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HEAD COACH CHRIS CREIGHTON (center) hoists up the Pioneer Football League trophy after the Saturday afternoon game. Drake ended its regular season with a 9-2 record.

Back on top, Drake wins conference Bulldogs rout Dayton to claim a share of the PFL title by Ashton Weis

Staff Writer

As the golden Pioneer Football League trophy entered the field, the excitement in Drake Stadium was tangible. The journey for the PFL trophy was a long one, one that began in Africa and ended right here in Des Moines. Drake claimed at least a share of the PFL title with a 37-14 win over Dayton last Saturday. “You dream and you hope and you work hard,” head coach Chris Creighton said. “I believed that a team has to become special in order to win a championship, and I think this team became special, I really do. I think programs or teams that win championships year-in and year-out are special programs, and that is kind of what our next goal will be, not to be just a once in awhile thing.” Drake (9-2, 7-1 PFL) had a rocky start to the game. Only 6 minutes and 15 seconds into the first quarter, senior quarterback Mike Piatkowski

threw an interception that Dayton returned for a 29-yard touchdown. The Drake offense retaliated with a 39-yard score from Piatkowski senior Drew Blackmon. Fifth-year senior kicker Billy Janssen missed the extra point, and the Bulldogs trailed the Flyers by one point. Early in the second quarter, fifthyear senior running back Pat Cashmore put the Bulldogs on top with a 2-yard touchdown run. Drake didn’t give up the lead for the rest of the game. The Bulldogs headed to the locker room with a 16-7 lead, thanks to a 32yard field goal by Billy Janssen late in the second quarter. With 9:45 left in the third quarter, Blackmon had his final touchdown as a Bulldog with a 4-yard catch on a pass from Piatkowski. It was the 13th touchdown reception of Blackmon’s career. Three minutes later, the Flyers responded with a touchdown, pulling within 23-14. With four minutes left in the third quarter, junior wide receiver Nick

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Rosa made an impressive catch in the end zone from 25 yards out to extend the Bulldog lead to 16. Cashmore said that was when he knew that the Bulldogs were in great position for the win. “It had to be in the middle of the third quarter after we had that deep touchdown to Nick Rosa, I just knew that one was a dagger,” Cashmore said. “He got that one foot in, and I just knew. Our defense doesn’t give up a lot of points, and so they bend, they don’t break. I just knew after that touchdown, I just had a feeling that we just needed to keep putting our foot on the pedal, and we did that. And our defense played awesome.” Drake finished out the scoring with a 6-yard toss from Piatkowski to junior tight end Kevin Marshall. This was Piatkowski’s 25th touchdown of the season, putting him second on Drake’s all-time list for touchdown passes in a season. He sits behind Ira Vandever, who had 32 touchdown passes in 2002.


by Lauren Ehrler

Vice President of Student Activities Jessica Hamilton agreed and called 12 members an “excessive” amount. However, Sen. Kayleigh Koester pointed out that the cost per member to attend the conference was lower than most other organizational conferences that Senate has allocated funds to. Sen. Dana Hansen agreed. “I think the cost per person is low enough that it doesn’t worry me so much that they are taking so many people,” Hansen said. School of Education Sen. Carly Hamilton brought up the concern that some education students without cars are having difficulties getting to their required hours of observation. Student Body President Greg Larson offered the suggestion of “WeCar,” a car-sharing program that will hopefully be implemented for the fall 2012 semester. “We need transportation opportunities for the university in general, and I think that needs to be a priority,” Sen. Erin Hogan said. In another issue, Sen. Seejo Valacheril opened up the table for discussion on the future structure of the

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JOEY GALE | photo editor MICHELE BACHMANN will be on campus this Thursday.

by Mary Bess Bolling

Staff Writer

The national presidential race will come to Drake University’s Olmsted Center on Thursday at 10 a.m. Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will speak about jobs and the economy, and then she plans to take questions from students. Bachmann will speak on Pomerantz Stage. The event is free and open to the public and should wrap up in time

for students to leave for their 11 a.m. classes. “Drake students have unique opportunities few college students around the country have,” Rachel Paine Caufield, associate professor of politics, said. “That’s the duty you have as a student — to contribute to a vibrant political dialogue on campus.” If that doesn’t get students interested, they can come support a fellow Drake student at work for the cam-



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DEFENSIVE BACK JONNY GETTING goes in to catch the ball on Saturday afternoon. The end score was 37-14 against Dayton.

First-Year Sen. Justin Kochanski was sworn in and served in his first session around the table last Thursday night. In the position, Kochanski will take over direction of the FirstYear Interest Committee. In the session, Senate approved two new clubs. Both the Floor Hockey and Gung Fu Clubs received unanimous votes to become official campus organizations. Two other organizations were approved for funding allocations, but not without discussion. The Drake Curling Club was allocated $2,593 for ice time rental and equipment costs. The Drake Anime Club was allocated $951 for 12 members to attend the Anime Detour Convention in Bloomington, Minn. However, some senators felt that 12 members were too many to send to a convention. “Is it worth it to send 12, or would it be just efficient to send six?” Sen. Stephen Slade said.

Organizational Council. Senators voiced concerns on whether the OC meetings were beneficial or if the information discussed in the meetings was actually being relayed back to the organization. “What we’re thinking, maybe in the future, is to have one-on-one meetings (with the organization president) to kind of get their plans for the rest of the semester,” Valacheril said. Larson also reminded senators about the upcoming Fireside Chat with Drake President David Maxwell, which is Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Pomerantz Stage.





Students sound off about the latest political scandal

The college lifestyle isn’t as carefree as some people think

Love making art? A new kit explores love and art

Mens soccer drops out of MVC tournament






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It’s all in the timing


by Erin McHenry

Staff Writer

It’s no secret that presidential candidate Herman Cain has been accused of sexual harassment. Recent allegations from four women have catapulted Cain into the media spotlight just as the Republican presidential campaigns have begun to speed up. “It’s fair to say few people expected him to be a top-tier candidate,” said Rachel Caufield, associate professor of politics and international relations. “If you ask the average person who Cain is, they’d say 9-9-9 (plan), sexual harassment and Godfather’s pizza. As a candidate, you want those aspects to be something more substantive.” Though the allegations have yet to be proven, many students find the situation troubling. Sophomore law, politics and society major Samantha Kenison said the scandal wasn’t shocking to her but still upsetting. “The scandal drew attention to how he treats women,” Kenison said. “Especially after the Anita Hill joke and the ‘Princess Nancy’ comment, I realized how much of a misogynist he is. He’s also attacking the women who are accusing him of sexual harassment, which is extremely unprofessional and rather disgusting.” Kenison said she has liberal views on social issues, so she wasn’t a fan of Cain or any of the other Republican candidates to begin with. “To be honest, none of the candidates who are anywhere near winning

the nomination deserve it,” she said. Sophomore international business major Eric Baker is an intern for the Republican Party of Iowa. Baker said he can’t give personal opinions about which candidates he supports. However, he did say that the Cain situation has been heavily discussed. “(Cain has) taken this path where he won’t answer questions,” Baker said. “I think it’s a poor move on his part, and it’s insulting to the American people.” Though Baker said he feels that Cain has handled the issue in an unprofessional manner, he also said the timing must be considered. “The fact that this scandal comes at a time in the campaign when his numbers have sustained at such a high level is really interesting,” Baker said. Baker also wonders why the allegations are only coming out now, when several occurred over 10 years ago. “Anytime there is something like this, it should be taken with a grain of salt,” he said. “Who knows if these women have personal vendettas against him? It is a sexual harassment charge though, so it should be taken seriously.” Cain’s numbers have remained surprisingly constant amidst the scandal, both Baker and Caufield pointed out. “If anything, he’s gotten more popular,” Caufield said. “He has some good people around him. Not even staff, but just supporters that have been effective.” Baker agreed that the scandal

hasn’t seemed to impact his popularity with voters. “Allegations have been out for two weeks,” Baker said. “Poll numbers have stayed constant, and donations have gone up dramatically. It’s really energized his base of supporters.” With consistent numbers, the future for Cain seems fair; however, the race is far from over. “This has been an incredibly odd campaign cycle,” Caufield said. “It’s kind of astounding how the dynamics have changed.” Caufield said she believes Mitt Romney will benefit from the scandal. “He just sits right there at second place,” Caufield said. “He’s a presumptive frontrunner, and if you are Mitt Romney, that’s exactly where you want to be.” The Iowa caucus is only six weeks away, but Caufield said it would be difficult to tell how this scandal will affect the outcome because voters are still making up their minds. Kenison said that voters should consider the allegations when making their decisions because of the seriousness of the issue and how it could affect leadership in America. “I would feel kind of disgusted if someone who mistreats and demeans women like that is still able to win a presidential nomination,” Kenison said. “On the other hand, the race would essentially be between two people of a racial minority, which speaks to how far racial equality has come. Too bad it means that women’s equality has a long ways to go.”



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FROM CHAMPS PAGE 1 “It’s a great feeling,” Piatkowski said. “It’s been four years waiting for it, and it’s just awesome.” Drake hadn’t beat the Flyers since 1995, and the 37 points are the most the Bulldogs have ever scored on Dayton. “This team has been our archnemesis for the last four years,” fifthyear senior cornerback Michael Lahart said. “We hadn’t beat them yet, so not only to win on our home field to win a championship is sweet, but having to come against Dayton, such a good football team, just makes it that much sweeter.” Creighton won the PFL title for the first time in his four-year tenure at Drake.

FROM BACHMANN PAGE 1 paign. Sophomore Alex Latcham, a politics and history major, just began work for Bachmann’s campaign in Iowa and planned Thursday’s event. From arranging her transportation to campus to measuring the number of chairs that can feasibly fit on Pomerantz Stage, he organized it all. “It’s all in the details,” Latcham said. “Everything has to come together, and things that you really don’t think would matter are of immense importance. Regardless of your views on congresswoman Bachmann, I think it’s still a valuable experience to see a candidate visit.” He also said that the event would serve as a preview for the ABC News

“It feels good,” Creighton said. “Dayton, I’ll probably be getting hissed at and fruit thrown at me for saying this, but they, in my mind, truly are the model in this conference. Coach (Rick) Chamberlin is absolutely first-class…They’ve been the model, and you’ve got to the beat the best in order to be at the top, and so it truly meant a lot by playing the Dayton Flyers for this to happen.” Drake had one loss in PFL play, along with San Diego and Jacksonville. Those two teams will play each other next Saturday. The Bulldogs will be crowned co-champions with the winner of that game. The Bulldogs lone PFL loss came at San Diego on Oct. 15, but Drake defeated Jacksonville on Nov. 5.

GOP presidential debate that will come to campus on Dec. 10.

Bachmann Visits Drake — When: Thursday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. Where: Olmsted Center, Pomerantz Stage

MockTails for RHAWeek

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CARPENTER HALL RESIDENTS created non-alcoholic “MockTails” for their 1920s Prohibition Bar on Thursday evening. RHA week featured many events in each hall that had a theme of various decade through time.

Orientation is the stepping stone for many Student leaders facilitate the process for first-years by Jennifer Heartley

Staff Writer

Orientation is one of the first times where incoming first-year students get to experience college. Drake’s orientation leaders are there to make first-year students feel as at home as possible. The process of becoming an orientation leader first involves informational meetings, which are currently being set up by Tasha Stiger, director of campus programming. At these meetings, there will be orientation leaders from previous summers to answer questions for the new applicants. Then, students who are interested

must fill out the application. This application usually contains two essay questions. The official deadline to turn in the application is Jan. 26. Some of the previous orientation leaders include seniors Sean Walsh and Seejo Valacheril, junior Zac Pace and sophomore Tanaya Thomas. “Answering questions that students had about Drake, campus life and classes (was my favorite part),” Walsh said. “It was a really rewarding experience, and it’s fun to interact with every student that is going to be new on Drake’s campus.” Pace said that putting on a good first impression for the incoming class was his favorite part. “The opportunity to represent Drake and welcome the entering

first-year class (was my favorite part),” Pace said. Both Walsh and Pace served as orientation leaders for the first time last summer. Some of the requirements for being an orientation leader are having good academic standing, leadership experience and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. A week before the first orientation session, all of the orientation leaders go to training camp. The orientation leaders coordinate most of the activities that students participate in during orientation. Some of them include sessions about different aspects of lifestyles here on campus or in Des Moines or showing informational videos to stu-

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dents. These videos are directed by and star the orientation leaders. “Some of my very best memories from this summer happened with my fellow orientation leaders,” Pace said. “The bond our group created was incredibly strong, and it is something I will always cherish. I have also met so many members of the first-year class and created lasting relationships with them. After being an (orientation leader), I can’t walk anywhere on campus without running into someone that I met or interacted with during orientation.” For students interested in becoming an orientation leader, there will be informational sessions on Wednesday at 8 p.m., on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and on Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. Students who are in-

terested can also speak Stiger or any of the previous orientation leaders.

Information Sessions:

—Nov. 16, 8 p.m. —Dec. 5, 7 p.m. —Jan. 20, 1 p.m.

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A case against the National You think we’re Endowment for the Arts carefree? Promotion of politically correct art is quite obviously a problem that needs to be stopped, but as long as the NEA is around, this willcontinue. The National Endowment for the Arts was established in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson and is hailed by liberals for promoting necessary art in America. When conservatives propose cutting it from the national budget, all hell breaks loose from the Left. But the NEA should be one of the easiest things to cut. I don’t even need to do any research on the agency to know that it needs to be sliced from the federal budget. There is absolutely no reason the government should be involved in the arts. Still, I looked closer at the NEA, and what I found absolutely reiterated my assertion: cut it all. There are very legitimate reasons why. First, the NEA promotes art that supports the state. In a controversial conference call from 2009 between the NEA and White House officials, independent artists and the Corporation for National and Community Service, there was a clear agenda for the arts: support President Barack Obama. Russell Simmons’ political director Michael Skolnik was quoted during the conference call, claiming that the “White House and folks in the NEA” asked him to “bring together the independent artists community around the country” for that meeting. Why? Because of “the role (they) played during the campaign for the president and also during his first 200 some days” in office. Obama certainly is not the only president to do this, but he is the most recent. The NEA should not be involved in politics, but it inevitably is. Promotion of politically correct art is quite obviously a problem that needs to be stopped, but as long as the NEA is around, this trend will continue. John Breslauer, a theater critic, wrote in the Washington Post that the NEA’s strict policies pressure artists “to produce work that satisfies a politically correct agenda rather than their best creative instincts.” A second reason for cutting the NEA is that it completely wastes resources (classic government). Sure, cutting the NEA from the federal budget won’t make a

Sen. Everett Dirksen (R) once said, “A billion here, a billion there, and — pretty soon — you’re talking about real money.” This rings true today more than ever. An example of wasted resources can be found in the poem “lighght.” No, I’m sorry to inform you, that is not a typo. That is not even the title of the poem; it is the poem. That’s the entire thing. Thanks to the NEA, American taxpayers paid $1,500 for it. Certainly this is not the most moving reason for abolishing the NEA, but it’s entertaining. It should not be surprising that this happened. Government is known for promoting subpar products. As American writer Richard Moore put it: “Only mediocrity can destroy art. And in every bureaucracy, mediocrity luxuriates…it isn’t just that the money we give to artists is being wasted. It’s doing positive harm.” He hit the nail on the head. These are simply a few good reasons to cut the NEA, but they assuredly are not the only ones. We do not need any more reasons, though. It is quite obvious from the start that the NEA should not exist; in a free society, the government should not guide the agenda in the arts. Not only is that a problem, but it wastes money. We need to cut the NEA, and not by a small percentage, but entirely.

huge difference. With deficits in the trillions, cutting the proposed 2012 NEA budget of just over $146 million dollars is not going to close the gap alone. But this is the exact mindset that has taken us toward financial disaster. As former Illinois


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Students Speak:

I have a confession to make. I really hated when the (rich, important) alumni visited last fall for the kickoff of “distinctlyDrake.” While I sincerely appreciate the philanthropy offered by our alumni and their willingness to visit campus again, it just bothers me when people are haughty-taughty. This dislike stems from one small incident I encountered as I was walking from 34th Street back to my then-home in Goodwin-Kirk. Crossing 30th Street, on the phone with my parents, I passed a man and woman in suits. Seeing me on the phone, the guy commented to his suited partner: “Ah, the carefree life of a college student.” I literally halted, mid-crosswalk and looked around. My eyes were peeled for some kids smoking pot while prancing around with the Drake squirrels in total zen-like tranquility while Bob Marley played in the background. I saw no such kids. In fact, I saw no one near me. It then took all but the self-control of a monk not to turn to this man, slap him and inform him of just how many important cares I had. Besides the two papers due that week, I somehow had to be active in multiple organizations while maintaining a social life, doing laundry, eating, staying in touch with parents, working out and simply figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. What did this guy have to do? Probably go work from 9 to 5 in some suit coat that makes him feel important that day and then eat some nice salmon dinner in a La-Z-Boy recliner while watching repeats of Seinfeld and M*A*S*H. Ah, the carefree life of a working adult. No homework, no tests, no papers, no campus organizations, no social lives. This line of reasoning felt great, and I sat on it for a while. Eventually though, certain adult obli-

gations came to mind. This guy probably had to take care of mortgages, car payments, bills, food and children. Sucker. I then began trying to think of a time in my past when I was truly carefree. I thought back to my past: “Oh, how carefree I was in high school, though.” But if high school-Ryan heard college-Ryan say that, he would probably say. “Ryan, seriously, I thought you’d lay off your crack habit by now. I have two worksheets of pre-calculus, a mythology test and all these organizations. Plus, I need to figure out where I’m going to college and, to top it all off, I need to decide whether to look like a tool with Abercrombie or American Eagle tomorrow.” Then I thought of what this man, who chided my “carefree life,” would say about working adults in 30 years. “Ah, the carefree life of a working adult,” is the most likely response. I bet when we get to the end of our lives, far into the future, we will look back and realize, “shoot, we were really carefree the whole time.” Those tests, those organizations, those mortgages, those children. They were all fortunate privileges, not burdensome obligations. The distinction is critical. So yes, old important rich guy in the suit, I’m pretty fortunate and lucky to have things to care about, and so are you.


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How are you making it through to Thanksgiving break?

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“I’m just reminding myself that I have to pay for my education. So that’s why I have to study so I can get good grades in my classes.” Hannah Garcia, sophomore

“I keep telling myself I only have nine more days left.” Annette Haas, sophomore


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Can’t wait for Thanksgiving? This Thursday is the Sodexo Thanksgiving Dinner in Parent’s Hall from 11-1:30. The meal will be one general board meal or $7.25

Art kit allows couples to be creative while being intimate Artists show that love can be art through paintings made during romantic experiences

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by Kensie Smith

Staff Writer

Think of the best date. Maybe it’s flowers at the door, candles at the restaurant and then paint in the bedroom. Think creative. Swirls, colors and white space. It’s art. It’s love. It’s art made while making love. “Love is Art” is a kit that comes with products for a couple to safely make art while being intimate. In four to 10 business days, couples can have everything they need for a new piece of art. Jeremy Brown, an artist born in South Africa, was inspired to create “Love is Art” by 1960s pop-art influences. “In college, I had read about a 1960s French artist named Yves Klein,” Brown said. “He would use naked bodies as paint brushes to create abstract works of art. This sparked the idea of creating an abstract painting while making love on a canvas with my girlfriend at the time.” The paintings create a memory that captures the beauty of an intimate moment, in a safe, sanitary way. “Needless to say, we had a great time, and the painting looked great in our con-

do,” Brown said. “Funny story; she’s now happily married, and the painting is still hanging in her home.” A friend asked where he got the painting, and then asked for everything she needed to create the art with her husband on their anniversary. Doesn’t paint get everywhere and ruin the bed? The kit includes an 80-by-90inch plastic sheet to protect surfaces and a 54-by-41-inch, non-allergenic canvas. The kit instructs users to pour the four ounces of paint on the canvas and spread the paint across it for an individual painting. Shower shoes and a body scrubber are also included so couples can create art in the shower. “A fun and bonding portion of the entire process is the clean up, and getting to take a shower or bath with your partner and helping to wash each other,” Brown said. After the paint dries, take the canvas to a local art shop to have it stretched over another canvas. Brown is looking to expand his product line to more than the black and blue colors the kit contains. “The next edition will come with a black canvas, gold paint and one gram of

24-karat gold flakes to sprinkle over the canvas while the paint is still wet.” For couples who don’t jump on the idea right away, the kit includes information for skeptics. “The kit provides not only a cool-looking, one-of-a-kind abstract painting that acts as a reminder of the experience, but it also provides a fun project for couples to work together as a team on,” Brown said. Brown said he wants to take art and love across the nation with the 2012 Love is Art Project tour. The 10-city tour will feature between 12-20 local, anonymous couples whom created their own art. “The couples will be chosen with zero barriers to race, gender, sexual orientation, age, heritage or religion,” Brown said. “There will be a brief demographic description of each couple next to each painting, with all of the paintings having the same title: love.” Brown said he wants to show that once labels are removed, love is just love. “Love is a unique, unifying force in all of us,” Brown said.

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Risks in music business lead to success The man behind the music...

Shawn Cahan

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Founding member and percussionist of Slipknot

Was in 3 other bands – In To My Surprise, Dirty Little Rabbits and The Black Dots of Death

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Worked as a producer and director for bands as well as remixing songs

Currently resides in Des Moines with his wife and four children.

by Catherine Moede

Staff Writer

Risk. Fail. Risk again. Such is life in the music industry. There are constantly new bands being started by talented musicians and an everchanging market for new music. Becoming mainstream is an upwards battle for most, but it is usually the risk-takers that make it to the top first. Think of the music artists that are popular today. One that first comes to mind is Lady Gaga, a woman who might be one of the biggest risk-takers in music and in fashion. Much of her commercial success is a result of the risks she takes. Amedeo Rossi, project manager for the Des Moines Music Coalition, said that success in the industry consists entirely of taking the right risks. “The music business is based on risk,” Rossi said. “You won’t make a lot of guaranteed money to begin with. It’s really about being good at what you do and getting a piece of the pie as things begin to go well. It is a highly entrepreneurial field.” Tomorrow at 6 p.m., the DMMC presents Music University with M. Shawn Crahan. Music University is a series that was created as a way to facilitate relationships between artists and industry professionals. This discussion-based series allows interested artists to gain advice from experts on how to be successful in the music industry. It is designed to help artists and people working in the industry learn how to take risks that will further their careers. Past topics include touring, recording and marketing. Crahan will discuss his journey as a musician and give advice on how to succeed in the music world. He will discuss what it is like to pursue dreams and what it is like to be a part of Slipknot.

Crahan has been active in the music industry for the last 20 years working on multiple music projects. He is most recognized as the percussionist for the Grammy-winning band Slipknot, but he has been involved with other bands such as To My Surprise and Dirty Little Rabbits. In addition to playing percussion instruments, Crahan has directed many of Slipknot’s music videos. Now, after 20 years of working in the industry, Crahan wants to share his experiences with young aspiring musicians. Rossi contacted Crahan and invited him to speak at Drake University as a part of the Music University series, to which Crahan was very receptive. But it doesn’t stop there, as Crahan wants to share his experiences with other students by taking this lecture on the road to other universities, Rossi said. Students at Drake have been recognized for their musical achievements in performance and competition. Music University will give these students a peak into the future and give them the opportunity to hear from an expert about what it is like to make it in the music world. “Having a professional come speak to us is such a great opportunity to learn more about what our life will be like after graduation,” said senior Katie Vergosen, a music and international relations major. Music University isn’t the only program that the DMMC supports. Coming up later this year, the DMMC will sponsor “Little Big Fest” and “Gross Domestic Product,” two music festivals that feature local independent artists. “The DMMC is eager to help facilitate a music industry analysis and study as we think the industry can grow,” Rossi said.

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Organization braves cold to build houses by Annelise Tarnowski

Staff Writer

While most of us have begun to bundle up and stay inside in response to the snow, the volunteers of Habitat for Humanity are braving the cold and are building homes. Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide organization that builds homes for families in need of decent shelter. Drake University’s chapter has a number of opportunities to volunteer, including working at the ReStore supply warehouse, working shifts at a “Rock the Block” event or participating in one of the monthly “full-build” days. “Drake’s habitat chapter has been here before I came,” said senior Robin Sautter, the chapter’s copresident. “It’s gotten increasingly more involved with the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, so we’re more involved in the community than we were before.” Last Saturday morning, volunteers from Drake’s chapter were awake at 7 a.m. to caravan to the site of this month’s full-build day. A full-build day is a full day on site doing work projects on and around one of the houses. “In the past, I’ve done sodding for the entire day, or you could be painting or you could be scraping paint off the sides of the houses,” Sautter said. “Anything, really. It really just depends what they need at the time.” The students who participate in the group’s full-build days work closely with one another to get the job done. They all participate in work projects throughout the day with a lunch break in the middle. “You really meet new people that you didn’t know before,” Sautter added. Not only does Drake’s chapter volunteer in the Des Moines community, but it also volunteers in other states through spring break trips. The spring break trips are a low-cost way to volunteer on the other side of the country and meet families

from other areas. Three years ago, the organization’s spring break trip was in Taos, N.M. Over the last two years, the spring break trips fell through because of a lack of funding, but this year it has been confirmed that Drake’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity will be traveling to Alamosa, Colo. “We will be building another house like we did before (in Taos, N.M.),” Sautter said. “But it will be different because it’s going to be still really cold.” The Habitat for Humanity webpage, www.habitat. org, states that homeowners that are satisfied with their homes and neighborhoods are more likely to volunteer in civic and political activities. It’s reasons like this that Sautter volunteers. “The idea behind Habitat is to build a home for someone who can’t afford it, but it’s not just giving it to them,” Sautter said. “Those families have to put in ‘sweat equity’, so they also have to work so many hours on the house in order to earn that.” Sautter also enjoys volunteering for Habitat because of the unforgettable people she has gotten to know. “When I was doing a ‘Rock the Block’ (event)… right before fall break, we had this older guy… and he was so much fun,” Sautter said. “He was just great to hang out with for four hours. And you know it’s those people that you wouldn’t meet on campus at Drake. You meet these very unique and special people out in the community that care as much as you do. I’m never going to forget him because he was just that great.” Any Drake students that are interested in getting involved in Habitat for Humanity can attend any of the volunteer events, including the spring break trip. For more information, or to be added to the email list, contact chapter Co-President Allison Gibble at allison.

Banquet to show levels of hunger by Catherine Moede

Staff Writer

Around the world, there are almost a billion people who live on about $1.50 a day. To put this into perspective, a 24-ounce bottle of water costs $1.50 at some gas stations. In participation with the ONE campus challenge, Drake ONE members are hosting a hunger banquet and $1.50 challenge. The event takes place this Wednesday from 5-6:30 p.m. in Parents Hall. Upon arrival, attendees will pick a ticket out of a hat, which will determine what they will be served for dinner that night. These tickets break the groups up into income levels based on current statistics worldwide. There are three different courses based on the tickets. The low-class group eats rice and beans on a paper plate and must sit on the floor. The middle-class group will also get rice and beans, but they will be allowed to sit in chairs. The high-class group will receive specially prepared meals and will be served at tables by waiters. In addition to the hunger banquet, attendees are encouraged to participate in

the $1.50 challenge. Attendees are asked to form teams of seven and create a meal for under $1.50. Contestants then bring their receipts, and judges will critique the meal based off of creativity, taste and presentation. “We decided to host the hunger banquet for the $1.50 challenge so that we could interactively show people the food disparity in our world,” said senior Elsa Becker, co-president of ONE at Drake. “By participating in the event, the students can get a feel for the proportion of people that live on so little. I hope this challenge shows students how difficult this would be.” The hunger banquet is modeled after Oxfam Hunger Banquets, which are held by many organizations to raise awareness about worldwide poverty. “It is important that people attend the hunger banquet and $1.50 challenge so that we, as a university, can make a statement that we are aware and care about world hunger,” Becker said.

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Grad to discuss life after college by Eryn Swain

Staff Writer

There is life after Drake, and the Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute is making sure students understand the importance of that by presenting its annual “Life After Drake” Series. This series, held annually beginning in 2006, gives students the opportunity to meet alumni from the math and science fields at Drake. Tomorrow from 7-8 p.m., Todd Janus, a 1977 Drake graduate and the director of clinical research at Iowa Health – Des Moines, will present a lecture called “Life in Science and Medicine after Drake.” While at Drake, Janus majored in chemistry and biology and went on to receive his Ph. D. at Northwestern University. The Faculty Advisory Board and the Student Advisory Board choose many of the speakers for the series. Each board contains six representatives from a variety of disci-

plines of science at Drake. Junior Kaila Swain, president of the Student Advisory Board, said she is excited about what the “Life After Drake” series can do for the students. “The alumni that we bring for ‘Life After Drake’ are very successful people,” Swain said. “We want the students to have hope of what their Drake degree can bring them.” Janus has made many efforts to help increase patient rights in his hospitals and other medical centers around the nation. “I am very excited to hear more about him,” Swain said. “He helped change the law last year to increase patient rights. I am interested to hear what he did, and what law was changed.” If you would like to listen to Janus speak, visit the Performing Arts Hall at Harmon Fine Arts Center tomorrow night. After the event, free refreshments will be provided. Many of the science courses are offering extra credit for students who attend this event.

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senior cornerback Michael Lahart and senior linebacker Tyler MooreDID YOU Fifth-year head earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors for 2011 from College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Lahart has a 3.89 KNOW? the GPA and Moorehead a 3.66 GPA. Both are pharmacy majors.


Bulldogs celebrate first PFL title since 2004

JOEY GALE | photo editor HISTORIAN PAUL MORRISON (center) and athletic director Sandy Hatfield Clubb (center left) lift the trophy surrounded by the Drake football team. Drake had not defeated Dayton in Des Moines since 1995. The Bulldogs won 37-14.

The Times-Delphic hands out Drake season awards MVP — QB, Mike Piatkowski 2011 stats: 2,934 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, 12 interceptions Offensive Player of the Year — RB, Patrick Cashmore 2011 stats: 841 rushing yards, 282 receiving yards, eight total tds. Defensive Player of the Year — LB, Tyler Moorehead 2011 stats: 78 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, two interceptions Special Teams Player of the Year— P/K, Billy Janssen 2011 stats: 12/16 in FG’s, 34/37 in PAT’s and 43.3 yards per punt

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Drake loses 61-48 to UIC in season opener by Taylor Soule

Staff Writer

The Drake women’s basketball team left the University at Illinois-Chicago Pavilion with a loss in the books and improvement in mind following last Saturday afternoon’s 61-48 seasonopening defeat. Faulty shooting and foul trouble plagued the Bulldogs amid their efforts to ward off a tough Illinois-Chicago offense. Two early fouls sent senior forward Rachael Hackbarth to the sidelines in the game’s initial minutes, limiting her to just four points in the first half. “Foul trouble in the first half hurt our team,” head coach Amy Stephens said in a Drake Athletics press release. “We have to do a better job of staying out of that situation.” UIC powered a 7-0 run to earn a 20-13 first-half lead. The Bulldogs answered with a 7-0 run to even the score at 20-20 entering halftime. But then the Flames turned up the heat. Energized following halftime, UIC recorded a 10-4 run to start the second half. The Bulldogs managed to narrow

the Flames’ advantage to 34-30, but their offensive push was again shortlived as UIC pulled away for the win at home. Hackbarth recorded a team-high 17 points and nine rebounds in the contest, with 14 points in the second half. Senior guard Brittnye McSparron added 10 points and four rebounds. From behind the arc, senior guard Amber Wollschlager added six points on two three-point baskets, and redshirt freshman guard Carly Grenfell added one 3-pointer. The Flames rounded out last Saturday’s victory with 44.7 percent shooting from the floor, compared to just 38.2 percent by the Bulldogs. With only two Bulldogs recording double-digits in points, Drake looks to improve both on defense and on offense entering tomorrow’s game against instate rival Iowa State. “We didn’t have enough offensive balance overall to put ourselves in a position to win the game,” Stephens said. “Overall, our defensive effort in the second half wasn’t where it needed to be. We gave up too many easy baskets.” The Bulldogs take on Iowa State tomorrow at the Knapp Center. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.

DRAKE FOOTBALL makes a line to greet the fans at Drake Stadium on Saturday at the end of the game. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 9-2 record.


Bulldogs breeze by Upper Iowa Five players reach double figures in opener by Matt Moran

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Five Bulldogs scored in double figures to lead Drake to an 83-58 rout over Upper Iowa in the team’s regular-season opener last Saturday at the Knapp Center. A hot-shooting Drake squad made 51.8 percent of its field goals. Junior Aaron Hawley led the Bulldogs with 23 points and seven rebounds. Redshirt junior Jordan Clarke, redshirt senior Kraidon Woods and redshirt sophomore David Smith all returned from injuries to give Drake more depth than in its exhibition loss to Quincy on Nov. 5, when only eight Bulldogs suited up. Redshirt freshmen Karl Madison (13 points) and Jeremy Jeffers (15 points) had productive nights in their regularseason debuts. Jeffers was a perfect 6-of6 at the free throw line while Madison added two assists. “When you look at Karl (Madison) and see that he’s got 119, 120 more games left to be a Bulldog, it’s really excited what he did tonight,” head coach Mark Phelps said in a Drake Athletics press release. Simons (12 points) moved back to

his natural position on the wing. Against Quincy, he was forced to fill time at all five positions. Simons was 5-of-15 from the field and had five rebounds. Clarke (11 points) returned to the starting lineup at power forward. He logged 23 minutes and had a team-high eight rebounds. He was 5-of-6 from the floor. Drake pulled away from the Peacocks with 6:31 left in the first half, when the Bulldogs went on a 19-5 run. Hawley knocked down two 3-pointers during that stretch. “Defense has been our focus for so long,” Hawley said. “Unfortunately, it took us that long to get going, but once we did, things turned around for us.” Drake’s defense held Upper Iowa to just 14 field goals and 31.8 percent shooting. The Bulldogs dominated inside, outscoring the Peacocks 42-14 in the paint. Upper Iowa center Tucker Wentzien led the team with 14 points and added six rebounds. Brad Arnold came off the bench to add 11 points. It was the second-straight year in which Drake won its opening game of the season. The Bulldogs forced 16 Upper Iowa turnovers in this opener. “There’s some things that we can build on,” Phelps said. “There’s some

things we can teach from as well. We have to be a defensive team. We have to be a team that hangs its hat on the defensive end.” For the second straight game, Madison fouled out. Tomorrow night, though, he will receive more help at the point guard position with the return of senior Kurt Alexander from suspension. Sophomore standout Rayvonte Rice will also return from a two-game suspension for the contest against Iowa State at 8 p.m. at the Knapp Center. “The Cyclones have a lot of fire power on the offensive end,” Phelps said. “They can shoot it from three, they’ve got guys who can get in the paint, they have a low-post presence and they’re going to be a heck of a challenge.” After tomorrow’s game, Drake heads to the island of St. Thomas this Friday for the Paradise Jam. The Bulldogs will take on Mississippi at 2:30 p.m., but the team’s schedule for the rest of the tournament is yet to be determined. Before the Drake men take on Iowa State tomorrow, the Bulldog women’s squad will take on the Cyclones. The double-header at the Knapp Center starts at 5 p.m.

EMILY TOZER| staff photographer REDSHIRT JUNIOR JORDAN CLARKE tries to avoid two Upper Iowa defenders on his way to the basket. Clarke finished the game with 11 points and eight rebounds. The Bulldogs defeated Upper Iowa 83-58 in their first game of the season.

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MVC tournament run ends for Drake, lose in semis by Eduardo Zamarippa

Sports Editor

A pair of first half goals proved too much for the Bulldogs to overcome as they fell to top seed Missouri State 2-0 in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship last Friday. Drake ended the season with an overall record of 11-8-1. The Bulldogs lost four of their last five games, with their lone victory coming last Wednesday when they routed Central Arkansas 3-0 to earn a spot in the semifinal as the No. 4 seed. “We faced the challenge of having played two games in three days, beating Central Arkansas on Wednesday 3-0, and that might have contributed to today’s play, but we had enough opportunities to make a difference, and we didn’t,” head coach Sean Holmes said in a Drake Athletics press release. The Bulldogs got off to a good start. Senior Charles Schwartz’s shot from the top of the box almost opened up the

scoring as it was barely deflected away at the 1:11 mark. A Drake giveaway in the midfield led to a Bears one-on-one opportunity that Jordan Hoffman put away to give Missouri State a 1-0 lead at the 19:48 mark. Drake had a terrific opportunity to tie up the game late in the first half. Freshman Thomas Schermoly headed a cross, only to see it bounce off the post. “Thomas (Schermoly) had a chance off a post at 1-0, and had that gone in, it might have altered the course of the game,” Holmes said. But the score remained 1-0 until the Bears delivered a huge blow to the Bulldogs’ MVC title aspirations. After a foul at the 40:16 mark, Danny Frid hit the post off a free kick and following a series of deflections, Heath Melugin found the back of the net to give the Bears a commanding 2-0 lead. Drake came out firing in the second half, looking to trim the deficit to make a late push. Senior Thomas Ostrander came close to scoring at the 64:18 mark, but he saw his shot come up short as time

kept dwindling away. The Bulldogs put nine shots on goal in the second half but could never break the deadlock being patrolled by Missouri State goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg. “I thought we made big mistakes in the first half that cost us dearly, and in the second half we responded, but it was a case of too little, too late,” Holmes said. “Missouri State was tenacious and capitalized on their opportunities. Soccer games are very much about seizing the moment, and Missouri State did that today.” At the 78:31 mark, senior Matt Kuhn came close to scoring for the Bulldogs but once again was denied by Spangenberg. Drake could never figure out the Bears defense. In fact, in over 195 minutes against Missouri State this season, the Bulldogs scored only once off a penalty kick. “I was disappointed in general by the results in the first half, but more so on how tentatively we played,” Holmes said. “At halftime, we attempted to inject a little energy and enthusiasm into the


team, and I think we did that, but at 2-0 it was a tough hole to climb out of.” The Bears registered a 16-12 shot

Missouri State was tenacious and capitalized on their opportunities. Soccer games are very much about seizing the moment, and Missouri State did that today.

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advantage throughout the game, having outshot the Bulldogs 9-3 in the first half.

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec registered a game-high five saves for the Bulldogs. Ostrander led all players with four shots and Schwartz registered three shots for Drake. Kuhn, playing in his school-record 83rd game, leapfrogged Luke Gorczyca for the most games played in a Drake uniform. Eleven seniors saw their Drake careers come to an end: Kadlec, Kuhn, Schwartz, Ostrander, Hunter Kennedy, Colin Lawter, Michael Noonan, Dave Parato, Matt Prather, Matt Reindl and Jordan Stanley. “This ends a chapter in the lives of our seniors, and on Monday (today) we’ll begin to prepare our program for August 2012,” Holmes said. Last Thursday, Kuhn and Schwartz earned first-team All-MVC selections. Sophomore Garrett Crall, Ostrander and Kennedy earned second-team selections. Kadlec was recognized as an honorable mention recipient while freshman Kyle Whigham earned AllFreshman team accolades.


Crew tops Creighton in annual dual meet Fulton, Austin lead Drake at NCAA Regionals

by Kathryn Kriss

Staff Writer

The Drake women’s crew squad finished off its fall season in the team’s annual dual meet against Creighton and proudly brought a victory back to the Drake campus for the second year in a row. A dual meet, unlike a regatta, only involves two teams. At 9:30 a.m. last Saturday, while most strudents were still rolling out of bed, the rowing team was suiting up and hopping into the Des Moines River. Even though this was only the team’s fourth race of the season, the women have said that it was one of the highlights of the year. Rowing

season is split into two halves — a fall regatta season that goes into November, and a spring regatta season that starts in March. The fall season focuses mainly on distance races, usually six kilometers long, while the spring season consists of sprinting races that are usually two kilometers long. Because of these differences, it’s difficult to predict how the spring season will go based on the record of the fall season. Still, senior captain Kat Moore has an optimistic outlook. “The team has had good momentum through the fall, and hopefully that’ll roll into the spring,” Moore said. Senior Brittney Smith agrees with her teammate, and she commented

on how tight-knit the girls are this year and how the team mentality that comes with rowing will only help them as the year progresses. Most of the girls on the team came to Drake having played several sports in high school, but they gave that up with the transition to college. Nearly all agreed that they missed the competitive spirit and team camaraderie, so that is why they chose to join the rowing team. Rowing certainly is competitive — these women get up at 5:30 a.m. every day to practice on the Des Moines River. They train year-round, working out indoors and erging, which is using a dry-land rowing machine called an ergometer, during the offseason.

HILARY DIETZ | sports designer THE VARSITY EIGHT crosses the finish line ahead of Creighton in their annual dual meet. The rowing team concluded their fall season on Saturday and will not compete until Mar.17 when they take on Wichita State on the road.

by Rodney Spears

Staff Writer

MEN This past Saturday, 171 runners poured onto Northern Illinois’ campus for the 10,000-meter NCAA Midwest Regional.  The Drake Bulldog runners were one of 33 teams that made the trip to DeKalb, Ill., and the Bulldogs faced tough competition from schools in the Big East, Big 12 and the Missouri Valley Conference.  Sophomore Brogan Austin, State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Champion, finished in 32 minutes, 13.69 seconds to earn 36th place as he led his team to a 12th-place overall finish.  “Brogan put himself in position early against the very best in the nation,” said head coach Dan Hostager in a Drake athletics press release. “It caught up with him later on in the race, but I’m really proud of his effort.” Senior Colin Hagan finished out his collegiate cross-country career with a respectable 63rd-place finish against the nation’s best with a time of 32:58.23. One place and three seconds behind Hagan was sophomore Omet Kak, who finished 64th with a time of 33:01.87.  Sophomore Doug Brady was 72nd finishing in 33:18.20, and freshman Conor Wells was 93rd, finishing the course in 33:49.86.  “Our men’s team capped off a very successful fall season,” Hostager said. “We’ve got a very young team, and it was great to see our top senior finish off his collegiate cross-country career with another outstanding performance.” As the leaves change colors and fall to the ground, the cross-country season

has come to an end, but the promise of an indoor and outdoor track season wait in the horizon. WOMEN The new kids on the block Mariel Fulton, Melissa Parks and Krista Maguire, all freshmen, competed strongly in the NCAA Midwest Regional last Saturday in Dekalb, Ill.  Fulton led the team with a time of 23:16.90 and a 117th-place finish against the nation’s best on the 6,000-meter course.  Parks finished 13 seconds after Fulton with a time of 23:29.87, earning 128th place. Maguire finished third among the Bulldogs and 144th out of 189 total runners with a time of 23:29.87.  “Our squad went up against a few nationally ranked teams and competed well,” said head coach Dan Hostager in a Drake athletics press release.“It was a great experience for our freshmen.”  Iowa State took home the NCAA Midwest Regional crown, beating out 32 other teams. Oklahoma State, which also brought home the men’s title, finished in second. Both teams will advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championship in Terre Haute, Ind., next Monday. Competing against schools from the nation’s major conferences, such as the Big 12, the three freshmen showed promise for next season.  “Looking back at this year, we have shown great improvement from the start of the season,” Hostager said.  This marks the end of the course for the women’s cross-country team, but it turns its attention to the indoor track season, which will kick off on Dec. 9 with the Iowa State Holiday Preview in Ames, Iowa. Holiday Preview in Ames, Iowa.


Road woes continue for Drake, MVC tournament berth in danger by Taylor Soule

Staff Writer

The Drake volleyball team set its sights on a road win over Bradley in Peoria, Ill., last Friday night, hopeful that a victory would secure a coveted spot in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship. Bradley had other plans, however, as the Braves swept Drake 3-0. Last Saturday night, the Bulldogs traveled to Cedar Falls to take on No. 12 Northern Iowa, again falling 3-0. Drake is now 9-22 overall and 5-12 in the MVC. The Braves sprinted to a 6-2 firstset lead as tough angles sent the Bulldogs scrambling in the match’s initial minutes. A kill by redshirt sophomore middle blocker and outside hitter Stacie Hansen narrowed the Bradley lead to one at 8-7. The Braves committed a handling error to even the set at 8-8, and the sudden shift in momentum forced a Bradley timeout. Much to the Bulldogs’ dismay, that timeout was just what the Braves needed to steamroll through the remainder of the first set. A kill by Courtney Keefe rounded out a 25-16 victory. Bradley never looked back, recording a 25-17 win in the second set. Tallying 14 kills in the third set

alone, the Braves ended the match on another Keefe kill to complete a 2513 final set victory in the sweep. Limited to just 25 total kills compared to the Braves’ 42, the loss left Drake on the MVC tournament qualifying bubble. Junior outside hitter Bentley Mancini led the team with five kills. The Bulldogs expected No. 12 Northern Iowa to pose a threat last Saturday night at the McLeod Center, and the Panthers did just that, dispatching Drake in the 3-0 sweep. The first set proved a lopsided affair as Drake struggled offensively. The Panthers befuddled the Bulldogs in the 25-9 set victory. Entering the second set, the Bulldogs refocused offensively. Unfortunately, UNI controlled critical points to complete a narrow win. At 2312, the Bulldogs rallied to win fivestraight points, closing the Panther advantage to 23-17. Then, UNI’s Michelle Burow stepped in with a kill to give the Panthers set point. After warding off three set points, the Bulldogs committed an attacking error, handing the second set to UNI, 25-20. Eight errors dashed the Bulldogs’ hopes for a win in the third set as the Panthers completed the sweep with a 25-12 victory. “They were getting the job done,”

Drake head coach Tony Sunga said. “We weren’t pushing back as hard as we could have. Our passing kind of left us.” Despite a difficult weekend of MVC play, the Bulldogs still have hope for an MVC tournament berth. “We’re still in the hunt,” Sunga said. “To be considered, we need to win next weekend.” Following the losses, the Bulldogs know a win over Creighton this Saturday night at the Knapp Center is necessary for an MVC tournament bid. The match also marks a pivotal moment as the Bulldogs step on Ron Pearson Court for the final time this season, and it is the last home contest for four seniors. Bidding a Des Moines farewell to seniors Caitlin Johnson, Mikayla Sims, Erika Price and Michelle Reidy, Sunga expects his team to play with a winning work ethic. “It will be an emotional night,” he said. “They (the seniors) will work hard to make sure it’s not their last (match).” Entering its final week of regularseason practice, Sunga said Drake will look to improve passing and digging. Game time for Saturday’s contest is at 7 p.m.

TAYLOR SOULE | staff photographer DRAKE VOLLEYBALL players go up to block a kill attempt. The Bulldogs must beat Creighton next Saturday to stay alive in the MVC tournament chase.

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