Thursday November 08, 2012
Campus Calendar THURSDAY
Alaskaland film screening 7 p.m. Harvey Ingham 102 Writers & Critics Series Writer’s Harvest Festival 7 - 8 p.m. Wesley House Gallery Anything Goes Musical 7:30 p.m. Harmon Fine Arts Center
FRIDAY Volleyball vs. Illinois State 7 p.m. Knapp Center Projecting Identity Opening Reception 5 - 7 p.m. Anderson Gallery Coffeehouse Concert with Alex and Janel 8 - 9 p.m. Pomerantz Stage
FOUR MORE YEARS Obama re-election not a surprise to students at election party Sarah Fulton
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A collective cheer filled Sussman Theater at 10:18 p.m. on Tuesday night as CNN announced its official prediction that President Barack Obama would win re-election. Senior Independent Bryan Benish was not surprised by the result. “I have not been very surprised. I have been reading Nate Silver, it seems that what he has been predicting has been right,” Benish said. “I knew that Obama would win the election, and I am not surprised he is winning right now.” Sophomore Democrat Rebecca Share said she was simply happy when the prediction was announced. “I am very relieved and happy,” Share said. “I hope the CNN predic-
tion is right, it looks like it is going to be.” Despite being relieved, Share said nothing on Election Night had surprised her. “I would not say that I was overall surprised. I was glad that he took Iowa because that is where my vote counted,” Share said. “I am glad he took Minnesota because that is where I am from, and getting California is always a relief. It will be interesting to see where Florida will go.” First-year Republican Elizabeth Stuart said she was a surprised by some of the results. “(Mitt) Romney was ahead for a little while, and I was not expecting him to be ahead at all. I thought it would be close, but mostly I thought Obama would lead,” Stuart said. “I kind of knew that Obama
would win in the back of my mind. I was hoping Romney would but it was not a huge surprise.” Share said despite the predictions she is not ready to fully accept Obama as the winner. “(I will know for sure) when all of the Electoral College votes have been counted and there is absolutely no way for it to be disputed,” Share said. Benish is not as hesitant to declare a winner. “I kind of already decided. I am here to see the election results, and they have confirmed what I have already felt was going to happen,” Benish said. “I have always believed Obama was going to win, and I have been okay with that.” Benish believes the results are a relief. “I was happy because I know
Romney has very regressive position on social issues,” Benish said. “I was happy to hear that those positions do not reflect the majority of American opinions.” Overall Share said the election and watching the coverage in a large group was an experience. “I probably would not have watched the coverage if I had not come here,” Share said. “It is really the first election I have been invested in. I like this, it is a good experience.” Despite being the minority, Stuart agrees. “It made it more dramatic. I am used to watching it at home. I really like watching it in a huge group (in which) everyone is getting really into it,” Stuart said. “Even though I am not for Obama, it was a lot more fun to watch it in this big group.”
SATURDAY Football vs. Butler 1 p.m. Drake Stadium Volleyball vs. Indiana State (Senior Night) 7 p.m. Knapp Center Men’s Basketball vs. William Jewell 11 a.m. Knapp Center Rowing vs. Creighton Dual Des Moines
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A GROUP OF STUDENTS GATHER IN SUSSMAN THEATER at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night to eagerly await the results of the election. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (above the fold) waves to the crowd in Des Moines on Nov. 05.
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Professor makes point with four-letter words Colloquials in the classroom becoming the new norm Monica Worsley
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The chances of overhearing a profanity or two exchanged between students at Drake University campus is rather good. Occasionally the generally accepted choice words in the English language even make their way into the classroom. Some professors may refrain from utilizing such colloquial language in the classroom, it is nonetheless a choice left up to them. According to the Drake University of the Statement of Principles,
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“While cherishing and defending freedom of speech to the full extent protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, Drake University declares its abhorrence of statements that demean, denigrate, humiliate, or express hatred toward members of the university community. Words do indeed have consequences. Words may be hurtful. Speech should be a thoughtful process. Speaking irresponsibly can negatively affect morale, motivation, and community. Responsibility calls us to be sensitive to the harmful effects of hostile speech and to
refrain from speaking in demeaning and discriminatory ways.” At Drake students and professors alike are invited to vocalize their ideas and opinions using terminology they see fit, provided that the favorite four letter term is not used to intentionally offend. Todd Evans of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication has earned a reputation his tendency to use profanities amongst his students. “He utilizes ‘f--k’ all the time, sometimes when he really wants to emphasis how strongly he feels about whatever he’s telling us
about, but mostly to get our attention, I think,” said senior broadcasting major Nicole Ervin. “In our industry, we have to be used to cursing because everyone in broadcast curses like sailors.” Professor Evans utilizes four letter words in his classroom for a variety of reasons. “If I were trying to make a point in a ‘what the f--k situation’ if I am pointing at a video that is really horribly produced or an ad that makes no sense to really grab
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Obamas go back to the beginning for final rally Lauren Horsch
President Barack Obama made his last campaign stop in Des Moines on Nov. 5, mere hours before the polls opened on Election Day. He spoke directly to the voters in Iowa and asked them to once again cast their vote for him. The early November chill didn’t stop 20,000 people from gathering in the East Village to watch he and the First Lady speak. With two giant American flags flanking the crowd, it packed into three blocks of Locust Street. Obama addressed the crowd on a stage located at the intersection of East Fourth and Locust streets. With a hoarse voice Obama told the crowd everyone deserves “a shot at our own American dream.” The First Lady and rocker Bruce Springsteen shared the stage during the rally. Springsteen had performed in rallies with the President prior to Monday night’s events. First Lady Michelle Obama
told the crowd she was “beyond thrilled” to be with them. She recounted stories of the 2008 campaign and the “warmth and kindness” that was showed to her family and her daughters. As Springsteen took the stage he said he could “feel the winds of change moving” with this election. He performed a few songs, including a song he wrote for Obama’s campaign. Springsteen hit home issues that Obama tackled during his time in office like universal health care, ending the war in Iraq and women’s rights. As he ended his set, he told the crowd “this is the night before the day.” The First Lady told the crowd the decisions made in this election affect her not only as a wife or a mother, but also as a voter. “We need to keep moving this nation forward,” she said. President Obama joined Michelle on stage after her remarks. After a short time of waving and greeting the crowd as a couple, he stood behind the lectern and spoke. “We will keep America moving
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THE OBAMAS (right) embrace after giving their final campaign speeches in Des Moines Monday night. The crowd of about 20,000 people gathered to hear from the President, First Lady, Bruce Springsteen and others speak (left). forward,” he said on the eve of Election Night. “I came back to Iowa one more time to ask for your vote,” Obama said. “I came back to ask you to help us finish what we started, because this is where our movement
for change began.” Between chants of “four more years” and “Obama” he told stories of his first campaign headquarters in Des Moines and the lack of heat it provided. During the rally Obama said he
would fight for the voters and their family. “Your stories filled me with resolve to work for you every single day I set foot in the oval office,” the President said.
Bullying epidemic in the workplace and at universities Libbie Bond
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In time for National Bullying Awareness Month, Jennifer Livingston, WKBT-TV news anchor in La Crosse, Wis., received an email from a viewer that criticized her weight and credibility as an appropriate public figure. Livingston responded to her bully during an on-air special on WKBT-TV to stand up for herself and to take a stance on bullying. “You know nothing about me but what you see on the outside, and I am much more than a number on a scale,” Livingston said. Receiving worldwide feedback from the special she hosted, Livingston was featured on NBC’s “Today Show” and the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Livingston’s special also received over 10 million hits on YouTube. On the special, Livingston spoke out to those affected by bullying. “To all of the children out there who feel lost, who are struggling with your weight, with the color of your skin, your sexual preference, your disability, even the acne on your face, listen to me right now. Do not let your self-worth be defined by bullies,” Livingston said. She turned her focus to National Bullying Awareness Month and spoke of changes that need to happen. Livingston repeated multiple times throughout the special that
the Internet and schools are outlets for bullying. However, Livingston brought the fault back to the parents, saying that bullying is a learned habit. “We need to teach our kids how to be kind, not critical, and we need to do that by example,” Livingston said. Erin Hall is pursuing her master’s degree in elementary education at Drake University and saw Livingston’s special. “I think Jennifer handled herself and the situation appropriately and tastefully on camera,” Hall said. “She seems to be an intelligent woman and I hope that she didn’t let that cruel email get to her too much. She definitely did the right thing about talking about it.” While Livingston stood up for herself, she also turned the focus to the changes that need to be made in our schools. Kelly Friske, a 2012 Drake alumna, is a middle-school teacher in Colorado. Friske has noticed bullying in her classroom. “Unfortunately, many of my students don’t understand when they have gone past joking to actually hurting someone’s feelings,” Friske said. Friske’s school has an anti-bullying policy that punishes bullies by detentions or suspensions, as well as campaign posters around the school for National Bullying Awareness month. Although Friske sees
bullying at a middle-school level, she believes bullying goes past the pre-teen years. “I think that bullying continues into college and beyond. I think it can sometimes even escalate in college because unlike before you often can not separate yourself from the bully by going home from school, especially if you are living with or close to them,” Friske said. Katie McCullough, sophomore studying biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, also believes that there is bullying in college. However, she thinks it is often overlooked. “The school itself focuses more on Greek hazing than actual bullying. Drake pressures fraternities and sororities to take online seminars to prevent hazing, but I haven’t seen anti-bullying promotions outside of the Greek system,” McCullough said. McCullough is a member of the Greek social sorority, Delta Gamma. While Drake may not openly campaign against anti-bullying, the university does have a bullying policy in its student handbook. According to the handbook, “We abhor acts of oppression, be they denial of freedom of expression; discrimination in its various forms of sexism or racism, or intolerance of religion, age, sexual orientation, or political beliefs; or harassment of any member of the University community.” If bullying occurs to student at
Attendance at on-campus events lacking for some organizations Emily Sadecki
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Drake University students pass them every day on their way to go get their morning coffee, or when they are frantically printing off a paper in Olmsted Center — the countless posters advertising various activities and speakers that are coming to campus in the near future. There are always a variety of options for students. Just this week the opportunities ranged from “Engaged Buddhism: A Panel Discussion” to a documentary film called “MISS Representation” to a fallthemed art show. Unfortunately, there is little student participation in a lot of these events. At a recent career panel, there were only six students who showed up. Often times professors encourage students through mandatory attendance or strong suggestion. However, not all of the campus’ events have the benefit of that kind
of incentive. As a business major, first-year Madeline Kasra, attends speakers that focus on entrepreneurship and potential careers. “What I find extremely beneficial, being a first-year, I am not exactly sure what I want to do,” Kasra said. “It is interesting to see different aspects of the business world.” The Student Activity Board generally has a high turnout at its events. How does accomplish this? “Typically we do about 75 posters around campus,” said SAB President junior Carly Kinzler. “We usually try to get those up a week and a half in advance and make them different to catch people’s eye.” Social media also plays a large role in its success. SAB has around 1,850 people on Facebook and almost 1,000 followers on Twitter, with a goal to reach 2,000 by the end of the year. “Another thing we have done is social media challenges where we get students to tag themselves in the poster that we put on our
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Facebook wall. That way, when they tag themselves it shows up on their Facebook wall and all of their friends newsfeeds and then they are entered to win, for example, a gift card,” Kinzler said. It also has a whole staff dedicated to the marketing of their events, including a marketing executive officer, graphic designers, a public relations chair, an organizational development subdivision and a first-year marketing representative. Next time you meander past those posters in the stairwell of Meredith Hall, the bulletin board of your residence hall or the Olmsted Breezeway, you may want to stop and take a look at what opportunities are available. There are great opportunities to learn more about a different culture, a potential career, or a prevalent issue, and it generally requires just as much time of a time commitment as tuning into watch the latest episode of “Glee” or “How I Met Your Mother.”
Drake, discipline can be given. “Drake University will take such disciplinary action and respond with such sanctions as are deemed appropriate,” according to the handbook. It is unclear as to what those actions are. The other anti-bullying effort Drake provides is an online class for education majors. Susen Schirmer, an adjunct instructor and education counselor, teaches the three-credit hour online anti-bullying class. “The online class is an effort to help educators understand what bullying is and is not as well as what they can do to help stop this epidemic that is hurting our kids,” Schirmer said. The class was a bronze award winner at the United States Distance Learning Association’s annual conference in St. Louis, Mo., in April. Schirmer agrees bullying contin-
ues into college years and longer. “The long-term effects of bullying in some circumstances can be likened to PTSD. Of course, bullying behaviors often carry over into adulthood, just watch a bit of television and you see countless examples,” Schirmer said. Schrimer believes bullying is growing problem as well. “Current estimates in Iowa estimate that 85 percent of students K (to) 12 have experienced bullying and that number continues to climb. The Internet certainly impacts this as it can send a message much quicker and to a broader audience 24/7,” Schrimer said. For more information about National Bullying Awareness Month, visit www.pacer.org/bullying.
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avoid things like political persuasion, freedom of speech is way to powerful and important. I would much rather have the conversation with a student that wants to challenge why a college professor and supposedly intelligent individual would talk like that (than to be censored by policy),” said Evans. “But I cannot stress enough that if saying s--t or f--k is going to offend someone similar to a racial or gender slur would then I am going to do my very best to censor myself,” Evans said. In the case that a student does feel significantly offended by any professor’s choice of words Drake encourages students to address it in an attempt to hold true to the stated principles. “As a basic routing for any complaint, appeal or concern students would be ideally to go to the instructor first. Sometimes it may be an instance where the instructor may not even be aware there is concern,” Wright said. “The next step would be to go to the department chair or in the cases where there are no department chair, mainly journalism and law, the associate dean,” Wright said. “Each school does have a complaint procedure and I think it’s important that any student doing that should know they would need to have some clear examples. “They cannot just say ‘I don’t like what my instructor is saying.’ They should be able to say the instructor is using these kinds of words, and I find this objectionable,” Wright said.
Classroom conduct choice up to professors someone’s attention and say ‘what the f--k were they thinking. Part of that is just getting attention,” Evans said. “Most of my students think of it as part of my animated style.” With different classroom atmospheres and teaching styles across campus the chance of hearing profanity mid-lecture is altered. When asked about swearing by professors in the School of Health Sciences junior biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and history major Mallory Bonstrom said, “Hmm not that I can ever recall. The science professors seem to be pretty reserved.” Professors in the School of Education also appear to censor their swearing in the classroom. “I think in the five classes I have taken in the school of education one professor swore and it was a one-time thing,” said sophomore history and secondary education major Brianna Leinon. “It like never happens.” Even though few professors chose to swear in the classroom, all should rest assured their classroom is their domain. “I’ve heard some faculty indicating that they felt that freedom to express themselves that way is important to their teaching,” said Deputy Provost Susan Wright. Evans agrees with this sentiment. “One of the most highest held ideals of higher education is that professors have control of their classroom. And while we have ethical and moral responsibilities to
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‘Skyfall’ draws Bond fans
Election campaign woes
Tad Unruh Columnist Fifty years, 23 films, roughly $5 billion gross, six Bonds, nearly 100 Bond girls, hundreds of enemies killed and countless times saving the world from utter destruction. — James Bond has become much more than a character, but a worldwide icon of action, sexuality and the British nation. “Skyfall” is quite possibly the best Bond film in the series yet. Opening Oct. 26 in the United Kingdom, Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and the Bond girls strutted down the red carpet towards Royal Albert Hall among a lightning storm of camera flashes towards the most anticipated Bond release yet. “Skyfall” starts like every dream: dark, no context and constant disorienting of the situation. Before you can contemplate too much, Director Sam Mendes duct tapes a lit stick of dynamite to your head and after 5-10 minutes of Bond chasing
bad guys across Turkish market rooftops on a motorbike and an extended barreling train fight, you’ll be scooping your brains off the wall and those around you. This Bond film, surprisingly enough, continues to up the cinematography and tempo, constantly renewing the Bond series for a new generation. Craig, reprising his role as the “beat-him-up-yourself” vulnerable human terminator Bond, Agent 007, commands the screen in stone-faced glory. Everything he does is smooth, whether it’s fight scenes or his seemingly high-kneed running style. Dench, reprising her role as ‘M,’ is actually the main source of the story (taking a page out of Spock’s book) in her remorseless and logically motivated task delegating has created a Bardem monster (What an idiot, didn’t she see “No Country for Old Men”?) who is bent on image-shattering revenge for M. Bardem just completely steals the show, and the laughs, whenever he is on screen. He’s in the running for a Top 3 Bond villain of all-time spot. Not to mention Ralph Fiennes (of Voldemort fame) and an excellent modern update of gadgetbuilding ‘Q’ by Ben Whishaw, of the classic Desmond Llewelyn Q of many years past. The film’s only drawback is that it feels a bit borrowed or reminiscent of the Christopher Nolan Batman films. The only reason this is bad is the feeling of originality. The
Batman movies are unbelievably good, so it isn’t truly an insult. Bond needed a slightly insane and eccentric character to fight as a villain. Bardem offers this up perfectly in the scene he is introduced, but it is unfortunate we don’t see his eccentric rambling much more in the movie as it gets lost in the action. Where the film overwhelmingly exceeds and leaves a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of longtime Bond fans is that it is written like a love letter. Little references here and there to different previous Bond movies, reoccurrence of Bond gadgets and other vehicles, and a look into Bond’s origins are all weaved within the narrative. It’s like Sam Mendes, with each reference, is saying thank you to each and every Bond fan for sticking around the first 50 years, and welcoming them to the next 50. It is a film that lovingly represents the past, and is a changing of the guard to the future. We all love you Bond, from the corny early days, to the sleek punch-drunk Bond of the future. I think I can safely say we will all keep going to the cinemas in droves.
Unruh is a senior sociology and radio double major and can be reached at email@example.com
Candidates fire at each other
Matt Roth Columnist The presidential race for 2012 will be one for the history books. This campaign has had the most money invested into it to date. Most of the money flowing from sponsors and super Political Action Committees (PACs) goes to advertisements that are made by both sides. However, this election focused more on smearing your opponent rather than spelling out the truth. This campaign set the record for expenses and for the amount of negative ads. I know you all have seen them, on TV, YouTube and even memes. Everywhere you look, there is a negative ad bending a small basis of the truth. Both candidates have even recognized that the negative campaigning is getting out
of hand. All you know about a candidate is what the negative ads are saying. Not only is this damaging to the understanding voters have, but also to the candidates themselves. Many people agree that the amount of ads is out of line, and they are beginning to hurt the credibility of both candidates. If all you hear is the blown-out-of-proportion truth, how will a person even know a candidate’s stance on a certain issue? The fact is that if that person doesn’t actively research a candidate, then that person will know little to nothing on that candidate’s stance. That is what negative campaigning is doing to the average voter — simply grinding down their political awareness with unfounded ads. This campaign should be used as a lesson for candidates in future races. Negative ads can be useful to a certain degree, but when that is all you use to campaign with, you hamper the voting process. This year’s election was a circus. Ads should educate a voter on the issue, not attack the other guy.
Roth is a first-year philosophy and physics double major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office’s long reign of comedy needs to come to an end Season nine marks the finale of Scranton Paper Co., characters
Sarah Fulton Columnist A man walks into his work, sits at his desk and reaches into his desk drawer for his stapler only to find that it has been suspended in gelatin by his coworker. These are the type of shenanigans and high jinks that have made me a loyal “The Office” follower to the very end. The show is well into its ninth and final season, meaning that I will have watched it for literally half of my life. It has always been a much needed source of brilliant stupidity. Its gags and jokes are so dumb, yet so clever that you just have to laugh. It was never a show filled with beautiful people or cliffhangers. It’s just connected with people on a very real level and in that way built an audience. It is true that “The Office” has
gone downhill in its last few seasons. The main love story ended in season six, with the marriage of Jim and Pam. The boss and main character Michael Scott left at the end of season seven. Despite the show’s writers trying to make new twist and turns, “The Office” has never been the same. As much as I hate to admit it, it is time for the show to end. The story line and gags are still funny, but they do not reach the level of brilliance that they once were. I want to show to end now because I do not want what it may become to ruin what it once was. By going off the air now, “The Office” keeps its class and keeps those loyal to it. Is it weird for me to confess my undying love and loyalty for a sitcom? Probably, but because it is the show’s final season, I am putting it out there. I am inviting everyone who has ever been a fan to come back and celebrate what “The Office” meant too many of us. My roommate and I religiously watch “The Office” every Thursday at 8 p.m. in Spike’s Spot. Everyone who has ever been a fan is welcome to join us because together we can finish what we started and send “The Office” out in style.
Fulton is a first-year news/Internet major and can be reached at sarah. email@example.com
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Snapchat: new app attracts attention Students keep in touch with photo-sharing for iPhone Brayton Deprey
keep in contact with her younger sister in Minnesota. “I like being able to see her every day. It’s not just words in a text, Apple products have led quite — it’s an actual face and an actual the legacy for addicting games: An- person,” Gillen said. gry Birds, Temple Run, Tiny Tower Almost like a mini-version of a and Words with Friends to name a Skype conversation, Snapchat has few. But the latest craze is an inter- made it easier to visually comactive picture-sharing app called municate with people across the “Snapchat.” country. Using the built-in camera on A high school senior in Wisconan iPhone, the app takes a picture sin, Elaina Porcaro used it to stay and sends it in touch as to another her friends Snapchat headed off to user. It is only college. for a specific “It’s a way amount of to stay in time: three to contact with10 seconds, afout having to ter which it is spend a lot of lost and never time or have seen again. a big comWhile there mitment. I are the occacan just send sional practical a picture purposes, the whenever I most common feel like it,” functionality of Porcaro said. this new step— Elaina Porcaro, Wisconsin high school senior But what up from text about those messaging is people that the ability to don’t have send terribly iPhones? For ugly pictures the time to a friend and being Anknow they’ll never be droid users have been unable to used as blackmail. experience the addicting qualities First-year Sam Hoyt loves to of Snapchat, but a new release is Snap his friends, “ . . . because you about to change all of that. can express so much more with a Android engineers spent weeks picture than you can with a text. As cultivating their own version of they say, ‘a picture is worth a thou- Snapchat to release to the Android sand words.’” market. But why is this app better than First-year Kelsey Rooney, a the standard picture messag- faithful Droid user, is excited about ing that already comes with an the development. iPhone? The functionality. It takes “Absolutely, I’m excited. All of approximately three clicks to take a my friends with iPhones use it, picture, set the time limit and send and now I can finally join the clan,” it to a friend. Apple people are all Rooney said. about streamlined processes, and While peer pressure may be the this app has it down to a tee. only thing pushing the app to its “It’s so simple and fun,” said addicting heights, it is definitely first-year Greta Gillen. working. Gillen uses the app primarily to Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
“It’s a way to stay in contact without having to spend a lot of time or have a big commitment. I can just send a picture whenever I feel like it.”
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SNAPCHAT, an app most recognized by its mascot, Ghostface Chillah, the ghost icon is a free photo sharing app that allows for quick exchanges of photographs taken from iPhones, Androids and most recently on Google Play.
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DANIELLE HEFFERAN, BREANNA HESS and DR MICHAEL RENNER (above) standing at the edge of the Gishwait Forest Preserve. HEFFMAN and HESS (below) on a forest trail outside the Gishwati Forest Preserve.
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What do you get when you take a pinch of psychology, a dash of biology and just a smidgen of anthropology? Naturally, a concentration focused on our closest relatives, primates. “It’s a growing specialty,” said Michael Renner, professor of biology and psychology. “There are lots of reasons people are interested in primates, and we think we will learn something about ourselves by studying species that are closely related to us but not humans.” Renner said by making inferences about how primates live, anthropologists think they will understand how humans came to be in the first place. For him, getting started in the field of primatology came as a stroke of luck. “I started working in zoos, like the Philadelphia Zoo, and among the various projects we were doing I started working with some of the primates,” Renner said. Renner was uprooted from his Pennsylvania home over 10 years ago after an environmental initiative brought him to Iowa. In 2002, Ted Townsend and Sue Savage Rumbaugh decided to transfer a program from Georgia State University to the Des Moines area that became known as the Great Ape Trust of Iowa. This trust opened a research facility with aims of understanding the beginning and future of culture, language, tools, intelligence and other areas of interest by studying great apes. Despite the project’s current
stagnant state due to problems with flooding in the area around the facility, the concentration lives on with students at Drake University. “I finally got interested in the program when professor Summerville asked me if I liked animals,” said senior Danielle Hefferan while reminiscing on her first-year meetings with her advisor. After taking “Introduction to Primatology” and “Primate Conservation,” Hefferan had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda to work on projects with professors Summerville and Renner. “It was an amazing experience and showed me how many opportunities there are in primate research,” Hefferan said. After she graduates this spring, Hefferan plans on traveling and working on multiple field research projects in order for her to find out what she really wants to do long term. “The concentration is just nice to have a little focus within my major,” Hefferan said. Meanwhile, as the interest in the field continues to grow, Renner is having the time of his life. “I’m like a kid in a candy store — this is so much fun,” Renner said. This goes to show that learning can really take you anywhere, so if you want to learn the real meaning behind the phrase “monkey see, monkey do,” then the primate concentration may just be right for you.
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Gazali’s offers authentic Greek cuisine Food made from scratch makes this restaurant appealing
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favorites according to Jay are the spicy and classic sandwiches and their salads. In addition, they serve some unique Greek deserts that In search of lunch? Look no furmay be new to some Drake stuther than Gazali’s on 25th Street. dents including baklava, a sweet The Drake University neighborpastry made with nuts and honhood Greek restaurant has been ey. All of their food is made from here since 2000 and serves a numscratch, in-house, rather than preber of Drake students looking for a prepared versions like their comunique international meal. petitors. Lebanese immigrant Mario The restaurant serves a variety Gazali owns of gyros, sandwiches, Gazali’s as salads and sides well as the that are all very trendy, East customizable and “I was so excited Village Lebaunique. The prices nese café, Open to find an are quite friendly Sesame, on East to college student international Locust. Gazali’s as well with most serves mainly restaurant close options under six Drake students dollars. but is beginning to Drake that Drake first-year, to “build more served such Viri Perez feels that n e i gh b o r h o o d it is very important support” said auhentic food.” to support the inMario’s brother, ternational feel that — Viri Perez, Drake first-year Jay Gazali. Gazali’s adds to the The atmoneighborhood. sphere of the “I was so exrestaurant is cited to find an very intimate international resand warm, and the staff is persontaurant close to Drake that served able and welcoming to new cussuch authentic food,” Perez said. tomers. Gazali’s has a menu that is “I was surprised to find such friendly to children and welcomes an excellent, authentic restaurant large groups in addition to caterin the Drake neighborhood,” firsting. They have food that makes year Lisa Lerman said. “I feel like takeaway easy as well as outdoor it really represents Greek cuisine seating. well and improves the atmosphere Gazali’s is open Monday-Friday of the area.” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays The Greek background of Ma11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 rio’s mother’s cooking inspired the p.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach them menu for the vegetarian-friendly by calling (515) 309-9167 or by restaurant. They serve an authenjust stopping by. tic, traditional version of the Greek classics most of us know. Some
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GAZALI’S sits on 25th Street right off of University Avenue next to Varsity Theater. Offering authentic Greek food in a small personalized setting, Gazali’s offers a taste of international cuisine just a block off Drake’s campus.
Gazali’s Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call (515) 309-9167 for more information.
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Sports Men’s Basketball
Bulldogs eye Knapp win before road stint Beyond Teamwork drives Drake as ‘tough’ non-conference swing nears the whistle Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa
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The Bulldogs open their regular season on Saturday. They will take on William Jewell at 11 a.m. in the Knapp Center. Opening up the season with a win will be pivotal, considering Drake will play its next five games on the road and won’t be back at home until Dec. 5. “I think we need to continue to play together. It’s really important because it’s our opening game,” Phelps said. “It’s also important because it’s an 11 a.m. game. We have to continue to play together. We have to continue to cut down on the turnovers.” The Bulldogs will look to take care of business before they hit a tough stretch of their non-conference schedule. Drake is slated to play Detroit on the road and will then travel to the DIRECTV Classic in Anaheim, Calif., where it will take on California and will also take on either Rice or Georgia Tech (depending on the tournament results). “Everything is important, all the home games are important,” Phelps said. “Everything counts … It’s a tough schedule, every game’s precious.” William Jewell competes in the Division II level and is part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. They were picked to finish sixth in the West Division of the conference. Each division is comprised of eight teams. This will be the second season in the GLVC for the Cardinals, who went 9-17 overall and 5-13 in the GLVC in
their opening season. Even though this is the Bulldogs’ season opener, the game is only an exhibition match in the Cardinals’ schedule. The Cardinals’ two highest returning scorers are senior Craig Mattson and junior Devonte Bell. Mattson averaged 7.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, led the team in assists and started all 26 games for the Cardinals. Bell came off the bench to average 6.4 points and two rebounds per game. Drake will hope to carry over the offensive momentum garnered on the team’s 101-80 exhibition win against Southwest Baptist on Nov. 3. The Bulldogs shot 59 percent from the floor and finished with 25 assists and shot 15 of 24 from three-point range. The Bulldogs’ performance was highlighted by a 22-point outing by freshman Joey King and a terrific floor game from junior Richard Carter. The speedy point guard finished with 10 assists and zero turnovers. After the game against Southwest Baptist, senior Ben Simons commented on their upcoming week. “We have a really tough schedule this year. We have a lot of tough games at home, and on the road,” Simons said. “We do need to come out and take care of business next week. Hopefully we can come back and improve even on this week.” Fifth-year senior Chris Hines is not expected to play after undergoing a scope in his knee on Oct. 30. The Bulldogs hope to have him ready to go against Detroit. For now, Drake will hope its arsenal will be enough to be successful in its season opener.
DRAKE CHEERLEADERS (above) perform a stunt at the Drake men’s basketball game versus Southwest Baptist on Nov. 3. DRAKE CHEERLEADERS (below) shake their poms during the Bulldogs’ 101-80 victory over Southwest Baptist.
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REDSHIRT FRESHMAN GUARD MITCH MCLAUGHLIN prepares to shoot a layup against Southwest Baptist on Nov. 3 at the Knapp Center.
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When the word “cheerleading” comes to mind, not many people would think to say the word “difficult.” For Drake cheerleading, it’s exactly the right word. Drake’s cheerleaders are constantly busy. Between their weekly workouts, basketball games, football games and marketing events, it almost seems impossible for them to have any time for themselves, but they love every moment of it. “I love cheering on our Bulldogs and getting the crowd pumped up for the athletes to strive for the victory,” said firstyear Sarah Elizabeth Worrell. While cheerleaders love what they do, they still face criticism. “A lot of people think we don’t do anything and we just sit and there and look pretty and that’s not it at all, we have workouts, practice and it’s a huge time commitment,” said sophomore Bailey Cernohous. Cheerleading has often been believed to be easy and not challenging, but Drake cheerleading is constantly working to improve. Its weekly schedule consists of workouts twice a week at 7 a.m., two two-hour practices and during football season, they perform at home games. Now that basketball season has started, they cheer both the men’s and the women’s teams any day of the week. They also perform at marketing events for the marketing department. During practice, the cheerleaders work on jumps, cheers, dances and stunts. As for how these students become Drake cheerleaders, the recruiting style is a little more laid back than in other universities. “A lot of girls will email me
their information if they’re interested in cheerleading at Drake, most of them will come from cheerleading programs in high school and then we have tryouts at the end of May,” said Drake cheerleading head coach Fallon Parker. “The girls will go through the process of doing a cheer, they learn our school fight song, do jumps and stunting. We basically look for someone who has an allaround score in all the areas we are looking for — usually girls or guys who are from out of state send in a video.” Even though the team currently consists of all women, men are allowed to try out and have a place on the team. “We are looking to add two men this spring season, one of the guys that is interested is sending in a video and he’s transferring (from another school),” Parker said. “It’s a big time commitment, so with guys, they will come to our practice and if they want to do it they can join (any) time because we are looking for males to join our team, which is kind of hard to get.” While the squad plays an active role in the Drake community, Parker still feels that it is not as connected to the athletes as she’d like it to be. “My goal, as a coach, is to integrate us more into the athletic department. There seems to be a separation between cheerleading and athletics, and we want that to be one,” Parker said. Still, cheerleading faces criticism for not being a sport. “I agree that we aren’t a sport, but I do believe that we should be considered athletes because we put a lot of hard work and effort into it,” said first-year Sarah Dean.
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The goal of intramurals is for everyone to have fun. College is tough. Students deserve a break from the chaos that is college life. As athletes, it is easy to get caught up in the competition of the game. The purpose of this article is to remind everyone why intramurals are so great. Also, it is important to remember how to keep it fun. Last week, I provided a guide to the technical side of intramurals. This week is a different type of guide. A guide to the people you need to know. Officials: There is one way to describe our officials: incredible. Officials choose to work hard for minimum wage. What other oncampus jobs include: running in the heat, wind, rain and snow all the while making snap decisions that half of those involved don’t agree with (kind of like a presidential election). Most officials memorize the rules of eight different sports. It is easy as an athlete to argue with referees. But before you start making jokes about NFL replacement referees, I have a challenge for you. Put yourself in the place of an intramural official. It is football. You’re positioned as line judge, which means you are almost constantly mobile. The offense is set, then you notice one player on the defense doesn’t have his flags on. Before you can even process that penalty, a wide receiver jumps early drawing the defense. Then a defensive player uses his arms to fight through to the quarterback as a linebacker sticks out his foot and trips the defender. You blow the play dead because of the false start. Players from both teams descend on you screaming. The offense is screaming because the defensive player didn’t have his flags on. The defense says that the false start should count and that you should have told them the player had his flags off in the first place. What’s the call? Also, it’s your first week of work. You have never played or officiated football before. If you are feeling overwhelmed, then this is a good time to bring up a great intramural resource. Supervisors: If you have an issue, talk to the supervisors. When it’s 30 degrees out, they are the people bundled up in the golf cart. No matter how entertaining your intramural games may be, they are not your audience. They are your resource for all things intramurals. Part of a supervisor’s job is to give pointers to referees. However, another part of their job is to help explain the rules to players. Supervisors are armed with the rulebook of every intramural sport. Many people don’t know how helpful supervisors can be. If you are consistently noticing a call that our officials are missing, talk to the supervisors about it. Captains have every right to mention a concern or question they have to the supervisors. We just ask that you speak respectfully to us. As they say, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. The Boss Man: Everyone should know this by now. If you have a serious problem, talk to Bill. Bill Moorman is the Intramural Coordinator. Contact him at email@example.com. He’s a cool guy to get to know, especially if you like to longboard. I will leave you with a quick rule reminder. In basketball, the top of the backboard is out of bounds. As always stay safe, and play ball!
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Undefeated Butler looms in pivotal PFL showdown
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SENIOR DEFENSIVE BACK MIKE RATELLE runs the ball against Marist on Oct. 20 at Drake Stadium. The Bulldogs face Pioneer Football League rival Butler on Saturday at Drake Stadium. Mike Wendlandt
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The Drake Bulldogs go into their final home game of the season with the conference title on the line as they prepare to face the Butler Bulldogs this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Drake Stadium. Butler, who has been a suprising conference powerhouse this season, has gone undefeated in Pioneer League Football play this season. It has dominated all opponents, except for last week’s game, when it needed a fourth quarter comeback to beat Jacksonville 19-16. Drake, on the other hand, stumbled against Dayton and was handed its first defeat in conference play, 28-13. However, if the Bulldogs win their final two games of the season they will still claim a share of the PFL title, making Sat-
urday’s match monumental. For Drake, the offense seeks to rebound after its worst performance of the season. In his final game at Drake Stadium, fifth-year senior quarterback Mike Piatkowski looks to go out with style. His conference-leading 2,630 yards should increase some more as he approaches the end of his career as Drake’s all-time leading passer. Sophomore running back Gary Scott Jr. is looking for a bounce-back as well, as he only averaged 2.8 yards per carry last week, a far cry from his 4.1 average on the season. The Bulldogs will hope their veteran receiving corps can make a difference in the game. With seniors Nick Rosa, Joey Orlando and Kevin Marshall all having played important roles in last season’s title run, they should be able to keep their focus and find weaknesses in Butler’s defense.
Butler, offensively, is one of the most explosive teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) so far this season, with the third-leading passer and the number one rusher in the conference at their disposal. Redshirt junior Matt Lancaster has simply been outstanding as Butler’s signal-caller, throwing for 2,460 yards with 19 touchdowns and only three interceptions on the season. He’s also the team’s second-leading rusher with 448 yards. Junior running back Trae Heeter is one of the frontrunners for PFL Player of the Year, having already run for 1,098 yards and averaging 6.6 yards per carry. He leads the conference by almost 300 yards on the ground. Receiving, Butler has three main weapons, but none is more dangerous than redshirt junior Brendan Shannon, who has 54 catches for 738 yards and seven touchdowns. Redshirt sophomores
J.T. Mesch and Derek O’Connor both have more than 40 receptions. Defensively, the key for Drake will be its front seven. They will look to be swarming the line of scrimmage, stopping Heeter from breaking off big runs and getting pressure on Lancaster. If they can do that, the Butler offense will struggle, allowing the Drake offense to get on the field. Drake so far has the secondranked scoring defense in the conference and will look to add to that with a suffocating performance Saturday. Head coach Chris Creighton and the Bulldogs are in for a tough test but are up for the challenge in this must-win game. Kickoff is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. after a ceremony honoring this year’s seniors playing for their last time at Drake Stadium.
Bulldogs dominate singles
New system welcomes creativity
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The Drake men’s tennis team concluded its fall season this past weekend at the Gopher Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., and did so in dominating fashion. The Bulldogs ended the tournament with a 37-8 record and went undefeated on Sunday as they swept Dartmouth. Throughout the tournament, Drake’s top seven singles players never lost a match. Saturday saw the Bulldogs take on Nebraska and DePaul, and the singles lineup performed admirably. The day kicked off against Nebraska and Drake senior Anis Ghorbel led the way for the Bulldogs at the top spot. Ghorbel won his match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2. He wasn’t the only Drake player to do so. Sophomore Alen Salibasic, senior Jean Erasmus, sophomore Ben Mullis and freshman Ben Lott all won their matches in straight sets, highlighted by Erasmus who only lost one game the entire match. These four players were fourth through seventh on the depth chart. Drake’s success in the spring will rely greatly on them. Senior James McKie and junior Robin Goodman also won their matches against Nebraska opponents, but the two were taken to a third set super-tiebreaker. Both Drake players won the tiebreaker 10-7. Doubles play didn’t go as smoothly for the Bulldogs, as they went 2-2 against Nebraska opponents. The 59th ranked duo of Ghorbel and McKie won their match 8-3, and the pairing of Lott and Salibasic won 8-6 at the third doubles position. Erasmus and Goodman lost their match 8-6, while Mullis and senior Ryan Drake lost 8-5. “Throughout the fall we have proven to ourselves that as a team we can play singles with anybody in the country,” said head coach Davidson Kozlowski. “However, for our team to reach the level of success and accomplish the goals we have set, we are going to need to improve our doubles play.”
Five Drake players also went up against opponents from DePaul on Saturday afternoon and all but one posted straight sets wins. Goodman, Salibasic, Erasmus, Mullis and Lott took on DePaul, with Goodman’s 6-1, 6-0 highlighting the matches. The Bulldogs also showed improvement in doubles against the Blue Demons, as all three doubles teams won their matches. The third doubles pairing was changed though, as McKie teamed up with Mullis instead of pairing with Ghorbel. The final day of the Gopher Invite was the perfect way to end an impressive fall season, as the Bulldogs went a perfect 11-0 on the day, winning all of their singles and doubles matches against the Dartmouth Big Green. In singles, the Bulldogs won seven of the nine matches in straight sets, with supertiebreaker wins at the seventh and ninth positions. In doubles, they continued the improvement from the DePaul matches, as all three doubles teams won their matches. “I do think our doubles play improved over the course of the weekend,” Kozlowski said. “However, more than anything, I think this weekend gives our guys real motivation in the fact that they realize this team still has room for improvement. Sometimes when you have all answers there is a certain level of complacency, but we did not have all the answers this weekend in doubles.” Kozlowski said that his team can’t sit back and relax during the short offseason between the fall and spring seasons, especially with the difficult schedule that is ahead of them. Drake’s first opponent of the year will be No. 32 Florida State, and it is slated to take on a number of nationally ranked teams in the ITA Kickoff Event in California. “We all have to make sure we put in the effort now until spring and not take the foot off the pedal,” McKie said.
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New sounds echo in the Ron Buel Basketball Suite courtesy of first-year head coach Jennie Baranczyk. On Monday, two days after Baranczyk’s Drake debut, laughter and babble echoed courtesy of her son Elijah, who was born in May. A similar glee echoed after Friday’s 73-38 exhibition win over Quincy. The Bulldogs finally tested their new leadership, newcomers and new system against the Division II Lady Hawks. After scrimmaging against fellow Bulldogs since April, the they finally played a new opponent beneath the Knapp Center’s spotlight. “It’s a lot different when you’re playing in front of the spotlight — when you have fans cheering for you,” said sophomore guard Kyndal Clark. That spotlight unnerved Clark before her first Drake game a year ago. As she watched the Bulldogs’ five newcomers battle nerves Friday, Clark remembered her own freshmen unease. “One, it doesn’t seem like a year has gone by, and two, it’s crazy how much knowledge I have gained in this last year,” Clark said. “You know, I remember our first game just having that feeling of, ‘Is this really happening?’ It’s cool to be able to watch our freshmen come in and experience that and talk about it.” The Bulldog newcomers overcame their jitters, though, to post several notable performances. Freshmen guards Dilonna Johnson and Ashley Bartow each added eight points. Junior guard Mary Pat contributed six. Clark, Drake’s top returning scorer, led the team with 18 points on Friday. Under Drake’s new, fast-paced system, though, Clark expects to adjust her role with each new opponent. “If that means it’s scoring for that night, then that’s what it is. If it’s not, then maybe it’s assists. Maybe it’s rebounds. Maybe it’s just energy,” Clark said. “I think this team
will definitely have a lot of different scoring opportunities from different people on any given night.” Baranczyk expects Drake’s new, versatile offense to baffle opponents despite its simplicity. Rebounding and communication top the Bulldogs’ to-do list under that new offense. “There’s nothing super hidden or incredibly tough about it, but it’s really tough to guard if everyone’s on the same page,” Baranczyk said. Though questions remain as Drake’s official campaign opens Sunday against South Dakota, the new system welcomes innovation, freedom and excitement. “I think our system is a little bit different in that there’s a lot of freedom to show our creativity,” Baranczyk said.
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JUNIOR GUARD MARY PAT SPECHT dribbles down the court against Quincy on Nov. 2. Drake defeated Quincy 73-38.
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Obama rallies voters in East Village 1. Drake students senior Matt Van Hoeck, sophomore Garrett Carty, sophomore Nicole Germann and senior Jessica Hamilton watch President Barack Obama give his speech in the East Village of Des Moines Monday night. 2. President Barack Obama tears up while speaking to a crowd during his final campaign rally. 3. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd after speaking Monday night.
6 4. Bruce Springsteen invites the audience to sing along during one of the songs he performed. 5. Springsteen and the First Lady walk toward the lectern together. The First Lady and “The Boss” opened the rally for President Barack Obama. 6. A crowd of about 20,000 watches President Barack Obama speak. The audience packed into three blocks of the East Village. 7. First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the crowd in the East Village of Des Moines, saying, “Truly, this is where it all began.” Photos by Luke Nankivell | Photo Editor
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