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Monday December 03, 2012

Campus Calendar Monday Winter Festivals from Around the World 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Olmsted Breezeway Film screening for “16 Days Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign” 8:30-9:30 p.m. Harvey Ingham 102

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Madrigal Dinner rings in the holidays Ban of bottle water discussed Alec Hamilton

Staff Writer

Tuesday Projecting Identity artist showing 12-4 p.m. Anderson Gallery Information Session for “Seeing South Africa” travel seminar 5-6 p.m. Howard Hall 309 Drake Orchestra Concert 7:30-9 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium

Wednesday Men’s Basketball vs St. Mary’s 7:05 p.m. Knapp Center Projecting Identity artist showing 12-4 p.m. Anderson Gallery Teach in China Informational Session 3:30-4:30 p.m. International Center, The Point

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Informational Session for Uganda travel seminar 4:30-5:30 p.m. Aliber 108

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Drake Combo Night 6:30-7:30 p.m. Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center

Dance overcomes at State

Video Screening: “Roots and Routes: Exploring Diversity” 6:30-8 p.m. Olin 206

Club team scoops up two trophies

Perspectives on Iran: Media, Foreign Policy and Human Rights 7-8:30 p.m. Meredith 101 Faculty Brass Quintet 8-9:30 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium Teach in China Informational Session 8-9 p.m. Medbury 221

Inside NEWS Course evaluations bring up issues in the classroom PAGE 2

OPINIONS One girls perception of zerotolerance hazing policies PAGE 3

FEATURES Psychostick preview brings in a new genre of music to Des Moines PAGE 4


Carter leads men’s basketball to victory over Nevada PAGE 7

THE MADRIGAL DINNER took place Saturday and Sunday nights. The dinner included a six-course meal and live entertainment from jugglers, minstrels, dancers, wenches and performances by the Drake Chamber Choir.

Kathryn Kriss

Staff Writer

In a sea of black sparkling costumes, the Drake University dance team stands out in bright blue and white. Last Friday, the dance team went to the Iowa state competition, taking home a fourth place trophy in jazz and a second place trophy in poms. The state competition, which takes place every year at the end of November or beginning of December, was held downtown in the Iowa Events Center last Friday. High school and college teams from all over the state flock to Des Moines, gel their hair back and prepare for two solid days of dance performances. On two different stages, performances ran from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as different schools compete in different divisions. The dance floor sees many styles of dance, from hip-hop to lyrical, and military to hoopla. All numbers are performed in front of a live audience and evaluated by a panel of judges, with awards given out as soon as all of the performances are done. Because of Drake’s Division I status, the dance team is placed in the Division I category as well. This means instead of going up against colleges of similar size, the girls are competed against teams from schools five times the size of Drake. These schools pull talent from all over, giving out scholarships just to be on the team. They have a coach on staff, several different sets of uniforms and available practice facilities. The girls are given advantages and opportunities, and bring that talent to the competition. What the Drake team may lack in advantages, they make up for


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MEMBERS OF THE DANCE TEAM competed in the state tournament last Friday, taking home trophies in jazz and poms. in hard work. It practices for two hours, four times a week. Often, it cannot get into the multi-purpose room in the Bell Center until 8 p.m. or 9 p.m., sometimes not finishing until 11 p.m. Instead of a coach, the team is run by two captains. Sophomores Kimberlyn Wurster and Ashley Garvais take turns teaching dances and running practice. Team advisor Wendy Diekema takes care of all of the administrative business and oversees the logistics of the team. Occasionally, guest choreographers are brought in to teach dances. Day to day operations, however, are run entirely by students. “I felt my background in dance was strong and knew I wanted to help the team,” Garvais said concerning her responsibility of captain. She said it’s difficult to find ways to purchase costumes and get


funding without a coach. It can also be a challenge to be a captain and a coach, as well as a peer and friend, all at the same time. Still, Garvais said “state was fun getting to participate and compete against some of the top universities in Iowa.” The girls like this, saying that it gives the team a more informal feel. Because the person running practice is a fellow student, the girls aren’t afraid to speak up and ask questions in practice if something in a dance doesn’t work. Everybody working together, helping each other out on tough moves or giving constructive criticism makes the team feel more united and like they all have a stake in the team’s success.

With the semester winding down, Student Senate was busy last week with a variety of motions regarding organization approvals, one-time and annual-funding approvals, and endorsements. The most controversial topic of the night was the motion to endorse Forget Bottled Water’s (FBW) initiative to ban the sale of bottled water at Drake. FBW has collected 740 student signatures and has the support of 40 student organizations. Representatives from FBW stated that they had the support of Sodexo, provided they prove student interest, and that Sodexo has participated in similar bottled water initiatives on campuses around the country. The ban would mean that the C-Store would not be allowed to sell bottled water, Sodexo nor any other official part of Drake University would be allowed to provide bottled water for functions or sell it, but students would still be allowed to possess and use bottled water on campus. However, the ban would not directly apply to Drake athletics as bottled water is its number one product sold and is under contractual obligations regarding the sale of bottled water. FBW did state that Drake athletics has shown willingness to work with FBW to decrease bottled water use where possible. Over 90 campuses nation-wide have implemented bans of bottled water. Sen. Stephen Slade expressed concerns over the planning aspect and how the ban would be implemented if it was passed. He also wished to consult the student body more about the issue and hear their feelings before endorsing the initiative. His motion to table the issue until next week did not pass. Other senators shared Slade’s concern over the planning and implementation, and pointed out the more impractical, inconvenient, and costly aspects of the ban. Senate voted to endorse the ban with senators Emily Grimm, Ekta Haria, Salwa Janjua, Josh Schoenblatt and Slade voting against the motion. Drake University Honor’s Magazine was the subject of two motions during Thursday’s meeting. The first was to make the publication an official campus organization, and the second was to approve its placement and funding under the Board of Student Communications. The current DUH Magazine staff is applying for organization status in order to provide the publication with better organization stability when transitioning from year-toyear and staff-to-staff, while also seeking to cement the content of the magazine. Breanna Thompson, head of the Student Affairs Committee responsible for reviewing organizations’ applications for official status, stated that DUH Magazine is extremely well prepared, and the committee was actually surprised it was not already an official organization. DUH Magazine was approved by acclimation. The second motion was to approve DUH Magazine’s status as being under the BSC. Thompson said that the SAC believed it was only natural that DUH Magazine joined the BSC as it has been publishing for eight years, and the other Drake publications are already part of the BSC. With the BSC being under significant revision due to its new autonomy, while DUH Magazine is eligible to be under the BSC, it is unclear when such a step would


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News Campus News

Course evaluations let students voice true opinions anonymously William Thornton

Staff Writer

Luke Nankivell | photo editor

COURSE EVALUATIONS are sent to Atlanta to ensure anonymity.

With only a few days left in the fall semester and classes coming to an end, students are being asked to weigh in on how well they feel courses fulfilled their intentions. The first round of evaluations went out the week of Nov. 27, many students will be filling out their evaluations in the semester’s remaining four days of class. “The surveys are sent to a company in Atlanta,” said Assistant Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration Randall Blum. “The company then types up each survey, tallies the scores (for the various questions), and returns them to the professor, who now can’t even see your handwriting. They’re really used to let you improve the quality of what you get for your money.” Each class evaluation offers the same questions with scaled answers that indicate how well objectives were achieved, satisfaction with course or professor and

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individual growth from the course. Students are also given a comment box in which to elaborate on any comments or issues — or to leave a name, if desired. These particular surveys have become commonplace in Drake’s academic schedule, usually given in the final weeks of a semester. “We’ve been asking the students for their opinions on courses for as long as I’ve been here,” said associate professor of mathematics and computer science and department chair Lawrence Naylor, who has taught at Drake for over 30 years. “Once the results come back, the professors get a look at them before the department chair goes over the results of the department, who then sends them to that school’s dean,” Naylor said. “They definitely help the administrators see what, or who, needs improvement.” While upperclassmen may be used to the questionnaires, firstyear students are often much less accustomed to voicing their opinions on their classes in such a manner or with the same level of ano-

nymity. “I really like that I’m able to show what I think of the classes I have taken,” said first-year prepharmacy major Zachary Messer. “There were a few classes of mine that I felt needed more structure and focus, and besides letting my professor know in person, I’m glad I can also use the evaluation to help make sure something is actually done about my concerns.” The questions cover a broad range of qualities and facets of a traditionally “good” course, from how one’s artistic abilities have improved to the strength relationships formed between students and faculty to fulfilling curriculum and achieving class goals. “Some of the questions weren’t really relevant to the classes. My creative capacities haven’t really been changed by my accounting class, for example,” said first-year business management major Carter Biondi. “At least it lets our voices be heard by the higher-ups.”

Chalking out a policy for getting the word out

Ausitn Cannon

Staff Writer

This semester, sidewalk chalk has proven to be one of the most effective ways for campus organizations to get messages out. Organizations have utilized Drake University’s busiest sidewalks, trying to attract readers and hopefully more attendees for their events. First-year Ashley Beall, a publicity co-chair on Herriott Hall’s Executive Council, explained why sidewalk chalk is used so often. “Basically we just use it to promote hall events and anything that we’re really trying to get people to come to. A lot of halls do that, that’s one way we get to put the word out there,” said Beall. A wide array of campus clubs and organizations have implemented the use of chalk this se-

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mester. The first week of October, the sidewalks were riddled with statistics about rape during Sexual Assault Awareness Week. During September, someone even used chalk as a “personal ad” of sorts. He wrote down his name and phone number, urging people to contact the person if they wanted to be friends. First-year Monika Makowiecki, Herriott Hall’s other publicity cochair, commented on the effectiveness of sidewalk chalk. “I think it’s really effective,” Makowiecki said. “I mean I always read what’s on the sidewalk, but I guess it depends on the person.” Students have no problem seeing what is written where they walk, but they can sometimes be distracting and even dangerous, as first-year marketing and management double major Kirk Petrowitz describes. “Well, they’re nice, but I walk at

Basketball spirit

such a swift pace that I can’t read them by the time I get past them, and one time I ran into a tree,” Petrowitz said. Simpson College implemented a chalking policy this fall. However, they can only use chalk around certain areas of campus, while other areas are either prohibited or permission is required, whereas Drake students have very limited restric-

tions. Latasha Stiger, director of campus programming, explained Drake’s own chalk policy. “(Students) have the ability to use sidewalk chalk, and they have to make sure that it is not on vertical surfaces, it is not under an overhang so the natural elements, whether it be rain, snow or whatever it may be, can wash it away,”

said Stiger. Students also do not require permission when they want to use chalk just as long as everything is appropriate. “We make sure that they’re not offensive or anything along those lines, but other than that, feel free, go right ahead,” said Stiger.

Coaches aim to unite campus Austin Cannon

Staff Writer

The Sunday before Thanksgiving break, first-year student Ashley Beall and head men’s and women’s basketball coaches Mark Phelps and Jennie Baranczyk visited several Residence Hall Executive Councils to promote Drake University’s basketball programs. “We pretty much just asked them for advice on how to get the word out because a lot of people don’t know that basketball games are going on,” Beall said. Beall already has ties to Drake athletics. She helped bring a spirit table that gave away spirit gear during home football games. She is also a member of Drake’s rowing team. “One of the things I’m doing with the coaches (is) trying to plan really cool events, trying to get students to go to games, like free spirit gear, stuff like that,” Beall said. Baranczyk, who’s in her first year as a head coach, emphasized Bulldog pride more than simply getting students out to the games. “More-so we talked a lot about the pride at Drake and how we need to really enhance that, and we also talked about the communication at Drake and how we can really help each other,” Baranczyk said. With basketball season in its early days and finals on the ho-

rizon, many students have yet to attend a game. With a long winter break approaching, it is important that students try to come out to support the teams. “It’s a platform for people to come together at Drake to come and wear their blue, to wear their Drake, to, you know, cheer for their peers,” Baranczyk said. While attendance has been low so far, students like Michael Schwalen, a first-year actuarial science major, still plan on attending games later on in the season. “I’m planning on going to a couple Drake basketball games and hoping there’ll be a good crowd atmosphere,” Schwalen said. Some debate whether or not Drake puts enough emphasis on its athletics. Baranczyk thinks there is room for improvement. “We can do better, and a lot of that is just we’ve got to start supporting each other more in every avenue here,” Baranczyk said. First-year pharmacy major Josh Cochran believes Drake does promote its athletics enough. “They put a lot of emphasis on it. We get in for free and everything.” The Drake men’s basketball team next plays St. Mary’s on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at the Knapp Center. The women’s basketball team plays at North Dakota State on Thursday and do not return to the Knapp until Dec. 16 to play Iowa.


Luke Nankivell | photo editor

A LAX CHALKING POLICY allows for students to write whatever they please on campus sidewalks.

Men’s Volleyball, UNICEF funding granted SENATE, page 1 take place. Several senators mentioned that another BSC publication had approached them with concerns over whether there would be enough funding for all the publications if DUH Magazine was added. Sen. Slade expressed concerns over what kind of effects passing this approval would have when there is confusion about the process of joining the BSC and said that he was not comfortable passing the motion until senate had answers as to how DUH Magazine joining would take place. DUH Magazine was approved by senate to be funded under the BSC with only Sen. Slade voting against. Bulldog Swing Society was approved as a new organization with senate recommending it add a generic liability waiver for its participants just for precaution. The student religious group Intervarsity was allocated $2,342 to send 20 members to the Urbana Student Missions Conference in St. Louis, Mo., at the end of December. The money covers transportation

and lodging costs. The Men’s Volleyball Club was allocated $850 to cover registration costs to join the Midwest Plains Conference. The money gains them entry into the four conference tournaments but does not cover transportation, lodging, etc. This is the second year the club has been part of the Midwest Plains Conference, finishing seventh out of 13 teams last year. The Sportsman’s Club was allocated $2,000 to cover numerous costs associated with putting on its First Shots program, a gun-safety and basic skills program for kids at a local shooting range. The money covers the cost of renting out the range, ammunition and targets for the program, as well as offsetting some of the costs for members to go to the range to receive extra training in order to help put on the program. Two organizations were granted annual funding by senate, Drake Pharmacy (Rx) Unified Group of Students (DRxUGS) and UNICEF at Drake. Representatives from Cowles Library appeared before Senate to

give a report about the extended library hours and after-hours study space. They reported that in preparation for finals, Cowles hours will be extended to nearly 24/7 and more service staff would be available. However, they did express concern over the usage of the afterhours space. According to their data, despite issuing over 800 access cards to the after-hours space, usage is not what they would like, with the largest amount of students they have had using the space at one time being only 20. They asked senate to help publicize the space and its availability. Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari stated in his administrative report that Drake has finished screening candidates for a new associate dean of students and would be bringing candidates to Drake beginning either at the end of the week or the week of finals.



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Opinions&Editorials Column


Bring on the glitter:

Anti-hazing greek policy

Holiday fashion shines bright

Sisterhood at Drake different

Brianna Steier Columnist

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FESTIVE OUTFITS can be thrown together by adding an accessory of glitter to anything from the little black dress whether its in the form of jewelry or bag. Above are other ideas for outfits to ring in the holiday season.

Emily Tozer Columnist It’s almost finals week, which means most of campus will be staying up all night and trudging half asleep to class in sweatpants. But after that nightmare of a week is over, it’s winter break. No matter what holiday you celebrate, you’ll probably have a couple of festive gatherings to attend. As a girl who has no problem wearing sequins and sparkles year-round, I absolutely love that they become

the go-to around the holidays. But I’m not going to recommend you go get a sequin dress for every party — whether you’re a fellow sparkle-lover or a dedicated jeans wearer, there are easy ways to make your already favorite pieces a little more festive (and, if you’re looking for an excuse to shop, it’s easy to find pieces to incorporate into your winter wardrobe). If you’re not going somewhere too fancy, a nice pair of dark jeans is easy to dress up. Pick one or two items that you want to stand out. It could be a metallic or patterned peplum top with simple black heels, a black turtleneck, big, rhinestone statement necklace and an embellished clutch, or sparkly heels and a classic blazer. When dress code is a step up from denim, I break out the big guns — the gold glitter. (Gold is a personal preference, more power to you if you also like silver.) A sequined or embellished skirt

with a black top, black jacket and gold jewelry is just enough shine. If that’s too much, find black or matte sequins — you still get the glamour without the in-your-face sparkle. Other options: a sequin jacket or blazer with sparkle details can spice up your little black dress or a “Chanel-esque” tailored tweed jacket with jacquard pants will shine more subtly. Now, let’s say you’re going for formal (my favorite). My first recommendation is a maxi skirt — incredibly comfortable and so much fun to wear. You can simply pair it with a top in the same color and a full arm of bracelets or a belt with a cool pattern or buckle. If you want to go the dress route, go for a short one with long sleeves in a bold color or abstract pattern. Tozer is a senior magazines major and can be reached at emily.tozer@


A sisterhood is supposed to be exactly what it sounds like — an atmosphere of love, support, encouragement and praise. Recently, a phenomenon of hazing in sororities has swept Greek life. Women from universities from coast to coast have shared their stories of being paddled, violated and emotionally abused when going through initiation in various sororities. These stories are so violent and shocking that my jaw dropped after reading only a few of them. I guess the thing I personally don’t understand is the connection between forcing another woman’s head into a wall of concrete and her being my bridesmaid one day. I fail to connect the actions of forcing a woman to ingest so much alcohol that she nearly dies, and wanting her to be called “aunt” by my children. I can’t imagine being called “fat,” “ugly” and “worthless” by a woman day after day, and then in turn, calling her my sister. I believe the main issue here is glaringly obvious — every woman wants to feel accepted, especially by other women. I’m going to let everyone in on a little secret of girl world here: girls are catty. It is extraordinarily hard for most women to make friends with other women. In other words, we will go to desperate lengths for the feeling of sisterly love with another woman — even as far as proving

ourselves to them through forms of mental and physical torment. Sororities at Drake University, and a growing number of universities around the country are taking a strict no-tolerance stand against hazing. Drake’s no-hazing environment promotes a safe environment for women to get involved in Greek life. Instead of having to prove yourself to gain acceptance, anti-hazing policies create an environment of acceptance through inclusion. You are accepted because you bring a unique personality and fresh face to a diverse community of women, not because you have a high pain tolerance. Personally, I was hesitant to join a sorority when coming to college, simply because I do not live under a rock, and I have heard the horror stories. After going through recruitment and finding the group of women I would forever call my sisters, I realized something that still shocks me, even after three months. These women were genuinely interested in who I was, what I enjoyed, my sense of humor and my quirky habits. I was not forced to prove myself to them, because I already had proved myself by being exactly who I am. As a recent initiate, I am proud to say I have never been hazed and I will never haze another woman in my house, because I refuse to believe that sisterhood is based on anything but love.

Steier is a first-year law, politics and society and rhetoric double major and can be reached at brianna.steier@

Dedicating time to schoolwork worth effort, knowledge Madison Dockter Columnist I generally like to keep in trend with my fellow college students and try to convince anyone who will listen how close I am to a nervous breakdown. My schedule is filled to the brim with classes, two jobs, extra-curricular responsibilities, volunteer work, and the

occasional meal and nap. When I find some down time in my week, I like to waste (sorry, spend) time — where else — on the Internet. Whilst perusing various social media, I like to imagine my life if I wasn’t constantly in a state of near-hysteria … a sentiment commonly expressed in popular memes: “Look at all the (expletives) I give! Nope, no (expletives) in here.” “There goes my last (expletive!)” … and so on. It might put a smile on my face at the time, but these common messages students are being exposed to actually link to a bigger, and very real, problem on college campuses: academic apathy. Recent research by the Colle-

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giate Learning Assessment shows that contrary to popular belief, undergraduates do not actually learn much at all once they are in college. In fact, 45 percent of the students studied showed no improvement in cognitive thinking, complex reasoning or creative writing in their first two years. Even more surprising, 36 percent of students showed no significant improvement at all during their four years. The scholars who conducted the study argue that the reason students gain so little during their years is a lack of motivation. At this point, I imagine cries of outrage from students all across campus. “How can this be?” you ask. “I already have no time to do anything! How can I try any harder?” I’m not contesting your

stress levels dear students, but I will challenge your priorities. In the 1920s, the average student spent 40 hours a week on academic studies. Today, that number has dropped to as little as 13, the reason being that students now spend more time on social engagements and extra-curricular activities. I understand the culture has changed since the 1920s and that we should not be expected to live the same lives that our grandparents did. However, the statistics on our academic improvement in college are discouraging, and a change is needed in our motivations. After all, what we learn in college can only help us in our future professions. Furthermore, I am sure many of us do not want to be thousands of dollars in debt in our mid-twenties for nothing, and

neither do our parents. To combat apathy, students need to make a conscious decision to focus on schoolwork. If I study, I can get As; but better yet, I will be increasing my knowledge. If I go to class every day, I will gain valuable experience. If I pass on going out on the weekend because an assignment is looming over me, threatening my very existence, I can only benefit myself. Becoming less apathetic about schoolwork is about making college an active — not passive — experience, so please care about how much you care. Dockter is a sophomore public relations and politics double major and can be reached at madison.

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Features Craft


Get into the holiday spirit: Dorm Style Festive Four easy steps to making your door festive for the holidays

Emily Gregor

Staff Writer

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and if your door still looks like this (see photo below), then we’ve got an easy craft to get you in the spirit!


First, what you’re going to need ­— wrapping paper, tape and scissors. All supplies were purchased on a college student budget at Walgreens.

treats for finals Kelly Tafoya

Features Editor

Cookie recipe: Looking for a treat to get you through finals without the extra calories? This recipe my best friend and I found while roaming Pinterest and then tailored it to our liking (with easier ingredients to find in a portion that wasn’t five bowls full!) is the perfect way to get the sweet taste of cookie dough in a ... dare I say it? Healthier way that tastes just as good! t’s gluten-free, too so enjoy!

You will need: 1 1/2 cups chickpeas or white beans (1 can, drained) (250g after draining) 1 heaping 1/8 tsp salt A little bit over a 1/8 tsp baking soda 1 tbsp and 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract 3 tbsp of peanut butter of choice 1 and 1/4 cups chocolate chips A few tbsp of milk of choice as needed (affects consistency, use how much you want, I’d recommend just 3-4 tbsp).

courtesy of EMILY GREGOR


Second, unroll the wrapping paper and fit it over the door, making sure to keep it smooth, and don’t forget a hole for the doorknob. Tape on door, ideally using clear Scotch tape (Don’t worry,“Magic Tape”works too).


Third, add fun extras. Celebrity photos (our personal preference is obviously Ryan Gosling), name plates, childhood memorabilia, you name it, make it your own.

How to: In a bowl add all ingredients except chocolate chips, to a food processor (for best results, but a blender can work just fine too!) and blend until very smooth. Scoop out and enjoy without the guilt afterward! Happy Holidays! Cupcake recipe: You will need: 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 4 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 tablespoons molasses 2 tablespoons ginger 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Feeling extra crafty? For the icing: 1 block of cream cheese, at room temperature ½ lb unsalted butter at room temperature 1 lb icing sugar

Cream the cream cheese and butter in a bowl with an electric mixer. Slowly add the icing sugar and beat until preferred texture/ smooth. Use knife/piping bag to put on top of cupcakes

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How to: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners. 2. Mix flour with ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. 3. Using an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the molasses and continue mixing. Add the eggs, mixing until all are incorporated. Add vanilla and mix. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until desired texture. 4. Bake about 25 minutes. Let cupcakes cool for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

>>Get Need a study break? Check out these crafty sites: through • Pretty Little Letters by Kristin Doherty, sophomore at Drake - https://prettylittlelettersblog.wordfinals with these • Confessions of a Craft-a-Holic - yummy • College Craft - • Whipperberry - snack • College Life DIY - recipes




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PageFive Entertainment


Psychostick rocks

Learning Arabic at Drake

Language program needs improvement Kelly Tafoya

And we are paying for it this year. Sometimes I struggle to understand course expectations from my teachers. When I really want to improve, I study on my own.” As the sixth most common language in Despite problems in the program, stuthe world with over 200 million estimated dents are still interested and yearn to speakers, according to, the Ar- learn more about the language. abic language is spreading from the Middle “Arabic is a great mental exercise,” East and Northern Africa to all around the Klampe said. “I love learning the language globe, and the number of speakers grows because it’s fun and interesting and a nice every day. Here at Drake University, Ara- break from my politics classes.” bic is offered in the language department The different sounds and reading from focusing on grammar, small class sizes and right to left instead of left to right appear expanding vocabulary. to be the biggest adjustments to the lan“Drake really gets some things right, guage. specifically, the focus on learning the al“Initially, the new sounds unique to phabet and the Arabic were really difficult. initial focus on Now I struggle a lot conversat ional more with trying to speaking skills,” remember proper said senior Cody verb conjugation,” Austin. “The small Austin said. “(My faclasses are also an vorite Arabic word excellent idea.” is) MushmushStudents that ofkilla, pronounced ten take Arabic are ‘mooshmooshkilla,’ looking to learn a it means “no probunique language. lem.” Just try saying “I started off as it, and you’ll underan international stand why I love it.” relations major at Coming from a Drake,” said sophodifferent perspecmore Julianne Klamtive, senior Haype. “I decided to tham Mohamed is take Arabic because fluent in Arabic and I tested out of most agrees there are Spanish classes, and some difficulties I wanted to continue with the language. taking a language. “Writing out letArabic sounded reters would be the ally interesting to hardest part, some me.” say it is more of Despite the inidrawing,” Mohamed tial interest though, said. — Julianne Klampe, sophomore Drake’s current proAfter studying gram seems to lag in abroad in the United regards to actually Arab Emirates, Ausimmersing students tin has conquered in the language. many of these “After the initial initial challenges focus on conversational of Arabic and conspeaking skills, my classes focused on tinues to learn more about the language grammar and reading skills at the expense and is pleased with the new updates to the of building new vocabulary and truly mas- language department at Drake. tering speaking skills,” Austin said. “In my “I’m not at a level where I can use my experience with Arabic speakers, vocabu- Arabic to do research or read news arlary is more much important to successful ticles, but I’ve used it a lot when studying communication than grammar.” abroad and traveling in the Arab world,” Others can attest that the program Austin said. “I know that the university has could be improved. recently hired a full-time Arabic professor “I am actually not a big fan of the Arabic and is exploring forming a partnership language program at Drake,” Klampe said. with an Arab university to allow Drake “Last year, they had an immersion style students to study abroad and do language class, and it was really hard for me and my immersion, which are both big steps in the fellow Arabic students to learn basic things right direction.” like vocabulary and sentence structure. Features Editor

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PSYCHOSTICK defines themselves as “Humorcore” band that takes music such as heavy metal and combines it with humourous and quirky lyrics such as “Do You Want a Taco?”. Emily Gregor

Staff Writer

We know you’ve heard of “Dasher and Dancer, and Prancer and Vixen,” but have you heard of Psychostick? Psychostick is a band originating from the land of Phoenix, Ariz., and plays a genre unique to them, humorcore. “There’s not really a genre for us, so we had to make one up,” said co-founding member Rob “Rawrb” Kersey. “Humorcore,” as defined by the band, is “hilarious lyrics, heavy riffs, notorious stage antics and a high energy performance,” a quirky combination of heavy metal and something that sounds like a little less “PG” version of “Weird Al” Yankovic. Other band members include Josh “The J” Key, Alex “Shmalex” Dontre and Matt J “Moose.” “Well it’s just one of those things that happens when a bunch of pizza guys get together,” Kersey said. Making a completely new genre isn’t something one sees every day, but for Psychostick it just made sense. “We’ve got a lot of ideas, we’re a bunch of goofy guys,” Kersey said. “We love the heavier, more aggressive music.” The band launched into the mainstream

music stream with their hit single, “BEER!” in 2003 and since has made five studio albums, the most recent being “Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D,” which released in the fall of 2011. Their discography also includes a holiday album released in 2007 titled “The Flesh Eating Roller Skate Holiday Joyride,” which is currently receiving a lot of press during this busy holiday season. “It’s still pretty new to a lot of people,” Kersey said. “They don’t really know about our other stuff.” Other hit songs they have are “Because Boobs,” “We Ran Out of CD Space” and “This is Not a Song, it’s a Sandwich!” Psychostick will be in Des Moines on Dec. 8 at the House of Bricks for an early show, with doors opening at 5 p.m., (tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show) which could make for a perfect study break amidst the hectic finals schedule. Psychostick has other tour dates in the Midwest as well to check out throughout winter break. On Dec. 14, they will be rocking in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Dec. 15 in St. Joseph, Mo. Whether you’re looking to rock out during the final stretch of the semester or just looking for a good laugh, before you know it, you too will be shouting out the absurd lyrics to “Do You Want a Taco?”

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DEC. 03, 2012 | Page 6

Sports Women’s Basketball

Defense lifts Iowa State as Drake drops third straight Leading scorer Clark comes up empty as Bulldogs still searching for a road win Ashley Beall

Staff Writer

On Tuesday (Nov. 25), the Drake women’s basketball team traveled to Ames and faced off against No. 24 Iowa State (5-0) at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State defeated Drake (1-4) by a score of 87-45. The Cyclones’ strong bench play and tough defense trumped Drake’s offensive efforts. The Bulldogs were held scoreless in the first nine minutes of the game, allowing the Cyclones to start off on a 13-0 run. The Bulldogs were only able to shoot 26.2 percent from the field in the first half as the Bulldogs trailed 51-13 at the break. Drake allowed the Cyclones to shoot 51.7 percent from the field throughout the game. The Bulldogs also turned the ball over 21 times, leading to 28 points off turnovers for the Cyclones. The Bulldogs improved after the break, boosting their field goal percentage from 16.1 percent in the first half to 36.7 percent in the second half. But after Drake’s disappointing first half, there wasn’t much the Bulldogs could do to claw back into the game.

Iowa State’s Hallie Christofferson led the Cyclones with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Prins and Nicole Blaskowski each recorded 17 points, and Nikki Moody recorded 15 points and 10 assists. Sophomore Cara Lutes came into the game with a hot-hand and scored a career-high 19 points to go along with five rebounds in only 17 minutes. Iowa State has allowed the fewest amount of points in the Big 12 conference and has held its last three opponents 30 points below their usual scoring average. Sophomore Kyndal Clark had an unusually quiet night against the Cyclones and was held scoreless. Clark shot 0-of-6 from the field and 0-of-2 from three-point range in 18 minutes of action. This was the Cyclones’ eighth win in the last nine games against the Bulldogs, which brings both teams to a total of 26 wins against one another. This was Drake’s second worst loss against Iowa State. The Bulldogs lost 95-29 to the Cyclones in 1975. Drake took on Chicago State on Sunday. The results from that match can be found in the next issue of The Times-Delphic.

Top Performers Joel Venzke | staff photographer

SOPHOMORE FORWARD LIZA HEAP prepares to shoot a layup against Quincy on Nov. 2 at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs open a two-game road swing against North Dakota State on Thursday in Grand Forks, N.D.

Points Assists Rebounds Cara Lutes 19 1 5 Alexis Eckles 6 0 2 Mary Pat Specht 5 0 4

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

NOV. 24 vs George Mason L, 76-70

NOV. 27 @ Iowa State L, 87-45

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

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

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

DEC. 16 vs Iowa 2:05 p.m.

Track and Field

Bulldogs introduce deep incoming class Taylor Soule

Sports Editor

The 2012-13 Drake track and field squad welcomes new expectations courtesy of 24 new faces. With 24 freshmen, Drake looks to surprise the Missouri Valley Conference faithful in 2013. Before the State Farm MVC Championship opens on Feb. 22, though, the Bulldogs look to start with a statement at the Iowa State Holiday Preview on Friday in Ames, Iowa. Drake debuts 24 freshmen


at the Lied Recreational Center on Friday. After months of preparation, senior jumper Dan Karys longs to compete. “We’ve trained for the last three months, and we haven’t competed once yet,” Karys said. “We’re excited to run the events we’ve been training for. I just want to compete. I’m ready.” As Karys and Marissa Smith, senior sprinter and hurdler, near the last leg of their Drake careers, a single goal leads the way. “I think indoor is exciting for the two of us because the two of us are on

the breaking point of national power, so I think for us, making NCAAs,” Smith said. “It’s very possible for the two of us.” After months of training alongside Drake’s new faces, Smith expects an impressive showing at Friday’s meet. The women’s squad welcomes 14 freshmen. “They survived fall training all around,” Smith said. “I, personally, think they’re one of the stronger incoming classes I think we’ve ever had.” Though Smith prefers outdoor competition, she eagerly awaits the

2012-13 indoor campaign thanks to Drake’s talented 400-meter field. The Bulldogs boast a new wave of 400-meter specialists. As her Bulldog career winds down, Smith expects Drake’s newcomers to step up. “Young blood is good because us old ones get tired,” Smith said. “I’m so excited for them.” Drake’s “young blood” includes freshman Celeste Arteaga. After a successful cross country campaign, Arteaga awaits another chance to improve. The indoor campaign promises

another perk: more Bulldogs. Arteaga rejoins 17 cross country teammates on Friday as she joins 18 new teammates. “I’m excited to meet everyone else on the team and being with them and hang out with other teammates and get to know other people,” Arteaga said. “We’re a bigger team now, so we’ll all have each other’s backs and support each other.” The Iowa State Holiday Preview starts at 11 a.m. on Friday in Ames, Iowa.

Intramurals say goodbye to broomball competition I have some unfortunate news for some of you dedicated intramural fans. Some participants know that at the end of the first semester is a special season, broomball. Unfortunately, there will be no broomball this year. Please take a minute to process. I know this is hard to accept. Broomball is a sport that goes unnoticed by most mainstream intramural athletes. Primarily reserved for former hockey players and Minnesotans, broomball has become under appreciated and too expensive. I know the few of us who have played intramurals in the past will never understand why it was so under appreciated. I know that there are many complications with broomball. It is

the only intramural sport that costs money to play. It is also the only sport that takes place off campus. Despite all of that, the positives outweigh the negatives. Hopefully, this article may inspire the mainstream athletes to reconsider the wonders of broomball. Everyone knows that hockey players are tough and very dedicated. At a school like Drake University, intramural hockey is impossible. There is not enough interest or playing space to have an entire hockey season. However, most former hockey players at Drake realize that broomball is the closest option to hockey that they have. Yes, it is true that broomball is played on ice, with sticks and helmets, but the similarities stop there. There are no


skates, just gym shoes. The ball is round and not a puck, and there is no padding besides the winter clothes

Joanie Barry Columnist that you wear. Now, picture this if you will. A bunch of passionate ex-hockey players trying to live out their golden

years without skates. The result is a Drake version of “Wipeout.” Another reason that broomball should be reincarnated is the fact that it allows you to be silly. Broomball season comes right before finals when tensions and stress are high. Broomball is the perfect cure to stress relief come finals season. As I mentioned earlier, broomball is played in gym schools on ice. This sounds like a recipe for disaster because it is a disaster. Most people get on the ice ready to prove their athleticism, take one step and fall flat on their face. You may ask me, why on earth would I do that to myself on purpose? You do it because it is fun. As soon as you realize that there is no way to look cool or dignified while playing this sport, you can just

be free to have fun and be silly. The most challenging part of this game is not scoring a goal, but who can stay on their feet the longest. Unfortunately, broomball will not be available this year. That does not mean we will not be able to embarrass ourselves on the rink next year. In honor of broomball, the rule of today is kicking. In broomball, kicking the ball is not allowed. However, just like basketball, it has to be intentional for the call to be made. As always be safe, and play ball! Barry is a junior radio-television and secondary education double major and can be reached at joan.



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PageSeven Women’s Basketball

Drake freshmen supply energy, optimism Young Bulldogs confident as Missouri Valley Conference play approaches


Taylor Soule | sports editor

Joel Venzke | staff photographer

FRESHMAN CENTER EMMA DONAHUE (left) defends against Quincy in exhibition play on Nov. 2 at the Knapp Center. FRESHMAN GUARD ALEXIS ECKLES (center) prepares to catch the ball during practice on Oct. 26 at the Knapp Center. FRESHMAN GUARD AND FORWARD ASHLEY BARTOW (right) drives down the court against Quincy on Nov. 2 at the Knapp Center. Taylor Soule

was pretty fast, but it’s a lot faster. It’s a lot more physical, so that’s been a change.

Sports Editor

When freshmen Emma Donahue, Ashley Bartow, Alexis Eckles and Dilonna Johnson arrived in August, doubts loomed over Drake. The new Bulldogs faced a new system under new leadership without 2011-12 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year Rachael Hackbarth. Optimism replaced doubt, though, thanks to Drake’s new, teamwork-oriented outlook. Though the four freshmen have yet to master every in and out of Division I play, they expect Drake’s optimism to generate growth. The Times-Delphic sat down with Donahue, Eckles and Bartow to discuss their Division I transition, comeback mentality and MVC expectations. Times-Delphic: What has been the toughest part of your transition from prep competition to Division I competition?

Emma Donahue: The season has been about just a lot more. It’s faster, and you just have to adjust to that, and you have to adjust to everything happening around you. So, it’s just more.

Alexis Eckles: The caliber of players that you’re going up against. A lot of people that you play in high school, you have a couple good teams and the rest of the teams are at a lower level, but it’s a level where everyone is as good as you or better. It’s very competitive. Ashley Bartow: I would just say it’s the pace of the game. It’s so much faster than high school. We thought varsity high school

TD: What has been rewarding about developing the new, up-tempo system as a team?

ED: We have more chances to cheer each other on. As soon as we get a good play, we have another chance to get another one, to keep it rolling and stay motivated.

AE: I would say getting all these different combinations of players, seeing who meshes well with each other on the floor. Just knowing I can pass the ball to this person, or I can rely on this person to make shots, just knowing the flow of the game and putting trust in the unit on the floor. AB: We have so many more options.

TD: Six points or fewer have decided all but one of your losses, so how do you move past difficult defeats to focus on the next opponent? ED: We’ve just got to figure out what we’re doing wrong and figure out our shots, our layups and our free throws. The little things that make a big difference.

AE: Our coach really looks forward and not so much on worrying about the past games. It’s finding new ways to get better from each game. How can we better from this game? What can we take from this game to add to the next game? AB: It shows that every free throw matters. If we would have made all our free throws or had that extra rebound, that’s a


TD: As an individual, what kind of energy do you strive to bring to the team? ED: I hope to bring positive energy and just do my best when I’m called. Just do what I can to help my team. AE: I would hope to bring a lot of energy to the team whether that be in the game, making the hustle play. Our coaches talk a lot about fueling each other’s tanks, so making sure you’re always being some sort of inspiration to somebody. AB: Being able to fill somebody else’s tank means telling teammates, “You’ve got this.” It’s pumping up the team. TD: As a freshman class, what can Drake fans expect from the four of you?

ED: I think we’re going to be a strong class. We just have to work on finding ourselves, I think. We need to figure out how we fit as a team. I think we’re going to do good things and be an asset to the program. AE: I would have to say growth, seeing as we’re just diving into the program. We’re new, we’re getting our feet wet. You’ll see a lot of growth, whether it be on the court, off the court, encouraging each other, whether it be in the game or in our classes. AB: We have four years left together, so I think you’ll see us improve a lot.

TD: What has been your favorite moment of the 2012-13 season so far?

ED: I would say team bonding.

AE: I think it has been being able to play and get to know wonderful people outside of basketball, growing as a family, becoming one unit. That has been my favorite thing.

AB: Getting to know everyone. We have a new coaching staff, so getting those relationship opportunities. TD: What can fans expect from your team when MVC play opens in January? ED: I think we’ll be ready.

AE: I would have to say, simply expect us to compete.

AB: I think, right now, we’re still trying to find ourselves as a team and come together as a team. I think by the time conference comes around, I think we’ll be a lot better at playing together. It’s exciting. I think we can really do some damage in conference if we figure it out. TD: What’s the best part of being a member of the Drake women’s basketball team? ED: We’re all really close. We all get along and have a great time together.

AE: I would have to say the coaching staff. They’re not only encouraging us to become a better basketball player, but to become a better person. There’s life after basketball, and they’re also preparing you for that. AB: I would say everything, the fans, the coaches, the team. I wouldn’t have to say one negative thing about it.

Men’s Basketball

Bulldogs close road swing with win over Nevada Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa

Copy Editor

The Drake men’s basketball team earned a big non-conference road win over Nevada on Friday night on the strength of five players scoring in double figures, toppling the Wolf Pack (4-3) 76-66 in a match corresponding to the Mountain West Conference/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge. Junior Richard Carter led the Bulldogs (3-3) with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and just one turnover, shooting 6-of-12 from the field to lead a Drake offense that shot 44.6 percent from the field and went 9-of-20 from three-point range. After earning a 45-39 lead at the break, the Bulldogs held the Wolf Pack to 27 points and just 30.8 percent from the field in the second half to seal their first road win of

the season (the Bulldogs’ win over Rice was on a neutral court). “I thought (the) guys played together. I thought they played extremely hard and especially in the second half, our defense tightened up,” said head coach Mark Phelps in a Drake athletics press release. “We talked about our experiences from previous games outside of the Knapp Center and how those games went. These guys, to a man, were determined not to let that happen again, and to play to win all the way to the end of the game. Defensively, that’s where it happened.” In the first half, senior Ben Simons and redshirt sophomore Jeremy Jeffers did all of their scoring for the game, leading Drake with 11 points apiece. The duo combined to go 6-of-6 from three-point range in the first half, with both making three 3-pointers each to build a 6-point lead. Jeffers, who started 26 games

and averaged 7.0 points per game for Drake last season, came into the game having scored a combined seven points in the Bulldogs’ first five games but broke out with 11 points and five rebounds. “I thought it was certainly a team effort. We have enough players on our team that when someone is not playing particularly well, there are others guys that can step up,” Phelps said. “Let’s not forget who Jeremy Jeffers is. He started a lot of games last year, he led our team in three-point field goal percentage. We saw it tonight.” Drake out-rebounded Nevada 36-30 and pounded the Wolf Pack inside in the second half, scoring 14 out of their 31 second half points in the paint. Redshirt junior Seth VanDeest finished with 14 points and two rebounds, scoring 12 of his 14 points in the paint. “Seth did a great job. Obviously he’s a guy that can score in the low

post. He’s continued to get better,” Phelps said. “We need to get him more touches, he only had seven shots. But again, because of his unselfishness, when they come in to double-team, he’s finding teammates.” The Bulldogs controlled the game in the second half thanks to their defense and rebounding. Drake led by as many as 15 with 4:44 left to play. Drake’s lead shrunk to single-digits just once the rest of the way. Phelps talked about the importance of everyone contributing in the rebounding battle. “Obviously we know about Jordan (Clarke), but everyone else has to chip in and Richard (Carter) took that message to heart. He got seven rebounds on the defensive end, all in the defensive end, and was huge in helping us win the rebounding battle,” Phelps said. Redshirt senior Jordan Clarke

continued his impressive play, finishing with 15 points and six rebounds. After averaging a careerhigh in points (6.0) and rebounds (7.0) per game last season, Clarke is currently averaging 12.8 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game. After a five-game stretch away from home, the Bulldogs will return to the Knapp Center to take on St. Mary’s (5-2) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Like Drake, St. Mary’s participated in the DirecTV Classic over Thanksgiving break and finished with a 1-2 record. The Gaels finished 27-6 last season, winning the West Coast Conference for the second time in three years and earning an NCAA tournament bid. St. Mary’s, who earned a seven seed in the tournament, lost to Purdue in its first match, 72-69.



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