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Bracing for the big chill What cancellations, closings mean for you by Taylor Soule

Staff Writer

As the season of mittens, sweaters and steaming hot cocoa approaches, the Drake University campus will shed its fall exterior, trading puddles for snow piles and fallen leaves for fallen snow. Winter — someone had to say it — is just around the corner, forcing teary-eyed students to trade their shorts, tank tops and flip flops for gloves, coats and scarves. Fortunately, Drake has an army of winter warriors ready to take on the seasonal changes with a dry eye and a plan to prevent campus from transforming into Des Moines’ second Brenton Skating Plaza. The Drake facilities department works year-round to keep campus safe, clear and accessible for all students, a particularly tough task amid the unpredictable Iowa winters, according to Grounds Manager Jeff Bosworth. “I have 11 full-time employees, and we have specific assignments as far as walkways and steps to get everything cleared in a timely manner,” Bosworth said. “The forecasts never seem like they’re exactly right, so we just have to adapt to the changes. Each storm is different in how we go about cleaning campus, whether it’s an ice storm and we’re spreading ice melt depending on a big snow, and we just have to get paths made.” Interim provost Susan Wright said that the winter planning is well thought out. “It depends very much on how much snow, of course, and depending on when it starts,” Wright said. “We have basically everybody devoted to that. They have a plan to which buildings get cleared first, and they have to clear the paths for students. The handicapped accessible routes get the first clearing. They do a great job.” While some students hope for cancellations to finish last-minute homework, others want available classroom

time, making Drake students a particularly tough crowd to please, said Wright. Furthermore, many Drake students use “cancellation” and “closing” interchangeably when, in fact, they are two different decisions in the university’s winter weather plan. A cancellation, Wright said, occurs when classes don’t meet due to weather, but the university, including offices and other operations, remains open. Closing the university, though, requires extreme inclement weather and is avoided if possible. “We try to not to completely close the university unless it would be too dangerous for staff to come in to campus,” Wright said. Closing the university or cancelling classes is not an easy decision for the Drake faculty, and several factors influence the decision. “One of the factors concerning cancellation is whether they can get the walks clear and keep them clear,” Wright said. “If it’s quite windy, it becomes quite difficult to keep the routes clear.” Bosworth is one of the faculty members who is consulted by the university to make the decision of cancelling classes. “They will consult with myself and Mark Chambers, the director of facilities, to get our take on whether we can keep up with the snow that’s coming, but it’s more of a university decision,” Bosworth said. Even if the university closes, Hubbell Dining Hall will remain open. The facilities department takes special care to ensure that students can safely walk from their residence halls to Hubbell, the academic buildings and Olmsted in winter weather. Students must still look for official confirmation of cancellations beyond the ever-repetitive “snow day” Facebook statuses. There are several avenues for students seeking university confirmed cancellation and closing information. “There’s a cancellation line that you can always just call,” Wright said. “As soon as the decision is made, all the local television and radio stations are notified. Our marketing and com-

by Lauren Ehrler

Staff Writer


munications people get on and make sure all of that information gets out.” Another concern for Drake students who prefer to bike, skate and scoot to class surrounds the safety of their wheels entering the season of icy surfaces and slippery snow. Though it’s a personal decision, Wright recommends that students exercise caution when weighing their campus transportation options beyond walking — and she said to wear an extra scarf. “As long as things are still clear, and as long as they feel like they’re

not too cold riding a bike, I don’t think there’s anything to stop them,” Wright said. Iowa winters provide an excuse to sport those new mittens, form a firstname basis with the best barista at Starbucks and a chance to use quality judgment. “It’s the responsibility of staff, students and faculty to dress accordingly and wear the appropriate footwear,” Bosworth said. “No flip-flops.”

Making the grade at Drake by Ethan Clevenger

Staff Writer

JANET ECKLES | staff photographer

DAN PFEIFLE plays an electric keyboard during Drake’s Got Talent on Friday night. He performed on Pomerantz Stage for the RHA program.


Caucus, students to connect through ad hoc

College stresses are never too few. Around every corner there’s another paper, another assignment and another potential all-nighter. Whether it’s your music major roommate up until 3 a.m. crunching out a paper or the other roommate trying to throw together a presentation, these things surround us. On top of all this, we’re also supposed to juggle the grade point average that seemed so much more within our grasp at the high school level. Or are we? What importance do grades play in our college lives? As it turns out, it’s different from student to student and from school to school, and even from class to class “Grades inside my major are important,” said junior music education major Stephanie Niewohner. “If I don’t do well in an AOI, I don’t worry because I know it’s not what career path I’m taking.” But that isn’t the ultimatum. Even within her major, Niewohner said she found it more important to be “comfortable with (her)self and (her) teaching than grades…for music history.” For some students, the difference between areas of inquiry and majorrelated courses varies. Sophomore Erin Hassanzadeh, a broadcast news and sociology double major, said it’s not that certain classes are more important than others. She said she “just enjoys journalism and sociology classes the most, so it doesn’t seem like work.” She also said that for her, in general, grades are seeming less and less

important. “I won’t put it on a resume, even if it’s a 4.0,” Hassanzadeh said. “It’s important for grad school or if employers ask, so I maintain a GPA, there’s just less stress about it…In journalism, it’s all about hands-on experience and what you can do…an emphasis on internships.” This isn’t the case for all Drake students. Sophomore Allison Tenhouse and other pre-pharmacy majors face an entirely different battle. “My grades in my first two years at Drake are a major factor in whether or not I get into the pharmacy program,” Tenhouse said. “For all prepharmacy majors…the requirement is at least a 3.0 math and science.” Even the other classes can make or break it for students looking at pharmacy. “If my math and science GPA falls right around a 3.0, I want to make sure my overall GPA is as high as it can be,” Tenhouse added. In the education school, Niewohner said that education seems pretty lenient as evidenced by an easier workload than her music courses. But there are other pressures and excuses to get good grades for her, too. “It’s important for me and for my parents,” Niewohner said. “I worked so hard to get here and they worked so hard to get me here…College is also expensive, and I want to make sure that I am doing my best in any class I take because I am paying to take it, so why wouldn’t I want to learn as much as I can from it?”


Student Senate had a large agenda last Thursday night, but by the end of the meeting, it had six new organizations, two ad hoc committees and one allocation to show for it. Students Fighting for Belize, most commonly associated with the Belize Dance Marathon, caused the most discussion among senators. The organization is affiliated with the James Arthur Albert Foundation and the Drake Law School, making senators weary of how closely linked Students Fighting for Belize would be with campus. “I would hope to see… more campus student engagement throughout the year,” Sen. Erin Hogan said. “Whereas right now it feels like something that is happening with the law students in the law school.” The Drake Philosophy Club, Psychology Club and the Ro Chi society — all of which have been operating unofficially on campus ­— became official organizations by unanimous votes in last Thursday’s session. The Drake Math Club and The French Association also passed by unanimous votes. Two ad hoc committees and members to fill the new spots were also appointed at the session. The first ad hoc committee will evaluate the current function of the QuasiEndowment Fund and suggest improvements to Student Senate. “Its been precedent that we try to spend as much money as we can from that year’s student activities fees,” Student Body President Greg Larson said. “I would encourage us to think long-term.” Treasurer Zach Keller will serve as chair of the committee. Vice President of Student Life Matt Van Hoeck, Vice President of Student Activities Jessica Hamilton and Sens. David Karaz and Adam Lutz will serve on the committee. The second ad hoc committee will work to engage students in the upcoming ABC Republican Presidential Debate, the Iowa Caucus and the November 2012 presidential election. Sen. Sam Pritchard will serve as chair of the committee. Lauren Ehrler, Alex Shaner, Emily Grimm, Sens. Nick Lund, Erin Hogan, Kayleigh Koester, Sean Walsh, Amanda Laurent and Larson will serve on the committee. Senate also voted unanimously to allocate the additional $6,377.16 of the 2010-2011 Quasi Endowment earnings to the Dogtown After Hours event in the spring. Van Hoeck reminded senators that the First-Year Senator run-off election between Joey Gale and Justin Kochanski will wrap up today. The newly elected First-Year Senator will take over the First-Year Interest Committee and will be present for the remaining four Student Senate meetings of the semester. Keller also announced that the two candidates for Drake’s vice president of finance position will be on campus Nov. 8 and 10. They will be available for a meet-and-greet with students between noon and 1:15 p.m. or from 4:45-5:45 p.m. on both days.

Meeting In-Brief: — $6377.16 allocated Dogtown After Hours — Drake Math Club, French Association approved — Drake Philosophy, Psychology Clubs and Rho Chi society approved





SJMC will hold Journalism Days this week

Quiet hours in the halls are creating some noise

Permanent stories ­— interesting student tattoos

Bulldogs are one win away from PFL title share







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“ Journalism Days revived, revamped


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I think tattoos get a bad reputation mainly by people who get them in a stupid place or without a meaning. It shouldn’t complicate your life. It should help focus it.


Mock interviews, panels open to all majors at Drake past few years. Eduardo Tamez, president of the Society of Professional Journalists, contacted SJMC director Kathleen Richardson last spring to see how SPJ could make Journalism Days happen. “I always wondered why the journalism school did not have a day or a celebration like most of the schools around campus do,” Tamez said. Tamez worked with SPJ Vice President Annika Peick, SPJ Recruitment Chair Lauren Horsch and Journalism Sen. Sean Walsh to bring the idea to life. Richardson told them that there was money in the budget for Journalism Days if they wanted to make it happen. “The goal of Journalism Days is not only to help students network and gain valuable knowledge regarding their field, but to also promote and

celebrate what students at the journalism school accomplish,” Tamez said. “And to highlight what a terrific job the faculty does here.” Richardson said the group researched past years’ Journalism Days activities and brainstormed across the SJMC study areas to come up with this week’s itinerary. “The week overall is supposed to be fun and career-development oriented,” Richardson said. Richardson worked with Carlyn Crowe, the SJMC internship coordinator, to contact and coordinate alumni for a panel of professionals and a speed-networking event. “The Cutting Edge” media panel on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Meredith Hall 106 will have speakers from different kinds of media careers. “We wanted people who were proud to be doing what they were do-

Monday, Nov. 7: “The Brand of You” by Claire Celsi 6 p.m., Meredith 101

Tuesday, Nov. 8: “Create a blog with DrakeMag” 7 p.m., Meredith 104

Wednesday, Nov. 9: “The Cutting Edge” 7 p.m., Meredith 106

Thursday, Nov. 10: Speed Networking 4-6 p.m., Upper Olmsted

Friday, Nov. 11: Ice Cream Social 2:30 p.m., North Lobby in Meredith

All week: Mock Interviews -Sign up in Meredith 111

by Kensie Smith

Staff Writer

Now that Halloween has passed, the holiday season is upon us — Thanksgiving feasts, Hanukkah lights, Christmas carols and Journalism Days. The Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication has packed this week full of events, speakers and networking opportunities. Claire Celsi, director of marketing and community partnerships at DART, will kick the week off with jobhunting tips and a personal branding strategy talk called “The Brand of You!” The speech will be tonight at 6 p.m. in Meredith Hall 101. Journalism Days have been held periodically in the past, but not in the

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ing and who were willing to encourage journalism students to follow in their path,” Tamez said. Panelists include Kaelin Zawilinski, editorial manager at; Sarah Day Owen, online entertainment editor at the Des Moines Register; Scott Kubie, senior product developer at BitMethod; Andy Drish, an entrepreneur; and David Zawilinski, sports anchor and reporter for WOI-TV. Attendees will have the chance to hear the president of the Des Moines’ Young Professionals Connection and SJMC alumnus Jason Wells speak about the power of connections from 4-6 p.m. in upper Olmsted. “The speed-networking event is a great way to learn about different opportunities and meet people,” Richardson said. Throughout the week, speakers

will be talking in different journalism classes. Students not enrolled in the specific classes are encouraged to attend the lectures. Mock interviews with various professionals will also be offered all week in the Meredith Magazine Center. Students may sign up in Meredith Hall 111. All students, regardless of major and year, are invited to participate in all of the week’s activities. This Friday, student networking will be the main event with an ice cream social in north Meredith. “My main reason for wanting to bring back Journalism Days was to celebrate the journalism school at Drake,” Tamez said. “I think people need to know the terrific work that we all do around here.”

Guest speakers in SJCM classes all week

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Niewohner also mentioned her parents as a drive to maintain a high GPA in college, but even so, both she and Tenhouse recognize the importance of other aspects when it comes to the job market. “There are going to be other people from all over that got the same grades as me in college,” Tenhouse said. “I think what will end up setting me apart are the experiences I have in college and what I

take from them that can be useful in my career.” Tenhouse also said that grades “get your foot in the door.” For Niewohner, this same aspect comes into play trying to get a job as a teacher. “I think in the long run, getting the job matters more on your personality than your grades, and I feel that I have a caring personality, and I’m not afraid to work with kids,” Niewohner said.

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THE TIMES-DELPHIC This week is Residence Hall Association Week. Keep an eye out for all the fun events RHA has planned this week.

opinions&editorials Rethink support of federal student aid Drake President David Maxwell recently sent out an email to all Drake students to encourage us to join an alliance that will urge Congress to continue federal aid for college students. I’m sure many of you did not even think about it; of course aid needs to be continued. So, you went online and joined the alliance happily. But does federal student aid really help us as students and as a country?

This debt problem is real; student debt recently surpassed credit card debt in the US by reaching over $1 trillion. Since 1999, student debt has risen by 511percent.

Look at the evidence and the answer should be an unequivocal “no.” Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is correct when he said federal student loans should be completely phased out, which is a far cry from President Barack Obama’s recent policy pitch of forgiving all student debt. Paul’s plan may seem heartless on the surface, but it is actually a sound policy. As college students, we might find it hard to hear, but government student assistance does not help America whatsoever. In fact, Washington’s intervention in education has done more harm than good. When the government offers student loans to anybody and everybody, this logical result follows; anybody and everybody goes to college, which is not necessarily a good thing. By artificially boosting consumption, the government has caused massive tuition inflation. Certainly, a significant part of the reason that tuition is

so high today is because the government is there to pay for it. Think if you were the head of a university, and you knew that not only was demand for your service going to increase, but also that the government was going to help students pay for your service no matter what the price was set at. What would you do? Well, you don’t have to answer that question because the universities already are. They are raising tuition. In the free market, prices are driven down by true competition. However, when the government gets involved, this goes out the window. We need to ask ourselves real tough questions on this issue then. Why is it the case that since 1965, when the true foundation for today’s federal assistance system was laid, tuition has skyrocketed? How come that from 1982 (two years after the establishment of the Department of Education) to 2007, the cost of room and board has doubled, and the cost of tuition has risen by 439 percent? We cannot possibly stick our heads so far in the sand and believe that this is a coincidence. The problem gets even worse, though. Federal aid for tuition is usually non-discriminatory when it comes to what major the student is pursuing, which definitely compounds the problem. To put it bluntly, a student majoring in art history should not be given federal aid because the evidence shows that they probably won’t be able to pay it back. Simply put, as the government has taken on a more active role in subsidizing higher education, the price has risen dramatically, which makes it more difficult for students to pay off their debt since they have to take on more. This debt problem is real; student debt recently surpassed credit card debt in the U.S. by reaching over $1 trillion. Since 1999, student debt has risen by 511 percent. Why does Drake’s administration and many in Washington scare students into believing that more government spending is the solution? What Maxwell is pushing for is just flat-out wrong. I have the utmost respect for him as the university’s president, and I think he handles relationships with students wonderfully, but in this case I have to disagree with his call to action. It may be hard to swallow, but government student assistance is nothing of the sort. I am urging students to rethink their support of the alliance that Drake is asking us to join.


Levine is a sophomore politics major and can be contacted at


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First-year plea to obey quiet hours A dull moment doesn’t exist in the first-year dorms. From movie nights to dance parties, there is never a lack of fun things to do. Don’t get me wrong; the few months I’ve spent in my dorm have been amazing. College has been everything I hoped for, and the memories I’ve already made in my dorm will definitely stick with me for life. I live for the fun things going on constantly, and I’m so grateful that I go to a school that completely wipes out boredom. I do have one problem with dorm life, though, and that is disregard for the so-called “quiet hours.” I won’t go on a rampage about “obeying the rules” just for the rules’ sake, but quiet hours really do have a practical purpose. On those rare nights where my friends and I decide to catch up on sleep, it’s nice to have reassurance that I can catch some “z’s” undisturbed. From 1-9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. every other day, quiet hours entail respect in the dorms for those trying to sleep or study. This means no loud noises in dorm rooms during this time period, and no talking in the hallways. These hours were respected for the first few weeks after school started, but they’ve been gradually forgotten. Since then, I’ve heard countless complaints from my dorm mates, and I’ve felt the same way myself. “I got no sleep last night. Everyone was yelling until three in the morning.” “I tried to do my homework in here, but it’s impossible.” “I was excited to sleep in finally, but I was woken up really early by people in the hallway.” Quiet hours exist for a reason, and that reason isn’t to stop fun in its tracks. I know sleep is rarely a top priority for college students — I’ve chosen late nights over sleep more

I know sleep is rarely a priority for college students – I’ve chosen late nights over sleep more times than I’d like to admit – but everyone should at least have the option of having a good night’srest.

times than I’d like to admit—but everyone should at least have the option to get a good night’s rest. When the

lights go out and the clock strikes 11 p.m., the fun doesn’t have to stop. It should move, though, to anywhere but outside someone’s dorm room. You might not think that yelling to someone down the hallway at midnight is bothering anyone or causing any problems. But what you may not realize is that you’ve just woken up your friend down the hall, who has an extremely significant chemistry exam in the morning and is counting on a good night’s sleep. There are dozens of places to go on campus to have a good time, and by no means should fun have to die when it gets late. But we should all consider moving our late night shenanigans out of the hallways. The 8 a.m. classes are enough of a struggle without being kept up at night, and dorm rooms should also serve as places where we can get some work done occasionally. I’ve heard the word “disrespectful” tossed around a lot in regards to the noise level, so be careful of the message you’re sending out to your dorm mates. As a plea from one student to another, let’s have fun the vast majority of the time, but let your friends sleep when they need it.


Kunkel is a first-year magazines and graphic design double major and can be contacted at

Acknowledge troops and war, bring soldiers home I know now why my mom cried constantly at the thought of me enlisting in the military. Thirteen. That’s the number of brave, courageous Americans who died helplessly in a single instant while riding a bus in Afghanistan last week in a “secured” NATO convoy. Their training, their courage, their skills and their intellect were no match for the faceless enemies the United States is, somehow, supposed to face in Afghanistan. The bus they rode in was named the “Rhino Runner” for its heavy, impenetrable armor. But even the rhino flew several yards with the force of the blast. Just after the blast, the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai issued a statement condemning the attack without noting the loss of American life. This came just days after he issued a statement signaling Afghanistan would support Pakistan if Pakistan ever went to war with the U.S. Instantly, reflexively, a thought springs to mind: what the hell are we still doing there? Let me ask you an intentionally offensive question: Does it seem possible for 13 lost American lives to look small?

It doesn’t. Yet this disaster pales in comparison to one just three months ago on Aug. 6 when 30 highly trained American sons, sisters, uncles and soldiers lost their lives when their helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan. This disaster seems almost trivial in light of the nearly 2,800 coalition troops who have already lost their lives in Afghanistan, and when the death of 13 Americans seems trivial, something is profoundly wrong. Infantry transports become hearses. Lives turn to bodies. Relationships dwindle to memories. And we do nothing but watch. My mom may have cried me out of joining the military several years ago, but 13 mothers are crying today for their lost children. Instead of supporting our troops and contractors, we continue to shop, party, eat and commute as if there isn’t a war going on at all. This should give all a reason to stop and to reflect. It should give us a reason to be angry. It should give politicians a reason to lead. It should give Afghanis a rea-

son to take control of the misguided violence that represents no specific religion or person but represents the power-hungry forces that have dominated world history for too long now. As the 2012 presidential election heats up for all sides – Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, tea party patriots, occupiers and independents– we the voters must demand that the Afghanistan War is a central question and conversation in the election. Enough of the “I’ll listen to the commanders on the ground” veiled political cowardice. It’s time to support the troops and their families. It’s time to bring them home.


Price is a junior broadcast major and can be contacted at

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Looking for an opportunity for some good food and networking? Tuesday at 5:30 in Parents Hall the Student Alumni Association is hosting a Student-Alumni Networking Dinner. The event is business-casual, is free to SAA members and is $5 for nonmembers.

Not just an image, she really is the politics lady Professor profile: Rachel Paine Caufield Staff writer Ann Schnoebelen sits down with one passionate Drake professor by Ann Schnoebelen

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Rachel Paine Caufield at a glance...

> Politics professor at Drake > From Schnectady, N.Y. in mathematics and political > B.A. science at Hood College in Md. from Department of Political > Ph.D. Science at the George Washington University in D.C.

Rachel Paine Caufield named her 55-pound mutt “Seneca” after the Seneca Falls Convention (an influential women’s rights convention in the mid-1800s) and recalls reading the Federalist Papers at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial with the same sort of fondness others lend to childhood memories. She was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution after completing her doctorate at The George Washington University and has been a politics professor at Drake since 2001. My assignment was to find out who Caufield is, beyond professor, beyond American Judicature Society staff member, beyond her campus label of “the politics lady.” You know what I learned? That’s she’s the politics lady. Full disclosure: Caufield is a former professor of mine and now directs the Iowa Caucus Project for which I’m interning this semester. But that didn’t stop me from learning copious amounts about her during our interview. Her office on the second floor of Meredith Hall has 10 bookshelves, all full. “I have just as many at home, if not more,” she says, but shakes her head when I ask if she’s read them all. “Any professor who says they’ve read every single book in their office either doesn’t have very many books, or is lying,” she tells me. In addition to book spines, photos of her with friends and small trinkets from her travels also adorn the shelves. One piece she calls attention to is a figurine, just

a couple inches tall, of a man in colonial dress. “Once upon a time, I loved James Madison,” she explains, describing fellow professor Joanna Mosser and her frequent searches for Madison memorabilia. She tells a story about finding the figures and buying them for herself and Mosser, but wanting to keep their origin a secret from her friend. So she wrapped both of them in copies of “Federalist 10,” tied one with a blue ribbon, one with a red ribbon and put them in her own and Mosser’s mailboxes in the Meredith Arts and Sciences office. “I really am a nerd,” she says, laughing. Caufield laughs a lot and the sound easily fills her high-ceilinged office and can be heard in the hallway outside, even with the door closed. “You gotta have fun,” she insists. “I also put giant sunglasses on the prime minister of Japan on [Professor Mary] McCarthy’s door. People wondered who did that. I did.” She pulls the transparent overhead sheets she used to accessorize Yukio Hatoyama from a desk drawer to show me. “God that was fun.” But Caufield also insists that, “I haven’t always been a politics geek, although my mom will tell you that randomly when I was a kid I always wanted to watch the State of the Union address… But the thing I did every single day was play the piano.” In fact, one of her favorite purchases is the piano she bought for her house last year. She’s taken lessons since she was a young girl growing up in Schenectady, N.Y., and says she still plays almost daily. “I love Bach because I think it’s fun to play,” she says. “And I like Beethoven Ger-

man dances because I get to pound a little bit when I want to be loud. And when I want to be quiet or light, I have a full book of sonatinas. Oh, and last Christmas I also bought a Charlie Brown Christmas album.” Somehow the topic of the holidays segues back into politics, as Caufield explains that this year she’ll have a Caucus Tree rather than a Christmas tree. She’ll decorate it with pictures of all the candidates, quotes from candidates, American flags, “really anything red white and blue will work,” she says. Revealing her crafting abilities, she also says she makes campaign pins into ornaments. “It takes a lot of work to make a good caucus tree,” she tells me resolutely. The caucuses are something Caufield usually talks about with a noticeable enthusiasm. Although there are other things for which she expresses an obvious affection — her best friend, her dog, her students — the Iowa caucuses obviously hold a special place in Caufield’s heart. “It wasn’t until my first caucus that I really embraced practical politics as something that I loved,” she says. In fact, she says, her first Iowa caucus “was by all accounts, by every measure, the most important political experience I have ever gone through because I realized that these sorts of community decision-making processes are still alive, which is almost impossible to believe.” She really is the politics lady. “It’s not actually image,” she tells me with a chuckle. A quick glance to the stoic face of a miniature James Madison staring back at me from the bookshelf is all the confirmation I need.

Broadway hit in Des Moines to draw large crowds by Madison Dockter

Staff Writer

Even if you’re not a musical theater major, it’s doubtful you’ve gotten through the last few weeks without seeing an advertisement for the upcoming “Wicked” performances. For four weeks only, the Des Moines Civic Center will present the musical “Wicked”, the wildly popular, smash-hit Broadway musical. Known as the “untold story” of the witches of Oz, the show follows the lives of Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West before Dorothy was around. Known as the “defining musical of the decade” by critics and viewers alike, Wicked can make a fan out of anyone. If you know anything about “Wicked,” then you know that it is Broadway’s best-selling show that attracts large audiences year after year and sells out at nearly every venue it is shown in. The show is so popular because essentially it’s a children’s story made for adults. From Nov. 9 to Dec. 4, the musical with 32 awards under its belt will entertain hundreds of people here in Des Moines. “This will be my fifth time seeing ‘Wicked,’” first-year Dane Van Brocklin said. “I keep going back because the story line and music are excellent twists on a classic tale.”

Some people have heard of the show’s hype and wonder how it can possibly live up to its expectations. “I’m going because I loved the book that it’s based off of, and I hear the play is even better,” junior Erin Mercurio said. “Hopefully all the people I’ve been talking to are right.” According to a press release from the Civic Center: “No other show in (our) 32 year history has generated as much excitement and anticipation as ‘Wicked.’” During the show’s 2009 tour, “Wicked” sold out in record time in Des Moines. Fortunately, tickets are still available for purchase, and there is a possibility that student rush tickets will available. If this is the case, just show up an hour or so before the show with your student ID, and you could be lucky enough to get seats that were originally priced at $100 or more for just $25. With seven productions showing around the world, “Wicked” is one of the most well-known musicals of all time. In the coming weeks, young and old fans will flock to the Civic Center in search of great entertainment. “I’ve seen ‘Wicked’ twice, and I’m definitely going again,” first-year Samantha Williams said. “The show is just amazing. The songs, the characters, the set…just amazing.”

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Students Get Inked: tattoos with meaning by Erin Hassanzadeh

Staff Writer

In college and in the business world tattoos are frequently hidden in an effort to look more professional. But these students have tattoos with background stories that are too meaningful not to share.

Name: Aly Schmidt Age: 19 Number of tattoos: one Year: sophomore Studying: politics with business law concentration, music minor Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.

“It’s from Dr. Seuss’, ‘Oh the Places You Will Go.’ It’s one of my favorite books, and it reminds me to be a kid at heart.”

Name: Shawn June Age: 22 Number of tattoos: two Year: junior Studying: writing Hometown: Centerville, Iowa courtesy of SHAWN JUNE

“When I was 10, I was in a severe car accident. Four people were in the accident. Three were killed and one was my younger brother. When he died, he had the Saint Michael guardian angel, so I wanted that to be a part of me. In the accident, I broke my left leg in three places, so I decided for it to be on my left leg.”

“It’s a bass clef. I’m very involved in music, and it’s done a lot for my life. Music has always been the one constant despite any sort of change. The lettering is my name in Greek, which translates to victory of the people. I’ve always been involved in teams. Whether it was track and cross-country, choir or being in a band, I constantly need to remind myself to put the team above myself.”

“My sister and I planned on getting the tattoos for three years. We got our matching tattoos done by the same person. Our parents got divorced, and it was ugly, so the lotus was symbolic because it rises through muck, and it’s still beautiful. It represents the possibility of coming out of an ugly situation strong.”

“Music is very important to me. It’s a big part of my life. I’ve been playing bass since sixth grade. I can also play guitar and mess around on the drums. I was in a band called ‘Self-Assembled.’ We were a middle school punk band. We actually recorded a four-song demo album and took third place in battle of the bands in our town.”

Name: Nick Budden Age: 20 Number of tattoos: one Year: sophomore Studying: marketing and public relations Hometown: Dyersville, Iowa

Name: Ellen Calder Age: 18 Number of tattoos: one Year: Freshman Studying: elementary education Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.

Name: Ian Wells Year: sophomore Number of tattoos: one Studying: electronic media Hometown: Champaign, Ill. ERIN HASSANZADEH | staff photographer

Panic! At the Disco brings ‘Vices and Virtue’ to People’s Court by Megan Berberich

Staff Writer

This Wednesday, American alternative rock duo Panic! At the Disco will perform in downtown Des Moines at People’s Court. This show is part of a North American tour promoting “Vices and Virtues,” the band’s newest album which was released in March 2011. Patrick Stump, former member of Fall Out Boy, will open for Panic! At the Disco. Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 at the door on the day of the show. The

doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Panic! At the Disco has been a wellknown name in the pop-punk realm since the band formed in 2005. It consists of members Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Jon Walker and Spencer Smith. The success of its single “I Write Sins, not Tragedies” from the band’s first album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” skyrocketed the band into mainstream success. Sophomore Brenna Doherty has been a fan of Panic! At the Disco since it first formed and is going to the show with her boyfriend. “I found out about the show on their website,” Doherty said. “Tickets were

cheap, and I love the People’s Court venue. There are no bleachers or assigned seating so it’s a free-for-all in the crowd, which allows the audience to connect with the performer much better.” The “Nothing Rhymes with Circus” tour promoting the band’s first album was filled with theatrical elements. Each song had dance numbers, skits and tricks performed by a six-member troupe, and the band donned intricate costumes, loosely re-enacting moments from the songs. The group’s second album “Pretty. Odd,” was steered in a completely different direction, inspired by the Beach Boys and The Beatles, and not a Las Vegas cir-

23rd annual show displays a variety of art forms by Katie Ericson

Staff Writer

Though Des Moines has many insurance companies and corporations, it also has a wide range of art that was shown in last weekend’s Metro Arts Alliance Expo. This was the 23rd expo for the Metro Arts Alliance, and events coordinator Reilly Branderhorst estimated that between 5,000 - 6,000 people attended. The event started in 1975 by the Arts and Recreation Council of Greater Des Moines and has grown to include 73 artists from 13 different categories. Some categories are two- and three-dimensional media, ceramics, fiber, metal, paintings and drawings. “There’s a lot of different work,” Branderhorst said. Each artist applied in March with five photos of their works and an image of what their booth would look like. “It’s amazing what people can do with a 10-foot booth,” Branderhorst said. A panel of judges chose from 150 applicants and selected participants and merit awards for special artists such as Benjamin Schuh. A veteran of the expo, Schuh explained that his inspirations come from everyday life. “I don’t limit what I paint,” Schuh said. Some pieces were acrylic paintings, and others were done with ink. From a panel of orchids to a flipped image of “American Gothic,” Schuh had pictures of events that many people could relate to. All of these pieces were also available for sale.

Most works at the expo were originals, such as the work by Lord’s Diversified Inc. Bob and Peggy Aebi use ink with an alcohol base on an art board that’s on top of wood. From colorful lines to interlaced circles to varied splatters, each piece done by the Lathrop, Mo., couple is original, one-of-a-kind and signed. Bob Aebi mentioned that his wife does most of the art-board pieces. “She took to it like a duck to water,” he said. However, Bob Aebi made several pieces that feature underwater scenes made from real seaweed, shark jawbones and pearls. These three-dimensional pieces were not alone at the expo. Multiple booths held massive metal sculptures, while Steve Uren held his own display of woodwork. Inspired by nature, landscapes, water and music, Uren creates dramatic yet useful pieces such as mirrors, cutting boards, desks and tables. Groups such as the Drake Women’s Chorale, the Heartland Youth Choir and Striving for Eternal Life Choir performed at the center of the expo. There were also children’s activities where kids made greeting cards, decorated recycled bags, made waxed yarn sculptures and partook in a digital photo booth. Over 117 children came last Friday alone. Nearby restaurant Big City extended its hours and served meals near the singers’ pavilion, where the art was still visible. The annual free event is now complete. In previous years, the expo had been in Hy-Vee Hall, but it was in Capitol Square this year. Branderhorst admitted that it was “nice to be in the heart of downtown,” and expressed her interest to return to Hy-Vee Hall next year.

cus show. The shows became more basic and stripped down with no theatrics. In 2009, before recording “Vices and Virtues,” Walker and Ross announced that they were going to leave the band in order to pursue different musical endeavors. By March 2011, Urie and Smith released the album. The band returned to the theatrical pop rock it once knew, but it was more mature and restrained. Located inside the Court Avenue District, the People’s Court is a 900-capacity venue. Ticket prices at the People’s Court range from $5 to $25 dollars depending on the show. The establishment is open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday, and there is also a

full bar on Monday through Wednesday nights for other concerts. People’s Court is located at 216 Court Ave. Doherty has never seen Panic! At the Disco before, but she is expecting a good show, especially since she said she likes the People’s Court venue. “I’ve heard that they (Panic! At the Disco) put on a very entertaining show,” Doherty said. “I am very impressed with their new album. I am hoping to see an energized crowd, good music and hopefully a little moshing.”

Upcoming Shows: Big Sean 11/8 Crossroads Music Conference 11/10 Bright Giant CD Release 11/11 Gloriana 11/12 Puddle of Mudd 11/17 40oz to Freedom (A Tribute to Sublime) 11/ 19



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women’s track and field hurdler/runner Sarah Yeager and sophomore men’s DID YOU Junior tennis player Robin Goodman were selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Leadership Forum that took place from Nov. 3 to Nov. 6 in Chicago, KNOW? Student-Athlete Ill. Congratulations to both student-athletes for the distinction.

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Bulldogs rally to top undefeated Jacksonville Defense comes up big to take over sole possesion of first place in the PFL by Matt Moran

Copy Editor

A fourth-down touchdown pass and a four-yard touchdown run with 21 seconds left propelled Drake to its biggest win of the season last Saturday. Trailing 24-17 against Jacksonville, which was undefeated in the Pioneer Football League heading into the 1 p.m. contest at Drake Stadium, the Bulldogs (8-2, 6-1 PFL) reached the end zone twice in the final four

minutes to move into a tie for first place in the conference. Fifth-year senior running back Pat Cashmore had a career-high 160 yards on 35 carries, also a career high. His second touchdown of the day gave the Bulldogs a 31-24 victory. “It speaks to the character of our guys,” head coach Chris Creighton said. “They believe in each other and love each other. “The way that (the win) happened showed what our team is all about.” The Drake defense recorded four interceptions on the day. Fifth-year

senior cornerback Mike Lahart had two picks, including one in his own end zone to stop a Jacksonville (6-3, 5-1 PFL) threat. Trailing by a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs caught a break. Fifth-year kicker Billy Janssen’s punt bounced off a Jacksonville player, and sophomore wide receiver Jacob Dines jumped on the ball at the Drake 46-yard line. Then senior quarterback Mike Piatkowski shook off a tough game to engineer a 15-play, 54-yard scoring drive. On fourth and goal from

courtesy of MARK McDONALD FITH-YEAR SENIOR PATRICK CASHMORE (30) carries the ball into the end zone in the Bulldogs’ game winning drive against Jacksonville on Saturday. The Bulldogs won 31-24 to improve to 6-1 in the Pioneer Football League standings.

the Dolphins’ 8-yard line, Piatkowski found junior wide receiver Joey Orlando to tie the game at 24 with 3:49 left. “I knew we were going to score on that fourth down,” Cashmore said. “In the end, we put our foot down and got the win.” Piatkowski completed 17 of 30 passes for 194 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He moved into second place on the Drake all-time career passing list. With the game tied at 24, the Drake defense forced its biggest turnover of the game. Jacksonville quarterback Josh McGregor, who is the PFL’s all-time leading passer, floated a pass toward the sideline that was picked off by senior cornerback Lyndon Crawford. Drake then took the ball 58 yards in nine plays to capture the lead for good. Cashmore plunged into the end zone, leaving the Dolphins little time to respond. It was Cashmore’s fourth 100yard effort of the season and sixth of his career. “Pat (Cashmore) is a special guy,” Creighton said. “He wants it so badly…he’s tough, not your typical tailback…but he’s got as good of feet as anybody.” McGregor was 23 of 37 passing for 249 yards and three touchdowns. He was sacked five times by the Bulldog defense. McGregor’s first touchdown pass came two plays after a Cashmore fumble on a 39-yard strike to put Jacksonville up 7-3 in the second quarter. After adding a field goal, Piatkowski

responded with a 28-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Drew Blackmon to tie the game at 10 with 5:09 left in the first half. Blackmon led the Bulldogs’ receivers with 86 yards on four catches. Senior Nick Chenier’s interception set up a Drake score to give the Bulldogs the lead heading into the locker room. Cashmore scored his first touchdown of the game from one yard out with 1:02 left in the second quarter to put Drake on top 17-10. Both teams struggled to move the ball in the third quarter, but Jacksonville converted after Piatkowski’s second interception. Jacksonville defensive back Andre Addison returned the interception to the Drake 21, and McGregor connected with Larry Thompson two plays later for a 16yard score to tie the game at 17 with 3:33 left in the third. The Dolphins grabbed the lead on a 48-yard touchdown pass from McGregor to Josh Philpart with 10:46 left in the contest. Drake closes the season this Saturday against Dayton. If the Bulldogs win, they clinch a share of the PFL title. The team’s lone loss came to San Diego, who also has one loss in PFL play. San Diego hosts Jacksonville on Nov. 19. If Jacksonville wins that contest, and the Bulldogs win Saturday, then Drake will win the tiebreaker for the conference title. Kick off for Saturday’s game is at 1 p.m.



Drake overcomes slow start in first exhibition game of the season

Senior Night spoiled by MSU golden goal, Bulldogs earn fourth seed at MVC tourney

by Taylor Soule

Staff Writer

Like a pair of new shoes, the Drake women’s basketball team broke in the 2011-12 season with an exhibition victory over Upper Iowa last Wednesday night, toppling the Peacocks 73-49 at the Knapp Center. The Peacocks took control of the game’s opening tip, and the teams traded possession until Upper Iowa committed its first foul, sending Drake’s Amber Wollschlager, a 5-foot-11 senior guard, to the free throw line. Sinking one of two free throws, Wollschlager’s point marked the inaugural tally for the Bulldogs in 2011-12. Wollschlager had six points on the night. Upper Iowa responded with a layup, giving the Peacocks a 2-1 advantage. Then, redshirt junior Brittnye McSparron and senior Rachael Hackbarth stepped in with a pair of baskets. McSparron, a 5-foot-5 guard, and Hackbarth, a 6-foot-3 forward, combined for 32 points on the night, with Hackbarth tallying 16 of her team-high 19 points in the first half alone. An official timeout gave the Bulldogs a moment to regroup and focus their defensive attention on the Peacocks’ Whitney Kieffer, who led Upper Iowa with 17 points and five steals. “We struggled in the first half,” Hackbarth said. “She (Kieffer) kept going middle, so we had to force her to use her right hand. We did a better job in the second half.” Drake led by as many as eight points until several rushed plays led to opportunities for Kieffer and the Peacocks, which narrowed the early Bulldog advantage to 25-22. Then, Drake junior Stephanie Running sank a basket to give the Bulldogs a 27-22 lead. Drake maintained that lead for the remainder of the half as the Bulldogs entered the locker room with a lastsecond Hackbarth basket to put the team on top, 34-29. Following halftime, the Bulldogs’ first-game jitters were all but a blip on the radar as several key 3-pointers extended their lead. Kieffer scored four straight points

to start the half. Sophomore Morgan Reid tallied Drake’s first basket of the second half, followed by two free throws from redshirt freshman Carly Grenfell. It was all Drake from there as Grenfell added two 3-pointers alongside similar efforts from Wollschlager, McSparron, Hackbarth and freshman guard Kyndal Clark, who each added a 3-point basket in the Bulldogs’ triumph. Despite uneasy play in the first half, the Bulldogs managed a 54.4 field goal percentage, including high marks at the free throw line at 83.3 percent. “Just getting comfortable,” McSparron said about playing for the first time since coming off an injury last year. “We have a lot of new people,” she added. “We have a whole new offense and a whole new defense. Once we got comfortable with it, things started clicking in the second half.” Hackbarth agreed that the team played better in the second half. “I think in the second half we really buckled down,” she said. “We really let the game come to us and we got after it defensively.” Hackbarth also said she hopes to stay out of foul trouble this season and to improve as an inside player. “Our challenge right now is to come out strong, especially defensively,” she added. Drake is gearing up for the start of the season, hoping that Bulldog fans will pack the stands after last Wednesday’s taste of what is to come. “They can look forward to high intensity on the defensive end,” McSparron said. “We’re going to push the ball, so it’s never going to be a slow-paced game. We’re going to have some high intensity, fast-paced basketball.” Drake took on Quincy yesterday afternoon in its final exhibition. Results from that game will be available in the next issue of The Times-Delphic. The Bulldogs’ first regular season game is this Saturday at Illinois-Chicago. Tip-off is set for 2:05 p.m.

by Eduardo Zamarripa

Sports Editor

After 105 minutes of play, Senior Night did not end the way the Bulldogs expected it would. A golden goal at the 105:07 mark by Missouri State’s Heath Melugin lifted the Bears to a 2-1 victory over the Bulldogs at the Cownie Soccer Complex. “We were pressing forward trying to get a winner,” redshirt senior goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec said. “We needed to win the game so we got a bye in the conference (tournament). They had some quick players. We ended up being caught.” The loss evened the Bulldogs’ Missouri Valley Conference record at 3-3 and dropped their season ledger to 10-7-1. Drake finished the regular season on a three-game losing streak and missed out on an opportunity to have a first-round bye at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship. The Bulldogs will travel to Omaha, Neb., to take on Central Arkansas on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the tournament’s quarterfinals. “Our seniors, their leadership is huge on our team, and it’s kind of sad we couldn’t get the win for them,” sophomore Garrett Crall said. “We definitely controlled the game, had more chances. We were unlucky we couldn’t finish.” The Senior Night festivities took

place before the game started. The 12 seniors that were honored were Kadlec, Hunter Kennedy, Matt Kuhn, Colin Lawter, Michael Noonan, Thomas Ostrander, David Parato, Matt Prather, Matt Reindl, Jordan Stanley and Charles Schwartz. The first half went by without many scoring opportunities for either team. Despite Drake owning a 3-2 shot advantage, it was the Bears that struck first and took the lead into the half. Danny Frid found the back of the net at the 19:31 mark to give Missouri State the early lead. “The first half was really a nothing-happen half,” head coach Sean Holmes said. “The one chance they had, they finished, and I wasn’t really unnerved by it. I thought we would create chances once we got our wind in the second half. The goal was always coming for us. It took a little longer than I thought it would. “ With a first-round bye at stake and down a goal, the Bulldogs came out guns blazing in the second half and completely took over the game. Drake generated a barrage of scoring opportunities, pinning the Bears into their own territory. The insertion of sophomore Bryan Jantsch at right back on defense gave the Bulldogs a lot more depth, as Jantsch broke down the right flank and placed several dangerous crosses. However, a couple of impressive saves by Missouri State goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg kept the score at 1-0 throughout the majority of the

second half. But the Bulldogs’ persistence paid dividends when Ostrander was tackled inside the box to give Drake a penalty kick late in the second half. Kuhn cleanly placed his shot at the back of the net with less than five minutes remaining in the game to tie up the score at 1-1. The goal was Kuhn’s team-leading 10th of the year. The game headed into overtime, where the Bears owned a 5-1 shot advantage. After an uneventful first overtime period, it appeared that the Bulldogs would cap off their rally at the start of the second overtime period. After wasting a pair of great scoring chances, the Bears put the game away to claim a share of the MVC regular-season title. Drake outshot Missouri State 13-1 in the second half to give them a 17-8 shot advantage. Kadlec registered two saves for the Bulldogs. “To be honest, as a senior, it shows your four years of work, for me five years,” Kadlec said. “To have alumni here is great, but to get the result would have been a lot better.” The Bulldogs will have to regroup before Wednesday’s match. As the fourth seed, Drake will have to win three straight games to claim the MVC tournament title. “I’d be more concerned if I thought we played poorly, and I thought we played pretty well,” Holmes said. “Lots of teams in America aren’t playing anymore, and we still have a chance.”

EDUARDO ZAMARRIPA | sports editor REDSHIRT JUNIOR JORDAN STANLEY points out a defensive assignment in the Bulldogs’ match against Bradley. Drake’s 2-1 double overtime loss on Saturday bumped them down to fourth-place in the conference standings. The Bulldogs will take on Central Arkansas on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals.

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Shorthanded Bulldogs lose 84-74 in exhibition match by Matt Moran

Copy Editor

LAUREN MERGEN | staff photographer FRESHMAN JUDD WELFRINGER gets by a Quincy defender in the Bulldogs’ match on Saturday. Drake lost 84-74.

A depleted Drake men’s basketball team suffered an 84-74 exhibition loss to Quincy last Saturday at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs had only eight available players in the game, with three true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen. Junior Ben Simons shot 12-of-19 from the field, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, to lead Drake with 34 points. Junior Aaron Hawley added 17 points. “Ben (Simons) played all five positions today,” head coach Mark Phelps said. “I’ve never been part of a basketball program where a guy played all five positions like that…he stepped up and showed what he’s capable of.”

Sophomore Rayvonte Rice and senior Kurt Alexander served the first of their two-game suspensions. Juniors Seth VanDeest and Reece Uhlenhopp are injured and still will not be able to play for about seven or eight weeks. Redshirt senior Kraidon Woods, redshirt junior Jordan Clarke and redshirt sophomore David Smith were also unavailable because of injuries. Phelps said Smith and Clarke will be able to play this Saturday in the season opener against Upper Iowa. Woods is also expected to be back in the lineup. Phelps also said that holding out Clarke was a last-minute decision made by the coaching staff. True freshman Judd Welfringer started in his first career game at Drake, and he finished with 12 points. Redshirt freshman Karl Madison started at point guard, but struggled

in his first career game. He fouled out with 5:53 left in the game and finished with five points, one assist and four turnovers. “The stats are not going to jump out at you, but the experience for a guy who is as dedicated and committed as he is, it’s going to be good.” Phelps said about Madison’s performance. “He is going to be a good player for us, and we’re excited for what he will bring.” Simons logged all 40 minutes in the game and flashed plenty of offensive talent. He added six rebounds. Redshirt junior Cory Parker led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds. The Division-II Quincy squad took advantage of Drake’s small roster and shot 55.6 percent from the field in the first half. The Hawks outrebounded the Bulldogs 42-28 and added 19 offensive boards. Quincy

had 25 second-chance points compared to just seven for Drake. The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the floor. Quincy finished shooting 46.3 percent, but made 10 treys. “The defense was a lot better in the second half, which was good,” Phelps said. “We have a lot of work to do on the defensive end.” Redshirt freshman Jeremy Jeffers was the sixth Bulldog to log doubledigit minutes. He finished with two points and two rebounds. Drake officially opens the season against Upper Iowa at 7:05 p.m. this Saturday at the Knapp Center. Rice and Alexander will return for next Tuesday’s tilt against Iowa State. Tipoff for that game is at 8 p.m. at the Knapp Center.


Drake drops two pivotal conference matches at the Knapp by Taylor Soule

Staff Writer

It might be a loss in the record books, but the Drake volleyball team knows last Friday’s 3-1 loss to Missouri State marked an important step entering the final weeks of the 2011-12 season. The Bulldogs faced another Missouri Valley Conference opponent last Saturday night as the Wichita State Shockers swept Drake in three sets. Missouri State edged the Bulldogs on critical points in the contest at the Knapp Center, notching the final advantage in the nerve-wracking second set to take the match in four. The first set started with an early Bulldog deficit as the Bears raced to an 8-4 lead. The Bulldogs capitalized on several key Bears’ mistakes to even the set at 9-9. That tie was far from the game’s last, though, as the teams traded points until 13-13 when two consecutive points by senior middle blocker Michelle Reidy gave Drake its first lead. Missouri State quickly avenged the Bulldogs’ comeback effort, and the set ended in a 25-20 Bears victory. The second set mirrored the first, a similar spectacle of lead changes and ties, and ended in another narrow win by the Bears, 29-27. Missouri State scored three straight points to start the set when the Bulldogs hit their stride, evening the score at 5-5 to mark the first of nine ties. An attack error by the Bears gave Drake a 25-24 lead. Missouri State again proved tireless, though, forcing two consecutive Bulldog errors to take the second set. The third set final read 26-24, but this time in the Bulldogs’ favor. The Bulldogs battled to a 21-18 lead when senior setter Caitlin Johnson and junior outside hitter Whitney Westrum combined for three kills. At 25-24, the Bulldogs faced another set point, and they wasted no time as junior outside hitter Bentley Mancini pounded a kill into Missouri State territory to win the set. Drake started slowly in the fourth set and never regained control, dropping the final set 25-19. “(Last Friday’s) loss doesn’t represent how hard we worked or how well we played,” Reidy

said. “Although it was a loss in the book, we know it was the next step moving forward as a team.” Despite dropping to 9-19 overall and 5-9 in the MVC on Friday night, Drake knows the MVC is anyone’s conference to claim. “It’s a tough conference from top team to the 10th team,” Reidy said. “Anyone can come out and win.” Using crafty tipping, the notoriously athletic Shockers dealt Drake another loss the next night at the Knapp Center. Falling in three sets, the Bulldogs “just never got caught up,” according to Drake head coach Tony Sunga. The teams traded control in the first set until the Shockers powered a 4-0 run to notch a 10-8 lead.The Bulldogs didn’t regain momentum, dropping the first set 25-19. The second and third sets proved lopsided as the Bulldogs fell by double digits in both. Despite three consecutive kills by redshirt sophomore middle blocker and outside hitter Stacie Hansen, the Bulldogs’ nine kills couldn’t compete with the Shockers’ 18, as they fell 25-12. Wichita State took the third set in similar fashion as the Bulldogs sent a hit wide on match point in the 25-13 loss. TAYLOR SOULE | staff photographer “They were running their offense fast,” Sunga said. “Our service wasn’t as aggressive as it SENIOR CAITLIN JOHNSON prepares to serve in the Bulldogs’ match against Missouri State on usually is.” Friday. The Bulldogs lost to Missouri State in four sets before being swept by Wichita State on Saturday. With the State Farm MVC Championship Drake has now lost four conference games in a row and owns a 9-20 record for the 2011 season. less than three weeks away, Drake is hoping to earn another win in to earn a spot in the tournament. “We’re hoping to make it first,” Sunga said. “We need to work hard against these last few teams. We just need to work hard and solidify ourselves in the top six. We need to take chances when we’ve got them.” Reidy said the time has come for final changes before the end of the season. “What we’re going to improve are just little tweaks here and there and keep our intensity level,” she said. Drake takes on Bradley this Friday at 7 p.m. in Peoria, Ill. The Bulldogs travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, the next night to take on Northern Iowa at 7 p.m.

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Bulldogs earn awards for athletic and academic achievements by Eduardo Zamarripa

Sports Editor

MEN’S SOCCER The Drake men’s soccer squad garnered four first team Capital One Academic All-America All-District VI selections last Friday. Redshirt senior midfielder Matt Kuhn, senior forward Hunter Kennedy, sophomore defender Nick Marshall and senior forward Thomas Ostrander earned the awards. All four Bulldogs are still eligible to receive national academic allAmerican laurels. Kuhn, Kennedy and Ostrander earned firstteam district selection for the second time in their careers, while Marshall received the award for the first time in his Drake career. In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or an important reserve and must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. Nominated athletes must have played in at least half of the team’s games at his listed position. No team in the Missouri Valley Conference earned more selections than Drake. Matt Kuhn: GPA: 4.00 (Major: accounting, currently pursuing his master’s in business administration in accounting.) Hunter Kennedy: GPA: 3.51 (Major: health sciences) Thomas Ostrander: undergraduate GPA: 3.56; graduate GPA: 4.00 (Major: accounting, currently pursuing his MBA in accounting.) Nick Marshall: GPA: 4.00 (Major: health sciences) WOMEN’S SOCCER Four members of the Drake women’s soccer squad earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors last Thursday. Sophomore defender Megan Fisher was

honored as a first-team All-MVC selection for the first time in her career. Last season, she was named to the All-Freshman MVC squad. Junior midfielder Laura Moklestad and sophomore goalkeeper Kalena Litch earned secondteam All-MVC selections. Last season, Moklestad was named to the first-team All-MVC squad, and she had also been named to the All-Freshman MVC squad in 2009. Litch earned All-MVC honors for the first time after her terrific campaign. Litch recorded a single-season school record for saves with 132. She also owned 1.34 goals against per game average and posted two shutouts. Freshman defender Tori Flynn was honored as an All-Freshman MVC squad selection. The Bulldogs also earned the MVC Fair Play award for receiving the fewest cards during league play. Drake shared the award with Illinois State. MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Sophomore Brogan Austin was named the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, along with Creighton’s Megan Bober, last Wednesday. It’s been a week full of awards for Austin. On Oct. 30, Austin claimed the State Farm MVC Cross Country Championship individual title with a time of 25 minutes, 15:0 seconds in the 8,000-meter course. He became the first Bulldog since Bobby Anderson in 2004 to win the title. Last Tuesday, Austin was also named to the MVC Cross Country Scholar-Athlete team. To qualify for the Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, must have completed at least one academic year at an MVC institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Athletes’ athletic performances are also taken into account for the one-week period.

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MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2011 | PAGE 8

When politics and food combine Drake students attend the Reagan Dinner

Members of the Des Moines community were invited to attend the Ronald Reagan Dinner on Saturday night. The event took place in the Iowa Events Center’s Hy-Vee Hall. Those in attendence listened to Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul speak. Santorum promised social and fiscal conservatism when he spoke at the dinner. Gingrich revealed his campaign strategy. Perry discussed not only the federal budget but also how he wanted to cut down government spending. Paul took his stance against the U.S. Department of Education as well as the income tax, war and overspending. Bachmann spoke about her experiences fighting government spending.

U.S. REP. RON PAUL of Texas (top left), Texas Gov. Rick Perry (middle left) and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota (bottom left) look out at the crowd during their speeches at the Reagan dinner in Des Moines. THIRD-YEAR PHARMACY STUDENT Alex Hoopes (top right) shakes hands with Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich of Georgia, the former U.S. House Speaker. DRAKE SENIOR MIKE McINERNEY (middle right) poses with Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. DRAKE SENIOR JOE FRAKE (bottom right) poses with Gingrich at the Reagan Dinner. VIP seating for the dinner was sold out on Saturday night.

JOEY GALE | photo editor

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