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BANNERS were displayed on campus, each urging students to vote with others in mind, like undocumented students. The banners were removed on the same day. PHOTO BY JESSICA LYNK | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jessica Lynk Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org @jessmlynk Senior Kenia Calderon walked into the United States when she was 11 years old. “There was no way to do it legally, so we had to cross the border,” Calderon said. Calderon is one of 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, according to a study by Pew Research Center in 2014. As an undocumented immigrant, Calderon does not have the right to vote this election. But Calderon is using her voice in other ways. “I became involved in politics when I realized that reporters weren’t asking the right questions,” Calderon said. “When they weren’t asking about immigration to any of the candidates, especially around the caucus season — and that really angered me and upset me because that was one of the issues that affected my family the most and no one was asking those questions.” Calderon first became involved in politics last September. She got tickets to see presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak to the Des Moines Register. “They didn’t ask any questions about immigration, so I got up and I asked for myself,” Calderon said. “That was an empowering moment to show that I could do it and to not be afraid, so that is when I just started bird-dogging candidates when they came to our state.” Calderon grew up in Santa Ana, El Salvador. Her dad was an attorney and her mom was going to school to become a teacher. “Even though my dad had a
profession and a career, things were still pretty bad, both economically and for our safety,” Calderon said. Gangs in El Salvador kidnapped 13-year-old girls to be sold off as sex slaves. The same gangs also recruited boys as young as 10 to join. As Calderon approached 13 and her brother approached 10, her family knew they had to leave the country.
I still do,” Calderon said. “Just because of my parents, they drive without a driver’s license and I didn’t have anything either, so you live in a constant fear of getting pulled over and being sent home. Or just being sent back home because you just had bad luck.” Even though she has become involved in politics lately, Calderon hated politics growing up.
immigrants overall to be heard. That’s why I like politics because I know that is where the power is to make a change.” Calderon was the first undocumented immigrant to publicly endorse a candidate this election cycle. She endorsed Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley last October. This lead her to become a public figure, representing the undocumented community.
VOTE for those who can’t
Undocumented student shares story on her fight to get students to the polls They walked for three days and three nights to cross the U.S. border. Soon after, Calderon and her family settled in Iowa because they had family here already. Calderon was undocumented for seven years, until she received a work permit during her senior year of high school. “I lived in constant fear and
“They (politicians) kept playing with our emotions as immigrants. They kept saying we are going to pass an immigration reform, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t one of their priorities,” Calderon said. “Now, I really like politics because I know that my presence is needed in order for the voices of Latinos and
“I got Latinos to get out and caucus for the first time,” Calderon said. “Regardless of who they were caucusing for, I think that was a huge success to actually see the numbers of Latinos increase.” The League of United Latin American Citizens estimated that more than 10,000 Latinos
caucused this past February. Only around 1,000 caucused in 2012. Calderon is now putting her efforts to get people to the polls on Nov. 8. “This is so important to me because it is something I wish I could do,” Calderon said. “There is nothing more. I like politics so much and I wish I could fully be engaged. But I can only engage to a certain extent because of my lack of citizenship.” Calderon believes voting in this election is crucial, which is why Calderon is trying to get people to the polls. “What I have to say to them, this election may not affect them if they are white,” Calderon said, “but it will affect people from different identities that live in this country. And if they really don’t like it, they have to think of the ones that will be affected the most. I have heard everything. I have heard, ‘My conscience won’t let me do it. I just can’t vote.’ I wish I could tell them, get over it. Honestly, that statement comes from such a privileged place to say, ‘Oh I just don’t like either of them.’ One of them has to win … There is 11 million undocumented immigrants that I know are doing everything right in this country, that they wish they had the right to vote to make a difference and they can’t.” Calderon hopes that overall, people will get out to the polls, because she cannot. “I tell them to get ahead with time,” Calderon said. “Maybe 20 years from now, they will talk to their children and great grandchildren about what happened in 2016 and I hope that they can say that they helped because they voted for that change to happen.”
Faculty presidential campaign contributions favor Democrats Jake Bullington Digital Editor email@example.com @jakebullington Faculty at Drake University feel so strongly about this election they’re dipping into their own wallets to impact the race. An overwhelming majority of donors employed at Drake are tipping the scales in Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s favor. One staff member and 15 professors have donated to
candidates ahead of the 2016 presidential primary and general election. Democrats Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton received donations from 12 faculty members. Only one professor and one staff member have donated to Republican Donald Trump. Drake has no policy that bars professors or staff from donating to political campaigns. Associated Professor of Journalism Lee Jolliffe, Ph.D., , has donated over $800 to Clinton this election cycle.
“I have particularly wanted Hillary for President ever since she said she didn’t have a cookie recipe because she was a professional woman in 1992,” Jolliffe said. “And then when she said in Beijing in 1995 that ‘Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights,’ and called them out for murdering their baby girls, she won my heart. I thought, ‘Bill can be president now but Hillary should be president soon.’” But on the Republican side of
this presidential campaign, Drake professors have shied away from Trump, by and large. “We’re an endangered species,” said Chip Miller, Ph.D., professor of business and public administration. Miller feels it is “the responsibility of the electorate” to donate to a candidate. “I have seen what happens when people have the power of the purse to just buy elections,” Miller said. Miller believes that donating is necessary because he can’t
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expect candidates, even if they are billionaires, to fund their own campaign. “If I want them to win, they are not going to if I am sitting on the sidelines,” Miller said. Miller said he does not publicly support Trump via bumper stickers or yard signs because “voting behavior is my own, nobody else’s business.” Campaign contributions are public record.
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02 | news
Nov. 02, 2016
NEWS ELECTION 2016
The electoral college: What is it, how it works Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org @lorienmacenulty
Accompanying the popular vote of this democratic nation, the Electoral College holds immense political influence over the outcome of a United States presidential election. The body was enveloped in some controversy with the W. BushGore election of 2000, leading many to question its authority and validity as a representation of the people. “During the Constitutional Convention (of 1787), some people ... thought that the people of the country should elect the president directly,” said professor Dennis Goldford, chair of Drake University’s political science department. “Most didn’t think that. Others said that the president should be picked by the Congress, the way a Prime Minister would be picked by Parliament in Great Britain. They thought that would make the president too dependent upon
Congress, so they were looking for some method in between. For various reasons they settled on what they called electors.” The Electoral College is a representation of a nation’s political identity. The number of party officials mirrors the number of elected congressmen in each state. “In Iowa, there are four members of the House and two senators, so that’s six electoral votes,” Goldford said. The Electoral College consists of 538 officials or electors, due to the 435 members in the House of Representatives and 100 individuals in the Senate. The last three come from Washington DC, who must receive the minimum number of electoral votes with three. “The idea of the electors is that they were to take into account the views of the people in their state, but ultimately they could decide for themselves who the best candidate could be,” Goldford said. 29 states have laws or state and party pledges that require electors to choose the president
based on how the people they represent voted. In the 21 states that do not have such laws, it is traditional for electors to cast their votes for the presidential candidate with the most votes in their state. Deviation from this tradition is a very rare occurrence. “The popular vote election on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November ... that’s actually a kind of expensive public opinion poll,” Goldford said. In Iowa, the Democratic and Republican parties each choose six electoral candidates. If Donald Trump wins the popular vote, it is said that the “Trump Slate” won. The Republican Party would then send its six representatives to vote as a unified body for Trump in the Electoral College. The same would happen for the Democrats if Hillary Clinton is to win. “To be president you have to have a majority,” Goldford said. “538 divided by 2 is 269, so the smallest majority you can have is 270.” The electoral system is as old as the United States democracy itself and originated in a different era of history. Some Drake
students question its place in the 21st century. “When they created the Electoral College, the country was in a very different state,” said Kiley Roach, a political science major at Drake. “We were much more underdeveloped. There were no real media outlets. There were some newspapers. There were people who traveled on horseback to deliver the mail, so news did not travel throughout the colonies very rapidly. So in the case of an election, people were very ill informed about the candidates who were running.” The Electoral College historically acted as a compromise between the average citizen and the well-versed, informed and involved individuals arguably more capable of determining the president. “I think the Electoral College today is necessary to a degree because the majority of the American people are unmotivated to learn about candidacy and to actually go out and cast their votes,” Roach said. The popular vote and the Electoral College rarely conflict
with each other, yet in moments of uncertainty the conclusive decision of the electoral vote is prioritized over the people’s vote. This leads many to believe that their votes do not matter despite the popular opinion’s ability to sway the electoral candidates. “Young people say, ‘Why should I vote? (The candidates) don’t pay any attention to me.’” Goldford said. “But a candidate’s view is, ‘Why should I pay attention to them? They don’t vote.’ If young people start to vote, (candidates) will pay attention to them.” Roach encourages her peers to be well informed in the upcoming election. “This is the country that we are inheriting,” Roach said. “This is the economy that we are inheriting. As we are the up-andcoming generation, this is what we get to work with. So I would really encourage all of my fellow college students to really learn about the presidential candidates.”
03 | news
Nov. 02, 2016
Countdown to Election 2016
Professors spend money financing presidential campaigns CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Sharon Hart, a grader in the School of Education, donated over $300 to the Trump campaign, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Hart also did not return requests to comment for this article. Drake College Republicans President Logan Kentner says the discrepancy can be chalked up to the typical number of Democrats or liberals employed at universities. “A lot of (the discrepancy), I would say, (is) that there is not as many Republican professors as there are Democrat. I think that is (true of) just higher education in general,” Kentner said. “I think that’s not me trying to play ‘poor me’ or anything, but that’s just the way it is, I think.” Another reason we may not see donations from Republican professors this cycle, Kentner said, is due to the fear of backlash. “I think that’s something that unfairly hits the Republican Party,” Kentner said. “I would argue some of the views of Bernie Sanders or some of the things Hillary Clinton have said or done could also be just as polarizing. Obviously I’m not going to say Trump hasn’t said things that are inappropriate, but I would argue that there are certain things that people should be weary about supporting Democratic candidates as well.” Several faculty members that donated to Republicans Bush in 2000 and 2004 or McCain in 2008 have not donated this cycle for the businessman’s presidential bid. In regards to the presidential race, many members of the faculty have either donated to Democrats or, in many cases, not at all,
with the exception of one $250 donation to Ben Carson’s shortlived candidacy. Trump’s unpredictable sayings and positions may play a part, at least, Kentner said. “I think, specifically with educated people, (Trump) has had a drop off in his poll numbers,” Kentner said. “Obviously all professors are educated and most staff (are) as well, so I think that has something to do with it. Saying you support Trump in this election is difficult just because you never know what could come next, you never know what he could say next … Some people will hold back support for him.” Drake Democrats President Caroline Closson thinks the lack of donations to Trump from professors is a byproduct of his policy. “I think it’s due to this being a very unique election where a lot of folks that have not supported, or at least donated to, Democrats outright have, due to the fear of what Trump would do if elected, particularly with educators,” Closson said. “Trump has shown interest in cutting the entire federal education budget, so I
would imagine that the majority of (the) Drake staff have a huge problem with that.” Some professors have taken their involvement in the election beyond donations. Jolliffe describes her dedication to the campaign as “more than money.” “I am deeper in the Hillary campaign than I’ve ever been in a campaign,” Jolliffe said. “In July of 2015, I had 300 Twitter followers and I thought Twitter was kind of stupid. But the campaign said they really needed some people to build up a Twitter following and tweet truth about Hillary because there were so many myths and lies out there.” Since then, Jolliffe has garnered nearly 20,000 followers on her account, one that is “proudly blocked by (Green Party candidate) Jill Stein,” according to the account biography. “I’m really pretty careful to keep Drake away from that (Twitter account), a separate entity,” Jolliffe said. In terms of professors showing bias in class, Kentner expressed concerns. “Honestly, I don’t know how
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appropriate it is that they donate in the first place, I guess,” Kentner said. “For either candidate, just because of the polarizing effect that it has. I can say I’ve never been blatantly discriminated (against) for any views that I’ve had.” Kentner cited Professor Rachel Paine Caufield as an example of a professor who has not donated to political campaigns to remain as unbiased as possible. Closson said that despite any donations to political candidates, she hasn’t had any negative experiences with professors from bias. “In my politics and strategic political communications classes, I have had nothing but professionalism with all of my professors,” Closson said. “It doesn’t matter what side of the aisle they are, they always go out of their way to make sure that everyone feels like they have a voice in these politics.” In course evaluations from last year, Jolliffe said that only a few students noted her politics as an issue. “Probably out of the 180 students I taught last year, I had 14 professors and one staff member have donated to the presidential primary and/or general election this cycle.
Donated to Democrats Donated to Republicans According to the most recent Federal Election Commission filing as of Oct. 29.
three say ‘You know, I wish you weren’t so liberal,’ or something, on the course evaluation,” Jolliffe said. As a professor, Jolliffe acknowledges that her politics are unhidden. “I think I’m more open about my politics than I should be,” Jolliffe said. “I try not to, but it just seeps out of my pores, you know?” Jolliffe said that her first year seminar students held a wide range of political views, from campaigning for Texas Senator Ted Cruz to Clinton’s Democratic challenger, Bernie Sanders “I try to bend over backwards to be fair, just because my views are easy to find. They kind of stick out all over me in some ways,” Jolliffe said. “So I try to make a point that I help in every direction.” The information from this article is sourced from the FEC database, which is searchable by name and employer. The information is as current as the most recent FEC filing date.
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Student campaign work on elections comes to an end
Drake Rhone Staff Writer email@example.com @drakerhone Now that the election season is coming to a close, several Drake students working on campaigns will finally be able to see the fruits of their labor. Junior Jordan Sabine is one of these students. She took all of last year off to work as a field manager for Martin O’Malley’s campaign and is currently the campaign manager for Nate Boulton’s State Senate campaign. She said that Drake’s location in Iowa was helpful in achieving these positions. “If you want to work on campaigns, there is no better
place to be than Iowa,” Sabine said. “There are always campaigns going on, plus the caucuses every four years. Internships are incredibly easy to come by. Campaigns always want more help.” “Once you’ve interned on a campaign or two, you can get a paid position. Places like DC also have these opportunities, but students compete with thousands and thousands of other students who want the same things. In Iowa, you can be a big fish in a little pond.” Caroline Closson, a senior at Drake, took this semester off to work as a regional campaign manager for the Iowa House Truman Fund. One of the campaigns she manages is Jennifer Konfrst’s,
candidate for the Iowa House of Representatives and Drake alum. Closson also gave praise to Des Moines’ political climate. “I came to Drake because of the political opportunities in Des Moines,” Closson said. “Iowa is a swing state, meaning even on non-presidential years, it has plenty of races that are targeted as turnover seats up and down the ballot to work on. Des Moines has so many opportunities due to the amount of races that are highly competitive in the central Iowa area ... We are also home to the Iowa caucus, where students can meet all the presidential candidates and attend debates and forums that few other areas in the country get the opportunity to see.” Closson and Sabine both
said they would recommend the experience of taking time off school to work on a campaign. “Drake classes are helpful and necessary for young people who want to be involved in politics,” Sabine said. “However, real world experience is particularly necessary to build a career in politics, policy and campaigns. Drake emphasizes real world experience as well, so many of our professors come from professional backgrounds rather than just academia. I think that speaks for itself.” Sabine said that even those who don’t see a lifelong career in politics would gain from the experience. “Working on campaigns also helps your interpersonal skills,” Sabine said. “I used to hate
talking to strangers and talking on the phone or debating political issues, but that’s basically my whole life now and I’m pretty good at it. Even if you don’t intend to run campaigns for the rest of your life, knowing how to talk on the phone or converse with someone who may not agree with anything you say is a vital skill to have.” The election season ending this month means that students like Closson will be returning to school next semester. According to Sabine, the transition won’t be that hard. “Coming back to school this semester has been surprisingly easy,” Sabine said. “I have worked 12 to 18 hours a day for the last year of my life, so going to class a few hours a day and writing a few papers seems too easy now.”
04 | opinions
Nov. 2, 2016
OPINIONS ELECTION 2016
The results are in! Drake undergrads overwhelmingly favor Clinton, poll indicates
100 Votes 34 Votes 8.59%
34 Votes 8.59%
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19 Votes 4.80%
Adam Rogan Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @Adam_Rogan
The Times-Delphic decided to undertake the task of polling the Drake University student body, as well as its faculty and staff, to place a more concrete measure on the political leaning and climate of our campus. The poll could be taken in two ways: online through a Drake Qualtrics survey or by visiting a table that was set up alongside Helmick Commons on the afternoons of Oct. 27 and 28. Respondents were required to include their Drake ID number and exactly one vote to be accepted in the poll. The ballot showed the names of the four presidential candidates who are polling most highly on a national level. They were listed in alphabetical order as follows:
300 Votes 290 Votes 73.23%
The poll: how and why
7 Votes 1.77%
4 Votes 1.01%
4 Votes 1.01%
There were 399 total accepted polls filled out by students who self-identified as undergraduates. The above totals amount to 396, as former candidates Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio received one vote each, or just less than 0.25 percent of undergraduates polled.
Hillary Clinton (D) Gary Johnson (L) Jill Stein (G) Donald Trump (R)
There was also a “Write-In” option for those who wanted to vote for other candidates. The poll began online on Oct. 12, with the first response being submitted at 10:19 p.m. The poll was first shared to The Times-Delphic’s Facebook page at on Oct. 13. The final ballot was submitted via online poll on Oct. 30, with
the survey form being closed the following morning. Of the cumulative 497 ballots filled out, 36 were removed for one of two reasons. 1. The response did not indicate an actual or potential presidential candidate, such as writing in “Abstain” or “Pedro/ Harambe”. 2. The ballot did not complete the required protocols, such as filling in a fake, incomplete or repeated ID number. Also, if it appeared as though a response had a simple mistake or typo in it, such as writing in “Lloyd Kelsi” as opposed to “Lloyd Kelso,” the response was accepted so long as the true intent was clear. Respondents were given the option to share the college(s) they belong to and their grade level along with their reply, although this was not required for a submission to be accepted.
More results online! To see a more in-depth breakdown of this survey, including additional statistics on how each grade level polled, who the faculty/ staff respondents decided upon or how the schools of education and law voted, go to timesdelphic.com.
Polls By College Arts & Sciences
Business & Public Administration 216 Votes
179 Votes 82.87%
12 Votes 5.56%
12 Votes 5.56%
69 Votes 57.50%
4 Votes 1.85%
3 Votes 1.39%
3 Votes 1.39%
Journalism & Mass Communication
17 Votes 14.17%
15 Votes 12.50%
13 Votes 10.83%
3 Votes 2.50%
Pharmacy & Health Sciences
92 Votes 84.40% 34 Votes 61.82%
10 Votes 9.17%
5 Votes 4.59%
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05 | opinions
Nov. 2, 2016
OPINIONS BATTLE OF THE PARTIES
This week: Presidential Candidates Read about Morgan and Kollin’s opinions on who they want to be our next president and why. Do you agree with them? Tweet us your response @timesdelphic
Democrat Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org
More than ever, the decision to vote for a certain candidate based on moral and character is absolutely clear. While these two traits are arguably as important as policy issues, a candidate who demonstrates the ideals of the Constitution and the American way is an obvious trait, too. Economists (and Princeton professors Alan Blinder and Mark Watson) suggest that presidents, in fact, have little effect on the economy and instead only take credit when it succeeds and receive blame when it fails. Still, only one candidate in this election cycle knows how to ensure that our economy will remain stable and progressive. Hillary Clinton has planned an Economic Revitalization Initiative to invest in youth employment, re-entry, small business growth and homeownership with an overall investment of $125 billion. She intends to invest in other important areas, including education, advanced manufacturing, and research. Her plan drastically differs from Trump’s plan, which
consists of cutting taxes across tax brackets and spending less on necessary public measures and infrastructure. Her plan reflects the interests of the American people. Trump roots for himself. In 2008, he claimed it was just “good business” to root for the housing crisis because it benefited him financially. We need a president with our economic interests in mind. Only one candidate will address the immigration issue appropriately, ethically, and according to the Constitution. Clinton knows that the U.S. borders and immigration laws must remain accessible to all people who pass extensive background checks, regardless of religion, race, or home country. She knows that immigrants are not the ones taking jobs—they are the ones creating jobs. According to Fortune, immigrants and the children of immigrants started more than 40 percent of the top 500 U.S. companies. Without these people, the U.S. would have a lot fewer jobs. We need a president who will allow the entry of immigrants that benefit our country. Furthermore, Clinton has been the only candidate to vow to protect each part of the Constitution. Clinton knows that we cannot disregard the First Amendment, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Clinton knows that we cannot disregard the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits discrimination, including on the basis of religion. Trump is the candidate who has repeatedly insulted
immigrants (and US citizens of foreign descent) and cowardly guaranteed to block entry to the US based on race, religion, or home country. We need a president who will uphold the entire Constitution— not just the Second Amendment. Only one candidate will consistently accept that climate change is real, and only one candidate has a plan to actively combat this environmental crisis. Clinton is ready for us to be the clean energy superpower; she wants to generate renewable energy to power every home in America, cut energy waste and reduce American oil consumption. Only she will continue to champion the installation of half a billion solar panels. Only she will encourage and invest in clean and efficient manufacturing and transportation. We need a president who acknowledges climate change and will attack its advance aggressively. Only one candidate will seriously, democratically and respectfully address the race issues that plague our country. Clinton knows that we need restrictions on police force and militarization, investment in rehabilitation, and alternatives to prison. We need a president who does not blindly promise “law and order,” encourage the use of the unconstitutional stop-andfrisk policy, or ask non-whites to produce a birth certificate proving that they’re not Kenyan or some other nationality. Clinton must be elected. While there are countless reasons why Donald Trump should not be elected, I am voting for Clinton because of her successful track record and policy stances.
Republican Columnist email@example.com @Str8FrmCrOMPTON
Ever since July 2015 I have said I will never vote for Donald Trump. Well, I can no longer say that. Over the past year I have been trying my very best to advocate against Trump because I knew that the day would finally come. It was certainly not an easy decision to vote for Trump though. The number one reason I did vote for him was because of my extreme distaste for Hillary Clinton. If there were one person in the world that I would vote against, it would be her. I think she is a liar and someone who will say anything to get elected. Now many people would say to just vote for Gary Johnson or Evan McMullin, and honestly I thought I was going to. In September, I started to research Johnson and what his platform was. He was not someone I could get fully behind, but he was certainly better than Clinton and Trump. As time went on however, I began to see how close the race
was going to be. I found it hard to vote third party when I knew Gary Johnson had no chance of winning. Not being fully behind Johnson made it very easy for me not to vote for him. Another reason I voted for Trump was to save the Republican Party. The Republican Party has taken a beating over the past couple years. I saw voting for the nominee as very important to preserving the party and what we stand for. Sadly, the nominee ended up being Trump. The next reason I voted for Trump was because of the Supreme Court. Trump will be the only candidate that will appoint somewhat conservative justices. This will allow conservative ideals to be furthered for more generations. The last reason I voted for Trump was because he is pro-life. Between Johnson, Trump and Clinton, Trump is the only candidate that is pro-life. With this being such an important part of who I am morally and politically, it was hard for me not to vote for Trump. Lastly, to all Republicans, do not be ashamed that you voted for Trump. He is our nominee. I know this is not the situation that we wanted to be in, but this is where we are at. I know he is not perfect, but honestly the only other option is Hillary. I also hate the two party system, and I hate the fact that I contributed to it, but America isn’t in a spot right now to break it up.
Lady Gaga’s new album falls flat
Donald Trump has stirred gender issues in 2016 election
Music Critic firstname.lastname@example.org @KlynParker We lost David Bowie this year. The seminal artist started, popularized and epitomized the glam aesthetic that has maintained its presence even in hyper-modern society. One of his biggest selling points was his complete lack of care for anyone’s opinion of him. His true influence came in affirmations that being a weirdo can be really cool. The closest modern Bowie comparison is Lady Gaga, a pop star who has genuinely earned both the “pop” and “star” components of that term. Since her breakthrough album, The Fame Monster, Gaga has brought earnestness and true maximalism to mainstream pop. For every power-pop anthem like “Edge of Glory” and “Telephone,” she gives us a stunning ballad like “You and I.” These songs were off-kilter and strange, as if Gaga had gone to a pop music workshop without
having ever heard a pop song before–and they helped turn her into one of the definitive artists of the 2010’s. Even though 2013’s Artpop was a misstep, there were signs that Gaga could continue to make some killer tracks, like the Italian house banger “Do What U Want.” Still, that album was far too commercial to make a lasting impact–it simply wasn’t weird. So aside from the detour of a collaborative effort with Tony Bennett, Joanne is Gaga’s first album in over three years, and this time, she’s ditched her synth leads and drum machines and picked up an acoustic guitar. Joanne is just as much country and rock as it is pop, and the results are mixed. The lead single, “Perfect Illusion,” was somewhat of a disappointment. Despite a great vocal performance, the track didn’t really earn its key change or lyrical content. It was a strange move to make this track the lead single, as it’s not very indicative at all of the music on Joanne. Thankfully, the album picks up steam with the heart-wrenchingly beautiful “Million Reasons,” a classic piano ballad. The chords and backing vocals evoke country greats Patsy Cline and Trisha Yearwood, and the chorus (“I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away / But baby, I just need one good one to stay”) is intensely relatable. It’s one of the best ballads of 2016. I had great expectations for this album was Gaga’s list of collaborators, including Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, Josh
Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, and the incredible Father John Misty. Misty’s songwriting and arrangements on “Come To Mama” are lush and blissful. I love how the horns (including a prominent saxophone) mix with Misty’s innovative chord progressions, and Gaga’s lyrics are endearing. Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine drops by on the girl power support-fest “Hey Girl,” which uses a flip of Elton John’s “Benny & The Jets” as its instrumental. Florence’s smooth, floaty vocals are a great contrast to Gaga’s powerful mezzo soprano. Joanne’s best songs, like the title track, are those that stick closest to standard country music. Aside from the stomp of “John Wayne,” none of the more driving tracks make much of an impact on me. “Dancin’ In Circles” is a forced affirmation of self-love (both mental and physical); Hailee Steinfeld already expressed these feelings in a far more engaging way with last year’s “Love Myself.” Even though I like Joanne’s slower, more measured songs, they’re not really what I expect (or want) from a Lady Gaga album. For someone who wears a Bowie influence on her sleeve, she has a long way to go to match his experimentation. The closest thing to a theme on Joanne is personal, emotional support, but none of it is done as deftly as, say, a Grimes or Missy Elliott album. As a result, many of these songs feel like country’s response to Katy Perry, and that’s too bad, because Lady Gaga can be so much more.
vulgar comments he has made about women, that no one in their right mind should ever say out loud. Simple, he is a man. You tell me, “Oh, but Hillary deleted those emails!” Okay, but has she ever called anyone a “fat pig”, or rated people she wants to have sex with? The answer is a very solid no.
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The only locker room talk I’ve heard this election cycle is that Hillary Clinton has an unfair disadvantage in the election, which is something she was born with: being a woman. Throughout the past year and a half, the way Donald Trump views and speaks about women has been brought to the light because of the way presidential candidates must be completely transparent. It wasn’t until recently that multiple women have come forward accusing The Donald of sexual assault and misconduct, events he claim never happened. It seems as though the crude things Trump has said about and done to women began as early as June 14, 1946, the day he was born. How is this child still being allowed to run for president with the various accusations of sexual assault, the unpaid taxes and the
As a woman, I believe the impossible double standard that affects women all over the world is right in plain sight in this election. We just have to pen our eyes to see it a bit more clearly.
The former Secretary of State has never made comments calling anyone a “dog” and has never said something to compromise her character. Clinton is a great woman, leader, mother, role-model, friend, and daughter, just trying to completely shatter the incredibly high glass ceiling that was put just out of reach for many before her. As a woman, I believe the impossible double standard that affects women all over the world is right in plain sight in this election. We just have to open our eyes a little bit more to see it clearly.
06 | opinions
Nov. 2, 2016
OPINIONS 2016 ELECTION
First-time voters frustrated with presidential candidate choices
Opinions Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @jessiespangler3 I think it’s safe to say that many young people who will have their first opportunity to vote this upcoming November are
disappointed and frustrated. We look to our right and see a man (if we can even call him that) who not only thinks sexual assault is okay, but brags about it. We see a man who has degraded women many times and proposed building a wall on the Mexican border and making Mexico pay for it. We see a man who is racist, xenophobic and basically a terrible human being. Then we look to our left, and while we see a better option, at least in my opinion, it’s still not the best choice. We have the issue with the private email server, which shakes my and a lot of other people’s trust. She herself has said questionable things in the past as well. We have two other less popular candidates too: Jill Stein from the
Green Party and Gary Johnson from the Libertarian Party. Both candidates I have researched, but I am not completely impressed with either of them. Neither seem capable of carrying out the presidency Of course there are many others running, but most do not get much attention. I’m not looking for a perfect candidate. No one is, especially at this point. I am currently an undecided voter. While I know that I am definitely not voting for Donald Trump, this leaves me with three other options that I’m not really satisfied with at all. I think many other first-time voters feel the same way. Finally, we get a chance to exercise our right to vote. It’s exciting and empowering. Then we see
this election year and the mess it’s been and it has a lot of us questioning if we even want to vote in this year’s election. Most of the people around my age I know want to vote. They just want to vote for someone who will make good decisions for the future of our country. So far, I’m not sure if any of the candidates will be able to do that. The only thing going into this election that I’m sure of is that we cannot have Trump as our next president, especially in light of what has happened recently. But this means I, and everyone else who does not want Trump as president, still have to vote for someone else. We have to put our trust in someone to run our country for the next four years. Unless I choose not to vote and leave it in the hands of other
voters, which I know I won’t do. Now more than ever, I feel like it’s important for young people to vote this year. But we have limited choices. The Democratic candidate isn’t horrible, but not quite what we were hoping for (still wishing that Martin O’Malley would jump back in the race). The Republican candidate isn’t a good representative of the GOP Party and happens to be racist and sexist. I’m not sure how Stein or Johnson would do as president, even though they do have a few good ideas. The only thing I’m sure about in this upcoming election is that it’s going to be an interesting one.
Moving On: Be a fact checker, change your perspective Student feels election, internet have created groupthink culture
Contributing Writer email@example.com @HelloTimWebber It’s a bit of a cruel irony, isn’t it? This is one of the most pivotal elections in our lifetime, and many of us wish that it was already over three months ago. There’s no sense including a detailed exposition in this space, because we all know these candidates far too well and probably decided who we would vote for before the party conventions this summer. Instead, let’s move past the remaining week of the campaign, move past Election Day and move straight into Nov. 9, the day when we’ll all wake up and start trying to pick up the pieces. Regardless of who ultimately wins, this election has caused severe damage to the entire concept of truth in this country. Everyone is at least a little responsible for the 2016 electoral fiasco, but let’s start with the two most obvious perpetrators: the candidates. Hillary Clinton was never going to win any awards for trustworthiness. From the start, her perceived lack of honesty and transparency have been some of the biggest criticisms of her campaign. I believe the appropriate metaphor is this: Clinton’s campaign is a limousine with opaque windows, and WikiLeaks is a vandal with a sledgehammer and a hatred of limousines. It can be easy to dismiss Clinton’s problems as Standard Politician Activities, especially next to her opponent, but her problems go further than those of most politicians. Her critics don’t have to dive too deep to raise legitimate concerns, and if she wins, it’s not necessarily a great precedent to set for future elections. Remember, Clinton’s email woes would likely be the electiondefining scandal if her opponent didn’t run a factory with the goal of producing new and horrifying scandals every week. So we come to Donald Trump, a candidate who has shown reckless disregard for even the simplest of facts. Regardless of whether you believe objective truths exist — and neither you nor I have a doctorate in philosophy, so
we won’t wade deep into those weeds — Trump’s refusal to acknowledge what appear to be objective truths in numerous audio and video recordings of his actions is horrifying. Trump lives in a reality where if you simply say the word “WRONG” when confronted with your mistakes, then those mistakes are erased from history. Trump never apologizes, because he never admits to wrongdoing in the first place. Trump is your absolutely infuriating big brother on a 10hour road trip, changing the rules of a game so that he always wins. Imagine if your favorite baseball team hit a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series, and then the other team, even when confronted with irrefutable video evidence, refused to acknowledge that the home run ever happened, grabbed the trophy and walked out of the ballpark. That’s Donald Trump. Electing a demagogue that will never
I believe the appropriate metaphor is this: Clinton’s campaign is a limousine with opaque windows, and WikiLeaks is a vandal with a sledgehammer and a hatred of limousines.
admit to being wrong is the first step back toward “1984.” The perfect storm The two candidates aren’t the only ones to blame for 2016. Their supporters and the general public are contributing to the dangerous divide in America’s reality. I believe there are two major factors creating this perfect storm: the rise of the internet and a lack of understanding and trust in journalists. Let’s start with the former. I’ve long contended that the internet is both mankind’s greatest and worst invention. The ability to speak with like-minded people around the world is great, but the ability to tune out people with different opinions is terrible. Social media, like Facebook and Twitter, have created algorithms that provide us with content that they believe we want to see, a technique that generally creates a more positive browsing experience and a greater likelihood of returning to reuse the service. But those algorithms also create a personal bubble that can distort your view of reality. Ever wonder why X candidate is doing so well in the polls, even though you can’t think of anyone you personally know who is supporting him or her?
That’s because you’re rarely, if ever, forced to confront different viewpoints on the internet. Trump supporters and Clinton supporters are isolated from each other online, which allows both groups to reinforce their opinions of the candidates — even when they’re woefully misguided. We’ve created a dangerous form of groupthink, and it has allowed people to construct alternate realities for themselves that are far from actuality. The internet is also at least partially to blame for the general public’s mistrust of “mainstream media” and journalism. Thanks to the internet, anyone can create a website that looks professional and post whatever content they like on that website. For the most part, this is perfectly fine. But we’re a culture that likes to judge books by their covers, so if a website simply appears legitimate, the words that appear on that website gain legitimacy regardless of their veracity. Just because radio host Alex Jones, for example, has a fancy microphone and a cool backdrop doesn’t mean he’s as much of a journalist as NBC’s Lester Holt or CBS’ Scott Pelley, but don’t tell that to his large group of dedicated followers. The noise from left- and rightwing media outlets and content aggregators — yes, this includes your favorite political website, probably — is drowning out moderate voices. It’s so easy to find a respectable-looking website that reaffirms what you hope or fear may be true. In turn, a sexy navigation bar backs up those so-called facts, in your mind, so that suspicion becomes a fact. And any source that disagrees with you or forces a readjustment of perspective? Biased. I’m a journalism major, and I’m worried that there’s a fundamental misunderstanding of what journalism is and what journalists are supposed to do. See, real journalists — those that can call themselves that without a wink and crossed fingers — report the truth. A lot of times, you’re not going to like that. But it’s not their job to tell you what you WANT to hear. It’s their job to tell you what you NEED to hear. I’ve worked in a professional newsroom setting. Journalists talk about politics just like the people in your office. Like anyone else, they have personal preferences. But in my experience, they don’t let those preferences enter into their work. The outlet I worked for took great care in maintaining impartiality. It depends on what you define as “mainstream media,” I suppose, but if you’re bemoaning the loss of standards for news sources that are institutions in
their cities, please know this: they still have standards. Moving forward Now that we’ve slogged through a thousand words of doom and gloom, let’s figure out how we’re going to solve these problems. It won’t be easy, and for the most part, we can only work to rectify our mistakes on an individual level. But if enough people have learned their lesson, maybe we can prevent another debacle like the 2016 election from ever happening again. There are two civics lessons that I believe every high school student should learn before they graduate. The first is the First Amendment. The second is the ability to determine whether a supposed news source or article can be trusted. Neither was taught at my high school. Both have been badly mangled in this election. We need to learn to swallow our pride and seek the truth. If a story seems too good to be true, it probably is. If a website is unfamiliar or out of the mainstream, take the time to look into the company and how it handles itself before posting that juicy story to your Facebook timeline. Be a fact-checker yourself; vet sources and verify statistics. Numbers can be extremely misleading if a writer is careless in how they present them. Learn how to differentiate between what is objectively true and what you want to be true. And if you’re deft enough to avoid ruining Thanksgiving, try teaching your crazy relatives, too. This probably won’t work, but you miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. Let’s also work to adjust our perspectives more often.
See, real journalists— those that can call themselves that without a wink and crossed fingers—report the truth. A lot of times, you’re not going to like that. But it’s not their job to tell you what you WANT to hear. It’s their job to tell you what you NEED to hear.
A movie in which every shot is filmed from the exact same camera angle would be the most boring movie in existence. There’s a metaphor for life in there somewhere. Take the time to adjust your camera angle. Don’t restrict yourself to your Facebook bubble.
And as for the candidates, there’s not much we can do in these final six days. One of them is going to win, and that person will likely run again four years later. By then, I hope voters can send a message that the truth — the objective truth, not merely that which you wish to be true — is to be valued, not erased.
Election Timeline April 12, 2015 Hillary Clinton announces candidacy for President June 16, 2015 Donald Trump announces candidacy of President February 1, 2016 Iowa Caucus July 18-21, 2016 Trump officially named Republican nominee July 25-28, 2016 Clinton officially named Democratic nominee September 26 October 9, 2016 Three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate September 29, 2016 Early voting starts in Iowa November 8, 2016 Election Day
07 | features
Nov. 2, 2016
Foreign students offer outside perspective on divisive presidential candidates Savannah Prescott Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org @savageprescott
The United States is on the world stage on social media, news stations and magazines with the general election less than a week away. At Drake, students from across the globe view American politics from a different angle, one that looks at the U.S. from the outside in. Valentina Keller is a student from Germany who believes this election will have a worldwide impact. Her main concerns this election are health care, free
college education and climate change. “I do care about this election because it also influences other countries according to who is going to be president,” Keller said. “It will affect me indirectly because of the international relations between my country and the USA, I guess. But it will really affect me in the sense that if (Donald) Trump wins, he will probably try to seize power and I am scared of his impact on the world.” As a Drake student, Keller sees a difference between German and American politics. “There is this stereotype about German people that we are very correct and serious, which I think
are good qualities in terms of politics,” Keller said. “I agree with Bernie Sanders because he said that politics is not like watching ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ I trust politicians in Germany more than American politicians who seem to be kind of corrupt, but not all of them, of course.” If Keller had the opportunity to vote she said she would vote for Hillary Clinton over Trump. “I think that both candidates are not really good choices, but ... I would definitely vote for Hillary Clinton because she is not as insane and un-serious as Donald Trump,” Keller said. “I would argue that he is crazy because he is very racist and misogynistic and does not believe
that climate change is happening right now.” Phong Ly, a first-year public relations major from Vietnam, finds the hate directed towards Clinton interesting because he believes Trump lacks the typical characteristics of a president. “I think that it’s a pretty interesting election year so far,” Ly said. “Personally, I don’t have a problem with Hillary Clinton but it’s very interesting to see how much hate she’s getting right now. On the other hand, I don’t see Trump as presidency-worthy. The way he speaks his mind is too much. He sounds like an upset 10-year-old kid to me.” In Vietnam, elections are different in regards to political
parties, Ly explains. “Back home we only have one political party, but we have multiple candidates to choose from that are similar, but different from each other at the same time,” Ly said. After graduation, Ly plans to look internationally for a job. And although he doesn’t see the election as affecting him too much while he remains in the U.S., Ly thinks it could be influential later on. “I don’t think it would affect me that much as a student, but when I start to look for jobs and going to other countries it may affect me then,” Ly said.
Mock Trial teams start year off strong, team places first Jessie Spangler Opinions Editor email@example.com @jessiespangler3
A combination of preparedness and teamwork brought success to two Drake Mock Trial teams at the Bradley Tournament in Peoria, Illinois two weekends ago, according to club Vice President Alliyah Greaver. One team placed second and the other placed fourth to go along with seven individual awards. All four captains received awards, as well as two first-years and a senior. “I feel like both Drake teams really bonded,” Greaver said. “We’re at the point in the season where we all know each other pretty well and know what to expect from each other.” Drake also held their own Mock Trial tournament this past weekend, where one of the teams placed first. Scoring for mock trial compatitions is recorded by judges who choose who they think the best attorneys and the best witnesses were from each team. Individual awards are given to those who the judges deem the best out of everyone competing. The judge’s ballots determine team scores. Each round is judged on a score from one to 10 and is compared to other
teams. Whichever team has the most points at the end of each round wins, and whichever team wins the most rounds wins the tournament. There are four teams in Drake Mock Trial. They sometimes meet together to collaborate on ideas and scrimmage, but compete separately. Two or three teams will be sent to a tournament at a time. The reason for having different teams lies in the fact that Mock Trial is divided into two seasons, pre-stack and post-stack. “We’re just trying to educate the new members and get them up to speed on the case, so it’s just kind of equalizing out the talent and experience levels and also the personalities,” Greaver said about the purpose of pre-stack season. Post-stack season will start in a couple of weeks and is focused more on competing. “We kind of arrange everyone according to ability and try to gear it more towards competition level,” Greaver said. Mock Trial is almost entirely student led. Everything from organizing the teams to deciding where funds go is decided by the members. “We bond more as a program because we rely on each other more,” team captain Hannah Arneson said. “We also learn a lot more in the long run, because we are kind of forced to do it on our
own.” Many teams at other schools have attorney coaches and law firms helping them, but Drake’s mock trial members here have only each other. “Drake Mock Trial is a very adaptable program,” said Drake Mock Trial President Beth Macnab. “So when case changes come out, when the facts we were arguing change, we’re able to
quickly make a new case theory. And other teams rely on attorneys in the area to write their parts for them or they rely on their coaches to tell them what to do. Since we’re student run, we make all of our own parts, we’re able to adapt quickly, which gives us a huge advantage in those qualified tournaments.” Mock Trial typically meets three times a week for practices
that last around three hours. The program is flexible with students who aren’t able to commit as much time. An interest in attending law school isn’t required to be a part of Mock Trial. “Anyone can do it,” Macnab said. “We have a variety of majors, anywhere from health science to rhetoric to LPS.”
DRAKE MOCK TRIAL competed at an invitational in Peoria, Illinois, from Oct. 21-23, where one of the teams placed second. At a tournament held on campus the following weekend, another team placed first. COURTESY OF JOSH HUGHES
Campus, community Republicans feel under-represented Jazlin Coley Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Republican campus and community members feel it is harder to express their beliefs this election. However, Democrats on campus haven’t felt the backlash. From signs being torn to pieces on private properties to controversial debates being addressed in an informal matter on the campus, the notion of whether individuals’ freedom of opinions are being actively respected is a big discussion this political cycle. Joe Weinrich, a member of the political adjunct group Students for Trump, feels as though the group allows people like him to fully express and support their candidate. Students for Trump is one of the 80 political adjunct groups across America that supports Trump’s campaign on college campuses and has already encountered this problem headon. Drake University has built a system of organizations that assists in the transition of accepting and understanding a diverse community, especially for students who encounter beliefs contradictory to their own. “Student Inclusion (Involvement and Leadership) is making everyone feel safe whether
you are gay, transsexual and any other possible combination. One of those is political beliefs, and I really feel strongly about that,” Weinrich, a junior studying informational statistics and data analytics, said. “When we talk about diversity as a whole — the very core concept of diversity is that we get different, sometimes conflicting opinions. I feel like political beliefs as a student has gotten kind of swept up under the rug.” On Sept. 13 during Drake’s Activities Fair, Weinrich was involved in an occurrence where the messages spread by his candidate caused another student group to move spots at the fair. The presidential candidate’s racially negative slurs were directed at the group’s ethnic background. “Drake as an administration has been nothing but great and glad that I am doing something on this campus,” Weinrich said. “I identify this problem as a generational problem, which makes it a hard time arguing your views, especially with each other. Whether they just don’t see it as an issue, or they like that I am a counter-culture. Either way, I think that that is wrong.” The thin line between having one’s own sense of freedom of speech and accepting other contradicting beliefs is easy to cross. “As much as they have that right, there is a line, and I believe
we saw that line get crossed,” Weinrich said. “I just heard (that), all throughout the 80 chapters we have on campuses, that people felt pressured not to support their candidate and not able to fully express their views.” A 62-year-old resident and Trump supporter of the Drake neighborhood who wishes to remain anonymous has experienced destruction to her property during this campaign. She has had campaign signs from her front yard ripped from the ground and torn up. “The destruction has been pretty intensive and very threatening,” the anonymous source said. “I have gone from eight signs to 14, and every day I find another sign ripped up from the ground and torn. I feel so threatened. I look at the Drake community as our future and our hope with a lot of passion. It scares me to see this passion turn into anger represented by the constant destruction. Everyone in this neighborhood is so hushhush. I do not see any support for Trump ... And I don’t think it’s out of embarrassment—it’s more out of fear.” Being a resident so close to the university’s campus did not make her excited about supporting her candidate openly. It reached the point where she soon had to place a poster board that expressed her right as an American to express her opinions. But not everyone sees this to
be an inequality on an individual’s ability to express. “It’s important to differentiate people disagreeing with what someone’s saying or doing from government blocking speech,” said Jennifer Glover Konfrst, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication. “Someone stealing a yard sign isn’t an abridgement of free speech. It may be vandalism, and it doesn’t advance our community discourse, but it’s not an abridgement of free speech,” Konfrst said. “The government telling you (that) you can’t have that yard sign or you must have that yard sign — that’s when your speech rights are violated.” Janina Goncalves, a sophomore majoring in marketing and graphic design, feels as though she does not experience any of the negative political feedback because she is a Democrat. “My primary beliefs lie within the majority opinion,” Goncalves said. “So I feel as though I do not necessarily see any of the repercussions of supporting Hillary. I also think there is a negative association to Trump’s name. So, whenever you meet a supporter of Trump there’s an automatic stereotype assigned. This gives a sense of reasoning, in my opinion, that allows the mistreatment of that person.” Students on campus can openly practice free speech in numerous ways, such as wearing
a T-shirt or flaunting a political sticker to speak out against injustice. “Freedom of speech is often thought of in terms of big-picture, sweeping generalizations,” Konfrst said. “In actuality, defending free speech happens every time someone shares an opinion and isn’t arrested for it. It happens every time someone shares their views without government interference. It’s powerful.” Drake students are obligated to remember that freedom of speech applies to everyone; however, Bulldogs are not exempt from societal consequences, Konfrst said. For Goncalves, the alternative of regulating students’ speech may lead to underrepresentation and an unteachable attitude on the college campus. Weinrich feels the best response to hateful speech is a response that leads into a teachable moment and models conversations. Weinrich does not feel that Drake has reached this point. “At Drake we know what the problem is—we know it’s there,” Weinrich said. “It just hasn’t been addressed and no one wants to touch it.”
08 | features
Nov. 2, 2016
FEATURES STUDENT LIFE
Humans of Drake Two Drake students launch blog The Times-Delphic tells the stories of Drake students and faculty
Virgil Des • Junior Second-year Law Student
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Everybody has ideas. In a world where everyone is connected, and everybody has a voice, the internet turns into a blank canvas for those people ambitious enough to be the creators. Two of these creators are Drake University sophomores Jacob McKay and Willie Stephenson, creators of the blog “26th & Cottage Grove.” McKay said the blog had been something they’ve thought about in the past, but recently came to fruition. The blog was launched on Oct. 23 and advertised on both McKay and Stephenson’s Facebook pages. Focusing on music, fashion and lifestyle, McKay said “ (we) basically want (the blog) to run itself in the future, and want it to be a content platform for people to just put stuff on,” and Stephenson agreed. But while McKay and Stephenson strive to be inclusive on who can post content and what they’re posting, they say that they hold the ideas that carry the name of their brainchild to very high standards. “I only like pushing things forward, and if you’re not doing
that, then why are you doing anything,” McKay said. McKay said that he isn’t afraid to reject ideas that are redundant. McKay and Stephenson wear their passions for this project on their sleeves. McKay literally has the “26th & Cottage Grove” logo tattooed on his forearm. More than anything, they’re passionate about creativity. They hope that this blog can be an online bulletin board for people to share innovative, original, and prolific content from the Drake community. The support from the community at Drake has been a big influence for McKay and Stephenson to actually pull the trigger, leading up to the launch of “26th & Cottage Grove. “ They speak specifically to the number of people who want to get involved with the blog itself. “When we asked who would want to write for us, or when we asked if people would want to come to one of our meetings, there was actually a lot more turnout compared to what I had in my mind,” Stephenson said. Their goal of including others has already been materialized. After McKay and Stephenson posted a thread on the blog about their personal concert stories, and then encouraged others to submit their own, they’ve had an overwhelming number of responses of people sending concert stories or contacting
them to write other pieces. However, McKay and Stephenson aren’t sure how this support and participation will impact “26th & Cottage Grove’s” future. They admitted that there isn’t an end goal with the project. “I don’t really want to put limits on it,” McKay said. But while they really don’t know where the journey with will end, they aren’t wasting any time getting started. “I am working on partnerships with places outside of Drake (such as) The Des Moines Art Center, Wooly’s and The Des Moines Social Club,” McKay said. Should the blog’s reputation encompass Des Moines, they could see themselves expanding throughout the Midwest. “I hate the term culture, but that’s really what it is,” McKay said. “Most of that type of stuff happens on the coasts right now and eventually gets to us, and I want it to be the other way around. “ McKay and Stephenson, in a word, are “ambitious,” but not without reason. The support that they’ve received in just the short time their blog has been operational, has justified the enthusiasm that they exhibit for the future of “26th & Cottage Grove.” Their blog can be found at: 26andcottage.wordpress.com.
Acclaimed author visits campus Haley Hodges Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
International student compares American life to his French roots Hallie O’Neill Copy Editor email@example.com @hallie_oneill
Meet Virgil Des. He loves soccer, “The Walking Dead” and traveling. He’s a French international student spending his junior year at Drake University. Des is from Nantes, France, a city of about 5,000 people. However, he’s lived in quite a few other places. He and his five family members lived four years in southern France, six years in London, five in Italy and Virgil himself spent one year in Africa. Now, he finds himself in Des Moines and it’s definitely a change of pace. The most difficult adjustment for Des was the food. American cuisine is not what he originally expected. Des said, in France people are “fascinated” by American food like hamburgers, but when he arrived here, he noticed that everyday meals aren’t quite as picturesque. “I’m so surprised of what my roommate eats,” said Des in regards to what he dubbed a “cheap sandwich.” “The products itself are totally different,” Des said. “Even the flour to make crepes is different. I tried to cook them twice, and it’s not the same.” Another major cross-cultural difference is the clothing. Des noticed the style in Iowa is a little more laid back. It seems to him that Iowans don’t really care much about what their outfits look like. “They (wear) like a blue trouser with a yellow T-shirt,” Des said. He’s extremely shocked by one fashion trend in particular: long socks. “For us, it’s so funny because
we can see people wearing socks until their knee almost, and in France if you do that, you’re like a … kind of a French gangster,” Des said. “Like, if you see someone in the street that wears long sockets—socks—until the knee or just under, you’d laugh at him.” Des enjoys the city of Des Moines even though it’s different from most cities he’s lived in. Des says European cities are more widespread. That is what makes it easy to get to a city’s shops and restaurants by foot. “There’s no downtown; we don’t say downtown,” Des said. “If you live in a flat in the city, everything is downstairs.” One aspect of America life he really enjoys is how classes are structured Drake. He said that getting the chance to speak aloud in class is something he rarely experiences in France. “We’ve got classes of 200, 250 even, and nobody speaks to the teacher,” Des said. “You just need to write, there’s no interaction.” In the U.S., he feels like the instructors are more intent on seriously preparing students for the future. In France, he says, it’s all theoretical. He also noted that, compared to French universities, Drake’s campus is expansive. “Ours is not even the half of it,” Des said. His university doesn’t have sports teams, stadiums or oncampus housing. Since his campus has only four buildings in total, he isn’t accustomed to wearing a backpack, either. Des is enjoying his experiences in America immensely. After school ends in May, he plans to travel as much as he can before flying home. His bucket list includes Chicago, Colorado, Boston and Canada.
Author Kiese Laymon visited Drake University on the evening of Oct. 26 to read a piece from his book and to talk with his audience about some of the issues his work addresses. Laymon is the author of the novel “Long Division” and essay “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.” Knowing that he was coming to Drake, many professors from a variety of disciplines encouraged their students to read Laymon’s work and attend the event. Laymon’s talk drew a crowd nearing 100 people. So much so, that additional chairs had to be brought in to Cowles Library Reading Room to accomodate the audience. “It’s a big room of folks. I’m real happy to see you,” Laymon began. “When you come to Iowa, I just thought ,‘You know, I’m not gonna see any black folk.’ But you all out tonight, I do appreciate it.” Laymon’s visit was part of the Susan Glaspell Writers and Critics Series sponsored by the Drake English Department with the help of the Center for the Humanities. “Over the past semester, Laymon’s work has been shared and discussed across many varied disciplines. It’s a testament, I think, to the resonance of his work,” Yasmina Madden said in her introduction for Laymon. Madden is an English professor and is a coordinator for the Writers and Critics Series She also attended graduate school with Laymon. “Indeed, there is no dearth of critical appraise that I could quote … But instead of listing Kiese’s awards and critical praise, I’d like to tell you instead about the effect I’ve seen his writing have on my students,” Madden said. “I’ve been teaching Kiese’s writing for a few years now and I see the way that students are ignited by the language, imagery, tone and subject matter of his writing. From the point of view of a teacher, it’s impossible not to notice when a student who has been quiet through much of the semester becomes really active in discussion of Kiese’s
writing ... Likewise, it’s thrilling to see a student who, inspired by Kiese’s work, writes an essay that engages in stylistic risk and political discourse previously unexplored in their writing. Or have a student tell you, during office hours no less, how much Kiese’s work has resonated with them.” Laymon shared his essay “Our Kind of Ridiculous” from the collection “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America” because he said he felt it was not his best work. “Before I start, I want to encourage all of you writing students, and just students in general, to embrace failure,” Laymon said. “I think we’re seeing a lot of stuff in the country right now but I think what we’re seeing, on both sides of the aisle, is an inability to accept and embrace failure. I think that’s partially why we are where we are as a country and as a writer I want to put it out in the world and hear about how good it is and, like most writers, most of the stuff I put out is not good. And that helps me create because I know it’s probably not going to be good and even after it’s published it’s still not going to be.” The essay talked about an
experience Laymon had getting pulled over by two white police officers because they thought he threw crack out the window. He talked about the power dynamic and struggle of being a black man against white cops because “Blackness is a probable cause,” that made even him believe he could have thrown crack out of the window. After sharing the piece, Laymon said that he regretted not reflecting on how his girlfriend felt during the experience or taking note of people other than himself in that instance. “I want to talk about the importance of failure and revision in this particular essay,” Laymon said. He then opened up to questions from the audience and talked about racial and politically charged issues he has faced in his life. Questions ranged from discussing his work to his thoughts on current events or politics that aligned with what some of his essays deal with. High attendance and praise with bursts of snapping, clapping or laughter from the audience marked his essay and discussion at Drake.
AUTHOR KIESE LAYMON drew a large crowd to whom he read a few pieces of his work on the evening of Oct. 26. COURTESY OF YASMINA MADDEN
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Nov. 2, 2016
How green is blue Campus helps students vote early Climate change investment Erin Cady Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk outside anywhere on campus and large garbage cans with the logo “Blue is green” plastered on the side can be seen. In the C-store plastic water bottles are no longer being sold. Quad Creek Cafe has large, orange trash cans meant for composting that are located on both sides of the cafe. These are just a few environmental initiatives on Drake’s campus that have been implemented within the past few years. Drake advocates itself as a progressive campus embracing its green thumb. With partnerships at the Sprout community garden and an active role by the Drake Environmental Action League (DEAL), there is a heavy ecopresence on our campus. What is Drake doing on a grander level to lessen the school’s environmental impact? Answers may be found within Drake University’s Climate Action Plan created in June of 2013. The Climate Action Plan is an outline of Drake’s goals for a carbon-neutral campus by 2050; this plan is to be achieved by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent every decade until we are 100 percent greenhouse gas free by 2050. According to Drake’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report, greenhouse emissions can be broken down into three categories: campus equipment (27 percent), purchased electricity (49 percent), and student/faculty transportation (24 percent). As of 2014, Drake produces about 29,861 metric tons of CO annually. Drake sources its energy from MidAmerican Energy Company, an organization that utilizes mainly fossil fuel and natural gas. Coal makes up about 48 percent of Drake’s energy, wind energy comes in second at 26 percent of our energy, followed by natural gas/oil and a small percentage of nuclear power. The Climate Action Plan was set in place in order to combat carbon emissions and energy
consumption at an administrative and individual level. It aims to divest from the usage of fossil fuels on campus while also reaching out to students and actively engaging them in making choices that will help them reduce their carbon footprints. Dr. David Courard-Hauri, professor of Environmental Science and Policy, has played an active role in the seeing-through of the Climate Action Plan. “Some things we’ve done [to reduce emissions] have been creating a partnership with DART bus system that Drake students, faculty, and staff ride free, to encourage the use of public transportation,” Courard-Hauri said. LEED silver and Two-Green Globes are organizations that ensure a building is built with environmental practices in mind such as energy consumption and lumber usage. “We agreed that all new buildings would be LEED silver,” Courard-Hauri said. “That has since changed to Two-Green Globes, which is basically a similar program that less people have heard of.” As far as 25 percent reduction per decade, Courard-Hauri has his doubts on sustainability. “Climate action isn’t a priority yet at Drake, and the first 25 percent reduction before 2020 is unlikely,” Courard-Hauri said. “Not that it isn’t possible or it won’t be near its goal, but there are talks of extending the deadline to 2022.” If students create enough passion and energy regarding climate change, Drake will speed up its divestment process and potentially exceed its climate goal instead of falling short. Students can reduce their energy consumption by limiting the amount of meat they eat, as raising animals is a very energyintensive process. Students can be conscious how long they leave their electronics plugged in. And as of recently, students can utilize Drake’s brand new bike rental program. While there is still significant progress to be made, it is clear that Drake is making its way towards a sustainable campus and a healthy learning environment.
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Iowa is a swing state this election cycle, meaning neither political party has a guarantee to win the votes. Political officials and citizens value voter turnout and provide many convenient methods through which citizens may exercise their democratic voices. “Now more and more states have early voting,” said Dennis Goldford, professor of political science and department chair. “Where a student and how a student votes depends on where that student is registered.” Drake University students represent multiple areas of the United States, and can register to vote either in Iowa or in their respective home states. “When you vote early, you can vote by mail through absentee ballot,” said Kiley Roach, a political science major and campaign employee. “You can request one at your local auditor’s office.” Voter registration forms, among other resources, are additionally available on
the auditor’s website www. polkcountyiowa.gov. “We have 50 separate, different elective systems in the country, 51 if you count DC,” Goldford said. “So that’s what complicates all this. You don’t generically register to vote as an American, you register to vote as a citizen of a particular state.” In Iowa, citizens have the option to vote early or on Nov. 8. “You can vote by mail,” Roach said. “That is one mechanism that a lot of people like to use. It’s really easy. It is convenient. You can do it in the comfort and privacy of your own home, and that’s always nice. You can actually have a chance if you have the ballot in front of you to look at other candidates and their platforms, that you might not be as familiar with, especially on a local level.” The Polk County auditor’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. They provide a fast and easy way to vote with any schedule up until the Monday before the general election. Pieces of identification are not necessary to vote for individuals registered with an Iowa address. “I always don’t mind going to the auditor’s office,” Roach
said. “It’s a very professional environment to be in, so you know that nothing bad is going to happen to your vote. It’s not going to get lost in the mail, for example.” Various non-permanent locations, called satellite locations are made easily accessible to Drake students, as well. One of these events occurred on campus last Tuesday, where 323 students voted in Olmsted, according to statistics from the Polk County auditor’s office. “It was gratifying to see so many people in line … at Olmsted to cast,” Goldford said. Those who wait to vote until the day of the general election must go to their respective polling places. “In Iowa, you are required by law to go to the polling site assigned to you,” said Polk County auditor Jamie Fitzgerald. “The easiest (way to find your polling site) is to go to the Iowa secretary of state website https:// sos.iowa.gov.” Likewise, Fitzgerald intends to cast his vote within the next few weeks and encourages every eligible college student to do so as well.
STUDENTS had the ability to vote early from 9-3 p.m. last Tuesday, Oct. 25. PHOTO BY KATHERINE BAUER | NEWS EDITOR
Political memes can simplify issues present in election Natalie Larimer Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org @larimerslogic
Political memes have become so prominent in this election. So much so, that there are cases of people who form their entire political opinions based on the information gathered through these memes. With social media becoming a breeding ground for memes that are shared by thousands, it’s really no wonder why that is the main source of information for social media users. First year finance and politics major Amy Klum has first-hand experience with the overarching influence of memes on this election. “Some people are starting to see the candidates as only those memes,” Klum said. Klum believes that Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, is “a living, breathing meme” while Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, tries to use memes to her advantage, but hasn’t yet reached the point of becoming a meme. “I mean, they’re funny and I like them,” Klum said. “I just feel like it’s important to understand that this is just a meme.”
While Klum appreciates political memes at an arms length, sophomore law, politics and society and politics major Josh Hughes keeps all political memes at an arms length. “They have been definitely effective of simplifying issues that can be complex,” Hughes said. “But at the same time that isn’t always a good thing because they’re complex.” Some memes can bring people closer to the issues that matter, which Hughes approves. “(If) politics (aren’t someone’s) whole life but they definitely care and they’re an engaged citizen, I like the fact that a meme might get them interested in a candidate or a cause,” Hughes said. The reason Hughes is wary of the political memes is because of misinformation being portrayed as truth. “I see a lot that are just not true but they’re being spread as memes,” Hughes said. “There are just some really complex issues and it worries me that some people are buying into that. If it gets more people involved, then that’s not a bad thing, but if it gets them involved because of something that’s not true, I don’t like that.” Despite Hughes’ distaste for political memes, he does like a certain genre of them. “I like ones that are very
good about exposing hypocrisy in politics,” Hughes said. “Like the ones about Trump not liking people coming into this country and using our services but like he hasn’t paid taxes in like 18 years, so why does he care?” He appreciates how they take two issues, puts them next to each other, and lets the juxtaposition take care of the rest. Professor Chris Snider is no meme expert, but he does understand the complexity of certain memes.
“The thing we see from [Donald Trump] is retweeting things that are ultimately negative things about him but he doesn’t realize that they’re negative things about him because they’re complicated,” Snider said. “I mean some of these memes work on like five different levels and unless you know those five levels, then you don’t know if it’s a positive or negative thing.” This election has brought a new perspective to politics that not many people have seen before.
“I think that it’s clearly dividing us a lot, this is an election where people are really putting out there who they support and don’t support,” Snider said. “In many ways, it’s been over the top and there seems to be no limits to what you’re allowed to create about these candidates.”
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BUT WHEN WE DO, WE USE ALL THE CANDIDATES ON THE IOWA BALLOT
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Nov. 02, 2016
SPORTS WOMEN’S SOCCER
SOPHOMORE DEFENDER Elaine Gorom looks on after a timeout was called during an match from early in the season against Milwaukee. Gorom contributed a significant amount of time on the field this season, totaling 283 minutes. She also recorded on shot on goal during this season., her first the Bulldogs.PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BAUER | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
MVC tournament loss brings Drake season to an early end Bulldogs reflect on season, look toward offseason goals, transition leaders Adam Rogan Managing Editor email@example.com @adam_rogan
goalkeeper Brooke Dennis, guarding Drake’s net in what ended up being her final collegiate match, recorded her sixth clean sheet of the season.
The Indiana State Sycamores held a 3-2 lead in the second shootout in Drake Women’s Soccer history. Senior Kayla Armstrong — Drake’s scoring leader in 2016 with 10 goals and 22 points, second most in the Missouri Valley Conference in each category — was called upon to keep the Bulldogs’ season alive. A goal would extend the shootout; a miss would end Drake’s season in the first round of the conference tournament. Armstrong aimed her shot for the top-right corner of the net. It missed wide, and the Bulldogs’ season was over. In 110 minutes, Drake Women’s Soccer took 19 shots, put 10 of them on goal, had eight corner kicks and made five saves, but never scored. Senior
The year in review Calling Drake’s season an upand-down year would be selling its tumultuousness short. The Bulldogs were undefeated through eight games, seven of which were shutouts. When the Valley season started one week after the streak ended, the Bulldogs’ form had flipped. They gave up eight goals and four matches. They started conference at 0-3-1 and snuck their way into the fifth seed of the tournament with back-to-back wins to close out the regular season. After scoring the second-most goals in the MVC (29), the fact that the Bulldogs couldn’t score once against Indiana State proved to be costly, squandering Dennis’ eighth and final career shutout. The Bulldogs’ defense was also
the best in the MVC, finishing with 11 clean sheets and tying Illinois State with only 14 goals against. This combined for Drake’s average goal margin of 0.79, the second best in the conference behind Illinois State’s 1.53. Drake’s final record of 12‑4‑3 is the most wins the team has recorded since 2012, a season that also ended in a first round shootout loss in the MVC Tournament. Final farewells Besides Dennis and Armstrong, three other Bulldogs have played their last match in Drake jerseys. Midfielder Gabby Charles, forward Alex Freeman and Sarah Grace Nicholson’s careers came to a close as well. Armstrong’s 18 career goals is the seventh most in program history. Dennis was the first Bulldog in history to be named MVC Goalkeeper of the Year, an award she earned in 2015.
Nicholson was conference Defender of the Year in 2015 as well. Charles only played two seasons with the Bulldogs, but still managed two goals in 14 appearances. Freeman had both her junior and senior years cut short with injuries, but still contributed two goals this season in just five games, the third and fourth of her career. Looking ahead Even if several of Drake’s stars won’t be back for 2017, the team is far from emaciated. “I enjoy the off-season and encouraging the younger players to emerge as leaders,” head coach Lindsey Horner said in an email. “We have some players that have already proven capable, such as Haley (Morris), Ali (Smith) and Becca (Rodgers). Alyssa (Brand) and Linda (Fiorito) have it in them to make strides to be great leaders in the future.” Three of Drake’s five multi-
goal scorers from 2016 will be returning next year. Brand will be a junior next year and already has 11 career goals. She also tied junior Rachel Wanniger for the team-lead with three assists in 2016. Nicholson is the only defender who will be leaving Drake’s backline. Morris, a goalkeeper who will be a senior next year, split time with Dennis the past three years. Morris started 10 matches in 2016, five of which ended in shutouts. “Being multidimensional in the attack with personnel but also by being capable of running at defenders, combining around defenders,” Horner said, “and getting on the end of service behind backs created opportunities for us to be in a lot of games and is the direction we want to continue to go.”
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MVC meet produces Drake champion Bulldog at Wrigleyville Reed Fischer places first, Regionals ahead This Saturday the Drake University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country traveled to the University of Northern Iowa to race in the Missouri Valley Conference meet. The women raced a 5k and the men raced an 8k, with the teams taking 9th and 7th place, respectively. The women were disappointed with their 9th place finish. They felt they had the talent to place better but just couldn’t pull it off on race day. The women’s team is very young and will return all of their scorers next year, so they will take this season as a learning opportunity for future success. Under the leadership of coaches Dan Hostager and Jacob Kaemmer, this young team looks forward to finishing the season strong and then gearing up for a successful track season with some experience under their belts. On the men’s side, senior Reed Fischer ran away with the win. He ran the 8k race in a course-record time of 24:31.8 to finish as the MVC champion. Fischer’s firstplace finish rendered him a spot on the All-Conference First Team. Fischer was also an Elite 18 Award Winner, which is an award presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA competing at the finals site
at each of the MVC’s 18 team championships. The women’s team competed first, so they were able to watch the entire men’s race unfold. When Fischer ran by the crowd at 6k, he was running right behind Michael Ward from Bradley, and it was clear they would battle for first and second place. Fischer and Ward ran by the crowd and disappeared behind a turn in the course. The women’s team sprinted to the finish line, anxiously waiting and hoping the first runner to turn the corner would be Fischer. The sound of the lead gator was heard, and everyone squinted their eyes and leaned over the painted course outline to see who was sprinting down the homestretch. When the women’s team saw the Drake-blue jersey, they started screaming and cheering. Fischer had taken a sevensecond lead somewhere during the last 2k of the race, and he crossed the finish line with a victorious fist-pump and jersey pop. The Drake cross-country team is tremendously proud of Fischer and all his accomplishments this weekend, but the season is not yet over. Both teams will compete at the NCAA Regional meet in two
weeks at the University of Iowa. Reed Fischer will be looking to qualify for the NCAA National meet. The top two teams from each region, plus 13 additional teams, will advance to the national meet. For Fischer to qualify as an individual, he must be one of the top-four finishers (and must also have finished within the top 25 of the region) aside from individuals who run on qualifying teams. We aspire to get better each meet, and after each meet we will share one athlete’s new best mark. This week’s featured performance: Reed Fischer, 2016 MVC Cross Country Champion! #GetAnotherOne
Being a lifelong Cubs fan, the unprecedented success of 2016’s squad has been jarring for me. Knowing the perils of cheering for a team that consistently disappoints, and recognizing that the Cubs last World Series appearance was in 1945, the Cubs’ World Series berth this year could truly be a once in a lifetime experience. As my beloved team faced a 3-1 deficit, I felt compelled to hop on the Megabus and make the seven-hour pilgrimage to the holy mecca of Cubs fans: Wrigleyville, for Game 5 of the World Series. For those unaffiliated with Cubs culture, Wrigleyville is the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field, the stadium where the Cubs play. A ticket to Game 5 at Wrigley cost an average of $5,373 — the second most expensive sporting event this year. Being that the average Chicagoan doesn’t have that money just lying around, crowds flocked to the area surrounding the stadium hoping to breathe in some of the atmosphere of one of the most important sporting events of the century. A buzz could be felt in the air throngs of people amassed all around the park; some at entrances, some around local businesses watching the game on television through the window, some around vendors hawking
“authentic” World Series merchandise. Anxiety, excitement and pure elation could be seen on the faces of lifelong Cubs fans, some who have waited their entire lives for this very moment. When the final out was called and the Cubs recorded their first World Series win at Wrigley Field since 1945, a collective sigh of relief was let out, immediately proceeded by a chorus of “Go Cubs Go” the official song of the Cubs nation. The party burned on into the early hours of Monday morning, and it appeared an unofficial citywide holiday had been declared. Regardless of the final outcome of the series, Cubs Nation rejoiced in its biggest win at Wrigley in the last 100 years.
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Nov. 02, 2016
Bulldogs fall to MVC’s best on the road, grab win at home Joseph Miller Staff Writer email@example.com @josephmiller3
Drake Women’s Volleyball resumed conference action this weekend, dropping matches to top-ranked Wichita State and Missouri State on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Bulldogs then earned a muchneeded win against Indiana State Monday night at home. Drake began the weekend by traveling to play the no. 1 ranked Missouri State Bears. Drake was bested by the powerhouse by scores of 13-25, 21-25 and 27-29. Missouri State jumped out ahead early in set one, but Drake battled back to reduce the Bears’ lead to three. However, a quick 7-2 run put the Bulldogs away and the set ended with a score of 13-25. A similar story began to unfold in set two, as Missouri State grabbed a quick 10-4 lead. However, the scrappy Bulldog squad clawed their way back into the game, but were ultimately put down by a score of 21-25. Set three was a much more competitive battle, featuring nine ties and five lead changes. Both teams battled throughout, neither of them leading by more than four at any point. Drake looked to run away with a 20-16 lead. However, the Bulldogs’ dream of a comeback was squashed by an 8-2 run by the Bears to make the game 24‑22. Drake would push the game to extra points, but eventually were bested, 27-29. Junior Kyla Inderski had an 11 kill effort for the Bulldogs, aided by both junior Odessa Cody and senior Makena Schoene, who had 10 and seven kills, respectively. Freshman Paige Aspinwall led the Bulldogs with 18 assists, followed closely by senior Chandelle Davidson who had 17. Drake squared off against Wichita State the following day. The Shockers currently ranked second in the Missouri Valley Conference. Wichita State was able to sweep the Bulldogs with scores of 23-25, 21-25, and 15-25. Set one was roller-coaster affair, with Wichita State dominating to gain a 20-10 lead. Drake came charging back with a 10-1 run to put the game at 21-20. Wichita State eventually pulled ahead and took the set 25-23. Drake jumped out to an early 10-5 lead in set two, but the Shockers regrouped and went on a 10-5 run to take the set 25-21.
Wichita State rolled into set three, starting with a 14-3 lead. The deficit proved insurmountable for the Bulldogs, who ended up losing the set and the match, 25-15. Cody led the Drake offense with nine kills, followed closely by Inderski who notched eight in the match. Davidson racked up 16 assists to aid in the Drake attack. Senior Capris Quaites and Schoene each racked up four blocks. Determined to salvage something from the weekend, the Bulldog squad entered the Knapp Center with something to prove on Monday night against the Indiana State Sycamores. Drake’s high-powered offense recorded 51 kills en route to a 3-0 sweep of the Sycamores by scores of 25-17, 25‑17 and 25-23. “We knew that tonight was a must-win for us,” head coach Darrin McBroom said, “to keep our chances alive for the conference tournament.” Set one looked to be a stalemate with neither team being able to get the upper hand until a 7-1 run from the Bulldogs put them up 17-10. Drake’s offense in the set was highlighted by nine kills from Inderski. Drake found themselves in a similar position in set two, falling behind 9-6. However, a 12-2 run featuring kills by five different Bulldogs gave Drake an 18-11 lead that would allow them to cruise to a comfortable 25-17 win. Set three injected some drama into the night, featuring nine tie scores and five lead changes. Indiana State grabbed an early lead, but the Bulldogs responded with a 3-0 run to tie the game 8-8. The Sycamores responded with a 5-1 run of their own, which was, in turn, followed by five unanswered points from Drake. Another exchange of spurts tied the match at 20. After falling behind 23-21, Drake came out of a timeout with a 4-0 run that capped off the game and the match. “These are the games we need to win,” senior libero Michelle Thommi said. “We knew what we needed to do.” Inderski gave another excellent performance with 17 kills and seven digs. Davidson and Aspinwall racked up 23 and 15 assists, respectively. Defensively, Thommi gave a 28-dig effort, and Kameo Pope had an impressive seven block performance. Drake will look to continue to chart their course to the postseason with a match against University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Saturday.
DRAKE senior Makena Schoene and junior Kameo Pope go up for a block on Monday night at home. Despite the 1-2 weekend, the Bulldogs are still one match over .500 with a 14-13 record. PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BAUER | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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Nov. 02, 2016
Despite penalties, Bulldogs pull big win over Campbell Adam Rogan Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @adam_rogan
After getting shellacked 38-7 two weeks ago against the University of San Diego, Drake Football (4-4, 3-2 PFL) rebounded offensively and defensively against the Campbell University Camels with a 33-21 victory. A crowd of nearly 1,750 fans supported the Bulldogs in their second-to-last home game of the season. The Bulldogs were looking to get back to .500 overall and over .500 in the Pioneer Football League after getting shellacked 38-7 last week against the University of San Diego. The Camels entered the game with a 3-3 record after losing 30-24 in overtime to Stetson University last week. Drake started the game with a three-and-out when junior quarterback Grant Kraemer’s scramble ended up one yard short of a first down. Josh Lee sent a booming punt inside Campbell’s 10-yard line where returner Trey Sanders muffed a fair catch. Drake sophomore Zac Rujawitz fell on the fumble, and the Bulldogs took control 53 yards downfield. Two plays later, Kraemer found senior tight end Andrew Yarwood open in the back of the end zone to put the Bulldogs on the board less than three minutes into the game. Campbell’s offense nearly made up for its special teams mishap on the following possession, driving 57 yards in 12 plays to move from its own 16 to Drake’s 27. But on 2nd-and-7, Campbell QB Anthony Robbins had a pass jumped by junior defensive back Terry Wallen. He returned the interception 58 yards to the Campbell 17 to give Drake great field possession yet again. Kraemer was nearly sacked on the first play from scrimmage, but scrambled out of the pocket — something he was forced to do time and again in the first half — and completed a 5-yard pass to junior tight end Cole Neary. On the next play, Kraemer lobbed a pass to fifth-year senior wide receiver Zach Zlabis on a fade route. Zlabis pulled it in as he fell out of bounds to put Drake up 14 less than halfway through the first quarter. The early scoring was a stark contrast from Drake’s performance two weeks before against the San Diego when the Bulldogs only managed 229 yards of total offense and scored
just once on a fourth quarter touchdown. “That one hurt so badly,” head coach Rick Fox said. “What we didn’t do (against San Diego) … is play free, play relaxed … That’s (why) I was so proud of them today, because that’s what they did.” Even if the Bulldogs’ first two TDs came from great field position, their third score would be a tribute to success in the passing game. Drake’s final possession of the first quarter started with a quick slant route completed to redshirt-senior Eric Saubert who broke several tackles on a 55-yard gain. That drive almost ended on a third-down interception thrown by Kraemer, but a defensive holding call extended the possession. Three plays later, Saubert wasn’t able to pull down a thirddown, one-handed grab that would’ve extended Drake’s lead to 20. Josh Lee finished the drive with a 29-yard field goal. The Campbell offense responded on its first drive of the second quarter. A 46-yard rush by Aaron Blockmon highlighted an 8-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass, making it a two-score ball game. “(Campbell) did some great adjustments in the second quarter that was giving us problems and getting ourselves in bad situations,” Fox said of the Camels’ defense. “They were bringing pressure, and so that was tough.” The Camels got the ball back quickly after Kraemer threw an interception on a deep pass into solo coverage, but the same thing happened to Campbell five plays later. Wallen nearly got beaten on a fly route down the right sideline, but recovered and ripped the ball from the Campbell receiver’s grasp at Drake’s 25-yard line for his second interception of the game and team-leading third of the season. Wallen was named PFL Defensive Player of the Week for his performance. Again, the Bulldogs weren’t able to do anything with less than desirable field position as they only gained two yards and were forced to punt. Both of Drake’s first half touchdowns came on drives that started inside the red zone, or the “blue zone” as the Bulldogs call it. On its other six drives in the first half, the Bulldogs only managed six points on two field goals. They averaged less than 1-yard per run in the first half, but more than 16 yards per pass and held a 20-7
SENIOR RUNNING BACK Conley Wilkins finds space along the outside against Morehead State on Sept. 24. Against Campbell this weekend he rushed for 82 yards and had two touchdowns. PHOTO BY KATIE KURKA | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER lead at halftime. “The blue zone is the toughest place to be successful offensively … I don’t want to diminish what our guys did there those two drives, because if we walk away on field goals on those, you take away eight of our points,” Fox said. “… Our assistant coaches did a great job at half time in really adjusting the plan, and then our guys really executed it in the second half.” Kraemer, who has only started six games under center so far in his career, found eight different receivers for 184 yards in the first half. He would finish the game with 304, his first 300-yard passing performance. Campbell struck first in the second half. Robbins completed a pass to Blockmon at the 10-yard line, who proceeded to battle his way across the goal line, carrying three Bulldogs into the end zone with him. That brought the score to 20-14 with 8:47 remaining in the third quarter. Drake running backs Conley Wilkins and Brock Reichardt broke their running woes in response, gaining 52 rushing yards in seven plays to start the drive. That possession ended with a 2-yard Wilkins touchdown run to cap off a drive that featured 11 rushes, just one pass and octupled Drake’s total rushing yards from 10 to 80. After a failed 2-point conversion, the Bulldogs held a 26-14 lead. “That was a huge drive,” Fox said. “… I think that sparked our offense.” Wilkins finished the game
with 82 yards on 28 attempts. Reichardt had 26 on four. “The running game just started going through and when that started working the passing game just opened up and made everything a lot easier,” Kraemer said. “… Our o-line did a great job at just turning the switch in the second half and they just started getting all of their double teams and their blocks.” Drake’s next drive had the chance to put the game out of reach. The Bulldogs started at Campbell’s 38 after an 18-yard punt return by Wallen and were in the red zone after one play, but Kraemer made an off-balance, ill-advised throw on third-andgoal right into the arms of Camel defenders. It was Kraemer’s second interception of the game and seventh of the season. Campbell made Drake pay. A 44-yard completion to Blockmon moved the ball to Drake’s 25. A diving catch by Campbell’s Austin Fleming brought the Camels down to the two. Senior running back Jared Joyner found the end zone on the next play, shrinking Drake’s lead to five. Kraemer made up for his mistake midway through the fourth quarter. On 1st and 10 at Campbell’s 33, Kraemer rejected Fox’s play call for a choice of his own. The switch led to a 23-yard completion to sophomore wide receiver Devin Cates. “Usually when a quarterback … does that,” Fox said, “they’ve seen something and they know it’s there, and I just pointed to him and said ‘Go ahead, take it.’ And he took it.”
Two plays later, Wilkins scored his second touchdown of the game on a 5-yard rush, his seventh TD of the season. With less than seven minutes left, a defensive holding call erased a Bulldogs’ third-down stop and kept the Camels in business inside Drake’s 20. Three plays later, Drake senior defensive lineman Ximi Asani got his first sack of the season, Drake’s second of the game, and pushed Campbell into a fourthand-23 situation. Down 12, the Camels decided to go for it, but Robbins’ pass fell incomplete in the end zone. The Bulldogs retook possession and ran the clock down to 34 seconds, graced with a roughing the punter call on what would’ve been a threeand-out and given the ball back to Campbell with more than two minutes left. That may have been one of the final penalties of the game, but it sure wasn’t the only one. The Camels and Bulldogs combined for nearly 200 penalty yards on 20 infractions, not to mention the game’s four declined penalties. Fox wasn’t bothered by his team’s seven penalties, save for one unsportsmanlike conduct call. “You’ve got to keep your poise in those tough situations, but the other part of it is when you’re playing aggressive football, you’re going to have penalties you know?” Fox said. “… The team that’s aggressive, … that’s the one that’s probably going to be successful.”
Loss to UCA costs Men’s Soccer bye week in MVC Tournament Adam Rogan Managing Editor email@example.com @adam_rogan
Drake Men’s Soccer’s postseason chances took a hit on Saturday. The Bulldogs (5‑10‑1, 2‑5‑1 MVC) took a corner and free kick in the first two-anda-half minutes of extra time, but couldn’t convert. Getting caught in over-pursuit, Drake allowed a breakaway in the 95th minute and University of Central Arkansas’ (6-7-2, 3-3-1 MVC) Niklas Brodacki beat a charging Drake defender, made a pass around Drake’s backpedaling senior midfielder Mueng Sunday to junior midfielder William Woody who put away a golden goal for the 3-2 win. “It’s tough,” senior midfielder Mueng Sunday said. “We were pushing for the goal and thought we could get that goal and when you give something up like that it really hurts, but it’s part of the game.” The match took place on a breezy Saturday night at Cownie
Soccer Complex in Des Moines. Had the Bulldogs won the game they would’ve secured a coveted bye in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Now, they will face Bradley University on Nov. 8, the winner of which will still have two matches remaining before the conference championship game. “We’re going to use that game to bounce back, but we know we can get this done still,” Sunday said. “It will be a tough road … but we can get it done.” Drake employed a new strategy against the UCA Bears. Its midfield was purposefully less organized than it has been in the past, especially in the match’s opening minutes. Individual players charged Central Arkansas ball handlers — namely upperclassmen James Wypych, Nic Jaimes, Steven Enna and Sunday, some of the mainstay creators and finishers of the Bulldog lineup. “We did release guys in the final third, hence the chances,” head coach Gareth Smith said. “We felt we could get after them a little bit, so we gave a little freedom to our front three.”
“I thought it was the right move and I definitely agree with it, but … execution is what it comes down to,” Sunday said. “What really sticks out to us is the three goals we gave up. If we keep that at zero then it doesn’t really matter how many you put in the back of the net.” Both teams came out aggressively. It was a physical match with players on both sides hitting the ground often, sometimes as a result of field conditions and others because of contact, although no cards were issued despite a handful of warnings from the referee and 14 regular time fouls. Drake did strike first, however. In the 19th minute, Wypych deked a defender on the left wing and sent a cross into the middle of the box. Enna had already won position and leapt for a header he placed in the lower-right corner of the net. UCA tied the match nine-anda-half minutes into the second half when freshman midfielder Harris Partain got behind the Bulldogs defense and put a shot into the upper-90, practically unsavable by Drake goalkeeper
Darrin MacLeod. The Bears struck less than four minutes later. MacLeod made a save, but Brodacki put the rebound into the back of the net before the MacLeod could get back into position. It was Brodacki’s MVC-leading 12th goal of the season. With just under 18 minutes remaining, Jaimes was led into the box with a through ball, controlled the pass with his chest and blasted a shot on net, only to be saved by UCA goalkeeper Marc Olsen’s diving fingertips. One minute later, a similar pass gave Jaimes the ball again. He forced two defenders to slip and fall in the box before his shot clipped the inside of the right post and bounced into the net to knot up the match at two. Even if Drake’s two goals were respectable, they’re minute compared to the team’s 18 shots, 10 of which on goal. “When you create 18 chances in a game, you should be putting away at least three or four goals,” Smith said. “I think (that result is) a combination of one or two good saves from their goalkeeper and a combination of us not being
clinical and clean in our finishing. If you don’t take your chances, then you run the risk of losing games you shouldn’t lose.” Olsen did play a stellar game in net, making eight saves. He also got some help from his defenders, who made two goal line saves late in the second half to keep the score tied at the end of regulation. The Bulldogs had one more match before the MVC Tournament, a nonconference competition that began after The Times-Delphic went to print on Nov. 1. Although the game holds no influence over Drake’s postseason seeding, it may still prove crucial to how prepared and motivated the team can be before going to Springfield, Missouri, for the tourney. “We’ll probably have to freshen up the lineup a little bit to make sure that we keep guys healthy and fresh for conference play,” Smith said. “We have the talent, we have the relationships,” Jaimes added. “We just need to execute.”