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Drake Sportsmen’s Club Approved by Senate Majority by Erika Sevigny

Staff Writer

After thorough examination of procedures and processes involved, the Drake Sportsmen’s Club (DSC) was approved Thursday night by a unanimous vote in the 11th meeting of the 24th session of Drake University’s Student Senate. “The mission of our organization is to accurately, effectively and most importantly, safely, teach the use of firearms,” said DSC member Ian Weller. “We assure you that there will be no firearms kept on campus.” Prior to the meeting, students of DSC prepared insurance waivers, extensive information about the shooting range, policies on gun controls and an in-depth explanation on firearm law in the state of Iowa. “They (DSC) went through all the right channels and did everything possible to have a fun and safe new group,” said Sen. Megan Hutcheson. Weller was involved in the process of getting the new organization approved. “We realized there was a fair amount of interest in this organization, and we owe a lot of our ability to get approved to Sen. Hutcheson – she led the charge of getting us approved with the President’s Council.” The club currently has approximately 30 members and will base its activities at Olofson Shooting Range located north of Des Moines in Polk City. “We’ve had a range of students interested–some that have never touched a firearm, international students that want to get a glimpse of this aspect of American culture and people who have been hunting and competing their entire lives,” said Weller. Also during Thursday’s Senate session, Drake Anime Club and the Coalition of Black Students (CBS) were awarded onetime funding for upcoming events. The Anime Club will host an event in the Morehouse Ballroom on Nov. 30 titled, “What is Anime?” Event attendees will have the opportunity to learn about caricature drawing, origami, different genres of anime and the history of anime. The event will also feature a screening of an anime film, with prizes and refreshments. Members of CBS acquired one-time funding to send seven members to the 2010 National Black Student Union (NBSU) Conference Nov. 19-21 in Lincolnshire, Ill. The Student Fees Allocations Committee (SFAC) funds were allocated to cover the costs of registration, transportation and lodging at the event.

Office of Information Technology launches email system overhaul by Lauren Horsche

Staff Writer

The e-mail system that Drake University students have become accustomed to could be up for a big change soon. The Zimbra e-mail system will be getting an overhaul, or even be changed completely for a “cloud computing” system. In a cloud system, information is no longer stored locally, but rather on a server that can help access any information that a user has saved on other computers and outsourced to a new server. One of the more recognizable cloud systems is Google Apps, which helps power Gmail and Google Calendar. This change could mean not only saving money for the university but also a lot more simplicity for the students and faculty that have packed schedules and multiple e-mail accounts. No longer would students have to synchronize their Drake e-mail accounts to other accounts to keep everything together and organized. Kyle Glaser, a junior radio/TV major, thinks that this could be a good move for Drake. “I’m glad we’re making the move [to a cloud computing e-mail system],” Glaser said. Drake isn’t the only university to make the switch. Recently, New York University announced that it would make a switch to Google Apps Education Edition and will save the school $400,000 a year in upgrades and upkeep. “Especially for a university our size, it makes a lot of sense for us to outsource,” Glaser said. Outsourcing the e-mail system would involve moving the local server to a third party to help the stream of information. Recently a committee was set up to help de-

photo illustration by JACKIE WALLENTIN

WORKING GROUPS are meeting to discuss the possible choices of email systems to replace the current Zimbra system. Microsoft’s Live@edu and Google’s Gmail are the two top contenders.

cide on what the university should do for a new e-mail system and the options that it had. According to Ann Kovalchick, the chief information technology officer for Drake, the committee “was set up to ensure that all members of the Drake community have a chance to examine options and provide input and feedback into the decision-making process.” A cloud-based system offers certain advantages for Drake. “Mainly, it will allow us to get more value for the money, as well as allow use to reallocate the IT staff time more strategic functions and to le-


>>EMAIL TEST SESSIONS TODAY – Google platform sessions will be from 2-3 p.m. in Cowles 201 and then again from 7-8 p.m. tonight in Bulldog Theater. TOMORROW –Microsoft platform sessions will be from 2-3 p.m. in Bulldog Theater and then again from 7-8 p.m. tonight in same location.

Library series brings 1960s activist Mark Rudd to campus by Kensie Smith

Staff Writer

With a grey beard, bright-eyed Mark Rudd looks like an ordinary man. He may be a father, brother, dog-owner and next-door neighbor. And, a terrorist? Rudd is speaking tonight at 7 p.m. in Cowles Library Reading Room on his past as a student radical. He wrote the book “Underground: My Life in SDS and the Weathermen,” and while he is no longer protesting the Vietnam War, he is now on a new mission to “apply the organizing tradition which built all the social and political mass movements of our country’s history.” Jump back to Columbia University in the year 1968 and Rudd was that ordinary student in appearance and studies, but extraordinary in his passion. Inspired by a trip to Cuba, where he established his ideals on anti-war initiatives and communism, Rudd returned to the quaint college campus to be the president of the university’s Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapter.

SDS, with student activists like Rudd, was heavy into protests, particularly on the subject of the Vietnam War. His most legendary act was the violent occupation of five buildings at Columbia in a statement against the institutional support for the Vietnam War and apparent racism. This group was not enough to fit with Rudd’s anti-war ideologies. He also immersed himself in the more intensive Revolutionary Youth Movement. His overall mission, according to Rudd’s website, was and is to “fight U.S imperialism.” The First Amendment guarantees citizens the right to free speech and petition the government. Rudd sized this right and joined forces with other SDS leaders to form the radicalism, Weather Underground Organization (WUO). The Bob Dylan lyrics, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” inspired the group members, including like the infamous Bill Ayers, to call themselves “weathermen.” Their first major forecast was a 1969 riot in Chicago. From 1970 to 1977 he was running from the law as a federal fugitive wanted on conspiracy and bombing charges.


The group dissembled after the 1973 Vietnam peace accord, but not after solidifying Rudd’s passion for a classless world: communism. He now hopes to inspire student leaders on the topics of organization and activism. In his


Drake Mock Trial team off to a promising start with fifth place finish by Erika Sevigny

Staff Writer

photo courtesy of KELLI RIESBERG

MOCK TRIAL TEAM placed fifth place at the 4th Annual Marcus D. Pohlman Invitational at Cornell College.


A team of Drake University undergraduates earned fifth place honors at the 4th Annual Marcus D. Pohlmann Mock Trial Invitational at Cornell College over Halloween weekend. The team, consisting of Chris Bartak, Greg Boal, Yvonne Gildemaster, Anna Bergman, Kelli Reisberg and Amanda Hamilton, combined young talent with carefully reasoned preparation in the tournament, which brought together nearly 30 collegiate teams from across the country. “It was very impressive that a team with so many members that haven’t competed in Mock

Trial at the college level before finished so well at one of the first tournaments,” said Mock Trial President, Valerie Whiting. In addition to the team’s fifth place finish, Chris Bartak, a team captain, was awarded Outstanding Attorney honors. Drake’s Mock Trial Team faced off against teams including Northwestern, Creighton and host team Cornell, which has traditionally had one of the best programs in the country, making multiple appearances at Nationals in the last several years. The Invitational at Cornell marked the beginning of a competition schedule that includes






Two students create new club, Dance Marathon

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Students labored through the night for Up Til Dawn

Mens basketball team blows past Wisconsin-Parkside






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I’m still in shock to be honest with you. I’m really proud of our team, but our guys are hurting right now. —DRAKE HEAD COACH CHRIS CREIGHTON PAGE 4

PAGETWO day Student club aims to benefit cancer by dancing Dance Marathon to host 12-hour dance party for Iowa Children’s Hospital also want to raise money for these kids because we give them hope by being there. Who’s going to fight for the 6-month-old working against cancer? We will, and that’s why we raise the money.” So, why a dance marathon to help these kids? Well, it worked in the past for hundreds of schools across America, including many here in Iowa. “In Iowa City they have raised over $8 million through dance marathons,” Mataloni said. “They added a whole new wing to the hospital just from dance marathon money over 15 years. They’re all over the country, why shouldn’t Drake have one?” The Dance Marathon is exactly what it sounds like: 12 hours of dancing, food, competitions and fun. The marathon also gives participants a chance to meet some of the kids their contributions will help. Meeting with the kids and getting to know them is one of Mataloni’s favorite aspects of the marathon. “I’m most excited just to see the kids,”

by Sonya Brauchle

Staff Writer

There is a new organization on campus called the Drake University Dance Marathon, and although it just became official last week, co-presidents Becca Mataloni and Katie Weiler are already busy making strides toward a great charity event for next year. The Drake University Dance Marathon is a 12 hour-long dance party benefiting the Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. The organization is affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network and will work to raise money for children suffering from cancer and other diseases. Helping people is the main goal for the marathon and Mataloni and Weiler are devoted to getting their message out. Weiler talked about the goals of the marathon. “We just want to raise awareness of what these kids are going through,” she said. “We

she said. “When you see them laying there in a hospital bed it just makes you want to do something, to help them. To see them, play games, get to know the families is so inspiring, it’s just such an awesome organization.” The Dance Marathon is also aiming to get much of the Drake community involved, not just the students. It’s open to everyone who wants to participate. All you have to do is raise $100, which Mataloni said isn’t hard because there are many organizations devoted to sponsoring marathons just like this one. “It will be Drake students, professors, we also want to contact local high schools and get students to dance, it’s open to anyone,” Mataloni said. “We just want to involve all of Des Moines for this great cause.” Along with the marathon itself, the participants also get the chance to get to know patients personally. It’s all about encouraging them to keep fighting, whether it is visiting them in the hospital, playing games or even visiting a pumpkin patch to lift spirits.

The Drake Dance Marathon is slated for February 2012 in Parents Hall. There will be an informational meeting this Friday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. in lower Olmsted for anyone who is interested in helping out. The meeting will discuss the details of the marathon and create committees for food, sponsorship and other overviews for people who don’t know much about it. The organization is also on Facebook and Twitter.

>>INFORMATIONAL MEETING Friday, Nov. 12 – Dance Marathon will have an informational meeting at 5 p.m. in Lower Olmsted for anyone interested in helping out. Details will be dicussed and committees created.

Brand new position of First-Year Senator to be elected tonight

FROM RUDD, PAGE 1 book’s website he states the similarities between yesteryears’ wars and today. “I’ve spoken and answered questions at scores of colleges, high schools, community centers and theatres about why my friends and I opted for violent revolution,” Rudd said. “And how I’ve changed my thinking and how I haven’t, and most of all, about the parallels between then and

now.” Rudd’s lecture is part of the Cowles Library “Citizen’s Arise!” lecture series on the “Foundations of Democracy.” Come to the Reading Room at 7 p.m. today to listen to a man with a unique passion. Click to for more information on upcoming lectures.

FROM MOCK TRIAL, PAGE 1 six invitational competitions plus regional, semifinals and, hopefully, a trip to nationals, which will be held April 15-17 in Des Moines, hosted by the Drake Law School. This year’s competition case is a civil case about a child who swallowed beads that had chemicals on them and died shortly thereafter. The child’s parents sued the toy company that created the beads. Each collegiate team creates arguments for both the plaintiff and the defense, taking on the role of the arguing attorney as well as relevant witnesses for the case. At each tournament, each team argues for the plaintiff and for the defense twice. Drake’s program competes regularly against Midwest teams, such as the University of Iowa,

Cornell College, Loras College, Creighton University and Washington University in St. Louis, as well as occasionally facing off with teams from the Ivy League and west coast, like Harvard and UCLA. “Even though Mock Trial is an educational program that allows our members to learn about law, improve their speaking and thinking skills, I love it because we create a family. We spend a lot of time together but we always have fun and work hard,” said Whiting. “We have about 20 students who are participating in collegiate mock trial for the first time this year, and are already off to a great start.” The team competed in The Macalester Trials at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. this past weekend.

Official voting began at midnight for the First-Year Senator Election. The winner will be announced at midnight tonight on Pomerantz Stage. Only first-year students are allowed to vote by logging on to BlueView. The First-Year Senator position was created last year and guidelines for the election were finalized by Senate this academic year. Seven students are running for the position.

How have you contributed to make Drake University a high quality institution?


Name: Timothy Alguire Major: Computer Science

I will contribute to make Drake University a high quality institution by taking ideas from current first-year students and bringing them to Student Senate meetings and proposing them as a way to appeal to perspective students.


Name: Eric Baker Major: International Business

I helped found a new organization at Drake called Collegiate DECA, which is a competitive business club. Additionally, I serve as one of the two First-Year representatives in the CBPA Leadership Council.


Name: David Karaz Major: Accounting and Law, Politics and Society

My involvement so far includes singing baritone in the Drake Choir, pledging for the social fraternity Phi Gamma Delta and working under student senate on the First Year Interest Committee.


Name: Samantha Kenison Major: Law, Politics and Society

I currently raise money for Drake through working for Phonathon. I’m also involved in International Student Association, Rainbow Union and Mock Trial.


Name: Shelby Klose Major: Actuarial Science

After gaining a position on my halls executive council, I worked with the members to plan and execute events to bring the first-year students together. I also worked with my sorority to do various philanthropic work in the area surrounding the Drake campus.


Name: Sam Meyers Major: Biology and Psychology

I have promoted community within the class of 2014, helped with various major events and I help others whenever possible.


Name: Zachary Keller Major: Actuarial Science

I currently serve as Carpenter Hall President and an intern to one of the Senators-at-Large. Through these positions, I have been working to plan entertaining programs for residence halls and have also worked with the Buildings and Grounds Liaison to come up with creative ideas to improve Drake’s campus.

FROM E-MAIL, PAGE 1 verage Drake’s unique needs,” Kovalchick said. Not only would it save money, but it would also offer a more reliable, standard product that would not need as much upkeep. Two of the systems currently being looked at are Microsoft’s Live@edu and Google’s Gmail. The main difference between the two is that Live@edu not only has Web-based access, but also offers a native desktop client function, unlike Gmail. Students would then also have improved calendar options and could handle larger amounts of e-mails. Kovalchick added that in December the e-mail and calendaring work group will be able

to make a recommendation on the selection of an e-mail system to the president’s cabinet, with the new system to be completed in the late spring or early summer of 2011. Students have a few opportunities to test out the systems that might replace Zimbra. The first sessions dealing with the Google platform will be tonight from 2 to 3 p.m. in Cowles 201 and then again from 7 to 8 p.m. in Bulldog Theater. The second session of demonstrations will be with the Microsoft platform tomorrow, Nov. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Bulldog Theater and then again from 7 to 8 p.m. in the same location.

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My boyfriend and I have our one-year anniversary coming up, along with the holiday season. What are appropriate gifts for these occasions? 

—Stressed Shopper

He Said

Getting a significant other a present for holidays, birthdays and anniversaries depends on the relationship the couple has. For a lot of couples, a one-year anniversary is a very important milestone. Some couples celebrate this milestone by going out for dinner, seeing a movie or spending a romantic night together. Making a romantic dinner night for you and him could be very nice and just spending the day or evening together is something that both of you will be able to have fun with. Another option would be to have a day of fun together: Going to an amusement park or downtown Des Moines for a day, walking around checking out local parks or other attractions. The main thing to keep in mind is to be on the same page with your boyfriend and know how much you are spending on each other so one of you does not feel bad. Keep in mind things that you guys have done together and things your boyfriend likes when choosing a gift or something to do.

She Said First and foremost, congratulations on your anniversary! Gifts for significant others can be very difficult so I am flattered you thought to ask us. Make sure your gift is something from the heart. It may also be a good idea to set a budget or limit for each others’ gifts. I think most college students would be comfortable with spending around $50 to $100 for an anniversary gift. I have a few thoughts about anniversary gifts: The more creative or personal, the more brownie points you will receive. For example, if he’s really into sports, get him two nosebleed seats and pay for all the treats or dinner beforehand. Alternatively, for her if she really enjoys being pampered, set up a spa day for her or the two of you. Another good gift idea is something your significant other needs. We all know how college is, and how low our checking accounts get sometimes, to the point where we do not want to buy necessities like socks or shampoo. Now I am not saying buy him socks and call it a day, but it could be a funny side gift for him if he really needs something like that. Another idea could be getting him something that bonds you or is important in your relationship. For example, if you had your first kiss to one of his favorite bands, consider purchasing tickets if they are touring in Des Moines or a nearby city; you could even make a weekend of it. You also need to remember that every relationship is different and unique and one year could mean one thing to one couple and something completely different to another. For some, making it to a year is a milestone and something they had to work to get to, where for a different couple it could fly by or maybe they are in it for the long haul. Whatever stage you think your relationship is at, base your gift giving and cost of that. My last piece of advice is for you to come straight out and ask him what he would like for a gift or if he has been hankering for anything in particular, like a new pair of running shoes or a new wallet. Then put your own spin on the gift. For example, if you get him a wallet, maybe make him fake credit cards that are in reality coupons for a movie date of his choice or free massage or something like that. Get creative and have fun with it!



Riebel is a sophomore Calder is a junior public relations major. accounting/finance major. Jen and Michael can be contacted at


JILL VAN WYKE, Faculty Advisor

THE MOTOWN MUSEUM GALLERY in Detroit, MI., holds photographs of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder (right) and other Motown icons.


The rise and fall of Motown Records Back in the 1960s and early 1970s, there were very few record labels that had national merit, and none was higher than Motown Records. During its prime, it had numerous No. 1 hits from a variety of groups: the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the list goes on. But since its move to Los Angeles in the mid ‘70s, the entire label has gone downhill, and was sold just a few years ago. My question is: Why? There are multiple reasons why Motown has disintegrated. The first is the move to Los Angeles. The word Motown has always been synonymous with Detroit. It was started there, most of the groups and founder Berry Gordy were from there. But, the label saw the lures of Los Angeles and deserted Detroit for the sunny future. The only problem was that it wasn’t sunny at all. Marvin Gaye eventually left. The Temptations left. The Supremes broke up and most of the house band, the Funk Brothers, stayed in Detroit. Without most of its prime groups, the label deteriorated dramatically until today. The second big reason is Berry Gordy. Now, don’t get me wrong. I have a ton of respect for Gordy. He started the label from nothing, created a major company and implemented an ingenious quality control program. Now, I say that he was the problem because he got a little greedy, and thought that each group needed a frontman. First, it was Diana Ross and the Supremes, then Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. When he started to distance individual members from the group, sale de-

clined for both and then the groups eventually separated. The only two who didn’t change were the Temptations and the Four Tops. The final reason is that the groups eventually got too big. You saw it early on with David Ruffin when he was a Temptation, then you saw Diana Ross leave the Supremes. Now, most groups are led by certain individuals. When those vocalists got big heads, their groups deteriorated until they had to make a lineup change. When Diana Ross left, the Supremes basically disappeared. The Temptations actually kept up their success after Ruffin. Motown survived, but just barely. Now, as its biggest stars are retiring or passing away, Motown has gone with them. Its legacy will be legendary, but its decline has been sweep and sudden. I only wish that we could’ve been around when it was at its peak.


Wendlant is a sophomore broadcast journalism major. He can be contacted at

Love what you do, do what you love


ost of us think of homework and employment– otherwise known as work–as speed bumps on our road of life. Work is like a speed bump in the sense that it slows us down just enough to be annoying. We do not come to a complete stop. It is just there and we have to deal with it. Because of it, we cannot get to the next thing as fast as we would like. Work is what we do to be able to have our fun. I have to go to work or do my homework. Then I get to go out for the night or hang out with my friends, go to that movie, or whatever else I would rather be doing. I am not sure this has to be the case inevitably. I think we should be able to look at work in a way that is gratifying and has a fulfilling quality to it. That we look at our accomplishment through work and know we have completed something and can be proud of it. I am not exactly sure how this is achieved. I do not think it is a switch that we can just turn on and off. I alone do not have the schematics for such an intricate process. However, I know that I have had the feeling. Work should be seen more as being in the moment and whatever you are doing in that moment putting some soul/heart into it–making it more than just going through the motions. One of the places that this can be talked about is in the production of food. Having a couple of jobs at fast food places, I think I can help explain it in a specific example. The example can be used in a broader context to work in general. I have made food for people and they complimented me on how good it was. They ask what I have done differently to make it taste better than my co-worker’s creations. Doing nothing other than following the specifications posted on the wall on how to produce a proper pizza, I honestly do not have an answer for them. Jokingly,

echoing an episode of SpongeBob, my answer is, “I make it with love.” As indefinite of an answer as it is, there is a lot of truth to this. I was in the moment of making the food, doing it properly with attention to how it is completed and it turned out better than others who have not done this. I put heart into it, having some pride in my work and it shows through. I think if I were able to apply this to more than just my food production skills, my life would go about a lot smoother and happier. A quote from Zen Master Dogen, “Never change your attitude according to the materials. If you do, it is like varying your truth when speaking with different people.” With something like homework, I have no heart in it. It is to get it done to move on to the next thing. If work is work and that is it, just a speed bump slowing me down, then why is some of my work of better quality than other work? I think there is something to be found in pride in your work by putting some soul into it. That makes it something worth admiring.


Ruggles is a junoir public philosophy major. He can be contacted at

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Nathan Angelo will be performing Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Pomerantz Stage. Event hosted by SAB.

photo by JESSICA HAMILTON | SAB photographer

MEMBERS OF SONOS cater each performance to their audience before even stepping on stage.

A cappella group Sonos performedThursday on Pomerantz Stage by Kaila Swain

Staff Writer

The sound of six harmonizing voices filled the Olmsted Center last Wednesday evening. Unlike many bands brought to Drake University’s campus, these musicians performed without accompaniment, imitating the sounds of instruments with their voices. At 9 p.m., the members of Sonos, an a cappella group from Los Angeles, made a stop by Drake to perform cover songs from their first album, “SonoSings.” Drake students heard compiled renditions of songs including “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness and audience-favorite “Toxic” by Britney Spears. Drake Student Activities Board sponsored the event. Ben McLain, Jessica Freedman, Chris Harri-

son, Rachel Bearer, Paul Peglar and Kathy Hoye make up the six-member ensemble that perform as Sonos. The three women provide lead vocals, while the three men provide back-up singing and beat boxing, with a few songs as exceptions. Combine these roles, and the audience hears a full range of sound effects and vocal arrangements, providing the illusion of instruments on the stage. Michael Riebel, Student Activities Board bands co-chair, thinks an a cappella group is a nice change of pace for Drake students. “This year, we are bringing different sounds we haven’t brought to campus,” Riebel said. “We [try to book] different types of music that appeals to everyone.” While their music may appeal to college students, the college audience appeals to the members of Sonos. Bearer, one of the three female vocalists, agrees.

“The crowd is different [at colleges],” Bearer said. “The audience is just less reserved.” The young-adult audience is not a new experience for Sonos. Over the past six months, the members have toured the country performing at colleges and select high schools. Freedman, another female vocalist, said she and the other band members like to cater the performance to the audience before appearing on stage. “We pick and choose what we will sing,” Freedman said. “We use the same presentation for all audiences, just change up the song selection.” At the end of the performance, Peglar, one of three male vocalists, mentioned the items for sale at their merchandise table. He encouraged the audience members to pick up a copy of their current CD, but added that he was a college student once.

“I know one of you will buy a copy and you’ll give it to all your friends to burn,” Peglar said. “That’s just how it goes when you have little money to spend.” The other band members nodded and smiled in agreement. The table, complete with CDs, shirts and tote bags, was the main attraction after the event. A line of students waited to purchase merchandise and speak with the band members personally, some asking for autographs. Sonos will release its next album, a compilation of holiday songs titled “December Songs,” Nov. 9. Copies of the album were sold early at Wednesday’s performance, but can also be purchased on Sonos will end its college tour with its performance at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., on Tuesday. SAB’s next band, Nathan Angelo, is this Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Pomerantz Stage.

Documentary Icyizere: Hope sheds light to recovery after genocide by McKenzie Anderson

Staff Writer

Blinded. Her eyes covered with a cloth and in the hands of a man who helped kill 1 million other people just like her. But instead of being led to the Commune Rouge where many captured Rwandans were taken and killed in 1994, Mamma Aline was participating in a trust walk at a reconciliation workshop a decade after. “ICYIZERE: Hope” is a documentary that follows the recovery story of genocide widow Mamma Aline and many other Rwandans who are still trying to recover psychologically. Patrick Mureithi, the director of the film, came to Meredith Hall on Nov. 2 to share his documentary. Mureithi, a man who was 17 years old and living in Kenya in 1994, wasn’t exposed to Rwanda’s destruction while it was happening. “I was two countries away and I was oblivious to what was going on,” he said. “I believed humans were inherently good.” After watching “Ghosts of Rwanda” in 2004, Mureithi understood the seriousness of the situation and felt depressed about the genocide that hit so close to his home. About a year later, he decided to take action.

That’s when Mureithi was exposed to the reconciliation workshop in Rwanda that Mamma Aline attended. The workshop, called Healing and Rebuilding Our Community (HROC), brings together 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators from the genocide for three days to conduct group exercises in hopes of building understanding and trust. “This is either too good to be true or, if this is in fact true, this is a story that has to be told,” Mureithi said after first hearing about the workshop. Three years later, “ICYIZERE: Hope“ was completed. The documentary began with a timeline starting in 1884 when Africa was being divided, to the start of the genocide in 1994. It then went to personal stories of survivors and perpetrators who have gone to the HROC workshop. “I thought it was really interesting,” Monsicha Hoonsuwan said. “It’s the side of genocide no one really talks about.” And that’s exactly what Mureithi was striving for. He wanted to expose people around the world, and especially those in Rwanda, to a bigger picture of forgiveness. “It’s really about the human story,” Mureithi said. “It is refusing your past to affect your future.” Des Moines’ Center for Global Citizenship,

which strives to educate students to function effectively in different cultural contexts, put on the event. Darcie Vandegrift, the interim director, thought Mureithi would be a good edition to the fall series of speakers.

This is either too good to be true or, if this is in fact true, this is a story that has to be told.

—Patrick Mureithi “I want people to think beyond national borders,” Vandegrift said. “To develop a sense of compassion and to have more awareness of the ’94 genocide.” Some students who viewed the documentary were blown away by the personal reconciliation stories. “I don’t think I could go through that kind of healing,” Jonathon Moore said. “Mamma Aline

Duck hunting in Des Moines by Heather Hall

Staff Writer

In honor of duck season, a pair of stereotypical redneck hunters decide to go hunting, but instead of a duck, they shoot something a bit more glorious. True to its title, the play “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” is, in fact, about a pair of duck hunters who think they shot an angel. It takes place in Alabama, following a reporter on his hunt to find two hunters: Duane and Duwell. “The set is my favorite part, so far,” said Jessica Webb, a marketing intern for Des Moines Playhouse and Drake University senior public relations major. “It is just fantastic. There is a huge tree that takes up most of the stage and extends out above the audience.” Tim Wisgerhof, who has designed over 10,000 different window installations for Saks Fifth Avenue, designed the set. The tree takes up most of the stage and is covered with tabloids. “I work at the Weekly World and Globe,” said reporter and main character Sandy. The Weekly World and Globe comes out twice a week. It is a tabloid magazine that prints everything but the truth, hence the reason they are working so hard to get the “hunter-shootsangel” story. “Why don’t you call it the ‘Biweekly World

and Globe?’” Duwell asked. “Because the readers might think that the magazine is, well, gay,” Sandy replied. “No, because ‘bi’ means you like both men and women,” Duwell said. “So…you’ll get double the readers! Men and women!” The play is full of Southern, redneck humor. “This play is a full-out comedy,” Webb said. “The duck hunters themselves are a riot.” The two of them are not the brightest crayons in the box, considering they think they shot an angel, and as Duwell said, “Angels are not in season.” Although the play is titled “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel,” the play is mostly about Sandy and how he came to be where he is in his life. The reporter must leave his safe life in New York City in order to go back to Alabama, where he left the love of his life behind. In the end, he uncovers a truth that shocks him and everyone in the audience. “It is written by Mitch Albom, the man that wrote ‘Tuesdays with Morrie,’” Webb said. “Because he wrote it, there is a heartfelt, life-lesson learning aspect to the show.” “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” is now playing at the Des Moines Community Playhouse until Nov. 21. Coming in January will be “Still Life,” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” will be performed in March. Tickets are $17 for students with ax Drake ID.

was such a strong person, especially in the light of what she faced.” But Mureithi saw forgiveness over and over again while he was at the workshop. “There’s no shame in being broken,” he said. “The real shame is when we don’t do anything about it.” The documentary’s viewing debut was in 2008 at the Rwanda Film Festival. The festival lasted seven days as they traveled to seven towns. Audiences ranging from three to 7,000 people gathered to watch on a gigantic, inflatable screen. From college campuses in the United States to the prisons in Rwanda, Mureithi now travels around the world to share his production. After the violence in Kenya during the 2008 elections, Mureithi hopes to go back home before the next election in 2011 to present the power of peace to his people. As Mamma Aline was arm-in-arm with her enemy that first day at HROC, she learned the importance of trust and the need for mutual understanding. “How can a blind person lead another blind person?” Mamma Aline asked. Her answer? “It’s impossible.”

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UP ‘TIL DAWN volunteers address envelopes and donation cards in order to raise money and awarness for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

photo by SCOT JOHNSON | staff photographer

A good time for a good cause

Members of Drake’s pharmaceutical fraternity, Phi Delta Chi, ran a successful night with fun for students and funds for St. Jude’s by Charles Garman

Staff Writer

“We just wanted to go outside the normal realm to spark some interest,” Drake grad student Curt Orchard said, a day after donning his swim trunks and flying down a very chilly slip ‘n slide into makeshift bowling pins spelling out the word “cancer.” Its an uncommon sight in Iowa, even when the temperature outside is not below 60 degrees. Orchard serves as the executive director for Drake University’s division of Up ‘til Dawn, a student-led, student-run, nationwide philanthropic program hosted by colleges and universities to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. St. Jude is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers, with the goal of one day finding cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through advanced research and treatment. Up ‘til Dawn takes its name from the belief

that “no child should die in the dawn of life,” and aiming to raise funding to help St. Jude provide care for the more than 5,700 children suffering from pediatric cancer and other diseases that the hospital treats per year. St. Jude, which costs roughly $1.3 million per day to operate, is run primarily on donations, making participation in fundraising events such as Up ‘til Dawn all the more critical. Drake’s Up ‘til Dawn is sponsored by Phi Delta Chi, a professional pharmaceutical fraternity. They have been participating for the past two years, after first learning of the event while working on a separate fundraising effort, “Prescription for Hope,” which aimed to add a pharmacy to St. Jude. The fraternity dedicates all of its philanthropy efforts toward Up ‘til Dawn. “We just think it’s a good thing to do for the campus and especially for the children,” said Phi Delta Chi chair Hanna Raber. Students participate in the event by forming a team of about six people who then gather at an event to collect donations for St. Jude by writing a goal of 50 letters to friends, family and alumni asking for a donation for a worthy cause.

Each of the letters contains a story of one of the patients at St. Jude, reminding potential donors exactly whom their charity would benefit. Phi Delta Chi members are hoping to raise $30,000 this year through this process. Last Friday from 6 p.m. until midnight, several student teams at Drake gathered in the Bell Center to address letters to anyone who might be able to lend a hand. However, the night was not all business for the students trying to drum up support for a good cause. In addition to spreading awareness and seeking donations to aid in the fight against pediatric cancer and many other debilitating diseases that inflict children, the event also consisted of what Orchard called a “huge party.” It had music, food and plenty of entertainment to ensure that the students who volunteered to burn the midnight oil had fun while doing so. Included in the evening’s entertainment were a Buffalo Wild Wings-sponsored wingeating contest, games and music playing all evening. The Student Activities Board arranged for a special appearance by multi-talented comedian/magician Derek Hughes, whose inter-

esting combination of jokes and illusions kept the philanthropic students entertained for much of the night. “[Hughes] really put on an awesome show,” said junior pharmacy student and Phi Delta Chi member Dan Janke. “It was a great time for a great cause.” Drake is not alone in its efforts to raise money and awareness to aid those desperately in need. Schools across the country participate in Up ‘til Dawn, with many different organizations spearheading the campus efforts. Laurel Johnson, a junior at Illinois State University in Bloomington, Ill., is a member of the service sorority Epsilon Sigma Alpha. They, like Phi Delta Chi and countless other student organizations across the nation, dedicate as much of their time and effort as possible to raising money, and most importantly, awareness for St. Jude. “I don’t think there’s ever going to be enough awareness,” Johnson said. “There’s always something we can do. Every little bit helps.”

My Mourning Belle opens for Mars Café performance by Laura Sigal

Staff Writer

Mark Allen of My Mourning Belle played a show in Wisconsin with Far Beyond Frail, where the two bands hit it off. When Allen heard Far Beyond Frail was playing a show in Des Moines the night after his own show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he asked if he could join the group’s performance and they agreed to let him open for them. Last Thursday at 8 p.m., Allen opened for the band at Mars Café. Mars often hosts smaller artists similar to Allen. Claire McCrod has been a barista at Mars Café since June and has the opportunity to hear a lot of musicians play. “I thought he was good,” McCord said after Allen’s performance. Mark Allen has been singing for 15 years. He got into music when a band he knew was looking for a singer. He knew one of the guys in the band and decided to audition. Allen soon began singing with them. The band experienced success in the Milwaukee area they were based out of, and even played at the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest. In 2001, the band split up and went its separate ways. After the band’s break up, Allen decided to learn how to play guitar and other instruments. “Moving forward, I didn’t want to rely on other people,” Allen said on his decision to learn how to not just sing music, but also play it. There was a stretch of five to six years where Allen learned different instruments before he formed My Mourning Belle in 2007. My Mourning Belle is an alternative band

currently comprised of only Mark Allen. Producer Aaron Moore accompanies him on one of his albums. The name My Mourning Belle comes from a song Allen wrote called “Lorelei” in which he refers to the character of Lorelei as his morning belle. When Allen first started out, he didn’t know what to name his band. One day he was looking at the lyrics for the song “Lorelei” and it just struck him. The name has stuck ever since. Allen writes his own music and takes inspiration from his life and the lives of those around him. He explained that he often writes songs thinking they are about nothing and then looks back on them months later only to realize exactly what they mean. When Allen plays shows, he tends to go the acoustic route performing alone. On his album titled “Evidence and Alibis” Allen sings, plays acoustic guitar, synthesizer and piano. Moore accompanies him as the producer and does guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, programming and back-up vocals. In June of 2008, he was selected as the spotlight artist of the month. In Milwaukee he is ranked the No. 1 alternative musician on ReverbNation charts. Allen is currently working on another album, which he plans to release in 2011. When it is done, he hopes to tour with a full band. Check his music out at mymourningbelle or on his website If you like what you hear, make sure to find him on iTunes where his debut of “A Place You Hope to Find,” is featured. While Allen doesn’t have any upcoming shows in the Des Moines area, he will be playing shows in the Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis areas before wrapping his tour up on Nov. 20.

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STELLAR STATS Senior libero Alana Wittenburg collected 24 digs last Friday against Missouri State, surpassing her own Drake single-season dig record of 633. Wittenburg added to her total on Saturday against Wichita State and now has 665 digs this season.


photo by CARTER OSWOOD | staff photographer

DAIN TAYLOR returns an interception for a touchdown. The fifth-year senior defensive end had a career game on Saturday, recording a safety, a career-high 12 tackles, a blocked field goal and 3.5 sacks in a 31-25 heartbreaking loss at Dayton.

Last-second touchdown dooms Drake’s title dreams

Comeback attempt,Taylor’s monster game not enough to derail Valentino, Dayton by Elizabeth Robinson

Staff Writer

Drake faced a difficult defeat on Saturday against co-league leader Dayton, dropping a 31-25 decision. Dayton quarterback Steve Valentino tossed a 37-yard touchdown to Luke Bellman with one second left in the game to deliver a huge blow to Drake’s conference title hopes. “I’m still in shock to be honest with you,” Drake Head Coach Chris Creighton said in a Drake athletics press release. “I’m really proud of our team, but our guys are hurting right now.” Drake, now with a record of 6-4 on the season and 5-2 in the Pioneer Football League, trails Dayton and Jacksonville, who are tied with records of 9-1 overall and 7-0 in the PFL.

A win would have given Drake a shot at the championship next week in the season finale against Butler. In Drake’s second possession of the game, junior quarterback Mike Piatkowski’s pass was intercepted at Drake’s 30-yard line. Dayton took advantage of the turnover, opening the scoring with a field goal. The momentum of the game quickly shifted on the Flyer’s next possession when fifth-year senior defensive end Dain Taylor blocked Dayton’s next field goal attempt. Following Taylor’s block, the Bulldogs used the momentum to fuel a successful drive near the end of the first quarter. After moving the ball 80 yards down the field, a 15-yard pass from Piatkowski to sophomore wide receiver Joey Orlando put the Bulldogs on top, 7-3. Back and forth play continued into the second quarter. Dayton scored a touchdown on its first


Drake edges Eastern Illinois, set for MVC tourney Thaden tallies fourth goal, Noonan nets the game-winner by Skylar Bergl

Staff Writer

Last Saturday night, Drake took its record to 8-7-2 after notching a 2-1 victory at Eastern Illinois. The win dealt the Bulldogs the No. 4 seed in this week’s State Farm MVC Championship at Bradley in Peoria, Ill. “It is always difficult to go on the road and play someone on senior day, especially this being the last game ever in the MVC for Eastern Illinois,” Drake Head Coach Sean Holmes said in a Drake athletics press release. “Our intention today was to not only win, but to preserve our general well-being, while not playing our starting 11 for the entire 90 minutes.” Junior Michael Thaden snagged the lead in the eighth minute with a burner of a free kick that found the back of the net. The goal held until right before halftime when Eastern Illinois knotted the game at 1-1. “The first half we really dominated just about everything; possession, shots and passing,” junior Thomas Ostrander said. “But we let down a little bit and gave up a goal. We didn’t attack or defend as hard as we’re capable of.” The winning goal came in the 69th minute off of redshirt junior Michael Noonan’s foot. Set up by Ostrander and Nick Foster, Noonan delivered the ball into the net to seal the win. Drake could have had a 3-1 victory, but a close offside call took back a goal by Ostrander

in the 59th minute. “We created scoring chances, but were unable to finish them off in the first half and we gave up a silly goal with two minutes left in the half,” Holmes said. “After having one goal disallowed by Ostrander to go and then to continue to attack was good. The last 20 minutes was far closer than it needed to be, but we knew they would never quit.” The victory came in the final game of the regular season and now the Bulldogs prepare to head into Peoria to face off with the host team, the Bradley Braves. The Braves are coming off a huge win last Saturday night when they knocked off No. 10 Creighton in Omaha, Neb., for the first time ever in the regular season. The No. 5 seed in the MVC is coming in at 9-9-2 on the season and will have the home crowd behind them as it plays the Bulldogs. “We feel good heading into the game,” Ostrander said. “We know that we can beat Bradley and we expect to. We’ve got some wins under our belts and we’re looking forward to taking that momentum into that game.” The Bulldogs go into the tournament looking to defend last year’s MVC tournament title when they took down Evansville in the final at Cownie Soccer Complex. “To play as we did on a choppy field shows our depth and what the future brings, and now we’ll turn our attention to Bradley,” Holmes said.

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possession of the quarter, followed by a missed field goal by Drake on its next possession. Later, senior defensive back Matt Hancock returned an interception for a touchdown to give Drake the lead back. Dayton added another score to go up 17-14 at the half. The Flyers opened the second half with a touchdown in their first possession, but the Drake defense responded. On Dayton’s next possession, Taylor sacked Valentino for a safety to make it 24-16. Taylor had a career day, finishing with a career-high 12 tackles, including 3.5 quarterback sacks, in addition to the safety and blocked field goal. Midway through the third quarter, Piatkowski left the game with an injury and was replaced by sophomore reserve quarterback Cody Seeger, who led Drake to a score on his first possession with a 57-yard pass to fifth-year senior Steve Platek, pulling the score to 24-22.

Action picked up once again with just over seven minutes left in the game. The Bulldogs took the lead on a drive that consisted of several carries by senior running back Tom Kostek and a crucial pass by Seeger on fourth down to move the chains. The Bulldogs’ long possession resulted in a field goal by senior Billy Janssen to give Drake a 25-24 lead with only 1:22 left in the game, which appeared to indicate a Bulldog victory. “Cody (Seeger) kept the drive alive,” Creighton noted. “I thought the field goal would win the game right there for us. But we had just a little too much time left on the clock and Dayton made the plays.” On Dayton’s next possession, the last of the game, Valentino successfully completed three passes for a total of 70 yards, the last of which won the game and kept Dayton undefeated in the PFL.


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showcase SATURDAY Clarke, Hackbarth lead Drake men and women in exhibition

photo by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor photo illustrations by KATIE MINNICK | design editor

JUNIOR RACHAEL HACKBARTH posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds in Drake’s 91-64 exhibition victory over Quincy last Saturday.



by Blake Miller

by Eduardo Zamarripa

Staff Writer

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Drake earned its second exhibition win last Saturday when it defeated Quincy 91-64 at the Knapp Center. It was the Bulldogs’ final exhibition before the regular season. Quincy came out shooting and took an early lead, but Drake responded. After a 9-0 run, Drake took the lead with 13 minutes left in the first half and never trailed again. After taking the lead, Drake was the better team in all areas of the game, but chemistry might have been the most important factor. Drake started forcing Quincy into making offensive mistakes, and the Bulldogs turned steals into easy fast break layups, scoring 26 points off turnovers. Quincy had just 13 points off turnovers. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Rachael Hackbarth with a game high 21 points. Four other Bulldogs scored in double digits. Drake Head Coach Amy Stephens was pleased with the balanced attack. “That makes us hard to guard,” she said. “If [the opposing team] shuts down one or two people, other people can shine through, so just having that balanced opportunity scoring the ball means that on any given night, anybody can lead our team in scoring.” One of those Bulldogs with double-digit points was freshman Angela Christianson, coming off the bench with 15 points. “Today’s game was a big confidence booster,” Christianson said. “Going out and playing in front of a crowd and everyone playing well and winning big really makes us all ready for the regular season.” Hackbarth, who also led the team in rebounding with 10 boards, agreed with the freshman guard. “This team is 100 percent ready for the season,” Hackbarth said. “This team has a lot of heart and spirit, and this game got us ready for our first game against UMKC.” Stephens credits the team’s hard work ethic at practice for its success in the two exhibition games. “We have had two really great weeks of practice,” she said. “We are getting better defensively and playing really unselfish offense, and it showed in our two exhibition games.” The Bulldogs open up the regular season this Friday against UMKC at 7:05 p.m. at the Knapp Center.

Led by a balanced scoring attack and a defense that forced 24 turnovers, Drake cruised to an 82-46 victory over Wisconsin-Parkside in its only exhibition match of the season. Over 3,000 fans gathered to see the Bulldogs for the first time this season. With a roster that is significantly different from last year’s squad, Drake had an impressive debut. Four Drake players scored in double figures, with redshirt sophomore forward Jordan Clarke leading all scorers with 16 points. Clarke also collected 13 rebounds. “Jordan (Clarke) did a pretty good job in 22 minutes,” Head Coach Mark Phelps said in a Drake athletics press release. “It was nice for him to be doing what he has been doing in practice.” Drake started out with a three-guard lineup which featured junior Frank Wiseler, fifth-year senior Ryan Wedel and freshman Rayvonte Rice. Clarke started at the forward position alongside sophomore center Seth VanDeest. The Bulldogs started off the game on fire. Drake hit eight of its first 13 shots and used its defense to create easy transition baskets. Wisconsin-Parkside could never get into any rhythm offensively in the first half, as Drake never trailed and went into the break with a 46-17 lead. “I thought this exhibition gave us exactly what we were looking for,” Phelps said. “I thought there were some bright spots and some areas where we need to improve.” The Bulldogs continued to control the tempo in the second half and spread the ball around for their perimeter shooters. Eleven different players scored for Drake. Junior transfer Kurt Alexander finished with 10 points and two assists off the bench in his first game for the Bulldogs. Rice, who many consider the prized prospect of the Valley’s top-ranked freshman class, did not disappoint either. He finished with 12 points and three rebounds. It was an all-around performance for the revamped Bulldogs. Drake out-rebounded WisconsinParkside 42-24, scored 32 points off of turnovers and shot an impressive 51.9 percent from the field. “We do a good job of sharing the ball,” Clarke said. “Seth VanDeest passes well out of the post. Rayvonte is unselfish. Ryan (Wedel) is unselfish. Ben (Simons) is unselfish. Anyone can go off on any night. Nobody has a problem with it, either.” The Bulldogs looked just as sharp on the opposite end of the floor. They held the Rangers to 37.3 percent shooting from the field. Drake also recorded five blocks and 12 steals. “Our emphasis in practice has been to be a good defensive team,” Phelps said. “Playing man-to-man defense suits this team better. We want to continue to get better.” VanDeest struggled with foul trouble in the first half and had a quiet game with seven points and three rebounds. Wedel, the only senior on the team, finished with 10 points and four rebounds. Sophomore Reece

photo by EMILY TOZER | staff photographer

SOPHOMORE JORDAN CLARKE follows through after shooting a free throw.

Uhlenhopp had six points and six rebounds coming off the bench. Up next for the Bulldogs is Texas Southern this Saturday. This will be the first official game of the season for Drake. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at the Knapp Center.


Bulldogs beat Bears, swept by Shockers, near MVC tournament birth by Matt Moran

Sports Editor

Drake split weekend matches at Missouri State and Wichita State to maintain its fifth place standing in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bulldogs defeated Missouri State (25-17, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19) in four sets last Friday, but dropped a three-set match at Wichita State the next night. In Friday’s match, senior libero Alana Wittenburg broke her own school record for digs. Wittenburg tallied a match-high 24 digs to sur-

pass the 633 mark for digs in a single season. After collecting 12 more on Saturday, Wittenburg now has 665 digs for the season. “She’s a catalyst back there and a defensive captain,” Drake Head Coach Phil McDaniel said in a Drake athletics press release. “She’s worked very hard to break that record again this year.” After winning the first set and losing the second against the Bears, the Bulldogs stormed back to take the final two games. The victory snapped a 23-match winless streak against Missouri State. It was the first Drake triumph in the series since Oct. 30, 1998. “We stayed focused the whole match and

executed as well as we could have,” McDaniel said. “We forced them into some bad hitting situations.” Senior Alisa DeBerg Roth tied a season high with 15 kills, while junior Mikayla Sims added 11. Drake held the Bears to just a .152 attack percentage. Saturday was a different story for Drake. The Bulldogs never hit their stride and were swept by Wichita State (17-25, 25-27, 16-25). Senior Angela Bys and Sims had nine kills each. After the weekend split, Drake remains tied with Illinois State for the final two spots in the State Farm MVC Championship. The Bulldogs are 22-8 overall and 7-8 in the conference.

Evansville and Southern Illinois trail at 5-9 in the Valley. Drake hosts both teams in the final weekend of the season, Nov. 19 and 20. Illinois State holds a tiebreaker over Drake. The top six out of 10 teams advance to the conference tournament. The Bulldogs travel to third-place Creighton this Saturday. Drake handled the Bluejays in four sets earlier this season. “We’ll focus on getting better possessions and cutting down errors this week,” McDaniel said. “It’s about maintaining the six-and-up spot (in the MVC) and getting to the tournament.”

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Brisbane, Australia From rugby games to climbing bridges, Drake University sophomore Janelle Behnke has had many adventures studying abroad in Australia. Follow her semester as she recounts these escapades.

JANELLE BEHNKE, third from left, and her roommates celebrate being 22 stories high on the Story Bridge after a long climb to the top.

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THE STORY BRIDGE is one of Australia’s more well-known landmarks and is 777 meters (almost half a mile) long.

This past weekend we took a trip north to Brisbane, a larger city than the Gold Coast, with a population of about 2 million people. Our main reason for going was that the Gold Coast Titans were playing the Sydney Roosters in the semi-finals of the National Rugby League Championship. (This would be about equivalent to a division championship game in the NFL.) It was absolutely awesome. I didn’t know any rules at first, but we sat near some very patient gentlemen who helped us out. For those who are rugby-challenged like me, here are the basics: The game consists of two 40-minute halves. Each team plays 15 players, each of whom specializes in a position (similar to American football). The game is played on what is referred to as a pitch, and most stadiums are round. The object of the game is to throw or punt the ball down the field toward the opposing team’s goal line. Scoring is referred to as a “try,” and earns a team four points. You can also score a goal, which is worth two points, after scoring a try or if the other team has a penalty. A field goal is worth one point, and can be scored any time by dropping the ball on the ground and kicking it through the uprights. In the end, the Titans lost... by a lot. But, it was by far the best $25 I have spent since I’ve been in Australia. Before and after the game, the whole street was filled with fans and vendors; it was a great atmo-

sphere around the entire city. Friday night I stayed at my first hostel. It was called Brisbane Backpackers Resort. Basically, we stayed in a large dorm that had a bed and shower. We were also shuttled around by a man dressed as Peter Pan, but I don’t think that is a common hostel experience. Saturday morning we got up early and crossed the Brisbane River to Kangaroo Point where we did the Story Bridge climb. I am terrified of heights, but it wasn’t quite as horrifying as I had imagined. We had to wear one piece jumpsuits and belts with radios and ponchos. While we were climbing we were all latched to the bridge via a metal cord. We climbed to the top of the first peak, to the middle, across the bridge and back, for a total of 1,128 steps. It was an amazing view of the city. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take cameras or any other personal articles to the top (so they didn’t fall onto cars), but it is an experience I will never forget. The Story Bridge is actually one of only three in the world that you can climb, so it is quite a feat to say we have done one.

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> Each team consists of 15 players.

Cline Hall, room 206, 7pm

Showing of Killing Us Softly 4 by Jean Kilbourne, an expert in body image study. Kilbourne gives one of her stimulating talks about the media, violence, body image and gender.

Tuesday, November 9th CAYA House, 1155 28th Street, 9:30pm

Discussion of body image issues and how to develop a healthy relationship with our bodies

Wednesday, November 10th Upper Olmsted, 6:15pm

Zumba classes: Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow dance moves drive this fun, aerobic workout.

Eight players are forwards, similar to lineman and linebackers in American football, and seven players are backs, similar to running backs and wide receivers.

> The game was invented by William Webb Ellis of England in 1823. The sport was named after the school he attended, called Rugby School.

> Rugby is played at a nonstop pace,

with two 40-minute halves. All players on the field can run, kick and pass the ball. The objective is to possess the ball and carry it to the other team’s end zone, much like a touchdown in football.

> There are Rugby World Cups, played

every four years. In 2007, South Africa won the men’s cup in France. This past September, New Zealand won the women’s cup in England. New Zealand will be hosting 2011’s men’s cup, and the 2014 women’s cup location is still being decided.


The Times-Delphic 11/08/2010  

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

The Times-Delphic 11/08/2010  

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