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Long time staffer to retire in May

Thursday “Sleeping with the Enemy: Consent vs. Coercion” 6:30 p.m. Olmsted 132 Melville & Alcott Seminar Reception 7 p.m. Levitt Hall Writers & Critics Night 7 p.m. Wesley House Chamber Music Recital 7:30 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium


Ashley Beall | staff photographer

“Engaged Buddhism: A Panel Discussion” 3:30-5 p.m. Medbury Honors Lounge Student Theatre Production Showcase 7:30-9:30 p.m. Studio 55, FAC Drake Honor Band Festival 7:30-9:30 p.m. Performing Arts Hall, FAC Miracle on 34th Street SigEp Charity Event 7-9 p.m. SigEp Chapter House

Saturday Drake Honor Band Festival 4:30-6:30 p.m. Performing Arts Hall, FAC Drake Madrigal Dinners 7 p.m. Parents Hall Student Theatre Production Showcase 7:30-9:30 p.m. Studio 55, FAC

Sunday Student Theatre Production Showcase 2 p.m. Studio 55, FAC Women’s Basketball vs. Chicago State 2:05 p.m. Knapp Center Drake Madrigal Dinners 5 p.m. Parents Hall

DOLPH PULLIAM leaves Drake University after 24 years of work. Luke Nankivell | photo editor

OLMSTED CENTER is running off of a power generator following last Friday evening’s power outage. Sarah Fulton

Staff Writer

During repairs and routine maintenance last Saturday, a high voltage feeder for Olmsted Hall shorted out and the building was placed on a generator. “Every Friday of Thanksgiving, we have done high voltage maintenance and/or repair because that has been the best day to shut power of on campus because no one is here. We were doing high voltage improvements and repairs Friday, which prefaced this short,” Director of Facilities Mark Chambers said. Chambers said Drake owns its own “voltage electrical distribution network,” which allows Drake to receive electricity at half-price by buying at a higher voltage and then distributing it itself. “We own the high voltage networks, we own the transforms. That basically gets us electricity at half-price from utility,” Chambers said. “But that also puts the responsibility of the network on us.” Electricity to the school is run on an underground loop. This means that buildings are connected to the power grid from two different sides, which allows the facilities workers to power the buildings from an alternative direction if one side should go bad. Electrical and HVAC supervisor Rick Oberembt said when the short happened Olmsted became isolated from both

directions. “(The switch) blew up causing Olmsted to be isolated from either loop, we try make a double loop so we can double feed these,” Oberembt said. “At the time when we blew the joint, we were isolated from both sides, and I had no more fittings to make the repair.” Oberembt said the issue began last December when a “splicer manhole” was discovered to be blown and smoking by Aliber Hall. “We isolated it, insulated it as best we could and got the power back on, but we still had to repair the issue,” Oberembt said. The issue was to be repaired by contractor Baker Electric during the traditional Thanksgiving power shutdown. Oberembt believes the changeover went well but the “delicacy” of the work caused the issue. “When you splice these things they are so delicate ... this splice was not perfect by manufacture or human error,” Oberembt said. Oberembt, who was in the basement of Olmsted, saw a fire in the splice’s manhole. “It looks black. It is a black haze, you cannot see anything till you get all the power out of it,” Oberembt said. “It just suffocates itself, there is nothing to burn in there. It is all concrete.” Chief Electrician Ron Tart, who supervised at the time of the short, believes Olmsted should regain power on Wednesday afternoon. “They have to go back into the

manhole, pull new wire up from Olmsted to Aliber and then make a new connection from Forest Avenue plant to Olmsted,” Tart said. Tart and his fellow supervisor worked 42 hours straight during the general repairs and the short, but he believes the issue could have been fixed sooner, but was not because of the danger of working with such high voltage electricity. “We could have got Olmsted back running sooner, but management decided if Baker did the repairs without it being energized,” Tart said. Chambers said the goal is to get the situation fixed with as little disruption as possible. “When we get it fixed we will probably transfer the building later in the day (so) when (or) if we have any issues it won’t affect so many people,” Chambers said. “We will have to power the building down, and then power the building back up.” Oberembt, Tart and Chambers all agree that creating as small of an inconvenience is a major goal and that few people were affected because there were so few people on campus. “This kind of thing happens every other day in some part of town. It just happened to happen at Drake,” Chambers said. “There was no classroom time lost, no time lost and no damage to anything expect to the electrical facility.”

Ashley Beall

Staff Writer

Dolph Pulliam announced his retirement as director of community outreach and development at Drake after 24 years at the university. He retirement will be effective May 31, 2013. Pulliam has done it all. From being idolized by the Jackson Five, to playing on a team that made it to the NCAA Final Four, to being the first African-American television broadcaster in Iowa. None of these would have happened if Pulliam hadn’t made the decision to attend Drake University. It’s time to look back on how Pulliam got to where he is. “My coaches (in high school) had told me I had a choice of three schools and Indiana (University) was one of the three. I was going to go to Indiana. I wasn’t supposed to go to Drake. It’s what my coaches told me to do. I wasn’t really happy about it, they didn’t do a good job of recruiting me, and they thought, ‘We got Pulliam because his coaches told him to go here,’” Pulliam said. It wasn’t until at an Indiana allstar tournament that Pulliam participated in where he met Drake men’s basketball head coach Maury John that he became set on Drake. “Coach John, I didn’t know who he was, came up to me and asked if he could speak to me for a moment and I said, ‘Sorry I have to go take a shower and catch the bus back to Gary, Ind.’ Then he said, ‘That’s alright, I just prayed I’d get to meet

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Take A Look

Hubbell lacks in selection, health


Campus food provider seeks student feedback


James Siegle

“Herzog” takes reader on wandering journey PAGE 3

FEATURES Local business Urbancard provides deals and community involvement PAGE 4


Parks twins use distinct strengths to unite Bulldogs PAGE 7


Business of the Holidays PAGE 8

Staff Writer

Even though Drake University’s website says its dining is “centered” upon “healthy options,” students are not entirely satisfied with the health and the options presented to them. A random sample of students said they want Sodexo to provide more fresh fruit and vegetables, more appealing health foods and less fried food. “Have real leafy greens like spinach at the salad bar. Use less oils and fats to cook with. Use more lean meat,” said junior education major Kiah Swanson. “Use real eggs. Generally make it healthier and more athlete-friendly.” Over the past two weeks, 16 students were asked a question: If you ran Drake’s dining services, what would you change? Of these students, 14 singled out Sodexo’s variety, health or a combination of these factors.


Sodexo General Manager Dannie Crozier said he appreciates student feedback. “We look at feedback when we build the stations,” Crozier said. A common response was that the healthy options are lacking in appeal. “I would like the healthy options to be more appealing,” said junior writing major Taylor Wewel, who lives off campus. “They’ve done a pretty good job this year with providing healthier options, but some recipe changes might encourage more people to eat them.” First-year student Mitch Olson agrees. “I would choose more healthy options that actually taste good, because the apples and stuff are typically bad,” Olson said. “I would change the number of non-fried or breaded chicken options, such as more grilled chicken salad options,” sophomore off-campus student Lawrence Clifton said. Another common response was


that Sodexo fails to offer enough healthy options. “I would provide fresher vegetables and fruits, as well as more of them. I feel like the ones they give out are just in general not high quality,” said Erin Menardi, sophomore. “It’s really disappointing that those healthy options aren’t available, or when they are, they aren’t very good.” Sophomore Nick Staudacher also expressed the same concerns. “I would change the menu to include healthier options,” Staudacher said. “I’d also add more options in (Quad Creek Cafe). Kevan Campbell, an 18-year-old first-year student, grew up near Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Campbell took courses there before attending Drake. When comparing the institutions, Campbell said he is disappointed with Drake’s dining, particularly Quad Creek Cafe. “As a secondary eatery, (Wartburg’s cafe) had a lot more variety where everything was made fresh

for you,” Campbell said. “You could order bread sticks or burgers and all types of good, real food.” Ted Schreck, a 21-year-old junior wants different options in Hubbell South. “I would change the two salad lines into one, and make the other area open for other options for dinner,” Shreck said, who lives off campus. “Like switch it around from being Chinese to Mexican food or something.” Claire Vandercar, a junior business major and off-campus resident, also offered her suggestions. “I would add a little more flavor to some of the dishes, spice it up a little more,” Vandercar, said. “I would also bring back the fruit cart.” Bekah Schmidt, sophomore, proposed a simple solution. “I would change the dining service. Instead of Sodexo, I would have Bon Appetit,” Schmidt said.

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News Technology

Platforms, old and new, under utilized

Drake aiming to fully convert to Blackboard 9 by May 2013 Libbie Bond

Staff Writer

On Oct. 10, during the Drake University student forum discussion for the plus/minus grading system, the students present were asked if their professors use Blackboard inadequately. The majority of the students raised their hands. At the forum, Drake students expressed the major reasons why they are unhappy with Blackboard usage. The reasons included professors blatantly not using Blackboard, the timeliness in which grades are posted and the different versions of Blackboard. Des Moines native Suzanne Hess, a learning management system analyst at Drake, assists users and faculty with Blackboard. “There is probably 38 to 40 percent of people using Blackboard in general, but two thirds of it, the courses are in Blackboard 9 and one third are in Blackboard 8,” Hess said. Sophomore health sciences major Hannah Rebhorn has not been impressed with the amount of professors that use Blackboard. “During my three semesters at Drake so far, I have had less than

half of my professors use Blackboard,” Rebhorn said. “The professors that do use it, don’t post grades often enough.” Faculty Senate President and associate environmental science and policy professor Keith Summerville, does not use Blackboard. Most of Summerville’s classes are small. With only a dozen or so stu-

ogy to use in their classes. “Professors might not be completely sure how to use (Blackboard), so it takes time to learn it,” Hilscher said. Drake professors can go to weekly Blackboard workshops and take an online class to better learn Blackboard. Hess teaches the sessions.

those other things you could do through Blackboard,” Norman said. “At least Blackboard is centralized. I see the benefit being that all the students have one place to go instead of 14 different places to go.” Norman does wish Turnitin, a plagiarism checker and online grading system, was a part of Blackboard. Drake’s College of Business

dents, and are very hands-on. “Blackboard is not terribly conducive to my classes,” Summerville said. Summerville thinks that if a student is concerned or unaware about his or her grade, they should talk to the professor face-to-face. “You don’t need a computer to tell you your grades, Summerville said. “Interpersonal communication is more important than intrapersonal communication.” A large part of professors’ lack of usage of Blackboard may come from the learning process. Jerome Hilscher, learning technology specialist at Drake, helps professors find the right technol-

While some professors do not use Blackboard, they often use another technology tool, such as websites and social media, to communicate with students. “They still use some form of electronic platform or learning management system, it just might not be Blackboard,” Hess said. “It’s just that Blackboard is what is recognized and it is what is supported.” Associate professor of marketing Andrew Norman thinks most of the tools Blackboard has are sufficient. “Blackboard does so many different things that whatever you’re accomplishing through some of

pays to use Turnitin every year. For Turnitin to be a part of Blackboard, the university would have to pay the licensing as a whole. With Blackboard 9, more tools have been added like blog and wiki functions. Philosophy professor Leah Kalmanson is in her third year at Drake. She uses Blackboard 9 for the calendar, grade book, content and discussion functions. “I try to keep the assignments as up to date as possible so that everyone can check Blackboard and see what their grade is at any given point in the semester, ” Kalmanson said. Sophomore music and biology

siblings decided that he would attend Drake, and not Indiana, because of the way John showed how much he cared about Pulliam and because of how he would make sure Pulliam received a quality education and graduate in four years. During his time at Drake, Pulliam led his team to the NCAA Final Four, something that hasn’t been done since, and faced off against the UCLA Bruins. The Bruins were being coached by John Wooden and were led by Ferdinand Alcindor Jr., also known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Before the big game between Drake and UCLA, Abdul-Jabbar, and a few other UCLA players, came into Pulliam and teammate Willie

Wise’s hotel room and introduced themselves. “They came in there to intimidate us and to let us know how big they were, and for us to be afraid of them when we finally played each other. However, it didn’t work,” Pulliam said. The Bruins got off to an 11-2 run to start of the championship game. But it wasn’t long until the Bulldogs turned it around and chased the Bruins down. While the Bulldogs played an impressive game, unfortunately the Bulldogs fell to the Bruins, 85-82. “The best part of the Final Four (was) how well this team played together and fought together. We were a team that did not have

major from Chicago, Ill., Mallory Rasky, is generally happy with the way professors use Blackboard. However, she dislikes the two versions of Blackboard. “Choose one. Having two is confusing,” Rasky said. Norman still uses Blackboard 8 after taking a sabbatical last year, when Blackboard 9 was introduced. “Over the holiday break I intend to look at Blackboard 9 and see what the differences are,” Norman said. Hess said Drake is making the transition from Blackboard 8 to Blackboard 9. By May 2013, Blackboard 9 will be the only version used. “We are making a slow phase transition and slowly easing everybody into it,” Hess said. With the new system being implemented by May 2013, some of the student discontent will be resolved. “Blackboard is nothing more than a tool,” Hilscher said. “I think the biggest thing I’ve heard from students is they’d like to see, not more or less of Blackboard, but more engagement with instructors.”

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you.’ When he said that, my mother’s voice just went through my head, and said ‘Adolphus just stop.’” Pulliam said. This led to John coming back to Pulliam’s house and meeting Pulliam’s brothers and sisters. Pulliam was the head of his household and took care of his two younger brothers. Since his older siblings had grown up and started their own lives, doing the cooking, the cleaning, the washing, the sewing, being on the National Honor Society, being the captain of both the football and basketball teams, were just some of Dolph’s duties. John told Pulliam how much he admired him for that, and Pulliam’s

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DOLPH PULLIAM poses with Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb. as much resources as UCLA, the equipment, the facilities, nor did we have the name UCLA or the Coach John Wooden,” Pulliam said. “We were nobody at least until that game started. By the end of that game, all of America and all of the world knew who Drake was. That was the most important thing that happened. We gained dignity for all of us, the state, the school, the alumni, and that was the most important thing that happened.” When Pulliam was preparing to graduate in 1969, he received many job offers including offers from the Dallas Cowboys, the Boston Celtics, Proctor and Gamble, Westing House, General Motors Standard Oil of America and Ford Motor Company. However, Pulliam’s professor, Jim Duncan, set up an interview for Pulliam at Channel 8 news station and helped influence his decision to stay in Iowa. “He (Duncan) told me it was my destiny. He said that there have been others to go off and play in the pros, and this was my destiny, and he wanted me to be the first African-American broadcaster in Iowa. He said, ‘You (Pulliam) will be opening the doors for others in Iowa to go into broadcasting here.’ That was bigger than me,” Pulliam said. After attending Drake, Pulliam went on to be a news broadcaster. He was the only broadcaster to interview the Jackson Five when they came to Iowa State. “Jermaine, Jackie and Tito went to my high school when I was a senior, and they would come cheer me on at football games. I was their hero,” Pulliam said. “Michael came

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Crozier said communication with students can be difficult. “It’s about, ‘How do we get the message to the students?’” Crozier said. Of the nearly 2,000 students on meal plans, approximately 200 fill out Drake Dining’s surveys each year, Crozier said. American Campus Communi-

up to me and said ‘You left Indiana before I got your autograph!’ So I signed it to him,” Pulliam said. Pulliam was the only person in Iowa that was able to land an interview with them. After retirement, Pulliam plans on moving to Maryland to work on his crafting company, Heritage Bay Studios, with his best friend Wayne Evans and his wife and their family. He will spend half of his year there, and the other half, in Chicago with his brothers and sisters. Pulliam still plans to come back and attend some events, and if there’s ever a Drake game out in the east coast, Pulliam will be out there supporting them whenever he can. As for advice for the basketball teams, Pulliam had a few words to say. “When you’re on that field, you’re out on a mission to represent yourself, your family, your university, you’re going to win. When you’ve got an attitude like that you know how to win,” Pulliam said. “You don’t win individually, you win as a team. You don’t lose individually, you lose as a team. You support each other in winning and when you lose.” Leaving Drake is going to be tough for Pulliam. “That is the hardest part, I am leaving my surrogate mother, Drake University, she means so much to me,” Pulliam said. “Other young people need to realize and understand that Drake University, she is a very delicate person. She needs our support, our care, to keep her alive to keep her here and to take other young people just like me to raise them. That is my legacy. Never, ever letting this university fall.” ties, the company that owns Drake West Village, uses a survey known as the Feedback Yak. Resident participants are eligible for prize drawings, including the grand prize of a Chevrolet Camaro or FIAT 500 Abarth. In addition, a resident from each community wins a $250 gift certificate. Crozier said he liked that idea and will take it up with his superiors.



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Opinions&Editorials Column

‘Herzog’ portrays resilience through loss Fictional tale of revival and understanding immerses reader

Avery Gregurich Columnist Fiction is meant to transport us away from the cruelties of reality. Saul Bellow’s “Herzog” defies this rule of literature, instead immersing readers into the very mind of a troubled human being amidst an incredibly troubled life. Moses E. Herzog is introduced to us as a man on the edge of insanity, though what exactly constitutes insanity in this world of ours? An incurable over-thinker, worrier, and intellectual, Herzog is not a typical protagonist. He writes a multitude of letters to persons both living and dead, though whether they are actually mailed remains a mystery.

The letters range in content from personal matters to grandiose ruminations on life, religion and the shortcomings of human life. Herzog is a self-proclaimed addict with his drug of choice being that of ideas. Readers learn quite early in the novel that Herzog has a way with the opposite sex. Perhaps it is his intellectual persona, or maybe it is his injured-pride demeanor that beacons to women. Moses has been involved in two marriages, each one ending in divorce. Daisy, his first wife, is not given much thought in the novel, presumably because time has taught Moses his mistake in divorcing her. Madeline, his second wife, is given the majority of his thoughts, and not without just cause. Through an almost unbearable recollection, readers learn what has transpired between Madeline, Moses’s best friend Valentine Gersbach and Moses himself. Failures of the most common human kind still surround Moses. He is a twice-failed husband, as well as a failing father to his young children, one from each of his marriages. A once respected professor and scholar, even these

endeavors have soiled and turned sour for Moses. The only salvation in his life seems to come from the presence of Ramona, his newest lover. Her intentions of marriage are obvious, but she seems to understand Moses in a way that even he himself is unable to. A complex and often sorrowinducing story, “Herzog” mirrors the complexities and struggles of our own lives. Through an exceptionally original use of language, Bellow paints a masterpiece of resilience in the dismal face of despair. A Nobel Prize-winning author, Bellow holds nothing back, making keen and often accurate observations on a strange world through Moses’ rambling voice. Ultimately a tale of revival, “Herzog” takes readers on a journey through a wandering mind, one that undoubtedly reminds us of our own.

Gregurich is a first-year English major and can be reached at avery.

Saul Bellow’s Novels • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

“Dangling Man”(1944) “The Victim”(1947) “The Adventures of Augie March”(1953) “Seize the Day”(1956) “Henderson the Rain King”(1959) “Herzog”(1964) “Mr. Sammler’s Planet”(1970) “Humbold’s Gift”(1975) “The Dean’s December”(1982) “More Die of Heartbreak”(1987) “A Theft”(1989) “The Bellarosa Connection”(1989) “The Actual”(1997) “Ravelstein”(2000)

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Features Drake ROTC

Local Business

Hard work pays off in ROTC


Small size brings Drake’s squad together Encouraging local business Kathryn Kriss

Staff Writer

Drake ROTC, or Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, is small but mighty. Consisting of nine people, the students have to wake up for 6 a.m. workouts four days a week, travel to Camp Dodge each semester for field training, and participate in the Ranger Challenge, which can often last 20 hours straight. Though it may be time-consuming and rigorous, the students who go through the program agree that it’s worth it. A typical day for an ROTC student begins with a 5 a.m. wake up call for a 6 a.m. class in the field house. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday are workout days where sophomore Dorothy Krebill and her fellow cadets are leaders and TA’s for the other participants of the MILS 015 course called “Military Physical Training.” Thursdays the class meets in the ROTC office in Dogtown near Planet Sub to go over tactics, military communication skills and strategy planning. Krebill joined the program because of her lifelong closeness to the military. After growing up on

a South Korean army base, she earned a three-year scholarship with books and an additional stipend in exchange for four years of service after graduation. As an international business major, she hopes to get placed in another country. “I hope I branch military intelligence, that’s what my dad did. It would also be cool to be stationed in Europe,” Krebill said. The Drake ROTC program is a satellite branch of Iowa State’s program, so it collaborates on certain projects where more manpower is needed. “It’s hard to do a whole squad attack with just nine people, so sometimes ISU comes down to help,” Krebill said. Still, she likes the smaller size of her program. “I know everyone here. I feel like I get a lot more attention, and more practice leading a squad,” Krebill said. First-year Wyatt Sann agrees that the small number of people can be difficult for tactic and strategy practices, but likes the size regardless. He joined the program when he didn’t get admitted to West Point, but still wanted the

military in his life. Though getting up in the morning can be tough, and physical fitness tests aren’t the most fun, he really appreciates the opportunities the program has given him like trips to memorials on Veterans Day, making appearances at ISU games and simply wearing the uniform. Twice a year the cadets join other ROTC programs across Iowa in the Ranger Challenge. This day begins at 5 a.m. and often does not get done until 1 a.m. the next day. Cadets are paired into teams and sent off on a day of physically and mentally exhausting obstacles and problem situations. Last year, Krebill was put on an all-girls team with ISU cadets, so she traveled to Ames several times to train with them. Working with a different school has really given the Drake students’ valuable perspective. By allowing them to see aspects of the smaller Drake program that they really like, while still having the opportunity to run complicated drills with the help of a larger state school.


courtesy of URBAN CARD

URBAN CARD provides incentives for local Iowans and Drake students to participate in more local businesses by offering rewards. Katherine Hunt

Staff Writer

Ever walked into a department store and had to thumb through a small pile of cards to find the customer loyalty card for that store to get “points?” Well, now with Urban Card, students can have one little black card that does that for over forty local businesses, including popular metro hot spots such as Ritual Cafe and even Gusto Pizza Company. The idea for Urban Card came about from a group of local Des Moines area residents who loved shopping locally and people who wanted to find the places in Des Moines that offered the unique local experience and saving money overall. Urban Card Alliance, creators of Urban Card and the business that brings other businesses together on this one card, believe in five things: serving, creating relationships with people, technology’s allowance for growing connections, Des Moines itself and that Des Moines has the possibility to hold the appeal of a large city and comfort of a small town. Benefits for Urban Card cardholders are discounts, coupons and customer service. Instead of skimming the yellow pages for a good restaurant in Des Moines (and there are over 800), it filters the list down into an affordable price range. Kari Lantz, the owner of Urban Card Alliance said that there were intangible benefits to being a card member as well.

“It allows for Drake students to be more connected and involved with the community. The card itself has a connotation of being local. When shopping locally, relationships are formed, and magic is formed through those relationships,” Lantz said. Lantz explained why students with smaller budgets should purchase a card. “From my understanding, Drake students, whether they’re local or from out of town, are up and coming professionals. There’s no better way for students to discover the gems of Des Moines than to discover these great local spots themselves,” Lantz said “Then, they have these gems that can be used for events such as business meetings, networking, and professional lunches.” When asking Lantz about her future plans for Urban Card, her answer was simple: “Growth. Continuous growth to the list of businesses. Also, just to deepen the connection and relationship between consumers and businesses.” With a card that showcases and offers rewards for visiting some of the best spots in Des Moines at a reasonable rate to everyone, even college students ($30 per year), maybe someday this card will be given to first-year students in their “welcome package” that everyone receives in their dorm room on move-in day. To learn more about Urban Cards, or the businesses included, visit

Interested in writing for The TimesDelphic? Contact our staff: >> Editor-in-Chief, Lauren Horsch, at tdeditorinchief@ >> News Editor, Bailey Berg, at >> Features Editor, Kelly Tafoya, at >> Sports Editor, Taylor Soule, at DOROTHY KREBILL, SOPHOMORE (above) has been a part of Drake’s ROTC program since sophomore year. Above are photos of Krebill participating in ROTC through ranger challenges along with other Drake ROTC students.




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PageFive Drake Abroad

Pyramids, politics and persuasion Model Arab League travels to Cairo to compete, network Emily Gregor

ture. “We went to Giza to see the pyramids and Sphinx,” Stutzman said. “We shopped in the quaint While most of us were scarfing street markets ... hung out in a down turkey and watching footsports club ... conversed about ball last Thursday, the Model Arab politics in cozy restaurants...” League spent its break in Cairo, Needless to say, they enjoyed Egypt for an international conferthemselves. ence. “Other than the conference, “Participating is a great way we went to the pyramids, ate a to learn about regional politics lot of Egyptian food, smoked hooand emerging issues in the Arab kah, played cards and enjoyed the world,” said senior Cody Austin. warm weather,” Austin said. The conference is similar to a Not only did they model-Unithave a good time, ed Nations but they also took or mock trial valuable lessons competition — away from the the students trip. are given a cou“It was a wonple of political derful experience crises to debate to talk first-hand and respond to. with all the Egyp“My partner tian students and I were on about what is gothe Egyptian ing on politically in Affairs CounEgypt right now,” cil,” Austin said. Stutzman said. “Our crises “We are the gendealt with the eration that will writing of the be dealing with new Egyptian all these crises, Constit ution and seeing how and the recent politically-sav v y conflict beyoung Egyptians tween Hamas — Cody Austin, senior are, gives me hope and Israel.” that one day their The dynamic country will once duo, Austin and again be strong junior Mikhaand successful.” la Stutzman, In addition to passed its resogaining political lutions successknowledge, Ausfully on the last day tin took other skills away from the with Austin taking home the “Best conference as well. Delegate” award. “It has also helped my public “The culture is very different speaking, networking and negoin Egypt, so the council was run tiating abilities a lot,” Austin said. much differently than here in the Pyramids, politics and the U.S.,” Stutzman said. “Once my power of persuasion helped these partner and I adapted our strateBulldogs have an inspiring and gies to fit their culture, we were engaging Thanksgiving break all very successful.” the while being exposed to anothIn addition to attending the er culture — one that doesn’t eat conference, the students were cranberry sauce and stuffing on a presented with other opportuniThursday in November. ties to explore Egypt and its culStaff Writer

“Participating is a great way to learn about regional politics and emerging issues in the Arab world.”

courtesy of SALWA JANJUA

SALWA JUNJUA AND MIIKHALA STUTZMAN, SOPHOMORES (top) stand in front the Great Pyramids of Giza while in Cairo to participate in a mock trail competition as a part of Model Arab league. Below with other students.


Behind the midnight madness, Drake students work

Black Friday proves surprisingly manageable for retail employees Kathryn Kriss

Staff Writer

Black Friday is a day full of pandemonium — whether you gleefully participate or avoid it like the plague. Many conjure vivid images with hordes of people trampling each other to get that last TV on sale. However, some students willingly place themselves in the center of this madness by volunteering to work Black Friday. Junior Laura Plumb went back home to Minnesota for her

Thanksgiving break and picked up her job at the local Gap. Knowing she needed to make money, she agreed to work an 8-hour Black Friday shift. “I had never gone to Black Friday before, so I didn’t know what to expect,” Plumb said. Fortunately, she said the job was not overwhelming. Instead of working at the Mall of America, she opted for a smaller branch. The store was busy with a steady stream of people all day, but it never got stressful.

One thing she noticed in particular was a group of people who arrived at midnight to catch the deals. Many of them came back later in the afternoon that day to return the items that didn’t fit or they no longer liked. Sophomore Kayla Day didn’t have to work Black Friday this year, but she did the previous two years. At her Minnesota Aerie store, all sales associates are required to work the day after Thanksgiving unless they have previous family commitments or a

doctor’s note. Day had never been a Black Friday shopper, choosing like so many others to sleep instead. Last year, however, she skipped out on sleep to work from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. She said the atmosphere of working, especially on such a crazy day, is very different from being a shopper. There’s a lot more energy, and it’s a crazy rush. Compared to two years ago, Day said she “knew what I was doing more last year, so it went by faster and felt easier.” That was

also the first year she had a customer yell at her. One lady didn’t understand one of the deals going on at the store. Day explained it, but the woman got mad and threw a bra at her. Otherwise, the customers have always been relatively calm and unproblematic, even on a day known for riots over store discounts.

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Sports Women’s Basketball

Back-to-back rallies fall short at New Mexico tournament Ashley Beall

Staff Writer

Drake women’s basketball (1-3) came back home with two tough losses in the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic in Las Cruces, N.M., over Thanksgiving break, falling to the University of California Irvine (1-5) and George Mason (32). On Friday (Nov. 23) against UC Irvine, the Bulldogs trailed the Anteaters by 13 with just over five minutes remaining. However, the Bulldogs’ comeback attempt came up short. “(Junior) Morgan Reid was a huge spark plug for us with rebounding,” said redshirt sophomore Carly Grenfell. “It was contagious, and we just went up from there.” The Bulldogs trailed UC Irvine 65-64 with 39 seconds to go. Even though the Bulldogs had outrebounded the Anteaters, Drake could not come up with the rebound following its defensive stop, and that ended costing it the game. “Our first game (in the tournament) we had out-rebounded them the entire game,” said sophomore Liza Heap. “It taught us how every

possession is valuable.” Drake then took on George Mason on Saturday (Nov. 24) to conclude its tournament action. The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 22 points and came back to take a 68-67 lead over George Mason with 1:38 remaining. But the Patriots got four key points out of Rahneeka Saunders to thwart another Drake comeback, earning the win 76-70. Sophomore Kyndal Clark led the team with 14 points and Reid had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds, her second doubledouble of the season. Head coach Jennie Baranczyk commented on Reid’s standout performance. “She’s averaging the doubledouble and she’s adding a whole another dimension to her game, and I couldn’t be more proud of that,” Baranczyk said. Saunders led her team with 33 points and eight rebounds. While the Bulldogs were able to close the gap and take a brief lead, the game slipped away from them. “I think there were some really good things that came out of it,” Baranczyk said. “Obviously, we didn’t have the outcome that we neces-

sarily wanted but in one game we’re down 15 with five minutes to go, and we tie the game. Next game we’re down 22 within the second half we go up one. As much as you don’t like that, you really love the fight in the team and we’re not going to give up and we’re going to learn how to win those close games Baranczyk praised the players who led Drake’s fight to the finish. “Stephanie Running played like a senior, and she’s our only senior, and she really stepped up and had a lot of confidence, and I think that will definitely carry over into the season,” Baranczyk said. While the Bulldogs managed to cut down the major gaps in both games, they are still figuring out how to close games. “We just have to figure that part out,” Baranczyk said. “We have to figure out what it is going to take to win a game and truly believe in that and part of that is going to be our growth and maturity as a ballclub.” The Bulldogs took on Iowa State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Ames, Iowa. A recap of that match can be found on the next issue of The TimesDelphic.

Top Performers Points Assists Rebounds Morgan Reid* 14 1 14 Kyndal Clark* 14 2 1 Stephanie Running* 12 0 9 Carly Grenfell* 9 0 3 *Starting player

Joel Venzke | staff photographer

SOPHOMORE CARA LUTES (above) shoots a free throw against Quincy on Nov. 2 at the Knapp Center. JUNIOR ALYSSA MARSCHNER (left) drives inside against Quincy on Nov. 2. Drake dropped back-to-back contests at the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic this past weekend.

Women’s Basketball Calendar NOV. 23 vs UC Irvine L, 69-64

NOV. 24 vs George Mason L, 76-70

NOV. 27 @ Iowa State L, 87-45

DEC. 02 vs Chicago State 2:05 p.m.

DEC. 06 @ North Dakota State 7 p.m.

DEC. 08 @ North Dakota 2:05 p.m.


Losses offer lessons Drake ready to improve after two narrow defeats

Joel Venzke | staff photographer

Player of the Week Morgan Reid Reid paced Drake offensively at the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic in La Cruces, N.M., on Nov. 2324. She contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds against the University of California at Irvine on Nov. 23. A day later versus George Mason, Reid registered a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.


“When the going gets tough, the tough get tougher.” That phrase is continually running through my mind after a somewhat disappointing weekend in Las Cruces, N.M. Regardless of the circumstances, we play to win. We don’t necessarily want to travel across the map to go and “learn lessons.” But whether we like it or not, that is without a doubt what happened. Unfortunately after a couple of hard fought battles, the Bulldogs still came up short in two games. Thankfully, writing is often remedial for me, especially after a loss. Part of being a student of the game is looking back and understanding what worked and what didn’t work. Here is what I hope our team can take from this weekend. 1. Every possession matters. Our first game against the University of California Irvine came down to the wire. We had outrebounded them the entire game until one of the last possessions that put them up after an offensive rebound and score. Every team will have lulls, and every opponent will make a run at some point in the game. It is how a team responds that often distinguishes a win from a loss. There has to be a sense of urgency the entire 40 minutes of play, whether you are winning by one or down by 15.

2. Hustle outworks talent any day. Without the hustle and passion comes a great price. We learned that pretty quickly after being down to George Mason by 22 points in the first half. At this level, a team can never “relax” or switch on the cruise control. Like I said, basketball is a game of runs. Things don’t always go your way, but when an entire team has passion for the game, hustle and a good attitude to fall back on, things almost always

Carly Grenfell Columnist

seem to fall into place. This is how we were able to tie up the game with nearly two minutes left to play. We scratched and clawed until we found ourselves in a position to win it. We battled hard, something we can definitely hold our heads high about. 3. Risk everything. If only I

could show you film against George Mason and tell you all, “just watch (junior) Morgan Reid the entire time.” She was contagious. She played fearless. And in return she not only put up her second doubledouble of the year, but also led our team to a phenomenal second half. Senior Stephanie Running had an awesome tournament, too. If our entire team can mimic their performances, wow. Look out. 4. Them over you. Team before yourself. Need I say more? 5. Commit to change. Recognize your weaknesses and commit to turning them around. It is an extremely difficult thing to own up to what you aren’t good at. But how else does a player get better? There is no other way, really. Whether you have to write it down repeatedly 100 times or simply talk to someone about it, find an initiative. If it is important to you, you will do it. I personally have struggled in this area, but here is what really got to me — if I end up with a seasonending injury tomorrow, will I have regrets? Not much time to waste! Grenfell is a junior public relations and management double major and can be reached at carly.grenfell@



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PageSeven Profile

Parks and Track. . .

Twins strive to unite Bulldogs on and beyond race day

Luke Nankivell | photo editor

SOPHOMORES MELISSA AND STEPHANIE PARKS pose outside Drake Stadium. The twins open their second indoor track and field season on Dec. 7 at the Iowa State Holiday Preview.

Taylor Soule

Sports Editor

Sophomores Stephanie and Melissa Parks share a birthday. They share two sports. They share a room. They share a goal. When the twins, teammates and roommates meet someone new, they share a joke. “We will be like, ‘Oh, yeah, we’re not related,’ and it gets fun,” Melissa said. “We try to fool people, but we really can’t.” Though Drake cross country and track and field’s twins can’t dupe their teammates, others mix them up daily. After 20 years of mix-ups, they now respond to each other’s names. Despite the sharing, the Parks maintain individuality thanks to their distinct strengths. Melissa acknowledges Stephanie’s strength as a student. Stephanie acknowledges Melissa’s strength as an athlete. Their distinctive strengths can’t curb sibling rivalry, though. “We compete no matter what in everything,” Melissa said. That competition arose almost a decade ago when the then 13-year-old twins joined track. As high school approached, Melissa continued running while Stephanie opted to play volleyball. Then, as their sophomore seasons approached, Melissa persuaded Stephanie to swap sports. Thanks

to Melissa, two of Stephanie’s teammates also switched. “A bunch of us switched, and good things happened,” Stephanie said. The twins led Norfolk High School in Norfolk, Neb., to back-to-back Class A state cross country championships in 2008-09. After three years as teammates at Norfolk, the Parks elected to run at different colleges. Stephanie eyed schools on the East Coast. Melissa eyed schools on the West Coast. Eventually, though, their lists narrowed to Drake. “We were kind of like, ‘Why not?’” Stephanie said. “We both liked Drake.” When the Parks arrived at Drake, their dedication immediately caught head coach Dan Hostager’s attention. That early dedication translated into leadership. Though they’re both soft-spoken, the twins lead by example. “Their dedication is admirable,” Hostager said. “They’re not going to skip a weightlifting session or do anything that’s going to jeopardize their classwork or their running.” They share a goal: Bulldog togetherness. That goal surpasses running, though, as the twins try to unite Drake beyond meets. Melissa coordinates study sessions among the squad. Stephanie edits her teammates’ essays. Together, the twins organize team outings to other sports’ events. When freshman Celeste Arteaga arrived at

Drake in August, she faced new challenges courtesy of Division I competition. Workouts intensified. Tough Missouri Valley Conference opponents loomed. Drake’s schedule included six away meets. The Parks’ positive, teamwork-oriented approach immediately calmed Arteaga’s anxiety, though. “They were super welcoming,” Arteaga said. “I really liked them from the start. They were just really comforting. They were there whenever I needed questions answered.” Togetherness likewise guides the Parks as sisters. While most of their teammates train alone throughout the summer, the twins train together. “We never have to run by ourselves,” Stephanie said. “I guess you kind of take it for granted, even going home over the summer, we can still train together and run together and pull each other out of bed to go run in the morning. I can’t imagine not having that.” That teamwork lasts beyond summer, though, as Drake trains year-round. The Bulldogs’ indoor campaign for track and field opens on Dec. 7 at the Iowa State Holiday Preview. As another indoor season approaches, the Parks share another chance to unite Drake. “Being a part of the team is just the greatest thing,” Melissa said. “I just love being with the team all the time. You get to know them really well because the whole year, we’re training together.”

Men’s Basketball

Clarke shines as Drake goes 1-2 at DirecTV Classic Inconsistency plagues Bulldogs in close losses to California, Xavier Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa

Copy Editor

The Bulldogs (2-3) wrapped up their DirecTV Classic action in Anaheim, Calif., over Thanksgiving weekend with a 1-2 record, losing a pair of close games to California and Xavier and toppling Rice. Redshirt senior Jordan Clarke led Drake, earning All-Tournament team honors and setting a tournmament record of 39 rebounds. “Our team needs to learn from these experiences. The one against Cal (California), the one against Xavier, we’ve got to be able to sustain execution at both ends of the court, throughout the game, consistently,” said head coach Mark Phelps in the postgame conference following the Bulldogs’ loss to Xavier. “I love our team. I love our players. I love who they are as men, and we’ll get better from this experience. But that’s the challenge before us, is maintaining consistency of what we do on both ends of the court throughout a 40-minute

game, and we’ll get where we want to be when we get to that point.” On Thursday (Nov. 22), the Bulldogs faltered down the stretch against California (6-0), failing to take advantage of the double bonus with over eight minutes left in the second half, losing the tournament opener 73-70. Clarke finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Ben Simon, redshirt junior Seth VanDeest and juniors Richard Carter and Gary Ricks Jr. all finished with 13 points. With seven minutes left to play, the Bulldogs led 64-55. However, the Golden Bears responded with a 12-2 run spearheaded by their dynamic guard duo of Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs. Cobbs finished with 21 points and Crabbe contributed 15 points. Drake had two opportunities to tie it late in the game. Down 71-70, Simons missed a long three-point field goal attempt. After Crabbe converted on two free throws, Simons missed once again a contested three-point attempt to seal the

Bulldogs’ fate. On Friday (Nov. 23), Drake earned its first win of the tournament after defeating Rice (1-5) 77-66. Five Bulldogs scored in double-figures, and Clarke broke the tournament record for rebounds in a game with 18. Clarke also finished with 15 points. Simons scored a team-high 18 points and VanDeest had a solid game in the post with 12 points and eight rebounds. Fifth-year senior Chris Hines contributed 11 points, and Ricks added 10 points. The Bulldogs shot 46.2 percent from the field and went 11-of-25 from three-point range. Drake led 63-60 with 6:37 left in the game. The Bulldogs closed out the game on a 14-6 run that included a key 3-pointer by Simons and clutch free throw shooting by Drake. On Sunday (Nov. 25), Drake dropped its final game of the tournament to a talented Xavier (5-1) team, 74-70. Freshman Joey King led the Bulldogs with a career-high 21 points,

and Simons finished with 20 points to become the 23rd player to pass the 1,000-point mark in Drake basketball history. Clarke recorded his fourth consecutive double-double, and third of the tournament, with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Drake led 30-26 at the half but saw its lead vanish after Xavier went on an 11-0 run early in the second half. The Bulldogs hung around and fought back, but Xavier used a key 6-0 run with four minutes left in the game to take an 11-point lead and close out the Bulldogs. “We went through a stretch in the second half that really ended up being the determining factor in the game. We couldn’t score. We couldn’t stop them,” Phelps said. “Like all games against good teams, you can’t afford a stretch like that where you are not getting it done at either end of the court.” The Bulldogs struggled offensively, shooting only 37.5 percent from the field. Drake did go 11of-28 from three-point range, but

three of those makes came in the Bulldogs’ last three possessions, cutting the deficit from 70-61 to 74-70. Drake will continue its road swing when it travels to Reno, Nev., on Friday to take on Nevada (3-2) in its Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference challenge match at 9 p.m. Nevada is coming off an 89-82 road defeat against Marshall that broke a three-game winning streak. Nevada is led by its pair of guards Deonte Burton and Malik Story. Burton is averaging 17.6 points per game to go along with 2.6 assists per game, while Story is averaging 16.2 points per game and 2.4 rebounds per game. Following their match against Nevada, the Bulldogs will finally return to the Knapp Center on Wednesday, Dec. 5 to take on St. Mary’s at 7:05 p.m. Tune into 94.1 The Dog on Dec. 5 for the play-by-play.



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