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THE TIMES-DELPHIC The weekly student newspaper of Drake University

Vol. 135 | No. 9 | Wed. Nov. 04, 2015 timesdelphic.com

FEATURES

OPINIONS The fall drag show hosted by Rainbow Union had an overall positive energy during the event. However, students created negative posts on Yik Yak about the show. One students expresses how she feels about the posts about the drag show. Read more on page 4.

SPORTS

The Iowa caucus wall in Olmsted informs students about all the political events occuring in the surrounding community. It gives students political information through interactive items like a discussion wall. Read more on page 8.

In a back-and-forth affair that featured 10 touchdowns and nearly 900 yards of offense, the Drake football team lost 38-35 to the Morehead State Eagles. The Eagles walked off with a field goal in the third period of overtime, putting an end to Drake’s playoff hopes. Read more on page 11.

CAUCUS NEWS

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Marco Rubio speaks to a crowd of two thousand at the Growth and Opportunity Party event at the state fairgrounds. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR

Iowa Republicans hold ‘Growth and Opportunity Party’ Students given opportunity to see majority of Republican candidates Jake Bullington Digital Editor jake.bullington@drake.edu @JakeBullington

Ten presidential candidates going head-to-head for the Republican nomination

rendezvoused at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines Saturday. The candidates hoped to win the hearts, minds and votes of Iowa GOP caucus-goers. The Republican Party of Iowa held the first Growth and Opportunity Party, allowing candidates to distinguish themselves to the early voting state — a critical step in winning

MIKE HUCKABEE poses for a photo. Huckabee was among the 10 GOP presidential candidates at the event. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR

the Republican nomination. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was the first to take the stage Saturday and used his time as a call-toaction for Iowa Republicans. “Iowa has become a tough state to win. We lost the last two times to President Obama here,” Paul said. Senator Paul informed the audience that not only do they have to choose who will be the nominee, but who will be able to win the general election a year from now. “There are 18 states that (Republicans) haven’t won in 30 years,” Paul said. “How are we going to win those states again?” Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush, among others, also took the stage to outline their positions on subjects such as the tax code and IRS, the economy and foreign policy. Absent from the collection of candidates were Ben Carson, George Pataki, John Kasich and Donald Trump. Taking place less than a week after the third Republican presidential debate, the event also gave candidates a chance to give their thoughts on the debate. U.S. Senator from Texas Ted Cruz used the moderators’

performance on Wednesday to his advantage. Cruz accused the media of being simply “left-wing liberals” and “left-wing operatives,” drawing the largest applause of the day. Other candidates, such as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, also mentioned the debate as an appeal to the crowd. The event brought in about two thousand people, including several Drake University students. These students were allured by the convenience of a plethora of presidential candidates in one room. First-year actuarial science major Craig Nielsen felt attending the event would help him better decide who he will support during the caucus this February. Nielsen is a student in journalism professor Lee Jolliffe’s Iowa caucus first year seminar, and got free tickets through the class. “I had very little political knowledge before I came to Drake, and I went to the (JeffersonJackson) dinner last weekend, and this GOP event, and they’re very different,” Nielsen said. “It is so cool how you can get so close and meet basically everyone that

has such a big name.” Although the atmosphere may not have been ideal for Nielsen, he valued the experience. “There was a lot of background noise at this event,” Nielsen said. “I would have liked to have just sat down and listened to some more formal speeches. I got a picture with Ted Cruz too, so that was cool.” Nathan Paulsen, first-year politics and economics double major, shared his impressions of the candidates’ performances. “Christie has actually been surprising me the last couple weeks,” Paulsen said. “Ted gave his regular speech, he attacked the media. Ted Cruz, he knows who he’s speaking to.” The Growth and Opportunity Party is just the latest big name political event to stop in Des Moines, giving Drake students the chance to see their potential new commander in chief just minutes away from campus. “Just seeing students from Drake, being politically involved, even regardless of their party, they’re getting more informed. That’s what I like to see the most,” Nielsen said.

CAMPUS EVENTS

Drake Dreamers encourage political engagement Lauren Velasco Staff Writer lauren.velasco@drake.edu

Undocumented students known as “Dreamers” are advocating for their right to vote

as the next election season nears. Drake alum Hector Salamanca, Drake senior Kenia Calderon and immigration advocate Erica Johnson spoke on October 27 about this issue and what they’re doing for the cause. “I try to educate people on why it’s so important, especially

voters, because I wish I could vote and I wish I could caucus. But I can’t,” Calderon said. Calderon and the rest of La Fuerza Latina, a student organization on campus that connects Drake’s Latino culture to each other and the community, work on bringing these issues to

the forefront both in Des Moines and at a national level. The Dreamers are part of the reason that in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA) was created and granted rights to undocumented young adults. DACA provides deportation

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relief to young undocumented people, allowing them to stay in the U.S. and pursue their education just as Calderon and Salamanca have done. At the local level, Dreamers have made a big impact at Drake.

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Nov. 04, 2015

NEWS CAMPUS NEWS

‘Shut Out Human Trafficking’ LEAD students make impact Beth LeValley Staff Writer beth.levalley@drake.edu @BethLeValley

Human trafficking: multibillion dollar industry that uses people for modern-day slaves. The International Labour Organization estimates that 20.9 million people are victims of human trafficking, with 5.5 million of them being children. While these numbers may seem ambiguous and even irrelevant, sex trafficking in Des Moines is prevalent because of the interchange between Interstates 80 and 35. Students in a Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) class are raising awareness about this local and global issue by putting on Shut Out Human Trafficking Week. On Thursday, “Not My Life” will be shown and a panel discussion will happen afterwards. The panel discussion will feature Malea Otranto, who is an advisor to Drake from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). “The panel is more of an open forum Q and A with Malea,” senior Jenna Koretz said. “UNICEF is facilitating that, and the goal is to dispel any myths about human trafficking.” UNICEF partners with ten different universities across the nation in order to implement Shut Out Human Trafficking Week and raise awareness about human trafficking. Drake University bid to be one of the ten universities and was accepted for this fall. While UNICEF has helped guide this event, students in the LEAD course have used the skills they learned in class and applied them to creating a real event. Richie Serrano was one of the students involved in contributing to this event. “You got to pick one of

two event options based on preference,” Serrano. said “We’ve been working on this for about a month, and we’re using what we’ve learned in classes to help us with this event.” Serrano was part of the team working toward the movie and panel discussion on Thursday. “Not My Life” focuses on children involved in human trafficking, whether that’s through sex exploitation, forced labor or other means. Serrano finds this topic extremely unsettling. “Human trafficking doesn’t just involve one group of people,” said Serrano. “It’s men, women, children — and it’s not just sex work, either.” Koretz agreed with him, saying that human trafficking is in every single state and not limited to a set of demographics. “It’s happening right under our noses in Des Moines,” Koretz said. “Our goal is to get the word out even to one person, who spreads the word to another and could potentially save a life.” In the past, Drake Intervarsity Christian Fellowship has put on a similar week-long event to raise awareness about human trafficking. “It was pretty small with just some awareness events,” Serrano said. “They did things like handing out facts about human trafficking. They actually were not planning on doing it this year.” Serrano said that the goal as students is to continue raising awareness and create events that can be sustainable for years to come at Drake. In a written statement, Koretz said, “Our goal is to create awareness about human trafficking to the Drake University community through engaging activities that not only educate the student body but also to inspire advocacy. Our goal is sustainability.”

CAMPUS NEWS

Be The Match On Campus encourages student generosity Student organization swabs cheeks for bone marrow registry Jenny DeVries Staff Writer jennifer.devries@drake.edu

Cody Cohen, a high school student from Fairfield, Iowa, was at the prime of his life. He was a senior football star with big plans to go to college. But before one of the last games of his season, Cohen took himself out, saying he felt ill. After going to the doctor later that day, Cohen was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a cancer where immature blood cells in the bone marrow do not mature or become healthy blood cells. Cohen had gone from planning his college future to wondering if he was even going to have one. Cohen turned to Be The Match, the United States’ national bone marrow registry of donors; because he had no matches in his family. Even in a registry with over 25 million donors, Cohen’s doctors couldn’t find a match. But after spending 209 days in Intensive Care with no immune system, they found a match. Ormarie Vazquez was a student in Puerto Rico who, on a whim, decided to sign up for Be The Match. She was a perfect match and donated her stem cells two years ago and saved Cohen’s life. Cohen’s experience is one of many thanks to Be The Match. For Colleen Reardon, manager of donor services for the Iowa

Marrow Donor Program, those stories are what keep her and her colleagues inspired. “Listening to how people’s lives are being saved, that’s what motivates me everyday,” Reardon said. Reardon and junior Elena Dietz decided to bring this motivation to Drake University’s campus, through Be The Match On Campus, a social movement. Dietz and Reardon brought Be The Match to Drake to provide students with the opportunity to help those in need of bone marrow or stem cells. “I myself donated to a baby boy with severe combined autoimmune deficiencies,” Dietz said. “And I think Drake is big enough and has enough committed students to get a lot more people involved.” On Friday, students gathered in Olmsted Breezeway to register for Be The Match’s first official bone marrow registry drive at Drake. “College students are the perfect donors because they’re young and healthy and have the time to commit to donating,” Dietz said. “Its important that we have an organization that consistently holds drives so we can continue to get students on the registry.” After their official establishment four weeks ago, the organization began with about 30 members. Last fall, around 80 students showed up for the drive, and this year, 105 students signed up to become donors. Kari Bengston, a sophomore

who signed up to be a donor Friday, simply did so because she wants to help people. “It saves lives,” Bengston said. “Who am I to deny someone in need if I can help them?” No matter their involvement, Dietz says the importance of college students’ roles in these drives cannot be overstated. Bone marrow transplants are the only known cure for blood cancers like Leukemia or Lymphoma or other autoimmune deficiencies. About 70 percent of patients

who need transplants cannot find a match within their family. Research suggests patients whose donors are younger do better. Over 90 percent of the time physicians choose donors under the age of 45. “There is a cure, and it’s us,” Dietz said. “We can save lives, and it’s unbelievably simple.” Students who are interested in learning more, can visit BeTheMatch.org. To find out more about Be The Match as an organization at

Drake, students can email Dietz or check The Iowa Marrow Donor Program’s Facebook page. If students want to sign up to be a donor, there is an online drive that will go until December at join.bethematch.org/DerbyDays. Be The Match will provide everything necessary to be registered, along with prepaid postage to send it back.

BE THE MATCH ON CAMPUS aims to get students on the bone marrow registry. PHOTO BY YING CHYI GOOI | PHOTO EDITOR


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Nov. 04, 2015

NEWS CAMPUS EVENTS

PETER NEUFELD speaks on cases that he and his team have exonerated through the ‘The Innocence Project’. So far, Neufeld’s project has helped 333 cases. PHOTO BY SAM FATHALLAH | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

35th Bucksbaum series lecturer prompts discussion Peter Neufeld conveyed importance of his work with exoneration Sam Fathallah Staff Writer sam.fathallah@drake.edu @SamFathallah

In 1982, Donald Gates was wrongfully sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a Washington woman who worked near his home. The unobjectionable evidence? Strands of hair which were misidentified as Gates’. On Tuesday, over 1,000 students and community members packed the Knapp Center to hear this story and others like it from Peter Neufeld, the co-founder of the Innocence Project and the 35th Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecturer. This story is an example of the 333 stories that Neufeld’s project has exonerated. His project aims to right the wrongs of judicial malpractice typically through the analysis of DNA evidence. “Part of getting a fair trial

means the prosecution cannot put their thumb on the scale of justice,” Neufeld said. Neufeld’s lecture focused on the bigger problems that cause these slips, while pointing out that those who are exonerated through DNA evidence only make up a small percentage of wrongful convictions in America. “We believe that these 333 people are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg,” Neufeld said. “The reason we think this is because in most cases there is no biological evidence to be tested for DNA.” Neufeld spent the rest of his lecture outlining the major causes for wrongful convictions. Among them were racism, false confessions and bad defense lawyers. According to Neufeld, the most major of these causes involves the misapplication of forensic science during court proceedings. “Many people who testify about forensic science, because it is beyond the knowledge base of most people, can say whatever

they want or whatever they feel about the significance of the evidence,” Neufeld said. “The people who would normally check that are lawyers who are scientifically illiterate.” Neufeld’s solution is to validate criminal evidence through a scientific community before it goes to court, in the same way the Food and Drug Administration validates the products of pharmaceutical companies before they’re released to the public. Neufeld went on to offer a fix for similar malpractices. For botched interrogations, Neufeld suggested putting video cameras in the interrogation room. Neufeld also made a special effort to discuss the significance of race in wrongful convictions. “55 percent (of the wrongfully convicted) are black men who were accused of assaulting or killing white women,” Neufeld said. “That’s five times what the Department of Justice data says it should be.” Neil Hamilton, chair of the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished

Lecture Series, said Neufeld’s research on race and fairness is one of the Innocence Project’s biggest successes. “Collectively, through their work, they’ve introduced the idea that there may well be real concerns about the equity about how people are treated,” Hamilton said. Hamilton, a professor of law himself, said that Neufeld offered students a level of academic value that can’t be achieved in the classroom. For students looking to get involved with the Innocence Project, Neufeld said branches of the project have been started in the state thanks in part to Senator Grassley. “One of the people who is most effectively holding the FBI’s feet to the fire is your own senator, Senator Grassley,” Neufeld said. “He’s the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and he has been holding the FBI accountable for this disgraceful activity that went on uncorrected for more than two decades.”

This is good news for students in Iowa looking to make a difference, like sophomore Richard Nesselroad. Nesselroad found gratification in knowing that there are people trying to reform a corrupt justice system. However, he was not new to Neufeld’s speeches. “I’ve heard him speak before, and this is the quality he always gives,” Nesselroad said. “He has a certain presence that is really commanding, his ability to tell stories was well received.” While Neufeld and the work of the Innocence Project gratified students, Neufeld derives his own gratification from his work. “There is nothing more personally satisfying than taking someone who was wrongly convicted by the hand and walking them out of prison and into daylight,” Neufeld said over the phone. “I want to do a lot to make sure they can live a more healthy and normal life.”

STUDENT SENATE

CAMPUS EVENTS

Senate explores technology committee, approves new student organization

Dreamers make impact on community

Beth LeValley Staff Writer beth.levalley@drake.edu @BethLeValley

Student Senate approved Drake Court Appointed Special Advocates as a new student organization Thursday. The group plans to merge the Iowa CASA Program’s goals with the goals of Drake University students. The Iowa CASA Program recruits volunteers in the community to serve as a voice for abused and neglected children in the courtroom. Their primary mission is to ensure the needs of the child are met and that the child is always in a safe, nurturing environment. According to the Iowa CASA Program’s website, “studies have shown that children in foster care who have a CASA assigned to them receive more services than those without a CASA and are more likely to find a permanent home.” Drake CASA’s mission is to

spread awareness of this program through events and continue to train volunteers to help in the community. Drake CASA President Natalie Deerr spoke of the openness the organization provides. “We’re not just law students, and we’re not just (Kappa Alpha) Thetas,” Deerr said. “It’s definitely not the same experience when you’re a CASA all the way through the process.” Sen. Kane commended the group for advocating its mission both in the community and on Drake’s campus. “This is a good opportunity for Drake to get involved in Des Moines,” Kane said. Student Senate elected a new ex-officio member, Noah Farrell, to be parliamentarian for Senate for the rest of the year. The parliamentarian’s job is to maintain order within the senate. Former Parliamentarian Bianchini resigned last week. Vice President of Student Life Zachary Blevins said in a written statement that “(Bianchini’s)

schedule was too much, and he wanted to dedicate more time to studying for the MCAT.” Parliamentarian Farrell has been involved on committees for Student Senate in the past and ran for treasurer last spring. President Kevin Maisto and Sen. Meyer met with the new Chief Information Technology Office, Chris Gill. Maisto said that Gill was impressed with the students on the search committee for this position, which led to a conversation about a permanent technology committee being formed. “This group would be similar to the one just formed for the Sodexo dining services,” Maisto said. The committee would allow administration to hear students’ technology concerns directly and act upon them in a timely manner. If students are interested in joining this committee, email Sen. Meyer at anthony.meyer@ drake.edu.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 There is now an option on the domestic student application that gives students an option to identify themselves in the application as undocumented/ DACA. This is a big step for Drake, but Salamanca believes there is still more to do at the federal level, especially during the current political season, as many Dreamers speak out on the issues to current candidates. “For us to be out here and outspoken it says that we are not afraid to engage (candidates), and to hold them accountable,” Salamanca said. “We need to make sure we address the inequalities that exist.” Calderon has been speaking about these issues and attending political events to get the word out and ask candidates what they would do for the young generation of undocumented immigrants. “If you come across a candidate, ask them about the issues you feel passionate about,”

Calderon said, “Sometimes they don’t expect that from people our age, but I think Dreamers have changed that.” Dreamers in Des Moines work closely with the American Civil Liberties Union, which immigration advocate Johnson is a part of. “The ACLU works on civil issues,” Johnson said. “Typically we’ve been strong on the litigation front and protecting rights, but we’re also pretty active on the legislative front to pass policies.” Dreamers hope to make these issues current and keep candidates talking about them. They also hope that students who have the power to vote, keep these issues in mind. “Whether or not you care about the issues, you have a voice to elect the next president, even if you don’t think you have opportunities to make changes in the political system,” Salamanca said.


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Nov. 04, 2015

OPINIONS CAMPUS EVENTS

CAMPUS EVENTS

Fall Drag Show stirs controversy on social media

Daylight saving: What side of the clock do you belong on?

Anna Jensen Staff Writer anna.jensen@drake.edu

The bi-annual Drag Show, performed on Oct. 26, had a constant positive reaction from the audience, but behind the curtain of anonymity, negativity reared its ugly head. All the money raised at the Drag Show was donated to Iowa Safe Schools, which promotes safe environments for LGBT students in Iowa schools. The problems addressed on the app Yik Yak were not against the organization, but against the expression of drag on a college campus. On Yik Yak, the show was called “gross” and “disgusting,” along with other degrading comments and profane language. It is presumed from the Yaks that the people who posted these comments were not at the Drag Show, but instead saw Snapchats posted by others who were in attendance.

It is fine to have a strong, negative opinion on drag, but it is one that should more or less be kept to yourself. Hiding behind the anonymity of Yik Yak to say inappropriate and insulting things about people doing something they love is very shallow and unnecessary. People began to react to these Yaks, commenting by either insulting the original poster, or agreeing with the degrading comments. The point of the Drag Show was to promote an organization that is working hard to raise money for anti-bullying and to make society a safer place for children to feel comfortable with whom they are. Whether or not drag is something you wish to watch or even advocate, the point of the show was not about promoting that kind of lifestyle—it is a form of entertainment performed by people who are passionate about what they do, while also donating to a cause in a similar realm. Student Body President Kevin Maisto shared a picture of one of the Yaks on Facebook and commented that Drake’s campus still has a long way to go to be a safe and accepting community. It is something that students, regardless of their sexual orientation, should be striving for on a college campus. I was not surprised to see this small war erupt over Yik Yak instead of other types of social media, such as Twitter or Facebook. On Twitter or

Facebook, your name is directly linked to your comment. This is not the case on Yik Yak. If you have something negative to say, a good place to write it down is in a journal, because it can be an outlet for your anger, and your comments won’t hurt the people who are simply doing something they love—and this goes for any type of expression you may disagree with. As college students, we are being introduced to lifestyles we may not have seen as much in high school. With more freedom comes more individuality, and people have to be prepared to experience things that they may not always like. Drag is something that even I find a little out there, but it is something I support because I find happiness in seeing others happy. The people performing looked like they were truly at their happiest. Even if you don’t find drag entertaining, that does not make it acceptable to degrade the people who do it. If you feel strongly that something needs to be said, have a little integrity and don’t hide behind a mask when you say it. I think everyone has a right to his or her opinion, but I am also a firm believer that everyone deserves to be happy, and you shouldn’t put anyone down for doing what he or she loves.

CAMPUS EVENTS

Five ways to survive until Thanksgiving Break

Jennifer Schallmoser Staff Writer jennifer.schallmoser@drake.edu

You can already smell the wonderful food: turkey and mashed potatoes, toast and jellybeans, or pizza and breadsticks. In three weeks, most of us will be home with our families and friends, very much ready to spend Thanksgiving together. However, a lot can happen in three weeks, including tests and projects that need to be taken care of. Yet, this post-midterm slump is holding a lot of us captive. So, we all need to help each other so that everyone can survive these next few weeks. Here are five ways that can help us make it

through until the holiday. The first way is to accept that it’s OK to take some time to yourself and a break from the schoolwork, especially to sleep. In fact, sleep should be your very best friend during this time of the year. Not only does sleep provide the time for your brain to store all the information you need to know for your test next week, it also helps prevent you from getting sick. Just relaxing in general can also help you survive as well. So go ahead and treat yourself to that Thanksgiving special on TV and enjoy it. You deserve it! The second way is to check in with the family leading up to your momentous homecoming. Contacting your family lets them know what’s going on with you, but it also lets you listen to what’s going in their lives during these busy weeks leading up to the holiday. Sometimes only your family can help you stay focused and motivated to get all your work done before getting to see them. The third way to help you survive school until break is to enjoy all the warm fall clothes that get to make their debut now that it’s getting a lot colder. Sweater weather is definitely a popular time of the year, so take advantage of your warm sweaters because you’ll need them, and

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you’ll be so thankful you have them. Scarves are going to help you survive in the sense that you won’t dread the walk to class as much anymore, which is a plus. The fourth way is to go out and enjoy the fun fall activities that us Midwesterners love so much: corn mazes, hayrides and apple picking. Personally, I’m very excited for Starbucks holiday flavors, which came out Nov. 3! To name a few, Caramel Brûlée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Christmas Cookie Latte and more are now available to order. Even though it’s not Christmas yet, these flavors can successfully help lift your spirits and keep you awake during those slow days that seem like they’ll never end. The fifth and final way you can survive school until Thanksgiving break is motivating yourself to stay focused by thinking and planning on all the great times that are ahead of you. Soon it’ll be Thanksgiving, and before you know it, it’ll be Christmas. Although Thanksgiving break still seems pretty far away, I’m sure it’ll be here in no time. But in the meantime, I hope these ways help you out a little bit during the slow days. Good luck!

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Countries in the Northern Hemisphere are turning their clocks back an hour to end six months of extra sunlight (MayOctober). Daylight Saving Time (it’s officially singular, but often misspelled as Daylight Savings Time) was first implemented in Germany on April 30, 1916, where the hour hand on clocks sprung forward at 11:00pm. Although we attribute the origins of DST to Benjamin Franklin, George Hudson (who was mocked for proposing the idea in 1895 in Wellington), Germany or the farmers, surprisingly, a similar practice can be traced back to ancient civilizations. However, why are we making a thing as simple as keeping track of time a debate? The largest and most prominent argument demanding a cease in DST is the health risks brought about by the hour of sleep we lose in spring. Multiple studies have found that the Monday following “spring ahead,” heart attacks and suicides surged, giving rise to the “Monday Cardiac Phenomenon.” Opponents claim that in a world where we are constantly bombarded by moments that contribute to a lack of sleep, DST is an extra monster. Studies have further found out that “heart attacks decreased by 10 percent on the first Monday and Tuesday after clocks are switched back in the fall.” Sleep-deprived accidents also multiplied and work related injuries increased by 6 percent leading to an economic hit from the lack of productivity. It is hard to believe that DST alone is causing all these repercussions. If we are aware of the fact that we lose an hour every single year, on the same day, at the same time, shouldn’t we get adjusted to it and be extra cautious that week? The advertised origin of this practice was to save energy for the war during World War I and to encourage people to maximize the use of sunlight. There was an underlying assumption that when winter knocks at your door, you would rather stay inside glorifying DST for giving that extra hour during the rest of the year. As reasons changed, more countries further away from the equator, experiencing the intensity of seasonal change

adopted DST, preaching the concept of saving energy religiously. While it might have worked in the past and transcended generations, numerous studies question whether the major repercussions (and the simultaneous benefits) are worth the hassle. Opponents argue that DST does all but reduce the electricity cost. Take air conditioning, for example, which makes unbearably hot summers moderately pleasant. Blasting on one air conditioner is equivalent to a dozen tungsten bulbs. One air conditioner turns to 50 in a building and the electricity bill keeps rising, cent by cent. the utopian, cool interior is never rejected. Watching television in the pleasant room is more appealing than the hot, humid, mosquito-infested outdoors. Moreover, with the boom in technology, electricity is needed for other gadgets, like laptops and television. This perfect combination is an ingredient to the overall rising cost of energy bills. The change in cost is only about $4 of saving or spending per household in a year. Would you suggest more sunlight to a resident in Arizona or Hawaii? Arizona introduces us to the second headache that comes with DST: inconsistency. Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands don’t officially observe the time change each year. Yet, the Navajo Nation in Arizona observes the “cosmic courtesy” granted by Congress to its citizens. Did you think that was it? There is more confusion coming up. Inside the Navajo Nation, the Hopi reservation ignores DST. Inside the Hopi reservation is a part of Navajo Nation that observes DST, and inside the Navajo Nation is another Hopi reservation that ignores DST. OK— that’s all, folks! Driving across a 100-mile stretch could technically require seven clock changes. While in the middle ages, you would simply shrug off this inconsistency, in the highly advanced and globalized village today, the inconvenience of different time zones-nationally and internationally—hits multinational corporations the hardest. Since countries enter or leave DST at different times, in the space of three weeks, three clock changes can happen on the global platform. If we can keep up with the Kardashians, we can certainly keep up with the time change that happens twice a year. Fo all its negativity, we do love the extra hour that we gain at the end of the ordeal.

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Nov. 04, 2015

OPINIONS HUMANS OF DRAKE

FILM REVIEW

Humans of Drake Each week, staff writer Rachel Wermager will capture stories of students on Drake’s campus

Spielberg’s Cold War epic meets all expectations

Eric Deutz Film Critic eric.deutz@drake.edu

Conor Murphy || Sophomore || LPS and Rhetoric “My dream job would be to not have a job. I don’t really want to work in this type of economy, but after graduation I’d like to be a defense attorney and defend people because I think the system is unjust and I would like to try my best to position myself in the system to aid folks that are targeted by it.” STAFF OPINION

Open letter to Adele and her comeback

Claire Franksen Staff Writer claire.franksen@drake.edu

Dear Adele, We’ve missed you. A lot. It’s been three years, and you haven’t get me wrong, we’re happy to hear from you and completely understand that you underwent surgery, had a baby and you’re living life and all that great stuff. But to be completely honest, we have missed you like crazy. When it comes down to it, yes, we are fine with cozying up and listening to “Turning Tables” or “Someone Like You” when we need a good cry, but we need more. No, we’re not bored with

you or your songs because you have specially crafted them so that it is impossible to become bored with your music, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need more of you in our lives. We are absolutely crazy about you. You were one of our first loves whowill always have a spot in our hearts and in our ears. That being said, we need to make some things clear. We don’t want you to change. We love your voice and your aesthetic. You’re an alto that can belt out her highest notes at the blink of an eye, and we commend you for that. You write your own music, a feat that does not go unnoticed. You sing with such soul and passion that it fills us, turning up the volume so that your voice encompasses us so we can feel your lyrics just a little bit more. You have stated before that you don’t make music for our eyes, but you make it for our ears, and although this might seem redundant, it is relevant, and it makes sense. We fall in love with your songs before we even see the music video, and you keep your videos simple and meaningful and not at all flashy. You catch our attention with your voice, not

your outfits, and in a time where we are constantly bombarded with flashy outfits and flamboyant music videos, it is so refreshing to see you regularly put out music that is not corrupted with what you are not. Thank you for always being true to yourself and honest with us, so much that you are a true-tolife role model. The messages you portray are relatable and realistic. We feel your lyrics. With your long awaited new album coming out Nov. 20, we are expecting a lot from you. We want what we’re used to: your rich vocals, a good track to back you up and a whole lot of soul. There’s no need to roll the dice with you and hope that we land on a good song, because all of your music is simply stunning. We expect to hear songs written about real life experiences connecting us to you. We expect lyrics that are too good to post as the caption on our Instagram pictures, words that we make our mantras. If “25” is anything like your other work, we will be forever fortunate to have more of you filling up our playlists. Sincerely, Your very patient and anxious fans

STAFF OPINION

Miley Cyrus announces nude tour

Ashley Kirkland Staff Writer ashley.kirkland@drake.edu

Miley Cyrus is going on tour again, but not in a traditional sense. Former Disney star-turnedvegan nudist has announced a tour with rock band Flaming Lips, and they will be naked along with the crowd. This is supposedly a set-up for a music video for a single from her new album #mileyandherdeadpetz. When I came across this announcement on my Instagram feed, I was not surprised, but I was impressed. Cyrus has been on a two-year rampage, following her break up with actor Liam Hemsworth, on what I call “selfdiscovery.”

While my personal idea of self-discovery included going out of my comfort zone and moving away from home and chopping my bangs off in the bathroom one night, Cyrus had a different idea. I was not surprised when she announced this idea of a nude crowd because of her previous risqué reputation. While I am not surprised, however I wonder how she plans to produce this music video. I ask myself questions such as how the footage of nude concertgoers will be visually appropriate; in the end will it just be a modern Woodstock with censor bars? If Cyrus does decide to use sensitive footage would it be considered pornography? Could her planned music video be slid under the door of pornography and claim “artistic expression?” Pornography is often referred to as graphic images used to incise or arouse an audience, and that is not what Cyrus is after with this concert. Besides creating a music video, she may use this concert to support something else of personal importance. Cyrus has been a supporter of #FreetheNipple, a hashtag that has recently taken notice on social media platforms. This social movement’s mission is

geared towards raising attention to gender equality, focusing on female breasts and censorship. I could relate to supporting this movement in a bashful and semi-awkward sense because while I would never find myself posting photos of myself naked, I am not one to purposefully oppress another’s views on selfexpression. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in August, Cyrus described to him why she enjoys being naked. “I see a lot of people with their clothes on, and they’re kind of a*******.” While I found this humorous, I could understand why she feels that way. By being naked, everyone is on the same playing field. Usually, you can find yourself naked in two scenarios: in the dark, changing, or in front of someone you trust. Cyrus is inviting her crowd to join her on a spiritual level by putting all of their physical flaws out there and celebrating the raw, genuine presence that is life. While taking off my clothes in public would be unusual for me, I can see where Cyrus is coming from.

Considering the expectations for “Bridge of Spies,” it truly is a remarkable feat. Why all the buzz around Disney’s latest historical drama? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 30 years, I can explain all this hype to you in just two words: Spielberg. Hanks. For those who have been living under a rock, welcome back, and let me introduce you to one of the most exciting director/actor collaborations of our era. Director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks most famously collaborated in “Saving Private Ryan,” arguably the most important war epic of all time. What many may not know is that their relationship actually runs quite a bit deeper than that. Aside from working as director/actor in “Catch Me if You Can” and “The Terminal,” Spielberg also produced “The Money Pit” and “Joe vs. the Volcano,” two of Tom Hanks’s earliest films, and the two of them co-produced two of the most successful miniseries of the 21st century: “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.” And now, they team up once again and surround themselves with a star-studded cast and crew to tell the true story of an insurance lawyer-turned-Cold War hero in “Bridge of Spies.” In “Bridge of Spies,” Hanks (in a reliably solid and honest performance) plays James Donovan, a New York insurance lawyer who is asked to defend Rudolf Abel (recent Tony winner Mark Rylance), a man convicted of being a Russian spy. (This is 1957, obviously. Our country today is

very much over the paranoia of other countries infiltrating our homeland with people who want to kill us. …Right?) Defending Abel is really just a formality, as the evidence against him is overwhelming. But when Donovan does his job a little too well, Abel isn’t put to death and is instead offered up as trade material for an American POW—a trade that Donovan must conduct himself. When I say this movie is loaded both in front of and behind the camera, I mean it. Amy Ryan and Alan Alda are along for the ride playing Donovan’s wife and boss. Those are very simple roles for such esteemed actors, but when Steven Spielberg wants you in his movie, I assume the answer is always yes. Frequent Spielberg collaborators Janusz Kaminski, a cinematographer, and Michael Kahn, editor, are both back and could each easily pick up yet another Oscar nomination for their gorgeous, subtle and poignant work here. And with music by Thomas Newman, a script co-written by the Coen brothers and production design by Adam Stockhausen, the production crew has between them are you ready for this at least 70 Oscar nominations and 17 Oscar wins. Let me be the first to say… whoa. When you look at Spielberg’s last few works, ”War Horse,” “Lincoln” and now this film, he seems to be on some sort of “God Bless America” kick. This is perfectly fine, though it does start to show a little bit too prevalently here, especially in the climactic shot as we linger on Tom Hanks standing proudly in front of an American flag, knowing he’s just won the day for himself and his nation. Oh, sorry, is that a spoiler? Well, not really. Because just like everything else in this movie, it’s exactly what you’d expect. There isn’t a single surprise. Normally, for a movie, that’s a very bad thing. But when all the pieces assembled are truly the very best in the business, doing what they do best, well, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Grade: B+

Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz Miley Cyrus’ current (at least somewhat-clothed) tour will visit the following cities:

Nov. 12 The Riviera Theatre || Chicago, IL Nov. 21 The Fillmore || Detroit, MI Nov. 27 Echostage || Washington, DC Nov. 28 Terminal 5 || New York, NY

Dec. 05 Electric Factory || Philadelphia, PA Dec. 06 House of Blues || Boston, MA All events sold out


06 | opinions

Nov. 04, 2015

OPINIONS DEAR BRANDI

STAFF OPINION

Dear Brandi: How do I deal with confrontation?

Long distance relationships

My roommate took all of my food out of our pantry bin, put it on my desk, and rearranged the bin to fit all of her food. Technically, it is her box, but I don’t take her food out of the fridge. Should I confront her? –A.

Brandi Dye Advice Columnist brandi.dye@drake.edu @14bad01

If you would like your question included in future Dear Brandi columns, email her or DM her on Twitter.

If you are irritated, you should probably talk it out with your roomie. It is better to have a 10-minute argument than to live in a den of resentment for the next semester and a half. It honestly just sounds like your roommate was trying to make a passive aggressive power play, so you simply have to decide—are you the beta or the alpha? Being the alpha does not mean passive aggressively putting your food back where it was. It means letting your roommate know that his or her actions were out of line. Being the beta means you leave your snacks on your desk, and don’t say anything. What’s it gonna be?

How do I confront the closeted gay guy I randomly made out with at a party? –R. Well, I’m hardcore team confrontation, so I appreciate that you are on my level. Also, that is really awkward, but I advise you to make that confrontation in a one-on-one situation. He is obviously closeted for a reason, and you cannot force him out of it. But it is probably good to acknowledge that it did happen. Just pull him aside and say, “Hey. I don’t want things to be awkward for us considering…” not only does that put the ball in his court, you get to be the bigger more mature person. AKA, you win. Power through the awkward. You can do it!

STAFF OPINION

Quad: One side, more options?

Hilary Padavan Staff Writer hilary.padavan@drake.edu

My first time getting food at Quad this year was a rather confusing time to say the least. I strolled up to the cashier with my meal and asked for chips and an apple, only to receive a rather confused look from the woman behind the register. It was then that she pointed me to a bright new sign on the front of the register that informed students that they were now only allowed

one side per meal. Feeling a bit silly for not seeing the sign, I chose the chips and moved on with my life, slightly disappointed. It was only a little later I learned that Drake had decided to limit the number of sides allowed per meal for “health reasons,” but this logic honestly doesn’t make much sense to me. Lowering the number of sides per meal from two to one wasn’t the only part of this new initiate by Drake. The university also added new healthy options for students who weren’t satisfied with the admittedly low amount of healthy variety previously available, which is fine, and I’m sure very appreciated by many students. My only confusion comes from the belief that if the number of sides is limited that will somehow encourage students to eat heathier. Sure, the calorie intake may be temporarily lowered, but those calories are just going to be made up later through snacking whether they get those snacks from Quad or not. I really don’t mind the

inclusion of more options, I just don’t see why Drake feels that they need to step in and try to make the university healthier as a whole. Unless I’m missing something, most of my friends and the students I see around me are fairly healthy. There was a decent variety of healthy options before, and there seems to be even more now, which is great, but no amount of side number limitations is going to change how anyone eats—it just changes where they’ll get their food of choice. Overall, I don’t really understand the university’s choice to reduce the number of allowed sides per meal, but I am pretty appreciative of their inclusion of new sides such as yogurt with blueberries or granola and pita with hummus.

Ellen Converse Staff Writer ellen.converse@drake.edu

Long-distance relationships. We’ve all heard the horror stories of cheating, not making new friends, jealousy, etc. But I’m going to explain why I think long distance relationships can work, and why these horror stories are extremely exaggerated. Now I know what you’re thinking.  Something along the lines of, “She’s just another firstyear trying to desperately hang on to any part of her high school life. It’ll end soon.” That is not the case at all. To be honest, when I first started dating my boyfriend, I didn’t think we would continue past senior year—maybe into the summer, but definitely not into college. But senior year was so great that we kept dating through the summer. By that time, all of our friends were beginning to break up with their significant others because of college. Watching this all happen, it became awkward because neither of us wanted to decide what we were going to do for college and were beginning to feel the pressure to do the same. Probably two weeks before I left for school, I felt the need to talk it out. Even going into the talk, I was still assuming we would break up and go our separate ways for college. But during the talk I couldn’t think of one reason to stop dating him. He had become my best friend, the person I tell everything to, and the one who knows me the best. I couldn’t imagine not having that person around me everyday, so I suddenly knew what I wanted. When I tell people that I have

a boyfriend who is not at Drake, I always get a wide array of responses. Some are so happy for me and think it’s great that we’re trying and love to hear stories and see my pictures of him. But I also get the skeptical questions like, “Don’t you feel like you’re being held back?” or even worse, “That was high school, it doesn’t count. You’re in college now.” Yes, I realize that I am in college and yes, I realize that it is difficult, but all in all, I don’t want to look back at my relationship in five years and wonder what could have happened if I hadn’t tried long distance. As the saying goes, “Distance makes the heart grow fonder.” While I miss him and wish he were here, I’m so happy that we are both working towards our futures and doing what we need to do in order to succeed in our own lives.  With that being said, there are definitely some long distance relationships that should be cut off. If you are constantly sitting on your phone with your significant other, instead of leaving your room and experiencing new things or constantly crying over him or her, it’s time to call it quits. College is a time for experiencing new things and putting yourself out there. If you are constantly worried about another person, whether they are at Drake or somewhere else, you are not doing that to your full capacity. All in all, relationships are a lot of work and require a certain amount of thought going into them. Don’t commit to trying to go long distance until really thinking about it and making sure that it is the right choice for you and your significant other. You should feel able to focus on bettering yourself and furthering your education, and if there happens to be someone to stick with you during that, even miles apart, then by all means, don’t give up on it. Long distance is scary and hard, but if both partners give it their best shot, I believe that it can be a positive experience.

HE SAID SHE SAID

He said vs. She said Eating alone

Imagine this: You are sitting alone in your car, eating that beautiful mess of buttery buns and meat patty that one famous Wisconsin chain calls a Butterburger. You then turn on your favorite radio show that for some reason still has Perez Hilton talking and soon fades into “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld. A single tear then rolls down your cheek as you then realize that you are eating alone. Seriously, eating alone has become such a fear for some people because for some reason they think that if people see them by themselves at a table in Hubbell then they are officially the worst and weirdest person ever. Here comes a surprise: it’s not. Eating alone is something that is just good for the soul. When you are surrounded by people for hours, days and even months on end, why not just head over and grab a bite to eat by yourself? I am actually sitting here in Hubbell writing this right now to see the reaction of people as they see I am alone. Just as I had hypothesized, no one cares. I also find it pretty interesting that people also respect the fact that you are by yourself. I had people come up and say hello, but never actually say can I sit here. I think it is because it’s an understanding that if you are there alone, it’s probably for a

reason! You can also eat as much food as you want and as messily as you want because there is no one else at your table to make fun of you for doing so! My favorite game to play while alone is “Guess which clique this person is in at Drake high school.” It’s a blast, especially when people you would never expect to be friends are laughing and having great conversations. By far the best part of peoplewatching is trying to guess if people are on dates or are just friends. If you decide they are a couple, try to guess if it is a first date. There are a few telltale signs if someone is on a first Hubbell date because they are immediately a little more fidgety, but if you ever see all or any of the next behaviors, they definitely are. First is eating things that should be eaten with your hands, with a fork. Why are you eating pizza with a fork, dude? She’s not gonna think that’s classy. Next is a constant wiping of the hands or face with a napkin. I mean CONSTANT. Finally, and one of the harder ones to find, is the hesitancy to eat. If he takes a bite after her, then you pretty much know he doesn’t want to look like a slob. Go to Quad or Hubbell, pick your head up from your technology block and make a game out of it.

Social suicide is the most dreaded status among teenagers in college and high school. Social suicide is committing an act or acts that alienates one from their social scene or social circle. This includes, but is not limited to, peeing ones pants, going to the bathroom without a buddy and the worst of all, eating alone. Eating alone can be perceived as social suicide because someone is not interacting with a social circle. It is seen as lonely. Society seems to think that if someone is eating alone, they either do not have friends or they have something wrong with them—for instance, body odor. Therefore, in order to protect their image, the majority of students at Drake University refuse to go to the dining halls to eat by themselves. When someone is eating alone, it doesn’t mean that they have committed social suicide. Eating alone can be a good thing. It has potential for a peaceful moment throughout a busy day and the ability to give stressedout students some time for relief. Eating alone can also be a time to reflect on life. People run through days without collecting their thoughts. By slowing down, more time is spent appreciating the little things in life that are possible to miss. Eating alone can also be healthier. When students go to Hubbell or Quad by themselves, they go when it is best for their

schedule, which means they are not rushing through their meal. When people eat slower, it gives their body time to calculate their intake and decide if it they are still hungry or not. When people go to dining halls in groups, it is more likely to rush people through meals in order to fit everyone’s schedules— giving their body enough time to recognize the intake. For beginners who would like to build confidence in eating alone, start with a distraction. Bring a laptop or homework to the dining halls, and instead of risking the image of social suicide, gain a studious and dedicated reputation. By going against the social norm of eating alone while having a distraction, it should become easier to graduate to eating alone with no homework distractions. Eventually, students will feel comfortable to people watch in dining halls without the image of committing social suicide looming over them.

Joe Herba Staff Writer joseph.herba@drake.edu

Victoria Tramp Staff Writer victoria.tramp@drake.edu @TrampsFTW


07 | features

Nov. 04, 2015

FEATURES CAMPUS EVENTS

Drake breaks down walls with Halloween Hoops event Ellen Koester Staff Writer ellen.koester@drake.edu

Last Thursday evening, Drake University hosted Halloween Hoops, an event put on for kids from the surrounding neighborhood. Co-sponsored by the NAACP Des Moines Branch and the Student Bar Association, the event took over the Bell Center courts for two chaotic hours. Kids played pick-up games of basketball scattered across different courts. Little Tike hoops for the younger kids were set up in the middle. Drake undergraduate students volunteered to paint faces.

Available foods included pizza and cookies, juice and water, and the popular carnival classic, cotton candy. Every child received a take away bag filled with donated treats including candy, Drake goodies and crayons from Head Start. “Last year about 150 to 175 kids came,” said David Walker, a Drake law professor and lead organizer of the event. “This year I’d say it was between 125-150. When you throw a party for the university, you never know how many people will show up.” The event served as more than simply a fun place for kids to play for a couple hours. The NAACP chapter of Des Moines, Drake Athletics and the Head Start organization all had tables there to speak with the parents and kids who attended.

Although the event focused on serving the kids in the community, the event does a lot for the university as well. “The Drake community reaches pretty far. It’s important for the university to engage with the community, and this is an opportunity to do so. Kids ages 3 to 11 come onto the campus, a prestigious and beautiful private university,” Walker said. They meet people like the students and faculty and others. They begin to see themselves at a college or university and begin to build some affection for and identification with Drake.” Emily Rouse, a Public Service Scholar and Drake student, helped organize and volunteer at the event. This year was her second year of volunteering.

“It went really well,” Rouse said. “I love the event every year. It’s a really great opportunity for the kids to come and have some fun and get to see Drake as a school that they could possibly see themselves going to in the future.” Rouse said she has enjoyed volunteering at Halloween Hoops in the past. Although the night requires a lot of effort and planning, it is always worth getting connected with the community. “I’m a Public Service Scholar, so it’s one of our events that we put on, but even if I wasn’t, I would still volunteer at the event and help,” Rouse said. “I love kids and I think it’s just such a great opportunity for Drake to become more involved in the neighboring community, especially Drake Law

School because we aren’t out in the community as much as the other schools might be.” That is ultimately what the night is about-fostering connections between Drake and the surrounding community. “It’s about being a good citizen and not being an island with walls around it,” Walker said. “Part of the fun is just providing an event for kids that their parents and organizations like the NAACP also really enjoy, but it’s also a joyful event that serves the community and serves Drake. It’s fun and it’s nice to break down walls.” Halloween Hoops has become an annual event and Drake has hosted it for the past 20 years. Hopefully Drake will continue to break down walls through this event for many years to come.

THE KNAPP CENTER hosted dozens of children and their families last Thursday for the annual Halloween Hoops event. Kids dressed up in costumes, played games and got their faces painted by volunteers. At the end of the night, children got to take home gift bags. For Drake, the event helps to boost community involvement and interaction. PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BAUER | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

STYLE

New fall trends bring back old styles, promote comfort Bertha Bush Staff Writer bertha.bush@drake.edu @laydeee_B

Ah, the fall season is here once again. The weather is cooler, the leaves have changed from green to colors of the sunset and pumpkin-flavored foods are all the rage once again. Like the seasons, old fashion trends make their way into our lives. This year, we’re putting away the high-waisted shorts and crop tops of the summer and trading them for oversized sweaters, skinny jeans and boots. The trends we are seeing this year are reminiscent of decades before: the high-rise trend began in 50s menswear, where the pants sat at the belly button. That trend made its way in the late 70s, the 80s and early 90s. Oversized sweaters were popular in the 90s as well. Kelsey Konecky, a senior secondary education major from Lincoln Nebraska, notes that her mom has kept all of her clothes from her past. “I don’t buy the things that are trendy because they just come back in style and my mom still has her vests from the 70s and the 80s,” she said. “I have these big comfy sweaters because my mom just kept them forever.” In 2015, it’s all back. This year, ponchos, high-waisted jeans and even pleats have made a comeback. In the fall, comfort is a really important part of what we choose to wear. Senior public relations major Megan Auren from Apple Valley, Minnesota puts together an outfit centered on pleats. “Pleats are nice in jackets and in skirts. Pleats are beautiful

paired with tights and small heels or short boots-I know short boots are in style this season-so that’s a great option. And then a fitted tucked-in top to accentuate the pleats, and a sweater and jewelry and accessories. Scarves are great.” We live in a highly technological age where we can find all sorts of inspiration by searching for trends on Pinterest or Instagram. Maggie Dickman, a junior magazines major from Le Mars, Iowa has a blog and finds ideas from apps, other bloggers and Fashion Week. “All of those trends stem down from fashion week. There’s autumn and winter (shows) in the spring, so you can start planning ahead, and they can put their collections out. I’d say the biggest thing is studying the trends from fashion week, which a lot of the time are very out there,” Dickman said. “(Learn) how to tie those key pieces, key trends, and (make) them wearable, something that you can put into your own wardrobe without stepping too much outside of the box.” Dickman has also seen 90s grunge pop back into the scene. “It’s cool to look back to those and combining your favorite parts about each decade or part of history. When I think about 90s grunge, I think about leather and grungier pieces,” Dickman said. “I just picked up this 70s inspired top, even if it’s that texture or print and something like that contrasting those to kind of give a 70s fun vibe and pairing it with leather and something edgy.” What everyone seeks in the fall is comfort, and every year it seems to look different from the last.

MAGGIE DICKMAN (top) styles her jean dress with a red jacket. Megan Auren (bottom right) models a look paired with a sweater. Kelsey Konecky’s (bottom left) scarf adds a shock of color. PHOTOS BY BERTHA BUSH | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


08 | features

Nov. 04, 2015

FEATURES MEDIA

“Last Week Tonight” host focuses on issues, blends comedy Emma Muth Staff Writer emma.muth@drake.edu

Mass media have unprecedented influence across the globe. Media affect peoples’ thoughts and actions more than nearly any other force mankind has come to face. Comedian John Oliver helps lead audiences through the media storm on his show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” with professionalism, tact and lots of sarcasm. “Last Week Tonight” covers the previous week’s events with a healthy dose of satire-anything from salmon cannons to the Canadian election to the refugee crisis. Beyond the show’s witty banter, Oliver’s coverage has started making a real impact on various social institutions and policy decisions. On one episode, Oliver bashed mega-churches, particularly televangelists who exploit their audiences for money. To prove how easy it is to bypass US tax law and create a mega-church, Oliver founded his own church on-air, which was able to legally collect thousands of dollars from audience members. Oliver dissolved the church soon after and donated the money to Doctors Without Borders. Oliver’s most notable story

covered net neutrality. Last year, the FCC proposed new rules that would allow large Internet providers to charge tech companies more money in exchange for faster Internet speeds. Thousands of people commented on the FCC website after Oliver’s segment aired, crashing the site in the process. Less than a year later, the FCC voted to pass rules protecting net neutrality. In many ways, Oliver’s humor works to his advantage. While traditional news sources may be perceived as boring by younger audiences, comedic newscasts are able to keep viewers engaged. This allows more people greater access to education on issues they may not have known about otherwise. “I love John Oliver because his show sheds light on serious issues in a hilarious context,” said junior magazine media major Molly Longman. “He makes you die laughing about the Russian import embargo, while making you understand and care about it — which is quite a feat.” Humor certainly does not disqualify a journalist from being reputable, and the proof is in the pudding. Oliver’s unique reporting style has brought attention to obscure issues that are seldom covered on other media outlets. By bringing attention to these issues, Oliver is able to encourage

audience members to take action and make a difference in the topics he discusses. Oftentimes, humorous news sources are able to convey a message more effectively than other news organizations. “Jon Stewart was always very careful to be accurate in the actual claims he made. John Oliver is as well,” said politics professor Arthur Sanders. “People who watched The Colbert Report when he formed his own PAC learned much more about PACs than anyone who relied exclusively on traditional network newscasts. John Oliver teaches people about issues every week.” The entertainment factor of Oliver’s reporting allows him to incorporate tactics traditional reporters cannot use. These tactics contribute to the depth, thoroughness and discretion used in the stories covered on “Last Week Tonight.” This often makes Oliver’s reporting more successful than that of conventional news reporters. “One thing that he does that makes him successful is spending an extended amount of time on a single story,” Sanders said. “His review of issues of the week that starts the show does look more like a ‘regular newcast,’ although even there he can spend more time on any story than the networks can. And when he gets to his ‘main story of the day’, he is clearly more like ‘60 Minutes’

than any network newscast.” In today’s media climate, people are oversaturated with content, particularly millennials. Unable to navigate the tumultuous environment, the younger generation is out of touch with the issues that may influence their lives. Through his focus and entertaining persona, Oliver makes approaching current events much less daunting. “I think Oliver stands out because, unlike other late night

comedians, he doesn’t just skim over issues. He picks one topic, and makes you really understand it and care about it,” Longman said. “Topics like government surveillance and oil company monopolies are not things you’re going to look into in your down time — unless John Oliver is presenting them to you. Basically, he makes learning about subjects that lack luster fun. He’s like the Bill Nye of the modern, adult world.”

JOHN OLIVER, “Last Week Tonight” host, has become a media staple in his focus on little-known political issues. PHOTO BY LIBBY SOLEM | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER.

POLITICS

Caucus wall provides political information, interactivity Anna Jensen Staff Writer anna.jensen@drake.edu

The state of Iowa is a political hub during election years. One of the perks of Drake University is its proximity to downtown Des Moines and all of the ways onand off-campus to get involved in politics whether by interning, volunteering or just showing up as a spectator to events. Already this year, several big names have visited the Des Moines area, and more will be on campus this November and early second semester. On the weekend of Nov. 24, the Jefferson-Jackson dinner was held in Des Moines. There, many Drake students had the opportunity to be in the presence of Democratic frontrunners like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. If you have not seen the candidates yet and don’t know how to get involved, a wall all about politics-specifically, the caucuses-has gone up in Olmsted to the right of the coffee shop, just past the Student Life Center office. “The Iowa Caucus Center is a one-shop-stop for students to get all their information regarding the caucuses and other general political information,” said Student Body Vice President Zachary Blevins. “Since (Drake) primarily attracts students from out of state, most of us have never caucused before and this is our way of getting the political conversation started.” This wall has interactive information about the candidates and has spots for you to sign up and get involved, or even write your email down if you want more information about opportunities within Drake revolving around politics. “There are three main sections to the wall,” Blevins said. “The first (would be) the computer in the center of the wall because students can surf the Iowa Caucus Project website, while the TV will be scrolling with additional information and will broadcast political events. (Second) is the pushpin poll, which is kind of a

play off the corn poll that they do at the Iowa State Fair. The (third) one is the discussion wall. It is an easy way to get the students who aren’t heavily involved in politics to join in on the conversation.” The point of the specific interactive parts of the wall was to get students involved with the caucuses, but also to mimic the way the caucuses run, because they are very involved and interactive. “I like looking at the pushpin wall and seeing where each candidate stands among Drake students,” said first-year Liz Bregenzer. “It’s interesting to see which way people are planning to caucus, even though it is anonymous.” “(The push pin poll) allows students whether they are Democratic, Republican or Independent to show who they are supporting,” said Blevins. “In a way, we are getting a poll, a very unscientific poll, but one that is directly focused on where students are looking. If you try to look at national data polling, it is just collective data; there is nothing that is really looking directly at students and seeing who is catching fire with them.” The wall was put up in Olmsted in hopes that students would acknowledge it when they were walking by or getting their coffee. “Olmsted is a high traffic area for the whole student body, whether you live on- or offcampus,” said Blevins. “The wall is not necessarily something I would take time out of my day to go look at, but the information is large and clear and I have read it while waiting in line for my coffee,” said first-year Hanna Friedrich. “I think that was more of the point and one that they accomplished well.” The Iowa Caucus Center was made to help students learn more about the caucuses and show them that it does not take much effort to get involved. “The wall is a starting point to get a political dialogue going across campus,” Blevins said. “The Iowa Caucus process is affecting campus and will continue to affect us until they happen, and it is important for the student body to utilize it as an academic experience they might only get once in their lifetime.”

THE IOWA CAUCUSES draw national attention and have brought dozens of presidential candidates to the state in their efforts to win the caucuses. In light of recent candidate visits and political opportunities, the Iowa Caucus Center has been established in Drake’s Olmsted Center with interactive elements including sticky notes and push pins. PHOTO BY ALICIA KANG | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Art and Politics of Public Space (including the virtual)

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09 | features

Nov. 04, 2015

FEATURES MUSIC

Artist music videos attract viewers, allow social sharing Bertha Bush Staff Writer bertha.bush@drake.edu @laydeee_B

Music videos have a long history, dating back to the 1920s. Throughout the years, music videos have served the creative world in several ways. With the rise of popular music, they began to take a different form. In our modern world, where most have access to everything through their phones, finding music and sharing it with friends is easier than ever. Sam Fathallah, a creative filmmaker and junior advertising major, enjoys finding new artists and sharing their music. “Indie bands are a lot of the stuff I listen to,” Fathallah said. “Most of the time I listen to music through Spotify. What will happen is (that) me and my friends who have similar music tastes might find something really interesting that is totally something we’ve never heard before. They’ll share it with me, and I’ll be like, ‘Oh, that’s a cool song,’ and I’ll share something back. That’s kind of the method that I always use for finding new music to listen to.” The thing with music streaming services like Spotify

and Pandora is that not everyone uses them. Websites like YouTube, Vimeo and Reddit are more shareable on social media. Jeff Inman, professor of magazines, has followed the evolution of songs and music videos. “Your traditional radio station…was the number one avenue for marketing for a song to begin with,” Inman said. “Then they went to other forms of marketing a song. Pandora still helps, but it allows people to niche a lot, so there’s not that vast exposure that once existed when 1500 radio stations played your song every hour on the hour.” The music video has evolved into a promotional piece for artists, who make most of their money from concerts and merchandise instead of the actual songs. “The music video still mattersperhaps more than ever-because people are engaging with videos through Vimeo, Vevo and YouTube,” Inman said. “Then they’re shared socially, which then becomes a part of the social conversation.” Senior Cole Norum, a News and Internet major, creates music videos for artists such as LT Mentality. He believes that music videos help place a musician within a cultural experience, not

just a musical one. “Take, for example, Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ music video. The shot compositions are unfettered. The lighting is striking and visually compelling,” Norum said. “And Drake is solo in almost all of the shots, centered in frame and thus easily removable from the greater context of the piece. But the thing is, there wasn’t a

ton of context in the first place. It was purposely made for memes and Vines. Within hours of its release, there was a litany of references to clips of Drake’s dancing. The video wasn’t made to be experienced as a whole, but rather consumed in bits and pieces, in pockets of time here and there. It’s brilliant.” Music videos are created

to grab the attention of the consumer. Technological advances have made it possible for everyone with a smartphone to make a video. Therefore, mainstream and indie artists alike can create a music video and be shareable in today’s world.

MUSIC VIDEOS allow artists to add a visual element to their lyrics and promote their songs through a mass medium like YouTube that allows viewers to share videos on social media. With current technological advances, the making of music videos is now accessible for lower-budget artists. PHOTO BY YING CHYI GOOI | PHOTO EDITOR

TRANSPORTATION

Hoverboards prioritize entertainment over practicality Jessica Spangler Staff Writer jessica.spangler@drake.edu

After walking around campus for just a couple of minutes, anyone can see that students use a variety of transportation methods to get to class. Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and now hoverboards are all favored types of transport. The hoverboard has just recently become popular with students, and it’s easy to see why. All you have to do is step on, lean in whatever direction you need, and off you go. The only way to steer is by shifting your weight, and they’re powered by electricity. It takes some time to get the hang of it- good balance is required. The first time you use it, you’ll be inching your way around. How it works is that the device has motion sensors that feed data into a computer to help you stay upright. The computer then figures out how to work the motor by using that information from the sensors. The board can sense when the

wheel needs to pivot or when the user wants to accelerate. “I don’t use mine for transportation to get around campus. I mostly use mine just for the fun of moving around on it rather than transportation purposes,” first-year Katie Nguyen said. Moving around on a hoverboard takes some time to get used to, but once you do, it’s fairly easy to direct it to where you want to go with the slightest pressure. One con, however, is that it’s heavy to carry aroundNguyen’s is 26 pounds. “I don’t really look at my hover board and think transportation, I look at it as a type of entertainment,” Nguyen said. She says that one of the main reasons for that is because of its weight. It’s fairly heavy to carry around when you’re not using it, and doesn’t fit easily into a backpack. “Although hoverboards can go on different types of terrains, I don’t think it’s best to ride it when weather is so unpredictable like here in Iowa,” Nguyen said. The hoverboards can go from six to fifteen miles per hour depending on which brand you

buy, and usually takes a few hours to completely charge. There’s only one place in Des Moines that sells them, called 515 Hoverboards. They’ll even let you test drive it before you buy it. The price ranges from about $400 to $649. “I would recommend a hoverboard as a gadget that is just fun to have and play around with but if someone wants to use it for transportation purposes then go ahead,” said Nguyen. We’re not quite up to par with the hoverboards from Back to the Future Part II, but give it a couple of years and I’m sure we’ll start to see these replaced with real hoverboards. Another favored form of transportation is longboards, which is a trend that has been picking up in recent years. Many students can be seen zipping around campus, and they’re usually much faster than the hoverboard users. “It’s in vogue right now. So hipster points,” said Hudson Webber, a sophomore. “I also like to think it improves my sense of balance.” Longboards are different from regular skateboards because they are around 38 inches instead of 30, which makes them more

stable at higher speeds. The softer wheels also have a better grip and are better at making turns. “Longboarding is super efficient. I can leave five minutes early, instead of ten. It’s just much faster,” said Webber. Learning how to make your way on a longboard can take longer than learning how to use a hoverboard, and they’re similar in the fact that they cannot be

used in rough weather. They’re also heavy to carry around. “I can’t ride in the rain and it’s annoying lugging this thing around indoors. I have to ride slowly when walking with one of my friends,” adds Webber. Regardless of your choice of transportation, I’m sure it’s a lot easier than walking- just know that us walkers are definitely jealous.

LONGBOARDS are a fast way to get around, while hoverboards primarily provide entertainment. PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BAUER | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Dan Sinykin, jo’86, made a gift of $25,000 to support Project Bulldog—an entrepreneurial event that allows students to present their inventions, services, or products to a panel for judging and feedback.


10 | sports

Nov. 04, 2015

SPORTS WOMEN’S GOLF

MEN’S GOLF

Glennie leads Drake in 2015

Inconsistencies a reason for both concern and hope in fall season

Katherine Bauer Staff Writer katherine.bauer@drake.edu @bauer_katherine

The women’s golf team ended their season on a positive note with a first place win at the Creighton Classic on Oct. 20. Sophomore Madison Glennie led the Bulldogs as they clinched first place at the tournament in a field of eight. “Getting that team win and having not necessarily played our best over the course of the whole tournament kind of just lit that fire under them,” head coach Rachael Pruett said. “Yeah, we won, but next time we want to go out and win Illinois State’s tournament and we just want to take it up to the next level.” Glennie’s performance led to her being named the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week. The Creighton Classic was her first individual collegiate win and the first individual win for Drake since 2010. “It’s cool to be recognized by the whole conference,” Glennie said, “not only to win a tournament but to be deemed one of the best players that week. It’s something I’m always going to try to strive for, to get that honor again, and to just keep playing well and live up to what I set for myself.” Pruett, in her first year as head coach, had a young team with Glennie and three first-year golfers. Instead of focusing on the scorecard, Pruett encouraged her players to acknowledge the areas for growth and focus on the things that went well. Pruett’s goal was to cultivate positivity on an individual and a team level.

“Usually, if your mindset is better, you play better,” Glennie said. “If you focus just on the score, typically that’s when you fall apart and you’re focused on an extrinsic thing.” The Bulldogs needed positive groundwork to rely on at the start of the season. “(With Pruett) everything is about improvement and not looking back negatively but using everything as a point to grow from,” Glennie said. “I really liked that because I think it’s really helpful to have that specific goal you can rely on when things get tough.” In September, the women finished 11th of 16 teams at the Illinois State University’s Redbird Invitational. They improved at the South Dakota Coyote Classic to tie for fourth with North Dakota University. Drake’s Sophia Hill tied for second overall and Glennie finished fourth. The women would return to finishing in the bottom half of the field at the Bob Hurley Shootout and the Missouri State University tournament. Glennie led the Bulldogs in two of the three remaining tournaments, including her first place finish at Creighton. “My focus this season was just to be positive and have fun because I’m an overachiever and a perfectionist,” Glennie said. “So it was just editing that mindset so I could play and, when I do have a rough day, being able to come back at it as a challenge instead of something that hinders me.” The team practiced in the week after Creighton to experience weather similar to what it will be like in the spring. The Creighton victory is still fresh in their minds, which should give them momentum come springtime.

Freshman Avant shines, Huser leads Katherine Bauer Staff Writer katherine.bauer@drake.edu @bauer_katherine

Freshman Tommi Avant hoped to play in at least one of the men’s golf tournaments this semester. He didn’t play one tournament, however. He played in all five. “I was surprised and happy for myself that I was fortunate to play in all five,” Avant said. “I learned, after playing in all five, that I wanted to play in every tournament and show what I have to prove for the golf team. Definitely pursuing to be one of the top guys on the team has been a huge goal accomplished for me.” Avant was successful in his pursuit to be one of the low scorers on the team. He was among Drake’s three lowest scorers in all but one competition and was the low scorer for the Bulldogs at the Bill Ross Invitational in midOctober. However, more can be expected of the young freshman in seasons to come. “Without even talking to him, I think he feels he underperformed,” head coach Matt Lewis said. “Tommi shot a lot of scores around par to mid70s. Now he’ll be able to go into the spring and just play golf where he knows what to expect from me. He knows what a trip is like and he knows how to prepare.” The Bulldogs are a relatively balanced team all the way through the roster, and so the low man on the scorecard seemed to

be constantly changing. Junior Drew Ison frequented the number one spot for Drake, posting the lowest total score in three tournaments. Fifth-year senior Blake Huser finished second for the Bulldogs in two competitions and clinched the low score for Drake at the last tournament of the year, the Old Dominion University/Outer Banks Invitational. With the fall season now complete, Huser is the only Drake golfer ranked in the top 25 in the MVC at 20th. Lewis saw these constant changes as both a strength of and a challenge for the team. “Our strength is that, at any moment, anyone can perform for us,” Lewis said. “I think certain teams will have their one, two and three, and they’re going to carry the team … We have more than five guys that can perform and contribute. We just need a couple guys having a low score. If we can get everyone clicking on the same round or a couple guys clicking, the sky’s the limit.” However, even if the team shows such great potential, the Bulldogs struggled to shoot under par. This has kept them toward the bottom of the field this fall. Their lowest team total score of the season, 894, was recorded at the first annual Zach Johnson Invitational, hosted by Drake. That score was matched at the Outer Banks Invitational last weekend. The low team round, 293, was accomplished in the third round of that tournament, the final round of the fall season.

A key area for improvement is getting the scorecards to reflect the golf actually taking place on the course. “We hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens, made a lot of pars,” Lewis said. “We didn’t score as well as we hit, so we need to work on figuring out how to score better. It can be from setting ourselves up with more opportunities to being confident in our putting. I just think we didn’t score as well as we could’ve.” With several months before spring play, Avant plans to work on becoming a more dependable player. “My scores were consistent,” Avant said. “I want to work on dialing everything in and making everything compact and making sure everything goes the way I want it to go.”

MVC Fall Season Wrapup: 1. Missouri State

5.53

2. Wichita State

5.93

3. Bradley

6.92

4. Illinois State

11.36

5. Evansville

14.79

6. Northern Iowa

15.83

7. Drake

16.07

8. Southern Illinois

16.07

9. Loyola

20.86

*Statistic represents team average score over par in 2015

VOLLEYBALL

Halloween brings trick and treat, Volleyball 1-1 at home this week Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan

Inconsistent is probably the best word to describe Drake volleyball’s play this season. Some matches against top tier opponents go right down to the wire, while the Bulldogs still struggle to put away lower level teams. This past week was no different. Their conference record fell to 5-8 and are now 14-16 overall after splitting two matches at the Knapp Center. In spite of these recent struggles, the Bulldogs still have their best record since 2010 this season. In one of their best hitting displays of 2015, the Bulldogs downed the Indiana State Sycamores in four sets. The Bulldogs led from wire-towire in the first set. They took 15-8 lead and never let the Sycamores close the gap to less than four from there on out. Drake took the first game of the match 25-17. The Sycamores looked as though they were going to make the second set more competitive and took the first three points. It wouldn’t be long until Drake took over, however. Down 6-9, the Bulldogs took 10 of the next 14 points. Eight of those points resulted from kills, one from an ace and only one from a Sycamore error. One of Drake’s biggest struggles this season has been hitting, so streaks like this prove that the team has the potential to control games on offense. Their hit percentage in the set was just shy of .400. This helped the Bulldogs coast to a 25-18 victory in set two. And yet, everything that the Bulldogs did well in the first two sets, they did the opposite in set three. It’s tough to tell what run sealed the deal for the Sycamores, as the Bulldogs had virtually

nothing to cheer for throughout the set. Indiana State brought the match to within one set with a 2513 set three victory. Both teams stepped their game up in the fourth set of the match. Indiana State took the lead early, but Drake never let them lead by more than six. Down 11-17, the Bulldogs began marching back. They tied the match at 21 before taking a 24-23 lead just a few volleys later. Indiana State’s Cassandra Willis tied the set at 24 with her team-leading 10th kill of the match, but her team would not score again. Sophomore Kyla Inderski gave Drake a game point with her 11th kill of the match and Willis committed an attack error to give Drake the 26-24 win. Game, set, match. “Once the hitters talk to (the setters) about the different sets we’ve been having girls put the balls away,” setter Chantelle Davidson said. “It’s the communication and being able to transform those passes into good kills.” Drake took to the court again on Halloween night against the Illinois State Redbirds in a match that proved to be full of tricks and devoid of treats for the Bulldogs. The Redbirds’ first pass of the night was off-target, flying over the net and allowing junior Makena Schoene to put away the first point of the match. The Bulldogs took the next two points to extend their lead to three. The strong start quickly turned against Drake as Illinois State came back and more with a 7-0 run of their own to take a 7-3 lead of their own. Drake head coach Darrin McBroom then took a timeout in the hopes of getting the momentum back in his team’s favor. The timeout helped end the Redbirds’ run, but the Bulldogs still struggled to chip away at Illinois State’s lead. A late 10-3 run for the Redbirds helped seal the set, 25-15.

Illinois State came out swinging in set two and forced Drake to make plays in the back row. The Bulldogs didn’t have too many opportunities to get points off hits in the early game and started out behind 1-7. Hot hitting carried the Redbirds the rest of the way in set two, hitting .400 in the game on the way to a 25-9 win. Drake was the opposite, hitting an atrocious negative .013 through two sets. “Bottom line is reduce our errors,” McBroom said. “Tonight, in the first two sets, we buried ourselves with errors. The third set had a totally different complexion. Coming out of the intermission, Drake hit (.282 hit percentage), served (one ace, one error), passed (zero ball-handling errors) and blocked (four blocks) better than they had all match. And played with a renewed tenacity and intelligence as well. “We really focused on not hitting to the libero,” Davidson said. “Their libero did a really nice job to her credit and I think one of the big things was putting the ball where she wasn’t.” Drake took an early 4-3 lead and led all the way to a 25-20 victory. “As a team, our communication got a lot better,” Schoene said. “Everyone on the front row for blocking really stepped up.” Schoene led the way for the Bulldogs in the match. She had the most kills for Drake with 17 and a team-high hit percentage of .213. “(Schoene) really started to light on fire,” Davidson said. “She did a really nice job of just finding the wood.” The Bulldogs also benefited in that set from novel lineups, featuring players who hadn’t seen a lot of playing time earlier in the season. Sophomore Odessa Cody had a kill and an assist in the match. Sophomore Rachel Goettl also played well in the back row, committing one receive error and picking up an ace. Davidson

also had more assists than fellow setter Rebecca Brown, the opposite of what was occurring earlier in the season. Although the Bulldogs still put up a fight in set four, they were unable to continue the comeback and force a fifth set. With the score close at 5-7, Illinois State took five points in a row to extend their lead. The run also boosted the Redbirds back to their earlier confidence and dominance on the court. Drake didn’t let the Redbirds run away with game four, but the Bulldogs were unable to put together any substantive comeback. The Redbirds won the set 25-18.

“We just want to … reduce our errors, getting better at defense and reading the ball,” McBroom said. “Our goal at this point in the season is we want to keep getting better. We don’t want to be satisfied with where we’re at.” The Bulldogs will play their final road matches of the regular season this weekend at Wichita State and Missouri State. “We have to have heart. We have to play the way we did against Indiana State. We wanted it more than them,” Davidson said. “We’ve got to believe that we’re the better team.”

LIBERO MICHELLE THOMMI serves the ball at the Knapp Center. She has 20 service aces this season. PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BAUER | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


11 | sports

Nov. 04, 2015

SPORTS FOOTBALL

Morehead State outlasts Drake in triple-overtime thriller Drake now out of the PFL title hunt; players, coaches express remorse

DRAKE’S OFFENSE generated 456 yards, their second highest total of the season, and scored five touchdowns in the triple overtime loss to Morehead State. (Left) Junior Keegan Gallery gets some separation from a Stetson defender on Sept. 26. Gallery paced the Bulldogs with eight receptions against Morehead State. (Right) Junior running back Conley Wilkins finds running room along the right sideline thanks to blocking from fifth-year senior Jack Beck. Wilkins ran for a career-high 205 yards on Saturday. PHOTOS BY ASHLEY KIRKLAND | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Austin Cannon Beat Writer austin.cannon@drake.edu @NotAustinCannon

After 60 minutes of back-andforth contest left the score tied at 28, Drake and Morehead State entered overtime on different trajectories. The Bulldogs had tied the game with only 38 seconds remaining while the Eagles’ attempt at a winning drive sputtered immediately. But overtime is sometimes where momentum goes to die. In the span of three overtimes, the two teams played some of their best football of the afternoon while also failing to execute in the most crucial moments. Those mistakes proved fatal to the Bulldogs and their already slim Pioneer Football League title hopes. In the third overtime, MSU had its best chance to put the game away after Drake had turned the ball over on its possession. A 23-yard field goal try from Shavi Bash was all it would take. And, unlike in the first overtime period, he converted and the Eagles dealt Drake a crushing 38-35 defeat. “Our guys played a great football game,” head coach Rick Fox said. “We ended up on the short end and it’s frustrating and it stings and it hurts right now, but they have nothing to be ashamed about because they played together as a team.” Drake will not make it to the FCS playoffs this season. The Bulldogs would need to win their next two games and have San Diego, Dayton and MSU all lose their final three games to qualify. However, Dayton and MSU play each other next week; one of those teams will win, giving it a tiebreaker over the Bulldogs no matter what else happens in the season’s final three weeks. The Bulldogs had their chances to win what will likely be the best

game of the year in the PFL. After Andy Rice threw a 6-yard touchdown to Keegan Gallery to force overtime with less than a minute remaining, Drake found itself in an almost perfect position when Rice found tight end Eric Saubert for a 20-yard gain on the first play of overtime. “Everyone was pretty confident,” Saubert said. Two plays and zero yards later, Drake had third and goal from the 5. Rice had Zach Zlabis wide open in the end zone, but the pass was high. The ball glanced off Zlabis’s fingertips and deflected upward before falling into the lap of MSU’s Trey Watkins. Coming up empty put enormous pressure on the Drake defense, and it was able to halt the Eagles at the Drake 20. In came Bash for a 37-yard field goal. Before Saturday, he had made eight of nine attempts from inside 40 yards. But his low kick was blocked and recovered by Drake, and the game entered its second overtime. MSU took the lead back instantly. Backup quarterback Jack Sherry found Justin Cornwall in the end zone on the Eagles’ first play. It was Cornwall’s third touchdown of the game and the first for Sherry, who entered the game for the injured Austin Gahafer. Cornwall had slipped through the coverage and was left completely uncovered in the end zone. “We had the right call,” safety Caz Zyks said. “It was kind of a miscommunication deal.” Cornwall had 226 all-purpose yards on the day and tied a school record with three touchdowns. He was later named PFL Offensive Player of the Week. The Bulldogs were slower to respond. Four Conley Wilkins carries got the ball to the 9, but a Rice incompletion brought fourth down. Drake needed five yards or the game was over. After

a timeout, Rice took the snap and zipped a quick pass over the middle that Saubert snatched out of the air just past the goal line. The extra point again tied it, and the game refused to end. Drake again had the ball first to start the third overtime. On third and four from the 15, Rice evaded pressure and scrambled for a first down. Rice was hit on the play and sustained a stinger on his throwing arm, Fox said. Drake called a timeout to evaluate its quarterback. After getting checked out, Rice returned to the game. He took a long sack on second down to move the line of scrimmage back to the 19. On the next play, Rice rifled a pass toward Saubert, who was blanketed in coverage. The ball went directly to MSU’s Justin Grier, who collected his seventh interception of the year, setting up his team’s winning field goal. The game felt like an hourslong boxing match. Drake had landed the first punch in the first

quarter to take a 7-0 lead, but MSU recovered and hit back. The Bulldogs responded and retook the lead and the Eagles again answered the bell (14-14). MSU was the aggressor in the second half, twice jumping out to seven-point leads, but Drake weathered the blows to tie the game each time and force overtime. Lost in the overtime excitement was the big performance from Conley Wilkins. He ran for 205 yards on the ground with a long of 51. Fox attributed that to the play of the injury-depleted offensive line, which he didn’t want overlooked. “The job that they did up front, especially with all the adversity the offensive line has been through this year, that’s something I hope doesn’t get overshadowed from this game.” This was all accomplished despite Eagle linebacker Luke Keller’s 14 tackles and two sacks. He would be named the PFL’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Saubert finished with five receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was a 34-yard pass from Rice in the fourth quarter. Gallery caught eight passes for 80 yards and his overtime-inducing touchdown. John Hugunin led the defense with 15 tackles and Zyks had an interception in the first quarter to go along with his nine tackles. MSU aired it out for 324 yards, about a quarter of the game’s 882 total yards. When Fox and MSU coach Rob Tenyer met at midfield after the game, Tenyer, who coached together with Fox at Centre College, expressed remorse that one team had to lose. It was a classic. “This was college football at its greatest,” Fox said. One team had to lose, though. This time, it was the Bulldogs. “We stood together as a team,” Zyks said. “The scoreboard doesn’t show that.”

RUNNING BACK BROCK REICHARDT looks to make a break outside the tackles on Oct. 10. Reichardt has the third most rushing yards (211) on the Bulldogs this season and one touchdown. PHOTO BY VALARIE MEYER | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

FOOTBALL

Ups and downs: Bulldogs eliminated from playoff contention Austin Cannon Beat Writer austin.cannon@drake.edu @NotAustinCannon

The Bulldogs will have to wait until the 2016 season for another chance to claim their first Pioneer Football League title since 2012. The loss to Morehead State and wins by Dayton and San Diego mathematically eliminated Drake in the quest for the PFL’s automatic qualifying spot in the FCS playoffs. The Bulldogs’ chances were already slim. Even if they were to win out they would’ve needed a lot of help from the rest of the PFL.

The loss to MSU extinguished the faint flame. With the Drake loss, MSU, San Diego and Dayton would all have to lose their last three games if the Bulldogs were to have a chance of winning the PFL. However, MSU and Dayton will play each other on Saturday and, because there are no ties in college football, one team will win to give it a guaranteed finish above Drake. The Season Ahead Two games remain on Drake’s 2015 schedule: a trip to Indianapolis to play Butler before Dayton comes to Des Moines for the finale. Drake coach Rick Fox said his team would be ready for

both games, especially against the undefeated Flyers. “There’s nobody I would rather finish the season with,” Fox said. “(We) get the chance to beat those guys because they are our rival and we will show up and play … Our guys don’t need the external motivation. They love playing the game. That’s the kind of guys they are.” Drake fell to 0-5 on the road, a mirror of their 4-0 undefeated record at Drake Stadium. For now, the only thing to do is look ahead. “Got to keep pushing forward,” tight end Eric Saubert said. Rice Plays With Heart Andy Rice hit both the highest

and the lowest moments a quarterback can experience in a single game. His final minute touchdown pass tied the game to send it to overtime, but another potential touchdown pass was intercepted in the first overtime. Rice still had a clutch 5-yard touchdown pass to Saubert on a do-or-die fourth-down play in the second overtime to re-tie the game that seemingly wouldn’t end. According to Fox, Rice sustained a stinger to his throwing arm after taking a hit in the third overtime. Two plays later, his pass intended for Saubert was picked off to set up MSU’s winning field goal.

Despite Rice’s up-and-down day, his on-field exploits weren’t what his coach took away from Saturday. “The thing that really stands out to me the most, and it’s what you saw today, is how he plays with his heart so much,” Fox said. “He just gives himself completely to this team. You saw that in the way he was just putting himself out there today.” Up Next Drake is off this week. The Bulldogs will travel to play the other Bulldogs of the PFL, Butler, on Nov. 14. Kickoff in Indianapolis is set for noon EST.


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Nov. 04, 2015

SPORTS WOMEN’S SOCCER

Women’s Soccer prepares for potential MVC championship run

THE BULLDOGS have gone undefeated in conference play four times: 2004, 2005, 2006 and now in 2015. (Left) Freshman Linda Fiorito dodges a sliding opponent. (Right) Junior Rebecca Rodgers sets up for a cross. She currently is tied for the second most career goals in Drake Women’s Soccer history with 26, just six behind the record. PHOTOS BY JOEL VENZKE AND ASHLEY KIRKLAND | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan

MVC Tournament For the first time in nine years, the Bulldogs have earned a bye in the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Soccer Championship by placing first in the regular season with an undefeated record of 4-0-2. Having already been scheduled with a bye last week, the Bulldogs have 12 days between matches to prepare for the MVC tournament. “It’s a perk for us to get these two weeks off while other teams are playing this week,” defender Ali Smith said. “We get to rest and refocus on what really matters.” The Bulldogs will face off with no. 5 Loyola in the MVC Tournament semifinal match on Saturday. This match will be the second meeting between the two teams in three weeks. They played to a 0-0 draw on Oct. 17. Even if they didn’t come out on top in their last meeting, the Bulldogs are still confident heading into the win-or-go-home matchup. “We’re more excited than nervous, I would say,” junior Rebecca Rodgers said. Even with the confidence, Drake can’t afford any mistakes. One loss and the whole season is over. “We need to practice how we’re going to play,” Rodgers said. “We still need to have that game intensity.” The winner of the match will face off against either no. 6 Evansville or no. 2 Northern Iowa in the finals. The MVC champion will earn an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament, but the Bulldogs aren’t letting dreams of making it

to the big dance cloud their focus on the match at hand. “Focus on the MVC first, and then of course I can think about (the NCAA Tournament) later,” Rodgers said. “You just got to take it a game at a time.” Seasonal Changes The outlook for the Bulldogs season didn’t look good in August and September. They were outscored 13-1 in preseason matches for starters. They started the regular season at 2-1, but then lost six of their next seven matches. It’s been in conference when Drake changed their mentality and started playing like a new team. The Bulldogs couldn’t win close games at the beginning of the season, but now they can’t seem to lose them. Three of Drake’s four conference wins came by a difference of just one goal, not to mention the two ties against UNI and Loyola. “We definitely have a fight this year about us,” Horner said. “We’re not rattled by little things and we’re starting to do the little things right and those are adding up.” Horner is the only coach who was a part of the ’06 Bulldogs’ championship team, and she was only an assistant at the time. Of course, none of the players were around at the time either. The oldest Drake player – senior Mariah Boncek – was only 13 years old at the time. And even if the team is unrecognizable as compared to the last no. 1 Bulldogs squad, they are still a very different team than they have been in recent history. The Bulldogs only had three conference wins in the past two seasons combined. They already have four in 2015. “Our chemistry this year has been a lot better than the past two

years. I feel like that definitely plays a role in how well we’ve been doing,” Rodgers said. “The freshmen have definitely stepped up and our upperclassmen have stepped up as well.” Bulldogs’ Offense Rodgers has been the star of the Bulldogs this season, especially since conference competitions began. She leads the MVC in shots (54), points (21) and goals (9). Six of her goals and 13 of her points have come against MVC opponents, both marks leading the conference as well. And even if she has dominated the stat sheets this season, head coach Lindsey Horner believes that the Bulldogs won’t have to solely rely on her talents to carry them through the conference tournament. “We have other players that can step up and play off of (Rodgers) that are capable of scoring goals as well,” Horner said.

One of those players will be freshman Alyssa Brand, who has played impressively in her first season of college soccer. Brand has five goals this season, the second-most on the team. However, as Rodgers’s play picked up, Brand has tapered off. Brand hasn’t scored since Sept. 22 versus Creighton. With tougher opponents ahead that will probably be strategizing against Rodgers, Brand may be called on more to deliver in front of the net. A player who may be instrumental in creating those goals this weekend will be junior midfielder Kayla Armstrong. She leads the Bulldogs with four assists and takes many of the team’s corner kicks, giving her plenty of opportunities to find Brand and Rodgers in the box for goals. Drake’s Defense The Bulldogs’ defense has

been cause for worry this season. They’ve given up too many goals in the early minutes of matches and forced their offense to play from behind, which can make scoring goals more difficult. “I think at the beginning of the season things didn’t go our way and we ended up losing games,” Horner said. “Now fast-forward a month … we’ve become more resilient. We’ve learned our lessons from those games.” Those lessons learned have lead to sharpened defensive play in recent weeks. Goalkeeper Brooke Dennis has only surrendered three goals in the last five conference matches. She earned an unprecedented three consecutive MVC Goalkeeper of the Week awards in October. “I don’t think we’ll have any sort of mental lapses … now that it’s down to the wire. We lose and our season is over,” Smith said. “We’re pretty tuned into the goal, which is an MVC Championship.”

MVC Tournament Round One Preview No. 1 Drake Bulldogs vs. No. 5 Loyola Ramblers 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 in Evansville, IN Loyola Record: 8-7-4 (2-2-2 MVC)

The match will be broadcast on ESPN3

What to Watch: Offense — Loyola has one of the most balanced offenses in the MVC. Seven different Ramblers have scored more than one goal in 2015. What to Watch: Defense — Loyola gives up goals in bunches or not at all. They have seven shutouts this season. However, they have given up three or more goals four times and held their opponents to one goal just twice. Fast Facts • The Ramblers entered the conference tournament ranked fifth in the MVC. They topped Illinois State 2-1 stay alive last week. • When Drake and Loyola met on Oct. 17 the match ended in a scoreless draw. • The last time a no. 5 team made it to the finals was the 2012 Indiana State Sycamores. They lost 5-1 in the championship.

MEN’S SOCCER

Bulldogs tie at Loyola, look to break winless streak against Bradley Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan

In a match defined by defense from both sides, the Bulldogs and the Loyola Ramblers played to a 1-1 tie, featuring redshirt senior Kyle Whigham’s first career goal. Loyola had twice as many shots on goal as Drake, but that didn’t mean much when the Bulldogs only fired two shots towards the net. However, one of them still managed to cross the goal line as the Bulldogs got onto the board first in the 26th minute. From 25 yards out, Whigham found the ball at his feet and blasted it towards the edge of the goal. It just barely missed the post and ended up in the back of the

net. It was also the first goal that Loyola has surrendered since Sept. 19. “For me it’s been a long time coming,” Whigham said. “When the time came I made it count. It was a long distance shot and that’s something I’ve been working on over the course of five years and finally it has paid off in a big conference game for us.” Despite playing in all 15 games this season and more than 50 over the past four seasons, Whigham never scored until Saturday night. He didn’t even have a shot on goal in 2015 until the goal. Drake played conservatively once they were in the lead, the opposite of the Ramblers’ strategy. Loyola was called for four offsides violations in the match while Drake did not have any. The Ramblers took 11 corner

kicks. Drake only had two. It looked as though Drake was going to be able to hold off the Ramblers onslaught, but Loyola still managed to find the net with just over three minutes left in regulation. Loyola forward Kevin Engesser had the ball in the box. He dropped the ball off to Connor Stevenson who dribbled the ball once before putting it past Drake goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod for the 87th minute equalizer. The Bulldogs again struggled to generate offense in overtime. They only took two shots, only one of which was on goal. The Ramblers weren’t much better as they took five shots and only forced MacLeod to make one save. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. The Bulldogs haven’t won in three straight games. They tied

Omaha and lost to SIUE at home last week, but will look to turn that around in their final home match of the season against Bradley on Senior Night. “We’re ready to make the sacrifice for each other,” Whigham said. “It will be emotional, but at the same time we have a lot of games ahead that we plan on winning.” Bradley is currently ranked second in the MVC with a conference record of 4-1, but Drake could take that spot, and secure a bye in the conference tournament, with a win at home on Saturday night. The Bulldogs have a chance to win the whole conference as well, but would need Edwardsville to fall to Loyola on Saturday as well. “We’re in a good position to win the conference regular season, which would be great for

us,” Whigham said. “This season has been pretty remarkable. We have one of the better records we’ve had in quite some time and we’re in a good spot to make some noise in the postseason.”

MVC rankings with one week to go: 1. Edwardsville

4-1

2. Bradley

4-1

3. Drake

3-1-1

4. Loyola

2-1-2

5. Missouri State

2-2-1

6. Central Arkansas

1-4

7. Evansville

0-6

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