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Four Drake students to record more than 1,200 hours of service AmeriCorps Program provides tuition scholarships for volunteering by Erika Sevigny

Staff Writer

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DAVID KARAZ (center) won the first-ever first-year senator position on Tuesday night. Karaz gained 74 percent of the vote.

David Karaz wins run-off election for Senator by Lauren Horsch

Staff Writer

The third time is the charm for the newly elected First-Year Senator, David Karaz. After voided ballots and a run-off election, he held almost 74 percent of the total votes brought in by first-year students at Drake University. “I’m very excited the election results are finally announced,” said Student Body President Samantha Haas,. “It’s really an inspiring thing to be so well supported by your peers that you just met,” said Karaz. “I hope it [the first-year senator position] gives the first-years the chance to feel like they have someone that represents them around the table,” said Student Senate Treasurer Nate Bleadorn. Karaz who had the overwhelming majority of votes with a total of 236 will begin his duties around the Senate table tonight at its 9 p.m. meeting. He will also soon take over the First-Year Interest committee, of which he had previously been a member. “It was really great to get the support,” said Karaz. While only being on campus for 10 weeks he felt it was a powerful statement that his class-

mates had the confidence to vote for him. “I think David is a great candidate,” said Senator Seejo Valacheril. “Obviously his constituents want him to be their representation.” Many agree that with this position being new to the Senate this year that there is going to be a lot of trial and error what the position will consist of. “I’m definitely going to do everything in my power to make sure I prove that this position is one that is really going to substantially increase the performance of our student body,” Karaz said. “I have a bunch of ideas,” he added. He is looking forward to putting his creativity into this position to help form it for future generations of first-year students. This year’s entering class came in with one of the highest grade point averages and greatest success in extra-curricular activities and in academics, which is one point that Karaz feels that this was a great year to start the first-year senator position. “I think it is very righteous that we are the first year to be represented by a first-year senator,” he added. With the election process finally coming to a close, action can be finally taken and initiatives put into

place. “I think he [Karaz] has goals and plans to bring the first-year voice on Senate,” Senator Valacheril said. Karaz is hoping to facilitate communication with the first-year students on what the Student Senate actually does and how they can help make a difference on campus and to eventually “build a more collaborative Drake Community.” The hopes are high for Karaz and what will happen with this year’s senate. “I’m going to do my best to make sure that I represent to the best of my ability,” he said.

>>CANDIDATE VOTE TOTALS FROM NOV. 16 236 – DAVID KARAZ 73.98 percent 83 – SHELBY KLOSE 26.02 percent


The Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program will provide four Drake students with extra incentive to volunteer within the Des Moines community this school year. Ruth Appiah, Alyssa Frakes, Andrew Brice and Maria Yilma were chosen to represent Drake in the program, which is partnered with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service. The program, which is offered to students at 10 public and private colleges and universities across the state, provides members with a $1,131 or $1,415 scholarship to apply toward eligible tuition or student loans following the successful completion of 300 or 450 hours of service during the academic year. The goal of the Campus Compact Program is to increase the rate of college students volunteering in Iowa while supporting local communities and promoting an ethic of service, service-learning and civic engagement among students. The Drake students involved have decided to approach the 300-hour goal in a variety of ways, which vary from commitment to one organization to involvement in a variety of campus community service-related events. “There are three main types of service through AmeriCorps,” said senior Brice, one of the Drake representatives. “The first is capacity building, which includes providing support to organizations that complete service. Another type is direct service, for example, reading to kids or a similar activity. The third kind of service is fundraising for a nonprofit organization. I’ve decided to devote a lot of my hours to capacity building service.” Brice has been working with Everybody Wins! Iowa, which promotes literacy by facilitating a reading and mentorship program for children throughout the Des Moines metro.

“I work between 10 and 15 hours a week with Everybody Wins!, doing a lot of office work and helping coordinate volunteers for the program,” Brice said. “This organization is great because it’s trying to do so much good in Des Moines to increase literacy. The positive mentor aspect of the program is great for kids, it provides both an educational experience and a role model while getting kids excited about reading.” Frakes, a junior, is also dedicating the majority of her hours to one organization in dedicating her time to the GEAR UP program at Lincoln High School. The program is focused on getting high school juniors and seniors onto college campuses to experience and get a better idea of college life.

For me, it’s really rewarding to be paying it forward by giving service to other people and making a difference in their lives. – Junior Maria Yilma

“Through the GEAR UP program, I have the opportunity to do direct service by tutoring students to help them get their grades up, as well as working with them to coordinate their college visits and complete applications,” Frakes said. “It’s rewarding to work with high school students, and an eye-opener for me because I am from the Des Moines area but had a different experience than many of these students.” Yilma and Appiah are taking a more varied approach to accomplishing their 300 hours of service by volunteering their time for nonprofit and


Bertolone trial moved to April

DEAL presents case for doublesided printing across campus

by Lizzie Pine by Lillie Schrock

Staff Writer

In an effort to increase environmental support on campus, Drake organization DEAL (Drake Environmental Action League) is petitioning for four changes on campus to make the university more environmentally friendly. “We’re trying to get involved in some of the university’s choices concerning the environment,” said Jenny Koska, DEAL co-president. The first suggestion DEAL is making to administration is to make all university printing double-sided. This would cut paper consumption on campus by half. The second suggestion is for all university computers to have “eco-


font” set as the default font. Eco-font has little holes in the text, which are not noticeable in small point size text. This would reduce ink usage by 25 percent. Eco-font is available to download for free at www.ecofont. com. The third suggestion is for all paper purchased by the university to be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which encourages the responsible management of forests. “We want the university to know they are getting paper from a place that endorses social and environmental standards,” Koska said. The final suggestion DEAL is making is to move more university paper work and class assignments online in order to avoid using paper



photo by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor

DEAL has started a petition to make the university more environmentally aware. The petition involves four proposed changes.

Originally scheduled for Nov. 15, the trial date for Anthony Bertolone has been moved to April 4. The Drake University senior pleaded not guilty Sept. 13 to thirddegree sexual abuse of another Drake student. He is accused of assaulting a fraternity brother at the Sigma Chi house various times between September 2009 and July 2010, according to police reports. The victim had no recollection of the assaults and learned of it through pictures and videos he discovered on Bertolone’s computer, according to police. Bertolone’s membership in the fraternity has been revoked, but he is still attending classes at Drake.





New Subway in West Village draws attention

Four reasons why everyone should see “Harry Potter”

Carpenter Coffeehouse to highlight Drake talent

Mens soccer taken out of tournament due to Bradley loss






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day news SECURITY REPORTS REAL THREAT 12:03 a.m. Nov. 9 Security and police responded to the 1300 block of 34th Street based on report of a threat. A male student reported he was threatened by another male student and the threat was stimulated by a domestic situation that involves a female student. The dean of students has been advised. 1:14 a.m. Nov. 6 A security officer found a vehicle with two windows broken out in a Drake parking lot located in the 1200 block of 31st Street. The female student victim was notified. It was determined that a male not affiliated with Drake had

invited others to go with him and vandalize a car in Des Moines. It was not stated that the victim was the target, but it was implied. 3:41 p.m. Nov. 6 Security responded to the third floor of Stalnaker Residence

Hall based on report of an intoxicated female. It was determined an underage-fordrinking female had been drinking in her room and appeared intoxicated. Hall staff was present and a student stated she would look after her.

The importance of the games is a double-edged sword. We want to talk about it, but not get over-hyped and nervous. —WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL COACH PHIL MCDANIEL

12:30 a.m. Nov. 7 A security officer obtained information that an argument between two male students resulted in one of them taking a swing at the other. The matter has been coordinated with the dean of students.

4:48 p.m. Nov. 9 The security office received several calls about a male panhandling in a Drake parking lot located in the 2800 block of University Avenue. The subject was observed and recognized as a male who had been advised on trespass 14 times over the past years and arrested 6 times on the campus. He was stopped and police were called. He was then arrested and taken to jail. He was again advised on trespass.

12:01 p.m. Nov. 8 A female student reported someone stole one of her checks and wrote a check for rent payment. The student is unaware she may lost the check or where it may have been stolen. The matter will be turned over to detectives.

9:58 p.m. Nov. 9 Security responded to Herriott Residence Hall based on report of an unresponsive female. The female student was sitting in a chair. She was breathing but unresponsive. Fire/rescue was called and the student was transported to a


local hospital. 10:49 a.m. Nov. 11 Security and the fire department responded to Ross Residence Hall based on a fire alarm. It was determined a female student was using a hair dryer in her apartment and it blew up. There was extensive smoke and measures were taken to eliminate it. 4:15 p.m. Nov. 11 Security and police responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 2600 block of University Avenue. The parties involved were a male student and a male not associated with the university. There were no injuries. 4:26 a.m. Nov. 12 Security and the fire department responded to the Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall

based on a fire alarm. There was no fire or smoke and it was determined someone had pulled a pull station on the third floor. The matter has been turned over to fire investigators. 1:58 a.m. Nov. 14 Security responded to Ross Residence Hall based on report of loud noise of a fight. It was determined an underage-fordrinking male student and a female student were having an argument because the female spoke to other guys while they were at a bar located in the 3000 block of Forest Avenue where they had entered with a fake driver’s license. The male stated he had given the fake driver’s license away and didn’t have it anymore. They stated they would be quiet for the remainder of the evening.

New Subway opens up in Drake West Village

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THE NEW SUBWAY (left) has opened up at a location within the Drake West Village apartment complex. The older Subway restaurant will continue to operate until the 1 year lease runs out.

by Jessica Lang

Staff Writer

The new Subway in Drake West Village celebrated its grand opening Nov. 9. Customers enjoyed free 6-inch sandwiches with the purchase of a sandwich of equal or greater value. The addition of the new store has brought about one particular question: Why open a Subway when there is already one on Forest Avenue? KGB, Inc., the three owners’ first initials, owns both Subway franchises. When retail space became available at West Village, the owners were excited at the prospect of building a brand new store. KGB, Inc. admits that the Forest Subway is somewhat outdated and uninviting, and it can be a hassle to park in the location’s parking lot. There is still a 1-year lease on the store and it will continue to operate on Forest Avenue until August 2011. KGB, Inc. plans to move the store

closer to the downtown Des Moines area. Customers are thrilled about the new Subway in Drake West Village. Manager Jayme Kropf has received many compliments on its fresh and welcoming decor as well as the cleanliness of the brand new store. Sandwich cravers have also praised the location, sighting that it is much more convenient than the store on Forest. Plans are in the works to begin accepting Bulldog Bucks, though they are still in their infancy. KGB, Inc. hopes to create a positive and friendly relationship with the Drake community. The company looks forward to being the go-to restaurant when students desire a fresh, healthy option and a change from campus food. KGB, Inc. would like to distribute coupons to students on top of $5 foot-long deals; however, the discount and frequency of distribution are still undecided. If you have not already done so, stop by the new Subway West Village and ask a sandwich artist to create your favorite sub.

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FROM SERVICE, PAGE 1 community service-oriented organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Blank Children’s Hospital, Alternative Spring Break, Habitat for Humanity and Everybody Wins! “For me it’s really rewarding to be paying it forward by giving service to other people and making a difference in their lives,� Yilma said. The students acknowledge that 300 hours seems like a daunting task at times, but the challenge of completing the program keeps them focused on the service. “As a college student, time is very crucial,� Appiah said. “Although volunteering 300 hours isn’t anything outrageous, it takes a lot of effort to complete these hours. I’ve set up my mind to complete the hours and am moving one step at

a time, volunteering here and there, to reach my goal.� The scholarship at the end provides the extra incentive to these students, challenging them to spend more time in the community, which may cut into time spent at internships and part-time jobs. “This opportunity has motivated me to get more involved in volunteer opportunities that I might not have done because I don’t have enough time,� Frakes said. “It’s been great to get out there in the community by volunteering hours that I might not normally be taking advantage of, or passing up for paid opportunities.�

FROM DEAL, PAGE 1 altogether. “These are recommendations we have for campus,� Koska said. “We really just want to get the conversation going about environmental issues.�

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At midnight tonight all of our dreams will come true: “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows” will be in theatres.

Reasons to see “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows” It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: Nov. 18. At 11:59 p.m., movie theaters across the world will open their doors to screaming fans in robes, holding wands and brooms, casting spells and crying, sad that the series is approaching the end. For those of you who have been living in a shell the past 13 years, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” premieres tonight. I only have four reasons, because quite honestly, you don’t need explaining why you should see the movie. This is one of those things with only one choice: Go.

1. To be socially accepted by the people you live with. My two roommates and I are huge Harry Potter nerds, but the other one, the one who has never read any of the books, seen any of the movies, the one who didn’t even know who Lord Voldemort was, has been disowned for the last couple days. That is until she wanted to watch all the movies leading up to the premiere (only because I didn’t want her asking me questions the entire time at the midnight showing). I’ll be honest, if you want to be my friend, you have to like Harry Potter or you don’t make the cut. Maybe that’s a little intense, but you definitely aren’t high on the list. While some people may not be quite like me, you should go see Harry Potter if you want to be accepted among your group of friends.

3. A chance to dress up, besides Halloween. Who doesn’t love being in costume? We all love it because it’s a chance to be someone we’re not. This is no different. It’s the one time when looking like a muggle–oh excuse me, non-wizard folk–is not acceptable. You will be out of place if you aren’t dressed like a wizard. Everyone can relate to one of the characters in Harry Potter so dress up like him or her. Plus, it makes the moment more “magical.”

4. The end of an era.

The first book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” first appeared on bookshelves in 1997. Since then, there has been either a book or movie released nearly every year. Keeping people interested in the same series that amount of time takes a lot of work. Not all authors can accomplish that. Read the books and watch the movies, and take part in this worldwide phenomenon. Stephen King said, “This is one series not just for the decade, but for the ages.”

2. Let your inner geek out.

Some of us talk about Harry Potter all the time, but there are those who may hide their passion for Harry Potter throughout the year for fear of people laughing at them. If that is you, today is your day to talk about Harry Potter all you want, because you know thousands of others are doing the same thing. This is the one day where people talking about Harry Potter will not receive judgmental looks, but rather give them to others not discussing the books and movies. Take advantage of this moment.


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Hookah does not cause cancer I am generally a quiet and reserved student as I traverse Drake’s campus. I mind my own business and go about my day enjoying the scenery. Today, however, as I was walking from the Quad Creek Café to Meredith, I noticed a brightly colored outline of a body. As I stopped and looked at it, the caption underneath it read, “Hookah causes cancer.” Now normally, as I mentioned above, I would not pay any attention to some random scribbles put down by my fellow students, but not this time. This was a very bold claim. It is not uncommon to find me at the Chicha Shack, located on the corner of 25th Street and University Avenue. “Hookah causes cancer” is a very damaging statement to the only business at Drake, let alone Des Moines, that allows students to smoke from a hookah. Yes, smoking from a hookah calls for a greater inhalation of smoke and yes, it does have more

nicotine than one cigarette (one bowl has 1.7 times more than one cigarette). However, when studies are done, they are done by taking one person and having them smoke an entire bowl by themselves. You generally share one bowl between three or four people. There is no statistical significance found in the correlation of smoking chicha and getting cancer. This is a buzz claim to get Drake students more sympathetically involved in Lung Cancer Awareness month. I urge people to research their claims before making them. Denigrating an activity that many students enjoy on this campus, purely to make a point, is just plain rude. Sincerely, Brad Harris Harris can be contacted at

The days of true instrument bands are over

Over recent time, many of us have listened to the catchy beats of newer music, but have we ever thought about whether it was digitized or actually played by a musician? I haven’t, but now that I think about it, I realize that musicians are slowly being replaced by computers. Now, I’m not knocking those that do play still, and there are a lot of them all over, but I’ve just come to think that there are fewer true bands today than there were a decade ago and earlier. With artists like Lady Gaga or Katy Perry using synthesized beats through a computer, the need for a musician has gone down drastically. Back in the earlier era of music, there were session musicians who just played for albums and worked for the studio. The band Toto was even formed from studio musicians. Other groups just had their own backing bands. A great example is the E Street Band that backs Bruce Springsteen. They just play with the frontman, but at least they physically play their instruments. The best example of musicianship has to


be the legendary Funk Brothers that played with Motown. They were a group of men who weren’t credited, but just played their guitars or basses, or the drums to the best of their abilities. The sounds of that wah-wah pedal or the distortion of an electric guitar just cannot be replicated on a synthesizer. Since the mid-1980s, the technology-driven sound has dominated music. We see it even more today. I just cannot understand it. When I listen to the ’90s bands like Matchbox Twenty or 3 Doors Down, I see musicians who love their craft, not just performers who are onstage to lip-synch to a catchy beat. I know that music can change over the years, and I admit that change is necessary for music, but I’m rooted in the old school of music. I love the guitar and the simplicity of just a guitar, a bass, a drummer and, occasionally, a piano. If it can make four kids from Liverpool, England, the most popular music group ever, then it’s good enough for me. For now, I’ll listen to my Chicago or Bon Jovi and wait for the guitar rock to come back.


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“Buy In or Get Out” speaker awes Greek community

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by Erin Hassanzadeh

Staff Writer

What do you think about Greek life at Drake University? Are there prominent stereotypes regarding sorority and fraternity members on our campus? If these stereotypes are prevalent, are they warranted, or are they not? Thanks to Kappa Alpha Theta, around 300 Drake University students explored these questions on Tuesday night by attending David Stollman’s eye-opening presentation concerning Greek life titled, “Buy In or Get Out.” Stollman’s message was one that proposed ideas to ponder as well as guidelines for Greek members and non-Greek members alike to consider. Stollman is no stranger to Greek life; he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland where he became a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He then continued his education at Villanova University and is now the president of CAMPUSPEAK, an organization promoting leadership and excellence among college Greek communities. Aside from Stollman’s impressive and lengthy list of National Interfraternity leadership positions, he is the current advisor for New York University’s Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter. He has also performed advising tasks for a sorority for the past eight years. Stollman’s experiences have allowed him to look at Greek life from multiple unique perspectives, and through CAMPUSPEAK Stollman is attempting to spread the message, “Buy In or Get Out,” a program he says is about Greek, “values and standards.” Stollman first made his position and passions clear to the room of students. “I do this because I believe, without a doubt in my mind, that fraternities and sororities are the best part about a college campus,” Stollman said. “I do this because I believe in you.” After his short introduction, Stollman made his presence clear through strong audience interaction. He offered female students a chance to identify stereotypical fraternity member characteristics. Words like, “tool,” “lazy” and “alcoholics” were thrown around. Males then identified sorority members as being stereotypically

“rich,” “easy” and “bitchy.” These descriptors evoked ranging responses from roaring laughter to pure shock. Stollman then acknowledged that while some Greek members may exemplify these harsh descriptors, “Just because he’s a tool doesn’t make them a tool shed fraternity.” First-year biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major Tej Patel is a member of the Greek community and proffers the thought, “Stereotypes are always going to exist, but they are never warranted because there will always be outliers.” Sophomore psychology and international relations major Cyrus Nadia said that there are no absolute stereotypes concerning the Greek community at Drake. He conjured a few vague generalizations of “Girls are skanky, and guys are brain-dead.” Nadia also argues that those are not necessarily true. “A sorority or a fraternity was once something to be proud of,” Stollman said. “I don’t like these stereotypes hanging around my head.” Stollman later dove into the issue of “Are Greek members breaking or perpetuating the stereotypes?” It cannot be denied that there are obvious examples of stereotypical fraternity and sorority behaviors on campus, and that is something that must be looked at. “The ones who fit the stereotypes are generally louder and seek more attention, and they certainly aren’t helping the cause,” Nadia said. “We should strive for the same values,” Stollman said. He proposes things such as the pursuit of academic excellence, bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood and development of leadership as common Greek fundamentals that should be strived toward. Stollman then addressed the popular belief that the social aspect of fraternities and sororities serves as the sole purpose or benefit. “It is one of the many benefits, it is not why they exist,” Stollman said. Ivy Gardner, a first-year English and secondary education major, is a Greek community member, and said being Greek has influenced her in a positive way. “It adds standards and a set of morals for me to live up to,” she said. “For the rest of my life I will hold myself to those standards.” Stollman argued that the continuation of

An early Thanksgiving feast by Eryn Swain

Copy Editor

When was the last time you had a full Thanksgiving meal? Probably last Thanksgiving. This year, Sodexo is hosting a Thanksgiving Grand Buffet in honor of this holiday celebration. Hubbell Dining Hall is closing during the lunch hour today, so the buffet can be served in upper Olmsted and Parents Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet will feature traditional Thanksgiving foods: Turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, a variety of breads and many desserts–but in a much larger setting. Students and faculty will have nearly 15 different food choices during this festivity and will be able to eat at much as they would like of the foods offered. This Thanksgiving meal will count as a normal board meal or cost $6.95 if paid in flex dollars, $6.95 plus tax if paid in Bulldog Bucks. Quad Creek Café will remain open during this time for those who would like to eat more traditional Sodexo food. Either way, Sodexo is making sure you do not pass the lunch hour hungry today. During the meal there will also be a creative Thanksgiving activity: Bowling with frozen turkeys. Bowling will be held in the breezeway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is also a chance for the Drake community to help a greater cause. The Drake All Staff Council and Special Events Committee will have a table set up in Olmsted for food collection. The nonperishable items collected here will be given to the Des Moines Area

Religious Council Emergency Food Pantry (DMARC) and eventually distributed around the area. DMARC focuses on delivering food in emergency situations that is free. DMARC is currently accepting canned vegetables, peanut butter, beans, crackers, cereal and many other nonperishable items as listed on the DMARC website. During this time of giving also consider donating to Combat Hunger, going on all week around the Des Moines community. All canned foods and nonperishable items are welcome.

activities ranging from toga parties to drinking games takes away from the true purpose of Greek life. “We need to start thinking about the choices we make,” Stollman said. If sorority and fraternity members wish to not be stereotyped, then they need to start taking responsibility for their actions and start representing their chapters in a positive light. “You are always wearing your letters,” Stollman said. Often, the true reasons why Greek members joined and continue to dedicate themselves to their chapters are overlooked. Patel said that he originally joined to be involved and to meet new people. “After joining, I’ve met people I never would have met,” he said. “I am friends with my fraternity brothers for who they are, and the most meaningful part of fraternity life for me is the brotherhood, the friendship, when it comes down to it you’re there for each other.” Gardner said, “I went through recruitment unsure of whether or not I would be joining a house. Sure, maybe I joined for a social life, but

now I have a place of comfort: a home away from home.” Gardner thoroughly enjoyed Stollman’s message, but left confused. “He said we should improve our image or change the Greek stereotype, but how?” she said. In regards to achieving a comfortable environment for all Drake students concerning Greek life, Stollman issued a simple suggestion: Prove them wrong. “This is a family that you get to choose,” Stollman said. “All fraternities and sororities exist for the same basic purpose, to make men better men, and women better women.” One thing that can be and should be respected by all Drake students is that we all seek to formulate a sense of comfort, and to fulfill the need for meaningful, personal relationships. Whether or not those needs are fulfilled through joining Greek life is a personal decision that comes with responsibility, and it is our responsibility as a campus to contribute to a healthy, accepting atmosphere for all students.

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Carpenter Coffeehouse promotes students’ talent by Paige Zidek

Staff Writer

If you’re looking to hear talented performers and sip a cappuccino this weekend, save the trip to Mars Café. Your source of entertainment is no further than one of Drake’s very own residence halls. On Saturday from 7-11 p.m., the lobby of Carpenter Hall will be transformed into the Carpenter Coffeehouse, a hip, coffee-scented environment where students can listen to openmic performances while sipping on delicious warm beverages. The event is hosted and sponsored by the Carpenter Hall Executive Council, which has been hard at work to make this program a success. Flyers advertising the event can be seen all over campus. A Facebook page for the event also exists, containing event information and perfor-

mance sign-ups. The page lists over 100 invited guests, but the Carpenter EC wishes to further expand these numbers. “Any Drake student [is] more than welcome to come perform or just be part of the audience,” said first-year EC member Weston Pickhinke. For the past few weeks, students have been able to sign up for open-mic slots in their hall lobbies. Due to available space and time before the event, sign-ups were extended to today. However, there will be an open stage for those aspiring performers who happened to miss the sign-ups. While typical slam poetry and acoustic performances will be showcased at Carpenter Coffeehouse, the Carpenter EC says students with all types of talents can perform. Pickhinke encourages students to share all of their talents, including impersonations, reading poetry, comedy routines, sound effects and

monologues. “If people are intimidated by thinking this is just for musical display, don’t be deceived,” Pickhinke said. “Whatever [your] heart desires, feel more than invited to show up.” So far, the list of performers includes Pickhinke, senior Rachel Kauffold and first-year trombone player Lucas Oshman, as well as several keyboard and slam poetry performances. Oshman hopes that performing at the Carpenter Coffeehouse will help him work out pesky performance jitters. “I’m nervous about performing, but also excited for it,” he said. “It will be a fun experience to get up and play for an audience.” Apart from open mike acts, the Carpenter Coffeehouse will provide a variety of refreshments for guests to enjoy. Traditional coffee will be served, as well as hot chocolate, cider and many types of tasty desserts. Attendees are encouraged to bring a baked good to increase

the variety of options. It is also suggested that guests bring their own coffee mugs in order to be environmentally friendly and display their own unique personalities. The Carpenter EC aims to target all types of students, from performers to entertainmentlovers, with this free event. “We believe the range of aspects of this program will make it desirable for people to participate and attend,” said first-year Carpenter Events Chair Lauren Erickson. This year marks the second year that Carpenter is hosting a coffeehouse event, but Erickson feels that it definitely won’t be its last. “We are creating an opportunity to bring students together from all over campus to [appreciate] the talents of their peers,” she said. Can’t make the coffeehouse? Keep a lookout for other programs from Carpenter, including a football tournament in February and a crossover basketball tourney in March.

Josh Flemming and AMA discuss up-and-coming media by Kensie Smith

Staff Writer

The American Marketing Association student chapter was on a personal connection with the speaker from his introduction. His favorite Thanksgiving food is his sister’s stuffing, he walked into the wrong class the first day of college and he’s a self-described middle-aged ginger. Josh Fleming, red hair or not, wears many different hats. He’s online with his company twitter handle, @AdMavericks and blog He’s a family man with his four kids and wife. And, he’s making the most of social media as the interactive marketing director at Lessing-Flynn Advertising. YouTube, RSS Feeds, Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter. Social media has been a buzz word in the marketing, advertising and public relations industries. There are numerous social media outlets and a lot of talk with regular traditional media outlets being “dead.” Where is the future of all this hubbub going? Is it a passing trend or the future of all news? Instead of black and white, traditional or social media, Fleming and his company work to leverage social media with the conventional.

“Traditional media needs to work harder than it has in the past,” Fleming said. “The idea is you need a 360-degree approach.” Fleming gave an example of how traditional mediums applied social media of the “Best job in the World,” campaign for Hamilton Island in Australia. Laughs filled the room as Fleming presented his favorite social media story of a teenager taking a brand, turning it upside down and making millions off it. Jimmy Winkelmann founded the knock-off brand “The South Butt” (a parody of “The North Face”) and promoted it with a blog and a creative Facebook application where users differentiate between a butt and a face. Fleming is the social media director for the AMA Iowa Chapter. Students can join the chapter for a minimal fee and then have access to scholarship opportunities, networking luncheons and a job-shadowing program. Fleming says the future of social media marketing applies to all age groups. “Our job as marketers is to be in as many places as our consumers are,” he said. The marketing guru also cited political social engagement with the 2008 presidential election. “Barrack Obama was a great political example of social engagement with the younger voting audience,” Fleming said. “It really helped to

propel the vote forward.” A public relations student mentioned in passing that Fleming demonstrated the wide variety of uses for social media. For example, the “Pella Pressroom” is convenient for public relations professionals and a journalist’s dream. The platform hosts related images, media kits and videos about products and services. Other unexpected clients to be catching on to the benefits of social engagement include the agriculture equipment company, Vermeer. A Lessing-Flynn client for over 60 years, Vermeer is an example of how social media can catch with any brand. After putting 25 videos about haybalers on YouTube, interest led to a 10 percent increase in traffic on the company’s website. Big money distributor, the Iowa Lottery, also uses both social and creative traditional media. “Iowa Lottery is one of the best examples of a brand in the state of Iowa,” Fleming said. Fleming says some of the best ideas are formed over Sushi. When Fleming thinks creative, think guerrilla marketing with a fish for the Lessing-Flynn Des Moines Sushibomb. The event, held in September at Jasper Winery, gained metro attention with a YouTube video of a large fish costume running around Des Moines. For sushi-lovers and beginners alike,

the event was an example of how social media can work with more traditional mediums such as Mediacom, The Des Moines Register, KCCI and the Business Record for publicity. Quint Hall, Drake chapter vice-president of programming and a junior marketing and accounting major, was interested in bringing Fleming to talk to the chapter because of his personality. “I first met him at a social media meet-up, and he was the only one that was friendly to some punk college kid,” Hall said. “He seemed very knowledgeable, and I wanted to bring his ideas to everyone else.” Fleming’s personality shines through when he combines his personal and professional passions. As a former Des Moines Register reporter, his other hat is as a creative writer. He’s written a dark, intriguing screenplay entitled “The Knot,” and is releasing it, scene by scene, online. Click to to read the twisted tale. Associate marketing professor and chapter advisor Mary Edrington asked how students may increase their social media presence. “Be the ‘Irondog’ on Twitter,” Fleming said. “Allow yourself anonymity before you put yourself completely out there in social media.”

“Due Date” chokes under high expectations by Esther Burgeson

Staff Writer

“The Hangover” might have been the Mount Everest of comedies in the last few years, but “Due Date” probably weighs in at a subpar Mount St. Helens. Director Todd Phillips had all the potential to leave audiences in stitches once again, but choked under the pressure and shadow of the ridiculously humorous hit, “The Hangover.” It’s true that Todd Phillips raised the bar quite high for himself after the extremely successful release of “The Hangover.” It holds the records for the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time and the No. 1-selling comedy DVD with over 8 million discs sold. The film came out of left field, but was a home run for Phillips and star Zach Galifianakis. Phillips and Galifianakis have paired up once again for the new film “Due Date,” released on Nov. 5. Galifianakis reprises his role as a socially awkward, naïve man, Ethan Tremblay, who causes trouble and chaos for all who encounter him. But while “The Hangover” offered a clever script that Galifianakis surprisingly and expertly brought to life for his famed role of Alan, “Due Date” was not written as brilliantly. This movie offers a few sharp, funny oneliners for Galifianakis to spew with the oblivious wrong-ness we all love him for. But if that’s what you’re looking for, stick to replays of the “Due Date” trailer, and your DVD of “The Hangover” to feed your Galifianakis hunger until the highly anticipated sequel, “The Hangover 2.” It’s undeniable that “Due Date” was spectacularly cast. Alongside Galifianakis was Academy Award nominee Robert Downey Jr. After successfully achieving sobriety in the early 2000s, he made an admirable comeback into the acting world. Downey Jr. has won audiences over with award-winning roles in box office hits like “Sherlock Holmes,” “Iron Man” and “Tropic Thunder.” The film also offered small roles for Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis and Danny McBride. Downey Jr. plays a temperamental traveler who’s anger management issues are only amplified by the antagonizing Galifianakis, and Downey Jr.’s desperation to get home to Los Angeles where his pregnant wife is quickly approaching her due date. Downy Jr.’s character, Peter Highman, really isn’t memorably funny. His uncontrollable anger incites “funny” situations. These situations are typically tense, high-action, over-the-top scenes

that are supposed to induce laughter but, overall, fall flat. Outrageously crude, politically incorrect scenarios make up the bulk of the film. The comedy surprisingly incorporated multiple high-action scenes, like “Pineapple Express.” Ridiculous and elaborate chase scenes and car crashes might draw laughter out of some, but might confuse those expecting a traditional comedy. Highman and Tremblay first meet at an airport. Tremblay’s social ignorance and inconsiderateness irritates Highman. The scene escalates and eventually leads to the two being kicked off their flight and put on the no-fly list. Stuck at the airport with no wallet, Highman is forced to accept Tremblay’s offer to carpool back to Los Angeles. And so, the most unorthodox pair departs. Of course, on the way, they end up involved in a number of unseen shenanigans, but many of these are more cringe-worthy rather than funny. At this point, the film’s genre suddenly turns more into an over-the-top action film than a comedy. The funny part is supposed to be that the events are so outrageous, they’re silly. Think extreme slapstick. The main comical foundation of the movie is focused around the tense relationship of Highman and Tremblay. Tremblay’s stupidity is almost the death of Highman on multiple occasions. While these occasions are just replayed throughout the film and supposed to be the driving hilarity of the comedy, it is surprising that Highman doesn’t strangle Tremblay. Downey Jr. is a very capable actor with great comedic timing. But his anger might have thrived more with a dramatic script, rather than this comedy. Instead of the clever and unpredictable script that “The Hangover” used to make its successful entrance into the film world, “Due Date” ended up as an action film disguised as a comedy with funny characters that weren’t given enough to work with. Overall, the movie had a lot of potential to be much better than it actually was. It had a great cast, a great director and a great premise going for it. “Due Date” could have been a hit. Instead, it will only win over some audiences and leave the rest dissatisfied. If you’re looking for a guys’ night out, this may be the perfect film. If the thought of masturbating dogs is your cup of tea, then dig into these crass crumpets. If you’re dying to see it, then don’t wait. But if these descriptions made you think twice, don’t waste your money because this film won’t be what you bargained for.




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The combined number of points the Bulldog football team lost by to Pioneer Football League co-champions Dayton and Jacksonville, the only two conference losses Drake suffered all season.


No. 19 Iowa State avenges last year’s loss to Drake Bulldogs shoot just 30 percent from floor as Iowa State Cyclones roll, 64-46 by Tim Weideman

Staff Writer

Sinking 18 of 60 shots is not a path to victory, especially against a nationally ranked opponent. The Drake women’s basketball team realized this on Monday night, falling to the No. 19 Iowa State Cyclones 64-46 in Ames. The loss evens the Bulldogs’ record at 1-1. Iowa State played tough defense, but Drake didn’t do itself any favors, Head Coach Amy Stephens said. “There were a lot of things we did to beat ourselves tonight, and it started with no purpose on the offensive end,” Stephens said. “Our cuts were soft, and we didn’t handle their physicality.” Stephens said she saw Drake force more bad shots against the Cyclones (2-0) than they had during practices, exhibition games or in its victory over the University of Missouri-Kansas City last Friday. Down 12-7 with 12:50 to go in the first half, Drake reeled off a 7-0 run to take its only lead of the night. Things were going the Bulldogs’ way. Then, 6-foot-7 sophomore Anna Prins drilled a jumper in the paint and collected a free throw for Iowa State after sophomore Stephanie Running of Drake fouled her. The three-point play put the Cyclones back on top 15-14 and started a 16-2 run. “We weren’t hitting our shots,” senior Kristin Turk said of the offensive drought. “And when we can’t hit our shots, we really need to buckle down on defense, and we weren’t doing that. We weren’t guarding the 3-point line very well.” Turk led the Bulldogs with 14 points but missed a couple of opportunities early in the second half that might have helped the Bulldogs climb back from a 32-20 halftime deficit. “Kristin had two really good looks to start the second half, and I think if those two shots had fallen and we could have cut it to eight or six points, I think the second half would have been maybe a little bit different for our team,” Stephens said. Instead, another 16-2 run by Iowa State to open the second half put the Cyclones up 4822. Prins started the run with a layup, but offensive spark-plug Kelsey Bolte lifted the crowd off its feet with a 3-pointer. The shot was a dagger in any hopes of a Drake comeback. Iowa State shot 43 percent from the arc. Bolte hit 4 of 6 3-point attempts and totaled a game-

photo by CARTER OSWOOD | staff photographer

SENIOR KRISTIN TURK (23) AND JUNIOR RACHAEL HACKBARTH (15) attack the basket to rebound freshman Carly Grenfell’s free throw attempt.

high 16 points. Prins sank 2-of-3 treys, collected 13 points and also snagged seven rebounds. Recording a game-high of 14 boards was Iowa State freshman Hallie Christofferson. Iowa State out-rebounded Drake 45 to 36 and blocked eight Bulldog shots. Christofferson owned four of those blocks. “I give Iowa State a lot of credit,” Drake junior Rachael Hackbarth said. “They have a lot of talented post players and, I mean, it’s on me, too. They have a great defense, but I just need

to keep better care of the ball.” Hackbarth fought physical Cyclone defenders the entire game. She tied with Running for a team high of seven rebounds. Turk hauled in six. Hackbarth was second on the team with 13 points. No other Bulldog reached double-figures. “We’ve got to have a balanced attack,” Stephens said. “We’re playing eight kids and five of them are underclassmen. We’ve got to get the consistency out of those five underclassmen.”


Drake falls short of third straight NCAA tournament appearance by Skylar Bergl

Staff Writer

Drake was eliminated from last week’s State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship by No. 5 seed Bradley in a tough 1-0 first-round loss. Giving up a first-half goal proved to be the difference as the Bulldogs couldn’t muster a response and ended up with an early exit. The loss ended the Bulldogs’ season with an 8-82 record. Bradley’s deciding tally came in the 28th minute when Christian Meza beat redshirt junior keeper Jordan Kadlec for the only goal of the game. Drake created its own chances in the second half, as it outshot the Braves 9-6 after the break. Redshirt junior Charles Schwartz sent a volley wide in the 46th minute, and freshman Brian Grand sent a shot barely wide in the later minutes of the game. Drake Head Coach Sean Holmes said the team knew playing a formidable opponent on its home field was going to be difficult and that finishing .500 is a fitting end to the season. “I don’t think we played the best we can,” he said in a Drake athletics press release. “But we created a lot of chances at the end and throughout the second half, and to give up a silly goal like we did early in the first half is difficult.” While the loss ended the Bulldogs’ season, eight different players were awarded by being named to All-MVC teams. Senior Nick Foster was selected as a first team All-MVC member while seven other players were named to other teams. Foster started all 18 games this season and all 80 games of his career. He also tallied a goal and an assist from his defender posi-

tion this season. “I’m particularly excited for Nick [Foster], who’s had a tremendous career and has served as a cornerstone of our program over the last four years,” Holmes said in another release. “To have started all 80 games of his career, a number which ranks third all-time in games played at Drake, is quite an accomplishment.” Juniors Thomas Ostrander and Michael Thaden were named to the second team, while Kadlec and Schwartz were honorable mentions. Ostrander appeared in all 18 games this season and led the team in goals with five. Thaden capped his breakout season by leading the team in points with 11. “Postseason accolades are always a great honor for our guys,” Holmes said. “They serve as either just rewards for hard work or further incentive to achieve more. It is good to know their efforts are appreciated by other schools in the conference.” While Kadlec garnered an MVC honorable mention in his first season as a starter, he hauled in the second-most saves in a single season in school history with 98. Those good hands helped him post a 1.32 goals against average and rank ninth in the NCAA for saves per game with 5.44. He was also honored as Drake’s only All-MVC tournament selection. Following tremendous freshman seasons, defenders Garrett Crall and Nick Marshall made the allfreshman squad along with midfielder Max Duncan. “I’m excited for our three newcomers gaining recognition for their efforts on the field,” Holmes said. “I’m hopeful this is a harbinger for the bright future of Drake soccer throughout their careers as Bulldogs.”


The victory was Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly’s 500th. He is the 24th active NCAA Division I women’s basketball coach to reach the mark. “It’s incredible what Coach Fennelly has done with this Iowa State program,” said Stephens, once an assistant coach at Iowa State. “He’s a great coach and he’s very, very deserving of getting that many wins.”

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Bulldogs to decide their own postseason fate by David Johnson

Staff Writer

The Drake volleyball team could be forced to spend the Thanksgiving holiday break in Cedar Falls, Iowa, this year. The team hopes to last the entire weekend by bringing home the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title, but it has to earn its spot first. The Bulldogs control their own destiny to the postseason when they host Southern Illinois and Evansville this weekend. The mission is simple: win both matches and they earn the fifth seed in the State Farm MVC Championship out of the conference’s top six squads. “The importance of the games is a doubleedged sword,” Head Coach Phil McDaniel said. “We want to talk about it, but not get overhyped and nervous.” Drake would still reach postseason play by only winning one match over the weekend, but this could drop them into a fifth-place tie with Illinois State. Illinois State would be awarded the fifth seed after defeating Drake in both matches this season. If the Bulldogs drop both matches, there could be a number of scenarios with them either backing their way into the tournament as the No. 6 seed or falling short of postseason play. If Drake loses both matches and Evansville beats Creighton in Omaha, Neb., the Bulldogs would be eliminated from postseason play because Evansville will have defeated the Bulldogs in both matches this season and earn the final spot. The Purple Aces face Creighton on Friday night. The game on Saturday in the Knapp Center could be a possible do-or-die match for both teams. “Evansville is very similar to us,” McDaniel said. “They like to move the ball around to all of their attackers.” If everything goes as expected, which rarely happens in college athletics, Northern Iowa will get the No. 1 seed followed by Wichita State, Creighton, Missouri State, Drake and then Illinois State. The Bulldogs swept Southern Illinois on the road earlier this season and dropped a heartbreaker at Evansville in five sets. Stopping senior Jennifer Berwanger of Southern Illinois will be a key element to a potential Bulldog victory on Friday evening. Berwanger leads the Salukis with 332 kills on the season. Berwanger hit .303 against the Bulldogs in their previous matchup, but the Bulldogs held the rest of the team to .098. Action gets underway against Southern Illi-

photo by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor

WIN AND YOU’RE IN: Drake faces Southern Illinois and Evansville this weekend to close the regular season, and two victories would give the Bulldogs the fifth seed in the State Farm MVC Championship.

nois at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Knapp Center. Junior Ellen Sawin is a key to the Purple Aces’ success with an impressive 929 assists on the season. In the Bulldogs’ previous match with the Aces, Drake outhit Evansville .221 to .203 in the defeat. “We’re looking to control the energy, that was the difference last time,” McDaniel said. “We’re also looking to control the net.” The Bulldogs will celebrate senior night on Saturday. They will graduate six seniors this season: Nicole Brown, Alana Wittenburg, Emily Sibigtroth, Susan Clausen, Alisa DeBerg Roth and Angela Bys. The match against Evansville will get under way at 7 p.m. “We would like [the fans] to get up and say good-bye, and give these girls a proper sendoff,” McDaniel said.

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Close calls overshadow Drake’s third-place finish in PFL by Elizabeth Robinson

Staff Writer

Last Saturday, the Drake Bulldogs’ football season came to a close with a 10-7 victory over Butler. Drake had a successful season, ending with an overall record of 7-4 and a Pioneer Football League record of 6-2. This season was filled with close games, significant plays, an exploding defense, which in turn helped propel a strong offense, and an overall team effort that pushed the Bulldogs to end the season third in the PFL. There were several nail-biters this season, due to numerous games in which the outcome depended on unexpected, game-changing plays. “There are some plays you wish you could have back and then plays that propel you to really win,” Head Coach Chris Creighton said. After a loss in the home opener against Lehigh, Drake spent three consecutive weeks on

the road. The Bulldogs returned to Drake Stadium for the homecoming game against Marist. In the first quarter, senior Michael Lahart got momentum going with a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown. Lahart’s return was the first Drake punt return for a touchdown since 2005. The Bulldogs ended up maintaining that driving force throughout the game and shut the Red Foxes out by a score of 42-0. Throughout the season, junior quarterback Mike Piatkowski showed off his skills by completing 161 passes for 1,854 yards and 15 touchdowns. In a win against Davidson, Piatkowski contributed with his arm and his legs. On the team’s last possession, fifth-year senior kicker Mitch Rasmussen’s field goal attempt was blocked and recovered by Piatkowski, who ran the ball in for a touchdown to win 42-10. Drake’s defense was a driving force this season with a total of 33 sacks, nine fumble recoveries and 12 interceptions. Fifth-year senior Dain Taylor led the charge with 13.5 sacks, two

forced fumbles and an interception return for a touchdown. Taylor will arguably go down as one of the best defensive ends in Drake history. In the game against San Diego, which Creighton said was one of the most important wins of the season, an early burst of energy, which potentially prevented San Diego from a scoring drive, started off the action for the Bulldogs. On San Diego’s first possession, fifth-year senior middle linebacker Ben Morrison intercepted a pass and ran 95 yards down the field for a touchdown. Drake’s 38-17 triumph over San Diego was its third win in a row, preceded by wins over Campbell and Davidson. “San Diego has been so good in the last decade and to beat them was good for our program,” Creighton said. One of the most significant games of the season, against PFL co-champion Dayton, ended in a surprising play by the Flyers at literally the last second. Drake scored with a 27-yard field

goal with 1:22 left in the game to go up 25-24, which appeared to be the play that would win the game. Unfortunately for Drake, Dayton came back in the final possession of the game to score the game-winning touchdown on a 37yard pass with one second on the clock, bringing the final score to 31-25. The Bulldogs will lose eight seniors: cocaptains Andrew Asbell, Ben Morrison, Steve Platek and Taylor, along with Matt Hancock, Lucas Mosier, Josh Walkup and Rasmussen. “[We had a] really strong group of fifth-year seniors that we’ll miss for sure, but one of the things they’ve done is left a better foundation for continued success, and when they addressed the team on Monday, they said they thought the team would win a championship. “We plan on trying to continue to get better on the field and off; grow the program, get more people excited about football and win championships,” Creighton said.


McDermott finishes cross-country career as top Bulldog by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

For the past four years, senior Casey McDermott has been the foundation of the Drake women’s c ro s s - c o u n t r y team. The psychology major from Newton, Iowa, is everything a school MCDERMOTT | courtesy of could ask for in a Drake Athletics student athlete: intelligent, wellspoken, a fierce competitor and a contender for the top spot every time she sets foot upon a course. But a few years ago McDermott was close to not becoming a collegiate cross-country runner at all. McDermott is what one would call a born athlete. A three-sport athlete at Newton High School, McDermott has been involved in sports most of her life. Running was the one activity she showed the most interest for since a young age. “When I was really little I used to ask my parents and people come outside and watch me run,” she said. “I’d just run laps around the yard.” Those laps must have paid off, because in high school, McDermott not only excelled in cross-country and track, but basketball and softball as well. Running and basketball was where she truly excelled, as she was a three-time all-

league and second team all-state selection for hoops. In cross-country, she qualified for the Class 4A state meet every year of high school. “In high school, I knew that I wanted to play some sport at the college level,” she said. “I wasn’t sure what it was going to be in high school; it was hard to choose.” McDermott was receiving offers from schools to play basketball even when she made her first visit to Drake. She was drawn to Drake by the small school environment in and outside of the classroom. “I really liked Drake where it was a smaller school and competed at a [Division I] level,” she said. Once on campus, McDermott met with cross-country and track distance coach Daniel Hostager. After meeting with the team and coaching staff, the same community feel that brought her to Drake for academics caught her attention for athletics. “[Coach Hostager’s] athletes that talked to me seemed to like his coaching style, and he was always very honest with me,” McDermott said. “He is also a person who puts academics before athletics and encourages a strong team, familylike environment.” Arriving on campus in August 2007, McDermott became an immediate threat in the Missouri Valley Conference in both cross-country and track and field. In her freshman year, McDermott placed fourth at the Bulldog Classic and in the top 100 runners at the NCAA Midwest Regional. The most impressive fact about McDermott is that she improved her times and placements every year spent at Drake. The last two seasons, McDermott won the Bulldog Classic and placed as high as 32nd in the NCAA Midwest Regional. This year she set her personal best in

the 6,000-meter with a time of 21 minutes, 16 seconds, finishing as runner-up at the Bradley Classic. McDermott has shown academic excellence throughout her years at Drake, and was recognized as a U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Track & Field All-Academic honoree. McDermott cites Hostager’s coaching for her athletic and academic success. “[Coach Hostager] personalizes the workouts to each individual to fit their needs, which was something I felt confidence in when I came to Drake,” McDermott said. “I’m very thankful for the coaching I’ve received at Drake.” Not only is McDermott valued for her running, but for her leadership on the cross-country and track teams. On a team of young runners, McDermott was the one to step up, lead by example and constantly foster the team-first environment that brought her to Drake. “I had to redshirt this season, but she was still constantly checking in to see how I was feeling and what progress I was making,” sophomore runner London James said. “Even when I would text her asking how she did at meets, she never responded with how she did personally, but instead tells me what the team placed as a whole.” McDermott still has one season left of track,and is looking to continue improving her times. Next May she will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and will look to go to graduate school for school counseling. “I’d like to be a coach somewhere as well,” she said. “Become a graduate assistant for a track and cross-country program somewhere.” With the track season starting in late December, McDermott will take a short reprieve from the intense training, but will start back up soon.

With all the experiences, McDermott finds it difficult to pick a favorite season. “I love track and cross-country for different reasons,” she said with a smile.

>>A look into the career of

Casey McDermott

Cross Country

All-MVC two years in a row (ninth in 2009,10th in 2010) Placed 57th in NCAA Midwest Regional last Saturday Placed 32nd in the same meet in 2009 Named to the MVC Cross-Country Scholar-Athlete team in 2009 and 2010 Finished second in 2008 Bulldog Classic as a sophomore

Track and Field

Qualified for the NCAA West Regional for the 1500-meter run in the spring of 2010 Ran a personal best 4:57.74 in the mile to finish fifth at the MVC Indoor Championships in 2009 Also ran a personal best 9:47.50 in the 3000-meter to also finish fifth in the same meet Set school record for 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:44.48 at the Drake Relays to qualify for an NCAA Regional. The previous steeplechase record was held by…guess who? McDermott, who finished third in the event at the MVC Championship in 2008 with a time of 11:02.81 Named to MVC Track and Field Scholar-Athlete team in 2009 and 2010.


Byron Bay This past weekend my study abroad group and I traveled south to Byron Bay, New South Wales, in Australia. We very impulsively booked a skydiving trip and decided to stay the weekend in the town. Friday morning we arrived at the “airport” —which was really nothing more than a long stretch of grass—signed our lives away, received a 10-minute crash course in how to skydive and jumped in a plane.

I’ve never felt anything quite like that dropping sensation in my life, and it left me with a very refreshed feeling after.


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Drake sophomore Janelle Behnke found herself skydiving on a weekend trip from Gold Coast, Australia. After only a 10-minute crash course, she jumped out of the plane.

for about five minutes. I’ve never felt anything quite like that dropping sensation in my life, and it left me with a very refreshed feeling after. We paid to have pictures taken and a DVD made of our jump—and they are both phenomenal. It is something that I will remember forever, and is definitely one of those things that every person must do at least once in life. Words cannot describe how proud I am that I actually did it and how much I appreciate the experience. After diving, we checked into our hostel and explored Byron Bay. Byron is a small, touristy town, filled with lots of small shops, restaurants and cafes.

We sailed up 14,000 feet above the bay area and were literally pushed out of the plane. We obviously jumped with a tandem, and mine was named Steve. He was the chief instructor for Skydive Byron Bay, which made me feel a lot better. (And he was scared of heights like me!) However, I wasn’t as scared as I thought I would be. In fact, it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done in my life! We were in free fall for After eating, we walked on the beach and took 60 seconds, at about 130 miles per hour, then the the scenic—aka, the very long—route to the parachute went up and we coasted to the ground strongest, brightest lighthouse in Australia: the Byron Bay lighthouse that sits on the most easterly part of Australia. The lighthouse itself was turned into a small museum and from the top we had an awesome view of the hills and the ocean. On warmer days you can sometimes see whales and dolphins. The next day we took a day trip to Nimbin, a very small town located an hour inland from Byron. The Aquarius Festival (very similar to the Woodstock Festival held in the United States) was held there in 1973, and the town is basically still stuck in the ’70s. Less than 500 people live in the town, and THE MAIN STREET in Nimbin is the only street there.

photos courtesy of JANELLE BEHNKE | columnist

BEHNKE AND SKYDIVE INSTRUCTOR jumped from 14,000 feet in the air are reached about 130 miles per hour.

there is only one main street in it. Every building on the street is painted bright colors, and it is constantly crowded with tourists. The town had a very different feel than any other place I’ve been to in Australia, but a neat experience all the same.

JANELLE BEHNKE | COLUMNIST Behnke is a sophomore prepharmacy major and can be contacted at

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