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Run-off election to determine first-year senator Tuesday
Ten members to travel to Atlanta in December
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The wait for a first-year senator will continue until Tuesday night after a run-off election between two candidates. The candidates, Shelby Klose and David Karaz, will start campaigning again before first-year students start voting today and Tuesday. A small crowd gathered at Pomerantz Stage early Friday morning to await the election results. The results were announced at 12:20 a.m. when Alex Bergman, the chair of the Election Commission took the stage. With 592 votes cast, a majority of 297 votes would have named a senator outright, except that the highest vote getter, Karaz, had 190 votes total, and Klose had 94 votes. The other candidates received anywhere from 55 votes to 87 votes in total. The write-in candidates that received votes were: Silent Bob, Jesus H. Christ and Drake Squirrel. “The run-off [election] should be exciting,” Bergman said. “It [campaigning] was a little bit stressful,” said Klose. “It was an interesting election,” Karaz said, who had never been through an election process quite like Student Senate’s before. Whoever is elected as the first-year senator will be the leader of the First-Year Interest Committee and will sit at the table during Senate meetings. This position, which was highly discussed last year, would be a stepping-stone for those involved, since there is currently no representation on Senate for first-year students. Both of the candidates have ideas for what they want to accomplish if elected. “My main goal is to connect more with the first-year students,” Klose said. “I’m also
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THE FIRST-YEAR SENATOR election took place last week, with voting on Wednesday and Thursday. No candidates received a majority of the votes, determining a run-off election through tomorrow.
looking into getting more freshmen mentoring.” Mentoring would include either an older student or a faculty member to help guide the students throughout the transition into college. She is also hoping to get activities planned for first-year students to come together on a campuswide basis.
SEE ELECTION, PAGE 2
>>CANDIDATE VOTE TOTALS 190 – DAVID KARAZ
84 – ERIC BAKER
94 – SHELBY KLOSE
82 – ZACH KELLER
87 – SAM MEYERS
55 – TIMOTHY ALGUIRE
E-mail information sessions provide overwhelming support for Google platform by Emily Tozer
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Say goodbye to Zimbra. After three years of using the e-mail platform, Drake University will soon be switching to a new system. Students were able to attend informational sessions this past Monday and Tuesday where the new options were demonstrated. “Zimbra is a decent product, however, not appropriate for Drake at this time because it is an open source e-mail system,” said Ann Kovalchick, the chief information technology officer for Drake. “We cannot afford to allocate staff time to an open source tool that is a com-
modity product.” The e-mail and calendaring work group is looking into Gmail and Microsoft Live@edu systems. Kolvalchick said the committee was set up to ensure that all Drake users had a chance to influence the decision-making process. “Currently, the committee is developing a budget and assessing the different technical designs of the two vendor products,” she said. “Feedback from our students was the deciding factor in our decision-making process,” said Roger James, director of information systems at the University of Westminster on Google App’s case studies site. “We asked them what they wanted, and the vote came in resound-
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Senators raise concerns over increased crime activity
Trivia Night to fund APO trip to nationals
Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari told senators that, overall, the information the administration received from the Des Moines Police Department did not create any major concerns. Bakari and other members of the Drake administration had been looking into crime statistics from the Des Moines Police after a few senators and students had raised concerns following an increase in visible crimes near campus. “We did receive some information,” he said. “And so now we have requested some comparison data to compare with other neighborhoods. “Eventually we will send some communication out, and hopefully it’s not an alert, but just more FYI about crime, data and the neighborhood and how we compare to other neighborhoods.” The rest of the meeting, one of the year’s shortest, included the approval of two new student organizations and one funding allocation.
ingly for Google.” Sean Walsh, a Drake sophomore, attended the Gmail informational session. “There were a couple really neat features,” Walsh said. “Google Docs would make editing papers and working on group projects much easier.” Another feature Drake users would get with Gmail is Google Chat. Every student’s account would have access to chat and video chat. “The presenter said that at some schools, this makes it easier to stay in contact with professors outside of office hours,” Walsh said. “You can set up a time to chat with them and
SEE E-MAIL, PAGE 2 The Visual Arts Association of Drake was officially designated as a campus organization. The group is made up of students with interest in the field, aiming to increase the awareness of the visual arts on campus and encourage professional development of its members. “We’re thinking about having lectures or seminars about how to price your work, how to be a professional artist, how to contact galleries, things about like, grad school,” VAAD senior President Lucca Wang told those gathered around the table. “And then art exhibits and an art auction possibly in the spring.” Drake Women’s Lacrosse was also approved as an official organization, and its representative spoke to Senate briefly about the ways the team would be cooperating with the newly established Men’s Lacrosse club. “They’re willing to let us share the field, goals, things like that,” sophomore Marti Wolf said. “We’re going to do a few scrimmage games with them. They’re willing to do a lot of working with us.” A representative from Drake Mind Sports,
Trivia lovers will have a chance to battle their wits to win a Starbucks gift card tonight in Parent’s Hall. Hosted by Alpha Phi Omega, Trivia Night will begin at 6 p.m. and cost $25 for teams of five or $7 for individual players. Funds raised will help to send 10 of the chapter’s members to nationals Dec. 27-30 in Atlanta. The tournament will consist of 10 rounds with 10 questions each, with points awarded for correct answers and the top point earners at the end of the night will take home the Starbucks gift cards. Refreshments, courtesy of Sodexo Catering, will be provided throughout the night. Ten members of Alpha Phi Omega plan to travel to Atlanta in December at an approximate cost of $5,500, which includes airfare, conference registration and lodging. To help send members, the chapter organized Poker Night, which took place Saturday, Nov. 5, in addition to selling Silly Bandz and Community Day booklets. The conference, which takes place biannually, provides APO members from across the country with a forum for sharing ideas for service, fellowship and leadership: the core values of the service-oriented, co-ed fraternity. “I’m excited to meet people from other chapters and hear how they run their meetings,” said junior APO member and trivia night coordinator Batiesha Boeker. “We’ve learned from attending regional conferences that the way we do things and the way other chapters can be very different.” Senior Sarah Tucker, the president of APO, said, “The National Convention is an amazing opportunity, not only for us as a chapter, but for our campus and community as well. We are
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ALPHA PHI OMEGA EXECUTIVE MEMBERS pose at the fall 2010 initiation for the service club. Membership has increased largely this year.
formerly known as Drake Chess Club, was not present during the vote, but the organization was allocated $92.97 to fund its pool tourna-
SEE SENATE, PAGE 2
>>MEETING IN BRIEF • VAAD – Visual Arts Association of Drake approved as official campus organization • LACROSSE – Drake Women’s Lacrosse
approved as official campus organization
• MIND SPORTS – Drake Mind Sports received $92.97 toward hosting its pool tournament, scheduled for Saturday in Olmsted
• BLOGGED – First-ever Senate meeting to be live-blogged at http://drakesenate.com
Senate uses new technologies to reach campus
One student urges first-years to rock the vote
With cold weather’s arrival, the flu is close behind
Bulldogs win last game of the season against Butler, 10-7
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It all flies way too fast, but I cannot regret a single minute of the game.
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Public Affairs Officer senior Norah Carroll live-blogged Thursday’s meeting, in Senate’s most recent effort to use technology. The interactive, streaming-text coverage could be accessed through a link on the Drake Student Senate website. Carroll provided quotes from the meeting’s speakers and senators, links with more information about the topics being covered and interacted with the students who were following along. Senate has been exploring its options this semester in terms of its use of technology and online tools. This live blog came after another meeting was live-tweeted, a move Carroll was concerned was overwhelming for many followers of @DrakeStuSenate. “I think this is perfect. Listening to a podcast takes a long time and can be boring and I understand not wanting 121,987,051 tweets on your feed,” user Katie posted to the live blog on Thursday night.
President senior Samantha Haas had similar thoughts, and said Senate is still experimenting with the different ways it can communicate with students. “We’re finding the delicate balance of keeping people updated and not inundating them with excessive information,” she said. They had around six students following, asking questions and providing feedback during the live blog, Carroll told senators as this week’s meeting concluded. “I would just encourage you all, whether it’s e-mail migration or with other upcoming issues, to continue getting student feedback using these online tools that make it a lot easier to hear from students, and in a way that they feel more comfortable with a lot of the time,” she said. Carroll and junior Jen Calder are co-public affairs officers, one of two new positions created by Senate this year. Sophomore Michael Riebel was elected to the other post, technology liaison. One of his responsibilities has included managing the Senate podcasts. “It’s crazy how simple it is,” he said. Drake Multimedia Producer James McNab assisted
him earlier this year with the initial set up, and now Riebel said the podcasting is fairly hasslefree. He readies the microphone, then simply pushes “record” at the beginning of the meeting and “stop” at its adjournment. “By the time I get back to my room, it’s online,” he said. Riebel explained that the process was much more tedious in the past, with a Senate representative even editing the podcasts before they were posted. But none of that happens now, Riebel said. “We want to give you what you would have heard if you would have come to the meeting,” he said. “It holds all of us accountable with what we’re saying and how the meetings go. If a student wants to get in the know, now they really can.” “In the past, Senate has gotten kind of a bad rep about not being transparent,” Haas said. But by using these online communication tools, they’re hoping to remedy that. Haas said that a Facebook and Twitter presence makes Senate more visible to students, but without making them go out of their way to get information.
Riebel said reaching the student body online is something that needed to be done a long time ago “It’s cool that it’s getting done now,” he said.
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Group to make recommendation FROM E-MAIL, PAGE 1 talk to them right from your residence hall room.” Microsoft Live@edu offers many of these same tools, according to its informational website. “Using technology is an adaptive experience, and it makes no more sense to become wedded to a particular e-mail client or system than it does to become wedded to a particular type of telephone or paper notebook,” Kovalchick said. A poll on the Drake Student Senate website allows students to vote for which new email system they prefer. The results show that 85 percent would like to switch to Gmail and
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FIRST YEAR SENATOR ELECTION ended in a run-off election. Some of the more humorous write-in votes for the position were different forms of Drake squirrels.
APO chapter membership triples to nearly 150 members
Two new campus organizations approved by the Senators FROM SENATE, PAGE 1
FROM ELECTION, PAGE 1 “As far as first-years go, since we’re new to this school we have a lot more questions and a lot more confusion,” Karaz said. “Having a first-year representative to communicate directly with the Student Senate and with the First-Year Interest Committee would be a huge advantage.” With campaigning nearing an end for the first-years, Bergman hopes to see some creativity and variety from the run–off candidates. With only one person being disqualified from the election, there was little worry about how fair the candidates portrayed themselves and the accuracy of the election in general. Once again, first-year students are urged to vote today starting at 12:01 a.m. until Tuesday at
only 9 percent would like to switch to Microsoft Live@edu. Kyle Glaser, a Drake junior, prefers the Google option. “Google Apps would fit into my existing e-mail and communication workflow,” Glaser said. “Plus, when I graduate, I will be able to easily export my data.” The e-mail and calendaring work group will be making its recommendation to the President’s Cabinet in December. A final decision will be made most likely by January, and implementation of the new system may be complete by late spring or early summer.
11:59 p.m. The winner will then be announced after voting ends on Tuesday or around midnight Wednesday morning at Pomerantz stage. What sets the two candidates apart from the others that were on the ballot was that Klose was the only female and Karaz was the only one running from the First-Year Interest Committee. “It would be a great privilege if people voted for me,” Klose said. “It is something that I am very much interested in.” “Student leadership has always been a big passion of mine,” Karaz said. “I do have the ability to do this, and it is something that I would definitely take to heart.”
ment, set to take place Nov. 20 in Olmsted. In addition, Vice President of Student Life Byron Spears announced changes to Bulldog Break. Next semester, the gatherings will probably be monthly, instead of weekly. He also said the new Bulldog Break would be “more of an event,” possibly including showing Drake basketball away-games. Before adjournment, the senators also spent several minutes discussing the university’s e-mail migration project. Senators Kayleigh Koester, Rachel Kauffold and Stephen Slade each commented that student feedback they’d received was all in favor of the Google system. “We all just love Google, let’s be honest,” Slade said.
But Zach Keller, sitting in as proxy for Treasurer Nate Bleadorn, explained the ways in which the Microsoft platform had been collecting support from faculty because it would make for an easier transition from Microsoft Outlook. Sen. Amanda Laurent recounted varying reviews, repeating to the senators some positive comments she had overheard from both students and staff leaving the Microsoft demo sessions, but also acknowledging the substantial support she’d heard for Google. But a conclusion is far from being reached, said President Samantha Haas. “A lot of discussion left to be had,” Haas said. “It’s not like we’re going into this with our minds made up.”
FROM APO, PAGE 1 most interested in ways to reach more of our community and offer bigger service projects, not only for our chapter, but for all Drake students to participate in.” The membership of Alpha Phi Omega has tripled over the past year, beginning with a nearly 70-member pledge class in spring 2010 and a fall pledge class of nearly 50 members preparing to be activated this weekend. The current mem-
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First ammendment First-year Senator applies to all, even election and the Phelps power of the vote
od hates fags.” “You’re going to hell.” Fred Phelps and six fellow protestors make such claims as Matthew Snyder’s body is lowered to the ground. Snyder’s loved ones stand silently, grieving over their loss. The protestors continue. Cpl. Snyder’s Humvee crashed in Iraq in March 2006. Albert Synder, Matthew’s father, sued Phelps for the intentional infliction of emotional distress. He won $5 million. However, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the verdict deciding that the First Amendment protected Phelps’s speech. The U.S. Supreme Court heard the arguments of Snyder vs. Phelps on Oct. 6. The verdict won’t be reached for months despite the four-plus years of struggle for Albert Snyder. Phelps is the founder of Westboro Baptist Church, the notorious Kansas-based group that preaches Americans are doomed for hell because of American’s tolerance for homosexuality. Westboro has picketed at hundreds of military funerals. Their actions led President Bush to sign into law the Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act in May 2006, which prohibited protests within 300 feet of the entrance to any cemeteries of veterans 60 minutes before and after a funeral. Despite this, the protestors continue, and Phelps’s right to free speech is protected. He did not claim that Matthew Snyder was gay. He did not come within 300 feet of the funeral. Essentially, Phelps’s actions are within the law. As a journalist and American citizen, I want to protect Phelps’s right to speak about whatever he desires: “Congress shall make no
law...prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech...or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” Phelps protested the funeral in a nonviolent manner, while cooperating with the police. No one was physically harmed. The Supreme Court will decide if Snyder can incite Phelps for emotional damage. According to the First Amendment, Phelps’s actions are completely protected. Phelps remains under the security and promise of American freedoms. The Constitution distincly defines America from tyrannies around the world. Americans hold liberty close to their hearts. I find great pride in this country where I don’t need to fear persecution, interrogation by the government or a dictatorship that strips humans of their dignity. I think we can all agree that Phelps actions were not compassionate to Albert Snyder’s situation. I believe the justices will have a difficult time deciding the matter. Snyder’s lawyers will surely raise the issue of hate speech, unprotected speech that attacks a social group or a member of such a group. One could argue that Phelps’s protest was unnecessary and hurtful. Members of the Snyder family say Matthew was not gay. This would then deem the protest inappropriate and essential to the grief of the family. Although I don’t condone Phelps’s actions, I truly believe the Supreme Court must uphold the First Amendment and side with Westboro on this case. As an American citizen, Phelps deserves the full protection of the law. If his speech is taken away then could yours could be, too. What will freedoms be then?
irst-year students have a big choice to make these next few days: Whom should they elect for first-year senator? Both candidates in the run-off election are qualified and would represent the first-year class fantastically. What I’m really wondering is: Are you going to go and vote? I am. There is no question about it; all firstyear students need to vote. This is the first time that there is a senator position for first-years, and it is paramount that as first-year students, we take the time out of our busy days to vote to show that we want a voice on senate and someone who can represent our needs and wants as a class. During the first round of elections, 592 votes were cast, and while that number is large, it is not large enough. Our entering class has been one of the biggest classes to date with a staggering 864 students in total. So there is no reason why we shouldn’t have more than 800 votes cast. While this position has been highly disputed, it still has merit. Many of the students on campus believe that our opinions are over-represented sometimes, and with nine senators-atlarge and various other positions there is never any doubt that if students are having issues, their ideas will be heard by someone. Yet, it always seemed that the first-years were underrepresented. While there is a FirstYear Interest Committee, it is only one committee. Now, though, with a first-year student running to become the head of that committee and sit around the table, there will be a greater chance for opinions and concerns to be heard directly from the first-year popula-
tion on issues that impact the class as a whole. One argument I hear the most about this position is that a first-year senator still hasn’t gained the knowledge of the happenings around campus and is still finding his or her niche on campus. While that is a very valid point, a first-year senator would be representing his or her constituents–the first-year students. First-year students are all going through much of the same emotions and feelings while transitioning into a collegiate atmosphere, thus being able to accurately represent the students. First-year students have a voice in this situation. Our ideas matter even though we have only been on campus for a couple of months. Our voices will be heard if everyone goes out to vote today and Tuesday through blueView. It takes just a few seconds, but it will make the difference in the Drake community and for all of the first-year students. The two candidates, Shelby Klose and David Karaz, are two very qualified first-year students. No matter who gets elected, the person chosen will make a great difference on campus and pave the way for future first-year senators. I cannot begin to fathom how much of an impact this will have on Drake University’s future. If every first-year student goes out to vote in these next two days, this will show how important this position is to the class and will set precedence for future classes as they enter the university. So, please go out and vote. The first-year class is one-fourth of the student population, so we, too, need to have our representation.
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New Arizona law encourages racial profiling Immigration. Arizona. Illegal “aliens.” The mere mention of these words has become an invitation to debate in recent years, especially in light of the new Arizona legislation, SB1070. Now, with Texas legislation considering similar reform, the issue has the potential to create even greater controversy. Critics of SB1070, including President Obama, the ACLU and the NAACP, fear that it will encourage racial profiling and curtail American civil liberties. Supporters, who include 70 percent of Arizona residents (as indicated by a Rasmussen poll), believe that the legislation is simply taking action on an issue that the federal government has not adequately addressed. But the underlying issue is the polarization of opinion–a phenomenon encouraged by the media–that surrounds this issue has led to a convoluted portrayal of the law. Few media sources explain the facts of the legislation, instead making sweeping statements punctuated by loaded words and misleading generalizations. It is undeniable that Arizona is contending with serious issues as a result of illegal immigration. In fact, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that undocumented immigrants commit 22 percent of all felonies in Maricopa County, Arizona. And of those arrested by the United States Border Patrol, 17 percent
have existing criminal records in the United States. Taking this information into consideration, it would be impossible to argue that Arizona is incorrect in attempting some action. Yet there is still an enormous amount of passionate and, sometimes, irrational debate surrounding the issue, and critics’ inflammation of the issue is, in large part, to blame. This error becomes apparent almost immediately. “[Governor] Brewer has just given every police agency in Arizona a mandate to harass anyone who looks or sounds foreign, while doing nothing to address the real problems we’re facing, (ACLU),” said Alessandra Soler Meetze, the Executive Director of the ACLU of Arizona. Because such statements are common among critics, the people–regardless of their opinion on the issue–receive a skewed version of the legislation. But the law, when carried out correctly, not only exclusively prohibits racial profiling but also upholds other requirements that have been in place for years. In fact, Governor Brewer “issued an executive order requiring the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board to provide local police with additional training on what does and what does not constitute ‘reasonable suspicion,’” according to the Center for Immigration Studies. The legislation itself thus neither encourages profiling nor strips people of their constitutional rights. It instead upholds
existing laws and lends more power to law enforcement officials who may only ask for identification when stopping someone for another offense. What we have, then, is a lack of understanding surrounding the issue. American citizens should have opinions about controversial legislation. The critics’ concerns should not be disregarded: No legislation should encourage racism, and if SB1070 is suspect, the people should examine it. However, American citizens and the American media must take the time to consider the issue rationally, and must attempt to form their opinions in careful consideration of the facts. For, as Edward R. Murrow once noted, “Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.”
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The flu strikes again
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Class attendance is dwindling. In some classes, there are more empty seats than filled seats. Everywhere on campus, people are coughing and sneezing. We know what this means: Flu season is here. The flu, or influenza, is a virus. It’s generally not dangerous; however, symptoms often can worsen into pneumonia or bacterial infections. Symptoms are usually bad for a day, but oftentimes those infected with the flu feel exhausted many days after. What do you do if you have the flu? The Student Health Center said to get plenty of rest and drink clear liquids. They also recommend taking ibuprofen or aspirin and a cool sponge
bath to relieve the fever. To help a cough and sore throat, invest in a humidifier (not allowed in dorms without permission), take some cough suppressants or use cough drops. Unfortunately, if you catch the flu you will probably have to miss a few days of class. The CDC also recommends being vaccinated each year with either the flu shot or nasal spray flu vaccine. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the flu shot contains dead flu virus that cannot give one the flu, but most people will feel sore where they received the shot. The flu nasal spray vaccine contains weakened flu virus that can cause a congested nose, but the Student Health Center said many people opt for that to avoid the shot. Side effects of either vaccine can include slight fatigue or a low fever, but most people don’t experience either.
According to the Student Health Center, other ways to avoid getting the flu are by eating healthy, exercising, washing hands regularly and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid people who are sick, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and drink lots of liquids. They also say that smoking increases your risk of contracting the flu because it makes your respiratory tract more susceptible to infection. However, they still recommend the flu shot as the best way to avoid catching the flu. Walgreens is one of many places offering flu shots, which also protect against H1N1. The Student Health Center said that a flu vaccine reduces the chance of catching the flu by about 75 percent. Flu shots and nasal sprays are available at the Student Health Center for $20.
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Writers Harvest festival honors three Drake students by Cori Clark
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The Drake University community and local Des Moines residents gathered in the alwaysinviting Cowle’s Library Reading room for the third annual Drake Writers’ Harvest festival last Thursday evening. The event honored the three selected winners of the 2010 Periphery, Drake’s literary and art journal. The night also featured writing from the journal and readings from poet Johnathon Williams. Williams was selected as one of the 2010 Periphery Literary Magazine judges last year to elect three exceptional pieces from the publication. Over 50 people came out to hear poetry and fiction readings from the most recent edition of Periphery while benefitting the Food Bank of Iowa. The festival helps to raise awareness, money and perishable goods for the Writers’
Harvest, the United States’ largest annual literary benefit to fight hunger. Writers Harvests are held every year across the country on college campus and in bookstores. Proceeds are donated to local anti-hunger organizations. The Harvest has been held nationwide for 20 years, but was brought to Drake three years ago by Drake professors Fred Arroyo and Jennifer Perrine as a part of the Writers and Critics Series. “It is a good way to involve the Des Moines community and Drake,” Perrine said. Four years ago, Arroyo and Perrine were looking for a way to engage the Des Moines community with Drake while celebrating literature. Both professors knew of the event from working at previous institutions. The Harvest has been growing in success at Drake since 2006. Matt Nelson kicked off the readings with his winning poem “Alive” and later read his winning piece “The Wolfhound.” Nelson was energized about his pieces being honored in Periphery this year.
Vocal students place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition by Catherine Moede
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Last weekend, over 40 Drake students returned with high honors from Decorah, Iowa, for National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), a vocal competition. Thirty-four Drake students made it to the semifinals round and 14 placed in finals, making Drake one of the leading schools for music students. NATS is a national vocal competition that is held annually in each state. Students prepare classical music and sing for judges who are vocal professors from across the state. Students are given feedback based on their technique and performance, and some are selected to move to the next round. Competitors are divided up into different categories based on gender and age. Leanne Freeman-Miller, associate professor of voice, had 29 of her students participate in the 2010 NATS competition, and all but five moved on to semifinals with 12 making finals and four receiving honorable mentions. Freeman-Miller not only prepares her vocal students for the NATS competition, but also assists with the judging. “I love judging because I consider it a teaching moment,” Freeman-Miller said. “I feel as though every student that goes to NATS works hard and deserves to receive feedback. That being said, I try to be as direct as possible because this business is tough.” Many of Freeman-Miller’s students placed in the top three for their categories. One of these students was Eric Ferring, a freshman vocal performance major. This year, Ferring placed first among freshmen men. He attributes much of his success to Freeman-Miller. “We pick our songs early in the year and work on them throughout the semester on our own and in our lessons,” Ferring said. Ferring has competed in NATS before, but this was his first time making it to the final
round. Only three students are selected for the last final in each category and two of the three for the freshmen men category this year were Drake students. Ryan Bower, a music and biology double major, placed second among freshmen men. This was Bower’s first year at NATS and he was very excited by the outcome. He spent a lot of time practicing his songs and mentally preparing himself for the nerves. “I get a lot of nervous energy before I sing, which can be really negative when performing classical music,” Bower said. “Before I sing I try to just shake it all out and focus on my goals for the piece.” Lauren Shun, a sophomore vocal performance major, competed at NATS for her second time. Shun has wanted to have a career in voice since she was in third grade. “I am really happy with my NATS placement,” Shun said. “I competed last year, but I didn’t make it past the semifinals round.” This year, with the help of her voice teacher, Freeman-Miller, Shun placed second among sophomore women. “My advice is to find a teacher you can trust and to learn your own instrument,” FreemanMiller said. “Part of my job as a teacher is to make the singer independent. You only live once. Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. If this is your passion, just go for it.” Freeman-Miller was very proud of all the Drake students that competed in NATS last weekend. All students interested in singing can participate in the NATS competition and voice lessons can be taken at Drake regardless of major. NATS awards cash prizes of $100, $80 and $60 for the top three placements in each category. Drake students who placed this year include Claire Ottley, Katie Hahn, Molly Schunicht, Katie Galliart, Gabrielle Sarcone, Kelly Kretschmer and Leah McIntire-Barnett.
“It was really exciting, and my parents drove seven hours to be here,” Nelson said. Kelly Lawler charmed the crowd with her winning poem, “I’ve only slapped two boys.” Lastly, Drake graduate Kara McKeever came back to her alma mater to read her fiction-winning piece “The Mulberry Tree.” “Each piece was so unique and creative,” senior Katlyn Malcomson said. “It made me realize the different ways to approach writing poetry.” Williams finished off the evening with readings from his manuscript he is currently working to be published. His poems are based on his childhood, father and where he grew up. “It was a full, good crowd—and for a poet
that’s good,” Williams joked about the turnout of the harvest. Williams is a writer and web developer. His poetry has appeared in the “Best New Poets 2009” anthology, “Unsplendid,” “Tar River Poetry” and the “Pebble Lake Review.” He is the founding editor for the weekly online magazine of original poetry, Linebreak. Periphery is published each year. It is student written and edited. It was made to challenge the usual form of art and literature. Students are free to voice themselves in the publication. If you are interested in being a part of the Periphery, the magazine will be accepting submissions later this year.
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SAB continues to bring top-notch performers Music newcomer Nathan Angelo performed on Pomerantz Stage for a midweek jam
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by McKenzie Anderson
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Quietdrive brought the alternative rock to campus, Sonos brought an a cappella sound and Will Marfori brought the laughter. But what was missing from the lineup? Looking for a diverse sound from performers, the Student Activities Board brought pianopop performer Nathan Angelo to Pomerantz Stage on Nov. 10. Band committee co-chairs for SAB, Jen Calder and Michael Riebel, are in charge of getting the bands on campus that last year’s committee decided on. Even though they weren’t the ones to choose Angelo, they felt he fit into this year’s lineup well. “We’re looking for a larger variety of bands that target more than one type of student,” Calder said. Angelo mixed right in with that goal. “He had a coffee shop sound,” Calder said. “It was a nice, uplifting break from homework.”
Born in Atlanta, Angelo was exposed to music at a very young age. Coming from a family of musicians, he started playing piano at the age of 6. At age 10, Angelo started to lead his father’s congregation in music. This eventually led him to become a volunteer director of music at his father’s church until he left for college. “My dad’s church is where I really plugged in,” he said. “Learning to play by ear was a big deal.” Now, a newcomer in the music scene, Angelo has his own album with 13 tracks. Big influences in Angelo’s life includes music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, specifically Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and the lead singer from The Killers. His first album, titled “Through Playing Me” is a mix of songs inspired by Angelo’s life experiences. He wrote the song “Love Sucks” in college. “It’s a true place, it’s a real place,” Angelo said before performing it. “You know what I’m talking about. Love really does suck sometimes.” However, writing songs hasn’t always been
easy for Angelo. While in college, Angelo got away from his writer’s block by going to a burrito joint. As he sat there with college friends, one of them said, “Man, I need a woman.” This one sentence sparked something in Angelo. “You can blame this one on the burrito,” Angelo joked before starting his song “I Need a Woman.” Angelo wrote another song, titled “Way Past Love,” in two months after getting a call from his sister, because she was getting married and wanted her brother to play a song at her wedding. “We took baths together, it was the least I could do,” Angelo said. Other songs in the lineup included a few tracks from his upcoming album “Follow Your Heart” and covers “Let It Be” by The Beatles and “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry. Angelo has been on tour for three months and has experienced many different audiences while traveling from different colleges and venues around the United States.
“Sometimes performing on college campuses, students can be too cool for school,” he said. “But that was definitely not the case tonight.” Although many of the students attending the event had never heard of Angelo, they enjoyed what they heard. Kristi Vann left the show feeling happy she came and listened. “I have never heard of Nathan Angelo,” she said. “But I really liked him. He’s a great performer.” Some students were just walking through Olmsted while Angelo was performing and stopped to hear him. Taylor Armstrong, a first-year, got a text from one of her friends to come to Pomerantz Stage after they saw everyone crowded around the stage and stopped out of curiosity. “I wish I would have known about it sooner,” Armstrong said. “I was really bummed that I only got to hear like, one song.” Angelo’s EP “These Ol’ Keys” is now available on iTunes along with his first album “Through Playing Me.”
“Bare” presented stronger message than performance by Olivia Young
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The lights dim, and the excited audience fills almost every seat in the hall. A hush settles over the crowd as actors make their way onto the dark stage. The stage lights suddenly flare; the play begins, and the audience is whisked into a heady miasma of romance, drugs, sex and rebellion. From Nov. 11 to Nov. 14, Drake University Theatre presented “Bare,” directed and choreographed by Karla Kash, assistant professor of theatre. The show was held in the Performing Arts Hall and boasted an overall talented cast of 27 Drake students. Written by Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo, “Bare” debuted in Los Angeles in 2000. The musical follows the tribulations of a group of teens at Catholic boarding school and emphasizes the personal struggle of two homosexual boys amidst conservative social norms. “Bare” tells a story of forbidden love. But the show also does something else: It addresses the stigma that often surrounds homosexuality, while connecting this stigma to teenage rebellion.
The story material itself is very important for anyone to see, no matter what you believe
– Student Assistant Director Danielle Dolezal And this message is pressing in light of the recent teenage suicides due to harassment about sexuality. “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 bullying,” Kash wrote in the director’s note. “LGBT adolescences rejected by their families for their sexual orientation are nearly more than 10 times more likely to report having attempted suicide.” The two main characters of “Bare,” Jason and Peter, address this struggle in different ways. Jason, played by Kent Reynolds, attempts to mask his sexuality. Outwardly, he is the school heartthrob, popular among friends and lands the lead in the school production of “Romeo and Juliet.” But inwardly, he deeply fears the criticism of his absent parents. Peter, played by Eric Ferring, faces pressure from his mother to be “normal,” in addition to fears of sinning under Catholicism. In his imagination of his mother’s reaction to his sexuality, his mother laments, “I sent him to Catholic boarding school to straighten him out…now all
I’ll get are ambiguous Christmas cards from South Beach.” And not unlike Romeo and Juliet, these two boys become the star-crossed lovers of “Bare.” They become entangled in a web of deceit and betrayal, as they face judgment by their peers, their families and–most threatening–their faith. In the beginning of the play, Jason and Peter admit they are in love, although Jason is adamant their feelings remain secret. Unbeknownst to the lovers, one of their friends, Matt, played by Matt Haupert, comes across the two in a passionate kiss. Although Matt tells no one, suspicion begins to grow as Peter demands they open up about their relationship–and about their sexuality. He plans to tell his mother the truth over spring break, and he asks Jason to be there. Later, a drunk Ivy (Sarah Hoch) comes on to Jason after her birthday party. In an apparent lapse of judgment combined with the desire to fit in, Jason sleeps with Ivy. The curtain closes on the first act with Peter and Matt betrayed, and the four lovers in an unusually tangled love triangle. Despite the semblance of drama, Act 1 of the show moved slowly, mostly characterized by distracting–albeit energetic–dancing and sarcastic digs at Catholicism. Although the choreography was well executed, the stomping and jumping moves overcame the vocals. The ensemble caused a similar problem: they over-sang the leads in multiple scenes. And while Ferring deserves enormous credit for his apt portrayal of Peter–an undoubtedly challenging character to master–his vocals were consistently under pitch during most of Act 1. While he successfully conveyed the struggle Peter experienced through his acting, he was unable to do the same when singing. Thankfully, Act 2 provided a reprieve from these problems. There was very little choreography in Act 2, eliminating the noise pollution. The tension between Jason, Peter, Matt and Ivy finally heightened the drama to a captivating level. Ferring and Reynolds both fell into place as Peter and Jason. Their solos and duets improved immensely. Their relationship grew more palpable and their conflicts more realistic; their internal and external conflicts were more relatable. Hoch and Emily Draffen, as Ivy and Nadia, were both excellent throughout. Draffen played Jason’s sister and a social outcast. She acted the part perfectly, and her vocal performance was one of the best in the show. The love-hate relationship between Nadia and Ivy added much-needed comic relief to the show, and Hoch’s clear, beautiful voice gave her portrayal of Ivy an innocence that contrasted her outward promiscuity. And how did the audience react to this controversial show? The audience laughed along with the characters, and their reaction was good. They cheered and clapped after solos and ensemble pieces and gave the cast a standing ovation at Saturday’s performance. And this was the reaction Danielle Dolezal, one of two student assistant directors, expected.
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“The songs are catchy, the acting is great and the story material itself is very important for anyone to see, no matter what you believe,” she said. “It shows you things that people might not actually think of, especially in light of the gay suicides that happened recently.”
And “Bare” did just that. The vocal and technical issues were overshadowed by the message the characters presented. The show was poignant yet radical and unabashedly proclaimed to hundreds of audience members that love knows no gender.
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â€? Drake outlasts pesky Butler on senior day QUOTE
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by Mike Wendlandt
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There were tears to be expected, but if there were, they were of joy, as Drake closed out the 2010 football season with a 10-7 victory over Butler last Saturday at Drake Stadium. It was a sloppy game, mostly due to the weather. On a cold, windy day, leadership and smart play mattered the most, and the Drake Bulldogs had both in abundance. Drake finished the season in third place of the Pioneer Football League, with a 7-4 overall record and 6-2 in league play. After a Butler missed field goal in the first quarter, Drake, behind sophomore backupquarterback Cody Seeger, drove down and senior kicker Billy Janssen nailed a 23-yard field goal to give Drake a lead that it would not relinquish. Butler drove deep into Drake territory several times, but each time it committed a costly turnover. It began when sophomore Michael Ratelle intercepted Butlerâ€™s Andrew Huck in the end zone, one of four turnovers committed by Butler in the first half.
The first touchdown of the game wasnâ€™t scored until there was 2:57 remaining in the third quarter, when senior Tom Kostek scored from 4 yards out to make it a 10-0 game. Butler finally got on the board late in the fourth with a Zach Watkins touchdown reception from 22 yards away with 2:22 left in the game. After the ensuing onside kick failed, Drake ran the ball to move the clock to under a minute before Butler got the ball back. Defensive end Dain Taylor made the final sack of his Drake career and then Ratelle sealed the victory with his second interception of the game. It wasnâ€™t the cleanest game, but in the end, it was only fitting that the eight seniors all made an impact during their final game wearing the blue and white. â€œIt all flies way too fast, but I cannot regret a single minute of the game,â€? Steve Platek, a two-time first-team All-PFL running back, said. Looking back on the third-place season, it is easy to be bitter about all the close games, but not for this team. â€œAll in all, it was a successful season,â€? said Janssen, the punter competing in his first season of Drake football. â€œWe finished third and won six games in conference.â€?
â€œItâ€™s going to be a revenge game for them. Theyâ€™re going to want to come out and get us,â€? â€“ SENIOR BASKETBALL PLAYER KRISTIN TURK, on Drakeâ€™s trip to Iowa State tonight. The Bulldogs defeated the nationally ranked Cyclones 78-75 last season.
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SENIOR MICHAEL LAHART (28) helps out with a tackle in his final game as a Bulldog, a 10-7 victory. The defensive back finished third on the team in tackles, and was Drakeâ€™s primary punt return man.
For the seniors, it was tough to lose so many close games. Co-conference champions Dayton and Jacksonville barely survived the Bulldogs. Dayton escaped with a last-second touchdown while Jacksonville held on after a furious Drake
rally to win by five. Drake will return to action in May, when it will become the first team ever to play an American football game in Africa.
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Four Bulldogs reach double Bulldogs battle figures in season-opening win past Creighton Staff Writer email@example.com
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The Drake womenâ€™s basketball team did something it couldnâ€™t last season, beating the University of Missouri-Kansas City 71-54 in the Bulldogsâ€™ seasonopener last Friday night at the Knapp Center. Last season, Drake (1-0) lost its opener to UMKC, 70-68. That loss lingered in the back of the Bulldogsâ€™ minds in the gameâ€™s early stages against the Kangaroos (0-1). â€œI would say that at the beginning of the game, this was a little bit of a revenge game,â€? senior Kristin Turk said. Eleven missed free throws came back to haunt Drake in last yearâ€™s contest. The Bulldogs hit 20-of-31 free throws this time aroundâ€”not great, but good enough to help seal a victory. â€œWe still missed a lot of free throws today, but we were able to sustain it because of our defense,â€? Turk said. â€œAnd even though we had offensive droughts, we were able to sustain that because we had great defense in the second half.â€? Turk led all scorers with 22 points. She also had three assists and tied for a team-high with two steals. UMKCâ€™s sharpshooters were on target to start the game, hitting their first four shots from beyond the arc. A 3-pointer from UMKC junior LeAndrea Thomas gave the fired-up Kangaroos their biggest lead of the night, 13-6, at the 15:39 mark. Thomas scored 10 points, hit 2-of-2 3-pointers and stole the ball three times for UMKC, but she was in foul trouble for much of the second half. Thomas and two other Kangaroos, including sophomore Kim Nezianya, who tallied 14 points, fouled out late in the game. The Bulldogs dealt with their own foul trouble in the first half. Each of Turkâ€™s three fouls and two of junior Rachael Hackbarthâ€™s three fouls were recorded in the opening 20 minutes. â€œSome of that is on the coaches because one of the things we asked our players to do in this game was to shoot
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SOPHOMORE KAYLA PERSON looks to attack a UMKC defender off the dribble. Person had four assists in Drakeâ€™s 71-54 triumph.
30 free throws,â€? Drake head coach Amy Stephens said. â€œSo we wanted them to attack.â€? Drake stuck with UMKC throughout the first half and was able to draw an 1818 tie after junior Amber Wollschlager nailed a jump shot. Hackbarthâ€™s layup boosted the Bulldogs to a 20-18 lead with 7:06 to go in the half. She would finish the night with 18 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two assists for Drake. Wollschlager and freshman Angela Christianson joined Turk and Hackbarth in double-figures, scoring 15 and 12 points, respectively. UMKC tied the game again with 5:23 to go in the first half on a 3-pointer by junior Dayon Hall-Jones. Hall-Jones led the Kangaroos with 18 points, shooting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc in the first half, but 0-of-3 in the second. As a team, UMKC made 7-of-11 3-point attempts in the first half, but was held to just 2-of12 in the second. The Bulldogs started the second half with a 32-28 lead but were able to outplay the Kangaroos for much of the half, making 52 percent of their shots and
holding UMKC to just 10-of-30 from the field. â€œWe made much better reads,â€? Stephens said. â€œWe had better ball movement, we had better ball reversal and then we attacked it and things really opened up.â€? UMKC narrowed the score to 54-50 with 4:59 remaining in the game after Hall-Jones hit a jumper. The Bulldogs answered with an 11-0 run that started with two free throws from Hackbarth and ignited after Turk drained a 3-pointer less than a minute later. Drake never relinquished the lead from that point and was able to start the season on the right foot. â€œWe had high intensity, high, positive energy, which I really think is what took us past them,â€? Turk said. Drake travels to Ames tonight to take on No. 20 Iowa State. Tipoff is at 7:05 p.m. In last seasonâ€™s meeting, the Bulldogs upset the Cyclones, 78-75. â€œItâ€™s going to be a revenge game for them,â€? Turk said. â€œTheyâ€™re going to want to come out and get us.â€?
Snow flurries fell, the wind blew and once again, Creighton lost to the Drake crew. The Drake womenâ€™s rowing team defeated Creighton in the 18th annual dual meet between the two schools last Saturday. The day went relativity fast with only four 1,500-meter races. After an uncharacteristic week of indoor practices due to bridge work done by Des Moines city employees, the Bulldogs came out strong. In the first race of the morning, the varsity-four boat comfortably defeated Creighton, which jump-started the Bulldogs to victory. Despite the strong wind and the 30-degree weather, the girls remained focused. â€œThe [varsity] four [race] ending with open water between the boats was really significant,â€? Head Coach Charlie DiSilvestro said. â€œThe girls had been having some difficulties at practice, so for them to come together as a crew was a big factor for their win.â€? As the varsity-eight boat rounded the bend, Drake appeared to have the lead. But as the finish line neared, Creighton closed the gap. Drake stayed strong to finish a few strokes ahead and clinch the win for the entire squad. The team avenged last seasonâ€™s loss to Creighton. â€œIt was an exciting win for us,â€? DiSilvestro said. â€œWe started out with a lead. Then Creighton fought back, but we were able to push back as well. In the end, we had a great sprint and held them off by about a second.â€? Spectator freshman Frances Thomas said it was especially exciting to watch the varsity-eight race. â€œAt the end it seemed like the boats were neck and neck, and there was a little uncertainty about who won,â€? he said. The varsity-eight coxswain sophomore Leslie Sabick was extremely proud of the teamâ€™s effort. â€œThe girls rowed extremely hard today, and I am really impressed by the effort they put forth,â€? she said. â€œBy the end they were really tired, but they powered through, which is representative of their drive this season.â€? Drakeâ€™s novice-eight boat raced against Creightonâ€™s junior varsity boat and was defeated. This was, however, the first sprint race for the rowers, so the loss provided value as a learning experience. Drakeâ€™s novice-eight boat also raced against Creightonâ€™s novice boat for the last race of the day. Creighton once again came out ahead of the Bulldogs. The varsity wins were the deciding factor for the winner, based on the scoring arrangement. The duel ended with a brief trophy ceremony and some words of wisdom from both coaches. Junior captain Kat Moore said the win was a significant one. â€œWe had a pretty big leg up on Creighton at the Head of the Iowa, over a minute in the varsity boat, so we still didnâ€™t want to get too confident as a team,â€? she said. â€œSince the race course was much shorter today, and they had their full roster, we couldnâ€™t take anything too lightly. Iâ€™m proud of how well our girls stuck to our race plan and rowed through the other crew. At the end of the day, we showed them we wanted it more.â€?
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Drake closes season at Drake rides Wedel’s NCAA Midwest Regional
hot hand to victory after slow start by Eduardo Zamarripa
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Led by senior Ryan Wedel and sophomore Aaron Hawley, Drake shook off a slow start to topple Texas Southern 60-46. After a contested first half, it was the Bulldog defense that put the game out of reach for the Tigers. Drake forced Texas Southern into 22 turnovers and a 39 percent field goal percentage, as the Bulldogs pulled ahead by as much as 22. “I thought we did what we should have done,” Head Coach Mark Phelps said. “We have to look at the film, but 39 percent and 22 turnovers, for now give our guys credit.” Still, Texas Southern raced off to a good start in the first half. Its 2-3 zone defense gave the Bulldogs a lot of open looks from threepoint range, but they were not able to knock them down. Texas Southern jumped to an early 15-9 lead, before Hawley keyed a 17-6 Drake run to end the half with a 26-21 advantage. “We had a slow start, guys were nervous about playing the first game,” Wedel said. “Aaron was huge, he played really well. He helped us off the bench.” Hawley came off the bench and had a couple of nice finishes inside and hit a pair of corner 3-pointers to give Drake a huge boost with 10 points in the first half. Hawley ended the game with 15 points and three rebounds. “Everyone on the team knows that Aaron is capable of those kinds of things,” Phelps said. “He gave us a lift when we couldn’t hit a shot.” Holding a five-point lead, junior transfer Kurt Alexander and sophomore Frank Wiseler started to open up the Tigers’ zone by penetrating the lane. In the first half, the Bulldogs settled for a lot of perimeter shots, but in the second they were able to set the tempo offensively, which proved costly for the Tigers. “Kurt and Frank are excellent penetrators,” Hawley said. “They open up the defense and allow us to knock down shots.” The play of the game might have come with the Bulldogs up 37-28 and 12 minutes remaining in the second half. After Hawley rejected a lay-up, Wiseler pushed the ball and drilled a perfect pass to the corner to find Wedel, who swooshed in one of his six three-point field goals. The Bulldog lead would never shrink to single digits after that. “I thought our chemistry was great; it feels good to get that first win of the season,” Hawley said. Texas Southern’s lack of movement on offense facilitated the Bulldogs on the defensive end of the floor. Using isolation and the pickand-roll, the Tigers were not able to open up a disciplined and aggressive Drake defense. “They are longer and athletic and taller than us,” Wedel said. “We kept them out of the paint. We couldn’t let their length bother us.”
The NCAA Midwest Regional in Peoria, Ill., last Saturday wasn’t just the final meet of the season for Bulldog runners, but it was also the final meet of four seniors’ collegiate careers. Casey McDermott, Tara Scieszinski, Meredith Bell and Katie Coomer went out in style, as the four placed first through fourth for the Bulldogs, respectively. All four finished in the top 120 out of 188 runners, earning the team a 16th place finish. Drake finished in front of Missouri Valley Conference rivals Bradley and Southern Illinois. McDermott was the first Bulldog across the finish line of the 6000-meter course with a time of 21 minutes, 31.37 seconds. She placed 57th in the race, making her the only member of the team to finish in the top half of all runners. Within a minute of McDermott, Scieszinski edged out Eastern Illinois runner Olivia Klaus by three seconds to finish in the top 100, placing 99th with a time of 22:06.87. Fellow Iowa native Bell finished 13 spots and less than 20 seconds behind Scieszinski, placing 112th. Only five seconds separated Bell from 112th and 116th, where Coomer finished. Coomer finished with a time of 22:30.76. The next generation of Drake runners followed Coomer closely though, as freshman Erin Poss finished in 127th with a time of 22:39.86. Drake didn’t have another runner finish for a little over 40 seconds, which led to 25 runners finishing between Poss and junior Kirsten Lake, who crossed the finish line in 23:19.54. Lake ran much of the course with freshman teammate Amanda Marwitz, who finished close behind with a time of 23:21.56, in 155th. All Drake runners crossed the finish line before Bradley, Southern Illinois and Creighton. No Missouri Valley Conference team finished in the top five, but Wichita State did earn a 10th place finish. Illinois State and Missouri State edged Drake, which was the fourth team from the MVC to finish
ran their first 10,000-meter course of their collegiate careers, which is a little more than six miles. Unfortunately for the young squad, the team’s top runner all season, Kak, dropped out of the race after the 6,000-meter mark. “Adding that extra two [kilometers] made it harder to do, conditions were colder, battling the weather and the climate,” Brady said. Without Drake’s top runner in the race, Austin picked up the pace for the team and was the first Bulldog across the finish line. Austin was the only Drake runner in the top half of the meet of 171 finishers by placing 58th with a time of 31:28.29 Junior Colin Hagan was the next Bulldog across the line just over a minute after Austin, placing 102nd with a time of 32:30.89. Flynn finished just seven seconds behind Hagan to place 108th. Drake’s lone senior, Mike Bumgarner, trailed Flynn and took 113th place with a time of 32:46.65 in the final cross-country race of his collegiate career. “If there was anyone who stood out, it was Mike,” Brady said of his teammate. “He had a great race yesterday.” Junior Ben Jaskowiak and Brady finished fifth and sixth, respectively, for the Bulldogs, closely following each other across the finish line. Jaskowiak took 120th with a time of 32:53.34, and Brady crossed the line not a second later with a time of 32:53.68. The Bulldogs are done for the cross-country season, as neither squad qualified for the NCAA National Championship. The teams now looks forward to the distance events of track and field, which begins on Dec. 10, 2010, in Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa State Holiday Preview. Drake is looking forward to the track and field debuts of its freshmen, as Austin and Kak were arguably the two best long-distance runners in Iowa high school track and field last year. Austin was the winner of the 1600- and 3200-meter races at the 2010 Iowa Class 3A state track meet. Kak was also a winner of the mile and two-mile events at the Iowa state meet in the 4A section. “We’ve got 10 freshmen on the guys side, we knew it would be a lot of developing. I expect good things out of this group; we are all comparable with our times and training, a good way for us to start our NCAA running,” Brady said.
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SOPHOMORE BEN SIMONS elevates for a jumper against Texas Southern in Drake’s 60-46 win last Saturday. The Bulldogs tallied nine 3-pointers on the night.
Wedel led all scorers with 20 points, a career-high as a Bulldog. Wedel also dished out three assists. “Ryan, he’s our rock. He’s really modeling excellence in everything he does,” Phelps said. “He’s trying to do everything at a high level and our guys feed off of him.” Sophomore center Seth VanDeest controlled the paint on defense and finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Rayvonte Rice recorded six points and two assists in his debut. The win broke a two-year streak of seasonopening losses for the Bulldogs. Two years ago, Drake fell to Butler, 58-48, and last year IUPUI toppled the Bulldogs, 88-82. Up next for Drake is a trip to Iowa State on Wednesday.
Bulldogs swept by Creighton, remain in fifth in Missouri Valley Omaha was not friendly to the Drake volleyball team as it was swept (15-25, 15-25, 1825) by Creighton. The Bulldog attack was far from perfect on the night by hitting only .037 kills as a team compared to Creighton’s .240. Senior Angela Bys led the Bulldogs with eight kills and one ace in the match. One bright spot for the Bulldogs was the double-double recorded by junior Caitlin Johnson. Johnson finished the night with 18 assists and 10 digs. Senior libero Alana Wittenburg tallied 20
The Drake men’s squad turned to four firstyear runners to lead the charge. Omet Kak, Brogan Austin, Ryan Flynn and Doug Brady
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digs for the Bulldogs. Wittenburg is only 13 digs short of breaking the Missouri Valley Conference’s single-season record of 698. Sophomore Whitney Westrum added 16 digs, and Michelle Reidy anchored the Bulldogs’ front row defense with three solo blocks. The Bulldogs are sitting in fifth place in the MVC with two matches left in the season. Drake will host Southern Illinois at the Knapp Center this Friday and Evansville on Saturday. The Bulldogs have full control over their postseason aspirations going into the final two matches of their season. If they win both, they are guaranteed a spot in the State Farm MVC Championship, which hosts the top six teams. Head Coach Phil McDaniel could not be reached for comment.
>>NCAA Midwest Regional Men – 10,000 meters 58. Brogan Austin 102. Colin Hagan 108. Ryan Flynn
31:28.29 32:30.89 32:37.20
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Women – 6,000 meters 57. Casey McDermott 99. Tara Scieszinski 112. Meredith Bell
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