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Male-female ratio myth examined Drake’s population is 57% female, 43% male by Lillian Schrock
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For some, the ratio of females to males on Drake’s campus may seem like a blessing. For others, it may be a hindrance. Girls, forget about transferring because it won’t do you any good. It turns out the first-year class does not have a ratio of seven women to three men. In fact, it is equal to the national average. More women are attending college than men. “It has to do with birthrates,” said Tom Delahunt, vice president of admissions at Drake. “There are more women than men.” According to the United Nations
Statistics Division, for 2011, the United States is 51 percent women and 49 percent men. There is also an inclination that more women are pursing higher education than men. “There is a trend of more women graduating high school and applying to college,” Delahunt said. However, Delahunt stresses that Drake does not look at gender when choosing students to be accepted into the university. “Simply, there were more women who qualified this year than men,” said Delahunt. This year’s first-year class is 57 percent female and 43 percent male — equal to the national average, ac-
cording to a New York Times article titled “New Math on Campus.” According to the article, researchers site several reasons for this. According to the article, more men are dropping out and women tend to have higher grades, which causes the gender gap. Delahunt believes if this statistic was more exaggerated, it could create a different culture on campus. However, he doesn’t think this is the case right now. Rachel Boon, director of institutional research and academic compliance at Drake, believes this is not a sign of a long time trend. “The percentage of women in college has been fluctuating the last four to five years,” Boon said. “The
percentage is not that big of a change from last year.” For total undergrad students at Drake, the ratio in 2010 was 56 percent women and 44 percent men. There is only a one percent increase in women from last year. First-year Alexandra Caulkins says her high school consisted of more females than males, so the ratio seems normal to her. “To me, it doesn’t really matter,” said Caulkins. “Even if it was flipped, it (Drake) wouldn’t be different.” When considering whether cer-
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Gender stratification by school at Drake Arts & Sciences
59% 39% 41%
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Helps reduce medical costs tool for students, professors Instead of tossing the bottle away with its cap still twisted, first-year Andrew Clark is asking students to keep the caps and turn them in to the Morehouse or Stalnaker lobby. Last month, Clark started leading the Bottle Cap Initiative. In this project, every 1,000 bottle caps collected pays for the dialysis of a child whose family cannot afford it. Clark was introduced to the Bottle Cap Initiative this summer by a coworker. “I thought it would be an excellent way to give back to the community,” Clark said. “I thought Drake would offer the best opportunity to collect the most bottle caps.” Right now, the caps go to St. Joseph Church, which is in Illinois. But Clark is unsure which organization it is forwarded to after that. “Once I find out what organization it goes to, I plan to make it very public to the Drake community,” he said. Since September, Clark, with the help of friends, his roommate Garrett Carty and the Morehouse Executive Council have collected about 4,000 bottle caps from students and faculty at Drake. By the end of the semester, Clark’s goal is to collect 20,000 caps. At the rate that he’s at after just one month, Clark sees this to be a very possible goal to reach.
“Once people realized that when they recycle, but just take the caps off, the bucket fills up pretty quickly,” first-year Chris Fairbank said. Fairbank also assisted Clark in going door-to-door requesting for caps. Other than the door-to-door fundraising, the project primarily relies on the responsibility of the Drake community to willingly turn in their caps. There are buckets in Stalnaker and Morehouse to drop them off. The Morehouse Executive Council also collects caps every Sunday while they help recycle, and they average about 800 caps each time. “I actually didn’t think this initia-
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FIRST-YEAR ANDREW CLARK hopes to collect 20,000 bottle caps to help defray the cost of dialysis for younger patients.
by Emily Tozer
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In a world immersed in — and (borderline) obsessed with — social media, newsletters and email, even websites aren’t quick enough for our fast fingers. Want to know what time Hubbell opens on Sunday? Or what’s happening on campus this week? Or brush up on some fun Drake history? Luckily, you can tweet with Drake. And you’ll get a quick reply from a member the digital media team. “We use Twitter to engage with students, alumni, prospective students, fans and the community at large,” said Aaron Jaco, Drake digital media specialist. “We like our social media outreach to be a conversation, not a one-way flow of information, and we try to keep it fun.” Students have noticed the increasing popularity. Instead of the usual room and phone numbers, campus organizations and colleges will often provide a Twitter handle as a means for communication. “Drake seems to love Twitter,” said junior Megan Stein. “When I came back from being abroad, I was surprised at how important Twitter had become to the Drake community.” Drake’s active presence on Twitter is largely due to the journalism school. “The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is a shining example of how Twitter can build relationships and take learning outside of the classroom,” Jaco said. “Students and their professors are talking to
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each other all hours of the day and on weekends. Sometimes they discuss course assignments, but often they’re talking about an interesting news story or the Saturday football game - proof that students see their professors not only as teachers and mentors, but also as friends. We know from experience that these relationships can, and do, last well beyond graduation.” While many journalism students have accounts they use regularly, many professors also require students to have and use Twitter for class. Jill Van Wyke, a professor in the journalism school, uses it because she sees social media as a critical skill for journalism students to have before they graduate. “Students who embrace it while in college land the best jobs soonest out of college,” Van Wyke said. Stein created @DrakeGirlProblems as part of a blogging assignment for her journalism class. “I’m excited that people seem to be enjoying it, but I think a lot of the credit goes to Drake’s avid Twitter users,” she said. “Sometimes I get annoyed having to tweet so often, but I know it’s for my benefit. I think the Journalism school has really useful tweets because it is relevant information for us.” It can also spark better classroom discussions and is an easy way to get a hold of students. “I used to think of my classroom as four walls,” Van Wyke said. “With social media, those walls are gone.”
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A Drake University student who died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon had an undiagnosed heart condition that apparently caused her death, her father said Wednesday. Lydia Clark, 21, had celebrated her birthday the night before with friends, returning home around 3:30 a.m Saturday. Friends told police she awoke about six hours later and was walking around throughout the morning. At 12:30 p.m., however, they found her unresponsive and called an ambulance. It hasn’t been determined whether alcohol was a factor in her death. Her father, Brad Clark, said the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office told the family that his daughter had abnormal heart tissue. “It could have been related to what she had done the night before, or it could have just been a tragic coincidence,” Brad Clark said. “So what we know for sure are those facts. Her blood alcohol was 0.16, she had abnormal heart tissue and she did not die from alcohol poisoning.” Des Moines Police Sgt. Steve Woody said that the police investigation into Lydia Clark’s death is complete. Medical examiners sent her heart to Mayo Clinic for additional testing, and the final determination on the cause of death may not be made known for several weeks, Brad Clark said. Lydia Clark, a rhetoric and international relations double major from Meriden, Kan., turned 21 Oct. 6. She was an active member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. She studied at St. Petersburg Polytechnical University in St. Petersburg, Russia. Joan McAlister, one of Lydia Clark’s academic advisers, described her as fun and insightful, with a little bit of a shy side. “She was very unique,” McAlister said. “She had a flair for fashion, and she was a little unconventional. ... When I first met her, she was wearing these wild, multicolored sneakers.” Lydia Clark’s public speaking professor, Stacey Treat, said she had a great attitude. In his first class after her death, Treat opened the period with photographs of Lydia at the front of the classroom. “As far as I’m concerned, Lydia is still part of the class. She’s still present tense in our classroom,” Treat said. “...She didn’t drop this course. That’s not why she’s not here, and I think it’s important that we not pretend that’s the case.” Brad Clark said his daughter got along with everybody. “There’s an assignment that you
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Faculty recall vibrant student
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8:44 P.m. Oct. 7
Security responded to Crawford Residence Hall on a report that a male urinated in a room in front of a female Drake student. The underage-for-drinking male Drake student was located. He stated he had been drinking on Greek street at a fraternity house. Police were called. The male student stated he could not remember urinating. He was advised he would have to pay for the damages and was advised of trespass for the hall. Residence life was advised.
9:53 p.m. Oct. 4 Security was called to lot #34 in the 1200 block of 30th Street. A female Drake student reported that her vehicle’s front driver’s side and passenger tires had been slashed 2:13 a.m. Oct. 9 Security responded to Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall on a report that a student had drunk to much alcohol. Security found the underage-for-drinking male student passed out and unresponsive. Fire Medics were called and the student was transported to a local hospital. Residence life was advised.
5:55 p.m. Oct. 4 Security and police responded to 29th Street and University Avenue on a motor vehicle accident. A male Drake student did not observe vehicles stopped in front of him at the pedestrian cross-
Rainbow Union holds Coming Out Week for Drake’s campus Activities included comedian, drag show by Kelsey Johnson
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Colors of every shade flooded campus this week for Rainbow Union’s annual Coming Out Week. Stephanie Gibb-Clark, a junior vocal performance major and president of Drake’s Rainbow Union, has been working hard to put on this week’s events in honor of Drake’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning and Allied community. “Coming Out Week, is in conjunction with National Coming Out Day,” Gibb-Clark said. “Rainbow Union, in particular, finds it important for students to understand that you don’t need one special day each year to feel comfortable about coming out as LGBT. Instead, every day should be a safe day to come out. The week-long celebration just creates awareness on campus. People come out every day and that should be celebrated.” On Sunday, Rainbow Union kicked off the week by providing what every college student loves: free food. Students of all sexual orientations came out for “BBQueer,” a cook-out
on the lawn in front of the Comes As You Are house. On Monday, a round table discussion was held in the Medbury Honors Lounge where students could join faculty and staff in discussing the struggles of coming out as an athlete. Addressing this stigma helps the Rainbow Union create a voice for Drake’s queer community. “We want Drake’s LGBTQA students to have a voice and an advocate on campus, as well as a safe space to openly discuss his or her sexuality,” Gibb-Clark said. “Rainbow Union, as an organization, strives to give that voice.” On Tuesday, Coming Out Week switched things up by featuring comedian Chris Doucette in Bulldog Theater. Doucette made a few laughs concerning what Rainbow Union likes to call the “lighter side of coming out.” Wednesday night featured the famous kings of queens on Pomerantz Stage. Students watched professional drag queens perform to hit songs, waving dollar bills and stuffing them into the performer’s costumes as tips. All the money raised was donated to the Imperial Court of Iowa, whose
mission is “to make a difference to the people of Iowa through fun and social consciousness, one dollar at a time.” The Rainbow Union plans on closing out the week with a screening of the film “Milk” served with cookies on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Bulldog Theater. The film follows the story of Harvey Milk, an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official. Overall, Rainbow Union hopes to support Drake’s LGBTQA community by focusing on a wide range of issues while fighting for equality within society. They also hope to inform members of the straight community of the problems that affect queer people’s everyday lives. “Coming Out Week serves as a celebration of acknowledging that we have come out, we are here, and we are proud to be who we are, while continuously showing people who might be questioning their sexual or gender identities that coming out on our campus is OK and that there will be a support network for you if you need it,” Gibb-Clark said.
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The recent kerfuffle over the CFPB sets a new and dangerous precedent, and it should not be ignored.
walk causing him to crash into the vehicle in front of him. The non-Drake affiliated female in the vehicle that was hit, stated her head hit the steering wheel and it hurt. She wanted an ambulance to check on her. DM Fire Medics arrived. She was treated on scene, and refused to go the hospital. Police had both drivers exchange names and insurance information.
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Just Dance Dance Marathon to start its second year of philanthropy dren’s Hospital and their families to remind patrons of what Dance Marathon is about,” said junior Rebecca Mataloni, a news/Internet major and co-president of Drake Dance Marathon. Currently, there is one family represented by Drake Dance Marathon and 16 others are considering it. The Champion family of Altoona, Iowa, has been extremely grateful so far. “My favorite part about participating in Dance Marathon is getting to know the families,” Mataloni said. “Just to see their eyes light up when they hear me talk about what we’re doing; they’re so thankful. The kids stay so positive, and they don’t complain about anything. They are just happy to be alive.” Dancers can register online and send a personal link from their fundraising page to family and friends for donations. The group wants each person to raise $100. Students can sign up in groups of 10 or as individuals. These groups can be from the same organization or it can just be a group of friends wanting to participate. There will be competitions for social Greek life, professional fraternities and more. The nearest upcoming event for Dance Marathon is a blood drive on Dec. 1. Dance Marathon will work together with Rainbow Union for World AIDS Day. For more information, go to helpmakemiracles.org/event/drakedm or add Drake Dance Marathon on Facebook. Follow it on Twitter with the handle @dudancemarathon. Also, you can contact the organization via email at drakedancemarathon@ gmail.com.
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In 100 days, the Drake University Dance Marathon will shuffle onto the scene. “Dance Marathon is a philanthropic organization affiliated with the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network,” said junior Katie Weiler, an accounting and management double major. She is also the co-president of the Drake Dance Marathon. “We provide year-round support for families with children suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses unlike any other organization by visiting the kids during treatment and personalizing the experience they get as Dance Marathon families,” Weiler said. During the big debut on Jan. 21, 2012 in Parents Hall, students will gather to celebrate the survivors and remember those who have passed away. From noon to 8 p.m., attendees will dance, enjoy live DJs, bands, entertainment, food and more. The goal for this year is to get 200 people at the event, which is two-thirds of the people on the contact list from the fall activities fair. “To make its first year of operation a success, the Dance Marathon crew is working on getting a swing band, the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corp., and the Drake Dance Team as entertainment. The organization also wants to include an “electronics room” donated by Best Buy. There will be opening and closing ceremonies to honor the children from the University of Iowa Chil-
edy, it’s always a shame, and I hope that students just understand more than anything that professors are here as a resource if they need it, like anyone else.” Lydia Clark’s roommate, junior Kristen Smith, created a Facebook group, RIP Lydia Clark, where friends have posted thoughts and memories. Smith is the editor-inchief of The Times-Delphic, and Matt Moran, a friend of Clark’s, is a copy editor. Lydia Clark’s family will receive friends Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Meriden (Kan.) United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m at the church. In addition to her father, Lydia is survived by her mother, Pamela, and brother, Tanner.
FROM LYDIA CLARK, PAGE 1 where you make your circle of friends and you see how they intersect,” he said, his voice breaking. “Lydia was in everybody’s circle of friends.” President David Maxwell said the university is focusing on providing support for friends, family and the campus. He added that the campus is “suffering from a loss.” Lydia Clark is the fourth Drake student to die in 18 months. Maxwell said that every death of a student affects the student body and that the university has had “too many incidents of terrible sadness.” Treat said teachers care a lot more about their students than students realize. “People your age aren’t supposed to die,” Treat said, directing his comment to students. “It’s always a trag-
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STUDENTS FROM Lori Blachford’s First-Year Seminar class “Queer Voices” celebrate National Coming Out Day on Tuesday by chalking the sidewalk between Meredith and Olmsted.
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tain programs will attract more women or men, Caulkins believes Drake has many diverse co-ed programs. Senior Maggie Sutton says she rarely notices the gender discrepancy at Drake and doesn’t perceive that the ratio has changed since her first year here. While she hardly notices the ratio in classes, she says it can be noticeable socially. “When one group of men is absent socially, such as a fraternity, it makes the gender gap noticeable,” Sutton said. “However, if a group of women is absent socially, it’s not noticeable.” First-year Josh Schoenblatt believes the gender disparity at Drake is favorable, and not for the obvious reason. “Men can be overpowering and girls bring kindness to the school,” said Schoenblatt.
Schoenblatt also believes there are creative programs and clubs at Drake that wouldn’t exist if the gender ratio was switched, such as the ballroom dancing club.
Class Gender Percents at Drake by year: 2015: 43% M, 57% F 2014: 44% M, 56% F 2013: 43% M, 57% F 2012: 45% M, 55% F Male, Female
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Other colleges use Twitter as well. Drake Fine Arts tweets updates on the arts at Drake and in the Des Moines Area. Spike keeps sports fans informed about games and Drake players. The Drake Alumni Center keeps in contact with Drake graduates and tweets what cool things they’re doing. “The thing I like about the Drake alumni account is getting to listen to and see the day-to-day activities of our alumni,” said Drake alum Holly Worthy, who manages the alumni Twitter account. “Stories can be hard to share in 140 characters, but it’s a great way to start relationships that the alumni office can then develop later at our events or with personal contact.” As for whether Drake is ahead of other schools when it comes to social media use, Jaco prefers not to compare. “As they’d say on Twitter,” he said. “We don’t think in terms of who’s #winning.”
Here are some Drake University Twitter accounts that all students should take a look at:
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tive would expand into what it has currently expanded to,” Clark said. “But there have been no difficulties with collecting the caps. People are so very willing to help in any way they can.” With the 4,000 bottle caps that Clark and those helping him have collected so far, they have given four children free dialysis, saving their families as much as $1,200 each. In eighth grade, a friend of Clark’s had passed away, and that is when he decided that he’s always wanted to lend a helping hand. Well on his way to reaching his goal of 20,000 caps, Clark is doing just that. In fact, he may end up putting a total of $24,000 in the pockets of families he’s helped.
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THE TIMES-DELPHIC Enjoy a night of Indian dance, music and food at SASA’s Diwali Night on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium. Tickets on sale in the Olmsted breezeway from 11-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 and Wednesday, Oct. 19 – Friday, Oct. 21.
Republicans prevent effectiveness of provisions Last Thursday the Senate banking committee voted to approve former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as the director of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Ordinarily, this would mean Cordray is one step closer to being confirmed but these are not ordinary times. Despite Cordray’s unquestionable credentials and committee approval, he has very little chance at being confirmed by the full Senate. In fact, if the Republicans have their way, his nomination may never even come up for a vote. Republican leaders in the Senate have pledged to do all in their power to block Cordray and any other candidate for the CFPB. Years ago, when government worked and our leaders respected each other, whenever the President would nominate someone to fill a cabinet post or a judgeship, their professional qualifications would be all that mattered. Starting with Robert
Bork’s Supreme Court nomination in 1987, that all changed. Confirmation hearings have become increasingly partisan and all aspects of our government are suffering. One in eight federal judgeships are currently vacant and in President Obama’s first 18 months in office only 47 percent of his nominees were confirmed. At the current rate that retiring or deceased judges are being replaced, as many as half of all federal judgeships could be empty by the end of this decade. This is a disturbing trend that both Democrats and Republicans are complicit in, however the recent Republican revolution in Congress has pushed it into overdrive. Since the Tea Party’s wave of victory in 2010, the very idea of responsible governance has become a fond memory. This recent kerfuffle over the CFPB sets a new and dangerous precedent, and it should not be ignored. The CFPB was set up by the
Dodd-Frank Act, which passed with majorities in both chambers of Congress and was signed by President Obama in 2010. It is law. The Republicans are trying to undo this law by using the confirmation process to circumvent the authority of the previous Congress. They don’t like DoddFrank or the CFPB, but because they do not have a majority they can’t repeal the bill so they’ve found the next best thing: they are preventing its provisions from being effective. They are using their duty to confirm nominees as a political tool of retribution, to get back at Democrats for passing a bill they don’t like. They have publicly vowed that they will not allow a vote on any CFPB nominee until certain changes to the Bureau are made. That is not how lawmaking is supposed to work. By subverting the confirmation process in this way, the Republicans are setting a dangerous precedent, and I fear where this may lead us.
Despite Cordray’s unquestionable credentials and committee approval, he has very little chance at being confirmed by the full Senate
As the Tea Party becomes more and more attached to the idea of elimi-
nating the Department of Education and the EPA, what is to stop them from using this same legislative tool to stop future presidents from filling posts in those departments? They have clearly shown that their central goal is a systematic dismantling of government, but if they can’t get that, will they settle for slowly ripping it apart from the inside?
CASEY ERIXON | COLUMNIST Erixon is a junior politics and rhetoric double major. Casey can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Top 8 awesome things about fall
Fall break has arrived! Take some time while you’re relaxing over the next few days to enjoy the wonderful season. Read on to find out the top 8 best things about fall.
Fall break. Come on, we have to be excited about this. Most schools don’t have fall break and it couldn’t come at a better time: midterms.
The beautiful colors! I can’t get enough of the fire orange and crimson colored trees in the fall.
Halloween. I don’t believe you are ever too old to trick-or-treat. Or at the very least, you can dress up in costumes and be someone else for an evening.
Corn mazes and hay rides. Nothing says fall quite like a trip to a pumpkin patch or a nice ride atop hay bales in a tractor.
Craft shows. I love attending those fun craft shows where you get hot apple cider and walk around looking at 50 different cat-printed pot holders made by elderly women.
Sleep. I don’t know if it is just me, but the fall time change always feels like more than an hour. I feel like that extra hour of sleep is more like an extra day of sleep.
Hot chocolate. Whoever invented this wonderful beverage should be knighted. It is the perfect way to warm up after a brisk day outside.
Our Two Cents • It’s extremely dark outside and it’s only 2 p.m. Rain, rain, please go away. • Fall break has finally arrived and we couldn’t be happier. We’re so ready to spend our time eating good food and finally getting a chance to relax.
• Thank goodness for all the help we’ve had this week with the TD. We couldn’t have done it without all of your help.
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Letter to the Editor ... Taylor Soule’s article “Making waves for philanthropy” certainly created some controversy on Monday. Unfortunately, it is Taylor that took much of the heat for it. Were there mistakes? Of course there were. Theta Chi has 14 new members, not three. There was also a bias that permeated throughout the article. That much has been pointed out already. I applaud The Times-Delphic for giving me this forum and for admitting that they made mistakes. That takes courage and integrity.
My problem is that the article did not have the right perspective. Delta Gamma’s Anchor Splash was an amazing cap to their philanthropy week. The real story was how Greek life came together to not just compete in swimming competitions, but to raise valuable funds and awareness for people with visual impairments. Unfortunately, the good that was done was not the focus of the story. That is on the editors and copy editors, not just Taylor. I feel that everyone who attacked her owes her an apology. That includes me as well.
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Bowling for Boobs with Drake Colleges Against Cancer at Merle Hay Lanes. The cost for two games and bowling shoes is $10. The proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
College-focused social media hits campus
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There’s a new “F-word” on campus. And it’s not inappropriate or uncalled for. Fampus, a new social networking site created specifically for finding college events, has taken over schools. Des Moines local Brittany Brody, founder of Fampus and senior at University of Wisconsin-Madison, is proud to have created a hub for students to find fun and accurate listings of events on campus. Fampus has homepages specific to each university it represents. On Drake’s page, the color scheme is blue and white and has pictures of previous and upcoming events on the photo slideshow. Each event has its own page with places to upload pictures, rate the events or add comments to help future students figure out if the event is worth attending. All the necessary information is listed, including the date, venue and price, answering any questions you may have. Brody, being a student herself, understands what it’s like to be overwhelmed by the college lifestyle. Fampus is a simple
solution to the confusion of what events are all about. “Fampus solves the information overload problem,” Brody says. Another aspect that Brody highlights is that as you get to know Fampus, Fampus gets to know you. As events are added to a personal calendar, Fampus will begin to suggest similar events that may have never crossed onto your radar. Besides personal events, a new addition that Brody refers to as “the Mainstream” is composed of a live feed that lets you know what is happening that night. “If you are sitting in your dorm room or apartment on a Friday night, the Mainstream will give you an indication of what events will start happening in a few hours,” Brody say. “Plus you can add pictures and comments in real time.” This adds to the personal touch Fampus has that other sites don’t. As much as we all love Facebook, it can be confusing when it comes to events. Some may have 4-5 pages for the same organization, and they could all have different information. With Fampus, there is one page with one section of pictures and details. Fampus concentrates on one of the
most important aspects of what college is all about: socializing. Brody, who is continually receiving positive feedback about her creation, is thankful to be a student because it helps her understand issues on a personal level. Brody has had multiple pinch-me moments when it comes to realizing her idea has become a success. She enjoys tossing around ideas with her friends and seeing her work in action. But Brody’s real contribution to the college world is helping students like us become more organized in every aspect of our lives, including the social part. “You learn things outside of the classroom that you can’t gain inside,” Brody says. “What you talk about with friends at home are the events you go to at school, and there is nothing worse than missing out on those experiences because you couldn’t figure out how to find them.” Rid yourself of the confusion. Sign up for Fampus and you’ll see how easy it is to “find fun fast.”
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Brittany Brody, the founder of FAMPUS, grew up in Des Moines
FAMPUS was orginally launched at Grand View University
The site focuses on events and social gatherings for the entire campus community
Zombie trend continues on stage in circus and play by Kensie Smith
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It’s just another humdrum day in the office and a coworker is sneezing…and feasting on flesh. Suddenly cubicles erupt with zombie violence with fire eaters, aerialists and kung fu artists in a fight to the death. “Viral Marketing: A Zombie Circus” will set this spooky scene at Hoyt Sherman Place on October 22 and 23. The show is produced by Darker Marker Productions, the only Iowa-based circus company. Ann Stimmel, CEO and show aerialist, said “Viral Marketing” is the first company production. “It’s like the best parts of a circus and a play,” Stimmel said. “Anyone who’s worked at an office will recognize some of the characters and be able to relate.” When a disgruntled employee falls ill, he begins to wreak havoc in a quest for human brains. It’s suddenly a corporate apocalypse. Escape artists, acrobats, dancers, fire poi artists and sword jugglers perform in a fight for their lives. Despite the chaos, workers still vie for promotions, continue their annoying idiosyncrasies and compliment the boss. Talent was not spared on the cast of characters, including break dancer Zach Benson and juggler Laura Ernst. Both have performed on the television show,
“America’s Got Talent.” Two touring members of the Chicagobased fire troupe, Pyrotechniq, joined the cast to bring a flash of fire to the show. “I’ve been absolutely knocked off my feet by the amazing, talent we have,” Stimmel said. Stimmel is on a mission to bring circus art to Iowa. “The whole mission behind the company is to promote Iowan performers and specifically Iowan circus performers,” Stimmel said. “You would think that there are not a lot of circus performers in Iowa, but there are. They just travel elsewhere to perform.” Other Midwest cities like Minneapolis and St. Louis have multiple circus production companies. “We’re looking to develop the next level of art that lets Des Moines compete with other cities,” said Stimmel, who trained at a circus company in Los Angeles. “When I left, I thought to myself, this really can’t be the last time I perform. I need to take this with me and show it off,” she added. “Viral Marketing: A Zombie Circus” is set to a pulsing background of modern electronic beats mixed with symphony pieces. Chris Powell, opera singer and Des Moines Playhouse arranger, created the original music composition. Each track was designed specifically for the individual act. The beats intertwine with the limitations of the characters and the suspense of the plot. Darker Marker Productions relied on
many more local artists to make the show happen. Patrick Boltinghouse, owner of Vanity and Glamour Cosmetics, was in charge of make-up and costuming. Ben Easter, actor and photographer, shot photos of the production, and Hank Adams, co-owner of The Point Academy, provided choreography. Hold on to your desk because the zombies are coming to an office near you. Check your co-workers and classmates for signs of apocalyptic illness, then snag seats to “Viral Marketing: A Zombie Circus.”
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Legacy of innovation
Local haunted park draws crowds by Katie Ericson
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Steve Jobs was born in 1955, an era where computers were the size of entire rooms and rotary phones were all the rage. He died October 5, 2011 after helping to create an era where computers were portable and phones had computers inside. Jobs co-founded Apple Computer, Inc. in 1976 with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, forever changing the way students study, communicate, and relax. The Apple II was the first successful computer to ever hit the market and since then, Apple products have become essential to student life. IPads, iPhones, iPods, and iMacs are must haves for any students. Even those students who aren’t quite as Apple loving as the rest of the world have some version of a product that was once engineered by Apple. The ideas of Jobs and his company have not only forever changed the
technology people own, but also how companies design products. Apple won the fight for the consumer by providing user-friendly products that needed little technological support. The products looked cool in your pocket or backpack and, most importantly to students, the products worked well. Without Apple products students might still be relying on the Stone Age method of paper and pencil note taking. Jobs, now ranked with Edison and Ford, faced challenges growing up. Shortly after his birth he was adopted. After high school Jobs attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, but dropped out after only one semester. In his 2005 Stanford University commencement speech Jobs said, “I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5 cent deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the seven miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.”
Later in life Jobs struggled with disease. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. Yet, somehow, Jobs overcame it all and created one of the most successful modern companies. “Steve Jobs is one of the most inspirational individuals of our time,” said sophomore Alex McKeighan, “and now that he is dead everyone is freaking out because his products and marketing were so good.” Senior AJ Harrison was one of the first to hear about the death of Jobs. He announced the death on his radio talk show, “The Sports Network,” shortly after Jobs had passed. “I just found it somewhat crazy that the night before in my Leadership 50 class we watched his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford,” said Harrison. Job’s legacy of innovation and leadership will continue to inspire generations to come. “I don’t think anyone will ever forget Steve Jobs,” said Harrison.
If you’ve watched TV or walked into a store lately, you know Halloween is upon us. Though traditionally this means a dance or fraternity and sorority parties, there’s another option. Sleepy Hollow Sports Park holds a haunted park. It’s one of the largest in the Midwest and takes place every October. Sleepy Hollow has many attractions. There are three haunted houses: the less frightening Castle of Blood, Chaos for a humane scare, and the traditional Nightmare Estates. Make sure you’re ready for these houses. Sleepy Hollow admitted chaos was “responsible for ‘accidents’ requiring a change of pants.” There are also two haunted walks. On Twisted Tales, traditional stories have sick plots. In Zombie Shootout, the walking dead attack, and you’ll have a fake gun to shoot them with. On Oct. 27, the Sleepy Hollow film competition will take place and will recognize the competing horror movies. These are the charged events, but there are other free activities including a 3-D gallery based on alien attacks. There is also a fog maze that’s a low scare, along with a horror movie mausoleum. As the park said, “Old horror movies never die, they just get put on display at Sleepy Hollow!” The park has three general admission prices. There’s the Do It All package where everything’s available for $25 plus tax. On the 27th, it’s $20 due to the film fest awards. This is the only package that includes the Zombie Shootout. However, if you don’t have an urge to do all the houses and walks, you can go with the Pick 3 package for $19 plus tax. There’s a Low Scare package as well, which involves the Castle of Blood, fog maze, and 3-D gallery. The Scream Park doesn’t take credit cards, but they have an ATM on site. Also, the park has rates for groups over 15 people. This lowers the Do It All package to $23 plus tax, the Pick 3 to $17 plus tax, and the Low Scare to $13 plus tax. Though they’re not included in the entrance fee, food will be offered at several shops, including the Two Wenches
Coffee and Chocolate, Viking Pavilion, and Ye Olde Smoothies. These events are all available on Oct. 14-15, 20-23, and 27-31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. At 6 p.m. on Oct. 20, the park will have a Run of the Living Dead where zombies will go after the runners’ flag football belts. Also, on Oct. 27, Drake’s Honors Program will be going to the park. Click “attending” on their Facebook page and send an email to lillian.schrock@drake. edu if you’re interested. The first 20 people to sign up will pay $5, while all other attendants will pay $10. The park, which is fairly close to Drake, is located on 4051 Dean Avenue. Sleepy Hollow suggest either reserving tickets by calling 515-2624100 or showing up early. The Scream Park has a strong reputation so there are often long lines. If you’re into screaming or shooting zombies, see if Sleepy Hollow stands up to its reputation.
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New fitness option provided by tennis coach by Mara Davidson
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Starting Monday the Bell Center will begin offering a new workout program called cardio tennis. Paul Thomson, Drake University Women’s Tennis Coach, is leading the program. He will incorporate tennis drills, ropes, ladders and cardio activities. Students will also practice hitting tennis balls and perfecting their technique. The program is designed for everyone. No expe-
rience is necessary. Current tennis players can come and perfect their skills, while new tennis players can learn the basics. Thomson decided to start the program after he noticed an interest among current tennis players and regular students. In past years, Drake University has offered a few cardio tennis classes, but most of the attendees were tennis athletes. This year Thomson hopes to attract more students who are looking for a great workout. Cardio tennis became popular in several specialty gyms in late 2008. According to an article by The New York Times,
traffic on www.cardiotennis.com increased by over 300 percent in the last year and articles in print publications on cardio tennis have received over 9 million views. The workout is sweeping both the nation and the world. People love the fun atmosphere of having a hard workout that also seems fun. Cardio tennis is all about keeping your heart rate up. Players jump rope or run in place while waiting to be served a tennis ball. Several local Des Moines area gyms offer cardio tennis classes with membership, but for students the bell center is the
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most cost effective place to receive cardio tennis classes. “I’m always looking for a new way to workout, plus I love tennis so this is a winwin situation,” said sophomore Courtney Coleman. Coleman recently joined the tennis club but doesn’t have time to attend all of the meetings. She hopes the cardio tennis sessions will be able to fit into her schedule. “I love attending new classes and this one sounds really fun,” said Coleman, a health sciences major. “Also the Bell Center is full a lot of the time so fitness classes
help me workout when all the machines are taken.” The program costs $10 per session or students can buy a punch card for $50 dollars that can be used for six sessions. Sessions will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 5 - 6 p.m. and Friday mornings from 6:45 - 7:45 a.m. All sessions are held in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The program will run through Nov. 11 with another session in the spring. Students are asked to bring their own tennis racquets and tennis shoes.
Musical comedy comes to DSM by Madison Dockter
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Staying on campus over Fall Break? Need something to distract you from those long hours of homework (or boredom)? Students of Drake University, look no further than downtown Des Moines, which, for this week only, is home to the hottest nightclub in the nation. The Des Moines Civic Center is debuting the smash-hit musical “La Cage Aux Folles”. World-renowned as one of the most entertaining musicals Broadway has ever produced and winner of 16 international awards, “La Cage” is the story of two nightclub owners and life partners, Georges and Albin. Georges emcees at La Cage while Albin is the star performer, a fabulous drag queen by the name of Zaza. Their drag club and glamorously gay lifestyle are threatened, however, when Georges’ son brings home his fiancée and her extremely conservative parents. The ludicrousness that ensues afterward is, as you may predict, just as fun, fabulous and heart-warming as the men themselves. Georges is played by Golden Globewinner George Hamilton, known for his movie roles in “The Godfather: Part III”, “Zorro”, and “Love at First Bite”. Albin is portrayed by none other than Christopher Sieber, known for his performances in such Broadway hits as “Shrek”, “Spamalot” and “Chicago”. Though not the original cast, these men promise to deliver in the show’s third national tour launch.
“La Cage Aux Folles” begins Tuesday Oct. 11 and continues with eight shows through Sunday Oct. 16 here in Des Moines. If you are one of the unfortunate ones who cannot make it to the production this week, you can catch “La Cage” at a number of venues across the country until its tour finale in August of 2012. According to some however, there is no better reason to take a break from midterm studying. “I have three midterms to study for the rest of this week,” first-year Katie Ericson said. “But I’ve always wanted to see ‘La Cage’ and this is the perfect opportunity.” First-year Erin Mercurio added, “Instead of spending hours procrastinating on Facebook, why not procrastinate while indulging yourself in the arts?” Speaking of the arts, you certainly do not have to be a musical theatre major to enjoy “La Cage.” If you like to laugh, this is the musical for you. With catchy advertising taglines describing the production as “ a tuneful and touching tale” with “hummable melodies and a dynamite cast,” “La Cage” appeals to audiences of any age, background and interest level. Tickets for all shows start at the low price of $20, perfect for cashstrapped college students. By now, you’ve run out of excuses not to go see “La Cage Aux Folles.” So gather your feather boas and high heels ladies and gentleman, and as the official “La Cage” website playfully assumes, “See you there, Darlings!”
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softball squad defeated Kirkwood and Indian Hills in the Paul Morrison STAT OF The Invitational last Sunday. Sophomore Jordan Gronewold pitched 10 innings in the two games and picked up the win in both games. Gronewold THE WEEK combined also added a three-run double against Indian Hills.
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Rice, Bulldogs ready to take the next step by Taylor Soule
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With the first game of the 20112012, basketball season less than a month away, the Drake Bulldogs are ready to step up, stand out and make critical plays in the paint. On Monday afternoon, Drake hosted men’s basketball’s media day, and both head coach Mark Phelps and the team are ready to work hard, improve and draw Bulldog fans to the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs boast an experienced roster that, for the first time in Phelps’ four years as Drake head coach, includes more upperclassmen than underclassmen. The Bulldogs
lost just one player from last year, and Phelps will look to returning players for leadership and a positive example this season. Returning players include senior Kurt Alexander, juniors Seth VanDeest and Aaron Hawley and sophomore Rayvonte Rice. The start of this season marks both personal growth and learning experiences for Rice, who is ready to accept punishment and move forward following an August shoplifting incident involving himself and Alexander. “It was really just a poor choice we made,” Rice said. “I’m ready to accept the consequences. I’m just trying to move forward as a team.” Both men have been reinstated, but Phelps said he is considering fur-
ther disciplinary action for the two players, which will likely be sitting out the first couple of games. The Bulldogs’ experienced roster spans well beyond the court with two former players, including last year’s lone senior Ryan Wedel, joining the Bulldogs’ staff. “Having two former players on the staff is really kind of cool,” Phelps said. “I had to recruit him (Wedel) all over again.” Upperclassmen leadership and experience will likely prove pivotal as the Bulldogs set out to improve their defense, create a more efficient offense and score more points in the paint. “We have to be better on defense,” Phelps said. “We have to be better at
rebounding the basketball. There’s not an area on defense where we couldn’t use some improvement.” On the offensive front, the Bulldogs plan to focus on dominating play inside the arc as well as creating immediate scoring opportunities. Phelps said fans can expect a Drake team that “gets the ball in the paint through post-up or dribble penetration.” Drake’s size advantage will be a factor on both defense and offense this season. “I don’t know that we have size and depth at the same time, but we definitely have decent size,” Phelps said. Even with 6-foot-11-inch center VanDeest out for a few more months due to recent shoulder surgery, the team includes three 6-foot-8 players in redshirt junior Jordan Clarke and juniors Hawley and Reece Uhlenhopp, as well as one 6-foot-9 player in redshirt senior Kraidon Woods. Even with VanDeest on the bench, Rice is confident in Drake’s on-court abilities despite the projected absence of the team’s tallest player. “We’re very athletic and tough,” the 6-foot-4 guard Rice said. The Bulldogs also have a promising incoming class, including 6-foot5 guard Judd Welfringer, 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman Jeremy Jeffers and
6-foot-3 guard Lincoln Vorba. Phelps is looking to Welfringer to step up early in his career as a Bulldog. “Judd has a certain feistiness to him that’s unique about our team,” Phelps said. He added that Welfringer is both “passionate” and a “hard-worker.” Fans can also look forward to a battle for the starting point guard position. Along with Alexander, redshirt freshman Karl Madison and redshirt sophomore David Smith are also vying for the spot. Phelps is looking to a “point guard by committee” system among the three players. Phelps said he is “pleased with the overall preseason conditioning,” and he also said he thinks “the guys feel good about entering this year.” Drake’s schedule poses some challenges that Phelps believes will benefit his team in the long run. Evansville and Northern Iowa will likely be tough competition in the Missouri Valley, and in-state rivals Iowa and Iowa State provide unique opportunities for the Bulldogs to show their skills and improve. “Every team poses a threat in the game,” Phelps said. The Bulldogs open the season on Nov. 5 when they take on Quincy at 11 a.m. at the Knapp Center in exhibition play.
I want to apologize to Drake University for my recent actions. I made a very poor decision, one that I deeply regret. I want to let you know that I take full responsibility for my actions and accept any consequences that come along with it. I know it’s going to be difficult to regain your trust, but I can assure you that I will do everything I can to achieve that. Please accept my apology to everyone associated with Drake University. - Rayvonte Rice
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TAYLOR SOULE | staff photographer HEAD COACH MARK PHELPS answers questions during media day on Monday. Phelps owns a 44-52 record at Drake.
The sophomore diaries Spirits are high around the Knapp Center. The last morning conditioning session can only mean one thing: basketball season is right around the corner. Oct. 3 marked the official first day of practice. After week one, we’re hungry for more. Our first game of the year is less than a month away, which means the practices are long, the learning never stops and the excitement remains high. Even after just one week of practice, a couple of things about this year’s squad have really stood out. One is our ability to dig deep. By that I mean not folding under the toughest circumstances. The words “get on the line” may not trigger the best of reactions, yet we have tackled the challenges and then some. Second is the overall synergy of our team. It’s not at all a team of one or two all-stars. This year, everyone will contribute. But beyond that, it’s obvious we are a team that wants each other to succeed. So how will these dynamics translate to games? Well, it’s quite simple. You play like you practice. If we can pick up good habits now, they are bound to carry over come game time. Everything we practice, and every expectation instilled in our team, directly correlates to our end goal: excellence. While I pointed out a few strengths of our team, I missed a key component these things are expected. The bar is high. What more needs to be said? The way I like to look at it is this: if the bar is high, there is greater room for accomplishment. With low expectations, how does a team make gains? To put it bluntly, they can’t. Here at Drake, our team is intro-
duced to a new level of what it means to be a Division I student-athlete, which leads me to my next point. Are the expectations in the classroom any different? Not one bit. It’s almost like a never-ending cycle. What we do in practice, we utilize in games. What we do in games, we utilize off the court. For some student-athletes, it may just be about staying eligible. But for the rest, it’s getting the most out of their education. Why should the bar be any lower in the classroom? The expectation of excellence is still there. After all, an education is what we are ultimately here for. It can all go hand-in-hand. The strengths of this year’s team derive from high expectations. The high expectations lead to success on and off the court. Success for a team should be nothing but an addiction. When you experience success, and embrace the process to get there, you should want to succeed even more. It’s all about being hungry. Or better yet, going back for seconds.
CARLY GRENFELL | COLUMNIST Grenfell is a sophomore public relations and management double major and can be contacted at carly.grenfell@ drake.edu
Drake ready to take on UNI Bulldogs hope defensive adjustments succeed by Taylor Soule
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The die-hard Drake volleyball fan’s to-do list before Friday’s match against Northern Iowa: Dispose of all purple and yellow attire, locate the nearest sound-proof room for optimum cheering rehearsal and pitch a tent outside the Knapp Center to be the first in the stands. Drake is looking for an enthusiastic hometown crowd to lift the Bulldogs past nationally ranked UNI tomorrow night at the Knapp Center. Currently ranked No. 12 in the NCAA, the Panthers are notorious for quick starts and powerful scoring runs aided by relentless kills and accurate setting. One setter in particular, according to junior outside hitter Bentley Mancini, will prove particularly difficult. “UNI is a strong team, and they have an extremely aggressive setter, Bre Payton,” Mancini said. “We haven’t seen that yet this season, so I’m assuming we will be focusing on how we are going to defend that that in practice.” The Panthers also have a number of powerful middle hitters, and the Drake defense hopes to step up and suppress UNI’s efforts on offense. “I think it will be hard to defend their middle hitters,” senior setter Caitlin Johnson said. “They’re just re-
ally good all around so we have to try to match them.” With multiple Panthers’ players tallying 10 or more kills in a single match alongside Payton’s setting prowess, the Bulldogs are already channeling a tireless, confident mentality in practice. “We’ll pretty much focus on blocking, getting every ball off the floor, putting our hearts into every ball,” senior Michelle Reidy said. “One of the aspects we’re going to control is our defense.” Following last Saturday’s tough loss against Missouri State, Drake head coach Tony Sunga was ready for his team to hit the court the following day, gearing up for a week of hard work and preparation, both technically and mentally. Intensity and consistency will be the Bulldogs’ focus in practice leading up to tomorrow’s battle, as the two teams contend for bragging rights among Iowa’s Big Four. With UNI boasting a 7-0 record in the Missouri Valley Conference and a 17-1 record overall, the Bulldogs look to snap both their losing streak and the Panthers’ winning streak, a feat Sunga and the Bulldogs feel they are ready for. “We decided last Sunday at practice that we were all going to come together and make a change,” Mancini said. “We had a tough weekend, but we are ready to bounce back and
Senior Day spoiled by CSU Bakersfield, Drake loses 2-1 by Eduardo Zamarripa
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A late goal by Cal State Bakersfield’s Sam Pena proved to be the difference on Sunday as the Bulldogs fell 2-1 on their Senior Day. Drake fell to 3-7-4 with the loss. “When we were able to get in behind or around them out on the flank and it amounted to nothing, Bakersfield gained confidence,” head coach Lindsey Horner said in a Drake athletics press release. “It’s unfortunate we couldn’t have gotten a result for our seniors on their day.” The six seniors honored before the game were Melanie Fielder, Danielle Figliola, Lauren Berner, Angela
Chigazola, Amanda Wallace and Lindsey Johnston. “Our teammates, coaches and family members did a great job of making the day truly special,” Fielder said. “It was a blur as the six of us walked out linked arm in arm. The announcer was reading biographies but the sound was drown out within all the excitement on the field.” Despite being winless in their last seven matches, the Roadrunners got on the board with Pena’s first goal of the afternoon. Following an Emily Noethe pass, Pena took advantage of a one-onone opportunity to open up the score at the 11:22 mark. It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to respond. Sophomore Paige Dusek found the back of the net at the 18:26
mark to tie up the score at one. Berner and Chigazola were credited with the assists on the play. Drake outshot CSU Bakersfield 8-5 in the first half, but that did not reflect any superiority on the scoreboard as both teams headed to the break with a 1-1 deadlock. Despite the Roadrunners registering a 10-3 shot advantage over the Bulldogs in the second half, and 16-14 in the game, only four of those shots were put on goal. The Bulldogs put nine shots on goal but could not capitalize on their opportunities. It wasn’t until the 83:46 mark that Pena broke through to tally her second goal of the afternoon and give CSU Bakersfield the 2-1 win. “Today we looked like we were
young in the back at times, and they punished us for it,” Horner said. “Bakersfield made good on two of their three chances when they got in behind our backs, but we only capitalized on one of our several opportunities.” Chigazola and Dusek paced the offense with three shots each. Sophomore Kalena Litch registered two saves. Litch moved into a tie for third with Jenny Schroeder (2008) for the most saves in a single season at Drake with 95 saves. The Bulldogs will hit the road to take on Texas A&M tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. “We need to win at least two of our remaining three MVC games. This would put us in a good position heading into the conference tournament,” Fielder said.
show everyone what we are capable of. UNI is the top team in our conference, and they are also one of our biggest rivals. We always get extra pumped when we are matched up against them, so our fans can expect a really good match.” Johnson said a good performance will give the team more motivation to finish the season strongly. “If we play well against them that gives us a lot of confidence,” Johnson said. “It will be a fun atmosphere to play in.” Playing the top team in the MVC at home poses a unique opportunity, one that the Bulldogs plan to enter with both confidence and caution. “Game-wise, it will be a mental challenge getting over the fact that they are the No. 1 team in the conference right now,” Reidy said. “We’ll need a lot of energy and intensity coming from the game and from our environment. Being the underdog, we feed off of the energy that our fans give us.” Sunga said he hopes Drake’s positive attitude and unwavering focus make for packed stands and an entertaining game tomorrow night. “It’s about us doing what we do best: being consistent, keeping our intensity, not allowing ourselves to relax,” Sunga said. “If we do that, we’ll be in it. We hope that fans come and support, and we think it will be an exciting match.”
Men’s golf takes home sixth place at the John Dallio Memorial tournament Sophomore Connor Steele led the Bulldogs to a sixth-place finish at the John Dallio Memorial, which was hosted by DePaul and concluded this past Sunday. The Bulldogs finished with an overall score of 912. Florida Gulf Coast took the victory with a score of 873 at the Ruffled Feathers Golf Course in Lemont, Ill. Steele shot a 74 in the last round to finish with an overall score of 226, good enough for 21st overall. Freshman Dane Worley shot a 75 in his last two rounds to place 32nd with a score of 230. Drake closes out its fall campaign at the UMKC Kangaroo Invitational next Monday and Tuesday.
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DRAKE (5-1) AT SAN DIEGO (5-1) SATURDAY, OCT. 15, 3 P.M. | SAN DIEGO, CALIF.
Bulldogs brace for stiffest road test of the season by Ashton Weis
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The Drake Bulldogs, unbeaten in the Pioneer Football League, will challenge the San Diego Toreros on the road at 3 p.m. on Saturday. This game is sure to spark some passion; both teams are coming to the game with a 5-1 record overall and an undefeated conference record. “We’d play them no matter what our records were, but I think that there’s conference implications,” head coach Chris Creighton said. “I mean, the winner of this is better off than the loser. But it’s not a conference championship. There’s so much more football left to be played. It’s two good teams getting after it. They have a good defense, they have a good offense and they have good special teams. They do. They’re just a really good team. It’s the best team we’ll play up to this point in the season.” Last week, the Bulldogs made the trip all the way to Kentucky, and San Diego is not just a trip around the corner. Junior wide receiver Nick Rosa said the team is too focused to let travelling get in the way of business on the field. “I don’t think it’s going to affect the way we play at all,” Rosa said. “We’re all really focused on away trips. We always have a great Friday
practice.” Rosa is optimistic about Drake’s game plan. When Drake and San Diego paired up last season at Johnny Bright field, he had four receptions against the Toreros’ defense and is positive about the upcoming matchup. “San Diego’s a great team, but so are we,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to be any different than any other game we’ve been playing.” Junior Joey Orlando, another wide receiver for the Drake offense, has all three of his touchdowns this season in the past two games. He has confidence in the team’s ability. “We’ve got to execute and do Drake football and the Drake offense,” Orlando said. “We know that they’re going to play a lot of man-toman and try to confuse us a little bit, and we’re just going to stick to our game plan and execute.” Orlando also said he has confidence in the team’s quarterback, senior Mike Piatkowski. “I’ll say he is the best in the league,” Orlando said. “He can run, and he can pass. He doesn’t throw many interceptions, and he’s always making smart decisions.” Drake and San Diego have met 18 times. Drake has won 10 of the 18 games. Orlando knows that this game is more than just the implications for
the PFL championship; it’s also a rivalry. “Everyone wants to win the PFL, but with Drake and San Diego, it’s more than the PFL,” he said. “It’s more of a rivalry, and we had their numbers the past couple years, and other than that they got us every year before that. Drake is starting to make a stand in the conference.” Orlando is looking forward to spending part of his fall break in California. “The last time, when we were freshman, we got to spend time on the beach, and it was a good, relaxing week off of school,” he said. “Getting out there and playing football games, there’s nothing better to do.”
Creighton presented with Giant Steps Award Head coach Chris Creighton was honored on Tuesday in the 14th Annual Giants Steps Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, at the Orlando Marriott World Center. Creighton was chosen by the NCAS for successfully planning and organizing the football team’s trip to Tanzania, Africa, in May.
Courtesy of MARK McDONALD DRAKE’S SPECIAL TEAMS head back to the bench after converting an extra point. The Bulldogs’ special teams will be pivotal in their match Saturday.
Drake sweeps Paul Morrison Invitational by Matt Moran
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The Drake softball team wrapped up its fall season in convincing fashion on Sunday, defeating Kirkwood and Indian Hills in the three-team Paul Morrison Invitational at Ron Buel Field. The Bulldogs defeated Kirkwood 10-1 and then smashed Indian Hills 17-0 in the doubleheader. In the opener, Drake exploded for 10 runs with two outs in the fourth inning. Sophomore Jordan Gronewold pitched 10 combined innings and earned the wins in both contests. She also added a three-run double against Indian Hills. The two victories wrapped up the one-month fall season for the Bulldogs. The highlight of the season for Drake was a 9-0 win over Iowa State at Ron Buel Field on Sept. 25, the team’s lone triumph in the Big Four Classic. “The fall was a good tool for us,” Gronewold said. “It showed us where we’re at now and how we need to prepare for spring.”
Next spring will mark a new chapter for Drake softball, as the Bulldogs will have to replace the production of some of the best players in school history. It starts with Gronewold. The Carlisle, Iowa, native will anchor a pitching staff that does not have Jenna DeLong or Brynne Dordel for the first time in four years. DeLong and Dordel are first and second, respectively, on the school’s all-time strikeout list. The duo played its final season last spring before graduating. “I have to take what they taught me last year and hopefully do just as good,” Gronewold said. “They taught me good leadership qualities.” Another new face for the Bulldogs is behind the plate. Talented freshmen Hayley Nybo and Zeah Peterson step in to fill the post. The role had been occupied by Erin Mollohan, who tied for the team lead in home runs last season (10) and was second in runs batted in (33). Nybo had two-run triple in the second against Indian Hills on Sunday. Gronewold said the new battery made plenty of progress this fall. “It’s definitely a learning process,” Gronewold said. “It’s all about learn-
ing the ropes. It’s a completely different level (of softball).” Junior Lindsey Vande Wall crushed a three-run home run to right field in the first inning to start the offensive onslaught against Indian Hills. Senior Sam West, who played for the first time this fall in the opener of the doubleheader, had a run-scoring bloop single in the third inning against Indian Hills. Plenty of new faces fill the Drake dugout, and they hope to carry on the winning tradition that is Bulldog softball. “The freshmen have done a great job,” Gronewold said. “We’re going to miss the seniors. They were a great group, but the new players have been good.” The invitational on Sunday was named in honor of Drake’s legendary historian, Paul Morrison. Gronewold said she can’t wait for the competition that the spring season brings. “I look forward to travelling with the team and making memories,” she added. Drake opens up the spring season at the UNI-Dome Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Feb. 10-12.
Bulldogs rack up Player of the Week honors Compiled by Eduardo Zamarripa JORDAN KADLEC Senior goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec was named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. This is the third time that Kadlec has earned the award in his career. Kadlec posted his first shutout of the season and recorded six saves in the Bulldogs’ 1-0 victory over Bradley last Saturday.
NATHAN PADDOCK Senior running back Nathan Paddock was named the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week this past Sunday. This is the first time that Paddock has earned the distinction in his career. Paddock finished with five receptions and a career-high 163 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 41-26 win over Morehead State last Saturday.
Krizman claims MVC Individuals title Junior Manca Krizman claimed the No. 2 singles flight championship at the State Farm MVC Individuals Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa, this past Sunday. Krizman defeated Wichita State’s Delia Damaschin 6-4, 6-2. Senior Amanda Aragon came close to winning her second title in as many weeks. Aragon lost to Montse Blasco Fernandez of Wichita State 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 6 flight.
Senior Jessica Aguilera and junior Ali Patterson earned third-place finishes. Aguilera defeated Analese Snyder of Creighton, 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 in the No.3 flight. Patterson defeated Amanda Noonan of Creighton 6-3, 7-5. The tournament marked the finale of Drake’s fall campaign. The Bulldogs open their spring campaign when they take on Arkansas-Little Rock on Jan. 20, 2012 in Norman, Okla.
Fifth-year senior kicker Billy Janssen was named the Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week this past Sunday. This is the first time Janssen has earned the award in his career. Janssen had four field goals and finished with 15 total points in the Bulldogs’ 41-26 win over Morehead State last Saturday. Janssen also averaged 50.0 yards on five punts and 54.8 yards on nine kickoffs. PHOTOS FROM DRAKE ATHLETICS
Intramurals: ‘expect the unexpected this year’ Intramurals players, spectators and officials have all learned to expect the unexpected this year. With the fall season’s playoffs at the peak of play this week, everyone is quickly learning about the tricks an intramurals sport may have up its sleeve. With enough energy and maybe an overwhelmingly, obnoxious positive attitude, an unassuming 12th seed can easily wipe out a No. 2 seed in the first round of playoffs. Or a reluctance to sign up online could possibly leave a fan-favorite playing in the dreaded “we already lost due to technicality but will play for fun anyways” game. The unpredictability of the intramurals program is thrilling and keeps all the staff on its toes. We fully understand that sometimes Drake IDs really do get lost on your walk to the Bell Center, extra players really do mix up game times and mid-term exams actually are just too stressful to permit a fullycommitted team. Whatever the circumstance, playoffs are the most wonderful
time of the year for Drake intramurals. Despite the typical student-favorite or most popular sport, all leagues are significant and deserve equal recognition. Volleyball has already crowned a few champions, but in roughly two weeks, new T-shirts will be swarming campus as the flag football and outdoor soccer leagues near its close. In helping you make the right predictions, here are the most ample updates to the final outdoor sports until spring. FLAG FOOTBALL The independent men’s A league has already left you with a 50 percent chance of choosing the correct winner. Back That Pass Up and Prestige Worldwide are the only two teams in the playoffs and are scheduled to play on Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. I suggest tossing a coin for this one. The men’s A fraternity league has seen very aggressive play this season. You may have even been fortunate enough to
see some veteran Drake football players playing in this division. After the thirdseeded FIJI team beat the No. 2 PIKE team this past Sunday in the semi-finals, we are left with one more semi-final game between No. 1 SigEp and No. 4 Theta Chi tomorrow at 4 p.m. The championship game is on Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. The men’s B division holds one of the biggest brackets in intramurals. The elite eight teams decided their fates this Tuesday and Wednesday, and the semifinals are not until Oct. 23. These teams can leave you guessing, as a very fine line separates a player with actual skill and a player with just a great attitude. The women’s championship game will be played next week. My prediction for this game was originally Delta Gamma versus Mice Catchers. Ask around for the latest updates and come out to see the championship game next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
OUTDOOR SOCCER This sport has provided plenty of competition this year, and the men’s A league has its two final contenders already set up for Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. FIJI will play SigEp in an inevitably close game. However, you can maybe ask FIJI if they planned on transferring over any of the goals from its 10-0 victory against the PIKE squad this weekend. Contention is stirring in the men’s B division as the next round of the playoffs is being played today and tomorrow — the prime departure dates of fall break. To make an accurate decision in this league, come out to see who is most dedicated to show up. The women’s championship game is set up for Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. The finalists are top-ranked Delta Gamma and No. 2 Alpha Phi. Don’t let the anchors and ivy deceive you in this one. If Delta Gamma puts Adrea Holler in the goal and Alpha Phi brings the girls that indisputably play
almost every intramurals sport, this will be one to watch. Remember, if you do end up victorious, take note from previous winners and wear your new T-shirt with pride every single day. Until next time, please play by the rules.
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#OccupyIowa Movement The protest that started in New York, made its way to Des Moines
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10:50 p.m. Sunday: A welldressed gentleman in a black Cadillac rolled down Grand Avenue, north of the State Capitol building. He stepped out, introduced himself, passed out some business cards and then skirted away. The gentleman in question was an associate from Iowa Bail Bonds, and business was about to be booming. 11:06 p.m.: Sixteen Ford Crown Victorias roared up Locust Street with red and blue lights blazing. They encircled the entrance to the Iowa State Capitol building, and then expelled 30 state troopers and Des Moines police; who silently took their positions around the anxious crowd. Brandishing handcuffs and plastic wrist restraints, police faced off against 100 unarmed activists from Occupy Des Moines, who had entrenched themselves on the Capitol steps. 11:15 p.m.: After issuing a final warning to leave the grounds, the police swooped in, arresting over a dozen protestors and escorting them into two police transport vans idling by the sidewalk.
Ten hours earlier 1:00 p.m.: John Strong, 70, shuffled out of his 1995 Buick and started off down Locust Street, carrying behind him a sign nearly as big as he was. The beige horn-rimmed glasses, blue button-down shirt and unkempt, grandfatherly hair made him an unlikely sight for a Sunday afternoon protest, but his sign got his point across quick enough. “In Obama we trusted, now our economy is busted,” Strong’s sign declared in bold, block letters. “I’ve been an activist all my life, you can check,” Strong said vehemently. “This isn’t just for the young people… I needed to come down here (the Capitol) and get my point across.” Strong was on his way to the Occupy Des Moines protest, a grassroots demonstration that took place on the Iowa Capitol steps beginning at noon Sunday. Around 300 individuals showed up to vent their frustration with Washington, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, big business, snow plow routes and pretty much anything else that came to mind. The crowd was an even mix of age groups, varying from college age activists to those similar to Strong. Occupy Des Moines is based on
the Occupy Wall Street rally currently underway in lower Manhattan protesting on Wall Street because of the state of the U.S. economy. Occupy Des Moines is part of the Occupy Iowa movement, a series of protests that have sprung up across the state. The Occupy movement has gained legs nationwide, spreading to major U.S. cities such as Boston and Chicago. Protests have even been started in London. Strong’s sign joined dozens of others, each one as unique as the person holding it. Closer to the capital was pocket of signs that read “We Are The 99%.” The 99 percent refers to a group of Americans who believe they do not have any control over the nation’s economy. The signs are designed to speak against the richest 1 percent of Americans who control a majority of the nation’s wealth. Nearest the street was an enclave of peace activists clutching anti-war posters. Scattered in the middle was a handful of Ron Paul for president enthusiasts. And around the right-hand side were various groups comprised of everybody else who couldn’t find a place to call home. Max Wood, an Iowa State University freshman, drove down for the afternoon to protest against cuts to student loans. State and federal finan-
cial aid for students has been dramatically cut in the past few years as the government attempts to tighten its belt and slash the ballooning federal deficit. “I wanted an opportunity to come down and get a shot at being a part of something bigger than myself,” Wood said. The group resembled a rag-tag army of eccentrics more than a welloiled machine meant to lay siege to the workings of government. The only thing that everyone agreed on was that there needed to be a dramatic change in Washington. What the group lacked in organization, they made up for in zeal. Everyone had a unique, passionate and idealistic vision for what they believed America could be. By the time the police had arrived that night the group had coalesced around the idea of the 99 percent, an active majority fighting for the rights of working Americans. Corey Knowlton said he came to Occupy Des Moines because he thought this was the only venue for him vent his frustration. “I’m sick of the way this country’s being run,” Knowlton said. “It’s time for a… change.” Most everyone at Occupy Des Moines shared Knowlton’s sentiment.
Cora Metrick-Chen, an organizer from Occupy Iowa and the de-facto leader of the Des Moines protest, tried to hold some semblance of order over the growing ranks of people. “Raise your hand and you’ll be heard,” she kept reiterating to the crowd. Chen was busy that afternoon, organizing six different committees to begin setting up long-term operations at the capital steps. With suggestions from the crowd, she put together a finance, legal, communications, food, electric and sanitation committee. As the afternoon wore on Strong, Woods and other casual protestors packed up and left, leaving a little over 100 activists who had no intention of going anywhere. They brought tents, food and medical supplies and had decided that they were going to stay indefinitely, until their demands were met or they were arrested. 11:48 p.m.: The last of the protestors are arrested, or shepherded off of the capital grounds. Occupy Des Moines is planning on meeting every night at 6:00pm at the capital building.
A SIGN (LEFT) displays a hashtag at the State Capitol. A PROTESTER (BELOW) displays her sign on Sunday night during the first evening of Occupy Iowa events at the Capitol.
PROTESTERS (ABOVE) gather on the lawn of the Capitol during the Occupy Iowa events to listen to a speaker. ED FALLON (BELOW) awaits the departure of the police wagon after he was arrested at the Capitol for not leaving the grounds at the 11 p.m. curfew. Fallon was once a Democratic candidate for governor in Iowa.
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