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Screening & panel discussion of “Red Sorghum” 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Meredith 106 Projecting Identity 12 - 4 p.m. Anderson Gallery

Saturday Admissions Saturday Visit 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Old Main Fall Festival 1-4 p.m. Pomerantz Stage International Night 5:30-9:30 p.m. FAC & Olmsted

Sunday Drake Choir Concert 3-4:30 p.m. Sheslow

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Initiative looks to remove bottled water Staff Writer

This week, Drake University students have the opportunity to support a movement that aims to eliminate the sale of bottled water on campus. “F Bottled Water,” or FBW, is a project intended to make Drake a greener campus by eliminating bottled water and providing students with reusable water bottles. It was started by students in the leadership concentration capstone course as a semester-long project. “We were looking for something that would benefit the campus, push the campus in a positive direction and have an impact,” said Scott Morrett, a P1 student in the class. Students involved in FBW have been in the Olmsted Breezeway all week to promote and gather support for the movement. Monday was “Blitz Day,” which intended to raise awareness of the impacts of bottled water. Tuesday featured a water taste test, where students could compare bottled water with Des Moines tap water. Wednesday evening, the documentary “Tapped,” which investigates the bottled water industry, was shown at Pomerantz Stage. Today, students who pledge to support the cause can receive a

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Jeremy Leong | staff photographer JUNIOR ALLIE QUINN (right) AND ANOTHER MEMBER OF “F BOTTLED WATER” work with students to taste tap and bottled water in the Olmsted Breezeway earlier this week. F Bottled Water is part of the leadership concentration capstone course.

free reusable bottle if they trade in a plastic one. Allie Quinn, a junior working for FBW said Drake is one of the last “bigger” schools in Iowa to start this sort of initiative. Grinnell College has already eliminated bottled water, and Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa are in the

process of doing so. “If all these other schools are doing it, Drake should be right up there with them, showing we have student leaders wanting to cause change,” Quinn said. Many students and faculty are behind FBW and think it is a big step in the right direction for

Drake. Student Body President Amanda Laurent, who is part of the capstone class, talked to President David Maxwell about the movement. “He thinks it’s a great idea and


Crafting blankets for children with cancer Ashley Beall

Staff Writer

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Campus Calendar Thanksgiving Grand Buffet 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Parents Hall


Ashley Beall | staff photographer A STUDENT IN THE “GENEROSITY OF THE HEART” cuts Superman fabric to create a tie blanket to gift children with cancer on Sunday morning.

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On Sunday Nov. 11, the FirstYear Seminar “Generosity of the Heart” made blankets for Children’s Cancer Connection. The class gathered in Levitt Hall and made fleece blankets for children with cancer. “I think it’s awesome that 19 college students came together on a Sunday to make blankets for children with cancer,” said Pam Pepper, professor and Director of Development Operations and Annual Fund Programs. Pepper teaches the class along with Director of Alumni and Parent Programs Blake Campbell.

The class, which is based on understanding philanthropy and how to implement it into your life, heads up one big project for the semester, and the students get to decide which cause to support. After mulling over several ideas, first-year student Taylor Wiebers came up with the idea to make blankets for children with cancer. Wiebers reached out to the CCC and talked with them about the blanket-making process. “I suggested this idea because I’ve seen how something as simple as a blanket can make such a positive impact on a child with cancer,” Wiebers said. “I met a little

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Sodexo tier myth debunked, examined at Drake Austin Cannon and Sarah Fulton Staff Writers and

The perception exists that Sodexo works on a tiered food quality system, and Drake University’s food is at the lowest tier. However, regional Sodexo Manger Carla Carlson said this is not true and has never been true. “We have been on this campus for a long time, and I have never heard of this tiered thing,” Carlson said. “We have been really in touch with students so we can understand what students want and what they mean.” However, while the tier system does not exist at Drake, Student Services Senator-at-Large Ekta Haria, believes Sodexo does have a tier system.

“In fact, when I was talking to other schools that have Sodexo, they do have tiers, but (with Drake) being such a small campus, they do not offer the tier system,” Haria said. Sodexo General Manager Dannie Crozier said the tier system does not exist at large schools, but food can vary based on school size. “Often what you see when you are talking about the large state institutions, you may see more brands and if different means variety, it depends on what people perceived being better. Some of those things vary from account to account,” Crozier said. Crozier said there is no way for students at Drake to pay more for better “quality” food. At the same time he questions what there is to improve.



“Chicken breast is chicken breast. It is the same chicken breast that Centro is going to order,” Crozier said. Vice President of Business and Finance Deborah Newsom agrees with Crozier about the quality of the food. “We would not tolerate or stand for food that was not of a good quality,” Newsom said. While many have differing opinions of Sodexo food, many are unsatisfied. “I mean it’s not horrible. It’s not the best ... it’s adequate for the price,” said Paul Shay, a sophomore acting major. Saiumamaheswari Saichellappa, a junior majoring in neuroscience, has no issues with the food itself but would like to see more variety. “I just was hoping for more va-



Luke Nankivell | photo editor STUDENTS EAT A MEAL IN QUAD CREEK CAFE this week. Some students have mixed feelings about the quality of food served in the Hubbell Dining Halls.

riety, I guess. It seems like it’s mostly the same things every day.” Junior Chinese exchange student Qi Chem also voiced the need

for variety but also addressed health concerns.

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“(Hubbell) has many choices, but everyday it just repeat(s) the same food every day ... many food(s) are high (in) calories, so it’s not very healthy, and we all get fatter,” Chem said. Carlson says that she understands that eating the same food everyday can be monotonous, but she also said that quality differs from person to person. In a poll of fifty Drake Students picked at random, 68 percent of students described food quality as “average,” and 30 percent said “below average” while only two percent of students asked think the food is “above average.” When the same 50 students were asked whether or not they would be open to an increase in price for higher quality food, 64 percent responded with “no.” Thirty-four percent would accept the price increase, while two percent was undecided. However, Crozier said there is no “absolute” way for students to pay more for “higher quality” food. Sodexo’s liaison to Drake, Caron Findlay, says that she has not heard students complain about food quality. “I have not heard anything either. I think people know that I am the liaison, and I have not heard anything,” Findlay said. Haria runs a Facebook page that allows students to voice their com-

plaints on dining, and she interacts with Sodexo on a regular basis to address those issues. “As shocking as it may sound, they are very receptive to whatever I am saying. They (Sodexo) will listen — they will take it down. Their only problem is red tape. They are very slow in responding back because they have a lot of positions and they have to go through,” Haria said. Haria has seen a second soup option added at Hubbell South and believes she can play a role in increasing food quality at Quad Creek Cafe. “At Hubbell North (Quad), I feel the quality can be improved. That is because they subcontract this other company called ‘Hot Stuff’ for pizzas (and) burritos — those sections. Those sections need to be removed because they are not healthy, and they are not fresh enough ... I have talked to Sodexo, and they said by the end of this year, they intend to not renew with Hot Stuff and instead just have their own brand of burrito and pizza.” Haria believes that the basis for improving the dining hall food should not be based on tiers but simply the food itself. “One thing they can work on is improving the food,” Haria said. “It is not necessarily calling it tier one, two, three or four, but improving it in general.”

Out of 50 people polled...

Quality of food: Above Average - 2% (1 person) Average - 68% (34 people) Below Average - 30% (15 people) Pay more for better quality? Yes - 34% (17 people) No - 64% (32 people) Undecided - 2% (1 person)

Jeremy Leong | staff photographer TAKING A BREAK could mean the difference between avoiding be stressed out and getting sick. The health center on campus can help any student on the verge of coming down with a sickness, it also offers the flu vaccine for $20.

Emily Tyler

Staff Writer

Cold and flu season is infiltrating Drake University. Between colder weather and the stress of exams, immune systems are weakened around this time, and they become more susceptible to germs and viruses. There are, of course, the basic ways of prevention that parents have been teaching children for generations: wash your hands after you go to the bathroom and before you eat, don’t share food and drinks, eat well, exercise and get plenty of rest. Exercising or doing some other stress reliever for even 30 minutes a day is a great way to keep your immune systems strong. If you find yourself getting too stressed out about a certain project or paper, take 20 minutes to relax and then

Tieing blankets for a moving cause BLANKETS, page 1 boy named Josh at an elementary school in my town when he was newly diagnosed with leukemia. I would go with him to treatment and it was the first time I had ever seen something like that. When he was at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital he was given a fleece, and it gave him a lot of comfort through the tough treatment.” The class made a total of 23 fleece blankets, each decorated with different patterns from Disney princesses to Superman. The blankets will be presented to a representative from the CCC, and they will later be given to the children from the organization. “This was a really rewarding way to spend my Sunday,” said first-year student Mary Hausler. “It is nice to know that you can volunteer and change lives by just taking two hours out of your day to do arts and crafts with friends.” The class will present the blankets to Elly Shaw, the volunteer and information manager at the CCC, who will pass out these blankets to each child diagnosed with cancer at a local hospital. “The work of the FYS class speaks to the purest form of philanthropy — not just doing good for others but doing good for those whom you may never see, meet or be able to admire the impact of your work.” said Campbell. “Pam (Pepper) and I are extremely proud of these students for this effort and for the many acts of philanthropy that we are certain they will perform for years to come.”

get back to work. Preparing for end-of-semester assignments and exams in advance will help keep you more relaxed and will limit the amount of last-minute cramming that will cause you to lose sleep. For those seeking extra immunities, the Wellness Center offers this year’s flu vaccine in both shot and mist form for $20. The price will drop as they encourage more students to get vaccinated to use up their remaining supplies. The Health Center also offers complimentary, reusable thermometers that list the different symptoms between the flu and colds (fevers are often a sign of the flu). The stomach flu is a separate virus than the regular flu, by the way, and it is often something that just needs to run its course, as is unfortunately the case with most illnesses. “Being sick was a travesty.

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Difference in being undecided Emily Sadecki

Staff Writer

Ashley Beall | staff photographer

“GENEROSITY OF THE HEART” FYS students work to create fleece blankets for children with cancer. The FYS made 23 blankets for cancer patients.


Medicine can help with the common cold, but it can’t fix it. It’s something that just has to run its course,” said first-year Alexi Delathouder, who recently suffered being sick. “Don’t worry about putting on makeup, just stay in your sweats. You’ll feel a lot better.” Nurses will tell you similarly to stick to the school-old order of staying home if you are sick (and hey — it can be a good excuse to miss class and take a relaxing day for yourself). For anyone with questions or concerns, the Health Center encourages you to come in and see them. If you’re too sick or don’t want to walk over, people are welcome to call with their questions at 515-271-3731. Overall, live well, stay healthy and if you do get sick, be courteous to others and stay home.

In comparison to state schools, Drake University has a relatively low number of students who remain undecided about their major. Many times, people at other institutions will wait to declare their major until their sophomore year, and sometimes, even junior year. How is Drake different? Senior Admission Counselor Chris Slocombe breaks it down to three main reasons: the cost of Drake, the type of students that come to Drake and the type of school that Drake is. It is no secret that even though they try to make it affordable for families, Drake is more expensive than a state school. “The type of student that looks at a school like us is typically a little more motivated in the sense that it costs a lot more money, and so because of that, they are more likely to have one or two things in mind,” Slocombe said. “They also get more pressure from home to pick something.” Drake tuition, including room and board, for the 2012-2013 school year is $38,236. When parents are footing the bill, they like to know that their student’s time here is being used wisely. “In addition to their own drive and their parents wanting them to choose something, the type of school that we are allows them to try out stuff earlier,” Slocombe said. “At certain public schools, there are classes that you need to take before you even sniff business classes. When they are pretty sure what they want to go into, they can get in and try it out, whereas normally at a state school, they would have to be

undecided.” During thew admission process, students are encouraged to try any major (excluding pharmacy) right away. Another aspect of Drake that makes it easy for students to declare a major is the ability to obtain a double major. “There are a ton of students here that will get a double major, and even if they are not double majoring in something, they will get a minor or a concentration, so there is a ton of the ability to do that makes students feel like they don’t need to decide,” Slocombe said. For students that are undecided, Drake offers the ability to explore a large breadth of interests. Senior Emmy Lustig came in undecided. “I think the nice thing about Drake is that you don’t have to have two years of required coursework before either you declare a major or are able to get into specific classes,” Lustig said. “I took a variety of classes my freshman year. My focus was to take courses that I thought would interest me and figure out what I wanted to do.” Having such a small amount of students that are undecided can also have its drawbacks. First-year Ben Verhasselt is currently undecided. “I found out very quickly that Drake isn’t a very conducive environment for an undecided major, but after seeing a lot of people change their major, I am glad I am undecided so I can better formulate my major so I won’t have to change it,” Verhasselt said. The ability to cater to students on all levels of certainty — from those who have had their plans set since they were in diapers to those that have interests in two or more areas — is just one more thing that sets Drake apart.



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Opinions&Editorials Column


Staying fashionably warm

J-term not productive time for first-years

A winter coat for every student’s kind of style

Olivia O’hea Columnist

courtesy of EMILY TOZER

Emily Tozer Columnist Winter seemed to come out of nowhere this year. We were in our sweaters and slowly pulling out the boots and coats when the frost came and froze all of our doors


shut. If you hadn’t thought to take care of your winter coat situation yet, here are five stylish coats to choose from. Parka Quilted, insulated, down-parkas are probably your warmest option. For an extra cozy season, get an extra-plush, long coat with a hood. Fur-lined? Even better. Fur Coat If you’re the type of person who treats coats as an accessory, then this one is a must. You can wake up 10 minutes before you have to leave for class, throw on this and a pair of jeans, and no one will ever know. Neutrals — black, grey, dark brown, tan, cream — are most common and probably the most versatile, but right now I’m

in love with colored fur coats like teal, burgundy, plum and red. Boyfriend Coat The boyfriend coat is a new silhouette this season — it’s oversized, cocoon-shaped coat that flirts with the menswear trend that’s been big for a while. Some have fur collars or leather sleeves, but most are made of wool and are incredibly warm. And long coats are always better for these frigid, Iowa winters. Pea Coat The pea coat is perennial. The colors may change with those popular that season, but the simple shape and warm wool come back year after year. Toggle Coat With its length, slight flare in

the shape and folded collar, I see these coats as warmer, winter versions of the ever classic trench coat. Leather and wool are most common. The toggle closures are slightly military-esque and, beyond practicality, they are much more figure flattering than your typical shapeless outerwear.

Tozer is a senior magazines major and can be reached at emily.tozer@

Clearing nation’s debt needs to take priority Taylor Larson Columnist Last week, the 2012 elections drew to a close. Votes were tallied and winners were declared. Gone are the hours of political debates and campaign ads between sitcoms — at least for another three years. But the job of the American people has only begun. Now is the time to

speak up and tell our lawmakers what needs to be done. There is one particular issue that, regardless of party affiliation, every American must urge their elected officials to act on: the debt. Currently, our nation’s debt stands at over $16 trillion and counting. To blame are economic downturn, an aging population, growing health care costs, and poor policy decisions by each party. Accumulating such incredible debt will have consequences for the American economy and the economic environment in Iowa. The cost of borrowing money will increase as the level of debt increases, making college more expensive or out of reach for young adults. If a degree is obtainable, the uncertainty of a job will still linger, if we do not get our country back on track. Our generation must step

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up to the plate and demand better if we want change. Organizations like The Campaign to Fix the Debt are springing up across the nation to avert the growing debt and impending fiscal cliff. They argue that while the growing deficit undeniably needs to be reduced, the fiscal cliff does too much too soon. We need a more gradual, long-term solution to protect the already fragile economic state of the nation and avoid doing further damage. Congress must come together now and create a bipartisan, comprehensive debt solution. They must look at a plan that creates revenue, cuts wasteful and lowpriority spending, and reforms our entitlement programs to make sure they are solvent for generations to come. Regardless of the plan, compromise will have to play apart for

it to be fiscally responsible. It will require a compromise on both sides of the isle and require everyone to give something up. But this is a sacrifice we must make to ensure the wellbeing of our country. We must act now — our voices matter. Sign the Fix the Debt petition at Communicate with your state legislators and Congressmen from Iowa. Educate your friends on the importance of addressing this issue. These issues are at our doorstep, and inaction is not an option.

Larson is a sophomore public relations major and can be reached at

Drake’s new J-term program is an exciting opportunity for students and faculty-alike — unless you’re a first-year student that is. Running from Jan. 7-25, students can travel or take an extra class with topics ranging from Robot Programming and Control Theory to Leadership at Sea (yes, in the Bahamas!) to Theories of Myths and Archetypes: Harry Potter and the Golden Fleece. I don’t even need to read the course descriptions to know that I want to take them all, but as a first-year, I’ll be forced to stay at home while all the sophomore, juniors and seniors get to cruise around the Caribbean, read Harry Potter and program robots. If there was ever a time I’ve felt like the ragtag, excluded younger sibling, this is it. Winter break is long. Six weeks long to be exact. That’s 42 days — not that I’m counting. In high school, this would’ve made me the happiest student in the world — six weeks to hang out with my friends? Awesome, I’ll take it. Now, however, all my friends live in different states and a few in different countries. I love my family, but if fall break was any indication, six weeks will be way too much family time with way too little best friend time. I can’t talk to my parents about wanting to go back either — one time on the phone, I accidentally called Stalnaker my “home,” and I think my mother cried for a week straight. So what’s a poor first-year to do when the university discards her? I can only watch so many seasons of “30 Rock.” I have no desire to take a part time job at the local mall — if I can’t handle my parents for six weeks straight, I certainly can’t handle cranky, post-Christmas consumers who need to exchange virtually every gift they received. My plan is to sleep, eat and potentially write my memoirs — the story of a poor little first-year left all alone in Rockton, Ill. It will be a six-weeklong pity party, and all the firstyears are invited. O’hea is a first-year law, politics and society and journalism double major and can be reached at olivia.

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Features Technology

Virtual world of Hogwarts comes to life Spells, potions, house assignments make up newest HP craze

illustrations by KELLY TAFOYA

POTTERMORE a virtual world where players are sorted into houses, mix potions and duel each other by casting spells. By following the storyline created by J.K. Rowling, Pottermore allows for interaction with Hogwarts. Ashley Beall

Staff Writer

term because I was taking a class that was about Harry Potter, and I got super into it. It was just a cool way to remember my childhood, and I had a hard time of letting go of Harry Potter because it was

Wands, wizards, witchcraft. There’s only one place that could contain all this: Pottermore. An extension of the “Harry Potter” novels, J.K. Rowling reveals the secrets of Harry Potter including details regarding characters, locations and just more about Harry Potter in general on this website. Pottermore also allows its members to buy ebooks and read new details about Harry Potter. “For the most part, I really like it. I think it’s a lot of fun to go more in-depth in the Harry Potter story. I’ve had the account a little over — Rudy Kammel, Drake first-year a year,” said first-year Rudy Kammel. Last spring, Pottermore exploded all over campus. “I heard about it spring semester last year when it kind of blew up, and everyone was such a big part of my childhood. playing each other in the potions So when this website came out, it game and stuff.” said sophomore was awesome.” Mikhala Stuzman. “It blew up for a Pottermore takes you through month, but then kind of faded out. the stories of Harry Potter, and At one point it was super intense, it starts out on the street of the and everyone was super nerdy house he lived in: Number 4, about it. I played it for a short time Privet Drive, Little Whinging. The last year. I signed up for it over J- game offers insight into some of

the minor characters and gives more background information about them. “This aspect of the game interested me more than the actual game.” Stutzman said. “I’m an English major so I think it’s really fascinating how J.K. Rowling writes and how she develops her characters, and what might seem like a small detail in the book had so much thought put into it. Pottermore made me realize how much time it took for her to put all the stories together.” Pottermore also allows you to be sorted into one of the four houses: Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Gryffindor. “I was placed in Ravenclaw,” Stutzman said. “I took a quiz that asked questions like what potions would you choose: love, potion, luck, etc. I was so happy, Ravenclaws are so smart and studious.” While Pottermore seems like an amazing website, there are a few problems with it. “I don’t like how it takes so long for her (Rowling) to come out with new parts. I just want to read more. It’s going to take seven years to be finished, I want it now,” Kammel said.

“For the most part, I really like it. I think it’s a lot of fun to go more in-depth in the Harry Potter story. I’ve had the account a little over a year.”

>>Pottermore’s house cup will be awarded November 21st

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Thanks to everyone who made a contribution during Philanthropy @ Drake Week. Because of your gift to Drake, we can provide thousands of dollars in scholarship support to future Drake Bulldogs. You are paying it forward. For that, we can’t thank you enough.



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PageFive Campus Events

Madrigal dinner rings in holiday cheer

Festive, music filled yuletide meal transports students back in time Emily Gregor

in this opportunity this holiday season. “I’m really looking forward to this new and exciting experience,” Baker said. Madrigal is a lovely Old English term used to describe a lyrical poem set to music, and in this case, your dinner will be set to

Staff Writer

As the temperature outside continues to fall, the Drake University fine arts department will warm you up with its annual Drake Madrigal Dinners on Dec. 1 (7 p.m.) and Dec. 2 (5 p.m.). When you think of the meaning of “Madrigal” go back to “Winter Wonderland” seen through the eyes of Tiny Tim and Mr. Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Think of elaborate gowns, top hats and chestnuts roasting on a cozy open fire to — Nick Baker, first-year truly envision such an occasion. “The dinners are special because you feel like you are transported to a different world,” said harmonious tunes provided by senior Madeline Judge. none other than the Drake ChamIn her first year, Judge per- ber Choir. formed in the Madrigal Dinners, “Nothing brings people tobut this year she is looking for- gether like beautiful music,” Judge ward to being on the receiving said. end of the spectacle. With that, Baker agrees, addFirst-year ensemble member ing, “It’s such a unique experiNick Baker anticipates his first ence.” time being a part of this event beIf the music isn’t enough to cause he’s never experienced any- get you there, the food alone will thing like it. He’s ready to indulge make you want to deck the halls

“People should attend the Madrigal Dinners because it is a unique, fun experience at least once in their lives.”

Drake Madrigal Dinner >>December 1st at 7 p.m. >>December 2nd at 5 p.m. Come prepared to celebrate the holiday season — yuletide style!

with endless boughs of holly. “It feels like a special occasion and the food is delicious,” Judge said. And that it is. Boar’s head, wassail bowl, fig pudding, Cornish game hens, garlic mashed potatoes, baked apples, scones and so much more await at this banquet of holiday cheer. “People should attend the Madrigal Dinners because it is a unique, fun experience that everyone should experience at least once in their lives,” Baker said. “Plus, it’s just a fun time.” Luckily, so no one has any excuse to miss such a jolly opportunity. Tickets cost $50. “I think the Madrigal Dinners are something that people look forward to every year,” Baker said. “People consistently make plans to attend each year because the performances are so exceptional.” Instead of letting the snow make you sing along to “Baby It’s Cold Outside” in your residence hall this year, choose to enjoy a great dinner with your fellow Bulldogs and celebrate the holidays Madrigal-style.


THE MADRIGAL DINNER is a yuletide feast featuring time-period appropriate cuisine, students in costumes and singing music thrown by Drake’s department of Fine Arts to celebrate the upcoming holiday season.

>>Have an idea for a story or a Students Speak? Email Features Editor, Kelly Tafoya at kelly.tafoya@

Check it out>>> Thursday >Deicide >Vaudville Mews >5:30 p.m.

Friday >A Little House Christmas >Des Moines Community Playhouse >7 p.m.

Saturday >You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown >Des Moines Social Club >7 p.m.

Sunday >Callahan Promotions Arts & Craft Show >Iowa State Fair >10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

<<<This week in DSM



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Sports Women’s Basketball

Late rally falls short against South Dakota Coyotes’ defense holds Drake to low shooting percentage in opener Ashley Beall

Staff Writer

The Drake’s women’s basketball team came up short in its season opener against South Dakota, losing 74-69 on Sunday at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs came into the game having won both of their exhibition games comfortably but faced a tough opponent in South Dakota. The Coyotes ended the Bulldogs’ Women’s National Invitational Tournament hopes last season, defeating Drake 61-53 in the opening round in Vermillion, S.D. The loss ended the Bulldogs’ season. “I knew it was going to be different, South Dakota is a very good team. I knew they were going to start off attacking because they had lost their previous game. We came out a little timid compared to what we need to be,” said sophomore Kyndal Clark. Clark scored 21 points against the Coyotes. South Dakota played tough defense and held the Bulldogs to just 34.3 percent from the field in the game, including 27.3 percent in the second half. The Bulldogs were unable to put a stop to their offensive woes and South Dakota’s guard Nicole Seekamp dominated the game, finishing with 18 points and six assists. “I thought our players showed a lot of fight especially in the last seven and a half minutes, you always want the ‘W’ (win), but at the same time, I think that we’re still learning a lot,” said head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “We’re still learning how to play together, to control the tempo the entire time and when we played up tempo and we rebounded, we were in control of the game, and when we didn’t, we didn’t, and South Dakota to their credit is a good team.” Junior Morgan Reid recorded a doubledouble with 11 points and 13 rebounds. The Bulldogs got a big boost from the bench when sophomore Liza Heap came out in the second half and sparked their offense. “She (Liza Heap)came in with a spark that

turned us around and got us going,” Clark said. Heap scored 12 points coming off the bench and helped the team find its energy. Heap wasn’t the only player off the bench to step up, though. The Bulldogs were able to cut down South Dakota’s lead to 69-63 thanks to a 3-pointer by junior Mary Pat Specht. The Bulldogs trailed by four at the half and trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half. “When Mary Pat Specht hit that 3-pointer to put it within a two possession game, the crowd went nuts and it was awesome and people were into it,” Baranczyk said. “I think now we just have to learn how to win.” With the momentum on their side, the Bulldogs fought to close the gap in the final minutes but came up short. “I’m really proud of this team and the fact that we didn’t back down and if we’d had another minute, we would have had them,” Clark said. While the last seven and a half minutes helped the team come together, the players acknowledge they still need to improve on a few things. “Our goal is to come out and control the game from the beginning and go back to our three keys: rebounding, communication and up-tempo style of play,” Clark said. With a game on Sunday at 2 p.m. against Illinois at Chicago at the Knapp Center, the Bulldogs are looking to avenge last season’s defeat. Drake lost to UIC 6148 last season. “We just want to come out with the first punch, for this game we just weren’t playing Drake basketball. We just want to play Drake basketball,” Clark said. Baranczyk hopes the Bulldogs will continue the transition to a new style of play, looking for their first win of the year. “Rebounding is going to be a staple of ours and continuing with the up tempo styles the entire game, because I think that’s something that I’m not going to compromise and our staff isn’t going to compromise,” Baranczyk said. “It’s a lot more fun to play and a lot more fun to watch.”

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REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE GUARD CARLY GRENFELL prepares to shoot a jumper against South Dakota on Sunday at the Knapp Center. Grenfell contributed seven points against the Coyotes.

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NOV. 11 NOV. 23 NOV. 27 DEC. 02 NOV. 2 NOV. 7 NOV. 18 vs Quincy vs Upper Iowa vs South Dakota vs Illinois at Chicago @ UC Irvine @ Iowa State vs Chicago State L, 74-69 3:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 2:05 p.m. W, 73-38 W, 81-51 2:05 p.m. Men’s Basketball

Road swing looms as Drake faces talented Detroit squad Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa

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Joel Venzke | staff photographer

FRESHMAN GUARD MICAH MASON prepares to shoot a layup against Division II William Jewell last Saturday. Drake beat William Jewell, 96-66.


Coming off a season-opening 96-66 win over William Jewell, the Drake Bulldogs (1-0) will now hit the road to take on the talented Detroit Titans (1-1) on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Calihan Hall. Detroit will provide a measuring stick for the Bulldogs. The Titans finished 22-14 last season and won the Horizon League tournament to earn an NCAA Tournament bid where they fell to Kansas in the opening round. Detroit won its opening game of the season over Northern Michigan, 88-53, and lost to St. Johns 77-74 on the road on Tuesday as part of ESPN’s College Hoops TipOff Marathon. The Titans are led by 6’3” point guard Ray McCallum. “(Ray) McCallum at the point guard, I mean, he’s a terrific player and he’s a really, really complete point guard in that he can distribute, he can score, he can shoot threes, so he makes it challenging,” said head coach Mark Phelps. “Certainly they have a veteran team. They’ve got scoring all over the floor, they have athleticism, they really pressure the ball and they have a confidence about their team being an NCAA Tournament team from last year. They have a highlevel of confidence, and they’re playing at home.” McCallum earned Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year honors and a Wooden Award Top-50 selection. McCallum led the Titans in scoring (15.4), assists

(4.0) and steals (1.6) per game. The Bulldogs will have to find a way to slow down McCallum and control the Titans’ explosiveness. “I don’t think you go into the game thinking one guy is going to shut him (McCallum) down. We’re going to have to play several guys on him, but I think everybody on the floor, all five guys, have to be aware of him,” Phelps said. “He clearly makes their team go. We’re going to have to be aware of where he is at all time and provide help for whoever is guarding him.” Execution and rebounding are two areas the Bulldogs will need to improve on against the Titans. “Obviously it’s going to be a good game,” said senior Ben Simons. “We’re going to have to handle the pressure. They have a lot of athletic players. We’re going to have to execute and go in there and rebound. That’s something that we know we have to work on, and that’s something that we’re going to have to do if we want to win the game.” This will be the 20th meeting between the Titans and the Bulldogs with Drake leading the alltime series 10-9. However, the Bulldogs are only 2-7 against the Titans in Detroit and 1-4 in Calihan Hall. The two teams last met last year on Feb. 19 at the Knapp Center, when the Bulldogs edged the Titans 84-76 in their BracketBusters match-up. The Bulldogs will look to continue their hot three-point shooting. Drake has made 30 three-point attempts in its last two games (one of them was an exhibition game) and posted identical 15-of-24 per-

formances. Drake defeated Division II William Jewell on Saturday (Nov. 10) on the strength of a combined shooting effort of 55.9 percent from the field. Simons led the Bulldogs with 25 points and three rebounds. Junior Richard Carter finished with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists on 4-of-4 from three-point range in his Drake debut. Despite the Bulldogs’ impressive offensive performances, there is still work to be done on the defensive end, and they’ll have to up their effort against the Titans. “Obviously, our defense. We are still working on some things, but every team is at this point of the season. The season’s new, we are still working on our defenses, rebounding, but we’ve got to really improve on everything. You can’t be satisfied after two games with what we are doing,” Simons said. “Obviously, we’re putting up great numbers on offense but there’s still more things we could do as far as running the floor hard, getting out in transition, getting more easy baskets.” Phelps said the Bulldogs are hoping fifth-year senior Chris Hines will be ready to make his season debut after missing the last two games. Hines had his knee scoped in October. Redshirt sophomore Karl Madison had his knee scoped on Tuesday and his return date is still unknown. The Bulldogs will need all hands on deck to fend-off McCallum and the explosive Titans.



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Drake eyes second consecutive share of PFL title Fourth-ranked Jacksonville poses a challenge as Bulldogs face season finale Mike Wendlandt

Staff Writer

After dismantling Butler last Saturday, the Drake Bulldogs (7-3, 6-1 PFL) look to secure a share of the conference title for the second straight season when they face Jacksonville (7-3, 5-2 PFL) this Saturday on the road in a meeting of two Pioneer Football League powerhouses to end the season. Drake has not won consecutive titles since 1932. The Bulldogs looks to capitalize on the momentum they regained after dismantling Butler 45-20 and finish the season tied at the top of the conference with Butler, and possibly San Diego — both of whom the Bulldogs already defeated. However, the PFL does not use tiebreakers to determine the champion. If you end up tied for first, then you earn a share of the title. Drake, as usual, is led by PFL Player of the Year candidate Mike Piatkowski, who is looking to cross the 3,000 passing yard barrier in his final game in a Bulldog uniform. The fifth-year senior quarterback comes into the game with 2,996 passing yards (first in the PFL) and 20 touchdowns (second in the PFL). Senior Joey Orlando is currently the second-leading receiver on the team with 44 catches for 459 yards and three touchdowns, while fifthyear senior Tyler Moorehead currently leads the team with seven sacks and has contributed with 60 total tackles. Offensively, the Bulldogs are built for success against this team.

While the Dolphins might be familiar with Piatkowski, the Dolphins haven’t had to deal with sophomore Gary Scott Jr. His 571 rushing yards ranks sixth in the PFL, and his play has improved throughout the season as he proved himself as the starter. Along with Orlando, Rosa, who comes into the game fourth in the PFL in receiving yards with 758. His six receiving touchdowns are tied for second in the PFL. Throw those two together with senior Kevin Marshall at tight end and the Bulldogs have a deadly trio of receivers to carve up the Dolphins. Defensively, the Bulldogs have to be ready to go, but they’ve faced better offenses in the past. Jacksonville is nowhere near the unstoppable offensive force it was in past years, averaging 24.6 points per game this season after averaging 32.5 points per game last season. Jacksonville is led by quarterback Kade Bell, who has encountered a learning curve but has adjusted well to Division I-AA football, throwing for 1,401 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first season under center. The Dolphins are going to be pesky and head coach Kerwin Bell will have them ready, looking to pull off the upset. But Drake knows what’s at stake, and head coach Chris Creighton will have the Bulldogs prepared to repeat as conference co-champs for the second straight year and send off the seniors on an incredibly high note. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.

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SOPHOMORE WIDE RECEIVER GRAHM BUTLER runs the football against Pioneer Football League rival Butler last Saturday at Drake Stadium. The Bulldogs dispatched No. 1 Butler 45-20. Drake faces Jacksonville on Saturday.

Player of the Week

Nick Rosa

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Rosa compiled 123 receiving yards against Pioneer Football League rival Butler on Saturday at Drake Stadium. Rosa’s performance helped the Bulldogs dismantle No. 1 Butler, 45-20. The senior wide receiver leads Drake with 758 yards on the season. He averages 75.8 yards per game. Rosa also boasts six touchdowns on the 2012 campaign.

Bulldogs embrace heroic mindset Let me be the first to tell you that it is tough to get the writing juices flowing after the first loss of the year. Unfortunately, on Sunday afternoon, we came up five points short against the South Dakota Coyotes in our season opener. On the bright side, we have 30-plus games left. And with a nearly sixmonth season, what it comes down to is getting better week after week. It is a long but quick season with no time to waste. It can definitely be tough to stay positive after a loss. However, I feel there is no other choice but to do so. It’s easy to point fingers, blame others and not take ownership for mistakes. When all is said and done, a win or a loss circles back to the team as a whole. A team cannot possibly function without the five people on the court. That’s the bottom line. Through countless honest conversations with teammates and coaches, there is no doubt I learn something new every day or at least view things in a different light than I did before. What a team comes down to is this — understanding one another, believing in each other and trusting each other. This team has shown incredible

glimpses of that. But I know there is much more in us. When things go downhill, that is when a team comes together as one unit. They think to themselves, “What can I possibly do to spark some momentum?” It doesn’t even

Carly Grenfell Columnist have to be scoring. It can be getting someone open, setting a hard screen, crashing the glass harder than you ever have or being a pesky defender. There are a ton of things a player can control to help contribute to the betterment of the team. And once everyone centers her role around this notion, great things are bound to happen. This mindset is so contagious. It is a pull so strong that everyone is impacted in some

way. Celebrating each other’s success is one of the best feelings in the world. Which leads me to another point. Let me just ask, how many people did you see dressed up as superheroes for Halloween this year? Probably quite a few! A hero by definition is appealing to most of us. They “save the day” and are looked up to by many. But with wanting to be (or being) a hero, comes a tremendous amount of pressure. Ultimately because others have high standards for them that they are expected to live up to. Fear not, my friends. If a team can collectively embrace the concept of being heroic, it will be untouchable. Why, you ask? Because “sometimes being a hero means giving up one cause for the good of another.” Her incentive to be a hero is not for her personal pride and well-being. It is for his, or her, very own teammates. Grenfell is a junior public relations and management double major and can be reached at carly.grenfell@


SigEp wins football title

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Campaign to stop sales of bottled water on campus Americans consume 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water each year.

40% of all bottled water is taken from municipal water sources (aka tap water)

Bottled water...

A plastic bottle of drinking water contains on average 4 cents worth of water.

1¢ 1¢

What does it really cost?

1¢ 1¢

17 million barrels of oil are used in the production of water bottles each year. That's enough to fuel 1 million cars for a year.

That breaks down to 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour.

A gallon of bottled water costs three times as much as a gallon of gas.


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BOTTLED WATER, page 1 and thinks all colleges will move to this eventually, so we should be a leader,” Laurent said. Over 40 other Drake organizations are also supporting FBW, including the Drake Environmental Activists League and the Drake Sustainability Committee.

Almost $1,000 of funding was provided as well, with $349 coming from the Student Fees Allocation Committee and $615 coming from the Leadership Concentration. Even with support, there are many technical challenges to making such a drastic change. Sodexo would have the �inal say in pulling bottled water from the shelves, so

it was important for the students running FBW to make sure Sodexo supported the move. Quinn said Sodexo was very supportive of the idea and would be willing to make changes if there is enough student support. To make reusable water bottles a feasible option, there also need to be more re�illing stations, which cost between $1,100 and $1,500. Currently there are three of these on Drake’s campus (Bell Center, Cowles Library and Underground Fitness), and they are being monitored to see how much students use them. Another obstacle is the concession stands. Quinn said bottled water is the most sold item at athletic Jeremy Leong | staff photographer events, so con-

cessions may be unwilling to remove it as an option. Not all students are in favor of the FBW initiative. Senior marketing and management double major, Nate Bleadorn, believes that it is impractical to completely eliminate bottled water. “There’s times when people just need a bottle of water,” Bleadorn said. “Even if you use a re�illable one, sometimes you just need to grab a bottled water.” Yvette Mitchell, a P1, is also concerned about completely eliminating bottled water as an option. “I think that it’s a very admirable cause, but I live off campus, so if I forget my reusable bottle at home, I enjoy being able to buy a bottle in Olmsted on my way to class,” Mitchell said. Morrett admits eliminating water bottles may sometimes cause an inconvenience but believes the effects of bottled water on the environment are not worth the convenience it offers. Morrett thinks that people feel entitled to having bottled water because it’s a convenience they’ve grown up with. “If we take away bottled water, people can go back to doing what

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they did for thousands of years before: drinking out of something else,” Morrett said. One factor that should not prevent students from supporting FBW is the cleanliness of bottled water versus tap water. In 2008, Forbes ranked Des Moines the No. 1 city for clean drinking water. In tests done by Des Moines Water Works, several bottled waters came back with higher E. coli counts than tap water. Eliminating bottled water will more likely be a gradual process than an overnight decision. With all the logistical challenges and opposing opinions that must be overcome, it is unlikely that Drake will be bottled-water-free this semester. However, according to Quinn, that is not necessarily the point. “It’s not really plausible to say that it would happen this semester. Our goal for this semester was to get the buzz going so that next semester we could see more change. It’s only a semester-long class but we’re not just going to stop the mission,” Quinn said. For more information on the F Bottled Water movement, visit their website,, or follow @DrakeFBW on Twitter.

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