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SAB hosts Build-A-Bear workshop Senate passes resolution in favor of J-term Lacrosse jerseys spark most debate by Sean Walsh
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Senate recognized one new organization, passed an updated version of the Election Commission rules and also passed a resolution in support of the proposed January academic term. Controversy arose over a funding allocation for the Men’s Lacrosse Club. Debate sparked over the club’s request of $1,250 to purchase 25 jerseys. Some senators spoke against the allocation citing precedence relating to a vote last year against funding shirts for the Triathlon Club. “I have a problem with this,” Sen. Laura Menendez argued. “I think it’s opening a can of worms.” Menendez and other senators went on to argue that by allowing the Men’s Lacrosse Club
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>>MEETING IN BRIEF • DRAKE RUNNING CLUB approved as official campus organization • $2,146.50 to La Fuerza Latina for costs associated with the Hispanic Leadership Institute • $1,343.47 to Honors Student Council for costs associated with the Midwest Regional Honors Conference • $1,250 to Men’s Lacrosse Club to for team jerseys • RESOLUTION PASSED supporting the creation of a January term in the university academic calendar and Student Senate’s collaboration with Faculy Senate and university bodies to develop the additional term
Students gather in Hubbell North to stuff unique Valentine’s gifts by Sarah Andrews
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Thanks to the Student Activities Board, cute and cuddly valentines were available to students for cheap on Friday. For just $5, Build-a-Bear teddy bears were available for purchase and stuffing on the Hubbell North stage on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Students also had the option to fashion their bears with teddy-bear-sized Drake T-shirts. The shirts could be decorated at one of the Valentine-decorating tables to make an even sweeter, personalized gift First-year journalism and fine arts student Mark Lesser took advantage of the event and made a bear for his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. “It’s a nice, simple way to show my affection, and I know she’ll love it,” Lesser said. “Valentine’s Day is all about letting her know how special she is.” Valentine’s Day wasn’t the only reason to take advantage of the event. Madeline Matthews, a first-year education major, opted to make a bear for herself. “I built a bear for my birthday this year, and I remember it cost a lot more. This was a great price,” she said. First-year students Erin Cella, Jordan Emrick and Hilary Gibney also took advantage of the low cost. They made bears for each other and decorated the shirts as a fun valentine weekend activity. The Build-a-Bear bears run anywhere from $10-22 online and in stores. The variety of bears at the event wasn’t quite as extensive as Build-a-Bear offers in its stores, but the classic bears were available in several colors for only $5. Most were available to be self-stuffed, but the cream and brown bears came pre-stuffed. SAB Entertainment Co-Chair Allie LeClair, a junior journalism major, thought the event was a success.
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JORDAN EMRICK, a first-year student, works on a Valentine’s Day card at Hubbell North Friday during SAB’s Build-A-Bear workshop event.
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If you want sushi Then this new place is for you Go check out Haiku
by Becca Mataloni
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Drake University students have a new place to eat in the neighborhood: Haiku. The new restaurant under West Village has its grand opening Friday. Haiku serves sushi and a mixture of Asian cuisine, such as Japanese, Thai and Chinese. The opening will feature a well-known Asian tradition that brings good luck–a lion dance. Owner Ken Lin, wanted to add something different and unique to attract people to the ceremony. “It’s something extra to put on a show,” Lin said. “It will be really different for Iowa.” Lin had the idea to start the restaurant three years ago. He wanted something out of the ordinary that appealed to a younger age. When a spot opened under Drake West Village, he knew he had to jump at the opportunity. “We chose the Drake area because the location was great, it was great
timing and the idea matched with what the community is known for,” Lin said. Lin wanted his restaurant to have something different than others, and he did that with a special type of lighting. He wanted a red or blue color, but when they bought the building, the final choice was clear: “Drake blue.” “The lights bring a more modern feeling to the restaurant, something we wanted to bring to the area,” Lin said. Lin wants Haiku to be not only for students, but also for the local community. “There are not many places in town where you can relax and not worry about anything,” Lin said. “This is a good place to socialize and network, and you only have to walk right across the street.” Not sure what to order? All applicants had to memorize the menu and fill in the blanks, including ingredients and prices, so they will be sure to help you out. Michelle Markiewicz had never waitressed before, so she was worried about the interview. She said that Lin told all applicants to
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>> Can’t make it out on the 14th? Try these Valentine’s Week plans Salsa Dance
Tuesday, Feb. 15 Salsa Des Moines and DJ Xan are launching a brand new salsa dance night at the newly refurbished BAR 2060. Free salsa dances are offered starting at 9:15 p.m. followed by open dancing starting at 10. Music will include classic and contemporary salsa, bachata, merengue, cha-cha-cha and other Latin beats. • No cover charge • 21+ to attend • 2 for 1 drink specials until midnight
Des Moines Derby Dames vs. Quad City Rollers
Saturday, Feb. 19 The Des Moines Derby Dames’ season kicks off at the State Fairgrounds’ Jacobson Exhibition Center at 5 p.m. Prior to the Derby Dames’ season opener, Des Moines’ first all-male derby team, Your Mom, will make its debut in a bout against the Sioux City Kornstalkers. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 the day of the bout. Tickets can be purchased at www. dmderbydames.com or by calling 515-262-3111.
Funny Bone Presents James Sibley & Mike Speenberg Wednesday, Feb. 16 – Sunday, Feb. 20 James Sibley and Mike Speenberg have a combined 25 years of stand-up comedy experience and have made special appearances on NBC’S “My Name Is Earl,” TBS’s “Daily Riff,” Fox News and the movie “Mr. Woodcock.” Their renowned show, “BACON and BEER,” will be showing at the Funny Bone comedy club. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.funnybonedm.com.
Pour-Over Poster Show
Friday, Feb. 18 Mars Café is hosing the Pour-Over Poster Show which features local art along with free Olde Main beer for a limited time. Thirty local artists’ posters will be featured, all made by hand and centered on coffee as the theme. The event goes from 5 to 9 p.m.
Cheap, Protected Sex hosted by SAB
Adjusting back to Drake from being abroad
Valentine’s Day in Des Moines can be just as romantic as Paris
Softball wins first two games of the year
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I like that it’s a solid week of love, sex and relationships. —ALEX CASKEY, SAB CAMPUS IMPACT CO-CHAIR | PAGE 8
The birds, the bees and the Student Activity Board SAB teams up with Planned Parenthood and MECCA for“Cheap, Protected Sex”event by Nicole Mittelbrun
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The Student Activities Board has the perfect event for this Valentine’s Day. “Cheap, Protected Sex” is coming Tuesday at 7 p.m. in room 312 nd 313 in Upper Olmsted. SAB is collaborating with Planned Parenthood and the MidEastern Council on Chemical Abuse to hold this event. One of the rooms will feature a student group presenting about safe sex on a budget, while the other one will have representatives from both Planned Parenthood and MECCA. The student group will present twice and the other room will have tables set up by Planned Parenthood with different games and activities to participate in such as wheels featuring different facts about sex, and games about safe, healthy sex. MECCA will have information on healthy relationships displayed through trivia games and booths. “Students can go between rooms, or they can just choose to come and play a board game if they want,” said Alex Caskey, SAB Campus Impact co-chair. “It’s pretty open and casual, it will just be fun and a little edgy.” This event has been in the works for a while. In the fall, MECCA contacted Drake looking for a way to reach out and educate students. MECCA is a community-based substance abuse and behavioral health service. SAB has been working with
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a representative from MECCA. “They are an organization in the community that wanted to help with whatever we had going on,” said SAB President Greg Larson. “We talked with [the representative] and came up with an educational, fun, edgy idea, that is more interactive and engaging.” Prizes will be handed out throughout the even, including
SAB gets cute and cuddly
Faculty Senate likely to vote on January term at Wednesday meeting
FROM BEARS, PAGE 1 a success. “It’s a fun on-campus event and a great way to make valentines,” she said. Only 19 bears were left at the end of the event, and the remaining bears were sold at SAB’s Live Group Sex Therapy event on Friday and the Megan Burtt concert on Saturday. SAB has done similar events in the past, but this was the first time they worked with the Build-a-Bear company for this event. “They do events like this a lot on other campuses, so they were very cooperative,”
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STUDENTS PUT TOGETHER STUFFED ANIMALS at SAB’s Build-A-Bear event Friday. LeClair said. Although the pre-stuffed classic Build-aBears were a hit, LeClair thought students preferred the do-it-yourself approach. “We went a different route this year with the pre-stuffed bears, but the ones you got to stuff yourself went a little faster,” she said. If you missed out on the event, and you still want to make a bear of your own, visit www. buildabear.com or head to the nearest location in West Des Moines at the Jordan Creek Mall.
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THE NEW RESTAURANT HAIKU is located in Drake West Village. Its grand opening will be on Friday.
condoms, cozies and informational items. Students living in the residence halls should be on the lookout for gift bags as well to go along with the event’s theme. The gift bags feature suckers with clever sayings such as “suck on this” and “cheap sex cumming.” This event is the perfect way to end two weeks of Valentine’s Day themed shows. “We tried to combine all of the SAB events in these two weeks with a Valentine’s theme, and then all of our promotional items go together as well,” said Jessica Hamilton, SAB Campus Impact co-chair. Larson said Drake has statistics that show what some of the major issues on campus are, and SAB related them to the Valentine’s theme. “We contacted Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari,” Larson said. “We wanted to know what issues are prevalent on campus. This was one of a few topics brought back so we realized that this was something that should be addressed.” Hamilton said Campus Impact asked for student input as well. “Through speaking with students we think this is an issue pressing college students and we haven’t brought anything like it recently,” Hamilton said. “We thought it would be something new.” “Especially after incidents we’ve had on campus,” Caskey added. “Those should be addressed, so we’re bringing this to show an alternative. Sex can be healthy and safe.”
know the menu, but did not tell them exactly what they would be doing. “I realize now that it’s easier to communicate with customers if you know everything that is on the menu,” Markiewicz said. Both Lin and Markiewicz believe Haiku will be successful because of the price range and uniqueness of the restaurant. On average, a meal costs around $10. “We definitely thought about the students during the planning,” Lin said. “You can’t expect students to pay for an expensive meal, so we made the meals at an attractive price.” The grand opening of Haiku will take place Friday, Feb. 18. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and members from Urbandale, West Des Moines and Des Moines Chambers of Commerce. Haiku is open daily from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. for dine-in or carryout. For more information, or to order call 515-277-6704.
to purchase jerseys with Senate funds, it would be unfair to other organizations, such as club sports, that have been denied funding in the past. Or it would cause a whole new group of organizations to request funds. However, other senators felt that the jerseys fell under the category of equipment since they are required in order to compete. Treasurer Nate Bleadorn argued that the Men’s Lacrosse Club came to the Student Fees Allocation Committee well prepared and had done some fundraising. Sen. Kayleigh Koester added that the club had previously spent its own money on other equipment. “They’ve footed equipment costs and we can perhaps foot T-shirt or clothing costs because they have covered their own equipment costs,” Koester said. The funding allocation passed with 17 senators in support of the allocation while six opposed it. Senate voted unanimously to pass two other funding allocations. The largest allocation was $2,146.50 for La Fuerza Latina to attend the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute on in Chicago from Feb. 17-20. And Honors Student Council was allocated $1,343.37 to attend the Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference, which will take place from March
31 to April 2 in Grand Forks, N.D. Additionally, senators discussed the possible January term, or J-Term, which is being discussed by the Faculty Senate. A separate committee of professors was set up to look in to the possible incentives and conflicts that would arise from adding it as an option to Drake students. The J-Term would offer students the option of taking one three-credit hour class in between the fall and spring semesters. The report written by members of Faculty Senate explained that J-Terms are popular at other schools and offer an opportunity for students to earn credit during their winter breaks. On the other hand, special consideration would have to be given to additional costs for the classes, residence halls and professor salaries. Sen. Ben Cooper proposed the resolution to show Senate’s support for the J-Term, which after passage would be passed on to Faculty Senate. “I believe this is a work in progress and we need to show our support to further unify Drake’s campus,” Sen. Amanda Laurent said. The resolution passed unanimously. Senate also approved the Election Commission rules unanimously in their original format, which were proposed and widely debated last week. The Drake Running Club also was unanimously recognized as a student organization with all senators in support of the new club.
>> Considering running for a position in Student Senate? Information from Drake Election Commission • Petitions for the Executive Election will be available in the Student Life Center Office Today at 8 a.m. • Petitions for the Executive Election are due in the Student Life Center Office Friday, Feb. 18th at 5 p.m. • Executive Election Mandatory Candidate Meeting Saturday, Feb. 19th at 1p.m. in Pomerantz Conference Room. Candidate picture, biographical information and deposit will be due at this meeting
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• Climb to the top of the Duomo • Go inside Santa Croce to see Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and Dante’s tombs • Eat pear pasta, bruschetta and Nutella gelato from an authentic Tuscan restaurant • Take shots with your best friends at the Shot Café • Dance with an Italian • Dance with another Italian • Assume the fetal position and weep in the streets of Florence because you can’t leave this place or these people These are just the highlights of my last 24 hours as an honorary Florentine. That last night was simultaneously the happiest, saddest and, above all, the most humiliating night of my life. Let me explain. Never have I ever been as happy or comfortable with my life or myself than I was while in Florence. Had I been a cartoon character, I would have been whistling, skipping and singing with those cute little animals you see in Disney movies. I was that happy. And until that final night, I thought my life there would never end. Saying my goodbyes that night felt like a stab in the heart. It was borderline ridiculous how upset I was (picture Jason Segel in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”). It didn’t hit me that my life in Italy was ending until I had to say goodbye to my new friends before leaving for my flight at 5:00 a.m. It honestly felt like I had known the people in my program for years, not a few short months. Florence felt like home, and my new friends there felt like family.
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catch up with old friends. Aside from the weekend in Des Moines, being back in the States wasn’t quite as fun or easy. The first few weeks were spent catching up on sleep, dreaming of Italy and consequently waking up very disoriented in my own room. It took all the strength I had to resist returning to the fetal position and weeping like I did on that last embarrassing night in Florence. My mom would have been considerably more comforting than the Italians who laughed at me on the street, but nobody wants to get stuck with a blubbering, crying mess. As great as it was to be back in the house with my mom, it was also just surreal. Everything was just as I’d left it. I had made sure to call my mom every day while I was gone, so there was no catching up to do. Nothing in my room had moved. TV shows were generally the same. The dogs certainly hadn’t changed. It felt like somebody had pushed the pause button on life while I was away.
Returning to Drake was much the same as my return home, but there was a lot more stress and a lot more of my own laundry to do. My friends are still the same people. Porterhouse the bulldog is still here. I still have a second home in Meredith. Hubbell is a little different, but for the most part, everything seems to be just as I left it. It’s a little cliché, but being abroad really does change you. It’s a weird, overwhelming feeling to have an experience like that and return to an unchanged life.
SARAH ANDREWS at the top of the Duomo after climbing up 465 steps.
Even with all the tears and sorrows of leaving, it was relieving and comforting to see my real family (especially my dogs) when I got home. But thankfully, I was slightly more prepared for how I would be feeling when I returned to Kansas City than when I left Florence. I knew I wouldn’t want to be hanging out alone in my house with nothing to do, so I decided to tag along with a friend and go up to Drake for a weekend. It was definitely the right decision. I had so much fun at my sorority’s formal and it was refreshing to see everyone and
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Letter to the Editor In last Monday’s “Ode to Reagan,” freedom was mentioned numerous times. In 1980, the prison population was 474,368 inmates; in 1990, the prison population was 1,148,702. The huge spike in inmates is largely attributed to the War on Drugs, a disgusting policy that has cost this country billions of dollars, infringed upon the civil liberties of millions of non-violent offenders and has severely disrupted numerous Central and South American governments. A 200 percent increase in prison population should be alarming. The billions of dollars spent on enforcement, processing and imprisonment should be even more alarming. The War on Drugs continues to erode our society and incarcerate our most vulnerable populations. In 2011, America has the highest rate of incarceration. You are much more likely to be imprisoned in America than Russia or China. Furthermore, there are serious racial disparities in drug sentencing. In 1994, 74 percent of people sent to prison for drug possession were African Americans. This is the supposed land of the free. Nixon started this War on Drugs, Reagan militarized it and every president since has perpetuated this erroneous policy. Next time you want to write a puff piece, please consider historical facts. If you think I’m some pot-smoking, Reagan-hating anarchist, Google “Iran-Contra Affair” or “Mujahideen.” Or consider this: In a recent survey, 21 percent of high school students admitted to smoking cannabis in the last month, 19 percent admitted to smoking a cigarette. Michael Ujifusa email@example.com
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Simple tips for this seemingly over-the-top holiday Well it’s that time of year again…Valentine’s season. It seems people either love or hate this holiday, and for some people, it makes them sad. This day should not be about having a significant other or about gifts and everything overthe-top. This day should be about telling and demonstrating to the ones in your life whom love and making sure they know how much you love them and care about them. Think of all your friends and family who have supported you through thick and thin, those are the people you need to say something sweet to or do something out of the ordinary for, even if it’s just a card or a phone call.
Even though today is Valentine’s Day, it’s not too late to show the love.
gether a week and get them something very lavish. Anything out of the ordinary is sweet to do on Valentine’s Day, just make it your own, and remember, it’s the thought that counts! As much as I love Valentine’s Day, it is sad to me that this holiday has become so over-thetop and stressful to so many. I think we need to scale things back and keep it simple. Words on a card mean more than a piece of chocolate or a rose ever will. If you are single today, do not fret, just remember and recognize the people you have in your life who love you unconditionally, like your best friends, parents and siblings. So find the love in your heart and reach out to the people you care most about today. Wishing you all a love-filled day! Happy Valentine’s Day Drake University!
Even though today is Valentine’s Day, it’s not too late to show the love. Here are some simple things you can do today: Grab a bag of kisses or candy and give them to the people in your life who you get to see every day. Go old school, and pick up adorable little Valentine’s Day packs and give them with the candy. It’s the little things like this that can make someone’s day. And if money is short, rather than buying something, make something! It could be a homemade card or even valentine cookies. Besides, it always means more when it’s from the heart! If you do have a significant other, make sure you gage what you get them based off how long you have been together. You would hate to scare someone away if you’ve only been to-
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features Relationships go the distance don’tmissthis
by Laura Sigal
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In the month of February, Valentine’s Day is on many people’s minds. Being alone on Valentine’s Day, also known as Singles Awareness Day, is not something most people want. Some Drake students will be alone on Valentine’s Day, not because they are single, but because they are in a long-distance relationship. Erika Owen is a sophomore at Drake University. Her boyfriend Kyle McKinney is 22 and attends University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The two met at McKinney’s house when Owen returned home to attend a concert with her best friend. A mutual friend introduced the two of them. While they are away at school, Owen and McKinney text and talk on the phone, but as a unique way to keep in touch, they also write each other letters. They also send each other what she describes as “virtual mix tapes,” which are just songs that they find online. They both visit the other once in a while. To Owen, the perfect date happened when they went to a Greek restaurant followed by a Tea House, where the two read newspapers and joked around. Owen also said that phone dates are important in long distance relationships. She said that ditching out on a phone date is just like ditching out on a real date, because it is how you hang out when you are so far away. On the subject of jealousy, Owen said she has to accept that he is in Milwaukee and she is in Des Moines, and she has to know that if he really cares, he wouldn’t put their relationship at risk. Long-distance relationships are often hard, you miss out on doing many things as a couple. For Valentine’s Day, Owen got McKinney and herself matching journals so that they could write
things they wished the others were there for, and trade journals whenever they see each other. To others in long-distance relationships, Owen gives the advice, “Just accept the distance.” She also adds, “Don’t get caught up in the future.” Sami Richmond, also a sophomore at Drake, and her boyfriend Ryan Bailey, who is a sophomore at University of Illinois, met their senior year of high school in Advance Placement psychology. Bailey and Richmond went to Stevenson High School, a school so large that until they had class together, they didn’t even know one another existed. Richmond sat by Bailey thinking he was cute. Bailey was quiet though, so the two didn’t speak in class. Things changed one Friday night when the two both happened to be at home working on college applications and on Facebook. They talked about their college applications and eventually got on the topic of baseball, they then realized that they are both huge Chicago Cubs fans. Richmond and Bailey began regularly talking online and in class, but that was the extent of their relationship. As time passed and graduation came and was followed by a short summer, Bailey packed up for University of Illinois, joking that Richmond should join him since it was her second choice. The two eventually exchanged phone numbers and randomly texted during their first year of college. This past summer, Richmond had tickets to a Cubs game and needed someone to go with last minute. She invited Bailey. The two then attended another Cubs game together and realized that they had a lot of fun together. They began to hang out more and realized they liked each other as more than friends. When Richmond and Bailey began dating, they meant for their relationship to be a summer fling. Things soon got serious,
Cheap Protected Sex is Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Upper Olmsted ( rooms 312/313).
and they have now been together for seven months. This past semester Richmond lived in Goodwin-Kirk, so when he visited he could just sleep in the common room. This semester Richmond moved into her sorority house, making visits a little more complicated. Since Bailey is not allowed to spend the night there, his last visit he spent one night at a hotel and slept in a friend of Richmond’s room the other night. Being so far away would be hard for anyone. “When I have a bad day he’s not there to just go to,” Richmond said. Richmond and Bailey talk daily though, through texts and Facebook chat. They also talk on the phone and Skype. Living so far away makes romantic gestures are hard, but Richmond and Bailey still manage to keep the romance alive. Bailey contacted Richmond’s roommate in weeks preceeding her birthday, and got her to let him into their sorority house to surprise Richmond. He surprised her there with a dozen roses. The distance can cause problems for many, including jealousy. Richmond has many guy friends and describes herself as “lucky” that Bailey is understanding and not a jealous person. Richmond said that while she occasionally gets jealous, she knows that Bailey was raised well and would not cheat on her. Since Richmond can’t spend Valentine’s Day with Bailey they are making up for it by celebrating next weekend when Richmond goes home. Richmond sent Bailey cookies and a coupon book she made, which includes coupons for dates and more. To other people in long-distance relationships, Richmond gives the advice, “When you’re far away, you can’t just sit around and sulk, you have to go out and live your own separate lives and do your own thing.”
Group Sex Therapy brings large turnout, but poor response by Megan Bannister
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Allowing the text messages of college students to be projected for all to see can be risky, especially when those texts are sex-related. As the predominantly female audience waited for the evening’s entertainment to take the stage, they were encouraged to submit thoughts on dating, sex and love. Topics ranged from digs at select campus fraternities to inside jokes– some more obscene than others. But it is far riskier, some might argue, to talk about the difficulties of sexual relationships between men and women. Relationship and dating coach Daniel Packard has made it his career. “We all want the same thing,” Packard said. “I just think we never get past the frustration.” The Live Group Sex Therapy event, sponsored by the Student Activities Board Feb. 11 in Bulldog Theater, was Packard’s brainchild billed as a representation of what happens when “the truth gets loose, the lid flies off and a whole lot of relationship-enhancing and hilariously educational steam comes flying out,” according to Packard’s personal website.
“It was something different,” sophomore marketing and management major Jessica Hamilton, the coordinator of the Student Activities Board sponsored event, said. “We’re trying to bring new types of events to campus.” The program offered a comedic approach at unraveling the moments in relationships that leave both men and women alike with arms upraised and expletives aplenty. Rather than reacting with frustration and anger when difficult situations arise, Packard preaches understanding. “It’s not like men came out of vaginas as confused assholes,” Packard said. In most cases, he said that the bulk of men’s confusion regarding women can be attributed to misinterpreted social advances and overly defensive female attitudes. Instead Packard, a recipient of the National College Speaker of the Year award, works toward instilling a greater appreciation for both sexes to encourage respectful and healthy relationships. “You guys can create life in your body,” Packard said, addressing the women present. “I can pee in the snow.” Along with promoting less hostile attitudes toward men, Packard urges women to recognize
the internal repercussions that constantly trashtalking female friends and self-deprecating behavior can have on self worth. He also urges women to abandon the myth created by countless Disney movies and fairy tales: A prince in shining armor will unexpectedly appear to sweep his undeserving princess off her feet. “First of all, ladies,” Packard said, referencing a typical fairy tale plot line. “If a guy ever jumps out of the bushes, points and yells, ‘You!’ at you, run.” Infusing weighty issues with an element of humor, Packard both implores women to claim responsibility for their love lives and reconsider their outlook on men as a whole. Under the tagline the “Social Acupuncturist: Penetrating Truth to Let the Love Flow,” Packard travels internationally to promote his dating philosophy. The Student Activities Board through the National Association for Campus Activities booked the event last year upon student recommendations, Hamilton said. “I thought what he had to say was interesting,” Brooke Feehrer, a junior marketing major, said. “He provided a good balance of humor and seriousness, and the way he interacted with
the audience was good.” Though Packard uses elaborate metaphors and obscene jokes to poke fun at the stereotypical romantic behaviors of both men and women, the underlying message of his seminars is surprisingly simplistic. All humor aside, Packard maintains that “you have to give love to get love.” Whether it is getting dumped by a long-term boyfriend or dissed by the hot girl at the bar, the decision to feel helpless and heartbroken can be consciously avoided. Above all else, Packard places the ability of men and women to claim power and confidence for themselves outside of a relationship.
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Be my Des Moines Valentine On a day supposed to be about love, there is no lack of hate for Valentine’s Day. What is to love about the holiday is that there are a number of novel activities around Des Moines; Adventure with a significant other, a friend, a potential “thing” or individually. If the couch feels too inviting, rent a movie, or stay in and bake heart-shaped cookies. However, Des Moines can be just as much a city of love as Paris. Take a trip around the town to explore with a sweetie all that the area has to offer. All the following suggestions for a great night out on the town are for Feb. 14 unless otherwise noted.
swoon over the creative hand-printed posters by 30 different artists’
What: Pour-Over Poster Show Where: Mars Café, 2318 University Ave. as steak frites, oysters and crepes When: Show runs February 14-28 Price: $16-$25 Price: $30 per poster
Put on your dancing shoes
Swing to the music or sit and tap the toes. Trumpeter Pat Harbinson is bringing his skills to the Des Moines Big Band.
Adventure Land Inn, 3200 Adventureland Drive
When: 6:30-9:30 Price: $5 for students
Catch a Concert
Crooning love ballads
The Love Language–A band with indie cred and a vivacious stage appearance. Sway next to a sweetheart or dance alone to the heart’s content in the middle of the room.
There is no better way to get to know someone than the way they do karaoke. Do they shake with it or stand there belting out the wrong pitch? Sing a duet or style it solo. Any Celine Dion song is suggested.
Where: Billy Joe’s Lounge,
Where: Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St. 1701 25th St., West Des Moines When: 9 p.m. When: 8 p.m. Who: With Dustin Smith, Canyons Price: $10 Food
Geek out on Art
Gaze into the depths of a painting and discover the heart of an artist. What: Anselm Reyle exhibit–modern, German paintings and sculptures
Where: Des Moines Art Center,
4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
When: Not open on Valentine’s Day, but celebrate on Tuesday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Go local or go home
Orginal art in the close-to-home coffee shop makes for a convenient and inexpensive date. Make sure to purchase the “Love Motion” cherry mocha as you
Sweets for the sweet
Chocoholics unite. There is never a better day to indulge than Valentine’s Day. Hit one of many sweet shops around the Des Moines area to satisfy the strongest of cravings. Where: Nan’s Nummies, 501 Elm St., West Des Moines (Valley Junction)
When: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. What: Candy, cakes, fudge, cookies Price: Under $9
Foods can act as an aphrodisiac. Try something French for a taste of the “language of love.”
Foreign films provide a unique Valentine’s Day movie selection by Asmita Gauchan
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Do you ever feel like your girlfriend or boyfriend is talking in a different language? Like when the two of you disagree on something, and the point he or she is trying to make is simply not coherent? It is not so much a language barrier that gives rise to situations like these but the individual differences that each of us harbors, that goes into making our unique personalities. Let’s, for a moment, believe that the person you are going out with did speak a different language. While we’re at it, let’s also presume that he came from a different culture and you couldn’t understand the things he said or the things he did. How would that play out? It is Valentine’s Day and if you don’t have anything special planned with either your significant other or even just for yourself, then try to rent one of these foreign films so you can get the answer to the question previously posed. On the surface, you will find that all of these films take great detours from your preconceived notions on how relationships are built, but once you take the time to really think about it, you might start feeling differently. Guess it is true what they say, love has no language!
“Amélie” Watch instantly on Netflix. Before she played the direct descendant of Jesus in “The Da Vinci Code,” Audrey Tautou was Amélie–the pixie-haired do-gooder from the French hill, Montmarte. “Amélie” is a heartwarming French film that chronicles the complex undertakings of its namesake, who happens to be on a quest to put a smile on other people’s faces. It is a great film to watch on Valentine’s Day, because embedded in the very center of this creative feature is a budding love story that is both elusive and so sweet that it is surely going to make you reminisce about how your own relationship began. If you do not have a huge smile plastered on your face when the credits start rolling, it is my unfortunate duty to let you know that you are a cold, cold person.
Where: Django, 210 10th St. When: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. What: French cuisine and desserts, such
“The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” Rent it. If you and your loved one happen to be a fan of the effervescent class of Japanese anime, look no further because “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” is going to be your best bet for a lovely night. As you may or may not have guessed from the title, this feature-length anime relies heavily on the concept of time-travelling to tell its story, but it does not dwell on the mechanics of it for too long. Instead, the film focuses on the possibilities that complement the privilege that we all, more often than not, wish for–the privilege of going back in time and doing things differently. The tone and plot progression is highly engaging, but what will strike the chord that most live-action romantic comedies fail to even brush past is the poignant ending of this otherwise frivolous anime.
“My Sassy Girl” Rent it. Here is a movie that is internationally notorious for making people cry. It follows the story of a 20-something college student who comes across a drunken girl one night and how things escalate once she starts bullying him. You read it right, I said bullying. “My Sassy Girl” not only employs the two leads in gender-bending roles, but the said leads have so much comic chemistry together that you will be laughing at things you do not even understand. It is extremely ridiculous, yet genuinely earnest, and for that reason it is hard not to appreciate it. Of course, the fact that this South Korean film was based on a true story will only make you love it that much more.
“Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na” Rent it. Any list of foreign films would not be complete without a stamp of Bollywood on it. If, because of some interesting turn of events, you are spending your Valentine’s this year with your best friend, “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na” is just the movie you guys need to snuggle up to. “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na” capitalizes on the same myth that popular culture has taken the liberty of extensively publicizing – a guy and a girl cannot just be friends, and adds its own Indian charm and quirk to it. Plus it has a lot of singing and dancing, good ol’ Bollywood style!
Nothing is better than a life talk or gazing lovingly into a lover’s eyes or sitting, sipping in solitude with a good book with a strong cup of joe. Where: Java Joes
Dinner in the gardens
Ever eaten dinner in a dome before? Surrounded by beautiful year-round gardens, the indoor Botanical Center plays host to a slightly expensive, but unique holiday experience.
What: Valentine’s Day Dinner Where: Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines, IA 50316
When: Doors open at 6 p.m. Price: $60 per person
Off the beaten path Sleigh ride together with you
When it’s cold, it’s necessary to snuggle together for warmth. When you don’t have a Snuggie, that means holding hands. This one is a little out of the Des Moines Metro area, but make a day of it. It will be an experience not to forget.
photos by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor
What: Sweetheart Sleigh Rides Where: 1171 NW 103 Court, Granger, IA 50109
When: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Price: $60 (Carriages can hold up to 4 people)
BILLY JOE’S LOUNGE hosts all singing ability levels for karaoke starting at 9 p.m.
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Drake edges Bradley, but falls to Northern Iowa
by Tad Unruh
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The Drake women’s basketball team brought a two-game winning streak into the weekend as it continued Missouri Valley play against Bradley last Thursday and Northern Iowa last Saturday. The Bulldogs rallied for a 67-65 win over the Braves last Thursday, but fell 74-55 to the Panthers two days later. In the game against Bradley, Drake trailed by as much as 15 points in the second half and 6151 with just 3:45 left. The Bulldogs went on a wild 15-1 run to jump ahead by four. After the Braves cut the lead to one and senior Kristin Turk split a pair of free throws, Bradley’s lastsecond shot missed at the buzzer as Drake escaped with an improbable victory. “We refused to go away,” head coach Amy Stephens said in a Drake athletics press release. “It just snowballed, positive for us, negative for Bradley.” Leading scorers included sophomore Kayla Person and senior Kristin Turk with 16 points each and junior Rachael Hackbarth added 15. In total, four Bulldogs were in double figures in scoring on the night. Drake was victorious despite being outrebounded 40-30. “We were self-destructing,” Stephens said of her team’s performance before the incredible comeback. “Give Bradley credit for doing some things to catch us off guard.” On Saturday, the Bulldogs travelled to Cedar Falls to take on their in-state rivals, the Northern Iowa Panthers. The game was never much of a contest, as the Panthers came out hot and executed some torrid shooting to put away Drake early. Northern Iowa’s seven 3-pointers in the first half put it on top for the remainder of the game. The Panthers finished the game 12-of-24 from beyond the arc. The Missouri Valley leaders improved to 19-5 on the year and 12-1 in conference. Drake fell to 12-12 and 6-7 in the MVC. Drake pulled within 10 points early in the second half on a 3-pointer from Person, but Northern Iowa responded with an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach. “We wanted to contain penetration,” Stephens said. “They worked the passes to find the best shot.” Turk led the Bulldogs with 14 points and Hackbarth contributed nine points and five boards. “I thought our team played hard. We had some good looks and the ball just didn’t go in,” Stephens added. “We have to get more consistency from our supporting cast.” Drake will take on Illinois State on Thursday at the Knapp Center at 7:05 p.m. The Bulldogs will be back in action two days later when they host Indiana State this Saturday at 2:05 p.m.
photo by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor
FRESHMAN ALYSSA MARSCHNER runs the point guard position to set up a play for Drake. The Bulldogs did a great job sharing the ball this weekend, with 15 assists on 26 field goals in a win versus Bradley last Thursday, and 12 assists on 18 field goals in a loss to Northern Iowa last Saturday.
1. Kristin Turk, Drake, 19.8 points per game 2. Casey Garrison, Missouri State, 18.1 3. Jacqui Kalin, Northern Iowa, 15.4
1. Shannon Thomas, Indiana State, 8.5 per game 2. Christiana Shorter, Missouri State, 8.2 3. Lizzie Boeck, Northern Iowa, 7.8 7. Rachael Hackbarth, Drake, 7.3
1. Turk, Drake, 2.9 per game 2. Carli Tritz, Creighton, 2.3 3. Amanda Clifton, Illinois State, 2.3 compiled by Matt Moran | Sports Editor
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Both Drake teams dominate to produce an undefeated Saturday Men, women combine for three team victories by Dominic Johnson
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MEN The Drake men’s tennis team remained undefeated and extended its winning streak to three games this past Saturday with a 5-2 victory over the University of Central Florida Knights. The Knights proved to be the stiffest competition the Bulldogs have faced thus far in the spring season, as the match started with a scare when the No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Anis Ghorbel and senior Mauricio Ballivian fell to Blaze Schwartz and Joe Delinks of Central Florida 8-5. In the second doubles match, sophomore James McKie paired with freshman Robin Goodman to post a dominant victory over Erik Brunskog and Eugene Dolgovykh 8-5. The doubles point was decided at the third doubles position, with junior Jonathan Hadash and sophomore Jean Erasmus sealing the point for Drake with a decisive 8-4 win. “I am so proud of my teammates for stepping up in doubles,” Ballivian said. The Bulldogs took the court shortly after the doubles victory for singles play. Erasmus carried his strong play from doubles into singles. One of Drake’s most consistent players this season, Erasmus was the first to post a singles victory with a 6-3, 6-2 result over Leonel Vivas of Central Florida. “I think we stepped up in all our singles [matches],” Erasmus said, “and where we did lose we went down fighting.” Ghorbel finished shortly after Erasmus with an impressive result of his own, taking out Brunskog 6-2, 6-4 to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 advantage in the match. Despite losing the doubles point and dropping two singles matches, Central Florida didn’t fade away for the remainder of the match. Joe Delinks defeated Drake’s Hadash 6-4, 6-4 to bring the score to 3-1, but Goodman clinched the match for the Bulldogs. After a close first set which Goodman captured 7-6, the youngest Bulldog pulled away with a 6-1 victory in the second set that gave Drake its first road victory of the spring season. “I was quite nervous for my singles and started the match quite negatively,” Goodman said, “but I then thought it would be better to stop being negative, so I focused on moving my feet more and pulled out the win.” At the first singles slot, Ballivian took on UCF’s Schwartz and looked to be in trouble after losing the first set 7-5. In typical Ballivian fashion, the Drake senior fought his way back into the match, this time winning the second set 6-1 before battling it out in the third set. It took him a tiebreaker to seal the match, but once he reached the end, Ballivian dominated 7-1 in the tiebreaker to win.
photo by DOMINIC JOHNSON | staff photographer
FRESHMAN ROBIN GOODMAN returns a shot with his forehand. Goodman won his No. 6 singles match to clinch Drake’s victory over Central Florida in a dual match last Saturday.
“I won another battle tonight, fighting and running for every point,” Ballivian said. “We need to get more pumped and become a team that is known for being a fighter team.” McKie was the last Bulldog on the court to battle with UCF’s Romano. McKie took the first set in a tiebreaker, but after that lost two straight sets to finalize the match score at 5-2 in favor of Drake.
“I won another battle tonight, fighting and running for every point. We need to get more pumped and become a team that is known for being a fighter team.” –Senior Mauricio Ballivian
Drake’s No. 1 singles player
On Sunday, Drake played another Bulldog squad at Butler University. The Times-Delphic will have coverage of Sunday’s match in Thursday’s issue. The Bulldogs return home to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center next Sunday against the University of Illinois – Chicago at 10 a.m., followed by a match against Graceland at 4 p.m. the same day.
WOMEN The Drake women’s tennis team hosted its first two home matches this past weekend at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center, and the Bulldogs were able to put their three losses behind them to post two incredibly dominant victories over Gustavus Adolphus College and Graceland University. The Bulldogs started off their weekend by defeating the Division III powerhouse Gustavus Gusties 6-1. Drake started off the dual match in convincing fashion as junior Amanda Aragon and senior Jessica Labarte defeated Gustavus’ Alex Erickson and Julie Bardenwerper 8-3. In the next match that finished, junior Gabby Demos and sophomore Manca Krizman faltered at No. 2 doubles in an 8-3 loss to Gustavus’ Maria Bryan and Sam Frank. The doubles point held in the balance at the first doubles slot, and junior Jessica Aguilera and freshman Klavdija Rebol were there to stand tall for the Bulldogs. In a match that was tight until the very end, the two Drake players were able to pull away with an 8-6 victory. Once winning the doubles point, the Bulldogs never looked back. They soon clinched the match after victories at the fourth, fifth and first singles spots. Aguilera didn’t lose a single game in her 6-0, 6-0 win over Erickson. Aragon encountered little resistance in defeating her opponent, posting a 6-3, 6-0 mark. Krizman clinched the match for the Bulldogs with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. After sealing the win, Drake suffered a loss when junior Earlynn Lauer fell in straight sets to Bardenwerper 6-2, 6-1. Demos and Rebol ended the match with victories, Demos 6-1, 6-3 and Rebol with a tight 7-5, 0-6, 10-5 win. Just hours later, Drake took the court once
again to take on Graceland. The Bulldogs played an even sharper match, posting a 7-0 victory with multiple 6-0 sets and each win in straight sets. Doubles play was over in a flash, as the team lost only one game in the three matches. Aguilera/ Krizman and Labarte/Aragon both posted 8-0 victories at first and second doubles, respectively, and Lauer and Demos dominated at the third slot 8-1. “Everyone just played well and put balls away,” Demos said. Singles play was just as dominant, as the Bulldogs lost only five games total in six matches. Rebol played at the top spot this match, winning 6-0, 6-1. Aguilera played at No. 2, posting her second 6-0, 6-0 win and remaining perfect for the day. Labarte, who played her first year of college tennis at Graceland, also had a perfect 6-0, 6-0 match at the third singles slot. Sophomore Ali Patterson entered the lineup and won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles. Aragon posted a 6-0, 6-2 win while Lauer erased all memory of the day’s previous loss with a dominant 6-0, 6-1 performance. “It was definitely a good confidence booster,” Patterson said. The Bulldogs aren’t getting caught up in their first two victories of the season though, and are already looking to improve before their next match. “We still have work to do on doubles and returns,” Demos said, “but we are making improvements.” Drake’s next match will be at home on Feb. 26 against Chicago State. The match begins at 10 a.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.
DeLong delivers 16 K’s as Drake rolls in doubleheader by Matt Moran
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FRESHMAN LIZ BUCK waits for the pitch in a game last fall. The Bulldogs opened their season with a pair of wins last Saturday at the Ramada UNI-Dome Classic.
Even though the Drake softball team was confined to an indoor stadium this weekend, the Bulldogs were excited to start the spring season with victories over South Dakota and North Dakota at the Ramada UNI-Dome Classic last Saturday. Senior Jenna DeLong recorded a career-high 16 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over South Dakota in game one. DeLong pitched a complete game while allowing just three hits. Senior Erin Mollohan provided a huge boost at the plate, driving in two runs on a double in a fourrun sixth inning for Drake. Junior Torey Craddock had two hits and an RBI, and also scored two runs in the game. The blast of the day came in game two, with freshman Nicole Randel making her debut for the Bulldogs. Randel crushed a three-run home run over the right field wall and finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate. Her three-run bomb tied the game and set off another Drake rally in the sixth inning, with the Bulldogs collecting six runs in the frame to defeat North Dakota 7-3. Senior Brynne Dordel earned the victory on the mound in game two, tossing seven innings and allowing just four hits. She also reached double-digits in strikeouts, ending the game with 11. Mollohan also went 3-for-4 against North Dakota. Sophomore shortstop Macie Silliman drove in two runs. Both Drake pitchers earned postseason MVC honors last spring. DeLong received all-MVC first team honors, while Dordel made the second team and garnered all-MVC tournament accolades. The Bulldogs took on Wisconsin-Green Bay and Texas-El Paso on Sunday. The Times-Delphic will have details from those results in Thursday’s issue.