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Student Senate

Internet image important to employers Funding debate dominates discussion Students need to be proactive presence Austin Cannon

Staff Writer

Hannah Armentrout

Staff Writer

In recent years, social media has become central to the lives of many students. Some students record their day in posts and pictures and memorialize them through social media. This development in technology has impacted students in every aspect of their lives, including in the professional realm. “The web is not as private as you think it is,” said Chrystal Stanley, professional and career development and academic achievement coordinator. “If you don’t want an employer to see it, don’t put it out there for the world to view.” Students have often been warned about the dangers of social media when applying for internships, jobs and graduate schools. Many potential employers and college admissions officers type an applicant’s name into Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. “Employers are starting to pay attention to social media. Many employers are checking the image that you have on the web, so it’s important that the image is one you want the world to see,” Stanley said. “Make sure you know what your image is on the web.” However, students need

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STUDENTS use social media to communicate for fun, class and work. However, sharing everything online can be a hazard when employers look to these personal sites for a snapshot of who you are.

to keep track of more than what they specifically post. Students often do not realize that the images and posts that their friends tag them in are part of their social media image. Students can untag themselves from pictures, increase their privacy settings and delete compromising posts to ensure that their profile is the best pos-

sible representation of them. Many students have heard these warnings and take steps to ensure that their image on the web is appropriate. “I usually just don’t post anything that I’m not comfortable sharing with people, and I also have the maximum security settings. I don’t post things like where I work – I just to try to keep it as pri-

vate as possible,” said sophomore Katie Ortman. “If I’m comfortable with my family seeing it, I’m OK with others seeing it.” Students also should not post private, confidential or derogatory information about a job on the web. Current and future employers

>> SOCIAL MEDIA, page 2

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Going through the line at Hubbell Dining Hall on Oct. 24, you may have had to do a double take. Intermixed with the Sodexo workers were Student Senate members, getting the dish on the issues that are on students’ plates. “Our goal for today was to get more interaction and input than we would normally get,” said Sen. Josh Abbott. “This is a great way for us to touch base with people on a different level, when they are not in a hurry on their way to class but just enjoying, giving us more thorough and

“It would be very unfair to increase the dues for everyone in order to send four people to this conference every other year.” — Zach Keller, senator

the evening concerned the funding to send Sen. Napoleon Douglas, the Community Outreach Committee chair, to the TEDx Conference in February in order to obtain a license to hold a TEDx event in the Knapp Center in the spring. The event would highlight both Drake and Des

>> SENATE, page 2

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Connecting with students over supper Emily Sadecki

Drake University Student Senate was busy Thursday night addressing a full slate of motions as well as debating the allocation of funding for the Alpha Phi Omega National Convention. Alpha Phi Omega leaders attended the meeting, requesting $3,016 to assist in registration, hotel and travel costs to send four members to the national convention in Anaheim, Calif. Dec. 2730. APO is looking to incorporate ideas from the conference into the fraternity’s operation and to perhaps present them at this spring’s leadership conference. The representative from APO cited the fraternity’s rapid growth over the past few years, from around 40 members to over 200, and how attending the convention would contribute to sustainability. The convention occurs every other year, so there is no funding allocated within APO’s own budget. APO has tried fundraising in the past, but the organization did not always reimburse them. There was also no guarantee that the money raised would go towards the convention. Sen. Zach Keller noted that the Student Fees Allocation Committee used its own discretion in approv-

ing the funding, seeing that the organization had no real means of funding it themselves. “It would be very unfair to increase the dues for everyone in order to send four people to this conference every other year,” Keller said. After more than 10 minutes of debate and questioning, the motion passed with only Sen. Josh Schoenblatt voting in dissent. The second big issue of

accurate inputs and opinions on issues that they would like to see us address.” On the forefront of these issues is plus-minus grading and academic advising, Abbott said. Senate members were not confined to the kitchen, and could be seen casually mingling with students throughout the cafeteria. “One of the specific things we have right now are the surveys we have out on the tables, so if they do not want to come up and have a long conversation they can, on their own time, while they

>> REACHING OUT, page 2

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News Campus News

New organizations Event focuses on ‘hidden population’ approved amid Reggie’s Sleepout assists homeless in DSM debates, concerns Emily Tyler

Staff Writer

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers took over Drake Fieldhouse Saturday for its seventh annual Reggie’s Sleepout. The all-ages event and involves people spending the night (7 p.m.-7 a.m.) camping on the football field, many in cardboard boxes and others in tents, to experience what it is like to be homeless. Reggie’s Sleepout was started in memory of Reggie Kelsey, who aged out of foster care in 2001 and spent the next three months homeless before being found dead in the Des Moines River. The goal of the event is to raise awareness about homeless people, an often “hidden population,” as director Brad Whipple stated, and prevent similar situations from happening. Although participation in the event is free, campers

are asked to get sponsored by friends and family. The money goes directly to Iowa Homeless Youth Centers and is used for support housing programs, street outreach and education reform, all for people between the ages of 16 and 25. Proceeds also go to Aftercare, a program that was created in response to Kelsey and is aimed to help youth who have aged out of foster care up to the age of 21. As of this year they will have raised roughly one million dollars towards helping homeless youth. Although the event raises money, its key role is in raising awareness and encouraging people to help out throughout the year. High school senior Delaney Downy has come for the past three years with her United Methodist Youth Group and praises the event. “Instead of just talking and learning about being homeless, you’re living it

and better understanding of it,” Downy said. With the event held in late October and sometimes as late as November, the temperatures can drop pretty low and Downy warns anyone interested in participating in future events to bring lots of layers. She notes that oftentimes the cardboard structures will fall over in the night and she’ll wake up to see cardboard knocked down all around her. Because of the cold, falling asleep is hard, staying asleep is OK, but waking up in the morning is always a challenge, especially when it comes to actually getting up, because of frozen limbs. What little sleep people manage at Reggie’s Sleepout is never good sleep either. After becoming more aware of homeless experiences, Downy has made an effort to donate more throughout the year and help out when she can, basically to “just do more” for

her community. Kasey Dings was another participant who came with her family and admitted she was goaded into going by her daughter, but says she enjoys the event because it allows her to do something with her family that has “a positive influence.” She doesn’t think about the homeless on a daily basis, but when it comes time to donate used items, she now seeks out places like local women’s shelters that cater to abused mothers and women instead of donating to larger, more general places like Goodwill. She finds the event really important for learning about the actual people who are homeless. “Unfortunately the drug addicts and drunks are the face of the homeless, and they’re only a small percent,” Dings said.

Emily Tyler | staff photographer

REGGIE’S SLEEPOUT ORGANIZERS prepare for the event, which raises money and awareness for homeless youths.

>> SENATE, page 1

Moines organizations and include speakers, modeled after “TED Talks.” Currently, Student Senate possesses a restricted TEDx license, meaning Drake is not allowed to host a TEDx event with over 99 people in attendance. In regards to the event at the Knapp Center, Sen. Douglas expressed that he would not fully commit his committee to planning until he had approval to go to the conference in February. Most of the questions addressed the liability issues with having a student’s name on the license and whether or not it would last. “The reason why I’m going to the (TEDx) conference is so it can be sustainable,” Douglas said. In debate, the issue had to deal more with obtaining and keeping the license rather than the funding it would take to attend the conference. There was confusion as to whether the TED license would be transferable and if it would be more prudent for a staff member to attend. Sen. Stephen Slade expressed his hesitance to vote on the issue. “I would just like to make sure that we have every single duck in a row for the conference, how licensing would work,” Slade said. Overall, the confusion regarding the license being

held under the name of a student ,coupled with an excess of time before the conference, led to the motion being tabled for debate next week. Several new student organizations also gained approval on Thursday. Chabad at Drake was approved unanimously, with the goal off educating both Jewish and non-Jewish students on ideals of Judaism. Citing the need to separate themselves from the Anime Club, the Japanese Club also sought approval. Senate approved it due to student interest and that the club had already held successful programming. The Drake Wrestling Club also became an official Drake organization. There were the usual questions regarding sanitation and safety, but the club was approved with the condition being that it must draw up a contract with Drake Legal before it can start practice. Senate also endorsed the Board of Student Communications Task Force’s recommendations that put the BSC under the control of the provost, addressing the tense relationship between student fees and the First Amendment. BSC issues will be addressed further during next week’s meeting, as Senate will debate on a change to BSC’s bylaws, as well as the BSC Campus Media Free Creation.

Professionalism is key in student social media usage

>>SOCIAL MEDIA, page 1

often look at these types of posts negatively. In addition to that, athletes also need to be cautious about what they post

on the web, because they are expected by Drake to be good representatives of the school. “I think they just expect that you don’t do anything stupid or make (Drake) Uni-

versity look bad. Athletes should keep their social media appropriate because we represent the school to a lot of people,” said Anie Salgo (Ana Salgado?? Contact writer), a first-year English ma-

jor. “I’m friends with a lot of adults, people in my church, my family, so if I wouldn’t want them to read it, I don’t post it,” There are also some ways of using social media

as an advantage. LinkedIn is one form of social media designed to facilitate networking for professional purposes. Twitter can also be used to search for jobs. Students need to take advan-

tage of the benefits of using social media and avoid looking unprofessional to future employers.

increase communication with the student body. “In general, we are trying to have less office hours and more hours outside of the office, so we can go to students so students don’t have to come to us,” said junior David Karaz, vice president of student life. “Some of that is

through social media as well, such as the Facebook page. We have over 800 students giving us constant feedback from the caps in the Starbucks coffee to larger items like the safety on campus.” Their efforts are not going unnoticed. “I think it is a very clever,

unique idea. It shows that they are willing to engage. I really do like all the changes that have happened since I was a freshman, as I am a senior now, so I have seen a lot of change. I think the Student Senate has been doing a good job,” said senior Amra Beganovic.

Fellow senior, Cesar Bracho agreed with Beganovic. “The fact that the library is open 24 hours now is a huge change that has benefited a lot of people, especially me, because I like to study at four or five in the morning,” Bracho said. To learn more

about issues that student senate is addressing, or to pose an issue yourself, you can go to their Drake University Student Senate: Student Services Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter @ DrakeStuSenate.

Senate seeks to spark conversations around campus

>> REACHING OUT, page 1

are eating, fill it out and drop it off in a box and have their say without having an upfront conversation if they do not want to,” said sophomore Sen. Michael Terrell. Student Senate is always looking for ways to

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Opinions&Editorials Column


Halloween: Iowa style Cheerleading not a sport Candy given in exchange for jokes Now that the holiday spirit of Halloween is past the Drake University community (hopefully you all survived), the actual day of celebration is still on the horizon. Halloween is a day for children to go out and get candy from strangers and not be yelled at or a day to hide in the bushes and try to scare people. Now, I can never say I was a big Halloween fan when I was growing up, but here in the greater Des Moines area, we have created a tradition like no other. When I was little, I remember the days of trudging through a foot of snow just to go claim my prizes at each house. Then one day it hit me, I should just stay at home and hand candy out to the other children. Call me a great person with a very large heart, but I would rather give to those children in need than take for myself. My belief was that every child should have the right to experience a sugar high. What else did I have to gain from my giving experience besides not having to

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go out into the cold of Halloween night? I didn’t have to come up with a joke. Yeah, that’s right. In the Des Moines area, we actually have to tell jokes before we get candy. Literally. None of that “Trick or Treat” then the person just hands you candy. Like Republicans, we have to work for it. Normally the mode of payment is one joke for one piece of candy, but if it’s a good joke, you might be lucky and snag a jack-

like I was stupid and asked if all the corn had gone to our heads. I looked back and told them “because in Des Moines, we aren’t commies.” That isn’t exactly how that story went, but it was the gist of what happened. This is just another reason Des Moines was unofficially named the greatest city in the world. Before I end, I will share one of the better jokes I heard once. If you are African in the bedroom, American in the kitchen, Jared Netley Asian in the living room then Columnist what are you in the bathroom? European. Get it? It didn’t say we were good pot. Score! Now if you were joke tellers. Keep it classy born without a funny bone, Drake, and have a great Halyou weren’t easily forgiven. I loween! have seen kids dance, sing or stand on one leg while patting your head and rubbing your stomach. Talk about the things kids will do for free candy! I didn’t learn that this was bizarre until my first year here at Drake. I was talking with some of my friends, Netley is a first-year and I was telling some of the pharmacy major and can amazing jokes I heard over be reached at jared.netley@ the years. They looked at me

On Aug. 7, one of the biggest debates known to mankind was finally legally resolved: cheerleading was declared not a sport by a federal appeals court. Despite contrary belief, I am a cheerleader that agrees with this ruling. However, I do believe cheerleaders should be recognized as athletes for their activities. I currently am a cheerleader at Drake University, and how to classify cheerleading has been a constant struggle for our athletic department. D r a k e considers cheerleaders as part of the marketing department, because our job is partially to advertise the university and sports. However, we are considered athletes as well by being included in athletic fundraising and community service events. First off, I would like to acknowledge that, yes, cheerleading is not a sport. According to Title IX, an activity must have coaches, practices, a governing organization and competitions as its primary goal to be considered a sport. Cheerleading’s main objective is to support other athletic teams, not compete.

Regardless of not being a sport, cheerleaders should be considered athletes and looked up to with the same awe as other college athletes do. An athlete is a person trained in physical agility, stamina or strength for exercises or contests. Even the appeals court wrote they “acknowledge record evidence showing that competitive cheerleading can be physically challenging, re-

our commitments. Just like “real” college athletes, cheerleaders are obligated to go through the same athletic protocol. We must endure weight training with a physical trainer, attend mandatory practices, maintain a 2.5 grade point average and participate in random drug tests. We are treated like athletes behind the scenes, and should be treated as such on the streets. Next time you come across a cheerleader, do not Bailey Cernohous automatically Columnist judge them by assuming they think they are above you and are in a sport. quiring competitors to pos- Honestly, most of us comsess ‘strength, agility, and prehend that cheerleading grace.’” is not a sport, and probMuch to my dismay, I have ably never will be. However, been compared to my frater- please make sure you renal twin all my life. Unfortu- spect cheerleaders and what nately for me, she is an actual they do. Cheerleading is not college athlete by swimming simply the act of looking for the University of North- pretty in front of a crowd. It ern Colorado. Needless to endures hard work and efsay, I have been through this fort. Besides, do you think debate plenty of times with- you could lift and hold a girl in my household. Clearly our above your head? lifestyles by our activities are prominently different, but we both have about the same time commitment. We both have practice and weight liftCernohous is a sophomore ing all year long, even when pharmacy major and can be not in season, and cannot go reached at bailey.cernohous@ home for every break due to

>>What was your favorite costume from this weekend?

Robbie Jedicka, first-year

“This one kid wore a sweatshirt with different colors of gray cards, he was Fifty Shades of Grey.”

“This girl went as a loofah, and that was pretty cool.”

Ashley Babinat, first-year

“My friend dressed as a lawn gnome and just wore a robe and a little pointy hat.”

“I was a ketchup bottle and I was the best person I saw.”

Zach Messer, first-year

“Abraham Lincoln.”

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Features Theater Preview

Theater department presents ‘Anything Goes’ Musical about winning over a girl takes the stage in November Katie Ericson

Staff Writer

Every year, the Drake University theatre department presents a fall and spring musical event. Last year’s fall musical was “A Little Night Music,” and the spring opera was “The Elixir of Love.” This year they are starting the season by putting on the classic musical “Anything Goes.” Set in the 1930s, the show is centered on the chaotic yet colorful adventures of the passengers of the S.S. America. Young Billy Crocker comes to see his boss, Elisha J. Whitney, off on his business trip. Once there, Billy sees the beautiful Hope Harcourt, a young debutante engaged to Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. Billy decides to sneak onboard the ship and try to win her over. With the help of some friends — Reno Sweeney, Bonnie and Moonface ‘Moony’ Martin — Billy gets himself onboard. Once the ship leaves port, many things become complicated. Billy is forced to wear not one but several different disguises. Public enemy number one, “Snake Eyes” Johnson, is rumored to be onboard. Reno tries to seduce Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. Billy and Moonface find

themselves in the brig. It is a sweet, surprising story with twists and songs to please all listeners. There is the ever-popular song “You’re the Top” between Reno and Billy along with the title song, “Anything Goes,” by Reno and the chorus. These sweet, jazzy tunes are just one of the reasons why the show has persevered for so long. However, the show has been changed many times. The first original script involved the S.S. America being shipwrecked on an island. Yet, days before the premiere, the S.S. Morro Castle lost 138 passengers to a fire. Worried that the show would be considered insensitive, the writers frantically scrambled and revised the show. Thus, the title was born — during the late night hours the producer claimed “Anything Goes!” Much like the play, this show has received a huge effort from the Drake theatre department. Auditions for the parts were held the first weekend of school and lasted the entire day. Since then, the students have been working tirelessly for this show. The set has been carefully prepared, the pit has been studiously practicing and the singers have been determinedly working.

The cast features senior Caitlin Teters as Reno, senior Kent Reynolds as Billy, senior Alyssa McKean plays Hoope Harcours, sophomore Grant Haase is Evelyn Oakleigh, senior Luke Tourville is Moonface, and junior Haley Sisler plays Bonnie. It also includes junior Cameron Reeves, senior Josh Osborn, sophomore Andrew Nyberg, senior Adam Meirink, junior Kyle Dvorak, sophomore Dane Van Brocklin, senior Samantha Arneson, senior Maura Gillespie, junior Katie Hahn, first-year Taylor Wiebers and junior Morgan Daniels. “It looks like it’s going to be a really great show,” said sophomore Katie Fries, a musical theatre major. “There are so many great people, and it’s such a great play. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” “Anything Goes” debuts Thursday night, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the Performing Arts Hall of the Fine Arts Center. The show will continue Nov. 9-10, Friday and Saturday night, also at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets will be $4 for students who show an I.D. Adults will pay $6. For more information about tickets or performances, call the Drake Fine Arts Box Office at (515)271-3841.

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Planning ahead smoothes class registration process Advice and class sign-up sessions help first-years prepare Registration Dates

>> Days to remember in regards to class sign-ups 2013 Registration Begins: Mon, Oct. 29th Class Restrictions Drop: Mon, Nov. 12th Waitlists are Automated: Wed, Nov. 14th Double check that there are no holds on your Students Account or at the Health Center prior to registration time. illustration by KELLY TAFOYA

Hannah Armentrout

Staff Writer

As registration approaches, students begin to worry. They try to figure out what classes they want, what times they can take them, how they all fit together and this tentative schedule may all fall apart as the classes fill. So, how can students calm the chaos and make registration go smoothly? “Don’t miss your registration time and be flexible,” said Mary Beth Holtey, assistant dean for student affairs. Registration begins on Oct. 29. Classes are restricted, meaning not everyone can sign up for classes depending on major and requirements, until Nov. 12. Students who have holds

on their account will not be tion. Many advisors have able to register until they are different office hours as reglifted. istration approaches so that The more credit hours students can meet with them a student has, the earlier he or she can register. Students can access their “Students should unofficial transcript call when they have on myDUSIS to confirm the number of questions. Our office credit hours they opens at 7 a.m. the two have, then they can use the link in the weeks of registration.” email sent by the Of— Mary Beth Holtey, assistant dead for fice of Student Affairs to view what day and student affairs time they will be able to begin registration. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors about registration more easfor help with the registra- ily. tion process. Advisors are The first thing students there to give students advice should do to prepare for regon which classes to take and istration is read the emails how to prepare for registra- from Drake that were sent


out about registration. Students can also generate a degree audit on their DUSIS page to view what classes they still need for their major and Areas of Inquiry (AOI) requirements. “Students should call when they have questions. Our office opens at 7 a.m. the two weeks of registration,” Holtey said. All students prepare differently for registration, but there are some consistent pieces of advice. Students are encouraged to have backup classes and back up times for registration. Students are also encouraged to record the CRN numbers for the classes they would like so that they can register quickly.

“As soon as the course schedule comes out, I go through and come up with a couple different plans of classes I could take to fulfill the requirements I still have to complete,” said Katie Elder, a junior biology and psychology major. “I think the most important thing is taking the time to compile all the requirements you have for majors, minors and AOIs in one place, so you have an overall picture of what needs to be completed when, and nothing ends up getting forgotten.” One group of students who struggle with registration is the first-years. Firstyears have never registered on their own before, and for some, this can be daunting. “Registration is demoralizing. Knowing that the

potential fate of your future existence is dependent on the Wi-Fi connection speed of your laptop fills me with a sense of hopelessness,” said Brian Robinson, a first-year music major. However, there is help. Upperclassmen have been through the process before and often have good advice. There are also events, like the Honors Council Registration Help Night on Oct. 30 in the Honors Lounge, which can help first-years become prepared for registration. “Have a couple different plans going into registration, taking into consideration when you’ll be registering relative to other students in your year. There are some classes that just fill up faster than others.” Elder said.



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PageFive Entertainment

Juno Award Winner, Lights, coming to Wooly’s Canadian ‘sensation’ emphasizes meaning of her songs while on tour Meagan Flynn

Staff Writer

This weekend marked the beginning of the end for what Lights Poxleitner, the 25-year-old Canadian electro/pop-rock sensation, referred to as the “Siberia cycle.” She kick-started her nation-wide, 19-stop tour in San Francisco on Friday night. “It’s the last tour for ‘Siberia’ before we start something new,” Lights said. “I’m not taking anything for granted. We’ve been doing tours all year, and people are still coming out. I’m very blessed, and I’m very excited.” Touring with Canadian indie rock band Arkells, which recently won a Juno Award for “New Band of the Year,” Lights will hit Des Moines on Nov. 10 at Wooly’s — an entirely new scene for the artist. “It’s good to play in a new place,” Lights said, who also won a Juno Award for “Best

New Artist” in 2009. “I have high hopes for it.” “Siberia,” released last October under Last Gang Records, is a complete 180 in comparison to Lights’ first album, “The Listening.” Lights’ pop-like vocals are contrasted with a grungier dubstep sound that was absent from her first 2009 album. The new direction is due in part to collaborations with bolder artists such as Holy Fuck and Juno-awardwinning rapper Shad, who drops verses in “Everybody Breaks a Glass” and “Flux and Flow.” “I always say Siberia is the gritty, underbelly of The Listening,” Lights said. “(The Listening) is all shiny and glistening-sounding, then you flip it upside down and find Siberia and have all the dark secrets.” The transition from the “shiny and glistening” first album to this dirtier, techy pop mix sophomore album made for more energetic and engaging live shows. Record-

ing a second album too similar to the first was out of the question for Lights. She was up for experimenting. “It’s important on every record to put yourself out of your comfort zone and challenge your ability,” Lights said. “With things less perfect-sounding, it’s easier to play the songs live. It’s more natural. It’s a more raw and energetic sound.” Regardless of the sound, though, one of Lights’ most important goals for her music is conveying meaning in all of her songs. The power to influence listeners through her lyrics is one that Lights does not take for granted. It’s when other artists neglect this privilege that bothers her most. “Something that disgusts me about contemporary music is that a lot of it lacks meaning,” Lights said. “This industry is so powerful — we have such a weapon. To throw that away is such a shame. So I always try to put meaning behind every song I

LIGHTS believes that it’s important to prodce something she’s proud of over something mainstream. Pictured here, Lights focuses on the meanings of her songs over anything else.

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LIGHTS poses for a photo [above]. Lights won a Juno award for best new artist in 2009 and released a new album last october called “Siberia” with top tracks such as “Banner” and “Toes”. write.” Particularly engaging songs that Lights says seem to resonate with the audience include “Flux and Flow,” “Siberia” and “Where the Fence is Low,” which Lights wrote about a dream that she had while making the experimental transition into her new sound – about “being in a place you’re afraid to be, but (embracing it).” “Playing live, these songs seem to go over well with the audience,” Lights said. “They have such great dynamic, and it’s hard not to move to them. I love singing them, and I think that probably shows.” Her biggest contemporary influence in song writing has been Bjork, who Lights admires for her creativity and unique approach to making new sounds. While growing up, her father raised her on classics like The Beatles and Phil Collins,

who have also remained influential in her writing — which she’s been doing since she was a young teenager. As for her next record, Lights has been dipping her toes into new ideas, but writing on the road is harder, she says, so she hasn’t been able to dive in yet. After the tour, she hopes to further experiment and expand on the sound and feel of Siberia. One thing that will stay consistent in her subsequent albums to come, though, is her aim to create music that she can be proud of. Over anything, this is the most vital aspect of music making to Lights. “You can make a record that everybody wants to hear and make lots of money,” Lights said, “or, you can make a record you’re really proud of and take a pay cut. It’s always revolved around making something I’m proud of. It’s about ‘Are you will-

ing to make the sacrifice for making music you love?’ I’m a firm believer in making music I love regardless of what I get out of it.” She’ll take this value to her grave, she said. Fame, money, and pleasing the masses through making been-there-done-that records are what Lights will never aim for. Instead, she is accepting the ever-challenging goal of a high-aspiring artist: standing the test of time through producing unique, meaningful music. “I want to make stuff that I love singing and playing—songs that are honest and truthful to me,” Lights said. “There’s always something to be said in each song so people can cling to it. We’re all not too different, and we’re all going through things. “Music is our escape.”

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Amherst rape victim sheds light on the brutal reality

Brady Deprey

Staff Writer

For most college women, understanding that if a rape were to occur they would have a support system for them to take action and seek recovery is a reality. Unfortunately, at Amherst College, Massachusetts, for one student, this was not the case. After being sexually assaulted, Angie Epifano, a former student of the class of 2014, was sent through a series of traumatic events, almost as

tragic as the assault itself, in her process to recovery. As most rape victims are ashamed of the crime committed against them, Epifano had a difficult time explaining to authorities her experience and hesitated to report it for almost a year. When she finally drew up enough courage, the officials at her school — her counseling center, where students are urged to go for support through any crisis — urged her to move on, to forgive and forget. For the few weeks after,

in which Epifano again tried to seek help in emotional recovery and taking up suit against her rapist, she expressed her deep-seated depression, and was instead placed in an insanity ward in a nearby hospital. After a short, five-day stint, she felt she was on the true road to recovery, only to have her hopes dashed as Amherst refused to let her back on campus. Epifano expressed the following anger in her online account of the events. “Let me get this straight.

I was raped on their campus. I had an emotional breakdown because I didn’t feel safe and felt harassed on their campus. I went to their counseling center, like they told me to, and I told them how I was feeling. They decided that I should be sent to the hospital. And now they won’t allow me back on their campus? They allow rapists back on campus, but they won’t allow the girl who was raped back? The girl who did nothing wrong.” Her lawyer, after a struggle with school officials,

managed to allow Epifano back on campus, but the difficulties with the school administration failing to truly understand her emotional struggles eventually led to Epifano’s withdrawal in total. Although the majority of the school’s actions are questionable, what shocks readers the most is the counseling center’s lack of ability to handle the situation on hand, when its advertised purpose is to do exactly that. First-year Greta Gillen, said, “It makes me really an-

gry that they didn’t take her situation seriously. And then to call her crazy, I really just don’t understand how that could happen.” Another first-year, Lauren Hartog, explained, “It makes me scared that something like that can happen and no one will care.” The events at Amherst shed a disturbing light on the road to recovery for rape victims and all the unimaginable difficulties that accompany it.

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Sports TD Basketball Preview: Everything you Bulldogs debut new style as Baranczyk era begins Taylor Soule

Sports Editor

Second. That’s where the seventh-seeded Bulldogs finished after making an improbable run to the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Championship. After losing to Creighton 53-38 in the 2012 MVC Championship, the Bulldogs look to repeat as the Valley’s dark horse in 2013. With a new season, new leadership, new players and a new system, the Bulldogs and the Bulldog faithful alike face new questions. Who will pace the Bulldogs without MVC Player of the Year Rachael Hackbarth? How will the Bulldogs adjust to a new system? Where will Drake fall in the MVC standings? Though uncertainties loom, the 2012-2013 Bulldogs won’t worry yet about standings, statistics or starters. Instead, learning a new system under new leadership tops their to-do list. Oct. 8 marked Drake’s inaugural practice under the new “uptempo” system courtesy of first-year head coach Jennie Baranczyk.

“I don’t know if we’re really to the point of setting goals for this specific team,” Baranczyk said. “More so, we talk about the goals in the program, and it goes back to the three things we won’t compromise – on up-tempo style, rebounding, communication. So, right now, those are our goals, and that’s all we need to focus on, those three things.” Drake’s overhauled system contrasts the tempo set by former head coach Amy Stephens. The 2011-2012 Bulldogs slowed play to allow Hackbarth to score inside. Without Hackbarth, though, the Bulldogs will rely on their versatility. “Our offense isn’t just going to depend on a low-block post player,” Baranczyk said. “They’re going to have to be versatile, and that’s the strength of our team.” The well-rounded Bulldogs return four starters. Sophomore guard Kyndal Clark is Drake’s top returning scorer after averaging 9.8 points per game as a freshman. The Bulldogs return a defensive powerhouse in junior forward Morgan Reid. Reid tallied 39 steals last

season. Drake’s roster features a sole senior in forward and center Stephanie Running, who led the Bulldogs with a .870 shooting percentage last season. Five newcomers complete the Bulldogs’ new roster. Drake’s lineup features four freshmen in guards Dilonna Johnson and Alexis Eckles, forward Ashley Bartow and center Emma Donahue. Junior guard Mary Pat Specht also joins the Bulldogs after playing two seasons at Johnson County Community College in Kansas. Baranczyk expects several Bulldogs to pace Drake’s inside attack. “Stephanie Running, obviously, as our lone senior and leader, she definitely is going to have to step up inside and score,” Baranczyk said. “I think Morgan Reid is getting more comfortable down low. I think (sophomore forward and center) Cara Lutes is getting more comfortable. I think you’ll see a lot from our freshman post player, Emma Donahue. (Sophomore forward) Symone Daniels is back. I

mean, there are a lot of different options.” To reach MVC-readiness, the versatile but inexperienced Bulldogs must mature quickly. “We have an entire team of freshmen,” Baranczyk said. “It’s not just the new players.” As the Bulldog freshmen adjust to new demands, a new system and a new campus, Baranczyk praised their early strides. “It’s always an adjustment, and it’s always a bigger adjustment than any freshman ever realizes,” Baranczyk said. “But, I think the more and more we’ve gone, the more and more they’ve learned and the more and more they can see the bigger picture.” Before that “bigger picture” takes shape against MVC foes, the Bulldogs must adapt to the new system. “I think that we are making adjustments really well,” Running said. “We’re just making adjustments, and we’re starting to figure it out. We’re getting really good chemistry, better flow in our offense. Our rebounding is getting better. Overall, we’re making good improvements

in every part of the game.” Though questions linger after Hackbarth’s departure, Running dismissed any doubts. “If we all step up our game a little bit, it will be a more even and w e l l rounded team, and we’ll be just fine,” Ru n n i n g said. Drake opens the season in an exhibition contest against Quincy at 7:05 p.m. on Friday at the Knapp Center. Despite uncertainty about standings, statistics and starters, the Bulldogs boast new leadership, a new system and new zest. “It’s just going to be fun to watch,” Running said. “We’re going to be up-tempo. I think you’ll be able to see how much we love each other, we love Drake, and we love bas-

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making sure that her younger teammates do exactly that: step up their game. “A part of my role is being a leader and an encourager since I am an upbeat and energetic person,” she said. “I need to be there for my teammates. On the court, Running’s versatility will be essential to the Bulldogs’ success. She’s looking to increase her presence in as many offensive and defensive aspects as pos- s i b l e . As a ju-


Five reasons why the Running anchors Drake women will win the MVC Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa Copy Editor eduardo.tamezzamarripa@

Why the will win:

1. A new era

The Jennie Baranczyk era has the Bulldogs excited and ready to build off on last season’s improbable run to the MVC Championship. Baranczyk’s hire has given the program a ‘shot in the arm’ and the first-year coach has her players believing that they can win, even without Rachael Hackbarth. With a nearly identical team from the team that finished second last season, the Bulldogs are looking to surprise people again. 2. Kyndal Clark 2.0 Sophomore Kyndal Clark had a sensational freshman campaign, finishing second

on the team in points per game at 9.8 and often being counted on to take the final shot for the Bulldogs. Learning how to run the point is the toughest task in basketball and a season of experience will make Clark even more dangerous.

3. Anyone can win

After their tournament run as a No. 7 seed last season, Drake is living proof that the MVC is up for grabs. Conference champion Creighton will have a strong season with the return of Carli Tritz, but Drake proved that it can compete with the likes of Wichita State, Missouri State and Northern Iowa. As long as you get to the tournament peaking at the right time, anything can happen.

4. Defense

Drake finished third in

the conference in scoring defense, and three-point field goal defense allowing a meager 59.9 points per game. It’s no secret that defense has been the staple of Drake’s success in the last few years and with junior Morgan Reid anchoring the defense, the Bulldogs should have another stout defense this season.

5. New kids on the block

The Bulldogs boast a strong freshmen class that should contribute right away. After lacking reliable ballhandlers last season, Drake is hoping freshmen Dilonna Johnson and will help Clark shoulder some of the load at the point. Not only that, freshmen Alexis Eckles and Ashley Bartow bring athleticism and size to the wings, something the Bulldogs also lacked last season.

Five reasons why the women will not win the MVC this season Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa Copy Editor eduardo.tamezzamarripa@

Why they won’t win:

1. No Rachael Hackbarth The Bulldogs no longer have the presence of MVC Player of the Year Rachael Hackbarth in the middle. Hackbarth led Drake in nearly every major statistical category and even though Drake will likely fill the void of Hackbarth’s productivity, you can never fill the shoes of someone as dominant as Hackbarth.

2. Learning the ropes

Head coach Jennie Baranczyk is not only in her first year at Drake, she’s also in her first year as a head coach. Baranczyk certainly


has the resume and experience to suggest that she will go on to have a successful coaching career. However, a first-time coach is expected to go through growing pains and Baranczyk will have to adjust to life in the MVC. Baranczyk is the secondyoungest woman head coach in Division 1.

3. A new system

Without Rachael Hackbarth inside, the Bulldogs will no longer rely on slowing down the pace and feeding the post. Drake will look to speed up the tempo and space the floor. The Bulldogs should take a while to adjust and learn their new offense.

4. Scoring

Other than sophomore Kyndal Clark, the Bull-

dogs lack consistent scorers. Drake will need senior Stephanie Running and redshirt sophomore Carly Grenfell to ‘up’ their game offensively. They will need junior Morgan Reid to continue to develop her offensive game and will need their freshmen to score right away.

5. Experience

The season will tell just how experienced these Bulldogs are. As of right now, the team consists of one senior, three juniors, five sophomores and four freshmen. The sophomore class is arguably the class that has the most experience under its belt, so it will be interesting to see if experience plays a role for Drake down the stretch.

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“Is this gross? Is it bruising?” asks Stephanie Running of the protruding bump on her brow. It’s red and purple. Clearly bruising. Running rolls her eyes — yet another battle wound. She doesn’t even know what happened. “Maybe an elbow? Maybe I bumped heads with someone?” But she knows it happened in the paint, where the 6-foot-2 forward, and sometimes center, will be spending most of her time this season. She’s the only senior on the roster, though, so her role will extend far beyond grabbing boards and scoring easy baskets. “She needs to be a leader for us. She understands people – people naturally gravitate toward her,” said head coach Jennie Baranczyk, who is beginning her first season at Drake. “I think she’s really understanding the true heartbeat of this team.” The graduation of the MVC Player of the Year and leading scorer and rebounder, Rachael Hackbarth, left questions for the Bulldogs upon the start of the new season. But this year’s game plan is not necessarily to “replace” Hackbarth. “No one can fill her shoes,” said Running, “but if we all step up our play, thinking, ‘I’m gonna get two more rebounds,’ or ‘I’m gonna score four more points,’ we’ll be a really well-rounded team, and we won’t need to fill her spot.” And it will be primarily Running this season who will be a major instigator in

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Running started 18 out of 24 games played and averaged 4.4 rebounds and 5.8 points per game. This time around, Running is well aware that

she will need to look to score more. Attacking the basket has been one of her major focuses at practice. “She’s a versatile player,” Baranczyk said. “We’ve been focusing a lot on her low post game, but we’re also giving her some freedom. She can catch and shoot, she can pass, and she’s done a great job of helping our younger players really understand what we’re looking for.” There are four freshmen on the roster this year, but Running said that their adjustment to the team has been smooth due to the tight-knit bonds that have carried over from last season among all the players. They have dinner together every night, they spend their weekends together, they’re a “family,” Running said, and Running sees herself in that “motherly” role. “Seniors are always someone you want to look up to,” she said. “Even though a lot of things are new this year, I do try to set an example so the freshmen have someone to look up to.” Running has high expectations for the season. An MVC championship is at the top of the list, and ultimately, Running hopes that the team can find their way into the NCAA tournament. “This is my last chance,” she said, “so we gotta go all out.” The Bulldogs will kick off the season on Friday at home against Quincy in an exhibition game. Barancyzk expects Running to have a “significant impact” on the team’s dynamic. “I’m really proud of her for stepping up and taking her role as the only senior very seriously,” Barancyzk said. “It’s not easy to be the only player from your class. She’s handling it with grace and confidence.”

Drake’s new, fast-paced system will catch MVC opponents off guard, but the Bulldogs will struggle to find offensive consistency.




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PageSeven need to know about your 2012 Bulldogs Experienced transfers lead Drake’s MVC title quest Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa Copy Editor

Entering his fifth year as the head c o a c h of the men’s basketb a l l program, i t ’ s n o w o r n e ve r f o r Mark Phelps. W i t h five new freshmen and three ex p e r i e n c e d transfers, Phelps arguably has the

best team he’s ever had at Drake and this might be the year the Bulldogs finally breakthrough in the Missouri Valley Conference. “I think the coming together of the eight new guys with the five returning players has gone extremely well, certainly helped by the ability to work with those guys during the summertime,” Phelps said in the team’s Media Day earlier this month. “I see a cohesive group. I see a team that’s deeper than we’ve had in a while, a better passing team, a better scoring team. All those things are calls for excitement.” The Bulldogs welcome fifth-year senior Chris Hines, a transfer from Utah, and juniors Richard Carter and Gary Ricks Jr. Carter transferred from Cloud Country (Kansas) Community College and Ricks Jr. arrives after playing at Indian Hills Com-

munity College. Even though they are considered “newcomers,” the trio of transfers have plenty of experience and will join senior Ben Simons and redshirt senior Jordan Clarke as the leaders of this team. Simons averaged 16. 4 points per game on 42.5 percent from three-point range for the Bulldogs last season. “We do have a lot of newcomers, but we also have several players that have started, with a lot of starting experience, with a lot of game experience,” Simons said. “The newcomers this year have really been good. Coming in being coachable and really just coming in and just wanting to learn and get better every day.” The additions of Carter and Ricks Jr. will help the Bulldogs address one of the biggest issues they faced last season — getting into the

lane and creating plays offthe-dribble. “I think Rich (Carter) might be one of the quickest guys, probably in the conference. If he uses that, he can be really effective,” Hines said. Additionally the Bulldogs will try to incorporate more “movement” on offense. “I think from last year, I think there was a lot less movement on offense. I think this year the ball will be moving a lot more, a lot more pick-and-rolls and I think our shooting is a lot better than last year’s team,” Hines said. The Bulldogs also welcome a strong freshman class that with Joey King, Kori Babineaux, Micah Mason, Robert Puleikis and Daddy Ugbede. The Bulldogs also welcome back redshirt junior Seth VanDeest, who missed

all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason. “You reintroduce Seth VanDeest, a bigger, better stronger Seth VanDeest. He’s a guy that we didn’t have the luxury of throwing the ball into the post last year. We’re really trusting him to make the right play,” Phelps said. With a strong core of returning players as well, the Bulldogs have a chance to crack the Valley’s top three. At the top, Creighton and Wichita State remain steady. The Bluejays recently were named No.16 in the Associated Press poll. Drake will compete with Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Evansville and Indiana State for the top positions in the MVC. The pieces are there for the Bulldogs to make a run at the MVC elite this year if their trio of transfers pan out.

Bowie swaps sports Five reasons why the men will Taylor Soule

Sports Editor

Drake hasn’t won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship since 2008 when Keno Davis led the Bulldogs to an NCAA appearance. Despite several early MVC Championship exits since, the 2012-13 Bulldogs again boast a winner’s perspective courtesy of senior forward Matt Bowie. Bowie joins the Bulldogs a year after winning the 2011 Pioneer Football League Championship as a Drake tight end. When head coach Mark Phelps offered Bowie a spot on his 2012-13 lineup, Bowie took the opportunity. “This summer, Coach Phelps approached me and told me that I could be an asset on the basketball team, so I took advantage of that and decided to join this team,” Bowie said. Bowie’s perspective likewise benefits the Bulldogs, who look to claim their first MVC Championship under Phelps. “One good thing that we talked about with Matt is, he’s been a part of a championship, and there’s a certain championship culture that only champions have been a part of, and I think he can give us some insight into that culture,” Phelps said. Though the programs differ, Bowie’s background complements Drake’s 2012-13 vision. “I think we’re building a really good, close-knit, championship-level culture,” Phelps said. “I like what Seth VanDeest and Jordan Clarke and Chris Hines are bringing to the program, but I think Matt kind of enhanced that because he’s done it. Yes, it’s a different sport, but he’s done it at Drake.” Bowie faced change after change throughout his switch, beginning with the teams’ different sizes. “He’s realized that they’re two completely different sports,” Phelps said.

“I mean, he knew that, but there’s a lot more attention on each individual player. There’s four coaches for 15 guys, whereas for football, the ratio is a lot different, so he’s making the adjustment.” Bowie also faced physical adjustments throughout his transition. As a tight end, Bowie focused

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on strength. As a forward, though, he focuses on conditioning. “For football shape, you had to maintain weights, and it’s all about strength and things like that,” Bowie said. “Basketball is definitely more focused on conditioning and being leaner and things like that.” Though Bowie faced change after change, both programs’ “family atmosphere” eased his transition. “It has been a really easy


transition,” Bowie said. “Both programs really focus on a family atmosphere, and I really have felt that through the transition.” A new role yields new goals. Bowie’s tight end skills remain intact, though. “I hope to bring leadership on and off the court,” Bowie said. “I hope to bring physicality that, you know, I learned in football to practice every day in basketball. I just hope to be a role model for some of the younger guys.” Bowie’s leadership has already caught his teammates’ attention. “I expect him to bring a different aspect of leadership to the team since he’s been a part of a championship team, with the football team last year, so I’m expecting him to bring what they incorporated with that team to this team to help us build,” said redshirt sophomore forward Jeremy Jeffers. “He never quits, and I think that’s something that every player has to have in order to be in a sport.” Though his role on game day isn’t yet set, Bowie already plays a pivotal role in Drake’s preseason progress. “We’re just asking him to do his best,” Phelps said. “In terms of on the court, I don’t think that’s been established yet what his role will be on the court, but I think in practice, he’s a valuable part of our program right now.” As the Bulldogs look to build an MVC Championship culture, Bowie’s PFL past offers a valuable perspective. Bowie won’t worry about the 2013 MVC Championship yet, though. He’s still adjusting to his new role “one day at a time.” “We haven’t really sat down and talked a lot about team goals yet since the season hasn’t quite yet started, but we definitely want to always be doing our best and driving towards our potential,” Bowie said. “We can hopefully improve on the things we built last year. I just want to take it one day at a time and always stay positive and really focus on contributing what I can to the team.”

win the MVC Ashley Beall and Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa Staff Writers

With the 2012-2013 men’s basketball season quickly approaching, here are five reasons why the Bulldogs will dominate in the conference and win the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.

1. Senior Anchors

Senior Ben Simons and redshirt senior Jordan Clarke will anchor the Bulldog offense and defense respectively. In the 2011-2012 season, Simons was second on the team on points per game and Clarke led the team in rebounding. Voted co-captains by their teammates, the Bulldogs know Simons and Clarke will always show up. Having two seniors as productive as Clarke and Simons is a luxury.

2. Impact Freshmen

For the second time in

three years, the Bulldogs have garnered one of the best recruiting classes in the Valley. Freshmen Micah Mason, Kori Babineaux, Joey King, Robert Puleikis and Daddy Ugbede are expected to contribute right away. Watch out for Babineaux, his defense and size at the guard position are assets Drake can take advantage of right away.

3. VanDeest is back

After undergoing shoulder surgery and missing all of last season, the Bulldogs welcome back redshirt junior Seth VanDeest. VanDeest is a proven low-post scorer and a great inside passer. With VanDeest’s return, opponents will have to worry about a scoring presence in the middle, something teams didn’t have to account for last season. His return also allows redshirt senior Jordan Clarke to slide over to the power forward slot, his natural position.

4. Experienced transfers Don’t be fooled, this Bulldog squad is a lot more experienced than you think. Joining redshirt senior Jordan Clarke and senior Ben Simons are fifth-year senior Chris Hines, and juniors Richard Carter and Gary Ricks Jr. Hines transferred from Utah, while Carter and Ricks Jr. transferred from community colleges. Having started elsewhere, these three players not only bring proven track records, but also provide the team with new leaders.

5. Pressure

Head coach Mark Phelps enters his fifth year at the helm. He now has a team that is solely built on his recruits from the past four years and has to lead the Bulldogs to a successful season. Time is running out for Phelps and this might be the most talented team he’s ever had at Drake.

Five reasons why the men will not win the MVC this season Mike Wendlandt and Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa

Staff Writers

Five Reasons Why Drake Men’s Basketball Won’t Win the MVC

1. Strong opposition

With two Missouri Valley Conference teams in the NCAA Tournament last year, the MVC was well represented, but the conference might be even better this season. With a young Wichita State team and an experienced Creighton team led by Doug McDermott, the competition will be fierce. Throw in a rapidly improving Evansville team, a UNI team seeking to return to the MVC elite and an Illinois State squad looking to build off from last season’s success. Quite simply, stiff competition might prevent Drake from a successful season.

2. (Lack of) size

Redshirt senior Jordan Clarke is a ferocious defender, but one has to wonder if

his shoulder will hold up. The same goes for redshirt junior Seth VanDeest who missed all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery. No other Bulldog on the roster is a proven interior player. If Clarke and VanDeest get bit by injuries, we will find out if guys like freshmen Robert Puleikis and Joey King are up to the task.

3 . Outside shooting

The Bulldogs were an average three-point shooting team last season, finishing fifth in three-point field goal makes and sixth in threepoint field goal percentage. Senior Ben Simons is a proven commodity as a shooter (42.5 percent last year), and redshirt sophomore Jeremy Jeffers is a capable shooter, but the Bulldogs will need their transfers (fifth-year senior Chris Hines and juniors Richard Carter and Gary Ricks, Jr.) to contribute immediately from beyond the arc. Three of the four MVC tournament semi-finalists

finished in the top four in three-point field goal makes. To win in the MVC, you have to make three-pointers.

4. Offseason turnover

It was a tumultuous offseason for the Bulldogs as they lost their leading scorer (Rayvonte Rice transferred to Illinois) and their top bench player (senior Kurt Alexander). In addition to that, David Smith and Judd Welfringer transferred as well, and Aaron Hawley is no longer with the Bulldogs. Drake did haul in three transfers and five freshmen, but all the new faces could take a while to adjust to the team.

5. Road woes

If Drake wants to finish in the top three of the MVC, they have to find a way to win on the road. The Bulldogs went an abysmal 3-10 on the road last season. Under head coach Mark Phelps, Drake is a whopping 13-35 on road games. The Bulldogs need to find a way to improve away from the Knapp Center.

The Bulldogs’ newcomers will surprise the MVC and Drake will have its best season in the Valley since 2008. Predicted record : 19-11 (11-7 MVC)



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Men’s Soccer

Bulldogs secure MVC Championship bid Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa Copy Editor eduardo.tamezzamarripa@

The Drake men’s soccer team earned a 2-2 doubleovertime tie against Evansville (9-6-1, 3-1-1 MVC) on Saturday night at the Cownie Soccer Complex. With this result, the Bulldogs (4-10-4, 1-2-2 MVC) clinched a berth in the upcoming Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The Bulldogs also celebrated Senior Night, sending off four Bulldogs on a positive note. Fifth-year senior Michael Thaden and redshirt juniors Nick Mims, Joe Lyons and Jackson Teeling all played in their last home game at Drake. “Of course, the boys never lack motivation on Senior Night. I knew the guys would be prepared to compete. And to come back from 1-0 down and 2-1 down and really make a game of it was, I think, awesome,” said head coach Sean Holmes in a Drake athletics press re-

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lease. “It was competitive, this is what conference soccer looks like.” Thaden made the most of his final game at Cownie Soccer Complex, helping Drake come back from a one-goal deficit twice in the match. Evansville managed to break through at the 26:08 mark when Mark Gonzalez connected on his fourth goal of the year. Drake responded just before the break, with redshirt sophomore Brian Grand scoring his first goal of the year thanks to Thaden’s assist from the corner of the box. The Bulldogs went into the break having outshot Evansville 11-9. In the second half, the score remained tied until the Bulldogs were whistled for a foul inside the penalty box. Evansville put away the penalty kick to take a 2-1 lead at the 68:39 mark. Just two minutes later, Grand was fouled inside the penalty box and also earned a penalty kick. Thaden put it away to tie the score again

2-2 at the 70:28 mark. “Our back four is young and we know we’re gonna occasionally give up goals. But we sort of responded and played some very, very good soccer,” Holmes said. Both teams pressed on forward trying to find the game-winner without any luck, as the game went into overtime. The Bulldogs came closest to netting the golden goal but could not find the back of the net despite a 4-2 shot advantage in the two overtime periods. “I was really pleased with Michael Thaden, I thought he was terrific. Brian Jantsch was good. Probably the difference maker in the game was Brian Grand, who we’ve played a lot sort of out of position all year long,” Holmes said. “He goes up front, he scores a well-taken sort of, knock down goal in the first one, earns a penalty in the second and just caused problems I think for Evansville all night long.” Redshirt junior Rich Gal-

lagher registered a gamehigh six saves. Grand paced the Drake attack with five shots. Junior Addison Eck and sophomore Jarred Arde added three shots each. The Bulldogs will close its regular season on Friday at 7

p.m. when they hit the road to take on Missouri State. Following that match, the Bulldogs are slated to play the MVC Championship tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Peoria, Ill. Drake’s opponent is still not finalized, but

it will likely be Bradley, who defeated the Bulldogs 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 17.

Michael Sage | staff photographer

FRESHMAN MIDFIELDER ALEX TROESTER battles his opponent while preparing to kick the ball against Creighton on Sept. 29. The Bulldogs begin their MVC title quest on Nov. 7.

Austin, Lake pace Drake at MVC Championships Taylor Soule

Sports Editor

Two Bulldogs recorded Top-10 finishes at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships on Saturday in Normal, Ill., completing Drake’s 2012 campaign. Junior Brogan Austin paced the Drake men with a third-place finish. Austin completed the 8-kilometer course in 24 minutes, 26 seconds. Anemia plagued Austin throughout the 2012 campaign. Though the is-


sue complicated Saturday’s MVC Championship, Austin was pleased with his performance. “Yesterday, I was pretty good about fighting through the pain,” Austin said. “A good effort was my goal for the race, and I think I accomplished that.” Southern Illinois’ Zach Dahleen edged Austin down the home stretch to take second in a time of 24:25. Indiana State’s John Mascari won with a time of 24:21. Several Bulldogs posted noteworthy finishes. Freshman Rob McCann

posted his best showing yet with a time of 25:33, good for 25th place. Sophomore Conor Wells clocked 25:39 to finish 31st. A second later, fifth-year senior Charlie Lapham crossed the finish line to take 32nd place. The Bulldogs placed fourth as a team with 137 points. Southern Illinois claimed the MVC Championship with 34 points. Indiana State took second with 40 points followed by thirdplace Wichita State. In Drake women’s action, fifth-year senior Kirsten

Lake posted a career-best MVC Championship showing with a time of 17:47 to take sixth place. Lake’s teammates lauded her Top-10 finish. “She did a really good job, she’s been working really hard in practice, and she’s just been pushing herself, so she deserves it,” said freshman Celeste Arteaga. “And hard work pays off in her case, so she did a really good job and we’re all proud of her.” Wichita State’s Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton finished the 5-kilometer course in

16:59 to claim the MVC Championship. Three freshmen contributed to Drake’s score. Freshman Taylor Scholl clocked 18:21 to take 26th place. An “excited” Arteaga took finished 46th in a time of 19:11. “I was really excited. I was really happy with my performance,” Arteaga said. “I was shooting for getting a PR (personal record), giving my best, leaving it all out on the course, and I feel like I did pretty good for my first conference.” The Bulldogs placed seventh as a team with 170

points. Illinois State won the MVC Championship with 42 points. With the 2012 campaign complete, gaining experience tops the young Bulldogs’ agenda. “I think it shows that we’re going to get better and better as the years go by,” Arteaga said. “Once we’re all older and more experienced, I think we’re going to be a really good team. We’re definitely going to a good job the next couple of years, especially if we all stick together and push each other at practice and work hard.”

Evansville sweep keeps MVC Championship hopes alive Rodney Spears

Staff Writer

Joel Venzke | staff photographer


The Drake volleyball team finished the weekend 1-1 after taking on Evansville (818, 3-10 MVC) and Southern Illinois (18-6, 8-5 MVC). The team lost in four sets (2516, 27-25, 23-25, 25-19) to Southern Illinois on Friday and defeated Evansville (2521, 25-20, 25-22) in straight sets on Saturday. With the win over Evansville, the Bulldogs (4-19, 3-9 MVC) improved to seventh place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. With six games left on the schedule, the team has time to catch sixth place Missouri State to earn a MVC Tournament berth. However, in order to do so, Drake would

have to make up four games in its final six conference matches. “We really want to go the tournament,” said senior Jadranka Tramosljanin. “No matter who we play, we want to play hard and see how it goes.” Tramosljanin finished the weekend with 22 kills and 36 digs. The team is making a push at the right time as they try to make it to the tournament. The young team started the season 0-11, but has managed to win three of its last eight conference games. Freshman Cassie Effken has come on strong for head coach Tony Sunga’s team. “We know we have to go all out these last few games because we do have a chance

to get in the tournament,” Effken said. “It feels really nice to know that our handwork and practice is showing up in games.” Effken was able to tally 26 kills to lead the team this weekend. Effken is geared up to compete for a tournament berth. “Just knowing that we have a chance to get there and having that on the line definitely pushes us to work harder,” Effken said. Coming off her school record 45-dig performance, redshirt junior Sarah Madden was able to account for 64 digs this weekend. Sophomore Halli Meyer and freshman Rebecca Brown led the team this weekend in assists. Meyer tallied 43, while Brown

spurred on her hitters with 34. With a conference record of 3-9, the team will have to win at least four of its last six games and hope that Missouri State (7-6 in the MVC), falters. In the Bears’ remaining five games, the teams they play have a combined record of 32-29 in conference play. The Bulldogs also have an opportunity to play Missouri State on Nov. 16 in Springfield, Mo. A loss would ultimately end their season. This weekend the team takes on UNI (second in the MVC) in Cedar Falls Friday night, and then the Bulldogs take on ninth place Bradley on Saturday in Peoria, Ill.


Intramurals welcomes all athletes through league divisions Outdoor season wrapped up last week, and co-recreational basketball is underway. Within co-rec basketball, there are two league options to choose. One option is the competitive league, and the second option is the recreational league. Yes, there is such a thing as a co-recreational recreational basketball league. Basketball season is a great example of the sometimes complicated, infrastructure of intramurals. The following article is a guide to help all of you future intramural participants navigate your way through the complexities of intramurals. Below, I have provided a quick summary of the three most common leagues within in-

tramural play. For those of you unsure of your intramural match, here is a guide to help you choose a league for optimal fun. Recreational league Recreational league is a plain, simple, good time. For those of you who might not be as athletic as you were in high school or who are not athletic at all, rec league is a great place to play. The only potential issue in rec league is the various levels of competition within the league. Sometimes, teams have a sense of false modesty. They believe their teams are not good enough to be in competitive league, so they sign up for rec league. Competitive league Competitive league is for all of you former all-state

stars. If you are looking for the biggest and best of intramural athletes, look no further this league. Competitive league is for those of you who stay late in the Bell Center working out to maintain

ketball, there is no fraternity/sorority league. This might seem a little self-explanatory, but Fraternity/ Sorority league is specifically for members of the Greek system at Drake. Everyone

Joanie Barry Columnist

you physique. This league is not for the faint-hearted. Everyone in this league come to play and play hard. Fra te r n i t y / S o ro r i t y league Currently, in co-rec bas-

within this league knows how the system works, but those outside of it may be confused as to why Greeks have their own league. Usually, the number of teams supplied by fraternities and

sororities is equivalent to the total number of teams in the competitive leagues. It naturally becomes easier to move them into their own league because of their large size. Also, having a separate Greek league provides the opportunity to have an AllUniversity Championship. This allows the competitive league to face off with the Greek league in an epic battle for the t-shirts. Intramurals welcomes athletes of all levels. It does not matter if you are a former all-conference athlete or the last to get picked for basketball at recess. There is a spot for everyone at intramurals. As I wrap up this article up, here is a quick rule reminder for co-rec basket-

ball. In co-rec, when women score, baskets for a typical two-point shot counts for three points. When women shoot a typical three-point shot, they receive four points. Most people are aware of this rule. What many people do not know is when a women gets fouled in the process of shooting, they get three free throws. These free throws are only worth one point each. As always stay safe and play ball!

Barry is a junior radiotelevision and secondary education double major and can be reached at joan.barry@

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