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Campaign launched to raise $200 million Four-year plan to build university into one of nation’s elite institutions by Jackie Wallentin

Managing Editor

Can a love story really change the world? Drake University believes that it can. “The greatest thing students can do is to take advantage of all Drake has to offer and fall deeply in love with Drake,” said John Smith, vice president for alumni and development. “If students have a rewarding experience while they’re here, they will want to stay connected throughout their lifetimes.” These love stories culminate to create the desire behind Drake’s new campaign, distinctlyDrake. The campaign was announced during the Volunteer Leadership Summit held Friday in Sheslow Auditorium that included more than 300 members from Drake boards and committees in a celebration of philanthropy. Drake President David Maxwell announced at the summit that the vision of the campaign is for Drake to become one of the best institutions of higher education in

the United States. Maxwell said $200 million is needed to reach that goal. “Drake is a wonderful place right now,” Smith said. “We have the opportunity to take this institution to another level.” The $200 million will be used in various areas throughout the university to improve and enhance the excellence that is already present, Maxwell said. Some promises of the campaign include: a $50 million scholarship endowment, 26 endowed faculty positions, $3 million to support five interdiscplinary centers, the construction of a new School of Education building, the construction of new science facilities with renovations to classrooms and laboratories, and renovations and additions to Cowles Library, the Drake Fieldhouse and Cartwright Hall. “We have every confidence that together, we will succeed,” Jim Hubbell III, chairman of Hubbell Realty Company and cochair of the campaign, said. The university has received more than $74 million in gifts

First-Year Senator position modified by Ann Schnoebelen

Staff Writer

photo by IAN WELLER| Staff Photographer

FIREWORKS lit the sky over Helmick Commons Friday night to celebrate the distinctlyDrake campaign announcement. from donors already who were thanked during the summit for their passion and commitment to Drake. “Already recognized by our colleagues in higher education for

academic excellence, in five years we aspire to be a national model for the very best in higher education,” Maxwell said.


Athletic director hosts President Barack Obama’s backyard discussion by Ryan Price

Staff Writer

“Go Bulldogs.” With that opening statement, President Barack Obama began his backyard discussion this past Wednesday at Drake University Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb’s home in front of a small gathering including many faculty, students and administrators. Passing near a large Drake Bulldogs flag to enter their home, he was greeted at the front door by the entire Clubb family including Sandy, husband Jeff and children, Skyler and Tristan. “We tried to not act like deer in the headlights,” Clubb said laughing. “We tried to act like this happened all the time.” In the 10 minutes of private time they shared together, the Clubb family and the president discussed sports, families, education and Drake. “He was great about asking how the Bulldogs are doing this year,” Clubb said. “We also talked about the president’s children, Sasha and Malia.” In this time, Clubb and her family presented the president with several gifts. Along with a specially tailored ‘Distinctly Drake’ brochure,

photo courtesy of DRAKE UNIVERSITY

PRESIDENT OBAMA visited Des Moines last Wednesday to give a backyard discussion in Drake Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb’s home in Beaverdale. Sandy handed the president the three-year strategic plan for Drake Athletics. “I’ve been joking that he’ll probably put that right next to his strategic plan for Afghanistan,” Clubb said.

The Clubb family was alerted at 5:45 p.m. the Thursday prior to the event that the president would be at their house the following


The rules are changing. Well, at least for students running for FirstYear Senator this semester. According to Election Commission co-chair Alex Bergman, up until this point there hasn’t been designated rules for electing someone to the position, which was created last year. “That’s a problem,” he told student senators during a presentation by he and his co-chair Jessie Hill at Thursday’s meeting. The two spoke to Senate about next week’s vote to approve new bylaws to the Certified Election Rules. Under the new guidelines, the number of votes each first-year student is allowed to cast for a candidate would depend on the number of candidates running. The first election would run in the same way as last year, with students voting once for one candidate among all those running. The election rules state that the candidate receiving 50 percent plus one of the votes is the winner. But in the first election, such a majority is highly unlikely as there are usually several candidates. As a result, the Election Commission works on the assumption that at least one runoff election will take place. It is in the runoff election that the new bylaws would be instated. “The thought is that it will help produce a set of leading candidates to a greater extent than it would without it,” Bergman said. In races where one to five candidates are running, voters will still get just one vote. But voters will cast two votes when there are six to nine candidates, three votes when there are 10 to 14 candidates, four in races between 15 to 19 candidates and five votes in races with 20 or more candidates running. “I have no idea if it’s irrational, I honestly have no idea,” Bergman said. “But right now, I think it’s better than the current system.” “And I think it’s kind of trial and error right now because the freshman election is so new,” Hill said. “In this class, it’s basically choosing one person out of 864, so we’re trying to narrow it down as much as we can.” Senate will officially vote on Bergman and Hill’s proposal at the next meeting. Also this week, Senate allocated funding to two campus organizations. Drake Ultimate Club was given $851 to cover transportation, lodging and registration costs associated with the Children of the Corn Ultimate Tournament in Lincoln, Neb. Residence Hall Association received $853.53 to send eight members to the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls conference in Springfield, Mo., where they’ll learn from schools across the country about campus programming options and leadership skills. In addition, Senate recognized Drake Connect, a campus organization aiming to provide Drake students with opportunities for personal and professional networking with the Des Moines community, as an official student organization.

Supreme Court Justice Alito delivers Opperman Lecture by Elizabeth Robinson

Staff Writer

photo by IAN WELLER| Staff Photographer

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SAMUEL ALITO gave the 12th Dwight D. Opperman Lecture on Constitutional Law last Thursday.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito visited Drake University to deliver the 12th Dwight D. Opperman Lecture on Constitutional Law. Approximately 1,500 people filled the Knapp Center on Thursday afternoon due to the significance of Alito’s visit. The event began with a welcome from Allan Vestal, the dean of Drake Law School, who mentioned what a gift the Opperman Lecture is to the Law School and how the event is a great way to continue to celebrate the Constitution. Following Vestal, Drake University President David Maxwell thanked and acknowledged Dwight D. Opperman, who accompanied Vestal, Maxwell and Alito on stage, for his contributions to the Drake


Law School. After a brief introduction presented by Vestal, Alito approached the podium and began his lecture. Prior to the lecture, Alito took part in a question and answer session with law students, took a tour of Opperman Hall, had lunch with faculty and met with Iowa federal judges. Alito’s main topic of discussion was the evolution of the way arguments are presented to the Supreme Court. He started off by noting how oral arguments and briefing are two components of the Supreme Court, and continued with the historical background of the two. The first Supreme Court trial, held in Philadelphia, followed British rulings and practices, primarily the tradition of only oral arguments in the trial. In the early 1800s, under Supreme Justice John Marshall, the court moved

to Washington D.C. and written briefs were introduced shortly after. Over time, legal briefs became more prevalent and the importance of oral arguments decreased. “Oral communication is slow and complicated ideas are easier to understand by writing rather than speaking,” Alito said. Alito then went on to list reasons why he believes oral arguments are unnecessary, what aspects of oral arguments serve some purpose and what aspects are good, and how oral arguments benefit the court. He noted that oral arguments waste time by restating arguments listed in the brief, but they help probe for weak points in an argument. He also stated that oral arguments have the ability to give the Supreme Court a face. “It shows engagement in our work and that we’ve studied cases and are deeply involved in what is being decided,” he said.

To close his lecture, Alito addressed the question of whether Supreme Court trials should be publicly televised. Alito said that televised trials would change the way people act during a trial, may give viewers a misleading impression of the court system and the work that it does, and overall would not contribute much to the case at hand. Alito’s lecture not only gave the audience the unique opportunity to listen to a Supreme Court justice speak, but it also gave those who attended a better understanding of the history and significance of oral and written arguments in the court system. “We, as law students, learn and study how history, precedent, and case law are important in decision making, and it carries over to the Supreme Court,” sophomore Drake law student Theresa Voge said.





Live Band Karaoke creates fun environment

Are students straying from the path?

A review of Quietdrive’s Thursday concert

Football team wins homecoming game 42-0





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“We were doing a show, and our guitar player’s amp exploded... All the fans and the rest of the band noticed that there was a fire on stage, but he didn’t seem to realize it. He kept playing for probably 20 seconds before he figured out what was going on.


Live Band Karaoke ends homecoming week by Erica Sevigny

Staff Writer


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STUDENTS, seen here in a tent in Helmick Commons, sing karaoke while a live band accompanies them on stage during homecoming festivities hosted by SAB.

FROM DRAKE, PAGE 2 With much of the donations coming from elderly alumni, Drake is trying to reach younger alumni to sustain more contributions, Smith said. Drake is at a 15 percent alumni participation rate. The national average for all universities is 11 percent, but the average for private universities is about 17 or 18 percent. There is certainly room for improvement, Smith said. “One of our measurable outcomes is to increase the amount of money contributed and to increase the percentage of alumni contributing to our university,” Smith said. He hopes to eventually increase the alumni participation rate to 20 percent by May of 2014. Also, Smith believes the distinctlyDrake campaign will unite current students and alumni in their love for Drake. Smith’s idea has become a reality with the launch of the distinctlyDrake website where any-

FROM OBAMA, PAGE 1 week. By 6 p.m. that day, White House staff, the lead of the Secret Service and about 10 other people were already in their home. “It was a privilege and an honor to be asked as an American citizen to host the president,” Clubb said. “We were proud to host him.” After their time together, the president and the Clubb family moved outside for the backyard chat. The president recognized the men’s basketball head coach, Mark Phelps, and asked specifically how the basketball team was doing this year. “That was really cool,” Clubb said of the backyard speech. “We had 13 of our 14 head coaches there, and he said ‘Go Bulldogs’ several times.” After applause, the president joked, “I still know how to work a crowd.” Juniors Tom Lehn and Clara Haneberg, were just two of a group of Drake students present. “The part I enjoyed the most was how thoroughly he answered everyone’s questions,” Lehn said. “It felt as if he came to Iowa to listen to people and to get a good gauge for how his policies were coming across and see what he could do to make things better.” Tough questions were asked of the president in the relaxed backyard chat. Guests were concerned about the war in Afghanistan, poverty and perceived changes involving healthcare reform.

Crowds of students surrounded Helmick Commons as the sky filled with fireworks celebrating Homecoming Week and the kickoff of the distinctlyDrake alumni campaign. Following the display, more than 400 students filled with homecoming spirit moved to the large tent to take part in the Live Band Karaoke. “The fireworks were a perfect opening to our act,” said first-year Cody Basch, a health sciences and marketing major from Indianapolis who joined his FYS in kicking off the performances with a spirited rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Over 100 students gathered under the tent, enjoying cookies, cupcakes, marshmallow rice bars and popcorn while dancing and singing along to popular karaoke favorites like “Hey Mickey,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Dancing Queen,” “Summer Nights,” “Jessie’s Girl” and even a performance of “Build Me Up Buttercup” by homecoming court nominee Robb Krehbiel. “This event was incredible,” said Vice President of Student Life and newly crowned Homecoming King, Byron Spears, (Senior, History/Poli Sci.) “I was impressed, first of all, by the tent and the fireworks. What the singers lacked in sound quality, they made up for with lots of enthusiasm and the band was great at helping people by singing backup and engaging

the crowd. This was a great event for SAB.” The karaoke event, which took the place of the traditional Yell Like Hell event for the first time this year, benefitted from a collaboration with the Alumni Office, which had originally arranged to have the tent on campus for a separate event. “The collaboration effort with the Alumni Office on the tent really helped to take this event to the next level.” said junior Greg Larson, vice president of student activities. “Working together helped us to make a good event even better. We saw an opportunity with this event to find a middle ground between a declining Yell Like Hell tradition while bringing in the excitement that we were hoping for to round out a great week.” Homecoming co-chairs juniors Ashley Seidel and Megan Browning were excited about the success of the event. “We had over 400 students in the tent,” Seidel said. “It was a new event so we didn’t know what to expect, but were really pleased with the turnout. I think the fireworks helped a lot, and the band was awesome.” The band, which is based out of Chicago, offered students the opportunity to sing along to hundreds of songs while they played and sang backup. “The band manager thought the turnout for our event was great,” Browning said. “There were people still signing up to sing songs well past 11.”

one can upload a video, picture or story discussing their love for Drake. There will also be a video booth in Olmsted Center where students can share what they love about Drake over the next two weeks. Alumni are invited to share their stories at “I’m kind of shy, so I don’t know if I’d do it,” Erika Johnson, a pharmacy first-year, said of the love story booths. “It might be interesting to see what they [alumni] are up to or how Drake helped them.”

Hubbell North Renaming In another announcement Friday, Hubbell North’s upper level was named Quad Creek Cafe and the lower level is now Spike’s Spot. Winners of the naming competition are Kyle Glaser, Caitlin Schaapveld and Nicholas Casber.

photo courrtesy of DRAKE UNIVERSITY

DRAKE PRESIDENT DAVID MAXWELL spoke during the Volunteer Leadership Summit on Friday and publicly announced the distinctlyDrake campaign.

The president answered most questions for several minutes, and in great depth. “He spoke off the top of his head, but from his heart,” Lehn described. Clara Haneberg was impressed with the president’s recognition of the university. “It got a lot of great attention for Drake,” Haneberg said. “I don’t think people understand just how awesome Iowa is for elections.” Haneberg and Lehn were both thanked by the president for their service as microphone runners in the backyard. “Having the most important person in the country thank you for volunteering is really exciting,” Haneberg said. The Clubb family enjoyed every minute of it, even Tristan and Skyler. “The kids loved it,” Clubb said referring to 11-year-old Tristan and 9-year-old Skyler. “They were just terrific. They’re rock stars at school now.” So how does it feel to have the president as your houseguest? “It was surreal,” Clubb said. “I leaned over to my husband at one point and whispered, ‘That’s the President of the United States in our backyard. He has such a warm personality that you feel very comfortable in his presence.” Within almost an hour after the event, the media circus and White House staff had cleaned up and left little trace of their presence. “If I woke up the next morning without the chairs in our backyard, I would’ve thought the whole thing was a dream,” Clubb said.

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Thinking outside the dating box


was a high school cliché, a cheerleader dating the all-American football player. But at a high school of 400 kids, almost every guy played football. Even the theater guys played football. Never once would I say I had a “type.” I dated bad boys, class clowns, guys who could sing and guys who could shoot a bow and arrow. But after coming to college, I realized a lot of girls do seem to date the same type of guys, each one almost a paper-doll cutout of the next. I learned a new vocabulary word when my friend got called a “jersey-chaser” because she had a thing for athletes. I also have a friend who only seems to be attracted to guys of one fraternity.

So what does that make her, a “letter-chaser”? There are also those almost incestuous groups that continuously hook up with different people from their clique of friends or people on their dorm floor (floor-cest). So is it good to have a type, to know what you want and to go for it? Or, does it rule out people that could potentially be a perfect fit? I tend to agree with the latter for one reason: picky eaters. I hated eating anything green when I was little. Corn and carrots were fine, but a green bean was repulsive. A few years down the line, and I actually find myself craving fresh salads and broccoli after one too many Spike’s burritos. Either way, vegetables or guys, you don’t

know what you like until you try out a variety of types. Carrot after carrot can be great, but you may be missing out on a really tasty cucumber. Not to mention, most of us are in our early 20s, the age where we have no clue what we want. I can barely pick out what skirt to wear each day, let alone what I want out of a relationship. We all know at least one person that has changed their major about eight times. I think it’s safe to say our “types” will change as time goes on. If I end up 40 and single, a Samanthatype girl from “Sex and the City,” then maybe I will consider narrowing down my interests to a “type.” Next weekend when you’re hanging out at

the same frat house as every other weekend, try thinking more about that cute non-greek guy. Maybe that guy you see hanging out in FAC all the time can make you laugh harder than anyone else on the field. Make yourself a vegetable medley and discover what else is out there.

HAYLEY MASON COLUMNIST Mason is a sophomore PR and magazines major. Mason can be contacted at

Students choosing to take the path less traveled My senior year of high school, my friends and I pulled quite a few pranks. Besides impeding traffic with an army of bicyclists and playing games of “human rodeo,” we also pulled a prank with interesting psychological consequences. One morning in the middle of winter after a night of heavy snow, three friends and I showed up to the student parking lot at 5 a.m. with three shovels in tow. This parking lot was one large, snow-filled football field away from the school. We set upon that field in the dark of morning for an hour with our coats, mitts and shovels to create the most windy, most nonsensical path to the school. If students were to follow a straight line and forgo our schizophrenic path, they would save many painful minutes in the blistering cold. I swear Drake’s facilities department did the same thing when they laid out some of our paths. The result of our psychological experiment

in high school? We have it on film: hundreds of students walked twenty paces left, backwards, and diagonal in our designated path instead of paving their own way, straight through the snow to the school. On my way to class the other day I saw a student leap over the grass at a crux of the sidewalk so as not to touch the grass. This man literally jumped in the air where two sidewalks met instead of setting one foot in the green grass. I hope he was either allergic to grass or had habitual jumping problems. I began thinking, “Just how much of our lives do we follow the prescribed order of nonsensical things?” If we take a large, ovular path from Hubbell to Meredith without thinking about it, is there a chance we are doing the same with matters of greater importance? Now, yes, our ovular paths are aesthetically pleasing. Our admissions numbers might be hurt if prospective students showed up for their campus tour at Drake to a maze of concrete that

was the most pragmatic for getting to class. But how often do we avoid doing the “unusual” because a concrete path is already laid out? How often do we follow our society’s, parents’ or peers’ codes, and not walk on the grass? Whenever I walk on the grass, I feel some pride in my intentionality. I think, “Wow, I am a great human, look at all these other robots mindlessly following dumb paths to get to class.” Then I realize I’m back on the concrete myself. Why am I sitting in an uncomfortable chair at my desk in GK while writing this and not in some inflatable jungle gym? Why do we feel pressure to look, act, dress or speak a certain way when it may be hellishly expensive or conforming? Why do we only pee in porcelain? Ah, well, that one kind of makes sense I guess. But seriously, we do quite a bit to follow the concrete paths that are already laid out for us. When we look at our futures, they are unique,

but they follow many paths that are already laid out for us. Why don’t we speak out when things don’t make sense? Why don’t we build new paths in our world? Whether it is in our lives, or on our way to class, it is fun once in a while to live intentionally, to walk on the grass. It’s something we could all try to do more often. Then, ironically, things might start making a little more sense. And who knows? Maybe Drake facilities workers are just hiding out with some hot cocoa and a video camera as we all go marching 20 paces backwards, sideways and diagonally.

RYAN PRICE COLUMNIST Price is a sophomore sociology and rhetoric major. Price can be contacted at

I just started dating my first boyfriend a month ago. I am extremely inexperienced and I feel as though he expects more physical ‘action’ than I am comfortable giving. I want to, but don’t know how. I don’t want to, but don’t know what to say or do. I’m the blatantly confused.

He said

Use this inexperience to your advantage. You will be able to try out different things that you probably thought you would never be able to do. Blow him out of the water. If you are uncomfortable going further with your boyfriend, that is fine; when the moment is right, let it happen. Maybe you can talk to some of your more experienced friends, and they can give you some tips. If you impress your boyfriend with some of the new skills you learned, he will be very impressed and excited about this new step in your relationship. If all else fails and

your boyfriend would rather control what is going on in the physical aspect of the relationship, let him do the work. I went to a salsa dancing activity on campus and was taught that the guy leads and the girl follows. Follow his lead and have some fun. If you feel uncomfortable about anything that is going on, make sure to communicate that to him. He wants you to be comfortable and to have an enjoyable experience.


COLUMNIST Calder is a junior public relations major.

MICHAEL RIEBEL COLUMNIST Riebel is a sophomore accounting/finance major.

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— Dazed and Confused

She said

Congrats on your first boyfriend. Welcome to the world of dating and relationships. Many people come into college inexperienced, so you are in no way alone there. What I would recommend in your situation would be first sitting down and deciding what you want out of this relationship, and what you are ready for physically and emotionally. With any physical action, emotions are bound to follow, that’s just how humans are wired. Write it down or talk it through with a friend to find the underlying cause of it. Once you have decided what you feel you want or are ready for, you need to communicate with your boyfriend. Communication is key for every aspect of any relationship. Tell him what you feel you are ready for now and if he does not understand, he is not the guy for you. Never do something you are not ready for or do not feel comfortable doing with anyone, be it your boyfriend or a hookup. Only physically give and take what you are ready for. My

advice would be to take your time because this is a fairly new relationship, so go slow and make sure he wants to really be with you, and this is not just him wanting to get into your pants. Being with someone experienced could be fun, and I’m sure you can both learn a lot from each other in many ways. He also may not be 100 percent honest with how experienced he actually is, because that’s just what some guys do, so do not think in any way because he is more sexually experienced that makes him better than you or out of your sexual league. Just breathe, take a step back and put your wants first. He will not push you into something you are not ready for if he really likes you, and if he does push, you deserve so much better than that. Good luck and know that you are the only one who can answer this question. I wish I could be more helpful but I know this will all work out for you.

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“The Social Network” represents generation A true story of the Internet’s hot spot

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by Asmita Gauchan

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It should come as no surprise that a movie about Facebook, about its founding to be exact, was released in theaters this past Friday. At least, not to us college students who have been doing everything in our power to feed the burgeoning ubiquity of Facebook, mostly without the conscious knowledge of doing so. “The Social Network,” with a screenplay adapted by Aaron Sorkin from the 2009 book “The Accidental Billionaires” and with David Fincher sitting his capable bottom on the director’s chair, is a fantastic film about a “once in a generation only shit idea” as Justin Timberlake’s character bluntly puts it. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Mark Zuckerberg, the brains behind this “idea,” although a certain pair of identical twins from Harvard’s Porcellian Club might beg to differ, and is joined by a list of young hot Hollywood stars, playing characters that were intrinsic to the story of the founding. “The Social Network” is the cultural

mascot of our generation imprinted on film, and it is very engaging and unexpectedly humorous while being so. The film begins in a dark, crowded and, what I presume to be, sweaty college bar where Mark and Erica (Rooney Mara) are having a rapid conversation about what the former refers to as his motivation but the latter dismisses as an obsession to join one of the elite finals clubs at Harvard. This scene, in its entirety, defines the whole film in that it introduces us to a main character who is so forward thinking, that it is hard to keep up with the different trains of talks he is accused of leading and his unashamed obsession with societal acceptance. He aspires to cause a stir of some sort around the campus to get recognition from the clubs, but in an upset drunken frenzy ends up creating a website called “facemash” that lets people choose the hotter of two female undergraduate students continuously. His creation yields him several unwanted repercussions but also a swift encounter with the Winklevoss twins and Divya Narendra, then Harvard seniors, who plant the seed of online social interaction in his head. The seed germinates into what we now know of as Facebook. The film deals a lot with the topic of betrayal and what it means to be on either side of such a predicament. One such situation is explored through the idea of intellectual property theft. While the Winklevoss twins and Narendra are simply outraged by Mark’s actions, Mark is unflinching in his belief that he neither wronged them nor took anything that they had the capacity to achieve. This brings the issue and importance of ethics up, and you ask yourself, who is in the wrong here? It is really easy to point all fingers at Mark given his deception and his somewhat repugnant personality, courtesy of the flaming arrogance he walks around with inside his chest, but his precocious computing genius makes it hard not to, at the very least, admire him. He claims the three of them could have done nothing appeasable with what he took, and you absolutely believe him, you even cheer for him internally, although if asked about the subject, you do not admit the truth. In your defense, hacking comes to Mark like gags about Sarah Palin come to the writers of Saturday Night Live. But as Facebook starts expanding and his relationship with his best friend/business partner Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) starts souring over growing differences in interest for Facebook’s future, it becomes harder and harder to ignore his explicit sense of superiority that he stamps upon everyone. It really makes you

wonder if you can get ahead in this age without stomping on the people who had previously helped you get ahead. Mark’s betrayal to his best friend is the most painful to watch, knowing that Eduardo had lost a whole lot more than just a lousy friend, and Garfield does a wonderful job of gradually bringing the sometimes calm, sometimes vehement expostulations out of a character that seemed so inherently compliant in the beginning. Putting aside the various aftermaths, let’s now focus on the purpose that the creation of Facebook, or anything else substantial enough, was to serve; Getting attention, recognition and acceptance. It is indeed ironic that the creator of what turned out to be such a juggernaut social catalyst was somebody who was only chasing the possible elevation of his social status and nothing else. And he gets there. Mark gets to 500 million friends and, sure he is the youngest billionaire in the world and all that jazz, but you struggle to see any difference between the Mark angrily guzzling down beer while simultaneously blogging about what a bitch Erica is from the beginning, and the Mark solemnly sitting alone in the law firm’s conference room in the end. Normally, in circumstances like these, you would question the actor and the way he developed the character, but Eisenberg is so far away from being guilty of this colossal crime that you know he had lost more than he had gained from everything he did to make Facebook what it is today. The only reason Mark was as complex as he was, was because of Eisenberg’s efforts, which of course are not obvious at all. “The Social Network” represents our age and our generation more accurately than any other film, dealing with any other subject matter, could ever dream of. It tells of the instantaneous invasion of the Internet in our lives that the past decade or so has witnessed, whilst interspersing it with the themes of ethics and friendship, among other things. It is a simple film bordering on such an advanced level of complexity that you have to applaud the truly outstanding screenplay by Sorkin, and the sophisticated way in which Fincher attacked its content. It more than helps that the film is loosely, if not entirely, based on the real story behind the founding of Facebook. “The Social Network” will keep you talking for a long time; it will ask you uncomfortable questions you don’t want anybody to know your answers to, it will frame the form and shape of our generation to be perfectly set against the wall one day, it might even perversely inspire you but most of all it will, to your dismay, make being a billionaire look absolutely sordid.

Des Moines fall fashion show sponsored by DSM Magazine by Nicole Dyar

Staff Writer

Des Moines’ movers and shakers, young and old, came out Saturday night for the second annual Fashionation event hosted by DSM Magazine and Not Your Daughter’s Jeans. The big event was held at the Des Moines Social Club and celebrated the unveiling of the fall fashion edition of DSM featuring vintage-inspired outfits, which were styled by Jessica Miller, the style coordinator of DSM. Miller said before she started working at

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DSM three years ago, the magazine didn’t have a fashion angle, but since working there, they developed an arts and culture section that features fashion. To promote fashion in the Des Moines area, Miller concocted the idea of a fashion show. Fifteen stores and 25 models later, Miller had her fashion show. It was not an easy process, however. Long hours and hard work went into coordinating the fashion show. “It’s a lot of managing and organization and being very precise,” Miller said. “I have 25 models and 15 stores I’m trying to get all on the same page.” In addition to finding models and stores, Miller had to search for volunteers, makeup and hair artists, a DJ, a photographer and a videographer for the show. However, because Miller had already done it once, she expressed how much easier it was to plan the Fashionation event this year. Local stores including Mr. B Clothing, Doncaster, Siren, Back Country Outfitters, The Halltree, Impromtu Studio, B Posh, Scheels, Weddings by Design, Vogue Vision and Not Your Daughter’s Jeans all participated in the event. Hair and make-up was styled by 20 students from La’James International College and volunteers who helped models in and out of outfits all worked behind the scenes. The stores and businesses participating in the event received great exposure. In addition to seeing their clothes walking down the runway, storeowners and business people had their advertisements placed in DSM’s fashion edition. “The whole idea of the event is for us to get our image and our branding out to the people that maybe don’t know anything about us,” said Tim Sitzmann, owner of Mr. B’s Women’s

Shop. “What’s so important in today’s world is we have a brand and we need to be recognized for what the brand is. Events like this really stimulate the brand.” Miller also emphasized what this event does for a place like Des Moines and how important it is for local stores to get involved with an event such as a fashion show. “I think it really shows off what we have and the quality of the stores that we have, even though it may be a smaller number,” she said. The fashion show featured the usual fall trends—sweaters, jackets, jeans and boots. Simplicity and a 1950s-inspired design for suits was a hot new trend for men. Jackets included simple, narrow lapels, which was a major contrast from the women’s jackets, which included large, oversized collars. Subdued colors with a splash of color also appeared to be another major trend for fall as well as finding new and creative ways to layer clothing. One outfit from Impromptu included a black and white striped long-sleeved shirt with a low-cut back exposing a black and grey striped dress underneath. Cozy was another look that reappeared on the runway. Plaids and scarves, as well as funky legwarmers made an appearance. A crowd favorite included a red sweater with short, ruffled sleeves worn over off-white patterned tights and red legwarmers with a matching patchwork arm warmer and hat set. Mr. B Women’s Shop showed off several of its fun and well-made scarves in a variety of colors and styles. After the models paraded one last time around the runway in their last looks, Miller made an appearance, earning a standing ovation for her work. Many attendees were impressed by the variety of clothes presented and by the quality of the fashion show. People were also pleased to see that men’s clothing was added to the fashion show, an addition from last year’s Fashionation event. Its ability to reach a wide audience shined, as the event was heavily attended and a great success.

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MONDAY, OCT. 4, 2010


QUIETDRIVE and glow sticks party favors attracted 250 Drake students to Olmsted for Thursday’s homecoming concert.


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Quietdrive performs for homecoming

Popular Minnesotan indie band takes Pomerantz stage last Thursday night by Erin Austin

staff writer

“I’ve seen Quietdrive perform twice before, and they just keep getting better!” said Amelia Lamsam. While many Drake students who attended the Sept. 30 concert knew very little about the band they showed up to see, others proved to be diehard fans. Lamsam, a sophomore, has been a follower of the group for years. When she found out that Quietdrive was performing at Drake University’s Olmsted Center as part of the homecoming festivities organized by the Student Activities Board (SAB), she made sure to arrive at Pomerantz Stage early enough to get a front and center spot for her third time seeing the band perform live. Her enthusiasm and commitment were worth it, because halfway through the show, Quietdrive’s lead singer­—Kevin Truckenmiller —called Lamsam on stage to join the group for one song. “I’ve never played the tambourine before, but Kevin kneeling down singing to me was so exciting!” she commented. Lamsam, like the men who make up Quietdrive—Kevin, Bran-

don, Justin, Will and Brice—is from Minnesota. The Thursday night concert was an exciting experience for those in attendance; with the room nearly packed full of students, Pomerantz Stage had the feel of a real concert venue, enough so that one brave student attempted to crowd surf across the horde of fans. His surfing experience was short lived, but he—along with many other music-loving students—definitely seemed to have a good time. One dedicated young woman braved the typical pushy rock-concert crowd despite the burden of a set of crutches. She held her own at the front of the crowd and sang along to every song. Those around her, the avid Quietdrive fans, did the same, while the students filling in the back tended to just dance, sway and nod to the music, content with not knowing the band’s lyrics. “Before the concert, I wasn’t sure what to expect because I’d only heard one of Quietdrive’s songs,” first-year Kory Aldrich said. “But I ended up really enjoying their music. I had a blast!” Quietdrive played a number of original songs from the seven albums and EPs they’ve released since 2003, along with their covers of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” and Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” in which the band pleasantly surprised the crowd with a violin feature by

JUSTIN BONHIVER (left) and lead singer Kevin Truckenmiller rock on Pomerantz stage.

Truckenmiller. “I also thought Quietdrive’s ‘Toxic’ remake was much better than the Britney Spears original version,” Aldrich said. Lexi Rose, a first-year biology major, agreed. “I never thought I would like a Britney Spears song, but Kevin playing it on his violin made me fall in love!” Another first-year student commented that the violin accompaniment was much preferred over the bagpipe feature from My Dear Disco, the Michigan-based band that played on Pomerantz during Welcome Weekend festivities in August. After the show, while Kevin, Justin, Will and Brice met and took pictures with fans, drummer Brandon Lanier stuck around backstage for a short interview. When the band formed and started doing their first interviews, they would often try to come up with interesting stories explaining why they chose Quietdrive for the name of their group. Now, however, after many years performing and recording together, they don’t try to explain the name. Rather—Lanier revealed— Quietdrive is just who they have come to be, and they no longer feel the need to try putting a story behind that name. When asked about the band’s musical influences and favorite artists, Lanier responded that

they tend to base a lot of their music off ‘90s alternative rock, particularly Third Eye Blind and Incubus. He claims that the energy of live performances is what makes being a musician so great, and while Drake students felt that the show they attended was high-energy, it was nothing compared to the intensity of one of Quietdrive’s concerts a few years ago. “We were doing a show, and our guitar player’s amp exploded,” Lanier said. “All the fans and the rest of the band noticed that there was a fire on stage, but he didn’t seem to realize it. He kept playing for probably 20 seconds before he figured out what was going on.” Toward the end of the interview, the abundance of friendly squirrels on Drake’s campus came up. “I think being a squirrel would be awesome!” Lanier pronounced. “I could just eat acorns and climb trees all day.” Though Lanier seems to be interested in living the life of a squirrel, he claimed that there’s nothing the members of Quietdrive want to be doing other than making music. “We’re devoted to this; it really is a full-time job, and we absolutely love it,” he said. When screaming for an encore while decked out in glow sticks, it seemed like Drake University absolutely loved Quietdrive.



MONDAY, OCT. 04, 2010





The total offensive yards Marist gained against the powerful Drake defense in Saturday’s football game.


Drake defense leads homecoming rout by Elizabeth Robinson

Staff Writer

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SENIOR RUNNING BACK TOM KOSTEK breaks the plane for Drake’s first touchdown on Saturday. The Bulldogs defeated the Marist Red Foxes 42-0.


The Drake University football team shut out the Marist Red Foxes 42-0 in the homecoming game last Saturday, improving its record to 3-2. Saturday’s game was the first at Drake Stadium in nearly a month, following the team’s three straight games on the road. Drake outgained Marist 433-77, and redshirt sophomore quarterback Mike Piatkowski returned from injury to throw for 266 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed for another score. “Having our football family back together again was a huge boost,” Head Coach Chris Creighton said. The Bulldogs dominated the game in all aspects. In their first possession, the Bulldogs carried the ball 56 yards in 10 plays in less than four minutes, ending with an 8-yard run for a touchdown by senior running back Tom Kostek. The highlight of the game followed a few plays later when senior Michael Lahart returned a punt 49 yards for a touchdown. The last time Drake returned a punt for a touchdown was in 2005. Drake’s defense held the Red Foxes to only one first down the entire quarter. The second quarter started on a high note once again for the Bulldogs when senior Patrick Cashmore ran in a touchdown not even a minute into the period, bringing the score to 21-0. Marist attempted to pick up its game a bit, taking the ball down to field goal range, but ended with a failed field goal attempt, which was missed wide left. The Drake defense once again took control when it sacked Marist quarterback Tommy Reily in three consecutive plays.

Later in the second quarter, a shanked punt by Marist punter Kevin Pauly left Drake in scoring position, on Marist’s 16-yard line, which resulted in a 5-yard Piatkowski pass to junior Drew Blackmon for a touchdown. The Red Foxes failed at another field goal attempt toward the end of the quarter, ending the half with a score of 28-0. The second half had less action overall, but Drake still kept control of the game. Piatkowski had a career high for pass attempts (41) and completions (29) in the game. Fifth-year senior Steve Platek had a career-high 11 receptions prior to an injury that took him out of the remainder of the game. “It was a great game plan from coach Creighton from the beginning,” Piatkowski said. “The defense stopping them gave the offense momentum, and the line did a great job protecting me. Everyone made great plays.” On the first play of the fourth quarter, Piatkowski ran 5 yards for yet another touchdown, taking the score up to 35-0. The Bulldogs then attempted a field goal, which was blocked, but they came back near the end of the quarter with a touchdown run by sophomore Trey Morse, ending the game with a final score of 42-0. The strong performances by the entire team ensured a successful football game. “The defense shut them out, special teams was great and the offense started rolling and didn’t stop,” Piatkowski said. “It was an all-team effort.” Creighton also recognized the team’s success. “I love our team,” he said. “When we come to play, we’ll fight and compete and play to win.” The Bulldogs will play at Jacksonville (Fla.) University this Saturday at noon.

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This past Saturday, Drake’s top two tennis players, senior Mauricio Ballivian and sophomore James McKie, travelled to Tulsa, Okla., to play in the 2010 D’Novo/ Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships. The ITA All-American Championships is one of the premier collegiate tennis tournaments held every fall, with the top teams and players playing in tournaments in their region. Many nationally ranked players from the Big Ten, SEC and Big 12 wait in the main draw of the tournament, with only a couple spots remaining for the qualifying competitors. On a windy day at the Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa, the two players competed in the pre-qualifying draw, but only Ballivian would win his match. “It’s incredible to be able to prove something my senior year and to take any opportunity to get big wins and put Drake on top,” Ballivian said. Both players received a bye in the first round of the pre-qualifying draw, with Ballivian the first Bulldog to take the court. Ballivian went up against Romain Bocaert, a lefty from the University of South Alabama. The heavy wind kept both players defensive throughout the match, but Drake’s top player was able to take the first set, 6-4. In the second set, Bocaert fought back, taking it by the same 6-4 scoreline. The situation looked grim for Ballivian in the third set when he was down a break of service. “I expected all the matches to be long and tough,” he said. “I was down a break in the third set, and I fought back; I don’t know how.” Drake Head Coach Evan Austin was impressed with Ballivian’s ability to play his best tennis when it was most important. “Mauricio found a way and hung in there like he does,” Austin said. “He was definitely able to pick up his level in the third set.” Austin believes that Ballivian will need to play more aggressively in his next matches. Austin said that he will have to step up on the baseline and push around opponents with his groundstrokes. “Players here are experienced and the matches are close all around,” Austin said. “He will have to step up and take control of the matches.” In the next round, Ballivian will play Ben Chomette from Old Dominion, and The Times-Delphic will have results of that match in the next issue. In the second Drake match of the day, McKie faced off against Jeremy Tweedt of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. McKie came out of the gates slowly, with Tweedt taking the first set, 6-3. Fighting back into the match, McKie took the second set by a 6-4 margin in what was becoming an incredibly tight match. At last, McKie dropped the finale, 6-2. “James did a good job of fighting his way back into the match,” Austin said. “It was one of those matches that could have gone either way, but he just lost a few key points.” Austin believes that McKie will be able to use this match as a learning experience and be better prepared for the ITA Central Regional in Norman, Okla. on Oct. 21. Check back with The Times-Delphic for more information on Ballivian’s results at the ITA All-American Championships.

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Bulldogs stay hot, record sixth shutout Charles’ goal pushes Drake past South Dakota by Eduardo Zamarripa

Staff Writer

Freshman Generve Charles scored with 20 minutes left in the game and freshman goalkeeper Kalena Litch posted her sixth shutout of the season, as Drake held on to oust South Dakota State, 1-0. This was the last non-conference match of the season for the Bulldogs, who improved their overall record to 7-2-3. Drake has been especially impressive at home, where it remains undefeated with four wins and one draw in five games. Drake dominated the Coyotes, but its lack of clarity up-front made the match a lot closer than it should have been. “For portions of the game it was one-way traffic, but we let South Dakota stay in the game by not capitalizing on our chances,” Head Coach Lindsey Horner said. The Bulldogs controlled the ball and had several opportunities to open up the score in the first half, but failed to do so. Drake took its offensive momentum into the second half, as it kept bombarding the South Dakota defensive front. The Bulldogs held a 22-7 shot advantage against the Coyotes in the game. “We tried to utilize the width of the field by trying to keep our outside midfielders as wide as possible,” said sophomore Laura Moklestad. “Using them gave us some good scoring opportunities.” It wasn’t until the 69th minute that Drake was able to finally put the ball in the net. Freshman Brittany Schuling found Charles, who drove a low shot into the left corner to give Drake all the scoring it would need in this

one. “We definitely outplayed South Dakota,” Moklestad said. “We were able to beat their players one-on-one throughout the game and had many dangerous attacks.” Despite Drake dominating in almost every statistic, this was a game where the Bulldogs should have definitely struck way earlier in the match. “We talked after the game about our mentality; to stay hungry, improve each outing, and stay focused for 90 minutes,” Horner said. “We don’t want to do just enough to beat an opponent; we want to push ourselves to reach our potential and ultimately achieve our goals for the season.” Still, the way the defense has been playing lately should have the Bulldogs feeling very optimistic about their chances in the Missouri Valley Conference. “Our defense has done a great job this year,” Moklestad said. “Our six shutouts sets a standard for our defense to never let down in the back and that carries forward to the attack.” The Bulldogs are already 2-0 in the Valley and played defending MVC Champion Illinois State University on Sunday. Details from that game will be in Thursday’s issue of the Times-Delphic. Drake should be able to use its non-conference season preparation to have a great run in the MVC this year. “To have a successful conference season, we need to apply everything we’ve learned in our non-conference games,” Moklestad said. “I think it’s vital that we never lose the mindset that we are going to win and that we are going to do everything we can for our teammates.” FILE PHOTO

Bulldog XC Weekend Results

Loyola Lakefront Invitational

compiled by Matt Moran | Sports Editor

Drake: Fourth out of 41 1. Northwestern 2. McMaster 3. St. Olaf 4. Drake 5. University of Chicago

Grand View Invitational Men – 8k

Individuals 7. Luke Schafer, 27:40 9. Brandon Lewis, 27:52 11. Nate Paulson, 28:00

Teams: Eight total 1. Morningside 2. Drake 3. Grand View

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Men – 8k

Women – 5k

Drake: Eighth out of 41 Individuals 15. Omet Kak, 25:27 29. Ben Jaskowiak, 25:50 34. Tim Cornish, 25:54

Individuals 16. Casey McDermott, 18:21 40. Tara Scieszinski, 18:51 48. Erin Poss, 18:55


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MONDAY, OCT. 04, 2010



Drake goes GREEN

Bulldogs tie No. 12 UC Irvine, 1-1 by Skylar Bergl

Staff Writer

Saturday’s game was Drake’s second annual “Greenest Game on Grass.” The campaign benefited non-profit organization Trees Forever. The normally blue and white Bulldogs donned green jerseys to support the cause. Trees Forever’s mission is to plant and care for trees and the environment by empowering people, building community and promoting stewardship. The green jerseys were auctioned off after the game, with proceeds supporting the Center on Sustainable Communities. The Bulldogs busted out and made a statement last Saturday night as they went to double overtime and tied No. 12 University of California-Irvine as a part of the Ralph Gross Alumni Classic at Cownie Soccer Complex. The Bulldogs held the nation’s seventh-best scoring offense to just one goal as they improved their record to 4-5-1 on the season, while dropping the Anteaters to 8-1-1 on the season. The Anteaters came into the match allowing just two goals all season, registering eight shutouts along the way. The visitors outshot the Bulldogs 20-10. “I think tonight was a fair result,” Drake head coach Sean Holmes said in a Drake athletics press release. “The two goals really jump started the game to action as the first 55 minutes was still an interesting game, but not super exciting. Given a month ago we would have found a way to lose; any time you can invite a top 12 team in the country to your place and as young as we are, get a result, in arguably a game we could have won, is a sign of progress.” Gray Bailey gave the Anteaters a lead in the 56th minute when he headed in a corner from

Christian Hernandez. The goal gave Bailey his third of the season. Just two minutes later, however, the Bulldogs responded with a corner from Michael Thaden that went to Evan Harrison, who found Thomas Ostrander for his team-leading fourth goal of the season. Ostrander sent the shot to the lower right corner of the net to tie up the match at 1-1. “If every kid on our team played with the same passion, commitment and emotion as Thomas, we would be a better team,” Holmes said in the same release. For the rest of the half, the Bulldogs held the high-octane UC Irvine offense off the scoreboard. Starting goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec ended up bloodied in the 106th minute and sat on the ground for several minutes before refusing to come out of the game. He finished the match with a game-high nine saves. UC Irvine’s Andrew Forstein hauled in four stops of his own. “(Kadlec) getting cut in the second overtime and still battling through is a testament to him,” Holmes said. Holmes also praised the play of redshirt sophomore Jordan Stanley, who made his first collegiate start. “Jordan Stanley, for his first collegiate start to step up and play so well is a credit to him,” he said. Ostrander led the Bulldogs with three shots and Amani Walker, who registered six shots, led the Anteaters. On Tuesday night, the Bulldogs brought home a win versus their 2009 first-round NCAA tournament opponents, the Western Illinois Leathernecks, with a 3-2 victory. Ostrander’s 90th-minute goal proved to be the difference as the Bulldogs totally dominated the first half of the game, outshooting them in the first period, 12-3.

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JUNIOR MICHAEL THADEN chases down a UC Irvine attacker. The Bulldogs tied the No. 12 Anteaters 1-1 during the “Greenest Game on Grass.”


Bulldogs win 17th, but suffer second loss in Valley by David Johnson

Staff Writer

Drake’s weekend road trip resulted in a split of two Missouri Valley Conference matches. The Bulldogs’ weekend started well with a four-set victory (25-20, 25-23, 24-26, 25-15) over Indiana State on Friday before they fell to Illinois State (23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-27) on Saturday. The Bulldogs’ record fell to 17-3 on the season. Drake is guaranteed to finish above .500 for

the season after picking up victory number 17. “It’s a good start, but we have a ways to go before we celebrate,” Head Coach Phil McDaniel said in a Drake athletics press release after Friday’s win. “It’s a tough conference and we’ll see everyone again.” The Bulldogs’ offense dominated against Indiana State with a .324 attack percentage. Senior Angela Bys had 21 kills on 45 attempts and sophomore Whitney Westrum and junior Mikayla Sims both finished the match with 10 kills apiece. Junior Caitlin Johnson led the team with 23 assists and was closely followed by senior Susan

Clausen, who finished with 22 assists. The Bulldogs recorded six service aces as a team, as senior Alana Wittenburg and Johnson both had two apiece. “Our service team did very well (on Friday),” McDaniel said. A valiant defensive effort wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs in the match against the Redbirds of Illinois State. The Bulldogs registered a season-high 15 total blocks as a team. Senior Alisa DeBerg Roth led the team with six assisted blocks. Sophomore Emily Heffernen and junior Michelle Reidy both contributed five assisted blocks on the evening.

Bys, who registered 19 kills on 64 attempts, led the Bulldog attack. Wittenburg led the back row defense with 32 digs and Johnson contributed 27 assists for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs’ record in Missouri Valley Conference play remained at .500 (3-3). They currently sit in sixth place in the conference, which would make them the last team to reach postseason play if the season ended today. Drake returns to Des Moines this weekend to take on the Wichita State Shockers (10-4, 3-2) on Friday and the Missouri State Bears (13-3, 4-1) on Saturday.

The Times-Delphic 10/04/2010  

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

The Times-Delphic 10/04/2010  

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