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Making the grade

School of Journalism and Mass Communication gets positive report after on-campus accrediting visit

Senate discusses two possible changes to BSC

by Kristen Smith

Copy Editor kristen.smith@drake.edu

Professors organized book shelves, cleared desks and tidied up offices. Facility Services shined doorknobs and wiped down computer keyboards. Silk ties and black suits replaced jeans and Drake apparel. Heels clicked down the halls. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication was dressed to impress. Six years have passed since the last accreditation renewal. The accreditation team arrived Sunday, Feb.13, to begin the intensive review process of the journalism program that continued through the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 16. “In academic circles, accreditation is the ‘Good Housekeeping’ seal of approval,” said Kathleen Richardson, director of SJMC and associate professor of journalism. “It’s an outside, knowledgeable, neutral source to tell prospective students that this school is doing its job and fulfilling its promises.” Drake has maintained its accreditation from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications since 1972. The Council makes site visits every six years to renew a school’s accreditation status. Preparation for the visit began during the 2009-10 school year. Richardson and other SJMC faculty gathered research, statistics and student work to assemble the self-study, the first step in the renewal process. The 300-plus page report holds every possible detail about the journalism program. “Our students are getting jobs in a down economy. We have the highest internship rate on campus,” Richardson said. “Our conclusion is that we’re doing a hell of a job.” Richardson mailed the completed self-study to the five members of the accreditation team in November. The team included professors from Penn State, the University of Kansas, the University of Nebraska and industry

It’s like being a great reporter. You have to do homework, prepare for the interviews, ask questions, and then turn around and give a report, like a story of what you learned. -Charlie Edwards, SJMC Dean

professionals who each specialize in a certain major. “Even though the evaluators are coming in from bigger schools, they are not judging us from the standards of their universities,” Richardson said. “They’re making sure we’re being the best Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication we can be.” The Council developed a set of nine evaluation standards to foster and encourage excellence. The standards assess the curriculum, faculty, facilities and scholarship, among other aspects of the journalism program. The two-day site visit provides the team time to gather evidence to determine if a school is in compliance with the standards. Team members joined classes, met with faculty members and engaged in small and large group discussions with students. “It’s like being a great reporter,” Dean of SJMC Charlie Edwards said.

Membership changes and media fee proposed by Sean Walsh

Staff Wriwter sean.walsh@drake.edu

photo by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor

DRAKE’S SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION received its accreditation report from a site visit team from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications on Wednesday. “You have to do homework, prepare for the interviews, ask questions and then turn around and give a report, like a story, of what you learned.” Edwards provided SJMC with an edge. He has been a member on four accreditation teams and has participated in Drake’s past accreditation renewals. “The process is transferable. You always learn something that you can bring back to your school and practice,” Edwards said. The Council outlines three options for accreditation status in its bylaws. A school can be accredited, denied or put on provisional accreditation, which requires a revisit in one year on those failed standards. Schools can fail one or two standards and still be awarded accreditation. The SJMC has failed the diversity and faculty scholarship standards in past renewals. During the 2009-2010 academic year, a council of alumni, faculty, students and professionals met to improve these areas. Senior public relations major Lawrence Crawford is a member of the Journalism Diversity Committee. Crawford works with a diversity consultant who recommends solutions Drake can implement. He brought these solutions to the council meetings last year. “If you embrace the whole process with the right frame of mind, which I think we did, instead of being a burden, the process will be an opportunity for self-reflection,” Richardson said. The price for the total accreditation experience is about $6,000, a sum Edwards argues is unbeatable. “It’s an incredibly generous and valuable process,” Edwards said. “They devote their time here to make Drake better.” Even after Meredith Hall emptied of students on Tuesday night, the accreditation team worked in Meredith 124C. The standards were split up among the team and then melded into one final evaluation. The team had to hand in its written report to President David Maxwell

SEE ACCREDITATION, PAGE 2

Contest involves students in e-mail change by Lauren Horsch

Copy Editor lauren.horsch@drake.edu

Students will have a chance to name the new Microsoft Live@edu e-mail client thanks to a contest sponsored by the Office of Information and Technology. The familiar face of Zimbra on the Drake website will be changed to the Microsoft client for the fall 2011 semester. Mike Perin, the project manager for e-mail migration, said the choice to go with Microsoft was decided by President David Maxwell’s cabinet at the end of last semester after an e-mail migration workgroup made the recommendation.

The contest is designed to help get students involved with the new change. “Well, we want to get the students involved, make them aware of the new system,” Perin said. The contest, which will be announced later today via Twitter, Facebook and blueView, will be conducted online through social media. “Students are more active in social media,” Perin said. “We want to try and reach them with the media they are more used to using.” The only requirement for the contest is that the person entering a name is a student. The winner will be awarded an Xbox 360 Kinect four gigabyte console. The prize was donated to the university by the Microsoft Corporation, according to Perin. The reason for choosing the

Xbox as the prize was because it is a Microsoft product, just like the new e-mail client. The contest, which begins today, will go until March 7. Only one submission is allowed per student. Perin said that students should be creative when they’re thinking of names to submit. The website, which was not available at the time this issue went to press, will also have introductions to the features of Live@edu and how to use it. Students should look for the official announcement coming later today through the Drake University Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as an announcement through blueView for the official website and where to submit naming ideas.

Learning eight days a week

Students say course about The Beatles offers a unique way to study history by Kristen Smith

Copy Editor kristen.smith@drake.edu

Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll defines the era of the 1960s. The Beatles, whom many people consider one of the greatest bands in history, also defined the time period of the ‘60s. The band encompassed the era. It had the look, the catchy lyrics and, what Todd Evans considers, the sound that revolutionized all genres of music, including popular music today. Evans is a professor of journalism who specializes in electronic media at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, but there is one course that he teaches in addition to his

journalism courses. The course is called “The Beatles: Popular Music in Society.” The class only allows 15 to 18 students, and there is always a long wait-list of students who want to get into the course. Evans knows there are many students who want to take the class, but he does not know how many students are on the wait-list. Not that there is any real need for him to look it over. “I’ve never had a student drop the course,” Evans said. “I’m not saying that boastfully, it just feels good for me as a faculty member to be able to help students discover something in an area they might not normally get deep access to in today’s busy, crowded world.” He said while students are excited to learn about this aspect of such an interesting era,

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many people, especially parents, wonder why a course about the Beatles is so enticing to today’s generation. “As we talk on the first day, I ask the question, ‘How many of your parents are saying what the heck are you doing in a class on the Beatles?’” he said. “Almost half of them raise their hands.” Evans said that in today’s world, where hiphop is popular and young people listen to songs through headphones, music is an individualized experience. But, he said, there is something about rock ‘n’ roll that everyone can connect with, which makes a class such as the Beatles

After a few contentious meetings at the start of the spring semester, where debate ranged from the possible addition of a January academic term to changes in the Election Commission rules, Senate met for just over an hour Thursday to discuss just two funding allocation requests. Senators also gave updates on issues previously discussed at meetings this year. Sen. Rachel Kauffold gave an update on proposed changes to the Board of Student Communication (BSC) budget, which funds all of Drake’s publications and broadcasts. There were two main proposals that Kauffold spoke about. “We are going to pursue a motion to change the membership of the BSC, but not dramatically,” Kauffold said. The first proposed change would make the BSC less “journalism-related” by having the student representative on the board be a sophomore, non-journalism student. The current at-large student representative is a firstyear journalism student. The other proposal would implement a media fee separate from the student activity fee, which would create a checks and balances system regulated by both Faculty and Student Senate. Kauffold said that the BSC is in strong support of these proposals. “We think this is going to be the best way to go,” Kauffold said. The next step will be to form a proposal to the Board of Trustees. Sen. Ben Cooper also gave an update to Senate about the status of the proposed J-term. Senate voted unanimously in favor of a resolution in support of the J-term last week. The resolution was passed on to Faculty Senate, which discussed the issue at its meeting last Wednesday, Feb. 16. “Our resolution that we passed was well received by Faculty Senate,” Cooper said. However, the motion was tabled to a further date. Senate voted in favor of two funding requests by student organizations. The first was a $2,170 allocation to Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) to help cover transportation costs to its Regional Competition on March 28 in Chicago. The organization had requested $3,120 but the Student Fees Allocation Committee (SFAC) approved a lower amount, reasoning that the organization should be responsible to pay for some of its lodging. The vote was unanimous.

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>>MEETING IN BRIEF • UPDATE: Faculty Senate received Senate’s resolution supporting the addition of a J-term, but Faculty Senate has tabled discussion of the issue • $2,170 to Students in Free Enterprise to cover costs of Regional Competition March 28 in Chicago (original request was $3,120) • $380 to Drake Curling Club to help cover ice rental costs (original request was $720) • DISCUSSED: to proposed membership changes to the Board of Student Communication and implementation of a media fee • NEW FACE AT THE TABLE: Law student Josh Conley replaced Mike Traxinger as this semester’s Law School representative

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VAAD and Honors Council continue movie series

Music and politics: Do they belong together?

Photos from Drake Choir’s Benefit Concert

Men’s basketball defeats Detroit

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I felt completely empowered by the show. There were a lot of women and achievements to admire. — JENNIFER EBNER ON THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES | PAGE 4

The Student Alumni Association’s week-long effort to raise awareness of philanthropic efforts at the university ended Thursday afternoon with “Celebrate Drake.” Philanthropy Week @Drake was launched this year to give students more insight into the importance of alumni donors. The week’s activities included thank you card writing and Do Good for Drake Day, when students were encouraged to do something nice for the Drake community and then share it on Twitter using the hashtag #DUgood4DU. Thursday’s dessert reception was held in the new Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center, and several dozen students stopped by to listen in on a jazz ensemble rehearsal as they munched on sweet treats and chatted. photos by ANN SCHNOEBELEN | news editor

Movie series continues with “Corpse Bride” Honors Council and VAAD host screenings of alum John August’s work by Bailey Berg

Staff Writer bailey.berg@drake.edu

The Drake University Honors Council and the Visual Arts Association of Drake joined forces to host a screening of the animated movie, “Corpse Bride” last Friday, Feb. 18. “Corpse Bride,” a Tim Burton film, centers on a man named Victor Van Dort, who, at his wedding rehearsal, flubs his vows and takes to the woods to practice them. When he finally gets it right, he puts the ring on a finger, thinking it’s a stick, and finds himself married to the corpse bride, Emily, who claims they are husband and wife. He’s taken to the Land of the Dead, leaving his betrothed waiting for him. This particular movie showing is the continuation of the Honors Council’s John August movie series. August, a Drake University graduate, and honors program alum turned extremely successful Hollywood screenwriter and director, was very enthusiastic about the event. “We asked him if we could possibly show his movies, and he’s like, ‘Yeah, absolutely,’” Honors Council Publicity Chair Emily Garnett said. “He even agreed to do a live Skype Q and A session with us, which is pretty slick.” August had originally planned to have the Skype session during a previous screening but had to cancel due to scheduling conflicts. “I see it as a good opportunity for any kids here interested in film or screenwriting to get to talk to somebody who’s in the business,” Garnett said. Because August has made an effort to keep in contact with the honors program since his graduation–he’s even given the honors program a sizeable endowment for new courses and innovative programs–getting his thumbs-up to show the films was easy. Past John August films the Honors Council has shown include “Big Fish” and “The Nines.” August is also known for his work on several blockbuster hits such as “Charlie’s Angels” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” among a handful of others.

Previous screenings have been in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted, although “Corpse Bride” was viewed in room 336 in the Harmon Fine Arts Center because it was co-hosted by VAAD. “Our event on Friday was unique in that we were partnering with VAAD,” Honors Council President Josie Pokorny said. “It has taken additional work to coordinate with them to decide on a date and location that works for both organizations, as well as coordinating publicity and food.”

I see it as a good opportunity for any kids here interested in film or screenwriting to get to talk to somebody who’s in the business. -Emily Garnett, Honors Council

The Honors Council is hoping to nail down another date for a movie screening in March, although no specifics have been decided yet. “It gets tricky with Spring Break and midterms going on then, so it might bleed over into April,” Garnett said. The biggest problem the Honors Council has been struggling with has been trying to drum up enough interest in the program to keep it going. “I was pleased with the number of people who came to ‘Big Fish’ and ‘The Nines’ in the past, about 25 students for each event,” Pokorny said. “I would always like to see the numbers increase though.” Anyone is allowed to attend the events, whether they’re a Drake student or not. “One time an elderly couple showed up on a date wanting to see the movie,” Honors Council Fundraising Chair Lauren Phillips said. “They asked if they could watch, and we’re like ‘Yeah, come on in, have some popcorn.’ It was the cutest thing.”

FROM ACCREDITATION, PAGE 1 before leaving Des Moines Wednesday morning. The final word on the accreditation status will be revealed in March. The Council accredits 111 programs in 40 states and D.C., and one program in Chile. Only two other journalism schools are accredited in Iowa besides Drake, the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. “Accreditation certifies that we’re receiving capable credentials to perform as a professional within our academia,” Crawford said. “It validates the diploma we get at graduation.” The College of Business and Public Administration will also be undergoing review. An accreditation council is visiting today and will spend time talking with students and professors of the business school.

FROM SENATE, PAGE 1 Senate also unanimously allocated $380 to the Drake Curling Club to help pay for ice rental costs at the ice arena they play at. SFAC allocated half of the original $760 that the Curling Club requested. Student Body Treasurer Nate Bleadorn said that he was impressed by Curling Club’s fundraising efforts, including its recent well-attended open house. However, SFAC felt that members of the organization should cover some of the costs for the rental of the facility. Senators also welcomed a new face around the table. Law student Josh Conley replaced Mike Traxinger as the Law School representative for this semester.

Students say lessons learned in Beatles class applicable in others FROM BEATLES, PAGE 1 course so popular. “When you come into a campus environment, you look at the names of seminars and they can be rather intimidating,” Evans said. “Then you see something like rock ‘n’ roll and you go ‘Ah, I know something about rock ‘n’ roll, I can talk about rock ‘n’ roll.’ So there’s a comfort factor there.” Sophomore Brittany Elkins said she decided to take the course because she had always liked the Beatles and because she heard that students learned a lot from the class besides Ringo’s birthday and the names of songs. “We weren’t just sitting around listening to the music, we were learning about their history and who they were,” she said. “I learned so much about how their music came to be, why it was so popular and how they affected everyone else’s music.”

Elkins said one of the reasons the Beatles’ music is still popular today is because of how relatable the band’s music is to people of all ages. “I have used the Beatles as so many examples in my other classes that it’s not even funny,” she said. “It’s a different perspective, a different way to look at history and understand that time period. I’ve quoted them a lot in other class discussions and related them to books and readings in other classes.” Junior Vladislav Frederick said Evans uses the course as a way to let rock ‘n’ roll enlighten other aspects of students’ lives. “I was reminded by this class that you have to approach any subject with exuberance and full-blown enthusiasm in order to fully engage,” he said. “You simply have to have fun with the material.” Frederick said he learned lessons from the Beatles that he can apply not only to other classes, but also to the workplace and other activities.

“I learned that excelling in both individual talent and collaboration with others can bring you success in any task,” he said, “from the lowest and meanest all the way up to forming your own band and blowing nations away.” Evans said one of the goals of the Beatles course is to help students explore different ways of learning by trying to explain a phenomenon. He said while he does not have the answer to why the Beatles are still a phenomenon, he can explain why students today are interested in learning about a band that became popular almost 50 years ago. “There’s a real purity to how music communicates and affects people, and you either get that or you don’t,” he said. “You’ve got to realize how universal the general sense is of a mystique surrounding the 1960s. Students are going back to the Beatles, and even if they don’t understand the music itself, they understand the simplicity of it and the purity of it.”

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Changing the culture of alcohol

Outspoken Should Drake offer a J-Term?

There is a radical idea that I would like to propose, and I will say it outright: In a better society, there would be no drinking age. I am sure that some people are already outraged that I would even consider such a thing. There are also others who delight in the idea of not having to risk breaking the law anymore in order to punish their livers with booze. But before you jump to conclusions about my reasoning or the questionability of my moral character, allow me to lay out my argument so that you may at least know why I believe this before you accuse me of anything. My characterization of how America treats risqué or controversial social issues is quite simple: We are blatantly hypocritical and contradictory in how we display them to impressionable young minds. For example, we expose our children to images of scantily clad women plastered all over the various media, yet we also treat sexuality as if it is something to be ashamed of, and we teach that women are supposed to be equal. We expose our children to the anger and violence in our movies and music and then tell them to be peaceful and nonviolent. Our culture has the same approach to alcohol–we display it as some wonderful experience to be enjoyed, only to tell our children that they cannot take part until they reach a certain age. This is critical to understand, because titillating our children with something that they cannot have only exacerbates the social tension of alcohol. The propensity to experiment and drink underage is hinged on the fact that they are constantly denied something they believe to be good. Secondly, the impulse of the youth to binge drink is such because they have never been shown or instructed on how to be responsible with an intoxicant. Metaphorically speaking, our cultural response of limiting access to these intoxicants is akin to showing a starving animal a portion of food behind a glass wall–tantalized, but delayed in its procurement of the object. If alcohol is going to be a part of our lives, as it inevitably will be, then our culture needs to be more responsible in its handling of it. The time has come to stop being so prudish and irresponsible about the subject and make alcohol a part of one’s entire life rather than delaying it until a certain age, building up the tantalizing pressure of delayed gratification that eventually bursts forth in a series of pathetic

Sam Greeno “I’m a transfer student from Bethel University, and I hated having a J-term. I had to go to the same class every day for three hours, and I barely saw the daylight because it was in January.”

Keaton Hewitt “I don’t like it because it could affect how long school goes. I’m a business major, and our time off helps to get internships.”

Jon Heggestad “I’m glad we don’t have it. I really like our long break; it allows us to pursue other interests we might not get to do inside of academia.”

Randi Lines “I think it would be good if it was an option for people to get credits out of the way, but I do not think it should be mandatory.”

binge drinking in teenage years. This does not mean that we should be giving children shots of liquor on their fifth birthdays; merely make the instruction on the proper consumption of intoxicants a lesson to be learned while growing up under the careful supervision of one’s parents, rather than a lesson learned covered in one’s own bile. I treat this as a cultural issue–when I claim that a better society would not have drinking laws, I say this because the better society would not have the cultural issues that we face in regards to alcohol and its laws would reflect this. I am not advocating that we should abolish alcohol laws right now in America, only that we should reform our cultural standards of alcohol. Changing the law would not change the culture, rather the reverse is true. This, however, does not absolve those individuals that choose to sacrifice their conscious mind and reason to alcohol. In fact, the main intent of this argument is to bring about a more responsible method of our handling of alcohol at the cultural and personal level. By virtue of the fact that our capacity for reason is the only distinction between humanity and the rest of the animal kingdom, willingly and intentionally destroying this with alcohol is the most shameful of acts. This would not be a problem at the personal level for so many people if our culture changed its perspective on the handling of this subject. Therefore, I call upon all members of society to begin employing a socially responsible and more mature method of introducing the reality of intoxicants into the youth of our nation at a far earlier age, rather than allowing them to discover on their own without proper guidance as a result of our misguided legal squeamishness.

KEVIN PROTZMANN COLUMNIST

Protzmann is a first-year philosophy major and can be contacted at kevin. protzmann@drake.edu

Music as a political platform I

heard the news that the rock band Rage Against the Machine is coming to Wisconsin next week to protest the anti-union bill that is causing widespread controversy. Their impending arrival made me realize that there can be a definite problem when politics and music intertwine. When we look at some musicians, we clearly see at least some political influence in their songs. From prominent country artists Toby Keith and Alan Jackson, to acts such as Green Day and Bob Dylan, it is blatantly obvious where their political beliefs lie on the spectrum. In American history, whenever there is a time of conflict we have seen an influx of music coming from both sides of the political spectrum. In the following segments, I will look at two different time periods, the Vietnam War and the war on terror.

music. The most blatantly obvious examples to me have been “American Idiot” by Green Day and “Let’s Impeach the President” by Neil Young. Those have been songs wholeheartedly from the left side of the spectrum. The right has had mostly country artists, such as Toby Keith’s “Angry American.” Now, this is a music column, but when it comes to popular music right now and in the past, it is clear to see the impact that political beliefs have on music. But this is clear: Politics and music don’t mix on any level, so they should not be referenced in music. There is absolutely no need for politics to have any place in music, as it is for entertainment, not to try to sway someone to your beliefs. End of story.

THE VIETNAM WAR:

When the Vietnam War started in the late 1960s, most of popular music that came out had something to do with the war, whether it was good or bad (most of it was bad). The most obvious was the song “War” by Edwin Starr. I’m not saying that its ideals are good or bad, but it is definitely a liberal ideal. The only positive song for the Vietnam War that got any good reaction was “The Ballad of the Green Berets” by Sgt. Barry Sadler.

THE WAR ON TERROR:

The war on terror has had many positive and negative implications on popular

MIKE WENDLANDT COLUMNIST

Wendlandt is a sophomore broadcast journalism major and can be contacted at michael.wendlandt@drake.edu

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usic reaches out to everyone. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t listen to music or witness someone with headphones in, tuning out the

world. Music covers a variety of subjects and can help express one’s concerns or personal beliefs at any particular time. Throughout most of history, music has been used as a semi-protest against injustices and laws that have caused controversy across the land. To me, music and politics go hand in hand. Slaves in the south sang spirituals that had more than one meaning. Many of their songs dealt with the Underground Railroad and ways to escape from slave owners. Their songs united a population and helped many slaves escape. The music can still be heard today, most popularly with She & Him doing a rendition of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” on their album “Volume One.” The “chariot” referred to a wagon that helped slaves escape. Music is used as a form of expression, and it definitely accomplishes that. Many artists decide to let their opinions out in the open for the public through songs. Whether it is left wing or right wing, it’s going to come out no matter what. Songs against any particular subject can become an anthem for a generation or a song that transcends time. One such song is Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” which was a song about the effects of the Vietnam War. He sings “Fighting off the Viet Cong/They’re still there, he’s all gone.” His lyrics appeal to the fact that those who fought in the war came back and were injured either physically or mentally, sometimes even both. Whether he was for or against the war doesn’t matter; his song still had political clout and meant a lot to the public.

Nowadays, there is always the age-old example of Green Day’s “American Idiot,” but we all know what goes on there, even the title alludes to it. But, enough with examples, what about the actual topic? Music is the jelly to politics’ peanut butter. Politics in music are not meant to sway anyone’s opinion on the matter, but rather to educate someone. Personally, when I listen to a song against a war, I don’t feel the need to change my opinion on the subject. In fact, it doesn’t bother me at all. If I don’t like it, I’ll turn it off. Musicians have a stage to get the word out about any subject they want to. If something speaks to them, then they’ll write and sing about it. A lot of the time, music does parallel with what is going on in current events. If the public speaks about it, why can’t musicians? I mean, they’re human, too. Songs with a political agenda are not there to persuade listeners, but rather to inform in a catchy manner. No matter what political leaning you are, I bet if Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” came on, you’d be tappin’ your toes, even with the mild political and historical meanings behind the song.

LAUREN HORSCH | COPY EDITOR

Horsch is a first-year news/Internet major and can be contacted at lauren.horsch@drake.edu

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Vagina Monologues a campus success by Evan Tonda

Staff Writer evan.tonda@drake.edu

Vaginas—stylized, colorful, fashionable, abstract, beautiful—are everywhere you look. They line the walls on posters, pictures and signs. They garnish the advertisements for booths selling T-shirts, underwear, bras, coupons and other various items. There are even chocolate vaginas being eaten at a booth with a sign that reads, “Eat Pussy for Charity.” Vaginas are everywhere and for good reason. It’s the Vagina Monologues at Drake University. The Vagina Monologues, an event sponsored by Students for Women’s Issues and the Program of Women’s Studies, was held Feb. 17, 18 and 19 in the Bulldog Theater. Drake students performed the Vagina Monologues. The monologues are from a play written by Eve Ensler and are a representation for V-Day, a global activist group. The event’s purpose was to raise awareness and stop violence against women and girls by focusing on a group of women who are opposing violence with bravery and aim. This year, V-Day spotlighted the women and girls of Haiti with its V-Day Spotlight Campaign. The Spotlight Campaign concentrated special attention to Haitian women and girls because of increased violence that has centered on them since the January 2010 earthquake. Any funds raised through the campaign go to support a revolutionary national campaign in Haiti lead by women activists trying to stop the violence. Overall, the three performances raise over $3,000. Drake supported the V-Day Spotlight campaign by giving 10 percent of its earnings raised to V-Day, but Drake increased its focus to the local beneficiary, GEEZ (Growth, Education and Empowerment Zone) Louise as well. GEEZ Louise is a nonprofit feminist organization in Des Moines. The organization offers educational programming, skill building and additional help services to women of all ages. The schedule of the night consisted of the vagina carnival at 6 p.m. followed by the show at 7 p.m. The carnival had many Des Moines and Drake organizations attend. Some of the organizations included Planned Parenthood, Beta Beta Beta, Rainbow Union, the Visual Arts Association of Drake and more. The organizations informed students about different human rights issues, sold items to raise money for the event and offered some creative activities like letting attendees design their own vaginas. Many students wandered around the carnival purchasing items and speaking with repre-

sentatives at the booths. But, soon the time drew close to the start of the show. Swarms of students filed into the theater and searched for a place to sit. Almost every seat in Bulldog Theater, except a scattered few, was filled. The predominant audience member was female, but some males, bearing uncomfortable facial expressions at the beginning of the night, attended the event as well. At 7 p.m. the highly anticipated show began. The Vagina Monologues consisted of a collection of stories centered upon the vagina and related female matters. Although each of the monologues did focus on female themes, the content varied among the 18 different monologues. For instance, there were narratives about hair, sexual abuse, rape, beauty, the clitoris, moans and more. Also, the stories’ content varied from comical, heartbreaking, inspirational and even awkward. “The show was a nice mix of seriousness and humor,” Hanna Bartholic said. “It was brutally honest. They take the approach that people hardly ever talk about the vagina, so we’re going to talk about it extremely blatantly and shamelessly.” The members of the audience were not the only ones who got to enjoy the show. The actresses in the show also received entertainment from the crowd. Vagina Monologue actress Andrea Piekarczyk said she loved looking at the expressions of the audience members. “It was fun to see how much people did or didn’t get into the show,” she said. “Some people were totally into the stories while others had very uncomfortable looks on their faces.” The night not only entertained both the cast and the audience, it gave people a better sense of women’s issues and what women have achieved to try to improve the world for females. “I felt completely empowered by the show,” Jennifer Ebner said. “There were a lot of women and achievements to admire.” No matter what one obtained from the show, The Vagina Monologues was successful in raising funds to continue to increase the awareness of violence against women and girls. The event ended with the cast of the show asking audience members to stand if anyone in the crowd had been or knew anyone who had been a victim before. Few people in the vast auditorium remained seated. “We do this show to make the unheard seen,” Piekarczyk said. “It is ironic because we wish we wouldn’t have to do this show again, but we will do the show until no one in this room or any other room around the world stands anymore.”

CATE O’DONNELL performing her monologue at Friday night’s performance.

photos by LILLIAN SCHROCK | staff photographer

THEATRE REVIEW

Mr. Wonderboy combines comedy and authenticity by Kensie Smith

Staff Writer mackensie.smith@drake.edu

Flight. It’s that brief moment when feet are off the floor and heads are in the clouds. It’s attainable only by birds and superheroes, but not humans. It’s that feeling of the endless opportunity of life that actor Bob Stromberg attempts to uncover through an engaging one-man act. One cannot (and should not) enter “Mr. Wonder Boy” with expectations. If so, the opening video, presenting the tale of a boy that can fly is peculiar. Not sure where the story will go from there or how it could go from there, Stromberg then falls into a story within a story. The actor steps out of the primary character and into one he knows all the better—himself. The first thought is that it would get lonely up on a stage all by the self. Yet Stromberg takes the many characters of his tales, from a grandiose music teacher to a beatnik theater professor, and he emulates them to the point where there may as well be multiple characters on the stage. It’s the themes of intrigue that bubble memories back up along with a few tears (both from laughter and sadness). With scenes of boyhood, art and growing up, the bubble of audience anticipation bounced with each new chapter of Stromberg’s monologue. The show is a whirlwind of tales and Stromberg settles in to the vivacious ebb and flow of storytelling. It’s a lost art left to the minstrels of yesteryear and the traditional griots of the African language. The tales are assisted by the minimalist set of the Temple for Performing Arts theater stage. With sets of candles and various white shapes, the space turns into whatever setting—piano bench, apple tree and ottoman— Stromberg requires. Judging by the laughing snorts of the woman in the second row and the chuckles of two nearby men, Stromberg hit the right chords with a number of people. Direct eye contact and body actions necessitated the audience partici-

pate. Audience demographic was similar to that of middle-aged Stromberg and probably for the better. While younger generations would have recognized many of the aspects of the tales, it was the generations that lived through the reference points of slide reels, Lawrence Welk and the attitude of the collegiate 1970s that related the best. Who really is the man behind the madness? Stromberg, like the various hats he wears during the performance, is a man of many talents. When he walks on the stage, smiles ensue mostly due to his comedic background. Stromberg joined a talented team to author “Triple Espresso,” which opened in Minnesota, and finally closed in 2008 after a 12-year run. Speak with Stromberg for even a brief moment and a refreshing authenticity shines through. He notes that he was a bit apprehensive with doing a one-man show, but the opportunity has allowed him to find people truly inspired by the story. He’s about not confining yourself to one defining factor. He stated that he realized there were finally these defining testaments in his story and that we all have good and bad moments. The knack for comedy also shines through the three books Stromberg wrote, including the award-winning fishing story, “The Miracle at Stinky Bay.” He has a knack for targeting families and more importantly, children. Stromberg is a strong advocate for the fight against poverty with the Compassion International organization. “Mr. Wonder Boy” is an intriguing mix of comedy, laughter and vivacious vignettes that is unlike anything to grace the stage of downtown Des Moines. It will challenge viewers to define those moments in life that define them, not the external reviews or opinions of others. In the end, it’s creating art—an individual art.

Don’t miss the boy or the wonder Where: Temple Theater When: Feb. 16-27 Times: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 5 & 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Price: $32.50 - $38.50 Purchase online: http://civiccenter.org/

photos by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor

Drake University presents:

Dr. Amy Hanser Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of British Colombia

Service Encounters: Retail Work, Consumption, and Inequality in Urban China This lecture explorers new conceptions of gender and sexuality in China, asking how and why they have become so integral to the organization of service work regimes there. A shift from the socialist “iron rice bowl” to the “rice bowl of youth” infuses youthful, feminine urban bodies with value while simultaneously devaluing middle-aged and rural women.

February 21 7:00 p.m. Bulldog Theater

A Drake University Exhibit In a student and faculty collaboration, we explore how Chinese urban middle-class young adults solve everyday problems related to self-identity through what they buy and use.

Collier Heritage Room, Cowles Library Through February 28


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THE TIMES-DELPHIC

Benefit concert raises funds for 2012 international tour by Jessica Mattes

Managing Editor jessica.mattes@drake.edu

Drake Choir members put on a nontraditional concert last Saturday night in Sheslow Auditorium. This special performance was $5 for students and $25 for adults. All proceeds went to help fund Drake Choir’s 2012 international tour. The tour is scheduled to stop in Wales and Ireland. From summer 2009 to May 2010, the group received donations from well over 100 supporters, all donated a minimum of $100. The show kicked off with the large Drake Choir, under the direction of Professor Aimee Beckmann-Collier, performing “Ilay Gandangan” and “O sacrum convivium.” Following the opening choir, campus-renowned pianist Philip King partnered with tenor Joshua Strief to sing “Lily’s Eyes” from “The Secret Garden.” The crowd-pleasing piece opened eyes to the many talents of King, a Drake University vocal performance major. King also accompanied five songs throughout the concert.

DANIKA PORTZ accompanied by Philip King, performed “Orange Colored Sky.”

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LUKAS OLYNYK performs a self-written piece with a ukelele.

LAUREN SHUN sings “Cry Me a River” by Arthur Hamilton.

Drake to host Graduate and Professional fair

by Cambria Pardner

Staff Writer cambria.pardner@drake.edu

Do you share Asher Roth’s sentiments and just love college? Graduate school might be just the fix you need. This Tuesday, Drake University will be hosting a Graduate and Professional School Fair in Upper Olmsted. For some students, graduate school is a necessary path to employment. If a student is looking to be a doctor, lawyer, dentist or any other type of professional who must further his or her education, this fair could be a great way to learn more about the process of applying and attending graduate school. “I am planning on attending law school so I needed a lot of direction to know what the requirements were to get in,” senior Clarissa LaFlora said. “It’s a lot different from applying to undergraduate school.” For those students who are studying fields where a graduate degree is not a prerequisite for entry, furthering your education could give you a leg up over the competition. “Completion of a graduate degree can make a student more competitive in today’s workforce,” said Annette Watson, Drake University Career Development Manager. Watson said that if you choose to enter the workforce after your undergraduate studies and go back to graduate or professional school at later point in time, there are many factors to consider.

These factors might include questions about how to finance your degree, how to maintain a balance between your work schedule and your studies and if online classes are the right choice for you. Professionals and representatives from over 40 institutions will be at the fair to answer all of these questions and more. As there will be a wide variety of graduate schools present, all majors are welcome to attend. The University of North Dakota Graduate School, Iowa State University College of Engineering, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and Creighton University School of Medicine are just a few schools that will be participating. There will also be informational sessions in Olmsted conference rooms during the fair. From 4 to 4:30 p.m., general questions about graduate school and business school will be answered. From 4:30 to 5 there will be individuals to discuss health and law graduate school and from 5 to 5:30, Kaplan will be answering questions about graduate school admissions tests. “This event is a great way to gain knowledge about the programs offered, application process and more,” Watson said. There is no registration fee but students are asked to register online at www.drake. edu/career. Students are also required to wear business casual attire for this event. For any further questions, contact Drake University Professional and Career Development Services at pcds@drake.edu

MATT HAUPERT and the seven-man Brocal Chords

DSM Daily brings local deals to compete with Groupon.com by Kensie Smith

Staff Writer mackensie.smith@drake.edu

Tuition, books and taking time out to go exploring the city cost money. Lots of money. Coupons that were once just for old people going grocery shopping, are now more interesting. Bright signs advertising a whole dollar off catch the eye. When the discounts are in the metro area, it’s hard to resist a bargain. Where to find such bargains without digging through the classifieds? Say hello to DSM Daily. DSMDaily.com is a new local site that features businesses offering money off products and services. All the coupons start at a base rate of 50 percent. Other sites such as Groupon.com feature this same e-mail tactic. The local focus of the site is the main difference. Rather than national companies, such as Barnes & Noble and Best Buy, Des Moines restaurants, cafes and shops will be offering the deals. Another advantage to the site is that deals are offered through a series of categories. Instead of getting e-mail offers for businesses of no interest, people choose categories of interest, such as restaurants/food, salon/spa, entertainment and health/fitness. Another convenient factor is the website works on smart phones for easy access to the deal information of the day. Jeremiah Terhark, the owner of Webspec Design, LLC., the company behind the website, said in a recent press release that he hopes to increase the applicability of such a services.

“In hearing feedback from both consumers and business clients who have used similar services, we created a product that will give better value to businesses and allow customers to buy local.” Webspec Design is also the company behind the redesign of the new Drake Law School home page, meant to be launched later this year. The advantage for businesses to opt-in is the chance to target consumers. The site will go live in April, but consumers could begin signing up in January. An incentive to sign up is the chance to earn Des Moines gear by sending the link to others and encouraging sign ups. Build up points with each recommendation for gear like T-shirts, hoodies and even “outrageous Des Moines adult footie pajamas.” Jon McDonald, a marketing and advertising account management major, sees the draw to the service. “It’s like a Sunday ad, but one you get every day and don’t have to dig through the paper to get to.” DSM Daily will also be roaming about the city. If you spot the bright “mascot” of the site, a classic delivery vehicle driving about, more deals and prizes are possible. The van will also be giving out the trendy “I love Des Moines” bracelets. Even though the site hasn’t launched yet, stop into local locations, such as Mars Café, to pick up a DSM2BUCKS coupon for $2 free off the first deal.

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SPORTS

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Drake volleyball coach Phil McDaniel has accepted the same position at South Dakota State, finishing a three-year tenure in Des Moines. McDaniel was instrumental in rejuvenating Drake volleyball, leading the team to back-to-back MVC tournament appearances for the first time since 1996. McDaniel was an assistant at South Dakota State from 2005-2007. He posted a 57-43 career record with the Bulldogs.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Drake pulls away for third-straight home win Bulldogs get last laugh after late run flusters Detroit by Eduardo Zamarripa

Staff Writer eduardo.tamezzamarripa@drake.edu

Led by freshman Rayvonte Rice and redshirt junior Kraidon Woods, the Bulldogs shut down the Titans late in the game to win their ESPN BracketBuster match 84-76 last Saturday. Rice finished with 22 points, three rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Woods contributed a career-high 13 points and six rebounds. Woods brought the crowd to its feet several times as he finished with five dunks. “One of the coaches joked that that was a Knapp Center record,” Woods said.“Really, our guards just had great penetration against their defense, and it forced their bigs to step up, and I got a lot of easy dump-offs and easy dunks.” Detroit led 71-70 with less than five minutes to go. Woods blocked a shot on the defensive end and then finished with a layup on the other end, giving Drake the lead for good at 72-71. Redshirt sophomore Jordan Clarke came up with two big steals on defense and the Bulldogs hit some key shots down the stretch as they closed out the game on a 14-5 run. “The way we finished the last four minutes I thought was the most impressive part of the game,” head coach Mark Phelps said. “We got stops, we got turnovers…and then we hit big shots in our end.We were at our best at the end of the game, when we needed to be.” The Bulldogs improved their record to 12-16 overall in their last non-conference match of the season. It was a scintillating performance by Drake, who matched Detroit’s athleticism dunk-bydunk and withstood the Titans’ fast-break game and showed some transition offense of its own. The Bulldogs got off to a hot start thanks in large part to Rice, who scored 16 points in the first half. Rice scored seven quick points to give the Bulldogs an early 10-3 lead. Drake was able to penetrate the Titan defense and that opened up its 3-point shooting.

The Bulldogs shot 57.7 percent from the field and went 5-for-11 from long range in the first half. However, in the second half, it appeared the game was slipping away from the Bulldogs. With Drake leading 47-38, the Titans went on a 14-3 run to take their first lead of the game. Detroit began pushing the ball and found its rhythm offensively by continuing to score on fast-break opportunities. After exchanging leads in the second half, the Bulldogs clamped down on defense and went on a big run to close out the game. “In those times in the past we haven’t been able to finish out,” Phelps said. “But we really battled, really competed and got back in the game.” The Bulldogs got a big boost from their bench, as it chipped in 30 points. Woods was not the only one that impressed off the bench. Junior transfer Kurt Alexander finished with 10 points and four assists, and played a huge role in keeping up with the Titans’ fast-paced game. “Our roster is real deep,” Rice said. “Coach [Phelps] has done a great job recruiting, and players are going to come out and play every game we can and play team basketball.” Fifth-year senior Ryan Wedel contributed 14 points and five rebounds and sophomore Ben Simons scored all 10 of his points in the second half. Drake shot 56 percent from the field and went 8-for-18 from behind the arc. The Bulldogs were outrebounded 33-24 in the game but won the turnover battle as they capitalized on 23 points off of Titans turnovers. The Bulldogs will host Evansville this Wednesday in what will be their last home game of the season before heading to Bradley this Saturday to close out their conference season. Evansville is sixth in the Missouri Valley Conference at 8-8, one spot ahead of the Bulldogs who are 6-10 in conference play. The Purple Aces defeated Drake 67-51 in their first meeting of the season on Jan. 12.

>>OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT Last Saturday, Drake shot 56 percent from the field and poured 84 points on Detroit in its second-best offensive output this season. Here’s a look at some of the players who made that happen:

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REDSHIRT JUNIOR KRAIDON WOODS ignites the crowd with an electric dunk in Drake’s 84-76 victory over Detroit last Saturday. With sophomore center Seth VanDeest in foul trouble most of the night, Woods stepped up with 13 points and six rebounds.

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Kurt Alexander: 10 points, 4-of-4 from the free throw line Team: 21 assists on 28 field goals 44.4 percent on 3-pointers 83.3 percent from free throw line compiled by Matt Moran | Sports Editor sports@timesdelphic.com

MEN’S TENNIS

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Rayvonte Rice: 22 points, 8-of-13 shooting Ryan Wedel: 14 points, 3-of-7 from beyond the arc Kraidon Woods: 13 points, 6-of-8 from the field Ben Simons: 10 points, 4-of-5 shooting

His first year of college tennis: “I played mostly [No.] 6 and 5 [in singles]. At the end of the season I started playing a couple of matches at the No. 4 spot. I ended at the MVC [tournament] playing No. 4. How he improved: “In the offseason I tried to really get in shape, go to the gym every day. This semester I really focused on getting better each and every day, which is our motto for the team that [head] coach Evan [Austin] reminds us with every day. Doing that on a daily basis automatically puts you at an advantage each and every match.” On his mental game: “That was one of my big goals that I was really trying to work on. The coach has a very big impact on me in that aspect and on us as a team.” Favorite Tennis Memory: “Nine hours on the bus

ride to Louisville this season or the Missouri Valley Conference [individuals] title this year. I played really hard for that title, and I really wanted it.” Looking forward to most this season: “Our next opponents are Iowa and Minnesota, and they are both really good, and I’m looking forward to the competition. We are playing away for those, too.” What do you like most about home in Africa: “The thing I miss most about Africa is the good food, like the steak. And my dogs definitely, Jenny and Nala.” Favorite tennis player: “I like Marcos Baghdatis and Rafa Nadal.” Favorite Drake professor: “I like Professor Swartwood.”

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How he made his way to Drake: “I was right in my finals at the time, and I got a phone call while I was studying. [Former head] coach [Jimmy] Borendame talked to me and told me everything and how it works in the United States. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and it sounded like a really good option. I came and it was a very, very good decision.”

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SPORTS

THE TIMES-DELPHIC

SOFTBALL

TRACK & FIELD

Drake splits doubleheaders Bulldogs at Hillenbrand Invitational team up for nine titles

Women win six, men take three at Iowa Invitational

by Elizabeth Robinson

Staff Writer elizabeth.robinson@drake.edu

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SENIOR MOLLY MCCLELLAND picks up the groundball and tries to beat the runner to first base. Drake defeated Kennesaw State and Pacific last Friday and Saturday, respectively, but dropped decisions to Texas A&M Corpus Christi and nationally ranked Arizona.

DeLong picks up two more wins, Bulldogs nearly upset No. 4 Arizona by Blake Miller

Staff Writer blake.miller@drake.edu

Over the weekend, the Drake softball team was in Tucson, Ariz., for the Hillenbrand Invitational. The team played five games total, going 1-1 last Friday, 1-1 last Saturday and dropping the final game yesterday. On Friday, Drake played its first game against Kennesaw State, winning 7-5 behind the bat and arm of senior Jenna DeLong. DeLong pitched a seven-inning game, giving up five runs and striking out 11 batters. She also added a home run at the plate and finished 3-for-4 in the game. “I realize this is my last season as a senior pitcher,” DeLong said. “I have to go out there and act like every game is my last forever. That makes it easier for me to find the motivation to focus on every pitch, regardless of the batter.” DeLong gave up her first run of the season when the Owls tallied five runs in the sixth frame to tie the game. Sophomore Macie Silliman’s speed was the deciding factor in the seventh, when she singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Silliman raced to steal third base, and the catcher’s throw sailed up the left field line, allowing Silliman to score the deciding run. In the second game of the day, senior pitcher Brynne Dordel took to the circle. She pitched a seven-inning game and only gave up two runs on five hits, but Drake lost the game 2-0 to Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Freshman Amy Pierce and senior Erin Mollohan recorded two hits apiece for the Bulldogs. “In that second game, we had a hard time keeping the ball out of the air,” freshman Nicole Randel said. “That really made it hard for our offense to get going.”

DeLong said she isn’t losing any sleep about the offense having one bad game. “I’m not too worried about our offense struggling more in the future,” DeLong said. In Saturday’s first game, DeLong took the circle for the second time of the tournament. She tossed a complete game shutout and allowed just one hit, as the Bulldogs beat Pacific 8-0. “Jenna is an absolutely amazing pitcher who is intimidating on the mound and throws with so much confidence,” Randel said. “Her leadership to the team is irreplaceable.” DeLong homered again in the game, and Mollohan added another. Silliman led off the game with her first round-tripper of the year. The Bulldogs weren’t as fortunate in their second Saturday game, losing a close game to nationally ranked No. 4 Arizona 5-3. “We put up a great fight against Arizona today,” Randel said. “I’m really proud of the energy we brought to the game. We are hoping to get another shot at them in the future.” Drake trailed 5-1 heading into the seventh, but refused to go down without a fight. After a single by Mollohan and a walk to DeLong, the Bulldogs benefitted from some errant Wildcat defense to add two more runs. But Drake did not have enough left in the tank to pull off a huge upset. Drake completed the invitational on Sunday morning, taking on Kennesaw State in a rematch of its first game. The Bulldogs lost this time to the Owls, 6-3. Details from that game will be available in Thursday’s issue of The Times-Delphic. “We need to continue to believe we have the talent to play with any team in the country,” DeLong said. “It’s about time somebody starts paying attention to us and taking Drake seriously.”

The Drake track and field team came away from the Iowa Invitational at the University of Iowa winning a total of nine events last Friday. Next weekend the men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship in Cedar Falls, Iowa. In order to compete at their highest potential, Friday’s meet was primarily meant to rest the usual runners and try a few new things to get ready for the conference meet. “You really just want to maintain and keep competitive juices flowing so that the adrenaline is still going for next week,” head coach Natasha Brown said. Despite some key athletes, including senior standouts Ari Curtis and Casey McDermott, not participating in Friday’s meet, the women’s team left the Iowa Invitational placing first in six events. Sophomore Marissa Smith ran the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.94 seconds to win the event. According to Brown, Friday was the first time in a while that Smith was primarily focused on the 60-meter dash. Senior Kara McCartney contributed to the team’s success winning the 600-meter race with a time of 1 minute, 37.44 seconds. Senior Cambria Pardner jumped 36 feet, 10.25 inches to take home the win in the triple jump. The Drake 4-by-400 ‘A’ relay team won the event with a time of 3:56.07. The team consisted of sophomores Sarah Yeager and Whitney Westrum along with seniors Beth Hamling and Clarissa LaFlora. “Whitney Westrum only got in around six good training sessions,” Brown said. “You really need months.” Brown said Westrum made a lot of improvements and had a nice 200-meter race, in which she placed second with a time of 26.24 seconds. Other wins included Yeager in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.06 and senior Lindsay Smith leaving with the 3,000-meter title, finishing in 10:51.39. The men’s track and field team also came away from Friday’s meet with wins in three events. Junior Matt Jurysta finished with a win in a closely matched 800-meter race with a personal-best time of 1:55.60. Drake had the top six finishers in the race, making it a close call to determine the final winner. “Matt’s toughest competition came from his own team which was kind of neat to see unfold,” Brown said. “You never know on any given day how that race is going to turn out.” The men’s other two wins came from junior Shaun James, who won the 400-meter run with a time of 51.55 seconds, and sophomore Dan Karys, who jumped 22 feet, 2.25 inches to win the long jump event. The 4-by-400 meter ‘B’ relay team consisting of freshmen Travis Marsh, Ian Wells and Jason Wood along with senior Brandon Lewis surprised the team by beating the ‘A’ squad to place second with a time of 3:24.73. “That race gave us two strong relay potentials for conference, which was kind of fun,” Brown said. This week the men’s and women’s teams will look forward to the conference meet, which starts this Saturday morning and concludes on Sunday. “Right now they have to go with what they have,” Brown said. “Everything as far as training is in the bank, now we’re just trying to withdraw.”

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Strong second halves help Drake win a pair Senior Turk nets 26 points against Illinois State, scores 27 versus Indiana State by Mary Bess Bolling

Staff Writer mary.bolling@drake.edu

Drake relied on its ability to bounce back this weekend, as the team rallied from sizable deficits to beat Missouri Valley Conference rivals Illinois State 67-58 and Indiana State 72-67. “We’re showing a lot more resilience in games,” head coach Amy Stephens said after the Indiana State victory last Saturday afternoon. Last Thursday night’s victory for the Bulldogs shattered a seven-game win streak for Illinois State. The Redbirds are third in the conference standings with a Valley record of 9-5 after the weekend. Senior standout Kristin Turk scored 26 points in the contest, six of which came in the final 43 seconds of the game. Turk had a strong finish, and a strong second half overall, scoring 18 in the period. The one-half-on, one-half-off pattern has persisted with Drake throughout the season, and the game against Illinois State was no exception. Trailing by 10 points in the first half, the Bulldogs rallied against the Redbirds from the end of the first half into the second with a 20-4 run that earned them the lead—and they never lost it again. Drawing fouls and sinking free throws sealed the deal for the team, as it added six points from Turk at the charity stripe. Turk’s second-half standout performances in the games this weekend weren’t due to a lack of effort in the first half. Stephens said the trend is a deliberate tactic. “She has been phenomenal this weekend and the difference is her composure,” Stephens said. “She is forcing fewer shots earlier in the game. That’s something we talked to her about: Let the game come to you.” That composure carried through into Saturday’s match-up against Indiana State.

Indiana State came out strong in the first half, hitting shots more regularly than Drake and using junior center Shannon Thomas for her height and power under the basket. The Sycamores led the game for the entirety of the first half, with Brittany Schoen hitting a career-high seven 3-pointers in the game. But the second half was a different story. A layup from Turk initiated a 22-5 run in the last 14 minutes of play, and the crowd was electric the whole time. “We got the crowd behind us which is huge here at home,” junior Amber Wollschlager said. “When we get the crowd into it the other team gets intimidated, I think, and that gets us going.” In the midst of all the scoring, Indiana State’s Thomas fouled out with just less than seven minutes remaining, leaving no answer for junior Rachael Hackbarth who tallied 18 points and nine rebounds. Wollschlager said that it’s play like Hackbarth’s—hitting layups and drawing fouls—that will win games for the Bulldogs. “That’s the thing: we need to have more people who push the ball,” Wollschlager said. “[Offensive] boards and layups are the easiest shots to make in my mind, so if I can get me some layups, I’ll build up some confidence and we can go from there and make some 15-footers.” Drake held its fifth-place spot in the conference with these two wins, and is now only a half-game behind Missouri State in MVC standings. The Bulldogs were picked to finish seventh in the preseason. “Not many people expected that a month ago,” Wollschlager said. “That’s a great position for us to be in—I love being the underdog, I love taking teams down.” After a strong showing at home, Stephens said it’s time to focus on what the team can do on the road. Up next for the Bulldogs is Missouri State this Friday and Wichita State on Sunday. Missouri State is 6-2 at home and Wichita State is 5-2 at home in the MVC.

photo by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor

FRESHMAN MORGAN REID powers the ball up to the rim in a win versus Indiana State last Saturday. Reid registered eight rebounds in the game, which was second on the squad.


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