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Ice creamery coming to Olmsted Coffee Shop

REMEMBERING TOM HARVEY Bulldog Break changes announced for next semester

by Erika Sevigny

Staff Writer

by Ann Schnoebelen

Staff Writer

This week’s Senate meeting was short and ceremonial, revolving around a controversy-free funding allocation to the Student Activities Board and the inauguration of First-Year Senator David Karaz. President Samantha Haas made Sen. Karaz’s inauguration the very first order of business and he joined her at the front of the room in a brief, formal ceremony. Raising his right hand, Karaz repeated the official oath after Haas. “And we have a new senator,” Haas announced as Karaz took his seat. “The election process here was an interesting one, but I’m happy to be here.” Karaz said. “I think it’ll be helpful to have me here, to have somebody new around the table that’s coming in 10 or 11 weeks later. I can step in and say what I see from the outside and as a new student here at Drake as well.” The first votes Karaz took part in were far from contentious, commanding 10 minutes of discussion combined. The two motions allocated a total of $4,340.26 to cover transportation, lodging and registration costs associated with attending the 2011 National Association of Campus Activities National Convention on Feb. 19-23, 2011 in St. Louis, Mo., and the Northern Plains Regional Convention on March 31-April 3 in St. Paul, Minn. “They serve as a great way for us to see what is out there and what we could be bringing to campus,” Vice President of Student Activities Greg Larson said. He also told the senators about the financial advantages of SAB attending. “One of the greatest things that these conventions offer us is a huge cost savings,” he said. He explained that artists at the conventions are already offering a discounted rate to those present. And, when schools located near each other collaborate, they can reduce the transportation costs of bringing artists to their respective campuses. As president of the Student Activities Board, Larson will attend both conventions. Three executive board members will accompany him to St. Louis, and three different members will go along to St. Paul. Both motions passed unanimously and without further debate. Also discussed were the improvements being made to Bulldog Break next semester. Vice President Byron Spears presented a slide show about the changes being made, and announced he had reserved Hubbell North on Feb. 2 for the event’s new launch. The date coincides with the Drake men’s basketball game at Southern Illinois, which will be shown on a projection screen during the event. Larson also suggested inviting Bulldog mascot Spike to boost team spirit and morale. The idea was met with approval from Spears. He said he liked the idea because, “the more we can do to make it an event, the better.”

>>MEETING IN BRIEF $4,340.26 – SAB approved to attend two conventions in February and March 2011.

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TOM HARVEY was found dead in his house Saturday by Drake choir students.

Longtime Drake Choir piano accompanist and teacher passed away this weekend by Jessica Mattes

Features and Opinions Editor

Drake Choir pianist Tom Harvey was found peacefully resting in his arm chair Saturday afternoon by five members of the Drake Choir. Andrew Peters, Sam Pritchard, Lukas Olynyk, Jake Taylor and Nick Budden were sent to check on the pianist after he had been missing from the final two rehearsals before Sunday’s choir performance. “Tom was last seen leaving from a Drake Choir rehearsal,” said Professor Aimee Beckmann-Collier. After six hours of non-stop rehearsal, Beckmann-Collier informed members from all four of Drake’s choral organizations about the beloved pianist’s death. Harvey had no children but considered the Drake choir department his family. Beckmann-Collier recited a line from the Drake Chorale’s piece, “We Rise Again,” as students and community

members wept in one another’s arms. “We rise again in the faces of our children, we rise again in the voices of our song,” she read. In Sunday’s “Beyond Borders” concert, students were sure to let Harvey’s spirit shine through their voices and songs. The concert, featuring Drake Choir, Drake Chorale, Drake University Community Choir and Chamber Choir, was dedicated to Harvey. Members of Drake Choir, including Kayleigh Koester, spent three days a week rehearsing with Harvey and got to know him as a friend instead of just a piano player. “Tom was more than an accompanist,” Koester said. “He was more of an assistant conductor. He ran section work, collaborated with [Aimee Beckmann-Collier] on music and how we performed it. He had such a big personality. He would crack jokes and be goofy. His personality brightened up our whole rehearsal.” No police report has been filed yet, and the cause of death is still unknown.

The Olmsted Coffee Shop will soon be home to a new sweet treat for students. Because of input from the Student Board of Directors, essentially a food committee, Sodexo plans to roll out a new ice cream service that resembles the serving style of restaurants like Cold Stone Creamery and MaggieMoo’s. “We’ll offer six flavors of Blue Bunny ice cream and about 10 different mix-ins,” said Dannie Crozier, Sodexo general manager. The new service will occupy space that was previously home to Freshens smoothies, which has relocated to Quad Creek Café as a result of the remodeling this past spring and summer. Flavor offerings will include traditional chocolate and vanilla, a frozen yogurt option and specialty flavors which will be rotated out to accommodate students’ requests. Mix-ins vary from popular candy bar crumbles to the traditional nuts and sprinkles found on most ice cream sundaes. They will also be making waffle cones in-house. “I’m a big fan of late-night ice cream, and since there’s no place nearby campus, I’m definitely likely to stop by Olmsted and grab a treat every now and then,” said junior Autumn Moore. The change came about through discussions with the Student Board of Directors, a group of students that works with Sodexo to voice students’ concerns about menus and offerings at campus dining locations. The idea was tossed around last spring and has been made into a reality for this fall. “Basically, we wanted an option for students to eat ice cream who may not normally eat in Hubbell,” said junior Greg Larson, vice president of student activities and a member of the Food Committee. “This will allow students to have access to different varieties across campus. I think students will receive it with open arms and stomachs.” Sampling of the ice cream began last week and will be used to raise awareness for the new treat in the coming weeks. “We plan to announce the sampling and eventually the service through our Facebook


David Karaz sworn in, sits around first table by Ann Schnoebelen

Staff Writer

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DAVID KARAZ was sworn in as the first-year senator by President Samantha Haas at the Senate meeting last Thursday.


After an election process that included campaign rule confusions, voided ballots and a runoff election, David Karaz was inaugurated as Drake University’s first-ever First-Year Senator at this week’s meeting. “It was a weird feeling when I got to say ‘present’ when they said ‘Sen. Karaz,’” he said, smiling. “That was really cool.” Karaz is the first student to hold the position, created by Senate last year as a way to give more of a voice to the university’s entering first-year class. “They simply, in the past, were not around when voting took place and thus were not able to pick their representation,” Vice President of Student Life Byron Spears said. “By doing this we gave a fourth of the campus a chance to do something that they had never before had the opportunity to do.” Sen. Laura Menendez said she thinks the addition of a first-year senator is a great idea. “First-years don’t really know what Senate does, or the different committees or the different things that we can do through Senate,” she said. “If the information is reaching first-year

students through a classmate their age, I think it’ll be a lot more beneficial.” She admitted to being a little worried at first that a first-year student might be intimidated sitting around the table with all upperclassmen, and not speak up. But Karaz asked questions when he needed to. “I was impressed that he was so well spoken,” Menendez said. For Karaz, the meetings may take some getting used to, though. “I had a lot of questions for the people around me,” he said. But overall, he said he thought his first Thursday meeting as an official senator went pretty smoothly. He told his fellow senators that he was excited to serve in what he called, “a guinea pig position,” and asked for their help in shaping the role. “I think it’ll be in their interest to have a new person around the table, just to challenge the norms,” Karaz said. “I do have a lot of ideas, and I think I’m going to be a positive attribute to Student Senate.” One of his major responsibilities includes serving as chair of the First-Year Interest Com-






Renowned author Daniel Pink to present on Dec. 1

Is Drake more magical than Hogwarts?

Dobby. Hermione. The snitch. Costumes at the HP premiere.

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We’ll face some good competition down there. It will give us a chance to go outside the Des Moines area and show what we got.


Author Daniel Pink to offer insights on motivation Latest book explores successful performance and satisfaction in the world, a message of leadership by Erika Sevigny

Staff Writer


The New York Times bestselling author Daniel H. Pink will uncover the secrets to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world on Dec. 1 in Sheslow Auditorium. Pink’s presentation, which will focus on insights from his latest book, “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to Drake students, faculty and staff. A current Drake ID is required for entrance. In his latest book, Pink connects the secrets to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world with the deeply human need to have control over and direct one’s own life and world. His message is grounded in years of scientific data that supports his overall message that people need intrinsic, rather than external, motivation to succeed. “Pink’s message is focused on challenging students to understand themselves and to work with others to achieve a sense of mastery, a sense of purpose, and a certain level of autonomy in

their work,” said Thomas Westbrook, professor of education and chair of the concentration in leadership (LEAD). “Pink’s message challenges us to move from being other-directed motivation toward self-directed.” Planning for the presentation, which was made possible through cooperation with the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Central Iowa Chapter of American Society for Training and Development, has been two years in the making. “We were lucky to get Pink to come to Drake – he’s been traveling all over the world speaking to students and to people at the corporate level since the release of ‘Drive¸’” Westbrook said. “He’s an incredible writer and an incredible speaker with an incredible message that applies to students no matter what area they’re in.” Director of Student Leadership and Service Programs Jan Wise said, “We feel that Pink is on the cutting edge of leadership with the books he’s written. It’s exciting to provide students with the opportunity to rub shoulders with someone that’s well known in their field, and the message of his presentation is an important one to hear.”

As students begin to take advantage of the new concentration in LEAD, to be offered at Drake next fall, the leadership message Pink offers is especially applicable. “Leadership is ubiquitous at Drake, and Pink fits really well with this campus” Westbrook said, “We want to create an ambience for leadership and expose our student leaders to some of the best thinkers and experiences in leadership.” Besides “Drive¸” Pink’s recent books include “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future,” “The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need” and “Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself.” His articles on business and technology have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. Pink has made a career of lecturing to corporations, associations and universities around the world on economic transformation and the new work place. A free agent himself, Pink’s last “real” job was held in the White House, as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore.

ONE organization aims to Sodexo to offer new food options at Quad Creek Cafe fight poverty and sickness FROM ICE CREAM, PAGE 1

by Emily Tozer

Staff Writer

ONE is an international organization with over 2 million members worldwide. But to Drake University, it is a new student organization with about 15 members so far. ONE was co-founded in 2004 by Bobby Shriver, chairman of RED and co-founder of DATA, and Bono, lead singer of U2 and cofounder of RED. Its mission is to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease. It does so by working closely with African activists and policy makers to raise public awareness and pressure political leaders to support smart and effective policies, according to “5,500 Africans dying a day of AIDS, a preventable, treatable disease is not a cause. 5,500 Africans dying each day is an emergency,” Bono wrote in a blog entry on ONE blog. According to, due to programs started by the ONE campaign, nearly 4 million Africans have access to life-saving AIDS medication, up from 50,000 in 2002. Malariarelated deaths have been cut in half in only two years and 42 million more children are now attending school. The fundraiser club was brought to Drake this fall, making Drake one of over 100 universities across the U.S. to have a ONE club. Elsa Becker, a Drake junior and member of ONE, started a ONE group with her friends when she was in high school. “I was very surprised to see the club at Drake when I went to the activities fair this fall,” Becker said. “Since I had such a success working with the organization in high school, I was eager to join the club at Drake and begin working with ONE again.” The group is working on getting members since it is such a new organization. “We are looking for anyone to join,” Becker said, “even if they are just learning about ONE.” Students can help by attending fundraising and awareness events the club puts on. Saturday, the club raised money for Water for Life with a Clean Cause Concert at Mars Café. All proceeds

went to, a nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries, according to its website. Katie Bell, a Drake sophomore and member of ONE, ran the club’s event at Mars. After Thanksgiving break, the club will be selling beaded jewelry in the Olmsted Center breezeway made by a group of African women. “The jewelry can make a great gift for the holidays while supporting a worthwhile cause,” Becker said. ONE will also be promoting AIDS Awareness Month in December and is working with the African Students Association to promote its Dec.1 Dance-off 4 AIDS. The Dance-off 4 AIDS will raise funds for Peak 4 Poverty, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate orphans and vulnerable children who are affected or infected by AIDS or HIV, according to its website. For more information on the ONE campaign go to To join ONE at Drake, attend a meeting Sundays at 9 pm in the Olmsted Center Conference Room or contact Colton Davis.

>>ISSUES AFFECTING GLOBAL POVERTY • HIV/AIDS • Water and Sanitation • Debt Cancellation • Education

It’s very apparent that Dannie Crozier and Sodexo truly care about students’ opinions and want to see them enjoying their experience with campus dining.

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The service will go through a trial period to see how students respond to the offering. “We did raise a few questions about health as we investigated offering the ice cream option to students, which is why we plan to have

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frozen yogurt available and will consider offering healthy specialty flavors as well,” Crozier said. Sodexo is also looking at new ways to provide food solutions for commuter students and faculty with plans to expand its prepared food on-the-go offerings. “We’ve found that students that live offcampus might not want to sit down and eat in one of the dining halls but might instead be looking for something they can pick up and share with their roommates at their apartments and houses off-campus,” Crozier said. “We’ve looked into pans of lasagna that can serve six people, for example.” New offerings at Quad Creek Café, like the wing specials and $5 pizzas, have been a hit among off-campus students, prompting a closer look at these students who may want easy-to-prepare meals without having to cook or sit in a dining hall. “It’s very apparent that Dannie Crozier and Sodexo truly care about students’ opinions and want to see them enjoying their experience with campus dining,” Larson said. “You see this with the new meal plan system this year, for example. It’s not rocket science – the more students like the food on campus, the more likely they are to continue their meal plans when they move off-campus.”

mittee. Spears has been leading the group so far this semester, but Karaz, formerly a committee member, took over at its meeting Wednesday night. “Essentially, he guides the committee in their discussions and sets the agenda, similar to other senators,” Spears said. “I have tremendous confidence in David’s ability to lead

and look forward to seeing those abilities in action.” Karaz said he’s looking forward to being involved the First-Year Interest Committee’s work. “I think we have a lot of planning we need to do and everything, but it’s going to be really cool to run my own committee, to give a report to the Senate,” he said. “I’m looking forward to every Thursday night now.”

BE EXCEPTIONAL. GET NOTICED. Mark your calendar for these upcoming career and grad school events. All majors welcome. Drake University Career Fair Thursday, February 3, 2011 3−6 p.m. Olmsted Center

Drake University Graduate & Professional School Fair Tuesday, February 22, 2011 3:30−6 p.m. Olmsted Center

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opinions&editorials Top 10 supporting characters in Harry Potter While the main characters in the series – Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore and Voldemort – receive the most attention, the ones who are in the background bring so much more to the story. In no particular order:

1. Draco Malfoy

– In the sixth book, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Malfoy, very briefly, shows his true colors. He’s on the good side. He doesn’t have the same passion to kill like the rest of the Death Eaters and Voldemort do, but he can’t fully reveal that because of his family’s alliance to Voldemort.


Luna Lovegood – Her breathy voice and quirky characteristics can’t help but make you smile. You never know what she is going to say next. Starting early in the fifth book, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” she proves her alliance to Harry, and for the rest of the series, is someone he can rely on.

3. Severus Snape

– Good or Evil? There are many times throughout the series where it can go either way. But where will he stand in the final battle? Only time will tell.

4. Remus Lupin

– When he first appeared in the third book, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” he was someone Harry could trust. He mentored Harry not only because he was James’ son, but also because he truly loved him. He especially helped Harry after the death of his godfather, Sirius Black.

5. Dobby

– He is arguably the most underrated character in the whole series. While I might have been extremely upset with him in the second book, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” he is such a lovable creature who is committed to his friendship with Harry and will do anything to keep him alive.

6. Fred and George Weasley

– The entire Weasley family is wonderful, but the twins bring the best comic relief to the series. They are the brothers everyone wishes to have.

7. Neville Longbottom

– His character grows so much through the whole series. He is always worried he is a disappointment to Gram, but he turns out to be the greatest fighter when most needed.


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Is Drake more magical than Hogwarts? W

itches and wizards, please turn to the features page now—a new idea has been haunting me for several weeks. It’s cheesy, sappy and weird, but I’ll share it anyway. It is this: Drake University is tenfold more magical than the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Cheesy? Yes. But I seriously can’t stop thinking about it. I’ve probably read and recited the Harry Potter books more in my life than our own Pledge of Allegiance. Every time after reading them I have to find some antidepressants on the black market. My friends’ and my lives are utterly devoid of importance and anything “special” like there is in the wizarding world. There are no clear-cut lines of good and evil in our Muggle world, nor can I make trolls levitate by the flick of my wrist on a pine stick. I mean, I can’t even find the damn trolls in the first place. So after hustling on the black market for antidepressants since the release of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” I was sick of the life of a hustler. It was time to find magic in the Muggle world. That’s when I stumbled upon my senior year of high school and college applications. I found, applied to and enrolled in Drake University, and this my friends, is when I found magic. I knew prior to college that automobiles were produced, but I never realized that knowledge was also created. And now, trapped in rooms with challenging professors, engaging texts and 10 to 20 other brains with wheels spinning, I had to discover, create or defend my own knowledge. I partied way too much last year to “Tik Tok” with students of other ethnicities, political views and backgrounds. I go to parties with students from other states and continents that come from both impoverished and affluent families. Some of us are still learning English, and some of us are beginning to learn Arabic. When I sit back and think about it, it really is kind of magical. Not only the learning that takes place at this university is magical, but even the simple things we Muggles do every day.

I can go to a shower that is four stories above the ground and turn some little silver faucet, and water comes out. I can put quarters in a dryer and my clothes transform. A student in one of my classes can suggest a new idea and we can spend an hour discussing the merits of it. I can ring a doorbell under some golden arches, order off something called the “late-night menu” and all of a sudden a chicken between two pieces of bread with some mayonnaise on it appears to me. I can give Jackie or Marietta my card at Hubbell South and gorge my face with food. I can give Keith my card at Quad Creek, and boom, a buffalo chicken wrap appears. Thank you, Sodexo, for turning my student ID into a magical food wand. We can get in these things called automobiles and if we press down on a little pedal, we can drive faster than a Nimbus 2000. See, this is what I think: Magic is a matter of perspective. If an alien were to land at Drake University and see the things we did every day without thinking about it, they would think we were Hogwarts. Plus, good and evil are clear lines in the sand. Ignorance versus education is just one example. As Azar Nafisi said, “Ignorance has become a sort of badge of honor” in the United States. There are battles to be fought. See, my friends, we are pretty magical. So lay off the antidepressants and stop crying because Dobby died; what matters is what we have here.


Price is a sophomore sociology and rhetoric major and can be contacted at

How to celebrate Harry Potter like a true muggle


arry Potter fans rejoice! Part One of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows finally premiered Nov. 19. How do you get in the Harry Potter spirit before the movie? Rereading the seventh book is a good start to celebrating the release. If you have the time, try rereading the whole series, but just reading the Deathly Hallows will sufficiently refresh your memory before seeing the new movie. Enjoy a big glass of butterbeer, just like from the series! features this easy alcohol-free recipe: one cup of cream soda, ½ cup butterscotch syrup and ½ tablespoon of butter. Microwave the butterscotch and butter together until it’s bubbly (about a minute or so). Let it cool for 30 seconds before adding the cream soda. Play some quidditch! Get your friends and broomsticks together and join Drake’s quidditch organization during the weekends at Helmick Commons. If you don’t want to play, come and watch. Get your friends and some popcorn together for a Harry Potter movie marathon. Watch as many as you can before going to the new movie. Watch funny Harry Potter-inspired videos such as “Potter Puppet Pals” or “A Very Potter Musical” on YouTube. Come Thanksgiving, you can watch a humorous synopsis of Harry Potter on And, of course, the final way to celebrate is to go see Part One of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” with your friends. Go all out and dress up as a witch or wizard to fully experience the epic film.

8. Sybill Trelawney

– She is definitely an odd character, but she created the prophecy, and without her, there would be no Harry Potter series. It’s only right that she is on the list.

9. Dolores Umbridge

– While Voldemort was the main villain in the series, Umbridge was a close second. I don’t think a character has ever made me so furious. Her voice, clothing and the “hem, hem” she always did just dug right under my skin. But yet, I still love the character.

10. Rubeus Hagrid

– He is like a big, cuddly teddy bear. He shows nothing but love for Hogwarts, the students, and of course, the magical creatures. He may cause some trouble, but he means well in everything he does.



Mataloni is a sophomore news/Internet journalism and music major and can be contacted at

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Teachers have been known to give out extra credit before break to those who show up instead of going home early—so don’t miss class!

Hogwarts Teachers not so different from those at Drake by Drake Blessum

Staff Writer

As we all know, the first movie in the two-part series of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One” is now in theaters. What is even more compelling than dressing up for the premiere or re-watching each movie before you watch the new one? Let us look at how similar the school of Hogwarts is to Drake University. I am going to compare just a few of the countless resemblances of the two schools. Contrasting five faculty members from each school will allow you to see how crazy Drake University can be to the magical Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore – Headmaster of Hogwarts

Dumbledore received many awards and honors as a student, professor and headmaster of Hogwarts. He is so brilliant with a wand that he doesn’t need to use one. Lord Voldemort is quoted as describing Dumbledore as the “champion of commoners, of Mudbloods and Muggles.”

compared to... David Maxwell – President of Drake

Maxwell is loved by most and disliked by few. During my time at Drake University, I have never heard demeaning words said about President Maxwell. As weird as it sounds, he

honestly is our campus leader. He is not too shabby with a tennis racket, similar to Dumbeldore’s wand skills. He has won a few awards and you can check out his biography on the Internet. He truly is the champion of students and employees.

Rubeus Hagrid – Care of Magical Creatures and Keeper of Keys and Grounds

Hagrid is huge in stature. He stands twice the size of a normal man and rocks a long beard with shabby hair. Hagrid is not a fully qualified wizard, but does have an abnormally vast grasp on magical creatures and the handlings of them. Hagrid is the keeper of keys—all of them, every single key for the Hogwarts castle. And last, but not least, he uses a massive flying motorcycle for transportation.

compared to... Guy who has a beard and mows the lawn – Keeper of the Campus Grounds

He is the notorious lawn-mowing man who does not want your affection, but wants your lawn. Have you seen his beard? Rumor has it that a first year Drake student is lost in it still. I’m not sure if he is qualified or not, but have you seen how nice the campus grounds are? He uses a lawn mower for his job and maybe transportation depending on how long his journey is. Seriously, have you seen the size of that lawnmower?

Remus Lupin – Defense Against the Dark Arts

Lupin was a new professor at Hogwarts and was only there for one year. He is young and scholarly looking. “Though still quite young, Lupin looked tired and rather ill: He had more gray hair than when Harry had said goodbye to him, and his robes were more patched and shabbier than ever,” J.K. Rowling wrote. Remus Lupin tends to cut the students slack on a regular basis and has all the students wishing they could have him as their professor.

compared to... Matthew Mitchell – Assistant Professor of International Business

Professor Mitchell is also new to the school he is teaching at and has quickly been deemed a Drake University favorite. We can only hope he teaches here for a long time. Occasionally he looks a bit tired due to staying up tirelessly at late hours in the night to complete his doctorate thesis. He is a young and passionate teacher that is fueled by his love for his profession.

Minerva McGonagall – Transfiguration and Deputy Headmistress

Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom. She has a certain stature at Hogwarts that demands respect from all professors and students alike. She is known for teaching challenging classes. She does not break rules or tolerate

misbehavior. She also refuses to favor her own house; however, McGonagall cared deeply about Gryffindor’s success and cried when they won the Quidditch Cup.

compared to... Mary Edrington – Assistant Professor of Marketing

Edrington does not favor business students over others, but she does care deeply about her students’ success. She is a respected professor on campus and successful businesswomen. If you have ever taken a class with Professor Edrington, you find it challenging yet easy to attend.

Filius Flitwick – Charms

Flitwick was a dueling Champion when he was younger. When Ginny Weasley is taken into the Chamber of Secrets, he bursts into tears. He seems to have a gentle spirit. He is always in support of students in the classroom and in life. He is commonly characterized by being short, but where he lacks in height he makes up for in friendliness or magical ability.

compared to... Art Sanders – Professor of Politics

There is really no other way to say this, but he looks exactly like Filius Flitwick. I have never had him as a professor, but all the students I asked said he is a caring professor that sides with students first.

Quidditch in Helmick Commons by Laura Wittren

Staff Writer

Grab your broomstick and wand and head over to Helmick Commons for a game of Quidditch. That’s right, Drake has its very own Quidditch organization. Quidditch is the sport played in the magical world of Harry Potter. There are seven members on each team, and all players ride broomsticks. There are three hoops that players try to score through and each are worth 10 points. Each team has one keeper, a player that acts as a

goalie to keep the other team from scoring. The three players that try to score with the quaffle (a ball similar in size and shape to a soccer ball) are called chasers. All the while, two magical balls called bludgers are flying through the air trying to knock players off their broomsticks, so two players, called beaters, carry bats to hit the bludgers away from their teammates. Last but not least, there is the seeker of the team, who tries to catch a small, golden ball with wings that flies around. This ball is called a golden snitch, and when caught, it gives the seeker’s team 150 points and ends the game. Naturally, some changes to the game for us

muggles (non-magical people) had to be made. Players still have to have a broomstick between their legs even though they can’t fly. The beaters carry the bludgers and throw them at the other team. The snitch is really another player in yellow who can run all over campus, and the seeker can only catch him or her while they are in the Helmick Commons area. The seeker must grab a sock from the snitch to end the game. Also, when chasers are hit with a bludger, they have to throw the quaffle up in the air. Robert Garon, a Quidditch player and one of the leaders of the organization, said the play-

ers get really into the game and have a lot of fun. Students passing by often see them playing and stop to watch or cheer on a team. According to Garon, Quidditch came to Drake in 2009. The people who show up are divided into teams. This year, Quidditch has had trouble getting started again. Garon said not enough people are showing up to play. The organization is still trying to meet, however. It meets on weekends, and the time and place is usually written on the sidewalk all over campus. Quidditch is a fun sport to play and watch. It’s a must for any Harry Potter fan.

Harry Potter Party Palooza photo by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | Photo Editor

CARLEY STIEG AND AMANDA SYKORA get in the spirit by casting spells.

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Pre-premiere party magic in Morehouse

by Laura Sigal

Staff Writer

This past week Drake University’s campus was fully prepared for the latest installment of Harry Potter: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part One. Students prepared for the movie in different ways. Some re-read the books and some watched the first six movies over again. Even the stallseat was Harry Potterthemed this week. One way students could prepare for the movie was the Harry Potter Party Palooza. Students of all ages gathered in Morehouse last Thursday evening. Harry Potter Party Palooza was put on by Hannah Ridgewell, with the help of Kyle Schura, Aaron Dicket, Cate O’Donnell and Laura Vollmer. It was a social event that helped to build community in residence life. The palooza included trivia, potions class (students used glue to make a goo substance) and the Harry Potter Puppet Pals. Also featured were house sorting and the opportunity to decorate a tie with your house colors. Along with the ties, students also received wands. Students could partake in Quidditch, or as real as Quidditch can be for muggles. A wide variety of Harry Potter-themed snacks were served including butter beer (cream soda), polyjuice potion (fruit punch with sherbet) and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans (jelly beans). For those who aren’t witches and wizards, muggle food was also served. Drake student Kelsey Tope had plans to see the movie at midnight. So far the fifth movie was

her favorite, but as far as the books go she enjoyed the third one the most. Her favorite house is Ravenclaw because she likes the colors. With hours to go until the movie, she enjoyed hanging out at the Harry Potter Party Palooza and making up flavors for jelly beans and attempting to get other students to believe they actually were Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. Tope was even able to convince some students. Sean Walsh a sophomore, who was Harry Potter this past Halloween, was also planning on seeing the movie. “It’s really great; there’s lots of food and lots of Harry Potter fans,” he said. Sean enjoyed watching Harry Potter Puppet Pals and drinking the polyjuice potion. He explained that he was most excited to see how the Quidditch was going to work. While not all students in attendance were going to the midnight viewing, many were. “I’ve had my tickets for a month,” exclaimed Stephen Slade (after explaining that Ravenclaw was the best house). While he wasn’t planning on going in costume, a few of the people he was attending the movie with were dressing up a little bit. While many people have been reading and re-reading all the Harry Potter books and watching the movies, others have been preparing costumes and attending events such as the Harry Potter Party Palooza. Still, there is a number of students who don’t like Harry Potter at all. As Drake cleared out to wait in the long lines leading up to the movie, only a few people were left on campus. Virgina Fawcett warns these students, “You better convert to us, because witches and wizards are awesome.”

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“Deathly Hallows” movie review by Megan Stein

Staff Writer

The anticipation for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One” could be clearly seen in the massive amounts of changed profile pictures, wizard pick-up line fan pages and “Which Harry Potter character are you?” quizzes that have been popping up on everyone’s news feed. As unfortunate as it is to see the series coming to an end, the excitement and overall satisfaction fans had with the film overpowered any kind of sadness that could be shed about the epic series coming to a close. The long awaited, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One” was released at 12:01 a.m. this past Friday at theaters throughout the Des Moines area. Drake students gathered at the Cobblestone 9 theater to celebrate the first installment in the finale of one of the greatest series of all time. It didn’t matter that the premiere involved long lines and tedious waiting. To these devoted fans, Harry Potter was even worth sacrificing a Thursday night out on the town. While waiting in line, it was not surprising to see multiple Drake students dressed in colorful outfits that mirrored popular characters such as Hermione, Death Eaters and the dreaded Bellatrix Lestrange. Those who didn’t dress in costume from head to toe still made attempts to show their support by drawing scars made of eyeliner or finding sticks to use as wands. “I saw one girl standing in front of our theater yelling, ‘Lumos!’ and waving a wand around

that lights up,” sophomore Sarah Berman said. Now that’s dedication. Luckily, for those devoted enough to dress up, they were not alone in their worship of the Harry Potter movies. It was more uncommon to be wearing Muggle clothes and eating licorice than it was to be racing broomsticks or having a wizard duel within the theater. Due to the size and amount of detail involved in the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” book, the creators of the film decided to split the film into two parts. Judging by the positive reaction from the fans, this was a good move. Not only will keeping the movies separate from each other ensure that most of the book’s details remain intact, but Warner Brothers will also reap the benefits of the Harry Potter finale twofold. “I think that it is smart of them as producers because they are going to get a lot more money and keep people interested,” said Jennifer Velez, a sophomore Drake student who attended the premiere. “But I wish it was one part because now I can’t wait to see the second movie.” The seventh film was action-packed, leaving almost no time to fill up on popcorn or take a bathroom break. In comparison to the past movies, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One” has been one of the best in terms of being like its book counterpart, the only competition being “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” The movie matched almost every detail, including the order of the deaths and chapters, which can sometimes be out of order. Avid Harry Potter fans should acknowledge the lengths at which the movie creators took to preserve the book, and their efforts are shown

photos by CARA PRATT | staff writer

TheWizardingWorld of Harry Potter by Cara Pratt

Staff Writer

On Oct. 15, I embarked on the journey of a lifetime: traveling from Des Moines to Orlando, Fla., to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a new part of Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure, which opened on June 18 of this year. My travel companions, Kyle Schura and Justine Ahle, were a veritable Ron and Hermione (without the awkward romance). After sprinting through Seuss Landing and The Lost Continent, we stopped suddenly in front of the gateway arch into Hogsmeade. Familiar melodies from our favorite movies played from invisible speakers, and the spires of Hogwarts castle were just barely visible over the sparkling snow-dusted roofs of the quaint town. Eyes wide and mouths agape in wonder, we walked slowly through the threshold, spotting the Hogwarts Express, a tankard of butterbeer, fully costumed smiling workers complete with accents and some of the most dedicated costumed muggles the franchise has ever known. Colorful shops like Honeydukes and Zonko’s advertised chocolate frogs, pygmy puffs and any magical swag mentioned in the books. Upon entering the Three Broomsticks—our breakfast destination—we gazed into a tall, dimly lit vaulted ceiling with precarious rafters. Our trio enjoyed a breakfast that consisted of the traditional eggs, bacon and fruit, as well as magical butterbeer and pumpkin juice. Butterbeer, served cold with a tantalizing froth, is a super-sweet cream soda-esque beverage while pumpkin juice is subtler with hints of cinnamon. We passed the Hog’s Head on our way to the theme park’s signature ride: the Forbidden Journey. A vast cobblestone walkway separated

Hogsmeade from Hogwarts castle, where we stood staring at the intricate towering castle before hurrying to the queue. Starting in the Herbology greenhouses, the queue led guests through Dumbledore’s office, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor Common Room and finally to the Room of Requirement to begin our forbidden journey. Kyle, Justine and I have decided that sharing the details of the ride would be a disservice to true HP fans, but we can reveal the premise: Hogwarts has opened its doors to Muggle tours for the first time, but of course, some nasty magical creatures throw a hitch in the plan. The Forbidden Journey is described as a “robocoaster.” That is to say, it is a unique hybrid of a theme park ride and a scripted short film. The other two rides at the Wizarding World are the Flight of the Hippogriff, a rollercoaster for the younger crowd, and the Dragon Challenge, an inverted dueling rollercoaster. The Dragon Challenge allows “champions” to choose between “battling” the Hungarian Horntail or the Chinese Fireball, the two sides of the coaster, in a reenactment of the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. After riding both sides multiple times, we came to the conclusion that the Dragon Challenge was best experienced from the front row of the Chinese Fireball, with arms in the air while screaming obscure spells and enchantments. As we left the park with the setting sun, full of sugar and memories, we concluded that this trip could very well become the pilgrimage of our generation, the culmination of our obsession with The Boy Who Lived. We weren’t glad to return to the reality of Drake University, school of neither witchcraft nor wizardry, but we were glad to have caught a glimpse of life outside the Muggle world, where magic isn’t only for the young.

clearly throughout the movie. Sophomore Sam Ronneberg, a longtime “Harry Potter” fan, attended the premiere Friday morning at the 12:20 a.m. Jordan Creek showing. Waiting for his seat may have been tiresome, but once the movie began, sleep was the furthest thing from his mind. “The movie was great,” Ronneberg said. “It reflected the book really well and, unlike some of the other movies, kept me entertained the whole time.” Though the theater was not as crowded as expected, the audience was enthusiastic. Gasps of surprise, chuckles of laughter and expressions of sadness were seen after some of the more emotional moments. Not to be a spoiler, but I think we can all agree that the last few scenes were hard to watch without shedding a tear. The movie was awkward at points, seeing as it had a much more intense story line. Vivid scenes left more of an impact, one being the scene in which a naked Harry and Hermione tied tongues in a vision that made up Ron’s worst nightmare. The seventh film houses everything from the death of our favorite characters (and pets) to the fear that Harry may not be able to overcome Lord Voldemort once and for all. The premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One” turned emotion and action upside down to keep the audience entertained and begging for more. Since the final installment of the series does not hit theaters until July 2011, it gives


viewers time to see part one multiple times and reread the book to ensure the best experience to a series conclusion that film has ever seen.

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SENIOR ALANA WITTENBURG recorded her 699th dig of the season in the fourth set of last Friday’s match against Southern Illinois, breaking the singleseason dig record in Missouri Valley Conference history. After a 38-dig effort against Evansville last Saturday, Wittenburg has 745 on the season.


Bulldogs secure second-straight MVC tournament bid Drake earns sixth seed, collides with Creighton on Thanksgiving by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

The Drake Bulldogs earned a spot in the State Farm MVC Championship after going 1-1 this weekend, posting a five-set win against Southern Illinois last Friday before losing to Evansville on Saturday night. The Bulldogs started off the weekend with a thrilling victory over the Southern Illinois Salukis. The Drake squad started off slowly, losing the first set, 25-21. The rest of the match was back and forth between the two teams, with Drake winning the second, third and fifth sets. The final score was 21-25, 25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 15-12. Trailing late in the fifth set, the Bulldogs were able to raise their level of play and go on a 6-1 run. Senior Alisa DeBerg Roth closed out the match with two strong kills. Drake was led in kills by senior Angela Bys and sophomore Whitney Westrum, with 15 and 13, respectively. On Saturday, the Bulldogs battled on senior night with the Evansville Purple Aces for a chance to become the fifth seed in the conference tournament this week. Similar to Friday night’s matchup, the Drake squad came out of the gate slowly. Evansville took advantage of the Bulldogs’ slow start to convert a series of close kills to pull out to a 10-6 lead. After a timeout by Head Coach Phil McDaniel, the Bulldogs regrouped and refocused, and jumped out to an 18-17 lead. Despite a series of impressive digs by senior Alana Wittenburg, the Aces took the first set, 25-21. Unfortunately for Drake, the second set didn’t fare much better, as the Evansville squad

sent its kills to the back row where the Bulldogs couldn’t control the ball. After losing the second set 25-18, the Bulldogs were able to come together and rush out to a 4-0 lead in set three. Drake’s front line got more creative with its kills, adding more touch and spin to their shots, helping take the third set, 25-19. The beginning of the fourth set was dominated by the Bulldogs, with Bys dominating the Aces. The pivotal point in the final set was when a Drake player went after an Evansville shot that was going out-of-bounds, which tied the game at 21. The Bulldogs seemed rattled after that and managed to win only one more point before dropping the fourth set, 25-22. “Our energy wasn’t where it needed to be in those first two sets, but got better in set three and the beginning of set four,” McDaniel said in a Drake athletics press release. Wittenburg posted 38 digs in the final match, and combined with the 22 digs against Southern Illinois, her season total rose to 745. Wittenburg is the first Missouri Valley Conference player to crack the 700-dig barrier, and her mark is the

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No. 6 DRAKE vs. No. 3 Creighton, Thursday, 6 p.m. No. 5 Illinois State vs. No. 4 Missouri State, Thursday, 8 p.m.

Winner Semifinal #1 vs. Winner Semifinal #2, Saturday, 3:37 p.m. photo by IAN WELLER | staff photographer

Winner Quarterfinal #1 vs. No. 2 Wichita State, Friday, 5 p.m. Winner Quarterfinal #2 vs. No. 1 Northern Iowa, Friday, 7 p.m.

photo by EMILY TOZER | staff photographer

SENIOR KRISTIN TURK (23) looks for an open cutter in the Bulldogs’ 70-46 loss to Saint Mary’s last Thursday night. Turk had a team-high 16 points.

Gaels’ center ties Knapp Center record for blocked shots by an opponent After senior Kristin Turk made her first 3-pointer of the night, the Bulldogs opened up a 10-2 lead on St. Mary’s, only to watch it slip away because of cold shooting and St. Mary’s Jasmine Smith exploding for 16 points in the second half. The Gaels went on to defeat Drake, 70-46. “They were hitting tough shots and we really needed to buckle down on defense,” Turk said of the rough second half. “At times, we were feeling deflated. It was really tough for us to come back.” Unfortunately, this pattern has become a theme recently for the Drake women. Last Monday, the Bulldogs kept up with the Cyclones only to watch the shooting disappear and lose, 64-46. After Drake (1-2) started the game 4-of-7, it looked to be in command. However, the Bulldogs shot 27.7 percent the rest of the way. Despite the rough shooting, Drake was only behind 29-23 at halftime and was still



Early second half run propels Saint Mary’s past Drake

Staff Writer

>> A video recap of volleyball action from the weekend can be seen at

>>2010 State Farm MVC Championship


by Caleb Copley

fifth-highest single season total in the country since the NCAA went to 25-point scoring and unlimited libero substitutions. “Alana [Wittenburg] has worked very hard to get where she is,” McDaniel said. “She’s the cog in our wheel.” The sixth-seeded Bulldogs will take on the third-seeded Creighton Bluejays when the conference tournament begins this Thursday at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. The Bulldogs will be looking to the leadership of seniors Wittenburg and Bys to help them prevail this week. “We have the tournament to look forward to,” McDaniel added in the press release. “This was not the way we wanted to finish the home stand for these six seniors. They’ve given so much to the program. We’ve got a couple days of practice to try to take the next step.”

in prime shape to make a turn-around in the second half. However, St. Mary’s came out in the second half and shot 60.7 percent and the Bulldogs simply couldn’t keep up. St. Mary’s ended the game with a 20-3 run, which summed up the night for the Bulldogs. The defense couldn’t buckle down when it needed to, and the shots just weren’t falling for Drake. St. Mary’s center Louella Tomlinson tied a Knapp Center record for an opponent with seven blocked shots. The NCAA career blocks leader added 13 points. Tomlinson has 527 career blocks and the Bulldogs didn’t have an answer for her presence in the paint. When they double-teamed her, she kicked out to open shooters. Her favorite target was Smith, who scored 23 points in the game. “We’re trying to double down on Tomlinson,” Drake sophomore guard Kayla Person said. “Well, she kicks it out to a guard shooting a three, and it’s really difficult to cover that up.” The Bulldogs travel to Flagstaff, Ariz., to participate in the Northern Arizona Thanksgiving Classic this weekend.

compiled by Matt Moran | Sports Editor

DRAKE looks to avoid being eliminated by Creighton from the first round of the State Farm MVC Championship for the second year.


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Iowa State routs Drake in team’s first road test Bulldogs have opportunity to bounce back at Great Alaska Shootout by Eduardo Zamarripa

Staff Writer

photo by CARTER OSWOOD | staff photographer

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN DAVID SMITH (25) sets up on defense in a victory over Texas Southern. The Bulldogs struggled in a 91-43 loss at Iowa State last Wednesday, but get a shot at redemption this week at the Great Alaska Shootout.

Drake went 10 minutes and 35 seconds without a field goal and Iowa State junior Scott Christopherson had a monster game, as the Bulldogs suffered a crushing 91-43 defeat. With the score tied at 8-8 early on, Drake missed its next 14 shots, giving Iowa State a huge lead after a 23-3 run. Turnovers and forced shots never allowed the Bulldogs to get back in the game, and the lead just kept piling on. “We ran into a team that was on a roll, stayed on a roll and we helped the roll by taking tough shots,” Head Coach Mark Phelps said. As the Cyclones moved the ball crisply around the perimeter and worked around the Bulldog defense, Drake could not get anything going from outside and struggled to find any kind of rhythm. Drake finished the game with 20 turnovers and only 13 field goals, a telling statistic of the kind of nightmare the Bulldogs endured in Ames last Wednesday night. “I thought we really settled for outside shots,” Phelps said. “We know we have to have a paint presence, whether it be low-post or getting the ball off-the-dribble in the paint. We didn’t do that.” Running into a perfect 11-for-11 performance from Christopherson certainly did not help the Bulldog cause. Christopherson ended the game with 29 points. “When that happens, guys have to step up and make plays, and we weren’t able to do that,” sophomore Seth VanDeest said. Junior transfer Kurt Alexander and freshman Rayvonte Rice led Drake with eight points each. “Iowa State dominated in every aspect of the game,” VanDeest said. “It was disappointing, but we need to keep working hard.”

Fifth-year senior Ryan Wedel had a tough game with five points and three steals, and redshirt sophomore Jordan Clarke led the team with eight rebounds and added five points. “It was the first time on the road, first experience,” Wedel said. “We’ll kind of use it as a learning experience. Offensively, it’s more playing with each other, getting used to each other and what we do.” The loss marked the first setback of the season for the Bulldogs and evened their record at 1-1. “It’s only one game, we are still 1-1, we just got to stay positive and keep working hard,” Wedel said. Up next for Drake is the 2010 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. The event will be hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage this Wednesday through Saturday and will feature eight teams. “We want to go out and play hard, and execute offensively and play a lot better defensively,” Wedel said. “We want to improve every game. Obviously our goal is to win.” The field will include some top-quality opponents. Arizona State, St. John’s and Weber State should provide some worthy competition for the young Bulldogs. Arizona State barely missed the NCAA tournament last season, and Weber State made it to the first round of the National Invitational Tournament after winning the Big Sky Conference. “We’ll face some good competition,” VanDeest said. “It will give us a chance to go outside the Des Moines area and show what we got.” On Wednesday, Drake will take on Southern Utah and then face St. John’s or Ball State on Friday. This is not the first time that the Bulldogs have been to Alaska. In 2006, the team participated in the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. Drake posted a 1-2 record in that occasion.

>>Bulldog Basketball over break compiled by Matt Moran | Sports Editor


Great Alaska Shootout Anchorage, Alaska Wednesday, vs. Southern Utah, 10:30 p.m. Friday, vs. Ball State or St. John’s, TBA Saturday, opponent and time TBA

Great Alaska Shootout Preview

Drake gets a chance to compete in one of the more famous Thanksgiving tournaments in the country this weekend when it travels to Anchorage to face off in the Great Alaska Shootout. Nearly every team in the country chooses Thanksgiving weekend to play in an early season tournament, and the Great Alaska Shootout has seen its fair share of prominent programs. Schools such as North Carolina,


Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State have won the Great Alaska Shootout in the past. Players who have won tournament MVPs include Ray Allen, Dwayne Wade, Antawn Jamison and Nate Robinson. In addition to the Bulldogs, this year’s field includes Southern Utah, Ball State, St. John’s, Houston Baptist, Arizona State, Weber State and tournament host Alaska Anchorage.

Northern Arizona Thanksgiving Classic Flagstaff, Arizona Friday, vs. Central Michigan, TBA Saturday, opponent and time TBA


Food, Family and Football: The best way to celebrate Thanksgiving You remember the three F’s of Thanksgiving, right? They are food, family and football. Without one of the three, it just doesn’t seem right. Ever since 1934, we’ve always been able to count on seeing the Detroit Lions play on Thanksgiving Day, and then the Dallas Cowboys joined the Thanksgiving club in 1966. Even in 2006, when the NFL added a third game, they had to put it in prime time, so as not to wreck the tradition that is the Lions and Cowboys playing at home during the day. Recently though, some fans want to change the game and remove them from the two Big D’s, especially from Detroit, but that shouldn’t happen. No matter how much Detroit has struggled recently, its game on Thanksgiving is still a staple of the American experience. In its seventh decade of playing football on the fourth Thursday in November, and they deserve to stay on that day. The team might not have much playoff impact these days, but it still has Thanksgiving. Now, with Dallas, I can start to understand. It’s been only since 1966, but that was when it was a budding expansion team, and it’s the team’s last tie to the glory days of Tom Landry and Roger Staubach. What I don’t agree with is the rotating game that happens on Thanksgiving night. I believe that there should be just one team that stays at home for the prime time game, such as the Jets or some other


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team in the AFC. I can understand that we need an AFC game, but keep it fixed. I guess that Thanksgiving deserves to stay with Detroit and Dallas. I mean, it’s only tradition. Why should we keep it the same, especially when both teams aren’t very good this year? I’ll tell you why: It’s been that way for decades, and we need it to stay. It brings balance and enjoyment for all football fans. It shouldn’t matter whether either team is good, especially after Thanksgiving dinner and spending time with your family. So just sit back, relax and enjoy the Thanksgiving Classic with the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys.


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Surviving scams and pickpockets, experiencing authentic Italian pizza and toting everything in one backpack all leads to the City of Love

For two weeks, with nothing but a backpack, I traveled to over 25 cities in Italy: Venice, Milan, Verona, Florence, Rome, Siena, Pisa, Naples, Cagliari … just to name a few. I must say, I had quite the escapade in Italy. Whether it was getting lost in Milan, touring the Vatican on Easter, catching the 150th anniversary of the worlds best wine festival in Verona, or getting robbed in Naples, it was a non-stop adventure. Like I said before, I brought nothing but one backpack with me for my two weeks of travel. I also brought a limited amount of money which led to some pretty unconventional adventures in itself. This “backpacking” experience included camping out in parks, staying on some random couches, hitching rides, sneaking on buses and a lot of wandering for the sake of seeing where I would wind up. I learned from experience that sometimes the best journeys come without having a plan.

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Because I’m a huge fan of unconventional things, I am going to start off talking about Naples, Italy. To put it lightly, Naples would not be the top destination for tourists, or even most Italians for that matter, but it is surely one of my favorite places. Naples was authentic, rugged and full of personality. It was a city where I felt like I was experiencing real Italy. For those of you who like to get away from touristy locations, Naples is the place to go. Among a few other reasons, visitors sometimes tend to keep their distance from Naples because this city is home of the notorious Italian Mafia. Petty crime was a very regular occurrence, among more severe crime, which luckily I did not run into. It was not uncommon to be walking along and suddenly see a guy on a motorcycle fly past and rip someone’s bag right out of their hand. Apart from theft, Naples was full of scams, which I unluckily did happen to be a part of. Depending on the way you view scams, either the money was taken, or we gave it to him— either way, it blows. So here is the story, sorry Justin. Justin, my roommate, and I were walking down the street and of course I made him stop to look at this “iPhone.” I was like “Oh my gosh, Justin, you have to get this, I just paid $300 for

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my iPod touch and he is selling this for only 100 Euros and you know we can talk him down.” Suspicious of a scam, Justin and I thoroughly checked out the iPhone, we checked all of the settings, the serial number, everything imaginable to ensure it was not a fake. Everything passed and we couldn’t figure out why it was so cheap. We figured that it was probably stolen (Justin’s guess was that the Mafia jacked a shipment of iPhones and was trying to pass them on the street as soon as possible) but regardless of the reason, the phone checked out to be the real deal. Justin argued with the guy back and forth forever and finally Justin “walked away” and the guy called him back and settled on his price. The man boxed up the phone, charger and information and all, bagged it and gave it to us. As Justin and I walked away I was jumping up and down with excitement and jealousy, I couldn’t believe he just got the new iPhone for such a good deal. Suddenly, a steady stream of swear words began to come from Justin’s mouth. I asked him what was wrong and he goes “I bet you a hundred dollars there is no iPhone in this box….” We then opened the box to find a bottle of water. Accordingly, I became a victim of my first scam. Trying to find the silver lining I pointed out that at least we got a free bottle of water. Turns out it wasn’t even drinkable water, those jerks. Naples very much redeemed itself when we sat down for dinner. We ordered what I thought would be a small pizza and a small calzone, and when they came out my jaw dropped. The calzone was ridiculously huge, photos courtesy of SARAH VANLANDEGEN | columnist like the size of a small child. Taking THE ROMEO AND JULIET WALL in Verona, Italy, is decorated with love notes. a bite of that calzone was like biting into Italy itself, who knew an entire school bus and taking a journey back in time. country could be wrapped up in one It is remarkable how well everything was predish. It was impossibly incredible. Before you served. When it hit Pompeii, the lava was so hot die, you must travel to Naples and try the food. that apart from the infrastructure, it literally disAnother thing I loved about Naples is that it is integrated most of what it touched. This created full of character. Besides awesome food, one “casts” formed in the place human flesh and can find good, cheap wine, tons of street venbone, definitely some wild stuff to see. dors and pasta shaped like explicit body parts. Moving on from 20,000 people being burned There are endless outdoor seating areas where alive by lava, on a lighter note, lets talk about the one could sit for hours and have the best kind of city of love: Verona. Verona is the city where live entertainment: people watching. Naples, my Romeo and Juliet theoretically took place. There friends, is a people-watcher’s dream come true. is a famous wall where you can write a love note I’ll just leave it at that. or pretty much whatever you want. Then there By far the best part of Naples, however, is is a statue of Juliet and apparently it is good luck its close proximity to one of the most incredible to rub part of her bust. On any give day you can places I have ever visited, the Amalfi Cost. It is A VICTIM preserved from the Pompeii volcano. see people young and old lined up to rub the one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen. The only downer is that we had to take a “sack” in Spanish praying that the word was “lucky place” on the statue. It is quite entertainbus round and round up this windy mountain similar in Italian. Finally, my roommate got the ing to watch, I must admit. Apart from being and being a sufferer of motion sickness, it was point across through some hand gestures and home to Romeo and Juliet, Verona is also home not a pleasant experience. I just kept yelling yelling the word “vomit” repeatedly. Simultane- to one of the world’s best wine festivals. As luck ously, about 20 old ladies whipped out plastic would have it, without planning, I happened to bags and passed them my way. They came pre- be in that very city on the 150th Anniversary of pared. the festival. It was a fun experience pretending Even through my motion sickness incident, to know about wine while sampling some of the the coast was still awesome, by far one of the finest wine from all over the world. most spectacular views I have ever seen. I also As you can see, Italy is full of fun little adenjoyed relaxing on the beach, looking out over ventures and this is just the beginning, or “part the view, and pondering the meaning of life. 1” if you will. Haha, but seriously. Until next time, keep your purses safe, watch Another one of those “small world” inci- out for lava and don’t trust anyone trying to sell dents happened when I was on the beach and you an iPhone on the street. started talking to these random five girls studying abroad in Italy. It just so happened that they had classes with Alysse Gear, a Drake student and one of my best friends. No big deal. I tried to impress upon them to remember to give her a hug for me and made them promise they would, but later found out they didn’t. Rude. After returning from the Almalfi Coast back to home base in Naples, I arose early the next morning to visit the “Lost City of Pompeii” and climb Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii is unlike anything you have ever seen. When Mount Vesuvius erupted somewhere around 79 A.D., it wiped out a prosperous city of about 20,000 inhabitants literally preserving them in time. The city was physically buried alive under 4-6 meters of SARAH VANLANDEGEN | COLUMNIST ash and pumice and was “lost” for over 1,500 VanLandegen is a senior international relations, spanish years. Today it is quite a remarkable site. Step- and biology major and can be reached at ping into Pompeii is like hopping on the magic

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