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THE TIMES-DELPHIC The weekly student newspaper of Drake University

Vol. 136 | No. 11 | Wed. Nov. 16, 2016 timesdelphic.com

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Students protest, administration listens Protesters support inclusive campus climate in response to presidential election

STUDENTS made signs to show their discontent with President-elect Donald Trump. Administration responded to student concerns. PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRACE ROGERS Katherine Bauer News Editor katherine.bauer@drake.edu @bauer_katherine On Nov. 8, 71.4 million Americans turned on their televisions to watch the votes pour in as the 2016 general election came to a close. Early Wednesday morning, the nation watched as Hillary Clinton conceded to now president-elect Donald Trump. On Wednesday night, Drake University students, faculty, administration and staff filled Levitt Hall. There was standingroom only. Drake provost Sue Mattison notified the university via email about a campus town hall a little over an hour before the discussion began. Professor of Law Anthony Gaughan and professors of political science Joanna Mosser and Rachel Paine Caufield attempted to answer questions from those gathered. President Marty Martin and Interim Dean of Students Jerry Parker were also present to address concerns. Mattison began the discussion by saying that administration is aware of the distress students are facing after Trump was elected president. Faculty had expressed to her that their students were coming to them with difficult questions and fears. “It’s been a challenging week,” Mattison said. Gaughan introduced himself to the crowd first. He said that he had never seen an election like this one before.

“We’ll be living through that legacy (of Trump) for years to come,” Gaughan said. “If you are feeling very shaken ... that’s a very natural reaction.” The floor was then given to Caufield. She offered a more hopeful take on the events that have occurred over the past few days. “I believe the beliefs and values that guide the (political world) are defined by each generation,” Caufield said. She added that now is the time to ask, “What are our core values?” Mosser summarized the tension in the room. “I imagine many of us are feeling vulnerable,” Mosser said. Yet Mosser also said she wanted people to be open to conversation that destabilized what people thought they knew. Martin then stepped forward to address the group. “We need to be willing to talk and share our thoughts,” Martin said. “I am optimistic that you will do better than (my generation has) done ... even in the pain.” The first question came from a student who asked where the line is drawn between free speech and hate speech, referring specifically to the instigative and controversial pro-Trump posters taped to two Latina students’ dorm door early last week. Gaughan addressed the topic first. He said the First Amendment does not give the right to break the law, threaten, intimidate or isolate others. “(The posters were) an attack on free speech itself and it has a chilling effect,” Gaughan said.

Another student asked what students can do to start healing after the events of the past few days. “We’ve seen both sides (of the political spectrum) paint each other with very broad brushes,” Caufield said. “I think the first and foremost thing we need to do is take a nap.” Senior Kenia Calderon, a self-identified undocumented immigrant, asked what Drake was going to do when Trump called for the deportation of illegal immigrants. In her eyes, it was not a matter of if, but when. “We will challenge those actions that threaten our values,” Martin said. “If that day comes, you won’t stand alone.” Students voiced fears that their voice had not been heard this election cycle. “How can we incite change in a society so against change?” firstyear Julianna Darzins asked. Gaughan said that people have a responsibility to protect each other. “Share your fears with your fellow students,” Gaughan said. “That is something you don’t want to bottle up.” Caufield addressed how students can incite change beyond Election Day. She said that every conversation, every group or organization is a way to change things. Jennifer McCrickerd, philosophy professor, said that young people would hold a more powerful role in future elections. “They’re paying attention to what millennials want,” McCrickerd said. Another student asked how

Drake administration will be able to stand against the policy that comes from a Trump administration. Parker said that Drake’s statement of nondiscrimination, code of conduct and policy on sexual and interpersonal misconduct are not a political agenda or up for election. He said that those beliefs and values will continue to stand. Parker next informed students about the resources available to help them through difficult times. He said that counselors are available and that part-time counselors will be available for more hours for the foreseeable future. “(The administration has) a heart,” Parker said.

“We need to have conversations with those who disagree with us.” Jennifer McCrickerd Philosophy Professor

Next, concerns about negative social media use were brought to the panel’s attention. A student asked how he could handle the anger he experienced when looking at his news feed. “(Ask yourself,) ‘Would I say this if they were here in front of me?’” Martin said. “‘Would I use those words?’” “Turn it off!” Caufield said. “Get away from it for a day. Breathe for a minute before replying. Think about what you really want to say.” Renee Sedlacek, director of

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Community Engaged Learning, observed that if Trump were a student at Drake, he would have been expelled for his words. “We need to have conversations with those who disagree with us,” philosophy professor Jennifer McCrickerd said. One student expressed concern that such a conversation would force her to listen to ideas and beliefs she fundamentally disagrees with. Caufield told her to look for shared values. For example, Caufield said two people may believe in equality, but how they end up with their specific idea of equality is unique and important to understand. “There’s something beautiful in that shared value,” Caufield said. Tony Tyler, director of student engagement, equity and inclusion, noted that, for him, conversations about his queerness with those who dismiss that sexual orientation is not on the table for discussion. “Expecting us to have a conversation with our oppressors about why their oppression is okay is not (the type of conversation that needs to be had),” Tyler said. “I will talk to them about a number of other things.” The forum ended nearly two hours after it started, as students slowly trickled out. Other students stayed behind to connect with some of the panel members and those who offered support from the audience.


02 | news

Nov. 16, 2016

NEWS CAMPUS EVENT

STUDENTS signed a poster to pledge to be more environmentally friendly. Prizes and discounted coffee motivated students to participate in the LEAD events. PHOTO BY LÓRIEN MACENULTY | STAFF WRITER

Drake goes from blue to green for the environment

Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer lorien.macenulty@drake.edu @lorienmacenulty The latest environmental protection initiative at Drake University is DU Blue Goes Green. The LEAD 190 Capstone students took on the initiative to further increase awareness of everyday wastefulness and its devastating effects. Members tabled all of last week in Olmsted, educating passers-by on how to reduce consumption of paper materials, providing facts about the environment and encouraging Drake students to pledge personal activism in support of greener living. “This is just one of our ways to bring awareness to campus,” said Lauren Manecke, a senior magazine major. “... It’s an incentive to remind people to go

green rather than using paper.” The green week consisted of a social media contest with a Mars Café or Scooter’s gift card as a prize. Yet, with so many environmental initiatives on Drake’s campus, the activist group found difficulty in distinguishing themselves and their vision. “We took a long time deciding which route we wanted to go,” said Maura Scott, a senior in the LEAD program. “LEAD capstone has done a lot of environmental things in the past, most specifically the water bottle ban, most recently the bike library.” The university’s heavy reliance on paper products caught their attention. “Around campus, (we) have been looking around,” said Manecke. “We actually worked with the maintenance person about how much waste (Drake is accountable for), and they’ve been keeping track of the paper

towel use for a week.” While the Drake-specific statistics are not yet calculated, the issue of paper consumption was central to the initiative. The capstone group surfaced the fact that American businesses generate enough paper a day to circle the Earth 20 times, according to the Producers Guild of America. “I think it’s a very pressing issue, things with the environment,” said Kaitlin Lacek, a senior who is a part of the DU Blue goes Green initiative. “We saw a need for it and figured we should educate more students on it.” Funding for the project comes from the Student Leadership Advisory Panel (SLAP), yet the LEAD students have strong intentions of further expansion on the topic. “We are also working right now with Dyson hand dryers to

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eliminate paper towel use on campus,” Manecke said. “So right now, we are looking at Crawford for the pilot because it’s just a smaller hall.” Manecke further explained that students have varied opinions on the addition of hand dryers. “People have had mixed feeling about this, about having paper towels and getting rid of them,” Manecke said. “So what we are thinking is doing rather than two paper towels on each side, do a hand dryer and a paper towel just so that people (can have one) when they open the doors and stuff and when they are wiping their mouths. People are also concerned about the drips from hand drying, so we are trying to get the ones where you put your hands in.” The LEAD capstone also planned to encourage the use of reusable mugs by offering free hot

chocolate and coffee to those with their own mug on Wednesday morning. Olmsted Coffee Shop offers 10 cents off a purchase when a reusable mug is used. “After this, we will be working with the coffee shop and Sodexo to bring reusable mugs so that people can check out a reusable mug instead of using paper or plastic cups all the time,” Scott said. The initiative reminds students that environmental friendliness begins with each individual. “Starting by yourself is a great step,” Manecke said. “So when you are at home, shut the lights off and stuff, and then from that you don’t necessarily need to do something for us, but just influence those around you. If you see people littering around you, pick it up but also say something.”

Spoken word poetry offers students outlet for expression Adam Rogan Managing Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @adam_rogan Despite autumn’s chill finally setting in outside, a warm and welcoming atmosphere pervaded in the Turner Jazz Center on the night of Nov. 11. DU Spoken Word, a poetry group on campus, was hosting an event where Drake students could perform their poetry with their peers. About a dozen poems were performed on a range of topics, including heritage, sexual assault, politics and romance. Some were personal and some were funny, some saddening and some optimistic, but all received strong support and love from those in attendance. While at least one poet admitted to performing his poetry for the first time, several poets were veterans of the stage. “(DU Spoken Word provides) a way for me to still be an English person and still do poetry and get my poetry heard,” said Rin Clasen, a sophomore DU Spoken Word member majoring in secondary education, “without it being something I have to commit 20,000 hours of auditioning and

practicing to.” Still, others came only to watch and listen, not to share. “I like spoken word poetry,” senior Megan Ellis said. “I didn’t know it was a passion of mine until I went to an event at Java Joes. One of my friends was like, ‘It’s going to be super cool.’ I’m not a big poetry person, but I had faith.” Ellis keeps coming back to spoken word performances to support a friend who often performs poems regarding sensitive topics. “I always think that spoken word is a form of therapy,” DU Spoken Word Vice President Sarah Antongiovanni said. “A lot of people who get up there and talk about their story have been through some s**t … I think there’s something powerful in being able to get that out and have people be able to listen to it. And not just listen to it but engage with it.” As emcee for the night, Antongiovanni told the audience, early on, “Poetry is meant to be interactive.” She encouraged snapping to show appreciation during moments when listeners liked or identified with what was being said. “It’s a fun way to talk about

topics that would maybe be really sensitive,” Ellis said. “It’s a fun way to start a social dialogue over those tough subjects and to kind of help engage an audience who likely has experienced similar things.” DU Spoken Word benefits from being in Des Moines, allowing the group to be a part of a strong local community that is a spoken word “hotspot” of sorts, according to Antongiovanni. There are a number of organizations that participate in spoken word and slam poetry, such as Run DSM, Drake University’s Engaged Citizen Corps and Say What! Poetry, the latter two of which cosponsored Friday’s event. “There is a huge community here,” Clasen said, “which is fanfreaking-tastic.” The event’s objective was to raise money for DU Spoken Word’s planned trip to CUPSI, a poetry slam competition coming up in April in Chicago. “If you’ve heard of Button Poetry, a lot of the poets from that come out of CUPSI,” Clasen said. “So it’s really cool if we can get there.” The next DU Spoken Word event is planned for 8 p.m., Nov. 28 in Olmsted Center. The topic for that night will be social justice.

THE AUDIENCE listened silently as students presented their original poems. PHOTOS BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR


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Nov. 16, 2016

NEWS CAMPUS EVENT

Transgender speaker addresses election results Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer lorien.macenulty@drake.edu @lorienmacenulty

Apprehension of the previous night’s election results weighed heavily on the atmosphere of Meredith 103 early last Wednesday. Students enrolled in the social justice leadership class awaited the arrival of Ellen Krug, an attorney, writer and transgender activist from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The bright red and blue donuts that accompanied the occasion were left virtually untouched. “Probably everyone here is some combination of exhausted, despondent, shocked, grieving,” said Darcie Vandegrift, the class’s supervisor and associate professor of sociology. “You know, the fact is that we are coming together at this time when there are a lot of emotions at the top, and we are asking questions about where we go from here. I think it’s fantastic that we have a speaker who has devoted her life to living her authentic self and also to embodying activism around social justice issues.” Krug has degrees from Coe College and Boston College Law School. She transitioned from male to female in 2009 in the midst of a civil trial case. Krug’s experiences inspired the conception of a book, entitled “Getting to Ellen: A Memoir About Love, Honesty, and Gender Change.” In 2011, she founded a nonprofit organization called Call to Justice, LLC, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which seeks to connect financially impoverished individuals with legal resources. Despite these successes, Krug insists that she is nothing special. “All that I am is a survivor of

ELLEN KRUG shared her life experiences with students after election night. PHOTO BY LÓRIEN MACENULTY | STAFF WRITER the human condition,” Krug said. “It just happens to be that my survivorship is more public than it is for most people.” While election of Donald Trump derailed her speech plans,

Krug focused on authenticity as a powerful advocacy device to have a lasting impact on the audience. “What was one of the first things I said to you?” Krug said. “I said, ‘I look like a chick and sound

like a dude.’ That’s vulnerability on my part. I’m a vulnerable person, and what that does is that draws me closer to you.” Krug sprinkled her speech with mentioned of acts of authentic

vulnerability to demonstrate this exact phenomenon to the students of the social justice class. She spoke of the loss she encountered while transitioning genders, the loss of her now exwife and self-described soul-mate. “I knew that if I moved from here (manhood), to there (womanhood), I knew that I would lose her,” Krug said. “And for the longest time I tried my absolute best. We are talking multiple therapists. We are talking drugs. We are talking bargaining. We are talking alcohol. We are talking beautiful toys. I tried everything to stay a boy. But because authenticity is among the most powerful things in the world, I couldn’t stay a boy. Gender is not a choice. Sexuality is not a choice.” Krug partially attributed her success as an attorney and a transgender advocate to the power of authenticity. “You cannot change the way people think unless you get to know them,” Krug said. “If you don’t form the basis to become familiar with someone, understand what’s ticking with them, you’re not going to be able to change their minds.” Eren Latham, a sophomore anthropology and sociology major, responded positively to Krug’s message and the context in which it was delivered. “It was really helpful,” Latham said. “I have been reeling since last night. I have been helping my girlfriend who has been reeling. To have this talk from someone who is authentic and who is an advocate despite all odds is a really powerful thing. And it’s given me ideas on how to go forward.”

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Drake offers veterans place to connect with others who served Drake Rhone Staff Writer drake.rhone@drake.edu @drakerhone An event for veterans and military family members on the morning of Nov. 10 drew students and faculty alike to the Turner Jazz Center for a casual meet and greet. “It’s good to know that there are other people here who have similar experiences,” Tim Burnham said, who enrolled at Drake after several years in the military and tours overseas. The veterans and military

family in attendance took it as an opportunity to talk about their experiences with military service, as well as to network with some attendees handing out contact information and business cards. “It’s a great way to make connections with people you have common ground with,” Burnham said. Nancy Geiger, a student records analyst who also serves as Drake’s Veterans Certification Officer, organized the program. “The origin of the event came from a student survey a couple years ago,” Geiger said. “We did an assessment of what the (military affiliated) individuals here were

wanting that they didn’t have. And this was something that they didn’t have, the chance to meet with other persons on campus who are faculty or employees of the various administrative offices who either had served themselves or were part of a military family.” Many employees from facilities and faculty, a firstyear undergraduate student, a first-year law school student, and Burnham, who is a senior, attended the event. President Marty Martin was also in attendance. Martin is a veteran and stayed throughout the meet and greet to share stories about basic training and

the military life. “We had four branches (represented),” Geiger said. “(There was) no coast guard, but four of the five branches were here. A variety of military bases were represented. We had military family, wives and mothers.” The event was hosted last year as well, and Geiger said that they plan on continuing it in the future. “We’ve modeled it as a casual, low profile program,” Geiger said. “The president and the provost did not have to put big speeches together for this. The idea was to create a common community.”

This year the event was held right between the final day of election season and Veterans Day, but politics did not appear to enter the discussion between fellow veterans and family. “It was not political at all,” Geiger said. “The date was chosen so as to not fall on the 11th, because in the survey the comments said that there were other events on the 11th. So, with the coordination between the provost’s schedule, President Martin’s schedule and my schedule, the date and time had nothing to do with the election. Had this not been an election year, we still would have done it.”

STUDENT SENATE

Student Senate reacts to presidential results at weekly meeting Jake Bullington Digital Editor jacob.buklington@drake.edu @jake_bullington

Because some students were moved to tears, watching the electoral college map turn a bright, widespread red last week, Student Senate and the division of student life took a moment Thursday to ensure the well being of all the members and the student body. Those around the table, including Student Body President Thalia Anguiano, said that the past days and week have campus shaken up. “I think we obviously know it’s been a very difficult week, not only here on campus but I think just everywhere for a lot of different people,” Anguiano said.

Between President-elect Donald Trump winning the general election and the contentious posters left on a first-year dorm room created an environment that Senate advisor Meghan Baeza said created a “tough week” for some students. “To be honest, this isn’t necessarily an announcement, but just something I think all of student life would like you to know,” Baeza said. “We care about you … we cared about you last week, yesterday. Tomorrow we will. We’re here for you. And we’ve noticed there’s just a lot going on on campus.” During the meeting, Interim Dean of Students Dr. Jerry Parker released an email on behalf of student life. “Caring for each other is critical to who we are at Drake,” Parker wrote. “Start by taking

care of yourselves. Make sure you are eating and getting enough rest. Take care of each other. Approach each other gently. Approach each other without having assumptions about each other or having an agenda. Know that people are processing. Be patient with each other. Be good to each other.” During her report, Anguiano also proposed a post-meeting “debrief” on the past week’s events. “I think it would be a good time for us to just kind of like talk as humans with feelings, and not on (a) senate related note,” Anguiano said. The discussion lasted until shortly after 11 p.m., according to Senator Beth LeValley. Parker also addressed the issue of students disagreeing with one another and provided a

reminder to students.

“I think we obviously know it’s been a very difficult week, not only here on campus but I think just everywhere for a lot of different people” Thalia Anguiano Student Body President

“We will not always agree…but disagreement is not synonymous with hatred,” Parker wrote. “This campus community can model the healing needed in this country in the way that shows respect towards one another; moving forward it definitely has to be different than what we have seen

to this point.” Baeza also emphasized that the student life office is genuinely concerned about the health of students. “We’re really concerned about your well-being, like your sense of self-care … ,” Baeza said. Thalia closed out the meeting with a message of thanks to students who had reached out to her. “Thank you to everyone who’s reached out to me over the past week with words of encouragement and asking if I need anything,” Anguiano said. “I really appreciate it. Please keep spreading that to other people who might need some love throughout the past few days and next couple of weeks.”


04 | opinions

Nov. 16, 2016

OPINIONS FAREWELL

Student says thank you and farewell to Barack Obama

Leo McGrath Contributing Writer leo.mcgrath@drake.edu

I was in fifth grade during the 2008 election, and it was the first election that me or any of my friends could remember. It was before any of us really

knew what politics was. But my teachers seemed determined to change that, by organizing mock elections, showing us debates in class and talking about each of the candidates’ policies at length. In the weeks leading up to the fake election, I was set on voting McCain, because most of the adults around me said that he was who they were voting for and I wasn’t too concerned with the whole project. But the more we learned about their policies, the more I began to favor Barack Obama. Right before the final vote, I chose him. I still think that it’s Obama who got me interested in politics. First and foremost, what I think is most impressive about Obama is his ability to keep himself out of bad press.

You never really hear about Obama involved in a big scandal. But with this election, you couldn’t go a day without hearing something about emails or a wall. And we’ve seen how badly a scandal can affect the public view of a president in the past, so I’ve always respected Obama’s relative integrity. Speaking of integrity, I loved that aspect of Obama as well. It seemed that he always had the right thing to say at the right time. I remember a lot of hate being thrown towards Romney in the 2012 election, because he used more attack ads than his opposing candidate. Even in this election, we’ve seen him defend Trumps supporters and chastise democratic voters for being blatantly rude. Obama has also handled a lot of issues with a definitive air

of class and hopefulness. Even with allegations like the “birther scandal” thrown against him, he never got worried. Instead, he disputed the claims effortlessly and with respect. But I think the biggest reason why I’ll miss Barack Obama in office isn’t because of his policies, even though I agree with them, or his attributes, even though I respect them. I will miss Obama because he has been far more approachable and downright funny than any other head of state we’ve seen yet. Never before has a president used his position to such great comedic effect, in my opinion. He made jokes against birthers, FOX News and even the common phrase “thanks Obama.” I highly doubt that Trump will have the same ability to laugh at himself that Obama does, not to

mention the capacity to see other people laughing at him. I am very sorry to see such a great humor leaving the White House. I’m not saying that Obama was the perfect president, nor am I saying that all he put forward was a couple jokes. I believe that he was a fine leader who knew the people he was leading well. And I would certainly say that the country hasn’t gotten too much worse during his term. So for all this and much more, I’ll say with absolute sincerity: Thanks Obama.

DEMOCRAT REACTION

REPUBLICAN REACTION

Democrat disappointed by new president-elect

Republican reacts to Trump’s victory

Natalie Larimer Book Critic natalie.larimer@drake.edu @larimerslogic

Earlier this week in my human geography class, my professor, Dr. Ramesh Dhussa, began the discussion with asking people for political jokes. After hearing our jokes, he repeated one that he heard from a friend that said, “America is in labor and in 14 hours we will find out if it’s a girl or boy.” Well, we found out. It’s a boy. But for me, this is no occasion for baby blue balloons. I stayed up until 2 a.m. the night after the election trying to cope with the outcome of the election. So now I’m not only exhausted, but in a constant state of agony. Now, I’m usually a pessimist, but I think now I actually have a reason to be that way. Think of this: Donald Trump, who is known for overreacting and lashing out on Twitter and other forms of social media, will soon have the nuclear codes. Yes, it’s more complicated than that, but hear me out. He can mobilize our military. He can use executive actions. Trump, the man who made fun of a disabled journalist, is now the face of our nation. How did we let this happen? The problem I saw was everybody dismissing Trump and assuming he wasn’t serious or

smart enough to pull this off. Well, now you’re eating your words and I’m eating my sorrows in a pile of banana nut muffins. We screwed up. It’s that simple. We memed the election to the point of no return and now we’ve elected a president who could turn this country into pulp if he wants to, while there were 10,000 plus votes for Harambe. Speaking of which, if you voted for Harambe, I want to have a chat with you and get you a one-way ticket to Australia immediately. So what can we expect from a Trump administration? I’m banking on early impeachment, documentaries called “The Cold War 2: Russia’s Back and This Time It’s Personal” and a Midwexit. Okay, in all seriousness, I think Trump could overreact to being treated with disrespect from other countries (or our own) and crack down on some laws that shouldn’t be written. Somebody with as large an ego as his cannot play nice when compromise is necessary, and that’s what politics is all about. It’s a compromised course of action that doesn’t satisfy either side but it doesn’t make them mad enough to oppose it. I can’t see Trump signing in something that won’t help him 100 percent. That’s why political experience is so important in this office. We’re starting a rookie off in the most important position of the country. If he was governor of a state, I wouldn’t be so upset. Remember that Arnold Schwarzenegger was an elected official? But he wasn’t our president so it wasn’t a huge deal for the country or the world. California didn’t burst into flames when The Terminator stepped into office, but America might when The Toupee steps into the Oval Office.

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Kollin Crompton Republican Columnist kollin.crompton@drake.edu @Str8FrmCrOMPTON

It is about time the 2016 presidential race is over. It has been a very long process, and I am so glad it’s done. I am very happy to say that the Republican Party came away with a huge win this election cycle. We kept control of the Senate, we won back the White House and we will be able to keep the Supreme Court. Before Election Day, I thought the Republican Party was just about dead. I thought Clinton was going to win in a landslide and that Trump would not accept the results, all resulting in the death of the Republican Party, but I was wrong. Trump was able to win a majority of the swing states and flipped supposedly safe Democratic states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, something many didn’t see coming. Having the Republican Party win back the White House was some of the most exciting news I have received in a very long time. I convinced myself that I was never going to see another Republican presidency again. I was afraid that the values that I hold would continue to be ignored or just casted off as “evil,” “racist,” and of course even “fascist.” Another bonus to the night

was that the Republican Party was also able to keep control in the Senate. This was my biggest worry, mostly because I thought Trump had zero chance of winning, but also the prospect that Senate republicans wouldn’t be able to pass positive legislation. However, I am not happy that Donald Trump was the one to win. He won without releasing tax returns or even any real policies. He won without being presidential. His talking points were like the talking points of a middle school class president election. The way he conducts himself is totally unacceptable, but it is time to accept that he has won. One thing that I did not like this election cycle is the division it has caused. To those that are opposed to a Trump presidency, I am sorry. I am sorry for many reasons. First, I am sorry that you feel that your voice was not heard, but the reality is that it was heard. We have a complicated system that makes sure that large cities do not dominate our elections and the results just simply did not work in your favor. Second, I am sorry that you feel so scared. I want you to know that the system of checks and balances is in place to protect you. Many of the things Trump wants to do will not be able to happen because the House of Representatives and the Senate hate Trump just as much as you do. Third, I am sorry you feel the need to generalize all Republicans as “racist,” “misogynist,” “homophobic,” etc. To me, there is no reason to generalize such a thing. It is disrespectful and perpetuates the hate that you all voted against. Lastly, I am sorry that you feel the need to protest. These protests are not productive because the results of the election can no longer be

changed. President Trump will have a lot that he wants to do once he is in office. The first thing he will surely do is to repeal and replace “Obamacare”; this is something I am very excited to see. The Republican Party has been talking about doing this since “Obamacare” was signed into law and it is time for them to put their money where their mouth is. “Obamacare” prices are skyrocketing and it is time leave it in the past. The second thing Trump will do is select a Supreme Court Justice, and this can lead to a lot of things. Many believe that this will lead to the Supreme Court over turning gay marriage, but I find this highly unlikely. What is more likely is that the Supreme Court will relook at Roe v Wade. The last thing that I think a Trump Presidency will do is pass common sense government reform. He wants to impose term limits on all members of Congress and he also wants to put a fiveyear ban on members of Congress becoming lobbyists. Honestly, to me this sounds great. I think our government is too reliant on the revolving door and it needs to be changed. Also, we are never going to abolish the Electoral College. It is in place to protect the minority party and you never know when your party will be the minority. I know that there are a lot of people who are not happy with the election results, but we must have faith in the political system. There is a delicate system of checks and balances that are in place for the protection of the people. So please, let us come together. I know this may be hard, but it is definitely needed.

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Nov.16, 2016

OPINIONS ALBUM REVIEW

Leonard Cohen’s final album is moving, profound

Parker Klyn Music Critic parker.klyn@drake.edu @KlynParker

Coming into this year, I only knew Leonard Cohen as the man who originally wrote and performed the classic tearjerker “Hallelujah,” popularized by Jeff Buckley. But when I saw him headlining my favorite music websites- who were in equal parts praising the singles leading up to this year’s “You Want It Darker” and criticizing Cohen for saying “I’m ready to die”- I knew that this must’ve been a man of massive influence. Cohen passed away last week at the age of 82 after a five decadespanning career as a singer, songwriter, and poet. Early in his life, he wrote stunning songs like the wishful “Suzanne” and the pained, passionate “So Long, Marianne.” Cohen is one of the rare pop artists to successfully translate poetry into song; he was never a very talented singer, but his subtle musical arrangements and likable, earnest voice turned his

early work into a folk fan’s dream. It’s easy to classify Cohen’s music as folk, but this isn’t the sound of a rambling drifter who makes art to pass the time – it’s the sound of a perfectionist auteur. Cohen famously and legendarily banged his head against the floor of his hotel room when trying to translate his poetry into song. It’s clear that music this passionate comes from a man with immensely high standards, in sharp contrast to his reported lack of self-esteem. In late October, just a few weeks before his death, Cohen released his final album, “You Want It Darker”. When I first heard it, I appreciated most of the arrangements, but Cohen’s formerly sweet voice, after years of performance, had become impossibly low and gravelly. But now, after the realization that he wrote this album in the face of death, You Want It Darker is a stunning statement on mortality and the fragility and difficulty of life and growing old. The album’s title track is an examination of Cohen’s struggles with religion and faith. Born Jewish, he chants hineni repetitively on the song: “Hineni, hineni / I’m ready, my Lord.” His use of the phrase “You want it darker” is compelling; is it accusatory, prescriptive or interrogative? Is he admonishing God for allowing all the strife and hardship in the world? Or is he bringing an optimist to his level, reminding him that in the real world, nothing is as good as it seems?

Later, “On The Level” examines how people give up both good and bad to escape a toxic relationship: “When I walked away from you / I turned my back on the devil / Turned my back on the angel, too.” Even though the song is explicitly about a love, it could be about life as well. He gives up everything joyous and everything terrible when he dies. Love is a surprisingly recurring theme on “You Want It Darker”, although in hindsight, Cohen always had a knack for the romantic. It’s just interesting to see him explore love so deeply as an octogenarian who is about to die. “If I Didn’t Have Your Love” is a loving ballad about how terrible the world would be without love. Backed by soft guitar and heavenly organ, the song’s tone matches the mood of the lyrics. Cohen has always been great at matching his music to fit his words, and You Want It Darker is no different. Spanish guitar accompanies the funeral march of “Traveling Light,” while Sharon Robinson’s backing vocals on “On The Level” match the back-and-forth of a relationship on the verge of collapse. Piano, guitar and light percussion have always been hallmarks of Cohen’s music. They rarely experiment, but they never fail to evoke an emotional response. You Want It Darker’s best song (and in my opinion one of the very best songs of this year) is “Treaty,” a display of how spirituality can falter in the face of death. “I’ve

seen you change water into wine / I’ve seen you change it back into water,” Cohen sighs. When he was once in awe of God’s love, he has now begun to question it: “I wish there was a treaty between your love and mine.” The album closes with a reprise of “Treaty”, but Cohen only sings one instance of the song’s chorus. It somehow takes a different tone. Here, it seems Cohen is singing to his listeners. Or

perhaps to Marianne Ihlen, his longtime love? That’s the beauty of Cohen and his art; it’s open to interpretation without being obtuse. Earlier this year, many people said that David Bowie’s Blackstar was the pinnacle of lifeconcluding albums. After hearing “You Want It Darker,” I think Cohen went out stronger, more moving and more powerful than any artist in music history.

“YOU WANT IT DARKER” is Leonard Cohen’s final album. Cohen recently passed away at the age of 82, after fifty years of being a singer and songwriter. PHOTO BY LEONARDCOHEN.COM

SOCIAL ISSUES

Chinese brides hire professional bridesmaids, saves friends from abuse

Emily Larson Fashion Columnist emily.larson@drake.edu

Being a bridesmaid in Chinese culture could potentially be deadly. So much so that brides are hiring women to be in their wedding party. That is a stark difference from the matrimonial traditions that the United States is used to.

My wedding is an event I have been dreaming about since I was two-feet tall. Like many little girls, I thought up fantasies of luminous dangling lights, a magnificent white ball gown, exquisite flowers draped across every surface, a handsome man to say “I do” and my best friends by my side on the big day. American weddings are known to be extravagant affairs to celebrate the joining of two lovebirds. It is an occasion that is worshiped by our society and most other societies. There are entire movies and television shows in honor of it like “Say Yes to the Dress” and the 2011 film, “Bridesmaids.” My mom and I have always enjoyed watching popular TLC show and drooling over the ornate gowns. In each episode, the bride often brings family members and her bridesmaids to help her choose which dress suits her best.

Having the people in your life you love the most become a part of this special process is a nobrainer for most American brides, not for Chinese brides though. In a recent story by the New York Times, there was a 28-yearold bridesmaid who died after being pressured to drink an exorbitant amount of alcohol. In China, bridesmaids are a symbol of high family status based on the number of them and their attractiveness. Bridesmaid traditions go way back in Chinese history. According to RawStory, a Chinese bridesmaid’s purpose used to mainly be to protect the bride from rival clans who wanted to bring harm to her. This meant they were subject to horrible things like kidnapping, robbing and physical abuse. Nowadays, weddings are more of a social display of the families involved. Just like the elements of

a wedding- venue, flowers, food, etc.- the bridesmaids are considered a part of the elaborate display. The more of them, the prettier they are, the more highly regarded the bride’s family is. But they still carry on the tradition of protecting the bride. The bridesmaids are forced to fend off drinking requests by drinking potent alcohol like rice wine all night themselves. Before the groom can “have” his bride that night, he and his groomsmen must “overcome” the bridesmaids. This is typically done through a series of sexual innuendos and acts the women of the wedding party are forced to perform. This can start off as the simple act of one of the ladies licking a banana, but tends escalate to sexual abuse and inappropriate stunts. In the most extreme cases these poor women can be attacked

or have their clothes taken off and raped. The threat of this happening to your closest friends on what is supposed to be a joyous day is ridiculous. No wonder they are hiring women to be in the bridal party. I would never want this to be done to the people I love. If the only way to protect them and maintain appearances was to hire women, I would do it too. The core of this issue is a lack of respect. The men do not respect the women enough to even leave them alone on a sacred day. Mistreating these ladies is sport to them. That is wrong. Where did morality go? My hope is that someday soon, the men of China will realize the error of their ways and the maltreatment will end. Until then, good luck to the future Chinese brides and their bridesmaids.

MENTAL HEALTH

One of 40 million: Anxiety is a common mental health concern

Jessie Spangler Opinions Editor jessica.spangler@drake.edu @jessiespangler3

My throat closes up. There’s pain in my stomach and in my chest. I suddenly feel like the temperature has soared, beads of sweat are already starting to form on my skin. My mind is racing and no matter how hard I try, I can’t slow

it down. Breathing isn’t as easy as it was a minute ago. If these feelings sound familiar, then you probably know what it’s like to have anxiety. Specifically, you know what it’s like to have an anxiety attack. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., and affects 40 million adults. I am one of those 40 million adults. I’ve had anxiety since I was in elementary school, and it wasn’t until my first year in college that I realized anxiety was the cause of other problems. It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and anxiety is a real problem, especially for college students. According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA) that was directed towards counseling center directors on

college campuses, anxiety was a top concern for 41.6 percent of students. There are different types of anxiety. While there are some common symptoms that many people experience, everyone is different in how they express and handle it. For example, my anxiety attacks are mostly silent. Everything is happening in my head, and even though I can feel the anxiety take over my body, I’m usually able to keep everything inside. There have been times when my body can’t seem to hold itself up. I have the typical heavy breathing that most people think of when they hear the phrase “anxiety attack.” Anxiety has affected my life in many ways. It gave me crippling insecurities when I was in middle and high school. It has affected my work performance and how I act in social settings.

When I make a mistake, I go over it again and again in my head, thinking about what I could’ve done instead. When someone is angry with me, I won’t stop thinking about it for hours. Even leaving class to use the bathroom can trigger some anxiety. I write this not for pity or anything like that. It’s important that people understand anxiety and how it affects people. People who don’t have anxiety, or just experience the normal anxiety that comes with everyday life, may think a quiet person is rude or unresponsive, when in reality they may have some form of an anxiety disorder. I want other people with anxiety to know that they aren’t alone. If you want to seek help, then you should be able to do that without feeling embarrassed or ashamed. You should be able to tell people you have anxiety without being told you are overreacting.

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Do things that you’ll know will help you relax and be revitalized for whatever is next. Don’t feel guilty for taking time for yourself. Everyone needs it, not just those with mental illnesses. Self-love is so important, no matter who you are. If you feel like you need help or medication, then don’t feel ashamed to reach out to a professional, that’s what they’re there for. You are not a burden. Talk to a close friend or family member if you don’t want to talk to a stranger about it. Do what’s best for you. Just remember that you are worth something and you are still whole, no matter what. Struggling with mental health doesn’t make you of any less worth than anyone else.


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Nov. 16, 2016

OPINIONS BOOK REVIEW

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” covers mental illness

Natalie Larimer Book Critic natalie.larimer@drake.edu @larimerslogic

It’s book time. Today I’m going to review a book that I hold near and dear to my heart, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathon Safran Foer. This was a very popular book when it came out and was even made into a movie with Tom Hanks in it. Now, even though I have a slight vendetta against Tom Hanks, it’s a good movie, and a good book at that. The basics of the plot is there’s this kid named Oskar who is nine years old, he lives in New York City and his dad died in the 9/11 attacks. Oskar finds a key in one of his dad’s old vases that’s labeled

“Black” and he decides to hit the streets of NYC to find who this person is and why his dad has a key for them. He goes to every person with the last name of Black, in alphabetical order by first name, and finds a lot of different characters with their own intricate stories and lives. Different perspectives, including Oskar and a mute man who is unnamed until the end, which I won’t spoil for you now, tell the story. The Mute Man’s story is about how he grew up in Berlin and was around during WWII, and how he met the love of his life there. He doesn’t speak so he has the words “Yes” and “No” tattooed on his palms. A lot of the book has images that are from Oscar and the Mute Man’s notebooks. Across the street from where Oskar lives is his grandmother, whom he is very close to. She helps Oskar’s mom a lot now that Oskar’s dad is no longer there, and she becomes very important to the story towards the end. When his dad was alive, he and Oskar were super tight and we see a lot of different interactions between them from Oskar’s point of view. Oskar has an old answering machine in his closet that he keeps hidden from his mom because on it is the recording of

his father’s last words. His dad called while he was trapped in the towers and only Oskar has heard the voicemails. Throughout the book Oskar deals with depression and describes it as having “heavy boots” (which is now a song by my favorite band, Motion City Soundtrack, in case you were wondering). He bruises himself to attempt to deal with it, and he tells nobody. On Oskar’s trek, he meets a man named Mr. Black who doesn’t know what the key is about but he decides to help Oskar find the owner. Mr. Black tells Oskar stories of his past and what he’s doing now, which Oskar finds enthralling and so do I. Yes, this is a sad book about a kid dealing with depression after 9/11 and losing his father, but it’s just so good I don’t know how to do it justice. The writing style is so unique to each character and everyone is so wonderfully developed and I’m just so impressed. I even gifted this book to a member of Motion City Soundtrack because it was so good, if that tells you how much I love it. EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE follows Oskar, who lost his dad in the 9/11 attacks, while he deals with depression. PHOTO BY GOODREADS.COM

FASHION

2016 ELECTION

Sweaters are timeless, fit all fashion needs Stop crying, Start working

Emily Larson Fashion Columnist emily.larson@drake.edu

Walking around campus, it is still gorgeous weather by noon; but in the morning there is a crisp that bites at your skin. Sweaters are for males and females, children and grandmas, humans and dogs. Probably one of the most universal pieces of clothing that

has yet to go out of style. You have been wearing sweaters since infancy when grandma knitted one for her tiny grandbaby and still wear them to this day. The sweater you wear now is probably from The Gap and not your grandma’s handiwork, but still, it’s the same concept. There are different types of sweaters for you to choose from: cardigans, turtlenecks and pullovers. Turtlenecks were big in the 1980s and seem to be making a comeback these days. I have only recently become a fan, but only to a degree. I find myself more drawn to a swoop neck instead of turtle. Turtlenecks make my neck itchy. But they are no longer considered something only your mother would wear. Cardigans have never gone out of style. They are so simple. You can pair them with just about anything.

SWEATERS are a nice option this fall. PHOTO BY EMILY LARSON | FASHION COLUMNIST

If there is a tank top from summer you are dying to wear, put it under a cardigan and you are set to go. Looking for layers? Grab a long-sleeve tee, cardigan, and a patterned scarf to spice up an autumn outfit. Cardigans, and all sweaters, are acceptable in any size. If you want to look sexy but don’t want to risk a chill, there is bound to be a sweater out there that will show off your shape. Maybe the next day you just want to grab your pumpkin spice latte and lay on the couch with a book; pick out an oversized sweater and some leggings and you are set. Heck, grab your boyfriend’s and you can get away with it. For those of us lacking in our love lives, dad or grandpa are sure to have a sweater you can snatch. As a broke college student, thrift stores are your friend. Go on down to the Salvation Army and there are a plethora of cushy cardigans to choose from. With the holidays just around the corner, or beginning Nov. 1st for people like my roommate who already wants to put up a Christmas tree, sweaters are all the rage. Wearing a sweater with bells and glitter on it used to be left up to your little old grandma, now it is a socially encouraged trend. The uglier the sweater, the funnier. Some people even go down to Hobby Lobby for supplies and make their own. Ugly sweater contests are a part of just about every Christmas party during the holiday season. You have got to be prepared. I have yet to go as far as making my own, but I think it would be a fun activity to do with friends this year. Last year I went down to Kohl’s and got a pullover with an adorable smiling snowman on it. Department stores are bound to be stocked with a variety of holiday sweaters to meet your needs if you are not creative or lack the motivation to make your own this year. Waking up for an 8 a.m. can be tough, but instead of walking to class in your pajamas, slip on a sweater. You will be just as cozy and much classier.

Democrat reflects on party loss

Matt Gogerty Sports Editor matthew.gogerty@drake.edu @matt_gogo

You are not a victim, do not pretend you are. We as Americans witnessed the remarkable process of democracy on Tuesday evening. As a millennial, a democrat and a person that genuinely cares about my fellow Americans, I know that the man who was elected does not share my social interests or sentiments. But, you are not a victim, and I am not a victim. What we have seen is the voice of the masses, and they have spoken loudly. People are tired of the political rhetoric and nonsense. They were willing to stand behind anyone, literally anyone, that they felt would challenge those age old ideals. As I watched the results pour in and it became clear that Donald Trump was going to be our next president, I had two thoughts. The first, this sucks. The second, this is my fault. It’s my fault as a democrat that he was elected. Democrats failed to unify and stand behind a candidate that was fit to defeat this republican candidate. Hillary Clinton was not the right person for the job. She just wasn’t. She failed to incite a passion in the majority of the people, the people who voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and the people of Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Clinton failed us as democrats. Don’t get me wrong, I cast my vote on Nov. 8 and I stood with my party, but Clinton failed us. In the face of adversity, she crumbled. When we needed her voice, she folded and gave some run-of-themill political answer.

She tried too hard to remain neutral when she needed to stand up and say, “This is who I AM! This is who WE ARE!” She largely ignored the questions regarding her emails, she didn’t take enough hard hits against Trump, and she failed us on Tuesday evening. She didn’t fail us because she was a woman or because she was a Clinton. She failed us because she lacks personality. Clinton represents everything that the people who voted for Trump were voting against. She is just another politician. This is not a political diatribe against Clinton voters. What I am really doing is reflecting on the past 12 months. I am trying to understand what happened and this is my conclusion. With that being said, this is my plea: Stop it. Just stop it. Please stop making us look like sore losers. Stop making us look like we whine and cry when we don’t get our way. Stop burning flags. Stop perpetuating fear. This isn’t the time to let emotion carry us. We need to prepare for the next four years, we need to unite, we need to show up to vote, and we need to find our candidate. As a crude analogy, we need our Donald Trump. Right now, with campuses being shut down to cope with the loss, or the Trump win, if you will, it is making us look very bad. It makes our party look very bad. While I agree that Trump has said some horrible things – horrible – he has not done anything, yet. And in the event that he does follow through with some of his worst proclamations, we will be there to protest. We will be there to exercise our First Amendment rights. But, nothing has happened, yet. There is no reason to set fires to your cities and mourn the loss of the terrible candidate that was Clinton. Just stop it. Stop whining at your universities. Get out and vote at midterms. Do your civic duty. Volunteer your time, do what you can. Do not waste your time at trivial protests.


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FEATURES ACADEMICS

Urban Plains

capstone provides multimedia experience for graduating class

THE URBAN PLAINS capstone class held their launch party at the DSM Social Club. IPads were set up for students and professors to view the Urban Plains website. PHOTO COURTESY OF JESSICA DIDOMINICK Samantha Miller Contributing Writer samantha.miller@drake.edu

Vogue. Time. Newsweek. Forbes. Urban Plains. All of these magazines are award-winning publications that provide content for a variety of readers. However, only one of them is run by a group of college students. Urban Plains, an online magazine wholly produced, written, edited and designed by Drake University students, won the “Best of Festival” award at the 2015 Broadcast Education Association contest, according to the University’s website. The magazine, the capstone

for several majors within the School of Journalism and Mass Communications provides an extensive amount of opportunities for students to work in the field of communications to create a product and a brand of its own under the supervision of their peers and professors. Because the publication and capstone is seen as a realworld experience, the students are treated as employees in the workplace. “(The professors) are seen as publishers and are there to enhance what the students are working on,” said Sandy Henry, associate professor of journalism and mass communications and one of the capstone’s professors. The capstone is a collaborative

experience to give each student the opportunity to try facets of journalism the students may not all have experience with while under supervision of professors who look over their progress each week. “At the beginning of the year, everyone had to apply for positions and then we did interviews with working professionals,” said Emily VanSchmus, senior graphic design and journalism major. “There are 17 students in the class so there are 17 positions with different teams of people ­— marketing, editing or doing art — and everyone is responsible for making sure everything gets done.” The students receive their own responsibilities within each team

that they need to fulfill each week. Unlike a conventional lecturestyle class, the students send their professors progress reports on their peers each week. “It’s not so much about grades for us as it is making something we’re proud of,” VanSchmus said. “Urban Plains has a really good reputation and has been great in the past, so we want to uphold the legacy, if you will, and make something that we can walk away from that we’re proud of at the end of the semester.” Because the magazine has won awards before, the students believe the class will give them the opportunity to build their resume and branch out in the communications field. “One of the most beneficial

learning experiences to come out of this course was delving into less familiar topics,” said journalism alum Courtney Fishman via email. “Magazine students were asked to film video content and work on podcasts, so it was definitely an experiential learning experience for people to delve into new topics.” Because of the nature of the capstone, students hosted a launch party for the publication at the Des Moines Social Club. They presented this year’s new collection of content to professionals in the community. The publication can be viewed a t urbanplains.com or on their social media pages @Urbanplains.

SPEAKER

Visiting professor shares perspective on internet trend Online documentaries build communities Adam Rogan Managing Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @adam_rogan

Film director Michael Moore revolutionized documentaryfilmmaking in the 2000s when he made three movies that all grossed more than $20 million, including 2004’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” that made nearly $120 million, which is still the highest grossing documentary ever. With the added attention, more creators are jumping into the business with new ideas, ready and willing to reinvent the way people tell their stories. Diego Zavala is a professor at Technologógico de Monterrey, a university in Monterrey, Mexico, and also an accomplished documentarian. During a week long visit to Drake University, Zavala gave a presentation on the fast-changing field of nonfiction filmmaking on Nov. 9. He focused on what is becoming known as interactive documentaries, a new genre that has been born out of the internetage, which allows wider audiences to contribute to and participate in nontraditional documentaries. Interactive documentaries oftentimes take the form of an online space based around a singular topic where contributors can submit audio, visual or written narratives and consumers can hear, see or read them. “(They’re) helping build new communities through the internet,” Zavala said. These methods allow people to tell their own tales, without having an outsider permute or censor what is or isn’t shown. Websites that host interactive documentaries can sometimes have an immense quantity of

content. The Quipu Project is one such example. On its site there are more than 15,000 first-hand stories from native Peruvians who were sterilized during the 1990s by an oppressive government. Some sites are more openended in their objectives. Story Corps, working under the slogan “Recording and preserving America’s stories,” is based around allowing people to simply sharing the experiences that mattered to them most. Story Corps gets its content by setting up “StoryBooths” in major cities across the US where people can sit down and tell a story that will be recorded. If Story Corps likes the story enough, it will be uploaded to its website to be heard or read. The stories considered to be the best go on to be animated, using the original recording as narration, some of which have more than 1 million views on Youtube. Only about 20 people attended Zavala’s presentation. Most of those in attendance were faculty. A few students were speckled throughout the seats of Meredith Hall 101, although several of them were only there to get credit for a class. One of those students was firstyear Kylie Roach, a politics major with a Spanish minor. Even if she wasn’t there entirely under her own volition, Roach still felt she was able to glean some valuable takeaways from the lecture. “It was really interesting to see the relationships between those really organic cultures and those political activism groups and how they can both gain from these kinds of technology,” Roach said. Navigating websites of this magnitude can be daunting, especially compared to the simplicity of just watching a

movie. “It’s more like a puzzle,” Zavala said. “It’s more like a labyrinth.” Interactive documentary allows the user to follow individual, interlocking threads, rather than having the story be relayed to you from one angle that may omit other perspectives or relevant tangents. Using this new medium, consumers can delve deeper into a topic than is possible in a two-hour film. These sites feed themselves. The more people make content, the more other people will see it, and will then want to become a part of a project themselves, continuously keeping the projects updated. Zavala said that oral history in Latin America is incredibly important and endeavors like The Quipu Project and Story Corps help preserve stories that might otherwise be lost to memory or misconstrued by outsiders. “It’s important for (people) to tell their own stories,” Roach said. “If a large media corporation (is the one who records the story) … it just becomes a little bit altered, and the shift becomes less organic and it’s less genuine than it could be if these people are telling their own stories.” Most online interactive documentaries are free to contribute to and interact with. Making money isn’t the goal for many of them, something that can get in the way with other documentaries. “The TV isn’t just going to go to your own town to tell your story,” Zavala said, while taking the task upon yourself provides a “very personal, intimate approach.”

Interactive Documentaries Here at Home • An interactive web of video stories regarding Canada’s homeless • athome.nfb.ca Question Bridge • A forum where black men are invited to create an ongoing string of questions and answers as participants progress one, continual conversation • questionbridge.com Quipu Project • By calling an anonymous phone line, Peruvian people who were sterilized by their own government could share what happened to them • quipu-project.com Sexualidades Campesinas • Highlights the dual-adversity faced by LGBT farm workers in California • sexualidadescampesinas. ucdavis.edu/ Story Corps • A combination of real-world storytelling and the web where people can share whatever stories they find important with the outside world • storycorps.org

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Nov. 16, 2016

FEATURES EVENT ADVANCE

STUDENT LIFE

St. Jude’s Up ‘Til Dawn

Humans of Drake

Students raise money for cancer research Haley Hodges Staff Writer haley.hodges@drake.edu

Every year, Drake University’s branch of Phi Delta Chi, a professional pharmacy fraternity, does something in support of their philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2013, Drake’s branch has decided to put on an Up ‘Til Dawn event to fundraise for and in support of St. Jude. “St. Jude is a great cause on its own. It helps children who are facing cancer,” Taylor Schwebke, the events and logistics director for the event, said. “They don’t charge the families, they don’t charge for research, they don’t charge anything, so just the fact that it’s a great cause in general and it’s a nice way to support it.” Up ‘Til Dawn asks people who are interested in participating to raise at least a hundred dollars and then they can attend the event. Up ‘Til Dawn is a celebration for what the fundraising participants did. The event starts at midnight on Saturday, Nov. 19 and goes all night until 6 a.m. “The whole point of the night is to celebrate all of the efforts of raising the money for the kids at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Throughout the night we have little mission moments where we hear patient’s actual stories on how they got to the hospital and how the hospital has helped them,” said Piper Swanson, co-director of the event. “That’s one of my most favorite parts because you get to see and hear the way that, by fundraising,

you’re making an impact. Since the hospital has opened, the success rate on childhood cancer has went from like 20 to 80 percent and they’re not going to stop at all until they reach a 100 percent. By fundraising, the whole thing with St. Jude Research Hospital is that no family has to pay for medical bills

“Throughout the night we have little mission moments where we hear patient’s actual stories on how they got to the hospital and how the hospital helped them.” Piper Swanson Co-director of the event

or transportation or anything.” Swanson said the Executive Board for Up ‘Til Dawn has been meeting once a week since April. Different committees are responsible for varying elements of the upcoming event from recruitment to planning one of the games. “I have a team of ten people that I’m in charge of,” Schwebke said. “There’s people that plan opening and closing, people who plan the first event, second event, third event, and then there’s the side events team. I’m in charge of setting up what we do with our weekly meeting for them, helping them if they need assistance, and reporting back to our co-chairs.” Kathryn Vollmer is the director of recruitment and is responsible

for promoting the event to other groups and students in order to get enough participants and donations. “With recruitment, my committee has attended most of our ramp up events and at a lot of those events we try to educate people on what St Jude is and our goal for the event … So at these ramp up events we try to have fun and pump people up for the event because the event is meant to be a celebration for everyone’s hard work fundraising for the hospital,” Vollmer said. “I just want all of the participants to have fun and celebrate for all of the work they’ve done.” All branches of Phi Delta Chi raise money for St. Jude but Drake is the only one to do the Up ‘Til Dawn event. Some other schools around the country put on the event but Drake is consistently one of the highest contributors, currently ranking as the number 10 school in the nation despite being a small school. Last year, they raised about $40,000 and this year the goal is to get it up to $45,000. “We commonly said during our executive board meetings that it’s for the kids,” said Shawna Seibel, a member of the Events and Logistics team under Schwebke. “It’s something we say to help us fully understand that the time we’re putting into it is worth it. Children are diagnosed with these terrible diseases that St. Jude helps families out with. All of their research they open up to the public to fight these diseases the best they can, and by using the saying ‘For the kids’ it motivates us and keeps us going.”

The Times-Delphic tells the stories of Drake students and faculty Jordan Lundquist • Sophomore Public Relations and Sociology

Student’s graphic-design skills led to T-shirt collection, newfound academic interest Hallie O’Neill Copy Editor hallie.oneill@drake.edu @hallie_oneill

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Sophomore Jordan Lundquist likely has the largest T-shirt collection of anyone on campus. He claims that simple cotton tees are “basically all I wear,” and he keeps them stacked in two neat piles in his dresser. He even owns a professional Sheldon Cooper T-Shirt Folder, a contraption that helps him keep his collection in tip-top shape. “I just think T-shirts are so cool, because rather than any other souvenir that you’re just going to hold and look at, then set down, you can put a T-shirt on and wear it around for the day,” Lundquist said. “So when people are wearing a T-shirt from something they’ve done or are involved in, they’re kind of showing a little bit of who they are.” His wardrobe reveals a lot about who he is. Many of the tees he sports come from various Drake-related events and fundraisers, specifically from his fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega (ATO). He has one that says “Bears, Beets, and Battlestar Galactica,” which is a quote from the TV show “The Office.” Most interestingly, though, are the ones he’s designed himself. “I love doing graphic design, that’s super fun,” Lundquist said. “I do that for Student Activities Board (SAB). It’s kind of like my creative outlet, I guess. I design posters for different events coming up on campus, too.” Lundquist remembers always loving to draw and color pictures when he was young. When he got older, he took to computers and spent a lot of his time playing around with different programs. He came to Drake thinking

he’d study computer science. As for graphic design, Lundquist had dabbled in the technological art form in recreation, so he added that to his curriculum, too. But once he began taking classes, he said something didn’t feel right. “I get questions all the time from people like, ‘Wait, you’re not doing graphic design as your major? You’re so good at it!’ But it’s not as fulfilling to me,” said Lundquist. “It’s a skill that I’ll always have, but it’s way more fun now than it ever was when I had it as my major.” After some soul-searching, he realized his ultimate passion: people. Once his undergraduate years at Drake commence, he plans to go to graduate school for student affairs and higher education. “It just kind of blends together the enjoyment I have for being involved in activities, but then you’re taking a backseat and a mentorship role, helping students grow and figure things out,” Lundquist said. “College is such a big time for that, and I feel like I’ve learned so much about myself and the world just by being here.” Lundquist said that after being influenced by people like his fraternity brother, Tom Scearce, interim dean, Jerry Parker and associate provost, Melissa Sturm-Smith, he recognized the educational route he is now taking. He wants to someday work in a university setting, working with and helping people as much as he possibly can. “I want to make people’s lives better by being a part of them. Even just the smallest things, even friendship, just feeling like they’re enriching my life and I’m enriching theirs,” Lundquist said. “I’m really passionate about involvement and leadership and leaving places and things better than they were when I got there.” And of course, he’ll keep building up his T-shirt collection.


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Nov. 16, 2016

FEATURES STUDENT LIFE

‘Outed’ web series casts Drake students in first season Anna Jensen Features Editor anna.jensen@drake.edu @annaxjensen

A new web series, “Outed,” has been filming the first season since January and two Drake students were cast this year. Joseph Alan Smith, a graduate from Iowa State University, wrote the series and is acting as one of show’s the main characters, Max. The plot centers around two gay high school students who were in a closeted relationship until it is leaked to the school. The students must decide how to proceed with their romantic involvement. “While the series, in particular the first season, was inspired by a situation I went through, it is very loosely based off what happened,” Smith said. “… I definitely didn’t go through exactly when these characters went through. In high school, I was a borderline social outcast, which is super ironic (because) the character Max, who I’m acting as in the show, is not as much of a social outcast. He is far more put together than I could be.” Smith has been writing since he graduated college, but has not acted since his days as a student. At the beginning of filming, he found it hard to channel that character for personal reasons. “It isn’t hard to write my feelings, but one thing I did find was that acting in the show and reliving certain moments or saying words I didn’t get the opportunity to say originally hurt,” Smith said. “ … Moving forward with the series, there will definitely be a distinction between how I dealt with issues and how Max dealt with these issues.” Smith has found his team of actors and actresses to be

very talented. They have both reassured and pushed his acting ability. “I haven’t acted outside of a theatre and particularly outside of a collegiate setting in a really long time, so I started second guessing myself,” Smith said. “These actors are good and they made me feel so comfortable on set, but I was terrified always asking if I was good enough … They have pushed me to be better and go deeper. Drake sophomore and musical theatre major Noelle McVicar was cast as a character named Paige, who is a high school student and sidekick of the main female lead, Nina. “I was auditioning for the lead female role, which I got called back for, but (Smith) ended up casting a really experienced actor from LA, but he really liked me so he wrote in a character for me,” McVicar said. “I’m basically her side kick. Nina is a Regina George-type, but a little softer and a little nicer, and I’m like her Karen.” McVicar had an adjunct professor for her Acting 1 class last semester and she recommended McVicar to Smith for the female lead. McVicar then submitted a video audition and had two inperson auditions where she read from the “Outed” script. McVicar relates to the show because she has friends who have gone through the coming out process, but she also thinks the show has themes everyone can relate to. “When I was in high school, I had no idea who I was. I still don’t have much of an idea, but I think I know more about myself now than I did in high school,” McVicar said. “Coming out is a very brave thing to do at that point in someone’s life because one there is a lot of intolerance, judgment

OUTED web series is planned to go live in fall of 2017. The rest of the episodes in the first season are scheduled to be filmed this spring in and around downtown Des Moines. COURTESY OF JOSEPH ALAN SMITH and lack of understanding. Two, not many people know who they are and it is a very insecure time at that point in their lives.” The show is being filmed in Des Moines because the stories of the average, Midwestern person is not often captured in

Hollywood and Smith wanted a show that captured those people. These stories don’t have to be glamorized to be true, Smith said. “I would say the show is for everyone,” Smith said. “Everybody has secrets — something they don’t like about themselves. I

happen to use LGBTQA as a vehicle to explore those secrets. Ultimately, I would say this show is about love and acceptance of yourself, first and foremost, and love for each other.”

CHARITY EVENT

Harvest Hustle proceeds help homeless shelters in Iowa Savannah Prescott Staff Writer savannah.prescott@drake.edu @savageprescott

HARVEST HUSTLE participants ran a 5k and raised money to benefit the homeless community in Des Moines through donations and fundraising. There were 83 participants. PHOTO BY SAVANNAH PRESCOTT | STAFF WRITER

Despite the chilly temperatures of Saturday night, Nov. 12, Drake Stadium was abuzz with the Harvest Hustle. Its announcers could be heard from across campus encouraging runners and cracking jokes. Students, members of Drake Fraternity & Sorority life and members of the Des Moines community all came together to participate in the event to fight hunger in the Des Moines area. The event attracted 83 participants and raised $2,050 in cash along with clothing donations for the Central Iowa Shelter and Services. The Harvest Hustle did not start at Drake. It is an event brought to campus by a student from Eldridge, Iowa. Harvest Hustle founder and race coordinator Alex Freeman said he wanted to give back to those in need in his home town. “During my senior year in high school, I decided I wanted to help my local homeless shelter, King’s Harvest Ministries, and thought this was the best way to get people involved,” Freeman said. “I started Harvest Hustle after I worked with a local food pantry for about a year back home. Before I graduated, I felt that I needed to give back to them before I left.” Freeman organized a 5K and didn’t think the event would attract a crowd. “The event was planned lastminute and I didn’t think many people would show up, but it turned out over 200 people came out to run,” Freeman said. “Altogether, we raised $5,000 in the first year and we were able to donate directly to the shelter. The

money we gave allowed them to buy kitchen equipment so they could provide and serve food to more homeless people.” When asked about Freeman’s plans to expand to another city, he explained his intention to have high school students from his hometown take over. “I hope I see the high school students in Eldridge take over the race and see how rewarding this experience can be,” Freeman said. It was during Freeman’s first year at Drake that he decided he wanted to bring the event to campus. “With the help of the men of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), I was able to organize this event and we came up with The Harvest Hustle: Project Des Moines,” Freeman said. “Last year, it was not on campus and was the same day as the presidential debate on campus so we had less of a student turn out, but we had an amazing community turn out. Having it at Drake Stadium this year allows us to reach both the community and students as well.” Last year, the Harvest Hustles in Eldridge and Des Moines raised about $8,000. This year, Freeman expected the event to do just as well. “I came to run because it’s a great cause and it’s a fun way to give back,” first-year Caroline Gander said. Isabelle Tharp, a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, came to support the cause, FIJI’s philanthropy and for a workout. When asked about the Harvest Hustle initiative of giving to homeless shelters in Des Moines, she believes it’s important to give back. “I think the Harvest Hustle is a great idea to help those in need,” Tharp said. “And to make sure homeless people have food in the Des Moines community.”


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Nov. 16, 2016

SPORTS CROSS-COUNTRY COLUMN

VOLLEYBALL

Q&A with Nationals- Bulldogs go one and one at home qualifier Reed Fischer Bailee Cofer Staff Columnist bailee.cofer@drake.edu

Reed Fischer has been having the season of a lifetime, winning conference two weeks ago and now advancing to NCAA Nationals next week. This isn’t Fischer’s first rodeo, either. Last year he qualified for the NCAA national track & field meet in the 10,000-meter, which seems to be this guys race. He ran the NCAA regional cross-country 10,000-meter race in a time of 30:29.8 to place 7th, sending him to Terre Haute, Indiana next weekend. We’d like you to meet your fellow Bulldog who has been having quite a successful semester. Can you summarize your race for us? The first half I just relaxed as much as possible and kept tabs on the guys I knew were going to be in the hunt at the end of things. I waited for “the move,” which came right around 7k, and covered that as best as possible. I hung right with the lead pack. Things got strung out a little bit by 9k, but I was still in that lead group and knew I was in the top three-to-four individuals. When it came down to the last home-stretch sprint, I was out there fighting for the scraps. I just kept my composure and made sure I didn’t get out-kicked by anybody that would take my spot. How do you feel about Nationals next weekend? I feel pretty good. I am in better shape and am peaking better this time around than I was last year. Last year I was so ready to be done running at this point, and this year I am excited to still be running. That’s promising. Coach (Dan Hostager) and I

are both looking to get the AllAmerican bid, which are the top 48 finishers, so that is the primary goal. I think a perfect race for me could get me top 25, but if I can get the All-American spot that will be a great day for me. What has been the best part of your season thus far? As a senior, you don’t take anything for granted anymore. Every time I spike up it’s like “Okay, I’m going to have fun with it this last time.” I think I’ve learned this year to have more fun with things. Last year was really serious. It was: put in the work and grind through everything and kind of not have a lot of fun with it, write it off to the process. This year I have learned to enjoy it and have fun with it and the rest will follow. Last year, I had some success, which took a bit of the pressure off for this year. This year, I can just run my little heart out and see what happens. What advice would you give the freshmen on your team for the next three years? Running is a very individual sport. You can get as good as you want to be in running. People like (2016 Drake Relays Steeplechase Champion) Rob McCann and me are good examples of that. We weren’t really noteworthy dudes in high school but we came in and trusted in coach Hos’ training and worked hard. We worked our tails off and did everything right. We focused on the little things and didn’t get caught up in the 3 a.m. nights in the bars and stuff like that. The rest just kind of falls into place. It will be really cool for me to watch those guys as an alumnus and see how far they can go the next three years.

JUNIOR MIDDLE BLOCKER Kameo Pope serves the ball in Drakes match against Indiana State on Oct. 31. Pope has been a force for the defense recording 82 kills this season. PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BAUER |STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Matthew Gogerty Sports Editor matthew.gogerty@drake.edu @mattgogo

Drake Volleyball played two matches at home on Nov. 11 and on Nov. 12. In a similar 50-50 fashion as the preceding weeks at home, they had one win and one loss. The Bulldogs are winning 50 percent of matches at home with a record of 5-5. On Nov. 11 the Bulldogs faced off against Bradley for their win, 3-1. On Nov. 12 they faced Loyola for the loss, 1-3. This is the same result as the last time they played these two teams in a series at home last month. The first match began as an equal matchup, with the Bulldogs barely squeaking by the first set win, 26-24, and then dropping the second set, 25-18. The first set was almost equal shooting percentages with Bradley hitting .158 and the Bulldogs .167. It was a different story in set

two. Bradley hit a .395 percent, making 18 kills on 38 attempts. The Bulldogs succeeded on 11 of 41 attempts for a .146 shooting percentage. However, the Bulldogs began to paint a different picture in the following two sets taking them by set scores of 25-18 and 25-15. They were able to keep Bradley at bay in sets three and four with shooting percentages of .255 and .222 to the Braves .133 and .079. Junior outside hitter Kyla Inderski led the Bulldogs in the first match recording 17 kills on 46 attempts. She also added 15 digs to record a double-double, which is her 14th of the season. In her last time meeting Bradley she recorded 15 kills, just a month prior. Inderski has recorded a total of 367 kills for the season and has started in all of Drakes 30 matches. The next night the Bulldogs faced off with Loyola again for the second time in less than a month. Drake took the first set by a good margin with a final score of 25-19. They hit a .367 percent on

14 kills out of 30 attempts. The first set would be the only set the Bulldogs won and the only set where they shot that well. In the next two sets they hit less than .100 and finished the match with a .150 shooting percentage in the final set. Drake lost the next three sets in a row: 25-20, 25-23, and 25-19. Inderski led the Bulldogs once again in kills with 13 and also recorded her 1,000th kill. Those 13 brought her career recorded kills to 1,011. Junior outside hitter Odessa Kody followed behind Inderski with 19 kills of her own. Drake has two more matches left in the regular season before the start of the Midwest Valley Conference Tournament. Their next matches will be on the road facing Indiana State on Nov. 18 and then Illinois State on Nov. 19. The Bulldogs are currently ranked 7th in the conference and will need some help to get into the sixth seed to qualify for the tournament.

MEN’S SOCCER

Looking back, looking forward: Men’s Soccer season in review Adam Rogan Managing Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @adam_rogan

“What the heck just happened? It was such an anticlimax.” That was Drake Men’s Soccer head coach Gareth Smith’s reaction to the overtime goal surrendered to Evansville University on Nov. 9 in the 91st minute of the second round match in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament that ended Drake’s season on Nov. 9. Bad luck, mental lapses, just getting beat — whatever you want to call it — Drake (6-12-1, 2-5-1 MVC) ended up on the losing side of more than a couple defining moments throughout the 2016 season. The goal that ended the Evansville match and the Bulldogs’ season came on a bit of a fluke. A free kick was played into the box and nobody touched it. The ball bounced over redshirt-senior goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod’s head and into the goal. MacLeod had expected somebody on either side to make contact with the ball and redirect it. He and most of his teammates guessed wrong, and they lost as a result. “The difficulty with college soccer is that the margin of error is very small,” MacLeod said. “It’s taking care of little details.” Moments defined the season; it wasn’t two or three times that came down to a single play, but nearly every match, particularly during conference. Five of Drake’s 12 losses came on goals given up in the final five minutes; four of them came during conference play. Of their

seven overtime matches, Drake only won two of them with one tie. Smith blamed lack of focus for some of those shortcomings over the course of the season. Should Drake turn it around next year — its win percentage was .342 in 2016 — its young squad is going to have to get real disciplined, real quick. ‘Young Pups’ Eight of Drake’s 11 starters are graduating, leaving underclassmen to fill some demanding roles in 2017. “The good thing about being a young team is that they can learn and develop together,” MacLeod said. There will be some players with experience — junior Nic Jaimes had 16 career points, sophomore Paul Ciszewski scored the 78th minute goal in the conference championship that sent Drake to the NCAA Tournament in 2015, junior defender Aleksi Tuominen played just about as much as the seniors, freshman Antonio Sanchez logged nearly 1,000 minutes in his first season of collegiate soccer — but there will be plenty of new faces. Drake’s backline will be entirely new starters, save for Tuominen. No returning goalkeeper has seen playtime, as MacLeod has played all but 31 minutes in net for Drake since he was a sophomore. “We’ll be young, we’ll be inexperienced, we’ll be good, but we’ll be young,” Smith said. “… We’ll be hungry and talented. That might be enough, but (by) year two (the new starters will) have 15 or 20 games under (their) belt.” MacLeod is putting his faith

in the skill level of his up-andcoming teammates to lead the team he’s anchored for the better part of four years. “Gareth and Kyle, our coaches,” MacLeod said, “they’ve done a really good job and they have a really good ability to bring the best out of players. I can only imagine the recruiting class that they’ll bring in is going to be quite good.” Smith mentioned that he was looking to fill out the roster with some international talent, players from Europe specifically who are looking to see what American soccer is all about. But even if he can convince a player or two to make the move, the team is still going to be mostly untested. “The spine of your team next year is young pups,” Smith said. “That can be a scary moment, but that happens every three to four years.” Looking back Even the 2016 season ended early on in the MVC Tournament, the careers of Drake’s seniors have not been without success. 2015 was the first time Drake won the conference and advanced past the first round in the NCAA Tournament in their 31-year history. Individually, MacLeod holds just about every career record for Drake goalkeepers: games (76), minutes (6940:22), wins (33), saves (308) and shutouts (19). He was also an All-MVC honorable mention in 2016, as was junior Steven Enna. Seniors Mueng Sunday and James Wypych were named to the All-MVC First Team. And Sanchez was part of the MVC AllFreshman team.

Wypych tallied 20 goals in his three years at Drake, just one short of being among Drake’s top10 scorers, to go along with 10 career assists. Sunday matched that mark with 10 assists of his own, seven of which came last year, placing him on Drake’s top10 list for a single season. “There’s not many people who can walk about saying they’ve played in NCAA Tournaments and won games and won a conference championship,” Smith said. Sunday, Wypych, MacLeod and senior James Pendrigh all are looking to play professionally after graduation and have several tryouts and pro days scheduled already, less than a week since their collegiate careers came to a close. They would be following in the footsteps of defender Alec Bartlett who graduated after the 2015 season and is now playing

for the Charlotte Independence in the United Soccer League. Moving on to the next level is something that Smith has emphasized in the two years since he took over the head coaching position. And as much as his connections and influence can help, the burden of proving yourself worthy of being a part of a pro team falls on the players themselves. “The biggest message that I’ve tried to share with the group is you’re ultimately in control of your own development,” Smith said. “The one thing about sports, and soccer especially, is I’ve never really seen the game cheat anyone. If you put in the shift in the offseason and you do the right things you’re supposed to be doing, you’ll reap the rewards of it.”

DRAKE’S SENIORS pose for a photo earlier this year, their last season of competition at the college level. PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BAUER | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


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Nov. 16, 2016

SPORTS FOOTBALL

TIGHT END (top) Eric Saubert scores a touchdown during their game against Butler. Saubert, who was being scouted by the NFL in the first part of the season, has 645 receiving yards and eight touchdowns for the season. (Bottom) wide receiver Grant Menard after a touchdown, of which he had two against Butler and four throughout the season. PHOTO BY KATIE KURKA | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Bulldogs topple Butler at Drake Stadium, third win in a row Adam Rogan Managing Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @adam_rogan

On fourth-and-inches near midfield and just over two minutes left on the clock, Drake Football elected to go for it despite holding a 28-14 lead. Lining up in the shotgun, junior quarterback Grant Kraemer handed it off to senior RB Conley Wilkins who squeaked across the line of scrimmage for the winsealing first down on Senior Day. “Conley came to me … and he said, ‘Coach, put me in I’m going to make it,’” head coach Rick Fox said. “When I see that look in Conley’s eye, I know he’s going to make it. That was a great play, a great way to finish off his career here at Drake Stadium.” It was a Drake (6-4, 5-2 PFL) victory in the annual “Battle of the Bulldogs” against conferencerival Butler University (4-7, 2-6 PFL) on Nov. 12. It was also the final home game of 2016, with Drake finishing 4-2 at home this season. “It’s fun to win, is what I say to our guys. It’s that simple, the more you do it the more fun you have,” a jubilant Fox said. “… Big win for our guys, closing out the home season for our final-year seniors.” Drake’s offense got a spark early when sophomore Devin Cates blocked a punt on Butler’s opening drive. Three plays later, Drake QB Grant Kraemer connected with redshirt-senior tight end Eric Saubert in the end zone to put DU up 7-0. Through the first quarter, Saubert had four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. He’d already septupled his yardage from the week before and picked up his eighth TD, the most of any Drake player and among the top 20 in the Pioneer Football League, but was far from leading Drake’s receivers on the day. Senior wide receiver Grant Menard took that honor. He posted career highs in touchdowns (2) and catches (6) and finished with 88 receiving yards, which would’ve been the highest mark of his career except he had 142 in last week’s win over Jacksonville. He passed off the success of his performance to the offensive line and leadership from senior QB Andrew Clifford off the bench. “It just so happened to be my day,” Menard said. Menard was a central part of the best performance in Kraemer’s young career. The junior made his ninth start and finished with a career-best passer rating of 130.95. His three touchdown passes and 67.9-completion percentage tied career highs. Kraemer may have only been sacked three times, but Butler’s pressure was a constant

throughout the game, making his zero interceptions even more impressive. On Drake’s first drive of the second half, Kraemer escaped from two would-be tacklers in the pocket and dumped the ball off to senior wide receiver Keegan Gallery who ran for a 31-yard gain. Two snaps later, senior running back Conley Wilkins pulled in a 24-yard grab that moved the ball to Butler’s 20. Menard’s second touchdown came on the next play when he beat his man in single coverage on a post route. In the third quarter, Drake had taken a 28-7 lead before Butler was able to show signs of maybe coming back. Throughout the game, Drake had escaped with several nearmistakes going unpunished. DU fumbled three times but only lost one of them. Some Butler players may contest that Drake had more, but there were several times when DU players lost control of the ball after being ruled down by contact. Butler only turned the ball over once—a first-quarter interception by junior Terry Wallen—but had trouble moving the ball. Butler did have 153 rushing yards, but its offense was one-dimensional. Quarterback Malcolm Weaver was only 11-27 through the air for 154 yards. Still in the third quarter, Butler chose to go for it on fourth down while in field goal range, knowing that it needed to put some points on the board. At Drake’s 15 with seven yards to the first down marker, Weaver completed a 13yard pass over the middle. Two plays later, Butler ran the ball into the end zone and the score was 28-14. Wilkins had Menard wide open on a running-back, trickplay pass on the first play of the ensuing drive, but overthrew him. Senior wide receiver Kyle Garcia dropped a pass on second down, and Kraemer was nearly intercepted on the next play. Senior kicker/punter Josh Lee booted Butler back to its own 17yard line and the squads switched sides as the third quarter entered its final two minutes. With 11-and-a-half minutes to go in the fourth, Butler was faced with another fourth down situation deep in Drake territory. Only five yards from pay dirt, Weaver underthrew his receiver. Drake retook possession, looking to lock in its 14-point advantage. The drive started well as Wilkins gained 14 yards in two plays, but Kraemer got sacked and a false start penalty forced Lee to punt from within the end zone. When Butler’s Bulldogs got the ball back, they were only 29 yards away from the goal line and a one-score ball game. However, Drake managed another fourth-down stop. Kraemer and the DU offense were back on the field, seven minutes away from victory. Butler didn’t have any timeouts to stop the

clock, which didn’t help its cause. A 40-plus-yard Wilkins run was revoked on a holding penalty, pushing Drake into its own red zone and giving Butler reason to hope. Back-to-back completions to Yarwood earned a new set of downs after the resulting secondand-18 and the clock closed in on four minutes, bringing the momentum back to Drake’s side. Even as DU’s offense cruised, its defense held Butler to 14 points, the least points it has allowed this season. Senior defensive lineman Tanner Evans felt the team’s recent defensive success has come from preventing big plays. Butler only had one play go for more than 25 yards and both touchdowns allowed came on short, one-yard rushes at the end of long drives. “The defense has really hunkered down and shut them out,” Evans said. Fifth-year senior linebacker Michael Roane led with 11 tackles, a career high. Evans added eight tackles, including a game-high two for a loss, and his teamleading fourth sack of the season. “Lots of good pressure for the whole d-line,” Evans said. “… The holes are going to open up for someone.” Still, a PFL Championship is out of reach for Drake since the University of San Diego is still undefeated in conference. However, DU guaranteed positive record with the victory over Butler. Last season was the first time since 2003 in which Drake finished below .500, so Fox was glad to see his team get back on the winning side of things.


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Nov. 16, 2016

SPORTS MEN’S BASKETBALL

JUNIOR GUARD (top) Reed Timmer running down his teammate tunnel during player introductions on Friday night. Timmer had 17 points in the season opener and went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. (Bottom-right) Junior guard C.J. Rivers attempts a layup. He had 10 points and three steals in his first start since January 2016. PHOTO BY MOHAMAD SUHAIMI | CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Bulldogs drop season opener in final minutes against SDSU Matthew Gogerty Sports Editor matthew.gogerty@drake.edu @matt_gogo

Drake men’s basketball started regular season play on Nov. 11 hosting South Dakota State University at the Knapp Center. SDSU took the win, 79-74, over the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs started the game on the defensive with the Coyotes converting on second-chance points in the first minute of the game. Drake started behind early, facing a 5-1 deficit. A steal by junior guard C.J. Rivers gave him a fast break and an easy layup to put the Bulldogs within two. Then a good jumper by Rivers on an assist from sophomore Billy Wampler tied it up. In one of his first games back since missing most last season with an injury, Rivers scored 10 points and shot 63 percent from the field, he also added three steals. “I felt pretty confident coming

in, had a good summer and a good couple weeks of practice before the season started,” Rivers said. “So I was pretty confident in my role and the game plan coming into today.” Another SDSU foul put junior guard Reed Timmer on the charity stripe, where he successfully converted on two shots and gave the Bulldogs their first lead at 7-5. A successful 3-pointer by Wampler on an assist from Woodard put the Bulldogs up by five. The Coyotes went on a 7-0 run that put them up by four with 14 minutes left of play. A jumper by Timmer broke the run and a layup from sophomore forward Nick McGlynn tied the game up 14-14 with 13 minutes left in the first half. Drake junior transfer studentathletes, who are in their first season with the Bulldogs, forward T.J. Thomas and guard De’Antae McMurray, gave the Bulldogs a 16-14 lead. McMurray found Thomas in transition and provided him with an assist that culminated in a slam-dunk. The Bulldogs went on to

lead for the rest of the first half, leading by as much as eight, and finishing the half with a six point lead. Wampler hit another 3-point shot, his third of the night, to open up the second-half, giving the Bulldogs a nine-point lead. The lead was short-lived, however. The Coyotes were able to grab boards and score in transition, which brought them within one in the first four minutes of the half. Drake kept their lead during a SDSU offense possession, but Timmer took it upon himself to take the ball into the paint. He was met by heavy defense and any shot opportunity was missed. Thomas had Timmer’s back, however, and sent a message with a block when SDSU brought the ball back down court. The Coyotes took the lead after being tied 58-58, with 10 minutes left of play. After shooting better than 50 percent in the first, the Bulldogs shot 42 percent in the second, and equally so, a breakdown in defense, gave SDSU room to creat a six-point lead with five minutes

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

On the road: Drake puts away NDU Wendell scores 34, Ingle records double-double Joseph Miller Staff Writer joseph.w.miller@drake.edu @josephmiller3

The Drake women’s basketball team began their regular season schedule on Friday, snatching a 99-91 win on the road against North Dakota. The back-and-forth affair included nine lead changes and three ties, but a solid fourthquarter effort from Drake sealed the game. The game was close from the onset, as both teams struggled to find an advantage. Drake found four quick points in the last minute of the quarter to take a 21-17 lead heading into the second period. Senior Lizzy Wendell led the Bulldog attack in the first, putting up 13 of the team’s 21 points. Drake opened up the next quarter on an 11-6 run, pushing their lead to nine points after a 3-pointer from Paige Greiner. However, a quick 12-2 run over the next two minutes gave North Dakota a one-point advantage. North Dakota would take that advantage and run with it, turning it into a nine-point lead of

their own with just a minute left in the quarter. Drake would finish out the half strong, keeping the game within five heading into halftime. The third quarter remained a battle, as Drake worked the score to a two-point ball game with just three minutes to play in the quarter. The Bulldogs responded to some sharp shooting by the UND squad and kept the game within two points, 71-69, heading into the final quarter. The Drake offensive machine finally came alive as they began the fourth on a 6-0 run, giving themselves a four-point lead. The lead was not safe however, as a 9-0 run immediately followed. North Dakota made it a five point game in their favor. A clutch 3-pointer from Nicole Miller halted the run and kept the game within two with just under seven minutes to play. The Bulldogs kept the game close but struggled to gain any ground as the team’s traded blows throughout the quarter. A three-point play from Wendell with four minutes to play put the Bulldogs in striking distance once again. That play would swing the

momentum for Drake, as a quick layup and yet another 3-pointer from Miller gave Drake a three point lead with just minutes left in the game. Drake would hold that lead, sinking critical free throws in the final minutes to seal the game in Drake’s favor, 99-91. Wendell led the Bulldogs in scoring with 34 points. Three other Bulldogs scored in the double-digits: sophomore Sara Rhine giving 16, sophomore Nicole Miller adding 14 and senior Caitlin Ingle contributing 13. Drake shot over 50 percent from the floor and picked up 27 of its points from the line, shooting an impressive 81 percent. Drake got the advantage in the paint, outscoring UND by a 12-point margin in that area. Drake was also aided by 17 second-chance points. Ingle facilitated much of the Bulldog attack as she turned in a 13 assist performance. With 13 points and 13 assists, Ingle is off to a strong start to a season where she’s already on the watch list for NCAA Point Guard of the Year. Drake will head to Omaha to face the Creighton University Bluejays this Thursday at 7 p.m.

left to play. “They had a lot of tough shots late,” Timmer said. “To get to where we want to go we have to be able to go on the offensive and defensive boards, and just be able to secure rebounds and not let them get second-chance (points).” The offensive momentum shift, and the Coyotes work from the boards, almost put this game out of reach for the Bulldogs. A 3-point shot from the Coyotes Matt Mooney put them up by four, fouled on the way up, it gave them a chance from the charity stripe, where he missed. With only a minute left to play, Timmer got a look from the 3-point land, but missed. Rivers grabbed the board and gave it right back to Timmer for a second chance at the same shot. As Rivers glared at the SDSU players, Timmer drained the 3-point shot. “We came right back down and got a good look, but missed it,” Timmer said. “Second-chances are key for them and for us.” Suspense built even further when the Coyotes turned the ball over on a travelling call. But, a

missed 3-point opportunity for McMurray with only 10 seconds left of play solidified the SDSU lead. With one more opportunity from the charity stripe, the Coyotes finished the game with a five point lead. Despite the loss, the team remains in good spirits maintaining that they are better than last year, and there is more to come. “We are drastically better. We’ve got different pieces, we’ve got some athleticism from T.J. that is going to help us and people haven’t seen De ‘Antae yet,” head coach Ray Giacolletti said. “Graham Woodard was good as he’s ever been tonight and C.J. Rivers was good as he’s ever been tonight.” The Bulldogs played on the road last night against the University of Missouri-Kansas in a game that started after The Times-Delphic went to print.


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