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Sigma Chi offered ‘restructured’ Derby days Fraternity philanthropy week catered to sorority participants by Kensie Smith
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Cancer is no laughing topic, but the room was filled with over 200 deep-belly laughs and chuckles. Comedian Drew Michael of the Red Comedy Club in Chicago was the newest event addition to the Sigma Chi fraternity’s philanthropy week, Derby Days. Derby Days is a week of events and fundraising for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Jon and Karen Huntsman founded HCF in 1995 to directly benefit the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Jon Huntsman is a Sigma Chi. Prior to fundraising for HCF, Sigma Chi supported the Children’s Miracle Network. Senior Sigma Chi President Alex Newlin said he personally set a goal of raising $4,000 to top last year’s total of $3,200. It was the fraternity’s second year supporting HCF, and Sigma Chi rejuvenated the week’s events. “We knew that we had to restructure Derby Days because there were too many events going on during the week,” Newlin said. “So this summer I sent out an email to some of the girls I knew in every sorority seeking feedback about previous Derby Days. I altered the week to reflect the wishes of the sororities, our main participants in the week.” The fraternity is deeply invested in the cause and hopes to raise awareness for the importance of supporting cancer. The American Cancer Soci-
ety estimates that there will be 17,500 people diagnosed with cancer this year in Iowa alone, and over 1.5 million diagnosed in the United States. It’s estimated that approximately 572,000 people will die this year from cancer. Michael performed in Parents Hall last Tuesday, and his act was one of those changes mentioned by Newlin. The president said that the comedian surpassed his expectations. “The girls put a lot of time, effort and money into the week,” Newlin said. “I wanted them to know that we appreciate all the hard work and provided an event where they could just sit back and enjoy. From the feedback I received so far, it seems to have been a hit.” Throughout the week, sororities picked a holiday theme for a homecooked dinner for the fraternity. Newlin said it’s a mutually beneficial tradition — the sorority participants have fun, and it’s a huge step up from the usual fraternity diet. Sororities compete for points and monetary donations. Points are earned throughout the week through T-shirt sales and events like “sign-aSig,” where the fraternity members have their shirts signed. Kelly green, long-sleeve shirts sold for $15. Penny wars brought out the Lincolns, and sororities dressed up Sigma Chi members for a fashion show. It was announced at Derby Draws last Saturday that the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority had the most points during the philanthropy week.
“Our alumni are outstanding,” Newlin said. “Derby Days is a longstanding tradition, and some recent alumni definitely still participate in the events and donate money.” Almost all the Drake Greek chapters have philanthropy-focused campaigns. Tau Kappa Epsilon also had its philanthropy events last week to support its respective causes. “There has been a great push by the International Fraternal Council to include one another in our philanthropies, and I hope to see future Derby Days incorporate that,” Newlin said. “We had a good amount of people who were unaffiliated with the Greek system attend our comedian this week, and I was so happy to see that.”
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Malek Mohamed Awny said he feels that the current waves of the social media revolution are changing the face of politics. “Social media helps to bring a new generation of people to the world of politics,” he said. Awny came to Drake last Wednesday to give a lecture called “Digital Revolutions? On the Role of the Media in the Arab Spring.” Awny witnessed the Arab Spring, a wave of protests in the Arab world that have taken place over the last year, while working as a journalist in Egypt. Awny said he believes that the Egyptian people were experiencing widespread frustrations with social injustices, violations of human rights and not having basic needs. He also
said that the Egyptians used social media as a catalyst of the revolution. Social media, he said, differs from traditional media in five simple ways: its ability to appeal to a global audience, accessibility, lack of specific production skills, immediacy and impermanence. “By its very nature, social media is decentralized,” Awny said. “It is not regulated by any centralized organization.” Paige Johnson, a sophomore psychology major, said that she plans on studying abroad in Egypt this summer, and she also said that she learned a lot from Awny’s lecture, “It is amazing to me how only 20 percent of people in Egypt have access to the internet, yet they still manage to use it as a means to spark an entire revolution,” she said. “I use social media all the time, and I’ve never thought about how powerful it actu-
ally is and not just a way to procrastinate doing my homework.” Awny describes this virtual world as a “free expression space” that allows activists to build off the collective consciousness of the people and form underground movements. “Social media helps the word spread quickly to tons of people who could congregate in days or even hours,” he said. According to Awny, the use of social media also helps foster peaceful revolutions. He said that revolutions led by charismatic leaders are generally extreme in nature because followers tend to take on the leader’s extreme, polarized views on issues. Social media, on the other hand, allows for people to come together, discuss issues and compromise on some middle ground, which, according to Awny, “raises the bar for extreme action.”
Awny also said that some American revolutions, such as Occupy Wall Street, exist in completely different contexts. He said that social media can be instrumental in unifying people in a common movement with specific goals but cannot create the same unity in this form of social conflict. “Social media can’t make social change but political change,” he said. Regardless of what impact social media will continue to play in the next waves of Arab revolutions or in movements across the globe, Egypt stands in a unique position of paving the way for social media and its place in politics. “I can’t wait to go and see what’s next for Egypt first-hand,” Johnson said. “This kind of revolution is unprecedented, and there is no way of knowing for sure what is to come.”
Drake professor reads from her unpublished works by Taylor Soule
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Amy Letter, assistant professor of fiction and new media at Drake, took to the lectern last Wednesday night in the Cowles Library Reading Room as part of Drake’s Writers and Critics Series. Reading from her unpublished work “Blue Alyssa and the Sad Gray Crab,” Letter left her audience pondering the nature of time and the power of love. Letter, who joined the Drake English faculty at the start of this semester, entered her first year of college at Florida Atlantic University as a chemistry major. While taking a poetry class as an undergraduate, Letter fell in love with writing, marking a turnaround in her life. After earning her bachelor’s degree in English, writing and rhetoric from FAU, Letter received her master’s degree of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Arkansas. She taught at FAU before joining the faculty at Drake. Letter’s work includes short fiction, poetry and
nonfiction. Described by Letter as a “science fiction romance about the nature of time and the limits of humanity,” the reading featured a unique amalgamation of science and creative writing. Inspired by a particle accelerator that could literally alter the passage of time, Letter has been focusing on the dynamic of time in recent writings. “I’ve been writing a lot of stories lately about time and breaking time and about time doing unexpected things,” Letter said. “Composing stories is to have a weird relationship with time because you’ll spend two years writing a story someone is supposed to read in 20 minutes. Within stories, you can read the story of a lifetime in an hour. Stories are always messing with our perception of time.” Letter said she hopes that “Blue Alyssa and the Sad Gray Crab” will be an attractive concept to mainstream literary journals open to science fiction as she looks for publishing outlets. The piece, which she said is finished, features references to Letter’s home state of Florida. However, she has enjoyed adjusting to life in Des Moines.
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“In my entire life before here, I’ve owned one coat, and it didn’t get a lot of use,” Letter said. “So, there’s a lot to get used to here. Des Moines is a great city. It’s really beautiful. It’s amazing how friendly people are. It’s relaxed, very trusting. When you cross the street, people stop for you instead of speed up.” Letter described the people living in Florida as having an “aggressive” lifestyle. As an artist and a professor, Letter hopes to push her students to embrace creativity and reach their potential, an aspiration she has found incredibly fun thus far. “I’ve been having so much fun since I’ve been here,” Letter said. “The students have been fantastic. I’ve just really found students here to be so interesting. They’re inventive and insightful. “One of my biggest goals is to encourage my students to their fullest extent to feel their art, love their art, make it the best they possibly can,” she added. “I’m all about people being as creative as possible. The things people do in life and in school and in every other context should not just
be words on a page. They should be more than that.”
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AMY LETTER reads from “Blue Alyssa and the Sad Gray Crab.”
Student Body President Greg Larson laid out plans for what he sees as the future of strategic meetings at last Thursday’s session. “I hope we can transition this into a forum where all students can come and feel comfortable to speak,” Larson said. Student Senate currently has one strategic meeting per month where it discusses issues collected from students. “This (new) setting will not necessarily be us talking about these issues… but more so a setting where students are comfortable being at,” Larson added. Larson’s plan to make the meetings more inviting for students went along with Sen. Carly Hamilton’s suggestion to hold Senate meetings in a more public place on campus, such as Pomerantz stage. “Let (students) know where (the meeting) is, let them know when it is…then we can really hear from students what we need to fix,” Hamilton said. Larson also announced the upcoming formation of two Ad Hoc committees for the Quasi-Endowment Fund as well as for the 2012 presidential election. President David Maxwell’s fireside chat has also been moved to Nov. 16. In senator reports, Sen. David Karaz announced further progress has been made on the creation of a J-Term. The term would start no earlier than Dec. 27 and end around Jan. 23, according to Karaz. “We’re hoping (these dates) can be brought to table by November for Faculty Senate,” Karaz said. “Things seem to be going in the right direction.” A number of campus organizations also received funding at last Thursday’s meeting. The Drake Dance Team was allocated $758 for choreography fees and registration associated with the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Championships. The Drake men’s club volleyball team also received $1,000 for registration costs to enter both the Midwest Plains Volleyball Conference and the Winona State volleyball tournament. Both allocations passed unanimously. The Coalition of Black Students allocation, however, required more in-depth discussion by senators before passing the motion. CBS requested $2,872.04 for registration and transportation fees associated with sending 12 members to the National Black Student Union Conference. Some senators questioned the need to send 12 members of CBS to the conference when the organization already is strong on campus. “I feel if we are going to use student funds to send organizations to conferences, we should use it to send struggling organizations,” Sen. Adam Lutz said. Other senators also questioned how much direct programming would be brought to Drake as a result of such a large number of students attending. “I think it’s a deeper question rooted in whether or not we are investing in programming brought back to Drake or the leadership development of members,” Sen. Erin Hogan said.
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Don’t eat the rich: Argument against Occupy Wall Street ideas It cannot be denied that many of the overarching sentiments and demands coming from the Occupy Wall Street movement are anti-capitalistic in nature. The protestors call themselves the “99 percent” and detest the alleged greed and evil of the 1 percent of wealthiest Americans. Those rich, fat-cat Americans should pay more taxes, OWS argues, because right now they are getting off easy. Right? Nope. Wrong. Dead wrong. As of 2008, the top 1 percent of Americans paid 38 percent of federal income taxes; even worse, the wealthiest 10 percent paid almost 70 percent of federal income taxes. Yet, despite contributing above and beyond their fair share, OWS protestors—and Democrats in Washington—don’t think that’s enough; they both agree that the rich need to pay more. Really? President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress are
so addicted to spending that they are willing to raise taxes even further on those Americans already contributing the most. It is completely ridiculous. I mean, set aside the negative economic effect it would have (taxes should be set at a lower level optimal for economic growth and not at a high level, optimizing revenue). It is morally unjust to take more from these people. That’s right; I am defending those rich CEOs against the idiots prancing around New York City. And here is why. Rich people obtaining wealth is not any sort of injustice; in fact, it is good for every American when people earn money. Instead, the true problem is that the government is in bed with some of the biggest businesses of America, giving subsidies to large oil companies and bailouts to companies like Goldman Sachs. Ending corporate welfare such as this is what OWS should demand, not the
far-left policy of increasing taxes on the rich and then redistributing it to others. Do the wealthiest Americans really deserve to have their money taken from them at a higher rate simply because they have a lot of it? Of course, despite the logic, there are still those who will cry for higher taxation on the rich. After all, they only got there by stepping all over middle-class families while sitting in their offices. Or, more realistically, they became successful after coming up with a vision, working their tails off, employing hundreds of people (middle-class) in the process, making a ton of money, investing it, saving it, spending it on other goods and contributing to the wealth of America’s economy. Sure, there are rich people lobbying Congress for unfair benefits, such as the corporate welfare mentioned above, but that is not how the majority of wealthy people operate, and to put t h e
blame on all of them is ridiculous. Politicians, both Republicans and Democrats, need to shoulder some of the responsibility. It is their policies that allow some rich people to evade paying taxes, to jump through tax loopholes or simply to favor some companies by giving them an unfair tax break and screwing with the market. Yet politicians in Washington — Democrats especially, right now — are playing class warfare, pinning the anger of the middle-class against the upper-class citizens. Obama is leading the pack on this one, yet young people still put their faith in him as a leader. I think it is time to use the critical thinking skills that Drake is supposed to be fostering in its students and look beyond the “hope” and “change” slogans that Mr. Obama so wonderfully articulated in 2008 to see the “failure” and “corruption” he has equally just as wonderfully acted out. Don’t buy in to the “tax the rich” sentiment coming from OWS and Washington. Not only is it economically irresponsible, but it is morally
unjust as well. And this is coming from a middle-class American, not the “1 percent.” Instead of envying the successes of those wealthy citizens—I understand that their hard work has given my parents jobs over the years, among other things—embrace them. Don’t eat the rich; thank the rich.
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ancing the need to take immediate action to spur economic growth with the need to make major investments in the future of our economy, our workforce and our infrastructure. Unfortunately the one thing that has consistently served as an impediment to this progress has been the Republican leadership in Washington. At each every step of the way, President Obama has presented fresh and innovative ideas to reform our system and bring about positive change, and every time he has been shot down by obstructionists in Congress who are solely interested in protecting the wealthy and the corporations. While this gridlock has made for entertaining political theater, it does nothing to help the millions of jobless Americans who are bearing the consequences of the last decade of deregulation and tax polices that coddled the wealthy. These millions cannot wait for Congress to get its act together. They need help, they need reform, they need action, and they need it now. I applaud President Obama for taking the initiative and using his executive authority to provide some assistance to struggling Americans. I only hope that there were more politicians with that kind of political courage.
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In the last week it has been encouraging to watch education policy, and student loan reform in particular, become visible issues in the presidential race. Almost everyone in the Republican field has come out in favor of eliminating the education department and drastically cutting student aid while Obama has recently announced a major policy shift on student loan reform. The plan, known as “Pay As You Earn,” will help ease student loan burdens and makes it less difficult for graduates to repay their debts. Under the new policies, graduates will be able to cap their payments at 10% of their discretionary income and would create a path for loan forgiveness after 20 years of payments. President Obama understands that having an educated population and workforce is vital to restoring our economy and rebuilding our middle class. That is why he has worked his entire presidency to reform our education system, by encouraging innovation with his Race to the Top program and through major investments in school construction and tuition assistance. This plan is representative of Barack Obama’s long record of advancing the interests of students and young Americans. Everything from infrastructure spending and reform to education innovation is very much focused on building a new national future. As much as Barack Obama has made tough decisions to help repair the economy today, he has always had a much longer view of policy that took into account the long-term effects of our current policy debates. Even as he strived to create shovel ready jobs in The Recovery Act he worked to invest in high-speed rail and other infrastructure improvements that will help modernize our economy. And now, with his American Jobs Act he is bal-
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Already Halloween-ed out from the weekend? Stay inside and have a good scare by watching “Halloween” on AMC or spend some time with friends and enjoy “Casper the Friendly Ghost” on ABC Family.
Favorite Halloween Costumes Halloween weekend is one of the busiest, most activity-filled weekends of the year on Drake’s campus. Check out some of the creative costumes Drake students were seen wearing over the weekend.
Harlem Globetrotters and Cookie Monster
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Ariana Neufeld (junior), Beth Branding (senior), Jordan Shlensky (sophomore), Ellen Prichard (P2), Natalie Schmitz (sophomore)
Zombie Meredith Moore (first-year)
Scary clown, haunted priest, possessed monkey and demon cowboy Scott Reeve (first-year), Mark Reiter (first-year), Maryna Rath (first-year), Alen Salibasic (first-year)
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senior running back Patrick Cashmore had another terrific game on STAT OF Fifth-year Saturday against Marist. Cashmore ran for 109 yards on 28 carries and capped off THE WEEK his performance by punching-in a 19-yard touchdown to seal the 23-13 victory.
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The Bulldogs were subject to the vindictive fury of Mother Nature in last Saturday’s game in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. But Drake weathered the snowstorm to earn a 23-13 win at Marist to move to 7-2 on the season and 5-1 in the Pioneer Football League. “We got off to a good start in the first half,” head coach Chris Creighton said in a Drake athletics press release. “I think our football team played really well, and we needed to. (With about) five minutes left in the first quarter you could see the snow coming, and obviously getting some points on the board before it got to a point where it might change how you play the game was important.” Drake also took quite the journey to take on the Marist Red Foxes. It took two flights, one bus ride and 12 hours of traveling for the Bulldogs to get to New York. “I’m really proud of our defense. It’s tough conditions, and you just don’t know how it’s going to be. They’re a tough football team that didn’t give up, so I’m really proud of our guys,” Creighton said. “I’m just proud of our team to come to a tough place against a good, well-coached, tough football team and to get a win. It’s been a good day for us.” The Drake offense came out strong in the first half. At the break, the Bulldogs were up 17-0.
The first touchdown came in the Drake. important home games in the next first quarter with a 21-yard pass from “I think Chuck Swindoll said that two weeks. At 1 p.m. this Saturday at senior quarterback Mike Piatkowski 90 percent of life is attitude,” Creigh- Drake Stadium, they will take on the to senior wide receiver Drew Black- ton said. “So if it snows and you’re Jacksonville Dolphins, who are undemon. In the second quarter, Piatkows- excited about it, that’s a good thing. feated and in first place in the PFL. ki added a 22-yard touchdown pass to Our team was. They were fired up Then the team will close the seajunior Joey Orlando. about the snow.” son at 1 p.m. on Nov. 12 at Drake StaPiatkowski completed 18 of 30 The Bulldogs are ready to com- dium with a matchup against defendpasses for 253 yards in the cold con- plete the regular season with two ing PFL champion Dayton. ditions. Fifth-year senior kicker Billy Janssen added a 32-yard field goal in the first half. “At halftime I said, ‘We can’t be defensive, but we have to be smart,’” Creighton said. “But then I think my play-calling was pretty conservative early, and Marist proved that you can throw it in these conditions. We didn’t want to be defensive, but we wanted to be smart, so I think it did change a little bit how we did things in the second half.” The Red Foxes rallied in the fourth quarter, scoring twice within six minutes to pull to 17-13. The Bulldogs were able to block the second attempted extra point, making it the second blocked PAT of the season and the team’s eighth blocked kick overall. Drake has blocked three field goals, three punts and two PATs. Coming into the game, the Bulldogs were tied for secondmost in the Football Championship Subdivision. Fifth-year senior running back Courtesy of MARK McDONALD Patrick Cashmore took the ball into the end zone from 19 yards with 2:13 THE DRAKE DEFENSE awaits the snap in the Bulldogs’ match against Valparaiso. left in the game to seal the win for On Saturday against Marist, the defense showed up to work, allowing just 255 yards of total offense to go along with three interceptions and four sacks.
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The Drake volleyball team faced a familiar foe last Friday night in Normal, Ill., hoping to avenge Illinois State’s straight-set win at the Knapp Center earlier this season. Drake didn’t find its rhythm as the Redbirds captured a 3-0 home victory. The Bulldogs took on another Missouri Valley Conference rival last Saturday night, falling to Indiana State in four sets. The Illinois State offense dominated by recording 38 kills in the 3-0 sweep, dropping Drake to 9-17 overall and 5-7 in the MVC. The Bulldogs looked promising to start the first set as they played to an early lead on a kill by senior setter Caitlin Johnson, who recorded four kills in the match. That advantage, however, dissipated as several Bulldog miss-hits led to four straight points for the Redbirds. Then, Illinois State’s LeighAnn Hranka took charge, recording five of her 10 kills in the first set alone. The Redbirds powered a kill past the Drake defense on match point, leaving the Bulldogs lunging for the volleyball and searching for answers in the 25-14 defeat. Drake threatened the Illinois State defense in the second set by
forcing eight Redbird errors. At 2019, the Bulldogs had an opportunity to even the score again. Illinois State had other plans, though, and the Redbirds went on a 5-1 run to secure the second set, 25-20.
Going to somebody’s home court is going to be tough. They stayed consistent. Really, we just didn’t have an answer.
- head coach Tony Sunga
“By that third set, things were kind of in rhythm,” Drake head coach Tony Sunga said. That rhythm wasn’t enough to push the Bulldogs past the Redbirds, though, and the final set ended in a 25-23 Drake loss. With the score 7-6, Drake junior
outsider hitter Jadranka Tramosljanin pounded a kill into Redbird territory, evening the score at 7-7. The teams traded points until 23-23. The next points resulted in two consecutive Bulldog blocking errors. “Going to somebody’s home court is going to be tough,” Sunga said. “They stayed consistent. Really, we just didn’t have an answer.” On a high note in the defeat, junior outside hitter Whitney Westrum recorded her third consecutive 12-kill effort, improving her season total to a team-high 281 kills. “She was just carrying us offensively,” Sunga said. “She was playing very confident. We just needed a bit more from all around.” Last Saturday night marked another MVC duel for the Bulldogs as they took on Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. Despite recording 45 kills, the Bulldogs were unable to ward off the Sycamores, who boasted 59 of their own. With 11 ties in the first set alone, Drake battled back from an early deficit to even the score at 23, but the Sycamores stepped in with a kill. The Bulldogs tied the game and extended the set to 27-27 when the Sycamores’ Stacy Qualizza unleashed two consecutive kills to give Indiana State a 29-27 victory. The Bulldogs came out swinging in the second, pounding 13 kills to
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take the set, 25-20. Indiana State rebounded and recorded 15 kills in the third set compared to just five from the Bulldogs, completing a lopsided 25-13 win. The Bulldogs started slow in the fourth set as the Sycamores pounded five kills en route to an early 7-0 lead. Then junior middle blocker Emily Heffernen sparked a 5-0 run with a kill as Drake closed within two. That was the closest the Bulldogs reached as the Sycamores took control yet again, forcing five Bulldog errors in the span of seven points. The set ended on an Indiana State ace, completing a 25-17 win and a 3-1 match-victory for the Sycamores. “It’s just a matter of momentum,” Sunga said. “We pushed, and they pushed back.” Transitioning from defense to offense will be Drake’s focus in practice this week, Sunga added. “We were right there,” Sunga said. “We’re gaining some confidence in our passing. We just have to be more consistent in being aggressive servers.” Despite a tough weekend of MVC play, the Bulldogs are already looking forward to their next match this Friday against Missouri State at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center.
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Drake tops UNI, faces Evansville in MVC quarters by Matt Moran
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With junior Laura Moklestad’s goal in the 40th minute and a strong defensive effort, Drake clinched a spot in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship tournament. The Bulldogs (4-10-4, 2-4 MVC) held off Northern Iowa for a 1-0 win at Cownie Soccer Complex last Thursday. Drake earned the fifth seed in the tournament and played No. 4 seed Evansville on the road yesterday. The Purple Aces also won 1-0 last Thursday night and garnered the tiebreaker over the Bulldogs to receive the higher seed and a first-round home game. Details from that match will be available in the next issue of The Times-Delphic. The Panthers (8-9-2, 2-4 MVC) earned the sixth and final seed for the tournament. Moklestad’s goal was a redirection of sophomore Brittany Schuling’s shot. Schuling was credited with the assist. Sophomore goalkeeper Kalena Litch collected eight saves, and she moved to the top of the Drake saves list for a single season. “It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but with so much on the line both teams were competing at a highintensity level,” head coach Lindsey Horner said in a Drake athletics press release. “Our girls responded to a tough road trip last weekend with a great week in training and an eagerness to play tonight. The ball hasn’t always bounced our way this season, but our team has been working hard to improve each week.” UNI outshot Drake 19-16 in the contest. Sophomore Paige Dusek led the Bulldogs with three shots. In the last five minutes, the Panthers had a shot ricochet off the crossbar and had a goal waived off due to an off-side call. “We had several players that filled their role (last Thursday night), and whether they played 90 minutes, five minutes or were on the bench, they helped us win,” Horner said.
Check for the score of Sunday’s game against Evansville in Thursday’s issue of The Times-Delphic.