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RICARDO MENENDEZ AND SELENA BRICKEY perform at International Night Nov. 9 in Sheslow Auditorium. For more pictures and information see pg. 2. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR



Wednesday Nov. 12, 2014

Campus Calendar Wednesday Ronald McMullen, “The Pivot Deferred: How Middle East Turmoil Undermines Asian Rebalancing in the U.S. Foreign Policy” 7-8:30 p.m. Meredith 101

Thursday “Old News/New News: 220 Years of Journalistic Wisdom” 7-8:30 p.m. Cowles Reading Room Drake Theatre presents, “Jesus Christ Superstar” 7:30-9:30 p.m. Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts Center Civic Music Association Bela Fleck and Brooklyn Rider 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium

Friday Women’s Basketball vs. South Dakota 7:05 p.m. Knapp Center Humanities Colloquium 3:30-5 p.m. Medbury Hall Honors Lounge

Saturday Masterworks 3 Concert 7:30 p.m. Des Moines Civic Center

Inside News

International Night highlights cultures from around the world PAGE 2

Opinions To trim or not to trim, manscaping is the question PAGE 4

Features Student shoots halfcourt shot, video goes viral PAGE 9

Sports Football scores in the final seconds to beat Dayton, 34-30 PAGE 10

Campus Events

‘Live Blue’ campaign shows Student’s spirit Kate Havens

Staff Writer

“How do you live blue?” is a question that went around campus last week for Live Blue week. Live Blue was a time to show school pride and to reflect on what living blue means to students. One of the students who organized Live Blue, senior marketing major Becky Copoulos, described the mission of the week. “Live Blue Week was started to make Drake pride more visible,” Copoulos said. The idea of Live Blue originated from the Drake faculty group the “Sweet Sixteen.” The “Sweet Sixteen” developed the definition of Blue’s acronym: bold, lead, unity and engage — four words that have become a part of Drake students’ live. According to the Live Blue DU Facebook page, “A Bulldog who lives blue uses passion and personality to add value to the Bulldog family, celebrate traditions and embrace new opportunities.” Along with Copoulos, Nicole Kasperbauer, Matt McManus, Bridget Banks, Kayla Hughes, Mario Rossi, Gary Ricks and Emily Raecker all played a role in planning Live Blue through the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) capstone. The members have worked since the beginning of the semester, meeting with administration and mapping out what they wanted Live Blue to look like. Junior sociology major Matt McManus explained how each

member was assigned different tasks to put this week together. “I am involved in more of the connections with staff and students and talking to the right people,” McManus said. “We all have our own role and duties.” Each day of the week, a different activity took place. On Monday, a video was posted on the Live Blue DU Facebook page, where numerous students gave brief descriptions of what “living blue” means to them. Tuesday was the first day of the photo challenge. Students were asked to post a picture on Facebook that demonstrated “living blue.” On Nov. 5, capstone members handed out cookies, hot chocolate and other Drake giveaways in Helmick Commons from 11 a.m. to

2 p.m. LEAD capstone members agreed that their favorite part of the week took place on Thursday. Members were busy handing out over 600 free T-shirts until 2 p.m. Among students hustling to class, LEAD students broke out in a flash mob to showcase their school spirit. Kasperbauer, a senior magazine journalism and graphic design double major, related the flash mob to the purpose of Live Blue. “We were bold, we lead others into the excitement, we created unity within one another and we engaged with our campus and the student body,” Kasperbauer said. Wrapping up the week, the winner of the photo challenge Susanna Hayward was announced

on Friday. Hayward, a junior graphic design magazine and public relations triple major, accepted the first place prize, an iPad mini. Senior creative advertising major Haley Austin came in second. Kasperhauer thinks Drake students can look forward to more Live Blue weeks to come. “I hope to see this initiative alive in the future years when I come back to visit,” Kasperbauer said. “We have high hopes that the Student Alumni Association will be taking over this week and making it the best it can be for future years. I think that if carried through with passionate students, this will definitely hold a place on our campus.”

LIVE BLUE PARTICIPANTS perform a flash mob in Helmick Commons on Nov. 6.



Bakari addresses Senate on finals anxiety Cole Norum

Staff Writer

Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari used the beginning of his weekly administrative report to remind Student Senate about the pressures of finals. Bakari said that an increased number of students are visiting the counseling center with a tremendous amount of stress, anxiety and depression. “For some of our students, things aren’t just smooth sailing,” Bakari said. Between 25 and 30 percent of students use some kind of commonly prescribed psychotropic medication, an umbrella term for medications used to treat depression and anxiety. While some students are able to handle the stress, others struggle


with the increased burdens at the end of the semester. More importantly, Bakari pointed out, they may not show it. “You don’t necessarily see it visibly,” Bakari said. “We recognize that some of our students … are experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety as we approach the end of the term, as we approach holidays, and as we approach how our grades are going to look.” Bakari understood that many of the senators were familiar with the topic, but sought to reiterate to the elected representatives their responsibility of awareness and understanding. “As leaders of the campus you should be aware of that, if you aren’t already,” Bakari said. This includes reaching out to the University Counseling Center. Bakari called it an excellent source and reminded senators

that Drake employs the services of a psychiatrist, an amenity many institutions lack. “They do a really good job,” Bakari said. Bakari continued his report with a notice of Drake’s monthly “town hall” meetings held by the President’s cabinet, an opportunity to glean insight on administrative and campus news and proceedings that he worried are being lost on students. “I’m not sure if those messages are going to you (students),” Bakari said. The previous night’s session, which took place in the same second floor Cowles Library reading room as Senate meetings, elaborated on enrollment statistics and the recently announced STEM initiative. “It provides faculty and staff the opportunity to ask questions,” he said of the town hall meeting.







Bakari concluded his administrative report with an update on the search for a new associate dean. The position, left vacant when Ann Miller departed earlier this semester, includes Senate advisement. “The Associate Dean search group will meet next week,” Bakari began. “And pick one.” Bakari said, the group had been gathering feedback from parties involved in the process, including staff and students who sat in on even conducted interviews. Bakari, who has assumed the role of interim Senate adviser, emphasized the need for continued discussion between the university’s many facets, especially during periods of transition and growth. “As the institution experiences change,” Bakari said, “one of the best ways to facilitate and manage that is ongoing communication.”

Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa Vol. 134 | No. 10 | Nov. 12, 2014

The Times-Delphic (11.12.14)  

Official independent student newspaper of Drake University- Des Moines, Iowa

The Times-Delphic (11.12.14)  

Official independent student newspaper of Drake University- Des Moines, Iowa