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Kochanski fills the last senate seat Officially starts job around the table tonight by Lauren Horsch

Managing/News Editor

As the crowd gathered at Pomerantz Stage, two friends greeted each other. Joey Gale and Justin Kochanski shook hands and wished each other luck as they awaited the results of the First-Year Senator elections. As Election Commission CoChair Jessie Hill walked onto the stage, the crowd fell silent. She spoke about the campaign and praised both candidates for their efforts. Then, she made the announcement. Kochanski received 236 of the 411 votes and became the first-year senator for the class of 2015. “It was such a huge relief,” Kochanski said. He also said he felt a “big sense of accomplishment.” Kochanski, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Bartlett, Ill., is ready to get to work around the senate table. His first official meeting as a senator will be tonight.

He said the next week or two will be busy for him as he begins his job. He will start off by getting to know the First-Year Interest Committee, which he will now be in charge. He said he is looking forward to getting to know his committee and learning its strengths. One of his goals is to get more student involvement at sporting events to help increase attendance for all teams. Kochanski said that he would like to thank all of the first-year students who supported him and his opponent, Gale. “It’s not easy running against someone you’re close to,” he said. “He (Gale) ran a good campaign.”

Vote totals: Kochanski — 236 Gale — 164 Abstain — 11 Total — 411

LAUREN HORSCH | managing/news editor

JUSTIN KOCHANSKI(center) talks to students as he waited for the First-Year Senator election results on Monday night. He will start his term as a senator tonight at 9 p.m. in the Drake Room in Upper Olmsted.

How students feel during the Mid-term Slump*

ROTC earns a sixth-place rank at Ranger Challenge

Motivated Hungry Paralyzed about the amount of work that needs to get done *not an official chart or graph of any sort; it’s just for laughs.

Mid-semester got you stressed out? How to handle it on Page 2 FILE PHOTO

by Lillian Schrock

Staff Writer

The Ranger Challenge is an annual competition in which Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets compete regionally in various physical and military challenges. “The challenge is designed to see how far you can go with as little sleep and food as possible,” junior cadet Matthew Jones said. This year’s regional challenge took place on Oct. 8 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Drake’s ROTC team placed sixth out of 17 teams at the competition. “That is a really good place for a private university,” senior Lt. Patrick Hendrickson said. “To beat teams from large schools, like Kansas State and Iowa State, that’s amazing.” On the day of the challenge, Drake’s ROTC team woke at 5 a.m. to complete a timed physical training test. This included sit-ups and pushups, and it was completed in full uniform. Without a break, the team arranged itself for a timed 10-kilometer ruck run, in which cadets run in formation, each with a 30 pound ruck sack on his back, a helmet and a weapon. The team received a short break before being sent into the woods to find 19 land navigation points, each

about a mile away from another. The team was armed with only a map and a protractor. Six of the land navigation points included events the team had to complete. “It was the most mentally and physically exerting day I’ve gone through,” first-year cadet Sydney Namanny said. “But you just can’t stop.” The first event was a one-rope bridge, where the team had to cross a stream of water using a rope while being timed. Another event was called sensitive site exploitation. During this event, the team studied an abandoned car and was required to remember details about the car and the objects inside it. Then the team was quizzed on the details of the site and required to speculate about the nature of the person who owns the vehicle. The third event navigation point was a hand grenade assault course. The team used dummy grenades and had to run in and out of cover. Another event required team members to disassemble and assemble a M16 rifle while being timed. The fifth event was called the crucible and was also timed. It required team members to transport certain equipment to another area, ranging from a light ruck sack to a large tire. The final event the team completed was a scored rifle marksmanship


competition. After completing all six navigation event points, the team rushed to find the other 13 navigation points. By this time, it was walking in the woods in the dark. The team returned at 10 p.m., with several teams still searching into the early morning hours of the next day. Namanny stressed the amount of teamwork these events involved. “Everyone has their own struggles they’re dealing with,” she said. “It took a lot of teamwork to complete the events.” During this time, graduate cadet and team captain Curtis Nielsen led the squad. He was responsible for the equipment and the welfare of his fellow cadets. The team captain is traditionally a senior, but his team members praised him for doing a great job with less training than most captains have. “It was the toughest day I’ve ever had, but I’ll do it again,” Nielsen said. Drake’s ROTC team was composed of nine cadets, with each cadet receiving a ready-to-eat meal, the only food each had during the day. By the end of the day, the cadets had blisters, were hungry and dehydrated and were exhausted. “We’ve talked to people in the mil-


Residence halls take a trip back in time

TAYLOR SOULE | staff photographer

GOODWIN-KIRK residents sing karaoke as part of the hall’s ‘90s night. by Kylie Rush

Staff Writer

Students at Drake University may have noticed that residence halls have been putting on decade-themed programs this week. This is all a part of Residence Hall Association Week, and the theme this year is “Drake Through the Ages.” “RHA Week has been a Drake

tradition for some time now,” said sophomore Sumit Sen, vice president of RHA and chair of the programming board. “I don’t really know why or how it started, but I am glad that it did. The purpose of this week is to increase RHA’s presence on campus and show the campus that we can put forth some excellent programs






Security reports are back with a vengeance

Find out ways to succeed this week with the Top 8

Members of Theta Chi participate in the Polar Plunge

Mens tennis gears up for the spring season







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More education equals a more engaged population that can afford to care about issues other than week-to-week survival.


dence life staff was called to look after her.

A LITTLE BIT OUT OF PLACE 9:25 a.m. Nov. 7 A non-Drake affiliated female came into the security office and started yelling at the on-duty dispatcher. She appeared to have some mental issues. Police were called, and the female was advised of trespass on the Drake campus.

10:40 a.m. Nov. 3 A male Drake student reported to security that someone stole his bike from his off-campus house at 34th and Forest sometime between 10 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 1 a.m. on Nov 2. 7:51 a.m. Nov. 4 A female Drake student reported that she found her sun-roof window broke out of her vehicle that was parked in the Drake parking lot located in the 1300 block of 31st Street. 11:25 a.m. Nov. 4 A Drake student report to security that someone stole her bike from the Ross Residence Hall bike rack.

10:55 a.m. Nov. 1 A security officer on patrol observed a vehicle accident at 31st and Forest. The drivers, both Drake students, were not injured. The damage to both vehicles was minor. The two drivers exchanged names and insurance information. 11:35 p.m. Nov.2 Security responded to 24th and University on a report that a male was assaulted. Security arrived and found a non-Drake affiliated male had sustained several blows to the face by two young males. The suspects took off running. Security checked the area for the suspects but could not locate them. Police and Des Moines Fire Medics

were called. The victim was treated at the scene for his injuries. Police filed a report for assault. The victim does not know why the kids hit him. 1:48 a.m. Nov. 3 Security observed a female and a male having an argument outside Morehouse Residence Hall. Both students went inside Morehouse. Security spoke to the male student. He stated the underage-for-drinking female friend called him for help because she was at McDonald’s and had drunk too much alcohol that night. The male arrived and found the female passed out in the restroom. He walked her back to Morehouse. The female was escorted to her room, and Resi-


11:44 a.m. Nov. 4 A Drake student reported to security that someone stole his laptop computer from his unlocked Ross Residence Hall dorm room. 7 p.m. Nov. 4 A Drake student reported to security that someone stole her MacBook Pro computer from Jewett Residence Hall. A police report was filed. 1:11 a.m. Nov. 5 Security and police responded to Stalnaker Residence Hall on a report of an underage-fordrinking male Drake student that was passed

out and unresponsive. Fire medics were also called. The male had been drinking at a local bar. He was transported to a local hospital by Fire medics. Residence Life was advised. 1: 57 a.m. Nov. 5 Security on patrol observed an underage-fordrinking female Drake student sitting on a bench near Olmsted. She was not able to walk and was vomiting. Fire medics were called, and the student was transported to a local hospital. Residence Life was advised. 4:37 p.m. Nov. 5 A Drake student reported that her credit card and debit card were stolen out of her Morehouse Residence Hall dorm room. A police report was filed. 6:39 p.m. Nov. 5 Security on patrol observed a vehicle parked in the intramurals fields located in the 1600 block of 30th Street. Security approached the vehicle and could smell marijuana. The three female Drake students inside the vehicle stated they had been smoking marijuana, and a small amount was found in the glove box. Police were called and confiscated the marijuana. The dean of students’ office was advised.

Productivity break down Students talk procrastination, stresses of classes by Kelsey Johnson

Staff Writer

Now that the novelty of Fall Break has begun to wear off, and the unattainable illusion of Thanksgiving still lingers behind massive term papers and daunting exams, some students have begun to falter under exhaustion. “It is a bit more difficult to be as productive as I was at the beginning of the semester because the excitement of having new classes has worn off,” said Haley Bosco, a senior English and secondary education double major. “The work load also naturally increases at this point, and somehow my motivation decreases when that happens. I like to use being a senior as an excuse to take the ‘B’ and go do something fun instead. I will see how that turns out for me come gradua-

FROM RHA, PAGE 2 for our residents. “The programming board is in charge of setting the theme for RHA week and coordinating themerelated programs in their respective residence halls,” Sen said. “It also includes coordinating the timings of each event so that none conflict with another.” Sen and the programming board designated a decade to each residence hall, starting from the year Drake was founded. On Monday, Morehouse and Herriott Halls started off the festivities with a 1910 Spanish Revolution Fiesta and a 1950s Sock Hop, respectively. Goodwin Kirk (‘90s), Crawford (‘60s) and Stalnaker (2000s) hosted programs yesterday and Tuesday ranging from karaoke, tie-dye and a Drake-themed reality show. Sophomore Emily Gadient, publicity co-chair of RHA, has been helping to make sure the word gets out about these programs. “I’m in charge of publicity for RHA events as well as helping out the publicity chairs from each hall’s (executive council) to make sure they have the resources to publicize for their hall’s events,” Gadient said.

tion.” However, not only have seniors been noticing a drop in their productivity levels over the past weeks. Ashton Weis, a junior English and magazine journalism double major, has also found that completing assignments has been more strenuous that usual, “I feel like I’m suffering from senioritis and I’m not even a senior,” Weis said. “I just can’t bring myself to do anything productive lately. Every time I start doing something, I end up getting distracted.” Though many students blame their lack of motivation on anything from constant due dates to changing seasons to football season, it might just be that the midpoint of the semester is simply harder than the beginning. “I do feel like school has been more challenging lately,” said Lisa Tupy, a sophomore biology major.

“I think as the semester goes on, my work load becomes progressively harder, and I also become more and more burnt out on school work. I think it’s a combination of everything that makes it so hard to be productive.” Despite the changing seasons, and the seemingly endless stretch of time between breaks, some students still manage to keep themselves from falling to the mid-semester slump. Jennifer Konrad, a first-year actuarial science major, has actually seen her productivity levels increase as the semester progresses. “I feel like it’s easier for me to get work done than earlier in the semester,” Konrad said. “I think it’s because I have a routine now. I’m not as preoccupied with everything being new. Plus, people have begun to realize that doing homework is a necessity, so now that everyone is busy with school work, I can actually find a quiet place

“For RHA Week, we have been helping the publicity chairs with their publicity as well as creating and hanging up RHA posters about the entire week’s events.” Tonight, a 1940s War Game Night will be going on in Jewett, and a 1920s Prohibition Bar will follow in Carpenter. Ross Hall will put the cap on RHA week tomorrow with a 1980s Thrift Store Prom. Sophomore Udit Parikh, president of Ross Hall, has been putting in a lot of work to make this program a success. “There are many members on the executive council, and they were each assigned something to do,” Parikh said. “Some people will be getting decorations, and some people will help set up. Also, food will be taken care of by someone.” Gadient said she is excited for tomorrow’s event.

“The Thrift Store Prom is one of the only events I can actually attend, and it is going to be really cool because each hall is invited to wear clothes from their decade in Morehouse ballroom on Friday,” Gadient said. “My roommate and I love going shopping at the Goodwill (store), so that will make for an awesome Friday night.” So far, RHA Week’s events have been a success, and the RHA board hopes that success will continue. Parikh suspects that more people will attend than just the ones who have said they will attend on Facebook. “I hope the program will bring at least 50 people,” Parikh said. “We have been getting the word out, and there are posters on campus. We are trying to advertise as much as we can by telling people and encouraging them to attend.”

to get things done.” While some students take advantage of their classmates’ newfound tendencies to spend hours slaving away on term papers until the wee hours of the morning, others still manage to find ways to bring levels of procrastination to new heights. “I have picked up this new thing where I go out and play racquetball at really weird times, like 9 p.m.,” said Samantha Baker, a sophomore English and magazine journalism double major. “I can always find a way to procrastinate doing homework. I particularly enjoy catching up on hours worth of television shows, sleeping or weaving my friends multi-colored friendship bracelets. It’s gotten to the point where I’ll do pretty much anything to avoid homework...let’s just say I’m counting down the days until Thanksgiving.”

RESIDENTS OF GOODWIN-KIRK dance and sing to tunes during the ‘90s Karaoke night. There are events all week featuring different decades on campus as part of Residence Hall Association Week.

FROM ROTC, PAGE 2 itary who say they have never gone through a day as hard as this in their whole career,” Nielsen said. Drake’s ROTC team trained for a month and a half prior to the competition. Training included physical training most weekday mornings at 6 a.m. In addition, ROTC cadets are required to take courses on military proficiency and a hands-on lab where cadets learn how to complete military missions. “When we were done, it was a really great feeling to know all the effort we put in had paid off,” Nielsen said. “We’re better people and better leaders for having gone through it.”


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Former employee sentenced to prison by Lauren Horsch

Managing/News Editor

Former Drake University Director of Student Accounts Robert Harlan was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday morning for embezzling over $600,000 from the university. Harlan, 49, was an employee at Drake for 20 years. He spent his last 10 years at the university as the director of student accounts. Many students remembered Harlan for the emails he sent to students alerting them their university bill was due. In April 2011, Harlan was charged with five counts of first-degree theft.

He pleaded guilty on Sept. 26 under a plea agreement to consolidate those five counts into one. First-degree theft is classified as a Class C felony, with each count carrying a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to 10 years in prison. According to The Des Moines Register, his embezzlement lasted about seven years and netted more than $621,000. Harlan said he spent most of the money on his family and various charities. The money he embezzled was deemed as petty cash through the university and no student accounts were compromised. Vice President of business and finance, Victoria Payseur delivered a statement at his sentencing about


how his fraud took away trust and integrity from the university. “It will take the Drake University community and its students a long time to recover from Harlan’s crime,” Payseur said according to a report in the Register. Harlan spoke briefly at his sentencing, according the Register. He asked for probation from the court. If he was granted probation, he said he “would not disappoint” the court. Harlan will soon be eligible for parole. For now, according to the Register, it appears that he will spend less than five years in prison. Employees of Drake’s Cashier’s Office first noticed the discrepancies in the financial records in March

2011. On March 28, university officials contacted the police to further the investigation into the matter. On April 14, Payseur sent out a campus-wide email stating the embezzlement had happened and an unnamed employee had been fired. Investigators then identified Harlan as a suspect, and he turned himself in to police April 21. The insurance company that covers Drake — Employers Mutual Casualty Co. — is seeking at least $616,000 from Harlan in this matter. Drake University officials were not available for comment at the time of publication.

Timeline of events March 28 — Police notified by Drake April 14 — Campus-wide email sent out

April 21 — Harlan turned himself in Sept. 26 — Pleaded guilty Nov. 8 — Sentenced to 10 years in prison



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Top 8: Ways to Succeed I know “succeed” is an umbrella term that carries a different meaning from person to person. “Succeed” to me means surpassing the goal (whether it is yours or another person’s) of accomplishment. Here are my top ways to succeed in everyday life.


Act professional. Don’t curse in public, treat those with more experience than you with respect, and carry yourself well. People will notice if you are a professional person. I have been offered more jobs based on my professionalism than on my experience.



Write in a blog or journal. I try to write in my blog at least once a day and keep track of my accomplishments, failures and anything that stands out for me that day. Going back through my blog, I see things that once worried me actually pan out, and I see how I grow from the events in my life.


Carry a planner. I don’t know how people are able to keep all their meetings, assignments, tests, work schedules, and organizational events without one. I love the feeling checking off tasks in my planner. It is then I know I am one step closer to a goal.


Set goals. I came to Drake with the goal of graduating with a 4.0. While I am still on that path, I don’t care about the actual grade anymore. I realized that by working hard in my classes, I not only do well, but I get more out of my classes. Set a difficult goal for yourself and see how your mindset changes about success.

Be polite. Everyone deserves your respect. There are no exceptions. Remember to say “please” and “thank you,” to hold the door open for others, and to bite your tongue in certain situations. Politeness will never go out of style, and people notice when you are polite.


Ask for help. Humility is a great trait to have. Know when you need the assistance of others to complete a task or when you don’t have all the answers for something. People appreciate when you turn to them for help because it means you are human and can’t do everything.


Care. Come on, you are only in college for four years of your life. It isn’t that much of a commitment to study hard and work harder. If you care about actually learning the material now, then you won’t have to relearn everything on the job later.


Pursue your passions. I love to edit writing and check for grammar. While I am not the best grammarian ever born, I enjoy it, so I make sure to edit whenever I have the chance. There is something about doing things you love that makes others notice you and want to see you succeed.


Swain is a junior marketing and writing double major and can be contacted at

Yes, professor – students complain but comply “Yes, Prof.” I played a few sports as a young child, and I always had the same frustration during practice. Why, when I had to run 12 miles, did my cross-country coach ride around in a golf cart and tell me how poor my running form was? “I know I look like a ‘constipated robot’ coach, but hey, at least I’m not sitting on a golf cart.” Why in soccer practice did my coach just stand there and tell me my throw-ins made me look like I was “in the retirement league”? Where were his throwins? Why did my tennis coach opt to correct my “demented backhand volleys”, and never touch a racquet herself? You want to shout sometimes, “You get out here and do it coach!” But then again, you don’t want to run killers for your negative attitude. So you keep practicing, and you take it. It seems to be the same with our Pro-

Sometimes Ijustwishour professorswould pickuparacquet, practice a throw-in or run 12miles.


Our Two Cents • We like looking at the Painted Street but we’ve learned to avoid it when it’s wet. That slippery street can be quite dangerous. • Perhaps the Side-Mirror Bandit has expanded his repertoire – we’ve noticed a lot of thefts on campus recently. • This weekend is NFC North match-up weekend and the TD couldn’t be more excited. We’re especially rooting for Da Bears.


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fessors. Sometimes I just wish our Professors would pick up a racquet, practice a throw-in or run twelve miles. OSHA should practically mandate a warning for students’ on top of some of our syllabi. These Professors can be brutal. Combine all our syllabi, and this fulltime student thing doesn’t even give us a lunch break. Isn’t that against some labor law? You read, write, multiply and do IPE hours diligently, always saying “Yes Professor” because you don’t want them to make you do more academic killers. They train us to think critically, perceptively and analytically, and no matter how beautiful and eloquent we think that paper was, it always seems to come back with more red ink than black. And worse, our parents aren’t here anymore with sliced oranges at midterms.

I’ve taught swim lessons the past five Summers now, and I remember when I went through them myself. I remember being in American Red Cross Level 3 when 20 shallow bobs made me feel close to drowning. Wading water for more than a minute was pure torture. I cried after lessons to my Mom about that damn dolphin kick I couldn’t get down. Now as a swim lesson teacher, I understand my coaches and the professors better. First, I earned the right not to do dolphin kick anymore. I made it to teacherstatus, and now you can bet I’m only going to demonstrate that horrendous Dolphin Kick for a few seconds and make the young ones repeat it for an hour. Second, I got it down. If they listen to me, they can actually learn to swim. If they work hard, they can even swim with good form.

Third, the practice makes perfect. The more I make them do those activities they despise, the better they’ll become. So, when the Professor assigns yet another paper, another demonstration, or another reading, I first let out the collective groan with the rest of the class. Then all I can say is, “Yes Coach.”


Price is a junior broadcast major and can be contacted at

Letter to the Editor... I took serious offense to Ben Levine’s recent editorial concerning federal student aid. While I do not disagree that prices of tuition have risen, the answer is not to cut funding. Levine’s assertion that “anybody and everybody goes to college” is flat-out wrong. About half of my graduating class of 300 did not have the opportunity to attend posthigh school education. Considering that it is nearly impossible to find a supporting job without a college degree, cutting federal aid is not the answer at this time. This will simply push more young people into minimum wage jobs at

fast food restaurants and retail stores. The underlying reason behind many of our nation’s problems lies with lack of education. More education equals a more engaged population that can afford to care about issues other than week-to-week survival. There is no guarantee that cutting federal funding would result in lower tuition. And, even if it did, without aid, many students would either be unable to attend or be in even higher debt. I would encourage Levine to provide an alternative way for students to attend college before encouraging us

to condemn federal funding of post-secondary education. Furthermore, condemning certain majors as“un-fundable” because of a perceived lack of return is very short sighted and, quite frankly, appalling. What majors would Levine suggest we fund? Getting rid of funding for certain majors just because they don’t produce millions of dollars seems like a dangerous road to go down. -Courtney Howell Howell can be contacted at

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Open Forum: Religion and the Drake Atmosphere a discussion hosted by Diversity Interest Senators and facilitated by Ted Hatten. The forum will be held in the Medbury Honors lounge tonight from 8-9 p.m.

‘Freezin’for a reason’to support philanthropy

Theta Chi fraternity to participate in Polar Plunge for Special Olympics by Kensie Smith

Staff Writer

The cold pierces up through the toes, legs and entire body… splash. It could be called crazy, but the Gamma Tau chapter of the Theta Chi fraternity calls it support. The Theta Chi Polar Plunge will be the climax to the Theta Chi philanthropy week. Money raised is donated to Special Olympics Iowa. It is the second year that Theta Chi has paired with the nonprofit organization. Junior Theta Chi Alexander Noonan, one of the organizers for the week, said the inspiration for the event came out of starting a fall philanthropy event in 2010. “We were looking for a new organization to support for a fall philanthropy because we had only done spring in the past, and we looked at the Polar Plunge event ran by the Special Olympics Iowa and thought it would be a fun event that college students would love to support and participate in,” Noonan said. “And, we decided to try it out.” Big Creek Park will see men and women shedding their cold weather coats and boots for a chilly dip. Plungers will sprint across the beach into the lake while spectators stand around and watch. Professional divers will be on site to ensure safety. After the chill sets in, plungers will gladly jump in to the heated changing stations. Participants can register this Saturday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. for $60. The plunge happens at 11 a.m. and a party including food and prizes will follow. Team costumes are optional but encouraged. Those too “chicken” to plunge can register as a chicken and raise pledges, receive a long sleeve T-shirt and watch the plunge from the shoreline.

For Theta Chi, the results from last year meant enough donations for eight members to participate in the Polar Plunge. “They came back with only great stories to share with the rest of the house,” Noonan said. “It was only natural that we supported them again this year.” Unlike many philanthropy weeks, the goal for the week is not a flat monetary amount. “We are attempting to get as many other (Greek) houses to join in at the event itself,” Noonan said. “The minimum goal is to have at least four to five members from each other house plunging.” Senior Trevor Funk, Theta Chi president, said that he would like the chapter to raise around $2,000, but said that the philanthropy is still in its infancy. “This year, we put a lot more structure into the event, and it’s turning into something really unique,” Funk said. Funk also said that the fraternity is looking to increase its relationship with Special Olympics Iowa. The non-profit organization allows close to 11,000 athletes across the state to participate in 23 different sports annually. This week also featured an intense dodgeball tournament for $30 per team and a spaghetti dinner for just $3 per person. Fraternity members were auctioned off on Pomerantz Stage on Tuesday, as other sororities and fraternities “bought” them. Philanthropy weeks are opportunities for both Greek members and non-members alike to support specific causes. Fraternities and sororities have a chance to “win” the philanthropy events by earning points through donations and participation.


“It’s just a really fun event for a good cause,” Funk said. “You can’t go wrong with that.”

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Love, jealously, secrets and catchy songs. These things all have one thing in common; they are a part of the Drake Theatre Arts Department’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music.” The show opens tonight at 8 p.m. Although she previously directed shows around the Des Moines area, this marks Dr. Deena J. Conley’s directorial debut at Drake. “The show’s about romance, and this is lovely at a time when there’s so many vicious plays,” said Conley, chair of the Drake Theatre Arts Department. Set in Sweden during the early 1900s, the show follows the romantic entanglements of several couples. The principal plot line follows Fredrick Egerman, played by sophomore Hayden Kraus. While trying to be content with his new, young wife, Egerman finds himself caught up with an old love as well. “To prepare for this role, I had to think of a teenager in an adult man’s body,” Kraus said. “He is trapped in the life he wants rather than the life he has.” Sophomore Katie Hahn also found she was a playing a character completely opposite of herself. Hahn plays the role of Egerman’s young, naïve wife, Anne. “Honestly, I think if I met her, I would not be friends with her because of how annoyingly green she is,” Hahn said. “I took some of the most annoying qualities that I have observed in people and amplified them.” Getting into character was not the

most challenging thing this cast faced. Part of the reason Conley wanted to do this musical was because it would be vocally challenging. “These are not easy tunes to sing,” Conley said. “Catchy, but not easy.” Since September, the cast and crew have been working to ensure audiences will enjoy the musical as much as they enjoyed putting it together. Rehearsals run Monday through Friday from 6-10 p.m., along with a few weekend rehearsals where cast and crew worked from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. “The reality is, it takes a lot to do what we do,” Conley said. However, the cast did not sit around complaining about the time commitment. “This is what I plan to do after I get out of school,” Kraus said. “So I enjoy every minute it.” The crew’s dedication will hopefully pay off during performances. But the message of “A Little Night Music” is what the cast wants the audience to focus on and relate to. “The show’s about accepting the fact that we all may be adults on the outside, but on the inside there is always a younger version of ourselves really analyzing what we want out of life,” Kraus said. If the audience does not walk away with that message, then the spectators will at least walk away with a few laughs. “The jokes fit the time period but still appeal to universal humor,” Hahn said. “They are witting and at times a bit raunchy.” The show runs today through Saturday at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Su


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“A Little Night Music” debuts on stage at Drake University

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Upcoming Shows... Nov. 10-12 at 8 p.m.

and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Harmon Fine Arts Center Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students with a Drake ID


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Thrift Store Prom, a twist on the original dance by Catherine Moede

Staff Writer

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Prom. The word itself incites memories of fancy dresses, suits, limousines and wild after parties. In recent years, however, prom has become a popular party theme for fundraisers, charities and parties for those who missed their high school proms. In celebration of Residence Hall Association week, Ross Residence Hall will sponsor a Thrift Store Prom open to all Drake students and free of cost. Sophomore Kylie Rush, Ross communications coordinator, suggested the idea to RHA at the beginning of the year after hearing about a similar event held at South Dakota State University. “A ton of my friends back home go to SDSU, and they held a Thrift Store Prom last year,” Rush said. “After seeing all the photos on Facebook and hearing about what an amazing time they had, I knew that I had to make it my mission to have one here at Drake before I graduated.”

The Thrift Store Prom will be held in the Morehouse ballroom tomorrow from 7-11:30 p.m. and includes a DJ, a crowning of a king and queen and free food. With the theme “Drake Through the Ages,” students are encouraged to dig through the decades and wear a creative outfit. “Who can say ‘no’ to a chance to actually wear out a leisure suit or an ‘80s prom dress with puffy sleeves?” said sophomore Kelsey Johnson, a member of the Ross Executive Council. There are many thrift stores around Des Moines that students can visit to find attire for this dance including the Disabled American Veterans, Goodwill, Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul. Each of these thrift shops is relatively close to campus. Although this event is only being sponsored by one residence hall, the event has already raised a lot of interest among the student body. Different residence halls and organizations at Drake have hosted dances in the past; however, the Thrift Store Prom gives a twist to the traditional dance by encouraging attendees to get their attire from local thrift stores.

“I’ve heard a lot of buzz about the Thrift Store Prom from my residents,” said junior Crawford RA Jessica Mattes. “Prom was not too long ago for most of the first-years, and it will be fun for them to recreate the memories with their new college friends.” Although this prom will have many elements of a high school prom, there will be some obvious differences. While a traditional prom is black-tie formal, this prom will incorporate a wide array of ensembles from throughout the decades all bought at thrift stores. “A friend of mine found a really awesome dress at St. Vincent de Paul,” Johnson said. “Thrift stores are just beginning to bring out the gems.” Another difference between the Thrift Store Prom and a traditional prom is that students do not need to find a date. It is encouraged to come with friends and branch out to meet new people. “Our high school proms were all about having a date,” Rush said. “You were kind of expected to dance with them all night, but the Thrift Store Prom won’t be like that. We encourage students to come with their friends and just cut loose.”

Other than Goodwill... When one thinks of shopping at a thrift store, Goodwill tends to be the first location to come to mind. There are actually several other options for thrift shopping in Des Moines: DAV Thrift Store 2627 E. University 515-262-3850

Not New Shop 705 E. University Ave. 515-266-7610

Bargain Basket 520 East 6th St. 515-246-8545 Lauren Ehrler bought this formal dress at Goodwill for a mere $5 photo illustration by NICOLE DYAR and ELIZABETH ROBINSON

Dorthea’s Closet Vintage 1733 Grand Ave. 515-288-9982

Salvation Army Thrift Store 133 E. 2nd St. 515-243-4277

Hardcore punk group expresses opinion through song Agnostic Front to perform at Vaudeville Mews by Annelise Tarnowski

Staff Writer

courtesy of BRIAN ROCHA

Agnostic Front, a hardcore punk band from New York City, will be in Des Moines performing at Vaudeville Mews tomorrow night. This band defined the hardcore music scene in NYC when it began in 1983 and is still widely respected as a musical group today. Punk music first emerged in the 1970s in the United Kingdom and then in the United States. “(It emerged in a) context in which there were growing economic problems at home,” said Martin Roth, assistant professor of philosophy who teaches the first-year seminar, “The Meaning of Punk.” “In the UK in the 70s, there was, literally, piles of garbage all over the place because the garbage collectors were on strike,” Roth added. Punk was a response to a culture filled with music that didn’t speak to the younger generation’s experience. Upon gaining popularity, it changed the way that this rising generation made music, and the way the generation dressed. Agnostic Front began touring for their album “Victim in Pain” in 1984 and has been together ever since, with the exception of a four-year break in the early ‘90s when, as Roth explained,

“a lot of the hardcore scene disappeared.” “It’s like (members) Vinnie (Stigma) and Roger (Miret) always say,” bass guitarist Mike Gallo said about the band’s long tenure. “It’s like a bad marriage; they’re doing it for the kids.” Another reason that Agnostic Front has been together for so long is because they truly love the music they make. “The energy at a hardcore show is unlike any other show you go to see,” Gallo said. “You can go see any other bands, and they put on light shows and all sorts of stuff like that. With us, it’s just raw energy, you know?” The stereotype for punk music is that it is made up of angry people complaining over thrashing guitars. This description couldn’t be more false. Historically, punk began as a way for people to express their opinions and stand by them no matter what while they actively engage the audience. It was a way for people to stand up for their own beliefs. Bands today stick to the same principles. “A theme that comes up a lot is this concept of DIY, which means ‘do it yourself,’” Roth said. Agnostic Front has taken the idea of DIY into its own hands. The lead singer, Miret, drives the group’s van from show to show. The band also evades big record labels, as stated at the end of the title song of its newest album, “My Life,

My Way.” “We stayed the course,” Gallo said. “Never fell off track or sold out for some bull---- industry.” It is important for punk bands like Agnostic Front to stay in touch with its fan bases across the country because with so many stops on tour, it gets expensive to stay in hotels every night. Instead, the band members drive vans across the country and stay with the people they’ve gotten to know through the years as a band. They can do this by remaining on smaller record labels and remaining semi-underground. “Bands like Agnostic Front that have been touring for a long time, when they come to town, they’re in smaller venues,” Roth said. “The fans have access to them. They talk to them before, after, during the performance. They (the band) want to be accessible, and they want to keep the control within the community.” Agnostic Front undoubtedly keeps the control within the community. “The best thing about the shows is the crowd participation,” Gallo said. “They are just as much a part of the show as we are.” The third leg of Agnostic Front’s “My Life, My Way” tour starts tomorrow night at 5 p.m. Other acts performing are Naysayer and The Mongoloids. Tickets are on sale for $12.

Drake sophomore musician donates original music by Claire Woit

Staff Writer

In a time of economic hardship, young people are finding many ways to donate to various causes. Aaron Ehrlich, a Drake University sophomore, seized an opportunity to make an unconventional donation to Anawim Housing, a non-profit organization near the school’s campus. Music major Ehrlich came to Drake from Ankeny, Iowa on a scholarship for his clarinet skills and is a member of the school’s wind

symphony, Drake Jazz I group and the campus ministry organization. Talented at piano, guitar, clarinet, saxophone and keyboard, Ehrlich donated an original piece of his music which Anawim incorporated into several video tours of its properties. “I saw it as an opportunity to make some new music and share my gifts,” Ehrlich said. Celebrating its 25th year in 2012, Anawim Housing’s mission is to develop stable homes and strengthen communities. The organization places eligible families in refurbished housing units

throughout the Des Moines area, works with contractors to build new townhomes and apartments for tenants and offers property management services to other organizations. Because many people are suffering due to economic conditions, Anawim is working hard to ensure that members of the Des Moines community have safe and affordable places to go home to. With the help of donors and volunteers from all over the country, Anawim is able to create homes for over 1,200 people. This isn’t the first time Anawim has been affiliated with Drake University.

Last spring, students majoring in public relations presented the organization with public relations campaigns researched and designed throughout the school year. Anawim hopes to continue relationships with the university. “Volunteering is such an important aspect of the college experience because it not only makes you feel good, but it helps you find out what you like and what you’re good at,” said Ehrlich. Because only 21 percent of Anawim’s revenue comes from donations, the organization is happy to work with volunteers of any age or skill level. People with skills

in general landscaping, office duties and marketing services always are welcome. Language translators are particularly needed, as the organization has tenants from five continents with more people with international backgrounds always applying. Ehrlich volunteers for several other organizations throughout Des Moines and plans on helping Anawim in the future. “It feels really go to know I have found a unique way to support this cause that gives so much to the community,” Ehrlich said.

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senior running back Patrick Cashmore came up big for the Bulldogs STAT OF Fifth-year when they needed him most. With Drake’s PFL title aspirations on the line, delivered career-highs in carries (35), rushing yards (160) and tied his THE WEEK Cashmore career-high with two rushing touchdowns. The Bulldogs won 31-24.



Drake one win away from PFL championship by Ashton Weis

Staff Writer

There’s 1:22 left in the fourth quarter, and the Drake Bulldogs are up by one point against the Dayton Flyers. The score is 25-24. The Bulldog defense manages to stop the Flyer offense for one minute and 21 seconds. With one second left, Dayton quarterback Steve Valentino finds an open wide receiver in the end zone and deals Drake a 31-25 loss. This was the culmination of the last meeting between the Bulldogs and the Flyers on Nov. 6, 2010. Both are original members of the Pioneer Football League. Needless to say, both of these teams will be bringing some animosity to the field this Saturday at 1 p.m., especially since the Bulldogs are gunning for a piece of the PFL championship in their last regular season game for the 2011 season. These teams have played each other 27 times since 1952, with Dayton leading the series 23-4. “They beat us on the last play, and we all remember that play very distinctly, and we have some bitter feelings,” fifth-year senior running back Pat Cashmore said. “We don’t hate them. We respect them, but it’s a rivalry, and hopefully we can come out on top.” Cashmore was named PFL CoOffensive Player of the Week for Drake’s 31-24 win over Jacksonville

last Saturday. Cashmore scored two touchdowns and had 35 carries for 160 yards. He never lost a single yard on a rush. Cashmore said all of his success was due to the entire team. “It’s a great honor, but it’s not an individual effort, it’s completely the team,” he said. “I just want to thank my whole offense, from receivers to quarterback to linemen; it’s really their award, it’s not mine. They deserve all the credit.” Cashmore isn’t the only Bulldog being recognized for excellent play. Fifth-year senior kicker/punter Billy Janssen was named National Punter of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and recognized as a National All-Star by College Sporting News. He was also recognized as the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week after the Jacksonville game. “It’s great, it’s definitely different than last year,” Janssen said. “I’m just more relaxed, and now that I’m relaxed, I’m able to go out there and do what I know I can do. It’s just nice to be able to translate what I know I can do to game time.” Janssen said he knows that this game is going to be a battle between the Bulldogs and the Flyers on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, and special teams will have to pick up the slack. “Special teams is going to be huge,” Janssen said. “Controlling the

field-position battle and getting them in bad positions on offense, and then getting returns out so that our offense can be more effective is going to be huge because they’re great on offense.” Head coach Chris Creighton agrees with Janssen’s assessment. “I think that it’ll come down to

a battle of special teams and turnovers,” Creighton said. “When you have a big game, it’s usually pretty basic. We have to block on offense, and we’ve got to tackle on defense. You can get real creative with schemes and all that, but you know there’s going to be a missed tackle on Saturday. And we hope that it’s them and not us.”

If the Bulldogs win this week at Drake Stadium, they earn at least a share of the PFL title for the first time in Creighton’s tenure and for the first time since they won in 2004. “You couldn’t paint a better picture, to be playing Dayton at home for a championship,” he said. “It’s potentially storybook.”

courtesy of MARK McDONALD THE DRAKE OFFENSE awaits the snap in its match against Jacksonville on Saturday. The Bulldogs improved the team’s record to 6-1 in the Pioneer Football League. With a win over Dayton, the Bulldogs would claim at least a PFL title share.



Bulldogs hope to repeat MVC title run from ‘10

upset bid, wins 71-67

Spring season expectations remain high Drake avoids Quincy’s by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

Last spring, the Drake men’s tennis team dominated the Missouri Valley Conference en route to a berth in the NCAA tournament. Despite falling to No. 17 Illinois, the Bulldogs ended their season ranked No. 62 in the nation. With Mauricio Ballivian as the only senior on last season’s team, head coach Evan Austin had high goals for his squad for this fall’s difficult schedule, which threw Drake right into the middle of strong competition. “Most of the events we played were extremely high level events,” Austin said. “I’m hoping that experience is going to help us heading into the spring season.” The Bulldogs started their fall season at the Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. Although no Drake player took home a singles crown, the doubles pairing of junior co-captains James McKie and Jean Erasmus won four consecutive matches to take the top flight doubles championship. The next tournament saw the remaining Bulldogs take the court at the Drake Invitational at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Junior Anis Ghorbel started to draw attention, as the co-captain steamrolled through the top singles draw without dropping a set to take the ‘A’ flight singles championship. He also paired up with freshman Alen Salibasic to take the ‘A’ flight doubles championship. This was just the beginning of Salibasic’s fall success. The schedule began to really heat up with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Pre-Qualifying tournament. With only Ghorbel earning a bid into the qualifying tournament, McKie, Erasmus and Salibasic had to compete in the pre-qualifying draw to move on. With some of the top teams from throughout the nation in attendance, multiple Bulldogs stepped up and posted impressive wins. McKie beat Jarryd Chaplin of the Tennessee Volunteers while Salibasic took out Dominique Maden of Clemson and Jackson Withrow of Texas A&M. Each opponent boasted strong junior tennis and college results, but the most impressive win for the Bosnian native was his victory over Withrow, who was the ninth-best junior recruit in the U.S., according to the Tennis Recruiting Network. Austin’s squad ended the fall season at the ITA Central Regional tournament, where the Bulldogs competed against the region’s best players for a spot in the ITA National Indoors Tournament. “I think it is hard to pick one specific result other than (Anis) Ghorbel’s

finals run at the ITA Central Regional as the highlight of the fall,” Austin said. Ghorbel stormed through the singles draw as he took out No. 51 Clifford Marsland of Tulsa and No. 31 Christopher Aumueller of Nebraska to reach the final. Ghorbel is one of only three Bulldogs to reach the final of the ITA Central Regional tournament. Dalibor Pavic reached the finals in 2007 and Robert Novotny captured the 1994 title. Austin said he believes that Ghorbel’s improvement in conditioning is one of the main reasons he captured such stunning results this fall. “I think the biggest thing for Anis (Ghorbel) is his conditioning,” he said. “He’s an extremely good competitor and strikes the ball about as well as anyone in college tennis, so it’s just continuing to improve his fitness level and movement that is going to be the difference for him.” Ghorbel wasn’t the only Drake player to end on a strong note at the ITA Central Regional, as Erasmus refocused himself after losing his first round match to take the consolation title. The Bulldogs now have until January to train for the spring season, and Austin said he is optimistic about the team this year. “I’m really excited about the depth of our team this year,” Austin

said. “We have a number of guys who are playing at a level where they should be able to contribute for us at any given time, so it’s just going to be up to those guys to step up and perform when they get their shots.” The spring season will kick off in Boston for the Bulldogs, as they travel to Harvard University to go up against the Crimson as well as DePaul and Denver. “In January, we have a big weekend in Boston against three very tough teams, and if we can get off to a good start there, I think it will be the start of a great year,” McKie said. The team’s goal is to break into the top 30 teams in the nation this year, so Drake will have to continue to become a tougher and more disciplined team if it wishes to compete with the larger power conference schools. “With the schedule we are going to be playing, we need to be able to compete at our best every time out on the court and not just to have a great match here and there,” Austin said. Entering the fall, the Bulldogs wanted to send a message to the rest of the NCAA that they are a team to be reckoned with, and that goal will continue to the spring. “I know that many teams who hear our goal of being top 30 will write us off,” McKie said. “But we all really believe we can get there.”

TAYLOR SOULE | staff photographer JUNIOR ANIS GHORBEL asks for a ball at the Drake Fall Invitational. Expectations are high in the spring season for Ghorbel after Central Regional


by Eduardo Zamarripa

Sports Editor

Led by senior Rachael Hackbarth, the Bulldogs avoided Quincy’s upset bid to come away with the victory 7167 in their last of two exhibition matches to start the season. With 5:50 left to play, Drake trailed Quincy 58-53. Hackbarth took over from there, scoring 14 points in a deciding 18-9 run to close out the game. “What I’m most proud of today (Sunday) is that we got ourselves in a situation where we weren’t executing things on either end of the court, but we still found a way to win,” head coach Amy Stephens said. “I thought our team showed a lot of character, toughness, dug themselves out of a hole and found a way to win.” Despite Hackbarth finishing with 29 points and 16 rebounds, Stephens said she believes Hackbarth could have had an even bigger night. “Well, I think Rachael (Hackbarth) will be the first one to tell you today that she was not happy with her performance,” Stephens said. “She missed some shots. I feel like Rachael could have had 40 tonight. Defensively, she can play much better. I think Rachael struggled a little bit. People will look at the points and say ‘what is Coach Stephens talking about?’ But Rachael down the stretch was phenomenal for us. She did what you would expect from a senior with her experience to play like.” Drake controlled the game in the first half, holding the Lady Hawks to 22 points on 29 percent shooting. However, Quincy hung around thanks to the terrific play of Ali Schwagmeyer and the team’s shooting from outside. The Bulldogs struggled all night defending the 3-point line, allowing Quincy to shoot 8-of-22 from long range. “When we play teams that have 3-point shooters, our help side has to be

there in case someone does drive, but it has to be early help,” Hackbarth said. “If someone does drive, we got to get back out.” As the Lady Hawks began getting comfortable with their offense and began spreading the ball around in the second half, Drake resorted to its fullcourt pressure to break the rhythm of the Quincy offense. “I think that we just wanted to get in their heads more because they were dribble-driving and kicking it out for open threes,” Hackbarth said. “Wear them down more with our full-court man (defense).” Stephens went with an upperclassmen-led lineup to close the game down the stretch and relied on Hackbarth pounding the paint to grind out the victory. “We wanted to go inside, get high percentage shots, get the ball in Rachael’s hands,” Stephens said. “I thought we executed a little better in those last five minutes than we did in the first 35 minutes.” Junior Kayla Person also had a solid performance, finishing with nine points and three rebounds. Redshirt junior Brittnye McSparron contributed nine points to go along with four rebounds. McSparron said she believes the Bulldogs need to work on their consistency heading into their first regularseason game. “We have moments where we play really well, so we are going to work on being consistent, having our defense spark our offense,” McSparron said. The Bulldogs will travel to take on Illinois-Chicago on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. This will be the first regular-season game for the Bulldogs. Drake will have to be ready to handle the Flames’ athleticism. “They’re very athletic, and they’re going to pressure us out of building,” Stephens said. “We have to be able to handle that pressure.”

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Paterno is still the greatest college coach we will ever see I’m sure you’ve heard about the Penn State University scandal by now, about what a sick man did and what university officials and a certain coach failed to do. The story has broken out in every possible medium. Penn State alumni have burned their diplomas. People have lost their jobs, and others are being asked to resign. Before getting ahead of ourselves and asking that we chop the head of every Penn State employee, it’s important to drown out the noise and explain rationally what exactly went down in that locker room and what exactly were the responsibilities of those involved. In March of 2002, Jerry Sandusky, who was the Penn State defensive coordinator for 22 seasons but had retired in 1999, was seen in the locker room shower facility, by then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary, having sexual intercourse with a 10-year old boy. McQueary then told head coach Joe Paterno that he had seen something “inappropriate” involving Sandusky in the team’s showers. Paterno met with Athletic Director Tim Curley the next day and told him what McQueary had told him. Curley and Gary Schultz, Penn State’s senior vice president for finance and business, then prohibited Sandusky from bringing children any-

where near the football facilities. This decision was then approved by Penn State President Graham Spanier. The questions are endless. How much did these individuals know about what was going on? Why did they protect Sandusky? Why didn’t they contact the authorities? Sandusky has been charged with 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys, and at least 20 of those incidents occurred when he was still employed at Penn State. Schultz and Curley are facing charges of perjury and of failing to report a suspected child abuse. Paterno is not facing any charges because he completed his legal obligation and nothing more. That’s why we’re here discussing Paterno’s coaching fate and moral compass. Why didn’t the most influential man in Penn State history go further? Why didn’t he call the police? Paterno conformed with fulfilling his legal obligation and not his moral obligation. It must be said that there is still a debate as to what McQueary told the legendary head coach. Paterno claims that McQueary did not divulge the details and concerns about the situation like he did with the grand jury investigation. At worst, Paterno protected his employers and his long-time trusted coordinator, which caused a disgust-

Bulldog Awards


WOMEN’S SOCCER Junior midfielder Laura Moklestad was named to the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament Team this past Sunday. The announcement came after Illinois State defeated Missouri State 5-0 on Sunday to claim the State Farm MVC Championship title. Moklestad had two shots for the Bulldogs in their 1-0 loss against Evansville in the quarterfinals back on Oct. 30. The Bulldogs finished the season with a record of 4-11-4. FOOTBALL Fifth-year senior running back Patrick Cashmore and fifth-year senior kicker/punter Billy Janssen earned recognitions by the Pioneer Football League for their play in Drake’s 31-24 win over Jacksonville last Saturday. Cashmore was named CoOffensive Player of the Week after he registered career highs in rushing attempts and yards and tied his career-high for touchdowns. Cashmore finished with 160 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries. It’s the first time that Cashmore has earned the award in his career. Janssen was named Special Teams Player of the Week after he averaged 48.7 yards on six punts, including a booming 83-yard punt that registered as the second longest punt of the season in the Football Championship Subdivision and the third longest in Drake history. Janssen also hit his lone field goal attempt, a 43-yarder, and converted all four of his extra point attempts. It was the second time that Janssen earned the distinction. On Monday, Janssen was also named National Punter of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and recognized as a National AllStar by College Sporting News. Janssen has been recognized by the CFPA on four occasions this year and has twice been recognized as the Punting Performer of the Week. Fifth-year senior cornerback Michael Lahart also earned an honorable mention as a top performer at his position from the CFPA. Lahart registered two interceptions and four solo tackles against Jacksonville. compiled by Eduardo Zamarripa

ing man to roam free for eight extra years. At best, Paterno really did not know what was going on with Sandusky and thought he had done enough by reporting the incident to his boss. On Wednesday morning, Paterno released a statement that said he will step down from his coaching position at the end of the season. “This is a tragedy,” Paterno said in the statement. “It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.” For 46 seasons as a head coach, “Joe Pa” has been the greatest college coach we have ever seen. He has two national championships, three Big Ten titles, five undefeated seasons and 409 wins (Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993). We don’t have to sit here and talk about how terrific of a coach Paterno is, or how much he has done to uphold the always inconsistent values of a student-athlete in college. Paterno has preached football as much as he has preached education in his time at Penn State. But after this scandal, his reputation will never be the same. I can’t tell you if Paterno should or should not have been fired, or if he should step down immediately or at the end of the season. But what I can say is that making Paterno go away is not going to stop the bigger

issue at hand here. We’ve been sitting here vilifying Joe Pa and every Penn State official that failed to report this to the authorities, and we have drifted the attention away from the real monster: Sandusky. Maybe having Spanier or Paterno step down will send a message. However, in reality, Penn State screwed up and it will never be able to clean up this mess, no matter who gets fired. What these men failed to do should not be taken lightly; there has to be consequences. But I ask that we do not lose focus of what Sandusky did and of what we need to do to solve the larger issue of child sexual assaults. That being said, when I hear about Penn State alumni burning their diplomas and all that nonsense, I want to ask these people to please stop. Stop now, because the integrity of a great institution and a great athletic program can’t be defined by the haunting mistakes of a deranged man. This can’t be a determining factor when high school students are selecting a college in their senior years. Assuming that this has never happened before in sports would be shortsighted. In the spirit of being positive, I hope that this situation becomes a landmark of how not to handle a situation like this, and that

maybe people will begin reporting an incident WHENEVER they suspect any sexual activity between an adult and a minor. Sandusky will face the consequences of his actions. Schultz and Curley will pay for their mistakes. Spanier will probably get the axe. As for Joe Pa, he will step down from head coaching duties at the end of the season. He will be granted the opportunity to carry out his last season as a Penn State head coach. I really hope Paterno’s legacy will not be tarnished. This is not how his historic career was supposed to end. Remember a lifetime of integrity, not a moment of conflicting ethical values where Paterno failed to live up to his grandeur.

EDUARDO ZAMARRIPA | COLUMNIST Zamarripa is a junior news-Internet and English double major and can be contacted at

Bulldogs looking ahead to next season Drake needs some new offense to become an elite MVC squad team-high 47 shots. Of those, 24 shots were on goal. She was also named to the State Farm MVC Women’s Soccer All-Tournament Team for her performance against Evansville. Senior Danielle Figliola also had a productive season. She ranked second on the team with seven points (two goals, three assists) and ranked second in shots with 36. Of those, 16 shots were on goal. Last Thursday, four Drake players were recognized at the MVC tournament banquet in Springfield, Mo. Sophomore defender Megan Fisher earned first team All-MVC honors for the first time in her career. She was involved in the Bulldog defense that recorded two shutouts and scored one goal on 12 shots. Fisher earned All-Freshman honors last season. Litch and Moklestad garnered second-team honors. Moklestad finished seventh in the MVC in goals. Moklestad was named to the first team last season and the AllFreshman squad two years ago. It was the first time Litch was named to an MVC team in her career. Freshman Tori Flynn earned MVC All-Freshman honors. The defender helped form the backbone of Drake’s defense. The Bulldogs also earned a share for the MVC Fair Play award with Illinois State. This award is given to the team who earns the least amount of cards during league play. “We have a lot of work to do this offseason to transition from a young team with loads of potential to an experienced team that can execute,” Horner said.

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With a 1-0 loss to Evansville in the first round of the State Farm MVC Championship on Oct. 30, the Drake women’s soccer team’s season came to a close. The Bulldogs finished with a 4-11-4 record. They won their final regular-season match 1-0 against rival Northern Iowa on Oct. 27 to finish 2-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference and to earn the fifth seed in the conference tournament. Drake lost a total of seven games by one goal, including the loss to the Purple Aces to end the season. “This game was a lot like the six other games we lost by one goal,” head coach Lindsey Horner said after the loss to Evansville in a Drake athletics press release. “We got punished for a series of mistakes, dug ourselves a hole and ultimately we couldn’t get out of it.” On the season, Drake was outscored 28-14 by opponents. Opponents also outshot the Bulldogs by an astonishing 83 shots. The fact that Drake was competitive with teams much of the season is a testament to sophomore goalkeeper Kalena Litch. Litch had a historic season in goal. She recorded 132 saves to finish second in the MVC, and she set the school record for most saves in a season. Litch finished with two shutouts and owned a 1.34 goals against average per game. Junior Laura Moklestad led the Bulldogs in scoring with nine points (four goals, one assist). She also had a


The sophomore diaries: Getting ready for UIC Two games down, many to come. This Saturday is a big day for Drake women’s basketball. When we hit the road for home, that record will show one of two things — a win or a loss. It’s game week; time to buckle down for the real deal. With some strong momentum coming off the win against Quincy, things are looking bright for Saturday. Our team overcame a five-point deficit late in the second half to ultimately snatch the ‘W.’ There’s no denying that Quincy gave us a run for our money. It deserves credit, but we got the job done. A game like this was something we needed going into our first official game against the University of Illinois at Chicago. We proved to ourselves that winning doesn’t come easy. I’m confident our team will rise to every challenge that comes our way this year. We have the fight to succeed. UIC is a quick, athletic team that loves to run the floor. Come Saturday, we’ll be strapping on our running shoes. What’s the bottom line of this week’s game?

Defense. If we can play with a chip on our shoulder and defend, our offense will take care of itself. Plenty of film and a good week of practice will give us the confidence to perform. The game of basketball is all about adjustments, whether that’s through critiquing certain aspects of practice or doing it on the fly in a timeout. It’s also important to point out that with adjustments comes responding. Execution is crucial. Just as we are a team that has the fight to win games, we are a team that has the ability to respond. If you compare pure athleticism, UIC has us beat. Our team focuses on playing hard and being disciplined. If you ask me, a team with these traits is equally valuable. Doing the little things right, verses sheer athleticism, can just as easily get the job done. So what else is it going to take to get the first win of the year? It’s going to take the right attitude. No matter how cliché the phrase “mind over matter” is, it still resonates with me every time I hear it. It’s unbe-

lievable how powerful the human mind is. Any team that goes into a game timid and scared is more than likely going to lose. Fearlessness is a big component in any game plan. We all have a choice. We have the choice to eat right, sleep right and practice right. We have the choice to see every game as an opportunity. We have the choice to simply play hard. The game of basketball is full of choices. What will we choose to do Saturday? It’s that time. Time to start the season off right.


Saturday, Nov. 12 @ Illinois-Chicago Chicago, Ill. 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 vs Iowa State Knapp Center 5:05 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 12 vs Northern Iowa Knapp Center 7:05 p.m. CARLY GRENFELL | COLUMNIST Grenfell is a sophomore public relations and management double major and can be contacted at

Tuesday, Nov. 15 vs Iowa State Knapp Center 8 p.m.

Co-rec basketball rules you may not know Co-rec basketball is the mainstream intramurals sport this season, and all participants have been living up to its reputation as being one of the most watched and competitive leagues the program has to offer. In relation to this element of the game, officials are forced to work for every penny of pay. This is not a significant difference to any other intramurals sport, but basketball especially calls for constant movement, total concentration and a persistent acknowledgement to every rule of the game from each referee. One of the primary essentials to officiating basketball is controlling the play. For some games, officials must be especially responsive to issuing a technical foul. In light of the pride we as the intramurals staff take in throwing our hands in a ‘T’ formation with deliberate vigor and condemnation, I would like to politely address the ways in which you can find yourself on the receiving end of the technical foul – a penalty that will result in a spot on the sideline.

Hit the backboard Intentionally. Some actions that are prohibited in the intramurals basketball leagues are unknown to participants. Some of these include slapping the backboard for the mere reason of showing everyone how high you can jump, subbing on the fly because “it’s just intramurals, and we should be playing like hockey anyways” and using dunking as practice for your personal hang-time record. Bring rowdy, unruly and boisterous fans. Intramurals loves a fan section and consequently loathes the idea of telling them to go home. Encouraging signs, halftime snacks and a coach or two are acceptable. However, make sure your groupies know that any illegal disruption to the play, any intoxicated states of being or any inappropriate remarks towards the game will cause a direct, negative effect on the team – such as a technical foul.

Talk back to the officials. We know uncontrollable obscenities are bound to happen when you miss that bunny shot, but please do not address it to the referee or shout it so loud that Drake Security starts to worry. Whatever call is made is the final call, and if a heated debate ensues between you and the official because of it, you may find yourself with a technical. We are always looking for more staff members, so if you believe you can do a better job, please contact Intramurals Coordinator Matt Gasser, and we would love to have you. Also, whispering cuss words under your breath while nonchalantly walking past an official may also have similar penalizing affects. Recreate a scene from “Fight Club.” One of the easiest and quickest ways to receive a technical foul is to throw a punch. Physical aggression is not condoned in any intramurals sport and will

have you thrown out of the game immediately. Chances are that the heat of the game had you excited, and a new T-shirt was on the line. We understand and appreciate the high levels of intense competition, but please contain yourself, as filling out an incident report is more shameful than you may think. All these deeds will leave you with a technical foul, a spot on the bench and a possible meeting with Gasser if another similar action follows. The game is just as fun without excessive penalties, but if you’re looking to remove yourself from the game, these tips will get you there. In other areas of intramurals, the outdoor sports are officially completed, and the ultimate champions have been named. SigEp took home the men’s competitive flag football victory, Flutie Pebbles did the same in the recreational league and Mice Catchers was the women’s champion. In outdoor soccer, SigEp took home another competitive

championship, Fake Madrid came out on top in the men’s recreational league and Delta Gamma proved victorious in the women’s rankings. My calculations were only partly accurate for the first season, but I can only hope that any of my moderately thought out predictions pushed your teams to prove me wrong. Until next time, please play by the rules.

HALEY BOSCO | COLUMNIST Bosco is a senior English and secondary education double major and can be contacted at



THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011 | PAGE 8

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