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Des Moines, Iowa • Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 • Vol. 129, No. 9 •

Young Bulldogs look to rebound from adversity this season

Phi Delta Chi raises awareness for Up ‘Til Dawn by Erika Sevigny

Staff Writer


Phi Delta Chi began to raise awareness this week for their upcoming philanthropic event, Up ‘Til Dawn, scheduled for Nov. 5. Through informational activities, members of the professional pharmacy fraternity sought to gather volunteers to participate in the November event, which will benefit St. Jude Children’s Cancer hospitals. Up ‘Til Dawn is a nationwide event that brings students and groups together to write letters for friends and family members to solicit donations to St. Jude. Advocacy Committee Co-Chair Ryan Anderson, a second-year pharmacy student, emphasized the costs incurred by this state-of-the art cancer treatment facility and the significant way in which private donations, received through ways such as the letter writing campaign, impacts the success of the organization. “St. Jude is one of the most trustworthy charities, and is the top child cancer research hospital in the country,” Anderson said. “The cause is justified by the immense needs of the organization.” The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.5 million, and the majority of this expense is covered by public contributions yielded through events like Up ‘Til Dawn. In addition, St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families do not pay for the treatments that are not covered by


JUNIOR BRITTNYE MCSPARRON averaged 5.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game last season and is back for action this year.

Return after seventh-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference by Eduardo Zamarripa

Staff Writer

For a winning program that finished 15-15 last season, good for seventh in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Drake Bulldogs could not be more excited for a brand new start. “I think that we are all excited to have a new season with new goals and expectations for ourselves,” said senior Kristin Turk. “We have learned from last season and we are ready to work hard and compete so that we can be a stronger team this year.” The Bulldogs had a great beginning to last season. They raced off to an 11-5 start that included a home win against Sweet Sixteenbound Iowa State University. However, injuries and inconsistent play derailed a promising squad that faltered down the stretch. A stretch of five consecutive losses and another one of three losses to close the season doomed the Bulldogs. “We learned a lot from last year’s season about how important every part of a team really is,” said senior Ellie Ritscher. “We learned how every team is going to meet adversity at some point, and when that happens, the team has to come together and work together through those times.”

It was a season of growth for the young Bulldogs. But after going through some growing pains, there is optimism in what a healthy and mature squad can do in the Valley this season.

In addition to that, Drake boasts a talented, guard-studded freshman class that’s compiled of Alyssa Marschner, Angela Christianson, Morgan Reid and Carly Grenfell. They will join junior Brittnye McSparron in the backcourt, who is coming off a disappointing injury-filled season. “We have a strong class that is going to get a chance to play right away,” Turk said. “They are talented and have great work ethic. I have

I feel like this season is a great opportunity for Drake women’s basketball.


>>HOME SCHEDULE • Nov. 1 @ 7:05 p.m. – Upper Iowa • Nov. 6 @ 2:05 p.m. – Quincy • Nov. 18 @ 7:05 p.m. – St. Mary’s (Calif.) • Nov. 30 @ 7:05 p.m. – North Texas • Dec. 9 @ 7:05 p.m. – Wisconsin • Dec. 11 @ 2:05 p.m. – Tennessee Tech • Dec. 20 @ 7:05 p.m. – Iowa • Dec. 22 @ 5:05 p.m. – Air Force

–Senior Ellie Ritscher After all, the Bulldogs return the inside presence of junior center Rachael Hackbarth, the sharpshooting of junior Amber Wollschlager, and the team’s most dangerous offensive weapon, Turk. Hackbarth and Turk are vital to Drake’s success in the Valley this season. Hackbarth can dominate the paint and control the boards, while Turk can light up the scoreboard and fire up her teammates.

Law School hosts bipartisan forum on Iowa politics by Sonya Brauchle

Staff Writer

The Drake University Law School held a bipartisan forum Tuesday night regarding the question of, “What’s at Stake? Keeping Politics and Campaign Money Out of the Courtroom.” The discussion, presented by Drake Law Republicans, Drake Law Democrats and Iowans for Fair and Impartial Courts, featured six judicial representatives: Allan Vestal, the dean of Drake Law School, Malia Reddick, Justice Robert Allbee, David Walker, Bob Rafferty and Ryan Koopmans. Since 1962 Iowa has operated on a merit selection system to elect judges to the Iowa Supreme Court. In this election system, voters vote and a nominating com-

mission presents a list of qualified candidates to the governor, who then appoints judges. After one year of judicial service, and then at regular intervals, judges must run in retention elections. The forum focused on the debate between bipartisan merit elections and a federally based system of retention election to nominate and elect judges to the Iowa Supreme Court. Most of the board supported a merit-based election, which Reddick said, “emphasizes qualifications of the judges. Merit selection places emphasis on experience and leaves less of a role for money and name recognition” during elections. Koopmans advocated a federal system that mimics the way the United States Supreme Court nominates and elects judges to the bar. In a federal election system,

Public forum to explore lives of American Muslims by Tad Unruh

Staff Writer

time they make a decision it hurts their independence as judges because they have so much to lose, which may make the court no longer impartial.”



photo by CARTER OSWOOD | Staff Photographer


VOLUNTEERS send letters to raise money for St. Jude during Up ‘Til Dawn last year.

Today as a citizen in the fast-paced world of the United States, being a Muslim American is an experience all its own. That unique experience will be explored in a forum titled “What it means to be an American Muslim” today at 7 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium. “We will talk about the balance, the opportunities it provides, the challenges and the advantages of being a Muslim American,” said Professor Mahmoud Hamad, who will be moderating the event. As an assistant professor of politics and international relations at Drake, Hamad hopes to inform students of all things Islam. He will be moderating a distinguished collection of people for this one time event. The forum features Luai Amro, the president of the Islamic Cultural center of Des Moines; M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy; Bill Aossey, the president of Midamar Corporation; and Abdirizak Bihi, who is a Somali community activist and social worker.

DRAKE LAW REPUBLICANS discuss the Iowa Supreme Court election and voting systems at a forum held Tuesday night. the governor elects three candidates who are then voted on by the legislature, instead of the governor selecting among three candidates provided by the public. Koopmans argued that under the merit selection system, “Every

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Celebrate Drake event offers prizes, food and fun

The Tea Party Movement: Valid or Not?

Trader Joe’s grocery store opens a DSM store

Volleyball star Angela Bys talks to the TD





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9:24 p.m. Oct. 4 A security officer observed four females in a vehicle exit the vehicle and remove a barricade from the parking lot located in the 1600 block of 27th Street. The vehicle fled and was stopped. The female students returned the barricade to its proper location. 1:57 p.m. Sept. 28 A male student reported his unlocked $400 blue and black Diamondback Sorrento mountain bike was stolen from the east side of the drug store located at 3030 University Ave. between 7:20 and 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.

7:53 a.m. Sept. 30 Security and fire/rescue responded to Stalnaker Residence Hall based on report of an injury. It was determined a female student had jumped out of her bed and caught her ankle on her desk causing severe swelling. She was transported to a local hospital.

11:59 a.m. Sept. 29 A male student reported that his first-floor apartment located in the 2800 block of Cottage Grove was burglarized at about 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 29. A laptop computer, jewelry and an MP3 player were stolen from the apartment when a male entered through an unlocked window. He merely opened the window that was shut. The perpetrator returned at 10:45 a.m. and again attempted to climb through the open window. The male student was present and scared him away. A security officer met with several international students as to how to best keep themselves and their property safe and secure. Arrangements have also been made with the landlord to better secure the house.


“It’s amazing how such little effort by students can make such an impact for St. Jude and the people that are treated there. One night of letter writing can really make a difference.” —RYAN ANDERSON, SEE PAGE 1




4:47 p.m. Sept. 30 Police and security responded to the 2700 block of University Avenue based on a report of a motor vehicle accident. There were no injuries and police began their investigation. 7:26 p.m. Sept. 30 Security and the fire department responded to Ross Residence Hall because of a fire alarm. There was no smoke and no fire. It was determined there was a malfunction in one of the smoke heads. 8:39 p.m. Sept. 30 A bottle of alcohol was observed on a windowsill of a room on the fourth floor of the Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall by a resident assistant. After some encouraging, an underage male student

possessing the alcohol produced and then emptied his 3/4 full bottle. 12:04 p.m. Oct. 1 Security and fire/rescue responded to Old Main to a female falling and striking her face on the concrete. She stated that she was unconscious for a short period of time, but that she was ok. She refused fire/rescue and her husband transported her to a local hospital. 2:37 a.m. Oct. 2 Two female students who were underage for possessing alcohol emptied several bottles of liquor into a sink in Carpenter Residence Hall. A resident assistant was present.

Residence Hall based on a report of a burning odor. It was determined a male student had burnt his macaroni. 3:56 p.m. Oct. 3 A female student reported her laptop computer was stolen from her unlocked room in Kirk Residence Hall between 2 and 3:56 p.m. on Oct. 3. 9:59 a.m. Oct. 5 A male student reported his wallet was stolen from the Bell Center on Oct. 4 between 9 and 9:45 p.m. He left his clothing and wallet on the side of the gym floor while he was participating in a volleyball match. He also advised that his friend had his wallet stolen as well.

9:44 p.m. Oct. 2 Security responded to Jewett

‘Celebrate Drake’ offers activities and prizes Raffle ticket drawing for two round-trip plane tickets to either Tampa Bay or Las Vegas by Nicole Mittelbrun

Staff Writer

“Celebrate Drake” is an overnight event happening Friday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. in Olmsted and is sponsored by several different campus organizations. Starting at 9, EGG, a Drake University student band, will be performing on Pomerantz Stage. Following that performance, Carter Hulsey, an acoustic rock artist from Missouri will perform as the opening act for We Shot the Moon, an indie rock band from California. “They have a similar sound to

Hellogoodbye or Quietdrive,” Student Activities Board Bands Co-Chair Michael Riebel said. The bands, sponsored by SAB, will kick off the event, but there will be many other activities going on throughout the night as well, including laser tag, Guitar Hero, a pilates class, salsa dancing, a craft room, scavenger hunts, a poker tourney and a salsa-making competition. The first 50 people to arrive Friday night will receive a Celebrate Drake T-shirt. There will also be free food during the event, and at 2 a.m. there will be a free pancake breakfast to wrap up the celebration.

Students may come and go as much as they would like between 9 p.m. and 12 a.m., but the doors will be locking at midnight. Raffle tickets will be handed out to attendants when they participate in activities, and those tickets can be entered in a drawing for two round-trip plane tickets to either Tampa, Bay Florida or Las Vegas. To be eligible, you must be there by 11 p.m. and be present at the end of the night when the drawing occurs. “It should not only be a really fun night, but it will also be a great way to bring the campus together,” Riebel said.

Celebrate Drake What: Activities, food, prizes When: Friday, Oct. 8 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. Where: Olmsted

Grand Prize Drawing: The grand prize is a trip for two to either Tampa Bay, Orlando or Las Vegas.

Up ‘Til Dawn event to raise money to Drake partners fund children’s cancer research and care with Iowans for FROM DAWN, PAGE 1 insurance, and patients are not turned away because of a family’s inability to pay. “It’s hard to put yourself in these families’ shoes,” Anderson said. “Having a 5-year-old with a quickly advancing cancer, money is the last thing these parents want to think about. St. Jude takes care of these kids and families, ensuring they receive the most advanced treatments and ensuring care for every patient for their entire life. St. Jude is

FROM FORUM, PAGE 1 Each of the guests will speak for no more than seven minutes, and will then have an open question and answer session. Students are encouraged to ask any questions they may have in order to seek out more knowledge of the Muslim faith. He maintains that knowledge is power in gaining a better understanding of this

unique in that if a child is treated there and goes into remission only to relapse 20 or 30 years later, they are taken on again as a patient.” Drake students can get involved with St. Jude’s cause by participating in the Up ‘Til Dawn event on Nov. 5 from 6-10 p.m. at the Bell Center. During the event, students will address and personalize pre-written letters to their own friends and family members to solicit donations. “After the letter writing portion, we’ll have games, activities, an inflatable, a comedian and food for the participants,”

Anderson said. Also, students who write and send at least 50 letters will be eligible to win an iPod Touch and T-shirt. Students can participate and send as many or as few letters as they wish, and many choose to make teams of four to six individuals to participate and make the letter-writing process fun as well as rewarding. “It’s amazing how such little effort by students can make such an impact for St. Jude and the people that are treated there,” Anderson said. “One night of letter writing can really make a difference.”

culture. It helps students sort through the hearsay that they take at face value from the media. Hamad also said they will touch on the subject of media and how it portrays American Muslims, and the lack of Muslim representation in American media. Others may continue this forum in Drake’s future. Hamad hopes to have another speaker or forum by next semester. But for now, if students are interested

in enjoying this one-time event, Hamad stresses that they are perceptive of the topic at hand. “My advice is to come with an open mind and an open heart, listen to what people say,” Hamad said. “Hopefully it will be a very democratic exchange of ideas.” If students are interested in learning more about the Muslim faith, they can contact Hamad after the forum.



Fair and Impartial Courts FROM LAW, PAGE 1 He also reasoned that the judges are too concerned with reelection to make the decisions they would normally make. “It is hard to decide who is the most qualified,” Koopman said. “There are many things that make a good judge.” Some judges may be overlooked with the merit system. “This system has worked well for almost 50 years,” Walked said in defense of the merit-based system. He believes it is the best way to ensure impartial courts. He also argued that the federal system ends up leaving many qualified applicants out of the running because of the huge risk that comes with running a campaign that is required in a federal system. Rafferty wrapped up the forum, discussing why colloquiums like these are important. “This forum is so important because it emphasizes the importance of the issue and the bipartisan nature of it,” he said. “We need education and dialogue like tonight so voters really have the right information to make decisions and maintain the integrity of our system.” The Iowa judicial retention elections take place on Nov. 2, 2010, along with general elections.

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THE FRED AND PATTY TURNER JAZZ CENTER is a $1.5 million project to house the music department’s jazz program. The 4,600-square-foot facility is on schedule to be completed in November by Weitz Co.





THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 2010



the BUZZ

Is it fall break yet?

America’s Tea Party Movement: A bunch of crazies?


or those of us who have been watching CNN, we know that Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell has taken up a lot of (and probably too much) airtime. As difficult as it is to admit, however, her stories are interesting. O’Donnell supposedly “dabbled” in witchcraftsomething she confessed to on Bill Maher’s television show “Politically Incorrect” in 1999. She also believes evolution is a myth. O’Donnell is not simply a GOP candidate. She is known as a Tea Party candidate. My eyes rolled as I thought, “Typical Tea Party candidate. What a bunch of crazies…” When I first heard about the party, I thought it was a joke. Much to my surprise, the party has grown both in interest and population. The media most likely makes the party and its supporters seem more significant and populous as it actually is, but we shouldn’t completely count it out. I’ve asked various friends what they thought about the Tea Party. The majority of them had heard of the party, but they did not know what it was other than a radical group that called President Obama a socialist. I had heard this overview of the party multiple times, but was not content in the conclusions I was forming. I was talking smack about a political group that I tech-

nically was not well-informed about. It wasn’t fair of me to form such an opinion of the party. So I decided to investigate the following questions to form a fair opinion: 1.)Is the Tea Party legit? 2.)If so, what are its values? My first step was, of course, to Google it. It took me a while to find a website that looked reliable. I looked at the Republican Party’s website, but it did not officially recognize the Tea Party. Fox News had information available, but seriously, how reliable is that? I didn’t even trust MSNBC as a trustworthy source. Finally, I came across the “official” Tea Party Movement website. It’s homepage hurt my eyes. It was terribly disorganized and screamed, “information overload!” After a thorough search of the website and an application of Visine for my suffering eyes, I came across answers to my questions. A document titled “Tea Party Patriots: Mission Statement and Core Values” provided the info. The answer to my first question is yes, the Tea Party is an official movement. Its supporters generally consist of those who place themselves on the far right end of the political spectrum. It is not an official political party, but it is a non-

partisan grassroots organization in support of natural law and the rights of the individual. So what are the values of this movement? The Tea Party values fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. Its mission is “to attract, educate, organize and mobilize our fellow citizens to secure public policy” that is parallel to its values. Fiscal responsibility refers to government respecting the freedom we have as individuals to spend money that we earn without taxation. Limited government is self-explanatory. Free markets support individual, or personal, economic freedom without government interference. The Tea Party movement is an official grassroots organization that believes in hands-off government and individual responsibility and freedoms. It is not as radical and crazy as I thought. It has classic Republican values and an understandable mission. But why did I have certain assumptions in the beginning? Is it because of Media presentation or has the organization become too extreme and attention-hungry? I believe it is a combination of both issues. The media present stories and topics however they want, which can lead us to form misconstrued or incorrect conclusions. The Tea Party has also become too extreme in

College and teen suicide raises need for peer support

When someone’s life, that person’s existence, is a political statement, how does he or she find genuine social acceptance?

So let us, strangers to all six, salvage what we can and prevent this epidemic of tragic proportions from taking place at Drake. I’ve never understood Coming Out Week, even after coming out myself. But now I do. When someone’s life, that person’s existence, is a political statement, how does he or she find genuine social acceptance? When holding hands with the person you love causes others to ridicule, taunt or stare, how can one truly find peace? When the highest aspiration you hope to reach from others is being tolerated as one tolerates a cockroach, how can you actually hope to earn others’ respect? Drake University recently posted a video on it’s facebook page titled, “It Gets Better.” The video was two gay men speaking to po-


Faker friends Annoying faults of friends give insight into our insecurities

Let’s, as a campus community, change our behavior. Let’s do it for Tyler, Matthew, Seth, Asher, Justin and Billy. Let’s do it for ourselves, for our community and for the world we want to live in.

RYAN PRICE COLUMNIST Price is a sophomore sociology and rhetoric major and can be contacted at

AARON RUGGLES COLUMNIST Ruggles is a junior public philosophy major and can be contacted at

Illustration by Molly Crichton

days after his murder, James Darsey prefaced his memorial by saying, “A human life should never be reduced to mere symbol, but there are times when the life is stolen, and we must salvage what we can.” Between Matthew and these five who were tormented so extensively that death became a better reality than life, we are up to six. If I could stomach another sobbing mother’s story of what she would do differently, I could easily open up more painful tabs in my web browser. I could take up Drake’s entire bandwidth finding stories of those innocent youth around the world who have been persecuted day in and day out on the basis of their sexual orientation.

JESSIE HILL COLUMNIST Hill is a junior public relations major and can be contacted at

You know the feeling you have when you just do not like someone, and you have no idea why? They may not have wronged you or upset you. They have a way of rubbing you the wrong way. Is there just something in their personality, how they act or carry themselves that you find unbecoming, to the point of wanting to punch them in the face? That is a little extreme, and probably not a universal feeling, but it is a funny way to get to my point. I remember talking to someone about why he did not like his roommate. He stated that he really did not know why, he was a fine enough guy, other than trivial things that had added up to a curled fist in waiting. The example my friend gave was, depending on the people his roommate is around, he will switch and change all of his preferences to better adapt to the people around him. One person he is around may love “Indiana Jones,” and then the next person he is around tells them he has never seen a single “Indiana Jones” movie, and they look stupid. At face value, this does not seem very important. Everyone can clearly point out that the roommate is a fake person. However, why would it bother my friend so much, if it were that simple? In a lengthy conversation my friend had with me, he told me how through alcohol he coped with the feeling of never being able to be himself. In drinking alcohol, he was able to be himself; free of the limitations he has placed on himself. He worries about what people think about what he is going to say, even before he says anything. Because of the alcohol, he could just say whatever he wanted. We concluded the conversation by talking about how he wanted to be himself—his real self—without depending on alcohol. This is when I pointed out to him that maybe the reason he was able to point out the fakeness of his roommate, was because he, too, was fake in a much different way—and did not want to be anymore. The way in which my friend was taken aback by this, I knew I had found something that pertained to my life as well. Maybe the faults I find in others are the faults that I have in myself—which is what makes me in-tune and able to point out, more than another person can. What makes us angry about the faults of others is that that person has the faults that we do not want, and we are capable of seeing through it. That is not how I would like to go about my life, which is why I do not like it when someone else does.

Gay teen suicide resulting from bullying friends and peers

The vast expanse of the English language conveys a semblance of the utter grief, tragedy and hell five childrens’ parents are going through right now. Tyler Clementi was a young man just like any of us here at Drake University. He was a living young man, that is, until he took his own life last week off the George Washington Bridge into the depths of the Hudson River. Two nights before jumping to his own end, his roommate at Rutgers University, N.J., decided to live-stream Tyler’s ventures with another man in their dorm room for all to see. Posting on Twitter, “roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay,” his roommate suggested that others watch Clementi’s private encounter. Tyler Clementi and I were not friends, nor did I know his name before last week. We probably never lived in the same state or the same zip code. Nor did I know the beautiful, young Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old from California who took his own life this past Tuesday to escape the bullies. I was never blessed to meet 13-year-old Asher Brown of Houston who shot himself in the head two Thursdays ago. Justin Aaberg a 15-year-old of Anoka, Minn., never told his parents he was gay. They found out only after he hanged himself this past July. After being taunted with the hideous epithet of “faggot,” Billy Lucas, a 15-year-old from Indiana, couldn’t find the pain of this life worth bearing and acted on it Sept. 9. Five young lives. Five young lives that should have grown old. Five families that never get to see their children bud into the beautiful people they surely would have been. I shouldn’t be able to have five tabs open in my web browser sharing the title “gay teen suicide.” But I do. All five are from this year, and four of them are from the past month. In memorializing Matthew Shepard two

its messages. For example, the Tea Party’s comparison of President Obama to Adolf Hitler is extreme. It’s absolutely ludicrous to be exact, but the extreme messages attract attention. I’d like to ask Tea Party movement leaders what is more important to them: spreading their values in an effective way or gaining negative media attention because of ridiculous activism? Overall, my opinion of the Tea Party has altered. I believe the Tea Party movement is well-intentioned. Its values are all-American. However, the way the party has been trying to spread its values lately is disappointing. I respect the values and mission of the movement, but I do not respect the extremism the party has been practicing.

tentially suicidal younger gay people. One alumni commented, complaining that their alma mater shouldn’t post “icky” videos on its page. Really? If they find two gay men preventing suicide “icky,” their conception of good taste is more screwy than my dog who eats my cat’s crap for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Those nasty, derogatory words we throw around are the words and taunts that keep the closet doors closed for too many Americans. Those are the ignorant, vicious vehicles of bullying that imply someone’s sexual orientation deserves punishment. I wanted to write this week about Distinctly Drake and all of the amazing experiences we have had these past weeks with world and community leaders. I would have preferred to write on that, too. It’s comfortable. My parents may have preferred me to write on another topic, but they’re surely glad I am at least here to write. For anyone out there in a position of distress, I have two messages: 1) I’ve been there. It gets better. 2) There are plenty of resources available to help you. Sticking it out, even when it seems like you can’t, is worth it. Googling “Trevor Project” is just one avenue that can help you.

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DON’T. MISS. THIS. FEATURES Local wine shop offers a unique experience Celebrate Drake will be held in Olmsted Student Center, Friday 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Many prizes will be awarded.

by Laura Wittren

Staff Writer

The atmosphere at Sbrocco is established immediately upon entering the building. Soft music plays throughout the restaurant from the moment the door opens. The restaurant is dimly lit with small tables and a full bar. The dinner crowd enjoys its meals at the tables, with a glass of wine in hand, of course. Sbrocco Wine is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It features a total of 33 wines by the glass and 100 bottles ready to be served at the restaurant. The retail wine shop located in the cellar has between 500 to 600 labels from white and red wines, sparkling wines and port wines, which are considered a dessert wine. The wine bar is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Formal wine tasting takes place here. There are plenty of wines available to sample, all set out in the bottle so the taster can read about it. Different representatives from wine companies or employees are available to help the taster fully experience and enjoy the wine. There are also informal tastings called wine flights. Instead of one full glass of wine to taste, the tasters choose three different wines to taste in smaller amounts that add up to one glass of wine, allowing them to sample more than one wine without having three different glasses. This is often done over a meal. Sbrocco also attends the Des Moines Farmer’s Market every Saturday. There, Sbrocco representatives take anywhere from four to eight bottles of wine for people to sample. The Holiday Show, its biggest wine event, takes place on Nov. 13. All of Sbrocco’s wine holders show up for the largest tasting event in Des Moines. This event features from 120-140 different wines open to taste. There are also

discounts and special buys available for this day only. Sbrocco isn’t only about wine. The shop features a full bar with wine and other liquor so that there’s something for everyone. They also have cheese plates where customers can pick four different types of cheese from the menu, including cheeses like Asiago Pressut, Cambozola, Machego and Gouda. The menu lists what wines go well with the cheeses. Sbrocco serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The lunch menu is generally composed of sandwiches. The manager, Kevin Adams, calls them “American classics with our own little twist.” Lunch is not overly fancy or overpriced, running around $8 a meal. The dinner menu is more of a bistro format with small appetizers and larger entrees such as duck breast, sautéed skatewing. and seafood stuffed polenta. Sbrocco features wines from many different countries all over the world. They also try to use food items that are fresh locally, so the menu is changing nearly every season. Sbrocco Wine has only been open for twoand-a-half years. Previously, the Sbrocco family owned it as a produce and grocery market. The store was reopened as a wine bar and wine shop on June 5, 2008, and although the Sbrocco family has no affiliation with the new shop, their name was kept to honor the previous business. Since the transformation from groceries to wine, Sbrocco has only changed slightly to serve more food than originally planned. However, the theme of a fun and relaxing wine bar that isn’t overpriced has not changed. While Sbrocco doesn’t hold many major awards, Adams is not at all concerned about this. “It’s more important that the people in the seats are happy,” he said.

photos by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | Photo Editor

SBROCCO’S holiday show, featuring 120-140 different wines, is the largest wine-tasting event in Des Moines. It offers a variety of wines for those who are of age.

Trader Joe’s to open in West Des Moines on Nov. 5 by Heather Hall

Staff Writer

Rumors of Trader Joe’s coming to West Des Moines are true. As of September, most residents heard that the store was coming to Iowa, but few knew the date. As of now, Trader Joe’s will be opening on Nov. 5, at 6305 Mills Civic Parkway. This isn’t your normal grocery store. The Trader Joe’s website describes its products as “innovative, hard-to-find, great-tasting foods.” The products are chosen specifically for each location. Each week there are about a dozen new products brought in, and they may stick around for a while, or they may sell through and you will never see them again. Although some locations do not sell alcohol, for people 21 and older, the West Des Moines location will sell alcohol. Store officials said they don’t have fancy promotions, coupons or discount cards at Trader Joe’s. The store doesn’t have sales on items, but says it instead keeps prices low every day. With already 344 stores in 24 states, the store is slowing down the openings of new locations. The West Des Moines store is one of only five opening this year.

The inside of the new store is presently empty, but will soon be filled with items ranging from cage-free eggs to Thai lime-and-chili cashews. When you go through the double doors and look to your right, you will see a colorful mural of the countryside. Working your way counterclockwise around the 12,000 square-foot store, you’re greeted with colorful murals on every wall. Even though the shelves are empty, there are workers busy setting everything up. The employees wear bright Hawaiian shirts that represent the workers “searching the world for cool items to bring home to our customers.” Doesn’t the thought of people in Hawaiian shirts make grocery shopping sound more fun? Lucky for you, if this job sounds interesting, the new store in West Des Moines is hiring. Just head down to Mills Civic Parkway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday to get an application and apply.

History of Trader Joe’s 1967 The first Trader Joe’s opened its doors in Pasadena, Calif. and is still there today; same spot, same parking lot. 1972 Launched the first Trader Joe’s private label grocery product: granola. 1973 “Still trying to find ourselves”—a butcher shop, nuts in barrels, magazines and panty-hose. Yes, all of these items could be found at the local Trader Joe’s. 1978 The store finally stopped selling pantyhose; unencumbered freedom is glorious. 1981 Trader Joe’s was mentioned in a national magazine for their All American Nut Butter. Either it was a slow news week or Joe’s nut butter was just that good. 1984 Trader Joe’s hit the airwaves and started recording their own radio ads including behind-the-scenes stories about products with a signature sign off: “Thanks for listening.” 1992 Put the first handles on paper bags—how handy. 1994 A crew member in Santa Barbara, Calif. dressed up as a giant pickle. To this day, no one knows why. 2006 Trader Joe’s opened in downtown Manhattan on St. Patrick’s Day and the very first customer bought an energy bar.



THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 2010



Zipcars aim to reduce students’ need for cars by Emily Tozer

staff writer

photos courtesty of Zipcar

Many students would agree that the parking situation at Drake University is less than ideal. It may be difficult to find a parking spot because of the large number of students on campus and the limited number of spots. Zipcar may be the solution to all parking problems. Zipcar is a car-sharing service that is quickly becoming popular with universities. It started in Cambridge, Mass., nearly a decade ago and now has programs at over 150 college campuses. “Zipcars were first installed on campus to help reduce the need to own a car on campus,” said Morgan Johnston, University of Illinois transportation demand management coordinator in The Daily Illini. The University of Illinois, the University of Southern California, Arizona State and the University of Notre Dame are a few of the schools that have brought Zipcar to their campuses. “I first heard about Zipcar through Student Senate proposals,” said Mackensie Smith, campus advancement committee senator-at-large. Drake’s campus advancement committee started looking into Zipcars after a proposal from last year’s Senate for a student-run Drake Direct was turned down. If Zipcars were brought to Drake, students would have access to cars without the cost of personally owning one and without the cost of parking permits. Another advantage of Zipcars would be the reserved parking spots in campus lots. “Drive a hybrid, or even a BMW; around here, they’re all green,” the Zipcar website reads. Drake would pick its cars from a variety of fuel-efficient vehicles. “Optimally, we would bring the cars to campus for second semester of this year, but it may

not happen until next year,” Smith said. Unlike other rental car services, Zipcar insures students as young as 18 who have a driver’s license. The service provides insurance, 180 miles of driving, roadside assistance, gas, cleaning and maintenance for members. With a $35 annual fee, members can reserve a car “from minutes to months in advance,” as advertised on the Zipcar website. Members receive a Zipcard in the mail after signing up. This card is used to unlock the doors and pay for gas. A Zipcard looks like a credit card and has a microchip in it that knows when a member has a reservation. For students, cars are $8 per hour or up to $66 per day on weekdays and $9 per hour or $72 per day on weekends. Many students are excited about the possibility that Drake may soon be getting Zipcars. “Our campus basically has a two-block radius, so not having a car sometimes drives me stir crazy,” sophomore Emiline Lustig said. “It’s hard to get anywhere, whether you want to go shopping or to a concert or wherever.” Zipcar isn’t just for students. Local residents age 21 and over can use the cars as long as they are Zipcar members. However, they don’t get the discounted membership rate, so it would be $75 for non-students to join. Each Zipcar takes 15 to 20 privately owned vehicles off the road. That’s what people call environmentally friendly.

Respect for life month displays opinion on abortion by Jessica Mattes

Features/Opinions Editor

Rows of crosses centered between Meredith and Olmsted signify the number of deaths in 41 minutes. The national Respect for Life’s website contains many documents further explaining the views and opinions against abortion which are also displayed on numerous crosses. Hand-written on paper taped to one cross with information about the monthlong campaign a student wrote, “We all have a choice.” Most Drake students, whether for or against the cause, support the way the organization is speaking out against abortion. “It’s nice that we’re recognizing this as a school,” first-year Elizabeth Robinson said. “Speaking out through symbolism can be extremely powerful.” Chelsea Rink, a sophomore secondary education and English major, does not necessarily agree with the statement being made, but also respects the cause. “They’re definitely making a statement, and I respect people who believe in that,” Rink said. According to BellaOnline’s Catholicism editor Melissa Knoblett-Aman, Respect Life Sunday kicks off the new Respect Life program. This year, the program is titled “Hope and Trust in Life.”

photo by JESSICA MATTES | Features/Opinions Editor

ONE HUNDRED CROSSES between Meredith and Olmsted represent the children aborted around the world every 41 minutes.

Drake Students slide down until dawn Drake University students slip and slide on a soapy tarp in Helmick Commons Monday for Phi Delta Chi’s philanthropic fundraiser for children’s cancer research and care. Up ‘Til Dawn is a national event and all proceeds are donated to St. Jude, which takes $1.5 million a day to operate. An informational booth was up Wednesday for students to collect information on the organization and philanthropy events.

photo by CURT ORCHARD |Staff photograper



THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 2010




“I hope I face this player again. I’ll be prepared and do the right things; [I] definitely need to be more aggressive with my backhand.“ -Senior tennis player Mauricio Ballivian, after being eliminated by an Illinois State opponent at the ITA All-American Championships


Senior Bys at the heart of Drake’s rise to contention by Blake Miller

Staff Writer

Years from now, when Angela Bys returns to the Drake University Knapp Center to watch a volleyball match, she will remember her 2010 season. It was a season where the Bulldogs won their first 14 matches, a season where team chemistry was blooming, and a season where she emerged as a team leader. As a senior outside hitter for the Bulldogs, Bys is coming off a 2009 season in which she started in 33 of 34 matches, led the team in kills and moved into second place on the Drake all-time kills list. Along with Bys’ success last season, the Bulldogs made it to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament for the first time since 1998, and the team is looking to get back to the tournament in consecutive seasons. “Our goal as a team is to obviously make it to the MVC tournament,” Bys said. “And to finish as high as we can, knowing that we left everything on the court.” With many returning upperclassmen, this team may be in a better position than past teams to compete at the tournament. “I think the biggest thing is experience,” Head Coach Phil McDaniel said. “We’ve got six seniors on the team, along with five juniors. It’s that senior leadership that knows that last year we made it to the conference tournament, and

now we’re ready to take that next step forward.” At the heart of that senior leadership is Bys. “[Angela] is a strong asset to our team,” junior Michelle Reidy said. “She brings a positive attitude and encouragement, as well as a profound knowledge of the game.” Along with the experience to make a run at the MVC title, this year’s team also possesses confidence. “My first couple years at Drake, it seemed like we were always just trying to stay in a match,” Bys said. “This year we go into those matches with an attitude of confidence, expecting to succeed.” The confidence of this year’s team has shown through on the court, with the team losing for the first time this season in its 15th match. Bys said the key to the team’s success this year has been its chemistry on the court. “Knowing our teammates well makes it easier to rely on and trust each other,” she said. Not only do the girls on the team make it easy for each other to be close teammates, but they also make it easy for McDaniel to coach them. “The players are easy to work with because they work so hard,” McDaniel said. “This is my first head coaching job, and it was a great situation to walk into. I hope to be here for a long time.” Unfortunately, Bys will not be around any longer than this year. However, she plans to work in the Des Moines area after graduating, and will be able to come to Drake volleyball games in

the future. Heading into the second half of her final season, she appreciates the time spent on the team for the past four years. “It is such an honor,” Bys said. “Not everyone is given the same opportunity, and sometimes I think it can be taken for granted.” Bys would like to go out with the team on a high note by performing well in the MVC tournament. For any team who happens to face this Bulldog team in the tournament, it isn’t going to be an easy victory. “We are going to give 100 percent effort and come out expecting a battle for every point,” Bys said. Years from now, when Bys returns to the Knapp Center, she might be sitting underneath a 2010 Missouri Valley Conference championship banner–if the rest of the season goes according to plan.

2010 Season Stats 298 kills (first on team) 4.03 kills per set (first) 16 service aces (T-first) 190 digs (second) 2.57 digs per set (first) 11 solo blocks (T-first)

photo by EMILY TOZER | Staff Photographer

SENIOR ANGELA BYS has developed into one of Drake’s most important leaders this season.


Bulldogs dealt first home loss, fall to 1-1 in Valley Illinois State halts Drake’s five-game unbeaten streak by Eduardo Zamarripa

Staff Writer

Drake wasted several scoring chances, and Illinois State scored a goal in each half to hand the Bulldogs their first conference loss of the season. It was the first defeat at Cownie Soccer Complex for Drake this year, which also saw its five-match unbeaten streak end on Sunday. Drake was able to generate quite a few scoring opportunities. But unlike the Redbirds, the Bulldogs did not capitalize and that proved to be the difference. While Illinois State was cynical in its finishing, the Bulldogs could not score when they needed to. “In a game which was nearly statistically even, we didn’t capitalize on our scoring opportunities, and if we hope to defeat a team like Illinois State, we need to be able to convert on our scoring chances,” Head Coach Lindsey Horner said. Throughout the first half, the Bulldogs arguably outplayed the Redbirds. Drake was able to find some holes in the defensive front and outshot the visitors, 6-3. But it was Jessica Carlson who found the net for Illinois State in the 38th minute, killing any momentum the Bulldogs might have had heading into the break. “We came out with a lot of energy, but as the game went, our energy dwindled,” said sophomore Laura Moklestad. “As we were losing energy, Illinois State gained it, propelled by our inability to score.” Things did not improve for the Bulldogs, who were shaken up early in the second half after Illinois’ Alyssa Schulz scored her second goal of the season just six minutes into the period. Down 2-0, Drake never recovered. Despite creating more offense in the final third of the field, the Bulldogs failed to find the net and were stifled toward the end of the game by the stronghold the Redbirds took. Still, the team’s overall performance should not be overlooked.

photo by EDUARDO ZAMARRIPA | Staff Photographer

“It’s hard to be content with a conference game when we lose, but I think at times we looked very good,” Moklestad said. “We just need to capitalize [on] our scoring opportunities and work hard defensively as a team for the whole 90 minutes.” This was the last match in a six-game home stand for Drake, which went 4-1-1, including a win and a loss in conference play.

The Bulldogs will hit the road next Friday to face Indiana State, a team which will certainly be tough to beat on its home turf. “Teams playing at home usually have a lot more energy than their opponents,” Moklestad said. “Most importantly, we need to match the intensity for the first 15 minutes of the game. We will have to play quickly and get many shots on frame.”

FROM BULLDOGS, PAGE 1 no doubt that Carly, Morgan, Angela and Alyssa will contribute to our overall team success.” The Bulldogs lost two of its cornerstones from last year in seniors Monique’ Jones and Jordann Plummer. Jones was the defensive specialist and emotional leader for the Bulldogs, while Plummer, the team’s leading scorer last year, was Drake’s best playmaker off the dribble and a lethal three-point shooter. “I think that we have a lot of women that are willing to step up on our team,” Turk said. “We have had a really good offseason and I think that although we may not be able to replace Monique’ and Jordann, we will be able to play hard and compete every day.” The Bulldogs may be a relatively young squad, but they are experienced in the sense of the struggles they had to overcome last season. The adversity is something that Ritscher believes will help the entire program. “I feel like this season is a great opportunity

for Drake women’s basketball,” Ritscher said. “I know our women’s basketball family has learned a lot and we can’t wait to get back out there and compete this year.” This year, the Bulldogs have packed a challenging non-conference schedule, looking to get in rhythm before the first conference game of the season, which comes Dec. 31 against Creighton. The Bulldogs will face Iowa State, Iowa, Wisconsin and North Texas, among others. “We have a non-conference schedule filled with good, quality programs, as well as being in the Missouri Valley Conference that is very tough every year,” Ritscher said. “If we continue working hard and growing as a team, we have great opportunities for a successful season.” As long as the team sticks together and continues to pull through like it has learned to do in the past, the Bulldogs are in for quite a season. “When we learn to buy into our team values, success should follow,” Turk said. “I want this team to have a great season, which will happen if we work hard every day.”

Key returning players


Kristin Turk

Rachael Hackbarth

2009 Stats: 13.4 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, 41.6 percent threepoint field goals

2009 Stats: 12.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, team-high 19 blocked shots

2010 Outlook: Turk returns as Drake’s most potent offensive threat. The senior was second on the team in scoring last season, and is a deadly weapon from beyond the arc. Her toughness on the court has earned her teammates’ and Head Coach Amy Stephens’ respect. Look for Turk to continue her lethal shooting, and always as the player who leaves her heart on the floor.

2010 Outlook: Hackbarth returns as the Bulldogs’ most experienced low-post player. As a sophomore last season, Hackbarth made huge strides in her game and looks to continue improving into one of the best forwards in the Missouri Valley. One thing Stephens will hope Hackbarth cuts down on is turnovers; she led the team with 102 last season.



THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 2010



Ballivian eliminated from All-Americans by MVC rival Senior picks up straight-set win over Old Dominion in Sundays’ opener by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer


This past Sunday, Drake senior Mauricio Ballivian won his first match before losing to Missouri Valley Conference rival Alexander Pelaez of Illinois State in the pre-qualifying round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s AllAmerican Championships. The tournament was filled with the nation’s top players, and despite his loss before the main draw, Ballivian has learned a lot from his matches in Tulsa, Okla. The first match of the day pitted Ballivian against Benjamin Chomette of Old Dominion. Ballivian made quick work of Chomette with a 6-3, 6-0 victory. “He was better than the guy and just took care of business,” Head Coach Evan Austin said. “He played pretty confidently.” The next match against Pelaez proved to be much more difficult, as the powerful Redbird player was able to wear down Ballivian. Ballivian found himself losing the aggressiveness he played with in Sunday’s first match. Austin believed that he played too much into his opponent’s game and didn’t impose his own game

Getting to Know Mauricio Ballivian…

BALLIVIAN Photo courtesy of Drake Athletics

Mauricio Ballivian, one of only two seniors on the Drake men’s tennis team, reached the final rounds of the pre-qualifying draw at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s AllAmerican Championships this past weekend. Having played as Drake’s No. 1 singles player since last year, The Times-Delphic takes a closer look at who Mauricio really is.

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against the player across the net. Ballivian was able to take the first set off Pelaez, 7-5, but lost the next two sets, 4-6. “He needs a little more of an attacking style of play,” Austin said. “He was definitely able to do it in spurts, though.” Austin believes that Ballivian will be able to learn from this match, both tactically and physically. Ballivian is hoping to improve both his backhand and fitness before the arrival of the spring season. “I hope I face this player again,” he said. “I’ll be prepared and do the right things; [I] definitely need to be more aggressive with my backhand.” Ballivian and the Bulldogs will participate in the Intercollegiate Central Regional tournament starting on Oct. 21 in Norman, Okla. The tournament will include the best players from Oklahoma, Minnesota, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Wichita State and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. “The All-American tournament is basically everyone, all the top guys in the country,” Austin said. “We will see a lot of ranked guys in the central regional though, and I want to continue to [play] the best players because I think they can beat them.”

Favorite place to eat in Des Moines: P.F. Chang’s

Age: 21

Favorite movie: “Gladiator” or “Braveheart”

Hometown: Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Dream job: Owning his own business

Major: Entrepreneurial management and marketing

Favorite tennis player: Roger Federer now, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras previously

Favorite Drake Memory: Winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament with the Bulldogs during his freshman year and going to the NCAA tournament, or clinching the match against Iowa at home his freshman year.

Favorite professor: Professor Simpson and Professor Swartwood compiled by Dominic Johnson Staff Writer


Ostrander, Kadlec Receive MVC Bulldog Sports Weekly Honors by Matt Moran


Sports Editor

@State Farm MVC Individuals, Normal, Ill., Friday - Sunday


Friday @ Indiana State, 6 p.m. Sunday vs. SIU Edwardsville, 1 p.m., @ Cownie Soccer Complex


Friday vs. Wichita State, 7 p.m., @ Knapp Center Saturday vs. Missouri State, 7 p.m., @ Knapp Center



Saturday @ Jacksonville, 12 p.m.


Saturday vs. Evansville, 7 p.m., @ Cownie Soccer Complex


Saturday @ Quad Cities Classic, Moline, Ill.


Drake swept the Missouri Valley Conference player of the week awards after stellar performances by junior Thomas Ostrander and redshirt junior Jordan Kadlec last week. Ostrander earned his second MVC Offensive Player of the Week award this season, while the Bulldogs’ steady goalkeeper received MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time. It was déjà vu for Ostrander, who received the recognition just two weeks ago. Ostrander was monumental in Drake’s 1-0-1 record last week. He recorded five shots against 2009 NCAA tournament foe Western Illinois, and scored the game-winner in the final minute to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 victory. Ostrander then scored Drake’s only goal in a 1-1 tie against No. 12 UC Irvine last Saturday.

Kadlec has been a pleasant surprise for Head Coach Sean Holmes this season. He was the hero against UC Irvine, tying a career-high with nine saves and holding the nation’s seventh ranked offense to just one goal in 110 minutes of action. Kadlec collided with an Anteater player in the second overtime, and was down on the ground for a few minutes with a laceration to his forehead. He refused to come out of the game, and held strong to help Drake earn a draw. Kadlec has 62 saves on the season while posting a 1.45 goals against average. His 6.2 saves per game ranks tops in the Valley and seventh in the country. Ostrander leads the Bulldogs with four goals, eight points and two gamewinners. He is second on the team with 19 shots and nine shots on goal. Drake will open up conference play this Saturday when it hosts Evansville. The Bulldogs defeated the Purple Aces in the MVC tournament championship last year.


Softball Bulldogs sweep Paul Morrison Invitational With two victories, Drake concludes fall season with 5-1 record by Sonya Brauchle

Staff Writer

The Drake softball team recorded two wins this past Sunday at the Paul Morrison Invitational at Buel Field. The Bulldogs downed Iowa Lakes Community College in game one, 6-0, and then topped Indian Hills Community College, 9-5, in the final game. The two victories left the team at 5-1 for the fall season, which ended on Sunday. Pitching was strong for the Bulldogs, with seniors Jenna DeLong and Brynne Dordel facing off against the Lakers in game one. Together they combined to allow no-hits from Iowa Lakes and to strike out 16 of the 21 hitters. DeLong started and earned the win, striking out 11 in five innings. Dordel then came in to close in the sixth and finished off the seventh, striking out five. “It seemed as though the brisk Iowa air really enhanced Brynne’s and my pitch movement on Sunday, fooling batters left and right,” DeLong said. “My riser kept them off balance and made way for Brynne’s drop-ball style.” Senior catcher Erin Mollohan commented on the Bulldogs’ pitching as well. “Jenna and Brynne completely dominated in the circle this weekend, making defensive play almost effortless,” she said. “It was great to

watch them both succeed as a team. They’re my best friends, and I couldn’t ask for better pitchers.” Freshman Jordan Gronewold started game two versus Indian Hills and pitched five innings, allowing five runs on six hits and striking out five to get the win. Dordel came in to relieve Gronewold in the sixth, allowing only one hit and striking out five players. The Bulldogs’ offense was alive during both games with DeLong going 3-for-5 with four runs batted in, having two in each contest. Sophomore Macie Silliman was also 3-for-5 with three RBI, a triple, double and single, and one stolen base. “The offense was pretty good all day,” said sophomore infielder Lindsey Vande Wall. “We produced a lot of runs between the two games and found ways to push runs across the plate and score. There were a lot of clutch hits by many different people.” Junior Torey Craddock knocked in three runs in game two, including a triple in the fifth to double Drake’s lead while freshman Liz Buck scored twice and went 1-for-4 at the plate. The wins on Sunday wrapped up the fall season for the Bulldogs, with their next games scheduled for February at the University of Northern Iowa. “This was our best fall outing we’ve had and

photo by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | Photo Editor

JUNIOR TOREY CRADDOCK waits for the pitch in Sunday’s doubleheader. Craddock had three RBIs for Drake in game two. it was a great way to end my fall campaign at Drake,” DeLong said. Vande Wall agreed. “I think we learned a lot in the fall season, and improved a lot from the first practice until now,” Vande Wall said. “Everyone got a lot of playing time and experience against different

teams. It showed us what we need to work on in the offseason, and hopefully we can improve on those things and get ready for the spring. Seeing how this fall went, I’m really excited for the spring because I think this team showed it has a lot of potential, and it will be fun to see what we can really do.”



THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 2010



Fiji, the actual island From Drake to Australia, Janelle Behnke has had her world flipped over in just the first few weeks. Visiting Fiji, she got a taste of what it’s really like to live there. FIJIANS perform a traditional dance for the students.

Most of the villagers had never seen a television or used a computer, and they made everything they have.

JANELLE BEHNKE sits at the top of the mountain above the resort the group stayed at in Fiji.

When most people hear the word Fiji, they generally think of the square bottles of expensive Fiji water. I admit that I did as well. Before visiting the islands a few weeks ago (as a pre-semester trip to spending the semester in Australia), I would have never expected to have the most amazing experience of my 19 years of life in that very place. Upon our 4 a.m. arrival in Nadi (pronounced Nan-dee), after a 10hour flight from Los Angeles, we took a three-hour ferry ride to the Botaira Resort on Naviti Island. Our resort was very simple. There was not a clock, cell phone, television or Internet connection on the island at all. There was no sense of urgency or care for what time of day it was – an idea they refer to as “Fiji time,” and a concept I came to appreciate by the end of the trip. We snorkelled daily, and by time the trip was over, I saw fish of every size, shape and color. I felt like I was in the middle of a Discovery Channel episode! Every day we had afternoon tea, which was followed by playing volleyball or rugby with the local Fijians who ran the resort. One day we had a spear throwing contest, and other days we had lessons on cracking coconuts and climbing palm trees. We also hiked up into the small mountain range behind the resort to watch the sunset; it was utterly breathtaking. On our third day, we were able to snorkel with manta rays in the middle of the ocean! During down time we relaxed on the beach or in a hammock.

One of the most memorable parts of the trip for me was when we hiked over the mountain to the village on the other side. (Our resort was unique because all the profit made from it went directly to the village.) The village was very basic: They didn’t wear shoes and there were no doors on any buildings. Most of the villagers had never seen a television or used a computer, and they made everything they have. The villagers themselves were some of the most genuine people I have ever encountered. The women had homemade handicrafts for sale and we had the opportunity to play with the village children. Visiting the village was truly eye opening and a very grounding experience.

Every part of my trip was incredible. From the bluest water I’ve ever seen, to the new foods I tried (including fried coconut and fish and other meats that were cooked in the ground), and the humble people that lived on the island. It was a truly remarkable trip that I will never forget — and one that I definitely recommend to anyone that gets the chance! JANELLE BEHNKE COLUMNIST Behnke is a sophomore pre-pharmacy major and can be reached at janelle.

JANELLE BEHNKE gets ready to dive into the water and swim with manta rays.

FIJI FUN FACT There are over 300 Fiji Islands; however, only about 120 of them are inhabited.

photos courtesy of JANELLE BEHNKE | Columnist

JANELLE BEHNKE and one of her roommates in Australia pose for a shot with children from Fiji in a native village.

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