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Bulldogs stun Cyclones in thriller by Taylor Soule
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FORWARD JORDAN CLARKE goes in for a layup during Tuesday’s game.
FINAL SCORE 74-65 DRAKE
No clear view Updates to blueView could be in the future
by Jessica Ott
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Drake blueView is a website that all students and professors will have to use at some point for internship and job opportunities, for campus elections, for email access and for tests, assignments and grades. While it’s a necessary tool, it’s far from perfect. “It may not be the prettiest, but it works,” said Amy Letter, assistant professor of English. Angela Embree, who works at support center in Carnegie Hall, said blueView was designed in 2006 with software from SunGard Higher Education Services and several of the school’s departments as a way to organize the previous system, MyDUSIS. It hasn’t been updated since it was created. “We’re working on a plan to update blueView through portal redesign,” Embree said. “It will take a lot of time to implement. Around one to two years.” Due to how expensive the process can be, the plan needs to be approved by the university first. Right now, all Embree said about the updates was that the “groups” feature will be removed, users will have the option of public and private pages, the site will be more user friendly, and it will be
compatible with some social media. Overall, students have mixed feelings about the website. First-year physics and English major Erin Mercurio said she hasn’t had any problems using the site and finds it helpful, although other students haven’t had her luck. First-year business major Samantha Williams thinks the website is useful. “I like it,” Williams said. “I think it’s a handy tool for students to use. I wish it would keep me logged in longer.” Embree said the timed log out on blueView is to protect students’ private data from others. This is also why students can’t choose to stay logged in. Of the different services blueView provids, Blackboard was the most talked about by students and professors. First-year creative advertising major Hannah Powers said she mostly uses blueView to get to Blackboard but is only listed as being enrolled in her math and first-year seminar classes. “I don’t know if the teacher or I should take care of this, and I can’t check my grades for my other classes,” Powers said. Embree said that only professors
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In front of a raucous crowd of 5,665, the Bulldogs delivered one of their best wins in years. Led by junior Ben Simons and sophomore Rayvonte Rice and senior Kurt Alexander the Bulldogs held on to upset the Cyclones 74-65 to improve their record to 2-0 for the first time since 2005. Rice and Alexander returned to the court after their twogame suspension. Drake’s patient shot selection made the difference in Tuesday’s game in pursuit of Iowa’s coveted “Big Four” title. Against a deep and powerful Cyclone lineup, Drake head coach Mark Phelps knew his team needed to be smart about shooting. Drake did just that, recording 50 percent shooting from the floor compared to just 36.8 percent from the Cyclones. Simons played a key role in the Bulldogs’ patient play, leading the team with 24 points and four rebounds. Rice and Alexander also reached double-figured for the Bulldogs. Rice finished the game with 18 points, while Alexander chipped-in 10 points. With 13 lead changes and eight ties throughout the game, it was evident the game was going to come down to the wire. Iowa State tacked on the first point on the scoreboard
with a free throw. Drake responded immediately as Simons netted the first of his four three-pointers to put the Bulldogs on top, 3-1. At 15-13, Rice sank a 3-pointer to force a two-possession game at 1813. The Bulldogs lead dissipated rapidly, though, as Iowa State scored on several critical possessions to tie the game at 26-26. A basket by Alexander lifted Drake above the Cyclones at 28-26 as the minutes ticked away. Drake wasn’t done scoring just yet, though, as a layup by redshirt senior forward Kraidon Woods gave the Bulldogs a loud applause and a 30-27 lead entering halftime. The Bulldogs looked ready to roll in the second half as a basket by redshirt junior forward Jordan Clarke gave Drake it’s largest lead yet at 4337. Down 43-41, the Cyclones sank a pivotal 3-pointer to push them ahead of the Bulldogs at 44-43. Drake’s patient offense stepped in again and the Bulldogs began pulling away. A couple of key defensive stops down the stretch and some timely shooting closed out the Bulldogs’ surprising 74-65 win over the Cyclones. Though Iowa State boasted a lineup that not only has depth but also size, Phelps and the Bulldogs took special care to both guard the basketball on offense and guard the Cyclones on defense. “They put five guys on the floor all of which can score in double digits,”
Phelps said. “I thought the first key for our team was to get off to a good start, and I feel like we did that. We had a heightened awareness of their offensive ability.” Practice was also critical in Tuesday’s win and the Bulldogs’ preparation was evident on the court, according to Phelps. “When we needed grit and toughness, we had it, and we needed poise and composure, I thought we had that,” Phelps said. “Our guys really embraced the preparation for this game (by) zeroing in and focusing in.” Plagued by an injury-riddled lineup, Phelps hopes Tuesday’s win over Iowa State marked the first step toward a healthier team. “I was concerned about our rhythm and our chemistry and we can start to build on that now that we have guys back,” Phelps said. Drake will hit the road for their next match and will get ready for an important non-conference tournament. The Bulldogs take on Mississippi on Friday in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands at the Paradise Jam. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. The Bulldogs will look to buildoff their early-season success. After defeating Iowa State, there is a lot of hope from the Bulldog faithful that Tuesday might have been the beginning of a special season.
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Drake professor selected for U.S.-Japan program Will spend time in D.C. and Japan to help U.S.-Japan relations, policy
by Jessica Ott
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Drake professor Mary McCarthy was selected to be one of fifteen participants in the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program. McCarthy is an assistant professor of politics and teaches courses on Asia and world politics, including “The Government and Politics of Japan” and “Japan and the World: Issues of War and Memory.” She says the program will enrich her teaching of these classes. “I will be able to incorporate the knowledge gained from this program into my teaching, elevating the learning of my students, many of whom go on to careers in politics and international relations,” McCarthy said. McCarthy became interested in Japan after learning Japanese in high school and taking a trip there through a Tokyo-New York High School exchange plan. “I loved Japan and it has seemed like a second home ever since,” said McCarthy. The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership fund the program, which is a networking opportunity for Japan specialists like McCarthy. In order to participate, she had to send in a personal statement, curriculum vita and two professional letters of reference. According to the announcement of the program, the U.S.-Japan Net-
work for the Future’s goal is to use the networking of experts involved to create a new generation of scholars interested in U.S.-Japanese policy. Over the course of the next two years, McCarthy will meet regularly with the other participants. She will also conduct independent research; produce opinion pieces and blogs about U.S.-Japan relations and policy issues; and publish a policy paper. The activities will include a workshop in Washington, D.C. in January; a meeting in Washington, D.C. in June; an autumn retreat in Montana; and a study trip to Japan in June 2013. McCarthy plans to use this opportunity to look at Japan’s foreign relations and how its national identity is affected by domestic policies. She is particularly interested in how Japan’s treatment of war crimes from World War II affects current relations between Japan, the U.S., China and South Korea These issues include Japan’s refusal to acknowledge “comfort women.” Comfort women are defined as young women from occupied areas of Asia and the Pacific Islands whom were taken into sexual servitude by the Japanese military. McCarthy will also examine Japanese government officials, including the country’s previous Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, visiting the Yasukuni Shrine. According to BBC News, the Yasukuni shrine is a Shinto shrine that honors 2.5 million Japanese who died in wars since 1869. Those honored include soldiers, war nurses, students who entered battle and citizens who
committed suicide at the end of World War II. Fourteen class A war criminals are also honored at the shrine. In Shinto tradition, the dead are transformed into “kami” or deities, making it a place of worship as well as remembrance. “An investigation of these cases will contribute to a deeper understanding of what factors keep history issues on the table for governments, and when and why domestic politics influence foreign policy,” McCarthy said.
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TAKING OUT THE TRASH 8:44 a.m. Nov. 12 Security observed a Drake trash can on fire in the 2900 block of University Avenue. Security put the fire out with a fire extinguisher. It is unknown why the trash can caught on fire. The grounds department was advised.
5:52 p.m. Nov. 8 Security and Des Moines Fire Medics responded to Meredith Hall on a report of a staff member who had injured his hip. The staff member was transported to a local hospital by fire medics.
3:52 p.m. Nov. 11 Security responded to the Olmsted pay lot on a report of a motor vehicle accident. A Drake student’s vehicle was hit by a Sodexo truck as she was parking her vehicle. No one was injured. Police were called. Police filed an accident report. Sodexo management was advised. 1:29 a.m. Nov. 12 Security and Des Moines Police responded to a
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local bar near campus on a report of a fight, and one male was on the ground unconscious. Security arrived and found an underage-for-drinking male student unconscious on the sidewalk. Security provided first aid to the student until Des Moines Fire Medics arrived. The male did wake up and was transported to a local hospital by fire medics. Police filed a report. Witnesses stated the bouncer at the bar knocked the student to the ground. The dean of student’s office was advised. 3:22 a.m. Nov. 12 Security on patrol found landscaping rocks knocked off the retaining wall on the south side of Stalnaker Residence Hall. The grounds department was notified. 9:54 a.m. Nov. 12 Security responded to the Olmsted pay lot on a report of a vehicle accident. A Sodexo food service employee hit a parked vehicle with a Sodexo food service truck. No one was hurt.
Information was left on the victim’s vehicle to call Sodexo services for insurance information. 9:25 p.m. Nov. 13 Security responded to the Drake parking lot in the 2900 block of Forest Avenue on a report of a motor vehicle accident. Security found a vehicle that had backed into a parked vehicle, but no driver could be found. Security ran the parking permits and found the owner of the vehicle that had backed into the parked vehicle. He came to the scene. The Drake student stated he did not hit the vehicle; someone must have stolen his vehicle. Police were called and filed an accident report and a stolen vehicle report. Police stated this would be followed up by detectives. 1:52 p.m. Nov. 14 Security responded to the Dial Center parking lot on a report of an injured student that hurt her ankle. A female student twisted her ankle when she stepped off the curb. She refused any medical treatment.
Puppies, philanthropy and giving back Student Alumni Associate hosts a week of events by Lauren Horsch
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Students on campus always hear about philanthropy in terms of Greek life. This week though, that changed. The Student Alumni Association put together a week of events to help give back to the university. Junior Kayleigh Koester helped organize the events and explains what all goes on during the week.
What is new for this year’s Philanthropy@Drake
This year we decided to take it one step further and celebrate philanthropy by doing it. We are conducting an “11 in 11” studentgiving campaign that challenges 11 percent of the student body to donate something, anything. We know that a lot of students don’t have a lot to give. That’s all right. What’s important to us is participation — that’s why the goal is a percentage and not a number. The really cool thing is that by giving a little, Drake can get a lot — if we hit our 11 percent goal, National Alumni Board President Joe Aiello and his wife Leslie will give $11,000 to support student scholarships.
What is Philanthropy@Drake?
Philanthropy@Drake is a project aimed at celebrating the tremendous history of giving at Drake University. It is designed to educate and inspire students to “give back” to each other and the campus community through a variety of projects that occur throughout the week.
How can students get involved?
Go to the our Facebook page (DrakeSAA) click the “Philanthropy Week” tab and follow the link to the online home of Philanthropy@Drake — trust us, this is the site you’re going to want to have bookmarked for the entire week. Updates and information on our daily projects, tweets and pictures about the surprises in store — It’ll all be there.
How can students donate?
Gift forms will be distributed to all major campus buildings. Look for forms on lobby tables, etc. There will also be SAA volunteers walking around the public parts of campus handing them out. To donate, simply take that form and bring it with your gift to any residence hall front desk. Seal it in an envelope at the front desk and put it in the Philanthropy@ Drake box. SAA will come collect it from there.
professor of electronic media, said he agrees with this assessment. Although he admits that he may not have adjusted well from MyDUSIS to blueView, he said he finds blueView cumbersome and easier to work around. “You waste too much time navigating through all the structure, and computers are supposed to be about saving time,” said Wade, who also said that blueView should have been better explained to professors. “Word got around faster about how to get around it then to use it.”
The Puppy Party is a fun way to celebrate at the end of a successful Philanthropy Week. Philanthropy is a fun thing, and it deserves to be celebrated. This year we are partnering with the Bulldog Club of Central Iowa to bring in 15 bulldogs to celebrate with. It’s going to be slobbery smiles, free food and some very profile-picture-worthy photo
How can students get to hang out with those 15 Bulldogs?
Since we’re hoping to also celebrate a successful “11 in 11” project and announce our final totals at the party, we’re making the Puppy Party an exclusive event — only students who give to the project will be allowed past our “bouncer” and in to play with the puppies. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Medbury Honors Lounge and continues until 7:30 p.m. If you forgot to donate during the week but still want to see the puppies, don’t fret. We’ll have materials to donate at the door.
FROM BLUEVIEW, PAGE 2 “We have all classes in Blackboard, but not all professors use it,” Embree said. Professors also have some qualms about the website, particularly with how long it takes to access information. “Everything is in one place, it incorporates emails and committee work and exchanging files,” said Charles Nelson, associate professor of physics and astronomy. “It has its uses, and I use it fairly often. My biggest complaint is too many clicks.” Gary Wade, a retired associate
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opinions&editorials Drake lineman ‘The Big Cat’ : a retrospective My good friend Evan “Big Cat” Lawrence, all-conference right tackle for the newly crowned Pioneer Football League Champion Drake Bulldogs, is quite possibly the poster boy for offensive linemen. Unfortunately, offensive linemen do not get posters, and calling a person who stands nearly 6-feet, 5-inches tall, weighs roughly 320 pounds depending on breakfast and sports a beard that looks like it could eat lesser beards a boy is both silly and inadvisable. The scene is a staple to even the most casual football fan: the quarterback drops back, sets his feet and uncorks a beautiful arching pass into the waiting arms of a streaking receiver for a long touchdown. The bruising running back takes the handoff and plunges into the end zone, gaining the tough yards necessary to earn a hard-fought victory for the home team. It’s time honored. It’s essential Americana hero worship. It’s cliché. Few people take the time to stop and cheer for the battered big man who has the awareness to identify and nullify the blitzing linebacker, with murder on his mind, so that the quarterback has time to deliver that pass. How many people have a picture of a hulking trench warrior engaging and dominating in the brutal tango known as run blocking, digging deep to find the strength and guile it takes to physically move a defensive lineman. Most of us couldn’t move a defensive lineman with a machete. Even the few attempts at giving some attention to the big boys who don’t get to touch the ball tend to fail. Michael Lewis’ 2006 book, “The Blind Side,” which showcased the evolution of the outrageously huge and quick, big men with the unique combination of physical ability and mental acumen to keep recordbreaking quarterbacks upright year after year, is today widely known as a movie which showcased Sandra Bullock’s ability to successfully play a southern cougar. Still, I contend that shoving is in fact an art form, and that Evan Lawrence has crafted some of the most underappreciated masterpieces of recent times. Take this little tidbit from ESPN.com on November 5: “TD Bulldogs, J. Orlando 8 Yd Pass From M. Piatkowski” There is no mention of the immense effort required of Evan as quarterback Mike Piatkowski rolled out to his right before releasing his pass (Evan’s side, naturally) leaving the Big Cat as the only
physical presence between Piatkowski and a rampaging defensive end composed of equal parts of power, speed and fury. The defender only had to slip past Evan to maim the Bulldog quarterback and potentially end any hope of a Drake comeback, with our boys in blue down seven points at the time. Of course, he didn’t. Evan was too quick, too smart and too powerful for him; a warrior poet. A dancing bear — A Big Cat.
Hewonhis last football game. He came, saw and blocked.
Nothing alluding to the fact that the Cat has garnered every accolade a player at his position and level can attain (which, as you can guess, do not exactly rival a Heisman Trophy). But then again, linemen generally don’t play for the glory. Evan and the rest of Drake’s stalwart offensive line are champions. He won his last football game. He came, saw and blocked. This 800-word pat on the back is the least I can do to congratulate the big man on an excellent career. (I’ll probably get him some ice cream later in the week, which he will appreciate more than a rambling newspaper article, anyway.) And as it turns out, he’s as good at identifying and erasing financial mathematics errors as blitzing linebackers, so he will continue his streak of excelling behind the scenes. (A natural fit: Accountants, much like lineman, only get noticed when they do something very, very wrong.) I’m happy Evan goes out on top, he’s happy his days of 6 a.m. team workouts have ended and you are probably happy that I’m going to stop rambling now. All I ask is if you know Evan personally or see any other gigantic man sauntering about campus wearing a Drake Football sweatshirt, give them a thumbs up. After all, every (Bull)dog has his day.
Drake went on to win that game and eventually the conference championship in this, Evan’s senior year and last gridiron hurrah. Football is a team sport, which is perhaps the saving grace of the lineman. The boys in the trenches do not collect statistics for number of opponents knocked on their individual backsides or amount of time they bought their quarterback to loft heroic, game winning passes. Evan’s page on ESPN reads “no statistics available” with a sort of unconcerned smugness akin to librarians who hate telling students that their book is unavailable and hinting that they should go away and stop bothering them. There is no mention of the fact that Evan has started almost every game since his freshman year.
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A letter to welcome Rep. Bachmann Hello, and welcome to Drake University Representative Bachmann! Thanks for stopping by. I am a fellow Minnesotan from Apple Valley, Minn., I was also born and raised in Iowa, and additionally, I am a proud student at Drake University, and I’m excited you’ve decided to visit. In the spirit of fostering civic debate, I thought I’d write this column to ask you a few questions primarily focused on your social policies. I intend to keep the tone respectful, and I want you to know I admire your respect toward those whom oftentimes disrespect you. I must warn you before you make your remarks today that this is not Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. That isn’t to say we’re the antithesis of Liberty University though. See, we Drake Bulldogs, like many Midwesterners, pride ourselves on open-mindedness and respect. We pride ourselves on being engaged citizens who attempt to understand multiple points of view. We pride ourselves on respecting many different voices, and listening and engaging with other’s worldviews and questions. So, naturally, I try to engage with your worldviews and perspectives through the television when I see bits and pieces of your campaign like your remarks at Liberty University a month ago. I saw then that Christianity is a central piece of your life and your platform for public office. It has, at times, been a central piece of my life as well. One thing I can’t seem to reconcile is the divide between the compassion evangelicals like you espouse, and the vitriolic homophobia you also embrace. Seeing public servants like you on television referring to gay youth’s confusing state as “part of Satan” does nothing to help them. Going to a psychologist who tells gays to “pray it away” (quite like your husband’s clinic does) often drives gay youth to immense depression and isolation at a terribly young age. You should know your black-andwhite disdain and abhorrence of homosexuality in the name of Christianity turns off quite a bit of our generation, even here in “God’s country.” Furthermore, your love of your own religion makes me wonder where your contempt for Islam comes from. See, most of us know better than to let the hateful words of some Christian fundamentalists paint the whole Christian picture, and most of us think the same applies to the overwhelmingly peaceful religion of Islam. And even despite religion, I simply can’t wrap my mind around your pro-
posal that Iraq should pay us back for the war we started there. How much fog of war must fill our memory for us to think we invaded Iraq in March of 2003 to liberate them? Maybe if we found a couple WMDs we could ask them to pay their liberty rent checks, but the last time I checked (or the UN, US or IAEA for that matter) we found a resounding zero WMDs in Iraq. I sometimes wonder if you spend so much time talking about how you want to prohibit gay marriage, Sharia law and abortion that you forget about the staggering unemployment rate posing a real threat to American families. I sometimes wonder if you genuinely believe black children were better under slavery as you affirmed when you signed onto Bob VanderPlaat’s “family leader” pledge earlier this year. This all brings many voters to a frightening, and reflexive question. Does your worldview actually dictate the entire world must look like you and your family? I guess we need some more Vikings fans. But then again, I thought our country was founded on diversity of opinion, thought and people. Maybe there were some Christian beliefs there, but theology sure scared the hell out of our Founding Fathers, and your beliefs, at times, seem awfully close to it. So I doubt we’ll change each other’s worldviews much, but I just thought I’d let you know many Americans appreciate leaders who will lead all of We the People — single mothers, whites, blacks, Muslims, the middle class, gays, Christians, straights, the poor, — and I think it would be encouraging to see your social beliefs include a few more people besides just yourself.
RYAN PRICE | COLUMNIST
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LIGA BRIEDIS spends her time in Cowles Library helping students with research.
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Love it or hate it, students either spend too much time there or not enough. It’s the library. A staple in most students’ study habits, it’s the home of countless books, magazines, journals and online databases. We take for granted our ability to walk in and pluck the perfect resource off the shelf or hole up in a quiet study room for a few hours. But who stops to think about exactly what, or specifically who, reside there? The Times-Delphic was able to sit down with Liga Briedis, the head reference librarian and coordinator of access services, to see exactly what life was like for the people in the stacks. As coordinator of access services Briedis is in charge of approving interlibrary loans; monitoring and updating research guides; reviewing books for the library to potentially purchase; and teaching classes on information literacy. Information literacy is a buzzword often heard around the library. It means figuring out what information you need, how to find it and how to use it. Briedis, along with digital literacy librarian Carrie Dunham-LaGree, teach workshops to all of the first-year seminar classes on how to navigate different research tools. Briedis said that one of the ways students can utilize the library is the use
the databases it offers. She feels that the library has tons of online research tools, but most students don’t know how to use them to their full potential. This is where the librarians come in. Briedis said if students come up to any staff member at the library and tell them they’re working on a paper about sensory and perception for psychology, or the cross-cultural tensions surrounding the Mexican-American War, the staff members can tell them exactly what databases to use for your research. Thus making all individual staff members invaluable resource. In fact, all of the librarians agreed that students should feel free to walk up to them with any questions, even if they look busy. Think of the people at the reference desk, sitting quietly behind the printers. They would love nothing more than to help students with research projects. Nearly everyone at Cowles is working there because he or she loves the students, and genuinely enjoy watching the light bulb of understanding go on when students finds what they’re looking for. Conversely, Briedis said the part of her job she dislikes the most is the tedium that goes on behind the scenes. There’s always something to be done, whether it’s updating the card catalog, organizing the shelves or monitoring databases. Oftentimes a source on a database will expire, or the host site will move it, causing a curious researcher to hit a dead end link. It’s the job of the librarians to make sure all of the database links are updated
and accurate. They have to correct and review the source information, and while it keeps the library up to date and easily accessible, it’s not the most interesting job for the people behind the scenes. Thanksgiving break is almost here, and that means finals aren’t far behind. Nobody is more keenly aware of this than the library staff. They unanimously agreed that finals week is the busiest time of the year. “There is like five times as many people in here at any point in time,” senior Batiesha Boeker, student library supervisor, said. The rest of the staff agreed that finals week definitely sees an increase in the foot traffic at the library. Reference librarian Mark Stumme said that while there are more people, there are fewer questions for the staff to deal with. Though this seems counterintuitive, he explained that students are less likely to be writing a research paper and needing reference materials that week, and are instead having problems with the printers or need help finding a book.
DAYGLOW brings a vibrant beat to Des Moines Crazy beats and dancing to be at ‘world’s largest paint party’ by Kensie Smith
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Lights pulsing, beat pounding and bodies everywhere. The movement catches you. It makes your hips twist, arms sway and suddenly a weird sensation rolls down your body. It’s wet, a little sticky and colorful. With electronic beats and paint canons, DAYGLOW concert will explode your senses. DAYGLOW will paint the Des Moines music scene tomorrow at the Val Air Ballroom at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $29.48. VIP tickets include fast entry, a free bottle of paint, backpack, T-shirt, wristband, David Solano CD and shades all emblazed with the vivacious DAYGLOW emblem. The “world’s largest paint party” will feature Arias and The Devil from Acapulco, leading the crowd in electric beats and vibrant dance moves. DJ Starcream and DJ Jesse Jamez will also take the stage with a whole new blast of beats. The show tours around the world and has featured a wide variety of DJs, including Oscar G, Electrixx, Laidback Luke and Rodger Sanchez. There have also been extreme aerial acts, stilt-walkers, contortionists, and fire throwers. The most iconic part of the concert is when the cannons roll out to deliver the famous paint blast. The blue paint blast is part of the DAYGLOW Blu tour, standing for beats, love and unity. DAYGLOW, founded by Committee Entertainment, began in 2006 on Florida
college campuses. The concert tour has since spread around the world, with the first international show in 2010 in Cancun with a party of 4,300 people. The show now has 3D concerts with dancers covered in 3D body paint, multiple 3D screens and attendees wearing 3D glasses. Morgen Clemens, assistant at Val Air Ballroom, said the venue saw DAYGLOW as a successful concert opportunity. “We’ve had two concerts recently that play to the same kind of crow — Pretty Lights and DJ Bassnectar.” Clemens expects the show to be popular for ages 15 to 25. The stop at the historic ballroom is the last before the tour’s end in Los Angeles. Prior to Des Moines, DAYGLOW was in Tucson, Ariz. Will the Val Air Ballroom, opened in 1939, be able to handle the giant blue paint mess? “The paint is water-based, so it cleans up easier,” Clemens said. “We expect two full days of clean-up, then we have a concert every day next week — including Thanksgiving!” Fampus, an events website exclusively for college students, is sponsoring free tickets to the show. Student may log onto the website and post their most creative answer in hope of winning the tickets priced up to $58. Get answers in quickly, as winners will be announced today. After the paint is cleared, Val Air will be featuring rap group Tech N9ne on November 21.
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Trivia bowl to benefit adult literacy center Second annual ‘Project Q’ tests trivia knowledge for a cause
by Bailey Berg
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Calling all trivia buffs — Drake University’s Adult Literacy Center is offering you a way to showcase your trivia knowledge and help others this Saturday at 10 a.m. in Parents Hall. Drake’s Adult Literacy Center is hosting its second annual trivia bowl fundraiser entitled Project Q. Participants can compete by themselves or on a team of up to four individuals. “I pushed the idea (of a trivia bowl) because I love trivia and what some people might call ‘useless facts,’” said Kerwin Dobbins, a member of the Adult Literacy Advisory Council. “We thought this would be something that appealed to several different age groups and that anyone could excel at a few subjects.” The game borrows elements from Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit. It is played in rounds where teams answer a number questions read to them during each round, after which they record their answers on the sheet provided. At the end of the round judges tally the correct answers. After a series of these rounds, the top team — a number to be determined depending on the number of teams entered — will compete in the final rounds for prizes. Categories range from academic ques-
tions, such as American history, geography, and literature, to more everyday categories such a food and drink, pop culture, sports and science fiction, as well as two new categories this year, “Q things” and “Drake things.” “Folks can get together with others with different areas and team up,” Dobbins suggests. Dobbins explained that Project Q has an interesting story behind the name. “I didn’t necessarily want information about the event going out before we had everything finalized, so I wanted an element of secrecy about the event,” Dobbins explained. “We were working on a ‘project,’ and I though Q was a cool letter, so I decided to go with that.” Soon things were up and running, and the name remained the same. Entry into the tournament is $10, all of which goes directly to the ALC. More than 90 students enrolled at the Adult Literacy Center will benefit from the fundraiser, as well as all future students. Participants can register online, at the School of Education, or at the door. “I would encourage people to register online or at the School of Education to assure themselves a spot,” Dobbins said. If you’d prefer to watch, admission to the Project is one non-perishable food item to be donated to the Food Bank of Central Iowa. “We thought we might want to accom-
plish more than just raising money for the ALC,” Dobbins explained. If trivia isn’t your thing, you can still get involved with the ALC as a tutor for the program. Dobbins said that tutors received training in the Wilson Learning System, where they are then matched up with a student. “They can also get involved by incorporating their organizations service learning or philanthropy goals into fundraising efforts dedicated to the Adult Literacy Center,” Dobbins said. The ALC is a non-profit organization, funded from grants and donations from companies and individuals with a passion and concern for adult literacy. Drake’s ALC, which has been part of the School of Education since 1976, maintains an office, a tutoring room and receives some basic office supplies from the University. It is staffed by volunteers from Drake and from the Des Moines community. “The goal of the Adult Literacy Center is to improve literacy, resulting in enhanced self-esteem, daily living, and life-long learning,” Dobbins said. “Utilizing volunteers, the center improves the quality of adults’ lives by helping them learn to read, write and comprehend.”
Project Q Prizes... Two tickets to the February performance of West Side Story at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. One-night stays at Embassy Suites on the River and the Marriott Hotel Downtown DSM $100 gift certificate to Beaverdale’s restaurant Chef’s Kitchen. 10 free games of bowling at Plaza Lanes
Test your knowledge with trivia questions
In what year did the iPod debut?
John Elway was originally drafted by which NFL team? ANSWERS: 1. (2001) 2. (wine) 3. (put it in fire) 4. (140) 5. (left) 6. (Baltimore Colts) Trivia from collegeforward.org
Which ear didVincentVan Gogh cut off?
An oenophile loves/collects what?
In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, how could the evil words written on the Ring be seen?
What is the maximum number of characters allowed in a twitter post?
Music festival features variety of genres by Katie Ericson
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Some shows have contradictory titles, and the Des Moines Music Coalition is no exception. This Friday, at 6 p.m. in Hotel Fort Des Moines, the coalition will host their sixth Little BIG Music Fest. This event is dedicated to combining the sounds of modern rock and jam bands with classic bluegrass and acoustic groups. “Des Moines has a thriving music community full of talented performers. Little BIG Fest is able to shine a light on the jam, blues, folk, and alt-country genres,” said Jill Haverkamp, the creator of On Pitch, a music marketing company. In order to do so, there are eight bands at the concert. Though they are from different genres, all share a passion for music and are from the Midwest. First, there are the groups that are inspired mostly by rock themes. This includes Workshy, Mooseknuckle, Rebel Creek and the Big Wu. The first three groups are four member bands, while Big Wu has a fifth addition. Each group has their own different interpretation of rock itself. Workshy is based on funk, while Rebel Creek is a jam group. Mooseknuckle players all have jazz backgrounds, and Big Wu is all about the classic rock-nroll feel. Yet each has a love for the sound of guitars, bass, keyboard and drums. Then there is the opposite end of the music spectrum. From acoustic to bluegrass, the other four groups vary just as much from one another as they do from the rock bands. For instance, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors is a bluegrass group that focuses on simply enjoying themselves, yet Omega Dog is a psychedelic band that attempts to create a multi-sensory experience for listeners at every concert. The bluegrass inspired Lightnin’ Ridge has over 100 years of experience between its
five members, whereas bella soul prides itself on a “kaleidoscope” view of music. These groups vary in instrumentation as well as style with Mr. Baber’s Neighbors featuring a dobro, which is a resonator guitar, and one of Omega Dog’s musicians playing flute. While this may seem like a wonderfully diverse group, Jill admitted, “It was difficult to narrow down the bands to eight. There are a lot of solid musicians out there.” In fact, five of these groups are favorites of the Little BIG Fest, but Lightnin’ Ridge, bella soul, and Rebel Creek are all new additions. This concert is not only an experience to enjoy your favorite genre, but also a chance to have your own music heard. If you are inspired at the concert to join the Des Moines Music Coalition, or simply motivated to put your music out in public, you can mail your CD and any additional information to the company at 1620 Pleasant St., Suite 248, Des Moines, IA 50314. That is the point of Little BIG Fest. With so many options, listeners can open themselves up to new concepts of melody, phrasing, and balance. “It’s inspiring,” Jill said, “to see everyone come together to celebrate the talent.” This is not only the goal of Little BIG Fest, but of the Music Coalition itself — to create a music community in Des Moines that is not only independent and progressive but also able to work together and support each other. If you wish to be a part of this goal, go to http://www. desmoinesmc.com/ for upcoming events and opportunities. The concerts start at 6 p.m., and while you will have to choose between two bands, this gives you more freedom as to what you want to hear. Tickets are $15 at the door, but if you purchase them early on Midwestix.com, they are only $12.
Little BIG Music Fest Schedule - - - - - - - Grand Ballroom
6:30 – Rebel Creek 8:00 – Mooseknuckle 9:30 – Mr. Baber’s Neighbors 11:00 – The Big Wu
6:00 – Lightnin’ Ridge 7:30 – bella soul 9:00 – The Workshy 10:30 – Omega Dog
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women’s basketball squad came awfully close to upsetting Iowa State on STATS OF The Tuesday night., in large part to the inspired play of junior Stephanie Running and Kyndal Clark. Running finished with 18 points and five rebounds, while THE WEEK freshman Clark finished with 15 points and three assists. Way to step up ladies.
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Bulldogs’ inspired effort falls short, lose to ISU 71-64 by Taylor Soule
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DEREK NIPPER | staff photographer REDSHIRT JUNIOR BRITTNYE MCSPARRON pulls the ball away from an Iowa State defender on Tuesday night. McSparron finished with nine points. The Bulldogs will take on Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday at the Knapp Center at 7:05 p.m.
The Bulldogs knew Iowa State would bring the heat on Tuesday night and the Cyclones did just that, using a critical second half run to topple the Bulldogs 71-64 at the Knapp Center. A 17-0 run late in the second half was all the Cyclones needed, snuffing the Bulldogs’ hopes to beat the in-state rival. The Bulldogs (0-2) held the Cyclones in-check for the majority of the game, but it was the late surge that doomed Drake. As a senior, forward Rachael Hackbarth was familiar with Iowa State’s style of play. This year, though, the Cyclones boasted a new approach to the game. “It’s a new team this year and it’s not the same as a couple years ago,” Hackbarth said. That new style of play proved troublesome in Tuesday’s contest as the Bulldog defense just couldn’t shake the Cyclone offense. The season may be just underway, but Tuesday’s defeat showcased several Bulldog standouts in junior forward Stephanie Running and freshman guard Kyndal Clark. With Iowa State’s early defensive focus on Hackbarth, Running sank shot after shot, surprising the Cyclones to lead the Bulldogs with a team-high (and career-high) 18 points. Clark focused her efforts behind the arc, downing three three-pointers en route to 15 points. Hackbarth also added 15 points. The first half proved a back-andforth affair as the teams battled for momentum. Down by one at 11-12, Clark recorded the first three-pointer of the contest to give the Bulldogs a 14-12 advantage. Iowa State responded with a layup to even the score at 14-14, marking one of the seven ties. A Drake foul sent Iowa State to the free throw line at 20-17 and the Cyclones sank both shots to close within one at 20-19. Then, Running stepped in with a basket, pushing her into double digits with 10 points to give Drake a 22-19 lead. The first half ’s final tally came when a foul by senior guard Brittnye McSparron sent Iowa State to the free throw line and the Cyclones sank one of two attempts to narrow the Bulldogs’ lead to 26-24. Running battled a bloody, poten-
tially broken nose after she collided with an Iowa State elbow in the first half. Within minutes of the injury, she was back on the court, a true testament to her play, according to Drake head coach Amy Stephens. “We are extremely proud of Steph’s (Running) performance. I think she showed a great deal of toughness,” said Stephens. “To break your nose or get a pop like that takes a lot of toughness to get back in the game.” Running shrugged off Tuesday’s injury, attributing her pain to basketball’s fast-paced, sometimes rough nature. “It was a big elbow,” Running said. “It’s just basketball.” It was all Drake to start the second half as the Bulldogs recorded a 12-4 run. A basket by McSparron secured a 38-28 lead. Then, Iowa State’s Brynn Williamson added two key three-pointers, lifting the Iowa State score and the Cyclones’ spirits, much to Drake’s dismay. At 59-58, Drake committed another foul, sending Iowa State to the free throw line. The Cyclones netted one of two shots to even the score at 59-59. Iowa State capitalized on the sudden shift in momentum, adding a basket to gain its first lead of the second half at 61-59. The Cyclones didn’t stop there, scoring six straight points en route to a 67-59 advantage. Unable to regain control, the Bulldogs fell 71-64. Despite a difficult loss, Stephens and the Bulldogs are looking at the silver lining as they aim to improve their defense and consistency in upcoming games. “Unfortunately, it’s a forty minute game. I’m really proud of the way our team played for 37 minutes,” Stephens said. “We didn’t execute in the last three minutes of the game. We just put them to the free throw line too many times.” A great three-point shooting team, the Cyclones got hot from behind-thearc in the second half. After going 0-for5 in the first half, Iowa State went 4-for10 from deep in the second half. “Just in the last three minutes of the game, they had players stepping up to hit the three who maybe weren’t earlier,” Hackbarth said. The Bulldogs take on Milwaukee tomorrow night at the Knapp Center. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m.
DEREK NIPPER | staff photographer FRESHMAN KYNDAL CLARK follows through after taking a three-point shot against Iowa State on Tuesday. Clark was 3-of-6 from behind the arc and finished the night with 15 points and three assists. The Bulldogs are now 0-2 on the year.
Cheer on the Bulldogs as they take on Wisconsin- Milwaukee tomorrow at home
Friday, Nov. 18 7:05 p.m. Drake Knapp Center VOLLEYBALL
Don’t miss Senior Night on Saturday against Creighton Senior-Mikayla Sims Senior-Erika Price Senior-Caitlin Johnson Senior-Michelle Reidy Junior-Emily Heffernen
Saturday, Nov. 19 7:00 p.m. Drake Knapp Center
DEREK NIPPER | staff photographer SOPHOMORE MORGAN REID fights for a rebound in the Bulldogs’ game against Iowa State. Reid finished the night two points, four rebounds and three assists.
The sophomore diaries: A look into the women’s basketball family The relationships I have built thus far in my college basketball career are ones that I will treasure forever. If I didn’t have my teammates, I would honestly be lost. Not only are they there to pick you up when you’re down, but to push you when you need it most. It sounds sappy, cliché and cheesy, but nonetheless it’s the truth. Your teammates become far more than the people you practice and play with - they become family. And quite frankly, if you’ve never been part of a team, you have no idea how special it really is. What is it that makes it so special? There are a ton of reasons. But I believe the biggest of them is two-fold:
I’m surrounded by a group of girls that are here for the exact the same reason I am, and together we will achieve or overcome everything that comes our way. Before I even arrived at Drake, I already had that support system built in. It’s automatic in that every player to step foot in our program is welcomed with open arms. From then on, it’s just a matter of being around each other enough to build those tight-knit relationships. With the amount of time we spend together, it doesn’t take a whole lot to build that chemistry. Whether we are sitting in Hubbell for hours on end, bonding on the bus to road games or chatting in the locker
room before practice, the memories continue to build. Who would have thought the college cafeteria would be the hot spot for the women’s basketball team? I have an explanation thoughdon’t mind if I do. 1) We are always starving. A family dinner is prime bonding time; 2) We are all aware that post-Hubbell activity always calls for studying. These ever-dreadful duties simply trigger thoughts of, “the more time I spend here, the longer I can put off homework.” There is probably a better way to say it than ‘we are forced to be friends,’ but essentially that is how it works. The team aspect was a factor in all our de-
cisions to play at Drake, but you don’t truly know how things will pan out. You don’t truly know if you’ll like a certain person or not like another. But when you have coaches that have high recruiting standards, and consistent standards at that, you will ultimately have a team that respects each other’s similarities and differences at all times. When this happens, it’s easy to build relationships. It’s easy to speak highly of your teammates. That’s why I don’t think twice when I call them my family. One of these days we’ll all be attending each other’s weddings. Sometimes the game of basketball is about more than just the game itself. Scores and statistics
only mean so much, but the memories and relationships last a lifetime.
CARLY GRENFELL | COLUMNIST Grenfell is a sophomore public relations and management double major and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bulldogs look back on terrific championship season by Ashton Weis
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The Drake Bulldog football team has had an amazing journey throughout the year. They began their season in May, with an adventure of a lifetime to Africa. There they played the first American football game ever in the continent of Africa. “Tupande kileleni” has been the mantra for the football players after their journey in the Kilimanjaro Bowl. This is a Swahili phrase that means, “Let’s climb to the summit.” Drake has climbed to the summit of the Pioneer Football League arena and reached the mountain peak. Their season came to a victorious end with the conclusion of Saturday’s game. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 9-2 record overall and a 7-1 record during conference play. They did not lose a single game at Drake Stadium and have won ten consecutive games home games dating back to the 2010 season. Head coach Chris Creighton highlighted his feelings about the season after the win on Saturday. “I don’t know if it could feel any better. I am so proud of our football team and more than that, our football program that was started long before I was ever born,” Creighton said. “To be a part of this place and the football tradition and to be able to do something special with guys we came in
with, it’s an awesome feeling.” Throughout the season, the Bulldog players have been continually recognized for their performances, both on and off the field. The Pioneer Football League has recognized six players as Players of Week and some were recognized on multiple occasions. Fifth-year senior Patrick Cashmore, fifth-year senior Billy Janssen, senior Tyler Moorehead, senior Nathan Paddock, senior Mike Piatkowski and junior Brandon Coleman garnered recognition by the PFL throughout the season. “It felt good, like that four-and-ahalf years really paid off. I knew we were going to be able to do it, I just didn’t know when. It was all worth it after I lifted it up and kissed that baby. It’s here in Des Moines, where it belongs,” Cashmore said. Eight different Bulldogs were also recognized by the College Football Performance Awards: fifth-year senior Michael Lahart, senior Drew Blackmon, senior John Sawhill, Coleman, Janssen, Moorehead, Piatkowski and Paddock. Record-breaking was also at an all-time high for Piatkowski, who continually moved up the career passing chart set by former Bulldog greats. Piatkowski still has one more season to claim the number one spot. Three Bulldogs also received awards for their off-the-field achievements. Lahart and Moorehead were recognized for their excellence in the classroom. Fifth-year senior Stoy Hall
was recognized for his community service and will be honored at the 2012 Sugar Bowl. Lahart serviced the team as the year-long captain. “I am definitely one of many leaders on this team. Being a single captain was a great honor, but I couldn’t have done it without the entire group
of fifth-year seniors, it was really a team effort. Like Jim Nelson, Stoy Hall, Pat Cashmore, Steve Flynn in specific were just amazing,” Lahart said. “There are a lot of things that I’m not as good at as they are and they really stepped it up and took the team on their shoulders as well. It was a whole team effort.”
JOEY GALE |photo editor SENIOR NATHAN PADDOCK goes up for a reception in the Bulldogs’ 37-14 victory over Dayton last Saturday. With the win, the Bulldogs clinched a PFL title share. Paddock finished the season with 48 receptions, 737 yards and six touchdowns.
Seniors reflect on Bulldogs’ rollercoaster season
Make the case for winningest class in Drake soccer history by Tad Unruh
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Heartbreaking would be the correct word to describe the season ending loss that the Bulldog men’s soccer team suffered to Missouri State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament semifinals on Friday, Nov. 11. The 0-2 loss effectively knocked them out of contention for the MVC title, and a bid for the NCAA tournament to continue their season. Head coach Sean Holmes felt the season could have ended on a higher note. “We made two big mistakes, and we paid for them. We weren’t able to dig out of the hole in the second half. It was frustrating because we lost to those guys two weeks in a row, and I thought we were a better team,” Holmes said. “You just can’t lose 4 out of the last 5 games. If you do that you just don’t deserve to play in the post season.” The season turned out to be rollercoaster ride for Drake. Starting the season off with six of their first eight games on the road, the road swing would put them at a 4-3-1 record. One of those losses was a 1-2 defeat against 14th ranked UC Irvine. The Bulldogs went on a tear, winning six of their next seven, including a fivegame winning streak. This gave high hopes to the team as their RPI skyrocketed and put their win loss total to 10-4-1. But then a surprise loss to winless Central Arkansas, followed by losses to No. 3 Creighton, and then to Missouri State on senior night gave them a three-game losing streak. The Bulldogs would then avenge their loss to Central Arkansas in the MVC quarterfinals, only to fall to Missouri State in the MVC tournament semifinal. As the season went on, the dynamic of the team tended to be of an extremely potent senior-led attack, and
a younger mistake-prone back-line which would both fight to takeover games. Coach Holmes illustrated this about his team. “I think our best moments were better than we’ve played for five years, but I think our worst moments were sloppier than the worst in five years,” Holmes said. Redshirt senior Matt Kuhn agreed that having a more experienced squad would have helped in the long run. “It was big leadership in the front of the team, it kind of hurt us, we would have liked leadership in the back, it will flip flop, next year they will be the head of the team. It will help them grow in the years to come,” Kuhn said. The Bulldogs garnered several distinctions throughout the season. Redshirt senior Charlie Schwartz and
The PFL championship is decided by whichever team possesses the best conference record. Because the PFL does not offer scholarships for its players, they do not get an automatic bid into the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). A team from the PFL would have to be ranked in the top 25 to be considered for an at-large bid.
Kuhn were chosen as first team AllMVC selections. The team also garnered three second-team selections, with seniors Hunter Kennedy and Thomas Ostrander, and sophomore Garrett Crall. Redshirt senior Jordan Kadlec received an Honorable Mention award, while freshman Kyle Whigham was selected to the Allfreshman team. The winningest class in Drake soccer history, this senior class produced a stretch of winning that no other class has. As the heart and soul of this team, it was hard for the seniors to let go of their last season in a Bulldog uniform. “It was pretty sad. With all of the seniors we have we were playing together for a lot of years, and some growing up together,” Schwartz said. “All in all, it was fun playing with
these guys, and you know, something you’ll never forget.” The seniors have left a legacy of winning and have aided in building the program into a consistent winner. “I mean it sucks to go out like we did. It is hard to end your career. But over the past five years I couldn’t ask for more than I did. Two NCAA appeareances and one conference championship? Sometimes you aren’t going to have the best of times,” Kuhn said. “Sometimes it’s about the guys around you that make the experience. I wouldn’t have wanted to share it with any other guys.”
Final record: 11-8-1
Bulldog Recruits The following programs have signed these players to national letters of intent:
MEN’S BASKETBALL PG-Richard Carter Detroit, Mich./Cody High School/Cloud County Community College F-Joey King Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview High School G-Micah Mason Allegheny, Pa./Highlands High School
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL C-Emma Donahue Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central G- Dilonna Johnson Milwaukee, Wis./Dominican G-Ashley Bartow Verona, Wis./Verona G-Alexis Eckles Milwaukee, Wis./Rufus King
MEN’S TENNIS Ben Lott Newcastle, England/Newcastle School for Boys
EDUARDO ZAMARRIPA | sports editor DRAKE MEN’S SOCCER walk off the field after their victory over Bradley last month. Drake lost to Missouri State in the MVC tournament semifinals 2-0 last friday. The Bulldogs lost four-out-of-five to close the season and ended with an 11-8-1 record.
Mariel Ante Riverside, Calif./Arlington Jordan Eggleston LaQuinta, Calif./Palm Desert Maddie Johnson Onalaska, Wis./Onalaska
The forgotten leagues of intramurals are worth an extra look The mainstream sports of intramurals tend to saturate most of the time and talk throughout the program. The popularity of flag football, soccer and basketball is undeniable, but the forgotten little leagues often bring a little extra color and character to the playing field. If you are looking for a quick shot at a potential championship, one of the less common leagues may be what you are looking for. One of the unknown sports held in the first season of fall intramurals was pickle-ball. The tournament was held in just one night for those who actually showed up and a winner was crowned. Google Images is great for a swift and average understanding of what pickle-ball actually is. Another tournament was held in mid-September this year, and it required only mildlyexperienced card players. The Texas Hold’em league took place during parent’s weekend and added a new dynamic
to intramurals inspired by our elders. By letting our parents in on the fun, we have successfully been able to share the pure joy and excitement of intramurals with our extended generations. Other shorter-length sports our program offered in the first few months of school included badminton, the threeon-three basketball tournament and racquetball. All these leagues typically last no more than a few days but also add the incentive of playing with very few players. If you are finally fed-up with those team leagues that require you to find three friends to play, maybe it’s time to find a league that allows you to really shine in front of everyone. Another contest which recently finished its first round was the three-point/ free-throw contest. Co-rec basketball players have been approached and prodded this past week to participate. Four champions will be awarded once
the scores have been calculated. The one male and one female who scored the most free-throws out of a potential 20 will receive a T-shirt. The one male and one female who score the most three-pointers out of a potential 30 will receive a T-shirt and a trip to Iowa State University to represent Drake in a final three-point contest at halftime in one of the school’s basketball games. In the weeks to come, the dodgeball and broomball leagues will also commence. The “five D’s of dodgeball” may be widely known, but broomball may offer some ambiguity to your life worth acknowledging. The game is similar to hockey, but the only talents you need for this one are staying warm out on an ice rink and moving in a somewhat-controlled manner with sneakers on the ice. If most of the understated leagues of intramurals have been trivial to you all year, the best way to stay in the loop
for the future is to like the “Drake University Intramurals” Facebook page and sign-up on the “IM Leagues” website. These portals hold the most updated information about the program and may even feature your picture as a champion. The program is not exclusive to glorifying champions, so whether you win flag football, racquet ball or a free-throw contest, we will do our best to catch you for a photo and present you with the campusrenowned intramural champion T-shirt. I am still waiting for the highly-anticipated five-point play in the Co-rec basketball league, but if any girl has managed to accomplish it unbeknownst to my recognition, please let me know. Aside from the politics of the over-analyzed “Title IX” rules, the extra point awarded to females in this league is an interesting and beneficial dynamic that I know every team has appreciated and scorned at some point. Continue the
great competition, and begin to prepare your teams for playoffs after Thanksgiving break. This includes bringing your Drake ID’s and verifying your spot on your team’s online registration. And with any aroused contention, I will make sure to keep a copy of this article at the checkin table to confirm that you were indeed notified.
HALEY BOSCO | COLUMNIST Bosco is a senior English and secondary education double major and can be contacted at email@example.com
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Mens and womens basketball took on the Iowa State Cyclones on Tuesday night at the Knapp Center. The women played a close game, but couldnâ€™t quite hold on, and lost 7164. The men had a crowd pleasing win with a final score of 74-65.
DEREK NIPPER | staff photographer