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Schwartz scoops up Student Senate seat Olivia O’Hea
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After weeks of campaigning, meetings and a run-off election, the winner of the First-Year Senator election was announced at 12:15 a.m. on Oct. 9. Groups gathered around Pomerantz Stage at 11:45 p.m. the night before, and an anxious buzz filled the room when the candidates, Mollie Wheeler and Cole Schwartz entered. The tension in the room increased as the clock reached 12 a.m. The Election Commission arrived on stage at 12:15 a.m. and announced that over a third of the first-year class voted, declaring Schwartz the winner with 65 percent of the vote. Despite the continuous chanting of “Speech! Speech!” from his supporters, Schwartz thanked the crowd quickly and congratulated Wheeler on a great race before reporting to David Karaz, Student Senate Vice President and temporary head of the First-Year Interest Committee. “I was pretty nervous (before the announcement),” Wheeler said. “I woke up really confident this morning, but as the day went on I got more anxious.” Wheeler said she didn’t feel “great” about the outcome of the election. “I would’ve started sooner — gotten more posters out and started campaigning earlier,” Wheeler said concerning changes she would make to her campaign. Despite the loss, Wheeler still plans on being an active member of the Student Senate committee on community outreach. Schwartz said he entered Olmsted feeling, “nervous,
but excited to find out the results.” He said his nerves hit about five minutes before the announcement but he had, “…good faith that his friends had helped him get the word out as much as possible during the day.” Schwartz plans on tackling his campaign goals right away, focusing first on the possibility of adding printers to residence halls, then on a first-year community service project and finally on initiating programs for professional outreach in the Des Moines area. Following the announcement, the crowd continued to congratulate Schwartz. Schwartz’s roommate, Tom
Fischer, created a parody Twitter account, @SenatorSchwartz, following the announcement. He tweeted, “I would like to thank all 299 voters. Thank you for allowing me this position, I will not do you wrong. Also I’ll provide some laughs.” The campaign had been a long process for the two candidates, with the run-off election ending in a writein ballot at the last minute. With the election finally over, the First-Year Interest Committee, guided by the newly elected senator, can begin working on their plans for the class of 2016.
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A FRIEND CONGRATULATES COLE SCHWARTZ (top left) after he is named First-Year Senator. CHAIR OF THE ELECTION COMMISSION MATT VAN HOECK (top right) announces the results. THE CROWD(bottom) eagerly awaits the First-Year Senator announcement.
Plus/Minus grading concerns at forefront for students Emma Wilson
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Drake University’s Faculty Senate is proposing a change to a plus/minus grading system. The topic has come up several times at Drake, but in the spring of 2012, the faculty began a serious investigation into the subject. Bruce Gilbert, director of library operations for Drake, was selected by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee to head this investigation. According to a survey conducted by the Faculty Senate, 42 percent of Drake’s faculty is strongly in favor of the change while only 13 percent strongly oppose it. One of the reasons motivating the change is that it suggested that plus/minus grading will reduce grade inflation. However, accord-
ing to the “Implementation and Evaluation of Grade and Modifier Systems” by the Education Advisory Board, grade modifiers do not reduce grade inflation once in effect. The 2011-2012 Student Body President, Greg Larson, wrote a letter to the Faculty Senate in which he suggested a plus/minus grading system would be “harmful” to the general student body. Junior Emily Gadient agrees with Larson. “People with higher GPAs would be affected negatively rather than positively,” Gadient said. She added it would hurt those doing well in school and reward those doing poorly. Larson and Gadient also agree that while plus/minus grading could possibly reduce grade inflation, grade inflation is not a pressing issue at Drake.
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tation and Evaluation of Grade and Modifier Systems” suggests that a plus/ minus grading system might
motivate students to work harder for higher grades, because there would be smaller intervals for them to work toward. First-year Logan White agrees with this because he’d “rather take ‘A-minus’ than a ‘B.’“ “The further down the grading scale you go, the better it looks,” White said. “If a student really wants an ‘Aplus,’ they will put forward the extra five percent.” First-year AnaEliza Chelf, questions the need to fix a system that seems to be working. Junior Arthur Wright agrees with this, saying that the change is simply “unnecessary.” Wright said college students should be able to look at the percentages themselves and don’t have a need for more specific grading levels.
The Academic Affairs Committee Chair Stephen Slade, opposes the change for several reasons. Most importantly, the majority of students also oppose the change. Slade feels that it brings up concerns regarding the way extracurricular activities will be affected if more emphasis is placed on grades. He says he fears, “ ... it would deter academic risk-taking for students who want to stay on the safe side,” in more creatively focused majors. “This could have huge impacts on students applying to graduate or professional programs with highly competitive GPA requirements,” Slade said Senior Bryn Goldberg also opposes the change, even though it won’t affect her, she thinks, “A ‘B’ looks a lot better than a ‘B-minus.’”
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First-year Henry Carlson agrees with this thought and feels the current system “benefits students more.” Many students including first-year Michaela Oleson also concur. “It allows for error and gives you a little extra room to show your potential,” Oleson said. Student Senate has been talking to students during their outreach hours and has come to the general conclusion that the student body is against the change. Student Senate held a town hall-style forum on Oct. 10, from 5-6 p.m. in the Cowles Library fishbowl to discuss the issue and bring together the opinions of faculty and students. An article concerning the town hall meeting will be in the next edition of the TD.
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FYS volunteers at special needs carnival Ashley Beall
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This week, FYS 038: Exploring the Portrayal of Mental Illness and Intellectual Disabilities in the Media, helped set up a carnival for students at Ruby Van Meter High School for its homecoming week. Ruby Van Meter School is a school for special needs children ages 12-21. This class, taught by Annie Fornoff, created and planned the carnival as part of homecoming week for the students at Ruby Van Meter. The carnival included a photo booth where the students got to dress up and take pic-
tures with each other, and the students also interacted with first-year students from Drake University. “The best part was seeing how happy they were and how much fun they had. They would indulge in joy from every activity and dance their hearts out when a song they liked came on,” said first-year Kayla Bell. Their class also volunteers every other week at the Ruby Van Meter High School, and the experience has impacted the way the students view students with special needs. “This experience truly opened my eyes to the stigma that I have lived around all
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STUDENTS FROM FYS 038: Exploring the Portrayal of Mental Illness and Intellectual Disabilities in the Media volunteer at a homecoming carnival for special needs students. The class taught by Annie Fornoff helped plan the carnival as part of the Ruby Van Meter School.
my life,” Bell said. “I can now interact with these people the way I would with anyone else I know because I can look beyond their illness and see them as another person like myself.” However, Bell doesn’t think everyone views people with special needs the same way. “I am passionate about disrespect and inequality, and people with mental illnesses are often treated negatively because people cannot look beyond their disabilities,” Bell said. The first-year seminar group continues to work with these students and volunteer at their classes while noticing the little things that help make their time worthwhile. “There is one girl that is in the transition class that’s for 18-21 year olds that I normally help out. But she’s just very energetic and fun-loving, and she’s fun to be around, and she just brightens up your day with her outlook on life,” said first-year Sarah Fulton. This experience has impacted these students’ lives for the better. “It’s a really unique, eyeopening experience for college students. I don’t think people get the chance to study about people with disabilities and get a hands-on experience with them,” Fulton said.
Bleach bombing prompts Campus garden to teach holistic learning discussions on campuses Emily Sadeki
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In collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa (BGCCI), ambitious Drake University seniors are paving the way for community partnership and environmental sustainability by establishing a Des Moines Urban Youth Learning Garden on campus. This momentous feat is owed to the collaboration of a handful of people that have put a lot of time and effort into making it happen. Funded by the State Farm grant, a total of $44,544 will go toward the creation of the garden to be erected at the corner of 25th Street and Forest Avenue. It is designated to create a holistic learning space for elementary to college-aged students. It will encourage engagement in environmental, and health and urban gardening education. “The idea of a campus garden for the students and community has been floating around the environmental science and policy department at least since I started at Drake in 2008,” Matthew Prather said. Prather is one of the seniors who helped to write the grant, “The idea had been turned down multiple times because of various reasons.” The project originated in the environmental science and policy capstone course. Prather collaborated with senior classmates Cara Pratt, April Hansen and Rachael Stern to write the grant. When met with the decision of working with a summer camp or a community group, they decided to explore local options. “We came to the con-
clusion that incorporating a new community garden around Drake’s campus into an existing program would be the most useful and achievable option,” Prather said. “We then had to find an after school program which was near Drake and ended up choosing the Boys and Girls Club because of its close location and ties to Drake.” The project became a joint undertaking. Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa Unit Director, Lucia Leydens said, “The students that wrote the grant did a great job of including us into their plan.” The funds for the garden come from the State Farm grant. The allocation of these grants are decided upon by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, which is comprised of 30 students, ages 17 to 20, across the United States and Canada “charged with helping State Farm design and implement a $5 million-a-year signature service-learning initiative to address issues important to State Farm and communities across the United States and Canada,” according to their website. Once in place, the garden will serve as a collaborative learning environment for students of all ages. “The aim of the garden is to give students at the Boys & Girls Club, and hopefully in the future more groups, the opportunity to connect with Drake students and also give Drake University a deeper connection to the surrounding neighborhood and low income students,” Prather said. “The aim is also to educate these kids early on about environmental sustainability, responsibility and other areas while
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giving them an outdoor area where they can put some of the things they learn into practice.” The BGCCI is excited to strengthen their current, somewhat unstable, program. “This will not only help us implement a stronger healthy eating and environmental education program but also bridge the gap between the university and our organization,” Leydens said. “This also gives the kids some ownership in the community. We have done some gardening in the past, but had inconsistent volunteers and helpers. Having a program with structure and the kids being able to be a part of the process brings great value to what we are all hoping to accomplish.” The BGCCI has numerous opportunities for students looking to help out. “We love having volunteers,” Leydens said. “We have them help in our programs, some lead their own programs, chess or yoga for example, help prepare meals or come and help with special events. We try to match the volunteers with their interests.” As the development of the garden progresses and grows, so will the relationship between the BGCCI and Drake. The garden will embrace learning outside of the classroom from all generations, economic statuses and racial backgrounds. Prather has high hopes for the garden. “Overall, I think it will be a great addition to Drake, the Boys and Girls Club and the community, and hopefully, it can be used as a model for other schools to follow in the future,” Prather said.
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Last week, the national media picked up on bleach bombings — water balloons filled with bleached and dropped off of balconies onto unsuspecting students — that had occurred multiple times between June and September of this year at the University of Texas at Austin. Although it was unclear who the targets were, minority students have taken both offense, and defense, at what they claim to be racial attacks. On Oct. 2, dozens of students marched through the campus, congregating at an on-campus statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. to put pressure on the university to respond. The Greek community at UT Austin is under speculation for the attacks. Some students have reported that the victims of the bleach bombings are not only targets of racism, but also sorority girls being targeted for initiation purposes. Investigations are still ongoing and no reports have been filed yet. With such extreme acts happening in Texas possibly being related to race, one
might wonder what racism exists at Drake University. While Drake does have some diversity, the majority of students are still caucasian. A lack of exposure to other races can result in ignorance, especially when students associate themselves with other students who are like them. Junior Freddie Fulton, president of the Coalition of Black Students (CBS) at Drake, said, “this forces us (as students) to stay ignorant to other people and their views, and that brings with it ignorant comments and ignorant actions.” There are several minority groups on campus open to students of all races, which include the Chinese Students Association, La Fuerza Latina and CBS, who work towards educating students about their cultures. CSA recently held a Mid-Autumn Festival where they served traditional moon cakes and set up games to help students learn about each other’s cultures. One game included trivia questions ranging from the founding date of Drake, to the Hollywood movie with the most academy awards, to the traditional picture of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festi-
val. It allowed a comfortable setting for students to learn about multiple cultures at once (without forgetting about Chinese culture). Fulton said CBS also attempts “to educate nonmembers and members on a culture that is defined by stereotypes.” Fulton believes education is the best tool towards fighting racism. “We also pride ourselves in having conversation that most people don’t like to have (and) in this we find that true knowledge is spread,” Fulton said. He says he has heard of several instances of racial slurs being aimed at AfricanAmerican students and suggests that Drake could host more culture-themed events to educate students. First-year Nina Moore also shared her thoughts on racism, saying that it doesn’t have to come verbally but can be expressed in body language, sighting the many stares she’s attracted on campus as an African-American. Moore’s solution is getting “past the divisions of race” and “creating dialogue around the issues that we allow to divide us.”
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Haria assists Senate outreach Oxblood color trend dazzles
For the past year that I’ve been a student at Drake, Student Senate has been promoting ways to bridge the communication gap between the table and the students. Inviting students to Senate meetings, creating a twitter handle for students to follow (@DrakeStuSenate) and posting the weekly meeting minutes on its website were all failed attempts — these solutions just didn’t cut it. However, I’d like to give credit where credit is due. Junior Ekta Haria, this year’s Student Services Committee Chair and her infamous Facebook page have done wonders for giving around 800 students a place to vent about the less-than-perfect Sodexo catering company, the custodial staff and the ever-popular plus/minus grading system. Whether or not Sen. Haria can help you,
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she always offers timely responses with a promise to bring it up at Senate’s next meeting, and makes sure to tag the corresponding senator. Those who are members of this group receive notifications each and every time
room is out of soap, I do believe that this Facebook page is a step in the right direction. Many complaints with Sodexo have been remedied (like bringing back the ice cream machine), and Haria has provided the student body with valid reasons why some things must stay the way they are. With any luck, campus will be Taylor Larson complaint-free in no time. Columnist If you have a complaint about literally anything on campus, feel someone posts a complaint free to voice it on the Drake on the page, making every- University Student Senate: one more aware of issues Student Services Facebook that they didn’t even know page with nearly 800 of your existed, especially senate classmates. And, if you’re too members. Because, let’s face shy to be “that person,” feel it, I didn’t even know there free to like or share your fawere bathrooms in Hubbell vorite posts, Senator Haria South, let alone that one of encourages it. them wasn’t for women. And, while I’m not extremely fond of receiving an alert every Larson is a sophomore time Hubbell is out of ketch- magazines major and can up or Crawford Residence be reached at taylor.larson@ Hall’s second-floor bath- drake.edu
There are tons of trends I could talk about for fall — oriental prints, colorful furs, monochrome suits with a masculine edge — but there’s one trend I love that happens to be the easiest to incorporate into your wardrobe. It’s not a funky shape that you’ll need to see a few (or a lot of) times before you start to like it, it’s not a wild shoe that will leave your feet covered in blisters after a few walks from Greek street to Meredith Hall and, despite the name, no animals were harmed in the making. No, the trend is oxblood, and it’s just a color. The
name might not evoke the prettiest of images (you can call it burgundy if that’s the case), but the rich, dark reddish shade is just as gorgeous no matter what you call it. And the benefit of
belted oxblood and red wrap coat. Don’t forget accessories, either. Your options just got endless. No matter what oxblood investment you decide to make, be it a six dollar belt on your next run-in with Forever 21 or a two hundred Emily Tozer dollar wool and leather Columnist knee-length Zara coat, you’ll have no trouble getting wear out of it a color trend is how many this fall and winter. Oxblood ways you can wear it. Take a blends seamlessly with jewcue from the fall runways — el tones, compliments natuYves Saint Laurent showed ral and neutral shades and a structured, long sleeve ox- pairs perfectly with prints. blood top, Peter Som had a pencil skirt in the luxe shade Tozer is a senior magazines and Haider Ackermann went major and can be reached at all the way with a beautiful, email@example.com
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Reaction to “Jane Hoe” and a call for her to step into the light The recent op-ed “Use your ‘head,’ not your hands when pleasuring” in the Oct. 1 edition of The TimesDelphic was, in my opinion, utterly deplorable and so far below the standard of what should be represented in the paper of a school such as Drake University that I am having difficulty in finding the words to express my disappointment. The article is what I would expect a perverted, technologically savvy eighth grade boy seeking “cool points” to post to a blog (or equivalent outlet) after having been exposed for the first time to a pornographic film or an inappropriate conversation in the locker room. I found the article to be incredibly offensive to all students at Drake, but particularly to the women on campus. The article cast women as subservient, almost inhumane creatures, with their sole purpose be-
ing the providers of men’s “ultimate pleasure.” Not only is this beyond demeaning to women, but it is also highly inaccurate and demeaning to men. I have found the students at Drake, both male and female, to be highly intelligent and capable of finding ways to respectfully enjoy the companionship of the opposite sex while engaging in activities that result in true pleasure, activities that engage both the mind and the heart. The women of Drake have so very much to offer themselves, Drake, the community, the nation and the world. The last thing they should be concerned with is providing physical pleasure to the men on campus. Further, the last thing men should be expecting from the women on campus is physical pleasure, particularly when the high-caliber women of Drake possess the endearing qualities and at-
tributes requisite in committed, meaningful, long-term relationships. “Ultimate pleasure” is not derived from some fleeting sexual escapade with someone you will hardly remember in a few years (though there will very likely, and rightfully so, be feelings of regret and guilt), but rather is derived from the open, honest, and respectful exchange of ideas and emotions while battling the ups-and-downs of life. Surely parents are not spending nearly $40,000 per year to send their daughters to Drake for the purpose of “pleasuring” the men on campus. If this were the case, I would need to drastically alter my “sales pitch” when meeting with prospective students and their parents. Speaking of which, did you stop to think what effect the article would have on a prospective student’s parents that happened to stum-
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ble upon it while visiting campus or searching around on the Internet? Moreover, did you consider the effect such an article might have on some of Drake’s bigger donors? Given that Drake is a private institution, we are highly dependent on contributions from outside the university and I do not think that “Larry Flynt” dollars are our primary source of contributions (nor should they be). The article was disgusting and significantly below the standard of what should be represented in Drake’s newspaper. You can hide behind “freedom of speech” and “freedom of the press” all you wish. However, there are attending consequences, either favorable or unfavorable, depending on how such freedoms are exercised. I personally feel that great care, responsibility, and maturity should be exhibited
when exercising these freedoms, particularly in light of the price that has been paid for such freedoms. The anonymity and lack of personal accountability to the Drake community that is afforded through the use of pseudonyms has resulted in a huge “black eye” to Drake in the case of this article. It is beyond time for “Jane Hoe” to step into the spotlight and take personal responsibility for the drivel that s/he has put out. If this is how this particular individual feels, which I suspect is in stark contrast to how the majority of Drake’s campus feels, then they should have the courage and conviction to write under their true and full name. Regrettably, however, unless Drake starts getting hit where it really hurts (admissions and dollars), this nonsense will persist and “Jane Hoe” will continue writing cowardly, immature,
shallow, disrespectful, and non-representative rubbish. The only other hope is for the students of Drake to actively standup to this type of cowardly and demeaning journalism and realize it has no place here at Drake. Women in this country have a tremendous record of standing up for themselves when they are cast aside or viewed as subservient to men. It is my sincerest hope and desire that the women of Drake will standup, draw a line in the figurative sand, and do all in their power to halt the publication of this type of material going forward, or at a minimum, voice a united demand for “Jane Hoe” to step from behind the cowardly curtain of anonymity. Geoffrey D. Bartlett Assistant Professor of Accounting
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Halloween festivities populate Des Moines Fall activities range from haunted sites, orchards, corn mazes Katie Ericson
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October brings many things to mind — mainly Halloween. While the holiday is on a Wednesday this year, Des Moines still has plenty to do and here are the top picks. For haunted houses, there are four that are spectacularly creepy: the ever-popular Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park, the Ames Haunted Forest, the SLAUGHTERHOUSE DM and Haunted Barn in Ankeny. All four have websites dedicated to their yearly haunt and each has a special feature. The Haunted Forest is based on an urban legend, the SLAUGHTERHOUSE features an all-steel maze, the Haunted Barn has its mysterious Saw Room and Sleepy Hol-
low now has added a Zombie Warfare Walk. For a slightly less scary outing, there are several orchards near Des Moines that have more light-hearted activities. In Jefferson, there is Deal’s Orchard with a hayrack ride to their pumpkin patch and corn maze, while the Iowa Orchard in Urbandale is hosting a pumpkin carving contest and selling their fall apple cider. For an extreme corn maze adventure, the North River Corn Maze in Carlisle has three massive fields. These outings are all ones fairly common to Halloween, however. Des Moines also offers more unique events. The Blank Park Zoo will host their 22nd year of Night Eyes. The park will be lit up with decorations, hold a hay maze, dancing pumpkin patch and Treat Safari. On
Stage West of the Civic Center, the theater will be showing “Evil Dead: The Musical,” a story of a camping trip gone awry when campmates become demons. These outings can get expensive, but there are some tricks. For coupons on haunted houses, go to the Ames Haunted Forest or Haunted Barn websites, or pick up one from Zombie Burger for the SLAUGHTERHOUSE DM. You can also get student rush tickets for “Evil Dead: The Musical” by buying tickets the day of the event and showing your Drake ID. If you’re still curious about things to do for Halloween in Des Moines, go to The Metromix Des Moines or The Des Moines Register website to find event calendars.
Halloween Fun >> Dates and prices for various Halloween themed activities Ames Haunted Forest — $12 - goes through Oct. 12-13 from 7-11 p.m 19-20 and 26-27 from 7-12 p.m. 21 and 28 from 7-10 p.m. Ankeny Haunted Barn _ $15 - goes through Oct. Monday-Thursday from 8-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday from 8-12 p.m. Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. Sleepy Hallow Scream Park —Do it all for $25 or pick three for $19 Every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Des Moines Slaughter House — $12 - goes through Oct. Friday-Saturday from 8 to 12 p.m. Deal’s Orchard — $4.50 Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Iowa Orchard — $4 Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. North River Corn Maze — $9 - Sept. 15 to Nov. 3 Friday from 4 - 10 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.
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Blank Park Zoo — $5 - Oct. 18 to 21 and 25 to 28 Thursday-Friday from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday from 1 - 8 p.m. Civic Center Stage West — Price varies - Oct. 26 to Nov. 11 Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Technology
Students find help in tech support Brady Deprey
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Known for its corn, Iowa also has numerous corn mazes to enjoy in the fall season. CENTER GROVE ORCHARD, pictured above, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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While Carnegie Hall holds many surprises within its walls, one of the most helpful to technologically-challenged students, is the Tech Support Center in the basement. Staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., students and staff can receive service almost whenever they need it. “We are proud to offer a wide array of services to Drake students,” said Jacob Thompson, user support analyst. “Including but not limited to, assistance and troubleshooting with wireless Internet setup, email setup, Drake account issues, questions regarding Drake application and services such as blueView, blueMobile, Blackboard and MyDusis, software installation and issues, virus and malware removal, technological rec-
ommendations and basic computer diagnostics.” Thompson also expressed his faith in the support center’s ability to be “successful at solving the majority of problems while you wait.” If students experience problems that cannot be solved immediately, there are options to check-in a computer at the support center until the scans and repairs are completed and pick it up later. When first-year Greta Gillen had to purchase a new laptop mid-semester, the support center was extremely helpful in setting up the new computer quickly. “They got everything from Microsoft Office and Wi-Fi set up for me. I didn’t have to worry, it was convenient, it only took like half an hour and my laptop was as good as new,” Gillen said. Other students, firstyears Caitlin Allen and Kristine Micheletti also ex-
pressed their satisfaction when they needed assistance setting up Wi-Fi with their laptops and phones during Welcome Weekend. Kenneth Kass, directory OIT client services, was excited about the new developments coming to assist students. “We are also piloting a student worker to provide assistance on Sundays with some basic help in the library from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.,” Kass said. “That student can do most of the things the support center can do minus some of the more time consuming, complex troubleshooting that the support center can.” In addition to that, the support center has made Microsoft Office available for digital self-service via the support center tab in blueView and added the option to purchase Adobe products from the same page.
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PageFive Around Des Moines
Iowa T-shirt company writes about Midwest pride Raygun book remains quirky, authentic and informational Brady Deprey
and go to Jordan Creek and buy something that is massproduced, but there’s something really special about Mike Draper graduated buying something that has from the University of Pennbeen designed and produced sylvania in the spring of in-house. They’re so creative 2004 with a and snarky degree in histhat it’s oddly tory. Three charming. Plus, months later, he where else can “In our contemporary society, found himself you buy a neck“selling T-shirts it’s easy to pick up and go lace that was out of a bag on to Jordan Creek and buy hanging from a Times Square.” rake?” something mass-produced, but Almost eight First-year years later, he is there’s something really special Iowa native the founder and about buying something Jordan Beard owner of Rayagrees that that has been designed and gun, a successful what makes store operating produced in-house.” Raygun unique in five Midwestis its ability to — Zac Pace, Drake student ern cities. In remain true to collaboration its ideals. with his faithful “Raygun is Raygun staff, the a super awestore is releassome store ing their first book, “The Midwest: God’s Gift to Planet store a great Des Moines sta- because all the shirts there ple, is what drives the book. are original and funny,” Earth.” Raygun is already known Beard said. “They’re really Draper commented on for its quirky authenticity creative and if you’re from his first book as an expanthe Des Moines area they sion of the ideals of Raygun and originality. Zac Pace, a senior at are super funny. They’re itself. Drake University, has frecomfortable, cheap and it’s a “We always kind of looked quented the store throughgreat store.” at the store as a T-shirt store, As a history major, Drapbut the stuff we really loved out his four years. “I love that Raygun does er was interested in the hiswere the slogans and motifs something different,” said tory of his home state. But on the shirt,” Draper said. Pace. “In our contemporary when he went to research, “We wanted to expand it so that the slogans were at the society, it’s easy to pick up he found that there “wasn’t Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
heart of the business, but the mediums were different. We do shirts and articles, and now a book.” He explained that the atmosphere of Raygun, the same humor that makes the
a whole lot written about the Midwest in particular. All in all, the amount of books on the Midwest was about a shelf long.” He and his associates wanted to write a book that would be both informational and entertaining. “We wanted it to be funny and observational, and actually something someone can buy and learn a few things,” Draper said. “There’s actually information in there that people can use. People always ask if its true, and it is.” It’s obvious the attitude of Raygun and its particular home-style feel are what keeps it going. Draper was interested to find that many other companies use the same concepts in their stores. “There are couple companies similar to us in St. Louis and Chicago, and its kind of interesting that there has been this resurgence of local pride going on,” Draper said. The “local pride” found throughout Raygun is apparent in their new book, and the staff hopes their faithful customers will enjoy it as much as they already love the store itself.
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Drake soccer player offers expertise to young soccer leagues Ashley Beall
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Boys yelling. Girls giggling. Kids chasing each other. This isn’t a typical scene where you’d place a Drake soccer player to be. But for junior Drake men’s soccer player Nick Marshall, this is how he spends some of his week. Marshall helps coach the West Des Moines Soccer Club and works with the academy, which is a pool of 60 nine- and ten-year-old boys, and he is what they call their
“professional coach.” The teams have parent coaches and Marshall floats between games and helps out each team. The teams also have professional coach’s nights which are run by Marshall and several other Drake soccer players. Marshall got involved in coaching youth soccer during his first year through assistant coach Gareth Smith and head coach Sean Holmes, both of whom are his coaching inspirations. His high school club soccer coach Dale Schilly is also one
NICK MARSHALL surrounded by the girls he coaches soccer for, coaches on the sidelines of practice.
of his coaching inspirations. As for how Marshall feels about coaching, he can’t get enough of it. “One of the best parts is whenever you are working with kids over a long period of time and you are focusing to get them better at one aspect and then you see everything click,” Marshall said. “Working with little kids, their foundation is pretty much nothing so we have to help them, build a foundation, and it’s cool to see the difference one year makes between year nine and year 10.” Another part that Marshall loves is getting away from soccer at a college level. “It gets so business-like whenever I’m playing. It’s just nice to see these kids having fun and learning to work with all sorts of people and it’s also humbling to work with little boys and girls,” Marshall said. As for his coaching style, Marshall likes to make sure the kids work hard while still having fun. “Because I have such young kids with wild energy, it can sometimes be chal-
lenging to rein them in and get them to listen. I have to provide a professional environment for them to learn and get better so I will have to be firm in the beginning of a training session to get them focused and even more so at the beginning of the year,” Marshall said. For Marshall, his ideal player is one that can listen to what the coach is saying and be able to make the adjustments and implement them into their game when they are pointed out. As for the performance perspective, he believes that, “The player needs to be able to keep the ball in possession and find the right spaces to play in to keep the field spread. I think if a player has these qualities at this age they will be a great player.” However, Marshall isn’t holding a double standard because he makes sure to live up to these expectations as well. Marshall isn’t one of those coaches to remain strictly professional and not bond with his players. Outside of practice Marshall tries to connect with the kids
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NICK MARSHALL, soccer player, enjoys seeing the kids he coaches improve their skills in the game and be someone that they can talk to. “I make sure to establish a relationship (and) friendship with them outside of coaching, like after and before practice, so that they understand my being stern is not a personal attack towards them, and that I’m only trying to make them better,” Marshall said. “Being their friend makes the players way more receptive to what you say also. As a player I know we play for
the love of the game so I also let the kids have fun and encourage them to cheer for their teams in competitions and try new tricks.” After college Marshall hopes to continue coaching. “I definitely plan on coaching. I am not sure of what caliber though, be it for a club or as a parent,” Marshall said. Either way soccer will remain a big part of Marshall’s life.
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Sports Men’s Basketball
Young Bulldogs showcase offensive promise Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa
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The men’s basketball squad opened its doors to the media, and to a new season, on Monday afternoon for its annual media day. Drake comes into this season with six returning players (five who have started at some point in their Drake career) and plenty of new faces. The Bulldogs can’t wait to get their season underway. “There’s obviously a lot of excitement for the beginning of every season, and it’s no different here at Drake,” said head coach Mark Phelps. “I’m really encouraged by our team. I’m encouraged by our work so far. I think we have a real togetherness and camaraderie and chemistry.” The Bulldogs welcome five freshmen to their squad: Kori Babineaux, Joey King, Micah Mason, Robert Puleikis and Daddy Ugbede. In addition to that, Drake added fifth-year senior Chris Hines, senior Matt Bowie (former Drake football player) and a pair of junior college transfers in Gary Ricks Jr. and Richard Carter. Even if the Bulldogs are sporting a brand new team, the core of this squad remains with fifth-year senior Jordan Clarke and senior
Ben Simons. Simons is coming off a season that saw him average 16.4 points per game in the Missouri Valley Conference, earning him a second team All-MVC selection. Clarke is the heart and soul of Drake’s defense, always drawing the opposing team’s best post presence. Drake will also incorporate redshirt junior Seth VanDeest back into the mix after VanDeest sat out all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery in July 2011. He will allow Clarke to slide back to his natural position (power forward) and help shoulder some of the load on offense. Despite losing two of its top three scorers, Phelps believes this is a more talented offensive squad. “I feel like we’re a better scoring team. We’re a better passing team. We’re a more skilled team this year in all five years, and I really believe we have guys in our program that can score,” Phelps said. “Ben Simons, I think is going to be one of the better scorers in our league. You reintroduce Seth VanDeest, a bigger, better, stronger Seth VanDeest. He’s a guy that we didn’t have the luxury of throwing the ball into the post last year. We’re really trusting him to make the right play.” The Bulldogs will have to replace sophomore standout
Rayvonte Rice (who transferred to Illinois) and senior Kurt Alexander. Rice averaged 16.8 points per game, while Alexander averaged 8.5 points per game coming off the bench. In order to fill the departed offensive void, Drake will rely on Hines. Hines averaged 9.6 points per game last season with Utah, starting on 26 games. “You look at Chris Hines, a fifth-year senior from the Pac-12 who can score. You can pretty much count on Chris Hines to be just as good as he was last year in the Pac-12,” Phelps said. Drake is also hoping redshirt sophomores Karl Madison and Jeremy Jeffers, both starters last season, continue to make strides. “Both of those guys were starters last year, and I think they’re helping us with maintaining and growing our culture as a basketball program,” Phelps said. “They’re going to be pushed by some newcomers, and they’re going to push some newcomers, so I think it’s a healthy relationship.” Those newcomers are already working hard to adapt to the rigors of a Division I basketball program. “Working out in the spring and the summer definitely helped me out a lot because I was really undersized for my height, so put-
ting on 10, 15 pounds over the summer really got me into a position where I would be able to compete and play against the bigger players in our league,” King said. The competition for a starting nod will start tonight, when the Bulldogs tip-off in their annual Primetime Preview at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center. “We’ve got to be ready early. We’ve got to be ready to go at our first practice on Thursday. We can’t have any lulls, we can’t have any breaks, we can’t wait until the conference season to get our stuff together,” Clarke said. “We have to get quick and focus every practice and every game.” Tonight will mark the start of a team that Phelps believes will continue to get better as the year goes along. “We want to continue to play with a great pace on the offensive end. We want to continue to be aggressive and be in attack mode on the defensive end, extend our defense a little bit more than we have in the past and use our depth,” Phelps said. “If we reach our potential and stay relatively healthy, I think this could be a very exciting team. This could be a team that continues to build and grow and get better as the season goes along.”
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DRAKE HEAD COACH MARK PHELPS answers questions at men’s basketball media day on Monday. The Bulldogs’ 2012-13 roster features nine new faces, including five freshmen.
Three games in four days for Drake Community Bulldogs eye second Missouri Valley Conference win outreach enriches athletics
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This weekend, the Drake volleyball team (2-15, 1-6 MVC) will go on a threegame road trip aiming for its second conference win of the season. The team is fresh off of a 1-1 performance this past weekend. On Friday, the team will take on Indiana State (3-14, 1-6 MVC) in Terre Haute, Ind. The following day, the Bulldogs will take on Illinois State (10-7, 4-3 MVC) in Normal, Ill. Finally, the team will finish up with a non-conference match at North Dakota State (7-11) in Fargo, N.D., on Monday night. Three road games in four days in three different states is the challenge the Bulldogs will have to deal with this weekend. “We just need to play like we played tonight and we can handle them,” said sophomore Halli Meyer following last Friday’s victory over Bradley. Meyer recorded a career-high 40 assists. Leading the way for the Bulldogs will be senior Bentley Mancini, who boasts 155 kills and 25 digs on the season. Mancini is a main cog in head coach Tony Sunga’s rebuilding process. “Bentley is just a steady force on the floor and she will always be that,” Sunga said in a Drake athletics press release. “We know that she will deliver in tight sets, in a tight match, we know that she will always be there.” In Friday’s matchup
against Indiana State, Drake has the opportunity to go from ninth place to eighth place in the Missouri Valley Conference, as both teams are 1-6 in conference play. The Sycamores are led by junior setter Loni Macklason, who had 28 assists and nine digs in their most recent match against with Wichita State. The Redbirds of Illinois State are 4-3 in the conference and sit at sixth place in the conference. Illinois State is led by first-year Ashley Rosch, who is averaging a little over three kills and digs per set this season. On Monday the Bulldogs have a non-conference matchup with North Dakota State, a member of the Summit League. The Bison are 4-4 in their conference. The team is led by senior Brynn Joki who has 249 kills and 232 digs in 18 games from her outside hitter position. Mancini talked about the team’s improvement after the match against Bradley. “We’ve all gotten so close in the last couple of months because we have such a small team, and I’m just so proud of them,” Mancini said in a Drake athletics press release. “It feels really good to see that the team is coming along.” Following the three road games, the Bulldogs will enjoy a home game against Creighton for their Dig Pink match, where they help raise awareness for breast cancer. The team lost a straight set decision at Creighton in September.
Carly Grenfell Columnist
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THE DRAKE VOLLEYBALL TEAM huddles before Saturday’s match versus in-state rival Northern Iowa at the Knapp Center.
How the rest of the MVC is doing: 1. 2. 3. 4.
Creighton Northern Iowa Wichita State Southern Illinois
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9. Drake 10. Bradley
Sometimes, all it takes is giving a little. But your little may indeed be a lot to some. One of the things we emphasize in our program is getting involved in the community. Whether it is handing out posters at the local farmers market, putting on camps for girls of all ages or spending a day at the Boys and Girls Club — the impact it has is something special. There are a couple experiences that really stand out to me. I can honestly say that even if I don’t ever win a championship in my career, this aspect of college athletics will make it well worth it. Most people would drag their head at the thought of teaching little girls the fundamentals of basketball. As exhausting as it can be, it is next to impossible to forget how much they look up to us as their “coaches.” Every once in awhile someone will come up to you and say, “You are really good!” What’s not to love about that? It is not everyday you get a compliment of that nature. And even though many of them may not take the sport of basketball seriously, they are old enough to understand that we do. I guarantee even the slightest gesture from us towards them makes their day. And that’s what it is all about. Not the publicity, not the money we bring in, but the example we can set for hundreds of girls. This summer, we had the opportunity to spend time with kids from the Boys
and Girls Club on a couple of different occasions. This setting was a little different from putting on a basketball camp. For those who may not know, this club is an afterschool program for underprivileged kids. We worked primarily with the younger age groups, but high schoolaged boys and girls can attend as well. What made this so cool was the fact we were able to go back a second time. The majority of them remembered who we were — you can only imagine how much they lit up at the sight of us. It was amazing, in just an hour, that you could tell how much they are exposed to at home. For them to interact with vivacious college students means the world. By giving a little, we are actually giving a lot. The reality is that people know who we are. And we are held to a higher standard because of it. It may seem like a lot of pressure, however, it is the type of pressure you want to have. If you ever get the chance to interact with kids or people in a similar setting, I would encourage anyone to dive into that opportunity. Believe me when I say you won’t regret it! It is an hour or two of your day in which the benefits of such a short amount of time simply cannot be measured. Grenfell is a junior public relations and management double major and can be reached at carly.grenfell@ drake.edu
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Trap game awaits Drake after San Diego rout
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DRAKE’S SPECIAL TEAMS attempts to block a field goal against Pioneer Football League rival San Diego on Saturday at Drake Stadium. The Bulldogs dispatched the Toreros, 38-10. Drake faces PFL rival Valparaiso on Saturday in Valparaiso, Ind. Mike Wendlandt
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A week removed from a big win against Pioneer Football League powerhouse San Diego, Drake looks to avoid a letdown as it trav-
els to Valparaiso to take on the Crusaders. The Bulldogs have control of the conference early on, with a 3-0 record in conference play and a 4-2 record overall. The Crusaders look to win their first game of the season, currently sitting at 0-5 after a
1-10 season last year. Last season, the Bulldogs cruised to a 50-0 victory at Drake Stadium behind four touchdowns from (now) fifth-year senior quarterback Mike Piatkowski, as well as a suffocating defensive effort that only allowed
125 total yards. Drake’s defense is coming off an outstanding performance last week against San Diego and looks to continue its surge against a struggling Crusader offense. Senior defensive end Brandon Coleman looks to repeat his
success against them from last season, as he recorded six tackles, three behind the line of scrimmage, as well as a sack in last season’s game. Piatkowski comes into the game with 1,687 passing yards and looks to attack a defense that has allowed 1,486 yards through the air after only five games. Look for the Drake passing game to be used early and often to take advantage of the Valparaiso defense. Senior Nick Rosa has been the go-to-guy for Piatkowski recently, with six receiving touchdowns. Defensively, Drake boasts one of the best front-sevens in the Football Championship Subdivision, consistently wreaking havoc in the opposing backfield. Even though they were absent in the sack column last week, the Bulldogs have 16 on the year, and the pressure they generate has helped cause 16 turnovers throughout the season, including 10 interceptions. They will rely on the playmaking trio of linebackers, sophomore Jon Hugunin, junior Travis Merritt and fifth-year senior Tyler Moorehead, to cause problems for the Crusader
offense. Currently, Huginin and Merritt make up the second most productive tackling duo in the PFL, with 117 total tackles, and Moorehead is currently tied for fourth in sacks this season with four. Special teams, much improved from the beginning of the year, will be on display again, especially the punt return unit, which should be very busy this week against an opponent that has struggled to move the ball. Look for punt returner sophomore Drew Ormseth to be very busy. All in all, the Bulldogs are favored to beat Valparaiso, but they can’t get ahead of themselves. This is a classic example of a “trap” game. After a huge victory last week, the Bulldogs have to go out and take care of business against a team just looking for consistency and a solid performance. If Piatkowski can continue his big season and the defense continues to make plays and cause turnovers, then Drake should improve to 4-0 in conference play. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Bulldogs host Flames Creighton poses threat Taylor Soule
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FRESHMAN FORWARD ERIC WILLIAMS puts a cross in against Creighton on Sept. 29. Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa
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The Drake men’s soccer squad (3-7-3, 1-0-1 MVC) will close out its non-conference schedule on Saturday when it takes on UIC (Illinois at Chicago) at 7 p.m. at Cownie Soccer Complex. The Bulldogs will host the Flames in the third annual Ralph Gross Alumni Classic, which will also mark the fourth annual “Greenest Game on Grass” contest. Drake will wear its green uniforms that will be auctioned off during the game. The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a “Drake Soccer Goes Green” T-shirt. After a rough 1-7-2 start to the season (which included seven games on the road), the Bulldogs have bounced back with a successful threegame homestand that included a tie with Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton and a pair of wins over Western Illinois and MVC foe Central Arkansas. UIC (4-5-2) comes into the game having had its
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five-game unbeaten streak snapped last Saturday in a 2-1 overtime loss at Milwaukee. The Flames have squared-off against the Bulldogs on four occasions, with Drake maintaining a 2-1 advantage all-time. However, UIC toppled Drake in their last meeting. The Flames squeaked past the Bulldogs 3-2 in a double-overtime win last season. The Bulldogs have yielded just one goal in their last three matches (a total of 290 minutes), a startling contrast to the 2.2 goals allowed per game that Drake permitted in the first ten games of the season. Despite being outshot 4328 in two conference games this season, Drake has still not received a goal in conference play. “I’d say (redshirt junior) Rich Gallagher, this is the second shutout in a row, he has been absolutely terrific,” said head coach Sean Holmes in a Drake athletic press release following last Saturday’s win over Central Arkansas. “Really faultless all season-long despite the goals that we gave up.”
Holmes was also pleased with the performances from fifth-year senior Michael Thaden and sophomore Kyle Whigham in the midfield. The Bulldogs will need to control the middle of the pitch and rely on Gallagher for a successful outing. Drake will hope its recent defensive play translates into non-conference success. The Bulldogs are 1-0-1 in the MVC this season, but only 2-7-2 in non-conference play. Although it must be said that Drake squared-off against quality non-conference competition with most of its games being played on the road. Following its game against the Flames, Drake will hit the road for its first road conference match against Bradley on Oct. 17. After that, the Bulldogs will travel to Evansville, Ill., to take on the Purple Aces on Oct. 20. On Tuesday the Bulldogs took on University of Missouri-Kansas City. Results on that match can be found in the next edition of The Times-Delphic.
OCT. 20 Volleyball vs. Creighton 7 p.m.
OCT. 25 Women’s Soccer vs. Illinois State 6 p.m.
OCT. 13 Men’s Soccer vs. UIC 7 p.m.
Senior forward Laura Moklestad’s golden goal lifted the Drake women’s soccer team (11-3-1, 2-0-1 MVC) over Evansville (2-7-3, 1-1-1 MVC) 1-0 on Sunday at Cownie Soccer Complex. Senior Day festivities added excitement for Mokelstad, who scored at the 95-minute mark off an assist by sophomore forward Ashlie Stokes. “That was really, really exciting,” Moklestad said. “It kind of made the day a lot more special, to be able to finish it off, to be able to get the golden goal and to be able to score for the rest of the team.” The Bulldogs honored five seniors in Moklestad, midfielders Kelsey Pigg, Lauren Strickfaden, Tara Zika and forward Kasey Wellman. Several Bulldogs boasted noteworthy performances on Sunday. Junior goalkeeper Kalena Litch registered a game-high four saves. On the offensive end, Stokes paced Drake with a game-high four shots. Junior forward Generve Charles tallied three shots. Sunday’s victory improved first-place Drake to 2-0-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference. With an 11-31 overall record, Moklestad and the Bulldogs look to continue their MVC prowess.
“It was really important, especially a home game and a conference game,” Moklestad said. “We were just really going out there for the win and getting revenge from last year because Evansville beat us a couple times, so we were all just really pumped up. We had a great Senior Day, and we just want to continue to do well in conference.” The Bulldogs face MVC rival Creighton tonight (Oct. 11) in Omaha, Neb. Although Creighton ranks last in the MVC at 0-2, Moklestad expects a dangerous Bluejays team. “I think as a whole unit goes, they’ll be really ready to play,” she said. “They’ll be really fired up. It’s a home game, and they’re playing us. They haven’t won any games in conference, so I think they’re probably thinking this game is a must-win for them. We’re going to just go out there and be really focused through the whole 90 minutes.” Without the Cownie Soccer Complex crowd, tonight’s high stakes will motivate Drake. “That would make it even sweeter, just to go up there and beat them and at their stadium,” Moklestad said. “It’s a really nice stadium. So, going there, it’s just feeling the environment and the rivalry and playing really well and hopefully, getting the
win out of that.” Sunday’s victory over Evansville boosted Drake’s confidence entering tonight’s match. “It’s always good going into a rivalry game off a win,” Litch said. “It wasn’t just a win, but also a shutout win. It’s always good because we know how tough Creighton can be even if they’re not at their best.” Like Mokelstad, Litch anticipates a “chippy” Creighton team. “They are our rivals, so you can’t underestimate them,” Litch said. “Even if they’re down, they’ll still put up a fight. I expect it to be another chippy match like against UNI because those are always how they are.” Before the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship opens on Oct. 28, the goal-oriented Bulldogs look to continue their winning ways. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to finish in the top four, so we didn’t have that first-round play-in game that we’ve had the past two years,” Litch said. “So, at this point, it positions us really well to succeed at that goal. If we just keep playing the way that we have been, we will fulfill it and hopefully get the top seed.” Drake takes on Creighton at 7 p.m. tonight in Omaha, Neb.
OCT. 20 Football vs. Marist 1 p.m.
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SOPHOMORE MIDFIELDER KATIE HELMLINGER anticipates the ball during the Bulldogs’ 3-0 victory over MVC rival Missouri State on Sept. 22 at Cownie Soccer Complex.
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What’s your Gangnam Style? Parodies, covers abound — Here are a few of our favorites When the staff isn’t diligently working on producing the paper, we’re busy finding funny videos to watch in the office. Lately, we’ve been stuck on Gangnam Style, and all of the various parodies, covers and hoopla surrounding the K-Pop sensation. Check out some of our most beloved videos.
Gangnam Style Acoustic Cover by Ra-On
Mitt Romney Style
This cover is brought to you by a Korean rock group from California. There is something eerily beautiful about hearing the Gangnam Style played with only a guitar and voices, but man, it gets us every time. There isn’t any weird antics in this video, but it still keeps the viewer glued to the screen. YouTube Views: 2,695,820
This parody is brought to you by College Humor. With the election approaching fast more and more political ads are popping up. This video definitely isn’t an ad, but it gets our vote for most entertaining. Lyrics to watch for: “I’ve got distinguished hair and a private jets that flies me way up in the air.” YouTube Views: 683,759
CPDRC Inmates Gangnam Style
This parody can be a bit confusing. It’s sung in Klingon which is hilarious and slightly frightening. Be sure to click on closed-captioning so you can read what is actually being sung. The costuming on this video is spot on for the most part, and even the dancing is stylized to fit the Star Trek theme. YouTube Views: 3,469,788
The inmates at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center did their rendition of the popular song. The inmates danced in red suits, and some donned black shirts to distinguish themselves from the other dances. These dancers are also known for their video of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” YouTube Views: 3,566,820
Literally one of the cutest things ever. These parents and babies take adorable to a new level by dressing up one child in a light blue tuxedo jacket and performing daily chores, just with a Gangnam twist. At first the video starts off simple, but then there are some scene stealing moments with babies hugging. YouTube Views: 2,837,983
Oregon Duck Style
Who doesn’t love large mascots running around imitating Korean pop star? Not only is it entraining to see puppets join in with the mascot, but the hilarious production makes it a worth while watch. Plus, the duck essentially just gallivants around campus dancing with students and athletes. It’s fantastic. YouTube Views: 5,150,272 all photos from YOUTUBE
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