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Early voting ends today Comparison Project speech to cover religion, dance Hannah Armentrout
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DRAKE STUDENTS cast their ballots for the upcoming election and were able to register to vote in Polk County in Olmsted Student Center. Voting ends today and at 3 p.m. The official election day is Nov. 6.
Michelene Pesantubbee, associate professor of religious studies, from the University of Iowa will be speaking in a lecture titled “Dancing our Troubles Away: Native American Ways of Alleviating Suffering” as the next installment in the Comparison Project tonight. The director of the Comparison Project is Drake University philosophy and religion associate professor Tim Knepper, who started the project to bring greater awareness to the religious diversity of Des Moines. The project hopes to encourage religious literacy, provide a forum for interfaith dialogue and help students to understand the bigger picture of religion. This is the third event held by the Comparison Project. Past project events have included an interfaith dialogue between students on campus and a lecture about Sikhism. “We have a commitment to giving voice to neglected and demonized religious traditions. We also do not want to neglect the more visible religions, but we wanted to give voice to lesser-known traditions,” Knepper said. “I wanted to something with African religion or indigenous American religion, in part because practitioners of
those religions have suffered so much.” This is the first year for the Comparison Project, and the theme is “religious responses to suffering.” This theme came from discussions between Knepper and Dr. Richard Deming, an oncologist and founder of the non-profit organization Above and Beyond Cancer. This organization works with cancer survivors to achieve feats of physical strength. In the past the group has climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest and the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Drake faculty members have given lectures to project participants in the past about religious practices in the areas they were preparing to visit. One of the later programs will be a reading of the creative non-fiction works of some of the participants in the “Above and Beyond Cancer” project. “He (Deming) was interested in supporting the program, and we decided to have the theme be something that would tie our projects together, and that is how we got religious responses to suffering,” said Knepper. Knepper teaches a comparative religions class which coincides with the Comparison Project. Students in the class read materials from the speakers who
give the Comparison Project lectures and focus on comparing the religious practices discussed in the lectures. Nora Sullivan, a junior international relations and religion double major, is in the class, and is Knepper’s research assistant for the Comparison Project. “In the class, we’ve talked about Sikhism and Lakota traditions,” Sullivan said. “By taking the class, I’ve learned even more about each of the traditions and developed stronger opinions about how to compare them and how they intertwine.” The next installment of the project is a lecture by professor Pesantubbee, who received her doctorate degree in religious studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994 and began teaching at the University of Iowa in 2003. She does research on Native American religious change, especially focusing on the European influences regarding this topic. She wrote a book titled “Choctaw Women in a Chaotic World,” that focuses on the impact of Europe on the lives of Choctaw women. The lecture tonight will discuss how Native American religion responds to suffering, especially through the Cherokee booger dances
>> COMPARISON, page 2
School spirit abundant thanks to first-years Austin Cannon
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This fall, first-year students Ashley Beall and Bri Varela started a spirit table at Drake football and soccer games. People of all ages can pick up and use face paint, blue hair spray, tattoos, beads, posters and, sometimes, even morphsuits, all free of charge. The two, who also hold positions on the Herriott Hall Executive Council and are members of the rowing team, came up with the idea after the first football game of the season. Earlier that week, at the Welcome Weekend event titled “Welcome to the Team,” Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb offered
to provide students with spirit gear for the upcoming game against Grand View. Beall took her up on the offer, and soon fans started asking where she had gotten her facepaint. Beall saw her opportunity. “I thought it would be really fun to have a spirit table set up just to support the team,” Beall said. After gaining approval from Clubb, Beall requested the help of Varela, and the spirit table made its debut for the second home football game of the season against Montana State. The table caters to all: students, children and fans of all kind have stopped by to spray on a blue mohawk or have a paw print painted on their check.
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“I think one of the best parts is when you give little kids all of this free stuff, and you just see that smile light up on their face, and they’re so excited and it’s so much fun,” Beall said. Beall and Varela are happy to be involved with promoting school spirit. “I feel like I’m actually doing something for my school, which is cool,” Varela said. Clubb enjoys the atmosphere the spirit table helps create on game day. “It’s terrific. It’s fun to see the kids running around, students and younger kids running around, getting excited that they’re at a Drake football game,” Clubb said. “It adds a lot of excitement. The players appreciate it, the coaches love it.”
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Beall and Varela have both shown leadership, showing how Drake provides an immediate opportunity for students to excel. “They’re amazing, honestly. I just can’t believe those two young women. They’re into everything and they’ve only been campus a few months,” Clubb said. The table will appear at one more men’s soccer game, as well as the home finale for football. As for the winter sports, the duo plans on bringing the table to both men’s and women’s basketball games, but Beall says that they won’t limit themselves to just those. “Let’s just say that we’re going to try and cover as many sports as we can,” Beall said.
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FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS Bri Varela (not pictured) and Ashley Beall (pictured right) operate a spirit table at sporting events. Beall and friend Olivia Albers (pictured left) apply temporary tattoos at game.
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Giving back to Des Moines, volunteering during break Susan Nourse
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While most Drake University students spent their fall break at home, eight students spent their fall break helping the Des Moines community and learning about service organizations within the community. This is the first year Drake has set up the servicelearning program “Alternative Fall Break.” Alternative Fall Break was set up by senior coordinators sociology double major Amelia Eckles and sociology and politics major Courtney Howell. Both students are servicelearning ambassadors and were hired by the servicelearning program headed by Mandi McReynolds. McReynolds set up the Habitat for Humanity portion of the Alternative Fall Break, and Eckles and Howell coordinated all of the events that took place over Fall Break. “I definitely learned a lot about leadership and what it takes to plan an event,” Eckles said. Students who wanted to participate in the Alternative Fall Freak had to go through a short application process explaining why they wanted to get involved. “Instead of just sitting in our dorm rooms, we wanted to do something that had more meaning than that,” said P1 pharmacy student Anne Feldman.
On Oct. 12, students met with refugees from the Des Moines area. The refugees shared their stories of experiences in refugee camps and journeys to Iowa. Afterward, students got to sample different ethnic food and made traditional American food for the refugees. On Oct. 13, students put in a full day of work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Habitat for Humanity’s “Rock the Block” program. Rock the Block is a program that offers students the ability to help repair homes that are in critical conditions around the Des Moines area. The family who owned the house was present throughout the entire day helping out. “It’s not the fact that these people don’t work as hard. They’re in a situation, like for Habitat (for Humanity). The people we’re helping are just in bad circumstances,” said Emily Wilkins sophomore environmental science and policy major. Oct. 14, students helped out with the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” campaign. There was a harvest party in the Olmsted Center, and the students helped by serving food and sampling some themselves. “I love the idea of supporting local farmers,” Feldman said. On Oct. 15, students went on driving tours of local places in Des Moines and also had discussions on issues of poverty. “Afterward we would always have a discussion
about who we were helping, why they needed help and why our society is set up that way,” Wilkins said. Eckles talked about the discussion’s focus. “We really wanted to emphasize the difference between just volunteering and service-learning,” Eckles said. On Tuesday, students attended the Hunger Summit, and took a social justice tour of Des Moines exploring different service organizations within the Des Moines community. Students visited Lutheran services, Dress for Success Des Moines, the Iowa International Center and others. “We wanted to give students an idea of the opportunities that existed in our own community,” Howell said. There is always an emphasis on going to other places to do service work. During Alternative Fall Break, the focus centered on helping out in the Des Moines community. “There are a lot of service opportunities rights here in Des Moines. There are people who need help in Des Moines, not just people far away,” Howell said.
Dance helps to heal tribes
>> COMPARISON, page 2
and the Lakota ghost dance. The lecture about Native American practices is part of the goal of the Comparison Project to give voice to marginalized religions. “I’m going to be talking about how those two dances helped the respective tribal groups heal from colonial violence,” Pesantubbee said. “Ceremonies are a way to bring together the Native American community so that they can heal as a community and as individuals to create a healthy culture.” Future lectures will focus on other religious traditions.
The last fall lecture will focus on Abd al-Qadir and his role in leading the resistance to French occupation of Algeria in a humane way. There will also be lectures in the spring on Christianity and humanist responses to slavery, Buddhist responses to the Nanjing Massacre and innovative Jewish responses to the Holocaust. There will also be the creative non-fiction reading by participants in the Above and Beyond Cancer project and a culminating question and answer session which will illuminate major themes that were re-
vealed in the series and how the lecture topics compare. “I hope that Drake’s campus becomes an interfaith campus, and that we create a community that is more conscious of different types of religion. Many people have said that this is something that is lacking on campus, and that it is really important,” Sullivan said. “I would like to see events where people come together and say ‘We don’t think the same thing, but let’s talk about this issue.’ I think there are a lot of people who are passionate about this.”
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MEMBERS OF DRAKE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY (above and below) work on applying siding to a house they spent fall break working on through the program Rock the Block. VOLUNTEERS (left) pose for a picture outside a house they worked on.
Local coffee shops offer study space opportunities Laura Wittren
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Java Joe’s Java Joe’s on Fourth Street in downtown is a cool place. It’s deceivingly small looking from outside, but actually quite spacious inside. There is plenty of seating, table space and light. However, the atmosphere doesn’t seem quite right for studying. Most of the patrons go to catch up with friends, play games or attend live jazz and musical shows. If you try to study during one of these shows, you might find the music to be a distraction. However, the coffee there is great.
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Zanzibar’s Located on Ingersoll, not a far walk from Drake, Zanzibar’s is a locally owned coffee shop. The full name is Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure, which is due to the fact that you can experience a wide variety of premium coffees from all over the world. Zanzibar’s has a large variety of drinks available from lattes to tea to just a plain cup of joe. It also has a snack menu and a breakfast menu. The downside to Zanzibar’s is the lack of seating and Wi-Fi, not to mention the dim lighting can be a strain on the eyes if you’re reading a textbook.
Gong Fu Tea Even though tea is in the title, East Village’s Gong Fu has more than just that. They have coffee and snacks, although the tea is still the bragging point. While this is a great place for breaking out of Lipton Tea, it’s not exactly a prime spot for studying. The lighting is kind of dim, and there aren’t a plethora of tables. This is a cool spot for hanging out with friends, especially the back area with “Japanese-style” floor sitting, but it’s not suggested for studying.
>> COFFEE SHOPS, page 4
ZANZIBAR’S, JAVA JOE’S AND GONG FU TEA are three coffee houses in Des Moines popular among students.
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Sexy Halloween costumes acceptable, expected Ah, Halloween. My favorite time of year, full of candy, haunted houses and the ageold Halloween tradition: slut-shaming. It’s this paradox: women are expected to dress as sexy versions of a nurse, a bumblebee or a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. And then when they do attend their local wholesome Halloween party dressed as such, there’s this weird objectification/“judginess” that takes place. In terms of costumes, you’re either a prude (because you really wanted to be a realistic-looking bunny) or a slut (because you feel pants are overrated). There’s no winning. A costume-less example of this paradox: A recent Times-Delphic editorial under the pseudonym Jane Hoe insinuated that women exist to be sexy for the men (“So what do we girls have to
do? Give them head!”), and a Drake professor’s response explained that if we hook up, we must not respect ourselves (“There will very likely, and rightfully so, be feelings of regret and guilt”). Are we seriously narrowing down women into either virgins or whores again? That’s some 15th century moralizing going on right there. Because I am seriously not interested in wearing a chastity belt as part of my costume, can we please stop pretending that A) women are defined by their sexuality and B) costumes are there to illustrate said sexuality? To be clear: my costume length is in no way proportional to how much I “respect myself.” Nor, on the other hand, should I feel like the only option I have is to be a sexy (fill in the blank). And to address this fear that women
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must dress revealingly to be wanted or attractive, have a little faith in yourself. My first-year roommate dressed in a penguin suit a la “Happy Feet,” and she looked damn fine. For the five people who read this and are like, “That’s totes not true! Women can dress however they want, and societal expectations have completely no impact on me and/or my view of women!” congratulations. For everyone else who has a basic understanding of reality, here are your three rules for Halloween 2012:
1. Dress modest! If you decide you want to dress in something clever and cool and it also happens to cover a significant portion of your body, you rock it, man. Don’t let anyone pressure you into being sexy Amelia Earhart when you think historically accurate is better. You go be your bad self. 2. Dress sexy! In underwear! Or nothing! If you decide that you are going to dress in something that is showy and skimpy and fabulous because you want to, you do it, girl. Don’t let anyone make you feel like
you are less than wonderful. Bring a jacket so you don’t get hypothermia. 3. Stop being a creep. Hello. I know this zombie costume is somewhat limited in coverage, but you still have to look at my face. And if you touch my partially covered body without my permission, I will cut off your hand for my zombie prop. My costume does not equal my consent. I will put in a caveat about skimpy costumes: Please, for the love of God, don’t be a “sexy Indian.” I KNOW your Native American costume is probs super cute. I know. Sorry, but you don’t get to narrow down thousands of years and tribes and cultures into one offensive stereotype that’s more or less racist. You wouldn’t go out dressed up as “Hispanic,” right? (Please say right.) If you already
took the tags off your “Pocahottie” costume, burn it. Beyond that, though, wear what makes you happy. Wear it because YOU want to and it makes you feel good about life/your body/ playing dress up in college. Remember to be nice to the other girls. We’re all together in this glorious fight against sexist Halloween expectations, and you making fun of the sexy toothbrush doesn’t help. However you dress for Halloween, go do awesome stuff with awesome people and have lots of fun. No chastity belt required.
O’Donnell is a senior secondary education major and can be reached at caitlin. firstname.lastname@example.org
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I grew up a daddy’s girl. I wanted to do everything my dad did, and since he was an avid cycling fan I watched the Tour de France. I watched for more than 15 minutes because I had no idea what was going on and how cycling was a team sport with only one winner. However, in those 15 minutes, the narrative of Lance Armstrong was the one thing I grasped on to. He was a saint who had defeated cancer and was preforming incredible athletic feats. Every time he would appear on screen, I would perk up and try to gauge where he stood in the race. I would agonize about his horrible starts to the Tour even when my dad explained that the section of the race he dominated was coming up. I could not fathom that this man deserved to lose anything.
Now he has lost almost everything. His medals, his sponsors, the chairman position of the foundation he created and, mostly importantly, his credibility. When the allegations of doping first came out, I refused to believe them. I would not
it is engrained in my brain to do so. I still cannot truly comprehend that this man I thought was a saint was actually a sinner. He broke my heart, but I am not angry because I have come to realize one thing. Even though he made millions of dollars for himself by doping for victories, he also Sarah Fulton made 500 million dolColumnist lars for cancer research. He used his status and his story as entertain the thought. Even a cancer survivor to help when 11 of his teammates other people. Sometimes came forward to testify I wish Armstrong never against him, I called them would have won the Tour de “liars.” Now I have to accept France, but then every single that Armstrong is the liar. person the LIVESTRONG The facts are overwhelm- Foundation helped would ingly pointing against him. have been lost. Not only did he use banned . substances, but he forced his teammates do it as well. He Fulton is a first-year news/ lied, cheated and made mil- Internet major and can be lions of dollars by doing so. reached at sarah.fulton@ I still love him because drake.edu
How many of you know where you’re going to work when you get out of college? How many of you feel that your hopes for getting a job in this economy are dimming? No matter where you stand politically, it can’t be argued that even for people going to a great university like Drake University, the job market is rough. How does one stay competitive in a job market like this? One man has found the answer and he was gracious enough to share his secret with the world in his book “A Whole New Mind.” Dan Pink takes you inside the mind, illustrating the constructs of the brain to explain how the world is soon to be dominated by right brain-dominated individuals. Right brain-dominated individuals are the conceptual thinkers: people who
see patterns, create things, empathize with others, people who are artists or who make meaning. These are the people who will get ahead in the modern world. Pink cites a lot of evidence supporting his theory, like the increasing number
aptitudes that Pink says will have growing importance in the future job market. Those six aptitudes are: design, story, sympathy, empathy, play and meaning. These six right brain aptitudes all have their own chapters, explaining their importance, citing evidence to prove relevance and finally, giving activities to Zach Mecham develop these right brain aptiColumnist tudes. The book is only 267 pages long and it’s really easy to of companies searching for read. It is worth every secpeople who have graduated ond of time you put into with a master of fine arts reading it, because it redegree as opposed to hir- ally opens your eyes to the ing somebody with a master changing world around you. of business administration If you don’t know what you (sorry to all of you business want to do with your life, I and actuarial science majors recommend this book as a out there). He also points out guide. that linear, left brain-related jobs are being automated and outsourced to places like Mecham is a first-year India and China. psychology major and can be In the book, there are six reached at zachary.mecham@ different right brain-related drake.edu
Intricate Nail art can be a quick style fix for any occasion The only form of nail art I knew about when I was younger was that Hawaiianlooking flower that manicurists would give you without asking, only to charge you more for it later. Now, thanks partly to Pinterest, it seems like every girl’s nails are always adorned with perfectly straight sideways French tips, intricate leopard spots, tiny stripes, full sentences in flawless calligraphy or the
Mona Lisa (I’m not exaggerating – Google it). You don’t even have to be an artist, or remotely talented at holding a small brush, to get cool tips. A lot of brands, including Sally Hansen and OPI, make decorated decals made of real polish that you can peel off, stick on and voila – manicure art. And if you’re feeling stuck in a style rut, nails are a super easy (and temporary) way
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to change up your look. You may have gotten inspired by Oscar de la Renta’s runway look and feel like heading for the bleach to don turquoise-
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streaked locks, but that’s a pretty permanent impulse. For a similar feel, paint four nails on each hand with turquoise polish and one with
gold sparkles (contrasting ring fingers are common). Or maybe you’ve looked in your closet and can’t seem to find anything but black, black and more black. A few bottles from OPI’s latest collection are a lot more wallet-friendly than a new wardrobe. But hold off on the letters, faces and truly wacky designs if you work in a conservative office or have an upcoming job interview,
because well-groomed tips (or the opposite) are one of the first things people notice about you. Otherwise, feel free to experiment with tricks and techniques to getting those newspaper-print nails juuuuust right. Tozer is a senior magazines major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘Evil Dead’ musical features Drake alum, students With humorous song titles, musical promises a good laugh Brady Deprey
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“Evil Dead.” It’s campy and silly and kind of dorky and dumb, but in the most endearing, fun, exciting way,” Ottley said. Just like the infamous “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Evil Dead” is known
Actor Ben Ward, playing male lead, Ash, said, “In terms of the music, I think people love it.” Even though the musical is not suitable for younger audiences, director Stacey Brothers is eager for a wide array of audience members to come. Ottley agreed, saying, “The biggest draw, the reason I want anyone to come and see it is that you can come to theater and you can laugh for a couple of hours.” It’s a total spoof on terrible “B-movie” horror films, which is exactly what this holiday is all about. That’s what this entire show embodies: the silly, scary, exciting essence of Halloween in general.” Located at the Civic Center’s Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, the musical will be performed Oct. 26, 27, 31, Nov. 1-3, and 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be matinee performances at 3 p.m. on Oct. 28, Nov.
For the next three weeks, Drake University students, as well as the surrounding community, have the oneof-a-kind opportunity to see StageWest’s live production of “Evil Dead: The Musical,” just in time for Halloween. Hailed by the Associated Press as a “wickedly campy good time,” and The New York Times as “the next Rocky —Claire Ottley, Drake student Horror Show,” this potential cult classic musical features Drake students sefor its wildly funny and ocnior Lauren Shun and junior casionally random songs. Bridget Roepke, as well as Designed specifically for the Drake graduate Ben Raanan. show, some are the titles are: Claire Ottley, the actress “Ode to an Accidental Stabtaking on both the roles bing,” “All the Men in My Life of Shelly and Annie, was Keep Getting Killed by Canthrilled to be part of the prodarian Demons,” “What the duction. F**k Was That?” and “Blew “I’m really excited about That B***h Away.”
“I’m really excited about ‘Evil Dead.’ It’s campy and silly and kind of dorky and dumb, but in the most endearing, fun, exciting way.”
“Evil Dead” Show Times >> Playing for a limited time in Des Moines Location: Civic Center’s Stoner Theater 221 Walnut St. Des Moines Dates: Oct. 26, 27, 31 at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. Nov. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 11 at 3 p.m. For more information and tickets visit stagewestiowa.com or civiccenter.org. 4 and 11. StageWest is also proud to present the Sunday TalkBacks following the matinees. The talk-backs, filled with appearance from guest actors, directors and experts, open up the microphone for audience feedback as
well as in-depth conversations about the play and its themes. For the diehards, the play offers it’s unique “splatter zone.” Guests can buy the limited tickets to end up covered in zombie blood and guts by the end of the show.
“It’s so entertaining in so many different ways. It isn’t just this scary person with a chainsaw and it isn’t just a strobe light and special effects, it’s all that with dancing and singing and really great songs,” Brothers said.
Coffee shops offer differing study atmospheres A comparison of nine local coffee and tea shops that provide students varying environments to complete school work >> COFFEE SHOPS, page 2 West End Coffee and Salvage If you’ve never heard of this place, that’s no surprise. It’s off the beaten path. Located between Ninth Street and Cherry Street and just at the cusp of downtown Des Moines, it has a slightly sketchy look to it. But once inside, you’ll be amazed. In addition to selling coffee, it also features a wide variety of salvageable goods, such as recycled necklaces and old typewriters. The place is huge, and even has multiple levels. Due to the fact that it’s not well known, it’s relatively quiet, and finding a seat is a cinch. The only downside is the distance from campus. Friedrichs This is a Des Moines local business that not only has your usual espressos
and coffees, but also whole bean coffee and espresso to buy and take home — perfect for those late night cram sessions in your dorm. The closest Friedrichs is on 42nd Street and University Avenue next to the small Hy-Vee and Campbell’s Nutrition store. Studying at the actual shop could be problematic as the tables are too small to sprawl out your books and notebooks. Smokey Row This is a common study spot and at any given time you’ll probably see some fellow students — especially during finals week. What’s the draw? While Smokey Row can get really busy (especially for lunch), there are a lot of tables, so finding a spot usually isn’t a problem. It’s littered with outlets — perfect for com-
puter work. And of course, there’s a great coffee and tea selection as well as ice cream, snacks and meals. The downside, in addition to being crowded, is it can be loud, but that’s nothing a set of ear buds can’t fix.
Mars Café Being a Drake classic, many already use this as their study spot. What’s not to love? It’s within walking distance to Drake, locally owned and the baristas make killer drinks that put chain coffee shops to shame. Seating is prime real estate, especially space close to an outlet. But otherwise, it’s great for cramming for that exam. Village Beans, Co. Another East Village spot, this coffee shop isn’t too shabby for study space.
It has a few tables to sit at in the front and further back. It has a good selection of beverages to help you charge while you’re cranking out homework. And, best of all, it’s not crowded. However, East Village isn’t exactly a quick walk from campus, so if you’re looking for a closer spot, Village Bean isn’t for you.
Ritual Cafe This is located in downtown Des Moines just down the street from the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The shop is space with a good number of tables as well as a comfortable couch. If you don’t mind the drive (or really long walk) to downtown, this could be a good study spot for you. They have a great selection of coffees and teas to help ease your study woes.
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Local coffee shops Ritual Cafe (left), Smokey Row (right top) and West End Coffee and Salvage (right bottom) offer spots for students to study off campus and get a jolt of caffeine.
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Need for ‘tough conversations’ on politics Ways to discuss this election season with friends reasonably Erin Hogan
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Religion and politics: the two things you’re never supposed to talk about at the dinner table. These topics are regarded as extremely personal and contentious, so they easily give rise to disagreement. We’re talking about fundamental views of human nature, morality and liberty. It already sounds too heavy for light dinner conversation at Hubbell Dining Hall. It is usually easier to agree with a person on superficial terms: We hate that commercial. We love that T.V. show. We think the book was way better than the movie. The more complex things in life require more in-depth conversations and sometimes reveal clashing perspectives. Avoiding conflict is fairly typical human nature. I’m not about to sit behind someone wearing a Beatles T-shirt and start bashing on
the Fab Four. Most of us are inclined to avoid arguments whenever possible. If I know Anna supports Political Party A while I support Political Party B, I might avoid talking about politics with Anna in anticipation of a disagreement. Elections, however, are pervasive. Politics is suddenly everywhere we look. In reality, politics is a process that functions at many levels every day. But, to the average American, it is most noticeable during elections. Thus, circumventing political conversations gets trickier. I may not know Bob’s political views because I’ve never asked. But that may change come election time, when Bob starts liking candidates, parties and propositions on Facebook. We’re all about the labels in this country, and I’m not talking about designer jeans. We love defining others in terms of dichotomies: man/woman, young/old, white/black and, of course,
Democrat/Republican. I find this practice problematic because political views exist on a spectrum. My perception of Political Party A and my reasons for supporting it may be completely different and even contradictory to Claire’s reasons for supporting the same party. So, labeling Claire a supporter of Political Party A doesn’t mean we share an identical ideology. It actually doesn’t tell me much at all about what she believes. Our liberal arts education begs us to ask “why” and explore the nuances of ideas and perspectives. Specifically at Drake University, we value “meaningful personal lives” and “responsible global citizenship” through “collaborative learning.” I believe we can and should welcome, encourage, and facilitate the tough conversations. Thus, I wanted to share five suggestions for having meaningful and productive dialogue about politics with your friends:
Take ownership of your opinions. I am much more comfortable speaking about my convictions than something I don’t believe in. Formulating your own opinions through research, reflection and conversation makes talking about politics easier. It’s good to be passionate about the things you believe, but don’t let that deter you from keeping an open mind. Separate the personal from the political. Having friends who disagree with you is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I’m not recommending every Democrat become friends with a token Republican just for the sake of political diversity. I am merely pointing out that you don’t have to agree with everything your best friend believes. A person is more than just a political ideology. Explore why you and your friend believe in different values, and you might gain
a better understanding of your friend and the opposing viewpoint. Frame the conversation. Context is important. I tend to preface most of the things I say out of fear of misunderstanding. Some of my favorites include: “If you’re comfortable talking about this, can I ask …” or “I’m asking because I’m curious, not because I want to prove you wrong or criticize. Why did you …” I guess I feel it never hurts to let someone know where you’re coming from. Be civil. Not to sound prudish, but extreme language and profanity rarely facilitate productive dialogue. Though it may draw attention or attempt to convey passion, it can be off-putting. Be polite to others. Listen when it’s their turn to speak. Exercise common courtesy. Channel your opinions appropriately. Disagree with me on
something? Write an opinion for The Times-Delphic. E-mail me. Chat with me. Don’t vandalize my property or talk behind my back. This gets us nowhere and cheats both of us out of having a meaningful conversation and learning from each other. At this year’s Bucksbaum Lecture, President David Maxwell reminded us that universities are meant to be centers of learning and discourse. I think we can and should have conversations about politics, so long as we do so with a goal of learning from others and not attacking their beliefs. As we move forward toward November, don’t hesitate to talk with your friends about your opinions, thoughts, and questions. You may even learn a thing or two.
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Sports Men’s Tennis
Ghorbel, McKie upset nation’s top doubles team Dominic Johnson
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Last Sunday proved to be one of the most memorable days in recent memory for the Drake men’s tennis program, as the Bulldogs tallied three wins over nationally ranked opponents, including a win over the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the nation. Sunday’s action at the ITA Central Regional tournament on the campus of the University of Minnesota kicked off with junior Robin Goodman earning Drake’s first win over a ranked opponent of the day. Goodman faced off against Cliff Marsland of Tulsa, ranked No. 44 in the nation in singles. “I knew he was a good player, but I knew that with the level I was playing at, I could beat him,” Goodman said. “Nobody in that tournament was unbeatable for me.” As the match against the third seed began, it was clear that Goodman was far from outmatched against Tulsa’s highest-ranked player. Early in the match, Goodman observed his opponent’s tendencies and discovered what caused him to falter. The Drake junior soon took the offensive by altering his backhand and putting emphasis on his forehand. “The reason I won that match was being better tactically, using my slice to open up the court and using my forehand to go to the open space,” Goodman said. The tactic paid off well for the Bulldog, as he broke Marsland’s serve multiple times en route to a 6-4, 6-4 victory. But before Goodman could take on No. 28 Guillermo Alcorta from Oklahoma in the semifinals, senior Anis Ghorbel went up against Costin Paval of Oklahoma in the quarterfinals. Not only is Paval the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year and an All-American in doubles, but he is currently ranked No. 6 in the nation in singles, the highest ranked opponent Ghorbel or any of his teammates have ever faced. “In the Round of 16, I
played a guy who was No. 39 in the nation last year, so I got a lot of confidence from that match going into the quarterfinals,” Ghorbel said. “I also saw the close match between Paval and Jean (Erasmus) and I saw a couple things I needed to do to be able to do something against him.” After watching Erasmus battle Paval in two close sets just the day before, Ghorbel and head coach Davidson Kozlowski noticed that Paval struggled with high balls on his backhand side and could be broken down when forced to move back and forth across the court. “I didn’t care about his ranking, I didn’t care about his results, I just c a r e d about me going out there and
playing my best tennis,” Ghorbel said. Ghorbel played the role of the aggressor, and that mentality awarded him a 6-3 first set. Nerves began to creep in on Drake’s top player though, and Paval would level the match by taking the second set 6-3. With an offensive mindset back in place for the third and deciding set, Ghorbel played some of his finest tennis of the tournament, as he put the nation’s sixth best player out of the tournament with a 6-2 third set. “That was a great win for Anis,” Kozlowski said. “Anis can play with anyone in the country, and he has proven that.” With a huge boost of confidence after his biggest collegiate win, Ghorbel was ready to take on Minneso-
doubles quarterfinals, it was to their status as All-Amer- Alcorta. a quick turnaround for him. icans in doubles last spring, When the two Drake The lingering effects where the duo reached the seniors took the court on of the singles semifinals Final Four of the NCAA dou- Monday morning, Sunday’s weighed on the tandem of bles draw. magic of the quarterfinal Ghorbel and senior James “As the match was being comeback and semifinal upMcKie. As the two faced played out, it looked like we set just wasn’t there. McKie off against Wichita State’s were going to be very com- and Ghorbel ended up losing Matheus Pereira and Alvaro petitive and that we would to the Oklahoma duo 8-4 in Gutierrez, they couldn’t find play even with them,” Ko- the final. a rhythm and soon were zlowski said. “Anis and James Throughout the fall seadown 2-7, with the Wichita were on their game and very son, this Drake squad’s mesState duo serving for the mentally confident.” sage has been to “send a match. The Oklahoma duo was statement” to the other top “I’ve never experienced the first to strike, as the No. 1 teams. They want to show something like this is my ranked team earned an early that the small private school life,” Ghorbel said. “We were break to go up 2-0. But McK- in Des Moines can beat the frustrated, we couldn’t move ie and Ghorbel weren’t ready top teams in the nation. With well and we weren’t feeling to give up, and the two Drake Sunday’s three big wins, the the ball well.” players won the next four Bulldogs have done just that, After the first point of games to go up 4-2. The duo and teams have started to the game at 7-2, Ghorbel would go on to win 8-5 after take notice. and McKie could tell that a back-and-forth match. On “The biggest compliment their opponents their very first opportunity, being paid to these guys is were e x - McKie and Ghorbel defeated about their competitive natreme- the No. 1 doubles team in the ture,” Kozlowski said. “These ly tight nation, scoring the biggest guys compete so hard beand ner- upset in doubles through- cause they have known each vous, and out the ITA Regional tourna- other for years, they have this invigo- ments. high goals and they are pushrated the Drake After winning match ing each other every day.” duo. The two players point, the Drake duo wasn’t Kozlowski was quick began to swing more aware of how big their win to point out that these are freely and communicate actually was. All McKie knew only fall events and not dual with each other better. about Paval and Webb was matches like in the spring Once they broke serve that they were the top seed season, so they have no to move to 3-7, they in the tournament, and Ghor- bearing on the NCAA tournever looked back. bel only knew that they were nament. A deep run in the The Drake duo rat- somewhere in the Top-10. NCAA tournament is Drake’s tled off seven straight “I didn’t actually know end goal this season. booming games in complete they were number one in the The Bulldogs have one forehand caused domination, as they nation until I was told after more tournament on their Goodman to make never faced a sin- the match,” McKie said. “It fall schedule, as they head more unforced gle match point. was a much better win than back to the University of errors than he is The Drake I initially thought.” Minnesota on Friday, Nov. 2 accustomed to. duo took on the McKie and Ghorbel for the Gopher Invite. Goodman’s ITA FILE PHOTO nation’s top doubles weren’t done for the tourCentral Regional tournament ended team in the semifinals. Okla- nament though, as the duo in the semifinals homa’s Dane Webb and Pa- had to come back Monday with a 6-3, 6-0 loss, val earned the No. 1 doubles morning for the final against and Alcorta would ranking for this season due Oklahoma’s Axel Alvarez and go on to win the tournament and earn a spot Men’s Soccer in the ITA National Indoors Tournament in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. As Goodman was in the latter stages of his second set, Ghorbel took the court against Toledo. The two players forced each other into a tiebreaker to decide the opening set and Toledo ended up taking the tiebreaker 7-5 to go up a set and grab the momentum. Ghorbel was able to keep the second set close, but Toledo went on to win 7-6, 6-4 and advance Michael Sage | staff photographer to the final, where he lost to Oklahoma’s Alcorta. JUNIOR DEFENDER NICK MARSHALL leaps to head the ball against Creighton on Sept. 29. With less than an hour between the end of GhorEduardo Tamez Zamarripa importance. But we played chance we have to put it in bel’s singles match and the Copy Editor very well in both games. the back of the net.” eduardo.tamezzamarripa@ We scored three very good Drake has dominated the drake.edu goals from the run of play, Purple Aces, having won something we haven’t done nine of their last 10 meetIt’s been a season of all year and we did it against ings, including a 2-1 win “streaks” for Drake’s men’s two more experienced teams over Evansville 2-1 last seasoccer squad. After starting than us on the road,” Holmes son in what became the only off the year with a 1-7-2 resaid. “I was happy. I was dis- conference victory on the cord in non-conference play, appointed obviously in not road for the Bulldogs. “stay driven” over the winter. the Bulldogs bounced back winning. Statistically, it’s But the Purple Aces are “We just want to do whatwith a tie against Creighton hard to win on the road. I having their best season ever we can to keep our and three consecutive wins. wasn’t discouraged. I think since 2009 as they sit in secgames sharp,” he said. “We Now, the Bulldogs (4we’re in good shape. We con- ond place in the MVC standhave four months off, so 10-3, 1-2-1 MVC) are comtrol our own destiny.” ings. In 2009, the Purple we’re just doing what we can ing off their third straight With only two conferAces lost to Drake in the MVC to stay driven.” defeat and second straight ence games remaining in the Championship. The Bulldogs aren’t forovertime loss. Drake came regular season for Drake, the Holmes talked about the getting the fall campaign, up short in a pair of grinding Bulldogs will try to improve importance of playing an though. After playing difMissouri Valley Conference their seed in the MVC standerror-free game and the moficult course after difficult matches this past week, fallings before heading to the tivation that comes with Secourse, the Bulldogs look to ing 3-2 on the road against conference tournament. The nior Night. build on the fall with spring Bradley and 2-1 on the road MVC Championship is slated “It will be the last game competition in mind. against SIU Edwardsville, to begin on Wednesday, Nov. for four guys. It will be their “I think it gives us a good both in overtime. 7 at Peoria, Ill. last game ever at home. This basis of where we need to “Obviously, they’re big Losing both games would is it. I think that provides go,” Worley said. “It just games — they’re conferjeopardize the Bulldogs’ an extra motivation for the shows us that we all have ence games on the road. It MVC tournament berth. players and I think if we stuff we need to work on, definitely hurts to go to overThe Bulldogs will look to don’t make mistakes, then specifically, to become better time and lose both times,” take advantage of their last we win,” Holmes said. individually, which in return, said junior midfielder Bryan home game of the season Following their match makes us a better team. We Jantsch. “We can’t have a when they take on Evansville against Evansville, the Bullplayed a lot of really challapse. We did all the hard (9-5, 3-1 MVC) on Saturday dogs will hit the road for lenging golf courses this fall, work coming back on both at 7 p.m. at the Cownie Soc- their regular season finale so it just puts a premium games.” cer Complex on Senior Night. to take on Missouri State on not having all aspects of Head coach Sean Holmes The Bulldogs are 3-2-1 at on Friday, Nov. 2. The Bears your game. So, it exposes the was pleased with the team’s home this season. (5-6-3, 0-4 MVC) have yet to weaknesses, and it gives us performance and believes “They’re always a tough win a conference game this all an understanding of what the team is in good shape opponent, they always give season. we need to work on this winheading into the last stretch us a good game,” Jantsch The Bulldogs hope to ter in order to be ready to go of the regular season. said. “We’ve created more start a new, positive streak for the spring.” “In soccer, how you play chances, now we have to fin- and enter the MVC Champimatters. Obviously the reish them. The key, if we get a onship on a roll. sult is the result of most ta’s Leandro Toledo, ranked No. 50 in the nation, but Goodman’s semifinal match against Alcorta came first. Goodman broke his opponent’s serve early in the match to take the initial lead, but things soon began to slip in favor of Alcorta. Alcorta proved too much for Goodman on Sunday. Alcorta used tactics that were very similar to those Goodman used against Marsland, as his slice a n d
Evansville poses threat
‘Tough’ course troubles Drake Taylor Soule
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The Drake men’s golf team registered a last-round 301 on Tuesday to finish 16th at the Old Dominion/ Outer Banks Invitational at the Kilmarlic Golf Club in Powells Point, N.C. Redshirt sophomore Devin Leland paced the Bulldogs with a seasonlow score of 70. Leland led the Bulldogs overall with a three-round total of 227, ranking 43rd. Sophomore Blake Huser finished with a three-round total of 235 after firing a final-round 77. Huser claimed 64th place. The Bulldogs faced a shaky start after firing a first-round score of 322 on Sunday, good for 18th place. Drake improved on Sunday’s performance with Monday’s second-round score of 305, pushing the Bulldogs into 17th place. Despite steady improvement at the Old Dominion/
Outer Banks Invitational, challenging conditions doomed Drake early on. “This weekend, we didn’t play so well. It was really kind of tough conditions, really tough golf course,” said sophomore Dane Worley. “We dug ourselves into a hole on the first day and dug ourselves out of it a little bit, but moving forward, we need to get off to a better start.” The Old Dominion/ Outer Banks Invitational completed the Bulldogs’ fall campaign. Drake set high expectations entering the fall campaign, but difficult courses troubled the Bulldogs throughout. “I think the fall didn’t go as good as we’d wanted or expected,” Worley said. “I think our expectations were a little higher. We had some good tournaments and rounds, but we still didn’t put it all together.” With spring competition now forefront, though, Worley and the Bulldogs look to
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Bulldogs’ MVC Championship bid in jeopardy Rodney Spears
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Drake’s volleyball team (3-18, 2-8 MVC) will host two conference rivals this weekend as it attempts to move up in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. This Friday, the team takes on Southern Illinois at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, it faces Evansville at 7 p.m. “We have to be focused,” said head coach Tony Sunga. “This weekend is very important that we come out and win every rally, every point. Outcome doesn’t matter if you don’t take care of every step along the way.” Evansville is in the seventh spot, one spot ahead of Drake in the standings, with a conference record of 3-8. Southern Illinois is in fourth place with a conference record of 7-4. Drake would have to win at least one of these match-
ups if it wants to stay in contention to make the MVC tournament, which qualifies the top six teams. “Where we are right now is trying to get in there with fifth or sixth place,” Sunga said. “Drake is in a good position. We are only one or two matches from that striking distance.” Redshirt junior Sarah Madden earned MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors this week. Madden earned the award by setting the school record for digs in a match with 45 and leading the conference in digs per set with 5.56. Coach Sunga says it’s Madden’s work ethic
that sets her apart. “She works hard so she deserves it,” Sunga said. “She is not going to be that 6’1,” 6’ 2” girl hitting the ball. She is going to be the one that they are hitting at, and that is the glory in it.” Freshman Cassie Effken also made conference news as she was listed in the “other notable performances” category for MVC Freshman of the Week. Effken lit up the scoreboard last week against Creighton with seven kills and added three digs, three solo blocks, one block assist and one service ace. The Bulldogs will have to stop the hitting power of
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SENIOR JADRANKA TRAMOSLJANIN (above) serves against Creighton on Saturday at the Knapp Center. SENIOR BENTLEY MANCINI (left) kills the ball on Saturday.
Drake eyes first-round bye Taylor Soule
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The Drake women’s soccer team boasts an unbeaten record at Cownie Soccer Complex, and it will look to maintain that streak to avoid a first-round match in the Missouri Valley Conference quarterfinals on Sunday. The Bulldogs (12-4-2, 3-0-2 MVC) look to complete the regular season with a win against Illinois State tonight at 6 p.m. at Cownie Soccer Complex. A victory would give the Bulldogs their first outright MVC regular season title since 2006 and guarantee a first-round bye. Since Evansville has completed league play and finished with a 4-1-1 record, the Bulldogs control their own fate. The stakes are especially high at home, where the Bulldogs boast a 9-0 record. Drake has never finished a season undefeated at home and has only finished unbeaten in league play once. Drake’s impressive Cownie Soccer Complex record isn’t solely thanks to the hometown advantage, though. Head coach Lindsey Horner credited the Bulldogs’ focus. “Being undefeated at Cownie (Soccer Complex) should provide our players with confidence going into the game,” Horner said in an email. “We aren’t undefeated
the Salukis. Senior Alysia Mayes boasts 298 kills with a hitting percentage of .396 on the season. Senior Laura Thole has 304 kills on the season with a .229 hitting percentage. Emma Roberson, reigning MVC Freshman of the Week, will be the focus in the match against Evansville. Roberson registered 28 kills, four blocks and four digs last weekend. Next weekend, Drake will take on top-seeded UNI in Cedar Falls on Nov. 2. The following day the team will face ninth-seeded Bradley.
at home simply because we are at home, but because we have brought the right mentality, played with an edge and the level of focus necessary to get results.” The Redbirds (10-4-2, 3-2 MVC) sit in third place in the MVC. Drake has not defeated Illinois State since 2005, a span of nine games. Horner expects an “intense” match on Thursday. “Illinois State is very dynamic and dangerous in the attack,” Horner said. “They have the talent to score goals quickly, but they are a bit inconsistent throughout 90 minutes, and teams have been able to get in behind their backs. Like us, Illinois State can earn a first-round bye, so the game is going to be intense.” Sophomore forward Rachel Tejada leads the Illinois State attack with 14 goals on the season to go along with 61 shots. The Redbirds average 13.75 shots per game, ranking first in the MVC. To counter the Redbirds’ dangerous offense, the Bulldogs look to play “disciplined” defense. “Our players will have to put together a solid 90-minute performance that includes disciplined one-onone defending, dominating central midfield defensively, taking care of the ball in our build-up and executing in front of goal,” Horner said. If the Bulldogs tie against Illinois State on Thursday,
they will earn a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed at the MVC Championship. If they lose, they will drop to the No. 3 seed and will have to take on Creighton on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Cownie Soccer Complex in the quarterfinals. “We have five team goals this season, and one of them is to be playing in the championship game of the MVC tournament,” Horner said. “It is exciting that we control our seeding, and a win or tie on Thursday would set us up for a first-round bye.” With the MVC Championship in mind, the Bulldogs look to unleash their best play yet. “Once it is tournament time, we have to be peaking and playing our best soccer of the season,” Horner said. A title-worthy performance motivates senior forward Laura Moklestad as her Drake career winds down. “It just makes me want to go out there and more than ever, just leave everything on the field,” Moklestad said. “It’s crazy that it’s my last tournament, and I’m really excited at the thought that we could go all the way. We have a team that has done really well this year, and now it’s just that final push.” The Bulldogs take on Illinois State at 6 p.m. tonight at Cownie Soccer Complex.
There’s no ‘I’ in team
“There is no ‘I’ in team, but there is a ‘me.’” This saying has never been one that sits well with me. But the more I thought about it, the more I started to like it. Now whether or not the person who said it was completely and utterly conceited is one question that will remain unanswered. I am going to assume the best this time. I plan on dissecting this quote from a much different angle — one that emboldens team and less of me. Probably seems a bit contradicting, right? Just wait. I am beyond ready to enlighten you. Most people think of a team as a close-knit group of people with common goals. It isn’t unheard of that they view themselves as “family” or “best friends.” I’m not here to challenge those notions. But, wow, there is so much more to it than that. A team can be one in the workplace or the athletic setting, but they are more or less the same in my book. This year, we have talked a ton about being real with each other. This goes hand in hand with accountability and not being afraid to call a teammate out
when it’s necessary. Definitely easier said than done. I’m going into my third season, and I have hardly scratched the surface of being real. It is something that doesn’t happen overnight. Being uncomfortable is not easy. And that is essentially what being real with someone requires. A team becomes a family by understanding each
The “me” cannot solely run a team, but the “team” can surely run with a combination of “me’s.” other inside and out. This includes knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses (revealed by being real). What makes you tick? What makes your teammate tick? Does Player A need constant encouragement? Does Player B need someone in her face at times? Where does Player C like her passes when getting ready to shoot? These are the types of things that initiate success for a team. Reflect on how well you know your family. Can you
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say you know your teammates on the same level? Relationships surely take time. So where does the “me” part come in? The only reason “me” is important is for the value it brings to “team.” That begins with knowing and carrying out your role. Every rational being knows what he or she can and cannot bring to the table. For example, I know I’m not a 6’4” monster who can throw down inside. I’m a shooter, and I know I need to knock down shots to contribute to the team’s success. Simple as that — ALL the parts must work together in order for the team to go. And that begins with “me.” One player’s strengths make up for another player’s weaknesses. Hopefully, you have caught on to the overriding message. There are many parts of a team that must work together in order to attain success. Obviously there is no one way to go about it, but here is an alternative definition of the initial quote, “there is no ‘I’ in team, but there is a ‘me.’” The “me” cannot solely run a team, but the “team” can surely run with a combination of “me’s.” Grenfell is a junior public relations and management double major and can be reached at carly.grenfell@ drake.edu
Primetime Preview showcases skills, stunts Ashley Beall
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On Thursday, Oct. 18, men’s and women’s basketball kicked off their season with their Primetime Preview. The event included a meet-and-greet with both teams, a three-point contest between the men and women, a slam dunk competition, hot shot between the two teams and two fans and scrimmages. “I think it was really good for our players to get in front of fans for the first time. Us (the men’s team) having eight new players and integrating them with the returning players was a lot of fun. It was a great break from normal practice. We had been kind of grinding
against each other at practice, and it was fun to get away from that,” said men’s basketball head coach Mark Phelps. The event opened with introductions of each team and included the basketball players dancing their way onto the court. “The introductions were just exciting in the sense that the players were showing their personalities,” said Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb. Each team got to show off its skills in head-to-head competition, which brought great entertainment to the crowd. “My favorite part was the three-point shooting contest because our guys shot really well. Our guys had a great time, and they were
up cheering for each other,” Phelps said. One of the fan favorite moments was the slam dunk contest between freshmen basketball players Joey King, Robert Puleikis and Kori Babineaux. “I enjoyed the dunk contest because it got the crowd into the event and that was very entertaining,” said firstyear Justin Mundt. The players showed off great dunks and the audience named King the winner. While the event had a good amount of people in attendance, the coaches hope to improve next year. “I wish that we had more people there, I don’t know if the word didn’t get out and I’m very thankful for the people that did come out, but I wish more people were
there to see both teams,” Phelps said. “I think clearly need to market it better and let more people be aware of it. I think that was the only thing that was missing. The interest was there, just not many people knew about it.” The event itself showcased the wide variety of talent on both teams and left the players ready for the season to begin. “I hope that people are going to support us and (we) just have a big crowd and that it’s going to be loud,” Puleikis said. Women’s basketball head coach Jennie Barancyzk also holds high hopes from the fans as well. “I want the students to be going crazy. I think the students could really have a lot of fun at it, and it could have
a huge impact on what we’re doing because I know we are doing some really special things here,” Baranczyk said. “We’re representing the students, we’re going to have a lot of fun and the three things that (the fans) are going see every game is that it’s going to be fun tempo-ed game, we’re going to rebound and we’re going to communicate. That’s a special thing about the women’s team, is that everyone knows you’re there and you get to really have an impact on the game.” The expectation is no less from the men’s side, and Phelps has high hopes for the team this year. “I think this team is really unique in their togetherness and while you always want teams to have that camaraderie and chemistry, it
doesn’t always end up being the end result. Whereas with this team, even though it’s early, there are many indications that we will be together,” Phelps said “We enjoy each other, and we enjoy each other’s company. While that may sound like yeah you should, that’s not always the case in Division 1 basketball. They are really talented and they really have a lot of Drake pride, and they take a lot of pride in the university and certainly in the basketball program.” The event provided the community with excitement for the upcoming season and gave it a first-hand look at the talent that each team holds.
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