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First-Year Senator election deemed void Rescheduled voting continues today, winner to be announced tonight by Lauren Horsche

Staff Writer

Students will have to wait a little bit longer to find out who their first-year senator will be. The election which was slated for this past Monday and Tuesday has been moved back a day due to a technical error in voter selection methods. With the candidates down to six, all first-year students are urged to cast their ballots again due to the technical error that allowed not only the first-year undergraduate students to vote, but also the first-year graduate students and firstyear law students to vote, too. Due to this oversight, all votes cast have been deemed void. “For the first-year election, obviously the only people allowed to vote in the election are first-year students,” said Student Body President Samantha Haas. The small error, noticed by Alex Bergman, the chair of the election commission, enabled 500 more students to vote than expected.

“It is the goal of the election commission to ensure that the election process is fair,” Bergman said. For the election to be fair, all of the ballots cast had to be voided because no one knew how many graduate students voted due to anonymity. “The only ethical thing we could do was to re-do the election,” Haas said. As soon as the mistake was noticed, Drake IT was contacted and almost as soon as it was spotted, it was fixed. “Technical failures occur, and it’s no one to blame,” Bergman said. “Drake IT has been fantastic in helping me implement these changes.” With this being the first time that a first-year senator will be elected, there had to be a selection in the system for just first-year, undergraduate students. Now that the glitch is fixed, there will be exactly 864 ballots for the first-year election. All of the first-year candidates were notified Monday night about the technical failure and were given one extra day to campaign and

get the word out to other students to vote once again. “They need to be able inform their peers of what occurred without fear of reprisal,” Bergman said. As many know, campaigning during the voting period is illegal, and is cause for immediate disqualification. So candidates were given until 11:59 p.m. last Tuesday to finish campaigning and to update any social media events about the situation. Since this has happened, procedures have already been put in place to help ensure this will not happen again through the IT office and through passing down this information to the next chairs of the election commission. An e-mail was also sent out to all of the firstyear students to let them know that they can still vote for the first-year senator position. Now though, voting will take place from Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 12:01 a.m. until Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11:59 p.m. “I would just hope that all first-year students

do go out and vote on this,” Haas said. An election results event will be held at Pomerantz Stage later tonight to see if there is either a new senator at the table, or if a runoff election will begin, and everyone is invited to attend. “Regardless of any mistakes, this is exciting,” Bergman said. “This has never occurred before.”

>>ELECTION RESULTS Voting ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. Firstyear students can vote by logging into BlueView and going to the ‘Campus Life’ tab. At midnight on Pomerantz Stage in Olmsted, the winner of the election will be announced.

Mark Rudd discusses his radical 1960s activism Students participate in IBM’s Battle of the Brains by Cambria Pardner

Staff Writer

A crowd of over 50 people gathered in the cozy Cowles Library Reading Room on Monday night to hear activist Mark Rudd recount stories of his 1960s experiences and his reflections since then. Jumping right into the height of his experiences, Rudd began the speaking engagement by reading two passages from his book “Underground: My Life in SDS and the Weathermen.” The first passage took the audience back to April of 1968 when Rudd and his Columbia University classmates threw security protocol to the wind and smashed through campus building windows until they made their way to the university president’s office. In the book, Rudd focuses on the newness of the experience of exhibiting civil disobedience and the awe the students felt at what they did: they took over five campus buildings to protest what he refers to as Columbia University’s prowar and racist policies. The second passage Rudd read detailed a reunion and a reflection of sorts that took place on Columbia’s campus 40 years after the 1968 protests. It was during this reunion that Rudd realized how deeply segregated the university was and how much turmoil African-American students went through during their time at the institution.

by Lillian Schrock

Staff Writer

came about after Gau drove across Iowa trying to figure out how to get medicine for his dog, Strider. The team was named as finalists in July after finishing a 67-page document for their pharmacy plan. The team then traveled to Philadelphia for

Nine computer programming questions, five hours, three students and one room: would you be scared? Twelve Drake computer science students participated in the 35th Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest on Saturday, also known as the Battle of the Brains competition. Four teams, each made of three Drake students, competed without fear, only the drive to apply their knowledge and, more importantly, to have fun. The competition included tens of thousands of students from universities in approximately 90 countries on six different continents. Those who came in first in their region will participate nationally, and the top 100 teams in the world will compete in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Feb. 27 through Mar. 4, 2011, for the World Finals. The competition was called “the Olympics of the computer programming world” by Michael Karasick, vice president of strategy and technology at IBM Software group. Drake participated in the regional competition at Grand View University on Saturday, coming in second place against Grand View University, Graceland University and Grinnell College. They also emerged in the top 25 percentile of the region with how many questions they answered correctly. Tim Urness, assistant professor of computer science at Drake, stressed that the computer science professors at Drake did not teach to this competition; they simply wanted their students to use the knowledge they already had to do their best answering the programming questions. “Drake students do well with critical thinking and I think these students are versatile,” Urness said. “They did well applying their knowledge.” Urness believed the primary objective of the competition was to have fun and make friends through computer science–and the students did just that. Liz Olson, a computer science major, said one of her favorite parts of the contest was the camaraderie among the contestants.



photo by TAD UNRUH | staff photographer

MARK RUDD spoke Monday night in the Cowles Reading Room as part of the library’s Citizens Arise! Lecture Series. Rudd was a prominent activist in the 1960s and is also a writer.

Rudd quotes one African-American alumnus in his book as saying: “The time I spent at Columbia just about destroyed me. The only thing worse was watching my wife die of breast cancer.”

Through the African-American student’s perspectives, Rudd gathered that they viewed Rudd, who characterized himself as an upper-


Pharmacy team places second at national competition by Ryan Price

Staff Writer

Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences solidified its spot as a national leader in the field of community pharmacy and entrepreneurship recently by taking second place in a National Community Pharmacists Association competition. The Good Neighbor Pharmacy National Community Pharmacists Association’s PruittSchutte Student Business Plan Competition took place Oct. 23 and required the four Drake students to present a business plan for buying a preexisting community pharmacy or developing

photo by courtesy of TORI ERXLEBEN

PHARMACY STUDENTS competed in the National Community Pharmacy Association competition.

a new one. “If I could open this pharmacy tomorrow I would,” team member Travis Gau said. “It was named after a dog of mine I had, and if I could go to work tomorrow for Striders, I would.” The hypothetical pharmacy created by the team served as a compounding pharmacy that specialized in human and animal pharmaceutical services. The idea of “Striders Pharmacy”






Like movies? International Film Festival tonight

Which new email system do students prefer?

Drake Theater Department presents ‘Bare’

Coach Creighton shares his feelings about the football team







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Let Drake stand out among all the rest of the universities. Let the students lead with their hearts and fight for these people. That’s the real mission here. —LAW PROF. JAMES ALBERT PAGE 4


1:31 p.m. Nov. 1

A female student reported she was sleeping in her room in the Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall when she was awakened and observed a male looking under her bed. He appeared startled when she woke and ran out of the unlocked room. She did not recognize the male. 2:20 p.m. Oct. 10 Security responded to 1153 24th St. based on report of a seizure. Upon arrival, the student stated he has medical issues that cause the seizure. He stated he was OK. A friend and security saw him to the American Republic Health Center.

12:08 p.m. Oct. 22 It was determined there was a burglary at 1514 29th St. and two males were suspects. One male was stopped but there was not sufficient evidence at the time to hold him. A witness advised a short time later that it was the person the officer had stopped. A warrant was put out for his arrest.

9:40 a.m. Oct. 25 A male was advised on trespass after complaints about his presence in different buildings on the campus. His conforming to acknowledged standards was in doubt. 1:49 a.m. Oct. 27 A security officer observed a male and female walking in the 3200 block of Forest Avenue. The female was having a hard time walking and stumbled, fell, and ended up walking in the middle of the street. The officer stopped the two and the female had slurred speech and poor motor skills that indicated she just might be intoxicated. The male who did not appear to be intoxicated saw her to her nearby residence. The dean of students was notified. 2:45 p.m. Oct.28 Two students reported mail

being opened when they received it at Ross Residence Hall. There was nothing missing from the envelopes. A third student reported $50 was missing from an envelope she had received. A police report was filed. 12:30 a.m. Oct. 29 Security responded to the west side of the Olmsted Center based on report of a male who appeared to have passed out and gotten up and was stumbling around. The underage-for-drinking male who was not associated with the university appeared to be intoxicated. Police were called and the subject was arrested for intoxication. 10:42 a.m. Oct. 29 A female student reported she had her purse stolen from her vehicle while it was parked in an off campus parking lot

located in the 1300 block of 31st Street between 2 and 11 a.m. on Oct. 29. 1:01 a.m. Oct. 31 A resident assistant at Herriott Residence Hall advised that light shades and light bulbs were found damaged at two different times throughout the evening. 1:50 p.m. Nov. 2 A male student reported his iPod was stolen from his room in Stalnaker Residence Hall that may or may not have been unlocked on the afternoon of Oct. 27. 4:01 p.m. Nov. 2 A male staff member was backing his vehicle out of a Drake parking lot located in the 2900 block of University Avenue when he struck a fire hydrant. There was only a scrape on the hydrant and

minimal damage to the vehicle. 1:43 a.m. Nov. 4 Security and the fire department responded to Ross Residence Hall based on a fire alarm. There was no smoke or fire but it was determined that a male had pulled the pull alarm. He and his male companion ran north on 32nd Street, according to a witness. 8:00 a.m. Nov. 5 Two male students advised that they had money stolen from their wallets in their unlocked rooms in Herriott Residence Hall between 6:15 and 7:15 a.m. on Nov. 5. 10:35 a.m. Nov. 5 A male student reported an empty 50 gallon trash container was blown against his vehicle causing minimal damage.

Free International Film Festival hosted tonight by Sonya Brauchle

Staff Writer

The Center for Global Citizenship and the International Students Association is sponsoring an International Film Festival this Thursday, Nov. 11 at Bulldog Theater in lower Olmsted. The event is being held as a part of the Center for Global Citizenship’s International Film series and also coincides with the International Students Association’s international week. The festival is free and open to the public. The ISA encourages students to wear masks and dress for a masquerade ball. Earlier this year the two organizations teamed up to show a Bollywood film, but this time they are going European with “The

Other Boleyn Girl.” According to the Internet Movie Database “The Other Boleyn Girl” is a “sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn (played by Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson), driven by their family’s blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.” Darcie Vandegrift is the interim director of the Drake University Center for Global Citizenship and associate professor of sociology. She said ISA chose the film to represent British film because of how fast-paced and highly dramatic it is. “I like to see [British films] as both a fun, guilty pleasure and a way to ask the question of

how screenwriters and directors turn history into cinema,” Vandegrift said. “We can both swoon at the costumes and enjoy the melodrama while also asking if this is the only way to tell the story of the Boleyn sisters.” Vandegrift said the event is designed to be an entertaining look at global cinema, and it also works to get students involved and interested in ISA and CGS. However, it is not the only way to get involved in the international organizations on campus. “We have an exciting lineup next semester, including a co-sponsored exhibit and lecture series on young adults in urban China in the Cowles Reading Room, a lecture series by visiting international natural and social scientists as well as humanities scholars and another international film series that looks at war and

conflict from a global perspective,” Vandegrift said. The Center for Global Citizenship is devoted to educating students to “function effectively in different cultural contexts, and to see their own culture from the perspective of others. The Center also works to ensure that global perspectives and issues are an integral part of the intellectual and cultural experience of all members of the Drake community.” The International Film Festival is a great way to get involved and get a dose of global perspective while enjoying an entertaining film. By examining the cultural contexts with other interested students you can truly get a cultural experience right here at Drake.

Team earns $4,000 with win FROM PHARM, PAGE 1

photo by TAD UNRUH | staff photographer

ACTIVIST MARK RUDD gave a lecture to Drake students and faculty about his involvement as a student in the 1960s protesting policies held by Columbia University.

FROM RUDD, PAGE 1 middle class Jewish kid from the suburbs, and his classmates as disorganized when it came to resistance. Also from the African-American student’s perspectives, Rudd said it seemed as though he and his counterparts were rebelling against their own parents, whereas the African-American students were carrying on their parents’ burdens. “What they told us humbled us,” Rudd said. After the book reading, Rudd opened the room for conversation, during which music, capitalism, grassroots movements, power re-

alignments, historical milestones and Rudd’s life on the lam were all discussed. Throughout the entire speaking engagement, Rudd placed special emphasis on the importance of community organizing and its role in the major movements of American history. “I would eventually like community organizing to be a subject, a major, much like business management, only this would be a social utility,” Rudd said. The biggest message Erin Schroeder, junior, received from Rudd’s visit was, “If you want to make a change, organize.”

the competition and completed a 20-minute presentation that won them second-place in the nation, only being beat out by Washington State University College of Pharmacy. The team attributes its success to the dedication of its adviser, Renae Chesnut, associate professor of pharmacy practice, along with many others. “The Drake community really came together for us,” Tori Erxleben said. “Everything about our plan, from the business description to the legal requirements, insurance, security, marketing plan, all of our finances, everything you need to submit a plan was spot on,” Gau said. The community and curriculum were helpful to the Drake students. “The last few years, Drake has really been pushing the entrepreneurial side of pharmacy,” Ryan Nimtz said. “They do a really good job encouraging us to get involved in different aspects of entrepreneurship. They really push the joint degrees, which does a good job separating us from other schools.” This experience also helped the four Drake students dream of their own futures in the field of community pharmacy.

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FROM BATTLE, PAGE 1 “We had a practice party the week before where we worked on sample problems and hung out,” Olson said. “Also, while the problems can be very difficult, I enjoy the feeling of satisfaction you get when your program compiles and does what it’s supposed to do. It’s an awesome feeling of accomplishment.” The Battle of the Brains competition was not short on fun or hard work. All four Drake teams successfully completed at least one of four programming problems, and one team correctly answered four. All the questions were based on real world scenarios, such as pandemic disease spread. Olson believes it’s important for computer science students to partake in the competition for experience. “So many times when we program we have

the Internet to look up code, or we have the availability of a professor to ask questions,” Olson said. “To attempt to write a program to solve difficult problems without those resources will make you a better programmer.” Battle of the Brains was a chance for students to apply what they’re learning in class without the pressure of earning a good grade. “I think it is a good exercise for computer science students because it forces you to critically approach a problem and find a correct solution quickly and efficiently,” said science major Andy Johnson. “It is a very good exercise in the application of the knowledge learned in class.” If you’re a computer science student, be sure to congratulate your fellow students on their hard work last Saturday and don’t hesitate to participate in the competition next year.


“This experience let me envision what my ideal practice would be, and someday I hope to model my practice around it and expand to include all my patients–furry and non-furry,” Katie McDonald said. The team earned its Drake chapter of the National Community Pharmacy Association a financial award. The student chapter was presented $2,000 and another $2,000 donation went to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences dean’s office. The money will be used to further Drake’s focus on promoting entrepreneurship and community pharmacies. “This is definitely all about that, it’s about starting your own business and making your own decisions,” Erxleben said. Winning second place among 35 schools didn’t fully hit the students right away. “I didn’t realize myself how big of a deal it was until we got back and heard feedback from our professors,” Gau said. While there, the Drake team became renowned for its impressive performance. “We even had feedback from people on elevators in the hotel telling us how well we did,” Erxleben said.

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Who knew it could get up to 65 degrees in November?

Izzi makes “Going Guido” corrections


recently wrote an opinion article for The Times-Delphic, explaining my perspective and opinions regarding the show “Jersey Shore” and, to some extent, Italian Americanism in general. I then received criticism from a reputable ItalianAmerican cultural leader with respect to the accuracy of my assertions and my ability as a student majoring in the natural and life sciences to comment on Italian-American culture and its history in the United States. In addition, I became aware of the sensitivity of the topic I chose to write about and would like to clear up a few issues on the subject matter. First and foremost, the term “guido” is technically an ethnic slur and has been for quite some time. Its use as a term of endearment or cultural pride on the show “Jersey Shore” has brought it to national attention that perhaps has somewhat lessened its harshness and severity in the view of the general public. However, the fact remains that to some it is an offensive remark. I trust that readers of my column knew that my intent was not to offend anyone or to use the term casually or irresponsibly. Rather, I meant to share the progression of my perception of the word and its literal roots, not its ethnically offensive roots. If I did offend

anyone, I would like to extend my sincerest apologies. While certain negative views toward Italian-Americans in the U.S. have lessened, false association between Italian-Americans and the Italian Mafia is a grave and serious matter. To this day, the Italian Mafia, or “Cosa Nostra” as it is known in Italy, is a very serious problem in Italy. Besides the illegal activities and nature of the group, their activities have culminated to terrorist attacks in recent decades. Upstanding Italian-Americans have been fighting for decades to distance themselves from this network and the perceived idea of illegal behaviors because of wrongful, negative treatment. The bottom line is that Italian-Americans, as well as Italians, are not all associated with the Mafia and most are vehemently against the organization and what it stands for. While this doesn’t necessarily have much to do with the show “Jersey Shore” itself, the ethnic profiling of Italian-Americans in the past was not always as positive or humorous as the show portrays it to be. I would finally like to assert that I am not a recognized authority on the subject of Italian-American culture and history just because of my ancestry. I simply believe that my perspective is unique and worth considering because of my life experiences.

The real facts concerning public perception of Italian-Americans and the show “Jersey Shore” should be pursued with due diligence from reputable sources before one can believe them in the truest sense. If anyone has any questions about the topics aforementioned or about my personal experiences, feel free to contact me personally.

MATTEO IZZI | COLUMNIST Izzi is a senior biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major. Izzi can be contacted at

>> OUTSPOKEN Google, Microsoft or Zimbra? “I feel like Google is the future of e-mail. I don’t know all of the capabilities of Zimbra. Google could help us transition into business outside of Drake. Google is the future.”

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“Slumdog Millionaire” puts things in perspective


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“I went to the presentation for Google yesterday, and I was sold. You click, get in and it’s all there. Zimbra was nice, but not forward looking. Google’s dreams are coming a reality and they can help Drake move to the future.”

“The e-mail change would be good for the university. Zimbra has a lot of malfunctions and can be very slow, which is obnoxious when you’re trying to get things done for work or class.”


n Saturday night, my roommates and I decided to have a movie night. It had been a long week, and I had been complaining all day about my life and all these stupid little things that kept going wrong. After we put in “Slumdog Millionaire,” I felt kind of guilty. Now, this movie ends super happy, but it’s not like that for every child in India. In fact, it’s probably like that for none of the children in India. We are so lucky. We’re probably some of the luckiest people in the world. And maybe saying that isn’t going to convince you, but think about it. You go to one of the top private schools in the country, you have food and water, and you have shelter. Now, you may stop and say, “But I eat at Hubbell every day,” or “I live in Morehouse and I have to climb all those stairs because there’s no elevator.” Well, the children in India don’t get food most days, and climbing stairs would be a piece of cake compared to the distance they

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have to walk for clean water. It’s so easy to take what we have for granted, and I’m not saying that anyone’s life is perfect, but I am saying that it could be a lot worse. I challenge you that next time you find yourself complaining about something like boys, think about how much worse off your life could be, then help someone less fortunate. Donate to the Food Bank of Iowa, or go volunteer at the Boys and Girls club. Volunteering somewhere will get your mind off of your problem as well as help someone else. In honor of it almost being Thanksgiving, be thankful. Think about all the good things in your life instead of always complaining about the bad. Take one thing at a time and you can survive anything. Because although it may seem like you’re not going to survive, just remember that if a boy from the slums won a million dollars, you can at least survive college.

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Tonight Johnathon Williams & Periphery Literary Award Winners will be reading their poems and short stories in Cowles Reading Room at 7 p.m.

Drake Theatre production “Bare” addresses forbidden love

MEMBERS OF THE BARE CAST (from left to right): Emily Draffen (Nadia), Eric Ferring (Peter), Kent Reynolds (Jason) and Sarah Hoch (Ivy)

by Asmita Gauchan

Staff Writer

If you have noticed one of the many promotional posters for “Bare” at various places on campus, you know that this is a story of forbidden love. These posters have two people hugging in an unfocused portrait and feature quotes from the contemporary musical that are sure to make heads turn. “There’s no such thing as heroes who are queer,” it says. Drake University Theatre’s production of “Bare” is set to open tonight in the Performing Arts Hall of the Harmon Fine Arts Center. With lyrics by Jon Hartmere Jr. and music by Damon Intrabartolo, “Bare” depicts the plight of Jason and Peter, two homosexual students who are struggling to maintain their relationship at a Catholic boarding high school. The musical bears slight resemblance to the universally known story of “Romeo and Juliet,” but the catch here is that both Romeo and Juliet are boys. Auditions for the musical took place in the first week of school back in September and the cast and crew have been hard at work since. Nathan Serviss, senior technical theatre design major, who was the set designer for the production said, “We have been working non-stop since the beginning of the year and it should all come together and hopefully our hard work will pay off.” There are 27 Drake students in the cast and Karla Kash, Drake Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, directs this production. “I have found that I most enjoy being a part of theatre that challenges people to take a closer

look at the world we live in, theatre that makes people question their own convictions – ‘Bare’ is that kind of theatre,” Kash said.

At its heart, “Bare” is a story of learning how to love yourself for who you are.

—Theatre Department She further went on to acknowledge the cultural relevance of the production. “Since beginning rehearsals in late September, there have been seven reported deaths of teenagers from suicide – all of whom ended their own lives after enduring harsh bulling because of their sexual orientation. I hope you are entertained and inspired in some way by our production of ‘Bare’–inspired in such a way that you take whatever action you can to help bring an end to the current epidemic facing the youth of this nation.” As opening night nears, the cast and crew are filled with feelings both of excitement and nervousness over presenting such an important story to Drake and the Des Moines community.

“It hits home for me and I think it does so for a lot of people in the cast. It’s a personal journey we have taken and, especially with the recent suicides and all going on, it seems very timely,” said first-year Eric Ferring, who will be playing the part of Peter. Moira Nash, a senior BFA Directing major, shared her feelings. “I think illustrating these characters’ struggle to be who they are–gay in a society that rejects them–shows what we don’t want to go back to. Gay people need to be given the same rights as everyone else.” A press release from the Theatre Department said, “At its heart, ‘Bare’ is a story of learning how to love yourself for who you are.” But don’t go thinking an important social message is all that “Bare” has to offer. “The music is gorgeous and it’s a beautiful story,” Kash said in the same press release. Maura Gillespie, sophomore BFA Musical Theatre major, also said, “The show is a little controversial, but I hope everybody sees it as entertainment while retaining the message we’re trying to send.” Tickets are on sale right now, and they’re selling out fast. Run to the Harmon Fine Arts Center right now if you haven’t bought your tickets. You can also call 515-271-3841 and get them if you like sitting on your futon and being as immobile as possible. The show, which runs approximately two hours, is not intended for children because it contains mature content, strong language and brief nudity. Audience members should also be comfortable seeing same-sex couples in intimate settings.

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>> “BARE” CAST MEMBERS Ryan Bower Marissa Broich Morgan Daniels Napoleon Douglas Kyle Dvorak Emily Draffen Noby Edwards Eric Ferring Maura Gillespie Kim Grossman Matt Haupert Sarah Hoch Deric Kimler Lauren Knutson Hayden Kraus Alyssa Mckean Adam Meirink Jason Millsap Erikray Minturn Catherine Moede Ben Raanan Allie Reidy Kent Reynolds Lauren Shun Haley Sisler Luke Tourville Sierra White

Dance Marathon to send Belize children to high school by Kensie Smith

Staff Writer

It’s a story rarely told. It’s dirty, crowded and discriminating. It’s the story of children and women in Belize. James Albert (Jim), a Drake professor of law, is hoping to write this story on the hearts of Drake students. After a trip to the Central American country of Belize, he came back with a strong mission. Albert is on a fight for kids to grow through the James Arthur Albert Foundation (JAFF). What began as a trip to the only Englishspeaking country in Central and South America, ended with sights of students taking extreme measures to get to school. “I saw Mayan children living in such poverty that they hollowed out fallen tree trunks to get to an elementary school,” Albert said. “ They’re just wanting an education so badly.” Albert saw a collection of many villages near the larger town of Punta Gorda, built along the river, comprised of escaped refugees from warbroken Guatemala. The population sleeps an average five children in one room. Huts are little more than walls for straw mats, dirt floors and little food. He plans to fight through the power of collective action. Think a rhythm of donation. Think a movement of emotion. Think dance party.

After months of planning, the full 12-hour event is set to take place April 16 from noon to midnight. Albert is expecting close to 1,000 high school and college participants to shake, move and mingle in Olmsted Center. Belize Dance Marathon will be the hot and happening Des Moines place to be with live bands, prizes, entertainment acts and an endless supply of food for energy. Each participant will raise $200 in donations to hit the event’s goal to raise a total of $100,000. This financial objective is due to supplies and uniforms that cost a total of $200 a year. The average Belize family income is only $375, which makes it almost impossible to send children to school. The largest demographic left out of the school picture? Women. Girls have been denied education in Central and South America for years and the modern day woman is no different. Last year JAFF donations raised enough money to send 32 students to high school, commence building of an elementary school and keep the doors open for a night high school for girls. Students applied for the 32 scholarships with heart-wrenching cries for an education. “I would not be able to attend [grades 11 and 12]. Only if this scholarship helps me then I will be able to make it to 12th grade. I would like to become a teacher so that I can teach the little children in primary school so that they can end

up like myself,” writes a 16-year-old girl. “By working hard at school, I will make you proud and also my family.” Donations from the 2011 Belize Dance Marathon will be used to financially underwrite the night high school for girls, so that it could not possibly close due to monetary issues. Albert believes that Drake plays a strong part in this mission for education. Global citizenship is the main buzzword. As part of the university mission statement, it’s a term written in the minds and hearts of first-years before they step on campus and encouraged through years of study. “It’s a great cause and it’s uniquely a Drake cause and we have a Drake cure with education,” Albert said. Albert is working with a committee of Drake Law School students and is looking to all areas of the undergraduate population from athletics to Greek fraternities and sororities. One such Drake student taking part in the mission is senior women’s soccer captain, Bailey Dorrington. “They (the students in Belize) are so grateful for everything already, and they literally have nothing,” Dorrington said. “They don’t complain about their situation and are enthusiastic about learning and dream big.” Dorrington will travel to Belize this summer to offer soccer workshops and serve as a positive role model for the children and girls. Albert differentiated the foundation’s efforts with other national non-profit organizations. He

commends student organizations, like Dance Marathon, for the service they give to important causes. The independent focus of this project makes the effort unique. “If we stop raising money, there’s no one else to raise money for these Mayan children,” Albert said. “Let Drake stand out among all the rest of the universities,” Albert said. “Let the students lead with their hearts and fight for these people. That’s the real mission here. “We are the only university fighting for these children in this area. Drake University students will change these people’s lives and it’s a beautiful story.”

>> PUT IT ON THE CALENDER The Belize Dance Marathon April 16, 2011 Drake University Follow on twitter: @Belizedancers Like on Facebook: Belize Dance Marathon

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Movie “Catfish” a thriller dud, but worth the watch by Esther Burgeson

Staff Writer

You may have seen the previews for the new horror movie “Catfish.” If you were prepared to invite a special someone in hopes of clinging to each other in a mix of fear, passion and hormones, you should rethink your agenda. The self-marketed horror is a letdown for thriller fans. Don’t think this film is down for the count just yet; the film still has a lot to offer. The documentary is not another “Paranormal Activity,” “Cloverfield” or “Blair Witch Project.” It is – at least the filmmakers claim it is – the real deal. The story follows Yaniv “Nev” Schulman, a photographer. He receives a Facebook message from 8-year-old painting prodigy Abby, who asks permission to paint his photos. They quickly form a friendship made up of packages of paintings mailed from rural Michigan, and endearing Facebook messages. Nev is a likeable, funny guy who makes it easy to get caught up in the story. He is the perfect star of a documentary that is so honest, raw and thoughtful. Nev meets the rest of the family, mostly through Facebook, and a few exchanged phone calls. But, these friendly dynamics are changed when Nev begins talking to Abby’s 19-year-old sister Megan. After months of late-night romantic phone conversations and flirtatious text messages, Nev and Megan begin to fall for each other. With the encouragement of the filmmakers who are Nev’s roommates, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, the trio head out for a road trip to discover the truth about Nev’s new friends, the “Facebook family.” At this point in the preview, the movie takes a dramatic turn for the worse. As the group arrives at a desolate, eerie farmhouse in the middle of the night the screen turns black and is filled with quotes like, “The best Hitchcock film Hitchcock never directed,” from critics. The preview makes it seem like this dark scene from the countryside is just the beginning of a conglomeration of terrifying horror shots dubbed with ominous music. But this is the most blood-rushing piece of the entire film. It isn’t that the film is boring, just deceitful. The film is only horrifying under the pretense that Nev could be unknowingly sexting a

40-year-old pedophile. As scary as that is, it’s no Hitchcock. But the film does come at the perfect point for our social-networking generation. Paired alongside the hit “The Social Network,” these movies take a critical look at our use of technology to communicate. “Catfish” brilliantly incorporated graphics from Facebook and Google Maps during the editing process. Character development is partially done through scrolling through Facebook pages, messages and pictures, as if you’re actually “creeping” on a character’s Facebook page. The fun graphic elements are paired with artistic shots from the creative minds of the filmmakers that you won’t find in other movies. It’s no wonder the film was so masterfully edited. It was in the hands of an Academy Award nominated director. Andrew Jarecki, director of the documentary “Capturing the Friedmans,” produced and edited “Catfish.” The trio claims that the movie is the real thing, that nothing was staged. But the movie is still under the critical eye of many. The truthful events and realistic message are interesting nonetheless. The movie is driven by an exciting plot twist that inspired the movie’s tagline, “Don’t let anyone tell you what it is.” The mystery that the movie is wrapped up in is packaged as a thrilling shock. While this isn’t exactly true, heed the warning of the tagline. While the twist is no “Psycho,” it is still the premise of the entire second half of the film. Don’t be fooled by the ominous trailer. “Catfish” is no nail-biter. But the tale still has terrific qualities that make it worth the watch. The film originally was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January and slowly gained the momentum to be released in theaters across the nation. While discussions of Internet identity fraud were first sparked with cautionary media productions like “To Catch A Predator,” “Catfish” offers a much more tender, thoughtful contribution to the debate. The Internet has undoubtedly shaped and manipulated our lives. This movie digs into the implications of the influence of technology. If you are casting your line out in hopes of the bite of a horror movie, throw back “Catfish.” But if you’re in the mood for a sympathetic, authentic film about real people, then “Catfish” will do the trick.

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Hellogoodbye release sophomore album “Would It KillYou?” by Esther Burgeson

Staff Writer

When Hellogoodbye released their first selftitled EP they gained a handful of loyal followers. The power pop group gained a mosh pit sized group of fans. These fans fell in love with the group’s loveable quirks, lyrics and undeniable fun-loving energy. But now the group is looking to build a reputation built on good music. Their new album “Would It Kill You?” is looking to catch the ears of a much bigger audience. The band formed in 2002 and three years later they were winners of MTV’s Dew Circuit Breakout contest. The group is now breaking out onto the scene once again. With new musicians, a new label and new sounds, the band is practically unrecognizable. The compilation of exciting songs on “Would It Kill You?” is sure to leave your ears and heart saying thank you. Hellogoodbye has upheld their puppy-love lyrics that first gained their musical stardom with the hit “Here (In Your Arms).” The happy-go-lucky love songs with simple, eccentric messages like, “and our love goes on as our hair grows long” will remind you of a time when “I want to hold your hand” was a line that left anyone blushing. Hellogoodbye definitely pleased music enthusiasts once their new album hit stores Nov. 9. People are uncontrollably humming the loveable, airy choruses as soon as they are sent out into the airwaves. Bouncy dance beats and, at times, a ukulele have traditionally powered Hellogoodbye’s music. The group was started in 2001 when frontman Forrest Kline began installing recording software onto his parents’ computer. The high school buddies began recording in Kline’s living room.


The friends emitted a strong chemistry that made their performances electric, which helped propel their stardom. The goofball group – who once donned sumo-suits at a performance at Concordia College – had the personality, but not the talent, to crown them as musical royalty. Born from such humble beginnings, the band quickly made its way onto the music scene. They built up their reputation with self-booked tours and eventually signed with Drive-Thru Records. They further established their musical résumé by touring with reputable and popular bands like The All-American Rejects, Panic! At

the Disco and Motion City Soundtrack. Then the band released its first full-length album “Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!” in 2006. The album had the liveliness of an 8-year-old and, according to the title, the attention span, too. The album climbed the charts while the bubbly hit “Here (In Your Arms)” won popularity. After the release of its first album the band continued to play gigs – like for a Relays event put on by Drake’s SAB last April. But in the ever-changing music world they had seemingly fallen off the face of the planet. Four years after

their first album comes their sophomore debut, “Would It Kill You?” These past four years have been good to the group and allowed them to mature into respectable artists. It helps that Kline has since stopped recording in his living room. Instead, he has updated to a renovated garage. Congrats, Kline. The band has also traded in old members for some that give the sound a new flair. Their original music was not something you’d want to listen to for any extended amount of time. But Kline has done a “Touchdown Turnaround” for the group. You’ll be surprised, after you stop smiling and swaying to the irresistible tunes. They’ve kept up the same adorable lyrics that have probably been scribbled and slipped into high school lockers on Valentine’s Day time and time again. But musically, the band has definitely matured. Kline has replaced his digitalized vocals for smooth, light and real melodies. The band ditched digitalized recreations all together. Instead, they opted for real instruments and real musicians. Gone are the days of synthesized keyboard rhythms. Instead the album is full of quick beats of drums combined with harmonious tunes of guitars and keyboards. The CD uses doo-wop influences with the band’s own fresh spin. As winter is approaching and days are getting shorter, and colder, you might like to be reminded of a perpetual summer. If so, this is an album you need to get your hands on. The fun lyrics and pop beats are a recording of pure sunshine. Shell out the 10 bucks for this album. It is a bargain for the cheerful melodies. While old fans are still applauding Hellogoodbye for keeping up their genuine, down-toearth, adorable personalities, new fans will also be won over by their new album.

Urban Plains, magazine capstone going digital by Lillian Schrock

Staff Writer

With print publications losing popularity every day, Drake journalism students are beginning to evolve with the industry. Every fall Drake seniors with a magazine major participate in a capstone, which requires them to produce a magazine in a semester. The tradition for years has been for the fall semester to generate a new edition of 515 Magazine. However, senior magazine majors this year applied the changing methods of the journalism industry to create an online magazine: Urban Plains. “Our industry is one of creativity and adaptation; it’s not just about writing a story anymore,” said assistant professor of journalism Jeff Inman about the magazine students’ reactions to the evolution of the journalism industry. Urban Plains Magazine will replace 515 Magazine this fall, with 10 Drake seniors working diligently to produce a publication that will capture the interest of young people all throughout the Midwest. The choice to switch from a print magazine to an online edition was not an easy decision for these students, but was one that was made for many reasons. “We wanted to expand our readership to in-

clude not only Des Moines citizens, but people from all over the Midwest,” said Urban Plains Editor-in-Chief Kate Baratta. The Urban Plains staff also wanted a chance to cover stories different from anything 515 was able to do because of the limited coverage area of Des Moines. This way, they can focus on places and people from several Midwest cities, with Urban Plains mainly focusing on St. Louis, Omaha, St. Paul, Minn., Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Des Moines. Staff members have been traveling to these cities to take photographs, interview Midwesterners and do fashion shoots. Urban Plains will be a multi-integrated digital magazine, so it will not be limited to stories and photographs. The online magazine will include videos and links to websites pertaining to information in the stories. If a business is mentioned in a story, you will be able to click on a direct link to the business’s website. Similarly, if a story is about a product, you will be able to click on a link to take you to a website to purchase the product. To do all of this, the staff is utilizing a company called Texterity, which will format all of the content to be put online. Texterity is used by many professional magazines, including AARP and Fitness.

“The students wanted to challenge themselves to leap off the page and onto the computer screen,” said Lori Blachford, associate professor and Peggy Fisher and Larry Stelter chair of magazine journalism at Drake. While there are many reasons for why the staff decided to create an online publication, it was a difficult choice riddled with advantages and disadvantages. “It was hard to give up doing a print publication, which we all love so much,” said Caitlin Berens, managing editor of Urban Plains. “But now we have something we can all be really proud of.” The Urban Plains staff has faced challenges which they would not have experienced had they chosen to continue 515 Magazine. The staff has commenced on a marketing journey to have the whole Midwest aware of their publication by the time it is produced online. 515 Magazine was only distributed in Des Moines, so Drake students are making a debut in these new cities. To give their name meaning, the staff has created Facebook ads, promoted stories on Facebook and Twitter, created promotional videos that are on YouTube and created a blog to preview the magazine. Although the staff has faced difficult trials, the 10 students are excited about what they’re

creating. “We’re all passionate about Urban Plains because we conceived the idea,” said Urban Plains multimedia editor Jess Hoffert. 515 Magazine is not dead, but is on hiatus. Next fall, the senior magazine majors will be able to choose their own capstone: whether to continue 515, continue Urban Plains or create a new publication. If all you have with you is a cell phone, don’t fret because Urban Plains will be accessible on mobile devices. The staff has created posters that they are distributing throughout the Midwest which feature a QR code. You can snap a picture of the code with your cell phone and your phone will direct you to the mobile version of the magazine. Similarly, Urban Plains will be accessible on the iPad, being the first university publication in the United States to have an iPad application. The app will be free. Urban Plains will be published online on Dec. 5, but until then the staff is blogging to generate interest for the magazine. Each staff member has a different blog topic, ranging from fashion to sex. Visit to read the staff blogs, which are published biweekly. This is the same website the magazine will be published on.







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Drake football was featured in the SportsCenter Top Ten plays of the weekend on Monday on ESPN; although it was the most difficult moment for the team to swallow this season. The No. 6 play showed Dayton quarterback Steve Valentino escape the Bulldog defense and toss a 37-yard touchdown pass with one second left to down Drake, 31-25.


Senior sharpshooter looks to close career with a bang by Eduardo Zamarripa

Staff Writer

Sharpshooting senior Kristin Turk has been through both success and failure as part of her illustrious career at Drake. In 2008, she was part of a squad that won the regular season Missouri Valley Conference title and won its first-round game in the women’s National Invitation Tournament. Her sophomore season saw the third-seeded Bulldogs lose to Creighton in the semifinals of the MVC tournament. And last year, an impressive start was derailed by injuries and the promising Bulldog squad saw its season end in the MVC quarterfinals. At 5-foot-9, Turk is an excellent three-point shooter who can score in a variety of different ways. With a talented freshman class, Turk can’t wait for the season to get underway. “I like the role of the underdog for this season because expectations are low,� Turk said. “It really gives us a chance to surprise some people.� With only two seniors on the team, Drake is relying heavily on Turk to be the leader of a young and inexperienced squad. “She is so positive and encouraging about everything, even the tough stuff, so it is nice to have a teammate like that,� said junior forward Alexis Montgomery. “She has been amazing to play with and it’s nice to have a player like that on our team because she has such a hard work ethic.� Not only is Turk the Bulldog’s most explosive offensive weapon, she averaged 13.4 points per game last season and was named Best Offensive Player by the team, but she is also a tremendous leader.


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“Her motor never stops going; she is always upbeat and energetic no matter if she is on or off the court,� said junior guard Amber Wollschlager. Turk was born and raised in Des Moines and attended Lincoln High School before deciding to come to Drake. “Being a part of Drake women’s basketball has been an amazing experience,� Turk said. “I have absolutely loved playing in front of my hometown.� Along with Wollschlager, Turk is the team captain and emotional leader for the Bulldogs. She is fiery, energetic and vocal. If you attend any Drake games this year, you will see her yelling out defensive assignments or getting excited every time someone dives for a loose ball. “Turk’s effort and enthusiasm is what makes her such a great role model and example for our younger players,� Wollschlager said. “Her never-ending energy makes her unique.� Not only is Turk an important part of Drake athletics, but she has also shown her dedication and commitment toward academics. Turk is currently a double major in history and secondary education. “I know that having a Drake degree will give me several opportunities in my life,� Turk said. “Drake is one of the best academic institutions in the Midwest and I am proud that I will graduate from here in the spring.� Even though Turk might not be sure of what she wants to do after graduation, one of her goals is to experience a brand-new culture. “My plans are to live overseas after graduation,� Turk said. “Whether I play or study, I think it would be good for me to experience a new culture and something outside of Des Moines.� Regardless of what happens this season,

TD: Why do you like being a head coach? What do you personally get from it? Coach Creighton: I really enjoy helping a team become a true family. I love seeing individuals on a team believe in something before it happens and watching it become reality. TD: What is the best part of coaching? CC: The best part would be the relationships you build with people. It’s a lifelong relationship. Seeing guys grow as men, as players, seeing guys believe in things they didn’t believe possible, that’s a great part of it.

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This Saturday, the Drake football team’s 2010 season will come to a close at home against Butler. The team’s successes have been celebrated, and tough losses have been acknowledged and learned from. Players have been recognized for their individual achievements, along with the achievements of the team as a whole, as a football family. But who is behind this football family? Who pushes the team, takes charge and, in a way, is the father to this football family? In his third season at Drake, Head Coach Chris Creighton takes on that responsibility. Creighton has had a successful career with

it’s safe to say Turk has left a lasting legacy at Drake. Her passion for the game and relentless work ethic will never be forgotten. “Turk as a person is one of a kind,� Montgomery said. “I love her to death, for who she is. She is very compassionate and caring toward us on and off the court. She is always there for us.� And even though she is hungry for another

MVC championship this year, Turk could not be more happy with her college experience. “Everything that has happened to me here has made me the person I am today,� Turk said. “My decision to attend Drake and play basketball was probably the best decision I have ever made.�

Get to know Head Football Coach Chris Creighton the Bulldogs, with an overall record of 2012. Creighton’s love for the game, passion for coaching and tight bond with the Drake football program all contribute to the continued success of the Bulldogs.

by Elizabeth Robinson

photo by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor

SENIOR KRISTIN TURK will be the centerpiece of the Bulldog offense this season, but her effort and drive all over the court has earned respect from around the Missouri Valley Conference.

TD: What is the hardest part of coaching? CC: The hardest thing would be seeing guys get injured and sometimes not playing again. It’s a tough thing. It’s hard to see guys not be able to travel with the team when the guys put so much into it. That’s a hard thing about coaching. Making personal decisions is also very difficult. Who’s going to play, how much and where? It’s hard because you know how much the guys have invested and how much it means to them. TD: What is your overall goal as head coach? CC: I have a vision, I have a philosophy and then you get into goals. My overall vision is to make playing football at Drake one of the best experiences of a person’s life. Goals are multifaceted and everything comes from that vision.

TD: What has been your biggest accomplishment as a coach at Drake? CC: I’d say keeping the guys who were here before I got here, recruiting the guys, the young guys that are here now, just all little things. I don’t know if it’s an accomplishment, but I feel fortunate to have the staff we have. I’m really glad the upperclassmen are still here, and I feel good about our staff and the guys we’ve had the opportunity to recruit. TD: How do you motivate your team? CC: The way I motivate the team is to recruit motivated people. When guys are already motivated to do their best, say ‘Go, fight, win,’ then you’re ready to go. But when you have unmotivated people, it’s difficult to motivate the team. You have to surround yourself with motivated people. TD: How important is winning to you? CC: Very, but it’s not the most important thing. I don’t focus on winning as much as becoming our absolute best, and winning is a byproduct of that. When we play 11 days out of the year, on those 11 days part of being your best is knowing how to find a way to win. I’m very competitive by nature. Winning is a lot of fun. But I can also say that my self-worth is not dependant on winning. TD: What makes a good football player in your point of view? CC: A good football player has natural talent, passion to be the best, ability to put the team before himself and has the ability to make his teammates around him better.

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TD: What do you think makes a good team? CC: There are so many things that have to come together to be a good team. You have to truly be a team. You have to have a group of guys that put the team in front of themselves, which is difficult to do. There has to be yearround effort and multiple years of intense commitment. You have to be committed and sacrifice throughout the year to be a good team. You have to block well on offense, tackle well on defense and not turn the ball over. TD: What is your opinion on this season in terms of the team and how they’ve played? CC: I think we’re a very tight group and from the very get-go we have played together, worked together, practiced together. The team has a tight brotherhood. TD: What would you have changed about this season? CC: We’ve lost four games to teams whose combined record is 33-6. We really could’ve won three out of those four games. We were so close. I would’ve liked to win those close ones. TD: With this season coming to a close, what are your goals for next season or in the future? CC: You always strive to get better. We were five points away from beating Jacksonville at Jacksonville, and literally one second away from beating Dayton at Dayton, so we were really close. The guys know there’s another level we need to get to and we can get to it. Finding a way to work harder and commit more in the offseason will be key. Our trip to Africa will be good for bonding and building relationships, and I think that’ll be good for next season.

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The Drake football team looks to bounce back from a disheartening loss at Dayton when it hosts Butler on senior day this Saturday. Fifth-year senior defensive end Dain Taylor was named co-PFL Defensive Player of the Week in his efforts at Dayton last Saturday, which included a safety and a blocked field goal.



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The men’s soccer team took on Bradley in the first round of the State Farm MVC Championship on Wednesday night. The results of that game were not available for this edition of The Times-Delphic.


Redshirt junior Ali Walsh was named to MVC All-Tournament Team on Sunday, a testament to how well she played in Drake’s lone MVC tournament game, a 1-0 loss to Evansville.



Drake volleyball plays its final road match of the regular season against Creighton this Saturday.


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Drake fans gear up to make Knapp Center a visitor’s nightmare by Tad Unruh

Staff Writer

Student fans are gearing up to be better and louder than ever for the upcoming basketball season. A stout and steady fan base consistently fills the Knapp Center with a beautiful collection of Bulldog blue and white. This year, the die-hards won’t be short on effort. A well-touted recruiting class, experienced sophomores and juniors, and lone senior Ryan Wedel lead the charge into this season. After the first exhibition game and True Blue Debut, one would venture as far to say that despite the small size of the university, the fans are large in spirit. Self-proclaimed, “super fan” junior Peter Ryan has been a fan even before going here. He jumped on the Bulldog bandwagon during Drake’s NCAA tournament appearance in 2008. “I was the only one in my house when [Drake] came back from being down 16 points in the last eight minutes of that game to put it into overtime,” Ryan said. “I was running around my house yelling and screaming.” Drake eventually lost that game on a buzzerbeater in the overtime period, making it one of the most memorable NCAA games of the past decade. What sets Drake apart from others is the active personal friendships the players have with other students on campus. Sophomore fan Brandon Balekos lives with sophomore forwards Aaron Hawley and Ben Simons and sophomore guard David Smith. “Watching games on TV, you can say, those guys live with me,” Balekos said. “I play them in Xbox every day. It’s also cool to get to hear what goes on in practice as well as after games.” For Balekos, the best part is watching his roommates with a big crowd behind him. Each game he heads in early to get a front row seat, even if it means waiting outside in the cold. That is something Simons respects about his roommate and the rest of the Drake fans. “Obviously we don’t have the biggest gym, but I love it when we have students on both sides,” Simons said. “When we get to the Missouri Valley season there is rarely a game without it feeling full.” Bulldog fans have many creative ways to show their spirit and one way is how they dress. During the 2009-2010 season, the team hosted

photo by HEATHER BOONE | staff photographer

AS DRAKE BASKETBALL’S “SIXTH MAN,” Bulldog fans are ready to get wild for the upcoming season. Fans are ready to unleash new chants to drive opponents crazy.

a “white-out” for the Creighton game, and a “blue-out” for the Northern Iowa game. These campaigns urged students attending the game to dress in all white or all blue. Ryan and his friends executed both the whiteout and blue-out in their own specific way. “We all painted our faces and some of our bodies white or blue for each game,” Ryan said. “For the white-out, I had a handprint on my face, another friend had a moustache, one had the ‘Braveheart’ style and, best of all, we painted one’s entire upper body in white.”

Ryan and his friends also utilized some very original chants, as well as old favorites. The classic “air ball” chant rings throughout the Knapp Center rafters on a regular basis. “For all of those Pokémon fans out there, when Ryan Wedel goes up to shoot a free throw, we all chant Wedel [like the Pokémon Weedle],” Ryan said. “‘Wedel uses free throw…’ and when he makes it we say ‘It’s super effective!’ as a play off of the video game.” The crowd’s focus isn’t entirely upon the home team. Their attention can always shift to


Freshman adjusts to life as a Division I basketball player

humorous chants at the opposing team. “One team had a more overweight coach with a sweater vest,” Ryan said. “He kept getting on the floor yelling at the refs. Every time he did we would yell ‘SWEATERVEST! SWEATERVEST! SWEATERVEST,’ until he got off of the floor.” Fans across Bulldog nation will not let down their fervor during this upcoming season. It proves to be a promising year and the team will have its wild and crazy fans behind it.

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Madison elects to redshirt after injury, but vows to help team by Caleb Copley

Staff Writer

Karl Madison’s day is beginning a little earlier than usual this morning. Up at 5:30 a.m., he puts on a hooded sweatshirt and his Adidas basketball shoes, and heads to another day of boot camp where he will be running, lifting and then running again. After boot camp, he has back-to-back classes. After class, he comes back to his room in Herriott Hall and sits down long enough to realize he has to go to practice at 3:30 p.m., before he heads off to study tables at 7. Finally, at 9 p.m., Madison gets to do what he wants. Sure enough, he picks sleep. This is just a small glimpse into the life of basketball in which Madison dedicates himself. Madison has been playing basketball ever since he could pick up a ball and shoot with it. He played his first game when he was 6, and from there has put in nothing but time into the game he loves the most. Madison said he feels that playing basketball is what he is supposed to be doing. When Madison graduated high school, he was one of the most highly recruited players in Illinois along with friend and Drake shooting guard Rayvonte Rice. Since his arrival on campus, Madison’s game hasn’t lost a step.

“[Madison is] always looking to get you involved and will pass up the open shot if you’re open, no matter how bad of a night you have shooting the ball,” Rice said. Despite the praise from his teammates, Madison still believes he has much to improve. “I still have to improve my jump shot. I have to limit my turnovers,” Madison said. “I’m not close to being where I want to be.” Unfortunately, Madison will not be able to amaze fans this year. Throughout practices and the preseason he has been hampered with ankle injuries that have not healed the way he had hoped. Before last Saturday’s exhibition win, Madison chose to redshirt in order to properly heal so that further injury doesn’t occur. However, this won’t stop Madison from being around the game he loves most. “I’m still going to do whatever it takes to help my teammates win, whether it be in practice or at the games,” he said. “I’m still going to do what I can to help our team win the conference championship.” This is the approach that defines Madison: a strong work ethic mixed with a humble attitude. The desire to learn and succeed on and off the court has benefitted him greatly. It’s these qualities that should excite Bulldog basketball fans for the future. “I’ll be ready for next year,” Madison said.

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Friday vs. UMKC, 7:05 p.m., Knapp Center


Friday @ State Farm MVC Championship semifinals, 6 p.m., Peoria, Ill.** Sunday @ State Farm MVC Championship finals, 1 p.m., Peoria, Ill.**


Saturday @ NCAA Regional Championship, 11 a.m., Peoria, Ill.


Saturday vs. Butler, 1 p.m., Drake Stadium


Saturday vs. Texas Southern, 7:05 p.m., Knapp Center


Saturday @ Creighton, 7 p.m.


Saturday vs. Creighton, at Birdland Marina

**If Drake won its Wednesday night match against Bradley, it plays in the semifinals on Friday. A win Friday puts the team in Sunday’s championship.


by Matt Moran

Sports Editor

Drake’s all-time leading scorer is reaching new heights in his basketball career. Josh Young was selected by the Austin Toros in the third round of the NBA D-League draft last week and will return from overseas to continue his professional career in the United States. The Toros are affiliated with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. The 6-foot-1 guard had 1,789 points in his Bulldog career and was chosen by league coaches to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team three times. He is also the school’s career leader with 255 three-point field goals and 442 free throws made. Young graduated last spring and left Drake as arguably the greatest player

in school history. As a sophomore, he led the 2008 MVC regular season and tournament champion Bulldogs in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game and helping Drake reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1971. Young signed a professional contract to play for AS de Sale of the Moroccan D-1 basketball league in August. He reported to the team in September and will now return to play in the NBADL. Young finished his senior year by scoring at least 20 points in six of his last 12 games. One of his career highlights came in the first round of last year’s State Farm MVC Championship in St. Louis, when he drilled a fade-away jumper with 1.5 seconds left to lift Drake to a 63-61 victory over Southern Illinois. Training camp for Austin began on Monday. The team opens up the season on the road versus the Maine Red Claws on Nov. 19.



THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 2010 | PAGE 8


New Faces, New Tradition?

photos by MONICA WORSLEY | staff writer

THE DRAKE CREW TEAM is wrapping up practice at the time you are waking up for class. The team has its final race this Saturday on the Des Moines River against Creighton.

Drake crew turns to young squad to take the next step in the spring by Monica Worsley

Staff Writer

Ever wonder what it would be like to see the sunrise each morning? While most college students relish staying up late and sleeping in, the members of the Drake women’s rowing team forgo this privilege for the chance to be a part of Drake athletics. The team’s most recent success includes the varsity-eight boat’s 10th place finish out of 24 boats at the Head of the Iowa regatta on Oct. 31. The rowers faced their toughest competition yet, racing against state schools with strong rowing programs, most notably Iowa and Wisconsin. “I’ve always been really competitive in sports, and crew has really allowed me to maintain this competitive outlet and challenge myself,” junior Hilary Dietz said. Since the Head of the Iowa regatta, the rowers have experienced a drastic shift in the format of their practices. Over the past week and a half, practices have been geared toward preparing for the last race of the fall season, as well as the spring season. The focus has switched from three-mile head races to 2,000-meter sprints. Practices typically include work on speed, strong starts, utilizing the rowers’ strength and building endurance. “When we (the novice rowers) started, the coaches explained everything really well from the beginning and the varsity has been very helpful,” said freshman Brittany Michael, a novice rower. “After each race you know a little more about rowing.” Assistant coach Jaclyn Aldworth compared the spring and fall seasons of crew.

“It’s a lot like cross-country and track,” she said. “The fall is a long, steady-paced swing row at lower rates, while the spring is a sprint at a significantly faster pace.” Drake crew is entering its second year as a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. In a seven-school rowing conference, Drake was extremely proud of its fourth-place finish at the conference championship in New Jersey last spring. With last year’s strong finish, the team has a lot to live up to. Coach Charlie DiSilvestro outlined one important issue that will determine whether or not the rowers can succeed once again this spring. “Since we are a young team, the maturity the rowers choose to bring to competition will be a deciding factor,” DiSilvestro said. Although there are no seniors, junior co-captains Kat Moore and Dietz have certainly established high expectations and a strong support system for the team. Sophomore Andrea Piekarczyk said crew has definitely made her Drake experience even better. “Crew was something I started out of curiosity, and I grew to love it,” she said. “The spring season is so fun and the closeness of the team makes me really enjoy all aspects of being part of Drake athletics.” Many rowers also participate in school activities such as Campus Fellowship, professional fraternities and the Student Activities Board. The crew is just like the rest of the student body and strongly encourages others to give it a try. Provided that work on the bridges above the Des Moines River is completed in a timely manner, the team’s persistence and dedication will be tested this Saturday against Creighton.

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