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Des Moines, Iowa • Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 • Vol. 129, No. 12 •

Wire basket case Senate faces organization funding questions

Undergraduate program to begin this spring term

by Ann Schnoebelen

Staff Writer

In a meeting lasting just 64 minutes, Student Senate allocated over $7,500, but not without asking a few questions. The funding went to four different campus organizations, and senators spent more than half the meeting asking Treasurer Nate Bleadorn, organization representatives and one another about the allocated funds. The largest single amount was $4,000, given to Students for Women’s Issues. The money will help pay to bring speaker Jean Kilbourne to Drake during Body Image Week in early November. “The reason we want to bring Jean Kilbourne to Drake’s campus is because she’s such a well-known speaker,” sophomore SWI Vice President Sheila Brassel told the senators. “We think it’s very important to have her come. Also, we’ve received an overwhelming amount of faculty approval.” Attendance for a similar speaker two years ago was much less than they’d hoped for, with different sources citing anywhere from 25 to 100 people in the audience. Brassel said SWI saw that changing, in part as a result of so much faculty support. “Because of the implied extra credit, we believe we’ll have a very large audience,” she said. “You better,” was Senate’s implicit message during the discussion that followed. The motion approving the funding passed easily, but not before emphatic statements by several senators. They insisted upon effective promotion for the event so that the money spent was more proportional to the number of students present at the lecture. “I do think this is a great idea, but I would definitely encourage SWI to plug it across campus,” Sen. Rachel Kauffold said. “Twenty-five people for $4,000 is not OK.” Sen. Dana Hansen asked senators voting in favor of approving the allocation to look for ways Senate could help with publicity. “When you’re thinking about whether to give this money, think about ways we can support this event as well,” she said. The Drake lacrosse club received the second largest sum, $2,151, to cover transportation, registration and equipment costs associated with the Central Iowa Lacrosse Association winter league. Before that motion was passed, three differ-


>>MEETING IN BRIEF $4,000 – Students for Women’s Issues received $4,000 to bring speaker Jean Kilbourne to campus on Nov. 2.

$2,151 – Drake lacrosse club was allocated $2,151 for costs associated with the Central Iowa Lacrosse Association winter league. $668 – Drake dance team received $668 to cover costs associated with the Iowa State Dance Competition. $733.22 – Colleges Against Cancer was given $733.22 from the reserve fund to be donated to the American Cancer Society. OTHER – Marshall Phares appointed as non-athlete member of Intercollegiate Athletic Council.

Leadership concentration approved by trustees

by Jeff Hirsch

Staff Writer

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QUAD CREEK CAFE has had over two-thirds of its new wire baskets stolen this year.

Sodexo sees large number of Quad Creek cafe baskets go missing by Ryan Price

Staff Writer

This is why we can’t have nice things. Approximately 160 of the 200 wire baskets Sodexo purchased for the Quad Creek Café at the beginning of the academic year have gone missing. The baskets, meant to create a fine dining atmosphere, are not cheap to replace. “Those were pretty expensive,” Sodexo General Manager Dannie Crozier said. “We wanted to make it look and feel more upscale than a normal dining hall at a university.” With the theft of such a great number of baskets in such a short amount of time, replacing the baskets won’t be feasible. Sodexo did not believe the theft would happen. In looking at many new pieces for the dining halls, Crozier and others scrutinize if objects will be stolen and what they will be used for. “We have to always make a conscious decision whether or not the students will steal items and what they will use them for,” Crozier said. Many wonder what these wire baskets could be used for outside of a dining hall. “What are people really stealing these

wire baskets for?” Junior Jessica Anderson wondered. “Seriously what is it good for? I’m curious.” Rumors are flying as to where the baskets could have gone. One rumor claims that a floor in Crawford Residence Hall is having a competition to see who can steal the most. “It’s a fruit bowl now,” one student said. “They’re just sitting on our floor,” another student admitted. “We’ll probably bring them back.” The resident assistants and others are instructed to be on the lookout for stolen goods. “People have their eyes open,” Crozier said. “There are consequences for these actions.” Students also say, “Well, they are new, and that’s exciting. You want a piece of it.” Junior Andi Summers is confused about the allure of the wire baskets. “I just don’t get it,” she said. “Sure they’re shiny, but they’re meant for the dining halls.” Sophomore Drew Albinson maintains that the wire baskets might not even be stolen. “I bet people are throwing them out,” he


Azar Nafisi to give Drake’s 25th Bucksbaum Lecture by Emily Tozer

Staff Writer

Dr. Azar Nafisi will give a lecture for the 25th Martin Bucksbaum Lectureship Series this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center. Nafisi is the author of the international bestseller “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” a novel about the Islamic revolution in Iran that has spent over 117 weeks on the “New York Times” bestseller list. It tells the story of a group of seven female students she secretly gathered to read forbidden Western classics in her house in the Islamic Republic of Iran. “My favorite topic [to speak on] is literature and the role imagination can play in it,” Nafisi said. “And I always try to incorporate things into the talks I give that come up in conversations I have with students beforehand.” Nafisi will be meeting with a small group of students before she speaks at the lecture. “Speaking with students before the event is fantastic because the event is so big, you


cannot have an intimate conversation,” she said. “I don’t like to give a talk [in the small group], I prefer to have a real conversation where the students let me know what they think.” Nafisi is a visiting professor and the director of the Cultural C o nve r s at i o n s at the Foreign Policy Institute of John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. She has con“READING LOLITA IN ducted workTEHRAN” shops in Iran for women and girls on the connection between culture and human rights and has lectured


With representatives from every college and the backing of faculty, alumni, university boards and committees, Drake University will unveil a new academic program one-and-a-half years in the making. The Drake board of trustees approved the Drake University Academic Concentration in Leadership Education and Development on Oct. 2. Drake will offer the undergraduate, interdisciplinary concentration in Leadership Education and Development beginning in the spring 2011 academic term. The 20 credit-hour concentration is open to all students from any academic major. The concentration was an idea derived from the success of the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute. “The concentration, like a minor, is an extension of the Adams Leadership Academy,” said Thomas Westbrook, chairman of the Academic Concentration in Leadership Education and Development and professor of education at Drake. “We have an exemplary and very unique leadership program; we wanted to compliment the non-credit with the 20 credit-hour concentration and create something distinctly Drake.”

Leadership is not limited to business or any certain degree.

–Director of Student Leadership Jan Wise

The program design will link course material with experiences. Each student will work with Westbrook and will be assigned a leadership mentor who will assist the students to integrate course material with their experiences as student leaders on and off campus. “The whole idea is backed by actual experiences,” Westbrook said. “Each person works with a mentor whether it is a graduate student or business person in the community.” According to the concentration in Leadership Education and Development’s literature, leadership at Drake is defined as the process of challenging ourselves and others to develop a shared vision and of influencing individuals or groups toward the ethical achievement of common goals. While some leadership definitions and concepts are derived from business, the vision of the concentration is for undergraduate students to make not only significant contributions to the university, but also to their communities both on and off campus. “Leadership books are often written from a business perspective, but that’s just not the case with the practice of leadership,” said Jan Wise, director of student leadership and the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute at Drake. “You’re a leader in your neighborhood or when you stand up to speak at the Parent Teacher Association. Leadership is not limited to business or any certain degree.” As students await the official announcement of the concentration in Leadership Education and Development from Provost Michael Renner, some students have caught wind of the new opportunity and are eager to be a part of it. Matt Vogel, a sophomore marketing and graphic design major, thinks that the new concentration is a unique opportunity.






CBS hosted an education event, ‘I am Not My Hair’

Four students plan a road trip to restore sanity in D.C.

Costume ideas for the Halloween weekend fun

Two mens tennis players sent to quarterfinals





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DAY Think Pink Week raises awareness at Drake —TENNIS COACH EVAN AUSTIN, SEE PAGE 6

by Lillian Schrock

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THINK PINK WEEK provides different events and activities that help promote breast cancer awareness, including the Bowling For Boobs held at Merle Hay Lanes.

FROM LEADERSHIP, PAGE 1 “I think a big emphasis of Drake is the link between the classroom and the real world,” Vogel said. “Directly linking business professionals with Drake students creates a more intimate relationship that allows for learning between mentors and students that goes both ways.” Another unique aspect of the concentration in Leadership Education and Development is its compatibility with the Donald V. Adams Leadership Academy. The one-credit hour introductory course for the concentration (LEAD 001) can be waived with successful completion of the Donald V. Adams Leadership Academy and by attending a short orientation to the concentration. The concentration in Leadership

FROM SENATE, PAGE 1 ent senators and vice president of student life Byron Spears questioned the club’s president, senior Ben Shoff, about how the funds were being spent and about future fundraising plans. He mentioned their T-shirt drive, plans to pick up after Des Moines Buccaneers games, a letter-writing campaign and his recent meetings to discuss the matter with Lisa Murphy, Drake’s assistant director of recreational services. Senate approved the allocation, but also emphasized a need for the club to devise other ways of securing funding. Also during the meeting, the Drake dance team received $668 to cover choreographer and entry costs associated with the Iowa State

Education and Development provides five leadership tenants which include words like relationships, responsibility, development, practice, high standards, ethics and integrity. Westbrook added that the concentration gives students a much deeper dive into leadership. “You think of some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s lessons,” Westbrook said. “He challenged us to think differently and that’s what leadership is all about. The Drake experience can be a leadership laboratory.” In her role as director of student leadership, Wise offers practical leadership advice on a daily basis, and offers students one final thought. “Practice leadership in college,” she said. “People make mistakes, and no one does it perfectly. Practice it here and you’re that much further ahead out there.”

Dance Competition and $733.22 was taken from the reserve fund and given to Colleges Against Cancer to donate to the American Cancer Society. Bleadorn called the last allocation, “kind of an interesting situation.” The motion was actually for CAC to reclaim the money, which was part of the sum given to the organization last school year. But they were unable to complete their donation before the year ended and, because unused funds are rolled into the reserve fund, they had not been allowed access to them. Unlike the other allocations, the CAC fund reclaiming motion passed without debate or discussion.

‘I am Not My Hair’

Whether you’ve had somebody you loved affected by cancer or you just feel strongly about finding a cure, Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is there for you. This organization hosts events all year long to create awareness of as many types of cancer as possible, as well as raise money for a cure. Colleges Against Cancer has chapters across the nation, each influenced by the ideals of the American Cancer Society. Last week, Drake’s chapter brought Think Pink Week to campus, in which CAC concentrated on breast cancer and raising money for Relay For Life. Breast cancer awareness events took place last week, but if you didn’t get a chance to participate, there’s still a chance tonight. Bowling for Boobs is tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Merle Hay Lanes. It is $10 for two games and bowling shoes, with the proceeds going to Relay For Life. The events last week included handing out breast cancer ribbons and facts about breast cancer on Wednesday. Thursday featured a speaker named Dixie Beyers, who is a cancer survivor. There was also a streaking party Thursday night in Morehouse; a hair streaking party, that is. Participants donated a

dollar to have pieces of their hair dyed pink. Friday included impromptu kickball, with the catchphrase: “Don’t let cancer steal second base.” Drake CAC Co-President Samantha Haas has felt strongly about finding a cure for cancer since two of her grandparents passed away from the disease. “They both led healthy lifestyles and there was no reason for them to get cancer,” Haas said. Haas is enthusiastic about the opportunity young people have today to advance cancer treatment and ultimately find a cure. Erin Hogan, the other co-president of Colleges Against Cancer at Drake, became involved with cancer awareness after her uncle passed away from cancer. “I’m not very good at science so I can’t help discover a cure,” Hogan said. “This is a way for me to help the cause with the abilities I have.” Colleges Against Cancer’s biggest event of the year is Relay For Life, which will be on March 25 and 26. If you would like to get involved, you can register a new team for $100 on “We’re having events all year to inform students about all the types of cancer, and to get people excited about Relay For Life,” Hogan said.

Sodexo wants baskets returned to Quad Creek Cafe FROM BASKET, PAGE 1 said. “That’s got to be it.” The mystery is nothing new for Sodexo. “Every year, theft occurs and it’s unfortunate that we just got in all this new stuff and more than half of it is missing. “It’s just a little disheartening to me, especially with the type of great students we have at Drake University,” Crozier said. “We know that we have great students here and they’re standup individuals who will be leaders in the future, but this isn’t the way to lead. It’s

FROM NAFISI, PAGE 1 on the implications of the human rights and significant roles of Iranian women and girls. “If we don’t have knowledge of what goes on in our world and the world around us, it is very easy for us to be deceived,” Nafisi said. “Literacy is a way of controlling your own life and a way of connecting with other people.” Martin and Melva Bucksbaum created the lectureship series in 1996 with a substantial gift to Drake University. The endowment

theft, it isn’t a game.” With just one-fifth of the fine dining baskets remaining, it isn’t certain if they will be replaced. “There’s no fee out there for stolen goods, it’s a total rumor, but when this happens it accelerates costs,” Crozier said. “We can’t absorb all of it.” If anyone knows where a wire basket or two went, they are encouraged to return it to its home in the Quad Creek Café to help keep costs down and quality up.

supporting the lecture series now honors the memory of Martin Bucksbaum. Wednesday will be the 25th Bucksbaum lecture to take place at Drake, the first given in March of 1997 by Thomas Friedman. Previous speakers include Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Jane Goodall and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. The lectures typically occur twice a year, but there are no plans for an April lecture as of now. A book signing is scheduled for right after the lecture. For more information go to www.

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I’M NOT MY HAIR event sponsored by CBS provided an educational lesson on the intricacies of Black and African-American hair.





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Halloween weekend is expected to have a low of 44 degrees. Dress accordingly.

Going pantless

Sounds awkward, right? No, I’m not Lady Gaga’s stylist. However, I am challenging you to go pantless. Jeans came and conquered the world—they’re virtually everywhere. You don’t go a day without seeing someone on campus decked out in denim. Those Levi’s you’ve been wearing since you were practically born? They’ve been in closets and wardrobes since 1873. That’s over 100 years, which probably makes jeans one of the longest standing fashion trends in history. When will we ever say “adiós” to the denim monopoly? The truth is, we won’t. Because of the popularity of jeans, I’m not sure if I’d even consider them a fashion trend anymore, but rather an everyday necessity. For some people it is an obsession with their 20-plus pairs of jeans hanging in their closets. This necessity and obsession stems from the durability of jeans, the fun buttpocket designs and their incredible ability to go with almost anything. The key word there is “almost,” folks; just because they’re compatible with everything doesn’t give you the right to wear them with hideous ponchos or sequin adorned Christmas sweaters. Because denim has become an essential part of our everyday lives, it can be difficult to break the jeans habit, but there are easy steps to breaking this habit or in some instances, addiction. It’s time to free those lovely legs from the uncomfortable, straitjacket feeling of denim. Ladies, give yourselves one day to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Stand out from your jeans-clad peers. This means going pantless. Take one day of the week to wear something other than jeans. Though I don’t condone running around in your underwear, allowing yourself to switch up your style can be a huge confidence booster, because when you tweak your style, people are bound to take notice. Thus, the compliments start flying. So bust out that adorable sweaterdress you purchased last November on Black Friday and wear it with pride. When taking the initiative to go pantless, tights and leggings will become your

new friends. Even with winter approaching, it’s doable. Much like you layer with sweaters and shirts, you can double-up tights for the extra warmth. Or, to achieve a cozy winter look, try layering with knee-high socks or leg warmers worn over tights. Pair your tights with dresses and cardigans, and your leggings with woven shirts, and you’ll be breaking free in no time. For those of you who are not entirely sold on going pantless, there are other alternatives, such as jeggings. Jeggings are hot this year and come in a wide variety of washes and styles. From department stores to Target, jeggings are available almost everywhere, making them readily attainable and affordable if you’re not willing to drop $100 on spandex jeans. They provide the pantless spandex feeling of leggings but have the look and that familiar feeling of jeans. If you’re still not comfortable showing that much leg, pair your jeggings with a long, woven top, belt it and you’re good to go! Warning: this does not make it acceptable to wear leggings with a tight-fitting T-shirt or your favorite Drake sweatshirt—we really don’t want to see that much leg, and it looks sloppy. Long story short, no one is going to take you seriously in a sweatshirt and leggings. And dudes, it’s advisable that you keep your pants on. We’d prefer not to see you in kilt-like attire. Wear what you like, but don’t be afraid to try something new, like going pantless. In times of stress—hello, college!—it’s nice to do something fun and simple, like enhancing your style. Don’t be afraid to peel back the denim and show a little leg.

NICOLE DYAR | COLUMNIST Dyar is a first-year magazine and graphic design major and can be contacted at

Senior plans road trip to the Rally to Restore Sanity


n Thursday, three friends and I will road trip 17 hours and over 1,000 miles to Washington, D.C., to participate in Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity. Celebrating level-headedness and civil discourse, we’ll be joined by hundreds of thousands of other reasonable people holding signs that read, “Death to nobody,” or “I disagree with you, but I’m pretty sure you’re not Hitler.” Although Stewart’s rally will most likely involve humor, the crux of his message should be taken seriously—the hate-filled rhetoric that clouds our country’s political discourse is steadily deterring levelheaded people from the democratic process. By just watching five minutes of cable news or picking up a newspaper, you can see that Americans are upset and rightfully so. People are losing their jobs; soldiers are dying in a decadelong war; the environment is being destroyed in the name of short-term corporate profit. And all while this is happening, cable-news talking heads and desperate politicians spend their public time blaming familiar scapegoats, calling each other names and injecting fear into the conversation. Even when they claim to talk about the issues, conversations end in a virtual shouting match. This is the absolute wrong way of solve our national problems. We should be able to trust our politicians to make the best decisions collectively for all Amer-

icans, while also trusting our news outlets to deliver information without bias. Unfortunately, there are countless examples of where disagreement has gone too far, and no one’s hands were clean in these situations. Both political parties and the media forgot the meaning of a healthy dialogue or what bipartisanship really means. We let our emotions get the best of us in this difficult time for our country.

Even when they claim to talk about the issues, conversations end in a virtual shouting match.

We can look at the ignorant ways people have described our president—as a Kenyan Muslim fascist socialist—which has furthered racial and religious tensions in the U.S. Or we can look at our elections. I went home to Chicago last weekend and was appalled by the political ads running on TV. “Mark Kirk is a liar.” “Alexi Giannoulias is a bigger liar.” “Pat Quinn is a Chicago crook.” “Bill Brady is a Tea Party extremist.” The commercial break for SportsCenter was more stressful than my midterms back here at Drake.

We can even look to politicians using absolute statements or broad generalizations of people in the hope of swaying voters’ opinions. These disingenuous generalizations help no one in the end. Not all Muslims are terrorists, not every Democrat loves taxes, not every Republican is a Christian fundamentalist, and not every Tea Partier is a racist. It is quite simple, really. Our country is not unfamiliar with loud, apocalyptical and impassioned demagoguery that we see today. Busing protests of the ‘70s, Iraq War protests of recent years and many others have often crossed the lines of sane democratic discourse. I have nothing against protests for causes. I have issues when shouting and hate replaces peaceful demonstrations. It’s not even new for the world. Go to the BBC or Reuters websites and you can see violent protests in France after the government voted to raise the country’s retirement age, or see protestors take over the Acropolis in Athens over unpaid wages. So, with all of this virtual white noise that surrounds us—through cable news, in Congress and across the Internet­—it makes sense that Stewart’s rally would gain so much popularity. It made a lot of sense to my friends and me who are making the 17-hour drive to D.C. And it surely makes sense to the people attending the 800 concurring rallies happening in 67 countries around the world. Legends on Court Avenue will also hold

their own viewing party/rally that day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Talking with my friend Kate who is going on the trip to the D.C., she said that this is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand up for levelheadedness. It’s also the first satirical rally that comes to her mind. We don’t know what to expect from the rally, but we do know we will have some laughs and gather on the National Mall in the name of sanity. Hopefully, our rally will send a message that Americans are tired of the hate and fear mongering in our country’s politics and ready to have a respectful and productive conversation on solving our nation’s problems.


Vasilogambros is a senior politics and news/Internet double major, and can be contacted at matthew.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Students frustrated by slow wireless Internet on Drake University’s campus Don’t get me wrong that I am impatient. Whenever I go onto Hulu or YouTube to watch videos online, I usually wait on average about a minute for only 20 seconds waiting for a video to load. In the worst case, I have waited three minutes for a single buffer bar on a Hulu video to appear when the video is on pause. Once I play that Hulu video, the buffer goes back to the single buffer bar after 10 seconds. Oh and an added side note: Internet speed wasn’t hugely different when using Ethernet and wireless connections. Big picture: Internet traffic at Drake is so

horrible! I am greatly disappointed because there are so many new technological advances available for faster Internet, but for some unexplained reason, Internet traffic on campus is still ridiculously slow. I recognize that there are some factors for Internet speed, such as how many people use the Internet, where on campus you use the Internet, and the broadband width and who uses Facebook, YouTube, Hulu and whatnot. I also recognize that Drake University isn’t exactly a technology school, meaning that the fastest Internet service is available, but


shouldn’t universities utilize the latest technologies to improve learning and accessibility? I also recognize that there have been slight improvements to the Internet speed over the last year, but the improvement isn’t enough. I have wondered, have the Internet techies considered the evolving media on the Internet? Have they considered the high rise of highdefinition videos on YouTube and news outlets? Have they even considered the number of people attending Drake where using the Internet is now a staple on campus? I feel that they have completely underestimated their efforts

of how today’s students rely on the Internet. While I was waiting for the 240-pixel video on Hulu to buffer, I realized that there was an assignment that I should start working on, so I worked while I waited. Still, it is painfully aggravating to deal with slow Internet while there are other ways to have faster Internet connection and a better Internet experience. ­— Jacqueline Ye Ye can be reached at

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The Bucksbaum Lecture featuring Dr. Azar Nafisi will be this Wed. from 7-8:30 p.m. in Drake University’s Knapp Center. This event is open to the public.

NBC’s sponsored comedian tour cracks up Drake Auditioned comedians stand up for diversity on Pomerantz Friday night by Jessica Mattes

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Wil Sylvince and Mal Hall are two of the funniest people in America—literally. The pair auditioned in the summer of 2009 for the NBC Stand-Up for Diversity comedy tour. “NBC was doing a talent search for diverse comedians in six or seven cities,” Hall said. “Only the first 150 people in line were allowed to audition, so I slept outside of this club in San Diego all night. I was No. 27 to perform.” In the first round, comedians were allowed one minute to impress the judges; two minutes in the second round and the showcase was a five-minute performance. NBC selected six diverse comedians who performed at the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) where representatives can sign comedians to perform on college campuses. “We found Wil and Mal at NACA,” Allie LeClair said. LeClair is an entertainment cochair for SAB. Sylvince was born in Haiti and now resides in New York, N.Y. He was traveling from a film festival in Los Angeles. He makes short films when not on the road with the comedy tour.

Comedy, although hereditary to some, is not an easy business to get involved in. Taking advice from a radio host, Hall started with stand-up at coffee shops, followed by open mic at comedy clubs. Eventually his writing and jokes got easier and improved. He can sum his job up in just a few words: “I stare, take mental notes and talk shit about them around the world.” Hall, originally from San Diego, Calif., drove from a show at Western Illinois University Wednesday to perform on Drake University’s Pomerantz Stage Friday night. Before joining the NBC sponsored tour, Hall had never traveled. “Now I get to go all over the country and do what I love,” Hall said. “I love seeing places I would never travel to otherwise.” Approximately 70 students came out to get a laugh from the hysterical pair. Jokes ranging from Iowa pride (or lack thereof) to the “six-fingered sandwich artist,” kept students laughing for over two hours. SAB’s next event will feature Rosemary Ellen Guiley Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Guiley will discuss her ability to detect spirits and ghosts. She will end the night by leading a tour of the Drake campus, pointing out where spirits are throughout the Drake neighborhood.

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MAL HALL captivates a crowd of students while presenting a comedy routine based on his latest flight experience.

Musical comedian Zane Lamprey stops in Des Moines by Kensie Smith

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Remember last night? Maybe it was full of laughter and friends, accompanied by a good beverage or perhaps it turned into a crash and burn fall-asleep-with-your-shoesstill-on kind of evening. People while drinking are funny. One way or another, someone typically does or says something silly, unnecessary or downright stupid. Either way, Zane Lamprey takes the natural comedy of the social construct of alcohol and turns it inside out and upside down. Lamprey is rolling into Des Moines in a tour bus that flashes “Drinking Made Easy!” at People’s Court this Thursday at 8 p.m. “Sing the Booze” is not the typical comedy tour. The national traveling show, from October through November, is a compilation of nine original tales in musical form about drinking. The website describes the entertainment as something different than ever seen before. “It’s drinkin’ songs and comedy. It’s not stand-up comedy. It’s songs about drinking. Stories about drinking... And drinking. Of course the whole show’s a drinking game.” Participants and spectators know it’s going to be a hysterical ride after they learn the

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first rule of the drinking game. If you’re the first person to spot Pleepleus, a stuffed monkey, hiding on the set, then you get to force someone else to drink. It’s the kind of show to watch with friends before a night out on the town. Lamprey brings his own cohorts into the show with his college friend, and musical assistance from The Justones. From the sweet tempo of a jazz high hat to the tempo of a calypso drum, Lamprey combines multiple different styles all into one show set. Unlike a musical, where songs are made to fit the situation, Lamprey creates songs based on his surroundings. Each song tells a story, such as “Mojito,” based off a Jamaican Lamprey was inspired by. Jill Haverkamp, of On Pitch music agency, said the show is a bright spark of something different for the metro area and could be something for students to check out to escape regular campus activities. “It’s a musical comedy show, so it’s something a bit more off the beaten path for things to do in Des Moines,” she said. Wide traveled with his previous show, which ran on the Travel Channel this year, “Three Sheets,” and the Food Network’s “Have Fork, Will Travel,” gave the comedian a strong background in exploring tendencies of human nature, like alcohol.

Whether they admit it or not, people sing to inanimate things; however, the comedian takes it to the next level. He injects a strong shot of comedy into his lyrics. While not the most poetic, songs such as the slow love ballad, “Beer, I wrote a song for you,” express the true feelings many have for good beverages. Comedians love to recognize other good comedians and Lamprey is no stranger to media attention. He has been featured on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” interviewed on “Last Call with Carson Daly” and even chatted it up with Sean Hannity of Fox News Channel. The unique show has been highlighted in over 50 publications and sounded off on airwaves across the nation. By the nature of the lyrics, the live show is targeted to an audience 21 years and older, but HDNet offers the show, “Drinking Made Easy,” to everyone. The program tracks Lamprey and crew on escapades such as interviewing an illegal moonshiner, while wearing bags over their heads. Click to drinkingmadeeasy.html to watch episodes like last Thursday’s in Austin, Texas, where Lamprey tries to spike a watermelon and taste tests the claimed hottest Bloody Mary. With laughs, high spirits and singing, the entire night’s entertainment is wrapped into one hilarious package. Make sure not to miss it.


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MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010


Drake students’ band going big before going home by Laura Sigal

Staff Writer

photo by RACHEL EVANS | Staff Photographer KYLE GLAVANOVITS played saxophone with EGG at the band’s Oct. 22 show in downtown Des Moines

When EGG the band was featured on DJ Benny Black’s radio show on 105.1 in Ames, Iowa, they met Ladysoal who was also being featured on the show. “We played live and the whole band wasn’t there so she jumped in,” Luke Dawson said on the fast friendship the band formed with Ladysoal. Ladysoal later played with them at Fiji on Sept. 17. She then asked them to join her and The Atudes Oct. 22 at the Vaudeville Mews for a special Halloween performance filled with costumes and fun. EGG is made up of Drake students Ben Chappell on guitar, Luke Dawson on vocals and acoustic guitar, Ben Mogerman on bass, Sam Mogerman on drums, and Nick Rueckert on keyboard. Their Oct. 22 show featured Kyle Glavanovits playing the saxophone. Two years ago when Chappell, Dawson and Mogerman began playing together, they were just having fun, writing and playing music. Last year when Sam’s brother Ben Mogerman came to Drake, he joined in, later followed by Rueckert. Soon, the five of them were playing shows all over Iowa. Their recent special guest, Glavanovits, played his first show with EGG at Veishea, a yearly battle of the bands at Iowa State, which EGG won last year. Glavanovits has been playing with them regularly since the start of this school year. The band jokes that their sound is “ funkGerman, pop-rock” but they really are just a mix of everything. “I like their style of music,” Glavanovits explained, even though no one can quite define what it is. Another thing that no one can define is what EGG stands for or even means. In the past year that EGG has been playing together they have come a long way. Mogerman reflected on one of their first shows at the Vaudeville Mews almost a year ago. With not many people in the audience, he described it as their worst show ever. This was not the case on Oct. 22, as the concertgoers and artists alike adorned Halloween costumes, prepared to start the Halloween

season. Before the show, EGG and the other bands, Ladysoal, and The Atudes, made up of many Drake grads, joke around back stage. The carefree atmosphere was contagious and soon DJ T-Wrecks began to amp up the audience. The Atudes then took the stage, joking around with the audience. Ladysoal followed The Atudes as the crowd got even more pumped. By the time EGG hit the stage everyone was excited. In the past year, EGG has built up quite the fan base. Many people were even singing along as EGG played their original music, scattered with only a few covers. Their original music, written by the whole band, was definitely a hit. Vaudeville Mews is located in Downtown Des Moines. It is a small bar venue that hosts many bands from all over. While they often host shows before 9 p.m., they close their doors to minors at that time. The wall on the Facebook event page was full of people under the age of 21 disappointed that they couldn’t get in to this 21 and up show. While they played lots of upbeat music at the bar setting of Vaudeville Mews, the band also often adapts to the acoustic setting of Mars Cafe. With the same songs in an acoustic version, Glavanovits explained that he likes it more when the band plays at Mars; it gives him a chance to play more with them. Vaudeville Mews was Rachel Evans’s first EGG concert; she enjoyed it so much though that she planned on seeing them the following day at Mars Cafe. In the past two years EGG has gone from three friends playing music in their spare time to five (sometimes six) friends playing all over Iowa. The band is playing almost every weekend in November, sometimes even twice a weekend. If you want to get in on the action, check EGG out at its upcoming shows. The Concert For Hope will be on Friday, Nov. 5 at 11 p.m. on Pomerantz Stage. They will also play two acoustic shows at Mars Cafe, Nov. 13 and 20, both at 9 p.m., and will make an appearance at Zekes in Ames, Iowa on Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. To keep up to date with the band’s up coming shows, and everything else EGG related, follow them on twitter @EGGtheband, and check out their website

“Never Let Me Go” tells a haunting tale of three lives by Esther Burgeson

Staff Writer

Poignant independent movies have a hard time appealing to audiences uninterested in sitting in a dark theater eating popcorn salted by their own tears. But every once and a while an independent film is made that is worth the despair and the $8.50. Good dramas require a masterful balance; it is psychologically difficult to handle one hour and 43 minutes of death, disease and heartbreak. But Mark Romanek’s new film “Never Let Me Go” does not create an emotional equilibrium with bits of irony or comedy. Instead, Romanek eases aches with a mysterious plot that gradually opens a dam, allowing a tender flood of emotions at just the right moment. This doesn’t sound pleasant, and it isn’t; not exactly. But the artfully eerie and cinematically striking scenes will engage you. “Never Let Me Go” follows the short lives of three children. It is narrated by Kathy H. (Carey Mulligan). The quiet, guarded girl intrigues with inquisitive and thoughtful looks. Mulligan embraces the introverted role with elegant, heartwrenching talent that might put her under the Oscars’ spotlight. The film enters during her childhood at the English boarding school Hailsham. The teachers tell the students they are there for a special purpose. Their diets and exercise are closely monitored. Something is not right. The children are prisoners of the school, and of their bodies. Gradually the mystery is unveiled by a new teacher, Miss Lucy (Sally Hawkins). The caring teacher is heartbroken with certain knowledge she’s been privileged to. She finally shares this information with the naively unaware students.

The students are strangely calm with this new information, because it doesn’t seem new at all. They have always known they were different. Their lives go on, even with their solemn fate lurking in the future. The children take solace in their friendships and relationships. Kathy befriends Tommy (Andrew Garfield), the strange boy who cannot control his temper. Tommy is also outcast, but not by choice. With the help of his new friend, Tommy manages to tame his temper and grows into a gawky, sweet and soft-spoken adolescent. In a depressing garage sale where students eagerly pick out used, broken toys, Tommy buys Kathy a tape featuring the fictional singer Judy Bridgewater. She sings a smooth chorus saying, “baby, never let me go.” In a scene laden with hormonal angst, Kathy sways clutching a pillow to the song. Somewhere in between all of that—to no one’s surprise­ —a love triangle is formed. Kathy’s best friend Ruth (Keira Knightley), quickly snatches Tommy up the moment Kathy begins to fall for him. Keira Knightley perfects the man-stealing, pursed-lips snob her stiff jawline was built to play. Kathy and Ruth remain friends throughout their adolescence. But their jealousy of each other’s relationship with Tommy paves the way for a tensely mangled friendship, with Tommy awkwardly caught in the middle. Once the children graduate Hailsham, they are allowed into the real world for a few years before they are supposed to meet their ultimate fate. The three are sent to a small area known as the “Cottages.” There, the teens struggle with love and their identities as humans created for a very inhumane purpose. The film is based on the award-winning

novel of the same name by British author Kazuo Ishiguro. It was limitedly released in mid-September by Fox Searchlight Pictures in less than 50 theaters in the United States, including Fleur Cinema in Des Moines. The movie is no longer playing in Des Moines, but it is a must add to any DVD collection. Though the tear-jerking tone may not resonate with all audiences, the refined cinematography brilliantly adds to the eeriness of the story. The ending is thoughtprovoking as much as it is tearful. Not to mention that the haunting tale is flawlessly acted, making the hard-toswallow film well worth the ache. The casting was spoton. You may not have recognized Carey Mulligan before this movie, aside from her recent role alongside Shia LaBeouf in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” Her rising star power has exceeded expectations with her Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her role in “An Education.” Andrew Garfield was fairly unknown in the U.S. until his role in the new movie “The Social Network,” and his recently received role as the new Peter Parker in the highly anticipated Spi-

photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

der Man movie to be released in 2012. The grave tone might deter some at the box office, but the rivetingly morbid plot that unravels with gradual sophistication will undoubtedly engage. Any Oscar-buff agenda is incomplete without it.

Power Lunch Week hosted by Everybody Wins! Iowa by Laura Wittren

Staff Writer

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and Newton Mayor Charles Allen have proclaimed Oct. 24-30, 2010 as “Power Lunch Week,” making it the second annual Power Lunch Week. Power Lunch is a program with Everybody Wins! Iowa. The purpose of the week is to thank volunteers, celebrate the success of Power Lunch and give out free books to children in need. The celebration will take place during the normal Power Lunch, starting at 11:45 a.m. with a proclamation from Mayor Allen. Following the proclamation, Everybody Wins! Iowa will be visiting five schools to hand out free books. Volunteers will visit Carver Community School, Downtown School, Berg Elementary, St. Theresa School, South Union Elementary, Walnut Street School and Windsor Elementary. Anyone is welcome to attend and learn more about Everybody Wins!. Everybody Wins! Iowa will be delivering more than 2,000 donated books to local children in need. According to Tyler Weig, the executive director, local celebrities will come to highlight the importance of Power Lunch programs. The ultimate goal of Power Lunch Week is to promote the power of literacy and mentoring through the local media.

Everybody Wins! is a volunteer program to raise literacy rates of students. According to Whitney Longnecker from Everybody Wins! Iowa, about 160,000 Iowans are considered illiterate. Everybody Wins! wants to lower this number and make reading fun. “We want the kids not only to improve their reading ability but to also enjoy reading,” Longnecker said. This is especially important because for a troubled reader, reading can become strenuous and frustrating. Everybody Wins! helps kids overcome reading difficulties in many ways. Power Lunch was the first program started. Power Lunch matches a volunteer with a child to read together. The Power Breakfast program was started after the success of Power Lunch. It matches volunteers with children in the morning. The other programs offered are Book Club and Story Time. For Book Club, a group of kids and volunteers make their way through one book every month. Story Time takes place after school. A group of volunteers read and interact with the children through activities and crafts. “Everybody Wins! Iowa is always looking for more volunteers, as we can only serve as many children as we have volunteers for,” Longnecker said. To volunteer, make a donation, or learn more about Everybody Wins! Iowa, visit www.

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MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010




Men’s tennis sophomores James McKie and Jean Erasmus knocked off nationally ranked opponents en route to advancing to the quarterfinals of the ITA Central Regional tournament last Saturday. In the second round, Mckie defeated No. 41 Chris Nott of Arkansas in three sets. Erasmus slipped past No. 48 Sebastian Gallego of Minnesota, also in three sets.



McKie, Erasmus storm into quarterfinals No. 14 Northern Iowa handles Drake on home turf

by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

Last Friday marked the first day of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional tournament in Norman, Okla. With 64 players, many of them ranked within the top 60 in the nation, not many coaches or teams thought the five Drake Bulldogs in the main draw posed any sort of threat. Two days and three rounds later, sophomores James McKie and Jean Erasmus both reached the quarterfinals after each player defeated an opponent ranked in the top 50. This is the first time since 2005 that Drake has advanced two or more players into the quarterfinals of the regional championships. Sergi Vila, Dalibor Pavic and Drake’s all-time win leader Maor Zirkin were the last Bulldogs to pull off such a feat. Unfortunately, Erasmus and McKie were eliminated by their Tulsa opponents in straight sets in the round of eight. Still, it was quite a feat to reach the quarterfinals in such a prestigious tournament. Erasmus was defeated by No. 39 Ashley Watling while McKie lost to Tristan Jackson. In the round of 32, McKie played No. 41 Chris Nott, Arkansas’ No. 1 player, in the first match for the Bulldogs on Saturday. After losing the first set 4-6, McKie fought back to even the match at one apiece after taking the second set, 6-3. In the final set, McKie rode the momentum to a 6-3 victory, taking the match in three sets. “James played with a lot of energy because it was a dead even match,” Head Coach Evan Austin said. “It came down to who wanted it more.” McKie went back on the court to face off against Wichita State’s Matheus Pereira in the next round. This match proved to be another battle for the Drake sophomore, yet the Scotsman fought to win the match in straight sets 7-5, 7-6. “To come out two hours later and play another dog fight, he showed a lot of heart,” said Austin. “That’s what we are looking for in our guys.” McKie was playing for more than just himself and his teammates. “I received news on Thursday morning that sadly my grandma passed away,” he said. “Everything that happens in this tournament and many tournaments to come is dedicated to her.” Austin believes that McKie’s passionate and dedicated play led to a trickle-down effect with the rest of the players, and Erasmus felt that effect as he battled it out against Minnesota’s

Bulldogs drop final two sets, fall to 4-6 in Valley by David Johnson

Staff Writer

photo by DOMINIC JOHNSON | Staff Writer

SOPHOMORE JEAN ERASMUS returns a serve. Erasmus and teammate James McKie became the first Bulldogs to advance to the quarterfinals of the ITA Central Regional since 2005. Sebastian Gallego, ranked No. 48. “When I saw James win, I started believing,” Erasmus said. “I told myself to run down every ball, to make the inches count, or else I’d die trying.” Erasmus stormed out of the gates against Gallego, taking the first set, 6-2, but dropping the second by the same score. In the third and final set, Erasmus showed no fear on the court, unleashing powerful groundstrokes on every shot as he painted the lines to a 6-1 victory. “He played his best match ever,” said junior Jonathan Hadash, previously a player for Minnesota before transferring to Drake. “He just bombed every ball and it went in. It was just priceless.”

ITA Central Regional Round of 32:

Round of 16:

No. 34 Marcelo Arevalo (Tulsa) defeats Mauricio Ballivian (Drake) 7-6, 6-0

Jean Erasmus (Drake) defeats Gregoire Lehmann (Arkansas) 6-4, 6-2

Jean Erasmus (Drake) defeats No. 48 Sebastian Gallego (Minnesota) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

James McKie (Drake) defeats Matheus Pereira (Wichita State) 7-5, 7-6

James McKie (Drake) defeats No. 41 Chris Nott (Arkansas) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 No. 39 Ashley Watling (Tulsa) defeats Robin Goodman (Drake) 7-5, 6-3

compiled by Dominnic Johnson Staff Writer


Creighton snaps Drake’s home unbeaten streak Bulldogs fail to bounce back with 1-0 loss at SIU Edwardsville by Skylar Bergl

Staff Writer

The bitter rivalry between the Creighton Bluejays and the Drake Bulldogs remains. The No. 10 Creighton Bluejays scored a comefrom-behind 2-1 victory over the Bulldogs last Wednesday. Drake then conceded a goal in the 80th minute to fall 1-0 at SIU Edwardsville last Saturday. The Bulldogs are now 6-7-2, with a 2-2-1 ledger in the MVC. The loss to Creighton snapped Drake’s 11-match home unbeaten streak, which dated back to last season. The Bluejays improved to 10-2-0, which includes a 3-0-0 record in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Bulldogs opened the scoring column first when junior Michael Thaden, the current MVC Offensive Player of the Week, ripped a blast from about 35 yards out, which ricocheted into the net for his third goal of the season. The goal, which came in the 12th minute of the first half, was set up by senior Evan Harrison and redshirt junior Charles Schwartz. The Bluejays tied up the score in the 20th minute when Kris Clark notched his first of two goals on the night. Clark struck again and gave Creighton the lead in the 36th minute when he sent home a shot to the top shelf off a feed from Dion Acoff and Ethan Finley. “Creighton is a very tidy team and their new coach has them competing and fighting for every ball over the field, and that is really the first time since back in early September that I thought we were outcompeted,” Drake Head Coach Sean Holmes said in a Drake athletics press release. “Thaden’s terrific goal, which will probably go down as the goal of the season for us, came a little bit against the run of play and set us up for a big opportunity to knock off a top 10 team, but after that I think the game got away from us a little bit.” Drake goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec kept the game close with seven saves. Creighton keeper Brian Holt had four saves. The Bulldogs created a chance in the 63rd minute when senior Nick Foster put a shot on frame after a long punt that put Holt off his line. Another came in the 85th minute when redshirt junior Michael Noonan took a shot that was saved by Holt.

“I was really excited by how we responded to start the second half, creating some very good chances,” Holmes said in the same release. “We showed some promise and composure. They have a tremendous amount of team speed, and in the end really that is essentially the same team we played last year in the MVC semifinals and we beat 2.5 out of three times, and we are effectively a whole new team with nine new starters.” The Bluejays posted a 19-13 advantage in shots, including 10-8 in the second half. Schwartz led the Bulldogs with three shots while Noonan and Thaden added two. “Jordan Kadlec was again terrific coming up with some big-time saves,” Holmes said. “I think if we’re going to be as effective as we can in the last three games, two of which are on the road, we’ll need our upperclassmen to compete. Not having Max Duncan at midfield hurt a little bit tonight; it didn’t give us the depth we require.” Senior Kenan Malicevic returned from injury in the second half after a 12-game layoff. “It was nice to have Kenan Malicevic back for a few minutes tonight, but his 12-game layoff was certainly apparent,” Holmes said. SIU Edwardsville outshot Drake 13-6 in the Bulldogs’ 1-0 loss last Saturday. Kadlec hauled in five saves, but the effort was not enough for Drake. Jordan Barnes beat Kadlec in the 80th minute to give SIU Edwardsville the conference win. The Cougars moved to 9-5-1 on the season and 4-1-0 in the Valley. “Tonight was awfully disappointing because one, the result, and two, our overall performance under difficult conditions on the road where no game is ever easy in the MVC, and we failed to respond,” Holmes said in another press release. “Our team is relatively balanced against a big opponent, and when our upperclassmen aren’t firing on all cylinders, then we could be in trouble.” Thaden led the Bulldog attack with three shots. Drake was only able to put two shots on goal. Drake returns to action this Saturday when it hosts Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. at Cownie Soccer Complex. The game is the team’s final home game of the year, and will also be senior night. The Bulldogs travel to Eastern Illinois on Nov. 6 before the State Farm MVC Championship begins on Nov. 10.

The Drake volleyball team suffered another Missouri Valley Conference defeat at the hands of the No. 14 Northern Iowa Panthers on Friday evening. The Bulldogs kept the match close early, before falling in four sets (20-25, 25-16, 21-25, 13-25). The loss dropped Drake to an 18-6 overall record and 4-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bulldogs were tied with Southern Illinois for the sixth and final spot in the MVC tournament going into action on Sunday. The Panthers remained atop the conference standings with a perfect 10-0 record. Sophomore Whitney Westrum finished the evening with her third-straight double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs. Senior Angela Bys planted 12 kills with an attack percentage of .244 on 41 attempts. Alisa DeBerg Roth and Michelle Reidy both added eight kills apiece. Four of Reidy’s eight kills came during the Bulldog victory in the second set. The Bulldog defense had no answers for the Panther attack in the final two sets of the night. The Panthers finished with an attack percentage of .405 in the third set, and an impressive .621 in the decisive fourth set. The Panther attack was set up by junior Bre Payton, the 2009 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. Payton finished with 50 assists, 10 digs and 5 kills. Senior libero Alana Wittenburg led the Bulldogs with 16 digs. Junior Caitlin Johnson added 12, and was the only other Bulldog to record a double-double. Johnson finished with 27 assists from her setter position. It was Johnson’s 11th double-double on the year, which is best on the team. Senior Susan Clausen recorded 19 assists in the affair. Drake had been riding a two-match winning streak, defeating Creighton in four sets on Oct. 16 and South Dakota State in five last Tuesday. The Bulldogs dug themselves into a 0-2 hole against the Jackrabbits, but rallied to win three straight sets to take the match. Four players reached double-digits in kills, including Roth’s season-high 14. Johnson had 14 digs to go with 30 assists. Against Creighton, Westrum recorded her first career doubledouble with 23 digs and tying a career-high with 11 kills. Bys had 13 kills, and became the 21st player in MVC history to reach 1,500 kills in a career. The Bulldogs host Illinois State and Indiana State at the Knapp Center over the Halloween weekend. Action gets under way on Friday evening at 7 p.m. against Illinois State. The Bulldogs lost in four sets against the Redbirds in a match earlier this season. Drake was scheduled to play at Bradley at 5 p.m. on Saturday, but the match was moved to Sunday.



MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010



Drake explodes in fourth, moves to 4-1 in PFL by Elizabeth Robinson

Staff Writer

The Drake Bulldogs opened the second half of the Pioneer Football League season with a win over Davidson last Saturday, bringing their record to 5-3. The Bulldogs won the game by a score of 42-10, largely due to successful play after turnovers and a strong defensive line. Senior Dain Taylor and junior Michael Lahart returned interceptions for touchdowns. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Mike Piatkowski tossed for three scores, and ran in another after a blocked field goal. The Bulldogs led just 14-10 early in the fourth quarter, but erupted for 28 points in the final period. Davidson had minus five rushing yards on the day. Drake moved into sole possession of third in the PFL with a 5-3 overall record and 4-1 in league play. Action picked up at the start of the second quarter. The Bulldogs held Davidson in its first possession of the quarter by not allowing a first down and forcing a punt on fourth down. The Wildcats punted from their own 25-yard line, but a 14-yard shank gave the Bulldogs great field position on Davidson’s 39. After two complete passes, the Bulldogs moved into scoring position. On third and goal, Piatkowski, scrambling to stay away from the Wildcat defense, threw a strike to senior Steve Platek for an 11yard touchdown. Davidson looked to respond on offense, but a screen pass from freshman quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff was intercepted by the defensive end Taylor, who ran 36 yards for a touchdown. “Our defense definitely performed today,” Head Coach Chris Creighton said. “They forced turnovers and converted them to points. They deserved to have fun.” Davidson came back near the end of the first half to tighten the score. The Wildcats marched into Drake territory, and scored on a two-yard pass from Carkhuff to senior Justin Williams. The fourth quarter started with a Davidson field goal to make it 14-10. Drake came back

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DRAKE DEFENSIVE LINEMEN JOHN SAWHILL(90) AND ANTHONY GIANARAS (92) anticipate the snap. The Bulldog defensive line has established itself as one of the best in the PFL, holding Davidson to minus five yards rushing and recording four sacks last Saturday. on its next possession, with Piatkowski firing a 27-yard touchdown pass to junior Drew Blackmon. Drake’s success continued on Davidson’s next possession, when Lahart intercepted a pass and raced 40 yards into the end zone. Within minutes, the Bulldogs were leading 28-10. Drake dominated the remainder of the fourth, scoring touchdowns on its final two possessions. The second, which was a field goal attempt, was blocked by Davidson, and Piatkows-

ki picked up the ball and carried it 22 yards for a touchdown. “I saw the ball was rolling around and I tried to remember what we’ve done for turnovers in practice, so I just went for it,” Piatkowski said. Drake trails undefeated Dayton and Jacksonville in the PFL standings. The Bulldogs nearly capped a comeback to defeat Jacksonville on the road on Oct. 9, falling 39-34. The team travels to Dayton, Ohio, on Nov. 6.

“This game was a dog fight,” Creighton said. “And the next will be the same thing.” Piatkowski agreed that the team will need to work hard in the weeks ahead. “We have to keep going, keep getting wins and stay hungry,” he said. Drake will play at home again this Saturday at 1 p.m. against San Diego. The Bulldogs close the season at home on Nov. 13, against defending PFL champion Butler.


Bulldogs showcase skills at True Blue Debut Women prevail, Hawley scores 12 in scrimmages by Blake Miller

Staff Writer

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SOPHOMORE AARON HAWLEY looks to make a pass over redshirt sophomore Cory Parker (21). Hawley led both Drake teams in last Thursday’s scrimmage with 12 points. The Bulldogs open the season on Nov. 13, hosting Texas Southern.

Last Thursday night, Drake students had their first opportunity to get a look at the 2010-11 Drake basketball teams. Both teams held scrimmages for the True Blue Debut event at the Knapp Center. The teams have been practicing and working out most of the fall, but the True Blue Debut created more of a game-like atmosphere, including videos before the teams took the floor, player introductions, the Drake band and fan entertainment at times of intermission. The women’s team played first, scrimmaging against the Drake Gray Squad, a team made up of male students who participate in practices against the women’s team, mostly as a scout team to help the women prepare for games. The women’s team easily beat the Gray Squad 23-15, putting forth the effort that senior guard Kristin Turk expects to see all season. “We have a team that maybe isn’t as talented, but we’re definitely ready to work hard,” Turk said. “I think we have really good chemistry and in the long run that will overcome our talent deficiencies.” Before the scrimmages took place, Head Coach Amy Stephens was optimistic about the progress the team has been making at practice. “Our staff is really excited about where we’re at,” Stephens said. “We have a lot more offenses and defenses than we normally would at this time of year.” After Stephens addressed the crowd following her team’s victory, various fan and player activities took place. First, a brand new flat-screen television and an iPod nano were raffled off for students. After the raffles, the men’s team took the floor for a few shooting contests, against other players and random fans. When the activities were over, it was time for the

men’s scrimmage. This year’s team has plenty of talent, but is young and inexperienced. However, sophomore center Seth VanDeest feels confident in the team’s chemistry. “We have a close group of guys and everyone works hard,” VanDeest said. “That’s always important, playing with guys you like. In crunch time, that will work out well for us.” The scrimmage consisted of a white squad and a blue squad, both made up of members of the team. Redshirt sophomore Jordan Clarke of the blue squad tallied seven points in the 16-minute scrimmage, leading the blue squad to a victory over the white. Head Coach Mark Phelps has also been pleased with the team’s chemistry and work ethic, a common theme for Drake basketball this year. “I have been really happy with our attitude, our effort and our team chemistry at all of our workouts,” Phelps said. “I have been around college basketball for 15 years now, and I can really say that we are doing a great job with that stuff.” Phelps also commented on the youth of this year’s team, but was confident the squad will be able to grow throughout the season. “We have a lot of good talent, but it’s young talent,” Phelps said. “I expect our team to be better in the latter part of the season than in the beginning, but if we reach our potential, we can be really good.” The men’s scrimmage ended the night, and left most fans feeling optimistic for the upcoming season. “I came out tonight to support the Bulldogs and see how the teams were looking this year,” first-year student Kevin Riley said. “I’m really excited to come to big games and see how crazy the atmosphere is here. It’s looking like were going to have some strong teams this season, and I’m hoping both can go to the NCAA tournament.”

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by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

Throughout the fall season, the Drake women’s tennis team has stressed that they must improve on doubles to be a threat in the Missouri Valley Conference, and at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional tournament last weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., they showed much improvement in the main draw of doubles. Drake had two doubles squads bypass the qualifying draw, as sophomore Manca Krizman teamed up with junior Gabby Demos, and junior Amanda Aragon worked with senior Jessica Labarte to post wins. Krizman and Demos destroyed Missouri Valley Conference rival Bradley’s team of Nicole Miller and Sarah Rodefeld. The two took the set by a score of 8-1. Aragon and Labarte posted an equally impressive result against Jenny Herring and Ceara Howey of Arkansas State by a score of 8-2. The Bulldogs faced a difficult challenge in the second round of the doubles draw, as both teams fell to some of the region’s top teams. Krizman and Demos held a lead on

the Oklahoma State duo of Nataliya Shatkovskaya and Kanyapat Narattana, but lost 9-7. “That doubles match was heartbreaking because we were so close and had an opportunity to beat a really good team,” Demos said. “We just couldn’t close it out in the end.” Drake’s singles play wasn’t as solid as its doubles, as Krizman was the only Bulldog in the main draw. Krizman made a firstround exit after losing in straight sets to Minnesota’s Alessandra Ferazzi. Aguilera and Lauer did post first-round victories in the qualifying tournament though, with Aguilera defeating a Tulsa opponent and Lauer posting a straight-set victory over Western Illinois. Demos and Labarte also recorded victories in the qualifying draw. “I wish we could’ve had some more girls qualify for the main draw but we were up against some really good players, and just have more stuff to work on back at home,” Demos said. The Bulldogs are looking forward to fine tuning their game for the spring season, which will kick off on Jan. 21, 2011, against Kansas State.

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MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010


Believe in a cure

Thousands walk or run to raise money for breast cancer photos by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | Photo Editor

IOWA HEALTH CLINIC MEMBERS lead a warm-up routine before the 5K. Racers follow along, below.

by Lizzie Pine


The capitol grounds were covered in pink last Saturday when over 23,000 people showed up to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Breast cancer survivors and others touched by the cause showed up to run or walk the 5K race to raise money for cancer research. The Des Moines race is one of the largest in the nation, said Drake University junior Allie LeClair who ran Saturday. “Looking down the hill, I saw probably 500 people and it was one of the most amazing sights I’ve ever seen,” LeClair said. It was very touching, she said. “Everyone felt that way walking down the first hill.” The event had a survivors parade, a 5K timed run, a 5K walk, a 1-mile walk and a kids’ race. Many people had pink race tags on their backs in memory of people who had died. “It was really emotional to listen to their stories,” Leclair said. “One person had been diagnosed a year ago that day. She thought her life was going to be over, but she’s still here.” Along with the races, there were vendor booths with fee samples and more pink goods. “It was really cool event, but emotional and touching,” LeClair said. For more information, or to donate money to the cause, visit http:// MEGAN MCVAY, with the Myers and Moore company, raised more money than any other organization this year. Their theme involved dressing up as superheroes.

CANCER SURVIVORS parade before the walk to acknowledge their victory over cancer.

The Times-Delphic 10/25/2010  

Official Independent Student Newspaper of Drake University - Des Moines, IA

The Times-Delphic 10/25/2010  

Official Independent Student Newspaper of Drake University - Des Moines, IA