience,” Guillot said. On Sept. 9, a meeting was held at Drake to discuss the future of the prairie. Among those who attended the meeting were environmental science faculty and students, student senate members and Jolene Schmidt, the director of operations and support services for Drake University. The group discussed the future of the prairie and what could be done to improve the aesthetics. Among the ideas proposed included moving the prairie to another lo-

cation. As it stands, the prairie will stay in its current location, but there are plans to spruce it up a little to make it more visually pleasing. During the discussion it became apparent that faculty and students who are not involved in the environmental science and policy program are generally not aware of the significance of the prairie. Many classes in the environmental science department use the prairie to perform experiments and collect data. Junior Michael Riebel attended the meeting as the buildings and grounds liaison for student senate and was unaware of the educational resources it provided for science students. “Before today I had no idea what the prairie was used for or that it had a significance at all,” Riebel said. “It doesn’t look like much when you are just walking by on campus. Awareness needs to be raised.” In the past few years the prairie has

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Students explore study abroad opportunities by Kelsey Johnson

Staff Writer

Students from all academic and personal backgrounds gathered on Monday afternoon to explore study abroad possibilities. Drake’s study abroad program offers students opportunities to travel to over 70 countries through more than 300 unique programs. Jen Hogan, director of study abroad programs, encourages Drake students to go abroad because it is a “great opportunity to stretch their comfort zones academically, personally and professionally.” Jordan Payne, a sophomore international relations and sociology double major, hopes to travel to Chile during the second semester of her junior year. Payne is interested in learning more about Chile’s political system, but overall is most excited about “breaking from the norm.” “I’m a sociology buff and want to break out so I can clearly see our own society,” Payne said. “It’s impossible to really see it from the inside.” Danielle Hefferan, junior environmental science and policy double major, spent last semester working and studying in the Galapagos through the International Partnership for Service-Learning program, which allows students to participate in a volunteer internship on top of taking classes. Hefferan was able to take classes in both biology

and politics while abroad, which correlated with her fields of study. She said her favorite part of her trip had to do with IPSL’s unique volunteer internship. In general, Hefferan thinks students should study abroad to live outside their comfort zones. “(Students) learn how culture works and interact with people from around the world, including the kids from America in your group as well as people you meet while abroad,” she said. “Going makes life a lot more interesting. There is so much more outside our little bubble.” Payne found the study abroad fair helpful. “There was tons of information and lots of opportunities I didn’t know were there, like volunteer work and internships,” she said. “There was a wide range of good information to help students make educated decisions.” Payne also thinks students should utilize all the help Drake provides for students wanting to study abroad. “Jen Hogan is fantastic,” Payne said. “She helps so much and is genuinely excited about your chance. Plus she’s truthful about costs and makes sure you can go.” Hogan hoped students would come to the study abroad fair and realize that there are “tons of possibilities.” “Regardless of your finances or major, study abroad is a possibility,” Hogan said

been somewhat neglected. This school year, however, students and the environmental science faculty members will make a huge effort to clean it up and renew the beauty of the natural wildlife. Rosburg plans to head a committee that will oversee the maintenance of the prairie. Rosburg has contributed to multiple publications concerning wildlife prairies, and in 2009 he was awarded the Prairie Advocate Award by the Iowa Prairie Network. “The prairie represents a natural system,” Rosburg said. “It is not supposed to be 100 percent neat and clean. That’s the educational aspect that we need to show the rest of campus.” Rosburg and the members of the Drake Environmental Action League will work together to clean up the prairie. Plans for the prairie include removing weeds, cutting back the surrounding grass and planting more forbes. Forbes is a type

of plant that is essential to a prairie not only for aesthetics but also to aid in making the soil rich. “Planting more forbes around the edge will make it more like a garden visually,” Rosburg said. The renewal plans will help resolve some of the complaints that have been made about the aesthetics of the prairie. There are also plans to add signs that will explain the historical significance of the prairie so that the Drake community can appreciate the hard work of those who started it and who have maintained it. During Earth Week, DEAL will sponsor activities and include a day devoted to awareness of the prairie.

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The men’s golf squad finished in eighth place overall with a team score of 914 at the Fairway Club Invitational. Redshirt freshman David LeLand led the team with a 217 score, good for fourth overall. On Monday, he shot a 69. That’s pretty boss.


Bulldogs excited for Purdue Fall Invitational Strong competition will prepare Drake for the spring season by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

Drake begins its fall season this Friday at the Purdue Fall Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. The tournament will feature three singles flights and two doubles flights with play continuing Friday through Sunday. Head coach Evan Austin is only bringing four of his 10 players to Purdue. Juniors and team captains Jean Erasmus and James McKie are joined by junior Ryan Drake and senior Cesar Bracho. “The goal for the fall is to get the guys a lot of matches and continue to build momentum for the spring,” Austin said. The four Bulldogs have a great chance to gain momentum from playing strong opponents, as the invitational features players from a number of talented teams from the region, including Wisconsin, Iowa, DePaul and Arkansas. Hawkeye Mark Bruche, who is ranked No. 101 in the nation in singles, appears to be the strongest player in the draw. McKie and Erasmus led the Bulldogs last fall with wins over two nationally ranked opponents, both at the 2010 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional Championships. Erasmus defeated No. 48 Sebastian Gallego of Minnesota while McKie downed No. 41 Chris Nott of Arkansas. Both players are looking to post results like these on a more consistent basis this fall, and McKie sees no better start to the fall season than making a deep run at the Purdue Fall Invitational.

“I want to win it,” he said. “Whoever I play against I will play to win because I want to be nationally ranked this year.” McKie expressed his belief that this is the year that the Bulldog squad can “do something special” this season, and Austin can tell that his players are chomping at the bit to make an immediate impact this weekend. “I think the guys who are going are very eager to play,” Austin said. “They are hitting the ball well so it will be good for them to go up against some high level competition.” The Drake squad has been focusing on both physical and mental toughness in preparation for this weekend and the season overall. Austin is putting an added focus on fitness this season, as the players are looking to improve their physical condition to compete with the highest level of competition in college tennis. “We are working on getting our shots sharper, getting mentally stronger and getting our physical condition at the same level with the top schools,” Bracho said. Austin said that he has already noticed improvements in the team’s fitness level compared to the beginning of practices, and he hopes to put that to the test as each player will play in both singles and doubles matches at Purdue. The Bulldogs are expecting strong results this season from the doubles tandem of McKie and Erasmus. The duo went 5-0 in conference play and 11-2 overall en route to garnering All-Conference first team honors at the second doubles position.

“I feel relaxed and confident with James and hopefully we can set the bar high by proving ourselves this weekend,” Erasmus said. Drake and Bracho will play together this weekend, and the two look to capitalize on their experience playing together last season. “Our experience together is our best benefit,” Bracho said. “We know our strengths and that is a big advantage.” With the benefit of a few weeks of practice and even more motivation behind them, the Bulldogs are looking to take the Purdue Fall Invitational, and the fall and spring seasons, by storm. “Last year we felt we had something to prove,” Erasmus said. “This year we all know our potential, and we all know we have so much more inside of us than just winning the conference.”




Why Drake football Bulldogs ready to take on Missouri S&T this Saturday needs our support by Ashton Weis

Staff Writer

Drake is looking for another successful outing to follow its win against Grand View this Saturday. The Bulldogs play another game on their home field against the Missouri S&T Miners. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. and is part of Parents and Family Weekend at Drake. Tailgating and activities for the whole family will commence at 4 p.m. in the stadium parking lot. The men of the Drake football team take no breaks and after the nail-biting win on Saturday they are practicing hard to beat the Miners. Drake and Missouri S&T have played each other five times since 1923. In the past two years, Drake has beaten the Miners twice at home. In 2009, Drake prevailed 19-0 and again in 2010 the Bulldogs won 28-14. The come-from-behind win against Grand View was an exciting one, but senior wide receiver Drew Blackmon said there is room for improvement. “We relished in it, but as soon as we got to the sidelines, we knew it had to be a lot better and we had to get back to business,” he said. Last Saturday Blackmon tied his career high with nine receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime. He only needs seven more receptions to reach 100 catches in his career. “It’s my job, it’s my position and it’s what I’m supposed to do,” Blackmon said about his performance against Grand View. “I’m just glad when my number’s called, I can step up and be counted on.” The College Football Performance Awards recognized Blackmon with an honorable mention consideration for Wide Receiver Performer of the Week. Senior quarterback Mike Piatkowski and Blackmon

have a great connection on the field. During the game against Grand View, Piatkowski had 333 total passing yards and moved into fifth place in career passing yardage at Drake. With 151 more passing yards, he will move into fourth place. Senior defensive back Lyndon Crawford knows that the game against Missouri S&T is going to be tough. “They’re a great overall team,” Crawford said. “We’re going to come out and be competitive and do what we do best.” Missouri S&T has a 1-1 record, just like the Bulldogs. The Miners won their first game against Oklahoma Panhandle State 34-23 and lost to Midwestern State 41-0. Defensive line coach Casey Carlo is not necessarily worried about the opponent, but he is more concerned with what Drake can do to prepare for them. “We’re not so concerned about Missouri S&T, we just have to improve our technique and just get better at playing defense within our scheme,” Carlo said. Carlo has had a great time working with this year’s team and knows that that will figure into the future success of the Bulldogs. “This is one of the most fun group of guys I’ve ever had,” Carlo said. “It’s a fun group to be around and just a good group of guys.” After practicing intensely during the week, Blackmon knows the team will be ready for the Miners on Saturday. “I think it’s going to be a lot better game,” he said. Meanwhile, the team is hoping for another big crowd, like the one they played for last Saturday. “We hope for another great home crowd,” Crawford said. “It really helped with the win last week. It was a great atmosphere and we really strive to make a show for the fans.”


In traditional fashion, Drake’s first home football game was accompanied by a slew of freshmen who are not yet aware that people don’t actually go to Drake football games. Hopefully they stick around. Drake came out of the game looking sharp, moving methodically down the field and scoring on its first possession – a stark contrast to the Sept. 1 shut out at North Dakota. Unfortunately, the lead didn’t stick. Drake put up another touchdown in the second quarter and narrowly escaped a regulation defeat with a strike from senior quarterback Mike Piatkowski to senior running back Nathan Paddock in the end zone with eight seconds on the clock to force overtime, but that was the entirety of regulation scoring for the Bulldogs. On the other side of the ball, Grand View was never far from breaking the game open. Twice in the third quarter Grand View reached the Bulldog goal line. Drake blocked a field goal the first time and managed to cause a turnover during round two. So what can we learn from last Saturday’s game? First, let’s remember we were playing Grand View (read: this shouldn’t have been a close game). While Drake’s defense made two critical goal-line stops (although it sure looked like Grand View’s back crossed into the end zone on third down of that second stand) and caused two big fumbles – these were their shining moments. Looking at the game as a whole, there were a lot of missed tackles that resulted in a lot of critical yards. The line was nothing impressive, leaving a lot of holes for Grand View’s backs to hit. Additionally, the defense looked confused when trying to match Grand View’s audibles and ended up shuffling around when the play started. This no doubt led to some blown coverage. Granted, Grand View is still a talented squad. They were nationally ranked in the NAIA Top 25 just a few weeks ago. On the offensive side the picture was a little brighter. While the scoreboard didn’t show it, Piatkowski threw some great passes and the receivers were there, but not at the same time. It seemed whenever Piatkowski hit the seam, his receivers either dropped the ball or weren’t ready for it, and when they were, the ball either sailed off their fingertips or over their heads. The running game was less than stel-

lar, but the offensive line held on to give Piatkowski plenty of time in the pocket. So how did things come together on the goal line and in the last minute and a half ? Drake’s men took the field to an uncustomary crowd. Not only was the home side nearly full, but there was a real student section, too. The students stood and cheered the entire game instead of passively observing it. This excitement of the opening of the team’s first home game fueled the Bulldogs’ drive down the field into the end zone. But then things started to simmer down; the game started slowing down, the students started to take it easy and watch as the events played out and the two teams stood neckand-neck in unexciting fashion for a while. When Drake needed to score, however, or when Grand View was on the goal line, fervor once again swept the crowd and the band. Cheers and shouts drowned out any audibles the visitors tried to call, while quiet but invigorating encouragement gave the Bulldogs the advantage on offense. The home-field advantage has never been so apparent at a Drake football game. So here’s the deal: I see the offense coming together very nicely as Piatkowski and his receivers get in sync, and the promise the line is showing on the passing plays will translate into the running game before we know it. And while the defense wasn’t fantastic (we were playing Grand View), I think that it falls just as much on the students’ shoulders as it does the players’ to make that come together. So let’s keep the attendance up, Bulldog fans, and push these guys as they head into the Pioneer Football League season!


Clevenger is a sophomore broadcast news major and can be reached at

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Drake loses five-set match at Kansas State Bulldogs’ comeback falls short after 0-2 start by Matt Moran

Copy Editor

Drake could have folded after dropping the opening two sets against a superior Big 12 foe. Instead the Bulldogs clawed back to win the next two sets at Kansas State, but dropped the deciding fifth set as the Wildcats earned the victory (22-25, 28-30, 25-23, 25-19, 15-9) on Monday night in Manhattan, Kan. “We’ve been starting out pretty slow, but we come back and fight,” junior Whitney Westrum said. “We’re a fighting team. We don’t worry if we get down one or two (sets).” Junior outside hitter Bentley Mancini had a careerhigh 18 kills and recorded a .348 attacking percentage. Westrum registered a double-double, adding 14 kills and a career-high 23 digs. Down 0-2, Mancini led the Bulldogs back into the match. She had six kills in the third set while the rest of the Drake offense had just five. Mancini and Westrum teamed up for four kills apiece in set four to force a fifth set. “Errors drive our sport,” head coach Tony Sunga said. “Whoever wins is usually who could sustain in system play the longest. There were three points we gave them in the middle of the last set. We couldn’t regain form, and from that point on all (Kansas State) needed to do was trade points.” After losing six seniors and hiring a first time head coach, the Bulldogs were expected to go through periods of rebuilding this season. Although a 3-8 record may not have been what Sunga envisioned at this point in the season, he has seen some positive signs. “Expectations are different,” Sunga said. “We’ve all come a long ways together. Things are going well.” Westrum contributed greatly to the upperclassmenled team last season and was one of the reasons the

Bulldogs made their second consecutive trip to the State Farm MVC Tournament. She has stepped up as one of Drake’s most potent threats this season. “I definitely feel like I’m playing a bigger role,” Westrum said. “I played all the way around (front row and back row) against K-State. I like the pressure, having a high level of performance each game. There’s no chance to slack off.” Kansas State was the second Big 12 opponent of the week for Drake. The Bulldogs lost to Missouri in four sets last Friday at the Pioneer Classic in Denver, Colo. “I didn’t know what to expect (on Monday),” Sunga said. “It was our fifth match in four days. But we came out fighting.” After serving as an assistant coach at Drake from 2005-07, Sunga was hired by Wyoming for the same position, which he held for the last three years. When the head coaching job opened at Drake, he jumped on the opportunity. “It’s very good to be back at Drake,” he said. “I’m working where I love to be working. It’s a dream job for me.” The Bulldogs travel to Omaha, Neb., this weekend to compete in the Creighton Classic. Drake takes on the host Bluejays on Friday at 7 p.m., which will also be the Bulldogs’ conference opener. Westrum said she feels that a difficult non-conference season will benefit the squad moving forward. “Our record was not as good, but hopefully it will prepare us for the conference season,” she said. Drake will also face Alabama-Birmingham and McNeese State this weekend. The team then hits the road again to face Southern Illinois and Evansville before its first home MVC match on Sept. 30 versus Indiana State. “We’re a very hardworking team,” Sunga said. “It’s a matter of getting enough experience and fighting constantly. It’s about not letting negative outcomes snowball into several negative outcomes.”


Bulldogs off to a torrid 4-1-1 start by Tad Unruh

Staff Writer

With a mix of youthful exuberance and goal-scoring senior experience, Drake has gotten off to a great start by going 4-1-1. The Bulldogs’ have outscored opponents so far 13-8, but they have not recorded a shut out. Head coach Sean Holmes felt happy about his team’s play so far but knows it can improve. “It didn’t exceed my expectations, but I’m really happy about what I thought,” Holmes said. “I think the theme of the season has been the question ‘how can we connect the young guys in the back to the older players in the front?’ It’s almost two teams. It’s almost like a football offense (and) defense. I think they’ve started to be more cohesive.” The team started off the year with a pair of games in Illinois against Loyola-Chicago and Western Illinois. The Bulldogs won 1-0 against Loyola and then played to a 1-1 draw against a tough Leatherneck team in double overtime. They then arrived in California, beating San Diego 4-2 in a tough contest and then losing a close battle 2-1 to No. 5 UC Irvine. Senior Matt Kuhn, who Holmes calls the “heart and soul of this team” knew that UC Irvine would be a test. “By far they were the best team that we had played,” Kuhn said. “They play the same sort of soccer and that day it just wasn’t there for us. We had some chances to get back into the game, but it was still a great experience for us.” The team has had to mesh a mixture of seniors in the offense and quite a bit of sophomore and freshman players in the backfield. But Holmes is confident that his team has meshed early and is extremely deep. “It is just a product of time, you know, practice time on the field, watching tape and being together,” Holmes said. “The top 20 programs have guys on the bench that can make the impact, and this year I have a variety of guys that contribute in different ways,” One of the more pressing problems is that senior goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec, the defensive lynchpin of this team, is “day-to-day” with an injury, according to Holmes. Kadlec and the

training staff will determine his status the season goes on. “I’m trying to push it to get back to play, so it’s really up to me and our trainer if I can go,” Kadlec said. The team has not really suffered since his injury in the UMKC game, as Drake won that game 2-1 in overtime and beat Fordham 3-1. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Rich Gallagher has taken the reigns and made crucial saves in both contests. The team pulled off its fourth win of the 2011 campaign with a win over the Fordham Rams at Cownie Soccer Complex on Sunday. The underclassmen stepped up for the Bulldogs with two freshmen and a sophomore scoring the three goals. The team got off to a quick start by scoring in the third minute off of a deflection by sophomore Nick Marshall. The next goal was by freshman Ross Payne in the 30th minute off of a corner kick. Payne was more ecstatic about helping the team than his own personal achievement. “At that point I felt like it was special getting my first goal, but it was better that we were up 2-0 and were putting away teams instead of letting them back in the game,” Payne said. The Rams scored a goal in the 34th minute, but redshirt freshman Jarred Arde netted a 43rd minute goal to secure the win and give some cushion to the team heading into the second half. Those three goals proved to be the deciding factor. Holmes was impressed with his team’s performance. “It was good because we did it on the second half of a weekend,” he said. “We did it without our potential All-American goalie, and we did it against a team that lost to Creighton 1-0.”



Players staying motivated and competitive despite unavoidable forfeits This past week of intramurals has presented some adversity for many teams. The combination of a holiday weekend, Greek recruitment and early season breakdowns have been a factor in the unpredictable outcomes we have seen thus far. Here’s your riddle of the issue: In the 2010 outdoor soccer season, I witnessed a girls’ team show up for every regular season game and eventually to the playoffs. They never scored a single goal and, in fact, never even stepped foot onto the playing field. So, how did the girls still prove victorious in the end and walk away with the championship T-shirts? Forfeits. Turns out, every other team lacked in numbers each week or never showed up, and the girls managed to win every game by default. The matter of the forfeit in intramurals is inevitable and bears some significant history in our program.

This particular result can occur in one of a few ways and it is important to understand how to avoid a potential forfeit that will hinder the rest of your season. When your team knows beforehand that you cannot make a game, the best way to handle the situation is to contact the intramural coordinator, Matt Gasser, as soon as possible. However, when you feel a possible forfeit creeping up because of lack of players, don’t be too quick to despair. As long as the game is not a playoff game, anyone can join and play with your team at a last moment’s notice. Recruiting can be simple, and I have experienced the best success rate by persuading those working out in the bell center to come play a quick game. If and when you have exhausted all the options, make the call and attempt to prevent a future reoccurrence by either finding more friends or asking Gasser to change your time.

The most shameful form of the forfeit is the incident upon which no one shows up without notice of the absence. With this unexpected occurrence, opposing teams are often left angry and anxious by their restrained levels of competition. As a disclaimer, the intramural staff is equally as upset and foul-mouthing the missing team is ineffective. Teams absent in the first week of play are immediately disqualified from the league and, in other weeks, Gasser will contact them and the forfeit will always count as a loss. The more frequent cases are watching teams scramble to find the minimum amount of people to play with three minutes until the game starts. We do not take our motto “game time is forfeit time” very lightly, so even with the noble presence of two committed players, we will not accept the ones you “swear are on their way in like 15 minutes.”

As some forfeits are always to be expected, we know that most teams are dedicated and all sports have continued to see some great competition. This past Sunday presented an undying rivalry between SigEp and FIJI on the soccer field. With fast, strong and aggressive play from both sides, FIJI was able to edge out the SigEps by one goal in a 3-2 victory. The hot sun did not hinder the other participants either, as another heated rivalry was won by Toe Poke Express in its contest against Linghamz. The flag football teams are energized as ever this year. The difference in effort levels between the men and women, and between the recreational and competitive leagues is negligible. Come check out the games being played every Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Volleyball is also showing to be popular this year among students that

can afford staying up past 10 p.m. Players in this sport seem to be having some of the most fun, as everyone is learning that kicking is not allowed and light-hearted smack-talk is somewhat difficult in a sport that very few people are actually great at. Until next time, please play by the rules.


Bosco is a senior English and secondary education double major and can be reached at



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Need a study break, Drake? Now that you’ve survived the first month of classes, you’re probably hard at work writing papers, studying for tests and reading from those overpriced textbooks. Here’s a couple of the TD’s favorite YouTube videos to distract you if you need an excuse to procrastinate.


“We’ll do it live!”

“Jacob, keep your shirt on.”

“Shooting kittens with lasers”

“African animals getting drunk from ripe Marula fruit”

Bill O’Reilly gets a little upset on the set of “Inside Edition.”

Kittens with ‘fainting goats syndrome’ plus lasers means a good laugh for all.

“ESPN SportsCenter Images of the Decade”

ESPN compiled some of the most memorable highlights of 2000-2009.

A Taylor Lautner look-alike pokes fun at the “Twilight” series.

Monkeys, elephants and giraffes stumble home after gorging on fermented fruit.

“Host can’t stop laughing at his guest (subtitled)”

This man’s high-pitched voice sends the host of a TV show into a fit of giggles.

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