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Up in It’s a Madrigal night the air New academic calendar released, J-term is a go

by Lauren Ehrler

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Starting in January 2013, Drake students will have a new way to spend their winter break. Drake faculty and Student Senate have approved plans for a January term, also called a Jterm or January Experience. The J-term is a chance to take a class or travel seminar that will last for around three weeks, although some travel seminars may start earlier. Interested students can register for a course when they register for their fall classes this spring. Not everything is planned for Jterm, however. There are no plans for what student room and board will be like for on-campus classes, and the staff is still trying to find a way to make the campus similar to a regular semester during J-term. A curriculum committee is looking at class ideas, and there will be multiple on- and offcampus opportunities for students. Two main types of courses are available. On-campus courses would give students the opportunity to complete a core course requirement in a matter of week. Travel seminars will give students the opportunity to go to a variety of places from Indian burial grounds in western Iowa to Poland to study international advertising to the Bahamas to become certified in sailing. “The overarching theme would be to provide opportunities for different experiences,” said Dorothy Pisarski, assistant professor of advertising who is on the J-term committee. “These opportunities include smaller classes, which would give students and faculty more chances to learn, as well as allow students to travel abroad or graduate early who wouldn’t have other wise.” Sen. Amanda Laurent said that Drake is reaching out to students, and students should accept the challenge. “I would really encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity because it is a unique experience to Drake and allows students to fulfill Drake’s mission statement,” Laurent said. Similar opportunities are being offered in similar schools across the Midwest, and Drake is finally catching up. “Drake is almost behind on this movement, and I’m happy Drake is making a positive change in its curriculum,” Laurent said. For the most part, current firstyear students were unsure what the program was, but overall felt that it was a good idea. “I have no idea what it is, no one told me anything about it,” first-year Caroline Davidson said. “I guess if it’s optional, it’s a fine idea. I probably wouldn’t do it.” First-year Jennifer Heartley said that J-term gives students different class options. “It’s good for Drake to come up with an alternative so students are less stressed fitting everything in,” Heartley said. First-year Aigner Watkins said that J-term will benefit Drake students. “I think it will be a good program,” Watkins said. “It supplies a smaller study opportunity for people who don’t want to spend all of break at home and want to get credits.” First-year Haley Hicks said she is happy to hear that the program is not required. “It doesn’t sound too bad if it’s

Bylaw change garners discussion

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DRAKE CHOIR STUDENTS performed for guests at the annual Madrigal Dinner in Parents Hall on Saturday and Sunday night. See page 5 for a complete story on the Madrigal Dinner.

New name for a new rec center

Contest calls for student submissions by Taylor Soule

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Construction workers entered Olmsted Center in September with tools in hand and a plan in mind, ready to build Drake University’s newest recreational facility. That facility is almost finished. There is one missing piece of equipment, however: a name. That’s where Drake students can play a pivotal role, said Mike Cigelman, associate director of athletics for facilities and director of recreational services. The student-generated idea deserves a student-generated name, Cigelman said. “We’d like to have as many students involved as possible,” he said. “The primary reason we’re building the facility is because students have expressed a need for more fitness

and weight facilities. We’ve not been able to meet the needs of the student population.” Just over a month away from the Jan. 17, 2012, grand opening, the recreational services department is asking for students’ input via a naming contest for the new facility. To enter the contest, students must email Lisa Murphy, assistant director of recreational services, their names by Thursday at 5 p.m. Her email address is Beyond the opportunity to name campus’ newest attraction, students can look forward to numerous perks when the facility opens on the first day of the upcoming spring semester. Besides the convenient location, the facility will soon offer newfangled fitness equipment. Instead of several students watching a single monitor, “all of the cardio machines will have a TV monitor

right on them,” Cigelman said. With nine treadmills, nine ellipticals, bikes, stair climbers, rowing machines, free weights and power racks already ordered, the Drake recreational services staff hopes that a clever name is the finishing touch. “We plan to have a grand opening probably that first day, and we’ll have a big unveiling of the name of the facility,” Cigelman said. “Hopefully, we’ll have the winner there.” Construction is progressing as planned, and the facility will open for the first time at 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 17 for students who are eager to wake up early and try the new equipment. The facility will be open from 6:30-11 p.m. from Monday through Friday. On Saturday, it will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and on Sun-


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THE RECREATION CENTER in lower Olmsted will soon be finished and filled with equipment for students.


4:17 p.m. Nov. 17

Security was advised that a male Drake student that lives in Carpenter Residence Hall was in possession of marijuana. Security personnel responded to the scene and made contact with the identified male suspect. Upon arrival and inspection of the room, marijuana was located in the student’s desk drawer. Des Moines Police was notified and responded to the scene. The suspect was arrested.

9:52 p.m. Nov. 18

Security was advised that there were multiple people on the roof top of Herriott Residence Hall. Security responded to the scene and located three males and one female on the roof top. All four individuals were Drake students. They were advised they were in an unauthorized area and in violation of school policy. Security notified the dean of students of this policy violation.




This semester of Student Senate meetings is winding down. This week marks the last regularly scheduled session on Thursday, but Student Body President Greg Larson announced that Senate will meet in a Strategic Meeting session on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Pomerantz Stage. “It’s a much more high traffic area,” Larson said. “Hopefully there will be dialogue between us and guests.” Larson said the meeting will not be formally advertised, but said he hopes that students will still attend. “There are no posters in place, but hopefully our social media will get some traction.” Last Thursday’s session began with a presentation on the Board of Student Communication’s budget from Sen. Sean Walsh and Sen. Stephen Slade. All organizations funded by the BSC — Drake Broadcasting System, The Times-Delphic, Periphery, Drake University Independent Newspaper and Drake Magazine — were all currently on or under budget. The Board of Student Communications Funding Bylaw Amendment was served previous notice and will be voted on before the semester ends. The BSC currently receives 27 percent of the annual Student Activity Fee, but the amendment would shift BSC funding to a set dollar amount. Christians United for Israel passed with enough votes to become an official student organization, but not without discussion from senators. Sen. Kayleigh Koester felt it was OK for the group to advocate an issue but found the group’s stated purpose to be contradictory. “The motion in itself is unclear,” Koester said. “If you are a group that advocates an issue, you are not an organization that is seeking to promote a fair and balanced framework.” Sen. Carly Kinzler disagreed and said that it is possible for a group to advocate an issue while still sharing both sides. “I don’t think we have the right to change what their organization stands for,” Kinzler said. The Diversity Interest Senator Committee Bylaw Amendment, which has been discussed several times throughout the semester, also passed with enough senator support, but not all were in favor. Currently, Diversity Interest Senators are included in Student Services, Campus Advancement and Student Fees Allocation committees. They said they felt that their time could be better spent reaching out to students rather than serving on these committees. Koester said that she didn’t believe it was fair to take away responsibilities from the Diversity Interest Senators from the bylaws without adding some. Sen. Sam Pritchard disagreed. “I don’t think that there is any time to my knowledge that the Diversity Interest Senators have brought about a diversity interest concern to the Student Services Committee or Campus Advancement Committee,” Pritchard said. “So on paper we might remove responsibilities, but those are not responsibilities that are practiced currently.” Sen. Dana Hansen also expressed concerned that the need for Diversity Interest Senators on the committees might return in the future. “There is a reason why they were put on the committee in the first place,” Hansen said. “I’m just ner-






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1:40 a.m. Nov. 19 While on routine patrol, security observed two unidentified males riding bicycles through parking lot 33 located on the 2900 block of Forest Avenue. As security personnel started to approach the subjects, they both jumped off the bicycles and fled on foot. Security took both bicycles from the scene and booked them as found property.

8:50 p.m. Nov. 14 A female Drake University student came into the Security Office to report that someone had rummaged through her vehicle. The student stated she parked her vehicle on campus in parking lot 30, located at 3206 University Ave. The student stated that she was unsure if she locked her vehicle. She stated that nothing was taken from her vehicle, but it was evident that someone had entered her vehicle and rummaged through her belongings. There was no suspect information, witnesses or physical evidence at the scene. 8 a.m. Nov. 15 A Drake University staff member located in the legal clinic contacted security to report that a female staff member was experiencing the following: blurred vision, dizziness and difficulty breathing. Security, the Des Moines Fire Department and rescue medics responded to the legal clinic where they assessed the employee. The employee denied transportation to the hospital by rescue personnel and was taken home by her daughter. 9 a.m. Nov. 16 A Drake University employee notified security of a suspicious vehicle parked at lot 33 located at 2900 Forest Ave. He stated that the vehicle’s trunk and passenger side doors were open. Security responded to the scene and made contact with the owner, who is a male Drake student. The owner stated that he was not sure if his vehicle was locked or not. Upon assessing his vehi-

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7: 52 p.m. Nov. 16 Security was notified by a female Drake University student that she had accidently left her laptop computer in Meredith Hall. Security personnel responded to Meredith Hall to search for the computer. Officers did not locate the computer and documented this incident.


cle, the student stated that no items were taken from his vehicle. There was no suspect information, witnesses or physical evidence at the scene. 10:58 a.m. Nov. 16 A residence assistant requested that security personnel respond to a resident hall on a possible medical/mental concern. Security arrived on scene and made contact with the Drake student. Security assessed the situation and contacted Des Moines Police along with Mobile Crisis. Security was informed that the student was in possession of a ferret, which is in violation of Drake University policy. The Drake student was assessed by Mobile Crisis and was provided with resource material and contact information of counseling services. The ferret was turned over to Drake University personnel for safe keeping until the student can make other arrangements for the animal. 4:07 p.m. Nov. 16 Security was notified by a female Drake University student that the Garmin GPS she had in her vehicle had been stolen. The student stated that she parked her vehicle in lot 33 located on the 2900 block of Forest Avenue about one month ago. She stated that she can not remember if she locked her vehicle or not. There were no visible indicators that the vehicle had forcible entry. The student declined to file a police report of this incident. There was no suspect information, witnesses or physical evidence at the scene.


11:47 p.m. Nov. 16 Security responded to Stalnaker Residence Hall on an odor investigation. Security was advised that a strong smell of marijuana was coming from the basement. Security arrived on the scene and immediately noticed the strong smell of marijuana coming from one of the rooms. Security made contact with two males and one female Drake University students that were standing in the doorway where the odor was most prevalent. Security inspected the room and located alcohol and marijuana. Des Moines Police responded to the scene and will further investigate and follow up on this incident. November 17 Security was informed by Des Moines Police that a search warrant was conducted at a nonDrake affiliated property near campus. After the search was conducted, a male Drake student was arrested for possession with intent to deliver. Des Moines Police will conduct further followup and investigation. 6:42 p.m. Nov. 19 A female Drake student found a wallet lying on the ground in front of 3212 Forest Ave. She brought the wallet to the security office on Nov. 21, 2011. Security contacted the owner and the wallet was returned. 10 p.m. Nov. 19 While on routine patrol at Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall, security observed a cracked window. Security was advised by the residence advisor that the window was broken during a pool game. Security notified the engineering department of the broken window so the damaged property could be repaired. 12:14 a.m Nov. 20 While on routine patrol, security located a fake Minnesota driver’s license lying on the ground in front of the main entry door at GoodwinKirk Residence Hall. Security inquired Drake staff to see if the male identified on the driver’s license was a resident of the hall. Drake staff confirmed that the male identified on the fake Minnesota driver’s license was a Drake student. Security turned the fake identification card over to the Iowa Department of Transportation for


further follow-up. The dean of students was notified about the incident. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 While on routine patrol, security observed a group of unidentified male juveniles standing around a facilities vehicle. The vehicle was parked in front of 1229 25th St. Security then noticed various clothing items and towels thrown on the ground near the vehicle. As security started to approach the juveniles, they began to walk away and shout obscenities. Security did make contact with one of the juveniles. He admitted that some of others had thrown those items from the vehicle. The juveniles were advised that they were not allowed on Drake property and would be prosecuted for trespassing if they returned.

FROM BELL, PAGE 2 day it will be available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ultimately, the new facility is by and for the students, Cigelman said. “This is a facility that came about because students wanted it,” Cigelman said. “It’s a facility that’s going to be for students, and we’re hoping even after it’s opened that we can get student input to modify the facility according to the needs of the student population.”

FROM SENATE, PAGE 2 vous about taking them off because down the road in four or five years and that voice is needed again, what is going to happen?” Diversity Interest Sen. Tanaya Thomas served previous notice on a proposed addition to the Diversity Interest Senator job description: “To promote awareness and education surrounding issues of inclusivity, including diversity in all forms, equal opportunity, social justice, gender inequality and non-discrimination by working with campus organizations, students and staff.”

FROM J-TERM, PAGE 2 optional,” Hicks said. “A lot of people have been talking about how it’s required.” There will be additional information about J-term during the spring semester, possibly at the spring activities fair.

New clothing line debuts at Drake Duke student inspired by practices in Sri Lanka by Erin Austin

Staff Writer

On Nov. 15, a new collection of yoga pants, pinstripe pullovers, touchdown T-shirts and other popular styles hit the Drake University bookstore. In a partnership with School House, a socially responsible collegiate fashion company, the bookstore — along with over 100 other campus bookstores across America — will be selling ethically manufactured men’s and women’s styles. In 2007, Duke University student Rachel Weeks traveled to Sri Lanka and developed the idea of a fashion-forward clothing line that pays workers a fair wage and operates in a sweatshop-free environment. Two years later, School House opened and began designing collegiate lines and producing quality products from a factory in Sri Lanka. Weeks was able

to triple workers’ wages and left a lasting impact on factory conditions in the area. This spring, School House moved its production to the United States. Operating in Weeks’ home state of North Carolina, the company emphasizes a green, homegrown supply chain. School House works solely with North Carolina-based suppliers, ranging from cotton growers and zipper manufacturers to screen printers and shipping companies. These partnerships support almost 3,000 jobs in the American apparel industry, all of which School House oversees to ensure quality wage and to meet working standards. The revival of the American apparel industry, particularly on the East Coast, was a big part of Weeks’ original vision. According to a promotional video that School House placed online, economists say that the age of American clothing manufacturing is dead, and the United States

imports 98 percent of the clothing that is purchased here. This increase in global competition has led to unemployment and a lack of American innovation that School House’s fiveemployee team wants to reverse. The team, led by the CEO Weeks, invests back into School House and is dedicated not only to the profitability of the company but also to maintaining the brand’s mission of integrity. It keeps costs low by fundraising. Weeks raised over $1 million from investors since School House began. The five full-time employees are not paid excessive salaries. The company is still in startup mode — despite these money-saving tactics — but hopes to become profitable next year. For this to be possible, School House must continue to create school-specific collections and find retailers to sell its products. In 2011, School House added 60 colleges and universities to its roster. Said Melissa Dohmen, the business’s

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director of marketing and public relations, Weeks “landed most of those accounts by driving cross-country with samples in her car, visiting major universities and bookstores coast-tocoast.” School House works with large bookstore retailers and independent collegiate bookstores. Because larger retailers collectively own nearly 2,000 of America’s on- and off-campus bookstores, School House collaborates with its buyers to choose both the schools and the bookstores where the products will sell best. When looking to sell at independent bookstores, on the other hand, the School House team must do the groundwork. The team conducts research to understand each campus’s dynamics, which leads to creating a collection that customers can connect to. In other efforts to create a customer connection to the brand, School House recruits student interns in a variety of fields: production, operations,

marketing, public relations and business development. The internships, which Dohmen said are “really more like part-time jobs,” give students the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of the company’s organization and provide them with the resources to take on projects of their own. But this internship program is not simply a way for School House to add numbers to its team of employees, and it’s not simply an on-campus marketing strategy. It’s about building support and belief in the brand from a younger generation. As a small business making an honest investment in the environmental, economical and personal impacts of apparel manufacturing, School House is showing students that it’s possible for an ethical American company to succeed.

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THE TIMES-DELPHIC The crows around campus just don’t seem to want to leave. A murder of crows certainly makes Drake’s campus feel like an Alfred Hitchcock film.

opinions&editorials Three ways to help Congress improve I completely understand the current frustration with Congress that the American people feel. There is a lot of work that needs to be done in this country, and people are getting impatient. Here are three positive steps Congress can take right now, in a bipartisan effort, to help turn our country around: Thoroughly Audit the Federal Reserve This should be one of the easiest bipartisan efforts. I do want to first make it clear that auditing the Federal Reserve is not the same as politicizing monetary policy; not all documents would need to be made public, although some certainly would be. But what an audit would allow Congress to do is analyze, and as I suspect will follow, make public the wrongdoings of the Fed. It really is a win-win situation for America. If the audit proves nothing, then what is hurt? However, as Dr. Arnold King notes in his argument supporting an audit, if there are problems with the Fed then “it is difficult to see why we are better off remaining ignorant of such flaws.” Just recently, Bloomberg reported that banks worldwide — JPMorgan, CitiGroup and Bank of America among them — earned $13 billion by “taking advantage of below-market rates on emergency U.S. Federal Reserve loans.” This finding is the result of a partial audit, thanks to Ron Paul’s fight against the Fed. But imagine what would come out if we had a full, thorough audit? End All Corporate Welfare Once again, I see this step as a serious bipartisan effort, and one that shouldn’t take too much effort especially considering public sentiment on the issue. Each party is going to have to give up a little bit. Republicans have to part ways with welfare to big oil companies, and Democrats have to part with “green” subsidies, among other things. But these are the decisions we need to make. The federal government spends roughly $90 billion on corporate welfare each year when it is defined as any government program that offers aid or unique benefits and compensations to specific companies or industries. That’s $90 billion dollars that we simply do not have. Even if we did have money to invest, it would not be wise for the federal government to do so. Do we really believe that our politicians are

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smart enough to know what companies to invest in (or honest enough to do so fairly)? I sure hope we aren’t that delusional. The recent Solyndra scandal — a roughly $530 million bet that the federal government, and ultimately American taxpayers, lost on — should be evidence enough to end corporate welfare (P.S. – Iowa’s coveted ethanol subsidies would have to go, as well).

What advice would you give to first-years as they prepare for their first round of college finals? by Raeann Langes

“Don’t study too much at once, because you will get burned out.” Jake Walburg, sophomore

Repeal Davis-Bacon

“Drink lots of caffeine and talk to your professors before to make sure you are studying the right things.”

Of the three proposals here, this will be the toughest to muster bipartisanship on, but for all the wrong reasons. The reason: Davis-Bacon is supported strongly by unions, as it well should be considering the amount they benefit from it. Passed in 1931 and amended in 1935 (reformed in the ‘80s, too), Davis-Bacon essentially guarantees artificially high wages for union workers on federal construction projects. The intent of the bill, though, was as vile as they come: to exclude black workers from these construction projects. Speaking on the floor in support of David-Bacon, Rep. Clayton Allgood complained of “cheap colored labor” that was “in competition with white labor throughout the country.” This is no secret, and because of the malicious intent of the act, there have been numerous attempts to repeal it, yet it survived all of them with union support. Sadly, Davis-Bacon has accomplished its intention of hurting minority construction workers, as well as raising the cost of construction projects, which yields another reason to repeal it. Just this year, the Washington Post reported that a construction project in downtown Washington D.C. is going to cost an additional $20 million because of Davis-Bacon, something that even the Democratic mayor there is fighting against. The solution is clear: bipartisan repeal.

Kelsey Brandt, sophomore

“Get a jump start on studying. Start early rather than later and don’t stress too much, it is over before you know it.” Madison Cirks, sophomore “Start studying early, plan out in advance for your more intensive classes. If you have to, ask questions of your professors and older students.” Ryan Thomas, sophomore “Stay off Facebook and the internet in general, to stay focused.” Sarah Mooney, sophomore

“Go to the late night meal at Hubbell and drink 5-Hour Energy.” Tej Patel, sophomore


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The D-Spot: A college kid’s guide to sex Can I be real here for a few moments? College kids love talking about sex, but a lot of them don’t understand how to go about talking about this certain scandalous topic. That is why I am here. Ask me whatever you want. With this semester almost over and with me just starting this column, it’s a little bit different. I was going to discuss the pitfalls of “falling in love” at college during the first couple of months, but now, the first couple of months are over, and you’ve all probably experienced all of these at one point in time (if not, just wait next semester until Relays. It will happen). Anyway, here’s what I would have said to ya’ll months ago: First-years, you’re going to be tempted to date that hot boy that sits next to you in your FYS, but don’t do it. “Floorcest” is a big no-no during your college experience. There are a few couples that haven’t had the experience blow up in their faces, but more often than not,

dating someone on your floor ends badly. Explore outside of your own residence hall. I’ve heard many horror stories of girls hooking up with guys from their FYS classes and then totally ruining the floor dynamic in many ways. The relationships tend to be shallower than a kiddie pool, and it just makes everyone awkward when they know who is making those moaning noises two doors down. It also makes doing group presentations a whole lot more interesting when you know what their orgasms sound like. “Dormcest,” on the other hand, is less frowned upon, but still has the same problems as “floorcest.” Let’s just avoid those at all possible costs. Seriously, freshman year is hard enough. Adding in walks of shame in your own damn residence hall is just not cool (on the plus side, winter season walks of shame aren’t as bad that way). First-years, take it from someone with more experience — don’t do it. Don’t get into a relationship unless


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you know you are ready for it. I’ve been there. I know how you’re feeling. You’re away from your parents. You’re exploring new places (possibly new people), and it’s an amazing feeling. So, before you dive in too deep, think about what you’re really doing. Is this boy or girl you’re about to get down and dirty with really someone you want to be associated with? Is this person a good kisser? I dated a guy for a few weeks back when I was freshman, and well… it didn’t last long. He was not what I would consider to be a good lover, and everyone still says, “Hey, didn’t you date such-and-such?” Yeah. I did. He wasn’t very “gifted,” if you know what I mean. It’s OK. I broke it off for a reason, and now I’d like to forget about it — but I never get to hear the end of it because I was a stupid freshman who didn’t think before she let a guy get intimate with her. There’s going to be a lot of questions that come up as you enter into the world of sexually active adult-

hood. It’s a freeing feeling knowing that your parents aren’t looking over your shoulder every time you bring over a potential significant other. But, you have to factor in a few things. Let’s get the basics down: 1) If you going to bring someone over for the night, let your roommate know. It’s just common courtesy. Seriously. Don’t just show up, get down and not tell your roomie that something is happening. It’s a lot easier to help her find a place to stay than to have that conversation about what she just walked in on. 2) Be safe. Don’t go bare. Or have some form of backup in case the condom breaks. It’s just safer that way. No one wants to end her college career early because she got pregnant after a night at Peggy’s. Most forms of birth control are affordable, and there’s always Planned Parenthood. 3) Think about it. Just don’t jump into it. I’ve had many guys and gals tell me horror stories about how they lost their virginity. More than one of my friends regrets a drunken

hook-up. Yes, alcohol can get rid of some of your inhibitions, but that shouldn’t equal you taking your pants off for whatever Joe Blow you find at Dublin. 4) What is right for your friends isn’t always right for you. Just because “everyone” is doing it doesn’t mean you have to. When the time is right, the time is right. Now, I’m not going to get preachy here, but seriously just do what is right for you. I’m here to discuss sex in an open manner because trust me — it’s on everyone’s mind. So ladies and gentlemen, send in your thoughts and questions, and you just might be lucky enough to get answers.


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This week campus will be infiltrated by news stations and politicians. Keep an eye out for changes in space availability and the possibility of Michele Bachmann eating at Hubbell.

Families at Drake: Just a walk across campus by Kayli Kunkel

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Many of Drake’s students are separated from their families by hundreds or even thousands of miles. With the holiday break approaching, excitement on campus grows exponentially every day. Students are eager to fill this distance gap, travel home and spend time with family. For Bulldogs who go to school with a family member, however, a piece of home is conveniently located on campus. Out of thousands of universities, how do several people in one household choose the same campus? For some, after seeing an older sibling’s love of Drake, the choice was easy. For others, it was initially a little strange following a family member to college. “It was weird at first,” first-year Jeff Marschke said. Marschke attends Drake with his older sister, Nikki. “But once everyone in my family, including myself, realized that we are here for different reasons and are living different lives, it became less weird. I would say going to the same college has made us closer.” First-year Becky Copoulos attends Drake with her brother, Paul, a senior. Her older sister, Calli, is a 2010 Drake graduate living in the West Des Moines area.

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Copoulos also admits that sharing campus with siblings was strange at first, but like Marschke, she sees many benefits in having her family so close. “I think it has been a great thing having both of my siblings around for my first year here,” Copoulos said. “I haven’t gotten homesick, and I really enjoy it because the three of us are close. They take good care of me, yet let me have my own college experience at the same time.” Instead of following an older sibling, twins have a rare experience when choosing where to attend college. Sophomores Tony and Andy Froelich consciously influenced each other’s college decisions and are pleased with their choices. “Andy actually chose to come to Drake a few weeks before I did, so he was therefore a big factor in my decision to come here,” Tony said. “I wouldn’t say it was weird to go to the same school as my brother. I mean, we’re more than just brothers, we’re best friends. It has been a positive going to Drake with Andy with no complaints to speak of. If I ever need anything, he is never more than a five-minute walk away. We try to keep our independence as individuals yet not lose the close bond that we have.” First-year pharmacy students Kevin and Alvin Mathew are also twins sharing campus. They see the closeness as a positive experience overall, but they admit that

there are some difficulties involved. “My brother and I are living in the same room, but we generally try and give each other our space,” Kevin Mathew said. “We can live with each other, but that doesn’t mean we don’t fight. We definitely have our fair share of arguments. Being at college together has brought us closer to some extent, but he gets under my skin at times.” Kevin Mathew said he is grateful to have someone on campus that understands him so well, echoing the sentiment of other Drake siblings. He does point out a downfall in sharing a school with a family member, however. “The negative aspect is that I don’t know how I would handle things if I was truly on my own,” Kevin Mathew said. “Yes, I am away from parents at college, but I have family here still with me, so I don’t really consider myself completely on my own just yet.” Whether Drake siblings butt heads or grow closer than ever, one thing is certain: these family members share a unique college experience unlike any other.

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Santaland Diaries: Not your usual Christmas Carol Robinson brings the Sedaris snark to Des Moines stage by Kensie Smith

Staff Writer

The job from hell looks a lot like the North Pole. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Macy’s Department Store, and the elf is not happy. David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries” is pure seasonal sass and John Earl Robinson, an actor from the Repertory Theater of Iowa, is bringing the shenanigans to the Kirkwood Theater stage. Robinson, with an ever-changing mood from mischievous to huffy, sets the scene for a satirical ride through wonderland. “When I was asked why I wanted to be an elf, I said it was one of the most frightening job opportunities I had ever come across in my life,” reads part of the opening scene from “Santaland.” The grumpy main character, Crumpet the Elf, faces drunken Santas, crying kids and overbearing parents. In the play, as he changes into his work “uniform” of jingly green velvet, there’s a cross from reality to the wacky world of Christmas-making. “You’re an elf, and you’re going wear panties as an elf,” Robinson said of one of

his favorite scenes. Sedaris’ hilariously true day-by-day account was originally read in 1992 on National Public Radio on the program “Morning Edition.” It was adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello. The one-hour monologue has since become an anti-Nutcracker of sorts. “People get wound up around Christmas,” Robinson said. “The show is a good escape — blow off some steam.” Robinson first brought the adapted story to the stage in 2003. He said the idea for the show was a series of fortunate circumstances. In 2002, John Bush, of comedy act Triple Espresso, encouraged Robinson to read the monologue. Robinson asked Bush to direct it. “Frank Burnette was standing within earshot and said ‘Hell, I’ll produce it,’” Robinson said with a chuckle. Other recent roles for Robinson include Sir John Falstaff in the Shakespeare on the Lawn production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” He’s assumed roles as Reverend Tooker in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” as the Ghost of Christmas Present in “A Christmas Carol” and as Rep. Benjamin Goldman in the political spoof “Caucus! The Musical.”

Brad Dell, assistant professor of theatre at Iowa State, directed this year’s “Santaland” production, along with theatrical design by Jay Michael Jagim. “Our production designer is amazing,” Robinson said. “We’re turning around the Kirkwood Theater stage so there’s seating on three sides. The set is full with oversized Christmas presents and gaudy decorations.” “Santaland” is more naughty than nice, with strings of sarcasm and a few swear words thrown in. “I would say it’s PG-13 — just a little more crass that the usual Christmas show,” Robinson said. For a sentimental balance to the evening, RTI Artistic Director Joseph Leonardi will open with Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.” Tickets for the doubleheader are $22 for general admission, $17 for seniors and $12 for students. It’s the season of giving, and tickets are just $10 with any non-perishable food item or monetary donation during the matinee performances this Saturday and on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the DMARC Emergency Food Pantry Network.

Get into the spirit with Crumpet the Elf The Santaland Diaries & A Christmas Memory Dec. 9-23 Evening Performances: December 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: December 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 2:00 p.m. The Kirkwood Theater — on the ground floor of the Kirkwood Hotel 400 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA. 50309 Tickets available at the door, box office opens at

Juice Magazine to honor young professionals in annual award by Kathryn Kriss

Staff Writer

You hardly have to tell Drake students that Des Moines is a hotbed of active young adults. Juice Magazine, the branch of the Des Moines Register newspaper dedicated to young adults, appreciates how much the young people are contributing to the city. Each year, the magazine holds a contest called the Juice Young Professionals Award, recognizing a central Iowan resident under the age of 35 who has “made substantial contributions to the quality of life in Des Moines, through

social, charitable, civic or entertainment efforts.” Though the award only started in 2009, it has become a major honor for those who give back. Perhaps nobody better exemplifies this persona than Andrew Allen of Nevada, Iowa, who won the award in 2010. An outstanding senior community investment consultant with the Principal Financial Group, Allen helps clients with long-term investment planning, as well as serving as the head of global charitable giving and community outreach for Principal. Allen’s road to success was not the easiest path. He was arrested for his first felony at age 10, and was sent to a rehab clinic at age 17. He credits the clinic as the beginning of his efforts to turn his life

around. He managed to graduate from Iowa State and joined Principal as an IT applications analyst. As he worked his way up the corporate ladder, he became more involved with the charity aspect of his job. Allen knew he wanted to help adolescents in situations similar to his, who didn’t have the most promising future but desperately wanted to turn their lives around. He is no stranger to adversity and said he believes that if people get the help and support they need, there’s no reason why they can’t succeed. Allen has also earned the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award at Iowa State, earned a spot on the Des Moines’ Business Record’s 40 under 40, and was inducted into the Iowa Volunteer

Hall of Fame. The ideal nominee for the Juice award is an active member of the community and hold positions or offices to prove it, is successful in his or her job or major, gives time and effort for charity and overall acts as a role model that young adults can take an interest in. Fortunately, the Drake campus is crawling with active and ambitious students that fit this description. The application to nominate somebody for the award is simple but succinct: the magazine wants to know how the nominee excels in his or her professional field, and how the nominee helped the community through charitable, civic or entertainment efforts. After reading the nominations, an

independent panel of judges will choose five finalists, then one winner. Competition for the award is steep and rigorous, but Juice wants applicants from all backgrounds, including the humble college student. Nominations for the 2011 award are due next Monday at noon.


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Drake celebrates holidays with annual Madrigal Dinner by Meagan Flynn

Staff Writer

JOEY GALE | photo editor

“Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer…We won’t go until we get some; We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here.” Most everyone knows the lines from the renowned “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” carol. That figgy pudding? The carolers seem to find it quite desirable. And at the annual Drake Madrigal Dinner, the figgy pudding isn’t just part of the song — it’s served, along with countless other traditional Elizabethan era foods. It is a night complete with singing, dancing, acting and a six-course meal. The event is a re-creation of the Elizabethan Yuletide feast, and it is hosted by the Drake Chamber Choir. Minstrels, jugglers and dancers will keep guests entertained and serenaded the whole night. Traditionally, for an Elizabethan feast, nobility gathered in castles and manors of friends to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas while enjoying a massive feast. At Drake, it took place on Dec. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. in Olmsted. Tickets sold for $50 each from Nov. 7 through Nov. 22, and was open to the community. Aimee Beckmann-Collier, conductor of the Chamber Choir and director of choral studies, introduced the annual Madrigal Dinner tradition to Drake in 1989. “It’s been a great success every year,” she said. “I started it with two goals in mind. One, to provide a sort of immersion learning experience concerning the music and culture of the Renaissance, and two, to connect with the Greater Des Moines community by means of an unusual cultural event.”

Beckmann-Collier usually starts preparing for the up-to-$20,000 event as early as June, and the students begin in October. Planning for costumes, food, music, the theatrical cast and marketing are just a few realms that must be heavily considered. Also, there is not a budget. “It’s a high-wire act without a net,” Beckmann-Collier said. “We must sell all the tickets in order to pay the bills.” Performers will include the Drake Chamber Choir — the most select of the four choirs, brass players and dancers — and the Music Antiqua, a group of musicians who play Renaissance instruments. For the acting portion, the primary roles are the king and queen, the Lord of Misrule, who, said Beckmann-Collier, is the night’s “comical emcee,” and various minor lords and ladies roles. The costumes were designed by professional costume designer Gwynne Burke. “She (Burke) creates new ones as the need arises and alters and repairs our inventory each year,” Beckmann-Collier said. As for the traditional Elizabethan food, Beckmann-Collier helped choose the menu in consultation with Sodexo chefs. The meal features choices such as cornish game hen, garlic mashed potatoes, spinach salad, wine, baked apples, scones, wassail bowl, boar’s head and — of course — the flaming figgy pudding procession. The event is entirely formal — so formal that each guest has an individual place card at his or her seat that has been designed by a calligrapher. “When I ask our students why they love madrigal dinners, they say, ‘They’re magical,’” Beckmann-Collier said. “We are excited to share our music and the spirit of the season with our audiences this weekend.”

Handwriting a reflection of personality by Taylor Soule

Staff Writer

Parent or guardian signature required. Whether it’s an unfavorable grade on an exam, proof of problems on the playground or a backpack-buried permission slip, forging a parent’s signature is a skill many youngsters master in elementary school. Flying under the radar of most third-grade con artists, however, exists a profession designed to demystify the clues hidden in handwriting: graphology. Forging someone else’s signature, much to many students’ dismay, is a difficult, if not impossible, task said certified graphologist and forensic document examiner Sheila Lowe. Lowe teaches handwriting authentication at the University of California Riverside. Lowe also owns her own graphology firm called Sheila Lowe & Associates. “It’s extremely difficult to successfully forge someone else’s handwriting,” Lowe said. “You have to put aside your master pattern of handwriting, and you have to take on the master pattern of another person, which is developed over their lifetime. You don’t know what made them who they are.” That master pattern is made up of the squiggles, swirls and swoops that are as unique to one’s identity as a fingerprint. “It’s a personal expression,” said Lowe, who has 43 years of experience in graphology. “It comes from who you really are inside. Handwriting reflects who you are inside, and how you have integrated all your experiences in your lifetime comes out on the paper.” Forget crystal balls, fortunetellers and astrological signs — handwriting offers a glimpse into one’s past, present and future. From composing a letter for Grandma to signing an autograph, handwriting reveals “some important things,” Lowe said. “It can’t tell everything, that’s for sure,” Lowe said. “It can tell a lot about the state of your ego and how willing you are to go out and get your ego needs met, how you are socially, how organized you are, how you want your needs met.” Grandma’s eyes might not be one’s only audience for writing, though. In today’s ever-competitive job market, employers don’t blindly hope they hire the right person for the job. Rather, they consult graphologists like Lowe for an expert analysis of several candidates’ penmanship.

“Probably the largest part of my graphology practice is with companies (that) are hiring, and they send me the top one, two or three applicants, and I do an analysis whether the person is going to be right for the job,” Lowe said. “I simply compare the personality traits shown in the handwriting to see if they would be the right person for the job.” Beyond job applications and forgery investigations, handwriting analysis can be a critical step in one’s own self-development. Penmanship highlights haunting experiences, mental states and even undesirable personality traits, making graphology an oft-effective means of examining one’s inner psyche. Lowe said her favorite part of the job, in fact, is improving clients’ lives through the power of graphology. “When people say, ‘Wow, nobody else really understands me the way your analysis does,’ when it helps them to understand themselves and their lives better,” Lowe said. Aspiring handwriting analysts must mind more than their p’s and q’s and instead look at an ideal writing sample — a page of writing on unlined paper with a signature — as a whole. When adhering to this gestalt method of analysis, Lowe said, different patterns yielding different personality traits emerge. “If you see small, cramped handwriting, that’s a very different person than someone who has large, loopy handwriting,” Lowe said. “The spatial arrangement has a lot to do with how you think, how you plan, your social needs.” Coming to these conclusions, then, mandates knowledge both in graphology and in psychology. “Study psychology,” Lowe said. “Learn basic personality development. Take that seriously as a context for the graphology part. Once you learn spatial arrangement, what all the parts mean, writing form, writing movement, speed, pressure and so on, apply them to as many samples as you can.” Self-improvement and personality exploration are, perhaps, literally in the palm of one’s hand. There is power in every comma, exclamation point and decorative heart above the letter ‘i.’ This power comes with responsibility to pay attention to the pen’s clues. “Handwriting shows the important red flags, and if you don’t pay attention to them, it isn’t worth much,” Lowe said. “Handwriting doesn’t lie.”

LAUREN HORSCH | managing/news editor

JOEY GALE | photo editor

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men’s basketball squad has to be excited about the play of junior Ben STAT OF The SImons. Along with sophomore Rayvonte Rice, Simons is having a terrific year. Saturday against Air Force, Simons led the team with 16 points on 6-of-10 THE WEEK Onshooting. Simons is averaging 16.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

sports MEN’S BASKETBALL NOV. 19 @ Winthrop W, 66-62

NOV. 21 @ Virginia L, 52-60

NOV. 26 vs Cal State Northridge

W, 73-49

NOV. 30 @ Boise St. L, 64-108

DEC. 3 DEC. 8 vs Air Force vs Eastern Michigan W, 62-60 8:05 p.m.

DEC. 17 @ Iowa 8 p.m.

DEC. 21 vs Central Arkansas

7:05 p.m.

JAN. 3 DEC. 31 vs Indiana St. @ Missouri St. @ Creighton 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 2:05 p.m. DEC. 28

Bulldogs hold off Air Force rally, hang on for 62-60 win by Matt Moran

Copy Editor

Trailing Drake by two points in the game’s final possession, Air Force had two 3-point attempts rim out as the Bulldogs survived to earn a 62-60 victory last Saturday at the Knapp Center. Drake (5-3) led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but the lead dwindled as the Falcons roared back to pull within one in the game’s final minute. With 42.2 second remaining, Air Force (3-2) elected to defend Drake for the entire 35-second shot clock instead of intentionally fouling to get the ball back. Redshirt freshman Karl Madison drove to the hoop and drew a foul with 15 seconds left. Madison split the pair of free throws to push the Bulldog lead to two.

Air Force would not go down quietly. The first of two 3-point shots fell short, but redshirt junior Jordan Clarke could not collect the ball as it went out of bounds. Air Force got another good look off from beyond the arc, but it hit the back iron of the rim at the buzzer to hand Drake the win. “This basketball team continues to be a work in progress,” Drake head coach Mark Phelps said in a Drake athletics press release. “We’re not nearly as good as we can be. Individually we can be better, and also collectively we can get better. So it was good to learn some lessons tonight in a game that we won.” Junior Ben Simons made four treys and led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Sophomore Rayvonte Rice added 15 points and collected team-highs with eight rebounds and three assists. Clarke also had eight rebounds while adding 10 points. He had a team-

high four steals. Drake led the entire game despite Air Force closing the gap to a final shot attempt. The Bulldogs last field goal came with 4:29 left in the game. Both teams made six 3-pointers, but Drake shot 40 percent from the field compared to 39 percent by Air Force. Both teams had nearly identical numbers in points in the paint, points off turnovers and bench points. “Our game plan was to defend their cutting,” Phelps said. “They cut as hard as any team in college basketball. They play fast, they run their offense extremely hard, and if you’re not ready to defend and be physical and guard on your defensive end for 35 seconds at a time, then you’re going to have a long night. I was really happy overall with our effort on the defensive end. We gave them too many threes in the second half, but overall I was happy with our defense.” Air Force’s Michael Lyons, who averaged 20.5 points per game heading into Saturday’s contest, was kept in check by the Drake defense. Lyons only managed 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting. Using a 13-2 run late in the first half, the Bulldogs held a 10-point lead

at the break. Simons had 10 of his 16 points in the game’s initial 20 minutes. “It was great to be back in the Knapp Center,” Phelps said. “It really helped us down the homestretch. Our guys really like to play on this court.”

We’re not nearly as good as we can be. Individually we can be better, and also collectively we can get better.

- head coach Mark Phelps

Des Moines was much more friendly to the Bulldogs than Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho, was last Wednesday. Boise State made 14-of-22 shots from

beyond the arc and shot 61 percent from the field to give Drake its worst loss of the season, 108-64. Rice had 19 points and five rebounds to lead Drake, while Simons contributed 14 points. Drake couldn’t keep up with the Broncos, who left the nets on fire. The Bulldogs shot 43 percent from the field and were outrebounded 42-24. Five Boise State players notched double figures. Drew Wiley came off the bench and shot a perfect 5-for-5 from behind the arc. He led the Broncos with 17 points. “Boise State played terrific, especially on the offensive end,” Phelps said. “We knew coming into the game that they’re really good on offense. Their offensive numbers were good, and they shoot the ball well from three, from several positions, and they really are a good passing team. I think that’s what sets them apart.” Drake takes on Eastern Michigan at the Knapp Center this Thursday. Tipoff is set for 8:05 p.m.

JOEY GALE | photo editor SENIOR KURT ALEXANDER dribbles away from an Air Force defender on Saturday. The Bulldogs improved their record to 5-3 with their 62-60 victory.

SOPHOMORE RAYVONTE RICE goes up for a put-back in the Bulldogs’ game against Air Force on Saturday. Rice battled foul trouble throughout the game but still managed to finish with 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NOV. 15 vs Iowa State L, 64-71

NOV. 18 vs Milwaukee W, 63-51

NOV. 24 @ Marist L, 47-50

NOV. 25 DEC. 1 DEC. 8 DEC. 18 DEC. 11 @ Hofstra vs North Dakota vs North Dakota St. @ Wisconsin @ St. Louis L, 60-70 W, 74-60 5 p.m. 2 p.m. 2:05 p.m.

DEC. 31 DEC. 20 DEC. 22 @ Iowa vs Loyola-Chicago @ Creighton 2:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 5:05 p.m.

Marschner, Hackbarth lead Drake past North Dakota 74-60 by Taylor Soule

Staff Writer

Rebounding from a pair of tough losses at the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge, Drake dealt North Dakota a 74-60 defeat last Thursday night at the Knapp Center. To topple the Fighting Sioux without starting redshirt junior point guard Brittnye McSparron, Drake had to have contributions from young players. Sophomore guard Alyssa Marschner was ready to step into just that role. With a career-high 10 points, Marschner was one of three Bulldogs to reach double figures in scoring. Following difficult losses to Marist and Hofstra at the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge two weeks ago, the Bulldogs aimed for quick passing, consistent defense and a positive mindset in front of an announced crowd of 2,006 people. A statement-making start marked the first step to victory against North Dakota’s notoriously tough zone defense. Junior forward Stephanie Running tallied the first four points to open a 12-1 Bulldog run. Besides scoring 15 points in the contest, Running also led Drake with seven rebounds. The Bulldogs’ advantage stayed in single-digit territory until redshirt fresh-

man guard Carly Grenfell sank a three to give Drake a 17-5 lead. Marschner added a bucket to put Drake up by 14. “My mentality was just to go out and do whatever I can to help the team,” Marschner said. Marschner drained her first of two 3-pointers to put Drake up 28-8, stretching the Bulldog lead to 20 points. A Running basket put Drake up 3916 at the break. The Bulldogs shot 45.5 percent from the floor compared to just 17.2 percent for the Fighting Sioux in the first half. Much to North Dakota’s dismay, Drake tacked on basket after basket to open the second half, eventually widening the gap to 29 points. The duo of Marschner and Grenfell sank consecutive threes to complete Drake’s largest lead at 59-30. Following five consecutive North Dakota tallies to close the lead to 6142, senior forward Rachael Hackbarth added back-to-back baskets, stumping the Fighting Sioux yet again. North Dakota was unable to catch an offensive break in the game’s final minutes due to the stiff Drake defense, and the Bulldogs closed out the win with two free throws by sophomore Morgan Reid. Coming off the two tough defeats in Cancun, the Bulldogs knew this game marked an opportunity to refocus. “We’ve been preparing for North

Dakota,” Marschner said. “We scouted all their plays. We read our scouting reports day and night. We wanted to be prepared for this team because we wanted to make a statement.” Despite plummeting Iowa temperatures, the Bulldogs were eager to return to Des Moines after the tournament in Cancun. “They were two tough losses,” Hackbarth said. “I think coming back to our home court, we were really hungry for a win. We stressed the importance of swinging the ball, and we did a really good job of that. Hackbarth had a team-high 21 points in the game. Gearing up to face North Dakota State this Thursday, the Bulldogs look to hit the practice court with goals in mind. “Our team can definitely get better at defense,” Marschner said. Hackbarth said that fans can expect the Bulldogs to “stay consistent as far as being a balanced team, to not be one or two scorer heavy and put a full game of defense together” in the contest against North Dakota State. The Bulldogs improved to 2-4 on the season. The game included an enthusiastic crowd as Drake enters a December stretch of challenging opponents, including Wisconsin, Iowa and Creighton. Thursday’s game at the Knapp Center is set for 5 p.m.

DEREK NIPPER | staff photographer REDSHIRT FRESHMAN CARLY GRENFELL goes up for a three-point attempt in a game against Iowa State last month. On Thursday, Grenfell finished with six points and four rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 74-60 victory over North Dakota.

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It’s time for our home-court advantage to come alive On the night before the Drake vs. Iowa State basketball games, I was sitting on my couch watching ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off marathon. It was everything a college basketball fan could ask for: 24 hours of basketball, from mid-major schools like Northern Iowa and Morehead State to national powers like Kansas and Kentucky. As I sat watching a game between Gonzaga and Washington State, I absolutely fell in love with Gonzaga’s McCarthey Athletic Center. It wasn’t the biggest (in fact, it has fewer seats than the Knapp Center) or nicest arena I’ve seen, but it was leaps and bounds ahead of hundreds of other programs for one reason alone: the student section. What looked like a third of the stadium was taken up by rowdy students, all wearing the same shirt, jumping in unison while they all chanted and willed their team to victory. Now, one must realize this isn’t a huge rivalry in college basketball, and it probably isn’t even a huge game for Gonzaga, but the student section treated it like a conference championship. I believe that atmospheres like those at the McCarthey Athletic Center or Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium are what make college basketball so special. The smaller, intimate

settings of these home courts put the students right on top of the action and encourage them to get loud and proud for their teams. What I would love is for the Knapp Center to become the next basketball stadium on par with these two venues. Before you say that it sounds crazy or impossible, let me attempt to convince you otherwise. First, let’s look at the sizes of the schools and their venues. Both Gonzaga and Duke, although both very successful programs at the Division I level, share a number of commonalities with the Bulldogs of Drake University. All three schools are small private schools with strong academic reputations. Duke only has 6,504 undergraduate students while Gonzaga has 4,729, so both schools are a lot closer to Drake than they are to large state schools. Also, the stadiums of each school are similar in size. Gonzaga’s MAC holds about 6,000 while Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium holds about 9,000. The Knapp Center falls somewhere in the middle with about 7,000 seats. I believe it would be even easier to fill our student section though, as our students only have to occupy both sections behind the baskets (that’s right, technically both sides are student sections, not just the one by the visiting bench) instead of

Gonzaga and Duke’s layout of taking over the sides. Next, let’s take into account that this has been accomplished before, and within the last four years even. Yes, the magical 2007-08 season, when Adam Emmenecker (the man, not the delicious Jethro’s monstrosity) led the Bulldogs to a 28-5 season and a fifth seed in the NCAA tournament. After Drake beat Iowa State and Iowa that year, the Knapp Center started to sell out on a consistent basis. I was talking to one of my friends who graduated last year, and he said students had to wait outside for two hours prior to the game just to get a spot in the student section, but that every moment out in the cold was worth it once the game started and the crowd came alive. Now, I’m not saying that this year’s Bulldogs are going to go on the same incredible run as that historic team (although I’m not ruling out the possibility), but that doesn’t mean we can’t pack the student section for each game and bring that same atmosphere to the Knapp Center. Third, the players feed off the energy of the crowd. It’s called a home court advantage for a reason, and we can transform the Knapp Center into one of the toughest places to play in the Missouri Valley Conference if we

can emulate Gonzaga or Duke. I’ve been watching the “Five Questions” segments on, and whenever they talk with the men’s basketball players, each one of them talks about how a packed Knapp Center really pumps them up during the games. You can tell after games that our players really do appreciate it, too. After last Tuesday’s game, the players came over to show their gratitude and were mobbed by a small contingent of students (myself included). The same thing happened at the end of last year’s win over Northern Iowa at home. We aren’t some big BCS school where the players are treated like gods. This is Drake, and the players on the court are the same ones that sit next to you in class, and you have no idea how much they appreciate your support. Finally, and maybe most importantly, it is just plain fun to be in an excited student section. The most recent example of this happened at the Drake vs. Iowa State game. For those of you who went, how fun was that second half down the stretch? We were all on our feet, cheering, chanting and yelling “Hide your laptop” at Royce White when he was at the free-throw line. That’s what Division I athletics is supposed to be like, and it felt great, didn’t it?

But that also brings up an important point that most of you probably noticed; it isn’t enough to just be there. You have to really invest yourself in the game if you want to have fun. When you are sitting down and watching the game politely, there is a real disconnection, not just between you and the game but also between you and the other fans. So I implore you to go to Drake basketball games, both men and women’s. When everyone is on their feet and being loud, we are one big group celebrating and suffering together out there. And don’t worry about being embarrassed as you yell at the opposing team. If we are all doing it, you won’t look weird at all. I can’t wait to be yelling alongside you at the Bulldogs’ next game.

DOMINIC JOHNSON | COLUMNIST Johnson is a junior marketing and advertising double major and can be contacted at dominic.johnson@drake. edu


After MVC individual title, Austin has eyes set on winning the conference by Rodney Spears

Staff Writer


On Oct. 30, sophomore Brogan Austin made Drake cross-country history by becoming the first Bulldog to win the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship since Bobby Anderson in 2004. Austin also earned two Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week honors and was named the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Year. As a member of the 2011 MVC Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Team, Austin exemplifies the academic excel-

lence that he will command from his students as a secondary math eduction teacher. Austin hails from Boone, Iowa, a small town of about 12,000 people that is about an hour northwest of Drake. Austin’s transition from high school to college running the past two years has been made smooth by Drake head coach Dan Hostager. “He is a real great coach,” Austin said. “He actually did a little pro running, so he can give a lot of insight. Hostager really cares about his runners, and he doesn’t just run you to death your freshman year and see if you survive. He gears your training towards your senior year.”

No NBA, no problem: Super Bowls, Bowl Games and Bulldogs by Rodney Spears

Staff Writer

This is usually the time of year when Americans get a healthy dose of sports, with NFL football on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, and college football and basketball on Saturdays. Something is missing this year for sure. Maybe its the thrilling dunks on ESPN’s top plays coming from the some of the worlds greatest athletes in the NBA. Oh yeah, that’s right, the NBA is exiting its lockout, but for the time being no one should care. When you look at the proximity of all the sports seasons and their championships, as long as the NBA players and owners agree and sign the proposed collective bargaining agreement in time for the playoffs, it will seem like the lockout never even happened. The Super Bowl this year is scheduled for Feb. 5, 2012; the BCS National Championship game is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2012; and March Madness is scheduled for March 15 through April 2 of next year. The Dallas Mavericks closed out their championship series in game six on June 12. So as long we have NBA basketball the day after the Final Four is

over, all will end well. The lockout is now over with games slated to start on Christmas day between elite NBA squads. The Boston Celtics will take on the New York Knicks, the Chicago Bulls will take on the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat will take on the Mavericks in a NBA finals rematch. Since it’s the first day of games, NBA commissioner David Stern has added two more games to the already scheduled triple-header; The Orlando Magic will play the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Los Angeles Clippers will take on the Golden State Warriors. That’s enough of the labor talk because we got enough of that all summer with the NFL lockout. Lockouts are tricky and hard to understand because all we have is secondary source information coming from a variety of angles from different news sources, so it is hard for us to get a good grasp of what is actually going on, but we do know that the new NBA season will be 66 games instead of 82. All I care about is an eventual NBA season, but for right now I can wait because I am enjoying watching Aaron Rodgers and the Packers shred teams week-in and week-out. I love watching my Ravens dominate at

home with a 6-0 record. The rowdy group down in Baton Rouge led by Les Miles at LSU is also keeping my seemingly insatiable sports appetite appeased. Don’t forget that we all can take a little walk up Forest Avenue to the Knapp Center and watch our very own Drake Bulldogs. The team is just oozing offense ­— Ben Simons, Rayvonte Rice, Aaron Hawley, Kurt Alexander, Karl Madison and Jeremy Jeffers are liable to put up big numbers any night. Add that to solid rotation defense led by Jordan Clarke, the big 6-foot-8-inch, 250-pound forward, and the sky is the limit for this young basketball team.

RODNEY SPEARS | COLUMNIST Spears is a first-year broadcast journalsim major and can be contacted at

Austin described his 2011 season as successful, but he thought he could have done better. With aspirations of becoming an All-American runner, Austin’s goals are clear, and he has the means to achieve them. Austin is a must-see distance runner for the upcoming track season. Austin said he prefers anything between a one-mile and five-kilometer run for track season. “It is more of a rhythm thing,” Austin said. “It’s harder to get into a groove for the shorter races, but for the longer races I can just lock it in.” In addition to wanting qualify for the NCAA Championships next year, Austin is optimistic about his team winning a conference title in the future.

“A couple seniors really stepped up making the transition easy from high school to college,” Austin said. “We have a strong sophomore class and a good team returning, so hopefully we can contend for a conference title.” If Austin could play another sport, he said he would wrestle. If he had to pick another sport at Drake, he said he would like to play basketball. After graduating, Austin plans on being an algebra or calculus teacher for either high school or college students. For now, Austin is enjoying his burritos at Hubbell North, his blueberry pancakes at Hubbell South, and then running it all off for Drake track and cross-country.

>> Sports Blurbs compiled by Eduardo Zamarripa FOOTBALL Nine members of the Drake football squad were named to the Academic All-Pioneer Football League teams last Friday. First-team selections include fifth-year senior cornerback Michael Lahart and senior Tyler Moorehead. Lahart, a pharmacy major, has a 3.89 grade-point average. Moorehead, also a pharmacy major, owns a 3.66 GPA. It was the second consecutive year that both players earned the distinction. Second-team selections include senior tackle Evan Lawrence (3.39 GPA, accounting/finance), fifth-year senior running back Patrick Cashmore (3.30, marketing/management), fifth-year senior punter/ kicker Billy Janssen (3.20, physics/math/computer science), senior offensive lineman Avery Fuhs (3.47, biology/chemistry), junior defensive end Brandon Coleman (3.63, education), sophomore linebacker Travis Merritt (3.65, biology) and senior defensive end John Sawhill (3.42, accounting). Lawrence, Cashmore and Janssen received the distinction for the second time in their Drake careers, while Fuhs, Coleman, Merritt and Sawhill were first-time recipients. No team had more selections in the PFL than the Bulldogs. This tied for the most selections the Bulldogs have had since the PFL was established in 1993. MEN’S SOCCER Fifth-year senior midfielder Matt Kuhn was selected as a first-team honoree for the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men’s Soccer Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Kuhn, an accounting major, carries a 4.00 graduate-school GPA. Kuhn is only the second Bulldog ever to earn first-team honors, joining Brian Wurst (2009). Along with his academic accolades, Kuhn led Drake in goals (11) and points (26) this season. Kuhn also became the fifth Bulldog to earn firstteam All-MVC Scholar-Athlete honors in three different seasons.

Intramurals brings unexpected challenges in the final week The final week of fall intramurals is upon us, and with the combination of a holiday season, the program has heard of multiple athletes wishing for just one thing this year: a co-rec basketball championship. This league always brings a resounding number of teams willing to compete. After watching each sex contribute equally to all squads this year, and even having girls as captains of teams, we hope Drake intramurals has made its mark on the rhetorical campaign for justice in the fight for equal-opportunity athletics. In the spirit of this culminating week of playoffs, I would like to give my first annual public predictions on the possible winners and upset candidates of one of Drake’s finest intramural sports. Due to the fact that most Drake students would rather study for finals than play basketball, the program has compiled the heavier half of playoffs into the penultimate week of the semester. This aspect has some teams potentially playing up to four games in five days to boast a definitive victory. Nothing in life has pre-

pared us for this defining week of co-rec basketball, but given enough focus and quality nutrition, your team can find itself ready and aggressive come championship night. Here are my predictions: Recreational league: This league possesses the most quantitative competition this week. The intramurals program thrives off of multiple playoff games in one week, as this usually brings irrational, unexpected results. Nonetheless, here are the teams to look for: Winners: Attorney’s at Ball (Ranked No. 2)

This squad has used a bold strategy in often varying their team name from the more commonly known title of “The Firm.” Do not let the new pun fool you; these players are still part of the law school, most likely older than you and may be more talented at talking the refs into changing a call. However, the new team name brings the same game every year. They are talented, aggressive and likely to find themselves walking away

with multiple victories this week. Almost Winners: Phi Delta Chi (Ranked No. 1)

pleted last week. Here are the two teams squaring off tomorrow:

Here is another chance for more experienced players. This is the professional pharmacy fraternity, which means players with extended years of education and more seasons of intramurals under their belts all come together. The red and gold shirts are ubiquitous throughout intramurals, but their only moment of vulnerability may come with a team that has nurtured four extra years of intramurals instead of their relatively insufficient two years.

Cookies: This team suffered its only loss against the opposing team tomorrow night, but their determination may transcend the defeat and be the main factor in this rematch. The female players on this squad are intimidating, as their ankle braces, real basketball shorts and four-point abilities are unrivaled. The extended amount of pick-up basketball the team plays may also contribute. If the team brings it all together, they could prove victorious.

Potential Upsetter: Honey Badgers (Ranked No. 4) Have you seen the Youtube video? Championship game: Dec. 8, 10 p.m.

Silence of the Llamas: This team consists of an unmatched amount of intramural staffers. This has raised much contention in the realm of intramurals, as many players assume this to be the main reason for the unstoppable nature of all similar teams. To counter the argument as unbiased as I can, there is a chance that players who work for intramurals may actually like sports, have played them before and never raise their voice

Competitive League: This league consists of a five-team playoff bracket. The championship game has already been decided, and the tension has been building since the semifinal games were com-

to a referee. However, the ability to make a lay-up has nothing to do with one’s job. The squad has met its match in “Cookies,” and the game will be one to watch. Championship game: Dec. 6, 9 p.m. Until next time, please play by the rules.

HALEY BOSCO | COLUMNIST Bosco is a senior English and secondary education double major and can be contacted at



MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2011 | PAGE 8

The Times-Delphic  

The Official Independent Student Newspaper of Drake University - Des Moines, Iowa

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